November 18

Global COVID-19 total tops 12 million; WHO weighs in on airborne spread

first_imgAs the global pandemic total topped 12 million COVID-19 cases today, the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced two major developments: the publication of a scientific brief about transmission, including the airborne route, and the initiation of an independent panel to review the world’s pandemic response.With the global number now growing by about 1 million cases a week, the total climbed to 12,128,406 cases, with 551,522 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.Airborne spread discussed in WHO briefEarlier this week, an international group of more than 200 scientists signed a Clinical Infectious Diseases research letter that made a case for airborne spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 and urged the WHO to take the possibility more seriously.As the letter was published, WHO officials said they welcomed interactions with scientists and said they were working on a scientific brief that pulls together the growing knowledge about respiratory pathways, including the potential for airborne spread in, for example, poorly ventilated indoor areas.Today’s scientific brief on transmission, last updated on Mar 29, covers the latest scientific publications, some of them preprints that haven’t been peer reviewed. The WHO said the brief, which also contains a related Q&A, reflects the work of its health emergencies program and its infection prevention and control experts and was reviewed by outside experts.The brief includes airborne spread as one of the possible modes of transmission but said studies are needed to determine if viable SARS-CoV-2 can be found in air samples from settings that don’t involve aerosol-generating procedures and what role aerosols might play in transmission.The WHO said that short-range airborne transmission can’t be ruled out in crowded, inadequately ventilated settings where infected people are present, such as churches, restaurants, and nightclubs where people are shouting, talking, or singing. However, they also note that droplet and fomite transmission could also explain human-to-human transmission in such scenarios and that superspreading events may also play a role in clusters in which airborne spread is a suspected transmission route.Many questions remain about transmission, though current evidence suggests that the virus primarily transmits though droplet and contact routes, the WHO said. However, studies to explore the role and extent of airborne transmission outside of health facilities, especially in closed settings with poor ventilation, are urgently needed, it added.Independent review committee leaders announcedAt a member state briefing today, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, announced the start of an independent panel to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, following through on a resolution passed by the World Health Assembly in May.The panel will be led by Helen Clark, New Zealand’s former prime minister, and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s former president. In a press release, the WHO said Clark and Sirleaf will choose other panel members, as well as an independent secretariat to support the group. Tedros said Clark and Sirleaf were selected after consulting with member states and global experts.”This is a time for self-reflection, to look at the world we live in and to find ways to strengthen our collaboration as we work together to save lives and bring this pandemic under control,” Tedros said. “The magnitude of this pandemic, which has touched virtually everyone in the world, clearly deserves a commensurate evaluation.”The panel is slated to present an interim report in November and a final report for next year’s World Health Assembly in May. Tedros also noted that an independent oversight committee continues to review the work of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Program.In his address to member states today, Tedros said the greatest threat now isn’t the virus but rather lack of leadership and solidarity at global and national levels. “How is it difficult for humans to unite and fight a common enemy that is killing people indiscriminately? Are we unable to distinguish or identify the common enemy?” Tedros said. “Can’t we understand that the divisions and the cracks between us are an advantage for the virus?”Countries grapple with resurgenceSeveral countries continue to report new or continuing rises in COVID-19 activity as governments relax restrictions, and Bulgaria today announced that it was closing bars and banning spectators at sports events because of a recent rise in cases, CNN reported.In other related developments, Indonesia today reported a record single-day rise, with 2,657 new cases, about half of them related to a military training center in West Java, Reuters reported.And in Japan, Tokyo reported a record daily high of 224 cases, and government officials said many of the cases are due to increased testing, especially among those working in nightclubs, many of whom in their 20s and 30s, the Japan Times reported.last_img read more

October 20

Tim Corcoran Promoted to President, ZF Sales & Service NA

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.  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. VERNON HILLS, IL — Tim Corcoran has been promoted to president of ZF Sales & Service North America. He takes over the position from Helmut Schulz who will retire at the end of the year. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Corcoran has been with ZF since 1989 and most recently served as vice president, ZF Sales and Service NA, LLC. In his new position, Corcoran is responsible for all aftermarket operations supporting ZF product in North America for their Car Driveline Technology, Commercial Vehicle & Special Driveline Technology, Off-Road Driveline Technology & Axle Systems and Lenksysteme Divisions. Corcoran, 52, earned both his bachelor’s degree and MBA from Loyola University in Chicago, IL, and is a resident of Mount Prospect, IL, where he has served as Village Trustee since 1989.,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 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. last_img read more

