H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Monsoon and flu, atypical cases, school nurse shortage, IOM meeting on protective equipment

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.http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-41686620090811Aug 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.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/11/health/11docs.htmlAug 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.http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-10-school-nurses_N.htmAug 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.http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/activities/workforce/respproth1n1/2009-…IOM meeting home pagelast_img read more

Council actions proof that change is needed

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 read more

Mongolian president placed under quarantine after returning from China, state media ULAA

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 read more

Amundi claims first with EU climate benchmark-aligned mandate

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 read more

James won’t play in empty arenas as NBA mulls virus strategy

first_imgThe NBA has reportedly told teams to look into strategies on how to play without fans in the arena amid concerns over the spreading virus.“Nah. It’s impossible,” James said after the Lakers’ 113-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.“If I show up to the arena and there ain’t no fans in the crowd, then I ain’t playing.”The league sent a memo to each team on Friday asking them to develop contingency plans to combat the spread of the virus. One of the alternatives is playing games behind closed doors.“I ain’t never played the game without no fans,” James said. “Ever since I started. This ain’t Europe.“I play for my teammates and I play for the fans. That’s what it is all about.”James and Anthony Davis scored all but one of the Lakers’ points in the final quarter Friday as they rallied to beat the NBA-leading Bucks and clinch their first playoff spot since 2013.– No high-fives –As fears grow over the spread of the virus, and sports leagues formulate contingency plans, the NBA’s Friday memo told teams to start “developing” plans on how to play games with only “essential staff” in attendance, American sports broadcaster ESPN reported.The NBA had sent out a previous memo to teams earlier this week, recommending players to use fist-bumps instead of high-fives with fans. It also said to avoid taking items such as pens, balls and jerseys from fans to sign.“The health and safety of our employees, teams, players and fans is paramount,” the NBA said in a statement on Monday.The NBA said it has been taking advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).“We are coordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.”The global spread of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the international sporting calendar with Formula One motor racing, golf and athletics among the sports canceling or postponing events. Promoted Content5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be Awesome8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayMeghan And Harry’s Royal Baby: Everything You Need To Know6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?7 Inventions Created To Start Saving The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art Basketball superstar LeBron James said Friday he won’t play if his Los Angeles Lakers have to hold games behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.Advertisement Read Also: Fist bumps replace handshakes, sweaty towels off limits in Davis CupIn Italy, the hardest-hit European country with 148 deaths from the novel coronavirus, all major sports events, including football matches, will be played behind closed doors until April 3. Six Nations rugby games in Italy have been postponed.Davis Cup tennis ties in Italy and Japan are being played behind closed doors this weekend.The World Health Organization has called the spread of the virus “deeply concerning” as a wave of countries reported their first cases of the disease – which has now killed nearly 3,500 people and infected more than 100,000 across 92 nations and territories.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Cavani’s Hat-trick for PSG Inflict More Misery on Thierry Henry

first_imgEdinson Cavani inflicted more misery on Monaco and their manager Thierry Henry last night with a hat-trick to send Paris St-Germain 13 points clear in Ligue 1.Henry’s struggling side were totally outclassed by the French champions as Cavani scored the first three goals.Neymar added the fourth from the penalty spot as Monaco suffered a second successive 4-0 defeat. Henry’s side have won just one league game all season and are second bottom – five points from safety.Cavani opened the scoring from PSG’s first meaningful attack – the Uruguay forward tapping home Neymar’s pass – before doubling the lead with another close-range finish.Both goals were awarded after a short delay while they were reviewed by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).Former Napoli player Cavani completed his hat-trick after half-time before Neymar’s penalty – after Kylian Mbappe was fouled by Djibril Sidibe – completed the rout.It could have been worse for Monaco but Julian Draxler and Mbappe had efforts disallowed.Monaco, eliminated from the Champions League after they were thrashed by Club Brugge last week, face fellow strugglers Caen following the international break on 24 November.portsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: 4-star safety Eric Burrell includes SU in top five

first_imgFour-star Class of 2016 safety Eric Burrell included Syracuse in his top five schools on Sunday night.Duke, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Boston College round out Burrell’s top five.Thank you to all the coaches that have recruited me ? pic.twitter.com/cBKVn7CJNR— Eric burrell (@EricBurrell_) September 21, 2015The 5-foot-11, 170-pound McDonough (Maryland) High School product is ranked as the 16th-best safety in the class by 247Sports.com’s composite rankings. He plans to make his announcement in a few months.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textClass of 2016 safeties Will Harper and Scoop Bradshaw have verballed to the Orange. SU’s current roster includes six safeties in their first two seasons. Comments Published on September 20, 2015 at 10:33 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Mirabai Chanu ranked eighth in latest Olympic qualification rankings

