Have you read?Hydropower The eco-friendly natural energy choice for Africa The study authors point out an additional option for the hydropower and solar energy symbiosis is the installation of PV on the face of existing dams, which can be used in parallel with FPV to further increase clean electricity generation. An earlier analysis by the authors which focused on South Africa showed that the selection of prime locations for PV systems on the face of dams can be particularly advantageous and cost-effective. Finance and Policy Many African countries are heavily dependent on hydropower to provide baseline power, which is being affected by increasingly frequent droughts. At the same time, Africa is characterised by a very high solar potential. The study shows the FPV systems could rapidly ramp up installed power capacities through existing infrastructure and local expertise. The FPV could also partially compensate for the reduction of hydropower output during dry periods and reduce water loss from evaporation. Have you read?International stakeholders address urgency of pumped storage hydropowerHydropower is vital to the clean energy transition Assessment of floating solar photovoltaic potential in existing hydropower reservoirs in Africa (Renewable Energy, Volume 169, May 2021, p687-699) authored by Rocio Gonzalez Sanchez, Ioannis Kolgias, Magda Moner-Girona, Fernando Fahl, Arnulf Jäger-Waldau, is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY license. Still, the report authors point out the excellent solar potential in Africa means the diversification of the continent’s energy portfolio is feasible. “The introduction of FPV in the existing hydropower reservoirs can reduce risk and support the provision of reliable power services. This increases Africa’s resilient to climate change and its ability to respond to extreme events without taking hard measure and/or redesigning existing infrastructure.” Africa has the lowest electricity access rate in the world (54%), with a significantly lower access rate in Sub-Saharan African (47.7%) compared to North Africa (96.5%). Concurrently, it has an annual population growth of 2.7%, significantly higher than South Asia (1.2%) or Latin America (0.9%). These figures illustrate the urgent need for a new deployment of power infrastructure in Africa, hence this study. The installation of floating photovoltaics (FPV) in existing hydropower reservoirs however, could provide solar electricity to help compensate for hydropower production losses during dry periods. It would also reduce evaporation losses while helping to sustainably satisfy the current and future needs of the fast-growing African population. Africa is the continent with the highest untapped technical hydropower, but according to the International Hydropower Association, only 11% of the total technical potential has been developed. Considering the increasing energy needs in Africa, the study presents the feasibility of an effective energy symbiosis between solar PV and hydropower through the development of floating PV systems. Hydropower is an especially important source of electricity in eastern and southern Africa. Of the electricity generated in Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia, 90% comes from hydropower. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Diversifying electricity sources with floating solar PV could be climate friendly Potential of hydropower in Africa is still untapped AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Float solar photovoltaic systems could rapidly ramp up installed power capacities through existing infrastructure and local expertise. Image: Shao-Chun Wang © 123RF.com Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter TAGSAfricaClimate changefloating solar PVhydroelectricityhydropower Previous articleWave energy technology company wins Moroccan port challengeNext articleSiemens Energy announces job cuts in gas and power division Theresa SmithTheresa Smith is a conference producer for Clarion Events Africa. BRICS As an immature, albeit fast-growing technology, FPV presents several challenges that still need further investigation. The study flags, for example, unknown environmental issues such as algae growth, impact on the local fish food chain, ecosystem adaptation to changes in the water temperatures. Also potentially issues to address are technical challenges such as bird fouling, electrical insulation, corrosion mechanical wearing and anchoring and mooring systems. Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A new study, Assessment of floating solar photovoltaic potential in existing hydropower reservoirs in Africa, published in the scientific journal Renewable Energy, provides a comprehensive analysis of the potential of FPV installations in Africa. It draws on water surface data of the largest 146 hydropower reservoirs on the continent. In addition to the electricity production, the evaporation savings and potential extra hydroelectricity generated by these water savings are estimated at reservoir level for four different cases and two types of floating structures. The study results indicate that with a total coverage of less than 1%, the installed power capacity of existing hydropower plants could double and electricity output could grow by 58%. This would produce an additional 46.04TWh annually. In this case, the water savings could reach 743 million cubic meters a year, increasing the annual hydroelectricity generation by 170.64GWh. 