He said he saw one torso that had its head removed and a smaller head sewn on, comparing the discovery to a character from Frankenstein. The retired agent also said the horrific discoveries during the raid led some FBI employees to undergo counseling. Lawyers representing the donor families had asked for $13 million for each plaintiff but acknowledged ahead of the verdict that Gore wasn’t likely to be able to pay a large award. They said they brought the case to trial to hold Gore and his business accountable. The trial against Stephen Gore, owner of the Biological Resource Center of Arizona, ended with jurors finding in favor of 10 of 21 plaintiffs, awarding $8 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages. This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows Stephen Douglas Gore, the owner of a now-closed Phoenix body donation facility who in 2015 pleaded guilty to a felony charge for his role in mishandling donations of human remains. Jury deliberations have entered their fifth day Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at a trial to determine whether Gore is civilly liable for mishandling donated human remains. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP, file) Gore’s business was raided in January 2014 by FBI employees wearing hazardous-material suits and breathing through respirators. A retired FBI agent testified that body parts were piled on top of each other and had no identification. This undated photo provided by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office shows Stephen Douglas Gore, the owner of a now-closed Phoenix body donation facility who in 2015 pleaded guilty to a felony charge for his role in mishandling donations of human remains. Jury deliberations have entered their fifth day Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019 at a trial to determine whether Gore is civilly liable for mishandling donated human remains. (Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office via AP, file) An attorney for donor families said he believes jurors did not rule in favor of 11 other plaintiffs because they didn’t testify at trial. In a letter to the sentencing judge, Gore said he should have been more involved in the supervision of his employees and could have been more open about the donation process. Gwendolyn Aloia, who was awarded $5.5 million, said the verdict shows that the body donation industry needs more government regulation. Donor families also said they were promised the cremated remains of relatives and received boxes with what they thought were their loved ones, only to later discover the bodies were sold to third parties or were still at the facility. Her husband’s remains were donated after his 2013 cancer death, but she testified she wouldn’t have allowed it had she known his remains would be sold for profit. She doubts the cremated remains that she was given were his. Cadaver donation companies distribute remains to universities, medical device manufacturers and drug companies. The companies pay the associated costs and use the bodies for medical education and research, and families save burial or cremation costs. PHOENIX (AP) – A civil jury has awarded $58 million Tuesday to 10 people who alleged a now-closed body donation facility mishandled the donated remains of their relatives and deceived them about how the body parts would be used. Michael Burg, an attorney representing donor families, said the industry will learn from the verdict that there are consequences for deceptive practices. “It sends a message to others that don’t want to be honest or trick people into doing this,” Burg said. The families contended they were weren’t told the bodies would be used in ways they would not have approved. Jurors were shown the business’ price list, showing, for instance, that a torso without a head sold for $4,000. Gore pleaded guilty in October 2015 to a felony charge for his role in mishandling the donated parts. Though Gore denied the allegations in the lawsuit, he acknowledged when pleading guilty to illegally conducting an enterprise that his firm provided vendors with human tissue that was contaminated and used the donations counter to the wishes of the donors. Gore’s business was accused of fraud by claiming the donated bodies would be used for medical research, when it knew some of the remains would be sold for military testing, such as crashes and explosions. A woman whose son’s remains were sold for military testing was awarded $6.5 million. Timothy O’Connor, an attorney for Gore, declined to comment on the verdict. He had argued that clients signed consent forms granting permission to dissect donated bodies, and that it was legal for the facility to make a profit.
