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Mahalick Memorial is providing scholarships for deserving students. The Center for Scholarship Administration, Inc. (CSA), a non-profit, independent organization is the administrator of the program. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE PROGRAM Q: A: Who is eligible for the scholarship? Applicants must be a high senior enrolled at Mahanoy Area High School or Marian Catholic High School. Applicants must reside in the Mahanoy Area School District at the time of graduation. Applicants must demonstrate good moral character. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 through Fall 2010. Applicants must have a financial need. Q: A: When does the program start? The applications will be available December 6. Interested applicants may apply online www.csascholars.org or request a paper application by contacting CSA by mail at 4320 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Suite G, Taylors, SC 29687 by phone at (864) 268-3363; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Q: A: When is the deadline for submission of materials? All materials must be submitted to CSA with a postmark no later than February 7. All materials must be mailed in ONE envelope. If you applied online and received a confirmation of submission you may send just the additional materials required. Q: A: What constitutes a complete application packet? 1. A completed application form, including the signed Terms of Agreement. 2. Official transcript with grades and cumulative GPA posted through Fall 2010. 3. Personal Statement regarding importance of scholarship, college and or career plans 4. Federal Tax Form 1040 (pages one and two only) and W-2 forms for both parents (if applicable) for the latest year these forms were filed. Q: A: What is the value of the scholarship award? The number of recipients and the amount of the scholarships will be based upon the market value of the scholarship fund assets each year as determined by the Trustee. Funds are to be applied to tuition, fees, books, supplies. Q: A: What schools may I attend? You must be a full time student enrolled at any accredited, public or private, four-year College or university of their choice located in the United States. Q: A: What if I am unable to attend consecutive semesters? Extenuating circumstances requiring a student to sit out a semester must be explained in writing to CSA. You will be notified of the final decision. Q: A: How are winners selected? Awards Advisory Committee considers respective ability, educational goals and career ambitions (AND FINANCIAL IF REQUIRED).
Editorial Duties and Service Consulting Editor for Perception and Psychophysics, 1994-1999. Consulting Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 1999-2004. Guest Editor for the special issue of Human Factors on driver distraction (2004). Consulting Editor for the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 2005-2009. Consulting Editor for F rontiers of Cognition (2010 - present) Ad Hoc Reviewer for Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Psychological Science, Perception and Psychophysics, Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Memory & Cognition, American Journal of Psychology, Journal of Accident Analysis & Prevention, Human Factors. Member of the NASA Life and Biomedical Sciences and Applications Division-wide Peer Review Panel, 1994-1995. Member of the Utah Legislative Task Force on Inattention and Driving (1999). Participant at the National Distracted Driving Summit in Washington DC (2009, 2010) Testifying in committees of the Utah State Legislature (2009, 2010) United States House and Senate briefings on Driver Distraction (5/5/10 and 5/6/10) United States House and Senate briefings on Driver Distraction (6/13/2013) Director of the Center for the Prevention of Distracted Driving (2010 - present) United States House and Senate briefings on Cognitive Distraction in the Automobile sponsored by AAA (6/13/13) Research Support University of Illinois dissertation research grant, 1988, $750. National Institute of Health, "Aging and the Development of Automatic Processing", 1989-1990, $38,050 (co-PI with A. Kramer).
The consistent use of coercive and pacesetting leadership styles results in increased burnout, turnover, and negative public perception of emergency management (EM) organizations. The purpose of this study is to determine which leadership styles are most effective for local, state, and federal EM government officials during each of the EM life cycle phases. The research explored adaptive leadership in emergency management. A survey was developed to evaluate the relationship of six leadership styles: coercive, authoritative, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting, and coaching; to four phases of the EM life cycle: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. The survey included questions to determine any correlation between burnout that staff experienced and the effectiveness of EM leadership style employed. The research yielded 523 responses, for an approximate response rate of 9.48%. Survey responses came from all three levels of government. In all cases, the null hypothesis was rejected. It was determined that a correlation exists between manager effectiveness and leadership style, and certain leadership styles have a statistically significant effect. Three individuals, representing local, state, and federal government were interviewed for the qualitative portion of this research. Interview responses were reviewed to corroborate or contradict the survey data. Taken as a whole, the interviews provided qualitative information that support the quantitative data resulting from the survey. That is, effective EM leaders use a variety of leadership styles during mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery to appropriately address each situation and manage staff and stakeholders. Kelly F. Discount © 2009. All Rights Reserved.
