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Peruvian Navy Develops Ventilators amid Coronavirus Emergency

first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo April 29, 2020 The Peruvian Navy has developed the first mechanical ventilator made exclusively in the country to respond to the coronavirus crisis.Under the leadership of the Armed Forces, a team of engineers from the Peruvian Navy, universities, and private companies built the ventilator dubbed Samay, which means “breathe” in the Quechua language. About 10 units of the lung ventilator have already been manufactured and were made available to the Navy Medical Center in mid-April.“It’s a great contribution from the Peruvian Navy to citizens in these difficult times, and it shows how the ingenuity, training, and professionalism of the Peruvian sailor can lead us to carry out these important actions,” said Admiral Fernando Cerdán Ruiz, Peruvian Navy commander.On March 19, just three days after Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra declared a state of emergency for the country due to the pandemic, the team of engineers led by Captain Jorge Dorrego Arias, deputy director of the Navy’s Scientific Research and Technological Development, began working at the Naval Medical Center. Two weeks later, after long hours of work, they presented the prototype.“We used industrial components that can operate continuously,” said engineer Nicolay Vinces Ramos, coordinator of Mechatronic Engineering at the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences, about the unit, which costs about $5,000 to produce.“It meets the minimum benefits that are required and that the medical board has set to safeguard and give a chance at life to those who need it,” said Capt. Dorrego Arias.Given the high international demand for mechanical ventilators for COVID-19 patients, and the units’ high prices, the Navy’s project is key to saving lives. The international medical journal The Lancet says COVID-19 affects the respiratory system and can cause acute respiratory distress syndrome, which requires the use of a lung ventilator.The Medical Engineering Research Center at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru said on its website that the country likely has about 300 high-end ventilators, which can cost up to $50,000. In a television announcement on April 4, President Vizcarra described the Navy project as a major step in the government’s strategy, as the delivery of mechanical ventilators in the international market takes three to six months.“We want it now […]. If we have these 10 units in 10 days, maybe in the next month we can develop the first 100 units. We will provide the resources that are needed,” Vizcarra said about the ventilators, which will be delivered to the Ministry of Health for distribution.last_img read more

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Boston Bombing Suspect Thermal Photos Released by Police

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Massachusetts State Police Saturday released several thermal imaging photos that helped authorities confirm that the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was hiding under a tarp in a boat behind a Watertown, Mass. resident’s house. “Our helicopter had actually detected the subject in the boat,” said Col. Timothy Alben of the Massachusetts State Police, according to NBC News. “We have what’s called a FLIR — a forward-looking infrared device — on that helicopter. It picked up the heat signature of the individual, even though he was underneath what appeared to be the ‘shrink wrap’ or cover on the boat itself. There was movement from that point on. The helicopter was able to direct the tactical teams over to that area.”Here are the photos:last_img read more

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2018 trends in billing and payments: Enhancing the customer experience

first_imgConsumers want to pay their bills whenever, however and wherever it’s most convenient for them. Billers will spend the coming year finding new ways to enhance the customer experience by providing that flexibility.People are on the go, and their baseline expectation is that their bills can go with them. Mobile bill pay, either through biller apps or consumers’ financial institutions, is standard across the market, and recent quarterly consumer research by Fiserv confirms it. The Expectations & Experiences: Consumer Payments survey showed mobile bill pay is now used by 65 percent of mobile bankers.Billers, though, know consumers expect more than mobility. People want seamless, hassle-free experiences that mirror the satisfaction they get when they use, for instance, Amazon. They want freedom to pay their bills at a biller’s website, through their financial institutions, with a phone app or through their digital wallet. They want the flexibility to use a credit card, debit card, ACH or cash. They want to control the amount and decide whether it’s a one-time or auto payment. And they expect reliable and timely alerts and notifications no matter the channel. continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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USDA drafts avian flu risk assessment for poultry and egg products

