Pandemic Showing Signs of Slowing; 7 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Pasadena

first_imgCommunity News Pandemic Showing Signs of Slowing; 7 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Pasadena By BRIAN DAY Published on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 | 3:46 pm Business News Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. 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The city saw 12 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Monday.Total known infections in Pasadena stood at 2,023.Tuesday’s reported case count was the smallest seen in over a week, city data show. The last time fewer cases were reported was on July 27, when five infections were announced.Over the previous seven days, Pasadena saw an average of 14.3 new COVID-19 cases daily. The average was above 30 new cases as recently as July 24.State and county officials have both reported seeing a decline in new infections in recent days.But it was far from time to assert victory over the coronavirus and give up on social distancing, according to Derderian.“It’s too soon to declare a trend,” she said. “We all need to remain vigilant and proactive.”Forty patients were being treated at Huntington Hospital for COVID-19 as of Tuesday, according to hospital data. Fourteen tests were pending.At the county level, public health officials reported 1,901 new COVID-19 cases and 57 new deaths, but cautioned that information was incomplete due to delays in the state’s electronic lab reporting (ELR) system.“Public Health learned of new issues with the state ELR feed on an emergency call convened by the state last night,” according to an L.A. County Department of Public Health statement. “This issue has undercounted the county’s positive cases and affects the number of COVID-19 cases reported each day and our contact tracing efforts. However, there should not be delays in patients being notified of lab results, as laboratories continue to report tests results directly to providers and hospitals.”County health officials have begun “urgently” reviewing data from at least 81 labs, dating back to July 26, “to determine the accurate positive case count in Los Angeles County for the time period in question,” according to the statement. “Public Health is also implementing a system for all labs to report positive test results to the department immediately so that moving forward the department can have an accurate case count and be assured that contact tracing efforts are not delayed.”Once adjustments are made, tallies of infections and deaths are expected to be revised upward, county officials said.The county has recorded 195,614 infections since the start of the pandemic, as well as 4,758 deaths.Hospitalitions, which were not affected by the data error, were tallied at 1,757, with 31 percent of the patients being treated in intensive care units, officials said. “Daily hospitalizations were over 2,000 patients last week.”Disputing the problems with data reporting, L.A. County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said there were still positive signs.“While the missing data is troubling and hinders efforts to monitor and reduce the spread of COVID-19, data sources that track other key indicators, including hospitalizations, are not affected by this reporting issue,” she said. “Hospitalization data for Los Angeles County still shows a decrease, and we continue to be cautiously optimistic that our efforts over the past few weeks may be starting to slow the spread.”The county’s positivity rate was at 10 percent, with more than 1.8 million tests administered, according to public health officials.The California Department of Public Health announced 4,536 new detected infections, the lowest number seen since June 21, along with 113 deaths.“The 7-day average number of new cases is 7,554 per day,” the agency said in a written statement. “The 7-day average from the week prior was 9,397.”California has recorded 519,427 COVID-19 infections in total as of Tuesday, as well as 9,501 deaths attributed to the illness, according to state data.Just over 6,300 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state, with 1,892 of them being treated in intensive care units.Based on the provided data, Los Angeles County accounted for 38 percent of California’s known infections and 50 percent of the state’s deaths. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

Complaints pile up following Drug Foundation’s ‘vote yes’ to cannabis campaign

first_imgDr Kate Baddock, chairwoman of the New Zealand Medical Association, has called the claims “rubbish”. However, critics say the advertisement is inaccurate and possibly misleading. “It’s a completely misleading statement,” she told 1 NEWS. TVNZ One News 11 June 2020Family First Comment: The ad claims that people who could benefit from medicinal cannabis could get much better access. Dr Kate Baddock, chairwoman of the New Zealand Medical Association, has called the claims “rubbish”. “It’s a completely misleading statement,” she told 1 NEWS. Bill Hodge, an Auckland University law professor, agrees. “This new proposal on which we’re having the referendum has nothing to do with medicinal cannabis and I don’t think the ad should have that reference,” he says. That’s because medicinal cannabis is already legal and has been prescribed in New Zealand since April.Complaints are piling up over a brand new pro-cannabis campaign funded by the Drug Foundation.Launched on multiple platforms a week ago, it calls on New Zealanders to vote yes to legalising cannabis at a referendum in September. It’s the first step in a battle the Drug Foundation is desperate to win, but one of the claims in the new ad has hit a sour note with some close observers.center_img The ad claims that people who could benefit from medicinal cannabis could get much better access. “This new proposal on which we’re having the referendum has nothing to do with medicinal cannabis and I don’t think the ad should have that reference,” he says.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/complaints-pile-up-following-drug-foundations-vote-yes-cannabis-campaign Bill Hodge, an Auckland University law professor, agrees.last_img read more

