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Global COVID-19 total clears 49 million, experts weigh in on mink variant

first_imgWith COVID-19 levels surging in Europe and the United States, the world was on track today to record its highest single-day case total as the pandemic total sped past 49 million cases and health officials weighed in on a mink variant of the virus.WHO urges country self-assessments, appeals for polio, measles vaccination supportThe World Health Organization (WHO) online dashboard showed that nearly 582,000 cases have been recorded today so far, with more to be reported.At a WHO media telebriefing today, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, said 21 countries so far have conducted intra-action reviews to learn lessons from and strengthen their COVID-19 response, as suggested by the World Health Assembly back in May. He noted that reviews by other countries are in progress.Tedros urged more countries to do the same and said the best time to conduct a review of emergency response capacity is during an emergency. “There’s hope, and now is the time to double down on efforts to tackle this virus,” he said. “Wherever a country is in terms of the outbreak, countries can turn it around by driving a whole-of-government and whole-of-society response.”In other WHO developments, the group and UNICEF today launched a $655 million emergency appeal to boost measles and polio vaccination, which have been suspended or slowed due to the pandemic. Tedros said health officials are starting to see outbreaks of diseases like polio, measles, and pneumonia in children, especially those in high-risk areas.Europe cases rise more steeplyEuropean countries continue to report record-high single-day case totals, including France, with 60,486 new cases. Others include Russia, where daily cases topped 20,000 for the first time, and Sweden, which reported 4,697 new cases today.In the United Kingdom, which just entered a 1-month lockdown, government officials said cases have leveled off some to about 50,000 a day, Reuters reported.In other global developments:The United Kingdom’s Recovery Trial, a large randomized controlled clinical study of potential COVID-19 treatments, announced today that researchers will investigate aspirin as a possible therapy. It noted that aspirin, an antiplatelet agent, may reduce the risk of blood clots in patients with COVID-19.Malaysia reported a record daily high of 1,755 cases, most of them from local transmission, CNNThe global pandemic total today climbed to 49,129,021 cases, with 1,239,896 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins online dashboard.More mink SARS-CoV-2 variant detailsThe European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said today that it will assess the human implications of extensive spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, at Danish mink farms. In a statement, it said as of Nov 3, 197 farms have been affected, and Denmark has taken strong control measures, which include culling the entire mink population, restricting movements of people in the farm areas, and conducing enhanced testing in the population.When the virus is introduced to mink farms from humans, it can spread quickly, and possibly due to biological differences between minks and people, can accumulate mutations, which result in variants with the potential to jump back into humans.The statement said that Denmark’s Statens Serum Institute (SSI) found seven unique mutations on the variant virus’ spike protein in mink, with the variant also found in humans. It said the possibility of an antigenic mutation could have implications for immunity, reinfections, and vaccine effectiveness, but currently, there’s a high level of uncertainty.Further analyses are needed, and the ECDC said it is in close contact with Danish officials and will publish a risk assessment by Nov 12.In its weekly communicable disease threat report today, the ECDC said five different clusters of mink variants have been found in Denmark and that a variant from one cluster showed less sensitivity to neutralizing antibodies from people with previous COVID-19 infection.Tyra Krause, MD, PhD, of SSI, said so far the variant has been detected in 12 people and that more such cases are likely to be identified in the weeks ahead, NBC News reported.At today’s WHO media briefing, Maria Van Kerkhove, PhD, the WHO’s technical lead for COVID-19, said mutations are normal, and each change needs to be evaluated to see if the affected viruses behave differently. And Mike Ryan, MD, who directs the WHO’s health emergencies program, said currently, evidence doesn’t suggest there are any differences in the way the variant virus behaves and that it might have a slightly different signature but is still the same virus. However, he added that further evidence is needed.WHO officials also added that the organization is working with its global health partners on a risk assessment of the variant virus.Peter Ben Embarek, PhD, a food safety and animal disease expert with the WHO, said minks are raised in a range of conditions in different countries, some with farm environments that are easier to control. He added that the risk of the virus passing from other livestock such as cattle and poultry may be much less, because they’re not as susceptible as mink and can’t sustain and spread SARS-CoV-2 in the same way.last_img read more

