Siemens to deliver two compression packages to Midcoast Energy

first_imgSiemens will be responsible for the delivery of two SGT-400 mechanical-drive compression packages The SGT-400 compressor package. (Credit: Siemens.) Siemens Gas and Power has secured an order from Midcoast Energy to supply compression equipment for CJ Express pipeline expansion project in east Texas.Under the contract, Siemens will be responsible for the delivery of two SGT-400 mechanical-drive compression packages which are capable of producing a combined output of 39,000-horsepower for an expansion at an existing compression station.The firm said that the equipment is an integrated, turnkey gas turbine and centrifugal compressor solution that provides a modular configuration for fast deployment, dry low emissions (DLE) combustion technology for emissions compliance at the time of low loads.Equipment will be packed at Siemens Gas and Power’s Telge Road facilityAccording to the company, the SGT-400 compressor package also provides responsive service along with field-proven, efficient, and reliable components.Siemens Energy Oil & Gas Division Americas vice president Patrice Laporte said: “This project marks a key milestone as the U.S. pipeline industry realizes the breadth of reliable, cost-effective solutions we can provide in this power range.“With the SGT-750 turbine’s power range from 45,600 to 56,320 HP (34–42 MW) and the SGT-400 turbine’s power range from 14,750 to 20,115 HP (11–15 MW), Siemens Gas and Power is well-positioned to offer a wide range of solutions for pipeline applications.”The equipment for the delivery will be packed at Siemens Gas and Power’s Telge Road facility located in Houston, Texas and the compressors will be constructed at the its facility situated in Olean, New York, US.Siemens Gas and Power has planned to ship the first gas turbine compression trains later this year to support the commercial operation for early next year.Furthermore, a pipeline construction company, WHC Energy Services has been selected to provide the engineering, procurement and contracting (EPC) services for the pipeline expansion project.Recently, Siemens Gas and Power was awarded a contract from chemical products manufacturer, Ascend Performance Materials to supply three gas turbines for a facility located in Alabama, US.last_img read more

Gimme shelter… three million people just a month’s pay away from eviction

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Gimme shelter… three million people just a month’s pay away from eviction previous nextHousing MarketGimme shelter… three million people just a month’s pay away from evictionCharity Shelter attacks ‘grossly expensive’ private rents and the financial insecurity that it brings.Sheila Manchester20th September 20192 Comments493 Views While a Tory donor has bet £300million against share price crashes for top British businesses following Brexit, three million people in England are one pay cheque away from losing their homes because they cannot pay the rent, says the housing charity Shelter.The Government says that it has committed £400 million to help help homelessness and rough sleeping. Nearly half of all working people living in privately rented homes in England would be unable to afford rent for more than a month if they lost their job, the charity said in a new report.“I have two jobs, but I’m still in a precarious position. If for some reason I lost my job, I worry how quickly we’d end up homeless,” Zoe, a 44-year-old single mother, told Shelter. “I know it’s the same for thousands of other people like me – when you scratch the surface so many people are living month to month.”A report by the Children’s Commissioner for England in August says that thousands of homeless children are forced to sleep in converted shipping containers and guesthouses, in often dangerous environments.“Millions of working people are caught in an endless cycle of paying grossly expensive private rents they can barely afford – with all the insecurity that brings,” said Polly Neate (left) Chief Executive of Shelter. “Many are terrified that even a short-term dip in income could result in them losing their home for good.”The government also said it had committed over 400 million pounds ($500 million) to help reduce homelessness and rough sleeping – along with pledging to deliver an additional 250,000 affordable homes by March 2022.“Our reforms have increased the amount of social housing stock by 79,000 since 2010,” Britain’s housing minister Esther McVey told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Thursday. We’re committed to building the homes this country needs.” September 20, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsjeremy clarke, Belvoir Christchurch Belvoir Christchurch 20th September 2019 at 2:43 pmIf Shelter did what most people think they do, housing people rather than trying to score points by destroying the private rental sector, then there would be no issue. But they don’t; Polly Neate and the other directors with their bloated salaries and pensions have only one agenda that being the destruction of the PRS.Log in to ReplyMark Bretherton, Martyn Meade Martyn Meade 20th September 2019 at 9:46 amJesus wept! What planet do Shelter live on? If you are only a month away from eviction then you must already be in trouble.If Shelter are so concerned with the state of the rental market, then maybe they should be doing it themselves?Log in to ReplyAny comments? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Video: Danish helicopter evacuates German submariner

