SWINE FLU BREAKING NEWS 2: Global case update, eyeing phase 6, probable cases, southern hemisphere viruses, WHO gathers clinical experts

first_img At a WHO media briefing today, Keiji Fukuda, MD, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, emphasized that the rationale for any future move to pandemic alert phase 6 wouldn’t be based on disease severity, but rather on sustained outbreaks in more than one WHO region. On Apr 29 the WHO raised the pandemic alert to its current level, phase 5, which signifies sustained community outbreaks in two or more countries within one WHO region. May 4, 2009 The CDC will work with international health authorities to monitor the southern hemisphere’s flu season, beginning shortly, to see how the novel H1N1 strain behaves in competition with other flu viruses. “That will tell us a lot about whether the virus is changing and what measures we might want to take in the fall,” Besser said. The CDC will begin reporting “probable” cases of flu in addition to confirmed cases to give a better sense of the size of the US epidemic, acting director Dr. Richard Besser said Monday. In addition to the 286 confirmed cases, there are more than 700 probable cases in the United States.center_img The World Health Organization (WHO) reported 1,085 confirmed cases of influenza A/H1N1 (swine flu) and 26 deaths in 21 countries as of 18:00 GMT (noon US EST) today, up from 985 cases in 20 countries reported earlier in the day. Mexico has reported 590 confirmed cases and 25 deaths. The WHO’s latest total reflects today’s updated US numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which stand at 286 cases and 1 death. [WHO update 14] Tomorrow the WHO will host its second scientific teleconference to address clinical issues surrounding patients who have influenza A/H1N1 (swine flu) infections, the WHO’s Fukuda said today at a media briefing. The conference will allow scientists to share information on crucial topics such as disease severity. The topic of the first teleconference, held on Apr 29, was the influenza situation in Mexico.last_img read more

If you want to learn how events are organized, then this and the second week you have to be in Zagreb

first_imgIn addition to the performance of each segment separately, to the way of thinking because each segment brings a new role in which we must put ourselves and visualize each process for each segment. Like products, manifestations have their own product life cycle, and the status quo and always the same performance leads to stagnation and decay. And that is logical, because if we do not constantly innovate and develop the manifestation, then the material gets tired very quickly, repetitions and the story wear out. Especially in today’s modern age where the world is spinning faster and faster and consumers are becoming more demanding. As Seth Godin, marketing guru and author of the world bestseller Blue Cow (otherwise my business bible), points out: If you want to practically learn how to organize events, then you must definitely be in Zagreb this and the second week. Yes, this is the fourth edition of the Zagreb Burger Festival event powered by TABASCO (R), which will be held from September 12 to 22 at Zagreb’s Strossmayer Square. When we talk about the organization of events, at least the larger ones that attract the masses, each event is different, but if you had to define the event through three keywords then it would be – multitasking at the strongest, storyteeling and added value. The organization of the event is certainly one of the most complex organizational endeavors. The reason for this is because it is a set of a large number of different segments, each with its own requirements and rules, and which must all work synergistically perfectly like a Swiss watch. One is theory, and quite another is practice. And you can see, experience and learn the best practice and among the best performances of the event at the moment in Zagreb from 12 to 22 September. Find out more about the Zagreb Burger Festival powered by TABASCO (R) HERE Only the name of the creative agency, Kokoš i jaje, behind which stands the director Roman Pokos and his team, speaks of a different mindset. “In the world of marketing, the thing is simple: you have to be special, different, special. You have to have what others don’t have. You have to know how to inspire, and you will only be able to do that if you inspire yourself. Something that especially deserves to be talked about, to be noticed. That is something extraordinary. New. Interesting. It’s a blue cow. Boring is invisible. Boring is a brown cow”Wrote Seth Godin, marketing guru and author of the world bestseller Blue Cow. With storytelling as the business concept of each event, each of the partners and sponsors tells some of their own story, but all together they make a great mosaic that make the picture complete. Caterers / partners of the Zagreb Burger Festival – Photo: Sandro Sklepićcenter_img For their stories today, sponsors are waiting in line, as are partners who want to learn from them in the story. Not only do the partners have a waiting list, but they also have to go through some internal control and follow the rules of the game in order to fit in better with the event. So it’s not enough to just take money from a sponsor and rent a cottage, no, it’s a much broader story and collaboration, a real partnership and a win-win situation. As it should be in the organization of events, but which is an extremely rare case in Croatia, and it is the team from this event that raised the bar to a higher level. The team from this story is certainly a great example of the Blue Cow, and what is the magic formula behind the event, which was visited by 170.000 visitors last year alone, find out on the spot. Open your eyes, ask (Roman Pokos is constantly spinning in a circle and watching how to raise the performance scale next year) and indulge in a great atmosphere. Like the picture in the mosaic, each piece of the cube is extremely important, no matter how small it may be and it may seem less important at first, but everything must be arranged perfectly so that the whole picture of the mosaic is complete. And that is exactly the biggest difference between the organizers of events. The differences are in the small details, the level of performance, the atmosphere, the promise, the experience, the content and the overall story. PS Before leaving, read a recent interview with Roman Pokos, director of the creative agency Kokoš i jaje, how the term is otherwise perfectly embodied throughout all its events It is a “crazy and different” team of organizers who do not know the status quo, who live their job and have one flaw or virtue, it depends on how you look, and that is that she is never satisfied with the performance, but raises the performance scale from year to year. . It’s always harder to be at least one step forward each year. Sponsors must become an integral part of the event, actively engage in it with some of their own story. Even sponsors do separate promotion / advertising, outside of their framework, just for that event. Like partners, they must invest extra effort and energy, give added value in order for everyone to form one whole. The team that started the story about Advent in Zagreb, made a burger revolution not only in Zagreb, but in the tourism sector in general, positioned Zagreb as a street food destination and most importantly, their partners grew with them. It was they who put the focus of some of their partners and were their first opportunity and platform for growth. As they grew, so did their partners, and later became independent, and today they work independently, grow and develop on the market, which is a huge success and a unique example in Lijepa naša. Cover photo: Sandro Sklepićlast_img read more

