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News Scan for Dec 03, 2018

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first_imgImmune globulin shows promise for severe Zika thrombocytopeniaAn analysis of Puerto Rican Zika patients who had thrombocytopenia, a rare complication, found that, in those with the severest cases, immune treatments may be more effective than platelet transfusion. A team from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Puerto Rico reported its findings today in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.The researchers scoured the medical records of 37,878 patients infected with Zika virus in 2016 and found that 47 (0.1%) had thrombocytopenia, including 12 people who had a severe form of the complication, which is marked by low blood platelets. Most patients were adults, and 53% were male. For patients with severe disease, platelet levels were at their lowest at a median 6 days after symptom onset, and for those with the milder form, platelet levels were lowest a median of 5 days post onset.Of those with severe thrombocytopenia, all had bleeding, 4 (33%) were admitted to the intensive care unit, and 1 (8%) died. Of the 12 patients, 11 received intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) or corticosteroids, and 9 responded to clinical treatment.Of five patients with severe thrombocytopenia who received intravenous immunoglobulin, median platelet increase was 112 X 109/L (range, 65 to 202 X 109/L), which was higher than four patients who received receive platelet transfusion, for whom the median platelet count increase was 8.5 X 109 (range, -6 to 52 X 109/L), which the researchers said resulted in minimal response.The investigators said the cases from the Puerto Rico series nearly doubles the number of documented cases of severe thrombocytopenia in Zika patients that could be due to immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). They also noted the investigation is the first to determine the population incidence of Zika virus (ZIKV)-linked thrombocytopenia, which was 1.4 cases per 100,000 population.”Regardless of the mechanism, the findings from this investigation demonstrate that timely diagnosis of ITP among patients with ZIKV associated severe thrombocytopenia is crucial to initiating life-saving interventions,” they wrote.Dec 3 Open Forum Infect Dis abstract WHO reports successful end to polio outbreak in SyriaThe World Health Organization (WHO) announced that a polio outbreak of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) detected in Syria 18 months ago has been successfully stopped.The outbreak began in June of 2017 in the Deir ez-Zor governorate in eastern Syria. A total of 74 polio cases were linked to the outbreak, and the most recent patient suffered onset of paralysis on Sep 21, 2017. No international spread was noted, the WHO said.”Surveillance is stronger today than it was 18 months ago, when the initial cases were detected,” said Chris Maher, the manager for polio eradication for the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. “Access for both surveillance and immunization is dramatically better, and immunity levels have been increased as a result of the comprehensive outbreak response conducted across Syria.”In 2013, the same region of Syria was affected by an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1).The WHO warned that Syria is at risk for re-infection because of a deteriorated health infrastructure, ongoing fighting, and internal population movements. Dec 2 WHO news release UK announces vaccine innovation center; Canada boosts CEPI coffersIn hopes of speeding the development of vaccines against emerging infectious disease threats, UK officials announced a dedicated Vaccines Manufacturing Innovation Center (VMIC), which will be led by the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, and at the G20 meeting over the weekend in Buenos Aires, Canadian Minister Justin Trudeau announced $1 million ($765,750 in US dollars) more for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).A news release today from the University of Oxford said the VMIC signals a major commercial opportunity and way to protect the nation against pandemic threats. It is designed to address a gap in late-stage vaccine manufacturing and will allow the development and production of vaccines for clinical trials and at moderate scale for epidemic threats to the UK population.The center is slated to begin operations by 2022 and will be located on a new site at The Oxford Science Park. It is funded through £66 million ($84 million) from the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Funds Medicines Manufacturing Challenge. Additional funding of £10 million ($12.7 million) will come from commercial and other partners. Three academic centers will run the VMIC: the University of Oxford, Imperial College, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.Meanwhile, CEPI’s CEO Richard Hatchett, MD, said in a statement yesterday that the group is grateful that Canada has increased its contribution and that the current Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a timely reminder of the devastation diseases can cause. “It’s only through collective action that we can hope to protect the world from the threat of epidemics and we warmly welcome Canada’s contribution to that effort,” he said.Canada was one of the groups that provided an initial investment after CEPI was formed in 2017 with a goal of streamlining and funding vaccine candidates targeting three diseases: Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), Lassa virus, and Nipah virus. So far, CEPI has received $630 milllion from Australia, Belgium, Canada, the European Commission, Germany, Japan, Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Wellcome Trust.Dec 3 Oxford press release Dec 2 CEPI statement Report: TB research funding climbed to new heights in 2017 but still lagsResearch and development funding for tuberculosis (TB) rose to $772 million in 2017, the highest ever and the second year in a row that funding topped $700 million but still well short of what is needed, according to a new report released today by Treatment Action Group (TAG) and the United Nations–hosted Stop TB Partnership.During the first-ever United Nations High-Level Meeting on TB, held during the UN General Assembly in September 2018, TAG reported a $1.3 billion gap annually, which represents the difference between what the Stop TB Partnership says the world needs to invest in TB R&D from 2016 to 2020 (a total of $9 billion, or about $2 billion per year) and current funding.”In order to hit $9 billion in funding for the 2016-2020 period, the world will now have to invest almost as much ($7.5 billion) in the three years from 2018 to 2020, since investments in 2016 and 2017 only amounted to $1.5 billion combined,” TAG said in a press release.That money will likely come in the form of government commitments, as more than 60% of current TB funding comes from the public sector. 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Smoke From Medio Fire May Increase As Burnouts Resume

