Ministry of Health Strengthens Ebola Preparedness Plan

first_imgRelatedImprovement in Service Since NHF Takeover of Public Pharmacies RelatedGovernment Launches $3.3B Programme to Boost Maternal and Child Health Photo: JIS PhotographerDirector of Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse. (FILE) RelatedNCSC Educating Members About Chikungunya Ministry of Health Strengthens Ebola Preparedness PlanJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Ministry of Health Strengthens Ebola Preparedness Plan Health & WellnessAugust 4, 2014Written by: Stephanie Shaw Smith, Manager, Public Relations & Communication, Ministry of Healthcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Health will continue its daily monitoring of the Ebola situation in West Africa through the World Health Organization’s Event Information website. This along with other measures to increase the country’s vigilance and preparedness was discussed during a meeting on Thursday (July 31, 2014) involving Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson and International Health Regulations (IHR) Focal Point and Director, Emergency, Disaster Management and Special Services, Dr. Marion Bullock DuCasse.Dr. DuCasse explained that while Jamaica does not at this time fall into the category of at risk countries, “we continue to ensure that our systems are strengthened so that we can have an effective response if the need arises. Our surveillance system has already been heightened, we will be sensitizing staff and undertaking training specific to the Ebola virus and continue with our monitoring of the situation.”She said public education is also an important feature of the Ministry’s strategy and stressed that there has been no change in the position of the Ministry as it relates to facilitating interviews and providing information through the media about any health related matter.“As part of our communication plan, we will continue to partner with the media through interviews and other methods of disseminating information so that the public is kept informed and understand their part of the responsibility to deal with these types of diseases,” she said.The Ebola virus is a severe, often fatal illness with a death rate of up to 90%. It is transmitted through direct contact with blood (for example through broken skin), other bodily fluids or secretion such as stool, saliva, urine and semen of infected persons. Infection can also occur if broken skin comes in contact with environments that have become contaminated with an Ebola patient’s infectious fluids such as soiled clothing, bed linen or used needles.Symptoms include sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This may be followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function and in some cases both internal and external bleeding. Story HighlightsThe Ministry of Health will continue its daily monitoring of the Ebola situation in West Africa through the World Health Organization’s Event Information website.While Jamaica does not at this time fall into the category of at risk countries, “we continue to ensure that our systems are strengthened so that we can have an effective response if the need arises.”Public education is also an important feature of the Ministry’s strategy and stressed that there has been no change in the position of the Ministry as it relates to facilitating interviews. Advertisementslast_img read more

EPA: Up to $3 million available for locally-focused environmental ed grants

first_imgVermont Business Magazine EPA has announced $3 million in funding for locally-focused environmental education grants is now available under the 2018 EE Local Grant Program.  EPA will award three to four grants in each of EPA’s ten Regions, for no less than $50,000 and no more than $100,000 each, for a total of 30-35 grants nationwide. Proposals are due March 15, 2018. The Requests for Proposals is posted on is external).In addition to other environmental topics, the 2018 EE Local Grant Program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues with agricultural best-practices, conservation of natural resources, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness. Funded projects will increase public awareness of those topics and help participants to develop the skills needed to make informed decisions. A Request for Proposals (also called a Solicitation Notice) containing details will be issued by each of the ten EPA Regions.”By recognizing these locally-based learning and awareness opportunities, the Environmental Protection Agency is taking both a local and national leadership role in promoting sound agricultural conservation practices, environmental disaster preparedness, adequate food waste management and other important environmental best-practices,” said Administrator Scott Pruitt. “Environmental education starts locally in our own backyards, classrooms and in the fields of farmers who work the land directly, and I’m proud to play a role in enhancing such learning opportunities.”Through this grant program, EPA intends to provide financial support for projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques, as described in this notice, that will serve to increase environmental and conservation literacy and encourage behavior that will benefit the environment in the local community(ies) in which they are located.Since 1992, EPA has distributed between $2 and $3.5 million in grant funding per year under this program, supporting more than 3700 grants.More Information:Proposals are due by March 15, 2018. The full solicitation notices are available at is external) and at is external).Find background on the EE Grants Program and resources for applicants at is external).Source: EPA 1.22.2018,Yeslast_img read more

