The Ministry of Health continues to intensify its surveillance and mapping activities in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. Three (3) additional cases of COVID-19 were identified after making an initial mapping in the City of Belize and as part of samples obtained from the case identified in Corozal District. CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak You may be interested in… St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC The public is asked to continue practicing social distancing, to avoid visiting public areas unless absolutely necessary, and when they have to leave, implement good hygiene practices. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… COVID-19: Belize confirms 4 cases; PM closes borders to nationals(PRESS RELEASE) – My Fellow Belizeans, Earlier today, the Ministry of Health’s leadership team publicly announced the worrying news of test results having this morning confirmed Belize’s fourth case of COVID-19. The infected person is from the Cayo District, but up until about 11 days ago, had been traveling to and…April 3, 2020In “Belize”13 April COVID 19 Update – BelizeBelmopan. April 13, 2020. 1:00 p.m. The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belize now stands at 18, with four new confirmed cases identified over the last 24 hours. The confirmed cases are distributed as follows: A female in San Ignacio Town, as a close contact of a…April 13, 2020In “Belize”23 April update – State of Emergency to be extendedOPM, Belize – Fortunately, we remain stable in the field of health and have not reported any positive cases since Monday, April 13 Unfortunately two people died, but luckily none of the 18 originally diagnosed patients remain hospitalized. In fact, we now have 5 patients recovered and the rest are…April 24, 2020In “General”Share this on WhatsApp More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… Oct 15, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Two (2) of the new cases are found in Corozal District and one (1) in Belize City. All three cases are about primary contacts of previously identified patients. These patients were tested as part of the mapping, remain asymptomatic and found in isolation at home. So far all front line staff exams at Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital and Belize Health Care Partners Limited have returned COVID-19. negative. However, some results are still expected.
Irish oil and gas exploration firm Providence Resources has informed that it has won a court case against offshore drilling contractor Transocean.In a statement issued Monday morning, Providence Resources said that a Judgment was handed down by the Hon. Justice Popplewell on Friday, 19 December, 2014 in the Commercial Court in London. The company explained that the case related to certain cost claims made by Transocean against Providence regarding the use of the semi-submersible drilling unit, the Arctic III, in 2011/12 on Providence’s Barryroe oilfield, offshore Ireland. The total claim, which was made by Transocean in 2012, amounted to approximately $19 million. Providence said that, in defence of its position, it counter claimed against Transocean.According to Providence, in the published ruling, the Hon. Justice Popplewell found that Transocean was in breach of contract for failing to maintain various parts of its subsea equipment and that Transocean were not, therefore, entitled to the amount claimed against Providence. The company further said that the ruling also supported Providence’s position that Providence was entitled to set off certain spread costs against Transocean’s claim.“The total claim, which was made by Transocean in 2012, amounted to approximately $19 million.”Commenting on the news, Tony O’Reilly, Chief Executive of Providence, said: “Whilst we never wanted to go to court in the first instance, this ruling clearly vindicates our decision to defend ourselves against Transocean’s claim. The judgment confirmed our original position that we should not have to pay Transocean for those periods when the rig was not fit for purpose, due to breaches of contract arising from Transocean’s failure to carry out maintenance on safety critical parts of its subsea equipment.“We are also delighted that the Judge agreed with Providence that we should be allowed to set-off certain third party costs against Transocean’s claim. In addition to finding Transocean in breach of contract, the ruling was critical of Transocean’s conduct and testimony, which included the deliberate doctoring of reports and deception by Transocean’s senior management.Providence: “Whilst we never wanted to go to court in the first instance, this ruling clearly vindicates our decision to defend ourselves against Transocean’s claim.”“Following the handing down of this judgment, we will look to settle the final account and will update the market when these details are confirmed. Likewise, we hope to be in a position to update shareholders on our Barryroe farm out process. Finally, once details are confirmed by the operator, we will also update the market on the next well in our programme (Spanish Point), where drilling is scheduled to commence in 2015.”