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first_imgToday, firefighters are working together to determine the best conditions, timing and location to bring the fire to the handline on the western side of the Medio Fire. Smoke may become increasingly visible as firefighters attempt to resume these critical burnout operations.Lightning sparked the Medio Fire Aug. 17 on the Rio en Medio Trail in the Española Ranger District of the Santa Fe National Forest, about 7 miles north of Santa Fe. The fire is burning dry mixed conifer, ponderosa pine and has consumed 3,453 acres and is 55 percent contained with 255 personnel on the job.As it warms up, heavy fuels should dry out and reignite, allowing burnout operations to continue. Sunday, there were no burning operations and no new fire growth as a result of wetter conditions. Crews worked to repair suppression handlines and build waterbars to prevent erosion and slow the flow of future rains. Handlines near the Rio en Medio Trail were camouflaged to avoid being mistaken as recreational trails. Suppression repair also took place on the northern side of the fire. Crews assessed the potential for fire to move through the Pacheco burn scar through unburned logs and remaining canopy, and determined that a lack of ground fuels would limit the threat of fire escaping through this area. Chipping operations along Forest Road 102 were completed yesterday; today the road will be bladed as part of continued suppression repair efforts. Due to successful firefighting efforts, the incident management team (IMT) will continue to demobilize resources this week. Community Meeting: The IMT hosted a virtual community meeting Sunday, with more than 150 participants viewing the live video. A recording of the meeting is now available at https://facebook.com/santafeNF/. No account is required to view the video. The next virtual community meeting is 6 p.m. today on the Santa Fe National Forest’s Facebook page. American Sign Language interpretation and live-captioning services are provided. We will monitor online Facebook questions during the meeting, or you can email us your questions in advance at 2020.medio@firenet.gov. A recording will be posted immediately following the live meeting. Closures and Restrictions: The closure order remains in effect prohibiting members of the public from entering the restricted area, including all Forest Service lands, roads and trails, within an area that is roughly defined by the Rio Nambe Trail #160 on the north, the Borrego Trail #150 and Forest Road 412 on the east, Forest Road 102 on the south and back up the forest boundary line on the west to meet the Rio Nambe Trail #160. Despite the reduction in smoke, the Medio Fire is still active and the public should continue to exercise caution and avoid all areas that could be impacted by the Medio Fire. Stage 1 fire restrictions remain in effect on the Santa Fe National Forest to reduce the risk for human-caused wildfire under the current dry weather conditions. A Temporary Flight Restriction is in place over the fire area. Santa Fe County has a burn ban in effect.Smoke: Updated smoke and air quality information is available at https://fires.airfire.org/outlooks/SantaFe. Smoke will likely increase when firing operations resume. Smoke-sensitive individuals and people with respiratory problems or heart disease are encouraged to take precautionary measures. Information on air quality and protecting your health can be found at https://www.env.nm.gov/air-quality/. SFNF News:last_img read more

