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LAX will try a thermal camera to see tourists with COVID-19

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LAX will try a thermal camera to see tourists with COVID-19

Hoping to make flying safer, Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday will begin testing thermal cameras to identify passengers with high body temperatures as a way to slow the spread of the corona virus.

Three cameras will scan the flow of passengers arriving and departing from Tom Bradley International Terminal in hopes of seeing passengers with temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher – a common symptom in the COVID-19 pandemic that has pushed air travel demand down to the lowest level in decades.

“Our ability to recognize people who exhibit COVID[-19] “Symptoms, as we saw at the beginning of this pandemic, are very important to stop its spread and ensure people can travel safely,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a terminal press conference.

Temperature testing is not a silver bullet: Health experts say people can spread the virus while showing little or no symptoms. It should not be the only temperature check. Other health protocols added at the airport include requirements used by tourists who wear masks and maintain physical distance from each other whenever possible, and LAX has installed 250 hand sanitizer dispensers throughout the terminal.

Airports around the world have switched to technology to help slow the spread of the virus. In addition to thermal cameras, airports are testing sanitation stands, autonomous cleaning robots and other gadgets in the hope of making air travel safer while reducing the risk of exposing airport staff to this disease.

LAX, one of the busiest airports in the world, plans to operate cameras for 12 weeks to test the effectiveness of technology and evaluate staff procedures before deciding whether to expand camera use to other terminals. Unlike contactless hand-held thermometers, thermal cameras can measure the temperature of several people simultaneously, even when people are moving.

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Under the LAX program, passengers heading for departing flights that have temperatures of 100.4 degrees or higher will be pulled aside and again tested by a medical technician or assistant with a handheld thermometer; if a second inspection confirms high temperatures, they will be advised not to travel – but are not prevented from traveling. International passengers arriving identified as having high temperatures will be directed to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff for quarantine.

LAX paid for medical professionals from a reserve fund not exceeding $ 150,000 during the pilot program, with plans to request reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, according to LAX officials. LAX is not charged by developers and camera operators for the use of technology during the testing period.

The screening of passengers leaving LAX is voluntary, and travelers can avoid cameras by carrying one of several entrances to the terminal. The CDC, however, requires temperature checks for passengers arriving from certain countries, such as China and Iran.

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Portuguese plan to save energy, explosions on Russian gas pipelines and other TSF events

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Portuguese plan to save energy, explosions on Russian gas pipelines and other TSF events

Details of the energy saving plan laid out by the government were released on Tuesday. The document, published in Diário da República, includes measures for the efficient use of water, public lighting and temperature limits in air conditioners.

For example, from December 6, 2022 to January 6, 2023, Christmas lighting in Portugal should only be on from 18:00 to 24:00.

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The abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad will not be accepted by parliament, MP says – Observer

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According to Socialist MP Paulo Pisco, the views of the BE, PCP and PAN on the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad were voted on Tuesday in a parliamentary committee.

The Committee on Foreign Affairs and Portuguese Communities voted on Tuesday in favor of four projects – from the Left Bloc, the Communist Party of Portugal, “People-Animal-Nature” and “Enough”, which mainly advocate the abolition of fees for teaching Portuguese abroad and free school textbooks.

According to Paulo Pisco, a socialist member of the commission, the opinions of the BE, PKP and PAN were approved, but Chega’s opinion deserved to be abstained from the PS because it contained “xenophobic elements” in its purpose.

The MP had in mind, in particular, the recipients of this teaching, which is currently intended not only for the Portuguese or the descendants of the Portuguese, but also for those who want to learn the Portuguese language, with which Chega allegedly disagrees, according to Paulo Pisco. .

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After the approval of these opinions, the abolition of the bribe would be discussed and voted on in the plenary session of the Assembly of the Republic, but Paulo Pisco said that they should not be approved, since the “commitment” of the government is different.

“The government’s obligation is to reduce the burden of the Portuguese” and this will always be determined “in every approved state budget”.

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Portuguese health minister rejects conflict of interest over marriage to president

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The health minister said there was no conflict of interest in her marriage to the current chairman of the Order of Dietitians, saying that the trusteeship of that body had been delegated to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion.


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“Honestly, I don’t think it exists. I have no doubt that this Lady Secretary of State will fill this leadership role,” Manuel Pizarro said on Monday (age 26) on the sidelines of the Pharmacist’s Day celebrations in Sintra, in the Lisbon area.

Aware of the possible conflict of interest, Manuel Pizarro explained that he took “the most appropriate measure (…)”, which was to entrust the functions of guardianship of the Order of Nutritionists to Margarida Tavares.”

“(…) Since I took office as a minister, I have been aware that, since professional organizations have an administrative oversight role, (…) there is a risk of conflict of interest, and I have taken the measures that seem to me the most appropriate, which from the very decided at the outset that he would delegate this oversight function over the Order of Nutritionists to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he stressed.

When asked about the reasons why Margarida Tavares’ name still does not appear in the Diário da República, the official said that “it was necessary to wait for the inauguration of the secretaries of state” and then “to organize the whole process of delegation of authority.” .

“It’s even a good chance that there is a Secretary of State for Health Promotion. I think custody of the Order of Dietitians has been well handed over to the Secretary of State for Health Promotion,” he repeated, noting that “he definitely won’t go through the Minister’s order.” [da Saúde]”.

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“If the secretary of state is responsible for this, it should not go through the minister,” he stressed.

Manuel Pizarro’s statements came after news that the government official may have a conflict of interest because he is married to the chairman of the Order of Dietitians, Alexandra Bento.

The Order of Dietitians was created in 2011 with the approval of the current Minister of Health, who at the time served as Secretary of State for Health.

In addition, Alexandra Bento was the only President of the Order of Occupational Health to attend the inauguration of Manuel Pizarro on 10 September.

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