Manchester City 3-0 Olympiakos: Pep Guardiola urges his side to be sharper against Liverpool | Football News

first_img Image:Gabriel Jesus put the game to bed but only in the 80th minute on Tuesday – Advertisement – Ferran Torres gave City a 10th-minute lead as they made a strong start at the Etihad Stadium but Olympiakos were in the ascendancy before substitute Jesus turned the game decisively in their favour on 81 minutes. Kick off 4:30pm He said: “He played really well again. It was a brilliant goal. He moved really well with and without the ball. He’s growing, he’s already scored a lot of goals and we are happy with his performance.”Guardiola now hopes to take advantage of a break in Manchester’s recent poor weather to prepare for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.He said: “I saw the forecast and there is sunshine in Manchester. They’ll have regeneration, a day off and then two days. Now it is time to enjoy the victory, the position in the table and move forward.”What’s next?Manchester City next host Liverpool live on Sky Sports Premier League and Sky Sports Main Event from 4pm on Super Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm.Pep Guardiola’s side continue their Champions League campaign at Olympiakos following the international break on Wednesday November 25; kick-off 5.55pm. Sunday 8th November 4:00pm Winger Torres has played as a makeshift in the absence of Jesus and Sergio Aguero and Guardiola has been impressed with the Spaniard. Pep Guardiola claimed his Manchester City side would need to sharpen up in front of goal after labouring to a hard-earned 3-0 win over Olympiakos in the Champions League.City ultimately looked comfortable as they maintained their 100 per cent start in Group C but they needed late goals from fit-again Gabriel Jesus and Joao Cancelo to wrap up the win.- Advertisement – Guardiola was pleased to see Jesus on the scoresheet on his return from a thigh injury.City have been operating without a specialist centre forward in recent weeks and the Brazilian’s return gives them greater threat ahead of this weekend’s clash with Premier League champions Liverpool, live on Sky Sports.Guardiola added: “It was important, of course, the fact he’s back. It’s good news, especially for the striker to score a brilliant goal. I’m delighted with most of the game and happy that Gabriel is back.”- Advertisement – Guardiola said: “We missed the chances to score more goals, in that way we have to finish the game. At 1-0 the game is open, they created chances.“But when we got the second the game was over and the first half was really good. The last pass and last shot were not perfect but, in general, the first half and the last 15 minutes were really good.” TorresImage:Ferran Torres opened the scoring after 12 minutes but City weren’t clinical – Advertisement –last_img read more

Tony Gonzales Defeats Gina Ortiz Jones, Keeping G.O.P. Hold on Texas House Seat

first_img“Really Smart People keep saying that TX23 is a foregone conclusion,” Parker Polling, the executive director of the House Republican campaign arm said on Twitter in late October. “But Dem outside groups have dropped almost $4.5M on TV alone here, on top of DC resident Gina Jones’ $2M. So no one should be surprised by data showing this to be an extremely competitive race.”Mr. Gonzales had prevailed in a bitter primary, runoff and subsequent recount that pitted his endorsement from President Trump against that of Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, who had backed Raul Reyes, a retired Air Force veteran. Brandishing his conservative credentials, Mr. Gonzales sought to frame Ms. Jones as a Washington insider, allied with Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and the most liberal Democrats in Congress.During the campaign, Mr. Gonzales emphasized his calls to increase investment in border and national security, as well as his opposition to the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade that established abortion rights. Both parties had pumped millions of dollars into the district, including in the final weeks, as Republicans emphasized that the race was not yet out of reach and worked to counter the huge war chest Ms. Jones built after handily winning her primary race.