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WHO reports 3 Saudi hospital MERS clusters, new cases in UAE, Qatar

first_imgThe World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday provided new details about three unrelated hospital MERS-CoV outbreaks that as of May 29 had infected 12 people, and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced five more cases, including at least four tied to the hospital cluster in Riyadh.In its overview of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) cases, the WHO also noted what appear to be three new cases in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar, all of which involved direct links to camels.Hospital cluster detailsThe 12 cases linked to the three hospital outbreaks are part of 25 MERS cases that Saudi Arabia reported to the WHO between Apr 21 and May 29. Four patients are healthcare workers, one from Bisha and three from Riyadh. Six of the 25 illnesses were fatal.The hospital events have occurred simultaneously and aren’t related to each other, and the WHO added that Saudi Arabia’s MOH is probing each cases and taking steps to curb further human-to-human transmission.The first hospital cluster involves a facility in Bisha, a city in southwestern Saudi Arabia. The index patient was a 71-year-old man who died from his infection in early May. Following the case, two secondary healthcare contacts were reported, two men ages 54 and 57.A hospital in the city of Riyadh is the setting for the second cluster, where the first known patient is a 55-year-old man who was ill during the first half of May and died. Four secondary cases were identified in the middle of May, two men ages 33 and 38 and two women ages 30 and 25.In April, a MERS-CoV cluster at a hospital in the city of Wadi ad-Dawasir, located in south central Saudi Arabia. The WHO said the outbreak is thought to be over, based on the follow-up period of the contacts. Five illnesses are linked to the cluster; the first case—involving a 55-year-old man—was already reported by the WHO on Apr 27. Today’s statement adds four secondary cases: two household contacts (men ages 50 and 58) and two healthcare contacts (men ages 31 and 26).Five new Saudi casesIn a related development, the Saudi MOH today reported five new MERS cases, all from Riyadh, at least four of them likely linked to the hospital outbreak.One of the cases is listed as a 35-year-old Saudi woman who is an asymptomatic household contact of a patient infected with MERS-CoV.The other four were infected in a heathcare setting; three as healthcare workers and one as a patient. All of the healthcare workers are expats, and only one of them has symptoms, a 42-year-old woman who is listed in stable condition. The others are a 45-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man.The patient who contracted MERS-CoV in the hospital is a 57-year-old Saudi woman who has an asymptomatic infection.The latest cases raise Saudi Arabia’s overall MERS-CoV total to 1,627, including 671 deaths. Nine people are still being treated for their infections.UAE and Qatar casesBoth the UAE and Qatar reported MERS-CoV cases over the past several weeks, but the cases reported by the WHO today appear to be new ones.A pair of infections reported by the UAE involve men from the city of Al Ain who had direct links with camels. One is a 69-year-old farmer who is hospitalized in critical condition, and the other is a 45-year-old butcher whose asymptomatic illness was found during contact tracing following the first case.The WHO said more contact tracing and investigations in dromedary camels are under way.Meanwhile, Qatar’s case-patient is a 29-year-old man from Doha who has had frequent contact with camels. According to the WHO, the country’s health ministry and animal health officials are conducting investigations.Since September 2012, when the virus was first detected in humans, the WHO has received reports of 1,980 cases and at least 699 deaths.See also:Jun 6 WHO statement on MERS-CoV in Saudi Arabia, UAE, and QatarJun 6 WHO Excel case-detail spreadsheetJun 7 Saudi MOH statementlast_img read more

