Different Virus Responses – The New York Times

first_imgWant to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up.Good morning. The U.S. and Europe are responding to the latest virus waves differently, and one approach is working better than the other. Make pan-seared gyoza — Japanese dumplings filled with ground pork, cabbage, chives, ginger and garlic.What to Listen to15 new tracks by Foo Fighters, Shania Twain, Billie Eilish and more.Fine ArtA new building at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston showcases works by Latin American and Latino artists who are rarely shown in the U.S. (In Opinion, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican former member of Congress, and Ken Salazar, Barack Obama’s former interior secretary, argue that the country should create a museum honoring American Latino history and culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.) “I’m sure the Europeans didn’t want to restrict their activities any more than we do,” Janet Baseman, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, told me over the weekend. “Everyone is tired and ready for this to end, but we have to accept the reality of the data before us.”Many Americans have resisted accepting that reality. Across much of the country, restaurants remain open for indoor dining. Last week, New York State announced a new policy that public health experts consider to be a bizarre middle ground: Businesses with a liquor license can stay open until 10 p.m.- Advertisement – As you can see, both the U.S. and Europe have been coping with severe outbreaks, with caseloads rising even faster in much of Europe than in the U.S. during much of this fall. But over the past two weeks, France, Germany, Spain and Britain have managed to reduce their growth rates.- Advertisement – What is Europe doing differently? It is cracking down on the kind of indoor gatherings that most commonly spread the virus. England closed pubs, restaurants, gyms and more on Nov. 5 and announced they would remain closed until at least Dec. 2. France, Germany’s regional governments and the Catalonia region of Spain have also shut restaurants, among other businesses. Morning ReadsTrilobites: Platypuses glow under black light. Scientists have no idea why.Lives Lived: Lee Hyo-jae championed women’s rights and democracy in South Korea, helping abolish the country’s patriarchal naming system and standing up to its military dictatorship in the 1980s. She died at 95.Subscribers make our reporting possible, so we can help you make sense of the moment. If you’re not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today. The European approach seems to be working better.Look at this chart, which shows the number of new daily virus cases in five countries, adjusted for population size:center_img And the virus is now spreading so rapidly in the U.S. that keeping schools open does pose risks, including the chance that teachers, janitors and other workers infect one another. To keep schools open in a safe way, the U.S. would probably first need to close other public places. Only a few states — including Michigan, Oregon, New Mexico and Washington — have closed indoor dining recently.“The U.S. case and hospitalization numbers we’re seeing right now are chilling,” Baseman said.But if there are no perfect solutions to the pandemic, there are better and worse ones. Right now, the U.S. seems to be falling well short of what’s possible.THE LATEST NEWSThe Virus – Advertisement – At last, Princess Diana entersSince Netflix’s “The Crown” began airing in 2016, fans have excitedly anticipated Princess Diana’s character. This weekend, she arrived, in the first episode of the show’s fourth season.It covers Diana from age 16 to 28, starting in the late 1970s. Emma Corrin, in her first prominent role, is playing the part. Sarah Lyall, a former London correspondent for The Times, writes that Corrin nails “the princess’s seductive signature gesture — head tilting to the side, eyes glancing coquettishly upward through her bangs.”The portrayal is based on interviews, news media accounts and a tell-all 1992 biography by Andrew Morton. Diana made revisions to the manuscript in her own handwriting and personally approved every page, Morton has said.One new challenge for this show: A large part of its audience will have lived through the events it’s depicting, like Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles and Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as prime minister. Can the show still feel like the escape that the first three seasons were? “As always, they have taken many cinematic liberties,” Sarah writes. “‘Crown’ watchers in Britain are already debating what is accurate and what has been changed for dramatic purposes.”PLAY, WATCH, EATWhat to Cook The one indoor activity that appears to present less risk is school, especially elementary school. Why? Young children seem to spread the virus less often than adults do. “Research has shown that if you put social-distancing protocols in place, school is actually quite a safe environment,” Andreas Schleicher, who studies schools for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, told NPR.Closing schools and switching entirely to remote learning, on the other hand, has big social costs. Children are learning less, and many parents, mostly mothers, have dropped out of the labor force. The U.S. is suffering from both of these problems and from a raging pandemic.There are no easy answers, to be sure. Closing restaurants and other businesses creates economic hardship (which some European countries are trying to reduce through government aid). As the coronavirus has surged again in recent weeks, much of the United States has chosen to keep restaurants open and schools closed. Much of Europe has done the opposite.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Chemours places workers’ pensions with APF

