News Scan for Sep 05, 2018

first_imgIllnesses on flight grounds Emirates flight in NYC, 10 taken to hospitalAn Emirates Airline flight arriving at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates at about 9 am this morning was held on the tarmac after 100 people were reportedly ill on the flight. According Eric Phillips, press secretary with the New York mayor’s office, there were 521 people on the flight, which stopped in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, after it began in Dubai.On Twitter, Phillips said Mecca is experiencing a flu outbreak, and early indications point to that as a possibility. However, the incident raised concerns, given the flight’s stop in Mecca, where the annual Hajj pilgrimage wrapped up on Aug 24. Saudi Arabia has been the country hardest hit by Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which often begins with nonspecific symptoms such as cough and fever.Ambulances arrived on the tarmac to take 10 sick passengers to Jamaica Hospital, and health officials screened each passenger for symptoms before allowing them to proceed to customs, he said.A few hours later, Phillips said all passengers were off the plane and had been evaluated. He said 19 were sick, 10 went to the hospital, and 9 refused medical attention. “Health officials are processing tests now to determine the cause. Symptoms still pointing to the flu,” Phillips tweeted.Emirates Airline on Twitter today confirmed that of 10 people on the flight who were transferred to the hospital for further medical care and evaluation, 3 were passengers and 7 were crew.A CDC source told Stat that there were an estimated 100 sick passengers, with passengers and some crew reporting symptoms including cough, with some experiencing fever. Passengers without symptoms will be allowed to continue their travel, with follow-up by health officials, if necessary, according to the report.Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which publishes CIDRAP News, said that, based on available information, health officials did an efficient job of evaluating the situation, and answers should be available soon.He said about 4% to 5% of the population is sick at any given time, and that it wouldn’t be surprising if 20 to 25 people were sick on a plane carrying about 500 people and there were reportedly others on the Emirates flight who experienced gastrointestinal symptoms.Osterholm also said it’s possible that a small cluster of people were exposed to a respiratory virus during the Hajj and didn’t experience symptoms until the flight, given the typical 18- to 36-hour incubation period. He added that “hysterical illnesses” are yet another possibility when symptoms clusters crop up in closed settings such as planes or schools. Symptoms such as lightheadedness due to the power of suggestion aren’t uncommon and can quickly swell illness numbers, Osterholm said.Eric Phillips Twitter feed Sep 5 New York and New Jersey Port Authority statement Emirates Airline Twitter feed Sep 5 Stat story CDC: 130 people now sickened after eating Honey Smacks cerealIn an outbreak update published yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said 30 more people have been sickened with Salmonella after eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.Despite a recall by Kellogg’s on Jun 14, the cereal is still on some store shelves, and the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has warned consumers not to buy or eat any Honey Smacks because it could be contaminated with Salmonella Mbandaka.The outbreak total now stands at 130 cases in 36 states, including Delaware, Minnesota, and Maine, which reported their first cases since the previous update on Jul 12. There have been 34 hospitalizations but no deaths.The CDC said case-patient’s illness onsets range from Mar 3 to Aug 4, and illnesses occurring after Aug 4 may have not yet been reported. In interviews, 77% of case-patients reported eating Kellogg’s Honey Smacks prior to symptom onset.”Do not eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of package size or best-by date. Check your home for it and throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund,” the CDC said. “Even if some of the cereal has been eaten and no one got sick, throw the rest of it away or return it for a refund.” Sep 4 CDC update Meta-analysis finds preventive antibiotics effective for COPD but at a costA meta-analysis of 12 randomized controlled trials has determined that prophylactic (preventive) antibiotics appear to be effective in preventing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations and improving quality of life in stable patients who have moderate to severe disease, but also appear to raise antibiotic resistance rates.Writing in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy yesterday, Dutch experts said the 12 studies they analyzed involved 3,683 COPD patients. The researchers found that prophylactic antibiotics reduced the frequency of exacerbations by 26% (range, 8% to 40%) and the number of patients who had at least one exacerbation by 18% (range, 10% to 26%).Erythromycin and azithromycin appeared to be the most effective antibiotics, with the number needed to treat ranging from four to seven. Quality of life was also significantly improved by prophylactic antibiotics, the authors found, and the time to first exacerbation was prolonged in six studies, with one conflicting result.The benefits appear to come at a cost, however, as antibiotic-resistant isolates were more than quadruple in patients who received the prophylactic regimens compared with those who didn’t.The authors conclude, “The choice of prophylactic antibiotics should be analysed and considered case by case, especially for long and continuous use.”Sep 4 J Antimicrob Chemother abstract Kineta launches first human trial of Lassa fever antiviralKineta, a biotechnology company based in Seattle, today announced the start of the first human trial of its antiviral drug LHF-535 for treating Lassa fever, a hemorrhagic illnesses estimated to sicken between 100,000 and 300,000 people in West Africa a year, 5,000 of them fatally.The single-ascending dose study, designed to assess the safety and tolerability of the drug, will involve 56 healthy participants randomized to five to seven cohorts of 8 subjects each, the company said in a statement. Study results are expected the first quarter of 2019, with a multiple-ascending dose study slated to launch following the first phase of the trial.Preclinical studies have shown that LHF-535 has potent activity against Lassa virus and other arenaviruses. Kineta has received Wellcome Trust support of up to $7.2 million in 2016 to advance the drug’s development through phase 1 clinical trials.Shawn Iadonato, PhD, Kineta’s chief executive officer, said in the statement that recent Ebola and Zika outbreaks are a reminder of the critical need to develop new therapies for neglected tropical diseases and biodefense threats. “We were also pleased that the FDA recently added Lassa fever to the Tropical Disease Priority Review Voucher Program, further validating the need for an effective therapy.”Sep 5 Kineta press releaselast_img read more

