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October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBy RICHARD SKOLNIKLos AlamosThere is a price for everything and, one way or another, the price must always be paid. The economic impact of coronavirus will be exceptional, even if it were to kill only a relatively small number of people. We could save ourselves an enormous amount of economic hardship and ill health if we had invested wisely on a continuous basis in preparedness against emerging diseases. This is a lesson we have foolishly failed to learn from one emerging disease after another, such as SARS and Ebola.Many Americans don’t understand what we should expect our federal government to do to help protect us from COVID-19. So, let’s put our readiness to address coronavirus in military terms to which most Americans easily relate. This is apt, since there is universal agreement that defense and public health are responsibilities of government.Imagine that an enemy has told us for years that they are going to invade the US. They then do so. Let’s also imagine that we lacked the political will needed to prepare financially, technically, or socially for the invasion. Thus, at the time of the invasion our military would not have the airplanes, ships, weapons, uniforms, or transport needed to effectively combat the invasion.This is largely where we are on coronavirus. The recent congressional allocation of emergency funding for coronavirus is years too late and equivalent to emergency funding after an invasion for which we consistently failed to prepare adequately. Thus far, the President has NOT made use of the Defense Production Act.There is no excuse for US failure to be ready to address COVID-19. Rather, there is a well-known and constant threat that new diseases will emerge and that old diseases will reemerge in different or more widespread ways. Laurie Garrett wrote The Coming Plague 26 years ago. The best-selling global health textbook says: “Public health specialists also believe that the world must be vigilant about the possibility that a major pandemic could arise from a newly emerging or re-emerging infectious disease.” … “there may be only a limited window for action after an outbreak begins, if a pandemic is to be averted”.There is also an extensive literature on the economic consequences of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. They are enormous and have more to do with the perceived risks of a disease than with how many people it kills. SARS only killed 774 people. However, it had economic costs of over $30 billion. Only 177 people died of mad cow disease in the 1990s outbreak. Yet, more than 4 million cows were killed to stem the disease, which also had over $30 billion in economic costs.The US response to coronavirus to date has been completely inadequate. This is sadly indicated, among other things, by the fact that CDC recently said that healthcare providers could use bandanas if they run of masks. This is what one might expect in failed, low-income states and should be seen as a national disgrace. Compare this response, for example, with the responses of South Korea and Singapore.We can choose to pay a reasonable price to deal with emerging and reemerging diseases by developing a strong and permanent capacity to detect, prevent, and mitigate against these diseases. Or, we can choose, as others have said, to go back and forth from complacency to panic and back again, while people die, some needlessly, and industries, such as travel and tourism, fall to pieces.Editor’s note: Richard Skolnik is the former regional director for health for South Asia at the World Bank. He was the director of an AIDS treatment program for Harvard and taught Global Health at the George Washington University and Yale. He is the author of Global Health 101 and the instructor for Yale/Coursera’s Essentials of Global Health.last_img read more

October 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIneffective team work between the crew members on the bridge and the pilot were identified as the immediate cause of an allision between the bulk carrier Capri and the tanker Brightoil Legend, which occurred in the port of Singapore in July 2015, according to a report from Transport Malta.At the time of the incident, Brightoil Legend was anchored, while Capri was under pilotage and underway.The allision occurred shortly after Capri had dropped her anchor and the vessel took an uncontrollable starboard sheer towards Brightoil Legend. Immediate action to hold the vessel by running engines astern only worsened the starboard swing, Transport Malta said. A second anchor was dropped before Capri struck Brightoil Legend.Both vessels suffered structural damage but there were no injuries and no pollution.As a result of the allision, Brightoil Legend sustained damages above the waterline, a hole in its side shell plating between frame 56 and 57 and shell longitudinal 40 to 42. The internal members were also found to be buckled.Damages were visible on the port side railing, fish plate, accommodation ladder and its control station/panel.Capri had a fracture on its side shell plating at the bow, and adjacent stiffeners sustained structural damages, whilst the port and starboard anchors were fouled.The Marine Safety Investigation Unit (MSIU) determined that there was ineffective team work between the crew members on the bridge and the pilot and two recommendations have been made to the managing company aimed at improving bridge-pilot interaction and exchange of information.last_img read more

