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After Pakistan’s lockdown gamble, COVID-19 cases surge

first_imgAccording to a letter seen by Reuters, a committee of experts backed by the local health department in Pakistan’s most populous province, Punjab, told the provincial government the lockdown needed to continue. The letter said random testing suggested more than 670,000 people in the provincial capital Lahore had likely contracted the virus, many of them asymptomatic.The Punjab Health Minister Yasmeen Rashid said the letter had not been disregarded, but set aside in light of a Supreme Court decision that lockdowns should be lifted.Most hospitals in Lahore are now full and are sending cases to Mayo Hospital, a public facility with more than 400 beds dedicated to COVID-19 cases, said Salman Kazmi, general secretary of the Young Doctor’s Association, who is treating coronavirus patients there.Asad Aslam, the CEO of Mayo, however disputed claims that Lahore hospitals were saturated. “We can handle further burden of patients,” he said.”Herd immunity”Pakistan lifted its lockdown on May 9, about two weeks before the Eid al-Fitr festival that marks the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and is celebrated with family gatherings and feasting. Transport and most businesses have re-opened but cinemas, theatres and schools remain closed.There has been growing debate among experts globally on whether populous developing nations can afford comprehensive social distancing measures to contain the coronavirus while avoiding economic ruin.Some officials have suggested “herd immunity” could contain the virus, a situation where enough people in a population have developed immunity to an infection to be able to effectively stop that disease from spreading. However, the World Health Organization has warned countries that have “lax measures” in place against counting on herd immunity to halt the spread of COVID-19.”The Pakistan government is setting itself up for a huge gamble but it’s also a test case for herd immunity because South Asia has no other choice,” a senior European Union official who oversees South Asia told Reuters.Yet even those advocating rolling back strict lockdowns in developing nations are alarmed at the teeming crowds in Pakistan’s streets, shopping malls and mosques, the ramping up of domestic flights, and the movement of millions of people for the Eid holiday.”It’s not about this dichotomy between complete lockdown and fully open,” Ahmed Mushfiq Mobarak, a professor of economics at Yale University, told Reuters.He said a smarter strategy would be to allow people out for core economic and public health activities, rather than a total relaxation of rules.”There should still be complete bans on religious gatherings and social gatherings…those are things for which we need to see much better leadership,” he said.  To be sure, testing rates have also increased. But of those tested, the daily average of positive results climbed from on average 11.5% in the three weeks before the lockdown was lifted, to 15.4% on average in the subsequent three weeks. The ratio is around 23% this week, according to the data.Pakistan has officially identified over 80,000 cases of COVID-19, with 1,770 confirmed deaths.”Those numbers are concerning, since they do suggest there may still be widespread transmission in certain parts of the country,” said Claire Standley, assistant research professor at the Department of International Health at Georgetown University.Experts say measures that could curb cases – like limits on religious gatherings and crowded shopping areas and emphasizing social distancing – should be reinstated and some doctors are raising the alarm. Four weeks ago, with its most important festival coming up and millions of people facing starvation as economic activity dwindled, Pakistan lifted a two-month-long coronavirus lockdown.Prime Minister Imran Khan has said despite rising infections and deaths, the country would need to learn to “live with” the virus to avert pushing tens of millions living on daily wages into destitution.Now, a Reuters review of government data shows over 20,000 cases of the virus were identified in the three weeks before the lockdown was lifted, and more than double that figure were identified in the three weeks since.center_img Topics :last_img read more

In Hawaii, US and China assess path forward from tensions

first_img‘Polemicist’ to the rescue? Michael Swaine, a prominent US scholar of China, said Pompeo is “about the worst person” to be in charge of decreasing tensions.”He has shown that he has zero understanding of China, and is mostly a polemicist,” Swaine, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, wrote on Twitter.”Making ideological statements as if they constitute diplomacy or some kind of strategy is just embarrassing for the US.”But it would be difficult for Pompeo to reject a request from Yang, who is brushing aside protocol with a willingness to meet on US soil outside of Washington.Yang, who has long been active in shaping China’s relationship with the United States, similarly met quietly with Pompeo in New York in August.Tensions had been boiling between the world’s two largest economic powers even before the pandemic, with Trump slapping tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese goods, accusing Beijing of rampant theft of US intellectual property.Trump is expected to soon sign into law an act that authorizes sanctions over China’s detention of more than one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims. Activists say China is forcibly homogenizing minorities in a brainwashing campaign with few modern precedents. Beijing counters that it is running vocational educational centers that offer an alternative to Islamic extremism.China has hit back at criticism by highlighting abuses by US police, an issue that has triggered global protests after a white Minneapolis officer killed George Floyd, an unarmed African American who was seen on camera pleading for his life.Whether the United States and China reach any rhetorical truce could become clear quickly. Pompeo is set to speak Friday at a Danish forum, where the State Department says he will discuss “threats to democracy around the world.” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a vociferous critic of China, was meeting quietly Wednesday in Hawaii with a top official from Beijing which is hoping to ease skyrocketing tensions.It is the first high-level meeting between the two powers since the coronavirus pandemic — which President Donald Trump has sought to blame on China, increasingly his villain of choice ahead of the November US elections.A State Department official said that Pompeo started closed-door talks just after 9 am (1900 GMT) at a Honolulu military base with Yang Jiechi, a veteran Communist Party official who reportedly requested the talks. Topics : Talks on global tumult Susan Thornton, a career diplomat who served as the top State Department official on East Asia earlier in the Trump administration, said that US and Chinese leaders can “jointly save lives and save our economies” — but doubted the Hawaii talks would do so.”I hope that this meeting will reduce tensions, and I suspect that’s why the Chinese suggested it, but I am skeptical that this will be the outcome,” said Thornton, now at Yale Law School.”My own view is that the United States and China both face serious crises, as does the rest of the world from COVID-19 and the consequent economic meltdown.”It seems to me that talking about US-China rivalry in this environment is out of touch with the reality that people are facing.”Pompeo, a stalwart ally of Trump seen as having presidential aspirations of his own, has been in the forefront of denouncing China, saying it is “truly hostile” to the United States and “ruthlessly imposes communism.”The conservative former congressman has taken the lead in promoting a theory, discounted by mainstream scientists, that the coronavirus came out of a Chinese laboratory. After months of intense rhetoric between the two nations and global tumult, the two senior diplomats met without any media and without even announcing beforehand that the talks would take place.But just moments before they entered talks, Pompeo and his counterparts from the other Group of Seven major industrial democracies put out a joint statement on one area of friction — Hong Kong.The G7 foreign ministers voiced “grave concerns” over China’s plans to move ahead with a security law that would prohibit subversion and other perceived offenses in the financial hub, to which Beijing promised autonomy before taking back the British colony in 1997.”We strongly urge the Government of China to reconsider this decision,” the joint statement said.last_img read more

Incoming Arsenal technical director Edu urges Unai Emery to sign Brazil right-back Fagner

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 5 Jul 2019 8:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link535Shares Advertisement Edu is set to be confirmed as Arsenal’s technical director (Picture: Getty)Fagner, who enjoyed spells at Wolfsburg and PSV earlier in his career, according to FOX Sports Radio Brazil, is viewed as a cut-price option by Edu.Arsenal were linked with PSG’s Thomas Munier earlier this summer but are unlikely to be able to afford PSG’s asking price of around £30million.The Gunners are struggling to raise funds to finance a move for Zaha having seen a £40m opening offer dismissed out of hand by Crystal Palace and club chiefs are preparing to ask Stan Kroenke for additional funds to strengthen a squad which faltered badly at the end of last season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Incoming Arsenal technical director Edu urges Unai Emery to sign Brazil right-back Fagner Brazil international Fagner has been linked with a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s incoming technical director Edu is driving a move for Brazil international right-back Fagner.The north London club are set to confirm the return of their former player once his commitments with the Selecao are completed at the Copa America.Edu, who won two Premier League titles during a distinguished career with Arsenal, will help oversee the club’s transfer activity in conjunction with Unai Emery and the club’s head of football Raul Sanllehi.Emery is working with a tight budget this summer following his failure to secure Champions League qualification, but experienced cover at right-back remains a priority.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 CityStephan Lichtsteiner departed at the start of the month following a disappointing 12 months at the club, while Hector Bellerin is unlikely to be fully fit for the start of the new season as he continues his rehabilitation from the cruciate knee ligament injury he suffered in January.Carl Jenkinson, meanwhile, could yet be used as a makeweight in potential details for Wilfried Zaha or Kieran Tierney and Emery is likely to require Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who deputised for Bellerin during the second half of last season, to play in his natural central midfield role.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Calls for Universal Testing of Blood-Lead Levels in Children Statewide

