Pinterest 789 Canadian students were surveyed about their drinking in the previous month, and questioned about the number of drinks, the timeframe of consumption, and the severity of their hangover. The researchers calculated the estimated Blood Alcohol Concentration in those who experienced hangovers and those who didn’t. In fact, four-fifths (79%) of those who claimed not to experience hangovers had an estimated blood alcohol level of less than 0.10%.According to lead author Dr Joris Verster (Utrecht University);‘We have been working with Canadian and Dutch students on this issue. In general, we found a pretty straight relationship; the more you drink, the more likely you are to get a hangover. The majority of those who in fact reported never having a hangover tended to drink less, perhaps less than they themselves thought would lead to a hangover’.In a further refinement, the group looked at whether eating or drinking water directly after drinking alcohol made you less likely to experience a hangover. They questioned 826 Dutch students on their latest heavy drinking session, and whether they had food or water after the alcohol. 449 students (54.4%) ate after drinking. The students were asked to rate their hangover (from absent to extreme). In fact, hangover severity was not very different between the two groups.As Joris Verster said‘Those who took food or water showed a slight statistical improvement in how they felt over those who didn’t, but this didn’t really translate into a meaningful difference. From what we know from the surveys so far, the only practical way to avoid a hangover is to drink less alcohol’.He added ‘These are early questionnaire-based studies, and are amongst the first of their kind. This means they have limitations, but they do give us an indication of what happens. Our next step is to move forward with more controlled trials’.Commenting for the ECNP, Dr Michael Bloomfield (University College, London) said:“Throughout the world the economic and social costs of alcohol abuse run into hundreds of billions of euros per year. It’s therefore very important to answer simple questions like ‘how do you avoid a hangover?’ Whilst further research is needed, this new research tells us that the answer is simple – ‘drink less’.” LinkedIn Share Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email Are some people immune to hangovers, and can eating or drinking water after heavy drinking prevent a hangover? The answers appear to be ‘no’ and ‘no’ according to new research presented the ECNP conference in Amsterdam.Excessive alcohol consumption has familiar consequences, many of them quite damaging. If a person does not experience a hangover – and 25% to 30% of drinkers regularly claim this – they may be more likely to continue drinking, so good research into the outcomes of drinking to excess is needed.A group of international researchers from the Netherlands and Canada have surveyed drinking habits to see what can be understood about ‘the morning after’.
Jan 24, 2012US Supreme Court overturns California’s ‘downer’ livestock lawThe US Supreme Court yesterday unanimously overturned a California law that required euthanization of “downer” livestock as a food safety measure, thereby upholding the supremacy of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA) of 1906, Food Safety News (FSN) reported today. California enacted the law in 2009, banning the sale or slaughter or downer cattle, pigs, goats, and sheep, which are animals that are unable to walk. Downer cattle may pose an increased risk of bovine spongiform encephalitis, or mad cow disease, though no cases have been identified in the United States since 2006. The National Meat Association challenged the California law on behalf of pork producers, and a federal judge in Fresno struck down the law, but the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco reversed that decision. In its decision, the Supreme Court said the FMIA “expressly pre-empts” state laws aimed at federally inspected pork facilities.Jan 24 FSN storyCalifornia ends 2011 with no pertussis deathsFor the first time since 1991, California reported no pertussis (whooping cough) deaths last year, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said in a statement today. The zero fatality report comes a year after the disease sickened 9,000 Californians and killed 10 infants. Dr Ron Chapman, director of the CDPH, said contributing factors were greater pertussis awareness, more rapid diagnosis and treatment, and increased vaccination rates. “I thank our public health and medical communities for working together and being especially vigilant following the 2010 epidemic,” he said in the statement. The state offered hospitals free vaccine for new parents. A new state law takes effect this fall that requires students in grades 7 through 12 to get a tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) booster. The CDPH said state had more than 3,000 infections in 2011, which is still high. For comparison, in 1991, the last year when no deaths were reported, only 249 pertussis cases were reported. Of 575 babies 3 months or younger who had pertussis, 42% were hospitalized last year, down from 59% in 2010.Jan 24 CDPH statement
