first_imgOlderDunn steps down from chief financial role at Gatwick The news makes Eurowings the first airline in the Lufthansa Group to operate scheduled flights from the new capital city airport.In domestic traffic, Eurowings currently connects the destinations Cologne, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart with the capital at least three times a day – on many days even more frequently.Despite a reduced flight schedule as a result of Covid-19, the airline is focusing on the off-peak hours, which are popular with travellers. – Advertisement – The domestic German program is supplemented by weekly flights to the Canary Islands and the Greek Islands. Eurowings plans to gradually expand the Berlin Brandenburg program in line with market conditions from spring 2021 onwards.“In terms of culture and history, there is hardly a more exciting European city than Berlin. – Advertisement – NewerMSC Magnifica suspends sailings until late December “The new Berlin Brandenburg will further increase Berlin’s attractiveness, becoming the entrance and exit gate to a cool, modern metropolis. “And no other airline in Germany flies more tourists to Berlin than Eurowings. “That’s why we will be expanding here in the future,” said Jens Bischof, Eurowings chief executive.Aircraft from Eurowings will be positioned at the Pier North of the new capital city airport. Passengers will benefit from short distances, boarding without bus transfers and a direct building connection to the Lufthansa Lounge. Eurowings has taken off from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport for the first time. The inaugural departure left for Cologne, closely followed by flight EW8000 to Stuttgart.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – All of this may seem extremely counterintuitive. But that’s because the lens the AP presents is somewhat looking at the data backwards. It’s not that counties are voting for Trump because they have a higher rate of COVID-19. It’s that these counties have a higher rate of COVID-19 specifically because they support Trump.In a paper published in Nature just before the election, researchers from Yale and New York University approached the problem from a different direction. Using data from the 2016 election, they looked at how people in Trump counties were behaving versus the people in Clinton counties. What they found was a stark difference that explains the AP results. Trump counties practiced less social distancing. People in those counties were also less likely to wear masks. And, again mirroring the AP data, the more a county supported Trump, the worse it was on these safety measures. People in Trump counties were more likely to ignore stay-at-home orders. They were more likely to ignore mask mandates. They were less likely to practice safe social distancing. And even as the disease was spreading, this partisan divide was getting worse.- Advertisement – As the Associated Press reports, the data available from Johns Hopkins, WorldOMeters, and other tracking sites makes it clear that the highest level of COVID-19 is not where a casual observer might expect. The worst locations aren’t in high-density cities, or in areas where there’s a high level of travel. They are small, rural counties. In fact, most of them are rural counties in rural states like Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. And 93% of the counties with the worst rates of coronavirus infection voted for Donald Trump. In fact, they voted overwhelmingly for Trump. And the worse the infection, the more dire the local situation, the more likely they were to vote for Trump.- Advertisement –center_img And there was one other factor: “Additionally, county-level consumption of conservative media (Fox News) was related to reduced physical distancing.”COVID-19 is worse in Trump counties … because they are Trump counties. Listening to Trump, watching Fox News, believing the messages that the conservative media spreads, is not just sickening; it’s deadly.“… the observed partisan differences in distancing were associated with subsequently higher COVID-19 infection and fatality growth rates in pro-Trump counties.”last_img read more

first_imgSale offers for the Vivo V20 SE on the company’s e-store include 10 percent cashback with ICICI Bank on CC/CC EMI transactions (excluding ICICI-Amazon co-branded cards), 10 percent cashback with Kotak Mahindra Bank on CC regular & CC/DC EMI transactions, and a one-time screen replacement option within six months of the purchase date.Other sale offers for the Vivo phone include VI (Vodafone Idea) twelve months extended warranty on Rs. 819 recharge with 100 percent cashback with PayTM, 10 percent cashback with Bank of Baroda and Federal Bank, 10 percent Cashback with Zest Money on six months EMI transactions through Pinelabs machines, Rs. 1,500 exchange bonus on any old smartphone, up to 80 percent assured buyback on vivo upgrade application, and more.Vivo V20 SE specificationsVivo V20 SE features a 6.44-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) AMOLED display with a 20:9 aspect ratio. The dual-SIM (Nano) smartphone runs Funtouch OS 11 on top of Android 10. Under the hood, it has the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC with 8GB of RAM. The phone comes with 128GB of storage, expandable via microSD card (up to 1TB).