Italy coronavirus: Schools and colleges will close for two weeks

first_imgWednesday 4 March 2020 5:26 pm Airlines have stopped flights to Italy as the country’s surge in cases weighed on consumer demand to fly there. Medical personnel work in the a pre-triage medical tent located in front of the Cremona hospital, in Cremona, northern Italy, on March 4, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images) Medical personnel work in the a pre-triage medical tent located in front of the Cremona hospital, in Cremona, northern Italy, on March 4, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Italy coronavirus: Schools and colleges will close for two weeks Share “None of us can be sure about the future evolution of the disease. This is an important week to understand what will happen,” the country’s Civil Protection Agency’s head, Angelo Borrelli, said. Show Comments ▼ Italy is considering closing all schools and colleges in a bid to stem the outbreak of the coronavirus as the country’s death toll jumps to 107. Italy coronavirus: Schools and colleges will close for two weeks Medical personnel work in the a pre-triage medical tent located in front of the Cremona hospital, in Cremona, northern Italy, on March 4, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Italy coronavirus: Schools and colleges will close for two weeks A draft decree has called on people not to shake hands or hug in an effort to curb the spread of infection. The government is also planning to ban public events and close cinemas and theatres across the country. Where is Italy’s Covid-19 quarantine? whatsapp Quarantine red zones already exist in Lombardy and Veneto, which have a combined 11 towns in lockdown. No citizens can leave those areas under the quarantine rules. And so-called yellow zones elsewhere allow free movements, but schools, sports venues and bars and restaurants closed 10 days ago. Italy’s education minister, Lucia Azzolina, later confirmed the reports that schools and universities would be closed until mid March. Italy’s coronavirus outbreak initially affected wealthy northern towns that are tourist hot spots. In another sign of mounting concern, the Italian sports minister said the government was likely to order all Serie A football matches to be played behind closed doors until the outbreak eases. whatsappcenter_img But Italy’s northern towns still have the highest numbers of infections. The Lombardy region has reported 1,520 cases, while Veneto has 307 cases. Emilia-Romagna has counted 420 cases. The Ansa news agency reported that the Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte decided to close all educational institutions for two weeks because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus. Italy had a handful of cases only a couple of weeks ago, before experiencing two huge spikes. Which Italy regions have coronavirus cases? Wizz Air warned of a 10 per cent drop in passengers as it stopped flying to Italy. And British Airways owner IAG has also reduced the number of flights it makes to the region. Italian authorities yesterday said they may set up a new so-called red zone quarantine to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Angharad Carrick Cases of Covid-19 have hit 94,225 around the world, with 80,270 in mainland China, according to the John Hopkins University’s tracking system. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Italy has jumped from 2,502 on Tuesday to 3,090 today, and it is the worst affected country in Europe. However, Covid-19 infections quickly spread south to Sicily and now just one of Italy’s 20 regions, Valle D’Aosta, has not reported a case, CNBC reported. And over the weekend Italy’s number of coronavirus cases spiked again by around 90 per cent. It now has 2,502 Covid-19 infections and a coronavirus death of toll of 79. Medical personnel work in the a pre-triage medical tent located in front of the Cremona hospital, in Cremona, northern Italy, on March 4, 2020. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Italy coronavirus: Schools and colleges will close for two weeks Last week Italy’s surge in coronavirus cases prompted a major stock sell-off as infections spread rapidly outside of China. It saw its three recorded cases turn into hundreds. As a result the government put 11 towns in northern Italy into lockdown. Last week Easyjet said it would cancel a number of flights to Italy as it warned of a “significant softening of demand” across its network. Reuters reported that Emilia Romagna’s regional government said that two of its members had tested positive. Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

