Feds eye schools as potential flu vaccination sitesUS Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said that schoolchildren may be a top priority if federal officials decide to use novel H1N1 flu vaccines and that children might be immunized at school, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Sebelius is meeting with school superintendents to ask them to collaborate on plans for possibly using schools for mass vaccination sites.[Jun 16 AP story]US poll finds pandemic declaration raised little worryThe World Health Organization’s Jun 11 pandemic declaration did not prompt new worries about novel H1N1 in the United States, according to a Gallup poll conducted just after the announcement. Only 8% of Americans said they worried “yesterday” about getting the novel flu, down from 13% in mid-May and 25% in late April. Gallup said Americans have had 2 months to assess the effects of the disease, which appears to be similar to seasonal flu. The findings were based on calls to 998 adults.[Jun 15 Gallup poll report]Qatar, Jordan, Yemen, Sri Lanka, Samoa report first casesFive countries have reported their first cases of novel H1N1 flu. Qatar identified cases in two 2-year-old children, one a New Zealander and the other an American, according to Reuters. The same story said Yemen’s case involved a Yemeni student who had returned from the United States. Other press reports said the cases in Jordan involved two young girls from the United States, the Sri Lanka case was in an 8-year-old boy from Australia, and Samoa’s first case was in a visiting Australian student.[Jun 16 Reuters report]FDA says many sites have quit selling illegal H1N1-related productsThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that since May 1 it has sent warning letters to more than 50 Web sites that promote illegal products related to the novel H1N1 flu, and two thirds of them have removed the offending claims or products. The illegal products said to protect against or cure the illness included a shampoo, dietary supplements, an antimicrobial hand spray, and several unapproved tests for the virus, among others, the FDA said in a Jun 14 press release.[Jun 15 FDA statement]California students in China hospitalized for novel fluChinese officials have hospitalized six students and a teacher from a California high school in Yingchang after they tested positive for the novel H1N1 virus, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported yesterday. Four others from the group are also hospitalized but apparently don’t have the virus. The rest of the school group, 26 students and 5 teachers, are quarantined at a hotel near the hospital, and all from the school have received antiviral treatment.[Jun 15 Union-Tribune story]
September 29, 2020
Media Pensioendiensten, MN, RobecoSAM, PIMCO, Moore Capital Management, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, AXA Investment Managers, Standard Life InvestmentsMPD – Media Pensioendiensten, provider for the €5.2bn pension fund PNO Media, has appointed Walter Mutsaers as chief executive. Mutsaers is a former director at the €110bn MN, asset manager and pensions provider for the large metal schemes PME and PMT. At MN, he was responsible for strategy, operations and investment management. At the same time, Leo Witkamp, one of MPD’s director, has been tasked with client relations and acquisition. He will be assisted by Marijn Timmermans, who joined MPD as a pensions consultant last month.RobecoSAM – Reto Schwager has been appointed chief executive temporarily after Michael Baldinger, who has held the position since 2011, decided to leave the company. Baldinger is to join the asset management division of an international bank as global head of sustainable and impact investing, and will be based in New York. Schwager is head of private equity and a member of the executive committee.PIMCO – Gene Frieda has been appointed executive vice-president and global strategist for PIMCO’s emerging market and global strategies, while Yaco Arnopolin has been appointed executive vice-president and emerging market portfolio manager. Both will be based in London. Frieda joins from Moore Capital Management, where he was a partner and senior global strategist. Arnopolin joins from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he was a managing director and portfolio manager. AXA Investment Managers – Alix Chosson has been appointed as an energy-fundamentals analyst within the responsible investment team. She joins from Standard Life Investments, where she was a responsible investment analyst. Before then, she held a similar position at Generali Investments.
