US reaches 5 million COVID-19 cases, experts press for bold steps ahead of fall

first_imgYesterday the United States reached another grim milestone in its battle with the COVID-19 pandemic: more than 5 million cases, with 1 million of those cases being confirmed in just the past 17 days.Though the 7-day average of new cases has trended downwards for the past 2 weeks—from 67,000 on Jul 22 to 53,905 on Aug 8—a plateau of 50,000 new daily cases has been established this summer.According to the Wall Street Journal, only 13 states reported higher 7-day averages of new confirmed cases than two-week averages as of Aug. 9, including Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia. In the beginning of July, 42 states reported such increases.Major outbreaks in Texas, California, Arizona, and Florida fueled the current wave of the pandemic, but hot spots in those states have seen some cooling off. In Texas, hospitalizations dropped to their lowest reported numbers since early July, but the state is still reporting a high death toll, with almost 1,500 deaths reported last week.As of today, the Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracker shows 5,071,306 cases and 163,252 deaths.Experts warn change is needed before cold and flu seasonThis weekend in the New York Times, Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the Center for Infectious Diseases Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, which publishes CIDRAP News, and Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank president Neel Kashkari called for a comprehensive and strict lockdown for 6 weeks, which would allow infection rates to drop to 1 case per 100,000 people per day. At that point, schools, businesses, and the November election could all resume more safely in-person.When most of the country reopened after state-by-state lockdowns at the end of May, the infection rate was still too high compared with European and Asian countries which have more successfully controlled the virus, Osterholm and Kashkari argued.”The United States recorded its lowest seven-day average since March 31 on May 28, when it was 21,000 cases, or 6.4 new cases per 100,000 people per day. This rate was seven to 10 times higher than the rates in countries that successfully contained their new infections,” Osterholm and Kashkari wrote.Osterholm told CIDRAP News that New York state’s ability to squelch transmission to its current level shows that the United States is capable of exerting more control over virus spread. But he warned that the window to do so was short, only 6 to 8 weeks, because increased transmission would likely appear in the fall.”With high schools, colleges, and universities reopening, and people being indoors, 6 weeks from now could look much, much worse than today,” Osterholm said. He said he expected infection rates to spike 2 to 3 weeks after campuses across the country reopen.Other public health experts warned in an article in Stat News that the coming winter without a vaccine could prove disastrous for Americans unless they tamp down transmission. Leisure activities, restaurants, and the schools that do open will likely close again in the winter when COVID-19, flu, and seasonal colds co-circulate in indoor spaces.100,000 US children diagnosed with COVID-19 in past 2 weeksNew data from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association shows that more than 97,000 US children tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 2 weeks of July, representing 8.8% of coronavirus infections in the US. In total, 338,982 infections children have been reported since the pandemic began 6 months ago.The data show children are less likely to suffer severe cases of the virus, with children under 18 representing 0.6% to 3.7% of total reported hospitalizations across the country, and 0% to 0.8% of all recorded COVID-19 deaths.But reports published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) on Friday show that though the risk for severe disease is low, one in three children hospitalized for the virus in the US will be admitted to the intensive care unit, and weekly hospitalization rates for children are increasing.In a related report in the MMWR, authors describe the clinical characteristics of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare constellation of symptoms in children that appear 2-4 weeks after COVID-19 infection.MIS-C was characterized predominantly by shock, cardiac dysfunction, abdominal pain, and markedly elevated inflammatory markers, and almost all patients diagnosed with it had positive SARS-CoV-2 test results, the authors write.”Because the case definition is nonspecific and confirmatory laboratory testing does not exist, it might be difficult to distinguish MIS-C from other conditions with overlapping clinical manifestations such as severe acute COVID-19 and Kawasaki disease,” the authors conclude.last_img read more

Tanker and transportation operations to merge

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Air Products ‘looks back to look forward’

