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Flu season is coming. If you live in a large city, it may stretch longer than elsewhere, study says

first_img Helen Branswell By Helen Branswell Oct. 4, 2018 Reprints Privacy Policy About the Author Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: What they saw was that in small cities, the curve of a flu season was sharp. Regardless of whether a lot of people got sick in a flu season or whether fewer were struck in a particular year, most of the infections occurred over a short period of time, making for a “spiky” epidemic curve.But the pattern in large cities was different. The curve was lower and longer — more diffuse. It didn’t mean that fewer people got sick, but that infections were spread out over a longer period of time.It meant that flu viruses were still able to spread from person to person in large cities even when climatic conditions weren’t ideal.Dalziel, who admitted the big-city pattern wasn’t what he and his colleagues were expecting, said the small city outbreaks were “explosive” while the big city epidemics “smoldered.”Their conclusion was that specific humidity didn’t matter as much in places where large numbers of people live.“The flu is able to spread under a wider envelop of climatic conditions in the metropolises, because of highly organized movement patterns that put people into such close proximity that the specific humidity starts to matter less,” Dalziel said. “In metropolises, flu is able to eke out a living because there’s more highly organized close contact.” Trending Now: HealthFlu season is coming. If you live in a large city, it may stretch longer than elsewhere, study says Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Seema Lakdawala, who studies influenza transmission, described the finding as fascinating.“What they’re showing is that the transmission dynamics within intense urban areas is more perpetual,” said Lakdawala, an assistant professor in the department of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.Lakdawala studies how the flu virus is transmitted — through droplets of saliva or mucus that can only travel short distances, or through aerosols, which can hang in the air longer. Her read of this study suggested to her that in smaller places, aerosolized viruses may play more of a role in transmission, and those may be more dependent on climatic conditions. But in large centers where people are more densely packed, transmission over short distances — which is less climate-dependent — can get the job done.“Since I’ve been thinking about the importance and the contribution of short-range versus long-range transmission for so long, to me it really fits,” said Lakdawala, who was not involved in the research.“In intense urban areas, we’re indoors more often. So this idea that there is transmission occurring universally, constantly, in these environments that isn’t necessarily driven by seasonality of humidity is really fascinating,” she said. “And it really fits with what we think is happening — that these long-range transmission events may be more sensitive to humidity conditions, and they may be happening more in less populated areas.” Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. @HelenBranswell “If there’s lots of people and transportation patterns frequently bring them together, it helps the virus find new hosts even when climate conditions aren’t at their most favorable,” explained lead author Benjamin Dalziel, an assistant professor in the department of integrative biology at Oregon State University in Corvallis. CDC: 80,000 people died of flu last winter in U.S., highest death toll in 40 years “This is important for policymakers because it indicates that metropolitan areas should focus on reducing influenza spread, whereas small towns should focus on reducing harm,” Wallinga wrote in a commentary on the paper, which was published alongside it Thursday in the journal Science.Influenza is famously unpredictable. It’s not uncommon to hear people who have studied it for decades describe the virus as “humbling.”Experts know there will be a surge of influenza infections at some point in the year; in the Northern Hemisphere that period typically falls in the stretch from late autumn through late winter or early spring. But some years the peak of infections will occur over Christmas and other times the sickest point in the season will come in late February or even March.It’s not fully understood why flu behaves this way. Time spent indoors during the winter, when their immune systems may not be as robust, is thought to be a factor.Dalziel and his co-authors set out to look at the role specific humidity levels — how much moisture there is in the air — play in flu transmission. They used a large amount of data: weekly health insurance claims from people who sought care for influenza-like illness. The researchers had data by ZIP code for six years, from 2002 to 2008, for roughly 603 cities in the United States. Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Please enter a valid email address. The finding suggests a one-size-fits-all approach to flu season preparedness won’t work. If the study is correct, small centers should work on surge capacity — their ability to handle a lot of sick people over a short period of time — while larger cities should find ways to reduce transmission, said Jacco Wallinga, an expert on infectious diseases modeling at the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands.advertisement The length of the flu season may vary depending on where you live, with large cities enduring longer periods of transmission and smaller cities experiencing shorter, but more explosive, spread, a new study suggests.The study doesn’t assert that one’s risk of contracting influenza varies depending on the size of any given community. Rather, it argues that in less populous places, flu needs the right atmospheric conditions to spread effectively.In large cities, those conditions don’t matter quite as much.advertisement Related: Tags infectious diseasepublic healthlast_img read more