Mission Valley library, worth a $1 million investment in 2008, now a pile of rubble

first_imgThe structure that served as a focal point for a group of parents who organized to keep Mission Valley Middle School from closing five years ago is no longer standing.Demolition crews this week felled the Mission Valley library, which was built in 2008 and used by students for just two full school years before the school closed.The library renovation was funded by the proceeds from a $184 million bond issue approved by taxpayers in April 2004 after the Shawnee Mission School Board voted to put it on local ballots earlier that year. The library renovation was one of more than 150 projects financed by the bond proceeds, and cost approximately $1 million.But just two years after its completion, then-Superintendent Gene Johnson recommended that the school be shuttered as the district faced budget pressures. That recommendation spurred the organization of the Save Mission Valley group, which put enough pressure on the board that Johnson was initially forced to pull the resolution from the agenda for its scheduled vote for fear of lack of support. After some arm twisting by then-board chair Deb Zila, however, the board ultimately voted to close the school in December 2010. Current board members Donna Bysfield, Craig Denny, Patty Mach, Cindy Neighbor and Zila all voted in favor of the motion to close the school. Departed members Susan Metsker and Larry Winn voted against it.The school board later accepted a bid of $4.35 million to sell the building to a group led by RED Development in June 2011.Here’s a look at the library as it stood over the weekend: And the site where it used to stand on Tuesday:last_img read more

Zoom Is the Apple of AV, Cisco Is Microsoft and Poly Is Motorola

first_imgI had this thought back at Zoomtopia 2018, but after Zoomtopia 2019, it’s clear: Zoom is the Apple of the AV industry.Zoom is what?All of the eyes in AV were looking at Zoom yesterday. If you don’t believe me, look at the social stats of tweets and LinkedIn posts about Zoom Video Communications, Inc. in and around Zoomtopia 2019. The company dominated the AV-sphere yesterday, raking in about 55% of the total AV discussion online over the past 24 hours. These numbers are in line with Apple’s keynote numbers.Here’s what I mean.Apple does two big keynote-like announcements per year, usually one in the summer and one in the fall. The next day, every primary member of the tech press covers them like Apple re-invented technology — even when a new feature has been available on a competing product for months or even years. Case in point: Apple made the last two generations of the iPhone waterproof. Samsung had waterproof phones two years earlier. But, Apple’s announcements are EXPERIENCES, and they’re ones everyone wants to attend. The company launches products with amazing simplicity, and Apple simplifies the tech-tough specs into real-world examples that a user can connect with. Oh, and Apple surrounds product launches with featured entertainment like Coldplay, OK Go and Fall Out Boy.Wikipedia, Apple rumors sites and even most mainstream press outlets publish front-page stories on the new gear Apple launched the day before.Tech pubs also cover Samsung product launches, but these launches are rarely mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today or even the New York Times — even when the announcements take place in New York!Yesterday at Zoomtopia 2019, Zoom launched a bevy of new product features, partnerships and hardware compatibility. All were wrapped around an opening performance by Star War’s musical conductor, John Williams’ Orchestra and a keynote by Richard Branson of Virgin fame. There’s a concert today, on the second day of the event, featuring Snoop Dogg and Lynyrd Skynyrd — yes, you read that right!Yesterday’s keynote did feature Cisco but as the butt of a joke. Like Steve Jobs often did in his Apple keynotes, Zoom founder Eric Yuan made fun of Cisco — his former employer — for adding 40 minutes of free video conferencing to its meetings product. This is a feature Zoom has had for almost two years. Yuan then announced that Zoom would offer 41 minutes for free in their meetings product. That’s precisely how Apple treated Microsoft at keynotes. And, like Cisco is in videoconferencing, Microsoft is the perceived leader that Zoom is trying to knock off.See related  Apple Moves to Secure Greater Slice of the Smart Speaker PieOnce former #2 worldwide videoconferencing leader, Polycom, (Now called Poly after their “merger” with Plantronics) is over in the corner yelling, “We are still here too!” Poly is still present in the VTC market but joined the Zoom party yesterday by announcing a family of Zoom-certified accessories. These include a speaker bar and a microphone array with a built-in camera. Poly’s core profitable business is still hardware-based VTC systems. This reminds me of when Motorola kept saying that the smartphone would never catch on as people would get tired of replacing cracked glass. Thus, the company opted to stick with the flip-phone design. Poly has stepped outside of the Motorola-mantra of ignoring their competition and has joined the trend towards soft-codec systems. It has a family of meeting room products for Zoom, Microsoft Teams and even Cisco Webex Meetings. So, the company will be just fine. But like Motorola selling out to Google, you can’t miss the analogy to Polycom becoming Poly after being purchased by headset giant Plantronics. All the while, Zoom’s founder, Eric Yuan, like Steve Jobs, is smiling and sticking to his core belief: As the CEO of a company that’s worth billions of dollars, he doesn’t need to travel more than three times a year. He never misses his kid’s basketball games. Steve Jobs ate dinner with his kids nearly every night, and he required them all to turn off their phones and other electronic devices while doing it.Our coverage of Zoomtopia 2019 starts here.last_img read more

