H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Research priorities, possible placental transmission, infected animals, flu-fighting proteins

first_imgDec 17, 2009Modelers list H1N1 research needs to help form policyA World Health Organization working group of mathematical modelers has presented a list of research needs to help inform policy choices related to the H1N1 pandemic. Leading the list of data needs are serologic surveys to assess what proportion of the population remains susceptible to the virus, says the group’s article in PLoS Currents. The group also calls for monitoring the time course of the incidence of severe cases to help assess the effects of steps such as school closures.http://knol.google.com/k/maria-van-kerkhove/studies-needed-to-address-public-health/agr0htar1u6r/18#PLoS Currents reportIndia suspects placental transmission of fluA finding of H1N1 flu infection in a newborn, tested immediately after delivery because her mother was ill, has led Indian health authorities to suspect placental transmission of the flu virus, according to The Hindu newspaper. Placental transmission of influenza is thought to be rare but has been recorded with the H5N1 avian flu virus.http://www.hindu.com/2009/12/17/stories/2009121758162000.htmDec 17 The Hindu reportThailand, China report novel H1N1 in pigs, dogsTwo countries recently confirmed novel H1N1 viruses in animals: Thailand in pigs and China in pigs and two dogs, according to reports filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). All cases were detected during enhanced surveillance. The Thai outbreak involved piglets at a farm in Saraburi province. In China the virus was detected in pigs at a slaughterhouse in Heilongjiang province and in dogs at an animal hospital in Beijing.http://www.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000008666_20091217_123757.pdfDec 17 OIE report from ChinaScientists identify natural flu-fighting proteinsWriting in Cell, Boston researchers report the discovery of a family of natural antiviral proteins that help protect human cells from influenza, dengue, and West Nile viruses. In human and mouse cells, the proteins, called interferon-inducible transmembrane (IFITM) proteins, prevented most virus particles from infecting cells or slowed their invasion. The proteins were active against the pandemic H1N1 virus and other flu strains, according to a Harvard Medical School press release.http://download.cell.com/images/edimages/Cell/IEP/Brass.pdfCell reportlast_img read more

FAO launches new vehicle to fund antimicrobial resistance

first_imgThe Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) has launched a new funding vehicle meant to accelerate the response to rising global rates of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).The AMR Multi-Partner Trust Fund, which is being supported by an initial contribution of $5 million from the Netherlands, was developed through the joint efforts of the Tripartite—the FAO and sister UN agencies the World Organization for Animal Health, and the World Health Organization.”The AMR Trust Fund has a five-year scope, through 2024, and aims to scale up efforts to support countries to counter the immediate threat of AMR, arguably the most complex threat to global health,” the FAO said in a press release yesterday.The Trust Fund’s immediate funding appeal is $70 million, which would be used jump-start an AMR Workplan for 2019-20. Specifically, the fund will bolster countries’ existing AMR action plans and scale up local efforts.One Health approach highlightedTypically, the FAO focuses on sending hunger and food insecurity, but a One Health approach to AMR—one the combines attacking human, animal, and environmental AMR threats—requires the FAO’s input.”FAO is fully dedicated to help eliminate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition and dedicated to produce safe food for a growing world population in a sustainable way,” said FAO Deputy-Director General, Climate and Natural Resources Maria Helena Semedo in a press release. “Antimicrobials are necessary tools to ensure food security, but they need to be used in a responsible way. FAO considers the Multi Partner Trust Fund as a milestone in our Tripartite efforts to reduce AMR,” she added.According to the UN, drug-resistant diseases cause at least 700,000 deaths globally annually, including 230,000 deaths from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. And experts predict 2.4 million people in high-income countries could die between 2015 and 2050 if currents rates of AMR continue.See also:Jun 19 FAO press releaseApril UN report on AMRlast_img read more

New Coastal Expert Joins ABPmer Team

first_imgABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd (ABPmer) has appointed David Finch, a coastal and estuarine dynamics specialist, to extend its support to the coastal management and waterside development sectors.David has over 26 years’ experience in the construction, calibration and application of hydrodynamic, wave and sediment transport models and in the specification and supervision of oceanographic surveys.He has managed and directed large multi-disciplinary projects including beach management works and major port and waterfront developments all over the world, including the UK, Middle East and Caribbean.Bill Cooper, ABPmer’s Managing Director, said: “His knowledge, experience and understanding will enhance our offer to the waterside development and coastal management sector. We expect him to provide a strong link between our natural processes and modelling teams as well as valuable input to ABPmer’s Middle East business development strategy.”ABPmer has a long history of assisting developers plan, design and implement projects at the coast. Their knowledge is regularly applied to coastal defense schemes, marinas, port developments, power stations and waterside development.last_img read more

Dry January as juniors ban alcohol from events

first_imgNo alcohol will be served at junior lawyer events this month in support of ‘dry January’, the Law Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) has announced.In healthy drinking guidance published today, the JLD says lawyers and firms have a ‘collective responsibility’ to change drinking habits. ‘As part of dry January and to celebrate the launch of this guidance, the JLD will not be offering alcohol at any of its events during January 2020.’The guidance adds that junior lawyers and those at recruitment events often ‘feel pressure to consume alcohol to show that they can fit in with the team’ and ‘any pressure from a more senior figure could be construed as workplace bullying’.In a series of recommendations, the JLD says that firms should re-label work social events to divert the initial perception away from alcohol. It suggests that events currently called ‘drinks’, ‘champagne receptions’ or ‘wine and nibbles’ should instead be called ‘socialising’, ‘networking’, ‘refreshments’ or ‘gatherings’.It also suggests that firms try activities that do not centre around alcohol, such as ping-pong, quizzes, mixed netball, cake decorating, activity days, tea ceremonies and hat-making.Alcohol training is also advisable, the JLD states. ‘Training for everyone on the issues associated with alcohol is a great way to communicate the organisation’s message. In a world where we are familiar with books full of policies, a brief handout on the firm’s approach to alcohol, which includes the above strategies, is a great start.’last_img read more

Director of Agriculture endorses soil fertility project

first_imgLocalNews Director of Agriculture endorses soil fertility project by: Dominica Vibes News – February 10, 2015 215 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Director of Agriculture, Ricky BrumantThe director of agriculture, Ricky Brumant has endorsed a Soil Fertility Mapping Project, launched here on Monday 9 February 2015 with the assistance of the Kingdom of Morocco, which he said marks a very important day in Dominica’s history.Speaking at the launching of the project Launching at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau, Mr Brumant said this project is one that the country has been looking forward to since 1967.He said the Ministry of Agriculture has worked with farmers over the years to increase productivity and improve production but these efforts have been impeded due to lack of scientific information.Mr Brumant said many projects have been launched in the ministry over the years but this is one of the most important projects that it will have embarked upon. “It essentially provides us with new capacity to do many things. God has blessed us with very fertile soil but managing that soil is an important action,” Mr Brumant explained. “We are going to help the soil to help us, help our farmers, help the productivity of the country and of course help us as we seek to develop our agricultural sector,” he continued.Meanwhile, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Johnson Drigo noted that the project is aimed at supporting the Ministry’s efforts at enhancing agricultural production.“It is a visible sign of the commitment of the government of the Commonwealth of Dominica at ensuring that viable data and information is made available upon which decisions for sustainable crop production can be made,” Minister Drigo said.Minister Drigo further informed that, “through this project we will build capacity to manage our soil fertility establish a database and develop a sound soil information system to speedily and effectively respond to your needs and your personal demands for fertilizers”.A six-member delegation from the Moroccan Agency for International Cooperation (AMCI) are on island for the launching of the project which is specifically aimed to design and develop a Geo-referenced soil information and expert system: GIS-Ferti-Dominica; fertilizer recommendations for major crops, the establishment of a national fertilizer programme; and to develop the human and technical capacity of farmers and extension agents in terms of soil information and fertility monitoring and management.last_img read more

Automotive Task Force Selects Circular Coil Design for Electronic Vehicle Wireless Charging Systems

