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Emergency licenses for healthcare providers and veterinarians during state of emergency

first_imgSecretary of State Jim Condos announces that since the Governor has declared a state of emergency, temporary emergency licenses for out-of-state health care providers and veterinarians are available.Use of Vermont providers should be our highest priority before reaching out to other states.Secretary Condos said this provision was enacted so Vermont would be better prepared to respond in the event of a disaster. It expedites the licensing process for the emergency assistance needed in the wake of a disaster like that caused by tropical storm Irene.  Under normal conditions, the licensing process takes longer. ‘In an emergency situation like this,’ said Condos, ‘we need to act quickly to get the help on the ground where it is needed most.  Volunteer health care professionals from neighboring states and even from all over the country are coming to Vermont to lend a hand.  Under the circumstances, we’ll get them a temporary license the same day they apply and get them to work.’ Chris Winters, the Director of the Office of Professional Regulation, added: ‘Our mission is to protect the public and make sure that licensed health care providers are competent and safe practitioners.  When the state is in emergency response mode, this law allows us to be more flexible when time is of the essence.’ 3 V.S.A. § 129(a)(10) allows the Office of Professional Regulation to issue temporary licenses to health care providers and veterinarians during a declared state of emergency. The health care provider or veterinarian must be currently licensed, in good standing and not subject to disciplinary proceedings in any other jurisdiction. The temporary license authorizes the holder to practice in Vermont until the termination of the declared state of emergency or 90 days, whichever occurs first.  All licensing fees are waived. The Secretary of State’s Office of Professional regulation protects the public through licensing and regulation of 45 professions and nearly 55,000 licenses.last_img read more

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Are Biofuels Really Better?

first_imgHow can you make your drive to the trailhead as clean and green as possible?One of the leading candidates to replace fossil fuels has been around as long as the cars that use them. Biofuels were Henry Ford’s original plan for fuel for his Model Ts car. But large petroleum deposits kept gasoline and diesel much cheaper, and biofuels were soon forgotten.The gasoline and diesel that cars run on today are actually 300-million-year-old biofuels—dead plants that were buried and compressed over eons. The biofuels that are being considered to replace these fossil fuels are just plants grown today.Much of the gasoline used today is already blended with a biofuel called ethanol, which can be made from different types of plants such as corn and cane sugar. Ethanol is made usually made using chemical reactions, fermentation, or heat to break down starches and sugars found in plants.In countries such as Brazil, many cars run on 100 percent ethanol that they get from cane sugar. In Europe, biodiesels made from palm oil are widely used.Cars are one of the main contributors to carbon dioxide pollution in our earth’s atmosphere, but with the growing of plants for biofuels, these plants can absorb much of the carbon dioxide released by automobiles. Possibly the biggest perk to biofuels is that they are easily renewable. The airline industry is also looking for cleaner emissions and considering biofuels to replace their current jet fuels.However, here are some drawbacks. The entire process of growing plants and breaking them down into biofuel requires a large amount of energy. Many scientists have calculated that the production of corn-based ethanol actually uses more energy than it generates. Other concerns about biofuels are the impacts of growing and harvesting large plantations of these plants. Often rain forests are clear cut for palm oil plantations to provide biofuel.Many believe using non-food grasses, algae, or biomass—termed second-generation or advanced biofuels—could be better solutions than using corn or cane sugar for ethanol production.Read more here.last_img read more

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Aussie Open: Djokovic set up Federer semi-final

first_imgRelatedPosts Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title Djokovic zooms to 10th Italian Open final Djokovic fined $10,000 for ‘unsportsmanlike conduct’ Defending champion Novak Djokovic set up an Australian Open semi-final against Roger Federer after producing another clinical performance to beat Canadian 32nd seed Milos Raonic. Djokovic had problems with his eye in the third set but dismantled Raonic’s potent serve to win 6-4 6-3 7-6 (7-1) The Serb second seed, who is aiming for a record-extending eighth title, has lost just one set in Melbourne so far. Djokovic, 32, will meet Swiss third seed Federer in Thursday’s semi-final. It is the pair’s first meeting at the Australian Open since Djokovic beat 38-year-old Federer in their 2016 semi-final. “He is one of the all-time greats and the match-ups against Roger and Rafa have made me the player I am today,” said Djokovic, who has lost just three times at Melbourne Park in the past decade. “I hope I can get just one match point against him. Let the better player win.”Tags: Australian OpenMilos RaonicNovak DjokovicRoger Federerlast_img read more

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