Since first being reported in 2012, the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) has remained largely prevalent in the Arabian Peninsula, with 84.3% of the 2,494 cases—and 90.9% of its 858 deaths—in Saudi Arabia as of November 2019.A study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases yesterday, however, proposes that human infections are underestimated in Africa because of ineffective testing. This finding highlights an anomaly: More than 70% of the primary MERS-CoV carriers, dromedary camels, reside on the continent, yet human cases are rarely reported there.30% positive rate in those with close camel contactIn an observational cohort study at an abattoir (slaughterhouse) in Kano, Nigeria, researchers found that 30% of their study population who were in close contact with dromedaries had peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) test results that showed MERS-CoV-specific CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell responses. These same participants had negative results on their serologic tests, the method most used to detect MERS-CoV in humans.A T cell is a type of lymphocyte (white blood cell found in the lymphatic system) that plays a central role in the body’s immune response to a pathogen such as MERS-CoV. Serologic tests measure the amount of antibodies or proteins present in the blood. So both PBMC and serologic tests can indicate a previous infection, but previous studies have shown PBMC might be more sensitive.Both tests were conducted from Mar 13 through 26, 2018, on 61 workers who were in close contact with dromedaries, 20 who worked at the abattoir but not with camels, 10 non-abattoir workers in the city, and—from May 10-Aug 31, 2018—on 24 additional control participants from Guangzhou, China.The researchers found that 18 (30%) of the 61 abattoir workers with exposure to camels tested positive via PBMC, but none of the others did.They also noted that 48 (79%) of the abattoir dromedary workers also drank camel milk or urine, which had a significant negative association with T-cell positivity. The investigators said this finding was surprising, but because of the small sample size they could not tease out the reasons for it. Some believe camel milk and urine to have medicinal properties.Possible COVID-19, vaccine implicationsIn a Lancet commentary, Stanley Perlman, MD, PhD, of the University of Iowa, and Alimuddin Zumla, MBChB, PhD, of University College London, not only advocate for better surveillance and MERS-CoV control in Africa, but they consider how it could relate to the current pandemic.”It would also be interesting to know if dromedary-exposed workers with MERS-CoV-specific T-cell responses are protected from developing severe MERS on rechallenge, and by extrapolation, whether T-cell responses are protective against severe COVID-19 disease, even if virus-specific antibody is not detectable,” they write. “The results also suggest that COVID-19 and MERS vaccines should be formulated to induce T-cell responses to maximize the likelihood of long-term protection.”The experts, who were not involved in the study, also note, “Zoonotic [animal-origin] MERS-CoV infections of dromedary-exposed individuals are probably taking place in Nigeria, and, by extrapolation, the incidence of human MERS infections in all regions of Africa with dromedaries has probably been underestimated.”
Motorcar Parts of America Inc. has announced the appointment of William Hardy to the position of CEO of D&V Electronics, a wholly owned subsidiary based in Toronto, Canada. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementHe succeeds Scott Matrenec, head of business and corporate development for Motorcar Parts of America, who served on an interim basis in this capacity following the acquisition of D&V Electronics in July 2017. Matrenec will continue with his business development responsibilities at the corporate office in California.Hardy has held senior executive positions during his more than 24-year tenure in a variety of technology-related positions, with assignments in the United States, Singapore, Japan and China. He recently served as vice president – sales, service and marketing for the vehicles and structures test division of MTS Systems Inc., based in Minneapolis. Earlier, he served as vice president – global sales and marketing for the company’s test division. His experience includes positions with Tyco International in Singapore and Japan – including president of Japan for the company’s fire and security divisions. Hardy began his professional career with Alcatel-Lucent serving in a variety of positions, including chief operating office for Asia Pacific; vice president, business development and marketing – Japan; and other assignments focused on wireless technology applications in China, Japan and the United States.“Bill’s significant international experience and his demonstrated record of accomplishments will accelerate D&V’s ability to achieve significant revenue growth and profitability, as the company capitalizes on increasing global demand for electronic testing products and services,” said Selwyn Joffe, chairman, president and CEO.Advertisement“We look forward to building on the legacy of Voiko Loukanov, Ph.D., the late founder of D&V Electronics, and his commitment to innovation, building world-class testing systems and customer service. These have been core values since the company’s inception, and we look forward to continuing Voiko’s vision,” said Kalina Loukanov, executive director of D&V Electronics.Hardy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania; a Master of Fine Art in painting and sculpture from New York Academy of Art, New York, New York; and a Master of Business Administration in international business from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business, Durham, North Carolina.
