first_imgAug 11, 2009Flu picks up in Asia with monsoon seasonNovel H1N1 influenza is spreading in India, Thailand, and Vietnam with the onset of Asia’s monsoon season, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, according to Reuters. The regular flu season has started in those countries, and both H1N1 and seasonal flu are being detected, said WHO spokeswoman Aphaluck Bhatiasevi. But the spread of pandemic H1N1 appears to have peaked in parts of the southern hemisphere, including Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. 11 Reuters article Disease expert notes fever-free flu casesIn his clinical observation of novel flu cases in the United States and South America, Richard P. Wenzel, MD, former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, has noted that some patients are afebrile, even some with serious infections, and lack of fever might underestimate case totals, the New York Times reported yesterday. He said diarrhea seen in a portion of patients suggests a need for stool testing to assess transmission and the role of better hand hygiene. 10 New York Times article School nurse shortage could slow ID of sick kidsSchool nurses are expected to be at the frontlines of detecting and fighting novel flu when schools resume this fall, but the ratio of nurses to students in many states falls well below the levels suggested by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA Today reported yesterday. The CDC recommends a workload of 1 nurse per 750 students, but the newspaper’s analysis of census data puts the national average at 1 per 971 students. 10 USA Today story IOM holds meeting on protective equipment for novel fluThe Institutes of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Board on Health Sciences Policy is convening a meeting today through Aug 13 on pandemic influenza and personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. Today’s agenda includes a call to the committee, with panel discussions starting tomorrow. Topics include the science and clinical experience with novel H1N1, infection control guidelines, risk assessment in health workers, and data on the effectiveness of PPE.…IOM meeting home pagelast_img

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first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCommissioners John Franck, Michele Madigan and Skip Scirocco displayed disturbing behavior at the Sept. 19 and Oct. 3 City Council meetings: disrespect of the Charter Commission’s independence and a contempt for the citizens these commissioners were elected to serve.By current charter rules, the charter review process must remain independent of any sitting commissioner’s influence.How else can citizens get an objective review and recommendation? Nonetheless, Commissioner Franck demands that the financial data in the Charter Commission’s report should be verified against his data.This makes no sense, as it will taint data independently collected during the review process.City Attorney Tony Izzo persistently, and correctly, advised the commissioners not to influence the charter review process.Yet these three commissioners continue to ignore his counsel.In addition, Commissioners Franck, Madigan and Scirocco falsely imply they can review the report before it is sent to city voters. The commissioners’ only right, like that of other voters, is to cast their one vote on Nov. 7 — nothing more.Why do they think their constituents are not capable of coming to their own conclusions without undue influence by their politics?Now Commissioner Franck has refused to have the city pay the legitimate cost of mailing the revised charter to voters. Voters are taxpayers, and they have a right to access, and be given adequate time to review, the revised charter prior to voting this November.The commissioners’ obstructionist behavior is further proof that politics must be removed from the city’s operations.Patricia RobertsonSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img

first_imgMongolia’s President Battulga Khaltmaa and other government officials have submitted to a 14-day quarantine after returning home from their visit to China, the state news agency Montsame reported on Friday.Battulga is the first head of state to visit China since the country began implementing special measure to curb the coronavirus outbreak in January.He arrived in Beijing with Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar Damdin and other senior government officials on Thursday, and held a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.They were taken into quarantine as soon as they arrived in Mongolia as a precautionary measure, Montsame said. Topics :last_img

first_imgA group of major French institutional investors has awarded Amundi a mandate to manage a euro-zone equity index fund that the manager said represents the first investment solution fully eligible for the pending EU “Paris-aligned” climate benchmark label.The investor group in question comprises Caisse des Dépôts, the investment arm of the French public sector, EDF, and 10 major French insurers*.According to Amundi, the investors had last year launched a search for asset managers “to support them in their objectives to combat global warming through the development of innovative investment soutions aligned with the goals of the Paris Accord”.Amundi did not specify the size of the mandate in its press release, but told IPE the initial seed investment was €230m. The mandate will see Amundi managing a portfolio against an index specifically developed by Amundi and STOXX, the index provider of Deutsche Börse subsidiary Qontigo, “for this initiative”.Amundi said the investment solution “expects” an annual reduction in carbon intensity of 7%, and that it would support a reduction in carbon intensity of over 50% compared with the original investment universe.This is in line with the criteria for the EU Paris-aligned Benchmark (PAB), one of two EU climate benchmark categories created by a new regulation. The final delegated acts for these have yet to be published, but IPE understands the European Commission is planning to adopt them at the end of the month.The portfolio will also heed exclusion thresholds related to matters such as coal, tobacco and controversial weapons.A spokesperson for Amundi said there were some ETF and index solutions that were close to the future EU Climate Transition Benchmark category, but that as far it was aware, its solution was the first aligned to the future PAB.In a statement Amundi said the weighting of the stocks making up the index will be adjusted according to the companies’ transition progress, which will be assessed in relation to commitments made under the Science Based Target Initiative (SBTi).In practice, Amundi said, the index will gradually exclude companies that do not set targets as defined by SBTi.“The investment solution therefore encourages issuers to embark on a transition trajectory aligned with the Paris Agreement,” the asset manager said, adding that this approach would be “reinforced” by its engagement policy.Yves Perrier, chief executive officer of Amundi, said: “We are proud to partner with this group of institutional investors from the Paris financial centre. This is a unique initiative in favour of the climate and we thank them for their trust.”Amundi said it was planning, in the coming weeks, to launch an ETF that would replicate the same index – Euro iSTOXX Ambition Climat PAB – “in order to make this strategy available to as many investors as possible”.The EU regulation that Amundi’s mandate builds on is the outcome of one of the three main legislative proposals that the Commission made in the context of its 2018 sustainable finance action plan.The requirements for the EU climate benchmarks have been controversial. The choice of carbon intensity metric to be used to measure the benchmarks’ decarbonisation trajectory – combining Scope 3 emissions with Scopes 1 and 2 and using enterprise value as the reference point – has been criticised, with critics also challenging the Commission over the composition of the TEG and the managment of conflicts of interest.*Allianz France, Aviva France, Axa France, BNP Paribas Cardif, BPCE, CNP Assurances, Crédit Agricole Assurances, Macif, Maif and Société Générale Assurances.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img

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