Since June 19, 2011, the automobile industry in Europe has been subject to EU Regulation 566/2011, according to which manufacturers are obligated to release electronic data enabling the exact identification of replacement parts for vehicles. This will further strengthen the position of independent service providers in the aftermarket sector, a sector that includes automotive services, parts, and the maintenance business. In the future, independent operators will thus have the same access to electronic repair and diagnostic information enjoyed by authorized repair shops. With this, the EU Commission is systematically following the path it has pursued since the turn of the century with a variety of regulatory amendments (e.g., 1400/2002; 715/2007; 692/2008; 595/2009; 461/2010; 64/2012). The goal is to create a competitive landscape in Europe in which independent repair shops and authorized repair shops compete to serve different customer needs and segments. The idea is to strengthen the customer’s position and to encourage intense competition on all levels of the repair and parts value chain. So far, the Commission seems to have been successful in realizing this goal: Independent service providers have in recent years further expanded their parts and service businesses at the expense of OEM; traditional authorized repair shops are experiencing (price) pressure from large independent service providers; and in the meantime, non-traditional players have also entered the market: Insurers, fleet operators, and leasing firms have long since begun to strike exclusive agreements with independent repair shops, effectively lowering their costs and channeling customers to contractually agreed independent service providers.
Intellectual property – the process which includes the creation, manufacture and marketing of a product – can be a manufacturer’s most valuable asset. Intellectual property rights (IPR) violations can come in a variety of forms including counterfeiting, trademark infringement, gray market, diversion, country of origin or non-compliant parts. It is a serious issue and, in today’s global marketplace, a company may never know its rights are being violated. Counterfeit products are at the forefront of these IPR issues. Any recognizable brand is at risk of being counterfeited – from clothing and handbags, music and movies, pharmaceuticals and parts for automobiles and heavy duty trucks and equipment. The global counterfeit problem is estimated at $600 billion per year, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the World Customs Organization in Interpol. As a result, the FBI has labeled counterfeiting as the “Crime of the 21st Century”. Counterfeiting is not a victimless crime. Consider that: • Counterfeiting steals desirable manufacturing jobs. • Counterfeiting destroys brand reputation of legitimate companies and poses product liability claims. • The sale of counterfeit goods has been linked to organized crime and terrorist organizations. The motor vehicle parts industry – those manufacturers who produce the parts and components used to repair everything from passenger cars to over-the-road trucks – have been hit hard by counterfeiting. It is estimated that counterfeiting costs the global motor vehicle parts industry $12 billion a year and $3 billion in the United States alone, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the World Customs Organization in Interpol. The problem grows larger every year – in a report released in June 2006, Frost & Sullivan projected global losses as high as $45 billion by 2011.
Automobile Parts & Accessories – New vehicle operation, instead tending to add aesthetic value to a vehicle. The following is a list of common types of accessories: Vehicle Personality Enhancements Industry Overview • Air dams and spoilers • RV / towing accessories • Anti-theft devices • Radar detectors Automotive parts and accessories comprise a portion of what auto industry insiders call the “aftermarket.” This term refers to the parts, accessories and maintenance items that vehicles require after they leave the factory. The automotive aftermarket consists of several segments, as shown in the following chart: • Bug deflectors • Running boards • Car phones • Special shock absorbers • Carrier racks • Stereo systems • Custom seats • Striping and/or decals • Custom wheels • Sun roofs • Grille guards • Vehicle navig. systems • Instrumentation • Wheels and tires • Neon trim lighting • Window tinting Automotive Aftermarket Revenue (By Market Category) Tires - 7.6% Do-it-yourself products - 13.6% Service repair 52.2% Heavy duty* aftermarket 26.6% Sources: AAIA, “2006 Mini-Monitor. * Commercial vehicles. Automotive parts stores and other retail outlets serve the DIY (do-it-yourself) consumer and represent about 13.6% of aftermarket revenue. Service and repair shops account for 52% of total aftermarket revenue, more than half of which is generated from the sale and installation of parts on their customers’ vehicles, the remainder of which is from labor (Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, AAIA, “2006 MiniMonitor”). Consumers have several different options from which to choose when purchasing automotive accessories and parts. They may purchase parts from auto parts stores, hardware stores, home centers, mass merchandisers (such as Wal-Mart), warehouse clubs, mail order catalogs, tire stores, and the Internet. Although the terms “parts” and “accessories” are often used interchangeably, there is one major difference between the two. Parts are products generally considered necessary for vehicles to function. Accessories, on the other hand, are not essential to...
