first_imgAverage retail gasoline prices in Vermont moved just 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.86/gallon today. This compares with the national average that has increased 4.6 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.85/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com.Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices today are 86.1 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 7.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 11.8 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 83.4 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.About VermontGasPrices.comGasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including VermontGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine’s 50 best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008. Source: VermontGasPrices.com Vermont, VT, April 5, 2010-last_img read more

first_imgA two-day regional conference aimed at exploring the possibility of expanding the Phase 3 component of the ongoing Ebola Vaccines Clinical study in Liberia to Sierra Leone and Guinea opened yesterday, June 11, in Conakry, Guinea. A delegation of Liberian physicians, scientists, and clinical researchers will meet with their counterparts from Sierra Leone and Guinea to seek collaboration and cooperation on vaccines and therapeutic clinical trials against the deadly Ebola Virus through a multi-country regional strategy.The Liberian delegation is headed by Dr. Moses B. F. Massaquoi, Chair, National Case Management, Ministry of Health and Liberian Principal Investigator for the ZMapp clinical trial. The delegation also includes Drs. Stephen Kennedy and Fatorma Bolay, Co-Principal Investigators for (PREVAIL I), the Liberian Ebola vaccine clinical study; Dr. Eugene Dolopei, Chief Medical Officer for SOS Hospital and member of the technical team for the Liberia-U.S Clinical Research Partnership (PREVAIL); and Mrs. Wissedi Sio-Njoh, Director of Operations for PREVAIL. “This strategy creates an opportunity for current and future collaborations in transferring and/or sharing technologies on prevention, treatment and research among others to eliminate the Ebola Virus Disease and other related epidemics from within the Mano River Basin,” noted Dr. Kennedy.Representatives from the Ministries of Health of the participating countries, as well as partners from the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH), World Health Organization (WHO), the French National Institute of Health & Medical Research (INSERM), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC); and pharmaceutical manufacturers Glaxo SmithKline (GSK) and Merck/NewLink, are expected to be in attendance.“There appears to be a consensus that the window of opportunity is closing for potential answers to research questions regarding effective vaccines and therapeutic options,” said Dr. Massaquoi. “We believe that the development of effective vaccines and treatments for Ebola can be achieved through this sort of regional partnership and multi-country research collaboration.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img“We believe that it’s a targeted group, and we believe it’s probably drug related, and while it is happening in a public place like an apartment building or a hotel, we believe that they’re specifically doing it for one person or a group of people, and so in general the public is not at risk.” The Marquis Centre and many of its tenants are well known to police, but keeping track of who’s living there can be difficult. Shelkie says that often people only live in an apartment for a short amount of time, and leave it with roommates or new tenants, so the original person who signed the lease may be long gone. “What’s frequently the problem is that people who live this lifestyle don’t stay in any location very long, and they tend to not honour their leases,” she argues. “So we don’t know the chain of the residents that are living in these apartments.”That means the people carrying out these attacks also may not have kept track, and the intended target may not even be living there anymore. The local RCMP don’t have any reason to believe that there is a “drug war” of sorts going on in the city, but as Shelkie points out that with the high risk lifestyle, often comes the use of firearms. Advertisement “Because of their similar M.O.s, it lends us to investigate whether they are connected.,” she says, but adds, “Other than the obvious of them being in the same location, in the same week, and pepper spray being used at the same time, we don’t have anything else that lends us to believe they’re related.” She also says there’s no evidence connecting those incidents with the shots fired at Northwoods Inn Sunday night. As the situation at Northwoods and the handmade Molotov cocktails being thrown at a home in the 101 block of 96 Avenue Sunday night happened less than 20 minutes apart, police also don’t believe they’re connected. “It was almost happening simultaneously… so we don’t believe they’re linked at this time,” says Shelkie. “It would have involved too many people if it was a group of people that were related to each other being in two places.” – Advertisement -She adds there’s no other apparently connection, including who owned the house and the weapons used. At this point in the investigation, Shelkie says RCMP “truly believes” the Marquis Centre shootings are drug related, and as specific apartments have been targeted, and not happening at “high traffic” times, the public should not be concerned for their safety. Advertisement The Forensic Identification Section is currently looking the spent casings and bullet holes, and speaking with neighbours, but so far, information is admittedly “lean”. Anyone that may have seen or heard anything is encouraged to contact RCMP at 250-787-8100.last_img read more