NEWS SCAN: Salmonellosis from live chicks, response to 2011 Euro E coli crisis, Salmonella at dog food plant, imported measles

first_imgMay 31, 201293 people in 23 states infected with Salmonella from live poultryAt least 93 people in 23 states have been infected with Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Lille in an outbreak linked to live chicks and ducklings from a mail-order hatchery in Ohio that was also responsible for a Salmonella outbreak last year, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday. Of the 93 patients, 18 have been hospitalized and 34 (37%) are 10 years old or younger. The CDC also said it is investigating a death as possibly linked to the outbreak. States with more than one case are Ohio (26), New York (13), North Carolina (9), Pennsylvania (9), Virginia (6), Kentucky (4), Alabama (3), Georgia (3), Indiana (2), and Maine (2). The CDC said, “Findings of multiple traceback investigations of live chicks and ducklings from homes of ill persons have identified a single mail-order hatchery in Ohio as the source of these chicks and ducklings. This is the same mail-order hatchery that was associated with the 2011 outbreak of Salmonella Altona and Salmonella Johannesburg infections. In May 2012, veterinarians from the Ohio Department of Agriculture inspected the mail-order hatchery and made recommendations for improvement.” The 2011 outbreak sickened at least 68 people in 20 states, 19 of whom were hospitalized. The CDC did not name the hatchery, but an MSNBC story today said it is Mount Healthy Hatchery near Cincinnati. The agency warned about the risk of contracting salmonellosis from live poultry.May 30 CDC reportMay 31 MSNBC storyMonitoring systems slow to change in wake of Europe’s 2011 E coli outbreakA year after Europe’s deadliest Escherichia coli outbreak, governments have not yet done very much to improve the surveillance and reporting practices that allowed the outbreak to grind on for weeks, according to a Nature news report yesterday. Caused by contaminated fenugreek sprouts, the outbreak in May and June 2011 involved thousands of illnesses, most of them in Germany, and killed 53 people. Proposals to improve disease monitoring and reporting have been mired in political debate. In Germany, where it can take up to 18 days for local and state health departments to pass case reports to the central disease-surveillance agency, a law to speed reporting has passed the federal parliament but is stuck in negotiations at the legislative council that represents the country’s 16 states. In addition, microbiologic testing in cases of bloody diarrhea is still inconsistent in Germany, because insurance companies don’t cover the cost. Meanwhile, European Union members are still discussing a proposal from the European Food Safety Authority to develop a standardized test for sprouts and adopt it throughout the EU. On the brighter side, a World Health Organization expert said European physicians are at least more likely to recognize and report foodborne infections than they were before the outbreak.May 30 Nature storyAdditional Salmonella strain found at Missouri dog food plantFederal officials have detected a non-outbreak strain of Salmonella in an additional product sample at a plant owned by Diamond Pet Foods, which has been implicated in a multistate outbreak linked to its dog foods. A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) update yesterday said a sample of Diamond Naturals Small Breed Adult Lamb and Rice collected by Ohio officials from the Diamond Meta plant in Missouri tested positive for Salmonella Liverpool, and the company has recalled that product, the FDA said. The outbreak strain is Salmonella Infantis, and it has caused at least 15 illnesses in nine states, according to CDC data. Last month officials detected the outbreak strain in an unopened retail sample of Diamond Puppy Formula dry dog food collected at Diamond’s Gaston, S.C., plant. Environmental and ingredient samples at the facility have not tested positive for the outbreak strain, the FDA said.May 30 FDA updateGaps complicate response to air-travel measles clusterDelays in reporting fever and rash in a refugee traveling from Malaysia to Los Angeles in August 2011 led to a large-scale investigation of nearly 300 contacts and precluded the use of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine to limit the spread of disease, according to a report from California health officials today in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The index patient was a 15-year-old Myanmar refugee from Malaysia who got sick with a fever and rash a few days before emigrating to the United States with his family, but he did not report his symptoms to migration medical officials in Malaysia or on the flight. The day after the boy arrived in Los Angeles, his ongoing symptoms required a visit to an emergency department (ED), where dengue infection was first suspected. Later that evening he was taken to another ED where measles was suspected, then a day later reported to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, which launched an investigation with state health officials. Contact tracing found two other measles cases on passengers on the same flight, one a 12-month-old US-born girl who had not yet been vaccinated and the other an unvaccinated 19-month-old girl from Indonesia. While symptomatic and despite home isolation instructions, the 19-month-old and her family traveled by bus to Las Vegas, which expanded the investigation. The probe found another measles case, a 25-year-old customs officer who had processed the index patient at the airport. Tests found that the worker was not vaccinated or had an inadequate immune response. In total, the episode required 50 health officials to interview 298 contacts. The authors wrote that the experience reveals gaps in refugee immunization policies and immunization requirements for workers who handle incoming refugees.Jun 1 MMWR reportlast_img read more

