Another MERS case reported in Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia reported another MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case today, the second in 2 days, following a 13-day spell without any cases.The new case involves a 52-year-old Saudi woman in Dammam, the same location as the case reported yesterday in a 60-year-old man. The new patient, who is not a healthcare worker, is hospitalized and has a preexisting disease, the Saudi Ministry of Health (MOH) said.The MOH statement did not indicate whether the woman has any connection to the 60-year-old man, nor did it give any other details about her.The new illness lifts Saudi Arabia’s MERS count to 725 cases, including 301 deaths, 399 recovered patients, and 25 patients still in treatment. Aug 26 Saudi MOH statement MOH MERS page with case count Study: Lab cats can contract equine flu virus H3N8Ten years ago the equine influenza virus (EIV) A/H3N8, a common cause of respiratory infections in horses, turned up in dogs. Now Chinese researchers report that domestic cats in a lab setting are susceptible to the same virus and can spread it to other cats.Writing in Emerging Infectious Diseases, the researchers report that they inoculated six cats intranasally with H3N8. A day later, they placed five pathogen-free cats in the same cages, and they kept three other cats in a separate room to serve as controls.Both the inoculated cats and the contact cats became infected, as evidenced by typical signs of influenza, virus shedding, and histopathologic changes in the trachea and lungs, the report says. Clinical signs of illness developed from 2 to 9 days after infection in the inoculated cats and from 4 to 9 days after infection in the contact cats, but the illness was less severe in the contact cats. The control cats showed no evidence of infection.The authors said it’s not surprising that the cats became infected, since feline infections with various influenza A viruses have been reported before.”However, our finding of horizontal transmission of EIV among cats is significant,” they added. “If transmission occurs outside the laboratory, and if the basic reproduction rate is higher than 1.0, then EIV could potentially establish itself and circulate in this new host species.”Why cats, unlike dogs, have not been infected naturally by H3N8 remains to be determined, but it could be because of lower transmission efficiency or feline behavior, the authors wrote. Aug 26 Emerg Infect Dis study WHO: Flu activity rising in the Southern HemisphereInfluenza levels continue to increase in the Southern Hemisphere, but with different viruses predominating in different regions, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in a global flu update.H3N2 was the most frequently detected virus in South Africa and South America, though some countries in South America are also seeing the 2009 H1N1 virus circulate. Australia and New Zealand are experiencing predominantly 2009 H1N1 activity. Australia reported lower overall activity levels than last season, consistent with expected seasonal patterns. In New Zealand, clinic visits for flulike illness are running slightly above the seasonal baseline.In North America, flu activity is at interseasonal levels, with activity in Mexico at levels higher than expected, with influenza B as the main virus. Though tropical parts of the Americas and the Caribbean reported low levels of flu, several countries reported increasing circulation of influenza B.Flu in southern China is decreasing but is still high compared with earlier years. The H3N2 strain has been predominant. Low flu activity was reported in most other parts of the world.Globally, analysis of flu viruses detected from late July through early August showed that more than 90% were influenza A and that 83% of the 3,170 subtyped influenza A samples were H3N2. Of the 39 influenza B viruses subtyped, 37 (95%) belonged to the Yamagata lineage, the lineage recommended for the Northern Hemisphere’s trivalent influenza vaccine.Aug 25 WHO global flu update
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Norwegian oil giant Statoil has announced that the Kristin gas export project (KGEP) partners today made a decision to terminate the project due to unsustainable economics caused by increased investment costs and increased risk to volume availability.The Kristin platform in the Norwegian Sea. (Photo: Marit Hommedal)The Kristin gas export project (KGEP) – a pipeline connection between the Kristin field and Polarled – was sanctioned by the KGEP partners (Statoil 53.4%, Petoro 35.6% and GdFS 11%) in conjunction with the Polarled project sanction late 2012.Following the last year’s project development, the partners have decided to terminate the project based on unsustainable project economics. The drivers behind the decision are increased costs and volume risk.KGEP represented less than 5% of the Polarled volumes and the termination does not influence the Polarled project execution. All relevant stakeholders have been informed about the KGEP partners’ decision to terminate the project.“It is a necessary decision that has been taken by the KGEP partners. With the deteriorating project economics, we did not see grounds to continue the KGEP development,” says Polarled development project director Håkon Ivarjord.KGEP included Kristin platform modifications and a 30-kilometre pipeline to tie into the Polarled pipeline. The opportunity for the future connection of the Kristin field to the Polarled pipeline is maintained as necessary connection points continue to be part of the project.[mappress]January 09, 2014
After successfully completing the submergence test and sea trials, the Trustee has been delivered on schedule. The heavy transport vessel is designed to transport complex, high-value cargo such as jack-up drilling units and has a carrying capacity in excess of 35,000 tonnes. The Trustee will load its first cargo in China after the vessel has been prepared. This vessel was converted at the COSCO shipyard at Zhoushan, China. During the conversion, the entire midship section has been replaced and machinery and equipment were fully revised and renewed. The conversion of Trustee forms part of Dockwise’s USD 220 million Capital Expenditure programme for 2008 which has been financed from operating cash flows with the remaining payments relating to the conversion of Trustee and Triumph to be settled in January 2009. 2009 Capex will return to maintenance levels around USD 50 million per annum.To ensure the most effective way of operating the vessel, Dockwise has appointed Anglo-Eastern Ship Management to provide technical and crew management. As such, the new vessels will operate under the same management systems as the other Dockwise vessels.
