USDA notes BSE case in Florida cow; no threat to humansThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, or “mad cow” disease) in a 6-year-old beef cow in Florida.The animal had not entered slaughter channels and does not pose any threat to the food supply or human health, the USDA said. According to a press release, the animal was tested during routine surveillance of cattle that are deemed unsuitable for slaughter.BSE is not contagious and comes in two forms, classical and atypical. Classical BSE is associated with the outbreak in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.”Atypical BSE is different, and it generally occurs in older cattle, usually 8 years of age or greater. It seems to arise rarely and spontaneously in all cattle populations,” the USDA said.This is the sixth detection of BSE in the United States. The first, found in 2003, was a case of classical BSE in a cow imported from Canada. The remaining five have been atypical BSE cases. Aug 29 USDA press release CDC: Salmonella in kosher chicken sickens 17, kills 1The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today issued an outbreak notice for Salmonella illness tied to kosher chicken products in which 17 people in 4 states have been sickened.Eight people have been hospitalized, including one in New York state who died. New York has reported 11 cases, Pennsylvania 4, and Maryland and Virginia 1 each. The outbreak strain is Salmonella I 4,,12:i.On Aug 24 the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc, first announced the outbreak but didn’t specify how people were affected. Empire Kosher has not yet recalled any chicken products, which include whole birds and chicken parts.”In interviews, ill people reported eating kosher chicken, and when asked about the specific brand eaten, several people reported Empire Kosher brand,” the CDC said. “The outbreak strain was also identified in samples of raw chicken collected from two facilities, including one facility that processes Empire Kosher brand chicken.”Illnesses started on dates ranging from Sep 25, 2017, to Jun 4, 2018. Nine of the 11 people infected are female. Aug 29 CDC notice Aug 27 CIDRAP News Scan Congo government warns of growing yellow fever outbreakOfficials from the Congo Republic warned on Monday of at least 70 suspected yellow fever cases, according to a post on ProMED Mail, on online infectious disease tracking message board.The 70 cases are in five health districts, including a border district with Angola, according to the minister of health and population, Jacqueline Lydia Mikolo. Reuters reported that officials are suggesting there are as many as 186 suspected yellow fever cases, and they warned of “an emerging event of epidemic proportions.”Yesterday, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported one confirmed case of the mosquito-borne diseases in a Congolese man who traveled to and from Angola in July. The man, who was treated at a health center in Pointe Noire, had not been vaccinated against yellow fever.In 2016, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, saw a major yellow fever outbreak, which killed more than 400 people, and put a run on the global supply of yellow fever vaccine. Aug 27 ProMED post Aug 27 WHO weekly report Aug 28 Reuters story Study finds link between congenital defects, maternal Zika infectionA small case-control study conducted during the Zika outbreak in French Polynesia shows an association between congenital defects with both maternal Zika virus seropositivity and symptomatic Zika virus infection during pregnancy. The study was published yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The study tracked 21 cases and 102 controls in 2013 and 2014. Of the 21 case-patients, 7 had microcephaly, 5 had brainstem dysfunction characterized by an inability to suck and swallow, and 9 had other central nervous system defects.”Maternal Zika virus seroprevalence was 95% among case-patients and 76% among controls (P = 0.07),” the authors said.Thirty-eight percent of mothers of case-patients and 17% of controls had symptomatic Zika virus infection during pregnancy, and mothers of 57% of case-patients and 60% of controls had asymptomatic infection (timing unknown, P = 0.07.)Among women who reported Zika symptoms in pregnancies for case-patients, 88% (7/8) reported it in the first trimester and 12% (1/8) in the second trimester. For controls, 71% (12/17) of mothers reported symptoms in the first trimester and 29% (5/17) in the second or third trimesters.The authors conclude, “We found evidence for an association of congenital defects with both maternal Zika virus seropositivity (time of infection unknown) and symptomatic Zika virus infection during pregnancy. Although the early childhood development assessment found no excess burden of developmental delay associated with maternal Zika virus infection, larger, longer-term studies are needed.” Aug 28 Emerg Infect Dis study
Attorney General Hector Balderas “Public agencies should absolutely comply with the rule of law and be transparent to the public, and this ruling is an important confirmation of my office’s dedication to those principles,” Balderas said. “Public officials, current and former, also have a burden to strongly consider the impact frivolous lawsuits have on our already overburdened courts that should be focusing on keeping communities safe and bringing access to justice to New Mexicans who truly need it.” AG News: Herrerra alleged that the Office violated IPRA, and the Court found that she “failed to provide any reliable evidence” to support her allegations. ALBUQUERQUE ― Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Thursday a recent District Court order entering summary judgment against former Secretary of State Mary Herrera, declaring that as a matter of law there was no basis for her Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) lawsuit against the Office of the Attorney General.
