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US election 2020: Why don’t we know the result yet?

first_imgRelated Topics Let’s take a look at some of those states then. There were some big moments, but mostly in the other elections taking place, where control of the Senate still hangs in the balance: You might have reasonably expected to have some kind of clue about the results of the US presidential election by now. Mr Biden and Mr Trump are projected to win the states they were comfortably expected to winThe race is still very close in a few crucial competitive states In some of those tight races, officials haven’t even started counting postal votes, and those could change everything. Should I have stayed up? So if you win that state, you win its votes (except Nebraska and Maine, but that’s complicated). There are 538 of these state votes in total – the person who gets 270 will become president. Wisconsin and Pennsylvania: These states haven’t even started counting postal votes and that could take days. Link box banner top

Storm Eta batters Central America killing three

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How John Stamos Helped Me Prepare for ‘Masked Singer’

first_img“I’m going to miss that my dressing room door said SM [for Squiggle monster] and SM was all over everything. So, take that for what you will,” he explained. “They give you this sweatshirt that says, ‘Don’t Talk to Me,’ and an N95 mask and shield. It really is so top secret.”Saget added, “Also, I think a lot of the fans knew [who I was] because I do a lot of singing in my comedy shows. So, a lot of fans did recognize me. I’m doing a drive-in show coming up, and I think I’m going to add in all my Masked Singer songs, maybe ‘Satisfaction.’”Bob Saget as The Squiggly Monster on The Masked Singer Bob Saget Shares How John Stamos Helped Him Prepare for The Masked SingerBob Saget as The Squiggly Monster on ‘The Masked Singer’ on November 4, 2020. Michael Becker/FOXThe one thing that Saget won’t miss is his experience being in his Squiggle Monster costume. He said that the head is “way heavier” than he anticipated and that there was an abundance of foam inside, which made it “hot and hard to sing” and his “allergies were all over the place” during his time on the show.- Advertisement – Saget continued, “I got every song you play with a pop-rock band, [which is] my comfort zone. I had voice constraints on ‘Satisfaction.’ The helmet [in my costume] was choking me during that one! There was a dancer that popped up that wasn’t supposed to be there, so I turned and lost my voice because of construction. So, I sounded a little rough!”Saget and Stamos, 57, costarred on Full House together as Danny Tanner and Jesse Katsopolis, respectively, from 1987 to 1995. The pair later reprised their roles on the sitcom’s spinoff series, Fuller House, which streamed on Netflix from 2016 to 2020.Bob Saget Shares How John Stamos Helped Him Prepare for The Masked SingerBob Saget, John Stamos and David Coulier on ‘Full House’ in 1989 Lorimar/Warner Bros/Kobal/ShutterstockOn Wednesday, Saget was eliminated from The Masked Singer and was revealed to be the Squiggle Monster. The former America’s Funniest Home Videos host told Us what he will cherish most from his time on the show as the Squiggle Monster.- Advertisement – Getting by with a little help from his friends! Bob Saget revealed how his friendship with his Full House costar John Stamos helped him prepare for The Masked Singer.“John and I have been in a band since Full House and both of those songs [I performed on the show] I sang with John Stamos. Usually, it’s just a few guys jamming, but we love performing and then I love to hog the mic for four hours,” the comedian, 64, told Us Weekly exclusively on Wednesday, November 4, following his elimination from the Fox reality series. “So, John has really set me up for success.”John Stamos and Bob Saget in 2016 Bob Saget Shares How John Stamos Helped Him Prepare for The Masked SingerJohn Stamos and Bob Saget at Open Road Presents the World Premiere of “Mother’s Day” at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on April 13, 2016. Steve Cohn/Invision/AP/Shutterstock- Advertisement – “It was so hot, they had to add a ton of ice packs to it to keep me cool enough to perform,” he shared.Leading up to the big reveal, fans were left several clues that indicated Saget may have been the Squiggle Monster. In the character’s clues package, he called himself the “hyperactive voice of the people,” which fits his past narrating on How I Met Your Mother and hosting AFHV. Many of the hints also appeared to honor his Full House ties, including a DJ for his TV character’s daughter D.J. Tanner (Candace Cameron Bure).The Masked Singer airs on Fox Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET.With reporting by Travis CroninListen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! – Advertisement –last_img read more

