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NEWS SCAN: Fatal hantavirus infections, West Nile in Louisiana, Russian anthrax outbreak, circumcision statement

first_imgAug 28, 2012Second Yosemite visitor dies from hantavirus infectionA second person who visited California’s Yosemite National Park in June died of a hantavirus infection, according to a statement yesterday from the National Park Service (NPS). Officials said a third related case had already been confirmed and a fourth case is suspected. The park commissioner is contacting visitors who stayed at the Signature Tent Cabins in the park’s Curry Village from the middle of June through the end of August. That amounts to 1,700 people, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. The park is warning occupants about the recent cases and advising them to seek prompt medical treatment if they experience any hantavirus symptoms. Don Neubacher, the park’s superintendent, said in the NPS statement that because people don’t get sick until 1 to 6 weeks after exposure to the virus, the park is warning people who stayed in Curry Village since June to be aware of the symptoms. The park set up a nonemergency phone line to field questions and has stepped up rodent trapping and rodent proofing of buildings. Earlier this month the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in two Californians, one of whom died, and reminded residents to take precautions against the disease, which is spread by rodents and their droppings, urine, or saliva. Is said since 1993 when the disease was first detected in California, 60 cases have been reported, and about a third of HPS cases have been fatal.Aug 27 NPS press releaseAug 28 AP storyAug 16 CDPH statementLouisiana West Nile cases could approach recordLouisiana’s cases of West Nile virus (WNV) infection reached 145 last week, the highest in a decade, according to statement from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (LDHH). So far, Louisiana has recorded 78 cases of neuroinvasive disease and 9 deaths from WNV. Jimmy Guidry, MD, state health officer, said in the statement that surveillance suggests the virus has been found in mosquitoes in every part of the state, and people, especially seniors and those with weakened immune systems, should take steps to reduce the risk of being bitten. The LDHH said the state’s record year for WNV cases was 2002, when the disease was first detected in the state and 328 cases and 24 deaths were reported.Aug 24 LDHH statementAnthrax outbreak strikes two Russian villagesFourteen people from two neighboring Russian villages in Western Siberia’s Altai territory have been hospitalized in an anthrax outbreak, including three with confirmed Bacillus anthracis infections and five showing symptoms of the disease, Interfax, a nongovernmental news agency based in Russia, said today. The patients are from Marushka and Druzhba villages. One death has been reported. A spokesman from a local health department told Interfax that a vaccination campaign will be launched today with 130 doses of anthrax vaccine that have been delivered from Tomsk and another 200 doses sent by Omsk. A meeting with local residents is scheduled for Marushka village to explain the next steps they should take, and officials have met in an emergency session to decide on the next response measures. Authorities have declared a state of emergency and have quarantined the Tselinny district. Residents have been prohibited from taking meat or dairy products out of the district.Aug 28 Interfax reportPediatrics group endorses circumcision to prevent diseaseThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in a reversal from its 1999 recommendations, has endorsed male circumcision as a procedure to prevent infectious diseases, the group said in a statement in Pediatrics yesterday. The AAP’s Task Force on Circumcision wrote, “Systematic evaluation of English-language peer-reviewed literature from 1995 through 2010 indicates that preventive health benefits of elective circumcision of male newborns outweigh the risks of the procedure. Benefits include significant reductions in the risk of urinary tract infection in the first year of life and, subsequently, in the risk of heterosexual acquisition of HIV and the transmission of other sexually transmitted infections.” It added, “Although health benefits are not great enough to recommend routine circumcision for all male newborns, the benefits of circumcision are sufficient to justify access to this procedure for families choosing it and to warrant third-party payment for circumcision of male newborns.” The task force said the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has endorsed the AAP statement.Aug 27 AAP statementlast_img read more

