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Guinea begins countdown to end of Ebola transmission

first_imgGuinea’s last Ebola patient has officially recovered, testing negative for a second time, beginning the 42-day countdown toward the country being declared free of the virus, the nation’s health officials announced today.The patient is a baby girl who was recently born to a 25-year-old mother who died from her infection. The two were part of a four-person family cluster in Forecariah district, all part of the last known transmission chain in Guinea. The other infected family members were the woman’s two other young children.Fode Tass Sylla, a spokesman for Guinea’s Ebola task force, told the Associated Press (AP) that a medical team conducted a second test on the baby yesterday, which yielded negative results. The World Health Organization (WHO) typically declares an end to epidemic disease transmission in a country when it passes two incubation periods without a new case.The baby was born Oct 27 and received care at the Nongo Ebola treatment center from Doctors without Borders (MSF), Reuters reported today. Laurence Sailly, MSF’s emergency coordinator for Guinea, told the news service that the girl is the first baby infected with Ebola to have recovered and that she will continue to receive specialized medical care before returning home.On Nov 14, 68 people who were contacts of the family cluster were released from quarantine, according to the AP report.Liberia, Sierra Leone already Ebola-freeLiberia was declared free of Ebola virus for the second time on Sep 3, and Sierra Leone reached that mark on Nov 7.Once countries achieve that status they transition to a 90-day enhanced surveillance period.The outbreak started in Guinea’s forested region in December 2013, later spreading to Liberia and Sierra Leone. With 3,805 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases and 2,536 deaths, Guinea has the lowest totals of the three worst-affected nations. The country’s battle against the disease was marked by episodes of community resistance that sometimes spilled over to violent attacks on responders.See also:Nov 17 AP storyNov 17 Reuters storyNov 11 WHO Ebola situation updatelast_img read more

New Mexico Fails To Meet Reopening Gating Criteria … Governor Announces Renewed Public Health Regulations, Reiterates ‘More Will Come If Alarming Rise Of COVID-19 Is Not Slowed’

