Addition of Egyptian cases raises avian flu tally to 204

first_imgApr 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today recognized eight human cases of H5N1 avian influenza previously reported in Egypt, pushing the global case count to 204, with 113 deaths.The Egyptian government has been reporting a total of 12 human cases, but until today the WHO had listed only 4 cases in Egypt.Egypt’s health ministry classifies cases as confirmed when samples test positive in the country’s national public health laboratory and the US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 in Cairo, the WHO said.All the cases confirmed in those two labs have now been validated by the WHO’s collaborating lab in Britain, the agency said.Of the 12 Egyptians who suffered H5N1 infections, four have died and one remains hospitalized in stable condition, the WHO said, adding, “Seven patients have fully recovered and been discharged from hospital.”The agency also noted today Egypt’s latest death from avian flu, that of an 18-year-old woman from the northern governorate of Menufiyah. Her death was reported by the news media a week ago.In other developments, a WHO official in Indonesia today rejected a report of a possible H5N1 case cluster in eight members of one family.An Apr 19 story in the Jakarta Post said a couple and three of their children had been hospitalized in Bandarlampung with suspected avian flu. The story also said two other children had died of the illness earlier and still another had been receiving treatment since before the parents were hospitalized.But in a note posted on ProMED-mail today, Graham Tallis, a WHO medical epidemiologist in Indonesia, said the report contained inaccuracies. “The Ministry of Health may report more fully, but in brief, the full investigation has ruled out H5 as a cause of illness in this cluster in Lampung,” he wrote.Meanwhile, a report from Sudan, published yesterday by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), offered some details on the first avian flu outbreaks in poultry there. The report says the disease killed 62,000 poultry on two farms and caused the loss of another 3,400 to illness and culling at a third farm.The report says the country’s Central Veterinary Research Laboratory identified the virus only as an H5. It adds that planned control measures include vaccination, along with culling, quarantine, movement restrictions, and biosecurity steps.Another report published yesterday by the OIE says that Jordan has gone for 3 weeks without finding any more infected poultry. In submitting their report to the OIE on Apr 16, Jordanian officials described it as their “final report.” Jordan’s first H5N1 outbreak in poultry was announced Mar 24.In Pakistan today, authorities confirmed that a disease outbreak on a farm near Islamabad was H5N1, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. Authorities had reported the outbreak earlier and culled 15,000 birds there.In addition, officials took samples at more than two dozen other farms near the affected one and found five more suspected outbreaks, AFP reported. Chickens on those farms have already been destroyed, an official said.In France, two more wild swans have been found infected with H5N1, according to another AFP report. The birds were found in the Ain region in east-central France, where all but one of the country’s 64 infected swans have turned up. One French poultry farm, also in Ain, has been hit by the virus.See also:Apr 21 WHO statement on human cases in Egypthttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_04_13/en/index.htmllast_img read more

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2007 SUMMIT COVERAGE: Business recognition of pandemic threat said to be rising

