Month: November 2020

The Masters: Dustin Johnson tied at the top, Danny Willett leads English charge | Golf News

first_img 1:46 Dustin Johnson currently sits as joint leader of this year’s Masters after scoring a total of 65 on day two Johnson again looked in cruise control as soon as play resumed at 7:30am, making a two at the 12th and three birdies over the last four holes which rounded off a first-round 65 that matched Paul Casey’s best-of-the-day effort on the weather-disrupted first day.After around an hour between rounds, Johnson restarted on the 10th and made a mockery of the difficulty of Amen Corner, birdieing 11, 12 and 13 to vault three clear of the field and looking likely to race further ahead until he bogeyed 14 and then came up short with his second to 15 – one of many to find the water at the front of the green. – Advertisement – World No 1 part of a four-way share of the overnight lead at The Masters on nine under par, three English stars just two off the pace, while Rory McIlroy fights back from tough start as second-round 66 revives title chances. By Keith JacksonLast Updated: 13/11/20 11:40pm 2:03 Danny Willett says it was nice to see his name on the leaderboard after a four-year absence with the 2016 champion is seven under for the tournament and two off the lead Dustin Johnson currently sits as joint leader of this year’s Masters after scoring a total of 65 on day two Thomas closed out a 66 before making a poor start to his second round, although he recovered with four straight birdies from the 15th only to then make a mess of the first and give another two shots back.He did respond with a four at the second, and a birdie-birdie finish capped an adventurous 69, while world No 2 Jon Rahm is just one off the lead and has a five-foot birdie putt to return to on the 13th green when play resumes at 7:30am on Saturday morning (12:30pm GMT).Willett has not made the halfway cut at Augusta National since he took advantage of Jordan Spieth’s collapse in 2016 and powered to the title, but he is well-placed for a weekend challenge after rounds of 71 and 66 – the latter achieved despite not having a driver in his bag. Get Sky Sports Golf for just £10 a month – Advertisement – Rory McIlroy is six behind after a second-round 66 Justin Rose says he felt good about playing The Masters and was very pleased with his first round of 67 Three-time champion Phil Mickelson “drove like a stallion” but “putted awful” in rounds of 69 and 70 which got him to five under, while Bernhard Langer created Masters history as the evergreen 63-year-old got through 36 holes in three under and became the oldest player to make the halfway cut.Woods had a late start to his second round and looked a little erratic in an outward 36, making birdies at both par-fives but dropping shots at the third and seventh, and he had just tugged his drive at the 11th into the first cut and faces a tough 203-yard second when he gets back to the course on Saturday.McIlroy, full of optimism heading into the tournament, looked disconsolate as he trudged off the 18th green having needed 39 strokes to negotiate the back-nine as he signed for a first-round 75 which left him not only 10 shots behind Casey, but needing a sub-70 second round to avoid a missed cut. Rory McIlroy is six behind after a second-round 66 Rory McIlroy is six behind after a second-round 66

OnePlus 8T Starts Receiving OxygenOS Hot-Fix Update in India, Includes Optimisations, Improvements

first_imgAs mentioned before, this is a hot-fix update and the changelog is more or less the same as it was for the OxygenOS update for the smartphone. As per the changelog, system updates for the OnePlus 8T includes improved mis-touch prevention, which will lead to better gaming experience. The user experience will also be optimised with Alert Slider by adding toast messages while switching among the three modes. The issue of the status bar hovering on the screen while in landscape mode has been fixes, along with the issue of the NFC not turning on under certain conditions.OxygenOS brings updates for the OnePlus 8T camera including optimising the imaging effect to bring a better shooting experience, and improved camera stability. The mobile network connection has been optimised for OnePlus 8T and the problem of network interruption taking place in some conditions while playing games has been fixed.It could take a few days for the OxygenOS hot-fix update to reach your OnePlus 8T device. If you haven’t received a notification so far, you can check for the update manually by going to Settings > System > System updates.- Advertisement – OnePlus 8T is receiving its OxygenOS update in India, a hot-fix update that fixes issues caused by the previous update. The over-the-air (OTA) Oxygen OS hot-fix update optimises call stability, improves system power consumption performance to reduce heating, and fixes other issues. On Friday, alongside the India rollout announcement, OnePlus said the update will soon be available for devices in Europe and North America as well. OnePlus 8T had received an OxygenOS update with almost the same changelog just ten days ago.OxygenOS is rolling out to a small percentage of OnePlus 8T users in India as of now, and will have a broader rollout in a few days. The hot-fix update comes to India with version, as announced on the OnePlus community forum. The update for the smartphone will be available in Europe as version and as version in North America.- Advertisement – Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Toll in Angola’s Marburg outbreak reaches 244

