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S&P: First quarter U.S. coal production at lowest level since 1981

first_imgS&P: First quarter U.S. coal production at lowest level since 1981 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The shoulder season is typically a slow period for coal demand, but the second quarter of this year presents a triple threat of unusually high coal inventories and plunging electricity demand due to the COVID-19 recession along with low natural gas prices. Regional spot markets for natural gas also trended lower during March, with Chicago trading an average of 22 cents/MMBtu below Henry Hub at $1.58/MMBtu. TCO Pool and TETCO M3 averaged 33 cents below Henry Hub at $1.47/MMBtu. SoCal Border traded 17 cents/MMBtu below Henry Hub, at $1.62/MMBtu.Coal inventories rose 4.6% during January at a time when they are normally drawn down against competitive pricing to natural gas and higher winter demand in the Mid-South and Southeast. The U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, estimated stockpiles at 134 million tons, an increase of 6 million tons over December 2019. With coal burn likely down in February and March, inventories may continue to grow, further slackening shoulder season coal demand. S&P Global Market Intelligence estimates normal levels at 108 million tons, indicating a 26 million ton surplus that will likely have shippers reducing to minimum takes during the second quarter.Powder River Basin coal prices have trended lower through the winter and into 2020, as backed up inventories increasingly grip the market. Moreover, competition is forecast to intensify over the next two years, limiting opportunities for upward movement in prices. S&P Global Market Intelligence projects long-haul PRB 8800 to remain below $13 per ton through 2023, when natural gas prices begin to rise. The comparatively flat price outlook reflects forecast demand that declines more rapidly than the region’s productive capacity. The economic distress of some PRB operators last year forced some shut-in production, but mines may need to be further idled to create conditions for price support going forward. S&P Global Market Intelligence has estimated that long-haul PRB demand is resilient to natural gas spot prices ranging from $2.85-3.00/MMBtu, but the current forward strip for natural gas is below this level even through the next two winter seasons, with regional forwards lower still.Bituminous producers face even greater domestic demand pressure, forcing them to rely increasingly on export and metallurgical coal markets to offset revenue losses from low steam demand. Recent price weakness suggests that export demand is weakening as well.…If forecast prices remain much below $50/ton, production of lower-rank bituminous coal will need fall further. S&P Global Market Intelligence projects that the combination of natural gas prices and coal retirements will pressure generation demand, with eastern coal demand falling by 60 million tons (21%) from 2019-2023. Demand is projected to remain essentially flat after 2023, with Illinois Basin the only bituminous region forecast to increase production.For the four weeks ending March 21, coal shipments fell to an average of 10.5 million tons, 19.8% below March 2019. Lower shipments reflect surplus inventories and natural gas prices that weakened further during March and show no immediate prospects for improving. Based on weekly production estimates, first quarter of 2020 production came in at 151 million tons, lower than at any time reported by the EIA since 1981.[Steve Piper]More: U.S. quarterly coal production sinks to 50-year lowlast_img read more

