Mar 15, 2013 (CIDRAP News) – Flu activity in the United States last week continued its slow retreat, with more areas of the country returning to regional baselines and fewer respiratory samples testing positive for the virus.In its weekly update, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said, however, that one key marker increased slightly—the percentage of outpatient visits for flulike illness, which rose from 2.3% to 2.6% last week, keeping it above the national baseline.The percentage of respiratory swabs that were positive for flu dropped from 17.2% to 14.3% last week. In the past few weeks, influenza B edged out H3N2 as the dominant strain, which isn’t unusual for late in the season. The CDC said influenza B was more common than influenza A in all 10 of its regions.Antiviral resistance testing detected an H3N2 sample that was resistant to oseltamivir (Tamiflu). Earlier testing found two 2009 H1N1 samples that were resistant to the drug.The level of flu-related hospitalizations rose slightly again last week, from 38.5 per 100,000 population to 39.6 per 100,000. Seniors are still the hardest-hit group.Twelve more pediatric flu deaths were reported to the CDC last week, pushing the season’s total so far to 99. Nine, reported between Nov 24 and Mar 9, were linked to influenza B.The marker for overall deaths from pneumonia and flu, which has been running well above the epidemic threshold for several weeks but falling recently, declined slightly to 7.6%, nearly reaching the threshold of 7.5%.Only eight states still reported wide geographic spread of flu, down from nine the week before. States still reporting wide spread are located in the northeastern and western parts of the country.In other parts of North America, flu activity in Canada continued to drop below expected levels, according to a Mar 13 update from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). As in the United States, influenza B detections are increasing and flu hospitalization rates are highest in people aged 65 and older.In Mexico, H3N2 is still the dominant strain, according to the PAHO report.Meanwhile, flu is still causing substantial illness in Europe, but markers continue to decline, according to a weekly surveillance update from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). The percentage of respiratory specimens that tested positive for flu last week was 54%—still high, but down from the peak of 61% earlier this year.Finland and Germany were the only countries that reported high-intensity activity, and Portugal and Wales reported increasing trends.Of European flu virus detections last week, 52% were influenza B and 48% were influenza A. Testing during the previous week showed an even split between the two virus types.At the global level, the 2009 H1N1 virus is the dominant strain, followed by H3N2 and influenza B, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today in a virologic update.WHO said southern China is seeing increased activity from the 2009 H1N1 flu strain. Sporadic flu detections continue to be reported from Africa, with influenza B as the dominant strain.Flu activity in the Southern Hemisphere remains low, according to the WHO. The flu season there generally runs from May through October.See also:Mar 15 CDC weekly flu updateMar 13 PAHO influenza situation reportMar 15 ECDC flu surveillance reportMar 15 WHO virological update
Saudi Arabia identifies 2 new cases of MERS, 1 deathThe Saudi Arabian Ministry of Health (MOH) reported two new cases of MERS-CoV infection yesterday and today and the death of a previously reported patient. A 49-year-old Saudi man from Unayzah is in critical condition after presenting with symptoms of MERS-CoV (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus), the MOH reported yesterday. The man had indirect contact with camels, a known risk factor for MERS.Today, the MOH said a 60-year-old Saudi man from Al Majmaah was also in critical condition. The patient had direct contact with camels. The agency also confirmed today that a 77-year-old man in Riyadh who was previously reported died from MERS-CoV. He was not a healthcare worker and had preexisting disease.Saudi Arabia’s MERS-CoV case count since 2012 has now reached 1,738, including 703 deaths. Seven patients are still being treated, according to the MOH.Oct 31 MOH update Nov 1 MOH update Flu continues to decline in Southern HemisphereThe World Health Organization (WHO) reported continued declining flu activity levels in the Southern Hemisphere in its latest global flu update yesterday.Flu levels remain low in the Northern Hemisphere, though North America and Europe have reported flu activity in the past few weeks.Only Western and Central Asia reported increased activity of influenza-like illness and