first_imgApr 22, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – The death toll in Angola’s outbreak of Marburg hemorrhagic fever has climbed to 244 of 266 people infected, but Angolan officials say the epidemic has been confined to the province where it began, according to news reports today.The World Health Organization (WHO), in a statement late yesterday, said 239 of 266 people had died of the disease as of Apr 19. But reports from Reuters and Agence France-Presse (AFP) today put the death toll in the world’s worst Marburg epidemic at 244. An AFP report on Apr 17 had listed the death toll as 235.Angola’s deputy health minister, Jose Van Dunem, said no new cases have occurred outside the northern province of Uige, according to the AFP report. “We have circumscribed the epidemic to the province of Uige,” he said, adding that the disease “is on a decline.”The age distribution of patients has shifted upward, according to health ministry figures reported by AFP. Forty-two percent of patients have been children and 35% have been adults, with no age information available for the other 23%. Earlier in the epidemic, about 75% of patients were said to be children, for reasons that remain unclear.AFP reported that 518 people are under observation nationwide because of exposure to Marburg patients. The number includes 406 in the city of Uige.The WHO’s latest statement didn’t offer a judgment on the overall success of containment efforts, but it said, “Significant progress has been made in increasing the engagement of affected communities. Some cases and deaths have, however, continued to occur within the community. Efforts to rapidly isolate cases, shortly after symptom onset, and follow up contacts need to be further intensified.”Further, the WHO said healthcare teams have learned that some families caring for patients at home have been giving them injections, which can help spread the disease. Officials have prepared materials explaining the dangers of the practice and will add them to the educational messages already being used.A Canadian disease expert who just returned from Angola said self-treatment with vitamin and herbal injections, often with shared needles, is among factors that appear to be spreading the disease, according to a report in the Toronto Globe and Mail today.The comment came from Dr. Heinz Feldmann, acting director of zoonotic diseases and special pathogens at the Public Health Agency of Canada in Winnipeg, Man. Feldmann spent 3 weeks in Angola helping to operate a portable laboratory that tested blood samples for the Marburg virus, the report said.A US scientist said the Marburg outbreak is not yet under control but does not constitute a serious global threat, according to a Reuters report published today.Tom Ksiazek of the special pathogens branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who has been in Angola since the early stages of the outbreak, told Reuters, “I don’t think it’s under control, but I don’t think it’s out of control either. I don’t think it’s that dangerous in global terms. It doesn’t have the ability to go through the general community. The common cold is a lot more transmittable.”The disease spreads through contact with patients’ bodily fluids. Reports say most of the victims have been medical workers and family members who cared for other patients. Ksiazek said that if the disease reached a major Western city, it could easily be controlled with measures that prevent contact with bodily fluids.The Reuters report said markets in Uige remain open and most of the province’s half a million people have felt little direct impact from the outbreak.The WHO said a team of 28 Angolan healthcare workers arrived in Uige yesterday to help with the containment effort. They were to work on infection control, surveillance for new cases, tracing and managing contacts of patients, and public education efforts.In the Globe and Mail report, Feldmann downplayed reports of violence against WHO teams trying to combat the outbreak. He said he was “never physically threatened” and added that anger can be expected among people dealing with the devastating outbreak.See also:Apr 21 WHO update read more