May 15, 2003 On the Move

first_img May 15, 2003 Regular News Barry B. Byrd has become a shareholder with Pineiro, Wortman & Byrd, P.A., with offices at 7108 Fairway Dr., Ste. 225 Palm Beach Gardens 33418, telephone (561) 799-9280. He practices in real estate, banking, and general business and corporate transactions. Judith Ellis, formerly of the Law Office of Rex Golden, St. Petersburg, has joined the Tenth Judicial Circuit’s Public Defender’s Office with offices in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. She joins the office’s appellate division. Jonathan Meltz, former assistant public defender with the Law Offices of Bennett H. Brummer, has joined Zarco, Einhorn & Salkowski, P.A., with offices at 100 S.E. Second St., Ste. 2700, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 374-5418. He concentrates in the areas of franchise litigation, commercial litigation, and criminal law. Yohama Calles Gould has joined Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLC, with offices at 100 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa 33601, telephone (813) 223-7166. She concentrates in labor and employment law, representing management exclusively. Anna D. Torres has become a partner with Powers, McNalis & Torres, with offices at 2328 10th Ave. North, Lake Worth 33461, telephone (561) 588-3000. She practices in liability coverage, construction litigation, and third party insurance defense litigation. Bernard R. Mazaheri has become an assistant public defender with the Tenth Judicial Circuit’s Public Defender’s Office with offices in Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. Juan Carlos Ferrer, formerly of Akerman Senterfitt, has become a partner with, and G. Douglas Harper, formerly of G. Douglas Harper, P.A., has become associated with Harper Meyer & Perez, LLP, forming Harper Meyer Perez & Ferrer, LLP, with offices at 701 Brickell Ave., Ste. 1650, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 577-3443. Both concentrate in international, commercial, business, and real estate matters. James P. Dawson has joined August & Kalunas, P.A., with offices at One Clearlake Centre, 250 Australian Ave. South, Ste. 1100, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561) 835-9600. He practices in tax law. Peter Leavitt, former supreme court justice in Westchester County, New York, has joined Alternative Resolution Consultants, with offices at 777 S. Flagler Dr., Ste. 800, West Tower, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561) 515-6044. Denise O. Simpson announces the formation of Denise O. Simpson, P.A., with offices located at 96 Willard St., Ste. 206, Cocoa 32922, telephone (321) 636-9119. She practices in the areas of appeals, criminal defense, immigration, and family law. Tracy T. Segal has become an associate with Akerman Senterfitt, with offices at Esperante Building, 222 Lakeview Ave., Ste. 400, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561) 653-5000. She concentrates in commercial litigation. Norman B. Waara has joined Levin, Tannenbaum, Wolff, Band, Gates & Pugh, with offices at 1680 Fruitville Rd., Ste. 102, Sarasota 34236, telephone (941) 316-0111. He concentrates in civil litigation with an emphasis in insurance, business, and construction law. Michael T. Lynott, former assistant general counsel with Ryder System Inc., has joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP, with offices at 1221 Brickell Ave., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 579-0500. He practices in the area of real estate. David S. Nelson has joined the Law Offices of Barr, Murman, Tonelli, Slother & Sleet, with offices at 201 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1700, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 223-3951. He practices in the areas of medical malpractice defense, products liability, and appeals. William L. Joel has joined Akerman Senterfitt with offices at 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 2500, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 798-3700. He practices in commercial litigation, real estate and creditors’ rights. Len Rubin has joined Boose Casey Ciklin Lubitz Martens McBane & O’Connell, with offices at Northbridge Tower 1, 19th floor, 515 N. Flagler St., West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561) 832-5900. He practices in government law, with an emphasis in zoning, land use, and appeals. Maria C. Ferrao has joined Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., with offices at 1715 Monroe St., P.O. Box 280, Ft. Myers 33902, telephone (239) 334-4121. She concentrates in the areas of business and tax planning. Cynthia McPheeters Montgomery, most recently with Rogers & Hardin, LLP, Atlanta, has rejoined Akerman Senterfitt, with offices at 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 2500, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 798-3700. She joins the real estate practice group. Joseph J. Frank has joined White & Case, LLP, with offices at Wachovia Financial Center, 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 4900, Miami 33131, telephone (305) 371-2700. He concentrates in commercial trial practice, intellectual property antitrust and white collar criminal defense. Jeffery M. Wilkins has joined Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & Wein, P.A., with offices in the Wachovia Bank Building, 980 Tyrone Blvd., St. Petersburg 33710, telephone (727) 381-2300. He concentrates in civil and commercial litigation. Michael E. Kinney, formerly of Foley & Lardner, Tallahassee, has joined Hunton & Williams LLP, 1751 Pinnacle Dr., Ste. 1700, McLean, VA 22102, telephone (703) 714-7400. He concentrates in the areas of land use litigation and regulation and public/private partnership. Luis Martinez-Monfort has joined Mills Paskert Divers P.A., with offices located at 100 N. Tampa St., Ste. 2010, Tampa 33602, telephone (813)229-3500. He concentrates in creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law. Paul Angelo Bernardini, Jr., former assistant state attorney in the felony trial division, Daytona Beach, has joined the Law Office of Thomas E. O’Hara. He practices insurance defense exclusively on behalf of Mercury Insurance Group, 1901 Ulmerton Rd., Ste. 785, Clearwater 33762. Michael J. Wilson has joined Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz & Getzen, with offices at 200 S. Orange Ave., Sarasota 34326, telephone (941) 366-4800. He practices in the areas of federal, international, state, and local taxation. John L. Bischof and Thomas F. Brink, formerly of Butler Pappas Weihmuller Katz Craig LLP, have joined Fowler White Boggs Banker, with offices at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1700, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 228-7411. Bischof concentrates in civil litigation and Brink concentrates in all areas of insurance coverage. Robin Petronella Keener and Sarah E. Stith have joined Fowler White Boggs Banker with offices at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1700, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 228-7411. Both concentrate in all areas of insurance coverage Trevor G. Hawes has become associated with Hinshaw & Culbertson, with offices at 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 1800, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 359-9620. He practices in civil litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury, and commercial matters. Jeanette M. Lombardi announces the opening of Jeanette M. Lombardi, P.A., with offices at 3033 Riviera Dr., Ste. 202, Naples 34103, telephone (239) 261-7690. She concentrates in commercial and real estate law, wills and trusts, and civil litigation. Rebeca Alfaro Fenton, former staff attorney for Second District Court of Appeal Judge Chris W. Altenbernd, has joined Wenzel & Fenton, P.A., with offices in the Franklin Exchange Building, 633 North Franklin St., Suite 500, Tampa. She practices in the area of employment law. Ernesto A. Luciano announces the opening of rStar Corporation, with offices at 1560 Sawgrass Corporate Pkwy., Ste. 200, Sunrise 33323, telephone (954) 851-1859. He concentrates in international business transactions, U.S. securities law, and corporate law. Elizabeth Ann Morgan has joined Hunton & Williams, LLP, with offices at Bank of America Plaza, 600 Peachtree St., N.E., Ste. 4100, Atlanta 30308, telephone (404) 888-4000. She practices in trademark, copyright, and patent litigation. David P. Bloch, former prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, has become assistant chief litigation counsel with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement with offices at 450 5th St., N.W. Mail Stop 9-011, Washington D.C. 20549, telephone (202) 942-4675. May 15, 2003 On the Movelast_img read more