ETFs and ETPs gaining much more in net new AUM in 2015

first_img Related news BMO InvestorLine launches commission-free trading for ETFs Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and exchange-traded products (ETPs) are gathering new assets under management (AUM) at a notably faster pace than in previous years, according a new report from to London, U.K.-based research firm ETFGI LLP. ETFGI reports that ETFs and ETPs listed globally have garnered a record US$199 billion in net new AUM year to date as of July 31, outpacing last year’s record level of US$164 billion in AUM for the same period. ETFGI notes that these products are gathering AUM at a 21% faster pace than in prior years. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords ETFs Ninepoint launches three ETFs on NEOcenter_img Desjardins to close four ETFs In July, ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered US$46 billion in new AUM. Equity products were responsible for US$35 billion of that total, followed by fixed-income products, at US$9 billion. Commodities-based ETFs and ETPs suffered net outflows of US$2 billion during the month. “The S&P 500 index ended up 2% for the month of July and finished the first seven months of 2015 up 3%. Although investors faced uncertainty in China and Greece during July, they continued to invest significant net new assets in equity ETFs,” says Deborah Fuhr, managing partner of ETFGI, in a statement. In the first seven months of 2015, equity ETFs/ETPs enjoyed net inflows of US$137 billion, followed by US$44 billion in fixed-income products and US$2 billion for commodities-bases ETFs/ETPs. ETFs and ETPs listed in the U.S. account for the bulk of the new AUM at US$125 billion through the first seven months of the year. Europe- and Japan-listed ETFs and ETPs gathered US$48 billion and US$24 billion in new AUM, respectively. By firm, BalckRock Inc.’s iShares recorded the largest net inflows in July, at US$11.3 billion, and in the year to date, with net inflows of US$63.4 billion. For July, SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETFs ranked second in net inflows with US$6 billion, followed by Vanguard Group, with US$5.3 billion of net inflows. In the year to date, Vanguard ranks second with US$50.1 billion of net inflows and Deutsche Bank AG’s db X-trackers ETFs sit in third place with US$21.7 billion of net inflows. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton last_img read more

Scalper warning ahead of State of Origin ticket sales

first_imgScalper warning ahead of State of Origin ticket sales Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Mark RyanAnyone looking to profiteer by selling tickets to the historic 2021 State of Origin Opener in Townsville next week is being reminded of stiff penalties for buying or selling scalped tickets.Police Minister and Acting Attorney-General Mark Ryan said Queensland laws made ticket scalping an offence and captured events at all Stadiums Queensland venues, including Townsville’s Country Bank Stadium.“This is a terrific moment in Queensland sports and a terrific moment for Townsville,” the Minister said.“We don’t want to see genuine fans priced out of the game because some unscrupulous individuals see a chance to make a profit at the expense of others.“If you see it happening, contact police so they can investigate and fine those responsible.“And don’t forget that those who buy scalped tickets can be fined too and they won’t be able to use the tickets for the match.”The legislation recognises that people may genuinely purchase tickets only to find that because of unexpected circumstances they are no longer able to use the tickets.In these instances, tickets can be resold at a margin of no more than 10%.The 10% margin enables people who are unable to attend an event to recoup the ticket price and any costs associated with the ticket resale.Sellers of scalped tickets face a maximum fine of 20 penalty units or $2,669.00Buyers of scalped tickets face a maximum fine of 5 penalty units or $667.25In the lead up to State of Origin Game 1, authorised tickets will be available via Nrl.com/tickets and Ticketmaster only and will be on-sale from today (Wednesday 2 June) at 3pm to general public.Tickets bought on unofficial sites may not be genuine event tickets. To ensure a genuine ticket that will let you in at the venue, only purchase through the authorised ticket sellers – the NRL and Ticketmaster. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, bank, Game, Government, investigation, legislation, Minister, penalty, police, profit, purchase, QLD, Queensland, Ryan, sports, Townsvillelast_img read more

