Business summit panelists stress practicality to slow flu spread

first_img “There are detectable levels at the tail end of infection,” he said, “but it is not very transmissible.” Another CDC policy that was deemed reasonable by the panel was the recommendation to allow people to remain at work when they have sick family members. The important thing, according to CIDRAP Medical Director Kristine Moore, MD, MPH, is to continually balance limiting transmission and being reasonable about letting work continue. The 2-day conference, “Keeping the World Working during the H1N1 Pandemic: Protecting Employee Health, Critical Operations, and Customer Relations,” is sponsored by the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota and wraps up today. In terms of providing a good health check to monitor their employees’ health, Druckman emphasized that no perfect solution exits. Rather, he stressed the importance of establishing a proportional plan or one that is targeted to a very specific situation. “This goes way beyond any support from the evidence,” he said. Sept 23, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – To mask or not to mask, hand washing versus hand sanitizers, how long to stay away from the workplace if sick with novel H1N1 influenza, tips for travel—these were some of the issues addressed in a panel discussion yesterday during a business preparedness summit in Minneapolis. A more controversial prevention tool is wearing masks or respirators. “A religious war goes on between face mask people and respiratory people,” said Merlin, “and it will go on for awhile.” Merlin, deputy director of the CDC’s Influenza Coordination Unit, said that, although the virus can be shed at low levels for 7 to 10 days after onset of symptoms, transmission is much more likely when viral shedding is high, within the first day or so after symptom onset. Despite the controversy in the United States about masks, Druckman pointed out the need to recognize culture differences and cited the prevalence of masks worn by people in Asian countries, as well as in Mexico during the spring wave of the H1N1 outbreak. In providing employers answers to vexing questions about preventing transmission of the H1N1 virus in the workplace, the panel emphasized scientifically grounded yet practical responses. According to Merlin, loose-fitting surgical masks provide a barrier over the nose and mouth and prevent a person from touching the nose and mouth and transferring the virus that way, but they do not reliably filter out small particles. As such, they are not considered needed in the general population. The only recommendation by the CDC is the use of a face-fitted N-95 respirator for healthcare workers who work with patients who have influenza and may transmit the virus, he said. Companies, he said, need to provide tools to their employees for handling a number of issues that may arise. Challenges not only include the actual health risks in other parts of the world, but the possibility that employees who travel may be stranded or quarantined in another country. Another issue is how to handle people who are re-entering the workplace after returning from traveling to a potential outbreak region.center_img Depending on circumstances, he said, answering a health questionnaire may be enough to satisfy safety concerns, whereas in a more severe situation, temperature screening may be necessary. Merlin agreed. “Perception clearly drives a lot of decision making,” he said. Underlying all of this is the need for the company to be perceived as doing something to safeguard its employees. “It is a bit like security in an office building,” he said. It is important that global companies have a consistent message for all of their employees who travel, he emphasized. Merlin summed up simple behaviors that, taken together, can provide a strong chance for prevention. “None of the interventions are perfect. But a reasonable policy of sick people staying at home, reasonable advice on hand and cough hygiene, a vaccination policy, and good education, you end up with a combination quite powerful.” Addressing whether guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that people sick with the H1N1 flu should stay out of the workplace until 24 hours after their fever has passed without medication use still holds true in light of recent reports that people can shed the virus up to 10 days, the CDC’s Toby Merlin, MD, said it does. For people at high risk of developing complications from infection of the virus, such as pregnant women, educating them about the importance of symptom recognition and quick action with a consultation with a physician and antiviral therapy is particularly critical. “The most important thing is educating people and helping people understand what the symptoms are and how it is transmitted, so as soon as they develop symptoms, it is their responsibility to take themselves out of the workplace,” said Moore. “There is a slippery slope problem when it comes to masks,” said Merlin, adding that the recommendation by the CDC for the use of a respirator in a particular circumstance has led some people to think that respirators are needed for other situations as well, say for a bus driver who comes in contact with the public. Nuts and bolts of preventionAmong the simple steps people can take to prevent transmission are washing hands or using hand sanitizers, according to the panel. Moore emphasized that both are good options, but with the caveat that hand washing requires at least 20 seconds of washing and not a simple water splash and that hand sanitizers work best on hands that are not physically dirty. Tips for travelFor Myles Druckman, MD, vice president of medical services for the Americas region with International SOS Assistance, the initial outbreak of novel H1N1 in Mexico in April brought to the forefront travel health and issues involved in managing a global workforce.last_img read more

