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

Funding cuts said to threaten states’ preparedness progress

first_imgDec 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Several states have made progress preparing for a major public health emergency such as a pandemic or bioterror attack, but funding shortfalls at the federal level threaten to stall or even reverse recent gains, according to a report today from the nonprofit organization Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).Jeff Levi, PhD, director of TFAH, a health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, said today that despite the progress, his group still has a number of concerns, including some states’ ability to distribute vaccines, antidotes, and medical supplies from the national stockpile and the lack of participation by others in the federal government’s subsidy program for boosting antiviral stockpiles for use during an influenza pandemic.”Differences in state-by-state capacity put the whole country at risk,” Levi said at a press teleconference.The 120-page report, released each year since 2003, gauges the preparedness of each state and the District of Columbia, assesses federal support for state efforts, and recommends measures for boosting the country’s ability to handle an emergency requiring a broad public health response.State preparedness ratingsThe TFAH assessed how states performed on 10 preparedness indicators. Levi said some of the indicators stay the same each year, such as use of a disease surveillance system that is compatible with the national system. However, he said some indicators change to reflect evolving expectations and the availability of new data. This year’s benchmarks include:An adequate plan to distribute emergency vaccines, antidotes, and medical supplies from the Strategic National StockpileParticipation in the federal subsidy for purchase of antiviral drugs for use during a flu pandemicSufficient public health laboratory capabilities to test for biological threatsCapability of laboratories to provide round-the-clock coverage to analyze samplesUse of a disease surveillance system that is compatible with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) integrated, Web-compatible national systemState laws that limit liability exposure for healthcare volunteers who serve during public health emergenciesEngagement in public health emergency preparedness drills or training exercisesA minimum threshold of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers per 100,000 peopleIncreased rates of seasonal flu immunization for adults aged 65 and olderSteady or increased funding for public health programs from 2005-06 to 2006-07Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia met eight or more of the TFAH benchmarks. Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia scored the highest with 10 out of 10. The states scoring lowest, with 6 out of 10, were Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.Only seven states and the District of Columbia lack sufficient capability to test for biological threats, which is down from 11 in last year’s report. However, flu vaccination rates for seniors decreased in 11 states, the report notes.The states that haven’t participated in the federal antiviral subsidy are Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Rhode Island. Levi said some state officials have voiced concerns over the shelf life of antivirals. He said current laws allow states to assume a 7-year shelf life, but federal stockpiles can be extended beyond that, depending on the advice of the US Food and Drug Administration.The two indicators that address healthcare volunteers are designed to draw attention to surge-capacity issues, Levi said. Because officials expect hospitals will be overwhelmed during the next public health emergency, it will be important for healthcare volunteers to fill the gap outside hospitals and clinics, he said. Twenty-one states don’t have laws that protect medical volunteers during an emergency, and 13 do not have at least 14 Medical Reserve Corps Members per 100.000 people, the report says.Exposing funding gapsThough federal officials have advanced disaster preparedness planning with passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act last year and the president’s issuance of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21, the report says federal funding for public health and pandemic preparedness has been “inconsistent and unpredictable.”The report says the Bush administration’s fiscal year 2008 budget includes $146 million in cuts to bioterrorism and public health preparedness capacities, and programs intended to upgrade local preparedness programs and hospital readiness are taking the brunt of the reductions. The cuts represent a 25% drop from 2005 funding levels, TFAH asserts.”And just when we are beginning to see a return on the federal investment in preparedness programs, the President and Congress have continued to cut these funds,” Levi said in a press release that accompanied the report. “These efforts may seem penny wise now, but could prove to be pound foolish later.”See also:Dec 18 TFAH press release, with links to complete reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror07/CIDRAP News story on 2006 TFAH reportOct 22 CIDRAP News story “White House aims to transform public health preparedness”last_img read more

