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Is the construction of the Peljesac Bridge moving from a standstill?

first_imgBiH Transport and Communications Minister Ismir Jusko said on Saturday that he expects the BiH Council of Ministers, of which he is a member, to make a decision soon approving the construction of the Peljesac Bridge, stressing that there is no dispute over the dimensions of the bridge. tportal.hr.  “The expert team from BiH negotiated and worked on the Pelješac bridge with colleagues from Croatia. Colleagues from Croatia said that the bridge should be 48 meters high, and our delegation asked for it to be 55 meters, which was adopted. Also, the representatives of Croatia requested that the distance between the central pillars on the bridge be 200 meters, and 280 meters were adopted, as proposed by our delegation. ” Minister Jusko pointed out for the internet portal Klix from Sarajevo and added that the document was signed by both delegations and that now there are no more obstacles to approving the construction of the Peljesac Bridge. 12 applications were received for the tender for the construction of the Pelješac BridgeFormer Croatian Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds and now Agriculture Tomislav Tolusic previously announced that a contract for the Peljesac Bridge could be signed in the spring and that all problems related to construction have been resolved with BiH. In the first round of tenders for the construction of the Pelješac Bridge, Hrvatske ceste received 12 applications for participation, and in accordance with the Public Procurement Act, information on potential tenderers in this restricted public procurement procedure is secret, so Hrvatske ceste cannot speak about the names of companies submitted applications for the Pelješac Bridge.According to the optimistic scenario, at the end of January 2017, competitors who do not meet the conditions of technical, legal and financial ability will be sent notices to enter the second round, and those who meet these conditions will be invited to submit financial bids. But those who do not enter the second round have the right to appeal, so it is difficult to predict when the second round could begin and when it could be completed. And that the tender deadlines for the Pelješac Bridge are easily broken, is evidenced by the course of events in the first round of the tender, which was originally supposed to end on August 22. However, due to three appeals to the State Commission for the Control of Public Procurement Procedures against the tender documentation, the entire procedure was delayed by more than three and a half months.The estimated value of the works for the construction of the Peljesac Bridge and access roads is HRK 1,756 billion, and the number of applications confirmed the expectations of great interest of domestic and foreign construction companies for this project, which this time seems to be better prepared than in 2007. the first tender for the construction of that bridge was announced. Only three bids were received for the tender, the estimated value of the works was 1,9 billion kuna, but the contract with domestic companies was eventually terminated due to lack of money. This time most of the money for the construction of the bridge will be provided from EU funds.Pelješac Bridge Association: Croatian interests are endangered, there is no more waitingThe Pelješac Bridge Association notes that Croatian national interests are endangered, primarily the free flow of people and goods within the EU, because Dubrovnik is still separated from the rest of Croatia and represents the extraterritorial territory of the EU.Back in 2012, hundreds of ships and boats lined the sea (between the mainland near Komarna and the Pelješac peninsula near Brijesta) with the desire, need, decision of the people to continue building the bridge. Road accesses and huge abutment pillars on both shores were completed and works for the foundation of pillars on the seabed began, and then at the beginning of 2012 everything was stopped.The agony around the bridge that would connect Croatia and which is a salvation for the inhabitants of Peljesac as well as all other cities and municipalities to Dubrovnik, unfortunately, continues. According to the project, the bridge is 2.340 meters long and 55 meters above sea level, while the width of the bridge is 24,64 meters, it has four lanes, and is a continuation of the highway. The distance between the pylons is 568 meters, and thus the bridge would carry the title of second in Europe and among the top 10 in the world.last_img read more

