Justin CharlesUpdate: The venue of the New York City, New Years Eve show can be found here.As cliché as it sounds, sometimes big things really do come in small packages. That is exactly what happened last night, when the recently voted #1 DJ in the world celebrated his title at New York City’s tiny Lavo Night Club. The line outside the club was unusually busy tonight, filled with a sea of white Armin van Buuren shirts, a mob of people here to support their favorite DJ.If you’ve been to Lavo, you know it’s quite different from say, Armin’s A State of Trance tent at Ultra Music Festival. The club is extremely exclusive due to a small capacity, as VIP tables line the walls and beautiful girls line the dance floor. There are two LED walls behind the DJ, and two more on the ceiling, providing the same synchronized visuals as a festival set.As the club slowly filled up to near riot levels, Armin took the stage minutes after one to a huge ovation. There is something about Armin’s sound and the way he mixes that just makes his music sound ‘big’. Have you ever heard someone describe a band like Muse as ‘stadium rock’? Armin van Buuren’s music is like ‘stadium dance music’. It’s meant for massive stages and thousands of people. The beauty of Armin’s music, however, is that once the beat drops, even the smallest rooms begin to feel like a massive festival stage. There were times, like during Armin’s massive collaboration with Ferry Corsten, ‘Brute’, that if you were in the middle of Lavo, you would have sworn there were 100,000 people standing behind you.While two hours is clearly not enough Armin – he admitted so, apologizing for the short set before the last song – he still managed to pack in as much energy as humanly possible into the brief set, ranging from newer tracks like ‘I’ll Listen’and a remix of Andrew Rayel’s ‘How Do I Know’ from Armin’s latest compilation, ‘Universal Religion’, to classics like ‘In and Out of Love’ and ‘Fine Without You Know’. But the highlight for many was probably the chance to get up, close, and personal with and dance so close to a music icon, someone who we usually see from the back of a festival tent.Before the last song, Armin managed to confirm one HUGE piece of news that you might want to hear: New York City will be having an Armin van Buuren New Years Eve! With that, Armin busted out an excellent mash up of Coldplay’s ‘Every Teardrop’s A Waterfall’, and Porter Robinson’s ‘Language’, which ended up a perfect way to end a set. One more song of lyrics for everyone to sing, one more drop for everyone to jump, and then he was off – letting the fact that he will be back in two months sink in.photos by Lexi Lambros
Chalk One Up for SafetyThe New Mexico Supreme Court has affirmed that hospitals can be held liable for negligently selecting air ambulance contractors when they affirmed a judgment in favor of the parents of Damon Talbott, a New Mexico state police officer who was killed in a Medical Air Transport (MAT) helicopter crash. So now the city is paying 40 people between the ages of 18 and 24 from low-income households to take a 10-week EMT certification program, which would open the door to becoming a St. Paul firefighter and future paramedic training. Sixteen of the program’s 22 participants are female, and all are of color. Similar programs are still a tall order in cities without the support St. Paul is getting for this endeavor (help is coming from local charities, unions and even individuals like Carter), but bravo to the city for putting its money where its mouth is when it comes to diversity. For more on EMS diversity efforts and EMS salaries, click here to read the “2009 JEMS Salary & Workplace Survey” Fight for What’s RightWhat would you do if you lost six paramedics in one year because they found jobs just across the county line that offered more money and better benefits? If you were Putnam County (W. Va.) EMS Director Cecil Kimble, you would enlist the help of County Administrator Brian Donat and work with your county officials to score a pay increase for your EMTs and paramedics to keep them around. Better RepresentationHaving a diverse EMS workforce fosters patient-provider communication and ultimately better care. However, many EMS organizations are not representative of their local populations, and many in underrepresented groups still can’t afford to forgo work to get the necessary training. That all may start to change in St. Paul, Minn., where the fire chief dreamed up an idea to address a lack of diversity and the mayor got on board. “St. Paul firefighters are called on every day to assist people from different cultures, who speak different languages and practice different religions, and the clock is always ticking,” said St. Paul city Councilmember Melvin Carter III. “It wasn’t something that we just decided to do. We’ve been feeding [commissioners] information for the last six months and giving them a heads up on what was happening and how we were wanting to fix it,” Kimble says. The county_s commissioners approved a 10% raise, which brings the paramedic base pay to $41,000. “It’s not like we’re paying more than anyone around us. We_re just right there in the playing field again,” Kimble says, adding that it helped that the state and the county didn’t have a deficit. “We’re not as bad off as some other states,” he says. We think every leader should work side by side with officials to keep good employees around. His parents sued Eastern New Mexico Medical Center, alleging that MAT had a poor safety record that the hospital didn;t properly investigate, and that the hospital shouldn’t have entered into the agreement with them. This decision demonstrates the importance of investigating into the safety record of all ambulance companies. We think it’s one more step in the right direction toward improved air ambulance standards.JEMS Fresh IdeaPeterborough County EMS paramedics can start an IV or give oxygen when you’re sick, but they’d rather be gardening. No, they’re not lazy. They just know where good health starts, which is why the central Ontario, Canada, providers have planted a garden with tomatoes, zucchini, squash, eggplant, carrots, cucumber, lettuce, Brussels sprouts and garlic alongside their station. The fledgling garden, which was started by paramedic Mark Cameron to help staff reduce stress, has expanded with the help of the local fairgrounds and independent grocers. Once it really gets going, the produce will be given away to area residents, primarily seniors. Thumbs up to these gardening medics for promoting good healthÆ’organically. For more on the NM Supreme Court”ždecision, visit jems.com/emsinsider.
Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – Lamar entered the day needing only a win over Houston Baptist, or a Nicholls State loss, to lock up a spot in next month’s Southland Conference Championship tournament but neither happened. The Cardinals (16-13, 8-8 SLC) never recovered from a 1-of-13 start from the field falling to Houston Baptist, 75-68, Saturday evening in the Montagne Center. The Cardinals started the game one for its first 13 and two for its first 17, and the second field goal was a rushed three ball from senior Marcus Owens to beat the shot clock. LU finished the game 20-of-52 (.385) from the field following a stronger second half that saw them shoot better than 48 percent.The Huskies finished the game shooting better than 49 percent from the field, despite a 3-of-12 (.200) start. The visitors rode a hot second half that saw them knock down 15-of-28 (.536) attempts in the final 20 minutes. HBU did the majority of its damage in the paint outscoring LU by 17 in that area.HBU also beat the Cardinals on the boards. Led by six players with at least five rebounds, the Huskies held a 41-28 advantage on the boards. Junior Colton Weisbrod and sophomore Nick Garth both hit the 20-point plateau as Weisbrod led all scorers with 24 points, while Garth netted 23. Atif Russell came off the bench to lead the Huskies with 18 points. He was one of four players in double figures for HBU.Free throws from Lincoln Davis and Weisbrod were the only points from LU for the first 6:35 of action. Junior Christian Albright recorded the team’s first field goal at the 13:24 mark to pull the Cardinals within three. The Cardinals would go on to score four of the game’s next six points to pull within one but HBU had an answer pushing its lead back to six. That would be the theme throughout the game, the Cards would surge but HBU responded.LU went into the locker room trailing by only five, 34-29, following a Garth three-pointer – one of four on the night – with 33 seconds remaining. Garth’s three closed a 20-minute stretch that saw LU convert just 7-of-25 (.280) shots, while the Huskies opened the game shooting 44 percent from the field. Both teams were 3-of-10 from three-point range in the first half. The second half started much the same as the first as the Cardinals watched the deficit balloon to 11 points less than four minutes into the half. Big Red responded by trimming the lead down to four points just over three minutes later by rattling off a small 9-2 run. LU was unable to sustain the run as the Huskies got the lead back to nine points after a Russell and-one and a Cody Stetler layup.The Cardinals made another run just moments later. After Stetler’s layup gave HBU a nine-point advantage, LU responded with an 11-2 run to pull even for the first time since the opening tip. Weisbrod got the basket on a nice pass from Garth in traffic.After a Russell free throw on the other end of the floor, the Cardinals appeared poised to take their first lead of the game but was turned away as Davis’ dunk rattled out of the rim – one of several shots from point blank range that didn’t fall for Cardinals Saturday evening.It remained a one-possession game for the next 3:30 before Reveal Chukwujekwu put HBU up by four with 3:49 left to play. The Cardinals didn’t get any closer as HBU was able to push its lead back to nine at the free throw line before the final tally was posted.The Cardinals will need to bounce back Thursday when they return to the Montagne Center to host Nicholls. The game against the Colonels will tip off at 7 p.m. and can be seen live on ESPN3, and heard live on Newstalk 560 KLVI.Nicholls is currently a game back of LU with two games remaining. A victory Wednesday would solidify a spot for the Cardinals in the postseason tournament. SLC tournament tickets are now on sale through the LU Ticket Office.
Illnesses 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 release
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Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews PM attends CARICOM-US meeting in Jamaica by: Dominica Vibes News – April 8, 2015 Tweet Share 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.
Sharing is caring! Share Share 196 Views no discussions Tweet 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 Share
Harris 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 http://www.harris.com.
10 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: aopa.org“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 KabarPenumpang.com 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.org
BCTV provides additional off-field footage from the club’s annual Community Match at Bristol Manor Farm.