Category: szfgn

Dr. Facui: COVID-19 vaccine may not get U.S. to herd immunity if people refuse…

first_img SHARE Charlotte County school district has success keeping COVID-19 out of schools Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Dr. Anthony Fauci says he would “settle” for a COVID-19 vaccine that’s 70% to 75% effective, but that this incomplete protection, coupled with the fact that many Americans say they won’t get a coronavirus vaccine, makes it “unlikely” that the US will achieve sufficient levels of immunity to quell the outbreak.With government support, three coronavirus vaccines are expected to be studied in large-scale clinical trials in the next three months.“The best we’ve ever done is measles, which is 97 to 98 percent effective,” said Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “That would be wonderful if we get there. I don’t think we will. I would settle for [a] 70, 75% effective vaccine.”A CNN poll last month found one-third of Americans said they would not try to get vaccinated against COVID, even if the vaccine is widely available and low cost.In an interview Friday, CNN asked Fauci whether a vaccine with 70% to 75% efficacy taken by only two-thirds of the population would provide herd immunity to the coronavirus.“No — unlikely,” he answered.Herd immunity is when a sufficient proportion of a population is immune to an infectious disease, either through prior illness or vaccination, so that spread from person to person unlikely.Coronavirus vaccine education effort ‘not going to be easy’Fauci noted that “there is a general anti-science, anti-authority, anti-vaccine feeling among some people in this country — an alarmingly large percentage of people, relatively speaking.”He said given the power of the anti-vaccine movement, “we have a lot of work to do” to educate people on the truth about vaccines.“It’s not going to be easy,” he said. “Anyone [who] thinks it will be easy is not facing reality. It’s going to be very difficult.”Fauci said the government has a vaccine education program to counteract anti-vaccine messages.“We have a program right now that’s going to be extensive in reaching out to the community,” he said. “They may not like a government person in a suit like me telling them, even though I will tell them. They really need to see people that they can relate to in the community — sports figures, community heroes, people that they look up to.”But there’s no indication that such a program is in place.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention runs many federal health education programs, but agency spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund referred CNN to the US Department of Health and Human Services, which runs Operation Warp Speed, the Trump Administration effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.In an email, Michael Caputo, an HHS spokesman, did not confirm the existence of a vaccine education campaign, adding that “I’d hate to see CNN put out [a] wildly incorrect story.”Fauci gives some states a C for coronavirus effortsFauci made his comments about vaccines during a wide-ranging interview with CNN that was part of the Aspen Ideas Festival and aired Sunday night.,When asked what grade he would give the country for handling the coronavirus outbreak, Fauci said some states were doing better than others.“Some states are going to be A+. Some are going to be A and some are going to be down in C somewhere,” he said.He singled New York out for doing “really well,” but declined to name the “C” states.“There are some states in which the leadership and the decision [to open up] was a little too precipitous,” he said. “There are others when the leadership did it right, but the citizenry didn’t listen to them.Fauci said in states where you can see people congregating closely without using masks, “that’s a recipe for disaster.”He added that he understands that people, especially young people, want to be together after months of lockdown. He warned those people that they’re “not in a vacuum.”“The fact that you got infected means that it’s likely that you’ll infect someone else who might infect someone else who then will infect a vulnerable person,” Fauci said. “That person could be someone’s uncle, aunt, grandma, a child with leukemia who’s immunosuppressed. All of the people who have a grave danger of a poor outcome.”Contact tracing not going well, Fauci saysUntil there’s a vaccine, one key to controlling the virus is contact tracing, the public health practice of trying to contain an outbreak by isolating infected people, asking them with whom they’ve had contact while they were infectious, and then quarantining those contacts.When asked how the United States is doing with contact tracing, Fauci answered, “I don’t think we’re doing very well.”“If you go into the community and call up and say, ‘how’s the contact tracing going?’ the dots are not connected because a lot of it is done by phone. You make a contact, 50% of the people because you’re coming from an authority don’t even want to talk to you,” he said.He recommended that communities “get boots on the ground and to go out there and look for the people, instead of getting on a phone and doing so-called contact tracing by phone.”But he added that contact tracing is hindered by the fact that so many people who are infected with coronavirus don’t have symptoms, and since they don’t know they’re sick, it’s impossible to trace their contacts.He said in areas where the virus is spreading in the community, 20% to 40% of those who are infected are asymptomatic.“When you have community spread, it’s insidious because there are so many people in the community who are infected but asymptomatic,” he said. “So the standard classic paradigm of identification, isolation, contact tracing doesn’t work no matter how good you are because you don’t know who you’re tracing.” ATLANTA (CNN) Dr. Facui: COVID-19 vaccine may not get U.S. to herd immunity if people refuse to get it Published: June 28, 2020 9:06 PM EDT Healthcare Network COVID-19 response team serves Immokalee community Author: Elizabeth Cohen / CNN Senior Medical Corresponden Recommendedlast_img read more

