US has 71 million vaccine doses leftThe US has 71 million doses of H1N1 vaccine remaining, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). States should keep offering doses until the seasonal flu vaccine, which will contain the pandemic strain, is available this fall, HHS spokesman Bill Hall said. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, has asked HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius how much vaccine is left and when it will expire. Hall said the remaining doses “have varying expiration dates, some as long as early 2011.”http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN0318959620100503May 3 Reuters reportH1N1 hospitalized older kids, those with underlying conditionsChildren hospitalized with pandemic H1N1 in 2009 were older and more likely to have underlying conditions than children hospitalized with seasonal flu in past years, according to a study presented today at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting. From surveillance data from 10 states, researchers found the median age of hospitalized children to be 5 years for pandemic flu and 1 year for seasonal flu, and H1N1 patients were more likely to have underlying medical conditions.http://www.abstracts2view.com/pas/view.php?nu=PAS10L1_4007&termsMay 4 PAS study abstractCzechs used only one-seventh of vaccineCzechs used only about 100,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine of the 700,000 doses ordered, according to the Czech News Agency. Only about 66,000 people in the country of more than 10 million were vaccinated. Health officials confirmed 102 deaths in the country and estimated that 100,000 people were infected.http://praguemonitor.com/2010/05/04/hn-most-swine-flu-vaccines-unused-czechsMay 3 Czech News Agency story
Press Release, July 14, 2014; Image: james-fisher James Fisher – the UK’s marine services provider, announces the formation of a new venture with Aberdeen based company KDM Marine – James Fisher Mass Flow Excavation – to jointly offer their market-leading subsea excavation capability and resources to the offshore industry in a single entity.JFMFE combines the specialist subsea excavation, de-burial and trenching capabilities of both organisations and offers the extensive HydroDigger capability of James Fisher together with the highly innovative KDM TwinProp system to the offshore oil, gas and marine renewable energy sectors worldwide.Commenting on the formation of the JFMFE, Aidan Douglas, group operations director, James Fisher and Sons plc said “We are delighted to be able to offer our customers around the globe access to both the KDM TwinProp system and the extensive experience of Mass Flow Excavation applications, systems and technology that the KDM Marine management team have successfully built up over recent years”.Former KDM Marine chief executive and managing director of JFMFE, Kenneth Mackie, added “The resources and global footprint of James Fisher provides a strong platform to reach a number of international markets with our innovative technology. Our team is made up of some of the world’s leading Mass Flow Excavation specialists, responsible for the completion of over 300 projects. JFMFE has an impressive offering with the TwinProp and HydroDigger and we look forward to developing these tools’ positions in the marketplace”.
[mappress]Source: Zacks, August 25, 2014: Image source: Diamond Offshore The latest spate of fleet status reports – with news of low dayrates and contract terminations – provide further evidence that being an offshore driller is just not fun right now, Zacks Equity Research writes in its blog.Year-to-date, shares of major companies have significantly underperformed the broader market. In particular, stocks of Transocean Ltd. and Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. are down approximately 21% and 22%, respectively, while the broad-based S&P 500 index has gained 9% over the same period.What’s more, according to some analysts, the worst is still to come for these drillers.The most pressing concern for the group, at least in the short-term, will be oversupply in the rig market. With large, multinational energy firms looking to reign in their skyrocketing capital expenses, the offshore drilling space is likely to see intense competition, as multiple firms chase a single contract.This excess capacity, in turn, could lead to lower utilization or dayrates.Secondly, the offshore contract drilling industry is perceived to be a highly cyclical one and the current thought is that rates had already peaked for this cycle back in late 2013. As the sector looks set to enter a cyclical downturn, drillers will prefer to hold on to their higher technology specification rigs, thereby significantly denting the company’s fleet utilization and profitability.Last but not least, while most of the drillers boast of billion dollar revenue backlogs, they are struggling with idled rigs – or the ones without contracts – in a slack market. On an average, just about two-thirds of available deepwater rigs for 2015 have been able to find customers. Even for this year, a number of drilling rigs remain uncontracted.Worryingly, investors do not see an immediate rebound in the sentiment and expect more punishing times ahead. In particular, companies with Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) or Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) like Parker Drilling Co. , Vantage Drilling Co. and Noble Corp. look to be in most trouble. These drillers have negative returns year to date and has been witnessing downward earnings consensus estimate revisions for the current quarter and year.
