US election 2020: Donald Trump’s speech fact-checked

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America is celebrating like a cloud has left the skies, and a weight is off our hearts

first_imgRight now, a pandemic is raging. Right now, the economy is in recession. Right now, the nation is suffering from four years in which Donald Trump did everything possible to rewind decades of progress and tear at the foundations of democracy.But right now. Right now. All of that has to be set aside. Right now, it is time to shout. To cry in joy and in relief. To jump. To dance. To celebrate.People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House in Washington, DC on November 7, 2020, after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by Alex Edelman / AFP) (Photo by ALEX EDELMAN/AFP via Getty Images)People celebrate on Black Lives Matter plaza across from the White House  – Advertisement – Yei Boayue, a Biden supporter celebrates after hearing several news outlets had projected Joe Biden having enough electoral votes to become the 46th President of the US outside the Chase Center in Wilmington, Delaware on November 7, 2020. - Democrat Joe Biden has won the White House, US media said November 7, defeating Donald Trump and ending a presidency that convulsed American politics, shocked the world and left the United States more divided than at any time in decades. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)Yei Boayue celebrates after hearing several news outlets had projected Joe Biden the next presidentThere may be nothing more emblematic about the 2020 election than this: The call came while Donald Trump was out golfing. Because of course he was. In the spirit of new transparency, America deserves to see that score card.This isn’t just about the character of the president. It’s about the character of America. – Advertisement –last_img read more

World Travel Market Virtual arrives in London for first time | News

first_img– Advertisement – Travel and tourism professionals from around the world will reconnect for the first day of World Travel Market Virtual today, as the event debuts from London. The three-day virtual event for the international tourism community will run until Wednesday. – Advertisement – The show also includes the Travel Forward Virtual and International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC).The conference sessions will also host top politicians, leading academics, health experts and the world’s media, as the travel industry plans for recovery in 2021.Highlights of this week’s agenda include a global tourism forecast from Euromonitor International, a conversation between the tourism ministers of Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, as well as the UNWTO minister summit.- Advertisement – OlderTravellers from Denmark barred from entry to UKcenter_img WTM senior director, Simon Press, said: “The travel and tourism industry is facing its worst crisis in living memory, so World Travel Market Virtual will provide a crucial platform for planning the bounce-back, reconnecting with business partners, forging new connections, and learning about the best way forward.”The Euromonitor International report will explain why global tourism will take between three and five years to recover from Covid-19.Called ‘Accelerating Travel Innovations after Coronavirus,’ the study will also reveal how the travel industry is innovating in order to survive the devastating impact of the pandemic.- Advertisement – The turbulence in aviation will be discussed on all three days of WTM Virtual, starting with a debate about trends and forecasts.A session today called ‘The Long-run Evolution of Aviation Activity following the coronavirus pandemic,’ will feature expertise from Virgin Atlantic, Boeing, IATA and Tourism Economics.The summit will also hear from Oliver Dowden, the British secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport.It will be followed by ‘Tourism: The Path to Peace in the Middle East’, with the tourism ministers of Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.In September, these countries signed the Abraham Accords, a historic deal that enables business opportunities and tourism prospects.The ministers will be discussing the new travel and tourism opportunities and the sector’s role in supporting peace in the region.It will be the first time the tourism ministers have met since signing the agreements.Press concluded: “Since 1980, World Travel Market has provided an essential forum for the industry to do business, network and learn about trends in the market. “This is the year where global connections need to be maintained, build those networks and understand what’s happening in these extraordinary and challenging times.“Our delegates will be able to keep ahead of the game and lay strong foundations for recovery and innovation in 2021.”last_img read more

