WhatsApp Starts Rolling Out Redesigned Storage Management Tool to Delete Junk Messages

first_imgInitial signs of the redesigned storage management tool were seen in June when WhatsApp was spotted adding specific options to delete large files as well as forwarded content. However, the Facebook-owned company was seen adding further updates to the ‘Storage Usage’ section in August. The redesigned storage management tool also reached WhatsApp beta for final testing in late September.Since WhatsApp isn’t limited to high-end or mid-range smartphones with more storage and is being used on even entry-level devices, the new update is likely to help resolve storage issues for the masses. It may also help the app retain its userbase as some users often complain that it results in performance issues on their phones — chiefly impacting their phones’ internal storage.In 2020, will WhatsApp get the killer feature that every Indian is waiting for? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – WhatsApp is rolling out a redesigned storage management tool to remove junk messages. This tool was spotted online earlier this year. The new storage management tool helps WhatsApp users easily identify, review, and bulk delete content to free up storage capacity on their phones. The tool also makes it easier to spot and delete unnecessary files that were forwarded or shared multiple times using the instant messaging app. The redesigned storage management tool rolling out for WhatsApp users worldwide this week will also offer various cleanup suggestions.How to use WhatsApp storage management toolOnce the tool is rolled out to your phone, you can access the redesigned storage management tool by going in Settings > Storage and data > Manage storage on WhatsApp.- Advertisement – For the latest tech news and reviews, follow Gadgets 360 on Twitter, Facebook, and Google News. For the latest videos on gadgets and tech, subscribe to our YouTube channel. Jagmeet Singh Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a senior reporter for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips.Morecenter_img Previously, WhatsApp was listing only chats under the ‘Storage Usage’ section through which users could free up some space on their phones. The new change, however, revamps that experience by providing an all-new interface with a dedicated bar to show how much storage is being consumed by WhatsApp media content, alongside other apps. There is also a dedicated option to view media files that are forwarded many times through the app. This helps to easily spot and clean up unnecessary forwarded files.The redesigned storage management tool also lists files that are larger than 5MB in size. Further, you’ll get the ability to sort files by size and preview them before deleting. The redesigning retains the existing chats list from where you can spot the threads that are consuming more storage.Additionally, WhatsApp has provided a way to notify users directly through a message on top of their chats when their storage space is almost full. Users can tap that message to quickly access the redesigned storage management tool.- Advertisement –last_img read more


Southampton will top Premier League table with win over Newcastle – How long since your club was top? | Football News

