LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) – City inspectors have condemned a historic building in downtown La Crosse where three people were hurt when a second-story floor collapsed. Dispatchers received reports that as many as 50 people might have been inside a large apartment when the floor gave way about 11 p.m. Saturday. Three people were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries. The rest of the people in the apartment had left the building by the time firefighters arrived. The La Crosse Tribune (http://tinyurl.com/9j79tsw ) says the upper apartment spans two storefronts in the 1913 building, designated as a historic site because it’s the original location of the Trane Co. Fire officials say a 30-foot by 30-foot section of the floor gave way. ___ Information from: La Crosse Tribune, http://www.lacrossetribune.com Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
Ebola infects 1 more person in the DRCThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reported one new confirmed Ebola case over the last 3 days, edging the overall outbreak total to 3,427, according to numbers reflected on the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) online Ebola dashboard. The WHO in a recent report said recent trends have been encouraging, with the number of cases in the most recent epidemiologic week the fewest since the outbreak response began.Four more probable cases have been added, raising that number to 123. The DRC’s Ebola technical committee (CMRE) said in its Jan 31 daily update that three of the probable cases are from Butembo and one is from Mandima. So far, 2,246 deaths have been reported. Health officials are still investigating 451 suspected cases.In its report for Feb 2, the CMRE said the newly confirmed case is from Beni, which is the current hot spot. In that report, the group said attacks have disrupted health control activities at two control points in the Biakato Mines area near Mandima.In a speech today at the WHO’s executive board meeting in Geneva today, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said the small number is an encouraging trend, “But until we get to zero, there is always the risk that the outbreak could flare up again.” He said security incidents in November undermined earlier progress, and he said he worries about ongoing security threats and noted that on Jan 30 more civilians were killed by armed rebels in Beni.Tedros said the WHO currently has about 630 staff in the DRC to support the Ebola response. “But even as we focus on ending this outbreak, we must also think beyond Ebola to strengthening DRC’s weak health system,” he said.WHO online Ebola dashboard Jan 31 CMRE update Feb 2 CMRE update Saudi Arabia reports first MERS-CoV case of FebruaryToday Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MOH) reported one more MERS-CoV case in Jeddah, the first case noted this month.The MOH said the patient is a 28-year-old man, whose exposure to MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) is listed as primary, meaning it’s unlikely he contracted the virus from another known patient. He is not a healthcare worker, and he had camel contact—a known risk factor for MERS.Saudi Arabia reported 15 cases in January, including a probable healthcare-related cluster of 6 cases in Abha.The WHO said in its latest monthly update that, since 2012, it has received reports of 2,499 MERS-CoV cases, at least 861 of them fatal. The vast majority have been in Saudi Arabia. Feb 3 MOH report Study: Quadrivalent flu vaccines offer similar protection against flu BA new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases tracked flu vaccine efficacy against influenza B strains in both the trivalent (three-strain) and quadrivalent (four-strain) vaccines and found no significant differences between the two.Beginning in 2013 in the United States, quadrivalent inactive influenza vaccines (IIV4) containing two B viruses became an option in addition to trivalent vaccines (IIV3), which contained one B strain. To conduct this study, researchers compared the odds of influenza B infection across four flu seasons (2013-14 to 2016-17) where both IIV3 and IIV4 vaccines were used, and by the two B lineages among vaccinated versus unvaccinated participants.The overall effectiveness against any influenza B was 53% (95% confidence interval [CI], 45% to 59%) for IIV4 versus 45% (95% CI, 34% to 54%) for IIV3, the authors said. “IIV4 was more effective than IIV3 against the B lineage not included in IIV3, but comparative effectiveness against illness related to any influenza B favored neither vaccine valency,” they wrote. Feb 1 Clin Infect Dis studyFeb 3 Tedros WHO