– Advertisement – Knowing that the campaign was probably going to bring this case, Pennsylvania officials ordered counties to segregate those ballots received Wednesday through Friday, in order to make sure that the absentee, mailed-in, and early vote ballots would be walled off from the mischief of Team Trump. He’s going to win Pennsylvania, and Trump knows it.The Trump campaign claimed it was filing suit to stop the vote count in Michigan, as it was staging a redux of the Brook Brothers riot of 2000 at a vote counting center in Detroit Wednesday. That’s a direct attempt to try to intimidate poll workers. The campaign is going a different route to stop the vote counting in Pennsylvania, with margins in the state shrinking. With 1.1 million ballots still outstanding, the Trump campaign filed this suit, then immediately declared victory. That’s both another attempt to intimidate, as well as telling the Supreme Court what they expect out of this.To recap the Pennsylvania situation, the state Supreme Court ordered a three-day extension to allow counting of ballots clearly postmarked on or before Election Day or that had missing or illegible postmarks “unless a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that it was mailed after Election Day.” The U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked, 4-4 leaving the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling to stand. Last week, the SCOTUS rejected a request from Pennsylvania Republicans to fast-track a rehearing, but three of the court’s conservatives made it clear that they would welcome Republicans coming back if the vote is close enough, or Trump asks for it.- Advertisement –
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– Advertisement – The Rs. 999 BSNL portpaid plan, the report states, will offer 75GB of monthly data with a rollover facility of 225GB. This pack comes with unlimited voice call benefits with local and STD networks (FUP at 250 minutes per day), 100 SMS messages per day, and three family add-on connections.The existing Rs. 199 postpaid plan will be revised to offer 25GB monthly data, data rollover facility of 75GB, 100 SMS messages per day, and unlimited on-net voice calling with 300 minutes of off-net calling. These new plans are reported to go live on December 1 in all circles that BSNL operates in. Once these go live, old plans priced at Rs. 99, Rs. 225, Rs. 325, Rs. 799, and Rs. 1,125 will be removed. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) is reportedly looking to introduce new postpaid plans to compete better with other telecom rivals. These new plans will be priced at Rs. 798 and Rs. 999 and they will bring multiple benefits, apart from data and talktime. A fresh report suggests that the existing Rs. 199 postpaid plan will also be revised to introduce additional benefits like data rollover. The telco is reportedly looking to rejig its postpaid plan portfolio by also removing Rs. 99, Rs. 225, Rs. 325, Rs. 799, and Rs. 1,125 plans, once the new plans come into effect. These new postpaid plans are reported to launch on December 1.Telecom Talk reports that BSNL is working on doing a shake-up to its postpaid plan portfolio. It is looking to introduce a Rs. 798 postpaid plan on December 1 across all circles the telco operates in. This postpaid plan is expected to offer 50GB of monthly data with rollover facility of up to 150GB. The plan will offer 100 SMS messages per day and come with two family add-on connections. The report states that the add-on connection will get the same benefit as the primary connection.- Advertisement –
Brazilian pediatric doctor Monica Levi, one of the volunteers who received the COVID-19 vaccine, works at the Specialized Clinic in Infectious and Parasitic Diseases and Immunizations (CEDIPI), in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 24, 2020. The doctor is one of the 5,000 volunteers participating in Brazil of the phase 3 trials – the last before homologation – of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine, developed by the University of Oxford together with the British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.Nelson Almeida | AFP | Getty Images AstraZeneca’s Chief Executive Pascal Soriot said the results showed the drugmaker “made encouraging headway in the quarter, despite the ongoing disruption from the Covid-19 pandemic.” The company maintained its full-year guidance.A lot of hopes have been placed on AstraZeneca this year as it’s developing a coronavirus vaccine in collaboration with the University of Oxford. The vaccine candidate, that has the technical name AZD1222, is in late stage clinical trials that are ongoing in the U.K., Brazil, South Africa and the U.S and involve around 23,000 participants.Trials in the U.K. and U.S. recently had to be paused due to unexplained illnesses experienced but two participants but both got the green light from regulators to resume when these were deemed to not have been related to the experimental vaccine.