first_imgCHELSEAImage:Chelsea last topped the table more than two years ago, during Maurizio Sarri’s first months in charge Here, we count down each club’s waiting time in reverse order… Kick off 8:00pm 15. Chelsea (two years, one month, 16 days)Last topped table: Friday, 21 September 2018 4. Burnley (47 years, two months, six days)Last topped table: Friday, 31 August 1973 NEWCASTLE 19. Everton (seven days)Last topped table: Friday, 30 October 2020 2. Wolves (58 years, one month, one day)Last topped table: Friday, 5 October 1962 SOUTHAMPTON - Southampton striker Alan Shearer pictured during a First Division match in 1988. (Photo Simon Bruty/Allsport/Getty Images) Image:Southampton have the opportunity to soar to the top of these rankings on Friday if they beat Newcastle, having last topped the table 32 years ago in 1988 – the year Alan Shearer made his debut for the club – Advertisement – 9. West Ham (14 years, two months, 15 days)Last topped table: Tuesday, 22 August 2006 Last topped table: Friday, 18 September 2020 LEICESTER during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Leicester City at Etihad Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Manchester, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Image:It has been barely a month since Leicester held top spot and four years since their against-the-odds title-winning season WOLVES - Frank WignallImage:Frank Wignall playing for Wolves in 1962 WEST BROM Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates scoring Arsenal's third goalImage:Arsenal are the only other team to have topped the Premier League this season Southampton will lead England’s top division for the first time in 32 years if they beat Newcastle this Friday, live on Sky Sports – but which current Premier League club has waited the longest to top the table?The Saints last reached the summit of England’s top division in 1988, the same year Alan Shearer made his debut for the south-coast side. So is that the longest wait for current top-flight clubs?- Advertisement – MAN UTD during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 10, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.Image:Luke Shaw was among the goals as Manchester United beat Leicester on the opening day to top the table back in August 2018 – they have not reclaimed that standing since 11. Aston Villa (nine years, two months, 17 days)Last topped table: Saturday, 20 August 2011 17. Arsenal (49 days)- Advertisement – 18. Leicester City (35 days)Last topped table: Friday, 2 October 2020 20. Liverpool (0 days) EVERTONImage:Merseyside rivals Everton commanded the summit until seven days ago 5. West Brom (41 years, nine months, four days)Last topped table: Friday, 2 February 1979center_img 8. Leeds United (18 years, two months, 11 days)Last topped table: Monday, 26 August 2002 13. Tottenham (six years, two months, eight days)Last topped table: Friday, 29 August 2014 10. Newcastle (13 years, two months, 24 days)Last topped table: Monday, 13 August 2007 BURNLEY - circa 1973: A line up of the Burnley Football team from left to right: Back Row : Nulty, Ingram, Collins, Nodle Centre : Newton, Thompson, Stevenson, Waldron, Hawkin Front : Docherty, Flethcher, Dobson, Casper, and Leyton JamesImage:Circa 1973: A line-up of the Burnley team from left to right. Back Row: Nulty, Ingram, Collins, Noble. Centre: Newton, Thompson, Stevenson, Waldron, Hankin. Front : Docherty, Fletcher, Dobson, Casper, James WEST HAM SHEFF UTD - Tony CurrieImage:Tony Currie was banging in the goals for Sheffield United when they last topped the league back in 1971 LEEDSImage:Leeds returned to the top flight after 16 years in the lower tiers this season – but it has been more than 18 years since they last held the summit 7. Southampton (32 years, one month, 21 days)Last topped table: Friday, 16 September 1988 Last topped table: Friday, 10 August 2018 FULHAMImage:Steve Sidwell helped Fulham last reach the Premier League summit back in 2012 MAN CITYImage:Would you believe it? It has been over a year since Manchester city hit league-topping heights 16. Man City (one year, two months, 21 days)Last topped table: Friday, 16 August 2019 CRYSTAL PALACE 6. Crystal Palace (41 years, one month, one day)Last topped table: Friday, 5 October 1979 Friday 6th November 8:00pm 14. Man Utd (two years, two months, 27 days)- Advertisement – TOTTENHAMImage:There is a considerable jump in waiting time at this stage of the rankings, with Spurs last achieving top spot more than six years ago LIVERPOOLImage:Reigning champions Liverpool are the only team without some form of wait, sitting top of the league on Friday 3. Sheffield Utd (49 years, 29 days)Last topped table: Friday, 8 October 1971 12. Fulham (eight years, two months, 16 days)Last topped table: Tuesday, 21 August 2012 1. Brighton (still waiting)Last topped table: Never BRIGHTONImage:And so the wait continues for Brighton… Aston Villa of Blackburn during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park on August 20, 2011 in Birmingham, England.Image:It is approaching a decade since Aston Villa last topped the tablelast_img read more


Cobden looking forward to Sonnet challenge | Racing News

first_imgOne of his main market rivals is Harry Whittington’s Simply The Betts, winner of the Brown Advisory & Merribelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase at the Festival. Happy Diva, runner-up that day and winner of this race 12 months ago, is also in the mix.Brelan D’As was beaten a neck by Happy Diva in the 2019 renewal and gives Nicholls a decent second string.The weights are headed by the Venetia Williams-trained Aso, while other hopefuls include Mister Fisher, Al Dancer, Slate House and Spiritofthegames. Ante-post favourite Saint Sonnet is among 17 five-day confirmations in the Paddy Power Gold Cup at Cheltenham on Saturday.The five-year-old joined the Paul Nicholls stable from France last season and has had runs to date for the Ditcheat trainer.- Advertisement – “I wouldn’t ride another one over him,” he told Sky Sports Racing.“That (Cheltenham) was a great run. Obviously, he’s had a much better preparation this year.“Fingers crossed he’ll run a tidy race.”- Advertisement – After getting off the mark first time when long odds-on at Catterick, Saint Sonnet was thrown in at the deep end in the Marsh Novices’ Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.He shaped promisingly when seventh to Samcro after stumbling at the final fence.Saint Sonnet was ridden by Harry Cobden on both occasions, and the title-chasing jockey is looking forward to continuing the partnership.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


