Ruggiero failed to clean up the chemicals when directed to do so by the State. As a result, in 2014, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources removed contaminated soil and water, and installed an underground barrier to protect against potential health hazards, at a cost of over $500,000.The $1.8 million in total costs awarded to the State include: $535,679 in clean-up costs; $75,000 in future monitoring costs; $180,443 in interest; and $1,607,030 as treble damages for Mr. Ruggiero’s willful failure to comply with the State ordered clean-up.The Agency of Natural Resources will continue to monitor the site to ensure protection of public health, and is entitled to recoup those monitoring costs.Vermont AG: Oct 13, 2017 Vermont Business Magazine The Rutland Superior Court issued a judgment order(link is external) against John Ruggiero, the owner of property at 84 Woodstock Avenue in Rutland. The order is for $1.8 million in clean-up costs and damages to be paid to the State of Vermont. The judgment resolves the State’s claims against Ruggiero following his failure to remediate hazardous chemicals found at the Rutland property. Ruggiero’s property at 84 Woodstock Avenue had contamination from hazardous chemicals during its historic use as a gas station and dry-cleaning business.
Related Polar has announced GoPro connectivity for the Polar V800 GPS sports watch, the Polar M600 smart sports watch and its new heart rate sensor, the Polar H10. The company adds that Polar athletes can now ‘relive their adventures or training sessions and see their contextual heart rate data overlaid on GoPro videos’.Athletes can also use the Polar V800 and Polar M600 to operate basic commands on their GoPro, making it easier to operate the camera during an adventure, see when the camera is and is not filming and view the remaining battery life on the camera.The Polar H10 heart rate sensor provides advanced heart rate monitoring and features an entirely new measuring algorithm. The new chest strap includes extra interference-preventing electrodes to ensure heart rate is captured accurately and without interference. Users can connect the Polar H10 heart rate sensor to GoPro HERO4 and HERO5 cameras via Bluetooth, and overlay heart rate data directly onto their GoPro videos.“Together with GoPro, we’ve created a streamlined experience that enables Polar athletes to combine our world-leading heart rate tracking and GPS technology with best-in-class video capture from GoPro devices,” said Marco Suvilaakso, Chief Strategy Officer at Polar.“Adding heart rate data over action videos not only enhances the Polar experience for adventurers, but also enables them to truly showcase and relive their athletic accomplishments.”The GoPro functionality will begin with the GoPro HERO4 remote control on Polar V800 in January 2017, followed by support for Polar M600 and GoPro’s HERO5 line-up early this year. Polar H10 functionality for both GoPro HERO4 and HERO5 devices will be available during Q1 2017.Polar GoPro connectivity will be demonstrated at the 2017 International CES in Las Vegas, at the Sands, Halls A-D, Booth #44317.www.polar.com
Sophisticated scams abound By Mark D. Killian, Managing Editor, and Gary Blankenship, Senior EditorThe e-mails are signed “Peggy Higashi.” But perhaps the more accurate signature would be “Peggy I-Gotcha.” In September alone, “Higashi” — or more likely someone using the name “Peggy Higashi” — bilked Florida lawyers out of more than half a million dollars.As reported in the October 1 News, a Sarasota firm was taken for more than a quarter of a million dollars when it deposited a bogus bank check sent by “Higashi’s” supposed ex-husband into its trust account and wired the money overseas before it was determined the check was fraudulent. The day that paper went to press, the News learned a Brandon lawyer fell victim to the same variation of the e-mail initiated scam.Here’s how the “Peggy Higashi” scam works: “Higashi” e-mails seeking representation to help collect $648,450 owed by her ex-husband, “Landscott Higashi,” in a divorce settlement while she is on assignment in South Korea. If the lawyer bites, “Higashi” tells them her “ex” is ready to pay up and a cashier’s check for $289,500 drawn on Chase Manhattan soon arrives at the firm. The woman then tells the lawyers to take their fees and wire the rest to her. To help sell the scam, “Higashi” will provide those who correspond with her divorce documents and a copy of her passport. Because of the time difference between South Korea and Florida, all correspondence is via e-mail.Since that October 1 story, the News has been contacted by a number of Florida lawyers wanting to share their experiences as a way of warning their colleagues about the dangers that exist in cyberspace.Thomas N. Wells, a family lawyer in Summerfield, said he was contacted via e-mail to represent “Peggy Higashi.” He made contact with her, bought her story, and sent her a fee agreement, which she signed and returned. Because “Higashi” said her “ex” lived in Sumter County, Wells said no immediate red flags went up, although he did look up the lawyers’ names on the collaborative law agreement in the Journal directory to verify they were real lawyers. They are, although their names are being used unbeknownst to them. A check for $289,500 soon followed, which Wells deposited into his trust account.