Eade on: where are all the German flags?

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PM attends CARICOM-US meeting in Jamaica

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews PM attends CARICOM-US meeting in Jamaica by: Dominica Vibes News – April 8, 2015 Tweet Sharecenter_img 125 Views   no discussions Share Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is in Jamaica where he and other Heads of government from the Caribbean Community, CARICOM will meet with President of the United States Barack Obama, a press release from the Office of the Prime Minister indicates. CARICOM Heads of government will meet with President Obama at the University of the West Indies, Regional Centre, Mona on Thursday, April 9, 2015.The CARICOM – US meeting will focus on three main issues competitiveness/trade; renewable energy and security. Prime Minister Skerrit will lead CARICOM’s response to President Obama’s initiative on renewable energy.The CARICOM – US meeting will be co-chaired by Prime Minister of The Bahamas Perry Christie and President Obama.Minister for Housing, Lands and Water Resource Management Reginald Austrie is acting as prime minister while Prime Minister Skerrit is out of state.last_img read more

Mental Health Protection Measures+ 28 More Officers for Fire & Ambulance Service

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 196 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img                                         Fire Chief, Josiah Dupuis (file photo)Twenty-eight new officers are getting on-the-job training as new additions to the fire and ambulance service.Fire Chief Josiah Dupuis says the recruitment process has been foregone and the officers have been learning as they go while they provide service to the force.He says normally, the new additions would undergo recruit training but “This is not a normal time…We have adopted a policy of having these new entrants work alongside the fire officers and at the same time, we have a lighter schedule of training ongoing.”Chief Dupuis assures that he is confident about the strategy.“They are already contributing, to an extent, to our work output.”He says further that a buddy system has been established so officers can support each other emotionally and mentally.The buddy system is anticipated to help the officers detect the beginnings or signs of emotional or mental distress int heir partner and refer further support as early as possible.“That is to provide direct support. Every day, that fire officer is expected to call that persons with whom he is paired and hopefully over time, he may be able to detect any variations or specific problems that the officer might be manifesting,” the Fire Chief explained.This is in addition to providing access to mental health guidance for the emergency service providers who are on the frontlines every day.“We have thought of the impact that this virus is having, not just on the wider population but also on us as a group.”He has revealed that the fire service has had some close calls where fire officers experienced emotional and mental distress while awaiting test results.Chief Dupuis says he is paying attention to the welfare of his officers among whom he says he has seen fear and concern. LocalNews Mental Health Protection Measures+ 28 More Officers for Fire & Ambulance Service by: – April 22, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

U.S. Air Force Awards Harris Corporation $85 Million IDIQ Contract for Falcon Tactical Radios

first_imgHarris Corporation has been awarded an $85 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide the U.S. Air Force with Falcon multiband manpack tactical radios and accessories. In conjunction with the contract, Harris also received initial delivery orders of $33 million. The Air Force will deploy the Falcon III® AN/PRC-117G across ground units to serve as its next-generation radio platform for tactical voice and wideband data communications. The AN/PRC-117G will provide the Air Force with seamless connectivity to the Global Information Grid in support of a range of existing and emerging network-enabled missions. “The Air Force will modernize its tactical communications around the wideband AN/PRC-117G, providing its personnel with enhanced situational awareness, ISR and command and control capabilities,” said George Helm, president, Department of Defense business, Harris RF Communications. “This new IDIQ will allow the Air Force to address both current JTRS requirements as well as emerging interoperability requirements through an affordable, upgradeable, combat-proven platform. The USAF is rapidly advancing its tactical radio modernization program, taking full advantage of the JTRS-Certified AN/PRC-117G manpack radio available today.” The Falcon III AN/PRC-117G is the world’s most widely fielded next-generation radio, combining line-of-sight, beyond-line-of-sight and wideband communications capabilities in a single lightweight package. The radio provides enhanced situational awareness of the battlefield by connecting warfighters to the Tactical Internet. Harris has shipped more than 25,000 AN/PRC-117G radios to all branches of the U.S. military as well as over a dozen allies including Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Poland and several other countries in NATO. The radio is combat proven and exhaustively tested in field exercises, laboratory environments and has been employed as a secure wideband tactical networking radio in Operation Enduring Freedom since 2009. For additional information about Harris Corporation is available at read more