Donaldson Co. has announced two officer changes, effective Dec. 8. Scott Robinson will be joining Donaldson as vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), and Jim Shaw has been appointed to the newly created role of chief finance compliance officer. Both Robinson and Shaw will report to Tod Carpenter, president and CEO.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement“As our new CFO, Scott’s diverse set of public accounting and corporate finance experiences will be assets to Donaldson as we continue executing our strategic growth initiatives,” said Carpenter. “Additionally, Jim’s broad and deep understanding of Donaldson will be critical to strengthening our global financial controls and processes.”Robinson joins Donaldson from Imation Corpora, where he most recently served as CFO. During his 11 years with Imation, he also served as the investor relations officer, corporate controller and chief accounting officer. Prior to Imation, Robinson held positions at Deluxe Corp. and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Robinson is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from St. Cloud State University.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business. DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.
Dave Habiger was named the new president and CEO of J.D. Power, a global leader in consumer data and analytics, effective immediately. In October, the company announced the retirement of Finbarr O’Neill, its longtime president and CEO. J.D. Power is a portfolio company of the London-headquartered alternative investments firm XIO Group.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementHabiger will oversee the global strategic direction and business strategy of J.D Power, including the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. He also will lead the development of the company’s short-and long-term business strategy and execution, advancing the digitization of the business and furthering the company’s social and corporate mission. “J.D. Power is fortunate to have a leader and operator of Dave’s caliber to execute on this next phase of transition and growth,” said O’Neill. “I would like to thank employees for their commitment and dedication to driving our business forward, and remain highly confident in the future growth trajectory of the company with Dave at the helm.”“As a technologist fascinated with data and analytics, I have long admired J.D. Power’s unrivaled consumer focus and advisory services,” said Habiger. “Now, as the company reaches key inflection points, I look forward to working with J.D. Power’s strong management team while bringing my prior experience to further maximize the potential of its digital strategy and push into the consumer market.”Habiger is a seasoned technology sector visionary who has led several initial public offerings and served as CEO of multiple public companies listed on both the NASDAQ and New York Stock Exchange. As part of his agreement to join J.D. Power, Habiger will make a significant investment in the company, underscoring his belief in the future growth potential of the business.AdvertisementPreviously, Habiger served as a director and CEO of Textura, a global construction management software and payments company; CEO of NDS Group, a television software and security company; and president and CEO of Sonic Solutions, a consumer software firm. Habiger serves on several corporate boards, including GrubHub and Echo Global Logistics. “Dave Habiger is a world recognized leader with an extremely impressive track record and a deep understanding of technology and consumer analytics,” said Joseph Pacini, a J.D. Power board member and CEO of XIO Group. “Dave has the right vision and operational experience to lead J.D. Power to its next level of success during this period of disruptive innovation across all industries.” Habiger served as chairman of a governmental Electric Vehicle Commission to design infrastructure for charging stations and he is a long-standing member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. He also is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and was named as an Entrepreneur of the Year award winner by EY (formerly Ernst & Young).He received a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from St. Norbert College.