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WHO: MERS report in Bangladesh looks like false alarm

first_imgAfter further testing, a report of a MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case in Bangladesh 4 days ago appears to have been a false alarm, a World Health Organization (WHO) official revealed today.”It appears to be negative,” WHO spokesman Glenn Thomas told CIDRAP News this afternoon, referring to confirmatory testing of a sample from the Bangladesh patient. He supplied no other details. The case would have been Bangladesh’s first.A top Bangladeshi health official reported the case on Jun 15, according to media stories. The patient is a 53-year-old Bangladeshi who lives in the United States and got sick after flying to his homeland on Jun 4, a trip that included a stop in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where dozens of MERS cases have occurred.The health official had suggested that the man probably caught the virus on a plane or while at the Abu Dhabi airport. The news raised some concern because it suggested that the infection might have resulted from casual contact. So far, person-to-person spread of MERS-CoV has occurred mainly if not exclusively through close contact in families and healthcare settings.Sample sent to reference labAt a WHO press briefing on MERS-CoV 2 days ago, Keiji Fukuda, MD, said the test results for the Bangladesh patient were unclear and that a sample had been sent to a reference lab in another country for confirmatory testing. Fukuda is the WHO’s assistant secretary-general for health security and environment.When the Bangladesh official reported the case, he said the man was receiving intensive care in a Dhaka clinic.One new Saudi caseIn other news, Saudi Arabia reported one new MERS case today, raising the country’s MERS count to 705 cases, with the death toll staying at 290.The latest case-patient is a 38-year-old woman in Riyadh who is hospitalized, the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported. She is not a healthcare worker. As usual, the ministry gave no information about how the woman was exposed to the virus.See also: Jun 16 CIDRAP News story on reported Bangladesh caseJun 19 Saudi MOH statementlast_img read more

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Tracking COVID-19 Pandemic in CARICOM

