Clues elusive in Australian kids’ apparent reactions to flu vaccine

first_imgApr 27, 2010 (CIDRAP News) – In the latest developments surrounding suspected adverse reactions to the seasonal flu vaccine in Australian children, an autopsy revealed no clear link to immunization in the death of a 2-year-old, and vaccine maker CSL said it has found no evidence of a bad batch connected to cases reported so far.The adverse events that the country’s health officials are investigating involve CSL’s seasonal flu vaccine, which covers the pandemic H1N1 virus. So far most of the reports are concentrated in West Australia state, which unlike other states offers free seasonal flu vaccine for children under age 5.West Australian officials have received 250 reports of possible adverse reactions, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported today. Queensland has also received some adverse-event reports and is investigating the death of a 2-year-old Brisbane girl who died about 12 hours after receiving the vaccine.The events prompted Australian health officials on Apr 23 to ask health providers to stop giving children under age 5 the vaccine while it investigated fever and convulsions in some children who had received it. At the same time CSL said it stopped shipping the pediatric version of its Fluvax vaccine while it and health authorities investigate the events.Dr Jeanette Young, Queensland’s chief medical officer, said today that the initial autopsy on the Brisbane child revealed no evidence that her death was linked to the seasonal flu shot, but further tests are needed, the Brisbane Times reported today. “It’s too early at this stage to say that the vaccine caused this child’s death or indeed what did cause this child’s death,” she said. “But at this stage there’s nothing jumping out and saying this child died as a result of receiving the vaccine.”Meanwhile, CSL, which makes flu vaccine for Australia but is not the country’s sole provider, said today that a check of vaccine batch numbers on the adverse-event reports does not indicate that a single batch is responsible for the suspected reactions, the AAP reported today. CSL told the AAP that it was continuing to work with regulators and West Australian health officials to investigate the adverse-reaction reports.Today South Australia’s chief medical officer, Dr Paddy Phillips, said that despite the seasonal flu vaccine ban in children younger than 5, they can still receive the monovalent pandemic H1N1 vaccine, which has not been linked to increased adverse-event reports, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) reported today. “Children over the age of five and adults should certainly continue to get the seasonal flu vaccines,” he told ABC. “If parents are worried then certainly get the H1N1-specific vaccine. That’s been given in millions of doses with no adverse effects including in under five-year-olds.”The adverse event reports have sparked a round of speculation among Australia infectious disease experts, the Sydney Morning Herald reported today. Dr Peter Collignon of Australian National University said children’s exposure to the pandemic flu virus last summer might be predisposing them to an aggressive response to a vaccine that contains the strain.However, Dr Terry Nolan, who was part of a research team that explored children’s reactions to the pandemic flu vaccine, countered that Collignon’s explanation seemed unlikely, because adverse reactions weren’t seen in children who received the second of two recommended pandemic H1N1 vaccine doses last season.Australia is currently in the midst of its seasonal flu vaccine campaign in advance of the winter flu season, which typically begins in May. Australia has had one wave of pandemic flu, which occurred during its normal flu season last year. Health officials fear Australia and other countries might experience a second pandemic flu wave, especially since the pandemic virus has become the dominant H1N1 strain across the globe.Last September the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that the Southern Hemisphere’s seasonal flu vaccine cover the pandemic H1N1, a Perth-like strain of influenza A/H3N2, and a Brisbane-like influenza B strain. In February the WHO recommended similar strains for the Northern Hemisphere’s next flu season.See also:Apr 27 ABC storyApr 27 Brisbane Times storyApr 28 Sydney Morning Herald storyApr 23 CIDRAP News story “Australia probes seasonal flu vaccine reactions in children”last_img read more

