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H1N1 NEWS SCAN: Who got first shots?, flu on rise in Hong Kong, transmission in blood, excess vaccine in Texas, new way to analyze flu

first_imgMarch 18, 2010Many lower-risk people got first H1N1 shotsAn investigation by the Associated Press using government documents tendered under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that, though the first wave of H1N1 shots were designated for high-risk groups, many were diverted to lower-risk healthy adults in firms, refineries, jails, and other sites. There is no complete record of where or to whom the vaccine was administered, the wire service said.Hong Kong records seasonal, H1N1 flu riseHong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection is detecting rising numbers of flu cases during its traditional flu-season peak, with half the isolates turning out to be H1N1 pandemic flu. The remainder of isolates are influenza B, not other seasonal influenza A strains. The centre said Thursday that it recorded 268 new flu cases last week, compared with 177 the week before, and added that visits to doctors for flu-like illnesses are rising.Japanese researchers: Blood may transmit H1N1In a letter to the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, the blood service of the Japanese Red Cross Society has expressed concern that blood transfusion may transmit pandemic H1N1 flu. Forty out of 96 people who gave blood last fall were diagnosed with H1N1 within 2 days of donation. Testing of retained segments did not reveal H1N1 nucleic acids; the researchers say flu viremia may be too brief to be detectable.http://tinyurl.com/eid-031710-bloodMar 17 EID letterTexas: Thousands of flu shots may be thrown outThe Tarrant County, Texas, heath department, which serves Fort Worth, is rushing to administer its remaining 20,000 H1N1 flu vaccine doses before they expire. KSDK-TV reported that the department was administering 300 shots per day during the winter but that demand has dropped by 80%.http://www.ksdk.com/news/health/story.aspx?storyid=198158&catid=9Mar 17 KSDK-TV reportScientists call for “one health” flu analysisTwo specialists in zoonotic diseases, one of them a founder of the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID), have called for a new approach to flu surveillance and analysis that would pay equal attention to nonhuman species. Ilaria Capua and Giovanni Cattoli say in a letter to Emerging Infectious Diseases that analyzing the flu gene pool as one cross-species entity will improve early detection of new strains such as pandemic H1N1 flu.http://tinyurl.com/eid-031710-onefluMar 17 EID letterlast_img read more

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Trinity On The Hill Episcopal Church Hosts Tea To Go-Go!

first_imgSamples of sweet and savory treats for Tea To Go-Go!TOTH News:Are you feeling a little claustrophobic these days wishing to “get-out” but not sure where to go? Wanting to renew a friendship from a socially acceptable distance? Are you missing tasty treats to accompany an afternoon tea? Would you like to support a wonderful cause? Even in these strange times, a dedicated group of volunteers would like to help you address these longings! Additionally, you will be helping Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church (TOTH) with a very important mission – building a home for a family in Juarez Mexico.These are difficult times for everyone but especially devastating for families struggling to obtain daily resources. Working side by side with the family themselves is truly a gift to all involved.We will be working on the “House of Hope” project led by a group called Mission’s Ministries who provides many services from medical care, to after school programs and most amazingly to assisting with home building for financially challenged families in Juarez.This will be TOTH’s 20th house building project! We hope to be able to get our hands dirty and personally assist with construction, but if this is not possible this year due to COVID-19, rest assured the money raised will be sent to build a home regardless of our physical presence. All proceeds from the tea will go directly to this fundraising effort. The tea will include a wide variety of high-quality sweet and savory treats that use only the best tried and tested recipes with locally sourced ingredients. All food items will be handmade from scratch by team members and friends, offering a feast for the eyes, as well as the palate. Delicious samplings, assembled into a to-go box, along with tea bags ready to brew, are all created with care and delivered to you through a no-contact drive through pick-up (or even delivered to your home upon request).  Once you have the makings for the tea, the decisions about who to share it with, and where that adventure takes place, are completely up to you. We provide the food – you provide the venue! Although the typical “sit-down” High Tea setting is especially loved by grandmothers, mothers and daughters, this year we have the possibility that the “take-way” option could be big for gentlemen, too, even younger guys looking for a unique date idea!   This COVID-19 era adaptation of the annual Trinity on the Hill High Tea, generally hosted in Kelly Hall, is taking it to the streets/parks/living rooms of Los Alamos and White Rock this year. Los Alamos Landscaping and Petree Gardens have graciously allowed us to turn their parking lot into a “drive-thru” pick-up station 1:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 and arrangements for secure ordering and payment have been set up online. So, although the logistics may vary in 2020, the delectable experience will not, nor will the effort to provide housing for a family in need. We hope this endeavor will help bring people together in small ways as they enjoy the goodies and company of friends and family – all from an acceptable 6′ social distance! For more information on the event, to make a donation or to order your very own boxes, please visit: http://latoth.org. Scene from a previous TOTH home building mission to Juarez Mexico. Courtesy/TOTH Scene from a previous TOTH home building mission to Juarez Mexico. Courtesy/TOTHcenter_img Scene from a previous TOTH home building mission to Juarez Mexico. Courtesy/TOTHlast_img read more