Dietary trans fat linked to worse memory

first_imgEmail Share Share on Twitter Pinterest Higher consumption of dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA), commonly used in processed foods to improve taste, texture and durability, has been linked to worsened memory function in men 45 years old and younger, according to a University of California, San Diego School of Medicine study published online on June 17 in PLOS ONE.Researchers evaluated data from 1,018 men and women who were asked to complete a dietary survey and memory test involving word recall. On average, men aged 45 and younger recalled 86 words; however, for each additional gram of trans fats consumed daily, performance dropped by 0.76 words. This translates to an expected 12 fewer words recalled by young men with dTFA intake levels matching the highest observed in the study, compared to otherwise similar men consuming no trans fats.“Trans fats were most strongly linked to worse memory in men during their high productivity years,” said Beatrice A. Golomb, MD, PhD, lead author and professor of medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine. “Trans fat consumption has previously shown adverse associations to behavior and mood–other pillars of brain function. However, to our knowledge a relation to memory or cognition had not been shown.”center_img LinkedIn After adjusting for age, exercise, education, ethnicity and mood, the link between higher dTFA and poorer memory was maintained in men 45 and younger.The study focused predominantly on men because of a small number of women in this age group. However, including women in the analysis did not change the finding, said Golomb. An association of dTFA to word memory was not observed in older populations. Golomb said this is likely due to dietary effects showing more clearly in younger adults. Insults and injuries to the brain accrue with age and add variability to memory scores that can swamp ability to detect diet effects.Trans fatty acids have been linked to negative effects on lipid profiles, metabolic function, insulin resistance, inflammation and cardiac and general health. In 2013, the United States Food and Drug Administration issued a preliminary determination that trans fats were no longer generally recognized as safe. According to the Centers for Disease Control, reducing dTFA consumption could prevent 10,000 to 20,000 heart attacks and 3,000 to 7,000 coronary heart disease deaths per year in the U.S.“As I tell patients, while trans fats increase the shelf life of foods, they reduce the shelf life of people,” said Golomb. Share on Facebooklast_img read more

Bosch Filtration Americas Appoints John Enright Senior Product Manager for Aftermarket Heavy Duty Filters

first_imgDeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement BROADVIEW, Ill. — The recently created Filtration Americas regional business unit of the Bosch Group has named John Enright as senior product manager of the aftermarket heavy duty filter program. Enright comes to Bosch’s Filtration Americas business unit from MAHLE Clevite Inc., where he was coordinator of all filter development projects in the NAFTA region. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Enright brings more than 20 years of filter industry experience to Bosch, with specialty focus in heavy duty filtration product management in both Europe and the United States. He also brings wide cataloging and database management experience in both the European and North American heavy-duty filter markets. In his role as senior product manager for Bosch’s Filtration Americas Business Unit, Enright will be handling both Bosch and Purolator brands. He will be based in Brentwood, Tenn.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

State Extends Modified Stay-At-Home Order … New Mexico Enters ‘Preparation Phase’ For Safe Reopening

