Online labor demand up 500 in Vermont, down nationally

first_imgOnline advertised vacancies gained 500 in Vermont but dipped slightly nationwide by 13,600 in October to 3,933,400, according to The Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine (HWOL) Data Series released today. The October drop follows a decline of 44,000 in September and a decrease of 164,000 in August.  The Supply/Demand rate stands at 3.54, indicating there were 3.5 unemployed for every online advertised vacancy in September, the latest monthly data available for unemployment. “The good news is that labor demand did not deteriorate further in October, but at the same time we have no clear sign that demand is picking up,” said June Shelp, Vice President at The Conference Board. The drop of 513,000 in demand over the last seven months has largely offset the gain of 763,000 in early 2011 and narrowed the average monthly gain for 2011 to 25,000. In October, occupational categories that continued to decline in labor demand included both Legal and Management occupations. Office and administrative support occupations were brighter; they posted a gain of 47,000 over the last two months. (See occupational detail section.)REGIONAL AND STATE HIGHLIGHTSIn October:The Midwest and West dip while the Northeast and South hold steadyPennsylvania, among the 20 largest States, is flat while other States show an overall downward trendIn October, the Midwest dipped 14,500, reflecting losses in 5 out of 6 of its largest States.  Minnesota was the only one of the larger states posting a gain (+2,500) in October. This was the first monthly gain for Minnesota since June 2011.  Ohio and Michigan experienced declines of 3,900 and 3,100 respectively in October while advertised vacancies in Missouri were down 2,100.  Illinois and Wisconsindropped 1,400 and 600 respectively, and both were states that have seen declines in advertised vacancies over the last few months. Among the less populous States in the region, Indiana and Iowa fell 1,900 and 1,300 respectively while North Dakota and South Dakota gained 500 and 200 respectively.Labor demand in the West was down slightly by 13,900 in October and was led by Washington State, which lost 9,300. California, the region’s largest State, rose 1,900 after a combined loss of 59,000 for the previous four months. Arizona remained virtually unchanged with a slight gain of 100. Colorado and Oregondeclined by 600 and 100, respectively. Over the past 5 months, Oregon has slipped by a total of 9,800. Among the small States in the West, Utah gained 500, New Mexico dropped 1,300, Idaho fell 500, andNevada lost 400.In October, the Northeast rose slightly by 13,600, reflecting gains in 3 of 4 of its large States.  Pennsylvania experienced the largest increase, 6,200.  New York gained 4,500 after a combined 6-month loss of 51,000.  New Jersey rose 3,300, after two months of declines.  Labor demand in Massachusettswas basically unchanged in October (-200).  Over the last five months, advertised vacancies inMassachusetts have declined nearly 20,000.  Among the smaller States in the region, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Connecticut gained 900, 500, and 200 respectively while New Hampshire dropped 500.The South also posted a modest increase of 4,700, reflecting slight gains in four out of six of its large States in October. Florida experienced the largest gain, 4,200.  Next was Georgia with a gain of 2,700, partially offsetting a combined 4-month loss of 33,100. Texas gained 2,600, and North Carolina rose 1,600.  Maryland dropped 2,800.  Since May 2011, labor demand in Maryland has slipped by over 27,300.Virginia fell 1,000 for a combined 5-month drop of nearly 15,000. Among the smaller States in the South,Alabama dropped 1,300, Arkansas lost 1,000, and Oklahoma fell a mere 100 while Tennessee gained 1,000.The Supply/Demand rate for the U.S. in September (the latest month for which unemployment numbers are available) stood at 3.54, indicating that there are close to 4 unemployed workers for every online advertised vacancy.  Nationally, there are 10 million more unemployed workers than advertised vacancies.  The number of advertised vacancies exceeded the number of unemployed only in North Dakota, where the Supply/Demand rate was 0.89.  States with the next lowest rates included South Dakota (1.46), Nebraska(1.52), Vermont (1.71), Alaska (1.78), and New Hampshire (1.95). The State with the highest Supply/Demand rate is Mississippi (7.73), where there are close to 8 unemployed workers for every online advertised vacancy. There are a few other States in which there are at least five unemployed for every advertised vacancy.  