UPS to Allow Natural Black Hairstyles and Facial Hair

first_imgThe student, DeAndre Arnold, was one of a number of Black people who said they had been singled out in the workplace or in school because of their hair.In 2018, an 11-year-old Black student at a Roman Catholic school near New Orleans was asked to leave class because administrators said her braided hair extensions violated school rules, according to a lawyer for her family.In 2017, Black students at a charter school in Massachusetts complained that they had been subjected to detentions and suspensions because they wore hair extensions, prompting the state’s attorney general to order the school to stop punishing students for wearing hairstyles that violated the school’s dress code.- Advertisement – UPS said that Carol Tomé, who in March was named the first female chief executive in the company’s 113-year-history, had “listened to feedback from employees and heard that changes in this area would make them more likely to recommend UPS as an employer.”“These changes reflect our values and desire to have all UPS employees feel comfortable, genuine and authentic while providing service to our customers and interacting with the general public,” the company said in a statement. In 2018, UPS agreed to pay $4.9 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which said the company had failed to hire or promote Muslims, Sikhs, Rastafarians and others whose religious practices conflicted with its appearance policy.The commission said the company had for years segregated workers who wore beards or long hair in accordance with their religious beliefs into nonsupervisory, back-of-the-facility positions without customer contact.The company’s new policy clarifies that beards and mustaches “are definitely acceptable as long as they are worn in a businesslike manner and don’t create a safety concern,” according to UPS documents reviewed by The Journal. The new rules took effect immediately.The policy also permits natural hairstyles “such as Afros, braids, curls, coils, locs, twists and knots,” according to The Journal. And it eliminates guidelines specific to men and women. “No matter how you identify — dress appropriately for your workday,” the policy states. UPS will allow workers to have facial hair and natural Black hairstyles like Afros and braids as it becomes the latest company to shed policies widely criticized as discriminatory amid nationwide demands for racial justice.The delivery company, which has more than 525,000 employees worldwide, said it was also eliminating gender-specific rules as part of a broader overhaul of its extensive appearance guidelines, which cover hair, piercings, tattoos and uniform length.- Advertisement – The actress Gabrielle Union and the former N.B.A. star Dwyane Wade, the married producers of “Hair Love,” invited to the ceremony a Black high school student in Texas who had been suspended because of the way he wore his dreadlocks.center_img – Advertisement – The Teamsters, which represents UPS workers, said it was “very pleased” with the changes.“The union contested the previous guidelines as too strict numerous times over the years through the grievance/arbitration process and contract negotiations,” the union said in a statement. “We have proposed neatly trimmed beards during several previous national negotiations.”Angela Onwuachi-Willig, a professor of law and dean of the Boston University School of Law, who has researched hair codes, said the change at UPS “recognizes that allowing people to be their authentic selves is good for business.”Policies that ban natural Black hairstyles are clearly discriminatory, she said, because they deem Black hair to be “inherently unprofessional.”Dominique Apollon, vice president for research at Race Forward, a racial justice advocacy organization, said companies that forbid natural Black hair send the message that “white standards of beauty and white comfort are ultimately the default.”“I’d like to see these sorts of policy changes accompanied by a deeper reckoning with the past, and with a humility that unfortunately doesn’t come often in our litigious society,” he said. “Companies like UPS need to acknowledge that these sorts of policies have had long-term effects, and will continue to have ramifications or racial outcomes unless more is done.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

