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News Scan for Sep 03, 2013

first_imgSaudi Arabia reports recovery of four MERS patientsIn a pair of puzzling statements, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sep 1 reported the recovery of four patients from Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infections, though two of them had previously been described as asymptomatic.One statement announced the recovery of a 7-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy in Hafr Al-Batin. They apparently are the two patients whose asymptomatic cases were announced by the MOH on Aug 29; they are family members of a 38-year-old man who died of MERS on Aug 17.Without giving any other details, the MOH said the two children “left the hospital fully cured.”The other two patients who recovered are a 26-year-old from Hafr Al-Batin and a 19-year-old from Riyadh, according to the other MOH statement. It gave no details on their illnesses. No recent reports from Saudi Arabia have mentioned MERS patients of those ages.The MOH’s posted MERS-CoV count has remained at 84 cases and 42 deaths since Aug 28.Sep 1 MOH statement about 7-year-old and 16-year-old Sep 1 MOH statement on 19-year-old and 26-year-old Italian man contracts H7N7 avian fluA poultry worker in the northern Emilia Romagna region of Italy, which has seen several recent H7N7 avian flu outbreaks in poultry, has contracted the disease, according to media sources.The man, who was exposed to sick poultry during his work in contaminated areas, has contracted conjunctivitis due to his infection, Reuters reported yesterday. The country’s National Institute of Health confirmed that it was H7N7, according to a post yesterday on ProMED, the reporting service of the International Society for Infectious Diseases.H7N7 typically results in mild cases, the agency said in a post in Italian on its Web site, according to ProMED. Another case is suspected in the region, the ProMED posting said.Outbreaks of H7N7 in poultry have been confirmed at four locations, Reuters reported, including two egg-producing farms, and have affected about 700,000 laying hens. Sep 2 Reuters story Sep 2 ProMED post AAP cites no preference for 4-strain vs 3-strain flu vaccinesThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released its annual recommendations for influenza vaccine for children yesterday, indicating no preference for newly approved quadrivalent (four-strain) vaccines over trivalent (three-strain) formulations. The four-strain vaccines target two influenza B strains as well as A/H1N1 and A/H3N2.The dosing algorithm for children 6 months to 8 years of age is unchanged from last year, when the AAP advised that kids in that age-group who receive flu vaccine for the first time should receive a second dose 4 weeks after the first dose.The AAP statement was published in the journal Pediatrics.”As always,” the statement said, “pediatricians, nurses, and all health care personnel should promote influenza vaccine use and infection control measures. In addition, pediatricians should promptly identify influenza infections to enable rapid antiviral treatment, when indicated, to reduce morbidity and mortality.”The AAP continues to recommend prescribing the antiviral drugs oseltamivir or zanamivir for children hospitalized for flu or with severe flu symptoms, as well as for kids with influenza who have underlying chronic conditions, the academy said in a press release.Sep 2 Pediatrics abstract Sep 2 AAP news release Flu activity up slightly Down Under, WHO saysInfluenza activity in most parts of the world is at low levels but is picking up in Australia and New Zealand, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update late last week.Flu activity remains at inter-seasonal levels in temperate Northern Hemisphere regions and has declined in temperate South American and in South Africa, as well as in tropical Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean, the agency reported on Aug 30.Peru saw a “significant” increase in 2009 pandemic H1N1 (pH1N1) in mid July, the WHO added. In Australia and New Zealand, the number of flu viruses detected was lower than in recent years but showed an increasing trend. H3N2 and type B were much more common than pH1N1 in those two countries, the WHO reported.Aug 30 WHO updatelast_img read more

