Obama airs concerns about Ebola quarantine policies

first_imgIn the ongoing debate over levels of quarantine for health workers returning from West Africa, President Barack Obama today said policies based on fear rather science and best practices could discourage volunteers from signing on to help battle the disease.He said he would meet tomorrow with health workers who have worked in the region or are planning to travel there. Obama made the comments, his first public ones on the subject, in a short statement today on the White House’s South Lawn, which was broadcast live by CBS News.His remarks came hours after the second nurse infected with Ebola in Dallas was released from Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and as controversy still swirled over New Jersey’s recent mandatory quarantine at a Newark hospital of a nurse from Maine who was returning from a Doctors without Borders (MSF) assignment in West Africa.Kaci Hickox was kept in isolation against her will at a hospital over the weekend but was released yesterday to return home to Maine, which also has a mandatory quarantine policy. Her attorney said today she is at an undisclosed location while she works out details with Maine’s health department, the Associated Press (AP) reported.It’s unclear if she has agreed to be quarantined or if a quarantine is in place, according to the report. She didn’t have a fever, but she and her doctor said facial flushing led to an elevated temperature reading when it was taken with a forehead scanner after a few hours of being detained at the airport. Hickox has tested negative for Ebola.Obama said he met with members of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART), which Obama said has been on the ground since early August and serves as the backbone of the US response to the outbreak. Obama said the team reported some progress in Liberia, along with some infrastructure improvements.”It’s critical that we maintain that leadership,” he said. “We don’t want to discourage our healthcare workers from going to the front lines.”It’s important to remember that only two people have contracted Ebola on US soil, Obama said, both of whom were nurses who helped care for the first US patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died from his infection at a Dallas hospital on Oct 8.He added that it’s important that the nation works together to make sure workers are willing and able to volunteer to help in West Africa, and that they are thanked and supported, while being monitored in a prudent fashion. “We want to make sure every policy put in place is supportive of their efforts.”New Jersey, New York, and a handful of other states have announced more stringent quarantine policies than revised recommendations announced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday. The CDC’s recommendations are based on levels of risk, and for health workers returning from West Africa, the agency suggests more detailed active monitoring, tailored to each person’s situation.A handful of states, however, recently unveiled policies requiring mandatory quarantine for health workers who return from the three hardest-hit outbreak countries: Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The announcements have been met with pushback from several medical professional groups.Second nurse discharged from EmoryMeanwhile, Amber Joy Vinson, the second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola, left Emory University Hospital today, where she had been hospitalized since Oct 15.The hospital said in a statement that a series of test by teams at Emory and the CDC show that she is free of the virus and that her discharge poses no public health threat. Bruce Ribner, MD, who directs Emory’s Serious Communicable Disease United, which has now treated four Ebola patients, said the healthcare team is extremely pleased with Vinson’s recovery. “We were inspired by her courageous attitude and the strong support of her family and health care colleagues in Dallas,” he said.In a statement she read at a hospital press briefing today, Vinson spoke of her faith in God and thanked her family and care team. She also thanked two health workers recovered from Ebola for donating convalescent serum to her and other patients. They are Kent Brantly, MD, and Nancy Writebol, both of whom were treated for their infections at Emory’s special unit after they were infected while working as medical missionaries in Liberia.”While this is a day for celebration and gratitude, I ask that we not lose focus on the thousands of families who continue to labor under the burden of this disease in West Africa,” Vinson said.Vinson flew to Ohio during her active monitoring period and before the infection in the first nurse, Nina Pham, was known. Vinson’s fever began within hours of returning to Dallas, prompting flight passenger tracing and contact monitoring in Ohio. According to the latest update from the Ohio Department of Health, state public health authorities are monitoring 163 contacts, 3 of whom are quarantined.The nurses’ infections exposed gaps in hospital preparedness for Ebola and led to tighter CDC personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations for health workers who care for Ebola patients.Call for better PPEIn a related development, three doctors with the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine today said in an