CXC Pilots E-Certificates on the Blockchain

first_img Saint Lucia to ‘Retire’ Common Entrance Oct 6, 2020 You may be interested in… (CXC Press Release) In a move aimed at boosting security and portability of official examinations records, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will pilot Blockcerts or blockchain-based credentials to a limited number of candidates starting on Wednesday 31 October 2018. During the Blockcerts pilot, some 24, 000 candidates who sat the 2018 May/June examinations and for whom CXC has e-mail addresses, will receive credentials to access their e-certificates. The candidates will also receive the traditional paper-based certificate. The Blockcerts will be issued using the Learning Machine Federated Issuing System, an enterprise platform for nation-states and multinational organisations looking to securely digitise the issuance and verification of official records. CXC Exams Stay in July Jul 20, 2020 Apr 20, 2020center_img May 15, 2020 It Is Our CXC: Let Us Work Out A Solution – Amb.… CARICOM Girls in ICT Partnership Hosts First Digital… CXC To Issue E-Certificates Across RegionAfter a successful trial period, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has announced that it will continue to provide students with e-certificates across the region. While CXC will still be offering the traditional paper-based certificate, students who have registered unique and valid email addresses will now have the option to acquire…March 7, 2019In “Barbados”In Face Of COVID-19 Pandemic, CXC Offers Revised Exams Process(Caribbean Examinations Council Press Release)– The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC®) stands in solidarity with the region and the international community as we grapple with the impact of COVID-19 on our way of life. During the past two weeks, we have been monitoring developments across the CARICOM region and working closely…March 26, 2020In “CARICOM”CXC Makes Two Key Appointments to Leadership Team(CXC Press Release) – The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC®) in activating its digital transformational agenda, and repositioning as a regional enterprise that facilitates regional integration and development, has appointed two senior members to its leadership team. Effective 1 February 2020, Mrs Nicole Manning assumed the role of Director of Operations,…February 10, 2020In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp “CXC is extremely excited about this latest development as we transition several of our processes to electronic workflows,” CXC Registrar, Mr Glenroy Cumberbatch stated. “Our candidates as well as users of the certificates, that is, employers, colleges and universities will find Blockcerts very convenient to use.” The Registrar added that as an examination board, security of the certificates is a CXC priority and the blockchain technology provides the most robust protection available. With the shift to Blockcerts, candidates will receive their certificates via the free, open source Blockcerts Wallet, a highly secure credentials wallet that stores, shares, and verifies evidence of candidates’ achievement in CXC examinations. Issuing documents as Blockcerts helps to prevent the loss of official records in the event of relocation, natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, all hazards that affect the Caribbean periodically. In addition, there are no fees for current and future candidates to receive their e-certificates, and for users of Blockcerts to authenticate a candidate’s record. Blockcerts was selected because it offers several advantages: preserves vendor independence for records issuance, sharing, storage, and verification, and is it is the most widely-adopted global open standard for blockchain credentials. Natalie Smolenski, Learning Machine Vice President of Business Development, said, “It is institutions like the CXC that are advancing the cause of individual ownership of their official records. Students and workers travel frequently to live, study, and work throughout the Caribbean. Having easily shareable, portable electronic credentials can speed up a verification process that usually takes weeks or months into a matter of seconds. This is a win/win for both issuing institutions and Caribbean citizens.” Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… last_img read more

West Ender: Keith Barryman

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PW Power 100: power people party

