– Advertisement – Image:Bukayo Saka broke through at Arsenal in 2018 and made his England debut against Wales last month – Advertisement – “He (Arteta) wants me to be 100 per cent focused during the 90 minutes of the match. Afterwards, I see during training that I will be a substitute the following weekend.- Advertisement – Arsenal wing-back Bukayo Saka is grateful to England captain Harry Kane for helping him settle in the national team and hopes to repay the faith shown in him by manager Gareth Southgate.“All the boys have been so good with me from the first minute I came in,” Saka said in his first England news conference.“Harry Kane put his arm around me, he spoke to me and asked me how I was. For him to do that, it helped me settle in much quicker and made me feel comfortable to be myself around everyone.“That helps me not just off the pitch but also on the pitch too, because I feel like I can be myself, express myself and play with the confidence that I play with back at my club.” Nicolas Pepe has admitted he is unhappy with his lack of playing time under Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.The 25-year-old, Arsenal’s £72m record signing, has impressed in the cup competitions this season but has started only one match in the Premier League.- Advertisement – Image:Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has seen his role change under Arteta “If you think of it from Aubameyang’s point of view – expectation has gone up with a £350k-a-week contract, but under Arteta he’s playing in a system and being asked to do things which mean he doesn’t score as many goals. It’s sort of a catch-22. He’s probably thinking how do I live up to the contract price tag in a system where I can’t score as many?“Before Arteta he was scoring three in four, since Arteta it’s one in two. I don’t think there’s necessarily a problem with a striker not scoring as much, so long as he helps the team in ways that he wasn’t before.“Whether he’s tired or whatever it might be, Aubameyang did not look very interested on Sunday evening, and Arteta alluded to a spirit in the team, which he does actually every week. He won’t have been too pleased with him.”Saka: Kane helped me settle in England squad “But the coach speaks to me, he also has assistants who are there for that. But it is frustrating for any player to be on the bench. Image:Pepe has only started one Premier League match this season but has featured regularly in the cups “My goal is to play more. To have a little more playing time,” Pepe told French channel Canal Plus.“A player who plays is happy. For me, I would like to play a little more to find a smile again. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s role has changed at Arsenal since Mikel Arteta arrived, but what impact is it having on the forward’s potency?Aubameyang has scored just two Premier League goals this season, and failed to register a shot on target in Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat by Aston Villa on Sunday evening. In fact, he’s registered just 10 shots on target in eight games this season.The 32-year-old has been moved more to the left-wing under Arteta, and asked to do more defensive work in an Arsenal which has shown signs of becoming more solid. But for Aubameyang, that has meant a drop in goals and shots per game.Sky Sports’ Gerard Brand:“There’s no denying that Aubameyang is used in a different way under Arteta. In fairness to Arteta, he came in, put his foot down and said: ‘This is how I want my forward players playing… you may be scoring a lot of goals… but it isn’t winning us more games!’“I imagine that threw Aubameyang back a bit, and then we essentially had a year-long contract saga. Even Arteta admitted he doubted whether Aubameyang would sign the contract. Image:Aubameyang (marked in green) has been playing in a wide role down the left flank this season “A super-sub role? The coach makes his choices. It’s up to me to show him that I don’t have that role.”Pepe has scored 11 goals in 54 appearances since joining Arsenal from Lille in 2019.How is Mikel Arteta’s style impacting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang? 0:37 Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta says Pepe needs to ‘find consistency’ to earn more starts
