Travellers from Denmark are to be barred from entry to the UK from today over fears of a new strain of Covid-19. The country is currently witnessing a coronavirus outbreak which has spread from mink to humans.- Advertisement – UK citizens will be able to return to Britain from Denmark – but will have to isolate along with all members of their household for 14 days.The updated regulations come as Denmark is removed from the quarantine safe list for UK travellers.This restrictions exclude freight and hauliers, who will still be allowed to travel. – Advertisement – The decision to act quickly follows the release of further information from health authorities in Denmark reporting widespread outbreaks of coronavirus (Covid-19) in mink farms, with a variant strain of the virus spreading to some local communities.Anyone who has returned from Denmark within the last 2 weeks will be contacted to ensure they complete the self-isolation needed to ensure the virus does not spread across the UK.The UK government said it was working closely with international partners to understand the changes in the virus that have been reported in Denmark and we are conducting a programme of further research here in the UK to inform our risk assessments.- Advertisement – OlderHilton signs to bring Curio brand to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi All travellers, including British Nationals and residents who are returning from Denmark, will be required to show a complete passenger locator form on arrival into the UK. The travel ban and expanded self-isolation requirements will be reviewed after one week, the government added. – Advertisement –
The Nokia branding rights for India are currently controlled by Flipkart, which launched a similar product — the Nokia Media Streamer — in India earlier this year for Rs. 3,499. Flipkart also markets smart TVs in India under the Nokia brand name.Nokia Streaming Box 8000 specifications and featuresThe report from golem.de reveals images of the product, including the actual streaming device and its remote. The images reveal that the remote has hotkeys for Amazon Prime Video and Netflix in addition to YouTube and Google Play, suggesting that the mentioned apps will come pre-installed. The device will support 4K streaming, although specific information on HDR capabilities hasn’t been mentioned. That said, it’s likely that the device will support at least the HDR10 format, if not Dolby Vision.A tweet from Android TV Guide shed further light on the specifications, including that the streaming device will be powered by an Amlogic S905X3 processor, and will run Android TV 10. It also showcases the ports on the device, including an Ethernet port, HDMI, Digital Audio Out, AV Out, USB Type-A, and USB Type-C, apart from a dedicated power socket for the included adapter.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Nokia Streaming Box 8000, a new Android TV-powered streaming box with 4K streaming capabilities, has been revealed through reports. The Streaming Box 8000 has been developed by Austrian company StreamView GmbH, which has licensed the Nokia brand name to sell certain categories of products in some regions, including Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The Nokia Streaming Box 8000 is priced at EUR 100 (approximately Rs. 8,800) and supports 4K streaming through Android TV, which has major apps including Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, among others.Nokia Streaming Box 8000 price and availabilityPriced at EUR 100 (approximately Rs. 8,800), the Nokia Streaming Box 8000 is powered by Android TV, according to a report by German publication golem.de. As per a report by Android Police, the Streaming Box 8000 is developed by Streamview GmbH, which currently has the rights to market select electronic product categories under the Nokia brand in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. This suggests that the Nokia Streaming Box 8000 will only be available in these markets for now.- Advertisement –
– Advertisement – TOP COMMENTSQUOTATION“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ~~Theodore Roosevelt, “Citizenship In A Republic,” (April 23, 1910)TWEET OF THE DAY- Advertisement – “This quick-and-dirty analysis,” Kahn said, “aligns with other data showing that representatives who have sponsored and voted for progressive policies were not punished by voters.”As Common Dreams reported this weekend, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and others pointed out that every single congressional member who ran for reelection this year as a supporter of Medicare for All won their race.Ocasio-Cortez hinted that her team would be “running numbers” on the Green New Deal—of which she is the lead House sponsor—next. As Earther’s analysis showed, the reelection rate for representatives who co-sponsored the Green New Deal resolution was nearly 100% as well, with 92 out of those 93 congressional members retaining their seat. “Saying progressive policies held Democrats back from expanding their House majority/taking the Senate just doesn’t hold water with data available so far,” Kahn noted on Twitter.THREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READINGJohn Kasich Contributed Nothing to Biden’s Election, So Why Should Democrats Listen to His Claptrap? by John Nichols. Kasich claims the left harmed Democrats. Wrong. Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and movements boosted turnout and helped swing key states.Another Election, Another Round of Poll Bashing. Is That Fair?, by Michael Shulson. Forecasts once again substantially underestimated the extent of support for Trump. But does that mean they failed?- Advertisement – “Repeal every single Obama executive order.” (He has also pledged more specifically to “eliminate every unconstitutional executive order.”)“Repeal Obamacare.” (On Trump’s campaign website, he’s less bullish, promising only to “ask Congress” on day one to repeal Obamacare immediately.)“End the war on coal.““Begin swiftly removing criminal illegal immigrants from this country.” (More specifically, Trump has promised to do this in his “first hour” in office, “day one, before the wall, before anything.”)“Begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful, southern border wall.” xYou can run all the focus groups you want, come up with the cleverest, catchiest, most perfectest phrase that was ever phrased … if all you do is say it at a press conference & hope the media transmits it, intact, to your target audience … you will lose. Repeatedly.— David Roberts (@drvox) November 9, 2020BLAST FROM THE PASTAt Daily Kos on this date in 2016—Reminder: Donald Trump has made a lot of promises for his first day in the Oval Office:Exactly what a Donald Trump presidency would look like is something that the media rarely grappled with in the run-up to the election. Because issues and governance are boring, amirite? But Mother Jones’ Tim Murphy compiled a list of things Trump had promised to do on his first day in office, and that’s worth revisiting. Here’s a taste: The El Paso Experiment, by Melissa del Bosque. A Public Defender’s Lonely Fight Against Family Separation. : – Advertisement –
He did not mention whether the results were from polymerase chain reaction tests, which are more accurate than rapid tests.“A little up & down. Feels just like a regular cold, but more body achy & cloudy head than coughing/sneezing,” the Tesla CEO wrote in reply to a user asking about symptoms. Musk said on Thursday that rapid antigen test results from the same machine and the same test showed he tested positive twice and then negative twice all on the same day.- Advertisement – SpaceX CEO Elon Musk participates in a postlaunch news conference inside the Press Site auditorium at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020, following the launch of the agency’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission to the International Space Station.NASA/Kim Shiflett Musk’s presence at the weekend launch of four NASA astronauts into orbit aboard his SpaceX company’s spacecraft had been thrown into question due to Covid-19.The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s first full-fledged human mission using a privately owned spacecraft, has slipped from Saturday to Sunday evening due to forecasts for gusty, onshore winds over Florida, officials for the U.S. space agency said on Friday. Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Saturday he “most likely” has a moderate case of Covid-19, as he continued to question the accuracy of the tests.“Am getting wildly different results from different labs, but most likely I have a moderate case of covid. My symptoms are that of a minor cold, which is no surprise, since a coronavirus is a type of cold,” Musk wrote in a tweet. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
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(CIDRAP Source Osterholm Briefing) – Any discussion of the next influenza pandemic inevitably leads to “guesstimates” of severity—the number of people who will become sick and possibly die, both in the United States and worldwide. I’d venture to say your plans may be pegged to severity, too, from mild (like 1968) to severe (like 1918) pandemics. True? If so, you are in good company.I’ve reviewed a breadth of corporate pandemic preparedness plans (from manufacturers to service industries to consulting firms). My sense is that most plans focus on responding to theimmediate impact of a pandemic, such as how to maintain operations based on a prediction of how many employees will be sick, are unwilling or unable to come to work, or may die.This may surprise you, but I believe the actual influenza case numbers, including deaths, will play a more limited role than you expect in determining the real impact of the next pandemic on your business.A pandemic’s other victimWise planners will also consider another threat—a pandemic’s collateraldamage, specifically its immediate and potentially overwhelming impact on the global just-in-time economy. Today we live in a world where the