editorial that although improved federal recommendations should diminish the risk to health providers, they aren’t enough—better designs and technologies are needed. The editorial, by Michael Edmond, MD, MPH, MPA; Daniel Diekema, MD, MS; and Eli Perencevich, MS, appeared today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).They wrote that clinical and microbiological features of Ebola infection should guide current recommendations, given how likely health workers are to be in contact with body fluids and how massively viral loads spike as patients get sicker. They said gowns and gloves should be assumed to be contaminated if the patient is vomiting and has diarrhea.Removing PPE without touching the skin or underclothing is difficult without extensive practice, they wrote, and although new recommendations are likely to diminish the risk, PPE removal is even more complicated, the three doctors wrote.”Some products provide excellent protections but are nearly impossible to remove without self-contamination,” they said, noting that hoods, for example, could be redesigned to make them open and fall away from the worker to avoid touching skin.Reengineering PPE is needed for health workers in hospitals as well as those in Africa’s outbreak zones. “A novel approach to PPE that provides an impermeable fluid barrier that is both more comfortable and easier to don and remove would be a substantial step forward,” they wrote.Other developmentsAustralia has banned visas from Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the first developed nation to impose a broad travel ban, Reuters reported today. Australia has not reported any Ebola cases and has resisted sending health workers to help battle the disease in the outbreak region. Australia’s government said the travel ban is a necessary safety precaution, but some global health experts criticized the move as politically motivated and an overreaction. Since early in the outbreak the World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries not to impose travel restrictions, saying the measures could hurt the flow of materials and outbreak responders to the region and increase economic hardships on the countries.Public health teams are monitoring 82 people who had contact with Mali’s first Ebola case-patient, a toddler who died from her infection last week, according to a Reuters report that cited WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic. He said three WHO officials were already on the ground helping the country with its preparedness against the disease, and five other experts on the way. So far no other Ebola infections have been detected, according to the report. The WHO said in its Oct 24 statement on the detection of Mali’s first case that the situation was particularly worrisome, because the 2-year-old girl from Guinea had visible symptoms during several stops on her way to Keyes region, where she died.The geographic distribution of Ebola cases in West Africa’s outbreak region has changed over the past month, according to a report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) from the CDC’s incident management epidemiology team and health ministries in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Counts are now highest in areas around Monrovia and Bong district in Liberia, Freetown and northwestern districts of Sierra Leone, and Macenta district in Guinea. In the month before, the main hot spot was in the areas where the three countries meet. The groups’ incidence analysis shows the highest rates are in two districts of Guinea (Gueckedou and Macenta), five districts of Liberia (Bomi, Bong, Lofa, Margibi, and Montserrado), and four districts of Sierra Leone (Bombali, Kailahun, Kenema, and Port Loko).The WHO today welcomed Swiss regulatory approval for a trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine at Lausanne University Hospital, which clears the way for the vaccine to be used on 120 people. The trial involves the modified chimpanzee adenovirus vaccine (chAD3 ZEBOV), developed by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and GSK. Other trials of the vaccine are under way in Mali, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The WHO is also coordinating a trial of a second experimental vaccine that uses a vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV-ZEBOV), which will be tested in Switzerland at Geneva University Hospital.The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Oct 25 announced emergency use authorization (EUA) for two BioFire Defense diagnostic tests to detect the Ebola Zaire virus in people with Ebola symptoms or in those who may have been exposed. The BioFire Defense FilmArray NGDA BT-E Assay is for use in labs designated by the Department of Defense, and the BioFire Defense FilmArray Biothreat-E is for labs certified to perform high-complexity tests. The EUA for the second test allows hospitals with certified labs to conduct a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for Ebola in-house without having to send the sample to an outside lab.See also:Oct 28 Emory University Hospital press releaseOct 28 JAMA viewpointOct 28 Reuters story on Australian visa banOct 28 AP storyOct 28 Reuters story on Ebola in MaliOct 28 MMWR reportOct 28 WHO statement on Swiss Ebola vaccine trial approvalOct 25 FDA statement on Biothreat-E testOct 25 FDA statement on NGDS BT-E testlast_img read more

