H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Public concern over vaccine, effective Chinese vaccine, Tamiflu resistance in Taiwan, vaccine option in Canada

first_imgOctober 22, 2009Poll shows growing flu concern, uncertainty about vaccineAmericans are more concerned about pandemic H1N1 flu than they were a couple of months ago, with about 52% saying they are greatly or somewhat worried, according to the latest Washington Post–ABC poll. The number is up 13 percentage points from August. However, only about a third say they’ll get the vaccine, though half said they’ll have their kids vaccinated. Those saying they’ll pass on the vaccine listed side-effect worries and perceived lack of testing as influencing their decision.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postpoll_101909.htmlOct 15-18 Washington Post–ABC News PollSingle dose of Chinese H1N1 vaccine found effectiveIn a clinical trial, a single 15-microgram dose of a nonadjuvanted H1N1 vaccine recently licensed in China was found to induce a probably protective immune response in volunteers between the ages of 12 and 60, according to an report published yesterday by the New England Journal of Medicine. Lesser immune responses were seen with a single dose in younger and older people. The vaccine is made by Hualan Biological Bacterin Co.http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMoa0908535Oct 21 NEJM reportCanada’s pandemic vaccine campaign will have an unadjuvanted optionCanada has purchased 1.8 million doses of unadjuvanted pandemic H1N1 vaccine to use in the youngest children as well as pregnant women and others who might want an alternative to the adjuvanted version, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. Canada’s adjuvanted vaccine was approved on Oct 16. Officials predict that the unadjuvanted vaccine will be cleared in early November, but they don’t want people to wait for it even though experts say it may produce a more robust response in children under age 3.Doctors report rhabdomyolysis in pandemic flu patientAustralian physicians have documented a rare complication in a patient with pandemic H1N1 flu, myositis, and rhabdomyolysis. They reported their findings in an early online edition of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. According to a news report today about the study, the 16-year-old boy experienced intense muscle pain and nearly black urine 3 days after his flu symptoms began in June when the first wave of the pandemic hit Australia. He recovered after 8 days in the hospital.http://journals.lww.com/pidj/Abstract/publishahead/Melting_Muscles__Novel_H1N1_Influenza_A_Associated.99512.aspxOct 16 PIDJ abstractTamiflu treatment spawned resistance in Taiwan H1N1 caseTaiwan reported this week that the pandemic H1N1 virus became resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) after a patient was treated with the drug. Oseltamivir-sensitive H1N1 was isolated from a 20-year-old man before treatment, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control said. Three days later, after treatment began, an isolate from the man showed the resistance mutation. The man recovered, and there was no evidence that the virus spread to others. His case marked Taiwan’s first report of H1N1 resistance to the agent.http://www.cdc.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=26002&ctNode=960&mp=5Oct 20 Taiwan CDC reportFlu control measures seem to reduce other diseases in BoliviaHealth officials in Bolivia say a massive campaign to promote handwashing to prevent H1N1 flu seems to have reduced the spread of other common diseases, according to a Time magazine report. Dr. Rene Lenis, Bolivia’s director of epidemiology, reported a 10% to 15% drop in incidence of acute diarrheal diseases in all age-groups this year compared with last year. Public health agencies began promoting handwashing when the virus emerged in April.http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1931223,00.html?xid=rss-topstoriesOct 22 Time reportEgyptian capital cuts class sizes to curb flu spreadEgypt’s health and education ministries have ordered schools in Cairo to halve class sizes to slow the spread of the pandemic virus, IRIN News, a United Nations publication, reported today. Children will attend school on 3 alternate days instead of 6 double-shift days, a variation on a long-standing system to reduce crowding. The World Health Organization has said school closures can be disruptive and has recommended that schools take other preventive measures, such as easing crowding.http://www.irinnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=86695Oct 22 IRIN storylast_img read more