Huntingdon & district

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US envoy to Seoul shaves off controversial moustache

first_imgHarris has several times been the object of controversy in the South, and accused of high-handedness. Even his facial hair became an issue of debate.The envoy’s mother was Japanese and, with Koreans still bitterly resentful of Tokyo’s 1910-45 colonisation of the peninsula, commentators claimed the moustache alluded to the fashions of imperial governors-general from the period.In January Harris retorted that his grooming was a matter of personal choice, and that his critics were “cherry picking history”.해리스 @USAmbROK 주한미국대사가 더운 여름을 좀 더 시원하게 보내기 위해 숀 김 @sykimsy 미국대사 선임고문의 도움을 받아 한국식 이발소를 방문했습니다. 어떤 일이 있었는지 궁금하신가요? 영상으로 확인해보세요! pic.twitter.com/GyQvPRYt7K— U.S. Embassy Seoul (@USEmbassySeoul) July 25, 2020But over the weekend he uploaded a video to social media of him getting the moustache shaved off at a traditional Korean barbershop, saying he did so to keep cool in the Seoul summer, while wearing a mask to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The most controversial moustache in South Korea has fallen victim to the razor’s blade, with US ambassador Harry Harris visiting a traditional barbershop months after his facial hair became the object of unusual criticism.Seoul and Washington are security allies and the US stations 28,500 troops in the country.But their relationship has been strained in recent years by differences in their approaches to North Korea and over cost-sharing responsibilities. “Glad I did this,” the envoy said in a tweet.”For me it was either keep the ‘stache or lose the mask. Summer in Seoul is way too hot & humid for both. #COVID guidelines matter & I’m a masked man!”Seoul and Tokyo are both major US allies, democracies and market economies faced with an overbearing China and nuclear-armed North Korea, but are locked in bitter disputes over historical issues.Earlier this year Harris said: “I understand the historical animosity that exists between both of the countries but I’m not the Japanese American ambassador in Korea, I’m the American ambassador to Korea.”And to take that history and put it on me simply because an accident of birth I think is a mistake.”Topics :last_img read more

Four suspected terrorists arrested in Bekasi

first_imgThe National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad arrested four suspected terrorists in separate areas in Bekasi, West Java, on Sunday.“The first suspect, Muhammad Nasir alias Safiq alias Martin alias Kholid, was arrested in South Cikarang, Bekasi,” National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono said on Sunday as quoted by tempo.co.According to Argo, Nasir had allegedly helped hide suspected terrorists Muhammad Tsabat Abdullah alias Dul and Soleh Habibi. He also participated in outdoor training for the Adira group in 2012, Argo added. Tsabat was the second suspected terrorist arrested. He was nabbed in the Perumnas III housing complex in Aren Jaya, East Bekasi.Densus 88 also arrested suspected terrorist Nur Muhammad Maulidi Kusnanto alias Alung alias Nur alias Salman in Bekasi city.“The person helped hide Tsabat,” Argo said.Lastly, Irfan Gunawan alias Muhammad Ilham alias Bagus alias Yulian alias Sahidi alias Bimbim was arrested in Bekasi city on suspicions of terrorism.Argo said Irfan had served as a leader of a local Jemaah Islamiyah group and was responsible for managing tajhiz (handling, bathing, covering dead bodies). (syk)Topics :last_img read more

Ray Parlour defends Mesut Ozil and criticises lack of Arsenal leadership

first_imgPierre-Emerick Aubameyang inherited the Arsenal captaincy from Granit Xhaka last December and Parlour fears Ozil’s decision being made public serves to highlight a critical lack of leadership in the current dressing room.He added: ‘It shows the leadership issues again. In my era Tony Adams was captain, he would’ve gone around every single player and we would have all agreed together what we were going to do.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‘We either all do it or we don’t. It shows the lack of leadership. Even with Patrick Vieira it would have been the same. There wouldn’t be meetings with managers or anyone like that, it would have been down to the players.‘Patrick would have been on the phone or a zoom meeting and said this is the plan, this is what the club want to do what is the feedback? It’s negative news which they don’t need right now.’MORE: Liverpool and Arsenal on alert as Adama Traore’s agent hints at summer moveMORE: Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey rubbishes Arsenal transfer speculationRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Metro Sport ReporterFriday 24 Apr 2020 10:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link696Shares Ray Parlour defends Mesut Ozil and criticises lack of Arsenal leadership 😠 “If there’s 3 others who’ve rejected it then they should all be named!”💷 “Ozil’s wages shouldn’t come into it, his wages are not his fault.”😔 “It shows a lack of leadership… Adams & Vieira would’ve sorted it.”Ray Parlour blasts the Ozil pay cut situation at #Arsenal. pic.twitter.com/KvDl7BwxkZ— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) April 24, 2020 Commentcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement Mesut Ozil has refused to take a 12.5% pay cut at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal star Ray Parlour admits he feels sympathy for Mesut Ozil after the club’s highest earner was outed as one of three players who refused to take a pay cut.In an attempt to offset the financial ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic Arsenal chiefs requested that the players accept a 12.5% reduction but guaranteed any losses would be fully repaid should the team secure Champions League qualification.Ozil, however, refused the initial proposal, although he could yet agree to take a bigger cut, but Parlour feels the World Cup winner, who earns £350,000-a-week, has been hung out to dry. AdvertisementAdvertisementHe told talkSPORT: ‘He’s on 350k-a-week but I look it as Arsenal’s mistake to give him the money. You’re never going to turn it down, that shouldn’t come into it really.ADVERTISEMENT‘I do believe if there is three or four players then they should all be named. Why’s it only Mesut Ozil who has been named? You should know every single player.’last_img read more