“The real red flag went up when she e-mailed and asked me if I had received the money, and I e-mailed her back and said I had deposited the money. And then shortly thereafter I got an [e-mail] back saying, ‘please deposit the money tomorrow by 11:15 a.m.’ and [she] gave me all the disbursement information,” Wells said.“Then I said, ‘This doesn’t quite sound kosher.’”Wells e-mailed “Higashi” that he would not be wiring any money until he was sure the check cleared, “and of course I never heard back from her again.”The check inevitably bounced and SunTrust alerted the Bar about the discrepancy in Wells’ trust account, “which is somewhat aggravating, but it could have been a hell of a lot worse.”Wells said lawyers just need to follow the basic premise of not disbursing any funds until they are sure the check has cleared.“I should have picked up on it sooner, but I was just a little bit foolish,” Wells said.New TwistsNaples attorney Sam Saad has seen two new wrinkles in scams targeting lawyers, both using real third parties to approach the attorney.In one case, a friend was raising capital for a website-based enterprise and a person, claiming to be from South Africa, but in London for medical treatment, contacted the entrepreneur and offered to invest. The friend came to Saad to prepare the necessary legal papers and stock certificates.Saad advised his friend that it was likely a scam, but the friend wanted him to proceed. Eventually, a check arrived from Canada, drawn on SunTrust. Saad called the bank to check on the account, and discovered the bank had never heard of it. Saad suspects the scammer was going to back out of the deal and demand his money be wired back, all before the fake check had a chance to clear.Saad’s checking with the bank short-circuited that plan.In another case, a “Chinese” client contacted a Realtor to buy a condo in Southwest Florida and asked the Realtor to find an attorney to handle the purchase. The Realtor turned to Saad, who became suspicious because the “client” sent a $500,000 cashier’s check for the $350,000 purchase price. The client asked that the extra $150,000 be wired to China to buy furniture, which would be shipped to Florida.Saad told the “client” that no funds would be wired until the check had cleared, which would take up to 28 days. Sure enough, shortly before that period expired, the check was rejected.His advice: “We as lawyers need to know who we are dealing with here.”In addition, he said lawyers should be suspicious of anyone wanting to deal in large sums via cashier’s checks.“There’s no reason for a cashier’s check,” Saad noted. “Wire transfers are basically free, and it’s verified funds.”There’s also common sense.The scammer in the Chinese scheme called to try to cajole him to send the money, and Saad deliberately drew out the conversation.The longer the man talked, the more his “Chinese” accent became African.Checking with the bank on the validity of a check verified David Norris’ suspicion that he was being targeted by a scammer. He was contacted in a scheme identical to many other Florida lawyers, where an “Asian” woman was trying to collect a divorce settlement.Although suspicious, the Tavares lawyer played along, and eventually received a check for $245,000.“This lady was going to give me $15,000 to basically process this,” Norris said, adding that only made his suspicions grow.He checked with the bank, and “there were never funds available.”Since then, Norris said he’s learned that banks have resources on their websites where lawyers can check the validity of checks — something he highly recommends.Even though he was always suspicious of the “client,” he noted, “I wanted it [the check] to be good, but it wasn’t.”Conning the ConsWhen Joseph R. Fields, Jr., of West Palm Beach was targeted by e-mail scammers, he decided to string them along, figuring if the crooks were spending time with him, it was less time they had to prey on unsuspecting targets.A few weeks into his supposed representation of the scammers, he received a $298,500 check via Federal Express.Fields disagrees with those who say people should just ignore these scam e-mails.“doing so, are we not following the actions of the neighbors of Kitty Genovese?” asked Fields, referencing the New York woman who was raped and murdered on the front steps of her apartment in 1964, while neighbors ignored her screams for help.“All of us waste hours on the Internet. Spending a few moments responding to these idiots causes them to waste time and resources on those who will not be victims. ‘wasting’ three or four minutes of my time responding to these e-mails, I caused one of them to spend their money FedEx-ing me one of their checks.”Fields said if enough lawyers lead the con artists on, the criminals may “look to other targets.”‘The Scammers Almost Got Me’Mary Fabre LeVine of Sarasota also had a run-in with fraudsters and considers herself lucky not to have been burned.Although she had often deleted e-mails she recognized as scams, one day she received an e-mail from a “British businessman,” claiming to be Layton Sage of Sage Plumbing Equipment needing help to collect the balance due on the sale of plumbing equipment to an Orlando construction company.It just so happens LeVine recently had dealings with that Orlando company, and she has had other British clients.