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Video: Danish helicopter evacuates German submariner off Jutland A Royal Danish Air Force helicopter recently evacuated a German sailor aboard the ‘U 32’ submarine in Danish waters off Jutland, or Skagerrak, as Germans refer to the peninsula.The Danish service has now shared a video of the operation.U 32, a Type 212A submarine, was conducting exercises in Jutland on July 7 when one of the submariners suffered an ear drum injury. As the sailor complained about increasing pain, the boat’s commander was forced to call for help, the German Navy said.A Royal Navy Air Force helicopter stationed at Aalborg Air Base was called to aid since rough weather conditions made a medical evacuation via boat too risky.The sailor was air lifted about 30 miles north of Jutland and brought to a Danish hospital. He was transferred back to the 1st submarine squadron in Eckernförde, Germany after a short treatment and is, according to the German Navy, “on the road to recovery”.Video: Royal Danish Air Force, Photo: German Navy View post tag: Danish Air Force Video: Danish helicopter evacuates German submariner off Jutland View post tag: U 32 View post tag: German Navy July 15, 2016 Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST

first_imgDepartment(s): Work Type: This vacancy is being announced simultaneously with PVL#97560 ;please note that only one vacancy exists. Having two positionsvacancy listing allows the School of Medicine and Public Health toconsider candidates with both CHS-track faculty and CT-trackfaculty credentials for this position. License or Certificate: Brandon [email protected] Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS:800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for furtherinformation. ) Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation forUW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respectthe profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience,status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. Wecommit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching,research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linkedgoals.The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission bycreating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from everybackground – people who as students, faculty, and staff serveWisconsin and the world.For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, pleasevisit: Diversity andInclusion Position Summary: M.D. Obstetrics and Gynecology. BC/BE subspecialty reproductiveendocrinology and infertility. Institutional Statement on Diversity: Anticipated Begin Date: The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity andAffirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence throughdiversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability,you can find information about how to make a request at thefollowing website: https://oed.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/ Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience: Full Time: 100% Additional Information: Instructions to Applicants: The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is seeking asubspecialist in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology andInfertility. The individual will be involved with outpatientclinics in endocrinology and infertility, surgical cases, inpatientattending, and call coverage. The individual will participate indepartmental educational activities to include teaching of medicalstudents and residents as well as participating in didacticlectures. He/she will share with other members of the Endocrine andInfertility Division in academic activities. The employee willserve on departmental committees, subcommittees and task forces asassigned by the Chair. This position will provide consultativeservices to physicians and allied health providers, programdevelopment, and clinical research. Salary: Principal Duties: Academic Staff-Renewable To begin the application process please click on the ” button. Youwill be asked to create a profile and upload a resume, cover letterand list of references.The deadline for assuring full consideration is March 12, 2019,however positions will remain open and applications may beconsidered until the position is filled.center_img Ongoing/Renewable A532830-MEDICAL SCHOOL/OBGYN REPRO ENDO The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is seeking asubspecialist in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology andInfertility. The individual will be involved with outpatientclinics in endocrinology and infertility, surgical cases, inpatientattending, and call coverage.The School of Medicine and Public Health has a deep and profoundcommitment to diversity both as an end in itself but also as avaluable means for eliminating health disparities. As such, westrongly encourage applications from candidates who foster andpromote the values of diversity and inclusion. Job Number: NegotiableANNUAL (12 months) MAY 01, 2019 Appointment Type, Duration: Contact: Official Title: Degree and Area of Specialization: PROFESSOR (CHS)(D01NN) or ASSOC PROFESSOR (CHS)(D02NN) or ASSTPROFESSOR (CHS)(D03NN) Employment Class: Fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Forappointment at associate professor (CHS) level, the candidate mustmeet criteria as defined in guidelines for appointment or promotionon CHS track in the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. 97561-AS Wisconsin medical licensure, BC/BE reproductive endocrinology andinfertility. Applications Open: Feb 7 2019 Central Standard TimeApplications Close: Job no: 97561-ASWork type: Faculty-Full TimeDepartment: SMPH/OBGYN REPRO ENDOLocation: MadisonCategories: Health Care, Medical, Social Services, Research,Scientific Employment will require a criminal background check. It will alsorequire you and your references to answer questions regardingsexual violence and sexual harassment.The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identitiesof applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except thatthe identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis.Stat. sec. 19.36(7).The Annual Security and FireSafety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinarypolicies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, andon-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statisticsfor the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a papercopy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin PoliceDepartment .last_img read more