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James Laurita Joins SRS Marketing

first_imgDeMoulpied 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.  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.  WESTBURY, N.Y. – Jim Laurita has joined SRS Marketing as a territory manager, effective Feb. 15. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Laurita has a degree in business administration from SUNY Farmingdale and is ASE-certified as a parts specialist in brake diagnosis, advanced fuel systems and engine sealing. Laurita most recently worked for Federal-Mogul and also worked for Dayco during his very successful selling career. Laurita also has solid experience in the heavy-duty aftermarket, according to SRS. Serving the automotive aftermarket for more than 75 years, SRS Marketing is a manufacturer’s rep firm with key territories in Metro New York (New York north to Poughkeepsie and Northern New Jersey) and Middle Atlantic (Southern New Jersey up to Trenton, Upstate New York, New England, Eastern Pennsylvania, Western Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware).,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 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. 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.” Advertisementlast_img read more

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Pipelines “incorrectly labelled” prior to infant tragedy

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Proctor Creek Deal Signed

first_imgThe City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed signed an agreement yesterday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers authorizing a three-year environmental feasibility study of the Proctor Creek watershed. Mayor Reed was joined by Brigadier General C. David Turner, Commander of the South Atlantic Division of the Corps of Engineers, for the bill signing in the Mayor’s Ceremonial Office at City Hall.The legislation authorizes $1.5 million in city funds for the study, which will be matched by an additional $1.5 million in Corps of Engineers funds.The study will survey the water quality, overall environmental quality and flood-damage risk reduction of the watershed and result in the best-suited ecosystem restoration projects for Proctor Creek.In total, the City will restore nine miles of natural waterway to reduce flooding, create trails for recreation and spur economic development.[mappress mapid=”21558″]last_img read more

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Wish you were here?

first_imgIt’s not quite Prague or Venice, but local firm Powell Forster has produced this postcard to celebrate its home town of, er, Brixton, sadly still most famous for the 1981 riots. ‘Beautiful’ might be pushing it a bit, but Obiter applauds the sentiment.last_img

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The Friday Flyer – April 18th 2014