Jury instructions for intentional torts as an exception to the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation

first_imgJury instructions for intentional torts as an exception to the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation May 1, 2008 Regular News Jury instructions for intentional torts as an exception to the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation The Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Civil Cases proposes new instructions for intentional torts as an exception to the exclusive remedy of workers’ compensation. Instruction 414.5 is based on section 440.11, Florida Statutes. These instructions are proposed as part of the overall reorganization of the book and they follow the format used in the proposed reorganized book (see Notice published on April 15). The table of contents for this section appears below to illustrate how this instruction fits into the new proposed format. Comments are invited. Provide comments on instruction 414.5 separately from comments on other aspects of the proposed book reorganization. After reviewing all comments, the committee may submit its proposal to the Supreme Court. Send all comments concerning these proposed changes to Tracy Raffles Gunn, Committee Chair, Fowler White Boggs Banker, 501 East Kennedy Blvd. Suite 1700, Tampa 33602 or e-mail comments to or fax them to her at (813) 229-8313. Comments must be received by May 30 to ensure that they are considered by the committee . 414 INTENTIONAL TORT AS AN EXCEPTION TO EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF WORKERS’ COMPENSATION 414.1 Introduction 414.2 Summary of Claims 414.3 Clear and Convincing Evidence 414.4 Legal Cause 414.5 Issues on Claim 414.6 Burden of Proof ( a) engaged in conduct that (Defendant) knew, based upon [prior similar accidents] [or] [explicit warnings specifically identifying a known danger], was virtually certain to result in death or injury to (Claimant); and(b) (Claimant) was not aware of the risk because the danger was not apparent; and(c) (Defendant) deliberately concealed or misrepresented the danger so as to prevent (Claimant) from exercising an informed judgment; and, if so, whether that conduct was a legal cause of [loss] [injury] [or] [damage] to (Claimant).last_img read more

Governor rejects two JNC slates

first_imgGovernor rejects two JNC slates Governor rejects two JNC slates August 15, 2011 Regular Newscenter_img For the first time since the process for selecting members of judicial nominating commissions was changed 10 years ago, a governor has rejected slates of JNC nominees submitted by the Bar. Bar President Scott Hawkins announced to the Board of Governors at the July 29 meeting that Gov. Rick Scott has asked the Bar to submit a new slate of commission nominees for the 17th Circuit JNC and the Fourth District Court of Appeal JNC.Hawkins said he got a call from Scott’s general counsel, Charles Trippe, advising him the letter would be coming from Scott rejecting the two slates. Hawkins noted that one of the Bar’s nominees for the 17th Circuit JNC, D. David Keller, was actually appointed by Scott, but for the Bar’s unfilled vacancy from 2010.“He said the statute permits this [rejecting a slate], and this is how the governor’s office wants to proceed,” Hawkins told the board.The Bar president added he has “high regard” for Trippe and agreed with him that the current statute allows the governor to reject Bar nominees.Trippe’s July 20 letter to Hawkins thanked him for the Bar’s submission in May of this year’s slates of candidates. It then said, “After careful consideration, the governor has decided to reject the list of nominees for the 17th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission pursuant to section 43.291(1)(a) Florida Statutes.”Consistent with that law, Trippe then asked for three new nominees “that have not been previously recommended by the Board of Governors.”An identical letter rejected the nominees for the Fourth DCA JNC.When judicial nominating commissions were set up in the early 1970s under then-Gov. Reubin Askew, the Bar appointed three members to each JNC, the governor appointed three, and those six picked three nonlawyer members.In 2001, the Legislature sought to increase then-Gov. Jeb Bush’s authority over the judicial appointment process. The Legislature did away with the commission-appointed public members and allowed the governor to appoint all nine members. Five members are appointed directly by the governor (two of which must be lawyers) and four other members are picked from slates nominated by the Bar. The statute gives the governor the authority to reject a Bar slate and request new nominees as many times as he wants.(Terms of JNC members are staggered, so this year the Bar was nominating slates for one vacancy on each of the 26 JNCs. There’s a JNC for each of the 20 circuits, one for each of the five district courts of appeal, and one for the Supreme Court.)Hawkins said the Bar will readvertise for applicants for the two JNCs and the Executive Committee will recommend new slates to Scott.( New applications sought for the 17th Circuit JNC and New applications sought for the Fourth DCA JNC. )When asked about the governor’s action, Gov. Scott’s press secretary, Lane Wright, said, “At this time we don’t have a comment.”last_img read more