Mexico received a cargo of liquefied natural gas from Peru’s sole liquefaction and export facility at Pampa Melchorita.The cargo was dispatched on July 27 aboard the 135,072 cbm LNG carrier Gallina, data from the state-owned Perupetro shows.The Gallina delivered the shipment to the Manzanillo LNG import facility in Mexico’s Colima state during the weekend, according to AIS data provided by the vessel tracking website, MarineTraffic.With the latest cargo, Peru’s LNG export facility shipped 342 vessels in total, since it started operations in June 2010.The 4.45 million tons per year gas liquefaction plant is located 170 kilometers south of Lima and receives gas via a 408-kilometer pipeline built across the Andes. LNG World News Staff
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‘THIS IS a cost-efficient solution, not a cheap solution’, notes Harald Büthe, Nexans’ Product Development Engineer, of the DuoTrack cabling application that Nexans is introducing on the Odenwaldbahn in Hesse, Germany. DuoTrack is a trunk cabling installation process that incorporates not only a cable, but also all the related cable-laying, securing and branching equipment. The pilot will see cable installed on around 100 km of line between Darmstadt, Wiebelsbach and Eberbach.The project began in September 2006 and cable-laying is scheduled for completion at the end of the month. DuoTrack gained EBA type approval in December 2006, and the Odenwald trial is designed to assess its suitability for deployment on DB’s non-electrified regional lines. Further research for DuoTrack application on a main line is being undertaken between Hamburg and Lübeck.Central to the concept is the shift away from laying cables in lineside troughs. Instead, DuoTrack has a single cable clamped to the running rail. Both copper and optic-fibre lines are integrated in a ‘figure of eight’ cable protected by a high-density polyethylene sheath, aluminium screen and corrugated stainless steel tape for rodent protection.Advances in copper cable and optic-fibre technology allow the combined cable to carry a range of communications links. The optic-fibre core will connect the electronic interlockings currently being installed by DB Netz as part of its wider refurbishment of the Odenwaldbahn, and the copper cable will carry low-voltage power supplies, signalling and level crossing controls. Development of increasingly-secure optic-fibre links raises the possibility of renting out capacity to third parties, such as broadband internet providers, offering an additional source of revenue for regional lines in the future.The evolution of DuoTrack has partly been driven by the need to cater for GSM-R communications which underpin Ertms. DB Netz has been closely involved in the three-year development programme that has culminated in the Odenwald project. Ertms roll-out will necessitate the replacement of vast quantities of outdated or incompatible communications equipment.Rapid installationNexans has worked with partner Contec to develop a tailor-made installation method that is up to 10 times quicker than conventional cable-laying. Contec’s laying train comprises a Unimog, a trailer wagon with four cable drums and a load-balancing regulator. A laying arm runs on the rails just behind the wagon to drop the cable accurately into position on the outside edge of the running rail as the Unimog proceeds at around 3·5 km/h. Nexans believes Contec’s bespoke mountings, together with longer cable lengths, will be sufficient to prevent theft and vandalism.While DuoTrack requires an additional member of staff when compared to a conventional cable-laying team, Büthe suggests the approach will generate cost savings of up to 40%, a significant margin given the financial constraints affecting many regional railways.
