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For the Print Team on Election Night, It’s Game On

first_img– Advertisement – “Certain stories that we know we’re going to have can be mapped out early, like stories about voting lines and photos of people voting,” Ms. Rillos said. That way, she added, “the first-edition paper, which really many of our national subscribers see, will still be fresh, valuable and a service to our readers that Wednesday morning.”As the night goes on, editors and designers will at times have mere minutes to polish and lay out a new or updated article. Headlines, especially those on the front page, can involve the most collaborative effort, with input from several editors, including members of the senior newsroom leadership.Because of the pandemic, the team must do this work from home, a challenge that has gone relatively smoothly during the past few months partly because team members communicate continuously through the messaging tool Slack and the use of video chats, said John Woods, a senior news editor who oversees planning and organizing of the newspaper throughout the day.- Advertisement – Still, he said, Tuesday night most likely won’t be nearly the same as previous elections. “We’ll all be at home, and you lose all that excitement and that kind of blood flowing through the newsroom veins,” he said. “Like someone gasping at breaking news and everybody feeling it, talking about it to figure out what it means.”That doesn’t mean, however, that the spirit of camaraderie is lost. “One of the things about election night that’s meaningful to me,” Mr. Woods said, “is that it kind of shows how well all of us can work together.”center_img “We’ve worked with our colleagues at the College Point and National print sites to extend the press run as late as possible, with what amounts to four editions of the paper and at least two postscripts to get in the latest news,” said Tom Jolly, associate masthead editor, who oversees the Print Hub. “That’s a lot more than we do on a normal night, when we would produce three editions, with no postscripts.”The team will be focusing on getting early nonelection and nonbreaking news articles from other sections into the paper’s layout early, so editors and page designers will be free to focus on live election pages later, Ms. Rillos said.- Advertisement –last_img read more


November 20, 2020 0

As the vote narrows in Georgia, let us thank one person who helped to save democracy

first_img– Advertisement – But as the race tightens in Georgia, you have to believe that any vote that went to this murderous bastard, came directly from the other murderous bastard. So let’s raise a glass of mine-slurry to this world champion a-hole.Blankenship shares a lot of qualities with Trump. He doesn’t believe climate change is real. He doesn’t believe that worker safety is important. And he thinks that bribery, extortion, and packing the courts with friendly judges are the path of happiness.- Advertisement – Of course, Blankenship did spend a total of not-quite one year in a federal prison for his role in killing 29 men, then lying about the cause, then trying to cover up the cause, then lying some more in court. But sending a CEO to a whole year in a minimum security facility, is like sentencing an ordinary person—one of those “essential workers,” let’s say—to a lifetime at Alcatraz. While behind bars, the hardship of not being able to access his mountaintop castle or visit his mega yacht led Blankenship to pen a book about his insights. I believe it is titled “Mein also have a Kampf.”And then he went on to secure a spot as first a Senate candidate, then the presidential nominee from the “Constitution Party.” Which tells you everything you ever wanted to know about the Constitution Party.In any case, on this very special day. Let us thank Don Blankenship, jackass extraordinaire, for the 3,900 votes he secured in Georgia. I’m sure Trump’s fans will want to thank him too.- Advertisement –last_img read more


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Tata Steel, South Korea’s POSCO to Jointly Develop Hyperloop Tubes

first_imgTata Steel Europe and South Korea’s POSCO will collaborate to develop steel tubes needed for high-speed hyperloop transportation systems, the companies said on Monday.Richard Branson’s Virgin Hyperloop on Sunday completed the world’s first passenger ride on their levitating pod system, which it hopes will transform human and cargo transportation while slashing carbon emissions.- Advertisement – They neither gave a time frame nor financial details for their hyperloop project.In a hyperloop system, which uses magnetic levitation to allow near-silent travel, a trip between New York and Washington would take just 30 minutes. That would be twice as fast as a commercial jet flight and four times faster than a high-speed train.© Thomson Reuters 2020- Advertisement – Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? 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. Tata Steel Europe, a unit of India’s Tata Steel, said in a joint statement with the world’s fifth biggest steelmaker POSCO that they would develop high-quality steel grades needed for the huge vacuum tubes that allow high-speed transport using very little energy.“POSCO has been conducting hyperloop related research such as feasibility, design and structural optimisation of various types of steel tubes for more than 10 years,” said Duk-Lak Lee, head of technical research laboratories at POSCO.The steel tubes not only need to allow a vehicle to travel in a low-pressure environment, where air is removed to cut resistance, but retain straightness over very long distances, the companies said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