These include South Carolina (5.17), California (5.08), Kentucky (5.01), and Alabama(5.00).It should be noted that the Supply/Demand rate only provides a measure of relative tightness of the individual State labor markets and does not suggest that the occupations of the unemployed directly align with the occupations of the advertised vacancies (see Occupational Highlights section).OCCUPATIONAL HIGHLIGHTSIn October:Demand for Office and Administrative Support shows an upward bounceAds for Production workers and Sales staff level off following several months of declinesChanges for the Month of OctoberIn October, twelve of the twenty-two Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC codes) that are reported separately declined while nine posted some gains and one, Community and Social Services, was unchanged.  For most of the occupational categories the October change, whether up or down, was modest.  Among the top 10 occupation groups with the largest numbers of online advertised vacancies, demand forOffice and Administrative Support occupations rose 30,100 to 468,700.  This followed a September rise of 17,000.  Occupations that underwent increases in October included Receptionists and Information Clerks, Customer Service Representatives, and Executive Secretaries and Administrative Assistants. The number of unemployed in these occupations remains above the number of advertised vacancies with nearly 4 (3.81) unemployed for every advertised vacancy.Healthcare Practitioners and Technical occupations, in contrast, posted the largest decrease, 25,000, to 506,600.  Largely responsible for the drop were decreased advertised vacancies for Registered Nurses and Family and General Practitioners. However, the number of advertised vacancies in this occupational category continues to outnumber job-seekers by 2.6 to one (0.38 S/D based on September data, the latest unemployment data available).Labor demand for Management workers also declined in October, down 6,000 to 371,800, led largely by a decrease in demand for Medical and Health Services Managers and Marketing Managers. Demand for workers in this occupational category has fallen 96,000 since May.  There are close to 2 unemployed for every advertised vacancy in this occupational category (S/D of 1.91).Two occupations posting increases in October included Transportation and Material Moving and Sales and Related.  Demand for Transportation and Material Moving workers rose 8,900 to 198,900.  This increase was led by an increase in demand for Truck Drivers.  The number of unemployed in this occupational category continues to outnumber the number of advertised vacancies by close to 6 to 1 (S/D of 5.58).  Labor demand for Sales and Related workers rose 8,700 to 510,700. This increase, following a September drop of nearly 20,000, was led by an increase in demand for Retail Salespeople. The number of unemployed in this occupational category continues to outnumber the number of advertised vacancies by about 3 to 1 (S/D of 3.11).Longer View of Labor Demand for Selected Occupations”Looking at the 22 broad occupational categories over the ten months of 2011, the patterns for labor demand have been quite different, with some occupations easier to categorize in terms of their trend than others,” said Shelp.  Construction and Extraction, for example, has had a very slow but relatively steady increase throughout 2011; it has risen an average of 2,000 a month to 76,600 in October. The demand for Legal occupations, on the other hand, after stalling in early 2010, has declined rather sharply in the last seven months; it has dropped an average of 946 ads/month to 21,200 advertised vacancies in October. Other occupations that have lost ground in the last few months and continue their slide in October include Architecture and Engineering; Healthcare Support; Management; Life, Physical and Social Sciences; Community and Social Services and Computer and Mathematical.  “For other occupations, we will need another few months to tell if demand is stabilizing,” said Shelp.  For example, demand for Production workers, (117,000 advertised vacancies in October) is closely in line with the September level; it declined only 247, which is a hopeful sign that demand is stabilizing. “The increased demand for Office and Administrative Support in the last two months (+47,000) is positive note,” adds Shelp, “but the monthly average throughout 2011, at 456,000/month, is a level that is 117,600 fewer ads per month than in 2007.”      