Ophir Energy plc provides an update on its operations in Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea.Successful Mzia-3 flow-testThe Mzia-3 appraisal well in Block 1, Tanzania was completed in November 2013 having successfully encountered gas in the main Lower and Middle sand targets. The well was located approximately 6km to the north of the original Mzia-1 discovery well. As part of the current drilling campaign across Blocks 1, 3 and 4, the Mzia-3 well was side-tracked and a Drill Stem Test (DST) has now been successfully completed. The well flowed slightly ahead of expectations at an average controlled rate of 90mmcfd for 6 days with peak flow of 101mmcfd, constrained by equipment limits. The data acquired from the DST and cores from the Mzia-3ST1 well will be incorporated into planning of the production wells as part of development of the field. The Deepsea Metro I drillship will now move to Block 4 to drill the Kamba-1 exploration well which will also target the shallower Pweza North structure.Equatorial Guinea drilling updateThe Tonel North-1 appraisal well has been completed on Block R, Equatorial Guinea. The Tonel North-1 well was drilled approximately 5km north-east of the original Tonel-1 discovery well. The well encountered gas pay combined in the lower target sands but the upper sands appear to be low gas-saturation. Analysis of the well data is ongoing. The result is expected to marginally reduce the discovered volumes in the Tonel field but will not impact the commerciality of the base case 2.5mmtpa FLNG project.The Vantage Titanium Explorer drillship has now moved to complete the Silenus East-1 exploration well which is targeting ca.420bcf of low-risk mean prospective gas resource as a primary target and will be deepened to test a secondary, high-impact but high-risk oil target that on current mapping could be a potentially extensive play across the Block. The top hole of Silenus has already been previously drilled and the well is expected to complete within two weeks. There are several analogous shallow gas prospects to Silenus East in the Thrust Belt play sharing the same Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators. If successful, the well would de-risk ca.1.2TCF of upside (including Silenus East volumes) in the immediate area that could provide an additional production hub for the FLNG development.Nick Cooper, CEO, commented:“The Mzia-3 flow-test is another positive result on what will be a core asset in our Tanzanian LNG development. Momentum continues to build on that project with pre-FEED contracts awarded on both the Midstream and Upstream portions of the development.“The Tonel North-1 result has slightly reduced the size of the Tonel field but this remains a commercial asset within the overall 2.5mmtpa Floating LNG project. The project still has the potential to be expanded to 3.0mmtpa once the current three well programme has completed and results analysed. We are now completing the Silenus East-1 exploration well, with results expected imminently.“After a period of appraisal activity, Ophir now moves back to exploration, with two wells drilling simultaneously in Tanzania and Equatorial Guinea, results from both of which are expected before the end of September.”Press Release, August 27, 2014
On Wednesday and Thursday this week, Hamburg has been the place to be if you want to hear about the latest technology behind the Mono Bucket foundation at the Universal Foundation Workshop 2016. Over 100 delegates representing over 50 companies involved in designing, building, buying and installing (and decommissioning) these offshore wind foundations gathered at the Radison Blu Airport Hotel to discuss these foundations.Noise mitigation during offshore wind farm installation work remains a major concern for the industry the Mono Bucket provides a solution not only for this but also simplifies decommissioning at the end of the wind farm life. One of the first Mono buckets installed, for the Horns Rev 2 met mast, was recently removed by DBB Jack Up Services. Delegates were shown how the seabed was returned to its original state in a relatively simple operation.Representatives from companies around the European coastline from France to the Irish and North Sea countries and into the Baltic were joined this year by 2 delegates from the United States. Lorry Wagner, President, and Dave Karpinski, VP of Operations at LEEDCo are building a wind farm, project name Icebreaker, in Lake Erie, offshore from the city of Cleveland.This wind farm will be built on the Mono Bucket foundations due to be installed in spring 2018 that have been fabricated in the United States. The foundations will be fitted with inverted cones at the water surface level to break up the ice when it starts moving after the winter freeze up. The installation plan is being developed by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, which along with Universal Foundations is another company within the Fred. Olsen related companies.This workshop has been the third in company’s series of annual informative networking events.By Dick Hill
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PRESIDENT Evo Morales of Bolivia announced on July 15 that his government would be ‘nationalising’ the two concessions to operate the former ENFE network that were awarded in 1996. The necessary legislation had been promulgated by the president three days earlier.One of the aims of the project will be to develop the national railway network for tourism. Morales was speaking in Guaqui as he inaugurated a steam-hauled service on the 20 km route to Tiahuanaco, which has been restored as part of a US$1?8m project to develop a tourist circuit on the shores of Lake Titicaca.
