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Flu Scan for Jul 01, 2013

first_imgCDC says more H3N2v may be on the way, cautions at-risk groupsLast week’s report of four variant H3N2 (H3N2v) influenza cases linked to a county fair in Indiana “may foreshadow a number of outbreaks this summer,” like those last summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a Jun 28 update statement.In view of the risk, the CDC renewed the advice it emphasized last year: that people at risk for serious flu complications should avoid pigs and swine barns at fairs.Genetic sequencing on one of the Indiana H3N2v isolates confirmed that it is 99% similar to the H3N2v strain that circulated last summer, the CDC said. Last year there were 309 cases, with 16 hospitalizations and 1 death, the agency said. There were no hospitalizations or deaths in the Indiana outbreak.Flu is believed to jump from pigs to people mainly via droplets from infected pigs that are sneezing and coughing, the CDC said. But it cautioned that pigs that look healthy can be infected and can spread flu viruses.The agency also noted that children under the age of 10 have little or no immunity to the virus.No H3N2v vaccine is available, but development of one is under way, the CDC noted. Antiviral drugs used to treat seasonal flu can also be used to treat H3N2v.Jun 28 CDC statementIn other developments, Clinical Infectious Diseases today published a CDC-sponsored supplement on what was learned from the first wave of H3N2v cases, from July 2011 through April 2012.One article profiles the 13 cases reported during that period, and additional articles use data from those cases to estimate the number of unreported cases and assess the pig-to-human transmissibility of the virus. Jul 1 CID supplement on H3N2v Nepal reports three more H5N1 outbreaksLivestock officials in Nepal recently reported three H5N1 avian flu outbreaks, two in the country’s Lumbini zone and one in the city of Bharatpur in Narayani zone, all in south central Nepal.The outbreaks started at various times between May 28 and Jun 7, according to a report yesterday to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The outbreaks in Lumbini zone affected backyard ducks and birds in a village and a small broiler farm. The event in Bharatpur, Nepal’s fifth-largest city, involved household birds.The three outbreaks killed 410 of 1,675 susceptible birds, and the remaining ones were destroyed to control the spread of the virus. Authorities are cleaning and disinfecting the outbreak sites, and intensive surveillance activities are under way, according to the report.The new outbreaks follow a recent spate of outbreaks across different parts of the country that were reported at the end of May.Jun 30 OIE report Shanghai rolls out new rules for poultry sellersIn an effort to prevent the spread of H7N9 influenza in Shanghai poultry markets, the city’s government on Jun 28 issued new rules, according to a Jun 29 report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.Shanghai reopened poultry markets Jun 20 after they were temporarily shuttered to reduce H7N9 exposure to humans. The new laws require wholesale markets to close 1 day each week and retail markets to close 1 day every other week to allow operators to thoroughly clean and disinfect the areas.The rules also urge poultry markets to be located away from residential complexes or crowded downtown areas. Wholesale and retail markets are now required to establish and maintain a bird tracking system, as well as to keep daily sales and disinfection records, according to the report.Jun 20 Xinhua storylast_img read more

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Local BMX Track Is In Fast Lane For Improvements