first_imgNotwithstanding the interventions of governments, in the use of social distancing that leads to an almost complete economic shutdown of countries, these interventions must also be balanced with the science of statistics through the use of a random approach to the testing of individuals. To date accessibility to get tested has followed set criteria or protocols, that were amended slightly when countries effectively closed their borders. These protocols included: a history of recent travel, fever, persistent cough and shortness of breath. This approach was also grounded in the availability of reagents and other equipment to do the testing.  It therefore did not follow a random approach which would enable an estimation of the true value of persons that have the virus. The issue of a random sample is grounded in probability theory one of the key bases of statistics.  This issue is of significance given that the virus is novel and, as it turned out, there are instances the world over where persons are either asymptomatic or experience very mild symptoms that do not meet the criteria for testing/hospitalisation. The quality of data and consistency and completeness of collection are able to ensure that tracking and overcoming the pandemic are successful. The data as reported by countries have a number of limitations that often show up in the various data hubs that disseminate national level data. Firstly, there is often a lag in reporting of the data, such that the figures as reported in any one day, do not reflect the current day’s cumulative number of confirmed cases and deaths and also the number of new cases. Some countries do not routinely report the data on a daily basis; they may combine results for more than a day, or data for the past periods. There is also the issue as to when the actual case was confirmed or death occurred and the date it was reported which may imply inaccuracies in the daily figures. Sometimes countries may not report on weekends or on a specific day with the result that the subsequent report is a combined report for two days that makes it impossible to do the daily tracking of the new cases and confirmed cases. For regional and international data hubs, these challenges are reflected through inaccurate cumulative total confirmed cases and deaths on specific days and therefore errors in the number of new cases.  Data Availability in CARICOM and its Quality The outbreak of the COVId-19 disease was identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, with the earliest known case with symptoms being revealed on 1 December 2019.  It was later declared as a Public Health Emergency by the World Health Organization on 30 January 2020, and, subsequently,  as a pandemic on 11 March 2020.  As of 24 April 2020, close to three million cases of COVID-19 have been reported, about 190,000 deaths and more than 750,000 recoveries over approximately 185 countries. In the United States of America which is now the epicentre of the disease, there are close to one million confirmed cases, approximately 50,000 deaths and 50,000 recoveries. Therefore, testing and a random and a continuous testing strategy should factor in the strategy of governments to arrive at the total number of cases, to enable the tracing of all contacts, and to treat with the varied and unknown characteristics about the virus. Reliance on Statistics as a Science in tracking the Pandemic In the case the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the first known confirmed case was in Jamaica on 10 March, followed by Guyana a day later, which was also the country and the date of the first death from COVID-19 in the Region and the same case that was confirmed. Generally, it would appear that except for about four or five countries that seem to be experiencing an increasing trend in transmission, the remaining countries, up to the period 24 April, appear to have a fairly low rate of transmission as reflected in the new cases – essentially the changes in the number of confirmed cases over time. As an example, two graphs are presented for countries that, on the one hand, seem to have little or no transmission (Chart 3A), and another that appears to have an increasing trend (Chart 3B) based on the number of confirmed cases. In both cases the scale and the starting date are uniform. In the case of CARICOM, despite the high number of new cases in absolute terms, the doubling rates over time exhibited for the CARICOM total number of confirmed cases are five days -21-26 March, eight days (26 March – 3 April), 12 days (29 March – 10 April) 15 days (2 – 17 April). The fact that the number of days doubling rate is increasing shows essentially a lowering of the infection rate overall for all countries. However, there is need to perhaps see whether there are a few countries that are contributing to the large absolute increase. Before this issue is addressed, a closer look at the trend-line of Chart 1 shows a general increasing pattern in the period 25 March-4 April, and another increasing pattern, followed by a declining pattern around the 9-14 April, and ending with an increasing trend 18-24 April. If one were to remove the spikes in the data, the pattern, as in Chart 2 will show a generally flatter pattern using the same scale as in Chart 1. The trend in the number of confirmed cases tells us about the infection rate of the virus in a specific country. The new cases reflect the rate of transmission of the virus daily and by extension over a period of time. The approach to combatting the virus is to keep the new cases at zero level, that is to reduce the spread of the virus down to zero, particularly the local and community spread during the closure of the borders of countries. Finally, apart from the critical issue of no new cases, the other ideal outcomes will be no deaths and recovery of all active cases from the virus. What do the Statistics tell us about the Trajectory of the Pandemic in CARICOM? Tracking of the COVID-19 virus and monitoring the impact of the interventions aimed at containment are possible through collection and presentation of the statistics on new cases, confirmed cases. The impact of the severity