LAPSF: First Larry Baca Memorial Scholarship Winners

first_img2019 Larry Baca Memorial Scholarship winners Marin Kelly and Elijah Velasquez. Jessica Booton Photography, www.jessicabootonphotography.com/ The Larry Baca Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation, an independent organization that that supports, challenges, and invests in a successful future for all Los Alamos public school students. Learn more at www.lapsfoundation.com. Marin Kelly is the daughter of Daniel and Christina Kelly. She plans to student Pre-pharmacy at New Mexico State University. They are Elijah Velasquez and Marin Kelly. The scholarships were awarded based on students meeting an academic requirement and having participated in track or cross country. The Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation is proud to announce the winners of the first ever Larry Baca Memorial Scholarship. center_img The scholarship is named for Larry Baca, a renowned coach in Los Alamos for 30 years and member of the Los Alamos High School Hall of Fame and New Mexico Coaches Hall of Fame. He was a tremendous athlete at LAHS participating in baseball, basketball, wrestling, football and track. A role model to youth in our community, Baca’s humility, determination and sportsmanship enabled his track teams to achieve numerous district and state track titles. Elijah Velasquez is the son of Desiree Velasquez. He will attend Queens University of Charlotte where he will study Biochemistry. LAPS FOUNDATION News:last_img read more

BSMA, Friends & Family Set Up New Gadgets Store

first_imgScene from Gadgets move Sunday into its new store space adjacent to the fountain at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com Members of the Bradbury Science Museum Association Board together with friends, family and neighbors pitched in Sunday to move Gadgets into its new store space adjacent to the fountain at the Bradbury Science Museum at 15th Street and Central Avenue. The grand opening celebration for Gadgets in its new location will be announced shortly. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.com Scene from Gadgets move Sunday into its new store space adjacent to the fountain at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.comcenter_img Scene from Gadgets move Sunday into its new store space adjacent to the fountain at the Bradbury Science Museum. Photo by KayLinda Crawford/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

Solicitors confront online estate fraud

first_img More than 1,400 solicitors have volunteered to write wills for free in aid of charity next month. They have signed up to take part in Will Aid’s ‘Make a Will Month’, where members of the public make a donation to charity in return for getting their will drawn up. Last year’s campaign, which saw 1,100 lawyers take part, raised more than £1.5m for various good causes. This year, public interest has multiplied and there is now a pressing need for more solicitors to join up to meet demand, particularly in London and south-east England. Solicitors can find out more at the Will Aid site or by calling 01460 271178. Fraudsters are increasingly targeting the estates of the deceased for valuable internet-hosted assets such as online bank accounts, private client lawyers have warned. Solicitors believe the trend reflects the way probate work has ‘changed beyond all recognition’. For the first time, people are trying to help the executors of their estates by giving details in their wills of passwords, pin numbers and other digital access codes. Wills, however, become documents of public record when they go to probate, allowing fraudsters to read and exploit what should be confidential information. The ‘low-tech solution’ is to advise clients to leave a note of online codes in a sealed envelope, which the firm keeps with the will, according to Jeremy Groeger-Wilson, head of wills and estates at Kent firm Clarkson Wright & Jakes. Law Society wills and equity committee chair Richard Roberts commented: ‘We advise clients to protect passwords in the same way that we have always protected burglar alarm codes and the keys to safes and strong rooms. Make sure the executors know where to find them, usually in a side letter lodged with the solicitors.’ Law Society private client section chair Patricia Wass agreed, saying that digital codes should be entered on to a ‘constantly updated asset log kept in a sealed envelope’. Private client section executive committee member Helen Clarke said: ‘As information technology becomes increasingly embedded in every aspect of our lives, we need to revise codes of practice and industry protocols around rights of access to a deceased person’s online life and assets.’ Groeger-Wilson added: ‘Probate work has changed beyond recognition. As the internet generation shuffles off this mortal coil, we are seeing executors coming to our offices with a laptop computer rather than a suitcase full of bank statements.’ The problem of online estates fraud was highlighted in a recent survey of 2,000 adults by Goldsmiths University Creative and Social Technology Centre, which suggested that the UK population owns around £2.3bn of internet-hosted assets. It also found that around 11% of those surveyed have included online passwords in their wills.last_img read more

