Diego Maradona will undergo surgery for a subdural hematoma on Tuesday evening in Buenos Aires, the Argentina legend’s doctor has confirmed.Maradona had been hospitalised since Monday night for anaemia and dehydration, though the 60-year-old’s condition had been improving, his personal doctor had said earlier on Tuesday.- Advertisement – 5:20 Image:Maradona coaches local club Gimnasia y Esgrima Maradona had initially self-isolated after one of his bodyguards displayed symptoms of coronavirus, the country’s state-run news agency Telam reported last Tuesday.He last appeared in public on his 60th birthday last Friday before his side’s league match against Patronato.He was gifted a plaque and a cake to celebrate the occasion but he did not stay to watch the game and witnesses said he looked unwell and weak. Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 and is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time, coaches local club Gimnasia y Esgrima.Dozens of the club’s fans have converged on the hospital since Monday evening, waving flags and holding posters with messages of support as they waited for news of Maradona’s health.“What we want the most is for Diego to get out of all this. He can, he is the greatest, the greatest in the world,” said Diego Bermudez, 41, a Maradona fan waiting outside the hospital.- Advertisement – The operation was expected to begin around 8pm local time to address the condition, which is a pool of blood, often caused by a head injury, that can put pressure on the brain.Leopoldo Luque, Maradona’s personal physician, said the procedure was a “routine surgery”. The former Napoli, Barcelona and Boca Juniors player has suffered frequent periods in hospital over the years, often due to the extravagant lifestyle that accompanied and followed his playing career.The former Napoli striker was also admitted to hospital in January 2019 with internal bleeding in the stomach.He also fell ill at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he was filmed passing out in an executive box at the Argentina-Nigeria game.Maradona was taken into hospital in 2004 with severe heart and respiratory problems linked to cocaine use. He later underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before a stomach-stapling operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.In 2007, he checked himself into a clinic in Buenos Aires to help him overcome alcohol abuse problems. Mauricio Pochettino reminisces on sharing a room with Diego Maradona and how his charismatic personality reminds him of former PSG teammate Ronaldinho. – Advertisement – “We are going to operate today. He is lucid, he understands, he agrees with the intervention,” Luque said.- Advertisement –
In 2018, Mr. Scholten lost by three percentage points to Mr. King in a district Mr. Trump had carried by nearly 30 points in 2016.His narrow loss then in part reflected the growing toxicity of Mr. King, who has a long history of racist remarks and denigration of racial minorities. For years, he has ridiculed multiculturalism, vilified undocumented immigrants and met with leaders of far-right groups. Randy Feenstra, a Republican state senator, won election to represent northwest Iowa in Congress on Tuesday, five months after his primary victory over Representative Steve King, whose history of racist comments had made him an embarrassment to the party. According to The Associated Press, Mr. Feenstra, 51, a social conservative, was turning back by a large margin a spirited campaign from J.D. Scholten, 40, a Democrat and supporter of Senator Bernie Sanders who nearly defeated Mr. King two years ago. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mr. Feenstra was outspent by Mr. Scholten — $2.3 million to $1.6 million — in the conservative district, but the Republican was aided by nearly $500,000 in outside spending. While Mr. Scholten was a favorite of progressives, he stressed his independent streak during the general election race. He told voters he had backed away from the Green New Deal after learning that farmers had not been consulted during the creation of the plan to shift America away from reliance on fossil fuels. “They didn’t include rural. They didn’t include farmers. That’s why it’s a nonstarter for me,” Mr. Scholten told Mr. Feenstra last month during a debate. “Don’t come at me with that. I don’t support the Green New Deal. I’ve been very damn clear.” – Advertisement – In 2019, Mr. King was stripped of his committee assignments after he said during an interview with The New York Times: “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”At the time, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, told Mr. King to “find another line of work.”Mr. King wrote on Twitter early Tuesday that he supported Mr. Trump’s re-election, but could not bring himself to vote for Mr. Feenstra. “I enthusiastically voted for Trump first thing this morning but I couldn’t get my hand to fill in the oval for the Republican nominee for Congress,” he wrote. While Republican leaders saw Mr. Feenstra as less incendiary than Mr. King, the incoming congressman shares many of his predecessor’s policy views. Mr. Feenstra has pledged to fight to build President Trump’s border wall with Mexico, ban “sanctuary cities,” “fight against the liberal agenda” and defund Planned Parenthood. In a recent debate, he said marriage was “between one man and one woman.” He also sought to paint Mr. Scholten, a former professional baseball player who at 6-foot-6 stands one inch taller than Mr. Feenstra, as beholden to “liberal coastal elites.” Mr. Feenstra’s victory over Mr. Scholten was a bright spot for Republicans. – Advertisement –
– Advertisement – – Advertisement – Lyft President John Zimmer (L) and CEO Logan Green during an interview at an IPO event in Los Angeles March 29, 2019.Michael Luciano | CNBC Lyft shares soared by about 26% on Monday on positive news about a potential coronavirus vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, but lost about 4% of that gain before close on Tuesday.Lyft shares have also risen thanks to a ballot measure that passed in California authorizing transportation and delivery apps to keep treating drivers and delivery workers as independent contractors, not full-time employees. Companies including Lyft, Uber, DoorDash, Instacart and others spent $205 million to get their ballot measure, Prop 22, approved by voters.Lyft has not fared as well as its chief competitor Uber amid the pandemic in the United States. That’s because Lyft never built the food and grocery delivery business that has helped Uber replace revenue lost from decreased travel, commuting and recreation, with deliveries to people who were ordered to or opted to stay home. – Advertisement – Lyft shares rose slightly as the company reported third-quarter earnings after the bell on Tuesday, following a massive rally on Monday.Here’s how Lyft did versus comparable Wall Street expectations for the period ending September 30, 2020:Loss per share (adjusted): $1.46Revenue: $499.7 million, vs. $486.6 million expected per Refinitiv.Active riders: 12.5 millionRevenue per active rider: $39.94The company reported a net loss of $460 million for the quarter, nearly unchanged from the $463 million it lost a year ago. However, the company’s revenue and ridership increased significantly from last quarter’s results of $339 million and 8.7 million riders, suggesting a notable recovery in ride-sharing during the quarter, although both figures are still way down from a year ago.- Advertisement –