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The Netherlands: Aalborg University Profesor to Speak at ESREL Conference

first_imgProfessor John Dalsgaard Sørensen, Aalborg University, delivered on of the plenary lectures at the annual ESREL conference.The ESREL conference is organized by ESRA, European Safety and Reliability Association, and took this year place in Amsterdam.The title of Professor Sørensen’s talk was “Reliability Assessment of Wind Turbines”. Below is the abstract from his ESREL paper. Reduction of cost of energy for wind turbines are very important in order to make wind energy competitive compared to other energy sources. Therefore the turbine components should be designed to have sufficient reliability but also not be too costly (and safe). This paper presents models for uncertainty modeling and reliability assessment of especially the structural components such as tower, blades, substructure and foundation. But since the function of a wind turbine is highly dependent on many electrical and mechanical components as well as a control system also reliability aspects of these components are discussed and it is described how there reliability influences the reliability of the structural components. Two illustrative examples are presented considering uncertainty modeling, reliability assessment and calibration of partial safety factors for structural wind turbine components exposed to extreme loads and fatigue, respectively.[mappress]Press release, October 14, 2013; Image: esrel2013last_img read more

Rosneft, Mitsui Pen MoU

first_imgRosneft President Igor Sechin and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. President and CEO Masami Iijima signed in Sochi a Memorandum of Understanding on Friday.The document implies the creation of a joint working group in order to work out specific options of cooperation in the area of building and managing delivery chains of high-tech oil and gas pipes, setting up management of delivery chains and services concerning various Russian offshore exploration projects, and considering the ways of cooperation in the areas of oilfield services development and efficiency and quality improvement.[mappress]Press Release, February 24, 2014; Image: Rosneftlast_img read more

Quality hallmark for HSBC’s conveyancing mini-panel

first_imgHSBC has established a conveyancing panel of solicitors and licensed conveyancers to provide legal services to its residential mortgage customers. Solicitor member firms must have the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) accreditation. The panel, managed by Countrywide, will launch on Monday across the UK. Of the 43 members, 39 are solicitor firms and four licensed conveyancing companies. The panel is not closed and others can apply to join. HSBC has 5% of the UK’s mortgage market. It introduced the new panel in response to the Financial Service Authority’s recommendations for tackling mortgage fraud. Customers will continue to be free to use their own solicitor or conveyancer to act for them, but HSBC will use a panel firm for its own legal requirements. Where a customer chooses a non-panel firm, the new process will separate the two pieces of legal work, and the customer will pay for both. Where customers appoint a panel firm to act for them, work will be carried out for a fixed fee. They will be able to monitor the sale online and check to ensure the solicitor is carrying out the work in a timely manner. Head of mortgages at HSBC Peter Dockar said: ‘Our new panel arrangement will spare customers the time and hassle of searching for a firm to do the important conveyancing work on their new property. Customers who choose to use a firm on the panel can benefit from agreed conveyancing costs as well as valuable guarantees should the seller pull out. We also believe this will provide additional protection for our customers and HSBC.’ The Law Society welcomed the requirement that law firms on the panel have the CQS quality mark, but raised concerns over the small size of the panel. Chief executive Desmond Hudson said: ‘HSBC’s decision to appoint only CQS accredited firms to its panel is further evidence that the scheme is firmly establishing itself as an essential standard for lenders. Nevertheless, we are concerned that fewer than 43 firms will serve home-buyers who use HSBC for their mortgage in England and Wales. Does this provide sufficient consumer choice?’ Such a small number could restrict the choice available to consumers who prefer to use a local service, he said. ‘The disabled, those living in rural areas or even those wishing to simply use their family solicitor will either have little choice but to opt for the same solicitor as HSBC, one of their panel firms or pay twice over for their own solicitor as well as HSBC’s legal fees,’ said Hudson. He added: ‘It is disappointing that HSBC failed to consult the Society. I suspect they have made the calculation that the majority of their customers will opt to use the bank’s solicitor.’ He also raised the possibility of the bank being tempted to sell valuable places on the panel, thus putting up costs for house buyers. ‘This is not in the long-term interests of consumers. HSBC should reconsider.’last_img read more

