FairPoint, Consolidated shareholders overwhelmingly approve takeover

first_imgConsolidated Communications,Vermont Business Magazine FairPoint Communications, Inc (Nasdaq:FRP), Vermont’s largest telecom based in North Carolina, and Illinois’ Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc (Nasdaq:CNSL) have moved a step closer to Consolidated’s acquisition of FairPoint later this year. FairPoint shareholders on Tuesday voted to adopt the merger agreement between FairPoint and Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc during a special meeting. Approximately 96 percent of FairPoint shareholders who voted on the proposal cast their vote in favor of the merger, representing 74 percent of the Company’s outstanding stock as of the record date. Consolidated Communications also held a special meeting Tuesday at which approximately 98 percent of Consolidated shareholders who voted on the proposal voted in favor of the merger, representing 71 percent of Consolidated’s outstanding shares as of the record date.Under the terms of the agreement, FairPoint shareholders will receive a fixed exchange ratio of 0.7300 shares of Consolidated Communications common stock for each share of FairPoint common stock. After closing, Consolidated’s shareholders will own approximately 71.3 percent of the pro forma combined company and FairPoint’s shareholders will own 28.7 percent.Consolidated has received Hart-Scott-Rodino Act clearance and secured the financing to fund the acquisition at favorable rates. Consolidated and FairPoint are in the process of securing the necessary state and federal regulatory approvals to complete the merger and expect the transaction to close by mid-2017.RELATED STORIES:FairPoint appoints Michael Reed Vermont presidentBeth Fastiggi named Human Resources CommissionerAbout FairPoint Communications, Inc.FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq:FRP(link is external)) provides advanced data, voice and video technologies to single and multi-site businesses, public and private institutions, consumers, wireless companies and wholesale re-sellers in 17 states. Leveraging an owned, fiber-based Ethernet network – with more than 22,000 route miles of fiber, including approximately 18,000 route miles of fiber in northern New England – FairPoint has the network coverage, scalable bandwidth and transport capacity to support enhanced applications, including the next generation of mobile and cloud-based communications, such as small cell wireless backhaul technology, voice over IP, data center colocation services, managed services and disaster recovery. For more information, visit www.FairPoint.com(link is external).Source: CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 28, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FairPoint Communications, Inclast_img read more

InterUrban ArtHouse acquires Overland Park Post Office building across the street to provide space for expansion

first_imgRendering of the new gallery space planned for the InterUrban Arthouse.The InterUrban ArtHouse, a cultural anchor in downtown Overland Park for five years, has bought the post office building across the street to allow a major expansion of its arts programs and studio space.Angie Hejduk, chief operating officer for the ArtHouse, said the acquisition of the 10,000 square-foot post office building at 8010 Conser St. was completed with the help of a $160,000 grant from the City of Overland Park.Other funding for the purchase: Anonymous, $100,000; Regnier Foundation, $75,000; Howard Jacobson, $20,000; Hal Shapiro, $10,000, and Sunderland Foundation, $100,000.Plans call for the U.S. Post Office to downsize its current operation and continue to operate a 1,000 square-foot retail facility in the building.Rendering of the community porch planned for the new InterUrban Arthouse.The remainder will be converted to a dozen studios, classroom and exhibition space, and a coffee shop. The loading dock will become a “community porch.” The move also will allow InterUrban to meet the needs of people with disabilities.Hejduk estimated the cost of the renovation at about $500,000. A fundraising effort is underway. The InterUrban ArtHouse purchased the post office building debt-free and wants to complete the renovations without debt as well. The organization currently is in rented space across the street at 8001 Conser.Owning its own space and avoiding the uncertainty of rent increases was one of the goals when Nicole Emanuel founded the ArtHouse. “She came to Kansas City with her family and found that there were only a few artist spaces in this area,” Hejduk said. “She reached out to the community and over 100 artists showed up…by owning the building, we can control our rent.”Hejduk said the InterUrban ArtHouse has been a contributor to the renaissance currently occurring in downtown Overland Park. The retail district is thriving and developments totaling more than 500 apartments are in the pipeline.“We’ve been here for several years and feel we’ve been a key component of the cultural landscape,” she said. “That’s why people are developing and creating more living options.”Hejduk also praised the City of Overland Park for its help acquiring the post office building.“The city made a substantial endorsement of arts programming in this community,” she said.The ArtHouse will continue utilizing its former rented space at 8001 Conser. A new middle school for the arts is in the works there as well, and students at the school are expected to take classes at InterUrban ArtHouse.The first event planned for the new space will be a TEDxOverland Park grand opening on the theme of Systems. It will be March 2, 2017 at 2 p.m.The InterUrban ArtHouse has acquired the post office building at 8010 Conser St. in downtown Overland Park.last_img read more

