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SWINE FLU BREAKING NEWS

first_imgApr 28, 2009Editor’s note: Today we are launching a daily digest of the latest developments concerning the swine influenza H1N1 virus. This digest will be updated more than once a day as news developments dictate. The United States now has 64 confirmed swine flu cases, up from 40 reported yesterday, the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this morning. Three of the new cases are from California, 4 are from Texas, and 17 are from New York City. Five patients have been hospitalized, CDC officials said this afternoon. [CDC swine flu investigation page]At a briefing this morning, the World Health Organization said governments have officially confirmed 26 swine flu cases in Mexico, 6 in Canada, 3 in New Zealand, and 2 each in Spain and the United Kingdom, for a total of 39 cases outside the United States. In addition, Reuters reported one confirmed case in Israel. [Apr 28 Reuters story]California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in California over swine flu today, as Los Angeles County officials investigated two deaths as possibly related to the virus, according to a Reuters report.The Obama administration is asking Congress for a $1.5 billion supplemental appropriation to deal with the swine flu outbreak, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, announced at a Senate committee hearing on the outbreak today.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday authorized emergency use of influenza medicines and the rRT-PCR Swine Flu Panel diagnostic test for response to the swine flu virus outbreak. The move allows use of the drugs in younger children and permits a broader range of health professionals, including public health officials and volunteers, to distribute the drugs. [Apr 27 FDA press release]GlaxoSmithKline has geared up production of zanamivir (Relenza), and Roche has increased production of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in response to the swine flu outbreak. The new virus has shown sensitivity to both of the drugs. [Apr 28 Bloomberg News story]US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said yesterday that animal health surveillance has shown no swine flu infections in US swine. [Apr 27 USDA press release]The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said yesterday that it appointed an expert team to determine if the new swine H1N1 virus has a direct connection to pigs and deployed a team of animal health experts to Mexico to help the government assess the epidemiologic situation in the pig production sector.last_img read more

The largest tourism companies are proposing an additional 4 measures for tourism, which will be valid until the spring of 2021.

first_imgIn a situation of complete absence of tourist traffic, with completely closed accommodation and catering facilities across the country, and growing uncertainty about the course of the main tourist season, the largest domestic tourist companies gathered in the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) have drafted measures to preserve employment and businesses sector that generates almost 20 percent of Croatia’s total GDP. After the start of work, specifically with the opening of 50% of available capacities, the mentioned benefits are paid in the amount of 30-50% in order to enable the beneficiaries of these benefits to “survive” and dispose of funds exclusively for the necessary functioning.  HUT supports the primary goal of the Government expressed in the presentation of the first set of measures to help the economy, primarily through the preservation of jobs and businesses in these extreme conditions, because they believe that this is the only way to make a quick return as soon as health and market conditions are created. The fourth group of measures refers to rescheduling of existing credit commitments for all entities that need it for business survival. The measures have been sent to the Government, and the HUT expects them to be considered and adopted through the announced new package of assistance to the economy, which is necessary for the survival of the overall economy. The measure should be secured by next spring when we expect the start of business normalization.  The first priority is save jobs until next spring.  “In these conditions of the fight against the coronavirus-caused pandemic, it is completely certain that a significant part of tourist revenues will be absent this year. In such conditions, and due to the exceptional seasonality of Croatian tourism, which in four summer months generates 85 percent of total traffic, it is realistic to expect that the tourism sector will drag business problems until the spring of 2021. ” points out Veljko Ostojic, director of HUT. The second group of measures relates to payment of taxes and contributions and various fees. center_img While on hold, workers should receive a minimum wage compensation of 60%, which is otherwise unemployment benefit, and employers would not pay taxes and contributions since workers do not work.  The third group of measures refers to liquidity financing and preparation for the next tourist season, therefore, it is proposed to provide grants and / or to provide favorable loans for this purpose through HBOR and commercial banks.  For that, we need formal and material preconditions, and we propose the urgent formalization of the institute of “waiting workers”, which realistically reflects the current position of the vast majority of workers in the hospitality industry.  Namely, we are all aware that this year’s tourist traffic will be significantly reduced and it is completely logical for employers to be exempt from paying such taxes. The delay in payment alone does not make sense, because it is already obvious that there will be no possibility of payment, but employment and business systems should be preserved until the resumption of full business.  Therefore, the HUT proposes additional measures for tourism, which are divided into four groups. This payment system is valid until 01.05.2021.  Our proposal is that taxes and contributions and fees and mandatory membership fees (utilities, maritime property, tourist land, water fee…) are not paid until the catering facilities are open. last_img read more

