Topics : This suggests that the virus is easily transmissible within its incubation period and may be passed on by individuals who don’t know they are infected. The team said that isolation within households cut the total number of COVID-19 cases among the study cohort by 20-50 percent compared with no quarantine. “Although the effect of case isolation seems moderate, the high infectivity of the virus during the incubation period suggests quarantine of asymptomatic contacts could have prevented more onward transmissions,” said Qin-Long Jing from the Guangzhou Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Many European nations, before implementing weeks-long lockdowns, issued public health advice only to stay at home if an individual was sick — that is, showing symptoms typical to the virus. The research suggests that may have already been too late to prevent COVID-19 circulating widely.Writing in a linked comment, Virginia Pitzer from the Yale School of Public Health said that a “key difference” between COVID-19 and other coronaviruses was its “substantially higher” probability of transmission in its incubation period. She said the research, published in The Lancet, “confirms the relative importance of pre-symptomatic transmission and the relationship between older age and susceptibility, key insights which should inform design of intervention strategies.” They found that while the average patient had just a 2.4 percent chance of infecting someone they did not live with, that figure jumped to 17.1 percent — around one in six — among cohabitants. According to their models, which rely on data collated in January and February but have been updated to reflect the latest developments, the likelihood of household infection was highest among over-60s, and lowest among under-20s. The overall chances of infecting a family member or live-in partner with COVID-19 are twice as high as with SARS, and three times higher than MERS, another coronavirus, they found. Significantly, the researchers found that the probability of a COVID-19 carrier infecting a family member or flatmate was significantly higher — 39 percent — before they started showing symptoms than afterwards. The novel coronavirus is twice as infectious within households than similar diseases such as SARS, with a substantial number of additional infections spreading before a COVID-19 sufferer shows any symptoms, according to modeling released Thursday.Researchers based in China and the United States said their findings could have profound impacts on reducing the number of new infections as the pandemic progresses. Using data on 350 COVID-19 patients and nearly 2,000 of their close contacts in the city of Guangzhou, China, the researchers estimated the virus’ “secondary attack rate” — that is, the probability that an infected person transmits the disease to someone else.
“We have decided to demand the North carry out a further probe and request a joint investigation if necessary,” the Blue House, South Korea’s presidential office, said in a statement.It added that South Korea’s own investigation will continue because of “discrepancies” in the accounts of the shooting.South Korean military officials say the man was interrogated while in the water for several hours and expressed a desire to defect, but was killed after an “order from superior authority”.They also said North Koreans poured oil over his body and burnt it, calling it an “outrageous act”. Seoul said Saturday it will demand further investigation by Pyongyang into the killing of a South Korean official after a rare public apology from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.The fisheries official was shot dead by North Korean soldiers on Tuesday, the first such killing of a South Korean civilian in a decade.In a surprise move, Kim said he was “very sorry” for the “unexpected and disgraceful event”, but South Korea announced it would ask for further investigation. In contrast, Pyongyang said in a letter sent Friday — which contained Kim’s apology — that the official had “illegally entered our waters” and refused to properly identify himself.It acknowledged that around 10 rounds were fired at the man, and that he was not visible after the shooting.Troops then set the official’s flotation device — which was covered in blood — on fire in accordance with North Korea’s emergency coronavirus regulations, the letter added.Apologies from North Korea — let alone attributed to Kim personally — are extremely unusual, and the message came with inter-Korean ties in a deep freeze, and nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington deadlocked.There have been no North Korean media reports on the contents of the letter.Topics :
Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Budget News, Jobs That Pay, Press Release State College, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Penn State President Eric Barron and state and local leaders at Happy Valley LaunchBox in State College to discuss the importance of entrepreneurship and outline initiatives in his 2017-2018 budget proposal that encourage job creation and improve university partnerships and workforce training.“Over the last two years I have worked to increase the number of residents with college degrees and high-value industry-recognized credentials while expanding economic opportunities for residents and businesses,” said Governor Wolf. “This budget is a new way forward for Pennsylvania and today, I am happy to highlight how government is working smarter to support our research institutions and entrepreneurs.”The governor’s budget includes an initiative that partners the commonwealth’s research universities and Industrial Resource Centers to accelerate manufacturing technology advancement and adoption, foster manufacturing innovation and commercialization, and build a 21st century workforce.