first_img“She’s phenomenal,” Joshua told Sky Sports.“I can’t even put it into words. She’s special.“Sometimes you get a few fighters that come along in this world and they’re special, and they leave a mark.“She’ll definitely be one of those people that leave a mark on the boxing industry.”On the same night, Harper defends her WBC super-featherweight title against Norway’s Katharina Thanderz, who is confident she can expose the British fighter’s technical frailties. “I’ve got to take things as they come, and this is my next challenge,” said Ball. “I’m just preparing as hard as I can for that.“There’s no point me looking any further than that. I’ve been given a great opportunity and I need to grab it with both hands. I’ll see what happens afterwards.“I am overdue a stoppage. I need to get one. I know I am going to win this fight and I’m going home with that belt. That belt is not getting on that plane! It’s mine to win.”In August, the Midlands boxer floored Shannon Courtenay in a points win and suggested that her Brit rival might have to wait for a rematch.“I’m pleased with my performance,” said Ball. “I’m very proud of myself, but I want to show more. Some people are still questioning my ability. I want to show them what I’m really about.“Shannon needs the rematch more than me. I’m not really that bothered, and that’s no disrespect to her. I just want to fight as many people as I can.”Watch Katie Taylor, Terri Harper and Rachel Ball in world title action this Saturday, from 7pm on Sky Sports. Rachel Ball sealed a points win over Shannon Courtenay in August Rachel Ball sealed a points win over Shannon Courtenay in August

first_imgAfter months of fan speculation, the duo confirmed in June 2020 that they are dating.Scroll through their cutest moments and quotes about each other: “I think there is such thing as a love that just absolutely takes over and it flips your world upside down,” Cline told Seventeen magazine in May 2020 about John B. and Sarah’s love story. “I remember when I was a teenager, I was into young adult books and there was always a pinnacle love story of star-crossed lovers. So to be able to be a part of creating that for this next generation was really a dream come true as a storyteller.”She added that the chemistry between her and Stokes came naturally.“Chase, [our creator] Jonas [Pate] and I all sat down from the get-go and spoke about the relationship. We wanted to make sure it was real and it had depth to it,” Cline explained. “There were things that Chase and I specifically added to the script that felt personal. You have to sell it. It’s got to be compelling. Thankfully the cast all clicked and we had such great chemistry, so we all had this friendship from the very beginning. So building on that and then projecting it on the screen felt very, very real.”- Advertisement – Stokes, for his part, told Nylon magazine that he and Cline “wanted to do justice to shows of the past and create a really authentic love experience,” citing Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, The O.C. and 90210 as examples.“You watch these shows and you genuinely think these people are in love with each other,” he said in May 2020. “We did a lot of research, did a deep dive into those shows, and made sure we followed the structure of how those worked. We decided to strip away the layers of the physicality of it and focus more on the intellectual connection between the two of them. John B. and Sarah obviously don’t have the same upbringing. They fall in love not because of what their worlds bring, it’s about what their emotional connection is. We just really wanted to make sure that Maddie and I became good enough friends to where we knew each other and find little ticks and nuances that would make each other laugh, and make sure we translated that into the performance.”- Advertisement – Sparks flying on the set of Outer Banks.Shortly after the Netflix drama started streaming in April 2020, fans began rooting for Chase Stokes and Madelyn Cline,who play John B. and Sarah Cameron, respectively, on and offscreen.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img The length of the outbreak, the difficulty of the investigation, and the large numbers of sick people have frustrated federal officials, consumers, and legislators and angered the produce industry. “Tomatoes are Mexico’s biggest agricultural export to the US. Fresh fruit and vegetable exports to America accounted for $4.4 billion last year,” Leavitt wrote. “As always, an incident in that sector of their economy has serious ramifications, and we are working with them to minimize impact, while putting safety first.” The CDC has said the nature of some of the food items, such as fresh salsa and pico de gallo sauce, consumed by many of the sick patients has complicated the investigation. “When food items are mixed together and consumed in the same dish, all the items may be statistically linked to illness. In that case, determining by statistical means which item caused the illness can be difficult or impossible,” the CDC said in its update. Earlier updates linked one death to the outbreak, but the CDC said today that the patient, a Texas man in his eighties, died from cardiopulmonary failure. However, the agency said the man was infected with the outbreak strain, which might have contributed to his death. The illness also might have contributed to a previous death, that of a Texas cancer patient who was in his sixties. Meanwhile, Mexico’s health secretary, Jose Angel Cordova, said health and agriculture officials from his country have traveled to the United States and would meet with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officials