South Korea MERS totals grow by 1 infection, 1 death

first_imgIn a further sign of slowing in South Korea’s MERS-CoV outbreak, the country reported just one new case and one additional death over the past few days, edging the total to 182 infections, 32 of them fatal.The World Health Organization has said that the recent drop in infections linked to a single healthcare-related transmission chain signals that South Korea’s control measures are having an impact. But it warned that more cases were likely to be detected, perhaps even some in the community, given the large number of contacts still under monitoring.Another ill health workerSouth Korea has gone 2 days without reporting a newly confirmed MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case. The health ministry said the most recent case, announced on Jun 27, was in a nurse who was exposed to the virus while treating a patient, according the Korea Times.According to a health ministry update today, 36 healthcare workers have been sickened in the outbreak.Yesterday health officials reported that a 55-year-old man who contracted the virus at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul died from his infection, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. His illness was confirmed on Jun 9.Samsung was the second hospital to be hit by the virus, which spread in the facility quickly when a man who was unknowingly infected at the first hospital spent nearly 3 days in the emergency department, where he exposed other patients, visitors, and staff.Currently, 2,682 possible contacts are in home or hospital monitoring, 120 more than the day before, the health ministry said.Index patient recoversIn a related development, the index patient—a 68-year-old man who got sick after traveling to four Middle Eastern countries—has recovered from MERS-CoV and was discharged from National Medical Center, the Korea Times reported today.He still has pneumonia but has cleared the virus, based on several rounds of testing, the story said. He is now being treated at a general hospital.The man had visited a handful of clinics and hospitals before his MERS-CoV infection was confirmed on May 20, which triggered a large nosocomial outbreak—the largest outside of the Middle East—that affected several hospitals.Policy changesIn other outbreak developments, government officials announced some new policy changes to help stem future disease outbreaks.Kwon Deok-cheol, a senior health ministry official, said the government will expand national health insurance coverage for people who have infectious diseases, along with those who need to be isolated in negative-pressure rooms in hospitals, the Korea Herald reported today.He said national health insurance would also cover the installation of more negative-pressure rooms and maintain the ones that are already in operation. He added that the MERS outbreak showed that South Korea has a severe shortage of negative-pressure rooms and that some of the existing ones haven’t been properly maintained.As another measure, hospitals will be required to separate their emergency departments and areas for patients who need to be isolated from other hospital wards, according to Kwon. The health ministry will also roll out regular incentive-based infection control evaluations for hospitals.He said the new measures will be finalized and confirmed in July, according to the report.Thai patient declared virus-freeAn Omani man who was hospitalized with a MERS-CoV infection in Thailand, becoming its first imported case, has been declared free of the virus but will remain in quarantine for the time being, Reuters reported today, citing the country’s health ministry.The 75-year-old man had symptoms before he departed Oman, accompanied by three family members, but his infection wasn’t detected until he arrived in Thailand for treatment of a cardiac condition.Surachet Satitramai, acting secretary of the health ministry, said the man’s latest test results were negative for MERS-CoV, but he will remain hospitalized to assess if his other health conditions will have any effect on his recovery.The man’s relatives remain free of the virus, and the health ministry is still monitoring 36 people who may have had contact with the Omani man, according to the Reuters report.See also:Jun 27 Korea Times storyJun 29 AFP storyJun 29 South Korean health ministry statisticsJun 29 Korea Herald storyJun 29 Reuters storylast_img read more

