Burlington named one of 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade by Kiplinger’s

first_imgWashington, DC and Burlington, VT, May 26, 2010 Kiplinger s Personal Finance announced today that it has named Burlington one of its 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade with a focus on locales that specialize in innovative thinking. This year s picks are profiled in the July issue of Kiplinger s Personal Finance magazine, on newsstands June 8, and online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/bestcities(link is external) with additional interactive features.To identify the winners, Kiplinger s teamed up with Kevin Stolarick, research director at the Martin Prosperity Institute, a think tank that studies economic prosperity. New ideas generate new businesses, says Stolarick, who this year evaluated U.S. cities for growth and growth potential. In the places where innovation works, it really works. People in fields such as science, engineering, architecture, and education are catalysts of vitality and livability in a city.Kiplinger s methodology included the consideration of several economic indicators and the use of a formula to identify cities with current and likely future growth in high-quality jobs and income. Kiplinger s also looked at affordability, public transit infrastructure, and the number of creative class workers (such as educators, writers, and scientists) in the area. Kiplinger s also made visits to each city to interview residents, business leaders, and community leaders.The Kiplinger s profile of Burlington states that this mountain city wants to be a role model for saving the planet. Environmentalism isn t just ingrained in the city s diverse economy; it s the driver for much of its economic growth and continues on to say that creativity and entrepreneurship define Burlington. The town is a haven for writers and artists, and that innovative spirit energizes white-collar workers as well. (full profile: http://www.kiplinger.com/magazine/archives/best-cities-2010-burlington-v(link is external)…)  It s no coincidence that economic vitality and livability go hand in hand, says Kiplinger s senior editor Robert Frick. Creativity in music, arts and culture, plus neighborhoods and recreational facilities that rank high for coolness, attract like-minded professionals who go on to cultivate a region s business scene. All of these factors make our 2010 Best Cities more than just great places to live. They re also great places to start a business or find a job.   It s always gratifying to have the efforts of residents, local businesses and organizations, and City government recognized nationally, said Mayor Bob Kiss. Burlington has distinguished itself with its focus on green economic development and encouragement of a diverse and creative economy. I appreciate Kiplinger s prestigious designation of Burlington as a city of the present as well as the future.Kiplinger s Best Cities 2010 includes the following online features at www.kiplinger.com/links/bestcities:(link is external)Narrated walking-tour slide shows with Kiplinger s editors and writersA Which City is Best for You? calculator to help readers determine the city which best matches their goals and tastesA spreadsheet that lets readers see where their own city ranks in different key categoriesA Facebook Readers Choice poll where audiences can vote for their favorite city among Kiplinger s top 10 picks or add their own favorite city to the mixBurlington was listed 8th among the cities recognized, which included: Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; Boulder, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Rochester, MN; Des Moines, IA; West Hartford, CT; and Topeka, KS.The Kiplinger s recognition follows upon Burlington s recent appreciation by Forbes.com as one of America s Prettiest Towns and a 2010 Top 100 Place to Live by RelocateAmerica.com. Burlington was also recently chosen as a First Wave City for the Carbon War Room Initiative, which seeks to leverage private investment for environmental initiatives in cities such as Burlington with a commitment to environmentalism and green economic development (see http://www.ci.burlington.vt.us/docs/1912.pdf(link is external)). Burlington has been engaged in a comprehensive rewrite and update of its climate action plan (http://burlingtonclimateaction.com/(link is external)) and recently released an extensive carbon cost-benefit analysis to guide the City in prioritizing greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. Mayor Kiss has set a goal of reducing Burlington s carbon footprint 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050.More on Ranking MethodologyKiplinger s included data on population growth, unemployment rate, income growth, and cost of living to determine city rankings. Martin Prosperity Institute research director Kevin Stolarick derived a formula that identifies cities with current and likely future growth in high-quality jobs and income. Kiplinger s also weighed affordability and public-transit infrastructure the latter being an important factor to ensure continued growth in certain metro areas. Also included in the formula is a creative class measure, which stems from Stolarick s work with Richard Florida, academic director of the Martin Institute and author of The Rise of the Creative Class. This measure reflects the number of creative-class workers including educators, writers, and scientists living in the area. Further research involved traveling to cities to interview business and community leaders and residents. The rankings factor in both the data and the results of Kiplinger s reporting.About Kiplinger s Personal FinanceFor nine decades, the Kiplinger organization has led the way in personal finance and business forecasting. Founded in 1920 by W.M. Kiplinger, the company developed one of the nation’s first successful newsletters in modern times. The Kiplinger Letter, launched in 1923, remains the longest continually published newsletter in the United States. In 1947, Kiplinger created Kiplinger s Personal Finance, the nation’s first personal finance magazine. Located in the heart of our nation’s capital, the Kiplinger mission is to deliver sound, unbiased advice for families and businesses in clear, concise language.Source: Kiplinger’s. 5.26.2010last_img read more