Hempstead Man Gets 25 to Life for Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A gunman was sentenced Tuesday to 25-years-to-life prison for shooting and killing a 20-year-old man outside the victim’s Hempstead home last year.Diquan McClough had been convicted in October at Nassau County court of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.Prosecutors said the 21-year-old fired six rounds from a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun at Quavis Ford in front of the victim’s apartment house on Terrace Avenue at 4:20 p.m. Dec. 8, 2012.Ford was hit three times—twice in the back and once in the left leg. He died hours later.McClough thought Ford had been involved in a previous shooting of McClough’s friend, authorities said.U.S. Marshals apprehended McClough a month later in Augusta, Ga.last_img read more

Credit union marketing headcount is not growing at the same pace as resource needs

first_img 249SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Nutt After graduating from Marquette University with degrees in Advertising and Spanish, Brian began his formal career managing the international sales strategy for Fire King International. In 1999, Brian was recruited … Web: www.gocodigo.com Details According to Codigo’s 2016 Anatomy of the Marketing Department, which surveyed over 150 financial institutions across the United States in the 4th Quarter of 2015, the number one challenge faced by a financial institutions marketing department is a lack of departmental resources. The report states that 33% of banks and 34% of credit unions said they need additional resources within their marketing team. Unfortunately, the request for more resources is being met with budget constraints as the second biggest challenge, likely causing financial institutions to be cautious about adding headcount.Codigo’s report asked institutions how many employees made up their marketing department, both three years ago and today. The overall weighted average three years ago was three total employees.  Today, the weighted average is improved slightly to four full-time employees in the marketing department. Next, Codigo asked these institutions about headcount additions.  64% of banks and 54% of credit unions say they are not adding headcount.The Anatomy of the Marketing Department report also shows that institutions reporting 1-3 employees have decreased 6.25% over the past three years. Consequently, banks and credit unions reported a 14% increase to marketing departments with 4 or more employees in 2016. Credit unions showed more growth than banks as they posted a 13% drop in the 1-3 employee range and 30% increase to 4 or more employees.Ultimately it seems that financial institutions are slowly addressing their challenge of a lack of resources by adding headcount.  Part of that challenge is not only a lack of funds but a new skillset being sought as financial institutions shift from a print ship and hang marketing approach to digital.  Find out more about this topic and many more by downloading the full report via the following link 2016 Anatomy of the Marketing Departmentlast_img read more

