More AFM cases in Illinois, Washington, Texas, New Jersey, New YorkThe health departments of Illinois and Washington state have reported nine and five cases of acute flaccid myelitis, respectively, and local media in Texas, New Jersey, and New York are also highlighting cases of the polio-like illness.”The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has received recent reports from health care providers of nine sporadic, clinically diagnosed cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM),” the IDPH said yesterday in a statement. The agency said it issued an alert to healthcare providers last month about reporting the condition. Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) first described the syndrome in 2014, the CDC has confirmed four previous AFM cases in Illinois.The Washington State Department of Health (WSDH), meanwhile, and four local public health agencies are investigating reports of five children hospitalized for a sudden onset of paralysis of one or more limbs, the WSDH said yesterday in a news release. It is working with CDC neurologists to confirm AFM. All children are under 6 years old.In related news, local media are reporting three cases in northern Texas and one each in New Jersey and New York. The New York case, in Buffalo, is suspected. Earlier this week officials in Minnesota and Pennsylvania reported AFM cases.The CDC said on Oct 8 that it has confirmed 38 AFM cases in 16 states through September. In 2014 and 2016 the condition spiked, affecting 120 and 149 children, respectively. Many cases in the past have been linked to enteroviruses.Oct 10 IDPH statement Oct 10 WSDH news release Oct 10 CBS DFW story Oct 10 NBC 10 news story Oct 10 WIVB4 story Oct 10 CIDRAP News scan on previous cases Oct 8 CIDRAP News story “States and CDC probe reports of rare poliolike symptoms in kids” MERS sickens 1 more in Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia’s health ministry today reported one new MERS-CoV case, involving a 41-year-old woman who from Taif region in the country’s southwest who had contact with camels.In a report for epidemiologic week 41, the ministry said the woman from the city of Almoai has been hospitalized for her MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) infection.Also, the World Health Organization Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (WHO EMRO) posted a summary of 14 MERS-CoV cases reported in September, which includes 13 from Saudi Arabia and 1 imported illness detected in South Korea. Of Saudi Arabia’s cases, 5 are classified as secondary, 2 were in household contacts, and 3 were healthcare-related. Of Saudi Arabia’s 13 cases, 6 were fatal.The WHO said recent cases don’t show any changes in epidemiologic patterns. Bases on cases reported to the WHO through September, the global total is 2,260 cases from 27 countries, mostly from Saudi Arabia. So far at least 803 illnesses have been fatal.Oct 11 MOH update Oct 10 WHO EMRO summary for September Investigation finds cluster of carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas carriersAn investigation by the Chicago Department of Health has identified a large cluster of residents colonized with Verona integron-encoded beta-lactamase-producing carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (VIM-CRPA) at several healthcare facilities in the city. The findings appear today in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).The outbreak centers around a single skilled nursing facility with ventilated residents (called “vSNF A” by the authors), where a November 2016 point prevalence survey identified 20 residents with VIM-CRPA colonization. VIM-CRPA are rare in the United States; a surveillance study conducted by the CDC at five US sites found only 2 carbapenemase-producing CRPA among 129 isolates.To determine whether transmission was ongoing at that facility, the investigators conducted 10 additional point prevalence surveys from November 2016 to March 2018. Screening of 903 swabs from 209 residents identified an additional 18 residents colonized with VIM-CRPA, with one other resident identified by screening upon admission to an acute care hospital. Point prevalence surveys conducted at six other vSNFs and six long-term acute care facilities in Chicago identified 12 more VIM-CRPA–positive patients (at five vSNFs and one long-term acute care hospital).Whole-genome sequencing of 26 isolates from five different facilities revealed that 25 belonged to multilocus sequence type (ST) 233, and clusters of highly related isolates indicated transmission at the index facility (vSNF A). The authors of the study say it’s the largest healthcare-associated cluster of VIM-CRPA colonizing residents reported in the United States.”Although centered in one vSNF, this investigation highlights the interconnectedness of health care facilities through patient sharing and how prolonged, undetected transmission can result in spread through a region,” the authors write. Oct 12 CDC MMWR Notes from the field
Storyteller and comedian Carolyn Meyer. Courtesy photo Through multiple scenes she leads the audience through seven decades—as the lonely child of a beautiful and talented mother, a high school student too smart for her own good, an abandoned bride, a divorced mother of three, a breast cancer survivor, a successful writer, a contented wife, an adventurous widow who takes a wild leap into online dating when the calendar says she’s too old for such things, and now a comedian clearly born with a double entendre. TEATRO PARAGUAS News: Don’t Call Me Young Lady! premiered at The Cell Theatre in Albuquerque in February 2019 and sold out more than a dozen performances before heading to the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City in October. Older women find their life experiences reflected in the show, younger women see aging as a positive adventure, and men marvel as Meyer tells her best story yet, describing a life that is deeply moving, inspiring, witty, literate, racy—and hilarious. A silver-haired woman walks into a bar. The bartender asks, “What can I get for you, young lady?” Thus begins Don’t Call Me Young Lady!, Carolyn Meyer’s story of how she, the author of more than 60 children’s books, steps out of her comfort zone at the age of 80 and into an improv comedy class, goes on to test the murky waters of standup, and ultimately finds a new career as a storyteller and comedian. The ticket price is $22, which includes tea and snack service before the performances; doors open at 3 p.m. for “afternoon tea,” included in the price, before the show starts at 4 p.m., Sundays, Jan. 19 & Jan. 26. Visit teatroparagus.org for more information.