of the virus is also monitored using deaths as well as hospitalisation and recovery rates. Dr. Philomen Harrison, Project Director, Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat NEWS FEATURE: Caribbean Community successfully keeps low COVID-19 infection ratesThe Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has managed the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic to great effect, ensuring that its cases have been kept low relative to larger and more affluent parts of the international community. CARICOM Member States have been ranked among the best in the world in their response…July 13, 2020In “CARICOM”More COVID-19 recoveries, deaths in CARICOM Member StatesSeveral CARICOM Member States are recording more deaths from the COVID-19 global pandemic. While some patients who were diagnosed with the virus have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals in some countries, Jamaica, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago have recorded more deaths from the disease. On Wednesday 1 April,…April 1, 2020In “CARICOM”Pandemic highlights importance of statistics – CARICOM SG”In the efforts to manage and overcome the pandemic, epidemiological data underpin the information base on the spread of the virus.” MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY-GENERAL, CARIBBEAN COMMUNITY (CARICOM) AMBASSADOR IRWIN LAROCQUE ON THE OCCASION OF THE OBSERVANCE OF CARIBBEAN STATISTICS DAY 15 OCTOBER 2020 CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque It…October 14, 2020In “CARICOM”Share this on WhatsApp From the first case in the Region on 10 March, there were approximately 334 confirmed cases at the end of that month, and at 24 April, just about one week before the end of the month, the Region stood at 1 034 confirmed cases of the virus.  During March, there was a spike in new cases. On 21 March, 40 of the 55 new cases were cruise ship passengers who had returned to Trinidad and Tobago. This also led to a sharp increase in the number of confirmed cases for that country to 49, an addition of 40 new cases, as well as the predominance of imported transmission as the main mode for transmitting the virus. Other major spikes in new cases for that month were on 26 March (33 confirmed cases) and 29 March (32 cases). For the month of April, the spikes in the number of new cases have occurred on 15 April (66), 24 April (60), 20 April (41) 1 April and 21 April (with 37 new cases each) and several other days that had a number of new cases over 30. In effect, compared with the period 10-31 March (21days) that contributed 334 confirmed cases, the period 1-24 April saw an additional 700 cases over 24 days, which shows a definite uptick in the spread of the virus. ​ Statistics of a Pandemic and Communicating CARICOM Governments’ Responses | Op-Ed By Dr. Philomen Harrison, Project Director, Regional Statistics, CARICOM Secretariat Data on the Region are available from a number of sources nationally, regionally and internationally. Essentially, the primary source of the data is national and is based on administrative data.  At the national level, the Ministries of Health are the main agencies that are monitoring the number of confirmed cases, with a cumulative total produced on a daily basis; the number of new cases, which, as the name implies, is the change in the number of confirmed cases from the previous day to the current day; and the number of deaths, which is a cumulative total. In addition, most countries are now monitoring the number of recoveries. For some CARICOM countries, there is also limited information on mode of transmission – imported, locally transmitted, community transmitted, not epidemiologically linked to any confirmed case and under investigation. There is also limited information on sex and by hospitalisations, and by the number tested. Data are also available by geographic area within countries. Statistics as a science is grounded in Probability and Mathematics, which enables users to make decisions in the face of uncertainty. It has implications for the use of random approaches to data collection and estimation, which is particularly significant given the need to effectively monitor the infection rate of the virus. While the more visible aspects of this science are the collection, organisation, presentation, analysis and interpretation of numerical data, the less well-known aspects of this science include use of probability theory in data collection, estimation and analysis. The COVID-19 is a Novel virus which is a virus that has not been previously identified. There is a lot to learn about it and hence the importance of data gathering and analysis of its mode of transmission, symptoms experienced, impact on varying population groups, response to interventions and treatments. Governments’ Response the Role of Communication and added Science Viruses, including the COVID-19 infections, tend to grow exponentially. Fixed rate exponential growth implies that the number of cases doubles over a defined period of time. Monitoring of the doubling time in days can indicate the rate of spread of the virus, subject, of course, to limitations in coverage of cases. If the doubling period in days is short, it represents faster growth of the virus compared to a longer doubling period. The doubling time is dynamic and informs on the impact (or lack of impact) of interventions on epidemic growth, all things being equal. Tracking the COVID-19 and eventually coming up with therapeutic applications for its treatment and vaccines for prevention are not possible without science, including statistics.    The application of statistics in this entire process cannot be underestimated.Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… In order to compare the situation across countries, it is necessary to adjust for population size. The recommendation is to use rates per 100,000 (see Explanatory Note in Issue 3). For example, in the case of deaths, one death in a very small country when adjusted for per 100,000 population, may reflect 20 deaths, while for a larger country, one death might be half of that rate, 10 deaths per 100,000 population.last_img read more

