first_imgThe country’s Health Ministry claims that about 10,000 have been infected and 429 have died. But mass graves — confirmed by videos, satellite images and other open-source data — could mean Iran has suffered more deaths than its government has let on. The virus lurks in the body even after people feel better. A new study in the Lancet, based on research in China, found that the median length of time the virus remains in the respiratory tract of a patient after symptoms begin is 20 days. Among patients who survived the disease, the virus continued to be shed for between eight and 37 days. With H1N1, also known as the swine flu, Fauci said there was less mass panic because unlike the new coronavirus, it was an influenza virus. The coronavirus can be shed by people even before they develop symptoms. That pre-symptomatic transmission has helped it become a stealth contagion. The coronavirus may take many days — up to 14 — before an infection flares into symptoms, and although most people recover without a serious illness, this is not a bug that comes and goes quickly. 7:21 a.m.This Is The Coronavirus Math That Has Experts So Worried 7:30 a.m.Coronavirus Can Be Transmitted Before Symptoms Arise, Scientists Find Munster and his colleagues have conducted experiments showing that at least some coronavirus can potentially remain viable — capable of infecting a person — for up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to three days on plastic and stainless steel. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Federal agencies are trying to get ahead of any problems as telework is being encouraged, though not mandated at this point. The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is working entirely remotely today to stress-test whether the agency will be up to the job “if CISA-wide telework becomes necessary in response to the outbreak,” spokeswoman Sara Sendek said. Fauci: U.S. health system ‘not really geared to what we need right now’ If U.S. adversaries, such as Russia or Iran, creep inside government computer networks, they could disrupt efforts to mitigate the virus by stopping or slowing down communications. They could also sow chaos by sending phony alerts about the virus to the government workforce or the public. “There have been an awful lot of challenges,” Fauci said, noting the HIV/AIDS crisis in the 1980s and the H1N1 influenza pandemic in 2009. “With regard to disruption of everyday life, we have not seen that before, but we’ve not had this kind of a situation before.” Sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter to track the outbreak. All stories linked within the newsletter are free to access. For weeks now, America’s leaders and its public have been obsessed with one set of numbers: How many people have died? How many confirmed cases? And in what states? As coronavirus infections mount, the federal government is preparing for an unprecedented experiment in remote working that brings with it a slew of digital dangers. Inside the race to find a coronavirus vaccine and treatment A stark contrast in the coronavirus mortality rates in South Korea and Iran shows how critical a government’s response can be in determining whether the disease is stymied or spread. Public health experts say they want to ensure the U.S. outcome turns out more like the former. Scientists studying the novel coronavirus are quickly uncovering features that allow it to infect and sicken human beings. Consider the ventilators. For those severely ill with a respiratory disease like Covid-19, ventilators are a matter of life and death because they allow patients to breathe when they cannot on their own. In a report, last month, the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins estimated American has a total of 160,000 ventilators available for patient care. Read more here. During an interview on “CBS This Morning,” Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said the widespread disruption to everyday American life from the coronavirus is unlike anything the nation has experienced in his 36 years on the job. 8:16 a.m.Analysis: Why South Korea, Not Iran, Is A Model For U.S. Coronavirus Response South Korea managed to dramatically arrest the spread. It’s conducting more tests per person than any other country in the world, with about 15,000 people getting tested every day. The government has set up dozens of drive-through testing centers. South Korean officials aggressively informed the public about how to respond, including with cellphone alerts notifying people of new cases near them. By Paige Winfield Cunningham 7:32 a.m.Fauci Says Coronavirus Disruption Is Unlike Anything He Has Experienced In 36 Years On Job By Joel Achenbach This coronavirus can establish itself in the upper respiratory tract, said Vincent Munster, chief of the Virus Ecology Section of Rocky Mountain Laboratories, a facility in Hamilton, Mont., that is part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. That enables the virus to spread more easily through coughing and sneezing, and stands in contrast to another coronavirus that Munster’s laboratory has studied — MERS, which tends to infect cells in the lower respiratory tract, he said. Read more here. Sign up for our Coronavirus Updates newsletter to track the outbreak. All stories linked within the newsletter are free to access. As neighboring countries canceled flights and alerted medical personnel, Iranian officials said little in public about the virus. They didn’t announce the disease’s arrival in the country until Feb. 19, when officials said two people had already died. By Joseph Marks But the government has never attempted to work remotely on anywhere near this scale before. At DHS alone, as many as 240,000 workers could be asked to work remotely; the CISA test alone involves 3,500 people. “Will we take the tough actions to mitigate spread, or will we let this spread like the flu?” said Scott Gottlieb, former head of the Food and Drug Administration. “I think we will end up somewhere in between: not helpless like Iran, but not as aggressive and swift as South Korea.” 7:24 a.m.Federal Government Could Soon Send Employees Home To Work. That Poses Serious Cyber Dangers. Read more here. “We were familiar with what influenza does. We were familiar with its seasonal capability,” Fauci said. “Right now there are a lot of unknowns and I think that’s the thing that’s frightening people.” By Katie Mettler But to understand why experts are so alarmed and what may be coming next, the public needs to start paying attention to a whole other set of numbers: How many ventilators do we have in this country? How many hospital beds? How many doctors and nurses? And most importantly, how many sick people can they all treat at the same time? The Trump administration is ordering hundreds of thousands of federal employees to be prepared to telework full time if the virus spread worsens, as my colleague Lisa Rein reports. And it’s far from clear government technologists are prepared to handle that strain. A planning study run by the federal government in 2005 estimated that if America were struck with a moderate pandemic like the 1957 influenza, the country would need more than 64,000 ventilators. If we were struck with a severe pandemic like the 1918 Spanish flu, we would need more than 740,000 ventilators — many times more than are available.The math on hospitals isn’t any better. The United States has roughly 2.8 hospital beds per 1,000 people.South Korea, which has seen success mitigating its large outbreak, has more than 12 hospital beds per 1,000 people. China, where hospitals in Hubei were quickly overrun, has 4.3 beds per 1,000. Italy, a developed country with a reasonably decent health system, has seen its hospitals overwhelmed and has 3.2 beds per 1,000. During a CNN town hall program on the coronavirus Thursday night, Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addressed whether it is safe to open a package delivered by mail: “I think if you start thinking about money and mail and things like that, you can almost sort of immobilize yourself, which I don’t think is a good idea.” The country has reported 7,800 cases, but just 66 deaths — a relatively low mortality rate under 1 percent. Its daily growth in new cases also appears to be slowing. But it’s a different story in Iran, a country with 80 million people where cases are surging and several top officials — including two dozen members of parliament and a vice president — have been infected. By William Wan, Ariana Eunjung Cha and Lena Sunlast_img read more

