Related The Championship features ‘one of the most spectacular bike courses in the world’. Competitors will ride along the Captain Cook Highway, which hugs the coastline from Cairns to Port Douglas.Cairns will have the distinction of hosting the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship after a successful run in Melbourne from 2012 to 2015.“During its time in Melbourne the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship became a sought-after title for professionals and age groupers alike. We believe the event will continue to grow in both profile and reputation in Cairns,” Meyer added.In addition, the Cairns Airport Adventure Festival, a week long build-up to the IRONMAN event, will continue for an additional three years. At the festival, events include Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns, IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns, Coral Coast Triathlon, RRR Mountain Bike Challenge, Great Barrier Reef Ocean Challenge, Quicksilver Reef Swim – Green Island, The Cairns Post Bright Night Run and McDonalds IRONKIDS Cairns.“I am delighted that the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship will become an extension to the highly successful Cairns Airport Adventure Festival for the next three years,” said Kate Jones, Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games.“The IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship is expected to grow the economic impact of the Cairns Adventure Festival beyond the AU$10 million it generated earlier this year – a significant enhancement for the event, Cairns and Queensland tourism. We are looking forward to hosting IRONMAN athletes and having them experience the best destination on earth.”The 2016 Cairns Airport IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship will offer a US$150,000 professional prize purse and 75 age-group qualifying slots for the 2016 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona Hawai’i.www.ironmancairns.comwww.ironman.com IRONMAN has confirmed that the Cairns Airport IRONMAN Cairns triathlon has been named the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship for the next three years.It has been a busy time for IRONMAN. Its ownership by Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group was confirmed this week, and an array of initiatives have been unveiled in a matter of days, including:An expanded sponsor partnership in North America with Clif Bar;Confirmation that the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship will be held in Western Sydney;An international expansion for IRONMANSTORE.com; andAn extension of the Regional TriClub Championship Series at IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico 2016.The confirmation of Cairns as the destination for IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship overcomes challenges faced in Melbourne, where a scheduling clash with the Melbourne Formula One Grand Prix next March forced a cancellation of the Melbourne event.The IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Cairns will take place slightly later next year on 12 June 2016.Cairns in tropical North Queensland, Australia will become one of five IRONMAN Regional Championship races, joining the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN North American Championship Texas, USA; IRONMAN South American Championship Brazil; IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt and the Standard Bank IRONMAN African Championship South Africa.“Announcing Cairns as the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship venue for the next three years enhances Queensland’s reputation as the home of triathlon in Australia,” IRONMAN Asia Pacific CEO Geoff Meyer said. “Cairns is a first-class city, fully qualified and well-equipped to deliver an exceptional event, and we look forward to providing our athletes with an unforgettable championship race experience.”
“Let’s just make this happen,” Mayor Laura Wassmer told the parties involved in the new Mission Chateau plan.Mayor Laura Wassmer and members of the Prairie Village City Council on Monday expressed disappointment and frustration that the parties seeking to end the stalemate over the controversial Mission Chateau senior living development on the site of the former Mission Valley Middle School had yet to reach terms.Wassmer told the parties, who were before the council as the Tutera Group sought yet another extension to the original Special Use Permit it was granted after its successful second attempt to get council approval for Mission Chateau in January 2014, that she was frustrated by the lack of progress over the past several weeks. Tutera announced in April it was prepared to scuttle the council-approved plan in favor of a revised project that appeared to have the support of the Mission Valley Neighbors Association. That group of area homeowners who have sued the city of Prairie Village over the project, holding up Tutera’s ability to break ground.The revised project plan called for the elimination of the skilled nursing facility that had been a sticking point for surrounding homeowners, and the expansion of residential development.But since those groups’ presentation before the city last month, little progress has been made to finalize the agreement that the parties said would bring legal action surrounding the project to an end.