Russia examines ventilator type sent to US after fires kill six

first_imgRoszdravnadzor, Russia’s healthcare watchdog, said it would check the quality and safety of the ventilators in the two hospitals, and the St Petersburg hospital said it would stop using the model in question for now. The manufacturer urged people to avoid rushing to conclusions.The model in question, the Aventa-M, was among those sent to the United States from Russia at the start of April to help it cope with the coronavirus pandemic, and is made by a firm that is under US sanctions.The Ural Instrument Engineering Plant (UPZ) in Chelyabinsk, 1,500 km (930 miles) east of Moscow, confirmed that the Aventa-M is one of its products and had been supplied to Saint George’s Hospital.”We have no official data about which devices were installed in the zone of the (St Petersburg) fire,” a spokeswoman added. Moscow has begun investigating the safety of a Russian-made medical ventilator, some of which have been sent to the United States, after six people died in hospital fires reported to involve two such machines.Five people died at Saint George’s Hospital in St Petersburg on Tuesday – including four in a coronavirus intensive care unit, according to a local lawyer. A source told the TASS news agency that the blaze erupted after a ventilator – used to help severely ill COVID-19 patients breathe – burst into flames in the ward.A similar fire – caused by the same model of ventilator, according to a law enforcement source speaking to TASS – killed one person in a hospital in Moscow on Saturday. Topics :center_img Russia is relatively well stocked with ventilators, and has increased domestic production since the coronavirus outbreak.Data experts and some medics say many machines in use outside Russia’s big cities are old – but TASS said the ventilator in St Petersburg was new and had been installed this month.Radio-Electronic Technologies Concern (KRET), which controls UPZ, said its ventilators had passed all the necessary tests and had been used by medical facilities in Russia since 2012 without any safety concerns.”We’re looking at different scenarios: the state of the (electricity) network, the medical institutions’ engineering infrastructure, the medical equipment, and compliance with fire safety rules,” it said in a statement.”We call on the media and other interested parties not to rush to conclusions and wait for the results of official checks.”US firms and nationals have been barred from doing business with KRET since July 2014.Russia has reported 232,243 cases of the novel coronavirus and 2,116 deaths. last_img read more

How to live like a richlist developer on the Brisbane riverfront

first_imgPradella Property Ventures managing director David Pradella.THE middle of three brothers of richlist developer family, the Pradellas, has put his luxury inner-city penthouse up for rent.David Pradella, who is the managing director of Pradella Property Ventures, put his luxury West End penthouse apartment up for $1390 rent a week – a fine price considering it was built for entertaining and has sweeping river and cityscape views. 40/37 Duncan Street West End, QLD, 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.au 40/37 Duncan Street West End, QLD, 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.auDavid, who turns 60 next year, is the middle brother in the highly successful Pradella development family, sandwiched between Metroplex founder Silvio and younger brother Kim of Pradella Constructions and Developments. All three are chips off the old block – that block being father Cesare who started the Pradella legacy, creating among other buildings the Roma St Parkland apartment development. David – who has 15 properties under his own name – bought the 280sq m riverfront penthouse off his younger brother for $2.56m in 2009. 40/37 Duncan Street West End, QLD, 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.au 40/37 Duncan Street West End, QLD, 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.au 40/37 Duncan Street West End, QLD, 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe four bedroom apartment has a gourmet kitchen kitted out with German appliances, plus a large walk-in pantry and wine fridge. It also has a media room, study, powder room for guests, separate laundry with private balcony, built in barbecue and he’s also thrown in appliances such as a coffee machine, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer.The complex has a heated 20 metre pool and wading area, private gym and theatrette, and is in the high-demand Brisbane State High school zone. Bond has been set at $5560 for the apartment, which has three garage spaces. It’s available for rent from August 25.center_img More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago40/37 Duncan Street West End, QLD, 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.au 40/37 Duncan Street West End, QLD, 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.au 40/37 Duncan Street West End, QLD, 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.au 40/37 Duncan Street West End, QLD, 4101. Picture: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more

​Norwegian oil fund plans gradual shift to reference portfolio

first_imgThe chief executive said it would come as no surprise that indices excluded certain countries as segments, but that it was potentially more surprising they did not reflect the listed market as a whole, citing free-floats.“The global indices are designed to cater for the needs of an investor requiring daily liquidity,” Slyngstad said. “The fund has no such needs.”He added that the obvious question was whether the sovereign fund should increase its exposure to less liquid assets, moving away from restrictions that require it to invest purely in public markets – with the exception of its 5% strategic investment to private real estate.The chief executive explained that the framework proposed in the report would allow NBIM to boost private holdings, while analysing all investment opportunities the same way, based around the opportunity-cost model.“A new framework for the management of the fund may also facilitate a development where we as manager of the fund take a greater responsibility by defining a tailor-made reference portfolio,” he added.A planned switch away from its current strategic benchmark to one consisting of 60% listed equities and 40% fixed income is meant to express the fund’s risk tolerances rather than act as a limitation on the investable universe, Slyngstad said.“This change would clarify the role of the strategic index in the management of the fund,” he said. Norway’s Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) is to replace its current strategic index with a new benchmark meant to offer greater flexibility.The new approach, which Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), said stemmed from a recent review of the fund’s approach to active management, would also encourage “gradual” growth of private investments while allowing for a consistent benchmark approach across all holdings.Speaking at a seminar at the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, Slyngstad said the review by Andrew Ang of Columbia Business School, Michael Brandt of Duke University and the former president and chief executive of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), David Denison, had shown how the GPFG could exploit investment opportunities currently outside the index.He said the opportunity-cost model proposed was “worth exploring in more detail”, especially in light of the fund’s strategic benchmark – the FTSE Global All Cap index – excluding a number of countries with developed capital markets, such as Qatar and Kuwait.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Teams will probably be most fearful of Australia: Steve Waugh

