Good news on the vaccine, but rough months ahead

first_img– Advertisement – Pfizer and BioNTech on Monday announced that their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing the disease.“What we’re hearing and what we’re seeing is that this is promising news, but it’s not the end all, be all,” said Dr. Syra Madad, senior director of the systemwide special pathogens program at New York City Health + Hospitals.There’s a timeline for when the vaccine will be available and when it can be administered, she told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Tuesday. “There’s still some time between now and then, which means that we have some very rough few months ahead of us.”- Advertisement – More than 50.9 million people have been infected with the coronavirus globally, including 10.1 million in the U.S., according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Cases have spiked in recent weeks as the weather turns colder, and medical experts have warned that the situation could get worse.Madad said pharmaceutical companies have said vaccines may be available by the end of 2020 for priority groups such as health-care workers, but the public won’t have access yet.- Advertisement –center_img “We’re not actually going to see the effectiveness of these vaccines played out in the general population until sometime (in) quarter two of next year, so we still have some months to go,” she said.“This is a process that is going to follow a pretty fast timeline, but certainly it is not fast enough, with the coming months and the increased number of cases that we’re seeing around the world.” The next few months will still be difficult as virus cases continue to set new daily records in the U.S., an infectious disease doctor said this week in spite of promising news from vaccine trials.That’s because a vaccine won’t be available in time to stop the flood of cases that is likely to come as winter approaches in the Northern Hemisphere.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Vouchers for saving Croatian tourism as a light at the end of the tunnel?

first_imgWhat is certain is that this season they can “save”, ie provide at least some inflow of money, only domestic guests, and weekend trips will also be relevant. In addition to Vouchers, Pointers will promote the entire drip on social networks and publish more than 200 videos and VR360 content from Croatia, placement of promotional videos of destinations and reports “Piece of Croatian Paradise” through local TV stations that have already joined this action and communication with tourism agencies in the surrounding countries by sending smart catalogs of Croatian destinations. The statistics of our online channels show us that in these times of crisis in the world, regardless of the situation, the interest in viewing video and virtual reality content that represents Croatia is growing every day, Weinpert points out and adds: “Concrete figures give us hope and show that tourists, both domestic and foreign, have not given up on beautiful destinations in Croatia and that we must not give up on promoting the tourism sector at this timeWeinpert points out. Find out how to join this commendable initiative and how you can buy vouchers HERE Although it is not yet known or anyone has a solution as to what these vouchers should possibly look like on the field and how they should be realized, the DMC agency Pointers Travel from Osijek, which launched a positive campaign, stands out as a light at the end of the tunnel. TRUST AND FRIENDSHIP for the recovery of Croatian tourism, with which they want to intensify marketing activities mostly in the domestic market, and when the measures related to COVID-19 start to weaken, also in the foreign market. Goal Voucher’s TRUST AND FRIENDSHIP is initiating the flow of money to the economic sector in tourism, initiating the flow of money to the economic sector in tourism, ensuring the inflow of fresh money by advance payments – by purchasing Vouchers by customers, all to help the tourism sector overcome the coronavirus crisis. So everything is free and there is no profit. This is at least for now the first concrete proactive and positive move with the goal of what to do the day after the coronavirus. The least we can do is send beautiful pictures from Croatia, let our guests, both domestic and foreign, dream and plan, as well as to support their previous hosts in our tourism. It’s up to the people. Let’s support and get involved in this initiative, because this is one of the possible solutions that gives us the opportunity to see at least some light at the end of the tunnel and to try to save what to save yes from this year. And for that we all need to activate, not wait. A light at the end of the tunnel? Namely, vouchers can be used in the next minimum of one year from the date of purchase, and when using the voucher, the customer achieves a minimum of 25% higher value. They see their optimism from Pointers in the growing interest in video and VR360 content on their online channels. center_img We actively involve the entire tourism sector in the campaign, our companions, tourists, guests and all partners, locally and globally, he points out. Krunoslav Weinpert from Pointers and adds: “All marketing activities, posting and promotion of information online are done by Pointers without any financial compensation, as a thank you to our partners for their trust and to contribute to the situation in our business sector.. We invite you to give your contribution to this action by supporting the Croatian tourism sector by joining this action, promoting it, sharing this information, inviting the tourism sector to contact us to place their vouchers online” Although the whole story looks great and the whole initiative with vouchers is more than commendable, at first glance it may seem that the team from Pointers may have taken too big a bite, ie you set too big a goal. But when we look at the whole picture, it is a complete and rounded project, not just a form, and that is why this initiative should definitely be supported. Also, the credibility of Pointers is certainly a guarantee that this is not an empty PR story, but a serious project. “The goal is to sell as many vouchers as possible in advance to secure cash flow in the tourism sector. Also, we have distributed all our destination videos to local TV stations that have already started broadcasting them, in order to at least start a tourist activity in Croatia, because the focus will certainly be on the domestic guest. ” concludes Weinpert. Also, there is a campaign “Vacation week worth” as well as a Cro card from the Ministry of Tourism, projects that should have been active, and can be activated as soon as the day after the coronavirus. Currently, the tourism sector is quietly talking about vouchers for the tourism sector, as one of the solutions to save this tourist season, ie to at least somehow activate the tourist activity of the local population to get at least some cash flow and save what can be saved. Vouchers enable customers in Croatia and around the world to help caterers, hoteliers, private renters and other participants in tourism with their purchase now, when it is most needed. And the peculiarity of the whole campaign is the introduction Vouchers to help the entire tourist sector. Side dish: See how it works in more detail in the presentationlast_img read more