Save The World Air CEO Steps Down, Will Remain Chairman

first_img Up Next:CSK Auto Appoints New General Counsel Don’t Miss:Klein Appointed Vice President/General Manager Accuride Aluminum Wheels AKRON, OHIO — Save The World Air, Inc. announced that Edward Masry has relinquished his responsibilities as CEO. Masry, will however, retain his position as chairman of the board. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement The company’s board of directors has named CFO Eugene Eichler to also serve as the company’s new CEO. In addition, Bruce McKinnon, who has been serving as COO, was named president of the company. In announcing his decision to step down as CEO, Masry commented, “The company has reached a phase in its development where a realignment of responsibilities is in order. We have built a dynamic management team over time that is ready to take our company from its research and development phase into a fully operational enterprise. I am extremely confident that Mr. Eichler and Mr. McKinnon will lead the company into successful production and sales activities.” The company’s board passed a resolution commending Masry for his outstanding achievements in assembling the current management team and his leadership over the past four years. “Ed Masry has been a guiding light for all of us,” commented Eichler. “We are appreciative of his tireless efforts and grateful that we will continue to benefit from his wisdom as chairman of our board of directors.” Save the World Air, Inc. is currently engaged in the research and development of devices using proprietary technologies that can be installed on motor vehicles, motorcycles and stationary engines to reduce harmful emissions, improve fuel efficiency and/or improve performance. Advertisement_______________________________________ Click Advertisement Print In this article:last_img read more

Fednav claims ballast water first

first_imgClaiming to be the first shipping company in the Great Lakes to treat ballast water using an onboard system, Fednav explained that the vessel helps protect the lakes by treating its ballast water two times – conducting an exchange in the North Atlantic, and using filtration and chlorine disinfection treatment on board the ship.Federal Caribou is part of a series of 16 Handysize vessels designed specifically for the Great Lakes. The vessel and its sisterships have box-shaped holds in order to facilitiate the handling of general cargo.As well as the innovative ballast water treatment systems, Fednav says that its new ships produce 25 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than similar vessels built less than 15 years ago, and 15 percent less nitrogen oxide emissions.”This vessel confirms that the protection of the Great Lakes is a priority for Fednav and demonstrates the confidence we have in the region’s future,” said Fednav president and co-ceo, Paul Pathy.  www.fednav.comwww.portsofindiana.comlast_img read more

Samoco acquires Heavy’s lifting and handling activities

first_imgAs a result of the transaction, Gosselin and Heavy hope to develop stronger partnerships for industrial moves with Samoco and Sarens. The acquisition also increases Samoco’s presence in the Belgian industrial assembly and transport market.The Heavy lifting and handling employees will now become part of the Samoco team. The deal also includes a 60-tonne capacity Ormig crane.Heavy will continue to focus on special transport and chartering, offering total solutions for heavy lifts and exceptional loads, it said.In recent years, Gosselin has made some major investments in its logistics activities. The company boosted its industrial projects division through the acquisition of the 100,000 sq m Stork site at the Oosterweelsesteenweg 58 location at the port of Antwerp, as well as the integration of Heavy into the group.www.samoco.bewww.sarens.comgosselinlogistics.eulast_img read more