first_img Twelve percent of finance officers were aware of their critical suppliers’ preparedness plans, and only 6% were confident that suppliers would continue to supply them during a pandemic. Also, 29% said pandemic preparation was a concern of senior management, while 64% believed it should be a concern. Evangelides, leader of a pandemic preparedness team at Deloitte, said he recently surveyed human resources executives from about 150 companies, risk executives from 20, and financial executives from about 50. All were Fortune 1,000 companies. However, he said, “One thing that comes out loud and clear is that corporate pandemic preparedness is simply not a CEO or COO [chief executive or chief operating officer] or board-of-directors level topic.” The risk executives recognized the threat but were much less confident about companies’ ability to handle it. Sixty-nine percent said a pandemic is “fairly or highly likely” to occur in the next decade, according to Evangelides. Three quarters (74%) said human resources at their firm would be very or severely affected, and 87% said they were only “somewhat prepared” to handle the effects. More than half of the human resource execs, 52%, said their companies had adequate plans to protect themselves, up from only 14% last year, and 45% said the companies were confident of their ability to manage a pandemic, versus 18% a year ago, Evangelides stated. Feb 5, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Orlando, FL – Corporate America is showing signs of a growing recognition of the threat of an influenza pandemic, but the concern is not yet a major topic in executive suites, according to recent surveys by a business consultant. The human resource officers in particular reported increased recognition of the pandemic threat and were relatively optimistic about their companies’ preparations, he said. Summing up, Evangelides said, “I call the human resources execs optimists. I call the risk execs pessimists. And I call the financial officers outsiders; they’re really not that involved.” “From a human resource perspective, the trend is positive,” he said.center_img Finance executives were somewhat less apt to take pandemic concerns seriously. Evangelides reported. Fifty-one percent regarded a pandemic as a real threat, 33% saw preparedness as a top priority, and 21% thought their company was adequately prepared. He spoke this morning at “Business Preparedness for Pandemic Influenza: Second National Summit,” sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), publisher of CIDRAP News. Speaking at a conference on business preparedness, Michael Evangelides, MBA, a principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP, said business executives, especially those in human resources, are reporting a growing awareness of and preparation for the pandemic threat. Seventy-three percent of them said their companies perceive pandemic flu as a real threat, versus 57% in a similar survey last year. Further, 68% said their firms were very concerned about pandemic flu, compared with 43% a year ago. Further, 53% of the risk execs believed their supply chain would be “very or severely affected,” and only 10% saw themselves as well prepared to cope with supply-chain effects. Assessing the overall level of corporate preparedness, he said, “Most companies have a pandemic plan that consists of some kind of communication strategy . . . that could be of some use in a pandemic.” However, “For the most part companies are not prepared to operate in the midst of a pandemic.” “I really believe that pandemic preparedness needs to be a CEO/COO-level item,” he added. But he predicted that it will take one or more of several eventualities to make that happen: increased media attention to the threat, legislaton or regulation requiring a high level of preparedness, shareholder or investor concern, or greater understanding by senior managers of the potential financial impacts.last_img read more

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WHO sticks with current pandemic alert phase

first_imgMay 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Assembly ended today with no indication that the World Health Organization (WHO) would raise the pandemic alert level from 5 to 6, which sparked questions about why the group is holding back in the face of mounting global numbers of those infected with the novel H1N1 influenza virus.Keiji Fukuda, MD, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security, told reporters today at a media briefing that some countries, particularly those that have had limited community transmission of the new virus, aired concerns during the health assembly that raising the pandemic alert level to 6 would unduly alarm the public, given the mild degree of illness seen in most patients who have had the new flu.WHO officials have previously said that sustained community transmission in more than one geographic region would prompt a move to the highest level, which is 6. Apart from countries in North America, Britain and Spain have both shown some degree of sustained community transmission.The WHO has considered the comments from the countries along with its goals of making sure countries are as prepared as possible and has decided to hold off on raising the level, Fukuda said.A number of important preparedness actions are already under way, he said. For example, countries have activated their pandemic plans, communicated and collaborated on response issues, and taken appropriate control measures. Also, efforts to develop a vaccine and boost antiviral production are well under way, he said.”The real issue is what is it that countries need to be doing now?” he said.Fukuda said decisions about raising the alert level require a degree of flexibility. “There’s nothing like reality to tell you if something is working or not. Rigidly adhering to something is not useful—you have to adapt to the situation,” he said.The WHO would raise the pandemic alert level if it determines that the risk to the world has increased, for example a change in clinical severity or a more serious population-level effect on a country. However, he said the WHO has not set any new criteria that would trigger a move to level 6.In her closing comments to the World Health Assembly, Margaret Chan, the WHO’s director-general, acknowledged concern about the global pandemic alert level. “I have listened closely to your concerns. Phases 5 and 6 are virtually identical in terms of the actions they launch. Intensified preparedness, also by industry, are already fully under way,” she said.”But even the best-laid plans need to be fluid and flexible when a new virus emerges and starts changing the rules,” Chan said, adding that the world is in the early days of the novel flu epidemic and that health officials need more information before making sweeping recommendations.See also:May 22 closing remarks at the 62nd World Health AssemblyMay 18 CIDRAP News story “WHO is urged to go slow on declaring pandemic”last_img read more

