Global COVID-19 numbers crossed two grim thresholds yesterday, with cases passing 10 million and deaths topping 500,000, with cases still rising in a number of hot spots and countries that have controlled their outbreaks battling pockets of resurgence.The world has been adding about 1 million COVID-19 cases a week, and today the total reached 10,199,798 cases, and 502,947 people have died from their infections, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.Outbreak approaches 6-month markAt a World Health Organization (WHO) media briefing today, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said reaching the 6-month mark and the staggering numbers is a moment for the world to reflect on the progress made and the lessons learned. He said the pandemic has brought out the best and worst in humanity.”All over the world, we have seen heartwarming acts of resilience, inventiveness, solidarity, and kindness,” he said. “But we have also seen concerning signs of stigma, misinformation, and the politicization of the pandemic.”Over the weekend, a pledging event hosted by the European Commission and Global Citizen raised money for the COVID-19 battle, including for the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, designed to speed the equitable distribution of vaccine, drugs, and diagnostics. Tedros said though a vaccine is an important long-term goal, countries need to take five steps now to save lives, the first of which is empowering communities to slow the spread by, for example, observing physical distancing, practicing hand hygiene, and wearing masks when appropriate.”You may be in a low-risk category, but the choices you make could be the difference between life and death for someone else,” Tedros said. The other steps include suppressing transmission by improving surveillance, saving lives through early identification and clinical care, accelerating research, and strong political leadership.Tedros said the measures have been shown to slow, but not stop, the virus, and he warned that some countries are experiencing resurgences as they reopen their economies, given that many people are still susceptible to the virus.The hard reality is that the pandemic is not close to being over, and the world is in the situation together for the long haul, Tedros said. “We have already lost so much – but we cannot lose hope,” he said.In another WHO development today, in response to a question about finding the zoonotic source of the outbreak, Tedros said the WHO is sending a team to China next week to collaborate on the investigation. “Knowing the source of the virus is very important,” he said. “We can fight it better when we know everything about it.”Hot spot totals climbingAt today’s briefing, Mike Ryan, MD, who leads the WHO’s health emergencies program, said countries in the Americas make up about half of the global cases and nearly half of the deaths.Brazil continues to report more than 30,000 cases a day and has an epic challenge on its hands. However, he emphasized that Brazil has a proud history of battling infectious diseases and has excellent scientific institutions. Though the WHO encourages Brazil to take a more coordinated federal and state response, he said no country is without faults or challenges.Over the past week, the United States has also averaged roughly 30,000 new cases each day.Elsewhere, India reported nearly 20,000 cases for a second day in a row, and health officials extended a lockdown in Mumbai for another month, Reuters reported. Maharashtra state in the western part of the country, where cases are rising in the cities of Mumbai, Pune, and Aurangabad, also extended its lockdown until the end of July.In New Delhi, officials partly opened a COVID-19 treatment center, the biggest in India, CNN reported. The facility, open now with 2,000 beds, will have capacity to treat 10,000 patients.Meanwhile, the WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region passed the 1 million case mark yesterday, its office said in a statement. Cases and deaths are increasing in Iran, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, the Palestinian Territory, and Oman. The WHO also said that it is worried about COVID-19 spread in war-torn countries such as Syria, Yemen, and Libya, with their already fragile health systems weakened by conflict.Ahmed Al-Mandhari, MD, PhD, the head of WHO’s regional office, said the million-case milestone is concerning, coming at a time when many countries are relaxing their restrictions. He urged communities to remain vigilant and also be aware of the risk of resurgence after borders reopen. “Sadly, we cannot behave as if the situation will go ‘back to normal.’ In the coming period, we need to see a shift in attitudes and actions,” he said.Limited approval for Chinese vaccineA COVID-19 vaccine developed in China by CanSino Biologics announced that the Chinese military has conditionally approved it for use, marking the first COVID-19 to receive any regulatory approval, Reuters reported.The vaccine, called Ad5-nCoV, was shown to be safe and potentially effective in clinical trials. It is one of eight Chinese COVID-19 vaccine in development.The military’s approval is in effect for 1 year and is limited to military use.Lockdown for Hebei province countyIn another Chinese COVID-19 development, a lockdown has been ordered for a county in Hebei province—located about 93 miles from Beijing—to stem a COVID-19 cluster related to an outbreak linked to a large wholesale food market in Beijing, the Taipei Times reported.The lockdown in Anxin County affects nearly 500,000 people. About 14 cases have been reported from the area, including 11 reportedly linked to the Beijing market.Beijing reported 14 new cases in the outbreak, raising the total to 311.