Nothing good comes easy,” said Randy Conquest gazing at his wife Jo Ann with a smile. “I remember the first time I saw her walking down the street. I was with my brother-in-law and we were driving in his car. I yelled at him to pull over. I told him ‘If you don’t pull over I’m going to jump out!’ He had no choice but to stop and I walked over to Jo Ann and said, ‘One day I’m going to marry you.’ I don’t know what came over me, but when I saw her walking down the street I had a vision, I saw children and a family and I was happy. I knew she was the one,” said Conquest. They started dating and were married in 1963, and have three children, Dean, Randi, and Kandi.With roots in England, Randy’s father, David Wesley Conquest, was born in 1895, and his mother, Minnie, in 1898. Randy was born into the Conquest family in 1937 and grew up on Gallo Duck Farm in East Patchogue, after the family moved from Virginia. The 45-acre farm was home to thousands of ducks, which were raised annually. As a child he recalls chasing the ducks to get them back in their pens before nightfall and admits that he’s not very fond of them after having lived among them for so many years. With a shake of his head, Conquest pondered why he has two statues of ducks adorning his beautifully manicured front lawn.After graduating Patchogue High School in 1956, Conquest attended the Tyler Barber School in New York City and obtained his state license. During his nine-month course, Conquest recalled one of the other students in his class. “Bootsie really wanted to be a barber, but he was too heavy-handed. He didn’t have the gift,” he said. “I call it a gift because it’s not the type of thing that can really be taught. You just have to have the feel for it; it’s really an art. You either have it or you don’t. I felt sad for Bootsie because he really wanted to be a barber.”With his license in hand, Conquest worked in many different shops from the Bronx to Long Island and was also on staff at the Central Islip Psychiatric Center as a barber providing haircuts and shaves to patients. In 1969, Conquest had the opportunity to open a shop in Southampton on Maple Avenue near the railroad station. Randy’s Barbershop became the first African American barber shop in the community. The shop became a social meeting place as customers enjoyed its friendly, comfortable, and welcoming atmosphere.“We had a lot of hangers-on,” Conquest said. “They’d come in and get a haircut and share funny stories. One day, ‘Bub’ Seymour told us about the time Sugar Ray Robinson’s training guy couldn’t make it to the workout. They told Bub to get in the ring with Ray and Ray hit him so hard that he thought he’d never get up! We were never short of good stories.”After 10 years, Conquest purchased the building on North Sea Road, which had housed Emanuel Seymour’s barbershop and which included a beauty salon. Over the course of his more than 50 years as a barber, Conquest has sponsored many apprentices, happily giving others the opportunity to learn the trade. “There was a young man, Clyde Hallman, whose hair I cut for 35 years. One day when he came in for a haircut he told me he liked to cut hair. I took him on as an apprentice. He had the gift, he was a natural,” Conquest said with a smile. “Charlie Green, Augustus (Gus) Stewart, Joey McCoy, and Artie Williams were also apprentices of mine,” he added.When Conquest retired in 2006, Gus Stewart, who was working with him at the time, continued to run the shop. Shortly after, Gus moved to Atlanta and the shop closed permanently and Randy placed it on the market.To many, however, the building held too many memories because it had served as a popular social gathering spot unlike any other in Southampton Town. A member of the community, Gloria Cannon, proposed that the building, which was built in 1950, should receive historical status and be made into an African American museum. Gloria’s daughter, Bonnie Cannon, and Brenda Simmons, whose aunt, Evelyn Baxter, ran the adjoining beauty salon with her partner, Katherine Spellman, went to work to achieve their goal. “When I was approached with the idea,” Conquest said, “I thought it was a great idea, but I had no idea how to make it happen. Bonnie and Brenda worked really hard to make it a reality.”In October 2006, Conquest’s building was purchased with money from the Community Preservation Fund. “It took four years before the building received its historic status and another eight years after that before construction actually began to preserve and restore it,” he said. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 7, 2018 for the African American Museum of the East End.Designed by Southampton architect Siamak Samii, the restoration work has just begun with hopes that the museum will be completed and ready to open in the spring of 2019. “The building needs a lot of work. The structure and foundation are not sound,” said William Proefriedt, the president of WGP Contracting Inc., as workers were preparing to move the building off its foundation on October 3.Proud of the efforts of the many members of the community who came forward to preserve the legacy of the building that holds his memories, hardly a day goes by that Conquest is not seen stopping by the job site to watch the progress. “It took a long time to get going, but like I already said,” he added with a smile, “nothing good comes easy.” firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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Source: NOVAIRNovair was among the very first companies to introduce the oxygen generator as a source of medical oxygen supply to hospitals in Europe in 1994, and claims to be the manufacturer offering the most extended range of oxygen generators for hospital use to the market. As a result, the company is particularly busy during the current pandemic, responding to the high demand for oxygen and generator systems.In an upcoming exclusive interview to be published on the gasworld website later this week, Founder and President Bernard Zenou said of the prospect of a new monograph, “This new Monograph, when published, will provide to healthcare facilities a framework for the production of oxygen in-situ with almost equivalent quality to oxygen produced by cryo- distillation.”He cites this development as the biggest opportunity for Novair in the next five years and said of the importance of onsite oxygen generation, “The new MDR (Medical Device Regulation) replacing the current Medical Device Directive (93/42/EEC) is a big challenge and opportunity for NOVAIR.”“Oxygen produced in-situ by PSA or DS-PSA process are becoming mature and fully reliable solutions. They must definitely have an increasing place in the industrial landscape and in the health sector of today and tomorrow.”Hot topic: Opening the door to onsite oxygen generationEDQM notes that feedback on its proposed consultation is requested by 3rd May 2020, though is clear that responses must be accompanied by concrete supporting data to be considered by the European Pharmacopeia Commission.Responses and data can be sent to email@example.com A statement on the EDQM website explains, “…the main issue appears to be the distribution systems in place within healthcare facilities rather than the actual availability of oxygen supplies. Recourse to a PSA plant provides healthcare facilities that do not have access to oxygen produced from cryogenic distillation of air, for example field hospitals, with an alternative source of oxygen.”“In view of the urgency of the situation, the European Pharmacopeia Commission is launching an extraordinary public consultation on how best to include oxygen 98% obtained via two-stage concentrators…” The development is largely driven by the heightened need for medical oxygen during the current coronavirus pandemic, as widely reported by gasworld.However, it is also as a result of the advances in technology since the last monograph was published, particularly the rise of double-stage pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen generators.European Pharmacopoeia currently includes two monographs on oxygen, firstly Oxygen (0417) and secondly, Oxygen (93%) or Oxygen 93 (2455).Oxygen (0417) was drafted over 50 years ago and covers oxygen produced by cryogenic distillation, with an oxygen content specification of a minimum 99.5%. Oxygen 93 (2455) was first published in Europe in 2010 and covers oxygen produced by a concentrator that removes the nitrogen from ambient air using a PSA system.At the time of the latter’s publication, the plants available on the market utilised a single-stage adsorption process which did not remove any argon from the air being processed. Advances have since been made in the design of PSA oxygen concentrators and companies like Novair and others are now producing double-stage PSA plants capable of producing oxygen with a nominal content of 98%.This has prompted the decision to elaborate a new monograph, Oxygen (98%) (3098), especially as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has increased the demand for oxygen worldwide (by as much as a factor of 10).
