H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: More early-October vaccine; ethics reports; guide for community, faith groups; more cases on campus

first_imgSep 24, 2009Forecast for early-October vaccine deliveries doublesBetween 6 million and 7 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine will arrive the first week of October, about double the previous estimate of 3.4 million doses, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today quoting Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Most of the doses will be the nasal-spray vaccine, Sebelius said. Previous reports said the initial 3.4 million doses would all be the nasal-spray vaccine, which is approved only for healthy people aged 2 to 49 years. 24 AP storyToronto group pens pandemic-ethics reportsThe University of Toronto Centre for Bioethics has nine articles covering ethical issues likely to arise in the second wave of the H1N1 flu pandemic. Topics include the duty of healthcare workers to work during a pandemic, limits on individual freedom, government responsibilities in vaccination programs, allocation of limited medical resources; and rich countries’ obligation to share resources with poor countries. The authors drew on academic and public opinion research. 23 EurekAlert press releaseHHS offers pandemic guidance for community, faith groupsHHS today released “H1N1 Flu: A Guide for Community and Faith-Based Organizations.” The guide describes how the leaders of organizations can help fight the pandemic by communicating health information effectively, supporting vaccination efforts, linking vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations to information and resources, and adjusting organizational activities to help people stay healthy. guide for community and faith-based organizationsAHRQ offers guide to mass medical care The HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) today released a guide titled “Mass Medical Care with Scarce Resources: The Essentials,” which is an abbreviated version of a 2007 AHRQ publication. Topics covered are community-wide planning, ethical and legal considerations, prehospital, acute, and palliative care, and alternative care sites during public health emergencies. A special section on influenza pandemic preparedness is included. table of contents and pdf documentCDC launches mobile texting toolA 3-month pilot text-messaging service has been launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to deliver important CDC information on H1N1 flu and other topics directly to users’ mobile phones. A subscription is required, but there is no cost. The CDC anticipates delivery of about three messages a week, and it is possible to opt out at any time. Feedback is sought during the pilot period. Web page with instructionsUS campus flu cases rise 15%Flu-like illnesses at the nation’s colleges rose by 15% from the previous week, according to a surveillance report for the week ending Sep 18 from the American College Health Association (ACHA). The report was based on 7,696 cases at 243 schools. It doesn’t specify flu subtype, but federal officials have said 98% of all circulating strains are pandemic H1N1. The number of new infections was highest in New England and some western states, and the pace seemed to slow in some southern states. 24 ACHA surveillance reportTrial confirms CDC wariness about rapid flu testsA field trial at two schools at the start of the novel H1N1 outbreak showed that the rapid influenza A and B test worked well for confirming the new virus, but not for ruling it out, according to the latest issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The researchers compared the rapid test with real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction assay. The findings confirm recent CDC advice to be cautious about using negative rapid test results to guide treatment. 25 MMWR reportlast_img read more

Govt partners with DANA to disburse assistance for pre-employment card program

first_imgThe government resumed this month the pre-employment card program, which combines social assistance with upskilling for people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, after a brief halt following irregularities.With an economy contracting 5.32 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the second quarter, the government is confronted with massive job losses.Around 3.7 million individuals have lost their jobs so far this year due to the pandemic, according to data from the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas), a number that is expected to hit around 10 million by the end of the year.With a budget of Rp 20 trillion (US$1.35 billion), the pre-employment card program aims to help pandemic-hit workers and small business owners by offering monthly assistance of Rp 3.5 million for four months to cover training costs and cash benefits. Read also: Preemployment card program resumes, prioritizing pandemic-hit workersDANA CEO Vincent Iswara said the company would distribute incentive funds to pre-employment card program recipients who had completed the training program.“We are enthusiastic that the government trusts us with this partnership. We believe this program is very important and should be supported as it can help people gain new capabilities during this pandemic,” he said.DANA is the government’s latest e-wallet partner for the program, aside from Gopay, LinkAja and OVO.Other private sector companies partnering with the program include e-commerce firms Bukalapak and Tokopedia, as well as edtech companies Mau Belajar Apa, Pintaria, Pijar Mahir and Sekolahmu. (eyc)Topics : E-wallet platform DANA has officially become the government’s latest partner to disburse cash assistance to participants of the pre-employment card program, following a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing on Wednesday.The pre-employment card program’s executive director Denni Puspa Purbasari said the partnership with DANA was part of the government’s effort to boost the effectiveness of the program through a digital approach.“The involvement of the private sector is needed to accelerate the implementation of the training that is relevant to the present day demand, as well as to support the registration process and ensure a seamless and safe distribution of funds,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.last_img read more

Manly five-bedder with bay views proves a hit with buyers

first_imgThe living area at 99 Melville Terrace, Manly“We get a lot of buyers from down south looking for something different,” Mr Woodbine said.“They want that lifestyle. “They’re after those water views and something special compared with what they can get in a city.“With all the apartments going up locally, we’re seeing a lot of empty nesters and there is also a massive market for families.“With homes on the market from the mid $400,000s to $1 million plus, there is something for everyone. “We can’t keep up with listings at the moment.” According to CoreLogic data, the median house price in Manly is $805,000. The front veranda at 99 Melville Terrace, ManlyMore from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Vendors Graeme and Marlene Lind designed and built the five-bedroom three-storey house 12 years ago on the site of their old family home.The couple designed their new home to make the most of the ocean breezes and views. Mr Woodbine said most people looking to buy in Manly were chasing that same bayside lifestyle. The home at 99 Melville Terrace, Manly sold at auctionA bid of $1 million kicked off the auction of a modern family home in Manly last week. The property at 99 Melville Tce sold for $1.27 million on Febru­ary 11. Ray White Wynnum-Manly marketing agent Kyle Woodbine said the auction attracted a crowd of about 60 people and four registered bidders.“The first bid was $1 million and it was all wrapped up in about 15 minutes,” he said. “The owners were thrilled with the sale and the buyers were ecstatic. They’re a local family.” last_img read more

Tennis News US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal Beats Diego Schwartzman, To Meet Marco Berrettini In Semifinal

first_img New Delhi: Rafael Nadal remains on course for his 19th Grand Slam title after a hard-fought quarterfinal win over Diego Schwartzman in the US Open on Thursday. Nadal beat Schwartzman 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals. He now stands two wins from year’s second Grand Slam title, which would place him one shy of Roger Federer’s all-time mark of 20. Nadal (33) will next play Italy’s 24th seed Marco Berrettini, who beat Gael Monfils in their last eight clash. Nadal, who won his 18th Grand Slam with a 12th title at Roland Garros in June, is the favourite to win the title with both Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer already out of the picture. Apart from than Nadal, all the other semifinalists – Berrettini, Grigor Dimitrov and Daniil Medvedev – have never played in a Grand Slam final. The past 11 Grand Slams have all been won by either Nadal, 32-year-old Djokovic or 38-year-old Federer.Nadal was made to work as Schwartzman twice rallied from four-game deficits in a stuffy Arthur Ashe stadium. Nadal raced ahead 4-0 for a great start before the Schwartzman hit back winings four straight games. Nadal came back to take the next two game and clinch the opening set. The same pattern continued in the second set with Nadal moving a double break up before Schwartzman fought back from 5-1 to level at 5-5. Nadal showed his experience at the crucial moment breaking Schwartzman in the 12th game with his third set point.In the final set, Nadal wrapped things up quickly, breaking twice without reply to clinch victory in two hours and 46 minutes.Matteo Berrettini wins thriller against Gael MonfilsEarlier, Matteo Berrettini became the first Italian man to reach the US Open semifinals in 42 years on Wednesday to set up a potential showdown with Nadal.Berrettini, the 24th seed, matched Corrado Barazzutti’s run to the last four in 1977 after outlasting 13th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) in three hours and 57 minutes.Berrettini joined Barazzutti, 1976 Roland Garros champion Adriano Panatta and Marco Cecchinato as just the fourth Italian to advance to a men’s Grand Slam semi-final in singles.”What a great fight. I think it was one of the best matches I maybe ever saw — I was playing but I also saw. I’m really happy I don’t know what to say,” Berrettini said.The first-time Slam quarter-finalist blew a 5-2 lead in the final set and four match points before finally seeing off Monfils in a thriller at Arthur Ashe Stadium.”I was lucky I had match points and he didn’t have it – it’s better when you have them. I’m really proud of myself, I was always focusing on the next point.”A nervous Berrettini doubled-faulted on his first match point at 5-3 before a resolute Monfils fought off two more on his serve to send the deciding set into a tie-break.Monfils coughed up a costly pair of double faults in the breaker – and 17 in total – as Berrettini surged 5-2 ahead, the Frenchman rescuing a fourth match point before a booming serve from the Italian clinched a memorable win.”Right now I don’t remember any points, just the match point. I remember also my double fault I must be honest,” Berrettini said. Rafael Nadal has won the US Open in 2010, 2013 and 2017Nadal is the only member of the “Big Three” still standing in New York Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer have already exited the tournament  For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

Montsho Leads Team Botswana to Warri Relays

first_imgShe won the African Championships gold medal over 400m; she also won titles in the event at the 2007 All-Africa Games, the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India. She is the first Botswana ever to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.She has personal best times of 11.60 seconds in the 100 m, 22.89 seconds in the 200 meters and 49.33 seconds in the 400m.In a message sent to the Meet Director, Yussuf Alli, the former world champion expressed regret for missing the previous editions of the relays, especially the 2014 edition when she confirmed participation but missed the meet due to flight cancellation.Meanwhile, secondary schools in Delta State are preparing for the annual relay where future world beaters showcase their talent to a continental and global audience.“Apart from global stars like Blessing Okagbare, Amantle Montsho and others, Warri Relays/CAA Grand Prix presents budding athletes from all the nooks and crannies of Delta with a platform.“Competitions to select the best from schools across the state have been concluded and the best schools will compete for medals and cash prizes in various events” said Thomas.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former world champion in 400m, Amantle Montsho, will be participating in the 2017 edition of the Warri Relays/CAA Grand Prix according to a statement signed by the Meet Media Director, Olukayode Thomas.Joining Montsho from Botswana are the country’s male and female 4x400m team.Finalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Montsho also competed at the World Championships in Athletics and the IAAF World Indoor Championships, and is a former World Champion in the 400m, winning with a personal best time of 49.56secs in Daegu, South Korea in 2011.last_img read more

Heptathlete Osazuwa making strides in outdoor slate after All-American indoor season

first_img Published on April 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: Comments Until Saturday, Uhunoma Osazuwa hadn’t lived up to the hype.Tabbed an All-American following the conclusion of the indoor track and field season in February, Osazuwa was expected to do big things this spring.But in her first outdoor meet earlier this month at the four-day Texas Relays, Osazuwa was basically a no-show. Placing 43rd in the 100-meter hurdles, the Syracuse standout essentially used the event as a tuneup to prepare for the rest of the season. And at the 44th annual Sea Ray Relays in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend, the results showed.As the lone SU representative at the event, Osazuwa finisher higher than any other collegiate athlete, placing second behind only former heptathlon All-American Tammilee Kerr from Iowa. Osazuwa finished with a lifetime best and NCAA provisional-qualifying score of 5,378 points, placing her fourth in the NCAA for the heptathlon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Coming to Tennessee, I expected either to match my (personal record) or do better,’ Osazuwa said following the event. ‘I wanted to get a good enough score to get me into NCAAs early rather than having to worry about relying on a later meet. It feels great to (achieve my personal record), but to do it this early in the season makes me excited for what I’ll be able to do later on.’The meet, which joins the top NCAA qualifiers in the nation, is one of the top competitions of the season for multi-events. Osazuwa also earned fourth place in the javelin (34.56m) and finished first in the long jump (5.88 meters). The senior standout went into Thursday’s heptathlon events holding a slim first-place lead over Kentucky‘s Precious Nwokey, 3,358 to 3,349.Osazuwa’s teammate of four years, Bernard Bush, competed with her at the Texas Relays and has seen her grow and mature through the years. Her victory, though by herself, was shared with Bush and the rest of the teammates.‘We’re kind of a family,’ Bush said. ‘We’re all excited for her.’While Osazuwa was by herself in Tennessee, 17 of her track and field teammates were out west competing in the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. While there, the team put on one of its best performances of the season. The Orange took two first-place finishes and five top-five finishes at the event.‘For those competing on the national level, we want to see personal bests,’ head coach Chris Fox said.Osazuwa has lived up to her status as an All-American, an honor she earned at the end of the indoor season and one she hopes to receive at the end of the outdoor season as well.‘I want to start off well for the outdoor season,’ Osazuwa said before the event. Osazuwa doesn’t compete again until the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 22, but the rest of the team, fresh off its high-level performance at Arizona State, heads to Princeton this weekend looking to build on the strong results seen in Tempe.After facing stiff competition out west for three straight weeks, SU returns to the East Coast to participate in a familiar event, the Princeton Larry Ellis Invitational.The hope is that the familiarity and the importance of the event will lead to more top finishes.‘For some of the other athletes, at the very least we’d like to shoot for Big East qualifying marks,’ Fox said. ‘We want a lot of our (athletes) to treat these events like bowl games.’Although Osazuwa is not competing this weekend, her feats from last weekend, along with the rest of the team’s top performances last weekend, set the stage for the meet this Saturday.‘From this point forward, we’re just looking for big marks,’ Fox said. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more “not afraid of competition” following German entry

first_img Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share Aligning your brand with a particular sport or team is widely recognised as a hugely effective way to drive fresh interest amongst a potentially huge audience, bringing with it a plethora of benefits along the way.As part of a concerted effort within the recently entered German market, sports betting provider, launched a little over two years ago by online betting operator Stoiximan, recently inked a deal to become a premier partner of Bundesliga outfit VfB Stuttgart.Forming one part of its wider marketing strategy, SBC News caught up with Panos Konstantopoulos, chief marketing officer of Stoiximan and, to discuss the significance of the deal, opportunities brought by the “king of sports” as opposed to others and the importance of staying ahead of the game.SBC News: Why did Betano chose to enter this partnership with VfB Stuttgart? What opportunities does/will this bring?Panos Konstantopoulos: We have signed a three-year sponsorship agreement with VfB Stuttgart, this indicates our commitment to VFB Stuttgart and to German football in general. It is a very important step for, as it establishes a solid link with the fans of one of the Bundesliga’s most prominent clubs. VfB Stuttgart is listed among the top 30 teams in Europe and is one of the 10 largest sports clubs in Germany. The significance of this partnership is not only linked with our presence in one of the world’s most popular leagues, but it is also linked to Betano’s presence and support to the local community through the implementation of several actions that are planned.“Football is the ‘king of sports’ in Europe and it represents a significant share of our betting service”SBC: What opportunities does football provide for Betano as opposed to other sports? And why was the Bundesliga deemed to be the perfect fit and not one of the other European leagues?PK: Our actions are not limited only to football. Betano and its sister brand Stoiximan, have a strong presence in other sport groups as well, in all of the countries we operate; such as basketball, water polo, handball in team sports as well as track and field, cycling, gymnastics and even windsurfing on an athlete level. However, football is the ‘king of sports’ in Europe and it represents a significant share of our betting services. The Bundesliga is one of the top championships in Europe with a huge attendance both in the stadiums as well as on TV, and we are excited to be able to be associated with it. It is a great opportunity and a great challenge at the same time.SBC: How do you leverage your brand presence at sporting events, on shirts etc… into engaging and retaining customers? PK: It’s not the same for every market.  In new markets these kinds of sponsorships are useful for the introduction of the brand and are mainly brand awareness tools and are drivers to a faster top of mind awareness. In other markets that we already have strong presence, sponsorships work as a proof of the brand’s status. In markets that we are market leaders, such as Greece, sponsorships work as a tool demonstrating the company’s support to local sports and communities. Customers are always happy to see a company supporting their team of preference but let’s be clear; it’s the level of professionalism, the quality of our product and of our customer service throughout the players’ game journey that maintains existing customers loyal to our brand, and which attracts new customers too.“We are not afraid of competition, on the contrary we are confident of our product offering”SBC: Why is entering relationships such as this with VfB Stuttgart so crucial? Is it necessary to try to stay ahead/gain a competitive advantage?PK: It is an important step following our recent entry in the German market. It’s also a testament that we are here to stay, a testament of our commitment to German football and to German sports. We are not afraid of competition, on the contrary we are confident of our product offering. The agreement with VfB underlines our strong commitment to a long-term action plan, and our commitment to being an integral and dynamic part of our new ‘home’.SBC: Are further deals such as this, an option for Betano in the future? Are they a useful tool to support expansion?PK: Following our sponsorship agreement with VfB we are happy to announce our sponsorship agreement regarding a very popular sport in Germany, Handball.  Following an agreement with the European Handball Federation, Betano will be the official betting sponsor in the German territory, for the EHF Champions League and the EHF Final 4 that will be held in Cologne in the coming season (2018-2019). We are also in negotiations regarding a potential sponsorship agreement with another historic football club, but you will allow me not to disclose more info at the moment. We have a solid marketing plan and sponsorships are only one part of this plan. 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COVID-19 isolation centre: GFA President, officials tour Ghanaman

first_img Source: GFA President Kurt E.S Okraku, on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, toured the Ghanaman Soccer Centre of Excellence at Prampram to inspect the progress of work done at the facility which has been made available to the government for use as isolation centre.Mr Okraku was accompanied by Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional Football Association Mr Samuel Aboabire and GFA Head of Communications Henry Asante Twum.The President’s visit was to acquaint himself with first-hand information on the progress of work since the Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health took over the facility. Some renovation works are currently ongoing to make the place conducive for patients and health workers.Nana Sarfo Oduro, a member of the Prampram Management Committee gave the GFA Media team an update on the progress of work:“We have given this place to the COVID-19 team, that‘s the Ghana Health service. We have done massive changes here… We have projected and installed security lights all around the compound.“We have done carpentry job by polishing the wardrobes, filling in the broken louvres, changing the frames and fixing the ceiling. As I speak to you, we are now doing the painting. All the blocks are being painted. The magnitude of work being undertaken here has saved the Ghana Football Association millions of cedis.“Our predecessors have been fighting hard to fence the place but unfortunately we couldn’t do it because of lack of funds. But giving this place to the COVID-19 team has given us the opportunity to barter for it.”Nana Sarfo Oduro, who doubles as a member of the GFA Executive Council, added: “They delivered 50 TV sets on Monday, they have about 100 mattresses, and they will bring fridges and 250 curtains here. I will fight for us to have some hereafter COVID-19, at least we did not rent the place to them.“In the MOU, we have agreed that even when they have not exited and the national teams have a game, the Ministry of Health will look for a place for the team to camp because we do not want to move them out unprepared.“When you look at the Airport side Hotel and the other hotels they used as isolation centres, those hotels have been pencilled down for a long period of time that means there is an exit plan.”“By exiting they are going to fumigate the place and put the place back to a friendly atmosphere,” he assured.For his part, Maxwell Caesar, a GFA Administrative staff at Prampram says the President’s visit came at a very good time.“It feels good to welcome the President of the GFA here. Ever since the place was given out, this is the first time he has come here, work is going on smoothly.“This land especially, we have been fighting for so many years to fence it, band, immediately when we heard that the Ministry wants to take this place as an isolation centre, the first thing they prioritized was fencing,” Caesar noted.The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association, on April 16, 2020, announced offering the facility to the government for use as an isolation centre in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.last_img read more

Nick Kyrgios openly admits he sleeps with his fans ‘on a weekly basis’ when single

first_imgNick Kyrgios is hands down the bad boy of today’s tennis scene.Even though we hate to admit it, lots of girls love bad boys… especially famous ones. Tags: Nick Kyrgios ‘We want to play in big competitions’ – Jordan Ayew targets European spot with Crystal Palace Ivory Coast FA elections: Asamoah Gyan backs Didier Drogba This is definitely the case for the talented, but often distracted Australian, who admits that him “seeing” fans when not in a relationship is a weekly occurrence.This edition of “Tennis Bad Boy News,” came at around 6 am on a Twitch stream Q&A. He was asked if he had ever slept with a fan, and his response was: “Yes, in all seriousness if I’m not seeing someone it’s like a weekly thing.”Going into what we said earlier about him being often distracted, he then reminisced about the time he was playing Roger Federer at the Laver Cup, and in his own words was “slicing him up.”He then saw an attractive woman in the crowd… and was immediately distracted.He then went further in his dating life and remarked that he was particularly infatuated with Eastern European women.He even went so far as to say that if she is tall, and from East Europe, that she could take half of his earnings.His love of Eastern Europe’s best was shown in his last REAL relationship with Russian tennis player Anna Kalinskaya. However, this didn’t help his reputation in the dating scene.After their breakup, she went on everyone’s favourite ongoing internet reality show known as Instagram, and posted that he was a “f****** energy vampire,” and that he was “not a bad boy, but just a bad person.”Ouch!When asked about this, Kyrgios only had to say that “nothing happened,” and that they “went their own separate ways,” but they “had some fun memories.”We don’t know if this hurts his reputation as bad as spitting on an umpire, but being called an energy vampire is not a good sign.However, that clearly doesn’t stop him from “dating” on a weekly basis.center_img RelatedPosts Source: ‘I’m happy at Crystal Palace’ – Jordan Ayew says amid transfer speculationlast_img read more