May 18, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An international team of scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) arrived today on Indonesia’s Sumatra island to investigate the largest cluster to date of confirmed human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, according to news services.In addition, the WHO reported today that a 75-year-old Egyptian woman died of H5N1 infection, becoming the sixth fatality in Egypt.In a news release about the Indonesian cluster today, the WHO said the source of infection was not yet known for any of the cases. “The possibility of limited human-to-human transmission cannot be ruled out,” the agency said.”A cluster is always serious,” the WHO’s Thomas Grein told Bloomberg news today after visiting North Sumatra. “This one by its sheer size and that it has occurred in an area where there have been no confirmed outbreaks is of course of interest.”In its statement today, the WHO gave some details on the cases in six extended family members from Kubu Sembelang village in the Karo district of North Sumatra—five of whom died—as well as on another Indonesian woman who died of avian flu in Surabaya in East Java. Her death was reported by news media yesterday.In North Sumatra, the outbreak may have begun Apr 27 when a 37-year-old woman contracted a respiratory disease, which took her life May 4. However, no specimens were obtained from her body for confirmatory testing, but the WHO said she is considered the initial case in the cluster.Her relatives, according to the WHO, constitute the six who tested positive for H5N1. The woman’s 15-year-old son died of avian flu May 9, her 17-year-old son died May 12, her 10-year-old nephew died May 13, and her 28-year-old sister died May 10. The sister’s 18-month-old daughter died May 14. In addition, her 25-year-old brother tested positive for H5N1 but is still alive.These latest WHO confirmations raise Indonesia’s case total to 40 (23 in 2006), with 31 deaths (20 in 2006), according to WHO data. Indonesia has reported by far the most cases and fatalities this year. Egypt has the second-most cases with 14 (6 deaths), and China has the second-highest death rate, with 7 deaths in 10 cases.Although the WHO release about the cluster states that “If human-to-human transmission has occurred, it has not been either efficient or sustained,” officials are concerned about the lack of an identified source for the virus.”The source of exposure for the initial case is still under investigation, with exposure to infected poultry or an environment contaminated by their faeces considered the most plausible source,” the agency said.”The likely source of infection for the additional cases has not yet been determined,” the statement continued. “Multiple hypotheses are being investigated. Apart from living in close proximity to each other, the cases in this cluster are known to have participated in a family gathering around 29 April. The cases may have acquired their infection from a shared environmental exposure yet to be identified.””We have not yet found any evidence of the ongoing transmission among chickens in that area,” said Shigeru Omi, WHO director for the Western Pacific region, as quoted in the Bloomberg story today. However, the story quoted Indonesia’s agriculture minister as saying that 10 of 11 pigs tested in the district had antibodies to avian flu in their bloodstream, and about half of the 400 households in Kubu Sembelang raise pigs, chickens, and ducks.Although the presence of antibodies in the pigs could signal a previous infection, “If the virus is in pigs, that would be a major concern,” said Ton Schat, professor of virology and immunology at Cornell University, according to Bloomberg. Pigs are susceptible to both human and avian strains of influenza, and simultaneous infection with both types could allow viruses to trade genetic material, potentially giving rise to a hybrid that could spread among humans.According to the WHO, instances of human-to-human H5N1 transmission have occurred, but in no case has the virus spread beyond people who have had close contact with an infected person, like family members.In a Washington Post story today, Sari Setiogi, spokesperson for WHO’s Indonesia office, said, “We are taking this very seriously. The good news is that, from our investigation to date, there’s no evidence of further spread of the virus beyond the family.”Egyptian caseIn Egypt, WHO officials confirmed that a 75-year-old woman became Egypt’s sixth death among 14 human cases of avian influenza, an AFP article said today.The woman, from Al-Minya in southern Egypt, contracted the disease from infected birds, according to WHO regional health regulation officer John Jabbour. “She was admitted into the hospital yesterday, and she died today,” Jabbour said in the AFP story.See also:WHO Indonesia reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_18b/en/index.htmlWHO Egypt reporthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_18c/en/index.htmlMay 17 CIDRAP News story “WHO confirms avian flu case cluster in Indonesia”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/may1706indo.html
By Stefano Santoni – Product & Market Manager, Wind Energy & Heavy Duty Division – DAVI.According to the report of the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the global offshore wind market experienced a growth of 4.49GW of new capacity in 2018. The Global Wind Report acknowledges that nowadays there’s a total of 23GW of offshore wind capacity installed (20% more than 2017).Listening to what Ben Backwell, CEO of GWEC, said, 2018 can be considered a positive year for wind in all major markets, and China places itself as the leading power both in offshore and onshore projects. In forthcoming years, Asia is expected to be the driving region for wind development, even though this awaited growth is subordinate to an important commitment of the governments with policies fostering the projects in this field. With regards to capacity to be installed until 2023, the contribution needs to come from mature regions like Europe and USA, as well as developing markets in Asia that will have to guarantee a consistent growth.Ideas for the years to comeAn interesting partnership