FLU NEWS SCAN: CDC flu vaccine advice, antiviral drug effectiveness, intradermal H5N1 vaccine, H5N1 outbreaks in Vietnam

first_imgAug 16, 2012CDC renews its call for flu shots for everyone older than 6 monthsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today published its official recommendations on influenza vaccination for the 2012-13 flu season, renewing its advice that everyone at least 6 months old should be immunized, an advisory it first issued in 2010. The recommendations, prepared by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), were published in the Aug 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), released today. The document includes a minor adjustment in the recommendation on dosing for children aged 6 months through 8 years: that those who have received two or more doses of seasonal flu vaccine since Jul 1, 2010, need just one dose for this season, but the rest need two doses. Among other things, the document includes recommendations about flu vaccination for people with a history of egg allergy. It also notes that a quadrivalent flu vaccine made by MedImmune, containing two influenza B strains to cover both B lineages, was approved in February but is not expected to be available until the 2013-14 season.Aug 17 MMWR articleJun 20 CIDRAP News story on ACIP recommendationsStudy: Antiviral drugs effective in pandemic, post-pandemic flu periodsAlthough clinical symptoms in those infected with pandemic 2009 H1N1 flu (pH1N1) in Japan in 2010-11 were slightly more severe and peak body temperature was significantly higher in young patients than during the previous year’s pandemic, the effectiveness of neuraminidase inhibitors (NIs) like oseltamivir (Tamiflu) remained high, according to a study today in Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. Researchers analyzed clinical symptoms and fever data after the first dose of an NI for 365 patients with pH1N1 in 2009-10 and 388 patients who had either pH1N1, H3N2, or influenza B in 2010-11. They found that peak body temperature were significantly higher for pH1N1 patients younger than 20 years in 2010-11 compared with 2009-10. In addition, the percentage of pH1N1 patients with loss of appetite or fatigue was significantly higher in the later season. The team found the percentage of patients without fever after 48 hours of NI treatment was significantly higher for pH1N1 than for the other two strains, but overall NI effectiveness remained high in both seasons and for all strains.Aug 16 Influenza Other Respi Viruses abstractFDA approves trial of intradermal H5N1 vaccine with adjuvant The US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for a phase 1 trial of an intradermal H5N1 flu vaccine containing an adjuvant, which will be the first clinical test of such a product, according to the vaccine’s developers. The announcement was made today by the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), a Seattle-based nonprofit group, and Medicago, a Quebec-based biopharmaceutical company. The organizations said the testing could lead to a vaccine that could be self-administered in the event of a flu pandemic. “Our idea is to ultimately produce a one-dose vaccine that you could give yourself—imagine a flu vaccine that you can easily administer using a simple, painless microneedle device arriving in your mailbox,” said Darrick Carter, PhD, vice president of IDRI’s Adjuvant Technology Program. The vaccine combines a virus-like particle antigen made by Medicago with IDRI’s Glucopyranosyl Lipid A (GLA) adjuvant. Plans for the trial call for enrolling 100 adults, who will receive the vaccine either intradermally or intramuscularly. The research is funded by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.Aug 16 IDRI-Medicago press releaseVietnam reports six H5N1 outbreaksVietnam has confirmed six new outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu in village poultry flocks, leading to the culling of more than 7,000 birds, according to a report filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) yesterday. Dates of outbreak onset varied from Jul 26 to Aug 11, and all the affected villages are in Nam Dinh province in the northern part of the country. Susceptible flocks ranged from 100 to 3,612 birds, and a total of 7,702 poultry were destroyed to prevent disease spread. The report did not specify how many birds were infected or died from the disease.Aug 15 OIE reportlast_img read more

Workforce Solutions Department Funding Will Support Training For High-Demand Jobs At LANL And N3B