- Advertisement – Vivo V20 SE is now available in India in a new Aquamarine Green colour variant. Key specifications of the smartphone, which was launched in India last week, include an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 SoC and a 32-megapixel front camera. The Aquamarine Green colour variant will be available for sale from today on Vivo India’s e-store, e-commerce websites, and retail stores across the country. Vivo V20 SE is also available in a Gravity Black colour variant. As per the company, the latest colour variant is inspired by the sea, and has a hint of blue around the edges to reflect it.Vivo V20 SE Aquamarine Green price, sale offersThe Vivo V20 SE Aquamarine Green variant is priced at Rs. 20,999. It is available for purchase via the Vivo India e-store as well as e-commerce platforms such as Amazon and Flipkart. It is offered in the single storage configuration of 8GB + 128GB.- Advertisement – In terms of optics, the Vivo V20 SE has a triple rear camera setup featuring a 48-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 lens. It also has an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 wide-angle lens, and a 2-megapixel sensor with an f/2.4 lens for bokeh effect. The smartphone has a 32-megapixel camera sensor in the front with an f/2.0 lens that is placed inside a small notch.The Vivo V20 SE packs a 4,100mAh battery that supports 33W FlashCharge fast charging. Connectivity options for the phone include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, and a USB Type-C port. It also has an in-display fingerprint sensor. Lastly, the Vivo V20 SE measures 161×74.08×7.83mm and weighs 171 grams.Which is the bestselling Vivo smartphone in India? Why has Vivo not been making premium phones? We interviewed Vivo’s director of brand strategy Nipun Marya to find out, and to talk about the company’s strategy in India going forward. We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img– Advertisement – Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.Slippers are a staple year-round, but especially in the colder months. Of course, holiday shopping season is now in full-swing — and instead of stressing out at the last minute, it’s wise to make your list (and check it off) ahead of time.- Advertisement – Trends may come and go, but fabulous footwear is forever. If you’re looking for slippers to gift a loved one, this pair from Skechers is a strong choice. Currently, nearly 12,000 shoppers have left reviews — and there are an overwhelming amount of five-star ratings!BOBS from Skechers Women's Keepsakes Ice Angel SlipperBOBS from Skechers Women’s Keepsakes Ice Angel Slipper AmazonSee it!Get the BOBS from Skechers Women’s Keepsakes Ice Angel Slipper for prices starting at $31, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.- Advertisement – These slippers have a faux-fur lining and a cable knit exterior, which look adorable teamed together! The fur folds over to the outside of the slipper, wrapping your entire foot in the fluffiest way possible. Even before you slip your feet into these slippers, it’s clear that they’ll immediately feel cozy. That’s the sign of a solid slipper — and likely one of the reasons they have amassed so many fans!We also love that these slippers come complete with a thick sole, making them incredibly durable. You can wear them both indoors and outdoors, and the sole will make them last so much longer than other flimsy slippers out there! Chances are, you’ve worn a pair of slippers so much that the bottom has practically disappeared. That’s a non-issue here, as they will likely last you through a couple of winters of regular wear.BOBS from Skechers Women's Keepsakes Ice Angel SlipperBOBS from Skechers Women’s Keepsakes Ice Angel Slipper AmazonSee it!- Advertisement – Get the BOBS from Skechers Women’s Keepsakes Ice Angel Slipper for prices starting at $31, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.In exciting news, you can score these slippers in so many color combinations. Mix and match with the hue of the knit and the shade of the fur. They vary from shoe to shoe, but there’s certainly a style for anyone’s personality. This is the type of holiday gift that will always be a hit, but feel free to just buy them for yourself instead. We won’t tell — we’re probably doing the same thing!See it: Get the BOBS from Skechers Women’s Keepsakes Ice Angel Slipper for prices starting at $31, available at Amazon! Please note, prices are accurate at the date of publication, November 11, 2020, but are subject to change.Not what you’re looking for? Check out more styles from Skechers and shop all of the clothing, shoes and jewelry available at Amazon! Don’t forget to check out all of Amazon’s Daily Deals here!Check out more of our picks and deals here!This post is brought to you by Us Weekly’s Shop With Us team. The Shop With Us team aims to highlight products and services our readers might find interesting and useful, such as face masks, self tanners, Lululemon-style leggings and all the best gifts for everyone in your life. Product and service selection, however, is in no way intended to constitute an endorsement by either Us Weekly or of any celebrity mentioned in the post.The Shop With Us team may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. In addition, Us Weekly receives compensation from the manufacturer of the products we write about when you click on a link and then purchase the product featured in an article. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product or service is featured or recommended. Shop With Us operates independently from advertising sales team. We welcome your feedback at ShopWithUs@usmagazine.com. Happy shopping!last_img read more