High Court upholds solicitor’s suspension after nine-year saga

first_imgThe High Court has upheld a tribunal decision to suspend a former partner almost four years after he first faced protracted disciplinary proceedings.Lord Justice Holroyde ruled that the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal was right to find Kulwant Manak acted with a lack of integrity in his firm’s handling of a client money intended to purchase a property.The court further dismissed Manak’s appeal against his two-year suspension, but it did accept the tribunal was wrong to impose six restrictions on his practicising certificate once the suspension is served.The ruling in Manak v Solicitors Regulation Authority brings to a close extraordinary proceedings that started when the Solicitors Regulation Authority began investigating the Coventry firm Heer Manak almost nine years ago. Two inquiries resulted in 100 pages of findings and Manak three other parties were brought before the tribunal in November 2014.The tribunal threw those proceedings out based on poor drafting of the SRA’s case but in 2016 that decision was overturned in the High Court. The case returned to the SDT, where it was heard over 18 days spread over April, August and November last year. Lord Justice HolroydeHolroyde LJ was critical of the SRA for dropping two allegations at the final tribunal hearing, saying the regulator acted in an ‘inconsistent way’ in proceedings that were ‘unnecessarily protracted’. The tribunal itself had said the SRA’s pleadings were ‘astonishingly poorly drafted’.But the judge said, these deficiencies notwithstanding, the case against Manak was sufficiently clear and the tribunal was entitled to make the findings it did. The 51-year-old had failed to adequately supervise work, which led to irregularities in a number of conveyancing transactions, he obtained a loan from a client without insisting they take independent advice or provide any security, and he failed to comply with accounts rules.With regard to his appeal from sanction, Manak stated his suspension was effectively served by his being out of work for almost five years. The court found he was entitled to contest matters rather than admit misconduct but having done so ‘he cannot complain that the overall result is that he had been unable to practise for a substantial period of time before his suspension came into effect’.The court, however, did agree the tribunal erred in its order imposing continuing restrictions on practice. The indefinite restrictions, concluded Holroyde LJ, imposed a ‘disproportionate restriction upon his ability to earn his living’.The judge upheld an order that Manak pay 85% of three-quarters of the yet-to-be assessed costs of the case. The other respondent at the SDT will pay the 15%.last_img read more

Four South Sudan soldiers shot dead by Ugandan military in contested…

first_imgSudan, South Sudan resolve border dispute Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers ride atop their military truck enroute to evacuate their citizens following recent fighting in Juba at Nimule town along the South Sudan and Uganda border, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Anthony Nambwaya Ugandan soldiers ride near Nimule town along the South Sudan and Uganda border, July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Anthony NambwayaAt least four South Sudanese soldiers were killed by their counterparts from neighboring Uganda over the weekend, a military spokesman said Tuesday.Lul Ruia Koang, spokesperson for the South Sudan Defense Forces (SSPDF) said the incident between SSPDF forces and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) happened on Sunday after the two sides exchanged fire in a contested border area in the southern parts of the country.“UPDF soldiers opened fire on our soldiers in Buya and as a result, they killed four on the spot and wounded another,” the spokesperson told Xinhua by phone.The disputed area is claimed by communities of Kajo-Keji county of Central Equatoria state in South Sudan and their neighbors from Yumbe district of Uganda.Koang said the SSPDF soldiers were conducting foot patrol to enforce cross-border movement restrictions at the time of the clashes.“The area where our servicemen were killed is a disputed area,” the spokesperson said, adding that calm has since returned to the region after the two governments agreed to investigate the cause of the fighting.“We have requested for an investigation to be conducted so that we know why they opened fire on soldiers who were on foot patrol and does not pose any threat to them,” he said.Related Sudan opens border with South Sudancenter_img South Sudan unrest threatens to cripple Ugandan traderslast_img read more