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Which channels have NASCAR programming this week? We answer that and give the weekly NASCAR television listings here in the NASCAR TV schedule.Note: All times are ET.MORE: How to find NBCSN | Get the NBC Sports App | How to find FS1 | Get FOX Sports AppRELATED: How to follow races on NASCAR.com | NASCAR Live StreamMonday, September 75:30 a.m., NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: South Carolina Education Lottery 200 (re-air), FS1/FOX Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports App7 p.m., NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: South Carolina Education Lottery 200 (re-air), FS2/FOX Sports AppTuesday, September 8Midnight, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series Grand Prix at Road Atlanta (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports AppOn MRN:7 p.m., NASCAR LiveWednesday, September 96 p.m., Dale Jr. Download, NBCSN/NBC Sports App6 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports AppThursday, September 106 p.m., NASCAR Race Hub, FS1/FOX Sports App7 p.m., NASCAR Race Classics: 1997 Daytona 500, FS1/FOX Sports App7:30 p.m., NASCAR RaceDay: Richmond Raceway, FS1/FOX Sports App8 p.m., NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway, FS1/FOX Sports App10:30 p.m., NASCAR Race Classic: The 1987 Winston 500 (re-air), FS1/FOX Sports AppOn MRN:7:30 p.m., NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond RacewayFriday, September 113 a.m., NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway (re-air), FS1/FOX Sports App5 a.m., Refuse to Lose: Jeff Gordon and the 1997 Daytona 500 (re-air), FS1/FOX Sports App11 a.m., NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway (re-air), FS2/FOX Sports App5:30 p.m., NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (tape delayed), NBCSN/NBC Sports App6:30 p.m., Countdown to Green: Richmond Raceway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App7 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series: Go Bowling 250 at Richmond Raceway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN3)9 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series Post-Race Show: Richmond Raceway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App9:30 p.m., Dale Jr. Download (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn MRN:6:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series: Go Bowling 250 at Richmond RacewaySaturday, September 125 a.m., NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series: ToyotaCare 250 at Richmond Raceway (re-air), FS1/FOX Sports App12:30 p.m., Dale Jr. Download (re-air), NBCSN/NBC Sports App1:30 p.m., Countdown to Green: Richmond Raceway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App2 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series: Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 at Richmond Raceway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN3)7 p.m., Countdown to Green: Richmond Raceway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App7:30 p.m., NASCAR Cup Series: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway, NBCSN/NBC Sports App (Canada: TSN1/3)11 p.m., NASCAR Cup Series Post-Race Show: Richmond Raceway, NBCSN/NBC Sports AppOn MRN:1:30 p.m., NASCAR Xfinity Series: Virginia is for Racing Lovers 250 at Richmond Raceway6:30 p.m., NASCAR Cup Series: Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway
CHEYENNE – The term emergency medical services worker conjures up images of professionals who help people during emergencies. A relatively new program called community paramedicine expands the role of EMS professionals, Andy Gienapp said. He is manager of Emergency Medical Services for the Wyoming Department of Health. Paramedics and EMTs who work in community paramedicine provide care that helps fill gaps in health-care services. The concept of community paramedicine will be discussed from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. next Thursday during a meeting at Cheyenne’s Little America Hotel and Resort. The Wyoming Department of Health will sponsor the meeting, which is open to the public. Gienapp hopes area doctors, leaders from public health agencies, elected positions, state Medicaid officials, and those from community and civic groups will attend. There are about 200 communities across the country that have such paramedic programs in place, said Gary Wingrove, president of The Paramedic Foundation in St. Cloud, Minnesota. People who live in areas that use community paramedics must first identify gaps in their health-care system and decide how to fill them. The community paramedic program connects underutilized resources like EMS with services where access to doctors, clinics and hospitals is