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Brazil’s central bank on Monday launched an instant payments platform that will speed up and simplify transactions, as well as foster financial sector competition and lure in new players such as big techs Facebook and Google.Dubbed Pix, the state-owned instant payments system allows consumers and companies to make money transfers 24 hours a day, seven days a week, without requiring debit or credit cards. It is also free of charge for individuals.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – According to the central bank, 72 million registrations have been opened for the service, by 30 million individuals and 1.8 million businesses.Campos Neto also said the central bank is in talks with big tech players such as Google and Facebook about entering the Brazilian payments services market.“WhatsApp will start doing P2P soon. I have talked a lot with their CEO, we are making good progress. He has told me that the process (with us) was faster than in other countries,” Campos Neto said.“Our only concern is that we must go through all the approval criteria and that we have a system that fosters competition,” Campos Neto said.Some 750 companies have signed up to Pix to accept and offer instant payments. Uber said it started to accept Pix payments, hoping to add unbanked clients.In the future, Pix will add new functionalities, such as cash-back and preprogrammed payments, which are currently offered mainly through credit cards.© Thomson Reuters 2020Will Apple Silicon Lead to Affordable MacBooks in 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. By 2030, Pix is likely to account for 22 percent of electronic payments in Brazil, consultancy firm Oliver Wyman said in a recent study. Last year, debit and card payments in Brazil totaled 1.8 trillion (roughly Rs. 24,75,900 crores).Pix will cause banks to lose some fees as individuals use it.The platform went live at 09:30am local time on Monday (6:00pm IST Monday), and can be used to buy anything from ice cream to a car, Campos Neto said.- Advertisement – “Huge changes are underway in payments. Society demands something that is fast, cheap, safe, transparent and open,” central bank president Roberto Campos Neto said in a virtual press conference to mark the launch.The move by Brazil’s central bank aims to increase competition in a highly concentrated banking system, with its top-five lenders, such as Itau Unibanco Holding SA and Banco Santander Brasil SA, holding roughly 80 percent of total assets and deposits.As the central bank sets low prices for money transfers and payments via Pix, the regulator believes competition will increase. Itau’s card processor, Rede, said on Monday it will not charge merchants using Pix for the first six months.- Advertisement –
Perdue admitted that Donald Trump may not have helped Republicans in Georgia, trying to frame that as a good thing going forward.“I’m talking about people that may have voted for Biden but now may come back and vote for us because there was an anti-Trump vote in Georgia,” Perdue said. “And we think some of those people, particularly in the suburbs, may come back to us. And I’m hopeful of that.”- Advertisement – At the same time, Perdue whined about how Georgia is changing, saying: ”They changed, dramatically, the face of the electorate in Georgia. Many of these new voters are from California, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, and they’re not of the conservative persuasion.” Kelly Loeffler, let it be noted, was born in Illinois, grew up in Illinois, went to college in Illinois, and went to business school in … Illinois.So Perdue wants to get out the vote in the suburbs, where “an anti-Trump vote” hurt him on Nov. 3, but he’s also worried about the changing face of the electorate, which is bringing in those darned northerners. That may not be the most coherent argument ever, but maybe it will work on Republican donors.One very interesting question in this runoff, though, is whether and how Trump will engage. Will he even care, since he’s increasingly aware that he won’t be dealing with the next Senate anyway? Will he get angry that Republicans are moving forward on the runoffs rather than going to war for him, and end up dragging them down? Comments like “there was an anti-Trump vote in Georgia” are just the kind of thing that might enrage him.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – These runoffs are an uphill battle for Democrats—it’s still Georgia, after all—but it’s good to see Republicans nervous.