first_imgEva Mendes Shocks Fans With a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Her Mono-Thread ProcedureEva Mendes Courtesy Eva Mendes/InstagramYou know what they say: beauty is pain! Eva Mendes seems to embrace this, sharing a picture of her latest skincare treatment.On Thursday, November 12, the 46-year-old actress posted a selfie to Instagram with needles poking out of her neck during an appointment with Dr. Mariana Vergara Hofstetter.- Advertisement – “So excited to support her as a skilled beauty technician opening her own Latina owned business!” Mendes continued in her caption. “Pa’lante reina! ❤”Fans were left shocked by the seemingly painful procedure. “Ouch???” asked one user. “Be careful,” wrote another.Meanwhile, another follower took it even further. “Holly s–t! I think I’d rather s–t a brick and fart a crow bar😂🤭”- Advertisement – “Oye! @marianalvergara has finally opened her own @beautyvillavergara,” she wrote in the accompanying caption. “This spa-home away from home is incredible! No office with bad fluorescent lighting. No sterile office vibe. This is my go to for all things beauty. A home where you can relax while being tortured by the best of the best.”Then she assures followers, “This is my happy place!”Eva Mendes Shocks Fans With a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Her Mono-Thread ProcedureEva Mendes Mediapunch/ShutterstockShe continues, explaining that this treatment is called Mono-Threads, which is a cosmetic treatment that amps up collagen production and works to lift unwanted sagging.- Advertisement – Others had nothing but good things to say about the treatment. “The threads are a game changer,” one user commented. “I work at a medspa and we see some incredible results! ♥️🔥”Still no update on Mendes’ results, but fingers crossed she shares! After all, she said she would in the caption.However, the Place Beyond the Pines star has never been concerned about what others have to say. Back in February, when a troll said that she was getting old, she clapped back in the most classy manner.“Yes your right. Thank God I’m getting old. That means I’m still here,” she replied in the comments section of an Instagram post. “I’m gonna be 46 soon and grateful everyday that I’m aging. Was your comment suppose to be make me feel bad? It didn’t. It makes me feel grateful. So thank you for the reminder that I’m still here. ❤️❤️❤️”Listen on Spotify to Get Tressed With Us to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgApr 4, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Sanofi Pasteur has won a $97 million federal contract to develop cell-culture technology for making influenza vaccines and to design a facility to use this technology to make a pandemic flu vaccine, federal officials have announced.Flu vaccines are currently grown in chicken eggs, a process that takes at least 6 months. Several companies have been experimenting with ways to grow vaccines in mammalian or other cells, in the hope of speeding up the process. The chance that H5N1 avian flu could lead to a human flu pandemic has stimulated these efforts.In the Apr 1 contract announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said, “This action begins the process of speeding up influenza vaccine production, improving surge capacity and scaling up U.S. manufacturing capability.”Under the 5-year contract, Sanofi Pasteur (formerly Aventis Pasteur) will develop inactivated flu vaccines using human cells and manufacture enough doses for clinical trials, the HHS statement said. Sanofi was the main supplier of inactivated flu vaccine for the US market in the 2004-05 flu season.”In addition, Sanofi Pasteur will develop plans for a U.S. manufacturing facility capable of producing at least 300 million doses of a pandemic influenza vaccine using this technology,” HHS said.The statement said it takes nearly 9 months to make currently licensed flu vaccines. After health agencies select the three viral strains they think will be most common in the coming flu season, the strains must be adapted to grow in eggs. The adapted virus strains are injected separately into millions of fertilized eggs, which are then incubated. Finally the viruses are harvested from the eggs, killed, and blended into a vaccine that includes all three strains.HHS cited several advantages of using cell-culture technology to make flu vaccines. Viruses don’t need to be adapted to grow in eggs, and manufacturers can freeze cells in advance and then thaw and grow them in large volumes in the event of a shortage or pandemic. Also, the method is safe from certain risks associated with egg-based production, such as the chance of eggs being contaminated by various poultry diseases. Finally, cell-based vaccines could be used by people who can’t receive the currently licensed vaccines because they are allergic to eggs.The HHS announcement didn’t suggest how fast it would be possible to produce vaccines with cell-culture technology or how soon Sanofi might have a vaccine ready for clinical trials. HHS officials could not be reached in time to provide more information for this report.According to a Washington Post report published last November, officials at several companies that are developing cell-based flu vaccine technology said the production process would take about 5 months, shortening the conventional process by about a month.In November 2004 HHS awarded a contract to Sanofi Pasteur to ensure a year-round supply of eggs for flu vaccine production. The government also has awarded contracts in the past year to develop and test a human flu vaccine based on the H5N1 avian flu virus.See also:Apr 1 HHS announcementhttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20050401.htmlNov 9, 2004, HHS announcement of contract to provide egg supplies for flu vaccine productionhttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20041109a.htmllast_img read more