severe acute respiratory infection. Oman, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan all reported increased activity.Influenza A remains the dominant strain across the globe. Of all typed samples collected from Oct 2 to Oct 15, 78% were influenza A and 22% were influenza B. Of the subtyped influenza A viruses, 79.4% were H3N2 and 20.6% were H1N1.Oct 31 WHO update Study: Half of Zika pediatric patients report only 2 of 4 main symptomsA study today in Pediatrics analyzed data on all known (33) Zika infections in children in Miami-Dade County and found that almost half (16) of the children reported only two of the four main symptoms of infection.The study included children diagnosed as having Zika virus between Oct 15, 2015, and Mar 29 of this year. Twenty-seven cases (82.3%) were travel-associated. The median age of the patients was 11 years. Seventeen case-patients (51.5%) were boys, and 23 (69.9%) were Hispanic.According to the study, all 31 symptomatic children reported having rash, 25 (80.6%) reported fever, 9 (29.0%) reported conjunctivitis, and 7 (22.6%) reported joint pain. Sixteen cases (48.5%) reported two of four main symptoms, and 8 (24.2%) reported three. Among the 31 confirmed case-patients, 25 (80.6%) reported having both fever and rash.The authors concluded by emphasizing the need to test children for Zika if they have household members who are infected with the virus, especially if they exhibit fever or rash.In another Zika study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers described mouse brain slice culture experiments that suggested that all Zika lineages have the potential to disrupt brain development. In addition, Zika virus was able to invade brain cells at all stages of embryonic development.Nov 1 Pediatrics study Oct 31 Proc Natl Acad Sci study
COUNTY News:The Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office completed the required canvass process to certify and finalize the results of the 2020 Primary Election, which took place Tuesday, June 2, 2020.The Canvass Board (Board) met at 1 p.m. Thursday at the LAC Municipal Building. The Board consisted of Mr. Cameron Counters, Mr. James P. Cline, Ms. Danielle Gardner, and Ms. Joann Johnson. Also in attendance were County Clerk Naomi Maestas, Elections Manager Gloria Maestas, and Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez.During the canvass process, the Board reviewed and verified the accuracy of the election results from the early and absentee locations, as well as the election day vote centers. The canvassed results proved to be a precise match between the machine tapes and the results posted on election day, with hand tally totals from 14 provisional ballots added as a result of the Board’s review. The Board issued a certificate of canvass, which will be sent to the New Mexico Secretary of State and others as required by law. The certificate of canvass and official election results have been made available on the County Clerk webpage: www.losalamosnm.us/clerk. When asked about the process Board Member JoAnn Johnson stated, “Los Alamos is fortunate to have such a dedicated and professional staff in the County Clerk’s Office. They go to great lengths to assure that every vote that is cast is counted in a fair and equitable manner.”The final count of ballots cast in the 2020 Primary Election totaled 5,911, representing a turnout of 55% among the 10,786 eligible Los Alamos County registered voters. Of the total 5,911 votes; 526 were cast during early voting; 4,577 were cast by mail; 794 were cast on election day; with an addition of 14 qualified provisional ballots. Clerk Maestas stated, “This election was held under unprecedented times, but the voters of Los Alamos proved that nothing is going to get in the way of their right to vote and that democracy is alive and well, even amongst a pandemic! Voter turnout was the highest it’s ever been and absentee-by-mail numbers soared higher than they ever have in a Primary Election. A huge ‘Thank You’ to the 55 percent of voters who chose to make their voice heard in the fashion that was comfortable to you!” Elections Manager Gloria Maestas added, “Despite being faced with a pandemic while administering the 2020 Primary election, our election workers stepped up to the challenge and did a phenomenal job in assisting our office with mailing out over 5,000 absentee ballots and servicing over 1,300 in-person voters. I work with amazing Clerk staff and appreciate the support from our election workers to continually have successful elections.”Clerk Maestas would like to thank all the candidates for their dedication and commitment through this election process – as well as the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos, our partner in promoting voter registration and sharing key election information. She would like to extend a special “Thank You” to all the Election Poll Workers, who spent many hours, from May 5th through the late hours on election day serving voters in a friendly, professional, and efficient manner, during the unprecedented nature of conducting an election during a global pandemic. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the election workers, who are true patriots for their bravery and dedication to the election process! Each and every one of them chose to work this election during a worldwide pandemic. We all are extremely fortunate for their service!” Clerk Maestas said.Clerk Maestas would also like to extend her appreciation to the employees of Los Alamos County for their fervent assistance this election, along with her sincere gratitude for the hard work of her dedicated staff, who are the other heroes of this election. The amount of work that went into this election and to keep everyone safe is incomparable to any election we have ever conducted, but they were on site each day taking risks for a process they believe in and work hard for.“A special thank you to each and every one of them,” including Elections Manager Gloria Maestas; Chief Deputy Clerk Adrianna Ortiz; Senior Deputy Clerk Francella Montoya; Deputy Clerk Victoria Martinez; Casual Deputy Clerk Anna Sanchez and Student Ubaldo Barela.Clerk Maestas would also like to remind those residents who are not registered or have moved, that they can complete a voter registration form at the County Clerk’s Office at 1000 Central Ave., 2nd Floor, Suite 240. Voter registration services and forms also are available at the Motor Vehicle Department or online to eligible New Mexico citizens through the New Mexico Secretary of State website: NMVote.org. The General Election is set to take place Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.For more information, visit the Clerk’s website at www.losalamosnm.us/clerk or contact the office at 505.662.8010 or by email at email@example.com.Follow the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office on Facebook + Instagram + Twitter.
Ronson, through his property firm Heron International, is sitting on a cash pile of £200m.When this is combined with borrowings and access to further funds from his wealthy investment partners, he says he is able to assemble a £1bn war chest. Ronson’s cash pile puts him in a far better position than during the last recession in the 1990s, when a huge slice of his personal fortune was wiped out in the property crash.
Any semblance of civility among Southampton Village Board members flew out the virtual window during a contentious Zoom meeting April 21. The chasm widened between Mayor Jesse Warren and incumbent board member Richard Yastrzemski, and the three other board members Kimberly Allan, Mark Parash, and Andrew Pilaro. The occasion, at least written on the agenda as part of the official board meeting — despite the fact the trustees and public were at remote locations — was to approve the 2021 village budget. Warren was under the impression the process would unfold without a hitch. “We went through the budget process,” he said. “We held a public hearing.” But when it was time for a final vote, he said he was “ambushed” by Allan, Parash, and Pilaro, who wanted the document altered. The most contentious line item in the $32.4 million budget was $350,000 Warren earmarked for the environment. Board members wanted to know how exactly it would be spent. Warren responded in vagaries, noting the village has a host of environmental issues that need addressing, among them Lake Agawam, “the most polluted lake in the state.” The others wanted the money broken down further, assigning a sum to each project under consideration. Warren balked, and the board members stiffened. The $350,000 “environment” fund was removed, thus freeing up the money for other unspecified projects. Allan, Parash, and Pilaro voted to earmark an additional $150,000 to the highway department for unspecified projects, including potentially more asphalt paving, which was suggested earlier in the month by Parash, the liaison to the department. The three opposing board members are all part of the Community Party, and Warren said politics is dictating their actions. “This is a party bankrolled by LLCs, real estate, and big business,” he charged. He said his budget was waylaid, “ignoring all past practices,” and that the maneuvers were “sneaky.” Warren spent the last 10 or so minutes of the meeting addressing the board and public simultaneously, repeatedly stating the board wanted business as usual and pointedly ignored the spirit of reform and new direction exhibited by his victory in last year’s mayoral race. The Community Party