Championship highlights and round-up: Leaders Reading lose again | Football News

first_imgSkipper Wayne Rooney had earlier hit the post for the Rams, who are winless in four games.Nottingham Forest leapfrogged Coventry into 20th place after a Lyle Taylor penalty deep into stoppage time earned them a 2-1 home victory over the Sky Blues.Scott McKenna had put Forest in front in the first half before Callum O’Hare levelled just prior to the hour mark.There was also a late winner at Watford as Ismaila Sarr’s finish in stoppage time saw the Hornets defeat Stoke 3-2.After falling behind early on thanks to a Steven Fletcher goal, Watford turned things around via Tom Cleverley and a Joao Pedro penalty, only for Nick Powell to bring things level at 2-2 in the 81st minute. Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and QPR preview image – Advertisement – Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Stoke – Advertisement – Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Reading and Preston – Advertisement – 2:03 2:03 Sarr then had the final say after being teed up by Ken Sema and Watford are up to fourth in the table.There was controversy surrounding Cleverley’s goal – Angus Gunn did well to tip the midfielder’s shot onto the underside of the crossbar, grabbed the loose ball and was barged on the line by Pedro, with referee Andy Davies then indicating he had received a signal to say the ball had crossed the line.Also on Wednesday, Luton won 1-0 at Rotherham with James Collins netting in the 70th minute. Brad Potts subsequently added a third in stoppage time. Reading, who were unbeaten in eight matches prior to last Friday’s 3-2 loss at Coventry, remain three points clear at the top of the table.Wycombe made it back-to-back victories as they came from behind to triumph 2-1 at Birmingham, with Kristian Pedersen’s stoppage-time own goal handing the visitors all three points. preview image 2:05 Scott Kashket had equalised in the 75th minute after Marc Roberts’ first-half opener for Birmingham.The Chairboys had been bottom of the table following the news that Sheffield Wednesday’s points deduction had been reduced from 12 to six, but they are now up to 22nd place.Derby slipped to second-bottom after an 88th-minute header from substitute Macauley Bonne condemned Phillip Cocu’s side to a 1-0 home loss to QPR. preview image Sky Bet Championship leaders Reading suffered a second successive defeat as they were beaten 3-0 by Preston at the Madejski Stadium.Royals goalkeeper Rafael saved a Daniel Johnson penalty shortly after the break before Scott Sinclair put Preston ahead in the 64th minute, and Emil Riis Jakobsen doubled their lead four minutes later.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Government football summit: What will be discussed at virtual meeting with FA, Premier League, EFL and more? | Football News