Android Owners: Netflix Has Good News and Bad News


first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement I’m a “good news first” kinda guy, so here it goes: The good news is, manufacturers were showing off Netflix on Android devices this past week at the Mobile World Congress and it looks as good as you would expect. What’s the bad news, then?If you already own an Android device, Netflix likely won’t work on your device. As a matter of fact, it will only work on new devices and possibly not all of those. We’re placing a bet right now that “Netflix included!” is the tagline of the next successful generation of Android phones.Netflix first arrived on smartphones last August, landing on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Next, the service hit the Windows 7 platform. Android, however, has been elusive. According to a post on the company’s blog last November, the big problem with Netflix on Android is Digital Rights Management (DRM). Although we don’t have a common platform security mechanism and DRM, we are able to work with individual handset manufacturers to add content protection to their devices. Unfortunately, this is a much slower approach and leads to a fragmented experience on Android, in which some handsets will have access to Netflix and others won’t. This clearly is not the preferred solution, and we regret the confusion it might create for consumers. However, we believe that providing the service for some Android device owners is better than denying it to everyone.This week, the first of those DRM-compliant devices began to surface. Laptop Magazine has posted demonstrations from Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, which show a beta version of Netflix streaming video on Android devices. Take a look at Laptop Magazine’s article if you want the real nitty-gritty on processors and security protocols, but the long and short of it is, we’re likely to begin seeing stickers boasting “Now with Netflix!” on new Android phones. So where does this leave you? If you own an Android phone or tablet today, it sounds like you won’t be able to run the Netflix Watch Instantly app. And if you buy a brand new Android phone or tablet later this year, your device may or may not have the appropriate DRM libraries to run the application, even if you know what processor it has in it. Talk about fragmentation!And just in case you’re one of those “pics or it didn’t happen” types, here are the videos: Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Tags:#mobile#NYT#Video Services#web center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … mike melansonlast_img read more

