Ethiopian conflict deepens as Tigray leaders sacked

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Pennsylvania COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update for Sept. 4-10

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. Updates are released each Monday.The update includes the following:Level of community transmission as a basis for the recommendations for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models.Data on cases among 5 to 18-year-olds.Cases that reported visiting a business among potential locations where exposures may have occurred.Updated travel recommendations.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors affecting the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the early warning monitoring dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s update compares the period of September 4 – September 10 to the previous seven days, August 28 – September 3.“Our percent positivity increased again this week, even while the number of new cases dropped, a sign that this virus continues to affect Pennsylvanians,” Gov. Wolf said. “We must continue our focus on taking actions to protect ourselves and others, such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands and avoiding large gatherings. Together, Pennsylvanians can be united to work to prevent the spread of the virus.”As of Thursday, September 10, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 5,012; the previous seven-day increase was 5,502, indicating a 490-case decrease across the state over the past week.The statewide percent-positivity went up to 4.2% from 4.0% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Columbia (13.4%), Indiana (10.7%), Juniata (10.3%), Centre (9.2%), York (7.4%), Fulton (6.7%), Armstrong (6.5%), Chester (6.5%), Butler (6.2%), Franklin (6.2%), Montour (6.2%), Beaver (5.7%), Clarion (5.5%), Mercer (5.4%), Dauphin (5.2%), Greene (5.1%), and Lycoming (5.1%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Community TransmissionAs of Friday’s data, Centre, Columbia, Indiana and Juniata counties were in the substantial level with known sources of outbreaks contributing to community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in each county to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.For the week ending September 10, 20 counties were in the low level of transmission, 43 counties in the moderate level, with four with substantial transmission:Low – Bradford, Cameron, Carbon, Clarion, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Perry, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Venango, Warren, WyomingModerate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Clearfield, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, YorkSubstantial – Centre, Columbia, Indiana, JuniataCases Among 5 to 18-Year-OldsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of statewide cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.Throughout the pandemic, there have been 8,175 total cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds. Of that total, 387 occurred between September 4 – September 10. For the week of August 28 – September 3, there were 486 cases of COVID among 5 to 18-year-olds.Cases by demographic can be found here.Business VisitsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.Of the 5,735 confirmed cases reported between August 30 and September 5, 37 percent (2,154) provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.Of those who did provide an answer, 13 percent, or 274, answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:51.5 percent (141) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;23 percent (64) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;14 percent (38) of those who said yes reported going to a bar;14 percent (38) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center; and8 percent (23) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.Of the 5,735 confirmed cases, 38 percent (2,176) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 38 percent, more than 12 percent (264) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.Compared to data reported on September 8, this week’s data saw an increase in people going to a bar (14 percent vs. 11 percent), going to some other business (23 percent vs. 21 percent) and going to a salon or barbershop (8 percent vs. 7 percent) .Numbers went down for this week’s data for people who reported visiting a restaurant (51.5 percent vs. 60 percent). Numbers stayed the same for those who reported going to a gym/fitness center (14 percent vs. 14 percent). The number of those who attended a mass gathering or other large event went down slightly from nearly 13 percent to 12 percent.On July 13 contact tracers began asking more specific questions on the types of businesses visited and if individuals attended a mass gathering, defined as more than 250 people in attendance outdoors or more than 25 indoors.The numbers above highlight business settings and mass gatherings as possible sites for transmission. With less than half of those asked about what types of businesses they visited or if they attended a mass gathering responding to the question, the department is reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential that people answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals.Travel RecommendationsAlso today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2. Hawaii, North Carolina and Texas were removed from the list of states travelers returning to Pennsylvania from are recommended to quarantine for 14 days.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A concerning number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic.Ver esta página en español. 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Ingeteam Targets Next-Generation Turbines with New Converter

first_imgThe Spain-based Ingeteam has developed a new medium voltage power converter for offshore wind turbines with the capacity of up to 15MW.The converter is part of a research study that assessed the relationship between the cost of the power conversion stage and its reliability and maintainability metrics, MTBF and MTTR respectively, to determine the lowest Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE).Ingeteam found that the optimal solution for the offshore wind sector is a medium voltage power converter based on the parallelization of several conversion lines (core product).According to the company, the new product decreases the production losses of the turbine as it provides efficiencies higher than 98% at rated operating conditions.The control algorithms of its power converters are developed so they can be applied for different grid codes and adapted to operate with single and multiphase stator generators in order to optimize the whole turbine solution, while it also allows multiple solutions depending on customer requirements regarding the integration in the wind turbine.The converter comprises a fully enclosed cabinet and a liquid cooling system that ensure safe operation even in harsh environments and is easily maintained due to its front access and withdrawable main components that are expected to contribute to minimizing the OPEX related to the service of the turbine, Ingeteam said.“With current technologies, as well as the expected progress in materials and engineering integration, we think that offshore wind turbines will continue to rapidly increase their power capacity. Therefore, a robust medium voltage power converter has been developed focusing on a market that demands a low Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) without compromising quality or performance in wind turbine platforms that are continuously scaling up,” said Ana Goyen, Director of Ingeteam Wind Energy.last_img read more