Record infections, few deaths: how Qatar has tackled COVID

first_imgQatar has the world’s highest per-capita coronavirus infection rate but one of the lowest death rates, due to extensive testing, a young population and lavish healthcare spending. With 40,702 cases per million since the pandemic began, Qatar is well ahead of next-placed Bahrain, which has seen nearly 29,000 cases per million, and San Marino at just over 21,000.Here is an explanation of why Qatar, home to 2.75 million people, has reported so many positive cases and how it has tackled the public health emergency. What was the testing strategy? Unlike some Gulf countries which have opted for dragnet testing, Doha has zeroed in on groups more vulnerable to infection, including migrant laborers and Qataris returning from overseas.More than one in five residents have now been tested, and at the height of the pandemic, more than one in four of those tests were positive, according to a laboratory source.Luxembourg leads the world testing rankings with 755 per 1,000 people since the pandemic began; Qatar ranks ninth globally with 203. Why is the fatality rate so low?Gas-rich Qatar’s heavy investment in its health system in recent years, coupled with its unusually young population of migrant workers, helped keep its fatality rate among the lowest in the world, authorities and experts say.Just 194 people have died — only 0.17 percent of those infected, according to official statistics.Qatar’s death rate of 67 deaths per million population is the second lowest in the Gulf Cooperation Council bloc, behind only the UAE at 37 per million. By contrast, the US has reported 523 deaths per million.”The reason being they probably have [one of] the best health systems — they are well-equipped and they were well prepared,” Abdinasir Abubakar, from the World Health Organization’s regional office, told AFP.Qatar’s critical care infrastructure also proved resilient, in contrast to some countries where the death rate has been much higher.The Gulf state’s intensive care units reached only 76 percent capacity at the peak of the outbreak, the health ministry said.”A strong history of health sector investment [ensured] everybody who needed hospital care was able to receive it free of charge,” Khal said. “Because of our low threshold for testing, we have identified many more asymptomatic and mild cases of the virus than other countries,” the chair of the National Strategic Group on COVID-19 Abdullatif al-Khal told AFP.But beyond that, Qatar has faced local outbreaks that spread fast because of its reliance on foreign laborers living in cramped, unsanitary conditions, as it transforms the country ahead of the 2022 World Cup.Antoine Flahault, co-director of the Swiss School of Public Health, told AFP that other countries with large populations of migrant workers, including Singapore and other Gulf nations, faced similar spikes in cases.”Singapore had a surge in cases last April which initiated in dormitories of migrant workers with poor levels of sanitation [and] health insurance,” he said.Qatari capital Doha’s outlying Industrial Area, the scene of the country’s first surge of reported cases, was sealed by security forces and flooded with public health teams to contain the outbreak. Officials say strict new rules were brought in to improve hygiene in migrant workers’ quarters. Why does Qatar have the highest per-capita infection rate? Qatar’s health authorities are adamant that their high per-capita infection rate is down to one factor above all: testing.Almost 600,000 people have been tested for the novel coronavirus, over a fifth of the population.  Is there risk of a second spike?As of August 20, Qatar’s “R” rate, the number of people each infected person goes on to infect, had dropped to “well below 1 and remains stable,” said Khal.The country has posted new daily infection rates hovering in the 200-range in the past week — but those are far lower than the 2,355 cases reported on May 30.”Qatar has partially lifted some restrictions and we could expect some resurgence,” said the WHO’s Abubakar. “But we expect they will maintain some measures and intensify testing and tracing, and management of cases.”Social distancing rules are enforced in workplaces and public areas, masks are required in shops and when outdoors for reasons other than exercise.Wary of another wave of infections, authorities have take extraordinary measures, even including the public naming of Qataris breaching self-quarantine — something unprecedented in the traditional society. Topics :last_img read more

Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes millions is saving with retired of

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Mar 2016 – The PNP Administration is proposing to spend $252 million dollars in the running of the country for 2016/2017 and according to the Finance Minister, Hon Washington Misick there will be no new taxes this financial year. During House of Assembly meeting on Monday the Minister shared that the PNP Government is proposing to spend 4% more on recurrent expenditure and shared that earnings for TCIG is forecast to be $256 million. Based on these projections, the country will generate in the upcoming fiscal year a $4 million surplus. Hon Washington Misick reminded that the FSPS or the Financial Strategic and Policy Statement was tabled in the House since last December and on Monday, the Appropriation 2016-2017 Estimates was laid on the table. A whopping announcement came when the Finance Minister shared that in addition to the salary re-grade which resulted in significantly higher salaries for many in the civil service; another 2.5% increase in wages is planned for public workers. Pensioners will also get more money says Minister Misick, retired legislators will be getting more money. Non pensionable employees released in 2012 will get some remuneration; financial boost will come, said the Minister for crime fighting with 20 new recruits at a cost of $900,000; more money will go to indigents under social services. More money will go to environmental health and emergency services, an on the job productivity management team under the Ministry of Finance will be established and $1.5 million dollars has been allotted to give incentive to small business development, and an extra $250,000 is dedicated to the Center for Entrepreneurial Development. There is also a 19% reduction in non-recurrent expenditure according to the Minister, which he put at $8.8 million.“Mr. Speaker the significant reduction this is due to reduced debt service fees, as the $170 million bond has been retired.”The UK guarantee loan is now paid off, the House of Assembly wrapped up debate after 10pm on Monday night. TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Related Items:Financial Strategic and Policy Statement, house of assembly, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6mlast_img read more

Sevenhugs dumber cheaper Smart Remote U takes on Logitech

first_img Share your voice $299 Best Buy TVs Smart Home Mentioned Above Sevenhugs Smart Remote (Black) The Smart Remote U and X. Sevenhugs One could argue that remote controls are in the process of going away thanks to voice assistants such as Amazon Alexa. Logitech, the industry leader in universal remote controls, has noted this and even incorporates Alexa into its latest Harmony Express.For those who still hold affection for the venerable, no-voice clicker there are still some options out there. One of the wackiest is the Sevenhugs Smart Remote which uses “contextual awareness,” via a series of stick-on sensors, to tell what you’re pointing the remote at and then controlling it.A spokesperson for Sevenhugs has clarified that while the products don’t currently support Alexa or Google Assistant “the Sevenhugs remotes are voice enabled for future integrations with home systems”.I haven’t used the Smart Remote but it’s still unclear how the system would control components stacked on top of one another in an AV rack. If you a) don’t want to stick sensors on your walls or b) want to save a little bit of money, the newest version could be for you.The original Smart Remote is now the Smart Remote X ($299) and this makes way for the Smart Remote U ($199), which is more akin to the Logitech universal remotes. It doesn’t have the sensors, but the remote lets you swipe through your devices and control the one you want.The Smart Remote prototype my colleagues saw at CES 2016 only controlled three devices, but now the number of devices has grown to 650,000. Both devices have a touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and can learn new devices via infrared. Set up the Sevenhugs Smart Remotes via the Smart Remote app for iOS and Android. Preview • Sevenhugs’ Smart Remote aims to master all of your smart devices Tags Sevenhugs Smart Remotecenter_img CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It Post a comment 0 $265 See it Logitechlast_img read more