EMD locomotives to be tested in Russia

first_imgRUSSIA: Electro-Motive Diesel is to supply demonstration SD42AC-R diesel locomotives to Russia this year for performance testing and certification. The 3 000 hp locomotives powered by 12-710 engines are being built at EMD’s plant in Muncie, Indiana.In December EMD and Russian rolling stock supplier UralVagonZavod signed a memorandum of understanding to examine opportunities for the development and manufacture of main line diesel locomotives in Russia. A joint engineering team is planned to develop a 4 500 hp locomotive, with EMD supplying the 16-710 engine, AC transmission, and other ‘service-proven components, technologies and designs’. A definitive agreement is expected to be signed ‘in the coming months’. EMD and UVZ will examine whether it would be possible to achieve 50% local content in Russian-built locomotives, and the partners also see opportunities for EMD natural gas technology in Russia.last_img read more

Trump says ‘good chance’ he will declare an emergency for wall…

first_imgNo Trump meeting with Republic of Congo president -Trump spokeswoman President Donald Trump edged closer on Friday to defy the power of the U.S. Congress by declaring a national emergency in an attempt to obtain funding for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, a step that would likely draw a court challenge from Democrats.Trump said at a White House event that he might declare such an emergency because it did not appear that Democrats in Congress were moving toward a deal that would provide the money he wants to help fund the wall, which Democrats broadly oppose.“We’re not getting anywhere with them,” Trump said during an event at the White House, citing what he called “tremendous obstruction by Democrats,” who call their differences with the president a basic disagreement over immigration policy.“I think there’s a good chance that we’ll have to do that,” Trump added, referring to the possibility of an emergency.Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress holds the national purse strings and approves major expenditures of taxpayer funds.Trump has discussed possibly declaring an emergency and redirecting funds already allocated by Congress for other purposes, possibly at the Defense Department, to his wall.His latest comments came a day after Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, told reporters, “There’s not going to be any wall money” in legislation to fund border security for the rest of this year.Pelosi said she was open to negotiating funding for more ports of entry or additional border security technology. She added that the 17 House and Senate negotiators working on legislation to fund homeland security for the year should decide components of border security.Democratic negotiators unveiled a detailed opening position containing no money for additional physical barriers on the border to control the flow of undocumented immigrants and illegal drugs. Previously they had supported 1.3 billion U.S. dollars for new fencing and improvements to existing barriers.Congress launched a super committee on border security this week, the latest stage of a long debate over one of Trump’s biggest 2016 campaign promises, a concrete border wall he once said Mexico would pay for.The super committee has a February 15 deadline to craft a deal on border security satisfactory to both political parties and to Trump, who agreed last week to end a historic 35-day partial government shutdown and allow Congress to try again to find a way forward.Negotiations within the super committee began on Monday. Lawmakers have adjourned for the weekend.Related Talk Africa:Mobile money securitycenter_img Trump denies labelling Africa “shithole”last_img read more

HUBER+SUHNER Unveils Easy-to-Install Compact Antenna Solutions for 5G Networks

first_imgHUBER+SUHNER introduced an easy-to-install compact antenna for DAS applications at the DAS & Small Cells Congress in Las Vegas last week. The new SENCITY Occhio is a 4×4 MIMO antenna that has been developed to simplify indoor network deployments. With 5G requiring a network that accommodates the growing demand for more bandwidth, providing reliable, fast coverage and capacity, the latest addition to the HUBER+SUHNER antenna family – the SENCITY Occhio – has a small form factor and enables a simplified densification of the network.The Occhio operates from 1.7 to 6 GHz,  and utilizes the NEX 10 connector interface, helping reduce installation times and making them easier to deploy that any other antenna on the market.Also on display at the DAS & Small Cells Congress, was the Cubo Converter for indoor and outdoor applications from HUBER+SUHNER Cube Optics, which keeps the installation simple and reliable, designed for rapid deployment with minimal training for installers. Recent testimonials from customers confirm that the equipment works as soon as plugged in – no set-up or configuration required, just power. Carrier-grade and cost effective, the flexible platform allows the user to easily multiply existing fiber capacity and therefore bandwidth by a factor of up to 48.last_img read more

