Facts Over Fear

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Opinions represented in this analysis are those of the author, Justin Gould, and do not represent WNY Media Company, its brands or advertisers.JAMESTOWN – Most weekends, generally on Saturday mornings, my girlfriend and I visit the Lakewood Wegmans to do our weekly grocery shopping.Like many in the community, we only buy enough supplies for the week ahead.On Friday night we decided to shop early, in an effort to beat the crowds expected due to the Coronavirus outbreak. What we saw at Wegmans was not only concerning, but also a bit disappointing. Not towards the store, as they are doing the best they can with the cards they have been dealt, but with society. Items like ground beef, pasta and rice were sold out. Additionally, there was a limited supply of canned soup, bottled water and mac and cheese. Workers at the store say much needed items like, toilet paper, will likely be restocked late next week.Fellow shoppers seemed calm amid a “rush” to stock up. The question I pose is “Why the rush?” Health officials say there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19, the novel Coronavirus, in Chautauqua County.  There are two people in a precautionary quarantine. One of them met criteria to be tested for the virus and heath officials are now awaiting those results.With that said, I ask again, “Why the rush?” One plausible answer, and it hurts to say this, the news media.Today’s 24 hour news cycle is detrimental to people’s well being during the outbreak causing panic and fear.Part of what drives feelings of anxiety is a lack of information. The virus is new, and there remain many questions about the illness it causes. Most people haven’t had it, nor do they know someone who has.The good news is, for most people, the illness caused by the coronavirus is generally mild and the flu-like symptoms of fever and cough don’t last long. The bad news is the virus is novel and highly contagious, and right now there is no vaccine. The elderly and those with compromised immune systems or chronic diseases can become very sick and in some cases die.Sure, large cities like New York should take action. As we’ve seen in China, the virus spread rapidly. Mainly caused by the large population mass that calls the nation home.Here in Western New York, Chautauqua County specifically, I agree with health officials that while there is need for concern and preparedness; there is no need for panic.If the risk to most people is mild to moderate symptoms, why does it feel as if the world is shutting down?Public health officials are trying to control the infectivity curve. If cases go up too fast and too high, the people who need health care will be crowding hospitals all at once, making it impossible for everybody who needs it to get care.We can not let fear control our life. We can not let society shut down. At the same time, we can not ignore the warnings.Christine Schuyler, the director of Health and Human Services, says the virus most impacts those age 65 or older; those with underlying health conditions such as heart, lung, kidney, neurologic, or liver disease or diabetes; those with compromised immune systems or who are  pregnant.  Schuyler says anyone in these high risk categories should be extra vigilant about respiratory, hand hygiene and avoid gatherings of ten people or more.If you are ill stay home and avoid others. If you have a fever and worsening symptoms of respiratory illness such cough and difficulty breathing, Schuyler says call your healthcare provider for advisement.If you have a per existing condition or are elderly, you probably should be extra cautious, but not panicked.So, what’s the take away from all this? I say, live your life, don’t panic, but at the same time be vigilant and follow the recommendations from our local health officials. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water, disinfect dirty surfaces and cough into your armpit. The national news is covering just that, the national story. Our story starts with the facts, the facts that effect our family, friends and neighbors. Facts that come from LOCAL officials.The media has an important role to play. It must dispense accurate information without being sensational, and it must avoid exploiting people’s fears. We will continue to cover the story, we will continue to put the facts first.last_img read more


The Sound and the Fury Returns Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments The Sound and the Fury will once again play off-Broadway. The show, directed by John Collins and created by Elevator Repair Service, will begin previews in The Public Theater’s Martinson Theater on May 14, 2015 and run through June 13. Opening night is scheduled for May 21.The Sound and the Fury is based on William Faulkner’s celebrated novel of the same name and follows the fictional Compson family of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi. A once noble clan descended from a Civil War hero, the family falls victim to racism, greed and selfishness, embodying the clash between changing times and old ideals in the post-Civil War era. The play covers Part One of Faulkner’s novel, April Seventh, 1928.The ensemble cast is set to include Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kaneza Schaal, Susie Sokol, Lucy Taylor, Tory Vazquez and Ben Williams.The Sound and the Fury will feature scenic design by David Zinn, costume design by Colleen Werthmann, lighting design by Mark Barton and sound design by Matt Tierney.last_img read more