ITTF Confirms Date for Nigeria Open Tournament Â

first_imgThe International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) has listed Nigeria Open in its Challenge Series calendar as well as confirms the date for the championships holding at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium.Nigeria Open remains the highest prize money tournament among the ITTF Challenge Series with a purse of $46,000 and the world table tennis ruling body has also named Algeria’s Mounir Bessah as the competition manager.For this year, the Nigeria Open will hold on August 9 to 13 with players across the globe expected to complete their registration by July 20. The final entries for singles is July 10while the final entries for doubles is July 20.According to the 2017 ITTF Challenge Directives, limited number of entries to players is 180, while only the final entries are taken into consideration by the organisers and the Competition Manager for the participation of players.In the prospectus released at the weekend, a national association can enter a maximum of six players with the host getting 12 slots in each gender.However, the tournament will be preceded by the qualification events commencing on Wednesday, August 9 to 10 while the main draw will serve off on August 10.Nigeria’s Femi George is the Tournament Director.Already, men’s singles defending champion, Finland’s Olah Benedek has confirmed his readiness to defend the title while some European stars have expressed their intention to be part of the tournament.   Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Hamilton wins fifth Formula One world title

first_imgA puff of smoke signalled an engine failure and his eighth ‘Did Not Finish’ (DNF) of the season while his 21-year-old Dutch tyro team-mate secured a repeat of his 2017 triumph, his second win this season and the fifth of his career.Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen came home third ahead of Hamilton and his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Renault ahead of Charles Leclerc of Sauber, Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren, Marcus Ericsson in the second Sauber and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso.For Ferrari, it was a first double podium success in Mexico since 1990 with Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell. Share on: WhatsApp Mexico City, Mexico | AFP | Lewis Hamilton claimed his fifth drivers’ world championship on Sunday to draw level with Juan Manuel Fangio in the Formula One record books when he finished fourth behind a victorious Max Verstappen in the Mexican Grand Prix.The 33-year-old Briton’s only remaining championship rival Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, who needed a victory, with Hamilton outside the top seven, to keep his hopes alive, finished second.Hamilton’s success – the third time he has taken the title without finishing on the race podium – elevated him to a supreme club alongside Fangio with only seven-time champion Michael Schumacher ahead of him.He was adding the 2018 crown to his championship wins in 2008, 2014, 2015 and 2017.He celebrated by executing ‘doughnut’ wheel spins for the cheering crowd before leaping out of his car and into the arms of his team.After being congratulated by Vettel, Hamilton said: “It’s a very strange feeling, a very humbling experience. To complete this when Fangio did it as well, it’s a very surreal feeling.”““That’s how you do it – that’s how you drive, Lewis,” said Hollywood film star Will Smith on Mercedes team radio after Hamilton took the chequered flag.Hamilton, who started third on the grid, struggled with chronic tyre-wear after making a strong start in his Mercedes and settled for a cautious cruise to the title without a podium finish.Verstappen, upstaged by his Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo in qualifying on Saturday, came home 17.108 seconds ahead of Vettel after the luckless Australian pole-sitter retired with nine laps remaining.last_img read more