“I’m a little frustrated with both sides, honestly,” Wassmer said Monday as Brian Doerr of the neighbors group and attorney Mike Flanagan, representing Tutera, appeared before the council. “I would encourage you all to put it all out on the table and get it done.”Doerr and Flanagan responded that both parties had been working in good faith and as diligently as they could, but that the final details on the agreement were taking time to finalize.“We’ve been dealing with this ever since I’ve been on the council and I’m ready to move on to other projects,” said Councilor Ashley Weaver. “It’s time to get this done.”Doerr and Flanagan told the group they expected to be able to bring word of a final agreement to the council by next month. read more
LinkedIn Share on Facebook Pinterest Share Email Share on Twitter Medical professionals have to conduct a long series of tests to assess a patient’s memory impairment and cognitive skills, functional abilities, and behavioral changes to accurately diagnose Alzheimer’s disease. They also have to execute costly brain imagining scans and even, sometimes, invasive cerebral spinal fluid tests to rule out other diseases. The process is laborious at best — and subjective at worst.A new discovery by Tel Aviv University, Technion (Rambam Medical Center), and Harvard University researchers takes the medical community a leap forward in the process of effectively screening and diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease. The new study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, proposes a new biomarker for cognitive aging and Alzheimer’s disease: activity-dependent neuroprotective protein (ADNP), the levels of which can be easily monitored in routine blood tests. The study also found that ADNP levels tested in the blood correlate with higher IQ in healthy older adults.The research was led by Prof. Illana Gozes, the incumbent of the Lily and Avraham Gildor Chair for the Investigation of Growth Factors and former director of the Adams Super Center for Brain Studies at TAU’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and a member of TAU’s Sagol School of Neuroscience, conducted by TAU PhD student Anna Malishkevich and spearheaded by Dr. Gad Marshall, Dr. Aaron Schultz, and Prof. Reisa Sperling of Harvard University, and Prof. Judith Aharon-Peretz of Rambam Medical Center – The Technion Institute of Technology. A step to early interventionSignificant increases in ADNP RNA levels were observed in patients ranging from mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to Alzheimer’s dementia. ADNP levels tested in plasma and serum samples, as well as white blood cell RNA levels, distinguished among cognitively normal elderly, MCI, and Alzheimer’s dementia participants.For the purpose of the cross-sectional study, the investigators analyzed blood samples taken from 42 healthy adults, MCI patients, and Alzheimer’s disease patients at Rambam Medical Center in Israel. After comparing the ADNP expression in the blood samples, the researchers prepared plasma samples and once again compared the protein levels.“This study has provided the basis to detect this biomarker in routine, non-invasive blood tests, and it is known that early intervention is invaluable to Alzheimer’s patients,” said Prof. Gozes. “We are now planning to take these preliminary findings forward into clinical trials — to create a pre-Alzheimer’s test that will help to tailor potential preventative treatments.”Builds on original researchThis new research is based on Prof. Gozes’ earlier investigation of neuronal plasticity and nerve cell protection at the molecular, cellular, and system level, and her discovery of novel families of proteins, including ADNP, associated with cross-communication among neural nerve cells and their support cells.Prof. Gozes focused on the potential utility of blood ADNP levels as an Alzheimer’s biomarker. “The more ADNP RNA found in the blood cells, the fewer aggregates found in the brain of elderly cognitively normal individuals,” said Prof. Gozes. “Interestingly, we also found that the more ADNP in the serum, the higher the person’s IQ level.”These findings are corroborated by a separate study by an independent group that found that the ADNP protein is present in lesser quantities in serum samples from select mild Alzheimer’s disease patients. However, in Prof. Gozes’ studies, which approach advanced Alzheimer’s disease patients, the ADNP mRNA levels in white blood cells dramatically rose above the levels measured in cognitively normal individuals. This finding suggests that dramatically increased ADNP mRNA blood levels in Alzheimer’s patients may be either insufficient or damaging.“We have found a clear connection between ADNP levels in the blood and amyloid plaques in the brain,” said Prof. Gozes. “Our study is the first to assess ADNP in elderly individuals at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and its results open the door for further validation in larger, more informative studies.”The researchers are currently exploring larger clinical trials to better determine the ability of ADNP to predict cognitive decline and disease progression. read more