to demand that Mexican tomatoes be cleared of suspicion in the outbreak, the Associated Press reported yesterday. On Jul 9 CDC officials warned that people in high-risk groups, such as infants, those with impaired immune systems, and elderly people, should avoid fresh jalapeno and Serrano peppers. New evidence from a second round of case control-studies suggested the two items were associated with the outbreak, along with some types of tomatoes from certain growing regions, the agency said. On Jun 23, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Mike Leavitt wrote on his blog about recent meetings he had had with Mexican officials, including Cordova. He said food safety was one of the topics, and he acknowledged the importance of Mexican produce exports to the United States. The CDC also said that all four Canadian patients who were sick with the outbreak strain had become infected while traveling in the United States. Jul 15, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that the number of cases in a nationwide Salmonella outbreak that might be linked to contaminated tomatoes and hot peppers has climbed to 1,167 and that new illnesses are still being reported. At earlier press briefings, FDA officials said they had found no Salmonella Saintpaul in any of 1,700 tested samples, most of which were from tomatoes. They said investigators would test peppers if warranted by trace-back investigation findings. According to the CDC’s latest information, based on data from 813 patients, at least 220 people were hospitalized. The outbreak has spread to 42 states and the District of Columbia, though many of the cases occurred in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Illinois. The most recent illness onset date is Jul 4, a sign that the outbreak is ongoing. See also: The FDA has so far cleared tomatoes grown in 30 of Mexico’s states. The agency keeps an updated list of areas that it says are safe sources of red round, Roma, and plum tomatoes on its Web site. Investigations of case clusters, including three large ones, suggested that neither contaminated tomatoes nor peppers alone were responsible for the entire outbreak, which involves the relatively rare Salmonella enterica serotype Saintpaul. Jul 14 CDC Salmonella update read more

first_imgAug 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials from Indonesia recently published an analysis of nearly all of the country’s H5N1 avian influenza cases, revealing that death was more likely in those who received antiviral treatment late, were not part of a cluster, and lived in an urban area.The study, published online Aug 15 in The Lancet, was authored by officials from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Disease Control and Environmental Health, the country’s health ministry, as well as authorities from laboratories and health organizations. It includes data from public health investigations and, when available, patients’ clinical information.The evaluation covered all confirmed human cases between Jun 22, 2005, when Indonesia recorded its first H5N1 infection, to Feb 1, 2008. Included were 127 patients, 103 (81%) of whom died.The case-fatality rate (CFR) rose from 65% in 2005 to 86.8% in 2007. However, Indonesian officials say the rate has declined so far in 2008. According to a report that appeared Aug 15 on the Web site of the health ministry’s avian influenza committee, the CFR from January through July was 84.2%, based on the 19 cases and 16 deaths recognized by the nation (as of this writing, the World Health Organization has recognized 18 cases with 15 deaths).Only 2 of Indonesia’s 127 infected patients were not hospitalized. One had a mild infection and received outpatient care, and one refused treatment and died at home.Emerging patternsA review of 108 clinical histories showed that symptoms during the first 2 days after onset were nonspecific in most cases. Thirty-two (30%) patients had fever and cough, and nine (8%) had fever and dyspnea.Of the 125 patients who were hospitalized, 104 were diagnosed with pneumonia immediately or shortly after admission.Eighty-eight (69%) of the case-patients were treated with oseltamivir, and the median time between symptom onset and treatment was 7 days (range 0 to 21). Patients who received the drug early were more likely to survive; those starting treatment more than 5 days after onset were more likely to die.The authors report there were 11 case clusters that involved 28 patients. Infected patients who were not part of clusters were more likely to die, but researchers did not find any differences between cluster patients and noncluster patients in terms of when they presented to a healthcare facility, whether they received oseltamivir, or how soon they received the drug.Patients with secondary cases were more likely to survive than primary case-patients, and they received antiviral treatment about 3 days earlier than primary case-patients. The investigators acknowledge that secondary cases may have involved other early interventions as well. They also report that patients who had indirect exposure to the virus were more likely to die.Death and survival patterns among patients in clusters deserve further study, the authors state. Though close-knit families may be exposed to a common viral source, the role of genetic susceptibility and H5N1 virulence may also play important roles, they note. “Further studies should therefore be done on clusters to elucidate the definitive causes of reduced case fatality.”A need for new strategiesMost patients were hospitalized too late and received oseltamivir too late, the group says. “Training