Infant saved from plunge

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Denver woman walking to her car came upon the unimaginable: A crying eight-month-old baby dangling off a balcony three stories above a cement sidewalk, hanging on by one hand. “I thought someone was on the other side of the railing holding on to her,” Mary Bussey said. But it was the girl’s tiny fist clinging to the railing… (Rocky Mountain News – Submitted by Fred)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Review panel finds CDC weak on lab safety

first_imgAn external panel of experts concluded that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a weak commitment to laboratory safety and that a sizable share of lab workers are afraid to report safety lapses, among other problems, according to a report released this week.The panel, which was assigned to review the agency’s safety performance in the wake of mishaps last year, said the CDC risks losing its credibility because of the safety problems. It said lab safety training is inadequate and inconsistent and that CDC labs should be required to undergo safety reviews and accreditation by outside groups.”Leadership commitment toward safety has been inconsistent and insufficient at multiple levels,” the report states. “Safety, including lab safety, is viewed by many as something separate from and outside the primary missions of public health and research. Safety is not integrated into strategic planning and is not currently part of the CDC culture, enterprise-wide.”The report was completed in January but was not posted on the CDC Web site until this week. The agency said today that it generally agrees with the committee’s recommendations and is already working on implementing many of them. It also said the committee’s findings are based mostly on information gathered last August and September.Panel assignment followed safety breachesThe expert panel, a working group of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) of the agency, was established last July after two safety breaches came to light.One involved the contamination of a culture of low-pathogenic avian influenza virus with a highly pathogenic H5N1 virus and shipment of the culture to an external lab, which happened in January 2014 but didn’t come to light until months later. The other, in June 2014, involved the transfer of potentially viable Bacillus anthracis from a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) lab to a BSL-2 lab, risking exposure for dozens of workers. Neither incident led to any known infections or illnesses.Yet another incident happened in December, when some material that may have contained live Ebola virus was mistakenly moved from a BSL-4 lab to a BSL-2 lab, leading to possible exposure of a technician who worked with the material in the less secure lab. The technician remained healthy.The 11-member review panel is chaired by Kenneth Berns, MD, PhD, of the University of Florida in Gainesville, and co-chaired by Joseph Kanabrocki, PhD, of the University of Chicago. It is formally known as the External Laboratory Safety Workgroup (ELSW) of the ACD. The group visited CDC labs, conducted a lab-safety culture survey, and met with internal staff and leadership.Regarding the CDC leaders’ commitment to lab safety, the panel found that employees don’t understand the CDC’s response to accidents or how the response should be communicated to agency units outside the affected labs. “Disturbingly, the negative responses peak among those individuals who work at BSL3 and 4, especially among those holding a master’s degree.”To improve the lab safety climate, the ELSW recommended that the CDC leadership communicate a “CDC way” that features “the performance of responsible science practiced in a consistently safe manner.”‘Fragmented’ approach to trainingRegarding training, the panel said, “The organizational complexity of the CDC has contributed to a fragmented, inconsistent approach to laboratory safety training. The majority of training is now conducted online. . . . The CDC does not have its own hands-on directly observed centralized safety training program.”The group recommended that the agency establish a standardized training curriculum for all lab personnel along with standard methods for evaluating skills.On the matter of reporting incidents, the ELSW’s survey revealed that “a significant percentage of CDC staff have concerns about experiencing negative repercussions, either personally or more generally to the Agency, as a result of reporting incidents involving exposures to pathogenic organisms or other hazardous materials.”In particular, some workers in labs that handle federally designated select agents fear regulatory or other negative consequences if they report mishaps. For example, when the B anthracis incident occurred in June, many scientists were concerned that there were violations of the Select Agent rules, but there “were no mentions of people being similarly concerned with biosafety,” the panel said. It added that other findings also suggested more concern about biosecurity requirements than biosafety.The panel said the CDC needs to establish “a culture of responsible science and accountability. This culture of responsible science will require prompt and accurate reporting of incidents or breaches in standard protocol without fear of reprimand or punishment. (Not reporting should be considered a breach of responsibility.)”Structural problemsIn other findings, the experts said the CDC’s organizational structure does not support maintaining a culture of shared responsibility and consistent practices across different units. It noted that two key safety oversight groups are outside the chain of command for CDC centers and divisions.In addition, “Risk assessments of proposed research activities are either not being done in a standardized manner or are not being done at all.” For example, the Institutional Biosafety Committee reviews only recombinant DNA research.While calling the CDC “an incredibly capable organization,” the panel said, “We are very concerned that the CDC is on the way to losing credibility. The CDC must not see itself as ‘special.’ The internal controls and rules that the rest of the world works under also apply to CDC.”The committee concluded by recommending an external review and accreditation process for CDC labs and calling on the agency to formally track and report its progress in following up on the group’s recommendations.CDC says improvements are under wayIn a statement sent by spokesman Tom Skinner in response to the report today, the CDC said, “CDC has done much work to address the recommendations from the external and internal assessments. Anecdotal feedback from lab scientists suggests that the improvements are well received and are having a positive effect.”The agency said that although the ELSW presented its findings to the full advisory committee in January, it began its review of CDC’s laboratories in August and did most its assessment at the CDC in August and September. “So the report reflects observations of the workgroup made several months ago.”Kanabrocki, the panel’s co-chair, confirmed that timeline today. In e-mail comments to CIDRAP News, he added, “The ELSW is being updated regularly concerning the CDC response to the recommendations of the ACD. Among numerous other activities initiated in response to the ACD recommendations, I know that recruitment for a new position, an Associate Director of Laboratory Science and Safety that will report directly to the CDC Director, is well underway.”The CDC statement said that when the ELSW presented its findings in January, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, “noted that while some of the recommended actions can be implemented relatively quickly, others will take time to implement, including those relating to organizational structures and funding.”Significant progress has already been made, and some decisions will be left for the new ADLSS [associate director for lab science and safety] to address and have input into these key issues. The bottom line is that CDC agrees with the proposed actions, is implementing them, and is deeply appreciative of the ELSW’s efforts and expert advice.”Newly adopted precautionsThe agency provided a list of steps it has taken so far, including:Establishing additional safeguards as part of standard operating procedures for all material intended for inactivation and removal from high containment labsCreating and reinforcing effective and redundant systems and controls for protocols and procedures, including inactivation and transfer of biological materials and access to laboratoriesStandardizing laboratory protocols to include additional safety elementsEnsuring adherence to laboratory quality and safety protocolsImplementing new procedures and training of CDC laboratory staff that will keep pace with advancing technologies and protocol demandsDeveloping a standardized approach for conducting risk assessments for work with biological materialsDeveloping enhanced competency-based laboratory safety training programsReviewing and monitoring the implementation of training policies and procedures for new and existing staffThe statement also listed several additional steps it is taking or plans to take, including enhancing biosecurity and biosafety training and clarifying policies on the disposition of leftover samples when staff members leave their jobs.See also: CDC ELSW report, posted Mar 16General CDC lab safety informationInformation about the ELSWJun 19, 2014, CIDRAP News story “CDC probes anthrax exposure at its research labs” Aug 15, 2014, CIDRAP News story “CDC probe of H5N1 cross-contamination reveals protocol lapses, reporting delays” Dec 29, 2014, CIDRAP News story “CDC lab tech still healthy after possible Ebola exposure”last_img read more