OR Tambo statue unveiled at Joburg airport

first_imgThe statue of late ANC president Oliver Tambo unveiled at OR Tambo International Airport shows his return to South Africa after 30 years in exile.To honour the memory of late ANC president Oliver Tambo, a statue is unveiled at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on 19 October 2017, which was declared the Year of OR Tambo by the national government. (Image: Tambo Foundation, Twitter)Brand South Africa reporterA statue of Oliver Reginald Kaizana Tambo was unveiled at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Thursday, 19 October 2017.Tambo, an anti-apartheid activist, was the African National Congress’s first president, serving in the position from 1967 to 1991. He died on 24 April 1993. Tambo would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year, on 27 October. The statue unveiling was part of the OR Tambo centenary celebrations that are being held across the country under the theme “Life and Legacy of OR Tambo”.The 2.5m statue stands in the International Arrivals section of the airport. It depicts Tambo’s arrival at the airport after 30 years in exile. It shows Tambo stepping down from the last two steps of an aeroplane, waving with his left hand; in his right he holds a briefcase.More changes at the airportIt was a day of celebration: before the unveiling of the main statue, the Air Traffic and Navigation Services (ATNS) auditorium and tower – the traffic control centre – was renamed OR Tambo and an OR Tambo bust was also unveiled.Watch: ATNS tower renamed to OR Tambo. #ORTambo100 pic.twitter.com/XDWCkc4mVg— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) October 19, 2017WATCH: President unveils the bust and Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi reads the bust #ORTambo100 pic.twitter.com/3JatAcsJ3E— SA Gov News (@SAgovnews) October 19, 2017Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe, one of the celebration programme co-ordinators, said the three events of the day were an opportunity to reflect on the role the stalwart played, especially in the formation of the country’s system of constitutional democracy.President Jacob Zuma said the installation was fitting as it was this airport at which Tambo returned to South Africa in 1990. When Tambo left South Africa on a mission to encourage other nations to institute sanctions against the country, he drove across the border, unnoticed. “When he came back he landed as a hero, a martyr,” said Zuma.Generations will remember OR TamboDali Tambo, son of OR Tambo, was happy with the celebrations. He had gone through four transport ministers and 11 years of campaigning to get a statue of his father installed at the airport, he said. He was pleased it was inside the airport building, because his mother had not liked the idea of it being outside. “Why must people go look for him?”His father would now be remembered by many generations to come – with the statue and information about the struggle hero showcased at the airport, said Dali Tambo. It was a stroke of brilliance to rename Johannesburg International Airport after his father – it was officially renamed OR Tambo International Airport on 27 October 2006.He thanked the people of South Africa who honoured his father in different ways across the country, such as in song, choral music and memorial lectures.In honour of OR TamboEarlier this month, the Reserve Bank and South African Mint released a series of four new commemorative coins honouring the late struggle stalwart. Three of the coins are collectible.In addition, Zuma opened the OR Tambo Heritage Site house in Chelston in Lusaka, Zambia, last week while on a State visit, reported the South African Government News Agency.Source: South African Government News AgencyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Where is fiber fermented in the pig digestive tract?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Fiber is increasingly being added to pig diets, but digestion of fiber in pigs is inefficient and poorly understood. In a new study from the University of Illinois, scientists pinpoint the locations within the digestive tract where fiber is fermented.“We’re trying to figure out the specifics of fiber fermentation in pigs and what can we potentially do to increase it,” said Hans Stein, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and the Division of Nutritional Sciences at U of I.Stein’s research group formulated four experimental diets, including a standard corn-soybean meal diet as a control. Different fiber sources replaced 30% of the control diet in the remaining three diets: distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS), wheat middlings, and soybean hulls.The researchers placed two cannulas in each of eight barrows, which allowed them to collect digesta from the end of the small intestine and from the colon, just after the cecum. Fecal samples were also collected from each pig. Values were calculated for apparent ileal digestibility (AID), apparent cecal digestibility (ACD), and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD).“This allowed us to quantify disappearance of nutrients and energy through fermentation at every point along the digestive tract. We know there’s fermentation in the cecum, but we didn’t know how much there was. And we also were able to quantify what happens in the colon,” Stein said.The insoluble fiber in wheat middlings was fermented more readily than in soybean hulls or DDGS, suggesting it may be the best fiber source of the three. For the soluble fiber fraction, there were no differences among the diets.The site of fermentation for soluble fiber was either in the small intestine or in the cecum, whereas for insoluble fiber, fermentation occurred in the colon.“This is the first study to determine the different places in the pig digestive tract where fiber is fermented. We will use this information to conduct more research and determine if we can solubilize more fiber and therefore get more energy out of it early in the digestive tract,” Stein said. “We can potentially target enzymes or other additives to help microbes ferment more fiber.”The article, “Disappearance of nutrients and energy in the stomach, and small intestine, cecum, and colon of pigs fed corn-soybean meal diets containing distillers dried grains with solubles, wheat middlings, or soybean hulls,” is published in the Journal of Animal Science. Former Ph.D. student Neil Jaworski and Stein co-authored the article. Financial support was provided by the National Pork Board.last_img read more

CourseSmart Brings Textbooks to Android

first_imgTags:#E-Books#E-Learning#web The future of textbooks is digital and a growing part of the digital economy resides with Android. CourseSmart, one of the largest providers of digital learning material, released an Android application April 19 to make e-textbooks more ubiquitous in the market.CourseSmart for Android 1.0 brings access to 90% of all core higher education textbooks in use in colleges and universities to Android users. Users can search for topics within a single book or by collection, add and edit notes and can be read in portrait or landscape modes. The Android version of CourseSmart comes a year-and-a-half after the iPhone version of the app came out and a year after the iPad version. The company looks to expand and add graduate degrees. It has been certified by TRUSTe, a leading Internet privacy service provider.CourseSmart is one of the biggest digital textbook providers in the game, but it is by no means alone. Inkling, a digital textbook startup, received a round of funding in late March with backing coming from legacy publishers McGraw-Hill and Pearson. Inkling is currently only available on the iPad.The elephant on the doorstep in anything e-publishing related though is Amazon. The online commerce giant announced today that users will soon be able to check out e-books from their local libraries and take notes in the margins. If Amazon, with its platform ubiquity across iOS, Android and Kindle devices, were to turn its full strength on the topic of digital textbooks and electronic inter-library loans it could be very disruptive to the model of any up-and-coming digital textbook suppliers.A recent study said that currently only 3% of all textbooks are digital but that the number is increasing, up to a possible 25% by 2015. dan rowinski Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Why we badly need standardization to advance IoT

first_imgFollow the Puck Tags:#Apple#featured#ifttt#Internet of Things#IoT#standards#top Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Related Posts Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Shahid Mansuri Co-founded Peerbits & Yelowsoft, one of the leading mobile app development company USA, in 2011. His visionary leadership and flamboyant management style have yield fruitful results for the company. He believes in sharing his strong knowledge base with leaned concentration on entrepreneurship and business. Being an avid nature lover, he likes to flaunt his pajamas on beach during the vacations. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Shahid Mansuri What IoT promises is that all of your boring “things” like refrigerators, ACs, light bulbs, microwave ovens, washing machines, even cars will become “smart connected devices” and will be able to talk to each other using some sort of technology like Bluetooth, infrared, WiFi and more. Also, the concept of Iot-enabled smart cities using mobile apps has raised our standard of living.What will it do besides making us lazier? Well, a quick glance at a handy list of IoT devices available in the market today will give you some idea of what can be done using these new age devices. If you look carefully, you will notice that there are a whole lot of different companies making these hardware devices. See also: How the lack of interoperability standards could be killing IoTA lot of these companies have apps which enable the user to interact with the hardware and they all use a different technology or platform. There is no IoT standard established yet and of the companies which do make IoT products, most would choose anything they would feel comfortable with.While there is no body which is responsible for setting up IoT standards there are some groups which have tried to tackle the standardization issue. Even professional organizations like IEEE has tried to help by providing a list of IoT standards. Although there has been some agreement lately between companies to form an Alliance and agree on common standards and technology for IoT,  there are competitors and no universal body has formed yet.What is the issue with a lack of standards?For starters, the devices won’t simply plug & play and would need additional software, drivers of more time before they can start functioning. They won’t play nice with each other because of competing standards and a lot of complexity would arise for the end user. Apple tried its bit to connect these devices with HomeKit where it enabled a lot of partners to integrate APIs to make things easier for the end user. By enabling every manufacturer to integrate with iOS, they can be controlled from a single app instead of multiple apps and the end user doesn’t have to worry about competing standards or any other complexities.Also, the manufacturers will be able to sell the hardware easily once they are compliant to global standards and integrate with popular services like IFTTT. The unified protocols will help manufacturers to save costs and other resources in developing their hardware and supporting software and speed up the manufacturing process. In short, unified standards will push IoT development further and will be a boon for both manufacturers and consumers. The ecosystem will develop faster and we would see a lot of innovative ideas and integrations coming to fruition sooner.  Its high time the bigger industry players realize this and agree on focusing their energy at standardization to push the industry forward on the right track.last_img read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State hopes to keep momentum rolling into tough matchup

Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann coaches Kaleb Wesson (34) on the sideline in the second half of an exhibition win against Wooster on Nov. 5, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentThe Ohio State men’s basketball team (6-3, 1-0 Big Ten) has wind in its sails as it prepares to square off against its arch-rival Michigan (7-2, 1-0 Big Ten) in the Schottenstein Center Monday at 6:30 p.m.The Buckeyes came away with their first signature win of the season Saturday in an 83-58 blowout of Wisconsin (3-5, 0-1 Big Ten) in Madison, Wisconsin.This game against Michigan will round out what has been a challenging slate of games for the Buckeyes. They will finish a stretch of six games in two weeks, having already played against then-No. 17 Gonzaga, Stanford, Butler, Clemson and Wisconsin.The team lost three of the games over that stretch, including blowing back-to-back double-digit leads to Butler and Clemson, respectively, but head coach Chris Holtmann said he believes the commanding win against Wisconsin was a confidence boost for a team that started to lose momentum.“We’ll see how we finish this stretch, but certainly I’m pleased with how we responded [Saturday] and then we’ll see if we can just continue to build off of it really into the coming weeks,” Holtmann said.Scouting MichiganOhio State will be transitioning from facing a team that possessed more gerth and started two forwards in Wisconsin and three guards to a taller, slightly lankier team that starts just one forward and four guards in Michigan.Though the Wolverines are not as heavy as the starting five for the Badgers, they possess the higher rebound margin with 1.2 compared to Wisconsin’s minus-1 margin. Offensively, every starter on the team has proven capable of knocking down 3-pointers. Though junior guard Duncan Robinson leads the team with 22 successful makes in 61 tries from beyond the arc, all six of the players who have started for Michigan have at least 20 attempts and 10 makes from 3-point range. Michigan has attempted the 15th-most 3-pointers in the nation (246) and drained the 20th-most (87).On the other side of the court, Michigan has proven to be among the most vaunted defenses in the nation. Its 62.4 points per game allowed is 29th-fewest in the nation, and its 66 steals rank 42nd-most.Holtmann views Michigan as a lock for the NCAA Tournament already at this early stage in the season and a team that will provide Ohio State with plenty of challenges in its attempt to end this stretch of games on a high note.“Their ability to spread you out, to make shots, to play downhill in transition, to play inside-out and their length,” Holtmann said. “They’ve got good size, good positional length. They’re just across the board a really complete team that’s no question one of the best teams we’ve played all year.”A key matchup in the game will come down to the battle at center between Michigan forward Moritz Wagner and Ohio State’s Kaleb Wesson. Wagner leads Michigan in points per game (15.6) and rebounds per game (8.4) while serving as the team’s lone starting big man. Wesson, on the other hand, has been filling in at center for injured center Micah Potter.Since becoming the starter, Wesson has double-digit points in four of the five games, including a career-high 19 his last time out against Wisconsin.Holtmann said Wesson has done everything asked of him so far and has held his own against some tough matchups. Starting opposite Wagner, a player Holtmann described as a “future NBA player,” he will have to continue to prove he is ready for this next challenge in his true freshman season.“There’s things we feel like he can continue to improve in, but man he’s given a great lift coming in with obviously the injury and the depth issues we have there,” Holtmann said.Micah Potter health update:Wesson will have to continue his strong play at center for the Buckeyes because Potter will be out a little longer. