H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Pandemic declared, global case counts, Tamiflu shortage, Hong Kong closes all schools, pneumococcal vaccine

first_imgJun 11, 2009WHO declares influenza pandemic phase 6The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the novel H1N1 virus has achieved pandemic status. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan announced the move to pandemic alert phase 6. “The scientific criteria for a pandemic have been met,” she said. “The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic.” She noted that most cases have been mild and the epidemic been moderate in relatively well-off countries, but a “bleaker picture” may emerge as it spreads in poor countries.[Jun 11 Chan statement]Global H1N1 count nears 29,000The WHO today released its latest case count for novel H1N1 influenza worldwide: 28,774 cases and 144 deaths in 74 countries, up 1,037 cases and 3 deaths from yesterday’s numbers. Countries reporting the greatest increase in laboratory-confirmed cases since yesterday were Mexico (524 new cases), Britain (156), Australia (83), Japan (33), and China (32).[WHO update 47]Australians urged to conserve TamifluSupplies of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) are scarce at some Australian pharmacies, prompting health minister Nicola Roxon to state that many patients with mild illnesses don’t need that drug and that government stockpiles are reserved for those at highest risk, such as those with underlying medical conditions, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported today. The country’s case count has risen to 1,275, with several hospitalizations, including four with reportedly no risk factors in intensive care units.Manitoba intensifies measures to limit novel flu spreadAmid rising novel flu cases and hospitalizations, Manitoba’s regional health authority warned residents to limit hospital visits and asked people with flulike symptoms to stay away, the Winnipeg Globe and Mail reported today. Two more people were placed on ventilators yesterday, bringing the total to 27. Many are from the province’s First Nations communities. The chief of one group said authorities are sanitizing public places and that crowded housing is contributing to flu spread.Hong Kong closes all schools after finding local clusterHong Kong’s government announced today that it has identified its first local novel H1N1 case cluster, in a school, which prompted government officials to close all schools and childcare centers from tomorrow until Jun 25. Officials also announced plans to open eight designated flu clinics on Jun 13, which could expand to 10 more sites if needed. Officials noted their approach to control the spread of the virus is moving from containment to mitigation.CDC urges pneumococcal vaccine for at-risk groupsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted interim guidance on use of the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine during the novel flu outbreak. The vaccine is still recommended for those age 65 or older and patients aged 2 to 64 who have certain high-risk conditions. However, the CDC urges that those younger than 65 who have underlying health conditions receive the vaccine, because vaccination rates are low and rates of severe novel H1N1 infections are high.[Jun 9 CDC 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine guidance]last_img read more

Foss: State’s Amazon deal warranted scrutiny

first_imgThis latest twist in the ongoing GE saga is just another reminder that the incentives states use to attract businesses don’t always live up to the hype. There are countless examples of companies that received generous government subsidies but failed to produce the jobs they promised or make promised investments. One of the bigger boondoggles in recent memory is Wisconsin’s decision to award the Taiwan-based electronics company Foxconn $4 billion in subsidies to build a massive new facility that would employ 13,000 people. These lofty plans have since been scaled back, and the promised jobs seem unlikely to materialize. I don’t know what Amazon would or wouldn’t have done had it built a second headquarters in New York City, and perhaps the $3 billion in incentives offered by the state would one day have seemed like a great deal, though I have my doubts. What I do know is that, given their spotty track record, these deals shouldn’t be above scrutiny or criticism. New Yorkers are right to object to the lack of transparency, accountability and public involvement that characterized the state’s effort to bring Amazon to New York City, and to ask whether the cost would have been worth it. In all likelihood, it wouldn’t have been.  Categories: News, OpinionOn the same day Amazon announced that, no, it won’t be building a second headquarters in New York City after all, I found myself reading about General Electric. It was just a few years ago that Massachusetts scored what appeared to be a major economic development coup, luring GE to Boston with a $150 million incentive package.  Things haven’t worked out as planned, to put it mildly. Last week the struggling company announced that it will sell the parcel of land where its new Boston headquarters was supposed to go, and reimburse $87 million in state money used to acquire and prep the property.  Certainly, it wouldn’t have taken much for him to convince people the company was acting in good faith — to demonstrate some concern about Amazon’s impact on housing prices, homelessness or New York City’s already overburdened public transportation system. Of course, state leaders, from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on down, could have done more to make the case that Amazon’s presence would have been good for New York.But they didn’t, and were ill-prepared to do anything other than lash out at their opponents when the deal fell apart in such shocking and unexpected fashion. If the Amazon saga has one lesson, it’s that it’s no longer enough to entice a big business to your community. You also need to justify the expense, and explain how the average person will benefit.Neither Bezos nor Cuomo did this, and it’s ultimately what doomed Amazon’s plans for New York. Reach Gazette columnist Sara Foss at sfoss@dailygazette.net. Opinions expressed here are her own and not necessarily the newspaper’s.More from The Daily Gazette:Controversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Crossgates mall sues for $20M-plus as Lord & Taylor shuts downMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashFeds: Painting stolen by Nazis and found at Arkell Museum returned to familycenter_img In an essay titled, “Handing Out Tax Breaks to Businesses is Worst Than Useless,” the writer and urban theorist Richard Florida makes the case that our current approach to economic development is hugely wasteful. States, Florida writes, “shell out too much money up front. They front-load incentives, instead of watching how businesses that are getting the incentives perform over time. Companies are able to take the incentives and can be slow to deliver on jobs or follow on investments, or in some cases just pull up shop altogether. … Basically, states hand over the money to companies and then do not even follow up to see if they are working or not.” Whether the uproar over New York’s incentives for Amazon sparks a larger movement to reform our broken system of economic development remains to be seen.But it should. There’s a better way to do things — one that takes the concerns of residents into consideration and treating the community as a partner, rather than an irritation to be subdued and overcome. Amazon had little interest in addressing the questions raised by its opponents, opting to scrap its plan to build in Queens rather than deal with these perfectly valid concerns. This “my way or the highway” approach doesn’t reflect favorably on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, suggesting that in addition to being the richest man on earth he might also be the most thin-skinned. last_img read more