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Self-storage minnows predict growth spurt

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Volga-Dnepr delivers for GECAS

first_imgIn addition to the engines, Volga-Dnepr transported two propulsion units and fan cases from Dallas, Texas, to London on board one of its AN-124-100 aircraft. In total, the shipment weighed 64 tons (58.1 tonnes). The GE-90 engines measured 7.5 m x 3.8 m x 3.8 m.The cargoes were loaded using the AN-124-100’s internal cranes through the rear door of the aircraft.www.volga-dnepr.comwww.gecapital.comlast_img

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Offline conveyancers could face stamp duty penalties

first_imgSolicitors could face penalties for not filing stamp duty returns online, under proposed government reforms to the conveyancing process.At present solicitors and licensed conveyancers can file stamp duty land tax returns online or on paper. Stamp duty can be paid electronically or by cheque.However, HM Revenue and Customs is proposing to introduce mandatory online filing and electronic payments as part of plans announced in last year’s autumn statement to reduce the filing and payment window from the current 30 days to 14 days.HMRC receives more than 31,000 paper returns every year. Its consultation document on the plans states that four in 10 of the paper returns contain errors, such as unanswered mandatory questions or answers that do not correspond with information provided elsewhere in the form.Nearly a third of stamp duty payments are made by cheque, equating to around 250,000 cheques annually. ‘Problems can arise when the cheque is not received within 30 days of the effective date of the transaction, is sent without a correct UTRN [unique transaction reference number] or is sent to the wrong address,’ the document states.As a result, HMRC issues around 40,000 payment demands to purchasers every year.Proposing mandatory regimes, HMRC says exemptions would be available where online filing and payment would not be reasonably practicable, ‘for example, because of remoteness of location, or on grounds of religious beliefs’.HMRC says it could reject paper returns submitted by conveyancers who are required to file online, but acknowledges that this could lead to delays in a valid return being submitted.‘An alternative to drive compliance with mandatory online filing would be for HMRC to impose penalties,’ HMRC suggests.Mandatory electronic payment would also have to be supported by penalties in cases of non-compliance, the consultation document adds.Last year the government announced that it would reduce the stamp duty filing and payment window from 30 days to 14 days. This is likely to come in to force between January and March 2018.The change is forecast to yield a one-off £105m boost for the exchequer in 2017-18 as a result of some SDLT receipts being brought forward. This would be followed by £10m a year annually until 2020-21.HMRC says mandatory regimes for electronic filing and payment may not be possible during the 2017-18 financial year, as the proposals would require digital system changes and legislation.Assessing the impact of the proposed changes, HMRC says the proposals would reduce costs and administrative burdens on businesses. However, it acknowledges that in the shorter term ‘requiring businesses to file online and make electronic payments may increase their costs and admin burdens’.A Law Society spokesperson said: ‘The [consultation] is an important opportunity for solicitors to contribute to government efforts to improve the SDLT payment process.’The consultation raises a number of worthwhile questions, and we welcome any moves to simplify and streamline the SDLT process. We encourage solicitors to contribute their considerable experience in conveyancing to this discussion.’ The consultation closes on 7 October.last_img read more