Brazil’s national oil company Petrobras has informed that the Ramco Crusader offshore support vessel sank Monday night, offshore Brazil.The vessel, owned by Vestland Marine, was working for Petrobras, supporting drilling activities in the Potiguar basin, when a fire outbreak happened in the engine room.The crew of 15 was immediately transferred to nearby support vessels, after which they were transferred to the city of Fortaleza.The Ramco Crusader, built in 1983, then went adrift and sank at approximately 9 pm, local time. Petrobras is investigating the cause of the accident and has notified the Brazilian National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels of the incident.[mappress]Offshore Energy Today Staff, August 15, 2013
Sandra Jones, 73, Marlene Bougaardt, 66, and Helena Hector, 72, had a good time interacting with their peers at the seniors event. Sandra Jones, 73, Marlene Bougaardt, 66, and Helena Hector, 72, had a good time interacting with their peers at the seniors event. It has only been two months since the Women for Change initiative was launched in Ward 46, but this group of 18 women have already tackled a major project.On Thursday June 13, they hosted 50 seniors and spoiled them with a five-course meal in Primrose Park.Evelyn van Niekerk, who heads up the Ward 46 Women for Change group, said they invited seniors who were not part of a seniors’ club, and those who spent most of their days at home.“We wanted to give back to our seniors, as they have contributed so much to society and we need to thank them for that. We received donations and we are so grateful to all our sponsors,” Ms Van Niekerk said.Evelyn Marinus from the City of Cape Town’s social development department, said her office was approached by this group of women to establish the Women for Change in their area.“This is their first time on board, and what they did was unbelievable. “They did a brilliant job. They let our office know that there is a need here, and we are elated that they can make a difference,” Ms Marinus said. 1 of 3 The 18 members of the Women for Change in Ward 46, worked hard to make the event a success. Former Ward 60 councillor, Anthea Green, Beryl Simpson, Ward 46 councillor, Aslam Cassiem and Ward 47 councillor, Antonio van der Rheede.
The defendant was a retail internet service provider. The second claimant partnership granted the first claimant company a royalty-free worldwide exclusive licence of all copyrights and rights in the nature of copyright in specified films for five years (the agreement). The agreement further empowered the first claimant to decide what, if any, action to take in respect of any suspected infringements of copyright, gave it sole control over and conduct of all proceedings on terms that it shall bear the costs and be entitled to retain all sums recovered. The third to 14th claimants (the other claimants) were also owners of the copyrights under agreements with the first claimant for two years in the territory of England and Wales (the limited agreements). In September 2011, the claimants sought a Norwich Pharmacal order against the defendant to obtain disclosure of the names and addresses of the defendant’s customers who were alleged to have committed infringements of copyright through peer-to-peer filesharing. In October 2011, the defendant’s solicitor filed an acknowledgement of service, stating that the defendant had not intended to contest the claim. The court granted the intervener, a statutory body created to represent the interests of consumers, particularly low income and vulnerable consumers, permission to intervene and present adversarial argument on behalf of the intended defendants. The intervener contended that the instant claim was a manifestation of ‘speculative invoicing’ and the claimants were not genuinely intending to try to seek redress. It fell to be determined: (i) whether arguable wrongs had been committed against the claimants; (ii) whether the claimants were intending to try to seek redress for those arguable wrongs; (iii) whether disclosure of the information was necessary for the claimants to pursue that redress; and (iv) whether the order sought was proportionate. Section 92(1) of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, articles 1, 8 and 10 of the first protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights and articles 7, 8, 17(2) and 52(1) of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union were considered. The application would be allowed. (1) The agreement had fulfilled the requirements for an exclusive licence in section 92(1) of the act, so as to give the first claimant title to sue the intended defendants for infringement of copyright, but the limited agreements had not. All of the agreements were not likely to jeopardise the proper administration of justice and were not champertous. Further, the claimants’ evidence had been sufficiently cogent to establish a good arguable case that: (i) filesharing of the claimants’ copyright works had taken place via the internet protocol addresses, and at the dates and times that had been identified; and (ii) many, but not all, of the subscribers to whom those internet protocol addresses had been allocated by the defendant at those dates and times had been the persons engaged in such filesharing (see , ,  of the judgment). (2) The evidence had established a genuine commercial desire on the part of the first and second claimants to obtain compensation for infringements of their copyrights. On balance, the court was satisfied that the other claimants had been genuinely intending to try to seek redress (see ,  of the judgment). (3) To the extent that the claimants’ copyrights had been infringed, it would plainly be necessary for the information sought to be disclosed for the claimants to be able to protect those rights by seeking redress (see  of the judgment). (4) It was