For the job-seeker, the difficulty of finding a job is a factor of the number of openings as well as the number of people seeking work in that profession. The broad occupational groups that can be termed “favorable,” where there are more advertised vacancies than unemployed people seeking positions, includeComputer and Math, Healthcare Practitioners and Technical, and Life, Physical and Social Sciences. Occupations where finding a position is more challenging and where there are more unemployed than advertised vacancies include Construction (18.9 unemployed for every available opening);  Food Preparation and Serving (9.6); and Production Work and Personal Care, both with over 8 unemployed for every available opening.  METRO AREA HIGHLIGHTSWashington, D.C., Oklahoma City, Boston, and Minneapolis-St. Paul have the lowest Supply/Demand ratesIn October, 38 of the 52 metropolitan areas for which data are reported separately posted over-the-year increases in the number of online advertised vacancies.  Among the three metro areas with the largest numbers of advertised vacancies, the New York metro area was down 5,600, or 2.2 percent, from itsOctober 2010 level and the Washington, DC metro area was down 3,600, or 2.5 percent, from last year.  In contrast, the Los Angeles metro area was up 2,900, or 1.9 percent, from last year’s level.The number of unemployed exceeded the number of advertised vacancies in all of the 52 metro areas for which information is reported separately. Washington, DC continues to have the most favorable Supply/Demand rate (1.30) with about one advertised vacancy for every unemployed worker. Oklahoma City, Boston, Minneapolis- St. Paul, and Honolulu were metropolitan locations where there were fewer than two unemployed looking for work for every advertised vacancy. On the other hand, metro areas in which the respective number of unemployed is substantially above the number of online advertised vacancies include Riverside, CA ‘ where there are nearly nine unemployed people for every advertised vacancy (8.94) ‘ Miami (5.84), Sacramento (5.14), Los Angeles (4.71), Detroit (4.67), and Las Vegas(4.63).  Supply/Demand rate data are for August 2011, the latest month for which unemployment data for local areas are available.PROGRAM NOTESThe Conference Board Help Wanted OnLine ® Data Series measures the number of new, first-time online jobs and jobs reposted from the previous month on more than 1,200 major Internet job sites and smaller job sites that serve niche markets and smaller geographic areas.Like The Conference Board’s long-running Help Wanted Advertising Index of print ads (which was published for over 55 years and discontinued in October 2008 but continues to be available for research), the new online series is not a direct measure of job vacancies. The level of ads in print and online can change for reasons not related to overall job demand.With the December 1, 2008 release, HWOL began providing seasonally adjusted data for the U.S., the nine Census regions and the 50 States. Seasonally adjusted data for occupations were provided beginning with the December 2009 release. This data series, for which the earliest data are for September 2005, continues to publish not seasonally adjusted data for 52 large metropolitan areas.People using this data are urged to review the information on the database and methodology available on The Conference Board website and contact us with questions and comments. Background information and technical notes and discussion of revisions to the series are available at: is external).The underlying online job listings data for this series is provided by Wanted Technologies Corporation.  Additional information on the Bureau of Labor Statistics data used in this release can be found on the BLS website, is external).The Conference BoardThe Conference Board is a global, independent business membership and research association working in the public interest. Our mission is unique: To provide the world’s leading organizations with the practical knowledge they need to improve their performance and better serve society. The Conference Board is a non-advocacy, not-for-profit entity holding 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt status in the United States.WANTED Technologies Corporation.WANTED is a leading supplier of real-time sales and business intelligence solutions for the media classified and recruitment industries. Using its proprietary On-Demand data mining, lead generation and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) integrated technologies, WANTED aggregates real-time data from thousands of online job sites, real estate and newspaper sites, as well as corporate websites on a daily basis. WANTED’s data is used to optimize sales and to implement marketing strategies within the classified ad departments of major media organizations, as well as by staffing firms, advertising agencies and human resources specialists. For more information, please visit: is external).  SOURCE The Conference Board 31-Oct-2011last_img read more

