This week’s installment of the College’s Justice Fridays lecture series focused on explaining how Title IX protects students of all gender identities and sexual orientation from sex-based discrimination.Saint Mary’s senior Bri O’Brien led the conversation, focusing on how Title IX can benefit the LGBTQ community on college campuses. She offered a concise explanation of how Title IX works.“Title IX extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity or failure to conform to stereotypical notions of masculinity or femininity,” O’Brien said.“Men, women, transgender students anybody of any gender identity or sexual orientation cannot be discriminated on that basis because that all originates from sex.”“You cannot discriminate on the basis of sex in any educational institutions that receive public funds … from that they [Title IX] elaborate onto sex-based harassment, gender based harassment, sexual violence and sexual harassment,” O’Brien said.While Saint Mary’s does an excellent job informing students of their rights when sexual assault occurs, O’Brien said, there is less focus on how Title IX protects the LGBTQ community.“We [Saint Mary’s] don’t really touch on the LGBTQ part of it,” O’Brien said.She said administrators should be trained and treat same-sex sexual harassment the same as heterosexual sexual harassment.“Recently, the [Office of Civil Rights’s] elaborated guidance on Title IX specifically said that administrators, faculty, staff, Title IX coordinators, deputy coordinators, mandated reporters; all these people have to have specified training on how to work with LGBTQ students.“When it comes to same sex assault, Title IX mandates the process should be the same for same sex assaults as it is for non-same sex assaults. So that means it shouldn’t look any different, you shouldn’t be asked any different questions,” O’Brien said.Junior Sarah Bastian said she had a better understanding of Title IX after the talk.“I learned that Title IX applies to every single student, regardless of sexual identity, who is a victim of sexual assault or harassment,” she said. “Also, there are women here at Saint Mary’s who sexually harass fellow students, but that is not discussed. The discussions mostly revolve around women being victimized by men. Neither situation should be ignored.”O’Brien concluded the talk by advising students to know their rights and to let the administration know they know their rights under Title IX to avoid miscommunication.Bastian said a basic knowledge of Title IX would enable students to more effectively navigate the system should they become a victim of sexual discrimination or harassment.“If you don’t know your rights, you cannot fully stand up for yourself,” she said.The Justice Friday lecture series takes place every Friday from 12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. in Conference Room A and B of the Student Center.Tags: Justice Fridays, Title IX
(clockwise from top left): J. Harrison Ghee, Kate Shindle, Tom Hewitt & Janet Dacal(Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser & Getty Images) New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse has assembled a talented group of stars to join the previously announced Harry Connick Jr. in the new musical adaptation of the 1973 film The Sting. J. Harrison Ghee (Kinky Boots), Kate Shindle (Fun Home), Janet Dacal (Prince of Broadway) and Tom Hewitt (The Rocky Horror Show) will co-star in the new show featuring a book by Bob Martin and a score by Connick, Mark Hollmann and Greg Kotis. John Rando will direct and Warren Carlyle will choreograph the tuner, slated to begin at Paper Mill on March 29 with an official opening scheduled for April 8.Set in 1936 Chicago, The Sting tells of a pair of con men: small town grafter Johnny Hooker (Ghee) and big-time hustler Henry Gondorff (Connick), who plot to bring down the city’s most corrupt racketeer. In addition to Connick as Henry Gondorff and Ghee as Johnny Hooker, the cast will feature Shindle as Billie, Dacal as Loretta and Hewitt as Doyle Lonnegan. They’ll be joined by Peter Benson as The Erie Kid, Christopher Gurr as J.J. Singleton, Richard Kline as Kid