first_imgParks and Recreation Board Chair Stephanie Nakhleh emphasized the importance of the BMX track to the Los Alamos Daily Post. “I hike past the BMX track most days, as I live nearby, and I’ve watched with dismay as the track has sunk deeper into disrepair,” she said. “It’s all weeds and ruts …This is a County asset, and as such the County has a responsibility to maintain safety. I’m delighted the County has agreed to fully fund the improvements, with the assistance of Bomb Town BMX and USABMX. Although I don’t know much about BMX myself … I understand this sport is growing nationwide. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has marked it as a priority for the state. I’m so excited that Los Alamos is invested in being part of this; our kids deserve it.” According to agenda documents, Deschamp led a group of volunteers to renovate the BMX track in May but was stopped by County staff as a result of safety and liability concerns. During the Nov. 12 meeting, Councilor Antonio Maggiore commended the citizens who ushered the project into fruition. Parks and Recreation Manager Dan Erickson reported during the Parks and Recreation Board meeting Nov. 14 that a representative of the U.S. BMX expressed an interest that Los Alamos inaugurate its improved track with a BMX racing league event and the representative hopes to have a June open house. In the report it was pointed out that BMX racing is one of the fastest growing family-friendly sports in the world. Plus, the reconstruction of the existing BMX facility would not only give Los Alamos families a place to practice and race but it would open the possibility of hosting USA BMX racing events in Los Alamos. Furthermore, this would be the only USA BMX track in northern New Mexico Los Alamos’ track is located on North Mesa near the stables; the funds will go towards several improvements including installing a starting gate and providing electric power as well as water hydrants to help maintain the track. Fill material also will be needed to improve the track. By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post kirsten@ladailypost.com “So that’s pretty exciting,” Erickson said. “I think we are going to have some traction on this project pretty quickly.” The local BMX track will recieve some needed improvements. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com While it was the Parks and Recreation Board that presented the recommendation to Council to approve the project; a group of citizens lead by Los Alamos resident Dan Deschamp are the ones really responsible for the project’s success. With this approval, the hopes are high that next summer, the BMX track will be back in business and hosting U.S. BMX-sanctioned events. Currently, the local BMX track features a closed sign citing safety concerns but not for long. Its circumstances are quickly changing as the result of Los Alamos County approving $100,000 for the project during its Nov. 12 meeting. Afterwards, according to the staff report, County staff met with the volunteer to work on possible solutions. “I’ve been supportive of this project for a long time … I think this is a case of people in the community wanting to improve this community,” he said. “And they set out to do so and they were confronted time and again with obstacles … at no point did they throw up their hands in disgust … they doubled down, they reached out … they have stepped up in an attempt to improve the quality of this community for our youth and also draw people to this community.”last_img read more

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Sennebogen in latest stage of major Bavaria site investment

first_imgErich and Walter Sennebogen lay the foundation stoneThe new location, which is scheduled to become operation in May 2021, will combine spare parts, customer service and logistics in two buildings on the 87,000 sq m (936,000 sq ft) site.Shareholders Erich and Walter Sennebogen performed the foundation stone ceremony.The first construction steps have already been taken, the general contractor is the company Max Bögl.The construction project is planned and coordinated by the general planner Koch Group, and the company’s own Sennebogen cranes are also being used in the construction. German machinery manufacturer Sennebogen has laid the foundation stone at its site in Steinach, in Bavaria in the south of Germany – part of a €25 million (US$29 million) investment.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

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LSC extends family contracts pending judicial review hearing

first_imgThe Legal Services Commission has confirmed that all current civil contracts will be extended for one month, after the Law Society won an expedited hearing of its judicial review last week. At a directions hearing last Friday, the High Court granted the Law Society’s application for an urgent hearing of its legal challenge to the LSC’s family tender process. The full hearing will take place on Tuesday 21 September. The judge ordered that the new contracts should not be issued pending the hearing, although the LSC’s work on appeals and verification will continue. Following negotiations this week with the Law Society and other interested parties, the LSC has confirmed that the current contracts will now expire on 14 November, with the new contracts beginning immediately. To cover the one-month extension, current contract holders will receive an additional one-twelfth of their new matter start allocation. Law Society president Linda Lee said: ‘We are pleased that our request for an urgent hearing has been granted by the High Court. ‘The significant reduction in the number of firms assigned to undertake family legal aid work will affect the most vulnerable in society. Family law work is a difficult and sensitive area, and these changes will cause more distress for families already under pressure.’ (see Comment). LSC executive director Hugh Barrett said: ‘The LSC is committed to completing this round of tenders. We will be as flexible as possible to ease the process for our providers, and we are doing everything possible to resolve matters to secure quality services for our clients.’ Practitioner groups gave a mixed reaction. A spokeswoman for family lawyers group Resolution, which had not supported delaying the new contracts or the Law Society’s judicial review, calling instead for certainty, said its position is under review. Director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group Carol Storer said: ‘There are three categories of legal aid providers now – those who were unsuccessful in obtaining contracts, those who have been awarded a contract or contracts but with insufficient cases to be sure that they will be able to make the service viable, and those who were awarded a contract of sufficient volume to make it viable. ‘All three categories of provider now face more uncertainty, and we hope that there will be a resolution that does ensure that clients can access quality services and that quality providers continue.’last_img read more

