Cholera outbreak in Iraq spreads as cases increase in TanzaniaMore than 500 new cholera cases have been reported in Iraq since last week, and the outbreak has spread to the northern region of Iraqi Kurdistan, according to a Middle East Online update yesterday.Iraqi health officials reported 546 new cases, bringing the outbreak total to 1,809 since the first detections last month. The Baghdad and Babil governorates, which lie along the banks of the Euphrates River, have each seen more than 500 cases.The Kurdish Health Ministry reported four cases of cholera in Arbil and Dohuk provinces, located in the northern autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan. Two cases in Kurdistan occurred in people displaced from central Iraq by conflict.Six deaths due to cholera in Iraq have occurred since the outbreak began; four deaths were reported in the Abu Ghraib region before a national response effort was implemented. Iraqi health officials attribute the outbreak to poor water quality caused by the low level of the Euphrates.Oct 20 Middle East Online articleOct 12 CIDRAP News scan on outbreakIn related news, the World Health Organization (WHO) today announced an array of interventions to halt a cholera outbreak in Tanzania.As of Oct 19, 4,835 cholera cases have been reported in the country. Thirteen regions are affected, though cases are highest (3,460, or 72%) in the large urban region of Dar es Salaam.The WHO and Tanzanian officials today announced the formation of a national task force that would primarily address water sanitation and education, while collaborating with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase regional surveillance.The WHO is also creating five cholera treatment centers in Dar es Salaam and Morogoro and deploying two public health experts to integrate surveillance, case management, and sanitation activities across the country. At this time, the agency does not recommend travel or trade restrictions to Tanzania.Oct 21 WHO update Study: Drug-resistant malarial parasites able to infect African mosquitoesArtemisinin-resistant forms of the parasite Plasmodium falciparum, which causes malaria, are able to infect Anopheles coluzzii, which is the main transmitter of malaria in Africa, according to a study yesterday in Nature Communications.Investigators from the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) infected five species of Anopheles mosquitoes, including A coluzzii, with three parasites sensitive to artemisinin (ART) and six ART-resistant parasites that have been well-established in western Cambodia.All nine forms of P falciparum infected the 216 mosquitoes, and the ART-resistant parasite was present in the salivary glands of 153 mosquitoes (71%), including A coluzzii.The ART-resistant parasites demonstrated genetic similarities that may explain why they are able to infect diverse mosquito species by bypassing the mosquitoes’ immune systems, NIAID investigators said in an agency news release.ART-combination therapies are the frontline treatment for malaria in Africa, and investigators expressed concern that the spread of ART-resistant P falciparum to A coluzzii could lead to malarial treatment failure and increased disease transmission on the continent. Investigators estimate that malaria will cause about 400,000 deaths in Africa this year, with more people at risk if drug-resistant parasites spread from Southeast Asia to Africa.Oct 20 Nat Commun study Oct 20 NIAID news release UN-backed polio vaccination campaign begins in UkraineUkraine, which is experiencing the first polio outbreak in the European region since 2010, today launched a nationwide vaccination campaign whose first phase is aimed at 2.85 million children aged 6 and under, the WHO said today. The agency recently expressed concern over a weeks-long delay to begin the campaign.Two more campaigns, to follow at 1-month intervals, will target 4.75 million children younger than 10 years, the WHO said. All vaccinations are being given free of charge via funding garnered by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from the Canadian government.The polio outbreak was first announced Sep 1 when paralysis in two children from southwestern Ukraine, 10 months and 4 years of age, was attributed to the disease. No additional cases of paralysis have been identified, says the WHO, but since paralysis occurs in only about 1 in 200 cases, many infections may be going unnoticed. Millions of children are at acute risk, the agency said, because of low polio vaccine coverage in the country.The WHO and UNICEF are supporting Ukraine’s health ministry in planning the vaccination campaigns, strengthening surveillance, and training health workers. An assessment of risk in Ukraine and surrounding areas as well as of potential routes of transmission is also being conducted by WHO.International guidelines say that even one case of polio constitutes an outbreak and warrants urgent response.Oct 21 WHO notice Oct 12 CIDRAP News scan on outbreak
