Airport screening ineffective against COVID-19: US health agency

first_imgThe US began screening passengers arriving from China on February 3, interviewing them about possible symptoms and using thermal scanners to take their temperatures, with the policy later widened to include Iran.Since the bulk of early cases in the US came from the West Coast, the CDC’s report focused on screening efforts in California.Officials screened about 12,000 passengers between February 3 and March 17, giving them instructions on self monitoring. But only three of these passengers were later found to match with the 26,182 patients with COVID-19 reported to California by April 15. Airport passenger screening for coronavirus during the early stages of the pandemic was futile because people can transmit the virus without showing symptoms, the United States’ top health agency said Monday.The analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was published days after a news report that the White House is pushing to return to the strategy as it seeks to re-open the hard-hit airline industry.Internal emails obtained by USA TODAY on Saturday showed CDC officials urging President Donald Trump’s administration to reconsider the plan for fever checks as a means to restore confidence. This suggests the efforts, despite requiring 1,694 person-hours of work, were a near-complete failure.”The benefits of screening for case detection at the airport might be limited for a respiratory disease with the potential for presymptomatic and asymptomatic transmission, such as COVID-19,” the reports’ authors wrote.By contrast, airport screening for Ebola during the 2014-15 outbreak was more effective because the disease “has obvious clinical manifestations, is contagious only after symptom onset, and a smaller number of travelers required monitoring,” the report added.According to the USA TODAY report, the White House is seeking to revive the policy of checking travelers for fever at 20 US airports.Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows said the effort would be visible and instill confidence in travelers, according to meeting notes cited by the newspaper.But Martin  Cetron, the CDC’s director of global mitigation and quarantine, pushed back, the newspaper said.”Thermal scanning as proposed is a poorly designed control and detection strategy as we have learned very clearly,” he wrote in an email to Department of Homeland Security officials.”We should be concentrating our CDC resources where there is impact and a probability of mission success.”The mooted plan would see passengers with fever referred to the CDC, with Cetron questioning the agency’s authority to execute this plan.He ended his email: “Please kindly strike out CDC from this role.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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First Arab space mission to Mars launches from Japan

first_imgThe first Arab space mission to Mars blasted off Monday aboard a rocket from Japan, after weather delays set back the launch of the probe dubbed “Hope.”A live feed of the launch showed the rocket carrying the unmanned probe, known as “Al-Amal” in Arabic, lifting off from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan.”We have launched the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 42 (H-IIA F42) carrying aboard the Emirates Mars Mission’s (EMM) HOPE spacecraft… at 6:58:14 (JST) (2158GMT),” rocket manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said in a statement shortly after the launch. Five minutes after launch, the rocket carrying the probe was on course, carrying out the first separation of its flight.The Emirati project is one of three racing to Mars, including Tianwen-1 from China and Mars 2020 from the United States, taking advantage of a  period when the Earth and Mars are nearest.In October, Mars will be a comparatively short 38.6 million miles (62.07 million kilometers) from Earth, according to NASA.”Hope” is expected to reach Mars’s orbit by February 2021, marking the 50th anniversary of the unification of the UAE, an alliance of seven emirates. ‘Holistic view’ Several dozen probes — most of them American — have set off for the Red Planet since the 1960s. Many never made it that far, or failed to land.The drive to explore Mars flagged until the confirmation less than 10 years ago that water once flowed on its surface.Omran Sharaf, the mission’s project manager, has said the “Hope” probe will offer a special perspective on the elusive “Red Planet.””What is unique about this mission is that for the first time the scientific community around the world will have an holistic view of the Martian atmosphere at different times of the day at different seasons,” Sharaf told a pre-launch briefing.”We have a strategy to contribute to the global effort in developing technologies and science work that will help one day if humanity decides to put a human on Mars.”The UAE already has nine functioning satellites in orbit, with plans to launch another eight in coming years. And in September, it sent the first Emirati into space on a mission to the International Space Station.But the UAE’s ambitions go well beyond that, with a goal of building a human settlement on Mars by 2117. Topics : Martian year of orbitUnlike the two other Mars ventures scheduled for this year, it will not land on the Red Planet, but instead orbit it for a whole Martian year, or 687 days.While the objective of the Mars mission is to provide a comprehensive image of the weather dynamics in the Red Planet’s atmosphere, the probe is a foundation for a much bigger goal — building a human settlement on Mars within the next 100 years.The UAE also wants the project to serve as a source of inspiration for Arab youth, in a region too often wracked by sectarian conflicts and economic crises.The “Hope” probe is expected to detach from the launch rocket about an hour after blast-off.That’s when the real excitement will begin, UAE Mars mission’s deputy project manager Sarah al-Amiri told AFP before the launch.”In my heart of hearts, I’m looking forward to the initial 24 hours after separation, and that’s where we see the results of our work,” said Amiri, who is also Minister of State for Advanced Sciences.”It is when we first get the signal, when we know that every part of the spacecraft is functioning, when the solar panels are deployed, when we hit our trajectory and are headed towards Mars,” she told AFP earlier this month.last_img read more

