STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 132 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 7 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update includes 5 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 13 new cases in Bernalillo County1 new case in Cibola County1 new case in Colfax County3 new cases in Curry County1 new case in Doña Ana County17 new cases in Hidalgo County2 new cases in Lea County1 new case in Luna County25 new cases in McKinley County1 new case in Otero County8 new cases in Sandoval County26 new cases in San Juan County3 new cases in Santa Fe County1 new case in Taos County29 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison FacilityThe 5 additional deaths in New Mexico reported today include:A male in his 60s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions. The individual was a patient at the Canyon Transitional Rehabilitation Center in Albuquerque.A female in her 90s from McKinley County. The individual was a resident of Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.A female in her 60s from Roosevelt County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 90s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 440.Previously reported numbers included five cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Doña Ana County, one in McKinley County, three in Sandoval County); four cases that were not lab confirmed (two in Bernalillo County, one in Curry County, one in San Juan County); and one case in Sandoval County that was determined to be an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 9,845 positive tests for COVID-19:Bernalillo County: 1,705Catron County: 2Chaves County: 59Cibola County: 185Colfax County: 8Curry County: 83Doña Ana County: 657Eddy County: 47Grant County: 16Guadalupe County: 20Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 20Lea County: 44Lincoln County: 6Los Alamos County: 7Luna County: 29McKinley County: 2,936Otero County: 30Quay County: 4Rio Arriba County: 59Roosevelt County: 53Sandoval County: 634San Juan County: 2,123San Miguel County: 16Santa Fe County: 173Sierra County: 4Socorro County: 55Taos County: 33Torrance County: 34Union County: 5Valencia County: 89County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 2Luna County Detention Center: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 275Otero County Processing Center: 108Torrance County Detention Facility: 24The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 295Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1As of today, there are 161 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 4,160 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueArtesia Healthcare and Rehabilitation in ArtesiaAvamere Rehab at Fiesta Park in AlbuquerqueAztec Health Care in AztecBear Canyon Nursing and Rehab Center in AlbuquerqueBeehive Homes in FarmingtonBelen Meadows in BelenBonney Family Home in GallupBrookdale Tramway Ridge in AlbuquerqueBrookdale Santa Fe in Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCamino Retirement Apartments in AlbuquerqueCasa De Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa Del Sol Center in Las CrucesCasa Maria Health Care Center in RoswellCedar Ridge Inn in FarmingtonCentral Desert Behavioral Health in AlbuquerqueClayton Nursing and Rehab in ClaytonDungarvin New Mexico, LLC in GallupGenesis Uptown Rehabilitation CenterGood Samaritan Society in GrantsHeartland Continuing Care Center in PortalesThe Jim Wood Home in HatchLaguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa BlancaLa Vida Llena in AlbuquerqueLegacy Santa Fe in Santa FeLife Care Center of Farmington in FarmingtonLittle Sisters of the Poor in GallupMcKinley Care Center in GallupMission Arch Center in RoswellMorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care of Santa Fe in Santa FePacifica Senior Living Center Santa Fe in Santa FePrime Care Assisted Living in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupRetirement Ranches, Inc. in ClovisRobin House Assisted Living Center in AlbuquerqueSan Juan Center in FarmingtonSouth Valley Care Center in AlbuquerqueSpanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in AlbuquerqueSundance Care Home in GallupTohatchi Area Opportunity Services (TAOS) in TohatchiThe Village at Alameda in AlbuquerqueThe Village at Northrise in Las CrucesWellbrook Transitional Rehabilitation Center in FarmingtonThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Get tested. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing: Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;Asymptomatic people who are currently working; andSymptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.
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International classification society Bureau Veritas has developed a voluntary notation intended to assist shipbuilders and operators reduce underwater noise radiating from ships.The comprehensive set of standards and measuring services is grouped as NR614 Underwater Radiated Noise (URN). It aims to control and limit the environmental impact on marine fauna of all self-propelled ships and provide a standard and a system to assess compliance with specific vessel requirements for underwater radiated noise.It covers both shallow and deep water conditions, sets out a dedicated comprehensive measurement procedure, explains how to manage measurement uncertainties and sets specific underwater noise level requirementsJean-Francois Segretain, technical director, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division, says, “Underwater noise radiating from ships is acoustic pollution, and there is no doubt that it will be the next big area to be tackled by regulators.This notation, backed by careful research with an extensive network of partners, means we can help designers, yards and operators to be ahead of regulation. And it makes commercial sense. Reducing underwater noise directly contributes to reduced noise and vibration levels on board, which improves passenger and crew comfort. There is also a strong link between fuel efficiency and noise. Quieter ships burn less, and we can help make ships quieter and so more efficient.”One of the main drivers of the notation is to aid European stakeholders in fulfilling the requirements of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. This aims to improve the environmental state of European waters by proposing mitigation solutions to be put in place by 2016, with their efficiency proved by 2020.The BV notation has been issued in parallel with the European research project AQUO, which is focused on underwater noise, and includes the work of 13 partners – shipyards, hydrodynamics research institutes and bio-acoustic experts – from eight countries, and an end user committee has been built to review the project, including BV’s notation.Several new expedition cruise projects have underwater noise reduction in their specifications and other passenger ship operators are discussing BV’s URN notation and its services and technical assistance for implementing noise reduction solutions. Bureau Veritas has signed a collaboration agreement with TSI S.L. a Spanish company that specialises in Dynamic and Acoustical design of quiet ships as well as noise and vibration measurements.Press Release
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UK: A bridge that will carry the future Luton DART peoplemover over the A1081 road has been slid into place by contractor VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier.The 80 m long, 1 000 tonne structure had been assembled off-site over eight months, and was then moved around 900 m to its final location during a weekend road closure. ‘This was an especially challenging project milestone to reach and required a huge collaborative effort between all parties’, said Project Director Phil Hobson, pointing to the collaboration between VolkerFitzpatrick-Kier, London Luton Airport Ltd and Luton Council.Due to open in 2021, the 2·1 km Luton DART peoplemover will link Luton Airport Parkway station with the airport terminal. The double-shuttle, fully-automated cable-driven peoplemover is to be supplied by Doppelmayr Cable Car UK Ltd.