Satu Dasawarsa Pasca Kejadian, Survivor Tragedi “Miracle on the Hudson” Langsungkan Reuni

first_img10 tahun telah berlalu pasca kejadian yang dikenal sebagai “Miracle on the Hudson” ini, dan para penumpang, awak kabin, hingga pilot dan kopilot berkumpul di dalam sebuah ‘reuni’ untuk mengenang peristiwa yang hampir saja merenggut nyawa mereka semua. Tidak ada yang dapat dilakukan penumpang dan awak kabin selain mengucapkan terima kasih kepada Kapten Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger dan kopilot Jeffery Skiles atas kepiawaian mereka dalam mengendalikan pesawat yang sudah mati mesin tersebut.Bertempat di Carolinas Aviation Museum – tempat armada Airbus A320-214 nahas ini ditempatkan, para saksi sejarah ini saling bertegur sapa satu sama lain sembari berusaha untuk mengenang kembali kejadian yang dinyatakan oleh National Transportation Safety Board sebagai “Pendaratan Darurat di Sungai Paling Sukses Sepanjang Sejarah Aviasi”.“Ini merupakan kejadian yang sangat tidak terduga – dimana kami belum pernah dilatih secara khusus untuk mengangani kejadian semacam ini,” ujar Kapten Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger.Sumber:“Kami harus mengaplikasikan apa yang kami tahu, mengadaptasikannya, dan menerapkannya dengan cara baru untuk memecahkan masalah yang belum pernah kami lihat sebelumnya, dan menyelesaikannya dengan tepat pada kesempatan pertama, dalam waktu kurang dari tiga setengah menit,” lanjut sang Kapten sembari mengenang insiden tersebut.Baca Juga: Lima Penyebab Umum Terjadinya Kecelakaan PesawatSementara itu, seorang penumpang yang kala itu juga berada di dalam penerbangan tersebut, mengaku bahwa dirinya merasakan sebuah hantaman cukup keras sesaat setelah pesawat tinggal landas.“Saya merasakan hantaman yang sangat kuat, seperti pesawat menabrak sebuah benjolan besar, dan tak lama berselang, saya mencium bau seperti kabel listrik atau daging yang terbakar. Kami meluncur turun, dan kami sadar bahwa pesawat belum berada di ketinggian yang cukup. Kami berbelok ke kiri dan saya bisa melihat bandara (LaGuardia) di ujung sayap,” kenang seorang penumpang yang turut hadir ke acara ‘reuni’ tersebut.Masih banyak lagi cerita dari para penumpang yang tercurahkan pada acara tersebut, namun apa yang mereka lakukan tetaplah sama seperti apa yang mereka lakukan ketika sadar bahwa pendaratan darurat itu berjalan dengan mulus – berterima kasih kepada sang Kapten.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedMengenal Ditching, Pendaratan Darurat Pesawat di Atas Permukaan Air19/01/2020In “Domestik”Dua Hari Tanpa Akomodasi dan Makanan, 200 Penumpang British Airways Terlantar di Bandara06/11/2018In “Bandara”Pukul Kru Pesawat Pakai Teko Kopi, Penumpang Ini Terpaksa Diikat Kabel Ties22/05/2017In “Featured” Insiden US Airways Flight 1549. Sumber: wikipedia 15 Januari 2009 merupakan tanggal yang tidak bisa dilupakan oleh 155 penumpang maskapai US Airways Flight 1549. Ya, Kamis itu, para penumpang maskapai ini dipersilakan boarding menuju armada Airbus A320-214 dan pesawat yang hendak bertolak menuju Seattle-Tacoma International Airport ini diijinkan untuk mengudara dari Runway 4 Bandara LaGuardia, New York sekira pukul 15.24 waktu setempat. Semuanya berjalan lancar hingga beberapa insiden bird strike menimpa penerbangan ini.Baca Juga: Sejumlah Fakta dari Proses Emergency di Pesawat TerbangBeruntung, kejadian yang sampai diangkat ke layar lebar dengan judul “Sully” ini tidak memakan korban jiwa – sejumlah penumpang mengalami cidera ringan hingga parah. Dikutip dari berbagai laman sumber, sekira tiga menit setelah US Airways Flight 1549 mengudara, pesawat ini menabrak sekawanan angsa Kanada yangberimbas pada matinya kedua mesin. Sebenarnya, pesawat ini berada di dalam jarak aman untuk mendarat di Bandara Teterboro, New Jersey. Namun kala itu pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger dan kopilot Jeffery Skiles lebih memilih untuk melakukan pendaratan darurat di Sungai Hudson, di sebelah Timur NewYork.Airbus A320-214 pasca insiden US Airways Flight 1549. Sumber: aopa.orglast_img read more