Set Free is Simon Amstell’s first stand-up special since 2012, and follows a number of critically acclaimed directorial projects in recent years, Carnage (2017) and Benjamin (2018). Directed by Julia Knowles and released on Netflix on the 20th of August, the show combines material from two of Amstell’s tours: ‘What Is This?’ and ‘To Be Free.’ It covers familiar ground in Amstell’s stand-up: his relationship with his parents, his own identity, and his experience taking ayahuasca in Peru. Yet this familiarity doesn’t mean the show feels stale or old. Rather, Set Free is an accomplished and complete set that acts as a perfect vehicle for Amstell’s unique brand of comedy.A central through-line of Set Free is the notion of being special. “There’s a lot of people in here right now, and everyone thinks that they’re the special one,” Amstell jokes early on in his set, and it is this overarching nature of specialness that acts as a springboard to the topics Amstell discusses. He dissects the inherent absurdity in the term ‘special,’ interrogating the ‘special’ status of the royal family, celebrities, his audience, and himself. It is here where Amstell really shines and where the algorithmically focused Netflix tag of ‘off-beat’ is accidentally astute. Because Amstell’s comedy exists in opposition to perceived norms and accepted standards of behaviour. It does this very successfully, because not only do you find yourself laughing at Amstell’s mockery of established institutions like marriage and relationships, you find yourself agreeing with him.I was surprised to find that some of Amstell’s material was very similar to those he performed in his previous special, 2012’s Numb, with a couple of jokes being directly lifted from that show. It was a distracting element in an otherwise strong set, but it didn’t diminish the overall quality.Although there are comedians with a higher laugh-per-minute rate than Amstell, there are few who use their own vulnerabilities as a comic device quite so well as him. The topics of body image, therapy, and depression are present throughout this show and throughout Amstell’s body of stand-up generally. Set Free sees Amstell display his prowess in using these topics not only to get laughs, but to genuinely interrogate the nature of happiness. Of course, it’s not a philosophy special, and there are plenty of gags about blow jobs and sex parties, which are just as good as Amstell’s more soul-searching material.With Set Free, Simon Amstell delivers a fine-tuned hour of existential, introspective comedy that at once emphasises the nonsensical nature of modern life whilst finding joy, and freedom, in the chaos.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Cast: Simon Amstell Writer: Simon Amstell Director: Julia Knowles Duration: 51 minutes Released by: Netflix Release date: 20th August 2019.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAt 0330 on Tuesday 26 April 2016 Police Scotland asked for the assistance of Moffat Mountain Rescue Team to carry out a search in the Dumfries area for a woman reported missing overnight.The team carried out a number of searches into the morning and fortunately the lady was found by a member of the public safe and well. This was the last search led by the current team leader Colin Golphin before handing over to the new team leader at the AGM. On Wednesday 27 April the team held it’s annual AGM at the base in Moffat.A number of changes took place in the committee managing the team. Colin Golphin has led the team through a successful period of change over the last five years.This has included leading the team through many callouts to help people in distress across Dumfries and Galloway and changing the team’s charitable status to a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO). In the AGM the team members voted Shaun Duignan in to lead the team over the next five years. Shaun has been a team member for over 10 ten years and has previously held the posts of training officer and deputy team leader. Also the team voted in Colin Golphin to the post of equipment officer and James Coles to the post of Deputy Team Leader.(Photo attached of Colin Golphin (right) and Shaun Duignan (left) handing over the role of team leader)Charity Challenge Every year Moffat Mountain Rescue Team holds its annual charity walk in the hills around the team’s area of operation. There are 4 walks of varying difficulty to meet the needs of all comers. This years challenge is being held in the Durisdeer Hills on the 12 June. More information can be found on the team’s website. www.moffatmrt.org.uk. BackgroundMoffat Mountain Rescue team was formed in 1969 and is available 7 days a week 24 hours a day to assist persons in distress or lost in rural areas, whether in lowland or mountainous terrain. The team covers the Eastern side of Dumfries and Galloway and South Lanarkshire and on occasions helps further afield in support of other mountain rescue teams.