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NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game

first_img Published: August 19, 2016 1:30 PM EDT Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARE NBA chooses New Orleans for 2017 All-Star Game NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans after taking the midseason event out of North Carolina because of a state law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and transgender people.New Orleans, announced Friday as the new location of the game, replaces Charlotte, which was set to host the game until the NBA decided last month to move it elsewhere.Unlike several other Southern states, Louisiana has not been swept up in legislative efforts to pass laws similar to that in North Carolina – a fact Gov. John Bel Edwards has touted while lobbying the NBA to bring its All-Star weekend to New Orleans.“We embrace our rich cultural heritage and see our diversity as a virtue,” Edwards wrote in a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in late July. “Should the NBA choose to bring the All-Star Game back to New Orleans in 2017, it will strongly reaffirm its commitment to communities that value fairness and inclusion.”The NBA’s decision – and the economic boost it will bring – provides a timely dose of good news following disastrous flooding across large swaths of southeast Louisiana that has killed at least 13 people and damaged an estimated 40,000 homes, mostly around Baton Rouge. Much of the New Orleans metropolitan area has been spared from the flooding.“While we move into the recovery phase of this disaster, I want to thank the NBA for the vote of confidence in our state to host this event and their support of the relief efforts currently underway,” Edwards said.This marks the third time New Orleans, which became an NBA city for the second time in 2002, has been selected to host the league’s All-Star Game.When the All-Star Game first came in 2008, the NBA spearheaded numerous community service projects aimed at helping neighborhoods hard hit by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The NBA will be presented with similar opportunities next year to assist flooded communities within an hour’s drive of New Orleans.Indeed, the New Orleans Pelicans and the NFL’s Saints, both owned by Tom Benson, already have begun deploying administrative staff to assist flood relief efforts while opening the teams’ headquarters as a collection point for donations of basic supplies for flood victims.“As we know, the NBA will engage thousands of local children and charities during this weekend,” Benson said in written comments thanking the NBA for choosing New Orleans.All-Star weekend also came to the Big Easy in 2014, when Pelicans forward and center Anthony Davis made his All-Star debut. Davis would play the All-Star Game in his home arena again if he is named to the Western Conference squad for a fourth straight season.New Orleans, which has a history of hosting major sporting events, has seen its last two bids to host a Super Bowl come up short. It also bid unsuccessfully to host one of the NCAA Final Fours between 2017 and 2021. Those disappointments provided even more motivation for state and city officials to act decisively to lure the NBA All-Star Game after the league’s decision to take it away from the initially designated host city.A number of entertainment acts, including a Bruce Springsteen concert, have canceled North Carolina events because of its so-called HB2 law.Louisiana hasn’t enacted – or debated – a “bathroom bill” of the type passed in North Carolina. Edwards earlier this year issued an LGBT rights anti-discrimination order.In the April order, the Democratic governor banned discrimination in state government based on sexual orientation and gender identity. State contracts also were required to comply, except contractors that are religious organizations. Edwards’ anti-discrimination order was similar to orders enacted by two former Louisiana Democratic governors – but he added language protecting against discrimination based on gender identity, a provision that protects transgender people.Republican Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office has issued an opinion claiming that Edwards’ order has “no binding legal effect” and exceeds the governor’s authority. But the order hasn’t been challenged in court, and Edwards has vowed to follow it. Landry’s office also has joined 10 other states in a lawsuit filed in May against President Barack Obama’s administration over its directive to U.S. public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity.The Human Rights Campaign, a national civil rights group working on behalf of lesbian, gay and transgender people, applauded the NBA’s decision to choose New Orleans.“The NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver have sent a clear message to lawmakers in North Carolina and across the country that discrimination against LGBTQ people has consequences and will not be tolerated,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “New Orleans’ explicit LGBTQ non-discrimination protections will ensure all NBA employees, players, and fans who participate in the All-Star Game are protected from discrimination.”The All-star Game is scheduled for Feb. 19, which falls during the first weekend of Mardi Gras parades. That weekend presents some logistical challenges for New Orleans in terms of policing and traffic control, but considerably less so than the following weekend, when the largest parades roll in the days leading up to Fat Tuesday, which is Feb. 28.“The combination of NBA All-Star with the first weekend of Mardi Gras will provide our residents, visitors and NBA fans an even more special experience,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said.last_img read more