EUROPE: Meeting in Paris on April 16, the President of Germany’s Federal Railway Office Armin Keppel signed an agreement with his counterpart Jean-Paul Troadec from France’s Railway Safety Authority endorsing cross-acceptance of railway vehicles between the two countries. The move follows discussions between their transport ministers in March.Cross-acceptance is seen as an important stepping stone en route to full European interoperability, reducing the time and cost needed to get locomotives and rolling stock certified for operation in different countries. The EBA-EPSF agreement is based on guidelines set out by the European Commission in its review of the interoperability provisions in the Railway Safety Directive (RG 1.08 p5). The accord initially covers regional multiple-units and high speed trains, but is expected to be expanded soon to include diesel and electric locomotives.The European Railway Agency formally established its own Cross-Acceptance Unit on April 1, to support the drive for mutual recognition of rolling stock. The unit is headed by Richard Lockett, who was previously Research & Strategy Adviser.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInThe Care Inspectorate has published its report on services for older people in Dumfries and Galloway, covering adult health and social care services. The Care Inspectorate assessed performance against 9 quality indicators. 2 were considered good and 7 were assessed as adequate*:1. Key performance outcomes – adequate2. Getting help at the right time – adequate3. Impact on staff – good4. Impact on the community – good5. Delivery of key processes – adequate6. Policy development and plans to support improvement in service – adequate7. Management and support of staff – adequate8. Partnership working – adequate9. Leadership and direction – adequate *Good = important strengths with some areas for improvementAdequate = strengths just outweigh weaknesses Councillor Jim Dempster, chairman of the Social Work Services committee, said: “Protecting our most vulnerable people is a priority for our Council. This report is in line with our self-assessment that we carried out pre-inspection. The Integrated Joint Board knows what we have to do and we have a plan in place. Engaging with our communities and workforce are key to improvement. Our commitment is demonstrated by our increase in social work services spend over the last 10 years. However, we face considerable challenges in terms of demographics, recruitment and funding. Cuts imposed by the Scottish Government make it increasingly difficult for us to meet the needs of people in our region. With a higher percentage of older people than other areas of Scotland, our challenges are only going to increase. Unless the Scottish Government rethinks its approach to funding local government, we face a demographic time bomb. We must continually lobby our case so that we can protect our most vulnerable people and meet their needs.” Julie White, chief officer for the Health and Social Care Partnership, said: “I’m confident that with the new joint arrangements now fully in place and the leadership of the Integrated Joint Board we’ll make progress in addressing the recommendations of the inspection report.” Dumfries and Galloway faces the challenge of supporting an ageing population with an increasing needs profile from both a health and social care perspective. The total population of Dumfries and Galloway is expected to decline to 141,617 by 2037 (decrease of 6.1%) while the population of Scotland is expected to increase by approximately 0.5m (increase of 8.8%). The percentage of people aged 65 years of over is forecast to increase 40% by 2037, while the number of children and working-age adults is projected to fall. People aged 65 years or over make up 27% of Dumfries and Galloway’s population, compared with a 21% average for Scotland. The ageing population profile of Dumfries and Galloway brings significant challenges. Health and social care employment remains static while significant increases in the population of people aged over 75 bring greater demands for services throughout the area. Recruiting staff to deliver care services in some areas is a challenge. The over-65s population in Dumfries and Galloway is likely to grow by 19% by 2022 and 40% by 2037 (12% for those aged 65-74 and 75% for those aged 75 and over). The number of residents aged 90 years or over is projected to increase from 1,314 in 2012 to 4,771 in 2037 (2012 based figures from the National Records of Scotland). Health and Social Care Integration will present the opportunity to work more collaboratively, planning and delivering services for people in their homes and home communities utilising their own and their communities’ resources. Despite the Scottish Government reducing the amount of funding available, Dumfries and Galloway Council has managed to increase the amount of money it has spent on social work services by £11.9m (17.8%) between 2006/07 and 2016/17.Background Info: The Care Inspectorate is the official body responsible for inspecting standards of care in Scotland, regulating and inspecting care services to make sure they meet the right standards. The Care Inspectorate also carries out joint inspections with other bodies to check how well different organisations in local areas are working to support adults and children. This helps to ensure that social work meets high standards. Healthcare Improvement Scotland works with healthcare providers across Scotland to drive improvement and help them deliver high quality, evidence-based, safe, effective and person-centred care. It also inspects services to assure the public about the quality and safety of that care. From January to March 2016, the Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland carried out a joint inspection of health and social work services for older people in Dumfries and Galloway. The purpose of the joint inspection was to assess whether the health and social work services improved outcomes for older people and their carers, examining if health and social care services worked together to effectively:• Make sure that people receive the right care at the right time in the right setting• Deliver high quality services to older people• Support older people to be independent, safe, and as healthy as possible and to have a good sense of wellbeing