Pharmacies will be required to close to the public by 8:00 pm daily. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 15, 2020 Wholesale stores for the provision of food, medicine or other necessities of life will be required to close by 4:00 pm daily; Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Retail services, such as discount stores, markets, supermarkets, fruit stalls or shops, vegetable stall or shops, bakeries and “parlours”, which provide food or medicine or other necessities of life – will be required to close to the public by 6:00 pm daily; Hardware stores, including electrical and plumbing establishments will be permitted to be open from the hours of 8:00 am to 12:00 pm (noon), from Mondays to Saturdays; More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 You may be interested in… OPM, Trinidad and Tobago, 6 April – Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley made the following announcement today: CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Effective immediately, the Government is recommending that persons who are in public wear masks over their mouths and nostrils. The Government intends to implement a programme of distributing masks to members of the public. The Ministry of Health will provided further details. Stay at Home Order to be extended to April 30, 2020. 25 April update – Stay at Home extendedOPM, Port of Spain – Here are the highlights from today’s media conference. The Stay at Home Order will be extended to May 15th, 2020. Prime Minister Dr the Hon. Keith Rowley said the extension has become necessary to allow health officials to expand testing. Dr Rowley said based on…April 25, 2020In “General”Special Sitting highlights CCJ’S successes, new presidentPort-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 13 July, 2018 (Caribbean Court of Justice Press Release) In what was noted by a few speakers as being held on an interesting date, the Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders, President of the Caribbean Court of Justice(CCJ), was honoured at a Special Sitting of the Court…July 13, 2018In “CARICOM”Saint Lucia Reports 100 Percent Recovery Of COVID-19 Cases Ministry of Health, Castries – As of April 21, 2020 the WHO reported a total of 2, 397, 217 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally with 162, 956 deaths. There are now 893, 119 confirmed cases in the region of the Americas. The affected region includes Dominican Republic (4,964), Haiti (47),…April 22, 2020In “Featured”Share this on WhatsApp
From Tire ReviewAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementBridgestone Americas Inc. announced that Tom Lehner has been named its vice president, government relations, effective immediately.In this role, Lehner will be responsible for the strategic direction and management of the company’s government relationships, including political affairs and public policy advocacy with U.S. federal, state and local governments, as well as developing government relations strategies for Latin America and Canada. In addition, he will advise on compliance, risk, legislation and policy issues within the industries Bridgestone serves and lead the company’s involvement in national industry trade associations.“As the No. 1 tire and rubber manufacturer in the world, Bridgestone plays a major role in influencing public policy in support of our industry,” said Chris Karbowiak, chief administrative officer for Bridgestone Americas. “With the rapid change that will occur in the automotive industry over the next several years, including advanced vehicle technology and autonomous vehicles, among other things, it is critical Bridgestone continues to have a strong point of view on policy that aligns with both our business strategy and our way of doing business. Tom’s background in the automotive industry and strong record of leadership working with CEOs, elected officials and trade associations will help strengthen our position and build relationships in Washington and beyond.”AdvertisementPrior to joining Bridgestone, Lehner spent more than five years as vice president of public policy for the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), where he represented the largest manufacturing sector in the U.S. in support of issues such as connected vehicles, fuel economy and telematics operations among others. From 2009-2012, he served as vice president of government and industry affairs for Toyota, where he led government affairs and regulatory team in Washington, D.C., that represented the company’s North American business units and global affiliates. Lehner also served in leadership roles for Business Roundtable and was chairman of the Executive Committee of the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers. His government experience includes working for six U.S. senators, including as chief of staff to Senator Charles S. Robb of Virginia. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Political Science from San Francisco State University.
