Month: November 2020

CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock provides up to 87 watts of power delivery » Gadget Flow

first_imgThe CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock is designed for both Mac and PC users and provides up to 87 watts of power for your devices. Therefore, you can charge laptops in no time. In fact, this gadget extends to up to 15 ports, so you can charge numerous devices at the same time. The CalDigit TS3 Plus packs everything you need for work or leisure activities into a compact unit. In particular, it features a combination of USB-A ports and USB-C ports, allowing you to connect a variety of devices. The rear port features USB 3.1 to charge your devices quickly. You can even set this dock horizontally or vertically on your desk for convenience. Overall, this gadget makes charging your devices simpler without needing multiple adapters and plugs nearby. – Advertisement –last_img

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX launches Crew-1 mission to begin new era for NASA

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida — SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket crackled through the sky Sunday evening, carrying the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft “Resilience” to orbit and marking the beginning of a new era of human spaceflight for NASA.The Crew-1 mission features the first SpaceX launch with a full crew, as NASA this week certified Elon Musk’s venture as the first private company with an operational system to launch astronauts to-and-from space. It’s a historic milestone for SpaceX, coming after years of work to develop and test its spacecraft to fly people regularly to orbit.“Resilience rises; not even gravity contains humanity when we explore as one for all,” NASA public affairs officer Marie Lewis said as the rocket left the launchpad. – Advertisement – NASA astronauts (right to left) Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, Mike Hopkins and JAXA astronaut Soichi Noguchi in their SpaceX spacesuits during Crew-1 pre-launch preparations.NASA Crew Dragon Resilience is carrying NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker and Japanese astronaut Soichi Noguchi. The astronauts are headed for the International Space Station, expected to dock with the space station on Monday evening. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, with the Crew Dragon capsule, is launched carrying four astronauts on the first operational NASA commercial crew mission at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S. November 15, 2020.Thom Baur | Reuters – Advertisement – Crew-1 also comes less than six months after the company’s historic final demonstration mission, which launched a pair of astronauts on a test flight in May and represented the company’s first launch with people on board. Subscribe to CNBC PRO for exclusive insights and analysis, and live business day programming from around the world.last_img read more

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Grey’s Anatomy’s Camilla Luddington Responds to KN95 Mask Backlash

first_img“[The writers] really convinced me that it would be irresponsible to not,” she told The Hollywood Reporter in August. “To be kind of the biggest medical show and ignore the biggest medical story of the century felt irresponsible to them to the medical community. These doctors are traumatized. They are not trained or wired to hold the hands of dying people all day who are alone without their families.”Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! Shutting down hate — and staying safe. Camilla Luddington clapped back after one Grey’s Anatomy fan took aim at the show for using KN95 masks on set amid the coronavirus pandemic.The long-running ABC series kicked off its 17th season on November 12, and while many fans were thrilled to see the familiar faces of Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital again, one viewer thought the cast was “wasting” personal protective equipment that could be given to first responders in need amid nationwide shortages. “A disposable mask will work just fine,” the social media user tweeted.- Advertisement – Luddington, 36, was quick to shut down the negativity. “If you see any of us wearing KN95s behind the scenes it’s because we are wearing our costume masks. We don’t also get an extra KN95 to wear between takes,” she replied via Twitter on Monday, November 16.Camilla Luddington Claps Back at Criticism Over Wearing KN95 Masks On Set During the PandemicCamilla Luddington ABC/Adam TaylorThe U.K. native has played Dr. Jo Wilson on Grey’s Anatomy for seven seasons since joining the series in 2012. Luddington and her costars — including Ellen Pompeo and Richard Flood — resumed filming the current season in September after a six-month hiatus. One month before the show returned to ABC with a shocking season premiere, showrunner Krista Vernoff detailed some of the “massive” COVID-19 precautions that were put in place behind the scenes to ensure the cast and crew were safe.“It’s social distancing, it’s masks, it’s visors — it’s masks on the actors between takes and during rehearsals,” the producer, 46, told Variety in October. “It’s just shocking how slowly we’re having to move. … It changes the feeling of the show. It changes the pacing of the show. It is what it is.”- Advertisement – Despite the risks of filming amid the pandemic, Vernhoff told the publication that she was “proud” of how the show was handling the protocols with care.“I keep saying to people, ‘No, no really, we’ve actually reinvented the wheel. We are changing everything everyone has ever understood about how you make television,’” she said at the time. “Everything is changing.”While production on the series was shut down earlier this year, Vernhoff and her team donated the extra medical supplies they had on set to professionals on the front lines of the global health crisis. As they prepared to resume filming, the executive producer admitted that she had thought about avoiding the sensitive topic of the pandemic while creating new Grey’s Anatomy story lines.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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More avian flu confirmed in Vietnam