‘Biden Bounce’ sees Japan shares hit 29-year high

first_imgShares across Asia have seen healthy gains with the race for the White House finally over.- Advertisement –last_img

Usman Qadir takes four wickets as Pakistan sweep Zimbabwe 3-0 in T20I series in Rawalpindi | Cricket News

first_imgUsman Qadir took four wickets as Pakistan sealed a series sweep over Zimbabwe with an eight-wicket win in the third T20I Zimbabwe captain Chamu Chibhabha’s 31 at the top of the order was as good as it got in an innings that saw wickets tumble with regularity, including two for the recalled left-arm spinner Imad Wasim.The chase detained Pakistan for just 15.2 overs, leaving 28 deliveries unused.- Advertisement – Khushdil Shah hit three sixes and as many fours in his 33 not out from 15 deliveries Khushdil Shah hit three sixes and as many fours in his 33 not out from 15 deliveries

Safe, plentiful supply of injected and inhaled flu vaccine expected

first_imgEditor’s Note: See Oct 5 CIDRAP News story for important developments regarding the supply of flu vaccine since the story below was published.Sep 30, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Flu vaccine should be on time for the 2004-2005 influenza season, and it will be safe, according to testimony this week by Howard Pien, President and CEO of Chiron, maker of Fluvirin, before the US Senate Committee on Aging.Chiron announced on Aug 26 that it was halting production of its vaccine temporarily because some lots, containing about 4 million doses, did not meet sterility standards. The company’s plans for this flu season are to ship 48 million doses—about half the US supply.Pien told the committee that the company expects to make shipment plans in the next few days and that their product should reach distributors in October and November, in time for peak flu season.He said that established protocol calls for retesting of any apparently contaminated product, followed by determination of where contamination arose. No cause has yet been found, but Chiron is working with the Food and Drug Administration to guarantee that the product to be shipped is pure.In the 2003-2004 season, flu cases began occurring early and were severe, spurring high demand for flu vaccinations. The supply of 83 million doses produced turned out to be inadequate, so this year 100 million doses of vaccine are to be made available.Among the supply will be about 1.5 doses of MedImmune’s FluMist inhalable vaccine, licensed for use in 5- to 49-year-olds. David Mott, CEO of the company said in a presentation at the UBS Global Life Sciences Conference in New York this week that the cost of FluMist has been cut in half; its greater expense in relation to flu shots was thought to be a reason that the product was not received as hoped for in last year’s flu season.Mott also said that late-stage studies of a newer version of FluMist will begin this fall, with results hoped for before the 2007 flu season. The reformulated version would be targeted at younger children and the elderly, the populations most in need of vaccination, and would not require frozen storage, making it easier to distribute and use.See also:Aug 27 CIDRAP News story on vaccine delay read more

