MLS round-up: Nani sent off in late Orlando City win, Javier Hernandez scores for LA Galaxy | Football News

first_imgJavier Hernandez scored for LA Galaxy but they were held to a draw (Pic: USA Today/MLSsoccer)Image:Javier Hernandez scored for LA Galaxy but they were held to a draw (Pic: USA Today/MLSsoccer) – Advertisement – Javier Hernandez scored in the 78th minute, but LA Galaxy were eliminated from play-off contention in the Western Conference despite a 1-1 draw against Seattle Sounders.Hernandez converted his late strike off a good pass from Efran lvarez. His goal was just his second during an injury-plagued first season in MLS.Ral Ruidaz scored his 11th goal of the season in the third minute of injury-time for defending MLS Cup champions Sounders, who have won just once in their last six games while falling out of the top spot in the Western Conference. Orlando City went into third above Columbus in the Eastern Conference standings with one game left, with Crew eliminated from the Supporters’ Shield race for the regular-season title.With Orlando City down a man after Nani received a red card in the 52nd minute, Michel headed the ball to himself and tapped it between goalkeeper Eloy Rooms’ legs for his fifth goal of the season. Chris Mueller scored his 10th goal in the 27th minute. Mauricio Pereyra assisted with both goals.Harrison Afful scored his first goal of the season for Columbus, scoring from the edge of the 18-yard box in the 56th minute.- Advertisement – San Jose then played a man down after Jackson Yueill was shown a second yellow card in the 61st minute before Espinoza took a cross from Shea Salinas and whipped it home to give San Jose a 3-1 lead.Diego Rossi capped the scoring in stoppage-time with his MLS-leading 14th goal of the season.Ryan Hollingshead scored in the 19th minute while Jimmy Maurer kept his second consecutive clean sheet as FC Dallas beat Nashville 1-0.On the counter-attack, Hollingshead beat a pair of defenders to the ball, momentarily lost control, and then slipped a left-footer inside the post. Maurer made three saves and has seven clean sheets this season, including four in the last six games.Jose Aja and Robin Lod scored in the second half and Minnesota United overcame a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Chicago Fire.Minnesota United stretched their unbeaten streak to seven games as Aja scored after a set-piece from close range, tapping a shot to the near post which beat goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth in the 64th minute. Lod scored a header from Romain Metanire’s cross in the 80th.Robert Beric and Mauricio Pineda scored for Chicago. Nani was sent off for Orlando City as they beat Columbus Crew in the MLS on Wednesday with former Man Utd team-mate Javier Hernandez scoring for LA Galaxy in their draw with the Seattle Sounders.Benji Michel scored in the 84th minute to help Orlando City beat the Columbus Crew 2-1.- Advertisement – Five-time MLS Cup champions Galaxy will miss the post-season for the third time in four years despite going unbeaten in the last two games under interim coach Dominic Kinnear.Kellyn Acosta scored in the 83rd minute and Colorado Rapids clinched a play-off spot with a 1-0 victory over Portland Timbers. It is Colorado’s first trip to the play-offs since 2016.The Rapids had five games called off this season because of coronavirus cases, but instead of total points, the MLS decided to use points per game for a play-off position, boosting Colorado’s chances with fewer games played.Steve Clark made three saves for the Timbers, who were unbeaten in their previous four games including wins in the past two.Portland were hurt by the loss of Jaroslaw Niezgoda, who tore his left ACL in a victory over Vancouver last weekend. Niezgoda, who had eight goals, will miss the rest of the season.Cristian Espinoza scored a goal and assisted on another by Chris Wondolowski as the San Jose Earthquakes beat Los Angeles FC 3-2 to lock up a play-off berth.Latif Blessing scored in the 23rd minute to give LAFC a 1-0 lead but an own goal by Eduard Atuesta tied it about five minutes later.Wondolowski, whose 166 career goals are the most in MLS history, scored on a volley in the 37th minute to give the Earthquakes a 2-1 lead. Espinoza then lobbed a cross from the left to the far post where Wondolowski tapped it home. – Advertisement – San Jose Earthquakes celebrate after they secured a play-off place (Pic: USA Today/MLSsoccer)Image:San Jose Earthquakes celebrate after they secured a play-off place (Pic: USA Today/MLSsoccer)last_img read more