first_imgUsing a project cargo shipping contract for illustration, the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) this week warned of new charter party fraud incidents and advised that all counterparties be investigated before deals are carried out.Although the warning may be seen as a move by IMB to advertise its Chartering Experience Programme, nevertheless the caution is still pertinent.The risks of entering into transactions that involve many brokers and intermediaries, that have not been individually checked before fixture negotiations begin, are to be considered carefully.This week also saw the official agreement of the merger between Hapag-Lloyd and CSAV, which will create the fourth largest liner shipping company in the world.This week’s Friday Flyer is sponsored by Liebherr Maritime Cranes, which offers a perfectly balanced portfolio of innovative heavy lift solutions. The state-of-the-art mobile harbour crane range has a maximum lifting capacity of up to 208 tonnes and even up to 416 tonnes in tandem operation. Liebherr’s heavy-duty deck cranes provide lifting capacities of up to 450 tonnes.In the corporate worldDespite reports in the international media claiming that the Ukrainian Government had fired Dmitry Kiva from the company, Antonov has confirmed that he remains president and general designer of Antonov.Loomis AB entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in VIA MAT Holding.Cory Logistics established a joint venture with Navarm Limited – Cory-Navarm – to serve the nuclear newbuild industry.ENTREC reduced its expectations regarding revenues for 2014, blaming lower levels of equipment utilisation.Wasa Logistics is to change its official name to DSV Air & Sea Projects Oy (DSV Projects Finland) on May 1, 2014.Capacity developmentsPanhandle Steel Erectors expanded its fleet with the addition of a 160-tonne capacity Tadano ATF 130G-5 (pictured right).Moh Seng Cranes took delivery of the first Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 mobile crane in Southeast Asia.Euro Marine Logistics (EML) started a weekly service connecting Zeebrugge with Gothenborg, Drammen and the Port of Tyne.Shipments of the weekAbu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) received five units of infrastructure equipment, with a combined weight of 3,367 tonnes – the largest and longest heavy lift cargoes it claims ever to have handled in the Abu Dhabi Free Port (pictured top right).Omega Morgan transported three 158-tonne heat exchangers from Portland to Fort McMurray utilising the company’s own high-frame, dual-lane trailer (pictured second right).Guangdong LIFT Engineering Machinery Co (GPEC) was contracted by Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry to transport a 3,200-tonne bridge section on 100 axle lines of Tianjie SPMTs for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project (pictured third right).R&B Global Projects arranged the shipment of 23 prefabricated modules on a chartered vessel from Antwerp to Djibouti, from where the cargo will delivered to Addis Ababa.Other notable projects reported by HLPFI this week can be seen on the archive news area of our website. Got some shipment news of your own? Send it in to editorial@heavyliftpfi.comProjects and contractsA consortium made up of Technip and Heerema Marine Contractors secured a USD3.5 billion contract from Total E&P Angola, to deliver the engineering, procurement, construction, installation (EPCI) and pre-commissioning for the SURF part of the Kaombo project, located in Block 32 offshore Angola.AREVA was awarded a contract by Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power (KHNP) for the supply and the replacement of six stators for the Kori Nuclear Power Plant.Petrofac, in consortium with Siemens, was awarded a major contract from TenneT for the construction and offshore installation of the BorWin3 platform in the North Sea.For a fuller round up of projects and contracts announced this week please visit the HLPFI website or contact David KershawOn the moveMarcus Cebulla will be joining the Logwin Group’s executive committee on October 1, 2014. ClassNK established a new survey office in Belem, Brazil, while TT Club appointed Del Rosario Pandiphil as its network partner in the Philippines. Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) appointed Chris Crookal (pictured top right) vice president of the its liner division, in addition to opening a new Venezuelan branch in Puerto La Cruz. Just seven months after he joined Coyne Airways as managing director, John Batten is leaving the airline and Liana Coyne (pictured bottom right) has been named as chief operating officer.Network newsBolloré Africa Logistics was appointed a member of the Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) network in Uganda, while the Project Cargo Network (PCN) added Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) Algeria to its ranks. Mexico’s Henco Global and the UAE’s Sabelatrans Shipping Global FZE became the latest members to join the XLProjects (XLP) network. HLPFI is looking forward to attending the SC&RA’s annual conference next week and meeting readers of the magazine and Friday Flyer who may happen to be at the event.All about EvieEvie was excited by an unconventional heavy lift operation this week, which involved the hoisting of a million-year-old female mammoth skeleton out of a Serbian coal mine.She was also impressed by the Woodland Group’s recent partnership with SOS Kit Aid, which will see the company handle all aspects of the charity’s international logistics operations.Last but not least, Evie and the rest of the team at HLPFI wishes everyone a happy Easter!last_img read more

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Hochtief completes offshore sale

first_imgGeoSea has acquired all of Hochtief’s installation vessels and pontoons, including the jack-up vessels, Innovation and Thor; and the pontoons, Wismar, Bremen and Stalsund. The jack-up vessel Vidar will be transferred upon completion of a current project.GeoSea also takes over some obligations in regard to personnel.Hochtief ceo Marcelino Fernandez Verdes commented: “We remain very focused on the infrastructure sector in Europe, in particular on the expansion and refurbishment of transportation infrastructure where we see great demand growth in coming years.” The jack-up vessel Installation is included in the sale. www.hochtief.comwww.deme-group.com/geosealast_img

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Dance school funds Rape Crisis office revamp

