Joint Force Headquarters-PennsylvaniaJoint Force Headquarters – Pennsylvania (JFHQ-PA) is the headquarters for both the Army and the Air National Guards of Pennsylvania, providing oversight to all the Soldiers and Airmen in the state. JFHQ-PA’s mission is to maintain trained and equipped forces ready to perform missions as directed by state or federal authorities. The headquarters JFHQ-PA supports Homeland Defense, Defense Support to Civil Authorities and other domestic emergency missions. In addition, the JFHQ-PA provides expertise and situational awareness to Department of Defense authorities to facilitate integration of federal and state activities.Counterdrug Joint Task ForceThe mission of the Pennsylvania Counterdrug Joint Task Force (CJTF) directly supports the commonwealth’s mission to improve the safety and welfare of citizens of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania CJTF leverages unique National Guard capabilities to support community efforts against illicit drugs and emerging threats. Its missions include:Operational Support to Law EnforcementAssist in the disruption of illicit drug financing, production, transportation and distribution. Guardsmen provide personnel and services that include criminal analysis, technical support, engineer support, prescription take back, ground reconnaissance and aerial observation.Civil OperationsGuardsmen teach, coach and mentor civilian community anti-drug coalitions to deliver collaborative and effective strategies that promote drug-free communities and create healthy citizens.Northeast Counterdrug Training CenterPlease see the section on Tenant Training Units for more information.Visit www.counterdrug.org 3rd Civil Support TeamPennsylvania’s 3rd Civil Support Team (CST) is a 22-person, full-time force that provides state and regional chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response capability in the form of recognition, analysis, prediction and active monitoring. The Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological and High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP) is a 186-person force with five full-time personnel and the remainder traditional National Guard Soldiers and Airmen. The CERFP provides search and extraction, decontamination, medical triage and limited care capabilities in response to a CBRN event both in-state and regionally.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Climate Action Commission will be hosting a series of public scoping sessions through the state in September and October to gather input and recommendations from Vermonters. The Commission hopes to hear people’s experiences in dealing with the effects of climate change, as well as their ideas for potential actions that the Commission could recommend to the Governor’s office. The Climate Action Commission was formed by Governor Phil Scott to unify Vermont’s ambitious climate and economic goals. It is chaired by Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Deputy Secretary Peter Walke and co-chaired by Paul Costello, Executive Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development. Other committee members come from a wide variety of fields in both the public and private sector, and represent business, energy, and environmental organizations.“Vermont’s response to climate change presents a tremendous opportunity to continue growing the state’s economy while protecting the environment and improving our quality of life,” said Deputy Secretary Walke. “We want to know how this issue is affecting Vermonters and to hear their ideas for how we can address climate change in ways that align with Governor Scott’s goals to strengthen the economy, make Vermont more affordable, and protect the most vulnerable.”The public hearings are from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. as follows:Wednesday, September 13 – Kingdom Taproom community meeting hall, 397 Railroad Street, St. Johnsbury, VTThursday, September 21 – Hunter Seminar Room, Tuttle Memorial Library, Burr and Burton Academy, 57 Seminary Avenue, Manchester, VTThursday, September 28 – City Hall Auditorium, 100 North Main Street, St. Albans, VTThursday, October 5 – Marlboro College Graduate School, Room 1-E, 28 Vernon Street, Brattleboro, VTReasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities are available upon request. Please include a description of the accommodation you will need. Individuals making such requests must include their contact information. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com(link sends e-mail) or call 802-828-1294 (direct voice) or 1-800-253-0191 (TTY).More information about the work of the Vermont Climate Action Commission is available at: http://anr.vermont.gov/about_us/special-topics/vermont-climate-action-commission(link is external)Source: Vermont Climate Action CommissionVBM vermontbiz.com