Give Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi their chance

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI cannot wait to see the election ballot for the 2020 presidential election. My guess is the Chuck and Nancy ticket. It seems that they can run our country better than anyone. They’re always pointing the finger and blaming everyone for whatever. Remember, when you point your finger at others, there are three fingers on that same hand pointing back at you.I think Sen. Chuck Schumer has done good for many issues, but it seems he wants to disagree with any ideas that are not his. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi seems to agree with everything. What a team. Ever wonder why we have never had Chuck’s name on any presidential ballot?Paul St. OngeCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Wales: Talk of the towns

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Trump signs bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

first_imgChina, which denies mistreatment and says the camps provide vocational training and are needed to fight extremism, responded to the signing of the law with anger, saying it “vilified” the human rights situation in Xinjiang and was a malicious attack against China. “We again urge the US side to immediately correct its mistakes and stop using this Xinjiang-related law to harm China’s interests and interfere in China’s internal affairs,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.”Otherwise, China will resolutely take countermeasures, and all the consequences arising therefrom must be fully borne by the United States,” it added, without giving details.China and the United States are already at loggerheads over everything from China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic to US support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan.One of the main exile groups, the World Uyghur Congress, thanked Trump for signing the law, adding that it “gave hope to the desperate Uighur people”. China threatened retaliation after US President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday calling for sanctions over the repression of China’s Uighurs, as excerpts from a book by his former national security adviser alleged he had approved of their mass detention.The bill, which Congress passed with only one “no” vote, was intended to send China a strong message on human rights by mandating sanctions against those responsible for oppression of members of China’s Muslim minority.The United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been detained in camps in the Xinjiang region. The US State Department has accused Chinese officials of subjecting Muslims to torture, abuse “and trying to basically erase their culture and their religion.” Trump signed the bill as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held his first face-to-face meeting since last year with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi.Trump issued a signing statement that some of the bill’s requirements might limit his constitutional authority to conduct diplomacy so he would regard them as advisory, not mandatory.Trump did not hold a ceremony to mark his signing, which came as newspapers published excerpts from the new book by former national security adviser John Bolton.Among other allegations, Bolton says that Trump sought Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help to win re-election during a closed-door 2019 meeting, and that Trump said Xi should go ahead with building the camps in Xinjiang.The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The Uighur law for the first time calls for sanctions on a member of China’s powerful Politburo, Xinjiang’s Communist Party secretary, Chen Quanguo, as responsible for “gross human rights violations.”It also calls on US companies operating in Xinjiang to take steps to ensure they do not use parts made with forced labor. center_img Topics :last_img read more

Biden, Harris vow to ‘rebuild’ America post-Trump

first_img‘Fine choice’ Harris, who is two decades younger than Biden and Trump, could appeal to younger voters and women, particularly those in the suburbs who have been fleeing the Republican president, according to polling.Trump, who last month acknowledged Harris would be a “fine choice” for Biden, attacked her following Tuesday’s announcement as “nasty” and a radical leftist who would implement “socialized medicine” and confiscate Americans’ guns. “I think she’s going to be a big failure,” he added Wednesday.Biden sniped at the presidents’ attacks, asking if anyone was “surprised Donald Trump has a problem with a strong woman?” And veteran political analyst David Axelrod put it more bluntly.”If I were watching this @KamalaHarris rollout in the WH, I’d be deeply concerned. She nailed it. And them,” he tweeted. “Not ‘nasty.’ Powerful.”For Harris, being elevated onto a presidential ticket is political gold. If she and Biden win, the telegenic but tough Harris would almost certainly become the 2024 or 2028 Democratic presidential frontrunner.Biden would be the oldest person to take the office, and there is broad speculation that he would serve one term and prepare his deputy to succeed him. Topics : “The case against Donald Trump and Mike Pence is open and shut,” said the former California attorney general as she assailed the president’s “failures of leadership” on containing the deadly pandemic and an economy hobbled by measures to fight the contagion.The daughter of Indian and Jamaican immigrants to the United States sought to tap into the nationwide upheaval over police violence and racial disparities.”We’re experiencing a moral reckoning with racism and systemic injustice that has brought a new coalition of conscience to the streets of our country demanding change,” she said.For Biden — who leads Trump in most national polls and in swing states like Florida and Wisconsin despite conducting the campaign mostly from his Wilmington, Delaware home — his VP reveal marks a crucial moment as he aims to build a broad coalition of voters to defeat Trump.Biden spoke of why he chose Harris as his partner, stressing she was a tough and experienced legislator who is “ready to do this job on Day 1.” Joe Biden and Kamala Harris launched their joint White House bid Wednesday, with the newly-minted vice presidential nominee saying Americans are “crying out for leadership” to overcome the triple crisis of a pandemic, racial injustice and a ravaged economy.Making their first appearance as running mates, before a small crowd of reporters and staffers at a Delaware high school closed to the public due to coronavirus concerns, the Democratic duo vowed to end Donald Trump’s presidency and, in Biden’s words, “rebuild this country.” “Everything we care about,” said Harris. “It’s all on the line.” A formidable 55-year-old US senator from California and a daughter of immigrants, Harris has already made history as the first woman of color tapped for a major party presidential ticket.Describing a country at the crossroads, she left little doubt of her determination to go on the attack, saying Trump “just isn’t up for the job” and has left the nation “in tatters.””America is crying out for leadership, yet we have a president who cares more about himself than the people who elected him,” said Harris.Despite the awkwardly intimate setting, a far cry from the typical campaign rollout featuring an audience of thousands, Harris appeared telegenic and confident in her first speech as vice presidential nominee — for which she and Biden both arrived wearing facemasks. ‘America’s story’ -And he said that Harris’ story as the child of immigrants and a woman of color who fought her way to the top ranks of US legal and political circles would inspire the country.”Her story’s America’s story,” Biden said. “She’s worked hard (and) she’s never backed down from a challenge.”He also laced his remarks with optimism about the future, promising that a Biden-Harris administration will do what it takes to “turn the corner on this pandemic.”The event capped a 24-hour flurry since Biden’s running mate announcement, with Biden saying they raised an impressive $26 million during the period, the campaign’s one-day record.The Biden-Harris ticket already strikes a contrast with 2016, when nominee Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine struggled to unite a Democratic Party weakened by infighting between her supporters and those of progressive candidate Bernie Sanders.Harris’s politics lean left of Biden’s, but the pair have made a point of highlighting their shared values and goals — despite their clashes during the primaries last year.She is the first Indian American to be a presidential running mate, personifying the diversity seen as key to building enthusiasm for the Democratic ticket — and black lawmakers and activists were largely thrilled with the pick.last_img read more