first_imgRape Crisis representative Shiralee McDonald and The Rouge Revues Tenille-Lindeque Joshua at The Grand Exhibition International Burlesque Benefit last year. Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust, a non-profit organisation which deals with adult rape, turns 40 this year, and, as a gift to themselves, they have been revamping their Athlone centre in Klipfontein Road.Although the renovations are not yet complete, the centre is already boasting new furniture with scatter cushions, a lick of paint, new blinds and window covers and a counselling room that has been completely transformed. Kathleen Dey, the director of Rape Crisis, said they recently got a team of professionals on board to help with the renovations. “We got a designer, Elize Gazeau, on board. Everyone who has been assisting with the revamp are all women and all care about our cause. They did it free of charge. “The colour scheme comes from our branding and logo. It’s not all matching because we want people to feel at home. We want it to be comfortable and luxurious, and Elize has created a real feel of comfort. Before, it was a mishmash of everything. I can’t tell you what it was like before. But over the years, we’ve been fixing it up,” said Ms Dey. The renovations were largely funded by the Rouge Revue Burlesque Company, a belly dancing and burlesque dance school, which has adopted Rape Crisis as its funding project for the past four years. Tenille Lindeque-Joshua, of the Rouge Revue Burlesque Company in Salt River, said they were very excited that Rape Crisis was able to revamp its offices with the donations from the dance school. The funds were raised by burlesque and belly dancing shows held throughout the year, and a portion of the proceeds are donated to Rape Crisis. “You think that with every show you are just donating this little bit and you think it is a drop in the ocean, but every little bit helps.”Ms Lindeque-Joshua said be-cause she works with women, she had always wanted to support a woman’s organisation. “Burlesque is all about celebrating women’s sexuality and sensuality, and, for some reason, we have been taught to be ashamed of it.” She said Rape Crisis had been doing wonderful work, and it had been struggling to keep its doors open because of a lack of funding. “Rape is a real issue in South Africa, and it is on the mind of every woman in South Africa who walks to their car at night and they are frightened. “I feel like women who are survivors of rape have been robbed of their sexuality, and one of the reasons why I chose Rape Crisis is to support women who need to get in touch with their sensuality and sexuality again.”Ms Lindeque-Joshua said Rouge Revue donated an average of R2 500 a show, in which she, her students and professional dancers were cast in. However, the biggest donation to Rape Crisis comes from World Belly Dance Day and the Grand Exhibition International Burlesque Benefit, dancing events run by Ms Lindeque-Joshua. “At the Grand Exhibition, which is an international burlesque event started last year, we donated R25 000. At World Belly Dance day this year, we donated R20 000. At this year’s Grand Expo, which will be on Saturday August 6, we are hoping to donate R30 000.”Ms Dey said the funding for the renovations was covered from the proceeds donated from events run by Rouge Revue.“Tenille approached us with her first World Belly Dance Day four or five years ago and asked us if we would like to be her beneficiary. “She can up her sales so that people can donate to a good cause, and we benefit immensely because people learn about us through the show, and, of course, the proceeds.”Rape Crisis, which also has an office in Trill Road, Observatory and Msobomvu Drive, Khayelitsha, deals with rape survivors, men and women, from the age of 14. “When someone is raped, they experience devastating emotional trauma because they have been robbed of their intimacy, or they feel betrayed because it’s someone that they trusted. It can cause emotional distress and scars that you can’t really see.”The centre has 15 volunteer counsellors who assist rape survivors, who are all women from the Athlone community trained by Rape Crisis. “They live in the community and they know what the community needs. “A lot of people come here to learn how to be a counsellor, and we want to give women the opportunity to grow within their community,” said Ms Dey. Asked about the incidence of rape in the Athlone area, Ms Dey said the number of sexual offences is high, but most of them are not reported to the police because people are afraid to speak out about it. “It’s like it’s shaming to know that it happens in your road, or in your community.”According to the crime statistics dated from March 2014 to April 2015, 80 sexual offence cases were reported to the Athlone SAPS. However, this is not a true reflection of the situation, as the stats are only compiled from cases reported. The statistics for 2016 have not yet been released. Athlone police spokesperson Sergeant Zita Norman said most cases of sexual offence are a result of substance abuse and domestic violence. She said there are a number of cases where people who are in relationships have been raped, or where a husband rapes a wife.She said the Athlone SAPS, through workshops and school visits, try to educate the youth and the community about their bodies and to inform them about crime and the circumstances of it, including rape and sexual assault. However, she reiterated that the 80 cases reported to the Athlone police are not a true reflection of the situation in Athlone, as people are still ashamed to come forward when they are sexually violated. “Eighty cases is not many cases if you look at how large the Athlone police precinct is.”Sergeant Norman encouraged residents to report sexual violence so that they can receive the necessary help, and that the perpetrators can be brought to justice. * Anyone who would like to receive assistance, or donate to Rape Crisis can call 021 633 9229, or visit www.rapecrisis.org.zaMs Lindeque-Joshua encouraged interested people to see what burlesque is about, and donate to a good cause, at the Grand Exhibition on Saturday August 6, at 14 Hope Street, Gardens. Visit http://therougerevue.co.za/grand-exhibition/ for details. 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News focus: Advocacy assurance plans ‘retrogressive’