executive board speech FDA approves Seqirus’s H5N1 pandemic flu vaccineVaccine manufacturer Seqirus, of Holly Springs, North Carolina, announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Audenz, its adjuvanted cell-based H5N1 pandemic flu vaccine.The FDA approved the vaccine for people aged 6 months and older in the event of an H5N1 flu pandemic, the company said in a news release. The vaccine uses the company’s MF59 adjuvant, which is designed to enhance the body’s immune response. It is produced using cell-based antigen manufacturing, which is designed for rapid production and can be stockpiled for first responders in the event of an H5N1 pandemic.”Pandemic influenza viruses can be deadly and spread rapidly, making production of safe, effective vaccines essential in saving lives,” said Rick Bright, PhD, director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the Department of Health and Human Services.Russell Basser, MD, senior vice president of research and development at Seqirus, said, “This pandemic influenza vaccine exemplifies our commitment to developing innovative technologies that can help provide rapid response during a pandemic emergency.”Feb 3 Seqirus news release H5N1 strikes Chinese poultry farmAnimal health officials in China have reported a highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu outbreak in China, affecting a farm in the city of Shaoyang in Hunan province, the Straits Times, an English-language newspaper based in Singapore, reported today, citing a statement from the country’s agriculture ministry.About 18,000 poultry were culled to curb the spread of the virus.Feb 3 Straits Times storyIn other avian flu developments, two countries reported more highly pathogenic H5N8 detections. Poland reported one more outbreak, which began on Jan 24 and affects a farm in Warminsko-Mazurskie province in the northeast, according to a notification today from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).Elsewhere, Israel reported that tests on a sick eagle found on Jan 27 in the Jordan valley yielded H5N8. The bird was wearing a transmitter. It was brought to a wildlife hospital and put in quarantine. The detection was the country’s first involving the strain since April 2019.Feb 3 OIE report on H5N8 in Poland Feb 1 OIE report on H5N8 in Israel
The introduction to HLPFI’s Friday Flyer this week is a shameless advertisement for our new product – the Marketplace Directory – which will be launched in the March/April 2015 edition of the magazine.The Marketplace aims to assist companies that supply equipment and support services to the heavy lift and project logistics business. It will act as a focal point for our readers to find the equipment they need to buy or rent, or the services they require to help undertake safe and economical project cargo movements.If you would like to grab the attention of HLPFI’s global readership of project cargo professionals, who use the magazine as a reference manual for contacts, news and information about project cargo transport and logistics, reserve an entry in our new Marketplace today.If this sounds like something your company would be interested in, or you have any queries about the new part of the magazine, please contact [email protected] and she will be very happy to ensure that you receive the information you require.As Evie says: “Doing business without advertising is like winking at someone in the dark: You know what you are doing, but no-one else does.” In businessK+N sees continuous improvements Kuehne + Nagel posted a 1.9 percent increase in net turnover compared with 2013, while its gross profit rose by 0.5 percent to CHF6.28bn (USD6.43bn).2014 ‘as expected’ for PanalpinaPanalpina’s net forwarding revenue in 2014 remained stable at CHF6.7bn (USD6.86bn), while gross profit increased by 2 percent year-on-year.Profits down at Port of RotterdamWhile revenue at the Port of Rotterdam Authority grew by 3.1 percent year-on-year in 2014, profits fell by 49 percent due to higher interest charges and depreciation.Manitowoc appoints Argentinian dealer Manitowoc Cranes has signed a distribution and service contract with Buenos Aires based construction equipment dealer Covema SACIF.Cargo Airship Caucus launched in the USAA Cargo Airship Caucus has been created in the US House of Representatives to encourage the development of these aircraft for military and civilian use. Capacity developmentsTerex warns of counterfeit cranesTerex Cranes has warned that counterfeit versions of its crawler crane models are being manufactured in South Korea.Liebherr upgrades LR 1750 crawlerLiebherr has modified its LR 1750 crawler crane by strengthening the main boom and