“It all made enough sense to correspond to see if this was a new, potential client I could help,” she said.LeVine sent “Layton Sage” an engagement letter, which he signed and returned the following day.“The very next day, I received two official checks payable to the firm,” she said. “One was for $5,000 for the retainer from ‘Layton Sage,’ and the second check was for $142,000 accompanied by a letter from the person I was supposed to sue.”LeVine said it’s not often she gets large settlement checks before even making a demand, so she immediately called the construction company and asked if “Wesley Herst,” the man she was suposed to sue, worked there.He didn’t.And turns out both checks were counterfeit.“I was shaken up,” LeVine said. “The scammers almost got me.”LeVine said she has since learned that most title companies are no longer accepting cashier’s checks for immediate disbursement at closings due to the significant increase in fraudulent cashier’s checks.“The issuing bank may not advise you that the check is bad, because it is often trying to get money back and will not want to expose itself to you,” LeVine said. “So the approach of calling the bank is not as helpful as one may think.”Scammers also are using the names of well-known locals to create a comfort level that the party you are dealing with is legitimate.“So beware, be cautious, and do not issue any checks based upon the supposedly certified funds until you are certain the checks are good,” LeVine said. Nov 01, 2010 Regular News
Starr is 12 of 13 in field goal attempts on the season, while going a perfect 6-6 from 40-plus yards for his career.Turnover woesWhile staying turnover-free in the first half, Minnesota gave the ball up twice en route to their fifth loss of the season.Both turnovers were interceptions thrown by freshman quarterback Adam Weber, who faced tremendous pressure from the Indiana defensive line, which lead the nation in sacks coming into the game.Minnesota kept it close during the beginning of the game, but both interceptions thrown by Weber were costly and stopped potential scoring drives.Player of the GameBryan PaytonNo. 27 sophomore running backï Payton ran in three of the Hoosiers’ four touchdowns on the afternoon, while also gaining 90 yards on the ground on just 13 carries. The sophomore’s big day was highlighted by a 48-yard touchdown run in which he went untouched by the Minnesota defense into the end zone.Indiana ‘playing for a lot of good reasons’Under interim coach Bill Lynch, the Hoosiers are off to their best start in school history after six games with a 5-1 record, and nobody has any doubts about why. With the passing of coach Terry Hoeppner to brain cancer last summer, Indiana is one of the feel-good stories of the year in the Big Ten.“They’re playing for a lot of good reasons,” Minnesota quarterback Adam Weber said.Brewster credited Hoeppner with helping to build the Indiana program into what it is today and also said he feels the program is still in good hands.“I told Bill, I’m proud for him,” Brewster said. “He’s doing a great job coaching those guys, and I know Coach Hoeppner feels awful good watching down.” Indiana turns the tide on Gophers at homeMinnesota dashed the Hoosiers bowl hopes last season, this year – a different story. Luke MiddendorfOctober 8, 2007Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn Minnesota’s meeting with Indiana last year in the Metrodome, the Gophers were able to get the big victory they needed to start the momentum that led to a bowl game.This year the circumstances were different, and so was the outcome.Quote of the Game“I told the team that we just have to stay the course – you have to stay the course – we have a plan in place to win. If we keep going, keep fighting, keep scratching, we are going to win. We are going to stay positive; we are going to stay together. Anybody that expects me to be anything different than I have been is mistaken.”ñ Tim Brewster in a post-game speech.For the Gophers’ homecoming game Nov. 4 of last year, they rolled to a 63-26 victory over the Hoosiers at home after starting on a 35-0 run in the second quarter.This year, Indiana didn’t need a big lead of their own to cruise to a 40-20 victory on its home turf.Minnesota was able to stop the momentum that the Hoosiers carried into last season’s meeting, which played a part in Indiana not qualifying for a bowl game.Many of the Gophers players said this year’s Indiana game was make-or-break for their bowl game hopes, and the Hoosiers were able to pay them back for last season’s outcome.Defining MomentOn the Gophers’ first offensive series of the second quarter without running back Duane Bennett, they were forced to punt after Adam Weber threw the ball away while scrambling from defensive pressure. The fourth-down punt was the first non-scoring drive of the game for either team, greatly affecting the rhythm of Minnesota’s offense and allowing Indiana to cruise ahead.“I think putting up 63 on them (Indiana) last year stuck with them,” receiver Erik Decker said. “This year, they executed well.”Field goal StarrIndiana kicker Austin Starr tied the school’s record with four field goals Saturday to help lead the Hoosiers to a win.Starr’s day was highlighted by a 47-yard field goal in the second quarter, which is the second longest of the junior’s career.He also hit field goals of 33, 25 and 43 on the day.
