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Planners’ strike is proof of militant mood at Labour, but can big John save them?

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Virus-hit Iran says masks compulsory from next week

first_imgHe also did not say what the penalty would be for those who fail to observe the measure.According to deputy health minister Iraj Harirchi, services would not be provided to those without masks in areas such as government organizations and shopping malls.But implementing the measure may be difficult, as according to Tehran’s mayor, many do not wear masks in places like the capital’s public transport network, where it is already mandatory.”Fifty percent of metro passengers wear masks… and even fewer in buses,” Mayor Pirouz Hanachi was quoted as saying by the semi-official ISNA news agency.”We can’t forcefully confront people without masks,” he added. President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would have to live with the virus for the “long haul”, as he announced the latest measures to combat it.Mask-wearing would be “obligatory in covered spaces where there are gatherings”, he said during a televised meeting of the country’s anti-virus taskforce.According to him, the measure would come into force as of next week, continue until July 22 and would be extended if necessary.Rouhani said the health ministry had devised “a clear list” of the types of spaces and gatherings deemed high-risk, but he did not elaborate. ‘Red’ countiesIran reported its first COVID-19 cases on February 19 and it has since struggled to contain the outbreak.The health ministry on Sunday announced 144 virus deaths in the past 24 hours, its highest for a single day since April 5, raising the total to 10,508.Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari also raised total confirmed infections to 222,669, with 2,489 new cases during the same period.Official figures have shown an upward trajectory in new confirmed cases since early May, when Iran hit a near two-month low in daily recorded infections.”Considering the rising numbers, I plead with you to definitely use masks outside and in covered places,” Lari said.Iran closed schools, cancelled public events and banned movement between its 31 provinces in March, but the government progressively lifted restrictions from April to try to reopen its sanctions-hit economy.The economy is starting to suffer under the pressures of the health crisis.The country’s currency, the rial, has hit new lows against the US dollar in recent days, mostly over border closures and a halt in non-oil exports, according to analysts.The increasing virus caseload has seen some previously unscathed provinces classified as “red” — the highest level on Iran’s color-coded risk scale — with authorities allowing them to reimpose restrictive measures if required.According to Rouhani, the measure would also be extended to provinces with “red” counties.”Any county that is red, its provincial (virus) committee can propose reimposing limitations for a week”, which could be extended if needed, he said.The government launched an “#I wear a mask” campaign on Saturday and pleaded with Iranians to observe guidelines aimed at curbing infections.One Iranian is infected with COVID-19 every 33 seconds and one dies from the disease every 13 minutes, Harirchi said on Saturday.Zanjan county in northwestern Iran has already reimposed restrictive measures for two weeks, its governor said in a televised interview.It followed a “certain indifference from Zanjan residents and as the number of our [virus] deaths picked up again in recent weeks,” said Alireza Asgari.The limitations include closing wedding halls and a ban on funeral events held at mosques, as they can lead to large gatherings, he added. Iran said Sunday it will make mask-wearing mandatory in certain areas and has allowed virus-hit provinces to reimpose restrictions, as novel coronavirus deaths mounted in the Middle East’s worst-hit country.The new steps were announced as Iran counted 144 new fatalities from the COVID-19 disease, its highest death toll for a single day in almost three months.The Islamic republic has refrained from enforcing full lockdowns to stop the pandemic’s spread, and the use of masks and protective equipment has been optional in most areas. Topics :last_img read more

Harvard researchers want more ‘crappy’ tests for COVID-19

first_imgThe aphorism “perfect is the enemy of good enough” has been played out to tragic effect in the US’s inadequate testing for the coronavirus, according to researchers calling for quick tests that cost only about a dollar each, and which may not be as accurate but can be carried out several times a week by the whole population.Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at Harvard University, has for weeks been pushing for what he calls “crappy” tests. His idea is to move away from the current high-precision molecular tests, known as PCR tests, which are still scarce in large swathes of the country and which people often have to wait hours to get done, and then have to wait days — or up to a week — for the results.  He has called for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to authorize the sale of rapid tests which can be done out at home using a strip of paper that changes color in a quarter of an hour to give a result, similar to a pregnancy test.These tests have a low sensitivity, which means they miss a lot of positive results, and hence give a lot of “false positives,”But for Mina and other experts, such a strategy would be more effective in terms of public health because across the whole population, the number of cases identified would be higher than under the current system.The quick tests tend to be good at detecting people who emit a large amount of virus, which is when they are more contagious, right at the beginning, while the PCR tests are very sensitive and can detect even small concentrations of the virus, when people are no longer as contagious.   “We’re so focused on high-end expensive tests that we’re not testing anyone,” said Mina in the podcast “This Week in Virology.””Maybe we only need a really crappy test,’ he said.”If it’s cheap enough to use it very frequently, then if it doesn’t detect less than five percent of people when they’re transmitting, maybe it detects 85 percent of people when they’re transmitting. And that’s a huge win over what we have right now.”The head of Harvard’s Global Health Institute, Ashish Jha, touched on the subject on Monday.”They’re not actually crappy tests,” he told reporters. “In certain circumstances they are not so sensitive when you have very low amounts of virus, and you’re not doing much spreading. But when you’re actually really infectious, you have large amounts of virus in your throat elsewhere and the test becomes much, much better,” he said.”From an epidemiologic point of view, that’s when you want to capture people. You want to get them when they’re infectious,” he said.Even if rapid tests miss half the cases, it is likely that with two tests a week, they will end up detecting them.It must also be noted that the current system is thought to be missing nine cases out of ten because so few people are being tested, according to estimates by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The FDA has still not authorized the sale of any of the paper strip tests, which would cost between one and five dollars.”I’m worried that our federal government is still stuck in a mental model that doesn’t make sense for this pandemic,” said Jha.Topics :last_img read more

Watching the Olympics

first_imgI will be watching the Olympics like a lot of you.  Wouldn’t it be nice if all we had to worry about was how good our American athletes would do?  Like everything else happening on a world stage, we have to worry whether some zealot is lying in wait to make a statement for his/her cause.  I guess the big push today is to involve women.  They seem to be able to infiltrate areas today that their male counterparts cannot.  You can be sure the Russian government will do everything they can to make the Olympic venues safe, but the real worry are those people coming to this area to view the games.  Most people who spend this kind of money want to experience more than the games themselves.  This means traveling outside the heavily guarded venues.  I’m sure those who go will say it was the thrill of a lifetime, but I am going to get my thrill in my favorite chair in front of my wide-screen TV.  If you go to Sochi, send me a post card!last_img read more

May 3, 2018 Police Blotter

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IMCA Modified Madness Friday at US 36 Raceway

first_imgOSBORN, Mo. – US 36 Raceway roars into the Memorial Weekend with the second annual Miller Lite IMCA Modified Madness.The Friday, May 25 feature at Osborn pays $1,000 to win, a minimum of $130 to start and is a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods race for $500 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $400 to win.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, Missouri State and track points will be awarded.There is no entry fee and pit passes are $30.Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military with ID, $6 for kids ages 7-12 and free for six and under.Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow.Paper and pens will be provided for the drivers’ autograph session to be held during the brief intermis­sion; fans can also bring personal items to be autographed by their favorite driver(s).Two kids’ bicycles are among the prizes to be given away during the evening.More information is available from promoter Jon Boller Jr. at 816 752-3645.last_img read more

Ziemke kicks off cancer event in sneakers

first_imgStatehouse—State Rep. Cindy Ziemke (R-Batesville) pairs her sneakers with her suit to help kick off February as National Cancer Prevention Month on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at the Statehouse. The Indiana House of Representatives participated in the Suits and Sneakers Challenge, an annual event hosted by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, to help raise awareness. The Suits and Sneakers event aims to shed light on ways of reducing cancer, like exercising, eating healthy and following the American Cancer Society’s guidelines for recommended cancer screenings.last_img

Sammy Ameobi nets brace in four-goal thriller

first_imgSammy Ameobi netted twice to leave Nottingham Forest with one foot in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs and Swansea’s hopes looking rather slimmer following a 2-2 draw at the City Ground.The Reds winger netted from the edge of the box in spectacular fashion in both halves, to cancel out a fine strike from Rhian Brewster and a controversial penalty by Andre Ayew. It left Sabri Lamouchi’s side sitting in fifth place, five points clear of seventh-placed Millwall, with two games to play – while Steve Cooper’s Swans sit a point behind Millwall in eighth, with Welsh rivals Cardiff currently holding on to sixth position.To add to Swansea’ woes they finished the game with 10 men following Kyle Naughton’s late red card.Swansea should have taken the lead when Ayew planted a header wide, while Connor Roberts also came close with a low, driven shot that found the side netting.So it was not a shock when their bright start ended with the visitors taking an eighth-minute lead. Jake Bidwell whipped in a low cross from the left side to pick out Brewster, who swept home an unstoppable finish from 10 yards.It was no more than Swansea deserved with Forest having looked tentative and uncertain. But the home side did eventually spring into life in the 20th minute when they equalised in spectacular fashion.It was Forest’s first meaningful effort on goal when Yuri Ribeiro fed the ball to Ameobi several yards outside the box.The former Bolton man surged forward a few strides before curling a precise, spectacular finish beyond the reach of keeper Erwin Mulder and inside the upright.Forest were growing into the game and a probing run down the right side from Lewis Grabban ended with a ball cut back across the face of goal that Swansea eventually cleared.Forest’s Tobias Figueiredo was then booked for a robust challenge, right on the edge of the box, on Bidwell. After Ameobi had been inches away from scoring a second for Forest with an angled shot, another challenge right on the edge of the opposite box – and again seemingly just outside – resulted in a penalty for Swansea in the final minute of the first half.Ryan Yates clipped Ayew, referee Oliver Langford pointed to the spot and the forward regained his feet to lift the ball to the right of Brice Samba, who had dived to his left, and Swansea had the lead at the interval.Forest levelled again 10 minutes into the second half when Ameobi conjured up another cracker.After being fed the ball by Carl Jenkinson on the right side, Ameobi cut inside Bidwell, powered towards the edge of the box and found the bottom corner with a precise, driven shot.RelatedPosts Arsenal, others rejected me — Ebere Eze FA Cup: Millwall ease past Newport to reach fourth round Nottingham Forest wants Sammy Ameobi  When Bidwell delivered into the box again Ayew looked poised to put Swansea ahead for a third time, but Ribeiro and Samba managed to block between them.Swansea found themselves down to 10 men when Naughton launched into a bad challenge on substitute Alex Mighten, to earn an instant red card in the 82nd minute.—Tags: Andrew AyewCity groundMillwallSabri LamouchiSammy AmeobiSky Bet Championshiplast_img read more

Jedinak back for Eagles

first_img Press Association McArthur, who was injured during the match at Old Trafford prior to the international break, took part in a light training session on Thursday and could feature. Kevin Doyle has recovered from a groin injury that saw him pull out of Republic of Ireland’s international friendly against the United States and the striker will be on the bench on Sunday. After finishing 11th last season under Tony Pulis, Palace are 17th heading into Sunday’s home match. Palace have lost four of their last five games, including the loss at Old Trafford last time out. Defensive woes have plagued the club, with Palace possessing the second leakiest defence in the competition with 20 goals given away in 11 games. Boss Neil Warnock says the players worked hard during the international break to improve. “We have concentrated on the defence,” the 65-year-old said. “You have to get clean sheets to progress in this league and that is what we will try to do in the next few weeks.” Warnock is also hopeful that his team can be more clinical up front. “We need to create a little bit more,” he said. “The teams perhaps have found us a little bit predictable. “We’ve had easy opportunities in the past games and we haven’t been able to put them away. We have been unlucky but you cannot feel sorry for yourself. “We have eight games until January and we are looking all around to see if we will improve our squad. But we have a good group. We just need more goals.” Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli’s hamstring problem, sustained on international duty with Italy, will be assessed ahead of the trip. With fellow forward Daniel Sturridge ruled out until 2015 with a new thigh injury, manager Brendan Rodgers has suggested summer signing Rickie Lambert will have a greater part to play. Midfielder Jordan Henderson is expected to be involved after being rested by England against Scotland in midweek as a precaution. Boss Rodgers, whose side have won just once in their last six matches in all competitions and taken only one point from their last three league matches, may opt for a change in tactics at Selhurst Park. “You have to find the solutions when you are not winning games,” he said. “You have to assess where you can be better and that is something I will always do. “I am not dogmatic. I have shown in my time here we have played in various systems: possession and fast football, counter-attacking football. “There are other possibilities for us and we will always explore that. “That was one of the reasons we brought in the likes of Rickie. He is a talented footballer but he gives you a different option of playing in a different way. “When he is in the team you have to ensure you get crosses into the box and get service for him, but it is the job of the manager to analyse that and pick what is the best structure in the game to get you a result.” Rodgers also believes a return to Palace would not hold any traumatic memories for them after their late collapse from 3-0 up to draw 3-3 last season, which put the final nail in their title dream. “For me it wasn’t the game that cost us,” he said, referring to the home defeat by Chelsea the previous week which took the destiny out of their own hands. “It is a new season, we have a new motivation to go there and get a result. “It was a disappointment that night but we are very determined to kick-start our season.” Crystal Palace will be bolstered by the return of captain Mile Jedinak for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League home match against Liverpool. The Australia international missed his team’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester United last time out through suspension. Jedinak’s availability is a boost for Palace’s midfield line with Scotland international James McArthur doubtful with a calf problem. last_img read more