ICE-loving sheriffs melt on Election Day

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first_img“In the last decade, Conway’s agency has identified more than 21,000 people to hand over to ICE,” the report said. “Since 2017, Gwinnett, Georgia’s second-­most populous county, has helped to detain more immigrants than any other county except five counties in states along the US-Mexico border.” Following Taylor’s advancement to the general this year, ICE did what it does when its overreach gets checked: threaten retaliation by saying it would escalate raids in the area. Taylor refused to budge—and won.Also in Georgia, Cobb County Police Department major Craig Owens defeated incumbent Republican sheriff Neil Warren 54.7% to 45.2% after also vowing to end the department’s 287(g) agreement. – Advertisement – “Are we doing the job of a federal agent? And why are we wasting resources?” Owens told Cobb County Courier during the Democratic primary earlier this year. “And that’s something I’m not in support of. I’m not in support of it because I think we can put those resources we put in that program to other resources in the county to help our crime rate come down.”“And I think if immigration is a federal task, they should be handling it,” he continued. “And I can use my resources I’m putting into that to other things within the community to help my community out. And that’s why I think I could refocus that.” Impeached president Donald Trump endlessly claimed that pro-immigrant policies implemented by localities are dangerous. That’s of course a lie.But pro-ICE candidates were also booted out elsewhere! In Ohio, Charmaine McGuffey defeated Republican Bruce Hoffbauer 52% to 47% to become the first woman, as well as first openly gay person, to serve as Hamilton County sheriff. She in fact defeated not one, but two pro-ICE opponents this year, massively trouncing incumbent sheriff Jim Neil during the Democratic primary earlier this year, 70% to 30%. Neil not only collaborated with ICE, but also attended a rally—in full uniform—for then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016, for which he later apologized.- Advertisement – The Appeal reported last month that Hoffbauer, who was subsequently endorsed by sour grapes Neil, vowed to “be even more active in partnering with ICE than it has been under Neil,” but didn’t say how exactly. Thankfully we’ll never have to find out. In Arizona’s Maricopa County, Prism also reports incumbent Democratic sheriff Paul Penzone “continues to hold a sizable lead” over Republican Jerry Sheridan, who served as a deputy to disgraced former sheriff and noted racist Joe Arpaio. In the final weeks leading up to the general election, Sheridan loudly complained about people continuing to bring up his former boss, telling Arizona Republic “[I] have a difficult time trying to convince people, ‘Hey, I’m not Joe (Arpaio).” But he spent six years showing Maricopa County that was exactly who he was.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

The RNC is recruiting Republican activists across the nation to make false claims of election fraud

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first_img– Advertisement – Trump’s loss in Minnesota was huge—over 230,000 votes—so any claims of ballot fraud there might not directly suggest a change in the outcome. But it would help to promote Trump’s false claims of fraud in other areas. And, as Carnahan made clear, this same call was going out to Trump activists in other areas with the goal of creating a chorus of false claims.The Zoom call took place as the numbers in Pennsylvania were shifting rapidly. With Trump’s early lead vanishing as mail-in ballots were added to the totals, and it was clear that Joe Biden was about to tip over the 270 electoral vote threshold. Unknown to Republican officials, a reporter for the Minnesota Reformer became aware of the Zoom call, registered for the meeting, and listened in to the entire appeal.Attempting to vote multiple times is fraud. Attempting to alter ballots is fraud. Deliberately discarding submitted ballots is fraud. But claiming that election fraud occurred when it did not is also election fraud. And encouraging thousands of activists across the nation to engage in deliberately fraudulent conspiracy puts the RNC and chair Ronna McDaniel at the center of a genuine “vast right-wing conspiracy” that demands to be given swift attention by both state and federal law enforcement.- Advertisement – As the Minnesota Reformer reports, Minnesota GOP chair Jennifer Carnahan appeared on an invite-only Zoom meeting with Republican activists on Thursday night, and told them that the party would back their play if they made claims of ballot fraud, even if there was no basis for those claims. And Carnahan made it clear she didn’t mean just local support. In fact, she told the Trump activists, this wasn’t a Minnesota thing, but a plan from Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel.According to Carnahan, McDaniel put out a request for “GOP officials around the country” to recruit Republicans to make false claims of ballot fraud. She made it clear the party would amplify any claims of ballot fraud, as part of a plan to back Trump’s false claims. – Advertisement –last_img read more

IPL: Jofra Archer named Most Valuable Player after starring for Rajasthan Royals | Cricket News

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first_imgEngland fast bowler Jofra Archer won the Most Valuable Player award after starring for Rajasthan Royals at the 2020 Indian Premier League; South African quick Kagiso Rabada was leading wicket-taker and KL Rahul was top run-scorer Last Updated: 10/11/20 7:39pm Jofra Archer was won the IPL's Most Valuable Player award for 2020 after taking 20 wickets for Rajasthan Royals
Jofra Archer was won the IPL's Most Valuable Player award for 2020 after taking 20 wickets for Rajasthan Royals

Tayshia Adams’ ‘Bachelorette’ Suitor Peter Tests Positive for COVID

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first_imgGiannikopoulos went on to share an important message to the people who “pretend [COVID-19] does not exist,” writing, “In moments like this, lean against each other for support and positivity. Although my symptoms are evident, I am going to fight this and win. I understand so many lives have been impacted and my heart goes out to every single person affected. It’s okay to be nervous, anxious, and feeling uncertain, but just remember we are all in it together.”The travel enthusiast was one of the four suitors who arrived at La Quinta Resort & Club in Palm Springs, California, during Tuesday’s episode of The Bachelorette as Tayshia Adams took over for Clare Crawley, who got engaged to Dale Moss within the first two weeks of production and ended her time as the lead.Tayshia Adams Bachelorette Contestant Peter Giannikopoulos Tests Positive for Coronavirus Then Gets Into Car AccidentTayshia Adams and Peter Giannikopoulos ABC/Craig Sjodin“I couldn’t have asked for, like, a better group of men,” the former phlebotomist, 30, exclusively told Us Weekly on Monday, November 9. “I’ve always said that I want an older, more mature man that has depth, and all of these guys have exactly that. It was, like, perfect.”- Advertisement – The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, Us Weekly wants our readers to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance, and support, consult the CDC, WHO, and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants Back-to-back stressors. Peter Giannikopoulos, one of the new contestants on The Bachelorette, announced that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus after filming wrapped — and got into a car accident just moments later.“The past 24 hours have truly been some of the hardest in my life,” the real estate adviser, 32, wrote via Instagram on Tuesday, November 10. “Yesterday I tested positive for Covid and have begun two week quarantine. I am going through a lot of emotions at the moment with so many thoughts in my head as to how this happened. I felt lousy for a few days but didn’t believe I would contract the virus when I have been wearing a mask in public, washing and sanitizing hands regularly, and following social distancing protocol during work. This is an example no matter who we are or what we do, we are all vulnerable.”- Advertisement – Alongside a shirtless selfie in bed that showed a large cut on his nose, Giannikopoulos continued, “As if the positive news wasn’t bad enough, while driving home from the clinic my anxiety started to get the best of me. As a result of the anxiety, I lost consciousness behind the wheel and my car went off road through a guard rail and hit a pole. The air bag deployed, driver side door was wedged in, broken glass everywhere, and I was 5ft away from smashing into a building.”The Everett, Massachusetts, native briefly lost consciousness and woke up “to people shouting for help” as he slowly began to realize what had happened.“I was in a deep daze and confusion,” he wrote. “I didn’t know where I was, how I got there, or what happened. Luckily I came out of it with only a small gash on my nose. Truly a blessing as I am a firm believer I had angels watching over me.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Dogs sniff out wildlife smugglers; Trump wants Arctic drilling leases auctioned now

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first_img• Airbus releases three designs for zero-emission, hydrogen-powered commercial planes it hopes will be flying by 2035.• Global consultants made it appear that fossil fuel groups it designed, staffed, and ran were powered by the grassroots: There was the pro-fracking Texans for Natural Gas urging voters to “thank a roughneck.” There was the Arctic Energy Center pushing for drilling in offshore Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. There was the Main Street Investors Coalition that attacked climate activism, which it claimed doesn’t help small investors in the stock market. Hiroko Tabuchi reports that the three seemed to be separate groups promoting the views of rank-and-file people. Turns out they were part of a network of “influence campaigns” put together by FTI Consulting by some of the world’s giant oil and gas companies. Her investigation of FTI uncovered a concerted effort to influence public views while concealing industry’s role. Of course, that’s hardly new. Climate science denialism has for more than three decades been spurred by money from fossil fuel operations, including the notorious Koch Industries. In addition to its other efforts, FTI monitored environmental activists online, even creating a fake Facebook persona—“an imaginary, middle-aged Texas woman with a dog — to help keep tabs on protesters.” FTI staffed two websites—Energy In Depth and Western Wire—with people who wrote pro-industry articles on controversial matters like fracking. Former employees of Energy In Depth told Tabuchi that FTI client Exxon Mobil had directed some of that content.• San Francisco follows San Jose’s lead and bans new natural gas hookups: The ban, which takes effect in June 2021, prohibits use of natural gas in new buildings, requiring them to use electricity instead. In a unanimous vote, the city’s board of supervisors approved the ordinance Tuesday. It will apply to the more than 54,000 homes and 32 million square feet of business space that are slated to be constructed in the next few years. It’s estimated that about 40% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions come from natural gas, and buildings generate 80% of those emissions. The largest city so far to ban new natural gas hookups is San Jose, 60 miles south of San Francisco.- Advertisement – at E&E Daily reports that Democratic Rep. Mike Levin of California and Republican Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona yesterday introduced the “Solar Jobs Preservation Act.” Noting delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the two representatives propose to extend the phaseout schedule for the solar investment tax credit through 2022. Since the ITC was first introduced in 2006, the solar industry has grown more than 10,000% and created tens of thousands of jobs. But currently, about half a million clean energy workers are still out of work because of the pandemic. In 2015, a bipartisan deal set the ITC at 30% in 2019 with a phaseout that by 2022 becomes a permanent 10% credit for commercial and utility-scale solar and zero percent for residential installations. In a statement, Levin said, “As we continue to confront the COVID-19 pandemic and the devastating effects on our economy, we cannot forget about the climate crisis and the need to preserve clean energy jobs that help us protect our planet. The solar industry plays a critical role in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and driving economic growth, which is why we must support them during this pandemic and extend the investment tax credit. I appreciate Congressman Schwekiert’s partnership on this important legislation, and look forward to working with the rest of my colleagues in the House to pass this bill.” – Advertisement – • New FERC chairman cancels electric vehicle meeting: Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Neil Chatterjee is no enemy of fossil fuels, but he did take actions favorable to carbon pricing and and distributed energy resources. That tinge of green was apparently a key reason Donald Trump booted him out Nov. 5 and turned the chairmanship over to James Danly, the former FERC general counsel who was appointed to the commission in March. Chatterjee had set up a Dec. 3 roundtable on electric vehicles and their potential impacts on the electric grid and wholesale power markets. On Thursday, a brief notice stated the roundtable has been canceled. • Tyson Foods says it plans to reduce risk of deforestation, but critic say it’s not enough: The giant meatpacker is focusing on four commodities—cattle and beef, palm oil, paper, and packaging. Analysts found about 6% of the company’s products are associated with deforestation, which is a major factor in environmental degradation and the climate crisis. Said Tyson Chief Executive Dean Banks, “We are asserting our ambition to make protein more sustainable and look forward to working with our supply chain partners, customers and other stakeholders to do our part on this important issue.” Last year, Green Century Capital Management Inc., a Boston investment firm that focuses on environmental issues, promoted a shareholder proposal to push Tyson to get deforestation out of its supply chain, but withdrew it when Tyson said it was working on a plan to deal with this. But Green Century said Thursday that Tyson’s deforestation plans are too drawn out, some of them for more than a decade.center_img – Advertisement – Area 1002 of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain, looking south toward the Brooks Range mountains.The ANWR coastal plain• Trump in big hurry to get drilling leases for Arctic approved before Biden ousts him: Unlike executive orders, leases are contracts that aren’t that easy to yank once they are issued. Biden has vowed to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where drilling has not been allowed since the land was set aside 60 years ago by President Dwight Eisenhower. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter okayed drilling on 1.56 million acres of the ANWR coastal plain, but only if Congress authorized it. Since then, Republicans and a few Democrats in Congress tried more than 50 times to allow drilling in the refuge, but could not overcome opposition that included presidential vetoes. In December 2017, Congress finally passed authorization to drill in parts of coastal plain. Without a Democratic majority in the Senate, Biden might have difficulty fulfilling his pledge to bar the drilling. But the immediate problem could come as early as Monday when the Department of the Interior will issue a “call for nominations” for auctioning of drilling leases on the coastal plain. Leases auctioned before Jan. 20 would be hard to break. However, even if they have leases, low oil prices, reduced demand, and the harshness of the ANWR environment likely will deter companies from drilling any time soon. • Environment America launches Greener Together project: Right now, people across the country are turning to the outdoors and nature as a refuge. Nature can calm us and reconnect us with ourselves, with other people and with the world around us. As people are practicing social distancing, with and without kids at home, we want to provide opportunities to connect with the natural world and other like-minded people through engaging events, fun activities and helpful guides to help foster this connection.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Coole Cody lands Gold pot | Racing News

