Satran’s 10th-inning single moves Lamar to 2-0 start

first_img The 10th was a different story. With one out already, Arredondo singled a roller through the left side and was pushed to second when Chaneng Varela grounded out to third base with no play to try and get the lead runner.In the first pitch he saw, Satran laced a ball down the third base line that rolled into left field with plenty of room to score the winning run.“He had a good swing and just ripped one down the line. I feel sorry for their guys even though I feel great about winning because they really played great against us,” said head coach Jim Gilligan. Lamar jumped out to an early lead with a run in the first, but after that neither team surrendered a run until SEMO (0-2) tied it in the eighth. During the drought, only two base runners were able to get to second base and both were Redhawks.Jayson McKinley started for Big Red and took a no-decision after he worked through six innings with four hits allowed and six strikeouts. He surrendered no walks, which gives the Cardinals 12 innings from starters without a single walk.Jimmy Johnson (1-0) took credit for the win on his 2 2/3 frames with two hits and four strikeouts. He entered the game right after SEMO’s Branden Boggetto singled to left center to score Brian Lees and tied the game. He gave up a single up the middle to the first batter he faced (Garrett Gandolfo), but was able to force Ryan Rippee into a 6-4-3 double play.“His velocity was really good and threw a lot of strikes,” said Gilligan. “He did a great job.  He controlled his enthusiasm and I liked his dugout demeanor. Once he got back in, I think he settled down a little bit” Lamar sports informationBEAUMONT – It was another pitcher’s duel at Vincent-Beck Stadium, but it was a play at the plate that made the biggest mark of the game when Brendan Satran singled home Bryndan Arredondo from second base to give the Lamar baseball team a walk-off 2-1 victory in the 10th inning Saturday afternoon.The Cardinals (2-0), who will go for the sweep at 1 p.m. today, had a hit in the ninth inning, but before that no base knock had fallen since the first frame.center_img In his second inning to appear, he gave up a leadoff single, but stranded the runner there with three-straight punchouts. In his final frame, he walked a batter but first was as far as he got.Brett Brown was in between McKinley and Johnson. He worked 1 1/3 innings with one run allowed on two hits and two strikeouts.“I thought the pitchers not letting guys get the bat on the ball was the story of the game,” said Gilligan.Southeast Missouri starter Clay Chandler lasted into the eighth inning and gave up only two hits and two walks.“Chandler was magnificent against us. When you throw that good, you deserve to get the win, but the same could be said for McKinley,” said Gilligan. “Both of the starters didn’t get their money’s worth, but was just another well-played game.”The loss was tagged to Justin Murphy (0-1), who worked 1 2/3 innings with one run on three hits.Newcomer Reid Russell drove in the first run of the game with a single through the left side that scored Jacoby Middleton, who reached on a single through the same hole.  Middleton was moved to scoring position after Jake Nash drew a base on balls.Nash notched the fourth hit of the ball game in the ninth, but stranded when he was rolled up in a double play.Both Boggetto and Gandolfo had two hits in five trips for the game, and Brian Lees had two base knocks in four plate appearances.“We’re going to have a tough time [today] if we let up in the least,” said Gilligan. “They can play. I’m impressed with their program.”After the series concludes on Sunday, the Cardinals will turn their attention to Monday with a talented Arizona club coming in before the highly-anticipated contest with nationally-ranked LSU on Wednesday.last_img read more

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Ironman Sports Medicine Conference at the Royal Kona Resort