September 29, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRunner-up was Wendy Laursen, from Marine Propulsion.Michelle Wiese Bockmann of Lloyd’s List was named as 2010 Seahorse Journalist of the Year and runner-up was Alex Lennane, a freelance who writes primarily on airfreight.The awards were presented at the club’s annual Christmas Party which was attended by more than 50 journalists from a wide range of publications specialising in freight as well as national newspaper journalists and many senior figures in the freight and logistics industry.The club represents communications and marketing professionals who specialise in maritime, freight and logistics. This award was sponsored by UK P&I Club and presented by Nick Whitear, communications director.Virgin Atlantic Cargo sponsored an inaugural airfreight award in honour of Tony Carding, a well-known and respected airfreight journalist who passed away in November. The Personality of the Year Award was given to UPS for its ‘Love Logistics’ advertising campaign.News Journalist of the Year was won by David Osler of Lloyd’s List, with Fairplay’s Greg Miller as runner up in a catagory sponsored by DP World and presented by Simon Hall, corporate communications manager.The Feature Journalist of the Year which was sponsored by APM Terminals and presented by Tom Boyd, director, external communications was scooped by Michelle Wiese Bockmann of Lloyd’s List with Seatrade’s Bob Jaques taking the runner up spot.Gavin Van Marle, from Lloyd’s Llist won Supply Chain Journalist of the Year with Katie Silvester of Rail Professional taking the runner up positiion in a category sponsored by Geodis Wilson and presented by Michael Zuchold, communications manager.Finally the John Richman Lifetime Achievement Award was won by a long-standing friend of the club and, until recently, senior communications manager with WWL, Robert Minton-Taylor.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFRANCE: Passenger services are due to resume between Toulouse and Saint-Sulpice on September 3, following the completion of four-month track renewals programme at a cost of €34m. This was marked by a ceremony to weld in place the last rail on August 29, attended by Transport Minister Frédéric Cuvillier, President of the Midi-Pyrénées region Martin Malvy, RFF President Hubert du Mesnil and Pierre Izard, Director General of SNCF Infra. Toulouse – Saint-Sulpice is one of 11 routes where extensive track renewals have been undertaken under the 2007-13 Midi-Pyrénées Rail Plan, the largest renewals programme ever undertaken for regional routes according to RFF. To accommodate a doubling of traffic on TER services, over 500 km of track has been renewed at a cost of €415m. This has required over 4 500 staff, with work managed for RFF by a dedicated SNCF unit based in the region. The programme has also seen the deployment of factory trains during line closures, Toulouse – Saint-Sulpice requiring up to 180 bus services a day to carry over 600 000 passengers as track renewals were carried out. Total Rail Plan spending is €820m, of which €400m has been provided by the Midi-Pyrénées region itself, €193m by the French government, €179m by RFF and €48m by the European Regional Development Fund. Work continues on other aspects of the programme, including doubling the Toulouse – Saint-Sulpice route where completion is scheduled for 2013. The Midi-Pyrénées Rail Plan was described in detail in the April 2011 issue of Railway Gazette International.last_img read more

September 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNewsRegional St Lucia to table legislation to make CCJ final court by: Caribbean Media Corporation – July 7, 2015 47 Views   no discussions BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – The St Lucia Government says it will soon table legislation that will allow for the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court, replacing the London-based Privy Council.Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said that St Lucia has a provision in its Constitution that is identical to a provision of the Constitution of Dominica, which used that measure to join the CCJ that was inaugurated in 2005.‘St Lucia has an identical provision but it makes reference to a section in the constitution which we believed was wrong. In other words there is an error in the section.”Anthony said that St Lucia has a law that allows the Attorney General to refer questions to the Court of Appeal for an advisory opinion in constitutional matters.“I think we are the only country in the Caribbean with that law and it is a very useful devise. So we approached the Court of Appeal and asked them for a determination as to whether there was, they agreed with the Government there was an error.“By a 2-1 majority, the Court of Appeal agreed there was an error and …I have read the dissenting judgement and I can’t agree with it not because we are championing the cause but purely on the reasoning contained in that dissenting judgement,” said Anthony, a former law lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI).He said armed with the opinion from the court he has formally written to the British Government “advising…that the Government of St Lucia wishes to delink from the Privy Council in pursuant of the requirements of that section.