first_imgFeb 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Three more cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Vietnam, one of them fatal, were confirmed over the weekend and today, sparking concern over a more widespread outbreak, according to numerous news service reports.Health officials in Vietnam said today that the 14-year-old sister of a young Vietnamese man confirmed last Friday as having H5N1 has also tested positive for the disease. The two, from the northern Thai Binh province, ate a traditional chicken meal at a friend’s home during Lunar New Year celebrations recently.The young man and his sister are hospitalized at Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital, the former in critical condition. Their family does not raise chickens, but outbreaks of avian influenza in poultry have occurred in their community.Vietnamese officials have also confirmed that a 69-year-old man from Thai Binh province who died last Wednesday had H5N1 influenza, according to numerous news reports. He, like the siblings above, had eaten chicken over the Lunar New Year. No others in his family have exhibited symptoms.Still another H5N1 infection from the Thai Binh province, this one involving a 36-year-old man, has also been confirmed, according to an item in ProMED-mail citing a Xinhuanet News Agency story yesterday. The patient is reportedly being treated in Hanoi.These cases bring the number of patients in Vietnam with confirmed H5N1 disease since mid-December 2004 to 20, with 13 fatalities.See also:CIDRAP’s case count tableslast_img read more

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WHO issues rapid-response plan for flu pandemic