first_imgFrans van Dorsten, the pension fund’s chair, said Nationale Nederlanden would – in a one-off measure – compensate 91% of the indexation pensioners and deferred participants had missed so far.In addition, the insurer will pay an annual indexation varying from 1.35% to 1.8%, depending on the pension arrangements for the deferred members and pensioners within the pension fund.According to Centraal Beheer APF, the employer will pay €4m for additional inflation compensation for its workers.Thier indexation perspective was already good as the pension fund’s coverage ratio was 130% when the deal with Centraal Beheer APF was concluded, according to the chair.At the end of 2018, Chemours’s company scheme had €1.2bn of assets under management. The Dutch branch of chemical giant Chemours is to place €330m of pension assets of its 475 workers with the consolidation vehicle (APF) of Achmea subsidiary Centraal Beheer.In a press release, APF said that Chemours’ staff pensions will be housed in an individual compartment, which is to receive annual contributions of €7m.Last summer, the pension fund announced it would move €820m worth of pension rights of its pensioners and deferred participants to Dutch insurer Nationale Nederlanden.The pension fund said dividing pension rights of active participants on one hand, and deferred members and pensioners on the other hand across different managers, would make it easier to recover the inflation compensation in arrears for the two latter groups.last_img read more

Mushrooms Kill Fourth California Senior; U.S. Cases on Rise

first_imgHealthLifestyle Mushrooms Kill Fourth California Senior; U.S. Cases on Rise by: – November 28, 2012 23 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Another person has died after a caregiver at their California senior-care facility served them poisonous mushrooms. (ABC NEWS)Another elderly person has died from accidental mushroom poisoning at a California senior care facility, bringing the death toll to four.The latest victim, 92-year-old Dorothy Mary Hart, died at a nursing home, according to The Associated Press. The date of her death has yet to be released.The first two women died the day after a caregiver at their senior-care facility inadvertently served them a meal with poisonous mushrooms picked on the Loomis, Calif., property Nov. 8. The caregiver and three other residents of Gold Age Villa were hospitalized, according to WTEN-TV, the ABC News affiliate in Sacramento.Hart was among those to be hospitalized after the poisoning, but she was released and living in a nursing home.Teresa Olesniewicz, 73, died the morning of Nov. 9 and Barbara Lopes, 86, died that night, according to the county coroner. Frank Warren Blodget, 90, the third victim, died Nov. 17.“It looks like a tragic accident,” Lt. Mark Reed of the Placer County Sheriff’s Department said.Reed told the Sacramento Bee that the caregiver “just didn’t know” the mushrooms were poisonous. It is not clear what kind of mushroom the victims ate, however.Dr. Pierre Gholam, a liver specialist at University Hospitals in Cleveland, said he has seen an uptick in wild mushroom poisonings in his area, too. More than two dozen patients have arrived in the past three years with telltale mushroom poisoning symptoms, he said, including diarrhea followed by kidney and liver failure.Gholam, speaking to ABC News by phone from a meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases in Boston earlier this month, said doctors there from across the country report similar increases in mushroom poisoning patients, even in areas not typically known for mushroom poisonings, such as the Midwest.Specialists historically see case clusters in Northern California and in the Northeast.“Clearly, there is something that has changed, in my mind, that has led to more mushroom poisoning cases,” he said. “It looks like a nationwide phenomenon.”The reasons are unclear but Gholam suggested that more people could be picking their own mushrooms in the bad economy to save money.Gholam’s hospital is one of only a few authorized by the federal government to give patients an antidote called silibinin, which blocks the poison from attacking the liver. Fourteen patients have come from up to 150 miles away for the life-saving drug.The poison in these mushrooms is called amatoxin, and it’s colorless and odorless, so people who pick or eat them won’t know until it’s too late, Gholam said. The poison fungi can also come in different sizes and shapes. Cooking or freezing the mushrooms does not deactivate the toxin.Typically, people begin to feel sick within six hours of eating the mushrooms, and come down with severe diarrhea, which causes dehydration and kidney failure, he said. Without the antidote, liver failure can set in after 72 hours, and the needs a liver transplant after 96 hours.“I think at this point, it is absolutely critical to spread the word — especially to folks that picked mushrooms — that the landscape has changed,” Gholam said.ABC Newslast_img read more

