first_imgOn Friday night, Tank and the Bangas will air their recent performance alongside the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra filmed at the Orpheum Theater in the band’s hometown of New Orleans.The ticketed webcast presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation and organized by music director Carlos Miguel Prieto will premiere at 8:30 p.m. ET. Fans can click here or ticket pre-order info ahead of Friday’s webcast.Watch a preview of the virtual performance with the pro-shot video of the two parties performing “Colors Change” below.Tank and the Bangas with Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra – “Colors Change”The acclaimed New Orleans band recently released their Friend Goals EP back in November, and also performed as part of the Georgia Comes Alive virtual festival and fundraiser last month.Singer Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball will also participate in a virtual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Monday, January 18th. Click here for event RSVP info.last_img read more

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first_imgThis year, the NEMSMS honored 73 individuals at a service May 24 as part of a weekend of events for honorees_ families. The names of those EMS responders will be engraved on 73 bronze oak leaves and added to more than 350 existing leaves on the EMS Tree of Life. Ë™We_ve normally recognized about 30 people, but we_ve also been recognizing people we_ve been made aware of [who died in the line of duty in] previous years,Ó Dillard says. Ë™After 2009, we [will] have recognized everyone from the pastÆ’as far as we know.Ó”ž In”žMorales, it was an Ë™abrupt terminationÓ of communications by the ED physician that led the”žEMS providers to believe they had been Ë™diverted.Ó However, in neither case did the physician clearly state their ED was on Ë™diversionary statusÓ as that term is defined in the EMTALA regulations. And, in neither case did the ambulance crew attempt to clarify these vague statements (or non-statements) from the online physician.”ž When WCEMS began using the ResQPOD impedance threshold device in April 2006, those numbers shot up even higher, with 8.2% surviving to the hospital and 6.2% going home intact. Then, in October 2006, WCEMS became the first prehospital service to induce hypothermia in CA patients, and outcomes during the next year went to 11.6% for survival to the hospital, with 7.8% of the patients going home neurologically sound. Under the program, EMS would make every effort to save the patient_s life, Ë™using advanced life-saving techniques,Ó he says, but if medics are unable to save the patient, a separate, specially staffed and equipped Rapid Organ Recovery Ambulance (RORA) would respond to transport the body to Bellevue Hospital while preserving the organs. Someone from the N.Y. Organ Donation Network would contact the family, and the deceased patient_s kidneys and/or other organs could be donated if the family agrees. Like EMS, the MRC straddles the line between public health and public safety. An MRC unit may be activated to assist during a natural disaster or to administer flu shotsÆ’helpful preparation for a flu pandemic. The NEMSMS board will Ë™put the word out to the EMS community and ask for input on what the new memorial should look like,Ó Dillard says. Ë™Think about what they did in Oklahoma City with lights and chairs and some of the things they do in D.C. We want this to be something unique that the whole EMS community can be proud of.Ó”ž”ž”ž”ž”ž”ž”ž”ž”ž”ž”žÆ’MG Not everyone is thrilled by the site choice. The EMS Labor Alliance (EMSLA), which represents large EMS employment organizations nationwide, had been working to get a site in the Washington, D.C., or Arlington, Va., area for the memorial. EMSLA representative James Orsino, an EMT and union leader with Boston EMS, claims a 1998 Congressional resolution that designates Roanoke as the official site of the NEMSMS Ë™never empowered NEMSMS to unilaterally make decisions normally left to the federal government.Ó According to Orsino, the move Ë™will require the repeal of the existing resolution followed by another renaming of an official site.Ó He then asks, Ë™Who, if anyone, would sponsor legislation of this kind given the fact that NEMSMS was never empowered to make a decision?