US imported chikungunya cases climb to 138

first_imgUS states and territories have reported 24 more imported chikungunya cases, lifting the nation’s total so far this year to 138, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an update late yesterday.During a typical year, the US reports 28 travel-linked infections with the virus, but this year’s spike has been fueled by an ongoing outbreak in the Caribbean that has now spread to a few locations in Central America and South America.Travel destinations for patients who got sick after their return were mainly Caribbean countries, but Indonesia and Tonga are also among the list of source locations.So far, 30 states have reported imported chikungunya cases, with Texas as one of the latest to detect a case.The Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) said yesterday in an announcement about its first case that an infection was detected in a Williamson County resident who had recently returned from a trip the Caribbean.The TDSHS warned that although no local spread has been detected in the continental United States, local spread is possible, because mosquitoes that transmit the virus are found in Texas. The agency said a patient infected with the disease can transmit the virus to mosquitoes, which can then transmit the disease to others through a bite.Florida, with 34 infections so far, has reported more chikungunya cases than any other state, the CDC noted. Tennessee and California have each reported 10 cases.The only areas of the United States to report locally transmitted cases are two territories: Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. However, the number of local cases in both areas remained the same as last week, with Puerto Rico at 14 and the US Virgin Islands at 1.See also:Jun 8 CDC US chikungunya updateJun 8 TDSHS press releaselast_img read more

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The Philippines: Davao Norte Acquires Amphibian Backhoe

first_imgThe Davao del Norte provincial government has acquired an amphibian backhoe to lead in current fleet of heavy machinery deployed in the dredging of silted rivers which caused flooding when they overflowed after several days of heavy rains.Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, in an interview, said that the amphibian backhoe, worth P28 million, would be coming this month and would be deployed in the dredging activities conducted by the provincial government in the silted rivers of Saug, Tibal-og, Tuganay, Pagsabangan and others.The amphibian backhoe has the capability to float while it works, he said.He said that with the new equipment the dredging works of the provincial government would be hastened after the destructive low pressure area (LPA)put six towns of the province under the state of calamity.[mappress]Press Release, January 16, 2014last_img read more

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Bibby hires IRM vessel. Expands ROV fleet

first_imgBibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL), part of Aberdeen-based subsea installation contractor, Bibby Offshore, has further expanded its fleet by signing a charter agreement for an IRM (Inspection Repair and Maintenance) light construction vessel and adding an additional two ROVs (Remote Operating Vehicles) to its operations. [mappress]Press Release, March 10, 2014 The charter agreement with Olympic Shipping is for a newly built MT6021 vessel for a three year period, with options to extend for an additional two years. The vessel will be mobilised with ROV’s from BRIL and is expected to arrive in Aberdeen in early April next year.Mike Arnold, Bibby Offshore’s chief operating officer for the western hemisphere, said: “The business is now in control of a fleet of nine vessels and 15 ROVs. These new additions demonstrate our ongoing commitment to develop our current capabilities and expand our offering of flexible services to clients on a worldwide basis, and this is a reflection of our significant growth over the past 10 years.“The charter of the MT6021 in particular is a significant investment as we look to build up a comprehensive range of assets, which we can tailor to the specific requirements of our clients.”“Initially the MT6021 will carry out North Sea IRM scopes, supported by our skilled and dedicated team offshore to provide full IRM activities, pipeline and structural inspection and light construction support, which will be supported by our experienced onshore team.”Bjorn Kvalsund, Executive Vice President for Olympic Shipping said: “This charter builds upon the relationship we have developed with Bibby Offshore and Bibby Remote Intervention, following the commitment of a charter agreement for the Olympic Ares. We look forward to further strengthening this working relationship with the charter agreement for the MT6021.”Additionally BRIL has further expanded its ROV fleet with the purchase of two new heavy-duty vehicles. The two ROVs, due to arrive in March and June this year, are both SMD Quasar 150hp vehicles. Capable of survey, construction, and drill support operations, these units will most likely be used to support Bibby Offshore’s expansion into South East Asia and North America.Since 2003 Bibby Offshore and has grown from 10 employees in 2003 to now employ more than 1,300 people onshore and offshore worldwide, with offices in Aberdeen, Liverpool, Singapore, Trinidad and Houston. As part of the growth of the business, Bibby Remote Intervention Limited (BRIL) was launched in 2011 to provide the remote intervention element of the business.last_img read more