TOM PEREZ: The Democratic Party chairman, Mr. Perez has a long career in government, notably as secretary of labor and, earlier, as assistant attorney general for civil rights. In that role, he led a federal investigation of Trayvon Martin’s killing in Sanford, Fla., brought a lawsuit against the Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio for a pattern of abuses against Latinos, and enforced civil rights laws for gay and transgender people. (Mr. Perez has also been mentioned as a candidate for labor secretary.) ANTONY BLINKEN: An aide to Mr. Biden on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Blinken has served as Mr. Biden’s top foreign affairs adviser. He served as deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration, as well as deputy national security adviser. More recently, he has been managing director of the Penn Biden Center, an international policy center at the University of Pennsylvania. He has also been a contributing opinion writer for the The New York Times.State Department ROBERT A. McDONALD: A former veterans affairs secretary during the Obama administration, Mr. McDonald could be making a return to his old job. An Army veteran and a former chief executive of Procter & Gamble, during his administration he placed an emphasis on reducing homelessness among veterans.Reporting was contributed by Julian Barnes, Katie Benner, Helene Cooper, Coral Davenport, Sydney Ember, Erica Green, Lara Jakes, Thomas Kaplan, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, Alan Rappeport, David Sanger, Stephanie Saul, Noam Scheiber, Eric Schmitt, Jeanna Smialek, Jennifer Steinhauer, Jim Tankersley and Glenn Thrush. RANDI WEINGARTEN: Ms. Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, is a former Brooklyn public high school teacher who previously served as president of the United Federation of Teachers. Energy Department KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS: The mayor of Atlanta, Ms. Bottoms has been a campaign surrogate for Mr. Biden and was among the women he considered as a running mate. Ms. Bottoms has made affordable housing a priority, proposing a $1 billion public-private initiative to improve access to housing in Atlanta. ANDY LEVIN: The Michigan congressman is a former labor organizer for the Service Employees International Union and later the A.F.L.-C.I.O., where he was assistant director of organizing. He also worked as a staff lawyer in the Labor Department. TOM UDALL: A New Mexico senator who decided not to run for a third term, Mr. Udall has fought to protect federal property from oil and gas drilling and has promoted the designation of wilderness areas in New Mexico. If Mr. Udall is picked, he will be keeping up a family tradition: His father, Stewart Udall, served as interior secretary during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.Justice Department AVRIL HAINES: A former deputy C.I.A. director and former deputy national security adviser, Ms. Haines has held several posts at Columbia University since leaving the Obama administration. (Ms. Haines has also been mentioned as a candidate for director of national intelligence.) MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM: Ms. Grisham, the governor of New Mexico and a former member of Congress, also previously served as cabinet secretary for New Mexico’s departments of health and aging. Ms. Grisham who was among those considered for Mr. Biden’s running mate, was recently appointed as one of five co-chairs of Mr. Biden’s transition team. (Ms. Grisham also has been mentioned as a possible interior secretary.) KAREN BASS: Ms. Bass, a longtime member of Congress from California, chairs the Congressional Black Caucus. A community organizer before she entered politics, she is well-versed on the housing challenges facing her South Los Angeles district. She was among the women Mr. Biden considered as his running mate. (A physician assistant by training, Ms. Bass has also been mentioned as a potential secretary of health and human services.) BERNIE SANDERS: The Vermont senator is interested in serving as labor secretary, according to a person close to him, and his camp and Mr. Biden’s team have been seriously discussing the possibility since he withdrew from the presidential race in April. There is no deal, and it is still unclear what role Mr. Sanders would play in a Biden administration. SALLY YATES: Ms. Yates, a former U.S. attorney in Atlanta and deputy attorney general, briefly held the role of acting attorney general during the early weeks of the Trump administration. Her tenure lasted 10 days; she was fired for insubordination by Mr. Trump when she advised him that the Justice Department could not defend his ban on travel to the United States by citizens of several Muslim-majority countries. TOM DONILON: Mr. Donilon, who served as national security adviser under President Barack Obama, has been tied to Mr. Biden since 1987, when he worked on his first presidential campaign. A lawyer, he also oversaw the transition planning for the Clinton-Kaine campaign in 2016. JULIE SU: Ms. Su is the secretary of California’s Labor and Workforce Development Agency and a former California labor commissioner. She is an expert on workers’ rights and a past recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant. National Security Adviser SUSAN M. GORDON: Ms. Gordon was a principal deputy director of national intelligence in the Trump administration, a post from which she resigned in 2019 after the president did not promote her to director of national intelligence. Ms. Gordon began her intelligence career nearly 40 years ago as an analyst at the C.I.A., rising to senior executive positions at the agency. (Ms. Gordon has also been mentioned as a possible C.I.A. director.) LISA MONACO: The top