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Democrat’s loss, according to The Associated Press, was the second consecutive defeat for Ms. Jones, who would have been the first gay woman of color to represent Texas in Congress, and who narrowly fell short in her bid for the seat in 2018, receiving roughly 1,100 votes fewer votes than Mr. Hurd.The sprawling Texas district, which cuts through parts of San Antonio and rural areas along the border, has long been a political battleground, having swerved five times between the two parties since the early 1990s. Ms. Jones’s proximity to victory in 2018 — so close that she attended new member orientation before conceding — made the race a top target for Democrats, particularly after Mr. Hurd, the lone Black Republican in the House, announced his intent to step down.center_img Tony Gonzales, a Republican and former Navy cryptologist, early Wednesday defeated Gina Ortiz Jones, a Democrat and Iraq War veteran, in a closely watched congressional district on the southwestern border of Texas, beating back Democrats’ efforts to flip the seat as they pressed to build their House majority.The success of Mr. Gonzales, who was endorsed by Representative Will Hurd, the Republican incumbent who is retiring, was a setback for Democrats’ efforts to turn Texas blue by flipping a number of seats in the conservative stronghold.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Amazon Great Indian Festival ‘Finale Days’ Sale: Top Deals and Offers This Week

first_imgBuy now for: Rs. 22,499 (MRP Rs. 28,999)OnePlus 8 (Rs. 39,999)OnePlus 8 (6GB, 128GB) is still selling at Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 41,999) on Amazon during the Great Indian Festival 2020 sale this week. State Bank of India credit card users can avail an additional instant discount worth 10 percent. Amazon is also bundling its exchange offer that can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 16,400.Buy now for: Rs. 39,999 (MRP Rs. 41,999)- Advertisement – Redmi Note 9 Pro (Rs. 12,999)Redmi Note 9 Pro, the affordable Xiaomi phone, is down to Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999) during Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale. You can exchange an old mobile phone and receive another additional discount of up to Rs. 11,950. Redmi 9 Pro comes with a large 6.67-inch full-HD+ display, and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, supported by 4GB of RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 12,999 (MRP Rs. 14,999)Oppo A52 (Rs. 15,990)Oppo A52 is still down to Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 20,990) on Amazon during the final phase of the Great Indian Festival sale. The bundled exchange offer can further sweeten the deal by up to Rs. 11,950. The phone features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with a hole-punch display design. The camera setup includes a 12-megapixel quad rear camera along with a 16-megapixel selfie camera. Oppo A52 comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 665 SoC, supported by 8GB of RAM.Buy now for: Rs. 15,990 (MRP Rs. 20,990)Amazon Great Indian Festival sale – Best deals on Amazon devicesFire TV Stick models (Rs. 2,099 onwards)Fire TV Stick Lite is down to Rs. 2,099 (MRP Rs. 3,999) while the all-new Fire TV Stick model is selling at Rs. 2,499 (MRP Rs. 4,999). If you’ve got a 4K TV, grab the Fire TV Stick 4K instead at a discounted price of Rs. 3,599 (MRP Rs. 5,999). Fire TV Sticks are a great way to convert your dumb TV into a smart one. You can install and run just about any major online streaming app on the platform, as well as games and other apps too.Buy now for: Starts at Rs. 2,099Echo smart speakers (Rs. 2,249 onwards)Amazon’s Echo lineup of smart speakers is also available with attractive discounts during the Great Indian Festival sale right now. The third-generation Echo Dot is down to Rs. 2,249 (MRP Rs. 4,499). The all-new Echo Dot (fourth generation) is