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The Imprint of Colombian Soldiers on PANAMAX 2012

first_imgBy Dialogo August 16, 2012 What a nice experience and I am so proud that this soldier, General Soto, is representing Colombia with the experience and knowledge of his long years of service. Hooray for the soldiers of Colombia. Major General Pedro León Soto Suárez paced the room with his gaze fixed on the map of the Panama Canal, listening to his advisors firing questions left and right. In recent days, he has eaten in a hurry, slept at times and played the game of war as though it was a real combat of life and death. Beginning more than a week ago, when military exercise PANAMAX 2012 began, the Colombian General has been leading a multinational army from his headquarters at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. From there, he directs a mock war against a fictional enemy bent on sowing terror and destroying a strategic point of the global economy and one of the most striking jewels in the history of humanity. Organized annually by the United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), PANAMAX’s objective is to test a joint regional response -to protect the Panama Canal from a natural disaster or terrorist attack. In previous years, the exercise has been carried out with boats and airplanes; this time, however, it is a strenuous virtual exercise, that requires hours of intensive work from the part of 17 partner nations. Still, amid the roar of “combat”, Maj. Gen. Soto, made a strategic pause to chat with Diálogo. Around him, his army continued to respond to hypothetical threats, designed to test their capacity to react to a real emergency and attempt to prevent it. Diálogo: General Soto, could you tell us the specific role you play in representing Colombia during PANAMAX 2012? Major General Pedro León Soto Suarez: Currently, I serve as the commander of the Combined Force Land Component, as part of a coalition with which we work in coordination with the host unit, the United States Army. PANAMAX is an exercise that is carried out with the intention of providing security to our Panama Canal, which is a vital commercial center and critical trade route, and one of the more strategic pieces of infrastructure in the global economy. Basically, we collaborate jointly with a staff consisting of different countries taking part in the exercise at this time. Together, we develop and conduct operations in each of our designated theaters of operation. These activities are intended to achieve objectives channeled to train all personnel involved in joint and combined operations, first. Then, we also expect to integrate the different armies and infantry units under my command during the exercise. The third objective is the development of an operational concept of everything related to medical assistance and services. In addition, as in all military activity, you work toward producing efficient intelligence for future operational developments. Furthermore, we carry out interagency and coordination programs, with each of the states that participate in this activity, and finally, develop coordinated operations on land and at sea with the Air Force and Navy. Diálogo: Is this your first time participating in PANAMAX? What does it mean for you and for Colombia to be at the helm of land operations during the multinational exercise? Maj. Gen. Soto: It is the first time that I’ve been to the United States to participate in PANAMAX, but I have already collaborated in other opportunities in Colombia. With regard to what this participation means… militarily, it is an immense honor, it is a challenge that not every general has the opportunity to experience. It represents a crucial moment in my career, that’s why I took it. As commander of the exercise’s land component, I am very proud to be able to demonstrate our capabilities to face each and every one of today’s threats, and assume these challenges in a joint effort with representatives from other countries. As a representative of my beloved country, Colombia, it is important to show the camaraderie and unity in the pursuit of common regional goals in order to make our American continent accessible to everyone, make it a place where you can breathe peace and freedom. Diálogo: Colombia brings a very particular experience to the land component of the exercise. What specific contribution does the military of your country bring to PANAMAX 2012? Maj. Gen.Soto: From the perspective of the Colombian military, we have an opportunity to showcase our experiences -not only in conflict resolution, but in the way we face the threat. It has been a tough road we’ve had to travel for over 50 years; we have suffered the toughest rigors of war, where many of our men have been sacrificed for a very commendable cause, the defense of our country and the protection of our people. The training of Colombian soldiers during the years in conflict has provided us with great knowledge of what a true soldier is, and what it is to fight and to devote oneself not only to a territory and for a nation, but also for the defense of citizens in general. No one but the soldier who bears the deepest scars of war can tell the story of a country. I believe that is our main contribution to PANAMAX. In the end, we will leave behind the imprint of the Colombian soldier. Diálogo: For the first time, PANAMAX is being carried out as a virtual exercise. Does this make it more difficult, more interesting…? Maj. Gen.Soto: The fact that the exercise is virtual provides an opportunity to consider the smallest details, taking into account the rules of international law regarding armed conflict, respect for human rights, International Humanitarian Law, and compliance with the rules of war and engagement. Despite the fact that it is virtual, it is as though we were actually driving and moving our units in battle. It is a great learning experience that will prepare us for the possibility of it becoming a reality. Diálogo: Hopefully it won’t become necessary! Maj. Gen. Soto: That’s right. That is the ideal condition, that we continue to live and maintain the tranquility that we have at this moment, and that those that are used to living at the edge of the law realize that abiding by it is the best path. last_img read more