limited. Paramedics in the program can drive to a patient’s home, rather than having the patient go to a hospital emergency department. They can draw a patient’s blood, take care of their wounds and administer medications. These paramedics might also help public health nurses give flu shots, or go to a patient’s home and provide care after he or she has been discharged from the hospital. Community paramedics provide other nonemergency care for patients like walking with them and bathing them. And when an emergency call comes in, the paramedics respond to it first. The Western Eagle County Ambulance District in Eagle, Colorado, has operated a community paramedic program since 2011. It provides access to health care for vulnerable populations. Community paramedic Kevin Creek of the Eagle system said the program also has saved health-care dollars. Taking care of patients at their homes, for example, can reduce hospital admissions, he said. The work of a community paramedic also can help keep people in their homes instead of going to nursing homes, he said. These programs never compete with existing health services, Wingrove said. If a community has a home health provider, for example, the program will not duplicate it, he said. The work of paramedics in the program does not exceed their scope of skills, said Kevin McGinnis, community paramedicine director for the National Association of State EMS Officials. Wyoming has vast distances between towns and many towns that don’t have medical clinics. A community paramedic can visit several patients who live along remote stretches, according to Wingrove. They otherwise may not have been seen. Wingrove has high hopes for community paramedicine if it starts in Wyoming. “I think Wyoming could become one of the shining stars of the country with this type of program,” he said.
After a few phone calls to Dominos, the boy’s parents Ross and Lanie bought 100 pies for the displaced Louisiana residents.They also made a post on Facebook asking if friends or family members wanted to contribute any additional pizzas in Carson’s honor.RELATED: Girl, 9, Uses Birthday Money To Buy Lunch For Detroit Cops After Dallas ShootingThat’s when people really started pie-ing it forward.The social media plea spread like wildfire until dozens more orders for delivery started flooding the Dominos phone lines.Inspired by the slew of compassion, the Italian eatery offered to match Carson’s 100 pizzas with their own.MORE: Man Makes 108 Pounds of BBQ For Displaced Baton Rouge Flood Victims363 pies were donated in total and several neighboring families even lent a hand delivering the gifts to the evacuees.“For a 9-year-old to even think to help people…it’s amazing,” flood victim Lacey Viator told ABC13. “It’s just so humbling especially in today’s time. You don’t see children that young who have such a big giving heart and that says a lot for Carson.”(WATCH the video below) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreInstead of cake and presents to celebrate his 9th birthday, Carson Boutte was inspired in a dream he had to ask for something rather unconventional of his parents: spending his gift money on pizzas for flood victims.. Multiply The Good – Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Sebastián Mazzuca, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins, delivered a lecture on the relationship between state formation and economic failure in South America on Monday in the Hesburgh Center for International Studies.In mainstream history, state formation in Latin America is essentially about fragmentation, Mazzuca said. “If you compare two maps, compare the map of colonial Latin America to contemporary Latin America, there’s an obvious change in number, in size,” he said. “There were five political units in colonial Latin America, and there are 20-plus countries today.” The income per capita in Latin American countries is a fifth of the income of advanced economies, Mazzuca said. “The question is, ‘Why does it exist, why is it there?’” he said. “Of course, the gap began more than 200 years ago. It began small, but it began and remains.” Intermediate maps provide a fuller story, Mezzuca said. “If you look at intermediate maps, you will see that in the very first decades after independence, even in what today is Argentina, you have at least four distinct political units,” he said. “So in between these two things, you have a different trajectory, which is atomisation first and then reaggregation. It is not a history of fragmentation, it is a more complicated story — it’s not that complicated, but it’s more interesting and more complicated.” Mezzuca said countries in South America that have the potential to become advanced economies with sustained growth but failed were “perverse combinations” of subnational regions. “The second question, which has to do with state formation, is, ‘Why did state formation in South America result in the creation of economical dysfunctional national arenas?’” he said. “Although most state formation in early modern Europe were military conquests … [in South America] you also don’t see economic mergers, which is another path to state formation. It is neither a military conquest nor economic merger, but it is actually a process of coalition building.” State formation from the 1840s through the 1860s led to the creation of countries as dysfunctional territorial matches, Mezzuca said, which then resulted in economic failures in these countries. Examining “quasi takeoffs” in South American countries provide a shortcut to understanding 200 years of complicated economic history, Mezzuca said. “The quasi takeoffs are the moment in which some countries were really likely to start sustained economic growth, or they initiated it and then reversed,” he said. From 1817 to 1903, Argentina experienced a period of sustained economic growth, Mezzuca said. “It went from 55, 60 percent of the income per capita of rich countries, and I mean France, the UK, England and Australia, to 98 percent the income of those countries,” he said. “It became an advanced country by 1908, but not only that — it stayed there for another twenty-two years and a half. … It stayed there, and then it reversed back in a sustained fashion until it’s back to 40 percent of the income of advanced countries.” From 1950 to 1970, Brazil experienced a period of economic growth, Mezzuca said, and from 2002 to 2022 there has been another opportunity for economic growth. “It is really too tell. We don’t know if anything’s going to happen. We are almost sure Chile is going to make it into the income bracket of the advanced economies,” he said. “It has been growing faster, by half a percent faster than advanced economies for 25 years already. That’s really a lot — it’s very hard to derail Chile from that.” Mezzuca said the first emerging market in Latin America in the 1870s had many short-lived booms. Two regions had “winning tickets” for the commodity lottery and the potential to be growth engines for entire continent. “The Paraiba Valley, is one, that’s in the Sao Paolo area in Brazil,” he said. “The main product there is coffee. Of course, coffee, you do not know for sure if it’s a winning ticket ticket … but Brazil, coffee production was so big — actually it was a quasi-monopoly — that it could create price-setting mechanisms.” The Pampas in Argentina was another area that had a “winning ticket” in the commodity lottery, Mezzuca said, and experienced exceptional growth. “There it was not coffee, it was wool, it’s wheat, it’s beef,” he said. “There was a string of booms, and they were sustained booms.” Economists believe innovation and investment equal growth, Mezzuca said. There are fundamental answers, which include culture, geography and institutions, but have a serious flaw in that there is competition among the factors instead of integration and interaction. “There’s nothing systematic. So that to me is the main limitation, so we’re trying to combine stuff a little bit, combine classes of economic causes,” he said. The answer to the question of economic failure in South America is perverse combinations of subnational regions, Mezzuca said. “The first reason why countries can be perverse combinations [is that] of course, national income level is an average of subnational income levels,” he said. “While this is sort of trivial, but it points to the fact that in Latin America income inequality is very bad in terms of social groups and classes, but there is a huge inequality across regions.” There are also economic mechanisms at play, Mezzuca said, if there are countries that contain “backwards” and “dynamic” regions. “The dynamic sector exports and then the exports from the dynamic sector produce an influx of hard currency donors that overvalues the exchange rate, and that overvaluation pushes the other regions into a complete lack of competitiveness — they cannot be competitive because of the exchange rate that’s given by the dynamic regions,” he said.Mezzuca said political mechanisms are the key contributor to economic failure in South American countries. “It’s a two-sided thing. One is the exploitation of the center by the periphery, so the surplus of the center can be transferred to the periphery at a high cost, in terms of sustainability,” he said. “So there’s an inefficient transfer of resources from the center to the periphery. … Second, not only the center gets weakened, but also, the periphery gets weakened in the long run.” Mezzuca said another political geography was possible for South America, and said new evidence suggests that for a time, Argentina could be an “obvious yes,” after the creation of the Argentine Republic in 1861. “A few months later, after what is considered to be the moment of unification, [the Spanish consul in Montevideo] wrote to his boss, wrote to the crown in Spain, to say that, ‘I foresee partition and secession within Argentine Confederation,’” he said. Comparative history depicts Brazil as the strongest South American state in terms of post-independence secession risks, Mezzuca said, but even independent Brazil was contested. Mezzuca said local division and national unification can actually help aggregate an entire country. “Division within a subnational reason drives the two factions within that region to compete for allies, and maybe under some conditions that search for allies in subaggregating regions into a national arena,” he said. There is a clear trade off as local factions search for external allies, Mezzuca said, and trade economic development for political power. Tags: Hesburgh Center for International Studies