For more details about Angel Fire trail opening updates, winter rates, and reservations go to www.angelfireresort.comor call 855.923.7387. Courtesy/AngelFireResort AFR News: The family-friendly resort kicks off ski season this Friday, Dec. 13, with a 52” of natural snow. The mountain operations team has also been taking advantage of the colder temperatures throughout the past four weeks making snow in anticipation of this year’s opening. Snow updates and 24-hour live webcams can be accessed here: https://www.angelfireresort.com/snow-report/ ANGEL FIRE ― Angel Fire Resort in northern New Mexico, has benefited from late fall storms that have tracked over the southwest. Courtesy/AngelFireResort With more than 85 skiable acres, Liberation Terrain Park, four chairlifts and two moving carpets, and two of the four-lanes of the Polar Coaster Tubing Hill all open this Friday, resort officials are celebrating the return of the winter ski season. Courtesy/AngelFireResort “We’ve been working around the clock to get our mountain ready for the winter season. We anticipate with the natural storms and continued cold temperatures for our snowmaking, we will be able to announce several more trail openings very soon and look forward to a great season,” said Angel Fire Resort Marketing Director Greg Ralph.Five Things To Know About Angel Fire Resort’s Opening Weekend:Opening Day Free Giveaways and Mug Club: Be first on the Chile Express Chairlift to have your photo taken with our Opening Day Banner. Also, if you’re one of the first twenty people on the lift you will receive a free Angel Fire Resort beanie. Join us for our first ever Opening Day Mug Club Kick-off at the Village Haus (9 am – 5pm) sponsored by Odell Brewing. $35 gets you in the club with your own mug, first beer on us. Then $1 off all drafts after that for the remainder of the season. We’ll even wash and store your mug at the Village Haus for your next visit. Courtesy/AngelFireResort The storms are providing the northern New Mexican mountains with a few inches of consistent snow with each storm. With forecasters predicting winter will gain additional momentum in February and March, Angel Fire Resort is planning to keep the ski mountain open through March 22, 2020. The longer season ties into many southern states Spring Break calendars. Discounted Season Pass for Teachers: Teachers (K-12) nationwide can pick up a season pass to the resort for $99 if purchased by Dec. 12. This pays for itself with just two days of skiing. The Teacher Pass increases to $199 starting Dec. 13. To purchase the Teacher Pass or any other Season Pass, click here: Not Just for Skiers: For winter adventure beyond skiing and snowboarding, check out Angel Fire Resort’s tubing hill (the Polar Coaster complete with a 700’ surface lift to take the hiking out of tubing), a traditional sledding hill, snowshoe rentals, indoor pools, and a hot tub. The Village of Angel Fire also offers horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice fishing, snowmobile tours, and dinner rides. Click here, for reservations and pricing. If Christmas shopping is more on your mind than skiing, visit Winter Sports. The ski and clothing company will be offering a heavily discounted Opening Weekend sale on ski and apparel equipment. Weekend Lodging: To kick off this season the resort is offering a special discounted opening weekend lodging rate for $99 a night at the hotel and 15 percent off managed properties and the RV Resort. Needs to be purchased online before Dec. 14, click here. Kids 6 and Under and 5thGraders Ski Free: All season long kids 6 and younger and all 5th-grade students ski for free. Additionally, seniors ski for just $29.
Bosses of Ikea, Carrefour and Liz Claiborne, speaking at the 2008 World Retail Congress in Barcelona, said retailers with robust and decisive strategies can find opportunities in a downturn.Anders Dahlvig, president and CEO at IKEA Group, said: ‘The economic downturn is an opportunity not to be missed.’ He said that internally, it was an opportunity to create motivation for efficiency measures and to become more focused commercially. He added that IKEA could also use the current market as an opportunity to distance itself from the competition and to continue to invest in expansion.Retail landscape to change Paul Charron, chairman of Liz Claiborne, said: ‘By the time the economy comes back, the US retail landscape is likely to have changed. The retailers that will thrive are those that successfully combine consumer understanding with retail operations.’ He added that retailers will need to be more in touch with their consumers and more decisive in their strategies.Not business as usual Jose Luis Duran, CEO of Carrefour, said: ‘This is no time for business as usual. Winning strategies will require the mobilisation of people, technology, partnerships and store networks.’Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, said: ‘We’ve been through a classic example of panic following an extraordinary credit boom.’Excess breeds collapse Wolf defined the current economic situation as a ‘classic Minsky moment’ quoting US Hyman Minsky’s adage that ‘Success breeds excess and excess breeds collapse.’ He said that interest rates will remain low for the immediate future, the dollar is likely to remain weak, the inflationary market is structurally less favourable and that we were ‘at the end of the period where America can act as the borrower and spender of last resort.’ Wolf added that a strong US recovery was unlikely before 2010 and that other developed countries remained vulnerable, but pointed out that while emerging markets should expect lower growth, this would be welcome where markets were overheating.
