IDX Systems wins Deane Davis Business of the Year AwardIDX Systems Corp of South Burlington was named winner of the Deane C Davis Outstanding Vermont Business Award during opening ceremonies May 25 for the Vermont Business & Industry Expo.IDX was a finalist along with Dufresne-Henry of North Springfield and Pompanoosuc Mills of East Thetford. Chairman and co-founder Richard Tarrant accepted the award from Governor Douglas. The award, now in its 15th year, is presented by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of CommerceThe Deane Davis Award is given to a long-time, Vermont-based company that has shown business success within the Vermont ethos of community, employment and environmental awareness.IDX is a health care-related software developer with 2,400 employees worldwide. It added more than 300 employees just last year.
Nonetheless, he said mosquito control should be a public health function. He recommended the approach known as integrated pest management, which requires careful monitoring to determine “if, when, and where” to spray or otherwise combat mosquitoes. Jul 15, 2004 (CIDRAP News) Now that West Nile virus (WNV) is in North America to stay, mosquito control is becoming an important task of the public health system, West Nile experts said at a public health convention in St. Paul today. See also: In Colorado Springs, Colo., a program that combined mosquito control with public education and cooperation among local governments appeared to succeed in limiting WNV cases last year, according to another speaker at the meeting. Mosquitoes also spread the viruses that cause St. Louis encephalitis, western equine encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis, and LaCrosse encephalitis, Nasci said. Cases of St. Louis encephalitis average only about 115 per year, and the other three diseases are even less common. Editor’s note: This story was revised Jul 19, 2004, to include additional information about the percentage of West Nile virus infections that result in illness. A recent study from the Chicago area suggested that mosquito control programs made a difference in WNV infection rates, he said. For example, the Des Plaines Valley district, with an intensive program to kill mosquito larvae, had four West Nile cases per 100,000 people, while the North Shore district, with a less ambitious program, had 51 cases per 100,000. Similarly, he said, a study from Michigan indicated that people in areas with no mosquito control program had a tenfold greater risk of WNV than those in areas where mosquitoes were controlled. ASTHO report, “Public Health Confronts the Mosquito: Developing Sustainable State and Local Mosquito Control Programs” Since 1999, West Nile has quickly surpassed four other mosquito-borne arboviruses as a cause of human disease in the United States, Nasci said. There were 9,862 cases of WNV illness reported to the CDC in 2003, and 2,775, or 28%, of those involved encephalitis or a related brain disease, Nasci reported. The disease killed 260 people. (However, only about 20% of people infected with WNV actually become ill, and only about 1 in 150 infected people suffers severe illness with brain inflammation, according to CDC estimates.) However, this pattern didn’t hold in a comparison of the cities of Fort Collins and Loveland in Colorado: Loveland had a higher rate of WNV cases even though it worked harder on mosquito control, according to Nasci. WNV, native to Africa and the Middle East, has spread quickly across the United States since it emerged in the New York City area in 1999. Birds serve as the virus’s natural host, and mosquitoes spread it to humans after feeding on birds. Nasci cited a new report from the Association f State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) as a good source of further information on mosquito control (see link below). Rosemary Bakes-Martin, MS, MPH, acting director of public health for El Paso County, said the county began girding for the West Nile battle in the fall of 2002. Officials knew that public opposition would preclude spraying to kill adult mosquitoes. Instead, they mounted an effort to kill mosquito larvae countywide at the start of the season, and then followed up with larva-killing measures in areas where infected birds were found. Nasci said the scientific case for mosquito control as a way to fight West Nile is not yet compelling. “We know that we can document a reduction of mosquitoes through mosquito management,” but there is conflicting evidence on whether mosquito control programs reduce human cases of WNV, he said. Bakes-Martin said the county also used thousands of “tip cards,” posters, and brochures in two languages to educate the public about protecting themselves from mosquitoes. Other measures included generating heavy news coverage of West Nile and enlisting the help of all the county’s cities and towns in the public education effort. By October, El Paso had the second lowest WNV case rate among Colorado counties, fewer than 20 cases per 100,000 people, according to Bakes-Martin. “We felt like we did something right,” she said. Later in the season, the county took steps to kill mosquito larvae in areas where human West Nile cases turned up, Bakes-Martin said. Patients “all seemed to know when they were bitten by the mosquito that got them ill,” she explained. “I’d say in 90-some percent of instances, we found within a hundreds yards a place where there was mosquito breeding.” He said he doesn’t expect WNV to become so widespread in this country that most people will develop immunity from having been exposed at some point. In Africa the disease mostly affects children and teenagers, who then develop immunity and are protected in adulthood, he said. “We’re not going to find human herd immunity coming into play” in the United States, he said. “There’s a reevaluation of mosquito control as a public health function going on now,” said Roger Nasci, PhD, an entomologist who studies mosquito-borne viruses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) laboratory in Fort Collins, Colo. He spoke at the annual conference of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO). In response to questions, Nasci ventured a prediction about the future of WNV in the United States. He said the pattern for West Nile could evolve to resemble that of Japanese encephalitis in Asia. Modest outbreaks of the disease occur each year, but, depending on weather, it occasionally erupts on a much larger scale, he said.