Vancouver city leaders tour Leverich Park area after neighbors complain about homeless camps

first_imgCouncil Members Bart Hansen and Sarah Fox surprised and saddened by what they witnessedVANCOUVER — It started with just a few people, with a few parked cars.Then more and more arrived. In the last month, traffic has increased.Campsites went up and have not come down. Campers, with no wheels, have been placed in the parking lot.It appears they are there for the long haul.People started parking cars on the walking paths.The problem spread from the parking lot, as well.Vancouver City Council Member Sarah Fox walks past a homeless camp Thursday just off the Ellen Davis Trail near Leverich Park. Photo by Mike SchultzVancouver City Council Member Sarah Fox walks past a homeless camp Thursday just off the Ellen Davis Trail near Leverich Park. Photo by Mike SchultzA homeowner woke up one morning to see that someone had pitched a tent in his neighbor’s yard.A hundred yards down a trail, there are more tents. Some people are living there. Others have abandoned their spots, leaving behind used needles and piles of trash. Leverich Park and its surrounding areas have become a serious problem.Homeowners in the area are fed up.Bart Hansen, a member of the Vancouver City Council, had more than 100 emails on the subject on Monday morning. He reached out to Council Member Sarah Fox, asking about the “safe park” at Leverich Park.Bart Hansen, a member of the Vancouver City Council, toured the Leverich Park area on Wednesday to get a look at the homeless camps at a parking lot and on nearby trails. Photo by Paul ValenciaBart Hansen, a member of the Vancouver City Council, toured the Leverich Park area on Wednesday to get a look at the homeless camps at a parking lot and on nearby trails. Photo by Paul Valencia“My immediate reaction: There’s no safe park down at Leverich Park. That isn’t a safe park run by the city,” Fox said.Hansen met with a group of homeowners on Wednesday. Fox did the same on Thursday. They toured the parking lot, the park, and the nearby trails.They were both surprised and saddened by what they witnessed.The homeowners were not exaggerating the situation.“I’d call it a congregation of people who found a place to park. It’s not a Safe Park,” Fox said. “The city never sanctioned it. Now that we’re aware … I think we are pretty responsive. We are working to solve this. This is not a good situation at all for these neighbors whatsoever.”Council Member Sarah Fox met with a group of homeowners Thursday near Leverich Park. She told them help would be on the way. Homeowners have contacted city leaders in regard to the growing problem of homeless camps at and around the park. Photo by Mike SchultzCouncil Member Sarah Fox met with a group of homeowners Thursday near Leverich Park. She told them help would be on the way. Homeowners have contacted city leaders in regard to the growing problem of homeless camps at and around the park. Photo by Mike SchultzHansen said he met with Eric Holmes, the city manager, and other city leaders Thursday.“I was very impressed with their response and their interest in addressing the situation,” Hansen said. “Now it’s time to roll up our sleeves and get to work on it.”Antonio Buckley, one of the homeowners who spoke up, described Leverich Park as “an unwelcome, unsafe place.”Strangers walk through their neighborhoods at all hours. Graffiti is on the rise. Vandalism, too. And harassing comments.“We are kind of fed up, and we wanted to know how many other people were fed up. Me and my wife started knocking on doors. There are so many stories,” Buckley said.A parking lot at Leverich Park is full of campers and RVs, but it is not a designated save parking zone. Photo by Mike SchultzA parking lot at Leverich Park is full of campers and RVs, but it is not a designated save parking zone. Photo by Mike Schultz“We are sympathetic to the needs of the homeless, but at the same time, homeowners had no clue what was going on. No one talked to us, and it’s a community park. It’s a bit concerning when we cannot use the park.”