News Scan for Jul 12, 2016

first_imgResearchers find Zika persists in female genital tractA French research team yesterday reported the first known detection of Zika virus in the genital tract of an infected woman, along with signs that it persists there after it clears from blood and urine. The team, from Guadeloupe and Toulouse, reported its findings in a letter to The Lancet Infectious Diseases.The 27-year-old woman was sick in May, and a rapid blood test was positive for Zika virus. She was being monitored for oocyte preservation as part of Guadeloupe’s protocol for women with infertility in the Zika setting, but the stimulation process was halted, based in her illness, and she was advised to practice safe sex and regularly use condoms.Her genital swab, endocervical swab, and cervical mucus sample were all positive for Zika virus RNA on day 3 of her illness. However, on day 11 when blood and urine tests were negative, her cervical mucus sample was still positive for Zika RNA.The researchers said though it’s not known if infectious virus was present, the findings have implications for sexual transmission from women to men and vertical transmission from a mother to her fetus.Jul 11 Lancet Infect Dis letter USDA to share food safety data regularly on data.govThe US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced yesterday plans to share huge amounts of food safety information on the government Web site, The information will be updated quarterly and is meant to increase both agency transparency and consumer information.”Consumers want more information about the foods they are purchasing, and sharing these details can give them better insight into food production and inspection, and help them make informed purchasing decisions,” said USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Al Almanza in a Jul 11 press release.FSIS said it has worked on developing a web platform for sharing the data points for more than 6,000 meat, poultry, and egg facilities for 7 years in response to President Obama’s “Open Government Plan.” This is the first time the agency will be routinely sharing establishment-specific data with the public.The data sets will show results from chemical residue testing, advocated meat recovery testing, results from Salmonella and Campylobacter testing in poultry, and results for Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli and Salmonella in meat. FSIS will also release test results for Listeria and Salmonella in ready-to-eat products and processed egg products.Jul 11 USDA news release China notes new H7N9 avian flu case, 3 new deaths; outbreak hits 800China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission (HFPC) today reported a new H7N9 avian flu case in June, bringing the country’s total for that month to seven cases. Officials added that three previously reported patients have died, according to an HFPC report translated by FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board.The newly reported infection expands the outbreak to 800 cases since the first case was confirmed in China in 2013, according to a list maintained by FluTrackers.The agency did not specify which province the newly reported case was in, nor did it provide details on the patient. The HFPC report simply listed 7 cases, including 7 that were fatal. FluTrackers had earlier already noted 6 of the cases, 3 in Hebei province and 1 each in Jiangsu, Liaoning, and Zhejiang.The HFPC noted that 5 of the 7 cases proved fatal, whereas earlier reports listed only 2 fatalities among the 6 that FluTrackers had noted.Jul 12 FluTrackers post FluTrackers H7N9 case listlast_img read more

Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris Shares FBI National Academy Experience With Rotary Members