Oyster-related illness linked to warming ocean

first_img The report says the levels of V parahaemolyticus found in oyster samples (MPN estimates) were “1500 times lower than the current National Shellfish Sanitation Program guidelines for harvested oysters (5000 MPN per gram) and 3000 times lower than the FDA’s level of concern (10,000 MPN per gram) for ready-to-eat seafood, including raw oysters.” They write that other V parahaemolyticus outbreaks have been linked with oysters gathered from waters at temperatures like those found near southern Alaska. They add, however, “Warming ocean waters may well have contributed to this outbreak, but changing patterns of animal migration and discharged ballast water may also have played a role.” The cruise ship passengers got sick after eating raw oysters, and tests in most cases pointed to Vibrio parahaemolyticus, says the report by Joseph B. McLaughlin, MD, MPH, and colleagues from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and several other health agencies. The sound where the oysters were harvested was warmer at the time of the outbreak than in any of the preceding six summers. Two samples of oysters harvested at farm A (17 oysters total) were found to contain V parahaemolyticus at low levels (2.1 to 3.5 most-probable-number [MPN] per gram). The researchers gathered 96 samples from 17 Alaska oyster farms and found the pathogen in 31 (32%). The samples containing V parahaemolyticus all came from Prince William Sound or elsewhere in southeastern Alaska. About three quarters of the isolates were positive for tdh. “The investigation extends by 1,000 km the northernmost documented source of oysters that caused illness due to V. parahaemolyticus,” the report says. “Rising temperatures of ocean water seem to have contributed to one of the largest known outbreaks of V. parahaemolyticus in the United States.” Temperature data showed that all oysters from farm A that were implicated in the outbreak were harvested when the water was warmer than 15.0°C (59° F). In mid-2004, the water in the area was almost 2°C warmer than it had been in any of the previous six summers, and the mean temperature stayed above 15.0°C much longer than it had in the preceding years. The authors interviewed 132 passengers from the four cruises, of whom 22 (17%) met the case definition for gastroenteritis related to raw oysters. Oysters and two other seafoods served on the ships were linked with illness in the initial analysis, but further statistical analysis showed that oysters were the only significant predictor of illness (adjusted odds ratio, 5.2; 95% confidence interval, 1.47 to 18.54). The affected passengers had eaten a median of only one oyster. V parahaemolyticus is the most common cause of seafood-related gastroenteritis in the United States, the article says. Strains that cause illness usually carry a virulence factor called thermostable direct hemolysin, or tdh. But before 2004, Alaskan waters were thought to be too cold to support pathogenic levels of V parahaemolyticus in oysters. In their broader search, the investigators found a total of 62 people who met their case definition, including 14 from the retrospective cohort study. Twelve people had sought medical treatment, but none were hospitalized. Stool samples were collected from 10 patients; all yielded V parahaemolyticus. Of eight isolates analyzed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, seven were the same serotype, and all were positive for tdh.center_img The reports prompted Alaska health officials to launch a retrospective cohort study of passengers from four July 2004 cruises, along with a general search for people who had become sick after eating Alaskan oysters. The researchers also investigated the ship and the oyster farm that supplied it (farm A) and looked for the sources of oysters associated with other cases found. The probe included looking at water-temperature data from farm A, where temperatures had been recorded regularly since 1997. The report in last week’s New England Journal of Medicine also suggests that current national standards for bacterial contamination in raw oysters may be too high, because oysters linked with the outbreak had contamination levels far below the standards. The authors say their findings support the hypothesis that a water temperature above 15.0°C when oysters are harvested signals an increased risk of V parahaemolyticus infection from raw oysters. The outbreak surfaced in mid-July of 2004 when several passengers on a 78-passenger cruise ship on Prince William Sound in southeastern Alaska fell ill. A passenger from Nevada was diagnosed with a V parahaemolyticus infection after he returned home. Oct 12, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of illness among cruise ship passengers in Alaska in 2004 led to the detection of disease-causing oysters about 620 miles farther north than they had ever been found before, possibly as a result of warming ocean waters. In view of the findings, the authors recommend reconsideration of the current shellfish safety guidelines and suggest various precautions to prevent illness when water temperatures at oyster farms exceed 15°C. They also call for regional assessments of risks related to V parahaemolyticus. McLaughlin JB, DePaola A, Bopp CA, et al. Outbreak of Vibrio parahaemolyticus gastroenteritis associated with Alaskan oysters. N Engl J Med 005 oct 6;353(14):1463-70 [Abstract]last_img read more

