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first_imgSep 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today hosted a live webcast to teach laypeople and community groups how to prepare their homes and families for a pandemic, and they fielded a range of questions, from the size of food stockpiles to elbow bumps versus high fives in sports settings.The HHS program was the sixth in a series that began in March with sessions aimed at state pandemic planners. Other webcasts have addressed topics such as school closures and implications for home healthcare organizations.Admiral Joxel Garcia, assistant secretary of health for HHS, and Richard Benjamin, MD, chief medical officer for the American Red Cross, warned that a pandemic is unlike any other disaster, because the disease strikes many locations simultaneously. “It’s like 50 hurricane Katrinas happening at the same time,” Benjamin said.Benjamin urged those who haven’t begun their personal pandemic preparations to start by thinking through four scenarios: if schools closed, if a family member was ill, if wage earners couldn’t work, or if people were urged to stay in their homes. He said government and nonprofit groups have useful resources that cover personal pandemic preparation; for example, the Red Cross has a guide for caring for sick family members.The Red Cross’s role now is to build awareness, but during a pandemic the organization plans to help distribute food and supplies to the homebound and ensure an adequate blood supply, Benjamin said. A pandemic will diminish the blood supply, and he said the Red Cross will continue to rely on donors. “You can help by getting used to giving blood now,” he added.Two members of PandemicPrep.org, a nonprofit group based in St Louis, told viewers that grassroots pandemic preparedness organizing doesn’t need to take a lot of time or expense, but it can yield benefits beyond just pandemic preparedness.Tim Woerther, the group’s co-chair and mayor of Wildwood, Mo., said, “This brings together people who don’t normally talk,” such as people from faith-based organizations, education, government, and business.Near the end of the webcast, the speakers fielded questions submitted by online viewers. One viewer asked why different groups recommend different stockpiling amounts; some recommend 2 weeks’ worth of food, water, and supplies, while some advise up to 6 months.Benjamin said the Red Cross advises at least 2 weeks, “but if you could do more, that would be a wonderful thing,” he said. Coming up with a stockpiling recommendation is difficult, he said; a pandemic wave lasts up to 3 months and stores would be severely affected, but probably not as long as the entire 3 months.”Six to 12 months would be wonderful, but that’s probably not practical for most people,” Benjamin said.Another viewer asked if the new ritual of athletes trading elbow bumps rather than high fives might reduce the spread of flu and cold viruses. Garcia said, “That’s a good question. Just make sure you wash your hands after sports.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Croatian luxury tourist offer was presented at the ILTM fair of the luxury travel industry, which is being held in Cannes from 5 to 7 December. The fair enables networking with key partners specializing in the luxury segment of tourism, featuring 76 countries around the world, and was visited by about 1600 selected customers, 30 percent of whom came for the first time this year. This year, Croatia entered the top 10 luxury destinations according to the interest of customers, with a large number of them showing a concrete interest in our market.”In the last few years, Croatian companies specializing in luxury travel have performed independently at the International Luxury Travel Market Cannes, and this year for the first time the Croatian Chamber of Commerce in business cooperation with the Croatian National Tourist Board brings together 22 companies that participated in pre-arranged meetings. . The goal of the appearance at the fair is a stronger positioning of Croatia on the map of luxury tourist products”, Said Antonia Urlić, director of the Sector for Tourism of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce. The HGK stand presented a total of 45 domestic companies on an area of ​​2 m22, and each company had a pre-arranged set of 43 meetings that took place over the three days of the fair. Among them are Adriatic luxury hotels, Liburnia Riviera hotels, Calvados Club, Leonidas Travel, Potestas, Importanne Resort and Esplanade Oleander, and for the first time 15 hotels of the Stories group, which brings together unique luxury hotels of Jadranka hotels, Valamar Riviera, Maistra, Sunny Hvar, Villa Dubrovnik, Ecco-ing, Primizia, Sagrada Management, Boutique Hotels Zadar, Kazbek, Tatami Trade, Meneghetti, HI Dvorac, Lešić Dimitri and Dogus Marina Hotels.”This will be the eighth year in a row for the Adriatic Luxury Hotels at the ILTM fair in Cannes, which speaks volumes about the importance of this fair for us. In order to credibly show the rich offer of Croatia in the segment of luxury tourism, we consider it necessary that Croatian entities, with emphasis on careful