A Welsh pastry business and 40 jobs have been saved, after senior management took control of the firm in a £1m deal.Sales directors Emma Crowther and Philip Stanton, finance director Ceri Smith and operations director Mark Jones all worked for frozen food manufacturer Medway Foods, which operated three factories at Whitstable and Sheppey in Kent and Bridgend in Wales, before it fell into the hands of receivers.They have now become majority shareholders of a new company, Pin-it Pastry, which has acquired the goodwill and assets of the Medway Foods Bridgend pastry factory.The company specialises in the manufacture of turnovers and other frozen pastry products, which are sold to wholesale bakers and food suppliers. The company’s savoury pastry is used in pie crusts for restaurants and bars, including Vintage Inns and Wetherspoons, while its en croute pastry is used in ready meals sold by Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.Crowther said: “We have a very committed expert workforce and excellent niche products. Trading as Pin-it, the new company will be focused on a market we know very well, with the highest-quality products.”Stanton added: “This is a new start for the best aspects of Medway Foods, and means a future for dozens of Welsh workers.”A Pin-it statement said Medway struggled due to under-performance in its cooked meat and prepared food factories in Kent, which are not part of the deal.
New Orleans favorites Galactic have shared a new single from their forthcoming studio album, Already Ready Already, due out on Friday, February 8th via Tchoup-Zilla Records. The new song, “Touch Get Cut”, features a frequent Galactic collaborator, vocalist Erica Falls. “Touch Get Cut” is a soul-drenched tune, leaving listeners with little room but to tap their foot along to the infectious groove. You can listen to the new song below.Galactic ft. Erica Falls – “Touch Get Cut”[Audio: Galactic]Galactic Releases Official Statements After Purchasing New Orleans’ Tipitina’sProduced by the band’s Robert Mercurio and Ben Ellman, Already Ready Already marks Galactic’s 10th studio LP. In addition to Erica Falls, it features guest appearances from Princess Shaw, Miss Charm Taylor, David Shaw (The Revivalists), Nahko, and Boyfriend. Already Ready Already sees Galactic taking a more contemporary approach, connecting elements of modern rhythms and electronic instrumentation with their Crescent City funk roots.“Trust me, I loved having Macy Gray and Mavis Staples on our last record,” Mercurio says. “It was an honor to work with them. But there’s something fun about making music with someone not everybody has heard of and end up getting a great reaction to it. There are no preconceived thoughts as to what the song should be like because the listener doesn’t know the artist as well.”Luckily for fans, the recent recording sessions that yielded Already Ready Already generated enough material for another LP due later in 2019, one which Ellman described in the album’s announcement as “possibly more of a throwback thing,” but which will almost certainly morph into something new and wonderful via Galactic’s evolutionary musical vision.Ellman also noted, “I’ve never been able to put a label on what we do. I could say it’s funk or I could say it’s R&B or jazz or whatever else, but really, it’s all of that.” Added Robert Mercurio, “It’s not that we’re always trying to push boundaries, but we definitely take influence from our hometown and try to do something new with it. We tour all around the world and we’re exposed to tons of elements that filter their way into our consciousness and come out through our music.”Head here to pre-order your copy of Already Ready Already.For tickets and more information on Galactic’s upcoming tour and album, head to the band’s website here.