down to Rs. 3,249 (MRP Rs. 4,499) on Amazon right now. Amazon’s Echo smart speakers are powered by the company’s Alexa virtual assistant.Buy now: Starts at Rs. 2,249Kindle e-readers (Rs. 6,499 onwards)Amazon is also offering discounts on its Kindle e-readers during the Great Indian Festival sale this week. Kindle Paperwhite is available for Rs. 9,999 (MRP Rs. 12,999). This variant comes with a built-in light and it’s waterproof. The 10th generation Kindle with built-in light is also down to Rs. 6,499 (MRP Rs. 7,999). Kindle e-readers are perfect if you love to read, especially when you’re on the move. They’re also perfect for gifting purposes, with Diwali around the corner.Buy now: Starting at Rs. 6,499Amazon Great Indian Festival – Best offers on electronicsJabra Elite 65t TWS earphones (Rs. 3,999)Jabra’s Elite 65t TWS earphones are still available at their lowest price this year, at Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 15,499). These true wireless earbuds come with a charging case, and a promised total battery life of up to 15 hours.Buy now for: Rs. 3,999 (MRP Rs. 15,499)Apple Watch Series 3 42mm (Rs. 18,900)Apple Watch Series 3 is still available at a discounted price of Rs. 18,900 (MRP Rs. 23,900) during the last phase of the Great Indian Festival sale this week. You can avail additional discounts with bank offers, along with no-cost EMI options available with major payment methods. In case you’re unwilling to spend nearly double the amount on the new Apple Watch SE, the Series 3 model is still a pretty decent option at this price.Buy now for: Rs. 18,900 (MRP Rs. 23,900)Sony DSC-RX100M3 Cybershot (Rs. 38,990)The Sony DSC-RX100M33 Cybershot point-and-shoot camera is down to Rs. 38,990 (MRP Rs. 53,890) in a Lightning Deal on Amazon right now. The camera features a 20.1-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor, and is powered by the Bionz X chipset. It also comes with an LCD display that can be rotated by up to 180 degrees for capturing selfies.Buy now for: Rs. 38,990 (MRP Rs. 53,890)LG 43-inch 4K smart TV (Rs. 34,990)LG’s 43-inch 4K smart LED TV is selling at Rs. 34,990 (MRP Rs. 52,990) on Amazon this week. The bundled exchange offer comes with another instant discount worth up to Rs. 11,000. The TV includes three HDMI ports and two USB ports.Buy now for: Rs. 34,990 (MRP Rs. 52,990)Affiliate links may be automatically generated – see our ethics statement for details. Amazon Great Indian Festival 2020 sale has now entered its final week. The festive season sale kicked off last month with hundreds of deals and offers on a large selection of mobile phones, laptops, TVs, Amazon devices, and other electronics. In case you missed the initial few phases of the sale, you still have time to pick up something for yourself or gifts for your loved ones until November 13. Amazon is calling this edition of the Great Indian Festival sale ‘Finale Days’.In its final week, Amazon’s Great Indian Festival sale will offer 10 percent instant discount to SBI credit card holders (capped at Rs. 1,500 per card). We’ve handpicked the best deals and bundled offers that are available in the last phase of Amazon’s Diwali 2020 special sale.Amazon Great Indian Festival 2020 sale – Best mobile phone offers on the last day- Advertisement – iPhone 11 (Rs. 50,999)Apple’s iPhone 11 is now selling at Rs. 50,999 (MRP Rs. 64,900) during the Great Indian Festival sale’s ‘Finale Days’ phase on Amazon. The listing assures EarPods and wall charger in the box. In case you missed the deal earlier, you have another chance to grab the iPhone 11 at a discounted price.Buy now for: Rs. 50,999 (MRP Rs. 64,900)Samsung Galaxy M51 (Rs. 22,499)Samsung’s Galaxy M51 is down to its lowest price ever on Amazon right now. The phone is listed at Rs. 22,499 and SBI credit card users can avail an additional instant discount worth Rs. 3,000, bringing the overall effective price below Rs. 20,000. You can also swap an old mobile phone and receive another discount worth up to Rs. 16,400.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Biden Knows Washington Has Changed. He’s Less Sure He Has To.