first_imgBy ARIN MCKENNA Valley Daily PostNew Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, the Department of Higher Education, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Newport News Nuclear BWXT-Los Alamos (N3B), Northern New Mexico College and University of New Mexico–Los Alamos held a joint press conference Tuesday at NNMC to announce a new program funded by Workforce Solutions that will train more than 50 area students for high-paying jobs at with LANL and N3B.“This is a game changer,” said Northern New Mexico College President Richard J. Bailey. “It’s a game changer for the way we do business. It’s a game changer for economic development. It’s a game changer for how higher ed and major employers can partner in ways that lift the standard of living for everybody: not just the people who are in this program and their families but for everybody. And when you have an entire community that’s lifted up by this type of collaboration, that’s something that’s truly worth celebrating.”Students will be trained for high-demand jobs as radiological control technicians (RCTs) and nuclear-trained operators. The financial support comes through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and through apprenticeship funding. Funding will assist students with tuition and salary dollars.RCTs and nuclear-trained operators play a vital role at both LANL and N3B by monitoring activities and ensuring that operations are safe and comply with policies and procedures. Employees in these fields have a $42,000 starting salary and can advance to a salary of more than $100,000.NMDWS funding will support tuition for 30 of the initial cohort of 40 students, with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and LANL funding the other 10.NNMC has partnered with LANL to offer a two-year associate degree in Radiation Protection, which will provide RCT career opportunities at the lab.“The laboratory really has an acute need right now for radiological technicians. They play a critical role in carrying out our operations,” LANL Director Thom Mason said. “And this is an area where we have a strong demand now and see a strong demand into the future.”LANL had 1,399 open positions as of two weeks ago, with many of those being RCT positions, Mason said.“The things that are being announced today I hope are the beginning of a trend,” Mason said. “I can see more areas where it’s going to be necessary to sit down with the educational institutions and figure out what the skills we need are and structure a program that can be modeled on what we’re doing here.”In partnership with NNMC and courses offered at the DOE’s National Training Center, N3B will offer a 22-month state-registered apprenticeship program to train nuclear operators, with an initial cohort of five students. Combining approximately 2,500 hours of instruction and on the job training, successful graduates should receive 50 college credit hours and a program certificate.“The apprenticeship program that we’re starting has a lot of legs to it, a lot of vision going forward with where we’re going with that,” said N3B President/Program Manager Glenn J. Morgan. He added that N3B-Los Alamos’ parent company has had a successful apprenticeship program in place for more than 100 years, which the New Mexico program is modeled after.“Back in our home office the apprentices that come out are about 40 percent of the executive leadership team,” Morgan said. “So it is truly a pathway to get to where you need to get to.”N3B and UNM-LA are offering a 12-week intensive academic program taught at UNM-LA by senior N3B radiological protection personnel, with several hours of hands-on fieldwork under the direct supervision of qualified RCTs. This 10-credit-hour RCT “boot-camp” is a non-registered apprenticeship program for 10 students leading to a certificate in Radiation Control.“I had a chance to meet with some of the students in the program Monday and find out a little bit about their backgrounds,” UNM-LA CEO Cynthia Rooney said. “And to know that we are changing lives for individuals, providing new opportunities, it’s so exciting.”New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Secretary Bill McCamley celebrated the model for the training and apprenticeship programs, which will allow students to get an education without going into debt.“We’re calling this type of thing Earn While You Learn with the Three P’s,” McCamley said. “We want people to get paid while they’re learning. We want them to get a decent paper at the end of their process showing that they have a certain amount of skills and we want them to have a full-time position waiting for them.”This was the second initiative launched this year, under the leadership of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, that is focused on providing alternative pathways to well-paying jobs other than obtaining a bachelor’s degree, McCamley said.“Governor Lujan Grisham believes passionately and strongly in an economy that works for everyone…(she) believes strongly in building a diverse and flexible way for all of our students to get this education, lead good lives and build their communities,” McCamley said. “We need pathways that allow people to say, ‘I want to stay here in New Mexico. I don’t want to have to go to Dallas or Denver or Phoenix to find good work. I want to be able to get the education I need, the skills I need and the jobs that will allow me to do well right here in the state.’”Secretary of Higher Education Kate O’Neill urged students present at the event Tuesday to help promote the program.“You are the best spokespeople for this person, so please help get the word out,” O’Neill said. “Let folks know that this is going on. The best evidence that we have that these collaborations are really proactive and positive and work is the word that you put out there to folks.”Newly enrolled students were a major focus at Tuesday’s event.“This is really leading to a future for me: a future career at the labs, a future career at N3B that is pushing me to new heights beyond where I was at before,” said Jeremy Salazar, who is participating in the RCT bootcamp.Nearly every speaker commented on how quickly the program had come together and on a desire for future collaborations.“That is an example of what can happen when there is this kind of synergy, when you have the whole becoming more than the sum of its parts. So that is higher ed, workforce, the labs: everybody coming together to combine resources and get where we need to go,” O’Neill said. “We look forward to more collaborations such as this, and we are poised and ready on behalf of higher ed to think outside the box and work with you all on the kinds of initiatives like this that we need to be doing more of.”LANL Director Thom Mason mentioned that the Lab has 1,399 open positions, many of them in RCT. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily PostN3B President/Program Manager Glenn J. Morgan said that the N3B-Los Alamos parent company has had a successful apprenticeship program for more than 100 years. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily PostUNM-LA CEO Cindy Rooney said she is pleased with how the new program ‘is changing lives for individuals’. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily PostNew Mexico Department of Workforce solutions Secretary Bill McCamley. Workforce Solutionsis providing funding for the RCT program, which will train more than 50 area students for high-paying jobs at with LANL and N3B. New Mexico Secretary of Higher Education Kate O’Neill announced that her department is‘poised and ready on behalf of higher ed to think outside the box and work with you all on the kinds of initiatives like this that we need to be doing more of’. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily PostNNMC President Richard J. Bailey called this new collaboration a ‘game changer’. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily PostNNMC Assistant Professor Scott Braley demonstrates some of the equipment used in the training program. The equipment is all on loan from LANL. Photo by Arin McKenna/Valley Daily Post Officials and students gather Tuesday morning at NNMC for the announcement of a new program funded by Workforce Solutions that will train more than 50 area students for high-paying jobs at with LANL and N3B. 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College softball: BPCC falls to Galveston College, still alive in Region XIV tournament