“Now what will happen next, I anticipate that when we go to Parliament with the legislation to seek to delink St Lucia from the Privy Council, the opposition or other elements who feel wedded to the Privy Council for all kinds of reasons for which I will not explore…will likely want to take the matter to the court again”.Prime Minister Anthony said while he has no objection or problem with the move by the opposition, his administration would go ahead and table the legislation.“Our Constitution requires a 90-day period between laying and the debate and once the constitutional process is completed meaning that the legislation has gained the approval of Parliament for which we must have a two-third majority, then I would expect that the persons who are opposed to the delinking will want to approach the court.“We don’t have no problem with that, it will be interesting to get the Privy Council to pronounce on the findings of the Court of Appeal whose decision is not binding, it is only persuasive because it is nothing more than an advisory opinion.“So that’s where we are and I am assume the next few months will be interesting in that regard,” Anthony said.In March this year, Dominica became the first member of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) to join the CCJ in both its Original and Appellate jurisdictions.Dominica joined Barbados, Belize and Guyana that have signed on to both the Appellate and Original jurisdictions of the CCJ that also functions as an international tribunal interpreting the Revised Treaty of Chagauaramas that governs the 15-member regional integration movement.Most of the other Caribbean countries are signatories to the Original jurisdiction.Sir Dennis Byron, the second Caribbean national to head the Trinidad-based Caribbean court said he is certain that within a year, not only will Jamaica be added to of the full membership of the court, but also Trinidad and Tobago and the other islands in the sub-regional OECS.“All the countries have agreed to be on board because when they signed the treaty establishing the court they entered into that arrangement and they went further than that, they have all put money to fund the operation of the court so they are fully on board in that respect.”What they have not done is abolish appeals to the Privy Council. That is one thing that has not been done and as far as my crystal ball suggests that within the next year or two the countries will be on board,” he said as the court celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

September 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 414 Views   6 comments Sharecenter_img InternationalLocalNewsPrint Scotland welcomed as new Commonwealth Secretary-General by: – April 4, 2016 Share New Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland04 April 2016 – Today, in London, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC began her first day in office as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations. Nominated for the post by Dominica, she is the first woman to hold the post.To the rhythm of a steel band, the sound of a gospel choir, and the flair of Quadrille dancers, hundreds of guests welcomed the new Secretary-General at Commonwealth headquarters in Marlborough House. They included well-known figures from the world of politics, sports and broadcasting. The event was hosted by Garth Crooks, the former English footballer, and included performances by singer Heather Small of M People, tenor Franz Hepburn and actor Hugh Quarshie.“I am determined that we are going to work together on tackling violence against women and girls, deal with the existential threat of climate change, promote trade and good governance, champion the health, well-being and human rights of our citizens, and ensure young people have the opportunities they need for the future,” said the Secretary-General in her first official address in London.Arriving straight from a visit to the Caribbean, she was escorted into Commonwealth Headquarters by the Caribbean High Commissioners and introduced by Dominica’s acting High Commissioner to the UK, Janet Charles. The new Secretary-General shared her vision for the Commonwealth, stating “Working and acting as one people – one family – we can make a different future”.In her speech, she described herself as “a classic child of the Commonwealth” – born in the Caribbean and brought up in London. She highlighted her journey of “firsts” – from the first black woman to join the Queen’s Counsel in the United Kingdom, the first woman to hold the position of UK Attorney General and the first woman Commonwealth Secretary-General. She said she had been “rather sad” at being first and looked forward to supporting new generations of female leaders.She highlighted tackling domestic violence as one of her top priorities, a problem, she said, that is “literally stealing our futures”. She underscored that allowing women to be abused and disregarded would continue to hamper the health and wellbeing of societies. Born in the small village of St Joseph in Dominica, she said she knew only too well about the threat of climate change. She urged members of the Commonwealth to work together and make good on commitments agreed at the global Paris Climate Conference last December. “We can show the world about building resilience and finding innovative solutions.”Boosting Commonwealth trade and creating better opportunities for young people, who make up 60% of the Commonwealth population, she commented, would also be at the top of her agenda.“I am confident that we can change things for the better. I want the Commonwealth to be a voice for everyone who shares our common values and hopes,” she concluded.– / 17last_img read more