Seven early childhood practitioners recognized

first_imgEducationLocalNewsPrimary Seven early childhood practitioners recognized by: – December 6, 2012 Sharing is caring! Cylma Agnis Cuffy was awarded for 52 years of serviceSeven early childhood practitioners have been recognized for their meritorious service to the sector at the National Symposium to end Early Childhood Development month on Wednesday.The invaluable contributions which Cylma Agnis Cuffy, Norma Cyrille, Denise Defoe, Doreen Francis, Deanne Graham, Franics Joseph and Jennifer Lee made towards the development of children locally and regionally were highlighted at that symposium.Special mention was made of the contributions they made to enhance learning environments, introduce various programs, staff training, and general dedication towards the development of children both locally and regionally.Cylma Agnis Cuffy, retired teacher and principal of the St. Alphonsus Pre- School, was recognized for her 52 years of dedicated service. Cuffy’s contribution to improving the Pre- School’s learning environment and school curriculum was noted. As the principal from 1995, she also made a significant contribution to improving the quality of care and educational services at the school.Norma Cyrille receiving her award from Education Minister Petter Saint JeanNorma Cyrille, director of the Social Center was recognized for her efforts in ensuring the survival of the center. Having assumed her position as director in 2008, Cyrille was able to maintain the services despite financial constraints. She was also recognized for the introduction of various programs, publications and training programs at the center.Denise Defoe, retired nurse and early childhood practitioner was recognized for her significant contribution in “revolutionizing” policies and procedures at the Social Center’s Nursery in 1969. Her role in establishing a modern child healthcare facility, encouraging early stimulation techniques, child nutrition, health care routines and involvement of men in the child’s life were highlighted. Doreen Francis, director of the Dominica Save the Children Fund was recognized for her 37 years of voluntary service at the institution. Francis has been influential in promoting child sensitive policies to improve the welfare of children especially the most vulnerable. Denise DefoeDeanne Graham, pediatrics nurse practitioner is considered as a role model in the provision of primary health care services in Dominica.She was also instrumental in the areas of training and education of other child healthcare personnel and has assisted tremendously in addressing issues relating to childcare. Francis Joseph served as the national director of Child Fund Caribbean and past chairman of the Council on Early Childhood Education. While serving as the director of CFC, Francis successfully spearheaded programs to address the needs of the most vulnerable children of society. Throughout his tenure as director, various programs including the Roving Care Givers program, and Immunization and Nutrition programs were introduced. Training and assistance to various Pre-School teachers were also provided.Jennifer Lee, manager of the Center where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve (CALLS) was recognized for her continued dedication to the development, protection and survival of Dominica’s children.The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development acknowledged the contribution of each individual towards the development of Early Childhood Education and Development in Dominica. Dominica Vibes News Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet 87 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Rafael Nadal: Master of the impossible

first_imgHowever, you will never hear Nadal echo similar brash confidence despite his straight-sets win over Dominic Thiem in the final.Just as happy fishing or playing golf in Mallorca, Nadal is ruthless on the tennis court but disarmingly humble off it.“I have doubts every day but that’s good as it makes me work hard with more intensity,” said Nadal last year when he captured his 10th French Open, a year after his latest battle with a wrist injury forced him to withdraw from the tournament after two rounds.That shock exit prompted speculation that Nadal was finished as a heavyweight of the sport.“You have to be humble and accept that you have to work to improve things,” added Nadal.“Life is never clear. If you have no doubts, then you are very arrogant. I am not an arrogant person.”It is that forthright modesty which endears Nadal to his legion of fans as is his respect for opponents, never forgetting to applaud every vanquished foe off court.His idiosyncracies are just as charming to his supporters.His picking at the rear of his shorts and mopping of his brow, aligned with his obsessive devotion to lining up his water bottles, are parts of the Nadal DNA.Victory on Sunday moved Nadal to just three Slams behind his great rival Roger Federer who, at 36, is more than four years older.It also reignited the debate over who is actually the greatest player of all time even though the two men have shared the last six majors between them.11TH. Spain’s Rafael Nadal reacts while holding the trophy after defeating Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday, June 10. APNadal’s Grand Slam CV boasts 11 French Opens, three US Open titles, two at Wimbledon, and one at the Australian Open.He has now also joined Federer and Novak Djokovic in passing the $100 million prize money barrier.Tennis has been good for Nadal but he has been just as influential as a key driver of the sport’s growth.He won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.By 15, he had turned professional and, two years later, won his first match against Federer.At 19, he won the 2005 French Open on his debut.It was early in his career when Nadal began his habit of biting the championship trophies he wins.Nadal added Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era (since 1967) to complete the four-event career sweep.And only Nadal and Andre Agassi can say they have a career Grand Slam and an Olympic men’s singles gold medal, Nadal having claimed his in 2008 at Beijing.Nadal added another US Open crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York in 2013 and a third last year.Knee injuries have taken a toll throughout his career, costing him nine Slam appearances, and after he failed to even reach a Slam semi-final in 2015 and 2016 some figured his greatest moments were behind him.But Nadal roared into the 2017 Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured his record 10th French Open crown in June last year, setting the stage for another title run in the Flushing Meadows fortnight at the US Open in September.Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s. (AFP) THIS ONE GOES TO 11. Spain’s Rafael Nadal (pictured) volleys the ball to Austria’s Dominic Thiem during the men’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday, June 10. AP PARIS – If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he’d have to amend his belief that death and taxes are life’s only certainties and add a third – Rafael Nadal winning the French Open.The Spaniard secured an 11th title at Roland Garros on Sunday and 17th major of his career.He now has 86 match wins on Paris’ famous crushed red brick against just two defeats in 13 years.Juan Martin del Potro, who was run ragged by the world No. 1 on Court Philippe Chatrier in this year’s semifinals, was right to state that it’s almost impossible to beat Nadal on clay.last_img read more