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first_imgThere was early drama when Siruh Du Lac, who was sharing the lead with Coole Cody and Simply The Betts, unseated Tom Scudamore at the first fence.That gave Coole Cody the opportunity to open up a 10-length lead as the field set out for the final circuit under Tom O’Brien, who was replacing the injured Adam Wedge.Despite making the odd mistake, Coole Cody (10-1) maintained his momentum as rivals such as Happy Diva and Saint Sonnet came down.- Advertisement – Spiritofthegames (14-1) tried to put in a late bid but Coole Cody would not be denied and went on to score by three and a quarter lengths. Al Dancer (5-1 favourite) was another length away third, with Kauto Riko (50-1) a staying-on fourth.Williams said: “They are very hard races to win and we are usually second, third and fourth in all these big races – we have been second, third and fourth in them all! But if you keep trying, you’ll get there in the end.“Wedgy is out injured and it’s a disappointment for him, but Tom has ridden me loads of winners over the years. We have had some bad luck stories here with Tom in the past, so it’s great he’s got a good one on the board.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Coole Cody ran the opposition ragged as he made all the running to win the ultra-competitive Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham.The Evan Williams-trained nine-year-old kept pulling out more to ward off all-comers and land the prestigious handicap chase in determined fashion.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Specifications Leak, Galaxy S21 Ultra Tipped to Have a Remarkable Display, Camera

