Suffolk County officials continue to trace the activities of a visitor from Europe who was infected with measles and urge anyone who may have been in contact with that individual to contact them immediately for testing.Meanwhile, the federal Centers For Disease Control warned over the weekend that many people who received vaccinations and think they are immune are not — a booster shot may be required.The infected person came to the United States from Europe on April 2 to attend a workshop sponsored by Ohio State University. Though the person stayed at a dorm in Ohio while taking part in the internship, none of the 13 others who slept at the facility have tested positive. The carrier then came to Hampton Bays and visited the Bridgehampton Bank at 48 East Montauk Highway on Saturday, April 20, at about 12:15 PM. Health officials say other customers may have been exposed to the disease at that time.The carrier then went to King Kullen, located at 52 East Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays at 2:30 PM and CVS, located at 111 South Main Street in Southampton, between 4:45 and 7 PM.That evening, the individual began noticing symptoms and checked into Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where tests confirmed a strain of the measles virus, but not the same strain as has been identified elsewhere in the state.The person in question is still in the area but no longer carries the risk of infecting others; he or she did from April 14 through April 22, however. During that time, anyone who came within 20 yards of the carrier, or who was in the same location up to two hours later, was at risk. “It is so highly contagious. This is a real wake up call for everyone to get vaccinated,” said Grace Kelly-McGovern, public relations director for the Suffolk County Department of Health. Anyone who visited the above locations have likely been exposed, she added.Though there is only one case reported thus far in Suffolk, there have been hundreds in New York City, though the number has stabilized. Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a state of emergency and made vaccinations mandatory.In Rockland County, a sect of Hasidic Jews who do not believe in vaccinations have stymied attempts to force them to do so or keep those with measles isolated.The national outbreak began in October, with the visit of seven travelers from Israel, and has been centered in mainly Hasidic and Orthodox Jewish areas of the country. The CDC reported that from January 1 to April 19 there were 626 confirmed cases of measles in 22 states.On April 29, the CDC said the number of cases nationally had risen to 700.The CDC warned that those who are vaccinated might have a false sense of complacency. Adults in the United States who were vaccinated against measles decades ago may need a new dose, depending on when they received the shot and their exposure risk. Up to 10 percent confirmed measles cases in the current outbreak occurred in people who received one or two doses of the vaccine, according to the CDC.The measles virus is highly contagious and can cause blindness, deafness, brain damage, or death. It is currently spreading in many parts of the world.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said April 26 those who fear they are infected should call their health provider or the county before going to a public clinic to prevent infecting others. The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated, Bellone added.Rockland County Executive Ed Day and those opposed to the vaccinations have been waging a court battle. Day wants vaccinations mandatory and those not vaccinated to be kept off the public streets.Day’s original emergency order issued March 26, which was subsequently halted by the courts, will remain in effect until May 25.“Over the last 30 days since my original declaration, we have lost the one thing we couldn’t afford to lose, valuable time,” Day said. “With nearly 50 new confirmed cases in less than a month what we predicted has come true; this outbreak continues to rage despite the best efforts of our Department of Health.”email@example.com Share
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Traditionally, the transportation of LNG has been done in LNG carriers that move the product in the most economical way from the producers to their final destination. LNG is then re-distributed via pipelines to the final users. But the same that other energy sources have been changing the way they are transported over the years, there are changes in the LNG distribution and transportation that make it feasible and even economical to move it in smaller parcels with the use of Small LNG carriers, able to get closer to the final customer.But there is also an expanding fleet of small LNG carriers in the market today designed with sizes between 1,000 to 30,000 cbms and able to transport LNG, and other petrochemicals. The size of what is considered a small LNG carrier comes given by the technology used: the smaller ships normally use IMO type C tanks, which are best suitable and economical for ships of those sizes. This makes more logical the use of Ship Owners with previous experience in the ethylene transportation segment, since they are more familiar with the technology and the requirements of smaller ships.To address these developments and changes in the market, Small-LNG.com has worked on identifying and analyzing the players in this market, looking at the Ship Owners building ships for the transportation of LNG in small scale.“Small-LNG.com maintains a list of Small LNG carriers, covering all the ships available in the world or in firm order. We are looking carefully at the players and the changes in this subsegment of the market, because we see a huge growth potential in the near future for the transportation of LNG in small scale,” said Eduardo Perez, principal consultant at Small-LNG.com.[mappress]Press Release, May 28, 2014; Image: Anthony Veder
Local communities are set to benefit from offshore wind development in Massachusetts’ waters, writes South Coast Today news site.This is the first time the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) will include community benefit agreements (CBA) in an offshore wind energy lease auction.The 5 percent credit will be given to developers who have a legal contract with the community stating that they will support offshore wind development in return for community benefits.According to BOEM Project Manager Maureen Bornholdt, CBA came as a result of the request made by Massachusetts municipalities.“Obviously all states are interested in developing infrastructure for offshore wind, but Massachusetts is the only one who asked that community benefit be counted,” she added.Last month BOEMannounced that more than 742,000 acres offshore Massachusetts will be available for commercial wind energy leasing.Developers interested in developing this 5 GW must apply until 18th August 2014.Offshore WIND staff, July 24, 2014; Image: boem
In addition to the wind turbine generators, SEA INSTALLER also installed 30 foundations prior to the final turbine installation.The West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm is located in the East Irish Sea approximately 14 km from the nearest coast on Walney Island, Cumbria.The wind farm, which is a 50/50 joint venture between DONG Energy and ScottishPowerRenewables, is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2014.A2SEA’s SEA INSTALLER is now heading for Frederikshavn in Denmark, where it will mobilise for the Borkrum Riffgrund 1 project which includes 77 Siemens 4 MW wind turbines. www.a2sea.com
CONTRACTS were due to be signed by the end of October formally establishing Karelian Trains, a joint venture of RZD and VR which will operate international passenger services between Helsinki and St Petersburg.The company will have a charter capital of €1m, according to RZD Vice-President Mikhail Akulov, and each parent company will hold 50% of the shares.Registered in Helsinki, Karelian Trains will manage the operations and lease rolling stock belonging to VR and RZD. Services are now expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2009, using tilting dual-system electric trains capable of 220 km/h which will cut the current journey time between the cities by around 2 h to 3½ h. Each seven-car trainset will be able to carry 300 passengers, with one business class coach, five second class coaches and a restaurant car with a smoking compartment.