first_img Because children are efficient “disease spreaders,” an intervention focused on their actions is designed to reduce the flu burden in schools and in the general community, the city said in a press release in October 2007. Sep 2, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In 2004 when the nation faced an influenza vaccine shortage, public health officials in Berkeley, Calif., saw an opportunity to put a different kind of dent in the flu season: they taught some of the city’s youngest children how to WHACK the flu. Other communities are starting to adapt the WHACK the Flu theme, especially in California. Napa County said it would launch a similar program this fall. When Alameda County officials adopted the program, they introduced it at a community health carnival that featured games and activities centered around the theme. Still, Bustamante said the program costs are reasonable and allow the city to maximize and modify what they’ve found is a fun and powerful public health tool. “We’ve also taken this to the preschool Head Start program, parent groups, and childcare providers,” she said. “We don’t have a huge budget, but we make do.” During the song part of the skit, the actors pretend to wash their hands, while inviting the children to follow along with the same hand motions while sitting at their desks. During the first year, the WHACK the Flu program made it to only a handful of schools, but since then they typically make it to eight of the city’s 11 elementary schools, Bustamante said. “Our goal is to get into all the schools, but that can be difficult because of scheduling conflicts,” she said, adding that the university students often have busy school schedules themselves. H, home is where you stay when you’re sick Tanya Bustamante, a pandemic influenza program specialist with the city of Berkeley’s public health division, told CIDRAP News that officials developed a skit to teach kids in kindergarten through third grade how to avoid getting sick with the flu. “We needed a way to ramp up our community mitigation efforts,” she said. K, keep your distance from people who are coughing or sneezing The program—held in October before flu season starts—is flexible and varies from classroom to classroom, she said. “The volunteers are helpful with coming up with ideas on how to involve kids in the skit. Sometimes the kids hold up cards with letters to review, and sometimes they practice covering their cough,” she said. “The teachers get a little break and learn something that they themselves can build on in the classroom.” View tools and reviewers’ comments from the “WHACK the Flu” practicehttp://www.pandemicpractices.org/practices/resource.do?resource-id=317&s… At the end of the skit, the university students give the kids stickers, activity sheets, and posters for their classrooms. They ask teachers to fill out evaluation forms. The characters in the skit, which the students portray with hand puppets, are Jane, a girl who is coughing and sneezing, her friend Mary, and Fred the Flu Germ, who keeps pestering Jane. The girls show the children how to avoid Fred and his friends by covering their coughs and sneezing into their elbows.center_img C, cover your coughs and sneezes, and Recent decreases in pubic health funding have forced Berkeley’s public health department to scale back the program a little, offering it up through the second-grade level rather than through third grade, she said. Putting prevention in kids’ handsThe activity consists of a 15-minute classroom skit performed by three University of California, Berkeley students. The student-actors explain the steps to the children with an engaging dialogue and a catchy, age-appropriate song, according to background materials on the program that are available on CIDRAP’s Promising Practices Web database. See also: W, wash your hands often The city’s public health planners built a flu prevention outreach activity around the word “whack” for its high-energy, cartoonish appeal for kids and because it offers a mnemonic device that teaches students good hand hygiene habits: Editor’s Note: CIDRAP’s Promising Practices: Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Tools (www.pandemicpractices.org) online database showcases peer-reviewed practices, including useful tools to help others with their planning. This article is one of a series exploring the development of these practices. We hope that describing the process and context of these practices enhances pandemic planning. A, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth Creatively stretching public health dollarsBustamante said her department usually draws its volunteers from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health but have sought participants from the university’s undergraduate departments, such as theater arts, biology, and education. “They [the students] enjoy the opportunity to get to know their own communities,” she said. Oct 10, 2007, City of Berkeley press release Feb 2, 2007, YouTube presentation on Alameda County’s WHACK the Flu rolloutlast_img read more