Ó”ž In Wake County, Myers says a key element to the program’s success is “the cooperation between the hospitals and EMS.” For example, area hospitals agreed to have WCEMS ambulances bypass facilities to get CA patients to the two hospitals with the highest-volume cardiac catheterization labs, which can perform crucial interventions 24/7. “This is what you can do for your community when you focus on doing the best for the patient and put all other considerations aside,” says WCEMS Chief Skip Kirkwood. QUICK TAKESStroke Awareness”žCampaign BeginsTime is critical in treating stroke, so the American Academy of Neurology, American College of Emergency Physicians and American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently launched a campaign to teach the public to recognize the signs and quickly contact EMS. This Ë™Stroke CollaborativeÓ has developed an easy way for people to remember the five warning signs and asks health-care professionals to help promote it. For more information, visit www.giveme5forstroke.org. “žË™No organs would be taken without family permission, but these simple preservation procedures can allow this,Ó Kaufman stresses. Ë™We need to consider how we can help other patients live.Ó”ž MRC Units Ready for DisasterThe Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national volunteer organization designed to supplement community emergency and public health resources. Part of the USA Freedom Corps and a partner of the Citizen Corps, the MRC was formed after President George W. Bush called for more volunteerism in his 2002 State of the Union address.”ž The National Association of EMTs elected four new directors this spring: EMT/Firefighter”žSue Jacobus, Schuyler (Neb.) Fire Department;”žKC Jones, director of EMS programs, North Arkansas College, Harrison, Ark.;”žCharlene Donahue, EMT-P, former president of San Francisco Paramedic Association; and”žC.T. Ë™ChuckÓ Kearns, executive director, Pinellas County (Fla.) EMS Authority. But it was the death of Alexander Litvinenko on Nov. 23, 2006, three weeks after he presented to a”žLondon”žHospital, that brought into focus the threat of radioactive materials being intentionally used against individuals or a society, such as Polonium-210 (210Po). Clinicians suspected radiation early on as the cause of his presenting illness, but they pursued other toxic etiologies when initial tests failed to reveal gamma radiation. It_s likely internal radiation was not initially considered. Once Litvinenko was accurately diagnosed, an environmental survey of his last whereabouts was conducted. Numerous individualsÆ’from the worried well to the potentially exposedÆ’presented a public-health challenge.”ž PRO BONOHospital Diversions:The Plot ThickensA recent federal court decision highlights the need for EMS crews to clarify the Ë™diversionaryÓ instructions they receive from overcrowded hospital emergency departments (EDs). In the”žMorales decision on April 18, the First Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers four New England states plus Puerto Rico) ruled that a hospital violated the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) after an ED physician Ë™abruptly terminated the callÓ from paramedics who were en route with a patient in severe abdominal pain. The physician had asked whether the patient had insurance coverage and, receiving no assurance, abruptly terminated the call. The paramedics interpreted that response as a refusal to treat the patient in that ED.”ž WCEMS may be the first to report on a study documenting how simple, inexpensive advances can improve outcomes for CA patients, but it’s not the only EMS system to discover such improvements can make a significant difference. For instance, although the Columbus (Ohio) Division of Fire (CDF) does not induce hypothermiaÆ’yetÆ’it nearly doubled the “walk-out” rate of CA patients from 6% to 11.3% in 2006 (with 24.8% of V-fib/V-tach patients leaving the hospital intact that year).”ž Pro Bono is written by attorneys”žDoug Wolfberg and”žSteve Wirth of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth LLC, a national EMS-industry law firm. Visit the firm_s Web site at”žwww.pwwemslaw.com for more”žEMS law information. Patients in V-fib or V-tach did even better: Before WCEMS began using the new AHA guidelines, 12% of these patients made it to the hospital and 10% survived intact to discharge. Now, 37% of V-fib/V-tach patients survive to the hospital and 28% go home to continue their lives. (For more on this study, visit”žwww.wakeems.com/blog.) A former Denver paramedic,Art Kanowitz, MD, FACEP, recently became Colorado_s EMS medical director. MRC units assisted Hurricane Katrina victims all along the Gulf Coast and across the country. Some units sent volunteers to the affected areas and others prepared for evacuees_ arrival in their communities. Last October, the San Diego MRC unit helped people who were evacuated during the huge wildfires. “Our study, along with others, demonstrates that these things matter,” says Myers, a member of the JEMS editorial board and a former paramedic. Myers notes that the Wake County study was not a randomized trial. “From the beginning, we said there is just no way we_re going to tell half the citizens that this seems to be a really good ideaÆ’but not for you.