LeBron James drops 51 as Lakers roll past Heat

first_imgThe Heat probably wish that conversation never took place. James’ capped his 51-point night with a 32-foot 3-pointer in the final seconds, pointed at Stephenson to let him know he was wrong, and the Lakers rolled past the Heat 113-97 for their seventh win in their last nine games.James reached 50 for the 13th time in his career, including Game 1 of last season’s NBA Finals.“It’s just playing with greatness,” Lakers guard Lonzo Ball said. “Tonight he took the game over.”James shot 19 for 31 from the field, 6 for 8 from 3-point range, became the seventh player to score at least 51 in a game against Miami, and started his two-game reunion tour in sensational fashion. The Lakers’ next game is Wednesday night in Cleveland, the only other place besides Miami and L.A. that James has called home as a professional.“It’s always great to be here,” said James, who hugged a slew of familiar faces in the arena he used to call home. “We had some not-so-good times, we had more great times, so it’s always a respect factor and a love for the people in Miami and especially the people who work here.”And finally, he left Miami a winner again. Since leaving the Heat after the 2014 NBA Finals James was 0-4 against Miami; his teams were 0-7, when including the three Cleveland-Miami games that he sat out for various reasons.James put on a show.The Heat threw a shoe.It was their fourth straight home loss and frustrations boiled over. Josh Richardson got ejected in the fourth quarter after throwing one of his sneakers into the stands, upset about a call that he felt he didn’t get moments earlier.“I just can’t let that happen,” Richardson said.Wayne Ellington scored 19 points for Miami (6-10), which is off to its second-worst start in the last 12 years. The Heat were 5-11 at this point of the 2016-17 season, the only other time they’ve been worse after 16 games in that span.Richardson and Tyler Johnson each scored 17 points for the Heat, while Rodney McGruder added 14.“We’re going to get to work,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra vowed.They need some health, too. Goran Dragic missed the game for Miami because of a right knee problem, one that will be further evaluated Monday. Dwyane Wade remained on leave after the birth of his daughter, and may return to the Heat this week.Miami hasn’t forgotten James, obviously – he still gets loud cheers when introduced in his former home arena – but just in case anyone in attendance needed a reminder of his game, he delivered. He made eight of his first nine shots and had the whole arsenal working; dunks in transition, stepback 3-pointers, turnarounds from the baseline.“When he’s hitting shots like that, what do you want us to do?” Heat center Hassan Whiteside mused.Even with James’ greatness, the biggest shot for the Lakers might have come from Brandon Ingram with 3:46 left. Miami had clawed within eight and the shot clock was about to expire on the Lakers, but Ingram connected on a long jumper from the left wing to make it 104-94.From there, the only drama was whether James would get 50. And he did.“Just give him the ball,” Lakers guard Kyle Kuzma said, “and get out of the way.” (AP) Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James flies up for a shot against the Miami Heat during their game on Sunday, Nov. 18 in Miami, Florida. AP MIAMI – There was a time when LeBron James getting pestered by Lance Stephenson would have worked out wonderfully for the Miami Heat.Sunday was not one of those times.The scenario: It was late in the game, the outcome was decided, and Stephenson – James’ former rival, now his teammate with the Los Angeles Lakers – challenged him to finish the game off with a 3-pointer.“I bet you won’t go for the 3,” Stephenson said.last_img read more

