NEWS SCAN: Cheese Listeria outbreak update, hospital Listeria cases, Sierra Leone cholera ebbs, novel coronavirus

first_imgSep 21, 2012Cheese-related Listeria outbreak reaches 15 casesThe number of cases in a multistate Listeria outbreak tied to imported ricotta salata cheese has grown to 15 with the addition of one case in Washington state, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. All 15 patients were hospitalized, and three died, as reported previously. Cases have occurred in 12 states and Washington, DC, with illness onset dates ranging from Mar 12 to Aug 30. The cheese distributor, Forever Cheese Inc. of Long Island City, N.Y., recalled one lot of Marte brand Frescolina ricotta salata cheese on Sep 10 and later expanded the recall to all lots, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA also said today that the distributor has stopped importing cheese from the Italian maker, Fattorie Chiarappa SRL.Sep 21 CDC updateSep 21 FDA statementSep 12 CIDRAP News itemListeria lessons from hospital outbreakA 7-month investigation of a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak at five Texas hospitals in 2010 faced challenges but produced some useful lessons about testing and documenting patient’s food exposures, according to report yesterday in Clinical Infectious Diseases from researchers at the Texas Department of State Health Services. Ten patients were sickened in the outbreak, and listeriosis contributed to five deaths. Medical teams traced the source to chicken salad, then to prepackaged diced celery used in the salad. However, investigators were unable to identify the source of the contamination at the produce facility. Initial polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests were negative, and the organism required culturing to produce enough colonies for positive PCR results. The authors noted PCR rapid testing of food products might not be enough to detect low-level contamination and should be reevaluated. They also emphasized that the outbreak highlights the vulnerability of hospitalized patients, especially those who are immunocompromised, to Listeria infections.Sep 20 Clin Infect Dis abstractCholera cases in Sierra Leone near 19,000, but pace is ebbingCholera cases in Sierra Leone appear to be slowing, but agencies are warning the public to remain vigilant, Voice of America (VOA) reported yesterday. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now reported 18,919 cases in the country, including 273 fatalities, the story staid. Those numbers are up by 411 cases and 2 deaths since the last WHO update on the situation, on Sep 18. Cholera activity in Sierra Leone peaked in August at 2,100 cases per week but has now dropped to about 100 per week. William Perea, MD, MPH, WHO coordinator of the control of epidemic diseases, said the results are promising and show that case management and surveillance are working well, but it is still too early to scale back response efforts.Sep 20 VOA reportSep 18 WHO updateNovel coronavirus identified in Saudi ArabiaA doctor involved in the care of a patient with pneumonia in Saudi Arabia has isolated a novel human coronavirus, according to a report he posted on ProMed Mail, the online reporting system of the International Society for Infectious Diseases. Dr Ali Mohamed Zaki, a professor of microbiology at Dr Fekah Hospital in Jeddah, wrote that the virus was isolated from the sputum of a 60-year-old man whose pneumonia infection was associated with acute renal failure. The report did not say whether the patient recovered from the infection. The isolate tested negative for a host of respiratory viruses, but testing with a pancoronavirus RT-PCR showed a band appropriate for a coronavirus. Zaki said the virus RNA was tested at the lab of Ron Fouchier, PhD, at Erasmus University in the Netherlands, which confirmed that the isolate was a new member of the beta group of coronaviruses, which are closely related to bat coronaviruses. The virus is undergoing further characterization at the lab. SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), which caused a global outbreak in 2002 and 2003 that killed more than 700 people, was caused by a then-novel coronavirus.Sep 20 ProMed Mail postlast_img read more

Four Seasons Appoints Two Execs to Marketing Team

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  LEWISVILLE, TX — Four Seasons, a division of Standard Motor Products, has named Matt Guden as business development manager and Gary Villanueva as project manager. Both will report directly to Kevin Burton, Four Seasons’ director of sales and marketing. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Guden most recently served as territory sales manager for Standard Motor Products and was with the company for nine years. Villanueva has been involved with sales and marketing strategy within the domestic and international automotive aftermarket for 20 years, the last 16 of which he worked at Santech Industries. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain.last_img read more

