Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville flubs basics of the Constitution, World War II and the 2000 election.

first_imgAsked to opine on the key takeaways from the election, Mr. Tuberville said he was concerned that Mr. Biden, a mainstream, centrist Democrat, had promoted a vision that he claimed “leads more to a socialist type of government.”“That’s concerning to me, that we’re to the point now where we’ve got almost half the country voting for something that this country wasn’t built on,” Mr. Tuberville said. “I tell people, my dad fought 76 years ago in Europe to free Europe of socialism.”World War II was a global battle against fascism.- Advertisement – Mr. Tuberville also said he planned to use his Senate office to raise money for two Republican senators in Georgia who are facing runoff elections that will determine control of the chamber. Senate ethics rules bar the use of official resources for campaign purposes.And in another exchange, he erroneously said that Mr. Gore, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2000, was president-elect for 30 days during an intense, protracted recount and legal battle. Neither Mr. Gore nor George W. Bush were considered the president-elect during that process. – Advertisement – Asked if he thought Republicans could still use their potential Senate majority to pass legislation in divided government, with Democrats controlling the White House and House of Representatives, Mr. Tuberville replied that he had been given a mandate to “help people,” adding, “I don’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat.”“Our government wasn’t set up for one group to have all three branches of government — wasn’t set up that way,” Mr. Tuberville said. “You know, the House, the Senate, and the executive.” The three branches of the federal government, as laid out in the Constitution, are the legislative, including both the House and Senate; the executive, or presidency; and judicial, which includes the Supreme Court.- Advertisement – The interview amounted to the most in-depth remarks Mr. Tuberville had given since he was elected last week. He cut a low profile on the campaign trail, rarely making himself available to reporters other than those at conservative outlets, but had positioned himself as a staunch supporter of President Trump. In his first big interview as a senator-elect, Tommy Tuberville, Republican of Alabama, misidentified the three branches of the federal government, claimed erroneously that World War II was a battle against socialism and wrongly asserted that former Vice President Al Gore was president-elect for 30 days.Mr. Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach who decisively defeated Senator Doug Jones, a Democrat, last week, gave the remarkable interview to The Alabama Daily News on Thursday after attending orientation for new senators in Washington.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Is this giant alligator on a Florida golf course real?

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WHO voices new concern about avian flu

first_imgJul 8, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – In the face of new outbreaks, the World Health Organization (WHO) today expressed renewed concern about the implications of H5N1 avian influenza for human health and appealed for increased scrutiny of infections in animals and humans.The latest outbreaks in China and Vietnam, along with two new research reports, suggest that the virus is more widespread and may be more difficult to eliminate than was previously thought, the WHO said. The agency said its laboratory network needs virus isolates and clinical specimens from all the recent outbreaks so it can better monitor the circulating strains.As it has before, the WHO expressed concern that influenza A(H5N1) could acquire the ability to spread readily from person to person, which could lead to a global flu pandemic. In the widespread outbreaks in East Asia earlier this year, the virus jumped to humans, causing at least 34 cases and 23 deaths. But all the human patients apparently acquired the virus directly from birds.In recent weeks, new outbreaks of avian flu have been reported in Vietnam, China, and Thailand. No new human cases have been reported, however. Chinese officials have said they confirmed the presence of H5N1 virus in their outbreak.The WHO noted that a recent report by Chinese researchers indicates that the virus appears to be widespread in domestic ducks in southern China. The researchers also found that the virus has been causing increasingly severe disease, but that finding was based on tests in mice and may not have direct implications for humans, the WHO said. The article was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see link below).Another report, published this week in Nature, “indicates domestic and wild birds in the region may have contributed to the increasing spread of the virus and suggests that the virus is gaining a stronger foothold in the region,” the WHO said. “These observations suggest that control of the virus may be even more difficult than thought in the spring.”The statement went on to say that known risk-management tools can control poultry outbreaks of H5N1 avian flu, though it may take months or years to control the virus completely. But the risk to human health is not well understood, and tools for assessing that risk are less developed, the agency said.It is not clear why, after circulating in Asia for several years, the virus has not picked up the ability to infect humans easily, the WHO said. The agency called for, and offered to help with, urgent “risk assessment activities, including surveillance in animals and humans, and strain analysis.””More knowledge of the virus could be acquired if WHO had full access to all virus isolates and clinical specimens from recent outbreaks,” officials said. “All H5N1 viruses are not the same, and how they differ could provide important insights.” For example, the avian flu virus in Indonesia differs slightly from those in Vietnam and Thailand, but the significance of the difference is unknown.The WHO said it is continuing pandemic preparedness efforts that were launched during the avian flu outbreaks earlier this year. The agency is collaborating with scientists and the pharmaceutical industry to monitor changes in the virus’s susceptibility to antiviral drugs. In addition, two US vaccine manufacturers have produced a supply of trial vaccine for pandemic flu. Samples from recent outbreaks would help the WHO assess the adequacy of the strain used in the pandemic vaccine, officials said.The WHO also said:Governments should provide human flu vaccinations to workers who cull poultry to control outbreaks.Everyone exposed to infected birds should be provided with antivirals.Human trials of experimental pandemic flu vaccines should be accelerated.See also:Jul 8 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_07_08/en/Abstract of study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Scienceshttp://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/0403212101v1?etoclast_img read more