How Arsenal chiefs reacted to Monchi snub as they start making summer transfer plans

first_img Video Settings About Connatix V67539 Top articles Monchi explained his decision to return to Sevilla at a press conference on Monday (Getty)Arsenal could appoint from within and current head of international recruitment, Francis Cagigao, is the frontrunner among the internal options.Speaking about Arsenal’s offer, Monchi said: ‘I thank Arsenal for their interest. It has been the club that has shown the most interest in me but, in the end, I evaluated all of the offers I had on the table and I chose the one that convinced me most.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal by Metro Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Coming Next How Arsenal chiefs reacted to Monchi snub as they start making summer transfer plans Full Screen 1/1 Read More PLAY The sporting director decided to return to old club Sevilla (Picture: AP)Arsenal’s board are not worried about Monchi’s decision to turn them down, with their summer transfer plans already well advanced despite the absence of a sporting director.The 50-year-old Spaniard had been in talks with Arsenal over a move to north London, where he would have been reunited with Unai Emery, but opted to return ‘home’ to Sevilla instead.Monchi had been the Gunners’ top target to fill the void left by Sven Mislintat, but the Evening Standard report the club are in no rush to find someone else. / Read More Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 19 Mar 2019 12:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link241Sharescenter_img Read More Advertisement In fact, it is claimed that Arsenal’s already established plans were part of the reason why Monchi turned them down, preferring a clean slate and free reign at Sevilla.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHe also would have had a very limited budget to work with, with Arsenal only able to spend £40million if they fail to qualify for the Champions League.There is likely to be little money made from player sales either, with the likes of Petr Cech, Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey all leaving for nothing when their contracts expire. Skip Advertisement Read More Emery’s top target is a centre-back but he’ll only have £40m to spend (Picture: Getty)Arsenal chiefs are described as ‘disappointed but relaxed’ about the snub and have already identified the areas of the squad that need strengthening – and potential targets.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Manchester United captain Harry Maguire 1 min. story Skip Ad Read More Comment SPONSOREDlast_img read more

Iowa lawmakers to weigh hemp regulations

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa legislators must create rules to regulate hemp production in the state now that Congress has legalized the crop and farmers are eager to start planting.Hemp comes from the same plant as marijuana but doesn’t contain THC, the compound that causes a high. Hemp is used in clothing, textiles, building materials, paper and food.Congress approved hemp production in the 2018 farm bill. The Iowa attorney general and state agriculture officials will meet this month to discuss state regulations for hemp.One issue lawmakers may consider is if hemp should be allowed to make cannabidiol. Advocates say CBD can treat anxiety, epilepsy and depression.While hemp-derived CBD is allowed federally, Iowa’s medical marijuana law doesn’t allow CBD to be processed from industrial hemp.last_img read more