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Lowset home 500m from Bunya State Forest hits the market

first_img30 Cressbrook Drive, Albany Creek.The property, on an elevated 891sq m block, is made of solid brick.The five-bedroom, two-bathroom home is close to parklands and schools. The Bunya State Forest is only 500m away.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“I really love this area,” said Mr Littlewood, a father-of-three.“Everyone seems to love keeping fit and healthy around here.”Mr Littlewood said the swimming pool was a big hit during the summer months and plenty of time was spent outdoors.He said there was a playground for kids at the back too. 30 Cressbrook Drive, Albany Creek.It may be a reluctant sale for Lee Littlewood, but he’s determined to see his Albany Creek home go to a family who can enjoy the large allotment.The lowset property at 30 Cressbrook Drive features an in-ground saltwater pool with a spa seat, low-maintenance garden, and an insulated alfresco entertaining area, with a gas fireplace.Mr Littlewood, a ceramic tiler, has recently adding his own touches to the home, retiling the main floors.He has also upped the security of the home and repainted the eaves. 30 Cressbrook Drive, Albany Creek.Harcourts Solutions selling agent James Gwynne said the home was exactly what a growing or grown up family needed.“With a formal lounge and dining area, a relaxed family room and a large modern kitchen at the core, there is plenty of space for everyone,” Mr Gwynne said.“Look forward to a glass of wine on the patio, cozying by the fire or watching the kids play in the pool.”center_img 30 Cressbrook Drive, Albany Creek.Other features of the property include a large separate laundry, split-cycle airconditioning, a double lock-up garage with automatic doors, and solar hot water. The main bathroom has a bathtub with separate shower.last_img read more

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UK schemes unfit to report on ESG policies, says CACEIS

first_imgA research study by custody and asset servicer CACEIS has shown that more than two fifths (43%) of UK-based trustees and pension fund managers do not feel properly equipped to monitor and report on their pension schemes’ environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies to a high standard.The research follows the UK’s new legislation of 1 October 2019, that requires trustees to outline how they approach financially material factors, including ESG and climate change considerations, into the investment decision making within their Statement of Investment Principles.Pat Sharman, managing director at CACEIS, said: “While 2019 saw ESG, and with it the improved standards of governance, creep higher on the corporate agenda, now is the year ESG becomes front and centre for UK pension schemes.”The legislation is a step forward towards ensuring trustees have a plan of action when embedding ESG risks into trustee governance and strategic plans for schemes, the firm said, adding that good governance involves responsible investing. “However, it’s clear that implementing an ESG framework won’t always be easy to apply because of the numerous touchpoints involved. It can be very difficult, for example, to assess the ESG characteristics of a company – and sometimes analysts may disagree on their findings,” the study found.“This creates a governance challenge for trustees, especially as they balance the demands of pension scheme members with the new ESG and climate change requirements.”Sharman said that ”implementing climate change and good ESG principles will be important for pension schemes of all shapes and sizes to help manage longer term risks for the benefit of members”.She added: “As a trustee myself, I fully understand the complexities involved – as a result, we are working with the PLSA [Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association] for the second year running as an education partner and we’ll focus on helping trustees navigate this challenging landscape.”CACEIS said that ensuring the vital message around the long-term investment consequences of all ESG factors is communicated to all stakeholders is an area where improved resource and education is needed.last_img read more

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Artemi Panarin free agency news: Rangers land star winger

first_imgThe Rangers have landed the prize of the NHL free agent market, with Artemi Panarin headed to New York, the team announced Monday.TSN first reported Panarin had zeroed in on the Rangers, adding that he apparently left some money on the table to do so. Now Rangers fans can look forward to a future that includes Panarin on one wing and Kaapo Kakko, the second overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, on the other. The Islanders and Panthers reportedly were the other top suitors for Panarin. The 27-year-old winger had a career-high 87 points in 2018-19, including a career-best 59 assists. The 2016 Calder Trophy winner has averaged 29 goals and 41 assists over his four NHL seasons, the first two with Chicago and the last two in Columbus. The Russian previously starred for SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL.  NHL trade news: Rangers send Jimmy Vesey to Sabrescenter_img Though the Rangers haven’t disclosed the term of the contract, Sportsnet said the deal is $81.5 million over seven years, confirming a New York Post report of an average annual value of $11.6 million. The Blue Jackets reportedly made one last pitch to Panarin on Sunday in the form of an eight-year deal with an AAV of $12 million, which would have made him the second-highest-paid player in the NHL behind Connor McDavid ($12.5 million AAV), but the lure of Madison Square Garden was too strong.  Related News NHL free agency 2019: Five narratives to watch on July 1last_img read more

