Vermont Business Magazine Martin Hahn, Executive Director of Community Capital of Vermont, announced in Community Capital’s newsletter today that he is leaving the micro business lender and will become the Housing Director at the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board next month.Martin Hahn. CCVT photo.”In case you haven’t heard, I am leaving Community Capital of Vermont to become the Housing Programs Director at the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board effective July 27,” Hahn wrote in the newsletter. “I have been honored to work for Community Capital with a great board, staff, borrowers, and network of supporters. Community Capital has begun its search for a new Executive Director – please pass this job great opportunity along to anyone who may be interested: http://www.communitycapitalvt.org/about-us/jobs-at-ccvt/(link is external). It has been a pleasure working with all of you!”Based in Barre, Community Capital of Vermont is a nonprofit community-based lending organization. Its mission is to help small businesses and lower income entrepreneurs prosper through the provision of flexible business financing. It was founded in 1995. Community Capital is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. it is certified as (1) a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the US Department of Treasury, (2) a Nonprofit Community Development Organization by the State of Vermont, and (3) a Microloan Intermediary by the US Small Business Administration.The VHCB primarily offers grants for working lands programs and affordable housing in downtowns. Its stated goal is: “creating affordable housing for Vermonters, and conserving and protecting Vermont’s agricultural land, forestland, historic properties, important natural areas, and recreational lands (which) are of primary importance to the economic vitality and quality of life of the State.”Community Capital of Vermont Executive DirectorExceptional position opening for Executive Director of vibrant, growth oriented state-wide microenterprise and small business lender serving low and moderate income entrepreneurs.Reporting to a Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization and supporting the Board’s leadership on policy and long-term planning. Areas of responsibility include: oversight of our lending and business advisory programs; generation and expansion of revenue resources including fundraising; financial management; staff hiring, development and supervision; and marketing and outreach. A full description of the position and application process is available by following this link(link is external). Note that the deadline for applications is Friday July 15, 2016.
Photo via SMSD Facebook page.Shawnee Mission School District teachers had more experience on average than any of the 31 major public districts in the Kansas City metro area, based on the most recent federal data available.That’s the finding of a recent research project by KCUR, which looked at how much time in the classroom the more than 20,000 teachers in local public school have under their belts. The research project was based on data from the national Schools and Staffing Survey from 2012. However, Shawnee Mission recently completed a teacher buyout that led to dozens of early retirements, a move that would likely impact the district’s relatively rankings.In the 2012 data, Shawnee Mission teachers have an average of 16 years experience, tied with the Kearny School District in Clay County, Mo. for the lead in the metro. Blue Valley and Lee’s Summit were second with an average of 15 years experience for their teachers. The average among the 31 metro districts was 13 years.Shawnee Mission also fared well in measures of the percentage of teachers with Master’s degrees and the percentage of teachers with just 0-5 years experience.Shawnee Mission was fifth in the region in terms of percentage of teachers with Master’s degrees at 78 percent. Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, Kearney and Park Hill all had more than 80 percent.Just 18 percent of Shawnee Mission teachers had five years or fewer classroom experience. Only Kearney and Lee’s Summit had fewer inexperienced teachers.You can find the full findings from KCUR’s research here.