Tom Metzger, Notorious White Supremacist, Dies at 82

first_imgIn 1990 a jury in Portland, Ore., found him, his son and the White Aryan Resistance financially liable for the racially motivated killing of an Ethiopian student two years earlier by three skinheads who were followers of the organization. Though Mr. Metzger had receded from public view in recent years, he was widely viewed as one of the most influential leaders in the white supremacist movement, responsible for organizing young neo-Nazi skinheads in the mid-1980s and ’90s and inciting them to violence.He pioneered the use of television and radio to spread his racist and anti-Semitic views, including through his own public-access cable television show and appearances by him and his followers on talk shows hosted by Oprah Winfrey, Phil Donahue and Geraldo Rivera. Mr. Metzger in 2000.Credit…Barbara Minton/Associated Press A jury found that Mr. Metzger and his son, John, had incited skinheads in Portland to provoke confrontations with people of color and therefore should be held financially responsible for Mr. Seraw’s death. The jurors assessed $12.5 million in damages against WAR, the Metzgers and two of the skinheads.After the verdict, Mr. Metzger took to operating “as a lone wolf,” according to Mr. Ridgeway, who interviewed him in 2017 for a forthcoming revised edition of “Blood in the Face.”Mr. Metzger was required to make monthly payments to Mr. Seraw’s estate for 20 years, the Southern Poverty Law Center said. The verdict bankrupted WAR, which was reduced to operating as an online platform for Mr. Metzger’s racist views and propaganda.Though his influence was diminished, the Law Center said, Mr. Metzger remained active in his later years, continuing to run a WAR hotline and publishing white supremacist pamphlets. – Advertisement – That same year, Mr. Metzger won a Democratic primary to represent part of the San Diego area in Congress. He received about 33,000 votes, more than a third of the total, but was resoundingly defeated in the general election. He ran for a seat in the United States Senate in 1982, but lost badly in the Democratic primary.Between those elections, Mr. Metzger formed his own hate group, the White American Political Association, to promote “pro-white” candidates for office. In 1983, he changed the name to White Aryan Resistance, or WAR. The $12.5 million judgment, which included penalties against two of the skinheads, left Mr. Metzger financially ruined and diminished his influence, though he continued until recently to spread his racist views on social media in radio-style shows on his website.“Tom Metzger spent decades working against core American values as one of the most visible hard-core white supremacists in the country,” said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, the chief executive of the Anti-Defamation League. “And, unfortunately, his brand of hate likely will still linger long after his death.”Thomas Linton Metzger was born on April 9, 1938, in Warsaw, Ind. He settled in Fallbrook, Calif., about 55 miles north of San Diego, in 1961 after serving in the Army, where he learned electronics.center_img – Advertisement – Mr. Metzger worked as a television repairman for 40 years and became interested in white supremacist ideology. He joined the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in 1975 and was quickly elevated to the role of grand dragon, or state leader, for California.In that role, he led other armed Klansmen on patrols of the United States-Mexico border in search of illegal immigrants. The patrols were dismissed as a publicity stunt, but they attracted considerable attention from the news media.In 1980, after a falling-out with David Duke, the grand wizard of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan at the time, Mr. Metzger severed his state group from the national organization and rebranded it as the California Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.In March of that year, he and several dozen Klansmen armed with bats, chains and nightsticks clashed with anti-Klan demonstrators in Oceanside, Calif. Seven people were injured in the melee, one of them severely. The formation of WAR coincided with the rise of the skinhead movement in the United States. The skinheads “scared a lot of people on the right because of their comments on violence, their persona, their dress,” said Morris Casuto, who retired in 2010 after nearly 40 years as the Anti-Defamation League’s regional director in San Diego. “Metzger saw them as street soldiers, and he embraced them.”One of Mr. Metzger’s primary recruitment tools was television. He hosted “Race and Reason,” a show that aired on public-access channels across the country, where he featured guests who shared his views.“Three years ago when cable was getting off the ground,” Mr. Metzger told The New York Times in 1986, “I realized that public-access channels were perfect for views like mine that were having trouble getting expressed.”Mr. Metzger also published a newspaper and operated a telephone hotline and electronic bulletin board where skinheads could communicate with him and with one another.In his 1990 book, “Blood in the Face: The Ku Klux Klan, Aryan Nations, Nazi Skinheads and the Rise of a New White Culture,” James Ridgeway described Mr. Metzger as “the single person most responsible for drawing young people into the far-right political movement.”Mr. Metzger is survived by his partner, Mary Arnold; six children; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild, according to a post on his website. Full information about survivors was not available on Thursday.At the height of his influence, in 1990, Mr. Metzger was sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of the family of Mulugeta Seraw, 27, an Ethiopian student who was beaten to death in Portland, Ore., by three skinheads who were followers of WAR. Tom Metzger, a notorious white supremacist and anti-Semite who cultivated a generation of neo-Nazi skinheads as the founder and leader of the White Aryan Resistance, died on Nov. 4 in Hemet, Calif. He was 82.Jose Arballo Jr., a spokesman for the Department of Public Health in Riverside County, Calif., said on Thursday that Mr. Metzger died at a skilled nursing center. The cause was Parkinson’s disease, Mr. Arballo said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Jana Kramer Reveals the Name She and Mike Caussin Would Pick for Another Daughter