Dengan High-Throughput Satellite, Penumpang Garuda Indonesia Bisa Streaming Video Selama Mengudara

first_imgSebagaimana yang dikutip KabarPenumpang.com dari laman apex.aero (1/11/2018), diketahui maskapai plat merah ini akan melengkapi armada penerbangan domestik dan internasionalnya dengan konektivitas GX Avtiation In-Flight Next Generation milik Inmarsat, dengan koneksi High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) yang cukup cepat untuk mendukung streaming video.Dalam kerja sama ini, Lufthansa Technik akan mengelola perangkat keras, teknik, instalasi, desain dan sertifikasi untuk proyek yang bersangkutan. Sedangkan Lufthansa Systems akan menangani platform dan integrasi perangkat lunak dengan menggunakan arsitektur terbuka BoardConnect. Kontrak layanan dengan Garuda Indonesia ini merupakan perpanjangan dari kontrak 10 tahun yang terjalin dengan LCC Garuda Indonesia Group, Citilink, yang diumumkan pada APEX EXPO tahun ini.“Inmarsat terbilang sangat sukses dalam menjalin kerja sama dengan Mahata, Lufthansa Technik dan Lufthansa Systems pada peluncuran GX Aviation dalam penerbangan broadband dengan Citilink,” ujar Wakil Presiden regional Inmarsat Aviation, Ben Griffin.“Fakta bahwa Garuda Indonesia juga telah memilih layanan untuk armada domestik dan internasionalnya adalah bukti lebih lanjut dari kemitraan ini dan kemampuan layanan kami yang terdepan di pasar,” imbuhnya.Senada dengan Ben, Direktur Eksekutif PT Mahata Aero Teknologi, Iwan Setiawan juga mengatakan bahwa kemitraan yang terjalin dengan sejumlah perusahaan di atas merupakan bukti nyata dari kerja keras perusahaan untuk menghadirkan layanan prima kepada para mitranya.Baca Juga: Singapore AirShow 2018: Garuda Indonesia Gandeng Thales Hadirkan In Flight Entertainment“Ini semakin menegaskan kepercayaan dalam kemampuan kemitraan kami untuk menghadirkan konektivitas canggih kepada penumpang di salah satu pasar penerbangan yang tumbuh paling cepat di dunia,” kata Iwan.Di lain pihak, Direktur Senior Penjualan Korporat Lufthansa Technik untuk Asia Tenggara dan Subkontinen India, Zang Thio mengatakan, “Ketika kami terus mengeksplorasi cara-cara inovatif lebih lanjut untuk berkolaborasi dengan Mahata, kami bertujuan untuk meluncurkan solusi konektivitas kami untuk pelanggan maskapai tambahan di masa yang akan datang.” Garuda Indonesia Garuda Indonesia kini tengah meningkatkan fokus dalam upayanya untuk menawarkan berbagai pilihan hiburan kepada para pelanggan setianya, termasuk In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) dan akses broadband yang cukup cepat untuk mendukung penumpang streaming selama perjalanan.Seperti penyedia teknologi nirkabel Indonesia, Mahata Aero Teknologi (MAT) telah mengumumkan kesepakatan menawarkan broadband penerbangan berkecepatan tinggi di atas penerbangan Garuda Indonesia melalui kemitraan dengan Inmarsat, Lufthansa Technik dan Lufthansa Systems.Baca Juga: Jadi Penumpang Business Class di Boeing 777 Garuda Indonesia, Inilah yang Anda Nikmati Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedManjakan Penumpang, Garuda Indonesia Group Pasang WiFi Onboard di 30 Armada11/05/2019In “Domestik”Garuda Indonesia Group Hadirkan WiFi Gratis Dalam Penerbangan Domestik14/11/2018In “Destinasi”Akibat Temuan BPK Paksa Garuda Indonesia Group Hentikan Layanan WiFi Gratis02/08/2019In “Domestik”last_img read more

Boom gates up in lights

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows A boom gate failure on the Pakenham train line in January 2016 has been cited as an…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Nelson Youth Soccer hosts ceremony to honour Kerry Dyck

