News Scan for May 25, 2017

first_imgWHO: DRC Ebola outbreak smaller than previously reported The World Health Organization’s  (WHO’s) regional office for Africa released a new Ebola situation report today, noting fewer cases than previously reported in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).The report said there were no new cases as of May 23, and currently there are only 2 confirmed, 3 probable, and 30 suspected cases of the deadly hemorrhagic virus. The last patient with suspected Ebola was admitted to a treatment center on May 20.It is unclear if the smaller number of reflects suspected or probable cases that have been ruled out after testing. According to the report, no healthcare workers have been infected, and the outbreak is still contained to the Likati Health Zone, in northern DRC.On May 23, 177 contacts had completed the 3-week follow-up period, leaving 294 contacts still being closely monitored by health officials for signs of the virus.While the DRC with other groups are preparing to offer the experimental Ebola vaccine to contacts and healthcare workers, the country is still waiting for approval from the national regulatory authority and the ethics review committee. Today, Stat reported that said the limited outbreak may not warrant the use of the vaccine, based on comments from a WHO official.In other outbreak developments, an influx of refugees fleeing militia attacks the Central African Republic (CAR), crossing the DRC border not far from the outbreak area, is raising worries of the virus spreading to the CAR, Reuters reported today, citing another WHO official. The attacks in the CAR have displaced about 2,750 people to Bas Uele province.May 23 WHO AFRO report May 25 Stat story May 25 Reuters story New MERS case linked to camel contactThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) today reported another case of MERS-CoV in that country, in a man who had direct contact with camels.A 52-year-old man from Jeddah was diagnosed as having MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) after presenting with symptoms. He is in critical condition.In addition, on May 21 the MOH announced an earlier case. A 64-year-old Saudi man from Hail was diagnosed as having MERS-CoV after presenting with symptoms. He is in stable condition, and the source of his infection was listed as “primary,” meaning it is unlikely he contracted the virus from another person.The new cases raise Saudi Arabia’s number of MERS cases since the disease was first detected in humans in 2012 to 1,614, which includes 668 deaths. Five people are still being treated for their infections.May 25 MOH report May 21 MOH report Yellow fever now found in 7 Brazil statesThe Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said yesterday that seven Brazilian states now report suspected cases of yellow fever, but the virus is still not being transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.PAHO warned, however, that “confirmed epizootics in large cities, such as Vitoria in Espirito Santo and Salvador in Bahia, represent a high risk for a change in the transmission cycle.”So far Brazil has had 758 confirmed cases of yellow fever and 622 under investigation from December of 2016 to May 18. There have been 426 deaths.The case-fatality rate remains at 34% for confirmed cases of yellow fever. Goias state reported its first case. Minas Gerais and Espirito Santo, which have had the most outbreak cases, have reported none in the past 2 weeks.May 24 PAHO situation report Zika severity not linked to defects, prior dengue infectionA new study in Clinical Infectious Diseases showed that Zika severity, prior dengue infection, and viral load did not affect pregnancy outcomes in mothers who contracted the disease.Researchers have posited that congenital Zika syndrome, a constellation of defects and deformities—with microcephaly being the most severe—is connected the severity of maternal disease, or to the presence of previous flavivirus antibodies, which enhance Zika virus in a pregnant woman.To test this theory, researchers followed 131 Zika-positive pregnant women. Fifty-eight of them (46.4%) experienced abnormal outcomes, including 9 fetal losses (7.2%). But they found no associations between disease severity and abnormal outcomes, disease severity and viral load, viral load and adverse outcomes, or existence of prior dengue antibodies (88% of the women had previously had dengue infections). May 23 Clin Infect Dis studyIn other Zika news, researchers have used elevation as a proxy to predict the likelihood of Ae aegypti–transmitted diseases, concluding that there’s a low potential for mosquito Zika transmission above 2,000 meters in the Americas. The study was published yesterday in PLoS One.The researchers looked at 16 countries in the Americans with local Zika transmission, finding that above 1,600 meters, less than 1% of each country’s total land area could host Ae aegypti mosquitoes. The findings align with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention travel guidance.May 24 PLoS One study WHA approves more funds for emergencies, antimicrobial resistanceThe World Health Assembly (WHA), meeting in Geneva this week, yesterday approved a proposed budget for the WHO for the next biennium totaling $4.42 billion, which factors in a 3% increase in member state contributions.In a press release, the WHO said the budget includes Sustainable Development Goal priorities and reflects increased investments for the new health emergencies program ($69.1 million) and combating antimicrobial resistance ($23.2 million).About 3,500 delegates from the WHO’s 194 member states, many of them health ministers, are at the WHA, the decision-making body of the WHO. The meeting runs through May 31.May 24 WHO statementlast_img read more