first_imgHeld in Hawaii on 4-8 October 2009 and featuring speakers and participants from around the world, the Ironman Sports Medicine Conference has become an integral part of the Ford Ironman World Championship. The first medical conference associated with the event took place in 1982, and since then has been a valuable opportunity for medical personnel around the world to increase their knowledge on issues pertinent to endurance athletes and their care.The conference strives to provide state of the art reviews of the latest science regarding sports and exercise, as well as common sports related injuries and illness. It also provides opportunities for networking and a focus on improving the personal fitness and performance of conference attendees.This year’s featured Ironman Legend speaker is six-time Ironman Hawaii Winner and Ironman Hall of Fame Member Mark Allen. Mark will share the secrets that made him great and reveal personal anecdotes about the medical issues and concerns he had during his illustrious career.“To have the sports medicine conference has been a huge benefit for both the race and the community,” says Conference Co-Chairman Dr Bob Laird, an Ironman Hall of Fame member and former Chief Physician for the Ford Ironman World Championship. “It gives sports minded people the chance to come here not only for the fun of being involved in a world class event, but also to learn something. It’s a win-win situation for sure.”Many of the attendees of the conference end up volunteering in the always busy medical tent in Kona, and some have since become the medical directors of other triathlon events, including many Ironman races, in their own communities. The five-day conference organized by Bob Sallis, MD (Conference Chairman), PZ Pearce, MD (Conference Co-Chairman) and Dr Laird brings in world authorities in the field of sports medicine and exercise science. It is open to physicians in the fields of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine, PM&R, Orthopaedic Surgery and others who care for athletes or engage in regular athletic activity, such as Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, Athletic Trainers, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Exercise Scientists.www.ironman.com www.cmxtravel.com Relatedlast_img read more

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Amendments to the family law forms