Get your slice of the ‘fearfulness’ pie

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Fear is like a pie (or money): There’s usually not enough to go around. If you want people to take precautions, you have to compete for your share.It’s not absolutely impossible to get people to protect themselves even if you refuse to frighten them: You can try making the precautions fun, or making them mandatory, or making them habitual. But that’s a little like trying to write a novel without using the letter “e” or playing basketball with one hand tied behind your back.Fear is the strongest motivator we know for taking precautions.If you’re serious about getting your employees and your customers (and your top management!) to prepare for a possible influenza pandemic, you need to be serious about scaring them a bit.It’s time to get over our fear of fear.And I think I have the key—a piece of information that can help you feel okay about fear as a risk communication tool. Here it is: fear is a competition. The competitors are many. And there’s a slice of the fearfulness pie with your name on it. Use it or lose it.The fundamentalist right wants people to be afraid of gay marriage. The environmentalist left wants people to be afraid of factory emissions. The deodorant industry wants people to be afraid of body odor. The American Cancer Society wants people to be afraid of cancer. You want people to be afraid of H5N1.Each can succeed only at the expense of the others. Consider this factoid: In the months after 9/11, telephone calls to government antipollution hotlines plummeted. People were naturally more afraid of terrorism than previously. To make room for their expanded fear of terrorism, they had to be less afraid of other risks.How fearful people are overall is an abiding character trait. It varies from person to person. But for any single individual, overall fearfulness changes extremely slowly. Most of us are more risk-averse today than we may have been in our younger years. But we’re neither more nor less risk-averse today than we were last week (though we may be focused on different risks).But don’t we all experience moments of atypically high fear? Sure. But they are only moments. When I suddenly sense that I’m about to fall down a flight of stairs, my sympathetic nervous system launches a raft of physiological changes, changes that may help me cope with the emergency. For a little while (a few seconds for the fall down the stairs, maybe as long as a few months for 9/11) I am actually more fearful than usual. Then I settle into the New Normal. I return to my baseline level of fearfulness, but more of it is allocated to worrying about—and preparing for—slips and falls or terrorist attacks. Of course that leaves less for everything else.Scaring people about pandemics, in short, isn’t going to make them more fearful people. They’re as fearful as they’re programmed to be. So if you believe that pandemic preparedness is getting less attention than it deserves from your employees and customers, you should try to expand the pandemic slice of the fearfulness pie.This is really two tasks:Seize the “teachable” moment. Once in a while a chance comes along to provoke a brief spurt of pandemic fear—or to capitalize on a spurt that reality has already provoked. The next such teachable moment could be the discovery of an H5N1-positive bird inside the US, a new human-to-human bird flu cluster in Asia, a shortage of seasonal flu vaccine, or a television drama set during the 1918 pandemic. Seize the moment. Use it to achieve concrete goals—to teach specific facts, to inculcate specific concerns, to establish specific behaviors.Consolidate your “gains.” The rest of the time it’s a slog. You can’t sustain high levels of pandemic fear; you have to settle for oscillating between fear and mere concern (and sometimes dipping lower toward apathy). When interest is comparatively low, as it is right now, concentrate on consolidating your gains. Keep reminding people that the risk hasn’t gone away, and that there is still work to be done to get better prepared. Try to make sure the New Normal is less apathetic about pandemics than the old normal was.There are those who believe that pandemic preparedness already has more than its fair share of people’s fearfulness. They’re busy trying to persuade everybody (the media, your management, your employees) to worry about something else instead. Given their opinion, they are doing the right thing. And readers of this newsletter are doing the right thing when they work to increase their stakeholders’ pandemic fears.An internationally renowned expert in risk communication and crisis communication, Peter Sandman speaks and consults widely on communication aspects of pandemic preparedness. Dr. Sandman, Deputy Editor, contributes an original column to CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing every other week. Most of his risk communication writing is available without charge at the Peter Sandman Risk Communication Web Site ( For an index of pandemic-related writing on the site, see For more on “fear of fear,” see (written with Jody Lanard).last_img read more

