Month: November 2020

Huawei Appeals Against 5G Network Ban in Sweden

first_imgEuropean governments have been tightening controls on Chinese companies building 5G networks following diplomatic pressure from Washington, which alleges Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. Huawei has repeatedly denied being a national security risk.PTS has given companies taking part in 5G spectrum auctions until January 1, 2025 to remove Huawei and ZTE equipment from their existing infrastructure and core functions.The auctions are expected to start next week, and to benefit Huawei’s Nordic rivals, Nokia and Ericsson.- Advertisement – © Thomson Reuters 2020Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? 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. – Advertisement – Sweden last month banned Huawei and peer ZTE from its 5G network, joining other European nations that have restricted the role of Chinese suppliers on security grounds.“We think the decision that has been taken is not good for customers nor for Sweden in general,” Kenneth Fredriksen, Huawei’s Executive Vice President, Central East Europe and Nordic Region, told Reuters.“We therefore want a Swedish court to look at if the decision has been taken through a proper process and according to the law.”- Advertisement – Huawei has appealed against Sweden’s decision to exclude the Chinese telecoms equipment maker from 5G networks, the Swedish telecoms regulator PTS said on Friday.“What happens now is we will send the appeal to the administrative court of Stockholm. After that, they will handle this case,” a PTS spokesman said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Why Is California a Blue State?

first_img– Advertisement – California Today goes live at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time weekdays. Tell us what you want to see: [email protected] Were you forwarded this email? Sign up for California Today here.Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, went to school at U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter, @jillcowan.California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley. “California Republicans embarked on an anti-immigration agenda that alienated Latino voters and drove them into the open arms of the Democratic Party,” the public opinion group Latino Decisions said in a report, calling it the “Prop 187 Effect.” California voters expressed a clear appetite for criminal justice reform on election night, supporting policies that promised to hold the police more accountable and shift taxpayer funding away from law enforcement and toward social services. [Los Angeles Times] By asking voters to repeal or overhaul laws passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature, corporations are asking voters to overrule lawmakers in Sacramento. Already, Uber and Lyft succeeded in their campaign to pass Proposition 22. Now, tobacco companies have started a referendum drive asking voters to overturn the state’s ban on flavored cigarettes and vaping products. [CalMatters] Good morning.While the country anxiously awaits the results from a handful of states that will determine the outcome of the presidential election, it has been known since Tuesday evening that California’s 55 electoral votes would go to Joe Biden.- Advertisement – Joe Biden received one of the highest margins in the nation in California, but a look at how the state’s ballot measures were decided shows a more complex picture of the electorate. [The New York Times] “We are a blue state because we’ve had a growing share of Latinos and Asian-Americans since the mid ’90s and after Proposition 187 they became more Democratic,” said Mindy Romero, director of the Center for Inclusive Democracy at the University of Southern California.And the state is only getting bluer, with the number of Democrats increasing this year to 46 percent compared with 45 percent in 2016.- Advertisement – [Follow the latest election updates from across the country here.]It might come as a surprise then, that California was once considered a red state until the 1990s. From 1952 to 1988, the state gave rise to Republicans like Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. During that period, only one Democratic candidate, Lyndon B. Johnson, took the state.This all changed in 1994, when the backlash against the passing of Proposition 187, which prohibited undocumented immigrants from accessing public services, activated a generation of Latino voters. After the proposition passed, thousands of people marched through downtown Los Angeles protesting the measure. All over the state, students organized grass-roots movements and walked out of classrooms. In 1997, Proposition 187 was ruled unconstitutional and never adopted into law.- Advertisement – Voters in San Jose and Santa Clara County approved a slew of ballot measures dealing with issues including policing, gambling, education and the environment. [Mercury News] Read more about the election results Voters in Placer County went solidly for Donald Trump in 2016. This week, the county went for Mr. Biden. Placer is one of California’s fastest-growing counties and no longer reliably Republican. [The Sacramento Bee] Alex Lee, 25, a Democrat from San Jose, became the youngest state lawmaker to be elected in 80 years. He will also be the first California legislator to have come out as bisexual. [Los Angeles Times] Likely voters are still disproportionately white. While Latinos make up 35 percent of the state’s population they make up just 21 percent of likely voters. But that makes them the second largest group of voters in the state by a large margin.“In terms of sheer numbers, it’s Latinos,” Ms. Romero said. “California is a lock on the electoral map for Democrats and for Biden. A big part of that story is the growth of historically underrepresented populations and the growth of Latinos in particular in California.”While Ms. Romero says it’s too early to analyze this year’s voter turnout rates, she thinks there will be an even more representative electorate this year. “In 2016, we saw the highest share of the electorate for Latinos that we’ve ever seen,” she said. “And I think we’ll see that again in 2020.” Proposition 19, which would give Californians over 55 a tax break when buying a new home and rein in a tax break on inherited properties, is still too close to call on Thursday but is maintaining its lead. [San Francisco Chronicle]last_img read more