Spin Class: client list

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Barnetts launches iPhone application

first_imgConveyancing firm Barnetts has launched an iPhone application that allows clients to get an instant quote and follow the progress of their case via their phone. The in-house IT team at Barnetts developed the software, which other firms will be able to licence and use. The iClick app is available for free on iTunes by searching using the keyword ‘conveyancing’. Potential clients can click ‘quote’, enter the price of the property and select whether they are buying or selling. The application then connects to the firm’s live quote system and downloads the latest fee information direct to their phones in seconds. If a client is happy with the fee and wants to instruct the firm, they enter some basic contact details and will be contacted by Barnetts. To track their case, clients enter their case reference and a password. Key transaction milestones information will then be displayed, in addition to the text messaging which is sent out at key milestones. Richard Barnett, senior partner at the firm, said: ‘In the past few years, conveyancers have been challenged to provide the best possible service at the most competitive price. To succeed with this goal, the use of the latest techniques and technologies has to be embraced.’last_img read more

IC order launches Chinese joint venture

first_imgBombardier Inc and the Power Corporation of Canada have signed a joint venture agreement to build passenger coaches in China. The deal follows a memorandum of understanding signed with the Chinese government in November 1997.The local partner is Sifang Locomotive & Rolling Stock Works in Qingdao, part of the state-owned Locomotive & Rolling Stock Industrial Corp (Loric). Sifang will have a 50% stake in the JV, with Bombardier and Power Corp holding the other 50% ’together and equally’. The JV will invest C$110m in a 50000 m2 workshop at the existing Sifang plant at Jihongtan near Qingdao in Shandong province.To support the joint venture, Chinese Railways has ordered an initial build of 300 high-quality inter-city coaches, with an option for a further 200. Following the negotiation of final contract terms, production is expected to get under way in mid-1999. Total value of the order is put at C$550m.Bombardier Transportation’s President & Chief Operating Officer Jean-Yves Leblanc said that the move was a ’significant step’ in expanding the group’s operations in the region. As well as inter-city stock, the Sifang venture is intended to produce suburban stock, EMUs, double-deck coaches and metro cars for domestic use and export, harnessing established Bombardier designs to local conditions. Employment at the plant is expected to rise to 1300 in around three years.MTR Corp of Hong Kong has launched a consultancy division to advise metro systems on operational issues including safety, training and ticketing, following projects in Bangkok, Manila and Guangzhou.last_img read more

Ska music takes on Hollywood

first_imgSka music takes on HollywoodReggae hits Hollywood as Singer Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band attend the 7th annual Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA) in November. The Ska group is turning heads and making a name for Caribbean music by earning a nomination for ‘Best Reggae Album’. The nomination comes less than a year after the release of the group’s debut studio album ‘Internationally’, which include hit singles “Fire Fire”, “Kingston Salento”, and “Original Style” feat. Sean Paul & Gentleman.Stephens told reporters “Wow! God is truly amazing! We are overwhelmed to have earned our first nomination at the HMMA Awards. I am fired up about how things are going with us so far.” from his home in Kingston, Jamaica.“This first nomination is a special moment in my music career that I will treasure for the rest of my life. I would like to thank our fans, especially those here in Italy, the rest of Europe, Jamaica, the USA and Canada. We also thank our management team for believing in us.” said Ska Nation Band member Papa Leu.The 2016 HMMA awards visual mediums including film, TV, movie trailers, commercial and music videos for both mainstream and independent artists. Artist and composers from around the globe are reviewed and selected to take part in this event. The awards event features live music performances, celebrity appearances, award presentations, and a dinner banquet.last_img read more