ACCC Promotes Len Lewin to CEO, Names Ben Kravitz Chairman

first_imgWith more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit.  DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement American Car Care Centers Inc. (ACCC) announced that Len Lewin will lead the company as chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Lewin has been president and chief operating officer of ACCC since 1994. The marketing group currently has 19 member distributors and 1,096 independent dealer locations in 45 states. ACCC has also appointed Ben Kravitz as its new chairman of the board of directors, effective Oct. 1. Kravitz is the president of Brockton, MA-based Summit Tire. He replaces John Boyle, who had been chairman the past two years. An ACCC member distributor since 1999, Summit Tire operates three distribution centers serving Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut. The tire distributor also operates seven retail stores and carries American Radial, Michelin, BFGoodrich, Uniroyal, Continental, General, Delta, Falken and Yokohama brands. From TireReview.com, a sister publication to aftermarketNews.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

Ford Announces Senior Management Changes While Continuing Progress on Transformation

first_imgDEARBORN, Mich. — Ford Motor Co. yesterday announced the retirement of two senior executives and additionally announced a series of key leadership changes to further strengthen Ford’s management team and support the company’s “One Ford” transformation plan. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Peter Daniel, 62, senior vice president and controller, Ford Motor Co., is retiring effective Oct. 1, after 38 years with Ford. Daniel joined Ford in 1971 and has held finance positions in numerous markets, including Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Australia, Malaysia and Brazil. Prior to his current assignment, he served as controller of the Americas and president of Ford Asia Pacific and Africa. Darryl Hazel, 61, senior vice president and president, Ford Customer Service Division, is retiring after 37 years with the company. He will serve as a special adviser to Ford on global service initiatives through the end of the year. Hazel joined Ford in 1972 and served in several senior level marketing, sales and service roles, including president of Lincoln Mercury division and president of Ford division. He has been in his current position since 2006. Succeeding Daniel will be Bob Shanks, 56, who currently is vice president and controller of Ford’s Americas operations. Shanks becomes vice president and controller, Ford Motor Co., on Sept. 1. He will report to Lewis Booth, Ford executive vice president and chief financial officer, and will work with Daniel to ensure a seamless transition. Shanks has been a corporate officer of Ford since July 2004, when he was elected vice president, Operations Support, Finance and Strategy, Ford of Europe and Premier Automotive Group (PAG). Prior to that assignment, Shanks served as chief financial officer for PAG, as well as for Mazda Motor Corp. In addition to other finance positions within Ford’s North America, South America and Asia Pacific and Africa operations, he led the business development activities in Ford’s Asia Pacific operations.Advertisement Dave Schoch, 58, currently head of Canada, Mexico and South America, will become controller, the Americas, effective Sept. 1. Schoch has held several key finance roles within Ford’s global operations, including chief financial officer of both Ford of Europe and Ford Asia Pacific. Schoch will report to Mark Fields, Ford’s president, the Americas, in his new role. Jim Farley, 47, group vice president, Global Marketing and Canada, Mexico and South America operations, will continue his role as Ford’s global marketing leader, reporting to Alan Mulally. Effective Sept. 1, he adds leadership of Ford’s operations in Canada, Mexico and South America, reporting to Fields. Concurrent with Farley’s expanded operational role, Ray Day, vice president, communications, now will report to Mulally. Ken Czubay, 60, is appointed to the expanded role of vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. He now reports to Fields. Reporting to Czubay and succeeding Hazel will be Frederiek Toney, who is elected vice president, Ford Customer Service Division and a corporate officer of Ford Motor Co., effective Sept. 1. Toney, 53, joined Ford in 2000 after a career at Caterpillar and Honda. He has served as director, North American logistics, FCSD; director, North American operations, Material Planning and Logistics; and director, global parts supply and logistics, FCSD. He was named to his current position, executive director, Material Planning and Logistics in November 2005.last_img read more

English Heritage publishes ‘Buildings at Risk’ list

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British Property Federation hits back over retail support claim