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Sturridge: We can still challenge

first_img Newcastle are the visitors on Monday, ideal opponents to get their league form back on track as their Anfield record is woeful. They have lost 16 times and drawn just three of their last 19 visits, with their last victory at the ground coming in April 1994 Liverpool will again be without inspirational captain Steven Gerrard and defensive linchpin Martin Skrtel, who both serve the final match of their respective three-game bans. A one-game suspension to defender Emre Can in last week’s FA Cup quarter-final replay at Blackburn prompted manager Brendan Rodgers to abandon his successful 3-4-3-1 formation and restore a flat-back four, which rewarded him with a clean sheet after conceding six in two games against United and Arsenal. Rodgers’ flexibility on tactics got Liverpool out of their sticky patch earlier this season and Sturridge believes that and the way he coaches the players to embrace new styles and systems is a huge positive for the club. “The manager is adaptable in terms of the way the team plays and changes a lot of things around,” he said. “It is important to have someone like that in the camp who is a man-manager and talks to the players. “It is important you can have a manger you can talk to and we just look forward to playing for this club.” The Reds’ top-four hopes took a nosedive with defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal and despite having an FA Cup semi-final to look forward to next weekend they seem likely to miss out on their main aim of retaining Champions League football. Injury to Sturridge, coupled with the loss of star man Luis Suarez in the summer, contributed to a poor start to the campaign which is now costing them dearly. However, the England international has not given up on a top-four slot just yet and even if they do fall short he has confidence they can up the ante when they start afresh in August. “We have, of course, not played as well as we have done in the last season but things change,” he told Press Association Sport. “Of course we aim to play well until the end of the season and next season we will hopefully be able to win the Premier League, not just get into the top four. “We just need to start the season better than we did this season. “Top-four is still feasible. We have seven games left and anything is possible. “Every game is important now. If we advance in the cup we will have nine games and every one will be a cup final. “The FA Cup is huge for us but we have to still understand we have a chance in the Premier League and getting into the top four. “We won’t put our eggs in one basket. There are still seven games to go in the Premier League and we are looking forward to playing in each of those.” Press Association Striker Daniel Sturridge believes Liverpool can challenge for the title again next season despite not being able to build on last year’s runners-up spot. last_img read more

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Six Nations 2019: Warren Gatland focusing on Wales’ bigger picture and making history against England

first_img“We didn’t speak about the record at all this week, but we will probably talk about it before England,” he said. “If this group of players achieve that, it’ll be something nobody can take away from them.”That’s the nice thing about records, once you’ve achieved it, it’s there for life … until someone else comes and breaks it, obviously!”We’ve got a chance, we’re at home, the stadium will be full, it’ll be some atmosphere at the Principality Stadium. There will definitely be no lack of motivation in trying to beat England and break that record.” Warren Gatland believes Wales’ opening Six Nations victories over France and Italy were useful preparation for this year’s Rugby World Cup, even if performances were below par.Gatland’s side were 16-0 down at halftime before storming back to win 24-19 in Paris last week and in Rome on Saturday the visitors were always ahead but less than convincing in defeating the Azzurri 26-15. Gatland made 10 changes to his XV from the triumph over France and conceded the side lacked cohesion and fluency as a result.But, seven months out from the World Cup in Japan, Gatland was satisfied to be heading back to Cardiff — and a date with England in two weeks — with two wins in the bag.”For us, there’s a bigger picture that we were looking at for the first two games,” Gatland told a news conference. “That was having the opportunity to get away for a week with a squad of 31 and replicating what might happen at the World Cup.”If that was a normal year, on reflection, maybe we wouldn’t have made so many changes. But we wanted to give everyone in the 31 an opportunity to be involved in the first two games.11 – @WelshRugbyUnion have now won 11 consecutive matches, equalling their best ever winning run (1907-1910). Momentum. pic.twitter.com/7Y42UdeI72— OptaJonny (@OptaJonny) February 9, 2019″We didn’t play as well as we would have liked. Probably part of that is that we didn’t have the continuity that we would have if we hadn’t made so many changes.”There’s no regret. We’re two from two and we have a couple of weeks of training before England. It sets us up nicely for the England match. A lot of people will be writing us off, which is a good position to be in.”Hopefully we’ll go under the radar, have two good weeks of training and get ourselves mentally and physically right. You’re not always brilliant and we weren’t today. We will be a lot better against England.”Victory over Eddie Jones’ side would see Wales claim a national record 12th consecutive Test win, something Gatland hopes will act as an extra incentive for his players.last_img read more

