Men suffer about 70 percent of fireworks injuries – and other…

first_img I remember a year in the past that a guy lost his life over at Edgewater, Florida, when the authorities were putting on a fireworks show for the public. I may be wrong, but I think he was a fire department employee with the City of Edgewater, not a pyro guy from a fireworks company. I went one year to Edgewater, and participated in their craft show, and ate their bar b q dinners the fire department cooked, and stayed for the fireworks, but that was not the year the man got killed. It was tragic he was killed like that. By Jay L. Zagorsky, The Ohio State UniversityIn the eyes of many Americans, the Fourth of July is a day for parades, barbecues and, of course, fireworks.The tradition got its start at the beginning of our nation’s history after the Founding Fathers met in Philadelphia to write and sign the Declaration of Independence. A day after the Continental Congress adopted the declaration on July 4, 1776, John Adams – soon the second U.S. president – penned a letter to his wife Abigail, declaring that Independence Day“ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shews, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other from this time forward forever more.”One year later, Philadelphia celebrated the anniversary with fireworks – or “illuminations,” to Adams – plus a parade commemorating Independence Day.So with that in mind, here are four fascinating sets of facts about fireworks.Firework use is growingAmericans shoot off almost 1 pound of fireworks each year for every adult.And this figure has grown rapidly in recent years, from half a pound per adult in 2000. In 1976, the United States’ bicentennial, the figure was just one-sixth of a pound annually.A reason for the big increase is the steady reduction in state prohibitions against individuals using fireworks. Today only Massachusetts completely prohibits individuals from owning and using any type of fireworks. The other states all allow usage in some form.The most recent states to allow fireworks are New Jersey, Delaware and Iowa, whose new law legalizes fireworks around the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve only.Fireworks are also illegal in many urban areas, like New York City.Because states are now permitting individuals to purchase and possess fireworks, there has been a large shift from professional to amateur use. Back in 2000, roughly one-third of all fireworks were set off during professional displays, the kind that light the skies of cities around the world on holidays like New Year’s Eve and national celebrations. By 2017, professional displays comprised less than 10 percent.Sparklers cause a large share of fireworks-related injuries.Maria Symchych/Shutterstock.comFirework prices have fallenJust because more regular Americans have been shooting off fireworks doesn’t mean prices have surged. The vast majority of the fireworks shot off in the United States are manufactured overseas, mainly in China.Each shipment of fireworks brought into the U.S. includes a detailed invoice that shows the price the importer paid. These invoices show fireworks prices, after adjusting for inflation, are cheaper today than in the mid-1990s.In 1996 it cost about $1.37 in today’s terms to import 1 pound of fireworks. By 2017 the price had fallen to just $1.13 a pound. That means pound-for-pound fireworks are less than half the price of the hot dogs many people are grilling this 4th.Accidents and injuriesFireworks are dangerous – hence the reason so many states had banned them previously.And as we’ve exploded more bottle rockets, firecrackers and Roman candles, fireworks-related injuries have increased as well, though they are still far below the rates we saw back in the mid-1980s when cities and states began banning their usage.Back in 1986, fireworks injured about 6.6 out of every 100,000 people. Since 1986, injuries have steadily fallen as government regulations made them safer. In 2008, the rate was down to 2.3 people.But as states have relaxed restrictions, the injuries have started increasing again. The latest figures for 2017 show a rate of 4 people per 100,000.In addition, there’s also a big gender divide in who suffers the most injuries. Men experienced about 70 percent of fireworks-related injuries for the one-month period from June 18 to July 18, 2017.Beyond such statistics, however low, every year there are horrible stories of both children and adults being maimed and killed. So it’s always important to exercise caution when lighting what amounts to a low-yield missile.Fireworks now must meet higher standardsOne reason that injury rates have fallen in the first place is because of the federal government’s Consumer Product Safety Commission.This organization regulates fireworks under the Federal Hazardous Substances Act. It banned the sale of the most dangerous fireworks, such as M-80s and cherry bombs, in the 1960s.Today, it is working to lower injury rates again by requiring manufacturers to adhere to higher standards. In February 2017, for instance, the commission passed several of what I believe are common sense regulations for firework manufacturers to make their products safer.For example, faulty