selection of those who have really strategically opted for the luxury market segment, be active participants in this most famous global tourism exchange”, Said Katija Zvone Krmek, head of the reservation center in the Adriatic luxury hotels, adding that a strong interest in Dubrovnik was shown from distant markets, namely the countries of the American continent and Australia.Tomislav Milinović, director of the Calvados Club, emphasized that his company has been participating in the Cannes fair from the very beginning. “Although we have participated in almost all world fairs for luxury and experiential tourism, we consider this one of the most important for our business. ILTM Cannes follows the trends of modern luxury tourism and here we improve relationships with existing partners, but we also make new contacts with the absolute best in class, which ultimately gives excellent results”, Said Milinović.The President of the Stories Group – Croatian Unique Hotels, Nenad Nizić, said that their performance at this year’s ILTM Cannes is the right way to promote and position Stories Hotels in the premium segment of the hotel industry. “It is important to us that the world’s best luxury travel agents get to know our group and that in the coming years Stories becomes a recognizable world association of luxury hospitality. Most Stories hotels have already performed independently at ILTM Cannes in previous years, but this year we are performing for the first time under the Stories group, which we are especially proud of. “, concluded Nizić.Croatia in the top 10 destinations in the world according to Virtuos researchThe Association of Luxury Travel Agencies Virtuoso again this year conducted a traditional survey among its members – “Vituoso Luxe Report”. According to the survey results for 2018, Croatia is ranked among the top 10 destinations in three categories, with progress on the scale compared to the survey results for 2017. Thus, our country took a high 2nd place in the category of the most popular emerging destination, which is an improvement of one place compared to the survey for 2017, when Croatia took an excellent 3rd place in this category. In the category of the most popular international destination, Croatia took 8th place, which is also an improvement compared to the survey for 2017, when Croatia took 10th place in this category. Progress has also been made in the category of the most popular destination for the so-called millenials passengers, so in the survey for 2018, Croatia took 6th place in this category, which is an improvement of three places because in the survey for 2017, Croatia was ranked 9th in this category.<br />
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first_imgThat was about two weeks after her husband asked schools to close and organizers to scrap or curtail events, but before he declared a state of emergency.A spokesman for Prime Minister Abe’s parliamentary office was not immediately available for comment. Reuters was not able to reach representatives for Akie Abe for comment.”Schools were closed at that time but the prime minister’s wife seemed to have too much time on her hands. Kids were stuck at home. This is Japan’s shame,” said one user.”If she got infected this way, would she get special treatment with high-class medical care?” said another user, although some people also defended her as a private citizen. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife came under fire on social media on Thursday over a report she visited a shrine last month with about 50 people, adding to public disapproval of how the premier has handled the coronavirus crisis.The prime minister’s support has been hurt by what critics say is a timid and sluggish response to the outbreak, and by widespread criticism that he has appeared tone deaf to the severity of the crisis in his own social media posts.Abe’s wife, Akie, became a trending topic on Japanese Twitter on Thursday, with her name gaining more than 17,000 retweets by mid-morning after a weekly magazine said she had visited a shrine in southwest Japan on March 15. Topics :center_img Support for Abe’s cabinet fell to 39% in an NHK survey published on Monday, down four points.Seventy-five percent said Abe’s April 7 declaration of a state of emergency came too late.Last weekend Abe drew an angry response from some Twitter users after sharing a video of himself lounging on a sofa with his dog, drinking tea and reading, with a message telling people to stay at home.”Who do you think you are?” became a top trend on Twitter, with many posts saying Abe’s message ignored the plight of those struggling to make a living during the outbreak.Japan Inc has also given a thumbs-down to his economic response, with most firms in a Reuters poll saying his stimulus has been a disappointment.Akie Abe, an often controversial figure, was also criticized after pictures emerged of her at a cherry blossom viewing event despite calls for people to stay home, but Abe defended her, saying it was a private gathering at a restaurant. last_img read more