ConAgra resumes pot pie production after heeding USDA concerns

first_imgNov 16, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – ConAgra Foods announced recently that it resumed production of pot pies brands that were linked to a nationwide Salmonella outbreak in October after making some changes that were prompted by an investigation by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).Environmental testing at the Marshall, Mo., plant that produced the recalled pot pies found no traces of Salmonella, ConAgra said in a Nov 14 press release. The company also said the Salmonella strain involved in the outbreak appears to be limited to only Banquet turkey pot pies produced on Jul. 13, 2007 and Jul. 31, 2007, according to state findings and the company’s own laboratory testing.The outbreak associated with ConAgra’s pot pies, which involved Salmonella serotype I4,[5],12:i:-, sickened 272 patients in 35 states, according to the latest update from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The USDA sent ConAgra a formal notice on Oct 23 listing concerns the agency had after its inspectors visited the plant, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. The company developed a plan responding to the USDA’s concerns, which the USDA approved on Nov 8, the AP report said.USDA spokeswoman Amanda Eamich said details of the inspectors findings could be released only through a Freedom of Information Act request, the AP reported. However, she revealed that inspectors noted a record-keeping problem and a concern about ConAgra’s HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) plan.ConAgra said in its statement that the company has developed enhanced protocols for its ready-to-cook product manufacturing plants, which include stricter testing systems for ingredients coming into the plants and further testing of finished products.The company also said it revised the pot pie cooking instructions to make them easier to follow and to help eliminate any confusion over cooking times.”Any lapse in the safety of our food is unacceptable, and I know the steps we’ve taken will make a positive difference and help us provide consumers and customers with safe, wholesome products,” said Gary Rodkin, ConAgra’s chief executive officer, in the press statement.Shipments of the pot pies to retail stores will begin in December and will be available to consumers as early as January, the company said.USDA inspectors will monitor ConAgra’s procedural changes over the next 90 days, the AP report said.See also:Nov 14 ConAgra press releaseOct 29 CDC updateOct 12 CIDRAP News story “ConAgra recalls pot pies as Salmonella cases rise”last_img read more


IOM: US likely to need bigger antiviral stockpile

first_imgApr 25, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US government will need to expand its stockpile of antiviral drugs if the goal is to have enough doses to treat all patients and provide preventive treatment for some others at risk in an influenza pandemic, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) says in a report issued today. See also: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) should launch a national effort to develop a prioritization plan for antiviral treatment and prophylaxis in a pandemic, similar to the existing program for pandemic flu vaccine allocation. The plan should be designed to be adjusted as needed during a pandemic. IOM report Antivirals for Pandemic Influenza; Guidance on Developing a Distribution and Dispensing Programhttp://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12170 The overall goal for the national stockpile is 81 million courses of antivirals, including 50 million in the federal stockpile and 31 million in state stockpiles. As of March, the federal stockpile contained 49.9 million courses, and the states had bought 21.7 million courses, for a combined total of 71.6 million, according to the IOM. About 80% to 85% of the stockpile is oseltamivir (Tamiflu), and the rest is zanamivir (Relenza). The nation currently has about 71 million treatment courses of antivirals in federal and state stockpiles, with a goal of 81 million courses, the report says. But in a pandemic, it might take more than twice that amount to treat sick patients and offer preventive doses to people at risk for exposure on the job, it asserts. HHS should support and fund public health agencies to develop or expand information systems for tracking who receives antivirals. The government should consider using recently expired drugs that are in supplies outside the SLEP if a pandemic causes a shortage. The authors also write that a pandemic could arise shortly after large state or private supplies of antivirals have expired, even though they might still be usable. Hence, the authors recommend that HHS “develop a process to use the knowledge acquired by FDA in the operation of the Shelf-Life Extension Program to facilitate the use of properly stored recently expired medications” found in supplies outside the program, if needed because of a shortage. The 109-page report, titled Antivirals for Pandemic Influenza: Guidance on Developing a Distribution and Dispensing Program, was prepared by an eight-member committee chaired by June M. Osborn, MD, president emerita of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation. The government should set up a federal advisory panel, similar to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, to provide advice on public health and medical responses to a pandemic, including antiviral use. However, because of the limited size of the national antiviral stockpile and the unclear goals for its use, “the committee was unable to provide specific guidance in regard to best methods and sites for dispensing,” the report summary states. Healthcare and emergency workers who are in short supply and face repeated exposure to flu should be first in line for preventive antiviral treatment in a pandemic, followed by other healthcare and emergency workers and then by household contacts of flu patients. Accordingly, says the report, “The committee recommends that the federal government clarify the national goals for antiviral use in an influenza pandemic. If these goals include treatment of all anticipated cases and a level of prophylaxis, fiscal appropriations will be needed to expand the national stockpile to meet these goals.” The report says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last December approved Roche’s application to extend the shelf life for oseltamivir in government stockpiles from 5 to 7 years. Under the FDA’s SLEP, batches of drugs are tested several months before their expiration to determine their viability. But the program does not include state or other nonfederal stockpiles. In recommending that the SLEP be expanded, the IOM notes that the idea has been under discussion at HHS. “Providing any level of prophylaxis with existing drug supplies would require limiting the proportion to be used for treatment,” the report states. For example, “Well more than twice the existing goal of 81 million [courses] would be needed to treat 25 percent of the population and provide outbreak and postexposure prophylaxis to broadly defined groups with occupational exposure.” Public health agencies and private sector entities should develop agreements to promote trust, collaboration, and coordination concerning the use of antivirals. Fuzzy goals”Based on federal government documents, it is not yet clear whether the goal of antiviral use is treatment, or a combination of treatment and prophylaxis,” the IOM says. The Homeland Security Council’s pandemic flu strategy says plans call for using antivirals only for treatment once a pandemic is under way. But HHS’s pandemic flu plan gives recommendations on the use of antivirals for treatment and prophylaxis throughout a pandemic. Some other recommendations in the report: As noted in the document, health officials hope that antiviral drugs will help the nation cope during the first several months of a pandemic, when no vaccine closely matched to the emerging virus will be available. The IOM committee was assigned to recommend best practices and policies for implementing a program of treatment and prophylaxis. The federal government, in cooperation with state, local, and tribal governments, should “support the development of a national ethical framework to guide the allocation of antivirals (and other scarce health resources) during a severe influenza pandemic.” An IOM committee of experts asserts that the government needs to clarify its goals concerning antiviral use in a pandemic, because current planning documents are fuzzy on prophylactic use of the drugs. To supplement the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System, HHS should consider additional options for gathering information about antiviral-related adverse events, such as a network of sentinel sites. The Shelf-Life Extension Program (SLEP) for antivirals in the federal stockpile—which extends the official shelf life for oseltamivir (Tamiflu) by 2 years—should be expanded to include state and private-sector antiviral stockpiles. In other key recommendations, the IOM report says:last_img read more


