As of today, the Nin Riviera, which consists of Nin, Zaton, Privlaka, Vir and Vrsi, is completely covered by the Pointers application.It is a tourist project aimed at creating a personalized digital application for the Nin Riviera, free for users, which is a kind of guide and brings information about beaches, events, gastronomic offer, entertainment, nightlife, bike routes, free WI Fi points, information for boaters, cultural and natural heritage, etc. The application will be enriched with photos, videos, VR360 footage, and what is also important is the marketing destination on seven Pointers platforms (Android, iOS, WEB, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).”The application will contain a textual description of all attractions and non-commercial content in the first year, and next year all commercial content would join the overall offer of the destination. “Points out dr.sc. Marija Dejanović, director of the Tourist Board Nina. The application is prepared in Croatian, English, German and Italian, and the texts will be accompanied by authentic photos and videos, which include aerial photography, GPS navigation to each content, adding a profile of the tourist community to Google My Business, including location tagging on Google Maps.”In ten days, the Pointers application will be richer for nine more destinations, from the Crikvenica and Opatija Riviera to Korcula. Currently, over 50 destinations in Croatia are included in the Pointers application and we sincerely hope that one day our entire tourist offer, ie all tourist destinations will be presented through our story, to have a complete tourist offer in the palm of one hand.“Points out Maja Kokolari from Pointers dooIn addition to an excellent digital platform and promotion of the entire destination, extremely interesting and commendable, and yet so rare, that the whole project is a joint collaboration of five tourist boards: Nin, Zaton, Privlaka, Vira and Vrsi from four local governments that are decided to jointly promote through collaboration on the Pointers project.Tourism is a synergy, not a dispersion, and this is a great example of how a joint destination should develop a tourist destination. Cooperation, cooperation and only cooperation because without cooperation there is no long-term success.
As the overall count of Ebola cases approaches 16,000, Sierra Leone is accounting for most of the latest cases and deaths and is likely to displace Liberia soon as the country with the worst numbers, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.In its situation update, the WHO said the global Ebola virus disease (EVD) case count has reached 15,935, including 5,689 deaths. That represents 584 new cases and 230 deaths since the previous update on Nov 21.Sierra Leone accounts for 409 of the new cases and 131 deaths, according to the WHO figures. Guinea had 87 new cases and 46 deaths, while Liberia reported 82 new cases and 53 deaths. In the past week, the three countries have had a total of 600 new cases, the agency said.The new numbers include the previously reported total of eight cases in Mali, up from six in the Nov 21 report.Sierra Leone pace may be increasingThe WHO said case incidence is stable in Guinea and stable or declining in Liberia, but it may be increasing in Sierra Leone. “The total number of cases reported in Sierra Leone since the outbreak began will soon eclipse the number reported from Liberia,” the agency added.Sierra Leone’s current official total is 6,599 EVD cases with 1,398 deaths, as compared with 7,168 cases and 3,016 deaths in Liberia. Guinea’s totals are 2,134 cases and 1,260 deaths.New confirmed cases in Sierra Leone last week (to Nov 23) numbered 385, which was down from 533 the previous week, the report says. Intense transmission in the west and north is driving the numbers, the WHO said. The capital, Freetown, remains the hardest-hit area, with 118 new cases for the week.As for response efforts, the WHO said Guinea is now isolating more than 70% of Ebola case-patients and has more than 80% of the safe-burial teams it needs. On the other hand, it appears that neither Liberia nor Sierra Leone is managing to isolate 70% of patients, but data are up to 3 weeks out of date, the report says.The three countries report that more than 80% of contacts of known cases are being traced, but the reported numbers suggest that contact tracing is still a challenge in Ebola hot spots, the WHO said.The agency also reported that three healthcare workers in Guinea contracted Ebola last week. As usual, the WHO said cases and deaths in the epidemic continue to be underreported.Burial workers strike, get firedIn other Ebola developments, burial workers in Kenema, Sierra Leone, went on strike and abandoned 15 bodies at the city’s main hospital, including 2 at the main entrance, the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) reported in its own situation update today.The workers have now been fired for treating the bodies in what an official called a “very, very inhumane way,” UNMEER said.The report also said traditional practices are still hindering the Ebola response, especially when it comes to safe burials. UNMEER field crisis managers in Liberia reported several cases of noncompliance related to burial permits, along with violence toward burial teams. Also, contact tracing and reporting remain difficult, despite the intensification of social awareness efforts in Bomi and Grand Capemount counties, the agency said.In other Liberian developments, China opened a 100-bed Ebola treatment center in Monrovia yesterday and will start accepting patients next week, UNMEER reported. It will be staffed by Chinese army medics.”We want to commend China for this exceptional response,” said Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf after touring the center.Elsewhere, Kouremale, a village on the Guinea-Mali border in Siguiri prefecture, has abandoned its initial resistance to EVD response efforts and is cooperating with responders, UNMEER reported. The village also conducted a safe EVD burial, the agency added.See also: Nov 26 WHO situation reportNov 26 UNMEER reportNov 21 WHO situation report