Ó However, he adds that WCEMS might conduct a randomized trial to determine the best timing for the introduction of chilled IV fluid to induce hypothermia. Some MRCs offer Incident Command System training to their members, and the MRC Web site (www.medicalreservecorps. gov) details other local activities and trainings.”ž Jerrold B. Leikin, MD, FACEP, FAACT, FACP, FACOEM, FACMT, is the director of medical toxicology, ENH/OMEGA, at Glenbrook Hospital in Glenview, Ill. Contact him at”ž[email protected] Colorado Springsalso committed to raising close to $4 million to create a permanent home for the Tree of Life National EMS Memorial, which displays the names of EMTs and paramedics who_ve died in the line of duty. The memorial will be in a city park Ë™where people come to have picnics and where they hold an annual balloon festival,Ó Dillard says. NAMES IN THE NEWSSteven Tharratt, MD, professor of medicine and anesthesiology at University of California, Davis, Medical Center and medical director for Sacramento County EMS and the Sacramento City and County Fire Departments, became director of the California EMS Authority in April.”ž CDF Medical Director David Keseg, MD, credits several factors, especially the “intentional focus on quality CPR and uninterrupted CPR,” as well as intensive training in the new AHA guidelines, adoption of ResQPOD and the EZ-IO intraosseous insertion device and implementation of the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival Internet database to track treatment and outcomes. (For more on the Columbus program, see the June EMS Insider.) According to Myers, WCEMS is now considering a trial of compression-only CPR to see whether it can improve the system’s CA outcomes even further. Along with the lack of education regarding radiation poisoning, the ubiquitous nature of radioactive materials and the potential for their misuse, Litvinenko_s death demonstrates the need for training in recognizing, diagnosing and treating radiologic threats.”žEMS providers must become familiar with detector technologies and capabilities. And radiation poisoning should be considered in the appropriate setting as part of the differential diagnosis.”ž Mary Hedges retired at the end of May after 10 years as Minnesota_s EMS director. She was also secretary/treasurer of the National Association of State EMS Officials and served as president of Advocates for EMS in 2005.center_img The”žMorales case marks the second time a federal appeals court has ruled in this fashion. In 2001, the Ninth Circuit (which covers most of the”žWestern U.S.) issued a similar ruling in the case of”žArrington v. Wong.“ž IN MemoriamMissouri EMS Medical Director”žJohn William “Bill” Jermyn III, DO, died suddenly May 15 in Jefferson City, Mo., at age 57 of an acute myocardial infarction. The day after his death, the Missouri legislature passed a bill he had been promoting to create the nation_s first statewide STEMI and stroke network of care. Jermyn also taught in the division of emergency medicine at Washington University in St. Louis and was the immediate past chair of both the EMS Committee and the EMS/prehospital section of the American College of Emergency Medicine. After WCEMS implemented the new American Heart Association (AHA) CPR guidelines, which call for continuous chest compressions and delayed intubation for V-fib and V-tach, the rate of its CA patients surviving to the hospital went from 4.5% to 7.3% and from 1.9% to 4.4% for their patients leaving the hospital neurologically intact between April 2005 and April 2006.”ž Some 8,000 people in NYC alone are awaiting a donated organ, and Bradley J. Kaufman, MD, MPH, a medical director for the Fire Department of New York, estimates the program could result in up to 1,000 more organs available for transport each year.”ž “Treatment guidelines [lead] to four-fold increase in survival rate for cardiac arrest” declared a recent press release from the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). At the society’s annual meeting May 28ÏJune 1, Brent Myers, MD, MPH, FACEP, medical director of Wake County EMS (WCEMS) in Raleigh, N.C., presented the results of a study showing that the introduction of several inexpensive elements dramatically improved cardiac arrest (CA) outcomes (Hinchey P, Myers JB, Lewis R, et al: “Out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survival after the sequential implementation of 2005 AHA guidelines for compressions, ventilations and induced hypothermia.” SAEM Meeting 2008; Abstract 167).”