Toll takes on Perkins

first_imgThe Perkins Group, which provides shipping, integrated freight services, land haul services and general freight services, will be joining a leading company which generated revenue in excess of AUD5.6 billion for the year ending June 2008 and employs 30,000 people in more than 50 countries around the world.Services offered by Perkins Shipping include international shipping between Darwin and Singapore via Timor Leste and coastal shipping throughout northern Australia, as well as project forwarding operations.”The increasing importance of south-east Asian trade to northern Australia reinforces the future prospects for organic growth of the Perkins’ international shipping services linking Australia and Asia. The Toll Group’s internationally integrated service offering is already benefiting our Asian and Australian customers. With its potential for future regional growth we are confident our customers will find Perkins Shipping a valuable addition to the Toll Group,” said Paul Little, managing director of the Toll Group.”Toll’s strong balance sheet and the group’s exceptional existing businesses continue to provide the funding capacity and platform to acquire quality assets like Perkins Shipping despite current difficult economic times,” Mr Little said.last_img read more

Breakbulk Asia keynote address speakers revealed

first_imgKeynote speaker Siegert will present the “Transportation Outlook” on the first day of the annual event dedicated exclusively to the breakbulk, heavy lift, project cargo and ro-ro shipping industries. Keynote speaker Kim will present the “Asia Economic Outlook” on the second day of the conference. Details of the event can be found at http://www.joc.com/BBAAccording to the conference organisers, this past year has seen the breakbulk/heavy lift sectors follow the rest of the global economy into recession. Now among the many issues facing the shipping and logistics industries are “Charting the Recovery,” as this year’s conference theme recognises and tries to provide a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by all. Among the conference topics are:Executives’ Market OutlookNon-traditional Modes of Breakbulk TransportationInter-Asia Trade LanesTrade Compliance Challenges in AsiaSino-African Breakbulk TradeEmerging Market: AustraliaSourcing Breakbulk CargoBreakbulk Asia also includes an exhibition of products and services, as well as important networking opportunities for breakbulk cargo professionals.To register for Breakbulk Asia, contact JoC Conferences at (760) 294-5563, events@joc.com or go tohttp://www.joc.com/BBA, where you’ll also find the latest topics, speakers and information.last_img read more

Storm damage is worse than thought, warns DB

first_imgGERMANY: Initial inspections have found that damage to the rail network in the Rhein-Ruhr region caused by a major storm on June 9 is worse than had been feared, Deutsche Bahn announced on June 11, and it is not clear when it will be possible for services to return to normal. Inspections have had to be carried out partly using police helicopters, as rail and road links remain impassable. Overhead wires were brought down by the storm and trees blocked the lines, while stations in Düsseldorf and Essen were cut-off from the wider network and 16 trains were left stranded on running lines. ‘The devastation in parts of the Rhein-Ruhr region is even worse than from the [2007] storm Kyrill’, said Reiner Latsch of DB in Nordrhein-Westfalen. ‘Given this unusual situation, it is extremely difficult to give reliable forecasts and travel information.’ Dealing with the impact of extreme weather was one of the topics covered in Railway Gazette TV’s ‘Maintaining a Resilient Railway’ debate, which is now available to watch on demand.last_img read more