The End of the World as we know it?

first_imgWelcome to Michelmas 2007! Calendars are funny things. As most of my readers say goodbye to summer, I am fully into winter, bundled up in my house, guarding against New England frost and planning research for final term papers. But since it’s the beginning of a new year in Oxford time, let me re-introduce this blog. Once a week, I’ll be posting my thoughts on web 2.0 and generation Y, and trying to identify how technology defines our lifestyles, our politics and the culture around us. To begin the term, however, I need to update you all on some changes in my personal encounter with web 2.0. Just before the end of last term. Facebook opened its doors to everyone, and suddenly I was friends with my mother, my former boss and my 15-year old sister. I also found that companies were writing applications inviting me to play zombie and food fight. As a summer intern at BusinessWeek Magazine, I wrote about this new and “improved” social network and how it could mean big bucks for Facebook and smart application developers.But towards the end of the summer, I realized that one important group was losing out: us, the original student users.Frankly, I’m fed up with this new Facebook, with the frantic chaos of the News Feed and the applications, with the random friend requests from middle aged strangers who want to take me out for drinks. I’m confused that Slate magazine, a mainstream, grown-up publication is proscribing Facebook etiquette that matches what i wrote on this blog over the summer (see “my cyber-friends have manners too”). Why should my parents and I have the same social behaviors?I can already forsee that once I graduate in May, I won’t be using Facebook to keep in touch with classmates. This year at Brown, my friends and I are using cell phones and emails instead and waiting for the next young people-only venue to resume our social media lives. I wrote a column about my changing perspective for the newspaper here at Brown and sent some comments into BusinessWeek. There’s a teaser of my thoughts on my editor’s blog , and an article due out soon. The response I’ve had to the column suggests I’m right about student sentiment here in the States, but I’m putting it to my Oxonian readers: is there a parallel shift away from Facebook on your side of the pond?last_img read more

Did you miss these stories over the weekend?

first_imgWithin hours of Ravi Bhalla’s election as Hoboken mayor on Nov. 7, more than 6,000 Twitter users retweeted a photo of him declaring victory – with one user adding, “Look at all the black and brown politicians out here winning I am so proud.” Social media users and several national news outlets interpreted victories by Bhalla and other minority candidates as a win for tolerance in a year marked by a vocal (and deadly) hate march and anti-immigrant rhetoric.But within 48 hours of Bhalla’s victory, social media users also began spreading anonymous fabricated stories saying that Bhalla had banned Christmas in Hoboken (not true), saying he’s Muslim (he’s not), linking him to terrorism (no evidence), and begging the president for help. “President Trump, please step in,” read a red banner on top of a false story about Bhalla on a website called Reaganwasright. Click here for more. Jersey City teachers have been working without a contract since September, and lately there are signs they are getting restless. Holding up his forefinger and thumb during the public comment period of the Jersey City Board of Education meeting earlier this month, Education Association President Ron Greco said the teacher’s union and the school district “are this close” to a contract settlement.“All you have to do is give us the offers so we can consider them,” Greco said. He said school board negotiators had promised to present the union with several proposals.Backing him up, hundreds of teachers bearing signs made a show of force. Some blew on whistles, others blew on horns, and still another teacher played a recording of a popular rock song, “We’re not going to take it anymore.” Click here for more.When Weehawken High School (WHS) students Conor Cabrera, 17, and Anthony Dippolito, 18, saw the contenders at a Jan. 20 Vex Robotics competition at South Brunswick High School, they knew they had to step things up if their school’s robotics team was going to stand out. At that competition, they placed 25th out of 50 teams.“We realized we needed a huge improvement on our robot,” said Cabrera, who captains the school’s robotics team, during a recent sit down at Weehawken High School. “So the week in between the first and second competition, we spent that whole week in the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) room, completely redesigning our robot.”The work paid off, as the team placed eighth out of 36 teams at that second competition on Jan. 27, and then 18th out of 64th in their final competition this season on Feb. 4. Not too shabby for a team with only two years experience under its belt. Click here for more.last_img read more

