Ben Ray Luján: Staying Safe During Coronavirus Epidemic

first_imgChart of what to know about coronavirus. Courtesy/BRLBy U.S. Rep. Ben Ray LujánAs the impact of coronavirus reaches further across New Mexico and the nation, I know many are thinking about how to keep themselves and their families safe.Right now, I’m working closely with my colleagues on Capitol Hill to pass a bill that would dedicate significant resources to food and unemployment benefits and ensure that people affected by the virus have access to affordable testing.In the meantime, each of us can make an impact to prevent the spread of coronavirus.last_img read more

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City View: Jenny Davey – The rise and fall of Capital & Regional

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City view: James Whitmore

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HSBC property chief quits for Barclays

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New York Plans For Contact Tracing

first_imgNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out the state’s plan for tracing who COVID-19-positive patients have been in contact with so that those people can be encouraged to quarantine and prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.Testing, tracing, and isolating are key to monitoring and controlling the infection rate, officials said, especially as the economy plans to reopen. Bloomberg, who owns a home in Southampton, is leading the program’s effort, the first-ever of its magnitude.“When social distancing is relaxing, contact tracing is our best hope for isolating the virus when it appears, and to keep it isolated,” Bloomberg said, speaking by video April 30.“The faster you trace the better,” Cuomo said during his daily press conference last Thursday, adding it will require “an army.”On Wednesday, the day prior to the press conference, 4681 people tested positive for COVID-19.“How do you now communicate with 4681 people, trace back all the people they’ve been in contact with over 14 days — close contact — and contact those people?” the governor asked. “That is an overwhelming scale to an operation that has never existed before.”The estimate is that 30 contact tracers will be needed for every 100,000 people, Cuomo announced. That means 6400 – 17,000 people will need to be trained as tracers for projected cases.Cuomo said New York will work with its tri-state neighbors to launch the program.“It’s not rocket science to do it on an individual basis,” he said. “The problem is the scale we have to do this.”Bloomberg Philanthropies, which encompasses all of the charitable giving from Bloomberg, is helping create and implement the system. With Johns Hopkins University, they will handle recruitment and training in consultation with the New York State Department of Health. The groups will train existing employees of health departments from throughout the state and pull in other government employees who may be at home, not working but getting paid, and marshal them as tracers. They are working with the City University of New York and State University of New York systems to identify potential job applicants as well.Johns Hopkins is developing a training curriculum and final exam that can be taken remotely, Bloomberg said.His team is working with other nonprofits, like Vital Strategies and Resolve to Save Lives, and three smartphone apps are being developed. One will help tracers find information quickly, a second will help the public provide information to health departments, and the third will be for those in quarantine to report symptoms.Vital Strategies is also helping to develop “a comprehensive playbook” of protocols that will be released publicly, so that other states and countries can use them.“We’ve been through a lot together,” Bloomberg said. “And we are going to get through this together, again.”Cuomo is still expected to announce a decision about reopening schools by tomorrow.Also discussed during the press conference, MTA will be disinfected the Long Island Rail Road trains every day, but without disruption to service because ridership is down. The subway system in New York City will be shut down between 1 and 5 AM daily for disinfection.taylor@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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New CVD appointment targets growth prospects

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Taking hydrogen from Hackney to the world

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UK’s Largest Harbour Crane Arrives at Able Seaton Port

first_imgThe largest harbour crane in the UK will be arriving at Able Seaton Port today, marking a major step forward in Able UK’s expansion of its port facilities on both the Tees and the Humber.The multi-million Leibherr LHM600SHL mobile crane is being delivered from Rostock in Germany. It has been specially adapted to meet Able’s specialist requirements. It is able to lift 208 tonnes, has a 58 metres radius with its hook height increased from the standard 45 metres to 64 metres, together with an increased fulcrum height in order to reach over tall structures such as semi-submersible oil rigs. It will be used for wide range of activities associated with handling project cargo, particularly components for the offshore wind sector, as well as maintaining offshore oil and gas drilling rigs and other general port-related activities.It is expected that around 40 new jobs will be created as a result of this investment.The arrival of the crane follows on from a recent series of positive announcements for the company–—including the granting by the Government of a development Consent Order for its 900-acre Able Marine Energy Park project on the South Bank of the HumberIt was also announced recently that Able has been awarded a contract for the disposal of four offshore structures from the Shell operated Brent Field in the North Sea. The contract will see three platform topsides, as well as a 138m high steel platform jacket, transported from the Brent field over 100 miles north east of Scotland to Able Seaton Port.Says Able UK Managing Director Andrew Jacques “The acquisition of this specialist crane underlines our future proofing to ensure that we continue to provide the best possible service to meet the needs of our customers…it will certainly help to attract more business to Seaton Port and the Tees. providing more opportunities for local businesses and further complimenting the construction of new quays at Seaton Port—one of which will be used for loading of single-piece offshore structures of up to 48,000 tonnes.”[mappress]Able UK, February 20, 2014last_img read more

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Advance powers marine engine shipments

first_imgThe global project cargo forwarder is shipping the engines from Mitsubishi’s manufacturing plant in Japan and loading them at the port of Aioi, near Kobe.The latest engine was delivered recently, bringing to three the number shipped so far in completion of the contract. The first two engines, which each weigh 235 tonnes, were delivered five months ago to the Bulyard shipyard at Varna, Bulgaria. The fourth engine is on route.Accompanying the engine recently delivered were all deck cranes and accessories. The weight of the total cargo was over 4,000 freight tonnes.Commenting on the shipment, Jawad Kamel, Advance International’s president and CEO said: “Now that the third engine has been moved, we are looking forward to achieving the halfway point soon when the fourth engine arrives from Japan. As forwarders, we are helping to secure business for Bulyard by the timely and economic delivery of engines for this prestigious contract.”last_img read more

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Fairstar wins rig transport contract

first_imgThe contract revenue is just under USD3 million and the rig is expected to be loaded onboard the Fjell on October 5. The final destination will be nominated by Hercules once the rig has been loaded. Philip Adkins, Fairstar’s CEO stated “Fairstar is delighted to be working with Hercules Offshore for the first time. Jim Stevens of High Seas Maritime Services has represented Hercules for many years in the marine heavy transport business and we know he sets high standards of performance for anyone that wants to work with his client.” Fjell has been en route to Alaska to begin work on a fertilizer llant project and will continue on to Alaska once the rig has been discharged and will begin preparation to load the first stage of modules scheduled for transport to Nigeria.last_img read more

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