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Quick stop after derailment

first_imgTHE TIME lag from the moment a derailment occurs to the moment the train stops can be crucial in minimising the damage which results, making it important to apply the emergency brake as soon as the wheels leaves the rail.The Sicode inertial derailment detector provides a quick brake application in the event of a derailment, acting automatically without the driver needing to intervene. The manufacturer says it can be fitted to new or existing vehicles at low cost and with no risk of false activation, and is more efficient than past systems based on bogie-body distances which have discouraged widespread application through unrelaibility. Sicode is linked to the brake pipe and cylinder pipe, and if a sudden vertical acceleration occurs, a pilot valve opens to exhaust the brake pipe to the atmosphere. A red trigger indicator is moved outwards for easy identification, and remains visible until reset. The Sicode-EP model is specifically designed for use on metro vehicles, opening micro-switches to trigger brake applications.Ametsis, Spainlast_img read more

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Prima II arrives in Casablanca

first_imgMOROCCO: The first of 20 Prima II electric locomotives ordered by national railway ONCFM has arrived in Casablanca after being shipped via Antwerpen. It will now undergo endurance tests before entering service next year. The rest of the locomotives will follow by March 2010. ONCFM placed a €75m ‘off the drawing board’ order for the first of Alstom’s highly-modular Prima II locomotives in November 2007. The Moroccan machines are rated at 5·5 MW on 3 kV DC, and are intended to haul 15-car passenger trains at 160 km/h and freight at 120 km/h. Alstom said it has supplied 27 electric locomotives to ONCFM since 1992. It was also involved in a project to double track the Fèz – Meknès line which was completed in June 2007, and has modernised signalling on 900 km of the network. Alstom is also involved in the development of 200 km high speed line between Tanger and Kénitra.last_img read more

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SBB launches Gotthard Panorama Express

first_imgSWITZERLAND: Swiss Federal Railways staged a preview trip for its seasonal Gotthard Panorama Express on April 8.Combining a 2 h 45 min cruise on a steamship on the Vierwaldstättersee with a rail journey over the famous Gotthard pass, the service is intended to stimulate tourist travel over the historic railway route. SBB’s Passenger Director Jeannine Pilloud told Railway Gazette that the new initiative was intended ‘not just for the people of Switzerland, but for all our guests from all over the world’.Most of SBB’s long-distance passenger services between Luzern and Bellinzona have been routed through the Gotthard Base Tunnel since it opened last December. An hourly Interregio train still runs over the original line, but passengers from further afield must change at Erstfeld.The Gotthard Panorama Express will operate on Mondays to Fridays between July 3 and October 20 and also at weekends from April 14 to October 22.After travelling by boat from Luzern to Flüelen, passengers will board a southbound train formed of first class panoramic coaches, conventional second class cars with air-conditioning and a non air-conditioned coach with opening windows for the benefit of photographers.Passengers will have access to a multilingual guide in the first class cars, and an app with information on the history of the route and details of photographic opportunities is available. A SFr24 supplement is charged for any part of the route that includes passage through the Gotthard tunnel; a SFr12 fee applies to other sections.The service is a reincarnation of the Wilhelm Tell Express, but with additions that include an audio visual experience with pictures depicting construction of the original Gotthard tunnel projected on to the walls as the train passes through – during this part of the journey the train slows to just 5 km/h and the lights are dimmed.last_img read more

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Steep Canyon Rangers unveil Be Still Moses video with Boyz II Men and the Asheville Symphony

