STATE News:Update includes one additional death related to COVID-19SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials announced today 40 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Per the New Mexico Department of Health, the most recent cases are:15 new cases in Bernalillo County3 new cases in Chaves County1 new case in Cibola County1 new case in Curry County1 new case in Doña Ana County4 new cases in McKinley County1 new case in Rio Arriba County8 new cases in Sandoval County4 new cases in San Juan County1 new case in Socorro County1 new case in Taos CountyThe Department of Health also reported today one additional death in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The case is a female in her 70s from Bernalillo County who died Wednesday, April 1. The individual was hospitalized and had multiple underlying medical conditions.The number of deaths in the state related to COVID-19 is now seven.Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 403 positive tests for COVID-19:Bernalillo County: 163Catron County: 1Chaves County: 13Cibola County: 5Curry County: 6Doña Ana County: 21Eddy County: 4Grant County: 1Lea County: 2McKinley County: 24Otero County: 2Rio Arriba County: 5Roosevelt County: 1Sandoval County: 40San Juan County: 41San Miguel County: 1Santa Fe County: 48Socorro County: 4Taos County: 13Torrance County: 3Valencia County: 5County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.As of today, there are 34 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 31 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has detected community spread 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. All businesses except those deemed essential have been ordered to close. 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. Stay home.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, 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 congregant settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath.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.The state Department of Health will update its dedicated COVID-19 webpage with additional tests as the state lab provides results.
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American Power Group Corporation announced their subsidiary, American Power Group Inc., has received an order from Caribbean Power Group S.R.L, its authorized dealer and certified installer in the Dominican Republic, to convert 38 heavy-duty trucks to operate on APG’s Turbocharged Natural Gas® dual fuel system. Deliveries are scheduled for the June/July 2014 timeframe. While the end customer and the exact value of the order was not disclosed for proprietary reasons, the end customer is a global leader in the building materials industry with a presence in more than fifty countries and a strong commitment to integrating sustainability initiatives into their global business strategy.Milton Zarzuela, President of Caribbean Power Group commented, “We have been working with this customer on the pilot order for over eighteen months to validate field performance, economic payback, and the emission reduction benefits of APG’s dual fuel solution. I, along with my project manager Giovanni Caballero congratulate our technical team on their effort and persistence in obtaining this order. Based on data obtained during this initial field evaluation phase, our customer estimates a potential aggregate annual net fuel savings of over U.S. S1.0 million per year from the conversion of these 38 units.” Zarzuela added, “Our customer has verbally indicated they will look to converting more of their local 200 truck fleet to APG’s dual fuel system over the coming year. We are also considering entering natural gas fuel supply agreements with our client’s suppliers, who operate more than 700 trucks as an incentive to begin adoption of APG’s dual fuel solution. We estimate that there are over 20,000 heavy duty trucks currently operating in the Dominican Republic and believe we now have a blueprint on how to expand natural gas into our domestic heavy-duty truck market.” The Dominican Republic’s biggest power company, AES Dominicana, reached a milestone in April with the docking of the 100th LNG tanker. The LNG delivery from Trinidad & Tobago brings the total LNG received since 1997 to 12 million cubic meters. In the keynote speech, the President of AES Dominicana reported the country has saved around U.S. $1.8 billion with the use of natural gas since 2004 with natural gas positioning itself as a viable alternative fuel to diversify the national energy matrix due to its efficiency, environmental advantage and competitive price. As an environmental benefit, the executive noted that the use of natural gas had helped the country reduce C02 by