The New York Times:People who do well on a test of one mental ability — let’s say a test of verbal ability — will tend to do well on tests of others — math ability, spatial ability, and so on. This finding, which has been replicated thousands of times, implies that there is a general factor of human intelligence. Psychologists call this factor “g.” We still don’t know what underlies g. Ian Deary, a researcher at the University of Edinburgh, has argued that the speed of perceptual processes is one piece of the puzzle, while Randall Engle, of the Georgia Institute of Technology, has established that intelligence is strongly linked to working memory capacity, which he thinks of as the ability to hold information in the focus of attention. Others suggest that when we try to boil down the human intellect to a single factor, we lose view of its complexity.What we do know is that measures of general intelligence are practically useful. Frank Schmidt, of the University of Iowa, and the late John Hunter, of Michigan State University, documented that g is the single best predictor of job performance across a wide range of occupations — better than personality, interest, motivation and even job experience. People who do well on tests of intelligence tend to make the best mechanics, managers, clerks, salespeople, pilots, detectives and scientists. They also tend to make the best teachers. It makes perfectly good sense, as Andrew Biggs and Jason Richwine argue, to use intelligence as a predictor of teacher performance. We should want smart people to be our teachers.Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >
Jennifer Eberhardt is a MacArthur “genius grant” winner and psychology professor at Stanford University who studies implicit bias. TIME spoke with her about her new book, Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See Think and Do, as well as her research, her work with police departments and how implicit bias can affect us all. Read the whole story: TIME More of our Members in the Media >
Email University of Texas at Arlington researchers have found that low attention control in early adolescence is related to a genetic risk factor for four different anxiety disorders. Young teens who suffer from anxiety are also more vulnerable to additional problems like depression, drug dependence, suicidal behavior and educational underachievement.The National Institutes of Mental Health reports that 8 per cent of teens ages 13 to 18 have an anxiety disorder, with anxiety-related problems often peaking during this time. Most adults diagnosed with anxiety or mood disorders also report the presence of symptoms earlier in their lives.“Appropriate and earlier intervention could really assist these patients and improve their outlooks on the long-term,” said Jeffrey Gagne, UTA assistant professor of psychology and lead author of the study. “Having a visible marker like low attention control, which usually appears and can be identified before anxiety, could improve the treatment of these disorders.” Pinterest Share on Twitter Share Gagne and UTA graduate student Catherine Spann recently published their research as “The Shared Etiology of Attentional Control and Anxiety: An Adolescent Twin Study” in the Journal of Research on Adolescence. Deirdre O’Sullivan, Nicole Schmidt and H. Hill Goldsmith, all of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, also participated in the study, which was supported by several grants from the National Institute of Mental Health including a Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience grant.This research constitutes the first twin study-based examination of genetic and environmental factors that contribute to both low attention control and four distinct anxiety symptoms in early adolescence.The researchers used a combination of self-ratings and mother ratings to assess scores for obsessive, social, separation and generalized anxiety symptoms in 446 twin pairs with a mean age of 13.6 years, all enrolled in the Wisconsin Twin Project.They then explored the extent to which links between low levels of attention and anxiety symptoms are genetically and environmentally mediated in adolescence.Non-shared environmental influences were significant across attention control and all anxiety variables. Genetic correlations ranged from 36 to 47 per cent, a pattern that suggests that low attention can be considered a phenotypic and genetic risk factor for anxiety.Risk level varied, however, depending on the specific type of disorder, with the highest correlations being for generalized and separation anxieties, and the lowest for obsessive-compulsive disorder.Perry Fuchs, chair of UTA’s department of Psychology in the College of Science, emphasized the importance of this work in the context of the university’s increasing focus on health and the human condition within the Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions|Global Impact.“Adolescence is clearly an important development period,” Fuchs said. “Better assessment of teens’ ability to concentrate could facilitate the identification of those at risk of anxiety and could also inform molecular genetic studies, which would be the logical next stage for research.” LinkedIn Share on Facebook
