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US Donates Medical Equipment, Furniture to Choluteca, Honduras

first_imgBy U.S. Embassy in Honduras August 14, 2020 The Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy in Honduras, through U.S. Southern Command’s (SOUTHCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program made an important donation of medical equipment and office furniture to strengthen the health care system in Choluteca.The initiative was originally coordinated as part of humanitarian exercise New Horizons 2020, which was scheduled to take place in Choluteca but was cancelled due to the pandemic. SOUTHCOM, U.S. Air Forces Southern/12th Air Force, and the Office of Security Cooperation at the U.S. Embassy worked jointly to maintain this commitment to the Honduran people.The donated equipment, valued at $165,000, includes hospital beds, mattresses, hospital stretchers, ambulance stretchers, hospital exam tables, hospital gowns, hospital bed linens, and office furniture. The donation arrived at its destination thanks to coordination efforts between the Office of Security Cooperation and the southern area’s local authorities, and support from the Honduran Armed Forces.Choluteca’s Departmental Health Secretariat will distribute the equipment and furniture in response to the COVID-19 emergency.The U.S. Embassy continues to support the Honduran people amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to continue working side by side with Honduras to overcome the pandemic’s challenges.last_img read more

CUNA talks CU jobs, rulemakings in meeting with DOL

first_img continue reading » US Department of Labor CUNA met with the Department of Labor (DOL) Monday to discuss several credit union related issues Monday. In addition to discussions on DOL rulemakings, CUNA provided the agency with data estimating the credit union sector supports nearly 900,000 jobs nationally.CUNA’s data shows that credit unions report approximately 295,000 full-time equivalent employees as of the end of 2017, and that credit union activity in the marketplace accounts for 588,000 indirect and adduced jobs.During the meeting, CUNA also raised concerns with the DOLS’s overtime rule and other rulemakings. CUNA also discussed association health and retirement plans, the Office of Compliance Initiatives and DOL efforts to hire veterans and encourage apprenticeships.center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Owego teen surprised by a special visitor just in time for Christmas

first_imgHer brother and best friend, finally coming home, the duo says it was a much needed visit. “It’s very nice. It’s relaxing, it takes me away from work, keeps me on my feet. It’s nice to be home, I missed this place a lot,” said Hunter. OWEGO (WBNG) — This Christmas, thousands of active duty military personnel will not make the trip home to see their families and loved ones. For one local teenager, Harlea Russell, she planned on spending Christmas away from her brother, who is stationed in Missouri with the Air Force. A special visitor, her brother, Hunter Russell, making the trip all the way to Owego, to surprise her on her birthday, and to celebrate the Christmas season. It was the first time he had been home in a year. center_img “I was like, very speechless to say the least, I didn’t know what to say, or what to do,” said Harlea after seeing her brother. Harlea thought she was going out to dinner with her family to celebrate her birthday. After sitting down at the table, the dinner, became anything but ordinary. last_img read more

Industrial is star performer as returns reach 14.5%

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Spitalfields faces legal threat from SMUT

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Aberdeen: oil and gas continue to dominate local economy

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Trump to extend US work visa freeze to year-end: White House

first_img‘Prioritize’ most valuable workers The official said the order was necessary to respond to soaring unemployment that resulted from the COVID-19 shutdown.The official also stressed the H-1B visa freeze was temporary while the program is restructured, shifting from an annual lottery that feeds coders and other specialists to Silicon Valley to a system the gives priority to those foreign workers with the most value.Trump “is going to prioritize those workers who are offered the highest wages,” as an indicator that they can add more value to the US economy, the official said.  “It will eliminate competition with Americans… in these industries at the entry level, and will do more to get the best and the brightest.”The move also freezes most H-2B visas — used each year for about 66,000 short-term, low-skilled jobs in landscaping, food and hospitality industries — and H-4 visas, which allow spouses of other visa holders to work.Exemptions will apply to seafood processing plants and to au pairs, foreigners offering families household help like childcare.  In addition, the official said the government is issuing new regulations that will make it much harder for tens of thousands of asylum seekers waiting for their court hearings to work legally in the meanwhile.With often a two-year wait for a case to be reviewed, the administration sees many people apply for asylum mainly to be able to acquire work permits.Layoffs caused by the coronavirus pandemic in the United States passed 45.7 million last week, and although many jobs will come back as the country reopens, there are worries that some have been irrevocably lost by the heavy financial impact on businesses and local governments.Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell warned earlier this month that unemployment could still be 9.3 percent nationwide at the end of the year, an improvement from the current 13.3 percent but still devastatingly high. US President Donald Trump will prolong a ban on US employment permits to year-end and broaden it to include H-1B visas used widely in the tech industry, the White House said Monday.A senior administration official told journalists that the move would free up 525,000 jobs, making a dent in the high unemployment rate caused by the coronavirus pandemic.”President Trump is focused on getting Americans back to work as quickly as possible,” the official said, on condition of anonymity. Topics :center_img Trump had endlessly touted a strong economy, but now finds himself desperate for a political boost ahead of the November election.An executive order, expected later Monday, will extend and widen the 60-day freeze Trump placed on new work permits for non-US citizens two months ago.The administration official said the new order would extend to the end of 2020 and include H-1B visas provided to 85,000 workers each year with special skills, many of them joining the US technology industry.It will also cover most J visas, common for academics and researchers, and L visas used by companies to shift workers based overseas to their US offices.last_img read more