Twist, Kevyn Morrow as Luther and Robert Wuhl as Snyder. The company will also include Lucien Barbarin, Darius Barnes, Keely Beirne, Michael Fatica, Luke Hawkins, Tyler Huckstep, Matt Loehr, Erica Mansfield, Drew McVety, Ramone Owens, Tyler Roberts, Angie Schworer, Christine Shepard, Britton Smith, Sherisse Springer, Diana Vaden, Kevin Worley and Lara Seibert Young.The production team includes set design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Randy Hansen and orchestrations by Doug Besterman. The Sting will play a limited engagement through April 29. Star Files View Comments Harry Connick Jr. J. Harrison Ghee
from $97.00 Tony Yazbeck has never taken LSD, but in Lincoln Center Theater’s upcoming original musical Flying Over Sunset, he gets to take audiences on a massive acid trip. Originally scheduled to open at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on April 16, the James Lapine, Tom Kitt and Michael Korie musical has announced its plan to reopen in the fall. The dashing triple-threat checked in with Broadway.com’s Beth Stevens on a recent episode of #LivetatFive: Home Edition to talk about staying sane in quarantine, and how he’s keeping in touch with his co-stars.After three workshops over the course of a year, six weeks of rehearsal and two weeks of tech, Yazbeck was more than ready to finally perform Flying Over Sunset in front of an audience. Unfortunately, that never happened. “Our first preview was supposed to be March 12, the day the shutdown was announced,” he said. “Here we are, the morning of and everyone is getting ready for our first preview day. We have four hours of rehearsal to finish tech and to really just celebrate our first audience after a year of working on this show. We have a meeting midday that says, ‘You won’t get to do the show.’ It was heartbreaking for all of us.” Tony Yazbeck View Comments Flying Over Sunset Flying Over Sunset imagines a shared acid trip between Hollywood leading man Cary Grant (Yazbeck), conservative politician Clare Boothe Luce (Carmen Cusack) and novelist Aldous Huxley (Harry Hadden-Paton). In real life, each used the drug in the 1950s (though not together); the musical follows their individual psychedelic journeys. “What I realized what was so poignant about the show is that it really is about human connection and what does it mean to be connected to somebody those little simplicities and basics of life,” Yazbeck said. “I’ve never done LSD, and I had to do a lot of research. You can go down the YouTube hole and actually look at clips from the ’50, ’60s and see psychologists in their study with a patient on LSD and it is fascinating. I read Aldous Huxley’s books, and what I’ve learned about it is it’s quite lucid. It’s not like you’re drunk or you’re loopy. You’re quite in your body; everything is just really heightened.”Although the show’s schedule has changed, the Flying cast is finding ways to stay connected. “We had a group warm-up during rehearsals where we would do like a two-minute plank together and tell stories to each other and [director] James Lapine loved it,” Yazbeck said. “At 2PM, we still get on Zoom and we plank and just tell stories. It’s so nice to still have that bond, even though we’re not rehearsing and looking at those lines and scripts. We can tune in with each other and make sure everyone’s doing okay.”While several Broadway shows that never opened this season are in limbo, Flying Over Sunset has secured its future. “I can tell you for sure, we do have a show and it’s ready to go,” Yazbeck said. “We’re slated for the fall and just hoping we can get back. The show is beautiful, and it’s ready for audiences.”Watch Yazbeck talk about revisiting A Chorus Line and more in the full episode below! Related Shows Tony Yazbeck in rehearsal for Flying Over Sunset.(Photo by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) Tony Yazbeck (Photo by Emilio Madrid for Broadway.com, Composite by Ryan Casey for Broadway.com) Star Files Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 27:14Loaded: 0.00%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -27:14 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.