first_imgSTATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state leadership this afternoon announced the extension of the state’s emergency public health order through May 15 as the COVID-19 pandemic remains a grave risk to residents of all ages and in all communities across New Mexico. As of today, there were 3,411 reported positive cases in the state of New Mexico and 123 reported fatalities associated with the virus. The highly contagious virus continues to spread in communities statewide, with particular emphasis in the northwestern part of the state.Despite continued spread, New Mexico as a state has begun to flatten the curve, purchasing much-needed time to ramp up our healthcare system, Gov. Michelle Lujn Grisham said, adding, because of that hard work, we are entering the “Preparation Phase” for gradual, safe reopenings. With that objective, the amended public health order relaxes several restrictions to begin relieving economic pressure.In short, physical distancing must be maintained to assure the spread of the virus is stunted in every part of the state.“These changes do not make our fight against the virus any easier; in fact, New Mexicans’ obligation to our social contract only deepens as we enter the next phase,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “The best defense against this virus, until there is a vaccine, is physical distance from other people. We know those who are infected do not always show symptoms, and we know the virus does not care about county lines; we must all be vigilant. The progress we have made is tenuous – and it is subject to change. “But when we reach a place, as we have, where our collective actions have begun to flatten the statewide curve, we can begin to make productive, safe decisions about alleviating some of the awful social and economic pressure this virus has brought down on us all. Today we are willing and able to do that. As we move forward, and as we make more careful decisions about relaxations, the data about this virus and its spread in our state will be our guide; public health remains first and foremost priority.“But let me be clear: The reopening of New Mexico depends upon New Mexicans. Going out and congregating will worsen the spread of this disease. It will lead to more illness and likely death. A cavalier attitude toward individual activity is a grave danger to our collective health. We cannot win this fight – we cannot prevent the illnesses and deaths of our neighbors all across the state – if we let our collective guard down. As a state, we have to prevent and manage the spread of this virus and provide for safe social and economic activity. Every day moving forward we will do both.”To that end, the amended order, authorized by Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel and effective at 8 a.m. Friday, May 1, maintains the directive that New Mexicans remain at home except for outings essential to health, safety and welfare. The amended order similarly maintains that gatherings of more than five individuals are prohibited. Restaurants and dine-in outlets may provide only curbside and delivery service, as before. Grocers and other essential retail services must continue to operate at only 20 percent of their maximum capacity as determined by fire code.The order allows for partial reopenings for business operations deemed non-essential to health, safety and welfare.Non-essential retailers, beginning Friday, may provide curbside pickup and delivery services if permitted by their business license. Liquor licenses, for instance, do not allow for curbside or delivery service. Child care may now be extended to people operating non-essential businesses.Additional changes include:​State parks may reopen on a modified day-use-only basis, as staff is available. Camping and visitor centers are still closed. The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources department will notify the public of the parks that will be open in the near future.Federally licensed firearm retailers may open by appointment only as needed conduct background checks and to allow individuals to take possession of firearms ordered online. Golf courses may open to golf only – no dine-in or retail service.Pet services – including adoption, grooming, daycare and boarding – are permitted to operate.Veterinarians are permitted to operate.A separate public health order dated Thursday addresses New Mexico’s June 2 primary election by allowing polling locations to open with limits. The order says no more than four voters or 20 percent of capacity may be inside a polling place at a time; mobile voting units may have no more than two voters at a time.A third public health order allows medical facilities to gradually resume non-essential but medically necessary procedures (including ambulatory and inpatient surgery) based on extensive guidelines from the Department of Health. The guidelines are designed to prevent a shortage of personal protective equipment and to safeguard the health of patients and healthcare workers.At a remote news conference Thursday, the governor and state health officials outlined potential additional relaxations that could occur upon the expiration of the amended health order. These prospective relaxations — which will be evaluated by the governor’s Economy Recovery Council and supported by findings of Cabinet-led subcommittees on specific industries – are dependent upon increasingly positive trends in COVID-19 illness and transmission data as determined by the state’s “gating criteria.”Those criteria include: A mitigated spread of the virus as reflected in the effective rate of transmission, to be measured by the state Medical Advisory Team; adequate and stable testing resources, to be measured by the Department of Health; effective contact-tracing plans and resources, to be measured by epidemiologists at the Department of Health; health care systems operating below staffed capacity for beds, ICU availability and ventilators, and sufficient personal protective equipment for health care workers and first responders, to be measured by the Department of Health and Medical Advisory Team.Weekly modeling from the Medical Advisory Team will be regularly posted moving forward on the COVID-specific microsite, cv.nmhealth.org. Modeling data is available here: http://www.cvmodeling.nmhealth.org. That data along with slides from state officials’ remote news conferences are available here: http://www.cv.nmhealth.org/newsroom.The modified public health order and other orders referenced herein are attached to this news release.last_img read more

Arch buys Westmorland Retail Park for £36m

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Thames Cryogenics to supply liquid nitrogen to the UK Stem Cell Bank

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Tiger Optics unveils three new products

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Human rights key to fighting terrorism, Lord Phillips says

first_imgThe Human Rights Act 1998 is ‘a vital part of the foundation of our fight against terrorism’, the president of the Supreme Court has declared in an outspoken defence of the act. Setting out a series of recent cases in which government anti-terrorism measures have been ruled unlawful by the House of Lords or Supreme Court, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers noted that the Human Rights Act and the judges who apply it have been attacked by the media. In a speech last week, the former lord chief justice said that senior judges were criticised by Charles Clarke when he was home secretary, because, in Clarke’s words, ‘the judiciary bear not the slightest responsibility for protecting the public and sometimes seem utterly unaware of the implications of their decisions for our society’. Defending the judges, Phillips told an audience at Gresham College that ‘Charles Clarke failed to appreciate that it is the duty of the judiciary to apply the laws that have been enacted by parliament. It was parliament that decreed that judges should apply the Human Rights Convention.’ Phillips added: ‘The enactment of the Human Rights Act by the previous administration was an outstanding contribution to the upholding of the rule of law in this country and one for which it deserves great credit.’ Phillips said that if immigrants were not fairly treated in the UK, ‘their consequent resentment will inevitably result in the growth of those who, actively or passively, are prepared to support terrorists’. He added: ‘The Human Rights Act is not merely their safeguard. It is a vital part of the foundation of our fight against terrorism.’last_img read more

Lighten up, Alex

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Five bold steps that would kick start UK infrastructure investment and growth

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