Culture of hate and lack of respect permeating through society

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share 58 Views   2 comments Sharecenter_img LocalNews Culture of hate and lack of respect permeating through society by: – April 19, 2012 Tweet Photo credit: bumperstickermagnet.comPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has spoken out against what he refers to as a ‘culture of hate’ and disrespect permeating through society.Mr. Skerrit who was a guest on the Next Level Radio Program on Tuesday evening said while everyone has a right which they can exercise; they must also consider that rights come with responsibilities.While he identified that there is a culture of hate, he said the difficulty lies in “getting rid of it”.Mr. Skerrit believes that there are too many citizens who are “not caring enough” who are disrespectful towards authority and do not set proper examples for the young people.“We have to start speaking about respect, we are lacking in respect for people, for ourselves, for each other, for our fellow classmates, for our family members, for our friends, for our co-workers. A society cannot maintain peace and law and order if people think that it is ok to disrespect authority. You have a responsibility to the state; whether you like the government or not, you have to respect the authority established”. Mr. Skerrit explained further that there has been an attack on the office of the president, prime minister and bishop among others, yet community activists and leaders have not condemned thisdisrespectful behavior.He believes that this lack of respect is also responsible for the increase in crime and violence.“It is the first time in our history people are attacking a president like that and then you don’t get these people condemning it and then we want to have people from all over the world come and tell us about how to fight crime; crime can be solved by ourselves”.The prime minister said respect must be instilled in citizens to prevent the culture of disrespect to dissipate. Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit (file photo)“People walk on you these days they don’t say good morning or good afternoon to others at all. People believe that they can curse anybody; they can curse a priest, they can curse a school teacher, they can walk in and slap the teacher of the school, they can curse the police, they can do anything that they want because we have a culture in the society that promotes that level of disrespect”.He also called on parents to be careful what they say in the presence of children and to pray with them.“Some parents believe that it is so good to listen to talk shows first thing in the morning before their children go to school instead of kneeling down and praying with their children. They don’t pray with their children but they put on talk shows first thing in the morning; they don’t pray with their children anymore”.Mr. Skerrit also noted that there are too few “edifying and educational programs” and that citizens need to go to church.“The churches are empty, there is nothing edifying, nothing educational and then we talk about neighbourhood watch? We don’t need neighbourhood watch in the country we need respect”.“What we need is respect for each other and unless we bring back respect for each other we will be doing all sorts of things,” he concluded.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

IBP-Capiz condemns ‘ambush’ on lawyer

first_img“My death threat ining si Dordas kag nanotice niya nga may nagasunod sa ilafrom Dao on their way to Panitan town while traversing Barangay Timpas road. Paglupok naka gwa siya sa salakyan kag nakabalos palupok using his service pistol,” Mahometano said.       ROXAS CITY, Capiz – The Integrated Bar of thePhilippines (IBP) in this province condemned the attempt on the life of itsmember Atty. Cris Heredia, 49, and her daughter.         Heredia was on board a white Toyota Fortunerdriven by her daughter when they were “ambushed” in Barangay Malapad Cogon inSigma, Capiz around 11:30 a.m. on Monday. “We see the incident as a threat to the legalprofession,” Bartolome added. Dordas, a government employee, was slightlyhit on the neck. Initial investigation of the Sigma policestation showed assailants targeted Heredia’s client Jimmy Dordas as based onthe trajectory of bullets that riddled the lawyer’s car. Police investigators claimed the incident wasmore likely a “shooting incident” and not ambush.     The IBP-Capiz said the attempt on their lives“is another detestable act which has no place in a democratic society which theIBP abhors.”         Several empty shells of a .9mm-caliber firearmwere recovered from the crime scene and a makeshift silencer found few metersaway.      Heredia and Dordas were ambushed few minutesafter attending a court hearing in Dao town on a land dispute case.        “Pagkabatonnaton sang balita sa natabo kay Atty. Cris Heredia, nagtuga ini sang kakugmang sa aton,” IBP-Capizpresident Atty. Remia Bartolome told PanayNews. “The legal profession calls upon its membersto continue to be vigilant and to pray for the safety of all its members,” itadded.         Police said Heredia and her daughter, whorecently passed the medical board examination, were unharmed./PN “We alsocall upon the authorities to investigate the incident as this is not just anattack to a lawyer but an attack to the right to life of each and everyindividual,” it said.   “Sa amonnga pag imbistigar sa paglantaw namon based on the volume of fire nagwa nga si Jimmy Dordas ang target kay sa likod siya naga pungko,” Sigma chief Captain ChristianMahometano said.    last_img read more