Rishi Sunak prepares to chair G7 finance ministers summit in London

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsMost Affordable Camper VansAll Things Auto | Search AdsBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerNational Injury BureauJury Finds Roundup Responsible For Lymphoma | Bayer To Pay $10 BillionNational Injury BureauPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItMoneyWise.comMechanics Say You Should Avoid These Cars In 2021  MoneyWise.comLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyPsoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsWhat Is Psoriatic Arthritis? See Signs (Some Symptoms May Surprise)Psoriatic Arthritis | Search AdsLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Ads Thursday 3 June 2021 4:34 pm Rishi Sunak will tomorrow chair the first day of this year’s G7 finance ministers summit in London, with a global taxation deal set to be on top of the agenda. whatsapp However, the chancellor told Reuters today that the plan could work and would be discussed at the G7 finance ministers summit. German Finance Minster Olaf Scholz yesterday told Reuters that he expects the G7 finance ministers to make “significant progress” on corporate tax issues at tomorrow’s summit. The plan would focus on the profits of the 100 biggest companies that have benefitted most from globalisation, chief among them tech giants, which have seen their businesses boom during the pandemic. The UK government unilaterally implemented its own digital services tax last year on online marketplaces, like Amazon, for the business they do in the UK, however the chancellor has said it is only a stopgap until when a global tech tax can be agreed. Show Comments ▼ Rishi Sunak has said his major priorities for the two-day summit will be an agreement on a global tech tax and to urge other G7 countries to implement mandatory climate reporting targets for public companies. (Getty Images) This move was said to anger the Trump White House and Biden also wants to see it scrapped. “It’s certainly something we can work with as long as it meets our objectives of getting at the right companies and on the face of it, it can,” he said. whatsapp Also Read: Rishi Sunak calls on Biden to strike deal for global tech tax Stefan Boscia He immediately suspended the 25 per cent tariffs and will not reinstate them if a tax deal is struck within the next six months. Share Biden showed today how serious he was about getting a deal done as he slapped tariffs on six countries, including on £626m goods made in the UK.  “We just need to work through the details.” Also Read: Sunak claim that Cameron and Greensill got no special treatment branded as ‘not credible’ Various media outlets have reported that Sunak does not support the plan as there are not enough assurances that giant tech firms, like Amazon and Facebook, will pay their fair share of tax in the UK. US Trade Representative Katherine Tai said: “Today’s actions provide time for those negotiations to continue to make progress while maintaining the option of imposing tariffs.” Joe Biden’s plan to set a 15 per cent minimum corporation tax rate among OECD countries and to crack down on 100 of globe’s largest multinationals avoiding tax will be a key starting point for any deal. “It’s becoming clearer now that there can be a consensus on this issue as well, so that we indeed reach our goal that all major digital companies will be taxed,” he said. The chancellor has said his major priorities for the two-day summit will be an agreement on a global tech tax and to urge other G7 countries to implement mandatory climate reporting targets for public companies. Rishi Sunak prepares to chair G7 finance ministers summit in London However, this could be offset by the minimum corporation tax rate Biden wants to implement, which may result in more companies paying tax in the US instead of other countries. International agreement is needed on any new comprehensive online tax as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) oversees treaties on how profits of multinationals are taxed.last_img read more

Flooding threatens century-old dam on lake above Leavenworth

first_imgNation & World | WeatherFlooding threatens century-old dam on lake above LeavenworthMay 14, 2018 by Anna King, Northwest News Network Share:Eightmile Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. A century-old dam there is now under threat from floodwaters. (Creative Commons photo by Steve Cyr)A nearly 100 year-old dam near Leavenworth, Washington, is under heavy pressure from melting snow this week and officials are warning downstream residents to be prepared to evacuate if the dam breaks.The Eightmile Lake Dam, which was built in the 1920’s out of earth, rock and mortar, is on Eightmile Lake in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Water from the lake flows into Icicle Creek through Leavenworth and then dumps into the Wenatchee River.In recent days, snow melt from the mountains in Canada have inundated waterways in Central and Northeast Washington and caused flooding in many areas. A major forest fire burned much of the watershed around the Eightmile Lake Dam last year, so soils there are less absorbent.The high water has already peeled off a four-foot section of the earthen portion of the dam. Officials are worried as temperatures rise this week, the pressure on the dam could worsen.Emergency officials just flew in an excavator to the remote site using a helicopter. They plan to siphon water from behind the dam with large hoses. A release pipe that could help is clogged with old boards and debris. Officials say that at this high water stage, they can’t safely remove the blockage.There are about 50 homes downstream that are in jeopardy. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office has released a map that shows potential inundation zones.Emergency managers have called a public information meeting on the situation at the dam for Monday, May 14 in Leavenworth at the Leavenworth Fire District #3 at 7pm.Share this story:last_img read more