adviser on homeland security to Mr. Obama, Ms. Monaco has had a long and varied government career. At the Justice Department, she was an assistant attorney general for national security and served as chief of staff to the former F.B.I. director Robert Mueller. She has longstanding ties to Mr. Biden, having worked during the 1990s on his Senate Judiciary Committee staff, where she helped craft the Violence Against Women Act.Education Department JEH JOHNSON: Mr. Johnson is a former secretary of homeland security who previously served as general counsel at the Pentagon. He would be the first Black secretary of defense. His membership on the board of the defense contractor Lockheed Martin could be a sticking point for progressives. (Mr. Johnson has also been mentioned as a candidate for attorney general and director of national intelligence.)Director of National Intelligence SARAH BLOOM RASKIN: A former deputy Treasury secretary and a former member of the Fed’s Board of Governors, Ms. Raskin also previously served as Maryland’s commissioner of financial regulation. She is a lawyer and a visiting professor at Duke University. JAY INSLEE: After failing to gain traction in his presidential bid — in which climate change was his primary focus — Mr. Inslee was easily re-elected to a third term as Washington’s governor. Environmental activists are promoting his name, pointing to his plan to close U.S. coal plants by 2030 and reach net-zero emissions by 2045. (Mr. Inslee has also been promoted for appointment as secretary of the interior or head of the Environmental Protection Agency.) TAMMY DUCKWORTH: A former Army lieutenant colonel who lost both legs when her helicopter came under fire in Iraq in 2004, Ms. Duckworth, a senator from Illinois, was an assistant secretary of veterans affairs during the Obama administration. She was among women considered as Mr. Biden’s running mate. If appointed, she would become the first Thai-American cabinet member in addition to the first woman in the role of defense secretary. (Ms. Duckworth has also been mentioned as a potential secretary of veterans affairs.) RAPHAEL BOSTIC: The first African-American and the first openly gay man to lead a regional Federal Reserve bank, Mr. Bostic is president of the Atlanta Fed. He previously worked as an economist for the Federal Reserve and served as a board member at Freddie Mac. Mr. Bostic is known for his argument that systemic racism damages the overall economy. No Black person has ever filled the job of Treasury secretary. MANDY COHEN: As the secretary of North Carolina’s Health and Human Services Department, Dr. Cohen is known for her ambitious effort to transform the way the state pays for health care. A physician, Dr. Cohen served as the chief operating officer at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Obama administration. HEIDI HEITKAMP: A former North Dakota senator who served on the Agriculture Committee, Ms. Heitkamp is a strong advocate for rural issues. She has criticized the Trump administration’s trade policies, which led to tariffs on soybean exports to China. Veterans Affairs Department JANET L. YELLEN: Well known because of her high-profile service as chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018, Ms. Yellen was also president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton. She is a labor economist who believes that government regulation and intervention are required to ensure that markets run efficiently. VAL DEMINGS: Ms. Demings, a member of Congress from Florida, is a former Orlando police chief with a 27-year career in law enforcement. She was among the women considered by the Biden team as a running mate. ALVIN BROWN: A former mayor of Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. Brown was an adviser to Andrew Cuomo during his tenure as secretary of housing and urban development, worked on the Clinton-Gore transition team, and served at the Commerce Department during the Clinton administration. ALEJANDRO MAYORKAS: A Cuban-American lawyer, Mr. Mayorkas was responsible for running Citizenship and Immigration Services at the department under Mr. Obama. He also served as a federal prosecutor in central California. Under Mr. Obama, Mr. Mayorkas was regarded as instrumental in negotiating a memorandum of understanding with Cuba.Housing and Urban Development Department DOUG JONES: Following his unlikely Senate win in a special election in deep-red Alabama in 2017, Mr. Jones, a former federal prosecutor, was unable to hold on to his seat this year. He is widely admired within the party for pulling off that upset, as well as for his impeccable civil rights record. He is white, though, and some of Mr. Biden’s supporters may want the Justice Department in the hands of a Black or Latino attorney general. President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. has signaled his intention to draw from a diverse cross section of America in building his cabinet. Unlike President Trump’s cabinet, which is more white and male than any in nearly 40 years, Mr. Biden’s list of likely top advisers promises to reflect 21st-century sensibilities.“Across the board — from our classrooms to our courtrooms to the president’s cabinet — we have to make sure that our leadership and our institutions actually look like America,” Mr. Biden wrote in an op-ed article last summer.- Advertisement – MAURICE JONES: Mr. Jones, a top deputy at the department during the Obama administration, he currently runs the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, a financial institution that makes loans and provides grants to assist underserved communities. Mr. Jones also served as Virginia’s secretary of commerce under Gov. Terry McAuliffe. These are names that have emerged as possible picks for posts.Agriculture Department STEVE BULLOCK: The governor of Montana, Mr. Bullock recently lost a close Senate race to Steve Daines, a Republican incumbent. Mr. Bullock has been active in environmental issues: In 2014, he signed an executive order creating a habitat for sage grouse, and as state attorney general, he wrote an opinion guaranteeing access to public lands. DEB HAALAND: Indigenous groups are also promoting New Mexico , Representative Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe. The Interior Department presides over millions of acres held in trust as tribal land. Ms. Haaland serves as vice chairwoman of the House Natural Resources Committee. VIVEK MURTHY One of Mr. Biden’s top advisers on the coronavirus, Dr. Murthy is a former surgeon general and an outspoken advocate of more stringent gun control.Homeland Security Department ELIZABETH WARREN: A favorite of progressive groups, the Massachusetts senator, presidential candidate and former Obama adviser has spent her career advocating for pro-consumer financial reforms and stronger banking regulation. She spearheaded the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a federal watchdog agency, and was among those considered as Mr. Biden’s running mate. Given her progressive positions, Ms. Warren’s confirmation might not be assured in a Senate controlled by Republicans. XAVIER BECERRA: Mr. Becerra has developed a progressive track record as a California state official and during his career in Congress. He succeeded Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as California attorney general and is now widely viewed as a possible heir to her Senate seat. DAVID KESSLER: A former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Kessler, a physician, was credited with tackling the tobacco industry and helping speed approval of more than a dozen drugs to treat H.I.V. In doing so, he worked closely with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. MICHÈLE A. FLOURNOY Ms. Flournoy, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense, is regarded as the leading choice for this job. Ms. Flournoy, who would be the first woman in this role, has advised Mr. Biden’s campaign on defense issues and is regarded as highly qualified. Her industry ties — she serves on the board of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton — could annoy progressives. SETH HARRIS: Mr. Harris, a former deputy labor secretary who served as acting secretary in 2013, also advised the Obama administration on legislation before the Senate. A lawyer, he is a fellow at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. LAEL BRAINARD: A member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and a former under secretary at the Treasury Department, Ms. Brainard has voted against regulatory rollbacks and has warned that the economic risks caused by the coronavirus are not over. She has also urged the Fed to focus on climate change and its impact on the economy. Ms. Brainard is regarded as a moderate, and she has been criticized from the left for her reluctance to take a hard line on currency manipulation while at Treasury. SUSAN RICE: A former national security adviser, Ms. Rice was among the small group of women Mr. Biden considered for his running mate. Ms. Rice is a former assistant secretary of state and United Nations ambassador, and she is viewed as a leading expert on Africa.Transportation Department MIKE MORELL: Mr. Morell is a former foreign service officer who served as both C.I.A. deputy director and twice as its acting director. He is now in private business, chairing the geopolitical risk practice at Beacon Global Strategies, a consulting firm in Washington.Defense Department – Advertisement – In naming the group, Mr. Biden must appease progressives within his own party while gaining support from Republicans who may still control the Senate. Mr. Biden is likely to include Republicans in his cabinet as he attempts to engineer a working relationship between the parties.Mr. Biden’s transition team, led by former Senator Ted Kaufman of Delaware, a longtime confidant, already has been working on a list of candidates. WILLIAM J. BURNS: Mr. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, is a retired foreign service officer and former ambassador to Russia and Jordan. A former deputy secretary of state and special assistant to Secretaries Warren Christopher and Madeleine Albright, he is also a contributing writer at The Atlantic. PETE BUTTIGIEG: Mr. Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Ind., and a Democratic presidential candidate, is a former Navy officer who served in Afghanistan. As one of only two candidates for the Democratic nomination with military experience, Mr. Buttigieg, who is gay, was endorsed by a progressive group of veterans, VoteVets. (Mr. Buttigieg has also been mentioned as ambassador to the United Nations.) ERNEST MONIZ: A nuclear physicist, Mr. Moniz served in the Obama administration as energy secretary, a job that largely involves managing the country’s nuclear arsenal. He played a critical role in negotiating technical details of the Iran nuclear deal. Since leaving the administration, he has been chief executive of the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which works to prevent nuclear, biological and cyber attacks. MARTIN HEINRICH: Yet another New Mexico resident mentioned for the interior job, Senator Heinrich, an avid outdoorsman, has promoted the idea of developing a national outdoor recreation plan using federal lands. Central Intelligence Agency ELIZABETH SHERWOOD-RANDALL: Ms. Sherwood-Randall is a professor at Georgia Tech who served in the Obama administration as deputy secretary of energy, where she managed the National Nuclear Security Administration and 17 federal laboratories. She also served as a White House adviser on weapons of mass destruction and arms control. During the Clinton administration, she worked as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia.Health and Human Services Department ERIC GARCETTI: The Los Angeles mayor has promoted the use of public transportation during his administration, purchasing a clean-air bus fleet and proposing fare-free bus and train rides. He has also released a plan to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025.Treasury Department – Advertisement – DIANE YENTEL: Ms. Yentel leads the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a Washington-based nonprofit group that successfully opposed many of Mr. Trump’s proposed cuts to federal housing programs.Interior Department AMY KLOBUCHAR: A Minnesota senator, former prosecutor in Minneapolis and candidate for the Democratic nomination, Ms. Klobuchar, who was at one point in contention for Mr. Biden’s running mate, has advocated increasing support for agricultural commodities, disaster programs and federal crop insurance. (Ms. Klobuchar has also been mentioned as a possible attorney general.) LILY ESKELSEN GARCÍA: A former teacher and former president of the National Education Association, a labor union, Ms. Eskelsen García ran for Congress in Utah in 1998 and campaigned for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. – Advertisement – CHRIS COONS: A leading member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr. Coons hails from Mr. Biden’s home state and is one of his closest friends. Mr. Coons would most likely be easily confirmed because of his collegial relations with Senate Republicans. One downside: Mr. Coons could be invaluable to Mr. Biden as a steward of his agenda on Capitol Hill.
Twitter is reportedly working on an option that will let users decide whether to view or filter graphic media sent to them via direct messages or DMs. Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong spotted the feature that could be exclusive to direct messages. According to the screenshot Wong shared, users will be able to enable or disable the ‘Filter graphic media’ option on Twitter. On enabling the feature, users will get a warning displayed over the messages that potentially contain graphic media with an option to view the content with an extra step.Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong shared the information of the allegedly upcoming Twitter feature on the platform itself. The option to ‘filter graphic media’ will be displayed in direct messages. It is likely to filter the content and display a warning when enabled but let the content be visible when disabled.- Advertisement – Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – It is not clear whether users will get the option to further personalise the kind of graphic media they’d want to be able to view without a warning sign. All graphic media (nudity, sexual content, or violence) may be grouped together on Twitter. It is also not clear if the new filter will only apply to new message requests or if all messages will fall under its purview including from senders previously allowed.The graphic media filter is not live on the micro-blogging site nor have any users reported spotting it. Twitter hasn’t officially said anything about such a feature being in the works, either.Twitter could also be working on another feature for direct messages, as reported last month by Wong. The social media platform may soon give users the option to selectively mute incoming DM requests. This would disable notifications for repeated requests from the same sender and take the unaccepted conversation to the end of the users’ message request list.- Advertisement –
In the interview, Doering explained that she really hadn’t expected her tweets to go viral like this and was not blaming the victims of this virus or making a political statement. She was just reporting on some of what she was seeing. She explained she just became so sad thinking about the many patients she has seen who are in such denial and so angry that they are missing out on what is in many cases their final chances to speak with their families before passing away. And because Doering is an adult and a professional, she held CNN’s Alisyn Camerota’s hand to explain to her that she didn’t take the anger of her patients personally. “I think it’s just a belief that it’s not real and nursing happens to be on the receiving end of that. And that’s okay. That’s where we’re there for. It’s just, in the bigger picture, when you try to reason with people, can I call your family, your kids, your life, your friend, your brother? And they say, no, because I’m going to be fine,” it really hits hard.She said that since they first started seeing cases of COVID-19 in March, while they have gotten better at treating and alleviating some of the cases, they cannot defeat the surges in the virus and the political bullshit that comes with fighting against basic public health protections like social distancing and wearing masks. Asked about Gov. Kristi Noem’s insistence in pretending that people should not wear masks if it makes them happier to do so, Doering explained that this wasn’t political: “I think it’s frustrating as a health care provider, because the last thing that we ask anyone when they see care is how they voted or if they’re a Democrat or a Republican. The last thing we ever think about is that. What we think about is how can I help you?”- Advertisement – South Dakota is under one of the most worthless governors in the history of the planet. Republican Noem’s inability to show real leadership and mitigate the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in her state—which may arguably end up having been the largest superspreader event for the COVID-19 virus in the entire world—has led to thousands upon thousands of more deaths and illnesses, as well and billions in healthcare costs. Noem seems mostly interested in fundraising for her reelection campaign and thinking about ways to make money for her campaign, while her state and the country suffer from her terrible decisions and cowardly, ignorant abuses of power. – Advertisement –
Jul 9, 2004, CIDRAP News story “FDA sets BSE-related rules but delays action on feed” According to accounts of his speech, Crawford did not suggest whether the FDA will ban the use of cattle blood and restaurant leftovers in cattle feedpractices that some regard as other risk factors for spreading BSE. In July 2004 the FDA said it had reached a “preliminary” decision to ban SRMs from all animal feed, as recommended by an international panel of experts after the first US BSE case surfaced in December 2003. The agency promised to develop a proposal to that effect. SRMs are the tissues most likely to contain the abnormal proteins associated with BSE in infected animals. Another pathway that exposes cattle to poultry feed is the practice of putting poultry litterspilled bedding, feed, and waste collected underneath poultry cagesin cattle feed. Hueston said Canada has banned that, while the United States still permits it. Hueston said the FDA is undoubtedly weighing the possible effects of its feed rules on the effort to reopen beef trade with Japan and other countries. “Aso, you don’t want to create a brand-new disparity with Canada, when our beef industries are essentially joined at the hip,” he added. “Our regulation will mimic theirs and it will supersede earlier considerations,” Crawford was quoted as saying. See also: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said this week it hopes to ban SRMs from all animal feeds by the end of this year, according to a Sep 20 Reuters report. The story quoted Billy Hewett, the CFIA’s policy director, as saying, “I know it seems slow, but it is enormously complex.” Crawford said the new rules will be “quite a bit stronger” than initially planned, according to a Sep 19 Bloomberg News report on his speech to the Consumer Federation of America. He said the rules will be similar to those in Europe and Canada. The United States has been trying to persuade Japan to reopen its market to US beef ever since BSE turned up here in 2003. According to the Bloomberg story, a draft report issued last week by Japan’s Food Safety Commission said US cattle are more exposed to BSE than Japanese cattle because of insufficient feed regulations. Will D. Hueston, DVM, a University of Minnesota professor who served on the expert panel that advised the US government about responses to the first BSE case, said Crawford’s comments probably mean the FDA will ban SRMs from all animal feeds. “I think it means they’ll take additional action to remove SRMs from animal feedsI think they’ really targeting the high-risk materials, the brain and spinal cord,” Hueston told CIDRAP News. “They’re actively collaborating with Canada to try to get a uniform program, because we have a lot of trade with Canada in feed and animals and everything else.” “It’s the international standard to remove SRMs from animal feed . . . in countries where BSE has been identified,” said Hueston, who directs the university’s Center for Animal Health and Food Safety. SRMs are banned from human food; they are removed from cattle carcasses at slaughterhouses and taken to rendering plants, where they can currently be used in poultry feed and other nonruminant feeds. Hueston said the main concern is that cattle can be exposed to SRMs if they are accidentally given poultry feed. “So this [proposed ban] reduces the potential for leakage in the system.” Sep 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) The head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said this week the agency will soon align its rules on animal feed more closely with those in Canada and Europe, signaling a likelihood of new restrictions to prevent the spread of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. FDA Commissioner Lester Crawford’s comments in a Sep 19 speech now suggest the agency is about to go ahead with the plan, though he gave no date. The FDA said last year it was considering banning the use of poultry litter in cattle feed. Reports on Crawford’s speech didn’t mention any comments on that issue. The United States and Canada both ban the use of cattle parts in feed for cattle and other ruminant animals but allow cattle parts in feed for other animals such as pigs and poultry. However, Canada plans to ban the use of high-risk cattle parts, such as the brain and spinal cord of cattle older than 30 months, in all animal feeds in the near future. Europe already bans high-risk parts, called specified-risk materials (SRMs), from all animal feeds. “They [the FDA] haven’t given a clear indication which way they’re going to move on that,” Hueston said. He commented that keeping SRMs out of poultry feed would address that concern.
Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part Special Report on bird flu in Vietnam. Part two, “When avian flu control meets cultural resistance,” appeared Oct 26.Oct 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – HANOI, Vietnam – Among countries affected by avian influenza H5N1, Vietnam stands out twice over.It was one of the first hit by the virus in the current outbreak: It discovered its first human infections in December 2003 and its first widespread poultry outbreaks in January 2004. And it was one of the hardest hit, with 66 million birds culled to prevent spread of the virus, and more human infections than any other country to date.But it has also controlled the virus more successfully than any other country where the disease became endemic, with no new human cases since last November and only a handful of infected birds this year—12 farm chickens and ducks, and a small flock of tame storks in an amusement park.The shift is so striking that international health authorities are asking whether Vietnam’s success can be replicated elsewhere. But reproducing its efforts faces an unusual hurdle: sorting out which of its aggressive interventions actually made a difference.”The absence of human cases is a direct reflection of the lack of cases on the animal side,” said Dr. Richard Brown, a World Health Organization epidemiologist based in Hanoi. “But it is actually difficult to know exactly what that is due to, because there were a number of different interventions applied in the latter half of 2005 on the animal health side.”After responding to its 2004 outbreaks mainly by culling infected flocks, Vietnam in 2005 became the first country to institute mandatory nationwide poultry vaccination.In addition—and almost simultaneously—the national government banned poultry rearing and live-market sales in urban areas; restricted commercial raising of ducks and quail, which can harbor the virus asymptomatically; imposed strict controls on poultry transport within Vietnam and agreed to examine illegal cross-border trade; and launched an aggressive public education campaign that deployed radio and TV advertising, neighborhood loudspeaker announcements, and outreach by powerful internal groups such as the Women’s Union and Farmers’ Union.The country also compensated farmers for birds that had to be killed—initially at 10% of the birds’ market value, and now at 75%.”Who knows what impact any of these interventions had? This is a natural experiment” that lacks controls that could measure impact, said Dr. David Dennis, the Hanoi-based Vietnam influenza coordinator for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “How much [of the reduction in cases] is due to the natural history of this organism in birds? We don’t know.”Outside the country, experts presume the engine of flu control to be the pervasive influence of Vietnamese-style socialism, which extends from the national government through provinces, districts, and communes to individual “neighborhood committees.”Dr. David Nabarro, the United Nations’ senior coordinator for avian influenza, implicitly endorsed that view in a Sep 19 Financial Times story, when he contrasted Vietnam’s continued control of the virus with Thailand’s recent uptick in human cases during a time of political turmoil.”You don’t maintain control over this disease unless there is regular top-level direction from a senior committed political figure that wants to be sure the necessary activities are being undertaken,” Nabarro told the Financial Times.But within Vietnam, workers in avian-flu control say the country’s success depends as much on the population’s support as it does on political coercion—a factor that may bode well for the national government’s plans to change the country’s entire culture of poultry rearing, distribution, purchase, and sale. (See tomorrow’s follow-up story for more details.)”What makes the system work is not that it is top-down, but that it achieves consensus at every level,” said Don Douglas, chief of party for Mekong Region avian flu efforts at Abt Associates, a US consulting firm that in July was awarded a 3-year contract for avian flu assistance in north Vietnam. “Imagine the stigma associated with being the farm that lets everyone down and causes all its neighbors’ chickens to be culled.”At the village level, flu education efforts are already struggling against selective amnesia.”Some farmers may not understand that they cannot eat duck blood, because they see that the duck looks healthy,” said Nguyen Van Mai, a trainer with the humanitarian organization CARE International, an Abt Associates partner. “Some think that [avian flu] has stopped already, and do not believe that it is coming back.” (Photo at right* shows the village hall in Lien Ap village, Viet Doan commune, north Vietnam, at the start of an avian flu educational event hosted by CARE International.)The farmers’ confidence is not shared by health authorities apprehensive over the approach of winter—Vietnam’s regular flu season, and also the time of year when avian flu cases have spiked.”I think Vietnam . . . has to prepare to deal with the comeback of this epidemic,” said Dr. Le Truong Giang, vice-director of the health department in Ho Chi Minh City, which is Vietnam’s largest municipality and has enacted the strictest local flu controls.Asked whether the city could keep the virus at bay indefinitely, Dr. Giang paused. “We try to do that,” he said. “But we are not sure.”*Photo ©2006 Maryn McKenna. Used with permission.Reporting for this story was supported by the East-West Center, Honolulu (www.eastwestcenter.org).
There is a risk that the official and activist sides could simply plan past each other, with neither side accessing what the other has to offer. That must be avoided if pandemic planning is to work when the crunch comes, said Schoch-Spana, whose paper includes a list of recommendations for officials. In central Florida, retired paramedic Michael Coston has started an “adopt a first responder’s family” campaign, which he promotes through his blog, “Avian Flu Diary.” In the 16 months he has been blogging, Coston has seen his 300 daily readers shift from being interested only in preparing their families to being willing to share community preparations. “My whole point in blogging has been to say that people need to band together to work through a pandemic,” he said in a phone interview. “We can’t say, ‘Too bad about the guy across the street; I’ve got mine.'” Connecting top and bottomThe lack of successful connection between top-down official planning and bottom-up citizen activism is one of the most frustrating features of pandemic planning, said Crawford Kilian, a professor at Capilano College in British Columbia who operates the highly regarded flu news site “H5N1.” Tapping communities’ self-knowledge, rather than dictating to them, ought to be an essential component of pandemic planning, said noted risk communication expert Peter Sandman of Princeton, N.J. (Sandman serves as deputy editor of CIDRAP News’ sister publication, CIDRAP Business Source Weekly Briefing.) UPMC report “Community Engagement: Leadership Tools for Catastrophic Health Events” The government of Berkeley, Calif., has capitalized on its community’s intense political involvement by deploying campaign techniques to distribute health information. Last May, the city of 103,000 used 250 volunteers to hang disaster-information kits on 25,000 doorknobs; next month they plan to distribute pandemic-flu planning information the same way. See also: National Academies report “Citizen Engagement in Emergency Planning for a Flu Pandemic”http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?isbn=0309107911 “US homeland security and health emergency policies, however, do not adequately reflect the civic infrastructure’s proven contributions in catastrophes. Nor have most top officials yet realized the potential value for local and national communitiesand for themselvesof preparing knowledgeable, trained networks of constituents who can mobilize in a crisis.” “The rational planning unit is the neighborhood,” he said in an interview. The ideal planning unit “wants to be geographically compact, it wants to be something with more storage capacity than individual homes, and it wants to be something that, when government has its hands full, can be autonomous.” But few top-down pandemic plans have approached neighborhood organizations or examined the potential of neighborhood gathering places such as firehouses and American Legion halls, he said. Other cyber-organizers say their readers fear being thought of as alarmists. “They go to their town council and no one wants to hear it; they speak to the chief of EMS and get tagged as a crazy person,” said Debi Brandon, a former police officer in coastal South Carolina who reaches out to law enforcement and first responders through the blog “Bird Flu Journey.” Michael Coston, “Avian Flu Diary”http://afludiary.blogspot.com “If you just define citizen preparedness as stockpiling, you are only giving people limited options,” she said. “There is a wide range of contributions that citizens can make, to prepare for, respond to, and recover from extreme events.” The health department has reached out to leaders and advocates in community-based agencies and is using the new contacts both to hold planning meetings with marginalized groups and to understand the groups’ social organization, said regional health officer Sandy Ciske. The effort has already produced some gains. When unusually high winds last December caused lengthy power outagesand subsequent deaths from burning charcoal indoorsthe health department warned recently-arrived African immigrants of the danger by giving flyers to men from that community who drive taxis in downtown Seattle. Initiatives in cyberspaceFew political jurisdictions, though, have gone as far as Seattle and Berkeley in forging community contacts. In areas that have not, some existing community groups and some newly formed ones are acting on their ownface-to-face, or in the borderless meeting places of cyberspace. Apr 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Governmental plans for an influenza pandemic are missing an important opportunity to improve US preparedness, according to two new reports: They are not reaching out to communities and grass-roots groups that could refine plan details and increase public support. “[Official plans] look to me like a 60-foot rope hanging from the top of a 100-foot cliff,” he said in an e-mail interview. “The bureaucrats have done their planning without really thinking about what the rest of us are supposed to do to make the plan succeed. . . . [But] in fairness, the officials probably aren’t finding many grassroots/ad hoc groups to link up with.” The city government has reached out to neighborhood disaster teams, hoping to add pandemic planning to their long-standing training in earthquake and wildfire response, and is beginning to talk to religious organizations and neighborhood-watch groups, said Assistant City Manager Arrietta Chakos, who participated in the Working Group on Community Engagement in Health Emergency Planning, the panel that produced the UPMC report. “The civic infrastructurecomprised of the public’s collective wisdom and capability to solve problems; voluntary associations (both virtual and face-to-face) that arise from shared interests or a public good; and social service organizations that look out for the well-being of various groupsis essential to managing a mass health emergency,” the report says. The first report, “Community Engagement: Leadership Tool for Catastrophic Health Events,” was published Apr 4 by the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The report, which sums up the findings of a 27-member panel convened by the center during 2006, asserts that official planning incorrectly assumes the public will panic and create a “secondary disaster.” Debi Brandon, “Bird Flu Journey”http://birdflujourney.typepad.com/ The report quotes Jason Corburn, assistant professor in the urban planning program at Columbia University, New York City: “Engaging community members and their knowledge about how they move through the world, and what they know about their disease management and exposure risks in their community, can contribute to better science and policy.” Meanwhile, ad hoc communities and preparedness alliances are formingin the real world and onlinewith minimal input from government planners. And, confirming the reports’ concerns, some members of those communities say they have networks and resources to offer to official efforts, but are frustrated by their inability to make themselves heard. The second report, “Citizen Engagement in Emergency Planning for a Flu Pandemic,” was published Apr 13 by the National Academies Press and sums up the findings of an Institute of Medicine workshop held Oct 23, 2006. It says that seeking community input about policy decisions and setting up channels through which residents can talk back to government has been critical to the success of recent environmental-action and public-health campaigns and should be folded into pandemic planning as well. FluWikihttp://www.fluwikie.com/ “We would like health officials and mayors and governors to reach out to the community . . . and to provide political support and visibility,” she said. “But community-based organizations shouldn’t wait to be invited to the table. They should be asking for advice on how they can maintain their operations during an acute emergency, so that their members can be taken care ofbut they should also be offering themselves as a community asset.” The central cyber-site for pandemic planning is the FluWiki, a sprawling collection of thousands of collectively assembled posts that has garnered 1.5 million visits in its 22 months. In FluWiki’s earliest days, participants anonymously shared advice about preparing their own households, said Dr. Greg Dworkin, a pediatric pulmonologist in Danbury, Conn., who is one of the site’s volunteer editors under the name “DemfromCt.” More than stockpilingIn an interview, lead author Monica Schoch-Spana, PhD, a senior associate at the UPMC center and chair of the panel, said that official planning addresses civic divisionsstates, counties, cities, and townsand then makes a long leap to individuals and households. In that leap, she said, the plans ignore the many relationships that knit together civil society and that could be used to enhance preparations before a crisis and disseminate information and organize action during one. “It really helps when government people go into the community and use the meetings and gatherings that already exist, rather than convening special city government town halls to communicate information,” she said. “The more we meet with our neighbors in settings and forums that they convene, the more the message gets communicated that we want to work with groups that are functioning in effective and healthy ways.” Seattle and Berkeley reach outA few jurisdictions around the United States have reached out on their own to local communities and grass-roots networks. The SeattleKing County Health Departmentan agency that is widely considered a national leader in pandemic planningcreated a Vulnerable Populations Action Team after seeing the extraordinary difficulties that Hurricane Katrina brought to the Gulf Coast’s elderly, disabled, impoverished, and undocumented residents. Many FluWiki members remain cautious about revealing their real-world identities, Dworkin said, because they fear it may put their personal preparations at risk. “They’ve all had the experience of trying to be a bit of an evangelist about stockpiling at least 2 weeks of food and water, and having a family member say, ‘Great, now I know whose house to go to,'” he said. But in recent months, he said in a phone interview, participants have begun reaching out to each other through pages dedicated to US states and foreign countries and have begun sharing strategies for area preparation and for communicating with public health agencies and local governments. At the same time, a few planning agencies have begun using the site as a resource; the New York State Department of Health, he said, posted its draft guidance for using scarce ventilators during a pandemic to the FluWiki before the document’s public release. Crawford Kilian, “H5N1″http://crofsblogs.typepad.com/h5n1/
Today, the Government of the Republic of Croatia amended the Decision on determining the annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2018, which increased the number of permits in the tourism and catering sector.State Secretary at the Ministry of Labor and Pension System Majda Burić explained that when determining the annual quota of permits for employment of foreigners for 2018, it was not possible to accurately determine the needs of the economy, so there was a disproportion between the established situation and the required number of permits.Thus, the number of licenses in the field of tourism and catering was increased from 4660 licenses to 8660 licenses.The increase of 4000 permits relates to the occupation of “assistant worker in tourism”, 3000 for new employment and 1000 for seasonal work for up to six months. Also, a large number of license applications were received in the activities of transport, agriculture and forestry, for which the approved quota was also used, so it was proposed to increase the number of seasonal work licenses to 90 days in the profession of “fruit picker” from 500 to 1000 . With the proposed changes to the decision, the total annual quota of permits for 2018 for the employment of foreigners in Croatia increases to 35.500 permits.The needs of the market, the increase of all indicators in the pre-season and the announcement of a more successful tourist season require a larger number of workers, said the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković “This creates the preconditions not to put ourselves in a situation where there are too few workers in the hotel and catering industry during the successful tourist season.”, Concluded the Prime Minister.According to the announcements and taking into account that we currently have an interest of employers higher than the number of available approved quotas, we are increasing quotas for employment of foreigners in tourism, points out Tonči Glavina, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, adding that the Ministry of the Interior is responsible for allocating quotas. open hands to redistribute unused quotas from other activities. “These measures are currently necessary in order not to jeopardize the successful completion of the tourist year. The Ministry of Tourism also invests a lot of energy in long-term measures such as promotion programs, scholarships, retraining and competence centers in tourism, for which we have provided significant funds from EU funds. One of our basic goals is to create a large number of new jobs with tourism and, of course, to create the most qualified and best workers for Croatian tourism in Croatia. I thank the Minister of Labor and Pensions, Marko Pavić and his team for their efficiency and very quick reaction.”Glavina concluded.The decision takes effect immediately Due to the certain duration of the procedure for approving and issuing residence and work permits for foreigners, the Government of the Republic of Croatia proposed that the Decision enter into force on the first day after its publication in the Official Gazette so that employers’ requests could be resolved as soon as possible. contracted investments and projects.ANNEX / DECISION ON AMENDMENTS TO THE DECISION ON DETERMINATION OF THE ANNUAL QUOTA OF LICENSES FOR EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGNERS FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2018Related news: MINISTRY OF TOURISM PRESENTED THE CONCEPT OF TOURISM COMPETENCE CENTERS