Jul 8, 2010WHO official rates global pandemic responsePublic health officials generally responded well to H1N1 pandemic flu but can improve in several areas, according to the WHO’s European regional director, Zsuzsanna Jakab. She said officials “contained” the pandemic through “intensive activity” but need to improve in three areas: flexibility to scale activity to pandemic severity, integrated communication, and better WHO coordination of antiviral and vaccine efforts. She also said the WHO may declare a post-pandemic phase this month.http://www.euractiv.com/en/health/who-europe-chief-flu-pandemic-was-handled-well-interview-496104Jul 8 EurActiv interviewStudy finds antivirals help reduce transmissionA recent study found that households using antiviral drugs for pandemic flu lowered overall transmission rates even though levels of adult-to-child transmission remained relatively high. Dutch researchers studied 47 households early in the pandemic whose index case (the first sick member) and all household contacts took oseltamivir within 24 hours after detection of the index case. Though they found a low secondary attack rate (0.075), the attack rate from an adult to a child under 12 was 0.35.http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0011442Jul 7 PLoS ONE studyFlu continues to rise in New ZealandFlu activity in New Zealand continues to increase but is at the level usually seen this time of year and is still below baseline, the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported today. Weekly general practice visits for flu-like illness were 27.5 patients per 100,000 population; baseline is 50. Of 17 viruses typed, 13 were pandemic H1N1, 3 influenza A not subtyped (likely pandemic H1N1), and 1 influenza B. The country has had 4 H1N1 patients treated in intensive care this year and 1 death.http://www.surv.esr.cri.nz/PDF_surveillance/Virology/FluWeekRpt/2010/FluWeekRpt201026.pdfJul 8 New Zealand MOH report
The Los Alamos Band Boosters is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Roll Run fundraiser Sunday, Dec. 15. Courtesy photoLA Band Booster News:The Los Alamos Band Boosters is hosting the Jingle Bell Rock ‘N Roll Run Sunday, Dec. 15 to raise money for the LAHS band program and the LAMS Music Program.The fun run includes a 5K and a kids 1 mile run for age 13 and under. The run is modeled after the popular Rock and Roll marathons by featuring live music along the routes. Students from the Los Alamos Hight School and Los Alamos Middle School Bands will be playing holiday tunes for the runners. The 5k starts at 2 p.m. and the kids 1 mile starts at 2:45 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School. Registration, bib pickup and payment (by cash or check only) starts at 1 pm.Prizes will be awarded for the top three male and female finishers in the 5k and a holiday treat will be given to those who complete the mile. Chocolate snacks will be served after the run!Costs are $35 for the 5K and $15 for the mile. This year there will be a team option for the 5k. Each runner on the team will run the 5k course and the team with the lowest cumulative time receives a prize. Cost is $150 per team of five runners.To get a registration form go to https://sites.google.com/site/topperbandboosters/ or contact the run organizer at email@example.com
On the job in Los Alamos are employees Gabriel Cournoyer and April Gonzales Wednesday at Rose Chocolatier, 149 Central Park Square. Rose Chocolatier is open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month. These hours will be expanded for September and October to help patrons enjoy the dog days of summer. Visit rosechocolatier.com for information or call 505.695.1156. #worklosalamos #wherediscoveriesaremade. Photo by Jenn Bartram/ladailypost.com
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Andrew Hellman is shown here. Independent/T. E. McMorrowTwo men whose paths have apparently crossed often remain in county jail after their recent arrests by East Hampton Town police. The fate of one of them, Christopher Metz, 43, is now certain. The fate of the other, Andrew Hellman, 36, is yet to bedetermined.Metz was one of the passengers in Hellman’s 2001 GMC Yukon Denali that was parked in the Montauk 7-Eleven parking lot early September 1 when a police officer, suspicious, approached. Hellman, according to the police, put the Denali into drive. When the officer reached toward Hellman to try to stop him, police said Hellman peeled out of the parking lot, dragging the officer about 20 feet. After he made a sharp right turn, the Denali flipped over onto its side.Hellman was charged with assaulting the officer, a felony. Metz and the other passengers were questioned by police, who were also searching the Denali. Police reported finding marijuana on Metz, and he was arrested. Metz was then given a court appearance ticket to be arraigned, and left police headquarters. He likely was not aware that, at that moment, he was the subject of an investigation by the East Hampton Town police detective bureau. They were looking into a string of incidents in which industrial equipment was stolen. All occurred in the vicinity of Metz’s Oakview Highway residence.Meantime, according to the police, they turned up a quantity of cocaine in Hellman’s vehicle. He was charged with two more felonies, possession of narcotics and possession with the intent to sell.On October 26, Metz was placed under arrest after being questioned by detectives on multiple felony charges of grand larceny. Because of his two prior felony convictions, he was not eligible for bail at the local level. His attorney, Matthew D’Amato of the Legal Aid Society, waived Metz’s right to be released if not indicted, allowing for negotiations with the district attorney’s office.On November 14, in the county courtroom of New York State Justice John Collins, Metz pleaded guilty to one felony count of grand larceny. He is expected to be sentenced by Justice Collins on December 17 to one year of incarceration. Because it is only a year, he will not be sent to an upstate prison, but will likely remain where is he now, in the Suffolk County correctional facility in Yaphank.Hellman was indicted within days of his arrest. New York State Justice Stephen Braslow set bail at $250,000. Hellman has remained in the Riverside correctional facility since his arrest. On November 15, Hellman was brought to the East Hampton Town Justice Court on a technicality. The charges in East Hampton had to be dropped, because Hellman is being prosecuted for the felonies at the county firstname.lastname@example.org Share
