The Machine Operators Skills Training Program (M.O.S.T.) is a pilot training program designed to prepare displaced, unemployed workers for careers as machine operators in advanced machine shops. Candidates selected for this free program participate in an intensive, two-week training process. Starting wages for CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine operators can range from $10 to $15 per hour.The Vermont Department of Labor (VT DOL) is now accepting applications for the M.O.S.T. program that begins in Bennington on May 8, 2006. Applicants are not required to have previous manufacturing or machining experience. Candidates who successfully complete the training will be eligible to fill current job openings in the Bennington area.The 10-day, accelerated curriculum includes Basic Math Skills, Basic Blueprint Reading, Mechanical Measurement and Quality Control, CNC Milling Technology, and hands-on CNC Programming and Machine Operation. All training is done in a mobile training center specially equipped with computers and desktop machining equipment. After completing the M.O.S.T. classroom training, successful participants selected for employment will receive 60 days of paid, on-the-job training.The M.O.S.T. program is being managed by the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center (VMEC) and the five other New England affiliates of the nationwide Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). M.O.S.T. is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The program was launched in Maine on February 8, 2006 and is now spreading to the other New England states.For more information or to apply for the M.O.S.T. program, contact Wendy Morse (802-442-6376) at the VT Department of Labor in Bennington.About VMECVMEC is a not-for-profit Center headquartered in Randolph Center whose mission is “To improve manufacturing in Vermont and strengthen the global competitiveness of the state’s manufacturers.” This is done through professional consulting, one-on-one coaching, and public and onsite workshops to help Vermont’s approximately 2,000 small and medium sized manufacturers increase their productivity, modernize their manufacturing and business processes, adopt advanced technologies, reduce costs, and improve their competitiveness. Visit www.vmec.org(link is external) for more information.
In an advisory sent via the CDC’s Health Alert Network today, the agency stressed the value of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) for treating or preventing flu. “Recent studies suggest a considerable protective effect against complications associated with influenza when neuraminidase inhibitors are used for treatment,” the notice says. “These benefits include reducing the risk of death among older adults hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed influenza.” The CDC has reported that two of the three flu types (H3N2 and B) in this year’s vaccine are not closely matched to the viruses in circulation. The latest surveillance report provided further evidence of that. Laboratories in the CDC’s surveillance network tested 7,726 specimens for influenza last week, of which 2,321 (30.0%) were positive, the report says. The previous week, 34% of 6,889 tested specimens were positive. Three flu-related deaths in children were reported last week, and one previously reported death was reclassified as not due to flu, the CDC reported. Twelve pediatric deaths attributed to flu were reported the previous week. The total for this season now stands at 24. The agency continues to advise against using the two older flu drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, because of high levels of viral resistance. See also: Treatment should begin within 48 hours after illness onset if possible, but treatment should be considered for patients who present later than that if they are very sick or have an increased risk of serious complications, the agency said. In today’s advisory, the CDC said, “Preliminary results from a rapid assessment of vaccine effectiveness suggest that currently available influenza vaccines provide some protection against influenza virus infection requiring medical care. However, the level of protection is likely to be lower than what is observed in seasons in which the vaccine strains are closely matched to circulating influenza virus strains.” Today’s surveillance report says that 6.8% (38 of 557) of the flu viruses tested so far this season had a mutation that confers resistance to oseltamivir. All the resistant viruses were the H1N1 subtype. That’s significantly higher than was observed last season, but in today’s advisory the CDC said the overall resistance level is still considered low. At the same time, the CDC issued a notice aiming to remind clinicians to consider prescribing the antiviral drugs known as neuraminidase inhibitors to treat or prevent flu. Feb 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News ) This year’s influenza epidemic showed signs of tapering off last week, but flu was still widespread in every state except Florida, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today. For the week that ended Feb 23, 5.7% of visits to the CDC’s network of sentinel healthcare providers were for influenza-like illnesses (ILI), a decrease from the 6.4% reported the previous week, the agency said. The percentage of visits for ILI decreased in seven of nine regions across the country, whereas it increased in six of the nine regions the week before. CDC flu surveillance reporthttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/
Duro IkhazuagbeAs the entire world continues to reel with effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has restated that global football will not be the same again at the end of the scourge.Speaking yesterday morning on Channel Television sports programme, the NFF president admitted that global football has received a major hit whose effects will be with the game for a long time. Amaju Pinnick “Football has taken a major hit with this Covid-19. Let’s start with the English Premier League: On television broadcast right alone, the Premier League has lost 800 million pounds. The Italian Serie A has lost 750million euro while the Spanish La Liga has also lost about 780 million euro.“If you go to the German Bundesliga for example, their television rights holders are now discussing on how to negotiate the situation they now found themselves.“In France, Canal Tv and BeIN tv who are the rights holder of Ligue 1, are saying that they cannot pay because their is no content to deliver. They are withholding 135million euro that should have gone to Ligue 1“You are also aware of the across the board pay cuts ongoing due to the lockdown: Barcelona 70 per cent, Juventus a certain per cent-age of their wages. In England it is 30 per cent across board which may translate to about 500 million pounds with government alone losing around 200million pounds in taxes. It is really having a telling effects on sports globally,” stressed the NFF Chief.He said that the situation is not different from what is happening in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games that has now been postponed by one year with huge addition costs to the host country Japan.Coming home to Nigeria, Pinnick said that the COVID-19 has Laos thrown spanners into most of its plans including the celebration of the Super Falcons class of 1999 that got to the quarter finals of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in USA.“We are supposed to be celebrating our girls at the NFF Awards. We were planning to celebrate the Super Falcons of the class of 1999 because they have been able to give Nigeria what no other sector has done. We are planning to celebrate them for reaching the quarter finals of the Women’s World Cup n USA.“We have already spoken with FIFA President, Gianni Infantino and he had accepted to be part of it. We don’t know if that will hold anymore. Even if that will hold, we have to do it in a low key manner now because of what this Covid-19 has done to the global economy. The same thing for our AITEO Cup competition.Given the lull in the oil sector which is the business of the major sponsor of the NFF, Pinnick revealed that a lot of its activities at the Sunday Dankaro House will need to be scaled down.“If you look at the situation with our Main Sponsors, AITEO, we are all aware of what has happened in the oil sector with the crash in oil price. To produce a barrel of oil is about $17 and with this covid-19 and the issue between Saudi Arabia and Russia that has forced down price of the product globally, it is going to be very tough for us at the NFF.“We are going to liaise with critical stakeholders in taking some very difficult decisions. Right now, we have like 11 national teams and will meet with stakeholders and the supervisory Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports before reaching those decisions. I cannot tell you now which teams to drop for us to stay afloat after Covid-19,” observed Pinnick.He admitted that every competition “is important but we just need to prioritize given the situation that we found ourselves now.”“What we have with this Covid-19 is a global force majeure. Nobody saw it coming and therefore planned for it. Everyone was caught unaware,” concludes Pinnick who is also a member of CAF executive committee.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram