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first_imgApr 29, 2009Dr. Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, today raised the agency’s pandemic alert level to phase 5, one notch below a full-scale influenza pandemic, signaling that it’s time for all countries to prepare. [Margaret Chan’s statement]The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today reported a total of 91 confirmed cases of swine flu in 10 states, with 51 cases in New York City. Besides New York, affected states and case numbers are Arizona, 1; California, 14; Indiana, 1; Kansas, 2; Massachusetts, 2; Michigan, 2; Nevada, 1; Ohio, 1, and Texas, 16. [CDC swine flu page]Fukuda said the WHO knew of 114 confirmed swine flu cases in seven countries as of 5 p.m. Geneva time today. These included 13 in Canada, 64 (with 1 death) in the United States, 26 (with 7 deaths) in Mexico, 2 in Israel, 4 in Spain, 2 in the United Kingdom, and 3 in New Zealand.A 22-month-old boy from Mexico City died in a Houston, Tex., hospital earlier this week, marking the first swine flu death in the United States and the first outside Mexico, the Texas Department of Health Services reported today. The boy’s close contacts have remained healthy, officials said. [TDHS news release]Germany reported three swine flu cases and Austria reported one, according to a Reuters report today. The patients included a Bavarian couple in their 30s, a 22-year-old woman from Hamburg, and a 28-year-old Austrian.New York and Indiana have received their full allotments of influenza antivirals from the Strategic National Stockpile, and all other states will receive theirs by May 3, Dr. Richard Besser, acting CDC director, said in a press briefing held by the US Department of Health and Human Services.A “reference strain” of the swine flu H1N1 virus has been isolated by the CDC and sent to vaccine manufacturers, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at the HHS briefing, adding that limited pilot lots of vaccine could be available for human trials in “early fall.”The US Food and Drug Administration has organized its swine-flu response into an “incident management” structure of seven teams—vaccine, antivirals, personal protective equipment, blood needs, diagnostic research, shortages, and consumer protection—acting FDA Commissioner Dr. Joshua Sharfstein said at the HHS briefing.Viral geneticist Andrew Rambaut, from the University of Edinburgh, told Wired magazine yesterday that the H1N1 virus detected in the global swine flu outbreak doesn’t have human or avian components, but is instead a reassortment of two pig viruses, North American and Eurasian, which have never been detected in pigs or humans before. Two other experts, and reportedly a document from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), confirmed the findings.Only 3 of 14 US swine flu patients with known travel histories had been in Mexico, the CDC said in an MMWR Dispatch last night. Forty of the 64 confirmed cases were not linked to travel or to another confirmed case. [Apr 28 MMWR Dispatch]Between Apr 19 and 27, federal officials checked 15 sick travelers entering the United States from Mexico and confirmed that 2 of them had swine flu, the CDC said in the MMWR Dispatch. Nine travelers remained in isolation pending further evaluation, and four travelers were released.last_img read more


HHI Starts Process to Earn Approval on DSME Takeover

first_imgSouth Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has officially launched the process to gain regulatory approval for its proposed takeover of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.The shipbuilding major has submitted a request for the formal approval from the South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC), as well as from antitrust authorities in China, Kazakhstan and the European Union.Yonhap News Agency cited Hyundai Heavy as saying that it would submit further requests for approval to other countries.In early March 2019, the shipbuilder signed a contract with Korean state lender Korea Development Bank (KDB) to acquire its compatriot DSME. The parties reached a conditional agreement on the transaction in January 2019.Under the deal, KDB would sell its 55.7 percent stake in DSME, that has an estimated value of KRW 2.16 trillion (USD 1.85 billion), to HHI. The bank would transfer its DSME common stock to HHI and buy KRW 1.5 trillion worth of HHI stocks.Furthermore, KDB would consider providing KRW 1 trillion as a financial boost to DSME.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Skaneateles cross country sweeps Marcellus