Visit ymcasetx.org or the YMCA of Southeast Texas Facebook page for details on how to join.Katelynn Wilson cleans down equipment at the YMCA of Southeast Texas during the summer.The program begins Monday (Nov. 23). Follow the prompts to sign-up and you will receive three texts a week filled with motivation, challenges, workouts and more.Those participating will also be able to attend the Y for one day each week to enjoy swimming, working out and a variety of classes. “It’s the perfect time to take back our lives, reenergize, achieve goals, feel better and stronger,” Pearson said. “By setting small goals, getting active, and engaging family and friends in simple activities we can finish this difficult year in a positive way.” Everyone in the community is also invited to workout, taking free Y360 online classes like Zumba, yoga and HIIT.Weekly activities and mini-challenges will be posted on ymcasetx.org. Sick and tired of feeling sick and tired in these COVID-19 times?The YMCA of Southeast Texas, with program locations in Jefferson and Orange counties, invites all in the community to participate in a free six-week STRONG challenge designed to help transform spirit, mind and body.“Now, more than ever before, we need to recharge and refocus,” said YMCA of Southeast Texas CEO Kevin Pearson. “The COVID-19 pandemic has worn us down. It’s isolated us in so many ways and this will be amplified coming into the traditional holiday season. This challenge provides an opportunity to get active and healthier by yourself or as a Strong family.”
University of Vermont,Despite New Year’s resolutions to eat better and lose weight, people buy the greatest amount of food after the holidays, says a study led by a University of Vermont researcher. The study, published by PLOS ONE, finds consumer spending on food increases by 15 percent over the holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year), with most of the increase attributed to higher levels of junk food.But shoppers buy the greatest amount of food after New Year — the equivalent of a 9 percent increase in calories above holiday levels, says Professor Lizzy Pope of the University of Vermont, who led the study as a post-doctoral researcher at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab.The authors of the study, New Year’s Res-Illusions: Food Shopping in the New Year Competes with Healthy Intentions, are Lizzy Pope (University of Vermont), David Just (Cornell University), Brian Wansink (Cornell University), and Drew Hanks (Ohio State University).“People start the New Year with good intentions to eat better,” says Pope, who recently joined UVM’s Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science. “They do pick out more healthy items, but they also keep buying higher levels of less-healthy holiday favorites. So their grocery baskets contain more calories than any other time of year we tracked.”The findings are surprising given the holidays’ reputation for overeating — and suggest that people need better strategies for shopping under the sway of “res-illusions,” the research team says.The researchers recommend that consumers use written grocery lists to deter impulsive junk food purchases; substitute as much junk food as possible with fresh produce and nutrient-rich foods; and split grocery baskets visually to ensure nutritious foods represent at least half of your purchases.Background and methods“We wanted to see how New Year’s resolutions and the end of the holiday season impact grocery shopping habits — how much food people buy, and how many calories the foods contain,” says co-author David Just, Cornell University.More than 200 households in New York State were recruited to participate in the seven-month study of grocery store spending behaviors, from July 2010 to March 2011.To identify shopping patterns, researchers split the data into three periods: July to Thanksgiving represented participants’ baseline spending (how much the average shopper regularly spends per week on groceries), Thanksgiving to New Year’s was considered the holiday season, and New Year’s to March the post-holiday period.Foods were categorized as healthy or less healthy based on a nutritional rating system used at participating grocery stores.“Despite New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, people tend to hang on to those unhealthy holiday favorites and keep buying them in the New Year,” says co-author Drew Hanks of The Ohio State University, who worked on the study as a post-doctoral researcher at Cornell.“Based on these findings,” Hanks adds, “we recommend that instead of just adding healthy foods to your cart, people substitute less healthy foods for fresh produce and other nutrient rich foods. The calories will add up slower, and you’ll be more likely to meet your resolutions and shed those unwanted pounds.”Source: UVM 1.6.2015. PHOTO: Lizzy Pope at City Market in Burlington by Jeff Clarke/UVM