(For more from Buckley, read his letter to the editor: https://www.clarkcountytoday.com/opinion/letter-we-are-all-concerned-about-what-is-going-on-in-leverich-park/)It turns out there was no communication from the city to the homeowners because Leverich Park was never intended by the city to be used this way.Fox is the city liaison to the emergency operations center and has been working closely with the center throughout the pandemic. The Vancouver Mall was used as a safe parking zone earlier in the pandemic. That zone has since been moved to the Evergreen Transit Center (1504 NE 138th Avenue). It is an organized site where people can live in their vehicles during the pandemic. There are rules for those living in the zone. Fox said there have been a few minor incidents at the safe zone, but the zone is regulated.That is not the case at Leverich Park, and it shows.Beyond living in cars, RVs, or campers, some homeless people have set up tents throughout the park and trail systems near Leverich Park. Photo by Mike SchultzBeyond living in cars, RVs, or campers, some homeless people have set up tents throughout the park and trail systems near Leverich Park. Photo by Mike SchultzBecause of the number of people using the park, homeowners just figured it was a designated spot chosen by the city.“I know people need somewhere to live. I’m not a monster,” said one homeowner who did not want to be identified. “But I don’t know why they put it here.”“I have a 19-month-old child,” another said. “I’m scared to wheel him through the park now.”Some are calling it The Village at Leverich Park. It has attracted a lot of foot and vehicle traffic. Homeowners say they have seen an increase in speeding through the neighborhood, too.Just some of the garbage dumped off the Ellen Davis Trail near Leverich Park. Photo by Mike SchultzJust some of the garbage dumped off the Ellen Davis Trail near Leverich Park. Photo by Mike SchultzSo what now?Fox said she could not promise the neighbors anything specific on Thursday, but she is confident that the city will work fast. She immediately talked to other city leaders. She said she expects a plan by Monday.One of the first things that could happen, she said, is to make contact with those camping at the park, advising them of their options. It is unlikely that staying at Leverich Park will be an option, she said.“I’m hoping that we do find a place for everybody to go, that we have space available at our shelters and our parking lots,” Fox said. “I’m hoping we can relocate everyone to other places that are safe and clean and help get them back on their feet again.”If and when they are moved, Hansen said it will take a coordinated effort from many departments to clean the area. Hypodermic needles were among the items left behind at this abandoned campsite on the Ellen Davis Trail near Leverich Park. Photo by Mike SchultzHypodermic needles were among the items left behind at this abandoned campsite on the Ellen Davis Trail near Leverich Park. Photo by Mike SchultzOn Wednesday, he asked if the homeowners would be able to help recruit volunteers. One homeowner noted, though, that the camp has to be moved first. Cleaning up before the camp is moved will just mean having to clean it again.Then there are the safety concerns. One of the major dumps of garbage off the Ellen Davis Trail is littered with hypodermic needles. Professionals need to work in those hazardous areas, Hansen noted.Hansen and Fox met with homeowners this week, and both already made contact with others in the city.“We’re definitely listening,” Fox said.“I think we’ve got a good start and a good plan,” Hansen said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : One suspect in custody after reports of gunfire in Vancouver Next : PeaceHealth chaplains offering services of remembranceAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Vancouver city leaders tour Leverich Park area after neighbors complain about homeless campsPosted by Paul ValenciaDate: Friday, September 25, 2020in: Newsshare 0 last_img read more