Belfast Harbour Reveals Ambitious Growth Plans

first_imgOver the longer term the ambition is to significantly enhance the Port’s capacity to attract new trade and manage the next generation of shipping by deepening the Victoria Channel and developing new quays and wharves. Belfast Harbour also wants to create an iconic waterfront district with attractive public spaces that is integrated into the rest of the city. This will potentially include new cross-harbour bridges, a water taxi service and opportunities for new tourism, leisure and cultural projects. Sea News, September 18 The 2019-2023 Strategic Plan together with an outlook through to 2035 were publicly launched at Belfast Harbour’s Annual Stakeholder Meeting today. The plan focuses on increased collaboration and partnerships with key city stakeholders to drive growth and regeneration in Belfast’s waterfront. The projects planned over the next five years will lay the foundation for even more substantial “once-in-a-generation” investments. Detailed in Belfast Harbour’s ‘2035 Outlook’ these long-term proposals include schemes to deepen the Port’s shipping channel to accommodate larger vessels, to create new deep-water quays, the completion of the 2million sq ft City Quays development and the creation of a new globally recognised science and technology hub at Catalyst Inc. During 2019-2023 Belfast Harbour plans to invest £254 million upgrading its cranes and material handling equipment, installing new ramps to accommodate larger vessels and building new storage facilities. Work will also begin on digital ‘Smart Port’ initiatives to provide greater automation and a new unified system to coordinate cargo and shipping communications. Belfast Harbour has also set out plans to be one of the world’s most sustainable ports by deploying new technologies to improve air quality, reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions. The Port will “digitise, decarbonise and decentralise” its energy usage by providing shore-side power for vessels and creating a green micro-energy grid throughout Belfast Harbour Estate. “We want to become the world’s best regional port and create an iconic waterfront district for Belfast which will be an attractive place to live, work, visit and invest in. This will bring huge benefits for our customers, the regional economy and all our citizens. We can’t deliver our ambitious plans by ourselves which is why a partnership approach is a key part of our strategy. If Northern Ireland is going to be competitive on the global stage then we need to work together, collaborate more and invest in key infrastructure. “Our strategy, however, is not just about physical infrastructure; we want to use our resources and expertise to develop partnership initiatives that build Northern Ireland’s capacity for economic growth. These will include projects to target new port trades, skills programmes to support employers, a Global Innovation Institute to encourage R&D and an accelerator programme to stimulate innovative business. “Over the next 5 years Belfast Harbour intend to invest £254 million in new Port and estate infrastructure and facilities. This major investment programme is really only possible because of our Trust Port status which allows us to reinvest every penny of our net earnings back into the business.” “Belfast Harbour has been enabling local businesses to succeed and trade with the outside world since it began over 400 years ago. The purpose of our plans is to make sure we are fit for purpose to handle and benefit from the technological, economic and social changes taking place in the 21st century. “Belfast City Council’s aim is to accommodate 66,000 new residents, create 46,000 additional jobs, and develop 550,000 sq m of employment floor space by 2035. Belfast Harbour’s proposals will be pivotal in helping meet those targets.center_img Belfast Harbour has announced its ambition to become the best regional port in the world and create an iconic waterfront for Belfast that will be an attractive place for people to live, work and visit as well as a hub for inward investment and tourism. Joe O’Neill, Belfast Harbour’s CEO, said: “Belfast Harbour is currently working with a wide range of partners such as Belfast City Council, Department for Infrastructure, Catalyst Inc and our two Universities, NI Screen, Titanic Quarter and Titanic Foundation so that we can accomplish more. Over the course of the coming months we are looking forward to launching joint initiatives that will support the development of new trade, tourism and tradeable services opportunities. As part of the plan the Port has committed £254 million of investment to deliver new marine and estate infrastructure. Research from Ulster University’s Economic Policy Centre has concluded that these investments will generate 7,000 new jobs and support a further 3,500 construction jobs generating £500 million gross value added for the Northern Ireland economy and an additional £300 million per annum in wages and £4 million in rates to the city each year. Speaking at the meeting, Belfast Harbour’s Chairman, David Dobbin, said: “Undoubtedly our plans will evolve and change over time, but the strategy sets out our long-term direction of travel. By 2035 our vision is to transform the Port and Belfast’s waterfront, boost trade and make an even more significant contribution to Northern Ireland’s economy.” A number of real estate projects will also be completed, including City Quays 4, a 250-apartment build-to-rent development; Pierpont Plaza, a five-storey office facility at Catalyst Inc; additional new film studios and a media hub at Giant’s Park and new public realm space. “These plans are among the most ambitious to be put forward in the Port’s history, but the challenges and opportunities of the future demand a new approach. Author: Baibhav Mishralast_img read more