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Canceled: BSMA Cancels Night With A Nerd Thursday

first_imgBSMA News:Due to New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham’s declaration of a state of emergency, the Night With a Nerd membership event scheduled for Thursday has been cancelled.The governor declared a state of emergency this morning during a press conference at which she and the New Mexico Department of Health announced that three New Mexico residents tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, and announced that all out of state travel has been halted for state employees.Also, the state will be canceling all large public events that they have control over and are urging the private sector to do the same.The Bradbury Science Museum Association (BSMA) will reschedule this event as soon as possible and apologizes for any inconvenience. Visit the BSMA website, bradburyassociation.org for updates.last_img read more

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APC Automotive Technologies Names Paul Wise As Vice President Of Corporate Marketing And Communications

first_imgAPC Automotive Technologies LLC (APC) has just named Paul Wise as its vice president, corporate marketing and communications. Hugh Charvat, CEO of APC Automotive Technologies, made the announcement, noting that Wise will be a key partner for the AP Exhaust and Centric product, sales and marketing teams, and will help drive a cohesive brand strategy as well as an overarching corporate marketing plan in support of the company’s growth objectives. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementAPC was formed in May 2017 by the merger of AP Emissions Technologies and Centric Parts. Wise will be based in the Denver office and will report directly to Hugh Charvat.Wise comes to APC with an extensive background in automotive marketing and brand leadership, most notably with Schrader International (sensors and valves) and Gates Corp. (belts and hoses). He has led similar marketing, communications, and strategic planning functions while helping to drive profitable growth in both OE and aftermarket channels. Most recently Wise completed an extensive company rebranding and repositioning of GOLFTEC, a world leader in retail golf instruction.Charvat said, “Paul comes to us with a very strong pedigree in brand management, marketing and communications. I know what Paul can deliver from firsthand experience in working with him. I’m excited to see his impact across our entire product portfolio while also propelling our unified brand presence online. He will also lead our communications function both internally and externally, including our public relations/media initiatives, which will further position our key storylines of innovation and differentiation.”Prior to joining APC, Wise had been the senior vice president, revenue and marketing at GOLFTEC (Denver, Colorado) since 2015. Before GOLFTEC, he was director, ­corporate communications and business development at Schrader International from 2009-­’15, where he was responsible for a global portfolio of automotive and industrial manufactured components, including sensor and valve product lines, tire pressure monitoring systems and diverse air/fluid control products. Wise also was manager of strategic planning at Tomkins plc (Industrial & Automotive Group) and product line and marketing manager and global mobility specialist with Gates Corp.AdvertisementWise holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, Master of Science degree in management and organization and a Master in Business Administration degree in business from the University of Colorado.last_img read more

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Peter Pan

first_img■ Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the Darling children will be at the centre court at Canal Walk shopping centre from Saturday July 1 to Sunday July 23. JM Barrie’s classic, Peter Pan, has been brought to life in an original musical by award-winning duo, Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer. Tickets cost R80. Book through Computicket or at the venue. Pictured are Grant Almirall as Peter Pan and Marcel Meyer as the evil Captain Hook.last_img

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Motor insurer partners with law firm as referral ban bites

first_imgThe UK’s fourth biggest motor insurer has become the first to announce a partnership with a law firm in the aftermath of the ban on referral fees. Ageas UK has agreed a five-year partnership with Cardiff firm NewLaw to provide services for customers making non-fault personal injury claims after a motor accident. Ageas Law LLP, which starts trading from next Monday, received alternative business structure approval from the Solicitors Regulation Authority on 28 March – the last working day before the ban on referral fees came into force. The SRA has imposed a strict set of conditions on the new partnership, ruling that Ageas Legal must not provide, or be held out to the public as providing, any type of legal services. No third-party work must be transferred, referred or outsourced from Ageas Law to any of the insurance firm’s connected businesses: Groupama Insurance, Tesco Underwriting and Ageas Insurance. They may only continue with third-party claims but cannot conduct litigation. Andy Watson (pictured), chief executive of Ageas UK, said the partnership would provide customers with a ‘one-stop, high-quality journey, with fewer hand-offs to third-party suppliers’. Around eight million policyholders are insured with Ageas in the UK and the firm employs 6,000 people. In 2012 it reported net profits of £82.9m on a turnover of £1.7bn. NewLaw, which was granted an ABS licence last April, was founded in 2004 and employs around 250 people from offices in Cardiff and Glasgow. Philip Dicken, a director at the firm, said: ‘The partnership will provide Ageas customers with an integrated claims service, improving the overall customer proposition, at the point when a customer may need to claim for personal injury.’last_img read more

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Northern Ireland barristers withdraw services in legal aid protest