Goldbelt shareholder fined $1,000 over Facebook post accusing state regulator of inaction

first_imgNormally board members aren’t allowed to work for corporations they’re overseeing. But the board had made an exception for one of their own. Austin’s post also revealed the details of past complaints, none of which he believes were acted upon by regulators.But it’s that public, online complaint that’s landed Austin in hot water. State financial regulators are empowered to regulate any public statement that could sway a board election in a Native corporation — which his post seeking support from shareholders arguably was.The rules are designed to block misleading information that could affect projects and defraud investors. But critics like Austin say it’s more often used to silence dissent of shareholders of regional, urban and village Native corporations.“Freedom of speech is important. I think, shareholders or anyone should have the right for freedom of speech,” Austin said, “and it appears that we don’t.”Regulators charged with enforcement say that’s not the case.“Every complaint is treated equally,” said Leif Haugen, chief of enforcement for the state’s Banking & Securities Division.  He wouldn’t comment on allegations against Goldbelt’s board of directors, as investigative files are confidential.Most, though not necessarily all, enforcement actions are generated by complaints brought to the seven-member enforcement team. He says most orders and fines are against individual shareholders probably because they often don’t have the same access to professional legal advice.“We see more complaints against shareholders maybe because they aren’t quite as knowledgeable about the regulations.”Goldbelt’s CEO McHugh Pierre says the corporation didn’t try to silence Austin, a perennial candidate for the board and outspoken critic of the corporation’s management. And he denies that  board members band together to campaign for each other.“We don’t have a board slate like Sealaska or other corporations do,” he told CoastAlaska News. “It’s a totally independent campaign cycle. And so the corporation doesn’t take a position one way or another and doesn’t take actions against candidates regarding Banking & Securities investigations.”So why did regulators issue a June 16 enforcement action against Ray Austin?He didn’t file disclosures of his own with the agency before publicly seeking support for his election campaign.The Facebook post got a date wrong in his narrative about Richard Beasley’s disclosure requirement for working as a contractor at the corporation’s Mount Roberts Tramway.“So, (Austin) was saying that it should have been disclosed in the 2018 proxy,” Pierre explained, “which, that was impossible because the work wasn’t for the previous year. The work was beginning in 2018. And in fact, began after the proxy was already printed (in April).”And it’s on this basis that regulators say a “material misrepresentation” was made, and fined him $1,000.There are differing views on whether Goldbelt should’ve disclosed one of its board incumbents had a paid side-gig with the corporation. But to date, regulators are silent on that point.“I won’t speak about other matters that have been under investigation that didn’t result in an order or anything that may be currently being investigated,” Haugen said.But back to the larger question: Are regulators overreaching by fining dissident shareholders? The Alaska Supreme Court has already heard arguments from the ACLU, challenging the state’s power to regulate any speech in print or online that could influence the governance of Native corporations.Haugen says the courts have traditionally sided with the regulator. In fact, its broad powers aren’t limited to just shareholders of Native corporations created out of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act or ANCSA.“Any person, theoretically, who gets involved in soliciting proxies could become a respondent in an ANCSA complaint,” Haugen said. “I can tell you that I haven’t seen that in my time here. But I guess it’s theoretically possible.”That remains untested. Even so, the state’s authority over Native corporation elections violating free speech is a question now being weighed by Alaska’s Supreme Court justices.Austin has the right to defend himself in an administrative hearing. But to do that, he’ll need to have forms notarized — in person — and he says that’s too risky in a pandemic. He lives in New Mexico, where as of early July 2, more than 500 people have died from COVID-19; there have been more than 12,000 confirmed cases in the state.“We’re close to the Navajo reservation and my wife’s Navajo and we know people that have the virus right now,” Austin said. “My brother-in-law’s brother died from it and so I just didn’t want to jeopardize myself and my family.”He’s now in touch with state regulators on the potential workarounds so he can defend himself in a hearing without coming into contact with people outside his household.Share this story: Alaska Native Corporations | State GovernmentGoldbelt shareholder fined $1,000 over Facebook post accusing state regulator of inactionJuly 3, 2020 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:The cover design of Goldbelt Inc.’s 2016 annual report was inspired by the late Clarissa Rizal, a Goldbelt shareholder and weaver. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)State financial regulators have fined a Goldbelt, Inc. shareholder over a Facebook post complaining of inaction by the state agency responsible for financial oversight of the corporate board. This comes as the state’s broad powers over shareholder speech is under review by the Alaska Supreme Court.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Goldbelt shareholder Ray Austin complained to regulators in 2018 that board members were breaking the rules by not filing financial disclosures.“It’s important that board members disclose any conflict of interest that they may have,” he said in a recent phone interview from his home in New Mexico.But he says that the Alaska Division of Banking & Securities, which has oversight of the board of Juneau’s urban Native corporation, did nothing.Then, in a Facebook forum in May of 2019, while running for a seat on the board he went public with that and another complaint he’d filed:  Goldbelt board member Richard Beasley, an accomplished Tlingit master carver, had signed a contract for work at the corporation’s Mount Roberts Tramway a month before the corporation’s annual meeting and board elections. But this wasn’t disclosed to shareholders.Alaska’s Banking & Securities Division says “Facebook posts are ‘proxy statements’ as defined in 3 AAC 08.365(14) because they are communications that were made available to shareholders under circumstances reasonably calculated to result in the procurement, withholding or revocation of a proxy. In other words, they could help sway a shareholder with voting power in a Native corporation election. (Screenshot by Jacob Resneck/CoastAlaska)last_img read more