More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… (bnamerica) Just days into hurricane season, the Caribbean is mounting efforts to contain and manage the COVID-19 pandemic while preparing and adjusting electric power services ahead of a rising number of expected storms. Electricity demand may be down overall but residential demand has spiked with stay-at-home orders, and utilities still have much to do to prepare before the big storms arrive in the coming months, said Ricardo Case, engineering services director at Jamaican utility JPS. Read more at: bnamericas Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Oct 16, 2020 “A lot of demand curves have shifted and it may not return to pre-COVID.” Oct 16, 2020 You may be interested in… Standing on the front lines ahead of the hurricanes will be Caribbean power utilities and work crews, which will have to adapt to new social distancing guidelines just as the US NOAA weather service predicts a 60% chance of higher-than-usual hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Oct 15, 2020 Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… “With COVID, basically we had to tear down what we had and rebuild it based on a new reality,” said Case on Wednesday during a panel hosted by the OAS and the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas. Oct 15, 2020 Share this on WhatsApp
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On December 21, Amtrak’s Board of Directors named George Warrington as President & Chief Executive Officer, a post he had held on an acting basis since December 1997. Mr Warrington graduated from Syracuse University in 1974 and received his Masters in Public Administration there in 1975. He joined New Jersey Department of Transportation where he rose to become Vice President & General Manager of NJ Transit Rail Operations from 1988-90 and Deputy Commissioner in 1990-92. After a spell with Patco he joined Amtrak in 1994 as President of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.Anton Valk has been appointed Commercial Director of NS Materieel.Robert Evetts has taken over as General Manager of Tasrail in Tasmania. He replaces David Crispin who is heading Tasrail’s push to expand into mainland Australia.Tim Thirwall has been named Chairman of Mott MacDonald, replacing Robert Beresford, who has retired. He is succeeded as Managing Director by Mike Blackburn.Jorge Licón has been named Vice President, Operations in Monterrey for Transportación Ferroviaria Mexicana. Christopher Aadnesen becomes Executive Vice President.Philippe Citro
#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# KENYA: The much-delayed contract for Kenya Railways to purchase 11 second-hand DMUs from Serveis Ferroviaris de Mallorca to operate commuter services around Nairobi was formally signed by KR Managing Director Phillip Mainga during a visit to the Balearic island on March 2.SFM’s metre-gauge Class 61 DMUs built by CAF in 1995-2003 were put up for sale as surplus to requirements following the completion of 1·5 kV DC electrification from Enllaç to Sa Pobla in January 2019. Several have already been sold to companies in France and Portugal.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Following a technical assessment of their condition and ‘operational suitability’, Kenya’s Ministry of Transport agreed to buy 11 two-car units and five spare vehicles under a KSh1·15bn deal including spare parts. KR pointed out that this would be around 10% of the cost of new stock, adding that the CAF units could be expected to operate for a further 20 to 25 years. At that stage it was envisaged that the DMUs would be delivered by mid-2019.The acquisition forms part of a master plan to expand commuter services on five routes radiating from the Kenyan capital, in a bid to reduce traffic congestion. The objective is to increase capacity from 13 000 to 132 000 passengers a day by 2022. As well as procuring the DMUs, KR will refurbish 20 loco-hauled coaches to augment the 40 that it currently deploys on suburban services, and build nine new stations.Of the five routes, one links Nairobi Central to the Standard Gauge Railway hub at Syokimau in the capital’s southeastern suburbs, while another continues southeast along the former Nairobi – Mombasa main line to Athi River, where a new station is to be built at Kitengela. Passenger services will also be revitalised on the branch running northeast to Thika, serving new stations at Umoja and Kenyatta University, while inner-suburban services will run as far as Embakasi, close to the international airport. The fifth route runs northwest along the historic main line as far as Kikuyu on the Rift Valley escarpment; on this line KR expects to develop new or rebuilt stations at Strathmore University, Mbagathi Way, Kibera, Dagoretti and Thogoto.Last month, KR announced the start of work to revitalise the infrastructure on the 177 km Nairobi – Thika – Nanyuki line. It said this would provide ‘faster, reliable and safe transport’ for freight and encourage economic development whilst reducing wear and tear on local roads. A key objective is to serve the Vivo Energy high capacity storage depot in Nanyuki, while Special Economic Zones are to be established in each of the six counties served by the line.