On Saturday evening, Andrea McCafferty and Kat O’Neill, directors of The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton, hosted the opening reception of “Impetus,” an art show and sale combined with a fundraiser benefiting New Hope Rising, whose mission is to help those effected by opioid addiction. The second part of the fundraising effort will be the return of Jeff Nichols Production’s “ComicsNArtists StandUp2Opiates” comedy show at 230 Elm in Southampton on Saturday, May 12. Share
Independent/Courtesy Ed BurnsIt was decided, about halfway through the phone interview, that there was absolutely no way to finish a conversation about film with writer/actor/director Ed Burns, probably still best known for his breakout indie, “The Brothers McMullen.” He’s the kind of guy you want to sit down and enjoy a couple of slices with, and just yak about classic movies for hours and hours.Pizza notwithstanding, lucky ticketholders will be able to listen to Burns wax on about one of his all-time faves, Peter Bogdanovich’s brilliant coming-of-age, coming-of-war 1971 film, “The Last Picture Show” on Sunday, February 9, at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, part of the “Here Comes The Cinema” series heralding the reopening of the Sag Harbor Cinema.Bogdanovich’s first feature, “Targets,” was featured earlier in the series, but his second, based on the Larry McMurty novel “is in my top five of all time,” Burns said. “Along with ‘The Godfather, I and II,’ at the top, and ‘Goodfellas’ in there as well.”Then we talked about “Goodfellas” for a little while. That shot? Outside the Copa? THE BEST.“But,” Burns continued, “my one outlier is ‘The Last Picture Show.’”A scene from “The Last Picture Show.”Why is it so high on his list? “It’s a film I saw when I was at film school and I immediately fell in love with it. I watch it at least once or twice a year. It’s been a constant source of inspiration to me. When I saw it the first time, I was close to the age of the two protagonists, Jeff Bridges and Tim Bottoms, and while it was set in a more rural community in Texas — I grew up upisland in Valley Stream in a working-class community — the kids reminded me of me and my friends, with the same struggles, thinking about what the future is going to hold.”But it’s more than that. “It was the only movie I had seen at that point that had cast teenager characters that felt honest. It wasn’t trying to be jokey or funny. They painted an honest portrait; they didn’t ask you to fall in love with them, because they do some pretty ugly things throughout the movie.”Then we went off on a tangent and talked about teenager movies, most of all “American Graffiti,” for a little while.Which brought Burns to the movie he has coming out late summer, which kind of brings things full-circle to his film school days watching “Picture Show,” and still with the small-town, suburban family themes for which he’s best known.“It’s called ‘Summertime,’ and it’s my attempt at an ‘American Graffiti,’” he said. “It’s set in 1983 on the South Shore of Long Island. I think it’s turned out great. We got a great cast of young actors. Unlike ‘American Graffiti,’ which takes place over the course, I think, of one day, this is over the course of three weekends, beginning with Memorial Day, when they start their summer jobs. Then there’s the Fourth of July, while summer is in full swing, and then Labor Day weekend, when they all need to say goodbye to one another.”A scene from “The Last Picture Show.”And speaking of summer jobs, Burns was no stranger to the East End, even before he and his family moved out here in 1995. “I’ve been coming out to the East End since I’m a kid. We used to go out and spend a couple of weeks at Hither Hills when I was a child. And then about the time I’m in film school, I would come out in the summers and work different jobs — cleaning pools, landscaping, working in restaurants. And that coincides with me becoming a film buff and an art movie house buff.”In his limited time off, Burns would go over to the Sag Harbor Cinema to see what was on the bill, and so, when the movie house burned down in December of 2016, “I was devastated, like everyone else,” he said. “It’s where you went to see art films or indie movies, and I had been going there since ’88 or ’89. It was my go-to theater.”Burns said he was overjoyed “when I heard the great news that some folks had gotten together and were determined to raise enough money to restore the theater.” He met those folks through his friend, screenwriter and Sag Cinema board member Bill Collage. “It was a no-brainer to say yes.”Most astounding, perhaps, Burns is still full of unfettered amazement that he gets to do what he loves. “I am so lucky,” he said. “I remember back in film school, I wasn’t even really thinking about directing, just writing. And acting? That wasn’t even on the radar,” he said with a laugh. “I would have felt like I had hit a home run just to have someone interested in one of my scripts, just to get it read and maybe considered. This,” he said of his success, “this is just crazytown.” Tickets are available for the Sunday, 2 PM, screening and talk at www.sagharborcinema.org. firstname.lastname@example.org Share