Peritonsillar abscess Emily Macassey, Patrick J D Dawes In this issue of the NZMJ, Love et al1 report interesting observations about patterns of epidemiology and microbiology of peritonsillar abscess (PTA) in Canterbury and make comparisons with previous studies performed at Christchurch Hospital. The report contains some valuable observations when it comes to the treatment of the condition. Peritonsillar abscess (also known as quinsy) is a potentially life-threatening infection of the potential space adjacent to the tonsillar capsule in the oropharynx. It can be difficult for doctors unfamiliar with PTA to differentiate it from severe tonsillitis but unilaterality of symptoms and inability to swallow saliva are good indicators. The main differentiating signs seen are trismus, swelling or bulging of the soft palate, medialisation of the tonsil and deviation of the uvula.2 PTA is life-threatening because of both its potential for airway obstruction and spread to the parapharyngeal and retropharyngeal spaces. It is reported that George Washington probably died from quinsy in 1799.3 It is reassuring that 97.3% of isolates are reported as penicillin sensitive. Penicillin remains the first-line antibiotic for all tonsillar infections and this is the sole agent used in many New Zealand hospitals. In other countries resistance rates vary from 10– 50%.4 In a survey of UK consultants, 28% had a preference for penicillin monotherapy, whilst penicillin combined with metronidazole was the choice of 44%.3 Research has shown that even when patients have penicillin resistant organisms, treatment with aspiration and parenteral penicillin still achieves clinical resolution.5 This is in accordance with principles of abscess management where drainage is paramount.
European Journal of Medical Research Study Summary November 2009 Sore throat: echinacea-sage spray just as effective as standard medication1 Study objective The first symptom of almost all acute respiratory infections (ARI) is sore throat, which is caused mainly by viral infections of the nasopharynx. Even the most widespread etiological agents of common cold – rhinoviruses – first affect the throat where they cause soreness and only then spread to the nasal region . A considerable proportion of all common cold treatments are therefore formulated to combat and relieve sore throat and the associated inflammation-induced symptoms such as swallowing difficulties. The study described evaluates the effectiveness of acute treatment with a throat spray containing echinacea (Echinacea purpurea) and sage (Salvia officinalis) compared to a standard combination preparation of chlorhexidine and lidocaine in acute painful tonsillitis and/or pharyngitis . Investigators PD Dr. med. Andreas Schapowal, Landquart Allergy Clinic/CH, D. Berger, Schüpfen/CH, Dipl.Math. Peter Klein, Rohrbach/D and Andy Suter, Roggwil/CH and 11 general practitioners. Study design The study was conducted as a multicentre (11 general practices), randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial with a double-dummy design in two parallel groups. The objective was to test the non-inferiority of the echinacea/sage spray compared to the chlorhexidine/lidocaine spray. Study participants After approval by the ethics committees, 154 patients with acute pharyngitis or tonsillitis and sore throat were enrolled in the study. Inclusion criteria: age > 12 years, onset of symptoms < 72h before enrolment and tonsillopharyngitis symptom index ≥ 6. The exclusion criteria related to the use of various medications prior to study enrolment (analgesics < 12h, antibiotics < 24h, mouth and throat therapeutic preparations < 4h, systemic corticosteroids < 1 month). Further reasons for exclusion: bacterial infections or severe systemic diseases, allergies/intolerance to ingredients of the products, as well as pregnancy and breast feeding. Study medications The plant-based active preparation consisted of extracts of Echinacea purpurea (L.) Moench (Echinaforce® concentrate: fresh herb – 95%, roots – 5%) and Salvia officinalis in an extract ratio of 67.8% : 32.2% (A.Vogel Halsschmerz Spray®, A.Vogel AG). The chemically defined reference product contained 1% chlorhexidine gluconate and 2% lido-caine HCl (Collunosol®, Sanofi AG). The placebos used for the double-dummy technique largely corresponded in appearance, taste and aroma to the original products.
With increasing health concerns all over the world and as a result of growing awareness backed by compelling scientific evidence linking animal health with human food safety and public health, animal medication has been gaining in popularity.