first_imgAfter Bossier Parish had tied the game at four in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Galveston College Whitecaps scored two runs in the top of the seventh to capture a 6-4 win over the Lady Cavaliers. After getting two quick outs to begin the seventh, BPCC pitcher Kaitlyn Roth allowed a single to Kirsten Shaw. Kayla Kerr and Alyssa Martinez, the Whitecaps three and four hole hitters, hit back-to-back RBI doubles to the wall in right field. Kerr’s double scored Shaw with the go-ahead run, while Martinez’s double plated Kerr with an insurance run.Kerr came on in relief of starter Ashley Kriesel, who had thrown over 140 pitches in the game, in the bottom of the seventh. She walked Dorrie Cormier on four straight pitches but was able to retire the next three Lady Cavaliers in order to preserve the win for the Whitecaps.Galveston took a 3-0 lead in the third on four hits and one BPCC error. After Alexandria Lewis reached on a fielder’s choice, Shaw singled to right field. BPCC right fielder Morgan Bullock’s throw to third was fielded by third baseman Chelsea Fagan, who applied the tag on Lewis for what would’ve been the second out of the inning. However, the home plate umpired ruled that Fagan obstructed the base runner Lewis and she was awarded the base. Alertly, Shaw took second base on the play, then Kerr delivered a two-RBI double to give the Whitecaps the lead. Kerr would eventually score when Roth’s throw got past BPCC second baseman Zoe Hancock on Anahi Hoover’s bunt base hit.BPCC scored a pair a runs in the fifth on Jayleen Lantier’s bases-loaded single. BPCC’s cleanup hitter Chelsea Fagan, who leads the NJCAA’s Div. I in home runs, was intentionally walked for the third time prior to Lantier’s base hit.After Galveston added a run in the sixth on Caylei Allen’s RBI double, the Lady Cavaliers tied the game in the bottom half of the inning. Raina McKean led off the frame with and pinch-hit single. Bryant then laid down a sacrifice bunt which was fielded by Kriesel, who threw to first but no one was covering. The error allowed McKean and Bryant to move up to second and third. Hancock followed with a bunt that was fielded by Galveston third baseman Adrianna Rincon. After Elisa Favela popped out for the first out of the inning, Galveston was in the process of intentionally walking Fagan for a fourth time. However, on the 2-0 pitch Hancock took off for second base. Whitecaps catcher Allen threw down to second and on the throw Bryant broke for home. Lewis cut off the throw and relayed the ball back to Allen but not in time to get Bryant, who slid across with the tying run. Kriesel was able to avoid giving up the lead by getting Lantier to pop out and Bullock to line out to end the threat.The Lady Cavaliers left 12 runners on base in the game, seven in scoring position.Kriesel earned the victory, her second of the tournament, by scattering seven hits over six innings, walking four and striking out four. Kerr earned the save as she retired three of the four batters she faced in the seventh. Roth took the loss for the Lady Cavaliers after allowing six runs on nine hits. She did not walk a batter and struck out three as her record falls to 13-2 on the season.The win puts the Whitecaps into the winners bracket finals tomorrow versus the Tyler Junior College Apache Ladies. The loss sends the BPCC to the losers bracket where they’ll have to win two games on Sunday to avoid elimination and reach the tournament finals.​ BPCC was scheduled to face Trinity Valley at Lamar State College – Port Arthur’s Martin Field at 12:30 p.m.— Charlie Cavell, BPCC athletic coordinatorPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more