adjusting the derrick system, so that an upgraded 750-tonne capacity LR 1750/2 model is now available.Monster lift on debutThe Asian Hercules III, which was recently delivered to Asian Lift, has completed her first lifting job.Cargolux adds 30th BoeingCargolux has taken delivery of its 12th Boeing 747-8 freighter aircraft, which becomes the 30th 747 freighter the airline has purchased from Boeing since 1979. Shipment of the weekRuslan International has transported a 70-tonne oil refinery stripping tower from Bakersfield, California to Erbil in Iraq. Network and association developmentsThe Cargo Equipment Experts (CEE) network gained Ideal Movers as a new representative in India.The Project Cargo Network (PCN) welcomed C Logistics Solutions as a new member in the Dominican Republic.Arbour Shipping in the UK and Tera Projects & Shipping in Malaysia joined the CLC Projects network.The XLProjects (XLP) network added four new members to its roster: Logistica Suardiaz in Spain; Topfor Logistics International in China; Taiwan’s Air International Freight; and MS Global Freight Solution in Malaysia.LSC Levant Forwarding Maritime joined the Global Project Logistics Network (GPLN) as a new Turkish representative.The Project Partners network added PP Logistics to its membership list, representing both Pakistan and Afghanistan.Myanmar’s Diamond Multimodal Express joined the Pacific Power Logistics (PPL) network. All about EvieIntrigued by the future use of drones in the freight industry, Evie was interested to read of the potential for cargo drones – or “flying donkeys” as one Kenyan farmer put it – to get around the need for infrastructural change on the African continent.One executive believes that drones could account for 10 to 15 percent of Africa’s transport sector in the next decade. Evie is not a cynic, but she won’t be holding her breath.Evie extends congratulations to Tuscor Lloyds this week, as its Spanish offices celebrated their tenth anniversary in the country.A big lover of paella, Evie was also excited to find out that the Project Partners network will be holding its 8th annual conference in Barcelona, Spain from October 8-11, 2015.
Action cams have since become the ‘in’ thing amongst many motorcycling enthusiasts, both professionals and weekend warriors. One of the biggest evolution is the advent of 360-video recording ability, which now allows us to have a better view of events like the annual Isle of Man TT (IOMTT).This year’s running of the infamous and deadly road race garnered the support of 360-degree camera experts 360Fly, resulting in this epic ride-along video shot from the helmet-mounted cam of seasoned TT racer Gary Johnson.This year, Johnson competed astride a Kawasaki ZX-10R in the annual IOMTT Superbike race category – amongst others – and this 360-degree video gives us perhaps the best view of the event’s Snaefell Mountain Course.Fondly referred to as the ‘Mountain Course’, racers charge through a 60.725km stretch with more than 200 turns. The course is made up entirely of public roads used by the residents of this British isle and racers thunder across hazards like towns and huge cliff drops amongst others.This year’s edition saw living IOMTT legend and active veteran Michael Dunlop setting a new speed and lap record around the course astride a BMW S1000RR of 16 minutes 53.926 seconds and 215.591km/h respectively – the first rider to clock a sub 17-minute laptime and 214km/h barriers. (Read about that here)Check out the featured video above and see just how treacherous it is to tackle the deadly 60+km-long road racing course at speeds above 200km/h.Sources: YouTube via [email protected]–Ads– Get to grips with the infamous and deadly Isle of Man TT (IOMTT) road racing course in full 360-degree view.
Nikolay Mihailov returned to Levski’s group for the decisive match of the last round of the playoffs in efbet League against Lokomotiv (Plovdiv). The guard was among the chosen ones of coach Georgi Todorov.The specialist again failed to fill the group, as it included 17 players. Simeon Slavchev, Stanislav Ivanov and Holmar Ejolfsson are still out due to injuries.Deyan Lozev was punished.The match with Lokomotiv (Plovdiv) is on Sunday at 21:00.Here is the whole group of “blues”:Nikolay Mihailov, Georgi Georgiev, Ivaylo Naydenov, Ivan Goranov, Ioannis Kargas, Kostadin Iliev, Iliya Yurukov, Martin Raynov, Stein Spiers, Franco Mazurek, Paulinho, Nasiru Mohamed, Zdravko Dimitrov, Marin Petkov, Martin Petar and Naibolj Koil Stanislav.Levski is hindered by the law, not DomuschievThe only thing Sirakov can do if the situation doesn’t work out for him is to insist on a change in the law or to leave the championship.