North Morowali regent dies, buried according to COVID-19 protocol after testing negative

first_imgAptripel Tumimomor, the regent of North Morowali in Central Sulawesi, passed away on Thursday after receiving treatment at Wahidin Sudirohusodo General Hospital in Makassar, South Sulawesi. He was 53 years old.North Morowali administration spokesperson Heri Pinontoan said the late regent was previously treated at the regency’s Kolonadale General Hospital before being referred to the Makassar hospital on Wednesday for further treatment. “[Aptripel] was tested [for the coronavirus] with a rapid test kit at Kolonodale General Hospital but the result was negative,” Heri said on Friday. Read also: Regions start enforcing curfews to flatten Indonesia’s COVID-19 curveThe regent had taken a swab test in Makassar to confirm whether he had contracted the contagious virus, Heri said, but the result was not yet available at the time of his death.Central Sulawesi Provincial administration spokesperson Haris Karming said Aptripel had been laid to rest in a cemetery for civil servants in South Sulawesi’s Gowa regency on Friday morning in accordance with burial procedures for COVID-19 patients. The safety protocol to bury people with the coronavirus includes that the deceased be wrapped in plastic and placed in a coffin. Those who help burying the body are advised to wear protective gear, such as a hazmat suit and mask.Aptripel was elected regent in February 2016 and owned several businesses, namely plantation and construction businesses and hotels. He is survived by his wife HO Liliana and three children. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more