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Hart heads the field at Green Valley

first_imgDiv C didn’t score any better but another win for the fast improving Chris Smart, also with 36pts, underlined that his handicap of 27 is not likely to last long.  Bruce McAdam was back in the frame again with 33 ahead of Aussie visitor Chris Van Hausen in third and nice to see Ivan also on the podium with his 29pts, edging out two other players.The top score of the day was in Div B and it came from Greg Hill with a mighty fine 39pts, two in front of the afore-mentioned Chris’s mate, John Mills.  Waldo was back in third on 34 just heading off John Fitzgerald on the same score.There were three ‘2’s from Bob Finley & Chris Playforth (C8) & Greg Hill (D2).Div A (0-15)1st John Stafford (15) 36pts2nd Bob Finley (14) 34pts3rd Steve Poznanski (12) 34pts4th Chris Playforth (10) 34ptsDiv B (16-22)1st Greg Hill (21) 39pts2nd John Mills (19) 37pts3rd Stephen Blazsanyik (16) 34pts4th John Fitzgerald (19) 34ptsDiv C (23+)1st Chris Smart (27) 36pts2nd Bruce McAdam (27) 33pts3rd Chris Van Hausen (23) 31pts4th Ivan Plunkett (24) 29ptsTuesday, Sept. 17, Phoenix – StablefordWe had 7 Outbackers today playing the Mountain and the Lakes but due to the heavy rain the night before, the golf carts were only allowed on the paths making it very difficult for the caddies to bring the correct clubs.  We played preferred lies through the green, necessary due to the wetness of the course but the greens were still quite fast.John Lawton.Unfortunately, Phoenix management have now brought out a coupon service at the kiosks where you buy 100 baht’s worth of coupons for a 20 baht bottle of water, as change you receive 80 baht in coupons.  You also have to spend all the coupons as you don’t get your money back but apparently you can use them on another day.We have also heard through the grapevine that in the very near future it will be one person to a cart for the same price (700 baht) – Hmmmm!The scoring was not that brilliant with the Suzi’s “Old Man” getting the win with just 33pts from Aussie visitor Chris Playforth (32) who beat the aforementioned Suzi on count back.There were no ‘2’s.1st John Lawton (19) 33pts2nd Chris Playforth (10) 32ptsWednesday, Sept. 18, Siam Plantation – StablefordA spectacular 75 gross gave Geoff Stimpson 41pts to win here on the A & B nines on somewhat damp course, producing little or no roll on the fairways.  The rest of the scoring wasn’t too shabby either with Chris’s name coming up again with 40pts to take second, going one place better than his third at Burapha on Monday and to end his golfing holiday on a high.Murray Hart.It was no great surprise that Rosco took third, as he loves this course too much, beating playing partner and mate, Paul Rodgers, both with the same 39.There were two ‘2’s from Geoff Stimpson (A3) and Paul Rodgers (A6)1st Geoff Stimpson (8) 41pts2nd Chris Van Hausen (23) 40pts3rd Rosco Langoulant (13) 39ptsFriday, Sept. 20, Green Valley – StablefordThere couldn’t have been many places where golf was played today, after continuous rain for the last couple of days.  PSC’s Pattana Monthly was washed away, so Sugar dashed across to Green Valley to see if he could salvage a game there.  To his surprise and our surprise he could, particularly as the course was still closed at 7.30 in the morning but it brightened up a little and the rained eased to a drizzle and play was possible, albeit with preferred lies through the green.  With not too many withdrawals and a couple of late additions, including Sugar, 23 players took to the track.Muzza, blazed a trail with his 39pts to win the premier division by two from Paul Bourke and Chris Playforth both on 37 and Sel Wegner, having his first game after five weeks back home, was unlucky to just miss out on count back.Paul Bourke.Rick Forrest got it all right at last to win Div B with the best of two 37’s, the other one scored by John Mills.  B2 (Bruce McAdam) completed his week with a third place, to follow his second place at Burapha on Monday.  B2 headed three players all with 35.There were six ‘2’s from Murray Hart (4th), Kerry Beck (10th), Sugar Ray Handford & Bruce McAdam (12th) and Paul Greenaway & David Davies (16th).Finally, our thanks to John Lawton who ran the tournament today so smoothly even if he did finish last.Div A (0-14)1st Murray Hart (13) 39pts2nd Paul Bourke (9) 37pts3rd Chris Playforth (10) 37ptsDiv B (15+)1st Rick Forrest (23) 37pts2nd John Mills (19) 37pts3rd Bruce McAdam (27) 35ptsNote:  The Outback Golf Bar is situated about 6km from Sukhumvit Road along Soi Siam Country.  Call Jack on 081 578 1956. PSC golf from The Outback Golf BarMonday, Sept. 16, Burapha – StablefordA pleasant enough day for the 35 players at Burapha playing the C & D nines with the added bonus of a surprise two-tee start, on top of the fifteen minute earlier than scheduled start time, enabling General Jack to get everybody away before 9.45. The scoring was fair to middling in Div A, with an unusually high upper limit of 15, which elevated John Stafford, quite uniquely to the first division.  He made the most of the honour to score 36pts to take first place by two from three guys all tied up on 34; namely Bob Finley, Steve Poz and Chris Playforth, the usual count back sorting them all out.Chris Smart.last_img read more