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Source: CGAChris EbelingEbeling is Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for US bulk at Messer Americas, and is responsible for three sales channels, order-to-cash, product management and strategy, applications and R&D, as well as Messer’s helium business in the Americas. In his 30-year career in industrial gases, Ebeling has worked for AGA, BOC, Linde, and now Messer.“The longer I’ve been associated with CGA, the more my appreciation has grown for the organisation and the invaluable work it does, and I’m honoured to serve as the 2020 Vice-Chair,” Ebeling said.“As our industry has come together to share best practices in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, CGA has played a crucial role. By helping to facilitate member companies’ efforts toward a common good, sharing much-needed technical expertise, and coordinating with government regulators, CGA has enabled us all to respond more quickly and effectively to this unprecedented emergency.” Source: CGAJohn (Jack) FinnFinn serves as CEO and Chairman of the Board at FIBA and in a 40-year career he has grown the company from a single location in Westborough, Massachusetts, to a global business with seven locations and over 250 employees. FIBA manufactures and services high pressure storage and distribution equipment for the compressed gas industry.“This will undoubtedly be a challenging year for us all, but I’m confident that members and staff of the Compressed Gas Association will rise to the occasion,” Finn said.“A key area of focus for me this year will be on maintaining and where possible, growing, CGA’s membership, by keeping our members engaged and participating in committees and standards development. Within FIBA Technologies, which is a family-run business, we’re now on our third generation that have actively participated in CGA. The return on our investment in the Association has been tremendous. The safety standards CGA has developed over the years have had a significant impact around the world, and the opportunities for knowledge transfer and technical mentorship within the Association are unparalleled.“In addition, it’s critically important that we continue to recruit and support the next generation of CGA technical leaders, to assure the Association’s future. I’m excited to support the efforts of CGA’s new Young and Emerging Professionals Committee in any way I can.” The pair were elected at the CGA’s recent Annual Meeting of the Association, which was held virtually instead of in New Orleans in April due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Orion Marine Group Inc, a leading heavy civil marine contractor serving the infrastructure sector, today announced a contract award of approximately $18 million.Orion Marine Group will demolish and reconstruct a cargo dock for the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana. Demolition of the existing cargo shed and dock structure will begin in the second quarter of 2014 with the overall project lasting approximately 18 months.Orion Marine Group, Inc. provides a broad range of marine construction and specialty services on, over and under the water along the Gulf Coast, the Atlantic Seaboard, West Coast, Alaska, Canada, and the Caribbean Basin and acts as a single source turn-key solution for its customers’ marine contracting needs.Its heavy civil marine construction services include marine transportation facility construction, dredging, repair and maintenance, bridge building, and marine pipeline construction, as well as specialty services. Its specialty services include salvage, demolition, diving, surveying, towing and underwater inspection, excavation and repair.[mappress]Press Release, December 19, 2013
Armed forces – Compensation – Medical treatment Nathalie Lieven QC, Andrew Henshaw (instructed by Treasury Solicitor) for the appellant; Derek Sweeting QC, Jeffrey Jupp, Hugh Lyons (instructed by Lovells) for the respondents. Secretary of State for Defence v (1) Anthony John Ross Duncan (2) Matthew Richard McWilliams: CA (Civ Div) (Lords Justice Keene, Carnwath, Elias): 12 October 2009 The appellant secretary of state appealed against a decision of the Upper Tribunal concerning the proper interpretation of the Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) Order 2005. The respondent servicemen (D and M) each suffered a fracture of the femur. D’s was caused by a gunshot on active service in Iraq, M’s during basic training. In each case an intramedullary nail was inserted into the leg to stabilise the fracture. In each case the Pensions Appeal Tribunal significantly increased