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first_imgBianca Andreescu won the US Open when she defeated Serena Williams last year Andreescu has been out injured since November 2019 Andreescu has been out injured since November 2019

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Why This Contentious Transition Is So Perilous for the Economy

first_imgAnd so the nation is, once more, counting down the months before a new administration changes the country’s direction, wondering what policy the federal government will pursue in the interim, and watching a pre-existing problem that may easily spiral out of control while we wait.The good news is that there is a strong possibility that we could have an effective vaccine widely available sometime next year. Even in that circumstance, though, there were still significant disagreements in how to respond to the crisis: how the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) rescue money should be spent, what conditions should be put on banks that received the money, how auto companies should be treated, and much more. People knew a change was coming but not what would happen in the interim, and they worried that no one was really in charge. The crisis escalated.I’ve focused on economic crises, but the issue is even bigger than that. Some of the biggest political crises in the country also happened in transition. In 1860, Abraham Lincoln won the election, promising a sharp break from Democrats and the incumbent, President James Buchanan. Lincoln’s election brought tensions to a boil. States talked openly of seceding.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img President Buchanan, a lame duck, announced that he did not believe the federal government had the authority to stop states from leaving. Within weeks, South Carolina voted to secede, followed by six other states, all before the inauguration. Soon after Lincoln took office, the Civil War began.Which brings us to 2020. Even before the election, the coronavirus had surged and was raging through much of the country. The United States has had more than 140,000 cases in a day,rising numbers of hospitalizations and has even witnessed multiple super-spreader events in the White House that infected the president, his chief of staff, cabinet members and senior advisers.Economists have emphasized from the beginning that controlling the spread of the virus is crucial to fixing the economy. The CARES Act, the rescue package passed in March, provided temporary relief in the hope that the virus would rapidly diminish. But as that money has run out, a wide gulf has opened between the approach of the outgoing Trump administration (which has variously argued for doing less and minimized the seriousness of the problem) and the incoming Biden administration, whose first action after the election was to appoint a board of medical advisers and push an aggressive agenda to get the coronavirus under control.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Bolton 2 – 0 Salford City

first_imgpreview image The Irish marksman, back after a four-match hamstring injury, showed those finishing skills again in Friday’s Greater Manchester derby as he netted Wanderers’ 24th-minute opener from skipper Antoni Sarcevic’s astute pass. 2:30 2:10 – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ian Evatt said he was pleased with how his Bolton side ‘grafted’ in their 2-0 win over Salford – Advertisement – preview image Bolton’s victory, which lifted Ian Evatt’s team five places up to 15th, was guaranteed when Jordan Turnbull volleyed Gethin Jones’ hopeful punt upfield past Vaclav Hladky midway through the second half.Sarcevic might have made it 3-0 from Doyle’s assist but Wanderers finished comfortable winners of the first meeting between the clubs. Bolton’s other hero was 38-year-old debut goalkeeper Matt Gilks, making his first appearance since playing for Fleetwood against Liverpool U21s in September 2019.The former Scottish international, preferred to on-loan youngster Billy Crellin, tipped away Brandon Thomas-Asante’s 20-yard drive when his team led 1-0 and later kept out Ash Hunter’s low drive. Man-of-the-match winner Matt Gilks said he could not have asked for a better night after keeping a clean sheet on his debut against Salford Richie Wellens suffered a first defeat as Salford manager as his former striker Eoin Doyle set Bolton on the way to a 2-0 Sky Bet League Two win.Doyle scored 23 goals in 23 games for Wellens when the pair helped Swindon into League One last season.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Ridge, Veneman mark launch of food and ag security centers

