Elijah-Lovkoff/iStock(WORCESTER, Mass.) — Twin baby boys were found by themselves near railroad tracks in Massachusetts just after midnight on Tuesday according to police.The twins, approximately 9 months old, were spotted by railroad employees who alerted 911 around 12:15 a.m., the Worcester Police Department said in a statement.The babies, who appeared to be unharmed, were taken to a hospital, police said.The children have been identified, police said. Authorities did not elaborate on their identities.The twins were taken into the custody of the Department of Children and Families, said police.Anyone with information is asked to call the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at 508-799-8651 or send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.,Elijah-Lovkoff/iStock(WORCESTER, Mass.) — Twin baby boys were found by themselves near railroad tracks in Massachusetts just after midnight on Tuesday according to police.The twins, approximately 9 months old, were spotted by railroad employees who alerted 911 around 12:15 a.m., the Worcester Police Department said in a statement.The babies, who appeared to be unharmed, were taken to a hospital, police said.The children have been identified, police said. Authorities did not elaborate on their identities.The twins were taken into the custody of the Department of Children and Families, said police.Anyone with information is asked to call the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at 508-799-8651 or send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin released today preliminary test results from private water supplies surrounding two former wire-coating facilities in Essex and Winooski. All samples showed no presence of the potentially harmful chemicals PFOA and PFOS. The two sites are former locations of local wire coating and cable extrusion companies Belden Wire & Cable (Essex) and Super-Temp Wire and Cable (Winooski). An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contractor took five samples from residential wells near the former Belden Wire & Cable site in Essex, and five samples from wells owned by businesses near the former Super-Temp site in Winooski. All test results were non-detect for PFOA.The two former facilities represent two of eleven sites identified in a statewide plan announced by the Governor in March(link is external) to proactively test water in locations where there could be concern for elevated levels of PFOA. The wire coating industry, semi-conductor industry, and locations where fire-fighting foam was used repeatedly were identified as places that should be tested.The test results released today mean that water supplies sampled at four out of the eleven sites outlined in the statewide plan and tested by the EPA have now tested clean for PFOA. Testing of water supplies around Pittsford Fire Academy (Pittsford) and Phoenix Wire (South Hero) also returned results where PFOA was not detected.
Burlington Electric Department,Vermont Business Magazine Burlington Electric today launched its first ever electric vehicle (EV) rebate incentive program, through which members of the Burlington community will be eligible for a $1,200 rebate on the purchase or lease of a new EV with an MSRP of less than $50,000 (eg, not Tesla). The program will serve as an important component of making Burlington a “net zero energy city” across electric, thermal, and ground transportation sectors and will help Burlington Electric with its efforts to meet Vermont’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES).“For Burlington to be successful in achieving its net zero energy goal, we must tackle the transportation sector’s significant and growing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Mayor Miro Weinberger. “Driving electric is an important part of this environmental strategy to create significant emissions reductions. Once again, Burlington Electric and members of the Burlington community are leading the way in creating solutions to our climate challenges.”“Today’s launch serves as another example of Burlington Electric’s ongoing commitment to build a sustainable energy future that reduces carbon emissions and supports a growing economy and a thriving community,” stated Neale Lunderville, Burlington Electric General Manager. “The EV incentive program is an important component of our efforts to drive our strategic net zero vision in the transportation sector. We are excited to provide this opportunity for our customers to help with the transition from fossil fuel burning cars to EVs.”“This is a great incentive for Burlingtonians to seize,” said Johanna Miller, Energy and Climate Action Program Director at the Vermont Natural Resources Council. “Kudos to Burlington Electric for stepping up and making it easier for their customers to invest in electric vehicles. Providing Vermonters clean, affordable, and convenient transportation choices – like renewably-powered electric vehicles or transit – is essential to reducing our collective reliance on fossil fuel-powered vehicles.”In May 2016, the University of Vermont and Burlington Electric Department officially unveiled four electric vehicle dual port charging stations that were recently installed on campus. Speaking at the event were (left to right) Kensey Hanson, a senior environmental studies major at UVM and intern at the Clean Cities Coalition; Neale Lunderville, Burlington Electric Department general manager; David Rosowsky, UVM provost; and Nancy Mathews, dean of UVM’s Rubinstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. UVM photo.All Burlington Electric customers, residential and commercial, who register their newly-purchased EVs in Burlington are eligible to take advantage of this special rebate program, which