Promotional video “Ambassadors of Croatian Tourism” named the world’s best promotional video for 2017

first_imgPromotional video of the Croatian National Tourist Board “Ambassadors of Croatian tourism“, Which in a short time achieved multimillion viewership in foreign emitting markets, by the decision of the American expert and representative jury Citizine Networks i National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), won the prestigious award “Travel Video Awards”In category”Best Video by a Tourism Organization”.Also, in addition to the expert jury, the promotional video was recognized by the audience, which in the online voting declared the Croatian promotional tourist video the best tourist promotional video for 2017. Otherwise, “Citizen’s Travel Video Awards“Is an organization founded by independent filmmakers and brands from around the world that rewards innovative and inspiring independent as well as branded videos.The awards ceremony was held in the center of Las Vegas, in the House of Blues, and the recognition was personally taken over by the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić by Philip DeBevoise, founder and President of the Board of “With great joy and pride we received the news about the candidacy of our promotional video in the category for the best video of a tourist organization, and the won award for us represents great joy and satisfaction. This is a confirmation that in the Croatian National Tourist Board, together with partners, we create top promotional content that is internationally recognized and accepted by the profession, but also by many travel enthusiasts around the world., said director Stanicic.The CNTB points out that the awards were given in total 9 categories within which more than 360 of submitted projects, and each category had four finalists. CNTB promotional video won in the category for the best promotional video of a tourist organization for which they even arrived 44 applications, while promotional videos were shortlisted Croatia, Peru, Colombia and Jordan.Promotional video “Ambassadors of Croatian tourism“Filmed in various recognizable locations in Croatia and it was attended by 10 famous and famous people from the world of sports and art, among whom are Luka Modrić, Иван Ракитић, Mario Mandžukić, Mateo Kovačić, Dejan Lovren, Dario Šarić, Marin Čilić, 2Cellos, Максим Мрвица, and Zrinka Cvitešić. With this promotional work, Croatia is additionally positioned on the international market through famous and successful personalities, and in addition to well-known Croatian destinations, the video also promotes other forms of Croatian tourist offer, such as cultural and historical heritage, eno-gastronomy, active vacation, nautical, natural beauty and other segments. Croatian tourism.</p>
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Gloryholder to supply LNG fuel gas systems for chemical tanker duo

first_imgImage courtesy of FKAB Marine DesignEPC provider Gloryholder has signed a contract for the supply of LNG fuel gas systems to two dual-fueled chemical tankers.Gloryholder said that the deal was for the designing and supplying LNG fuel gas supply system for two 22,000 dwt chemical tankers with Wuhu Shipyard.According to the company, the systems will be delivered to Wuhu shipyard in 2020. The shipowner is Swedish Rederi AB Donsötank, the design company is FKAB, and the vessels will be classified by DNV-GL.Gloryholder added that the ice-class 1A, dual-fuelled, 22,000-dwt newbuilds will be designed with low-resistance hull features.The LNG fuel gas system delivered by Gloryholder LGM includes two sets of 300 cbm LNG liquid cargo tanks with integrated tank connection space, LNG bunkering station modules, water-glycol system, commission, crew training, and onsite services.To remind, Gloryholder was recently awarded a contract to design and supply the LNG cargo handling and fuel gas supply system for a new 6,000-cbm LNG bunkering vessel being built by Damen Shipyard for Eesti Gaas.last_img read more

New Registrar for UWI Open Campus

first_img Share Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary New Registrar for UWI Open Campus by: – September 14, 2011 37 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Karen Ford-Warner.The University of the West Indies is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Karen Ford-Warner as Campus Registrar, UWI Open Campus, effective August 15, 2011.Mrs Ford-Warner, who recently served as Open Campus Alumni Relations Consultant, brings to this new post a rich and broad range of expertise and experience both nationally and regionally in the fields of education, law, public sector management and tourism. She holds graduate degrees from Columbia University Teachers’ College (M.A. in International Educational Development), and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (Masters in Public Administration) as well as an LLB Degree from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School. Her undergraduate studies were pursued at Harvard University, from which she graduated with a BA (cum laude) in Sociology.For over 17 years she worked in the Tourism Sector serving in various high-level positions. She served as Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) in Jamaica and for six years was the Deputy Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) based at its headquarters in Barbados. During a four-year tenure as Director General of the Tourism Division in the Office of the Prime Minister (now the Ministry of Tourism) in Jamaica, she was responsible for overall policy formulation and planning for tourism development, and initiated the process leading to the development of Jamaica’s Tourism Master Plan. From 2005 to 2007, she was Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Technology, Jamaica.A certified Mediator, she is also an attorney-at-law and was Chief Legal Counsel for the Jamaica Commodity Trading Company between 1987 and 1993. Prior to that she was acting Publications Officer at the School of Education, UWI, Mona and a teacher of English and History at St Hugh’s High School for Girls, her alma mater.She has been involved in alumni relations for Harvard University as an interviewer and mentor for undergraduate students, and was a member for four years of the Alumni Executive Council of the Kennedy School of Government.Mrs Ford-Warner sits on various boards, including the Earl Warner Trust, a foundation dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Barbadian writer and theatre director, Earl Warner, which encourages progressive Caribbean theatre and provides scholarships for students of the performing arts in the Caribbean.She is the mother of two children, Zahra aged 20 and Djavan aged 17.Press ReleaseUWI Open Campuslast_img read more

