Denmark to develop digital passport proving vaccinations

first_imgCOPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s government is developing a digital passport that would show whether people have been vaccinated against the coronavirus. The idea is that the passport would allow people to travel and could help the government ease restrictions on public life. The finance minister said Wednesday that “in three-four months, a digital corona passport will be ready for use in, for example, business travel.” He said “it is absolutely crucial for us to be able to restart Danish society so that companies can get back on track.” The EU says it is looking into various proposals for similar systems to help travel.last_img

Olympics: Jackeline Rentería wins another bronze in wrestling

first_imgBy Dialogo August 10, 2012 LONDON – Here’s what you might have missed in recent Olympic action: Colombia’s women’s freestyle wrestling: Jackeline Rentería claimed her second straight Olympic bronze medal when she beat Ukraine’s Tetyana Lazareva, 3-1, in the 55-kilogram (121-pound) final. Colombia has claimed six medals during the London Games, its most successful summer Olympics ever. Men’s canoe: In the C2 1,000-meter race, Cuba’s team of Serguey Torres Madrigal and José Carlos Bulnes finished sixth in 3:42.357 and Brazil’s Ronilson Oliveira and Erlon de Souza Silva were 10th in 3:41.484. Germany’s Peter Kretschmer and Kurt Kuschela claimed the gold in 3:33.804. Women’s diving: Mexico’s Paola Espinosa finished sixth with 356.20 points in the 10-meter platform competition. China’s Ruolin Chen won gold with 422.30 points, followed by Australia’s Brittany Broben (366.50) and Malaysia’s Pandelela Rinong (359.20). Here’s what you should keep an eye on Aug. 11: Men’s soccer: Brazil and Mexico will play for what will be either country’s first gold medal in men’s soccer when they meet at Wembley Stadium. Brazil, which is coming off a 3-0 win over South Korea, claimed two silver and two bronze medals in its Olympic history. Meantime, Mexico, which defeated Japan 3-1 in the semifinals, is guaranteed of its first Olympic medal. Women’s indoor volleyball: Brazil faces the United States in the gold medal match after thrashing Japan in the semifinals, 3-0. The United States, which has yet to lose a match at the London Games, drilled South Korea 3-0 in their semifinal. The Americans beat Brazil during pool play, 3-1.last_img read more

Tioga, Chenango, Delaware counties April 17 coronavirus update

first_imgDelaware County 61 confirmed cases72 people are in mandatory quarantineOne person is precautionary quarantine 73 confirmed cases39 people have recovered150 people are in mandatory quarantine39 people are in precautionary quarantine 46 confirmed casesTwo deaths15 people recovered71 people are in mandatory quarantineTwo people are in precautionary quarantine Chenango Countycenter_img The information released varies per county. (WBNG) — The following is updated coronavirus information from Tioga, Chenango and Delaware counties on April 17. Tioga Countylast_img

The Unforeseen Threats to the 2020 Election: Hand Sanitizer and Bad Plumbing

first_imgIn Hidalgo County in South Texas, just across the border from Mexico, it was a technical glitch. New laptops that had been distributed to polling sites ahead of Election Day to help accommodate the region’s record-breaking turnout did not work, causing delays of up to 90 minutes on Tuesday morning.- Advertisement – Nov. 6, 2020, 3:56 a.m. ET This week saw a variety of such small-scale interruptions. In Atlanta, the culprit was leaky plumbing. Inside the arena where the Atlanta Hawks play basketball — converted into a polling place — the early-morning discovery that a burst pipe was leaking water into a room with absentee ballots delayed the count by a couple of hours. An arena staff member quickly fixed the leak, and none of the ballots were damaged, officials said.Several polling places in Louisiana were running on generators after lingering power failures caused by Hurricane Zeta, which led to a feud between local and state officials over who was responsible for sending the generators to election sites. Officials ultimately moved two polling locations to a nearby middle school, and there were no serious delays. Updated – Advertisement – Poll workers face unexpected glitches every year, but warnings about distorted tallies or delayed counts made voters and observers more on edge than usual about any oddities. None of the complications this week led to serious problems, elections officials said. Some, like the hand sanitizer incident, were the result of an election severely altered by coronavirus precautions. “They were not allowing the software program to open up to check in voters,” Yvonne Ramon, the county elections administrator, said. “And because they were scattered throughout the county, my field service technicians took off to the nearest locations. We’re a large county, so going from location to location is not an easy thing.”Ms. Ramon noted that hiccups with new technology were not unusual. But the county kept polling places open an additional hour on Tuesday night to make up for the earlier delays, and everyone who had come out to cast a ballot was ultimately able to do so, she said.In the battleground state of Wisconsin, the last few hundred votes went unreported for several hours because the Richland County clerk could not reach the clerk in the town of Willow, who had said she felt sick and then could not be reached, according to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Willow’s 274 votes were eventually reported. In Green Bay, the count of absentee votes was briefly delayed while an election official ran over to City Hall to get more ink for the vote-counting machines.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