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“You can’t pitch from behind,” Allister said. “You have to pitch ahead of batters, and if you’re trying to be too perfect, you end up behind a lot. And that’s not a good thing.”Richardson said when junior pitcher Sara Moulton is effective, she’s inducing a lot of ground balls to the left side of the infield.“I’ve never played for a pitcher where I’ve gotten so many ground balls per game,” Richardson said. “She has confidence knowing that we’re going to make the play behind her.“I would think, as a pitcher, it would be comforting knowing that she doesn’t have to strike everybody out,” Richardson added.Allister said she breaks a game down into pitching, defense and hitting, and she tells her team it will have a great chance to win if it does two of those things very well.“If you get great pitching and great defense, all you have to do is scratch out a run,” Allister said.Though Minnesota is the top team defensively, the Gophers have committed 41 errors in 46 games this season. Richardson said moving past an error requires two things.“A key thing in getting over errors is wanting the next ball,” she said, “but I think the biggest thing is just letting it go because you can’t do anything about the last error.” Gophers use defense to rack up wins in Big TenMinnesota leads the conference in fielding percentage this season.Jaak Jensen, Daily File PhotoMinnesota’s Kaitlyn Richardson throws her bat after a base hit during a doubleheader against Wisconsin on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at Jane Sage Cowles Stadium. Drew ClaussenMay 2, 2013Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintTheir head coach wasn’t aware of it, but the Gophers own the best fielding percentage in the Big Ten.Minnesota has a .970 fielding percentage, which is calculated by adding putouts and assists and dividing that number by the number of opportunities (putouts, assists and errors).“It’s like everything — you try to take care of the fundamentals,” head coach Jessica Allister said.The Gophers ranked No. 26 in the nation in fielding as of Sunday. Nebraska ranks second in the Big Ten with a .967 fielding percentage.Allister said she was unaware of where the Gophers stood defensively compared to other teams, but sophomore third baseman Kaitlyn Richardson said she wasn’t.“Coach [Jessica] Merchant told us at the beginning of the year that we were the top defensive team last year as well,” Richardson said. “We do take pride in it. We work hard every day.”While the Gophers don’t make a lot of errors, they’re strong in other defensive aspects of the game as well. Minnesota has only recorded one passed ball — second-place Nebraska has five — and has allowed only 31 stolen bases.“[Catcher Kari] Dorle does a great job controlling the running game behind the dish,” Allister said. “I think our outfield has been tremendous this year at running down fly balls.”Strong defense has also helped the team’s pitchers, Allister said. Having a solid defense behind them allows pitchers to attack batters.
Gophers men’s hockey sweeps Ohio StateA newly formed second-line powered Minnesota throughout the weekend. Liam ArmstrongGophers Forward Ben Meyers takes a shot on net at 3M Arena at Mariucci on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. The Gophers ended the night with a 6-3 victory over Ohio State. Julianna LandisJanuary 27, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintFollowing a 2-1 exhibition loss to the U.S. Under-18 team last week, head coach Bob Motzko thought the team’s energy was lacking. There was no lack of energy this weekend. The Gophers swept the No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes, in what was their most complete series of the year. It was the second series sweep this season and first since Oct. 19. Gophers put together best offensive performance of their seasonIn what was expected to be a close, one-goal game, the Gophers scored six goals against one of the top teams in the country en route to a much-needed 6-3 win in Friday’s series opener. “That doesn’t happen to Ohio State hardly ever, and that was one night. Tomorrow’s going to be a different story with them, they’re an excellent defensive team, and [Nappier] has been an awful good goaltender,” head coach Bob Motzko said. While two of the goals were empty-netters, courtesy of Sampo Ranta and Brannon McManus, Minnesota put four goals past Buckeyes goaltender Tommy Nappier, who before this weekend allowed an average of 1.83 per game. The goals came from players up and down the lineup, with Ranta, Jaxon Nelson, and Jonny Sorenson scoring. It was a lineup that looked a bit different than usual with the loss of Scott Reedy, who was described as week-to-week with an upper-body injury. In his place, Ben Meyers moved up to join Ranta and McManus on the second line. “We had the puck a lot, and when we have the puck, we can do a lot of things,” Ranta said. “Offense is the