CR tries 3-phase locos as Nanning – Kunming line is completed

first_imgCHINESE Prime Minister Li Peng attended a ceremony at Baise on March 18 to mark completion of tracklaying on the 898 km Nanning – Kunming line linking the southwestern provinces of Guangxi and Yunnan. Revenue services on the electrified route are expected to begin by the end of the year, with initial capacity put at 10 million tonnes a year.Started in 1991, the line includes 258 tunnels totalling 195 km and 476 bridges stretching for 80 km. It also takes the records for China’s highest bridge and longest single-track tunnel: the Qingsuihe bridge with a 128m main span carries the rails 183m above water level, and the Mihualing tunnel is 9392m long.A major boost to CR services will come with the construction of 40 three-phase electric freight locos for the mountainous 670 km Baoiji – Chengdu line. At the beginning of April China’s Minister of Railways Han Zhubin signed a financing agreement with the Austrian government covering a technology-transfer contract with Siemens-SGP Transportation Systems.The eight-axle ’twin’ locos will have a starting tractive effort of 760 kN and a continuous rating of 6400 kW. They will incorporate technology from ÖBB’s Class 1012 and 1014 Bo-Bos, together with water-cooled GTO thyristors and Sibas 32 control systems from DB’s latest Class 152 freight locos. SGP is to build the first six locos in Graz and provide technical support for local assembly of the remainder using components from Austria and Germany. The first locos are due for delivery 24 months after the start of construction. oCAPTION: Undergoing trials on the China Academy of Railway Sciences’ test track in Beijing is China’s first locally-built 25 kV 50Hz electric loco with asynchronous three-phase traction motors. The AC4000 Bo-Bo assembled at Zhouzhou Electric Loco works is intended to haul up to 5000 tonnes at 120 km/h. It is rated at 4000 kW and has a starting tractive effort of 325 kN; a four-quadrant traction converter with PWM inverters allows regenerative braking. Overall length is 19160mm and weight 96 tonnes. Future evaluation may include commercial tests on the Da-Qin heavy haul coal linelast_img read more


Scotland proposes pooling £42bn of public pension assets

first_imgThe advisory board to Scotland’s £42bn (€48bn) Local Government Pension Scheme (SLGPS) has proposed pooling its 11 local authority funds to boost economies of scale and cut costs.As part of a consultation process on the future of the SLGPS, the scheme’s advisory board is seeking views on four options, ranging from retaining its current structure to merging into one fund.According to the consultation document, the main aim was to determine whether the sustainability of the overall scheme – and members’ interests – can be improved “by reducing the investment management costs of the system”.However, the paper warned that this could be “with the trade-off of potentially diminishing local governance and oversight” Jonathan Sharma, joint secretary to the SLGPS advisory board, said the potential changes had “always been on the agenda”.“Looking at the wider landscape, obviously there’s been movement elsewhere in England and Wales, in addition to what’s been happening around pension schemes internationally,” he said. “What we’re focused on now is more about how they could invest in a more effective way.”The proposal reflects moves in England and Wales to consolidate the assets of 89 LGPS funds into eight separate pools. In Scotland, at present, the Falkirk and Lothian pension funds already work together to invest in infrastructure – with plans to collaborate further across additional asset classes.Unison, one of the UK’s largest unions, said its own research backed the benefits of scale. However, in a statement, the union warned that “the reality of pooling of assets on the scale of the Scottish LGPS is not without significant challenges and costs”.Unison added: “It should be obvious that this is not a straightforward or easy decision. It is also complex, with few hard numbers to support any option because other economic factors impact on any evaluation.”The SLGPS has more than 406,000 members, including from the police, and the education and voluntary sectors. Out of the 11 funds, Strathclyde is currently the largest with more than £20bn in assets and 210,000 membersThe advisory board is expected to report its findings to the Scottish government’s cabinet secretary for finance and constitution, Derek Mackay, by April next year. A spokesperson for the Scottish government said they were interested to gain views from all perspectives. “We are keen to see pension funds play a part in increased investment in infrastructure and support for stable and sustainable growth,” the spokesperson said.last_img read more


Cricket News Bhuvneshwar Kumar aims to fill Jasprit Bumrah’s shoes, says not playing can impact rhythm

first_imgNew Delhi: Bhuvneshwar Kumar had not played any cricket in December after the end of the Twenty20 International series against Australia which ended in a 1-1 draw. In the first ODI against Australia in Sydney, the Meerut right-arm pacer made a great start by picking up his 100th ODI wicket by getting rid of Aaron Finch cheaply but his fortunes soon nosedived as he struggled to contain the flow of runs in the death overs. His inability to nail the yorkers indicated that he was short of match practice. With Jasprit Bumrah resting for this series, the Indian bowling is looking up to Bhuvneshwar to deliver the goods.Ahead of the Adelaide ODI, Bhuvneshwar was seen practising the yorker as he aims to put in a better performance with the ball in the death overs. “The skills (required to bowl yorkers) are also different. I was practising bowling yorkers at the shoes, and I was practising for the end (slog) overs to take wickets or block some runs. This (keeping shoes on the pitch) is something that I have been doing for some time. I didn’t practice that for almost a month now because in Tests, we hardly needed that. And I didn’t play a match. Going into an ODI or T20I series, you need that (yorker) thing. So I was practising that,” Bhuvneshwar said.Bhuvneshwar did admit that being out of competitive cricket for over a month did impact his rhythm. “It (not playing regularly) did impact (my rhythm). Match rhythm is totally different when it comes to bowling. I was trying everything to be in rhythm in the nets. But it can’t be a 100 per cent when you compare to a match (situation). It wasn’t great in the last match (in Sydney) but it wasn’t bad as well. It can improve, as the matches will go on. I was trying everything to be in rhythm. In the nets, I wasn’t planning or preparing to bowl in the ODIs. I was preparing like I have to play in any of the Tests. I was preparing in that manner. There wasn’t anything specific that I could do.  But it was just normal bowling and increasing the number of overs. If I was bowling 4 overs (to start with), then go to 6, then 8, then 10. The key thing for me is to be niggle-free and be in bowling rhythm,” Bhuvneshwar said.The challenge for India’s bowlers will be the way in which they step up in Bumrah’s absence. India have a total of 12 ODIs before the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 but they will be determined to level the three-match series as they aim to build momentum. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


John cops Diamond Mineral Water 60-mile cycle road race

first_img—Ninth victory for 2017 seasonTEAM Coco’s Jamal John chalked up his ninth win for the 2017 cycle season by winning the Demerara Distillers Limited-sponsored 60-mile road race under its Diamond Mineral Water Brand yesterday.After getting the starters’ green flag from outside the Ocean View International Hotel, East Coast Demerara, John was always in contention heading to the turn back point at half Way Tree, Mahaica, and stayed with the leading bunch heading to the finish line at the place of origin for the finish.However, as the cyclists passed through Mon Repos on the East Coast of Demerara on the upward journey, the overall sixth place finisher, Paul Cho-Wee-Nam of Team Alanis, along with Alonzo Ambrose, Paul DeNobrega and Kamuel Moses attacked the pack and established a small lead. However, this was short-lived as the peloton wheeled them in before the turn back point and after turning back, John, DeNobrega, Cho-Wee-Nam, Christopher Griffith, Ambrose, Dey and Moses upped and steered clear of the chasing pack.With approximately 200 metres remaining to the finish line, John jumped the others and stopped the clock at two hours, 02 minutes, 02 seconds. He also won one of the eight prime prizes that were up for grabs.The other top four places (2nd to 5th) were occupied by Ambrose, DeNobrega, Christopher Griffith and Curtis Dey respectively.Cho-Wee-Nam won two prime prizes, while Deoraj Garbarran, Ambrose, Moses, Griffith and Marcus Keiler each won one prime.Dey, by virtue of placing fifth overall, was declared the winner of the junior category. Second was Briton John and finishing third in this category was Keiler.Cho-Wee-Nam’s overall sixth place finish earned him the top finisher in the veterans’ category. Junior Niles was second.In the Mountain Bike category, Ozia McAullay was first, Seon Budhan second and Julio Melville third.The day’s activity was organized by cycling coach Hassan Mohamed.last_img read more


CBN Tennis: Bulus, Madueke, Others Hit Q’finals

first_imgDespite the rains that disrupted early activities at the on-going 39th Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Senior Tennis Tournament holding at both the National Stadium Tennis Courts and the Nigerian Ports Authority ground, Bode Thomas Surulere, Lagos, actions were witness in all the categories of the championship.In the men’s single’s category, Christopher Bulus defeated Sani Adamu 7-5, (3-0 retired) to cruise into the quarter –final stage while Nonso Madueke defeated Abayomi Philip to hit same spot in the event. Chima Michael could not stand the superior fireworks of Joseph Imeh, when he dropped out after 6-2 5-2 scoreline.In the women category, tournament top seed, Christy Agugbom who is also through to the quarter-finals of both the women’s singles and doubles will wait for the result of the winner between Ngozi Dirisu and Bamidele Omolayo to know her opponentMeanwhile, the wheelchair players will take to the courts today as action commences in both men and women categories of the their events.Just as it was in the able bodies category, the defending champions in both the men and women singles, Alex Adewale and Remi Basonya will not be defending their titles as both have since travelled to France to continue their career.Also out of the country is the runners-up of the women’s singles category Foluke Shittu who has also travelled to France.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more