first_imgTO ALL AND SINGULAR SHERIFFS AND OTHER AUTHORIZED LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL OF THE STATE OF FLORIDAYOU ARE ORDERED to take into custody __________________________________________ (see attached Description Sheet) and confine him/her in the county jail. The individual failed to appear before the court as ordered, failed to appear at a properly noticed hearing, and/or failed to comply with the previous order of the court which is attached and incorporated herein. Service of this writ may be made on any day of the week and any time of the night or day, including Sunday and holidays.YOU ARE FURTHER DIRECTED to bring this person before the court within 48 hours of execution of the writ for a hearing to determine the individual’s present ability to pay support and, if so, whether the failure to pay such support is willful, pursuant to Rule 12.615(c)(2)(B), Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure.NOTICE OF EXECUTION OF THIS WRIT SHALL IMMEDIATELY BE GIVEN TO THE FOLLOWING: [choose all that apply] ____ The Office of the Judge/General Magistrate/Child Support Hearing Officer : __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ ____ Counsel for the Department of Revenue: __________________________________________________________________ ____ Department of Revenue: __________________________________________________________________ ____ Other: _________________________________________________________________IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the individual may purge this contempt and be immediately released from custody at any time by the payment of the sum of $_______________________, which includes (if applicable): $ ___________________, unpaid support, $ ___________________, Sheriff’s fee, $___________________, Department of Revenue costs.The court previously found in this proceeding that the individual had the ability to pay said sum. The Sheriff, or other authorized law enforcement personnel, executing this writ or having custody of the individual is authorized to assess and collect the actual costs associated with service of this writ and transportation of the individual pursuant to Section 61.11(2)(a), Florida Statutes.PAYMENT SHALL BE MADE to the Sheriff of ___________________________ County, Florida and shall be in the form of cash, cashier’s check, certified funds, or money order. The purge payment clearly marked with the individual’s name and case number, and denoted as a purge payment shall be remitted. [choose all that apply]: ___ The Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court for ________________________, County, _________________________________________________________________ ___ The State of Florida Disbursement Unit, P.O. Box 8500, Tallahassee, FL 32314-8500. ___ Other ____________________________________________________________.The Sheriff’s office, or other authorized law enforcement personnel’s office, receiving payment shall provide the individual with a written receipt acknowledging payment. The receipt must be carried by the individual for a period of at least 30 days as proof of payment.If the individual pays the purge and secures his/her release, the Sheriff shall immediately notify: _____________________________________________________________________________. THIS ORDER SUPERSEDES ALL PRIOR CONFLICTING ORDERS. DONE AND ORDERED in _______________ County, Florida this _____ day of ______________, 20_____. ________________________________ CIRCUIT JUDGE Copies furnished to: ________________________________________________ Amendments to the family law forms IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THEJUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FORCOUNTY, FLORIDA Respondent. and Case No.: Division: Respondent. Case No.: Division: The Florida Supreme Court, on its own motion, has adopted amendments to Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Forms 12.912(a), Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service, and 12.912(b), Affidavit of Military Service, and has adopted new form 12.962, Writ of Bodily Attachment (Child Support). The amendments to forms 12.912(a) and (b) update contact and other information therein. New form 12.962 provides a standard writ of bodily attachment form. The Court invites all interested persons to comment on the amended and new forms, which are reproduced in full below, as well as online at http://www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the Court on or before January 31, 2011, as well as a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument, which may be scheduled in this case. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s administrative order In re Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: AMENDMENTS TO THE SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORMS, SC10-1947 INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORM 12.912(a), MEMORANDUM FOR CERTIFICATE OF MILITARY SERVICE (12/10) When should this form be used? This form should be used if you KNOW OR DO NOT KNOW whether the other party in your case is on active duty in a branch of the military service of the United States. “Active duty” includes reserve personnel of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard, and members of the Florida National Guard who have been called to active duty for more than thirty (30) days. Even if you believe that the other party has never or would never join the military, you must show the court proof that he or she is not a member of the military. Therefore, you may need to use this form to provide the court with such proof. See the instructions for an Affidavit of Military Service, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.912(b), for additional information. Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Certificates To obtain certificates of service or non-service under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (formerly known as Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940) you may use the public website:https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/scra/owa/home. This website will provide you with the current active military status of an individual enlisted in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines.You can also receive certificates from the individual services by sending your correspondence to the appropriate military office listed below. Fill out this form and mail one copy to each of the military offices at the addresses on the form. You may be charged a service fee by each military service branch for their response. To assist you in determining the amount of each military branch’s fee, phone numbers are listed below. You will need to call each number to find out their fee for this search. COAST GUARD: USCG Commander, Personnel Service Center, Attn: PSD-MR, 4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1100, Arlington VA 22203, Phone (202) 493-1200 Arlington Va. 22203, Phone: (202) 493-1200, NOTE: All requests must be in writing. www.uscg.mil/hq/cgpc/home/locator/html. AIR FORCE: HQ AFPC/DPDXIDL, Attn: World Wide Locator, 550 C Street, West, Suite 50, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4752, Phone: (210) 565-2660, NOTE: Requests will be taken by phone. www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/library/airforcelocator.asp < p>NAVY: Bureau of Naval Personnel, PERS-312E, 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055-3120, Phone: (901) 874-3388 NOTE: Requests will be taken by phone. < p>MARINE CORPS: CMC HQ (MMSB17), 2008 Elliot Road, Room 201, Quantico, VA 22134, Phone (703)784-3941 NOTE: All requests must be in writing. < p>PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE: Attn: Director, Division of Commissioned Corps Officer Support, http://dcp.psc.gov/ad_search.asp NOTE: Please direct all inquiries to the website. < p>ARMY: Army World Wide Locator Service, Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center, 8899 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301, Phone: (1-866) 771-6357, fax (317) 510-3685 NOTE: All requests must be in writing < p>This form should be typed or printed in black ink. You should complete this form for each branch of the United States’ military listed above, and mail the form to each branch with a check for the appropriate amount and a stamped, self-addressed envelope. You should keep a copy of the form for your records. After you have received a verification of military status