Arriva and Cammeo joined forces and created new added value

first_imgMerging services and various partnerships in tourism, with the aim of better quality services and added value for customers, and especially in transport with the aim of a better experience of integrated transport, are a trend back a couple of years. Or even imperative in order to survive in the market, to gain a new dimension of service and in order to join forces and co-branding, partners to reach a better position in the market, and customers with better service. Uber, Flixbus, NextBike, Spin City, etc.… are just some of the great partnerships that have joined forces and thus delivered added value to customers. Thus, in this spirit, a new partnership emerged on the domestic transport scene. Namely, the representatives of Arriva Hrvatska and Taxi Cammea signed a cooperation agreement, which, judging by the announcements, is the beginning of a new era of mobility. Also, Arriva is one of the largest transport companies in Europe, operating in 14 countries, employing more than 60 employees and realizing more than 000 billion trips a year.On the other hand, Cammeo is the leading regional taxi carrier, which today has over 1400 employees and 900 vehicles, and is available in 38 cities in 4 countries and transports over 12 million passengers annually.”We believe that our combined resources, experience, knowledge and professionalism are a winning combination that passengers will recognize because it will greatly facilitate their journey from departure to destination.” adds Tomičić.In addition to quality, experience and the best prices, one of the ‘aces up the sleeve’ of this cooperation is certainly the availability that guarantees integrated transport at the highest level. Suffice it to mention that at the Croatian level Cammeo is present with 500 cars in 25 cities, and Arriva operates with 600 buses, which guarantees high quality travel and complete mobility from departure to destination.”The unofficial motto of Taxi Camme is that ‘transport must be available as water’, and it is this cooperation that relies on the aforementioned guiding thread. Camme’s goal for the future is to network all cities in Croatia and thus make travel even easier, and with a partner like Arriva we get a valuable ally with the same goal. ” Petar Dragić emphasized. Also, each partnership brings a challenge for quality collaboration and story extension, not just mere form. If the partners do not believe in that story, do not push and supplement it themselves, or if only one side pulls, then it is doomed. This partnership is logical and most importantly focused on users, ie facilitates the user experience, which is crucial. Camme to the bus station and Arrive, and vice versa. Both companies say that they have provided additional benefits for passengers in the form of discounts and other benefits, and all passengers need is to relax and enjoy the trip. “We are extremely pleased that Arriva and Cammeo, as leaders in their fields of transport, have started a collaboration that I believe will expand in the future, all to the satisfaction of our many passengers to whom we want to provide the best, safest and highest quality service.”Said Vedran Tomičić, Member of the Management Board of Arriva Hrvatska. Partnerships for Arrive passengers who will use the Cammeo service for the first time receive a 20% discount, and existing users a 10% discount. All users of the Taxi Cammeo mobile application also receive a discount. Thus, those who register for the first time in the Arriva Croatia application will receive a 20% discount on driving with Arriva, and existing users receive a 10% discount.”The signing of this agreement is the first step and a kind of ‘cornerstone’ of cooperation, which we will raise to a completely new level of mobility in the future. We want to provide our passengers with only the best, and in this case it is a door-to-door travel service jointly run by a leading regional taxi operator and one of Europe’s leading bus operators. “said Petar Dragic, CEO of Taxi Camme.The figures speak for themselves about the potential of this cooperation. Namely, Arriva started to expand rapidly a couple of years ago. So last year Arriva took over Panturist and Autotrans, and they also plan to take over Autotrolej, which would bring Arriva to the city transport market. Therefore, the interest of the Cammeo group is certainly clear, and that is the connection with the largest trucking company in the segment of passenger transport in Croatia.center_img Photo: Cammeo Cover photo: Both companies tell passengers that a new and improved travel experience awaits them, during which they just need to relax and enjoy, because Arriva and Cammeo take care of everything. A simple message, which certainly simplifies the whole travel process for passengers. Two heads are always smarter than one, so in the business world, synergy and collaboration through added value and cobranding creates some new values ​​and opportunities. Photo: Arriva In order for such cooperation, ie partnerships, to succeed, it is crucial that they complement each other, thus creating added value and that cooperation does not only refer to a basic discount. Sell ​​me a story, not just a product – is today’s foundation of successful business and branding. last_img read more