Workers injured in explosion at bakery

first_imgAn explosion at the Mothers Pride bakery in Glasgow last night has left two men in hospital. Emergency services were called after a gas oven exploded at the British Bakeries-owned site, according to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.One man had reported head injuries and another was reported to have an arm injury. Two other men were treated for shock.Twenty firefighters and police and ambulance services attended the scene, but it is still unclear what caused the explosion.According to one worker, staff are on site as usual this morning, but it is unknown whether the bakery is operating as normal.last_img read more

Galactic, Chris Robinson, YMSB, Keller & More Highlight Candler Park Fest

first_imgIf you found better music for $20 last weekend, find your local promoter and hug ’em hard, because they’re secretly Santa in disguise. Dead serious.As for Atlanta, Georgia this June 3rd and 4th – our Claus came in the form of Center Stage, Rival Entertainment, and Candler Park Music and Food Festival. Tucked in a green leafy corner of the city’s middle-east side, bands, fans, food, and brews joined in holy matrimony to throw a downright jammin’ time that still leaves echoes ringing through the soul.Bringing together Galactic, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Revivalists, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, and more out for the weekend (again… $20 freakin’ dollars!?) – the crowd knew exactly what to expect, and still somehow got more than they bargained for. Kicking off with local ATLiens Blair Crimmons & The Hookers, the gauntlet was thrown down for what was about to ensue over the next two days. Usually, the festival opener brings it up slow, easing the crowd into the night’s festivities. That apparently isn’t Blair Crimmons & The Hookers’ kind of hootenanny.Crimmons and his marauders brought the house down with their tasty brand of southern-edged ragtime that left one hearing rasps of Devil Makes Three and more in the back of their mind. A showman and string-thumping banjo player with a fiery band to back – the stage was immediately set for the weekend. Followed by Keller Williams’s bluegrassy tribute to the Grateful Dead, the acoustic raconteur brought the vibe back down easy street with classics like “Shakedown Street”, “Eyes of the World”, “Candyman”, “Friend of the Devil” (with Allie Kral taking the reigns, kicking ass and taking names), “Scarlet Begonias”, and more. Taking the stage next was New Orleans’ own funkaholics, Galactic, swinging the party on into full bore. If you’ve never seen Galactic, do. Hop on board that righteous jazzy funk train at the next stop you can; they’ll make you think that you were born just so you could catch ‘em once. Taking the stage as only they know how, arms hit the heavens and eyes the stage as the musical melee began. Funk, jazz, hip hop, and more – all blended to create a sonic fire in the purest sense of the words. Thus the boogie ensued and sweat dripped from our collective brow as we settled into the night we hoped would happen. Kicking off the second day of festivities were Webster (Candler Park’s own) and Great Peacock followed by fellow Atlanta locals, King Baby. King Baby brought the energy up early with a rockin’ jam feel and soaring organ that warmed into a midday steamer set that undoubtedly earned them scores of new fans throughout the crowd.Lee Fields & The Expressions came next, bringing back the soul of the 60’s with an R&B spectacular that couldn’t have been more perfectly placed. Following up their set was the one and only Yonder Mountain String Band, bringing their signature blend of bluegrass out to the crowd’s delight.New Orleans stalwarts, The Revivalists, quickly followed – dropping rock ‘n’ roll bombs like only they know how. As David Shaw’s incendiary croon drove over the beat, The Revivalists steamrolled through a fiery set that included old and new classics like “BTBD”, “Monster”, “Stand Up”, “Catching Fireflies”, “Amber”, “Wish I Knew You”, “All In The Family”, and more. Closing out the night was none other than Chris Robinson Brotherhood and their laid back southern-sauced jams. Meandering in and out of tunes reminiscent in more ways than one of the Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson and crew kept the crowd rocking and entranced throughout their entire set.In ways more fitting than words can explain, the Marietta, GA-born musician and crew left the crowd uplifted and ecstatic to end the night’s revelries. All in all, if you’re looking for a quick sum of all parts: Candler Park was a time to remember, plain and simple. Beautiful music, a beautiful city, and beautiful smiling souls to enjoy it with. It felt good. As worldly woes melted in sweet sound, Candler Park Music and Food Festival didn’t disappoint for even a single second. And, if this writer could do it all again, he wouldn’t miss it for the world. Neither should you. Photo Recap – All Photos Courtesy of Connor McFadden.last_img read more

A fall snapshot of Arab Spring

first_imgTwo years ago, a wave of protests started in the Middle East, and eventually toppled longtime regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya. Less dramatic results came from popular demonstrations in Bahrain and Yemen. The present violence in Syria is the latest flowering of the movement that came to be known as the Arab Spring.What has the Arab Spring meant? What is it now? And what comes next? A panel of experts gathered Thursday evening to gamely take up the subject in a Sever Hall classroom. An audience of 70 had groped its way across a darkened Harvard Yard to the event, sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center, after a power outage had blackened much of Cambridge. They were “people who have braved the dark to be enlightened,” said Homi Bhabha, director of the center.Just as the power snapped back on, he introduced the panelists, three of them from Harvard: Shahab Ahmed, an associate professor of Islamic studies, and this fall a visiting associate professor at Harvard Law School; panel moderator Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law; and Roger Owen, A.J. Meyer Professor of Middle East History. Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, was also a panelist.The event’s title, “Arab Spring in the Fall,” had a melancholy ring, said Bhabha, an authority on postcolonial world literature. He borrowed another critic’s phrase to describe his own ambivalent feelings about the demonstrations still shaking North Africa and the Middle East: “disappointed hope.”Shahab Ahmed, an associate professor of Islamic studies at Harvard, called the Arab Spring the “second phase” of the 20th century’s national liberation struggles, which decades ago suggested to the West a world divided into “a small number of human beings and a large number of natives.”The panel filled in that double-sided description, outlining an altered region in which certainties are few and mysteries many. There is the tentatively good and the seemingly bad. New governments have held elections, but have so far failed to ratify a single Arab Spring constitution. (The process is stalled in Tunisia. But a proposed Egyptian constitution was finished on the day after the panel, on Friday. It faces a popular referendum as early as midmonth.) Parts of North Africa and the Middle East are witnessing the creation of new machineries for democracy, but the region is also struggling with the lingering effects of departed regimes.In the absence of certainties, the panel of lawyers, political scientists, and historians supplied perspective. Only one thing is sure: The Arab Spring rose from deep in the past, and the issues it stirred up may be resolved only far in the future. “It’s only two years into the process,” said Khalidi. “It’s far too early,” added Owen, in reference to constitution making. “Let’s come back in 10 years’ time.”As the Arab Spring was beginning, Owen had just finished the manuscript for his latest book, “The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life” (Harvard University Press, 2012), a study of the monarchic regimes that for decades dominated North Africa and the Middle East. Each of them, he wrote, was ruled by a narcissistic personality, and represented “a closed world of mutual delusion” — until the Arab Spring.Clarity will take a long time to emerge, if it ever does. “Historically,” wrote Owen, “the world’s great revolutionary movements have taken years to work themselves out.” Meanwhile, he added in his book, there are lingering issues: What parties will dominate? What will be the role of the military? And what should be done about economic turmoil? During the panel session, Owen pointed to what may be the pre-eminent challenge of the post-revolutionary world: “huge numbers of Arab youth without jobs.”At the same time, observers in the West need to gain perspective regarding the results of early elections. Owen speculated, for instance, that the ascendency of religious parties may be simply a sign that they are the best-organized groups, and that voters perceive them to be the least corrupt. Khalidi, editor of the Journal of Palestine Studies, said that voting against pre-existing corruption, to many, “seems pious.”He added his own historical perspective, describing an Arab world whose political landscape had been in “almost complete stagnation” since 1969. The trend then was toward secular, socialist regimes and away from liberal and democratic ideals. But don’t buy the “common bigotry” about the Arab world, added Khalidi, that it