Chetan Bhagats New Book Making India Awesome Available on Amazon for PreOrder

first_imgAmazon, India’s major online store will start exclusive pre-orders -starting today- for best selling Indian author Chetan Bhagat’s latest non-fiction book Making India Awesome.Following the phenomenal success of his first non-fiction book, What Young India Wants, Chetan Bhagat returns with another book of essays in which he analyses and provides inspired solutions to the country’s most intractable problems—poverty, unemployment, corruption, violence against women, communal violence, religious fundamentalism, illiteracy and more.Using simple language and concepts, this book will enable readers to understand the most complex of problems facing the nation today and present practical solutions on how every citizen can play his / her part in solving them.Some ExtractsTransforming society’s values is especially important. Let’s take an example. If we want to eradicate the menace of corruption, every dishonest act must create deep revulsion within us. Fighting corruption is not restricted to naming and shaming a few corrupt officials. If we think it is okay to cheat in exams, lie to a ticket collector in the train about our kids’ ages and pay a bit of money to avoid a big traffic fine, then at some level we clearly don’t care about eliminating corruption all that much. At best, we hate the politician who gets to steal (while we don’t).The average Indian anywhere in the country is looking for a better quality of life, a certain amount of hope and security and the freedom to make personal choices. The issues that really matter to us are the same. Differences exist, but they don’t run as deep as our politicians would have us believe. A Maharashtrian father wants a good college for his son and doesn’t care whether his MP is a Maharashtrian. An Assamese girl wants the freedom to marry her boyfriend, as does a woman in Karnataka.This similarity of aspirations, at a fundamental level, is what gives me hope. It offers me—and others like me on a national platform—an opportunity to connect everyone. While fiction is fun and entertaining, writers like me also need to share common concerns with the population and propose a few deliverables.The book will be released online and offline on 19 August, 2015.last_img read more

How Texas Troops Are Boosting FEMA Efforts In Puerto Rico

first_imgU.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr (Public domain)Texas has sent troops to assist FEMA with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.Texas has sent over 12,000 troops, in addition to medical units and cargo planes, to assist FEMA with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. The troops are being led by Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, the Commander of U.S. Army North at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.San Antonio Express-News reporter Sig Christenson embedded with Buchanan’s troops in Puerto Rico to bring news about these efforts to the mainland. Christenson said people in Puerto Rico are searching for water, soft drinks, and basic foodstuff.One of the troops’ main objectives was to fortify a dam in San Juan. Christenson says a big problem is that the water is at a high level and stressing the dam, because it rains almost every day.“As one of the engineers told me, you know, it’s a race against time,” Christenson said. “They had no guarantees on being able to hold the dam.”Another part of Buchanan’s mission is delivering supplies. “I’m told that the supplies are getting to people in the 78 municipalities, but there are lots of villages and places in the interior and the very mountainous interior that are very difficult to reach,” Christenson said.Christenson said there’s a distinct lack of communication right now in Puerto Rico.“Most people that we found in our reporting had no idea of how to even get in touch with FEMA on how to file a claim,” he said. “All of those are basic things that, if you are in Houston and you had a flooding incident, that you are going to end up having to file a claim and you are basically told where you can do it.”He said, “If so many people in Puerto Rico are having such a difficult time doing even something as simple as filing a claim, you can bet that things are going to be very, very difficult for a long time.” Sharelast_img read more

Greek Game Night and Fish Fry

first_imgThe National Pan-Hellenic Council of Northern Virginia will host a game night and fish fry on April 24 at the Kappa Multipurpose Facility, 6343 South Kings Highway in Alexandria, Va. from 7 p.m. to midnight. There will be card games, Bid Whist Tournaments and more. Tickets cost $20 per person, in advance ($25 at the Door). All tickets include a fish dinner. To purchase tickets, see a National Pan-Hellenic Council representative. For more information, visit www.novanphc.orglast_img