Got an Old Computer? Jolicloud OS Can Now Make it a Zippy Cloud Machine


first_imgJolicloud, the Operating System that primarily serves netbooks, today expanded its support to include computers as many as 10 years old. If you’ve got an old desktop computer with as little as 348MB of RAM, it could be fun and useful again with the help of Jolicloud.This is possible, of course, because Jolicloud relies on so many online services for performing functions that other computers would perform locally. This fast-loading, lightweight OS was built by the creator of popular online startpage Netvibes and has its own App Center with 700 different apps in it. Could it bring increased (cloud) computing power to a greater number of people than had been able to afford modern computing experiences before? It very well could.Last Spring, Jolicloud switched from using Mozilla code as its foundation to using Google Chrome. We reviewed the 1.0 release last July. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Below, contemporary computing on an antiquated machine. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#cloud#news Related Posts last_img read more

Cyclone may hit Odisha, Andhra


first_imgAmid fears that another cyclone could approach the Odisha coast by the weekend, the Bhubaneswar Meteorological Centre of IMD on Monday said a low pressure area has formed over north Andaman Sea and is likely to become a well marked low pressure area over the next 12 hours.“Under the influence of yesterday’s cyclonic circulation over north Andaman Sea, a low pressure area has formed over north Andaman Sea and associated cyclonic circulation extending up to 5.8 km above the mean sea level,” said H.R. Biswas, director of Centre, in a special bulletin.“It is very likely to become a well marked low pressure area over the next 12 hours and move west-northwestwards. It is very likely to concentrate into a depression over east central Bay of Bengal during the subsequent 48 hours and intensify further with northwestwards movements,” he said.Mr. Biswas, however, said dry weather would prevail over the districts of Odisha over the next four days (till November 7). The bulletin said light to moderate rain or thundershower are very likely to occur at one or two places over coastal Odisha.“Squally weather with gusty surface wind speed reaching 40-50 kmph is likely to prevail over east central Bay of Bengal from November 5 and over west central Bay of Bengal from November 7. Sea condition is likely to be rough to very rough. Fishermen are advised not to venture into deep sea areas of east central Bay of Bengal from November 5,” the bulletin warns.Experts, however, said weather model has indicated about the formation of a cyclone, which would become clearer by November 10. The atmospheric system would move in north-west direction which means Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh could be hit, they said.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova earns first WTA match win in Russia in 13 years


first_imgMaria Sharapova of Russia celebrates her victory over Daria Gavrilova of Australia in the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2019 tennis tournament match in St.Petersburg, Russia, Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Maria Sharapova earned her first WTA win in her native Russia for 13 years after beating Daria Gavrilova 6-0, 6-4 in the first round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Monday.In a win which sets up a second-round match against Russian No. 1 Daria Kasatkina, Sharapova brushed aside her Australian opponent Gavrilova in the first set. Gavrilova raced to 4-2 in the second but Sharapova won four straight games and closed out the match.ADVERTISEMENT Sharapova has rarely played the Russian tour events during her career, and when she has she’s never got past the quarterfinals.Sharapova won her only previous meeting with Kasatkina in straight sets in Montreal in August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRussian veteran Vera Zvonareva advanced to the second round in St. Petersburg by beating Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-4.The 34-year-old Zvonareva returned to the top 100 in the rankings this month after a six-year absence. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Pacers’ Victor Oladipo undergoes surgery for ruptured quad tendon Read Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Zvonareva will next play either Julia Goerges of Germany or Maria Sakkari of Greece in the second round.Also, Alison van Uytvanck defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-4, setting up a second-round match against fourth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Export Development Canada to pay 969M dividend to federal government


first_imgOTTAWA – Export Development Canada is paying a $969-million dividend to the federal government this year.The payment compares with a dividend of $786 million the agency paid last year and $500 million paid in 2016.EDC generates revenue primarily from interest on loans, fees on its guarantee products, and premiums on its insurance products.The crown corporation says it finished 2017 with $60 billion in assets and earned $1 billion for the year.EDC’s full annual report will be released in the second quarter.last_img