first_imgAt the same time, it would be difficult to conjure a more consequential proving ground for the arguments Mr. Biden has made throughout his career: that compromise is good, that modest progress is still progress and that he is the man to help make it happen. Updated Nov. 7, 2020, 12:21 p.m. ET More relevant to Mr. Biden’s present mind-set, those who know him say, are the Obama years. Their two terms were hamstrung by opposition from Tea Party Republicans who directed their fury at the nation’s first Black president and showed little interest in working with him. None of it caused Mr. Biden to abandon his instinct for consensus-building, whether or not such an aim was always possible.“It tested his faith in that kind of thinking,” said Matt Teper, a top speechwriter for Mr. Biden at the time. “But it never manifested itself in any kind of frothy animosity.”Several supporters cited Mr. Biden’s pledge this past week to be a president “for all Americans,” the sort of generically hopeful message they say the times demand.In remarks on Wednesday, Mr. Biden said that once the election passed, the hour would finally come “to unite, to heal, to come together as a nation.”“This won’t be easy,” he said. “I’m not naïve.”No one has challenged the first part. “The vast majority of the 150 million Americans who voted — they want to get the vitriol out of our politics,” Mr. Biden said in a speech Friday night. “We’re certainly not going to agree on a lot of issues, but at least we can agree to be civil with one another. We have to put the anger and the demonization behind us.”Friends say the election results seem likely to reinforce Mr. Biden’s belief in his own style, if only because he sees no other course available. He recognizes that the world has changed, they suggest; he is just less convinced that his worldview should. As vice president, he was the White House emissary dispatched to negotiate with unbending Republicans in Congress, at times with too little success and too willing capitulation in the eyes of liberals.And across his decades in the Senate, Mr. Biden tended to find his way to the center of the fray — civil rights debates, judicial hearings, the crime bill, the Iraq war — priding himself on a reputation as the lawmaker most likely to befriend Ted Kennedy and Strom Thurmond in the same lifetime. Now, as Mr. Biden prepares to assume the presidency in a divided Washington, he will confront the ultimate test of how much times have changed, and how much he has. While Democrats have retained hope that two runoff elections in Georgia might deliver them narrow control of the Senate after all, Biden allies have begun preparing for the prospect that Republicans will rule the chamber.Even an optimistic scenario for him — a 50-50 Senate with Kamala Harris supplying tiebreaking votes as vice president — would place a Biden administration at the mercy of the most centrist Democrats, like Senator Joe Manchin III of West Virginia.As a matter of policymaking, this is plainly a significant disappointment for the Biden team, instantly complicating the legislative path for priorities like health care and climate action and raising the chances that even cabinet confirmations will require serious Republican cooperation.- Advertisement – But then, this has always been the question for Mr. Biden in this campaign: Is he a man for this Washington moment or an old one? Is he too fixated on the latter to understand the former?The voters, at least, saw fit to find out.In interviews, former colleagues seemed split on Mr. Biden’s capacity to transcend today’s pervasive partisanship, with some doubtful that the Republican posture would change much even with Mr. Trump out of office.“I don’t think it’s transferable,” former Senator Bob Kerrey, a Nebraska Democrat who served with Mr. Biden through the 1990s, said of the chamber’s productive tenor in that age. “He was there for eight years under Obama. He knows that the Republicans can be very, very obstructionist if they want to be.”Still, Mr. Kerrey added, maybe it was useful to be “a little naïve” and make bipartisan overtures regardless, in part to “get public opinion on his side for his big initiatives.”Carol Moseley Braun, a former Democratic senator from Illinois, said that much of Mr. Biden’s expertise in Washington power and procedure remained relevant.“He knows the levers of government better than anybody,” she said. She recalled his help in gaming out Senate dynamics in 1993, when she was a freshman senator seeking to block a request to grant the United Daughters of the Confederacy a renewed patent on an emblem with the Confederate battle flag.Of course, some snapshots of compromise and collegiality from Mr. Biden’s career around that time have aged poorly with Democrats. Among other reconsiderations, he has expressed regret for the Judiciary Committee’s treatment of Anita Hill at the 1991 confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, when many liberals say Mr. Biden, the committee chairman, was too deferential to Senate Republicans who subjected Ms. Hill to demeaning and invasive questioning. Joseph R. Biden Jr., distinguished backslapper and inveterate deal-seeker, has spent most of his last 50 years in the middle of things.As a presidential candidate, he urged moderation, suggesting that the country was not as progressive as some Democratic rivals insisted.