has been revealed to work together in order to develop offshore wind in emerging markets. In fact, the GWEC and the World Bank Group (WBG) are going to be side by side in this effort to make emerging markets ready for new developments of wind energy.The first aim of this cooperation is to raise awareness about offshore wind opportunities in emerging markets. As a starting strategy, the idea is to gather all the stakeholders within the same network, putting together country governments, experts in the field of wind energy, commercial developers, private partners to inform them on all their options and create the perfect groundwork for new projects that could be financed by WBG and IFC. These bodies will involve both public and private partners to carry on technical studies and give life to strategies at national level in order to facilitate the development of offshore wind.To share knowledge and raise awareness in emerging markets, the two bodies will have representatives of the counterpart sitting at their table in order to favor the diffusion of best practices. “Offshore wind is a clean, reliable and secure source of energy. We have seen it work in Europe: we can now make use of global experience to scale up offshore wind projects in emerging markets”, said Riccardo Puliti, Senior Director and Head of Energy and Extractives at the World Bank. The WBG believes in fact that USD 500 billion will be invested in offshore wind projects by 2030. This growth is a great chance for countries with strong resources, such as Brazil, Indonesia, India, the Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. For instance, Vietnam has a technical potential of offshore wind of 309GW, South Africa 356GW and Brazil 526GW, representing a possibility for big offshore wind projects in areas with high energy demand.Source DAVIIncreasing rolling needsIn this perspective of growth, all around the world there will be companies involved in the process of rolling plates for the wind energy sector (no matter talking about towers or foundations). These companies are in need of solutions and customized plate roll that allow to improve the process, save time and roll both cylinders and cones in the smoothest, most accurate and fastest possible way.In case of large diameters components such as Towers, Transition Pieces and Monopiles, or large diameters Pin Piles for jackets, the DAVI 4 rolls plate rolling machine, along with the patented High Productivity Line, is the right answer to fulfill all the requests of this continuously more demanding market.The High Productivity Line is equipped with several accessories, including a special hydraulic aligning system, which are completely managed by CNC.After inserting the geometrical dimension of the final rolled can, along with the plate material data, the patented software calculates and builds up the complete working cycle from the plate positioning and centering phase until the complete conclusion of the rolling operation.Firstly, the special positioning system, located in the infeed conveyor, allows a perfect plate positioning and squaring; it guarantees at least 50% time saving compared to standard manual system.Secondly, after an additional mechanical squaring against the rear side roll, the infeed conveyor tilts to hold the plate while pre-bending; for more accuracy and time saving the front side roll raises to bend the plate and at the same time the conveyor and the front side support rise with full synchronization in order to keep the plate perfectly aligned and on the same level. After the pre-bending operation is completed, the conveyor, the side support and the front side roll move down fully synchronized to bring the plate horizontal and ready to start the rolling phase.With this unique and patented solution, the pre-bending operation is faster, more accurate and totally safe compared to other basic solutions without a tilting conveyor.Once the plate is back in horizontal position, the exit side roll rises up to bend the plate and start the rolling phase. When the can is halfway, the overhead support automatically rises to hold the plate. At the end of the cycle, in case of thin plates rolled at very large diameters, the front side support rises up to prevent the plate collapse and overlapping, thanks to special bearing fingers that hook the plate and pull it back to keep it in a perfect round shape. Finally, the plate is fed for the second pre-bending and the plate forming operation is over.In case of cone forming, the plate rotation is automatically managed by the control system. It is done with a continuous plate rotation in case of thinner plates, while it is intermittent in case of thicker plates; however, it is fully managed through the CNC system in both cases for the most accurate and fastest cone forming process.The whole process, consisting of plate positioning, squaring, rolling, aligning for tack-welding, lasts less than 20 minutes!In particular, the tilting conveyor has many advantages, that range from single pass pre-bending to full pre-bending capacity available, from high accuracy on roundness to no need of re-rolling. But most important is the safety of the process with no risk of plate falling or non-pinching.Source DAVIA solution spread all over the worldHigh Productivity Line is a solution that many renowned companies have already chosen, showing how it is the best available in the market. More than 250 wind energy lines are installed all around the world, in both mature and emerging markets. From Vestas in the United States to Titan Wind in China, from Bladt to EEW and Gestamp in Europe, these are only some of the fully satisfied customers currently working with High Productivity Line for the wind energy sector.The companyBorn in Italy in 1966, DAVI is the world largest manufacturer of heavy duty plate roll, heavy duty angle roll, high productivity lines and customized rolling machines. The product portfolio includes the widest range of heavy duty plate roll (both 3 and 4 rolls); the widest range of heavy duty angle roll; high productivity wind energy lines (patented); high productivity 4 roll and robotic lines; customized machines.Note: The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Offshore WIND.