Google Flu Trends adjusts how it tracks dataGoogle Flu Trends has adjusted the modeling it uses so that it can more accurately predict US activity after it overemphasized flu severity last season, Google engineer Christian Stefansen said in a blog post yesterday.The tool predicts influenza activity based on Google search terms, and it tracked with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data fairly well from the end of the 2009-10 H1N1 pandemic till early this year, Stefansen wrote. In January, after Google Flu Trends experts noticed differences between its estimates and weekly CDC reports, they examined the cause.”We found that heightened media coverage on the severity of the flu season resulted in an extended period in which users were searching for terms we’ve identified as correlated with flu levels,” Stefansen wrote. “In early 2013, we saw more flu-related searches in the US than ever before.”After examining several options to fix the model, “We determined that an update using the peak from the 2012-2013 season provided a close approximation of flu activity for recent seasons,” Stefansen said. “We will be applying this update to the US flu level estimates for the 2013-2014 flu season, starting from August 1st.”The new model will forecast lower flu levels than last year’s model did at a similar point, Stefansen said, which should better approximate CDC data.A study published about 2 weeks ago found fault with the reliability of Google Flu Trends, saying it missed the first wave of the 2009 pandemic and greatly overestimated the 2012-13 epidemic. Oct 29 Google blog post Google Flu Trends home page Oct 18 CIDRAP News item on study of Google Flu Trends CDC: Newest H7N9 cases raise no new alarmsThe two cases of H7N9 avian influenza in China reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) in October, the first since Aug 11, are not unexpected and do not change the current risk assessment for the virus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an Oct 28 update.The agency points out that after the initial surge of cases at the outbreak’s start in April, sporadic cases have continued to occur and that, with the purported seasonal variation in circulation of avian flu viruses, infections in both birds and people may increase as the weather becomes cooler. Forecasting the number of cases is not possible, however, says the agency.The most recent case, reported by the WHO on Oct 24, involved a 67-year-old farmer who had contact with live poultry, the main source of exposure to date. No sustained human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus has been reported from China, nor has the epidemiology of the virus changed, the CDC said.The WHO’s global H7N9 count stands at 137 cases and 45 deaths.Oct 28 CDC update May 13 CDC article “H7N9: Is This Flu Something to Worry About?” $5.5 million from NIAID for adjuvanted pandemic flu vaccineNanoBio Corporation, an Ann Arbor, Mich., biopharmaceutical company, announced yesterday that it has been awarded initial funding of $5.5 million from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) for support of NanoVax-Panflu, a vaccine that combines the company’s proprietary non-emulsion (NE) adjuvant with a plant-based recombinant H5 pandemic influenza antigen.The adjuvanted vaccine will elicit both systemic and mucosal immunity, the latter crucial in protecting against such pathogens as respiratory viruses that enter the body through mucosal surfaces, says the release.NanoBio has recently tested NE-adjuvanted vaccines for respiratory syncytial virus and type 2 genital herpes. Says company CEO David Peralta in the release, “The results of these studies very clearly demonstrate the ability of the NE adjuvant to elicit mucosal immunity and the important role this type of immunity plays in protecting against disease.”The total contract is valued at $10 million if all options are exercised, and it includes a future option for work on an NE-adjuvanted vaccine against HIV.Oct 29 NanoBio press release
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The Danish davit manufacturer Xervo will provide its top-quality lifeboats, Boat-In-A-Box, to several Maersk Drilling projects.It will deliver lifeboat and rescue boat systems to the soon-to-be completed fourth rig in the XLE series, which will be the world’s largest jack-up rig ever, as well as lifeboats to a retrofit project on the Maersk Innovator.Maersk Drilling has chosen to equip its XL Enhanced 4 rig with seven Boat-In-A-Box lifeboat and rescue boat systems from the Danish company Xervo. The system was developed in line with NORSOK R-002 standards and meets those standards, which was one of the reasons that Maersk Drilling chose Xervo.”Over the years, we’ve put a lot of emphasis on improving safety on our rigs, and Xervos lifeboats are in a class by themselves. We are proud to put Maersk Drilling on the map as one of the pioneers within safety by building our rigs after NORSOK standards even before the rules go into effect,” says Frederik Smidth, CTO at Maersk Drilling.Related: Westcon welcomes world’s largest jack-up rigThe XLE rig is the world’s largest jack-up rig, and at the moment Maersk Drilling is building the fourth in the series at Daewoo Shipbuilding (DSME) in South Korea. The rig, with legs that are more than 200m long, will be able to operate in water depths of up to 150m. The 180 people housed on the rig will be able to work at previously unseen heights, which will create even greater demands on the lifeboat systems’ construction.Xervo has also delivered lifeboat systems to the other XLE projects. The first rig in the series has just been delivered.”It’s been an exciting assignment to work on. Via a comprehensive development co-operation with Maersk Drilling, KeppelFELS and DNV, we’ve set new standards for safety levels and reliability on this project. That’s why it’s very satisfying for us that we’ve been able to deliver systems to the world’s largest shipyard, and that both delivery and commissioning have been problem-free