The H5N2 avian influenza virus has taken another big and unexplained jump, invading eight more Minnesota turkey farms in six counties and crossing the border to hit a turkey farm in northwestern Iowa, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today.The new Minnesota outbreaks raise the state’s total since early march to 22, with the number of affected turkeys well above 1 million. Three of the six counties cited in today’s announcement are facing their first incursion of the virus.Today’s report, combined with a USDA list of earlier outbreaks, indicates a total of 32 H5N2 outbreaks in commercial poultry in the Midwest since the beginning of March. All but one of those have involved turkeys; yesterday a chicken-farm outbreak was reported in southeastern Wisconsin.The Minnesota tollIn Minnesota, the virus hit Swift County for the first time, affecting two farms housing 154,000 and 160,000 turkeys. The county is in west-central Minnesota and adjoins Kandiyohi County, which is the state’s top turkey-producing county and also has a newly reported outbreak, its fourth, on a farm with 30,000 turkeys.Also hit for the first time were Redwood County in the southwestern part of the state and La Sueur County, which lies southwest of the Twin Cities. The affected farms have 56,000 and 21,500 turkeys, respectively.The other new outbreaks included two in centrally located Meeker County (and Kandiyohi’s neighbor on the east), where flocks of 20,000 and 25,000 turkeys were infected, and the fifth outbreak in Stearns County in the central part of the state, where a farm with 76,000 turkeys was hit. Stearns is second in the state in turkey production.As in the previous incidents, the virus was first detected by testing at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, with confirmation by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services lab in Ames, Iowa.All told, the eight new outbreaks affected 542,500 birds in the country’s leading turkey-producing state.Iowa incident, New Mexico findingIn Iowa, the H5N2 virus invaded a flock of 27,000 turkeys in Buena Vista County, which lies about 55 miles east of Sioux City. Increased deaths in the flock prompted testing by the Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and confirmation by the APHIS lab in Ames.For all the outbreaks, the USDA announced plans to conduct standard response steps, including euthanization of all surviving turkeys, quarantine and disinfection of the sites, and testing of domestic and wild birds in a wide area around each farm.In other US developments, a highly pathogenic avian flu virus was detected in a cinnamon teal duck at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Mexico, the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish announced today.The agency said the duck was one of 196 birds tested at the refuge and was the first bird in the state to test positive for it. It didn’t specify the strain, but it said the virus first surfaced in the United States in late 2014, implying that it was either H5N2 or H5N8. Both viruses were first detected in Washington state in December.It is unknown whether the duck was migrating through New Mexico, the announcement said, adding that most migratory birds have left the refuge for their northern nesting areas.Outbreaks overseasElsewhere, new highly pathogenic avian flu outbreaks were reported by India, Palestine, and Taiwan.In India, the H5N1 virus struck poultry in Ranga Reddy district, not far from Hyderabad, the Times of India reported today. Authorities culled 200,000 birds, restricted poultry movements in a 10-kilometer radius around the location, and banned the sale of eggs and poultry.Officials said the H5N1 virus was confirmed at a lab in Bhopal. The outbreak occurred in Telangana state, in southern India.Palestinian officials yesterday reported that a highly pathogenic H5 virus struck backyard birds in the Gaza Strip, according to a report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The virus killed 60 of 150 susceptible birds, and the remaining 90 were destroyed to curb its spread.Another H5 outbreak was reported in Gaza Strip birds on Apr 4, and H5N1 outbreaks have been reported recently at other locations in the Palestinian Territories and Israel.Meanwhile, animal health officials in Taiwan today reported two highly pathogenic H5N2 outbreaks, both in Yunlin County in the western part of the island, according to a separate OIE report. The virus struck a goose farm and a turkey farm, killing 4,612 of 5,500 susceptible birds. The remaining ones were destroyed.Animal health officials in Taiwan have been grappling with many outbreaks of H5N8 and H5N2 in recent months, along with H5N3, which the region’s veterinary experts have said is a novel strain. The number of outbreaks from all three strains, though, has slowed considerably over the past several weeks.See also:Apr 14 USDA statement on new Minnesota outbreaksApr 14 USDA statement on Iowa outbreakUSDA list of 2015 avian flu outbreaksApr 14 New Mexico press releaseApr 14 Times of India storyApr 13 OIE report on Palestinian outbreakApr 14 OIE report on H5N2 in Taiwan read more
STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 257 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County remains at 8 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces 8 additional deaths reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 55 new cases in Bernalillo County5 new cases in Chaves County7 new cases in Cibola County4 new cases in Curry County40 new cases in Doña Ana County8 new cases in Eddy County1 new case in Grant County5 new cases in Lea County1 new case in Lincoln County11 new cases in Luna County42 new cases in McKinley County7 new cases in Otero County1 new case in Rio Arriba County6 new cases in Roosevelt County12 new cases in Sandoval County23 new cases in San Juan County7 new cases in Santa Fe County3 new cases in Taos County4 new cases in Valencia County3 new cases among New Mexico Corrections Department inmates at the Otero County Prison Facility1 new case among individuals held by federal agencies at the Otero County Processing Center11 new cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the Torrance County Detention FacilityThe 8 additional deaths in New Mexico reported today include:A female in her 90s from Doña Ana County. The individual was a resident of the Jim Wood Home in Hatch.A male in his 40s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized.A male in his 50s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A female in her 80s from McKinley County. The individual had underlying conditions and was a resident of the Red Rocks Care Center in Gallup.A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A second male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 50s in Otero County. The individual was hospitalized and was being held by federal agencies at the Otero County Prison Facility.A male in his 50s from San Juan County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 511.Previously reported numbers included one case in San Juan County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident – this has now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 12,776 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 2,331Catron County: 2Chaves County: 105Cibola County: 221Colfax County: 10Curry County: 186Doña Ana County: 1,039Eddy County: 92Grant County: 21Guadalupe County: 20Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 54Lea County: 147Lincoln County: 13Los Alamos County: 8Luna County: 93McKinley County: 3,450Otero County: 51Quay County: 6Rio Arriba County: 106Roosevelt County: 68Sandoval County: 753San Juan County: 2,494San Miguel County: 22Santa Fe County: 253Sierra County: 13Socorro County: 60Taos County: 46Torrance County: 43Union County: 8Valencia County: 136County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 2Otero County Prison Facility: 275Otero County Processing Center: 149Torrance County Detention Facility: 43The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 6Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 447Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1As of today, there are 130 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 12,776 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care and acute care facilities:Advanced Health Care of Albuquerque in AlbuquerqueAlbuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBeeHive Homes of Farmington in FarmingtonBeeHive Homes of Gallup in GallupBlue Horizon Assisted Living in Las CrucesBonney Family Home in GallupBrookdale Santa Fe in Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCamino Retirement Apartments in AlbuquerqueCasa Real in Santa FeDungarvin New Mexico, LLC in GallupGood Samaritan Society in GrantsGood Samaritan Society in Las CrucesThe Jim Wood Home in HatchLaguna Rainbow Elderly Care in Casa BlancaLittle Sisters of the Poor in GallupMimbres Memorial Nursing Home in DemingNamaste House Assisted Living in FarmingtonPrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSouth Valley Care Center in AlbuquerqueThe Village at Alameda in AlbuquerqueThe Village at Northrise in Las CrucesThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Get tested. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).Thanks to increased statewide testing capacity, the following people may now be considered for COVID-19 testing: Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of New Mexico residents who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic residents in nursing homes;Asymptomatic people in congregate settings such as homeless shelters, group homes, detention centers;Asymptomatic people who are currently working; andSymptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and/or loss of taste or smell.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19. read more