Three Saint Mary’s students shared the insights they gained from attending an international women’s issues conference this summer at a presentation held at the Student Center on Wednesday. “Global Women’s World Congress: SMC Student Reflections and Experiences” offered Abby Henning, Alayne Riege and Gen Spittler a platform to discuss their experience at the Global Women’s World Congress in Ottawa, Canada, this July. Sonalini Sapra, professor of political science and women’s studies, said the women ventured to Canada to get a closer look at the field of women’s studies and activism in a global context. “I really wanted students to be exposed to global women’s issues,” Sapra said. “Thanks to the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL), I was able to take the three students with me to experience these issues firsthand. CWIL provided the funding for them to join me at the conference.” The 30th annual conference welcomed 2,000 attendees and 800 presenters from 92 countries, focusing on a variety of women’s issues, including militarism, fundamentalism and neo-liberalism. “The conference did a great job of addressing some of the issues women’s conferences leave off the table normally,” Sapra said. “Issues like inclusivity, the creation of Young Women’s Leadership Teams and panels about aboriginal women’s rights were discussed that are not usually brought up.” Riege, a senior Psychology and Women’s Studies double major, said she was especially intrigued by the discussion of aboriginal women in Canada and the resemblance they bore to Native Americans in the United States. “We participated in a solidarity march in support of the 582 missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls in Canada,” Riege said. “This topic was a focal point of the conference.” Spittler, a junior Nursing and Women’s Studies major, said being in the presence of such influential figures and activists had an immense impact on the students. “In the morning we would go to the main conference and listen to some amazing feminists,” Spittler said. “Listening to some of their experiences was definitely inspiring.” Spittler said the conference highlighted the need for young women to continue the work of the women’s rights movement. “I realized that there are definitely not enough young feminists in the world after attending this conference,” she said.
As the Christmas season arrives on campus, so comes Conscious Christmas — a Badin Hall signature event and annual fair trade sale to support Badin Hall’s charity, the HOPE Initiative. The eighth annual Conscious Christmas sale will take place Friday from noon to 6 p.m. in Badin Hall., and will feature handcrafted items from Nepalese artisans and Notre Dame art and design students.Sophomore Kathleen Ryan, the head commissioner for Badin’s HOPE commission, said she appreciates the opportunity to get the rest of the Notre Dame community involved with the HOPE Initiative, a volunteer organization devoted to improving the education of the poorest children in rural Nepal.“I was really drawn to the idea of using our dorm community for the benefit of people in the greater international community,” Ryan said in an email. “I think the HOPE Initiative is an amazing organization, and it’s really special to work closely with Ann-Marie Conrado, who is the founder of HOPE, as well as our hall fellow.”Conrado, an assistant professor of industrial design, said she loves to see Badin Hall have such a large hand in supporting her and her husband’s charity.“It’s a small organization,” she said. “So that also allows Badin to play a large role in the work that it does and to be really connected to it at the grassroots level. … I’m proud to say that Badin is the number one donor, by far.”In addition to the residents of Badin Hall who are in charge of organizing, publicizing and working at Conscious Christmas, Conrado said some Notre Dame art students also participate by designing items to sell at the event.“I actually bring art and design students to Nepal every summer for ten weeks,” she said. “They actually design handicrafts. … A portion of our products that are on sale are actually designed by Notre Dame students.”One student who will have several items of work featured in the Conscious Christmas sale is painting graduate student Laura Lemna, who traveled to Nepal with Conrado last summer to work as an intern with artists at the Association for Craft Producers.“It’s different from a lot of the other work that I make,” Lemna said. “I’m a painter, so I’m used to making singular objects. So making designs that are mass-produced is pretty exciting and something that I’ve never done before. Knowing and caring about the people at that company, it’s really cool to know that they enjoy what we made together and that it’s finding some success for them.”Ryan said these original designs by students and artists in Nepal only add to the success of the event.“What’s special about Conscious Christmas is these items aren’t your typical Christmas gifts,” she said. “So the excitement of finding that perfect present for someone is even more unique.”Not only does Conscious Christmas serve as an opportunity for community members to shop for Christmas gifts, but it also exposes students to fair trade, Conrado said.