The assault on the 2020 election is more dangerous than anything else Trump has done

first_imgBut that’s also part of the goal of the fascism relocation project. It doesn’t mean to assert there’s nothing to fear on the right; it’s an invitation to a new dimension, one that takes the far right off the axis to place it above politics as usual. Once that’s done, everything is permissible, anything is excusable in the defense of moving the nation more toward that wonderful, always brighter, place on the right—even if it means tearing down the whole engine of democracy.  On Monday, Attorney General William Barr ordered the Department of Justice to investigate claims of election fraud for which there is no evidence. Sen. Lindsey Graham said the only reason why Republicans lose races is because Democrats cheat. And the two Republican senators from Georgia attacked their own state over claims that they failed to run a proper election, providing no more evidence than that they allowed Donald Trump to lose.All of this stands in stark contrast to every election in recent history. Even the most rancorous campaigns of the past have swallowed their pride, made that concession call, and done so swiftly, because they understand the cost of not conceding.- Advertisement – That Republicans would so joyfully attack the machinery of free elections seems extraordinary, even considering the efforts applied for more than a century to make sure that only the right kind of white people get to the polls in the first place. But it shouldn’t be. After all, elections are just another institution, and Republicans have more than adequately demonstrated that they can smash, or subvert, any institution designed to act as a check on power. See impeachment. See the courts. See the Senate report that was quietly released admitting that Trump’s campaign did in fact have repeated contact with Russian agents, regularly coordinated with Russian objectives, and made promises to Russia in exchange for assistance. Nothing came of that. And why should it, considering that Republicans had just voted that they didn’t even have to hear the witnesses before declaring Trump innocent of anything, anywhere, at any time.The reason that right-wing media is saturated with claims that fascism is “of the left” is simple enough: If there is no gyre, no demons, nothing dark waiting out there beyond the current bounds, then there is never any reason to stop moving to the right. Fling open Overton’s window and let the right winds blow. There are no paths on the right that need to be guarded, nothing bad to watch out for. It’s all good stuff over there.Historically, of course, this is nonsense. The whole concept of left and right, for more than a century, was specifically designed to describe the space where democracies could operate between those two walls. Fascism is intrinsically of the right. To claim otherwise would certainly be a shock to actual fascists, who not only railed against the left, but did not hesitate to lock up their citizens for the crime of expressing socialist sympathies—when they didn’t simply kill them en masse.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

The Masters: Dustin Johnson breaks Masters scoring record in five-shot win at Augusta | Golf News

first_imgSmith’s three-under closer was matched by Im as they shared second place with world No 3 Justin Thomas, who eagled the 15th but cost himself the chance of an outright runner-up finish with a bogey at 17 as he closed with a 70.McIlroy wrote off his chances on Saturday evening as he contemplated being eight shots off the pace, although he did get to within five of the leader with his third birdie of the day at the eighth, but he managed only one more at the 13th and settled for a 69 and a tie for fifth on 11-under par. How DJ won The Masters Relive a record-breaking display from Dustin Johnson at Augusta National. Johnson's lead was down to one after five holes Johnson's lead was down to one after five holes

Lahore Qalandars into Pakistan Super League Final as David Wiese ensures Adam Lyth’s fifty in vain | Cricket News

first_img– Advertisement – Samit Patel hit 26 from 16 balls in a quick-fire sixth-wicket stand with Wiese Yorkshire batsman Lyth – drafted in as an overseas replacement for the knockout stages by Sultans – hit three sixes and four fours from the top of the order to help his side to 80-1 in the ninth over of the run chase, during which time Qalandars quick Shaheen Afridi temporarily left the field injured.But Wiese (3-27) had Lyth caught in the deep to stall the innings and then accounted for Ravi Bopara (1) and Tanvir (3) and caught fellow South African Rilee Rossouw (18) brilliantly on the boundary amid Sultans losing five wickets for 20 runs from 102-2, with Shahid Afridi bowled for a golden duck by Haris Rauf (3-30).- Advertisement – David Wiese starred with bat, ball and in the field as Lahore Qalandars reached their first Pakistan Super League Final Adam Lyth hit three sixes and four fours in his half-century Adam Lyth hit three sixes and four fours in his half-century