and equipping of all H5N1 referral hospitals across Indonesia, together with increasing the number of referral hospitals, is in progress to address this issue.”The authors emphasize that early identification is often difficult, but more information from agricultural officials about local poultry outbreaks could help healthcare workers increase their index of suspicion for H5N1 infections.Other measures that could help reduce the country’s CFR from H5N1 infections include rapid diagnostic tests for field use and better case-management training for healthcare workers, they write.Experts call for more rigorous dataIn a commentary accompanying the Lancet report, two British researchers say more uniform and complete data are needed to shed more clarity on trends emerging from Indonesia’s cases—which account for a third of cases worldwide. The researchers are Sheila Bird, a biostatistician at Medical Research Council’s biostatistics unit in Cambridge, and Jeremy Farrar, who directs the Oxford University clinical research unit at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.”Basic clinico-epidemiological data are an essential adjunct to virological surveillance,” they write. For example, exposures to the H5N1 should be clearly specified, including dates, they say, adding that lack of full data raises questions about such issues as whether the time frame between H5N1 disease onset and hospital admission has decreased over time.”Indonesia, with the most extensive experience of human H5N1 patients, has a crucial clinical, epidemiological, and scientific role to play in the world’s response to this potentially devastating infection,” write Bird and Farrar.The time to bolster national surveillance for human H5N1 cases is now, and disagreement over virus sample sharing should not hamper the flow of epidemiologic data, they add. “The world also needs to find a more equitable way to ensure that all share in the benefits of such important research. Indonesia could give the lead here.”Kandun IN, Tresnaningsih E, Purba WH, et al. Factors associated with case fatality of human H5N1 virus infections in Indonesia: a case series. Lancet 2008 (published online Aug 15 [Abstract]Bird SM, Farrar J. Minimum dataset needed for confirmed human H5N1 cases. Lancet 2008 (published online Aug 15) [Extract]See also:Jul 17 CIDRAP News story “Reports examine high H5N1 death rate in Indonesia”last_img read more

first_imgJul 14, 2009Novel flu hits dozens at Air Force AcademyThe US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs has confirmed that 67 incoming cadets have tested positive for pandemic H1N1 influenza and that a total of 121 incoming freshmen with flulike symptoms are being quarantined in a separate dorm, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. The students are among about 1,300 who recently reported to the academy for their first weeks of military training.[Jul 13 AP story]Nurses file complaint against hospital over protective gearNurses at a hospital in Vallejo, Ca., filed a complaint today with the state’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health alleging that their facility hasn’t supplied them with adequate masks for caring for patients with pandemic H1N1 influenza, the AP reported. Ten nurses reportedly got sick after treating three patients with novel flu infections.Oregon beefs up pig biosecurity at fairsOregon’s Department of Agriculture is asking fairgoers this year to help protect pigs from the pandemic H1N1 virus. In two instances, in Canada and Argentina, pig herds apparently contracted the virus from infected workers. Officials are asking people to keep at least 6 feet away from pigs and are recommending that fairs keep an adequate number of hand washing stations stocked with disinfectant nearby. They ask people with flu symptoms to stay away from pigs for at least 7 days.[Oregon Department of Agriculture press release]Pandemic forces postponement of surgeries in ChileFive thousand surgeries were postponed in Chile last week to free up hospital beds for patients with H1N1 flu, according to the Santiago Times. The story said the number of delayed procedures could rise to 20,000 over the next few weeks as the country continues to battle the pandemic. As of the last World Health Organization update on Jul 6, Chile had 7,376 H1N1 cases and 14 deaths.Bangkok to close schools for 5 days to fight H1N1Officials in Bangkok said they will close 435 city schools for 5 days to fight the flu pandemic, Reuters reported today. The schools will be thoroughly cleaned during the interval. Also, Thailand’s cabinet decided today to order 2 million doses of an H1N1 vaccine, with delivery expected by December, the story said. It said Thailand has had 4,057 H1N1 cases with 24 deaths.[Jul 14 Reuters story]HHS to spend $884 million for H1N1 vaccine ingredientsThe US government will commit $884 million to buy additional pandemic H1N1 vaccine antigen and adjuvants, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced yesterday. The products will be additional orders under existing contracts with Sanofi Pasteur, MedImmune, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis, an HHS news release said. The announcement is an apparent follow-up to Sebelius’s comment on CNN 2 days ago that the agency would spend another billion dollars on H1N1 vaccines.[Jul 13 HHS announcement]Inovio reports preclinical findings for DNA vaccineInovio, a biotechnology company based in San Diego, yesterday announced promising results in a preclinical trial of its DNA vaccine against pandemic H1N1 influenza. All pigs immunized with a two-dose regimen showed an antibody response, the company reported. The firm said it is conducting other animal studies to determine if the seasonal and pandemic H1N1 vaccines it is developing provide cross-protection against other circulating influenza strains.[Jul 13 Inovio press release]last_img read more

