first_imgWe’re seeking your views on proposals to reform some of the drug reimbursement arrangements for community pharmacy in England.Community pharmacies are paid by the NHS for each drug they dispense against an NHS prescription. The payment arrangements are outlined in the Drug Tariff.The arrangements generally work well, but improvements can be made to ensure that community pharmacies are paid fairly and that the arrangements provide value for money to the NHS and taxpayers.last_img

first_imgThe annual Purple Hatters Ball will return once again to the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL for the tenth straight year. Held as a benefit for the Rachel Morningstar Foundation, the festival is set to take place between June 2-4. Today, the festival dropped a stacked initial lineup.Leading the charge are Emancipator, Perpetual Groove, Zach Deputy, and The Russ Liquid Rest, but the fun doesn’t stop there. DubConscious, Roosevelt Collier Band, The Malah, MZG, and more are all featured on this exciting Purple Hatters Ball lineup, and this is only Phase One!PHB 2017 will utilize three stages including the famed Amphitheater Stage, a Beach Stage located along the wild black water Suwannee River that is picturesque for daytime sets, and the Uncle Charles Porch Stage.The event also features live art, yoga, workshops and a silent auction, as well as a Charity Disc Golf Tournament hosted by Zach Deputy. Since Rachel was an aspiring chef, PHB will be adding a culinary component for 2017 featuring food from several top notch chefs that will be announced at a later date.The most memorable moment of the weekend is when Rachel’s loving mother, Margie Weiss (aka Mama Margie), leads an emotional ceremony celebrating her daughter’s memory. Each year, they released 24 monarch butterflies – 23 to represent Rachel’s age when she was taken from this world and 1 for her spirit that lives on. For tickets and more information about the festival, head here.Purple Hatter’s Ball 2017 Phase 1 Lineup:EmancipatorPerpetual GrooveZach DeputyThe Russ Liquid TestDubconsciousRoosevelt Collier BandThe MalahMZGCatfish AllianceLucideaTrial By StoneJuanjamon BandParker Urban BandUniversal GreenDead Keys Tribute to Scott CampbellLucky CostelloVlad The InhalerAlbert Simpsonlast_img read more

first_imgA simple idea that leaves a lasting impression on customers and the planet.Last week Dell Technologies announced its ambitious 2030 Social Impact Plan as part of the Progress Made Real initiative. Among many inspiring goals, the plan outlined our commitment towards eliminating waste, and keeping products and materials in use for as long as possible. The end goal is one we all have an interest in: advancing sustainability and protecting the planet for our collective future.To help drive these commitments forward while also helping our customers with large IT deployment challenges, our Extreme Scale Infrastructure team has been working behind the scenes on a simple idea: a reusable container for shipping large scale orders of IT equipment that eliminates the need for packaging (i.e. corrugated cardboard, foam or plastics). We’re calling this the Transportation Tote.Before: Packaging material from large scale IT deploymentAfter: Transportation Tote eliminates packaging for large scale IT deploymentsWhile most are familiar with multi-packs and other environmentally friendly shipping options, the Transportation Tote is unique in the volume of servers it can hold and its reusable design. The Transportation Tote is a 40U rack enclosure made of steel that can be reused for hundreds of shipments, similar to a shipping container.A single Transportation Tote can hold up to 40 PowerEdge 1U servers, eliminating up to 520 pounds of packaging per shipment. Without all the packaging generally required for shipping, customers can:Reduce their carbon footprint by reducing the number of shipments and doubling or tripling the number of servers loaded on a truckSave time and money by eliminating the need to recycle and dispose of packaging materialsIncrease speed of deployment by simply removing servers from the Transportation Tote and directly installing them without the need for staging or unpacking. While the sustainability piece is huge, equally important is ensuring the protection of the IT equipment during transit. This is where we were able to leverage our experience and expertise shipping integrated racks around the globe. Building on those best practices, the Transportation Tote design includes shock and vibration dampening to ensure protection of the IT gear during transportation. It’s also designed with casters, so fully loaded Transportation Totes can easily move into trucks and data centers without the need for pallet jacks.Transportation Tote Enters Pilot StageWe are excited to get the Transportation Tote in your hands. As we continue to finalize the operational logistics, we will be running a limited pilot with select customers starting early next year. If you’re ordering large shipments of PowerEdge servers and are interested in learning more about the Transportation Tote pilot program or our rack integration capabilities (this is where we deliver fully integrated racks quickly and consistently around the globe), please have your account managers reach out to the Extreme Scale Infrastructure team to learn more.last_img read more