September 29, 2020
“The federal council intends to hold further discussions by the end of the year on the issue of whether and how the financial market should be regulated,” the government said. “The basic aim is to determine the framework conditions that will enable the Swiss financial centre to be competitive in the area of sustainable finance.”The working group will also be asked to target the conclusion of industry agreements with financial market players. The government said these should lead to increased transparency and a voluntary industry commitment to a representative participation in portfolio climate alignment tests “with a view to achieving specific targets”.“The aim is to strengthen competitiveness so that customers and investors can be offered clear information and thus decision-making options,” the government said in a statement. “Dialogue with the industry will be intensified to this end.”In 2017, a government-sponsored assessment of participating pension funds’ investment portfolios found that these were on average in line with global warming of 6°C above pre-industrial levels by the end of this century.The government is offering these free tests again this year, this time also inviting banks and asset managers to take part. The Swiss government is to set up a working group on sustainable finance, tasked with considering the implications for Switzerland of the European Commission’s action plan.It is also supposed to carry out work to inform decisions about Switzerland’s participation in international initiatives such as the Coalition of Finance Ministers for Climate Action, which was launched in April.The working group has yet to be set up, but IPE understands it will comprise members of the Swiss federal administration, with private sector and other interested parties when necessary. It is to be headed by the state secretariat for international finance, a unit of the federal finance ministry, and work closely with the environment department.The working group will be asked to report back to the cabinet by spring next year at the latest with proposals for the Swiss financial market.
September 25, 2020
BACOLOD City – A labor leader with suspected links to the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) was arrested in Barangay Caduha-an, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental. Policemen said they recovered from Mansueto a fragmentation grenade, anti-government documents, P14,000 cash, eight cellular phones, cash transaction receipts, letters, a newsletter of the NPA Roselyn Jean Pelle Command, and other documents. The federation claimed that Davao is not a rebel but a NFSW labor leader based in northern Negros Occidental. He was accosted by police personnel without telling him what charges or violations he had committed, it added. Davao was brought to Cadiz City police station for proper investigation and filing of appropriate cases. In a press statement, the 79IB tagged Davao as member of the NPA operating in the area. The 55-year-old Davao was on board a public utility van when nabbed by joint elements of the Cadiz City police and the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Brigade (79IB) Tuesday evening for allegedly violating a city ordinance requiring the wearing of facemask.According to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Mansueto, Cadiz City police chief, Davao alighted from the vehicle and prodded policemen to arrest and subdue him while allegedly trying to draw a fragmentation grenade from his sling bag. Davao was the subject of Search Warrant number No. 5951 for Violation of Republic Act 10591, dated Oct. 31, 2019 issued by Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert of Regional Trial Court, Branch 89, Quezon City, however, the latter was able to escape during the implementation of said warrant, it added. “We saw this arrest of Gaspar Davao as another form of trumped-up cases which Duterte regime adds up to his long list of repressive records against the progressive leaders of the sugar workers,” the NFSW said./PN Gaspar “Aldong” Davao – a resident of Barangay Pinapugasan, Escalante City, Negros Occidental – was a suspected ranking official of the CPP-NPA’s Northern Negros Front. But the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW) decried the supposed illegal arrest of Davao. Police officers and Philippine Army troops present labor leader Gaspar Davao and the alleged items recovered from him at the police station of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental on June 9, 2020. The 55-year-old Davao was on board a public utility van when nabbed by joint elements of the Cadiz City police and the Philippine Army’s 79th Infantry Brigade Tuesday evening for allegedly violating a city ordinance requiring the wearing of face masks. The Army also tagged him a member of the New People’s Army. CADIZ CITY POLICE STATION “Davao is a secretary of White Area Committee of North Negros Front and Secretary of Section Committee “TABACCO”. He is also a Finance Staff of North Negros Front,” the statement said.
September 24, 2020
A headstone the teen is accused of vandalizing. (Image: The Star Press)NEW CASTLE, Ind. – A New Castle teenager may be learning about the consequences of bad decisions.The 18-year-old pleaded guilty to cemetery mischief last month. Authorities allege he and a friend damaged 27 headstones causing an estimated $20,000 in damage at the Lewisville Cemetery in July.All of the damaged headstones dated back to the 19th century, including one that marked the grave of Lewis Freeman, the founder of the town of New Castle.The judge ordered the teen Monday to pay the cemetery board $12,180 in restitution, according to the Richmond Pal-Item.The co-defendant in the case has entered a not-guilty plea.