“What Badin does is opens up fair trade, consciously and ethically sourced products to the Notre Dame community and gives them a venue to shop in a way that does double the duty,” she said. “Because one, it’s purchased fair trade or from small cooperatives … but then all proceeds go back to charitable efforts there. So it’s like you’re doing double the difference. There’s not a profit motive there.”Ryan said she and the other commissioners for the event are hoping to break the record of more than $11,000 raised at last year’s event.“We’ve topped the amount made the previous year every [year] since Conscious Christmas started, and I wouldn’t want to stop that trend now,” she said.More important than the dollar amount to Conrado, however, is witnessing the passion Badin Hall residents have for the event.“I am thrilled with how the women of Badin take this on and come to learn so much about fair trade, come to learn about ethical sourcing and come to understand that they can make an impact,” she said. “Every generation that’s involved with this — from the ones who will sign up just on the day to man it … to the ones who just keep continually running credit cards all day long — they’re giving of themselves for a greater cause.”Tags: badin hall, Conscious Christmas Handicraft Sale, Hope Initiative
by Anne Galloway www.vtdigger.org(link is external) Vince Brennan, a Progressive member of the Burlington City Council, has offered a resolution opposing the Air Force proposal to bring F-35s to the Burlington International Airport based on the environmental impact of the jets on the region.The main issue is noise. In his resolution, Brennan asserts that the peak noise level for the jets will be 115 decibels ‘19 decibels higher than the peak noise level for Vermont National Guard F-16 planes that now fly out of the airport. People hear that decibel increase as â four times louder’he says.Brennan presented his resolution at the Burlington City Council meeting Monday night. City Councilors Vince Dober, a Republican, will offer a proposal to support the Air Force proposal, and Joan Shannon, a Democrat, will introduce a resolution that is somewhere in between.Brennanâ s resolution refers to Col. Rosanne Grecoâ s 17-page analysis of the voluminous Air Force environmental impact statement. Greco, the chair of the South Burlington City Council and former strategic planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Defense Department, detailed the key impacts of the EIS in her report and ultimately urged her colleagues to vote against the F-35 proposal. They rejected the F-35 base in a 4-to-1 vote.In his 1,679 word resolution, Brennan says the F-35A is a weapon for â penetrating enemy air space and delivering 18,000 pounds of air-to-ground bombs and air-to-ground missiles rather than primarily for saving Vermonters during natural disasters, like Hurricane Irene, or defending the US from attack.âMichael Dubie, adjutant general of the Vermont National Guard, told reporters last week that opponents were using â fear or exaggeration’to block the planes. The Associated Press reported that 100 people in Winooski protested against the F-35s on Thursday.VTDigger.org received a copy of Brennanâ s resolution in advance of the meeting tonight (Monday).Here is a sampling from the proposal that addresses noise levels:Whereas under the FAA program, the airport has so far purchased 120 homes near the airport in South Burlington for demolition because the F16 and other airport noise reached or exceeded that 24-hour average 65 dB threshold, and that once healthy neighborhood of affordable houses has been turned into a wasteland; andWhereas the Air Force draft EIS shows that basing the F-35A here will place 1366 additional houses and 2,863 more people in Burlington, South Burlington, Winooski, Williston and Colchester within the 24-hour average noise level that caused the purchase for demolition of those 120 affordable houses; andWhereas the airport recently announced that it would purchase no more homes; andWhereas although F-16 noise is quite high, the Air Force draft EIS shows the present-day 24-hour average 65 dB contour from F-16 noise barely skirts edges of Winooski and Burlington while the F-35A will put half of Winooskiâ s houses and Burlington houses along Calarco, Chase, Rumsey, Barrett, Mill, Grove, and Patchen roads, and along portions of Pearl and Riverside, within that incompatible-with-residential-living contour; andWhereas the table on page BR4-18 of the Air Force draft EIS shows that the peak noise level for the F-16 is 94 dBA and for the F-35A it is 115 dBAâ a difference of 21 dBAâ when each plane takes off and reaches 1000 feet above ground level; andWhereas according to the numbers in the Air Force draft EIS the decrease in property values for houses experiencing the 21 dB increase in loudness is likely to be in the range from 11% to 42%; andWhereas the Air Force draft EIS raises serious questions about safety as it states that â it is possible that projected