has had no experience with democracy, or that Muslims are incapable of embracing it.To convey the duration of the region’s political stagnation, he remarked on an accidental congruence. The Harvard panel was meeting 65 years to the day after the United Nations voted to recommend Resolution 181, a partition plan to create independent Arab and Jewish states. Since then, Khalidi noted, things have gone well for Israel, in terms of democracy, and poorly for the Palestine region.But starting two decades ago, change boiled beneath the static surface. By the 1990s, Islamist political trends were emerging, he said, “spreading and prospering” in the wake of the Iranian Revolution, though not wholly because of it. At the same time, said Khalidi, a “cold war” sprang up between ideological rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, a tension that today adds to the uncertainty surrounding the region’s infant revolutions.Three main Islamist trends now thread through the Arab Spring, adding to its complexity, said Khalidi. At one end is a “tiny minority” of Jihadist fighters with no respect for the political process, but whose influence belies their numbers. After all, they are armed, organized, combat-hardened, and ruthless, qualities that are prized in, say, Syria. He called that war-wracked country “the most fraught consequence of the Arab Spring.”On the other end of Islamist political trends stands the Muslim Brotherhood, now most prominently in power in Egypt. Its members are neoliberal and favor making money above all, said Khalidi, because “The profit motive outweighs the prophet motive.” Between these two trends are the Salafists, ultraconservative Islamists whose aim is to impose Sharia law, even in societies, such as in Egypt, where secular liberals remain a potent force.Ahmed reached the furthest back to paint the biggest picture. He called the Arab Spring the “second phase” of the 20th century’s national liberation struggles, which decades ago suggested to the West a world divided into “a small number of human beings and a large number of natives.” When countries in Africa and elsewhere won independence decades ago, however, it was not real freedom for those “natives.” Instead, autocratic nation-states emerged “to put them firmly in their place,” said Ahmed.The events of the past two years represent “a continuation of that popular-liberation struggle toward enfranchisement,” he said, and suggest that the unthinkable has happened: The “natives” are in power. “Once the unthinkable becomes thinkable,” said Ahmed, “the genie is out of the bottle.”As the Arab Spring was beginning, Harvard Professor Roger Owen had just finished the manuscript for his latest book, “The Rise and Fall of Arab Presidents for Life,” a study of the monarchic regimes that for decades dominated North Africa and the Middle East. Each of them, he wrote, was ruled by a narcissistic personality, and represented “a closed world of mutual delusion” — until the Arab Spring.Among the consequences of the Arab Spring should be a shift in the way the West views North Africa and the Middle East, a region that is suddenly a font of instruction in the making of modern revolutions. The shift should even change the “language that we use,” said Ahmed, including the word “terrorism,” which “prevents us from seeing what is of value.”Ahmed’s genie is out of the bottle, but it is not clear how that genie will rule various countries. Among the difficulties facing new democracies is the absence of a tradition of civil society. Ahmed used Egypt’s deposed regime as an example in which “the state occupies civil society and eviscerates it,” he said. “That leaves a space to be filled.”At the same time, the shadows of those former regimes still hover, equivalent to what Owen in his book called Turkey’s “deep state,” a network of officials and former officials who may someday be ready for counterrevolution. Khalidi seemed to agree, concerning Egypt. “I would be very skeptical of the way the state has retreated.”At the moment, the Arab Spring may suggest something like Bhabha’s notion of “disappointed hope.” And to the panelists, it certainly remains too fluid to be completely knowable.The audience got the message that there was no real message in the region yet. The first question from the floor began with a paraphrase of a conversation between logicians Alfred North Whitehead and Bertrand Russell, after a particularly hard philosophical wrangle. “Thank you very much,” said Whitehead mildly, “for laying out the vast darkness of the subject.”last_img read more