fuses have caused many injuries, such as when some burned rapidly and ignite a rocket too quickly, preventing the holder from moving away in time. Other fuses actually take too long to ignite, leading people to investigate whether it needs to be relit just as the firework explodes in their face. So the commission now requires all fuses to ignite fireworks three to nine seconds after being lit.The commission also now requires fireworks to have bases that are wider and support more weight so they do not tip over after being ignited. This prevents fireworks from firing off horizontally, becoming missiles that bounce along the ground and potentially hit spectators.It also now bans hazardous materials like lead from the powder inside fireworks. This ensures people downwind from the explosions are not poisoned by breathing the smoke.Common senseAs more states loosen restrictions on fireworks this Fourth of July, millions more people will follow the exhortations of John Adams and celebrate by shooting off “illuminations.”But if you do plan to shoot off a few rockets or more advance fireworks, use some common sense, especially if children are around.Whether you are lighting fireworks, watching them explode above you or just hiding from the noise, try to have a fun and safe Independence Day.This is an updated version of an article originally published on June 29, 2017.Jay L. Zagorsky, Economist and Research Scientist, The Ohio State UniversityThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. June 29, 2019 at 5:43 pm Some people don’t respect other people when they fire them off days before the 4th, or days after the 4th, and even fire them off in the direction of your roofs of your homes, and with little kids sitting all around the streets to watch, then they leave the messes of spent fireworks out all over the streets for someone else to clean up. Fireworks….the one item I wouldn’t have a problem with having a humongous import tax on! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The I-Hop Restaurant is looking nice, and I just love those hot pink crape myrtle trees they are planting out front and along the retention pond. The other new building that is being built looks like something out of the Alamo, however…..lol, but that’s okay, I’m sure it will be nice also. Please enter your name here Mama Mia Mama Mia Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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Joint statement stresses commitment to new global competition, optimising men’s international calendar

first_imgWednesday Feb 3, 2021 Joint statement stresses commitment to new global competition, optimising men’s international calendar A joint statement by World Rugby, the nations and players has today been released following discussions on the future international rugby calendar. ADVERTISEMENTThe statement said that discussions have continued in a positive and consultative manner, after agreement was reached on a set of principles that will pave the way to explore new possible competition formats for men’s 15’s within the July and November windows.Full statement below: World Rugby has been facilitating discussions between major unions, international and domestic club competitions, and International Rugby Players with the joint ambition of exploring multiple options and seeking a solution that optimises player welfare, competition opportunities for emerging nations, and financial outcomes for both the international and professional club league environments.Three dedicated working groups – competition format, player welfare and financial impact evaluation – featuring player, international competition and professional club league representation have been examining the comparative merits of the current July and November international windows and a combined October/November window.This work has been supported by an independent and objective financial assessment of the international and club landscape and global fan surveys.The detailed evaluation, which has been endorsed by both the World Rugby Professional Game Committee and the Executive Committee, has determined that competition format change is the key to increasing interest and value, while retaining the existing July and November windows delivers the optimal environment for any new competition to be implemented from a player welfare, union and professional league financial, broadcasters and fans perspective.ADVERTISEMENTWith agreement reached on the direction of travel, the groups also agreed a set of principles to underpin the development of new competition formats within July and November windows:Any new competition format should also aim to improve player welfare when transitioning between club and country environments, optimising travel, rest and training load with further collaborative dialogue planned between international and domestic competitions to address thisAny new competition format should increase competitiveness of the global game, offering greater opportunities for emerging nations and develop new commercial revenuesAny new competition format would not operate in a men’s Rugby World Cup year and would be modified in a British and Irish Lions yearAny new competition