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Union Oil & Gas misses payment deadline for Peruvian block farm-in

first_imgBaron Oil’s Peruvian subsidiary, Gold Oil Peru, has not received the cash amount due by its Latin American partner Union Oil & Gas Group (UOGG) for the transfer of 30 percent interest in Block Z-34 offshore Peru.Baron signed the original farm-in transaction with UOGG in April 2013 and received approval in July 2016. Under the terms of the agreement, UOGG was supposed to pay Gold Oil Peru $2 million as a result of the completed public deed which finalizes the farming transaction.At the beginning of February 2017, the public deed transferring the interest from Gold Oil to UOGG was executed by the companies and the Peruvian oil and gas regulator PeruPetro.After the Central Bank of Peru also signed the public deed on February 24 confirming the deal, UOGG became liable to pay the agreed $2 million sum to Baron Oil.On Friday, March 17, Baron stated that the required sum was not paid by UOGG by the date specified in the farm-in agreement. The company added that discussions with UOGG were underway in an attempt to resolve this issue.To remind, PeruPetro has already accepted a drilling plan and location for the Cuy offshore exploration well in the Z-34 block which is located in the Talara Basin. Under the farm-in agreement, UOGG is paying 100 percent of all the costs related to the block including the planned drilling of the exploration well.According to Baron’s estimates, the block holds a total of 885 million barrels of oil recoverable, 413 of which are estimated to be in the Cuy prospect.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Top dogs herding cats

first_imgObiter has always lived by the maxim ‘be nice to your human resources people, for when the chopping starts, it is they who will be wielding the axe.’ But perhaps such thinking is for losers and wimps. Certainly David Childs, managing partner at magic circle firm Clifford Chance, shows no inhibitions about offending his firm’s human resources department, if some remarks last week are any guide. ‘I never understand HR professionals,’ he told the Global Managing Partners Summit. ‘I used to come out of meetings with them with no idea of what they were saying. They speak in jargon, but there either was no message, or it was very simple. I don’t have HR professionals reporting to me because we’re on a different planet.’ Ouch. Nevertheless, and with a good dose of cheek, a member of the audience decided to put Childs’s concerns to Tim Cole, a former HR director at magic circle firm Freshfields. ‘I don’t care whom I report to,’ he shot back in admirably plain English. ‘The mindset should be that the HR professional works for the firm, not for the partners, although they do need to report through to someone in management.’ Childs wasn’t the only top dog making a little mischief at the summit. One general counsel of a major corporation, speaking under the Chatham House rule, revealed a ‘little game’ he likes to play to ginger up the law firms on his panel. When handing out chunks of work, he likes to invite lawyers from competing firms into the same room and watch how they interact. ‘It’s daggers drawn,’ he said – admitting the process, like herding cats, is mainly for his own entertainment. Obiter assumes that the daggers in question are metaphorical, but in the current climate you never know.last_img read more

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Breakbulk events head for Shanghai

first_imgEarly bird rates can be enjoyed by anyone who registers now.The organisers promise a conference programme which will ensure that visitors learn about various topics, including: River transport along the Yangtze River; a regional panel on Mongolia; how to upgrade sourcing strategies for China; successful strategies for meeting Chinese Customs import regulations; rail and road transport west through China, as well as packing practices for China exports. There will also be a full Breakbulk Education Day programme for students and industry newcomers, as well as an in-depth heavy lift technical workshop.More information about Breakbulk China 2012 can be found here: http://breakbulkevents.com/index.php?section=breakbulk_asia2012last_img read more

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US$47m Belgrano spend proposed

first_imgTHE GOVERNOR of Argentina’s Salta province, Juan Carlos Romero, has presented a plan that would see US$47m invested in the metre-gauge Belgrano network (RG 7.06 p376) to restore key routes over a 16-month period. The 500 km identified as priority routes under the plan include Embarcación – Formosa, Joaquín V Gonzlast_img

