November 18

NEWS SCAN: Multistate E coli outbreak, H9 flu case in Hong Kong, WHO pandemic guidance

first_imgNov 3, 2009E coli outbreak with 2 deaths linked to ground beefAn outbreak of 28 Escherichia coli cases in 16 states, with two deaths, has been linked to ground beef from a firm in New York, according to federal officials. The US Department of Agriculture reported Oct 31 that Fairbank Farms of Asheville, N.Y., was recalling 545,699 pounds of ground beef potentially contaminated with E coli. Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said isolates from seven patients genetically matched an isolate from an opened package of the firm’s ground beef from a Massachusetts patient’s home. Most of the patients fell ill between Sep 17 and Oct 10, the CDC reported. Sixteen were hospitalized, 3 suffered hemolytic uremic syndrome, a form of kidney failure, and 2 died, the agency said. States affected by the outbreak are California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Vermont. Most of the recalled products list “Est. 492” on the USDA mark of inspection and carry the date “091509” or “091609.”Oct 31 USDA recall noticeNov 2 CDC statementChinese woman treated for H9 avian flu in Hong KongA woman from Guangdong province on the Chinese mainland is being treated in Hong Kong for a rare case of H9 avian influenza, Hong Kong government officials reported today. The woman fell ill with breathlessness and a cough Oct 26 and was admitted to a Hong Kong hospital 2 days later, the statement said. The woman, who has a preexisting medical condition that requires regular medication, is in stable condition in isolation. Five previous H9 infections have been identified in Hong, all involving children, in 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008, officials said. They gave no information about the source of the infection.WHO issues pandemic guidance for non-health sectorThe World Health Organization (WHO) has released a set of guidelines—developed before the H1N1 influenza pandemic—on pandemic preparedness outside the health sector. The 18-page document includes sections on business continuity management, interdependencies among essential services, government’s role, and the role of other organizations. A foreword cautions that, because the guidance was developed before the H1N1 pandemic, some information and recommendations may not be relevant to the current situation.WHO document “Whole-of-Society Pandemic Readiness”last_img read more