ZERO-C: A Solution To Shrinkage-Induced Cement Cracking

first_imgZERO-C: A Solution To Shrinkage-Induced Cement CrackingDespite the technological advances in the science of concrete repair, shrinkage-induced cracking has long been the unsolvable problem of Portland cement-based repair materials — until now.BASF Construction Chemicals has developed a new product called ZERO-C that aims to eliminate material cracking.Without cracking, structures last longer and require fewer resources of time, money, material and effort, ultimately making concrete more sustainable. The factors that influence cracking in concrete repair materials are design errors, installation mistakes and material performance.Portland cement-based products shrink as they cure and harden, causing internal stresses to develop within the material. When the accumulated stress exceeds the tensile strength of the material, or if the material is restrained, as with a typical concrete repair, the stress is relieved by cracking. The failure of concrete repairs weakens infrastructure, devalues buildings and increases cost.Correcting failed repairs creates additional costs in lost time, opportunity cost and lost revenue.Repairs cause disruption when tenants must be relocated, traffic rerouted and parking lots closed.Failed repairs can mean lost resources — from both the original repair, as well as correcting the problem. The result: more waste in landfills, more CO2 emitted into the atmosphere and more fuel consumption in transportation.More importantly, repairs that fail can result in weakened structures and risk of injury.According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 50% of concrete repairs are unsatisfactory within the first five years. ZERO-C exceeds both the ASTM and ICRI requirements for “low cracking potential products.” It is the industry’s first product to comply with ICRI Data Sheet Protocol, fully tested at an independent laboratory.The construction industry is witnessing an era in which science and technology focus on restoring buildings and infrastructure with advanced materials to create greater longevity at affordable costs.For more information about BASF Construction Chemicals’ ZERO-C, visit Magazine September/October 2010last_img read more

UW psychologist Kristina Olson thought the MacArthur Foundation had the wrong ‘genius’

first_imgEven though the caller ticked off items on Olson’s résumé, including her groundbreaking research on transgender children, it was weeks before she was convinced it wasn’t all an elaborate prank. Olson still won’t mention the prize unless pressed. Where she comes from, in central Illinois, boasting is almost as inexcusable as not being nice. “Talking about myself is my least favorite subject,” she says — and she really means it. When the MacArthur Foundation rang last year to tell her she’d won one of its coveted fellowships — colloquially called genius grants — the University of Washington psychologist figured it was a mistake. The word “genius” makes Kristina Olson squirm.center_img “Are you sure you have the right Kristina Olson?” she asked. But it’s been a remarkable run for the 38-year-old researcher. A few months before Olson found out about the $625,000 MacArthur fellowship, she won the Alan T. Waterman Award, the National Science Foundation’s highest honor for early-career scientists. Olson was the first psychologist, and the first woman in 14 years, to win the prize and the $1 million grant that comes with it. Read the whole story: Seattle Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

How the brain decides if a situation is emotionally negative or positive

first_imgShare on Twitter In a new study published recently in the journal Human Brain Mapping, a group of researchers led by Dr. Christiane Rohr of the Max Planck Institute in Germany and Dr. Okon-Singer of the Department of Psychology at the University of Haifa sought to locate the neural mechanism that “chooses” whether a given situation is positive or negative and classifies different situations that are emotionally unclear. In order to simulate the lack of emotional clarity, the researchers presented the participants with scenes from emotionally-conflicting movies, such as Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs. This movie includes many complex situations, such as a scene where one person is torturing another while smiling, dancing, and talking to his victim in a friendly manner.The participants in the study watched the movie scenes while they were inside an MRI machine, and later reported whether they felt that each scene they viewed included a conflict. For each moment in the movie, the participants also rated the extent to which they felt that the positive elements were dominant, so that the scene was pleasant to watch, or the extent that negative elements prevailed, so that the scene was unpleasant to view.As in previous studies, the researchers identified two active networks – one that operates when we perceive the situation as positive, and another that operates when we perceive it as negative. For the first time, however, they identified how the brain switches between these two networks. The study found that the transition between activity in the positive or negative network is facilitated by two areas in the brain – the superior temporal sulcus (STS) and the inferior parietal lobule (IPL). These areas form part of the negative and positive networks, but also acted when the participants felt that the movie scene embodied an emotional conflict. The STS was found to be associated with the interpretation of positive situations, while the IPL is associated with the interpretation of negative situations.Dr. Okon-Singer explains that these two areas effectively function as “remote controls” that spring into action when the brain recognizes that there is an emotional conflict. The two areas seem to “speak” to each other and interpret the situation in order to decide which one will be on and which one off, thereby determining which network will be active. “The study suggests that these areas can influence the value – positive or negative – that will be dominant in an emotional conflict through control of other areas of the brain,” she added.Dr. Okon-Singer anticipates that the discovery of the areas of the brain that enable us to identify emotional situations and conflicts will now facilitate further research to examine why this mechanism does not work properly in some people. “We hope that by understanding the neural basis of the interpretation of situations as positive or negative will in the future help us to understand the neural systems of populations that have emotional difficulties. This will enable us to develop therapeutic techniques to make the interpretations among these populations more positive,” the researchers concluded. Share on Facebook Email Sharecenter_img Pinterest Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig and the University of Haifa, Israel, have identified neural mechanisms that help us understand whether a difficult and complex social situation is emotionally positive or negative.“When someone offends you while smiling, should your brain interpret it as a smile or an offense? The mechanism we found includes two areas in the brain that act almost as ‘remote controls’ that together determine what value to attribute to a situation, and accordingly which other brain areas should be on and which should be off,” explains Dr. Hadas Okon-Singer of the University of Haifa, one of the leaders of the study.We are all familiar with the expression “we don’t know whether to laugh or cry,” referring to a situation that includes both positive and negative elements. But how does the brain actually desire “whether to laugh or cry”? Dr. Okon-Singer explains that previous studies have identified the mechanisms by which the brain determines whether something is positive or negative. However, most of these studies focused on dichotomous situations – the participants were submitted either to a completely positive stimulus (a smiling baby or a pair of lovers) or a completely negative one (a dead body). The present study sought to examine complex cases involving both positive and negative stimuli. LinkedInlast_img read more