mishap [crash] rates for the F-35A may be comparable to the historical rates of the F-22A’and numbers in the draft EIS show that in its early years the F-22A had a â most severe’mishap rate 7 times higher than the current rate for the F-16; andWhereas the draft EIS makes clear that the Burlington airport was a preferred location because air quality in the Champlain Valley is in â attainment’with air quality standards and therefore the Air Force can more conveniently bring the F-35A to Burlington than it can to competing Air Force bases whose already fouled air and â non-attainment’status present difficult hoops for the Air Force to jump through to achieve compliance with the Clean Air Act; andWhereas the draft EIS shows that the negative effect of basing the F-35A in South Burlington will fall disproportionally on low income and immigrant communities. June 18, 2012 www.vtdigger.org(link is external)
Vermont Business Magazine Community leaders gathered at 206 Park Street in Bennington to welcome Southwestern Vermont Health Care employees Russell Carrier and Leah Hart, along with their 9-month-old son Able, to their new home. The young family’s new home was provided by Healthy Homes for Bennington, LC3. The organization is a project of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), in cooperation with The Bank of Bennington and the Town of Bennington. Healthy Homes’ mission is to enhance community health while revitalizing Bennington, Vermont’s downtown region by renovating distressed or vacant homes and facilitating home ownership. “Studies show that home ownership and quality living situations go hand-in-hand with good health,” said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC’s president and CEO. “We have an interest in reinvesting in Bennington, helping make it a safe and desirable place to live, and promoting the health of our workforce and their families. This project is a vehicle to achieve this.” Healthy Homes of Bennington’s goals include: providing affordable opportunities for home ownership; assisting with recruitment and retention of a qualified workforce; supporting community development and local investment; establishing stable and supportive environments that improve the health of Bennington families; and boosting the local economy by employing local contractors to perform renovations to distressed downtown homes. The home, a modest early 20th century colonial, had been abandoned when Southwestern Vermont Health Care began investigating it as the first Healthy Home of Bennington. The group offered the owner the assessed value for the home and contracted with Hale Resources, LLC, to renovate it. The entire property was gutted and re-insulated. New windows, electrical upgrades, and dry wall were installed, in addition to new fixtures and appliances. The house is now in like-new condition. “The program helps facilitate home ownership for SVHC employees and connects them to Bennington’s economic redevelopment,” said Kevin Dailey, the vice president for Human Resources and the primary administrator for Healthy Homes of Bennington. “We see it as an investment in our community’s revitalization and more importantly in our regional workforce.” Carrier, a hospital chef, and Hart, a nurse-patient liaison in the post-anesthesiology recovery unit, have a combined total of 12 years with SVHC. The health system put a call out to employees in 2016, which prompted the couple to apply. “This has been so exciting for us. We are so grateful to SVHC and Healthy Homes for making home ownership possible for us at this stage in our lives,” said Hart. “As a young couple with a 9-month-old, it would have taken years for us to be able to afford a down payment.”To be eligible for home ownership of a Healthy Home, applicants must be first-time home buyers, have 18 months employment tenure in a full-time or benefited part-time position with household income capable of supporting the debt service. Carrier and Hart’s application was accepted in late fall. They closed on the property on February 1. Financing was obtained through The Bank of Bennington. In addition, the buyers must attend a first-time home buyer education program.“The Bank of Bennington is proud to support this project to improve the health and vitality of our community,” said Jim Brown, president of the Bank of Bennington. The Town of Bennington has pledged to participate in Healthy Homes for Bennington through making improvements and repairs to municipal infrastructure, including sidewalks and street lights, within associated neighborhoods.The Healthy Homes project organizers have begun work on a second house on County Street. And a third house on Spring Street will begin soon. “We hope that renovations to these homes will inspire nearby homeowners to improve their properties and that other employers may be inspired to replicate the program,” Dee said. About:Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock.SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external).Source: BENNINGTON, VT—February 23, 2017—SVHC. Southwestern Vermont Health Care complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.