40 Views no discussions LifestyleRelationships Study Says More People Are Snooping Partner’s Emails. by: – August 8, 2011 Share Tweet Pop Quiz! Your boyfriend leaves his Gmail open on your computer. He’s gone and you’re on his account. What do you do?A. Close it out immediately. You don’t want to betray his trust … or see your birthday present shipping information from Amazon.B. Glance at the subject lines but log out before you open up individual emails.C. Dive into it reading his Facebook notifications, emails and seeing who initiates chat with him.If you answered B or C, you feel the same as 35% of women who have checked the email or call history of someone they were dating without them knowing it. This is all according to a survey from Retrevo.One of the big findings: Overall the number of people under 25 checking their boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s emails or call history rose from 38% last year to 47% this year. Women continue to be a bit more suspicious than men. The number of women saying they checked their partner’s email or call history without them knowing rose from 24% to 35%.So, where do you stand? Would you snoop your boyfriend’s email or do you think that’s the biggest no-no?By Julie Miller, Life2PointOh.com Sharing is caring! Share Share
Batesville, IN—Margaret Mary Health, in conjunction with Hoxworth Blood Center, is hosting a blood drive on January 2 from 8 AM to 5 PM in a donor bus outside the hospital.All donors must be at least 17 years old and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds. A photo ID is required on the day of donation, and donors are strongly encouraged to eat a good meal and drink plenty of water or juice before donating.To schedule your appointment, call (800)830-1091 or visit www.hoxworth.org/groups/margaretmary.
“It is a position where I think I can score goals,” Rooney said. “Hopefully I can do that. I am ready to take that mantle on and be the one who gets the goals for us.” Van Gaal endured a difficult start to his reign last season, picking up just 13 points from his first 10 matches. But the Dutchman guided United back into the Champions League and Rooney is hoping the team will kick on this season. The England skipper believes Van Gaal’s much talked about “philosophy” has sunk into the players’ minds and that will help United challenge for the title next season. “At the beginning of last season the manager told us it would take a while to adapt to the changes,” Rooney said on the eve of United’s friendly against Barcelona in Santa Clara. “As a group of players you don’t think it will, but towards the end of the season, from Christmas, I felt we played some great football, understood exactly what the manager wanted from us and particularly in the big games we did really well. “We can take that as positives. “It was the games we expected to win where we disappointed ourselves. We know what is expected of us and what we have to do and are positive and excited for the season.” Van Gaal has spent around £80million on four new signings to help United’s push for the title. As captain, Rooney will do his best to help the quartet settle in at Old Trafford. The striker will give the new arrivals a history lesson in United and hope that has an effect. “It is obviously important to help the new players settle in,” Rooney added. “But the ones we have brought in are experienced and successful. I am sure they will add a lot to the team. “I can try and help them learn about the history of the club and what is expected to be at this club and be successful but it is down to the players themselves to prove themselves and create their own history. “I am sure they will be great signings.” Of the four new arrivals, Rooney has been particularly impressed by Bastian Schweinsteiger, the German World Cup winner who joined from Bayern Munich for £15million. “He is obviously a fantastic player. Everyone has known that over the years,” Rooney said. “Since he has joined up with the squad he has been a fantastic person, talking with all the players and the young players too which is a great help to them, having someone of that experience and who is that successful. “He is a great addition to the team and I feel it will be a very good signing for us.” Press Association Rooney spent a large chunk of last season in midfield, but manager Louis van Gaal has told the 29-year-old he will be playing up front next term. The United captain scored 15 goals for the club last season and he is not fazed by the prospect of having to match or better that tally next year. Wayne Rooney has no problem bearing the responsibility of being Manchester United’s main marksman next season.