- Advertisement – British pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca said Thursday it expects vaccine data to be available this year as it reported a solid rise in third-quarter sales.“Results from late-stage trials are anticipated later this year, depending on the rate of infection within the communities where the clinical trials are being conducted. Data readouts will be submitted to regulators and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals,” AstraZeneca said as it released its results.The drugmaker said global product sales, excluding payments from collaborations, rose 7% to $6.52 billion for the three months ending on September 30, on a constant-currency basis. That was ahead of a company-compiled consensus of $6.5 billion.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Last Monday, the drugmaker released an update on the vaccine’s progress, saying it had produced a similar immune response in older and younger adults.The news spurred hopes that a vaccine could be available by the end of the year, although the drugmaker has already missed a target to deliver 30 million doses (part of a deal for 100 million doses agreed with the British government in May) of a Covid-19 vaccine to the U.K. by September.In June, several European nations signed a deal with AstraZeneca for up to 400 million doses of the vaccine with the first batch of doses expected by the end of the year.On Wednesday, the head of the U.K.’s vaccine taskforce, or procurement program, conceded that the target of 30 million doses by September had not been achieved, estimating instead that Britain would get 4 million doses by the end of the year, Reuters reported, and 100 million doses “in the first half of next year.” – Advertisement –
Chauncey Billups and Larry Drew are finalising deals to join the Los Angeles Clippers’ coaching staff, according to ESPN.The duo would provide experience on the bench for incoming head coach Tyronn Lue.- Advertisement – Image:Larry Drew has been head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers – Advertisement – Billups is a 17-year NBA veteran who retired at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, and Drew has served as head coach of the Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers.The 44-year-old Billups has been long-time friends with Lue, who replaced Doc Rivers earlier this offseason as the Clippers’ head coach. Drew has a 162-226 record in five seasons as an NBA coach.Los Angeles went 49-23 this season to finish second in the Western Conference, but the Clippers’ championship hopes ended as they lost in seven games against the Denver Nuggets in the conference semi-finals. “Additional details remain to be negotiated and the NBPA is confident that the parties will reach agreement on these remaining issues relevant to the upcoming season,” the NBPA said in a statement.The NBA Draft is scheduled for November 18, with training camps likely to begin in early December. Players approve Dec 22 start date- Advertisement – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) says it has tentatively approved December 22 as the start date for the 2020/21 season with a reduced 72-game schedule.The 2019/20 season was only completed in October after a four-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with teams competing in a bio-secure bubble at Walt Disney World in Orlando.The start date announcement followed a formal vote of player representatives, NPBA said.- Advertisement –
On Tuesday, San Diego and Sacramento paused plans to reopen more schools. Los Angeles does not expect to bring the majority of public school students back to schools until 2021 and San Francisco does not yet have a clear opening date. Of course, there are many areas — including Florida, Texas and New York City — where schools are already fully or partially open. Baltimore still plans to bring students back to classrooms next week, though it has slashed the number of schools that will reopen.But with the virus surging to its worst levels ever, the window for reopenings is rapidly closing. Much will depend on the course the virus takes over the next few months, as colder weather forces people indoors, where the virus spreads more easily. Gatherings for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays are also likely to sow new outbreaks.Even as hospitalizations surge, the Trump administration has “basically thrown in the towel” on trying to control the pandemic, said Dr. Ashish K. Jha, the dean of the Brown University School of Public Health. President-elect Joe Biden and his coronavirus task force will have a very limited ability to shift policies until Jan. 20, when he assumes office.