Airborne flu viruses threaten health workers, expert says

first_imgSep 29, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A microbiologist who reviewed the evidence about how influenza viruses spread says that some official guidelines, including the US pandemic influenza plan, may not go far enough in protecting healthcare workers who take care of flu patients.Writing in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Dr. Raymond Tellier of the University of Toronto says there is good evidence that flu viruses often spread via tiny airborne particles, despite a common belief that they travel mainly in large droplets that quickly fall to the ground after a flu patient coughs or sneezes.Good protection from airborne particles requires the use of an N95 respirator. Yet the US, Canadian, and British pandemic flu plans advise healthcare workers to use simple surgical masks, which are much less effective, Tellier contends.”Compelling evidence in the literature indicates that aerosol transmission of influenza is an important mode of transmission, which has obvious implications for pandemic influenza planning, and in particular for recommendations about the use of N95 respirators as part of personal protective equipment,” he writes.”Airborne particles” are usually defined as particles about 5 microns or less in diameter, Tellier says. Particles larger than about 10 to 20 microns fall quickly to the ground, while those smaller than 3 microns essentially do not settle. Coughing and sneezing generate particles in a range of sizes, many of them small enough to stay airborne for a long time. Airborne particles can penetrate into the lungs, whereas the larger particles and droplets are more likely to be trapped in the upper respiratory tract.Experiments have shown that mice, monkeys, and human volunteers can be infected by exposure to aeorosol flu viruses, according to Tellier. In addition, various epidemiologic observations indicate that aerosol transmission is important. One example was a 1979 outbreak on an airliner with a defective ventilation system.Tellier says many guidelines and review articles state that large droplets appear to be the main vehicle for flu virus transmission, but they offer little supporting evidence. “Despite extensive searches, I have not found a study that proves the notion that large-droplets transmission is predominant and that aerosol transmission is negligible (or nonexistent),” he writes.Further, he says, infection control experts often argue that large-droplet precautions have proved adequate to stop flu outbreaks. But he contends that several factors cast doubt on the evidence for this view. For example, without laboratory diagnosis, what is believed to be a flu outbreak can be some other virus; serologic studies often are omitted, and asymptomatic flu infections in healthcare workers are probably missed; many people have partial immunity to seasonal flu viruses; and surgical masks provide some limited protection against aerosols.Tellier goes on to say that evidence suggests that current strains of H5N1 avian influenza predominantly infect the lower respiratory tract, which in turn suggests that airborne particles are involved, since large droplets don’t reach into the lungs.”Given the strong evidence for aerosol transmission of influenza viruses in general, and the high lethality of the current strains of avian influenza A (H5N1), recommending the use of N95 respirators, not surgical masks, as part of the protective equipment seems rational,” he states.The current US pandemic influenza plan, according to Tellier, “acknowledges the contribution of aerosols in influenza but curiously recommends surgical masks for routine care; the use of N95 respirators is reserved for ‘aerosolizing procedures.'”In contrast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) current infection control guidelines for healthcare facilities treating avian flu patients say that workers should use a fit-tested respirator at least as good as the N95 type when in a patient’s room.Bill Hall, a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) spokesman in Washington, said today that the infection control guidance in the US pandemic flu plan is being updated. “We are conducting a rather in-depth process by which we’ll be reviewing the science that is available on masks and the various positions out there,” he told CIDDRAP News. “This journal article certainly adds one more data source to inform the decision-making.””There’s still a lot of debate on how flu is transmitted, whether it’s aerosol or large droplets,” Hall said. “The [pandemic] plan issued in November last year was based on current science and information at that point in time,” but it is subject to change, he added.Hall said HHS plans to cooperate with the Institute of Medicine to hold some workshops to discuss “community mitigation” in a pandemic, meaning measures such as closing schools, canceling public events, and recommending the use of masks. But no dates or other details have been decided.Tellier R. Review of aerosol transmission of influenza A virus. Emerg Infect Dis 2006 Nov;12(11) (early online publication) [Full text]See also:CDC interim guidance on use of masks to control influenza interim infection control guidelines for healthcare facilities treating people with avian flu read more