UW seeks Sweet 16 in ’06

first_imgAfter the women’s soccer team was knocked out of the 2005 NCAA Tournament, the team had time to reflect on what was a whirlwind season.The Badgers struggled in one-goal games throughout the year, losing 8 of 13 such contests and compiling an overall record of 6-8-2, while winning their last four games to get into the Big Ten Tournament.With their backs firmly up against the wall, the Badgers outscored their opponents 12-2 in those final four games and stormed through the Big Ten Tournament to win the championship and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. It was a remarkable turnaround for a team that seemed to be headed toward an early off-season just three weeks prior.That was then.This season, the expectations are distinctly higher for the Badgers. Not only does Wisconsin return first-team all-Big Ten forward Kara Kabellis, both of their top goalies, Lynn Murray and Stefani Szczechowski, and playmaker Taylor Walsh, the Badgers bring in a top recruiting class and a number of capable transfers that bring in new style and confidence to the squad.Wisconsin will carry around 30 players in 2006, which will turn playing minutes into a premium and will certainly raise the level of competition for field time in games and practices.”We’ve deepened our roster in terms of quality players per position,” UW head coach Dean Duerst said. “That blend is important, and no player on the field can just go out and play; they need to perform. Everybody will have that pressure to perform well, knowing that someone could step in and do their job.”The two transfers Wisconsin brought into the program are midfielder Marissa Sarkesian from Texas A&M and forward Sheri Ferron from Seton Hall. In 26 games with Texas A&M, Sarkesian scored 10 points and helped Texas A&M win the Big XII Tournament championship; while Ferron, a native of Brookfield, Wis., played in 13 games during her freshman year with the Pirates.Duerst expects both these players to put in a lot of minutes for Wisconsin, since they have been good additions to the team so far.”Sheri has had a year under her belt, and she can step right in and play,” Duerst said. “Marissa has had two. She fits into our system real well. She’s a good position type player, and Sheri is a mobile player who holds onto the ball real well.”Their experience and confidence from their club backgrounds have really shown and have really added to the depth of this team.”Upon losing top ball strikers Marisa Brown, Jessica Ring and Amy Vermeulen, Duerst and his coaching staff plan on trying different combinations of players throughout the first part of the season to see what clicks for his team offensively.”We’re always going to be planning on making changes,” Duerst said. “We’re always trying to find the right blend to get results. I think what we’re going to see this year is more players getting more minutes and many players not getting as many minutes as they want. We want to see players perform at a high level and give us that energy we need.”From the first game of the 2006 season, Badger fans could see that this women’s soccer team has a lot of fight. The first game of the year against Creighton saw the women down 2-0 with 30 minutes left. While last year’s squad may have folded, this year’s experienced team fought back, scoring three unanswered goals to win their season opener.In their second game against No. 10 California, Wisconsin again found itself in an early hole, down 1-0. However, the Badgers created a number of good scoring opportunities in the second half to give the Bears a scare.It’s the fight from the women that Duerst thought was the most important thing to take away from the first weekend of play.”They have shown the sign of fighting; fighting to get back,” Duerst said. “With us being down two goals against Creighton, that’s soccer. Our team is starting to understand that you can be down one or two goals and put your game together, you can still comeback and win.”Things weren’t going the way we expected and we fought back,” Duerst continued. “We were able to get the result, which is an important thing for us to learn … You can fight back and win games.”After going 1-1 in their first weekend of action, the Badgers now play their next three games on the road against experienced teams, traveling to Nebraska, UC-Santa Barbara and Pepperdine. If UW wants to achieve one of its goals of advancing deep into the postseason, this will be one of the trips that will certainly prepare the team not only for the postseason, but for the rigors of Big Ten Conference play as well.”This team wants to make it to the NCAA Sweet 16,” Duerst said. “This team got a taste of it last year. There are high expectations of this time, and we’re challenging ourselves by the quality of non-conference opponents we are playing. We want to make a statement in conference this year and across the country this season.”last_img read more