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Romania sympathetic to CARICOM’s blacklisting concerns

first_img Caribbean Leaders to Participate in OACPS Inter-Sessional… Some CARICOM Member States have been blacklisted by EU despite having fulfilled the criteria set out by the relevant global regulatory authorities for financial services. Secretary-General LaRocque in a statement during the ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat’s headquarters in Georgetown, Guyana, said the depth of the friendly relationship between the Region and the EU “should have allowed for dialogue prior to the institution of such harmful measures which negatively affect our Community.” He called on Romania in its capacity as the current President of the Council of the European Union, to influence the initiation of a dialogue on this issue. He pointed out that blacklisted jurisdictions faced major reputational damage and disruptive controls on their financial transactions. “Blacklisting influences the strategies of international banks resulting in de-risking and their withdrawal of crucial correspondent banking relationships,” he added. CARICOM and Romania are working on a draft Memorandum of Understanding to implement and execute specific technical and scientific programmes and projects. Romania has offered 46 scholarships to Community nationals in various areas beneficial to Member States. The Secretary-General urged Romania to support the Community’s advocacy for international actions that allowed for a balanced approach to accessing concessional development financing. He said a fundamental reconsideration was required of the current criteria that governed access to such funding which gave inordinate weight to GDP per capita. “Revised criteria must take into account vulnerability and not rely solely on per capita income which has resulted in many of our countries being graduated out of access to such funding,” Ambassador LaRocque said. “As we seek to build our resilience, concessional development financing is needed to assist us,” he added. “Studies have shown that for every dollar spent on building resilience prior to disasters, four dollars are saved on reconstruction costs,” the Secretary-General stated. “Financing resilience to combat disasters and other effects of climate change is a good investment,” Ambassador LaRocque said. The Romanian diplomat said his country had established diplomatic relations with all Caribbean countries and had signed MOUs with Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Guyana and Jamaica. Ambassador Mera, based in Brazil, invited the Secretary-General to attend an International Conference on Resilience to Disasters, in Bucharest on March 12, 2019. CARICOM Foreign Ministers have also been invited. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… The Government of Romania is sympathetic to the concerns of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) with respect to the blacklisting of some of its Member States by the European Union (EU). The sentiment was conveyed by His Excellency Stefan Mera as he presented his credentials on Thursday to CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque as his country’s first Ambassador to CARICOM.   His Excellency Stefan Mera (L) as he delivered remarks at his credentials ceremony on Thursday. CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (R) listens intently. His Excellency Stefan Mera, first Ambassador of Romania to CARICOM signs the Secretary-General’s Guest Book CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque greets His Excellency Stefan Mera as he arrives to present his credentials on 24 January, 2019 From left, Ambassador Colin Granderson, ASG Foreign and Community Relations; first Ambassador of Romania to CARICOM, His Excellency Stefan Mera; CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque Feb 24, 2020 Mar 10, 2020 OECD warns COVID-19 could halve global growth –… center_img Related Posts Jun 1, 2020 Trinidad removed from “grey list” – CARICOM Business… CARICOM’s advocacy for resilience financing intensifies; optimism in Finland’s support(CARICOM Secretariat, 12 September 2019) The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has reiterated its call for international financial institutions to accept that the vulnerability of Small Island and low-lying coastal Developing States (SIDS), should be the main criterion for eligibility for concessional development financing, instead of GDP per capita. As yet another…September 12, 2019In “Event”CARICOM voices strong objection to new EU blacklist(CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana)     The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) strongly objects to the recent labelling of some of its Member States by the European Union as Non-cooperative tax jurisdictions, CARICOM Secretary-General said Wednesday, 12 December, 2017. He was at the time accrediting a new Ambassador of France to CARICOM,…December 15, 2017In “General”Finland signals interest in CARICOM’s bio-energyThe Government of Finland, through its newly accredited envoy to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has expressed strong interest in exploring the bio-energy potential in mainland territories of CARICOM. Speaking at the ceremony at the CARICOM Secretariat for the presentation of his Letter of Credence to CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque,…March 17, 2017In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Third Annual Adult Hockey Tournament Jan. 17-19