Driving innovation through modern applicationsIn addition to getting up and running quickly, driving innovation also means leveraging software and giving developers the tools they need to create modern applications. However, the challenge is how to modernize the application portfolio to include both cloud-native together with traditional applications?DTCP ships with VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 – which includes VMware Tanzu™ Kubernetes Grid integration with vSphere 7. You now have a single platform to drive this journey of innovation, with support for both modern, cloud-native applications as well as traditional, virtual machine-based instances. This enables you to reduce TCO and streamline operations by 47% compared to a similar public Cloud solution.²When it comes to purchasing, simplicity and flexibility rulesWhen it comes to consuming IT infrastructure, it’s about having the freedom of choice between CapEx and OpEx models to better align costs with business objectives and growth. This allows you to grow different parts of your business at varying rates.With subscription pricing, we made it simple to buy hybrid cloud environments—for as low as $70/node per day.³ We are now introducing the option of upfront (CapEx) purchase, in addition to subscription, for fixed configurations of select VxRail node and rack options. All delivered in as few as 14 days.The speed of your business is determined by your ability to build scalable infrastructure while keeping overhead costs low. With DTCP, you now have a platform that allows you to do both.¹ Applies to select fixed node configurations, contact your sales representative for details. Customer credit approval, site survey and configuration workbook must be completed before order is placed. Excludes orders over 24 nodes, VMware NSX configuration, vRealize (vRA, vRO) components, and some other features. Product availability, holidays and other factors may impact deployment time. US only.² IDC White Paper, sponsored by Dell EMC, Benefits of the Consistent Hybrid Cloud: A Total Cost of Ownership Analysis of the Dell Technologies Cloud, April 2019. Results based on U.S. costs of the Dell Technologies Cloud deploying common cloud environment workloads over a five-year period v. a leading native public cloud service provider. Actual results will vary.³ Based on a 3-year term with the minimum starting configuration (4 x 1M1s.small + 3 x 1G1s.sm) and an average monthly price of $2104 (USD). Pricing for DTCP with subscription may vary depending on the number and type of nodes in your configuration. For details on pricing, consult your account manager. Every year, the speed of business continues to increase. Companies must do whatever it takes to stay relevant, because the competition is always pushing harder, moving faster. If you can’t keep up and move quickly, your competitors surely will.We also live in an age of near-instant gratification, where people expect speed—across product and service delivery, support, and every other area they interact with. In the race to meet these expectations, standards haven risen overall, making speed even more crucial. No longer can it take months to get up and running, which significantly hurts your competitiveness.The industry’s fastest hybrid cloud deployment¹With the world speeding up, simply being fast isn’t enough. You must be faster than everyone else; accelerate until you’re first and keep going to stay there. To do so, you need to leverage IT to help innovate your business or be left in the dust. It doesn’t matter if you’re a media firm, a retail company, or a bank—it’s an easy calculation. Either you innovate, or your competitors will.To help our customers accelerate their IT projects, earlier this year we launched Dell Technologies Cloud Platform (DTCP) with subscription pricing (offered via fixed configurations of select VxRail node and rack options). With the launch we also made our customers a promise. We’ll deliver and deploy a hybrid cloud in under 2 weeks, which includes standardized installation and configuration of HW/SW components.With the agility to get hybrid cloud environments up and running quickly, as well as rapidly scale, you can now innovate at a higher rate.
By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaBobby Scott Jr. had two choices. He could yank up his grape vinesor watch as Pierce’s disease ate through his earnings.He chose option three.When the Aiken, S.C., wine grape grower called University ofGeorgia professor C.J. Chang, he needed hope, help and answers.”Pierce’s disease is the major limiting factor for the success ofthe wine industry in the southern United States,” Chang said. Plant-derived controlUndeterred, Chang set out to find a plant-derived compound forcontrol. His answer came in a product called terpene, developedby the Eden Research of Oxfordshire, U.K.Scott is allowing Chang to test these potential control methodsin his vineyard. More than 500 test-plot wine grapes are now partof Scott’s 20 acres of wine grapes.The terpene solution is being fed to the grapevines through thevineyard’s drip irrigation system. Comparing the treatment tountreated control vines, the grower is seeing dramatic results.The treated vines are thriving while the untreated are sufferingthe effects of the disease.Chang is now working to develop a strategy to put in place incase wine-grape growers in north Georgia begin to see diseasesymptoms. Time is on the side of Georgia growers as the diseasespreads slowly at higher elevations.”The disease spreads slowly in vineyards that are 1,600 to 1,800feet or more above sea level,” Chang said. “There are someresistant muscadine and American wild grape hybrids available,but relying on these flavors alone limits marketability forSouthern growers.”As Chang and Scott work to develop ways to fight Pierce’s diseasein grapes, growers wait.”Until we can control it, our county agents are recommending thatgrowers yank out the diseased vines,” Chang said. “It soundsharsh, but right now it’s the most effective control around.” Replace or importWithin two to four years of contracting the disease, most grapevines originating from Europe die, he said. To fight the disease,wine grape growers must either replant vines periodically toreplace the diseased vines