best defense, right?” The new line had noticeable chemistry, combining for six points in the game.Meyers started the scoring for the Gophers just minutes later, taking the puck in from the center line and putting it past Buckeyes goalie Tommy Nappier to tie the game. “That Ben Meyers goal, that’s fuel for us,” Motzko said. “The energy just got back on our bench, and that’s one thing we’ve been lacking this year is timely offense and we’re getting a little bit of it now, so that’s great.” Gophers complete the sweep on Doug Woog nightThe Gophers capped off their weekend on Saturday with a sweep of Ohio State, which was extra special as the 4-1 win came on Doug Woog night, as the team and family of the former Gophers player, coach and broadcaster celebrated his legacy.It was a continuation of Friday’s performance as the Gophers’ second line showed up again. Meyers, Ranta and McManus all scored a goal. Of the ten goals the Gophers scored on the weekend, seven came from the second line. “We were talking all the time on the bench, the chemistry was there. It was a lot of fun this weekend to play with them …[Meyers] is an all-around great player, he’s really made an impact so far,” McManus said. The only other goal came from Bryce Brodzinski, who opened the scoring for Minnesota five minutes into the first period. In the second period, McManus scored off a fortunate deflection that bounced off the the skate of a Buckeyes defender to make the lead 2-0. The line combined for the next goal just three minutes later, this time with Ranta scoring from a nice passing play orchestrated by Meyers.Meyers scored the fourth goal of the night on a power-play in the third period. The goal added insurance after Ohio State got on the board earlier in the period.“It’s so much fun to work hard when you’re winning,” goaltender Jack LaFontaine said. “To do it against a team like this is not only important, but it was so awesome. I think this team’s going somewhere special.”
Several studies in recent years have documented a significant amount of inappropriate antibiotic prescribing in outpatient settings for respiratory infections that are generally caused by viruses and don’t require antibiotics. In emergency rooms, doctor’s offices, and urgent care clinics, anywhere from a third to nearly half of the antibiotics prescribed for coughs, sore throats, and other respiratory ailments have been found to be unnecessary.Jeffrey Linder, MD, MPH, a general internist at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, says that those studies, which have focused on the type of ailments that drive people to visit a provider, have revealed only one aspect of the problem.”The way we’ve been looking at outpatient antibiotic prescribing, only focusing on in-person visits and only focusing on a restricted number of diagnoses, has been missing a lot of antibiotic prescribing,” he told reporters today at IDWeek 2018.Linder was presenting the results of a new study, conducted with researchers from the University of Michigan Medical School and Harvard Medical School, that found that 46% of antibiotics prescribed at 514 outpatient clinics were prescribed without an infection-related diagnosis. Even more troubling, 20% of all antibiotic prescriptions were given to patients without an in-patient visit.”You should almost never get an antibiotic without being seen for conditions like a cold or the flu, symptoms like a cough or a sore throat,” he said. “There are things that we as doctors need to do, particularly for coughs and sore throats, to determine whether an antibiotic is actually indicated or not.”Diagnostic codes and infection-related diagnosesUsing the electronic health record system of an integrated health delivery system, the researchers evaluated 509,534 antibiotic prescriptions made to 279,169 unique patients by 2,413 clinicians. They then sorted those prescriptions into three baskets, based on the same-day diagnostic code associated with the prescriptions. The idea was to see whether there was a diagnostic code that could explain why an antibiotic was prescribed.Prescriptions were considered infection-related if they were associated with a diagnostic code that may signify an infection, while prescriptions linked to diagnostic codes that do not signify an infection were considered non-infection-related. The third basket was prescriptions associated with no diagnosis.The researchers found that 54% of the prescriptions were for infection-related diagnoses. Of the 46% without an infection-related diagnosis, 29% were non-infection-related and 17% were associated with no diagnosis. Linder explained that some of the antibiotics prescribed for non-infection-related diagnoses were for viral rather than bacterial infections. But in others, the diagnostic codes were “completely irrelevant” to antibiotic prescribing, indicating conditions like hypertension or signifying an annual wellness visit.Recognizing that not all prescriptions are written