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NEWS SCAN: New pan flu framework, 4-strain flu vaccine trial, rinderpest lab stock destruction, cholera in Cuba

first_imgDec 10, 2012CDC framework assesses emerging flu pandemics for both spread and severityA key lesson learned from the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic was that plans and severity scales did not address the severity of the novel strain. In response, a team of CDC experts has developed an evidence-based framework for assessing the public health impact of flu pandemics as they emerge, with a two-tier approach recognizing that transmissibility and severity are hard to assess early in a pandemic, according to a report in Emerging Infectious Diseases. The team reviewed data from past flu seasons and pandemics to characterize severity and transmissibility based on the US experience. They outlined an approach to assessing the potential effects of a novel influenza virus using a broad dichotomous scale in the initial assessment but then refining the tool with more precise values as more data become available. This more refined assessment would have scaled values of severity and transmissibility plotted along an x-axis and y-axis, respectively, and could be stratified by age to reflect different effects on different age-groups. “By organizing and prioritizing data collection,” the authors write, “this approach may inform an evidence-based assessment of pandemic effects and guide decision making.”Dec 8 Emerg Infect Dis reportSanofi trial supports immunogenicity, safety of quadrivalent flu vaccineSanofi Pasteur’s quadrivalent influenza vaccine (QIV) containing two influenza B strains performed comparably to two trivalent vaccines (TIVs) in a phase 2 clinical trial assessing immunogenicity and safety, according to a report in Vaccine. The company in October filed for US approval of the vaccine. (A quadrivalent intransal vaccine from MedImmune was approved in February.) TIVs contain just one B strain, but it’s difficult to predict which of the two influenza B lineages—Victoria or Yamagata—will be more common each flu season. The trial compared the QIV with the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasonal flu vaccines, which contained single B strains (one Victoria, one Yamagata). Adults, 190 in each group, were randomly assigned to receive one of the three vaccines. Antibody titers (measured by hemaggluination inhibition) in the QIV group were noninferior to those in the TIV groups. In addition, rates of seroprotection (antibody titer over 40) and seroconversion (a fourfold or greater rise in titer after vaccination) were similar in all three groups. The QIV left recipients with substantially higher B antibody levels than each group of TIV recipients had for the B strain not contained in their vaccine. As for safety, the incidence and severity of solicited injection-site and systemic reactions and adverse events were similar in all the groups.Dec 8 Vaccine reportOct 18 CIDRAP News item about Sanofi filing for its QIVOIE chief repeats call for destruction of rinderpest lab stocksThe chief of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) today repeated calls for most laboratories to destroy remaining stocks of rinderpest virus, which causes a devastating disease in cattle and was eradicated in 2011, the first time humans have ever snuffed out an animal disease in the wild. Bernard Vallat, DVM, OIE director-general, made the comments at the Biological Weapons Convention Meeting of States Parties in Geneva, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. In July the OIE and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a joint call for labs across the world to destroy any remaining virus samples or ship them to high-security OIE/FAO labs for storage. Vallat told AFP that dozens of labs house the virus, including some that don’t adhere to strict biosafety standards, which poses a risk of an accidental or intentional release.Dec 10 AFP storyJul 23 CIDRAP News scan “OIE, FAO call for destruction of rinderpest virus stores”In related news, Vallat today urged weapons convention members to strengthen veterinary services as a way to protect the world from biologic threats related to animal pathogens, according to an OIE press release. “The best way to protect the entire world from rising bio-threats linked with animal pathogens is to ensure that all national veterinary services comply with OIE international standards on quality. This must be a basis for bio risk management policies,” Vallat said in the statement.Dec 10 OIE press releaseHurricane flooding sparks more cholera in CubaParts of Cuba are experiencing a rise in cholera and dengue infections in the wake of flooding caused by Hurricane Sandy, according to a Dec 8 report from the Miami Herald that quoted several dissidents in the country. The spike in activity follows a summer outbreak centered in the eastern city of Manzanillo that was Cuba’s first in a century. The current wave of infections has targeted the eastern third of Cuba, and though the government hasn’t issued any public statements about the outbreak, it has established hand and shoe disinfection stands at the entrances of government buildings, with some public health workers going to houses to assess for disease symptoms and distribute water purification tablets. Sources told the Herald that at least 12 deaths had been reported and that cholera cases have recently led to quarantines at hospitals and prisons and closures at schools and restaurants. Also, the report said police stationed at hospitals are asking visitors to keep quiet about cholera and other diseases, apparently to avoid hurting Cuba’s tourism industry.last_img read more