Island approves marketing firm hire

Share By ABBEY KUNKLESpecial to the PRESSThe South Padre Island City Council met last week for a special meeting regarding approval of a new marketing contract for the City. Mayor Pro tem Alex Avalos led the meeting in the absence of Mayor Barry Patel.Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Keith Arnold, who has been on City staff since July, opened discussion to consider approval of an agreement with The Atkins Group to serve as the marketing communications agency for the City. According to Arnold, the contract proposal from The Atkins Group was accepted after an extensive process, and the contract was later developed by City staff and reviewed by the City attorney. The Convention and Visitors Advisory Board (CVA) agreed to expedite the contract for final approval from the City Council.Arnold relayed some key reasons why they chose The Atkins Group. “First and foremost, this world, especially the world of travel, has absolutely been turned upside down by the internet,” he said. With the significance of social media and travel booking sites, Arnold noted that the agency has both strong conventional and digital interactive media marketing strategies. In addition, it has significant experience in destination marketing in cities throughout Texas. He added, “My whole interest in doing this and my concern is that we produce a cost-effective and powerful destination marketing campaign for the industry that really is economic development for South Padre Island.”City Council members were happy to be working with The Atkins Group as they had worked for the City in the past, but questioned what goals and deadlines were being established in regards to evaluating productivity.  Arnold expressed that the City has not had a firm marketing plan in recent years. President of the group, Steve Atkins said the group has begun a process of brand development with key stakeholders. “We hope the contract will come into place so we have the opportunity to continue, but that will involve a very broad representation and diverse representation of people on the Island that are really involved in this industry,” he said. The group, along with City staff, plan to develop project goals for the future and will provide detailed reports each month.As part of developing the City’s brand, the Council also discussed development of a new website in the amount of $90,000 that is tentatively scheduled to be ready for launch in February. A website subcommittee of the CVA demonstrated some disappointments with the current website, and Atkins said that from an industry standard, it had opportunities to be much more robust.The contract was approved for one year with a stipulation allowing for either party to withdraw from the contract with a 90 day notice. Avalos said, “One of the things where we’re lacking is that we seem to reinvent ourselves constantly, and that is a challenge.” The Council is hopeful the relationship will be successful and will help to develop continuity within the brand.In other news, Juan Infante was named the City’s new information technology (IT) director this week.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedCVA renews Atkins Group marketing contractBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Advisory (CVA) Board considered funding for marketing and research, as well as heard post-event reports during their Wednesday, Sept. 27 meeting. A decision on whether to renew the annual marketing contract with The Atkins Group worth just…October 6, 2017In “News”CVB selects new director, marketing firmSpecial to the PRESS July 6 marked the start date for Keith Arnold, the new director of the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB).   A selection committee which included the city manager, human resources director, City Council and Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board members made the selection final in mid-­‐June.…August 4, 2015In “News”Plenty on SPI’s agendaPRESS Staff Report South Padre Island’s City Council’s first regular meeting date for the new fiscal year includes both a workshop and the regular council meeting. The 2 p.m. workshop agenda focuses on a discussion with the Atkins Group, the marketing firm for South Padre Island. Steve Atkins, the firms’s…October 3, 2011In “News” read more

Walau Miliki Utang Segunung, Dua Kombinasi Finansial Bikin Garuda Indonesia ‘Bernapas’…,Dinilai Krusial Bantu Kesuksesan Maskapai, Berikut Daftar 5 Leasing Pesawat Terbesar…