from each branch, you will need to attach those verifications to an Affidavit of Military Service, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.912(b), for filing with the clerk. Special notes… Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.900 (a), before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.912(a), Memorandum for Certificate of Military Service (12/10) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THEJUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FORCOUNTY, FLORIDA January 1, 2011 Notices IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [fill in all blanks] I, {full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer} _____________________________________________, a nonlawyer, whose address is {street} _____________________________________________________, {city} __________________________________________________, {state} ________________________, {phone} _________________, helped {name} ________________________________________________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form. INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLORIDA SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY LAW FORM 12.912(b), AFFIDAVIT OF MILITARY SERVICE (12/10) When should this form be used? An Affidavit of Military Service is required in every case where the Respondent has not filed an answer or appearance. The purpose is to protect the men and women serving in the U.S. military from having a court judgment entered against them without first receiving notice of the lawsuit and a chance to defend the case. You should use this form when ALL of the following statements are true: ______________________________, Dated:______________________________________ Signature of Petitioner Printed Name: ____________________ Address: _________________________ City, State, Zip: ____________________ Telephone Number: ________________ Fax Number: ________________ ______________________________, Petitioner, and I, {full legal name} ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_____________________________________________________, am the Petitioner in this case. To support my application for a default judgment and to comply with the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (formerly known as Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940), I swear or affirm that the following information is true: [ please choose only one ]___ I know of my own personal knowledge that the Respondent IS on active duty in the military service of the United States.___ I know of my own personal knowledge that Respondent IS NOT now on active duty in the military service of the United States, nor has the Respondent been on active military service of the United States within a period of thirty (30) days immediately before this date. “Active Service” includes reserve members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines who have been ordered to report for active duty and members of the Florida National Guard who have been ordered to report to active duty for a period of more than thirty (30) days.___ I have contacted the military services of the United States and the U.S. Public Health Service and have obtained certificates showing that the Respondent is not on active duty status. These certificates are attached.___ I have attempted to determine the military status of the Respondent, but do not have sufficient information. This is what I have done to determine whether or not Respondent is on active duty in the United States military: __________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________ < p>__________________________________________________________________________________ < p>_________________________________________________________________________________. < p>I have no reason to believe that s/he is on active duty at this time. I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this affidavit and that the punishment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or imprisonment.Dated:_______________________ _______________________________________ Signature of Petitioner ______________________________, _____________________________________________ NOTARY PUBLIC or DEPUTY CLERK _____________________________________________ [Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or clerk.] The other person in your case has been served, whether by personal service or constructive service. The other person in your case has not responded to your petition. You are requesting that the court enter a default judgment against the other person.This form should be typed or printed in black ink. After completing this form, you should sign the form before a notary public or deputy clerk. You must file the original of this form with the clerk of the circuit court when you file your Motion for Default, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.922(a). You must also attach copies of all verifications of nonmilitary service that you received from each branch of the United States’ military service. You should keep a copy for your records. Special notes… MEMORANDUM FOR CERTIFICATE OF MILITARY SERVICE TO: ( ) USCG Commander, Personnel Service Center, Attn: PSD-MR, 4200 Wilson Blvd, Suite 1100, Arlington, VA 22203 ( ) HQ AFPC/DPDXIDL, Attn: World Wide Locator, 550 C. Street West, Suite 50, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4752 ( ) Bureau of Naval Personnel, PERS-312E, 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055-3120 ( ) CMC, HQ, (MMSB17), 2008 Elliot Road, Room 201, Quantico, VA 22134 ( ) Public Health Service: Attn: Director, Division of Commissioned Corps Officer Support http://dcp.psc.gov/ad_search.asp ( ) Army World Wide Locator Service, Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center, 8899 East 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46249-5301 RE: {Name of Respondent} {Respondent’s Social Security Number} Respondent. This case involves a family matter. It is imperative that a determination be made whether the above-named individual, who has an interest in these proceedings, is presently in the military service of the United States, and the dates of induction and discharge, if any. This information is requested under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (formerly known as Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Civil Relief Act of 1940). Please supply verification as soon as possible. My check for $for your search fee and a self-addressed, stamped envelope are enclosed. AFFIDAVIT OF MILITARY SERVICE WRIT OF BODILY ATTACHMENT (Child Support) Printed Name: _______________________________ Address:____________________________________ City, State, Zip: ______________________________ Telephone Number: __________________________ Fax Number: ________________________________ Amendments to the family law forms Remember, a person who is NOT an attorney is called a nonlawyer. If a nonlawyer helps you fill out these forms, that person must give you a copy of Disclosure from Nonlawyer, Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.900 (a), before he or she helps you. A nonlawyer helping you fill out these forms also must put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he or she helps you complete. Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.912(b), Affidavit of Military Service (12/10) STATE OF FLORIDA COUNTY OF _______________________ Sworn to or affirmed and signed before me on __________ by __________________________________. ______________________________, ___ Personally known ___ Produced identification < p>___ Type of identification produced ____________________________________. < p>IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS BELOW: [ fill in all blanks] I, {full legal name and trade name of nonlawyer}, __________________________________________, a nonlawyer, whose address is {street} _________________________________________________, {city}______________________________________,{state} _________________, {phone}____________, helped {name}_____________________________________________________, who is the petitioner, fill out this form. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE __________ JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR _____________COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No:__________________________ Division: __________________________ ______________________________, Petitioner, ______________________________, Petitioner, and last_img read more