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Surf Board to rule in 2001

first_imgNEW REGULATIONS for consideration of US railroad mergers will be published by the Surface Transportation Board on June 11 2001. Board Chairman Linda Morgan announced the date on March 31, confirming the timescale set in the March 17 decision to suspend consideration of all mergers, including the proposed US$6bn BNSF-CN tie-up (p285). On April 7 the STB denied a request by BNSF and CN for reversal of its moratorium, claiming that its current regulations ’are inadequate to address what will likely turn out to be the final round of North American rail restructuring’. The two railways have filed a federal court action seeking to overturn the decision. CN President & CEO Paul Tellier criticised other railways for supporting the moratorium. ’The STB does not exist to protect other railroads from competition,’ he insisted. ’Our transaction would have the effect of promoting competition.’ Morgan said on March 31 that the STB would consider expanding its current policy of ensuring competition when considering a merger by seeking increased competition in some cases. As part of its review, the agency will broaden its overview of the industry and will consider the effects each merger may have on other deals in the future, instead of handling one case at a time.Reflecting the service disruptions that followed recent mergers, the STB intends to look at the possibility of setting performance standards that could include cash compensation to shippers who suffer from delayed deliveries.Other areas to be explored are whether safety issues are being adequately addressed, if the jobs of railway staff are being satisfactorily protected, financial viability of the companies involved, the potential loss of infrastructure and capacity, and the potential harm to American interests that might result from the merger of Canadian and US railways.last_img read more

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Cameroon opposition figure charged with rebellion – lawyer

first_imgRelated Tanzanian opposition leaders charged with rebellion against Magufuli government Detained Cameroon opposition leader ‘charged with insurrection’ Cameroon opposition leader charged with “rebellion” against state Ndoki was detained following a protest in the country’s economic capital Douala on January 26 in support of Kamto, who was subsequently arrested along with some 150 supporters.The lawyer, who last year protested before the Constitutional Council against what she called “massive and systematic fraud” during the election, was injured in the rally. The opposition said police had fired live bullets at the crowd – a claim the government rejects.On the same day as the January protests, Cameroonians living abroad hostile to the Yaounde government attacked the country’s embassies in France and Germany.The government has said the demonstrations in Cameroon were illegal and blamed Kamto’s supporters for damage to the embassies. Kamto has denied any responsibility.On Tuesday, the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini criticised the arrests and what she called the military court’s “disproportionate” proceedings against them.Her comments followed remarks by Tibor Nagy, the US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, who told Radio France Internationale that Cameroon would be “very wise” to release Kamto because his detention is widely perceived as politically motivated. A prominent lawyer close to detained Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto was charged on Thursday with rebellion, her lawyer said, after the country shrugged off international concern over a wave of arrests targeting government critics.Michele Ndoki was “placed in custody” and charged with the same offences as Kamto, who is being held for insurrection, hostility to the homeland and rebellion, according to her lawyer Emmanuel Simh.Cameroon this week rejected US criticism of the detention of Kamto and dozens of supporters, insisting that it was not politically motivated.Kamto, head of the opposition Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC), claims he was cheated out of victory when Paul Biya was elected to a seventh term as president in last October’s election.Ndoki was detained following a protest in the country’s economic capital Douala on January 26 in support of Kamto, who was subsequently arrested along with some 150 supporters.The lawyer, who last year protested before the Constitutional Council against what she called “massive and systematic fraud” during the election, was injured in the rally. The opposition said police had fired live bullets at the crowd – a claim the government rejects.On the same day as the January protests, Cameroonians living abroad hostile to the Yaounde government attacked the country’s embassies in France and Germany.The government has said the demonstrations in Cameroon were illegal and blamed Kamto’s supporters for damage to the embassies. Kamto has denied any responsibility.On Tuesday, the European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini criticised the arrests and what she called the military court’s “disproportionate” proceedings against them.Her comments followed remarks by Tibor Nagy, the US assistant secretary of state for African affairs, who told Radio France Internationale that Cameroon would be “very wise” to release Kamto because his detention is widely perceived as politically motivated. Cameroon votes, chaos silences English speakersTens of thousands of Cameroon’s English-speaking minority are packing their bags and fleeing their homes before Sunday’s presidential election. But the violence there between government forces and seperatists may actually benefit the incumbent pre…last_img read more

