H5N1 strikes Vietnam again as European H5N8 detections continueIn the latest avian flu developments, Vietnam reported another highly pathogenic H5N1 outbreak and Denmark and Finland reported more H5N8 detections. Also, Taiwan reported several more outbreaks caused by low-pathogenic H5N2, according to the latest notifications from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Vietnam, which has been battling a steady stream of H5N1 and H5N6 events, reported a new H5N1 outbreak in backyard poultry in Quang Ninh province in the north. It began on Apr 27, killing 2,000 of 5,000 susceptible birds.In Europe, Denmark reported 11 H5N8 detections, all in wild birds found dead from Jan 2 to Apr 4 across a wide part of the country, many of them forested areas. The virus was confirmed in 14 birds, many of them birds of prey. And Finland reported that tests on a white-tailed eagle found dead on Apr 8 near the Aland Islands in the far southwest were positive for H5N8.Elsewhere, Taiwan reported six more outbreaks linked to low-pathogenic H5N2, but they were all from 2015, but pathogenicity results were just confirmed on Apr 18. The island is still battling low-pathogenic H5N2 alongside highly pathogenic H5N2, H5N3, H5N6, and H5N8. According to the OIE report, abnormal deaths were observed on five poultry farms, and symptoms were also seen in poultry carcasses at a slaughterhouse in Taipei City. The events led to the slaughter of 91,485 birds.May 2 OIE report on H5N1 in Vietnam May 2 OIE report on H5N8 in Denmark Apr 28 OIE report on H5N8 in Finland May 1 OIE report on low path H5N2 in Taiwan Influenza activity decreasing in US, EuropeLevels of flu continue to decrease in much of the Northern Hemisphere, but influenza A and B are still circulating, with more influenza B cases detected in recent weeks, according to a global flu update from the World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday.All regions are reporting typical flu patterns for this time of year, the WHO said in the update.The United States and Europe said that influenza B was predominating, while Canada still reported more influenza A. Asia reported all seasonal influenza strains to still be active and circulating. China was reporting increased 2009 H1N1 activity in both the northern and southern parts of the country.Much of the Caribbean and South America reported low levels of influenza activity. Most of West Africa also reported low flu activity. May 1 WHO update
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Dutch transportation company BigRoll Shipping has contracted COSCO Dalian Shipyard Co. Ltd to build two more MC Class module carriers, bringing the total number of vessels under construction to four, the company said.The first two vessels BigRoll Barentsz and BigRoll Bering were ordered in 2013 and are scheduled for delivery late 2015 and early 2016.The two additional vessels will be named BigRoll Baffin and BigRoll Beaufort. They are due for delivery mid 2016 and early 2017 respectively.All BigRoll vessels are named in honour of famous Arctic explorers, which was inspired by the ships’ suitability for shipping to Arcticareas.The MC Class are designed with particular focus on a high ballast capacity, low fuel consumption, high service speed and sea keeping behavior – which in turn provides lower acceleration forces on the cargo.The Dutch-flagged MC Class vessels are specifically designed to deliver modules and equipment for large projects and are highly suited to travel to remote areas such as the Arctic regions as well as directly offshore.They have Finnish Swedish 1A Ice classification, and are designed and fully prepared for a DP2 notation, according to BigRoll.
GE Oil & Gas and SapuraKencana Well Services have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) announcing an Asia Pacific wide agreement to deliver cost effective light well intervention services.The alliance should enable oil and gas operators to bring wells into production, deliver life-of field intervention services, as well as to suspend and abandon these wells later in their life without the need for mobile drilling units, the company explained.“The generally prohibitive cost of performing interventions on subsea wells has meant that the volume of hydrocarbons extracted from offshore fields with subsea wells is typically far lower than offshore fields with platform wells,” said Nick Dunn, Global Leader, Subsea Services & Offshore at GE Oil & Gas.“By combining regionally-based assets with local infrastructure and support, this strategic alliance will bring a cost-effective Light Well Intervention solution to the market and create immediate value for the Asia Pacific operator community. This alliance is an excellent example of the changing market trend where trusting relationships result in added value and cost savings for operators across the globe,” Dunn added.The MoU signifies the formalization of the business relationship between the companies, which is already in operation with an initial focus on the Australian waters province.“We are very excited to be working with GE Oil & Gas on light well intervention projects in this key growth region where we both have a strong history and presence. Both parties are committed to a long-term relationship where we collaborate with operators in region to fully understand their challenges and provide appropriate enabling intervention solutions,” said Vivek Arora, Senior Vice President of Engineering & Construction of SapuraKencana Petroleum.