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‘Belief superiority’: A reason for the political impasse?

first_imgThe Washington Post: As we enter the second week of the government shutdown with legislators unwilling to reach across the aisle to find a compromise, it seems appropriate that a study on extreme political views and “belief superiority” has been published in a scholarly journal.The results are no surprise: People holding the most extreme views are the ones who are the most convinced they’re not only correct, but that the rest of the world is wrong. That holds true for both liberals and conservatives on the far ends of the political spectrum.The research, conducted at Duke University, was published in “Psychological Science,” the peer-reviewed journal of the Association for Psychological Science.The study was inspired by the 2012 presidential election campaign. “We were looking at things like comments on blogs and pundits and politicians on TV,” Dr. Kaitlin Toner said in a phone interview. “It seemed like there were a lot of people who felt very certain that their views were correct but they contradicted one another and there’s no way that everyone could be 100 percent correct all the time.” Toner, the lead author on the study, did the research while a graduate student at Duke.Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Toronto’s Poop-Themed Restaurant Defies Human Psychology

first_imgNew York Magazine:There are plenty of things in this world that I think are cute, but that doesn’t mean I want to eat them. Kittens — snuggly, sure. Tasty? I really don’t want to find out. Ditto for baby elephants. And, for that matter, baby humans. I even think that big-eyed poop emoji is kind of adorable, in a weird way; I also do not feel, nor have I ever felt, the urge to go make myself a crap sandwich.…There are many reasons why the whole concept feels like a terrible idea, and one of them is this: When it comes to disgust, humans are not rational beings. In a 1986 study that seems tailor-made for this very situation, psychologist Paul Rozin offered volunteers a piece of chocolate fudge that had been molded to look like a piece of dog poop. Overwhelmingly, they passed, choosing instead to eat a piece that, as one Guardian column has described it, “less closely resembled what all food eventually becomes.”Read the whole story: New York Magazine More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Ion pump gives the body its own alleviation from severe nerve pain

first_imgPinterest Share LinkedIn Email Share on Facebookcenter_img Share on Twitter A small ion pump in organic electronics is giving new hope to people suffering from severe nerve pain. Researchers at Swedish Linköping University (LiU) and the Karolinska Institute (KI) are the first in the world with technology that can stop pain impulses in living, freely moving rats using the body’s own pain relief signals.The results of ten years of research are now being published in Science Advances.The implantable “ion pump” that delivers the body’s own pain alleviators with exact dosage precisely to the location where the pain signals reach the spinal cord for further transmission to the brain, could be in clinical use in five to ten years. Firstly, the device gives hope to the seven percent of the world’s population suffering from nerve pain for whom no other cure has been found – until now. But the pump could also be used to supply therapeutic substances to the brain and other parts of the body in addition to the spinal cord. “The ion pump can be likened to a pacemaker, except for alleviating pain,” says Professor Magnus Berggren, head of the research conducted by Assistant Professor Daniel Simon and PhD student Amanda Jonsson at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University’s Campus Norrköping, in collaboration with Dr. Zhiyang Song of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Karolinska Institutet, where Professor Bengt Linderoth leads the preclinical side of the project.While a pacemaker sends electrical impulses to the heart, the ion pump sends out the body’s own pain alleviator – charged molecules of what are known as neurotransmitters – to the exact place where the damaged nerves come into contact with the spinal cord. This means that the pain impulses never reach the brain. In this case, the device delivered the neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA), whose natural task is to inhibit stimuli in our central nervous system.The technological breakthrough described in the Science Advances article is that the researchers constructed the therapeutic implant using organic electronics – a class of materials capable of easy translation between electronic and biochemical signals –and that it has been used to block pain impulses in awake, freely-moving rats.  With the help of the ion pump, positively-charged ions can be administered in four different locations, adapted according to the exact points where the nerve endings meet the spinal cord. An electric current through the ion pump is all that is needed for the GABA neurotransmitter to be spread as a thin cloud at these exact locations on the spinal cord. So far, the pain alleviation has had no negative side effects.“What’s unique is that we’re using organic electronics to send the body’s own chemical signals. The organic materials are easily accepted by the body, and they communicate just as in biology – with charged ions,” says Assistant Professor Simon, who was also the one who presented the initial results in which an ion pump based on plastic electronics could regulate cell functions in living animals, published in Nature Materials in 2009.Experiments on animals are strictly regulated. In this case they were conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institute. The regulations for this type of medical advance mean that experiments on animals, for the present, are a must if the technology is to be tested on humans in the future.In Science Advances, a new sister publication of the respected journal Science, all articles are published with open access.last_img read more