40 ‘missing’ Bacolod PUMs surface

first_imgBACOLOD City – Forty out of 57 personsunder monitoring (PUMs) who violated quarantine protocols for coronavirusdisease 2019 (COVID-19) have reported back to the City Health Office (CHO). The Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient Center is now ready to cater patients with respiratory conditions as part of the city’s response to coronavirus disease 2019. Volunteer doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals are available at scheduled hours. BACOLOD CITY PIO This was after Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran threatened file charges against them as chair of the city COVID-19Inter-Agency Task Force. He even urged the local police and citizens to arrestthese people. Familiaran’s Facebook post caught theattention of netizens after he warned reveal the names of these PUMs. He gave an ultimatum to the remainingPUMs to contact the CHO as soon as possible. The CHO earlier tagged the PUMs as“lost” after follow-up, considering that they may be gone home, out of town,transferred to another barangay, and others who just checked out from thehotels being monitored per barangay. “They won’t be sanctioned if theycommunicate with the CHO as soon as possible,” he said./PNlast_img read more

Jack Dubow, age 77

first_imgJack M. Dubow, age 77 of Batesville, IN passed away Sunday, January 24, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH. Born September 27, 1938 in Baltimore, MD he was the son of Morris & Goldie (Kessler) Dubow.Jack served in the US Navy during Korea on the Franklin D. Roosevelt.   He married Harriet Askin in Baltimore.Jack is survived by his long time partner, Cindy Hissett of Batesville, daughters Bette Fitzwater of Batesville, IN and Cindy Farmer of Victorville, CA. He will also be missed by his granddaughter Abby Fitzwater, his sister Helen Cohen of Baltimore, MD.  He was preceded in death by his wife Harriet Dubow.Visitation will be Friday, January 29, 2016 from 3pm – 6pm followed by military honors at 6pm. Burial will be 10:00am Monday, February 1, 2016 at Arlington Memorial Gardens.Memorials are suggested to the Wounded Warrior Project c/o Meyers Funeral Home.  Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Battle won for O’Brien

first_img Giving Aidan O’Brien his fourth Derby trial winner of the week, the Galileo colt – sent off at prohibitive odds of 2-13 – took over from Dont Bother Me around five furlongs out and it looked like he would win with real ease when going clear with quarter of a mile to run. He had to get a reminder from Joseph O’Brien, however, and in the end was pushed out to beat Loch Garman, with Little White Cloud running an eyecatching race in third. Press Association A length and three-quarters was the winning margin and O’Brien senior said: “That all went to plan. We had to go on with him or it would have been a very steady pace. “He has just ticked over since the last day. You would have to be happy with him. He is lazy in front but he gave a good blow afterwards. He loves fast ground as he is a great mover. “The three owners will decide where he goes next. It’s going to be an interesting Dante now (at York on Thursday).” O’Brien is expected to run Leopardstown maiden winner Indian Chief in the Knavesmire feature. Coral and William Hill kept Battle Of Marengo at his respective pre-trial price for the Investec Derby on June 1. David Stevens for Coral said: “His backers would surely have hoped for a more impressive performance, although the betting suggests he remains the leading Ballydoyle contender following a week in which the team have won all four colts’ trials.” But Stan James were more impressed, cutting Battle Of Marengo to 4-1 second-favourite from 5-1. Spokesman Joseph Burke said: “There are no stamina doubts regarding Battle of Marengo whatsoever and he appears to possess just the right combination of speed and staying power to win a Derby.” center_img Battle Of Marengo was left generally unchanged by bookmakers for Classic glory after a workmanlike success in the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown.last_img read more