Author: Baibhav Mishra HM Coastguard (HMCG) is assisting a Russian flagged cargo ship which started to list to one side just outside Portsmouth Harbour. Due to adverse weather conditions, plans to move Mekhanik Yartsev have been put on hold.While the 2,700 dwt ship currently remains at anchor in the Solent, surveyors are expected to visit the vessel to reassess the vessel’s stability and cargo. The authorities are planning ot to move the vessel into Southampton Harbour later on Wednesday.Mekhanik Yartsev has developed a considerable list, but it has power and is currently stable. The thirteen crew members onboard are reported to be safe. Two tugs remain on scene and a lifeboat is on standby as a precautionary measure, the HMCG informed.HM Coastguard is issuing navigational safety broadcasts every half hour to warn shipping in the area. Operated by Russia’s Northern Shipping, the 1990-built cargo ship was sailing from Riga, Latvia, to Warrenpoint, Northern Ireland, when it started listing.Sea News, December 27
168 Views no discussions EntertainmentLocalNews DDA to host series of Jazz ‘n Creole fringe events by: Dominica Vibes News – May 12, 2017 Tweet Share Share Share Sharing is caring! DDA’s marketing executive, Monique JacobsA series of fringe events leading up to the eighth annual Jazz ‘n Creole Festival will be hosted by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with various stakeholders. The Jazz ‘n Creole Festival fringe events will commence on 28 May 2017 and climax with the main stage event at Fort Shirley in Cabrits on Sunday 4 June 2017.The week of fringe events, as revealed by DDA’s marketing executive, Monique Jacobs during a press conference on Thursday 11 May 2017 are as follows;Evergreen Hotel in Castle Comfort on May 28th; Urban Garden Café on 31 May; the Anchorage Hotel on 1 June, Fort Young Hotel on 2 June, Champs Hotel at Picard on 2 June, Atlantique View Resort and Spa on 3 June, and Riverstone Bar and Grill on 3 June. “We look forward to everyone participating at those fringe events. The fringe events are also an opportunity and the only opportunity that patrons get to buy their tickets at a discounted price,” Jacobs said. Artistes, who will perform at the fringe events, include Engine 3-O from Barbados, Band Akayo from the Kalinago Territory, Fanatik Band, Mel C, Breve and Michelle Henderson among other surprise performances. British jazz musician, Courtney Pine was earlier announced as the headliner for the main event on 4 June.Pine has released 16 studio albums to date and continues to tour worldwide with his award winning band playing clubs, concert halls and festivals from Glastonbury to Fuji Rock, Montreux to Cape Town.