UN official: Bird biosecurity lapses could worsen food crisis

first_imgJun 20, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Lax biosecurity measures around poultry in some countries could lead to an increasing number of H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks that could exacerbate the global food crisis, an official from the United Nations Food and AgricultureOrganization (FAO) said at an international infectious disease conference in Malaysia today.Juan Lubroth, senior officer with the FAO’s infectious diseases group, made the comments during symposia on influenza in animals and people at the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID), which started yesterday in Kuala Lumpur and runs through Jun22. ICID is the annual meeting of the International Society for InfectiousDiseases.Lubroth said though fewer countries have experienced recent avian flu outbreaks, numerous small outbreaks continue to occur, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. “It’s like a boiling pot, and we need to keep the lid on that before it gets worse,” he said.He said 80% of the world’s poor depend on livestock for their livelihood, and poultry has been an inexpensive protein source, the AP reported. However, he added that about 240 million poultry have been slaughtered to control the spread of H5N1.Failure to protect the food supply of the world’s poor only makes worse the effect of rising prices of rice, corn, and other staples, Lubroth said.Global veterinary service capacity needs to be expanded, and more countries need to be transparent regarding disease surveillance and develop surveillance systems and policies to manage the disease, he said. “We fail to see that political commitment.”In the abstract that accompanied the presentation, Lubroth wrote that veterinary experts worry that government officials, in a panic over the threat to human health, are focusing nearly all of their efforts on accumulating antiviral and vaccine stockpiles, “forgetting that the origin of the malady was—and remains—a poultry problem.”Lubroth wrote that a lag in funding for poultry safety initiatives has prevented national veterinary services from mounting the border and regulatory controls needed to contain the disease within Southeast Asia.Biosecurity: stalled or improving?Today’s comments from the FAO seem to counter some of the recent comments from a UN official on the state of global pandemic preparedness. On Jun 18, David Nabarro, the UN’s influenza coordinator, listed national improvements in poultry biosecurity as a reason behind the organization’s assessment that the world is better prepared for an influenza pandemic, according to an earlier report. He also said more countries are focusing their efforts on the link between human and animal health.Other pandemic experts, such as Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, disagree that the world is better prepared for a pandemic and say governments have not planned for supply, medicine, and utility disruptions that could severely damage the world’s economy and worsen the impact of the disease on health.Nabarro, however, expressed concern that the virus remains entrenched in several countries, particularly Indonesia, the country that has had the highest number of human cases anddeaths.Indonesia reports on diagnostic challenges in human casesIn another presentation during the same ICID symposia, Sardikin Giriputro, director of the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Disease Hospital in Jakarta, Indonesia, gave an update on that country’s clinical cases and spoke of challenges in diagnosing H5N1 infections.With 135 cases and 110 deaths from the disease, according to the most recent World Health Organization (WHO) update, Indonesia has been hit harder than any other country by the H5N1 virus.However, early this month Indonesia’s health minister, Siti Fadilah Supari, said that the number of human cases has slowed this year, according to a Jun 5 AP report. She said only 18 people have been infected with the virus so far this year, compared with 27 for the same period in 2007 and 35 in 2006.Giriputro said that some patients with H5N1 infections have been misdiagnosed with dengue fever and typhoid, which has delayed antiviral treatment, according to a report today from Reuters. Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) is the drug of choice for H5N1 illnesses and is best given within 24 to 36 hours of symptom onset.He told the group that medical officials in Indonesia are finding that rapid test kits used to diagnose the H5N1 virus in animals are less reliable for testing human samples, according to the Reuters report.”It depends on the viral load [from human samples],” Giriputro said, adding that false-negatives can occur when there isn’t enough virus in the human sample.Indonesia’s government has been distributing oseltamivir to health centers in areas that have had poultry outbreaks and human cases, he said. Physicians prescribe the virus without waiting for laboratory results if patients have influenza-like illnesses and may have had contact with sick poultry.In an abstract that accompanied his talk, Giriputro said about 50% of Indonesia’s H5N1 patients had a history of direct contact with sick birds, 30% had indirect contact, and 20% had no contact that could be determined.See also:Lubroth and Giriputro ICID abstracts (pages 2 and 3, respectively)Jun 18 CIDRAP News report “UN:Pandemic preparedness pays off, but threat remains”last_img read more