FinCEN proposal could remove AML exemption for some credit unions

first_img 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) published a proposed rule to remove the anti-money laundering (AML) program exemption for “banks” that lack a “federal functional regulator,” including, but not limited to, private banks, non-federally insured credit unions and certain trust companies. Comments are due by Oct. 24.Most financial institutions became subject to an AML program requirement under the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) with FinCEN’s issuance of an interim final rule in 2002. The interim final rule stated that an institution regulated by a federal functional regulator “shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of 31 U.S.C. 5318(h)(1) if it implements and maintains an [AML] program that complies with the regulation of its Federal functional regulator governing such programs.”“Federal functional regulator” includes the NCUA, each of the federal banking agencies, as well as the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. NCUA’s BSA-AML program requirements are found in Part 748.2 of the agency’s regulations. continue reading »last_img read more

Pertamina reaffirms IPO commitment

first_img “The shareholders’ aim is not privatization. This is not letting go of Pertamina’s shares but conducting an IPO of Pertamina’s subsidiaries,” she told lawmakers in Jakarta on June 22.Furthermore, she pointed out that, as per the 2001 Oil and Gas Law, all oil and gas fields in Indonesia belong to the state and not any particular company, including Pertamina.State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir first announced the IPO plan on June 12 following a shareholders meeting between the ministry and the oil company.“In the next two years, we expect Pertamina’s Bu Nicke to take one or two subholdings public in order to become more transparent and accountable,” he said. Going public will, for instance, require Pertamina to publish quarterly financial reports one month after each quarter ends, according to current regulations. The company has yet to publish its first quarter financial report this year.However, the IPO plan has been met with resistance by the company’s inhouse trade unions, the Federation of Pertamina United Labor Unions (FSPPB) and the Pertamina EP Trade Union (SPPEP).“State control is still very much needed to protect Pertamina from the oil and gas mafia that is rampant in the free market,” stated the FSPPB in a petition, which had 14,900 signatures as of Tuesday.The FSPPB previously rejected the formation of gas subholding PGN and the appointment of former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama as Pertamina commissioner.Meanwhile, SPPEP chairman Tata Musthafa said on June 18 that Pertamina EP’s union opposed the IPO plan “to safeguard Pertamina for the people’s welfare as stipulated by Article 33 of the 1945 Constitution.”Article 33 says that Indonesia’s natural resources must be controlled by the state. It does not, however, forbid IPOs, which have been conducted by many other national extractive companies such as PGN, coal miner PT Bukit Asam and tin miner PT Timah.The SPPEP also argued that an IPO might reduce non-tax state revenue from the oil and gas industry. Official data show the industry contributed Rp 115.1 trillion (US$8.13 billion) to state coffers last year, the largest contribution from among the energy sector.“We demand the company provide an explanation about PT Pertamina EP’s strategy in maintaining its company performance after the implementation of the holdings and subholdings,” Tata said.Topics : State-owned oil and gas giant Pertamina has reaffirmed plans for at least one subsidiary to go public within the next two years, despite resistance from its trade unions, as the company sets out to restructure its businesses.Pertamina recently announced it would restructure dozens of subsidiaries into five subholdings for upstream, refining, power, gas and trade to improve efficiency. Gas subholding PGN is already listed on the Indonesian Stock Exchange (IDX).The company is looking to make its upstream subholding, Pertamina EP, the next subsidiary to conduct an initial public offering (IPO), hinted Pertamina president director Nicke Widywati during a webinar hosted by Rakyat Merdeka newspaper on June 15.last_img read more

