Many in US don’t trust government to handle avian flu

first_imgApr 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – About half of Americans lack confidence in their government’s ability to handle an outbreak of avian influenza in humans, but few have prepared for the threat, according to a survey taken this week.Fifty-two percent of the 1,001 people polled said they were “not too confident” or “not at all confident” in the government’s response to an avian flu epidemic, according to the results of the Associated Press–Ipsos Public Affairs survey, released today. (The survey questions referred to the disease as “bird flu.”)But only 9% of the respondents said they had taken any preparatory steps. Six percent reported stockpiling food and water, 4% had made plans to work from home, 3% had made plans to keep children at home, and 2% had sought a prescription for an antiviral drug.A 61% majority thought it likely that avian flu will reach the United States in the next year, with 35% believing it unlikely and 3% unsure, the pollsters found.But only 35% expressed concern that they or someone in their family would contract avian flu. The remaining 65% were “not too concerned” (37%) or “not at all concerned” (29%) about that.On the other hand, more than half regarded the disease as a probable death sentence. Fifty-three percent said it was likely they would die of the infection if they caught it; 43% said it was unlikely to be fatal and 4% were unsure. (The case-fatality rate reflected in the World Health Organization’s current global tally of 204 human cases with 113 deaths is 55%).Respondents showed strong support for five potential measures to control an avian flu epidemic. The measures and their margins of support were as follows: encouraging people to work from home when possible, 82% to 17%; quarantining people exposed to avian flu, 79% to 19%; closing the borders to people from countries with human cases of avian flu, 74% to 25%; closing schools, 69% to 29%; and offering people experimental vaccines or drugs, 65% to 34%.An overwhelming 81% majority of those questioned understood that the regular seasonal flu vaccine would not protect them from avian flu. Eleven percent thought the seasonal vaccine would protect them, and 8% didn’t know.The survey seems to signal greater concern about avian flu now than was shown in another poll taken in February. In that survey by the Harvard School of Public Health, 21% of respondents expressed concern that they or a family member would contract avian flu, as compared with 35% in the new poll.The survey interviews were conducted from Apr 18 through 20. The 1,001 interviewees included 787 registered voters. The poll had a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.See also:Feb 27, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Survey: Most Americans concerned about avian flu”last_img read more

Gabby Agbonlahor red card rescinded

first_img But manager Paul Lambert was delighted at Agbonlahor’s reprieve after he was dismissed – for the first time in his career – by referee Lee Mason. He said: “It is great for us. I said at the time I didn’t think it was a red card and everyone’s assumption was the same. “Ex-referees have come out and said it wasn’t. “So your own common sense told you it wasn’t a red card. “Gabby is playing really well at the minute so we hoped it would be rescinded. “We are still without a few – Westy (Ashley Westwood), Nathan (Baker), (Philippe) Senderos and (Kieran) Richardson – so we didn’t want another one out. “Not one of your big players.” The red was Villa’s second in two games after Richardson was dismissed in their 1-0 defeat at West Brom. Richardson is still suspended but Villa have Alan Hutton back after a ban for their trip to the Liberty Stadium while Tom Cleverley is also available following his fifth yellow card of the season. The striker was dismissed in the second half of Villa’s 1-1 draw with United on Saturday after a 50-50 tackle with former Villa team-mate Ashley Young, but is now available to face Swansea on Boxing Day. Villa, though, have been charged by the Football Association with “failing to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion” during the game and have until 6pm on December 30 to respond. Press Associationcenter_img Gabriel Agbonlahor’s red card against Manchester United has been overturned after Aston Villa won their appeal.last_img read more