September 24, 2020
Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All Time Zirkzee was born to Nigerian parents in the Netherlands which makes him eligible to play for Nigeria. The 18-year-old has already been in the radar of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr.Nigeria would have to however shift their focus to other players as Zirkzee has his eyes only on playing for the country where he was born.The Bayern Munich star who has featured for the Dutch at the U-17 level says he dreams of playing for the Dutch senior team although the Euro 2020 which has been postponed till next year is still too close.“No, I’m not really working on that yet. I’m not a regular based player here, so I don’t think I should think about it then, but I have also seen how fast things can go, so of course, it is very secretly in the back of your mind,” the forward told VTBL when he was asked if he had thought about playing in the competition.Joshua Zirkzee was born to Nigerian parents in the Netherlands and prefers to play for the country where he was bornRead Also: UEFA urges leagues to complete suspended football seasons“Oranje is a dream and as a young footballer I think it makes sense to dream about it.”This is another case of a player of Nigerian descent who has chosen to play for the country where he was born.Recently, the Chelsea pair of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori snubbed Nigeria to play for England’s Three Lions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bayern Munich youngster Joshua Zirkzee who is of Nigerian descent is ready to snub the Super Eagles and play for Oranje of Netherlands.Advertisement Loading…
September 20, 2020
BARCELONA: Star striker Lionel Messi has touched the 700th career goal landmark after he scored from the penalty spot in Barcelona’s 2-2 draw against Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in the ongoing La Liga.Messi, who converted a spot kick to reach the milestone on Tuesday, has scored 630 times for Barca in 724 appearances in all competitions and another 70 for Argentina in 138 caps. The Barcelona forward had scored his first goal on May 1, 2005 at the Camp Nou against Albacete, coming off a fine assist from Ronaldinho. “And from there, the story just hasn’t stopped, with goals coming on all shapes and sizes. Lots of them. Lots and lots of them,” Barcelona said on their website. In 2012, he netted 91 times, beating Pele’s previous record of 75. His 599th professional goal was a particularly stunning direct free kick that Las Palmas keeper Chichizola had no chance of stopping. His 600th goal was also a free kick against Oblak. “Messi is infinitely ambitious and still has further targets to aim for. He needs just 13 to beat Pele’s record number of goals for a single team. And with 724 appearances to his name he doesn’t have too long to go before he tops the 767 of Xavi Hernandez,” the club further said. The 33-year-old has a contract until 2021 at Camp Nou. A clause that would have allowed Messi to leave for free this summer recently expired, ensuring that he remains at the club for another 12 months. (IANS) Also Watch: Get Set Global: Assamese in UK coping with the Pandemic
September 17, 2020
Every time they meet in girls soccer, Westhill and Marcellus understand both the short-term and long-term stakes.In the short run, they just want to get the upper hand in a fierce rivalry that stretches back decades. In the bigger picture, they know that other, more important encounters might lie down the road.With both sides hungry to return to championship form in 2019, their lone regular-season meeting last Tuesday night carried more importance, and it was the Warriors getting the best of it, needing overtime to defeat the Mustangs 1-0. Two days after this battle, Marcellus got back in the win column, blanking Phoenix 3-0. A goal in the first half and two more in the second half proved enough as Sarah Hutchings, Macie Szalach and Katie MacLachlan scored, with assists going to Sara Mielnicki and Mei Lamarre.And Westhill followed up Saturday with an impressive effort at Lowville, shutting out the Red Raiders 3-0. Now it was Gangemi’s turn to strike as her pair of goals complemented one from Rudnick, with Sophia Caron adding an assist.Yet another close, low-scoring affair in the OHSL Liberty division happened last Wednesday night, only it was Skaneateles involved in that game, and it fell to Cazenovia 1-0 at Hyatt Stadium.Here, it didn’t require overtime, as Cazenovia inched in front of this Lakers clash by having Annie Baldwin score in the first half. For the rest of the game, Skaneateles attacked hard, yet could not get a shot into the net to ie.Back on Monday night, Skaneateles shut out Mexico 3-0 at Hyatt Stadium. Up 1-0 at halftime, the Lakers got away as Maeve McNeil scored twice, with Tess Peterson getting the other goal. Assists went to Maddy Ramsgard and Makenzie Miller.West Genesee had an impressive showing in last Thursday’s game at Liverpool, pulling away in the second half by scoring three times on the way to shutting out the Warriors 4-0.To lead the Wildcats, Emily Dunning scored twice, with Katrina Tessier earning a pair of assists. Single goals went to Sarah Petrus and Samantha Snyder, Julia Matticio adding an assist as Liz Croft and Caitlin Mills combined to stop all six shots they faced.Jordan-Elbridge struggled again in a 10-1 defeat to Chittenango last Tuesday as Mollie Yard had the Eagles’ lone goal in the second half. Ally