November 18

Excellent cooperation! Prima Furniture equipped Bluesun 5-star hotels

first_imgPrima Grupa, the largest Croatian furniture manufacturer, has equipped two Bluesun hotels with its highest quality furniture – SENDTIDO Bluesun Berulia in Brela with 4 stars and the TUI BLUE Jadran hotel in Tučepi with 5 stars. According to the wishes and needs of the client, more than 700 top-quality bearings have been produced in Prima’s plants. Thus, these two hotels of the highest category, by choosing smart solutions, provided their guests with superior sleeping comfort.Certainly a big compliment to the Blue Sun Group who recognized and became aware of the importance of encouraging local production. Let’s not be fooled and be sure that BlueSun, like everyone else in the premium segment, had high standards and expectations in accordance with the 5-star categorization, which were obviously successfully met. So, it is possible, in fact, that the quality as well as the design of our products certainly do not give up by the competition. Regardless of the “local patriotism” of the Sunce owner, he certainly saw the ratio of quality, performance and price because in the end it is a business process that must meet high standards in order to continue to achieve high accommodation prices.Due to their durability and longevity, mattresses produced in Prima are a quality and long-term choice for furnishing hotels and apartments. Primini box bed systems are created for top comfort, and in combination with durable mattresses they guarantee comfort, quality sleep and body regeneration, which is extremely important for guests when talking about health tourism and accommodation of higher categories. With these features, as well as the affordable price, they were guided in Bluesun hotels and stand out from Prima Gurpa. “The hotel decoration project requires a careful selection of furniture made of top quality materials, durable and long-lasting, and yet functional and visually attractive. Increasingly demanding guests expect a complete experience and want to feel relaxed and comfortable, like in their own home. That is why we are extremely proud that Prima furniture is recognized as an ideal solution to meet the needs of Bluesun hotel guests. “, Pointed out Renato Radić, director of Prima Group.Source: SENDTIDO Bluesun BrelaBy the way, Prima Group is the largest manufacturer and retail chain of furniture in Croatia and the region. It has 8 own production plants and an extensive retail network of as many as 63 showrooms, of which 55 in Croatia and 8 in Macedonia. It employs more than 1500 staff. Prima’s furniture has been recognized for its quality by customers in the demanding Western European market, so today Prima’s products enrich homes in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland, France, Austria, Italy and other countries. “Although we are recognized on the market as manufacturers of furniture, I also produce mattresses and we are proud that we have set high standards and that this is a Croatian product and production. It is extremely important to us that we cooperated with the travel company Blue Sun, ie on the arrangement of two of their hotels, since we did some finishing touches according to their requirements in accordance with the high categorization, which we successfully fulfilled to the mutual satisfaction. We are actively present in the tourist segment and we have a wide offer for hotels, apartments, villas and houses, ie the entire tourist program. ”Point out from Prima Group.Buy and use Croatian products, from agriculture to furniture, because the quality and design do not lag behind foreign furniture, in fact, they offer a better ratio of quality and price. But most importantly, by buying Croatian products you encourage the development of the local economy, and thus the retention of the local population in Croatia. The greatest power of tourism is precisely that it is not one industry, but connects various industries vertically and horizontally, and it is imperative for the tourism sector to maximally encourage and use local resources. Precisely for the reason that tourism spending is dispersed to as many local industries and participants as possible so that everyone can make a living from tourism, not just one because it is not self-sustaining.Unfortunately, our tourism closes figuratively in one “resort”, we encourage imports and foreign products, and yet we do not appreciate our quality, production, products and people. Which is insane and counterproductive, and ultimately not economically viable. That is why young people emigrate even from cities that live directly from tourism on the Adriatic, because simply three months of tourism as well as less involvement of the local population (except as cheap labor, and interestingly we are talking about tourism which is a highly profitable sector) enough to survive the whole year as well as for a quality standard of living.So make the most of local resources, from furniture, agriculture, souvenirs as well as the whole range of products and services involved in the tourism industry. Due to the “couple of kuna” difference in price, because foreign products have a lower price due to the large amount of production, you encourage foreign companies and foreign markets, while domestic ones are failing. Of course, I am not against foreign companies or foreign products as well as healthy competition, but we should certainly encourage and take care of domestic production, as do all other countries that care about their economies, from Germany, Austria to Slovenia.Source: TUI BLUE Jadran, TucepiAnd there is a big difference between domestic and foreign owners of the hotel industry. Of course, I emphasize again that I am not against foreign investments or anything like that, in fact, but foreign hotel chains are managed through excel spreadsheets, which do not know the emotions, long-term, the importance of the local economy. To trivialize, one kuna invested in the satisfaction of the guest, tomorrow brings five if the guest comes back again and recommends your accommodation to their loved ones. Kuna may keep someone in Bjelovar or Slavonia more tomorrow, so he doesn’t go to Ireland or Germany to look for his place under the sun. And accordingly, maybe then there would not be so many problems with the workforce, which will only show in the coming years, because the family would stay in Croatia. Interesting how the circle turns and how everything is connected, right? The whole system is unsustainable if local resources are not used and if tourist spending is not dispersed to as many local entrepreneurs as possible.I am free to draw a parallel as we close in on one resort.We have examples of how tourism has developed in Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Spain and it is quite clear that closing in one resort is unsustainable, while on the other hand we must look to Bavaria, Austria, Slovenia and Switzerland who make maximum use of local resources and live in In the first sense, tourism, in fact, live it all year round. Domestic production and products are high quality and competitive, they may not be as branded as foreign ones, but they are certainly on the same or even higher level in terms of quality. The combination of blue and green Croatia is possible, as well as the placement of Croatian products through the tourism sector. Indeed, for all the above reasons, it should be imperative.An excellent example is the Jadranka Group from Mali Lošinj, which cooperates with over 60 domestic family farms throughout Croatia – from the islands of Cres and Lošinj, Istria and Kvarner, Međimurje, Slavonia and Baranja. “For us, this form of cooperation is important because, in addition to providing our guests with quality and home-made food, on the other hand we help the local economy. Due to the recognizable connection of green and blue Croatia within its entire offer, the Jadranka Group is today the largest purchaser of products of domestic family farms. ” Goran Filipović, a member of the Management Board of Jadranka Group, points out. A statement in which everything is said and the whole paradigm of the union of blue and green Croatia. Yes it is possible, and Jadranka Grupa is, at least as far as I know, the only real example that rounded off the whole story and connected blue and green CroatiaStart from yourself and encourage the local economy, because maybe your son or daughter will have to move outside Croatia tomorrow because there will not be enough work and business activities in your city. It’s interesting how that circle turns and how everything is connected, right?Unfortunately after a couple of attempts I was not able to get a statement from the BlueSun Hotel either, but they certainly deserve praise for this great collaboration and for boosting the local economy. You buy domestic and Croatian products. It’s all up to the people, start from yourself and don’t forget it’s all up to you.PS This is not a paid PR article, but a positive example of excellent cooperation and synergy of tourism with domestic production and products #kupujmohrvatskolast_img read more