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first_imgSimilar to the Google Pixel phones, Android Police reports that the Galaxy S21 series can switch between 30fps and 60fps automatically, depending on the lighting conditions. The new models are also said to have 4K/ 60fps video recording support. Further, the phones could offer a dual recording mode that will enable video recording through both front and rear cameras simultaneously.According to the leak, the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ both will have 5G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth v5.1. However, the Galaxy S21 Ultra could take connectivity to even further, with faster, Wi-Fi 6E support. The Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra are also rumoured to have Ultra Wide Band (UWB) support.On the battery front, the Samsung Galaxy S21 is said to have a 4,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S21+ is said to have a 4,800mAh one and the Galaxy S21 Ultra could include a 5,000mAh one. All three models are also said to have at least 25W fast charging support.The Galaxy S21 Ultra is said to have S Pen support, which corroborates a previous report. However, the phone would not come bundled with an S Pen and instead include optional cases that are said to have room for the S Pen. This is unlike the Galaxy Note series that has built-in S Pen support.Pricing of the Galaxy S21 series is yet to be revealed.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Samsung Galaxy S21 series specifications have been detailed in a new leak. The latest development suggests the specifications of the Galaxy S21 as well as the Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra. The Galaxy S21 series colour variant details have also been leaked. The new models are said to have Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 and Exynos 2100 SoC as the two processor options, depending on the market. The Galaxy S21 Ultra in the new series is also rumoured to debut with one of the best smartphone displays and feature an enhanced camera setup that includes a telephoto lens to support 10x optical zoom.As per the details posted by Android Police, citing people familiar with the matter, the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra are codenamed O1, T2, and P3, respectively.- Advertisement – While the Samsung Galaxy S21 is said to have Phantom Violet, Phantom Gray, Phantom White, and Phantom Pink colour options, the Galaxy S21+ is rumoured to have Phantom Silver, Phantom Black, and Phantom Violet colours and the Galaxy S21 Ultra could come in Phantom Silver and Phantom Black. The Galaxy S21 is said to have a plastic covering at the rear, though the Galaxy S21 Ultra is rumoured to have a glass back.The previously leaked renders of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra that suggested a camera bump just like the Galaxy S20 Ultra are also said to be accurate.Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, Galaxy S21 Ultra specifications (expected)In terms of specifications, Android Police reports that the Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+, and Galaxy S21 Ultra run on One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 and include either Snapdragon 875 or Exynos 2100 SoC. The Galaxy S21 is also said to have a 6.2-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with a 120Hz refresh rate, while the Galaxy S21+ could offer a 6.7-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with a 120Hz refresh rate. In contrast, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is said to have a 6.8-inch WQHD+ LTPO display with an adaptive refresh rate that can go up to 120Hz.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Galaxy S21 Ultra is also said to offer up to 1,600 nits of peak brightness and a contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1. These are upgrades over the 1,400 nits peak brightness and 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio available on the Galaxy S20 Ultra.On the part of optics, the Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+ are said to have a triple rear camera setup, with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, 12-megapixel primary sensor, and a 64-megapixel telephoto shooter. The Galaxy S21 Ultra, on the other hand, is rumoured to have a 108-megapixel primary sensor, 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, a 10-megapixel telephoto shooter with 3x optical zoom, and a 10-megapixel telephoto shooter with 10x optical zoom.Samsung is said to offer 130 percent larger pixels on both 3x and 10x telephoto shooters enabling optical zoom on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. The phone is also said to revive the 100x Space Zoom that was featured on the Galaxy S20 Ultra earlier this year. Further, a tipster who goes by the pseudonym Ice Universe on Twitter said that both telephoto shooters on the Galaxy S21 Ultra enable the strongest ever optical zoom system and camera a pixel size of 1.22-micron pixels.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Relativity Space raising $500 million at $2 billion valuation from Tiger and others, sources say

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first_imgRocket builder and 3D-printing specialist Relativity Space is raising $500 million of fresh capital in a new round being led by Tiger Global Management, people familiar with the financing told CNBC on Tuesday.The new fundraise, expected to close in the coming days, would jump Relativity’s valuation to $2.3 billion, those people said. In addition to Tiger Global, Fidelity is also joining the round as a new Relativity investor. Existing investors in Relativity are also expected to be contributing — those include Social Capital, Playground Global, Y Combinator, Bond Capital, Tribe Capital, Jared Leto and Mark Cuban.Tiger Global, the hedge fund of investor Chase Coleman, has more than $40 billion in assets under management.- Advertisement – Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world. An artist’s rendition of Relativity’s Terran 1 rocket on the launchpad at Cape Canaveral’s LC-16 in Florida.Relativity – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img The company is building the first iteration of its Terran 1 rocket. But unlike other rockets, Relativity is using multiple 3D-printers, all developed in-house, to build Terran 1. The rocket is designed to have about 95% of its parts be 3D-printed, which allows Relativity’s rocket to be less complex, and faster to build or modify, than traditional rockets. Additionally, Relativity says its simpler process will eventually be capable of turning raw material into a rocket on the launchpad in under 60 days.Relativity has made significant advances in developing and testing its 3D-printing technology this year, with more than 400 tests of its Aeon 1 rocket engine completed at NASA’s Stennis Space Center in Mississippi.Additionally, this summer the company moved into a new headquarters in Long Beach, California.Relativity’s new valuation is expected to make it one of the world’s most valuable private space companies after SpaceX, which commands a valuation above $44 billion after it raised capital in August. Relativity declined CNBC’s request for comment. Relativity Space conducts a pressure test of a 3D printed tank.Relativity Space Relativity Space’s third generation 3D-printer in its new headquarters, with CEO Tim Ellis standing by for scale.Relativitylast_img read more