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Dominica to develop comprehensive cancer prevention program

first_img Share Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Johnson (file photo)Dominica will this year develop a comprehensive cancer prevention program with assistance from the International Atomic Agency (IAA).Chief medical officer Dr David Johnson revealed in an interview with state owned DBS Radio on Saturday, January 4, 2014 that this is necessary based on the number of citizens affected by cancer here.“We’re concerned with regards to the number of cancers that we have in Dominica, whether it’s breast cancer, prostate cancer, cancer of the intestines, of the gut system”.Statistics revealed by the Dominica Cancer Society in 2013, the main organization advocating for people battling the disease, indicates that between 2006 and 2010 there were 95 cases of breast cancer, 96 cervix, 54 prostate, 18 stomach, 33 throat and mouth and 22 colon.Dominica is a member of the International Atomic Agency, Dr Johnson stated and as such they have written to the Agency seeking assistance.“They [IAA] have a program organized for member countries and we have made a request and hopefully early in 2014, we will be embarking on developing a comprehensive cancer prevention program through assistance I would say from the International Atomic Agency”.Data revealed by the Dominica Cancer Society further reveals that people who succumb to cancer are usually within the age group of 25 to 45; categorized as the most productive sector of the economy.The president of the Society, Kathleen Cornelius who acknowledged that there has been a steady increase in the number of persons affected by cancer, called for the implementation of a health insurance scheme to assist cancer patients.“At present, the price for chemotherapy and radiation is outrageous,” Cornelius stated at an ecumenical service for cancer survivors in June, 2013.Dominica Vibes News 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Dominica to develop comprehensive cancer prevention program by: – January 4, 2014 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Dominica welcomes sixth inaugural call for 2015/2016 season

first_imgLocalNews Dominica welcomes sixth inaugural call for 2015/2016 season by: Dominica Vibes News – January 11, 2016 The Nature Island, on Sunday 10 January 2016, welcomed MV Norwegian Breakaway of Norwegian Cruises Line, the six cruise ship to make its inaugural call to Dominica for the 2015/2016 cruise ship season.Sunday’s visit was the first of three calls scheduled for MV Norwegian Breakaway to Dominica for the 2015/2016 cruise season.Minister for Tourism and Urban Renewal, Senator Robert Tonge; Mayor of Roseau, Irene John; shipping agent H. H. V. Whitchurch & Company; Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority, Benoit Bardouille; and tourism officials were among officials who welcomed MV Norwegian Breakaway.Chief Executive Officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority, Benoit Bardouille told the ship captain, Hakan Svedung and crew that Dominica is continuing to improve its services with the hope that visitors will have an unforgettable experience here.“I would like to ensure that as your passengers come back that they would note those experiences that they had and allow us to be able to ensure that our ratings would spur the company Norwegian Cruises Line to put Dominica back on the schedule for the next season,” Bardouille said.“As you leave New York you see the towering buildings but as you leave here today there will be a majestic view, where you see those mountains the same way you came in, leaving those mountains will remain in your memory forever, making Dominica the most beautiful island in the Caribbean that you have been on this journey,” Bardouille added.Minister Tonge welcomed the ship to Dominica and assured the captain that the government of Dominica is “very much committed to making the experience a great one and ensure that our score is no less than an eight”.MV Norwegian Breakaway has a carrying capacity of 3697 passengers and 1650 crew.– / 76 Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share 252 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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STILL SMILING: Williams embraces ‘bright side’ of challenge