A leading trade union lawyer has dismissed expectations that a Supreme Court ruling will prompt a rush of asbestos-related litigation. The ‘trigger case’ judgment last week ruled in favour of allowing insurance claims by families of people who died after exposure to asbestos. Following the ruling, the trade union Unite suggested that ‘thousands’ of cases would be launched now the insurers’ ‘responsibility holiday’ was over. But Ian McFall, head of asbestos policy at national trade union firm Thompsons, said obstacles preventing meritorious claims for diseases such as mesothelioma were still in place. ‘Any talk of floodgates opening is ill-informed nonsense,’ said McFall. The judgment merely ‘restores the status quo’, he said. McFall said changes to the no win, no fee system and abolishing the recoverability of after-the-event insurance – which covers medical tests and tracking down insurers – meant cases were still difficult to launch. The cost of tracking down beneficiaries of decades-old policies is also blocking hundreds of cases, he said. It is almost two years since a government consultation recommended setting up a ‘fund of last resort’, funded by insurers, but there is still no sign of progress from the Department for Work and Pensions. Leon Taylor, a partner at City firm DLA Piper, said the result will be ‘a relief’ to thousands of disease victims and their families, as well as employers’ liability policy holders, whose mesothelioma-related insurance claims have been on hold pending the outcome. The Association of British Insurers welcomed the ruling and blamed the case on a ‘small group’ of insurers acting independently and at odds with the industry. ABI director Nick Starling said: ‘The ABI and our members are committed to paying compensation as quickly as possible. ‘We have always opposed the attempt to change the basis on which mesothelioma claims should be paid, as argued by those who brought this litigation.’
POLAND: Pomorskie voivodship has selected Pesa to supply 10 diesel multiple-units for 114m złoty. The seven three-car and three two-car DMUs are to be delivered by May 2015. They will be used on the Pomorska Kolej Metropolitalna line which is under construction to link Gdańsk to the city’s airport and Gdynia, where it will join the existing route to Kartuzy and Kościerzyna.The 120 km/h DMUs are required to have an entrance height of 760 mm rather than Poland’s more usual 550 mm, and will be equipped with sliding steps for use at lower platforms.
The minority party – Congress of the People (COP) in Trinidad and Tobago has announced plans to elect a new political leader on August 20.Three women are vying for the position. They are – Dr. Sharon Gopaul-McNicol, Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, and Nicole Dyer.The election ate was announced in a released signed by outgoing political leader Dr. Anirudh Mahabir. He said the issue of a pre-action protocol letter was addressed and resolved.That letter was issued by lawyers threatening legal action for the removal of one of the candidates for the post – former COP chairman Nicole Dyer-Griffith.According to Mahabir, the issue was resolved on Saturday.In the statement, the outgoing leader said following a “full and exhaustive discussion and debate which included the three candidates, the COP members decided that the 2017 political leader election will now be Sunday, August 20.”The party says all members acknowledged the importance of the upcoming election for the “rebuilding process and future of the Congress of the People as a relevant political party representing an alternative to the entrenched traditional parties.”The party, with a membership of 43,000 was expected to vote for its new leader in elections that were originally scheduled for July 9 this year..Former COP leaders Winston Dookeran and Prakash Ramadhar were ministers in the last coalition Government led by Kamla Persad-Bissessar from 2010 to 2015.