The Masters: Shane Lowry says winning the Green Jacket would be ‘on par’ with The Open victory | Golf News

first_img– Advertisement – Shane Lowry making his fifth Masters appearance at Augusta National, having only previously made the cut once in 2016; Irishman comes into final major of the year after confidence-boosting performance at the Houston Open last week Last Updated: 10/11/20 3:44pm Shane Lowry says winning the Masters at Augusta National would be ‘on par’ with his maiden major triumph at The Open last year Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. – Advertisement – When’s The Masters on Sky Sports? Ways to watch The Masters live on Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel. Shane Lowry says winning the Masters at Augusta National would be ‘on par’ with his maiden major triumph at The Open last year Shane Lowry says becoming the first Irishman to ever win the Masters would ensure it is “on par” in stature to his maiden major victory at The Open last year.The 33-year-old lifted the coveted Claret Jug after claiming a six-shot victory in the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush last July, but he has struggled at Augusta National.Lowry has only made the cut once – in 2016 when he came tied-39th – in his four previous visits but comes into the rearranged final major of the year on the back of a tied-11th finish at the Houston Open last week.“If I could ever top Portrush? I think, yeah, I’ll struggle, but if I have a chance, it will be around here, you know what I mean,” Lowry said. The world No 27 admits his game off the tee will need to be at it is best if he is to stand a chance.“I’ve never played the par 5s well around here, and everybody knows, Augusta, you need to play the par 5s well to shoot a decent score,” Lowry said.“I kind of have my eye a little bit on those this week, and hopefully I can get out there Thursday and get off to a good start. And look, you never know what can happen then.”Watch The Masters this November live on Sky Sports, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports’ Masters channel. Live coverage beings with Featured Groups from 12.30pm on Thursday, November 12. – Advertisement – 0:56  Lowry is targeting low scores on the par-fives  Lowry is targeting low scores on the par-fives


CDC sees decline in most foodborne illnesses

first_img As in past years, Salmonella infections were the most common foodborne illness, followed by Campylobacter cases. Shigella, Cryptosporidium, and Escherichia coli O157 infections ranked third, fourth, and fifth. CDC. Preliminary FoodNet data on the incidence of infection with pathogens transmitted commonly through food—10 states, United States, 2005. MMWR 2006 Apr 14;55(14):392-5 [Full text] The CDC said the big increase in incidence of Cryptosporidium cases in 2005 over 2004 was due to a large outbreak at a water park in New York last year. However, there are several caveats. One is that Vibrio cases have increased an estimated 41% since the baseline period. Further, most of the progress on the other illnesses occurred before 2005. For Campylobacter, most of the decline came before 2001, and the rate of Listeria cases in 2005 was higher than in 2002. See also: The CDC assesses trends in foodborne illness by comparing each year’s figures with data from 1996 through 1998, the first 3 years of the FoodNet active surveillance program. On that basis, the agency says the rates of Campylobacter, Salmonella, Listeria, and several other infections were lower in 2005 than in the baseline period, but most of the progress came before 2005. The report shows 44 cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a major complication of E coli O157, among children in 2004, the latest data available. That compares with 52 cases reported in 2003. A comparison of the 2005 data with the CDC data for 2004 shows little change in incidence for most of the pathogens. The rate of salmonellosis cases in 2005 was 14.55 per 100,000 people, compared with 14.7 in 2004. The 2005 and 2004 incidence rates for others are as follows: Campylobacter, 12.72 and 12.9; Shigella, 4.67 and 5.1; Cryptosporidium, 2.95 and 1.32 (13.2 per million); and E coli O157, 1.06 and 0.9.center_img The data come from the CDC’s FoodNet surveillance system, which covers all or parts of 10 states with about 15% of the US population. The agency reported the data in the Apr 14 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, published today. Apr 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The incidence of most major foodborne diseases in 2005 changed little from the previous year and generally continued a slow decline from levels measured in the late 1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The surveillance program identified a total of 16,614 laboratory-confirmed foodborne infections in 2005. Salmonella accounted for 6,471 cases, about 39% of the total. There were 5,655 Campylobacter cases, or about 34% of the total. The CDC reports 2,078 Shigella cases, 1,313 Cryptosporidium cases, and 473 cases of Shiga toxin–producing E coli (STEC) O157. The remaining cases included Yersinia, STEC non-O157, Listeria, Vibrio, and Cyclospora. Because the FoodNet surveillance area has increased greatly since 1996, the CDC uses a statistical model to estimate the changes in rates of foodborne infections since the baseline period. Using that method, the agency cites the following estimates of declines in foodborne infections: Yersinia, 49%; Shigella 43%; Listeria, 32%: Campylobacter, 30%; E coli O157, 29%; and Salmonella, 9%. In addition, only one of the five most common Salmonella serotypes—Typhimurium—has declined significantly, the CDC said. CDC report on 2004 FoodNet datahttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5414a2.htmlast_img read more