House panel approves debate for impeachment vote

first_imgThe House Rules committee has approved six hours of debate ahead of Wednesday’s impeachment hearing.The measure was approved late Tuesday night by a party-line vote of nine to four who approved the legislation.President Trump is accused of abusing his powers as president and obstruction of Congress after withholding funds from Ukraine in order to get information regarding relations of political rival, Joe Biden’s son.The move will clear the way for the panel to debate and then vote on whether President Trump committed a crime and whether or not he should be impeached.If the House decides to impeach President Trump, they then will decide if he should also be removed from office.last_img

Road trip marks start of Pac-12 play

first_imgAfter finishing nonconference play with a perfect record, the USC men’s tennis team will now begin Pac-12 play in the same city where it last faced defeat more than a year ago.Bad memories · Sophomore Emilio Gomez and the Trojans have not lost a match since last February. Coincidentally, their last loss was in Seattle. – Chris Roman | Daily TrojanThe No. 1 Trojans (19-0) will kick off the conference season with a matchup against the No. 22 Huskies (12-3) in Seattle, Wash., Friday at 1:30 p.m., followed by a visit to Eugene, Ore., to face the Ducks (14-1) Saturday at 11 a.m.USC features six ranked players in the singles category, the most of any school in the nation.Leading the charge is No. 2 senior Steve Johnson, who holds a streak of 51 straight singles wins.Several other Trojans hold their own respective streaks, such as No. 16 senior Daniel Nguyen with 10 consecutive and freshman Roberto Quiroz with eight straight.Sophomores Emilio Gomez and Ray Sarmiento and freshman Yannick Hanfmann, ranked No. 41, No. 24 and No. 30, respectively, have gone a combined 40-8 in dual match singles.In doubles action, Johnson and Quiroz have strung together five straight wins, while No. 18 pair Nguyen and Sarmiento look to improve their 13-2 record in dual match doubles.Gomez and Hanfmann, a pair that played together frequently in the fall preseason tournaments, have been reunited and have gone 4-1 in dual match doubles.The Trojans have been successful on the road as of late, despite visits to hostile territory in UCLA and Stanford. After having the benefit of two straight matches at Marks Tennis Stadium, USC will now begin a four-game road trip to kick off Pac-12 play.“It’s always special to play in the home matches in front of family and friends, but I’m looking forward to the road trips,” Sarmiento said.The Trojans’ last loss came at Seattle, the site of the 2011 ITA National Team Indoor Championships, where they fell 3-4 to Stanford.The Trojans will return to the Emerald City to face the Huskies, who are led by No. 14 Kyle McMorrow.The team will then travel south to face the Ducks, who do not have any players ranked in singles or doubles.USC coach Peter Smith, who has led the Trojans to three consecutive NCAA championships in his tenure, could be looking at his 200th victory with USC in the matchup against Oregon.With a 39-match win streak dating to last February, the Trojans remain vigilant not to let the records and milestones distract them in their quest for a fourth straight NCAA title.“We got to stick to our mentality, take it one match at a time and keep battling,” Nguyen said. “[We have to] take every team seriously, and everyone has to have a sense of urgency.”Last year, the Trojans pieced together a perfect record in conference play en route to their third conference championship in four years.The Trojans hope to maintain that same standard in the next month of Pac-12 action.“I’m ready,” Sarmiento said. “I’m ready to take on the challenge and prove that we’re the top team in the country.”last_img read more