first_imgGreg Clarke (left) pictured while attending the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2017 preview image– Advertisement – Former DCMS committee chair Damian Collins and former Chair of the FA Race Equality Advisory Board Yunus Lunat discuss what needs to happen to football’s governing body following the resignation of Greg Clarke 0:26 It has been called a ’round-table’ discussion but – as is the norm now during this ongoing pandemic – it will not be done in-person. Dowden will lead the meeting online.Who is attending?The most senior figures in football have committed to joining the opening round of talks.Those include Premier League chief executive Richard Masters and EFL chairman Rick Parry, as well as representatives from the Professional Footballers’ Association [PFA], Kick It Out and the Football Supporters’ Association.FA chief executive Mark Bullingham and Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s Director of Women’s Football, will join the virtual meeting too on behalf of English football’s governing body.The government hopes that having so many key figures on one call will increase the chances of finding common ground during a period of uncertainty in football, sport and the wider world.Is this a response to Greg Clarke’s resignation at the FA?Not directly – but football governance will be another main talking point. – Advertisement – 1:51 Secretary of State for DCMS Oliver Dowden says he is ‘very disappointed’ at the current failure to agree a coronavirus rescue package for the EFL What will they discuss? What are they hoping to achieve? Sky Sports News‘ chief reporter Bryan Swanson answers some key questions ahead of the meeting:How significant is this summit?This has been an extraordinary year, on and off the pitch. English football is losing around £100m-a-month due to the coronavirus pandemic and there are other significant issues that must be addressed.The Premier League and EFL are yet to finalise a bailout for struggling lower-league clubs after months of talks and several proposals, with many clubs quickly running out of money to survive. This summit has been set up to debate and discuss some of the key issues, with the aim of bringing everybody together during a period of considerable stress.What are the main issues?Football’s joint response to coronavirus will be discussed following what have been, at times, fraught financial talks between the leagues.The summit will focus on other pressing issues including the potential return of fans to grounds in England once it is safe to do so, diversity and equality, and the development of the women’s game.It comes during a week in which the FA are under considerable scrutiny to get right their next appointment as chair, following the resignation of Greg Clarke over offensive comments about race and gender. OXFORD, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: during the Sky Bet League One match between Oxford United and Milton Keynes Dons at Kassam Stadium on October 20, 2020 in Oxford, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)center_img Chief reporter Bryan Swanson takes us through the events that have seen former FA chairman Greg Clarke stand down as FIFA vice-president – Advertisement – The UK government will host a virtual summit on Tuesday lunchtime over the future of English football, which will include the FA, Premier League, EFL, Kick It Out and other fan groups. Towards the end of an unprecedented year in which football has suffered significant economic damage because of coronavirus, culture secretary Oliver Dowden will lead talks with those in control of the national game.- Advertisement – 9:57 Rochdale’s David Bottomley says the £50m rescue package from the Premier League to the EFL is close, but admits there is ‘still a long way to go’ Football fans will be forgiven for feeling a sense of fatigue over yet another high-profile meeting involving the game’s administrators.What makes this summit different, however, is the participation of such a wide of group of people from within the game, including equality and inclusion organisations, the player’s union and fan groups.The government will want to see evidence that football is coming together, and hopefully some progress on these key issues will be made. preview image Clarke resigned as FA chairman last week after referring to black footballers as “coloured” during evidence to MPs at a parliamentary inquiry. He apologised over his “unacceptable” words and subsequently told Sky Sports News it was “better for football” that he immediately resign from his role as a FIFA vice-president.Government officials finalised the summit last week, but the proposal to hold talks was established before Clarke’s offensive remarks to parliament.They may be asked about the recruitment process, which the FA has insisted will be diverse, but the governing body is expected to announce further details on the search for a new FA chair later this week.What will this summit achieve?This is a good question – and there is no clear answer. 2:30last_img read more

Airbnb received cloud contract extension, S-1 reveals

first_imgThe first AWS services became available in 2006, and Airbnb has been using AWS since 2008. The payments, search, reservations, messaging and content moderation functions of Airbnb have drawn on AWS resources, among other things, Airbnb executives have said during talks at AWS’ Reinvent conferences.In the nine months that ended on Sept. 30, Airbnb saw a $63.5 million year-over-year decrease in hosting costs, which contributed to a $26% decline in Airbnb’s cost of revenue. Airbnb said the change stemmed from “better contract management and utilization of our third-party cloud services.” Airbnb declined to comment on the change; Amazon didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.WATCH: Alibaba’s cloud business to become ‘less of a drag’ on profitability, analyst says With the coronavirus pandemic hurting travel companies earlier this year, Airbnb got an extension for a cloud spending commitment from a data hosting provider that will help it manage costs.Airbnb originally had a $1.2 billion commitment with AWS at the end of 2019 over the next five years, but at some point this year, the companies agreed to extend the agreement to eight years, according to the prospectus. That means Airbnb is on the hook to spend an average of $150 million per year, rather than $240 million per year, on these services.It’s a helpful cushion this year, with people being more reluctant to take vacations or work trips. It’s not clear yet when personal and business travel will return to pre-pandemic levels.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Airbnb disclosed the adjustment in the prospectus for its initial public offering, which became publicly available on Monday. Airbnb didn’t name the provider outright but said elsewhere in the filing that its main hosting provider is Amazon.Amazon provides remote computing and data storage capability to many companies that have gone public in the past few years, including Slack and Snowflake. An adjustment to terms can make sure that one of the hot names it has touted for so long won’t be switching to competitors like Microsoft or Google, or facing undue challenges because of one of its suppliers.In May, with the pandemic in full effect, Airbnb said it was cutting 25% of employees. Airbnb’s revenue declined 24% sequentially in the first quarter, and it fell 60% in the second quarter, according to Monday’s filing. Revenue rebounded in the third quarter, although it was still down on an annualized basis.- Advertisement –center_img Brian Chesky, chief executive officer and co-founder of Airbnb Inc., speaks during an Economic Club of New York luncheon at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Monday, March 13, 2017.Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images – Advertisement –last_img read more