first_imgWiTricity has announced that the SAE International’s J2954 Taskforce has selected a circular coil topology for its official test station against which Electronic Vehicle (EV) wireless charging systems will be tested for interoperability and standards compliance. Products developed by car makers, Tier 1 suppliers and charging infrastructure suppliers will be measured against 3.7 kW and 7.7 kW test stations.The agreement on key technical and procedural elements of the standard was reached at a meeting of the SAE J2954 Task Force members held in Ingolstadt, Germany in mid-January. The goal of the task force is to develop a standard that ensures interoperability between the wide range of electrified vehicles being developed by carmakers worldwide and the wireless charging stations that will be widely deployed to streamline the charging of the next generation of EVs and PHEVs.Vehicle electrification is a priority for automakers, and providing drivers with the most convenient charging experience is critical to reaching mass adoption. Wireless charging has emerged as a preferred solution for electric vehicles and for the autonomous electric vehicles that are expected to be in the market in the coming years. The SAE J2954 Task Force is developing standards for wireless charging that enable automakers and their suppliers, as well those companies planning to build and operate wireless charging stations for public usage, to offer seamless interoperability on a global basis.WiTricity’s DRIVE series of EV reference designs include 3.7 kW, 7.7 kW and 11 kW, scaling to 22 kW and higher, and is based on the company’s patented magnetic resonance technology. These designs deliver superior end-to-end efficiency of 91%-94% and combine WiTricity’s innovative TMN technology with its circular coil design.WiTricity is working with major automakers and Tier 1 suppliers including Toyota, Delphi, TDK, IHI and BRUSA to bring the next-generation of wireless EV charging to a commercial reality. The company has also announced it is working with General Motors (GM) and Nissan in testing the DRIVE system.last_img read more

PH Premier League delays football season opener

first_imgMANILA – To allow two of its members to complete the needed requirements, the Philippine Premier League (PPL) decided to postpone its season opener to next month.In a statement, the PPL said it is postponing its opening from March 30 to April 27 to allow the Mendiola Football and Philippine Air Force to comply with all the criteria set out in the Philippine Football Federation club licensing regulations for the 2019 season.“It is hoped that with the additional time the two teams can be granted provisional club licenses that will permit them to join the league this season. We are taking this step to comply with the directives of the Philippine Football Federation,” the PPL said.Green Archers United Football Club, which also applied for a license, has been granted a provisional license to become one of the seven teams in the country’s top tier tournament. Other participating squads were Philippine Football League champions Ceres-Negros FC and Kaya-Iloilo FC, Stallion Laguna FC and United Makati FC (formerly Global-Cebu FC).The PPL, which is a reboot of the Philippines Football League (PFL), will run from the end of April to December and matches to be held in Metro Manila.Just like in the PFL, PPL will have two conferences with the first being the League, which is a three round-robin contest, and the Copa Paulino Alcantara, where the teams will fight among their group mates./PNlast_img read more

Punya Beragam Peran dan Spesifikasi, Inilah Jenis-Jenis Kapal RoRo

first_imgSumber: harnas.co Bagi Anda yang sering menggunakan jasa penyebrangan laut dengan menggunakan ferry, tentu Anda sedikit banyaknya tahu tentang keberadaan berbagai macam kapal jenis RoRo (Roll on Roll off) di pelabuhan. Selain dikenal dapat mengangkut penumpang, kapal RoRo juga terkenal ampuh untuk mengangkut beragam moda darat, mulai dari sepeda motor hingga kereta api sekalipun. Selama bertahun-tahun, beberapa kemajuan teknologi telah terjadi di dalam kapal penghubung antar pelabuhan ini, berikut KabarPenumpang.com himpun beberapa jenis RoRo yang dilansir dari laman marineinsight.com.Baca Juga: Yuk Kenali “Ganasnya” Laut Dengan Level Sea StatePure Car Carrier (PCC) dan Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC) RoRo ShipSumber: youtube.com Sesuai dengan namanya, PCC dikhususkan untuk mengangkut mobil; sedangkan PCTC tidak hanya mampu mengangkut mobil tapi juga truk dan beragam variasi kendaraan roda empat lainnya. Dari tampilan fisik, kedua kapal ini cukup mencolok ketika berada di atas air mengingat ukurannya yang bisa dibilang sangat besar. Biasanya PCC dan PCTC digunakan untuk pengiriman kendaraan baru antar pulau.Container Vessel + RoRo (ConRo) ShipSumber: containerst.comIni merupakan penggabungan antara truk container dengan RoRo. Interior kapal semacam ini dirancang sedemikian rupa sehingga keseluruhan beban yang diangkut oleh kapal ini dapat didistribusikan secara merata dan seimbang. Daya angkut maksimum kapal ConRo ini sendiri dapat mencapai angka 20.000 hingga lebih dari 50.000 DWT (Dead Weight Tonnes).General Cargo + RoRo (GenRo) ShipSumber: citadelshippingSebuah kapal kargo dengan daya angkut normal yang dilengkapi dengan fasilitas RoRo disebut Genro. Ukurannya sendiri terbilang lebih kecil dari dua jenis kapal di atas dengan perkiraan daya angkut 2.000 hingga 30.000 DWT.RoPaxSumber: knudehansen.comRoPax merupakan istilah yang diberikan kepada kapal RoRo yang tidak hanya bisa mengangkut mobil, tapi juga menyediakan fasilitas yang dapat menunjang kehidupan para pelayar di atas kapal. RoPax tidak hanya digunakan sebagai istilah teknis, tapi juga nama kapal ini kerap kali didefinisikan sebagai ferry yang mengangkut kendaraan dan penumpang yang menghubungkan dua pelabuhan.Baca Juga: Dublin Port Kedatangan Ferry Ro-Ro Terbesar di Dunia “MV Celine”Complete RoRo ShipSumber: marineinsight.comKapal jenis ini tidak memiliki hatchways, dan sering kali digunakan di laut lepas. Walaupun bernama Complete RoRo Ship, tapi kapal ini hanya dapat mengangkut antara 2.000 hingga 40.000 DWT, tidak sebesar ConRo Ship.Pada prinsipnya kapal Ro-Ro adalah kapal yang bisa memuat kendaraan yang berjalan masuk ke dalam kapal dengan penggeraknya sendiri dan bisa keluar dengan sendiri juga, sehingga disebut sebagai kapal roll on – roll off. Oleh karena itu, kapal ini dilengkapi dengan pintu rampa yang dihubungkan dengan moveble bridge atau dermaga apung ke dermaga. Secara keseluruhan, kapal RoRo juga tidak hanya digunakan untuk kepentingan sipil saja, melainkan di sektor angkatan laut juga menggunakan kapal ini, biasanya untuk mengangkut barang-barang penting yang berasal dari laut.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedSebaiknya Anda Tahu, Kapal Ferry Bukan Hanya Jenis Ro-Ro Saja01/10/2019In “Angkutan Ferry”Dublin Port Kedatangan Ferry Ro-Ro Terbesar di Dunia “MV Celine”30/10/2017In “Angkutan Ferry”Ini Daftar 9 Pelabuhan Laut Tersibuk di Indonesia21/02/2017In “Destinasi Laut”last_img read more