- Advertisement – The realities of a Republican-led Senate might even lend Mr. Biden some cover with the left, delaying or at least dulling thorny intraparty tussles over contentious progressive proposals like Supreme Court expansion.“He won’t be so captive to a certain element in his own party,” said Chuck Hagel, who worked with Mr. Biden as Barack Obama’s defense secretary and as a Republican senator from Nebraska. “In a way I think that strengthens his hand for his style of governing and how he approaches governing. There’s no other option. He’s got to reach out and work with both parties.”Some younger Democrats have accused Mr. Biden of clinging to a bygone — and, they say, forever-gone — vision of collaborative government.This was a week, after all, during which some Republican lawmakers indulged or even wholly embraced President Trump’s baseless, dangerous claims of wide-scale election fraud. But Mr. Biden has long held himself out as a figure with uncommon powers of persuasion, one determined to see the good in people and unencumbered by rigid ideology.He has often told audiences of advice he says he received early in his career from Mike Mansfield, the longtime Senate majority leader: “It’s always appropriate to question another man’s judgment,” Mr. Biden recalled him saying, in a 2015 address, “but never appropriate to question his motives because you simply don’t know his motives.”The trouble for Mr. Biden now is that Republican motives and incentives will almost certainly run counter to his much of the time. When Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, last faced a Democratic White House — the one in which Mr. Biden served — he said explicitly that his goal was to make Mr. Obama a one-term president.While Mr. Biden maintained a far more cordial relationship with Mr. McConnell in those years and has said he would work with the Republican “where we can agree,” he often strained in his 2020 bid to land on a compelling explanation for why a Biden administration would succeed in fostering bipartisanship where an Obama administration could not.His point often seemed to be that he had to try anyway. “We don’t talk to each other anymore,” Mr. Biden lamented last year, earning a scolding from some Democrats after warmly invoking the “civility” that defined his relationships with segregationist peers early in his Senate life. “For the man who will see, time heals,” Mr. Biden said in a generous 2003 eulogy for Mr. Thurmond, the avowed South Carolina segregationist whom he saluted for moving to “the good side” eventually. “Time changes.”- Advertisement – “Joe Biden will have defeated Donald Trump by millions of votes in a resounding victory,” said Waleed Shahid, a spokesman for Justice Democrats, a group that helped elect Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressives to Congress. “And meanwhile, the Republican Party’s leadership is on television delegitimizing the next four years.”Mr. Shahid urged Mr. Biden not to treat Republicans as good-faith governing partners. “We are just in a very different time now,” he said. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Housing Secretary Ben Carson Tests Positive for Coronavirus

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a spokesman for the agency, the latest in a long list of administration officials, including President Trump, to contract the virus.“Secretary Carson has tested positive for the coronavirus. He is in good spirits and feels fortunate to have access to effective therapeutics which aid and markedly speed his recovery,” said Coalter Baker, the agency’s deputy chief of staff, in an email.- Advertisement – At 69, Mr. Carson is at an elevated risk for complications. He is also a cancer survivor, having undergone surgery in 2002 for an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Mr. Carson, a neurosurgeon who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, has defended Mr. Trump’s response to the virus.Mr. Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, tested positive last week. Five other White House aides and a Trump campaign adviser also tested positive for the virus in the days before and after Election Day, people familiar with the diagnoses told The Times on Friday.last_img read more

Lance Stroll investigated by Turkish GP stewards in risk to maiden F1 pole

first_imgStewards are looking at whether Stroll slowed sufficiently for single-waved yellow flags in the closing minutes of his pole-winning Q3. Team-mate Sergio Perez had triggered yellow flags by running off the circuit.McLaren’s Lando Norris, who qualified 11th on a disappointing Saturday for the British team, is also facing for stewards for an alleged yellow flag infringement in Q1 when Nicholas Latifi spun off in the Williams.