USDA finding Salmonella less often in meat

first_imgAug 10, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The general trend for Salmonella in meat and poultry samples tested by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) continues to head downward, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Aug 5.FSIS collects and analyzes Salmonella samples at slaughter and grinding plants to verify compliance with the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) rule, which set performance standards for seven categories of meat and poultry products. Those products are broilers, market hogs, cows and bulls, steers and heifers, ground beef, ground chicken, and ground turkey.Despite variations in individual categories, Salmonella frequencies in all classes of products have dropped to levels well below the estimated baseline prevalence before the HACCP system was launched in the late 1990s, according to the FSIS. However, the testing program was designed to track establishment performance and may not reflect the true nationwide occurrence of Salmonella in these products, the agency cautioned.Of 49,868 random regulatory samples collected in 2003, 3.8% overall tested positive for Salmonella, down from 4.29% in 2002. That drop continues a longer-term trend: 5.03% in 2001, 5.31% in 2000, 7.26% in 1999, and 10.65% in 1998.The results for each product are further divided into categories based on the size of the establishment. In individual categories (all sizes of plants), the prevalence dropped from 2002 for market hogs, cows and bulls, and ground beef, but there was a 0.1% increase for steers and heifers.Despite the overall downward trend, FSIS officials voiced concern about increases in positive Salmonella tests in all three poultry categories. The Salmonella prevalence in broilers from all sizes of businesses increased from 11.5% in 2002 to 12.8% in 2003, though it remained below the baseline prevalence of 20%. Large ground-turkey and small ground-chicken establishments also saw increases.The FSIS said it would examine data from 1998 to the present to identify plants with “negative performance trends.” Investigators then will conduct in-depth HACCP and sanitation verification reviews at those sites “to help ensure this one-year increase does not continue,” the agency’s news release said.In citing the limitations of the data, the FSIS said different establishments may be sampled from year to year, preventing rigorous trend analyses. While the pre-HACCP baseline estimates of Salmonella prevalence were nationally representative because they were weighted on the basis of the production volume of the sampled plants, the HACCP figures represent unweighted test results.The downward trend in Salmonella in tested meat seems to parallel a trend in salmonellosis cases reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC estimated in April that the incidence of salmonellosis declined 17% from 1996 to 2003.The CDC’s Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, or FoodNet, which covers about 14% of the US population, reported 6,017 laboratory-confirmed salmonellosis cases in 2003, or 14.5 cases per 100,000 people. Those cases come from all or parts of the nine states that make up FoodNet’s surveillance area. While FoodNet’s numbers are the most detailed data available, the CDC noted that they may not accurately represent nationwide illness patterns. In addition, many foodborne illnesses are not lab-diagnosed.See also:Aug 5 FSIS news release FSIS report report on incidence of common foodborne illnesses in 2003 read more