CDC updates advice on avian flu testing, lab work

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first_imgJun 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday released updated guidelines that provide more details on when to test a patient for the H5N1 avian influenza virus, as well as substantially more specifics on laboratory testing.In the revised guidelines, the CDC also recommends that H5N1 avian flu surveillance in the United States remain the same, saying the epidemiology of human cases has not changed significantly since the agency issued recommendations on surveillance in February 2004. The guidelines are titled “Updated Interim Guidance for Laboratory Testing of Persons with Suspected Infection with Avian Influenza A (H5N1) Virus in the United States” (see link below).The new guidelines recommend lab testing for a patient whose illness is associated with all of the following: (1) hospitalization or death; (2) a fever of 38°C (100.4°F) or higher; (3) radiographically confirmed pneumonia, acute respiratory distress syndrome, or other severe respiratory illness; and (4) potential exposure within 10 days of symptom onset.The CDC lists potential exposure as any of the following:History of travel to a country with documented H5N1 in poultry, wild birds, or people and, during travel, at least one potential exposure (eg, contact with sick or dead domestic poultry, consumption of incompletely cooked poultry, or close contact with a person who was hospitalized  with a severe, unexplained respiratory illness)Close contact (within about 3 feet) of a sick person who was confirmed or suspected to have H5N1Working with live influenza H5N1 in a laboratoryIn addition, the new guidelines recommend considering testing for a patient with: (1) mild or atypical disease (eg, respiratory illness and fever that does not require hospitalization, or significant neurologic or gastrointestinal symptoms in the absence of respiratory disease) and one of the exposures in the bulleted list above, or (2) severe or fatal respiratory disease whose epidemiologic information is uncertain, unavailable, or otherwise suspicious.The new guidelines expand substantially on previous CDC guidelines, which called for testing for patients who have the radiographically confirmed severe respiratory illnesses listed above as well as a history of travel to a country where H5N1 infection has been documented. The previous guidelines called for considering testing for patients who have the same degree of fever listed above, as well as a cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath, and a history of contact with poultry or a known or suspected human case of H5N1 in an H5N1-affected country within 10 days of symptom onset.The CDC update issued yesterday also provides greatly expanded recommendations for specimen collection and testing. They are condensed here:Oropharyngeal swab specimens and lower respiratory tract specimens (eg, bronchoalveolar lavage or tracheal aspirates) are preferred over nasal or nasopharyngeal swab specimens.Detection of H5N1 is more likely from specimens collected within 3 days of illness onset.Bronchoalveolar lavage is a high-risk, aerosol-generating procedure that requires infection-control precautions such as gloves, gown, goggles, and fit-tested respirator.Swabs used to collect specimens should have a Dacron tip and an aluminum or plastic shaft.Influenza H5N1-specific reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing conducted under biosafety level 2 conditions is the preferred diagnostic method.For RT-PCR analysis, nucleic acid extraction lysis buffer can be added, after which specimens can be stored and shipped at 4°C (40°F) or properly deep frozen and shipped on dry ice.Viral culture should not be attempted unless conducted under biosafety level 3 conditions.Commercial rapid influenza antigen testing should be interpreted with caution for H5N1.Serologic testing for influenza H5N1-specific antibody can be considered if other H5N1 diagnostic testing methods are unsuccessful.The CDC update also reiterates that the public need not avoid travel to countries affected by H5N1. However, its advice remains that travelers to these countries should avoid poultry farms, bird markets, and other places where poultry is kept.The agency also says that no evidence of reassortment between avian and human flu viruses has been found. However, the update states, “It is expected that human infections resulting from direct contact with infected poultry will continue to occur in affected countries.” It adds, “This expanding epizootic continues to pose an important and growing public health threat.”last_img read more