first_imgGovernor Wolf Calls for Universal Testing of Blood-Lead Levels in Children Statewide August 30, 2017 Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced his support for universal testing of blood-lead levels in all Pennsylvania children under the age of two to determine who is at risk for lead poisoning and where children with the highest and lowest blood-lead levels reside.“We need to be able to identify all children who have elevated blood-lead levels in order make sure their families have access to the services they need,” Governor Wolf said. “Only with universal testing will we know the true scope of lead poisoning in Pennsylvania and be able to refer affected children for care.”Governor Wolf called on the Department of Health to work with the General Assembly and community partners to draft legislation to require universal testing in Pennsylvania.According to the Department of Health’s latest report on lead, only 28 percent of children aged 0-23 months were tested for lead in 2015. Testing rates varied from 12 percent to 47 percent across counties.“Universal testing will address the gaps in childhood lead testing data, which will help us develop and implement a comprehensive lead-poisoning prevention strategy in Pennsylvania,” Dr. Rachel Levine, Acting Secretary of Health and Physician General, said. “In the meantime, we encourage parents to talk to their pediatricians about the risk factors and ask that their child be tested. It is essential to learn the facts and your individual risks to prevent lead poisoning because any level of lead detected in your child’s blood is too high.”The Department of Health administers the Lead Hazard Control Program, which provides funding to local partners to contract with certified lead professionals to remove lead hazards. Community health nurses provide education to parents and also help monitor children whose lead levels are identified as high. The department also operates a toll-free lead information line, 1-800-440-LEAD (5323), to provide information and referrals for concerned parents or professionals.Nationally, among states with older houses, lead-based paint is a significant source of lead exposure in young children. According to 2010 Census data, Pennsylvania ranks third in the nation for number of housing units identified as having been built before 1950, when lead was most prevalent in paint and plumbing.For more information about lead, including the latest data and resources available,  visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

State Street sells Complementa in management buyout

first_imgState Street has sold Swiss data and analysis firm Complementa Investment Controlling to its management.Complementa CEO Heinz B. Rothacher has bought the company, based in St Gallen, plus its branch in Zurich and German subsidiary in Frankfurt.The formerly independent Swiss advisory was sold by its founder Michael Brandenberger to State Street in 2011. “State Street has reviewed its strategy and only wants to provide investment reporting and analytics services to clients who have a depot with them,” Rothacher told IPE. A spokeswoman for State Street said the decision to sell Complementa “reflects the strategy to focus on the delivery of our core services to our asset servicing clients”.She added: “We will continue to offer performance measurement services to our asset servicing clients as part of a fully-integrated solution and remain committed to the region.”Rothacher bought 100% of the shares in Complementa plus it subsidiaries and will keep the name, he said.Rothacher will take on most of the 90 members of staff at Complementa and the management board. Only 14 will remain with State Street. The new structure will come into effect from 1 December.“Both our clients as well as the staff have welcomed that we will become an independent company once again,” said Rothacher.He confirmed Complementa will continue to cooperate with State Street, but emphasised that independent collection of data was key for services such as its annual risk check-up.“For our clients our independence means we become a second layer of control,” says Rothacher, who also sees “good chances” for the “new” Complementa in the Swiss and German institutional markets.“It is also easier for us as a consultancy to no longer be part of a banking group because we had to adhere to all their compliance regulation which actually did not apply to us,” noted Rothacher. He stressed the company was striving for continuity and least possible disruption to the clients.Meanwhile, Allocare – which provides Complementa’s reporting system – was also externalised in a separate management buyout.last_img read more