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Taylor vs Gutierrez: Katie Taylor reflects on ‘hard lesson’ of her last defeat – and vows to guard against it happening again | Boxing…

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Michelle Obama, who helped Melania Trump in 2016, criticizes the Trumps for hindering Biden’s transition.

first_imgMichelle Obama suggested President Trump was treating the transition like “a game” on Monday and pleaded with Republicans to “honor the electoral process” by accepting Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the president-elect.“Our democracy is so much bigger than anybody’s ego,” Mrs. Obama, the former first lady, wrote on Instagram, as she called out the president for “spreading racist lies” about her husband.- Advertisement – Mr. Trump’s birtherism, she wrote, “wasn’t something I was ready to forgive. But I knew that, for the sake of our country, I had to find the strength and maturity to put my anger aside.” So she instructed her staff in the East Wing to cooperate fully with her successor, Melania Trump, and her aides.Mrs. Obama, who has delivered memorable convention speeches on behalf of Mr. Obama, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Biden, did not campaign in person for Mr. Biden this year, but she helped the Biden-Harris campaign’s fund-raising and get-out-the-vote efforts.Mrs. Obama’s 2018 memoir, “Becoming,” blended her progressive political views with personal observations about growing up as a Black woman in America, and a candid discussion of what it was like raising children in the glare of public scrutiny.- Advertisement – In keeping with that approach, Mrs. Obama used her personal actions — namely meeting with Mrs. Trump to answer questions about life in the White House four years ago — to illustrate what she sees as Mr. Trump’s dangerous violations of political traditions intended to stabilize the country’s institutions after elections. – Advertisement – “This isn’t a game,” she wrote, addressing the president’s followers, and Republican leaders who have placated Mr. Trump by refusing to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s status as president-elect.“So I want to urge all Americans, especially our nation’s leaders, regardless of party, to honor the electoral process and do your part to encourage a smooth transition of power, just as sitting presidents have done throughout our history.” Hillary Clinton, she said, “had just been dealt a tough loss by a far closer margin than the one we’ve seen this year,” she wrote. “I was hurt and disappointed — but the votes had been counted and Donald Trump had won.”- Advertisement – Mrs. Obama, one of the most popular women in the world and an influential figure in the Democratic Party, began her post by recounting how painful it had been to acknowledge that Mr. Trump had won in 2016.Mr. Trump, she said, had spread the racist birther lie that “had put my family in danger” — but she was determined to follow the protocols of respect, cooperation and support that former President George W. Bush and his family adopted after President Barack Obama was elected.last_img read more


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Shishkin to go chasing at Kempton on Monday | Racing News

first_imgShishkin is in line to make his eagerly-anticipated debut over fences at Kempton on Monday.The six-year-old has won four of his five starts since joining Nicky Henderson from the Irish point-to-point field, his only defeat coming when suffering an early fall on his first appearance over hurdles at Newbury 12 months ago.- Advertisement – Shishkin went on to win his next three races, including a thrilling victory over Abacadabras in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in March, and is a best priced 3-1 favourite for next year’s Arkle Trophy.Speaking at the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival Gallops Morning at Newbury on Tuesday, Henderson said: “I’m thinking of running Shishkin at Kempton on Monday – it is the race we used for Altior.“He has a piece of work to do tomorrow morning, and then a school. The race is just falling at the right time, and Kempton is a good course to start them off at.- Advertisement – The latter already has a chase rating of 150 after finishing second on his first start over fences in Britain at Market Rasen last month. “He is a great, big horse and a great jumper, touch wood.“If he was a serious Champion Hurdle horse you would go there, but I think he is better off down the two-mile chase route.”Shishkin is one of seven entries for the two-mile-two-furlong Racing TV Beginners’ Chase, with the Paul Nicholls-trained Pic D’Orhy among his potential rivals.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more