HHS releases plan for coping with pandemic flu

first_imgAug 26, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials today released a lengthy plan for dealing with the potentially overwhelming threat of an influenza pandemic like those that occurred three times in the last century.A flu pandemic today would find the nation unprepared to respond immediately with an effective vaccine or adequate supplies of antiviral drugs, says the plan released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Such an event could put a crushing burden on the healthcare system and disrupt transportation, business, and public safety, the document states.The draft plan describes numerous steps to take before and during a pandemic. “This plan will serve as our roadmap on how we as a nation, and as a member of the global health community, respond to the next pandemic influenza outbreak,” HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson said in a news release. “Our proposed strategy draws upon the wealth of experience and knowledge we have gained in responding to a number of recent public health threats, including SARS and avian influenza.”Flu pandemics struck three times in the 20th century, the release notes. In 1968 the Hong Kong flu caused close to 34,000 deaths in the United States, and in 1957 the Asian flu killed about 70,000. The most deadly pandemic, the Spanish flu in 1918 and 1919, sickened 20% to 40% of the world’s population and killed about 675,000 people in the United States alone, according to HHS.Flu viruses change slightly each year, requiring annual modifications in the vaccines used against them. In contrast, HHS says, “A pandemic influenza virus is one that represents a major, sudden shift in the virus’ structure that increases its ability to cause illness in a large proportion of the population.” Disease experts fear that such a shift could occur if the H5N1 avian influenza virus currently circulating in East Asia combined with a human flu virus, spawning a new variety that could spread easily from person to person.The Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response Plan, as it is called, includes a 55-page main document and 12 “annexes,” which provide guidance for state and local health departments and private healthcare organizations as well as technical information on various preparedness topics. HHS is inviting the public to comment on the plan within the next 60 days.The nation’s first pandemic preparedness plan was developed in 1978, not long after the swine flu cases and vaccination campaign in 1976, according to the document. The plan was last updated in 1993. HHS calls the new plan an “evergreen” document—one that will be constantly modified as new developments warrant.The report cites five grim characteristics of a flu pandemic that guided the planning: simultaneous outbreaks in communities nationwide; an overwhelming burden of ill persons requiring hospitalization or outpatient medical care; likely shortages and delays in the availability of vaccines and antiviral drugs; disruption of national and community infrastructures including transportation, commerce, utilities and public safety; and global outbreaks.The plan says it’s impossible to predict the overall impact of a pandemic on the nation. But it cites estimates published in 1999 of 89,000 to 207,000 deaths, 314,000 to 733,000 hospitalizations, and 18 million to 42 million outpatient medical visits.Vaccination is the primary tool for fighting a flu pandemic, but it takes 6 to 8 months to produce a vaccine for a newly identified flu virus, the document says. Thus it’s not likely that a vaccine will be ready when a pandemic first emerges. In the early stages, the nation will have to rely on antiviral drugs, “quality medical care,” and infection control measures to keep the virus from spreading.Antiviral drugs such as amantadine and oseltamivir can reduce the severity of flu when used preventively or given within 48 hours of illness onset. But, the plan says, the supply of these is limited and cannot be rapidly expanded because there are few manufacturers and the production process is slow. Oseltamivir was added to the Strategic National Stockpile of drugs last year, and HHS is continuing to study how best to use antivirals in a pandemic, according to the plan.Once a vaccine does become available in a pandemic setting, the demand is likely to far exceed the supply at first, the document states. Consequently, the vaccine initially will have to be reserved for certain groups, such as healthcare workers, people providing essential public services, and those with certain medical conditions. Other decisions about who should have priority for vaccine will depend on the pattern of the pandemic and may not necessarily be the same as for annual flu vaccination.HHS expects that in a pandemic, vaccine shortages could spawn a “gray market” with high prices for some vaccine doses, as has happened in some recent years. The agency is considering several options for buying and distributing vaccine. The government could buy all the available vaccine and then distribute it to state and local health departments, or the country could rely on a mixed public-private system or on the present, primarily private system of vaccine purchasing and distribution.The plan says disease-control measures other than vaccines and antivirals could also be used to fight a flu pandemic. For example, usual infection control measures would be helpful in hospitals. However, because people can carry flu viruses without being sick, efforts to keep the viruses out of the country or limit spread in the community are not very effective. On the other hand, if a new virus strain didn’t spread quite as readily, measures such as screening travelers, closing schools, and quarantining exposed people could help, the report states.The plan says that HHS must help state and local governments and the healthcare system plan for a pandemic in view of the likelihood of illness among healthcare workers and shortages of hospital beds and medical equipment and supplies. “Health care facilities may need to be established in nontraditional sites to help address temporary surge needs,” the plan states.The document recommends taking numerous preparedness steps during “inter-pandemic” periods. For example, in the vaccine arena, the plan calls for developing libraries of novel influenza strains that could cause a pandemic and preparing reagents to diagnose infection. The plan also calls for efforts to develop a vaccine targeting an unchanging portion of the flu virus, which would sidestep the need to modify the vaccine every year and possibly permit the establishment of a vaccine stockpile.Some of the other recommended measures include:Strengthening global human and veterinary surveillance of influenzaIncreasing US influenza surveillance to a year-round effortDeveloping investigational vaccines for selected novel influenza strains and evaluating them in clinical studiesDisease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of this Web site, said he hopes the new plan will spur state and local officials and the healthcare system to recognize the serious threat of a flu pandemic. He said he has contributed to federal preparedness efforts for pandemic flu over the years but was not directly involved in producing the latest plan.”The important message is that this plan lays out in substantial detail what needs to be done at the federal, state, and local level to better prepare us for a potential pandemic of influenza,” Osterholm said. “It really calls upon state and local officials, together with healthcare providers and the healthcare system, to come together and take this seriously—that in fact a pandemic is going to occur.”We’re talking about the possibility of 3% to 5% of the population getting ill and dying. Even with this plan, will we be able to get the kinds of hard-to-conduct planning activities moving in state and local areas? It would be unfortunate if state and local officials say, ‘Here’s a federal plan, we don’t have to do any more.’ This is just a start.”See also:Aug 26 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040826.htmlMain body of preparedness planhttp://www.flu.gov/planning-preparedness/federal/hhspandemicinfluenzaplan.pdflast_img read more