West Nile vaccine looks good in early human trial

first_img Use of the proven yellow fever vaccine to create a safe hybrid could shave years off vaccine development, Fauci added. By 28 days after vaccination, 96% of the high-dose group and 100% of the low-dose group had a measurable antibody response, Acambis reported. The company reported mean antibody titers of 1280 and 1350, considered high, in the respective groups. The next phase of testing will include a larger sample with more older adults, the AP reported. Provided the second phase goes well, the third phase will involve thousands of people. Results of the trial were to be presented today at the National Foundation for Infectious Disease’s (NFID) annual conference in Baltimore, 5 years after the company began researching WNV vaccines. Acambis had received a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Testing on volunteers began in 2003, the AP reported. “We are encouraged by the immune response generated by trial subjects who were vaccinated with a single inoculation,” Monath said in the news release. In the double-blind, randomized trial, all but one of the people who received the vaccine developed antibodies to it, according to an Associated Press (AP) report quoting Dr. Thomas Monath, chief scientist at Acambis, the company that created the vaccine. The phase 1 clinical trial involved 80 volunteers. Thirty people received a single high dose of the vaccine, 15 were given a low dose, 30 received a placebo, and 5 received a yellow fever vaccine, Acambis officials said in a news release. May 11, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – An initial human trial of a West Nile virus (WNV) vaccine has yielded promising results, officials said today. The rate of vaccination side effects varied relatively little among the high-dose group (40%), the low-dose group (46.7%), and the placebo groups (43.3%), Acambis announced. No serious adverse events were blamed on the vaccine. Acambis created the ChimeriVax-West Nile vaccine by combining some genes from WNV with a licensed yellow fever vaccine, the AP story said. The yellow fever virus is a relative of the West Nile virus, and the yellow fever vaccine is known to be safe. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said he was impressed by the percentage of patients who showed high levels of antibodies, but he cautioned that these are early findings, the AP reported. No vaccine has been approved for West Nile, which first appeared in the United States in New York in 1999 and has spread to every contiguous state except Washington since then. WNV caused at least 2,470 illnesses and 89 deaths in the United States last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most people who contract the virus are don’t become ill, but about 20% can experience fever, headache, nausea, and vomiting. About 1 in 150 suffers a severe illness, according to the CDC.last_img read more

Guinea Bissau struggles with anthrax outbreak in humans, cattle

first_img See also: The OIE, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are planning to provide support, according to Oxfam and OIE information. The outbreak is occurring in Oio region, which boasts some of the most intensive cattle herding operations in the country, an Oxfam America news story on May 5 noted. Some 120-plus cattle had died in the outbreak. Cattle herding is the chief economic engine of the Oio region, Oxfam said. Anthrax spreads among cattle and other ruminants through contaminated feed and soil, Oxfam said. People can contract intestinal anthrax by eating contaminated, undercooked meat. Touching infected animal tissues, being bitten by infected flies, or contacting contaminated materials may cause cutaneous anthrax. Inhalational anthrax results from inhalation of spores in contaminated areas. CIDRAP overview of anthrax Anthrax, caused by Bacillus anthracis, occurs naturally and is widespread in the environment. An estimated 2,000 to 20,000 human cases occur globally each year, according to the CIDRAP overview of the disease. Anthrax can also be modified for use as a biological weapon. Oxfam America estimated early in May that 400,000 doses of bovine vaccine would be required to control the outbreak, but that only 76,000 doses of the vaccine could be found in West Africa. The agency was assisting Guinea Bissau by purchasing vaccine and obtaining additional doses elsewhere.center_img OIE news release By the end of May, Oxfam America reported that more than 13,000 cattle had been vaccinated. Jun 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – An anthrax outbreak in the small African country of Guinea Bissau has killed 4 people and sickened more than 80. The OIE has made a grant to the country from its emergency fund to help pay for a large-scale vaccination campaign in Oio, which has more than 50,000 cattle, according to a news release from the organization. Thirteen patients have been hospitalized, according to a World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) news release issued this month.last_img read more