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Redmond rules at Pattavia

first_img1st PJ Redmond (24) 38pts2nd Chris Cox (15) 36pts3rd Tore Eliassen (20) 35ptsNear Pins: Dave Ashman (2), Colin Greig, Keith HemmingsWednesday, April 15, Greenwood A & C – MedalNew face Brian Parish would have certainly shown the regulars a thing or two if the wheels hadn’t come off on 9 and 18.  Even with these two missteps he posted a net 74, only one behind the winner Gerry Cooney at 73.Overall the Bunker Boys didn’t fare so well at this lovely track, posting an average net score of 83. The course was in good shape and the weather was agreeable, but the guys just weren’t on their games.  Oh well, even monkeys fall from trees!1st Gerry Cooney (16) net 732nd Brian Parish (14) net 743rd Mashi Kaneta (15) net 75Near Pins: Gerry Cooney (2), Brian ParishNote:  The Bunker Boys are a PSC affiliated golf society, who now play out of The Ranch bar on Pattaya 3rd Road (in front of the fire station, and almost opposite the Buffalo Bar).  We play on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so if you enjoy a fun day out, and a friendly but competitive golf competition why not come and join us.We meet at The Ranch at 9 a.m. for breakfast and transportation, and new players are always welcome.  Contact “Buff” on 086 046 5091 or 080 605 5663 for all enquiries or check website: www.bunkersociety.com. PSC Golf from The Bunker BarMonday, April 13, Pattavia – StablefordMany of the guys invariably break out in song “Pineapple Fields Forever” when negotiating the pot-hole strewn road leading into Pattavia.  Fortunately, no one goes in a VW bug or they may never make their T-time.We arrived to find the course virtually empty and were off without any snags.  The greens had recently been cored but not recently cut, so slower than slow was the order of the day.  Even the “Putter Man” managed to 3-putt a green or two.P.J., after only a brief absence, returned to the podium to claim first place with 38 points while the rest of the field turned in a fairly good performance, averaging 32 stableford points.last_img read more

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WDFW Approves Razor Clam Dig Starting March 2

first_imgFacebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Clam diggers can return to two coastal beaches Monday (March 2) through Thursday (March 5) to dig razor clams during a month packed with potential digging opportunities.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig at Long Beach and Twin Harbors after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.As in previous openings, the dig is scheduled on evening tides. No digging will be allowed on any beach before noon.Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.The four-day dig is scheduled for the following dates, beaches and low tides:March 2, Monday, 4:49 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 3, Tuesday, 5:26 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 4, Wednesday, 5:59 p.m.; 0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 5, Thursday; 6:30 p.m.; 0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsWDFW shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled a nine-day dig beginning March 16. Low tides will switch to morning from evening tides midway through the proposed dig on the following dates, beaches and tides:March 16, Monday, 4:15 p.m.; 0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 17, Tuesday, 5:08 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 18, Wednesday, 5:57 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 19, Thursday, 6:42 p.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 20, Friday, 7:26 p.m.; -0.4 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksSeasonal switch to morning tidesMarch 21, Saturday, 7:55 a.m.; -0.5 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksMarch 22, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.7 feet, Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, MocrocksMarch 23, Monday, 9:31 a.m.; -0.6 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsMarch 24, Tuesday, 10:21 a.m.; -0.3 feet, Long Beach, Twin HarborsAll diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2014-15 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.More information about razor clams is available on WDFW’s webpage.last_img read more

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