Private payrolls increase by 365,000 vs. 600,000 estimate

first_imgA worker wearing a protective mask and gloves assembles face shields at the Cartamundi-owned Hasbro manufacturing facility in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.Adam Glanzman | Bloomberg via Getty Images – Advertisement – Private job creation showed a sharp deceleration in October as the U.S. economy struggled against a resurgent coronavirus pandemic, according to a report Wednesday by ADP.Companies added 365,000 positions for the month, well below the 600,000 estimate from a Dow Jones economist survey. That was the lowest reported gain from ADP since July.The ADP estimate, done in conjunction with Moody’s Analytics, has varied widely from the government’s official nonfarm payrolls report, particularly during the pandemic. However, the upwardly revised 753,000 in September actually was higher than the Labor Department’s count of 661,000, whereas previous months’ reports were considerably lower than the government’s.- Advertisement – “The labor market continues to add jobs, yet at a slower pace,” Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute, said in a statement. “Although the pace is slower, we’ve seen employment gains across all industries and sizes.”The report comes two days before the more closely watched Labor Department tally.Economists expect that report to show growth of 530,000, which would take the total amount of positions brought back since May to nearly 12 million. The unemployment rate is expected to fall two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.7%.However, the gains only make up for a little more than half the 22 million positions lost in the first two months of the pandemic.Economists worry that job creation could slow amid a rise in Covid-19 cases, which increased by 86,507 on Tuesday to bring the pandemic total to 9.3 million, according to the Covid Tracking Project. More than 224,000 Americans have died from the virus and its complications.center_img From a sector perspective, services accounted for almost all the job creation, with 348,000. The hospitality industry, which took the biggest hit during the virus-related shutdown, added 125,000 jobs, while education and health services grew by 79,000 and professional and business services contributed 60,000.Of the 17,000 increase on the goods-producing side, construction and manufacturing each added 7,000 while natural resources and mining rose 3,000.Job creation was split among businesses in terms of size, with companies employing 50 to 499 employees leading with 135,000. Large businesses contributed 116,000 and small firms picked up 114,000.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

These maps show how Joe Biden won Michigan and Wisconsin

first_imgYoung men point at an electoral college map at an event at Lulu Bar on November 04, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand hosted by the United States Embassy and the NZ U.S Council to watch the results of the 2020 U.S election come through. on November 04, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.Lynn Grieveson | Newsroom | Getty Images It looks like the Blue Wall held this time.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will carry Michigan and Wisconsin, two of the states that propelled President Donald Trump to the White House four years ago, according to NBC News projections.Those expected wins leave Biden with 253 electoral votes, just shy of the 270 he needs to win the 2020 presidential election. All eyes have turned to the 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania, a state too close to call as it tallies its final ballots.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Democrats saw reclaiming the Midwest as their clearest path to denying Trump a second term. Fueled by a strong performance in rural areas, Trump carried both Michigan and Wisconsin in 2016 in the first wins there for a Republican since 1988.Preliminary, unofficial results show Biden could flip as many as four counties across the two states that Trump won in 2016. His success in turning narrow Democratic losses four years ago into close wins this week came from running ahead of Hillary Clinton in key counties. – Advertisement –center_img In Michigan, Biden leads by roughly 147,000 votes, or 2.6 percentage points. Trump carried the state by just under 11,000 votes in 2016.- Advertisement – Wisconsin looks like a closer race than Michigan. Biden leads by about 20,000 votes there, compared with Trump’s roughly 23,000-vote margin of victory in 2016.The state’s most populous city of Milwaukee gave Biden a major boost. He picked up about 69% of the vote in Milwaukee County versus Clinton’s 66%, and gained roughly 20,000 net votes.Biden saw major gains in Dane, the home of the state capital Madison and the University of Wisconsin. He improved on Clinton’s margin there by about 5 percentage points, or roughly 35,000 votes.Biden also saw about a 5 percentage point, or more than 7,000-vote, improvement in crucial Waukesha County west of Milwaukee.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. Success for Democrats in Michigan starts with the state’s most populous city of Detroit. Biden’s margin of about 37 percentage points in Wayne County, where Detroit sits, is about the same as Clinton’s was in 2016. Still, he saw margin of victory of more than 320,000 votes in the county.Measured by how much he improved on Clinton’s 2016 margins, Biden fared better elsewhere. In Oakland County in Detroit’s suburbs, he performed 6 percentage points better — good for about a 55,000-vote swing.In Washtenaw County, which includes the college town of Ann Arbor, he outperformed Clinton by about 5 percentage points, or roughly 23,000 votes. In both Ingham — which includes the state capital of Lansing and another college town in East Lansing — and Kalamazoo Counties, Biden saw a shift of more than 5 percentage points or 10,000 votes.last_img read more