first_imgFrom the Office of the Governor:SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced this afternoon that the state of New Mexico will implement, and in some cases re-implement, several public health regulations later in the week to stem the alarming rise of COVID-19 illnesses statewide. The governor also reiterated her stark warnings from recent weeks – as COVID-19 infections have spread rapidly throughout all regions of the state, including an increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations – that New Mexico may in the near future be compelled to re-enact even more stringent public health controls to blunt the spread of the highly infectious and potentially lethal virus, which has already killed almost 1,000 New Mexicans. “Without a vaccine, we have only a few tools against this awful, invisible enemy,” Gov. Lujan Grisham said. “We must wear our masks. We must avoid large groups of people. We must limit our travel outside of the home, particularly our time in enclosed indoor spaces. When we do these things, we can crush the virus, and we protect our families, our communities and our state from being overrun by illness. But the virus is booming in New Mexico right now. “The increases we’ve seen here are some of the worst in the entire United States this fall. This kind of overwhelming and dramatic statewide spread signals one thing: Too many of us, succumbing to COVID fatigue, are no longer using those tools. We’re no longer taking those precautions. We are giving the virus too many opportunities to spread. And the enemy is taking advantage.“When the community spread of the virus becomes uncontrollable – and we are fast approaching that point – our only option is to simply shut down those opportunities for the virus. We’ve made so much progress to sustain reopenings and our limited, safe in-person learning efforts – but that progress is rapidly disappearing. “Rollbacks will mean more economic turmoil for so many workers and business owners in our state who have already suffered and sacrificed so much. But it is our only chance to prevent more devastating illness and to save lives. No one wants to come to that point. I detest the very thought of it. We have got to turn it around and fast. “So I once again urge, with my whole heart, that New Mexicans in every corner of the state, city leaders, county leaders, business leaders, community leaders all take up the mantle of fighting this invisible enemy, of requiring and encouraging safe behavior, of asking more of ourselves to protect New Mexico. “The crisis is not over. The virus is still with us. Let’s step it up, all together, once again.”The state has missed its reopening gating criteria – a measure of the spread of the virus that signals whether additional day-to-day activity is safe and can be permitted – for several weeks. Absent an improvement in those data, the state of New Mexico will once again restrict indoor dining service and significantly roll back maximum occupancy allowances at other retail and dining establishments.The state’s operative emergency public health order will expire Friday, Oct. 16; it will be extended, with amendments. The governor and state health officials will, effective Friday, Oct. 16, append the following changes to the public health order and associated public health guidance documents:TEMPORARY CLOSING TIMEAny food or drink establishment in New Mexico serving alcohol must close at 10:00 p.m. each night. The governor’s Economic Recovery Council, which has advised her administration on re-opening strategies to strengthen and sustain the state’s workforce and economy through this crisis, made the recommendation for this mandatory closing time. “New Mexico hotels and restaurants and our hospitality employees have suffered more from COVID than any other sector,” said Allan Affeldt, hotel and restaurant owner and member of the Economic Recovery Council. “In spite of that, the overwhelming majority of hotels and restaurants are in support of the state’s COVID-Safe Practices and are doing our best to keep our guests and staff safe so our economy can recover faster. “Unfortunately, there are some restaurants and bars that blatantly disregard public safety by operating late and in gross violation of safe practices and common sense. These business owners threaten the survival of all businesses in the state and the health of their customers and staff. These problems nearly all occur after hours, when some restaurants are simply acting as bars, where spread of the virus is not inhibited. Because of this, I and many of my fellow hotel and restaurant operators are in full support of a temporary limit on operating hours for late-night restaurants and bars. Together we can get all New Mexico businesses open sooner if we take these simple steps to help limit viral spread.”Other states – including Kentucky, Ohio, South Carolina and Washington – have enacted similar closing times for places of business selling alcohol in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in those establishments. The state, which issues liquor and restaurant licenses to food and drink establishments, will rigorously enforce this requirement.HOTEL OCCUPANCY Maximum occupancy restrictions will be reduced to 60 percent for places of lodging that have completed the N.M. Safe Certified training program and to 25 percent for places of lodging that have not completed the training program – a reduction of maximum occupancy from 75 percent and 50 percent, respectively.QUARANTINEThe governor will amend her executive order that requires a period of mandatory self-quarantine for individuals arriving into New Mexico from out of state. Individuals arriving from “higher-risk states”, or those with a test positivity rate exceeding 5 percent and a test positivity rate higher than 80 per 100,000 residents, will no longer be exempt from the period of mandatory self-quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their arrival into New Mexico. All individuals arriving from those higher-risk states – a list of which is updated each Wednesday at cv.nmhealth.org/travel-recommendations – must self-quarantine for a period of no less than 14 days or for the duration of their stay in New Mexico, whichever is shorter.MASS GATHERINGSMass gatherings of more than 5 individuals are once again prohibited. Previously the state had allowed gatherings of more than 10 individuals. A “mass gathering” is defined as any public or private gathering, organized event, ceremony, parade, organized amateur contact sport, or other grouping that brings together individuals in an indoor or outdoor space. The governor and state health officials are scheduled to discuss the extended public health order and other COVID-19 data in the state’s regular COVID-19 public update Thursday; additional details about that event will be disseminated later this week.last_img read more

Slade is nearly the £10m man

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Praxair signs agreement to supply Samsung complex