Preview: Northampton Saints vs Bristol Bears

first_imgAssistant coach, Conor McPhillips and forwards coach, Jonathan Thomas take the reins this weekend, as the Bears target a return to winning ways following last Saturday’s narrow defeat to Zebre.Here’s your big match preview ahead of Saturday’s clash:last_img

NCAA tournament schedule: Saturday’s March Madness times, TV guide

first_imgThe Round of 32 at the NCAA tournament tips off Saturday just after 12 ET.Here is everything you need to know for the March Madness coverage of eight more games.Take a look at the full bracket and print it here. MUST-READ STORIES• Three things to know today. What a difference a day makes.• Ranking the games today by watchability. That’s right, the first phase of the madness has concluded. Yet the second phase should be just as enthralling.• UCLA’s Bryce Alford plays the toughest position — coach’s son. The Bruins, who start Saturday’s action against 14th-seeded UAB, take their cues from the younger Alford.• Leading scorer, Uber driver Matt Stainbrook gives Xavier a lift. The Musketeers are once again finding postseason success thanks to their massive man in the middle.• Notre Dame-Butler: One goes to Sweet 16, one goes back to Indiana. It’ll be a Hoosier State showdown when the Fighting Irish and Bulldogs meet Saturday.• Armour: Cincinnati finds success with coach on sideline. Mick Cronin’s impact on the Bearcats extend beyond that of a traditional coach.• The NCAA tournament bracket cheat sheet you know you need. USA TODAY Sports and For The Win provide a one-stop shop for the NCAA tournament with all the analysis and insight you’ll need to win your office pool.• Coaches turn hot seats luke warm with NCAA tournament bids. Tubby Smith calls it “The Dip.” It is that turning point in a coach’s tenure when the trajectory of the program, at least in terms of public perception, steers downward, whispers from critics turn to shouts and Internet rumors spread like wildfire.• Five reasons Kentucky won’t win it all. Now that it looks as if our prediction is careening into the wall, it’s time to start steering into the skid.• The seven teams that can beat Kentucky. FTW’s Chris Chase lists the only seven teams that can end Kentucky’s undefeated season.PHOTOS: The highlights from the Round of 64***WATCH: The latest NCAA tournament videos12:10 p.m. (11) UCLA vs. (14) UAB / South regionCBS. Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce.2:40 p.m. (1) Kentucky vs. (8) Cincinnati / Midwest regionCBS. Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, Allie LaForce.5:15 p.m. (2) Arizona vs. (10) Ohio State / West regionCBS. Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Rachel Nichols.6:10 p.m. (6) Xavier vs. (14) Georgia State / West regionTNT. Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl.7:10 p.m. (1) Villanova vs. (8) NC State / East regionTBS. Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson.7:45 p.m. (4) Georgetown vs. (5) Utah / South regionCBS. Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Rachel Nichols.8:40 p.m. (4) North Carolina vs. (5) Arkansas / West regionTNT. Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, Jamie Erdahl.9:40 p.m. (3) Notre Dame vs. (6) Butler / Midwest regionTBS. Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, Dana Jacobson.last_img read more

Baseball: Airline downs ASH; Haughton almost pulls big upset

first_imgAndrew Lowe scattered six hits and struck out eight as the Airline Vikings defeated Alexandria Senior High 7-1 in the Sulphur baseball tournament Thursday night.The Haughton Bucs almost pulled off a major upset in the tournament, falling to nationally ranked and undefeated Sulphur 5-4. Parkway got a solid pitching performance from Caleb Stock but the Panthers hurt themselves with five errors in a 4-2 loss to Ouachita Christian.Airline’s Adam Armstrong went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI against ASH. Peyton Davis and Jacob James had two hits each. Cameron Taylor and Ryan Phillips had doubles.Haughton’s Jonthan Plant had a two-run homer against Sulphur, which improved to 14-0 and is ranked No. 1 in the 5A in the state coaches’ poll. Andrew Sewell had an RBI.Plant’s homer tied the game at 3 in the top of the fifth. The Tors answered with two of their own in he bottom of the inning before the Bucs got within one in the top of the sixth.Haughton got a two-out single from Kirkland Seals in the seventh but couldn’t advance him.Parkway’s Stock allowed four hits and struck out four against Ouachita Christian. The Panthers managed just three hits.— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.comTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more