Why the U.S. election still could represent a triumph of American democracy

first_img– Advertisement – Biden and his team recognize that history compels them, once elected, to emerge as more than just the victor. America’s internal divisions and a rising tide of international challenges will require the kind of unifying leader that America has had before at such times of dangerous division.The challenges may seem daunting, but they were also daunting when Gerald Ford stepped in after the resignation of Richard Nixon. And the current rifts in the United States are nowhere near as bitter as what faced President Ulysses S. Grant after the Civil War in 1869, when he succeeded Andrew Johnson, the first U.S. president to be impeached. Johnson refused to attend Grant’s inauguration, and Grant refused to ride in the same carriage as Johnson. Yet President Grant brought together a divided country and healed the post-war economy, and his new Department of Justice prosecuted the Ku Klux Klan. Obstacle and opportunity- Advertisement – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden speaks one day after Americans voted in the presidential election, on November 04, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.Drew Angerer | Getty Images Vice President Biden has been consistent as a candidate that he wishes to play a unifying role as the president for all Americans — and alongside the country’s traditional allies.It will not be easy, but it is doable.The Republican gains in the House of Representatives and the party’s likely continued hold on the Senate majority would present both an obstacle and an opportunity for a Democratic president. In the first days of his administration, Biden could strike deals across the aisle to take on the potentially unifying perils of COVID-19 and the economic downturn through more productive stimulus spending and infrastructure investment. With Kamala Harris as the first Black woman to serve as the nation’s vice president, a Biden administration would be well-positioned to support an inclusive, new civil-rights movement.   It’s also far beyond time for the United States to rally its democratic partners around the world in common cause to tackle the rising, systemic, authoritarian challenge posed by China and others – an issue against which US political differences pale in importance.Perhaps a Trump concession to Biden will yet come, which would help the healing. For now, that is difficult to imagine.Under no conditions could one expect anything approaching the power of Senator John McCain’s concession to Barack Obama in 2008. McCain’s speech went viral this week across the country, underscoring the national yearning for that brand of elegance.“In a contest as long and difficult as this campaign has been,” said McCain then, Obama’s “success alone commands my respect for his ability and perseverance. But that he managed to do so by inspiring the hopes of so many millions of Americans, who had once wrongly believed that they had little at stake or little influence in the election of an American president, is something I deeply admire and commend him for achieving. This is a historic election, and I recognize the special significance it has for African Americans and for the special pride that must be theirs tonight.”Margin of victoryStill, Vice President Biden would enter office having won a record of nearly 74 million votes and still counting, exceeding the previous highest mark of 69.5 million achieved by President Barack Obama, in whose administration Biden served. The national turnout will exceed 66% of registered voters, the most since Republican President William McKinley defeated his Democratic challenger William Jennings Bryan in 1900, with a 73% turnout.It has become popular among American adversaries and allies alike to espouse the view that the long period of U.S. global leadership that followed World War II, creating the international institutions and rules that have governed the past 75 years, is nearing its end. Some critics point to the divisions, nastiness, and messiness of our 2020 elections as decisive evidence of that.“The U.S. is in degradation,” tweeted Hu Xijin, the editor in chief of the Global Times in China, who is often considered an unofficial spokesperson for Beijing.Difficult days still lie ahead. This transition could be like none we have ever seen. But this year’s electoral outcome offers more reason for hope than despair.Our current thinking is colored by how we’ve received the results, but the margin of victory over time could allow a President Biden to shift from campaigning to governing with a tone and content that has the potential to be transformative. Don’t forget: President George W. Bush’s 2004 win, which was described as giving him a strong foreign-policy mandate, came with 286 electoral votes and a 2.4-point margin in the popular vote. A Biden win could grow to over 300 electoral votes and a margin of 4.5 to 5 points.A Biden victory would provide an opportunity for Americans to regain their appetite for compromise at home to tackle the country’s most pressing challenges and for international common cause to safeguard the gains in democracy and prosperity of the past 75 years.A gracious concession would help. Thankfully, however, our democracy rests not on the actions of the defeated, but on the votes of our citizens and our constitutional process of transition.Frederick Kempe is a best-selling author, prize-winning journalist and president & CEO of the Atlantic Council, one of the United States’ most influential think tanks on global affairs. He worked at The Wall Street Journal for more than 25 years as a foreign correspondent, assistant managing editor and as the longest-serving editor of the paper’s European edition. His latest book – “Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth” – was a New York Times best-seller and has been published in more than a dozen languages. Follow him on Twitter @FredKempe and subscribe here to Inflection Points, his look each Saturday at the past week’s top stories and trends.This column was originally published in the Atlantic Council blog.For more insight from CNBC contributors, follow @CNBCopinion on Twitter.center_img – Advertisement – It is now likely that former Vice President Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States. He’ll do so with the largest number of votes ever cast for any American presidential candidate in history after an electoral-turnout rate that was the highest since 1900. Though it may not feel that way right now, that outcome would mark a triumph of historic significance for the country’s democratic process and institutions. It would be one that would come despite President Donald Trump’s incendiary, unsubstantiated charges on Thursday of electoral fraud and despite a host of legal challenges that will now play out but be unlikely to change the outcome.Though one would hope the Republican chorus against Trump’s disruptive efforts would be louder, significant voices are joining. Republican Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, whose state is a key battleground, called the president’s charges “disturbing to me because he made very, very serious allegations without any evidence to support it.” Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, tweeted, “STOP Spreading debunked misinformation.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Barr’s Decision on Voter Fraud Inflames Existing Tensions With Anticorruption Prosecutors

