WHO team in Wuhan visits disease control centers

first_imgWUHAN, China (AP) — A World Health Organization team investigating the origins of the coronavirus pandemic has visited two disease control centers in the province where the outbreak emerged. The WHO investigators arrived in Wuhan, the Hubei provincial capital, last month to look for clues. They have visited hospitals and a seafood market where early cases were detected. The team on Monday visited the Hubei Provincial Center for Disease Control and its Wuhan city office, amid tight Chinese controls on access to information about the virus. China has sought to avoid blame for alleged missteps in its early response to the outbreak, while promoting alternative theories that the virus originated elsewhere.last_img

Goodrich Vermont gets $31.5 million Army contract helicopter diagnostics unit

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) says a new $31,497,430 US Army contract with Goodrich for additional units of the company’s groundbreaking helicopter maintenance diagnostic system, produced by the firm’s facility in Vergennes, will further extend the plant’s planning horizon and underscores again how firmly the advanced system has quickly taken its place as a key maintenance feature of US military helicopter programs.  Leahy just last month announced an extension of a Navy contract for the system.Goodrich’s Health and Usage Management Systems (HUMS) give mechanics feedback on a helicopter’s engine performance, structural performance, and rotor function and wear, allowing a helicopter to be serviced before major systems fail. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Defense Subcommittee, Leahy was instrumental early on in promoting the concept and technology behind HUMS.  Through those efforts HUMS units have become standard equipment on U.S. military helicopters.Leahy announced that the modification to an existing Army contract will allow for the additional purchase of 135 new on-board HUMS, as well as 170 new ground support equipment modules for on-board HUMS.  These systems will be used in UH-60 “Black Hawk” and HH-60 “Pave Hawk” helicopters.Leahy said the contract extension has been hoped for and expected, and with it the new business will keep the HUMS production line going and protect Vermont jobs.  With each new HUMS contract extension, Vergennes attracts more investment by Goodrich and new product lines for design, development, and production, including the company’s new Guidance, Navigation, Control, and Targeting System and the expansion of HUMS into the civilian aircraft market.Leahy joined Goodrich employees twice this year to mark shipment of the 2000th helicopter system and other successes of the workforce at the Vergennes facility.Source: VERGENNES, Vt. (FRIDAY, Oct. 1, 2010) – Senator Patrick Leahylast_img read more