Share Share Patrons of the 2014 World Creole Music Festival at the Windsor Park Stadium in RoseauPress ReleaseRoseau, Dominica September 17th, 2018 – The producer of the biggest daytime event during Dominica’s independence celebrations, Flow, has made a tough but necessary decision to defer the staging of the company’s flagship Creole in the Park event this year. While the four-day event is a much anticipated one, especially this being a milestone year marking Dominica’s 40th anniversary of independence, the company believes that its priority must be to remain focused on restoring service to all customers across the island.One year post the massive destruction of hurricane Maria, the telecommunications company which experienced severe damage to both its mobile and fixed network infrastructure, has been battling with delays in restoration of service to customers in certain areas and is making this its number one priority. “We have had quite a few set-backs in completing our new state of the art network build-out, service restoration, and launching of new products and services including Fibre to the Home (FTTH), and IPTV following hurricane Maria,” stated Flow’s General Manager Jeffrey Baptiste. “It was a difficult decision to make as we are quite aware of the importance of Flow’s Creole in the Park event to Dominica; but we also have an unwavering commitment to our customers and must make them a priority at this time” added the Flow GM. He concluded, by stating that the company’s goal is to fulfil commitments to customers to provide superfast broadband connections and to launch a superior television product in market. The company apologizes to all affected by this decision and is committed to playing its part in the rebuilding process post hurricane Maria. BusinessEntertainmentLocalNews Flow defers Creole In The Park for 2018 by: – September 21, 2018 Tweet Sharing is caring! Share 831 Views no discussions
Technavio has published a report on global GaN radio frequency (RF) devices which lists the prominent vendors that are expected to impact the market during the forecast period up to 2020. The global GaN RF devices market in 2015 was valued at USD 295.6 million and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 18.94% to reach USD 703.4 million by 2020.According to the report GaN-on-SiC is currently used in more than 95% of commercial devices using GaN technology. It has matured faster than GaN-on-Si and is preferred for most GaN RF implementations requiring higher performance with cost not being a factor. Companies such as Qorvo and GaN Systems are using GaN-on-Sic for their latest developments in designs and products. However, MACOM has opted for the blue ocean strategy and is pushing the development of GaN-on-Si products by announcing the launch of its Gen4 GaN-on-Si offering for base stations, with GaN-on-Si devices being as cheap as LDMOS devices.As for packaging of GaN RF devices, the military OEMs such as BAE, Northrop Grumman, and Raytheon are comfortable with the bare die. The US military has already deployed GaN-based RF devices for EW applications such as anti-improvised explosive devices (IED) systems. On the other hand, commercial vendors have to package their devices, incurring additional costs. This has limited GaN’s increased implementation in base stations and wireless backhaul stems. Therefore, the global telecommunications industry is still limited by poor bandwidths unable to cope with the growing demand for data traffic and higher operating frequencies. However, future network designs for upcoming technologies such as carrier aggregation and massive MIMO will put GaN in a superior position in comparison to the existing LDMOS.The Top five GaN RF devices market vendors:GAN SystemsGAN Systems is a manufacturer of GaN high-power switching transistors and diodes. The company has a transportable fabless model and incorporates GaN into the design. They develop GaN power-switching transistors and caters to enterprise, consumer, solar, wind, and smart grid power conversion requirements.Infineon TechnologiesThe company offers a wide range of semiconductor products for the communications, automotive, and memory markets. The company operates through 50 subsidiaries across EMEA, APAC, and the Americas. It caters to the automation, data processing, electro mobility, industrial, chip card and security, consumer, solar energy systems, wind energy systems, automotive, lighting, medical, motorcycles, e-bikes and small e-vehicles, mobile devices, power supplies, motor control & drives, and smart grid sectors.NXP SemiconductorNXP Semiconductors provides a high-performance mixed signal along with standard product solutions that leverage its RF, power management, analog, interface, digital processing, and security expertise. Through its wide product portfolio, the company caters automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer, and computing applications. The company completed its merger with Freescale Semiconductor in December 2015.QorvoRFMD and TriQuint merged in early 2015 and named the merged entity Qorvo. The company provides core technologies and radio frequency solutions for mobile, infrastructure, and aerospace and defense applications. It operates design, sales, and manufacturing centers throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. The company provides its products to the OEMs and ODMs worldwide. The merging company RFMD was the first to introduce the 6-inch GaN-on-SiC wafers for RF power transistors. The company recently launched the QPA2705, an integrated GaN driver, and GaN Doherty power amplifier in conjunction with NanoSemi, a leading developer of digital linearization and compensation algorithms. These devices are ideal power amplifiers for wireless infrastructure improvement.Wolfspeed (Cree)Wolfspeed is a leading innovator in the silicon carbide and gallium nitride arena. The company also assisted in the commercialization of GaN technology, allowing designers to invent powerful, energy-efficient wireless systems. Its products offer a wide bandgap and are ideal for power and RF applications in the industrial, transportation, energy, and communications markets. The company’s devices are known for high levels of performance through increased efficiency, reduce system size, and higher switching frequency. The company achieved a milestone at the end of 2015 when it shipped GaN-on-SiC RF power transistors with a combined RF power output of 1.3 gigawatts.