September 20

Wilshere adds to injury woes

first_img Wilshere is likely to miss Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Burnley at the Emirates Stadium due to a knee problem and is also a doubt to face Anderlecht in midweek. But France striker Giroud, who fractured his foot against Everton in late August, is on course to rejoin training next month despite having initially been ruled out until the New Year. “He’s eager to play, but that is always the period when the patience of the player is tested. “They feel ready and want to play. Usually they realise only much later they are not completely ready. “I know Theo very well. He’s an intelligent player so he knows as well that he’s not completely there yet.” Arsenal are targeting a third successive victory when they host Burnley with a three-point haul potentially lifting them into the top four. A nine-point gap has opened up on Premier League leaders Chelsea and while Wenger refuses to concede the title race, he knows it will take a sustained assault to make up the ground on Jose Mourinho’s team. “I don’t write us off, let other people do that, but Chelsea are in a strong position at the moment,” Wenger said. “I believe it would not be realistic to just think now that we’ll catch Chelsea very quickly. “We have to get consistent results to have a chance of coming back. “I’m more focused on the quality of our games and on the consistency of our results before we think about coming back on Chelsea.” Burnley have yet to win in nine Premier League starts this season and Wenger is ready for them to adopt defensive tactics at the Emirates Stadium. “It’s absolutely normal that other teams try to stop us from playing our game. I can understand that completely,” Wenger said. “We want to be good enough to get around that and not allow other teams to stop us playing. “We are good enough, but we know the quality of our passing and our decisions must be better.” Press Association Jack Wilshere has been added to Arsenal’s lengthy injury list but Arsene Wenger is hoping to welcome back Olivier Giroud “miles ahead of schedule” in the coming weeks. “Olivier is miles ahead of schedule. He’s doing very well,” Wenger said. “He’s three weeks ahead of schedule and he will join normal training after the international break. Of course it’s a big boost.” Arsenal have lost Giroud, Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil, David Ospina, Yaya Sanogo, Abou Diaby and Mathieu Debuchy to a variety of ailments and now Wilshere has joined their ranks. Wenger insists the problem is minor and has penciled in the England midfielder to return against Swansea on Sunday week. “There is a slight problem with Wilshere. I don’t think he’ll be available against Burnley,” Wenger said. “It’s very, very short term. He got a kick on his knee. I don’t know if Anderlecht on Tuesday will be too early or not. He’s not training at the moment. Certainly Swansea, yes.” England winger Theo Walcott has been sidelined since January with a serious knee problem, but Wenger will not rush him back against Burnley despite having made his comeback in the reserves. “Theo is not ready yet. He’s been out for too long to start the game. If I can give him some competition I’m happy to do it,” Wenger said. last_img read more