Court must maintain high level of efficiency

first_imgLocalNews Court must maintain high level of efficiency by: – September 18, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharecenter_img 25 Views   one comment Share Acting Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Janice PereiraActing Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Janice Pereira, the first female to have been elevated to this position, has emphasized the need for the Court to maintain a high level of efficiency despite the shrinking budgets and financial difficulties. Today, September 18th marked the commencement of the 2012/2013 law term in all nine member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).Pereira who noted that her “honour and privilege” to serve the region, pledged to continue the good work commenced by her predecessors “towards the administration and advancement of justice for the citizenry of the OECS and the wider Caribbean”.She also expressed her gratitude to retired chief justice Sir Hugh Rawlins for the “unrelenting service” which he gave to the Court. “He instinctively gave dedicated service and now joins the rank of the many great chief justices who have served the court as remarkable jurists and inspiring mentors. Sir Hugh places an indelible mark on our jurisprudence through his erudite judgments and formidable leadership which guided us over the past four years”.In her inaugural address themed; “Improving efficiency and integrity in the administration of justice in times of economic adversity”, she explained that despite financial difficulties the court ought to maintain a high level of efficiency.“The judiciary of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, although faced with resulting challenges; one of which is the absence of the optimum court of judges, will continue to maintain its efficiency with the available resources. I wish to emphasize that the quality of justice will not be compromised, not even in these harsh and difficult economic times”.She noted further that the judiciary “has embarked on several initiatives to help improve efficiency in the face of the world wide economic adversity which has impacted our member states and territories”. Pereira explained that the Court has been working assiduously towards improving the access of information to the public.“Efficiency and integrity are ingrained in the mission and vision statements of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court to serve its member states by providing access to its system of justice that is accountable and independent in a prompt, fair and effective manner. Inherent in the access to justice, is the guarantee that each citizen is able to acquire the necessary knowledge, understanding, awareness and ability to exercise his or her right to justice, through formal as well as informal institutions”.Pereira acknowledged public education and community outreach as a “crucial factor” in their quest to “facilitate this knowledge, understanding and awareness” of the system of justice. “In our bid to maintain accountability and transparency, information about the Court should always be accessible and pertinent to those whom we serve so that they can better understand the workings of our Court”. She highlighted the Court’s website as a “very practical and economical tool” in providing timely updates on judgments at the high court and court of appeal levels, reporting decisions from the Privy Council, relevant court forms, Civil Procedure Rules and amendments, practice directions, sittings of the various courts and detailed accounts of the Court’s initiatives. According to the acting chief justice, in an effort to “promote efficiency and integrity and maintain the trust and confidence of the people of our region, the Court is “committed to initiating, supporting and participating in programs” which can enhance the public understanding of the law and the judicial system.This will include education on the “role and functions of the court and the way judges rule according to law” which she believes can assist in keeping member states informed and confident in a system that equitable and embraces equal access to all.Consequently, the Court will embark on a number of outreach programs within this new law term with a view to promoting “court transparency”. “It is intended that this initiative include educational programs for school, media, counsel; using forums such as television features, radio interviews, news paper articles, judges discussions and the like and conferences. It is also proposed to have bulletins as is necessary published on our website all in an effort to continue improving access to justice and maintain confidence in the judiciary”. Members of the public were implored to visit the website so as to keep informed about the Court and its programs. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Sports On Tap: Game Of the Week-Recap and Interviews- Hudson beats Strongsville 9-2-16

first_img Rob Trautman Related TopicsHudson ExplorersSports on TapStrongsville Mustangs SOT Podcast’s Game of the WeekWeek 2Hudson Explorers vs. Strongsville MustangsThe Hudson Explorers travelled to the newly re turfed Pat Catan Stadium to take on the Strongsville Mustangs. Hudson wasted no time breaking in the new turf with a 65 yard drive capped off by a 4 yard touchdown run by senior QB Jackson Parker giving the Explorers an early 7-0 lead. Parker would score later in the first quarter on a 58 yd TD run to put Hudson up 14 -0.Early in the second quarter Hudson found the end zone yet again on a 26 yd TD pass from Parker to senior wide receiver Sam Wright putting Hudson up 21-0. Hudson’s defense forced a Strongsville fumble and on the ensuing drive Parker again hooked up on a 33 yd. TD pass to Wright, extending Hudson’s lead to 28-0 Hudson’s Defense dominated Strongsville throughout the first half, preventing mustangs from getting any momentum on offense, and at the end of the first half Hudson looked well on its way to a resounding victory.The Explorers did not begin the second half as well as they ended the first, giving up a 38 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Strongsville Junior DB Christian Williams a failed 2 point conversion made the score 28-6. Hudson responded with a 36 yd TD pass from junior QB Colt Pallay to Junior WR Greg Mailey, and the score was 35-6.Strongsville’s offense finally got on the board early in the 4th quarter on a drive capped off with a 2 yd TD pass from Sophomore QB Jony Major to RB Nick Caruso, another failed 2 point attempt made the score 35 -12. Strongsville attempted comeback and after bad snap on a punt attempt resulting in a Strongsville safety, the Mustangs trailed 35-14 midway through the 4th. Despite a late Mustang touchdown, a 31-yard Callahan Hinckley-to-Dan Nagel touchdown pass. Hudson’s defense was able to stifle any realistic chance for a Strongsville comeback and secured a solid 35-20 road victory. The win the gives Hudson a 2-0 record on the year with the Mustangs falling to 0-2Hudson Head Coach Jeff Gough on starting 2-0 to start the season “We are just trying to get better one day at a time”.The Explorers will look to continue their win streak when they face Canton-McKinley at home in week 3. Strongsville will look to notch their first win of the season when they welcome Brush for a week 3 home game.last_img read more