first_imgJan 27, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a draft plan for nipping a potential influenza pandemic in the bud, saying that even if such an attempt fails, it may buy precious time to make more vaccine and improve other preparations.The 16-page plan calls for using quarantine, social distancing, and antiviral drugs to try to stop an emerging pandemic flu virus, if it can be detected early enough. The WHO intends to refine the plan by Apr 1 and begin training rapid-response teams in May.”Containment of a potential pandemic has never been attempted; the world has never before received an advance warning that a pandemic may be imminent,” the “WHO Pandemic Influenza Draft Protocol for Rapid Response and Containment” states. “The practical and logistics challenges are formidable and success is not assured.”Indeed, many disease experts are skeptical that stopping an emerging pandemic is possible, given the weak public health and disease surveillance systems in many of the countries hardest hit by H5N1 avian flu, where a pandemic is considered most likely to start. Skeptics also cite the lack of a vaccine and scant supplies of antiviral drugs.But the WHO document says the attempt should be made, because it could save millions of lives and prevent economic and social disruption.”Even if containment efforts ultimately fail to stop the emergence of a fully fit pandemic virus, these efforts could slow the initial spread of the pandemic and give countries time to increase preparedness,” the draft states.”Each day gained following the emergence of a pandemic virus—if rapidly detected—allows the production of around 5 million doses of a pandemic vaccine. Each added day gives countries more time to adapt routine health services to an emergency situation.”In addition, efforts to develop a capability for rapid containment will help strengthen national, regional, and international health capacities, the plan says.As reasons for hope that containment is possible, the WHO cites Hong Kong’s experience with the H5N1 virus in 1997, when the destruction of all poultry prevented further avian outbreaks and human cases. The plan also mentions two mathematical modeling studies that suggested that containment may be possible under certain conditions.The purpose of the plan is to facilitate rapid detection of potential signs that the H5N1 virus (or other potential pandemic flu strains) is becoming more transmissible among humans and to guide effective responses before the virus can escape an initial outbreak zone, the document says.Under the plan, countries are responsible for surveillance—looking for signals indicating that a novel flu virus has begun to spread from person to person. One possible signal would be the discovery of a virus that has a hemagglutinin gene derived from a nonhuman flu virus and internal genes derived from a human flu virus. Another likely signal would be a finding that a novel flu virus has spread from one person to at least five others.Countries are expected to report such signals to the WHO within 24 hours. The agency then will consider whether a containment effort is warranted and feasible. Containment will not be attempted if there is no laboratory confirmation of a novel flu virus or if the virus has already spread so far as to make quarantine impractical, the plan says.If containment is attempted, the country involved will be expected to coordinate with the WHO in implementing quarantine measures, distributing and administering antiviral drugs, conducting surveillance, and implementing other public health measures. In the quarantine zone, antivirals will be used to treat sick people and to prevent illness in those with no symptoms, according to the plan.”The concept of rapid containment depends upon the rapid availability of antiviral drugs and additional supplies and equipment,” the plan notes. It says the WHO’s stockpile of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) now amounts to 1.5 million treatment courses and will grow to 3 million courses by May, with another 2 million courses pledged by Roche, the manufacturer.A number of countries are building their own stockpiles, and some regional stockpiles are planned as well, the WHO says. There is no coordination among the various stockpiles, but the WHO hopes to “define the operational relationships” among them so that they can be used in a coordinated way to support rapid response and containment.The document doesn’t address the question of whether existing antivirals will be effective against a pandemic strain. Experience with the use of oseltamivir in people infected with H5N1 has yielded little evidence of its effectiveness, though patients may have received the drug too late, according to a report published in The Lancet last week.The WHO will mobilize and coordinate all international and regional support for an affected country, the plan promises.The agency plans to assign three to five staff members to a working group, augmented by recruits from other organizations, to further develop the plan. The WHO timeline calls for drafting a more detailed plan by Mar 6 and then holding a global meeting in Geneva from Mar 6 to 10 to reach agreement on “fundamental concepts and standard operating procedures.”Next the agency will develop teaching materials and recruit faculty so that training of rapid-response teams can begin in May, the document says. Teams will include people with skills in laboratory diagnostics, epidemiology, clinical management, infection control, veterinary medicine, ethics, and other areas. They will receive about 2 weeks of training.The rapid-response plan is one of three major strategies for addressing the pandemic threat, the WHO says. The other two consist of the efforts to contain H5N1 avian flu in poultry and the efforts to improve the world’s general preparedness for a pandemic.See also:WHO draft plan for rapid response and containmenthttp://www2.wpro.who.int/NR/rdonlyres/EDA8DF37-AD85-425E-9431-1D80476C2639/0/WHOHQ20060530.pdflast_img read more

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Sumatra H5N1 probe continues as Java case reported

first_imgMay 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists investigating a family cluster of at least seven cases of H5N1 avian influenza have asked 33 close contacts to quarantine themselves at home in their North Sumatra, Indonesia, village, according to a Reuters report today.In addition, a World Health Organization (WHO) official speculated that the first person in the cluster might have contracted the virus in a local market where she worked, according to the Associated Press (AP).Meanwhile, in Bandung on the Indonesian island of Java, local health officials have confirmed that a 10-year-old girl who died May 23 tested positive for H5N1 avian flu, according to Reuters.In North Sumatra, WHO spokesperson Dick Thompson told Reuters, “There are 33 people identified as close contacts. We’ve asked them to observe home quarantine. That’s something they are willing to do to protect themselves and their families.”Thompson added, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story today, “We will monitor them for a week or two to see if they become sick. If they do, they will immediately be put in isolation in a hospital.” He said the 33 might be given oseltamivir (Tamiflu).The cluster triggered speculation that the WHO might raise its pandemic alert status from phase 3 to phase 4, but no steps in that direction were reported today.One of the major puzzles about the cluster, in which human-to-human-to-human transmission is suspected, is the lack of an identifiable animal source of infection for the first case. Steven Bjorge, a WHO epidemiologist in Jakarta, told the AP that the 37-year-old deceased woman who is regarded as the first case-patient might have picked up the virus in her home or workplace. She died April 29 and was buried before samples could be collected for testing, but the WHO believes her illness was avian flu.”We believe she may have had some contact either with dead or dying chickens in her household or through her activities as a vegetable grower and a seller in a market,” Bjorge said of the woman.Bjorge described the Sumatra investigation as very thorough. “We are very concerned about this large outbreak, and we’ve taken it very seriously, as has the government,” the AP quoted him as saying. “We want to find out if there is any possibility of even one person having mild symptoms that might have been overlooked.”In West Java, a 10-year-old girl and her 18-year-old brother were admitted to a hospital in Bandung earlier this week with avian flu–like symptoms, according to a Reuters report today. The girl died May 23, according to Reuters, but the status of her brother was unclear.Nyoman Kandun, director-general of disease control for Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, said that local tests revealed H5N1 infection in the girl, telling Reuters, “The younger one is positive. We are looking into the other one.”Local tests must be confirmed by tests in a WHO-affiliated laboratory to become official. For now, Indonesia’s avian flu case count remains at 42 (25 in 2006), and its death toll is 33 (22 in 2006), second only to Vietnam, which has registered no human cases since November 2005, according to the WHO.Iranian situation unclearElsewhere, the WHO today asked Iran to supply further details on the tests that were run on two dead patients in the northwestern city of Kermanshah, according to Reuters. An official at the treating university hospital in Kermanshah had said on Monday that tests on the two had revealed H5N1 avian flu, according to news reports.But an Iranian health official denied that claim. “Fortunately,” Health Minister Kamran Lankarani told Reuters May 23, “these two cases were negative for avian flu.”Samples from the two—a 41-year-old man and 26-year-old woman described as brother and sister—have been sent to labs outside Iran for confirmatory testing.See also:May 24 CIDRAP news story “Two generations of spread possible in Indonesia H5N1 cases”last_img read more