LifestyleMoney We’re getting a $54,000 tax refund! by: – April 1, 2011 Share Share 132 Views no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring! David and Thelma Ward have adopted five children, which is netting them a $54,000 reward.SMITHFIELD, N.C. (CNNMoney) — The Wards couldn’t believe the news when their tax preparer called to tell them they’re getting a $54,000 refund this year.Thelma Ward was speechless. She had to hand the phone to her husband so she could dance around the living room floor in shock.“I was thanking God like never before,” she said. “We’re just overwhelmed — that amount was so huge it was unbelievable.”Even their tax preparer said she had to check the math — 10 to 15 times.“We couldn’t believe it when we totaled everything up. We were like, that can’t be right,” said Dee Carter, owner of the local H&R Block where the Wards have brought their taxes for more than 10 years. “We had never seen anything like it before, so we had to check it over and over again.”So what’s bringing this windfall? The federal adoption tax credit.In the past few years, the Wards have expanded their already big clan of seven children by adopting five new kids. For each of these adopted children, they are eligible for a one-time tax credit of up to $13,170.The credit has been around since 1997, but this tax season it is refundable for the first time — which is the tax equivalent of hitting the jackpot.A refundable tax credit lets you get the cash even if you owe no taxes. A non-refundable credit just offsets any taxes you owe, and then rolls anything remaining to the next tax year.The Wards adopted the five children over a span of three years, so they’ve filed for the tax credit each year. But because they didn’t make enough money, the tax credit simply rolled over from year to year and accumulated.This year, because the credit became refundable, they are getting all the previous years’ leftovers in a lump sum. (The couple had an earlier adoption, in 2004, but unused credits can only be carried for up to five years.)While the Wards haven’t received the refund check yet, H&R Block calculated that the unused adoption credits from the past five years add up to $45,560 — making up the majority of the $54,000 refund they’re expecting.“When this was first coming through the tax reform legislation, we just kept looking at it going, ‘Wow, this is really, really significant for people adopting,’” said Kathy Pickering, executive director of The Tax Institute at H&R Block. “It’s not a large population who can claim it, but for those who do, it can really change their lives.”A typical private adoption runs about $30,000, so the credit was intended to help families by reimbursing expenses, such as court fees. But the tax law allows parents who adopt “special needs” children to receive the entire credit even if they had no expenses.All of the Wards’ foster children qualified as special needs, so Thelma was able to claim the full credit even though there were no adoption expenses. This is not unusual for foster children; about 80% of these kids are considered to have “special needs.”They tried to deduct what?!“People adopting from the foster-care community are typically lower and moderate income, and most don’t have a significant tax liability, so the credit never helped them,” said Mary Boo, assistant director of the North American Council on Adoptable Children. “The expenses they have are life-long, so the government really stepped up this year to help these people.”It’s significant to the Wards, who only make about $39,000 per year.“We didn’t get into foster care to adopt anyone, but when we started being foster parents we couldn’t let a child leave us without a place to call home,” said Thelma.She had to quit her job at a daycare to take care of her new children. And her husband, David, who works at a concrete company, had to take a significant pay cut last year to keep his job. The one saving grace: As foster parents, they receive about $3,300 a month from the state of North Carolina until the children turn 18.