Flu shots now open to all; officials fear fake Tamiflu

first_img “Starting today, October 24th, we’re making influenza shots available to everyone,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt. “There’s no reason for anyone to delay or go without their seasonal flu shot.” Von Eschenbach announced that the FDA is forming a “rapid response team” of experts to help make sure antiviral drugs are available in the event of a flu pandemic. In early September, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recommended that flu shots be reserved for people at risk for serious flu complications until today. (The recommendation did not apply to MedImmune’s live-virus vaccine [FluMist], which is licensed only for healthy people between ages 5 and 49.) Despite some scattered shortages caused by delayed vaccine deliveries, the CDC stuck to that timetable. See also: “Providers in areas with sufficient flu vaccine already should open up their programs to the expanded group of people” not at high risk for complications, she said. She recommended that clinicians who have an ample supply of vaccine inform local public health officers so the latter can help shift surplus doses to providers who need them. CDC officials repeated their estimate that at least 71 million doses of flu vaccine will be available in the United States this season, compared with about 60 million last year, when the loss of 48 million doses expected from Chiron triggered shortages. CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding said the flu season is just beginning. “We’re seeing very sporadic activity in seven states, and local activity in one state.” Leavitt observed that oseltamivir has been “much in the news” because of the chance that H5N1 avian flu will lead to a human flu pandemic. Many countries, including the United States, are trying to build stockpiles of oseltamivir, but the drug takes a long time to produce. Some localized vaccine shortages have been reported as a result of delayed deliveries, but they are expected to clear up soon, Gerberding said. At a news briefing, officials also warned that the threat of a flu pandemic may spur the sale of fake versions of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). To make sure they get the genuine article, officials said, people should seek the drug through their physician. The best way to avoid fake oseltamivir is to get it from state-licensed pharmacies, said von Eschenbach. “We feel strongly that the best protection for patients is to avail themselves of the drug in the context of a doctor-patient relationship.”center_img He added that people seeking a flu shot should make an appointment, because some providers may not have received their vaccine yet. In a news release issued this afternoon, he said, “Using the Rapid Response Team approach, we believe we could review a complete drug application in six to eight weeks.” Because demand for the drug far exceeds the supply, said Leavitt, “We’re concerned about the threat of counterfeiting of Tamiflu.” The CDC still expects 60 million doses from Sanofi Pasteur, 3 million from MedImmune, and 8 million from GlaxoSmithKline, said CDC spokeswoman Christina Pearson. She said the agency also expects up to 18 million doses from Chiron, which until last week was projecting 18 million to 26 million. Gerberding said that right now she does not expect a shortage of oseltamivir for use against seasonal flu. “The manufacturer still has several million doses in the pipeline,” she said. “The doses that haven’t been distributed yet exceed the number prescribed last year by a significant amount. At this point there’s no evidence of a shortage that’s going to result in any clinical impact on patients. We’ll monitor that.” Oct 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Seasonal influenza shots are not just for high-risk groups anymore, and everyone interested in a shot should go ahead and seek one out, federal health officials said today. Gerberding said people who experience flu symptoms and have not been vaccinated, especially if they are in a high-risk group, should call their physician promptly to find out if treatment with an antiviral drug would be appropriate. Preventive treatment with an antiviral may be indicated n some cases, such as for people who can’t be vaccinated because of an egg allergy. In response to questions, Leavitt and Andrew von Eschenbach, acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said they had seen no evidence of counterfeiting to date. But Leavitt said, “It’s a situation that’s ripe for counterfeiting. The WHO [World Health Organization] now indicates that counterfeit drug making is a $34 billion–a-year industry. We’re seeing it in many other instances.” FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108502.htmlast_img read more

