Albany College of Pharmacy President James Gozzo to step down in June 2014

first_imgOpened a satellite campus in Colchester, Vermont in fall 2009. The campus is now home to nearly 270 students and remains the only pharmacy program in the state. It will graduate its first class of students on May 19, 2013. Increased enrollment from less than 600 students in 1998 to more than 1,700 students today. Expanded the Albany Campus from one building to eight buildings and from two acres to more than 25 acres. New buildings and enhancements on the Albany Campus included the construction of a Student Center in 2006 (the College’s first newly constructed building in 80 years), an $11 million library expansion, the development of three residence halls, acquisition of the former Bender Laboratories building for academic research, and the fall 2012 opening of a new athletics field and track. Initiated community service programs such as the ACPHS Academy (a mentoring program to engage elementary schoolchildren in the sciences and math) and the Summer High School Enrichment Program (a program that provides local high school students with hands-on research opportunities and exposure to career options in pharmacy and related scientific fields). Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences – Vermont Campus,Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences President James J Gozzo announced today that he will be stepping down as president of the College effective June 30, 2014. The college is based in Albany, NY, and operates a campus in Colchester.”This was a most difficult decision, but I have confidence that it is the right one, both for me and my family. It was made knowing that the College is in a strong position — both academically and fiscally — and I have no doubt that the faculty, staff, and administrators in place will ensure that ACPHS continues to be the great institution that it is,” said President Gozzo. “I expect to remain fully active during the next year as we collectively work towards the full implementation of our strategic plan.””During the past 15 years, Jim has led ACPHS through a period of unprecedented growth, executing a vision for the institution that few thought was achievable. From the expansion of academic programs to the growth of the physical campus to the development of a burgeoning research program, Jim has transformed the College into a modern, forward looking institution. For those reasons and more, the Board was saddened to learn of his decision,” said Herbert Chorbajian, Chair of the ACPHS Board of Trustees. “We will soon begin a national search for his replacement.”Dr. Gozzo was hired as the seventh president of the College on July 1, 1998, and currently ranks as the longest serving President among colleges and universities in the Capital Region. Below are some of the College’s many achievements during his tenure as President: Grew the College’s endowment from $8 million to more than $20 million.About Albany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesFounded in 1881, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private, independent institution committed to graduating the best health care minds in the world. In addition to its doctor of pharmacy program, ACPHS offers five bachelor’s programs and five graduate programs in the health sciences. The College’s main campus is located in Albany, New York; its satellite campus is in Colchester, Vermont. For more information, please visit www.acphs.edu(link is external). Added five bachelor’s programs and five graduate programs around the school’s core Doctor of Pharmacy program. Launched the College’s first-ever Capital Campaign in 1999 with a goal of raising $10 million (the campaign closed in October 2006 after raising $18 million). The College is currently in the midst of a $50 million Capital Campaign. Established the Pharmaceutical Research Institute (PRI) in 2003 and subsequent addition of the Center for Nanopharmaceuticals (made possible through a $2 million grant from New York State).last_img read more

Governor opens Stage One of the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced his Administration has officially opened Stage One of the Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge (VPIC). Stage One is a reverse pitch, calling for proposals of creative, viable approaches to effectively remove phosphorus from manure or other organic waste streams, so that phosphorous can be used as a commodity to create economic development opportunities.The State of Vermont will assist successful proposals through customized support, incentive funding and future market opportunities. VPIC will be implemented and managed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets; the Agency of Natural Resources; and the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.“The goal is to use a ‘reverse pitch,’ a problem-solving method familiar to technology innovators, to identify entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and others who have a scalable technique or technology to mitigate the impact of phosphorus before it enters the watershed,” said Commerce Secretary Michael Schirling.In total, the State will invest more than $1 billion over the next 20 years to reduce phosphorus pollution. This includes current and ongoing efforts to implement conservation measures and best management practices, tailored to lessen phosphorus losses from farms and decrease phosphorus loading from stormwater runoff in developed communities. The VPIC will build upon – not replace – these foundational phosphorus control efforts.The VPIC will be a valuable tool to address this phosphorus imbalance. With the growth of knowledge encompassing composting, digestion of organic solids, energy capture, and soil chemistry, the State hopes to see a variety of proposals for market-driven or market-supported solutions that can extract phosphorus for recycling and reuse.“As phosphorus accumulates in the soil, the job asked of our best management practices and conservation measures – to protect water quality – becomes a taller and taller order,” stated Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore. “One of the most straightforward ways to correct the imbalance is to repurpose excess phosphorus to form value-added products, such as composts, organic fertilizers and biochar.”Agriculture, Food & Markets Secretary Anson Tebbetts, added, “I am excited to see what types of innovative solutions we are presented with through the Phosphorus Innovation Challenge to help us build upon the good work that farmers are already doing through conservation practices such as cover cropping and the use of best management practices.” Tebbetts continued, “Creating an economic initiative for phosphorus reuse or recycling would be a win-win for Vermont. We look forward to working alongside Governor Scott and our partners to find the best possible solutions for our state and our communities.”Timeline and details for interested parties are as follows:On April 27, 2018, an invitation will be issued for proposals to develop a “proof of concept” for processes or technologies that remove phosphorus from manure or other waste streams and make the recovered phosphorus available for beneficial reuse.By May 11, 2018, prospective applicants are encouraged to email their intent to participate in the challenge to terry.smith@vermont.gov.(link sends e-mail) This deadline will not be used to exclude teams but, rather, to assess space and resource requirements for subsequent portions of the process.On May 21, 2018, the Administration will hold a meeting from 1-3 pm at the Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) Annex with interested parties to field questions and discuss the challenge. Questions may also be submitted via email to terry.smith@vermont.gov.(link sends e-mail)  The closing date for questions about Stage One will be May 25, 2018.The ANR Annex is located at: 190(link is external) Junction(link is external) Rd,(link is external) Berlin,(link is external) VT(link is external)Stage One proposals must be received, via email, by 5pm on July 6, 2018.Some, or all, of the teams submitting responses to Stage One will be selected to make an in-person presentation to the Evaluation Team in August 2018. The Evaluation Team will be comprised of subject matter experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, and State officials.For more information on the VPIC, including details and criteria for participation, visit: http://agriculture.vermont.gov/phosphorus_challenge(link is external). Please direct any questions regarding the VPIC to terry.smith@vermont.gov(link sends e-mail) or call (802) 828-5667.Source: Governor 4.27.2018last_img read more

Merriam police investigating sexual assault in parking lot near Antioch and 64th Terrace

first_imgMerriam police are asking for the public’s help to identify a suspect in a sexual assault that occurred Thursday night in a parking lot on 64th Terrace west of Antioch. The location is not far south of Shawnee Mission Parkway.Merriam police released the following information about the incident this morning:The Merriam Police is conducting an investigation on report of a sexual assault in the 8800 block of 64th Terrace that occurred around 9:30 PM on 9/17. The suspect is a white male, 35-39 years old 5’9”-6’0” tall, stocky build, shaved head with a short beard, wearing blue jeans and a white sleeveless shirt. Suspect was driving a blue 90’s model large sport utility vehicle- possibly a Chevrolet Suburban with rust around the rear wheel wells. The suspect assaulted a female victim in a parking lot at the listed location.The Merriam Police is requesting anyone with information or was in the area at the listed time to contact the Merriam Police Department or the TIPS Hotline (816) 474-8477.last_img read more