first_img– Advertisement – “If we had another kid and we had a girl, she’d be named Charlie,” Kramer said. “Jolie was always gonna be Jolie, and Jace … at first was Carter?”Caussin, 33, replied, “Grayson,” to which Kramer added, “Grayson, then we went Carter and then Jace.”Jana Kramer Reveals the Name She and Mike Caussin Would Pick if They Had Another Daughter 1Jana Kramer and Mike Caussin Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/ShutterstockThe “I Got the Boy” singer detailed the meaning behind Jace’s name after his birth in November 2018, when she shared a photo of her newborn in the hospital via Instagram.- Advertisement – Planning ahead! Jana Kramer and her husband, Mike Caussin, aren’t expecting a third child, but they already have a name in mind if the time comes.The couple revealed the moniker during a Q&A session via Kramer’s Instagram Story on Thursday, November 12. The One Tree Hill alum, 36, also shared how the pair chose names for their daughter Jolie, 4, and son, Jace, 23 months.- Advertisement – “Jace. My sweet baby boy. When I found out Jace meant ‘healing’ I knew right then that was his name,” Kramer wrote at the time. “He has been every bit of healing since I found out we were being blessed with another baby. I love you so much baby boy.”Kramer frequently shares photos of her children on social media, but Caussin didn’t agree with the decision at first. The former professional football player opened up about his initial feelings about putting their kids in the public eye during the Monday, November 9, episode of their “Whine Down” podcast.“I wasn’t completely comfortable at the beginning, but I became comfortable with sharing the kids so much,” he explained. “But then I was on board with it, and we never really discussed my reservations around it. But I’m all for it, and that’s our decision as a couple.”- Advertisement – Caussin added that if he and Kramer got divorced it would “crush” him to see their kids on social media. He added that it would be a “big” deal for him to see another man in the photos.The “Whiskey” singer and Caussin — who tied the knot in 2015 — have faced some ups and downs in their marriage over the years. Us Weekly broke the news of Caussin’s infidelity in 2016. The duo called it quits on their marriage and the athlete later entered rehab for sex addiction treatment. However, Caussin and Kramer reconciled and renewed their vows in December 2017.Although their struggles have been in the public eye, Kramer told Us in April 2019 that she hopes that she and Caussin can speak to their children about their past issues.“I definitely think that’s going to be hard, because unfortunately, when they’re old enough, they’re going to Google,” Kramer said at the time. “I personally would like for them to hear it from us first before they Google. They’ll never know specifics. That’s something that we’re not going to go, ‘Oh, your dad cheated.’ That’s not healthy for anyone to know. So it’s just, ‘Yes, this is your father’s addiction, but look at where we’re at now.’”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories!last_img read more

Alan King holds Great hand at Cheltenham | Racing News

first_imgOne the same day as the latter he also won the Elite Hurdle at Wincanton with Sceau Royal, so there is no doubting his horses remain in excellent form.“You need the right ammunition for this race, bur Harambe won it last year and, together with Edwardstone, we go back with two solid chances,” said King.“Harambe had a run before he went there last year and though that has not been possible this time around, he has been moving very well and pleasing me at home.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Harambe has not been seen since the Betfair Hurdle in February when he was brought down at the final flight when still in contention.King told his website: “Harambe was brought down at the last at Newbury and was on the floor for a while. It has taken him a long time to recover, but he did his pre-training at AP’s (McCoy) and it is good to have him back in action here.”Edwardstone was beaten a neck in a Grade Two on heavy ground at Haydock before a respectable sixth in the Supreme in March last season and looks the right type for the race, although ground conditions could become a concern.- Advertisement – “He is an exciting prospect with untapped potential and though he can be a bit free in his races, he is beautifully relaxed at the moment, which is very encouraging,” said King.“He was a high-class novice last season and ran well in the Supreme at the Festival when our horses were not really firing. I hope the forecast rain does not materialise as he is more effective on better ground.“Both horses schooled on Monday and we’ve done as much as we can with them at home but while both would make lovely chasers, this is a great race in which to start back and I am very happy with them.”In contrast, top-weight Ballyandy would benefit from the forecast rain, according to his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.“I thought he ran a cracker under top-weight at Ffos Las to split Sceau Royal and Buzz last time out and I’d love to run him in this, but he does want it a bit softer,” Twiston-Davies told William Hill.Jamie Snowden registered one of the biggest winners of his career last weekend with Ga Law and chases another with Pisagh Pike.“He’s a highly-progressive sort since we gave him a wind op in the summer and he’s won his two novice hurdles well,” said Snowden.“He just got touched off in a Listed race at Market Rasen which arguably he perhaps should have gone on and won.“He’s got a nice handicap mark so hopefully we can try to exploit in a big race like this.”Thinking is massively unexposed for David Pipe, having his first run since being bought from France over 800 days ago.“We’ve had him since he was a three-year-old,” said Pipe.“His owner (Nick Shutts) has been very patient. He picked up a tendon injury. He was actually due to run last year when the lockdown happened.“He’s got an engine. He’s rated 132 so he’s at the right end of the handicap but he wants soft ground.“We like him and hopefully he can repay the owner’s patience.”Dan Skelton’s Proschema is another lightly-raced type and jockey Harry Skelton is another who will be watching the skies.“I’m looking forward to him and the drier the ground the better. It’s a bit of a wet forecast which could be a bit of a problem, but I’m sure we’ll take our chance,” he said on Racing TV.“The better the ground the stronger his chance. He ran a nice race the last day at Wetherby and he’s come forward from that.”Paul Nicholls’ Thyme White, who was impressive at Chepstow, and Tom Lacey’s Sebastopol are other fancied runners. Alan King saddles last year’s winner Harambe and the ante-post favourite Edwardstone in Sunday’s Unibet Greatwood Hurdle at Cheltenham.King enjoyed a fruitful summer on the Flat with three Royal Ascot winners, a success on Champions Day with Trueshan and the November Handicap through On To Victory.- Advertisement –last_img read more