September 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Sharing is caring! 74 Views   no discussions BusinessNewsRegional Venezuela to buy US50m in food from Trinidad and Tobago by: Caribbean 360 – May 26, 2016 Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, left, and Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley exchange a handshake during a joint press conference following bilateral talks in Trinidad on Monday. Photo: Abraham Diaz/Trinidad GuardianPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (Caribbean 360) — Venezuela, which is facing a severe economic and political crisis, has agreed to buy US$50 million in food from neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago. Among the priority items Venezuela had requested were butter, chicken, pork, ketchup, rice and black beans.News of the purchase came on Monday from Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro at a joint press conference with Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley in Port of Spain.In addressing the media, some of whom were from Venezuela, Maduro described his meeting with Rowley and his Cabinet as fruitful and successful, promising to strengthen ties and the relationship with Trinidad and Tobago going forward, the Trinidad Guardian reported.“We need to continue working hard in the future to further our relations in the premise of principles of respect, brotherhood and co-operation,” Maduro told Rowley.Among the issues discussed were trade, security and repatriation of citizens who are currently detained in prisons on both sides.The Trinidad and Tobago government also signed a memorandum of understanding with Maduro to purchase gas from Venezuela, which Maduro said stood to benefit both countries.“We look forward from Trinidad and Tobago to provide significant relief to the people of Venezuela. This relief to come from a supply of manufactured goods from Trinidad and Tobago,” Rowley told Maduro.“We have created a joint venture that would be responsible to conduct all the investments required in order to tap those resources for the benefit of both countries.“We have also decided to increase the trade flow between the two nations. We have already established the contacts and very soon, through a revolving fund with US$50 million, we will be able to strengthen the flow of trade between Trinidad and the Eastern part of Venezuela,” Maduro said.Following Maduro’s address, Trade and Industry Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon spoke about the arrangements that would be put in place for Venezuela to obtain much needed food.She said the US$50 million fund Venezuela had established would be used to purchase manufactured goods from Trinidad and Tobago, which would be sent to the eastern states of Venezuela, which have been faced with a shortage of food for months.Initially, Gopee Scoon said the government had looked at Venezuela exchanging petroleum for goods from Trinidad and Tobago but that plan did not work out.“However, this is a different arrangement. We are speaking now of the Venezuelan government paying for goods from Trinidad and Tobago. So a fund has been set up and the president of Venezuela did in fact speak about it,” Gopee-Scoon said.She said the goods would be available at cost price by the suppliers and promised that payments to suppliers would be easy and swift. Sharelast_img read more

September 24, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img While a pharmacy major at Toledo by day, Brandon Urasek is now making his mark in the journalism scene specializing in fantasy football and all things Cleveland sports. A five time fantasy football league champ and two time runner-up in ten tries, Brandon strives to help people with their lineups each week in both personal and weekly fantasy leagues in addition to covering the other various Cleveland teams. Follow Brandon on twitter @burasek10 I’m not a fan of the RGIII signing and I’ll be honest about it. There’s no reason to bring him in. According to most NFL reporters including Adam Schefter, the signing of RGIII will not have any impact on the Browns taking a QB at number two overall. Instead, Griffin is being looked at as a stopgap for either Carson Wentz or Jared Goff. Where it makes little sense to me is you have the perfect stopgap in Josh McCown. At 36 years old, McCown will not be around much longer and the future of the organization will clearly lie in the hands of the new draft pick. When healthy, he still performed at a high enough level that he could suffice as a starter in the NFL for another year. With a team mindset of rebuilding, this year is going to be a waste when it comes to record. Probably a poor year would best serve the