Green HillAfter a successfully launching The Preston House & Hotel in Riverhead, Chef Matthew “Matty” Boudreau has been appointed to lead Long Island’s Green Hill Hospitality restaurant group in Greenport.In his new role, Boudreau will oversee and launch new menus including an authentic barbecue menu for Green Hill. Highlighting Greenport’s port-town offerings, the new menu will also feature hints of New England seafood with dishes such as hot buttered lobster rolls.A seasoned and cultured professional, Boudreau draws upon his diverse world-wide experiences ranging from five-star dining to competitive barbecue.The award-winning chef has launched and led several critically-acclaimed restaurants including NYC’s Balthazar, Hotels AB, which included Sunset Beach and The Standard, and Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, to name a few.La FonditaLa Fondita in Amagansett has a new residence for the off season at its sister restaurant Coche Comedor starting Wednesday, October 16. The casual Mexican eatery will offer its popular take-out menu at the Coche bar as well as through phone orders. The La Fondita menu will be available to enjoy at the bar with Coche cocktails Wednesday through Friday only, from noon until 3 PM.Union Burger BarUnion Burger Bar in Southampton is bringing back $5 burger night on Wednesdays. The restaurant also offers a burger and a beer special on Thursdays. On Sunday, there are half-price classic milkshakes from 2 to 6 PM and $5 kids meals all night. Happy hour runs Monday to Friday from 3 to 6 PM with $6 beer, $8 wine, and $10 mixed drinks.The Art Of The Brew The Parrish Art Museum Business Council presents “The Art of the Brew,” a fun and appetizing celebration of Long Island beers, ciders, and foods with live music and ample opportunity for networking, socializing, and gallery exploration on Saturday, October 26, from 6 to 8 PM. Tickets are $75 and $55 for members. Visit www.parrishart.org.OktoberfestBaron’s Cove in Sag Harbor is hosting its fourth annual Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, October 19, from 1 to 5 PM. Enjoy a variety of treats like German-style pretzels with beer cheese, pork schnitzel with spaetzel and gravy, and sauerkraut soup. Celebrate the season with a beer on tap and relax with a glass of German wine while you take in the view over Sag Harbor cove. Enjoy live polka and German-inspired music from 2 PM on with the Tom & Lisa Band.email@example.com Share
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Last week (Thursday 26th June), the Port of Milford Haven welcomed Mike Penning MP, the Minister of State responsible for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), where he was given an update on new safety systems and current port projects.The visit began at Pembroke Port where the Minister had the opportunity to see first-hand the construction of Tidal Energy Ltd.’s DeltaStream Device, which is being assembled on the quayside. Martin Murphy, Managing Director of Tidal Energy Ltd, said: “It was a pleasure to discuss the opportunities for UK marine renewable energy with the Minister at Pembroke Port yesterday, and to show him TEL’s DeltaStream tidal energy prototype device which is due to be deployed in Ramsey Sound later this summer.”Corporate Affairs Director at the Port of Milford Haven, Mark Andrews, then hosted a trip on the Waterway where he was able to discuss in detail the management of safety at the UK’s third largest Port.“The visit provided an excellent opportunity to update the Minister on some of our newest systems and procedures”, said Mark. “We have an excellent safety record but do not want to become complacent. To continuously improve safety, our highest priority at the Port, we have introduced new internal systems that promote a strong health and safety culture and vigilance at all levels within the organisation, and it was great to be able to share this latest development with the Minister.”Minister of State Rt. Hon. Mike Penning said: “It was great to see the Port of Milford Haven’s absolute dedication to safety and its commitment to always updating its systems and procedures. The team I met do excellent work in keeping Wales’ largest port operating safely and effectively.” Press Release, July 07, 2014; Image: mhpa
FRANCE: Infrastructure manager RFF announced on April 27 that it had invited final offers from the three consortia bidding for the contract to build and maintain LGV Bretagne-Pays-de-la-Loire, with a view to naming a preferred bidder by the end of this year.Expected to cost around €3·4bn at current prices, the 214 route-km will extend the Le Mans branch of LGV Atlantique to Rennes, with a connecting link to shorten journey times on the route to Nantes. Three consortia led by Bouygues TP, Effiage and Vinci Concessions submitted their initial bids on December 16 2009; all three have now been accepted for the next stage in the process and invited to submit their best and final offers.According to RFF, the line will be the first to be developed under a new form of partnership contract. The winning consortium will be responsible for construction of the line using a package of public sector financing put together by RFF, and will then maintain the route for the life of the contract. The infrastructure manager will be responsible for managing its operation.A financing protocol between the French government, RFF and regional authorities in Bretagne and Pays-de-la-Loire was signed in July 2009. The project will also benefit from funding as part of the government’s national economic stimulus programme, allowing the work to be completed as quickly as possible.Welcoming the strong commitment from all parties, especially the local authorities, RFF President Hubert du Mesnil said he expected the final offers from the three bidders ‘to meet the high stakes of the project’.
The convoy was travelling between the towns of Anefis and Gao in Mali’s volatile north when the explosion occurred at around 7 a.m. Image courtesy: AJ The convoy was travelling between the towns of Anefis and Gao in Mali’s volatile north when the explosion occurred at around 7 a.m. Image courtesy: AJThree United Nations soldiers were killed and five others were seriously wounded by an explosive device that detonated as they were escorting a convoy in Mali, the West African nation’s peacekeeping mission said on Sunday.The convoy was travelling between the towns of Anefis and Gao in Mali’s volatile north when the explosion occurred at around 7 a.m. (0700 GMT), a statement from the mission, MINUSMA, said, adding that the death toll was provisional.
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