H7 avian flu hits UK; US chickens exposed to H7N3

first_imgJun 4, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Animal health officials in England yesterday announced that chicken deaths at a farm in Oxfordshire were caused by an H7 form of avian influenza, while a poultry company in Arkansas reported that chickens at a large commercial farm tested positive for antibodies to a low-pathogenic H7N3 strain of avian flu.In an update today, England’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said further laboratory tests have shown that the H7 strain found in birds at the farm in Banbury, about 80 miles northwest of London, is highly pathogenic and added that more tests are underway to determine the neuraminidase (N) type.Authorities have launched a detailed epidemiologic investigation to determine how the birds became infected and if the latest findings have any links to previous outbreaks, DEFRA said.Control zones were established yesterday within 3 and 10 kilometers around the outbreak site, and officials are considering if wider measures are needed, the DEFRA statement said.Hilary Benn, secretary of state for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs, said in a statement today that avian flu suspicions were first reported on Jun 2 following deaths in a laying flock and reduced egg production. The United Kingdom’s National Farmers’ Union said today that the family-run free-range poultry farm contained a flock of 25,000 chickens, which is slated for culling.England’s last avian flu outbreak involved the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain, which hit wild swans at a sanctuary on the country’s southwestern coast in early January. Outbreaks involving low-pathogenic H7 strains occurred in May 2006 (eastern England) and May 2007 (Wales and northwestern England).Meanwhile, Tyson Foods, based in Springdale, Ark., announced in a press release yesterday that routine preslaughter tests on breeder hens at one of its farms in northwestern Arkansas showed the birds had antibodies to H7N3 avian flu.The 15,000 birds showed no signs of illness but were to be culled and disposed of as a precautionary measure, the Tyson statement said.The company said it would increase avian influenza surveillance within a 10-mile radius of the area, including on breeder farms that supply birds to Tyson.”The increased surveillance is in addition to Tyson’s existing testing program, which involves the company checking birds for avian influenza before they leave the farm,” Tyson said.Frank Jones, associate director for extension at the Center for Excellence for Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, said 10 to 12 low-pathogenic avian flu infections occur in the state each year, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported today. He said migratory geese could have brought the low-pathogenic strain to northwestern Arkansas, where it could have spread to the breeder hens.”Typically these things happen in spring and fall when we get waterfowl migration. There’s been a lot of waterfowl that have come through,” Jones told the newspaper.Last September a highly pathogenic strain of H7N3 struck a commercial poultry operation in Saskatchewan, and both highly pathogenic and low-pathogenic types were involved in outbreaks in British Columbia in 2004.The last reported H7N3 outbreaks in the United States occurred in 2004 at three Texas farms.A recent report in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science suggested that North American avian flu viruses of the H7 subtype are becoming more like human flu viruses in their ability to attach to host cells, which might mean they are becoming more likely to infect humans. H7 infections in humans have typically caused only mild conjunctivitis, but a Dutch veterinarian died of an H7N7 infection in 2003.See also:Jun 4 statement from Hilary BennJun 3 DEFRA press releaseJun 3 Tyson press releaseMay 28 CIDRAP News story “Some avian flu H7 viruses growing more humanlike”last_img read more