Executive Annandale home on the market

first_img8 Kamaran Crt, AnnandaleTHIS recently renovated executive family home in Annandale has been listed for sale asking for offers over $698,000.8 Kamaran CRT has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two car accommodation and is on a 775 sqm block. 8 Kamaran Crt, AnnandaleThe master bedroom has an ensuite with sliding doors that lead outside as well as a walk-in wardrobe and custom-built office.Outside there is a resort style pool, outdoor entertaining area and side access while the house is powered by solar.Elite Properties Townsville principal Glenda Worrall is marketing the home and said “This house has been completely renovated which is hard to come by in Annandale,” she said.“There is gorgeous french doors which open out to the patio with a retractable screen and it has a huge patio.“At the front of the house is the study, main bedroom, formal living area and french door separating the kitchen with the remaining bedrooms down the other end making it a very practical layout for families.” 8 Kamaran Crt, AnnandaleMs Worrall said Annandale was proving popular among house buyers and she’d had plenty of interest in the property.“This time of year we get doctors who are new to Townsville and are looking at Annadale because it’s very popular with anyone who works at the hospital or James Cook University,” she said.“It would also suit someone wanting to upgrade and I’ve had a few people inquire who are living in Queenslanders.” 8 Kamaran Crt, AnnandaleTerry Henningsen owns the home along with her husband Michael but the pair are selling after relocating to Brisbane.Mrs Henningsen said it had been a great home to raise a family and was in a wonderful neighbourhood.“It’s a great street and I just love the layout of the house,” she said. 8 Kamaran Crt, Annandale“One of my favourite areas of the house is the kitchen and living area because we spent so much time there.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“It’s been renovated 18 months ago so it’s got a new kitchen, laundry, bathroom and floor coverings.“Because of the renovation it looks really modern but it still has the character of a 20-year-old home.“It’s just been a beautiful home and it’s so easy to live in.”The house has multiple living areas and a neutral colour palette.last_img read more

‘Poverty is still too common’ says government minister

first_imgEducation Minister, Petter Saint JeanOne government minister has lamented that despite his administration’s efforts at elevating the living condition of citizens, there are still too many people who are living in poverty.Education Minister, Petter Saint Jean who addressed a beacon lighting ceremony on Monday in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th anniversary, noted that “poverty is still too common” within the Dominican society.According to him, the government is committed to eradicating poverty which is in keeping with the principles of the Commonwealth.“In the interest of the Dominican people, this government, in keeping with the principles of the Commonwealth remains committed to social transformation to eliminate poverty and meet the basic needs of the vast majority of Dominicans. Poverty is still too common in our society. Of course we are not immune from the effects of the recession as seen by the reduction in cruise ship arrivals and stay over tourists for example”. He outlined several programmes and initiatives which have been implemented in an effort to reach out to those who are less fortunate.“With the introduction of the Yes We Care program, the development of the Youth Enterprise programs, the creation of Small Business Support Unit programs and yes the Public Support program among other measures, the poorest of the poor is not forgotten”.Saint Jean also noted his government’s commitment to reduce poverty on the island.“I can say with pride that under this government tremendous strides have been made to lessen the gap between rich and poor in Dominica even as postulated by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II”. Dominica Vibes News 7 Views   no discussions LocalNews ‘Poverty is still too common’ says government minister by: – June 6, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Early morning Stock Car winners are Fagan, Zevenbergen