Phoenix-area Housing Prices Keep Soaring

first_imgHome prices continue their upward climb in the Phoenix area, with more momentum expected until at least June. A new report from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University reveals the latest information about the Maricopa and Pinal County housing market, as of March:The median single-family home price was all the way up to $175,000, about a 30-percent increase from March of last year.The supply of homes for sale continued to fall, but the problem is not so much the high demand, but more the lack of sellers getting into the market.Rebounding population growth in the Phoenix area is also blasting past the rate at which builders are constructing new homes.Phoenix-area home prices reached a low in September 2011 and have largely shot up since then. The median single-family home price went up 29.7 percent – from $134,900 to $175,000 – in the year from March 2012 to March 2013. Realtors will note the average price per square foot went up 23.6 percent during the same time. The median townhouse/condo price increased 43.2 percent – from $81,000 to $116,000. A big reason for all this upward movement is the scarcity of affordable homes for sale.“The number of active single-family listings has been dropping fast and went down another 4 percent from March 1 to April 1,” says the report’s author, Mike Orr, director of the Center for Real Estate Theory and Practice at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “Fewer than 12,000 single-family homes were up for sale (without an existing contract) on April 1, and 80 percent of those were priced above $150,000, making it very tough to find properties in the lower price range.”Orr adds it’s actually not high demand that’s the major culprit here.“The low number of sellers is what’s unusual, not the number of buyers, which is only slightly above normal,” he says. “Higher prices would normally encourage more ordinary home sellers into the market, but many are either locked into their homes because of negative equity, or they’re simply waiting for prices to go up more.”Orr says most homes priced below $600,000 continue to attract multiple offers, and March is the peak of the buying season that lasts from January to June. However, due to the chronic supply shortage, the amount of single-family home sales actually went down 8 percent from March 2012 to March 2013.Investors are also starting to lose some interest in the Phoenix area, since bigger bargains can be found in other areas of the country that haven’t rebounded as fast. The percentage of residential properties bought by investors dropped from 29.2 percent in February to 27.1 percent in March, the lowest percentage in several years. The market is now seeing increased demand from owner-occupiers and second-home buyers, instead.Completed foreclosures were down an incredible 60 percent from March 2012 to March 2013. Foreclosure starts – homeowners receiving notice their lenders may foreclose in 90 days – dropped 53 percent. Orr believes we’ll see foreclosure-notice rates “below long-term averages” by the end of next year.Meantime, new-home sales are also going up, in tandem with resale prices. In Maricopa County alone, new-home sales increased 37 percent from March 2012 to March 2013. However, new-home construction isn’t keeping pace with the Phoenix area’s rebounding post-recession population growth. The U.S. Census reports 1,220 single-family-home construction permits were issued in March, a very small number by historic standards. For example, the total in March 1996 was 3,071, and the total in March 2004 was 5,490.“The population is growing much faster than the housing supply, with an expected 50,000 to 60,000 people being added to the Phoenix-area population this year, but only around 12,000 new single-family homes being built,” Orr explains. “Builders are scratching their heads, trying to figure out what to do. They don’t want to overbuild like they did during the peak, and they don’t want to build a bunch of new homes for people who can’t secure the mortgages needed to buy them with such tight lending conditions.”Orr’s full report, including statistics, charts and a breakdown by different areas of the Valley, can be viewed at http://wpcarey.asu.edu/finance/real-estate/upload/Full-Report-201304.pdf. A podcast with more analysis from Orr is also available from knowWPCarey, the business school’s online resource and newsletter, at http://knowwpcarey.com/index.cfm?cid=13.last_img read more

Manchester BBC masterplan revealed

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Powell Valves names Newmans Valve as master distributor

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HMM Selling Its Bulk Shipping Business

first_imgSouth Korean Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is reported to be in talks with Taiwanese securities house Yuanta on the sale of the shipping company’s bulk shipping division.The contract is estimated to be worth up to 350 billion Korean won (USD 315 million), according to the Seoul Economic Daily.HMM has a fleet of 13 bulkers and expects to take delivery of eight more units until 2017.The decision comes as South Korean shipping company endeavors to cut losses by selling assets to raise capital.These included selling a shipping terminal in Busan, liquidation of its container terminals in the U.S. and LNG transport business in February last year among others.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Anger over £600m in unpaid court fines