first_imgOct 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the true number of H1N1 influenza cases in the first 4 months of the epidemic may have been as high as 5.7 million, or more than 100 times the official case count.The report also estimates that as many as 21,000 people might have been hospitalized for H1N1 in that period, more than four times the official 5,000, and that there may have been up to 1,300 deaths instead of the recorded 302.CDC officials have said repeatedly that the actual number of cases is probably far more than the number of known, confirmed cases. Today’s report in Emerging Infectious Diseases appears to be the agency’s first methodical attempt to estimate the true numbers.The number of lab-confirmed H1N1 infections from the virus’s emergence in April until Jul 23 was 43,677, says the report by Dr. Carrie Reed, several other CDC researchers, and Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University. This total included 5,009 hospitalizations and 302 deaths.But the official case count is believed to be a gross underestimate, for several reasons: some sick people don’t seek medical care and have specimens collected, not all specimens are sent to a public health lab for confirmatory testing, and some specimens yield false-negative results because of timing or quality problems.To estimate the real number of cases and hospitalizations, the authors used a probabilistic multiplier model similar to one that has been used to estimate the extent of foodborne disease in the United States.For each step, they identified a range of values derived from previous studies and from recent surveys and investigations of H1N1 outbreaks. They adjusted for the fact that confirmatory testing was done much more often in the first few weeks of the epidemic than it was later, after physicians were encouraged to reserve testing mainly for hospital patients.Using this method, the researchers estimated that each known H1N1 case represented a total of between 47 and 148 cases, with a median of 79 cases. This yielded an estimated total of between 1.8 million and 5.7 million cases, with a median estimate of 3.0 million, in a nation with a current estimated population, according to the Census Bureau, of about 307 million.Patients hospitalized with H1N1 are much more likely to be tested and have their infection confirmed than outpatients are, the authors note. They estimate that each confirmed hospital case represented between 1.9 and 4.3 cases, with a median of 2.7 cases. Nationally, this translates into between 9,000 and 21,000 cases, with a median of 14,000.The report also hazards an estimate of H1N1 deaths, though with more caveats than the other estimates.Among confirmed hospital cases through Jul 23, 6% of the patients died. Applying this percentage to the hospitalization estimates from the model yielded a range of estimated deaths from 550 to 1,300, with a median of 800, the authors report. But they say this approach has several limitations, and more sophisticated models are being developed in an effort to come up with better estimates.The report also offers estimates of H1N1’s impact in different age-groups, which align with the general view that children and young people have been hit hardest. The median estimated incidence of cases is lowest in people aged 65 and older: 107 per 100,000. At the other end of the scale are those between 5 and 24 years old, with an estimate of 2,196 cases per 100,000.The incidence of hospitalization was estimated to be highest in children under 5 years old, with a median of 13 cases per 100,000. Elderly people (65 and up) had the lowest estimated hospitalization rate: a median of 1.7 per 100,000.The authors call their estimation method “a relatively quick and simple approach” that can be used while more complete data and more rigorous studies are awaited. They note that a spreadsheet version of the model is available online so health officials can use it and adapt to their local circumstances.The CDC has not come up with estimates of total cases and hospitalizations for the period since Jul 23, CDC officials said today. Reed, lead author of the study, told CIDRAP News that the agency is receiving reports of confirmed H1N1 hospitalizations and deaths from about 30 states, and officials are looking at ways to generate more current estimates with it. But she said she is unsure how well the multipliers used in the study apply to the current situation.She noted that the agency stopped trying to count total cases months ago because of the burdens that testing imposed on the medical system.At a news briefing today, Dr. Anne Schuchat, head of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, made similar comments. “We believe that many millions of people have already contracted this virus here in the US and that we have had probably by now well more than 20,000 hospitalizations,” she said.Reed C, Angulo FJ, Swerdlow DL, et al. Estimates of the prevalence of pandemic (H1N1) 2009, United States, April-July 2009. Emerg Infect Dis 2009 Dec (published online Oct 28) [Full text]See also: CDC Oct 28 Q&A on article FluView weekly flu surveillance reports read more