“If we put a plan in place and really try to control the epidemic, I think it’s possible that schools could stay open or reopen in January or February,” Linas said. “But that is going to require a national Covid strategy.” – Advertisement – “Any district that hasn’t already introduced in-person learning is facing serious headwinds,” Dennis Roche, the president of Burbio, which tracks school reopenings, told USA Today. – Advertisement – A good read: With the help of a beloved pair of binoculars, Mike Couzens has managed to cover college football during the pandemic. “The ESPN broadcaster won’t leave home without them because the coronavirus pandemic has changed the dynamic of the broadcast booth,” wrote Kyle Rowland of The Toledo Blade. Boston reversed course in late October, sending the few high-needs students who had come back to classrooms home again and postponing plans for young learners to re-enter classrooms. Duke University, in North Carolina, will not have in-person fans at home basketball games this season. On Tuesday, Topeka, Kan., abandoned plans to bring middle and high school students back to classrooms this semester, at least part time. Tip: Beware of bullying“I fear that it will be difficult to implement anti-bullying programs during this crisis,” wrote Barry E. McNamara, associate dean of the School of Education at Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y., in an opinion piece for Newsday.Bullies pick on vulnerable students, McNamara wrote, and more students are suffering from anxiety and related behaviors during the pandemic. Some students have gained weight during the lockdown; others might be embarrassed that their classmates can see the inside of their homes. And as kids socialize more online, cyberbullying has increased.Sign up here to get the briefing by email. Last week, Washington, D.C., delayed plans to bring some students back to classrooms on Nov. 9, along with several large suburban school districts in Maryland and Virginia. The Southeastern Conference, the dominant juggernaut of college football, postponed two more games this weekend because of the coronavirus, including the annual matchup between the University of Alabama, which is ranked No. 1, and Louisiana State University. K-12 update On Tuesday, Philadelphia delayed plans to bring its youngest public school students back to classrooms for at least some in-person instruction on Nov. 30 as cases rise in the city. Remote learning will continue for all students “until further notice,” officials said.“We hope to see these children in school before the spring, but it’s all going to be based on the advice from the health community,” said William R. Hite Jr., the superintendent.- Advertisement – Allegheny College, in Pennsylvania, will require its employees to furlough for two weeks in an effort to ease financial strife caused by the pandemic. On Monday, Minneapolis paused plans to bring more public school students back to classrooms and opted to “dial back” some of the in-person support services, including after-school tutoring. In Florida, 26 students came to school after the local health department “neglected to forward an email” telling them they should have been in quarantine. – Advertisement – Last week, Chicago’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, said she could not yet say when students would return to classrooms. In Vermont, officials will start regular, large-scale surveillance testing in K-12 schools. Colds may keep kids Covid-freeThe sniffles might be key to a big puzzle of the pandemic: Why are children so much less likely than adults to become infected with the new coronavirus and, if infected, less likely to become ill?One possible reason: Kids may have antibodies that block SARS-CoV-2, the new coronavirus causing the pandemic, because they so frequently get milder coronaviruses in the form of colds, according to a new study.While adults might get one or two colds a year, children may get up to a dozen, said Stephen J. Elledge, a genetics professor at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.Around the countryCollege update A good read: The Baltimore Sun spoke to high school seniors in Maryland who have been recruited to play college sports. Instead of big public signing ceremonies, students are celebrating in more intimate family ceremonies. A similar trend is playing out across the country, especially in big cities, as U.S. cases and hospitalizations reach a new high. Even though research has shown that children are not likely to spread the virus, many experts say that schools cannot safely reopen while community transmission is rampant — even though closing in-person school carries a heavy social and economic cost.“Most of the country, when you look at the map, a lot of them have case rates that I would say are too high to open schools,” said Benjamin Linas, an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Boston University. “It’s a crisis for public education.” On Tuesday, Anchorage, Ala., again delayed a plan to bring students back to classrooms on Nov. 16.