first_imgThe University will formally dedicate the Walsh Family Hall of Architecture on Friday, according to a Thursday press release.The new hall is named after Matthew and Joyce Walsh, the building’s benefactors, who donated $33 million to the construction of the new location of the School of Architecture.“This magnificent new facility reflects the unique character of our School of Architecture, while also providing our students and faculty with the very best in classroom, studio, office, library, workshop and public space,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said in the release. “We cannot thank Matt and Joyce, together with other generous donors, enough for making this remarkable building a reality.”According to the release, Matt Walsh is a Notre Dame alumnus, having graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree. He also holds a law degree from Loyola University. Joyce Walsh graduated from Barat College with a bachelor’s degree in French, according to the release. The Walshes have three adult children — Matthew IV, Sean and Erin. Erin and her husband, Mike Gibbons, both earned degrees from the University. Gibbons and Sean Walsh also hold EMBA degrees from Notre Dame.Matt Walsh has served as chair of the School of Architecture Advisory Council and the Advisory Council Leadership Group. The Walsh family has also donated money to renovate a Notre Dame “academic facility in Rome,” the release said.“My two decades of service as chairman of the advisory council to the School of Architecture have proven to me the extraordinary capabilities of the school’s faculty, administration and student body,” Matt Walsh said in the release. “This new transformational building will inspire generations of Notre Dame architects to continue toward their leadership in defining the communities in which they live.”The new architecture building is situated in Notre Dame’s “arts district” on the south side of campus, alongside the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, O’Neill Hall, Charles B. Hayes Family Sculpture Park and the future Raclin Murphy Museum of Art.According to the release, the new building is designed according to “the teaching methods of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris.” The new architecture hall’s architect is John Simpson. The architect-of-record is Stantec, an architecture and engineering firm.With the “Hall of Casts,” donated by Bob and Carolyn Turner and a tower from Michael and Pearl Chesser, the building will also feature “a grand hall modeled on ancient Greek market structures” known as a stoa.The School of Architecture was founded in 1898 and was the first of its kind at an American Catholic college, according to the release. Currently, the school has a five year bachelor’s degree program and offers three types of master’s degrees.Tags: architecture, Bond Hall, School of Architecture, Walsh Family Hall, Walsh Family Hall of Architecturelast_img read more

first_imgSomething Rotten!, which received ten Tony nods this week including Best Musical, is aiming to transfer to London’s West End. According to the Evening Standard, the comedy that hates Shakespeare (in the nicest possible way) could make its bow in the land of the Bard as early as 2016.Directed by Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! features a score by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Set in the 1590s, the show follows brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rockstar known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical. But amidst the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom Brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz.The Broadway production is playing at the St. James Theatre and stars Brian d’Arcy James,Christian Borle, John Cariani, Brad Oscar, Heidi Blickenstaff, Kate Reinders, Brooks Ashmanskas, Peter Bartlett, Gerry Vichi and Michael James Scott. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017 Something Rotten! View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgHudson said chinch bugs and stinkbugs are also invading fields of tender, young corn.So are wireworms and rootworms, which feed on developing seedlings and strip rootsfrom young plants, causing them to wilt and die. James Clark, an extension agent in Applying County, said the mild winter has hurtwheat farmers in another way. “Hessian flies have been found at a very high level in some south Georgia wheatfields,” Hudson said. “Aphids are causing some damage statewide,” Hudson said. “We’re encouraginggrowers to scout for aphids and to treat their wheat if populations exceed thresholdlevels.” Hudson has alerted farmers and county extension agents to check for Hessian flydamage in anemic fields of early-planted wheat. Farmers often plant a mix of early-, mid- and late-season varieties, Clark said, tospread their risks and get the best mix of varieties. Many good varieties are late-season,or long-season, wheat. While they offer protection against late freezes, they alsorequire more chill hours to produce grain heads. And this year they didn’t get them. It’s still early in the planting season on Georgia farms, with most of the cotton andpeanuts still to be planted. But crops already in the fields — especially wheat, corn andtobacco — are running into early trouble. “We’ve had a very early flight of tobacco budworms,” said extension entomologistDavid Jones. “They’re causing problems in early-transplanted tobacco.” “We definitely have more insect problems than we had this time last year,” he said. “Flea beetles, too, are tearing us up in recently transplanted tobacco,” he said. Hessian flies can cut yields dramatically in heavily infested fields. And they aren’t theonly problems Georgia wheat is encountering.center_img Tobacco budworms started showing up in force in the second week of April, he said.That’s three to four weeks earlier than normal. Tobacco, too, is taking an early hit. “We’ve got some late-season wheat that just isn’t going to head,” he said. “It justdidn’t get enough cold weather.” Overall wheat losses haven’t been heavy yet. “Right now, probably 10 percent wouldcover it,” Clark said. But some farmers have been hard-hit. “One grower in thecounty,” he said, “has plowed up 200 acres of late-season wheat.” Jones expects mid-April rains to add mole crickets to the list of insects bugging Georgiatobacco. Georgia growers don’t normally treat their fields for Hessian flies. They can control thepests with a soil insecticide at planting. But mostly they rely on resistant varieties andplanting practices to keep down populations. “The mild winter and mild, dry spring have led to increased insect populations,” saidRandy Hudson, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. Insects normally can hit Georgia crops only in small numbers by mid-April. But thisyear’s weather, Hudson said, has enabled many insects to multiply early through manygenerations. So their populations are unusually high. The aphids are sucking the juices from wheat plants as the plants are forming heads ofgrain. That not only cuts yields, but lowers the weight, and therefore the quality, of thegrain the plants produce.last_img read more