Mild H5N1 cases weren’t missed in Cambodian outbreak

first_imgMar 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who looked for mild or asymptomatic human cases of H5N1 avian influenza following an outbreak in Cambodia last year didn’t find any, challenging the view that human cases have gone undetected, according to findings presented last week.The research described Mar 20 at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases in Atlanta implies that surveillance for human cases might be more effective than some experts assumed, according to a story by the Canadian Press (CP). However, the findings also imply that the case-fatality rate for avian flu is higher than some experts thought.Dr. Philippe Buchy and his colleagues at the Institut Pasteur in Phnom Penh last spring tested blood samples from 351 residents of a Cambodian village where poultry and one person had died of avian flu, the CP reported. No signs of antibodies to H5N1 were found in the samples, indicating the residents had not suffered even mild cases of avian flu.Some of the people tested had “significant” exposure to poultry or infected people, the story said. For example, a doctor who inserted a tube down an H5N1 patient’s windpipe without wearing any protective gear did not show any antibodies indicating infection. The same was true for other healthcare workers, including two veterinarians who had autopsied H5N1-infected birds. The healthcare workers did not know at the time they were dealing with avian flu cases.”We didn’t find any cases of H5N1, so nobody seems to have been asymptomatic or with mild symptoms during this outbreak in Cambodia,” Buchy told the CP.On the bright side, Buchy was quoted as saying the data indicate the virus still finds it difficult to jump from poultry to humans.Dr. Nancy Cox, head of the influenza branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, concurred with Buchy, but added: “On the other side of the coin, it means that the case-fatality rate is still very high. And that is a negative thing.”Experts have suggested that the current case fatality rate for avian flu, about 56%, could be inaccurate because milder or asymptomatic cases have not been identified.”The work in Cambodia is extremely important because it shows that we really aren’t missing that much,” Cox told the CP. However, she added that it is important to conduct research on a larger scale to determine whether mild or asymptomatic cases are occurring, and said such studies are planned.last_img read more