Digital technology is good, but it has to be checked:UN FILE PHOTO: The UN Security Council meets remotely to discuss Mali. /UNManaging the digital divide better has become “a matter of life and death” for people unable to access essential healthcare information during the COVID-19 pandemic, the UN chief has told a virtual high-level meeting on rapid technological change.“Far from distracting us from the urgency of digital cooperation, COVID-19 is making it more important than ever, and demonstrating the interconnected nature of the challenges we face”, Secretary-General António Guterres informed Thursday’s “High-level Thematic Debate on the Impact of Rapid Technological Change on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Targets”, taking place in the UN General Assembly.Noting that digital technology is central to almost every aspect of effective pandemic response – including vaccine research, online learning models, e-commerce, and work-from-home tools – he pointed out that the digital divide between those on and offline, is threatening to become “the new face of inequality”, reinforcing the social and economic disadvantages suffered by women and girls, people with disabilities and “minorities of all kinds”.Post-COVID-19 roadmapMr. Guterres told the meeting that we are only beginning to understand the social implications of a post-COVID world.“But one thing is certain”, he stated, “as we recover and rebuild, digital technology will be more prominent and important than ever”.The UN chief maintained that those without access will be left further behind and referenced a 2018 report of the High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation concerning the optimization of technology while mitigating its potential downsides.He announced that its recommendations to close the digital divide, including growing human and institutional capacity for today’s digital age; upholding human rights in digital contexts; building cyber trust and security, and agreeing on a new global architecture for digital cooperation; were all a part of the UN’s Road-map for Digital Cooperation, which was also launched on Thursday.“We cannot reap the full benefits of the digital age without mobilizing global cooperation to close digital gaps and reduce potential harms”, upheld the Secretary-General.Stressing the urgent need for “global vision and leadership”, Mr. Guterres said that the roadmap calls on everyone to take concrete action together to “connect, respect and protect people in the digital age”.“Future generations will judge whether we seize the opportunities of this unprecedented moment”, he concluded.SDGs hang in balanceOpening the General Assembly meeting, President of the world body, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, acknowledged that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced everyone to “change the way we work, teach and learn; even the way we mourn and heal”.According to Mr. Muhammad-Bande, the digital divide is not only about how inequalities to access exist, but also about how rapid technological change may actually widen those disparities.“Educational opportunities may be lost by lack of awareness and high cost of connectivity”, he elaborated, adding that digital literacy, “already a defining feature of this century”, will determine how societies deal with future challenges, from human rights to the climate crisis (SDG13) – encompassing a sweeping range of SDGs.Adolescent girls use cellphones and tablets in a solar kiosk providing internet connectivity in the Za’atari camp for Syrian refugees.The Assembly president said, “the need to eradicate poverty [SDG1], end hunger [SDG2] and achieve quality education for all [SDG4] is more urgent than ever.”Against this backdrop, he maintained that it is the responsibility of the international community to make sure that “rapid technological changes, including their economic, social and ethical impacts, are taken into account and responded to”.Women tooDigital Divide. /UN Human RightsThe Assembly President also underscored the need to step up the pace to remove barriers to women’s and girl’s full participation in the digital world (SDG5), reiterating that “limited access to quality education, and affordability, as well as cultural norms, still prevent many from entering such fields”.And pointing out that 2020 marks the beginning of the Decade of Action and Delivery on the SDGs, he said, “we must be mindful not to lose sight of the commitments we have made to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.“We must make sure that we harness the promise of emerging technologies towards accelerating the achievement of the SDGs”, concluded the Assembly chief.Related UN puts forth plan to end gender inequality within families UN reviews global drugs policies
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David Morris with GCI… Morris explains how the fiber being cut effects multiple providers… “It really does have the potential to effect all customers regardless of carrier, simply because if the carrier who has the outage, if you are trying to call someone else, it has to transit their network then you will have an incomplete call or some type of unsatisfactory experience.” She says the crews are working to restore service… Currently technicians are working to repair the cable and expect service to be restored by 7pm. Alaska Communications customers are not the only ones experiencing these outages. Customers using Verzion, AT&T and GCI are experiencing outages across the the Kenai. “It’s our top priority and we estimated that repairs will be complete by 7pm” “It appears that fiber optic cable was cut by Skyview High School this morning at about 11:10am. That fiber, we believe belongs to ACS. And depending on what type of traffic is on that fiber, it’s kind of hard for me to speak to that, but it could potentially be cell phone, internet, it could be your regular telephone.” Hannah Blankenship with Alaska Communications says that some customers are experiencing voice and internet outages. Blankenship explains the cause is due to a cut fiber buried near Skyview Middle School in Soldotna. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cell Phone and Internet users on the Kenai Peninsula are experiencing outages from Soldotna to Homer. Alaska State Troopers advise that this may affect the ability to call 911.