“Technology Enabled Care and telecare promotes independence, choice and control to support all age groups to live as independently as possible. Chris Fyles is Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Project Lead for Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership, and he said: “We have such a wide range of devices that we’re able to demonstrate, ranging from easy-tipping kettles to medication dispensers and bed and chair sensors which help ensure that people remain safe. Social Worker Roxy McCormack is part of the Sensory Support Team, and has been helping to promote the support available to anyone with a sensory impairment. Dumfries and Galloway Council provides Telecare within the Health and Social Care Partnership, and there is a constantly manned call centre running 24-hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. On average the call centre deal with 10,000 calls per month, with the vast majority of these not requiring anything other than some reassurance to the person with telecare. “We’re really pleased that colleagues from across the Health and Social Care Partnership are able to help demonstrate what support is available to enable people to live independently, and I’d encourage anyone with an interest to arrange a visit to see all of the available equipment. Telehealthcare Assessor Technician Iain Callandar and Social Worker Roxy McCormack in the Activities of Daily Living (ADL) suite within Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInAN ARRAY of technologies which can assist people to live independently in their own home for longer is being showcased in the region. There is no charge at all in the case of palliative care/terminal illness or for children up to the age of 18. It is designed as an unobtrusive service available to anyone of any age who would like to feel safer, more protected and independent in their own home, giving them independence, choice and control. Roxy said: “Services offered include advice and information on the registration process, home assessment for equipment and adaptations, support to address financial and social inclusion and rehabilitation.“We also provide awareness raising training, we advise organisations, and we organise requests from the BSL Interpreting Council and third sector.” The Activities of Daily Living (ADL) suite within Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary is home to a wide range of gadgets and devices which can make life easier – from helping to make a cup of tea to chair sensors helping to keep people safe. “Telecare/Sensory Support staff will be present to showcase equipment on Tuesday mornings between 9 am and 10.30 am. Iain Callandar is a Telehealthcare Assessor Technician helping to demonstrate the services, and he said: “The Telecare Service provided by Dumfries and Galloway Council supports people of all ages to live more safely and independently in their own homes. “Sensors can be worn or positioned around the home to minimise risk, improve safety and provide reassurance to the user and their support network. This is achieved by a 24 hour link to a local monitoring centre. The system provides an instant response where a highly skilled operator will respond to your call and take appropriate action to get the required help.” The ADL suite is used on a daily basis to help assess patients’ needs. But now, it is also currently being employed to help to promote devices which are available to people in their homes. Services delivered via technology under the branding ‘Care Call’ have changed lives in the region, and are available at a weekly flat rate of just £3.60. To arrange a visit to the ADL suite at DGRI, contact Therapies reception by calling ext. 33022 or 01387 241022.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on Jan. 12 that more than 23,000 of the nation’s dairy operations – over half of all dairy farms in America – have enrolled in the new safety net program created by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Margin Protection Program. The voluntary program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. “Enrollment far exceeded our expectations in the first year,” said Vilsack.advertisementadvertisement”We’re pleased that so many dairy producers are taking advantage of the expanded protection. USDA conducted a lot of outreach to get the word out. When you compare the initial enrollment rate for the Margin Protection Program to the longstanding federal crop insurance program, where participation ranges from 30 percent to 80 percent depending on the crop, it’s clear that these outreach efforts made a difference.”During the three months of the enrollment period, the USDA conducted a robust education and outreach effort to the nation’s dairy producers. The department held over 500 public meetings, sent out nearly 60,000 direct mailings and conducted more than 400 demonstrations of the Web-based tool designed to help applicants to calculate their specific coverage needs.House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson advocated for the program’s inclusion in the 2014 Farm Bill. In a recent statement, he said, “The Margin Protection Program will help dairy farmers better manage the risks associated with dairy production and help alleviate dramatic consumer price fluctuations at the grocery store.”I am pleased so many producers took the time to learn about the new safety net and chose to enroll in the program. I hope that USDA will continue their outreach and education efforts so more producers can learn about the protection this program provides.”The Margin Protection Program offers dairy producers a range of choices of protection that are best suited for their operation. Starting with basic coverage for an administrative fee of $100, producers can select higher levels of coverage at affordable incremental premiums. More than half of the applicants selected higher coverage beyond the basic level.advertisementPresident and CEO of the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) Jim Mulhern