Fewer senior swine flu cases may hint at protection

first_imgMay 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A lab test currently under development at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could answer one of the novel H1N1 swine flu outbreak’s most intriguing questions: why older people seem less likely to catch the new disease.The test, called an antigenic assay, will not be completed for several weeks and then will go through several rounds of double-checking. But when it can be put into use, it should also help determine who should receive a vaccine against the novel flu strain if vaccine manufacturing goes forward.Wherever there is surveillance for the new flu, it shows that the virus strikes young adults the hardest. In Mexico, according to data released Tuesday by the country’s Ministry of Health, 51% of the 866 cases are younger than 20. On Wednesday, according to the CDC, 58% of the confirmed US cases were younger than 18.To date there has been no way of distinguishing whether the skewed age distribution is due only to who may have first been exposed to the strain—American high school and college students on spring break, for example—or whether some other factor is at work.”One of the questions which came up is whether most of the people traveling right now … tend to be younger people,” Dr. Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general for health, security, and environment at the World Health Organization said in a briefing Tuesday. He added: “One of the alternate possibilities of course is that it is an infection that is primarily going to younger people because there may be something about older people which is preventing them from being infected.”Scientists at the CDC have been working since the epidemic’s earliest days to identify that something. They have glimpsed what are, in effect, its footprints: evidence that people aged 60 and older have a preexisting immune-system component that reacts to the novel strain of flu.The phenomenon, called cross-reactive antibody, does not mean that older people were infected in the past by  this exact strain of flu. Rather, their blood contains proteins that were produced by their immune systems when they were infected by a different strain of H1N1, and that also react more weakly to the current strain.The reaction may be so weak that it represents only a laboratory result and not any real-world protection, Dr. Carolyn Bridges, associate director of epidemiologic science in the CDC’s influenza division, cautioned in an interview.”We don’t know how well that matches with clinical effectiveness; those are two different things,” she said. “The antibody studies are suggestive, but we can’t make that leap with confidence.”Older people would have had ample chance to be infected by some variant of H1N1, which is named for the varieties of hemagglutinin (the “H” portion) and neuraminidase (the “N”) proteins on the surface of the virus. H1N1 was the dominant strain of seasonal flu from 1918 to 1957, when it was replaced by the H2N2 strain that caused the 1957-58 pandemic.The 1976 swine flu epidemic was caused by a different H1N1 flu, which circulated briefly and then disappeared behind the H3N2 strain that has been dominating seasonal flu since the 1968 pandemic began. In 1977, an H1N1 strain that was identical to the 1950s version suddenly appeared again—almost certainly as the result of a Russian laboratory accident—and has been part of the seasonal mix ever since.The novel H1N1 swine flu resembles none of those prior strains. Yet in tests on blood samples that have been stored in CDC freezers from a variety of serologic surveys, as well as ones hastily contributed by academic researchers, serum from people older than 60 seems consistently to be showing a faint protective response to the new flu.Those results have provided the impetus for the assay now being worked on at the CDC, which, when it is completed, should be able to identify people who have an immune response to the current flu. That is important because evidence of infection is the best, though most labor-intensive, indicator of how far an epidemic has spread and what ages and risk groups are most vulnerable.But the test could be vital for determining future actions even more than past spread. A positive response could determine who might not need to be vaccinated against the new flu, if a vaccine is achieved—or more likely, who would need only a single dose because their immune system has already been primed by the prior infection. That would save a dose for another recipient, because medicine assumes that vaccination against a new strain of flu requires two doses—and that could be critical, because any vaccine that is made will likely be in limited supply.A number of logistical challenges are holding up the test’s development. Chief among them: The outbreak is too new to allow collection of the blood samples that its developers most need. “For influenza, you really need what are called ‘paired serum samples’—collected from the same person, ideally 7 to 10 days from the onset of symptoms and then 2 to 3 weeks after that,” Bridges said. “We are just barely at the convalescent point for the earliest cases.”There are other challenges as well. Antibody assays must be precisely tuned to a specific infection. Otherwise, they may deliver a false result by reacting to what immunologists call “original antigenic sin”—the fact that someone’s immune system retains the strongest evidence of reaction to the first version of a pathogen it came in contact with, even if the person is subsequently infected with other strains of the same organism.And no one yet can say how much the persistent presence of yet another swine flu H1N1 strain in pigs—which has been there since 1918 and over the decades has occasionally infected farm workers—might complicate the results the CDC achieves.But in developing the test, the CDC researchers at least have a path to follow. They performed almost the exact same steps, carving out a new assay, when 18 people fell ill in Hong Kong in 1997. Their account of the process, published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology in 1999, details the painstaking precision necessary to develop the first reliable test for what came to be known as avian influenza H5N1.That blueprint is not only guidance; it also serves as validation for the flu scientists who have listened to weeks of suggestions that they spent a decade chasing the wrong bug. “The fundamentals are absolutely the same,” Bridges said. “Encountering this new strain, we have benefitted a tremendous amount, in too many ways to name, from all the work done in preparation for H5N1.”See also:Rowe T, Abernathy RA, Hu-Primmer J. et al. Detection of antibody to avian influenza A (H5N1) virus in human serum by using a combination of serologic assays. J Clin Microbiol. 1999 Apr;37(4):937-43. [Full text]last_img read more