supply chains for many of our critical products and services (pharmaceutical and other medical products, petroleum, machine parts, and even our food) originate in some distant country, with supplies being delivered to the end user in just days. A hiccup in this supply chain (which I feel certain will happen with even a mild pandemic) will produce a cascade of damage. Pandemics of 1918 and 1968 may have differed in severity, but not so much in collateral damage. And although records of influenza-like pandemics date back to the ancient Greeks and 10 have occurred in the last 300 years, not one has occurred in a global just-in-time economy or with a world population of 6.5 billion people. (The global population in 1918 was only 1.8 billion.)Many federal, state, and local pandemic plans released to the public in the past months have focused almost exclusively on responding to the influenza illness itself, addressing the availability of vaccines, antiviral drugs, and ventilators. Unfortunately, given the status of our vaccine research and production capacity, we simply can’t count on vaccines playing much of a role for most of the world for most of the pandemic.What these plans don’t address are the vulnerabilities of a delivery system for products that our employees, customers, and family members need every day to maintain life as we know it.One life-threatening exampleConsider insulin-dependent diabetes. Some 20.8 million children and adults in the United States (7% of the population) have diabetes, and most of the insulin, syringes, and needles needed to treat the disease are produced offshore. The supply chains are long and thin—long because a variety of parts, components, and ingredients come from multiple countries; thin because little surge capacity or redundancy exists for production of these items. At any given time, only a limited supply of insulin, needles, and syringes is in inventory or en route. The same is true for most of our drugs: More than 80% of all pharmaceutical products used by US residents are produced in part or entirely offshore. So thin are our supply chains that many of our hospitals now receive shipments of critical drugs three times a day.What does this mean to your organization? One US-based international food manufacturing company has determined through its health benefits department that among its 15,000 US workers and 7,000 retirees who are covered by the company’s health plan, 1,125 employees or their dependents are insulin-dependent. Imagine not being able to maintain international production and distribution (ie, transportation around the world on a just-in-time basis) of insulin during a pandemic. Very quickly, the US would experience serious shortages and a health crisis.Now imagine a number of your employees or their family members becoming seriously ill or dying because of an inability to get insulin. Whether it’s your employees or their dependents who become ill because of an insulin shortage, the employees are unlikely to be available to your organization during a pandemic. That’s only one example of collateral damage that will affect your business.The bottom line for businessTake the example of the outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in Asia and Canada in 2003. Similar in size and health impact to a mild pandemic, the SARS outbreak showed us what widespread disease can do to the world economy.Make no mistake about it: The potential is real for a months-long shutdown of the global economy during even a mild pandemic. In short, the debate about whether the next pandemic will seriously sicken 1 to 3 billion people or kill 7 million to 350 million people is indeed critical for planning, particularly for healthcare capacity. But it is only one factor that will determine how your organization and its employees and customers will fare.Here’s what I recommend you do:Consider the collateral damage issue in all of your preparedness planning.Identify those products and services critical to sustaining your employees. What drugs do they need? What about food and water? How can you be sure they have them?Remember that, although you can’t make such critical supplies as insulin, you can begin to work now with your health benefits and communications departments, health insurance carriers, pharmacy benefits management providers, and healthcare providers to develop contingency plans should shortages occur during a state of pandemic chaos.I urge you not to be lulled into the pandemic preparedness mindset that only the total number of influenza cases is of concern. Avoid getting bogged down in debates about whether the next pandemic will be as severe as the outbreaks in 1918 or 1968. Prepare for the collateral damage, and you’ll be well on your way to pandemic preparedness.—Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, is Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP), Editor-in-Chief of the CIDRAP Business Source, Professor in the School of Public Health, and Adjunct Professor in the Medical School, University of Minnesota.