August 14

Thanksgiving FanDuel Picks: Daily fantasy football lineup advice for Thursday’s DFS tournaments

first_imgFLEX Michael Thomas, Saints @ Falcons ($9,200). Thomas is another player you pretty much have to have. If you fade him and he has a bad game, you’ll be in great shape. Far, far more likely is that he’ll gave a good game, though, and you’ll be mad at yourself for not paying up. MORE WEEK 13 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup BuilderD/ST Chicago Bears @ Lions ($5,000). The Bears D/ST hasn’t been all that good this year, especially in sacks and takeaways. But the Lions will either be playing a gimpy Jeff Driskel (hamstring) or David Blough at QB, so how can we not start the Bears when there are no other obvious choices? Again, this might be too chalky, but hopefully we have enough differentiation with guys like Knox, Miller, and Gage to offset that. MORE THURSDAY FANTASY: DraftKings lineup | DK Showdown picks | Start/SitThanksgiving NFL DFS Lineup: FanDuel tournament picksQB Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Saints ($7,700). Ryan threw for two touchdowns against the Saints in Week 10, but with just 182 yards, it didn’t seem like he had that big of a day. Then, he failed to notch a score against Tampa’s porous pass defense last week. With Drew Brees ($8,500) being the obvious pay-up pick and Mitchell Trubisky ($6,800) being the obvious matchup-based value pick, we’re hoping Ryan gets lost in the shuffle behind other high-floor options like Dak Prescott ($8,200) and Josh Allen ($7,800). He could easily have the biggest game of the day, and it could be at relatively low ownership, at least as far as three-game slates go. If Julio Jones (shoulder) is out, that would obviously limit Ryan’s upside, but he still has decent enough receivers to pay off (see below). RB Alvin Kamara, Saints @ Falcons ($8,300). Kamara has been a disappointment lately, failing to dent the end zone in all but one game this year. Yes, you read that right. His perceived ceiling is probably higher than it actually is, so there’s a strong case to be made for fading him. We’re going the other route and paying up for the talent. Kamara is still averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 6.7 receptions per game. If there was ever a time for a vintage Kamara breakout game, why not in the prime-time Thanksgiving spotlight?WEEK 13 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endRB David Montgomery, Bears @ Lions ($5,900). We’ve been burned by Montgomery in the past, but this matchup and price are too good to ignore. The Lions allow the most FanDuel points to RBs, and Montgomery is priced as an RB8 on a day with just six teams playing. This might be the chalkiest pick of the whole day, but if Montgomery has a huge game, we’ll need him on our squad to cash. WR Calvin Ridley, Falcons vs. Saints ($6,500). Ridley might also be super chalky, especially if Jones (shoulder) is out, but for now, we’ll stack him with Ryan and fade Jones. Ridley has put up 228 yards and two TDs in the past two games, so owners will be on him, but he’s clearly a talented receiver who’s shown a nose for the end zone — often in garbage time — the past two seasons. WEEK 13 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWR Russell Gage, Falcons vs. Saints ($5,400). Gage is getting talked up this week because of 10-target Week 12. If Jones is out, Gage could also become a chalky pick, but for now, we think he’ll give us enough differentiation to be worth using. The Falcons will likely be throwing a lot against the Saints even if the score is close, as New Orleans has proved tough to run against. With Austin Hooper (knee) still ailing, Gage is the most likely candidate to soak up those extra mid-range targets. WR Anthony Miller, Bears @ Lions ($5,300). An RB-WR stack doesn’t always correlate, but with just three games on the slate, we’re taking that chance. Miller has seen 20 targets the past two weeks, catching 12 for 131 yards. With Taylor Gabriel (concussion) likely out, Miller will be the unquestioned No. 2 receiver against Detroit’s struggling pass defense. If you add in the Darius Slay-on-Allen Robinson factor, it’s possible Miller will lead the Bears in receiving. Given his WR15 pricing, he’s tough to pass up.WEEK 13 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPTE Dawson Knox, Bills @ Cowboys ($4,500). The Cowboys struggle against TEs (fifth-most FD points allowed), and Knox gets regular playing time. He hasn’t done much with it, but he’s athletic enough to make a big play or score a short TD. That’s all we’re looking for here, as there really aren’t any obvious plays at the position.  Few things provide a better distraction from your family on Thanksgiving than football and fantasy football. Now, imagine gambling on fantasy football in the form of NFL DFS contests — perfect recipe for not paying attention to your grandma. Our Thursday FanDuel tournament lineup can help you do just that. These Thanksgiving daily fantasy football picks aren’t guaranteed to win you money, but they are guaranteed to distract you when your uncle asks questions about your life.Our primary strategy involves fading two Thanksgiving staples — the Lions and Cowboys. Plenty of people will fade Lions players, but the Cowboys are a much bigger risk. Guys like Ezekiel Elliott, Michael Gallup, and Dak Prescott could easily have big games, but we’re hoping casual fans go overweight on “America’s Team” and we can differentiate our lineup with some other picks.last_img read more