False positive? WVMC lab defends virus test process

first_imgTo date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. The World Health Organization (WHO) is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat the disease. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. For one, WVMC-SNL emphasized it complied with and passed all the required standards and was in fact issued a proficiency testing certificate on March 31, 2020 by the Department of Health and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine. More importantly, “the RT-PCR machine is fully automated, hence, there is no way the operator can manipulate the results,” according to the WVMC-SNL. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. Esmeralda wondered if there were glitches in the testing process. Esmeralda, a physician, suspended work at the Igbaras municipal hall beginning June 2 as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19. He and the rest of the officials and employees of the municipal government – 150 in total – deemed themselves “persons under monitoring” and agreed to observe home quarantine until the result of the SB member’s repeat test had been released. They also underwent COVID testing. WVMC-SNL assured Western Visayans it was fully aware of its mandate and responsibility to release accurate, reliable and timely results, since these have “serious impact to the patient, the community and the entire region.” “A positive COVID-19 (SARS Cov-2) RT-PCR result means SARS CoV-2 RNA is detected in the specimen. The testing cannot determine whether the viral RNA is active / infectious or inactive / dormant / non-infectious,” part of its statement read. Most people (about 80 percent) recover from the disease without needing special treatment, according to WHO./PN In a statement addressing the issue, WVMC-SNL stressed such scenario was “very remote, if not nil.” The laboratory also explained what a positive test result meant. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. “Damo kami ginalantaw. One, indeed when specimens were extracted from the SB member for his first testing, positive gid man sia pero patay na ang virus kag remnants na lang didto…Indi man ma-discount ang possibility nga may human error. Puwede na-inter-change ang specimens, puede nga may clerical error,” said Esmeralda. “A quality management system had been installed and designed to eliminate errors in order to ensure identity of specimen being processed,” it stressed. Mayor Esmeralda said on Friday he was not discounting the possibility that the SB member’s first test was a “false positive.” Except for a trip to Iloilo City on May 1, Patient No. 114 did not have a history of travel to areas with confirmed COVID-19 cases, Esmeralda pointed out. WVMC-SNL led Dr. Stephanie Abello, chief pathologist, insisted that every procedure of the RT-PCR test had stringent verification and validation process. Esmeralda also said 100 of the 150 Igbaras local government unit (LGU) officials and employees tested may now heave a sigh of relief. Results of their tests showed them negative for COVID-19. For everybody’s piece of mind, the mayor said, a third RT-PCR test on the SB member may be conducted. ILOILO City – The Western Visayas Medical Center Sub-national Laboratory (WVMC-SNL) brushed off insinuations it could be releasing “false positive” coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results. The results of the rest were yet to be released. Esmeralda also said some close contacts of the SB member also tested negative for the disease. Thus, according to the laboratory, “the completion of the 14-day quarantine is required to ensure safety of the patient, and prompt contact tracing is made to ensure that all contacts are swabbed, quarantined and advised.” In the case of the Igbaras SB member or Patient 114, according to the WVMC-SNL, his was the only positive specimen in the plate of 93 specimens, thus it ruled out contamination from another specimen. WVMC-SNL was forced to defend itself following the concern aired by Mayor Jaime Esmeralda of Igbaras, Iloilo over the diverging results of the two reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests conducted on one of his Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members just five days apart. To ensure accuracy in all the tests, the laboratory added, all positive specimens are isolated and undergo a repeated testing procedure by a different group of medical technologists. In the first test, the 55-year-old male SB member tested positive for COVID-19. In the second or repeat test taken five days after, he tested negative.last_img read more

February 28, 2018 Police Blotter

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Little League Baseball Bats

first_imgIf you were watching this year’s Little League World Series, you might have heard the announcers say that they changed the rules on what bats could be used by the players.  Officials felt like there were too many home runs.  Personally, I don’t see why that was a problem, but Little League management thought it was.Until this year, bats were made from a reinforced carbon fiber polymer.  Over time, as the bat got older it acted like a trampoline and sent the ball higher and farther.  The new bat is now built to act more like the wooden bats used in the majors–less ping and less pop.  This means the pitchers and infielders are less likely to be hit by a laser line drive.  It also means that the ball does not go as far.  When will technology ever leave things alone?  What happened to the days when you taped up an old wooden bat and used it to play ball?last_img read more