See also: The last WHO report on the situation, on May 11, had listed 316 cases with 276 deaths. A Reuters report on May 16 had cited 336 cases with 292 deaths. No cases have been reported outside the northern province of Uige in the past 5 weeks, the WHO said. The province has had 326 cases, 300 of them fatal. The agency said control efforts are working smoothly. “The isolation unit at Uige’s provincial hospital is being used, infection control in the hospital has improved, and safe burial practices are now being followed,” the statement said. “Portable field laboratories continue to provide rapid diagnostic support. A campaign to stop home treatment of patients using unsafe injections has resulted in the collection and safe disposal of a large number of needles and syringes. The campaign, which has been supported by religious and community leaders and volunteers from the local Red Cross, is thought to have raised public awareness of the associated risks considerably.” May 18 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_05_18a/en/index.html The report quoted a WHO representative in Angola, Fatoumata Diallo, as disagreeing with the postponement decision. Diallo said that the epidemic was “confined to a few localities in Uige” and that the country was “open for all people who want [to] get in or depart.” May 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The death toll in Angola’s epidemic of Marburg hemorrhagic fever has climbed to 311 out of 337 cases, but all recent cases have been confined to the province where the epidemic began, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday. Two days ago, the Angola Press Agency reported that the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world governing body for soccer, had decided to postpone an Angola-Algeria match from Jun 5 until Aug 17 because of the Marburg epidemic. The agency said the risk for travelers to Angola is very low, because infection requires close personal contact with a patient. The WHO is not recommending any restrictions on travel to or trade with Angola. Also, surveillance teams have had better success in finding cases and tracing contacts, with support from religious and community leaders, the WHO said. “However, some new cases continue to be linked to exposure in homes and at funerals, indicating that public understanding of the disease still needs to be improved.”
Four Stanford students designed the hotline during a spring course offered through Stanford’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE) Program, part of the School of Engineering. This program offers classes in which students seek to produce innovative, technology-based proposals with a potential for social benefit. Currently, there is no national hotline set up to provide information in the event of a pandemic. Behrman said most organizations and companies already have the hardware to establish such hotlines, but they will need a “how-to kit.” He said setting up such a hotline is time-consuming, and no one will want to wait until a pandemic starts to install it. “We want to have a product with scripts, costs, and details of what technology is needed so an individual organization can set up a hotline within 2 weeks,” she said. According to the students’ report on the pandemic hotline, people calling in would be greeted by an automated message asking for their language preference and the reason for the call. Emergency calls could be routed directly to experts, bypassing the volunteer, who would have general knowledge. Behrman, an assistant consulting professor at the School of Engineering, said the county health department has the expertise to help the students make their project a reality. Two students are working on the technical aspects of this hotline while the health department conducts research and development this summer, he reported. He said the goal is to make the software for implementing the hotline available to anyone who may need it, including government agencies, businesses, and other organizations. Report on Stanford students’ pandemic hotline proposalhttp://sie.stanford.edu/1/reports/hotline.pdf He said there is also outside interest in the other two ideas the students developed, and students will work with organizations to make them freely available to the public as well. Editor’s note: This story was revised July 9, 2007, to make clear that plans call for the pandemic hotline model to be made freely available to anyone interested, not marketed as a commercial product. Some statements in the original version implied that the model would be marketed commercially. On completing the class, the four students published a report on their work, titled “Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Saving Lives in the Next Pandemic.” Other groups of students developed plans for two other projects: (1) an Internet site or home page with local, timely pandemic information and (2) a public school curriculum to educate children and parents and develop “community resiliency” by fostering and mobilizing community support networks. Reports on all the proposals are available on a Stanford Web site (see link below). Kaley Skapinsky, a 20-year-old Stanford junior who is working on the project at the county health department this summer, said the hotline would provide a source of information during a pandemic for vulnerable populations, people without computers, and those who need person-to-person contact. She and a classmate, Kevin Webb, are working on developing a San Francisco Bay area hotline model and a general model that could be used by anyone in the country. Jul 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Stanford University students have proposed a model for a local pandemic influenza information hotline staffed by home-based volunteers, and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department in San Jose, Calif., is helping the students develop it for potential use by local governments and other organizations. Behrman said the Stanford team is developing the content and design for the pandemic hotline using