WHO says mysterious illness in China likely being caused by new virus

first_img Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Health officials hand out disease monitoring information after performing thermal scans on passengers arriving in Bangkok from Wuhan, China. Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images Helen Branswell HealthWHO says mysterious illness in China likely being caused by new virus The World Health Organization confirmed on Wednesday that Chinese authorities believe a new coronavirus — from the family that produced SARS and MERS — may be the cause of mysterious pneumonia cases in the city of Wuhan.The Chinese government has not yet publicly stated that a coronavirus is the cause of the illness, which has infected at least 59 people. But the Wall Street Journal reported that was the case earlier Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.“Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that range from the common cold to SARS. Some cause less-severe disease, some more severe. Some transmit easily from person to person, while others don’t,” the WHO statement said.advertisement The WHO said that as authorities home in on the cause — and develop better detection tools — the number of cases associated with this outbreak may rise.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out an alert to health care providers — a Health Alert Network or HAN — notifying them of the outbreak and urging them to ask patients with severe respiratory infections if they had traveled recently to Wuhan, which is 700 miles south of Beijing.The fact that a coronavirus may be responsible will come as no surprise to the infectious diseases experts who have been watching the situation unfold. The type of illness and the fact that it is emerging in China — where a number of SARS-like and other coronaviruses have been isolated from bats — has pointed in that direction.Experts said it will now be important for China to share more information, including enough of a genetic sequence so that health facilities outside of China know what to look for when faced with a pneumonia case with a recent travel history to Wuhan.As it currently stands, Hong Kong is isolating any such cases until they can be tested for influenza, rhinoviruses, and other viruses that cause colds and flu. Given it is flu season in the Northern Hemisphere, telling countries to be on the look out for travelers with fevers and cold-like symptoms casts a very broad net.“It really behooves them to at least provide enough information to allow the global community to be ready to do testing,” said Ralph Baric, a coronavirus expert at the University of North Carolina. “Otherwise you’re just doing screening for fever — in the middle of respiratory disease season? Financial nightmare.”It will also be critical to figure out how the virus transmitted to people. The outbreak has been linked to a large seafood market that also sells live exotic animals for consumption. The market was closed and decontaminated on Jan. 1.Baric said investigations will be underway to identify which species — singular or plural — was infected in the market.“Understanding the reservoir is critical for eliminating that whole aspect of animal-to-human jump,” Frieman said.Identifying the reservoir of the virus will also require tracing the animals suspected of being infected back to their suppliers so that it can be determined whether other markets might also have received infected animals.During the 2003 SARS outbreak — in which more than 8,000 people were infected and nearly 800 died — the source of the virus was traced to palm civets that are eaten as a delicacy in parts of China. The Chinese government ordered a mass culling of the animals as part of its effort to stop the outbreak.News of the pneumonia cases first emerged on Dec. 30, when the local health authority told hospitals to be on the lookout for cases. The next day Chinese authorities informed the WHO that they were dealing with what looked like an outbreak caused by an unknown virus.In its most recent update, the Wuhan Municipal Health Authority said there had been 59 cases, seven of which were in critical condition. The statement said the first known case began showing signs of illness on Dec. 12 and the last case of illness onset was Dec. 29. Privacy Policy @HelenBranswell By Helen Branswell Jan. 8, 2020 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: “I don’t know how you know that at all,” said Matthew Frieman, a coronavirus expert at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He noted the number of cases reported makes it seem unlikely that animal-to-human transmission is the only way this virus spread.advertisement Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. The virus can cause severe illness in some patients, the agency said, adding that it does not “transmit readily” between people. Earlier statements from the Wuhan Municipal Health Authority said there has been no person-to-person spread — a claim disease experts say is impossible to make at this stage in the exploration of a new disease. About the Author Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Tags Coronavirusinfectious diseaselast_img read more