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Panama, Colombia Join Efforts at their Border Against Transnational Crime

first_imgBy Julieta Pelcastre July 19, 2019 The Panamanian National Border Service (SENAFRONT, in Spanish) and the Armed Forces of Colombia updated and evaluated their security operations in the fight against organized crime. The XV Panama-Colombia Regional Border Commanders Meeting took place April 23-26, 2019, in Panama City.“This cooperation strengthens our capabilities to counter organized crime with a common approach, a unified doctrine, and directly focused resourcing,” Commissioner Eric Eduardo Estrada Delgado, SENAFRONT general director, told Diálogo. “It allows for timely, effective coordination from both countries’ armed and police forces.”The operational outcome indicated that criminal structures of the Clan del Golfo, the National Liberation Army, and dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia were weakened. Authorities blocked the criminal mobility routes of Colombia’s largest gangs and reduced their influence in indigenous sectors.“Although transnational threats work together, we hit their armed, logistics, and command and control components,” said Comm. Estrada. “Our actions forced these criminal structures to reformulate all their criminal activities.”The results reinforced military and intelligence information exchange mechanisms. Authorities succeeded in securing the border area, all with help from U.S. Southern Command, allowing for more focused, dynamic, and provisional efforts from Panama and Colombia, the Colombian Military Forces General Command told the press. “From January to May 2019, authorities captured 100 people connected to drug and human trafficking; 10 of the detainees were leaders of the Clan del Golfo,” Comm. Estrada added.Agreements reachedParticipants agreed to increase special operations and the presence of land and naval security forces. They will also increase interdiction operations for crimes related to illegal immigration and human trafficking, which  criminal gangs control.“Cooperation is successful because plans and agreements reached in every meeting are enforced and have continuity,” Comm. Estrada said. “Work is reinforced with studies to understand changes in crime, in the same way as social dynamics, which allows for anticipated action plans to confront threats.”Major instrument The hard-to-reach Darien jungle, an ideal illegal migration route and narcotrafficking area, is the main challenge for military and security forces. To improve operations, authorities rely on the Intelligence Fusion Center, which gathers Colombian Army members and SENAFRONT experts.Panama has the Punusa Intermediate Operational Base to deploy operations within the jungle and to immediately counter any warning detected, while Colombia has three military bases in strategic locations. “Everybody’s experience is the main instrument to win the war against organized crime,” Comm. Estrada said.last_img read more

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Regulators: Don’t be afraid to innovate when it comes to BSA compliance

first_img continue reading » Federal financial regulators, including the NCUA, recently issued a joint statement encouraging banks and credit unions to “consider, evaluate and where appropriate responsibly implement innovative approaches” to meet their BSA compliance obligations.Here are my takeaways, but please read the memo and decide for yourself how best to integrate this joint statement into your compliance framework if you think it’s appropriate.Developing technology, such as artificial intelligence, is well-suited for helping credit unions enhance their BSA programs.Far from discouraging innovative approaches, regulators are encouraging pilot programs to test and validate the effectiveness of these new approaches. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Indonesia reports 100th human H5N1 case

first_imgJun 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s toll of people struck by H5N1 avian influenza has risen to 100, including 80 deaths, with the report that a 26-year-old man from Sumatra died of the disease on Jun 12.The Indonesian health ministry said the man from Riau province fell ill on Jun 3 and was hospitalized Jun 6, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement today. Investigators found he had been exposed to sick and dead poultry, the statement said.The case pushed the WHO’s global H5N1 count to 313 cases with 191 deaths. However, four cases reported recently by Vietnam have not yet been confirmed by the WHO.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report on the Sumatra man’s case yesterday differed from the WHO statement in some details. The story, quoting a hospital official, listed his age as 29 and said he had been hospitalized Jun 11 after being sick for a week.The hospital official, Azizman Daan, told AFP the man had slaughtered and cooked a sick chicken after 3 of his 5 chickens died.Indonesia’s first human H5N1 illness cases were reported in July 2005. The country only recently surpassed Vietnam for having the greatest number of cases. By the WHO count, Vietnam has had 93 cases and 42 deaths.See also:Jun 15 WHO statement read more