AUSTRALIA: Following positive feedback from train crew using a trial installation, QR National is installing 80 km of trackside walkway panels supplied by Envirowalk Grating to provide a safer working environment at 98 stabling and crew changeover locations.The walkways are assembled from 3·6 m long and 1·2 m wide fibreglass reinforced plastic grating panels. The weather-resistant yellow panels are designed to absorb UV daylight, and glow in the dark to delineate the walkway at night. ‘It provides a safer, more stable surface for crews to move between trains and access wagons when manually applying handbrakes’, explained Scott Riedel, General Manager, Network Assets, at QR National. ‘The main aim of the design is to prevent injuries from slips, trips and falls. It also maintains a free-draining track structure which is essential for the long-term track asset life performance, while minimising operational costs.’ Modular culvert headwall extensions, staircases and handrails are under development.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice Scotland officers based at Stranraer want the help of the public to trace the owner of Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog that attacked a Greyhound in Stranraer.Around 9:20 PM on Thursday 8th March 2018, the owner of the greyhound was walking her dog near to Foundry Lane in Stranraer when it was attacked by a light brown and white Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog.Constable Hayley Buchanan based at Stranraer said “Unfortunately as a result of this incident and the injuries caused to the greyhound, the dog had to be put down by a vet. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen this incident or may know who owns the Staffordshire Bull Terrier type dog. The person seen with the dog is described as late 20’s, slim build, wearing a grey hat and cream top.Callers can get in touch via the usual 101 number quoting incident number PDG0048680318.”
Every day is Food Day to America’s farmers and ranchers, says Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan. The high-profile agriculture advocate is joining the Animal Agriculture Alliance to announce the launch of www.realfarmersrealfood.com with a call to action for Americans to celebrate the hard work of our nation’s farmers and ranchers. “Not everybody farms, but everybody has to eat,” Scanlan says in the one-minute video, available at www.youtube.com/animalagalliance. “Most Americans don’t realize how essential and crucial agriculture is to our lives and to our economy.”advertisementadvertisementScanlan explains that most Americans do not understand the connection between the thousands of family farms across the country and their own dinner. Real Farmers Real Food is a positive reminder for each of us to take time to appreciate the many people who make our safe, abundant, and affordable food supply a reality.“It’s refreshing to see the positive story of American agriculture told on a national stage,” says Alliance Executive Vice President Kay Johnson Smith, “Teresa has stayed true to her agricultural roots during her time as Miss America by speaking out for farmers and ranchers who often receive too little credit for the hard work that they do – feeding us every day.”The launch of the website came on the eve of the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s first Food Day, a campaign that downplays the importance of modern agriculture and unfairly criticizes the way of life of many food producers. In contrast, Real Farmers Real Food showcases the importance of American farmers and ranchers, large and small, to our nation’s security and vitality.Visitors to the website can:• Sign a pledge in support of agriculture’s diversity and consumer choice.• Read and share an op-ed showcasing American agriculture by the Alliance’s current chairperson, Chris Ashworth, a veterinarian and rancher.• Learn about common myths and facts about farming.• View a collection of farm tours on video. PD—From Animal Agriculture Alliance news releaseadvertisement
A Virginia cooperative is showing their love for dairy farmers during June Dairy Month by continuing their Cheese Ministry. The Rockingham Cooperative, in partnership with Harrisonburg Baptist Church, Verona Food Pantry and other local community organizations, started the Cheese Ministry earlier this year to support local dairy farmers during a difficult time in the industry as well as supply local food pantries with nutritious cheese products that will provide individuals and families in need with a healthy dairy source.advertisementadvertisement“In the first 90 days since inception, the Cheese Ministry has purchased and distributed, through our partners, cheese representing 233,000 dollars worth of retail value that went to local food pantries for those in need,” said Keith Turner, Cheese Ministry innovator.The first order of cheese, delivered in February, included 10 tons of premium mozzarella and provolone cheese. Rockingham Cooperative utilizes its purchasing power to buy trailer-load volumes of milk to maximize every donor dollar. Cheese has been donated to over 40 community organizations in Virginia and West Virginia thus far.Rockingham Cooperative is currently accepting donations from individuals, businesses, community organizations and any other interested parties to place their next order and shipment of cheese that is locally sourced to the Shenandoah Valley. Learn more about the Cheese Ministry in this video.—From news releaseadvertisement