first_imgA Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.The Public Integrity Section was created as a post-Watergate safeguard against abuses of power. It has secured bribery and extortion convictions against politicians as part of the Abscam scandal of the 1970s and early 1980s and a corruption conviction against the lobbyist Jack Abramoff in 2006.Its reputation suffered with the botched prosecution of Senator Ted Stevens, Republican of Alaska, a case the department ultimately dropped.The mistrust between lawyers in the Public Integrity Section and Trump officials began soon after Mr. Sessions became attorney general early in 2017.He asked public corruption lawyers to brief him on high-profile investigations that they had declined to prosecute under the Obama administration and whether they could be reopened — including inquiries into Bill and Hillary Clinton’s foundation and an I.R.S. employee’s denial of tax-exempt status to conservative groups, according to two people with knowledge of the conversation.Though public corruption staff members expressed views that Mr. Sessions’ questions were inappropriate, they were relieved when he did not push them to act after they explained why the cases had been closed, the people said. Mr. Sessions said in a statement that he did ask for briefings on “certain high-profile cases” that been heavily scrutinized, defending his requests as “entirely proper.” The move stunned Mr. Rabbitt, Mr. Amundson, Mr. Pilger and others inside the criminal division, according four people who spoke with them. Mr. Pilger stepped down from his post within hours for a nonsupervisory role at the department.Some colleagues expressed hope that his protest would send a message to the public and to other officials that they did not condone Mr. Barr’s memo. They told others that they feared he had set the stage for a U.S. attorney in a battleground state to announce an inquiry or take investigative steps that advance Mr. Trump’s debunked narrative that the election was stolen.Michael S. Schmidt and Coral Davenport contributed reporting. Mr. Rosen expressed doubts about the strength of the case and sought a stronger prosecution. The prosecutors agreed to work further, and the inquiry has not been officially closed, according to people familiar with the matter.The presidential race reignited the tensions in the weeks leading up the election. Mr. Barr told leaders in the criminal division, which oversees the Public Integrity Section, that he wanted to allow prosecutors to look into voter fraud allegations before the results of the presidential race had been certified, according to two people briefed on his conversations.Such a move would not only contravene a longstanding department policy intended to keep the department from inadvertently affecting the results of the race, but it would also allow federal prosecutors to bypass the Public Integrity Section and Mr. Pilger, who had long been assigned to approve requests to conduct election fraud investigations that fell outside of the department’s guidelines.Mr. Barr had a fundamental disagreement with Mr. Pilger over the original policy, which presumed that any overt investigative steps like questioning witnesses could harm an election. Mr. Barr had argued that fraud allegations should be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, according to a department official.The head of the criminal division, Brian Rabbitt, Mr. Barr’s former chief of staff, pushed back on the attorney general’s proposal. He and his staff considered the matter resolved when Election Day passed without Mr. Barr issuing any edict.But the attorney general concluded it was ultimately his call, the department official said. He made it on Monday, saying that with all the votes cast it was proper for prosecutors to look into claims of voting irregularities. “All of these incidents coming to light show that Barr has been single-minded in his efforts to end the longstanding norm that the Justice Department be independent from politics,” said Vanita Gupta, a former department official under the Obama administration and now the head of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. WASHINGTON — As the scandal over President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine unfolded in Washington last fall and prompted his impeachment, public corruption prosecutors in the Justice Department were stewing.They had examined Mr. Trump’s actions and found no campaign finance violations, and were initially given the green light to pursue a potentially explosive inquiry into whether he had broken any other laws.- Advertisement – But Attorney General William P. Barr and other top officials held them back while Congress investigated the same matter during impeachment hearings. After the Senate acquitted the president, Mr. Barr in effect took the case away from the Public Integrity Section, sending all Ukraine-related inquiries to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, according to six people familiar with the matter.Compounding the prosecutors’ dissatisfaction was a stalled case around that time against a member of Mr. Trump’s cabinet, the former interior secretary Ryan Zinke. The deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, told the section’s lawyers that they needed a stronger case. “Ensuring the professionalism and integrity of the department is the high duty of the attorney general,” Mr. Sessions said. “No member of the department and no part of their work is above supervision and review.”Mr. Trump also took aim at the work of public corruption prosecutors in Washington and at U.S. attorney’s offices around the country, issuing pardons and commutations for people they had prosecuted, including Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona, a staunch supporter of the president who had been convicted on contempt of court charges.Mr. Barr’s confirmation hearing early last year did little to alleviate the prosecutors’ fears of continued interference. He testified that he had urged Mr. Sessions to end the department’s bribery and corruption prosecution of Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, whose first trial had ended in a hung jury. The department did withdraw the case under Mr. Sessions.He said that the case was similar to some he had taken issue with during his first stint as attorney general in the first Bush administration and that he “the prosecution was based on a fallacious theory” that could have long-term consequences for the department.The anti-corruption lawyers’ fears about Mr. Barr were put to the test in August 2019 when the department learned that Mr. Trump had urged President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in a phone call to work with Mr. Barr to announce investigations that could help Mr. Trump politically.Mr. Barr deterred two intelligence officials from forwarding a whistle-blower’s complaint about the phone call to Congress and said that the department would handle the criminal referral against Mr. Trump. The Public Integrity unit, which examines allegations of political corruption including campaign finance law violations, took on the matter.Officials asked Mr. Pilger, who oversaw election-related crimes, and another lawyer to look into the matter, according to three people familiar with the inquiry. He and a colleague determined after about two weeks that Mr. Trump’s actions did not meet the threshold necessary to open an investigation into violations of campaign finance law, the subject of the referral. “All relevant components of the department agreed with this legal conclusion, and the department has concluded the matter,” the department said in a statement in September 2019. Officials said at the time that the campaign finance determination did not preclude further investigatory work on any other potential issues.Mr. Trump’s allies seized on that determination on the narrow question of campaign finance law to declare his innocence. But lawyers in the Public Integrity section had not examined any other potential violations, according to five people familiar with the section’s work.It was not clear whether that office pursued an inquiry into Mr. Trump.Their swelling frustration was a test for the new head of the section, Corey Amundson, who had joined from the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility that September.At the start of his tenure, Mr. Amundson told staff members that he had prewritten a resignation letter that he would submit if he felt he was asked to act unethically. He soothed tempers in the Ukraine matter in part by agreeing that the reconstructed transcript of the call issued by the White House left open questions about whether Mr. Trump had violated other statutes, according to four people with knowledge of the discussions.He said that more investigation was warranted and notified his boss, Brian A. Benczkowski, then the head of the criminal division, about the tensions over the Ukraine call. Mr. Benczkowski agreed that further inquiry would be appropriate, the people said.But once Congress began its impeachment inquiry, top Justice Department officials decided that an investigation of Mr. Trump had been overtaken by the events of impeachment, according to two people briefed on the matter. Then any inquiry into the call was consolidated with other Ukraine matters at the beginning of this year under the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s office. Under the Trump administration, the department has often moved politically fraught work to prosecutors far from Washington. Those investigations have rarely resulted in charges. The details of their case are not public, making it difficult to evaluate its strength, but the response from Mr. Rosen exacerbated a sense inside the Public Integrity Section that top department officials would hinder investigations into Mr. Trump and his officials, according to several people familiar with the inquiry who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive investigations.- Advertisement – Around that time, the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, also told prosecutors in the section that they could not proceed with charges against Mr. Zinke of making false statements to federal investigators, a case that stemmed from a referral from the Interior Department inspector general, according to three people familiar with the case. The boiling frustration was a critical moment in the long-running tensions between the Public Integrity Section and the Trump administration that began under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. They spilled into the open this week Mr. Barr issued a memo authorizing prosecutors to investigate voter fraud claims before the results of the presidential race are certified, prompting the section’s lawyer who oversees voter fraud investigations, Richard Pilger, to step down from the post in protest.“Having familiarized myself with the new policy and its ramifications,” Mr. Pilger wrote in an email to colleagues, “I must regretfully resign from my role as director of the Election Crimes Branch.”The encounters were the latest example of Trump appointees at the top of the Justice Department overruling career prosecutors, drawing criticism that the administration was eroding the department’s typical separation from politics. Critics have also accused Mr. Barr of using the department to protect Mr. Trump and further his interests.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Chiron gets FDA nod to ship flu vaccine

first_imgOct 13, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Armed with full federal approval for the first time in more than a year, Chiron Corp. says it may start shipping influenza vaccine to US distributors next week.Chiron’s first shipments since contamination problems blocked the company’s vaccine shipments last year could help ease vaccine shortages caused by slow deliveries, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) official said.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday approved the first three lots of Chiron’s Fluvirn vaccine for shipment, according to company officials. The lots amount to about 1.5 million doses.Chiron spokeswoman Alison Marquiss in Emeryville, Calif., said the company needs to complete its own testing on the three lots before shipping them, which could happen in a few days.”We’re very close to the finish line for these first lots,” she told CIDRAP News. “We’d expect to release them to distributors in the coming days for them to ship to their customers.”In a survey of 120 local health departments last week, all but six reported that vaccine shipments were delayed or orders were not completely filled, according to an Associated Press report today. The survey was done by the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO).The survey indicated that somewhere between zero and 40% of flu vaccine orders have been filled so far, Curtis Allen of the CDC’s National Immunization Program in Atlanta told CIDRAP News.”A lot depends on who they ordered from and when they ordered it,” Allen said. “Many of those that have ordered from Sanofi [Sanofi Pasteur] have received at least 20% of their orders.” He said Sanofi has been trying to make sure that customers get enough vaccine to cover people who have an increased risk of serious flu complications.With Chiron having received FDA clearance, Allen added, “Hopefully those who have ordered vaccine from Chiron should be getting some soon.”In September the CDC recommended that flu shots be reserved for people in high-risk groups until Oct 24. Despite the delayed deliveries, the agency has no current plans to change that date, Allen said.Contamination problems at Chiron’s Liverpool, England, vaccine plant forced the company in October 2004 to cancel the planned shipment of about 48 million doses to the United States.British authorities restored Chiron’s manufacturing license last March, and the FDA inspected and approved the Liverpool plant in August. In September the FDA approved the company’s vaccine formulation for this year. The agency also must inspect and approve each lot of vaccine before it can be shipped.”The [FDA] release yesterday was the last regulatory step,” said Marquiss.”In the past year we’ve been working on remediating our facility and at the same time producing vaccine for this upcoming season,” she said. “So what we’re doing right now is a step that normally would’ve happened a month ago. We just need to catch up.”As reported previously, Chiron expects to produce between 18 million and 26 million doses of flu vaccine this year, Marquiss said. “Our third-quarter earnings report is October 25, so we hope to have a more concrete number then, or even before then.”She predicted it would take until early December to finish delivering vaccine for this season.Allen said the CDC has not changed its estimate of flu vaccine supplies for this year: 60 million doses from Sanofi Pasteur, 8 million from GlaxoSmithKline, 3 million from MedImmune, and 18 million to 26 million from Chiron. That comes to 89 million to 97 million doses in all, as compared with about 60 million doses made available last year.last_img read more

Chan confirmed as head of WHO

first_imgNov 9, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Dr. Margaret Chan, a former Hong Kong health official who has battled H5N1 avian influenza and SARS, easily won election today as the next director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO).Chan received 150 votes in a closed meeting of the 193-nation World Health Assembly, well above the two thirds majority she needed, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. The WHO’s executive board nominated her yesterday to succeed Dr. Lee Jong-wook, who died on May 22. Dr. Anders Nordstrom has been serving as acting director-general.Chan, with the WHO since 2003, has been serving as the director-general’s representative for pandemic influenza and as assistant director general for communicable diseases. Her term as director-general will run until June 2012, according to the Associated Press (AP).In accepting her election, Chan said her top goals will be to improve the health of Africans and of women around the world. She also told reporters she would set her Chinese nationality aside as she works to combat major threats such as avian flu.”I want us to be judged by the impact we have on the health of the people of Africa, and the health of women,” a WHO news release quoted Chan as saying in her acceptance speech. “Improvements in the health of the people of Africa and the health of women are the key indicators of the performance of WHO.”Concluding her speech, she said, “The work we do together saves lives and relieves suffering. I will work with you tirelessly to make this world a healthier place.”Chan is the first Chinese to become the head of a major United Nations agency. China has been accused of being slow to share H5N1 avian flu data and virus samples, especially with regard to poultry outbreaks.Chan promised to use her influence with Beijing in the battle with avian flu, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.”Now I’m elected as the WHO’s director-general I no longer carry my nationality on my sleeve. I leave it behind,” she was quoted as telling reporters.”I will speak up if some member states need to strengthen their effort, and in this case if you are referring to China I will definitely speak out and urge China . . . to share information,” she said, according to AFP.As Hong Kong’s director of health in 1997, Chan led the city’s effort to stop the first major H5N1 outbreaks in poultry and the first human cases. Her decision to quickly slaughter all 1.5 million poultry in the district has been credited with stopping the outbreak and possibly preventing a major international health crisis.Chan was also in charge when SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) spread through Hong Kong in 2003.Infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, a leading proponent of pandemic influenza preparedness, praised the election of Chan. He said she provided “outstanding” leadership during the SARS crisis and has “timely and needed” expertise on avian flu.”Margaret Chan understands infectious diseases at the household and neighborhood level, based on her longtime, hands-on public health work in Hong Kong,” said Osterholm, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site. “This type of experience is invaluable in her role now as the leading international public health policy leader. She’s well grounded in the most practical aspects of what the WHO must be doing on a global basis.”See also:Nov 9 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2006/pr66/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Nebraska firm’s beef linked to E coli outbreak

first_img Jun 25 FSIS release about Kroger ground beef recallhttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/R01-2008_Release/index.asp Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that as of Jun 27, 35 cases had been linked to the outbreak though epidemiological studies and genetic fingerprinting, including 17 in Michigan and 18 in Ohio. Illness onset dates range from May 30 to Jun 14, the CDC reported. Nineteen patients have been hospitalized, and one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a sometimes-fatal kidney condition. No deaths have been reported. Though the recalled products originally bore the establishment number “EST. 19336,” retail products subject to the recall will not carry that mark because they were further processed at other establishments, the agency said. The recalled products, totaling 531,707 pounds, consist of trim, chuck, and other components typically processed into ground beef. Jun 30 FSIS press releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_022_2008_Release/index.asp Nebraska Beef, Ltd., located in Omaha, was identified as a supplier of beef to certain Kroger grocery stores in Michigan and Ohio, according to a press release from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). On Jun 25, Kroger recalled an undetermined amount of its ground beef from stores in Michigan and central and northwestern Ohio with sell-by dates ranging from May 21 to Jun 8.center_img The trace-back investigation has revealed that ground beef samples from two federally-inspected establishments supplied by Nebraska Beef and multiple samples of Kroger ground beef from patients’ homes were contaminated with E coli matching the outbreak strain, the FSIS reported. See also: Jul 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced yesterday that a Nebraska company has recalled about 530,000 pounds of beef after the company’s products were implicated in an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak that has sickened 35 people in Michigan and Ohio. Jun 30 CDC press releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/june2008outbreak/index.htmllast_img read more

China, Vietnam report new H5N1 cases

first_imgJan 6, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Public health officials in two countries today announced new human cases of H5N1 avian influenza, involving a 19-year-old Chinese woman who died of her infection and an 8-year-old Vietnamese girl who is recovering.In Beijing, local health authorities said the woman died yesterday after getting sick on Dec 24 and being hospitalized 3 days later, Xinhua, China’s state news agency, reported today. Tests at two labs revealed she was infected with the H5N1 virus.If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the case, she will be listed as China’s 31st H5N1 case-patient and 21st fatality. Her illness marks China’s first human case since February 2008.The Beijing Municipal Health Bureau told Xinhua that the woman bought nine ducks at a market in Langfang city in neighboring Hebei province on Dec 19. She removed the ducks’ internal organs and then gave three of the birds away to family and a friend.Zhao Qingchao, a Langfang City official, said investigators found that 13 people ate the ducks but only the woman got sick, Xinhua reported. He said the ducks were from Jixian county in northern ChinaBeijing’s health bureau said 116 people had close contact with the woman and that 102 of them were medical workers, according to the Xinhua report. One nurse who had contact with the patient had a fever but has since recovered.The WHO’s office in China released a statement saying the woman’s death from the H5N1 virus should not prompt alarm, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. “We are concerned by any case of human H5N1 infection. However, this single case, which appears to have occurred during the slaughtering and preparation of poultry, does not change our risk assessment,” the WHO said.Meanwhile, an official from Vietnam’s Preventative Medicine Department told AFP that the 8-year-old girl, from Thanh Hoa province in northern Vietnam, got sick with pneumonia on Dec 27 after eating poultry and was hospitalized on Jan 2. If her case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed at Vietnam’s 107th case-patient.Nguyen Huy Nga, who directs the department, said tests revealed the girl’s H5N1 infection on Jan 3. Her case is Vietnam’s first since March 2008.An official with the provincial health department said he expected that the girl would be discharged from the hospital soon, according to the AFP report.Nguyen Huu Dinh, an animal health official in Thanh Hoa, said infected poultry had been detected and culled in the province, AFP reported.Jeff Gilbert, an avian influenza expert with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told AFP that Vietnam is entering a high-risk season because of cold weather that favors virus survival and the Tet (lunar new year) celebration, which often includes eating poultry dishes.”China has the (lunar) new year coming up, so the situation would be the same,” Gilbert said in the AFP report.If the WHO confirms the new cases reported today, they will raise the global H5N1 total to 393 cases with 248 deaths.The number of H5N1 cases and deaths in 2008 was the lowest since 2003, when the lethal H5N1 virus began causing outbreaks internationally, according to WHO figures. In 2008 there were 40 cases and 30 deaths, down from 88 and 59 in 2007, 115 and 79 in 2006, 98 and 43 in 2005, and 46 and 32 in 2004.Although there were fewer cases in 2008, the 75% case-fatality rate for the year was the highest since 2003, a moderate increase from 2007’s case-fatality rate of 67%.last_img read more

The government is raising the minimum wage to 3.000 kuna net

first_imgYesterday, the 128th session of the Government was held in Banski dvori. In the open part, 39 items on the agenda were discussed, including the proposal of the Minimum Wage Act and the Decree on the amount of the minimum wage, which will increase its amount to HRK 3.000 net.”As for the minimum wage, we will make a decision in which we will increase the minimum wage, which today amounts to HRK 2 net, to HRK 751 net. This is an increase of HRK 3, but this means an increase compared to 000/248. of 2018 percent. The gross amount, which today is 19, will be HRK 9, or HRK 3 higher”, Said the Prime Minister Andrej PlenkovićComparing with other Central and Eastern European countries, Plenković pointed out that according to Eurostat from July in Croatia at that time the minimum gross salary was 464 euros, and it was already higher than in Bulgaria where it is 261 euros, Lithuania where it is 400 euros , Romania where it is 407 euros, Latvia where it is 430 euros and Hungary where it is 445 euros.”After this increase, the minimum wage in Croatia will be higher from the New Year than in the Czech Republic where it is 469 euros, Slovakia and Poland where it is 480 euros and Estonia where it is 500 euros”, Plenković singled out.Compared to European Union countries, according to Eurostat, the minimum wage in Croatia (€ 464) in 2018 is higher than in:Bulgaria (261 €) Lithuania (400 €)Romania (407 €) Latvia (430 €)and Hungary (445 €)From 1 January 1, the minimum wage in Croatia (€ 2019) will also be higher than in: the Czech Republic (€ 505)Slovakia (480 €)Poland (480 €)and Estonia (€ 500).Additional costs for entrepreneurs will be prevented Minister of Finance Zdravko Marić presented the Proposal of the Law on Amendments to the Law on Accounting, emphasizing that the main goal is the abolition of the so-called licensing of accountants, ie deletion of part of the provision of Article 7, paragraph 4 of the Accounting Act, which was supposed to enter into force on 1 January 2019, which will prevent additional costs for entrepreneurs in the form of increasing prices for licensed accounting services.This solution will prevent additional costs that would inevitably spill over to micro and small entrepreneurs that make up the largest part of the market in the form of an increase in the prices of licensed accounting services.”, Explained Minister Marić.The Minister pointed out that additional administrative burdens are provided to entrepreneurs in a way that enables them to convert paper accounting documents into electronic documents, for the purpose of their storage and archiving.last_img read more

Sisak-Moslavina County Tourist Board presented its tourist uniforms

first_imgPhoto: 2sisters With the aim of promoting the tourist offer at fairs, special presentations, TZSMŽ has published a public call for the design and production of unique tourist uniforms. The local company Natura Ivana jdoo from Sisak, which made two men’s and five women’s uniforms, applied for the tender. All embroidery on the uniforms is newly made and handmade, modeled on the folk costumes of our region, says Ivana Tomašinec Damjanović from the company from the company Natura Ivana jdoo, which is run by the sister Sanja Tomašević brand 2sisters. “Motifs from our region, from Posavina, Moslavina and Banovina, were used. It is about manual and unique work. Handmade on blouses, stitching on white canvas, was done by Marica Šalić from Gornja Posavina, and the executed rose, which is represented as a symbol of the county, was done by Mrs. Kata Šešerin. We wanted to complete the whole through the presentation of the symbols of the whole county, so in addition to roses, blue and green are represented, the colors of the county. We also wanted to empower our women who preserve and nurture our heritage and ultimately show our culture and heritage. ” says Ivana Tomašinec Damjanović The Sisak-Moslavina County Tourist Board presented its unique tourist uniforms. A great example of how small tourist boards can work well, be different and fight for their place under the sun. It is easiest to say that the status quo cannot be adhered to. In this context, I would like to remind you of the excellent action of the Rogoznica Tourist Board (although a sea destination, with a much larger budget than continental tourist boards, but again “small” in the context of large sea destinations) Visitor center or a mobile tourist office. Sanja Tomašinec, designer and engineer of textile technology, who is also responsible for the entire design, points out that this was a unique opportunity to implement a rose on the official uniform as a symbol of the county, which is otherwise less used. “Everything was done according to our traditional clothes that were worn before, and the goal was to process the entire area of ​​the county through one set of clothes. So we got modern uniforms with traditional elements. ” concludes Sanja Tomašinec. The uniforms will have their premiere at the Place2go Fair in Zagreb on March 15-17 this year, and they will also be present at all performances of the SMŽ Tourist Board – at fairs in Slovenia, Germany, Italy and Warsaw. TZSMŽ financed the project in the amount of HRK 30.000,00 gross for the design and manufacture of 7 sets of uniforms.center_img Now the next step would be to design a different promotional stand, to round out the whole process. I keep emphasizing that at trade shows, especially if you are “small” in the context of a smaller budget, you have to be innovative, creative and different in order to draw attention to yourself. If we look at a fair space, it is always the same, with classic white “boxes”, and if someone jumps out with a different approach, it immediately stands out from the others and thus attracts attention and arouses interest. Of course, the first step is to attract attention and interest, and then quality communication and sales come on the scene, ie the promotion of the destination in order to create action, ie the desire to come to the destination. Photo: 2sisters The Sisak-Moslavina County Tourist Board is delighted with the design of the uniforms, especially since it is about domestic production and handicrafts. “There was a need for unique uniforms because this year we are working on increased promotion of our destination abroad (Poland, Italy, Slovenia and Germany), so for practical reasons, to attract attention, we came up with the idea to attract attention with something pleasing to the eye. In the whole story, just different uniforms come to the fore. We still have a lot of ideas, and our next step is to make a different promotional stand. The worst solution is classic spaces with a white background and posters, but in line with the modest income, I hope that we will be able to make a design of a different promotional counter. By the way, last year we broke the magic number of 100.000 overnight stays, which we are very proud of. “Concludes Ingrid Padjen Đurić, director of the Sisak-Moslavina County Tourist Board. Of course, the first step is to attract attention and interest, and then quality communication and sales come on the scene, ie the promotion of the destination in order to create action, ie the desire to come to the destination. The uniforms are visually attractive and differentiate the presentation from other destinationslast_img read more