Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel raises over $5,000 for Vermont Foodbank with 2nd annual charity sale

first_imgOn Saturday, December 10, Vermonters shopped till they dropped ‘ and raised over $5,000 to fight hunger.Lenny’s Shoe & Apparel held their 2nd annual Charity Sale in December, and the store and its customers collectively raised over $5,000 for Lenny’s chosen charity partner, the Vermont Foodbank. This morning, Lenny’s owner Mark McCarthy presented that donation to Vermont Foodbank CEO John Sayles.Lenny’s customers purchased tickets, for $5 each, to the one-day sale. With that ticket, customers qualified for substantial discounts on top gift items throughout the store. More than 550 tickets were sold, and 100% of the proceeds from those ticket sales went directly to the Foodbank. Each $5 ticket sold enabled the Foodbank to help provide 30 meals for Vermonters in need.In addition to the ticket proceeds, Lenny’s also donated a percentage of the day’s sales to benefit the Foodbank, making for a total donation of $5,148.‘We’re happy with the success of this event, and we’re so pleased to be able to make this kind of donation to the Vermont Foodbank,’ said Lenny’s owner Mark McCarthy. ‘We’d like to thank our loyal customers for their support – not only of a local business like Lenny’s – but also of the Vermont Foodbank. That’s the true spirit of the holiday season, and we’re so proud to have been a part of it. We’ll definitely be looking to do more of these sales in the future.’Barre, VTVermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving communities in all 14 counties of Vermont through a network of more than 280 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs. In FY2010, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 8 million pounds of food to as many as 86,000 Vermonterslast_img read more

Paw-ly in the pandemic: Pets can catch virus from owners

first_img“While eligible participant number was limited by relatively low human transmission rates in the study area, these preliminary results suggest that a substantial proportion of pets in households of persons with COVID-19 end up developing antibodies,” said study co-author Dorothee Bienzle, Professor of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Guelph in Ontario.Independent experts commenting on the research, which will be presented at the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Conference on Coronavirus Disease later this month, said the sample size was too small to draw broad conclusions and that pet owners should not be alarmed. Sally Cutler, Professor of Medical Microbiology, University of East London said there was not enough evidence to warrant people attempting to isolate from their animals. “Pets can be a source of comfort for humans especially when unwell,” she said, adding that it had not yet been demonstrated whether pets could be a source of human infection. Domestic cats and dogs from Europe to the US have tested positive for the virus during the pandemic, while in April New York’s Bronx Zoo said a tiger had caught the virus, probably from an asymptomatic caretaker.The World Health Organization has said it was unclear whether infected animals pose a risk to humans. Outbreaks in farms of ferret-like mink, however, have raised concerns of transmission to humans.  At least two farm workers in the Netherlands were found to be infected with COVID-19 in May, most likely by the mink, with the WHO saying they could be the “first known cases of animal-to-human transmission”. In a first group, they took swabs from 17 cats, 18 dogs and one ferret whose owners had a diagnosis within two weeks. These were all negative for a current illness, except one unclear result.  Then they gave blood antibody tests to eight cats and 10 dogs, whose owners were outside the two-week window, comparing these to control samples taken from the same animals before the pandemic.  Among the cats the results indicated presence of IgG or IgM antibodies in four (50 percent) and three (38 percent) respectively, while two dogs also tested positive (20 percent).  All cats and one of the dogs with antibodies were reported to have shown signs of respiratory or other illness at the same time as their owners.  Cat and dog owners suffering from COVID-19 can pass their illness onto their feline and canine companions, according to a small study released Friday.The new coronavirus is a “zoonotic” infection — meaning it has jumped into humans from animals — and while there is little sign that pets play a major role in spreading the virus, there is growing evidence that cats, dogs and even tigers may catch it.    In the latest preliminary research, which has not been peer reviewed, veterinary science experts in Canada tested the pets of a group of people with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.  center_img Topics :last_img read more

New Ground… Catena moves into financial services with Beyondbits Malta acquisition

first_img Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network Catena Media has announced that it has entered the financial services marketing sector by acquiring Malta-based network Beyondbits Media Ltd.Catena governance expects to complete its outright acquisition of Beyondbits Media by the end of November 2017. The company will pay an upfront €9.25 million transaction in which  €2.75 million paid through Catena Media share placement.The Stockholm-listed enterprise has further added a €5 million in performance-based deal enhancements for Beyondbits Media stakeholders.The acquired Beyondbit Media’s portfolio includes Aktiendepot.com and Qomparo.de, among other sites. The business is primarily focused on the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland)Catena details that its new acquired assets are expected to generate quarterly sales of approximately EUR 750.000, with an operating margin of approximately 70%, as the company expands its acquisition services. Updating investors, Henrik Persson Ekdahl, Acting CEO of Catena Media commented on the acquisition of Beyondbits Media;“Through this acquisition, we are making a strategic expansion into a new and regulated vertical that has grown strongly and that we have followed during a long time. We are a market leader in lead generation and we see great opportunities to grow in the financial sector. The acquisition will complement our existing offering very well and fits perfectly into our organization and technology platform”.last_img read more

National Heat Stroke Awareness Day Reminds Parents of Dangers of Leaving Child in Car

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMonday was National Heatstroke Prevention Day, so to raise awareness about heatstroke, reporter Star Connor spoke to the local fire department about the dangers of leaving a child or animal inside of the car.Heat…. It’s something common everyday especially during the summer. But do you know just how hot your car can actually get? That’s why today has been declared National Heatstroke Prevention Day to inform parents about the precautions they need to take that can remind them that their child is inside of a car.“Keep something in the backseat especially women, put your purse back there because you need your purse every time you go shopping or whenever you go in the store. Look in your car before you leave, don’t just get out or close your door and lock and walk away. You have enough windows you should look in the back and see your child,” Firefighter, and Medic, Doug Keogh said.According to Noheatstroke.org at least 729 children left inside of a vehicle have died of heatstroke since 1998. Just this weekend two children under the age of five died in Phoenix, Arizona within 24 hours after being left inside of a car. All of these deaths could have been prevented.“If parents notice that their child is starting to get heated before they even leave the car take them to the hospital. Especially for children, they deteriorate or get worse fast. You don’t notice it until it’s to the point where they need medical attention or it’s too late,” Keogh said.But if you think kids are the only ones at risk being left inside of a car… Your beloved pets are at danger too.“If you know you’re going to be in a store for a long period of time, I wouldn’t bring your animal with you, because it gets so hot in these vehicles so fast that it’s safer just to keep them at home in the air condition or where they know they can get some shade and water,” Keogh said.“Using a “tic” device we actually sat inside of a car to see just how hot it actually gets,” Reporter Connor said.Keogh recommends that every one leave their car windows rolled down to about an inch to prevent heat from rising during a workday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Heat Stroke, National Heat Stroke Awareness DayContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Senior Citizens Center Pays Tribute to Pickin for People BandNext Alpena Police Department Discovers Another Meth Lablast_img read more