first_img Ridge and Veneman described the grants as part of a comprehensive national strategy to strengthen the nation’s defenses against terrorism. The launching “is one more example of a national coordinated effort integrating public, private, and academic sectors,” said Ridge. “It’s one more signal to the world of our resolve to defeat terrorism and become smarter, more sophisticated, and safer every day.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plans to provide $15 million to the food protection center and $18 million to the animal disease center over the next 3 years. The grants were first announced in late April. “Researchers here will partner with industry leaders to establish best practices to manage and respond to food contaminations—whether they are intentional or naturally occurring,” he said. “The administration has supported record funding levels for safeguarding animal and plant health and food safety,” she said. “The president’s budget for fiscal year 2005 includes $381 million for new food and agricultural defense initiatives as well as $60 million for BSE [bovine spongiform encephalopathy] or mad cow disease.” Veneman also said, “We’re in the process of establishing a national food and agricultural organization sector council . . . to expedite the communication of threat intelligence with key individuals in the private sector.” The two centers join another Homeland Security “Center of Excellence” already in operation: the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California. Veneman said the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is increasing its research in security-related areas, including new vaccines and rapid diagnostic tests for a variety of animal diseases. The department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has “set up a state-of-the-art emergency operations center in Riverdale, Maryland,” she added. In discussing the animal disease center, Ridge said, “The Aggies will work closely with others in academia, industry, and government to address potential health risks such as foot-and-mouth disease and avian flu.” In researching food-and-mouth disease, Texas A&M will collaborate with DHS’s Plum Island Animal Disease Center, according to a DHS fact sheet. Ridge and Veneman came to Minneapolis to herald the establishment of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, based at the University of Minnesota, and the National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense, based at Texas A&M University. Ridge used the occasion to announce plans for a fourth DHS center of excellence. DHS is inviting applications for funding of a new center that “will focus on the behavioral and social aspects of terrorism and counterterrorism,” he said. “It will study both the behavior of terrorists, as well as the social effects of terrorist threats and attacks on our population.” He offered no details on the level of funding or timeline. Ridge asserted that all sectors of society must cooperate to boost the nation’s security. “It’s important to continue to note that homeland security is more than just a federal department with 180,000 employees. Ultimately homeland security is about the integration of an entire nation,” he said.center_img He said he and other federal officials had just been shown examples of some of the research projects that the new center will support. One was a portable device, for use by laboratories and first responders, that could potentially detect up to 96 food contaminants. Other projects include two computer systems for simulating attacks on the food supply and testing responses to them. Apr 27, 2004, CIDRAP News story on the original announcement of funding for the food protection and foreign animal disease centers See also: Jul 6, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The launching of separate national research centers for food security and foreign animal diseases was hailed by Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge and Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman in a ceremony at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis today. Veneman talked about the Bush administration’s overall efforts to improve food and agricultural security. She said President Bush signed a directive last January that sets forth a national strategy for food and agriculture, which includes the three centers of excellence launched so far. A DHS fact sheet listed a number of other DHS and USDA initiatives related to food and agricultural biosecurity. Among them is “the National Consumer Complaint Monitoring System, a surveillance and sentinel system that monitors and tracks food-related consumer complaints 24/7 and serves as a real-time, early warning system of a potential attack on the food supply.” Veneman and Ridge addressed a crowd of dignitaries and reporters at the university’s McNamara Alumni Center. Ridge called the food security center—which involves three other universities as well as state agencies, food companies, professional organizations, and individual researchers at still other universities—”the heart and soul of our efforts to protect America’s food supply.” July 6 USDA news release dealing with the food protection and animal disease centers and other issues (see last three paragraphs)http://www.usda.gov/Newsroom/0276.04.html She used her talk as the occasion to announce that USDA is committing $100 million for emergency response services and equipment in rural areas. Under the plan, $1 of every $5 of fiscal 2004 funds for community facilities will be dedicated to emergency response services, according to a USDA news release.last_img read more