After the game, head coach Bob Motzko told the media that the game was an important win.“It wasn’t a pretty game for us, but we did enough good things that amount to a win, and that’s what is important….You add up those little things tonight, and that’s what led us to get the win tonight,” Motzko said. “But we have a chance to be better tomorrow too.”Minnesota will face Michigan again Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the date of the game. The article has been updated with the correct date. Minnesota takes game one in Ann Arbor 3-1Sophomore Ben Meyers had a three-point night.Audrey RauthGophers forward Ben Meyers approaches Penn State’s goal during the final period at the 3M Arena at Mariucci on Thursday, Nov. 19. Julianna Landis, Sports ReporterDecember 8, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn the final series of the first half of its schedule, Minnesota faced an unpredictable matchup against Michigan, given that both teams would be losing key players temporarily to the World Junior Championship, but Minnesota prevailed to extend its win streak to seven straight to open the season.Ben Meyers put in the work against the Wolverines on Tuesday, assisting the first two goals of the game and also scoring the final goal of the night. In post-game media availability, Meyers said that after a scoreless first period, play opened up more as the game went on, allowing the Gophers to score.“The first period, it was just two good teams playing really hard and there were a lot of experienced guys, so there wasn’t many turnovers and not a lot of offense… just stuck to the game plan,” he said.Michigan’s only goal of the night came directly after Meyers’ 3-0 tally in the third, with Kent Johnson getting the Wolverines on the board.Minnesota had five chances on the powerplay on Tuesday, and it once again found the back of the net with the man advantage, this time from a gritty Sampo Ranta rebound in front of the crease. Ranta’s goal in the second period was quickly followed up with one from Bryce Brodzinski, and after a scoreless first period Minnesota went into the locker room leading 2-0 at the second intermission.
De Rito Partners reported the following commercial transactions:De Rito Purchases Macayo’s PlazaDeRito-P Retail 1, LLC recently purchased the Macayo’s Plaza shopping center located at the southwest corner of Bell Road and Reems Road in dynamic and expanding Surprise, Arizona. Brian Bridgman and Trevor Clinch represented De Rito Partners in the purchase. This adds to the growing number of retail assets De Rito Partners has acquired and revitalized throughout the Valley.Rent-A-Center adds location in the Southwest ValleyRent-A-Center signed a lease to add a new location west of the northwest corner of 75th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road in Phoenix. De Rito Partners’ brokers Bill Bones represented the tenant, and Bruce Milton and Justin Rihs represented the landlord in completing the deal for a 5,100-square-foot space. Salon opening first location in the Southwest ValleyChely’s Beauty Salon completed a deal to open its first location at the northeast corner of 35th Avenue and Southern Avenue in Phoenix. Chris Corso of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in signing a lease for a 1,206-square-foot space. Masaki’s Restaurant renews lease at Verde Valley CenterDe Rito Partners’ broker Dale Harsh represented the landlord in completing a lease for a 1,200-square-foot space to Masaki’s Restaurant at the Verde Valley Center located along Highway 89A in Cottonwood, Arizona. San Tan Village Furniture Center adding a Crossfit GymCrossfit 375 signed a lease to open its first location at the San Tan Village Furniture Center located just west of the northwest corner of Loop 202 and San Tan Village Parkway. De Rito Partners’ broker Robert McKnight represented the landlord in signing the lease for 3,000 square feet. Rent-A-Center adding location in PeoriaDe Rito Partners’ broker Bill Bones represented Rent-A-Center in completing a deal for a 4,197-square-foot space at the