The location of the ancient forum of ancient Cibala was found in Vinkovci

first_imgVinkovci. The oldest city in Europe. The birthplace on which the Sopot culture flourished. This is where it all started.Located in an attractive location on the northern edge of the Bosut lowlands, they have always attracted more people. The continuity of existence, under this or another name, is 8.300 years old, while its longest history is recorded in the Neolithic, or Neolithic. Also, Vinkovci is from 6.300 BC. Kr. meeting place of many cultures: Sopot, Baden, Lasinja, Kostalačka, Vučedol, Vinkovci, Vatina, Belegiš, Celtic-La Tène, Roman, Avar-Slavic and later, he states in his book “Stari Vinkovci” Martin Grgurovac.He was found in Vinkovci the oldest Indo-European calendar, the so-called Orion with prominent astronomical symbols on it. This extremely valuable and significant vessel was found by Aleksandar Durman in 1978 on the site of today’s Hotel Slavonia, while the creation of the mentioned artifact is dated to the time of the Sumerian and Egyptian calendars.In the last quarter of the 8th year BC. Kr. the Romans came to the area of ​​Vinkovci. In the area of ​​earlier prehistoric cultures, the then Cibalae were formed, which were named after the pre-Roman name for the hill. Over time, Cibalae became an increasingly important Roman center, and gave birth to as many as two Roman emperors: Valens and Valentinian.During the reign of Emperor Hadrian, Vinkovci received the status of a municipality, and in the time of the North and his son Karakula, the status of a colony. Until after 378, when the reign of the Western Goths ended with the rule of Cibala. Numerous Germanic tribes, such as the Huns, the Gepids and the Eastern Goths, settled in the area of ​​the city.Despite everything, the Roman Empire left a lot of material evidence of its existence on this coast of Bosut, and this is confirmed by the last two archaeological sites. It was found in one a collection of ancient silver of great cultural value, and in another early Christian complex from the 4th and 5th centuries.Vinkovci’s ancient collection of silver consists of forty-six items, of which forty-five are silver and one undecorated gem made of semi-precious onyx stone. The most significant item in the pantry and one of the most significant late antique items ever found is certainly Tantalus’ bowl, and a tray depicting a shepherd and a building stands out.”It is silver that is a thousand and a half years old. Its market value is around 200 to 250 million kuna, and after the conservation, the price will continue to rise. Thus, the material value of silver is enormous, while its cultural value is invaluable. This is not only the heritage of the Republic of Croatia, but of the entire human race”, Explained the archaeologist and curator of the Archaeological Department of the City Museum in Vinkovci Hrvoje Vulić.CSI: ForumCibale continues to fascinate the public, so four years ago the City of Vinkovci, as part of the plan to restore the central city park in the city center, conducted preliminary geophysical surveys, which sought to determine what is below that historic area without trial archaeological research.Namely, according to the preserved records from the 18th century, it was recorded that the soldiers had to fill the remains of the Roman walls with sand for the purpose of building a training ground and a parade area at that location. This is the reason why the City of Vinkovci ordered recordings from the Slovenian company Gearh doo, in order to determine the existence of architectural remains from the Roman period.Based on the results of geophysical surveys, archaeologists from the Vinkovci Museum conducted soundings in the park and found remains of architecture and movable finds in almost all of the soundings. The most notable finding is that in the triangle between the Vinkovci Museum, the court and the parish court, an ancient forum was buried, ie the ancient central town square where all major and public events in the Roman city took place.”In 2015, we started researching the area of ​​the park on Ban Josip Šokčević Square and found excellently preserved architecture at several locations, with special emphasis on the area in front of the museum, court and parish court. This is a large open paved area where we found the remains of an altar, and this fits in with the previous data we have. Namely, from the time of construction of today’s court building in the late 60’s, we have a record that a large Roman inscription was built into the foundations, which is most likely the foundation of the imperial pillar. Imperial pillars were usually found on the forum. It also fits in with the discovery of the city’s main road, a 1993 discovery following research conducted on the building of today’s Foto Rachel. Having confirmed the existence of an open paved space, we can finally confirm that the Roman Forum is located on the northwest corner of Ban Josip Šokčević Square.”, Vulić summarized this extraordinary discovery.The position of the main Roman square in Cibale has been one of the key issues addressed by many researchers for many years. There were several assumptions, but they all more or less revolved around the space of today’s central city park. The park is one of the few places in the city where nothing has been built in recent history, which served as an indication that beneath the surface are preserved Roman architecture. Also, Vulić pointed out, the area of ​​the square would be an ideal place for the presentation of the found ancient material. Despite the fact that this is an urban protected area, the City of Vinkovci supports this project and expressed a desire to provide these valuable archaeological sites to citizens and the rest of those interested in a worthy presentation of Roman architecture.In the following, the museum wants to conduct additional research at these locations and then, as far as possible, make its presentation to the public. In the near future, new protective research will be carried out, which means opening the mentioned area and researching the space under it.”We hope to collect new valuable materials. The most significant discovery in this research venture would be the eventual discovery of preserved parts or entire imperial sculptures and inscriptions. This is valuable information and matter that we chronically lack in the area of ​​Cibala”, Concluded Vulić.RELATED NEWS:VINKOVCI AS THE OLDEST CITY IN EUROPE MUST BE THE MAIN STAR OF EUROPEAN TOURISMSPECTACULAR DISCOVERY IN CROATIA – THE OLDEST CALENDAR IN EUROPE FOUND!STUDY “BRANDING OF VINKOVAC AS A TOURIST DESIRABLE DESTINATION”TOURISTS IN SEARCH OF TRUE ROMAN TREASURElast_img read more