Regan Spencer keeps Syracuse field hockey afloat in 3-1 win over Boston College

first_img Related Stories Syracuse field hockey squeaks out 3-1 win over Boston College despite struggling to capitalize Published on September 9, 2016 at 10:38 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Syracuse defenders hunched over in exhaustion. Several minutes had passed. SU simply could not find a way to clear the ball from their zone.It looked as though Boston College was finally ready to make the depleted Orange pay. And the Eagles may have easily capitalized had it not been for spectacular play from senior goalkeeper Regan Spencer about 10 minutes into the game.As a BC forward darted past the front of the net looking to tuck the ball in the corner, Spencer recovered. She scrambled to the ground making a diving, pad-stack save to keep the game tied at zero.Fans cheered, “Yeah, Reg!”as she made another spectacular save, kicking the ball free and helping the Orange advance the ball out of its own zone for the first time in several minutes.No. 1 Syracuse (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) beat No. 18 Boston College (1-3, 0-1), 3-1 at J.S. Coyne Stadium on Friday and Spencer had four saves in the victory. It marked Spencer’s fourth career start for the Orange, but according to her teammates, this breakout performance has been a long time coming.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She has been a behind scene worker for three years now,” fellow senior Liz Sack said. “It’s great to see her take her confidence from off the field and all of her hard work and being able to put it on the field.”As the offense struggled to finish chances, the Orange was forced to turn to its workhorse to lead the comeback charge.Led by Spencer, the Syracuse defense held the Eagles scoreless on three penalty corner attempts. Keeping the Eagles offense at bay proved crucial for Syracuse, as defense led to offense for SU.With Boston College battling in the closing minutes of the game, a couple of Eagles forwards found themselves alone in front of the net. Two forwards against one relentless goalie. Spencer denied the shot blocking their shot with a flare of her pads.The play ended in a corner shot for Boston College which once again ended in a save from Spencer. The ball bounced off Spencer’s pads onto the stick of Roos Weers. Weers sent the ball soaring down the field and found Elaine Carey out in front of the opposite cage for a breakaway goal. This goal was the finishing touch on a 3-1 victory for the Orange.Following the game Spencer was unavailable for interviews but junior center back, Lies Lagerweij, had high praise for her goalkeeper.“(Spencer) is really stepping up there,” Lagerweij said. “From the beginning of the season we knew our starting goalie Jess Jecko from last year left, so we needed someone to step up and I really think she did that.”Following in the footsteps of Jecko isn’t easy but so far Spencer has been up to the task. In the four games she’s appeared in this season, Spencer boasts a 0.99 goals against average right on par with Jecko’s 1.00 average for all of last season. Spencer boasts a 0.79 save percentage along with one shutout.As the Orange delves deeper into its ACC schedule it will look to Spencer to continue her outstanding play. If Friday was any indication, SU won’t be disappointed with what it sees. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more