Gastro Biograd – a new outfit of the event that has positioned this city high on the gastronomic map of Croatia

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first_imgAll guests who decide to spend an extended weekend in Biograd and its surroundings expect a perfect combination of enjoying food, local indigenous products and good concert entertainment, with the inevitable benefits of the sea and the sun. All three days from June 22 to 24 at the location of the city promenade, all visitors will have the opportunity to see OPG fair where various exhibitors from all over Croatia will present autochthonous Croatian products. Tasting of green and blue Croatia in the true sense, as well as a presentation of local winemakers and cheesemakers with tasting, all in one place.Gastro passportThe interesting thing about this event is the sale of gastronomic passports that all those interested will be able to buy at popular prices in advance and on the spot, at the pool and with it to taste green and blue Croatian dishes prepared by the hotel Ilirija, master chefs and local caterers. Gastro passports will be available in pre-sale through all sales and distribution channels of Ilirija dd, as well as on the very days of the event at the location in Biograd na Moru.It is important to point out that this event is extremely important because it will bring together the gastronomic offer of “the whole of Croatia”, create a symbiosis of continental and coastal tourist offer and show that Croatia has great tourist resources. Also, in addition to selling our authentic story and wealth, we give the opportunity to all manufacturers to present their quality domestic products to the wider market.PROGRAMME Gastro Biograd brings a new outfit of an event that has positioned this city high on the gastronomic map of CroatiaIn recent years, gastrotourism has taken an increasingly important position in the tourist offer of Croatia and is one of the most dynamic and creative segments of this industry. Developed tourist destinations, such as the northern Dalmatian town of Biograd na Moru, are investing more and more effort in presenting the current, as well as those autochthonous offers of eno and gastronomic products of the town and its wider surroundings. Thus, the already recognized and highly visited event of the Biograd Gastro table this year gets a creative turn and conceptually and nominally evolves into an event called Gastro Biograd.Gastro Biograd, an event that unites all national gastronomic flags, will be held this year June 22-24 on the location of the Biograd promenade and the swimming pool of the hotel complex Ilirija, all under the organizing baton The Tourist Board of the City of Biograd na Moru, the City of Biograd na Moru and the hotel house Ilirija dd The event will begin with a grand opening in Friday, June 22nd after which a gastronomic duel of top Croatian master chefs awaits us at the swimming pool of the Ilirija Hotel, Branko Ognjenović and David Skoka who will cross cooks and prepare specialties of continental and Mediterranean Croatia on the spot. Gastronomic regions and Croatian zones will be presented by numerous culinary teams gathered at points where all visitors will have the opportunity to see and learn how to prepare traditional dishes such as gregada, žgvaceta, Vis bread, crostula, shepherd’s pie and many other national specialties. The end of the evening will be marked by a concert by a local audience favorite, unrepeatable Mladen Grdović. On Saturday, Gastro Biograd turns to the presentation of local winemakers and cheesemakers as the most important protagonists of the rise of the domestic and regional gastro scene. The entertainment program will be complemented by numerous artists who perform acrobatics on silk, rods and hoops with special lighting effects and fire. As a representative of continental Croatia, Jaska singer-songwriter Ivan Zak will take care of the dancing and singing audience at the pool of the hotel complex Ilirija.last_img read more