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first_imgAdams won four league titles with Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Having experienced alcoholism and drug addiction himself, Adams admits that his old club plays on his mind when he hits low points.‘If I ever have a really bad day, if I’m feeling irritable, disconnected, fidgety, bored, looking out the window – the feeling that used to make me drink or go out and play football – if I don’t meditate or run or go for meetings, I think, “Ooh, I really fancy playing or managing again”,’ Adams continued.‘And I think, ‘Why am I not managing Arsenal?’ But it’s like why am I not managing Littlewoods? It’s not reality.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAdams will be busy with a new role when he takes over as president of the Rugby Football League in the summer from Andy Burnham.‘It will be an honour to become the next president of the RFL,’ Adams said. ‘I am passionate about working with everyone in the sport to raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in rugby league.‘I’d like to play my part in championing this brilliant sport on the national stage.’Adams’ connection with the RFL comes from regular work between the organisation and his charity Sporting Chance.‘The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players since the RFL entered into an official partnership with Sporting Chance in 2011,’ said RFL chairman Brian Barwick. ‘Tony himself delivered seminars at Wigan and Hull earlier this year.‘The game has recognised the importance of mental health, for players and everyone else involved, and Tony’s election is another significant step in that regard.’MORE: Marc Overmars confident of keeping Arsenal target Nicolas Tagliafico at AjaxMORE: Liverpool and Chelsea transfer target Nabil Fekir leaves door open to summer transfer Tony Adams often has a unique take on things (Picture: Getty Images)Tony Adams has likened his relationship with Arsenal to that of an ex-wife as he has battled to move on from his football career.The Gunners legend made 669 appearances for the club between 1983 and 2002, winning four league titles in the process.The 52-year-old went into management after his playing career, but had largely unsuccessful spells at Wycombe, Portsmouth, Gabala in Azerbaijan and Granada in Spain.Adams admits the possibility of managing Arsenal still crosses his mind, but knows that opportunity is far from realistic.ADVERTISEMENT‘I describe it as being like an ex-wife,’ Adams told The Telegraph when asked about his relationship with Arsenal these days.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I love to see her doing all right, and if she’s not, then I’m sad. But I’m not attached anymore – mentally, emotionally or physically. I got divorced and have a beautiful wife, so I’m living the dream.‘I have to let it go – it’s not for me to say, “Ooh, I’m not sure about their new boyfriend”.’ Phil HaighMonday 1 Apr 2019 12:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link20Shares Comment Advertisement Advertisement Arsenal legend Tony Adams compares club to an ex-wife with a new boyfriendlast_img read more

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first_imgRelatedPosts China waste treatment plant fined $16m for dumping untreated waste Premier League terminates China broadcast contract Why we borrow — Minister Ahead of Sunday’s final game against host China, D’Tigers Head Coach, Alex Nwora, has noted that grinding out a win is achievable but will not come easy. With just one more win standing between the team and an automatic 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification, Nwora said picking the maximum win against China is non-negotiable. He said: “We have to roll up our sleeves and fight. China is a very good team and well coached and playing in front of their home crowd. It’s going to be a very good test for us.” He described his team as a balanced one declining to tip any player for the demolition job against China on Sunday. Nwora said: “I know that we have the experience, the skill set and talent to compete with anybody. We have a lot of talents on the team. “Looking at the 12 guys on the roster, they can all play. “One day, some guys will step up while on some other days, it will be different set of players. “We are running a system that will allow everybody to be efficient.” Nwora waved away any form of pressure playing against China saying the Olympics ticket is just enough motivation for his team in their last game at the World Cup. He said: “It means a lot because you know we have already fallen short of our goal of moving forward in the medal table, we are here now, fighting to make sure that we get a ticket from here to the Olympics. “It is just a consolation for us to qualify from here to the Olympics.” Nigeria and Tunisia are the two teams left in the race for the sole ticket for Africa with one match to go. Enjoying a superior point difference, Nigeria has held on to the top spot ahead while the 2017 Afrobasket winner, Tunisia are closely behind on the second spot with inferior points difference. A win against China will ensure D’Tigers’ return to Asia in the summer of 2020 for the Olympics.Tags: 2020 Tokyo OlympicsAlex NworaChinaD’Tigerslast_img read more

