News Scan for Oct 10, 2018

first_imgColorado, Pittsburgh, Chicago officials report AFM cases in childrenAfter 6 children in Minnesota were reported to be afflicted with enterovirus-linked cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), officials in Colorado, Pittsburgh, and Chicago are reporting cases. Colorado has had 14 AFM cases since the beginning of the year, while Pittsburgh authorities are reporting 3 recent cases and Chicago 2.According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the state has had 41 cases of enterovirus A71 (EV-A71) infections tied to neurologic illness in children. Of those cases, 14 have involved AFM, a rare polio-like condition. And 11 of those 14 children tested positive for EV-A71, 1 tested positive for EV-D68, and 2 tested EV-negative. The hallmark of AFM is a sudden onset of limb weakness associated with spinal cord inflammation.”The state health department has been monitoring this situation closely since early spring,” the CDPHE said in a news release yesterday. “In addition to investigating the outbreak, the department has issued alerts to health care providers on how to test for the viruses and enhanced guidance to child care centers on infection prevention.”Meanwhile, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh confirmed three AFM cases yesterday and Chicago officials have reported two cases, Yahoo News reported today. The two Chicago-area children are being treated at Lurie Children’s Hospital.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 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.Oct 9 CDPHE news release Oct 10 Yahoo News report Oct 8 CIDRAP News story “States and CDC probe reports of rare poliolike symptoms in kids” Experts recommend 15 cutting-edge tools to combat public health threatsInvesting in 15 promising technologies—from ubiquitous genomic sequencing to self-spreading vaccines—could make the world better equipped to prevent future infectious disease outbreaks from snowballing, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security said in a new report yesterday.A team of researchers sought to pinpoint areas in need of technological solutions to address severe pandemics and other global catastrophic biological risk (GCBR) areas. They then detailed technologies that have “significant potential to reduce GCBRs,” whether they be “naturally emerging or reemerging, deliberately created and released, or laboratory-engineered and escaped.””Properties of the technologies needed to prevent or respond to these events are likely to be qualitatively and quantitatively different from those used in routine public health and medical practice,” the report authors wrote. “Through this research, we focused on properties that transformative technologies in GCBR reduction might possess.” Such devices would have better sensitivity, demonstrate improved capacity, would be rugged and easy to use, and could be developed and deployed fairly quickly.The experts highlighted promising technology in five groups: (1) disease detection, surveillance, and situational awareness; (2) infectious disease diagnostics; (3) distributed medical countermeasure (MCM) manufacturing; (4) MCM distribution and administration; and (5) medical care and surge capacity.Under disease detection, the group recommended prioritizing ubiquitous genomic sequencing and sensing, drone networks for environmental detection, and remote sensing of agricultural pathogens. MCM technology included microarray vaccine patches, self-spreading vaccines, ingestible bacteria for vaccination, self-amplifying mRNA vaccines, and drone delivery to remote locations.Oct 9 Center for Health Security news release Oct 9 Center for Health Security full report Lyme disease triples from 2012 to 2017 in OntarioAccording to new studies published in the Canadian Communicable Diseases Report (CCDR) 30% of ticks sampled near Ottawa, Ontario, carried the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, and the number of human cases tripled from 2012 through 2017.The new surveillance data aims to provide more context to the marked rise of Lyme disease in Ontario. Case counts in Canada have increased by a factor of six from 2009 through 2015, mainly in central and eastern regions. In this study, researchers looked at all Lyme disease cases with episode dates from Jan 1, 2012, through Dec 31, 2017, in Ontario and calculated the number and proportion of cases by residence, month of occurrence, age, and sex.In 2012, there were only 173 confirmed and probable cases in Ontario; by 2017, that number was 959—three times higher than the 5-year (2012-2016) average of 313. Most cases in 2017 were reported in the eastern part of the province, and 59.8% of cases were in men.”Lyme disease incidence is increasing in Ontario. This trend is likely to continue as climate change progresses and enables blacklegged ticks to survive and propagate in new areas,” the authors said.In another study, researchers collected and sampled black-legged (deer) ticks (Ixodes scapularis) collected from June to October of 2017 at 23 sites in Ottawa municipal parks, recreational trails, and forests. Ticks were found at 16 of the 23 sites (70%).Thirty percent of the ticks carried Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. Oct 4 CCDR Lyme study Oct 4 CCDR tick studylast_img read more