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Regional standard for cocoa production under review

first_img 322 Views   no discussions LocalNews Regional standard for cocoa production under review by: Dominica Vibes News – March 4, 2015 Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share The regional standard for cocoa production is under review. This regional standard, according to the technician of standards development at the Bureau of Standards in Dominica, Mara Abraham, is not adopted here.Ms Abraham said in an interview with Dominica Vibes on Wednesday 4 March, at the ongoing cocoa production workshop, the regional standard is up for review because it is outdated. Mara Abraham; Technician of Standards development at the Bureau of Standards in Dominica.“The review will determine whether the document is revised, reaffirmed or it is removed from circulation totally. All indication from the Grenada Bureau of Standards, who is doing the review, is that the document will be revised,” Ms. Abraham informed.Ms Abraham, who described the workshop as “very informative”, said she is now better able to provide information during the revision process of the document. She is hopeful that once the document is revised, that it will be adopted here as the national standard.The document will give requirements and specifications for the production of cocoa, cocoa powder, milk chocolate, cocoa butter and all the different products that would require cocoa.Shadel Nyack Compton; Managing Director of Belmonte Estate Grenada.“Once the document has been revised, we need cocoa producers to participate in the process because standards development is a participatory process”. “You need to review the document and provide the necessary comments required to form the document. In that way, whatever is produced, we as a national stakeholder can adopt those requirements so that we are better able to facilitate the process to ensure that whatever is produced is of good quality,” Ms Abraham explained.Meanwhile, Shadel Nyack Compton managing director of Belmonte Estate in Grenada said the workshop has been fantastic. “I think it’s a great initiative that the OECS and donors are taking to present this workshop to people in the cocoa industry,” she said.“It has given us the opportunity to observe best practices, know the players in the industry and to address the very critical issue of food safety quality control and to start putting systems in place to ensure proper procedure are followed,” Compton said.last_img read more

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Northrop Grumman to Provide Antenna Reflectors for Inmarsat 6 Satellites

first_imgNorthrop Grumman’s Astro Aerospace has been selected by Airbus Defence and Space to provide nine meter L-band mesh reflectors for two Inmarsat 6 satellites.Astro Aerospace has 100 percent on-orbit success since 1958 and provides the most advanced and reliable unfurlable mesh reflector technology on the market. It’s unique AstroMesh technology is particularly well suited for Inmarsat 6’s L-band capacity, which is significantly greater than previous satellites and is capable of supporting a new generation of more advanced L-band services. AstroMesh deployable mesh reflectors are the lightest and stiffest available, making them ideal for this L-band communication mission.This adds to Astro Aerospace’s successful partnership with Airbus Defence and Space, which began on Inmarsat 4 and Alphasat.Astro Aerospace is a pioneer in space deployable technology structures that have enabled critical complex missions to Earth’s orbit, Mars and beyond. It’s hardware is characterized by its efficient light weight structural design and robust deployment kinematics. Since 1958, Astro Aerospace has successfully deployed technology on hundreds of space flights with a 100 percent success rate, a testament to Northrop Grumman’s commitment to reliability, quality and affordability.last_img read more

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Celeno Unveils 4.8Gbps 802.11ax Wi-Fi Solution

first_imgCeleno Communications has introduced its Everest 802.11ax silicon solution designed to address the requirement for a high performance yet cost optimized solution as well as ensuring rapid migration of existing 802.11ac designs to 802.11ax.Celeno’s Everest solution leverages the newly introduced capabilities of the 802.11ax standard including downlink and uplink MU-OFDMA, downlink and uplink MU-MIMO, as well as 802.11ax higher order 1024 QAM modulation, while leveraging Celeno’s unique AX.L technology to provide a superior, cost optimized, 4.8Gbps performance.The Everest (designed to address both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands), is based on cutting edge 14nm FinFET process node technology and will be available in a compact 12 x 12 mm BGA package.Supporting rapid 802.11ax solution/product engineering, Everest is utilizing a similar solution architecture to Celeno’s CL2400 product family: the Everest interface to the host processor is PCIe; the 802.11ax subsystem HW form factor is similar to that of the 802.11ac subsystem; and it enables fast system integration by supporting feature parity and similar software architecture and interface.Celeno’s Everest program boasts Celeno’s IP, mastered over the years, and combines it with new 802.11ax capabilities to enhance the Wi-Fi experience. An example includes combining Celeno’s scheduling technology with 802.11ax OFDMA, MU-MIMO and trigger-based scheduling to maximize performance in highly interfered and dense environments.Celeno executives will be on hand to discuss the Everest solution at Celeno’s Hospitality Suite at the Venetian during CES, which takes place January 9-12, 2018 in Las Vegas.last_img read more

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