Trishton Jackson, special teams up in season-ending stock watch

first_imgSyracuse’s (5-7, 2-6 Atlantic Coast) season ended positively on Saturday, as the Orange took down Wake Forest, 39-30, in overtime on a Trill Williams walk-off fumble return for a touchdown.As a whole, however, SU’s season was largely a disappointment in terms of its expectations heading into the year. The Orange won 10 games last season en route to finishing second in the ACC and winning the Camping World Bowl, leading many to believe the 2019 season could potentially be even better. Instead, Syracuse won half as many games and failed to defeat a Power 5 opponent until its 10th game of the season.Here’s whose stock is up or down, looking back at the Orange’s 2019 campaign.STOCK UPAdvertisementThis is placeholder textJackson gave Syracuse fans a glimpse of what he could do in the Camping World Bowl last year, making his SU debut with three catches, 27 yards and a touchdown. He built on that performance this season, quickly establishing himself as the No. 1 receiver in the Orange offense. His breakout performance came in Syracuse’s week two loss to Maryland, in which Jackson totaled seven catches for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He’d go on to have four more 100-plus yard games and finished top-5 in the ACC in receptions, yards and touchdowns.Despite some early-season criticism, DeVito passed the test as Syracuse’s starting quarterback this year, throwing for 19 touchdowns and 2,360 yards, both top-10 single-season marks in SU history. The redshirt sophomore had five games with 250 yards or more and four games with three touchdown passes or more, including back-to-back contests against Western Michigan and Holy Cross in which he threw four touchdowns in each. Despite being sacked nearly 50 times, one of the worst marks in the country, DeVito fought through injuries and growing pains to carve out one of the best Syracuse passing seasons ever.As expected, SU’s special teams unit was again one of the best in the country. After kicker Andre Szmyt won the Lou Groza award for the best kicker in the nation last season and punter Sterling Hofrichter joined him on the All-ACC first team, Hofrichter is now up for the punter’s equivalent of the award, the Ray Guy award. Hofrichter led the ACC in punts inside the 20-yard line and fair catches, also ranking second in total punt yardage. Szmyt, meanwhile, earned third-team All-ACC honors this season after connecting on 17-of-20 field goals and 39-of-40 extra points.STOCK DOWNThe negatives of the Orange have to start with their offensive line, which struggled to find any consistency all year after starting center Sam Heckel was injured in the season-opener. Issues in pass protection led to 50 total sacks on the season, the third-most out of 130 FBS teams. DeVito and backup quarterback Clayton Welch were often given little-to-no time to make a play and both battled injuries throughout the year. The line’s run blocking was poor too, as Syracuse ball-carriers were tackled for a loss 98 times, seventh-worst in the nation. But the problems didn’t stop at the offensive line’s production. Ryan Alexander, who started six games at right tackle, left the program in late October, forcing true freshman Matthew Bergeron into service to finish the season.Syracuse had some standouts defensively this year, namely All-ACC honorees Cisco and Lakiem Williams, but struggled as a unit. The Orange allowed 5,569 total yards to opposing offenses, second-worst in the ACC, as well as 30.7 points per game, also near the bottom of the conference. After a 2018 season in which SU improved defensively, forcing a turnover in every game, Syracuse struggled and defensive coordinator Brian Ward was fired late in the year. Now, the Orange head into the offseason with a question mark at the coaching position as well as the graduation of more than half of its defensive starters.Syracuse stumbled in one of the most controllable areas of the game, penalties. The Orange were the fourth-most penalized team in the nation, averaging just under nine per game, their highest in over 10 years. The flags came down on both sides of the ball, ranging from offensive line penalties to mental mistakes after plays. SU was even called for a pair of targeting penalties in the same game against Holy Cross, its only such penalties this season. In an underwhelming year, staying disciplined and limiting penalties was one way the Orange could’ve increased their margin for error. They didn’t. Comments Published on December 4, 2019 at 1:12 am Contact Eric: | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgA MAN has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a teenage girl by dangerous driving.Gary O’Donnell, who is 19 and from Dunwiley, Stranorlar, was charged with causing the death of Kym Harley.Kym died in the crash just a few hundred metres from her home in Ballybofey in the early hours of October 14 last year. She had celebrated her 19th birthday a week earlier.O’Donnell was charged at Letterkenny District Court with causing her death by dangerous driving.The case was adjourned until September 14.Kym, a former pupil of St Columba’s College in Stranorlar, was the daughter of well-known Fine Gael county councillor Martin Harley.O’Donnell was released on bail.MAN CHARGED WITH CAUSING DEATH OF TEENAGE GIRL IN CRASH was last modified: June 9th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DEATH BY DANGEROUS DRIVINGGary O’DonnellKym Harleylast_img read more

