October 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 story
REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia BaxterREIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said it was their understanding that private arrangements made between landlords and tenants would impact insurance.“Each policy will differ but as a general rule, Landlord Insurance will not respond where landlords have reached a mutual agreement with a tenant about rent reduction,” she said in a live Facebook briefing.Furthermore, the moratorium effectively prevents landlords from meeting policy obligations to mitigate their loss by issuing default notices.“As we understand it, the process of issuing that default documentation can’t occur where the rent default is happening as a result of the coronavirus,” Ms Mercorella said.“I know that’s probably not the information that landlord’s want to hear, but it’s important we provide what we believe is accurate information.”That advice was confirmed by AON Australia, providers of CGU Landlord Insurance products, who today offered clarification for property managers on COVID-19 issues.AON confirmed rent default can be claimed for tenants unable to pay due to COVID-19, but not the shortfall where a reduction is agreed between a landlord and a tenant.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“No, the different in weekly rent is not claimable as this is a mutual agreement between the landlord and tenant,” AON advised.In cases where the landlord and tenant mutually agree to suspend rent, the landlord is unable to claim for rent default under insurance.AON also advised that as of 5pm on Friday, 3 April CGU will not be offering ‘Rent default and theft by tenant’ cover on new policies, however that cover continues on existing policies. MORE NEWS: Rents slashed on luxury holiday homes Property managers play referee in tough rental talks Some of the country’s largest insurers, including Terri Scheer, Suncorp and NRMA, pulled Landlord Insurance products this week amid COVID-19 uncertainty which could leave insurers exposed to mass payouts. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:08Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:08 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow will COVID-19 compare to other market downturns03:08LANDLORDS who show leniency to struggling tenants as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could void their right to claim on insurance.The Federal Government last week placed a six-month ban on evictions for tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19.Prime Minister Scott Morrison called landlords and tenants to work together to come to an arrangement around rental payments.That request has since raised concerns as to the impact on Landlord Insurance, which typically covers landlords for a period of weeks when a tenant can’t pay rent.Real Estate Industry of Queensland (REIQ) last night sought to address rising panic among property owners, some of whom face the double whammy of job loss and lost rental income.
2019 NFL SCHEDULES:Steelers | Cowboys | Packers | 49ers | Seahawks | Browns | PatriotsThe NFL schedule formula, which was implemented in 2002, ensures that all teams will play each other on a rotating basis. Each team plays the four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating, three-year cycle; and each team plays the four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating, four-year cycle.In addition to those schedule rotations, each team plays two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings. These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.For example, in 2019, the AFC West is matched up against the AFC South and the NFC North, two divisions stacked with solid teams. That’s part of the reason the Raiders and Broncos have the toughest 2019 schedules in the NFL based on their opponents’ win percentage from last season.The AFC South, matched up this season against the AFC West and NFC South, houses the teams with the third- and fourth-toughest schedules in 2019, the Jaguars and Texans, respectively. As for the Bears, the team with the fifth toughest schedule in 2019, in addition to their games against division rivals, NFC East teams and AFC West teams, they have to play the Rams and Saints as part of their first-place schedule.Below is a ranking of all 32 NFL teams based on strength of schedule for 2019, with the toughest schedule ranking first and the easiest ranking last.MORE: Tracking the NFL schedule leaks for 2019 seasonNFL strength of schedule for 2019 seasonRankTeamOpponents’ win % last season1.Oakland Raiders.5392.Denver Broncos.5373.Jacksonville Jaguars.5314.Houston Texans.5275.Chicago Bears.5206.Kansas City Chiefs.5207.Indianapolis Colts.5188.Atlanta Falcons.5189.Tennessee Titans.51410.Minnesota Vikings.51211.San Francisco 49ers.51012.Tampa Bay Buccaneers.50813.Arizona Cardinals.50814.Green Bay Packers.50415.Dallas Cowboys.50416.Carolina Panthers.50217.Los Angeles Chargers.50218.Miami Dolphins.50019.Pittsburgh Steelers.49620.Baltimore Ravens.49621.Detroit Lions.49622.New Orleans Saints.48823.Cleveland Browns.48424.Buffalo Bills.48025.Seattle Seahawks.47926.Philadelphia Eagles.47727.Cincinnati Bengals.47328.New York Jets.47329.New York Giants.47330.Los Angeles Rams.47331.New England Patriots.47332.Washington Redskins.469 Each year, the release of the NFL regular-season schedule comes with surprises in terms of dates for each team’s 16 games, and the order in which those games will fall on the schedule. What does not come as a surprise with the NFL schedule release, though, is the strength of schedule for all 32 teams.The teams with the toughest and easiest schedules for 2019 — based on their 2019 opponents’ win percentage from last season — were determined at the conclusion of the 2018 season. On the last day of the year, the NFL released the complete list of home and any matchups for each team. Some interesting nuggets regarding the NFL strength of schedule for all 32 teams in 2019:The Raiders, coached by Jon Gruden, have the toughest schedule in the NFL based on opponents’ win percentage from last season. The Redskins, coached by Jon’s brother Jay Gruden, have the easiest schedule.The two teams who played in the Super Bowl last season, the Rams and the Patriots, are part of a five-team tie for the second easiest schedule in the NFL for 2019 based on opponents’ win percentage from last year.Of the four AFC West teams, three (Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs) have a schedule that ranks among the six toughest in the league. The Chargers, though, are in a tie for the 16th toughest schedule.The Giants and Jets, who play in different conferences but have six common opponents due to the schedule rotation matching their divisions, have the same strength of schedule, with an opponents’ 2018 win percentage of .473.Of the four NFC East teams, the Cowboys easily have the toughest schedule for 2019, tied for the 14th hardest. The Redskins (32nd), Giants (tied for 27th) and Eagles (26th) have much more promising slates. Which should not be a surprise considering Dallas is the defending division champion.The the Patriots are defending AFC East champions, they have the easiest schedule in their division. The Dolphins (18th toughest) have the hardest schedule among teams in the AFC East.MORE: Full 2019 NFL preseason scheduleBelow is the four-step formula the NFL uses to determine each team’s home and away opponents and, therefore, the strength of schedule for all 32 teams in a given season:Home and away against its three division opponents (6 games).The four teams from another division within its conference on a rotating three-year cycle (4 games).The four teams from a division in the other conference on a rotating four-year cycle (4 games).Two intraconference games based on the prior year’s standings (2 games). These games match a first-place team against the first-place teams in the two same-conference divisions the team is not scheduled to play that season. The second-place, third-place, and fourth-place teams in a conference are matched in the same way each year.