Ministry to Clamp Down On Delinquent Persons in Tourism Sector

first_imgMinistry to Clamp Down On Delinquent Persons in Tourism SectorJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Photo: Sharon EarleMinister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, addresses the 54th Annual General Meeting and Convention of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa, in Montego Bay, on June 6. Minister McNeill told members of the JHTA that there is no room for unregistered and unlicensed operators in the industry. RelatedTEF Enhancing Tourism Through National Rest Stop Programme RelatedTEF Upgrading 14 Beaches At A Cost Of $250 Million Story HighlightsMinister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the Government will be amending the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Act, to clamp down on persons operating businesses in the tourism industry without proper registration and licences.The Minister was addressing the 54th Annual General Meeting and Convention of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa, in Montego Bay, on June 6.He told the industry leaders that he will be taking recommendations to Cabinet for drafting instructions within the next three months. Ministry to Clamp Down On Delinquent Persons in Tourism Sector TourismJune 8, 2015Written by: Sharon Earlecenter_img RelatedJamaica Records Five Per Cent Increase in 2014/15 Winter Tourist Arrivals Advertisements Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill, says the Government will be amending the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) Act, to clamp down on persons operating businesses in the tourism industry without proper registration and licences.“We are ramping up efforts to boost compliance with guidelines within the sector. We have had constant consultations and will be amending the JTB Act to make it more effective, by introducing stiffer penalties and increased fines,” Dr. McNeill said.The Minister was addressing the 54th Annual General Meeting and Convention of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA), at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel and Spa, in Montego Bay, on June 6.“While we seek to grow our tourism sector, we also have to regulate the industry. While most of you here are regulated there are many others who refuse to be compliant and who place themselves, the industry and Brand Jamaica at significant risk,” Dr. McNeill said.He told the industry leaders that he will be taking recommendations to Cabinet for drafting instructions within the next three months.“The onus is on each and every player in the sector to comply with the relevant guidelines. Compliance with the required standards is very important to the success of the sector, as it improves the overall quality of our tourism product,” the Minister said. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Blog: Huawei deserves credit for tackling security claims head-on

first_img Huawei’s global PR team certainly had a frenetic start to December, with three major setbacks coming over just a few days.First there were reports BT’s mobile unit plans to remove Huawei gear from its 4G core network, then the vendor’s CFO was held in Canada on alleged trade sanction violations and the next week all of Japan’s mobile players said they don’t plan to use the vendor’s 5G kit.Instead of waiting for the furore to subside over the upcoming holidays and ease into the new year, the Shenzhen-based company called a press conference with its rotating chairman Ken Hu (pictured) and gave media their first glimpse of its Structural Material and Mechanics Lab, which focuses on heat dissipation and anti-corrosion technologies.While the R&D centre visit was mostly for show (highlighting various innovations), the two-hour Q&A with the chief was indeed substantial. (In an unusual move it also released the full transcript of the event the next day.)Hu didn’t shy away from the hard questions. He started by stating security concerns are disingenuously raised as excuses to block market competition and insisted labelling the company as a security risk should be based on real evidence, which needs to be shared with operators, Huawei or the public.Responding to a question about fears it could spy on behalf of the Chinese government, he said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently formally clarified that no law requires domestic companies to install mandatory backdoors.“Just like the US and Australia, China also has certain legal requirements for counter terrorism or cyber security objectives,” he explained.Focus on positivesDespite recent setbacks, Hu highlighted the positives: “We don’t see operators saying they want to swap out Huawei equipment. On the contrary, out of the hundreds of operators we work with in the world, almost all of them are saying they want to work with Huawei…because they know we are the best. Only by using the best equipment can they build up their 5G networks faster and can they build up their 5G networks in a more cost-competitive way.”He also emphasised the disadvantages operators face when not allowed to use its gear, noting bans would slow adoption of new technology, increase costs for network deployments and raise prices for consumers.“If Huawei could compete in the US for 5G deployment from 2017 to 2020, some $20 billion of capital expenditure in wireless infrastructure would be saved, according to some economists,” he declared.The point is that Huawei, which expects revenue to top $100 billion this year and already claims 25 5G commercial contracts, is not backing down from the fight and intends to proactively address the security concerns raised by the US and many of its allies, which is the reason behind the equipment bans in a growing number of markets.Its recent ‘openness’ is in stark contrast to its earlier PR strategies.A Hong Kong-based PR executive, who asked not to be identified, told Mobile World Live that the company, rather than taking defensive or retaliatory action, has done everything possible to openly acknowledge the issues it faces and address them with media, industry and authorities.The executive added: “This front-foot positive engagement is a notable shift from many Asian and Chinese companies that typically batten down the hatches and withdraw from all engagement. Huawei is to be commended for its response given the dire situation it faces.”As The Economist noted in this week’s edition, it is impossible for Huawei to prove a negative, for example, that it is not spying. It all comes down to its reputation and trust from its clients, third-party agencies and governments.Addressing the spreading concerns will be the company’s biggest challenge over the next year or so: talking up its successes and sharing plans to mitigate risks and soothe worries is a good place to start.The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Blog Blog: How is chip shortage affecting US? AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 20 DEC 2018 Joseph Waring Tags Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Authorcenter_img Previous ArticleT-Mobile blasts allegations of coverage fraudNext ArticleApple shifts strategy in Qualcomm battle Blog: Driving through a Covid-proof event HomeBlog Blog: Huawei deserves credit for tackling security claims head-on Blog: Will others follow TSMC in US move? Related cyber securityHuaweilast_img read more