Bon Bon, Mengenal Legenda Lokomotif Listrik Indonesia

first_imgUntungnya atas inisiatif organisasi pecinta kereta api Indonesian Railway Preservation Society (IRPS), kemudian lokomotif listrik ESS 3201 dilakukan pelestarian oleh PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) dan selesai 29 Juli 2007 lalu. Dua tahun kemudian tepatnya 2009, lokomotif ESS 3201 sempat dipinjamkan ke Stasiun Tanjung Priok untuk mendukung kembali resminya stasiun Tanjung Priok oleh Presiden Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.WikipediaBon Bon yang selama ini di berada dalam Balai Yasa manggarai, kemudian ditanamkan mesin dan pantograf dari KRL Rheostatik agar bisa kembali berjalan. Lokomotif ini juga sempat diuji coba kembali 18 Juni 2013 ke stasiun Depok dengan dua kereta dinas. Lokomotif ini dengan dua kereta Djoko Kendil yang menggandeng, rencananya akan dijadikan kereta wisata.Baca juga: Java Nacht Express, Layani Jakarta – Surabaya, Inilah Kereta Mewah Pertama di IndonesiaNamun, lokomotif ini sangat jarang dikeluarkan dari Balai Yasa Manggarai karena memiliki masalah pada girboks yang sudah tua dan tak bisa diganti dengan yang baru akibat regulasi Barang Cagar Budaya. Lantas pada tahun 2016 kemarin, lokomotif listrik pertama di Indonesia ini kembali beroperasi di jalur kereta. Lokomotif Bon Bon beroperasi dalam rangka perayaan hari ulang tahun (HUT) KAI ke-71.Lokomotif Si Bon-Bon berangkat dari Balai Yasa Manggarai pada malam sebelumnya menuju stasiun Tanjung Priok. Selanjutnya, saat sudah memasuki jam acara Karnaval De Stasiun Tanjung Priok, lokomotif ESS 3201 sambil membawa dua kereta Djoko Kendil berjalan dari stasiun Tanjung Priok menuju stasiun Ancol. Kemudian rangkaian tersebut kembali berjalan mundur ke Stasiun Tanjung Priok. Dari spesifikasi, Bon Bon mengacu pada lebar rel 1.067 mm, dan dapat melaju dengan kecepatan maksimum 120 km per jam.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedLokomotif Legendaris “Mao Zedong” Tuntaskan Perjalanan 11 Juta Kilometer09/08/2019In “Darat”NIS 171 – Konsep Lokomotif Futuristik Hindia Belanda untuk Rute Semarang-Yogyakarta24/07/2019In “Featured”Inilah “BB200,” Lokomotif Diesel Listrik Pada Kecelakaan di Ratu Jaya Depok20/09/2020In “Darat” KAORI Nusantara Lokomotif Bon Bon atau Djokotop merupakan lokomotif listrik Electrische Staats Spoorwegen (ESS) 3200 yang dulunya melayani jalur Batavia (Jakarta) – Buitenzorg (Bogor). Lokomotif ini dibuat oleh Werkspoor Belanda tahun 1926 dan mulai beroperasi semenjak masa kolonial hingga tahun 1970-an. Awalnya lokomotif listrik ini melayani rute Tanjung Priok – Meester Cornelis (Jatinegara), namun belakangan juga menjalani rute Depok menuju Buitenzorg (Bogor) setelah elektrifikasi lintasan ini selesai pada tahun 1930.Baca juga: KA Kuda Putih, Menapaki Jejak Kereta Rel Diesel Pertama di IndonesiaDirangkum dari berbagai sumber, sayangnya sejak kereta rel listrik (KRL) buatan Jepang masuk tahun 1976, lokomotif-lokomotif listrik tak lagi digunakan alias dijadikan besi tua yang mengonggok tak terpakai apalagi seri ESS 3200 yang ditinggalkan begitu saja. Untungnya, satu dari enam seri ESS 3200 ini ada satu yang berhasil diselamatkan oleh Balai Yasa Manggarai yakni ESS 3201 meski dalam kondisi tak terawat.last_img read more