“Any little bit helps, but it still doesn’t cover it,” said Thelma, who has had to learn to stay on a tight budget to afford giving her children the care they need.Kelli, only three years old, has a serious heart condition and has required medical attention since she was born. She is scheduled for a major heart surgery this month.7 best apps for filing taxesOctavius has a heart murmur and is in and out of the doctor’s office constantly. And all of them — including Joquavius, Zoie and Mckayla — require either speech therapy, psychiatry or special classes for learning disabilities.This attention really adds up, both emotionally and financially. So to save money, Thelma focuses on the little things, like using coupons everywhere she can, selling her children’s clothes at consignment stores, buying everything used and holding yard sales.While the kids are at school, Thelma goes to three grocery stores to do her weekly shopping. But the family’s weekly grocery bill still totals around $400, including the more than three gallons of milk and four loaves of bread the children go through. It usually takes five or six trips to the car to get all the groceries unloaded.The Wards hope to use their windfall refund to take their big family on a vacation, pay bills, and buy new windows for their home — which needs a little repair after housing so many foster children over the past years.“We’ll have to see what we can afford,” said Thelma. “Money comes and money goes, so we want to make sure we spend it all wisely.”Many more families are also finding themselves in the enviable place of planning what to do with such a windfall. Tax preparer H&R Block said 8,000 of its own clients have already claimed the credit, and the company expects 150,000 total taxpayers to claim it this year.How I’ll spend my refundThat’s a 50% jump from the 2009 tax year — but not because adoptions have increased that much. Instead, many people who had no tax liability in previous years, and thus wouldn’t have been helped by the credit, are now filing. And some of the refunds it has seen range as high as $90,000.A couple from Alabama, Tina and Kenny Thomas, recently adopted five kids from foster care and are now expecting a check for a whopping $65,000, thanks to this credit. Like the Wards, they had absolutely no idea it existed until they went to their tax preparer.“We went in having no clue about the credit, and we even thought we may have to pay money,” said Tina Thomas. “We never, never would have expected it.”But before you run out to adopt a child in order to cash in on this credit, know that the IRS is a stickler for documentation and isn’t doling out refunds like this to just anyone.“If you’re claiming the credit because of the nature of the credit and the size of the refund, there are many documentation requirements that Congress included along with it,” said Eric Smith, a spokesman for the IRS. “It is a generous credit for those who qualify — that’s why policymakers want to make sure the people who deserve it get it, and those who don’t, don’t.”Source: CNN Money
Women’s World Cup 2019: Sweden defeats England to claim bronze medal And then there were two.The defending champion U.S. women’s national team will face the Netherlands for the Women’s World Cup title Sunday. Megan Rapinoe injury update: U.S. star expects to be ‘good to go’ for World Cup final Women’s World Cup 2019: Megan Rapinoe takes aim at FIFA over prize money gap, finals scheduling It will also be live streamed on FoxSportsGo and fuboTV.Where is the game being played?The game is being played at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France.When was the last time they played?The USWNT topped England 2-1 on July 2, while the Netherlands eliminated Sweden 1-0 on July 3.The U.S. has played the Netherlands seven times, with the Americans leading the series 6-1. The USWNT enters as the favorite as the team prepares to make it’s third straight final appearance. On the other hand, the Dutch team is making its first final appearance.Here’s everything you need to know entering Sunday’s matchup:How can I watch the Women’s World Cup Final?The game is scheduled for Sunday at 11 a.m. ET and can be viewed on Fox, FS1, FS2 and Telemundo. Related News Who will be on the starting rosters?While the official rosters have yet to be revealed, it is anticipated that USWNT star Megan Rapinoe will play after sitting out the semifinals against England with a hamstring injury.What are the odds?The U.S. is listed at -1 (-145), while the Netherlands is +1 (+125). The over/under is 2.5.