Fairlane collected the cargo from the port of Dalian, China, with the shiploader being lifted onboard the vessel using Jumbo’s fork lift method – two 24 m length beams, possessing a combined lifting capacity of up to 1,600 tonnes, which were collected from storage in Singapore on route to China.A vessel with shallow draft capabilities was required since water depth at the port of loading would at no time exceed 5.6 m, and this did not present a problem, says Jumbo.Having loaded the vessel, the voyage towards Palua began. Withcargo protruding on either side of the ship, the most direct route through the Panama Canal was not possible and an alternative route via the Cape of Good Hope had to be arranged instead.Delivery of the shiploader was only possible within the Venezuelan rainy season (between June and September) because the rainfall during this period raises the water level sufficiently – to around 9 m – to allow access to the quayside.The cargo then needed to be discharged over a pre-existing conveyor belt structure and the Fairlane’s capacity to lift heavy loads at a considerable outreach helped to ensure that the discharge was successfully completed on the August 25.Present at the unveiling of the shiploader, the Venezuelan minister of industries, Ricardo Menendez, declared that the installation of this equipment would have a major impact on port activity, improving performance and enabling the handling of up to 7.5 million tonnes of minerals per year – a 60 percent improvement on pre-existing levels.www.jumbomaritime.nl
The Ministry of Justice has been criticised by the UK Statistics Authority over misleading figures used to justify legal aid cuts.Sir Andrew Dilnot, chair of the independent body, wrote to legal aid minister Shailesh Vara highlighting concerns raised about the ‘nature, quality, timing and use’ of information provided by the ministry about the earnings of criminal barristers.An ad hoc statistical release, ‘Barrister fee income from public sources 2012/13’ was published on 2 January, four days before planned industrial action by criminal lawyers in protest over the cuts.Dilnot told Vara the ministry could have ‘increased compliance’ with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, which requires publication in an ‘orderly manner, accompanied by commentary, analysis and information on quality and reliability’.The authority found the information provided in the statistical report about barristers’ earnings was ‘potentially misleading’ as the notes explaining the figures were not presented alongside the data table.It is critical of the MoJ’s use of ‘mean and median’ measures without advice on how to use the different measures.‘Insufficient’ information, says Dilnot, is presented about the intended use of the statistics or about their strengths and limitations.The authority said concerns had also been raised over statements made by ministers and officials over the average earnings of criminal barristers, following publication of the data.The ministry stated that the ‘average’ earnings for a criminal barrister who works full time from legal aid is £84,000 a year.The figure was not included in the statistical release and in fact represents the ‘mean’ fee from public funds for full-time barristers where any barrister with a fee income of less than £10,000 is excluded.Shadow justice secretary Sadiq Khan MP described the MoJ as ‘an evidence-free zone’.‘This latest slap-down is proof that even when ministers do use figures to support their arguments, they can’t be trusted,’ Khan said.‘If the figures upon which the government is justifying their massive cuts and upheaval to legal aid are dodgy than it raises serious questions about the legitimacy of their plans.’An MoJ spokesman said: ‘We stand by the figures that we have presented. We agree that this fee income is not the same as individual earnings, and this was stated in the statistical report we published on 2 January.’
UK: A £3·2m programme to install wireless internet on the 45 five-car Class 444 Siemens Desiro EMUs operated by South West Trains was announced on July 4. As well as enabling passengers to access the internet and e-mail on the move, wi-fi will enable real-time monitoring of on-train equipment and, in conjunction with forward-facing cameras mounted in the cab, the possibility of monitoring track and the third rail power supply from revenue trains.Wi-fi installation is scheduled to take place over the next 12 months. Christian Roth, Fleet Director for the alliance between SWT and Network Rail, said he was ‘very keen to introduce it in a short period of time’, as wi-fi ‘gives us a benefit as well’. As train formations are to be lengthened and the service frequency increased to meet demand on the busy commuter routes into London Waterloo, fleet reliability has to be high to avoid the significant impact of any in-service failures.Over the last two years, SWT has invested £15m to improve the performance and reliability of its Class 444s and the 127 Class 450 Desiro EMUs supplied and maintained by Siemens. This has included the installation of variable-stiffness radial arm bushes on bogies to reduce track wear, fitting heating elements to couplers to prevent the build-up of snow and ice in winter, and modifying the fleet for regenerative braking. With SWT’s 30 Alstom Class 458 EMUs also returning current to the third rail during braking, the annual energy saving is put at 50 million kWh, or ‘enough to power more than 11 500 UK homes for an entire year’.The programme has also included the first deployment on a European passenger network of RailBAM, an acoustic monitoring system for axle bearings first developed for heavy haul operations in Australia. To date, 8·4 million individual bearing passes have been recorded by the RailBAM units installed trackside at Swaythling and Mortlake, of which 3·3 million were SWT rolling stock. This has enabled over 60 bearings to be withdrawn for preventative maintenance, some nine months before likely failure.‘We have been at the leading edge of rail engineering improvements over the past two years’, said Roth. ‘This new investment in wi-fi technology and other enhancements will provide more productive journeys for our customers and lay the foundation for other significant improvements’.