Aug 6, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – An analyis of decades-old serum samples from pregnant women suggests that a mother’s influenza illness early in pregnancy may increase the risk of schizophrenia for her child years later.The study, published Aug 2 in the Archives of General Psychiatry, showed that the risk of schizophrenia in adult offspring increased threefold for influenza exposure during the first half of pregnancy. However, this finding fell just short of being statistically significant (P=.052). Flu in the first trimester of pregnancy was associated with a sevenfold increase in risk of schizophrenia in the offspring, but this finding also failed to achieve significance (P=.08). There was no increased risk associated with flu exposure during the second or third trimester.The report says that many other studies have investigated a possible link between a mother’s bout with the flu and her adult child’s eventual development of schizophrenia, a serious brain disorder that makes it difficult for a person to grasp reality, think logically, or behave normally.But these findings are the first serologic evidence of a link, and the data suggest the possibility that up to 14% of schizophrenia cases would not have occurred if influenza in early to mid pregnancy had been prevented, the authors state.The study evaluated sera from pregnant women who were part of a large birth cohort called the Child Health and Development Study (CHDS) from 1959 through 1966. During that time, the CHDS recruited nearly every pregnant woman who received obstetric care from the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan (KFHP) in Alameda County, Calif.The study was conducted by researchers at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Plan, Northern California Region, and the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, Calif. Its findings are part of the broader Prenatal Determinants of Schizophrenia (PDS) study.The researchers identified 64 people in the birth cohort who had schizophrenia as adults, plus 125 people in the cohort who had no mental illness and matched the case-patients by sex and date of birth. The investigators then measured influenza antibodies in archived serum samples taken from the mothers of the case-patients and controls during pregnancy.Although the sample was small and the findings did not achieve significance, the authors wrote, “Prospective acquisition of the serum samples in a well-characterized, continuously monitored birth cohort and the use of a face-to-face psychiatric diagnosis lend credence to this result.””These findings represent the strongest evidence thus far that prenatal exposure to influenza plays a role in schizophrenia,” Ezra Susser, MD, DPH, senior investigator of the PDS study and chairman of the Department of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, said in a press release. “Although the findings may ultimately have implications for prevention, we strongly caution against making any public health policy recommendations until these links have been confirmed through further study.”The study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, and the Lieber Center for Schizophrenia Research.Brown AS, Begg MD, Gravenstein S, et al. Serologic evidence of prenatal influenza in the etiology of schizophrenia. Arch Gen Psychiatry 2004;61(8):774-80 [Abstract]See also:Mailman School of Public Health news releasehttp://www.mailman.hs.columbia.edu/news/schizophrenia-flu-release.html
Aug 30, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Mongolian officials said tests have detected an H5N1 avian influenza virus in several wild birds, confirming earlier indications that the virus had reached the central Asian country.One bar-headed goose and three whooper swans from Erhel Lake tested positive for H5N1, a Mongolian official said in an Aug 27 report to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Hokkaido University in Japan ran the tests, and Dooloojin Orgil, director of Mongolia’s Department of Veterinary Service, reported the results.Mongolian officials told the OIE on Aug 19 that an H5 virus had been found in three wild birds. About the same time, preliminary testing by the US Department of Agriculture detected an H5N1 virus in 1 of about 100 birds found dead at Erhel Lake.The virus’s appearance in Mongolia follows its emergence in parts of Siberian Russia and Kazakhstan in recent weeks. Last spring the virus killed several thousand birds in the Qinghai Lake wildlife refuge in north-central China, which borders Mongolia on the south.Findings in Finland and RussiaElsewhere, tests on a seagull in Finland have shown that the bird had a mild form of avian flu, not H5N1, according to a Bloomberg News report yesterday. The report of the suspected avian flu in gulls in northern Finland late last week came amid fears that H5N1 avian flu could spread to Europe from Russia.Philip Tod, a spokesman for the European Commission in Brussels, said yesterday that the seagull had a low-pathogenic strain of flu that is commonly found in wild birds, according to the Bloomberg report. Tod said Finland’s chief veterinary officer had reported the results.In Russia, avian flu has spread to another village in the Tyumen region in southwestern Siberia, east of the Ural Mountains, according to a report from the Russian news agency RIA Novosti. The report said 57 infected birds were slaughtered in the village of Sladkovo.The disease was reported previously in seven other settlements in the region, after surfacing there on Jul 26, the story said.OIE urges increased control effortAlso today, the OIE renewed its call for efforts to control avian flu in poultry populations and appealed for funds to help affected countries with those efforts. The statement referred to recommendations made at an international conference in Malaysia in early July.In the wake of avian flu’s emergence in Russia and Kazakhstan, the