Get into golf and get active in Nottingham

first_img Golf is moving out of its traditional setting and into the parks and leisure centres of Nottingham this summer with free, informal sessions to attract new people to the game. Get into golf opportunities from England Golf are on offer as part of the city’s 2016 ParkLives programme which encourages people to make the most of their local park – and 120 have already taken part Weekly sessions are taking place in Wollaton Hall Gardens and Deer Park, Bulwell Hall Park and Woodthrope Grange Park over the coming months, with Family Fun activities during the school holidays. There are also follow on opportunities for people who want to keep on playing, with further Get into golf activity available in both the city and county. People attending major summer events, such as the Riverside Festival, will also have the chance to try golf in an informal setting. Golf was also offered to people trying new activities on the FREESport programme at Harvey Hadden Sports Village. The eight-week programme, which also included opportunities to try tennis and badminton, proved so popular that golf sessions are continuing there every Thursday from 10 till 12. Meanwhile, the ‘Nifty Fifties’ group at Portland Leisure Centre are also taking golf sessions. In addition, women’s groups are being invited to try golf as part of England Golf’s programme to show that #ThisGirlCan. A Girls Golf Rocks project, run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation and supported by young county players, has also been launched to offer a fun and friendly introduction to girls. Both these initiatives are running right across Nottinghamshire. The Get into golf activity is all part of a project to test new ideas run by England Golf, the Nottinghamshire Golf Development Group and Nottingham City Council. It supports the city’s strategy to get more people physically active and it aims to banish out-dated perceptions about golf and remove barriers to playing. The activities promote the health and wellbeing benefits of golf and its social appeal. For example, in a 9-hole round a player will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories. Claire Hodgson, England Golf’s Head of Participation, commented: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Nottingham City Council and tapping into their local expertise and knowledge to help take golf into the city. “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to introduce golf to people who may not normally try it and promote golf in a non-traditional way to help break down some of the perceptions which are out there. We’ve had a great response so far and we’re looking forward to getting more people active through golf during the summer months.” The project presents a great chance for golf clubs in and around Nottingham to promote opportunities to new and returning golfers. Golf club staff and volunteers are welcome to attend sessions and get involved. Two newly appointed Get into golf Engagement Officers, Nyle Challinor and Jason Froggatt, are involved in the project, working closely with Nottinghamshire’s County Development Officers.  Get into golf is England Golf’s campaign to inspire people to take up golf and play more often. To find out more about the activities on offer visit Get Into Golf and www.parklives.com Clubs seeking further information should contact the Nottinghamshire CDOs: Matt Bloor matt.bloor@sportnottinghamshire.co.uk  or Alice Lowe a.lowe@englandgolf.org 15 Jul 2016 Get into golf and get active in Nottingham last_img read more

Stephens rallies to reach final vs Svitolina

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “I think physically in the end it was just about running and chasing every ball.”Bertens played too risky a brand of tennis, posting 41 winners to 12 for Svitolina, but also making 63 to 36 unforced errors.“There’s still lots of work ahead,” said sixth-seeded Svitolina. “It’s the last match of the season, definitely now, and I’m going to give my best and leave everything on court.”Svitolina is chasing her fourth title this season, having already won at Brisbane, Dubai and Rome.Svitolina qualified for a second consecutive WTA Finals this year only because her Dutch opponent on Saturday failed to reach the Moscow semifinals. The eighth-seeded Bertens eventually qualified for the eight-player field when No. 1 Simona Halep withdrew from the tournament with a back injury.Bertens saved one set point on her serve in the 10th game of the first set, but couldn’t repeat that trick in the 12th game, double-faulting at 15-40 to surrender the set.Bertens failed to capitalize on four set points ahead of the second set tiebreaker, but pushed the match into a decisive third set with a return winner on her next set point.Serving for her place in the final, Svitolina saved two break points before shutting Bertens down.This year is the first time since the round-robin format was reintroduced in 2003 that none of the top four seeded players — No. 1 Angelique Kerber, No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 3 Osaka and No. 4 Petra Kvitova — reached the semifinals. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Both Svitolina and Stephens posted 3-0 round-robin records before winning their semifinals.Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, let out a huge yell on breaking her Czech opponent’s serve in the third game of the second set after trailing 6-0, 2-0.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissFrom there Stephens found her footing and seventh-seeded Pliskova began to derail.After Stephens had lost the first eight games, the American said she was thinking “I made it all the way to the semifinal, and I’m going to lose? … I was, like, I’m going to lose 0-0. It’s like I’m trying so hard. Nothing’s working. But then I won one game. Then you know the rest.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Stephens reached her second Grand Slam final at the French Open in June. She has won one title at Miami this season.Pliskova was only a point away from a 3-0 lead in the second set.“I think set and a half I was playing very well,” said Pliskova.Last year Svitolina became the first Ukrainian woman to play singles at the WTA Finals. This year Svitolina became the first woman from her country to reach the season-ending final after beating Kiki Bertens 7-5, 6-7 (5), 6-4.“It feels amazing and it was such a tough battle today,” said Svitolina, who pumped her fists and then blew kisses to the crowd after winning.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sloane Stephens of the United States plays a return shot while competing against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during their women’s singles semi final match at the WTA tennis finals in Singapore, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)SINGAPORE — Sloane Stephens overcame a terrible start against Karolina Pliskova to win 0-6, 6-4, 6-1 at the WTA Finals on Saturday, setting up a championship match against Elina Svitolina.“I came out here a little bit nervous and I wasn’t quite feeling the ball,” said the fifth-seeded Stephens, who is making her debut at the tournament this year. “I just tried to stay in it. I was very proud of my effort today.”ADVERTISEMENT Breakthroughlast_img read more