World Ocean Council Joins World Forum Offshore Wind

first_imgThe World Ocean Council (WOC) has joined the recently launched World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO) as its newest member.WOC brings together industries such as shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, renewable energy (wind, wave, tidal), ports, dredging, cables, as well as the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others to address ocean sustainable development, science, and stewardship.WFO is dedicated to fostering and promoting the global growth of offshore wind. The non-profit organization was founded by DEME, E.ON Climate & Renewables, innogy, Green Giraffe, Northland Power, Suzlon Energy, EEW Special Pipe Constructions, Marsh, Watson Farley & Williams, as well as the US Business Network for Offshore Wind.WFO and WOC have agreed on reciprocal memberships and will foster the exchange between the offshore wind industry and the wider ocean business community.“The offshore wind industry is becoming an ever more important stakeholder in the ocean community. Joining WFO, the global body for offshore wind energy, we are excited to facilitate the integration of offshore wind energy into the global ocean economy,” said Paul Holthus, Founding President and CEO, World Ocean Council.In order to remove offshore wind growth barriers, it is of paramount importance to foster the exchange and collaboration between the offshore wind industry and other ocean industries such as fisheries, shipping, oil and gas, aquaculture and tourism, WFO said.Gunnar Herzig, Managing Director, WFO, said: “Welcoming the World Ocean Council as a member of WFO is a major step forward for our organization. Given that offshore wind is placed at the intersection of the energy industry and the other ocean industries, the agreement with the WOC enables us to comprehensively engage with the global ocean business community for the benefit of the offshore wind industry.”Back in March, WFO issued a mission statement calling for the development of additional 500GW of offshore wind capacity globally by 2050.last_img read more

Sheriff’s station cells to be haunted – and fun

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A $1 donation is requested, which will benefit the SCV Boys & Girls Club. For information, call Deputy Patrick Rissler at (661) 255-1121, Ext. 5159. Department displays, game booths and plenty of opportunities to be frightened inside the hauntingly decorated jail cells will be part of the fun available as the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station once again hosts its Haunted Jailhouse. The annual event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the sheriff’s station, 23740 W. Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Assisting the station with the event will be the Santa Clarita Valley Boys & Girls Club, the Miracles through Hope chapter of the City of Hope, the SCV Optimist Club, the Association to Aid Domestic Violence and the city of Santa Clarita. The combined effort of these organizations provides a safe, fun Halloween outing that the community looks forward to each year. The event will feature Sheriff’s Department displays, bounce houses, music, food and game booths provided by nonprofit organizations from throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. The Halloween costume contest, with prizes for each age category, will be available for those who dress up for the occasion. Children under 2 will be judged at 12:30 p.m.; ages 2 to 4 at 1 p.m.; ages 5 to 7 at 1:30 p.m.; ages 8 to 10 at 2 p.m.; ages 11 and 12 at 2:30 p.m.; and ages 13 to adult at 3 p.m. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Ajinkya Rahane’s form a worry as India target another clean sweep vs Sri Lanka