FDA panel favors new BSE-related rule on blood donations

first_img The FDA’s Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies Advisory Committee voted 12-3, with one abstention, to recommend against blood donations from people who have received transfusions in France, according to an Associated Press (AP) report. But the panel voted 15-0, with one abstention, to reject a plan to ban donations from people who had received transfusions anywhere in Europe. See also: According to the AP story, committee member Richard T. Johnson, a Johns Hopkins University neurology professor, said the panel would “look pretty silly” if a vCJD case in the United States were linked to a French transfusion. The FDA estimates that barring blood donations from recipients of French transfusions would eliminate 1.4 of 10,000 donors, according to the issue summary. Barring donations from anyone who received a transfusion anywhere in Europe would eliminate 3 in 10,000 donors. “During its peak period, the Euroblood program represented one third of the New York area RBC [red blood cell] supply and approximately 2.0% of the total US RBC supply,” the document states. Without a massive investigation, the recipients of that blood are “largely untraceable.” Barring blood donations from people who received transfusions anywhere in Europe “would not address the US recipients of Euroblood since 1980,” the report adds. The recommendation was prompted by reports that two Britons might have contracted vCJD, the human equivalent of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease, after receiving blood transfusions from people who later fell ill with the disease, according to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) documents.center_img The FDA document suggests that many Americans have received blood from European sources unknowingly. From the early 1970s until 2002, much of the New York City area’s blood supply was imported from Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, the report says. The FDA recommended in 2002 that blood banks not take blood and plasma donations from people who received blood transfusions in the United Kingdom after 1980. Most of the approximately 150 vCJD cases reported worldwide have occurred in the UK. The two vCJD cases apparently linked with blood transfusions were reported in 2003 and 2004. FDA issue summary prepared for advisory committee meeting France has had nine cases of vCJD and reported last year that blood from an infected person was given to 10 people and used in medical products, the AP report said. French authorities recommended in 1998 that blood not be accepted from people who have had transfusions, according to the FDA issue summary prepared for the committee meeting. Feb 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – To help prevent the spread of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in the United States, a federal advisory committee recommended yesterday that anyone who received a blood transfusion in France after 1980 should not be allowed to give blood.last_img read more

WHO confirms 7 human bird flu cases in Azerbaijan

first_imgMar 21, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed seven human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Azerbaijan, making it the eighth country with officially recognized human illnesses.A WHO reference laboratory in Britain confirmed the infection in samples from 7 of 11 patients tested, ranging in age from 10 to 21 years, the WHO said. Five of those patients, ranging from 16 to 21 years old, died of the illness.The cases push the WHO’s count of fatal cases over 100 for the first time. The agency now lists 184 confirmed cases with 103 deaths. Two cases reported in Egypt in the past few days have not yet been confirmed by a WHO reference lab.The WHO said six of the cases occurred in the small settlement of Daikyand in the Salyan rayon in southeastern Azerbaijan, a former Soviet state on the west side of the Caspian Sea.A 17-year-old girl was the first to succumb to the disease, on Feb 23, the WHO reported. Her death was followed by that of her 20-year-old female cousin on Mar 3 and the cousin’s 16-year-old brother on Mar 10. A 17-year-old girl who was a close friend of the family died Mar 8. All four young people lived together or near each other, the WHO said.”The additional two cases in Salyan involved a 10-year-old boy, who has recovered, and a 15-year-old girl, who is hospitalized in critical condition,” the WHO said. The seventh case was in a 21-year-old woman from the western rayon of Tarter, who died Mar 9.Two more patients, from Salyan and the adjacent area of Neftchela, have been hospitalized with pneumonia symptoms and are being tested, the agency said.WHO and Azeri investigators have not yet determined how the patients were exposed to the virus. Interviews with family members have not revealed any history of direct exposure to dead or diseased poultry in several of the cases, the agency said.However, there is some evidence that local residents might have collected carcasses of numerous swans, dead for some weeks, as a source of feathers, the WHO reported. Adolescent girls and young women usually have the job of defeathering birds, and a WHO team is investigating whether this could have been the source of infection in Daikyand, where most of the patients were girls between the ages of 15 and 20.Azerbaijan is the third country outside East Asia, after Turkey and Iraq, with confirmed human cases of H5N1. The other countries with recognized cases are Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand. Vietnam has had the most cases by far—93, with 42 deaths—but has reported none in recent months.The H5N1 virus first turned up in Azerbaijan in wild birds in February, with confirmation on Feb 10. The WHO reported Mar 10 that authorities were looking into a possible human cluster of 10 cases. On Mar 14, the agency said three patients who died had tested positive for an H5 virus and that confirmation of H5N1 was highly likely.Also today, Egyptian authorities reported two more human H5N1 cases, in addition to the two reported in the past few days, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.A 17-year-old boy named Mohammed Mahmud Abdul Ghani Ghabash, from Gharibiyah province north of Cairo, was hospitalized Mar 19, according to Health Minister Haten al-Ghabali, the story said. He worked on his father’s poultry farm, where 3,000 birds died of flu over the weekend, AFP reported.In addition, a 30-year-old woman named Fatima Mohammed Yussef, from Qaliubiya, north of Cairo, has been hospitalized with avian flu symptoms, the story said. It said she had continued working with her chickens despite a ban on the activity after the H5N1 virus struck Egypt in mid-February.The story gave no information about testing of the two patients.Two other Egyptians recently tested positive for the virus in a US Navy laboratory in Cairo, according to previous reports. A 30-year-old woman died of the illness Mar 17, and a 28-year-old man was hospitalized but improving as of yesterday.See also:Mar 21 WHO statement on Azeri cases read more

