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Chittenden Bank Helps Local Families by Donating $2,000 to the Burlington Children’s Space

first_imgChittenden Bank Helps Local Families byDonating $2,000 to the Burlington Children’s SpaceBurlington, VT The quality childcare and early educational development programs provided by the Burlington Children’s Space (BCS) help children and their families grow and thrive within their community. As the organization enters its 25th year of service, BCS is seeking additional support to supplement the tuition for families who do not qualify due to the freezes placed on the subsidy program. A sliding scale for tuition was adjusted this fall to create additional relief to families impacted by the freeze. BCS has agreed to reserve 21 spots for families receiving state subsides for tuition, and maintain 15 preschool spots for a collaboration supporting Head Start Eligible families. The additional funding is critical for children who come from households that lack access to resources as basic as parents who read to them, play-related learning experiences, and the books, tools, and activities needed to stimulate intellectual and physical growth.”At Chittenden Bank, we understand the need to provide quality childcare for families that otherwise would not have an option. We are pleased to give a $2,000 donation to support the efforts of BCS,” said Kathy Schirling, Senior Vice President at Chittenden Bank.BCS Director Sarah Adams-Kollitz said, “We were very impressed with Chittenden Bank’s decision to fund essential services to some of the communitys most vulnerable citizens.””Affordable high quality child care is an essential service: a link to financial stability for parents who work or attend school, a source of learning and inspiration for young children, as well as a place where parents can seek additional support in times of need. Because of community support like this gift from the Chittenden Bank we are able to offer parents a sliding scale for tuition (the only one in the county), for which parents are extremely grateful,” explained Adams-Kollitz. One parent said, “If it were not for all the dear hearts at BCS I would not be able to put my energy into my new business and help it get off the ground. Literally, BCS is helping me achieve my life long dream!”Burlington Children’s SpaceHealthy, inquisitive, joyful children are a sign of a healthy society and something a community can take pride in. Children from all economic sectors are provided with care and early education of the highest quality. The BCS has been serving the community for over 25 years, for more information please call the McClure Multi-Generational Center at 802-658-1500.About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank has proudly served businesses and individuals statewide for more than 100 years. With assets greater than $3.3 billion and 47 offices located throughout the state, Chittenden is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of Vermonters at every stage of life. Chittenden Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Bank headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut with assets of over $21 billion. For more information please visit www.chittenden.com(link is external) or call the Customer Service Center at 800-545-2236.-###-last_img read more

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Indonesia: H5N1 samples going to WHO again

first_imgMay 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health minister announced today at the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) annual meeting that the country has resumed sending H5N1 avian influenza virus samples to the WHO, appearing to end a 5-month standoff over developing countries’ access to vaccines.”I am pleased to announce to all of you that Indonesia has resumed sending its H5N1 specimens to the WHO collaborating center in Tokyo,” Siti Fadilah Supari said at the World Health Assembly in Geneva, according to a Reuters report.Dick Thompson, a WHO spokesman in Geneva, confirmed today that Indonesia recently began sending samples to the WHO collaborating center in Tokyo, according to a Bloomberg news report. However, the director of the Indonesian laboratory that has been storing the samples told Bloomberg he couldn’t confirm the report.Flu virus samples are used to track the viruses’ evolution, spread, and drug resistance and to develop vaccines.Indonesia stopped sending its H5N1 samples to the WHO in December and in February announced it would send no more until it received assurances that the strains would not be used by private companies to make vaccines that the country couldn’t afford.After a meeting between the WHO and Asian health officials in March, Supari said Indonesia would resume supplying the virus specimens immediately, in return for a WHO promise to revise its sample-sharing rules. But the country had continued to withhold the samples, saying it wanted a written guarantee that they wouldn’t be shared with drug companies without the country’s consent. It was unclear today whether Indonesia received a written assurance from the WHO.Supari took the opportunity today to reiterate Indonesia’s view that developing countries are at a disadvantage for access to pandemic vaccines, Reuters reported. “Sequences had been used for some parties for instance through research presentation, publication, commercialization, and requests for patents without our consent. Such practice violates the spirit in which the virus is given,” she told the assembly, according to Reuters.Supari’s announcement came as 17 developing countries introduced a resolution at the World Health Assembly demanding equitable access to vaccines made from H5N1 samples the countries provide, according to another Reuters report.Reuters reported that the resolution:• Calls for transparent and equitable sharing of benefits arising from information and virus samples provided by countries• Calls for affordable and timely access to vaccines, diagnostics, antiviral agents, or other medical supplies that evolve from use of the virus samples, and• Requires researchers and vaccine developers to seek informed consent from countries that contribute the viruses before using themThe WHO is expected to develop a new formula for sample sharing by the end of June, the Reuters report said.WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan, in a keynote speech at theWHO meeting today, spoke of working to ensure that developing countries have access to pandemic flu vaccines. Her speech was postponed from yesterday.”I am personally engaged in several efforts to ensure access to vaccines in all countries,” Chan said, according to the WHO text of the speech.”The first agreements to transfer technology to vaccine manufacturers in developing countries have been signed,” she continued. “We have initiated work on establishing a stockpile of H5N1 vaccine. Advance procurement mechanisms for pandemic vaccine are under development.”I am in dialogue with development partners and with executives from all the leading influenza vaccine companies. I am greatly encouraged by their commitment.”The World Health Assembly began yesterday and ends on May 23.See also:WHO transcript of Chan speechhttp://www.who.int/dg/speeches/2007/150507/en/index.htmlMore information on the WHO annual meetinghttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/events/2007/wha60/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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