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Quotas for women: for or against?

first_img Jonathan Goldsmith is secretary general of the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe, which represents about one million European lawyers through its member bars and law societies. He blogs weekly for the Gazette on European affairs For Twitter followers of the EU justice commissioner, Viviane Reding, it will be clear what has been on her mind recently. From 5 October until the middle of last week, she had tweeted 17 times. Apart from when she was distracted by the award of the Nobel peace prize to the EU and gave a single tweet to welcome it, the rest were about the vexed question as to how to advance women in the boardroom. The recent political history is recited in her Twitter account in short bursts – ‘It’s time to shatter the glass ceiling keeping women out of top jobs’; ‘Without women on board, European companies will lose the battle for the best and the brightest’; ‘All Commissioners w/ economic portfolios join me in this battle’; ‘This week, I will fight for a Directive to bring about gender equality in corporate boardrooms’; ‘Of course, there will be some opposition’; ‘Gender balance directive postponed’; ‘I will not give up. @BarrosoEU will put this on the Commission agenda again before the end of November’. So, battle will be resumed on 14 November over whether to have a quota of 40% by 2020 imposed on publicly-listed European companies. Depending on the attitude you take to quotas, the UK government has played a shameful/heroic part in this delay, because Vince Cable – that famous woman who has succeeded against all odds in spite of her gender – led a group of nine governments in opposing the notion of quotas. Interestingly, in commissioner Reding’s efforts to persuade her fellow commissioners to back quotas, we are told that numerous powerful men joined her – Barroso himself, Michel Barnier (internal market), Antonio Tajani (industry), Olli Rehn (economic affairs), Joaquín Almunia (competition), László Andor (employment) and Andris Piebalgs (development) – while numerous powerful women apparently opposed her – Neelie Kroes (digital agenda), Cecilia Malmström (home affairs), our very own Catherine Ashton (external action), Connie Hedegaard (climate action) and Máire Geoghegan-Quinn (research). A further interesting aspect of this dilemma is that the only directly-elected part of the EU institutions – the parliament – is in favour of quotas. The heads of the principal parties – EPP (conservatives), Socialist, Liberal and Greens, as well as the radical left – would prefer if quotas were not necessary, but point out that the percentage of women on the executive boards of big European companies is still too low. Within listed public enterprises, only 14% are at the highest level of decision-making, even though 60% of university graduates in the EU are women. This saga has become intertwined with another taking place simultaneously, where the parliament has been able to use its limited muscle: the appointment of a new board member to the European Central Bank. A Luxembourg man, Yves Mersch, has been nominated. No one doubts his qualifications for the post, but he is the wrong gender for some, since the rest of the ECB’s board is made up of men, and there will not be the opportunity to appoint anyone new again until 2018. The European parliament, which has only a consultative (and not a blocking) role, has voted against his nomination by 325 votes to 300, with 49 abstentions. One MEP asked him to withdraw his candidacy, which he refused to do. There was a female ECB board member – Gertrude Tumpel Gugerell – until last year. At the International Women in Law Summit 2012, hosted by the Law Society earlier this year to mark International Women’s Day, women lawyers opposed quotas as patronising, and preferred diversity targets. However, commissioner Reding would presumably say that she has tried that: she started by calling on enterprises to sign European pledges, but only 24 responded to her call. Norway is usually cited as the country where quotas for women in the boardroom have worked, and there is background information on the long-running debate. This is a very difficult issue on which there are proper and reasonable arguments on both sides. Since it is cowardly to describe the issue in some detail and not take sides, I will say I support the Reding party.last_img read more