Minnesota wins first conference seriesLiam James DoyleRedshirt Sophomore Tim Shannon pitches the ball at Siebert Field on Saturday afternoon against Penn State. Ben GotzApril 20, 2015Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintAfter a messy first inning on Sunday, the Gophers were in danger of letting their first sweep of the Big Ten season slip away. “For Fred to start his first game the way he did, rough first inning and respond the way he did, he handled that like he was a junior,” head coach John Anderson said.“I think we found a young pitcher today.” Though freshman pitcher Fred Manke started his first collegiate game Sunday, missed plays in the field put the Gophers behind early. Friday, starting pitcher Ben Meyer’s performance earned him a victory for the second consecutive weekend, allowing one run in seven innings of work. He finished his outing with a strikeout, pounding his glove and releasing a shout of joy. The Gophers gave Meyer an early lead, scoring three runs in the first two innings. Minnesota’s first two batters each singled and got around the bases in the first inning, and leadoff hitter Dan Motl recorded another hit in the second inning to drive in another run. The Gophers’ bats added three more runs in the third and fourth innings, enough for the team to hold on to its first Big Ten series victory of the season. On Saturday, the Gophers benefited from another strong start on the mound — this time from redshirt sophomore Tim Shannon. Shannon lasted one out into the seventh inning, giving up one run on five hits and striking out four. But the game remained close until the bottom of the eighth inning, when a three-run home run from the bat of redshirt sophomore Jordan Smith put the Gophers ahead by plenty. “It was huge,” redshirt senior catcher Matt Halloran said. “We have to get back and climb the standings a little bit, and this is a team we definitely have to beat.” “[He] was great,” redshirt senior shortstop Michael Handel said. “[He] attacked the zone, [and] had all three pitches working for him. He just got ahead of all the batters, and when he does that, [with] all three pitches that he has, it makes him a lot harder to hit.” Missed blocks and miscues in the field allowed Penn State to score three first-inning runs, but the Gophers (16-19, 6-9 Big Ten) responded with six runs in the bottom of the inning — taking all three games from the Nittany Lions 6-1, 8-1 and 9-5. The Gophers backed up their pitcher at the plate, scoring eight runs off of 13 hits. Handel led the way, going 4-for-5 with a three-run homer in the fourth inning that gave Minnesota a 5-0 lead. “I just tried to build off last weekend, and I think it worked,” Meyer said. “I was definitely getting ahead of my fastball, and that’s my base pitch.” “I think it was just a lack of focus,” Halloran said. “Fred went out there, first Big Ten start, first start ever, and … he pounded the zone, and he was making pitches.They were hitting just soft balls, and we didn’t make some plays.” But after the Gophers’ 11 at-bat response in the first, Minnesota was able to settle down in the field, blanking the Nittany Lions for the next four innings. “We needed them bad,” redshirt junior pitcher Jordan Jess said. “I think all three of these were must-wins for us.”