Central Vermont Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) this week launches the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)’s Own the Bone program, aimed at better identifying, evaluating and treating patients with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a medical condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile, and can contribute to low bone density-related fragility fractures, specifically those resulting from standing-height or lower falls.Own the Bone brings focus to the severe health implications of fragility fractures and the multi-faceted approaches hospitals can employ in ensuring patients receive the most comprehensive care.Own the Bone is a national web-based quality improvement registry that incorporates 10 measures for reducing future fractures and provides CVMC with immediate feedback on program performance to measure success. It also benchmarks CVMC against other medical institutions.Data entered in the registry can be immediately quantified, offering real-time insight into how actions are positively affecting patient care.According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), up to 50 percent of all women and 25 percent of men over age 50 will sustain fragility fractures in their lifetimes. The American Bone Health Prevalence Report states that more people in the United States suffer fragility fractures each year than are diagnosed with heart attacks, strokes or breast cancer combined. These figures are projected to increase as the population ages.And according to the National Committee for Quality Assurance, only 1 in 5 Medicare patients have received the osteoporosis care (s)he needed after a fracture. With Own the Bone, CVMC reduces any treatment gaps, ensuring patients with fragility fractures are screened and appropriately treated for low bone density or osteoporosis.Dr. Teresa A. Fama, a member of The American Board of Internal Medicine and The American Board of Internal Medicine – Rheumatology, is leading efforts to implement Own the Bone at CVMC. Inspiration for joining the initiative sprung from the findings of Dr. Fama and her board-certified partners in rheumatology at CVMC, Drs. Christine Jones and Kevin Kerin. Each noted changes in the ways patients were choosing to treat osteoporosis.“In general, we’ve seen a decrease in the number of women, in particular, taking medications for osteoporosis,” Dr. Fama said, resulting in greater fragility and increased risk of fracture.AOA studies demonstrate patients who’ve had a fragility fracture are 2 to 4 times more likely to experience another fracture than those who’ve never had a fracture. These findings underscored CVMC’s drive for greater education and prevention.“We heal and treat the fracture well, but we weren’t actively trying to prevent another fracture,” Dr. Fama explained.Own the Bone aims to change that by engaging patients, from the moment they’re admitted with a fracture, through discharge.Fabienne Pattison, RN, spearheading CVMC’s initiative, explained new protocols trigger visits from a rheumatologist and fracture liaison service nurse, charged with monitoring patients during their hospital stays and beyond.“A consultation with rheumatology will be added to admission orders, assuring patients are also seen in the hospital by a fracture liaison service nurse,” Pattison said. “These nurses will initiate contact with patients during their hospital stays, through discharge planning and follow up, and after they’ve been discharged home or to post-acute rehabilitation.”“A comprehensive, multi-specialty approach will greatly reduce repeat fragility fractures for at-risk patients,” said Dr. Douglas R. Dirschl, past AOA president. “Own the Bone gives hospitals the tools needed to address and curb this major health crisis.”About the University of Vermont Health NetworkThe University of Vermont Health Network is a five-hospital system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives. The partners are:The University of Vermont Medical Center; (link is external) The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center(link is external);The University of Vermont Health Network – Central Vermont Medical Center(link is external);The University of Vermont Health Network – Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital(link is external);The University of Vermont Health Network – Elizabethtown Community Hospital(link is external).Its 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high-quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by its academic connection to the University of Vermont, each hospital remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.About the AOAThe American Orthopaedic Association, founded in 1887, is the oldest national orthopaedic association in the world. The AOA’s mission is to identify, develop, engage and recognize leadership to further the art and science of orthopaedics. For more information visit www.aoassn.org(link is external) or call 847-318-7336.