first_imgLAHA News:The 3rd Annual Adult Hockey Tournament begins Friday, Jan. 17 and goes through Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink with 14 teams competing from New Mexico, Texas and Colorado.  Elizabeth Johnson is the tournament director.Details:Food – hot food provided by the co-op throughout the tournament;Beer Garden – provided by Bathtub Row Brewery Friday and Saturday evening; andNo admission fee.Teams:New Mexico: Table Scraps, Leftovers, SF Juicy Hogs, Dekes of Hazzard, SF Fallout, Duke City Demons, Barley Boyos, LETR, DC Scorpions, ZambornisTexas: El Paso Pile of Bones, Texas Tech Club, Sun City RuckusColorado: Malortlast_img read more

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Automotive Icon Jerry Riccioni Passes Away At 63

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 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. Gerald “Jerry” Riccioni, 63, passed away last week, leaving a legacy of enthusiasm for the automotive aftermarket. Riccioni led the Old World Industries (OWI) national sales team for the past 30 years. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“He was an iconic automotive aftermarket executive whose loss will be felt by the entire industry and will be missed by all,” said Tom Hurvis, founder of Old World Industries, makers of PEAK automotive products.“Jerry was one of the highest energy and most creative people I have worked with in the aftermarket. Jerry didn’t know the word ‘no’; he always found a way to make it work. A true partner in the business and a good friend,” said Ken Klein, vice president of merchandising customer satisfaction at AutoZone.His vision for the retail customer and DIY consumer ignited sales of OWI’s flagship brand, Peak. He is credited with helping launch Peak Wiper Blades, Electronics, Motor Oil and gaining distribution for BlueDEF (diesel exhaust fluid), while also managing acquisitions, including most recently EiKO automotive lighting.Advertisement“Jerry was more than just a supplier to myself and O’Reilly Auto Parts. He was a good friend who truly cared about you as a person and your company. He would always find a way to make everything work out when we had any issues so that our company and Old World continued to grow. He was well-respected in the industry and will be missed not only at Old World, but in the industry as a whole. I will truly miss working with him as I have in the past,” said Tom Seboldt, vice president of merchandise at O’Reilly Auto Parts.Riccioni is survived by his wife Kim Jones, and two stepsons, Michael and Christopher Jones. OWI is planning to honor Riccioni and will be making an announcement in early 2017.,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 MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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HORIBA wins 2018 iF Design Award

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APM Terminals Buys Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal

first_imgNetherlands-based port operator APM Terminals has bought a 100% stake in Reefer Terminal S.p.A., located in Italy’s Port of Vado Ligure, but the terms and the value of the agreement were not disclosed.The Vado Ligure Reefer Terminal, the largest refrigerated terminal in the Mediterranean, handling 600,000 pallets per year, is also a terminal for the handling of containers (275,000 TEU, 510 reefer plugs, 14.5 meter depth and 465 meter of quay) and general cargo.APM Terminals has acquired the terminal from Italy’s fruit and vegetable produce importer GF Group as part of the port master plan to create new supply chains to markets in Northern Italy, Southern France, Switzerland and Bavaria.The Reefer Terminal is located adjacent to the construction site of the APM Terminals Vado port project which will open in January 2018 with 800,000 TEU annual capacity and a 17 meter depth.”The integration of the Vado Reefer Terminal with our new, future semi-automated container terminal enhances the logistics options for businesses and the shipping lines calling the Ligurian coast, serving all of Northern Italy and beyond,” said APM Terminals Vado CEO Carlo Merli.”We are building Italy’s port of the future with ideal access to Turin and Northern Italy manufacturing zones as well as consumer markets. Equally important, we will have the best port system and product in the market capable of serving container vessels, reefer vessels, RoRo and breakbulk vessels.”Reefer Terminal will continue to operate as a terminal highly specialized in the discharge and warehousing of fresh fruit and vegetable produce.”This sale represents a further step in the process of refocusing on our historical business of import and distribution of fruit and vegetable produce,” said GF Group President Raffaella Orsero.”We will however remain a Reefer Terminal customer with our weekly Central American service, operated with four GF Group owned refrigerated vessels.”[mappress mapid=”15928″]last_img read more