first_imgWeather conditions in May continued this year’s trend of above-normal temperatures in Georgia with some areas seeing higher than normal rainfall and other areas still experiencing drought conditions. Rainfall across the state varied from 25 to 500 percent of normal due to the ongoing severe drought coupled with the rainfall contributions of Tropical Storm Beryl at the end of the month near the Georgia coast.In Atlanta the monthly average temperature was 73.9 degrees F (3.8 degrees above normal), Athens was 72.7 degrees (2.7 above normal), Columbus was 76.1 degrees (3.1 above normal), Macon was 74.2 degrees (2.3 above normal), Savannah was 75.9 degrees (2.6 above normal), Brunswick was 76.2 degrees (1.7 above normal), Alma was 76 degrees (2.3 above normal) and Augusta was 73.8 degrees (2.7 above normal). This has been the warmest spring on record for a number of National Weather Service Stations including the stations in Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Savannah. It was the second warmest spring in Augusta in the 142 years that station has been collecting data and the third warmest spring in Macon in the 120 years of collecting data at that station. It was also the eighth warmest May for Atlanta and the fourth warmest May for Columbus. The warm winter and spring temperatures led to a 25 to 35 percent drop in peach production, since Georgia’s orchards need a certain number of chill hours to produce a full crop. Late-blooming varieties were particularly hard hit. However, the peaches that were harvested were of good quality and were quickly shipped to market. Rainfall across Georgia varied widely in May due to several storms that passed through the state, including Tropical Storm Beryl in late May. The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 7.48 inches in Savannah (4.50 inches above normal), and the lowest was in Macon with only 2.11 inches (0.61 inches below normal). Augusta received 4.56 inches (1.91 inches above normal), Brunswick received 7.06 inches (5.20 above normal), Alma received 5.02 inches (2.55 above normal) and Columbus received 3.34 inches (0.15 above normal). Atlanta received only 3.41 inches (0.26 inches below normal), and Athens received 2.67 inches (0.33 inches below normal). The highest monthly amounts were generally within 100 miles of the Georgia coastline, in the area covered by Tropical Storm Beryl at the end of May. The areas with the least rainfall were in central Georgia where exceptional drought conditions suppressed thunderstorm development. The highest single-day rainfall reported by a Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network Station was 4.01 inches in north-central Georgia near Dahlonega in Lumpkin County on May 7. The second highest daily total was 3.81 inches reported at Kingsland in Camden County on May 29. The Kingsland observer also had the highest monthly total of 11.28 inches, including 6.34 inches from Beryl. The second highest monthly total was 9.96 inches reported on St. Simons Island in Glynn County. Severe weather was reported on 11 days in May. No tornadoes were reported, but there was significant damage to crops from reported hail this month. The most severe crop damage came on May 22 in parts of Berrien, Colquitt, Cook, Tift and Worth counties, where a swath of hail up to 40 miles wide fell and covered the ground in drifts up to 6-feet-high. The hail fell in the middle of the harvest season for a number of field crops, including hundreds of acres of watermelon. Wind damage caused scattered power outages during the month, and there were a number of house fires reported due to lightning strikes. Beryl was the strongest tropical storm observed along the Atlantic Coast in May in over 100 years, with winds of up to 70 mph as it came onshore just south of the Georgia-Florida border. The storm caused strong rip currents, flooding and high winds, which cut power to thousands of people along the coast. Beryl did reduce vacation travel in coastal communities over the Memorial Day weekend, but no estimates of losses due to reduced tourism were available at the time this report was written. Drought conditions in May stabilized due to intermittent showers across the state and a lack of extended hot spells. Farmers reported that timely rain was sustaining crops in some places, while other areas remained dry. A few farmers reported difficulty getting into the fields due to wet conditions near the end of the month, especially in areas that were affected by Beryl. In dry areas, farmers were continuing to feed hay to livestock due to lack of growing pastures and reported problems with insects.last_img read more