A viral mystery: Can one infection prevent another?

first_img In September 2009, the H1N1 swine flu had arrived in Portugal, Spain, and the UK, so France braced itself for cases of the infection.Indeed, the number of people in France with respiratory symptoms soon increased. But they did not seem to have H1N1. France registered only sporadic positive tests for the new swine flu for most of that September and the first half of October. When H1N1 finally took hold in France, it was much later in the fall than expected. And that got scientists thinking: Why?A flurry of papers since then have narrowed in on a beguiling hypothesis: The pandemic flu was deflected by the common cold.advertisement Trending Now: Adobe/Boston Globe staff During the Covid-19 pandemic, cases of many other respiratory infections have plummeted. This is likely a result of social distancing protocols, but it’s also possible that viral interference, the phenomenon of viruses affecting each other, may be involved. This insight could offer a head start on fighting future pandemics. With a deeper understanding of our viral ecology, what if, someday, we could use viruses against each other?advertisement Adaptive immune defenses target specific pathogens, and these are what protect us after we’ve been vaccinated. But innate immunity is more all-purpose. After studying the H1N1 flu, Ellen Foxman, an immunologist at the Yale School of Medicine, and colleagues released a paper in October suggesting that once the innate immune system is activated by one pathogen, the body can repel another invader.To model what might have been happening during the swine flu pandemic, the researchers grew human airway tissue in the lab and infected it with rhinovirus. Then, three days later, they gave it the H1N1 flu. They were intrigued to see that the flu virus just fizzled out, and they determined that the rhinovirus had switched on a number of genes that produce innate immune proteins. Suspecting that molecular messengers called interferons had flipped those switches, they treated the tissues with a drug that blocked interferons and ran the experiment again. “Lo and behold, the influenza grows just fine,” says Foxman. Interferons produced to fight the rhinovirus had been beating back the flu.A number of viruses trigger the interferon response, and it’s possible that any of them could make the body put up stiff resistance to a new infection for some period of time. For instance, the team didn’t test whether having the flu first would stop a rhinovirus in its tracks, but it’s plausible, says Foxman. That might explain why flus and colds have alternating peaks every year. There are a lot of reasons why one virus might take center stage over others, including human behavior, school schedules, and climate. “But you really wonder if viral interference is one missing piece of that equation,” Foxman says.In the current pandemic, the same questions are at play. While social distancing and masks are reducing the incidence of seasonal flu, perhaps the prevalence of Covid-19 is cutting it down further. Or, says Schultz-Cherry, maybe the flu would have slowed down Covid-19. They’re questions that can only be answered with further research, but they are worth asking.Because the new research demonstrates how one infection can stop another, it hints at the possibility of unusual new therapies somewhere down the road. One can imagine viruses engineered to provoke just enough of a response to protect us against more dangerous things for, say, the next week — a benign infection to block an immediate threat. On a more practical level, says Schultz-Cherry, a protective interferon response might someday be generated in just the right places in the body by something like a nasal mist. For people at high risk, interference might provide a shield.On the larger scale, these immune responses are the result of eons of coevolution between humans and viruses. Is it possible that after our long dance with these self-replicating snippets of genetic code, there are viruses that do us more good than harm? Mina suspects that medical research’s focus on the negative outcomes of viral infections may have blinded us to that reality.