Vermont Business Magazine VSECU CEO Rob Miller was recently appointed to the First District’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC). The council, which includes members from all New England states, meets twice annually to advise the Bank on the economy, lending conditions, and other issues. Miller plans to amass data and policy advice from other Vermont financial institutions to share with the council.“This is a unique opportunity to provide Boston Fed President Eric Rosengren with feedback and insights on economic conditions affecting Vermonters and Vermont communities,” Miller stated. “Hearing similar insights from bank and credit union executives across New England will also enhance our understanding of challenges and opportunities facing communities throughout the northeast. In a nutshell, it’s a great chance both to share with and learn from community lenders who share our commitment to community and economic development,” he explained. “Information from all 12 regional CDIAC meetings gets summarized and presented in Washington DC by the CDIAC chairs,” he noted.As part of the Central bank of the United States, the Boston Fed works to promote sound growth and financial stability in New England and throughout the country. Its contributions to communities, the region, and the nation include:· Conducting economic research,· Participating in monetary policy-making,· Supervising certain financial institutions,· Providing financial services and payments,· Playing a leadership role in the payments industry, and· Supporting economic well-being in communities through a variety of efforts.CDIAC member terms last for three years. Miller said he will use the forum to introduce or monitor topics of importance to Vermonters.“VSECU is the only credit union serving all Vermonters, so I will bring a statewide perspective to this Council. I am eager to work with my counterparts in the region on strategies to create greater social, economic, and environmental prosperity.”Miller, a resident of Shelburne, is a former Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic Development and currently serves on the boards of the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Capstone Community Action and the Energy Action Network.VSECUVSECU is a member-owned cooperative and not for profit credit union for everybody who lives and works in Vermont, offering a full range of affordable financial products and services to its member-owners. VSECU is committed to improving the lives of Vermonters by empowering the possibilities for greater social, environmental, and financial prosperity. For more information about VSECU, call 802/800 371-5162 or visit www.vsecu.com(link is external)Source: MONTPELIER, VT, February 21, 2017 – VSECU
Southwestern Vermont Health Care,Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Centers for Living and Rehabilitation (CLR), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Bennington, recently earned Vermont regulators’ highest commendation, deficiency free. Last month, five surveyors from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living arrived unannounced for their yearly survey. They reviewed the facility for 3 days to check that the nursing home is meeting each of more than 300 standards covering every aspect of care, including administration, cleanliness, nursing care, activity programming, protection of resident rights, and food service.They spoke with current residents and residents’ family members, interviewed staff, reviewed the record-keeping practices for current and discharged residents, and observed all of the programs and services offered.“We are tremendously proud of this. Meeting the state’s standards requires incredible dedication from our team,” said Suzanne Anair, the facility’s administrator. “Our philosophy relies on taking the best possible care of residents.”“These standards are useful, because they help us set benchmarks for our teams. We check and recheck everything we do,” Anair said. “A deficiency-free survey is a good indication for those looking for the care and their families that we are providing the best care possible.”In August, the facility earned the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ highest ranking, 5 stars. Facilities are rated based on results of health inspections; levels of staffing, including the number of registered nurses providing care; and quality measures, including patient outcomes, infection rates, pressure ulcers, and falls. The number of facilities that can be given the highest rating is capped at 20 percent per state, so the rating is a reflection of both how well CLR is performing and how it compares to others in the state. To review ratings from area nursing homes, consumers can visit www.medicare.gov/nursinghomecompare(link is external).CLR is located at 160 Hospital Drive(link is external) in Bennington. It shares a campus with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and provides short-term rehabilitation, respite care, long-term care, and palliative and hospice care. For information about becoming a patient or resident call 802-447-1547 or visit svhealthcare.org/clr(link is external).SVHC is an integrated health system serving Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC consists of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, and the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington; SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, Mountain Medical at the base of Mount Snow in West Dover, SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC’s multispecialty medical group is operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and provides a wide range of primary and specialty care to the region. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external). For news and updates, follow Facebook.com/svmedicalcenter(link is external).BENNINGTON, VT—November 14, 2017—Southwestern Vermont Health Care