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Tomislav Perko: I want to be the ambassador of Croatian tourism in New York

first_imgIn mid-August, the Croatian National Tourist Board announced public tenders for all representative offices in which the employment contracts of executives expire.Namely, employment contracts expire in September 2017 for directors of representative offices in Italy, France, Poland, Benelux, Germany, Russia and the USA, and there are also vacancies for representative offices in Hungary and Slovakia, where offices are managed by heads of offices without status. directors appointed by the CNTB Tourist Board. According to the CNTB, a total of 180 candidates (167 valid) applied for the competition for ten new directors of foreign missions of the Croatian National Tourist Board, and interestingly, most applications were for jobs in Italy, ie Milan.The decision on the new ambassadors of Croatian tourism will be made in two to three weeks, and before that all candidates will be invited to the CNTB office for an interview. A well-known Croatian traveler, travel writer, blogger, lecturer and who knows what other tourist roles we can assign to him also applied for the competition for the CNTB representative in New York, Tomislav Perko and shared his candidacy as well as the new challenge via his Facebook page through a video where he explained his motives and the reason why he applied for the competition. “The whole idea to apply for the contest came spontaneously, literally in 1o minutes. When I looked at all the set conditions, I saw that I had more or less everything that was stated in the competition and decided to apply. I was thinking about how to stand out from the crowd and came up with the idea of ​​shooting a video, which certainly exceeded all my expectations. ” Tomislav Perko points out and added that he applied for the competition because he really wants to and his motivation is to promote our tourism.To date, Tomislav Perk’s video has been viewed over 225.000 times and shared 880 times, with over 6.000 likes, ie support for the idea and candidacy itself. You know, when you see a passion for something in a man’s eyes, that’s how it feels in your voice, and I felt that passion and motivation in a conversation with Perk, who delighted me with his approach and thinking. “After all the travel and fulfilled wishes, to be honest I was looking for some new motive. When I found out about the ad, I immediately saw myself in the role of Croatian tourism ambassador in New York and I really sincerely want the job. To be honest, I don’t need a job, I live comfortably from my jobs, but as I said in the video, I more or less fulfilled my wishes and somehow I needed a new motive and desire for the future. When I found out about the competition, a new desire and motive was created that would fulfill me. I have nothing to lose, what I can say that I would do my best to present Croatia on the American market as well and as well as possible. ”Perko pointed out.When asked why in order to bring Croatia closer to American tourists, Perko pointed out that Croatia should definitely be brought closer to them through motives that are familiar to them. “At first, it immediately occurs to me to connect Croatia with Tesla, since the Tesla car is currently one of the main news, both in America and in the world. Of course, at this moment I do not know or am aware of the efforts made so far to promote Croatia on the market of America and Canada, nor that I do not have data from market research. Surely if I get the job mentioned, that after a month of analysis I will know exactly what we need to do to better position our tourism in America and Canada. One thing is for sure, the time has passed when it is enough just to place a TV commercial over television, today marketing is much more complex, but certainly the main focus is on digital marketing, social networks, influencers, guerrilla campaigns, real time marketing, etc.… I was a traveler , a blogger, travel writer and I know very well what and how a tourist can do a lot to promote a country “Says Perko.I join the great support and I personally think that Perko would be an excellent ambassador of Croatian tourism, he is certainly already with his work, and that he would know how to present Croatia in the best world. It is not the diplomas and form that matter, but the content and experience, and Tomislav Perko showed by his own example how to make a successful brand without any budget, and imagine what he would do if he had the budget for the same. Exactly the experience as well as the success of his story, at least in my opinion is the most important qualification because you cannot buy or learn experience, but only gain it. Of course, it is desirable to finish college, but it is a form and by no means a competitive advantage, especially in today’s global market. Knowledge, experience, ability, proactivity, creativity, openness to new ideas, etc. are important, and it is precisely these virtues that make the difference. “My biggest advantage is that I’ve really traveled a lot all over the World over these eight years, I’ve given over 300 lectures, my TEDx talk is one of the 50 most watched speeches of all time with almost 4 million views, I’ve written two books that have been translated on two pages language, a lot of people follow me on social media so I have gathered a lot of experience both as a traveler and a tourist, as well as a promoter of this whole life adventure and story of mine. And I managed it all without or with very little money. So, I got to know all the parties live very well, both as a traveler and a tourist, as well as as a promoter, and how to round it all off nicely and make a successful product that I live from now.”Perko points out.As Perko himself points out in his video, on one occasion Minister Cappelli stated that he would like to see new, ambitious and proactive people in the same positions, and Perko proved just that and much more with his actions. Because to build the whole story around you on a world level, you certainly couldn’t do without all the above virtues. ” Surely in the beginning I would have a lot of open doors, I as Tomislav Perko travel writer, blogger and speaker, and my goal is to focus all my experience, contacts, knowledge and energy on the promotion of Croatia and our tourism”Concludes Perko.Of course, as is already the case with situations like this, stories immediately start about how great it is, but as everything in Croatia is set up, there is no point in applying. But first and foremost, take that step and sign up, and only then talk and comment in an argumentative way. As with elections, those who do not vote do not have the right to comment later because they have not exercised their right to vote and the civic power of the decision. As in everything, so in the competition for directors, ie ambassadors of Croatian tourism. Sign up, you will get an answer, if you are not satisfied react, ask questions and look for answers, but again all through an argumentative and constructive discussion. And not pure spitting without arguments.By the way, Tomislav Perko passed to the second round of elections, and I sincerely hope that he will pass the last step and become our ambassador of Croatian tourism in America and Canada, because his work and story so far say everything about him and his qualifications.PS If by some miracle you haven’t heard of Tomislav Perk and his story, meet him like almost 4 million people who met him through his TEDx speech or through his personal Web pages.last_img read more