first_imgDec 3, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday released a draft of its risk assessment for contracting highly pathogenic avian influenza from eating poultry products, shell eggs, and egg products, a tool that could be used to reduce human illness from the virus and help target messages to consumers.In releasing the risk-assessment draft, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said it was seeking public comments, which are due by Jan 31. The 186-page report and information on how to submit comments are available on the FSIS Web site (see link at end).The draft risk assessment, which addresses highly pathogenic H5 and H7 subtypes, was developed by representatives from the FSIS, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), and the Food and Drug Administration, according to a press release yesterday from the USDA. The document went through an external peer review, along with reviews by other government agencies, the USDA said.So far there has been no compelling evidence that links eating cooked poultry, eggs, or egg products to avian influenza infections in humans, the draft report said. Though the viruses aren’t considered foodborne pathogens, researchers have isolated them from poultry muscle and egg interiors.Two human illnesses may have been related to consuming infected duck blood products, though investigators could not rule out contact that the patients may have had with infected poultry. Despite this lack of evidence, human exposure to contaminated poultry and eggs is a concern for food safety experts, the report said.Experts used available information on avian influenza viruses and mathematical modeling to make risk estimates for several poultry and egg scenarios, including production, processing, and consumer preparation. For example, the estimates assume that the viral load in a serving of poultry relates to the time between when the bird was infected and when it was slaughtered.According to some of the scenarios, the draft risk assessment for poultry meat predicts that:Poultry flocks infected early in their growing period are 94% (chicken) and 98% (turkey) likely to be identified as positive for the virus before slaughter, processing, and sale.Infected flocks approaching market weight present a small risk of infected meat reaching commerce—6% (chicken) and 2% (turkey)—because there is less time for bird deaths to be detected on the farm.On-farm avian influenza testing offers the greatest chance of for curbing human infections; 95% can be prevented when birds are tested before slaughter.Relying on mortality observations on the farm and after transport isn’t as practical, especially if birds are late in the grow-out period.Cooking poultry to the FSIS-recommended temperature of 165°F inactivates the virus, lowering the public health risk to a negligible level.Cross-contamination from infected poultry to uncooked foods could increase illness levels by 2.5%, and public health messages should emphasize this food-handling risk.Regarding eggs and egg products, the USDA’s risk assessment predicts that nearly all contaminated eggs from an infected flock could be removed from the distribution chain before they reach consumers. The report notes that thoroughly cooking eggs to 150°F inactivates the virus, but a few human illnesses are possible from undercooking contaminated eggs.USDA research has shown that time and temperature recommendations for egg product processing can kill avian flu viruses. The report said dried egg white processing may not completely inactivate the pathogen, but the 7-day processing period may allow officials time to alert egg product processors before the drying is completed and the product is released to consumers. The USDA said its APHIS division is developing a separate illness risk assessment for egg products that are contaminated with avian influenza.Once finalized, the avian flu illness assessment for poultry and eggs will give risk managers the decision-making tools they need to gauge the effectiveness of interventions that could reduce or prevent foodborne illnesses, the report said.”This risk assessment can also be used to target risk communication messages, identify and prioritize research needs, and provide a framework for coordinating efforts with stakeholders,” the USDA added.See also:Dec 2 USDA press releaseDec 2 USDA draft risk assessmentInstructions for filing public commentslast_img read more

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IM seals biggest M25 office deal of 2003