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India reports new H5N1 outbreak

first_imgDec 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Government officials in India recently confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza outbreak in the northeastern state of Assam, according to a Nov 28 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).The virus struck backyard poultry in a small village, killing 324 of 391 birds, according to the OIE report. Testing on samples from the birds was conducted at the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory in Bhopal, which reported the positive H5N1 findings on Nov 27.India’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred in May, when the virus struck backyard poultry in West Bengal state. That outbreak signaled the end of a 5-month battle against the virus at several sites in West Bengal and Tripura states, both of which adjoin Bangladesh. On Nov 4 India filed a final report on the 42 outbreaks in those two northeastern states.In Assam, officials ordered the culling of all domestic poultry within a 5-km radius of the outbreak site and said owners would be compensated for their birds. The OIE report said authorities have closed poultry markets and curbed the sale and transport of birds in the zone near the outbreak.Manoranjan Choudhury, deputy director of Assam’s veterinary department, said that animal health workers have culled 40,000 of 60,000 poultry that were slated for culling, according to a report today from the Times of India. He said chickens and ducks are affected by the slaughtering activities, which will involve 48 villages. Twenty-two rapid response teams are expected to complete the operations within the next 2 or 3 days, Choudhury told the Times.Officials are investigating the outbreak and have not determined the source, the OIE report said.Despite several poultry outbreaks, India has never reported a human H5N1 case.See also:Nov 28 OIE reporthttp://web.oie.int/wahis/reports/en_imm_0000007566_20081128_154658.pdflast_img read more

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Fewer trips, passengers and cruise days in the first seven months

first_imgIn the period from January to July 2017, the number of trips of foreign cruise ships decreased by 15,2%, and the number of passengers on these ships decreased by 13,1% compared to the same period in 2016. The total number of days spent by ships in the same period is lower by 19%, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).63 foreign cruise ships sailed into seaports In the period from January to July 2017, 63 foreign cruise ships entered Croatian seaports, which made 335 cruises. There were 467 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 737 days.The largest number of voyages was made by ships under the flag of the Bahamas (81 voyages) and Malta (79 voyages), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships under the flag of Italy (118 thousand passengers) and the Bahamas (105 thousand passengers). Out of a total of 335 trips, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (65,4%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (15,8%), which is a total of 81,2%. The remaining 18,8% of trips were made in the following counties: Zadar (6,8%), Istria (5,4%), Šibenik-Knin (3,6%), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2,7%) and Lika-Croatia. Senj (0,3%). The port of Dubrovnik is the most visited seaport The port of Dubrovnik had the highest number of visits by foreign cruise ships (267 visits), followed by the ports of Split (107 visits) and Korčula (69 visits).Source: CBSlast_img read more