1168 Views no discussions Share Tweet Police constable, Chester FrancisPolice constable, Chester Francis, 34, of Delices has died as a result of injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle collision on Sunday 20 November 2016.The collision occurred on the Edward Oliver LeBlanc Highway in an area north of Ravine Cock (Under the Canefield Cliff) about 2:45 PM and involved motorcycle registration number PQ 715 owned and at the time being ridden by Francis, who resided at Goodwill.“Initial police investigations revealed that Francis was traveling in a southerly direction when he lost control of his motorcycle and collided with the western wall. On impact, Francis was ejected from the motorcycle into the sea”.“A large fragment of the motorcycle collided with an oncoming motor vehicle [Honda HRV] registration number PP 802 occupied by five individuals and being driven by Natsicca Jno Paul,” Police public relations officer Pellam Jno Baptiste reported on Monday 21 November.According to the report, all occupants of the white Honda HRV sustained injuries and were transported to the Accident and Emergency Department of the Princess Margaret Hospital where they were all examined by a medical doctor.The report indicates that four occupants were discharged but one seventeen year old female of Stockfarm was admitted.Francis was transported to the Accident and Emergency Department by the Fire and Ambulance services where he was examined and officially pronounced dead by a medical doctor. A coroner’s inquest will be convened as police investigations continue.Francis, who was a serving member of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force, was attached to the Marine Unit. LocalNews Police constable killed in vehicular collision by: Dominica Vibes News – November 21, 2016 Share Share Sharing is caring!
600 Views no discussions Each pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management as follow: LocalNews Three Dominicans Excel at Monroe College in New Rochelle, New York by: – June 17, 2019 Aldia Titre – Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a Minor in Finance Tweet Share Andy Joseph – Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with a Minor in Marketing The three aspire to continue their studies, Lynise Laronde has been accepted and is set to begin her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Finance in September of 2019 while Andy Joseph will be pursuing a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Three Dominican students recently graduated with Highest Honors (Summa Cum Laude) at the commencement ceremony of the Monroe College held at the Iconic Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York. Lynise Laronde, Andy Joseph and Aldia Titre are among the top performers at the Monroe College. Share Aldia graduated with a spectacular 3.8 Grade Point Average (GPA) or better and he was also recognized for his high academic achievements in Business Management. Aldia has been honored on the President’s list for (4) consecutive semesters. Sharing is caring! Lynise graduated with a with a perfect 4.0 GPA and received the top Outstanding Academic Achievement award in Business Management in the faculty of Business & Accounting among hundreds of students from 34 different countries. She was also the recipient of the president’s list award for each semester during her tenure at the institution. Additionally, she was inducted in the Delta Mu Delta honors society. Share The Three Graduates (L-R) Aldia Titre, Lynise Laronde, Andy Joseph Andy graduated with an impressive 3.8 Grade Point Average (GPA) or better and was recognized for his outstanding academic achievement award in Business Management. Moreover, he too was the recipient of several president’s honor awards. Lynise Laronde – Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management
PBA MEDIA BUREAUMeralco Bolts’ import Allen Durham (2nd from left) speaks during a press conference for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup finals on Tuesday, Oct. 10. [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’ Mike Ott saves Azkals, scores to draw Yemen ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]Thursday, October 12, 2017[/av_textblock][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/sports-durham.jpg’ attachment=’120309′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image] [av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Mike Ott came up with the game-tying goal as Philippine Azkals settled for a 1-1 draw with Yemen in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers match on Tuesday night at the Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Stadium in Doha, Qatar.Trailing 1-0 following a conversion from Yemen’s Tawfik Ali, the Filipino men’s football team managed to equalize in the 88th minute on a conversion by Ott from a pass by Paul Mulders.With the outcome, Azkals remained on top of Group F standings with 8 points on two victories and two draws, while Yemen is on second place with 6 points on one win and three draws.Azkals started aggressive in the match with early shot attempts from Iain Ramsay, Phil Younghusband and Kevin Ingreso, but these were denied by the defense of Yemen’s goalkeeper.The Yemenis also had chances to score but Azkals’ goalkeeper Neil Etheridge blocked their attempts. Both teams were goalless by halftime.Azkals again attempted to score early in the second half courtesy of Hikaru Minegishi but failed to find its mark. Yemen finally broke the drought with Ali scoring from inside the box.Since then, the Yemenis tightened their defense, limiting the shot attempts of Azkals, until the 88th minute when Ott managed to sneak a strike from close range for a 1-1 score.“It’s pretty disappointing not to get the 3 points but we fought hard ’til the end,” said Younghusband. “But there are still a lot of positives in this game. We are still on top. We will learn from our mistakes in this game.”Azkals aims to end up at least in the top two of its group to advance to the next round of the quadrennial international event./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/themes/enfold/config-templatebuilder/avia-template-builder/images/placeholder.jpg’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image]