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The ultimate smart speaker guide of 2020 for your home » Gadget Flow

first_imger Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Bluetooth SpeakerAnker Soundcore Motion Q waterproof Bluetooth speaker outside Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart SpeakerThe Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker has an integrated smart charger on its top, a great accessory to have in any kitchen. This speaker responds to Google Assistant voice commands. The ultimate smart speaker guide of 2020 for your home Concept speakersThese are great product designs that would be even better if they were really available.Waco Designs Smart Speaker ConceptThe Waco Designs Smart Speaker Concept channels sound-waves forwards instead of scattering them, amplifying the sound in the process. This builds on the idea that people are most likely to set their smart speakers against a wall.Waco Designs Smart Speaker ConceptWaco Designs smart speaker concept on an orange backgroundSmart Cactus by Jonas DaehnertThe Smart Cactus by Jonas Daehnert is designed to blend into your home decor by looking like a cactus plant. The top has an LED screen that lets you operate it via touch. But you can also talk to this device and ask it to play your favorite music or read you the headlines.Smart Cactus by Jonas DaehnertSmart Cactus by Jonas Daehnert LED touchpadAs you can see, there really is a smart speaker for every room in your house. Which ones do you like the most? Let us know your thoughts or if you’re currently using a smart speaker you love in the comments.Want more tech news, reviews, and guides from Gadget Flow? Follow us on Google News, Feedly, and Flipboard. If you’re using Flipboard, you should definitely check out our Curated Stories. We publish three new stories every day, so make sure to follow us to stay updated! Sonos Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi Speaker Apple HomePod mini Smart SpeakerThe Apple HomePod mini Smart Speaker has intelligent computational audio to optimize your sound. It also syncs perfectly with other HomePod speakers. Finally, it works with Siri and knows when your iPhone is nearby.New Amazon Echo 4th-Generation Smart SpeakerThe New Amazon Echo 4th-Generation Smart Speaker makes a lovely, discrete addition to any bedroom. It offers improved sounds and has on-device speech recognition. Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker Tivoli Audio Music System Home Smart Hi-Fi System Sonos Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi Speaker Google Nest Hub Smart Display Ruark Audio R3 Compact Music SystemRuark Audio R3 Compact Music System on furniture Google Nest Audio Smart SpeakerGoogle Nest Audio smart speaker on a table Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Smart Display JBL Flip 4 Waterproof SpeakerJBL Flip 4 waterproof speaker under falling water Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Smart Display WorkspaceAmazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart SpeakerThe Amazon Echo Dot (3rd Gen) Smart Speaker is another great item on our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020. It gives you full access to Alexa in a compact size, which is exactly what you need in your home office. BedroomAmazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart ScreenA great substitute for your alarm clock on our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020 is the Amazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart Screen. The Alexa Sunshine feature brightens your room slowly to wake you up. Also, this device is smart home compatible and lets you watch your favorite entertainment. er Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Google Nest Hub Smart Display Amazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart ScreenAmazon Echo Show 5 Alexa enabled smart screen on a table Google Nest Hub Smart DisplayGoogle Nest Hub smart display in a kitchen New Amazon Echo 4th-Generation Smart Speaker Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Smart DisplayAmazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) smart display in a kitchen Ruark Audio R3 Compact Music System Google Nest Hub Smart DisplayThe Google Nest Hub Smart Display lets you control and manage your entire smart home visually. It’s great for following recipes in the kitchen and even gives you hands-free instruction. Furthermore, it identifies all the speakers in your house to offer personalized information for each question. JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Speaker Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart Speaker Cavalier Maverick Portable Alexa Speaker System- Advertisement – Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Speaker New Amazon Echo 4th-Generation Smart Speaker Another great product on our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020 is the Cavalier Maverick Portable Alexa Speaker System. This speaker is great for small living rooms. It can also tell you the weather, news updates, and has other Alexa skills.KitchenAmazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Smart DisplayThe Amazon Echo Show 10 (3rd Gen) Smart Display is your ultimate kitchen helper. This smart speaker has a display that can follow you as you cook to show you your recipe. It even sends you notifications if it detects suspicious motion in the house while you’re out. Sonos Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi SpeakerSonos Move drop-resistant Wi-Fi speaker with pastels – Advertisement – New Amazon Echo 4th-Generation Smart SpeakerNew Amazon Echo 4th-Generation smart speaker on a white table Anker Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Bluetooth SpeakerThe Anker Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker is a great choice for an outdoor smart speaker as it has an all-waterproof case. But best of all, it sends sound in every direction and lets you use the smart assistant on your smartphone. Patio/deckSonos Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi SpeakerThe Sonos Move Drop-Resistant Wi-Fi Speaker is the perfect outdoor accessory. It combines big sound with intelligence and portability. Best of all, it’s weather and drop resistant, so you can keep it outside and invite it to any party. er Soundcore Motion Q Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker Amazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart Screen Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart Speaker Amazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen Smart SpeakerAmazon Echo Dot 3rd Gen smart speaker on a table Lauren has been writing and editing since 2008. She loves working with text and helping writers find their voice. When she’s not typing away at her computer, she cooks and travels with her husband and two daughters. Belkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi Smart SpeakerBelkin Devialet Soundform Elite Hi-Fi smart speaker in a house Google Nest Audio Smart SpeakerThe Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker gives you more bass and volume. It also works seamlessly with the Nest mini for a comprehensive smart home experience. The five beautiful colors look great in any workspace. Every room in your house can be smarter when you have the right smart speakers. So today, we’re rounding up the best smart speakers by room in our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020. Have a look at the speakers on this list to see how seamless your smart home experience can be.If you want to boost your home’s IQ, you’ll need a great system of smart speakers. And these days, you can find smart speakers for pretty much every room in the house. For the kitchen, there’s a smart speaker/display that follows you with your recipe while you cook. And for the bathroom, you can get a smart shower speaker that connects to two devices at once.Related: 14 Smart Alexa devices and gadgets for your home- Advertisement – Google Nest Audio Smart Speaker Tivoli Audio Music System Home Smart Hi-Fi System BathroomBose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker IIThe Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II is another excellent option on our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020. It packs bold sound into a small, water-resistant speaker. It also has a built-in mic for clear conference or personal calls.Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker IIBose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker II on furnitureJBL Flip 4 Waterproof SpeakerThe JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Speaker can connect to up to two smartphones or tablets simultaneously. It has an IPX7 waterproof rating, which means you can fully submerge it in water. Tivoli Audio Music System Home Smart Hi-Fi SystemThe Tivoli Audio Music System Home Smart Hi-Fi System is smart and beautiful. Its mid-century design goes beautifully in any living room and plays crisp sound. This all-in-one smart sound system for your home even works with Alexa. Smart speakers have come a long way in 2020, boasting both intelligence and design. No matter which of these gadgets you choose, they’re sure to give you the functions and form you need throughout your entire home.Living roomSonos Arc Premium Smart SoundbarThe first product on our ultimate smart speaker guide 2020 is the Sonos Arc Premium Smart Soundbar. The sleek soundbar has a matte modern appearance and delivers lifelike audio. It responds to commands from Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.Ruark Audio R3 Compact Music SystemThe Ruark Audio R3 Compact Music System has a gorgeous cantilevered design that looks great in any modern home. It’s audio packs a punch and offers comprehensive Wi-Fi streaming support for your favorite music apps. Tivoli Audio Music System Home Smart Hi-Fi SystemTivoli Audio Music System home smart Hi-Fi system in a living room Amazon Echo Show 5 Alexa Enabled Smart Screen The Gadget Flow Daily Digest highlights and explores the latest intech trends to keep you informed. 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Presidency appears within Biden’s grasp as his lead widens in crucial battlegrounds.

first_imgMost elections come to an end when one candidate calls the other to concede. Mr. Trump may be trailing — with diminishing hopes of winning — but he’s not the kind of person who concedes. And it’s not in Mr. Biden’s political interest to unilaterally declare victory (as Mr. Trump has effectively done), and feed the conspiracy theory being pushed by the president and his supporters that Democrats are trying to steal the election. – Advertisement – The outdoor stage was all set in Wilmington, Del., for Joseph R. Biden Jr. to come out and address the nation — presumably in a victory speech as the president-elect.There were banners and spotlights and people in cars ready to honk their approval for the next president and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris. But the hour grew late and the counting of votes kept going and going with no sign of a winner in the contest between Mr. Biden and President Trump.- Advertisement – While all indications suggest that Mr. Biden has succeeded in defeating Mr. Trump, it’s still close enough in four states — Arizona, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Georgia — that the contest remains unresolved.As the number of outstanding ballots slowly dwindled, Mr. Trump was left increasingly with only legal challenges to forestall defeat. He remained uncharacteristically out of sight on Friday.This postelection limbo was one more bit of evidence of what a strange election this has been. Ballot counters have been overwhelmed by the record number of early votes cast by mail because of the pandemic; hence the slow, meticulous counts taking place across the country.- Advertisement – It has now been four days since Election Day. As long as that might seem, it’s nowhere near the 36 days it took in 2000 before the Supreme Court ended the counting and effectively declared George W. Bush the winner over Al Gore.- Advertisement – Finally, close to 11 p.m., Mr. Biden emerged. He did not deliver a victory speech, but came as close as he could, talking about what he intended to do as president while assuring Americans “your vote will be counted.” It was clear that Mr. Biden was getting as restless with the long, laborious count as much of the country.“It’s as slow as it goes,” Mr. Biden said, describing watching the numbers dribble in on television. “As slow as it goes it can be numbing.” So the count goes on. And on. And on.last_img read more

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CDC recommends flu shots for more toddlers

first_img Children aged 5 to 9 years who receive the live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV)—the intranasal vaccine—should have a second dose 6 to 10 weeks after the first. Any child age 6 months to 9 years who received just one dose the previous year need only get one dose during the current flu season. In addition, to help protect vulnerable groups, the CDC recommends immunization for healthcare workers and household contacts and caregivers of children aged 0 to 59 months and people at high risk for severe flu complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published its annual flu prevention and control recommendations online yesterday as a lengthy early-release article in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. In February, the CDC estimated that the recommendation regarding 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds would increase the number of people included in flu immunization recommendations by more than 16 million, including 5.3 million children and 11.4 million caregivers and contacts. Though the intranasal vaccine costs more than injectable vaccines, the CDC report says the price difference has decreased for the coming flu season. As expected, the CDC adopted the February recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) to expand the pool of toddlers who should be immunized to include 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds (see link below to Feb 23 CIDRAP News article). The ACIP recommendation was influenced by reports that children in the expanded age-group are almost as likely as those aged 6 months to 2 years to visit physicians and emergency rooms for flu treatment. The recommendation for immunization of 6- to 23-month-olds has been in place since 2004. CDC. Prevention and control of influenza: Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP). MMWR 2006 Jun 28;55:1-41 [Full text] Women who will be pregnant during the flu season Children and adolescents (6 months through 18 years) who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy The CDC projects that about 100 million doses of influenza vaccine will be available this season—about 16% more than in 2005-06. If a new vaccine is licensed in 2006, an additional 15 million to 20 million doses might be available. (The Food and Drug Administration is currently reviewing a license application for a GlaxoSmithKline flu vaccine called FluLaval. The vaccine is marketed in Canada under the name Fluviral. It was previously made by ID Biomedical, a Canadian company that was bought by GlaxoSmithKline last December.) Adults and children who have asthma, other chronic respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, or any condition that can impair respiratory function The ACIP emphasized that all children aged 6 months to 9 years who have never been vaccinated should receive two doses of vaccine. Those who receive a trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV, or injectable vaccine) should have a booster 1 month or longer after the initial dose, before the onset of influenza season. To ensure optimal use of the vaccine supply, the CDC recommends that healthcare providers expand outreach efforts to boost the number of people vaccinated and develop contingency plans for timing and prioritizing if the vaccine supply is delayed or reduced. Though optimal vaccination timing is early fall, the CDC emphasizes that later immunization timing—even after December—is still useful because flu outbreaks peak from December through early March. Adults and children under treatment for chronic metabolic disorders, kidney problems, hemoglobinopathies, or immunodeficiency Jun 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials have made it official that toddlers aged 2 through 4 years should be immunized against influenza each year, adding millions of people to the groups included in flu vaccination recommendations. Residents of nursing homes and other chronic-care facilities Jan 26, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Record flu vaccine supply expected next season” In its current recommendations, the CDC continues to voice concern about resistance of common influenza A strains to the antiviral drugs amantadine and rimantadine. (See Jan 14, 2005, CIDRAP News article.) The agency advises physicians not to use the two medications until viral susceptibility questions have been answered regarding this season’s circulating influenza strains. The report notes that viral resistance to the neuraminidase inhibitors zanamivir and oseltamivir is less frequent, but that tests for detecting clinical resistance to the drugs are being developed. See also: Besides children aged 6 months through 4 years, groups for whom flu immunization is recommended include the following: Feb 23, 2006, CIDRAP News story “ACIP endorses flu shots for 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds” People age 50 and older Jan 14, 2005 CIDRAP News story “CDC: Resistance makes 2 older flu drugs ineffective”last_img read more

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WHO confirms two H5N1 deaths, one a 2003 case in China

first_imgAug 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The global death toll from H5N1 avian influenza grew by two today when the World Health Organization (WHO) added a Chinese case dating back to 2003 and the Indonesian case reported yesterday involving a 16-year-old boy. Meanwhile, reports today say another H5N1 death has occurred in Indonesia, this one in a teen girl.Retroactive confirmation of China’s first avian flu deathChinese researchers published findings in a June letter to the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) that a 24-year-old Beijing man died of avian influenza rather than severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) as originally thought. The WHO subsequently asked the Chinese Ministry of Health to investigate where the man caught the disease and whether there were any other deaths. The man’s death occurred in November 2003, which was 2 years before China officially reported any human H5N1 cases to the WHO. In July of this year, China invited the United Nations to observe the tests that it conducted to investigate the man’s death.The confirmation tests were performed at a lab affiliated with the Chinese Health Ministry. The work was done by Chinese experts along with WHO representatives who were asked to participate. The WHO report said an expert panel reviewed the test findings.The source of the man’s illness is still uncertain, according to the WHO. Because he was initially thought to have SARS, no history of possible poultry exposure was taken. No poultry outbreaks of H5N1 infection have been reported in Beijing.China told the WHO that it would strengthen its communication mechanisms and ensure that the country’s research institutes are integrated into its communications. The health ministry said it first learned of the man’s positive test when the results were published in NEJM.China now has had 20 confirmed cases of H5N1 and 13 deaths, according to the latest WHO count.WHO confirms yesterday’s Indonesian deathAlso today the WHO reference laboratory confirmed that a 16-year-old Indonesian boy from West Java province who died yesterday had H5N1 avian influenza (see Aug 7 CIDRAP News story).The WHO confirmation makes it official that Indonesia has surpassed Vietnam as the country with the most avian flu deaths. The boy becomes Indonesia’s 55th human case and its 43rd fatality, according to the WHO tally. Thirty-two of Indonesia’s deaths have occurred this year alone; the remaining 11 occurred in 2005. (WHO records Vietnam as having 93 confirmed cases and 42 deaths.)The boy’s symptoms developed on Jul 26 and he was hospitalized on Aug 4. The WHO said investigators found that he had contact with sick and dying chickens in his household. A joint investigation by Indonesian health and agricultural officials identified the H5 virus subtype in chickens from the boy’s household. His family members and close contacts have been placed under surveillance.Indonesia reports another fatalityA spokesperson for the Indonesian Health Ministry told Deutsche Presse-Argentur (DPA) that a 17-year-old Indonesian girl from West Java, the same province as the 16-year-old boy who died yesterday, died from H5N1 avian influenza. She had been hospitalized over the weekend before she died today. An Indonesian health ministry spokesperson told DPA that two laboratories independently confirmed the girl’s positive H5N1 results. BBC News reported this case as well, saying the girl was 16 years old and that only one laboratory had confirmed the case as H5N1. The case has not yet been recognized by WHO.See also:Aug 8 WHO update on China situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_08_08/en/index.htmlJun 22 NEJM letter regarding the Chinese casehttp://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/354/25/2731Aug 8 WHO update on Indonesian situationhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_08_08a/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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Ducks, rice, people add up to risk of H5N1 outbreaks

first_imgMar 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – High concentrations of ducks, rice fields, and human populations—rather than chickens—pose the highest risk of sparking deadly H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in Southeast Asia, according to a recent study.Researchers affiliated with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) collected data from three waves of hundreds of avian flu outbreaks in Vietnam and Thailand in 2004 and 2005, and then used statistical modeling to determine what factors most contributed to infection and spread of the disease.They looked at known H5N1 risk factors that provide “relatively robust risk prediction”: human population size, rice cultivation intensity, local elevation, and numbers of ducks, geese, and chickens. Using satellite mapping of rice paddies, they were able to compare rice production and poultry and human concentrations to outbreak timelines.They found that human population concentration and high rice production were both strong risk factors for H5N1 outbreaks, as were numbers of both free-ranging and farm ducks.”Chicken numbers,” the study found, “failed to show as a significant predictor of disease presence, except in wave 3 in Vietnam.” Researchers attributed that exception to the fact that the third Vietnamese wave, in late 2005, primarily affected the chicken-dense Red River delta area of southern Vietnam.The study’s authors, writing this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explained that free-range duck farming in these two countries typically takes place in areas with high rice yield “because the rice grain left in the field after harvest provides a low-cost source of feed for duck production.”In an FAO news release today, study coordinator and coauthor Jan Slingenbergh, an FAO senior veterinary officer, described the study’s import. “We now know much better where and when to expect flare-ups, and this helps to target prevention and control,” he said. “In addition, with virus persistence becoming increasingly confined to areas with intensive rice-duck agriculture in eastern and southeastern Asia, evolution of the H5N1 virus may become easier to predict.”Ninety percent of the world’s 1 billion domestic ducks live in Asia, according to the FAO release.Applying findings to other countriesThe authors of the study wrote that the sound predictive power of their statistical model “supports its application to other countries with similar agro-ecological conditions such as Laos or Cambodia.”The researchers explained that their model applied equally well to both Thailand and Vietnam, despite the countries’ different approaches to disease containment. Thailand focused on early disease detection and on restricting the movement of ducks, whereas Vietnam initiated aggressive nationwide vaccination of all poultry. The differing approaches succeeded at the time, but both countries have experienced fairly recent recurrences of bird outbreaks, and Vietnam has had recent human cases.”It is thus quite remarkable,” the authors wrote, “that this model based on Thailand data loses so little predictive power when validated in Vietnam, which gives confidence to extrapolating the model to adjacent areas.”They encourage researchers to apply their technique to other areas with high duck concentrations as well, such as the Nile Delta region in Egypt and parts of Nigeria. They also explored applying their model to Indonesia but urged caution with that country because of the large differences in climate, agriculture, and avian flu situation between Indonesia and mainland Southeast Asia.Gilbert M, Xiao X, Pfeiffer DU, et al. Mapping H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza risk in Southeast Asia. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2008 Mar 25;105(12):479-74 [Full text]See also:Mar 26 FAO news releasehttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2008/1000817/index.htmllast_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Rapid test, air-traveler transmission, global tally tops 70,000, Tamiflu resistance, 2-shot vaccine could overwhelm

first_imgJun 29, 2009Rapid test shows low sensitivity for novel H1N1San Diego researchers with close knowledge of the confirmation of the first US novel flu cases reported today in a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine that the sensitivity of rapid tests used during the outbreak was low, the same as for seasonal strains, and varied by subtype. When they compared rapid tests to polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, sensitivity for the QuickVue rapid test was 51% for novel H1N1, 63% for seasonal H1N1, and 31% for H3N2.[Jun 29 N Engl J Med letter]Airline passengers imported H1N1 from MexicoAirline industry data show a high correlation between the start of the H1N1 flu pandemic in various countries and the number of passengers from Mexico that tend to arrive in those countries in March and April, according to Toronto researchers. Of the 20 countries that had the highest passenger volume from Mexico in 2007 and 2008, 16 experienced importations of H1N1 from Mexico in 2009; countries that had more than 1,400 such passengers had a “significantly elevated” risk of flu importation.[Jun 29 N Engl J Med letter]World pandemic flu tally passes 70,000The latest global number of new pandemic flu cases is 70,893 cases, including 311 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. The new total is an 11,079-case rise from the WHO’s last update on Jun 26. The once-weekly update of US cases represents more than half of the new cases. The number of fatalities rose by 48 since the last report. The list includes four countries reporting their first cases: Iraq, Lithuania, Monaco, and Nepal.[WHO update 55]First Tamiflu-resistant novel flu case reportedA Danish patient confirmed as having novel H1N1 influenza exhibited resistance to the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu), an official from Roche, the maker of the drug, said today. “While receiving the drug, the patient appeared to develop resistance to it,” David Reddy, Roche’s pandemic task force leader, said on a conference call, according to Reuters. “This is the first report we have of it in H1N1,” he said.[Jun 29 Reuters report]Experts: 2-shot novel flu vaccine likely to overwhelm systemThe pandemic vaccine now being produced will require two shots 3 weeks apart to provide full immunity, which could overwhelm state agencies, officials said at a meeting last week at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And children younger than 9 years old will need four shots, the CDC said, according to a Bloomberg News report. “Public health departments are underfunded and will get fatigued,” said flu expert William Schaffner, adding that one shot will give at most 20% protection.[Jun 26 Bloomberg News report]Kenya, Myanmar report first novel flu casesKenya’s health ministry today announced the country’s first novel flu case, a 20-year-old British man visiting as a student, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported. The man got sick 2 days after arriving in Kenya and is recovering in isolation at a hotel. In other developments, Myanmar’s government on Jun 27 reporting the country’s first pandemic flu case, a 13-year-old girl who became ill after visiting Singapore with her family, according to Irrawaddy, a Thai-based news service.Brazil reports first novel H1N1 deathBrazil has reported its first swine flu fatality, in an adult woman of unspecified age, according to a story in today’s Hindustan Times. Brazil’s health ministry said in a statement that the woman, who died Jun 28, was “from the state of Rio Grande do Sul who had spent 1 week in Argentina.” The story said officials were investigating another suspected novel flu death in the same state.[Jun 29 Hindustan Times story]Tamiflu reduces flu complications in kids with chronic conditionsChildren with chronic medical conditions have fewer flu-related complications when they receive oseltamivir (Tamiflu) within a day of flu diagnosis, researchers reported today in an early online edition of Pediatrics. The retrospective study covered six flu seasons between 2000 and 2006 and was based on a Reuters Thomson database. Compared with those who didn’t receive the drug, children who received oseltamivir had fewer complications and hospitalizations 14 and 30 days after flu diagnosis.[Jun 29 Pediatrics abstract]last_img read more

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CNTB wins HUOJ Grand PRix for communication project with famous photojournalist Yuri Cortez

first_imgIn his speech, Director Staničić also thanked the selector of the Croatian national football team, Zlatko Dalić, who won the Grand PRix for Communicator of the Year, because the award-winning project of the Croatian Tourist Board would not be possible without Croatian footballers who achieved historic success in Russia. AFP by Yuri Cortez.    “With this project, we have extended the effect of our country’s popularity on foreign markets after the excellent performance of the Croatian national football team at the World Cup in Russia. Numerous announcements in foreign and domestic media, as well as numerous announcements on social networks, confirm that we have succeeded in that. For us, the HUOJ award is a satisfaction and a motive for further work because it is a confirmation of the profession that we know how to react in a timely manner and implement quality communication projects. “, said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, thanking his team within the CNTB, but also all employees of the tourist board system who made it possible for Croatia and Croatian people to remain in the fond memories of the Cortez family. Source / Photo: CNTB Related news: AFP PHOTO REPORTER YURI CORTEZ ON A SEVEN-DAY VISIT TO CROATIA Last night, the Croatian Public Relations Association (HUOJ) held the 12th Grand PRix awards ceremony. Awards were given in 10 categories, as well as special awards for the development of the profession, for the best public relations agency, for the communicator of the year and for the anti-communicator of the year.  “Thank you to all the people who made my family’s stay in Croatia a special and unforgettable experience. You can be sure that you have ambassadors of Croatian tourism in us and that we will promote Croatia as a beautiful country of kind hosts at every opportunity.”, Said Cortez, adding that he will definitely visit our country again.  The Croatian National Tourist Board won the prestigious Grand PRix award of the Croatian Public Relations Association in the state authorities of the Republic of Croatia for the project “Photojournalist of the World Cup Yuri Cortez on a seven-day visit to Croatia.” last_img read more

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Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac: Guidelines of the European Commission are coming in September, what the development of an instrument for recovery and resilience will look like

first_imgSource / Photo: HRT Also, Brnjac pointed out that at yesterday’s meeting with certain representatives of the tourism sector, she discussed future measures to maintain liquidity and recover the tourism system. She confirmed that the tourist situation in the northern part of Croatia is better than in the southern part.  Brnjac je odgovorila i na stanovite kritike koje se vežu uz odabir nje na poziciju ministrice turizma budući da ne dolazi iz turističkog sektora.  “Mislim da je danas upravo turistički sektor jasno nakon sastanka dao izjave koliko im je bitno imati naglasak na instrumentu za oporavak i otpornost te se što bolje pozicionirati u višegodišnjoj financijskoj omotnici, ali i općenito pozicionirati što bolje cjelokupan turistički sektor” After four years, he sees tourism in Croatia as sustainable, green, as tourism that will work to extend the season, not only in the coastal area, but also in the continental area. He also wants the development of nautical and health tourism. The development of a tourism development strategy will start in September, she said, stating that this should provide further guidance.  As for tourist arrivals, it is 2.3 million in July and almost more than 16 million overnight stays. That is already a little more than 50% of the turnover compared to the same period last year. These are quite good results and we have reason to be optimistic, said Brnjac. “We need to see the end of the tourist season. It is a good indicator that we have more than 760,000 guests today. The first Ministry of Tourism estimated that this year’s result will be 30% compared to last year, but we already have about 40% to 45%, when looking at the overall level, ” adds Brnjac. Answering the question who can count on this help, Minister Brnjac said that it refers to the entire tourism sector.  Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac last night in the HRT Diary, she stated that a few months ago no one could have imagined that the number of tourists would be as it is now.  ” Rovinj, Poreč, Medulin, Crikvenica and Split are the destinations where guests come the most. When we look at the southern destinations, we know that they are mainly related to air tourism. The Croatian National Tourist Board works on promotions in those countries from which guests come to Dubrovnik. It is precisely because of these marketing activities that we see the results: we have 92% of German tourists compared to last year, 91% of Slovenian tourists, followed by tourists from Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. Said Brnjac. Budući da je Brnjac i ministrica sporta, kazala je da “želi dati i sportu veći značaj”. Kazala je da nikome nije potrebno objašnjavati kakvu ulogu sport i turizam imaju za globalnu promociju Hrvatske.  ” In September, we will receive guidelines from the European Commission on what the recovery and resilience instrument will look like. We want to be ready and that is why this meeting was organized. The next topic of the meeting was preparation for funding from the new envelope of the multiannual financial framework. tourism ” It is ungrateful to say how much is expected from tourism, said Brnjac, referring to yesterday’s statement when she said that this year it could be around 5 billion, which is half of last year’s amount.  “Vrlo važno je naglasiti da ulažući u projekte u sportu i turizmu, dobivamo dodane vrijednosti za niz drugih resora – od prometa do poljoprivrede” zaključila je Brnjac.last_img read more

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