would not launch before 2024World Rugby, The Nations and International Rugby Players will continue to explore and refine possible new international competition formats to optimise the July and November windows. This process has underlined the importance of partnership and consultation with the professional club game as key to achieving optimal outcomes for rugby as a wholeAll parties will continue dialogue guided by these principles to explore new competition formats that achieve the best-possible relationship between the international and club game on an annual basis that has the management of player welfare at the heart of decision-making.Strong progress is also being made on optimisation of the four-year women’s international calendar with the ambition of providing greater opportunities for teams, while supporting an expanded and more competitive Rugby World Cup.RELATED VIEWING:  ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 18 WEEKS AGO England ready for ‘fearless’ Russell while… 18 WEEKS AGO France cleared for Six Nations as it’s announced… 19 WEEKS AGO Monye strikes a chord as he speaks for vast… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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TK Maxx asks people to share their #socksie for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis34 Shoppers can also buy an official pair of TK Maxx charity Christmas socks in-store. Prices start at £2.99 for children’s designs and £4.99 for adults, with at least £0.99 (for children’s socks) or £2.00 (for adults) from the sale of every pack donated to Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. The socks are being sold alongside a range of other stocking fillers including chocolate lollipops, Christmas cards and bags for life with profits also going to the charity.Deborah Dolce, group brand and marketing director at TK Maxx, said:“We believe the classic gifting staple – Christmas socks – deserves to have this moment of glory. We’re going to raise important funds for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens by asking everyone to have some fun and put on their boldest, brightest pair to create a Christmassy #socksie or to buy a pair of charity Christmas socks in our store.” Tagged with: christmas fundraising events Fundraising ideas social media Melanie May | 6 December 2016 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. TK Maxx is holding its first Christmas Socks Day today (6th December) to raise funds for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens. The campaign is supported by Donna Air, and encourages friends, families and school children nationwide to show off their favourite Christmas socks and share a photo of them wearing their socks on social media with the hashtag #socksie. For every #socksie uploaded on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, TK Maxx will donate £1 to Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens for the first 5,000 socksies uploaded to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Main image: TK Maxx  337 total views,  1 views today TK Maxx asks people to share their #socksie for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens  338 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis34last_img read more

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Trump: U.S. and Japan to Accelerate Trade Talks

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Trump: U.S. and Japan to Accelerate Trade Talks SHARE Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – May 28, 2019 Facebook Twitter Previous articleCanada Takes First Step in Ratifying USMCANext articleDelayed Planting Means Increasing Soybean Seeding Rate NAFB News Service Japan and the U.S. are accelerating trade talks in hopes to reach a quick agreement. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe indicated the U.S. and Japan will speed up trade talks as Tokyo faces increased pressure to reach a deal in the next six months to avoid auto tariffs. However, Politico reports talks between the two likely won’t advance quickly until after Tokyo’s election in July. Trump, ending a summit and visit to Japan, says agriculture products are “heavily in play” in the talks, particularly U.S. beef.Farmers in the U.S. are eager to see an agreement since Japan and other nations entered the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, after the U.S. left the then-called Trans-Pacific Partnership in 2017. Trump suggested an announcement on parts of an agreement could come sometime in August. Trade experts expect a deal to take longer, however, as the talks, focusing on automobiles and agriculture, will take more time than predicted by the U.S. and Japan. SHARE Trump: U.S. and Japan to Accelerate Trade Talkslast_img read more

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Limerick judge urges Scott to get back on his bike