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Flu Scan for Nov 18, 2014

first_imgWHO: Pacific islands only area showing notable flu activitySeveral Pacific Islands are the only areas of the world with noteworthy influenza activity at present, as circulation in nearly all other areas remains low, typical for this time of year, according to yesterday’s World Health Organization (WHO) biweekly update .North America is seeing slight increases, but overall activity remains low. Tropical areas of the Americas are also experiencing low activity, with most influenza-like illness (ILI) there caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).Flu News Europe, a weekly bulletin from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO European office, reports low-intensity flu activity for week 45 (Nov 2 through 8), with no indication that the flu season has begun. Seven of the 39 reporting countries had sporadic cases, and 2 countries showed slightly increasing trends. (WHO did not report data on Europe because of temporary unavailability owing to a change in data collection forms.)Africa, western Asia, and eastern Asia similarly are seeing low levels of activity. Tropical Asia’s levels are low, with type B flu predominating in Viet Nam.Southern Hemisphere areas generally have low activity. In the Pacific, however, flu circulation is high in American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.Data are based on FluNet reporting from 51 countries as of Nov 14. A total of 44,937 respiratory specimens were tested, of which 1,978 were positive for flu. Of those, 72.5% were influenza A and 27.5% were influenza B. Of the 873 subtyped influenza A samples, 93.1% were H3N2 and 6.9% were 2009 H1N1. Of 90 subtyped flu B samples, 96.7% were of the Yamagata lineage and 3.3% were Victoria.Nov 17 WHO update FluNews Europe update UK avian flu virus is H5N8; Dutch outbreak arrestedBritish authorities announced today that the avian influenza virus that hit a Yorkshire duck farm last week is the H5N8 subtype, as expected, while Dutch authorities said an H5N8 outbreak in the Netherlands has not spread beyond the original chicken farm.The UK’s animal health laboratory in Weybridge confirmed that the outbreak in East Yorkshire involves H5N8, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) announced today. The outbreak, which began Nov 14, killed 338 ducks and prompted the culling of the rest of the 6,000-duck flock.The British and Dutch outbreaks followed an H5N8 outbreak detected on a German turkey farm Nov 4, marking the first H5N8 incursion in Europe. The virus struck South Korea in January and forced the culling of more than 10 million poultry in the country by mid-March. Health agencies suspect that wild birds brought the virus to Europe.In the Netherlands, authorities announced today that no signs of the virus have been found on other farms within 10 kilometers of the affected one, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. As a result, they lifted a temporary nationwide ban on the transport of poultry and poultry products.No human infections with H5N8 have been reported. But AFP said the WHO is urging Europeans to avoid touching sick or dead wild birds and is advising those involved in culling to check for fever over the next 2 weeks.Elizabeth Mumford, a WHO scientist, said she expects more avian outbreaks but judged that it’s unclear whether the virus will spread to humans, according to AFP. If it did infect humans, it would be unlikely to spread from person to person, she said. She added that oseltamivir (Tamiflu) could be used to treat it, because lab tests showed the virus is susceptible to the drug.Mumford said the virus’s H (hemagglutinin) component appears similar to that found in the highly pathogenic H5N1 subtype, but the N (neuraminidase) segment is from a completely different virus with no human-adapted component, indicating it prefers to attach to birds.Nov 18 Defra update Nov 18 AFP story  Egypt reports additional H5N1 deathA 30-year-old woman in Egypt died of H5N1 avian flu today, according to a Reuters report that cites Al-Ahram, Egypt’s state newspaper. Her death is the second H5N1 fatality reported in Egypt in 3 days.The woman is from Minya governorate in north-central Egypt and died in a hospital in Asyut, farther south, the Reuters story said. She had contact with infected birds before falling ill.On Nov 17 the country’s Ministry of Health reported an H5N1 death in a 19-year-old woman in Asyut, as well as a nonfatal case in a 3-year-old girl in Minya. Reuters yesterday reported those cases in addition to the case in the 30-year-old, but the health ministry did not report the case in the older woman until today, according to a translated statement on the Avian Flu Diary blog.The new cases bring the country’s H5N1 total to eight, including three deaths.Nov 18 Reuters report Nov 18 Avian Flu Diary blog post Nov 17 CIDRAP News scan on previous cases Study: LAIV use increases in children during last flu seasonResearchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 38% of children 2 to 8 years old received live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) during the 2013-14 flu season, according to a study yesterday in Vaccine. Study coordinators looked at vaccination records from six sentinel sites located around the country. LAIV use increased from 20.1% in that age-group during the 2008-09 flu season to 38% in the 2013-14 season, the study said.During this period, overall vaccine coverage also increased from 29.2% to 39.9% among children ages 2 to 8. Coverage also increased in children ages 9 to 12, from 18.2% to 33.3%, the study said.Children ages 5 to 8 had the highest use of LAIV (42.1%), and children ages 2 to 4 had the lowest (32.8%). North Dakota and Minnesota had the highest rates of LAIV uptake among children ages 2 to 8, with 55.5% and 50% of children receiving LAIV in 2013-14, respectively.On Jun 25, 2014, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) preferentially recommended LAIV for healthy children ages 2 to 8. Although LAIV availability can be affected by cost, storage limitations, and shelf life, the study reported that its acceptance appears to be increasing in the target population. Nov 17 Vaccine studylast_img read more