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The beaches in Poreč, Novigrad and Rabac were the first in Istria to receive the flag marked “Green beach”

first_imgWithin the project INTERREG Mediterranean MITOMED + “Models of Integrated Tourism in the Mediterranean Plus – MITOMED +” (Models of integrated tourism in the Mediterranean plus), the project activity of implementation of the model “Green Beach” in Istria has been completed. Thus, the flags with the label “Green beach” were the first in Istria to be awarded to the beaches: Gradsko kupalište in Poreč, Karpinjan beach in Novigrad and Girandella beach in Rabac.The implementation of the “Green Beach” model included various project activities that were evaluated through 28 criteria divided into 8 categories: bathing water quality, beach quality, safety, sustainability, beach accessibility, information and education, green facilities and landscaping and beach management. Within this project activity, a total of: 6 energy showers, 4 bicycle racks, 5 sets of bins for waste sorting, 7 bins for selective waste disposal, 5 ashtrays, 5 smart benches, 2 information boards for informing users about water quality, and information boards were also created for the purpose of educating beach users, which were placed on all three beaches. Also, 20 new trees were planted at the City Baths in Poreč. In addition to the above, all “Green Beaches” will be surveyed during the summer to obtain information on customer satisfaction with “Green Beach”. By the way, the planned model “Green Beach” is being tested in four countries: in Cyprus (three beaches), in the region of Tuscany (three beaches), Catalonia (three beaches) and Istria – City Beach (Porec), Karpinjan Beach (Novigrad) and Girandella (Rabac).  Take a look at the entire gallery of pictures of Istrian green beaches hereFurther activities within the MITOMED + project include the transfer of knowledge and experience to other destinations in the Mediterranean in order to implement and use sustainable tourism indicators in planning tourist activities in the destination and implementing the “Green Beach” model. The MITOMED + project is co-financed under the Interreg Mediterranean program by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the amount of EUR 2,25 million, while the total value of the project is EUR 2,65 million. The budget of the Institute of Agriculture and Tourism in Porec in the project is 300.000 euros, of which 85% is co-financed by the ERDF. The project involves nine partners from six countries (Belgium, Cyprus, France, Croatia, Italy and Spain).last_img read more

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Vinistra: For the first time, three big golds for Teran, and even five big golds for Malvasia

first_imgDespite stricter criteria for judging wines and spirits and the 11th World of Malvasia, this year as many as five Grand Golds for Malvasia were awarded, two in the category of other wines, and for the first time three Terans were awarded the Grand Gold Medal. In addition, a total of ten major gold medals, 147 gold and 31 silver medals were awarded. 24 fresh Malvasia, one ripe and six Teran were awarded the IQ – Istrian quality.  See the list of all awarded winemakers at 26.Vinistra HERE The wines of Marijan Arman from Vižinada won the championship title at the 26th edition of Vinistra for the second year in a row. Thus, Arman’s Malvasia Gran cru from the 2018 vintage was declared the best in the category of fresh Malvasia, while his Malvasia Reserve from the 2015 vintage won first place in the category of mature Malvasia.  “Today, Vinistra is one of the most attractive wine events in the region, equally attractive to the profession, wine lovers and tourists. This is evidenced by the growing number of samples submitted for our evaluation. The world of Malvasia broke the record again. 272 Malvasias from five countries and another 242 samples of wine of other varieties and 30 strong alcoholic beverages arrived for evaluation.”, Said Nikola Benvenuti, President of Vinistra. “We in Istria do not reconcile with the existing, we are hardworking, we strive for the better and we are proud of what we have. Istria cannot be imagined without the children of Malvasia or Teran”, Said Valter Flego, Istrian prefect.center_img Along with the best Malvasia, the best wines from the Teran variety were also declared.  “The lineage has always been the foundation of our family’s existence, and over time it has grown into a reason to live. I will not lie when I say that I think we are dealing with the most beautiful art in the world – wine “, said Marijan Arman at the awards ceremony at the Parentium Plava laguna hotel in Poreč. The best young Teran, from the 2018 harvest, was produced by the Valenta winery from Kaldir, while in the mature Teran category, the award went to Teran Barbarossa from 2016, the Tomaz winery from Motovun. last_img read more

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