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See also: Jul 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) Food irradiation advocates must step up to the chalkboard and start teaching the merits of the process before the market can achieve its sales potential, according to the results of a recent cattle industry association survey. More than 80% of respondents said it was extremely or very important to conduct a consumer education campaign about irradiated beef if the beef industry wants to increase demand for the product. Knowledgeable current users believed that the consumers most likely to buy irradiated ground beef are those with more education, those with higher incomes, seniors, and families with children. Knowledge of and purchases of irradiated ground beef were low. Forty-one percent of those contacted knew virtually nothing about the product. Eustice cited a recently published survey comparing consumer attitudes toward irradiated foods in 2003 and 1993. The study was published in the June edition of Food Protection Trends. It showed the percentage of consumers willing to buy irradiated food had doubled over that decade but that much education is still needed. For example, the majority of consumers surveyed said irradiation was very necessary only for fruits and vegetables. “The knowledge of the technology is weaker than we thought,” said Elizabeth Dressler, director of product enhancement research for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The association contracts with the Cattlemen’s Beef Board to conduct research funded by American beef producers. “Until someone decides they must educate consumers, irradiation will continue to be an underused tool that can eliminate much of the foodborne illness,” he said. Results of a telephone survey early this year of 300 retail and food service beef purchasers showed about 4 in 10 people interviewed were not at all knowledgeable about irradiated ground beef. The process applies electromagnetic radiation to kill organisms that cause foodborne illness and to retard spoilage. Only 18% of knowledgeable current purchasers of irradiated ground beef thought a majority of their customers also understood the product. It’s clear that people in retail and food services need to understand irradiation, Eustice said. “I would encourage the NCBA to look closely at the results of this research and become proactive.” Those who knew about the irradiated product had positive feelings about its role in the industry. The survey was not random: It drew on representative national sample lists and a list of companies known to carry irradiated ground beef. Responses were split based on a company’s link to the product: current purchaser (user), past purchaser (nonuser), knowledgeable nonpurchaser, nonknowledgeable nonpurchaser. Among the findings: Ronald Eustice, with the Minnesota Beef Council (MBC) called the survey findings a roadmap for the NCBA. And most consumers felt they were uninformed about the advantages of irradiation, that study concluded. “Awareness and usage might be lower than we thought,” Dressler said. “It’s backing up what a lot of studies have done on the consumer-perception side. Once a person is educated, they’re much more willing to try this technology.” CIDRAP overview of irradiation Forty-three percent of knowledgeable users considered consumers with money woes to be the least likely to buy irradiated beef. “Educated consumers overwhelmingly support the technology and are ready to buy the product,” Eustice said. The most frequently reported concern by users was that consumers would not buy the treated ground beef (22%). The market for irradiated ground beef is growing. Almost half of past purchasers were very (14%) or somewhat (33%) likely to purchase the product in the next year. In addition, more than one quarter of knowledgeable nonusers were very (4%) or somewhat (23%) likely to do so. Fifty-eight percent of current purchasers said they would increase the amount of irradiated ground beef they would buy, versus 23% who were planning to decrease the amount. Amy Becker is a freelance reporter for CIDRAP. She will enter the University of Minnesota’s graduate program in public health administration and policy in fall 2004.
CIDRAP overview of viral hemorrhagic fevers The Sudan subtype of Ebola virus was confirmed in tests by the Kenya Medical Research Institute and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the WHO said. The agency worked with local health authorities, UNICEF, Medicins Sans Frontieres–France, other nongovernmental organizations, and churches to control the outbreak. The agency said the outbreak proved “the value of rapid outbreak detection, local response capacities, active community involvement, and the coordination of specialized international assistance.” “Intensive social mobilization for Ebola was essential to the outbreak’s containment,” the WHO said. “Key messages about the disease and behaviour-specific advice were passed on to the people in and around Yambio by local community advocates.” Officials said these efforts succeeded in convincing people of the danger and the need for precautions. “In Yambio, WHO and our partners were able to apply lessons learned during responses to the five Ebola outbreaks that have occurred since 2000,” Dr. Pierre Formenty, a member of the WHO response team, said in the release. The control efforts included an isolation ward at Yambio Hospital with a low fence so that patients were effectively isolated but still could see and talk to family and friends at a safe distance, the WHO reported. Aug 7 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/releases/2004/pr54/en/ Aug 7 was the 42nd day since the last death in the outbreak occurred on Jun 26, the WHO said. Because 42 days is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola and no further cases have been reported, the agency declared the outbreak ended. The outbreak began in May, and in June the WHO was reporting 30 cases with 12 deaths. But on Jun 22 the agency said 12 cases, including one death, had been reclassified as measles. The current count of 17 cases with 7 deaths signals a case-fatality rate of 41%, as compared with 50% to 90% in past Ebola outbreaks. Aug 9, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The recent Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Sudan has ended after 17 cases with seven deaths, signaling a remarkably successful containment effort, the World Health Organization (WHO) says. “The rapid containment of this outbreak was a tremendous success for the health authorities, WHO, and the international community involved in the control operations,” Dr. Abdullah Ahmed, director of the WHO in southern Sudan, said in an Aug 7 news release. See also: Ebola is believed to spread via blood and body fluids, but its natural reservoir between outbreaks is unknown. Ebola was first identified in 1976, when it broke out separately in southern Sudan and northwestern Congo (then called Zaire). It remains relatively rare, but outbreaks have become more common since the mid-1990s. The largest outbreak, involving 425 presumptive cases with 224 deaths, occurred in southern Sudan in 2000 and 2001.
Aug 17, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The cases of three people who died recently in Vietnam have now been confirmed by that country as being caused by the H5N1 strain, and two other patients are suspected of having the disease, according to news sources yesterday and today.One of the latest victims is a 2-year-old boy from Hau Giang province in the southern Mekong Delta. He was admitted to the hospital Saturday but is, according to an Associated Press (AP) story, in stable condition. Samples from the child are being tested at the Pasteur Institute in Ho Chi Minh City. Poultry owned by the boy’s family had died mysteriously, the story says. The other patient, a 19-year-old woman also from Hau Giang, was admitted with serious respiratory problems late last week but is also reported to be in stable condition, says an AsiaNews story. The director of the hospital admitting her is quoted as saying she has H5N1 avian influenza.As for the earlier victims, a 25-year-old woman from Hau Giang province who died Aug 6 was confirmed late last week by Vietnamese officials as having H5N1. Two children, a 4-year-old boy from northern Ha Tay province who died Aug 2 and an 11-month-old girl from the same region who died Aug 4, were confirmed as having H5N1 yesterday. The H5 subtype for all three cases had been determined last week but further testing had not been completed. The boy’s family had eaten meat from ill chickens, according to AP, and the girl’s family raised geese. These three recent deaths bring the number of fatal H5N1 cases since the beginning of the year to 27, 19 in Vietnam and 8 in Thailand.Although the World Health Organization (WHO) is in close communication with the Ministry of Health in Vietnam, the Vietnamese has not to this point allowed international experts to investigate the recent resurgence of avian flu or allowed the sending of specimens to WHO reference laboratories outside the country for further confirmation and analysis. However, Hans Troedsson, WHO representative in Vietnam, met with the Health Ministry yesterday and received tentative approval for a small group of laboratory and epidemiology specialists to participate, says an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story today. Getting samples to WHO laboratories is “vitally important,” Troedsson was quoted as saying in an AFP story yesterday. “This is not only standard practice in cases like this throughout the world but we need to know if there has been any change in the structure of the virus,” he said.No new outbreaks of avian influenza in birds have occurred in the past 15 days in Vietnam, according to a Vietnam News Agency story. The last outbreak was detected Aug 2 in quail in the Hau Giang province, says the report. About 34,000 poultry have died or been put to death since Jul 9 in Vietnam. Controlling the disease in the country is a special challenge because about 80% of the population live in the countryside, and most farmers raise poultry for food, a Reuters report says. WHO experts have stated that it will take years to eradicate H5N1 flu from the area.On other fronts, the outbreak of H5N2 avian flu in ostriches reported last week on two farms in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa is suspected to have spread to five more nearby farms, according to an AFP story today. An official of the South African Ostrich Business Chamber, which represents 600 ostrich farmers in the country, told AFP that culling of 4,000 birds on the additional farms will begin today as a precaution. Results of testing on the birds are awaited. About 6,000 ostriches from the first two farms were killed last week. H5N2 flu is not known to be harmful to humans.