NEW DELHI: Chinese handset major Vivo has pulled out of the IPL sponsorship deal for this year.But Vivo has not terminated their sponsorship agreement with the Board of Control for Cricket in India. BCCI is soon expected to announce a standalone sponsor. “Vivo has dropped out of IPL sponsorship this year. Since they had three years left under the contract, they will now do 2021, 2022 and 2023 instead,” a source in BCCI said. He added that BCCI will float fresh tenders for title sponsorship in next three days and will then decide the title sponsor. The source told Moneycontrol that Vivo wanted a cut of Rs 130 crore for this year, citing poor sales and prevailing sentiments against Chinese companies. The company was slated to pay Rs 440 crore this year as part of the agreement. The deal with BCCI for IPL sponsorship is Rs 2,199 crore for five years. Reacting to Vivo’s pullout, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has expressed great satisfaction at the development. “Even though we had expected the BCCI to take a decision and remove Vivo but the BCCI cannot really give up their lust for money and therefore the pressure applied by CAIT for boycott of the event and withholding permission for IPL 2020 has played strongly on the mind of the Chinese company to push them to take such a bold decision,” said CAIT Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal. The Swadeshi Jagran Manch had said the IPL Governing Council disrespected the soldiers martyred by sticking with Vivo as a sponsor. The cash-rich league has tie-ups with various companies which have Chinese investments. Almost all the IPL franchises have sponsorship deals with companies having Chinese investments. A Vivo spokesperson, however, declined to give details about the development. “We are neither denying or confirming the move,” the spokesperson said. Calls for boycotting Chinese products intensified after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the Galwan Valley clash on June 15. This year’s IPL will be played from September 19 to November 10 in UAE. Agencies Also Watch: #NewsMakers: Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, Secy. General Administration, Gov. of Assam, Dispur
MUMBAI, India (CMC) – Bermudan all-rounder Delray Rawlins’ sparkling run of form with the bat ended yesterday as England Under-19s crashed to a huge 230-run defeat at the hands of their Indian counterparts in the fourth one-dayer at the Wankhede Stadium.Rawlins made only nine – following scores of 107 not out, 46 and 96 – as England were bundled out for 152 off 37.2 overs in reply to the hosts’ imposing 382 for nine off their 50 overs.The left-handed Rawlins, England’s best batsman on tour, came unstuck when he mistimed a pull and was caught at mid-off leaving his side 41 for four.Ollie Pope (59) and Will Jacks (44) offered some resistance before the innings ended in the 38th over as opening bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti claimed four for 31 and Vivekanand Tiwari, three for 20, to do the bulk of the damage.India were earlier underpinned by belligerent centuries from opener Shubman Gill and number three Prithvi Shaw, who took the game away from the visitors with a second-wicket stand of 231.Rawlins, who bowls left-arm spin, took two for 78 from nine overs including the wicket of Shaw, to notch his third two-wicket haul of the series.With the victory, India took an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match ODI series which ends tomorrow.
GUYANA’s four-man boxing team suffered mixed fortunes on Friday evening in Trinidad and Tobago at West Indian cricket legend Brian Lara’s birth anniversary tournament. The tournament was held at the Queen’s Park Savannah.Two of the Guyanese boxers won, while the other two suffered defeats. Lightweight Jamal Eastman was unfortunate in losing by a point to Trinidadian Anthony Joseph.Meanwhile, Kelvin Moore convincingly beat Trinidadian Nyrul Hosein; 20-year-old Shemar Beaton also triumphed over T&T’s Blessing Waldropt.Guyana’s Christopher Moore was controversially defeated, having suffered a below-the-belt hit from Tyron Thomas.
The coaching staff wasn’t the only thing that changed this offseason for the Wisconsin football team.Several Wisconsin players had already undergone position changes this season, most notably Tanner McEvoy.The redshirt senior earned the starting quarterback job out of training camp last season, but never started again after getting pulled in the middle of the Northwestern game on Oct. 4. After utilizing his mobility and stature in the option game for the rest of the regular season, McEvoy started practicing at safety again, a position he played during the 2013 season.McEvoy finds himself at that spot again, and has already caught the eye of his new head coach, Paul Chryst.“In the short time that I’ve been with him, I think he understands the game,” Chryst said. “Mentally I think we can do some things without putting too much on his plate and he can contribute in a number of different ways.”And although it didn’t work out under center for him, Chryst knows it’s better for McEvoy to use his athleticism on the field than keeping him on the bench, saying that he can contribute in a variety of ways to the team.Chryst added that McEvoy isn’t finished on the offensive side, with the possibility of him seeing playing time at wide receiver. Quarterback Joel Stave worked with McEvoy during the winter, throwing to him and other receivers.“We weren’t sure what he was gonna be playing, but it never hurts you to run around and catch the ball,” Stave said. “I thought he looked really good doing that. He’s a big, athletic guy. He’s fast. I think he’s someone who can help us in a lot of different places.”Other position changes included redshirt sophomore Connor Senger, who moved from quarterback to wide receiver, and former wide receiver Natrell Jamerson, who practiced with the defensive backs and will move to cornerback.InjuriesRedshirt senior wide receiver Travis Frederick and sophomore linebacker D’Cota Dixon both will not participate in spring ball as they recover from postseason surgeries.Sophomore offensive lineman Jaden Gault, who was away from the team for personal issues, is listed on the roster. Chryst said Gault’s focus right now is on school and not football at the moment.Extracurricular ActivitiesThe mild March weather has allowed the Badgers to practice outside at Camp Randall, after the first two practices were scheduled to take place inside at the McClain Center.Austin Hudson, a sophomore safety, has transferred.Running backs coach John Settle said Dare Ogunbowale will remain in his unit as the second-string running back for spring practices.