southwest corner of 67th Avenue and Peoria Avenue in Peoria, Arizona. Title Max opening new location in TempeTitle Max signed a lease to add a new location at the northwest corner of Scottsdale Road and Fillmore Street in Tempe, Arizona. Bill Bones represented the tenant in completing the deal for a 2,400-square-foot space. A-Professional Locks adding new showroomA-Professional Locks completed a deal to open a new showroom/warehouse just west of the northwest corner of Gilbert Road and Germann Road in Gilbert, Arizona. Justin Rihs represented the tenant in signing the lease for 6,567 square feet. Shear Gossip Salon opening in MesaShear Gossip Salon will be opening a location next to Walmart on the northeast corner of Baseline Road and Country Club Drive in Mesa, Arizona. Justin Rihs represented the landlord in completing the deal for the 1,000-square-foot space. Rodney D. Young Insurance expanding across ArizonaRodney D. Young Insurance signed a lease for a 1,500-square-foot space in San Luis, Arizona near the U.S./Mexico border. Carl Jones, Jr. and Lizette Fonseca of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in signing deal at the northeast corner of South J Avenue and Piceno Drive. Metro PCS continues expansion throughout the ValleyDe Rito Partners’ broker Carl Jones, Jr. represented the landlord in signing a deal to bring Metro PCS to the North Central Plaza located just south of the southeast corner of Central Avenue and Van Buren Street in Avondale, Arizona. The lease was for a 1,200-square-foot space. A new Ace Hardware to open in Orange County, CA trade areaDe Rito Partners’ broker Marty Olejarczyk helped to represent Ace Hardware in completing a deal for an 8,000-square-foot space in the difficult to penetrate trade area of Garden Grove, California. The new Ace Hardware will be located at 11919 Valley View Street in Garden Grove. Rodney D. Young Insurance adding Midtown Phoenix officeRodney D. Young Insurance completed a lease to open its newest location at the southwest corner of 7th Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix. Justin Rihs of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in completing the deal for a 1,080-square-foot space. P.A.W. Services opening location in TucsonP.A.W. Services signed a leased to open at the southwest corner of Nexus Road and Valencia Road in Tucson, Arizona. Dean Ingram of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in signing a lease for 3,150 square feet. Metro PCS joining The Village Shopping CenterMetro PCS continues to expand throughout the Valley signing a lease for a 1,105-square-foot space just west of the southwest corner of 19th Avenue and Dunlap Avenue in Phoenix. Chris Corso and John Palmieri of De Rito Partners represented the landlord in the deal. Mountain Range Restaurants leases former El Paso BBQDe Rito Partners’ brokers Matt Morrell and Paul Serafin represented the landlord in completing a deal for Mountain Range Restaurants to lease the former El Paso BBQ at the southwest corner of 43rd Avenue and Peoria Avenue in Phoenix. The lease was for a 4,700-square-foot space. 6.7 acres sold in Chandler off Loop 202De Rito Partners’ broker Michael McWilliams represented the seller in completing a deal for 6.7 acres west of the northwest corner of Loop 202 and Gilbert Road in Chandler, Arizona. Chilton Properties was the buyer of the land. Sushi restaurant to open at McDowell MarketplaceSushinola Roll signed a lease to open a restaurant at McDowell Marketplace at the southwest corner of 59th Avenue and McDowell Road in Phoenix. Marcela Houser of De Rito Partners represented the tenant in completing the deal for a 1,320-square-foot space. Courtyard Interiors joining dynamic Pavilion’s at Talking StickDe Rito Partners’ brokers Gordon Heckaman and Carl Jones, Jr. represented the landlord in completing a deal to bring Courtyard Interiors by J&L Flooring, Inc. to The Pavilions at Talking Stick. The deal was for 2,163 square feet at the center located just off of Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road in Scottsdale, Arizona.