Shoemaker and Sarah Martin both scored three times for the Bears.Yet J-E turned it around on Thursday to defeat Solvay 2-1, with Avery Yard and Riley Crawford’s goals making the difference. Mollie Yard added an assist as each of Marinn McKennan’s 10 saves proved important. Haley Muehl had Solvay’s lone goal.Solvay went to Hannibal last Tuesday and blanked the Warriors 4-0, with Haley Muehl dominant for the Bearcats as she netted three of her team’s four goals, the other going to Makayla Smith. Natalie Orr and Olesya Konopatskiy each got one assist.And after the loss to J-E, Solvay won again on Saturday afternoon, edging LaFayette 3-2 laregly on the strength of Taylor Clisson’s skills as she netted two goals and assisted on the other, by Muehl. Active in the net, Nancy Gonzales made 20 saves.Bishop Ludden lost, 5-0, to Bishop Grimes last Monday as Jenna Sloan and Maddie Murphy both scored twice for the Cobras. Then it took a 2-1 defeat to Cato-Meridian two days later.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story This was not a defensive stalemate, despite the score. All through the 80 minutes of regulation, both teams had ample opportunities to get on the board without converting them.Both defensive units were superb, whether it was blocking shots and passes before they got into too much danger, or having the goalkeepers scoop up everything else. Westhill’s Lauren Bendall stopped all 11 shots she faced, with Marcellus counterpart Ellie Shaw earning 12 saves.The first of two 10-minute OT periods also went scoreless, but in the second OT the Warriors’ Ciarra Rudnick, off a feed from Erica Gangemi, put the ball past Shaw. That this took place on Sept. 10 was ironic because, exactly 364 days earlier, Rudnick had netted an OT game-winner when the Warriors beat CBA. Tags: girls soccerMarcellusskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthill
September 17, 2020
JEFF MERZ/Herald photoJocelyn Wack’s streak is now over.Wack’s NCAA record of 80 consecutive matches with double-digit digs fell short Friday night as No. 14 Wisconsin swept No. 9 Purdue at the Field House.Wisconsin’s defense was at its best, out-blocking and out-digging Purdue, but the Boilermakers’ two-setter offense spread the ball around the court, preventing Wack from hitting 10 digs.Nevertheless, Wack was anything but upset.”It was something that I was very proud of, and it was nice to have,” Wack said. “I would be upset about it ending if it was on a match that we lost, but we won.”Wack finished with just eight digs while Amanda Berkely and Jackie Simpson posted 12 and 10, respectively.”Today was an all-around game by Berkley and Jackie, and that was nice,” Wack said. “Everybody played hard, and everyone picked up their defense, and it just wasn’t my night.”The closest anyone’s come to Wack’s streak was Griselle Lopez-Pereira of Virginia Commonwealth, who Wack passed early last year, with 63 consecutive matches, and UW head coach Pete Waite believes it is one that will stand for a long time.”That was a fantastic record she set, and it’s going to be a long time before somebody beats that,” Waite said.Wack had 18 digs Sunday in Wisconsin’s win over Indiana.Carlini sidelined, DuPont steps upFor the third straight game, senior floor captain and outside hitter Maria Carlini sat out with a foot injury.Carlini suffered the injury three weeks ago at Illinois, but continued to play until leaving the Ohio State match last weekend after the second game and sitting out every game thereafter.Her timetable for return remains an unknown, though Carlini is itching to return as soon as possible.”I’m not sure [how long she’ll be out],” Waite said. “If you ask Maria, she’ll be back next match, but you could’ve said that three matches ago and she’d say that every time.”Even though Megan Mills took Carlini’s place in the starting line-up, it was freshman outside hitter Caity DuPont who replaced her spot in the rotation.DuPont, in her first matches at the Field House, got some valuable experience under her belt and made an impact in both Badger victories, recording nine kills Friday and eight Sunday.”I’m really happy I’m getting this opportunity, although we really want Maria to come back,” DuPont said. “I am just glad to be in there helping the team out.”While Carlini’s injury is definitely unfortunate for Wisconsin, Waite is happy to see DuPont and other players off the bench step up in her place.”We’re still hoping [Carlini will] come back and give us some good play, but this is great,” he said. “This improves the depth of our team and they got really tight out there as a team and stood tough together.”It’s making us deeper and better right there by getting Caity in there and getting her experience.”Field House CrowdHomecoming weekend was a big one for UW athletics, and it all wrapped up Sunday with a Badgers volleyball match against Indiana.Wisconsin made a concerted effort to make Sunday’s crowd a big one: mission accomplished.With several promotions to bring fans in, the Field House attendance hit 7,064, the 14th-largest volleyball crowd at the Field House.”I thought it was a great crowd out there,” Waite said. “A lot of high school teams and different groups … came in to watch, and our players were really excited to play in front of them.”The crowd level certainly gave the Badgers a boost, evident by the quick lead they jumped out to.Wisconsin held Indiana to nine points in the first game, tying the fewest points given up in rally scoring in school history.