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first_imgThere were important wins for the top teams in La Liga over the weekend as Barcelona, Real Madrid, Atletico, and Sevilla recorded important victories although Real Sociedad lost their 100% record leaving only Barcelona as the remaining team to not drop a point this season in the La Liga.The latest round of matches would see the champions welcome Cristiano Ronaldo back into the team for the game against Real Betis after his 5-game ban. Also coming back for Les Merengues on Wednesday is Marcelo who had his 2-match ban reduced and is eligible to play.There’s still no Karim Benzema and Kovacic due to injury but Toni Kroos is likely going to feature after missing over the weekend.Betis still have the 36-year old Joaquin to call upon to support Tony Sanabria while the likes of Javi Garcia and Andrés Guardado should provide quality in the midfield.Samuel Umtiti, Andre Gomes, and Paco Alcacer have been dropped from Barcelona’s Matchday squad while Rafinha and record signing, Ousmane Dembele are out injured.Eibar visiting the Camp Nou is expected to be one of many opportunities for Gerard Deulofeu to stake a claim for a permanent place in the team while Paulinho and Sergi Roberto are strongly expected to start as Valverde might be rotating the starting XI. This fixture has produced four or more goals in each of the last six installments and goals should be expected once again at the Camp Nou on Tuesday.Also on Tuesday, new look Valencia would be hoping to convert successive draws to a win against a depleted Malaga side who are one of four teams to have not recorded a single point in the Liga this season.Athletic Bilbao host Atletico Madrid at the San Mames in what is definitely the biggest match of Matchday 5.Atletico got a good win at their new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, over the weekend but a trip to the San Mames would surely be a tricky affair for Simeone and his boys.Iker Muniain and Aduritz definitely the major threats for the Basque side while Atletico would expect a lot from Antoine Griezman after his heroics on Saturday. Atletico are unbeaten against Bilbao in their last four encounters.Leganes host new boys, Girona, in Madrid while Alaves travel to the Riazor to face Deportivo La Coruna. Second-placed Sevilla host Las Palmas in a very interesting encounter to round off Wednesday’s fixtures.On Thursday night, Celta Vigo host Getafe at the Balaidos while Europa League contenders, Villarreal, host Catalan side Espanyol to round off Matchday five of in the La Liga.RelatedEasy Wins Expected for Top Sides as La Liga Returns After Tough European MatchesSeptember 29, 2017In “Europe”Only Barcelona Can Stop Themselves From Another La Liga TitleAugust 13, 2019In “Spain”Cristiano Ronaldo Names Rashford, Asensio As Potential Heir To World Best ThroneAugust 27, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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first_imgGhana captain Asamoah Gyan scored a thunderous winner and helped to set up another goal to help Al Ain defeat mega-spending Qatari club Lekhwiya 2-1 in the Asian Champions League in the UAE on Wednesday night.Ibrahim Diaky gave the hosts the lead in the 12th minute at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium but it did not prove to be a comfortable half with the Qataris finding an equaliser through Vladimir Weiss before the break.Al Ain were much improved after the break and retook the lead when  Gyan hammered home to give them their first win at their new stadium.The home side opened the scoring when Yassine El Ghanassy won the ball in a tackle on the left flank, before finding Gyan in space who in turn picked out Mirel Radoi.The Romanian hit a thunderous first-time drive from 20 yards that careered back off the post, and though, the rebound evaded Alex Brosque, Diaky was able to side-foot his side into the lead.However there was nothing the UAE side could do as Weiss pulled Lekhwiya level with five minutes of the half remaining. The Slovakian still had plenty of work to do having been found by the impressive Youssef Msakni, but he did it with aplomb as he turned inside Mohanad Salem and without breaking stride lofted a left-footed chip over the stranded goalkeeper Essa.The mood did not lighten at half-time as cameras inside the ground panned to show the watching Omar Abdulrahman in the stands, but the Boss were more positive after the break.Gyan fired an early warning shot but the hosts would have to survive two scares before retaking the lead.The collective heart rate in the stadium was rising by the minute but within seconds of El Ghanassy setting pulses racing with a fine run and shot before Gyan restored his side’s lead.The Ghanaian regained the lead with a rocket that hit the inside of the bar and slammed into the back of the net, thanks to a through pass from Ahmed Barman. As Lekhwiya tried to clear their lines, Diaky nicked in before recycling the ball to Ahmed Barman before the young midfielder produced a fine through ball to set the Ghanaian racing through.Gyan didn’t even need a touch as he powered a first-time effort from the edge of the 18-yard box past Lacomte to hand them the win in the Asian top-flight club competition.last_img read more