or import grapes from other regions tokeep their businesses going.Since the early 1980s, Chang has been searching for a way tocontrol Xylella fastidiosa. The bacterium is associated withthree major crop diseases in Georgia: Pierce’s disease of grapes,phony peach disease and plum leaf scald.When Scott contacted Chang, he was running out of options. Noplant pathologists in South Carolina were studying Pierce’sdisease. He turned to Chang in desperation.Since that first phone call, the two have developed a partnershipin the fight against Xylella fastidiosa. Scott has beencrossbreeding European grape varieties with bunch grape-muscadinehybrids resistant to Xylella fastidiosa. To date, he’s bredthousands of young seedlings. Oddly enough, he needed Chang toinoculate the fledgling vines with the bacterium. Breeding for resistance”I start in the greenhouse with the new crosses,” Scott said. “Then they have to be inoculated so we can see how many survive.”Scott then plants the new potentially-tolerant vines in thefield. Many of his crosses don’t survive to live outside thegreenhouse and many die in the field. “We lose a lot of crosses along the way, but I know eventuallywe’re gonna be successful,” he said. “I feel good about theprogress we’re making. But it’s taking a little longer than Ihad hoped.”Scott now has 3,000 Pierce’s disease-tolerant vines in hisfamily’s Montmorenci Vineyard. Vineifier grapes are used tointroduce good quality wine genes.”We both acknowledge that as long as we work hard, the fruit ofour labor will be tolerant wine grapes for the Southern region,”Chang said.Besides breeding disease-tolerant grape varieties, UGAresearchers have been searching for other ways to control thebacterium. In 1979, scientists found it can be slowed down bytetracycline treatments. The find turned out to be a breakthroughin controlling diseases caused by Xylella fastidiosa.Tetracycline successfully suppressed the symptoms of plum leafscald disease and oak leaf scorch. But researchers hit a snagwhen it came to using it on food-bearing crops.”Unfortunately, EPA frowned on the use of tetracycline as acontrol method,” Chang said. “They were concerned over theenvironmental hazards, and they think it could produce a bugthat’s resistant to tetracycline. So we can use it on trees likeoaks and sycamores, but not on food crops.”
Landscape planting season is upon us and home gardeners may be eager to buy new fruit trees and ornamentals. New plant material is often produced bare root — without soil — and must be either kept in cold storage or temporarily planted outdoors to survive.If bare root plants cannot be planted immediately, then certain precautions must be taken to ensure their survival. Home landscapers must make sure bare root plants don’t dry out or freeze before they are planted in their permanent spot. Don’t store bare root plants in a bucket of water. This cuts off all essential oxygen to the roots. If refrigerated storage is available, store the bare root plants there. First, make sure the roots are in good, moist condition before storage. Next, return the roots to the moistened packing material the plant was shipped in and place the plant into refrigerated storage. Don’t store plants with fruits and vegetables, as produce can give off gases that can harm new plants. Maintain the storage temperature between 38 and 45 degrees.If you can’t plant immediately and cold storage isn’t available, the best alternative is to plant in a pot or temporarily plant by covering the root with moist soil or mulch. This temporary planting is called ‘heeling in.’Select a shady, well-drained site in the landscape. Avoid northern and northwestern exposures as most cold fronts come from these directions.Dig a shallow trench wide enough to accommodate the plant’s root systems. For multiple plants, separate them, spread them out and cover them with moist soil. Keep varieties labeled and separate.Water roots thoroughly and be sure all roots in contact with moist soil. This completes the heeling process.When you are ready to move the new plant to its permanent home in your landscape, be careful not to damage the roots.
By Andréa Barretto / Diálogo September 16, 2019 “The goal is to improve the level of training, interoperability, and integration among naval forces for the security of the Amazon region,” said Brazilian Navy Vice Admiral Paulo César Colmenero Lopes, commander of the 9th Naval District, the military institution responsible for monitoring the more than 13,500-mile waterway in the Amazon region.The 2019 edition of the exercise is split into three phases, bringing together about 400 navy service members from the three nations. The first and second stages of the operation took place July 9-August 9, between the ports of Leticia, in Colombia, and Iquitos, in Peru, in the waters of the Marañon River, a stretch of the Amazon River within Peruvian territory. During these phases that included the use of ships and aircraft, service members implemented maneuvers to counter common problems in this part of the border: drug and arms trafficking.Some of the activities included leapfrog and light-line transfer, where ships participating in the operation are positioned side-by-side to move cargo between them, which requires precise ship maneuvering. Communication and information exchanges, rapid response to attacks and patrolling, with the latter aimed at monitoring and identifying suspicious activities on the water, were some of the other operations carried out.The Brazilian and Peruvian navies provide medical and dental services to riverine populations during a binational operation conducted on the Javari River, in May 2019. (Photo: Brazilian Navy)The third phase took place in Brazil, September 2-9, near the Negro and Solimões rivers, which are tributaries of the Amazon river. Marines participated in this stage and trained on how to disembark in a riverine region.“Naval operation procedures have evolved due to advances in technology. Each operation brings new lessons as planners face different situations given the characteristics of the region,” said Vice Adm. Colmenero.In 2019, Brazilian and Peruvian service members provided medical and dental services to more than 3,000 individuals, both on the Peruvian and Brazilian side of the riverbank.