first_imgHe also completed the “yellow brick road”, a 6.1-mile grueling run through a hilly, wooded trail built by the Marines. Along the way, the participants must climb over walls, run through creeks, jump through simulated windows, scale rock faces with ropes, crawl under barbed wire in muddy water, maneuver across a cargo net and much more. He explained that his participation in the academy resulted from a commission in 1935 that reported a need for a national standard for police officers. A career in law enforcement was always something Morris said he aspired to do. He credited this aspiration to a deputy sheriff from his hometown. He  explained as a young kid growing up in a small farming  community in California his family didn’t have a lot of money but his mother worked to buy him a bike. By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post “That really stuck with me on being a police officer … I always like to share the story because it was somebody who impacted my life to want to be a police officer,” Morris said. “I think being a police officer is the best job.” During the academy, Morris traveled to New York City and visited the New York Police Department (NYPD) Police One Plaza headquarters. The academy evolved to become a global network. In fact, Morris said he met law enforcement officials from Cambodia, Kenya, Thailand, Denmark, Uganda and other countries. To sum it up, Morris, who also is a Rotarian, said, “It was a good experience.” “What was interesting was even though we might not have been well off this particular family was even less well off than us,” Morris said “I think he just had a really big heart for that family and he didn’t charge the kid, he just made it a learning experience. It was a big learning experience for me to ride over there with him and face that head on.” His class also raised $21,000 in a single night, which was donated to a cops program and the Special Olympics. Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris discusses his experience at the FBI National Academy. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris discusses his experience at the FBI National Academy during a talk Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ center_img “We just saw a need to have more of a net of law enforcement,” Morris said. The work, it seems, was worth it. “I’m so blessed to have this experience. I couldn’t have done without (my family),” Morris said. He added that one night those attending the academy cooked meals from their home countries. It was an opportunity, Morris said, to introduce peers to their cultures. However, his bike was stolen, which devastated him, Morris said. But, the deputy sheriff was able to track down the bike and drove Morris to the kid’s house to retrieve it. After finding them, the deputy sheriff took the kids to his own home, his wife fed and bathed them and the two children were given to child protection services the following day. To get into the academy, Morris said he applied a few years ago and was nominated to attend the academy by a FBI agent from the Albuquerque office. The application process was lengthy; Morris said his entire background was looked at. Later, Morris said he was on another ride with the deputy sheriff when a fellow deputy found a truck and a woman on methamphetamines who had abandoned her young children in that truck for more than two days. Morris said the toddlers hadn’t eaten and if it wasn’t for the deputy patrolling the highway they wouldn’t have been found. For 10 weeks Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Oliver Morris attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., and on Tuesday shared his experiences with the Rotary Club of Los Alamos. During the 10-week program, Morris took several courses, which touched on a variety of topics including body cameras, rapid DNA, emotional intelligence, wellness and vitality and communication and media relations.last_img read more

Roadside Art: ‘Play Space’ Near NASA Headquarters

first_imgPlay SPACE: Just outside of NASA Headquarters near Houston, Texas, the McDonald’s has a spaceman on the roof peering down on patrons as they enter the building. This McDonald’s gives a new meaning to play space in the restaurant. Photo by Gary Warren/ladailypost.comlast_img

LSRPA Gets New Board Member (USA)

first_imgScott Drew, L.S.R.P., a senior environmental scientist and an Associate of Geosyntec Consultants based in New Jersey, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the New Jersey Licensed Site Remediation Professionals Association (LSRPA).This professional organization of more than 500 members incorporated in 2009 in response to the creation of the Licensed Site Remediation Professional certification under the New Jersey Site Remediation Reform Act (SRRA). The act moved the direct supervision of site remediation projects from case managers with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) to LSRPs.These independent professionals are responsible for conducting such work with the objective of expediting site closure. LSRPs have an obligation to protect public health and safety and the environment, as well as the authority to review and approve investigation and remediation work plans, develop closure documents, and exercise professional judgment to efficiently move sites through the assessment and remediation process to closure.The mission of the LSRPA is to advance the LSRP profession, acting as an educational and technical resource and assisting its membership to use standards of care and informed professional judgment when performing the work of a LSRP in protecting public health, safety and the environment. The organization works closely with NJDEP officials and other regulatory agencies on issues related to the continued evolution of the SRRA.Mr. Drew has been an LSRP since 2010 and has been a member of the LSRPA Steering Committee for the past two years. He has been a member of the association’s Regulatory Outreach Committee and has represented the LSRPA on two NJDEP stakeholders committees responsible for developing technical guidance for vapor intrusion investigations and evaluating contaminated groundwater discharges to surface water.Mr Drew is a frequent presenter at conferences and technical training sessions in New Jersey on the technical and regulatory aspects of conducting vapor intrusion investigations. He currently serves as an LSRP for 12 project sites.Press Release, January 15, 2014last_img read more

deugro USA assembles ISPM 15 task force

first_imgThe freight forwarder said that since 2017, there has been an increase in the number of imported shipments being halted on arrival at US ports because they contain wooden packing materials that violate International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM).The deugro task force would be primarily focused on violations of ISPM 15 – which directly addresses the need to treat wood materials of a thickness greater than 6 mm that could potentially spread disease and harm ecosystems.The task force will help companies deal with non-compliant shipments, which can result in fines and penalties issues by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). deugro USA said that the team’s main objective, however, is to prevent such shipments in the first place by addressing potential issues at the point of origin.deugro USA, in partnership with 4D Supply Chain Consulting, will provide education, training, operational execution, supervision of shipments, consulting services and surveys.www.deugro.comlast_img read more