and gone according to plan. We can now document an uptime for the system of over 99.98%, and we look forward to carrying forward all of the experiences we’ve gained here onto the next XLE project,” says Esben Juul Sørensen, CEO at Xervo.Retrofit on Maersk InnovatorMaersk Drilling also chose Xervo as a supplier on the Maersk Innovator rig, which operates in the Norwegian part of the North Sea. The rig, which is leased by ConocoPhillips, needs to replace its lifeboat systems in order to meet the new, stricter regulations, and the changes will have to be made while the rig is operational.”We’re very pleased with the trust Maersk Drilling has shown us by placing these orders. It’s part of our DNA that we are constantly improving our skills and using our experience to improve our products. We have carried out this type of operation before, and every time we do it we learn a lot that we can use on future projects. It’s an advantage that Xervo is part of a larger company SH Group, so that we’re prepared to deliver turn-key solutions and commission them offshore,” says Esben Juul Sørensen.[mappress]Press Release, May 26, 2014
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HLPFI reported on March 24, 2015 that AEP had engaged Morgan Stanley to explore strategic alternatives for its inland barge subsidiary, which is headquartered in Chesterfield, Missouri, and owns around 2,301 barges, as well as 56 tugs. AEP acquired the barge transportation business, formerly known as MEMCO, from Progress Energy in 2001. Upon close of the sale – which the company says is expected in the fourth quarter of 2015 – ACL will acquire AEP River Operations by purchasing all the stock of AEP Resources, the parent company of the barge business. ACL will then assume all assets and liabilities of AEP River Operations.AEP will retain ownership of its captive barge fleet that delivers coal to the company’s regulated coal-fuelled power plants owned by Appalachian Power, Kentucky Power and Indiana Michigan Power. No decision has been made about the future of that business, confirmed the company. www.aep.comwww.aepriverops.com
Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Ford recalls 228,000 F-150 pickups and Lincoln SUVs for loose cables Published: July 6, 2020 7:39 PM EDT Updated: July 6, 2020 8:13 PM EDT Author: Peter Valdes-Dapena / CNN Business Ford recalls 1.3 million Explorer SUVs and F-150 pickups On Monday, July 13, Ford will unveil three new SUVs, all bearing the Bronco name.There will be a two-door midsized version of the off-road SUV, a four-door version and a smaller off-roader called the Bronco Sport. In effect, Ford is creating a separate sub-brand for off-road SUVs under the Bronco name.As it brings back a model name that’s been out of production for almost 25 years, Ford’s target is obvious: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Jeep.Jeep is a tantalizing target. It’s one of the strongest automotive brands in the world, a power attested to by the fact that, since its origins in World War II, it has survived four different corporate owners.Today, buyers will pay close to sticker price for a Jeep SUV, instead of negotiating a deep discount with the dealer, then will often pay more for Jeep accessories to customize their purchase. Plus, fans also buy Jeep-branded clothing, baby strollers and dog toys. The four-door Jeep Wrangler Unlimited has the best resale value among off-road SUVs in 2020, according to Kelley Blue Book.Jeep’s strength lies in the off-road capabilities of its core product, the Wrangler, the ancestral connection to the rugged four-wheel-drive car used in World War II.Ford was one of the main contractors for those vehicles and built 270,000 of them during the war. The famous seven-slot stamped metal grill, a version of which adorns Wranglers today, was designed by Ford. But Ford was building those General Purpose vehicles, or GPs, under license to help with the war effort. The design remained with Willys-Overland Motors after the war. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions Jeep, and that famous grill, ended up as the valued property of Fiat Chrysler.Ford eventually found its own valued property in the Bronco name. Original Broncos, the smaller ones built from 1966 to 1977, are hot items among collectors. Prices for classic Broncos have increased 76% over the last three years, according to the collectible car company Hagerty. Some of that increase is probably due to Ford’s impending reintroduction of the brand, which has brought new attention to the old models. But, even before that became public knowledge, classic Broncos were leading a surge in collectible SUVs.Taking on an old foeBack in the early 1960s, before creating the original Broncos, Ford researched the competition, which also included the recently introduced International Harvester Scout, to find out what owners found lacking in their current off-road vehicles.“What the target audience didn’t like about the [Jeep] CJ and the Scout was the fact that it had a bumpy ride and wasn’t very comfortable,” said Ford archivist Ted Ryan in an interview with CNN Business.So Ford designed the original Bronco to provide a nicer ride on highways while still being able to tackle rugged off-road environments, he said.Ford did that sort of research to see how it could improve upon today’s off-road models, such as the Jeep Wrangler and Toyota’s Tacoma pickup.In contrast to those models, dealership lots these days are filled with so-called crossover SUVs designed to provide comfort and safe handling on the road, but not to venture far from smooth pavement. Sales of these car-like crossovers have exploded in recent years, virtually taking over the automotive world. Still, there remains a market for SUVs designed for rock-strewn trails and washed out gullies.