A new study suggests that among the strategies to combat global antibiotic resistance, childhood vaccines may provide the most bang for the buck.The study, published yesterday in Nature, found that pneumococcal conjugate vaccines and rotavirus vaccines prevent more than 37 million childhood illnesses that would otherwise be treated with antibiotics in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and that scaling up vaccination programs in these countries would more than double that number.The authors of the study say that while it’s been widely thought that vaccines could reduce the burden of antibiotic resistance by reducing the infections that drive antibiotic use, especially in low-income settings, this study provides clear evidence of a significant impact.”The magnitude of the effect that can be achieved with this intervention is just staggering when it’s put together and considered in a global context,” said Joseph Lewnard, PhD, lead study author and an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Berkeley.Vaccines reduce antibiotic-treated illnessesFor the study, Lewnard and colleagues from the University of California, San Francisco, Imperial College London, and the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy looked at the two vaccines that target the predominant causes of acute respiratory infection (ARI) and diarrhea in children in LMICs—the pneumococcal conjugate vaccines against 10 and 13 serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae (PCV10/13) and live attenuated rotavirus vaccines. The two vaccines are part of routine pediatric immunization programs around the world, though coverage rates are lower in LMICs than in wealthier countries.ARI and diarrhea are the primary drivers of antibiotic use in children in these countries, as few diagnostic tools exist to determine whether these illnesses are caused by a bacterial or viral infection, and antibiotics are often among the few tools that healthcare providers have at their disposal. A recent study in eight LMICs found that, between birth and the age of 5, children receive an average of 25 antibiotic prescriptions, with 80% receiving them for respiratory illness and 50% receiving them for diarrhea.While antibiotics are the often the standard treatment for ARIs in all settings because of the likelihood for pneumonia to be bacterial, use of antibiotics for diarrhea should be much more limited, Lewnard said. And antibiotics should not be used at all for rotavirus-attributable diarrhea. Still, there is substantial and concerning empiric use of antibiotics for diarrhea in LMICs.”The scale of the problem and the extent of unnecessary antibiotic use is certainly more pronounced for diarrheal infections than for acute respiratory infections,” he said.Using data on more than 65,000 children obtained from large-scale household surveys conducted in 16 LMICs, in which mothers are asked about the health and the vaccination status of their children, Lewnard and his colleagues conducted a case-control study to compare the impact of vaccination with PCV10/13 and rotavirus vaccines on preventing antibiotic-treated ARI and diarrhea in children under 5. They found that children who received at least three PVC10/13 doses had 8.7% lower odds of antibiotic-treated ARI than unvaccinated children, with the estimated reduction driven mainly by prevention of cases in children aged 24-59 months. For this age group, vaccination was associated with a 19.7% reduction in cases of antibiotic-treated ARI.Similarly, children who received at least two doses of rotavirus vaccine were 8.1% less likely to get antibiotic-treated diarrhea than unvaccinated children, with the largest effect (an 11.4% reduction) seen during the first 2 years of life.By combining this estimate of vaccine effectiveness with estimates of pathogen-attributable antibiotic use in these countries—i.e., the amount of antibiotic-treated illness caused by vaccine-serotype pneumococci and rotavirus—and current vaccination rates in these countries, Lewnard and his colleagues estimated that PCV10/13 currently prevents 23.8 million episodes of antibiotic-treated ARIs in children aged 24 to 59 months in LMICs. They estimated that rotavirus vaccines prevent 13.6 million episodes of antibiotic treated diarrhea among children aged 0 to 23 months.And that could be an underestimate, Lewnard noted, because ARIs are among the more severe pneumococcal infections, and their analysis did not account for milder illnesses—such as ear infections and upper respiratory infections—that can also be caused by pneumococci and are frequently treated with antibiotics in high-income settings.”There’s a likelihood that we’re missing additional treatment that occurs for some less severe conditions caused by pneumococcus,” he said.In addition, the estimates are based on vaccination rates that range from 66.8% for the PCV10/13 vaccines to 77.3% for rotavirus vaccines. If universal coverage were achieved for these vaccines, they estimate, an additional 40 million episodes of antibiotic-treated illness (21.7 million ARI cases and 18.3 million diarrhea cases) would be averted.Findings support prioritizing vaccines Lewnard and his colleagues say that while national action plans to address excessive antibiotic use and resistance in LMICs have focused on improving sanitation and hygiene and promoting antibiotic stewardship interventions, the evidence for the effectiveness of these strategies to date is weak or scarce.For example, a recent analysis of three randomized trials evaluating the impact of water, hygiene, and sanitation (WASH) interventions in LMICs found only a modest impact childhood diarrheal disease. And stewardship interventions in low-resource settings, where people frequently purchase antibiotics outside of the healthcare setting, have not been studied much.As a result, they believe the findings of this study indicate that childhood vaccination should be prioritized over these strategies in global efforts to fight antibiotic resistance.”I believe it should be the first strategy to address the problem,” Lewnard said. “I think it’s the most logical starting point.”