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Knowing local conditions can help in spotting tularemia

first_imgFeb 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Knowledge of the local epidemiology of tularemia can help healthcare providers identify the disease and recommend locally appropriate prevention and control steps, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The report focuses on an uncommon route of tularemia transmission that was repeatedly found in recent cases in Wyoming: insect bites. Deerflies, horseflies, or other insects are considered the culprits behind 7 of 11 human tularemia cases that occurred there from 2001 through 2003, the CDC says in the Feb 25 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Tick bites and handling of infected animals are the most common route of infection with tularemia, one of the six diseases considered most likely to be spread by terrorists. People can also contract it from insect bites, eating or drinking contaminated food or water, or inhaling the bacteria, according to the CDC.The illness, which is caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis, occurs in six syndromes, of which ulceroglandular is the most common. The disease can be fatal if left untreated, but the overall case-fatality rate in the United States is less than 2%, according to a review published in 2001.The recent cases in Wyoming might have stood out initially because of their numbers. Six confirmed and five probable human tularemia cases occurred from 2001 through 2003 in western and southwestern Wyoming, versus only 10 cases from 1990 through 2000, the report says.The outbreak, however, became noteworthy for another reason when investigators from the state health department learned that insects (deerflies, horseflies, flies and/or fleas) were the most likely mode of transmission in 7 of the 11 cases. In contrast, none of the cases in the preceding decade had been linked to insect bites. Six of the seven patients suffered ulceroglandular tularemia, and one had typhoidal tularemia, the report says.Most of the recent human cases were in southwestern Wyoming, and there were signs of a tularemia outbreak among rabbits in that part of the state during the same years, the article says. The state health department learned in October 2003 that two ill rabbits from the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge had tested positive for the disease. Refuge staff also noted higher numbers of sick or dead rabbits during 2002 and 2003.There was evidence of a possible link between the apparent rabbit outbreak and the human cases, according to the report. F tularensis isolates from the six confirmed human cases were classified into types A or B. Five of the six isolates were from southwestern Wyoming, where the rabbit outbreak was believed to have occurred, and all five were type A, the type usually associated with rabbits.In addition, the CDC reports that laboratory studies as far back as 1919 confirmed that deerflies can spread tularemia among animals.The lesson is that local conditions matter. “Because proper diagnosis and treatment of tularemia relies on a high index of suspicion and clinical presentation is related to the method of acquisition . . . healthcare providers should understand the local epidemiology of tularemia,” the report says. “On the basis of this knowledge, public health officials can recommend locally appropriate prevention and control measures.””In addition, a local epizootic of tularemia might correlate with an increase in human cases and should heighten awareness that tularemia might be a possibility in clinically compatible cases,” the article says.The findings were limited by patients’ possible recall bias, as well as the potential for unrecognized modes of transmission, the article says.CDC. Tularemia transmitted by insect bites—Wyoming, 2001-2003. MMWR 2005 Feb 25:54(7):170-3 [Full text]See also:CIDRAP overview of tularemialast_img read more

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FDA has new test for possible bioterror agents