first_img The dramatic rise in laboratory-confirmed human cases ran counter to what surveillance data suggested, they wrote. The area had experienced a dry winter and spring, Culex tarsalis mosquitoes—a primary rural vector of West Nile virus—populations remained below a 5-year average, and the Kern River was mostly dry. Though the drought shrunk bird populations, survivors in key species had high herd immunity to West Nile virus. David Pimentel, professor of entomology at Cornell University in Ithaca, told Newsday that he didn’t doubt the connection between the two factors. “The problem is going to occur where you have stagnant water, and that’s what you’re going to find around foreclosed homes, unattended for months at a time,” he said. Maria Torroella Carney, county health commissioner, said her department was evaluating a possible connection between foreclosures and a rise in West Nile virus infections, but she said she needed more data, Newsday reported. They wrote that historically it’s not uncommon for landscape changes to contribute to pathogen outbreaks that are magnified by urban mosquito species and the birds the insects feed on. The county sprayed an aerial pesticide over a broad section of central Nassau County, the report said. Though California is the first area of the country to show a connection between home foreclosures and a spike in human West Nile virus cases, public health officials in other parts of the country are worried about their areas, as well. Health officials in Nassau County, New York, are investigating a spike in West Nile virus cases in the central part of the county, according to a Sep 18 Newsday report. Legally, swimming pool areas must be surrounded by 2-meter-high fences and be secured with locked gates, which make it difficult for mosquito-control workers to identify, monitor, and treat neglected pools. Public health officials have asked neighbors to help identify and report pools at abandoned homes, the authors wrote. After reviewing mosquito surveillance for 2008 so far, the authors noted what they called an alarming trend: many of the pools that housed urban mosquito species are now occupied by the rural Culex tarsalis species, which they say is a more competent West Nile virus vector. Sep 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Some public health officials have feared that one of the many miseries of rising home foreclosure—and the neglected water sources that follow—could be rising rates of human West Nile virus infections, and now California researchers who studied surveillance data for the Bakersfield area have confirmed the connection.center_img However, they found that the infection incidence in Culex pipiens quinquefasciatus mosquitoes, a more common urban vector, increased rapidly a month earlier than expected. Infection in young birds that had little protective immunity was followed by a cluster of human cases in Kern County. An aerial investigation by the Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District showed several green or neglected pools, most of which were found to be harboring mosquitoes. The authors wrote that swimming pools, hot tubs, and ornamental ponds turn green when chemicals deteriorate, creating algae blooms and a habitat for urban mosquitoes. The authors point out that a photograph that accompanies their report shows that about 17% of visible pools and hot tubs appear green and are probably producing mosquitoes. John Townsend, Maricopa County’s vector control manager, told Reuters that his department plans to breed 40,000 of the minnows in tanks at the Phoenix Zoo. “It is an important public health issue to keep the mosquito population down, and the fish are very effective at that,” he said. Elsewhere, public health workers in Maricopa County, Ariz., are attempting to prevent West Nile virus outbreaks by putting mosquito-eating minnows in stagnant pools of abandoned homes, according to a Jun 12 report from Reuters. Home foreclosures in the county, which includes Phoenix and the surrounding area, rose threefold in the first 3 months of 2008, the report said. Reisen WK, Takahashi RM, Carroll, et al. Delinquent mortgages, neglected swimming pools, and West Nile virus, California. Emerg Infect Dis 2008 Nov; early online publication [Full text] The authors base their conclusion on events that have occurred in Kern County, Calif., where home mortgage delinquencies have increased 300% and the number of human West Nile virus cases exploded 276% during the summer of 2007. Their findings appear in November’s early online edition of Emerging Infectious Diseases. Daniel Anderson, a city official in Chandler, told Reuters that chlorine levels fall within a few days and pools require frequent treatment. However, using minnows to curb mosquito populations is an appealing nontoxic, low-maintenance tactic. “Once these fish are in the pool, we are not concerned about mosquitoes until someone either buys the house or the pool dries up,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgApr 26, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today held to its position that more information is needed before a decision can be made about changing its pandemic influenza alert status from the current phase 3 to phase 4. Moving to phase 4 would mean that the new virus is transmissible enough to cause large outbreaks.At a briefing this morning, the WHO’s Dr. Keiji Fukuda reiterated yesterday’s message that the emergency committee wants more information to help it make the phase-change decision. “The committee will be reconvened on Tuesday unless there’s additional information indicating we should meet earlier,” he said.When prodded by reporters’ questions about the appropriateness of waiting, Fukuda said, “If WHO makes a decision that the phase has changed, this is really a very serious signal to the world. I have no doubt that many countries are already taking these actions, but it does send a signal, so we want to make sure we’re standing on pretty good solid ground.”He also acknowledged that many groups are waiting for a WHO decision and promised that the agency would not delay it for long.Fukuda, who is the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and environment, emphasized how little is known yet about the new swine flu virus, and particularly why it seems to have caused severe illness in Mexico but only mild cases in the United States.”We don’t know how often it causes serious disease as opposed to mild disease, but apparently we see both of those things occurring right now,” he said.He noted that only some of the cases reported in Mexico are lab-confirmed swine flu cases, whereas those reported in the United States are confirmed. “So it’s very difficult to know if we are seeing a quite different situation in the United States and Mexico. The typical picture for influenza viruses is that they cause both mild and severe cases.”Mexican authorities are trying to determine the fatality rate for the cases there, he noted.Experts have yet to determine the incubation period for the new virus, though flu viruses in general incubate anywhere from 1 to 4 days before causing symptoms, Fukuda said.In other comments, he said the WHO has seen no evidence that the illnesses are related to a bioterrorist attack.In response to a question about global preparedness, Fukuda said the past 5 years of pandemic preparedness efforts, though inspired primarily by the H5N1 avian flu virus, have left the world “much, much better prepared than we’ve ever been for dealing with this kind of situation.”He said communications have been good, lab investigations have been completed quickly, and genetic sequences for the new virus are in public databases, among other positive developments. “I’m really impressed at how well countries have handled this,” he commented.Replying to a question about the speed of Mexico’s response to its outbreak, Fukuda defended the Mexican government’s actions. He said the first cases surfaced while the country was still dealing with seasonal flu, making it harder to recognize them as something unusual.”When they did notice they were seeing an increase in pneumonia cases and in serious pneumonia cases I think they took actions that were prudent,” he said.When a reporter said that Russia has banned pork imports from Mexico and asked if the action was appropriate, Fukuda responded, “Right now we have no evidence to suggest that people are getting infected from exposure to pork or to pigs.”Fukuda also noted that the WHO has 5 million doses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) in regional stockpiles, but he did not mention any immediate plans to deploy them.See also:Current WHO pandemic alert phasehttp://www.who.int/influenza/preparedness/pandemic/h5n1phase/en/Oct 24, 2008, CIDRAP News story about revision of pandemic alert phaseshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/oct2408who.htmllast_img read more

first_imgFor 21 years, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce has been awarding prizes and recognitions to the best economic entities in tourism Tourist flower – Quality for Croatia 2017.The goal is to encourage the improvement of the quality of tourist products and services and raise the competitiveness of the tourism sector, and the awards will be presented at a ceremony at the end of October at the Days of Croatian Tourism in Lošinj, the largest gathering of tourism professionals in Croatia.As before, the evaluation is conducted in nine categories, using financial and physical indicators of business entities, and a strong emphasis is placed on the quality of services. As part of the Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia 2017 campaign, an evaluation will be conducted this year Hotel in 10 different categories, destination management companies – travel agencies in three categories and hostel who can apply do 30. June here: SubscribeIn three categories are also evaluated marine : small up to 250 berths in the sea, medium from 250 to 450 berths in the sea and big marinas with more than 450 berths in the sea. I can apply until July 5th, and you can read more about the detailed application procedure hereAn evaluation will also be conducted charter company. In the case of more than ten applicants for each category the assessment would be conducted in two categories of small up to 25 vessels and large charter companies above 25 vessels. Charter companies can apply until July 5. See more about the detailed application process hereOne of the grading categories are and catering facilities – restaurants which characterizes year-round operations. I can apply until July 5th, and find out more at the next one connectorsCamps this year they are evaluated in the categories of large camp, small camp and camp with the best glamping offer. More about the detailed camp evaluation process can be found at the following hereAn evaluation will also be conducted spa/spas. Special hospitals and spas can apply until July 5, and more about the evaluation process can be found at connectorsApplications for the category will also be open until the end of August family accommodation.Related news: INITIATIVE LAUNCHED TO HELD TOURISM DAYS IN SLAVONIA NEXT YEAR!last_img read more