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first_imgJose Mourinho has expressed his amazement at Iker Casillas’ salary at new club Porto and also insists teams are trying to get around Financial Fair Play rules.The Chelsea manager appears to have reignited his feud with the former Real Madrid goalkeeper, who he dropped from the team during his time at the club. The 34-year-old left to join Porto earlier this month and is set to pick up a reported salary of £1.7 million.Mourinho also criticised at the amount Porto paid for French defender Giannelli Imbula. In an interview with the Guardian, he said:“This season Porto pay €20m for Imbula, they give Casillas an amazing salary. Sporting [Lisbon] are paying millions for coaches and players. Football breaks every situation.”The Portuguese also referred to Raheem Sterling’s £49 million move to Manchester City from Liverpool. He added: “This season we are saying: ‘Oh, look at this amount for Sterling’. But it will be worse next season. Next season someone will pay £60m.”Football is like this – one season it is Financial Fair Play, the next is a way to dribble [past] the Financial Fair Play.” “It doesn’t upset me. I’m happy with the way that we are doing things. I am happy for the challenge of fighting against this power.”The 52-year-old also insisted that his relatively unchanged squad must improve as the club’s rivals spend big. “It’s a big challenge. To be better with the same people, the players have to be better individually than they were last year,” he added. “So when they think: ‘Oh last season I did great,’ this season it is not enough.”–last_img read more

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first_imgThe Ghana Football Association President  says Sports Minister, Nii Lante Vanderpuye is to blame for the lack of concrete decision on bonsuses for the Black Stars in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.Kwasi Nyantakyi says management team has been denied involvement in bonus negotiations because of the Minister’s “Strange modern management style.”At a media briefing in Accra Tuesday, Mr Nyantakyi said the Sports Minister has disregarded the caretakers of the Black Stars because of his belief that they are siphoning state funds.”On the eve of the match with Uganda he had a meeting with players without management for well over three hours and at the end of the meeting the players did not have enough time to rest,” he said reprovingly.Mr Vanderpuye has had issues with members of the Black Stars management team over suspicion that they are not acting in the interest of Ghana.Relations between him and the FA President has been frosty since he was sworn-in as Minister by the outgoing President John Mahama. In August, 2016 Mr Nyantakyi had accused the Minister of engaging the media more than he did with the Football Association.”We do not have any problem with the Minister; he has chosen to engage us through the media [and] anytime we hear of any meeting between him and us, we hear it through the media,” he mockingly said.Mr Vanderpuye was also to state during a media interview in August that he has nothing against the FA and its leadership.He stated that “When the President swore me in as the Sports Minister, he told me to work to raise the image of football in Ghana high but people think I have problem with them.””I only want the right thing to be done,” he said. But the FA says the Minister has refused to do the right thing since he was put in charge of the Youth and Sports Ministry.Mr Nyantakyi said one of the FA conventions is that the management should be involved in decision making but the Minister’s style of leadership does not permit that.”He [had met the Black Stars] twice without our involvement. The first one was in Alisa Hotel and the second one in Tamale when we went to play Uganda,” he said, adding the three hour meeting could be partially blamed for the team’s poor performance.He, however, said a meeting has been scheduled between the team and the incoming government to finalise the arrangements regarding “financial issues and the bonus structure.”Mr Nyantakyi argued this is important for the players to know what they stand to gain or lose in the Gabon competition.last_img read more

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first_img Six Nations 2019: Adam Beard replaces Cory Hill (ankle) for Wales’ clash with Scotland He was considered in the running to take on the Azzurri on Saturday but limped out of training Tuesday after hurting the same knee.Ewels has 10 caps to his name, his last coming in November against Australia. Related News England has called up Charlie Ewels to their squad to face Italy as injury cover for Maro Itoje.Second row Itoje missed the win over France and the loss to Wales in Cardiff that ended England’s Six Nations Grand Slam hopes with a knee injury sustained in the tournament opener against Ireland on Feb. 2.center_img Gloucester’s Ollie Thorley has also been named to the squad as injury cover for Jack Nowell, who suffered a shoulder stinger against Wales.last_img read more

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