Man arrested for ‘acts of lasciviousness’

first_imgThe court recommended a P36,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PN BACOLOD City – Charged with acts of lasciviousness, a man was arrested in Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Himamaylan City police station. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Walter Zorilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 55 in Himamaylan City. Resident Emmanuel Cadelina, 55, was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 9:30 a.m. on June 2, a police report showed.last_img read more

Klopp not interested in United post

first_img “There are about 1000 reasons why I am so happy to be working at this club.” Klopp signed a contract extension with Dortmund until 2018 last October and, despite saying he finds the Red Devils “a really great club”, he is not tempted to leave Westphalia to work in the Barclays Premier League. The charismatic coach had already ruled himself out of taking over at Barcelona next season and said “nobody has to have any concerns” about him breaking his deal with Dortmund. “I’m still really happy here,” he said. Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp has ruled himself out of contention to become the next manager of Manchester United, and insists he has not been approached for the job either. Klopp had emerged as a leading candidate to replace David Moyes, who was sacked earlier this week, but at Thursday’s press conference to preview Dortmund’s Bundesliga clash with Bayer Leverkusen this weekend he was quick to nip speculation in the bud. “I find it a little uncomfortable having to turn somebody down without them even making an enquiry,” said the 46-year-old. “But it seems like I have got to do it anyway. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

PBC Teacher Suspended for Putting Sanitizer in Student’s Mouth

first_imgA Palm Beach County middle school teacher is facing suspension for apparently trying to clean a student’s mouth with a disinfectant.According to the school district, Guyette Duhart stands accused of putting hand sanitizer in the child’s mouth at Polo Park Middle School in Wellington on Oct. 15 of last year.Duhart claims the student kept talking and that she replied, “you need to have your mouth washed with soap.”Several students allegedly witnessed the incident.The science teacher says she “did not squirt any item into the (victim’s) mouth.”However, Duhart’s 10-day suspension without pay is set to go in effect on Thursday, March 12.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website explains that swallowing hand sanitizers can cause alcohol poisoning. U.S. poison control centers received nearly 85,000 calls about hand sanitizer exposures among children between 2011 and 2015, the CDC adds.last_img read more

FIFA proposes up to five substitutions per match on a temporary basis

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodBERN (Reuters) – FIFA has proposed that teams should be allowed to make up to five substitutions per match, instead of the usual three, as a temporary measure to help cope with potential fixture congestion in the aftermath of the novel coronavirus outbreak.Football has been at a standstill since mid-March but many leagues and federations are still hoping to complete the season but to do so they would have to cram fixtures into a shorter period than usual once play re-starts.The proposal for more substitutes would have to be approved by soccer’s rule-making organisation IFAB and the final decision would rest with competition organisers, the sport’s global governing body said in an emailed statement to Reuters.“One concern in this regard is that the higher-than-normal frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a resulting player overload,” FIFA added.“Each team would now be given the possibility to use up to five substitutions during the match, with the possibility of an additional substitution remaining during extra time, where relevant,” it explained.FIFA added that the substitutions would have to be made in a maximum of three slots plus the halftime interval.The measure would apply to this season and next season plus all international matches until Dec. 31 next year.FIFA said that “football should only resume when the health authorities and governments say it is absolutely safe and non-disruptive of health services being delivered to the populations.”last_img read more

FA Cup: Moses Reveals Chelsea Aiming for Double

first_imgMoses who returned to reckoning following his new role at Stamford Bridge, insisted that the league champions are not under any pressure ahead of Saturday’s final.“We don’t feel any pressure. If he (Antonio Conte) says Arsenal are the favourites, then… I don’t know, but we’ve got good players that can win us games,” Moses stressed.The Blues are unfazed by the form of Arsenal’s standout player of the season, Alexis Sanchez.The Chilean international has been the Gunners’ star player this season. He’s netted 29 times and weighed in with 15 assists across all competitions and is likely to start at Wembley as Arsene Wenger’s side aim to salvage a disappointing campaign by clinching the trophy.Moses, remains adamant that he’s not worried about Alexis.“I haven’t got a plan to stop him! He’s had a great season, he’s done well for Arsenal but whether he’s injured or not we’re just going to play our football,” Moses said, as reported by“It’s going to be a very hard game for us on Saturday. Arsenal are a good team with good players that can win them games. But we’re just concentrating on ourselves at the moment, working hard in training and hopefully we’ll go and do the job.Moses could line-up directly against Sanchez in the final should Wenger revert back to a 4-2-3-1 formation with the 28-year-old taking up a familiar position on the left-hand side behind the main centre-forward.Only Kane (29) and Lukaku (24) scored more Premier League goals than Alexis this season.Given that Alexis has is a tricky customer with the ball at his feet – having completed 109 take-ons in the Premier League this season – Moses will have to be switched on defensively and his 50 per cent success rate in tackles as well as making 37 interceptions bodes well for a fascinating duel.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAhead of Saturday’s English FA Cup final clash between Chelsea and Arsenal, Nigeria’s Victor Moses has revealed that the Blues are determined to add this title to the Premiership title they won this season.“We’ve got the league (Premier League) title and they (Arsenal) are going to want to win because they missed out on top four. We’re going to try and stop them because we want the double,” observed Moses who was converted to a wing-back by Chelsea’s Italian manager, Antonio Conte, this season.last_img read more