statement said, “The OIE recalls the necessity of intensifying the fight against the disease at its source—that is in the avian production plants in contaminated countries. This represents the best way of limiting the spread of the disease, of eradicating it, and of reducing the risk” that it will lead to a flu pandemic.In appealing to the world to help affected countries battle avian flu, the OIE did not say how much money has been contributed since the Malaysia conference. After the conference, officials estimated it would cost about $250 million to implement recommendations to educate small-scale poultry farmers, segregate animal species on backyard farms, and vaccinate poultry.The OIE also said it would send a team of experts to Kazakhstan to provide technical assistance next week, at that country’s request.Bird monitoring in AlaskaIn other news, wildlife specialists have begun monitoring migratory birds in Alaska to see if any of them are spreading avian flu from Asia, according to a Reuters report published today.Biologists working with the US Geological Survey and US Fish and Wildlife Service have already checked two species of geese in parts of Alaska and found no signs of the H5N1 virus, the report said. Further plans call for testing ducks in various parts of the state.Hon Ip, a virologist at a USGS lab in Madison, Wis., was quoted as saying, “We think that Alaska is likely to be the front line.”He said some birds cross the Pacific from Southeast Asia to the US West Coast, and there is concern that some could stop off in Guam or Hawaii and spread the virus there.See also:Mongolian report to OIEAug 29 OIE statementhttp://web.oie.int/eng/press/en_050829.htmJul 7, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Avian flu control plan to focus on small farms”
If schools closed for a month, 93% of Americans could arrange for child care so that at least one adult in the household could work, according to the survey. Nearly as many (86%) said they could arrange care if schools closed for 3 months. However, only 25% of working people with major responsibility for children believed they could work from home and take care of their children if schools closed for a month. More than 90% of Americans expressed willingness to avoid air travel, public events, and shopping malls if health officials recommended those steps. But 48% said they would lose pay and have financial problems if they had to stay home from work for 7 to 10 days, according to an HSPH news release about the nationwide survey of 1,697 adults. On the negative side, staying home that long would strain the budgets of many. Besides the 48% who worried about losing pay, 27% said they would lose their job or business, and 25% said they would have a serious financial problem. A 57% majority expected to have serious financial trouble if they had to miss work for a month. That fraction rose to 76% in the case of a 3-month absence from work. Oct 26, 2006 (CIDRAP News) Americans are overwhelmingly willing to cut back their activities to help cope with an influenza pandemic, but many worry that they would have money problems if they had to miss as few as 7 days of work, according to a survey from the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Oct 26 Harvard School of Public Health news releasehttp://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-10/hsop-ico102406.php Overall, the findings suggest the public would be resilient in the face of a health crisis, said Blendon. Besides being willing to skip air travel and public events, 89% of those surveyed said they would reduce use of public transportation and cancel noncritical medical appointments, while 90% would heed instructions to stay in their own city or town. Slightly smaller majorities would follow advice to limit contact with people outside their household (88%), stay home from church (82%), and postpone family events (79%). Americans are less willing to stay home from work than to follow many of the other likely public health recommendations, according to the survey. Fifty-seven percent of employed respondents said they would stay home on the advice of health officials, even if their employers told them to go to work. But 35% said they would go to work. An overwhelming 94% of respondents said they would stay home for 7 to 10 days if they got the flu. In addition, 85% said all their household members would heed advice to stay home that long if one member got sick, and the same proportion said they could take care of a sick household member at home for 7 to 10 days. The margin of sampling error for the survey, conducted from Sep 28 to Oct 5, was plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. In addition, 24% reported they would have no one to take care of them if they got the flu and had to stay home for 7 to 10 days. The survey results were to be presented today in Washington, DC, at an Institute of Medicine workshop called Modeling Community Containment for Pandemic Influenza, according to the news release. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently working on recommendations about community containment measures and is expected to issue them in December. See also: “These findings are a wake-up call for business, that employees have serious financial concerns and are unclear about the workplace plans and policies for dealing with pandemic flu,” Robert J. Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis at the HSPH, commented in the news release. The survey suggests a fairly poor level of workplace preparedness. Few working people (19%) were aware of any pandemic response plan at their workplace. A similar number (22%) thought their employer would require them to go to work if they were sick, and 50% expected their workplace would stay open if health officials recommended that some businesses in the community shut down. Only 35% of workers thought they would still get paid if they had to miss work.