ž Æ’Mannie Garza”ž Radiation ResponseAnAbstract: Lessons learned from the assassination of former Soviet spy Alexander Litvinenko“žby Robin B. McFee, DO, MPH, FACPM, & Jerrold B. Leikin, MD, FACEP, FAACT, FACP, FACOEM, FACMTRadioactive materials are readily available. They_re used in industry, medicine and military settings, and terrorist groups, including Aum Shinrikyo, Al Qaeda and Chechnyan extremists, have expressed interest in obtaining or have tested and attempted to deploy various forms of radiological weapons. Numerous high-profile toxic events have also been associated with radiation, such as the reactor explosion in”žChernobyl.”ž In”žArrington, an ED physician told the paramedics, Ë™I think it_d be OKÓ to take the patient to a more distant facility, which was interpreted by the”žEMS providers as a diversionary Ë™order.Ó Although most EMTs and paramedics are busy with on-the-job responsibilities during a disaster, opportunities may still exist to volunteer and share your expertise with an MRC unit. After all, a well-prepared community could make your job easier. Ë™As we focus on community resiliency, the MRC is proving to be an integral component in a community_s ability to sustain itself during a disaster situation. This support at the local level is strengthening the entire nation_s ability to come back from major eventsÆ’whether natural or man-made,Ó says Capt. Robert Tosatto, director, Office of the Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps. More than 150,000 volunteers now participate in 729 MRC units across the country. Most volunteers are physicians, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, pharmacists, dentists or epidemiologists, but non-medical volunteers also serve in support roles as interpreters, chaplains, legal advisers and office workers. Although the rulings inMorales andArrington have stirred much debate among health-care attorneys, the clear lesson for prehospital providers (not specifically addressed in either appellate decision) is for ambulance crews to stop interpreting vague and indeterminate responses by online physicians as Ë™diversionary orders.Ó”ž This case sets the stage for several important considerations for”žEMS and hospital personnel. Medical response to radiation and radiological weapons remains one of the least emphasized aspects of medical education in general and of current terrorism preparedness specifically. And most”žEMS providers are ill-prepared to handle events involving radiation. Recently,”žJEMS”ž posed the question on its Web site, Ë™Do you feel prepared to handle victims of a dirty (radioactive material) bomb?Ó Of the 246 respondents, 82% responded Ë™No.Ó What do you think? Would your system consider implementing an organ recovery ambulance program?“ž”ž”ž > Yes, if all donations take place with proper consent, we would do whatever it took to preserve organs.“ž”ž”ž > Maybe, but we would be concerned about taking such costly measures when consent isn_t guaranteed.“ž”ž”ž > No, it_s unethical to preserve a deceased patient_s organs for harvesting (family consent or no).“ž”ž”ž > No, this would open us up to complaints and possibly even lawsuits. Robin B. McFee, DO, MPH, FACPM, is the medical director of Threat Science and also a toxicologist and professional education coordinator of the”žLong Island”žRegional”žPoison”žInformation”žCenter,”žWinthrop”žUniversity”žHospital,”žMineola,”žN.Y. Contact her at”ž[email protected]“ž The plan has created controversy because the RORA crew would perform procedures on the deceased without consent. But what do you think? Let us know at”žwww.jems.com. CONTROVERSY: Should”žEMS Save Organs for Potential Donation?New York Cityis developing a program that could increase the number of kidneys and other organs available for transplant. The program will deploy special ambulances to transport patients who die unexpectedly and maintain the viability of their organs for potential donation. Editor_s note: To read a detailed case report on Litvinenko_s poisoning and diagnosis, and the incident_s aftermath, and learn the effects of polonium-210 and other radioactive materials on the body and how to identify radiation poisoning, read Ë™Death by Polonium-210Ó in the Meridian supplement to August 2008″žJEMS. Æ’Ann-Marie Lindstrom JEMS-Funded Study Abstract PublishedAnnals of Emergency Medicine has published the abstract of a study funded by a $1,500 grant from”žJEMS/Elsevier Public Safety (Dickinson ET, Reynolds JW, Gentile LF, Wurster FW: Ë™The augmentation of ambulance crews with a second advanced life support paramedic enhances the effectiveness of prehospital care for patients with acute coronary syndromes.Ó”žAnnals of Emergency Medicine. 