The Grizzlies’ “Grit’N’Grind” era is over.Memphis will send Mike Conley to the Jazz as part of a trade that had been looming since the February deadline, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Grizzlies will receive a package of players and draft picks to help jumpstart their rebuild, and they will likely select Ja Morant as their point guard of the future with the No. 2 overall pick at the 2019 NBA Draft. NBA MOCK DRAFT: Pelicans go forward with Lakers’ pick; Celtics stay busy in first roundWhat does this trade mean for the Jazz and Grizzlies moving forward?Here are the reported details of the deal and a breakdown of the short- and long-term ramifications for each side.Mike Conley trade gradesJazz receive: Mike ConleyGrizzlies receive: Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver, Grayson Allen, No. 23 pick in 2019 NBA Draft, future first-round pickNBA DRAFT BIG BOARD: Ranking the top 60 prospectsJazz: A-Utah pursued Conley at the trade deadline, and for good reason. He is the exact kind of upgrade at point guard that turns the Jazz into a real contender in the Western Conference.Conley can play with the ball in his his hands or off the ball (39.8 percent on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers last season) whenever Donovan Mitchell operates as the primary initiator. Conley can create offense in a variety of ways (21.1 points, 6.4 assists per game), something this Jazz team desperately needed.Mike Conley finished 7th in the #NBA in points created out of the pick and roll per game. He also shot an eFG% of 76% on unguarded catch and shoot jumpers and led the NBA in points per game from floaters.— Synergy Basketball (@SynergySST) June 19, 2019Mitchell and Conley must learn each other’s tendencies and what works best. There could be growing pains, of course. That’s something two good locker room guys should be able to iron out in time.On the defensive end, Conley will fit right in with Utah’s unit. He finished in the top 10 among point guards in ESPN’s Defensive Real Plus-Minus, and he will only improve one of the best defenses in the league. Conley, Mitchell, Joe Ingles, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert — good luck trying to score against that starting five.And that’s another added benefit of this trade for the Jazz. They didn’t lose any assets they really value. The loss of Crowder and Korver will hurt Utah’s spacing, but Favors is more valuable than both of them. Allen and the picks are future pieces the Jazz don’t need because the mission is to compete right now. The future first-rounder is worth watching, though. Could Utah have pulled this off without including it?Yes, Conley’s contract is expensive ($32.5 million in 2019-20 and $34.5 million in 2020-21), but good players cost money. It’s only a two-year commitment, not a four-year max, and Conley remains a productive guard at age 31.This trade won’t create the same level of headlines as Anthony Davis to the Lakers, but it definitely will make a significant impact on the Western Conference playoff race. Don’t be shocked if the Jazz are one of the last teams standing next year.Grizzlies: BAfter the Grizz sent Marc Gasol to the Raptors back in February, it seemed as though Conley would be the next to go so Memphis could embrace a youth movement. Instead, the Grizzlies kept Conley through the rest of the season despite discussing a deal with the Jazz, finally ending the back-and-forth with Wednesday’s trade.Maybe a move at the deadline would have yielded a better package, but this is a surprisingly sizable haul for the Grizzlies.Crowder and Korver represent expiring contracts as opposed to cogs in the rotation. Allen didn’t earn a ton of minutes under Jazz coach Quin Snyder as a rookie, but the 23-year-old is worth a shot for his shooting alone, which will be needed next to Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr.The No. 23 pick presents some options either in a trade or simply to draft a prospect. Sporting News’ Chris Stone had Cameron Johnson landing at that spot in his latest Mock Draft, and he could still make sense there. The other first-rounder has a number of protections on it, per The Daily Memphian’s Chris Herrington. Per league source, the 2020 pick the Grizzlies are getting in Conley trade has the following protections:2020 1-7, 15-30 (conveys 8-14)2021 – same as above2022 – 1-62023 1-32024 – 12025 – converts to two seconds— Chris Herrington (@HerringtonNBA) June 19, 2019The Grizzlies should expect the pick to transfer in 2022 or later. Barring some sort of catastrophic event, the Jazz will avoid the lottery.Perhaps the most important thing for the front office is having cap flexibility. Conley’s contract is gone, Crowder and Korver are on expiring deals and Chandler Parsons will also become a free agent after making $25.1 million in 2019-20. That’s a nice situation financially.Sure, the Grizzlies could have been pushed harder for a Conley trade earlier. But with Morant and Jackson set up to be the franchise’s dynamic duo, the future is bright in Memphis.