October 16

Jackson Pollock’s Birthday

first_imgThe Springs Tavern hosted a special celebration to honor Jackson Pollock’s birthday. The celebration was held on Sunday, January 27, the day before the actual birthday of the former artist and Springs resident. The evening featured art, nature, and a $40 prix fixe menu, with recipes inspired by Pollock. Sharelast_img

September 29

SAL’s Svenja loads five reactors

first_imgLoaded in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, and headed for the USA, four of the reactors weigh more than 1,450 tonnes and are nearly 50 m in length, with a 7.6 m diameter. The fifth weighs 540 tonnes and has a diameter of 6.85 m. Svenja is on route to he Mississippi River, where the cargo will be discharged onto barges for transport to final destination. SAL Heavy Lift says that the ship’s combined crane capacity of 2,000 tonnes certainly came in handy with this particular shipment.  www.sal-heavylift.comlast_img

September 28

SRA picks doctors’ regulator as new chief

first_imgThe deputy head of the doctors’ regulator was today named as the next chief executive of the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Paul Philip, a barrister and currently deputy chief executive of the General Medical Council, will take over as chief executive of the SRA on 1 February next year.He takes over from Antony Townsend, who joined the SRA in 2006 from the dental regulator the General Dental Council.  Philip (pictured) has led the GMC’s medical ethics and disciplinary functions, reforming the council’s disciplinary work, and, according to an SRA statement, ‘ensuring the organisation delivered against challenging operational targets at the same time as introducing wide-ranging cultural change’. He also led the development of the GMC’s in-house legal team, achieving multiple six-figure savings for the organisation. Philip has previously held senior roles in both the Legal Services Commission and the NHS. He has both a first degree in law and a masters in law and was called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn. Commenting on the appointment, SRA chair Charles Plant said: ‘Paul has a wealth of experience in public interest regulation relating to the provision of professional services, which will be brought to bear on the opportunities and challenges facing the SRA as it moves to the next stage in our development. We are fortunate to have secured his services.’ Philip said: ‘I am delighted to be joining the SRA at this key time and look forward to building on the considerable strengths and achievements of the organisation to date.’The SRA said it would not reveal Philip’s salary at this stage.last_img read more

September 28

Fasken Martineau seeking to reduce London headcount

first_imgInternational business law and litigation firm Fasken Martineau could cut up to 70 jobs in the UK.The firm said today it was ‘refocusing’ its London office to be focused on its resources practice – one of its ‘primary lines of business’. This includes services for mergers and acquisitions, capital markets and banking transactions.Up to 70 jobs could be affected, it said. Firm managing partner Peter Feldberg said: ‘We are strongly committed to the continued success of our international clients. This refocusing is consistent with that commitment.‘As a result, the law firm is undertaking consultations concerning up to 70 positions that may be affected by the restructuring.’Fasken Martineau has more than 770 lawyers in offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Québec City, London, and Johannesburg.last_img read more

September 28

Display area sets new record

first_imgINTRO: Four extra halls will be needed to accommodate all the exhibitorsFive months before the start of InnoTrans 2006, the Berlin show is on course to be bigger than ever. The international trade fair has been expanding steadily since the first event 10 years ago, and this year it will be 15% bigger than 2004, requiring four additional exhibition halls.With exhibitors from 36 countries on every continent already registered, InnoTrans 2006 is expected to attract 50000 trade visitors from all over the world. Exhibitors will be representing all areas of international rail transport technology, ranging from systems manufacturers active on a world-wide scale to small and medium sized suppliers, service providers, research institutes, and export promotion agencies. Good response to new sectionsThere has been a good response to the new sections being introduced for 2006. One of these is Interiors, which will occupy the whole of Hall 6.2, while Tunnel Construction will be making its debut in Hall 7.2. Additional halls will be allocated for Railway Technology, Railway Infrastructure and Public Transport. Demand for display space on the rail track and outdoor areas has doubled compared to 2004.Many UK suppliers will represented, and the Railway Industry Association will have three stands in different parts of the exhibition. RIA’s International Business Development Director Tim Gray says “there is no doubt that InnoTrans is the largest and most important event for the industry. Demand from British companies to exhibit at InnoTrans grows each time”. Career Point première Several exhibitors at InnoTrans offer a starting point for newcomers to the rail industry. For 2006 the fair is addressing the needs of newcomers, under the slogan “working together for a successful future”. Amongst all the displays and other activities, a new Career Point is being set up as a means of passing on skills and expertise to schoolchildren, trainees and students with a technical interest in rail transport or public transport in general. Located in Hall 4.1, where companies such as Alstom, Balfour Beatty Rail, Bombardier, Siemens, Knorr-Bremse and Voith will be represented, the Career Point will occupy an area of 300 m2. It will offer a simple and direct way for anyone with a professional interest in the industry to make contact with exhibitors, obtain information and careers advice, and gain insights into the various forms of training on offer. To encourage potential students to attend the show, a special rate of €8 per person is being offered to groups of seven or more people. Further details can be obtained from the Visitor Service pages at www.innotrans.com InnoTrans 2006 informationLocation: Berlin Trade Fair September 19-22 , 09.00 – 18.00Admission (including catalogue):One-day ticket €32Season ticket €42For more details contact:InnoTrans 2006, Messe Berlin GmbH, Messedamm 22, D-14055 Berlin, GermanyTel: +49 30 3038 2036 Fax: +49 30 3038 2190innotrans@messe-berlin.dewww.innotrans.comCAPTION: Trainees and students will find their own starting point at InnoTrans 2006last_img read more