Photo credit: World Health Organization (WHO) KINGSTON, Jamaica – The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to most countries in the world has not only exposed poor hygiene practices, the inability of people to practise social distancing and the general disregard to national regulations, but also the lack of respect for healthcare professionals, particularly nurses.Many people would be quick to acknowledge the importance of doctors in a health crisis, without giving nurses the credit that they deserve.In Jamaica, since the first case of COVID-19 was reported, nurses in hospitals and clinics have complained about being scorned and discriminated against by some residents. Operators of public transportation have refused to carry nurses out of fear that they may have the virus. Many nurses have resorted to wearing plain clothes to work, instead of their uniforms, in a response to being scorned in public. But the treatment at the healthcare facilities is not much better. Nurses have also complained about being deliberately coughed on and sneezed on by patients, and even being rudely sprayed with Lysol, alcohol or other unknown substances, by people who enter their places of work.In times of a pandemic, people often react out of ignorance. And the prevalence of “fake news” has only made the job of nurses’ even harder. The more rumors and gossip spread, in relation to COVID-19 and frontline health professionals, is the more nursed are discriminated by the very people that they are paid to protect.President of the Nurses Association of Jamaica (NAJ), Carmen Johnson, urged Jamaican nurses to “fight the good fight” and continue to do their part in containing the virus and protecting the country’s residents. “I want to say to our members, continue to do what you do. Continue to prepare yourself to be a part of the greater fight that you will have to fight and the greater crisis that may result, because we have to play our part and do it well,” she told the Jamaica Observer.CARMEN JOHNSON HAS HAD TO “FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT”Carmen Johnson, who had been head of the Nurses Association of Jamaica since 2017 has also had to “fight the good fight”. Since the beginning of her tenure, Johnson has had to deal with a global health pandemic, a local dengue crisis, rampant sexual harassment, mass migration and unsatisfactory salary negotiations. However, Johnson has said that she believed that nursing was her calling.While studying at Knox College, she wanted to pursue sociology, but the care she showed for the sick and elderly at her community church in Clarendon eventually translated into a career. She officially became a nurse in the late 80s and by November 1990, she was being assigned to the St. Ann’s Bay Hospital. The devoted Christian and mother currently in her 50s, earned the nickname of “Devotional Sister”, after spending over 20 years at the hospital where she would readily have devotions and prayers with the patients.In 2017, Johnson replaced Janet Coore-Farr as president of the association. Johnson said it was “a dream come true”, while many NAJ members agreed that she was indeed the right person for the job.
Share 303 Views no discussions The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season began officially on June 1st, and from then until November 30th, the eyes of the region will be locked on the warm ocean waters of the tropics where hurricanes, among the most violent storms on earth, are formed.Senior Meteorological Officer, Marshall Alexander reports at the start of the season that conditions are expected to be ideal for severe storms this year.“The prediction for this year is for an above normal season; there is a 70% chance of 13- 19 named storms, 6-10 hurricanes and 3-6 major hurricanes of categories 3, 4, or 5 with winds of 111 miles per hour or higher.Alexander says an average hurricane season produces 12 named storms, 6 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes.El Niňo conditions which brings increased wind shear helps to prevent tropical disturbances from developing into hurricanes are not in play this season.According to Alexander, “Warmer than average sea surface temperatures which fuels tropical cyclone developments are expected to persist in the tropical Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, and favorable winds over west Africa. All of these factors increase hurricane activity.”The Atlantic hurricane season this year began prematurely this year, like the last five years with the formation of weather systems in May.The nation is advised to individuals to be prepared.“Think ahead and keep in mind the hazards that are likely to affect you throughout the season including flooding, landslide, rock fall, rough seas and high winds and also the threat of Covid-19, know your vulnerability.”The Met service encourages the public where possible to increase their knowledge on weather-related terms and warnings, warning messages by visiting our website at www.web.gov.dm or call the office at 449-1752 or 611-4490 or visit their Facebook page, Dominica Met.Stay informed at all times by listening to warnings and other information provided by trusted and designated authorities.“Remember it only takes one, always be prepared,” Alexander urges. Sharing is caring! Tweet Share LocalNews Met Office Warns of Ideal Conditions for Severe Storms by: – June 3, 2020 Share