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Didier Drogba agrees with Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger over 2019 Ballon d’Or winner

first_imgDidier Drogba agrees with Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger over 2019 Ballon d’Or winner Comment Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane is up for the award (Picture: Getty)Speaking earlier in the month, Arsenal legend Wenger was asked who should win the Ballon d’Or award and said: ‘Mane was the outstanding character.ADVERTISEMENT‘I would say – because he is a fighter… and efficient. He’s not scared of anybody. At the moment, he deserves huge credit.’AdvertisementAdvertisementThe likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk have been nominated for the Ballon d’Or but Chelsea hero Drogba also believes Mane deserves the accolade.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked for his favourite to win the award, Drogba told Paris Match: ‘Sadio Mane.‘For the AFCON, the Champions League, and the league championship. What he does in the Premier League, very few players are able to do it.‘It is possible, but it would have been possible [for others to win] well before. There are many players who have represented well the African continent, like Samuel Eto’o. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Oct 2019 11:40 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Didier Drogba has agreed with Arsene Wenger over the 2019 Ballon d’Or award (Picture: Getty)Didier Drogba has endorsed Arsene Wenger’s view that Liverpool forward Sadio Mane should win the 2019 Ballon d’Or.Senegal star Mane has developed into one of the best players in the world since joining Liverpool from Southampton three years ago.The 27-year-old has scored 68 goals in 137 appearances for the Reds and helped the club win the Champions League and finish second in the Premier League last season. Arsene Wenger believes the Reds star has done enough this year (Picture: Getty)‘What is a pity is that when we talk about African players, we talk about the continent, we do not speak of a country.‘We will never say ‘Kylian Mbappe represents the European continent’. It is a small shift [in mentality] that is present.‘But to return to the question, it would be really nice that Sadio, or even Salah and Aubameyang continue to raise their level of play to hope to win this trophy.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moveslast_img read more

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Saipem employees ‘stay at home’ over coronavirus fears in Italy

first_imgFollowing confirmed cases of coronavirus in Italy, the Italian oilfield contractor Saipem has advised its employees to stay at home. Saipem has also canceled and reduced to the minimum all missions to and from the risk areas abroad.As reported by The New York Times on Sunday, the country announced more than 150 cases, many in the densely populated region around Milan, as officials closed schools and canceled Venice’s carnival celebrations.Saipem said on Monday that, following confirmed cases of CoronaVirus (Covid-19) to date on Italian territory and in particular in Lombardy, it had immediately activated itself to guarantee maximum health and safety for its employees, customers, and suppliers, in compliance with the indications of the Ministry of Health and the Regions involved.Since Friday, February 21, all employees with residence in the municipalities indicated by the regions involved have been invited to stay at their home, avoiding social interactions, Saipem said.“Saipem’s Health and Occupational Medicine structure is in contact with all the people involved through a direct communication channel to provide them with prompt indications and the best possible assistance,” Saipem said.In addition, as a further safety action on top of those already in place, the work areas of the Milanese offices have been sanitized during the weekend of February 22 and 23, with specific viricidal and bactericidal products. The same action will be repeated daily in all Saipem workplaces.At the same time, all missions abroad, to and from risk areas, are canceled and reduced to the minimum, Saipem noted.In addition, through the WHO (World Health Organization), the possible occurrence of further limitations against travelers to and from Italy is monitored and will be promptly notified.Finally, the company has activated an assessment aimed at reducing the physical presence in the office, while maintaining business continuity.“We will take care to further communicate and update, both internally and externally, in real time on the situation developments,” Saipem concluded.last_img read more

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COVID-19 found in semen – study

first_imgA study by doctors at China’s Shangqiu Municipal Hospital of 38 men hospitalised with the disease found that six of them, or 16 percent, tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 in their semen. “However, we should not be surprised if the virus which causes COVID-19 is found in the semen of some men, since this has been shown with many other viruses such as Ebola and Zika,” he said. “If it could be proved that SARS-CoV-2 can be transmitted sexually … (that) might be a critical part of the prevention,” they said, “especially considering the fact that SARS-CoV-2 was detected in the semen of recovering patients.” The researchers said that while the findings were preliminary and based on only a small number of infected men, more research is needed to see whether sexual transmission might play a role in the spreading COVID-19 pandemic. SHUTTERSTOCK Chinese researchers who tested sperm of men infected with #COVID-19 found that a minority of them had the new coronavirus in their semen, opening up a small chance the disease could be transmitted sexually, scientists said on Thursday. A previous small study of 12 COVID-19 patients in China in February and March found that all of them tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 in semen samples.center_img Allan Pacey, a professor of andrology at Britain’s Sheffield University, said the studies should not be seen as conclusive, since there were some technical difficulties in testing semen for viruses. He said the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in sperm did not show whether it is active and capable of causing infection. Sheena Lewis, a professor of reproductive medicine at Queen’s University Belfast, stressed that this was a “very small study” and said its findings were in keeping with other small studies showing low or no SARS-CoV-2 in tests of semen samples. “Further studies are required with respect to the detailed information about virus shedding, survival time and concentration in semen,” the team wrote in a study published in JAMA Network Open. Independent experts said the findings were interesting but should be viewed with caution and in the context of other small studies that have not found the new coronavirus in sperm. “However, the long-term effects of SARS-CoV-2 on male reproduction are not yet known,” she said. (Reuters)last_img read more

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First baby arrives at Margaret Mary Health

first_imgBatesville, In. — The first baby of 2019 at Margaret Mary Health arrived at 8:40 a.m. on January 1.Noah Allen Satchwill, of Milan, was delivered by Emily Housley, MD, his parents are Kelsey Pindell and Jacob Satchwill. He weighed 6 lbs., 5 oz. and was 18 inches long. Noah was welcomed by big brother, Owen, 3.last_img

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Other Sports Mary Kom, Nikhat Zareen headed for possible semifinal bout; 10 Indians assured of medals

first_img“We have at least a couple of Indian boxers in each category and the competition is very close. It will be a very interesting tournament and the exposure for the boxers will stand them in good stead ahead of the World Championships,” Raffaele Bergamasco, the Performance Director of Indian women’s boxing, said.Men’s 52kg and 56kg categories have at least three Indian medal hopes. In 56kg, while Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht, Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Mohammed Hussamuddin and World Championships bronze medallist Gaurav Bidhuri will be vying for a podium finish, while in 52kg Panghal, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Gaurav Solanki and GeeBee Boxing tournament bronze medallist Sachin Siwach will be aiming for top honours.”We have World Championships medallist in Gaurav Bidhuri in 56kg, Hussamuddin has done really well and Kavinder just won the silver at the Asian Championships. In 52kg, Solanki just won a gold in Poland while Amit and Sachin are there. Each of them is competing against each other.”So it will be a tough competition within the countrymen as well as with the foreign boxers. It will be a great experience for the boxers with such high level of competition,” India’s chief performance director said. Meanwhile, Nikhat Zareen recently finished with bronze medal at Asian Boxing Championship. Further, Nikhat is in top form and is eyeing for Olympic spot and India’s boxing sensation Mary Kom will have a tough competition in the same category. (With Inputs: PTI) For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Six-time world champion Mary Kom may have a possible semi-final face-off with Asian Championships bronze medallist Nikhat Zareen in 51kg in the second Indian Open boxing tournament, which got underway here Monday. As per the draw, released on Sunday, Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg) could have a hassle-free route to the final, where he is likely to take on Asian Games silver medallist Rogen Siaga Ladon of Philippines.As many as 10 Indian boxers are already confirmed of a medal each with six in men and four in women entering the semi-finals straightaway because of the smaller size of the draw.Brijesh Yadav and Sanjay are already in the 81kg semi-finals, and so are Naman Tanwar and Sanjeet in 91kg while Satish Kumar and Atul Thakur are in +91kg. In women’s boxing, Lovlina Borgohain and Anjali are already assured of medals in 69kg while Bhagyabati Kachari and Saweety Boora are through to the last-four in 75kg by virtue of a first round bye.last_img read more

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