Advantest Corporation, a semiconductor test equipment supplier, is exhibiting its latest products and solutions at SEMICON Japan 2019 from 11-13 December in Tokyo. Advantest’s exhibit will address the test challenges of advanced ICs that make 5G communication a reality and accelerate the development of other cutting-edge applications, from AI/machine learning and smart manufacturing to smart cities.This year’s product showcase will highlight Advantest’s continuous efforts to contribute to the evolving semiconductor industry by expanding and enriching test and measurement solutions. By reinforcing its core businesses and pioneering new activities, the company will keep adding customer value across the semiconductor supply chain.Product Displays at the EventIn Advantest’s booth #2969 in West Hall 1, new product highlights will include the V93000 Wave Scale Millimeter solution, the industry’s first integrated and modular multi-site millimeter-wave (mmWave) ATE test solution to cost-effectively test 5G-NR mmWave devices up to 70 GHz; two new modules and a test head compatible with the T2000 series test platform, designed to enhance test coverage, enable higher parallelism and reduce the cost of test for system-on-chip (SoC) devices used in automobiles; the MPT3000ARC, the industry’s first test platform to combine thermal-control capability with high throughput, enabling extreme thermal testing of solid-state drives (SSDs) including PCIe Gen 4; and SoC system-level test solutions from Advantest Test Solutions (ATS).Other products and solutions to be featured through product demonstrations and digital graphic presentations include the EVA100 measurement system with HVI (high-voltage VI source and measurement) modules that extend the platform’s range to include high-power ICs used in large-volume consumer applications; T5800-series memory testers providing end-to-end test solutions from wafer-level to final test; the T5503HS2 system, the only tester of its kind to evaluate the advanced features of next-generation, high-speed LPDDR5 and DDR5 memory ICs; the B6700 product family of burn-in memory testers, designed to boost parallel testing capacity and lower the cost of test for NAND flash devices; a variety of remotely operable test handlers, enabling device and data handling from engineering labs to production test floors; an array of software tools and services to improve overall productivity and test quality by creating a test cell solution complete with handler and tester; the E3650, a high-end MVM-SEM for measuring next-generation photomasks; the F7000 e-beam lithography tool for the 1X-nm technology node; and financing services including refurbished equipment and leasing.In addition to exhibiting, Advantest is a gold sponsor of this year’s SEMICON Japan including sponsorship of the Presidents Reception networking event in Reception Hall A in the Conference Tower on the evening of December 11 and the SEMI Technology Symposium (STS) to be held in Rooms 101 and 102 in the Conference Tower on December 11-13. During the STS Test Session on December 11, Hajime Sugimura, AI architect with Advantest’s Applied Research & Venture Team Japan Laboratory, will present his paper on ‘Artificial Intelligence for Super Efficiency and Yield Improvement in Semiconductor Mass Production Testing.’Advantest also is the sole sponsor of the SMART Transportation Forum in the Atrium in West Hall on December 12. In the first session, executives from Intel and Denso will discuss automated driving, which is essential for the development of imminent Mobility as a Service (MaaS) society. Following a luncheon with welcoming remarks by Advantest president and CEO Yoshiaki Yoshida, the program’s second session will feature speakers from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Bell Helicopter and Subaru discussing the latest technologies being applied to establish flying vehicles as new means of traveling, transporting goods and resolving traffic congestion.Also on December 12, Kosuke Ikeda, a research engineer on Advantest’s Applied Research & Venture Team, will participate in a SMART Workforce panel discussion on ‘Challenges for Young Engineers’ in the SEMICON Japan Arena (Atrium, West Hall).Click here to know more about SEMICON Japan 2019.