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Strong growth in labor demand in the southern Adriatic

first_imgOVI is an index of online job vacancies developed at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb in cooperation with the MojPosao portal. After a very low annual growth rate in the first month of this year, OVI recorded a growth of 8,7 percent in February compared to the same month last year, indicating continued growth in demand for labor on an annual basis. The seasonally adjusted values ​​of the index are also positive and show that the number of ads in February was higher than in the previous month, by 4,7 percent. Labor market indicators usually track GDP trends over time, but the labor market does not yet seem to feel the effects of the slowdown in GDP growth, which stood at 2018 percent in the fourth quarter of 2,3, lower than in previous quarters. point out from the Institute of Economics Zagreb. In 40 percent of ads in February, secondary education was required, while the largest number of ads offered a fixed-term contract, as many as 44,8 percent. As far as the geographical distribution of jobs is concerned, the largest number of advertisements referred to central Croatia, while the southern Adriatic was in second place, which in February had the largest positive contribution to the overall growth in the number of advertisements on an annual basis. center_img The number of ads in the period from February 2018 to February 2019 in the southern Adriatic increased by as much as 20,6 percent, largely due to increased demand for hoteliers / caterers, waiters, service technicians, cleaners and carpenters. The largest increase in the number of advertisements on an annual basis was recorded in the occupations of hotelier / caterer, serviceman and warehouseman, while the largest decrease was observed in programmers, cooks and masons. last_img read more

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Trump doesn’t have democratic values

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion His mother was an Scottish immigrant. Donald Trump grew up in a home with no basis for absorbing democratic ideals. As a result, he reflects that lack in his attitudes and behavior. He’s the only president who didn’t grow up immersed in democratic principles.This helps explain his affinity for despots and dictators. They exhibit tendencies and traits he learned at home. He didn’t grow from the inside out as a product of a democratic environment. He will not, cannot, change. He will continue to attack our institutions and ideals because at his core, they are offensive to the way he was raised.From the inside out, I was raised to love democratic principles. I fear those in power who don’t share those values.Frank ElflandCharlton More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.Saratoga Springs bank sues operators of Golden Corral restaurants over Paycheck Protection loansSaratoga Sheriff: Providence man ID’d as motorcyclist killed in crash with deer Democracy is a concept that requires immersion. As you grow up in a democratic society, the nuances of how and why it works are integrated into who you are as a person.That’s why freeing a nation of a despot doesn’t automatically mean its people will embrace democratic principles. You can’t paint the understanding of democratic principles on those who have no basis for accepting them.I have tried to come to grips with why Donald Trump has so little understanding or appreciation for how the American form of governance works.Democracy wasn’t a family value for the Trumps. Donald’s father, Fred, grew up in America in a German-speaking household. His grandparents were products of 18th century Germany — no bastion of democracy.last_img read more

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Manchester regeneration: Sporting chance

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‘It’s who you know that counts here’