DRC confirms 1 more Ebola case as vaccination level passes 5,000One more case has been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC’s) latest Ebola outbreak, in a patient from Beni, the health ministry said yesterday in its latest update.The development raises the outbreak total to 116, which includes 86 confirmed and 30 probable cases. Health officials are still investigating 8 suspected cases, including those involving 3 people who died in community settings, a factor known to increase the risk of virus transmission in Ebola outbreaks.In Beni, Health Minister Oly Ilunga, MD, led city and district officials, as well as other community leaders, on tours of the outbreak response center and the town’s Ebola treatment center to give them a better understanding of case management and to respond to community concerns about the epidemic and patient care.Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in an update today that over the past week contact follow-up has improved, most patients admitted for treatment have received therapeutics within hours of case confirmation, and ring vaccination has reached most contacts of confirmed cases.The agency urged caution, however, in light of the promising trends, noting that 13 confirmed and probable cases have been reported since its last update on Aug 24, 8 of them in Beni. The WHO also said substantial risks remain from possible undocumented transmission chains; of the 13 most recent cases, 4 were among unknown contacts.Also, it said sporadic high-risk behaviors in some communities have been reported, such as unsafe burials and reluctance to cooperate with contact tracing, vaccination efforts, and admission to Ebola treatment centers. The WHO added that gaps in infection prevention and control in some community health centers and delays in some patients reaching treatment centers also have the potential to fuel the outbreak.As of Aug 30, 5,130 contacts and their contacts have been vaccinated. The WHO said 20 patients have now received investigational treatments: 13 mAB114, 5 remdisivir, and 2 zMapp.Aug 30 DRC update Aug 31 WHO outbreak update Saudi Arabia reports more MERS-CoV casesSaudi Arabia’s health ministry has reported five MERS-CoV cases so far for the month of August, three involving camel contact, according to posts covering epidemiologic weeks 31, 32, 33, and 35.During the first week of the month, the ministry reported two MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus) case-patients, a 55-year-old man from Hufoof in the eastern part of the country who recovered and an 82-year-old woman from Tabuk in the far northwest who died from her infection. Both had contact with camels before they got sick.The following week, officials reported an illness in a 41-year-old man living in Dammam in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern province. An investigation also revealed that he had contact with camels before his symptoms began. He has recovered.In reports for epidemiologic week 33 and 35, the ministry reported infections in an 80-year-old man from the city of Buljorshy in the southwest who died and a 77-year-old man from Alzulfi in in the centrally located Riyadh province who is hospitalized. Investigators found that neither of the men had contact with camels.The latest illnesses from Saudi Arabia, combined with a travel-related case reported last week from the United Kingdom, appear to lift the global MERS-CoV total to 2,243 cases and the number of deaths from the disease to 795.Saudi MOH report for week 31 Saudi MOH report for week 32 Saudi MOH report for week 33 Saudi MOH report for week 35 Aug 23 CIDRAP News story “Traveler from Mideast diagnosed with MERS in UK” Four countries from 3 parts of the world report more polio casesIn its latest weekly update, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) reported new polio cases in four countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria, the DRC, and Papua New Guinea.In Afghanistan, one more wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) case was reported, involving a patient from Nangahar province who had a Jul 17 paralysis onset. The country has now had 12 WPV1 cases in 2018.Meanwhile, Nigeria, which is experiencing two separate circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus (cVDPV2) outbreaks, reported three new cases, two from different locations in Jigwa state that had Jun 27 and Jul 24 symptom onsets and one in Katsina state with a Jul 27 illness onset. Nigeria’s cVDPV2 total for the year now stands at eight.The DRC, which is affected by three separate cVDPV2 strains, said two patients who were contacts of negative acute flaccid paralysis case-patients from Mongala province have been classified as case-patients. The country has now reported 13 such cases in 2018.Elsewhere, Papua New Guinea, which is experiencing a circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 1 (cVDPV1) outbreak, reported two new cases, one in Madang province with a symptom onset of Jul 11 and one in Eastern Highland province with a Jul 26 illness onset. The country has now reported six 2018 cVDPV1 cases from four provinces.Aug 31 GPEI update CDC confirms new H1N2v flu case, raising season total to 13For the fourth straight week the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed variant H1N2 (H1N2v) flu, this time in a case in Ohio.The new case involves a child who contracted the disease after exposure to swine at an