settled law that the correct approach to considering proportionality could be summarised in the following propositions. First, the claimants’ copyrights had been property rights protected by article 1 of the first protocol to the convention and intellectual property rights within article 17(2) of the charter. Second, the right to privacy under article 8(1) of the convention and article 7 of the charter, and the right to the protection of personal data under article 8 of the charter would be engaged by the instant claim. Third, the claimants’ copyrights would be ‘rights of others’ within article 8(2) of the convention and article 52(1) of the charter. Fourth, the approach that had been laid down where both rights under articles 8 and 10 of the convention had been involved would further be applicable where a balance would fall to be struck between article 1 of the first protocol to the convention and article 17(2) of the charter on the one hand, and article 8 of the convention and articles 7 and 8 of the charter on the other hand. That approach would be: (i) neither article as such would have precedence over the other; (ii) where the values under the two articles would be in conflict, an intense focus on the comparative importance of the specific rights being claimed in the individual case would be necessary; (iii) the justifications for interfering with or restricting each right should be taken into account; and (iv) the proportionality test or ‘ultimate balancing test’ should be applied to each (see  of the judgment). In the circumstances, the first and second claimants’ interest in enforcing their copyrights had outweighed the intended defendants’ interest in protecting their privacy and data protection rights, and thus it would be proportionate to order disclosure, provided that the order and the proposed letter of claim were framed so as properly to safeguard the legitimate interests of the intended defendants, and in particular the interests of intended defendants who had not in fact committed the infringements in question. To make such an order in favour of the other claimants would not proportionately and fairly balance their interests with the intended defendants’ interests. The court would exercise its discretion to make an order in favour of the first and second claimants but decline to exercise its discretion in favour of the other claimants (see -,  of the judgment). Golden Eye (International) Ltd and others v Telefonica UK Ltd: ChD (Mr Justice Arnold): 26 March 2012 Copyright – Infringement – Disclosure and inspection of documents – Claimants holding licences in copyrighted works
Lord Justice Leveson, one of the three unsuccessful candidates for the post of lord chief justice, has been appointed president of the Queen’s Bench Division. He takes up the role tomorrow. Leveson carried out the 2011-12 public inquiry into the behaviour of the British press. Work covered by the division includes defamation.
Caribbean-Americans could be among Orlando casualtiesIn the wake of the tragic shooting death of 49 individuals at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando last Sunday morning, reports suggest at least two Jamaicans may be among the casualties, including the 53 injured.The Jamaican Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Kamina Jonhson-Smith, has issued a release stating that the Jamaican Consulate in Miami received unconfirmed reports that at least two Jamaican nationals were casualties in the attack. However, Jamaican Consul General for the South East USA in Miami, Franz Hall, says they are still confirming these claims.“The Consulate has been in touch with several Jamaican community leaders in Orlando to ascertain whether any Jamaican nationals were affected,” said Hall. “We have also requested the City’s assistance in identifying Jamaican nationals who may have been affected by this tragedy.”The Consul is also conducting “checks through the Office of Foreign Missions, and also the hospitals in Orlando, in an effort to confirm these reports,” said Hall, though he warned the public that “the verification process however, may take some time, since nationality is not recorded with the names of persons who have been killed or injured.”As officials wait for confirmation, Minister Johnson-Smith sent condolences to the community following the tragedy.“We grieve with you and are shocked and outraged at yet another senseless act of violence that represents the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S.,” said Johnson-Smith. She also thanked Jamaicans in the Diaspora for their constant communication with the Jamaican Consulate in Miami, “as they work together assiduously to account for all Jamaicans.”Checks with diplomatic representatives of other English-speaking Caribbean nations in Miami also showed no evidence of any other nationals as victims of the shootings.Meanwhile, the tragedy has been an ordeal for Caribbean-Americans with friends and relatives in the General Orlando Area, who were calling and texting loved ones during the evolving situation to ensure they were alive and well.For April Myrie of South Miami, who had sons and nephews visiting the Orlando area on the weekend, “I felt like ice water was running through my veins when I heard there was a shooting in a night club, as their plans included night clubbing. Thank God they are safe and sound.”Following security concerns in the aftermath of the shooting, Jamaica Diaspora Board Rep Wayne Golding say the upcoming Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Orlando will not be affected, despite the club’s proximity to the conference’s location. Golding says additional security precautions will be secured for the conference, set for June 24 through 26th at Embassy Suite by Hilton.“There’s a high level of cognizance with regard to safety and security for the Summit and Gala activities,” said Golding.