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UCI’s Ralph Barr Appointed to CAWA Manufacturers’ Advisory Council

first_imgRANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – Ralph Barr has been appointed to the California/Nevada/Arizona Automotive Wholesalers Association’s (CAWA) Manufacturers’ Advisory Council (MAC), representing United Components Inc. Barr is based in San Marcos, Calif.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Barr was appointed to the MAC by Board Chairman Tim Gerrity of General Auto Parts of Oakland, Calif. “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Barr back into the leadership of CAWA and look forward to his participation and contributions to the association and the industry we represent out West,” said Gerrity. Gerrity noted that Barr had previously served on the MAC and CAWA board of directors in the late 1990s. He has been involved in the automotive aftermarket industry since 1977. Barr has served in a variety of capacities starting with the C.E. Niehoff Company, on to BWD Automotive and Pacific Supply Warehouse in southern California. He is currently the regional sales manager for UCI.,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 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.” Advertisement DeMoulpied 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.  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. 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. last_img read more

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How Level39 is fostering ‘community of innovation’

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Air Products Hydrogen Reactions Lab operational

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Antwerp lock to be closed for maintenance

first_imgIn a statement the port authority said: “During this period inland vessels which normally use this lock will be rerouted via another parallel lock (the Boudewijn lock) as much as possible.”50 percent of the capacity of the Boudewijn lock has been reserved. By taking these measures, Antwerp Port Authority hopes to keep disruption to a minimum.” The lock is being shut down for operational maintenance, including the replacement of key equipment. The work will be finished in January 2011, but the port said it would open for traffic in April 2011 to allow a three-month buffer.last_img read more

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Golden shipments for Volga-Dnepr

first_imgThe machinery touched down in Kenya onboard three AN-124-100 freighters.The aircraft transported large ‘semi-rings’ used in the gold mining process, each one weighing 50 tonnes.The airline says that the cargo required extremely precise loading and unloading, as the clearance on either side of the AN-124’s hold was only 77 mm. A specialised frame had to be constructed in order to safely distribute the load over the aircraft’s cargo floor.Alexey Soshnikov, head of loading/unloading equipment design & support section, Volga Dnepr, stated: “The nature of our outsize and heavyweight air cargo business means there are no standard loading procedures for these types of cargo so every shipment is deemed to be unique and relies on the expertise of our planning and loading teams.”www.volga-dnepr.comlast_img read more

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Frauscher to begin Indian axle-counter production

first_imgINDIA: Frauscher Sensor Technology India has received Research Designs & Standards Organisation approval for its ACS2000 axle-counting system, enabling it to begin production at a plant in Mysore which was opened in November. Approval was granted based on the existing CENELEC assessment, proven operation elsewhere and proof of reliability under Indian conditions.‘The Indian market is going to be the world’s biggest market in the area of axle counting within the next decade’, said Alok Sinha, Managing Director of Frauscher India. ‘With the attainment of RDSO approval, we are now looking forward to securing long-term contracts which will contribute to our growth within this market.’ He said Frauscher can offer ‘global technology and expertise, combined with localisation and customisation’, with the Indian plant using the same production processes and test equipment as the parent company in Austria.last_img read more

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Cost-Effective Waveguide Modules for V-band mm-Wave License Free Spectrum

first_imgRF Superstore, a microwave component supply outlet created by Pasternack founder Murray Pasternack, has introduced two highly integrated V-band waveguide modules. The new RFS-640000-V60-282 Transmitter and RFS-640000-V60-283 Receiver meet the demanding high-speed, low-cost production requirements of today’s developers. These silicon-based 60 GHz waveguide modules utilize the license-free V-band millimeter wave spectrum from 57 GHz to 64 GHz. Potential applications of these waveguide modules include multi-Gbps digital communications, HD video transmission, millimeter wave radar & imaging, and ATE at 60 GHz.The cost-effective waveguide modules are small, light weight, easy to integrate and incorporate an easy-to-use, multi-pin LSHM connector for power, reference clock, digital control port, and baseband signals. The ability to attach standard components makes these 60 GHz V-band modules practical for a wide range of millimeter wave configurations and budgets. The waveguide modules feature a unique chip to waveguide transition that is compatible with the WR-15, UG-385/U waveguide flange interface. This radio transmitter operates in the license-free frequency range of 57 to 64 GHz. The waveguide module supports up to 1.8 GHz modulation bandwidth, which feature an I/Q interface for baseband modulation.Typical power output of this waveguide module is 15 dBm.The Model RFS-640000-V60-282 is priced at $1,099 and is available for immediate shipment. A companion receiver waveguide module, Model RFS-640000-V60-283, priced at $1,099 is also available. A pair consisting of a transmitter & receiver is available at the special price of $1,999 (RFS-640000-V60-PAIR).last_img read more