Dec 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Tests in Italy have confirmed the first poultry outbreaks of H5N1 avian influenza in the West African country of Benin, according to news services.Agriculture Minister Robert Dovonou said suspected cases found on two farms earlier this month were confirmed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) in Padua, Italy, according to a Dec 15 report by Agence France-Presse (AFP).The farms are north of Porto Novo, the capital, and in Cotonou, the commercial capital, both in Benin’s southern coastal strip, AFP and Reuters reported.Benin is surrounded by countries that have faced poultry outbreaks within the last 2 years: Nigeria, Togo, Niger, and Burkina Faso. Nigeria has had one human H5N1 case. Ivory Coast and Ghana are other West African states that have had poultry outbreaks.Benin officials reported the two suspected outbreaks to the OIE on Dec 5, saying 100 birds had died and 245 had been killed to stop the outbreak. Most of the birds were chickens, but eight turkeys were among affected poultry on the Cotonou farm.According to the Reuters report, published today, health experts have expressed concern that Benin’s Voodoo priests could be at risk for avian flu because of their practice of tearing out the throats of live chickens in ritual sacrifices.In other developments, the agriculture ministry in Saudi Arabia destroyed 13,500 ostriches to control an H5N1 outbreak on a farm in the Al-Kharj region, about 50 miles south of Riyadh, according to a report today by ArabNews, an English-language newspaper in the country. An AFP report said the outbreak was discovered Dec 13.As a result of the outbreak, city officials in Riyadh have ordered poultry sellers and restaurants not to sell ostrich meat, the newspaper said.Saudi Arabia has had a series of poultry outbreaks that began Nov 12, according to previous reports. ArabNews said 4 million birds have been culled in 14 outbreaks.Meanwhile, H5N1 was found in a flock of 11 chickens in eastern Germany, according to a Dec 15 Associated Press (AP) report. After several chickens died, two were tested by a federal lab and found infected, the story said. The flock was in the Oberhavel region, northwest of Berlin.The other surviving chickens were destroyed, and poultry within a 2-mile radius of the flock were being checked, the AP reported.Germany’s last reported poultry outbreaks were in the provinces of Bavaria and Thuringia in August and September, according to German reports to the OIE. About 4,000 birds died and more than 336,000 were culled in those outbreaks.See also: OIE reports on Benin and Germany outbreakshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.php#
Sep 9, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Emergent BioSolutions Inc. recently announced that it won a federal contract worth $24.3 million to develop a monoclonal antibody treatment to block the effects of anthrax toxin. According to background material on Elusys’ Web site, Anthrim targets anthrax protective antigen to neutralize the toxin. The company said its monoclonal antibody therapy is produced with an “affinity enhancement” process that was developed by researchers at the University of Texas, Austin. Emergent, which makes the only US-licensed anthrax vaccine, acquired the anthrax monoclonal antibody treatment from Avanir Pharmaceuticals, based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., in March, according to the statement. Avanir had developed AVP-21D9 with support from the NIAID. AVP-21D9 is a fully human monoclonal antibody that binds the anthrax toxin’s protective antigen component and inhibits the formation of pores that enable toxin enzymes to enter host cells, according to the news release. Emergent said studies in mice, rats, and rabbits have shown that AVP-21D9 is highly protective, even in animals that had clinical symptoms of anthrax infection. The contract will be jointly administered by the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). No product for blocking anthrax toxin is currently available. Anthrax infection can be prevented with a vaccine and treated with antibiotics. But antibiotic treatment for inhalational anthrax must begin fairly early in the course of illness, because antibiotics are not effective after Bacillus anthracis has released its toxin into the blood. AVP-21D9 is one of three investigational monoclonal antibody treatments for anthrax exposure that have received support over the past year from federal biodefense authorities. In September 2007, Elusys Therapeutics, based in Pine Brook, N.J., announced it had been awarded a $12 million contract to continue developing Anthrim for use