Travel agency Pointers Adriatic brought the first bus of German tourists to Slavonia

first_img“These are people older than 60+ who came exclusively to Slavonia. We are located in Đakovo, we visit Slavonian cities, introduce them to the local way of life, the offer of local wines and local gastronomy. The first day is planned in Osijek and Valpovo, the second day Đakovo and surrounding villages, and after that there is a tour of Vukovar and Ilok, then Baranja, Kopački Rit and Karanac”Weinpert points out and adds that Slavonia has a huge tourist potential, but that we need synergy and to start dealing with market development. He also adds that it is absolutely possible to bring tourists from Germany to Slavonia, among other things, they have shown this concretely, and that the guests are delighted with what they have seen so far. Last year, the tourist agency Pointers Adriatic from Osijek was founded, the goal of which is to bring organized tourist groups from Germany exclusively to Slavonia.  Pointers shows that the digitalization of destinations (raising visibility), which is one of the business segments of the company, leads to the desired goal, which is the arrival of not only individual tourists but also the arrival of organized tourist groups. Specifically, the first tourist bus that came thanks to the Pointers Adriatic agency is just touring Slavonia, and they are located in Đakovo as a central place or “Heart of Slavonia” from which they travel every day along and across Slavonia. “The German market is a huge potential that Slavonia can and should use to activate its economic activities. Our common goal in the future is to organize as many such trips as possible, which we believe that together we will realize”Concludes Weinpert. Cover photo: TZ Đakovo / Photo by Maja, Photo: Pointers Adriatic / Group visiting Osijekcenter_img By the way, Pointers is known for digitizing tourist destinations through an excellent application Pointers, whose project is also recognized by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and ITB Berlin, and recently founded the aforementioned travel receptive agency for Slavonia. This trip is focused on enogastronomy as a tourist product, tasting traditional delicacies, Slavonian wines and the culture and history of the area, getting to know the life, work and sights of this part of Croatia, says Krunoslav Weinpert, owners of Pointers Adritic from Osijek. The result of this work is the arrival of the first luxury bus with 38 tourists from Berlin targeted to Slavonia, who are currently touring the same. During the six days of their stay, from 18 to 23 March 2019, they will be introduced to the most important tourist destinations in Slavonia, Baranja and Srijem. “For the first time we are more active in the direction of the German market and we are actively involved in bringing tourists from Germany directly to Slavonia. I spent five months in Germany and founded a travel agency in Berlin (Pointers International) exclusively with the aim of bringing German tourists to Slavonia. I claim that only we can bring more than 50 buses to Slavonia every year, we just need synergy and that the marketing budget is invested, ie directed so that it results in activities that will surely bring the mentioned number of buses to Slavonia. I know I can do that and I stand strongly behind that statement”Emphasizes Weinpert.last_img read more

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