“We set up expert panels of enthusiasts and people that really understand this space because we hadn’t been there for over a couple of decades,” said Mark Grueber, Ford’s consumer marketing manager. “We went out and immersed ourselves in different customer events and tried to live and breathe with the customers and understand what they liked and didn’t like with the current products that are out there.”About half, or a little less, of Bronco owners will frequently take them off-road, said Greuber. That statistic can vary a lot depending on the definition of “off-road” which can range from a gravel road to scrambling over a boulder with one wheel hanging in the air.To introduce new Bronco owners and potential buyers to the Bronco’s capabilities, Ford is creating four off-road driving parks with the awkward name of Ford Offroadeos. Each will include a variety of terrains for drivers of various skill and courage levels. Land Rover has similar sorts of locations around the world where it can show off the capabilities of its SUVs and teach drivers how to use them.Ford is also working with an existing online community, thebronconation.com, to help introduce the new SUVs, the company said. These efforts are similar to clubs and off-roading events, most independently organized, that Jeep uses to build a sense of camaraderie around its brand and products.Ford is also working with clothing and toy companies that offer licensed Bronco products.With the Bronco, Ford is bringing back a name that, like the Mustang, resonates with a certain set of consumers. The company now even has a separate division, Ford Icons, devoted to managing just these brands.“It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly,” said David Pericak, director of product line management for Ford Icons. “If we do it wrong, we could potentially lose the iconic status.” Recommended Ford is bringing back the Bronco and it’s aimed right at Jeep SHARE
Tweet Share 221 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! A two-day workshop, geared at revitalizing the production of coconut in Dominica, is under way at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus Dominica site’s Conference Room.The Group/Cluster Development and Strengthening Workshop commenced on Wednesday 16 November 2016 and is being implemented by the Caribbean Agriculture Research and Development Institute (CARDI) in nine CARIFORUM countries. It has received funding from the European Union with support from the International Trade Center.Coconut farmers, processors and extension officers are participating in the workshop which is being facilitated by Facilitators Beverly Chase and Tristan Alvarez.According to Chase, who is one of the consultants on the project, this focus on coconuts is because of a decline in coconut supply although there has been an increase in the demand for coconut and coconut products over the years.“Say from 2008 to 2014, there has been, what you would say maybe about an 800% increase for these products and the Caribbean has seen a decline in the industry, over the past may be twenty, thirty, forty years and therefore there’s a need to revitalize the industry in the Caribbean,” Chase stated.This project therefore is looking at four basic outcomes; strengthening the regional synergies in the industry and developing the production capacity “because in order for us to go forward we must revitalize the production of coconut”.The project also aims to bring local stakeholders together in each regional territory in order to develop a plan for the industry and manage the associated risks.“We want the stakeholders, persons who are present here the farmers, the processors, the oil processors, the water processors and hopefully maybe some financial supporting agencies, we want them to come together and work together in order to develop an action plan to go forward,” Chase added.Thus, as part of the workshop, the facilitators are presenting some tools in the area of value added products, identifying value added products, cost of production, an action plan for the coconut industry, and providing guidance in accessing funding in order to implement these activities.The consultants are of the view that there is great potential for the coconut industry in the Caribbean but that farmers and processors need to view it as a business.“There’s a lot of demand, there’s a lot of potential and from a business point of view we want to capitalize on that. Part of what I’ll be doing, will be to sensitize you all and get you all to see yourselves as business men and business women, we’re in it to make a profit,” facilitator, Tristan Alvarez.He said while the whole aspect of food security, rural development and livelihood enhancement is important, which comes from the profit development aspect of running a business, these cannot be done if the business is operating at a loss.“So I look forward to working with you. Some of the things that I hope we can do in a practical sense would be developing a course of production model. I’m not sure how many of you would have cost your own production, but we can cost one for the industry and we will look at doing that,” Alvarez said.He added that “as an individual you could only go so far but together you can go even further and that’s the point we want to get across you as well”. Share BusinessLocalNews CARDI seeking to revitalize coconut industry with EU funding by: Dominica Vibes News – November 17, 2016 Share