“We miss these beautiful interactions that probably, evolutionarily, are completely working for and with us as humans, and not against us,” he continued. “The microbiome is a great example. . . . We saw bacteria everywhere and thought, maybe they’re good. Turns out they’re essential.”Veronique Greenwood is a writer whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, and National Geographic, among other publications. This article was originally published by The Boston Globe. For many people, Covid-19 has revealed, in terrifying detail, the bizarre nature of viruses. Beneath the surface of our daily lives is a constantly shifting ecology of pathogens that often behave in unexpected ways. In France in 2009, infections by rhinoviruses, which usually cause colds, were spiking when H1N1 was expected to arrive, and when they petered out, the pandemic flu took off. Since then, studies have found that instances in which people have two viruses at once are rarer than chance alone would predict. That suggests that having one protects you from the other, at least for a while — somehow. Tags Coronavirusinfectious diseaseresearch Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson By Veronique Greenwood Jan. 31, 2021 Reprintscenter_img @vero_greenwood About the Author Reprints I worked hard to protect myself from Covid-19 and the flu. Yet I got both — at the same time In recent years scientists have developed a much more sophisticated picture of what bacteria do to us and for us. They’ve been exploring how our health is shaped by the mix of beneficial and dangerous bacteria in our microbiomes. Now viruses may merit a reexamination as well.The idea that viruses might interfere with each other is old — as old as vaccination. Edward Jenner, the English doctor who helped develop the practice of inoculating against smallpox in the 18th century, noticed it. Inoculation involved infecting a person with the milder cowpox virus. But if the patient had herpes, then it did not work as well. It was as if having two active infections at once altered how the immune system responded.Over the next two centuries, scientists reported more and more situations in which it was clear that infections didn’t operate in a vacuum. One 1950 review article even called it a “well-known fact” that having one virus could inhibit the growth of another.The topic is not frequently discussed these days, though. Viral interference that protects people can be difficult to study and is generally overlooked, says Stacey Schultz-Cherry, an infectious disease researcher at St. Jude’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. That’s because, she explains, situations in which simultaneous infections cause a worse prognosis are so much better known. The flu, for instance, is notorious for opening the door to bacterial pneumonia. Small studies from the beginning of the pandemic suggest having both the flu and Covid-19 is worse than having either alone.But the worst-case scenarios might mask something profound about what often happens as our immune systems encounter viruses all day, every day, says Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. “Viral infections may actually protect people from other viral infections — or bacterial infections — by stimulating immune responses, by keeping our innate immune system on its toes all the time, with these constant little pushes and nudges,” he says. “They are like training for us,” he suggests. Veronique Greenwood HealthA viral mystery: Can one infection prevent another? Related:last_img read more