first_img In the report, Wilkes and colleagues describe how they tested pyrolysis mass spectrometry on the foodborne pathogens Vibrio parahaemolyticus and Salmonella enterica, a mosquito-control product containing Bacillus thuringiensis, and several inert powders. (B thuringiensis was used in a bioterrorism hoax in 2001 in which a rapid screening kit wrongly identified the material as anthrax, the report says.) Aug 3 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01424.html Research report in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry Aug 4, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says it is developing a technology that can identify real or fake bioterrorism agents faster and more cheaply than existing methods. “The testing process works in a way similar to the FBI’s fingerprint library for criminals,” the FDA said. “A researcher can take patterns generated by a mass spectrometer’s analysis of a substance to be identified and compare them to a database of known substances, for immediate recognition.” “We hope to see the testing put into place by government and industry in the near future,” said Dr. John Wilkes, PhD, of the FDA’s National Center for Toxicological Research, lead author of the research report. The technique uses mass spectrometry to sort out different species and strains of bacteria and distinguish them from inert substances such as flour and cornstarch, often used in bioterrorism hoaxes, the FDA said in a news release yesterday. Mass spectrometry sorts ionized particles according to their weight, usually by passing them through a magnetic field and then using a photographic plate or some other device to trace their different paths.center_img The FDA said it is working with an industrial firm under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement to commercialize the technique for quality control in food manufacturing and for counterterrorism applications. Many other tests use DNA amplification via polymerase chain reaction, which costs from $15 to $50 per sample and takes about 24 hours, the FDA said. Also, such tests can’t identify substances containing no DNA, such as poisons, RNA viruses, or organic chemicals, according to the research report. See also: The technique distinguished the bacterial samples from the inert powders and the Vibrio from the Salmonella species, according to the report. Further, the investigators were able to distinguish two different Vibrio strains and two S enterica serotypes. They even distinguished the mosquito-control product, a mixture of bacteria and other substances, from the other bacteria and powders. With the new technique, it takes 3 to 8 hours to prepare a sample for testing but only about 7 minutes to run the test, the FDA said. The cost is as low as $2 per sample. The FDA’s technique, called pyrolysis mass spectrometry, uses heat to vaporize the substance to be tested and then bombards it with argon atoms to cause ionization, according to a report by the FDA researchers in the journal Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.last_img read more

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Second Indonesian avian flu death in a week confirmed

first_imgAug 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that a 17-year-old girl who died yesterday in Jakarta province had H5N1 avian influenza, marking the country’s second case this week.The WHO statement said the case was confirmed by Indonesia’s Ministry of Health. Indonesia’s case count now stands at 56 cases with 44 deaths—the most deaths in any country to date.An investigation into the source of the girl’s infection found that pet pigeons were kept inside her home and that several neighbors kept flocks of backyard poultry, the WHO reported. Animal health workers have collected samples from birds in the neighborhood for testing as part of an ongoing investigation.Human cases of H5N1 avian influenza from Indonesia are now being confirmed by WHO more quickly because the organization is accepting national notification of confirmed cases, WHO spokesperson Dick Thompson told the Associated Press today. Based on the WHO’s long experience with the Indonesian labs, he said further testing at an outside laboratory is no longer needed.See also:Aug 9 WHO situation updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_08_09/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Assessing corporate executives on pandemic preparedness engagement

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Michael Evangelides, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP, extracted the following information from three surveys of corporate preparedness conducted in 2005 and 2006 by Deloitte’s Center for Health Solutions and Deloitte Consulting with guidance from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP). Among the executives he surveyed, Evangelides found:Human resource executivesUnderstand the threatHave been involved in the preparedness processBelieve that their organizations have made significant progress in preparednessRisk management executivesUnderstand the threatHave been involved in the preparedness processDon’t believe their companies are well preparedFinancial executivesHave some understanding of the threatAren’t involved in the preparedness processDon’t believe their companies are well preparedBelieve pandemic preparedness should be a higher prioritySource: “Corporate Pandemic Preparedness from Multiple Perspectives: Insights from National Surveys of Chief Financial, Human Resource and Risk Officers,” a PowerPoint presentation delivered Feb 5, 2007, at CIDRAP’s Business Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza: Second National Summit in Orlando, FL.last_img read more

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Another Thai province reports H5N1 outbreak