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ILO: Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work

first_img Trade-in-Services and Technology: More missed opportunities… The Conference adopted the Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work. The Declaration sets out the major challenges and opportunities for the future of work and provides guidance and a platform for international cooperation in addressing the issues. It sets out the work programme going forward.  The Declaration emphasizes a human centred approach to the future of work, and its contribution to sustainable economic growth and development stating that: – the ILO marks its centenary at a time of transformative change in the world of work driven by technological innovations, demographic shifts, environmental and climate change, and globalization and at a time of persistent inequalities …; – it is imperative to act with urgency to seize opportunities and address the challenges to shape a fair, inclusive and secure future of work with full, productive and freely chosen employment and decent work for all, and – such a future of work is fundamental for sustainable development that ends poverty and leaves no one behind. The Declaration speaks to the role of the private sector stating that the ILO must direct efforts to supporting the private sector as a principal source of economic growth and job creation. It also points to trade, industrial and sectoral policies as among areas through which the human-centred approach can promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth and full and productive employment. Thus, at the national and regional levels, the implementation of this Centenary Declaration requires policy coherence and effective coordination among public and private sector bodies and worker representatives. I hope in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries, we will be hearing more about the implementation of this historic Declaration not just from the tripartite bodies but from the Ministries responsible for Foreign Trade, Finance, Industry, Commerce, Agriculture, Fishing, Tourism and Science and Technology. At the regional level, I would also like to see the CARICOM Council on Trade and Development (COTED) collaborating with the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), the Caribbean Employers Confederation, the Caribbean Congress of Labour and the ILO’s Caribbean Office. Consultations should also involve other Caribbean private sector organizations. I join in congratulating the recently announced winners of the ILO Caribbean Essay Competition on the Future of Work. This competition involved the youth (future workers) in the discussions on future of work. Regarding principles, rights, standards, note that the ILO Conference also adopted a new standard, the Convention to End Violence and Harassment in the World of Work. Relations within the Western Hemisphere: an uneasy alliance Oct 14, 2020 Trade in Services – For CARICOM, Tourism dominates Sep 16, 2020 By Elizabeth Morgan I am returning to an article I wrote in May on the Future of Work. In that article, I referred to the link between trade and labour and informed that the report of the International Labour Organization (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work titled “Work for a Brighter Future” would be considered at the 108th Session of the ILO Conference commemorating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization. This Conference was held in Geneva, Switzerland, June 10-21. Heads of State and Government, including from the Caribbean, Prime Ministers Andrew Holness of Jamaica and Mia Mottley of Barbados, were invited to address a high level segment of the Conference. Referring to future work, Prime Minister Holness stated that the daunting task ahead was embracing the sweeping technology changes while protecting and preserving the dignity of labour. He noted that Caribbean leaders were conscious of the future and their obligation to the next generation. The region had to seize the moment drawing on its creativity and tradition of putting people first. PM Mottley reminded that regardless of technology advances, the fundamental principles and rights governing labour will remain paramount and pointed to the need to explore workers’ ownership of technology. Submitted by Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politicscenter_img Oct 7, 2020 Oct 1, 2020 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in… What has been CARICOM’s Foreign Trade Strategy and Agenda? Interaction between Trade and Labour – the Future of Work in the CaribbeanBy Elizabeth Morgan We are apparently in the second machine age of the fourth industrial revolution. Investors want to remain competitive in global trade. The challenges being faced include aging workers in some regions including the Caribbean; facilitating movement of labour – migration issues; reducing cost of employment – less…May 13, 2019In “Indepth”Minister Amory calls for greater social dialogue at regional level(SKNIS): St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Labour, the Honourable Vance Amory, supported the need for greater social dialogue in the decision making process while attending a One Day High Level Tripartite Meeting on October 01, that was convened under the theme: “Selected Key Topics for the Future of Work…October 12, 2018In “CARICOM””Decent Work for Sustainable Development” – Regional Labour Ministers MeetingCaribbean Community Labour Ministers opened a two-day conference in The Bahamas, Tuesday with their attention focused on  pressing labour matters impacting the region. The Bahamas Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Perry Christie officially opened the conference, Tuesday morning at the British Colonial Hilton. Also addressing the Opening Ceremony were Director General…March 4, 2015In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more

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Lincoln offers new consumable designed for shipbuilding

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Flash back

first_img Oliver Nicholas, PCB Solicitors, Telford The cartoon in Obiter of 29 April shows a camera flashing a van for speeding in relation to www.mybrief.com. The camera appears to be a classic Gatsometer which flashes but takes photos of the rear of the vehicle, not the front as in the cartoon. Even if it were a Truvelo, this would photograph the front of the vehicle but would not utilise a flash. One would assume the ‘excellent result’ was obtained long before the case actually reached the court anyway. I realise I need to get out more.last_img read more