View image | gettyimages.com Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Congress on Thursday got a lesson in morality and compassion from His Holiness but how long that message resonates once the pontiff leaves Capitol Hill is anyone’s guess.Pope Francis, the shepherd of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, stood before members of Congress and offered an impassioned plea for lawmakers to unite in raising families out of extreme poverty and reciprocating the openness that immigrants in the past were met with, while reminding them of their duties to those they serve—“especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk.”Francis, who made history as the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress, spoke passionately about a number of hot-button issues engulfing America today, including climate change and income inequality. Perhaps his most forceful plea came when he called for the “global abolition of the death penalty.”“I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes,” Francis said.The pontiff prefaced his death penalty remarks by talking about the world’s “responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development,” prompting sustained applause from lawmakers. His remarks appeared to be a veiled reference to abortion, but his quick transition to the death penalty left everything up to interpretation. Afterward, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) told the Press by phone that the overall consensus was that Francis was speaking about abortion.The Pope, who remains very popular in the US and around the world, did not deviate from addressing poverty and the plight of immigrants–issues that have made him such a worldwide favorite, even among people who lost faith in the Catholic Church or never showed much interest in its teachings.“I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty,” Francis said. “They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. I know that many Americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem.”On immigration, he spoke about how being a son of immigrants has influenced him. He likened the current Syrian refugee crisis to the movement northward of South and Central Americans fleeing gang violence and brutal drug wars.Mentioning immigrant parents seeking a better life for their families, Francis said: “Is this not what we want for our own children?”“We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation, to respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal,” the pontiff said. “We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome. Let us remember the Golden Rule: ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’”The Pope’s whirlwind US tour began Wednesday. He arrived in Washington D.C. to the type of pageantry and pomp that in retrospect does not represent the spirit he has embodied since his papacy began two years ago—as a champion of the poor and the marginalized. But with the palpable excitement that has engulfed the US since his long-awaited trip was announced, it’s difficult to imagine holding a more subdued celebration for a man so revered by millions worldwide.From coast to coast, the Pope’s visit has drawn interest from Catholics and non-Catholics alike.At St. Peter of Alcantara Roman Catholic Church in Port Washington Thursday about a dozen people, mostly parishioners, eagerly peered at the television as they waited to hear Francis’ remarks.They washed down bagels with coffee and listened to every word of newscasts covering the joint meeting of Congress. The media coverage gave the event the air of a Super Bowl pre-game show, replete with analyses and a breakdown of Francis’ brief period as the shepherd of the Catholic church.The Pope makes a historic visit to New York City Friday and Lourdes Taglialatela, 50, of Medford, will be among thousands at Central Park in Manhattan seeking to catch a glimpse of Francis.Taglialatela, the director of the parish social justice ministry at St. Peter of Alcantara, said she sees the face of Jesus Christ in Francis.“He has breathed new hope and a new passion into the Church, into the Catholic Church, into the Christian faith,” she told the Press. “And I think he’s going to be a remarkable force in uniting the Church.”“He is a man who is for the poor; his heart is for the poor,” she added. “That’s his plight. His plight is for justice for the poor, and that’s really our mandate as Christians: to reach out and take care of the poor.”Taglialatela could hardly contain her elation over Francis’ pending visit. When someone poked her head into the room, she loudly exclaimed: “There’s coffee and bagels—and the Pope!” View image | gettyimages.com The Francis viewing party was organized by Long Island Jobs with Justice, a workers’ rights and economic justice advocacy group based in Hauppauge.Victoria Daza, 27, the immigrant rights organizer for the group, appreciates Francis’ encouraging nations to be more accepting of immigrants.