November 20, 2020 0

Avian flu, euthanasia claim 80 tigers at Thai zoo

first_imgOct 22, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – About 80 tigers have died or been euthanized at a Thai zoo in the wake of an apparent avian influenza outbreak that may have been caused by consumption of infected chicken carcasses, news agencies are reporting.Thirty-two tigers have died of H5N1 avian flu at the Sri Racha Tiger Zoo, about 50 miles from Bangkok, and 51 more were euthanized, according to a Reuters report today.Tests on more than 20 tigers showed they were infected with the H5N1 virus, Thai officials said this week. None of the 57 zookeepers has gotten sick from caring for ailing tigers at the zoo, one official told Reuters.The zoo had 400 endangered tigers before the outbreak began. Reports differ as to when the tigers started dying, but the Associated Press said the zoo has been closed to the public since Oct 19. Many of the tigers were euthanized late this week, news agencies reported.“We had to perform mercy killings on those tigers because they were in critical conditions,” Preecha Ratanaporn, with the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment, told Reuters. “We are monitoring four or five more of these tigers. If they show no symptoms in a week, we can declare the zoo free of bird flu.”The tigers were fed raw chicken carcasses, which officials said were believed to be infected with H5N1 avian flu. That strain has killed 31 people in Southeast Asia since late January, led to the culling of millions of poultry, and claimed a few victims among large cats such as leopards and tigers.Health experts worry that avian flu could mutate in a mammal host by combining with a human flu virus. Such a shift in the virus could create a strain that would spread easily from person to person and to which people have no immunity. Those circumstances in the past have led to global flu pandemics.The World Health Organization has said tigers are not known to harbor human flu viruses, so they aren’t likely to provide an opportunity for the avian strain to combine with human strains, Reuters reported.last_img read more


November 18, 2020 0

Angola’s Marburg death toll reaches 329

first_img Back in early June, the WHO had reported 423 cases with 335 deaths in the epidemic. But the figures were revised downward after a review of the data in mid-July. Aug 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Marburg hemorrhagic fever in Angola has afflicted 374 people and killed 329 of them, an increase of six cases and six deaths since late July, the World Health Organization (WHO) said this week. The WHO had reported 368 cases with 323 deaths as of Jul 29. The latest figures, provided by Angola’s Ministry of Health, represent a case-fatality rate of 88% in the epidemic, which began in October 2004 but first gained international attention in March. Aug 24 WHO updatehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_08_24/en/index.htmlPrevious WHO updates on outbreakhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/archive/country/ago/en/center_img See also: All but six cases and deaths were reported in Uige province, the WHO said. The last death in a confirmed case occurred Jul 21. Authorities were still monitoring 52 people who had contact with case-patients and were still sending clinical samples to Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory for testing.last_img read more


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Human bird flu cases confirmed or suspected in 5 countries

first_imgFeb 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – As the H5N1 virus spreads, so does the toll of human illness cases and deaths known or suspected to be due to the deadly influenza.The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced that two human deaths in Indonesia have been confirmed as H5N1 cases. The agency identified the victims as a 22-year-old woman who fell ill Jan 25 and died Feb 10, and a 27-year-old woman who fell ill Jan 31 and died Feb 10. The cases were first reported last week when tests in local laboratories were positive.They hailed from different areas of West Java province. No direct contact with poultry was reported, although both women had poultry near their homes, and some poultry died in the 27-year-old’s neighborhood 4 days before she fell ill.The Jakarta Post’s online edition also noted that a man from East Jakarta who died Feb 10 had tested positive for H5N1 in local tests. The WHO tally for Indonesia stands at 26 cases and 18 deaths, excluding that man.Bloomberg news service reported today that an Indonesian couple and their 2-year-old daughter are being treated for possible avian flu. If confirmed, those cases could represent the country’s sixth cluster of human infections, a doctor at the Jakarta hospital that admitted them yesterday told Bloomberg.In addition, the WHO has confirmed the 12th human case in China, first reported by Chinese officials last week. The case involved a 20-year-old woman in Hunan who became ill on Jan 27 and died Feb 4, following the culling of poultry in her household, WHO said.Overall, the WHO said today, 169 people have fallen ill with H5N1 infections, and 91 of them have died.Along with the rapid spread of the virus—which was confirmed in poultry in five new countries last week—people with suspected H5N1 infections are appearing around the globe.In Nigeria, blood samples from two children living on a poultry farm are being tested for evidence of H5N1 infections, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).The 4-year-old boy and 4-month-old boy had high temperatures and coughed up blood 2 weeks ago, their father told Reuters news service. The signs and symptoms appeared at about the same time that 250 of the farmer’s geese, turkey, and chickens suddenly died.”The two of them were coughing and if they sneezed, blood came from their nose and throat,” father Isaac Achi said. “I took them to the hospital and they recovered.” The family’s farm is near a farm where the virus was confirmed in poultry.Officials are having a hard time changing Nigerian cultural norms to persuade people to follow safer poultry handling practices, Reuters reported.”I have been in the field and they say, ‘What are you telling us? We eat dead chickens and we have been doing that for centuries,'” said Abdulsalam Nasidi, who is overseeing efforts to prevent the spread of the virus among people.Ironically, the fact that polio is endemic in Nigeria may prove helpful in the fight against avian flu there, a Washington Post report said today. Thousands of vaccinators and surveillance officers are already in place in Nigeria to stem the spread of polio.”The polio organization has offered to use all its network to deliver information, and also for surveillance and case detection,” said Mohammed Belhocine, WHO representative in Nigeria. “We are going to support all kinds of activities to mitigate the impact of avian flu.”For example, field supervisors are teaching village leaders chicken-avoidance messages and allowing the leaders to decide how best to spread the word in villages, said David L. Heymann, director of the WHO polio eradication efforts.In Greece, where avian flu was confirmed in some wild swans last week, two people who had contact with dead or wounded birds are now being tested for avian flu, Bloomberg reported today. A 19-year-old hunter developed a high fever and collapsed after handling two ducks, and a 29-year-old man rescued an injured swan and later developed flulike symptoms. Both are hospitalized, Bloomberg reported.In southern Iraq, investigators were looking into six suspected human H5N1 infections, the New York Times reported yesterday. One of the cases involves a 25-year-old fisherman who died after having contact with his backyard poultry. He had been ill for more than 2 weeks. Five of his cousins, who lived with him in Amara and also had contact with the household poultry, were also being tested.See alsoWHO update on Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_02_13/en/index.htmlWHO update on Chinahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_02_13a/en/index.htmllast_img read more