Victory also lifted United to within four points of fourth-place Manchester City, on whom they have a game in hand, ahead of the derby at the Etihad Stadium on April 27.It was a personal triumph for Mourinho, who saw his side thrashed 4-0 at Chelsea in October and was branded “Judas” by fans of his old club during last month’s FA Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge.A wet, cold Manchester afternoon was the setting for United to end a run of 12 games without victory against Chelsea, stretching back to a 3-2 away win in October 2012.Chelsea have now lost twice in four games, having gone down 2-1 at home to Crystal Palace earlier this month, which will give in-form Spurs fresh hope that the Blues may yet collapse as the finishing line nears.The top two meet at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-finals next weekend in what now looks a significant test of Chelsea’s mettle.United, meanwhile, will approach Thursday’s Europa League quarter-final second leg at home to Anderlecht, which is poised at 1-1, on the back of their best display under Mourinho.Chelsea were without goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois due to an ankle problem, while Marcos Alonso succumbed to injury in the warm-up at Old Trafford, bringing Asmir Begovic and Kurt Zouma into their usual first XI.Mourinho set United up to stop Chelsea, with Herrera and Matteo Darmian tasked with the responsibility of tracking dangermen Eden Hazard and Pedro wherever they went.But despite Herrera’s chief role as a stifler, he created United’s seventh-minute opener, albeit in contentious circumstances.He seemed to block Nemanja Matic’s pass with his right hand, but referee Robert Madley played on, enabling Herrera to split the Chelsea defence with a sublime through ball for Rashford.– Rashford ovation –Manchester United’s striker Marcus Rashford (R) takes on Chelsea’s defender David Luiz (L) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 16, 2017The 19-year-old raced in behind David Luiz before clipping a shot past Begovic for his ninth goal of the season.With Chelsea striker Diego Costa spending more time provoking his opponents than taking shots at goal, David de Gea was a virtual spectator between the posts for United.Costa became embroiled in penalty-box tangles with United centre-backs Eric Bailly and Marcos Rojo and was booked for a late challenge on Paul Pogba.With the willing Jesse Lingard playing in support of Rashford, United looked far more lively going forward.Ashley Young twice spurned presentable shooting opportunities from the edge of the box, while Rashford saw a cross headed onto the roof of the net by Gary Cahill.Short of a 25-yard drive by Costa that flashed wide in stoppage time, the half-time whistle sounded without Chelsea having offered anything in attack.Any hopes the visitors had of masterminding a turnaround vanished within four minutes of kick-off in the second half as Herrera doubled United’s lead.Zouma’s tackle on the burrowing Young sent the ball rolling into Herrera’s path and his drilled effort flicked off Zouma to fly past the grounded Begovic.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte sent on Cesc Fabregas for Victor Moses, with Pedro moving to wing-back, but still the league leaders toiled, Pedro twice curling shots over De Gea’s bar.At the other end Rashford remained a constant menace, teeing up Lingard to bend a shot over and twice going close himself, ruffling the side-netting and testing Begovic at his near post.When he departed in the 82nd minute, with Ibrahimovic taking his place, he was accorded a richly deserved standing ovation.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United players celebrate Ander herrera’s goal against Chelsea FC on April 16, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 16 –Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho masterminded a brilliant and unexpected 2-0 home victory over former club Chelsea on Sunday to breathe new life into the Premier League title race.Mourinho gambled by resting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera’s goals gave United a win that leaves Chelsea just four points above Tottenham Hotspur with six games to play.