“I see it as more of a moral question,” Daza told the Press. “The fact of the matter is that if you are someone who values kindness, if you’re someone who values solidarity with those who are disenfranchised, then you cannot take a neutral stance on immigration because one of the most moral figures in our world is taking a stance on it.”Daza can sympathize with families seeking a new life. Daza left Peru with her grandmother when she was six years old. They crossed the US border together while her mother was being held as a political prisoner. One year later, Daza’s mother was able to secure political asylum in the US, she said.Seated in upholstered chairs in a semicircle facing the television, the group quietly watched Francis speak. Certain moments, like when Francis touched on family and faith, drew soft applause from some viewers.Afterward they briefly answered questions about his address. The majority were impressed with Francis’ ability to raise important issues without preaching or waving a finger of discontent.“He brings out the best even through his gestures,” said one woman. “He gives you many things to aspire to.”Daza said she was moved by the Pope’s comments on abolishing the death penalty.Another woman noted that his presence in America is important because the country is a “fire keg” right now.“He’s unifying everybody,” offered Taglialatela.Father Patrick Whitney, who’s been the priest at St. Peter of Alcantara Roman Catholic Church for nine years, reflected on Francis’ overall theme of compassion.The pontiff, he said, delivered a message of encouragement and the importance of “talking to each other and really respecting each other, no matter what religious background or no religion…that there’s a dignity about every human being and we need to begin to respect each other.”Parishioner Kathy McIntyre is hopeful Francis convinced people to be more tolerant of each other.“There will be differences on every single issue,” she told the Press, “but the challenge is to find the common ground and make it better for society.”With a potential federal government shutdown looming and an already vitriolic presidential race in full swing, the question is how lawmakers will use Francis’ message to better society.“Just being there was exhilarating, very moving as a Catholic,” Rep. King told the Press by phone after the session ended with the pontiff. “But a majority of the Congress is not Catholic, and it just seemed to be that reaction through the entire hall. But I certainly was very moved by him just being there.”King said the big takeaways were the moral issues the Pope raised, specifically about immigration and the environment.“We do have to look at foreigners being the same as ourselves, and we have to realize that immigrants are good people,” said King, the former chairman of the House Homeland Security committee. “At the same time…I also believe that we have to find a way to control our borders, and we have to have a much better idea of who’s in the country and who’s not. Otherwise, why have passports and visas and everything else? But again, I think it’s important that when we debate these issues, we do it honestly, and we try not to demonize and not try to attack the other side or somehow dehumanize the immigrants that we’re talking about.”The Congressman noted that Francis’ message appeared to resonate in Congress, but he’s not sure how long that will last, given the pressing issues rippling through the legislative body.“I think it did among some, but already there’s talk about shutting the government down on our side, and I think some Democrats almost relish the thought of the government being shut down so that they could say that we’re morons,” he said. “But it did have some sort of calming effect anyway.”Despite never having set foot on US soil before, Francis did not waste time ingratiating himself with his guests. He spoke about President Abraham Lincoln—”the guardian of liberty”—and Martin Luther King Jr., and his dream for a more inclusive America.“The challenges facing us today call for a renewal of that spirit of cooperation, which has accomplished so much good throughout the history of the United States,” Francis told the lawmakers. “The complexity, the gravity and the urgency of these challenges demand that we pool our resources and talents, and resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience.”The Pope’s America tour continues in New York. He’s scheduled to perform mass at Madison Square Garden and parade through Central Park, where more pomp and circumstance no doubt awaits.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 17-year-old driver was killed when he crashed his car in his hometown of Central Islip on Monday evening.Suffolk County police said Anthony Fucci was driving a Honda Civic northbound on Lowell Avenue when he lost control of his vehicle and struck a southbound Toyota Sequoia near Satinwood Street at 6:55 p.m.Fucci was ejected from his Honda. He was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead.The other driver, a 33-year-old Central Islip man, and his 4-year-old and 9-year-old sons, were treated for minor injuries at the same hospital.Third Squad detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.