Donors meeting nets funds for avian flu fight

first_imgOct 27, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – A group of international donors who met yesterday in the final session of an avian influenza conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, pledged more support for avian and pandemic flu preparedness and prevention, led by $320 million from the United States. The $350 million total from the donor’s conference is well below the $500 million that United Nations officials had asked countries to pledge to help the world battle avian influenza and make pandemic preparations, according to previous reports. The amount pledged at this year’s donor conference is also less than the $406 million raised at last year’s conference in New Delhi. Oct 27 IRIN report Olga Jonas, the World Bank’s influenza coordinator, said in the statement, “At this point, political commitment on response and preparedness is as important as funding. Oct 17 CIDRAP News story “World Bank says pandemic flu could cost $3 trillion” Nabarro pointed to difficulties in getting government departments, other than health ministries, to work on pandemic prevention and preparedness, and he called for greater international cooperation. The United Nations (UN) and the World Bank, in a recent progress report, expressed concern about a growing funding gap between what’s needed to control and prevent avian flu and the amount donors are pledging. The report, which was published before the meeting in Egypt was held, said donors have pledged $2.7 billion, of which $2 billion has been committed. Of that total, $1.5 billion has been disbursed, of which 59% was cash or loans and 41% was in-kind contributions. Declines in funding threaten the sustainability of control and planning investments that have already been made, the report said. African countries find challenges, successThe international conference drew representatives from more than 100 nations and 20 regional and international organizations, according to the State Department press release. Sessions included a review of progress, sharing of best practices, and discussion of the threat avian flu virus poses to the global community. Anna Nyamekye, Ghana’s deputy agriculture minister, told the conference about the difficulty in monitoring the movement of people and animals across unapproved routes. “Nigeria still has it [avian influenza in poultry], Togo, our direct neighbor still has it, and on our north we are bordered by Burkina Faso, which also has it,” she told Reuters. “We are hemmed in.” UN officials warn against flu fatigueDavid Nabarro, the UN’s influenza coordinator, warned against complacency in the fight against avian influenza, according to a report today from Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), part of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. “Things are a lot better now than they were when we started this work in 2005, but they are not good enough,” he said. “We are not sufficiently prepared to properly bring a pandemic under control quickly.” Representatives from West Africa said their countries were vulnerable to the virus, because of porous borders, weak infrastructure, and poverty, Reuters reported today. Oct 23 CIDRAP News story “UN: Pandemic risk remains despite progress on H5N1”center_img However, some West African countries have had success controlling outbreaks quickly by offering farmers compensation for dead or culled poultry. Junaidu Maina, Nigeria’s chief veterinary officer, told Reuters that since 2006 the country has culled 1.3 million birds and paid $5.4 million in compensation. Oct 27 World Bank press release Piers E. Merrick, who helps coordinate the World Bank’s avian flu response in the East Asian and Pacific regions, said in the statement that despite some success in controlling the spread of H5N1, the disease represents the persistent threat of zoonotic diseases. “Addressing many of these infections will require a more sophisticated and comprehensive long-term action plan” he said. Nyamekye said Ghana also has a compensation program that provides farmers financial incentives to abide by national biosecurity standards. Next year’s international avian flu conference and donors meeting will be held in Vietnam, according to a report today in The Guardian, a British newspaper. The European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union, had indicated earlier that it would not pledge an additional amount, because it said half of the funds had not yet been spent, according to an Oct 25 report from Reuters. See also: Oct 27 State Department press release Paula Dobriansky, the US State Department’s undersecretary of state for democracy and global affairs, said in an Oct 25 statement that the new $320 million pledge brings the total US support for avian and pandemic flu assistance to $949 million. She announced the pledge at the Sixth International Conference on Avian and Pandemic Influenza. The World Bank, in a press release today, did not name a total pledge amount, but noted that countries had an opportunity at the meeting to pledge additional support. Japan’s Kyodo News Service said the total from the meeting was $350 million, including a pledge of $24 million from Japan, the second largest amount behind the United States.last_img read more

CDC reports 8 more pediatric flu deaths

first_img In other developments, the number of states reporting widespread flu activity rose to 27, 3 more than the previous week. Seventeen states reported regional activity, which is up 4 from last week’s report. After noting a sharp increase in the number of S aureus infections in children who had the flu during the 2006-07 season, the CDC in January 2008 released interim testing and reporting recommendations regarding influenza and bacterial coinfections in children. CDC influenza surveillance report for Feb 15-21 Bacterial coinfections have been confirmed in 10 (59%) of the 17 children. Staphylococcus aureus was identified in 8 of the 10 children—3 of the isolates were sensitive to methicillin, 4 were not, and results were not reported for 1. Eight of the 10 children who had coinfections were age 12 or older. The CDC received eight reports of influenza-related deaths in children during the week ending Feb 21, bringing the seasonal total to 17. Four of the deaths occurred in Texas, 2 in Colorado, and 1 each in Arizona and Massachusetts. Feb 27, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The number of pediatric influenza deaths outstripped last week’s spike, and three more states reported widespread activity, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its weekly surveillance update. See also: Of the influenza A/H1N1 samples from 35 states that have been tested, nearly all (98.8%) showed resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Slightly more than a third of the influenza B viruses that were tested match the Yamagata lineage included in this year’s vaccine, and the remaining samples were from the Victoria lineage. Jan 2008 CDC interim guidance on testing and reporting influenza coinfectionslast_img read more