​Clyde & Co reports 10% PEP rise

first_imgClyde & Co is the latest international firm to announce a double-digit rise in partner profits. The top-20 outfit has announced that average profit per equity partner grew 10% in 2014/15 to £660,000 on income up 8% to to £395m.In a statement, the firm said that in the developed markets of the UK, Europe and North America it ‘saw steady growth overall, but with particularly strong performances in the UK from our insurance, international arbitration, sector dispute resolution teams, real estate, projects and construction practice and our oil and gas transactional practice’.In North America, the firm saw growth ‘in a number of our core insurance coverage teams and continued growth in our market-leading professional lines and cyber practices. In Europe, our recently opened office in Madrid grew strongly’.Clyde’s recently formed a specialist International Arbitration Group in London grew 40% last year.  In Asia Pacific, Clyde said it increased revenue by over 30% for the second successive year, driven by exceptional performances in our insurance and dispute resolution practices in Australia, as well as the firm’s Singapore, Hong Kong and China practices.See all financial news and results here >>last_img read more

Task forces to improve Network Rail’s understanding of severe weather and earthworks management

first_imgUK: Infrastructure manager Network Rail has launched two independent task forces to improve its understanding of severe weather and help it better manage its earthworks, following the fatal derailment of a ScotRail train near Stonehaven on August 12.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Dame Julia Slingo, former chief scientist at the Met Office and an expert in climatology, will lead the review of NR’s capability to manage and understand the effects of heavy rainfall on the railway.This will look at:how the data and research collected by NR could be used to understand likely levels of rainfall at a location level in the present and 10 years in the future, in order to estimate potential damage to infrastructure;how data can be used to ensure future engineering decisions take local weather factors into account, and to better understand how changing land use or river management policies near the railway affect how quickly rain enters and leaves the system;the effectiveness of NR’s use of existing forecasting and weather monitoring technology to identify where rainfall could pose a risk to the railway, and how that might be improved;the extent to which NR has explored the potential of real-time weather monitoring technology;how NR might use the weather expertise available to provide input into longer-term planning and procurement decisions.Lord Robert Mair, a geotechnical engineer and member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Science & Technology, will lead the earthworks management task force, to see how NR can improve the management of its massive earthworks portfolio, looking at past incidents, latest technologies and innovations and best practice from across the globe.This work will cover:the effectiveness of NR’s existing approach to managing drainage and earthworks assets, and whether or not a more integrated, co-ordinated approach is required;an independent view of the suitability of its controls framework, considering whether it is effective in controlling risks and whether it is too onerous for frontline engineers;whether NR has sufficient resources and skills to manage earthworks and drainage, and whether certain teams or regions could be strengthened;what NR might learn from other organisations with responsibility for managing earthwork risks;whether NR is fully aware of the latest technologies and whether or not they are deployed effectively.‘The Stonehaven tragedy resulted in three people losing their lives — this is a stark reminder that we must never take running a safe railway for granted’, said NR Chief Executive Andrew Haines on August 24. ‘With more and more extreme weather and tens of thousands of earthwork assets across Great Britain, our challenge is massive. And while we are making record investment in these areas, we have asked world renowned experts, Dame Julia Slingo and Lord Mair, to help us address these issues as effectively as possible, and at pace.’last_img read more