Emergency services attend scene of serious road traffic collision in Gweedore

first_img Facebook Pinterest Previous articleDeputy Pringle says protests will continue despite water services bill being signed by PresidentNext articleTop Gear trio’s great escape screened News Highland Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Homepage BannerNews Twitter WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Emergency services attend scene of serious road traffic collision in Gweedore Emergency services are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision in Gweedore.The crash happened on Sunday evening in the Curransport area close to the Glenea FC pitch.It is understood one man has been seriously injured.Gardai have yet to confirm any other injuries or how many vehicles were involved.The road has been closed to facilitate a technical examination and diversions are in place.center_img By News Highland – December 28, 2014 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Google+ Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal LUH still not ready to restore IT systemslast_img read more

Over 5,600 drink driving detections in Donegal over the past ten years

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Over 5,600 drink driving detections in Donegal over the past ten years Pinterest WhatsApp Donegal has the state’s fifth highest incidence of motorists being caught drink driving, according to figures collated by the Irish Independent.The figures show that 5,649 people were detected drink driving in Donegal over a ten year period from June 2004 to June of this year. That’s an average of 59.7 motorists per 1,000 licence holders, compared to a national average of 51.5 per 1,000.The highest rate is in Monaghan at just over 98 motorists in every thousand, the lowest in Roscommon at 32.4 in every thousand.When detections for drug driving are assessed, Donegal has the lowest rate in the country, with 26 cases over the same period.That equates to 0.2 motorists in every thousand, compared to a national average of 1.5. The highest rate was in Offaly, at 3.6. WhatsApp By News Highland – December 23, 2014 Twittercenter_img Twitter Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook Google+ Facebook Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Pinterest Previous articleMcGinn extends contract at the DonsNext articleDonegal Gardai warn of the risk of Christmas crime News Highland Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder last_img read more