countered, issuing its own missive following the meeting: “Mayor Warren is one of the five trustees . . . He cannot spend money, change the code, or hire without a majority vote of the board. However, he has failed to heed his own words.” “For the record, the 2020 village budget was proposed solely by the mayor without any meaningful input solicited from the trustees,” the statement continued. “It does fall under the 2-percent tax cap and has 4.7 percent tax levy. Since Mayor Warren exclusively added the expenses that increased the rate, it should be his responsibility to explain the tax levy increase to the public . . . the bottom line is, he has no desire to cooperate.” Attention turns to the June 28 election. Allan, up for reelection, has tabbed Zachary Epley, the son of former mayor Mark Epley, as a running mate. Yastrzemski’s term is up, and he did not return a call for comment as to whether he will run again. Joseph McLoughlin, a former board member, has indicated he may run again. Warren, Parash, and Pilaro all have another year left of their firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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Generic advice: Freshfields advised investment company VEM Vermögensverwaltung on the €3.6bn (£3.2bn) sale of generics drugs manufacturer Ratiopharm to Israeli drugs company Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, advised by US firm Kirkland & Ellis. Sure thing: City firm Taylor Wessing advised motor insurer esure on its £185m management buyout from Lloyds Banking Group, advised by Linklaters, by private equity firm Penta Capital, advised by Anglo-Scottish firm Dickson Minto. Showing metal: National firm Addleshaw Goddard advised metals company Delta on a £284.5m takeover bid by engineering company Valmont Group, advised by Slaughter and May. In good health: Magic circle firm Linklaters advised private equity firm Triton on its €850m (£761m) acquisition of Nordic healthcare and care services provider Ambea from private equity firm 3i, advised by Swedish firm Mannheimer Swartling. On track: French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel, with Slaughter and May, City firm Stephenson Harwood, and US firms Gibson Dunn & Crutcher and Cozen O’Connor, advised French rail operator SNCF on creating Eurostar International, the future operator of Eurostar rail services. The Department for Transport was advised by City firms CMS Cameron McKenna and Herbert Smith, and Belgian rail operator SNCB was advised by magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Eurostar International was advised by magic circle firm Clifford Chance. Care package: City firm Lovells advised the management of health and social care provider Care UK on its £281m acquisition by private equity firm Bridgepoint, advised by Clifford Chance. Plan from the Pru: City firm Herbert Smith advised Credit Suisse, JP Morgan Cazenove and HSBC on financing UK insurer Prudential’s $35.5bn (£23.4bn) acquisition of the Asian operations of insurer AIG, advised by US firm Debevoise & Plimpton. Magic circle firm Slaughter and May advised Prudential in the UK; US firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton advised Prudential in the US.
In his article on HSBC and conveyancing, Jonathan Smithers rightly says that solicitors may take steps to steer clients away from HSBC. He may be too young to remember the days when Abbey National had an even more limited panel of solicitors and repeatedly refused to expand it. The result (in a booming property market) was that solicitors invariably advised clients not to go to Abbey for a mortgage and took such steps as were open to them to ensure that funds which were under their control did not get invested with Abbey National. I for one will now be advising clients to go nowhere near HSBC. Indeed, partly as a result of HSBC’s policy, one substantial property client of mine has already made the decision to move from HSBC to another bank. Richard C Male, Male & Wagland, Potters Bar
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The existing WEWA service will have the following port rotation: Antwerp, Le Havre, Leixoes, Lisbon, Algeciras, Tanger-Med, Pointe Noire, Luanda, Lobito, Namibe, Abidjan, Tanger-Med and Antwerp.Meanwhile, NileDutch is launching a new service to Dakar and Abidjan, which will provide extra loading ports. Effective March 6, the new Europe – West Africa (EUWA) service will call at: Dunkerque, Tilbury, Antwerp, Dunkerque, Le Havre, Montoir, Tanger-Med, Algeciras, Dakar, Abidjan, Dakar, Algeciras and Dunkerque.Pointe Noire will serve as NileDutch’s hub for shipments to and from Douala, Libreville, Bata, Malabo, Boma, Matadi, Cabinda and Soyo. www.niledutch.com
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