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Unisex toilets in schools leaving female students too afraid to use loo

first_imgNZ Herald 18 February 2019Family First Comment: No surprise.“According to Women’s Voices Wales, some girls are refraining from using the toilet during school hours because of a lack of privacy and taunts from boys including “period shaming”… some girls stop drinking water during the day to avoid going to the bathroom and some students have complained of sexual harassment and a lack of privacy.”And it’s a problem in NZ also! www.askmefirst.nzSchoolgirls are too afraid to use unisex toilets at school over fears from boys and sexual harassment, campaigners warn.In the UK a growing number of schools are ditching separate sex toilets over claims they are not inclusive to transgender children.Schools say they are implementing unisex toilets as a way to stop bullying and help all genders feel safe.However, according to Women’s Voices Wales, some girls are refraining from using the toilet during school hours because of a lack of privacy and taunts from boys including “period shaming”.According to the campaigners, some girls stop drinking water during the day to avoid going to the bathroom and some students have complained of sexual harassment and a lack of privacy.One parent of a secondary school girl told the Daily Express: “She won’t use the toilets and tries to last all day. Boys are always speculating on whether girls are having their periods according to how long they take in the toilet.”The mother claims when she spoke to the headmaster she was told her daughter should go to the nurse’s office if she has any issues.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12204733Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Newcastle intensify bid to hire Ighalo once £300m takeover is completed

first_img Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Mysterious Things You Do Not Know About China9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCulkin Cracks Up The Web With His Own Version Of ‘Home Alone’The Best Cars Of All Time Shanghai Shenhua will only let Ighalo stay at Old Trafford if they pay £20million to make the deal permanent though. read a;so:Ighalo breaks social distancing rule with mystery lady during training And Newcastle could hijack them in signing the striker once their takeover officially goes through. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Newcastle United have re-affirmed their determination to sign Manchester United loanee striker, Odion Ighalo. Manchester United’s Odion Ighalo during their last game vs LASK According to Sky Sports, Newcastle are interested in making a shock transfer move for Ighalo once their £300million takeover is completed. United are keen to extend their loan deal so the 30-year-old can help them if the Premier League restarts amid the coronavirus pandemic.Advertisementcenter_img Loading… last_img read more

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Mancini hits out over Kompany selection

first_img He added: “I think sometimes some managers of national teams should understand the situation. “This player plays for the club and the club, every month, pay his salary. “I don’t know if he is okay or not. One week before the international break he was not fit to play for us. I didn’t see Vinny yesterday. I will see him today.” Mancini hopes Kompany will be fit to return for his side in Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium. Mancini, speaking at a press conference to preview the game, added that striker Sergio Aguero is fit and could make his comeback. The 24-year-old has missed City’s last three games with a knee injury. He returned to Argentina for treatment during his lay-off, and linked up with the national squad, but did not play and has been back training at Carrington for the past week. Mancini said: “Sergio is okay. I think he could be ready for Saturday.” Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has hit out at Belgium counterpart Marc Wilmots for selecting captain Vincent Kompany for international duty this week. Kompany made his first competitive appearance in eight weeks when he featured in his country’s World Cup qualifier against Macedonia on Tuesday. The 26-year-old defender had been sidelined since suffering a calf injury in the FA Cup fourth-round win at Stoke on January 26 and had a potential comeback date put back several times. That did not prevent him being called up by Belgium and although the national skipper did not play in last Friday’s game in Macedonia, he played all 90 minutes of the return fixture in Brussels, and Mancini said: “He didn’t play for us for 60 days and then he went to play for the Belgium team. I did not agree with this.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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UEFA president criticises VAR use, says football needs uncertainty