Global GaN RF Market Expected to Reach $2 Billion by 2025

first_imgIn the past few years, Radio Frequency (RF) applications have received a boost from the implementation of GaN technology. The main GaN RF market drivers remain to be telecom and defense applications. According to a research report from Yole Development, the total GaN RF market will increase from $740 Million to more than $2 Billion by 2025, with a CAGR of 12%. This report conveys Yole Développement’s (Yole) understanding of GaN implementation in different market segments. It also includes an extensive overview of 5G’s impact on the wireless infrastructure and RF Front Ends (FEs), along with the GaN-based military market. Furthermore, Yole shares its view of the market’s current dynamics and future evolution.In telecom infrastructure, the aftermath of U.S. sanctions related to Huawei slowed the GaN-based Remote Radio Head (RRH) market in 2019 and pushed OEMs to restructure their supply chain for the coming years. Nevertheless, GaN deployment will remain the same for the longterm. In Active Antenna Systems (AAS), the increase in bandwidth will favor increasing GaN implementation. Also, small cells and backhaul connections will see an impressive deployment of GaN in the coming years.In military applications, with investments from governments to improve their national security by replacing Travelling Wave Tube (TWT)-based systems, the defense will remain one of the GaN RF market’s main drivers. Radar is the main driver in military applications, mainly due to the increase of T/R modules in new GaN-based Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) systems and stringent requirements for lightweight devices for airborne systems. The total GaN RF military market will surpass $1.1B in 2025, at a CAGR of 22%.For handsets, GaN’s high performance and small form factor could attract OEMs. The adoption of a GaN PA will depend on the evolution over the next five years of GaN’s technology i.e. maturity, supply chain, and cost, as well as OEM strategies. How is the GaN RF Landscape Evolving?GaN-based commercial products and prototypes currently exist on SiC, Si, and diamond substrates, showing different technological maturities and thus varying value chain maturity. Numerous actors are involved in the well-established GaN-on-Si technology field with different business models. However, following America’s sanctions related to Huawei in Q2/2019, a short supply situation occurred, mainly in the GaN-based telecom infrastructure market. As a result, it will be important to watch how various strategic partnerships and investments unfold during 2020 – 2021. At the RF component level, market leaders Sumitomo Electric Device Innovations (SEDI) and II-VI plan to ramp up their vertically integrated 6-inch GaN-on-SiC wafer platforms to address the increasing demand from 5G. Additionally, leading compound semiconductor foundry Win Semiconductors expects to double its GaN RF capacity during 2020 – 2021.Regarding the military segment, each country and region is individually strengthening its GaN RF ecosystem. In the U.S., Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon are driving GaN adoption. Meanwhile, UMS, SAAB, Airbus, Thales, and Leonardo are actively involved in Europe, while China Electronics Technology Group Corporation (CETC), a leading vertically integrated company, is boosting the Chinese GaN-based defense market. In the GaN-on-Si business, while the MACOM-ST consortium’s 6” fabrication line development is ongoing, French foundry OMMIC is offering GaN-on- Si MMIC technology for mm-wave markets. And that’s not all: in 2019, following its acquisition of EpiGaN, Soitec is considering entry into the 5G infrastructure and handset market with its own innovative GaN-on-Si technology.This report examines the GaN RF industry playground, covering the value chain for epitaxy, device, and module design on SiC, Si, and diamond substrates. Yole also shares its understanding of the market’s current dynamics and future evolution.Objectives of the reportOverview of GaN RF markets: wireless infrastructure, handset, military, satellite communication, RF energy, wired broadband, civil radar, and avionics.2018 – 2024 market-size evolution and technology split.Analysis of different players in different markets, along with their product ranges and technologies, for each substrate: Si, SiC, and diamond.Summary of the main technologies in GaN devices on Si, SiC, and diamond substrates and packaging, in different application markets.Explanation of the needs of different RF markets and the corresponding impact on the need for different technologies, along with geographic specifics.Key features of the reportIn-depth analysis of GaN’s penetration in different applications, including 4G LTE and 5G wireless infrastructure, handset, military, satellite communication, RF energy, wired broadband, civil radar, and avionics.Analysis of different players in different markets, along with their product ranges and technologies for each substrate platform.Outline of market access and market-size evolution from 2019 – 2025, and technology split.Exploration of the main technologies in GaN devices on silicon, SiC, and diamond substrates, and packaging in the different application markets.Click here to learn more about the report.last_img read more

Osborne Withdraws From UWF Men’s Basketball Coaching Search

first_img Share PENSACOLA, Fla. – Robert “Happy” Osborne, one of four finalists for the University of West Florida men’s basketball head coach position, withdrew from consideration on Monday.  Osborne plans to remain Head Coach at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.Osborne was one of four finalists for the coaching position at West Florida, leaving Jim Boone of Tusculum College, Bob Stinnett of Pensacola High School, and Greg Zimmerman of Alderson-Broaddus College as the remaining candidates.  The four finalists have finished their on-campus interviews, and UWF Athletic Director Dave Scott plans to hire the new coach by August 1.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version Osborne Withdraws From UWF Men’s Basketball Coaching Searchlast_img read more