51(4):550, 2008). The prospective study conducted in two suburban”žEMS systems determined that a second paramedic does result in more rapid relief of chest pain (10.9 versus 13.3 minutes). Ë™It_s very exciting that this research, done primarily by the medics involved, climbed the hill for peer review,Ó says”žJEMS”ž Medical Editor Ed Dickinson, MD, one of the study_s authors. Clinicians at health-care facilities are often insulated from the environmental events associated with arriving patients. But”žEMS providers are critical witnesses and the street-level eyes and ears of the health-care system; they have the unique advantage of surveying the surroundings and circumstances associated with victims and can relay valuable insights, suspicions and concerns to hospital staff. Fortunately, the risk for”žEMS in treating radiation victims is minimal if proper procedures are followed. The public_s welfare largely rests upon first responders and hospitals being prepared for radiological emergencies. EMS providers and emergency departments (EDs) must be able to recognize a potential radiation event, identify and treat patients suffering from conventional injuries that may be complicated by radiation exposure or contamination, utilize appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and alert the proper authorities to initiate a rapid response. Responding to a radiation incident requires advance planning and continuous training.”ž EMTALA regulations state that a hospital may legally divert an incoming, non-hospital-owned ambulance only when it lacks the staff or facilities to accept any additional emergency patients. The court ruled that, because the hospital was not on formal Ë™diversionary status,Ó the facility improperly diverted the patient in violation of EMTALA when the ED physician terminated the paramedics_ call.”ž An unclear and questionable direction from an ED physician puts an EMS crew in a tough spot. If you receive unclear or vague statements or Ë™signalsÓ such as these, speak up and clarify the exact nature of the instructions or advice. Ask the online physician whether the hospital is on formal EMTALA Ë™diversionary status.Ó As the”žMorales”ž and”žArrington cases demonstrate, some ED physicians clearly don_t appreciate the effect of their conduct on the radio or telephone, which can leave patients and ambulance crews in a bind and expose the hospitals, physicians and even EMS agencies to significant liability. Disclosure: Dr. McFee is on the national nerve agent advisory group for King Pharmaceutical, the parent company of Meridian Medical Technologies. National EMS Memorial Service Finds New HomeThe National EMS Memorial Service (NEMSMS) will move from Roanoke, Va., where it_s been held since 1991, to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2010. Colorado Springs won a hard-fought competition that began with 14 possible sites and resulted in three finalists. The NEMSMS board of directors chose the city at the base of the Rocky Mountains over Kansas City, Mo., and Washington, D.C., because Colorado Springs offered the best package of financial incentives, plus Ë™a beautiful setting in a park with Pikes Peak in the background,Ó says NEMSMS President Kevin L. Dillard, president and co-owner of LifeCare Medical Transport, Fredericksburg, Va.last_img read more

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreRobert Downey Jr. took time last weekend to present Alex Pring with a new hi-tech prosthetic arm designed to look like the red metallic one worn by “Tony Stark” whenever he turns into Iron Man.The superstar celebrity said on Facebook it was an “absolute privilege” to give the custom 3D-printed bionic arm to Alex, whom he called “the most dapper 7-year-old I’ve ever met.” (Watch the video below) Alex’s mom said the change in her son’s confidence after receiving the arm, was instant. “There are no words.”The arm — destined to be the envy of every kid on the playground — was made possible thanks to the combined efforts of Microsoft, the Collective Project, and Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit group of engineering enthusiasts.Albert Manero, a doctoral engineering student at the University of Central Florida, leads the team of volunteers at Limbitless Solutions. The group uses 3D printing to make inexpensive electronic prosthetics for kids. Normally, a prosthetic arm like Alex’s would cost thousands of dollars, but with 3D printing, the cost to build is cut to just $350. Children get their prosthetics from Limbitless Solutions at no cost to the family.Alex is not the first to receive a superhero inspired limb replacement. In January, “Darth Vader” delivered a Storm Trooper arm to 7-year-old Liam Porter, through the global eNable organization, of which Limbitless Solutions is a part.Tony Stark Wants You to SHARE the Story…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