first_imgCriminal barristers in Northern Ireland today declared they are withdrawing their services from new cases requiring legal aid in protest against revised rules reducing levels of payments.The Legal Aid for Crown Court Proceedings (Costs) (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) came into effect on 5 May.Criminal Bar Association chairman Gavan Duffy QC said the Department of Justice’s proposals represented cuts of almost 50% from levels set in 2005.Duffy said the association was ‘committed to providing the highest standard of representation to those members of society who face the most serious and complex criminal cases in the Crown court.‘This decision has been made after careful deliberation and it is with deep regret that the association has resolved that these standards cannot be achieved under these amended rules’.The DoJ was established in April 2010, following the devolution of justice powers to the Northern Ireland Assembly.Justice minister David Ford (pictured) said it was ‘surprising and disappointing’ the CBA is taking this action ‘when they have a legal challenge pending’.Northern Ireland’s Bar Council and Law Society are jointly launching an application for leave to apply for judicial review regarding the recent changes to the levels of remuneration payable by way of criminal legal aid for cases in the Crown court.  Ford said: ‘At this stage I am not aware of the detail of the challenge, but the appropriate place for this to be addressed is through the courts.’Ford said the new Crown court rules arrangements were developed following a ‘detailed comparison’ with fees paid in similar cases in England and Wales, and consultation with the Law Society and Bar Council.‘The fees recognise the work involved in criminal cases and the reductions are necessary in order to ensure value for money and because there is a limited budget available for legal aid. ‘However, it is important to note that even with the new fees, legal representatives in Northern Ireland will continue to be better remunerated for these cases than their counterparts in England and Wales.’Ford urged any lawyer who had decided not to act for those in receipt of legal aid funding in response to the fees dispute ‘to reconsider and to continue to act in the best interests of their clients’.Duffy said the rules would ‘inevitably dilute’ the quality of representation available to some of the most vulnerable members of society and victims of crime.‘Independent counsel fulfils a fundamental role ensuring access to justice. They provide an important protection to the citizen from the power of the state.‘That safeguard can no longer be guaranteed under these proposed arrangements.’The CBA’s decision comes a week after one of Ireland’s leading law firms, Belfast-based KRW Law, announced it was withdrawing from providing Crown court criminal defence services.Law Society of Northern Ireland president Arleen Elliott said the Society was concerned that the rates for legal aid work in Crown court proceedings ‘were not reflective of the scale of professional experience and expertise required of a solicitor charged with ensuring their client’s case is properly presented to the courts’.  ‘Some solicitors’ practices in Northern Ireland who undertake criminal legal aid work are considering if they can properly accept instructions in such circumstances. Ultimately, that decision rests with each individual practice.’last_img read more

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Congressional Delegation Opposes Bringing Refugees to Alaska

first_imgWe reported yesterday that Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski wrote on Facebook that she had urged the President “to agree to an immediate moratorium on granting asylum to Syrian refugees, until we better understand the adequacy of our existing refugee vetting process.” She wrote that she does not want to “leave the misimpression that the American people are no longer sympathetic or welcoming, but my view is that the security of Alaskans and all Americans must come first.” Alaska’s sole congressman criticized the President and his advisers for what he perceives are “failed foreign policy decisions that dramatically underestimated the threats and capabilities of ISIS.” He asked the President to sign the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and develop a plan to eliminate ISIS. Young called for the suspension of Syrian refugee resettlement efforts in the United States until the programs are “safe and not vulnerable to exploitation by our enemies.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s Congressman Don Young shared his position on bringing Syrian refugees to Alaska in a clear-cut statement yesterday, saying “I will not sit idle while extremist groups like ISIS spread violence and hatred across the globe.” Senator Dan Sullivan wrote that Syrian refugees should not be allowed in the U.S. until security improvements are in place.last_img read more

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Americans protest on medals stand at Pan Am Games

first_imgLIMA, Peru (AP):Two Americans used their medal-winning moments at the Pan American Games to draw attention to social issues back home that they feel are spiralling out of control.During their medals ceremonies at the sports festival in Lima, fencer Race Imboden took a knee and hammer thrower Gwen Berry raised her fist. Both athletes could represent the US less than a year from now at the Tokyo Olympics, where similar protests would be seen by a much wider audience.“Racism, gun control, mistreatment of immigrants, and a president who spreads hate are at the top of a long list” of America’s problems, Imboden said in a tweet sent after his team’s foil medals ceremony. “I chose to sacrifice my moment today at the top of the podium to call attention to issues that I believe need to be addressed.“I encourage others to please use your platforms for empowerment and change.”Berry raised her fist as America’s national anthem was played to honour her win in the hammer throw. She called out injustice in America “and a president who’s making it worse.”“It’s too important to not say something,” Berry told USA Today. “Something has to be said. If nothing is said, nothing will be done, and nothing will be fixed, and nothing will be changed.”The history of high-profile protests at the Olympics dates to the 1968 Games in Mexico City, when sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos raised their fists during the medals ceremony for the 200-metre dash.The issues haven’t changed all that much in the ensuing 50 years.Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been out of a job since shortly after he started kneeling during the national anthem before 49ers games in 2016 to protest police brutality and social injustice in America.Since then, athletes representing the U.S. have faced scrutiny about what, if any, signs of protest they might show if they land on the podium at an Olympics or other major event. Among the issues that have been fodder for possible protest have been race relations, the treatment of the LGBT community, social injustice and disagreements with President Donald Trump.The actions by Berry and Imboden will test the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s (USOPC) resolve to enforce rules that restrict political protests.The USOPC said in a statement yesterday that its leadership is reviewing possible consequences.Berry is on the US team that will head to the track and field World Championships next month.“Every athlete competing at the 2019 Pan American Games commits to terms of eligibility, including to refrain from demonstrations that are political in nature,” the statement said. “In these cases, the athletes didn’t adhere to the commitment they made to the organising committee and the USOPC. We respect their rights to express their viewpoints, but we are disappointed that they chose not to honour their commitment.”last_img read more