DOWASCO reports full water restoration post TS Erika

first_img Share LocalNews DOWASCO reports full water restoration post TS Erika by: Dominica Vibes News – January 6, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img General Manager of DOWASCO, Bernard Ettinoffe (file photo)Access to potable water has been restored to every village following destruction caused to Dominica’s water supply during the passage of Tropical Strom Erika, General Manager of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited (DOWASCO), Bernard Ettinoffe has said.The impact of Tropical Storm Erika on the island’s water and sewerage system was estimated at fifty million Eastern Caribbean dollars (EC$50M) as 100% of DOWASCO water systems were adversely impacted.Prior to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, DOWASCO provided water to ninety-eight percent (98%) of the population and the completion of the Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project would have brought this to about 99% water coverage throughout the island.In an interview with the Government Information Service recently, Ettinoffe explained that the Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project should have been commissioned in October 2015 but because of the storm “we had a major setback not just for Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project but throughout Dominica. All 44 water systems were tremendously affected”.Ettinoffe said he is pleased to report that almost all of those systems are now up and running and every community is again being served with potable water from DOWASCO.He added that some of the systems were replaced temporarily in order to ensure that all persons have access to clean water.Due to the fact that some of the systems are temporary DOWASCO is having issues with providing constant water supply in some communities.“We have been trying to provide water to as far as Grand Savanne, Salisbury from the Picard, Portsmouth intake. That has been going fairly ok with the exception that to fill the Salisbury tank, we have to shut off some valves in the Portsmouth area so that we can divert more water on the west coast so that everybody can receive water at some time,” he explained.Ettinoffe, who acknowledged that the temporary systems are not the best thing as customers complain from time to time, said the company tries to inform the public beforehand of the schedule interruptions by way of radio announcements.“Temporary restoration cost DOWASCO in excess of $5m and the more permanent work will cost in the region of $38m. We will be working with government and the financial institutions to see how we can bring those systems up to speed in the shortest time,” he indicated.Ettinoffe explained that because DOWASCO recognizes that the systems are very vulnerable, even to minor weather conditions, the company will do all that it can with government’s cooperation to ensure that the systems are brought to a standard that can serve the people of Dominica.He said Giraudel, one of the communities seriously affected by Tropical Storm Erika, was the last community where water supply was restored in December.“It’s a pumping system and we had to replace pipes and source the armoured cable to power the pumps down by the river. We got those just before Christmas and with the assistance of DOMLEC and the contractor, we were able to restore water to the Giraudel community,” Ettinoffe noted.The next step for DOWASCO, he said, is to source money to make the systems more permanent. 206 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Jobim Carlos rules Iloilo Golf Challenge

first_img“It’s better to survive and win,” says Jobim Carlos. ICTSI JOBIM Carlos avoided a final round meltdown with timely conversions to capture the 2018 ICTSI Iloilo Golf Challenge at the Iloilo Golf and Country Club in Santa Barbara, Iloilo.Carlos had a wide advantage heading into the final day but he suddenly lost his touch on the tricky surface midway through the last 18 holes to allow Guido Van der Valk and Tim Stewart to pull within one four flights ahead heading to the stretch on Saturday.A runner-up in the ICTSI Negros Occidental Classic a week ago, Carlos got a lucky break when Van der Valk faded with back-to-back bogeys and Stewart flubbed a six-footer for par on the 17th and blew his bid for a playoff.“It’s better to survive and win,” said Carlos, who captured his third victory in the last two-and-a-half months after also ruling the Philippine Golf Tour Asia Riviera leg and the PGT Mindanao swing. “I played cautiously in the last six holes to avert going into playoff again,” said Carlos, referring to his loss to Negrense Juvic Pagunsan last week, a setback that only toughened up the young rising star.Carlos also turned in a couple of runner-up finishes and two top six efforts with his latest victory, firming up his hold of the Order of Merit lead heading to the last two tournaments of the circuit.Stewart wound up with a 68 and settled for second while American Lexus Keoninh rallied with a 67 and tied with Rene Menor and Van der Valk, who carded identical 69s, at 275.Joenard Rates and Jhonnel Ababa flinched, with the former also fumbling with a 72 and the latter limping with a 73 to drop to joint sixth at 276 with Reymon Jaraula and Justin Quiban, who fought back with 66 and 68, respectively./PNlast_img read more

Argos Slip to No. 25 in National Poll

first_img photo courtesy of Share Argos Slip to No. 25 in National Pollcenter_img KANSAS CITY, Ks. —  Despite fighting the No. 1 team in the nation to a 1-1 double overtime draw, the University of West Florida men’s soccer team fell three spots to No. 25 in the latest poll by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Still ranked inside the Top 25, the men have now received votes in the national poll for the first four weeks of the season. In their only match of the week the No. 22 University of West Florida men’s soccer team took Tampa, the top ranked team in the nation, to a 1-1 tie in a double overtime thriller. Senior forward Jay Mainville (Jacksonville, Fla./Fletcher HS) led the way for the Argonauts scoring his team high fifth goal of the season in the 1-1 draw. The Argos strong defense held Tampa to just eight total shots in match.The men return to the turf this week for three matches, including two tough in-region matches on the road in South Florida. Tonight the men will take on former GSC rival Montevallo at 5:00 p.m. CT. This weekend the men will make a trip down south to take on Nova Southeastern at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday night and then No. 2 ranked Lynn on Sunday. For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at NCAA Division II National PollPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more