UWF Men’s Cross Country to Open 2010 Season in Arizona

first_img Argonauts Eddie Pagan and Chris Hough PENSACOLA, Fla. – The UWF men’s cross country team is hoping last year’s strong finish will catapult them into a successful 2010 season. The Argonauts outraced two higher ranked teams in each of the final two meets of the season to finish as the fifth-ranked team in the NCAA South Regional. The men return five of the top eight runners from last year and are ranked sixth in the south region in the USTFCCCA Preseason Division II Cross Country Rankings. The Argos will open up this weekend at the George Kyte Invitational in Flagstaff, Ariz. The host school, Northern Arizona, is the reigning Big Sky Conference champion.Head coach John Bergen likes the challenge of the season opener at altitude. “It’s an exciting trip for the team and a tough race to start off with; but not because of the altitude. The race is at 6,000 ft above sea level, but that is not high enough to see significant physiological drop-offs in performance. The real challenge is competing against Northern Arizona, Arizona State and the University of Arizona, which will be a great test to see how well we compete.” The 8k race for the men starts at 2:15 pm Mountain time.The Argonauts are led by captain Christopher Hough (Panama City) and GSC first team selection Eddie Pagan (Stuart). Hough has been very consistent for UWF over the past two seasons, boasting a best of 27:01 in the 8k event, which earned him Gulf South Conference (GSC) runner of the week honors last season. Pagan is the only returner to run sub-27 last year, with his 26:47 performance at the GSC championships. Junior Jared Black (Tallahassee), who earned second team All-GSC honors last year, also returns this season.“Eddie, Jared and Chris give us three steady veterans to build around,” stated Bergen. “However, we have a few other returners that should be right there with our top group. P.J. (Orgass) and Tyler (Bowman) showed signs last year that they can compete, and Martinique and Dominique Sykes each had a solid year of training and are on pace for a nice improvement this year.” Orgass (Spring Hill) finished first for UWF last year at the Fleet Feet Invitational, and Bowman (Pensacola) turned in a personal best of 27:38 at the Gulf Coast Stampede last season.The Argonauts also will be relying on a few freshmen to help the team scoring, with top recruit Seth Rosonina (Mims) off to a good start in practices. Anthony Sullivan (Palm Coast) and Ben Jernigan (Gainesville) may also contribute as freshmen, which adds to the depth of this year’s team. Sullivan finished just behind Rosonina at last year’s senior all-star race, and Jernigan has a great mileage base for a freshman.“I am excited to see how this team progresses this year, since we have about 9-10 guys who are capable of running sub 27,” said Bergen. “The team is very fortunate to get to work with (Assistant Coach) Neil McDonagh, who was recently named the USTF Florida Distance Runner of the Year. If they can tap into the racing knowledge that Neil brings, and get the best of their capabilities, it could be a very exciting run at the end of the year.”Following the Arizona trip, the Argonauts will run in the 5k Azalea City Classic hosted by South Alabama on September 18th. On September 25th, UWF will host the Gulf Coast Stampede at the Escambia County Equestrian Center. The Gulf South Conference Championships will be held in Hoover, Ala., in early November. Three GSC schools are currently ranked ahead of UWF in the pre-season regional poll. Defending champion Harding, Alabama-Huntsville and West Georgia hold rankings above UWF. Alabama-Huntsville will be hosting the NCAA South Regional on November 20th, with the top two teams advancing to the NCAA Championships.For information on all UWF Athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. — www.GoArgos.comPrint Friendly Version Sharecenter_img UWF Men’s Cross Country to Open 2010 Season in Arizonalast_img read more