first_imgREAD | Now NFL Rushing Leader, Derrick Henry His Own Worst CriticAfter recovering from a back injury, which marred her progress in 2018, Chanu has constantly improved her performance in 2019. She lifted 86kg in snatch and a personal best of 113kg in clean and jerk for a total of 199kg at the Asian Championships in April last year to miss the bronze medal by a whisker. Her best performance came at the World championship in September, when the Manipuri breached the much anticipated 200kg mark by lifting her personal best in all three sections. In snatch, she lifted 87kg, followed by 114kg in clean and jerk for a total of 201kg. However, Chanu ended the year on a bittersweet note as she won gold at the Qatar International Cup – an Olympic qualifying silver level event — but her effort of 194kg was way below her personal best.The latest qualifying rankings feature three Chinese weightlifters in the top five. Reigning World Champion and world record holder Hou Zhihui (4703.1982) heads the list while Jiang Huihua (4667.8878) and Zhang Rong (3837.8294) occupy the second and fourth spots respectively. However, only one of the three Chinese lifters will compete at the Olympics as a nation can send no more than one athlete each per weight category. Ri Song Gum of North Korea is placed third with 4209.4909 points.READ | Cincinnati And Boston College Set For Birmingham BowlThe fifth, sixth and seventh spots are occupied by USA’s Delacruz Jourdan Elizabeth (184kg), Indonesia’s Aisah Windy Cantika (190kg) and Segura Ana Iris (188kg) of Colombia. All three of them alongside Rong (199kg) have personal bests lower than that of Chanu’s (201kg). In the men’s 67kg category, Youth Olympics gold medallist Jeremy Lalrinnunga is placed 32nd with 2,310.9653 points.READ | AAI Elections To Be Held On January 18 In Delhi WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US On course to seal a berth for the Tokyo Games, former world champion Mirabai Chanu maintained her eighth spot in the  Olympic qualifiers ranking list released by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on Thursday. In the race for Olympic qualification, the 25-year-old, who competes in the 49kg category, has gathered 2966.6406 ranking points till now. To qualify for Tokyo, a weightlifter must compete in at least one event in each of the three periods of six months (spread over November 2018 to April 2020), at least six events overall and in at least one gold and silver level event.READ | Jason Garrett’s Future Clouded In Doubt, But Jerry Jones Could Be Letting Him Down EasyMirabai Chanu ranked eighth Written By “The ranking points are based on the number of events a lifter participates in and Mirabai has missed a few competitions, including the World Championship in 2018, due to her back injury,” National coach Vijay Sharma told PTI.”But being eighth now is not a problem as after the final rankings list is made in April and the best results will be taken into account,” he added.center_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 2nd January, 2020 14:03 IST Mirabai Chanu Ranked Eighth In Latest Olympic Qualification Rankings On course to seal a berth for the Tokyo Games, former world champion Mirabai Chanu maintained her eighth spot in the  Olympic qualifiers ranking list released First Published: 2nd January, 2020 14:02 IST COMMENT Press Trust Of India last_img read more

Jamaica to observe anniversary of horrific train crash

first_imgClaimed close to 200 lives  Known as the Kendal Train Crash, the tragedy took place in the district of Kendal and claimed close to 200 lives.“This Friday, September 1, we will as a nation officially recall the circumstances of the horrendous train accident which claimed close to 200 hundred lives,” Grange said.She noted that the decision was made following discussions with individuals including Beverley East, author of the book, Reaper of Souls.Reaper of Souls gives an account of the Kendal Crash using fictional characters. St. Anne’s Church commemorating crashGrange said St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Kingston was also commemorating the Kendal Crash with a memorial Service on September 3.Many of those who died in the accident were members of St. Anne’s who were returning to Kingston from an excursion to Montego Bay when the accident occurred.The Kingston bound train had two diesel engines leading 12 overcrowded wooden coaches transporting 1, 600 passengers when it derailed at Kendal, resulting in the deaths of some 200 people and seriously injuring several others.The cause of the crash was narrowed down to a failure of the train’s braking system as it negotiated a curve. However, some people were of the opinion vandals on the train’s braking system. Beginning this year, Jamaicans will observe the anniversary of a horrific train crash that occurred in the central parish of Manchester in 1957. The anniversary will be recognized annually on September 1.The announcement was made on Thursday by Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange.center_img National Library exhibition The Minister said among the activities this year to commemorate the Kendal Crash, “The National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) will be putting on an exhibition which will include general historical information on the train crash which was the second worst rail disaster in the world at the time. It will also display newspaper headlines and photographs of the scene of the crash.”She said that consideration was also being given to the NLJ going into partnership with the Jamaica Library Service to have the exhibition placed in all parish libraries, starting with the library in Manchester.last_img read more

Tempobet becomes Fulham’s latest signing

first_img StumbleUpon Fulham unveils Dafabet deal for Premier League return July 11, 2018 Tempobet has confirmed a deal to become the UK betting partner of Premier League newcomers Fulham.The West London side has made a string of high-profile signings this summer after their dramatic promotion to the top flight via the Play-off Final at Wembley.The ambitious plans of Slaviša Jokanović’s side have now been matched by the capture of international operator Tempobet, whose sportsbook and casino brand is known throughout the betting world.Tempobet’s brand will be visible on Fulham’s website and LED perimeter advertising around Craven Cottage stadium this season, with television pictures beamed across the globe.Announcing the one-year deal, Tempobet’s Managing Director Michael Corrado commented: “We are delighted to have signed on the dotted line with Fulham, whose attractive brand of football in the world’s most popular football league is a great fit for us.“We’re looking forward to providing betting and gaming opportunities to their fans and the many millions of football supporters who tune in to watch the Premier League each week.”Fulham FC Chief Revenue Officer, Casper Stylsvig added: “We’re very pleased to welcome Tempobet to the Fulham family and have their name on the team sheet as UK Betting Partner.“We hope we are able to fulfil their sponsorship requirements this season and help them showcase their sports brand in countries far and wide.”Tempobet.com was founded in 2007 and now offers a comprehensive antepost and live sports betting service, as well as casino, virtual games, binary options, and lottery. Submit Share Related Articlescenter_img SBC’s on the Ball: The Football League in focus May 4, 2018 Government to prohibit Wembley gambling sponsorships September 5, 2018 Share The brand is now a fixture among sports fans having undergone rapid international growth in recent years, a position which has been cemented by a series of high-profile sponsorship deals.last_img read more