H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: American attitudes, work absences in Britain, Canada’s vaccination plans

first_imgAmericans not worried about H1N1 but will get vaccineMore than 60% of Americans say they are not worried about the novel H1N1 flu, but 55% plan to get the H1N1 vaccine for themselves or someone in their household, according to a Washington Post ABC News Poll. The poll indicates that about one in eight Americans is very worried that the pandemic will affect his or her family, while twice as many are not at all worried, the Post reported. Nearly 75% were confident that the government will be able to cope effectively with the epidemic.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/19/AR2009081901585.htmlAug 19 Washington Post storyMany British firms have had H1N1-related absencesIn a survey of 429 small and medium-sized British companies, 72% said they had weathered staff absenteeism because of the H1N1 flu and 38% expected that their sales would suffer, Reuters reported yesterday. The survey by the law firm Eversheds also found that one in five businesses said they expected to have to close or partially close premises, and 87% said they had introduced new sanitation measures to combat the virus.http://www.reuters.com/article/internal_ReutersNewsRoom_ExclusivesAndWins_MOLT/idUSTRE57I42920090819Aug 19 Reuters reportCanada expects November vaccination launch, adequate supplyCanadian officials hope to license the country’s novel flu vaccine and begin immunizing people in November, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. Canada’s vaccine supplier, GlaxoSmithKline, will ship about 10 to 15 million doses and will be able to quickly replenish supplies as healthcare workers administer the vaccine to patients. Officials project that GSK’s antigen production will outpace its fill-and-finish capacity but said finishing the vaccine elsewhere would cause delays.Australian doctors question country’s vaccination plans Australia’s major infectious disease society is questioning the safety of the country’s novel H1N1 vaccination plans, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported today. In a letter to the government, the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases cited a risk of cross-contamination when using multidose vials and said the flu epidemic has subsided, so the campaign needn’t be rushed. A spokeswoman for vaccine maker CSL countered that the single-dose approach would be slower and more expensive.http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/20/2662321.htm?section=justinAug 20 Australian Broadcasting Corp. storyNovel H1N1 deaths in Latin America exceed 1,300Deaths from H1N1 flu in Latin America, the world’s hardest-hit region, have reached 1,303, more than 70% of the global total of 1,799 listed by the World Health Organization, Agence France-Presse reported yesterday. Argentina has had 404 deaths, the second-highest toll after the United States’ 477, and Brazil has 368, the story said. Trailing Brazil are Mexico, with 164 deaths; Chile, 105; and Peru, 62.Zimbabwe, Belarus report first novel flu casesZimbabwe’s health ministry today announced the confirmation of the country’s first novel H1N1 cases, in five private-school children who got sick in early August, Agence France-Presse reported. Doctors at Zimbabwe’s state hospitals are on strike over wage and allowance issues, but the health minister said the medical system is coping. Meanwhile, Belarus confirmed its first novel flu case yesterday, in a Chinese man who had recently returned from visiting China, the Interfax news agency reported.last_img read more

Metal industry scheme misses 40,000 pension payments after IT glitch

first_imgDutch metal industry scheme PME failed to pay pensions on time to 40,000 of its 167,000 pensioners last Monday.It blamed the mishap on an IT glitch, and said the mistake was rectified by the next day.According to the €47bn pension fund for metalworking and electro-technical engineering, something went wrong when its provider MN sent a batch of payment orders to ING Bank.“The batch had become stuck somewhere in the system,” said Ellen van Amersfoort, the scheme’s spokeswoman. As a consequence, the payments weren’t transferred on PME’s fixed payment day, the 24th of the month. This led to phone calls from worried pensioners.The pension fund said it didn’t know exactly yet what had gone wrong, but emphasised that it would launch a thorough investigation to find the cause, “as this is not allowed to happen again”.Van Amersfoort, who joined PME five years ago, said she couldn’t remember any similar incident. “We are always very conscientious when it is about payments,” she said.Michel Cleij, spokesman for MN, which also serves the €72bn metal sector scheme PMT, also said he wasn’t aware of any such payment incidents during the past five years.“The payment process consists of several checks, ahead of as well as after the payments, with a statement showing whether payments have been successful,” he said.“Therefore, on Tuesday morning we already knew about the mistake. But around the same time, pensioners started to get in touch with us.”Problems with benefits payments are rare in the Dutch pensions sector.Administrative problems are usually about mistakes in granting pension rights, sending mandatory letters for new and leaving participants too late, or mistakes in invoices.Last year, MN abandoned an innovation project aimed at reducing costs and decreasing the number of administrative errors.last_img read more

Golden Bucks rally to nip Orono 17-14

first_imgAsher Bowden of the Bucksport Golden Bucks hurdles an Orono Red Riot defender as he picks up some yardage in Bucksport’s 17-14 win on Saturday. Th e Golden Bucks will face Mattanawcook on Saturday for the Eastern Maine Class D championship.BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport Golden Bucks remain undefeated after rallying past the Orono Red Riots for the second time this season Friday night to advance to the Eastern Maine Class D football championship.The Golden Bucks trailed by 11 points in the third quarter of the quarterfinal matchup, but two touchdown passes by quarterback Matthew Stewart concluded the scoring to give top-ranked Bucksport a 17-14 win over fourth-seeded Orono.Bucksport (9-0) will host No. 3 Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln for the Eastern Maine title at 1 p.m. on Saturday.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Latest Posts Bio Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Men’s Hockey: Granato excited but not satisfied over early win

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team played in front of their home crowd for the first time Saturday, beating the Victoria Vikes 10-1 in an exhibition game.First-year head coach Tony Granato reflected on his team’s performance and touched on some of the takeaway’s heading into Friday’s first regular season matchup in Green Bay against Northern Michigan.Men’s hockey: Badgers cruise past Vikes in first exhibition gameThe University of Wisconsin got off to a blazing hot start Saturday night in the Kohl center and never looked Read…“It was a positive start from a system side of things,” Granato said. “We didn’t implement a ton where they had to think out there. We wanted them to play.”Sophomores Luke Kunin and Seamus Malone led the way in scoring. Kunin followed up a dominant freshman season with a hat trick while Seamus finished with two.Granato alluded to the relative lack of action that his team’s goalies saw in their rout of the Vikes. Rumors before the game hinted that sophomore standout goalie Matt Jurusik might not start the whole season, and the slow action provided little to no answer to that question.“It would have been nice if they would have gotten a little more pressure on them, but I think they gained confidence as well, so it was good to get both those young guys in the game,” Granato said.Men’s hockey: Granato doesn’t want Wisconsin to be players’ final stopThere’s an intrinsic competitiveness in hockey players which drives them to the extremes. It’s shown in years of 6 a.m. Read…Despite the fact that Wisconsin had no trouble from an offensive standpoint, they tallied seven penalties exceeding Victoria’s six. Penalties were an extensive problem for the Badgers a season ago and were a main concern going into the offseason.“The good thing is it’s going to be hard decisions on who plays,” Granato said. “We go from 25 guys down to 20, so there’s five guys who won’t be able to play Friday night when we drop the puck. I think the positive thing for us as coaches is we know we have depth.”Wisconsin finished last season with an overall record of 8-19-8 and will certainly look to take the first step in improving upon that mark in Friday’s season opener. If Saturday’s blowout was any indication, it seems they are already making strides in the right direction.“There are certain things we’ve obviously worked on in the first few weeks that they’ve adapted to very well, and I think it carried over into the game,” Granato said.last_img read more