Killington Pico Ski Resort Partners, LLC,Killington World Cup Foundation Supports Programs Seeking to Increase Winter Sports Participation for Youth Throughout the Northeast and to Improve Competition & Training Infrastructure. Killington photo of Mikaela Shiffrin winning 2019 HomeLight Killington Cup slalom.Vermont Business Magazine The Killington World Cup Foundation (KWCF) recently awarded 21 grants totaling $228,000 to Northeast area nonprofits in eight states through a competitive grant opportunity. Combined with matching funds and multi-year grant commitments, the KWCF’s effort will contribute more than $400,000 in resources to winter sports infrastructure in the region. These grants were made possible as a result of the 2019 HomeLight Killington Cup event.The KWCF grants ranged from $1,000 to $25,000. All of the grant recipients are registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations or have a fiscal sponsor. Awarded projects include trail expansion and equipment for various racing venues in New York, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, District of Columbia and North Carolina, participation scholarships for adaptive, Nordic and alpine programs in Maine, Vermont and Massachusetts, a Learn to Ski program in Vermont and Maine, and, for the first time, two ski jumping foundations.Grants were awarded and funding began September 15, 2020. All awarded projects hope to begin during the 2020 calendar year, but may be delayed with Covid-19 restrictions.“We are incredibly grateful for the generous financial support from the Killington World Cup Foundation. This grant will enable Youth Enrichment Services and New England Disabled Sports to serve an estimated 100 youth with disabilities this winter in our Adaptive YETTI (Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction) Program,” said Bryan Van Dorpe, Executive Director of Youth Enrichment Services. “Youth with a variety of disabilities will have the opportunity to participate in this specialized alpine skiing/snowboarding program. Two years ago, KWCF provided initial funding for what was a pilot adaptive ski/snowboard program. I am thrilled to report that the program, as well as our partnership with NEDS, has flourished thanks to the vision and support of the foundation!”Mountain Alliance App Development Program is an affordable and successful means to introduce teens to snow sports who would most likely never have the opportunity. “Students appreciated having the opportunity to visit Appalachian Ski Mountain multiple times. They felt like they were able to more effectively build on their skills and become more comfortable on the mountain. Being able to visit several times across a few weeks gave students something to look forward to, allowed them time to reflect on their skills, and helped them grow more quickly than just attending a single night event. This program helped students realize their love of skiing and gave them more confidence to go out on their own and continue to pursue the sport,” said Rachel Whitmer, Coordinator, Mountain Alliance. “When making the decision to host the World Cup, one of the objectives was to give back to the athletic community in the area,” said Herwig Demshar, Senior Vice President of International Business Development at POWDR, Killington Resort’s parent company. “This partnership has proven an effective way to give directly to supporting young, aspiring skiers and snowboarders who are the future competitors and supporters of the sport.”Grant applications were reviewed by a committee that included: Tiger Shaw, CEO of the U.S. Ski & Snowboard; Tom Karam, founder of T2 Foundation and a U.S. Ski & Snowboard trustee; Tao Smith, Head of School at Gould Academy; Grace Macomber Bird, Volunteer, Kelly Brush Foundation; Harry Ryan, Facey, Goss & McPhee, P.C.; John Casella, Chairman and CEO of Casella Waste Management; Kenneth Graham, Founder and Chairman of Inverness Graham and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board of Directors; and Phill Gross, Managing Director, Adage Capital Management and U.S. Ski & Snowboard Board of Directors.The 2020 Audi FIS Alpine World Cup races will remain in Europe through early December following a recent decision (link is external)made jointly by the International Ski Federation, National Ski Associations and local organizing committees in Canada and the U.S.A. Killington Resort, POWDR, and U.S. Ski & Snowboard have already committed to bringing FIS Alpine World Cup racing back to Killington Resort for the 2021/22 Olympic Qualification season.A list of all of 2020’s grant recipients as well as details for organizations interested in applying for future KWCF grants can be found at kwcfgivesback.org(link is external).About the Killington World Cup FoundationKWCF was created to support the Women’s World Cup at Killington and to benefit local and regional youth development programs. KWCF will consider and award grants to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations to facilitate training infrastructure in the Northeast and SARA region (ME/NH/VT/CT/NY/MA/RI/NJ/PA/NC/VA/WV) and to increase participation in competitive winter sports programs throughout the Northeast. Fundraising is a year-round effort. For more information, visit kwcfgivesback.org(link is external).Source: KILLINGTON, VT (October 1, 2020) — The Killington World Cup Foundation