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Two go mad in Devon

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WInnForum Members Get FCC Approval for Operation in the 3.5 GHz CBRS Band

first_imgThe Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum), a non-profit corporation dedicated to advancing technologies supporting the innovative utilization of spectrum and the development of wireless communications systems has announced that its members Amdocs, CommScope, Federated Wireless, Google, and Sony have received FCC Spectrum Access Systems (SAS) approval to begin Initial Commercial Deployment (ICD) in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band. This watershed event, which signifies that each organization has met lab testing requirements, marks the beginning of commercial operations within the band.WInnForum’s Spectrum Sharing Committee (SSC) was specifically formed to develop the solutions and standards that will encourage rapid development of the CBRS ecosystem, protect incumbent operations, and benefit all potential stakeholders in the band. The SSC benefits from participation of a broad-based group that includes wireless carriers, network equipment manufacturers, potential SAS Administrators, federal government incumbents, satellite operators, existing 3650-3700 MHz band licensees, and other parties with interest in the 3.5 GHz band.On the heels of the group’s release of the complete baseline standards package in January 2018, the WInnForum delivered test code to the government’s test lab, the Institute for Telecommunications Sciences (ITS), in May of that year. ITS completed its laboratory testing of the SAS operational models provided by the above SAS administrators in May of the current year.This event marks the culmination of years of standards development and subsequent equipment development and testing.last_img read more

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Columbus Signs Broadhurst To A One Year Two Way Contract Extention

first_img Co-editor, photographer covering the Cleveland Monsters, Gladiators and Indians. Also, passionate about high school sports, be sure to follow David on Twitter and Instagram @neosi_sprouse for in-game updates and up-to-the-minute developing news. CLEVELAND – The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters  announced Friday that the team’s NHL affiliate, the Columbus Blue Jackets, signed fifth-year forward Alex Broadhurst to a one-year, two-way AHL/NHL contract extension. A 6’0”, 193 lb., left-handed native of New Lenox, IL, Broadhurst, 24, supplied 11-14-25 with 23 penalty minutes and an even rating in 52 appearances for the Monsters last season.– ClevelandMonsters.com – Related TopicsAGLAlex BroadhurstCleveland MonstersColumbus Blue JacketsNHLcenter_img David Sprouselast_img read more

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O’Dowda’s Ireland beaten by France

first_imgThe City attacker was named in Martin O’Neill’s starting line-up and completed 70 minutes in torrential rain at the Stade de France.The hosts ran out comfortable 2-0 winners as their preparations continue to intensify ahead of the World Cup, but it took until the 40th minute for them to find the breakthrough.Olivier Giroud rose highest to connect with Nabil Fekir’s corner and after seeing two attempts cleared off the line by Seamus Coleman, the Chelsea forward bundled in the opener from close range to give France a deserved lead.Roared on by a boisterous crowd, the home side doubled their advantage two minutes later when Fekir surged forward, shifted the ball on to his weaker right foot and beat the blushing Colin Doyle, who failed to make a routine save.O’Dowda and his teammates will now return to Ireland and prepare for their final match of the season when they host the United States at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday (June 2nd, 8pm kick-off).last_img read more

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Sub-varsity basketball: Bossier boys sweep Haughton

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Archer leads Caribbean trio’s crushing of Glamorgan

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Barbadian Jofra Archer’s late cameo, Bermudian Delay Rawlins’s crucial knock and Barbados-born England seamer Chris Jordan’s sharp spell combined to help Sussex crush Glamorgan by 98 runs in the England T20 Blast here yesterday.Sent in at Hove, Sussex piled up 186 for five, off their 20 overs, with Laurie Evans top-scoring with 63, Michael Burgess getting 39 and Rawlins, 35.They were struggling at 25 for two in the fourth over but Evans and Rawlins added 60 in an invaluable third-wicket stand to revive the innings.Evans faced 47 deliveries and counted four fours and three sixes while the left-handed Rawlins struck four fours and a six in an entertaining 20-ball innings.When Sussex lost their way at 89 for four in the 12th over, Burgess joined Evans to post 74 for the fifth wicket and ensured a competitive total.Archer then arrived at number seven to unleash a furious assault, belting three fours and two sixes in a six-ball 22 to floor Glamorgan.In reply, Aneurin Donald (27) and Craig Meschede (26) gave Glamorgan a solid start by adding 50 off 27 balls for the first wicket.However, once leg-spinner Rashid Khan bowled Meschede in the fifth over, Glamorgan lost 10 wickets for just 38 runs, to crumble for 88 in the 14th over.Archer knocked over captain Colin Ingram for two in the sixth over and Jordan, who finished with two for nine from two overs made key strikes to hurt the innings.Sussex have four wins from 11 outings and lie sixth in the South group.last_img read more

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