Roche criticized for marketing Tamiflu to businesses

first_img So far the federal stockpile contains 6.2 million treatment courses, with a total of 21.6 million expected by December, the newspaper reported, quoting federal officials. Roche’s “Pandemic Planning Toolkit” page The federal government has a stated goal of stockpiling enough antiviral drugs to treat 81 million people, or about 25% of the population, by 2008. But that includes a projected 31 million courses in state stockpiles, with the states paying 75% of the cost. Holly Babin, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Health and Human Services, told the newspaper that federal policy does not specifically address whether corporations should buy their own Tamiflu supplies. But she said HHS still recommends against personal stockpiling of the drug. “I think it is socially irresponsible,” said Dr. Brian Johnston, a Los Angeles emergency physician and trustee of the California Medical Association, according to the story. In releasing a pandemic planning guide for US businesses last week, the Swiss-based company said that “close to 60” companies had ordered Tamiflu in quantities ranging up to hundreds of thousands of treatment courses. The firm said its planning “Toolkit” provides guidance on how to buy and distribute the drug. Though government policies discourage personal stockpiling, the guide suggests that businesses can give Tamiflu to employees for storage at home. See also: James Love, director of the Consumer Project on Technology, said he believes that Roche is giving corporations priority over governments because the corporations pay much more for the drug. In a story published Jul 23, the Chronicle quoted several medical and policy experts who criticized Roche’s action, asserting that government orders for Tamiflu should come first. Businesses pay $61 per treatment course, a pack of 10 pills, while wealthy countries pay $19 and poor countries pay slightly less, according to the Chronicle. “Corporate orders are being filled within days,” Hurley said. “Roche has ensured sufficient supply of Tamfilu to fill government orders, and there is adequate supply of Tamiflu to meet season demand.” The firm has made deals with 15 subcontractors to handle various parts of the production process. This will boost production capacity to 400 million treatment courses by the end of this year, the report said. Roche spokesman Terry Hurley in Nutley, N.J., told the newspaper the company currently has orders for “about half of that.” Roche officials also defended their marketing effort as merely a way to help businesses protect their workers and to ensure that businesses can survive and help countries weather the pandemic, according to the Chronicle. Jul 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Pharmaceutical maker Roche has drawn sharp criticism for promoting the sale of its antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to businesses while governments stockpiling the drug for defense against a possible flu pandemic wait to receive their own supplies, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle. Roche officials maintained that the criticism of the marketing program is unjustified, because the company has succeeded in boosting production sufficiently to assure that there will be enough Tamiflu for all customers, the story said.last_img read more

When the pandemic is on our doorstep, is it too late to prepare?

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – What will the first days of the pandemic look like?Imagine that the virulent H5N1 influenza virus has begun spreading from human to human in an Asian country. Your employees—like the rest of the world—are watching the situation unfold, and you must react. What do you do and when do you do it?Just as it’s impossible to predict the pandemic’s origin, when it will hit the United States, the virulence of the strain, and the number of waves, it’s impossible to pinpoint the precise moment when businesses should enact their pandemic preparedness plans. What businesses can do is stock up now on supplies and prepare the messages they will need to deliver to minimize business disruption and mobilize employees.Speak the truth—then brace yourselfThe keys to optimizing these messages, experts say, are to start now, prepare to tell the truth, and expect backlash—no matter how perfectly timed you expect your response to be. Timing is such a delicate matter, because, although you will know that the virus has become efficient at transmitting from human to human, you will likely not know how severe the first wave of the pandemic will be for a week or 2. Further, it may be many months before the second wave starts and its severity becomes apparent.”We are preparing all sorts of actions to take to protect ourselves from a pandemic before we have any drugs that will work, or vaccines,” says John Barry, author of The Great Influenza, a book about the 1918 pandemic. “The question is ‘When do you pull the trigger on them?’ You can only do that one time, because the public is going to get inattentive.”Whichever way a company chooses to go—mobilizing its pandemic plan early just in case the strain is deadly or taking a wait-and-see approach—it will be criticized, says risk-communication expert Peter Sandman. “There will be no way to know whether you’re right or wrong,” he says. “It will be about deciding which way of being wrong is worse. And you’re going to have to make that decision in the context of other companies’ doing radically different things and, having made that choice, you’re going to have to be able to explain it.”Every explanation, Sandman adds, should include the information that you may be wrong. “If you’re moving into crisis mode, admit it’ll look like an over-reaction if the pandemic turns out mild,” he says. “If you’re waiting to find out, admit you’ll have lost precious prep time if it turns out bad.”Businesses will also experience the impact of pandemic plans enacted by other organizations facing similarly agonizing decisions in the first, uncertain days. One example is school closings, which will dramatically increase worker absenteeism, Barry says. It’s unclear who—government, individual school administrators, or parents—will initiate the closings and when.If schools are closed too early and no cases of pandemic influenza occur in the community, parents may want to send their kids back to school and be reluctant to accept closings when it might in fact be helpful. “At what point do you decide to close schools if there’s a mild first wave?” Barry asks. “It’s hard enough if you have a virulent first wave, because if you delay closing schools, there’s no point in doing it at all, because the virus will have the opportunity to circulate.”Will the panic button be pushed?No one knows where the pandemic will begin, but the highest number of opportunities for the virus to jump species appears to be in Asia, regardless of whether the causative organism is H5N1 or another influenza strain. “We’re obviously concerned about Asia,” Barry says, “but that’s only because of the density of population and the close contact between people and birds.”No matter where it starts, you won’t be able to miss it, says Reuters Health and Science Editor Maggie Fox, who predicts that the US Department of Health and Human Services would begin holding press conferences and issuing advisories as consumer groups clamor for word on which groups of people would receive vaccinations once they became available. “I would imagine Congress would try to hold a hearing on what kind of responses should be happening,” says Fox, who is based in Washington, DC. “President Bush would probably try to hold a news conference on what was happening and what should be done.”She predicts that travel industry would experience the impact, but that the public response in the United States would be fairly muted if the pandemic began offshore. “I don’t think Americans have come to grips with bird flu and what it would mean,” she says. “It’s a different kind of threat.”As hospitals brace for the first cases, they likely will cancel elective procedures and try to increase surge capacity, which may mean that some patients may be discharged sooner than they would under normal circumstances.Barry believes border closings are unlikely and would prevent any chance of getting necessary supplies. “I think closing borders doesn’t make any sense, because I don’t think it would be effective enough, and I think the disruption in trade would be enormous.” In contrast, Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, cautions that, however unwise border closings may be, they are a likely response from governments under intense pressure to do everything they can to stop the virus from reaching their shores.Helen Branswell, medical reporter for the Canadian Press in Toronto, forecasts that people might immediately begin some subtle social-distancing measures. “I wouldn’t be surprised if people stopped using the communal cup in churches or if people stopped shaking hands in Catholic services or if people started putting a piece of cloth between them and the elevator button,” she says.She also thinks that people, feeling powerless to stop the pandemic, will try to exert some control over their situation. “I think that one of the things we would see would be panic-buying of foodstuffs and pharmaceuticals—over-the-counter drugs—probably people trying to get into the doctor to see if they can get prescriptions for antivirals,” she says.Many people will shift into a panic mode even if no cases have yet shown up in the United States, Osterholm says. “The audiovisual media will begin to show shots of what’s happening elsewhere, and they’ll feed into the mentality that the pandemic is now here,” he says.People are likely to buy whatever they can get because they don’t know when it will become available again, Osterholm says. Our “just-in-time” delivery system leaves us little surge capacity to restock behind the surge buying, and many critical items may not get restocked for the duration of the pandemic.Businesses such as pharmacies and companies that sell masks and N-95 respirator masks need to prepare now for when people demand their products and slip into panic mode when they can’t get them, he says. And businesses that plan to use these items need to stock up now, because they simply won’t be available when the pandemic is imminent.Osterholm is concerned that the public will react similarly to the way it did on the night of Sep 11, 2001, when people lined up at gas stations, even though there was no reason to believe that gas would become unavailable. “Anticipate this kind of reaction now,” he says. “Know that if you wait until this event happens before you start moving forward with your pandemic plans that it’s possible you will not have access to the items that you hope to stockpile.”Sandman points out that it’s inevitable—and even healthy—for people to take premature precautions. “It’s part of what we call the ‘adjustment reaction,'” he says. “It’s a kind of rehearsal that helps people get ready emotionally as well as logistically. So tell them it’s too soon to start wearing masks, but don’t tell them they’re fools to want to.”Real and present dangerWhen the pandemic begins, it’s essential that employees understand that the threat is real and imminent, Sandman says. “Tell people that this is not last year’s warning,” he says. “Last year, we warned that a pandemic will come someday. Now we are warning that a pandemic is on its way right now, and it’s H5N1. What we don’t know yet is how severe it’s going to be.”It’s important to tell employees that the pandemic may or may not be horrible so they are prepared for either eventuality, Sandman says. Let them know that the pandemic has not yet arrived, so it’s pointless to try to evacuate or to wear masks. At the same time, validate their feelings of fear and helplessness. “When you validate those feelings, people can bear the feelings better,” he says. “It’s a very good time to remind people that almost everybody will survive.”It’s also a good time to remind employees that if they get the flu during the first wave, they will be immune to it during the second wave of infection. “Say ‘think of whether you want to help, think about how you’re going to handle things if you have the flu and get better.’ Your goal is to get people thinking that they may be heading into a really hard time, and to get them thinking that they will probably get through it alive. And you want to recruit much-needed volunteers for later.”An organization that has identified employees who want to volunteer to return to work after they recover will be much better able to function, Sandman says. These employees should be asked to identify their skills and then, if their job is routine, to be cross-trained to do essential jobs.Employees are much more likely to return to work if they have been assigned an emergency duty station and know others are counting on them to show up. “If you’re a company that didn’t do it [before the pandemic], you’ve got a window in which you can assign people an emergency duty station,” he says.Businesses that are underprepared for this task have plenty of company. Two large multinational organizations declined to be interviewed for this article because their preparedness plans are incomplete. But there is still time. The bottom line, Sandman says, is to not wait until the pandemic hits: “They’re not going to know much in the first few days of a pandemic that they don’t know right now.”last_img read more

Pag cheese Gligora was declared the best in the world for the third time

first_imgAt the international competition in Nantwich in the UK, Pag cheese Gligora from 2016 won a gold medal, ie first place in a very strong category of hard sheep cheeses. This is the third time that the Pag cheese Gligora has been declared the best in the world at this prestigious cheese competition!In order to protect the originality of Pag cheese, the Association of Pag Cheese Producers was founded in 2005, which consists of all major registered producers of Pag cheese on the island, including the Gligora Cheese Factory. ” Our vision is to be recognized as one of the highest quality cheese producers in the world, and to strive for such a development of the company that will affect the creation of a better quality of life and sustainable development on the island of Pag. ” stand out from the Gligora cheese factory.A protected designation of origin (authenticity, originality) can only be achieved by food products whose quality is conditioned by the tradition of production through a certain historical period in a specific geographical region or region and in a specific way. Namely, the climate, soil type, location, natural vegetation, type of cultivated plants of a certain region, and the way of keeping and breeds of animals determine the differences between cheeses of a similar type. In addition to these factors, tradition and experience passed down from generation to generation are crucial in recognizing the protection of the authenticity of cheese. ” One of our essential determinants is the sustainable development of our island. We want to be the engine of development of Kolan, the island of Pag and the wider community, primarily in the field of agriculture, sheep, cheese and agritourism. Through the promotion of our product in the world, we promote Kolan, the island of Pag and Croatia. We are proud that we have always been a leader in the positive trends in sheep and cheese on Pag, especially in encouraging the family of sheep on the island without which the production of Pag cheese is impossible. Even today, we are the bearers of positive trends, we operate independently and through the Association of Pag Cheese Producers on the island of Pag. We want to involve as many young people as possible in agricultural production on the island, in order to create conditions for the future of life on the island, as we believe that tourism is impossible to maintain as the only activity on the island, but should be developed together with production. they conclude from the Gligor cheese factory.In addition to the production in the Gligora cheese factory, they also participate as a tourist traction, through organized abundant cheese production, both group and individual, and as a cheese tasting room.last_img read more