Minnesota creates program director position, appoints BingleMatt Bingle became the first-ever director of track and field and cross country. Derek WetmoreOctober 20, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintOne of the more successful womenâÄôs sports programs on campus just added some stability.WomenâÄôs track and field coach Matt Bingle has been promoted to program director âÄî the first in Minnesota history and a position they created for him.HeâÄôll oversee his current team as well as the cross country program, effective immediately, according to athletics director Joel Maturi .âÄúWhile this is primarily a shift in title, the success of the womenâÄôs track and field and cross country programs during MattâÄôs tenure here at the University of Minnesota was a huge factor in this change,âÄù Maturi said in a release announcing the promotion Wednesday.Bingle took over the track and field team in the spring of 2007 and was recently extended. Unlike menâÄôs hockey coach Don Lucia, BingleâÄôs contract wasnâÄôt about to expire, so he was already going to be here.After he experienced early success at Minnesota, he was a hot coaching commodity in the track and field community, so the Gophers locked him up.Maturi called it a shift in title, hinting his immediate role likely wonâÄôt significantly change.As director of both programs, he would be allowed to hire any coach he chooses to run the programs. Should another athletic director take over when MaturiâÄôs contract expires next spring, Bingle could retain the staff thatâÄôs been working together for a number of years âÄî Gary Wilson, Lynne Anderson, Caroline White and Sarah Hesser.Previously, with no program director in place, those decisions would have been up to the athletic director.âÄúThis is truly an exciting day for our track and field and cross country programs,âÄù Bingle said in the release. âÄúWhatâÄôs great for the program is that for years to come there will be stability in the coaching staff. What we have going right now is working. And any time you can have a great staff stay together, the sky is the limit.âÄùBingle thanked his wife and family, Maturi and Wilson for being one of his coaching mentors in the release.âÄúWe feel this is the right time to make this next transition as a program,âÄù Wilson said in the release. âÄúWhile I will still retain head coaching responsibilities for cross country, Matt will oversee the entire program.âÄúCross country and track at the college level are so intertwined that it only makes sense to have a director that can maintain the success of both programs far in to the future,âÄù Wilson said.The womenâÄôs track and field team is the largest in Division I in the country.Bingle is in his ninth year with Minnesota and will begin his fifth as head coach in January.
Cases in multistate cucumber Salmonella outbreak near 700The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) received reports of 113 additional cases of salmonellosis likely linked to cucumbers in the past week, raising the outbreak total to 671, the agency said in an update yesterday.Alabama was added to the list of affected states, bringing that total to 34 (see CDC map). California and Arizona have by far the highest caseload, with 164 and 112, respectively. Utah is next with 51 cases. The outbreak strains are Salmonella Poona.Illness-onset dates range from Jul 3 to Sep 21, and patients’ ages vary from less than 1 year to 99, with a median age of 17 years. Of 459 patients with available information, 131 (29%) required hospitalization. Three deaths have been reported, a number that did not change since the CDC’s previous report a week ago.The outbreak has been linked to cucumbers imported from Mexico by Andrew & Williamson Fresh Produce of San Diego. The company announced a voluntary recall of its cucumbers on Sep 4.Sep 29 CDC update WHO: 6 recent Saudi MERS cases include 2 in health workersThe World Health Organization (WHO) today supplied details on 6 recent Saudi MERS-CoV cases, 4 of them in Riyadh, 2 of which involve healthcare workers (HCWs). The agency received notification of the cases from Saudi health officials from Sep 20 to Sep 26.The four Riyadh MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) patients include a 44-year-old male HCW in stable condition, a 27-year-old female asymptomatic HCW, a 59-year-old woman, and a 48-year-old man. The latter two are in stable condition in home isolation, have other medical conditions, and had contact with another MERS-CoV patient.The HCWs are both foreigners. The man had occupational contact with a MERS patient, while the woman worked in a hospital that treated MERS patients. Her exact exposure is under investigation.The other two patients are a 46-year-old man in Al-Oyoon who is hospitalized in stable condition and a 90-year-old from Najran who died. The younger man has a history of frequent contact with camels and consumption of raw camel milk. He had pre-existing disease.The man who died likewise had pre-existing disease. He developed symptoms on Sep 13, tested positive for MERS-CoV on Sep 19, and died on Sep 25. Investigation into his possible exposure