News / Success of SM Line shows there is room for ambitious liner start-ups

first_img Cheap containerships, together with a sustained period of reduced fuel costs and a recovering freight market, have lowered the entry bar for start-up liner services in niche trades.In its weekly Container Insight, Drewry looks at the example of the emergence of South Korean carrier SM Line “from the ashes of bankrupt compatriot Hanjin Shipping”.Founded last December, SM Line is part of South Korea’s Samra Midas Group, which has its main interests in manufacturing and construction, but has also had previous shipping involvement through its ownership of bulk carrier Korea Line Corporation.SM Line beat off the restructured de-facto national South Korean carrier Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) for the Asia-US tradelane assets of bankrupt Hanjin, paying an apparently reduced figure of $23m in early January. By Mike Wackett 04/09/2017 It followed with the purchase of 11 Hanjin ships, at rock-bottom prices and two key Hanjin terminals in Gwangyang and Incheon, South Korea. And once having gained FMC approval in April, SM Line commenced a one-loop Asia to US west coast service, deploying five 6,600 teu vessels.SM Line has been said by sources to have been “aggressive”, with its pricing on the route and this, along with equally competitive offers to shippers from HMM and rate”skirmishes” with other carriers, has played a part in holding down freight rates on the transpacific, despite strong demand.However, Drewry believes that the entry of SM Line has not destabilised the market, unlike previous entrants, and its sensible approach to deferring the launch of its second string backs up this judgement.Drewry notes that a plentiful supply of cheap second-hand containerships – many put on the market by the banks that mortgaged them – has enabled SM Line to build its fleet exponentially. The line is on the edge of the top-20 list of carriers, by operated fleet, and Drewry believes “it is only a matter of time” before it joins their ranks. Indeed, SM Line has publicly stated its ambition to operate 30 vessels by the end of the year.Currently, in addition to the single transpacific service – which it has plans to double – SM Line offers six intra-Asia services, as well as two Asia-India services via slot charters.It also has plans, according to Drewry, to add an Asia-US east coast route, a service linking the west coast of South America, an Australasia service and one to the Middle East and Red Sea.Drewry said “the abundance of cheap ships on the market” meant there were still “opportunities for ambitious newcomers to force their way in”.It added: “The sudden emergence of SM Line should act as a reminder that container shipping is not a closed shop just yet.”last_img read more

Indiana mom vanished two weeks ago, police asking public for help

first_imgAvon Indiana Police(AVON, Ind.) — Police investigating the disappearance of an Indiana mother of five children have been “working around the clock” to track her down — and are now asking for the public’s help in the search.The Avon Police Department has cast a wide net to find Najah Ferrell since she went missing more than two weeks ago. Detectives have interviewed more than 40 people, pored over surveillance from 12 locations and conducted 30 search warrants, including for her home and analyzing her electronic devices, police said.“Somebody knows something,” said Avon Police Deputy Chief of Investigations Brian Nugent.“We are not going to stop looking for Najah,” he said. “We will never stop.”Ferrell, 30, was last seen at her home in the early morning hours of March 15, police said. She was scheduled to start her third day of work at a local Panera Bread.“Employees there … indicated that she never arrived,” Nugent said during a press conference Thursday.Ferrell’s vehicle, a 2018 black Nissan Altima, was discovered last week about 2.5 miles from the Panera, police said. They also found evidence at a construction zone in the area, but Nugent wouldn’t go into details about the items, except to say they were taken to a crime lab to be examined.Her phone was not among the items recovered, however, Nugent said.He said investigators have zeroed in on that general area to see if witnesses will come forward with any piece of information.Ferrell’s mother, Paula, was flanked at the press conference by blow-up photos of Ferrell with two of her sons. The mom said the photos were taken on Easter a few years ago.“I love my child, and I tried to teach her to love others the same way,” she said in between sobs. “I think she was a giving a young lady. We were like best friends.”Ferrell has two biological sons and three foster children, Nugent said.Her mother said Ferrell “should be here with her boys.”“They’ve never been without their mother,” she said.She urged the public to help police “bring her home.”“I miss her,” she said.Nugent said there were no persons of interest at this time. Her friends and relatives have been cooperative, he said.Still, he called her disappearance “suspicious.”“Anyone that leaves their family for an extended period of time, we would call that suspicious,” he said. “For a mother to not know where her children are at, and for her children to not know where their mother is at, is not only heartbreaking, but it’s certainly suspicious.”“If you’re that somebody who thinks they know something … we are still in desperate need of information,” Nugent said. “We need you to come forward, tell us what you saw.”To that end, Seeds of Life, the organization that facilitated connecting Ferrell with her three foster children, is offering a $2,500 reward for information that would help find her.Authorities are asking anyone with information to tweet at @cicrimestoppers or call 317-262-TIPS, where tipsters will remain anonymous.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more