When is the Europa League quarter-final draw and where to watch it?

first_img Comment Advertisement When is the Europa League quarter-final draw and where to watch it? Chelsea surged into the quarter-finals on Thursday night (Picture: Getty Images)Friday will be a huge day for many of the top teams in England as they find out their fates in both the Champions and Europa Leagues.Four Premier League sides are into the last eight of the Champions League and two are hoping to make it into the quarters of the Europa League.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea are almost certain to be in the hat, while Arsenal have a lot to do as they host Rennes on Thursday night, needing to overturn a 3-1 deficit from the first leg.The draw is going to produce some serious drama and is not to be missed on Friday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Phil HaighThursday 14 Mar 2019 7:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Maurizio Sarri still has a chance of silverware in his first season in charge (Picture: Getty Images)When is the Europa League quarter-final draw?AdvertisementAdvertisementThe draw takes place at midday on Friday 15 March at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.What TV channel is the Europa League draw on?BT Sport 2 will be showing the Europa League draw live following the Champions League draw, which starts at 11am.MORE: Manchester United fans open fire on Mike Phelan for praising LiverpoolMORE: Man Utd could suffer big Champions League draw disadvantage thanks to Man Citylast_img read more

Couple’s eye for detail recognises Kuraby stunner

first_imgThe luxury bathroom at 12 Adventurer St, Kuraby.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019“The couple loved the quality and the detail in the home,” Mr Leong said.“There are tiles as a feature on the wall in the living room, and even if you look at the cornicing, it isn’t just square, they have extra detail in them.” The home at 12 Adventurer St, Kuraby.Slapped-together quick builds are no longer good enough as buyers search for a little something more.This Kuraby home sold privately for $705,000 to a young couple and LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills estate agent Jonas Leong credited the detail in the home for the sale. The kitchen features pendant lighting and beautiful benchtops.Like much of the city, Kuraby has been flooded with townhouses but Mr Leong said there are not enough houses for sale, with people calling him about this home, even after it was sold.“While there are too many townhouses in the area at the moment, the demand in Kuraby for houses is still there,” he said.“There are not enough to keep up with demand.”center_img Feature tiles in the living area at 12 Adventurer St, Kuraby.Mr Leong said that every finish at 12 Adventurer St had been carefully considered, something that appealed to clients in the area.“People aren’t just looking for plainly put-together houses anymore, they want something a bit more special,” he said.last_img read more

Alcester Flood Scheme on Display

first_imgThe Environment Agency is inviting Alcester residents to give their views on a flood scheme for the town.The town of Alcester lies on the confluence of the River Alne and River Arrow. It has been flooded a number of times over the years.The Environment Agency is now carrying out investigations in the area to assess the current flood defenses.According to the EA, ground investigations are due to begin in the summer to determine the condition of the ground around the existing embankments in order to find the best method of working during construction.A hydraulic model is also being developed.The public drop in session is to be held on 9 July between 4pm and 7pm at:Alcester Town HallHenley StAlcesterB49 5QXEnvironment Agency project manager, Saffron Dhillon, said: “We would like to share some of our findings with the community and find out from them whether they are in line with their experience in previous flood events. It would be great to see lots of local people at this event, so we can learn from their experiences and share information about the current proposals.”last_img read more