to risk factors is ongoing.Since the outbreak began in September 2012, the WHO has been notified of 1,589 lab-confirmed MERS cases, including at least 567 deaths. Saudi Arabia, which has now gone 4 days without reporting a new case, has confirmed 1,250 cases and 536 deaths.Sep 30 WHO update Nigeria reports 6 more H5N1 outbreaksNigeria has notified the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of 6 new outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu in poultry, bringing its total for the year to 84, according to an OIE report yesterday.The outbreaks affected 13,300 birds total, killing 2,748 of them. The rest of the flocks were culled to limit disease spread. They began Sep 18 through Sep 22.Five of the outbreaks occurred in Rivers state, which has been hit hard. The other outbreak was in adjoining Abia. Both states are in the south.The affected flocks range in size from 800 to 3,300 egg-laying and broiler chickens. The OIE report said that poor farm biosecurity was a factor in at least one of the outbreaks. The country’s usual response efforts like disinfection and quarantine are being implemented.Sep 29 OIE report Gates Foundation pledges funds for RSV vaccine, access in poor nationsYesterday the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced it will spend up to $89 million to fund the development of a Novavax candidate vaccine against pneumonia caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in return for making the vaccine affordable in developing countries, according to a Forbes story.Keith Klugman, director for pneumonia at the Gates Foundation, said, “We felt that this was a worthwhile investment to make sure that if the vaccine does work, and if it is licensed, that it will be made available to infants in the developing world virtually simultaneously with the developed world.”RSV, for which no vaccine exists, is the top cause of pneumonia in children under 1 and kills 160,000 children worldwide each year, the story said. It is a leading cause of hospitalization in the United States and can cause problems in the elderly, as well.Novavax, of Gaithersburg, Md., yesterday announced that the RSV vaccine was well tolerated and highly immunogenic in a phase 1 trial involving 32 children 2 to 6 years old. It also said in a second press release that the vaccine produced similar results in 50 pregnant women in their third trimester who were enrolled in a phase 2 clinical trial. That study found that the women’s babies had an immune response almost as strong as their mothers’.Sep 29 Forbes story Sep 29 Novavax news release on phase 1 trialSep 29 Novavax news release on phase 2 trial
Canadian health officials today reported the country’s first sexually transmitted Zika virus case, the eighth country to report that type of disease spread.Also, an international expert meeting on Zika virus began today in Paris, and researchers reported that the virus was circulating in Haiti in late 2014, before the first cases were reported in Brazil.Sexual transmission in OntarioThe Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and Ontario’s health ministry said today that a patient from Ontario contracted the virus from a sexual partner who was diagnosed as having a Zika virus infection after traveling to an affected country. No other details were available, other than that the PHAC’s National Microbiology Laboratory has confirmed the case.In a statement, PHAC said the case underscores the need for travelers returning from Zika-hit countries and their sexual partners to take steps to protect themselves.As of today, Canada has recorded 55-travel linked case plus the sexual transmission case, according to the PHAC’s Zika surveillance page.International Zika summit beginsA 2-day international Zika virus summit began today at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, which is also sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Wellcome Trust. According to the meeting page on the Pasteur Institute’s Web site, the meeting is intended to foster open collaboration and discussion, given the rapid spread of the virus.Agenda topics include the epidemiology of the disease, neurologic complications, vaccine developments, diagnostic tests, animal models, and mosquito control.About 600 experts from 43 countries are at the meeting, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.Marie Paule-Kieny, PhD, assistant director-general for health systems and innovation at the World Health Organization (WHO), told the group that mosquito season is approaching in Europe, which could see local transmission and more sexual transmission cases, according to the AFP report. She said two Aedes mosquito species known to transmit the virus will start to circulate as temperatures in Europe start to rise.”The Zika emergency requires a rapid evolution of our knowledge base, concerted action, and innovation if the virus and related complications are to be addressed efficiently,” she told the group.Zika’s earlier arrival in HaitiIn other news, a retrospective analysis of blood samples collected from children to probe the cause of febrile illness from May 2014 to February 2015 showed that Zika virus was circulating in Hait before the first cases were reported in Brazil.The look back at the blood samples also revealed that the virus was in Haiti well before the first local cases were reported in the middle of January. Researchers from the University of Florida, Haiti, and Italy reported their findings today