36 New COVID-19 Cases Reported Monday, 105 Now Active

first_imgAll businesses are being asked to increase the implementation of disease mitigation efforts. Residents are being asked to take greater measures to protect themselves and others.Officials say large public and private gatherings and parties are not permitted; this will be actively enforced by law enforcement and public health officials.“We’ve been cautious to share case information only by fire battalion because we were dealing with small numbers.  Using aggregated data such as this is appropriate to minimize the need for data suppression,” said Christine Schuyler, County Public Health Director.  “We are now dealing with a surge of cases and these higher numbers allow us to share more specific data and not breach confidentiality.”“We are working with everyone we think of – local elected officials, college and school officials, community organizations, health care providers, emergency responders, law enforcement, churches, and community leaders – in an effort to help everyone stay abreast of the situation, deploy education and information, and get the entire community to stop this outbreak,” added Schuyler.Officials say these steps must be followed:Stay home if you feel ill;Wear a mask or covering over your nose and mouth when you can’t maintain physical distancing of at least 6 feet;Wash your hands frequently with soap and water; use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;Avoid large gatherings;Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects;Avoid international travel and travel to states listed in the NYS Travel Advisory; if travel is unavoidable, quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Chautauqua County.August 31 Chautauqua County Statistics:105 active cases, continue to recover under orders of the Local Health Official per NYS Public Health Law including:36 new cases were reported from August 29-31 including:5 persons under the age of 18,6 males in their 20’s,5 females in their 20’s,2 females in their 30’s,1 male in his 30’s,4 females in their 40’s,1 male in his 40’s,2 females in their 50’s,1 male in his 50’s,4 females in their 60’s,1 male in his 60’s,1 male in his 70’s,1 female in her 70’s,1 male in his 80’s,1 female in his 80’s. The state’s free rapid testing at the Dunkirk Fire Murphy Training Grounds at 665 Brigham Road in Dunkirk remains open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Wednesday by appointment only.All residents are eligible for tests and appointments can be made by calling 833-697-8764. All tests at these sites are free of charge and results will be available within 15 minutes to help support contact tracing efforts and control the spread of the virus. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),After speaking with Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendell’s office, the rules of NYS that banquet venues may have up to 50% of capacity are in effect. and are not superceeded by this large gathering mandate. *number of persons in Chautauqua County hospitals diagnosed with COVID-19, regardless of residencyTo date:282 recovered cases;9 deaths;396 total confirmed cases;34,268 negative test results to date.center_img 384 cases under quarantine/isolation orders by the Public Health Director and being monitored.  Not all of those being monitored are confirmed to have COVID-19 but have either shown symptoms, are awaiting results, or have risk factors;544 persons under domestic traveler quarantine for having arrived to Chautauqua County from a state listed on the New York State travel advisory;2 person hospitalized* in Chautauqua County as of 8/27/2020 WNY News Now / MGN Stock Image.MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County’s Heath Department continues to be concerned about the increase in COVID-19 infections in the northern part of the county after 36 new cases were reported over the weekend, with 105 now active.Officials say those who tested positive are placed under mandatory isolation orders and their identified close contacts are placed in mandatory quarantine by order of the Public Health Director.Twelve of the new cases were tied to the current outbreak at Fieldbrook Foods, Inc., six were workers and six were identified close contacts of the workers.To date, 75 positive cases have been associated with Fieldbrook Foods. Three workers tested positive out of the 248 tested, 1.2%, from the rapid testing site in Dunkirk.“Today, we have 105 active cases of COVID-19 in the community.  For the first half of August we experienced, on average, 13.6 active cases per day, with an active case rate of 1.07 per 10,000 in Chautauqua County,” reported Breeanne Agett, Epidemiologist with the health department. “We are currently experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases that is nearly 8 times greater than we see on average.”Agett provided the following data on the current COVID-19 situation in the County:last_img read more