Maguire dodges jail in Greece with  21-month suspended sentence for aggravated assault

first_img He added: “Our bus door opened and five or six males tried to force us off the bus by physically pulling us.” The quantity surveyor, 28, told the court how they all feared they would be kidnapped and “held at ransom” as they were beaten with batons and kicked and stamped on by undercover cops. One officer then allegedly kicked Maguire on the leg and told him: “Your career is over”. As the girls were “in hysterics crying their eyes out”, the England star, 27, was arrested along with brother Joe and pal Chris Sharman. The claims were made today as the trial kicked off in explosive fashion. Maguire’s top human rights lawyer Alexis Anagnostakis earlier tried three times to postpone the case but the judge dismissed his protests. Once it finally got underway, he told the trial how the defender was “attacked by an Albanian group”. He also denied the group would say “f**k Greece” – claiming “they love the country and are keen on the ancient Greek culture. It was then claimed there is video shot from outside Mykonos police station showing how the police “mistreated” them. The footage also shows them in a state of “extreme agony”, Mr Anagnostakis said. The lawyer added: “My clients did not beat anyone, accost anyone, or injure anyone.” Dad Alan travelled to the court on the Greek island of Syros today to support his sons. But none of the defendants – including Maguire – were in court today. They had been partying in a swanky nightclub in Mykonos when sister Daisy was approached by a group of Albanian men. It was previously alleged she was stabbed in the arm with a metal straw when she spurned the advances of the “gangster types”. The jab drew blood – with big brother Harry stepping in to defend her when a fight broke out. read also:Maguire gets England call-up amid trial in Greece A source said: “Harry saw what was happening and remonstrated with them and things got heated. “He decided to try to get out of there and wanted to hail a taxi. But he ended up arguing with some undercover police officers and ended up at the local police station.” Sheffield-born Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender when he signed for Utd from Leicester City for £85million in August last year. He was named captain in January this year following Ashley Young’s departure to Inter Milan. He is next due to play at Old Trafford for their first game of the season on September 19 against Crystal Palace. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Harry Maguire has dodged jail after being found guilty of assault, resisting arrest, and bribery over the Mykonos brawl. The £85million Man Utd captain, 27, also avoided being slapped with a fine as he was convicted of all charges. He was instead handed a 21 month and ten-day sentence suspended for three years as it was his first offence. His brother Joe and pal Chris Sharman, who stood trial alongside him, were given suspended sentences of 13 months after also being found guilty. The £190,000-a-week centre-back will now appeal against his conviction, Man Utd confirmed in a statement. But the verdict will no doubt plunge Maguire’s career into chaos and could see him stripped of his captaincy at Man Utd. It could also throw his international career into jeopardy just hours after Gareth Southgate named him in his England squad for the upcoming Nations League games. But the strict gaffer warned centre-back Maguire’s place could be dropped “if facts or information changes”. Speaking after the verdict, a lawyer for the prosecution slammed the group for their “appalling behaviour”. He added: “We found their behaviour to be totally unsportsmanlike because instead of asking for apologies, they haven’t said they are sorry. “When you’re a sportsman and a role model you have to accept what you’ve done and say sorry.” The verdicts come after a bombshell one-day trial heard how the brawl between cops and the trio erupted when Maguire’s sister Daisy was “injected with a rape drug”. One cop required first aid when handcuffed Maguire attempted to break free – as another pal yelled “f**k, f**k the police”. After they were taken inside a police station, £190,000-a-week Maguire boasted about how “rich” he was as he tried to pay police off, it was said. He bragged: “Do you know who I am? I am the captain of Manchester United, I am very rich, I can give you money, I can pay you, please let us go”. Maguire is then said to have continued boasting about how “very rich” he is, adding: “I am the captain of Manchester United”. The court was also told how Daisy was approached by two mysterious Albanians in Mykonos as her brother and a group of pals went to get burgers after a night out boozing. But Maguire’s fiancee Fern Hawkins soon realised her eyes were “rolling into the back of her head” – with the Albanians then fleeing, it was claimed. Giving evidence at the Utd captain’s trial in Syros today, friend Ashden Morley said: “We held Daisy. Daisy began to start fitting. All the girls were screaming. “People were coming down asking what happened, there was a large commotion.” At this point, a minibus Maguire had booked showed up so the panicked group piled on and told the driver they wanted to go to a hospital, it was said. But Mr Morley said they realised two cars were behind them “following our every movement” before the vehicle pulled up in a courtyard. 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