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former captain Steve Waugh said Australia may not be the favourites to win the upcoming World Cup but the return of Steve Smith and David Warner will make other teams “wary” of the five-time winners. Smith and Warner’s year-long international exile following bans for ball-tampering came to an end a couple of month ago. Immediately after returning to action Warner, with 692 runs from 12 innings in the IPL, sounded warning bells to the rival bowlers while Smith showed glimpses of his old touch in the three warm-up matches against New Zealand in Brisbane recently.“Every side will be wary of Australia. They know the potential of the Australian side. There’s been turmoil in Australian cricket over the last 12 months, but that has been put aside now. We’ve got our best players available to be picked in Smith and Warner,” Waugh was quoted as saying by the ICC website.The defending champions seem to be peaking at the right time. Starting in 2018, Australia had won just three out of 18 ODIs before they turned their fortunes around during the limited-overs tour of India.Trailing 0-2, Australia posted a hat-trick of wins to register a remarkable come-from-behind series victory against the favourites and hosts India in March. Then, they blanked Pakistan 5-0 at the United Arab Emirates, proving that their success against India was no fluke.“Their form was very poor, but all of a sudden, they’ve won their last eight matches, and they’ve got Smith and Warner in the team. And that is ominous for other sides, they know how good these sides are.“Australia will be one of the teams? probably not the favourite for the tournament, but the team that other sides will be probably most fearful of. They could do some damage. So I think Australia could go really deep in the tournament,” Waugh said.The 53-year-old, however, picked hosts England as the firm favourites to clinch the coveted trophy.“England to me are probably the favourites – their form has been outstanding over the last couple of years. They are playing at home. Sometimes, that creates more pressure, but they’ve got a really good coach in Trevor Bayliss to keep the players grounded. So, I think England would be favourites, and probably Australia and India on that second line of favouritism,” said Waugh. last_img read more

Q&A with Eric Ladin, actor

first_imgDT: What is one of the toughest parts of being an actor that gets hidden by the glamour?Ladin: It’s a very uncertain lifestyle. You hope to be busy and working on great projects, but it can be a very unstable lifestyle and that’s not always the case. Usually once the momentum gets going though, you can ride that and continue to do great work, and great projects continue to come along. DT: What was it like working on such an immersive miniseries as Generation Kill?Ladin: It was an incredible experience, and one that will probably never be matched in my career. I spent seven months in Africa with 30 guys, all of whom I’ve become very good friends with. We really did start to get the sense of being away — not that we could ever think that we were really in the military, but it was a little bit of life imitating art in the sense that we had left our loved ones at home for seven months and spent all day in a Humvee. Once we started rolling, we had no choice but to start talking and acting like soldiers. DT: Did you always feel like you wanted to be an actor?Ladin: It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and then I finally started embracing theatre when I was in junior high and really started focusing on it in high school. Then I decided to go to USC, and I made that decision not only because of the theatre program but also because it was in L.A. and I wanted to have that opportunity to possibly start working while I was still in school. DT: How did your education at USC help you in your career?Ladin:  The teachers at USC provided a great service and an amazing classroom experience. I was able to hone my craft and trim the fat off my work, so to speak, so that once I started to get into the real world I was a lot more prepared than I would have been had I started trying to work professionally right out of high school. Los Angeles is home to countless aspiring actors with dreams of making it big. For USC alumnus Eric Ladin, who graduated in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in theatre, his dream is starting to look like reality. Ladin co-stars in a new AMC original series, The Killing, set to debut April 3. He has also had roles in HBO’s Generation Kill and Big Love, AMC’s Mad Men and several other shows. The Daily Trojan spoke with Ladin in a phone interview.Experienced · Eric Ladin will star in a new AMC original series. – Courtesy of Joan Allen Photography center_img Daily Trojan: When did you feel like you had first broken out as an actor?Eric Ladin: The first role that I felt like I started establishing my foothold was Generation Kill, because I had been kind of bouncing around and doing a lot of guest star work before that. After Generation Kill, more high-caliber work started to come consistently, and I haven’t really slowed down since. DT: What are some of your best memories of college?Ladin: In terms of acting it was getting to do Grease, the musical, mainly because of the people that were in it. Kelly Ward directed it, and he had been in the movie, so he knew it well, and we had a ball doing it. On the non-acting side of it, one of my best experiences at USC — and I probably can’t get arrested for this now — was when we took a go-kart from a science fair one day, drove it around campus and hid it in a parking garage. Traddies probably contributed to that. DT: What is one piece of advice you want to pass on to current students?Ladin:  The piece of advice that I got that meant the most to me was to really enjoy all four years and love every moment of it. As an actor, you play so many different roles throughout your career, and the only way to tap into those roles is through the experiences you’ve lived, and so many of those come from my four years at USC. Do as many shows as you can, go to as many parties as you can, meet as many people as you can and steal as many go-karts as you can.last_img read more