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Who’s in, who’s out in Democratic White House race

first_imgAnd then there were five.The Democratic Party set records last year for the size and diversity of its field of candidates seeking to challenge President Donald Trump.Fast-forward to Super Tuesday, when 14 states vote in what could be the most consequential day of the nomination race, and the party has just five hopefuls left in the fight. Three have called it quits since Saturday, while the top three remaining are all septuagenarian white men.So where do the five candidates stand as the party struggles to find a leader who can unite its competing factions and defeat Trump in November?Democratic White House hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrives to speak during a campaign rally at the Convention Center in Los Angeles, California on March 1, 2020. – Left-leaning California has thrust itself back into the heart of the fight for the presidency in 2020, casting a potentially decisive vote March 3 in the Democratic nominee to face Donald Trump. (AFP/Mark RALSTON )Bernie Sanders  Topics :center_img Sanders, 78, had been the clear winner of the nomination battle until recently, emerging as the frontrunner after early votes in Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.But on Saturday he finished a distant second in South Carolina’s primary behind Joe Biden, raising the prospect of a comeback by the former vice president.The success of Sanders, a leftist senator from Vermont, has generated alarm among party moderates who fear his policies are too radical and make him an easy target for Trump.”They’re getting nervous,” Sanders told rally attendees Sunday in California.Sanders still has momentum heading into Super Tuesday, given his polling lead in California and the next largest state, Texas.Trump has signaled he would prefer to go head to head with Sanders — who he has dubbed a “communist” — and has repeatedly mocked Democrats for scrambling to coalesce around a moderate alternative.”It’s rigged against Bernie, there is no question about it,” Trump said Monday.Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to supporters at a campaign event on March 2, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Candidates are campaigning the day before Super Tuesday, when 1,357 Democratic delegates in 14 states across the country will be up for grabs. (AFP/Callaghan O’Hare/Getty Images)Joe Biden Barack Obama’s vice president is proud of the loyalty he has earned among many black voters, and they came through for him in a big way in South Carolina.Concern had grown that Biden’s performances in debates and poor results in early states put him at a major disadvantage to Sanders.By trouncing Sanders in the southern state, he revived his sagging campaign and knocked three rivals out of the race, including fellow moderates Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar.Biden, 77, now credibly claims he is the Democratic centrist who can do battle against Sanders and bring American voters from various socio-economic backgrounds and disparate political ideologies together.”The country is hungry, hungry to be united,” he said Monday in Houston.Democratic presidential candidate former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference, on March 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. AIPAC is the lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies in the U.S. (AFP/ Mark Wilson/Getty Images)Michael Bloomberg Bloomberg, a billionaire US media tycoon, sat out the first four early nomination contests and makes his Democratic ballot debut in the 14 states that head to the polls on Super Tuesday.The former New York mayor, age 78, is focusing on California, with the single biggest delegate haul, and other prize states like Virginia.But the late-starter is a major contender in the overall race, boosted by his vast, self-financed campaign budget — he has poured a staggering $500 million into advertising, a record.Bloomberg says he offers the best chance of defeating Trump.SELMA, ALABAMA – MARCH 01: (L-R) Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), participate in the Edmund Pettus Bridge crossing reenactment marking the 55th anniversary of Selma’s Bloody Sunday on March 1, 2020 in Selma, Alabama. Some of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates attended the Selma bridge crossing jubilee ahead of Super Tuesday. (AFP/Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Elizabeth Warren After disappointing results in the first three contests, the 70-year-old senator from Massachusetts tried to regain ground with effective attacks on Bloomberg in the past two debates.But she failed to move the needle in South Carolina, finishing back in fifth spot.As a progressive, Warren has suffered from Sanders’ rise, and her prospects look to be fading.But she has remained committed to the campaign, and is advertising or has booked air time in at least 11 states that vote after Super Tuesday, including Florida, Michigan and Ohio, according to tracker Advertising Analytics.Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) answers media questions following a campaign event on February 9, 2020 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The first in the nation primary is on Tuesday, February 11. (AFP/Scott Eisen)Tulsi Gabbard The congresswoman from Hawaii has never been a strong contender for the nomination, but she has outlasted several better funded rivals.Gabbard, 38, holds isolationist foreign policy views and is demanding US military withdrawal from Iraq as well as Syria.In January she filed a lawsuit against the 2016 Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, for calling her a “Russian asset.”last_img read more

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