Last batch of Antiqueño LSIs arrive home

first_imgFastCat has sailed a total six trips to transport the LSIs back in this province. “The passengers were fetched by the vehicles of their respective local government units (LGUs) after arriving at the port,” said Saylo. Gov. Rhodora Cadio said on June 23 the trip was made after the provincial government agreed to the request of remaining Antiqueño students and displaced workers in Metro Manila.“This trip was the last because the students and displaced workers who really needed the help to come home are already in this province,” she said. The FastCat roll-on, roll-off vessel carrying the LSIs docked at the Lipara port in the municipality of Culasi on June 25, said provincial information officer Junlie Saylo. For the other Antiqueños who also want to go home, they could buy tickets since the Antique airport in this capital town will have a commercial flight on June 28. SAN JOSE, Antique – The last batch of 195 Antiqueño locally stranded individuals (LSIs) returned home from Metro Manila.The LSIs availed themselves of the “Uli Antique (Antique Repatriation)” program which was provided free by the provincial government.center_img A total of 1,134 Antiqueños have availed themselves of the free repatriation program which started on June 8. The LSIs would have to undergo the required 14-day quarantine in the isolation facilities prepared by their LGUs, he added. A total of 195 Antiqueño locally stranded individuals arrive home from Metro Manila via a roll-on, roll-off vessel that docked at the Lipata port in Culasi town on June 25. They were the last batch to benefit from the “Uli Antique” program of the provincial government. PROVINCE OF ANTIQUE FB PAGE On its last trip back to Batangas, the RoRo vessel transported 100 passengers working in Manila.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