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Who’s suing whom

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

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China Navigation orders four handysize bulk carriers

first_img“These vessels will be operated in CNCo’s handysize bulkcarrier division in accordance with our vision to be the leading provider of sustainable shipping solutions and our customers’ partner of choice”, said Tim Blackburn, managing director of CNCo.”We have specifically focused on selecting the most fuel efficient handysize bulkcarrier design available today, designed by Finnish Naval Architects, Deltamarin, to deliver the lowest cost per tonne mile of any similar sized handy bulkcarrier. CNCo has also used its own experience to improve performance in port, while delivering ground-breaking fuel efficiency at normal operating speeds”, he claimed.The ships have five double skin cargo holds and are designed to carry bulk cargoes, grain, coal, concentrates, heavy general cargo, steel coils, steel slabs and a wide variety of heavy project cargoes.The tanktops are specifically strengthened for heavy cargoes and all holds have double skin hydraulic folding hatch covers and forced draft fans for cargo care. Four electric deck cranes are mounted on the centreline, each rated at 30 tonnes at maximum outreach of 26 m. All cranes can be combined for a maximum lift of 60 tonnes.”We are delighted to have won this newbuilding order from China Navigation”, said Ma Shixiong, managing director ofChengxi Shipyard. “We have developed expertise in building high specification bulkcarriers for other owners and are confident of building this highly economical handysize bulkcarrier on time and to China Navigation’s high expectations”, he added.Founded in 1872, CNCo serves the dry commodity industry’s ocean transportation and offshore logistics requirements in four distinct sectors which include shareholdings in C Bulk Carriers (CBC) (capesize and panamax bulkcarriers),Swire CTM Bulk Logistics (bulk transloaders), Mandarin Shipping (dry bulk ship investment) and the owned, controlled, managed and operated panamax transloader, Erawan.In addition to eight 31,000 dwt MPP newbuildings due for delivery in 2013, CNCo operates 30 ships, of which 17 are owned and managed, deployed in its multi-purpose liner shipping services in the Asia Pacific region trading as Swire Shipping.www.chinanav.comlast_img read more

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ABC ups Munich services

first_imgOperated by one of ABC’s 18 Boeing 747 freighters, the service will connect southern Germany with 12 destinations in six Asian countries via its hub in Moscow, Russia.”The decision to introduce an additional flight aims to capture increasing export traffic from southern Germany, which continues to be a major industrial area in Europe and the surrounding areas as well,” explained Andrey Andreev, ABC’s vice president Europe.Apart from export shipments, ABC intends to bolster import volumes to Europe via Munich, which the airline says will enable it to provide a faster and better inland service. www.airbridgecargo.comlast_img read more

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Ban for barrister who sent 14 emails falsely claiming case progression

first_imgA barrister who sent 14 emails claiming he was progressing his client’s case when he was not has been disbarred. The Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service said John Grahame Mitton stated that he had lodged an application to settle legal proceedings and had sought a hearing date when he had done neither.Mitton, previously a director at Newcastle firm PG Legal, was instructed to act for the client in an employment dispute with a recruitment agency in 2015. In June last year, Mitton was banned from working in the solicitors’ profession.Commenting on the order, Sara Jagger, director of professional conduct at the Bar Standards Board, said: ‘The decision to disbar reflects the accepted view that dishonesty is incompatible with membership of the bar.’The tribunal’s decision is open to appeal.last_img read more

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