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Agilent’s BenchCel Microplate Handler now available through BioTek

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 8:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Winooski-based BioTek has announced that Agilent’s BenchCel Microplate Handler is now added to its portfolio of walkaway automated solutions. The modular BenchCel Microplate Handler is a high-speed robot with an open, flexible and scalable format to bring efficiency to diverse applications such as ELISA, endpoint add-and-read assays and cell fix-stain-image processes.

Leahy urges Supreme Court to continue transparency after pandemic

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 5:20am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senators Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are pressing the US Supreme Court to make permanent the live audio access to oral arguments it has adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they further asked the Court to allow live video coverage of its proceedings. Leahy and Grassley also noted that the vast majority of Americans support audio and video access to our nation’s justice system.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Four new cases, 'cluster' in Winooski

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 5:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Health Commissioner Mark Levine said today that the Health Department is investigating a small cluster of cases (fewer than 6) among members of the Winooski community. This is not an outbreak of the virus spreading throughout the city. The department has been in contact with the individuals and is providing appropriate guidance and recommendations – including for self-isolation and quarantine. The contact tracing team has been reaching out to any of these individuals’ close contacts to identify any further risk and need for testing. In addition to closely working with Winooski city officials, Health staff have been in contact with community-based organizations, on education and follow-up efforts.

Scott opens up summer camps, dentistry, gyms, spas, gatherings to 25

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 5:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today announced the resumption of additional close contact businesses, dental procedures, businesses that require work in the home, and of limited overnight youth summer camp programming. As state modeling continues to indicate a low number of COVID-19 cases, he also increased the size of social gatherings to 25. The summer camps guidance includes protocols for out-of-state campers. Gatherings can be held inside and outside.

Scott, Vermont State Police condemn police brutality in death of George Floyd in Minneapolis

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 5:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The members of the Vermont State Police and Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Schirling said in a statement Friday afternoon that they unequivocally condemn the actions of police officers in Minneapolis that led to the death of George Floyd.

Members of VSP Fair & Impartial Policing Committee speak out on police-community relations in Vermont

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 5:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The following members of the Vermont State Police Fair and Impartial Policing Committee are joining agency and state leadership in condemning the atrocity in Minneapolis. In addition, the committee members, who have worked closely with the Vermont State Police for more than a decade to strengthen relationships between police and numerous communities throughout the state, believe the ongoing partnerships can set an example at home and beyond our borders for necessary structural change.

PAI: Hope for the best, but plan for the worst

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 4:48pm -- tim

by Jack Hoffman, Public Assets Institute Health comes first. But the next biggest risk Vermonters face from the coronavirus pandemic is loss of income. As leaders in Montpelier contemplate the best uses for $1.25 billion in federal aid from the Coronavirus Relief Fund, insuring that Vermont families continue to have money for food and shelter has to be at the top of the list.

Northeast Kingdom Collaborative urges funding for NVU

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 2:15pm -- tim

by The Board Of Directors Of The Northeast Kingdom Collaborative For generations, NVU’s two campuses have been educational, cultural, and economic drivers for our region. As leaders from many different walks of life in the Kingdom, each and every one of us has seen the impact that NVU has had on our communities, our economy and our culture. NVU’s contribution to the Kingdom is invaluable. We know change is here and we embrace it. But for the successful future of the NEK that change has to include the continued existence of NVU. We implore our elected officials – from members of the Legislature to the Governor – to look closely at the immense impact that NVU has on the northern tier of Vermont and fund NVU appropriately.

Welch hears from over 80 lodging proprietors

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 11:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Congressman Peter Welch heard from over 80 businesses in the state’s lodging sector during a virtual Vermont Chamber Town Hall about how COVID-19 is affecting Vermont’s lodging properties. The May 26 Town Hall was an opportunity for lodging businesses to further Congressman Welch’s understanding of COVID-19’s impact, share ideas, and help shape what future assistance will look like.

VDH COVID-19 Update: Three more cases, another death for 55

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 5:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Health today reported that there were three more cases of COVID-19 for 971 total and one more death from the novel coronavirus for a statewide total of 55. This is only the second death from the virus in three weeks. There currently is no one hospitalized for COVID-19. VDH says that if Vermonters continue to follow good hygiene practices, wear facial coverings, and keep up physical distancing — and the state continues its strong testing and contact tracing capabilities — the outlook is good to control the spread of the virus.