will be available through the end of 2017 and may be renewed or modified for future years. Customers may purchase a qualifying EV from any dealership in or outside Vermont. After purchasing an EV, customers should complete and submit the rebate form (found here(link is external)), along with a copy of the sales receipt, to Energy Services, Burlington Electric, 585 Pine Street, Burlington, VT 05401. Customers are limited to one rebate per household or business.The current list of qualifying EVs, which have ranges between approximately 60 and 230 miles, includes the following: BMW i3 (all electric version), Chevrolet Bolt, Ford Focus Electric, Mercedes Benz B250e, Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Nissan Leaf, Smart Electric Drive, and Volkswagen e-Golf. These EVs also may qualify for a federal tax credit. The Drive Electric Vermont(link is external) website provides helpful information about these EVs, including their vehicle range, MSRPs, and tax credits. Plug-in hybrids and conventional hybrids do not qualify for this rebate. Customers or dealers with questions about EV eligibility or any other questions related to this program are invited to contact Burlington Electric’s Energy Services team at [email protected](link sends e-mail).Burlington Electric is offering this incentive as part of its effort to meet the Tier III requirements of Vermont’s RES, which supports utility programs that help customers reduce fossil fuel use in the heating and transportation sectors.. EVs reduce fossil fuel use and may save money on fuel and maintenance costs compared to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles. Pursuant to the RES, passed by the Vermont Legislature in 2015, electric distribution utilities like Burlington Electric are required to procure an increasing percentage of their electric sales from renewable energy. In addition, the RES includes an “energy transformation” requirement, known as Tier III, that tasks electric utilities to look for ways to reduce fossil fuel emissions (even where doing so may increase electric consumption). One way Burlington Electric plans to meet this requirement is through this EV rebate incentive program.As part of its efforts to encourage more Burlingtonians and Vermonters to go electric and to bolster Vermont’s EV charging stations network, Burlington Electric has installed 13 EV charging stations, totaling 24 charging ports, around the City. Charging stations are located on Main Street near City Hall, in both the Marketplace and Cherry Street parking garages, at Burlington Electric’s Pine Street facility, in strategic locations around the University of Vermont campus, at the Miller Information Commons parking lot at Champlain College, and at Hannaford supermarket in the New North End. A map of EV charging station locations can be found here(link is external).Source: BED 5.30.2017
Europe notes high H1N1 death rate in kidsPandemic flu raised the death rate in European children last year but not adults, according to a study in Eurosurveillance. Children aged 5 to 14 years in eight countries had a 28% higher death rate than expected, in contrast to mortality in all age-groups, which was lower than in a typical year from seasonal flu. The higher death rate in children amounts to about 77 additional deaths in that age-group. The researchers called their estimates “conservative.”http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=19480Feb 4 Eurosurveill report H1N1 patient experienced quadriplegiaA letter in Emerging Infectious Diseases outlines the case of a Thai patient with pandemic flu who developed acute respiratory distress followed by severe neurologic problems, including quadriplegia. Physicians ruled out Guillian-Barre syndrome, and the patient later regained muscle strength. Last May four Dallas children experienced pandemic-H1N1related neurologic symptoms.http://tinyurl.com/eid-02-04-10-h1n1-neuroFeb 4 Emerg Infect Dis letter WHO: Most regions show declining H1N1 activityAlthough pandemic flu activity continues to decline or remain low in most of the Northern Hemisphere, some areas of the world are experiencing active but declining transmission, particularly North Africa and some areas of Eastern Europe and East Asia, the World Health Organization said today (WHO) today. Global H1N1 deaths have risen by several hundred from a week ago, to at least 15,174. China continues to report relatively high levels of influenza B.http://www.who.int/csr/don/2010_02_5/en/index.htmlFeb 5 WHO update Feb 5, 2010 Northern Vietnam reports outbreakAn outbreak of H1N1 has affected the northern Vietnamese province of Bac Kan, health officials said in a VietNamNet story today. Eighteen people recently contracted pandemic flu, said health official Dr. Nguyen Huy Nga. The patients have shown typical symptoms, he said, including fever, cough, sore throat, and muscle pain.
It has been eight matches since the Robins last won against Brentford – a 1-0 away victory in the League Cup on August 11th 2009.But head coach Lee Johnson says history will play no part on Monday afternoon (3pm kick-off), where a win will keep his side apace with those challenging for the play-offs.The game comes just 72 hours after City’s 2-2 draw with Barnsley, meaning a starting XI shuffle could be on the cards as he juggles player fitness.Johnson told BCTV: “History means nothing and we can’t be prisoners of our past.”It’s a big game for us and we will need everybody. We will need to play better, the pitch should be better and that’s conducive to the way we play.”It’s going to be a hard team selection for Monday. I’ll have to think hard about that, maybe I’ll sit in a dark room with Paolo Nutini on!”WATCH: BROWNHILL AND JOHNSON FOLLOWING BARNSLEY DRAW