first_imgThe majority of the people gathered in the function room at 1 Fleet Place could be confident that they had made the cut for Property Week’s Power 100 – they had received an invitation to the event, after all.What they didn’t know was where they would rank. As a result, the sense of anticipation was palpable as Property Week editor Liz Hamson took to the lecturn to announce the results.The following hours were a celebration of the industry – and one of the best networking events anyone in the room could remember.Watch: Nick Leslau, Ryan Masiello, Michela Hancock and more discuss what it means to make the PW Power 100All photos below credit Jon Cardwell and Chris WinterCongrats to Nick Leslau, Chairman of Prestbury Investments, for topping the list in the first #PWPower100! @PWNews @mhollisllp #UKPropertypic.twitter.com/pein617clu— Dentons (@Dentons) July 13, 2017Number one Nick Leslau accepts the top spotThis time last wk, we were set to unveil our inaugural #PWpower100with @Dentons @mhollisllp – recap full list here: https://t.co/E9caVenSP6pic.twitter.com/gJveAnvnMq— PropertyWeek (@PropertyWeek) July 13, 2017.@BerkeleyGroupUK’s Tony Pidgeley on the #PWPower100and our housing challenges. Much more like this at #RESIConf: https://t.co/99mJJG4INu— RESI Event (@RESIevent) July 12, 2017Keynote speaker Ian Marcus unveiled Nick Leslau as number in the inaugural Power 100Power 100 – the full listPower 100: Number 1 – Nick LeslauPower 100: Number 2 – Bill HughesPower 100: Number 3 – Tony PidgleyPower 100: Number 4 – Cheung Chung KiuPower 100: Number 5 – David MontaguePower 100: Number 6 – Madeleine CosgravePower 100: Number 7 – David SleathPower 100: Number 8 – Jonathan GrayPower 100: Number 9 – Helen GordonPower 100: Number 10 – Paul BrundagePower 100: 11-20Power 100: 21-30Power 100: 31-50Power 100: 51-75Power 100: 76-100Power 100: Ones to Watchlast_img read more

Croatia: Uljanik Kicks Off Construction of a RO-PAX Ferry

first_imgOn Slipway No.2 of Uljanik shipyard, on July 4, the keel was laid for the first of two contracted ferries (RO-PAX) designed for the transportation of passengers, trucks and other vehicles in the Caspian Sea region, the yard No. 501. The vessel is being built for “State Service of Maritime and River Transportation“ company from Turkmenistan.The vessel will be 155.8 m long, 17.5 m wide and will be driven by two four-stroke engines each having a power of 3,060 kW. The contract for the construction of yard 501 was signed in August 2012 while the launching is scheduled for the end of the year.In addition to the leading people from Uljanik, Mr. Yakup Valijev, head of the Foreign Relations Department of the State Service of Marine and River Transportation of Turkmenistan, accompanied by his associates also attended the ceremony. On that occasion Valijev pointed out that he hopes for new projects and construction of vessels as Turkmenistan is constantly developing its fleet.[mappress]Press Release, July 10, 2013last_img read more

Blue Water runs rig through river (video)

first_imgThe rig was divided into a number of modules before being shipped to the Caspian Sea via the Volga-Don river system. Blue Water claims that the cargo was the widest to ever be shipped through the Russian river system and its 18 locks.Watch a video of the project below:  www.bws.dklast_img

EC extends block exemption for liner shipping consortia

first_imgThe extension means liner shipping consortia can provide joins services without infringing European Union (EU) antitrust rules that prohibit anticompetitive agreements between shipping lines.The regulation, known as the Consortia Block Exemption Regulation (CBER), has been extended until April 25, 2024 and allows liner shipping operators with a combined market share of below 30 percent to enter into cooperation agreements to provide joint liner shipping services. These agreements, however, cannot include price fixing or market sharing.Since the introduction of the regulation in 2009, the number of liner shipping alliances has grown steadily.In September 2018, the EC launched a public consultation and conducted an evaluation of the CBER. The EC found that despite evolutions in the market (increased consolidation, concentration, technological change, increasing size of vessels) the CBER is still fit for purpose.More specifically, the commission found that the regulation results in efficiencies for carriers that can better use vessels’ capacity and offer more connections.The CBER had previously come under fire, with commentators arguing that the alliances have led to falling service quality and productivity. Others have criticised the regulations for leading to an unbalanced market.The International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA), speaking on behalf of its European members, said that the EC’s decision to extend the CBER’s period of application has been challenged by the European freight forwarding community.However, given “the unprecedented global crisis in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic,” Stéphane Graber, director general of FIATA noted: “It is crucial that the entire maritime freight community, including shipping lines and freight forwarders, unite to ensure the efficient movement of the world’s cargo to deliver essential goods and relief.“The cited objectives of the EC in ensuring the regular transportation of goods along particular routes may be particularly relevant in this regard.”However: “FIATA urges all actors within the maritime activity to exercise attention to ensure that the EC’s expected outcomes set by the EC are met,” added Graber.“It is important there is no misuse of the CBER, and that all companies engage in fair competition. This is the time for all stakeholders to work together to fulfil their essential role of ensuring the fluidity of the world’s supply chains.”ec.europa.eulast_img read more