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 8) – Stock Car qualifiers that ended in the wee hours of the morning saw Marcus Fagan and Elijah Zevenbergen in the winner’s circle at Boone Speedway.Fagan was first to the checkers in the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s opener while Zevenbergen raced from 10th starting to top the nightcap.Top four finishers from each event advance to the middle row of Saturday’s main event.Jeremy Swanson became the first Montana driver to qualify for the Stock Car feature with his runner-up finish behind Fagan. Howlin’ Jim Powell was third and 30th starting Cayden Carter was fourth.Carter had run 12th in Thursday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature.Zevenbergen led two-time champion Donavon Smith, Josh Daniels and David Smith across the stripe.David Smith makes his 11th career Saturday night start at Super Nationals while brother Donavon, also the 2004 Hobby Stock champ, starts his career 10th Stock Car main.Fagan is a four-time qualifier and Daniels is in the big show for the third time. Carter, Powell and Zevenbergen join Swanson as first-timer main event qualifiers.1st qualifying feature – 1. Marcus Fagan, Adair; 2. Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; 3. Jim Powell, Lecompton, Kan.; 4. Cayden Carter, Oskaloosa; 5. Marty Steinbach, Fremont, Neb.; 6. Brandon Conkwright, Wamego, Kan.; 7. Chad Palmer, Renwick; 8. Troy Woelber, Hull; 9. J.C. Howell, Eustace, Texas; 10. Tyler Pickett, Boxholm; 11. Nick Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 12. Brandon Taylor, Granbury, Texas; 13. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan.; 14. Cody Gustoff, Scranton; 15. Donnie Pearson, Oskaloosa; 16. John Heinz, Green Bay, Wis.; 17. Corey Piffer, Indianola; 18. Michael Pepper, Lakin, Kan.; 19. Travis Prochaska, Iowa Falls; 20. Ryan Harris, Hubbard, Neb.; 21. David Wickman, Emmetsburg; 22. Reid Keller, Webster City; 23. K.C. Fielding, Burleson, Texas; 24. Andy Roller, Waco, Texas; 25. Eric Zwirschitz, Antigo, Wis.; 26. Devin Smith, Lake City; 27. Lance Deal, Fort Dodge; 28. Heath Tulp, Britt; 29. Justin Temeyer, Independence; 30. Jake Nelson, Williston, N.D.2nd qualifying feature – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan; 2. Donavon Smith, Lake City; 3. Josh Daniels, Carlisle; 4. David Smith, Lake City; 5. Kyle Vanover, Beatrice, Neb.; 6. Trent Murphy, Jefferson; 7. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan.; 8. Lynn Panos, Calmar; 9. Dave Atcher, Laurel; 10. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 11. Jeff Tubbs, Colby, Kan.; 12. Kyle Frederick, Oconto Falls, Wis.; 13. Mike Hathcock, Venus, Texas; 14. Jason Davis, Norton, Kan.; 15. Matt Schauer, Arlington, Minn.; 16. Joe Spillman, Austin, Texas; 17. Dave Moriarty, Jordan, Minn.; 18. Rodney Richards, Madrid; 19. Kellie Schmit, Britt; 20. Caleb Crenshaw, Fort Worth, Texas; 21. Jeff Mueller, New London; 22. Scotty Pippert, Elberon; 23. Terry Dulin, Cedar Rapids; 24. Bob Fuegmann, Minot, N.D.; 25. Bob Chalupa, McCook, Neb.; 26. Michael Albertsen, Audubon; 27. Perry Misner, Albert, Kan.; 28. Nolan Remus, Cawker City, Kan.; 29. Dylan Heilmann, Green Bay, Wis.; 30. Greg Keuhn, Trenton, Mo. Tenth starting Elijah Zevenbergen won the second on two Stock Car qualifiers on the Thursday schedule at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)last_img read more

Ming’s podium pushes Pabst to USF2000 title

first_imgA third place finish in the USF2000 series sponsored by Cooper tires ensured that Calvin Ming helped Pabst to the constructor’s title.Ming finished third yesterday as the event continued in Watkins Glenn.With his performance, the Guyanese has successfully assisted his Pabst team to the USF2000 title with Oliver Askew winning the individual over the weekend.The weekend started well, with Ming managing to lead the pack with the fastest lap times during the Friday free practice sessions.However, he only managed to qualify in P6 on Saturday morning, while his teammate Rinus Veekay qualified in P2, and Oliver Askew in P1.Starting from P6, Calvin Ming quickly charged into P3, by the exit of the first corner with Askew in the lead and Veekay only briefly ahead of him.By the end of lap #1, Rinus overtook Oliver and never looked back.Ming hounded down Oliver for the entire 30 minutes race which ran for 17 laps around the world famous Watkins Glen, 0 .75 miles long circuit with 11 turns and several elevation changes.The Pabst racing team comprises Lucas Kohl from Brazil, Rinus Veekay from Holland, and Ming from Guyana.last_img read more