NDSL Changes Command aboard USS Midway Museum

first_imgNavy Drug Screening Laboratory (NDSL), San Diego held a change of command ceremony, Sept. 5. View post tag: USS Midway Museum View post tag: Navy NDSL Changes Command aboard USS Midway Museum View post tag: Command View post tag: americas September 10, 2014 Authorities Share this article Lt. Cmdr. Matthew H. Jamerson relieved Capt. Lisa K. Kennemur as commanding officer. More than 100 Navy personnel, civilian staff, friends and family members gathered on board the USS Midway Museum for the ceremony.Capt. Scott R. Jonson, commanding officer of the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center, Portsmouth, Virginia, served as the guest speaker. Jonson spoke about the accomplishments of Kennemur during her time as the NDSL commanding officer, and recognized the remarkable performance of the staff and leadership of NDSL San Diego over the past two years.“During Capt. Kennemur’s watch, the San Diego Navy Drug Screening Lab tested and reported results over 1.6 million specimens and supported over 200 legal proceedings with expert witness testimonies,” said Jonson. “Her efforts ensured Navy and Marine Corps commanders had timely and legally defensible results to take action against Service members who tested positive for illicit drug use.”During her remarks, Kennemur, whose promotion ceremony was one day prior to this ceremony, acknowledged the hard work and dedication of the NDSL San Diego staff.Kennemur was appointed by the Navy’s Surgeon General to serve as the next Radiation Health Specialty Leader at the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery located in Falls Church, Virginia. Kennemur is the first female officer to be appointed to this leadership role in the Radiation Health Community’s 67 year history.The incoming commanding officer, Jamerson, was approved by the Navy’s surgeon general to fleet-up from his position as executive officer, NDSL San Diego.[mappress]Press Release, September 10, 2014; Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today NDSL Changes Command aboard USS Midway Museum View post tag: NDSL View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: changeslast_img read more

Editorial: A Renewable Energy Boom

first_imgEditorial: A Renewable Energy Boom FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享From the New York Times:Some world leaders, especially in developing countries like India, have long said it’s hard to reduce the emissions that are warming the planet because they need to use relatively inexpensive — but highly carbon-intensive — fuels like coal to keep energy affordable. That argument is losing its salience as the cost of renewable energy sources like wind and solar continues to fall.Last year, for the first time, renewables accounted for a majority of new electricity-generating capacity added around the world, according to a recent United Nations report. More than half the $286 billion invested in wind, solar and other renewables occurred in emerging markets like China, India and Brazil — also for the first time. Excluding large hydroelectric plants, 10.3 percent of all electricity generated globally in 2015 came from renewables, roughly double the amount in 2007, according to the report.The average global cost of generating electricity from solar panels fell 61 percent between 2009 and 2015 and 14 percent for land-based wind turbines. In sunny parts of the world like India and Dubai, developers of solar farms have recently offered to sell electricity for less than half the global average price. In November, the accounting firm KPMG predicted that by 2020 solar energy in India could be 10 percent cheaper than electricity generated by burning coal.These are all hopeful signs. They suggest that reductions in carbon emissions can be achieved more quickly and more cheaply than widely believed. And they provide hope that nations will be able to achieve the ambitious goals they set for themselves at last December’s climate summit meeting in Paris — to keep warming below the threshold beyond which the world will be locked into a future of devastating consequences, including rising sea levels, severe droughts and flooding, widespread food and water shortages and more destructive storms.Replacing coal-fired plants or avoiding new ones will have major health benefits as well, especially in heavily polluted cities in China and India where ground-level pollutants like soot and smog make the simple act of breathing a major undertaking. Those benefits will be even greater as gasoline-powered cars are replaced with electric vehicles that draw power from wind and solar farms.Formidable obstacles to the cleaner energy future envisioned in Paris remain. One is technological: Batteries capable of storing energy for use when the sun is not shining and the wind isn’t blowing are still quite expensive, though their costs are falling. Another is financial: Despite increased private investment in renewables, the United States and other industrialized countries have not lived up to their pledge at the Copenhagen conference in 2009 to provide $100 billion a year to underwrite climate projects in poorer countries. Negotiators in Paris gave themselves until 2025 to come up with a new financing goal.A third obstacle is political. It’s clear that imposing a price on fossil fuels would encourage investment in cleaner fuels. A carbon tax has cut emissions in British Columbia; India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed doubling a tax on coal; China has promised a national emissions trading system. But carbon taxes remain a nonstarter in the United States.The falling cost of renewables is a clear plus. The prospect of keeping energy affordable while saving the planet should inspire leaders to bolder action.A Renewable Energy Boomlast_img read more

‘It is not COVID-19’: Indonesian health official mixes up disease and virus

first_imgThe International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), which is responsible for naming and classifying new viruses, announced on Feb. 11 that the virus that causes COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) “has been named ‘severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2’ (SARS-CoV-2)”.The World Health Organization has also published a special webpage on naming the new coronavirus, which states that “the virus responsible for COVID-19” is named “severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)”. The subsequent section has the subheading “Why do the virus and the disease have different names?”, and provides a clear explanation.On Feb. 22, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government announced that the Japanese man was a Tokyo resident in his 60s. In related news published the same day, national broadcaster NHK reported that the man was diagnosed on Feb. 19 upon his return from a family vacation in Indonesia, but did not specify the local destination. It also said that he had gone to a medical facility on Feb. 12 with “cold-like symptoms”.Read also: BREAKING: Japanese man tests positive for COVID-19 after Indonesia visit: ReportYurianto said that while the man was in Indonesia, he had only visited Bali and had not shown any symptoms of COVID-19.Meanwhile, Omni Hospital Pulomas vaccinologist Dirga Sakti Rambe said that similar cases could be going undetected, as several cases had been reported of people infected with SARS-CoV-2 who had not shown any symptoms of COVID-19.“[Asymptomatic] cases like this would not be detected at any airport around the world. This is what makes COVID-19 management difficult,” Dirga told the Post.Although ports of entry like airports should check the temperature of passengers according to guidance from the WHO, cases of infection could still miss detection, he said.“This is not the fault of the airport’s detection system, but the character of this disease. It is getting harder to control the outbreak because of asymptomatic transmission,” said Dirga. “That’s why it must be followed up, where he went, etc. Ideally, we should be tracking his [close] contacts.”On Monday, NHK reported that the Tokyo government had identified around 80 people as the man’s close contacts and instructed them to remain at home in self-quarantine, and that it was continuing to surveil their condition.Topics : A Health Ministry official said on Monday that the Japanese national who tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon his return from a trip to Indonesia was “not a case of COVID-19”.Secretary Achmad Yurianto of the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general said that according to Japanese authorities, the man was infected with “Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2″ – or SARS-CoV-2 – and insisted that SARS-CoV-2 was different from COVID-19.“There [in Japan], he was diagnosed by doctors to have been infected with SARS coronavirus type 2,” Yurianto told The Jakarta Post on Monday. When the Post asked Yurianto to elaborate on his insistence that the Japanese man did not have COVID-19 despite testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, he maintained his earlier statement.In an earlier interview with kompas.com, Yurianto claimed that coronavirus disease 2019, officially named COVID-19, was different from SARS-CoV-2.”What we have now is a COVID-19 epidemic. There are experts saying that COVID-19 is different from SARS CoV-2, and that the differences reach 70 percent,” he said.Yurianto said he believed that the two were different because in dealing with Indonesian crew members of the Diamond Princess cruise ship, Japan had consistently referred to their illness as COVID-19 rather than saying that they had tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.last_img read more