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Hydrogen fuelled option for gas turbines

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London Offshore Consultants Opens First Office in South Korea

first_imgLondon Offshore Consultants, a global specialist in marine and engineering consultancy for the shipping and offshore energy sectors, has further expanded its footprint in Asia, successfully registering LOC Seoul and opening the company’s first office in South Korea.SEOUL“Initially concentrating on the vibrant energy markets, our ultimate objective is for LOC Seoul to cover all aspects of our work,” said Captain Jon Walker, Regional Head of Asia for the LOC Group.“We currently work with many Korean shipyards undertaking offshore construction for global projects,” Walker continued. “There is also substantial international work undertaken by Korean offshore companies insured domestically, so LOC Seoul will now be able to service these clients directly.“We have already received our first major job,” Walker confirmed. “We have been appointed marine warranty service provider for the loadout and sailaway of piperack modules from here to Canada.”Newly appointed country manager, Zhoongkeun Kim, a senior engineer and warranty surveyor, has worked on numerous projects in the Middle East, Africa and India. His areas of expertise include marine warranty service project management and review, Naval Architectural calculations, marine and offshore structural verification, and mooring analysis and motion studies for vessels and offshore units. He has degrees in Offshore Engineering from the UK and Ocean Civil Engineering from South Korea.Kim has begun the process of recruiting local staff with specialist consultant skills to base in LOC Seoul’s office in Gangnam.“One of LOC’s commitments when opening any new office is to populate it, wherever possible, with local talent,” Kim said. “It’s a key way in which the Group establishes familiarity with the local markets from the outset, and also brings immediate security and comfort to domestics customers.”Last year, LOC opened a new office in Vietnam. Now, in addition to LOC Seoul opening, the Group also expanded its Thailand operations to larger offices. Further regional growth is also planned.[mappress]LOC, April 28, 2014last_img read more

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My interpreter role: Helping designers and builders speak the same language

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