first_imgNov 13, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Officials in Thailand said today that H5N1 avian influenza struck poultry in Uthai Thani, the second province to report the virus in less than a week.Sakchai Sriboonsue, director-general of the province’s livestock department, said laboratory tests detected the H5N1 virus in chickens from a backyard farm after several of the birds died, according to a report today from the Associated Press. Uthai Thani is in northern Thailand.On Nov 11, Thai officials reported an outbreak in Sukhothai province, the country’s first in about 10 months. Sukhothai is located north of Uthai Thani.In their report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) detailing that outbreak, Thai authorities said five birds at the affected household were first thought to have died from Escherichia coli infections and intestinal parasites. However, samples submitted to the National Veterinary Laboratory in Bangkok revealed the H5N1 virus. The report said authorities were still investigating the source of the virus.Yesterday media outlets in Thailand reported more potential outbreaks in Sukothai province. The Bangkok Post reported that livestock officials discovered the virus on a fighting cock farm in Sawankhalok in the northern part of the province. Initial tests confirmed the birds were infected with an avian influenza virus, but officials were awaiting the results of tests to identify the strain. The Post report said no bird deaths were reported at the farm.Also, The Nation, a Bangkok newspaper, reported that the virus had spread to another farm in Sawankhalok district, killing 30 chickens. Public health officials buried the dead birds, sent samples for testing, disinfected the village, and targeted 385 chickens from nearby farms for culling, according to the report.In other developments, Thailand’s public health ministry today put nine northern provinces under special watch for avian influenza, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The Post listed the provinces as Phitsanulok, Tak, Phetchabun, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Kamphaeng Phet, and Phichit.Officials also told hospitals in the provinces not to wait for lab test results before treating patients who have suspected H5N1 infections or who live in areas where birds have died, Xinhua reported.Elsewhere, a local newspaper in Vietnam, Liberty Saigon, reported that the People’s Committee in Nghe An province, in the central part of the country, confirmed that H5N1 struck about 1,000 birds at the Dien Hong commune, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua.In early October the same province reported that the virus hit about 300 ducks at a small farm, according to earlier reports.See also: Nov 10 OIE reportNov 10 CIDRAP News story “H5N1 hits poultry in Thailand”last_img read more

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The Executive Board of KUH held a meeting with the Minister of Tourism

first_imgA meeting between the Minister of Tourism and the Executive Board of KUH was held today in Njivice on the island of Krk.The topic of conversation was the current state of camping in Croatia, laws on tourist and other construction land and maritime property, increase in sojourn tax, Robinson accommodation and further development and course of the tourist year. “The camping segment of tourist accommodation will be the first sector in tourism that will surpass the results of tourist traffic from the pre-war period of Croatian tourism, but with significantly higher revenues than then. In the middle of the 80’s of the last century, Croatian camping realized 17,5 million overnight stays, and this year we expect to exceed that number, ie that this will be a record year for Croatian camping.”, Said the President of the Executive Board of the Croatian Camping Association Tihomir Nikolaš.According to the Strategy for the Development of Croatian Tourism until 2020, the share of camps should remain at approximately the same level, with improved quality and enrichment of the offer. “The Croatian Camping Association is one of the key partners and associations in tourism with which the Ministry of Tourism has been cooperating intensively for many years. Camping is an extremely important accommodation segment for Croatian tourism, not only because of the high share in total tourist traffic, but also because of the fact that guests who visit camps mostly stay in Croatia for more than 10 days. That is why it is extremely important to continue positive cooperation in the form of development strategies and quality improvement, but also in the segment of harmonization of legal provisions.”, Said Minister Cappelli.According to data from the eVisitor system, there are a total of 434 camps in Croatia, of which the largest number are located in Zadar County (159), Istria (63), Split-Dalmatia County (53) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar County (51). During 2016, 2,5 million tourist arrivals were realized in the camps, which realized 17,2 million overnight stays, which also represents a share of 19 percent in the total overnight stays during 2016. In the first six months of 2017, 800 tourist arrivals were realized in the camps, which resulted in 4,3 million overnight stays, which compared to the same period last year represents an increase of 26 percent in arrivals and 28 percent in overnight stays. The largest number of overnight stays in camps in 2017 was realized in Istria, followed by Primorje-Gorski Kotar, Zadar and Split-Dalmatia counties.Also, in Croatia in the first six months the number of guests increased by 23 percent compared to the same period last year, and in the first eight days of July the number of guests increased by about eight percent and the number of overnight stays by 15 percent.last_img read more

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