first_imgThe government was accused of ‘economic illiteracy’ this week, as it emerged that the amount owed in outstanding court fines has risen to more than £600m in the past year, while the number of enforcement officers employed to collect them was slashed by 12%. Solicitors expressed anger that the Ministry of Justice was failing to capitalise on such a significant revenue stream when the legal aid budget is facing fierce cuts. The latest figures from the MoJ show the current outstanding balance for financial penalties stands at £609.5m – a rise of £21m in the past 12 months. Over the same period, the number of enforcement officers employed in HM Courts and Tribunals Service fell from 453 to 396. The MoJ said it takes the issue of fine enforcement ‘very seriously’ and can manage the service more efficiently even with fewer officers. But legal aid lawyers criticised the decision to cut staff responsible for collecting income at a time when £350m has been sliced from the legal aid budget. Carol Storer, director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group, said it was difficult to understand why the government was scaling back an important revenue stream. She added: ‘Surely it would make sense to pour more resources into enforcement and recouping some money for the justice budget, rather than cutting this crucial element – especially at a time when legal aid is taking such a hit.’ Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union, said: ‘The level of debt outstanding to the courts is an absolute scandal when you consider the jobs that have been cut and those that are threatened. ‘The government should be creating jobs, not cutting them, and investing in public services like our courts to help our economy to grow. The maths is simple, but decisions are being driven by economic illiteracy.’ Outstanding debts include fines imposed in magistrates’ and Crown courts, prosecutor costs, compensation orders, victims surcharges, and unpaid fixed-penalty notices. The amount outstanding also includes the balance of accounts being paid by agreed payment plans. The MoJ said it has introduced better training and equipment for officers; new payment methods including online payments; more use of telephone debt chasing; and text messages to non-compliant offenders. HMCTS is also working with magistrates to get more fines paid on the day they are imposed. ‘The courts will do everything within their powers to trace those who do not pay,’ a spokesman said.last_img read more

TSA expands new procedure for inspecting large electronics

first_img PUNTA GORDA, Fla. (AP) Passengers at all U.S. airports will soon face new measures for screening electronic devices bigger than a cellphone.Security officers will ask travelers in regular lanes to take all larger devices out of their bag and put them in a bin by themselves, similar to the screening of most travelers’ laptops.Officials say it gives X-ray screeners a clearer picture of the devices.The change won’t apply to Precheck lanes.The Transportation Security Administration said Wednesday the new procedure will go nationwide in the coming weeks and months. TSA has been testing it at 10 airports for more than a year.The Department of Homeland Security has been changing rules for electronics on international flights because of the threat that terrorists could hide bombs inside laptop or tablet computers. Author: Associated Press TSA expands new procedure for inspecting large electronics Published: July 27, 2017 6:14 PM EDT center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

Leigh Day ‘paid £75,000 in prohibited referral fees’ – SRA

first_imgSolicitors at London personal injury firm Leigh Day are to face charges of making prohibited referral fees adding up to £75,000 as well as failing to deliver crucial documents to the Al-Sweady inquiry into allegations of abuses by British soldiers in Iraq, the Solicitors Regulation Authority has revealed. The firm has denied any wrongdoing. According to the details published on the SRA website, in 2008 Martyn Day and Sapna Malik made allegations that the British Army had unlawfully killed, tortured and mistreated Iraqi civilians. Among 19 counts, it is alleged that they:Failed to provide a copy of a key document, the OMS Detainee List, to the administrative court or the Al-Sweady inquiry. Continued to maintain allegations and to seek damages ‘when it was improper to do so’. Entered into a fee-sharing arrangement with an individual, ‘Z’, which was improper in that it was an arrangement for the payment of a referral fee in respect of historic cases. Authorised the payment of a prohibited referral fee of £25,000 to Z on or around 23 December 2008. Authorised the payment of a prohibited referral fee of £50,000 to Z on or around 30 March 2009. Deliberately acted so as to facilitate and conceal a regulatory breach by a third party and failed to report that regulatory breach. The allegations are subject to a hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and are as yet unproven. A Leigh Day spokesperson said: ‘We have now been served with a formal set of charges based on some 30 files of material. Our legal team has now started the process of reviewing all that evidence. The matter is now formally before the tribunal so it would not be appropriate for us to comment further.’Leigh Day revealed in January that it had been referred to the tribunal. It was one of two probed by the SRA after the five-year Al-Sweady inquiry into allegations reported that witnesses had given evidence that was ‘unprincipled in the extreme’ and ‘wholly without regard to the truth’. The other firm was Birmingham and London-based Public Interest Lawyers.last_img read more