Gutnik, Badgers hold off Boilermakers at Field House

first_imgThe No. 19 Wisconsin (6-4, 2-2) wrestling team seemed to be in control the entire match. They had Purdue (8-5, 0-3) on the ropes until a last-second escape and take down by Purdue’s Brandon Tucker brought the Boilermakers to within striking distance at 18-13 with two matches remaining.Purdue pulled even closer when sixth-ranked senior Chris Fleeger knocked off the Badgers fifth-ranked Tom Clum at 133 pounds bringing the score to 18-16 going into the final match.But the Boilermakers just did not have enough, as senior Ed Gutnik slammed their hopes of a comeback to the mat with a pin of Jason Cook in a time of 5:31.”Ed needed that,” UW head coach Barry Davis said. “We had a talk at the Iowa and Northwestern weekend on a few things. I guess I got my point across. It was a good win for Eddie and a good win for us. It’s nice to have Eddie back on track.”Gutnik was also happy to get back on track and help the team to victory after a couple of tough losses in recent matches.”[The pin was] good for me, and it’s definitely always good for the team,” said senior Ed Gutnik. “But it is good for me because I’m coming off some pretty tough losses. So it felt real good today. I was really excited for the crowd and everything, too.”The Badgers did not get off to the best of starts at 149 pounds with fifth-ranked junior captain Tyler Turner dropping only his third loss of the season to ninth-ranked Doug Withstandley.But they bounced back quickly with back-to-back pins at 157 and 165 pounds to get an early lead in the match.Seventh-ranked Craig Henning dispatched Jake Murphy of Purdue in the first period in a time of 1:57.He was followed up by 18th-ranked sophomore Jake Donar, who pinned his opponent, Dan Bedoy, in 3:50.”[The pin] was pretty exciting,” Donar said. “I wanted to get the crowd into it a little more because I figured that always helps, and once you get everything going good, then hopefully the outcome is good and it was.”The Badgers continued with their success at 174 pounds as sophomore Mike Felling, filling in for the injured senior captain Kelly Flaherty, defeated Purdue’s Nick Corpe in a hard fought match 10-5.The Boilermakers’ third-ranked Ben Wissel proved to be too much for the Badgers Matt Maciag at 184. Maciag hung in there, but the chiseled Wissel was just too tough coming away with a major decision 12-3.In probably the hardest fought match of the afternoon, Badger freshman Dallas Herbst came up just short against Purdue’s 20th-ranked Nathan Moore. Moore got an early two-point lead with a first period take down of Herbst, but was unable to register any more points. Herbst stuck around and was rewarded with a stalling point against Moore in the third period, but was unable to get a late take down for the win despite a flurry of late moves.Senior heavyweight Lee Kraemer took down Purdue’s Aaron Keough by a 3-0 score. Kraemer captured an early take down and never looked back.After Kraemer’s win came the match that was the equivalent of a roller coaster ride. At 125 pounds junior Colin Cudd was looking to basically seal the match for the Badgers with a win. He and Purdue’s Brandon Tucker went through the first period with neither able to garner any points, but in the second period Cudd was able to take down Tucker to get the first lead. Cudd was also able to recover after Tucker got a reversal by getting a reversal of his own.However, a late lapse by Cudd allowed Tucker to escape and get a take down to capture the lead. The match appeared to be heading to overtime with Cudd getting a point for riding time, but Tucker’s take down was just in time. Cudd fell :01 short of the necessary 1:00 riding time needed to get a point.”Colin lost focus and gave the guy his leg,” Davis said. “He gets over-aggressive at times and gives up position.”Purdue’s Chris Fleeger was able to pull the Boilermakers closer, but it was just not enough as Wisconsin’s Ed Gutnik was able to pin his opponent to seal the Badger victory.Next up for the Badgers is a trip to Minnesota on Friday, where they face off with the top-ranked Golden Gophers before they return for their final home match of the season next Sunday against Ohio State.last_img read more