Planning Freight Railways

first_imgEdited by Nigel G Harris and Felix SchmidtThe editors of this handbook set out to bring together in a single volume the key material needed by railfreight practitioners, policymakers and transport students, as well as companies which are considering sending freight by rail for the first time.The 246 pages contain articles by specialists in their fields. The range of topics covered provides information needed to understand modern rail freight economics and operations, the practical details to enable specific flows to be planned, and discuss the underlying concepts to help develop a deep understanding of the subject. The book mainly covers the British situation, but the authors’ international experience allows best practice from around the world to be highlighted.ISBN 0-9529997-1-4ú30 plus £7 postage (ú5 in the UK).A & N Harris, 43A Palace Square, Crystal Palace, London SE19 2LT, UKwww.railcons.comNahverkehrs-Taschenbuch 2004Published annually since 1960, the latest edition of this German-language reference publication has been updated to November 15 2003. As before, it is split into three sections.Volume I provides details of passenger and freight transport operators, institutions and research centres, whilst Volume II lists consultants and suppliers. An alphabetical directory of all key personnel across the different sectors of the German transport industry can be found in Volume III.ISBN 3-87094-657-1. Price €69 Alba Fachverlag GmbH+Co KG, Postfach 110150, D-40501 Düsseldorf, Germany.Tel: +49 211 520 1352How Transit Benefits People Who Do Not Ride It: A Conservative Inquiryby Paul M Weyrich and William S LindThis short booklet from the US think-tank the Free Congress Foundation presents a series of arguments which can be used to encourage those voters who do not directly use public transport to support light rail proposals when they are put forward in local referenda. Taking a free-market but pro-light rail ideological viewpoint, Weyrich and Lind put forward a series of examples from North America demonstrating that even people who do not regularly ride on a light rail route will benefit from reduced congestion, increases in property values, and an improved environment.Free Congress Foundation, 717 Second Street NE, Washington DC 20002, USA.Tel: +1 202 546 3000Planning Freight RailwaysEdited by Nigel G Harris and Felix SchmidtThe editors of this handbook set out to bring together in a single volume the key material needed by railfreight practitioners, policymakers and transport students, as well as companies which are considering sending freight by rail for the first time.The 246 pages contain articles by specialists in their fields. The range of topics covered provides information needed to understand modern rail freight economics and operations, the practical details to enable specific flows to be planned, and discuss the underlying concepts to help develop a deep understanding of the subject. The book mainly covers the British situation, but the authors’ international experience allows best practice from around the world to be highlighted.ISBN 0-9529997-1-4ú30 plus £7 postage (ú5 in the UK).A & N Harris, 43A Palace Square, Crystal Palace, London SE19 2LT, UKwww.railcons.comNahverkehrs-Taschenbuch 2004Published annually since 1960, the latest edition of this German-language reference publication has been updated to November 15 2003. As before, it is split into three sections.Volume I provides details of passenger and freight transport operators, institutions and research centres, whilst Volume II lists consultants and suppliers. An alphabetical directory of all key personnel across the different sectors of the German transport industry can be found in Volume III.ISBN 3-87094-657-1. Price €69 Alba Fachverlag GmbH+Co KG, Postfach 110150, D-40501 Düsseldorf, Germany.Tel: +49 211 520 1352How Transit Benefits People Who Do Not Ride It: A Conservative Inquiryby Paul M Weyrich and William S LindThis short booklet from the US think-tank the Free Congress Foundation presents a series of arguments which can be used to encourage those voters who do not directly use public transport to support light rail proposals when they are put forward in local referenda. Taking a free-market but pro-light rail ideological viewpoint, Weyrich and Lind put forward a series of examples from North America demonstrating that even people who do not regularly ride on a light rail route will benefit from reduced congestion, increases in property values, and an improved environment.Free Congress Foundation, 717 Second Street NE, Washington DC 20002, USA.Tel: +1 202 546 3000last_img read more