“Governor Wolf and I share a strong commitment to promoting economic development and student career success, and I’m very pleased he could be with us to see first-hand some of the exciting developments at Penn State,” said Penn State President Eric Barron. “Invent Penn State is driving innovation and entrepreneurship across the commonwealth, and I look forward to partnering with the governor and our legislators to further its impact.”The 2017-18 budget continues to invest in 21st century manufacturing, workforce development and training programs while also implementing new safeguards to ensure taxpayer dollars for economic development projects are spent appropriately and intended outcomes are met.Along with connecting the commonwealth’s research institutions to the business community, Governor Wolf plans on investing in job creation by:Creating a new apprenticeship grant program to ensure workers can receive training aligned to business workforce needs, funded with revenue recovered from companies that fail to live up to previous commitments made when they received state assistance.Investing $5 million in a manufacturing training-to-career grant program to partner with technical programs and community colleges to develop new training programs that align with their workforce needs.Cutting through red tape by establishing a one-stop shop at the Department of Community and Economic Development for the business community to interact with for centralized licensing processes and information on services the commonwealth provides to help them grow.Expanding proactive business outreach efforts through the Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP) program by investing $2.5 million to support businesses that already have roots in Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf Outlines a Better Way Forward, Details Importance of Entrepreneurship and 2017-2018 Budget Job Creation Initiatives While Visiting State College February 13, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The proposed CIV, which so far has the support of 28 of the capital’s 33 boroughs, hopes to be making its first investment this time next year.The report added: “Given that infrastructure is relatively expensive, and the London CIV may look at this next, the fund should focus on private equity ahead of any decisions on infrastructure that are likely to be the subject of better value vehicles.”Although the report said the fund should consider private equity, as it was largely cash neutral at present and would be able to cope with the illiquid nature of the investment, Mascarenhas sounded a note of caution.“The committee should also be mindful of the government’s aim to reduce investment costs and investment into expensive asset classes,” he said.“Ultimately, the fund is interested in investment returns after fees.”The Department for Communities and Local Government has recently concluded a consultation examining a complete shift to passive mandates for all listed investments, as well as launching a number of national CIVs.Mascarenhas also noted the existence of the Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP), backed by the National Association of Pension Funds, as a way of investing in infrastructure.However, he said it “[looked] likely that this product does not offer the right return profile for us”.Pension funds worth more than £65bn that initially backed the launch of the PIP – funding launch costs as well as earmarking £100m in initial capital – distanced themselves from the vehicle earlier this year.The London Pension Fund Authority at the time expressed dissatisfaction with the PIP risk/return profile, while the BT Pension Scheme said it preferred to focus on its direct investment strategy. One of London’s local authority funds is holding off on building up its infrastructure exposure, as it expects a proposed collective investment vehicle (CIV) will be able to achieve better value.Camden Council said infrastructure had recently been a “very popular” asset class, but noted that said popularity was one of the reasons it was now hesitating.A report prepared for the borough’s pensions committee by director of finance Nigel Mascarenhas said: “Its popularity may have meant it is now in demand and so at the very least is fairly priced to over-priced.”The report went on to note that, due to the UK government’s interest in promoting infrastructure investment, it was “possible” that one of the next asset classes to be offered by the proposed London-wide CIV would be infrastructure.
Image source: BellBell Dredging Pumps B.V. has just released these beautiful photos from a project at Sassevaart near Terneuzen, the Netherlands, where they are emptying tubular piles for the construction of the Nieuwe Sluis. The Bell 100 equipped with a double cutter head has a diameter of 1.1 meter and is lowered into the piles to pump the sand, clay and debris out.“Because the pump is equipped with a water jet ring around the center the pile wall gets cleaned simultaneously,” said Bell in its announcement.The work will finish soon with already 120 piles having been emptied and cleaned at this moment.Image source: Bell
Fox News 15 February 2016Family First Comment: We beat the Americans Only 80 years!A California couple honored as the longest-married couple in the U.S. said the key to lasting love is humor.“A sense of humor is very important and just loving each other very much is the main answer for everything,” 100-year-old Helen Goosenberg told FOX5.Her husband, Maury Goosenberg, 102, showed off the significant sense of humor that has helped lead to 80 years of wedded bliss.“Everyone told us it wouldn’t last,” he told the San Diego Union Tribune. “Now there’s no one left alive for me to say, ‘See? I told you so.’”The Goosenbergs are not necessarily the longest-married couple in the U.S., they’re just the longest-married of the 250 couples submitted to Worldwide Marriage Encounter for the honor, which came on Valentine’s Day (naturally). The Union Tribune identified John and Anna Betar of Connecticut as the actual nationwide leader at 83 years. At least three other couples also surpass the Goosenbergs’ 80 years.READ MORE: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/02/15/california-couple-honored-as-longest-married-in-us.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Nigeria’s military has detained two Al Jazeera journalists in the northeast city of Maiduguri since Tuesday, the news outlet said on Thursday.Al Jazeera said the journalists, Ahmed Idris and Ali Mustafa, were being kept in their hotel rooms until further notice. Their camera equipment had been confiscated.Nigeria’s defence headquarters said on Wednesday that the two television reporters were “restrained to their hotel” after they had been monitored for “loitering” in areas where military operations were on-going against the country’s Islamist insurgency.
How many can tell me when the Indiana All-Stars play the Kentucky All-Stars in basketball this year? Most of you will say June, and you are correct. But, when in June, at what facility, at what time, etc.? It wasn’t too long ago when this game was sold out a few hours after the tickets were put on sale, and every paper in both states carried stories about the players who would make up each All-Star team.Today you will have to go through the major papers with a fine tooth comb to find more than one or two stories about the whole process. In fact, I am willing to bet that most people in the state of Indiana don’t know there is even is a basketball All-Star game any more. There is a simple reason for this–it is called Class Basketball!The last several years Indiana has even had players who have refused to play in this game with such weak excuses as “it might jeopardize my relationship with the college I am going to” or “I haven’t signed yet and I don’t think this will help my cause”. Oh, have times changed!
By Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. (July 11) – Eight one hundredths of a second made the difference between first and second Saturday night at Cottage Grove Speedway’s Mark Howard Memorial Nationals.Jesse Williamson flashed across the finish line just ahead of Mark Wauge for the $2,600 Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified victory. He now leads all drivers with five Howard Memorial career wins to his credit.Tom Berry Jr., Curtis Towns and Jeremy Shank completed the top five. Williamson, who started 10th, overtook Trenchard on lap 14. The first 26 laps went non-stop before the field was halted for the mandatory pit stop at halfway.Williamson was pressured later in the race by Collen Winebarger, who tried an inside move on the leader but spun and restarted at the rear.Towns made the bottom of the track work and completed his pass for the lead on lap 42. Williamson got the lead back on the next circuit, just in time to face the challenge from Wauge.Wauge appeared to have gotten to the front out of nowhere on lap 48. Williamson reclaimed the lead via the high side on lap 50 but Wauge edged him at the stripe coming to the white flag.On the final corner of the final lap, Williamson would get a little bit more momentum in his favor to beat Wauge to the checkers in a finish that became an instant classic.Winebarger raced his way back through the field for sixth. Albert Gill won the consolation feature and ran seventh in the main event.Williamson was already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.Feature results – 1. Jesse Williamson; 2. Mark Wauge; 3. Tom Berry Jr.; 4. Curtis Towns; 5. Jeremy Shank; 6. Collen Winebarger; 7. Albert Gill; 8. John Campos; 9. Craig Hanson; 10. Aaron Sheelar; 11. Jesse Bailey; 12. Jeff Lovell; 13. Steven Sturdevant; 14. Kreg Britton; 15. Bruce Ray; 16. Curt Coggins; 17. Greg McDonald; 18. Kinzer Cox; 19. Nick Trenchard; 20. Jerry Schram.
RelatedPosts If we don’t have Tokyo Games, we’re unlikely to have Beijing 2022 — IOC member Tokyo Governor wants Olympics to go ahead as symbol of overcoming COVID-19 Tokyo 2020: Olympics will be ‘simplified’ in 2021 Nigeria’s number two ranked badminton player, Godwin Olofua, on Wednesday said his quest to participate in the next Olympics was non-negotiable.Olofua, also Africa’s number 1 ranked player in the men’s doubles, made his desire to be in the Olympics known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos. He said: “My target is the Olympics and I have been training for the qualification before the COVID-19 pandemic scuttled the qualification series.“COVID-19 time-out has been a tough experience in keeping me in shape, but now the Molade Okoya Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium is open for us thrice in a week.“As I have said, the Olympics is my greatest priority now because qualification can be best assured with enough training.“The qualification comes up in January.“I want to be in the Olympics so as to make a bold statement. “So before January, I should have been in top form.”Olofua said he would also use the yet-to-be announced date of the National Sports Festival in Edo State to brace up and sharpen his skills.He said: “I have already qualified to play in the postponed NSF, but whenever it gets another date, I will be using it to get better for the Olympic ticket.“Fortunately, we also have other tournaments right ahead of us, but I need that Olympic ticket above them all.“What is left for me is to be at my very best. “The training now is very much intense.”NAN.Tags: BadmintonGodwin OlufuaolympicsQualification