first_imgSteep Canyon Rangers have unveiled the music video for their new version of Be Still Moses featuring Boyz II Men and the Asheville Symphony.The video captures a performance in Nashville conducted by Michael Bearden (Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige), and filmed at Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Watch the video below:Be Still Moses effortlessly contrasts the sonorous, bluegrass-flavoured baritone of Steep Canyon Rangers’ Woody Platt with the timeless vocal arrangements that defined Boyz II Men’s stratospheric rise in the ’90s.The studio version was produced by Michael Selverne (who had the original idea for the project), Boyz II Men and Joe Mulvihill, and features Steep Canyon Rangers’ hometown Asheville Symphony, 12 of whose members also played on the live version from Nashville.It was released in August of this year, and coincided with the Rangers’ return to North Carolina-based Yep Roc Records.Steep Canyon Rangers are about to embark on an international tour with their frequent collaborator, banjoist and comedian Steve Martin on his upcoming dates with Martin Short.Steep Canyon Rangers on tour:Fri., Oct. 18 | Sands Bethlehem Event Center | Bethlehem, PA*Sat., Oct. 19 | Borgata Hotel & Casino | Atlantic City, NJ*Wed., Oct. 23 | Kutztown University of Pennsylvania | Kutztown, PAThurs., Oct. 24 | The Midland Theatre | Newark, OHSat., Oct. 26 | Clowes Memorial Hall | Indianapolis, INFri., Nov. 1 | The Weinberg Center for the Arts | Frederick, MDSat., Nov. 2 | Academy Theatre | Lynchburg, VAFri., Nov. 8 – Sat., Nov. 9 | Riverside Theatre | Perth, Australia*Mon., Nov. 11 | Adelaide Entertainment Centre | Hindmarsh, Australia*Wed., Nov. 13 | Brisbane Entertainment Centre | Boondall, Australia*Fri., Nov. 15 | Melbourne Arena | Melbourne, Australia*Sun., Nov. 17 | International Convention Centre Sydney | Darling Harbour, Australia*Tues., Nov. 19 | Spark Arena | Auckland, New Zealand*Thurs., Jan. 9 | Grand Theater | Wausau, WIFri., Jan. 10 | University of Dubuque Heritage Center | Dubuque, IAFri., Jan. 24 | Pepperdine University | Malibu, CAFri., Feb. 28 | Ponte Vedra Concert Hall | Ponte Vedra Beach, FLSun., Mar. 1 | Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre | Clearwater, FLMon., Mar. 9 | Arizona Musicfest | Scottsdale, AZThurs., Apr. 2 | Mount Baker Theatre | Bellingham, WA*denotes show with Steve Martin and Martin Shortlast_img read more

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RECIPE: Jamaican Rice and Peas

first_imgRice and peas, not peas and rice, is uniquely Jamaican as rum and coconut water. The delectable dish is a staple in almost every Jamaican home on Sundays.This Sunday here is a recipe from Enid Donaldson’s popular book of Jamaican recipes, – “The Real Taste of Jamaica” to have a delicious dish of rice and peas with your Sunday dinner.Rice and peas usually consists of white rice and red kidney beans. Although there is another rice and peas dish made from green or dried gungo peas, when Jamaicans make reference to rice and peas they are normally referring to red kidney beans.The proportions vary from household to household, but a ¼ pint of dried or a ½ pint of freshly picked red peas to I pound of rice is adequate. Dried peas are are put on in cold water.Ingredients¼ pint of dried red peas1lb of white/brown rice2 stalks of scallionThyme2 teaspoon salt1 tablespoon sugar1 dry coconut (or 1 tin of coconut milk)MethodWash peas well before soaking for two hours. Boil in the same water until cooked enough. (Test that peas is soft). Make sure there isn’t too much water in the pot, as coconut milk is to be added.When peas are well cooked, add coconut milk either from grated coconut or tin. Bring liquid mix of water and coconut milk to about twice or 21/2 times the quantity of rice to be used. See that pea grains are not broken.When peas are fully cooked, add seasoning. Wash rice and add it to boiled peas and liquid mix. Turn up heat on the stove until the mix boils. When liquid boils again, reduce heat and cook on slow fire/heat. Rice should be tender, and all the liquid absorbed. (Near the end of cooking time, if the grains are not quite cooked (soft), it is advisable not to add more water. A piece of Saran wrap can be placed on top of the rice and cover pot. This usually finish the cooking satisfactorily).When cooked, stir with a fork before serving.This quantity of ingredients serves 6 diners.Editors note: Though not included in Ms. Donaldson’s recipe, there is the option of adding a whole Scotch-bonnet pepper with the seasoning to give the dish a more spicy flavor.For more recipes, click the link: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/category/cuisine/last_img read more

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