Antitoxin for infant botulism slashes hospital stays

first_img BIG-IV is made from blood plasma donated by CDHS laboratory workers and colleagues who were previously immunized with botulinum toxoid because they work with the toxin. The product contains antibodies against botulinum toxin types A and B, which cause almost all cases of infant botulism in the United States, according to the report. Subsequent use of the drug to treat several hundred babies in an open-label study saved more than 20 patient-years of hospitalization and $34 million in hospital charges, according to the report in the Feb 2 New England Journal of Medicine. The study was authored by Stephen S. Arnon and colleagues, of the California Department of Health Services (CDHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the University of California, Berkeley. Feb 8, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A human-derived antitoxin for babies with botulism shortened their hospital stays by an average of more than 3 weeks and reduced average hospital bills by about $88,000 in a randomized trial, according to a recent report. The authors write that because botulism is now classified as a category A biological weapon, a larger supply of human antitoxin than can be derived from blood plasma is needed, and a recombinant antitoxin is in development. The randomized trial included 122 infants who were hospitalized in California with botulism over a 5-year period from 1992 to 1997. (All infants hospitalized with suspected botulism were potential participants, but only those with laboratory-confirmed cases were included in the results.) Fifty-nine patients received BIG-IV; 63 received a placebo. The authors calculated that the open-label study saved a total of 20.3 years of hospitalization time and $34.2 million in hospital charges. In the open-label study, BIG-IV was offered in cases of infant botulism, first in California and later in other states, between the end of the randomized trial and licensing of the drug in October 2003. For the 366 patients who were treated within 7 days of hospital admission, the mean hospital stay was 2.2 weeks and the average hospital bill was $57,900. The average hospital stay for patients treated within the first 3 days after admission was 2.0 weeks, significantly shorter than the 2.9 weeks for those treated between 4 and 7 days after admission. The treatment group had an average hospital stay of 2.6 weeks and average hospital charges of $74,800, versus 5.7 weeks and $163,400 for the placebo group (P<.001 for both results). The treatment group also required significantly shorter periods of intensive care, mechanical ventilation, and tube or intravenous feeding. The benefits were significant regardless of whether patients had type A or type B illness.center_img See also: “We conclude that BIG-IV . . . is a safe and effective treatment for infant botulism type A and type B,” the article states. “Treatment should be given as soon as possible after hospital admission and should not be delayed for confirmatory testing of feces or enema.” Arnon SS, Schechter R, Maslanka SE, et al. Human botulism immune globulin for the treatment of infant botulism. N Engl J Med 2006;354(5):462-71 [Abstract] A botulism antitoxin derived from vaccinated horses is available for adults in the United States, but serious side effects deter its use in infants. To fill this gap, the California Department of Health Services developed the human-derived antitoxin, called Botulism Immune Globulin Intravenous (Human), or BIG-IV. The Food and Drug Administration licensed the drug as BabyBIG in 2003. Between 80 and 110 cases of infant botulism are reported each year in the United States, making it an orphan disease, the report says. The illness usually occurs when babies swallow Clostridium botulinum spores, which grow in the large intestine and produce botulinum toxin. The toxin enters the bloodstream and binds to nerves at neuromuscular junctions, leading to paralysis. California Department of Health Services’ Infant Botulism Treatment and Prevention Program read more

Vietnam reports H5N1 case; Chinese patient dies

first_imgJun 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Vietnam’s health ministry announced over the weekend that a poultry slaughterhouse worker was being treated for H5N1 avian influenza, and the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed today that China’s most recent H5N1 patient has died.Vietnam’s health ministry said the man, from the northern province of Thai Nguyen, worked in a Hanoi slaughterhouse on May 14, got sick 5 days later, and was admitted to Hanoi’s Tropical Disease Hospital, according to a Jun 2 report from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.After a nearly 18-month lull in Vietnamese H5N1 cases, the man’s case is the country’s second in a little more than a week. In the previous case, a 30-year-old farmer fell ill after he helped slaughter chickens for a wedding. He was recovering at Hanoi’s Bach Mai Hospital, according to the Xinhua report.The WHO has not yet confirmed either case. If the agency confirms both infections, they will be listed as Vietnam’s 94th and 95th H5N1 cases. For now, Vietnam’s H5N1 case count stands at 93 cases and 42 deaths.In other avian flu developments, China’s health ministry announced that a 19-year-old soldier who was recently listed as the country’s 25th H5N1 case-patient died yesterday, according to a WHO statement today. The man had been receiving treatment at a military hospital, according to Reuters. He becomes China’s 16th avian flu fatality.The man had been serving in southeastern China’s Fujian province when he became ill, though he had had no reported contact with infected birds, according to the WHO. A WHO official recently pointed out that only one of China’s 25 H5N1 patients had reported contact with sick birds, according to an Associated Press report.The lack of apparent links to infected birds raises questions about how effectively the Chinese government is monitoring the disease in birds, WHO spokesperson Gregory Hartl told Reuters. “This would suggest that the monitoring of H5N1 in poultry in China needs to be strengthened,” he said.See also:Jun 4 WHO statementlast_img read more