Spieth’s recent stretch demands comparison to Woods

first_imgKAPALUA, Hawaii – As one player spoke with a gaggle of reporters following his round on Friday, a celebration erupted from the ninth green just down the hill at Kapalua. “That’s the boy,” the player mused with a healthy dose of awe. “The boy” was Jordan Spieth, the PGA Tour’s 22-year-old wunderkind who continues to surprise despite a resume that already includes two major bottle caps and a half dozen victories. His eagle at the par-5 ninth on Friday vaulted him into a commanding lead at the 2016 lid lifter and he’s really not looked back since. The boy wonder set out on a windswept Saturday at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with four-stroke advantage and picked up three consecutive birdies starting at the fourth before dropping his first shot of 2016, a bogey that was the result of a wicked bounce in a bunker on No. 8. “I started out the day with just kind of an off range session. I wasn’t feeling great,” said Spieth, who closed with a 65 for a 25 under total. “[Nos.] 8 through 11 was a tough stretch for me striking the ball. But we still played those holes 1 over when it could have been worse. We made up for it.” But even when Spieth gives the field a glimmer of hope it’s starting to feel like borrowed time. Following his bogey at No. 8, Spieth also failed to birdie the par-5 ninth and Brooks Koepka picked up two shots with birdies at the 14th and 15th holes to cut the lead to one shot. Spieth’s answer was quick and undeniably clear, a birdie putt at No. 12 from Oahu (actually it was 46 feet) that dropped with a sheepish grin and innocent shrug followed by two more birdies at Nos. 14 and 15. Despite a charging effort from Koepka, who posted with a 10-under 63 in the week’s toughest conditions, Spieth maintained a healthy advantage to fuel his burgeoning aura. Comparisons with Tiger Woods and his dominance have all turned out to be wildly unfounded. There have been Tiger-like performances in recent years (see McIlroy, Rory 2014) and Tiger-ish seasons (Spieth 2015), but sustained preeminence is hard. Hyundai Tournament of Champions: Articles, photos and videos Spieth’s last 10 months, however, demand comparisons to Woods at his best, no matter how unfair they seem. Since winning last year’s Valspar Championship in March he has five Tour victories, including career-defining triumphs at the Masters and U.S. Open. Along the way he added five runner-up finishes and a FedEx Cup title. By any definition, that is Tiger-like. It’s etched into the leaderboard and the faces of his frat brothers every time he converts a crucial putt, like his 9-footer for eagle at the last to close his round on Saturday for a five-stroke advantage. “I know what it feels like to be Jordan Spieth now, I guess, shooting 10 under every round,” Koepka laughed. Spieth’s name atop a leaderboard may not be worth a half a stroke a side like some say it was for Woods once upon a time, but there is no denying that his continued excellence is starting to inch its way into the collective psyche. “I tell you what, you can’t make a lot of mistakes,” said Brandt Snedeker, whose 65 on Saturday was his best card in 14 trips around the Plantation Course but still left him nine shots back. “I played a couple practice rounds with him this week and he just hits so many quality golf shots. And when he doesn’t, his short game is so good he doesn’t make any bogeys.” Whether this is the new normal remains to be seen, and to be historically accurate Woods achieved his status after a decade of stellar play, but three rounds into the new year it’s hard to see any weaknesses or blind spots in Spieth’s game. Spieth plays to his strengths, avoids the big miss and though he might not make every putt he steps to, he certainly holes the ones that matter. He’s won on fescue greens (U.S. Open), bent (Masters) and Bermuda grass (Tour Championship), and seems to play better when the conditions are most demanding. Although he’s far too modest to ever admit it, he seems to sense his building mystique among the rank and file. “When Tiger’s in contention, why is his record so phenomenal? Well, sure, he played the best golf and he was the strongest mentally, but everyone else knew that he could do it and maybe tried to do a bit too much and then they’re out of their own sync,” said Spieth, who has now led or been in second place after all seven rounds he’s played at the Tournament of Champions. “In no way, shape, or form am I comparing where I’m at to what he’s done, but I think that any time someone continues to win or close a deal, it just starts to put it in your head.” With a Houdini short game and a putting stroke that travels, Spieth has emerged as a singular talent. Whether he’s bound for the heights that Woods reached depends on what transpires over the next decade or so, but he’s certainly headed down a familiar road.last_img read more