November 18, 2020 0

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Free H1N1 shots for kids, no H5N1-H1N1 coinfection, possible one-dose vaccine, flu risk for heart patients

first_imgSep 2, 2009New York City to offer kids free pandemic flu shotsNew York City’s school district said yesterday it will offer free novel H1N1 flu vaccine to all its students, according to the Associated Press (AP). Hundreds of US school districts will provide vaccinations in schools as the vaccine becomes available, projected to occur next month. Brenda Greene, director of school health programs for the National School Boards Association, said New York, with its more than 1 million schoolchildren, could be “a great role model.”Other large US cities detail their plansIn addition to New York’s immunization plan, other large US cities are announcing steps, according to Bloomberg News. Los Angeles will administer vaccine at its fairgrounds, Boston is allowing city employees to leave work for 2 hours for vaccine, and Chicago’s schools for the first time plan to track real-time attendance to pinpoint trends. Los Angeles and Boston are also setting up swine flu centers to administer vaccinations.http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=azZOjY_e1.6YSep 1 Bloomberg reportEgyptian H5N1-H1N1 coinfection report debunkedA story out of Egypt about a man infected with both the novel H1N1 virus and the deadly H5N1 avian flu is not accurate, according to an official with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The story by an Egyptian newspaper was picked up yesterday by the widely read electronic surveillance system ProMED mail. However, Nancy Cox, head of the CDC’s influenza division, told the blog ScienceInsider, “Our reliable sources indicate that this report is incorrect.”http://blogs.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2009/09/specious-report.htmlSep 2 ScienceInsider blog entryChina nears decision on one-dose vaccineChina is close to approving domestic novel flu vaccines that manufacturers claim can protect people with just a single dose instead of the two doses that most officials believe will be necessary, according to the AP today. China’s vaccines could boost global health efforts if the one-dose administration proves effective. China’s State Food and Drug Administration said at least two pandemic vaccines are near approval and another four are under review.WHO expert: Mutations no obstacle for H1N1 vaccineNovel H1N1 vaccines should offer effective protection even if the pandemic flu virus mutates as it spreads, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said today, according to Reuters. Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the WHO vaccine research program, said, “Based on the extensive knowledge available on seasonal vaccines and the results obtained through evaluation of H5N1 avian influenza vaccines, there is no doubt that it will be possible to make effective H1N1 pandemic vaccines.”http://www.reuters.com/article/internal_ReutersNewsRoom_ExclusivesAndWins_MOLT/idUSTRE5813JF20090902Sep 2 Reuters articleNovel flu may cause deaths in heart patientsPhysicians have raised concerns that pandemic flu may hit heart patients hard, according to the AP. Thus, some specialists at a European cardiology meeting said that such patients should receive vaccine priority. Although most heart patients are 60 or older and therefore may have some immunity to novel H1N1, “It’s almost a given that any influenza exposure is going to cause more mortality in heart patients,” said Alfred Bove, president of the American College of Cardiology.http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/articles/2009/09/02/swine_flu_may_hit_heart_patients_hardestSep 2 AP storyiPhone app may help track flu near youA new iPhone application, created by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston, is said to enable users to track and report outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as H1N1 pandemic flu, in real time. The application, “Outbreaks Near Me,” employs the online resource HealthMap, which collects, filters, and maps information about emerging infectious diseases and pinpoints outbreaks near the user.http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2009-09/chb-nia090109.phpSep 1 Children’s Hospital Boston press releaselast_img read more


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