first_imgNewsLimerick judge urges Scott to get back on his bikeBy Staff Reporter – July 21, 2016 1762 WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Previous articleLimerick mother must apologise to Garda for ‘unique civics lesson’Next articleOllie – icon and part of the fabric of life in Limerick court retires Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live TAGSlimerick Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printcenter_img Twitter Linkedin Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Limerick boy has not cycled his bike in five years since he was knocked down outside his homeNOT even €35,000 will get a young Limerick schoolboy back on his bike after he was knocked down by a car outside his home, a court has heard.Like all youngsters, Scott Kelly would hop on his bike after school and cycle to friends, over to soccer training or just ride around for the fun of it.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up On June 9, 2011, he cycled out from the driveway at his home on South Claughan Road, Garryowen, only to be knocked down by a passing car.At Limerick Circuit Court last week, Jack Nicholas BL, counsel for Scott and his father, told Judge Tom O’Donnell that the young Limerick lad was involved in what was described as a “nasty enough incident”.He was thrown from his bike and hit the windscreen of the car.Outlining the details of a €35,000 general damages offer which was being made by the insurance company for the driver of the car, Mr Nicholas said that the impact was so severe that the boy’s bike was “damaged beyond repair”.Scott suffered a head injury, two black eyes, abrasions to his face, pain to his lower back and neck.He was hospitalised and also suffered nausea and vomiting.Mr Nicholas said that cold weather aggravates the pain for Scott but, after six months, the majority of his physical injuries had resolved.However, despite his father buying him a new bike, he still hasn’t returned to cycling.Even five years after the accident, doctors say that he still suffers from post traumatic anxiety and has missed some social events with friends that he would normally have engaged in.Judge O’Donnell was shown a scar over Scott’s right eye and Mr Nicholas said that he felt the offer of €35,000, plus legal costs, was “fantastic” for the young man.When Scott said that the he wouldn’t get back on his bike, Judge O’Donnell told him that even professional cyclists in the Tour de France fall off and get back on as he encouraged the 11-year-old to “make the most of the summer”.Approving the offer and ordering that the €35,000 be paid in to court and invested until he turns 18, Judge O’Donnell wished him well and said that “I hope you get back on your bike”. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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Three year old recovering after hotel fall in West Donegal

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – August 14, 2011 Google+ Twitter WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Three year old recovering after hotel fall in West Donegalcenter_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Previous articleThree arrested after Derry disturbancesNext articleGarda sergeant and three other men stabbed in Letterkenny News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Health and Safety Authority is investigating an accident in which a three-year-old girl tumbled 16 feet from a hotel balcony during wedding celebrations and had a miracle escape.Eva Sweeney, a cousin of the bride, Ashley Gallagher, fell through a hole in a balcony railing on to a sloping tiled roof and tumbled to concrete paving.It happened as guests were listening to a band at the Ostan Hotel, Gweedore, Co. Donegal..After the fall, Eva was transferred from Letterkenny General to Temple Street Hospital, where she spent five days recovering from bruising to her head and body, two black eyes and an injured shoulder.Her father, Joe, who lives in Kings Park, Glasgow, described her as an amazing girl who islucky to be alive.Her uncle, Simon Murphy, said that it appeared Eva was playing on the balcony with other children while some wedding guests were listening to a band. Eva apparently leaned towards the balcony fence but fell through it because some panelling was missing.The hotel issued a statement in which it said it was the first time in 41 years there was an accident at the hotel. No hotel staff witnessed the incident but management understood the child crawled through the barrier and fell on to a smaller sloping roof and then fell a further eight feet to the ground.The HSA confirmed it is conducting an inquiry into the incident. Google+ Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Newsx Adverts Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Woman saved after plunging 15 feet through NYC rooftop hole

first_imgI want to shout out PO Barone and PO Manel—they responded to a 911 call for a person yelling for help. In their canvass and relentless follow up they discovered a person who fell 15 ft. between 2 buildings and remained trapped. @NYPDSpecialops ESU then freed the person. pic.twitter.com/vHcLeLVeZm— NYPD 9th Precinct (@NYPD9Pct) December 30, 2019 MattGush/iStock(NEW YORK) — Hanging out with friends turned into a dramatic rescue for one woman early Sunday morning in New York City.A 36-year-old woman told police she had been walking on a rooftop building with friends in downtown Manhattan, when a cover gave out, plunging her more than 10 feet downward, reported ABC News’ New York affiliate, WABC.Her friends believed she had left their gathering when the woman disappeared, but she had become wedged between two buildings after her fall. Neighbors in the area heard the trapped woman’s screams for help and according to the NYPD, two officers responded to a 911 call. On Dec. 29, at approximately 4:35 a.m.,”police responded to a 911 call for help at 308 Mott Street. Upon arrival the officers were informed that an individual heard a woman’s voice calling for help emanating from the rooftop of the location,” according to a statement from Detective Annette Shelton at the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information.“Members of the Emergency Service Unit responded and rescued aided by entering through a wall located on the third floor,” Shelton said.The woman had been trapped for “about two hours,” an NYPD spokesperson told ABC News.The woman was taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Coronavirus updates: Fauci ‘would not be surprised’ if new variant is in US

first_imgDec 22, 1:02 pmNew York hospitals to test for UK variantNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is instructing hospitals across the state to test specifically for the variant of the coronavirus discovered in the United Kingdom.“If we find the variant, we want to know where it is immediately,” Cuomo said.  Cuomo said he does not support a travel ban from the U.K. into the U.S., but does believe the U.S. should follow New York state’s lead in requiring flights originating in the U.K. to have passengers test negative. Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC News’ Good Morning America Tuesday that “the possibility and maybe the likelihood of requiring the testing of individuals before they board a plane to the United States — that is under active discussion.”Fauci added, “you really need to assume” that the variant is already in the U.S.Dec 22, 12:40 pmSouth Carolina’s governor tests positiveSouth Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing “mild symptoms with a cough and slight fatigue,” his office said.His wife, Peggy McMaster, tested positive last week and does not have symptoms.“There is no way to pinpoint precisely when or how Governor McMaster or the First Lady contracted the virus,” the governor’s office said, citing state physicians.“The governor quarantined himself when he knew he was in close contact with the virus and sent Governor’s Residence staff home to quarantine and get tested to ensure their health and safety,” his office said. “Because the governor followed the guidelines and recommendations as a ‘close contact,’ SCDHEC [the state’s health department] has determined there are no ‘close contacts’ to the governor.”The governor is isolating at home and will receive monoclonal antibody treatment on Tuesday, his office said.Dec 22, 12:08 pmCDC says UK variant not detected in sequencing efforts in US The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it hasn’t detected the coronavirus variant found in the United Kingdom, with the caveat that an extremely limited number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. have been sequenced.  While there’s evidence the variant could potentially be more transmissible, the fact that it is more predominant in a particular country or area doesn’t mean it’s more infectious and there’s no evidence it causes more severe illness, according to the CDC. Beginning in January, each state will send at least 10 COVID-19 samples biweekly to the CDC for sequencing and further characterization.Dec 22, 12:04 pmDecember on track to become deadliest month of pandemicWith over 51,000 coronavirus-related deaths recorded in the first three weeks of the month, December is on track to surpass April to become the deadliest month of the pandemic in the U.S., according to ABC News’ analysis of data compiled by the COVID Tracking Project.Hospitalizations are surging to unprecedented levels, with 115,351 patients currently hospitalized nationwide — a 38.5% increase in the last month.December is also set to become the worst month on record for COVID-19 cases in the U.S. The U.S. surpassed 18 million cases on Monday, only four days after reaching 17 million cases, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. Dec 22, 11:43 amEuropean Commission recommends end to UK travel banThe European Commission is recommending an end to the United Kingdom’s travel ban in the wake of coronavirus cases in England linked to a new variant of the virus.The Commission said, “while it is important to take swift temporary precautionary action to limit the further spread of the new strain of the virus and all non-essential travel to and from the UK should be discouraged, essential travel and transit of passengers should be facilitated. Flight and train bans should be discontinued given the need to ensure essential travel and avoid supply chain disruptions.”France and several other countries closed their borders to Britain on Monday over fears of the new variant.While the France-England border is closed for U.K. citizens, French citizens can come home from Britain if they have proof of a negative COVID-19 test, France’s BFM television reported on Tuesday.Dec 22, 10:37 amFauci gets vaccinatedDr. Anthony Fauci, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins were vaccinated Tuesday with the newly authorized Moderna vaccine, which the NIH helped develop.Azar said to the NIH staff, “This is one of your finest accomplishments.”Dec 22, 9:22 amEuropean Commission recommends end to UK travel banThe European Commission is recommending an end to the United Kingdom’s travel ban in the wake of coronavirus cases in England linked to a new variant of the virus.The Commission said, “while it is important to take swift temporary precautionary action to limit the further spread of the new strain of the virus and all non-essential travel to and from the UK should be discouraged, essential travel and transit of passengers should be facilitated. Flight and train bans should be discontinued given the need to ensure essential travel and avoid supply chain disruptions.”Dec 22, 8:21 amFauci ‘would not be surprised’ if new variant is in USHours before getting vaccinated, Dr. Anthony Fauci told ABC News’ Good Morning America Tuesday, “I want to symbolize to people the importance that everyone gets vaccinated who can get vaccinated.”Fauci will receive the Moderna vaccine, which the National Institutes of Health helped develop. Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which is part of the NIH.Fauci said the general population will likely start receiving vaccines at the end of March or beginning of April — but it’s unclear how long that process will take.“It may take two, three, four months or more before you get everyone vaccinated that wants to be vaccinated,” Fauci said.In the wake of an uptick in cases in England linked to a new COVID-19 variant, Fauci said he “would not be surprised” if the variant is in the U.S.“When you have this amount of spread within a place like the U.K., you really need to assume that it’s here already. And certainly is not the dominant strain, but I would not be surprised at all if it’s already here,” he said.The reproduction rate of the new variant is 0.4 higher than other known strains, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 technical lead, said Monday. That means the number of people an infected individual transmits to increases from 1.1 to 1.5 with the new variant.There’s “zero evidence” that the new variant causes more severe disease, said Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme.Dec 22, 5:10 amBioNTech vaccine will likely work on UK variant, company’s CEO saysBioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin is confident that the pharmaceutical company’s coronavirus vaccine will work against the new U.K. variant of the virus.“We don’t know at the moment if our vaccine is also able to provide protection against this new variant,” Sahin told a news conference Tuesday, after the vaccine was approved for use in the European Union. “But scientifically, it is highly likely that the immune response by this vaccine also can deal with the new virus variants.”He explained that the proteins on the U.K. variant are 99% the same as the ones on the original strain, so BioNTech has “scientific confidence” that its vaccine will be effective on the variant as well.Still, more studies need to be done.“But we will know it only if the experiment is done and we will need about two weeks from now to get the data,” Sahin said. “The likelihood that our vaccine works … is relatively high.”Dec 22, 1:45 amOver 60 arrested at superspreader events in LA CountyLos Angeles officials arrested over 60 people involved in underground parties over the weekend. In a statement, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the parties were considered superspreader events, as they violated COVID-19 health protocols.Around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles Police Department responded to an underground party event in Los Angeles and found two people shot. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene, according to a statement from the LASD.  Then, at around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, officers responded to another underground party in Compton, where they arrested 67 people: 61 adults and six juveniles. One firearm was recovered.  A third underground party, located in Los Angeles, was shut down by the LAPD after a shooting took place. “Sheriff Alex Villanueva has made it clear he will seek out and take law enforcement action against all underground party events occurring anywhere within Los Angeles County, who fall under the Health Orders of the County’s Department of Public Health,” the LASD said in their statement. “The goal of these enforcement actions is to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and the risk to our vulnerable populations.”Dec 22, 1:09 amBiden applauds COVID relief package but says more work is neededPresident-elect Joe Biden has applauded the COVID-19 relief bill passed Monday by the House and Senate. In a tweet early Tuesday morning, Biden voiced his approval of the package, but warned that Congress still has more work to do in the new year. “I applaud this relief package, but our work is far from over. Starting in the new year, Congress will need to immediately get to work on support for our COVID-19 plan. My message to everyone out there struggling right now: help is on the way,” he tweeted.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Ovidiu Dugulan/iStockBy ROSA SANCHEZ and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 77.5 million people worldwide and killed over 1.7 million of them, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news developed Tuesday. All times Eastern:Dec 22, 8:51 pmUS records 3,100 more deaths as hospitalizations reach record highThe country reached another 3,131 deaths Tuesday as the coronavirus hospitalization numbers surpassed another record, according to the COVID Tracking Project.There are 117,777 Americans hospitalized with the virus, according to the health data.The seven-day average for hospitalizations, 114,621, and deaths, 2,654, were also record figures, the tracking project said.“Hospitalizations are rapidly rising in Texas, Florida, and Georgia,” the tracking project tweeted.Dec 22, 8:27 pmLA County surpasses 9,000 deathsLos Angeles County’s Health Department reported that it has surpassed 9,000 coronavirus related deaths Tuesday.The county recorded more than 1,000 deaths since Dec. 8, which is an average of nearly 73 COVID-19 deaths per day over the past two weeks, the Health Department said.There are 5,866 people with COVID-19 currently hospitalized in Los Angeles, a record high, the Health Department said. About 20% of these patients are in the ICU, the Health Department said.Dec 22, 6:39 pmUS COVID hospital patients reach spring peak: HHSAbout 24% of inpatients in U.S. hospitals have the coronavirus, matching the peak set in April, according to an internal memo from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that was obtained by ABC News.About 29% of hospitals across the country have more than 80% of their ICU beds filled, according to the memo.HHS said 34% of ventilators in use are occupied by COVID-19 patients. The peak in April was 45%, according to the agency.The memo also reported increasing trends with cases and deaths across the country between Dec. 16 and Dec. 22.During that seven-day period, 1,656,411 new cases were confirmed, according to HHS. This was a 10.8% increase from the previous seven-day period.There were 18,537 deaths recorded between Dec. 16 and Dec. 22, which was a 7.5% jump from the same period last week.-ABC News’ Josh Margolin contributed to this report.Dec 22, 4:40 pmAstraZeneca says its vaccine should be effective against new coronavirus variantBritish drugmaker AstraZeneca told Reuters that its vaccine should be effective against the new COVID-19 variant linked to cases in the United Kingdom.AstraZeneca said studies are underway to fully probe the impact of the mutation.ABC News’ Sohel Uddin contributed to this report.Dec 22, 2:52 pmSupreme Court justices have vaccine accessVaccines are being made available to all Supreme Court Justices, spokeswoman Kathy Arberg told ABC News.Arberg did not say whether any justices have received the vaccine, citing health privacy laws. The oldest justices are Stephen Breyer, 82, and Clarence Thomas, 72.The National Security Council in recent days moved to extend vaccine access to top government officials to preserve continuity of government. ABC News’ Devin Dwyer contributed to this report.Dec 22, 1:14 pmPregnant women in 3rd trimester unlikely to pass virus to newborns Pregnant women with COVID-19 during the third trimester are unlikely to pass the infection to their newborns, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health and published in the journal JAMA Network Open.  The study followed 127 pregnant women, and among the 64 women in their third trimester who tested positive for COVID-19, no newborns tested positive.last_img read more

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16-year-old girl fatally shot by police in Ohio

first_imgvmargineanu/iStock(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — A 16-year-old girl was shot and killed by police on Tuesday afternoon in Columbus, Ohio, police said.Police said they were responding to a report of an attempted stabbing in the southern part of the city at about 4:30 p.m. local time. The shooting took place a short time later, according to police.The victim, who the Franklin County Children Services identified as Ma’Khia Bryant, was taken to the hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead just before 5:30 p.m.“She could be my grandchild,” Ned Pettus, director of the Columbus Department of Public Safety, said at a press conference. “My heart breaks for the family tonight. No matter the circumstances, that family is in agony. … They deserve answers, the city deserves answers. … But fast answers cannot come at the expense of accurate answers.”Pettus said if the law was broken the police officer will be held accountable.Police held a press conference late Tuesday where they showed body camera footage of the incident. In the video, the police officer is seen approaching a fight between several teenage girls.Police said, and the slow motion video appeared to show, that the officer shot the teen just as she was “attempting to stab the first female that lands on the ground and then the second female that is pushed onto the vehicle.”“She was a good kid. She was loving,” Hazel Bryant, who said she was the victim’s aunt, told Columbus ABC affiliate WSYX-TV near the scene of the shooting. “Yeah she had issues, but that’s OK. … She didn’t deserve to die like a dog on the street.”A review of the shooting will be done by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther confirmed the news of the shooting on Twitter.“This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life,” he wrote. “We do not know all of the details. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible. BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation — as they do with all CPD-involved shootings.”“We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available,” he continued. “I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.”People gathered near the scene of the shooting as night fell and later marched through Columbus and outside the police department.The shooting came about an hour before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second- and third-degree murder in the death of George Floyd last May.Police initially said Ma’Khia was 15 years old, but Franklin County Children Services later said she was 16.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Adjunct Instructor – Undergrad Business Mathematics

first_imgWorking TitleAdjunct Instructor – Undergrad Business Mathematics Ph.D. in Mathematics or a closely related discipline at the timethe appointment begins.Experience teaching higher education.Experience working in the field of business. Hours/Week Recruitment PoolAll Applicants Special Instructions to Applicants Remove from posting on or before06/30/2021 Open Until FilledNo Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/99564 Posting Details Job Open Date07/01/2020 Position TypeAdjunct – Teaching Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).Optional & Required DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationResumeOptional DocumentsOther Document Normal work days Job Code/TitleAJ – Adjunct Resource CriticalYes At VCU, we Make it Real through learning, research, creativity,service and discovery — the hallmarks of the VCU experience. Apremier, urban, public research university nationally recognized asone of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place towork. It’s a place of opportunity, where your success is supportedand your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leavepackage, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and anopportunity to do mission-driven work. Additional Information Organizational Overviewcenter_img Sensitive PositionNo DepartmentUndergraduate Studies Position NumberJ00001 Required Qualifications Is any portion of this position grant-funded?No Does this position require a pre-placement medicalassessment?No Preferred Qualifications Normal work hours Anticipated Hiring RangeCommensurate with Experience Does this position provide patient or clinical services to theVCU Health System?No Job CategoryAdjunct – Teaching Ph.D., or Master’s degree in MathematicsABD candidates will be considered.Teaching experience and the ability to support our teachingneeds.Strong communication skills, superior written and presentationskills, a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, and adesire to work collaboratively with colleagues.Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty,staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a facultymember at VCU . Description of the Job All candidates must attach to this application a cover letter,curriculum vitae or resume,and the names/contact information for three references (as an“Other Document”).Virginia Commonwealth University is an equalopportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, andpersons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. CampusMonroe Park Campus Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Business has launcheda strategic plan toharness and build on strengths, ensure continued innovation andimpact, and boldly ignite collaborative energy among students,faculty, staff, alumni, and the business community in Richmond andbeyond.The Undergraduate Studies Office in the School of Business atVirginia Commonwealth University is recruiting a pool of applicantsfor possible adjunct teaching positions in a range of Mathematicsfor Business disciplines. Courses include Math Applications forBusiness and Differential Calculus.As an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, you will helpsupport the new School of Business strategic plan that focuses oncreativity in the curriculum. We seek candidates with teachinginterests in the domain of general business and businesscommunication.Should funding for such adjunct teaching positions becomeavailable, the Undergraduate Studies Office will contact persons inthe pool whose credentials match our teaching needs. This pool willbe accessed only when an opening arises. Your credentials willremain active for one year after the date you submit them. Afterone year, if you are still interested in adjunct teaching, you mustreapply to this adjunct pool. Note that we are unable to hireapplicants who are not already in the pool.last_img read more

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