NIH starts clinical trial of H5N1 DNA vaccine

first_imgJan 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials have announced the launch of the first clinical trial of an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine made from a piece of the virus’s DNA rather than from the whole virus, an approach that may facilitate faster vaccine production.The trial began Dec 21 at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., the NIH reported in a news release yesterday. The vaccine was designed by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH.Conventional flu vaccines use viruses that are grown in chicken eggs and administered in weakened or killed form, the NIH noted. DNA vaccines, in contrast, contain only parts of the virus’s genetic material. “Once inside the body, the DNA instructs human cells to make proteins that act as a vaccine against the virus,” the agency said.The experimental vaccine uses a modified version of the hemagglutinin gene from a recent strain of the deadly H5N1 virus, the NIH reported. It was made in the Vaccine Pilot Plant at the NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center (VRC).VRC Director Gary Nabel, MD, PhD, said the vaccine uses DNA from a 2005 strain of H5N1 from Indonesia. The vaccine is produced by growing bacteria that have been engineered to make the viral DNA, he told CIDRAP News.The NIH said the DNA vaccine was brought “from the research bench into clinical trials in less than 6 months.”The trial will involve 45 volunteers between the ages of 18 and 60. Thirty volunteers will receive three vaccine injections over 2 months and will be followed for a year, while 15 will receive placebo injections.Researchers will measure the volunteers’ immune response to the vaccine, compare its potency with that of more traditional vaccines, and assess its safety, the NIH said.Nabel said the new technique has the potential to speed up flu vaccine production, but he stressed that investigators first must show that the vaccine is immunogenic and safe.He said a batch of the bacteria can be grown in a matter of days, and purification and quality-control steps add a few weeks to the process of making the vaccine. “From start to finish it’s probably a couple of months,” he said, as compared with about 6 to 8 months for the conventional process of growing the vaccine virus in chicken eggs.Approximately the same timeline would apply in using the technique to make a vaccine for a new H5N1 strain, according to Nabel. “You can make new prototypes within days, and then it’s just a matter of getting it into the fermentation and production process,” he said. “Literally it can be just a matter of a couple months to get to a small phase 1 trial.”But he stopped short of suggesting what it would take to scale up production to millions of doses. “Clearly there would be somewhat of a learning curve,” he said. “We need to determine whether the DNA vaccine can work and can generate a sufficient amount of the right type of immunity to protect against influenza infections. That’s really the purpose of the trial.”If the vaccine performs well in trials and if the H5N1 virus evolves into a pandemic strain within the next couple of years, the vaccine could possibly be of some use in combating it, Nabel said.He said DNA vaccines generate some level of cellular immune response, whereas traditional flu vaccines generate only a humoral immune (neutralizing antibody) response. When responding to an emerging pandemic virus, for which no precisely matched vaccine would be immediately available, the cellular immunity conferred by a DNA vaccine might be of some help, he said.Nabel said another possibility is that the DNA vaccine, if it succeeds in clinical trials, could be used in combination with a traditional inactivated vaccine, assuming the traditional vaccine was at least modestly immunogenic. The DNA vaccine could be given first, followed by the traditional vaccine as a booster. (The federal government has a small stockpile of a traditional egg-based vaccine for H5N1, which has generated modest immune responses in trials.)The DNA vaccine contains no infectious material, and the virus was not present during any part of the manufacturing process, Julie E. Martin, DO, leader of the study, said in the news release.Nabel and his colleagues have previously shown the efficacy of DNA flu vaccines in lab animals, including animals exposed to H5N1 viruses and the H1N1 virus that caused the 1918 pandemic, the NIH said. The vaccine now being tested is similar to other DNA vaccines in development, including vaccines for HIV, Ebola, SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), and West Nile virus.”Development of this vaccine technology has the potential to improve our production capacity for vaccines to prevent seasonal influenza and other diseases,” NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, commented in the news release.Nabel said the NIH vaccine is not the same as the H5N1 DNA vaccine being developed by Vical Inc. of San Diego, though the vaccines are analogous. The NIH has been supporting Vical’s research with grants.See also:Jan 3 NIH news releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/2007/Pages/FluDNAVax.aspxOct 20, 2006, CIDRAP News story “DNA vaccine protects mice from 1918 flu virus”Jun 7, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Firm gets funds for work on avian flu DNA vaccine”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