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Tumwater Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Draft Shoreline…

first_imgThe public is invited to attend the hearing and offer comment. Please mail any written comments to Tim Smith, Planning Manager, Community Development Department, City of Tumwater, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA  98501. Comments may also be emailed to tsmith@ci.tumwater.wa.us.  Copies of the Draft Shoreline Master Program and Ordinance No. O2012-005 are available for review in the Community Development Department at Tumwater City Hall during regular business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm). The documents are also available online at http://www.ci.tumwater.wa.us/ShorelineMasterProgram.html Ordinance No. O2012-005 proposes amendments to Title 16 (Environment) and 18 (Zoning) of the Tumwater Municipal Code (TMC) related to the Shoreline Master Program and the adoption of the following TMC chapters into the Shoreline Program by reference: Chapter 16.20 (Geologically Hazardous Areas), Chapter 16.28 (Wetlands), Chapter 16.32 (Fish and Wildlife Habitat), and Chapter 18.38 (Floodplain Overlay). Amendments also include a new table for calculating wetland buffer width standards. The proposed Shoreline Master Program sets forth policies, development standards and procedures for regulating uses and activities within the shoreline jurisdiction of Barnes Lake, Black Lake, Capitol Lake, Munn Lake, Lake Susan, Trosper Lake, Black Lake Drainage Ditch, Deschutes River and a portion of Percival Creek. The Draft Shoreline Master Program will apply to properties in shoreline jurisdiction located within the Tumwater City Limits. Properties located outside of the Tumwater City Limits will be regulated by the Shoreline Master Program only after annexation into the City of Tumwater.center_img Facebook0Tweet0Pin0The Tumwater Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 in the Council Chambers, Tumwater City Hall, 555 Israel Road SW, Tumwater, WA, for the purpose of considering the Draft Shoreline Master Program and Ordinance No. O2012-005 related to implementation of the Shoreline Master Program.last_img read more