first_imgDengan diperolehnya persetujuan atas Consent Solicitation perpanjangan masa pelunasan global sukuk ini, Garuda Indonesia mengaku optimis dalam mengawali langkah seribu menuju pemulihan kinerja finansial perusahaan akibat pandemi Covid-19 yang mengacaukan bisnis mereka.Selain itu, keringanan atau relaksasi yang didapatkan perusahaan dengan kode saham GIAA ini juga sekaligus melengkapi pinjaman modal kerja oleh pemerintah senilai Rp8,5 triliun. Meskipun dana tersebut sempat digadang-gadang akan digunakan untuk membayar utang, Direktur Utama (Dirut) Garuda Indonesia, Irfan Setiaputra dengan tegas menampik seolah hal itu tidak akan terjadi.“Sinyal utama yang sudah disampaikan Kementerian Keuangan, tidak boleh diperuntukkan buat bayar sukuk. Dana talangan harus disesuaikan dengan instrumen yang dipersyaratan oleh pemerintah. Karena dana talangan tersebut merupakan dana pinjaman alias bantuan berbentuk loan sehingga penggunaannya mesti dirundingkan bersama antara perusahaan, Kementerian Keuangan, dan Kementerian Badan Usaha Milik Negara (BUMN),” katanya saat konferensi pers virtual, beberapa waktu lalu.“Kami sedang menjajaki instrumen penggunaannya untuk apa saja. Secara implisit, instrumen itu mesti yang bisa diterima oleh Kementerian Keuangan,” lanjutnya.Meskipun tak menjelaskan dengan rinci, dalam kesempatan itu, ia mengungkap pada intinya dana tersebut akan digunakan untuk modal kerja dan efisiensi perusahaan. “Bagaimana itu kita memberikan mereka program rencana ke depan dari sisi penjualan dan pendapatan maupun efisien perusahaan,” kata pria eks Dirut PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia atau PT INTI ini.Hanya saja, karena dana yang dimaksud belum kunjung diterima karena satu dan lain hal, Irfan berharap dana talangan ini bisa segera cair, untuk memaksimalkan kinerja Garuda Indonesia ke depan. Selain itu, ia juga berharap pandemik virus corona bisa mereda.Kemudian, karena proses pinjaman dari pemerintah untuk Garuda Indonesia masih berjalan dan masih dikaji berbagai instrumen mulai dari kesanggupan membayar utang hingga pengelolaan uang dari utang tersebut, Irfan masih cukup sadar angkanya bisa saja akan berubah. Boleh jadi lebih kecil atau sebaliknya.Baca juga: Perancis Kucurkan Rp239 Triliun, Ratusan Ribu Karyawan Industri Penerbangan Batal PHK“Yang sudah disepakati, tapi belum ditandatangani, baru ‘oh ini sepakat-sepakat, oke-oke’, udah tos. Kalau pinjam-meminjam gak bisa tos, perlu tanda tangan. Nanti kita lihat detailnya apa ada tambahan, selipan, apakah Rp8,5 triliun, atau Rp8,9 triliun, Rp10 triliun atau jadi Rp5 triliun, saya juga belum tahu. Tapi kelihatan akan bertahap, doakan saja bahwa ini bisa cepat,” ujarnya.Padahal, jangan lupa, utang Garuda Indonesia bukan sekedar US$500 juta saja. Berdasarkan laporan keuangan perseroan per September 2019, Garuda mencatat liabilitas jangka pendek sebesar US$2,87 miliar atau sekitar Rp40 triliun. Jumlah ini terdiri dari pinjaman jangka pendek sebesar US$837,73 juta, utang obligasi sebanyak US$498,44 juta, dan pos liabilitas lainnya.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedGaruda Indonesia Minta Relaksasi Utang, Akankah Bernasib Sama dengan Thai Airways?20/05/2020In “Domestik”Kata Pengamat Penerbangan: Secara Substansial Bisa Saja Garuda Dikatakan Bangkrut06/05/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”Alami Kerugian, Garuda Bekukan Kiriman Armada dari Boeing dan Airbus27/09/2017In “Domestik” Airbus A330-900 Neo milik Garuda Indonesia. Foto: Instagram ari_setiawan.20 Untuk sementara ini, Garuda Indonesia akhirnya bisa bernapas lega. Kepastian itu didapat setelah maskapai pelat merah itu mendapat keringanan dalam kewajiban membayar utang yang semestinya telah jatuh tempo pada 3 Juni 2020 lalu.Baca juga: Sambut New Normal, Garuda Indonesia Tingkatkan Kapasitas Penumpang 70 Persen dan Lion Air Kembali Beroperasi“Maskapai nasional Garuda Indonesia berhasil memperoleh persetujuan sukukholders atas Consent Solicitation perpanjangan masa pelunasan global sukuk limited senilai US$500 juta selama tiga tahun dari waktu jatuh tempo yang semula pada 3 Juni 2020,” bunyi keterangan pers yang diterima read more