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Scottish internationals

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Squashed flat

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Testing trials

first_imgA number of Rolls Building courts, including the Technology and Construction Court (TCC) are currently piloting two new schemes: the Shorter Trial Scheme (STS) and the Flexible Trial Scheme (FTS), with the aim of achieving shorter and earlier trials for business-related litigation, at a reasonable and proportionate cost. The two schemes have been brought in by new Practice Direction 51N and apply to claims issued on or after 1 October 2015.  The schemes come on the back of a consultation document published by judges from the Rolls Building courts setting out proposals for improvements to commercial litigation in the High Courts. Pilots of the schemes commenced at the start of the new term in October 2015 and are scheduled to last for two years at which point one or both of them may be incorporated into the main body of the Civil Procedure Rules. The aim of the STS is to have trials listed 10 months from the issue of proceedings, with judgment six weeks thereafter. Trials will last no longer than four days, including reading time, and all claims in the STS will be allocated a designated judge at the first case management conference. Neither scheme is mandatory – a claimant must “opt in”, although the court may encourage parties to do so in appropriate cases. The defendant has a right to apply to transfer the case out of a scheme on grounds of suitability; this must be done promptly.Under the STS, the requirement to comply with any applicable pre-action protocols is substituted by a simpler procedure.  A Letter of Claim should be sent notifying the defendant of its intention to issue proceedings in the Scheme and the defendant will have 14 days in which to respond.Particulars of claim under the STS must be served with the claim form, should be limited to 20 pages and accompanied by core documents. Similar requirements apply to the defence. This may lead to front loading of costs, with a need to identify core documents at the outset; it will be interesting to see how this is managed.The STS will be attractive to parties who do not want or need the burdens of full pre-action procedure, costs management, or large-scale disclosureStandard disclosure will not apply under the STS. Instead, an arbitration style approach will be taken, with disclosure limited to documents relied upon and documents requested by the other party and either agreed or ordered.  Document requests will be exchanged not less than 14 days in advance of the CMC. The scope of witness/expert evidence is also limited.Parties can also avoid costs management rules set down by the Jackson Reforms which are disapplied to all cases in the schemes unless the parties otherwise agree.The STS will not be suitable for all disputes; specific noted exceptions include cases involving allegations of fraud/dishonesty; requiring extensive disclosure and/or reliance on extensive witness/expert evidence; involving multiple issues/parties; or for Intellectual Property or public procurement cases. However, the STS will be attractive to parties who do not want or need the burdens of full pre-action procedure, costs management, or large-scale disclosure.The FTS, as its name suggests, is less about speed (like the STS) and more about allowing parties to tailor litigation to suit their particular case. It is generally a less prescriptive scheme. The FTS focusses on disclosure and trial and provides considerable flexibility to the parties to agree a procedure appropriate to their case which the court will seek to respect. However, the court retains ultimate control over the procedure to be adopted.The FTS encompasses pre-trial disclosure, witness evidence, expert evidence and submissions at trial. It is designed to encourage parties to limit disclosure and to confine oral evidence at trial to the minimum necessary for the fair resolution of their disputes. The FTS may perhaps appeal to parties seeking arbitration-style flexibility, without opting for out of court proceedings altogether.The schemes represent practical and cost efficient solutions to address criticisms within the English civil justice system and are to be welcomed; they offer an attractive alternative to adjudication and should be embraced for the right cases.There is a risk that some claimants may seek to shoehorn a case into the STS in order to apply pressure to settle. It is expected that the courts will apply sanctions in costs where clearly inappropriate cases have been issued under these schemes which later have to be taken out.Some litigants may prefer to avoid the Schemes in order to force a defendant to give extensive disclosure in the hope that something may turn up to support their case. In such cases, it will be open to a defendant to seek an order from the court that the case be brought under either of the STS or FTS.As always, the success of the schemes will depend on how they are implemented by litigants and the courts. If used correctly, the STS and FTS should allow for streamlined procedures and potential savings on legal costs.Sheena Sood leads the construction, engineering and infrastructure team at Beale & Company Solicitorslast_img read more