first_img Share LaVida Williams of South Padre Island is pictured in the neck and back brace she’s required to wear following an accident she suffered on July 4th. (Staff photo by Ray Quiroga)By RAY QUIROGAPort Isabel-South Padre PRESSrayq@portisabelsouthpadre.comSouth Padre Island resident LaVida Williams had mixed feelings when a group of friends approached her with the idea for a benefit fundraiser in her name.Being the person she is, Williams’ first thought was that there are people out there that are more in need, more worthy, of her friends’ generosity and concern.After all, she figured, she was, in a sense, lucky. After sustaining a traumatic neck and back injury on July 4th of this year after diving, head first, off a boat and gravely misjudging the depth of the water below, she realizes that her injuries and prognosis could have been much more severe.Still, the incident occurred during the heart of the summer season, the time of year in which Williams’ demand as a yoga and surfing instructor are at its peak.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the September 17 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedLife, Love, LaVidaBy RAY QUIROGA South Padre Parade rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com Fully expecting to give birth to a boy, Linda McGonigle was more than surprised to have given birth to a baby girl. But almost as quickly as those emotions entered her heart, she realized that she had given life to a perfectly healthy…May 31, 2012In “Gallery”Kathryn Pulkingham Dances To Her Own BeatBy RAY QUIROGA South Padre Parade rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com We first crossed paths with Kathryn Pulkingham well over a year ago at The Gym in Port Isabel, where she works as a fitness and Zumba instructor. The Parade was reporting on the Zumba craze that’s sweeping the nation and Kathryn was the…May 3, 2012In “Gallery”South Padre Parade: Talk the Talk, Walk the WalkBy RAY QUIROGA South Padre Parade rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com Most of my teenage years were spent living under my grandmother’s rule. One day, while at school, my grandma took a tumble in the backyard and broke her shoulder and hip. After half an hour on the ground, she managed to lift herself…October 4, 2012In “Gallery”last_img read more

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Bus Listrik Untuk TransJakarta, Antara Harapan dan Realita