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The Tire Industry Association’s 2017 Board of Directors election deadline is Friday, Sept. 1. All TIA members who are in good standing and with voting rights are encouraged to vote. Vote online here.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementFour individuals will be elected to serve on the TIA Board for a three-year term. The following is a list of the nominees for this year’s election.Chris Brown – Florida Tire Supply Inc. (Auburndale, Florida)Ernie Caramanico – Amityville Firestone (Amityville, New York)Daniel Childers – TCi Tire Centers (Duncan, South Carolina)Russell Devens – McCarthy Tire Service Co. (Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania)Brad Feeney – TBC Corp. (Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)Leslie Hamilton – Jee Wholesale Tire (Houston)Mason Hess – Purcell Tire and Service Center (Tucson, Arizona)Thomas Kirk Huls – TOKAH Inc. dba Big O Tire (Yucca Valley, California)Sean Lannoo – Continental Automotive Systems (Allentown, Pennsylvania)Gary MacCausland – VIP Tires and Service (Auburn, Maine)Brian McGeoghegan – Mohawk Rubber Sales (Hingham, Massachusetts)Lance Meyer – Myers Tire Supply (Akron, Ohio)Mike Pursley – Wegmann Automotive (Murfreesboro, Tennessee)W. Rippetoe – Schrader International (Auburn Hills, Michigan)Election materials have already been mailed to the primary contacts at all eligible TIA member companies. The results of the election will be announced mid-September with the new board members taking office on Monday, Oct. 30, at TIA’s annual meeting during the Global Tire Expo in Las Vegas.AdvertisementFor questions or concerns, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Parrish Art Museum’s annual Spring Fling community celebration, fundraiser, and networking event on Saturday, April 21, attracted 400 partygoers, and raised more than $130,000, supporting the Parrish’s year-round educational programs for children and adults. The 2018 co-chairs were Christine Curiale-Steinmuller, Maryanne Horwath, and Laura Wynne. Share
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada’s (TSB) investigation into the grounding of the passenger vessel Louis Jolliet has highlighted the need for comprehensive emergency procedures, training and drills, according to its investigation report.On May 16, 2013, the passenger vessel Louis Jolliet ran aground off Sainte-Pétronille, Île d’Orléans, Quebec, while on a cruise with 57 passengers on board. The passengers and some crew were evacuated, the vessel sustained minor damage, and was re-floated at high tide. There were no injuries or pollution reported.The investigation found that, although present on the bridge at the time of the grounding, the master was not participating in, nor supervising the navigation of the vessel, leaving navigation to the recently-hired chief mate, who initiated a course alteration, and went aground.In examining the events following the grounding, the investigation determined that key crew members were not familiar with their emergency duties. The investigation also determined that the emergency procedures in place for the vessel had shortcomings with respect to passenger safety management, and crew members had not practised such procedures in a realistic way.Although the task of securing the safety of the passengers was accomplished on the day of the occurrence, the Louis Jolliet may carry up to 1000 passengers, highlighting the need for comprehensive and detailed procedures, training, and drills in passenger safety management. The investigation also highlighted the need for effective oversight of passenger safety by Transport Canada (TC).Since the occurrence, Croisières AML, the owner/operator of the vessel, has implemented many safety actions addressing the issues outlined by the TSB investigation including new procedures to familiarize the crew with the route and new training and drills related to passenger safety.TC subsequently issued a notice to their inspectors on their requirements under the current regulations and made improvements to their reporting system.[mappress]Press Release, October 03, 2014
With the first days of April, Van Oord’s Aeolus arrived in Esbjerg, Denmark, to pick up parts of the first turbines for Eneco Luchterduinen offshore wind farm. On Saturday, all components of the first turbines were loaded onto the vessel, the developer said on its social pages.Eneco Luchterduinen, located approximately 25 kilometres offshore from Noordwijk in the Netherlands, comprises 43 Vestas wind turbines with an output of 129 MW.Images: Eneco Luchterduinen