Ebola cases declined last week in all three of West Africa’s hardest-hit countries last week, but new cases continue to be detected, especially in western Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today in its weekly situation report.Sierra Leone—the worst-affected country—reported 184 new confirmed cases last week, compared with 42 in Guinea and 8 in Liberia, according to the WHO. The new cases lift the epidemic total to 21,296 illnesses, with 8,429 deaths.Two-week dip in Sierra LeoneIn Sierra Leone, case incidence declined for the second week a row. About two-thirds of the new cases were reported in Freetown and neighboring Port Loko and Western Rural districts. Other hot spots included Kambia, which borders Port Loko and an area of Guinea where the disease is flaring. In eastern Sierra Leone, 14 cases were reported in Kono district, which borders Guinea.Guinea’s cases also declined for the second week a row, tumbling to their lowest level since the middle of August, with illnesses in Conakry—one of the country’s ongoing hot spots—at the lowest level since November.The WHO said Guinea’s worst-affected district last week was Forecariah, with 12 cases, with Conakry reporting 9 illnesses. No new cases were reported from Fria district, which had confirmed its first Ebola infections the previous week.Of Liberia’s eight new cases, four were reported in Montserrado County, which includes the capital, Monrovia, and Grand Cape Mount district, the WHO said. It also pointed out how dramatically Liberia’s cases have dropped over the past few months, from a peak incidence of 300 new cases per week in August and September to just eight last week.Among healthcare workers, five more illnesses and five more deaths were reported last week in the three countries, lifting the total to 825, which includes 493 deaths.Response assessmentsIn its assessment of response activities, the WHO said all three countries have the capacity to isolate and treat patients, but the uneven distribution of treatment beds in some areas means not all Ebola patients are isolated, a key step in curbing transmission. Several districts, especially in Guinea, are still located far from Ebola treatment centers.The WHO added that each of the countries has the capacity to bury all those who die from Ebola, but underreporting of deaths means not all burials are handled safely.Community engagement is a key driver of response activities such as contact tracing and safe burials, but the countries vary in their ability to monitor engagement, with Liberia at 100% of districts, Guinea at 87%, and Sierra Leone at 57%.Looking specifically at contact tracing, the percentage of registered contacts visited daily ranged from 84% in Sierra Leone to 99% in Liberia, according to the WHO. However, it said the percentage was lower in several districts.All 54 districts in the outbreak countries that have had probable or confirmed Ebola cases have access to a lab within 24 hours of sample collection. So far, 27 labs in the region can confirm Ebola cases, with five more to be deployed: three in Guinea, one in Liberia, and one in Sierra Leone.MSF activity updateDoctors without Borders (MSF), which has been working on West Africa’s Ebola response since the outbreak emerged in March, issued an overview of the outbreak and its response activities yesterday. It said that though the number of new cases in Guinea has been relatively stable over the last 3 weeks, the situation is still concerning, because the virus is continuing its geographic spread, with new districts declaring their first cases.In Sierra Leone, the outcome of a western response surge launched on Dec 16, targeting the door-to-door identification of Ebola cases, is still unknown. MSF said increases in Ebola hotline calls and case detections at its treatment center in Freetown were substantially less than expected, which might signal a shortfall in the social mobilization effort. It added that hotline calls increased 10% and positive cases at the Freetown center increased slightly.Meanwhile in Liberia, MSF said there are up to three active transmission chains in Grand Cape Mount County, including one in an open-cut mine. Based on a recent evaluation, an MSF team has decided to run mobile clinics in villages across the region to identify active cases, teach local health staff about triage and infection control, and fill gaps in primary healthcare.MSF said some areas across the region still lack adequate facilities for isolating and diagnosing patients. As of Dec 