August 14

Is there a ‘Monday Night Football’ game tonight? NFL schedule, TV channels for Week 17

first_imgTechnically there is Monday night football on TV tonight, but there is no “Monday Night Football” game on TV tonight. Due to the way it works out the schedule for Week 17, the NFL has no “MNF” game for the final week of the year. Week 17 of the 2019 season began and ended with Sunday’s full slate of games, and the playoff bracket was set.So the Monday night football stage tonight belongs to Florida and Virginia in the Orange Bowl on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET. If you need your Monday football fix as the new year approaches, the college bowl schedule offers a couple solid evening options. California and Illinois will play in the Redbox Bowl at 4 p.m. ET, and Florida and Virginia will play in the Orange Bowl at 8 p.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.The NFL wrapped up its regular season Sunday, when all 16 games were played at either 1 p.m. ET or 4:25 p.m. ET on CBS or Fox. The exception was the Seahawks-49ers game, which was played at 8:25 p.m. ET on NBC.Below is the full schedule and results.NFL schedule Week 17Sunday, Dec. 29GameTimeChannelBengals 33, Browns 231 p.m.Fox, fuboTVDolphins 27, Patriots 241 p.m.CBS, fuboTVBears 21, Vikings 191 p.m.Fox, fuboTVChiefs 31, Chargers 211 p.m.CBS, fuboTVJets 13, Bills 61 p.m.CBS, fuboTVPackers 23, Lions 201 p.m.Fox, fuboTVSaints 42, Panthers 101 p.m.Fox, fuboTVFalcons 28, Buccaneers 221 p.m.Fox, fuboTVEagles 34, Giants 174:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVTitans 35, Texans 144:25 p.m.CBS, fuboTVCowboys 47, Redskins 164:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTVRavens 28, Steelers 104:25 p.m.CBS, fuboTVJaguars 38, Colts 204:25 p.m.CBS, fuboTVBroncos 16, Raiders 154:25 p.m.CBS, fuboTVRams 31, Cardinals 244:25 p.m.Fox, fuboTV49ers 26, Seahawks 218:25 p.m.NBC, fuboTV As for the Week 17 NFL schedule, the league flexed its best game of the week to the only prime-time slot available. (There was no “Thursday Night Football” in Week 17, either.) The Seahawks hosted the 49ers on “Sunday Night Football” in the final game of the regular season, and the game — and, in turn, the playoff seeding — literally came down to the last second and the last few inches.NFL PLAYOFFS BRACKET:Full TV schedule | Playoff picture analysisIs there a ‘Monday Night Football’ game tonight?There is not. The last “Monday Night Football” game of the season was played last week, when the Packers beat the Vikings to clinch the NFC North title.last_img read more