The German Government has set a target to have 6.5 gigawatts of offshore wind power capacity installed by 2020. In Germany the offshore grid network has been beset with problems and delays but is eventually taking off and 2015 will prove to be a major link up year for TenneT the Dutch/German TSO responsible for connecting the offshore wind sector to the German coast with now over half of the target reached.Unlike the UK, France and Denmark there is only a minority of wind farms, alpha ventus, Riffgatt and Nordergrunde, which have been built or planned relatively close to the coast in the German sector. These wind farms are either already, or planned to be, connected by AC export cables connected through a high-voltage offshore transformer substation platform.The remaining wind farms have greater distances to the coast which favours HVDC export and need large converter platforms capable of connecting three or more wind farms to the export cable to the coast. As became clear during a session a the WINDFORCE conference in Bremerhaven on HVDC technology, this technology is not new but building an offshore HVDC station is different. The lead times are challenging and so are the partners that need to work together on the new project. However, this year a consortium of Siemens and Prysmian successfully have handed over, as operational, four of these Grid Connector Platforms, BorWin2 and HelWin1, SylWin1 and HelWin2.BorWin2BorWin2, located around 100 kilometres off the German coast, north west of the island Borkum, was commissioned at the end of January and is the connection point for the Global Tech I wind farm. The platform was built by Nordic Yards. It can transmit up to 800MW, enough to power around 1 million German households.BorWin2 is the first large-category offshore grid connection world wide to take up commercial operation with Siemens’ direct current technology. This Siemens HVDC-technology reduces transmission losses for each grid connection, including cable losses, up tot a total loss less than four percent and is especially efficient for cables longer than 80km. Prysmian Group was responsible for the commissioning of the platforms.HelWinlThe second HVDC platform, HelWin1, was commissioned in February. It is located 85km off the German coast, north west of the island Helgoland and connected via an export cable to the landfall at Büttel. It can transmit up to 576MW, enough power to supply around 700,000 households. It connects the Nordsee Ost and Meerwind Süd/Ost wind farms. HelWin1 was also built by Nordic Yards.SylWinlThe third platform, SylWinl, was again built by Nordic Yards and handed over to TenneT in April. It is located around 160 kilometres offshore and connected to the converter station in Büttel. This offshore grid connection has a power rating of 864MW, operating at the highest commercially available voltage level of ± 320 kV DC, and is linking the offshore wind farms DanTysk and Butendiek.HelWin2The fourth platform to be handed over to TenneT up to now this year is HelWin2. HelWin2 is located about 85 kilometres off the northwest coast and 35 km off the island of Helgoland from which it takes its name. It is connected to the landfall in Büsum and via an underground cable to Büttel in SchleswigHolstein. It connects the Amrumbank West wind farm. The platform can transmit up to 690MW of green electricity, enough to supply nearly 900,000 German households. HelWin2 was built by Heerema Fabrication Group.Coming soon: DolWin2DolWin2 which was built by Drydocks World in Dubai, and transported to Europe in mid-2014 by a heavy lift vessel has been in Haugesund in Norway since November 2014 where it is being fitted out. This ABB platform will be handed over to Tennet later this year. The DolWin2 platform uses a new submersible concept that has been developed in cooperation with Aibel, the leading Norwegian offshore engineering company. The entire structure will be floated and towed into position, and then de-ballasted to submerge and settle on the sea bed. This requires no heavy lifting or piling and when decommissioning it requires only pumping air back into the ballast chambers to re-float the structure.The latest platform to be ordered is the BorWin3 for a Siemens/ Petrofac consortium. It is also the second installation to be built by Drydocks World in Dubai. This project is expected to be handed over to TenneT in 2019.Looking even further into the future the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has announced an update to the Federal Trade offshore power grid plan in the German North Sea EEZ (BFO-N). It outlines the spatial planning for the wind farms and grid connections for 13 wind farm clusters and up to 25 converter platforms with a possible 2,500 kilometres of HVDC cables in the next few decades.Changes made to the previous guidelines include trenching levels reduced from 3 to 1.5 metres and minor changes to the route and location planning, following extensive field trials by the BSH and other federal agencies.The agency also announced a continuation of the ban on modifications of areas for network infrastructures, which will allow more clusters for offshore wind energy can be planned in the BFO-N as and when required.Dick Hill
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