first_imgNYON, Switzerland (Reuters) – Football needs uncertainty, the head of European soccer body UEFA said yesterday, as he criticised the way VAR technology had changed the character of football matches.Aleksander Ceferin said that UEFA would propose soccer’s rulemaking IFAB make changes to the way the VAR system, officially introduced in 2018, was being implemented, though he did not want to give more details.The use of VAR, where match officials use video replays to check decisions by the referee on the pitch and flag possible mistakes, has been surrounded by controversy over the last few months.Critics say the system goes far beyond its original remit and that decisions are taking too long. “The game is changing and we are afraid that it is changing too much,” Ceferin told reporters following a UEFA executive committee meeting, adding that the search for refereeing perfection was futile.“Football needs uncertainty because the players make mistakes and the referees on the pitch have to take responsibility, not some people hidden in a van or a building 500 kilometres from the venue,” he said.“I can live with the fact that referees are human beings who make mistakes but now when technology makes a mistake, that is a problem,” he said.Ceferin said he was not against VAR in principle but said that “we have to make it clearer, we have to make it faster, we have to make it less invasive – but it will stay.” One of the biggest sources of controversy has involved offside decisions where VAR officials use gridlines superimposed on the screen, leading to goals being disallowed because a player’s toe or armpit was offside.“The line is very thin and it’s drawn by the VAR so it’s the subjective line of an objective fact which is a bit strange,” said Ceferin.Other sources of confusion include the new handball rule and how far back in a move VAR officials should go when checking for infringements.“Do we check five minutes, do we check 15 minutes?” he said. “The referee never said in the past that we had to go back to a foul seven minutes ago.” “We still don’t know which handball is handball, who is drawing the lines, how thick the lines are … there are many questions ahead.”last_img read more

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Twenty  five youths receive cricket gear from Basil Butcher Memorial Fund

first_imgTWENTY-five junior cricketers, drawn from six clubs, on Saturday became the first recipients of cricket gear from the 2020 edition of the Basil Butcher Cricket Development Programme, organised by the ten cricket teams of the Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club, with support from the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB).The players were drawn from the RHTYSC, Albion, Port Mourant, Rose Hall Canje, Blairmont, and West Berbice cricket teams. The simple presentation ceremony was done at the Area H Ground in the presence of BCB and RHTYSC officials and parents of the players.Club Secretary/CEO and BCB president, Hilbert Foster, hailed the project as another red letter day in the ongoing development of Berbice cricket and signals the commitment of both the club and Board to work beyond the call of duty to make sure that the rich tradition of the county game is kept alive.Foster disclosed that a total of 87 players would receive a pair of cricket equipment under the project in observance of the legendary player’s 87th birth anniversary, which would be observed on the 3rd of September.Butcher, who was born in 1933, played 44 test matches for the West Indies, scoring 3104 runs at an average of 43.11, with seven centuries and sixteen half centuries. He died in Florida on 16 December, 2019.Foster, who was accompanied by BCB Assistant Secretary, Ameer Rahaman; BCB Public Relations Officer, Simon Naidu; and executives of the RHTYSC, urged the attentive players to emulate the hard work, dedication and positive attitude of the late Basil Butcher.The BCB president spoke widely of the importance of education, faith in God and discipline. A clearly emotional Foster also urged the players to reject racism and to be the agents of change in Guyana.The young players were told that the two organisations were committed to investing in their future but they would have to take advantage of the opportunities given to them. He stated that the coronavirus has curtailed a lot of the BCB plans for 2020, including at least 20 tournaments, a professional first division league, numerous coaching programmes, including a cricket academy and personal developmental sessions.Despite the pandemic, however, the two organisations have successfully completed several programmes including sharing out 2500 food hampers, donating face masks and cleaning items across the county. The BCB has also been quite busy hosting its annual Mother of the Year and Father of the year award programmes, while clubs have benefitted from donations of cricket balls, cricket gear, score books and youth information booklets among other items.Additionally, the BCB has used the break period to obtain a second sponsorship for a two-day  first division tournament, which would start as soon as the ongoing Banks DIH tournament is completed.The board has also acquired its own pitch covers and would shortly receive a second coaching set for its coaches from an overseas-based Berbician. Foster expressed disappointment that over the last three decades, former players and officials, who now reside overseas, have forgotten their roots and the game that had made them household names.He stated that giving back to society is one of the best things that a human can do and urged the former players to get on board the development train in the Ancient County.BCB Public Relations Officer and RHTYSC Assistant Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu, who is overseeing the project, stated that over the next month, another 62 youths would receive cricket gears while food hampers,100 gallons of cleaning detergents, bicycles, score books and school bags would be distributed to clubs, schools, Town Councils and Government institutions like police stations, post offices and fire stations.The two organisations would like to express thanks to all the donors to the Basil Butcher Go Fund me account and others like Bissondyal Singh, former national player Sheik Mohamed, Papie Jafarally, Kevin Sinclair, Poonai Bhigroog, C and K Pharmacy, Dennis Deroop, Hand in Hand Insurance, Roland Williams ,Deonarine Shane and national player Guadakesh Motie. A special visit would also be made to Linden, where Mr Butcher lived most of his adult life, to hand over gear and bicycles to youths.last_img read more