first_imgA horribly out-of-form Ajinkya Rahane will be aiming to get his mojo back as India, formidable even without regular skipper Virat Kohli, eye another ‘Whitewash’ against Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series, starting on Sunday.From the polluted ‘Gas Chamber’ of National Capital, the action has now shifted to the most scenic cricket stadium in the country in the backdrop of the pristine Dhauladhar Range.The primary objective for chief coach Ravi Shastri and stand-in captain Rohit Sharma will be to look at various combinations in both departments against an out-of-sorts team.With the match starting at 11:30 am in cooler confines and bouncy conditions, the toss could prove to be a crucial factor during the opening ODI.Is there anything that @msdhoni cannot do? You have seen him bowl leg spin now it is time for seam up. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/8WLuKnyyE5- BCCI (@BCCI) December 9, 2017Having won five straight bilateral series apart from reaching Champions Trophy final, a 3-0 win will put India on top of ICC ODI rankings, overtaking South Africa.The last time India faced Sri Lanka in the one-dayers, Kohli’s men swept aside the island nation 5-0.Even without their inspirational skipper, a batting line-up comprising Rohit, Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav could prove to be a handful for any opposition.While the opening slot seems locked with Rohit and Dhawan at the top, Rahane is likely to get a chance at the number three position with Kohli given a much-needed rest..@sidkaul22 on his reaction when he got the India call up ahead of the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bYFCZDMpIUadvertisement- BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017However if Dhawan, who was down with viral fever on Friday, pulls out then Rahane could be seen opening the innings.The stylish Mumbai batsman had scored three half- centuries and a hundred in the bilaterals against West Indies in June-July, before blasting four successive fifties against Australia at home.The only ODI game that he played against Sri Lanka this year, Rahane scored just 5 before stumbling upon a rough patch in the Test series against Sri Lanka.The beautiful Dhauladhar range can be a pleasant distraction but you must keep your eyes on the ball. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/kFLbXtB4gH- BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017With the South Africa Test series round the corner, the team management would certainly want their favourite ‘Jinks’ to break the jinx.Dinesh Karthik and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to take the next two slots, before Kedar Jadhav comes at the number six.Karthik had scored a fifty in the two chances that he got in the West Indies series, while against New Zealand the wicket-keeper batsman hit scores of 37, 64 not out and 4 not out in the three games.Dhoni, on the other hand, had faced criticism when he struggled to get going in the second T20I against New Zealand which the hosts lost by 40 runs and the former skipper will look to silent his detractors.While Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are also in the team, the duo will get a look-in if both Dhawan and Jadhav, who has a hamstring injury, are ruled out.All-rounder Hardik Pandya will continue to be a vital cog in India’s wheel as he completes what has been an exception year in international cricket for him.One among orthodox leg-break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav will be in the playing XI along with Axar Patel, whose primary job is to restrict runs.Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will spearhead the pace department and the visitors will have a tough time dealing with them in the opening as well as at death overs.Among others, it will be interesting to see if skipper Rohit decides to give rookie Siddarth Kaul a chance as a third pacer at the HPCA Stadium, which is expected to aid swing bowling.Sri Lanka have shown the stomach for a fight in the Delhi Test after barely managing to save the first Test in Kolkata and losing the second at Nagpur and they would be eager to erase the ignominy of losing 0-5 at home in September.You cannot keep @hardikpandya7 @akshar2026 and @Jaspritbumrah93 away for too long. They are back and ready to go. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/bXTeZxUoWN- BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2017The visitors were also humiliated 0-5 by Pakistan in their last bilateral series in October and it will take really a special effort from Thisara Perera’s men to tame India at their own backyard.advertisementFor Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera and Asela Gunaratne is returning to the team after recovering from injuries and a lot will depend on these players.Sri Lanka will reportedly miss the services of young batsman Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored a fighting century in the third Test to force a draw at Delhi, who has been ruled out with an injury.TeamsIndia: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (WK), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul.Sri Lanka: Thisara Perera (capt), Upul Tharanga, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Sachith Pathirana, Kusal Perera.last_img read more