Mysterious new Harley-Davidson spotted in new Captain America trailer

first_imgDid Captain America get an all-new Harley-Davidson motorcycle in his latest flick? There’s a lot of hype being generated for the upcoming new Marvel Comics movie Captain America:Civil War. There were plenty of Easter Eggs in this latest trailer for fans, but the one we’re heavily interested in is the possibility a brand new Harley-Davidson model being introduced in the movie.Harley-Davidson Street 750 promo in Captain America:The Winter Soldier filmYou see, when Marvel rebooted Captain America for the modern day, Harley-Davidson saw a golden opportunity to market itself towards the current generation in a new and different way. After all, what is a better combination than having an all-American hero riding a proper all-American bike, right?In the first movie, Captain America:The First Avenger, Captain Rodgers proudly rode a perfectly replicated WW2 era Harley-Davidson WLA ‘Liberator’ to fight The Red Skull and his fanatical Hydra division. In the second movie, Captain America:The Winter Soldier, Captain Rodgers traded up to a more modern Harley-Davidson Street 750 model instead, which no doubt boosted the bike’s status for the American marque. (Find out more about the Street 750 here and here)Then, Harley-Davidson took things up to the next level for the Captain in the second Avengers film, Avengers:Age Of Ultron with the groundbreaking Harley-Davidson Project Livewire electric bike. Though the Captain didn’t ride it much and ‘borrowed’ it to the gorgeous Black Widow instead, the bike stole the limelight on screen even before winning the hearts and minds of fans and journalists alike in its special Project Livewire Tour. (Read about the Livewire here)H-D Street 750? Victory Octane? Your guess is as good as ours!With this new Captain America:Civil War trailer, your guess is as good as ours really. Although the new bike spotted in it looks suspiciously similar to the rivalling new Victory Octane dragster, rumours suggest that is an all-new model from the famed Milwaukee-based institution instead. However, some quarters believe it could be a specially dressed up and customised Street 750 instead.Project Livewire: Still the coolest H-D ever built!Until more details surface, we’ll just have to wait until we see it better when the new Marvel flick hits the silver screen in Malaysia starting May this year. In the meantime, you can watch the awesome trailer posted above. You can also read our review of the Harley-Davidson Street 750 here and our exclusive test ride with the Harley-Davidson Project Livewire demonstrator here.And while you’re at it, check out the new 2016 Harley-Davidson Sporster Iron 883 and Forty-Eight that was just launched in Malaysia yesterday! (Full report here)Source: AutoEvolution / RideApart–Ads–last_img read more

Video: Tim Alcorn of AM 930 WEOL Talks Lorain County High School Football for Week 5

first_img Ashley Bastock Related TopicsOhio High School FootballOHSAA Check out the video as WEOL’s Tim Alcorn gives a preview on week five of high school football in Lorain County, and don’t forget to check back Friday for links to the games that WEOL will be airing that you can hear on their website!center_img Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation’s Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42last_img read more

Borough Works To Save K-Selo School Project Grant

first_imgBrenda Ahlberg, Community & Fiscal Project Manager for the borough: “The ordinance that is before us on Tuesday will authorize the mayor to enter into the agreement has it exists now, accepting and appropriating the funding of $10,010,000.” The project will construct a new 15,226 square foot K-12 school. The scope of work includes site acquisition, site development, design and construction. The estimated cost of this construction project will not exceed $15,460,000, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. At the regular election held on October 2, 2018, ballot proposition one failed, rejecting the issuance of $5,450,000 general obligation bonds that would have met the required cash match. The project to build a new K-Selo School was submitted to the Department of Education and EarlyDevelopment (DEED) during the FY17 grant application process and awarded funding through the State of Alaska. The DEED grant, awarded in the amount of $10,010,000 requires 35 percent cash, in-kind or a combined contribution. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After ballot proposition one failed, rejecting the issuance of a general obligation bonds to help fund the Kachemak Selo New School, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is looking at other options for the project.center_img Ahlberg: “The extension will allow the borough to come up with the 35 percent local participation share.” The DEED grant will expire June 30, 2019; however, the option to extend the grant agreement up to seven years is available. The ordinance will be up for public comment at the borough assembly meeting on January 22.last_img read more