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Renos in need of rescue

first_img159 Bundock Street, Belgian Gardens is in need of major renovations.BUYERS searching for homes ripe for renovation are becoming more common as several houses in need of a makeover hit the market.Harcourts Kingsberry agent Malcolm Thomson said he was noticing an increase in experienced renovators searching for cheap homes close to the city on large blocks of land.“In the older suburbs there is that interest because in the end there isn’t too many new homes about so it’s about the land,” he said.“It tends to be more people who have a little bit of experience in that area.“Unless people know what they are doing they should get an architect or draftsman before they start.”153 Bundock Street, Belgian GardensMr Thomson has several listings that would make a perfect renovation project.151-153 Bundock Street, Belgian Gardens has 2024sq m of land with great frontage on to Bundock Street.On each block there is a cottage with two bedrooms, one bathroom and a sleep-out and both homes have tenants.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020While 151 Burdock Street has had some improvements, 153 Bundock Street is all still original.The two properties can either be sold individually or together and price is by negotiation.Just down the road Mr Thomson also has 159 Bundock Street, which is asking for offers over $330,000.The classic three-bedroom Queenslander is still in its original state and is on 1012sq m of land.The front of 151 Bundock Street, Belgian Gardens.Mr Thomson said all three properties had huge potential.“That would be a fairly big renovation because all three of those properties have original kitchens and need lots of work,” he said.“The option is also there that they could be removed from the blocks and something else put there in their place.“There is also the potential to subdivide or there is room on some of the blocks to put a duplex at the back.“All three properties are in a great location because you’re two minutes from Soroptomist Park, you’re close to the city and two minutes from the airport.”For more information call Malcolm Thomson on 0400 545 664.last_img read more

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Fairway views drive strong sales

first_imgRawcorp’s new apartment project Bellevue at The Glades, Robina.The first new apartment complex to be built within a Robina golf course in 15 years has hit the market, with six deposits taken from buyers in the first week of its launch.Bellevue at The Glades will consist of 58 apartments built across two buildings, and will be constructed on the fairways of the Greg Norman-designed The Glades Golf Course in Robina.Rawcorp’s new apartment project Bellevue at The Glades, Robina.Marketing Projects SEQ director Kyia Anderson, who is selling on behalf of the developer, Rawcorp, said Bellevue’s position, views and design features were proving popular with local buyers.“Local owner-occupiers are wanting spacious apartments, designed with privacy, comfort and liveability in mind. Bellevue offers all of this along with panoramic 360 degree views,” she said. “Most apartments are over 110sq m, with the majority facing northeast, overlooking The Glades golf course (and) with views out towards the skyline from Burleigh right up to Surfers Paradise.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoTwo and three bedroom golf course apartments at Bellevue start from $453,000.The two buildings, which will be built on a 2865sq m site on Glades Drive, will be connected at the podium level, which is elevated to showcase the views.Residents will have exclusive access to a lap pool, gym, sauna and entertainment area, with two car parks per apartment, and some with golf buggy parking.Ms Anderson said each apartment was designed to be “both modern and homely”, with a large, stylish kitchen at the heart of each residence.“The attention to detail is impeccable, with high ceilings, a white palette enriched by stone benchtops, timber joinery and contrasting tapware,” she said.“The kitchens feature high quality finishes such as stainless-steel European appliances and soft-close drawers.“The superb detail is evident throughout the apartments, with custom joinery and matt black fixtures in the bathrooms and ensuites, along with floor-to-ceiling contrasting tiles and a designer vanity unit.”Acoustically-treated walls and glass also ensure maximum peace and privacy for residents, with each apartment positioned to maximise cross-ventilation.The Robina Town Centre, Robina Hospital, and the many beaches of the Gold Coast are also close by.Construction is expected to start in July. Bellevue is Rawcorp’s second development to be released at The Glades in less than 18 months.Eagle Terraces, a collection of nine terrace homes, was completed in December.last_img read more

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Sparrows lands first rigging maintenance deal in Qatar

first_imgSparrows Group, a provider of specialist equipment and integrated engineering services, has been awarded its first contract for the provision of rigging loft maintenance services in Qatar. Image source: SparrowsSparrows said on Thursday that the four-year contract includes the provision of services for the refurbishment, repair, load test, and recertification of rigging lofts and contents.Management of the equipment will also include six-monthly rigging loft changeouts, provision of replacement or new equipment and ensuring availability of properly certified equipment as required offshore.In order to service the work, the company has established a new rigging loft management workshop within its Qatar facility.Stewart Mitchell, CEO of Sparrows, said: “This is the first contract of its kind that we are providing in the Middle East region, due to an increase in demand for specialist companies to conduct this work. It is a significant award for the business in Qatar and demonstrates our growth in the market.“The investment into our facility in Qatar will enable us to support other clients in the Middle East with these services as well.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Drilon says revised ‘Build, build, build’ list an admission of failure