first_imgLumrah adanya bila setiap pemimpin baru di DKI Jakarta menyerukan angin perubahan, termasuk di dalamnya untuk soal transportasi, terkhusus untuk layanan BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) yang kini dioperasikan TransJakarta. Seperti belum lama ini, Wakil Gubernur DKI Jakarta Sandiaga Uno mengusulkan agar TransJakarta dapat menggunakan wahana bus listrik.Bus listrik jelas menjadi sesuatu yang kedengaran baru di Republik ini, di Eropa pun penyebaran bus listrik masih belum merata, umumnya baru hadir secara terbatas di kawasan Eropa Barat pada jalur-jalur tertentu. Bagi Sandiaga penggunaan bus listrik adalah bagian dari solusi transportasi, khususnya untuk menekan emisi karbon dan tentunya mengurangi biaya operasional operator bus. Bus listrik (electric bus) memang tak ubahnya bus biasa, namun bus jenis ini dilengkapi pantograf layaknya KRL Jabodetabek, meski pantograf di bus listrik dapat dinaik turunkan untuk proses charging di halte.Pada dasarnya bus listrik terdiri dari dua kategori yakni otonom dan non otonom, dimana bus otonom menyimpan energi di dalam kendaraan, sementara bus non otonom menjaga pasokan energi listrik terus menerus dari luar kendaraan. Baca juga: Deutsche Bahn Luncurkan Bus Otonom di 2018Bus listrik otonom biasanya menyimpan energi pada baterai sedangkan bus listrik non otonom memasok tenaga dari luar, yakni di dapatkan dari pantograf yang mengambil pasokan listrik saat bus menhampiri halte. KabarPenumpang.com merangkum dari wikipedia.com, bahwa kendaraan listrik sudah ada sejak abad ke-19, awalnya mobil listrik pertama dibuat di Amerika Serikat tahun 1890 dan mulai populer di tahun 1990-an karena kepedulian masyarakat terhadap lingkungan mulai meningkat.Salah satu jenis bus listrik yang paling populer adalah batteray electric buses. Bus tersebut menggunakan baterai untuk energinya dengan sekali charge dapat menjangkau sejauh 2.000 km. Biasanya bus tenaga listrik digunakan sebagai bus kota karena keterbatasan jangkauan dan sistem maintenance yang lebih kompleks dari bus konvensional.Batteray electric buses lebih murah dibandingkan dengan bus diesel. Tak hanya itu, bus listrik disebut lebih unggul dari bus diesel karena dapat mengisi sebagian besar energi kinetik kembali ke baterai dalam situasi pengereman. Hal tersebut bisa mengurangi pemakaian rem pada bus dan penggunaan listrik dapat meningkatkan kualitas udara di kota.Untuk pengisian baterainya, bus listrik tidak semudah dengan mengisi bahan bakar mesin diesel. Sebab harus mendapat perhatian dengan pemantauan dan penjadwalan khusus untuk mengoptimalkan proses pengisian serta menjamin perawatan hingga penyimpanan baterai dengan benar.Biasanya pengisian baterai dilakukan malam hari dan menjadi solusi yang aman serta tidak mahal. Solusi yang sebenarnya adalah memastikan jadwal kendaraan harian, menghitung kebutuhan untuk mengisi daya hingga menjaga agar jadwal keseluruhan sedekat mungkin.Cina sempat bereksperimen dengan bentuk baru bus listrik yang dikenal dengan Capabus, berjalan dengan menggunakan daya yang tersimpan dalam kapasitor lapis ganda. Pengisian listriknya bisa dengan cepat setiap saat bus berhenti di halte manapun. Tahun 2005 awal dua rute bus komersial mulai menggunakan kapasitor lapis ganda listrik.Baca juga: Bus TransJakarta Zhongtong Terbaru Diklaim Ramah LingkunganDi Asia Tenggara, Singapura pada tahun 2018 digadang sudah mulai menggunakan bus listrik. Otoritas transportasi darat Singapura (LTA) menghabiskan 30 juta dolar Singapura untuk pembelian 50 unit bus Volvo Hybrid 7900 ini. Proses pembelian dilakukan melalui tender dan Volvo East Asia (Pte) Ltd yang bermarkas di Singapura memenuhi kualifikasi yang ditetapkan LTA. Dalam laman resminya, LTA menyebut bus Volvo Hybrid ini bagian dari perubahan armada bus kota di negeri itu.Tentu bukan tak mungkin bus listrik hadir di Jakarta, namun perlu jadi catatan bahwa implementasi bus listrik perlu kesiapan infrastruktur baru, terutama modifikasi halte yang dilengkapi konsol charging.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedHarapan untuk Transportasi Jakarta, Ada Bus Listrik dengan Teknologi Pantograf13/11/2019In “Bus dalam kota”Bus Listrik di Singapura Meluncur Tahun Depan, Interiornya Mirip ‘Punya’ TransJakarta19/11/2019In “Bus dalam kota”TransJakarta Mulai Uji Coba Komersial Bus Listrik Rute Balai Kota-Blok M06/07/2020In “Bus dalam kota”last_img read more

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