September 17, 2020
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 28, 2013 at 1:41 am Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 There had to be some hesitancy. Christian Hackenberg knew what he could be up against at Penn State — perpetual scrutiny, a thinner supporting cast and three seasons without postseason play.But it’s still Penn State. There’s still the tradition of excellence. The Nittany Lions still play in front of hordes of adoring fans that remained steadfast through scandal and controversy.That all sold the school to the quarterback, but even more important was the new man at the helm.“He wanted to play for Bill O’Brien,” said former Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy head coach Micky Sullivan, who coached Hackenberg at the high school.Hackenberg hadn’t even been on the radar when former head coach Joe Paterno was finishing up at PSU. It wasn’t until O’Brien was hired and made Hackenberg one of his first recruiting priorities that Penn State would find its eventual quarterback of the future.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn less than two months a rookie head coach sold a program embroiled in scandal to the No. 2 quarterback recruit in the nation.“Bill O’Brien’s a special guy,” Sullivan said. “I’m very impressed with the things he does, the way he handles himself.”Lining up under center against Syracuse on Saturday could be Hackenberg, who was one of O’Brien’s top priorities when the coach first arrived on campus. Hackenberg, a true freshman quarterback and Penn State’s first five-star commit after the Jerry Sandusky scandal, could make the first start of his career when the Nittany Lions play the Orange at 3:30 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.With the idealistic quarterback — Hackenberg’s 6-foot-4 build fits the Nittany Lions’ prostyle offense to perfection — and the mastermind head coach, PSU hasn’t missed a beat. It would have been bowl-eligible last season and is receiving votes in the preseason AP Top 25 this year.For a moment, though, everything could have fallen apart in the wake of the scandal.Running back Silas Redd, who played two years for Penn State, was the first one to go. He departed for Southern California and it seemed more would follow in droves.But most stuck with it. And then the recruits started to come.Hackenberg was the first, but Adam Breneman, the No. 2 tight end in the country, joined him nine days later. And, most importantly, they stuck with it even after sanctions came down.“I think it says something about the type of character that guy had and all the other recruits that we had that held on to their commitment despite the sanctions,” guard John Urschel said. “It’s a great place for football and there’s something special here and I think they recognize that, and I think that’s why they kept their commitments.”Hackenberg committed after the scandal broke. But before sanctions came down, for a time, he had to rethink his decision.He sat down with Sullivan and his family and went through the whole litany of pros and cons. Hackenberg’s answer, Sullivan said: “I want to go there.”“Was I surprised that he stuck with it? No. Was there wavering or questioning? I think at times, at least early on, we looked,” Sullivan said. “You know, ‘OK, what are we going to do? Do you really want to do this?’ And Christian always said, ‘I want to go to Penn State.’”Hackenberg was not available to comment because O’Brien does not allow freshmen to talk to the media.Hackenberg only arrived at PSU this summer, but immediately he’s been thrown into the fire, competing for the starting quarterback job at a Big 10 school. He relishes the spotlight, Sullivan said. Fork Union opened the season in his senior year with a game televised on ESPN. His year ended with the Under Armour All-America Game.People don’t talk as much about the scandal now as much as they did last year.“It’s nice to not have the media be talking about things other than football,” Urschel said.But Hackenberg sticking with his commitment will inevitably once again thrust him into the spotlight.“That just shows the type of guy that he is, shows his character and the things that matter to him the most,” safety Malcolm Willis said. “Now that he’s here, he’s in a battle for that quarterback spot.”But Hackenberg can only carry the Nittany Lions so far. In a best-case scenario — and assuming he doesn’t redshirt — he will play in one bowl game in his career. If he leaves early, he will never carry them to the postseason.So his arrival is as much symbolic as it is tangible. PSU has three more years before it can again be the power it once was. Once that time passes, the Nittany Lions will be in good hands.“As for the future,” Willis said, “as long as Penn State football keeps doing what it’s doing, then we should be fine.” Comments