first_img The Ilonggo lawmaker has earlier branded the government infrastructure program as “a dismal failure” as only nine of the 75 flagship programs have started construction with two completed./PN The government earlier revised its Build, Build, Build list which now covers 100 projects from the initial 75. Some infrastructure projects were scrapped due to feasibility issues. “Obviously, dinagdag lang ‘yung 53 projects so that there can be some cosmetic and so they can say that things are moving,” Drilon said. “Dinagdag lang ‘yung 53 projects so that there can be some cosmetic and so they can say that things are moving,” says Minority House Leader Sen. Franklin Drilon. FILE PHOTO Drilon, meanwhile, noted some of 53 projects included in the revised list are already ongoing projects. “Hindi ko naman maintindihan kung bakit hindi aaminin? Why they can’t admit? Maybe there was over enthusiasm at the start of the administration when they listed 75 flagship projects. Ngayon in the middle of this administration, they realized na hindi kaya. Bakit hindi nila sabihin nang diretso?” he added.center_img The updated list covers flagship infrastructure projects under five categories, namely,  transport and mobility; power; water; information and communications technology; and urban development and renewal. MANILA – The revised list of “Build, Build, Build” program was a sign that the administration’s “ambitious” infrastructure program has failed, Minority House Leader Sen. Franklin Drilon said. The Ilonggo senator said in an interview that the revision of the administration’s earlier vetted projects was a ‘cosmetic’ move to show that the projects are moving. “Some of those 53 projects – it was admitted on record – are ongoing projects. So isinama doon sa flagship projects para sabihin siguro at the end of this administration, they can claim na out of 100 flagship projects, so many were done, so they will get good grades. There is nothing wrong with that but, maybe, transparency would be a better standard,” Drilon said.last_img read more

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Dacotah Speedway hosts $10,003 to win Legendary special for IMCA Modifieds

first_imgMANDAN, N.D. – Dacotah Speedway is excited to announce the $10,003 to win IMCA Modified Legendary 50 presented by Corral Sales scheduled for Friday, July 13.Many of the best drivers from across the United States and Canada will compete for the largest cash prize for an IMCA Modified race in North Dakota. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis and North Dakota State points, but no track points will be awarded. Entry fee is now $150.The main event is a 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier and will feature the 32 drivers who raced their way into the big show, plus one additional spot to be determined by presenting sponsor Corral Sales.Some time between lap 25 and 35, a caution will wave for mandatory pit stops. This allows drivers and pit crews five minutes to make any changes they need with the exception of changing tires. The leader at that point earns $500, as does one fan, chosen by drawing, in a contest to guess the leader at that yet to be determined point.New this year will be group qualifying to determine heat race lineups versus an old-fashioned pill number draw. Fans will want to come early to check out this rare sight. Drivers will then battle in their heat races and ‘B’ features to advance to the big show.Tickets are $20 for adults with kids 12 and under admitted free. Advanced, discount tickets are available at select Cenex locations in Bismarck, Mandan and Lincoln. Pit passes are $25.Pit gates at Mandan open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. on race day. Hot laps are at approximately 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.The Legendary caps off six straight days of racing on the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour. Drivers must have competed at a minimum of three of those events to vie at the Legendary.The Legendary and all six series dates will be broadcast by IMCA.TV.After the conclusion of the Legendary 50, the Dirt Dominator racing special will hit the track, pitting the top 16 drivers in the Dakota Classic Tour standings not already qualified against each other.Drivers will be squared off in a racing bracket, much like March Madness, pitting two drivers at a time to race in a three lap shootout. The winner advances to the next round until only one car and driver remains. The Dirt Dominator winner will receive $1,000 and a chance to compete for $10,000 on October 24 in Waco, Texas.Camping is available at Dacotah Speedway but space is limited. Call 701-391-6211 or 701-240-2976 to reserve your spot today.last_img read more

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