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NEWS

first_imgMarch 10 saw the restoration of rail freight services between Yugoslavia and Bosnia-Herzegovina with the reopening of the line between Brasina in Serbia and Zvornik Novia in Bosnia. Common regulations for train operations were agreed by JZ and BHZJK on March 5 under the terms of a co-operation accord signed in Beograd on February 24.Full story on railways in Bosnia & Herzegovina in Rail Business Report 1999 p45.On March 10 Eurostar (UK) Ltd, SNCF and SNCB announced the formation of Eurostar Group to help centralise management of the high-speed service between London. Paris and Brussels. To be based at London Waterloo, the Group will manage key functions including Commercial, and co-ordinate others such as Production and Sales which will be retained as divisions within the three parent companies.last_img read more

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Market October 2000

first_imgBrazil: Carajás Railway has ordered 550 ore hopper wagons of 130 tonne capacity from local builder Amsted Maxion.China: Huanghua port has ordered two tandem wagon tipplers for export coal from Germany’s Krupp Fördertechnik.Germany: DB has signed a letter of intent with Adtranz to buy a further 24 Class 146 electric locos, to be delivered from August 2001. Designed to haul double-deck push-pull trains, the locos are a 160 km/h variant of Class 145.General Motors EMD has received official certification for operation of its JT42CWR locomotives in Germany. One of two locos on lease to Häfen und Güterverkehr Köln is to enter service on container trains between Köln and Basel.India: IR’s tender approval committee has recommended ordering 50 sets of traction equipment from General Electric to power 3100hp diesel-electric locos being developed by DLW Varanasi. Meanwhile, IR has offered to use surplus capacity at CLW Chittaranjan to supply Adtranz with components manufactured under the ABB technology-transfer agreement signed in 1993.Netherlands: Alstom Traxis is to supply traction equipment, train management and passenger information systems for the 252 double-deck EMU cars ordered from Bombardier by NS Reizigers.Romania: Facing a shortfall of serviceable rolling stock, CFR-Marfa has ordered 130 wagons from Romvag Caracal for delivery later this year.Russia: The Ministry of Railways has chosen CAD/CAM/CAE software from Unigraphics Solutions Inc for product development and data management in the design, manufacture, support and maintenance of passenger rolling stock.Sweden: Regional transport authorities in J?önkoping and Bergslagen have ordered a batch of two-car diesel railcars from the Adtranz low-floor lightweight Itino range launched at InnoTrans last month.USA: Trinity Industries has received the first order for its TRINcool?? refrigerated wagon, which uses satellite communications to detect temperature variations. BNSF will take 700 of the units, which have almost twice the capacity of its existing wagons.Talgo America Inc has prequalified in a bid to supply a fleet of 13 trainsets able to run at 200 km/h on routes linking Chicago to Saint Louis, Milwaukee, Madison, Pontiac and Detroit. A contract worth around $220m will be awarded by Amtrak and the transport departments of Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin as part of the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative.last_img read more