first_imgMarch contracts for future construction in Vermont and New Hampshire soared in March 2009 as the federal stimulus package brought hundreds of millions of dollars into the two states for highway and bridge construction, according to the McGraw Hill Construction reports. Vermont March transportation contracts were $275.2 million, with the total for the first quarter of 2009 up 1,311.1 percent to $292.1 million. The transportation total for the first quarter is slightly more than the total for all of 2008 or 2007. New Hampshire’s March transportation contracts were $114.5 million. Its first quarter total was up 1,088.6 percent to $624 million, an increase of more than $100 million from all of 2008, or $200 million more than all of 2007. The other two construction categories for both states – housing and commercial/industrial – saw continued declines in both states. Vermont was down 71 percent (to $25.7 million) in future contracts for housing and down 10 percent (to $23.5 million) in commercial for the first quarter compared to the first quarter of 2008. New Hampshire’s housing contracts were down 57 percent (to $61.1 million) and commercial was down 42 percent ($81 million) in the first quarter. AttachmentSize Dodge VT.pdf109.64 KB Dodge NH.pdf109.9 KBlast_img read more

first_img### Governor Jim Douglas and Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville today announced the appointment of Caroline S. Earle as Commissioner of Human Resources. Ms. Earle currently serves as Chief of the Civil Litigation Division in the Office of the Attorney General. “We are very excited to have Caroline join the team,” said Governor Douglas. “She brings a strong intellect, tremendous energy and enormous capacity to this important role.  She is the right fit for the department at this critical time.”“Caroline is a proven leader with the ideal mix of experience, smarts and tenacity,” said Lunderville. “She will be integral to our efforts to build a strong workforce while addressing difficult budget challenges.” “It has been a privilege to serve in the Attorney General’s Office working on a range of important and complex cases,” said Ms. Earle.  “I’m looking forward to working with Governor Douglas and his team on this new and exciting challenge.”“Our state workforce is one of our greatest assets,” continued Earle. “Despite the many budget challenges we face, we must explore ways to develop skills and training so that employees are not just working harder, but working smarter.”Earle will come to the Department of Human Resources after serving two years as Chief of the Civil Litigation Division.  Earle has practiced general civil litigation, including employment law, with the firms of Wilson & White, P.C. and Legus & Bisson, PLC.  Earle is a current member of the Board of Bar Examiners, and has served as past President of the Washington County Bar Association and on the Vermont Bar Association Bar Foundation. Earle graduated from McGill University, B.A. First Class Honors, in 1990, and then earned a J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law in 1993.  She was a Notes Editor on the Indiana Law Journal. Earle lives in Barre with her three children.  Her appointment will begin September 28, 2009.Source: Governor’s office.last_img read more

first_img GUATEMALA CITY — Authorities in Guatemala seized 38 barrels of drug precursor Dimetil and dismantled an illegal drug lab May 19, the country’s National Civilian Police said. In the operation, a joint effort by the police and the Attorney General’s office, authorities also seized 480 sacks of caustic soda, a processor, a burner and three large boilers. Dimetil is used in the production of illegal stimulants. The substances were hidden in a construction warehouse west of the capital, authorities added. The seized cargo was taken to a secure facility, where it will undergo further analysis. No arrests were made at the site. [Prensalibre.com, 21/05/2012; Univision.com, 20/05/2012] By Dialogo May 22, 2012last_img read more