US dentist who killed Zimbabwe’s Lion (Cecil) apologises to patients

first_imgA local charity claims Cecil took 40 hours to die after being shot by an arrow and was skinned and beheaded, with the head taken as a trophy for Dr Palmer.Palmer has not appeared in public since being identified Tuesday as being involved in the lion’s death.Two men have appeared in court in Zimbabwe over the killing of Cecil the lion, while the American dentist who paid to shoot him with a bow and arrow continues to deny any wrongdoing and a barrage of abuse and criticism.The two appeared in court on allegations they helped Palmer kill the lion named Cecil.The men were accused of aiding Palmer, who reportedly paid $50 000 to track and kill a lion.Local hunter Theo Bronkhorst appeared in a court in Hwange, 800km west of Harare, and was charged with “failing to supervise, control and take reasonable steps to prevent an unlawful hunt”. Cecil was the most famous Lion in ZimbabweUnited States dentist who has become the target of worldwide outrage for hunting and killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe has written to his patients to apologise for the disruption to services at his Minnesota clinic.Walter James Palmer remained out of the public eye on Wednesday in the face of protests at his suburban Minneapolis clinic and intense condemnation online.The lion’s death has provoked global outrage, forcing the practice where he worked to close and seeing people threaten to “hunt” Dr Palmer and kill him in revenge in a tide of online abuse.Almost 300,000 people have also signed a petition to Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe demanding “justice” for Cecil and calling for hunting reforms.These two men were alleged to assist Palmer in the hunt for the Lionlast_img read more

Five Steps to Perfect Pasta Salad.

first_img 71 Views   no discussions Follow the five steps outlined here for a stunning, irresistible pasta salad.Step 1. PastaStep 2. Key ingredientsStep 3. Intense flavorsStep 4. Onions & herbsStep 5. DressingI teach cooking classes across the country, and as often as a possible, I demonstrate pasta salad. Why? Because people make it all the time. (When’s the last time you attended a potluck that didn’t have a pasta salad?) But rarely do these sturdy, colorful, economical salads taste as good as they look. They can be dry, bland, oily, sharp or uninteresting.If you’re nervous about making your own salad, simply pretend you’re at a salad bar. Be creative with ingredients you like to eat, but use a little common sense. When making an Asian-style salad, for example, use typical stir-fry ingredients such as celery and bell peppers.Using this formula as a guide, you’ll create beautiful pasta salads that will have people asking for your recipe. The proportions given make enough to serve as a side dish to 12 to 16 people.Step 1:Cook 1 pound of pasta. Select a 16-ounce box or bag of bite-size pasta. I recommend farfalle (bow ties), fusilli (corkscrews), penne, ziti, rotelle (wagon wheels), macaroni or small shells. Cook the pasta in a gallon of boiling water seasoned with 2 tablespoons of salt (that’s right, 2 tablespoons!) until just tender. Drain but do not rinse the pasta. Instead, dump it onto a large-lipped cookie sheet to cool and dry. Don’t worry if the pasta sticks together. The dressing will break it up.Step 2:Prepare 2 pounds of key ingredients. These are the salad’s major add-ins: cooked and raw vegetables, poultry, seafood, canned beans and mild cheeses, for example. Some need little or no preparation before going into the salad. Others can be cooked in the pot of water along with the pasta. Still others are best sauteed or grilled. Choose at least 3 major flavorings. It’s good to let one ingredient lead (for example, 1 pound of asparagus with 8 ounces each of sliced mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, for a total of 2 pounds).Options for cooked vegetablesThese can cook right along with the pasta in the pot of boiling water. Add them to the cooking pasta during the last minute of boiling. Drain and cool them with the pasta for that just-right, tender-crisp texture.Broccoli or cauliflower, florets cut into bite-size pieces, stems peeled and cut into 1/4-inch thick coins Asparagus, trimmed and cut into bite-size lengths Carrots, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch coins Green beans, trimmed and cut into bite-size lengths Snow peas or sugar snap peas, strings removed Zucchini, quartered lengthwise and sliced 1/4-inch thickOptions for no-fuss vegetablesCanned artichoke hearts, drained, rinsed and quartered Bean sprouts Celery, sliced 1/4-inch thick Mushrooms, thinly sliced Cucumbers, quartered lengthwise, cut into bite-size pieces and lightly salted Fennel, trimmed, halved, cored and thinly sliced Avocados, halved, pitted, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces (add at last minute to prevent darkening) Zucchini, halved lengthwise if small, quartered lengthwise if large, then thinly sliced Cherry tomatoes, halved and lightly salted Bell peppers, cored