OBITUARY: ‘Mr. Phone’ Herb Goldstein Passes Away

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first_imgKnown far and wide in the performance industry as “Mr. Phone,” Herb Goldstein died Saturday, Jan. 14, after a long illness.   Goldstein had a long and illustrious career as a high-performance manufacturer’s rep. He represented many major names in that sector on a national basis. He is credited with not only bringing those manufacturers to market, but also helping carry them into national prominence with his marketing skills.   Goldstein earned his nickname for the nearly constant long-distance phone calls he would make to every high-performance customer in the country. He was a powerful and creative salesman who came from a rep family. His father Jack before him had a long career on the West Coast. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Goldstein, in his time, was perhaps the best-known performance rep in the entire country. In addition to his career as a manufacturer’s rep, he also invested in several manufacturing enterprises as well.   According to those who knew him, Goldstein was “a very funny guy who loved talking to strangers, and making the nightclub circuit in Beverly Hills.”   “Very outgoing, he was the first one to put his hand in his pocket if anyone he knew was in trouble,” remembered his colleague Joe Mittelman of the Aftermarket Foundation. “Once you met him, you would never forget him. He was very strong, and loved to arm wrestle anyone who was brave enough to try. Herb will leave a lasting impression on the entire performance aftermarket.”last_img read more

Bridgestone Americas Announces Leadership Changes

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first_imgFrom Tire Review Succeeding Minardi will be Gordon Knapp, in the roles of COO and chairman and Bridgestone Americas tire operations CEO and president, effective March 1. Until Knapp’s successor is identified, he will continue in his current position serving as Bridgestone Americas tire operations president and North American consumer tire.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,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 Effective March 1, Eduardo Minardi, Bridgestone’s chief operating officer and chairman and CEO and president of Bridgestone Americas, is relocating to Brussels, Belgium, to assume his role as executive chair full time. In addition, he will continue to serve on the Bridgestone Americas board of directors. The change is effective Jan. 1, 2014. Bridgestone Americas today announced leadership changes to its executive team and to its consumer tire 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.” Advertisementcenter_img 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 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.last_img read more

School News

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first_imgSouthamptonSouthampton teacher Christina Cassel earned a scholarship to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference this summer. Independent/Courtesy Southampton School DistrictSouthampton Intermediate School family and consumer sciences teacher Christina Cassel is the recipient of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s $1500 White-Reinhardt Scholarship, which will allow her to attend the National Agriculture in the Classroom Conference in Little Rock, AK, this June.Cassel has taught eighth graders at the school for the past four years. The daughter of East End dairy and poultry farmers, Cassel studied food service and management and culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, RI. A supporter of organic and local farming, Cassel has taught her students how to grow food in the school’s garden and use those foods in culinary dishes.The Southampton School District and the East End Farm to School Project were awarded the Farm to School Partnership Award for finding creative ways to obtain and receive local farm products for integration into the meal programs at Southampton, Bridgehampton, and Tuckahoe school districts.“This award is a testament to the hard work put in by the Southampton School District’s food services director, Regan Kiembock, and her team, who work tirelessly to provide our students with fresh and healthy local foods,” Nicholas Dyno, the superintendent of schools, said.Southampton was previously recognized for collaborating with local farms in 2008 and awarded a $98,000 farm-to-school grant in 2016, which allowed it to partner with the Bridgehampton and Tuckahoe school districts to enhance the farm-to-school initiative.The grant allowed the school to provide healthier meals for the 700 to 800 students who buy lunch every day, as well as educate students about healthy options. Because of the farm-to-school work, the district is offering burgers made from grain and grass-fed cows to students and has been holding monthly tastings where students sample local foods in culinary dishes, including gingered carrots, apple salads, and butternut squash mac and cheese. The district has also provided specialty chef and vegetarian training to its cafeteria staff.Southampton High School students will perform “Mamma Mia!” on Friday, February 8, at 7 PM and on Saturday, February 9 at 2 PM. The performance, with a 26-member cast, features songs from the Swedish pop group ABBA. Director Jim Tartaglia chose the production because he felt it would encourage more students to get involved with the school’s theater arts program. Tickets to the show are free.BridgehamptonSouthampton Town Police Officer Eugene LaFurno visited the Bridgehampton prekindergarten class recently. Independent/Courtesy Bridgehampton School DistrictBridgehampton prekindergarten students spent time with Eugene LaFurno, a Southampton Town police officer, to learn more about being a community helper. LaFurno read “Police Officer,” a book from the popular Busy People series for young children, to the students. He shared the responsibilities of being in the police force, how he solves problems in the community, and answered questions about his profession.MontaukThe Montauk Public School and Concerned Citizens of Montauk partnered to present the 2019 Montauk School Science Fair on January 25. More than 100 student projects were evaluated and scored by a panel of 18 judges representing the Montauk community and regional environmental organizations, including the Peconic Estuary Program, the Nature Conservancy, South Fork Natural History Museum, and Peconic Baykeeper.The winners will be honored at a school ceremony this month. All seventh and eighth-grade winners are eligible to advance to the Long Island Science Congress regional competition, and the third through sixth-grade winners are eligible to advance to the Elementary Science Fair at Brookhaven National Lab.TuckahoeTuckahoe eighth graders recently played the stock market game. Thayer Schwartz earned the largest profits by investing in Chipotle and other companies. Mallory Corwith and Brandon Perez also had high earnings, investing in Netflix, while Jessica Rojas had notable returns with Apple, Nike, and Disney.Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood CenterThe Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center received a matching grant of $25,000 to continue its pilot program centered on social-emotional assessments and direct instruction and engagement to help each of the center’s young students gain social kills. Fundraising is under way to raise the additional $25,000 needed to maintain the services of school psychologist Sherri DuRussell, whobegan work at the center this month.DuRussell will lead group activities for prekindergarten students and will work in the toddler and 3-K classrooms alongside staff.Westhampton BeachWesthampton Beach Elementary School hosted a “Journeys into American Indian Territory” program for the fourth grade on January 23.The PTA-sponsored event allowed students to learn more about the life and history of Native Americans by exploring artifacts in a museum set up in the school’s gymnasium. The items included Native American clothing, dolls, pottery, and a replica of a longhouse.Four fifth-graders recently learned about journalism as part of Newsday’s Kidsday section. Jasmine Taylor, Jessilynn Trinh Katherine Ralph, and Hailey Groth interviewed Jace Norman, the star of the Nickelodeon show “Henry Danger.” Their article was published in the January 18 issue of Kidsday.RiverheadThe Riverhead Central School District paid tribute to two hometown heroes at its regular board meeting on January 22.The district honored PFC Garfield Langhorn and Taliyah Moore, a high school student.Riverhead High School ROTC presented the colors in honor of Langhorn, who fought in the Vietnam War and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.Moore, who has overcome adversity, recently earned a Transformative Educational Development Services AABLE Award. Moore volunteers at her local church, where she is also involved in two choirs, and is a junior volunteer for Riverhead’s Butterfly Effect Project. The board presented her with a certificate of recognition for her hard work.Riverhead High School’s Gay-Straight Alliance Club also earned a $500 grant from the LGBT Network. The club earned the grant by proposing to bring teenagers together from across Suffolk County. The club will use the funds to host a Unity Dance on March 22 at Riverhead High School for members of Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in Suffolk County schools.Mattituck-CutchogueMattituck High School students visited first and second graders at Cutchogue East Elementary School to practice the skills they are learning in a public speaking class. Several students read the book “Enemy Pie” by Derek Munson and engaged elementary students in a discussion about the story and its message. The students encouraged the story’s lesson about the importance of trying to make new friends and finding things in common to share.Submitted by local schools Sharelast_img read more