first_imgThen Hope Cross-Jaya, in 21:03 flat, got third place, with Lillian Yengo fourth in 22 minutes flat and Sophia Aurdeen fifth in 22:06.Four Mustangs followed, Alyssa McShane (22:11) in front of Virginia Lucchetti (22:28), Sophia Maum (22:30) and Amy Francesconi (23:20) before the Lakers’ Ellie McSwain finished 10th in 25:15 to clinch her team’s sweep.Westhill, meanwhile, had its own dominating meet against Mexico, earning a pair of 15-50 victories over the Tigers.Jacob Fricano led the boys Warriors as he posted a top time of 17:49. Will Thornton was second in 18:23, edging Mike Ferrara (18:24) for that spot as Brian Allen (19:03) and Justin Nowicki (19:04) complete a top-five sweep ahead of Brandon Mulholland (19:05) and Angelo Carr, who posted 19:22.Over in the girls race, Liz Kessler was victorious for state no. 25-ranked Westhill in 22:25, beating out Katherine Evans, who posted 22:40. Addie Lowery finished in 22:43 as Emily O’Reilly (23:18) and Kylie Nowicki (23:50) followed, with Alexis Bergett (24:44) ahead of Gianna Zerillo (25:11) and Ashley Heffernan (25:20).Jordan-Elbridge was no. 18 in the state Class C boys rankings before last Wednesday’s meet against Solvay and Altmar-Parish-Williamstown, with the Eagles sweeping the Bearcats and Rebels.Individually, Kenny Williams, in 18:52, edged out Sean Dristle (18:53) and Lee Jewell (18:54) as the Eagles’ top three ran together. Derek Quigley posted a time of 19:49 as Richard Raus finished in 22 minutes flat.The J-E girls also handled Solvay and APW as Vassianna Klock won the race in 22:25, more than two minutes ahead of Hannah Fichter’s 24;31. Coral Uhle was third in 24:33as Tia Parkolap posted 25:39 and Kendall Shaw finished in 25:46. Lindsay Jackson posted 27:59.Both of the Marcellus teams ran Saturday in the Tully Invitational, where it finished seventh in the girls Small School race as Bolster was 10th in 20:42.9 and Strempel finished 16th in 21:44.2.The boys Mustangs, who finished sixth in the Small School division at Tully, had Aidan Shea, in a clocking of 18:17.1, beat out Huss (18:20.0) for 19th place, with Cox 28th in 18:46.5. Solvay’s Luke Dwyer was 29th in 18:47.8 to lead the Bearcats.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: cross countryJ-EMarcellusskaneatelesWesthill Even with a solid effort at the Sept. 28 McQuaid Invitational in Rochester, the Skaneateles boys cross country team fell from no. 2 to no. 10 in the ensuing state Class C rankings, just ahead of Westhill in the no. 11 spot.Responding to this, the Lakers faced archrival Marcellus last Wednesday afternoon at the Polo Grounds, and Skaneateles swept both sides against the Mustangs, winning 19-42 in the boys race and 23-32 in the girls race.Caleb Bender again led the Skaneateles boys, enduring the cold, damp conditions to post a time of 16 minutes, 23 seconds, nearly a full minute ahead of runner-up Matt Persampieri, who in 17:11 edged Joe Norris (17:12) for that spot.center_img Kevin Huss, who was fourth in 17:45, was Marcellus’ top runner, with Caeden Cox fifth in 18:10, but the Lakers swept the rest of the top 10.Tony DiRubbo, sixth in a clocking of 18:20, led a Skaneateles group that included Will Girzadas in seventh place (18:25) and Connor Gell in eighth place (18:35) as Will Swarts was ninth in 18:38 and Nolan Gryzlo (18:40) beat out the Mustangs’ Aidan Shea (18:45) for 10th place.Skaneateles won on the girls side over Marcellus by having four of the top five finishers, including up front, where Sarah Tallerico went 20:32 over the Polo Grounds course to beat out the 20:50 from the Mustangs’ Anella Bolster.last_img read more

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Despite struggles, 2013 class will be fine

first_imgLet’s get this out of the way now: The recruiting season is going to turn out OK for USC. Come Wednesday, national signing day, the school is going to announce a recruiting class that will, naturally, be ranked near the top of essentially every national ranking possible. So exhale. It’ll be fine. It always is.In the wake of a disappointing 7-6 season, accentuated by a Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech on New Year’s Eve, you’ve read dozens of doom and gloom stories when it comes to the Trojans’ efforts on the recruiting trail. You’ve read about the de-commitments and, of course, there have been a handful of them: At least six once-USC commits reopened their recruiting process since November, seemingly the result of the disappointing 2012 campaign in which the program went from the Associated Press’ preseason No. 1 team to not receiving a single vote in the final AP poll. And so the speculation has continued: Will USC’s incoming recruiting class, once the consensus top class last July, fall apart?Well, no. Historically speaking, USC just doesn’t appear to do anything other than hailing in top-10 recruiting classes in football come winter time. It hasn’t had a class ranked lower than No. 8 nationally, per Yahoo! Sports’ Rivals.com, since February 2002.Moreover, isn’t it fair to give USC coach Lane Kiffin the benefit of the doubt here? For whatever shortcomings he has when it comes to leading a football program week in and week out as a head coach — and, to be clear, there are plenty — those aren’t what we’re dealing with here. Debating his recruiting prowess stands as a rather pointless exercise. The guy assembles football talent, can manage a roster and has quite the grasp on dealing with NCAA-imposed scholarship limitations. He might handle this just fine.Look at the class as currently constructed. As of Monday night, the Trojans’ class was ranked No. 7 by Rivals, with the highest average star rating (4.43) among any school. The next closest is Notre Dame with an average of 3.87. Not to mention, seven incoming freshmen, which include four five-star prospects in defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow of Elkton, Md., quarterback Max Browne of Sammamish, Wash., defensive back Su’a Cravens of Murrieta, Calif., and defensive back Leon McQuay III of Seffner, Fl., have enrolled for the spring semester and will participate in spring practices. Browne and Cravens were also the USA Today offensive and defensive national players of the year.“I can’t imagine a better collection of players to ever have joined a program mid-year,” Kiffin said in a statement last month. “It speaks volumes of the power of USC that four of the best players from the state of California and a trio of five-star out-of-state players chose to come here.”Yes, it does speak to USC’s “power,” or more specifically, to its ability to recruit. But this has never really been an honest question to ask. As much concern as there has been over a recruiting class some might proclaim to be falling apart, we’re arguing over semantics here. Is USC going to have the No. 1, the No. 5 or the No. 15-ranked recruiting class? Either way, in any scenario, the program’s going to be bringing in talent, even with scholarship reductions.USC, as a general rule, attracts talented football players, many from a Southern California region full of top-notch high school programs. And to Kiffin’s credit, he’s tapped into that during his tenure and convinced others from around the country to flock to South Los Angeles.This is what will happen Wednesday. This is what Kiffin does this time of year. He recruits — as well as any coach there is, really. But whether the Kiffin era, to put this in black and white terms, pans out for USC ultimately won’t stem from what happens in February. It won’t stem from whether a five-star defensive end flips, or commits, or de-commits or re-commits. Not that recruiting season is irrelevant by any means, but USC’s obstacles aren’t necessarily tied to it.It comes down to whether Kiffin can win not just in February but in November as well, to steal an old line once often used by Texas coach Mack Brown. It comes down to whether Kiffin, a collector of elite individual talent, can get USC to play elite, collectively. “The 19th Hole” runs Tuesdays.  To comment on this article email Joey at jrkaufma@usc.edu or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more

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