more than 300,000 tons per year.The LNG terminal, located in the AES Andres energy park in Boca Chica is the exclusive point of entry for natural gas into the country and can store up to 175,000 cubic meters of LNG. At the terminal, LNG can also be converted to CNG and transported by truck throughout the country. The current CPG order is for CNG conversions.Lyle Jensen, American Power Group Corporation’s Chief Executive Officer stated, “It is very encouraging to see government and industry come together in a country of 10 million people to promote the use of natural gas and become the 57th largest importer of LNG in the world according to the CIA World Factbook. APG is proud to have our dual fuel technology become another piece of the puzzle in the quest to maximize the use of natural gas to further reduce harmful emissions.”Jensen added, “We applaud the tenacity and leadership of Caribbean Power Group for managing through an effective and lengthy evaluation and approval process resulting in the largest single customer production order we’ve had to date. As a result of the positive results of our dual fuel solution and the groundwork laid by the Caribbean Power Group team locally, we are in pilot order discussions with several other locations of this global leader in both Central and South America.”[mappress]Press Release, June 13, 2014
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CAMBODIA: Work is expected to begin in September on initial repairs to the Northern line which links the capital Phnom Penh with Sisophon, 40 km from the border with Thailand.The government has agreed to provide US$33m to support what it terms ‘emergency repairs’ on the 386 km metre gauge route, marking the latest step in a piecemeal effort to rehabilitate Cambodia’s national network. Trains have been running since 2013 over the 264 km Southern line from Phnom Penh to the port of Sihanoukville after the line was refurbished under a programme led by the Asian Development Bank and Australian development agency AusAID. Australian logistics firm Toll Group took on a 30-year concession to operate and manage the railway, but divested its stake to local partner the Royal Group last year citing a lack of progress in modernising the railway infrastructure. According to local reports, the government has already spent around US$2m on renewing signalling and telecoms on the Northern line, and it has held discussion with Chinese and Japanese investors about increasing the amount of funding for enhancements. The current funding is likely to cover just the replacement of wooden sleepers with concrete, with low operating speeds and axleloads of less than 20 tonnes, Deputy Director of the Railway Ministry Chreung Sok-Tharath told the Khmer Times. Nevertheless, the government hopes that by the end of 2017 the Northern route will be operational as far as Sisophon, from where a further 48 km of new alignment is required to reach the State Railway of Thailand network at Aranyaphrathet. A ceremony to mark the start of construction of this missing link was held at the Cambodian border town of Poipet in July last year.
Info and picture courtesy of National Trust for Scotland Credit National Trust For Scotland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInFormer Dumfries Academy Pupil Neil Oliver, who also used to be a reporter on the Annandale Observer but is now famous for his work as a TV presenter and author, has become President of Scotland’s largest conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland.Members confirmed the appointment at the Trust’s Annual General Meeting at Dundee’s Caird Hall on Saturday 30 September. Around 100 members attended the AGM.Sir Moir Lockhead, National Trust for Scotland Chairman said”Neil has championed Scotland and its heritage throughout his career – unearthing new insights into its stories, sharing our stunning scenery and fascinating audiences all over the world.”“We are very excited about the energy, enthusiasm and opportunities for more engagement that he will bring to our charity as we work to protect Scotland’s heritage, and share and celebrate all that we have to offer with more people.“Mr Oliver took over from Lord Lindsay who has held the role since 2012 when he succeeded the Duke of Buccleuch. Trust Chairman, Sir Moir Lockhead offered a formal thank you to Lord Lindsay, paying tribute to his huge contribution to the Trust, during a period of change.Neil Oliver, National Trust for Scotland President said “The National Trust for Scotland protects so much of what makes Scotland special. Over the years I have dug up some of its places, visited many more and been completely inspired by it all. I can’t wait to get more involved and I’ll be encouraging others to do the same.”