agricultural fair, which is a common risk factor for variant flu strains. The child is still recovering from the illness but did not require hospitalization, the CDC said in a FluView update today.The new H1N2v cases bring the total this year to 13, with the most in California (6), followed by Ohio (4) and Michigan (3). Since 2011, the CDC has confirmed only 25 H1N2v cases. The only other variant flu case reported so far this year in the United States was caused by the much more common H3N2v strain, in a patient in Indiana.”Early identification and investigation of human infections with novel influenza A viruses are critical so that the risk of infection can be more fully understood and appropriate public health measures can be taken,” the CDC said. Aug 31 CDC FluView report Scientists report international avian flu travel involving wild duck in AlaskaFor the fourth time in 7 years scientists have reported international spread of influenza A viruses via migratory birds, this time involving a Eurasian-origin H8N4 virus identified in a northern pintail duck in Alaska, according to a study yesterday in Emerging Infectious Diseases.The isolate was among 541 samples collected by US Geological Survey scientists from hunter-harvested waterfowl taken in the fall of 2016 in western Alaska. It shared more than 99% of its genetic material with isolates recovered from wild and domestic birds in East Asia from 2006 through 2016. It also shared that genetic closeness with avian flu isolates collected in western Alaska in 2012 through 2015 but not with an H8N4 isolate collected in the state from a northern pintail in 1997.Those data indicate that the new H8N4 isolate “might represent a previously unidentified or unreported genome constellation,” the authors wrote. They added, “Phylogenetic analyses provided support for Eurasian ancestry of this genomic constellation.”The other three reports of intercontinental travel of avian flu viruses involved H16N3, H9N2, and highly pathogenic H5N8.The researchers conclude, “Evidence for repeated introductions of influenza A viruses into North America by migratory birds suggests that intercontinental dispersal might not be exceedingly rare and that our understanding of viral establishment is incomplete.”Aug 30 Emerg Infect Dis study
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From Tire Review Schaeffler AG has decided to shift strategy and replace Juergen Geissinger as CEO, effective immediately. The company’s CFO, Klaus Rosenfeld, will assume the role of CEO on an interim basis, the company said. The departure of Geissinger is immediate and by mutual consent, the German-based company said. “With today’s change of leadership, we have paved the way for the future reorientation of Schaeffler Group and its leadership,” Georg F. W. Schaeffler, chairman, said in the statement. “We thank Dr. Geissinger for his work and contribution to the success of our company.” Geissinger’s current contract would have expired at the end of 2014. Earlier last month, it was reported that Schaeffler did not intend to extend Geissinger’s contract. Following its debt-financed takeover bid for Continental in 2008, Schaeffler’s liabilities soared, putting Geissinger under pressure. Schaeffler recently sold a portion of its Continental shares in an effort to reduce its debts. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement,Tyrata Inc. and Marubeni Corp. have announced a collaboration for distribution of Tyrata’s IntelliTreadDrive-Over System (DOS) in Japan. Tyrata’s DOS and corresponding data analytics platform have proven effective in the automation of tire tread depth monitoring and Marubeni will be introducing the new technology to its customer base in Japan.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “As we expand our efforts into the global market, Marubeni is an important element of our distribution strategy,” said Jesko von Windheim, Tyrata’s CEO. “Marubeni not only gives us a capable and trusted sales and service partner in Japan, but they also offer established channels into many other Asian markets.” In connection with the collaboration, Marubeni will obtain the right to distribute and service Tyrata’s DOS in Japan, and Tyrata gains the support of a trusted technology partner in the Japanese market. Marubeni will start introducing DOS units in Japan in the fourth quarter of 2020. Organizations interested in learning more about the IntelliTread portfolio may contact Luka Lojk at mailto:[email protected] or +1-704-593-8418. “We see a demand for low-cost, automated tire monitoring across our customer base and we believe that Tyrata’s products meet the cost and performance requirements in this market. Marubeni is pleased to be a partner for Tyrata in Japan and we look forward to providing customers with this innovative new technology,” said Kazuyoshi Hosoi, general manager, Tires and Rubber Materials Department.Advertisement Marubeni will introduce the DOS to Japan and, through demonstration tests with logistics companies, proceed with verification of demand for automatic tire wear measurement, improvement of driver safety, and reduction of tire maintenance costs. Marubeni plans to conclude an exclusive distributor contract with Tyrata after verification. As partners, Marubeni and Tyrata will utilize each other’s knowledge to promote the use of automated wear measurement equipment for tires, thereby contributing to the realization of a safe and smart society.