an open-source model, with the results to be made freely available, not sold as a commercial product. The caller would then be routed to a volunteer for help. The volunteer would use a computer program to obtain local pandemic information on the Internet by typing in the caller’s zip code. Callers could obtain information on such topics as hygiene, local school closures, and how to stay healthy during a pandemic. If the volunteer’s Internet service went downa possibility during a pandemiccalls would be routed to other volunteers. The classes aim to teach students methods of innovation and the art of social entrepreneurship and to develop their technical, leadership, team, and presentation skills. The student’s professor, William Behrman, elected to work on innovations for a pandemic after consulting with public health experts; the students knew the course’s theme when they signed up. See also: “There will be a large surge in demand for information in a pandemic, and with social distancing in place, this is a way people can contribute,” Behrman said. Stanford Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program with links to reports on all three student projectshttp://sie.stanford.edu/1/index.html
Aug 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) Wildlife officials in Rhode Island recently announced that during routine surveillance they detected the low-pathogenic form of H7N3 avian influenza in wild mute swans. Aug 21 Rhode Island DEM press releasehttp://www.dem.ri.gov/news/2008/pr/0821082.htm Last September a highly pathogenic strain of H7N3 subtype infected poultry at a commercial poultry farm in Saskatchewan, and in 2004 both the low- and highly pathogenic strains of the H7N3 virus were responsible for outbreaks in British Columbia. The virus was detected in 4 of 11 swans collected from the Seekonk River, near the Swan Point Cemetery, about 4 miles northeast of Providence, according to an Aug 21 press release from the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM). Animal health officials advised that Rhode Island’s poultry farmers observe standard biosecurity measures, especially preventing flocks from having contact with wild birds. The DEM urged farmers to have their flocks tested, free of charge, and to report unusual numbers of bird deaths. In June, Tyson Foods, based in Springdale, Ark., announced that breeder hens at one of its farms in northwestern Arkansas had antibodies to the H7N3 avian influenza virus, according to previous reports. The company said the birds’ exposure to the virus was found during preslaughter surveillance. The birds didn’t show clinical signs of disease at the time of testing, but 3 weeks earlier farmers had noticed a mild increase in deaths and a drop in egg production that lasted 1 week, according to a Jun 10 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The subtype doesn’t often cause human illnesses, but during the 2004 outbreaks in British Columbia, two mild cases of H7 influenza were reported in poultry workers. The last reported H7N3 outbreaks in the United States occurred in 2004 at three Texas farms. Testing was performed by the US Department of Agriculture. Officials did not say if any of the birds showed signs of clinical disease. Jun 4 CIDRAP News story “H7 avian flu hits UK; US chickens exposed to H7N3” The flock was culled, and a few days later the H7N3 virus from one of the farm’s poultry samples was isolated at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory, located in Ames, Iowa, according to the OIE report. No other outbreaks were detected in the area, and authorities didn’t determine the source of the infection. See also: Jun 10 OIE reporthttp://www.oie.int/wahid-prod/public.php?page=event_summary&reportid=7106 The finding prompted the DEM to increase surveillance of domestic poultry within 10 km (6.2 miles) of the site where the infected birds were found. The radius includes a portion of Massachusetts, where authorities from the Massachusetts Department of Agriculture will handle surveillance at poultry farms for the H7N3 virus.
According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the number of passengers at seaports and airports increased in June.Thus, almost 9 million passengers were embarked and disembarked in Croatian seaports in the second quarter of 2018, which is the highest in that period in the last 5 years. Compared to the same period in 2017, this is an increase of 7,0%.The number of passengers on ferries and passenger ships in the second quarter of 2018 amounted to 8,5 million passengers, which is 6,8% more than in the same period in 2017. The number of passengers increased in ports with significant passenger traffic such as Split, Dubrovnik , Zadar, Cres and Supetar. 18,2% more passenger cars and 0,9% more buses were loaded and unloaded on ships compared to the same quarter of 2017.Of the total number of passengers in seaports, almost 5% or 440 thousand were disembarked from cruise ships and, among other things, visited the ports of Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, Hvar and Korcula. Compared to the same period in 2017, these passengers increased by 13,6%.The largest passenger traffic was realized by the Split airport In June 2018, Croatian airports recorded 1 thousand passengers or 404% more than in the same month last year.The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport, with 472 thousand passengers (an increase of 17,6% compared to June 2017), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 363 thousand passengers (an increase of 7,6% compared to June 2017) and Zagreb Airport with 331 thousand passengers (an increase of 6,6% compared to June 2017).The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with the airports of the United Kingdom, 270 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 4,0% compared to the same period last year. which is an increase of 2018% compared to June 15.In the first half of 2018, compared to 2017, the total number of landings and departures of aircraft at airports increased by 7,1%, the total passenger traffic by 13,5%.