first_imgNelson Youth Soccer held a brief ceremony Tuesday to honour the amazing contribution of former executive member, coach and player, Kerry Dyck.Dyck lost his battle against cancer in January of this year.Brett Adams of the Vancouver Whitecaps led the crowd of players, coaches, parents as well as members of Kerry’s family, including his parents and wife Heather and children, in a moment of silence honour Dyck. The one-minute of silence was followed by one minute of clapping to salute the countless hours of dedication Kerry Dyck made to soccer. Kerry Dyck, who loved the sport of soccer, played for the Bombers at L.V. Rogers High School before moving to Vancouver.He returned to play for the Heritage Innkeepers Men’s Soccer Team where he was coach and manager.Dyck, who coached the Nelson Selects U18 Boy’s team in 2017, was also an instrumental member of Nelson Youth Soccer, joining the board as well as coaching for years in the house and rep program.Dyck worked as a financial planner at Investors Group Financial Services in Nelson.Tuesday’s Rep training at Lakeside Soccer Fields, held under glorious sunshine, was the first of the 2018 outdoor season.last_img read more

Dele signed a new six-year deal at Tottenham… but not to win trophies

first_imgDELE ALLI says he has signed a new Tottenham deal to further his career — and not necessarily to win trophies.The England star this week put pen to paper on an improved six-year contract worth £150,000-a-week.4 Dele Alli has signed a new contract at Tottenham – but not to win trophiesCredit: PA:Press Association4 Dele has put pen to paper on a new £150,000-a-week six-year contractCredit: PA:Empics SportSpurs last won the title in 1961 and the FA Cup in 1991. Their last triumph was the League Cup in 2008.Dele, 22, believes the club are on the verge of ending that drought — but insisted that is not the reason he has committed to them.He said: “As a young professional, I had to think about what is best for my career and where I can improve.“It’s not all about winning trophies for me yet at my age.Most read in footballPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVESalah admits he could LEAVE Liverpool, how Sancho will fit in Utd XILive Blogblues newsChelsea transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeRevealedFORTUNE TELLERIncredible Hawkeye blunder saved Villa’s lives – but Smith says it was karmaNEXT SEASONAaron Connolly says ‘see you next year’ after scoring goal to end seasonLive BlogJU BEAUTYJuventus vs Sampdoria LIVE: Stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team news“I want to keep improving and trying to become the best player I can be. I think I’m at a great place to do that.”Dele joined Tottenham from MK Dons for £5million in 2015 and has scored 48 goals in 154 matches.He said: “It’s a great moment for me and my family but, at the same time, nothing changes.“I want to keep working as hard as I always have done, keep improving.” View this post on Instagram Delighted to have signed a new contract until 2024. Would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the club – chairman, manager, all my teammates and the fans for their constant support. I’ve loved my time at @spursofficial so far and I’m very excited to see what the future holds! ⚽️ #COYS A post shared by Dele (@dele) on Oct 30, 2018 at 4:11am PDT4 The former MK Dons midfielder is the latest of Spurs star to sign a long-term deal at the clubCredit: PA:Press Association4 Tottenham’s last trophy was won in 2008 when they beat Chelsea after extra time in the League Cup finalCredit: Times Newspapers LtdHe is the latest in a string of Spurs stars, including star striker Harry Kane, to sign a new deal, with Christian Eriksen also set to follow suit.Dele said: “You can see we all want to be part of this journey together. We all want to achieve something great.“We want to keep improving and this is a great place to do that. The feeling around the place is positive.”Dele starred for Tottenham as they booked their Carabao Cup quarter- final place with a 3-1 win at West Ham on Wednesday.I DARE YOU Jose Mourinho dares FA to appeal abusive language verdict as he insists he was ‘100 per cent’ not guiltyThey have made their best-ever start to a Premier League season.But they have been slammed for delays with their new £850m stadium and not making any summer signings.And Spurs are also on the brink of exiting the Champions League after just one point from three matches.Dele said: “People can have their opinions but as players, as a club, we all need to stick together.It’s match week 11 of the Premier League as Arsenal take on Liverpool and Chelsea welcomes Crystal Palace “We know it’s difficult. It’s a journey we’re on together.“When we move into the stadium this will all be forgotten. Hopefully the fans will love it.”Tottenham now face arch-rivals Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.Dele added: “It’s a big game. We want to win, for the fans as well. We have to be ready and prepare like we would any other game.”last_img read more

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