Avian Flu Scan for Jan 12, 2015

first_imgFlurry of human H5N1 cases in Egypt adds 6 moreSix additional human cases of H5N1 avian flu have been reported by Egypt’s health ministry, three on Jan 9 and three more yesterday, according to stories from Ahram Online, part of the country’s largest news organization, which brings the total so far this year to 10.An entry yesterday on the Avian Flu Diary blog notes that Egypt has reported 35 cases in less than 2 months, after reporting only 8 over the previous 24 months. Why human cases are mounting so quickly of late remains unclear, but researchers have found mutations in infected poultry, which could be playing a role, says Mike Coston, author of the blog, citing a recent CIDRAP News story.Two case-patients, including a 51-year-old man, have recovered from the infection this year, seven are under treatment, and one, a 3-year-old from Giza, has died, says Ahram.Yesterday’s report said the virus killed 11 people in Egypt in 2014. (The Jan 9 story said 31, which appears to be a misstatement of deaths that actually refers to cases.)Cases have been most common in rural areas where people live in close contact with birds they are raising. Egypt’s health ministry is encouraging people who raise poultry to cover their nose and mouth when handling any domesticated birds and to seek treatment if any flu symptoms develop.Jan 11 Ahram story Jan 9 Ahram story Jan 9 Avian Flu Diary blog post Jan 7 CIDRAP News story on H5N1 mutations China sees 2 new human cases of H7N9Two additional patients with H7N9 avian flu have been reported to Hong Kong’s Centre for Health Protection (CHP), both in Guangdong province and both in critical condition, bringing the mainland total to 460, according to a press release today.The new case-patients are a 42-year-old man in Shenzhen and a 52-year-old woman in Dongguan. Cases since 2013 have been distributed thus: Zhejiang (141), Guangdong (117), Jiangsu (59), Shanghai (42), Hunan (24), Fujian (23), Anhui (17), Jiangxi (8), Xinjiang (8), Beijing (5), Shandong (5), Henan (4), Guangxi (3), Jilin (2), Guizhou (1), and Hebei (1).All five H7N9 cases in China this year have occurred in Guangdong province.The release states that surveillance measures have been implemented at boundary points, thermal imaging for body temperature checks is being carried out on inbound travelers, and public education programs are under way.Jan 12 CHP press release Most recent (Jan 8) CIDRAP News scan on H7N9 in China Study: H10N8 better suited to bind to avian cells than humanChinese researchers studying the structure of H10N8 avian flu—which has caused at least three human cases—have determined that it is a typical avian flu virus, with receptor-binding sites resembling H7N9 viruses isolated early in the current outbreak in China.To investigate the epidemic potential of H10N8, the team examined the receptor-binding properties of the first human isolate, from Jiangxi province. Writing in Nature Communications, they noted that the virus preferentially binds to avian receptors, not human ones, which means it is less likely to infect people.The investigators said that more recent isolates of H7N9 from humans in China show enhanced binding to human receptors. Of the three H10N8 cases confirmed so far, two have proved fatal.Jan 9 Nat Commun abstractlast_img read more