Related TopicsAndrew BerryBrownsSashi Brown Matt Loede BEREA, OHIO – Browns Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown on Wednesday named Andrew Berry Vice President of Player Personnel. Berry joins the Browns after spending the previous seven seasons in the Indianapolis Colts front office, including the last four as pro scouting coordinator.“We are fortunate to add someone of Andrew’s caliber to the Cleveland Browns,” said Brown. “Andrew has been part of a strong foundation in Indianapolis and possesses a tremendous understanding of what is needed to lead a successful, high functioning and comprehensive personnel group. He has been trained by some very experienced and highly successful personnel executives in the National Football League. Andrew understands what it takes to build a winning team and the individual traits that are essential in looking at each player that make up that team. Andrew’s strategic and relentless approach to improving his craft and this team will positively impact our short and long-term opportunities. We are excited to welcome him to Cleveland.”“Andrew will be a great leader in our personnel department,” said Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson. “In spending time with Andrew, it is evident that he has a very strong understanding of the game. His substance and depth in his analysis of how to build a successful team and how he looks at individual players will be a great benefit to us moving forward. It is critical to not just rely on one individual but to have a leader in place that can bring together a comprehensive array of information from our talented and hard working group of scouts and raise the strategic level and success of our approach.”“I am truly excited about the opportunity to work with the Cleveland Browns,” said Berry. “I look forward to collaborating with Hue, Sashi, Paul (DePodesta) and the personnel staff to make the most informed decisions to benefit our organization. Hue is an outstanding coach with a diversity of expertise and proven track record of success, while I think Sashi and Paul are two of the brightest minds in all of professional sports. Jimmy and Dee (Haslam) have made it clear that they are committed to providing a winning team to the most passionate fan base in the NFL and this is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to building the perennial contender that Browns fans deserve.”Berry joined the Colts as a scouting assistant in 2009 and was elevated to pro scout in 2011. He was promoted to pro scouting coordinator in 2012. He worked with a Colts team that won four AFC South titles, made five postseason appearances and advanced to Super Bowl XLIV. During his time in Indianapolis, the Colts won 67 games, sixth-most in the NFL from 2009-15. With the Colts, his duties included managing the free agency process, scouting upcoming Colts’ opponents, evaluating NFL players and players other professional leagues. He also assisted with college scouting, preparation for the NFL draft and participated in contract negotiations during free agency.He graduated cum laude from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s in computer science in just four years. Berry was a four-year starter as a corner and was a three-time All-Ivy League team selection and an All-America honoree. He totaled 125 career tackles and five interceptions. At one point during his junior year, Berry went four consecutive games without the ball being thrown in his direction.Berry was one of five finalists for the John Wooden Citizenship Cup, which is awarded to the nation’s highest-achieving student-athlete who best displays character, teamwork, and citizenship. He was a finalist for the Draddy Trophy as the national scholar-athlete of the year and was named the 2009 Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Director Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year.Quote from Pro Football Hall of Famer Bill Polian on Andrew Berry“Andrew Berry is one of the brightest young men we ever had the pleasure of working with. He came to us very early in his career and very soon we realized he was on a fast track. I am not surprised the Browns hired him for this very important position. I assure you he has both the capacity and the will to do an outstanding job. The Browns have made, in my humble opinion, a great hire.” Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.
Bayern Munich manager, Carlo Ancelotti, has blasted referee Viktor Kassai, after his side was eliminated from the Champions League on Tuesday night.Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, as the La Liga side overpowered 10-man Bayern at the Santiago Bernabeu.The Portugal captain appeared to be offside for the second of his three goals, while Arturo Vidal was sent off rather harshly.In his post-match press conference, Ancelotti, who was sacked from Madrid two years ago, said: “(The) referee’s performance was worse than ours.“I know it’s football and it happens sometimes, but not this serious of a mistake.“A quarter-final, you have to have a referee with… I don’t know… more quality. Or have video. There are too many errors.“I don’t say this [we’d have gone through with another ref]. I don’t like to do it either.“The ref had a bad game. Full-stop.“A lot of times with these decisions, there is doubt. Here there is no doubt. I saw it live.”