as prophylaxis and postexposure treatment of inhalational anthrax. Also last September, PharmaAthene, based in Annapolis, Md., announced that it had won a $13.9 contract to develop Valortim, an anthrax monoclonal antibody treatment. The company was working on the product with Medarex, a biopharmaceutical firm based in Princeton, N.J. Sep 3 Emergent BioSolutions press release Elusys backgrounder on Anthrimhttp://www.elusys.com/anthim-anthrax.html Oct 16, 2007, CIDRAP News story “US funds work on drugs for plague, tularemia, and anthrax” Emergent, based in Rockville, Md., said in a Sep 3 press release that the 4-year contract from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for an anthrax monoclonal antibody called AVP-21D9 will cover manufacturing, nonclinical studies, and a phase 1 clinical trial. Oct 3, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Federal grants support new anthrax countermeasures” See also: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Anthrim fast-track approval status and designated it an orphan drug, Elusys has said. Apr 22 Elusys press release
Jun 22, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Responding to lobbying by the Obama administration and public health advocates, Congress last week approved $7.65 billion for battling pandemic influenza, more than three times what the House and Senate had earlier proposed.The money was included in a $106 billion supplemental appropriation bill dedicated mostly to funding the military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Senate passed the bill Jun 18, following House passage 2 days earlier.Most of the pandemic money is for activities by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but the bill includes $350 million to boost state and local capacity for responding to the novel H1N1 flu pandemic.According to a House Appropriations Committee summary of the legislation, it provides $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2009 money and $5.8 billion in “contingent emergency appropriations” for HHS and the CDC.The funds are to be used for expanding surveillance, increasing federal stockpiles of drugs and medical supplies, and developing, buying, and administering vaccines.The $350 million in state and local money, according to the House summary, is intended to help public health departments hire and train staff members, buy equipment to improve diagnostic capabilities, distribute antivirals and personal protective equipment from federal and state stockpiles, improve communication and maintain disease-reporting hotlines, and address other challenges, such as hospital surge capacity.The bill also includes $50 million for distribution by the US Agency for International Development to help countries respond to pandemic flu.The House and Senate had previously passed different versions of the funding bill that provided, respectively, about $2 billion and $1.5 billion for the pandemic. But a House-Senate conference committee increased the amounts in working out the compromise bill that was approved last week.The Obama administration had asked Congress to approve the House version but add another $2 billion to it, as reported here previously. In addition, the administration asked Congress to tap some funds from the federal economic stimulus package and up to $2.9 billion from the BioShield program.Meanwhile, a coalition of public health groups led by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a nonpartisan public health advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, also urged Congress to adopt the House version and add more funds to it. The coalition was particularly concerned about the cost of buying and administering pandemic vaccines.In substantially increasing the funding, Congress decided not to take funds from the stimulus and BioShield programs, according to Richard Hamburg, government relations director for TFAH. Some public health advocates had criticized the proposal to take money from BioShield, a program that promotes development of medical countermeasures against biological and other unconventional weapons.”This contingency fund of $5.8 billion would be new money,” Hamburg said. “I think it was good news that they appropriated additional dollars to be used mainly for vaccine purchase and perhaps vaccine administration, and that it was new money and not coming from existing sources.””In the long run they’ll need even more dollars, but this is a recognition that should there be a more extreme outbreak in the coming months, we’ll be better prepared than we would’ve been without additional dollars,” he said.See also:Jun 5 CIDRAP News story “Obama seeks more funds for novel flu fight”