the compensation payable from the level identified by the secretary of state. On appeal by the secretary of state, the Upper Tribunal set aside the decisions of the Pensions Appeal Tribunal and remitted the cases to the first-tier tribunal with directions for rehearing. Held: (1) All relevant evidence actually before the tribunal should be considered when assessing which injuries were caused by service, and what their actual and likely trajectories were. Although in the overwhelming majority of cases the focus would be on the initiating injury, that was not the only injury which was compensatable under the scheme. (2) The tribunal’s objective was to identify the single descriptor most accurately describing the injury from among the categories of injury in the tables in schedule 4 to the 2005 order. In an appropriate case, it would be legitimate to cross-refer to other parts of the scheme when determining the descriptor. It was not legitimate, however, for a decision maker to distort the application of the scheme by identifying an inappropriate comparator on the basis that, looking at the compensation paid for other injuries, he or she did not think that the most appropriate descriptor resulted in adequate compensation. There would in some cases be difficulties in defining whether related injuries should be considered as a single complex injury or two distinct injuries. In making that determination, it would be perfectly proper for the tribunal to have regard to the potential levels of compensation which would result and to compare them with similar sums awarded for other injuries in the same or other tables, provided that that did not involve undue distortion. (3) Injuries that were consequential upon medical treatment should be compensated under the scheme where they flowed from risks which were inherent in carrying out that treatment. However, the immediate consequences of the treatment itself, such as pain and the physical intrusion which necessarily followed any surgery and was intrinsic in the cure, would not merit any additional award. The mere application of proper and appropriate medical treatment, including surgical intervention, could not of itself constitute an independent injury. Nor could it render more severe the initiating injury, for example, by extending the coverage of a complex injury so as to attract a higher level of award. The Upper Tribunal was wrong to say that the insertion of the intramedullary nail was of itself capable of converting the initial injury in the case of either of the respondents into a more serious one, solely on the ground that it extended the range of the initial injury. Compensation could not be given for negligent medical treatment, which would break the chain of causation, unless it was within the proviso in article 11(a)(iii) for treatment provided while the person sustaining the injury was on military operations outside the UK and in circumstances relating to service where medical facilities were limited. (4) The injury to D was plainly a complex injury, as defined. The bullet wound going through his leg would undoubtedly have affected all or most of the structures identified in the definition. The Upper Tribunal was wrong to treat the insertion of the nail as of itself extending the area of the injury, but that had nothing to do with the definition of complex injury. Where an original injury and a subsequent injury attributable to service were properly to be treated as a single injury, the second injury could, in an appropriate case, change the characterisation of an injury to a complex injury. However, that was likely to be very exceptional because surgery could not of itself constitute a relevant subsequent injury. (5) The Upper Tribunal correctly construed the meaning of an injury ‘covering’ a certain area. (6) The Upper Tribunal was entitled to use the concept of ‘more than trivial’ to describe the point at which compensation would be payable for a restriction or limitation where the descriptor did not identify the degree of limitation or restriction required. (7) Recourse could not be had to table 4, which dealt with physical disorders including infectious diseases, whenever an injury resulted in functional limitations or restrictions. Table 4 was intended to deal only with diseases. If an injury fell within the detailed definition of a particular descriptor, it could not have been the intention of the scheme that more favourable compensation could be awarded by recourse to the far more generalised terms of table 4. (8) The cases were remitted to the first-tier tribunal to reconsider the issue of compensation. Appeal allowed in part.