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Cardinal Rule: Starters take down reserves 19-14

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoDywon Rowan compiled 96 total yards and Jamil Walker led all runners with 74 yards on the ground, as the Cardinal team defeated the White squad, 19-14, in UW’s annual Spring Game in front of a crowd of 10,139 at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday.The Cardinal team was comprised of UW’s starters, whereas the White team consisted of the reserves on the squad, though there was continuous lineup shuffling throughout the contest. Points earned by the White squadwere doubled on the scoreboard. The tweaked scoring system paid instant dividends for the White team. Quarterback John Stocco — who produced a strong day for the Cardinal, completing 10 of 13 passes for 154 yards in just one half of play — made his lone mistake of the afternoon early in the first quarter. Zach Hampton cut behind intended receiver Paul Hubbard and intercepted Stocco, running it back 59 yards for the touchdown and pushing the White out in front 14-0 with the double points.From there, however, it was all Cardinal.P.J. Hill went down less than five minutes into the contest with a stinger, according to UW head coach Bret Bielema. Bielema added the injury is not serious.Rowan came in and took the reins for the Cardinal running game. The fifth-year senior capped a five-play, 70-yard drive with a 2-yard dash into the end zone, putting the Cardinal team on the scoreboard.Overall, Rowan ended the game with 50 rushing yards on six carries, as well as three catches for another 46 yards on the afternoon.”I like what Dywon did; I think he’s able to get himself vertical and change direction in a short amount of time,” Bielema said. “[I] thought he caught a couple of nice screens today, as well. He’s got the ability to catch the football as well as run.”Stocco, who has constantly spoken about the Badgers’ necessity to find consistency, praised Rowan for his ability to accomplish as such.”He’s been real good for us; he’s kind of a power guy, he’s got good vision, and he’s been real steady for us,” Stocco said. “He’s a guy that’s been real consistent for us, so far, and he made some nice plays today.”Not to be outdone, Walker earned 16 carries on the day (13 for Cardinal and three for White). His 74-yard, one-touchdown effort was enough to show that he will be a strong competitor with both Hill and Rowan for playing time come September.”We all made statements today,” Walker said, when asked if Rowan in particular had done so during the game. “We just have fun with it. If somebody does something good, you pat him on the butt or just tell him ‘good job.’ We’rejust having fun competing.””I think that all the running backs have a chance because they haven’t named the starter yet, but me and Jamil did, I think, the best out of the backs today,” Rowan said. “P.J. went down early, and the young guys really don’t have a sense for the game yet, but I think me and Jamil did make a push for the No. 1 spot today.”UW’s starting defensive corps gave up no points to the White team Saturday, surrendering only 130 total yards and seven first downs in the game.”We came in, everyone seemed like they were really comfortable with where we were today and were flying around making plays,” linebacker Mark Zalewski said. “Even our twos against the one offense in the first half, they looked like they were real sound and they were making plays, too. So I think, all around, the defenseplayed pretty well.”Stocco, along with defensive stars Zalewski, Joe Stellmacher and Roderick Rogers, did not participate in the second half. Bielema said he believed those four to be relatively established at their positions and didn’t feel the need toutilize them too much after the first half of play.Marcus Randle El led all receivers with five catches and 50 yards on the day, whereas Travis Beckum carried the White load with three grabs and 14 yards.A facemasking penalty on White’s offense in the end zone awarded the Cardinal a safety, which turned out to be the winning pair of points for the starters, as it moved the score to 16-14.Taylor Mehlhaff missed a 43-yard FG opportunity just into the second quarter but redeemed himself by nailing a 41-yarder with six minutes remaining in the contest, putting the score to rest at 19-14.last_img read more

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D.O. Sportscast: Coronavirus’ impact on Syracuse Athletics

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments On this week’s edition of The D.O Sportscast, our writers talk about the impact that coronavirus has made on Syracuse Athletics over the past few weeks. They discuss the NCAA’s decision to grant eligibility back to spring athletes, the Carrier Dome construction, and more.Subscribe to Sportscast on Spotify and iTunes.center_img Published on March 30, 2020 at 9:58 pmlast_img

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