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Vs. Opponents

first_img   Through 2013 SeasonAll-Time Record vs. OpponentsOpponentW-L-TOpponent W-L-TAgnes Scott Alabama-Huntsville Alabama State Arkansas-Little RockArmstrong Auburn Belhaven Barry Bartlesville WesleyanBelmount Abbey Birmingham-Southern Brewton-Parker Carson-Newman Cal State Dominguez Hills        Centenary Central Arkansas Central Florida Christian Brothers Clayton State College of St. Rose Colorado School of Mines Columbus State Cumberland Dallas Baptist Delta State Eckerd Erskin Flagler Florida Atlantic Florida Southern Florida State Florida Tech Fontbonne Gardner-Webb Georgia Southwestern Grand Valley StateHarding  Huntingdon Kennesaw State  LaGrangeLambuth Lander LeeLincoln Memorial Lindenwood Loyola (N.O.) Louisiana State Lynn 1-0-020-0-01-0-00-1-01-1-10-1-11-0-06-8-10-0-11-0-02-0-00-1-03-1-00-0-10-1-07-0-00-1-018-6-02-0-01-0-00-1-04-0-01-0-01-0-010-0-04-0-12-0-01-0-00-2-09-2-10-2-02-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-00-1-08-2-02-7-20-0-13-0-04-0-01-0-01-0-011-3-10-1-16-1-11-0-05-7-0Mars Hill Middle Tennesse Metro State Midway Millsaps Mobile Montevallo Mount Olive North Alabama North Florida North Greenville Nova Southeastern Oklahoma Christian Ouachita Baptist Palm Beach Atlantic Rollins Saint Leo Saint RoseSeattle Pacific University ShorterSt. Edwards St. Thomas South Alabama Southern Mississippi Spalding Spring Hill Tampa Tennessee Wesleyan Texas Lutheran Thomas (Ga.)TusculumUnion (Tenn.)UC San DiegoValdosta State Warner Pacific Wesleyan (Ga.) West Alabama West Georgia Western WashingtonWingateWheeling Jesuit William Carey Young Harris 1-0-01-0-00-2-00-2-01-0-09-8-019-1-12-0-019-1-14-0-12-0-03-1-01-0-013-0-02-0-012-1-27-1-12-0-00-1-03-0-01-1-01-1-01-3-01-1-01-0-018-0-06-4-22-0-01-0-09-0-01-0-02-0-01-0-03-0-21-0-01-0-05-0-012-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-03-10-01-0-0Print Friendly Version Vs. Opponents Sharelast_img read more

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Norwegian continues Sapporo ski jumping success

first_imgSAPPORO – Norwegian ski-jumper Roar Ljoekelsoey soared to victory in heavy snow and strong winds for his fourth World Cup title in Sapporo in six years on Sunday.Ljoekelsoey topped the field with 292.1 points after nailing jumps of 137.5 meters and 137 meters at Okurayama hill to capture his second World Cup title this season and 10th overall. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

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COVID-19 Disruptions Cause 13.1 Percent Job Loss In April

first_imgThe state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate jumped to 12.9 percent, up from 5.2 percent in March. The comparable U.S rate rose from 4.4 percent to 14.7 percent. In the release from DLWD, COVID-19 caused disruptions across the state, especially to public-facing businesses such as stores, bars, restaurants, and other gathering places. April is when visitor-related industries, construction, and other industries normally start adding jobs to prepare for the state’s busy summer season. Disruptions touched every major industry in Alaska, although by varying degrees. Leisure and hospitality were down the most, numerically and in percent terms, dropping 48.1 percent from last April (-15,600). Retail lost 5,000 jobs, or 14.3 percent. Local government lost 4,000 jobs in both public education and government. State government employment fell by 1,500, with the majority of losses in the University of Alaska. Census hiring made federal government the only sector to have more jobs this April than last (about 700). FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s job count was down 13.1 percent in April from the same month last year, a loss of 42,200 jobs, according to a release issued by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.center_img Photo provided by: BlueCrest Energy Some of these jobs are expected to return as restrictions ease, but many seasonal jobs aren’t expected to materialize this year — such as those serving cruise ship tourists. Others will return only slowly as employers assess uncertain demand and changing operating procedures as a result of the pandemic.last_img read more

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Horoya Dump Enyimba Out Of CAF Confederation Cup, Hassania, Pyramids Make Semis

first_imgNigerian champions Enyimba crashed out of the CAF Confederation Cup following a 3-1 aggregate defeat to Guinean side Horoya AC on Sunday.Simeon Bolaji Sakin and Boubacar Samassekou scored either side of halftime to condemn the Nigerians to a 2-0 defeat in the second leg of the quarterfinal fixture at the Stade du 28 Septembre in Conakry.The eight times NPFL champions had managed 1-1 draw in the first leg in Aba.Enyimba’s defeat marks the end of Nigerian representation on the continent as Horoya progress to the semifinal.Moroccan side Hassania Agadir are also through to the last four of CAF’s second tier competition following a 7-0 aggregate whitewash of Al Nassr.Hassania had a 5-0 lead from the first leg and completed the rout with a 2-0 victory at home on Sunday.Egyptian side Pyramids FC also progressed to the semifinal 3-1 on aggregate despite a 1-0 loss at Zanaco in the second leg of their quarterfinal encounter.RS Berkane will host Al Masry in the late kickoff for the last semifinal spot. Both sides are tied 2-2 on aggregate from the first leg.Relatedlast_img read more