30, nearly 3,800 MSF staff were deployed to West Africa, and the virus has sickened 27 of them, 13 fatally.The group added that some parts of West Africa have gaps in elements that are crucial for the Ebola response, such as community sensitization, safe burials, contact tracing, surveillance, and access to healthcare for other medical conditions.Other developmentsToday’s update from the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) touches on issues and challenges related to the region’s recovery from the outbreak. It said the UN Development Program is conducting early recovery assessments in the three outbreak countries. The team already visited Liberia, is in Sierra Leone today, and will travel to Guinea before compiling an early recovery plan for the countries. A border market has reportedly reopened in Foya, Liberia, a site that brings people together from all three outbreak countries for an exchange of foods and services. UNMEER said volunteers in the area have reported concerns since Ebola cases are still being reported in neighboring districts, and an assessment team will visit Foya to assess the situation and make recommendations.Experts writing in two recent British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG) commentaries said obstetric interventions in Ebola settings are deeply challenging. In the first report, Benjamin Black, MBBS, MSc, who works with MSF in Sierra Leone, said one challenge is that clinicians must differentiate between a woman presenting with an obstetric emergency that requires rapid intervention and one who may have Ebola, which requires limiting invasive procedures. He said obstetrics cases expose health workers to body fluids such as blood, amniotic fluid, urine, and feces, posing a very high risk of transmission for Ebola. Black added that meeting maternal health needs while the outbreak is underway will require an ongoing assessment to minimize risks to health workers while allowing them to provide lifesaving care. In the second commentary, three experts from Public Health England (PHE) discussed Ebola in pregnancy and the evidence for transmission and clinical outcomes. They concluded that there are very few studies on maternal and fetal outcomes, and though high neonatal mortality rates have been reported, it’s not always known if the deaths were caused by Ebola or other causes.Health and law enforcement officials in Fort Hood, Tex., are investigating the death of a soldier who recently returned on emergency leave from serving in West Africa, but preliminary and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests are negative for Ebola. In a press release, the base said the solider, named as Sgt Kendrick Vernell Sneed, was under guidelines for twice-a-day self-monitoring, but there is no indication of Ebola disease or a health threat. He was found dead yesterday at his off-post residence in Killeen, Tex.See also:Jan 14 WHO situation updateJan 13 MSF updateJan 14 UNMEER updateJan 14 BJOG press releaseDec 17 BJOG commentary by Benjamin BlackJan 14 BJOG commentary by PHE authorsJan 13 Fort Hood press releaseJan 13 Fort Hood press release
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Greece-based dry bulk shipping company Star Bulk Carriers Corp. has breached the minimum bid price requirement of USD 1 per common share on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.The company received a letter from Nasdaq, dated January 6, 2016, stating that its minimum bid price was below the requirement for a period of 30 consecutive business days.Star Bulk Carriers now has 180 days to regain compliance, or until July 5, 2016. According to the statement, compliance would be regained if the bid price were to be at or above USD 1 per share for a minimum of 10 consecutive business days.The company added that if it does not regain compliance in the set period, “it may be eligible for an additional grace period if it satisfies the continued listing requirement for market value of publicly held shares and all other initial listing standards, with the exception of the bid price requirement, and provides written notice of its intention to cure the deficiency during the second compliance period.”Star Bulk Carriers’ common shares will continue to be listed and trade on Nasdaq under the symbol “SBLK”, as the notification letter does not result in the immediate delisting of the company’s common shares.The company’s said that its business operations are not affected by the letter.Due to the tough dry bulk market conditions and the company’s recent losses, Star Bulk entered into an agreement to sell further four newbuilding Capesize vessels under construction in China for an aggregate gross price of USD 148 million.The announcement came only a month after the company decided to sell two Capesize vessels and two Kamsarmax vessels for an aggregate gross price of USD 122 million.