on the day the diagnosis is recorded in the electronic health record, Linder and his colleagues expanded their analysis to include diagnoses made 30 days before and 30 days after a prescription was written. Even then, they still found that 35% of prescriptions had no infection-related diagnostic code.Linder suggested that part of the problem could be attributed to sloppy diagnostic coding that doesn’t accurately reflect what happened during a patient’s visit with a provider. But he doesn’t think that diminishes the findings. “Even if it’s bad record-keeping, it’s a significant problem,” he said.Linder also acknowledged that some of the 54% of prescriptions associated with infection-related diagnoses were for viral conditions like sinusitis and probably didn’t require an antibiotic. “We were very forgiving to doctors in terms of what we considered appropriate,” he said.The most common antibiotic classes prescribed were penicillins (30%), macrolides (23%), cephalosporins (14%), fluoroquinolones (11%), tetracyclines (10%), and sulfonamides (6%).Prescriptions without in-patient visitsOf the 20% of antibiotic prescriptions outside an in-person visit, half (10%) were prescribed over the phone, 4% were simply entered into the electronic health record, 4% were refills, and 1% were made through an online portal.Linder said there are cases where getting an antibiotic without seeing a physician is appropriate, citing women with recurrent urinary tract infections and teens taking antibiotics for acne as examples. “There is an example where people might call in, not be seen in person, and an antibiotic prescription might be reasonable,” he said.But he was particularly concerned that 4% of antibiotic prescriptions that didn’t involve a visit were refills. While getting refills over the phone for chronic medications, like blood pressure or cholesterol medicine, is common, Linder said the system shouldn’t enable refills for antibiotics. “It’s a little concerning that we see a refill for an antibiotic prescription,” he said.For those who may think getting an antibiotic without seeing a doctor isn’t a big issue, Linder warned that indiscriminate antibiotic use can promote antibiotic resistance. He also stressed the potential adverse reactions to antibiotics, from allergic reactions to diarrhea to Clostridium difficile infection.Linder said the study indicates the problems with outpatient antibiotic prescribing, which accounts for 80% of all antibiotic prescribing in healthcare, run much deeper than previously understood, and illustrate how much antibiotics have been taken for granted. He called for providers to take a more “righteous” attitude about antibiotics.”We’ve been pretty cavalier about the use of antibiotics, not appreciating the harms as much as possible and not educating patients as much as we should,” Linder said. “I’m not anti-antibiotic, but I would like us to use them responsibly so we can use them effectively when indicated.”Linder said the next steps will be to go through the data more carefully to understand what was happening in the three categories of prescribing and to look at provider notes in the electronic health record. And they’re setting up a prospective study in which they’ll call a subset of doctors within a week of an unexplained antibiotic prescription to get a better understanding of the decision.The study was funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.See also:IDWeek abstract #1632
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AWE Limited, operator of the L1/L2 joint venture with Origin Energy, said that it had commenced the flow testing program for the Waitsia-1 well to further appraise the conventional Waitsia gas discovery in the onshore Perth Basin, Western Australia.The testing program is designed to determine well deliverability from two conventional reservoir zones and to collect gas samples for compositional analysis, the company said in a statement.The first zone being flow tested is the deeper High Cliff Sandstone, where a 23.5 metre interval (3,382 – 3,405.5 metres) has been perforated.During the well clean-up operations, the well flowed gas at an average rate of 24.7 mmscf/d, constrained by tubing size, on a 60/64 inch choke at ~1330 psig flowing well head pressure over a 1 hour period.The Waitsia-1 well will now be shut in for a brief pressure build-up survey prior to a series of flow tests at various choke settings, rates and well head pressures.Following completion of testing on the High Cliff Sandstone, it is planned to set a plug to isolate the lower interval prior to commencing testing of the Kingia Sandstone. A similar well test program will be conducted on a 15 metre interval (3,333 – 3,348 metres) in the Kingia Formation.The testing program is expected to be completed by the end of November.The Waitsia-1 appraisal well is located on agricultural land approximately 3 km east of the Senecio-3 well and 17 km east of Dongara, Western Australia.