The Huffington Post: Henry Skrimshander is a shortstop and the star of Chad Harbach’s lyrical novel The Art of Fielding. Henry plays for the fictional Westish College, and his flawless defensive play is attracting the attention of major league scouts. But just as he is about to break the NCAA record for error-free games, he forgets how to throw. Just like that, and for no apparent reason, even the simplest routine toss to the first baseman becomes impossible.Henry has a case of the “yips” — a well-documented syndrome that has ended real-life major league careers. This perplexing condition is also known as the “Steve Sax Syndrome,” after the Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star second baseman who suffered a similar fate. For just one season, in 1983, Sax was unable to make the routine throw to first, committing 30 errors and earning the mockery of fans. Several others — including pitcher Steve Blass, infielder Chuck Knoblauch, and one of my favorite former Nats, Rick Ankiel — have had their careers derailed by cases of the yips.…Leiden University psychological scientists Bruno Bocanegra and Bernhard Hommel decided to explore this phenomenon in the laboratory. Bocanegra and Hommel were not really interested in the yips or shortstops or even baseball, but more generally in any kind of goal-directed behavior — and the role of cognitive control in performance. They wondered if it were possible that too much cognitive control — overthinking — might be a liability under certain circumstances.Read the whole story: The Huffington PostWray Herbert is an author and award-winning journalist who writes two popular blogs for APS, We’re Only Human and Full Frontal Psychology. Follow Wray on Twitter @wrayherbert. More of our Members in the Media >
The Washington Post:I have taken a few photos of taupe sandwiches. Blobby, beige plates of pasta. Drinks so dimly lit you couldn’t tell what they were. Scroll deep, all the way to the bottom of my Instagram, and you will see my shame.Photographing your food — something more and more of us are doing these days — is frivolous and fun. But it can also be tricky. Just because something looks delicious in person doesn’t mean it will appear as enticing through your phone’s five-inch screen. It’s a problem that stymies even high-profile food celebrities: Martha Stewart, famously, was bad at photographing food for social media.…Interestingly, a study in Psychological Science found that delaying one’s meal with a ritual — whether it’s prayer or photography — made people enjoy it more.Read the whole story: The Washington Post
The incidence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in children has decreased over the past decade, as it has in adults, while overall susceptibility to antibiotic treatments has varied in this age-group, researchers from the San Antonio Military Medical Center found.Changes to antibiotic prescribing practices in children are probably unwarranted, therefore, according to an expert commenting on the study.Study included 39,000 kidsThe study authors, whose findings were published yesterday in Pediatrics, evaluated lab records of 41,745 S aureus isolates obtained from 39,207 pediatric patients hospitalized within the US Military Health System from 2005 to 2014. MRSA was defined as resistance to cefoxitin, methicillin, or oxacillin.Over the 10-year period, S aureus showed an overall trend of increased susceptibility to erythromycin, gentamicin, and oxacillin and decreased susceptibility to clindamycin, ciprofloxacin, and TMP.SMX [trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole].For example, susceptibility to oxacillin increased by 14.8%, from 59.4% to 68.4%, while susceptibility to clindamycin decreased from 90.7% to 86%.S aureus infections showed modest increases in susceptibility to non–beta lactam antibiotics, with a 6% recent increase for ciprofloxacin (74.5% in 2011 and 80% in 2014), and a rise for erythromycin over the 10-year period from42.1% to 49.7%. Susceptibility to erythromycin increased, although more than half of isolates remained erythromycin-resistant.When the researchers compared antibiotic susceptibility of MRSA and methicillin-susceptible S aureus (MSSA) infections, they found that 90.5% of MRSA infections remained susceptible to clindamycin, while MSSA clindamycin susceptibility declined from 90.7% to 83.8% during the decade. MRSA susceptibility to erythromycin increased from 12.1% to 20.5%. MSSA infections had a 34.8% higher rate of susceptibility to ciprofloxacin than did MRSA infections.Most pediatric S aureus cases (32,222) were skin and soft-tissue infections (SSTIs), which were significantly less susceptible to oxacillin than were respiratory or sterile site infections (P < 0.0001), though SSTI oxacillin susceptibility rose slightly over the decade from 53.9% to 65.5%.Oxacillin susceptibility also varied by age-group and geographic region. Children aged 1 through 5 years were significantly less susceptible to oxacillin compared with other age-groups (51.6% susceptible; P < 0.0001). Oxacillin susceptibility also rose significantly between 2011 and 2014 throughout most of the United States, with notable increases of 16.3% in the Midwest and 14.3% in the South.The investigators said rates of MRSA in children seem to be declining, as they have for adults during the past several years. They recommend that, given apparent decreases in susceptibility of S aureus to clindamycin, physicians be aware of potential resistance when prescribing the antibiotic to pediatric patients.Changing Staph epidemiologyIn a related commentary in the same issue of Pediatrics, Sheldon L. Kaplan, MD, of Texas Children's Hospital, notes that changes to pediatric empiric antibiotic prescribing practices are not currently warranted, referencing recent observations on the decline of healthcare-acquired invasive MRSA and stable rates of community-acquired S aureus in pediatric patients."The epidemiology of S aureus infections in children has been changing over the past 2 decades," he said, "which is why it is critical to keep a very close eye on this common pathogen."See also:Mar 1 Pediatrics studyMar 1 Pediatrics commentary
Laverda SorrellFBI News:The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance of Laverda Sorrell.Sorrell, who resided in Navajo on the Navajo Nation, was reported missing by a family member July 8, 2002. Sorrell’s husband said she had been missing since July 4, 2002, when he dropped her off at an office in Fort The FBI and Navajo Nation Division of Public Safety are investigating. Anyone with information on Sorrell’s disappearance is asked to call the FBI at 505.889.1300 or use tips.fbi.gov.
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