With A Chance To Pass Michael Jordan In Consecutive Double-Digit Games Friday, LeBron James Believes That ‘Records Are Always Meant To Be Broken’

first_img Related TopicsLebron JamesMichael Jordan Just two nights after receiving “MVP” chants on the road in Charlotte following a 118-105 victory over the Hornets, LeBron James isn’t necessarily too caught up in the historic achievement that could happen tonight.James tied Michael Jordan with 866 consecutive games with double-digit scoring, posting a whopping forty-one points in Wednesday’s contest. It was just another game in the long list of stellar performances by James, who is flirting with a triple-double since the month of February. And though he understands the importance of the moment and how cool it would be if he does pass Jordan in that specific stat category, he also is well aware that statistical achievements only last so long.“It’s not like I set out to say that I want to be the No. 1 in scoring 10 points, double digits or consecutive games or whatever and whatnot,” James said. “But anytime like a statistical category comes up and I’m able to accomplish something like that, I mean it’s pretty incredible.“I think it’s been like 11 years that I’ve been able to accomplish this feat so I’ve been able to take care of my body, that’s one, and I’ve been around some great teammates and coaches and two organizations that have allowed me to be who I am, so that’s two, and just going out and playing for the joy of the game. So to be able to tie Mike the last game and have an opportunity set the record tonight is a pretty cool achievement.”LeBron also mentioned that he isn’t sure if one particular streak in sports stands out over the rest of them, comparing the current streak to the likes of Joe DiMaggio and Cal Ripken.“I don’t know if there’s one that sticks out more than another,” James started off. “I think they’re all great achievements in their own right. You all know Cal Ripken and his ability to be out on the diamond every single day, play that many consecutive games. Joe DiMaggio, every time he went up in a game he was going to get a hit. That’s just production for a ball club. This streak as well, being available to your teammates and being able to put the ball in the hole. I don’t know if there’s one that’s more than another, they’re all pretty cool achievements in their own right.”After such a strong performance on Wednesday though, James still appreciates the small things in the game of basketball. Hearing “MVP” chants from the opposition’s fans and witnessing not just his own history but Kemba Walker’s achievement as well is one of those moments he’ll remember when he’s done playing.“It’s a pretty cool thing,” James told reporters at shootaround Friday. “Like I said postgame, there’s going to be times when you’re done playing basketball that you can only hope and wish for moments like that and they’ll never come again. … There’s so many great things that happened that night. We won, got the standing ovation, the crowd was chanting MVP, Kemba Walker breaking the franchise record for scoring, so much great vibes in that arena that night.” Eli Mooneyhamcenter_img Elijah Mooneyham has been a dedicated sports fan his whole life. Born and raised in Cleveland, he has his best days when his hometown teams are winning. Elijah is currently on-air talent/producer on two shows, The Main Event and The Moon Hour, where you can find on He also has an insane passion for professional wrestling, so catch his opinions on the world of professional wrestling.last_img read more

Negotiations Continue Between Kenai and South Beach Land Owners

first_imgKoch: “Regarding negotiations that are involved in with ARK Properties that they own over on the south beach, that we’re interested in acquiring to be able to build an access road outside of the wetland.” The City had applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a permit to build the road across the wetlands, but asked for a 60-day pause to explore these new alternatives. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The City of Kenai will continue negotiations for the purchase of properties to facilitate construction of a south beach access on the Kenai River. Once a route is decided on the road could be built by next June. Koch said constructing over the wetlands is not the best alternative for the city so they are exploring other options.center_img City Manager Rick Koch said the council provided direction to he and the city attorney in a Wednesday night executive session. The executive session was held due to the fiscal impacts the negotiations could have on Kenai’s budget. The city has been exploring a new south beach access for several years to combat issues between dipnet fishery users and south beach property owners.last_img read more

Soldotna To Become Home Rule In Unofficial Election Results

first_imgThere was no significant campaign against the issue this year, though in past years the famous “pink pig” signs were spread through Soldotna when the issue of home rule and grocery taxes was raised. Hutchings: “The first thing is, it is a citizen’s initiative. I just look at the whole cit of Soldotna, we have evolved considerably since 1946 when homesteaders moved to this area. My parents were part of that movement. After WWII, my father was decommissioned from the Navy and they moved to Alaska and on to the Kenai Peninsula. Our neighbors and friends were part of the people that made the City of Soldotna in 1960 and then worked on the Kenai Peninsula Borough in 1964. So it’s now time for the City of Soldotna to move into the 21st century.” For the complete election results, click here. The 10-page document was put together by a committee of eight city residents who were elected during last May’s Special Election. 354 voters were in favor of the change, 197 were opposed. A similar home rule proposal was defeated by city voters last year, but revived after Borough voters eliminated the Borough-wide wintertime grocery tax. The removal of the wintertime sales tax most affects Soldotna, which could not levy its own independent taxes until becoming a Home Rule city.center_img Fred Sturman, part of the group behind the pink pig signs, says it’s been a long, hard fight to keep taxes low in his city. Sturman: “I feel like the City and the Borough has been well paid and well taxed and I don’t see where the little grocery tax that the people get off in the wintertime is necessary at this present time.” Linda Hutchings was part of the team which brought the proposal forward through a voter initiative… FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享City of Soldotna voters have approved a Municipal Charter in the unofficial results from Tuesday’s Municipal Election, which would give the city Home Rule status and the authority to levy sales taxes.last_img read more

Ajanah Annual Basketball Championship Lights up Okene

first_img“The 2018 postponement afforded us the opportunity of going back to the drawing board to re-strategise and come up with new innovations that we expect to continuously improve upon.”While revealing the programme for this year’s edition, the LOC Chairman assured stakeholders that the 2019 edition will not be without its usual razzmatazz with fans to be treated to high level of basketball artistry.As part of the innovations introduced, two women’ teams representing Lokoja and Okene Local Government Area Councils have been included.He thanked the sponsor, Hon. Justice Nasiru Ajanah, the Chief Judge of Kogi State for using his resources to organise and develop basketball talents in Nigeria through the Ajanah Annual Basketball Championship.He concluded by commending the Kogi State Government for providing a conducive atmosphere for the event since inception.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Basketball players across Nigeria will converge on Okene for the 7th edition of the Ajanah Annual Basketball Championship set to start today, December 27.According to organisers, the three-day fiesta will feature 10 men and 2 women’s teams as they compete for honours in the yearly competition holding in the commercial nerve centre of Kogi State.Chairman of the 2019 Local Organising Committee, Hon. Justice Siyaka Momoh jimoh Usman said the competition is back for good after the 2018 edition was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.last_img read more

Pakistan to pick only an ‘up to the mark’ Amir – Waqar

first_imgLONDON,  (Reuters) – No player is indispensable and Pakistan will pick Mohammad Amir against England only if the bowler is “up to the mark”, bowling coach Waqar Younis has said. Amir had initially pulled out of the tour but is set to join the Pakistan squad in England following the birth of his second daughter last week.Waqar suggested Amir, whose test retirement last year irked the team management, could not take his place for granted in England where Pakistan are scheduled to play three tests and as many Twenty20 Internationals from Aug. 5.“The doors are never shut for anyone even if they have played for Pakistan or (are) yet to play,” Waqar told in an online interaction with reporters on Tuesday. “He is a seasoned bowler and at times it did hurt when he left test cricket at a crucial time and we all expressed our displeasure on it.“But we have moved on and we have to see where he stands. If he’s up to the mark, then we will pick him and play him. But nobody is indispensable. I never thought we couldn’t function without one cricketer.”Jolted by the crafty left-arm quick’s shock test retirement, former captain Waqar oversaw the creation of a bigger pace pool, which includes pace mainstay Shaheen Afridi and the exciting teenager Naseem Shah. Waqar said the youngsters could learn from Amir’s experience.“In a way it’s actually good that he came and young players can actually learn from him,” said Waqar, himself a formidable swing bowler of his era.“But we will prioritise those who are doing well, and they are definitely going to get a go. With 29 players here, there’s a good healthy competition and that’s a great luxury.”last_img read more