The Indians today announced a multi-year contract extension with the “Voice of the Indians,” Tom Hamilton. The six-time recipient of the Ohio Sportscaster of the Year Award and recent Press Club of Cleveland Hall of Fame inductee will be entering his 27th season of calling Cleveland Indians Baseball in 2016.“We are very excited for our fans that Tom Hamilton will continue as the ‘Voice of the Indians’ for multiple years to come,” said Cleveland Indians Sr. VP of Public Affairs BOB DIBIASIO. “Tom is an integral part of our brand as his voice has become synonymous with Indians baseball. His enthusiastic calls and ability to masterfully document the game of baseball on the radio make him one of the best in sports.”Hamilton was promoted to the top position on the Indians broadcast team in 1998 following the retirement of the legendary Herb Score. In his 26 seasons since 1990, Hamilton has called 69 postseason games for the Tribe from 1994-99, 2001, 2007 and 2013, including all six games of the 1995 World Series and all seven games of the 1997 World Series. He joined the Indians following a three-year stint as a broadcaster for the Class AAA Columbus Clippers (1987-89).He will continue to be joined in radio broadcast booth by Jim Rosenhaus, who has been Hamilton’s full-time partner for the past four seasons broadcasting games on the Indians Radio Networ Related TopicsJim RosenhausTom Hamilton Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede
Kerusuhan di Hong Kong International Airport. Sumber: istimewa Setelah pada akhir Maret kemarin situasi di Hong Kong sempat memanas akibat rencana pemerintah untuk memberlakukan Rancangan Undang-Undang (RUU) Ekstradisi, kini situasi di sana dikabarkan masih ada ketegangan yang diakibatkan oleh ribuan orang yang menolak kehadiran dari RUU tersebut – walaupun beberapa media mengabarkan sudah ada indikasi bahwa Hong Kong sudah mulai mengalami pemulihan. Sebagai dampak dari kerusuhan masif tersebut, sejumlah maskapai dari berbagai wilayah mengaku mengalami penurunan permintaan penerbangan.Baca Juga: Diterjang Badai “RUU Ekstradisi,” Sampai Kapan Cathay Pacific dapat Bertahan?Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari laman simpleflying.com (6/11), sebut saja maskapai papan atas Singapore Airlines yang kabarnya mengalami penurunan jumlah penumpang menuju Hong Kong. Menurut pihak perusahaan, permintaan tiket untuk penerbangan tersebut masih tergolong sangat rendah – sayangnya mereka enggan membocorkan angka terkait penurunan minat penumpang untuk terbang ke negara yang menjadi bagian dari Tiongkok itu. CEO dari Singapore Airlines, Goh Choon Phong mengatakan bahwa ‘rasa tidak enak’ sebagai dampak dari kerusuhan Hong Kong diharapkan tidak semakin memburuk, “meskipun masih terlalu dini untuk mengatakan bahwa permintaan perjalanan dari Hong Kong kini tengah dalam upaya pemulihan, namun kini kondisinya sudah mulai stabil,”Di sisi lain, nasib yang dialami oleh The Flying Kangaroo Qantas terbilang lebih nestapa ketimbang Singapore Airlines – mengingat tersiar kabar yang menyebutkan bahwa pihak Qantas mengalami kerugian hingga melebihi angka US$17 juta. Pada akhir bulan Oktober saja, pihak Qantas membukukan kerugian hingga mencapai angka US$25 juta.Konflik yang terjadi antara pengunjuk rasa dan pemerintah Cina telah membuat pemelahan dari sektor pariwisata dan juga berdampak pada pelemahan ekonomi. Menurut laman Forbes, jumlah pelancong yang bertandang ke Hong Kong mengalami penurunan hingga 40% dibandingkan dengan tahun lalu – sedangkan untuk pemesanan tiket penerbangan juga mengalami pelemahan sebesar 10%.Baca Juga: Dampak Kerusuhan RUU Ekstradisi, Bandara Hong Kong Batalkan Lebih dari 200 PenerbanganJika ditanya maskapai mana yang paling terdampak dari kerusuhan ini, maka jawabannya adalah flag carrier Hong Kong, Cathay Pacific. Dimana jika dibandingkan dengan tahun lalu di rentang waktu yang sama, maskapai ini mengalami penurunan 7,2% dari segi load factor dan turun 38% dari segi lalu lintas penumpang masuk (inbound passenger traffic).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedRute ke Hong Kong Lesu, Garuda Indonesia Susutkan Frekuensi Penerbangan Jadi 2 Kali Seminggu!19/11/2019In “Domestik”Imbas Krisis Hong Kong, Makau dan Shenzhen Ikut Terdampak Penurunan Wisatawan20/11/2019In “Featured”(Masih) Terdampak RUU Ekstradisi, Cathay Pacific Bakal Turunkan Kapasitas Bangku di 202031/12/2019In “Featured”