“In our letter to the First Minister, we have stated that her support for the Scottish food and drink industry is needed in Annan now more than ever. There is an opportunity to build on this thriving industry and investment can unlock the potential of this local industry and safeguard jobs and communities. The help and leadership of the Government help and leadership at this critical time is needed so that a positive outcome can be found for the staff at Pinneys and also for their fish suppliers across Scotland.”The Council Leader and Depute Leader have met with Government Ministers today following the announcement by Young’s Seafood that they intend to close their site in Annan.Council Leader, Elaine Murray and Depute Leader, Rob Davidson, issued the following statement following their meeting:“At a time like this actions speak louder than words. Within the past 24 hours, we have met with the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity and spoken to the Minister for Business Innovation and Energy to ask for support and intervention to preserve as many jobs as possible.“Just because Young’s have announced this closure, does not mean that we accept this lying down. We need to do everything that we can to take up the case with the company to persuade them to reconsider the closure of the site in Annan.“We welcome the positive reaction from the Scottish Government today. They recognise the scale and seriousness of the problem for the staff and the community of Annan and the importance of prompt, focussed action. Time is of the essence.“We need a number of different agencies around the table to find a solution. As a council, we are well placed to lead this and since the news broke yesterday, we have been concentrating on making this happen. An action group involving the Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government will be meeting on Friday.“We know that acting quickly, as we have since the announcement was made, is only the first step. Our Administration and our Council is in this for the long term. We will support the staff and the wider community of Annan through this difficult time and for as long as it takes.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway Council leaders have made an official statement after Pinneys of Annan owners Young’s Seafood announced that they planned to close their Stapleton Road factory in Annan with the loss of upto 450 posts at the site. Elaine Murray, Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, said “It is terrible news that Pinneys of Annan are to close. This will be a devastating blow for so many of the staff and their families. “Pinneys are the largest private employer in the region so I am greatly concerned about what this will mean for our local community. The loss of 430 jobs including apprenticeships are individual tragedies, but to our local regional economy this is a further blow following on from a number of major recent losses. “Our Council will support the company through this difficult period through PACE and our teams will provide support through our Business Gateway advisors and our employability teams.” Rob Davidson, Depute Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, said “This is a terrible blow for the staff of Pinneys and their families. The news that the company are creating 200 jobs at their Grimsby plant is of little consequence to the families who will be devastated by this announcement. It is unrealistic to think that families will uproot from this tight knit community where their friends and family are to move to Grimsby. “The Depute Leader and I have already written to the First Minister and requested Scottish Government intervention which has saved jobs in other parts of the country.
Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 153 Views no discussions NewsRegional Young stabbing victim under observation at MSJMC by: – August 21, 2018 Share A 15-year-old boy is in serious but stable condition at the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre yesterday after being stabbed in Barbuda on Sunday evening.The boy’s mother, Erica Harris, told OBSERVER media yesterday, that doctors are keeping her son at the medical institution for observation.She said her son is in a serious but stable condition and also explained that he was involved in an altercation with another young man when the other boy’s older brother, whom she only knows as Sean, got involved and stabbed her son at least twice.She said that her son was stabbed on the right side of his body and on his right hand in the vicinity of his wrist. The mother recalled receiving a phone call at home after 5 p.m. on Sunday in which she was informed that she needed to go to the hospital. Harris said that she got there about 10 minutes before her son.She said that she subsequently accompanied her son on a bumpy ride from Barbuda to Antigua on Sunday night on a coast guard vessel and she had been at the hospital with him ever since. She stated that the child has been unable to eat since being admitted to the hospital but he is being given intravenous drips.At the time of the interview, yesterday around 4 p.m., the mother said she was not clear as to how the investigation into the incident was going. She said that shortly before she spoke to OBSERVER media, police officers went to the hospital to ask her questions but she indicated to them that she was unable to help them with the information they sought so they left.She also recalled that a police officer spoke about a juvenile correctional institution but she could not provide any detail as to which child was being considered in that respect.
As the 200 mm wafer test market continues to expand, MPI Corporation has introduced a new fully automatic wafer probe system. The TS2500-RF addresses multiple production test market requirements which include RF communication devices and discrete passive components. This system is based on the industry leading and highly reliable automatic LED probe systems from MPI’s Photonic Automation Division with 1000’s of installations worldwide.With the TS2500-RF, they are addressing the widely expanding production test market of RF communication devices and discrete RF passive components. MPI plans to continue focusing uon innovations and synergies between all their divisions to provide maximum value for served markets and to reinforce their mission to reduce the overall cost of test.Available for both ambient and/or hot temperature operation modes, this TS2500-RF can reach maximum speeds of 10 Dies/second (depends on configuration) which makes it an ideal choice for production electrical tests on discrete RF devices. The unique design of MPI wafer chucks and wafer lift pins can safely handle wafers with thickness down to 50 micrometers and thus enable testing of challenging thin III-Vs compound wafers. Advanced alignment features such as off-axis and chuck mounted upper-looking cameras make it an ideal platform for testing within complex RF measurement configurations.The TS2500-RF can be configured with their advanced RF accessories such as, RF MicroPositioners, RF cables, calibration substrates and TITAN RF probes to ensure precise and accurate RF measurements. With integration of the Vector Network Analyzers (VNA) closer to the DUT, the MPI partnership with Rohde & Schwarz, and new advanced calibration techniques, this fully-automatic probe system becomes a complete measurement solution that addresses the complexities of RF production test.