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A Delightful Detour

first_imgThirteen East End artists from both the North and South forks will come together for an exhibition of painting, sculpture, and photography. “Detour” presented by East End Arts, opens Saturday, June 1, from 4 to 7 PM at two locations: 133 E. Main Street and 11 W. Main Street in Riverhead. It will also be on view Sunday, June 2, from 11 AM to 5 PM at the Glen Hansen Studio at 1560 Youngs Avenue in Southold and all three locations will be on view through August 25.East End Arts serves the five towns of eastern Long Island as a multi-award not-for-profit arts organization, located in downtown Riverhead.“Detour marks a celebration of a new and exciting direction for East End Arts and Riverhead,” said Diane Burke, executive director, East End Arts Council. “It is our invitation, to those traveling further out on either the South Fork or the North Fork, as well as residents, to take a turn, a possible detour, into downtown Riverhead to see this landmark exhibition. After all, the forks converge in Riverhead.”The exhibit is curated by Glen Hansen with assistance from Adam Straus. The two met three years ago as part of Paton Miller’s East End Collected show at the Southampton Arts Center. From there, they began weekly meet-ups, called Brewery Boys, at Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, and a working relationship was established. President of EEA, John McLane approached Hansen in 2018 to discuss doing a show.“It is a detour for East End Arts in Riverhead in terms of what they have done in the past, and I think often Riverhead in general is seen as a detour or somewhere many folks out here simply go for Home Depot. I think there are probably many people on both forks that haven’t even been to downtown Riverhead at all. So, it is our small contribution to trying to change that,” explained Straus.Hansen chose the artists with a few suggestions from Straus. With a smorgasbord of talent to choose from, they unanimously decided to keep it limited for the sake of space, with hopes to continue doing collective shows at EEA “that involve a larger community of artists.” This year, in addition to Miller, Hansen, and Straus, participating artists include Meghan Boody, Stephen Capozzoli, Louise Crandell, Connie Fox, Charles McGill, Steve Martinez, Franklin Hill Perrell, Carol Saft, Arden Scott, and Allan Wexler.“The fog and the atmospherics out here have inspired me since first visiting Montauk from the city in the mid-’90s. They are quite different than those of which I grew up with in South Florida. There’s always this mystery in the fog. It’s beautiful, but if you are out in it on the water, or even on land, there is a certain danger too,” Straus noted of his post-apocalyptic world depiction work, with a deep appreciation for the natural world.Another artist involved, Perrell, curated the Nassau County Museum for decades and currently serves on the board of the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington. He has been known for painting iconic beachfront sites, having his first exhibit in Tribeca in the 1970s.“I love the configuration of water on one side, land on the other,” said Perrell, noting he likes both the distinctive and inherent shape and color in evanescent things such as umbrellas and picnic items, or things that endure, such as buildings “Overall, it’s the natural designs from the horizon and these elements; but spiritually it’s a paradigm of potential unlimited freedom. Evidence of human activity pulls the spectator back into pragmatic references which are then evocative of the circumstances of people in proximity to the sea,” he noted of his work.Visit www.eastendarts.com to learn more.nicole@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

JV to develop LNG fuel market opportunities

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IACMI receives grant for tank development

first_imgThroughout IACMI’s first five years of funding, the Manufacturing USA institute has focused one of its technology areas on compressed gas storage (CGS) tanks, making headway in innovations of materials and processes that lead to wider adoption of the technology in novel applications.“Validating the use of low-cost, high-strength carbon fibre for compressed hydrogen and natural gas storage tanks will help expand technology choices for ground transportation,” IACMI CEO John Hopkins said.“Significant cost reduction is especially difficult for the type of carbon fibre used in CSG tanks and this project addresses that challenge.”The new award is one of 18 projects and approximately $64 million in DOE funding that will support the H2@Scale vision for affordable hydrogen production, storage, distribution, and use.last_img read more

Blackbird Field Development Plan Addendum Gets DECC Approval

first_imgAtlantic Petroleum announces that the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has advised the Blackbird Field joint venture partners that it has approved the Blackbird Field Development Plan (FDP) Addendum.The Blackbird Field is owned by Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited (Operator) 73.02957%, Nexen Ettrick U.K. Limited 17.57270% and Atlantic Petroleum UK Limited 9.39773%.The Blackbird field was discovered in 2008 and has been in production since 2011. The field currently consists of one subsea producer and one water injector tied back to the Aoka Mizu FPSO (which also handles the Ettrick Field production). Oil is exported by shuttle tanker and gas exported to the St Fergus gas terminal. The FDP Addendum will result in the drilling of a second production well. The well is planned to be drilled in early 2014 and is expected to be in production by mid-2014. Similar to the Ettrick 20/2a-E9 production well, which came onstream in November 2013, the investment in the Blackbird production well is expected to qualify for the Brown Field Allowance under the UK taxation system.The drilling of the second well on the Blackbird Field has been described in the Prospectus published on the 26th November 2013 in connection with the offering and listing of the Company’s shares on Oslo Børs.The approval of the FDP addendum does not affect the Company’s financial position or guidance for 2013.Press Release, December 06, 2013; Image: Bluewaterlast_img read more