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Drummer Boy springs surprise

first_imgTOP three-year-olds NIPSTER, GREEN GOLD RUSH and DOUBLE CROWN – face off this afternoon at nine furlongs and 25 yards in the Royal Dad Trophy after finishing within a half-length of each other behind EROY at a mile on August 15.A warm pace is expected with NIPSTER, RUM WITH ME, ROY ROGERS and GREEN GOLD RUSH enjoying good tactical speed.NIPSTER and GREEN GOLD RUSH had left DOUBLE CROWN flat-footed last time out, going in chase of EROY.DOUBLE CROWN lost three lengths between the half-mile and the top of the lane, a result of the pace increasing out of a modest 48.2 to 1:12.4, leaving Shane Ellis six lengths off the lead entering the straight.Ellis tried his best to rouse the chestnut gelding but the leaders weren’t quitting, or so it appeared, because the winning post couldn’t have come quick enough for them to repel DOUBLE CROWN’s rush inside the last half-furlong.A few strides past the post, DOUBLE CROWN, who went two pounds overweight with Ellis, was pulling up alongside EROY and GREEN GOLD RUSH with NIPSTER four wide.Dick Cardenas replaces Ellis astride DOUBLE CROWN in a perfect merger. Cardenas will be all too happy to watch NIPSTER, GREEN GOLD RUSH, ROY ROGERS and RUM WITH ME go at it before producing the far-striding runner.Yesterday, Wayne DaCosta’s 2018 Governor’s Cup winner, DRUMMER BOY, running for the first time since the COVID-19 lockdown, reported off a five-month lay-up to stun sprinters at five furlongs straight, striking at odds of 13-1 in the GA ‘Sarge’ Bucknor Memorial Cup.DRUMMER BOY, partnered by female apprentice, Abigail Able, sat third behind course specialist, PEKING CRUZ, and in-form NUCLEAR THUNDER, before accelerating inside the last half-furlong.PEKING CRUZ appeared well on his way to outgun rivals at his favourite trip after getting rid of NUCLEAR THUNDER but shortened badly inside the last half-furlong, giving way to DRUMMER BOY, closing fast along the stands’ side.DRUMMER BOY’s stablemate, ROJORN DI PILOT, stayed on for second ahead of RAS EMANUEL, who made the best of a bad draw, post-position one, to finish third along the inner rail.DRUMMER BOY closed a two-timer for DaCosta whose down-in-class HOVER CRAFT overhauled 12-1 shot DEZZY THE GENIUS close home at nine furlongs and 25 yards.Ryan Darby also saddled two winners, PARAJET and MADAM SECRETARY at three and five furlongs straight, respectively.Tevin Foster, who closed the card with Darby’s MADAM SECRETARY, led the day with two winners, also booting home 8-1 chance REDFORD, who upset DaCosta’s big favourite, SWEET TOPPINS, in the sixth event. ainsley.walters@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

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Airline shuts out Northwood in Dixie Majors play

first_imgAirline shut out Northwood 6-0 in a Dixie Majors baseball game Tuesday night at Airline.Cameron Taylor led the Vikings with two hits. Adam Armstrong had an RBI triple. Trey Daniel also had a triple. Connor Jones went 1-for-2.Airline improved to 8-2. The Vikings Peyton Davis pitched the first two innings for the win. He struck out four and didn’t allow a hit. Levi Holder pitched the final three innings for the save. He allowed two hits and struck out four.— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.comEditor’s note: No other Tuesday night games were reported to The Press-Tribune.Top Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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