CDC airs results for new public health ‘no fly’ list

first_img Shoring up air travel restrictionsThree months after the CDC developed the DNB list, majority members of the US House Committee on Homeland Security released a report that criticized how US health officials handled the case of Andrew Speaker, a man with drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) who caused an international health scare in May 2007 when he traveled overseas despite warnings from health officials. likely contagious with a communicable disease that presents a serious public health threat Of the 9 people who weren’t added to the list, 4 were subject to other local public health actions such as isolation orders, 3 agreed not to fly, and 2 were determined to be noncontagious. Sep 13, 2007, CIDRAP News story “House panel sees CDC errors in case of traveling TB patient” Data from the first year of the program, from June 2008 to May 2008, appear today in the Sep 19 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). See also: How the list worksAccording to the provisions of the DNB list, state and local health officials must contact their local CDC quarantine station to place a person on the DNB list. Then the CDC determines if the person is The CDC also pointed out another tool that can be used to restrict travel across borders. The CDC, with DHS Customs and Border Protection, can issue a border lookout that can prevent a person with a communicable disease from entering the country by sea, air, or land. “Backup measures such as border lookout records are important adjuncts to the public health DNB list,” the authors wrote. Drug susceptibility test results were known from 27 of the people on the list, 19 of whom were susceptible to first-line antibiotics used for treating TB. Among the others, 7 had MDR TB and 1 had XDR TB. Fifteen of the people on the list were citizens of what the WHO designated as TB high-burden countries. When to use the toolIn an editorial note that accompanied the report, the CDC said judicious use of the DNB list could help avoid the human and economic burdens of contact investigations that result when people with communicable diseases fly. Once public health officials determine a patient is noncontagious, the CDC and DHS remove the person from the list, usually within 24 hours. The CDC also said it reviews the list each month to determine if anyone on the list is eligible for removal. Speaker was traveling internationally when he was thought to have extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR TB). He was later found to have multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB. The committee said the delay was a violation of International Health Regulations. After the House committee issued its report, the CDC said it was clear that the incident provided useful lessons, and though the agency was in the process of reviewing its own performance, it had already taken steps to prevent future problems. First-year tallyAccording to the MMWR report, the CDC received 42 requests to add persons to the DNB list, all of whom had suspected or confirmed pulmonary TB. The agency approved 33 (79%) of the requests. likely to try boarding a commercial aircraft The CDC said it has several criteria for deciding when to add or remove people from the DNB list. More stringent rules are in place for patients who have suspected or confirmed MDR TB. Of the 33 people who were added to the list, 28 were placed by public health departments in the United States. Fourteen of the 33 were placed on the list while they were outside of the country. Among its findings, the committee said federal officials failed to take early, aggressive action to prevent Speaker from traveling and that it took several hours for the DHS to place Speaker on Transportation Security Administration’s “no fly” list because of confusion over the fact that the man wasn’t considered a terrorism threat. Sep 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today released a report detailing the first year of its public health “do not board” (DNB) list, a new tool designed to prohibit those with serious communicable diseases from flying into or out of the country. Two of the 33 people who were placed on the DNB list attempted to evade the air travel restriction, and both were detained by border officials and were taken to local hospitals for evaluation and treatment of TB. The CDC said it developed the DNB list in June 2007. The list is managed by the CDC and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), though it said the DHS defers public health decisions and actions to the CDC. “State and local health departments in the United States and other countries should be aware of this new public health tool,” the CDC said in the report, adding that the list is designed to provide a backup measure when local public health efforts aren’t strong enough to keep certain people who are contagious from boarding commercial flights. CDC. Federal air travel restrictions for public health purposes—United States, June 2007-May 2008. MMWR 2008 Sep 19;57(37):1009-12 [Full text] unaware of or likely to not comply with public health recommendations and medical treatment The list is not limited to the communicable diseases that are covered under quarantine and isolation laws, the CDC noted, though it has so far been used only in instances when people have suspected or confirmed TB.last_img read more

The Meeting Point Sopot project was presented, which aims to emphasize the historical heritage in the tourist offer of Vinkovci

first_imgStudents of two Vinkovci high schools, Secondary Vocational and Carpentry Technical, presented their project Meeting Point Sopot for the realization of which they received a non-refundable 20 thousand kuna at the public invitation of the Ministry of Tourism to secondary vocational and art schools.The Ministry of Tourism, with the aim of promoting and strengthening the competencies of vocational professions, awarded a total of 395 thousand kuna in grants, up to 20 thousand kuna per school, for 15 projects of secondary vocational and art schools, and Vinkovci are very proud to recognize their idea. As stated in the call, grants are awarded to projects that promote a new tourism product to strengthen the overall competitiveness of the destination where the school is located, based on linking public, civil, private sector and science, positive environmental effects and the inclusion of strategically defined special forms tourism.Sopot is a favorite picnic spot of Vinkovci residents and a locality of top potential, and it was named after the culture that was developed in the area of ​​the oldest European city, from the Neolithic period, and that is the reason why this project was nominated. a trail that stretches all the way along the Bosut River and thus additionally connects the Sopot picnic area with the city, and offers the people of Vinkovci and their visitors additional content on the promenade itself. As explained by Mirjana Jakšić, initiator and leader of the Meeting Point Sopot project, professor of professional subjects in tourism at the Secondary Vocational School, the goals achieved by the implementation of this project are in line with the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia until 2020.The project was realized in the synergy of students from two vocational schools, so the idea was for students of the Secondary Vocational School, tourist high school and tourist-hotel salesman, to collect material on Sopot culture, make a brochure on the educational trail and promote Meeting Point Sopot as a new tourist product. students of the Carpentry Technical School, occupation carpentry technician and carpentry technician designer, making boards. “The project wants to show that the historical heritage is a very important aspect of the offer of the city of Vinkovci, in which it should be continuously invested and placed on the market as a unique product. We want to create awareness of the importance of tourism, which is manifested through the general raising and creating positive attitudes of the population about tourism, we improve the tourist offer with additional content, and in our case it is arranging an educational trail through the interpretation of cultural and historical heritage. culture and recreation services. Also one of the goals of the project is to strengthen the partnership and cooperation of various stakeholders in tourism as well, and certainly the environmental orientation of the project presupposes the rational use of available resources and promotes healthy living related to walking or cycling along the river Bosut”, Says Mirjana Jakšić, adding that their desire is to develop historical tourism, as a subtype of cultural tourism, but in a way that the contents of the educational boards are easily understood by all. He reminds that according to the existing tourist infrastructure of Vinkovci – three hostels and five hotels of various categories – the Meeting Point Sopot project is very realistically set according to the target market segments: students, lovers of culture and history, business guests.last_img read more

