What the end-of-life conversation can bring

first_imgProfessor Holly Prigerson, director of the Center for Psycho-oncology and Palliative Care Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, has confronted the issue professionally and personally. Last fall Prigerson and her co-investigators published a study in The Journal of the American Medical Association examining how end-of-life care discussions between doctors and terminal patients affected the patients’ quality of life and that of their caregivers. They found that both patients and loved ones were likely to fare better, based on a variety of criteria. Yet many doctors are disinclined to broach the subject…Read full storylast_img

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World rail infrastructure market January 2013

first_imgAustralia: Abigroup Contractors, Theiss, a Salini-Bielby-Winslow joint venture and John Holland Queensland with Leighton Contractors have been shortlisted to develop ‘innovative’ proposals for the Moreton Bay Rail Link in Queensland, a planned 12·6 km electrified outer-suburban branch to Kippa-Ring. Completion is planned for late 2016. China: Hong Kong MTR has awarded Siemens a HK$850m contract to upgrade East Rail signalling. Croatia: HZ Infra has awarded Italfer a €0·7m design contract for upgrading the Hrvatski Leskovac – Karlovac line. Bombardier has won a €8·6m contract for resignalling of the Okucani – Novska route. Denmark: Systra and COWI have been appointed technical consultants for the development of a 14 km light rail line in Odense (RG 8.12 p17). Poland: PKP Energetyka has awarded ABB a 110m złoty contract to supply 138 rectifier units for DC traction substations by 2014. PKP PLK has awarded NDI a 93·8m złoty contract to upgrade the 40 km single-track route between Chema and Grudzidz, co-funded by Kujawsko-Pomorskie voivodship. A consortium led by FCC Construcción and including Azvi and Decoma has been awarded a €161·3m contract to upgrade the 32·3 km Czempin – Pozna section of route E59, including remodelling of three stations. PKP PLK has awarded a consortium of Torpol, PUT Intercor and Pozbud T&R a 368m złoty contract to modernise the 71 km Kalety – Kluczbork line, laying UIC60E1 rails and concrete sleepers, and replacing signalling and 3 kV DC overhead line to raise speeds from 80 to 120 km/h. South Africa: Gibb has been awarded a four-year contract worth R63m to provide technical advisory services to Prasa for resignalling of the Durban commuter network. This includes design review, development and construction supervision as well as staff training. Spain: ADIF has awarded a joint venture of Dragados and Tecsa a €78·3m contract for civil works on the 7·6 km left-hand bore of the tunnel at Prado on the high speed line between Olmedo and Ourense. Work is due to be completed within 33 months. Under its €25·3m programme covering the Barcelona suburban network, ADIF has brought GSM-R into service on the Sants – Vilanova – Sant Vincenç de Calders and Martorell – Sant Vincenç de Calders routes. GSM-R has also been installed on the 90 km Santander – Reinosa route at a cost of €3·1m. Taiwan: Thsrc has appointed Lloyd’s Register as independent safety assessor for the 4 km underground extension of its high speed line to Nankang in Taipei. Assessments will include track, signalling and the traction power supply, as well as civil works at the three new stations. UK: Network Rail has awarded BAM Nuttall a £220m contract for detailed design and construction on the 56 km Borders Railway reinstatement. Construction is scheduled to get underway in early 2013, for commissioning ‘by the summer of 2015’. Network Rail has awarded Kapsch CarrierCom a contract to maintain its entire GSM-R network. Trackwork Ltd has awarded Amazonas Florestal a US$2·6m contract to supply 4000 m3 of sleeper and bearer timber from Brazil. USA: Balfour Beatty Rail Inc and Blythe Development Co have been awarded a $26·3m contract to build a 2·4 km streetcar line in Charlotte, North Virginia, for opening in 2015. MTA Metro-North has awarded Alstom Signalling Inc a $13·9m contract to supply cases and signal houses for the $67m project to resignal the Port Jervis Line by December 2015. Civil works are being undertaken by Ducci Electrical Contractors under a $22·4m contract. Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a five-year contract worth up to $20m to provide on-call construction management services for the BART capital improvement programme, including inspection services, noise and vibration monitoring and claims management.last_img read more

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Ho Chi Minh City light rail memorandum signed

first_imgVIETNAM: Russian Railways’ engineering business RZD International and local company Lung Lo Construction Corp plan to establish a joint working group to explore the feasibility of building a proposed Tân Tạo – Linh Đông light rail line in Ho Chi Minh City. This follows the signing on September 8 of a memorandum of understanding which envisages the joint development and implementation of rail infrastructure projects in Vietnam. The memorandum was signed by RZD International Chairman Vyacheslav Pavlovskiy and CEO of Lung Lo Construction Corp Phạm Việt Cường, during the 20th meeting of the Intergovernmental Russian-Vietnamese Commission for Trade & Economic, Scientific & Technical Co-operation.last_img

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Rwandan Police peacekeepers in Haiti decorated with service medals

first_imgThe United Nations has decorated eighteen Rwanda National Police Officers serving in Haiti with service medals for their outstanding peacekeeping role in the nation.The officer serving as Individual Police officers (IPOS) under the United Nations Stabilisations Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) were decorated over the weekend in a ceremony held in Port Au Prince, The New Times reports.Addressing the officers, the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) in Haiti, Moustafa Benlamlin, said“You served with dignity, dedication and hard work and it is a pride to the UN.”He also thanked them for their dedicated services to local security organs and going beyond their mandate to support local communities.Minustah Police Commissioner, Brig Gen Monchotte, hailed Rwanda for taking part in several peacekeeping missions around the world.He emphasised that the country is a very important partner of the United Nations in the context of peacekeeping.Rwanda has over 6,000 peacekeepers in all missions, who also including military and prisons.MINUSTAH has 178 Rwandan police officers, including 160 under Formed Police Unit (FPUlast_img read more

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AeroMéxico adds daily flight to San José

first_imgBeginning on Nov. 3, AeroMéxico will add a new daily flight from San José, Costa Rica, to Mexico City, bringing to 14 the number of weekly flights between the two countries.AeroMéxico’s Director of Revenue Anko van der Werff said the new flight “responds to growing demand for both leisure and business travelers who fly to Mexico City to connect with 40 cities in that country, or as a stopover for destinations in the U.S., Canada, Europe or Asia.”Flights will depart every day from Mexico at 11:10 a.m. and will arrive in San José at 2:15 p.m. Departures from San José will leave at 3:15 p.m. and arrive in Mexico City at 6:35 p.m.In 2013, nearly 70,000 Mexican travelers entered Costa Rica by air, representing an increase of 8.4 percent compared with 2012 arrivals.Costa Rican Tourism Minister Wilhelm von Breymann called it “very important” to add new flights to Mexico. “Mexico has emerged as the leading source of Latin American tourists entering our country by air,” he said. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica could launch 7 new airline routes and add 2 carriers this year VECA airlines inaugurates El Salvador-Costa Rica route Travelers beware: Plane ticket to Peru no guarantee of visa New Southwest flights to Costa Rica from Houston, Baltimorelast_img read more

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