and cut into bite-size strips Tomatoes, seeded and cut into medium dice and lightly salted Frozen green peas, thawedOptions for grilled or broiled vegetablesAll of these vegetables should be brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper before grilling or broiling.Eggplant, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds; cut into bite-size pieces after grilling Fennel, trimmed, halved, core left intact, and cut into wedges; cut away tough core after grillingLarge whole mushrooms; slice or quarter after grillingBell peppers, cored, seeded and quartered; cut into bite-size pieces after grilling  Zucchini, cut on the diagonal into slices 1/2-inch thickOptions for sauteed vegetablesAsian-style salads taste best with lightly sauteed vegetables, particularly celery and peppers.Celery, sliced 1/4-inch thick Bell peppers, cored, seeded and cut into bite-size stripsOptions for other major add-ins Canned beans, drained and rinsedChicken breasts, grilled, sauteed or steamed and cut crosswise into thin bite-size strips Italian sausage, steam-sauteed and sliced thin on a slight bias Cooked lobster Cooked and peeled shrimp Canned tuna, drained Mild cheeses (e.g., mozzarella, cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack), cut into 1/2-inch cubes Crabmeat (pasteurized lump), picked over for shell Ham, sliced 1/4-inch thick and cut into bite-size strips Tweet Step 4:Add onions and herbs. No matter what else is in your pasta salad, always add three large green onions, sliced, or half of a small red onion, diced. The types of onions are completely interchangeable, although I tend to use green onions for Asian-style salads.Then mince 3 tablespoons fresh herbs and/or grate 2 teaspoons orange or lemon zest (the peel minus the bitter white pith).For Asian-style pasta salads, consider cilantro, basil and/or the citrus zests. Dill and mint are usually compatible with creamy-style salads. Because rosemary and tarragon are such strong flavors, use just 1 tablespoon of either herb combined with 2 tablespoons of minced parsley.And if you’re ever in doubt about which herbs to use, you’ll never go wrong with good ol’ chopped fresh parsley.Step 5:Make a dressing. Whether you prepare one of the following dressings or choose another, you’ll need 1 cup to coat the salad. The key is to make sure the dressing is thick and emulsified; otherwise, the pasta absorbs the vinegar while the oil clings in droplets to the pasta’s surface. Stick with milder rice wine vinegar or lemon juice. Balsamic vinegar, while flavorful, turns the pasta an unattractive brown, and stronger vinegars make bright green vegetables drab.Each of these recipes makes about 1 cup. You can prepare the ingredients in advance, but toss the salad and dressing only 15 minutes before serving.by allrecipes.com Food & DiningLifestyle Five Steps to Perfect Pasta Salad. by: – August 26, 2011 Sharecenter_img Share Step 3:Choose intense flavors. Stronger- tasting than the major add-ins, these ingredients should be used more sparingly. Pick at least one representative from this category, but feel free to use two or three–roasted peppers, pine nuts and feta cheese, for example, will give the salad a Mediterranean feel. If making an Asian-style salad, stick to nuts and seeds.OptionsIn most cases, add about 1/2 cup, unless otherwise noted.Feta, crumbledParmesan, shaved with a vegetable peelerGoat cheese, crumbledCapers, drained (1/4 cup)Olives, pitted and coarsely choppedPeperoncini, drained and thinly slicedRoasted peppers, cut into stripsSun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, cut into small diceBacon, fried and crumbled (8 ounces)Prosciutto (8 ounces), thinly sliced, cut into small diceSmoked salmon (8 ounces), thinly sliced, then cut into thin strips (other smoked fish and shellfish are possibilities as well)Pine nuts, toastedRoasted cashews, coarsely choppedRoasted or honey-roasted peanuts, coarsely choppedToasted sesame seeds (1/4 cup)Sunflower seeds Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

2 grass fires on Easter Sunday

first_imgFirefighters put the blaze under controlby 1:30p.m. and declared a “fire out” 30 minutes after. In Barangay Ungka 1, Pavia, a vacant lotalso went up in smoke. Personnel of the municipal fire stationsaid they received a fire call at around 1 p.m. Before dawn yesterday, residents inBarangay Q. Abeto, Mandurriao district were awakened by a grass fire at avacant lot around 1:50 p.m. A “fire out” was declared an hour later. ILOILO City – On Easter Sunday, twoseparate fire incidents swept through in this city and in the municipality ofPavia, Iloilo. Plumes of smoke and flames are seen billowing from a vacant lot in Barangay Q. Abeto, Mandurriao, Iloilo City early morning on Easter Sunday. No one was injured in the fire, according to initial assessment from the Bureau of Fire Protection. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO According to initial assessment from theBureau of Fire Protection, no one was injured in the two fire incidents. Nodamage to property was recorded, too./PNlast_img read more