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Seraphs Lift Mater Dei Prep

first_imgThe Save the Seraphs campaign announced Thursday it has exceeded its $1 million fundraising milestone, three weeks before schedule, which will be used to keep the doors open at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown. The followings story was published before the announcement. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – Mater Dei Prep is expected to make their financial goal of raising a million dollars this week, hoping to keep the doors open at the Roman Catholic School.Thanks to multiple efforts by Save The Seraphs, a strong mix of supporters who care about Mater Dei Prep High School, the committee can now approach the Diocese of Trenton to find what are the next steps for the school will be. That fate is still unclear but the fundraising began on Feb. 12 and may meet goal before the April 15 deadline.It was more like an all-class alumni reunion at the Shore Casino Saturday night as more than 450 turned out to raise $95,000 at an event that drew both the famous and the hardworking, alumni, parents, and friends to save Mater Dei Prep from closing in June. The evening was made more spectacular when NBC newsman Brian Williams, a member of the Class of ‘77, chose to make this fundraiser for his former high school his first public appearance since being suspended from NBC News six weeks ago.“This is a celebration of the last 50 years, and a kickoff for the next 50,” a jubilant Jim Shaw said. Shaw heads up The Seraph’s Fund and has been tireless in raising the $1 million within two months with the team of volunteers and students who have staged numerous events to meet their goal. Shaw also announced last week’s confirmation of the approval of the 501(c)(3) status required by the Diocese of Trenton before final consideration of continuing the school as a private Catholic school in the future. Ever working towards his goal, he took the opportunity to point out “if everyone in this room tonight reached out to three people for donations, we could reach $2.4 million just tonight.”Joseph Buzzanco, Class of ‘78, whose wife Maria is the Fund’s fundraising committee chair and chairperson of the gala, was among the hundreds overwhelmed by the guests at the gala as well as the amount of funds raised.Both Buzzanco daughters are Seraphs, he said, one now a sophomore at St. Michael’s in Vermont, the other a junior at Mater Dei. “I just wanted my girls to experience what I did,” he said about his days at Mater Dei. “I’ve been successful enough that I could have sent them to private academies or prep schools anyplace in the country,” he continued, “and I thought Mater Dei was best.” Proudly, he added, “I still do, and they agree with me as well.”Maria Buzzanco thought the event was “a fantastic success. We were overwhelmed by the support from the entire Mater Dei Prep community. So many alumni returned to show their support for Mater Dei Prep, including one of our most famous graduates, Brian Williams, Class of ‘77. The atmosphere of the evening was like a giant reunion; the event rekindled the Seraph spirit and made it obvious how special and important Mater Dei Prep is to its alumni and the Bayshore area.” She said the current $992,000 consists of more than $350,000 in donations and another $610,000 in binding pledges. This week the fund will be contacting those who have made pledges to turn their monetary guarantees into donations.Ticket sales, an online auction and gift raffle raised $95,000 for the Save the Seraphs Fund at the event. That amount exceeded the $70,000 to $80,000 the sponsors and volunteers were hoping to raise to keep the school open.The event was sponsored by Ed “Skip” McLauglin, Joe Rapolla, the Mater Dei Alumni Association, the Mater Dei Prep PTA and the Harper Family, seven of whom attended Mater Dei, and long time friends of the Roman Catholic high school.Music throughout the evening was provided by Rapolla, Class of ‘79, Chairman of the Music & Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, and his band Joe Rapolla and the Perfect Square.The Rev. Jeff Kegley was also in awe at the crowd, and said he was overwhelmed at “this wonderful show of support; I’m speechless. I know the diocese Office of Education is aware of everything that is going on here. The office knows that Mater Dei has always been very special to the people here.”Shore Casino owners Bernie Sweeney, who with his wife Kathleen, both long time supporters of the Catholic high school, declined to discuss anything about the financial arrangements for the full course dinner and open bar. Nor would Fund volunteers release any figures, other than to say “Mr. Sweeney has always been a friend of Mater Dei; we have always had very successful events here, whether they were proms or parties or fund raisers. I am sure the Sweeneys are pleased with our success here this evening.”The next fundraising event for the Save the Seraphs campaign is a benefit concert at Count Basie Theater on Thursday, April 30, featuring “Brian Kirk & the Jirks” with special guests “The Magic Taxis.” Tickets go on sale Friday, at noon through the Count Basie Theatre box office. A limited number of VIP seats with a pre-show cocktail party sponsored by Buona Sera are available.Mater Dei Prep hopes to open in September as a private, Catholic institution, financially and operationally separate from St. Mary’s parish. The Seraph’s Fund will operate as an endowment fund for the school with a separate Board of Trustees overseeing budgeting and development. Board members and volunteers are currently completing the steps necessary to realize this new business model for approval from the Bishop.For more information about The Seraph’s Fund and upcoming fundraising events or to make a donation to the Save the Seraphs campaign, visit www.seraphfund.org.— By Muriel J. Smithlast_img read more

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Rough start for Smokies at Showcase tournament

first_imgShane Poulsen scored the only goal for Trail.Braden Krogfoss took the loss in goal for the Smokies.Saturday, Cowichan Valley scored five third period markers to blast Trail 8-1.Leading 3-1 after two periods, Cowichan Valley scored four special teams goals — three on the power play and one shorthanded — to dump Trail.Team captain Garrett McMullen scored the lone goal for Trail.Lyndon Stanwood was in goal for Trail.Trail travels to the B.C. Interior for games Friday in Prince George and Saturday in Merritt.The first home game is Friday, September 21, against West Kelowna Warriors. It’s a been a slow start to the B.C. Hockey League season for the Trail Smoke Eaters.The Silver City squad was outscored 12-2 in dropping a pair of games to Merritt and Cowichan Valley during the BCHL’s Showcase tournament this weekend in Chilliwack.The Centennials scored twice in the first and third periods en route to the 4-1 victory Sunday.Penalty trouble did the Smokies in as power play goals by Sean Maktaak and another by Sebastien Pare did Trail in.last_img read more

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