WLC organised the loading of two modules – each of which weighed around 50 tonnes and measured 5.8 m x 4.1 m x 4 m – per day onto trailers in Danbury for overland delivery to Port Newark in New Jersey.In the port, the modules were loaded onto a container vessel as breakbulk cargo for shipment to South Korea’s Busan Port.WLC coordinated the inland transport, loading of the cargo and ocean freight booking. The modules were inspected prior to departure from Connecticut, upon arrival at Port Newark, prior to loading on the vessel, and once again when all six modules were secured on board.WLC is a member of the WCA Projects network. www.wlcproject.comwww.wcaprojects.com
Australia: Australian Rail Track Corp has awarded Union Switch & Signal a A$7m contract to supply its Phoenix train control system for the Network Control Centre South in Junee, New South Wales, which is to be completed in August.Europe: In February Mitsui Rail Capital Europe ordered seven G1206 diesel-hydraulic freight locos from Vossloh Locomotives for delivery in 2007-08.Hector Rail has signed a five-year agreement to provide Van Dieren Martime with electric traction for intermodal services from Norrköping to the Ruhr area. Weekly departures will increase from three to five, and Bombardier will accelerate the delivery of 10 new Traxx F140AC multi-system locos to permit the trains to run from January 2008 without changing locos at borders.Germany: Last month Angel Trains placed a €70m order with Siemens for the 16 three-car Desiro Main Line EMUs to be leased to Deutsche Regionalbahn for the 15-year Mittelrheinbahn concession. The leasing firm has options for an additional 84 trains. India: IR has signed a memorandum of understanding to supply Steel Authority of India Ltd with 34 diesel locos by 2010, as part of SAIL’s plan to modernise and standardise its fleet of approximately 260 locos of 10 types.Italy: On March 1 Bombardier announced a €368m contract to supply Trenitalia with a further 150 E464 passenger locos between February 2008 and March 2010. They will be assembled at Vado Ligure, with electric equipment supplied from Tr?paga in Spain and bodies from Wroclaw in Poland. A total of 538 of the 3 kV DC 3·5 MW locos were already on order or in service in Italy.Netherlands: On February 9 Veolia placed a €30m order with Stadler for five two-car GTW 2/6 and three GTW2/8 three-car EMUs. They will be delivered in late 2008 for use on Maastricht – Kerkrade services operated under a 10-year rail and bus concession agreement with Limburg province which began last December.Norway: In March Skanska began civil works on a 2?8 km double-track line between Skoyen and Asker west of Oslo, part of a new route between Lysaker and Sandvika. The NKr498m contract with Jernbaneverket is scheduled for completion in July 2011.Autolink has become the first customer to order permanently-coupled pairs of aluminium-sided vans developed by Kockums Industrier to carry 12 cars or palletised goods. Ordered in March at a cost of SKr175m, 70 pairs will be used from autumn across Scandinavia by Autolink, which transports three-quarters of the road vehicles sold in Norway.Poland: PKP Regional has completed the refurbishment of 81 coaches with financial support from the EU. Facilities for disabled passengers have been fitted to 24 vehicles.South Africa: Motorman Robotic Systems has been awarded a R15m contract to automate wagon production at three Transwerk plants, with the installation of heavy-duty robotic gantry welding equipment to increase throughput.Bombela consortium member Bombardier has awarded Tractionel Enterprise a R220m contract to supply and install overhead electrification on the 80 km double-track Gautrain route. Furrey+Frey will supply rigid conductors for use in the tunnels, with installation due to commence in March 2008.Spain: Following successful trials on the Bilbao – L?on line, metre gauge operator FEVE signed an agreement with Prointec on March 5 to develop a traffic management and planning system called STAC-Rail.Switzerland: A consortium of Windhoff, Josef Meyer Waggon, Vogt and Dr?ger Safety Schweiz has won a SFr69?5m contract to supply SBB with eight fire-fighting and tunnel rescue trains in 2009.UK: Aiming to migrate walk-up and telesales customers to online purchasing, inter-city operator GNER has awarded Atos Origin a contract to develop an internet ticket retailing and customer relationship management system. This will be capable of supporting print-at-home and mobile phone ticketing.USA: On February 20 FreightCar America handed over to Norfolk Southern the first of 1 200 BethGon II hybrid stainless steel-aluminium coal wagons designed in co-operation with NS to increase capacity and allow frozen coal to be heated for unloading. A second production line has been established at Roanoke, Virginia, in premises leased from NS.