Sep 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who reviewed 64 studies report that influenza vaccination is only modestly beneficial for elderly people overall, with nursing home residents benefiting more than people living on their own.”Our findings show that, according to reliable evidence, the effectiveness of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines in elderly individuals is modest, irrespective of setting, outcome, population, and study design,” says the report by Tom Jefferson and four colleagues, of the Cochrane Vaccines Field, based in Alessandria, Italy. The study was published online yesterday by The Lancet.The researchers found that flu vaccines, when well matched to circulating flu strains, reduced the risk of hospitalization for flu or pneumonia by 45% for elderly (65 or older) nursing home residents. For people living at home, flu vaccines were 26% effective in preventing hospitalization for flu or pneumonia. However, vaccination didn’t significantly lower the risk of laboratory-confirmed influenza in either group.The team searched five databases for studies of the effectiveness of flu vaccine in preventing influenza, flu-like illnesses, and related hospital admissions, complications, and death. They found 64 studies from the past four decades, including five randomized trials, 49 cohort studies, and 10 case-control studies, that met their criteria.For elderly residents of nursing homes who received vaccines well matched to circulating flu strains, the vaccines yielded risk reductions of 23% for flu-like illness, 46% for pneumonia, 45% for hospitalization for flu or pneumonia, 42% for death from flu or pneumonia, and 60% for death from any cause. However, vaccination yielded no significant benefit when the match with circulating flu strains was poor or unknown.The benefits were smaller for elderly people living in the community, according to the authors’ analysis of 20 cohort studies. Vaccines didn’t significantly reduce the participants’ risk for flu, flu-like illness, or pneumonia. With well-matched vaccines, risk reductions were 26% for hospitalization for flu or pneumonia and 42% for all-cause mortality. Vaccines did not reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart disease or the risk of death from respiratory disease.However, vaccination looked somewhat more beneficial for community dwellers when the authors adjusted for confounding variables, including sex, age, smoking, and other illnesses. In that analysis, vaccines reduced the risk of all-cause mortality by 47% and lowered the risk of hospitalization by 24% for heart disease and 22% for respiratory diseases.The authors write that no firm conclusions could be drawn from the five randomized controlled trials they analyzed. However, in analyzing the two trials that had “adequate” randomization and blinding, they found that vaccines were 43% effective in preventing flu-like illness and 58% effective against flu in community-dwelling older peopleThe study’s main findings show somewhat smaller benefits than those cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Information on the CDC Web site says that for older people in nursing homes, flu immunization can be 50% to 60% effective in preventing flu-related hospitalization or pneumonia and 80% effective in preventing flu-related death. Also, the CDC says that community dwelling older people who get flu shots can lower their risk of hospitalization for pneumonia or flu by 30% to 70%.In response to the new study, the CDC issued a statement today emphasizing that vaccination remains the best way to protect older people from flu and its complications. The agency acknowledged that flu vaccines are not 100% effective and that older people and those with chronic diseases may develop less immunity than healthy young adults.The CDC said the finding that flu vaccination is more effective for nursing-home residents than for community-dwelling older people “is unexpected and not consistent with other data, including information on immune response to vaccination.”The study authors write that on the basis of their findings, “We believe efforts should be concentrated on achieving high vaccination coverage in long-term care facilities coupled with a systematic assessment of the effect of such a policy. One possible way to improve this strategy might involve the vaccination of carers [caregivers] in an effort to reduce transmission.”The federal government took steps in that direction last month, announcing that nursing homes that serve Medicare recipients would be required to offer flu shots to residents. The government also wants to increase vaccination coverage for nursing home staff members, but there are no plans to require vaccination for them.The new report was published little more than a week after the CDC urged older people and others in high-risk groups to get their flu shots soon. The agency has recommended that flu shots be reserved for the high-risk groups until Oct 24.Jefferson T, Rivetti D, Rivetti A, et al. Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines in elderly people: a systematic review. Lancet 2005;Sep 22 (early online pubication)See also:CDC information on efficacy and effectiveness of flu vaccinehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/professionals/vaccination/efficacy.htm
Safe Scandinavia – Image source: ProsafeOffshore accommodation specialist Prosafe has won a contract for one of its flotels in Norway.The Safe Scandinavia accommodation unit will be working for Aker BP in the Norwegian part of the North Sea. The flotel will be providing accommodation support at the Ula offshore platform.The firm duration of the contract starting in mid-August 2018 is seven months with eight one-month options.The total value of the contract, excluding the option periods, is around $25.5 million. The option periods, if exercised, have a total value of approximately $36.7 million.The contract will ensure employment of the Safe Scandinavia soon after the expiry of her previous contract that concluded end-June 2018.Jesper Kragh Andresen, CEO of Prosafe says: “Prosafe is very pleased with this contract, as it provides employment for the Safe Scandinavia for up to 15 months. We are also proud to again be chosen by Aker BP, this time to deliver first class safe and efficient accommodation services at the Ula platform.”According to info on Prosafe’s website, the Safe Scandinavia has been operating as a Tender Support Vessel since March 2016. The company has said that with minor modifications, the vessel will also be capable of conducting Plug & Abandon, Well Intervention and Decommissioning projects.