Cost transparency poses threat to asset managers, says Moody’s

first_img“Although adoption of the new cost templates is voluntary, we expect pressure from institutional investors to drive widespread adoption among asset managers, and those that resist the CTI initiative run the risk of losing business from their institutional clients,” Cremonese said.She also warned that the Financial Conduct Authority could make the code compulsory if the voluntary regime was shown to be ineffective.“The fees asset managers charge their institutional clients are already under competitive pressure, and are much lower than those paid by retail clients,” Cremonese said. “The introduction of standardised cost and fee disclosure will weigh further on asset managers’ margins, including those for more insulated, less liquid asset classes such as private equity.”The impact on managers would vary depending on the size, complexity and duration of mandates, she added. Providers able to offer “innovative investment solutions tailored to a client’s financial goals, that have a long track record of strong performance and provide the best value-for-money proposition” were more likely to be able to resist downward pressure on fees.Asset managers with “solid” balance sheets were also likely to do better as they could offer less liquid investment options, Cremonese said.Further reading The UK’s newly launched investment cost reporting templates could hurt asset managers’ business models and financial stability, according to credit rating agency Moody’s.The Cost Transparency Initiative (CTI) – created by pension funds and asset managers to develop the templates – launched its reporting models last week after nearly two years of work.Versions of the templates have already helped UK local authority pension funds identify millions of pounds of previously unreported costs, and it is hoped they will be rolled out across the country’s £2.1trn (€2.4trn) pension fund sector.However, Marina Cremonese, senior analyst at Moody’s, warned in a report this week that the initiative was “credit negative” for asset managers “because it will likely make their cost and fee structures more transparent and easier to compare, encouraging institutional investors to negotiate rebates”. Managers urged to comply with new cost disclosure templates Pensions minister Guy Opperman has warned that the government could legislate to enforce the new disclosure model if it is not embraced by investorsLGPS investment costs hit £1bn as cost code sheds light on feesLocal authority funds reported investment costs of just over £1bn for the 12 months to 31 March 2018, according to new dataPwC: Asset management costs to drop 20% by 2025Charges for all asset classes will fall significantly in the next few years as more remuneration becomes performance-basedlast_img read more

Are these the Gold Coast’s cheapest houses?

first_imgProperties under $300,000 are few and far between but there are bargains to be found on the Gold Coast.DESPERATE to buy a house but struggling to save enough cash for a deposit?Properties under $300,000 are few and far between these days but if you look hard enough, there are bargains to be found on the Gold Coast.First you have to filter out the properties in the holiday letting pool that can’t be lived in permanently as well as those in caravan parks and over 50s resorts.These are among the Coast’s best bargains: 31/125 Pappas Way, Nerang. Eco cabins at Couran Cove Resort, South Stradbroke Island. 31/125 Pappas Way, Nerang.Calling all first home buyers – this two-bedroom townhouse is neat and low maintenance.A combined lounge and dining room takes up most of the ground floor with a kitchen and laundry at the back of the house.Upstairs, there are two bedrooms, each of which have built-in wardrobes, and a shared bathroom.It’s listed with a price range between $245,000 and $265,000 while body corporate fees are about $57 per week.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 Eco cabins at Couran Cove Resort, South Stradbroke Island.If you have ever wanted an island holiday home or investment property, these eco cabins are a great start because they won’t break the bank.There are three on offer with an asking price of $150,000 each.The three-storey cabins have two bedrooms and two bathrooms and come fully furnished.Permanent rent for each cabin ranges between $300 and $350 per week while body corporate fees for each are about $6000 per year and council rates are about $2000 per year.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 10/400 Ruffles Rd, Willow Vale 10/400 Ruffles Rd, Willow Vale. 31/ 125 Pappas Way, Nerang 10/400 Ruffles Rd, Willow Vale.The hilltop property may be a little bit rundown but some tender love and care could transform it into a great first home, rental property or holiday accommodation.It has an open floorplan with combined kitchen and dining area, timber flooring throughout and a veranda with bushland views.The property’s only bedroom takes up the entire top floor and has a bathroom attached.It also has bottled gas hot water, split system airconditioning and a dishwasher.It’s listed for $207,500. Eco cabins, Couran Cove Resort on South Stradbroke Islandlast_img read more