Maxi Priest Gets into the Canna Biz

first_imgAttendees at the recent CanEx Jamaica conference in Montego Bay were treated to Maxi Priest’s surprise launch of a new cannabinoid (CBD) oil-infused line of healing products for pain management. The international reggae star partnered with Boca Raton-based Hemp and Heal to produce a line that kicks off with a sports gels and vaporizer product. All-natural productsThe CBD-oil infused products are all-natural and made from 100 percent American-grown hemp. They can be used to provide relief from back and neck pain, arthritis, muscle strain, bruises, and sprains. Important for the diaspora to learn more In a recent exclusive interview with CNW Network, Maxi said it was important for members of the diaspora to learn more about cannabis industry and discover new opportunities to get involved.  “I want to see what is going to happen to this special plant,” said Maxi Priest.  “This CanEx thing is only once a year and it’s a place where a whole lot of people are going to gather for information and for the understanding of what we’re doing with this herb business-wise. This platform is unique. We have to make a move.”“Cannapreneurs”The third annual CanEx Jamaica was held at the Montego Bay Convention Center featuring Montel Williams and former Mexican President Vincente Fox as keynote speakers. The conference provides an opportunity for local “cannapreneurs” to connect with potential investors, researchers and other partners seeking to expand the cannabis industry worldwide. Hemp and Heal manufactures its products in a federally FDA-approved facility that produces and extract hemp products for public use and consumption. The product will be distributed by Zimmer & Co. For more information or to purchase the products, visit www.hempandheal.com.Written by Natalie Greaveslast_img read more

Thordon’s Seathigor Shaft Seal Wins Innovation Award

first_imgThordon Bearings’ revolutionary shaft seal SeaThigor took home the Marine Propulsion Innovation Award last night following the Riviera Maritime Media-organised awards and gala dinner, held this year in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.The annual technical awards recognise innovations across a range of marine engineering and technology sectors and are presented to those companies or individuals that have developed a novel product, system or process that demonstrates an “imaginative and effective solution to an engineering requirement”.Commenting on the accolade, Jeffrey Butt, Thordon’s Business Development Manager – Marine, who collected the award, said, “For a maritime technology company, winning the Innovation category of the prestigious Marine Propulsion Awards is like winning Best Picture at the Oscars. We are absolutely delighted to win this award.”Craig Carter, Thordon Bearings, Director of Marketing and Customer Service, added, “The Marine Propulsion 2018 Award will be added to the Tanker Shipping & Trade award for our COMPAC seawater-lubricated propeller shaft concept, received in 2015.“Both of these awards are indicative of the shipping industry’s increasing commitment to protecting our marine eco-systems from unnecessary oil pollution, while optimising the performance and functionality of shipboard systems and machinery. It is truly a sustainable solution for today’s cost conscious shipowner.”SeaThigor won the award despite stiff competition from nominees that included EPS Techno’s GSIRE system and Parker Kittiwake’s Attenuated Total Reflection Analsyer.A robust mechanical face seal, the Thordon SeaThigor is for water lubricated propeller shafts found in all types of merchant and naval ships. In the event of a face failure of the primary seal, it incorporates a secondary seal module to provide Safe Return To Port capability.“This unique feature is unlike other maintenance seal, as the propeller shaft can be rotated at reduced speeds allowing the vessel to make it safely to a repair facility under its own power, without causing further damage. No other shaft seal on the market offers this feature as a standard supply,” said Carter.Sea News, April 19 Author: Priyanka Ann Sainilast_img read more