team allowing for another high pick next year. My ideal scenario would have been to bring in one of these young QBs and see what he can do and have McCown to back him up and mentor him. That scenario has now become crowded with RGIII in the picture. McCown has served as a true veteran leader that the young QBs here could really benefit from. After injuring his collarbone midway into the season, he was still seen coaching the other QBs including Johnny Manziel throughout every game and I would assume practice too. When reports were that Cousins was going to start in Washington, RGIII’s response was much different. He was disengaged from the team and not there to support his fellow QBs and instead wandering the sidelines as he was inactive for the majority of the season as a healthy scratch. McCown also brings with him 14 years of NFL experience compared to just four for RGIII. We can do a blind comparison of different QBs.Player A: 27 games 519/843 61.6% 6,144 yards 36 TDs 19 INTsPlayer B: 22 games 421/670 62.8% 4,897 yards 20 TDs 18 INTsAny guesses? Pages: 1 2 3 4 Related TopicsBrownsNFLRGIIIRobert Griffin III Brandon Uraseklast_img read more

September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img RelatedLocal garden club to donate ‘Blue Star’ memorialBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Driftwood Garden Club, in conjunction with National Garden Clubs, Inc., will be donating a Blue Star Memorial to the City of Port Isabel come Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The City Commission unanimously approved the donation during a special meeting held at the…November 2, 2018In “News”Communities to honor Memorial DayBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Several events throughout the region will be held to mark Memorial Day this year. Local Boy Scouts will assist members of Port Isabel VFW Post No. 8791 in placing American flags at the gravesites of veterans at the Port Isabel City Cemetery, said…May 27, 2016In “News”Letter to the Editor for December 6, 2018Special to the PRESS Editor, A memorial service was held last Saturday at the Island’s Chapel. The service was nice, filled with family and friends … but one of our beautiful nautical-themed ornaments went missing from the Christmas tree. Who would do that to our church, and at a memorial…December 7, 2018In “News” Share The Driftwood Club held an Arbor Day memorial service at Lighthouse State Park in Port Isabel on Monday, Oct. 17. Pictured are members of the club and special guests Port Isabel Mayor Joe Vega and City Manager Ed Meza. The memorial service was held to honor D’Ann Zimmerman, Wenzel Franz, Maurice Greenburg, Keith May and Jim Shelton.(Courtesy photo)To see this story in print, pick up a copy of the Oct. 20 edition of the Port Isabel South Padre Press or check out our E-edition by clicking here.last_img read more

September 23, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Jennifer McKenney (Photo by Ron Besser) Share CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Argos clinched two shutout victories over region opponents Florida Tech and Eckerd College in Saturday’s action at the Eckerd College Triton Spring Invitational. UWF pitcher Jillian Lafrance (Calgary, Alberta/Charleston Southern) notched the two wins, as Karri Bisbee (Panama City, Fla./Gulf Coast CC) turned in a 6-for-7 performance at the plate.The Argos took an early lead in the top of the second of the first game as Crystal Thompson (Bonifay, Fla./Gulf Coast CC) singled up the middle, and advanced on a a passed ball followed by a Panther error. Lexi Mikedis (Citra, Fla./Central Florida CC) picked up the RBI with a deep sacrifice fly to left, scoring Thompson from third. UWF opened up again with the top of the batting order in the third to load the bases, as Bisbee dropped in a single followed up with a double to right from left fielder Melissa Chastang (Satsuma, Ala./Satsuma HS). Amber Ingram (Pensacola, Fla./Catholic HS) drew a walk, and Lafrance pulled through with an RBI single to score Bisbee. Lafrance then helped herself by tacking on a run in the fourth off a sacrifice fly from Thompson for a 4-0 cushion. The Panthers mustered up only three hits against Lafrance who fanned five in the affair.An 8-0 win in the sixth inning against Eckerd wrapped up the day for the Argos with Lafrance leading from the circle and the plate. The senior punched out 10 batters, and provided a dual threat in a 3-for-4 outing at the plate with a double and three RBI. Errors plagued the Tritons in the contest, as two in the top of the first inning allowed Bisbee to score after a leadoff single. Jennifer McKenney (St. Petersburg Beach, Fla./Daytona Beach CC) then laced a two-out single up the middle with two outs in the second and came around to score on an RBI single from Chastang.A three-spot scoring Ingram, Lafrance, and Miles in the fifth was the result of three Triton errors. The Argos then rounded out the scoring with one out in the sixth. Bisbee, Chastang, and Ingram collected consecutive singles, and Lafrance smacked a double to the fence to score all three.West Florida finishes out tournament play on Sunday with Flagler at 9am ET and Tampa at 11:30 am ET. Game One Box ScoreGame Two Box ScorePrint Friendly Versioncenter_img UWF Softball Shuts Out Opponents on Saturdaylast_img read more