Trademark – Infringement – Passing off – Confusion Michael Hicks QC (instructed by Wallace) for the claimants; Mark Platts-Mills QC and Jessie Bowhill (instructed by Manches) for the defendants. Fine & Country Ltd and other companies v Okotoks Ltd and another company: ChD (Mr Justice Hildyard): 31 July 2012 The claimant companies were in the business of providing services to estate agents, operating under and licensing to independent estate agencies the use of the name and logo ‘Fine & Country’ (F&C). The claimants provided a marketing umbrella and vehicle for the various independent estate agency businesses that had taken on licences. Under the licence, licensees were entitled to market properties in the upper quartile of the market under the F&C brand. The F&C brand became and remained well known to members of the public and the trade, especially those interested in the sale and purchase of domestic properties at the upper end of the market. The F&C name and device was a UK registered trademark and community trademark (the F&C marks). The defendants were companies in a group which operated a number of national estate agency brands, including ‘haart’ and ‘fine’. In 2007, the ‘fine haart’ brand was launched, but the defendants subsequently adopted new branding under the name and logo ‘FINE’ (the defendants’ mark). The defendants’ mark, like the F&C mark, was in capitals, with a font with serifs, gold underlining of the word, and a strapline which included the word ‘country’. The claimants issued proceedings claiming that as a result of the extensive use, advertisement and publicity made of the F&C name and logo by the claimants and their licensees, the F&C marks had acquired a reputation such that the provisions of section 10(2) & (3) of the Trade Marks Act 1994 and article 9(1)(b) & (c) of Council Regulation (EC) 40/94 (on the community trademark), as amended (replaced by Council Regulation (EC) 207/2009 on the community trademark (OJ 2009 L78, p1)) (the regulations) applied. Further, a valuable goodwill and reputation was attached to the F&C name and logo, and such goodwill and reputation belonged to the claimants. The claimants submitted that the result of the defendants adopting the defendants’ mark and use of the name ‘Fine’ had been very substantial confusion among members of the public and those involved in the property business, that the defendants were passing off or attempting to pass off their services as services of, or connected with, the claimants’, and that the first defendant was infringing the trademarks and the second defendant had procured or conspired with it to do so. Accordingly, the claimants sought injunctive and remedial relief. The defendants submitted that the F&C marks and the defendants’ mark were descriptive, and that there was no likelihood of confusion or deception such as to find a claim for passing off. Further, the defendants sought revocation of the F&C marks on the ground that they were deceptive. The issues for determination were, inter alia, first, whether the claimants had established the necessary elements for their claim in passing off, namely, goodwill or reputation, a misrepresentation, and damage or its likelihood. The defendants submitted, inter alia, that any goodwill which had accrued, had accrued to the licensees and not to the claimants; the goodwill had related to and was developed in the course of the licensees’ businesses as estate agents, and not the claimants’ business in licensing the use of the F&C brand and providing the other facilities. Second, whether the F&C marks were liable to revocation or were invalid. The defendants submitted, inter alia, that the F&C marks were devoid of any distinctive character and/or consisted exclusively of indication which might have served to designate the kind of quality of services, and accordingly breached section 3(1)(b) and (c) of the act and article 9(1)(b) and (c) of the regulations. Further, the defendants contended that as a consequence of the manner in which the licensees had used the marks, they had become deceptive as to their origin and had not been used with the consent of their true owner, namely the first claimant. Third, whether there had been infringement under section 10(2) and/or section 10(3) of the act and article 9(1)(b) and/or article 9(2) of the regulations. The court ruled: (1) The claimants’ goodwill had, at least in substantial part, been generated by the services and brand provided by the claimants and had accrued to the claimants as the source of those services and that brand. The claimants had developed an attractive force which had brought custom to the services that they had offered and the brand that they had made available on licence. It had been that attractive force that had enabled the claimants to charge significant licence fees. Accordingly, the claimant had plainly shown goodwill accrued to them such as to have maintained a claim in passing off. The evidence adduced by the claimants had been indicative of confusion, although part of it had not been compelling of it. However, the defendants had decided to ‘live dangerously’; the risk of confusion had clearly been present, and the defendants had appreciated it even if they had thought that they had done enough to have avoided