Micciche Says The House Has Not Held Up The Senate

first_imgThe 40-member House remains unorganized 31 days into the session. The House has 23 Republicans, but only 20 of them have been aligned with the GOP caucus. The House has voted four times for Speaker, but always ended with a 20-20 split. They are scheduled to convene for a floor session at 10am on Thursday. Sen. Micciche: “So far, the House has not held up the Senate. We arrived on the first day of the session and have been working hard and moving through our bills, budget, and finance work. They will reach a point when they are the bottleneck in moving forward. They are a month late to work.” Micciche: “They must organize, people need to put their egos aside. They need to organize the way people elected them to be organized. We are hoping that comes together in the next few days.” center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享With over a third of the Legislative session behind us, Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen) said the lack of organization in the House has not slowed down the momentum of the Senate. Micciche: “There are many dedicated House members that have been ready to go to work. They have been sitting through our meetings trying to understand what needs to occur in the next two months. I don’t want the public to hold the entire House responsible when they problem with organizing has been limited to a few that have been focused on something different.”last_img read more

Reports: Liverpool To Make Thiago Alcantara First Summer Signing

first_imgPremier League champions Liverpool are reportedly close to making Bayern Munich’s Thiago Alcantara their first summer signing ahead of next season.Spanish publication Sport reports that negotiations between Liverpool and Bayern Munich for the Spanish midfielder are at an advanced stage with only financial details remaining to be struck. It is understood the Bundesliga champions want 35m euros for the 29-year-old Alcantara but the English champions are reportedly unwillingly to pay the sum in one fell swoop and would prefer a structured outlay.The player has reportedly agreed personal terms with Liverpool.Having spent seven years at Bayern and approaching his 30th birthday, the Bavarians are keen to do a deal for Alcantara who is reportedly keen on a new challenge and has indicated he won’t be renewing his deal which has one year left.Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of the former Barcelona ace and observed him in person many times when he coached Bayern rivals Borussia Dortmund.The Reds have found joy in the Bundesliga market and if the deal goes through Alcantara will join Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino as players to have made the move to Anfield from Germany.RelatedThiago Alcantara: Liverpool Set To Complete Signing Of Bayern MidfielderSeptember 17, 2020In “England”Liverpool Sign Thiago AlcantaraSeptember 18, 2020In “England”Why Villarreal Rejected £30m Liverpool Bid For Samuel ChukwuezeFebruary 11, 2020In “England”last_img read more