New interactive USDA map on rural opioid abuse released

first_imgWashington D.C. — The United States Department of Agriculture has added an interactive feature to the rural opioid misuse website.The new interactive map is here.The map shares models to combat abuse and roundtable information from other communities.last_img

Newcastle table €55m bid to Lazio for Immobile

first_img Loading… The Saudi Arabian-backed consortium is waiting for approval to complete their takeover – though transfer plans are already underway. Gazzetta dello Sport says a €55m offer has been lodged with Lazio for Immobile, who is also in talks about personal terms. A five-year contract, worth €8m-a-season, has been tabled.Advertisement Newcastle United’s incoming owners have launched a bid for Lazio striker Ciro Immobile.center_img read also:Serie A: Immobile nets hat-trick as Lazio thrash Sampdoria to keep title chase alive Newcastle’s offer is worth double what he is currently on. Immobile’s deal runs to 2023. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img

Lady Trojans Winners Over Lady Cubs-EC Standout Molly Gregg Sets Career Assist Mark

first_img25-24  25-21 ECVB Freshmen have yet to start off a match with energy and intensity and that was the case once again Saturday against Madison. With all levels in our program it is vital we focus on our side of the net and bettering ourselves everyday with every opportunity we are given. Madison continued to pursue for points with positivity and effort, an attitude many athletes could learn from. I was proud that ECVB picked up the energy and finished the match 2-0.ECVB Freshmen are now 5-0 on the season.Next up, Oldenburg Academy Thursday at 5 pm. ECVB hosted Madison on Saturday. All three teams came out on top.  Varsity won with the scores of 25-9, 25-14, 25-12.   ECVB vs Madison 9-7-19‘It wasn’t the most entertaining game on our side of the court. We served tough but lacked enthusiasm most of the match. It wasn’t until senior Molly Gregg broke the school record for career assists that everyone on the court started playing with a purpose. On the scoreboard it looks like we played extremely well, but on tape, it’s just not as fun to watch as you’d expect. We have a long way to go in a short amount of time, but if any team is capable of doing it, it will be this team. They’ve come leaps and bounds so far this season and I have no doubt that they will find a way to push through.’ Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.  As mentioned, senior Molly Gregg broke a 13 year school record previously held by Karyn Powell. Molly recorded 19 assists in yesterday’s match, but the 17th assist was the one with meaning. On her 17th assist, she became the new school leader for career assists. The previous record was 1,801 and Molly has 1,804 and counting. We look forward to her breaking through the 2,000 assist mark before she closes out her career at EC.  Truly, no one works harder than her and it’s been that way for four years. I could probably count on one hand how many volleyball events she’s missed in four years, in season and out of season. She’s committed, dedicated, and loves the game that she had no choice but to grow up around with 6 older sisters who all played volleyball as well. If anyone deserves this honor, it’s her.   Varsity is now 10-4 on the season. Next up: Saturday both JV and Varsity travel to Zionsville for the first year. We will be participating in their invitational.  ECVB Freshmen vs. Madison2-0 25-20   25-14 ECVB JV vs. Madisoncenter_img 2-0 Saturday the girls learned that the effort they put in is the result they get in return. Even though it is in the book as a victory the girls were pushed by a very determined Madison team. The girls have finally begun to realize that wins are not going to be handed to them. Alot of their successes come from energy, communication, and crucial teamwork. When those areas lack, then their play lacks. Growth comes from experience and with every match there are new lessons the girls take away from and all in all that’s what it’s all about. ECVB JV is now 9-1 on the season and 4-0 in the EIAC.last_img read more

Four Officers Stabbed to Death at Paris Police HQ

first_imgFour police officers were killed in a knife attack at Paris police headquarters by a man who was then shot dead, say French reports.The event appears to be a case of workplace violence.The assailant was an administrative intelligence employee at police headquarters who was “death and dumb.”French reports say the assailant went on the rampage with a ceramic knife, stabbing several colleagues in his office and the surrounding area before being shot dead by an officer.Police sources said the assailant was “in conflict” with his superiors.The police headquarter’s on the île de la Cité has been cordoned off and emergency services and interior minister Christophe Castaner and prime minister Edouard Philippe, have arrived at the scene.last_img