Woman’s death marks Bali’s first H5N1 case

first_imgAug 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s health ministry today announced that a 29-year-old woman from Bali died yesterday of H5N1 avian influenza, signaling the first human case on the popular tourist island, and that her 5-year-old daughter had died earlier of a similar illness.Lily Sulistyowati, head of Indonesia’s national avian influenza control committee, said in a health ministry press release that the woman became ill Aug 3 with a fever and respiratory symptoms and was diagnosed about a week later with serious pneumonia. On Aug 10 she was hospitalized at Sanglah Hospital in the Bali capital of Denpasar with a high fever and breathing difficulties, and she died there 2 days later.Tests at the health ministry’s lab and the Eijkman Institute in Jakarta confirmed that she had an H5N1 infection, the press release said. If the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms the woman’s case, she will be listed as Indonesia’s 103rd case-patient and its 82nd fatality.The woman is from Jembrana district, where avian flu is endemic in poultry, the health ministry reported. The district is in the northwestern part of the island, far from the major tourist areas, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today.Ian Barr, deputy director of the WHO’s Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, said travelers shouldn’t panic about a human H5N1 case being confirmed on Bali, Australia’s Sydney Morning Herald reported today.”Most of these cases occur in villages, not in downtown Kuta or Denpasar, so I’m not sure that travelers should be too concerned,” he told the Herald.The woman’s 5-year-old daughter died of pneumonia on Aug 3, and investigators found that several chickens raised by the woman and her neighbor had died in early to mid July, according to the press release. The girl had played with chickens before she died. Tests by livestock officials confirmed that the birds died of H5N1 infection.Health officials haven’t determined if the girl had an H5N1 infection. Bayu Krisnamurti, head of Indonesia’s national bird flu commission, told reporters that the child’s body had been buried and that authorities could not confirm the cause of her death, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported today.A 2-year-old girl from a neighboring home is being treated for a suspected H5N1 infection at Sanglah Hospital, the Indonesian health ministry reported. She came down with a fever and cold 3 days ago and is receiving oseltamivir (Tamiflu).Although avian flu is endemic in birds in Jambrana district and other parts of Indonesia, the country’s last official outbreak report was filed in October 2006, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).Joko Suyono, a spokesman for the ministry’s bird flu center, said villagers in the woman’s town didn’t burn the dead chickens but buried them or fed them to pigs, according to a Reuters report today.Indonesia is one of two countries, along with China, where pigs have been found infected with the H5N1 virus. Last October, Indonesian researchers reported that two pigs on Bali were infected with the virus, though they did not document if the pigs were sick or died.Flu experts worry about H5N1 infections in pigs because the animals can carry human and avian influenza viruses, potentially serving as a “mixing vessel” that could produce a strain that could launch a human flu pandemic.In other avian flu developments, national television in Togo reported three new H5N1 outbreaks on farms in the Lacs, Golfe, and Zio regions east of the capital, Lome, according to an Aug 11 AFP report. The west African country reported its first H5N1 outbreak in June, bringing the number of African nations reporting the disease to 10.See also:May 31 FAO avian flu bulletin with chart of H5N1 outbreaks by country 10, 2006, CIDRAP News story “Pigs, cats in Indonesia infected with H5N1″Jun 22 CIDRAP News story “Togo conforms first H5N1 outbreak”last_img read more