Fluid Components International – FS10A Flow Switch/Monitor

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The whirligig of time

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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

Van der Loos joins VDS

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first_imgVan der Loos and VDS have worked together on a number of projects over the last seven years, and it is hoped that VDS will continue to utilise Bow’s Vlissingen facility, as projects dictate.In a statement van der Loos said: “This is going to be an enterprising partnership that will hopefully grow and develop VDS’s existing portfolio and provide the company with an even higher profile in the industry”.www.vdsstaalbouw.nllast_img

AKD names transport specialist

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first_imgSpijker joined AKD in 2006 and became a member of the transport and energy team in 2008.She specialises in disputes involving road carriage and multimodal transportation, and has particular experience in drafting and negotiating logistics contracts.Spijker is also involved in litigation, focusing on international transportation law disputes and recoveries.www.akd.nllast_img

Haliade arrives in Boston and produces power in Rotterdam

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first_imgThe blade for GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW offshore wind turbine arrived at MassCEC on Spliethoff’s vessel Saimaagracht. It will undergo a series of fatigue tests that involve moving it millions of times over the period of a few months to validate whether it can withstand more than 25 years of operation at sea.Meanwhile, the Haliade-X prototype that is undergoing testing in Rotterdam has produced its first kilowatt-hour (kWh) of power. Local teams will now proceed with the testing phase, during which GE will perform different types of measurements to obtain a type certificate for the 12 MW turbine in 2020.In addition to this prototype unit, a second Haliade-X nacelle is currently being assembled in Saint-Nazaire, France and will soon be shipped to ORE Catapult’s testing site in the UK.www.ge.comlast_img read more