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Chelsea v Southampton player ratings

first_imgChelsea endured a disappointing night against Southampton. Here’s how we rated each Blues player in the goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. AdChoices广告Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6Had little to do but produced a smart save to deny Stuart Armstrong when called upon in the second half.Cesar Azpilicueta: 7Defended as solidly as ever and served up an excellent ball into the box towards Alvaro Morata, who should have done better.David Luiz: 8Luiz at his best; classy on the ball, decisive when defending and always alert. A couple of superb challenges were the highlights of an excellent performance.Antonio Rudiger: 6Steady and unspectacular against a side which offered very little going forward bar a spell of second-half pressure. See also:Chelsea held to goalless draw by SaintsSarri hints he wants Blues to sign strikerSarri frustrated – but Chelsea receive good news on the injury frontPedro and Giroud expected to return against SpursKeeper Collins extends loan spell at BurtonLoftus-Cheek admits Chelsea must learn to break teams downSarri gets some welcome news on the injury front Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also: Sarri hints he wants Chelsea to sign striker Marcos Alonso: 5Ineffective on the left, where he had little joy. His below-par form continues.Jorginho: 5Not dynamic enough in the middle of the pitch, where Southampton were often comfortable. Slow, methodical and easy to anticipate. A disappointing showing.N’Golo Kante: 6Tried to make things happen in the more attacking role he is still adjusting to. Showed energy but a lack of quality at important moments.Ross Barkley: 6Probably the best of Chelsea’s midfielders, but he too struggled to make things happen. Linked up nicely with Eden Hazard on occasions.Willian: 6Bright early on and was missed after going off injured shortly before half-time.Eden Hazard: 6Endlessly tried to take up positions in order to make something happen, but he was well dealt with by the Saints, who defended resolutely throughout.Alvaro Morata: 5Perhaps unlucky to have a goal disallowed for offside, and he was lively in the opening stages. But again he fluffed his lines in front of goal, missing two decent chances.Ruben Loftus-Cheek: 7Set up a chance for Morata in the second half and did well after coming on despite not being fully fit following a back problem.Cesc Fabregas: 6Brought on midway through the second half in order to add some creativity. His passing was sound and he operated at a higher tempo than Jorginho. Set up Morata for the disallowed goal.last_img read more

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Official: Presidential candidate enters no-confidence vote against Bartomeu and Barça’s board…

first_imgJordi Farre, Barcelona’s presidential candidate, visited the club’s offices today and officially entered a no-confidence vote against Josep Maria Bartomeu and the board of directors.Of the nearly 110,000 socios eligible to vote, about 16,570 votes are needed to call early elections. There can be such up to 3 months after collecting the necessary votes. Phare has 14 working days to collect these votes. In view of the dissatisfaction against Bartomeu after Lionel Messi’s decision to leave, it will hardly be difficult for him.Barça: Pay more than 222 million euros for Messi and get it!They want it to be their most expensive salelast_img read more

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Pakistan rest Sarfaraz, Malik to lead against Australia in UAE

first_imgLAHORE, (Reuters) – Shoaib Malik will lead Pakistan in this month’s one-day series against Australia after the cricket board decided to rest six players including regular captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, for the five matches in the United Arab Emirates. Sarfaraz, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Shadab Khan and Shaheen Afridi have been rested to keep them fresh ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales, the Pakistan cricket Board (PCB) said yesterday.“The changes have been made taking into consideration the player workload in the build up to the World Cup,” chairman of selectors Inzamam-ul-Haq said in a statement, pointing to their 11 matches before their first match of the showpiece event against West Indies on May 31.“This is too much cricket in a short period of time. Had there been no pre-World Cup matches in England, then we would not have made these many changes.” All-rounder Mohammad Hafeez was not considered as he is recovering from surgery on his thumb, the PCB said after unveiling a 16-member squad that included the uncapped quartet of Abid Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain and Saad Ali.“I am pleased that we have been able to develop a strong bench strength that has helped us to make eight changes from the previous series,” Inzamam said.“This is a good sign for Pakistan cricket as we now have a big pool of players who have the capability, talent and potential, and are raring to step up and seize the opportunity when thrown at the deep end.” Sharjah hosts the first ODI against Australia on March 22, and the series concludes on March 31 in Dubai.ODI squad: Shoaib Malik (captain), Abid Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Saad Ali, Shan Masood, Umar Akmal, Usman Shinwari, Yasir Shah (Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Hugh Lawson).last_img read more