Bomb Disposal Experts Killed In Benghazi

first_imgTwo Libyan army bomb disposal experts were killed today in Leithi as they were trying to diffuse booby-trap explosives left by members of the Islamist coalition, the Benghazi Revolutionaries’ Shoura Council (BRSC). They were deactivating a device in Khaleej Street when a rocket-propelled grenade was fried at them. Both died instantly. They have been named as Alkilani Mohamed Al-Farsi and Abdelali Al-Dresi.Otherwise, the city has been relatively quiet today compared to the heavy toll yesterday, although shells have continued to land randomly in various districts. Seven civilians were injured in such incidents and taken to Jalaa Hospital today.Yesterday, at least ten Libyan army soldiers were killed and 25 wounded in fighting, mainly in Leithi. BRSC casualties are unknown.In addition, two civilians died as a result of random incidents – one in Salmani as a result of a arbitrary missile landing, the other in the suburb of Driana, killed by a chance bullet. Missiles also landed in Hadaiq, Majouri and Buhdeima. As a result, local residents have been flowing to safer part of the city.Four people, including a Palestinian, were injured in such attacks in Salmani.last_img read more

Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint Ebola case confirmed in Glasgow by: BBC News – December 29, 2014 Share The woman is being treated in isolation at Gartnavel Hospital in GlasgowA healthcare worker who has just returned from West Africa has been diagnosed with Ebola and is being treated in hospital in Glasgow.The woman, who arrived from Sierra Leone on Sunday night, is in isolation at Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital.All possible contacts with the case are being investigated, including on flights to Scotland via Heathrow.The woman will be transferred to specialist high level isolation in London as soon as possible.At a news conference in Glasgow, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stressed that the risk to the general public was very low.She added that the patient was thought to have had contact with only one other person since arriving in the city, but that all passengers on the flights the woman took will be traced.Ms Sturgeon said: “Apart from other passengers on the flights and obviously the hospital staff since this patient’s admittance to hospital, she, the patient is thought to have had contact with only one other person in Scotland since returning to Scotland last night and that person will also be contacted and given appropriate reassurance.”Alisdair MacConachie, of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “She’s being managed in an isolation facility by staff who are comfortable managing patients in such a situation. She herself is quite stable and is not showing any great clinical concern at the minute.”NHS Scotland said infectious diseases procedures had been put into effect at the Brownlee Unit for Infectious Diseases at Gartnavel.Ebola is transmitted by direct contact with the bodily fluids – such as blood, vomit or faeces – of an infected person.The patient returned to Scotland from Sierra Leone late on Sunday via Casablanca and London Heathrow, arriving into Glasgow Airport on a British Airways flight at about 23:30.While public health experts have emphasised that the risks are negligible, a telephone helpline has been set up for anyone who was on the BA 1478 Heathrow to Glasgow flight. The number is: 08000 858531The woman had been admitted to hospital early on Monday morning after feeling unwell and was placed into isolation at 07.50.A British Airways spokesman said: “We are working closely with the health authorities in England and Scotland and will offer assistance with any information they require.“The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our top priority and the risk to people on board that individual flight is extremely low.”Ms Sturgeon has chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) and has also spoken to Prime Minister David Cameron.Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to chair a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee on Monday evening.According to UK and Scottish protocol for anyone diagnosed with Ebola, the patient will be transferred to the high level isolation unit in the Royal Free hospital, London.Ms Sturgeon said: “Our first thoughts at this time must be with the patient diagnosed with Ebola and their friends and family. I wish them a speedy recovery.“Scotland has been preparing for this possibility from the beginning of the outbreak in West Africa and I am confident that we are well prepared.”Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, said: “It is important to be reassured that although a case has been identified, the overall the risk to the public continues to be low.“We have robust, well-developed and well-tested NHS systems for managing unusual infectious diseases when they arise, supported by a wide range of experts. The UK system was prepared, and reacted as planned, when this case of Ebola was identified.” Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 187 Views   no discussionslast_img read more