Rise up this year’s biggest entertainment event in Porec

first_imgOrganizer Igor Cossetto and partners of the Rise Up Poreč Music Festival 2018 have announced the biggest music event this year in Poreč. Thus, Poreč’s Peškera will be 6., 7. and July 8 will be the venue for one of today’s biggest stars Rita Ora to perform. Rita Ora, Franka Batelić and DJ duo Vanillaz will perform on Saturday, July 7.7, while the Festival starts on Friday, July 6.7. with the performance of Mija Dimšić and Severina. The match Croatia – Russia can be watched on Peshkera on the big screen before the festival. While on Sunday 8.7. Dubioza kolektiv, Edo Maajka, Damir Urban and Filip Motovunski perform. The music program will be complemented by resident DJs. Content, content and only quality content. This must be an imperative for us in the development of our tourist destinations. Because the motive for coming is not accommodation, but precisely the destination. These facts have finally been understood by hoteliers in Istria, and one of them is in Plava laguna, which actively participates with its partners in the organization of quality events.Od istaknutih manifestacija spomenuo bi Sea Star Festival koji je od 25. do 28. svibnja posjetilo više od 50.000 fanova, a čak 93% njih došlo je izvan Umaga. Također, teniski turnir Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag pozicionirao se kao jedan od predvodnika u promociji hrvatskog turizma, a koji privlači preko 100.00 posjetitelja.  Kao i suradnja s Vinistrom, najatraktivniji sajmom vina i vinske opreme u Hrvatskoj,  s kojom je Plava Laguna potpisala višegodišnji ugovor o poslovnoj suradnji, a koja u predsezoni generira 20 posto više turista.And one of the new hopes is certainly the Rise Up festival, which starts in the second edition this year, after last year’s success when it entered the map of the most interesting Croatian festivals. “Considering that we have been operating in destinations – Poreč and Umag for 60 years, we believe that it is our responsibility to develop the destinations in which we operate, as well as to participate in the active management of content at destinations. Precisely such music festivals are the motive for arrivals and increase the competitiveness of our destinations. Rise up 2018 is just such an event that will enrich the holiday for our guests“. said Ronald Korotaj, a member of the Blue Lagoon BoardThe director of the Tourist Board of the City of Poreč, Nenad Velenik, underlined the great results of Poreč this year, to which the Rise up festival will additionally contribute: “This year we have exhausted the Croatian, regional and world scene in search of the best performers that we brought to Poreč. Rita Ora is planetarily popular, so I believe that her premiere performance in Croatia will be enjoyed by both locals and guests.”. Denis Ivošević, director of the Istria Tourist Board, spoke about the importance of the festival for Istria, emphasizing that the arrival of Rita Ore in Croatia is a great event for Istria. “ONvo is a good example of how entertainment has turned into a tourism product, and consumption is what will be key  in the success of the festival”. By the way, the mix of excellent cooperation to destinations consists of Plava Laguna as the general sponsor of the festival, the Croatian National Tourist Board, the Istria County Tourist Board, the City of Poreč Tourist Board, the Funtana Tourist Board, Badel and the Zagreb Brewery.Related news:MASTERINDEX: HOW DO CROATIAN CITIZENS SEE FESTIVALS AND HOW MANY DO THEY VISIT THEM?last_img read more

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