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GOGL Takes Delivery of Capesize Vessel

first_imgOn October 16, 2017, Golden Ocean Group Limited announced that it entered into agreements to acquire two modern Capesize vessels from affiliates of Hemen Holding Limited, at a purchase price of USD 43.0 million per vessel.The first vessel, Golden Behike, was delivered in November 2017.The Company today announced that it has taken delivery of the second vessel, Sea Monterrey (to be renamed Golden Monterrey).Golden Ocean has issued 2,000,000 shares to Hemen as part of the purchase price for the vessel. Following this transaction, the Company’s issued share capital is USD 7,209,884.85 divided into 144,197,697 issued shares, each with a nominal value of USD 0.05.Sea News, January 19 Author: Priyanka Ann Sainilast_img read more

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DSC accredited with schools worldwide

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share President, Dr Donald PetersThe Dominica State College (DSC) is accredited with schools worldwide, its president Dr Donald Peters has said.Addressing the College’s orientation ceremony on Monday morning, Dr Peters assured freshmen that the college which was established by an Act of Parliament in 2002 is accredited.Dr Peters, who acknowledged that people often question the college’s accreditation, informed that DSC graduates are eligible to transfer to any school anywhere in the world.“There is no university that has rejected our credits,” Dr Peters said and indicated that the College’s credits have not been rejected because they are similar to that of other colleges and universities worldwide. “Everything we do at the state college is the same as they do everywhere in the world”.“It is easy to understand as young students when you come to an institution what the institution represents…The curriculum we develop is developed is across national boundaries, so you need to be assured that when you come to our college that you are well placed,” he told freshmen students.For a student to gain credits they must do 39 hours and attend school for fifteen weeks.He assured them that past DSC students have gone on to universities all over the world and have transferred with their DSC credits. “Everywhere you go you will find Dominica State College graduates”.Dr Peters continued, “I know there are criticisms in the community, I do not get defensive when people criticize the institution, just educate them, most of the time criticism comes from ignorance”.He explained that to be able to give degrees the curriculum and faculty of an institution must meet international standards.He noted that so far, more than 4000 Dominicans have graduated from the DSC although it has only been in existence for about ten years and may be considered a “baby of colleges”.He told them to be proud to wear the DSC crest because it is the national college of which they are students.Dr Peters further stated that the college plans to offer Bachelor Degrees beginning in 2015.He informed the new students that some of them may be doing their Bachelor degrees at the college after graduating with their Associate Degrees in two years, hence creating history.In order to have a Bachelor Degree program lecturers must have at least a Master’s Degree he said. “We are well on our way to getting there, so by 2015 we will be ready,” Dr Peters said.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 624 Views   5 comments EducationLocalNewsTertiary DSC accredited with schools worldwide by: – September 16, 2013 Tweetlast_img read more

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UWF volleyball sweeps UWG in final road match of the regular season

first_img at West Georgia 11/6/2014 – 7:00 PM ET Full Schedule Roster Preview CARROLTON, Ga. – The University of West Florida volleyball team swept Gulf South Conference opponent West Georgia 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-20) in the final regular season road match of the year on Thursday night. West Florida (23-6, 16-3 GSC) held West Georgia to a .074 team attacking percentage in the win.UWF was led by a balanced offensive attack on the night with four student-athletes with seven or more kills. West Florida sophomore Corisha Smith (Inwood, W.Va./Musselman HS) tallied nine kills at an impressive .571 clip while senior Sarah Scott (Plainfield, Ill./Texas-San Antonio) tallied nine kills as well.Sophomore Cora Bidlack (Randolph, N.J./Randolph HS) tallied eight kills at a .333 clip while freshman Rachel Neblett (Austin, Texas/Vista Ridge HS) added a five kills and five blocks in the win.UWF freshman Monique StCyr (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown HS) tallied 21 assists while junior Colleen Starrs (West Bloomfield, Mich./Walled Lake Central HS) added a team-high 15 digs.West Florida will wrap up the regular season at home by playing host to Mississippi College on Saturday, November 8 at 6 p.m. CT.For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version Next Game:last_img read more

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