Crows Use Tools on Tools

first_imgCrows can use one tool on another to get food.  A report in Science Daily says they appear to use analogical reasoning, not just trial and error, to figure out how to manipulate objects.  They used a short stick to get a longer stick out of a toolbox in order to reach a snack too far for the short tool.  In this, “The birds’ tool-use skills rival those seen among great apes, according to the researchers” at University of Auckland.    Analogical reasoning was thought to be at the core of human innovation.  One said, “It was surprising to find that these ‘bird-brained’ creatures performed at the same levels as the best performances by great apes on such a difficult problem.”Let’s be good empirical Darwinists and take the evidence where it leads.  Chimps evolved into birds, which evolved into humans.  Mustn’t let species bias cloud our reasoning, now.  Darwinists have made a big deal over intelligence as evidence of our evolutionary kinship to apes.  Now, having to eat crow at this finding, they must be feeling in the mood for some Old Crow at the Crow Bar.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA business shows the money

first_img26 August 2004South African businesses have over the years been consistently investing in South Africa – and analysts say the idea that local businesses are unpatriotic is a myth.That’s after the release of the Reserve Bank’s latest annual economic report, which shows an upward trend in investment spending in South Africa – spurred by a sharp increase in capital expenditure by parastatals, and a steady growth in investment by the private sector. 2004 annual economic report Private sector investment spending remained stable in the first half of 2004, recording 7.5% growth compared to 8% in 2003. This is in line with the consistent growth experienced in the sector in recent years.The 0.5% slump was due the cancellation or postponement of capital projects in the mining sector. However, a strong increase in capital spending in the residential building sector and on vehicles was experienced, primarily due to low interest rates and the property boom.FirstRand economist Rudolf Gouws told Business Day that the facts show that the idea that South Africa businesses are unpatriotic and afraid of investing in the country is a myth. Since 1993, fixed-capital formation by the private sector has grown steadily – even faster than the gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate.The Reserve Bank said in its report that investment spending by public corporations spiked to 56.5% in the first half of 2004, up from 3.5% in the second half of last year. This was largely due to South African Airways’ purchase of Airbuses.The Bank’s governor, Tito Mboweni, said the country’s fiscal and monetary policies were the predominant reasons for the increase in growth, and had led to increased spending in infrastructural development by the government to create jobs. The government’s spending also increased due to the procurement of a number of corvettes for the South African Navy.Record economic expansionMboweni noted that the South African economy has been in an upward phase of the business cycle since the fourth quarter of 1999. “This is the longest recorded period of economic expansion in the history of the country”, he said.An expansionary economic policy and aggressive domestic demand trebled economic growth to 3% in the first half of 2004, up from 1% in the last six months of 2003.However, investment spending is still below the level needed to sufficiently stimulate job creation, according to Business Day. While investment spending has risen to 16% of GDP – up from 14.5% in 2001 – it is still below the long-term target average of 20%. Mboweni said it “certainly falls short of the fixed-capital formation ratio in more rapidly growing emerging markets”.The Bank said that real economic growth in the domestic economy decelerated to only 2% for the year 2003 as a whole.Production volumes in manufacturing dropped off, partly due to the weakness of demand in the European Union and a decline in international price competitiveness experienced by domestic producers. Output in agriculture fell back as a result of poor climatic conditions and relatively low product prices.Lower interest rates, a growth-supportive fiscal policy stance and higher international prices for export commodities raised business as well as consumer confidence in the first half of 2004. All the main economic sectors have recorded increases in output in the first half of year.The Bank said platinum production continued along a strong upward trajectory. In manufacturing, the increases in production were mainly a response to the strength of the domestic market.Besides the boost to the construction sector, transport, storage and communication services displayed the strongest growth among the tertiary reporterlast_img read more