in an online edition of Public Library of Science (PLoS) Neglected Tropical Diseases.Of 177 blood samples, 43 were positive for Zika virus, with results confirmed by viral sequencing. The team also detected dengue virus in one of samples that was positive for Zika.The children who were infected with Zika virus were from two different schools in three different towns, with all three cases occurring the same week. The findings are consistent with an outbreak in Haiti’s Gressier/Leogane region, just west of Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince, the investigators reported. The children lived within a 20-mile radius of each other, and all had been sick during the same week in December 2014.Genetic sequencing found that the virus was closely related to the one from Brazil, and an analysis of the NS5 gene suggested that the Haitian outbreak virus is part of a larger clade that includes isolates from Easter Island.Researchers concluded that Zika epidemics seem to have complex spread patterns and that more information is needed about what fueled transmission and what the consequences were of Haiti’s early outbreak.See also:Apr 25 PHAC statementPHAC Zika surveillance pagePasteur Institute Zika summit pageApr 25 AFP storyApr 25 PLoS Negl Trop Dis report
Jul 29, 2020 [su_box title=”The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)” style=”soft” box_color=”#54c0f0″]The CCJ was inaugurated on 16 April, 2005 in Trinidad and Tobago where it is headquartered. Its central role is providing legal certainty to the operations of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). It is structured to have two jurisdictions – an original and an appellate. In its original jurisdiction it ensures uniform interpretation and application of the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, thereby underpinning and advancing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy. As the final court of appeal for Member States of the Caribbean Community it fosters the development of an indigenous Caribbean jurisprudence[/su_box] Mr. Justice Saunders is Chairman of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO). He is also the Course Director of the Halifax-based Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute. Mr. Justice Saunders has also co-authored the book, Fundamentals of Caribbean Constitutional Law. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) in 1975 and the Legal Education Certificate of the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago in 1977. He was called to the Bar of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in that same year. Mr. Justice Saunders remained in private practice as a barrister and solicitor from 1977 until 1996 when he was appointed as a Judge of the E. In 2003, he was confirmed as a Justice of Appeal of the ECSC and one year later he was appointed to act as Chief Justice of that Court. Mr. Justice Saunders was appointed a Judge of the CCJ in 2005. (CCJ Press Release) Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CDB hails Arthur as Steadfast, Passionate Defender of… Jul 2, 2020 You may be interested in… Jul 9, 2020 CCJ to Rule on Guyana Opposition Appeal Next Week CCJ Doors Closed Due to COVID-19, E-Filing, Library Queries… CCJ’S new President to be honoured with special sitting(Caribbean Court of Justice Press Release) Port of Spain, Trinidad. The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will be honoured with the first of two Special Sittings of the Court. The first Special Sitting will be held on Friday, 13 July, 2018, at…July 12, 2018In “CARICOM”Special Sitting highlights CCJ’S successes, new presidentPort-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 13 July, 2018 (Caribbean Court of Justice Press Release) In what was noted by a few speakers as being held on an interesting date, the Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice(CCJ), was honoured at a Special Sitting of the Court…July 13, 2018In “CARICOM”Change in Leadership at the CCJ on 4 JulyPort of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (Caribbean Court of Justice Press Release) On July 4th, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will see a change in leadership from the Rt. Hon. Sir Dennis Byron to the CCJ’s 3rd President, the Hon. Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders. The transition will take place as…July 3, 2018In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp Mar 31, 2020 Port of Spain, Trinidad – The Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Dudley Saunders, a citizen of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been appointed as the incoming President of the Caribbean Court of Justice with effect from July 4, 2018. The Heads of Government of CARICOM made the appointment at its last meeting, held in Haiti from February 26-27, 2018, acting on the nomination of the Regional Judicial and Legal Services Commission (RJLSC). The RJLSC had selected Mr. Justice Saunders after a competitive merit-based process. Sir Dennis Byron CCJ Rules Guyana Court of Appeal’s Judgement, Chief… President of the CCJ, the Right Honourable Sir Dennis Byron, said, “Justice Saunders’ appointment to be the incoming President of the Court has been greeted with pleasure by the entire Bench of the Court. He has served with distinction and has exhibited qualities of excellence, sharp intellect, strong moral values, leadership skills and encyclopaedic knowledge for the law tempered by things Caribbean”.