first_imgThe Zagreb Tourist Board has announced a public call for applications for co-financing of projects, events, marketing projects, gatherings and candidacies in 2019, whereby applications for co-financing in 2019 are collected through online application form  Special attention will be paid to: quality of project elaboration, ie detailed description, possibilities and independence of implementation, really expected result, involvement of various participants in the project, international impact of the project, contribution of the project to positioning Zagreb as a modern and urban destination and preservation of cultural heritage. the sustainable nature of the project and the innovative way of thinking. Criteria that will be evaluated for approving financial support of the Zagreb Tourist Board for projects and congress activities in 2019 are: Number of arrivals and overnight stays of domestic and foreign visitors related to the project, visitors whose main motive is visit to the event / project, value of media announcements in foreign and domestic media, enrichment of the tourist offer, budget, number of visitors / users of the project, tradition of the project, acceptance and sustainability, ability of the organizers, cooperation with travel agencies and overall assessment of the project and feasibility.Photo: Zagreb Light Festival The aim of co-financing is to encourage the development of existing and create new projects that increase the number of arrivals and overnight stays in the destination, enrich the tourist offer of the destination and promote the tourist product of Zagreb. “In this way, we want to develop the tourist product of the city of Zagreb – both the one that generates arrivals and the one that creates an atmosphere during the stay in the destination. At the same time, the goal of co-financing are projects aimed at promoting the city of Zagreb and projects related to the congress industry. ” stand out from TZGZ. Applications for co-financing in 2019 are collected via the Form located at the following link: , and the last day by which you can apply for the project, ie upload the Form to the online system is September 14, 2018. See the attachment for more details.Side dish: TZGZ Public call for collecting applications for co-financing in 2019last_img read more

first_imgAccording to the Vukovar Tourist Board, 351 cruisers with 50.000 foreign visitors arrived in Vukovar last year, which is an increase of 50% compared to the year before. As the collection of tourist tax for cruise ships is introduced from the second year, Vukovar should count on half a million revenues, which should be invested in tourist infrastructure. Vukovar expects half a million kuna in revenue from the tourist tax for cruisers RELATED NEWS: DUBROVNIK AND SPLIT HAVE DECIDED ON THE AMOUNT OF THE TOURIST FEE FOR CRUISEScenter_img At the 26th session of the City Council of the City of Vukovar at the end of last year, the City of Vukovar adopted the Decision on the amount of tourist tax for cruise ships. Thus, all ships with a capacity of 50 to 200 passengers as well as those with a capacity of 201 to 500 passengers from 2021 will pay a tourist tax in the same amount – 1.500 kuna.last_img read more

first_imgChanging the legislation through the introduction of vouchers was crucial for the survival of travel agencies, and at the same time allowed travelers to postpone travel or refund, Fain said, adding that in an effort to address travel agencies and this meeting made concrete proposals for tourism recovery. Also, the UHPA points out that controversial and epidemiological recommendations that prevent regular business travel agencies, congress organizers and providers of tourist transport, and measures that restrict the entry of passenger ships with more than 200 passengers certainly do not contribute to the normalization of tourist traffic.  In the short term, these are: ensuring the continuation of CES support for the preservation of jobs in the amount of HRK 4.000 per worker, write-off or deferral of most fiscal and parafiscal benefits te ensuring the liquidity of travel agencies through special-purpose loans. The current course of the tourist season, the situation in tourism and further measures and plans due to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic were discussed, as the UHPA points out.  “According to the latest survey, travel agencies recorded a drop in traffic of almost 90% compared to the same period last year. Although we currently have a larger number of arrivals of individual guests, there are no organized, group arrivals, as a result of the drop in traffic at agencies. This confirms the crucial importance of continuing support measures for the survival of travel agencies”, Said the President of UHPA Tomislav Fain and added that the relevant ministry and UHPA have had excellent cooperation for many years, which was especially evident in these times of crisis.center_img The recent moves by the European Commission to revise the legal framework for the application of the Special Procedure for the Taxation of Travel Agencies, as indicated by the UHPA for years, were also discussed.   “In these most difficult moments of the tourism sector, UHPA literally fought for the salvation of all travel agencies. We are glad that we informed Minister Brnjac about our problems at the meeting and that we can continue to count on the support of the Ministry in solving them. We also welcome the proposals of other colleagues from professional associations that will contribute to a faster recovery and strengthening the competitiveness of all stakeholders in tourism, such as the reduction of VAT, which has already been resorted to by some EU countries.“Concludes Fain. Representatives of the tourism sector and the Minister of Tourism and Sports Nikolina Brnjac met yesterday in Zagreb at the Ministry of Tourism and Sports. last_img read more