***Update 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018***The Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the victim found at 637 Bliss Road as David Thompson.***Update 6:55 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2018***The Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified the victim found at 715 Bliss Road as Carol Fradette and determined the cause of her death to be blunt impact and a gunshot wound. The manner of death is homicide.Positive identification for the victim found at 637 Bliss Road(link is external) remains pending.The Vermont State Police investigation into this matter is continuing. Those with information are asked to call the Middlesex Barracks at 802-229-9191.***Update 8:50 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, 2018***Through investigation, the Vermont State Police has preliminarily identified the victims in this incident. Confirmation of identities is pending further testing from the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington.The preliminary identification for the victim found at 637 Bliss Road is David Thompson, 48, of that address. An autopsy at the Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds, and the manner of death is homicide. The preliminary identification for the victim found at 715 Bliss Road is Carol Fradette, 29, of 637 Bliss Road. Cause and manner of death remain pending. Two dogs found deceased at 637 Bliss Road were each shot once.The investigation into this matter is active and ongoing, and no further information is available at this time. Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Vermont State Police in Middlesex at 802-229-9191.***Initial news release, 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018***Woodbury, Vermont – On October 30, 2018 at approximately 11:10 pm a resident of Bliss Road in Woodbury called E911 to report that the residence across the road was fully engulfed in flames. The Woodbury Fire Department responded and the residence on fire was determined to be located at 715 Bliss Road. While fighting the fire, firefighters observed that the adjacent residence, at 637 Bliss Road, was also on fire. Both residences are approximately 150 feet apart. The Woodbury Fire Department was able to extinguish both structure fires. Inside the residence at 715, firefighters discovered human remains. Inside the residence at 637 they discovered human remains and pet remains. The Woodbury Fire Department contacted the Vermont State Police and subsequently the Fire and Explosions Investigation Unit, the Major Crime Unit, and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to Woodbury. This investigation is in it’s preliminary stages and there is limited information at this time. Work is being conducted by fire investigators to determine the origin and cause of the fire. The Crime Scene Search Team has been activated to process the scene and collect evidence. Detectives are working to determine the names of individuals who live at both residences and to identify the deceased victims. Identification of the victims and the cause and manner of their deaths will be determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please contact the Vermont State Police, Middlesex, 802-229-9191. No other details are available at this time.
Shawnee Mission School District South StadiumWork on a $6.7 million renovation of the SM South stadium is expected to begin in mid-October.The project is expected to transform the tired, 1960-vintage stadium into an attractive venue with new restrooms, concessions and locker rooms as well as much-needed handicapped accessibility. Kenny Southwick, deputy superintendent for the Shawnee Mission School District, said the project, which is expected to be completed by May 2017, originally was intended to demolish and replace the stadium.“When we got into it, we decided a renovation was better, the bones are still good,” he said.The plan calls for a complete facelift of the concrete stadium surface and construction of a new press box and a plaza at the south end of the stadium. The capacity also will be reduced from its current 10,000 seats to 7,500. Southwick said the new plaza will be the central gathering point for people attending events at the stadium. New concessions and restrooms will be located there.He said people will no longer be able to congregate behind the stands, solving a long time security concern. The stadium is used not only by SM South, but SM West and occasionally SM East.The track area is expected to be ready for the spring season, Southwick added.J.E. Dunn Construction was selected to build the project, ACI Boland Architects is the designer.Renderings of the renovation plan for SM South stadiumRendering of renovation work planned for SM South stadium