Flu experts counter Biden’s travel advice

first_img “There are some people who may not be comfortable doing that. But as a public health community we can put in context what the risk is, so that people are doing the things that we know will reduce their risk: the hand-washing, the covering of the cough, the avoiding ill people. And if we look to each other to be responsible and not get on airplanes and places when we are sick, that makes everyone’s health safer.Contributing writer Maryn McKenna contributed to this story. Airline and subway travelers should take sensible measures such as washing their hands and avoiding people who are coughing or sneezing, he said. Influenza spreads mostly through large droplets, which would typically spread within a foot or two of an infected traveler, Wenzel said, adding that newer, larger airliners generally recirculate about 50% of the air, which is generally clean and circulates in a laminar (top to bottom), unidirectional pattern. Wenzel said influenza is always a concern because the disease is linked to about 36,000 deaths a year, but said at this stage of the swine flu outbreak, Biden’s comment was an extreme response. When he was asked whether it is safe to fly, he said, “If you have a fever and flu-like symptoms you should not be getting on an airplane. That is part of being a responsible part of our community; you don’t want to put people at risk. I think flying is safe; going on the subway is safe. People should go out and live their lives. But shortly after his television interview, his spokeswoman, Elizabeth Alexander, scaled back his remarks, Reuters reported. “The advice he is giving family members is the same advice the administration is giving to all Americans: that they should avoid unnecessary air travel to and from Mexico,” she said. Apr 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Vice President Joe Biden today told Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” show that he has advised his family not to fly on airlines or ride subways to avoid exposure to the swine flu virus, a message that goes well beyond the government’s current travel advice for Americans to avoid nonessential trips to Mexico.center_img “This flu has an exotic name and origin, and diseases with exotic names and origins sometimes create extreme reactions,” said Wenzel, who is chair of internal medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. “It creates a fear above and beyond the familiar.” “And if you’re the person who’s sick, you’re the person who should stay home,” Schaffner said. William Schaffner, MD, a flu expert and chair of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, said, “his [Biden’s] expressions of concern were a little generous,” but there is no need for Americans to curb their travel to anywhere but Mexico. The public should keep in mind that out of a national population of about 300 million, only just over 100 people in the United States have been sick with the mostly mild swine flu virus, he said. Infectious disease experts are concerned that Biden’s comments could confuse and alarm the public about the safety of air travel during the swine flu outbreak. Richard P. Wenzel, MD, Va., past president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), told CIDRAP News that to put the influenza outbreak and air travel issue into perspective, if this were January and the US were in the midst of a widespread seasonal flu epidemic, no one would be talking about avoiding air travel or subways. Dr. Richard Besser, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offered similar advice in a news teleconference this morning.last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Vaccine plea, school vaccine drill and closing triggers, WHO says no to unpublished study, flu treatment algorithm

first_imgUN officials call for more donated vaccineThough some vaccine companies and affluent nations have already donated supplies of pandemic flu vaccine to developing nations, more is needed, officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations said yesterday, according to a Reuters report. Julie Hall, an infectious disease expert at the WHO, said more readiness is needed in developing countries, especially if a different pattern is seen when big outbreaks hit poorer countries. 4 Reuters reportNYC’s schools hold pandemic vaccine drillNew York City health and education department will hold vaccination clinics at five of the city’s schools next week to prepare for school based pandemic H1N1 vaccine clinics. Parents will start receive consent forms to sign if they want their children to receive the vaccine. The city said it will begin an 8-week school-based vaccination effort in late October at the elementary schools. In November and December vaccine clinics will be held at middle schools and high schools on weekends. 3 NYC Department of Health news releaseResearchers derive formula for closing schoolsFor optimal social distancing in a flu outbreak, schools should consider closing when they reach  5% absenteeism on a single day, 4% on 2 consecutive days or 3% on each of 3 days, researchers in Boston and Niigata, Japan, say in an Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) article. The group based its recommendation on absentee data gathered over four flu seasons from one 54-school district in Japan. articleWHO will not act on unpublished Canadian dataA teleconference convened Friday by the WHO to assess the validity of unpublished data linking seasonal flu vaccine and development of H1N1 flu did not find the association persuasive, according to the Canadian Press. The data by Canadian researchers, contained in an article that is in press at an unnamed medical journal but apparently has circulated widely, has led to almost universal scaling back of seasonal flu shot campaigns in Canada. 4 Canadian Press reportCDC issues treatment algorithm for flu-like illnessThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Emory University School of Medicine have developed a treatment algorithm to guide healthcare professionals and their surrogates on when and how quickly to steer adult flu patients to care. The algorithm, on the CDC’s flu Web site, progressively assesses patients by age, vital signs, symptoms of severe disease, presence of underlying conditions, and membership in a high-risk group. treatment algorithmlast_img read more