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first_imgThe southwest corner of 47th and Mission in Roeland Park has seen redevelopment nearby in recent years and some tenants have had their leases ended.Roeland Park agreed this week to move ahead in a joint venture with Westwood to prepare a Neighborhood Revitalization program proposal that could allow homeowners who undertake major remodeling projects to receive a reimbursement on the additional taxes that result from a higher assessed value. A Roeland Park analysis of building permits and assessments showed that home additions and major interior remodels have the greatest impact on subsequent house value.The idea for the program and for the two cities to work together on the project was first presented to the Roeland Park City Council In November 2013 by members of the 47th Street and Mission Road Overlay Committee, which has representatives from Westwood, Roeland Park and Kansas City, Kan. The committee reviews projects along the corridor which touches all three cities, and hopes to encourage redevelopment. A number of projects have started along the 47th Street corridor recently.Scott Bingham, who chairs the overlay committee, said the program is designed to encourage substantial investment, not just maintenance projects. The program works by allowing cities to set a rebate on additional taxes that might result from a home improvement. The program does not lower current tax collections, but gives back a portion of the new taxes if the property is assessed at a higher value after the remodel.Cities can set a number of conditions, including the percentage of the rebate and a minimum investment to trigger the program. They also can include commercial property and rentals if they want. The program has also been discussed in Mission.The program does not need to be identical in the two cities. Staff from both cities will put together a proposal on the details of the program. They would then go jointly to the school district and county to ask those taxing districts to participate.Bingham said the program is designed to keep housing stock strong which would attract more young families and, in turn, commercial investment. Councilor Michael Rhoades asked if re-investment isn’t already happening so the program would give back money that the cities would otherwise collect.last_img read more

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first_imgCBRE completed the sale of Ocotillo Plaza, a 123,000 SF neighborhood shopping center  at 2840 S. Alma School Rd. in Chandler. The asset sold for $13.57M.Cam Stanton of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented both parties in the transaction. The seller was Ocotillo Plaza Investors LLC of Roseville, Calif. The buyer was Ocotillo Plaza De Rito-P Retail LLC, located in Phoenix.“De Rito was looking for a large, value-add asset in the Chandler area, and they have it in Ocotillo Plaza,” Stanton said. “It is in an excellent location with proximity to the Price Road Business Center immediately west, which is one of the strongest employment hubs in the metro area.”“This is a great project in a great location,” said Iver Bowden, COO of De Rito Partners. “Other retail centers at this intersection are fully leased, so we are excited about Ocotillo Plaza’s potential. It was great working with Cam on this project.”Built in 1986, Ocotillo Plaza shares the intersection of Alma School and Queen Creek roads with an Albertsons-anchored center on the SEC and a Sprouts-anchored center on the NEC. Ocotillo Plaza was 29% leased at the time of sale.last_img read more

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first_img You may be interested in… More deaths from COVID-19 recorded in CARICOM countries,… CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak St. Lucia records more cases of COVID Oct 16, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 The tourism minister stated that the health and safety of all citizens and residents in St. Kitts and Nevis, performing artistes, and the festival’s patrons has been paramount in the committee’s considerations. We have equally factored the considerable investments by many of our local stakeholders and service providers and that is why we have taken a studied approach,” he said. “These have been very difficult times and it has not been an easy task to navigate the fast-moving developments. The Minister of Tourism stated that patrons who have already purchased their tickets online would be protected and their purchases would remain valid. He encouraged car rental companies, hotels and other places of accommodation, to waive any applicable penalties that ordinarily would have pertained regarding cancellations and or re-bookings. Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Share this on WhatsApp Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Basseterre, St. Kitts, March 27, 2020 (SKNIS): The St. Kitts Music Festival, which was slated for June 24-28, 2020, has been postponed until June 23-27, 2021, says Minister of Tourism, the Honourable Lindsay Grant, during an address to the nation on March 26. Minister Grant stated that the “growing pandemic of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has been constantly monitored by the Executive Committee of the St. Kitts Music Festival, recognizing the potential implications for our international event, originally scheduled for 24-28 June, 2020.” He added that they have been in close contact with the Ministry of Health, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Ministry of Tourism and other relevant stakeholders, “to better position ourselves to adapt to any changing health conditions occasioned by the virus.” Oct 15, 2020last_img read more