first_imgProposals to assure standards of solicitor advocacy have been met with disbelief from practitioners who claim the regulator’s approach ‘throws the baby out with the bathwater’,The Solicitors Regulation Authority says its approach to making sure solicitors practise advocacy to a high standard should be ‘proportionate, targeted and based on clear evidence of risk’. Judging by responses to its proposals to improve how quality is regulated, its approach is wide of the mark.The SRA says the proposals reflect ‘persistent concerns’ about the standard of solicitor advocacy. But it later concedes there is a ‘lack of robust evidence on the scale and nature of concerns about the standard of advocacy provided by solicitors’.If there are small pockets of substandard advocacy, says criminal defence solicitor Kerry Hudson, director of London firm Bullivant Law, ‘individuals should be flagged to the relevant firms in the first instance for targeted training on a case-by-case basis, rather than this “throwing out the baby with the bath water” approach’.The regulator wants to introduce a single, centralised higher rights of audience assessment, to be taken after admission. Youth court solicitors would have to pass the higher-court advocacy qualification where they are acting as advocates in a case that would go to the Crown court if brought against an adult.The Solicitors’ Association of Higher Courts Advocates says introducing a single assessment is a ‘retrogressive step’ which will increase assessment costs. The Law Society is also critical: ‘Currently, most solicitors’ firms pay for trainees to undertake the Professional Skills Course. If this part of the course were to be removed, and solicitors required to undertake it at a later date, employers may be less willing to pay for it. This proposal could therefore place a cost barrier on junior solicitors who may not be able to afford to pay for the course themselves.’The youth advocacy requirements in particular have not been well received. Hudson says: ‘Advocacy is a small fragment of the skills required to deal with a youth court case. By insisting on solicitors needing to have higher rights at the court stage, you are drastically reducing the pool of solicitors available to undertake those cases and unnecessarily excluding a large number of experienced solicitors who have been acting in youth cases for years… Any solicitor who acts in youth matters will tell you that continuity of representation and building up a relationship of trust as a case develops far outweighs the risk of a tiny portion of advocacy complaints.’The SRA claims its proposals will not affect the supply of solicitor-advocates. However, the Society says the regulator has provided no evidence to support this assertion.Another issue is diversity. The SRA acknowledges its requirements could hit black, Asian and minority ethnic solicitors, who are currently over-represented among solicitors doing criminal work. The Society of Asian Lawyers says BAME solicitors should be encouraged and supported: ‘Professionals from the same background can relate to clients and communicate the intricacies of a case and its outcome, thereby reducing complaints from this group.’Practitioners also accuse the regulator of over-reach. The Criminal Law Solicitors’ Association says: ‘While it is correct that poor advocacy is detrimental to the client, it is not for the SRA to take on the role of justice administrator and state “wrongs may go unpunished”. That is both a social and moral observation and has nothing to do with advocacy. The independence of the judiciary and the jury system determine whether a “wrong” has been committed and it is not for a regulatory body to highlight such a term.’,Monidipa FouzderReporterlast_img read more

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