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PPG Appoints Gary Danowski Vice President, Performance Glazings

first_imgPITTSBURGH — PPG Industries has announced that Gary Danowski, director, global operations, aerospace, will become vice president, performance glazings, effective in mid-January. He will report to Senior Vice President Victoria Holt and be based at the Harmar, Pa., glass business and discovery center. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Danowski joined PPG in 1982 as a production engineer at the former Crestline, Ohio, automotive glass fabrication plant, which is now part of Pittsburgh Glass Works LLC (PGW). He moved to Detroit in 1988 as an automotive glass sales engineer and to Evansville, Ind., in 1991 as superintendent of engineering at PPG’s former automotive glass plant there. In 1994, Danowski moved to Paris as director, market development, for PPG’s European glass business, returning to the United States in 1997 as plant manager of PPG’s former Meadville, Pa., glass manufacturing facility, now part of PGW. He was appointed director, new products and services, flat glass (now the performance glazings business), in 2001; director, production, automotive OEM glass (now part of PGW), in 2003; and director, global operations, aerospace, in 2007. Danowski earned a mechanical engineering degree from Gannon University and a master of business administration degree from Ashland University.,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 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.  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 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.  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

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NDINM Announces New Dance Barns Artistic Director

first_imgRodney Rivera, a renowned choreographer, educator and performer from Puerto Rico, will be joining the NDI New Mexico team as the Dance Barns Artistic Director in Santa Fe. NDINM News: New Dance Barns Artistic Director Rodney Rivera “When I first saw Rodney teach, I was totally inspired and knew that he was an artist and educator completely in alignment with our mission and philosophy,” said Liz Salganek, artistic director for NDI New Mexico. “As a teacher and choreographer, he brings passion, intelligence, and humor, and he balances high standards and expectations with a joyful and caring approach. He has a depth of experience as both a school and company director, master teacher, choreographer, and before that had many years of experience as a performer. His expertise blends with his down-to-earth nature. He is driven by the power that the arts have to connect communities and to connect young people to their potential. I am so excited for our students and families to get to work with him!” Rivera’s first class at the Dance Barns will be “Boys Ballet Boot Camp,” designed to get boys excited about the athleticism of and power of dance. He also is creating a piece on the most advanced dancers inspired by the passion of the great Argentinian composer, Astor Piazzolla. ALBUQUERQUE ― NDI New Mexico has added a new team member to enhance the educational experience for New Mexico students. “I am totally moved by this organization,” Rivera said. “Words are not enough to describe the quality and the social and artistic commitment of this incomparable institution. NDI New Mexico has achieved its mission and positively impacts the lives of thousands of young dancers. I congratulate all its founders and staff and am so excited to join this team, who have managed to create a diamond here in New Mexico.”last_img read more

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Aviva to focus on building global platform

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Paddle For Pink

first_img Laura Madeline Kelly, Julia Kelly, Julia Bruno, Jennifer Bruno photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Karen Goerl, Ruth Toporoff, Lisabeth Liebhaber photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Hamptons Paddle & Party For Pink to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation was held on Saturday, August 4 on Havens Beach in Sag Harbor. Event co-chairs were Maria and Larry Baum, Lisa Pevaroff-Cohn and Gary Cohn, and Jackie and Bippy Siegal. Lily Pulitzer team photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Gitte Pedersen, Kim Griffiths, France Tostrel photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Team SOS photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Jennifer Ford, Gina Bradley photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 members of ALCHEMY photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Hammy, Max Goralski photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Gina Bradley photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Laycee Schmidtke photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Stephanie Kauffman, guest, Myra Biblowit, Moreau photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Jill Martin, Stella Brooks, Erik Brooks photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Jill Martin photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Kendra Scott Team photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 members of ALCHEMY photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Dr. Bob Bonderheide, Dr. Susan Domcheck, Myra Biblowit photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Shelly Brown with models photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Jill Martin, Maria Baum photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Jessica eif, Melissa R Steve Erlich photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Austin Ekstra,Will Martin, Joseph Busiello, Gregory Baum photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 members of ALCHEMY photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Bippy Siegel, Maria Baum, Larry Baum photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Jill Martin photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Jill Martin, Maria Baum, Larry Baum photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 models photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Lily Pulitzer group photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Maria Baum photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Dr. Bob Bonderheide, Dr. Susan Domcheck, Myra Biblowit photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Larry Baum photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 members of ALCHEMY photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 members of ALCHEMY photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Colin Cowie, Bippy Siegal photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939 Share Missy Hargraves photo by Rob Rich/SocietyAllure.com ©2018 robrich101@gmail.com 516-676-3939last_img read more