The modules, which arrived at the port from the Philippines, were transloaded from the ship and transported to a laydown yard and staged. The cargoes weighed 240,000 lbs (108.9 tonnes) each and were transported to the installation site using a combination of 18 axle lines of self-propelled modular transporters (SPMT) and a trailer with a push truck. “The addition of traffic light swivels saved time for the module moves,” says Mammoet. “These swivels allow the signals to be turned in place allowing a load to pass. The signals would then be turned back to their original position. This approach eliminated the need to disconnect power and remove the signals.”The modules will form part of Andeavor’s naphtha hydrotreating unit and a new isomerization unit.In a separate project, Mammoet transported and installed a replacement vessel at a plant in Alberta, Canada, on behalf of a manufacturer of agriculture fertiliser and industrial nitrogen.Mammoet coordinated the transport of the vessel from Austria using river barges, sea vessels and railcars.Once the vessel arrived in Alberta, Mammoet removed the old R-101 vessel, weighing 410 tonnes, using a 1,350-tonne lifting capacity Liebherr LR 11350 crane. The units were lifted to a height of 72 m through the roof of the facility. www.mammoet.com
GERMANY: DB Schenker Rail has organised 34 special trains to deliver 407 concrete bridge beams from Neumarkt to Frankfurt airport on behalf of construction firm Max Bögl. The beams are up to 38 m long and weigh 92 tonnes, significantly outside DB’s usual weight and size parameters and thus necessitating carefully planning.Each beam is supported on two wagons, separated by a third vehicle. The 300 km trip takes 7 h, with loading and unloading each add a further 10 h.
EUROPE: Conor Feighan became Secretary General of the European Rail Freight Association on August 26, succeeding Acting Secretary General Carole Coune. Feighan has joined ERFA from the FEPORT association which represents terminal operators and private port companies. He has had previous roles at the European Parliament and the European Economic & Social Committee. ERFA was established in Brussels in 2002 to be the voice of new entrants who support railway market liberalisation, and now has 30 members including operators, associations and leasing companies. ‘I am looking forward to representing ERFA members at European Union level at this exciting moment, given that we are facing into a new legislative cycle in which concrete action must to be taken to make all sectors of the European economy, including transport, sustainable’, said Feighan when he took up his new role at ERFA, adding that the association ‘has a crucial role to play in this transition.’
#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Photos: Tony MilesUK: Despite concerns over future passenger numbers, the Department for Transport has given permission for Great Western Railway to procure three more shortened HST diesel trainsets, branded as the Castle Class by the franchisee.Each set comprises four refurbished PRM TSI-compliant MkIII trailer vehicles marshalled between two diesel power cars. GWR already has 11 of these ‘short sets’, all of which have been heavily rebuilt at Wabtec’s Doncaster plant, where power doors are fitted.With its fleet now increasing to 14, GWR expects to use 12 each day on services across the west of England. Currently the fleet is deployed on the Cardiff – Bristol – Penzance corridor, but the company is still evaluating how the additional sets will be used.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# GWR is to lease 15 additional MkIII vehicles and seven Class 43 power cars from Angel Trains, but the operator is also procuring vehicles from other sources, including three additional coaches already owned by its parent First Rail Holdings, which will be fully refurbished and made available as standby vehicles.The company has also bought another five MkIII vehicles from Porterbrook which will be used purely as a source of spare parts for the Castle fleet. These acquisitions mean that GWR’s short HST fleet now totals 63 coaches and 35 power cars.