September 26

“Respect women” Zimbabwe’s first lady calls on the youth

first_imgZimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly urged young men to inculcate a culture of respect for women, especially as rape cases remained high in the country, local media, the Herald reports.In an interview with the Herald while touring various stands, including the Adult Rape Clinic, at the just ended Zimbabwe Agricultural Show in Harare on Friday Grace said that there was need to inculcate a culture if respect for women among young men.“When you see a woman anywhere, you should think about your mother, sister or your wife.” She saidThe first lady further said that it was important to talk to children in school on the rape issues“They are the ones who are still growing, who are active and most of them are probably sexually active. It is imperative that we go to schools and nonscientist our children on the repercussions of raping women or even because it is happening these days.” She saidGrace told journalists while touring various stands, that there was need to inculcate a culture of respect for women among young men.“You are not just respecting your mother alone, but other women as well. When you see a woman anywhere, you should think about your mother, sister or your wife.Grace Mugabe urged Zimbabweans to continue working hard and never despair and remain resilient like they have before.last_img read more

September 26

Breaking News: Missing teen found

first_img Share Share LocalNews Breaking News: Missing teen found by: – August 28, 2018 3240 Views   4 comments Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Missing teen Latoya Charles has been found. Her mother confirmed the news to Dominica Vibes moments ago. Latoya was reported missing on Monday 27 August 2018 as she was last seen at around 6:30 p.m. More details to followlast_img

September 24

Industry’s First 5G Radio Switch for Cellular Fronthaul Networks

first_img Transports CPRI across standard Ethernet Enables cellular-system designers to leverage the merchant-silicon-based Ethernet ecosystem Connects directly to new Ethernet-based radios and installed CPRI-based radios Terabit-class capacity to meet the 10x increase in capacity needed by 5G networks Serves as a critical component in building mobile-edge computing platforms Hardware support for key 5G requirements, including nanosecond-scale synchronization Broadcom has introduced the Monterey Ethernet switch – BCM56670, built specifically for cellular fronthaul networks. This high capacity device meets the stringent performance demands of new Ethernet-based 5G radios and supports existing CPRI-based radios, thus consolidating all radio traffic onto a standard, Ethernet-based infrastructure. The introduction of the Monterey Ethernet switch strengthens Broadcom’s position as a leader in carrier-class radio networking components.The 5G build-out will require an increase in capacity of the mobile network by a factor of ten or more and a simultaneous tightening of key synchronization requirements by a factor of two or more. Ethernet technology is very high capacity, but in the past it has not met the strict synchronization and jitter requirements of cellular networks. The IEEE’s new 802.1CM (Time-Sensitive Networking for Fronthaul) standard provides a synchronization solution that solves this problem and the cellular network can now be upgraded to an end-to-end Ethernet-based architecture that meets the cost, capacity, and performance requirements of 5G.The Monterey Ethernet switch is the result of the careful integration of a full set of radio-centric features with a terabit-class platform based on Broadcom’s widely adopted switching portfolio. High-resolution, high-accuracy synchronization compliant with IEEE 802.1CM, CPRI-to-Ethernet bridging, and nanosecond-scale jitter and delay control together with IEEE new fronthaul standard have been added to this state-of-the-art Ethernet switch to address all 5G cellular networking requirements. The Monterey Ethernet switch shares a set of common API interfaces with other Broadcom switching products via Broadcom’s Software Development Kit (SDK), thus minimizing development effort and accelerating system introduction.Key Attributes and Benefits of the Monterey Ethernet switch: Monterey Ethernet switch (BCM56670) product samples and System Reference Kits are available immediately. Click here to learn more.last_img read more