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first_imgToday marks two years since the deaths of two workers on the Stena Clyde oil rig in the Bass Strait off the coast of Victoria and still no action has been taken over long-standing safety concerns, Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) said.Australian unions are calling on the Federal Government to launch a review into the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environment Management Authority (NOPSEMA), which is responsible for the investigation into the deaths.MUA National Secretary, Paddy Crumlin, said two years was far too long for the families of those killed on the Stena Clyde to wait for answers.“Our highest priority is to ensure workers go home the same way they arrive – alive and healthy,” Crumlin said.“The MUA has long held concerns that NOPSEMA does not adequately work with unions to prevent safety breaches. “This needs to change and both NOPSEMA and the Abbott Government must commit to involving unions in workplace safety matters.”ACTU Assistant Secretary Michael Borowick said the families of Peter Meddens and Barry Denholm are still waiting for answers two years after they got the terrible news that they would never see their loved ones again.“The ACTU is concerned NOPSEMA is too close to the industry to act as an effective regulator,” Borowick said.“The fact that there has been no prosecution and the report into the investigation has not been released two years after these tragic and avoidable deaths gives weight to this concern.“Without a full and independent investigation into the tragedy we cannot ensure other workers will not be exposed to similar dangers.”Mr Borowick said union officials were blocked from talking to workers and inspecting the worksite after the Stena Clyde deaths, while NOPSEMA largely excludes unions from providing valuable input into safety concerns.“These are safety standards that cover all other Australian workers under OHS laws – yet offshore workers are denied these important protections.”AWU National Secretary Scott McDine said to end up two years on from a severe tragedy with no action on safety reform is simply not good enough.Unions are calling for the release of NOPSEMA’s investigation into the Stena Clyde deaths and for the Australian Government to urgently amend offshore safety legislation to give offshore workers the same protections as other Australian workers.“Offshore safety legislation must be brought into line with national OHS standards – there is no justification for lower standards of protections for offshore workers,” Mr Borowick said.[mappress]Press Release, August 27, 2014last_img read more

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first_imgOffshore shipbuilder and designer VARD is looking to diversify its business in order to reduce its offshore market dependency during industry downturn that dragged the company’s 4Q 2015 results down. With its core market for offshore oil and gas related vessels showing continued signs of weakness in the short term, VARD said on Monday it would be focusing on other engineering and technology-intensive parts of the shipbuilding market.The shipbuilder said it aims to preserve its core expertise and employee base during the downturn, and utilize its existing yard capacity until an eventual recovery in its core market.Roy Reite, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of VARD, commented, “The Group’s efforts to diversify are well underway, and we believe that we are on the right track to recovery. If we succeed with our plan, VARD will not only be able to emerge from this downturn, but come out stronger and armed with new skills and capabilities.”The company on Monday posted a loss for the period of NOK 170 million for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to a profit of NOK 20 million in the same period of 2014.VARD’s operating profit decreased from NOK 85 million in 4Q 2014 to an operating loss of NOK 67 million in 4Q 2015.In addition, the shipbuilder posted a drop in revenues as the company’s 4Q 2015 result amounted to NOK 3.3 billion, while the 4Q 2014 revenues were NOK 4.5 billion.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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