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Cynthia Rowley Surf Camp Dinner

first_img Share Cynthia Rowley hosted a dinner party on Wednesday, July 17 at The Surf Lodge in Montauk, in partnership with VieVite, to celebrate the second annual Cynthia Rowley Surf Camp. The evening brought together an inspiring group of women who share Rowley’s adventurous spirit and love of surfing, in addition to close friends and family of the designer. Guests included Bill Powers, Kit Keenan, Lucien Smith, Tezza, Zippora Seven, Terence Conners, Christina Caradona, Cass DiMicco, Sophie and Charlotte Bickley, Emily Men, Nikki Friedman, Waikei Tong, and Dria Murphy.last_img read more

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Brazos Midstream to gain third Honeywell cryogenic plant

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NGO Shipbreaking Platform: Maersk Is Perpetuating a Double Standard

first_imgUpgrading beaching yards in Alang, India is the wrong approach to solving the issue of substandard shipbreaking activities, says NGO Shipbreaking Platform’s Executive Director Patrizia Heidegger, responding to Maersk Line’s plans to send two of its containerships to the country’s Shree Ram yard for recycling in late May 2016.“While the Platform welcomes that the Maersk Group intends to promote responsible ship recycling, we believe that upgrading beaching yards is the wrong approach. Breaking ships on a tidal beach is a substandard method that has to be phased out,” Heidegger told World Maritime News.Heidegger added that the primary cutting of the vessels takes place “on a beach, that is, in an unprotected marine environment. The yard uses the gravity method and cut blocks crash onto the beach: this leads to the release of large amounts of debris including toxic paint chips. Moreover, the method poses unnecessary risk to the workers. A beaching yard would never be authorised in Europe or other major shipping nations such as Japan.”“We believe that the world’s leading ship owner should team up with other key stakeholders, such as other shipping companies from Europe and Japan, and invest in modern ship recycling facilities off the beach that would also be able to qualify for the European list of approved yards,” she said.The Danish shipping giant earlier announced its long-term commitment to create “more responsible” recycling options in Alang, India, as well as help the ship recycling yard to upgrade facilities and practices to comply with the company’s standards as the group eyes cost reductions for its ship recycling.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Massive wave of butterflies lights up Denver weather radar

first_img DENVER (AP)  A lacy, cloud-like pattern drifting across a Denver-area radar screen turned out to be a 70-mile-wide (110-kilometer) wave of butterflies, forecasters say.Paul Schlatter of the National Weather Service said he first thought flocks of birds were making the pattern he saw on the radar Tuesday, but the cloud was headed northwest with the wind, and migrating birds would be southbound in October.He asked birdwatchers on social media what it might be, and by Wednesday had his answer: People reported seeing a loosely spaced net of painted lady butterflies drifting with the wind across the area. SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Massive wave of butterflies lights up Denver weather radar center_img Published: October 6, 2017 7:58 PM EDT Schlatter said the colors on the radar image are a result of the butterflies’ shape and direction, not their own colors.Midwestern radar stations occasionally pick up butterflies, but Schlatter believes it’s a first for Denver.An unusually large number of painted ladies, which are sometimes mistaken for monarch butterflies, has descended on Colorado’s Front Range in recent weeks, feeding on flowers and sometimes flying together in what seem like clouds.Sarah Garrett, a lepidopterist at the Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado, said people from as far away as the Dakotas have called to report seeing the butterflies, whose population typically surges with plentiful flowers.Research on the painted ladies in North America is limited, but scientists believe they migrate to the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico in the fall. In Europe, studies using radio tracking have shown they migrate south from Europe to Africa in the fall and return in the spring. Studies also show that monarch butterflies often use wind to their advantage and glide on currents for periods of time, Garrett said.last_img read more

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