The Friday Flyer – January 17th 2014

first_img165 years have passed since the Nicaraguan government granted Cornelius Vanderbilt the right to build a canal through the country. However, a statement this week by the company contracted in 2012 to finance and build a canal across the country indicates that work will start in December of this year.Meanwhile news that the consortium responsible for the Panama Canal expansion project is in danger of losing USD574 million in guarantees and advance payments if an ongoing dispute regarding cost overruns is not resolved, leaves hopes unsurprisingly low for the problem free execution of another canal project in Central America. Wilfrid Henry Curtis, once chairman of the Grand Union Canal Company, said that every now and then public interest in canals flares up and is brought prominently to the attention of the public, but as a rule such interest is short lived. It remains to be seen whether this will hold true for Wang Jing’s ambitious plans for Nicaragua.This week’s Friday Flyer is sponsored by DHL Industrial Projects, which aims to be the logistics partner of choice to the oil and gas, mining, power generation and construction industries. Its expertise in cargo scheduling and materials management means it can offer tailored solutions for unique outsize cargoes and heavy lift. The HLPFI App – come and get it!  The HLPFI App is now available to download from the App Store and Google Play, enabling you to read Heavy Lift & Project Forwarding International (HLPFI) magazine on any smartphone and tablet.You can download every issue of HLPFI via the new App, but don’t hang around. The first 100 people to register for the HLPFI App will receive their first edition for FREE. Register by contacting joe@heavyliftpfi.com In the corporate world SDV, part of the Bolloré Group, has acquired Belgian conventional and project freight forwarder, EDT with the company’s founder, Carl Boelens, joining the SDV team in Belgium.Aeroscraft Corporation (Aeros) and Pacific Airlift have agreed to explore the mutual benefits of the lighter-than-air rigid airship (pictured right).STX Corp, the holding company of Korean conglomerate STX Group, has agreed to salvage the firm in the form of a USD660.3 million debt-to-equity swap, say reports from the South Korean media. Capacity developments Two Kalmar Cargotec ship-to-shore cranes have been delivered to the APM Terminal in the Maasvlakte II area, Rotterdam on board Coscol’s DA KANG (pictured top right).Knaack-Krane has has immediately deployed its recently acquired 750-tonne capacity Liebherr LTM 1750-9.1 mobile crane on the Stößen-Teuchern wind farm (pictured bottom right).TTS Group ASA will deliver three heavy lift cranes for a cargo training vessel owned by Dalian Maritime University in China. Shipments of the week Croatia’s R&B Global Projects handled the delivery of a 152-tonne plate mill back-up roll (pictured top right) from Yokohama to the Port of Rotterdam, from where it is to be transported by barge to Austria. Blue Water Singapore completed the logistics operations for the Leichhardt power station in Mount Isa, Australia, which included the delivery of a 104-tonne AC generator (pictured second right) from the UK and a 56-tonne Rolls-Royce gas turbine generator from Ohio.ALE and Drydocks World collaborated to perform the lifting and mating of a 10,000-tonne topside (pictured bottom right) using a bespoke gantry system, for the semisubmersible HVDC platform DolWin Beta. The mammoth topside was lifted to an impressive final height of 52.8 m.Other notable projects reported by HLPFI this week can be seen on the archive news area of our website. On the move Leif Arne Strømmen (pictured top right) will take over as global lead of projects, oil and gas, and marine logistics at Kuehne + Nagel, succeeding Nils Wolf who has retired and established his own company – Nils Wolf & Associates GmbH – in Hamburg. BBC Chartering has a new office in Rouen, with Charles Akrout named country manager. Hansa Heavy Lift has established an office in Perth, with ex-Kestrel Maritime employees, John McNamara and Trent Robson, jumping ship to manage it. Canaveral Port Authority has hired industry stalwarts Alberto Cabrera and George Arocha to expand cargo business development and terminal operations. Oy Hacklin Logistics has opened a business unit – Hacklin East – focusing on railway transport and freight forwarding to and from CIS countries, with Hannu Pesonen named vice president. Entrec Corporation has appointed John Stevens (pictured bottom right) as president and ceo. He succeeds Rod Marlin, who becomes executive chairman. Klaus Stoltenberg is joining Deutsche Bank as global head of shipping. Network news The XLProjects (XLP) network has grown this week to include Istanbul based KG Projects; QC Logistics from Chittagong; and Copenhagen based Sacema Project Shipping.Meanwhile Ho Chi Minh City headquartered Vietranstimex and Sigmai Trade & Logistics from Israel have joined the GPLN, while existing member The Freight Co. Ltd added its office in Yangon to the network’s roster. All about Evie Evie was the first to download the new HLPFI App from the App Store and is already reading the most recent edition on her iPad.She loves the opportunity this presents to read HLPFI on the move and encourages everyone to download the App, especially as the first 100 people to register will get their first edition for free.She sends her congratulations to Spatial Global, which triumphed in the BIFA Freight Service Awards, and was presented with the Project Forwarding trophy at this week’s ceremony, pipping finalists Charles Kendall Freight, Moto Freight and UFS.Evie is sending a gentle reminder that the first gathering of the Southern Heavy International Transport Society is being held next Friday, January 24, at the Tokenhouse, 4 Moorgate, London EC2 from 18:00h. More details from Andy Miller on 01372 866157 or andy.miller@kbr.comlast_img read more

Shooting breaks out at gender reveal party: unborn baby, woman killed

first_imgShooting breaks out at gender reveal party: unborn baby, woman killed Published: July 9, 2017 1:07 PM EDT Updated: July 9, 2017 1:10 PM EDT COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio  (CBS) Authorities say two men opened fire at a party where a pregnant woman was to reveal her child’s gender, killing a woman and wounding eight people, including the expectant mother and three children.The pregnant woman tells WXIX-TV she lost her baby after being shot in the leg in Colerain Township, near Cincinnati.The shooting occurred around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.The children were hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The five adults were treated at a Cincinnati hospital, where one is listed in critical condition.Police have released few details about the shooting. Colerain Township police didn’t immediately return a call Sunday.The gunmen were dressed in black and broke into the home while guests watched a movie. Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. SHARElast_img read more

Family mediation scheme extended

first_imgMembership of the Law Society’s family mediation scheme will be extended to all qualified family mediators from April. Currently membership is restricted to solicitors and fellows of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives. From April, mediators competence-assessed by the Family Mediation Council will be able to passport across to the Law Society panel; and those seeking first-time competence assessment or accreditation will be able to apply directly for panel membership. The Society said the expansion is a response to changes in family justice, which encourages greater mediation, and prepares for the government’s introduction of a single standard for publicly and privately funded mediation. In preparation for increased demand, the Law Society has said it will be introducing a new, streamlined accreditation and assessment process and ‘substantial’ price reductions. Membership is currently set at two rates depending on experience level – £120 for two years and £540 for five years.last_img read more