Ducros named ITA South Region Senior Player of the Year

first_img Share Ducros named ITA South Region Senior Player of the Year    SKILLMAN, N.J. – Argonaut senior Kevin Ducros was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association South Region Senior Player of the Year after an incredible career with West Florida.Ducros (Aix-en-Provence, France), who has played No. 1 singles since he was a freshman, finished his UWF career 52-26 overall, 41-23 at No. 1 singles and 6-0 at No. 2. He posted an incredible 91-23 overall doubles record while going 75-17 at No. 1.He is the third Argo to be named the South Region Senior Player of the Year and first since Dante Bottini in 2007.After earning two singles All-American, one doubles All-American and Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Year honors his first two seasons at UWF (2009-10), Ducros suffered a knee injury that would force him to redshirt in the Spring of 2011.The native of France bounced back from the injury to earn singles and doubles All-American honors in the Spring of 2012 and lead the Argos to an NCAA runner-up finish with a 28-3 record that season.This season, Ducros went 10-6 at No. 1 singles while going 4-4 against nationally-ranked opponents. With teammate Bruno Savi, Ducros went 23-3 at No. 1 doubles while leading UWF to an NCAA Semifinal appearance and a 27-2 record.Ducros was ranked in the top ten in Division II in singles and the top five in doubles throughout the majority of the season. In the highly-competitive South Region, Ducros was ranked in the top five in singles and the top three in doubles the entire spring season.In the latest ITA rankings released May 1, half of the top ten teams in D-II were from the South Region, half of the top ten singles players were from the South Region and three of the top five doubles teams were from the South Region.In the four spring seasons he played at UWF (2009-10 and 2012-13), the Argos went 79-21, won two GSC Championships and made it to the NCAA Tournament each season.Ducros is currently a three-time singles All-American and a two-time doubles All-American. If he remains in the top 20 in the final national singles rankings and the top 10 in the final national doubles rankings, he’ll be a four-time singles All-American and three-time doubles All-American. He is currently ranked No. 8 nationally in singles and No. 4 in doubles.Ducros is one of four Argos to be named to the All-GSC First Team four times.For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS#ITA Awards Winners  Print Friendly Versioncenter_img Kevin Ducros was named the top senior player in the South Region after a successful career at UWF (Photo by Bill Stockland) last_img read more

Transfer gossip: Speculation continues over the futures of Bamford and Phillips

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving the area’s clubs…Patrick Bamford will be allowed to leave Chelsea but the club want to insert a buy-back clause in any permanent deal, The Telegraph reports.West London Sport recently revealed that QPR had made an enquiry about the 22-year-old forward and were told he wanted to join a Premier League club.AdChoices广告The Telegraph say Norwich and Championship promotion-chasers Hull and Middlesbrough are keen to land Bamford and that Blues youngsters Bertrand Traore and Charly Musonda are wanted by Hamburg and Dutch side Heerenveen respectively.Bamford recently returned from a loan spell at Crystal PalaceBournemouth could be about to revive their interest in Matt Phillips, the Daily Mirror say.West London Sport recently revealed that the Cherries were among the clubs keen on the QPR winger and that Middlesbrough had had a £6m bid for him rejected.The south-coast side have since signed Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban, but the Mirror suggests Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe could turn his attention back to Phillips after Junior Stanislas suffered a knee injury.Phillips has scored five goals for QPR this seasonMeanwhile, Livingston manager David Hopkin says Nottingham Forest have tabled a bid for the Scottish club’s 16-year-old striker Matthew Knox, who is also on QPR’s radar.Swansea City are also said to be interested in Knox, who recently trained with Manchester United.Hopkin told the Edinburgh Evening News: “We’ve had a couple of bids for him. The board are looking at Forest’s offer at this moment in time, but I think he can go higher.“Swansea and QPR have also shown their interest. If he doesn’t go anywhere then we’ll be delighted to have him.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more