deception. The defendants had been well aware of the resemblance between the F&C marks and the defendants’ mark and had been aware of the possibility that customers would have mistaken one for the other. The newly branded business of the defendants had been intended to compete directly with F&C, and obtained for the defendants’ local agencies the same kind of up-market business that the claimants’ brand had secured for its licensees, using a logo so designed as to carry a real risk of reasonably foreseeable result, of which the defendants had been aware, that customers might have assumed it to have been connected with, or a new version of, the claimants’ brand and logo. Therefore, the defendants’ brand had been calculated to put customers in mind of the F&C brand and have assumed a connection between the two. The evidence as a whole had been consistent with potential customers going beyond wondering and into making false assumptions; and that had been such as to cross over to deception, even if it had not been so deep-rooted that it could not have been dispelled or corrected. The similarities between the F&C marks and the defendants’ mark had been confusing and deceptive and/or had been likely to confuse and deceive. Erosion and damage to the claimants’ business had been likely in consequence. The licensing operations, conducted by the claimants and the other facilities and products they had made available, had generated goodwill which the claimants, as its owners, had been entitled to protect. Even if support in the evidence had not been strong, it had been, in the round, strong enough, and it had been consistent with, and indeed supportive of, that assessment. Accordingly, on the balance of probabilities, if the defendants were not restrained, a substantial number of potential customers or licensees of the claimants would have been misled into dealing with the defendants in the belief that they had been dealing with the claimants. It had followed that the claimants had demonstrated the required ingredients of reputation/goodwill, deception/confusion and damage (see , , , , , , ,  of the judgment). The claimants’ common law claim in passing off would succeed (see ,  of the judgment). (2) The F&C marks had been, on registration, and had remained, sufficiently distinctive to have warranted and continued to have warranted registration. The marks had recognisable and recognised separate existence apart from the descriptive and laudatory nature of the words themselves. The words in that context had called to mind the relevant business, not their semantic meaning, in the manner and context in which they had appeared; they had served to identify and distinguish the business. Further, the consent of the registered proprietor of the F&C marks, if not express, had plainly been implicit, and had been formally ratified. All parties to the various contractual arrangements had made clear and confirmed their consent. The defendants had not established that the F&C marks were not being used by or with the consent of the proprietor, namely the first claimant. Nor had the defendants established that the use made of the F&C marks had rendered them deceptive as to trade origin and they had failed to show any grounds for a declaration of invalidity, or for revocation, of the F&C marks and their claim would accordingly be dismissed (see , ,  of the judgment). Accordingly, the defendants’ claims for declarations of invalidity and revocation of the claimants’ marks had not been well founded (see  of the judgment). (3) Having already found, in the context of the claim for passing off, confusion and deception sufficient to have made good that claim, infringement of article 9(1)(b) and section 10(2) had necessarily followed. However, in addition, as a matter of overall impression, the defendants’ mark and the F&C marks had been sufficiently similar to have likely to have led, and had led, to confusion on the part of the average customer. In particular, the same font, the gold underlining, the capitalisation, and the overall impression created by the two marks had made it all too easy to have mistaken the one as the other, at least when the two had not been laid out together for simultaneous comparison. The two marks had been easily confused. Further, even had the evidence fallen short of confusion or deception, there would nevertheless have been confusion. The imitation in the defendants’ mark of the first part of the claimants’ name, including the font, capitalisation and underlining alone and in conjunction with the use of the word ‘country’ in the strapline and elsewhere had led to an unjustified association with the claimants’ business. There had been unfairness in the intentional adoption of a sign which the defendants had well appreciated had been plainly similar in appearance to the F&C mark. Accordingly, the claimants had establish infringement of the F&C marks in terms of article 9(1)(b) and 9(1)(c) of the regulations and, correspondingly, of section 10(2) and (3) of the act (see , , , , ,  of the judgment). The elements of a successful claim for breach of articles 9(1)(b) and (c) of the regulations and section 10(2) and (3) of the act had been established (see ,  of the judgment).
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