CP NewsAlert Manitoba premier moves up election date to Sept 10


first_imgThe Canadian Press WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he is moving up the next provincial election by more than a year.The next vote was scheduled for October 2020, but Pallister has set the day for this Sept. 10.He had been hinting for months that he was preparing to go early.By law, the campaign can’t officially start until 28 to 35 days before Manitobans go to the ballot box.Pallister’s Progressive Conservatives were elected in 2016 with 40 of the legislature’s 57 seats — the largest majority government in Manitoba in a century.The Tories recently fulfilled their biggest campaign promise by cutting the provincial sales tax to seven per cent from eight.The cut is to take effect July 1, six years to the day after the former NDP government raised the tax.last_img read more

George Takei Receives Honorary Doctorate At Cal State LA Commencement


first_imgGeorge H. Takei, the highly accomplished actor and tireless champion for the arts and social justice, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Friday during Cal State LA’s Commencement.Actor and activist George H. Takei received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Friday during CommencementCredit/Copyright: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LAStudents gave Takei two standing ovations during the ceremony.The 79-year-old Takei, who is best known for playing the character Mr. Sulu on the original, award-winning television series Star Trek, also delivered the keynote address during the undergraduate ceremony for the College of Natural and Social Sciences.His address was a prism into the trials and tribulations that Americans have endured during the 20th and 21st centuries.Takei recounted growing up with Mexican American families on Los Angeles’ Eastside, not far from Cal State LA. But that life was interrupted when World War II broke out. He and his family were among more than 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry in the U.S. who were rounded up and sent to internment camps.Living behind barbed wire at Camp Rohwer, in the swamps of Arkansas, and Camp Tule Lake, on a scrub-covered plain of northern California, left a lasting impression.“I can never forget the tall sentry towers with the machine guns pointed down at us. I remember the search light that followed me when I made the midnight runs from our barrack to the latrine,” he recalled. “Throughout my acting career, because of my childhood imprisonment, an unjust incarceration, I have always been mindful of the preciousness of my rights as an American as well as my responsibilities as a citizen.”Takei, who earned a B.A. and M.A. in theater from UCLA, has more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-star roles to his credit. He boasts more than 9.7 million fans on his Facebook page and has used the platform to advocate on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.He was a former board member of the Southern California Rapid Transit District and helped establish the Arts in Transit program, which led to each Los Angeles Metro station having its own distinctive artwork. He was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the board of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission and received the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, from Japanese Emperor Akihito for his contributions to improving relationships between the two nations.In closing his Commencement address, Takei noted that the democratic process can be unruly, even unjust. But as Americans, he told the crowd, we have a responsibility to be engaged and to strive to make our country a better place for all people, regardless of their differences.“We, your generation and mine, have a challenge to boldly go where we have never gone before,” he said, referencing a well-known line from the opening of Star Trek. “Let us learn from the lessons of history, and, as the founding fathers did, shape a new nation to fit the ever advancing, constantly innovating, dynamic challenges of the 21st century,” Takei said. “Let us boldly go where we have never gone before.”last_img read more

Why Shape of Water Director Guillermo del Toro Loves Shooting in Canada


first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The film’s producer J. Miles Dale reveals why Toronto has become the helmer’s home base and what del Toro might be working on next.The Baltimore of 1962 is meticulously re-created in Guillermo del Toro’s multi-Oscar-nominated sci-fi romance, The Shape of Water. From an iconic, neon-lit diner to an ornate movie theater, the film revels in Americana from another age, making the fact that it was shot in and around Toronto all the more impressive. The film marks del Toro’s third collaboration with producer — and Toronto native J. Miles Dale and is the director’s fourth consecutive feature to be shot in Canada. Dale talked to THR about why the Mexican auteur now calls Toronto home and the Oscar odds for Shape of Water.Toronto hosted shoots for earlier Oscar best picture winners like Chicago and Spotlight. What’s different with The Shape of Water? LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Courtesy of Fox Searchlight Picturescenter_img Facebook Advertisement With Chicago, there were no Canadian designers on that. And even Spotlight, it wasn’t a heavy design movie. On The Shape of Water, other than the cinematographer and a couple of special effects and makeup artists, every single person from the production and costume designers, the sound team, the editor — they’re all Canadian. It tells the world: “We can play with anybody now. Our top people are right up there. You don’t have to go anywhere else.”Does that mean you and del Toro will make all your future movies in Toronto?The script will always tell you what it needs to be. If you need to do something on a mountain, you can’t do that here. If you’re stranded in the Pacific, you can’t do that here. Twitterlast_img read more