970 new Covid cases in ROI, 50 in Donegal

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Leitrim028.19 “With the authorisation of the first COVID-19 vaccine by the European Commission yesterday, our national vaccine programme can begin in the very near future and this gives us cause for hope. However, widespread vaccination of the population will take time, so we need to continue to adhere to the public health advice on hand washing, keeping 2m distance, wearing face coverings where appropriate, covering our coughs and reducing our social contacts for the duration of the Level 5 restrictions. By working together we can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard our schools and our hospitals.” Pinterest Google+ Tipperary865.2104 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community. Louth55273.1352 By News Highland – December 22, 2020 970 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic this evening, with 13 more deaths.There have now been 81,228 confirmed cases since the pandemic began, with 2,171 Covid related deaths.50 of the new cases are in Donegal, which now has a 14 day incidence rate of 290.8 cases per 100,000 people, compared to a national average of 138.2Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThere have been 13 deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.There have been a total of 2,171 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Monday 21st December, the HPSC has been notified of 970 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 81,228* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;470 are men /494 are women64% are under 45 years of ageThe median age is 37 years old348 in Dublin, 60 in Limerick, 59 in Cork, 59 in Wexford, 55 in Louth and the remaining 389 cases are spread across 20 other counties. As of 2pm today 238 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 28 are in ICU. 23 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The current trajectory of the disease in the community is of grave concern.  In the last seven days to midnight Monday, we have reported 4,478 cases, an increase of more than 110% over the preceding week. In the last 5 days, we have seen extraordinary growth in the incidence of the virus across the country, significantly increasing the level of risk associated with the kind of inter-generational mixing that is normally experienced over the Christmas holidays. To protect ourselves, our families and our vulnerable loved ones in particular, further economic and social restrictions will begin to be introduced from Christmas Eve. It is up to each one of us to rethink our plans for this Christmas period, especially when it comes to visiting older or more medically vulnerable family members and friends. Twitter Donegal50290.8463 *Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 9 confirmed cases. The figure of 81,228 confirmed cases reflects this. Offaly969.354 Clare<534.541 Google+ CountyToday's cases (to midnight 21Dec2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 21Dec2020)New Cases during last 14 days(21Dec2020) Carlow10200.2114 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Waterford27127.4148 Cork5967.6367 Facebook Pinterest 970 new Covid cases in ROI, 50 in Donegal Kilkenny26236.8235 Kerry27140.1207 Meath36136.9267 Longford<5139.557 Cavan6183.8140 Laois13186.5158 Kildare54111247 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Westmeath547.342 Roscommon<54831 Wicklow1575.1107 Twitter Galway4064.3166 Facebook Monaghan41213.4131 Wexford59237.8356 Homepage BannerNews Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 21 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population) ENDS// Limerick60189.8370 Ireland970138.26,583 WhatsApp Sligo<5109.972 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dublin348163.12,197 Previous articleImmense progression for Donegal U17 Women – Brid McGintyNext articleSpeculation mounts about potential Brexit deal News Highland WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Mayo9113.4148last_img read more

Failte Ireland appoint 80 Wild Atlantic Way champions in Donegal

first_img Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Failte Ireland appoint 80 Wild Atlantic Way champions in Donegal Google+ By admin – July 1, 2016 Facebook Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Pinterest Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Google+center_img Previous articleVaradkar vows to replace controversial Social Protection letterNext articleGardai called in over allegations of corruption at Console admin WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Fáilte Ireland has appointed over 350 business owners, managers and staff to become Wild Atlantic Way Champions across the coastal route, almost 80 of them in Donegal.Failte Ireland say this is a way of harnessing the commitment and passion of local tourism operators, and helping them deliver the best possible visitor experience.One of the champions is Nathan McCarron of the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa in Donegal……..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Twitter Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

Good news for Donegal Airport as state subsidy is extended

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Previous article40 children evacuated off school bus after it catches fireNext articleGardai investigating flat fire in Letterkenny News Highland Facebook By News Highland – November 26, 2014 Pinterest Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Facebook Homepage BannerNews Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady Good news for Donegal Airport as state subsidy is extended 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Twitter Twitter Donegal AirportThere was good news for Donegal Airport today following the announcement that the Public Service Obligation is to continue on the Donegal Dublin route.Stobart Air has been successful in securing the tender to provide the air services on the the route until January 2017.Local Deputy Dinny McGinley has welcomed the news.He says it brings security to the future of Donegal Airport:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist last_img read more