Poyet takes blame for heavy defeat

first_img The Uruguayan was swiftly installed as a 1/4 favourite to be the next top-flight manager to lose his job with bookmaker William Hill after a humiliating afternoon at the Stadium of Light, and although he insisted he had not heard from owner Ellis Short in the immediate aftermath of the debacle, he took the criticism on the chin. Poyet said: “I am responsible. I am one of the few in football nowadays, I am honest. When things go right, I tell you I am responsible, and when things go wrong, I tell you I am responsible. I don’t pick and choose. “There’s one thing Gus has got, he’s got a bigger heart than anyone.” Sherwood was thrilled with his side’s display, but was taking nothing for granted despite seeing them ease themselves six points clear of the drop zone. He said: “It’s a fantastic step towards safety, but there’s still a lot of work to be done, we realise that. We have managed to drag Sunderland into it now and push them underneath us, but it’s all about next week now, Swansea at home, and getting the points there. “I’m sure our fans will be very jubilant and welcoming the players to a home fixture. The boys are looking forward now to playing at home in front of an expectant crowd. “Losing becomes a habit, doesn’t it, and winning does also, so we are hoping to continue that, albeit it’s only three games.” Meanwhile, Poyet was less than happy with a comment from former team-mate Chris Sutton in a BBC blog in which he likened Sebastian Larsson’s delayed return for the second half to a pub team player having a cigarette at half-time. Poyet said: “Seb Larsson is one of the biggest and best professionals we have got at the football club. He had a massive cut in his leg, they were trying to stitch it, they couldn’t do it quickly enough. “He didn’t want to come off because he felt responsible for the 4-0 in the first half, and we waited for him. We asked the referee to delay a little bit the second half – there are some rules in football which mean you can do it, but not for long – and he came out. “It’s very disrespectful about one hell of a professional. Seb Larsson doesn’t deserve that.” “I hate people when they pick and choose and they change, they have got too many faces. I am not. I am responsible and as the one who is responsible, you are the one who has to take it.” Asked if he was determined to carry on in his mission to drag the Black Cats out of trouble for the second successive season, Poyet remained defiant. He said: “I do. That’s not even in question. I need to accept the responsibility. I pick the team, we train in a certain way and then Saturday 3pm, that’s the thing.” Sunderland’s hopes of a much-needed victory were dashed inside 44 chaotic minutes as Villa ended a 614-minute wait for an away league goal, and then built upon it in impressive style to race into a decisive 4-0 lead. Christian Benteke set the ball rolling with a neat 16th-minute shot from Leandro Bacuna’s pull-back and after Gabriel Agbonlahor had helped himself to a double, followed suit a minute before the break with a powerful header which gave bemused goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon no chance. The defeat saw Villa leapfrog Sunderland, who are now in 17th place and just four points clear of the relegation zone. However, there was support for Poyet from former Tottenham team-mate and Villa boss Tim Sherwood. He said: “It’s not great, is it, when you are beaten heavily at home, but Gus will bounce back. He’s that type of character who has seen it all and done it all before. Press Association Under-fire head coach Gus Poyet took full responsibility after Sunderland were trounced 4-0 at home by fellow Barclays Premier League strugglers Aston Villa. last_img read more

United and PSG agree Di Maria fee

first_img United gave Di Maria permission to speak to PSG after agreeing a 63million euro (£44.3million) fee with the big-spending French club. United signed Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7million last summer, but after an encouraging start his form dipped drastically and he only started one of the final 10 games of last season. The former Real Madrid winger was left unsettled after an attempted burglary on his Cheshire home in February. Since then, the 27-year-old and his family have been living in a city-centre apartment in Manchester owned by former United defender Phil Neville. Di Maria said as recently as June that he wanted to stay at United, but it became apparent that he had his heart set on a move to the French capital in the last couple of weeks. The Argentinian was due to report for duty during the second leg of United’s pre-season tour of the United States on July 25, but failed to show. After United’s 2-0 defeat to PSG in Chicago on Thursday, Laurent Blanc said both clubs were “close” to striking a deal for the former Benfica player. ”Manchester United and PSG are two big clubs and negotiations can be difficult but we are close to the end,” the PSG coach said. Press Association Angel di Maria looks set to have a medical with Paris St Germain over the next 24 hours after Manchester United agreed to sell the midfielder to the French club for 63million euros. United manager Louis van Gaal claimed at the time that he had no idea where his star midfielder was. ”I don’t know where he is,” the United boss said. ”You can ask that every week but I don’t answer that question.” Van Gaal is expected to move quickly to sign a replacement for Di Maria. The Dutchman is interested in Barcelona forward Pedro, who was frustrated by his lack of game time at the Nou Camp last season. Press Association Sport understands Di Maria is due to hold talks with PSG officials in Doha on Sunday and is expected to undergo a medical with the French champions. If all goes to plan, he could sign for PSG as early as Monday. last_img read more