said, in a statement,“The margin protection program is a welcome improvement to federal dairy policy, and comes at an important time to help farmers deal with what will be a more challenging economic outlook in 2015.”Mulhern added, “The MPP is now the only widely-available tool to help farmers protect against both lower milk prices and higher feed costs. It represents a new paradigm in shared responsibility between farmers and the government to cover the cost of that insurance.”The NMPF statement suggested that the sign-up extensions granted after Thanksgiving, coupled with a sharp downturn in milk price forecasts for 2015, encouraged additional participation prior to the Dec. 19 cutoff.Dairy producers interested in enrolling in the Margin Protection Program for fiscal year 2016 can register between July 1 and Sept. 30, 2015.To learn more about the Margin Protection Program, visit the Farm Service Agency (FSA) online or contact a local FSA office . PD—Summarized by Progressive Dairyman staff from USDA, House Agriculture Committee and NMPF news releasesadvertisement
Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) To help curb the problem of prescription painkiller abuse, the Farmington Hills Police Department (FHPD) will host a Prescription Drug Takeback on Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at police headquarters, 31655 W. 11 Mile Rd.This effort, a partnership with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), allows residents to safety and anonymously dispose of medication. The 16th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in October 2018 collected more than 197 pounds of prescription drugs from homes throughout the community, which were then destroyed by the DEA in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.Residents of any city may participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Prescription drugs may be dropped off in any type of container. To learn more,, call the Investigative Division at 248-871-2770.–Press release Reported by
Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) U.S. Representative Haley Stevens held an April 23 Voting Rights Roundtable discussion with several Farmington Public Schools (FPS) high schoolers.The group discussed recent state proposals that affect voters and the importance of voter participation.Farmington High School senior, Riane Molloy, asks the U.S. Representative panel members a question. (Farmington Public Schools)“I enjoyed the opportunity to meet the people who represent me in the government and talk about an issue I care about immensely,” Farmington High senior Riane Molloy said in a press release. “I learned about the importance of making sure people are registered to vote so that everyone’s voice can be heard.”Stevens was joined by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Director of Voters not Politicians Nancy Wang, ACLU Voting Rights Strategist Sharon Dolente, and Farmington High Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government teacher Jeremy Gold. Along with Molloy, students who participated included David Daliege, Farmington Central High School; Anish Gaddam, Paul Aran, Cecilia Norris, Jessalyn Vrieland, Farmington High; and Samantha Eahrow, Claudia Cantu, and Danielle Goldberg, North Farmington High.Among the items discussed, Proposal 2, approved in 2018, established a nonpartisan redistricting commission, and Proposal 3 allows absentee voting for any reason, straight-ticket voting, and voting by mail. Proposal 2 created an independent, 13-member redistricting commission to draw new legislative boundaries. This redistricting commission will be composed of four Republicans, four Democrats, and five individuals that are not party specific.Benson said she will launch a statewide mock election initiative in high schools for the 2020 election. She wants students to know that their voices can be heard and that their votes do count. Reported by
RelatedPurple Heart Memorial Trail to be dedicated on SPISpecial to the Parade The City of South Padre Island will host a dedication ceremony for the Rio Grande Valley Purple Heart Memorial Trail on Nov. 11, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark located at 33261 State Park Rd. 100. In the past…November 10, 2011In “South Padre Parade”Purple Heart Trail unveiledSpecial to the PRESS On Friday, May 4, South Padre Island Mayor Robert N. Pinkerton, Jr. attended the IH-37 Unveiling Ceremony at the Institute of Texas Culture in San Antonio for the dedication and installation of the first Purple Heart Trail sign on IH-37. In a past legislative session, a…May 10, 2012In “News”Rio History: A Brief History of the Queen By Steve Hathcock Special to the PRESS The idea of connecting Padre Island to the mainland had been floated for over 25 years before the following notice appeared in the November 16, 1925 issue of The Galveston Daily News: D.E. Colp, member of the state park board, announced plans…July 1, 2020In “Features” Share By SCARLET O’ROURKEStaff Writereditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comFreedom is a blood-bought gift from the soldiers of past and present who fought to obtain and keep the American way.To honor those men and women, the City of South Padre Island will host a dedication ceremony for the Rio Grande Valley Purple Heart Memorial Trail on Friday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark located at 33261 State Park Road 100.According to city representatives, in the past legislative session, a bill was passed that extended the Purple Heart Trail to the Rio Grande Valley. The extensions includes the Texas part of Interstate Highway 40, the part of Interstate Highway 37 from I-35 to U.S. Highway 77, the part of U.S. Highway 77 from I-37 to state Highway 100, State Highway 100, and Park Road 100. The bill was passed in the State Legislature with the leadership of Senator Lucio Jr. and Representative Lozano.To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Nov. 10 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.