The impact of coronavirus on Croatian tourism

first_imgBearing in mind that population mobility, in which tourist movements play a special role, is the main cause of the rapid spread of coronavirus in the world and especially in Europe, the question arises as to what will happen to Croatian tourism in the near future, Klarić said in his introduction. It should also be borne in mind that the coronavirus pandemic caused large shocks, a crisis in health systems and a halt in economic activity due to the high number of deaths in many countries. This means that even if the movement resumes soon, many people will not be able to take tourist trips, and those who are afraid of the possible re-spread of the virus and the deterioration of their property will be primarily oriented to travel around their country or possibly the nearest neighborhood. Although more accurate forecasts are very ungrateful given the many unknowns related to the spread of coronavirus, it is certain that even with the contagion of the infection in the coming months, the number of tourists in Croatia will be drastically lower than in 2019 and many years before. Until an effective vaccine is found, which according to current estimates will take at least half a year, or the virus will disappear completely, which is not likely according to current knowledge, significant growth in tourism cannot be expected, Klarić emphasizes. The third group includes countries that are least affected by the coronavirus and in which the infection is mostly contained, so most protective measures have begun to be lifted. This mostly applies to China, and to a lesser extent to South Korea and Japan. Although these markets could recover faster due to the epidemiological situation, these are remote air destinations that make up only about 2% of Croatian foreign demand. It is also realistic that restrictions on the arrival of tourists from these countries to the European Union or individual European countries could remain in force. In this context, Croatia is on the one hand at a disadvantage due to low domestic demand, but on the other hand it has the advantage of being close to major European markets easily accessible by car. The fact that these markets could be opened for Croatian tourism, even in special epidemiological conditions, is confirmed by the expressions of interest in coming to Croatia from the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia. However, caution is also needed here, given the announcements of some countries for a longer-term closure of borders and a possible deterioration of the epidemiological situation. However, considering that these are the countries to which our sea is closest and most accessible, there are also the most realistic chances for the renewal of tourist movements. The first are the countries most affected by the coronavirus, which primarily refers to Italy as one of our most important markets, and to France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland and the Benelux countries. These markets for Croatian tourism in 2020 are almost certainly lost, because the consequences of coronavirus in these countries due to the large number of deaths and overstrain of health systems were devastating not only economically but also psychologically. The second group are countries moderately affected by coronavirus, in which the health system is relatively well functioning and in which the percentage of deaths relative to the number of infected is relatively favorable. This primarily applies to our main markets Germany, Austria and Slovenia and the countries of the ‘Visegrad Group’ Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia. center_img Although it is ungrateful to give more accurate forecasts due to too many unknowns, three groups of countries can be singled out with regard to the possible resumption of tourist trends: Attachment: “Spread of coronavirus in the world and Croatian tourism” – Zoran Klarić, Scientific Adviser, Institute of Tourism Since domestic tourists make less than 8 percent of total overnight stays, a stronger focus on demand within Croatia can only partially help the recovery of our tourism, says Klarić, adding that therefore, under the condition of cessation of infection or at least significant easing of restrictions on movement across national borders. primarily focus on our traditional markets in the immediate environment. A particularly important role is played by guests who come to Croatia several times, boaters and owners of accommodation facilities in Croatia, who, given the relatively low exposure to epidemiological threats, could first decide to come to our country again. If their vacation in our country passes without a new infection, it could have a great effect on the return of Croatia and its tourism to the world tourist scene, concludes Klarić. Be sure to read the entire professional paper in the attachment. He wrote a new professional paper on the spread of coronavirus in the world and its impact on Croatian tourism Zoran Klarić from the Institute of Tourism.last_img read more