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Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd., a crude, product and LNG tanker operator, has closed its successful public offering of 11,000,000 common shares at a price of $7.30 per share.The underwriters also have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1,650,000 common shares. The gross proceeds of the offering are $80.3 million.The company plans to use the net proceeds to finance the expansion and modernization of its fleet through its vessel acquisition program, including installment payments on its existing crude oil carrier newbuilding program pursuant to its strategic partner ship with a well-known oil major, and for general corporate purposes.Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, UBS Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLC acted as joint book-running managers of the offering. Clarkson Capital Markets LLC, DVB Capital Markets LLC and Brock Securities LLC acted as co-managers for the offering.[mappress]TEN, May 2, 2014 read more
Helsinki-based Wärtsilä Corporation has a strong order intake in the third quarter of this year, according to its Interim report covering January-September 2014.Order intake increased 21% to EUR 1,309 million (1,086) in the third quarter, whereas net sales decreased 7% to EUR 1,117 million (1,199).Other financial highlights include:Book-to-bill 1.17 (0.91) Operating result before non-recurring items EUR 142 million, or 12.7% of net sales (EUR 148 million or 12.3%) Earnings per share EUR 0.43 (0.48)Cash flow from operating activities EUR 68 million (139)” In the marine markets the recent activity in LNG and LPG carriers has supported the ordering of gas handling systems. The 24% increase in Ship Power’s order intake was further enhanced by good activity in the cruise markets. I am confident that the positive trend in order development will continue during the upcoming quarter.Third quarter net sales and profitability developed in line with our expectations. I am especially pleased that Services’ net sales grew by 9%, which shows that our focus on growth is paying off. Profitability reached 12.7% partly thanks to the ongoing efficiency program, which resulted in savings of EUR 10 million in the third quarter. Profitability has developed well thus far in 2014, reaching 11.5% for the period January-September, and consequently we raise our full year profitability guidance to 11.5-12.0%,” Björn Rosengren, President and CEO of Wärtsilä said. According to Wärtsilä, overcapacity continues to affect the demand for traditional merchant vessels.“Vessels are being scrapped at a younger age, which along with a more balanced fleet growth supports a gradual recovery in the freight market. In the offshore segment, the contracting of drilling units and certain support vessels is expected to continue to be at a lower level. The outlook for gas carriers remains positive, although the recent strong ordering volumes may affect activity in the short term. The importance of fuel efficiency and environmental regulations are clearly visible. The regulatory environment is also driving interest in gas as a marine fuel in the wider marine markets, a trend further strengthened in the US by favourable pricing,” the company said in the report.“The outlook for services to offshore and gas fuelled vessels remains favourable. From a regional perspective, the outlook for the Middle East and Asia is positive, and is supported by interest in power plant related services. The outlook is also good in the Americas and in Africa,” the report adds. Press Release read more
Brad Rabone, JDR’s Head of Sales, Renewables – Europe, has been selected to join the East of England Energy Group (EEEGR) Offshore Wind Supply Chain special interest group (SIG) steering group.The aim of the recently launched group is to share information and best practice, and to promote offshore wind business opportunities in the Southern North Sea and European waters.The group’s objectives include informing and supporting EEEGR board members regarding its interaction with policy makers, sharing market intelligence, lessons learned and recommending supply chain improvements.Brad joined JDR in 2013 and has over fifteen years’ experience in the high tech cable industry. He has previously held UK sales and key account manager roles for Nexans covering markets including onshore wind, rail and high voltage infrastructure projects.“EEEGR’s role is essential to achieve sustained development of the energy industry in the East of England. JDR has established itself as a world leader in the supply of cables to the offshore wind industry and has an important part to play in developing and maintaining links within the supply chain. I am proud to represent JDR as we work more closely with EEEGR to promote the wealth of expertise and capabilities in the East of England area,” Rabone said. read more