A virtual museum of industrial heritage of Ivanić-Grad is opening

first_imgThe industrial heritage of Ivanić-Grad in the context of wider Moslavina industrial development in Sisak and Kutina has predispositions for inclusion on European routes of industrial heritage (European routes of Industrial Heritage) so that its development and features can be observed in the European context. Find out more details about the virtual museum of industrial heritage of Ivanić-Grad HERE The project also wants to sensitize the local population to this topic in order to raise awareness of the importance of valorization of industrial heritage. Furthermore, this research opens space for reflection on models of interpretation of industrial heritage, education, promotion, sustainable management, and use in cultural tourism programs. Ivanić-Grad joins other Croatian cities (Sisak, Rijeka, Karlovac, Zagreb, Labin…) that research and present industrial heritage. “The research of the industrial heritage of Ivanić-Grad is of exceptional importance for the local community because for the first time we want to systematically research the development of industry in this area from the end of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century. ” stand out from the Friends of Heritage Association. Photo: Friends of Heritage Association The goal of the project is digitalization and modern interpretation of the rich industrial heritage of the city and inclusion on the European route of industrial heritage, point out the Association of Friends of Heritage, which implements the project “Industrial Heritage Ivanić-Grad” which opens the Virtual Museum of Industrial Heritage Ivanić-Grad. The Friends of Heritage Association announces that next year they plan to continue researching industrial materials and the possibility of interpreting industrial heritage, creating thematic tours for visitors to the city, interactive workshops for children and other modern educational content. Namely, a virtual museum of industrial heritage of Ivanić-Grad will open in Ivanić-Grad on Monday. last_img read more

WHO declares global pandemic due to coronavirus

first_imgMedia briefing on # COVID19 With .DrTedros. #coronavirus https://t.co/aPFXT3ex5y- World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) March 11th 2020 A pandemic is not related to disease severity or mortality rate, but to geographical spread. According to the World Health Organization, a pandemic is declared when a new disease, for which the population has not developed immunity, begins to spread rapidly around the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global pandemic due to coronavirus.center_img In order for the epidemic to turn into a pandemic, there must be a second wave of infection, which occurred in Italy, reports Index.hr.last_img

eConsulting: The amount of the annual flat tax is reduced by 50%

first_imgAs given that the business activity of these entities has decreased due to the coronavirus epidemic, it is proposed to take into account this situation by reducing the obligation to pay membership fees in 2020 for this category of taxpayers by 50%, the explanation says. eConsulting: RULEBOOK ON AMENDMENTS TO THE RULEBOOK ON ANNUAL Lump sum AMOUNT OF MEMBERSHIP FEE FOR PERSONS PROVIDING CATERING SERVICES IN THE HOUSEHOLD AND ON THE FAMILY AGRICULTURAL HOUSEHOLDER “As tourism has been severely affected by the unavoidable circumstances and it is still uncertain what the outcome of this season will be, please consider once again the possibility of charging private renters tourist dues for 2020 on the basis of the old Ordinance, ie on based on the realized turnover as the fairest way of collecting the tourist membership fee.”Is one of the comments and suggestions from the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Rakovica. The Ministry of Tourism, through the eSavjetovanje portal, published amendments to the Ordinance amending the Ordinance on the annual lump sum membership fee for persons providing catering services in households and family farms and on the Tourist Board forms for paying membership fees to the tourist board. Get involved in the public debate. last_img read more