Croatia received its edition of the popular game MONOPOLY

first_imgBeautiful Plitvice, magical Dubrovnik, special Rovinj, character Rijeka, sunny Hvar, baroque Varaždin, Roman Marsonia (Slavonski Brod)… These and many other locations from July 20, with a little luck, you can “buy” playing Monopoly Croatia, while doing well to entertain or give a game to someone as a souvenir – a memory of Croatia, say to your guests or as a business gift in the b2b segment.Every place and landmark on the Monopoly Croatia board was chosen by Croatian citizens, as well as other fans of this social game, who left their suggestions via e-mail and on the Monopoly Croatia Facebook page last year. In a period of only 30 days, more than 5,000 proposals for sights, islands and destinations that citizens wanted to see on the Monopoly Croatia board were received last year. “ Monopoly Croatia was a truly exciting project. People from Croatia all the way to Australia sent us suggestions of cities, natural beauties and sights that they wanted to see on the Monopoly Croatia game board. The production of the game could not have come at a better time, namely Croatia is recording an increasing number of foreign tourists coming from year to year. There is no better souvenir than the game Monopoly Croatia “, said Lazar Vukovic, CEO of Winning Moves UK for Southern and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.Monopoly is a great souvenir and memory of Croatia If you care about your guests and added value, then Monopoly Croatia can certainly be a great souvenir and reminder to visit our wonderful country. The story of Croatia or your accommodation will thus remain in focus throughout the year for your guests. Directly in their homes. Are there better promotions than that?Certainly how hotels can have a series of different board games available for their guests, especially if we are talking about a family-focused hotel, not to mention in a situation where the weather is bad and rainy. Ask yourself: What do you offer guests when it rains?Also, as well as the hosts in the family accommodation. Of course, you can always sell only bare space, ie accommodation that is the most basic equipment, but then do not get too nervous when the neighbor has a longer season.The best-selling game in the world Monopoly has been played by more than a billion people worldwide since 1935, and to date, this board game has sold more than 250 million copies, making it the best-selling board game in the world. Regional editions of the social game MONOPOLY have been produced for 17 years, and today a total of 111 countries have their own edition of the game Monopoly, which is published in 43 languages, and which Croatia has joined with this edition.last_img read more


They may have been brown, but they have become the blue cow of our tourism

first_img“In the world of marketing, the thing is simple: you have to be special, different, special. You have to have what others don’t have. You have to know how to inspire, and you will only be able to do that if you inspire yourself. Something that especially deserves to be talked about, to be noticed. That is something extraordinary. New. Interesting. It’s a blue cow. Boring is invisible. Boring is a brown cow”Wrote Seth Godin, marketing guru and author of the world bestseller Blue Cow.One of the blue cows in our tourism is certainly located in Šibenik-Knin County. Admittedly, they had all the prerequisites to be just a boring brown cow, butsolely because of the people who lead and develop this great tourism story, they chose the harder but right path, and by their example became a real case study or a positive example globally as revitalizing dead capital and turning it into top tourism content.And they could have been a classic institution at the expense of the budget.They could stick to the status quo.They could “wait” for money. They could do without EU funds and wait for the State to revitalize them who knows when, if ever.They could only be a “dead” exhibit.They could follow trends, not create them.They could only sell the view alone, not the whole story.They could sell Montana sandwiches and Chinese plastic souvenirs.They could do without augmented reality and new technologies.They could do without concerts, conferences, promotions…They can work until 16.00pm and not work on weekends.They could do it, not work.They could have been brown cows.They could, but they didn’t.Just the opposite of the above. Šibenik fortresses are self-sustainable, generate added value, use groceries and souvenirs from local producers, have their own club of friends of Šibenik fortresses with over 4000 members, and this year alone they have organized about 50 different entertainment and cultural events. They also became the stage for various European promotions. They think globally and act locally, develop a cultural community and are a place of meeting, education, culture, interaction, crying and laughing, strong emotions and experiences… but their story has not stopped, on the contrary, they continue to grow boldly and visionarily and push forward as cultural hopes. tourism.After the revitalization of the fortress of Sv. Mihovil and Barone, it will be the turn of the remaining two fortresses as a unique cultural and historical story and a complete tourist product. In the first ten months of Šibenik Fortress was visited by about 180.000 visitors, and the fact that is news for the headlines is that Sibenik fortresses financially self-sustaining.And that is why the Šibenik fortresses are where they are. All thanks to proactivity, the destruction of the status quo, the need to add value and to become a real tourist attraction. Another proof of how it is possible and how it is up to the people. Not only have the Šibenik fortresses become an integral part of the tourist offer of the city of Šibenik, but they are the leaders in the development of tourism.And how everything looked like in this tourist season, see the attachment.PS They could have done it without the “cost” of making this video, but they are very well aware that this video will be just another piece of the puzzle for attracting new sponsors for next year.In the meantime, there is no need to worry about it. ”Source: Photo / Video: PUBLIC INSTITUTION IN CULTURE FORTRESS OF CULTURE ŠIBENIKlast_img read more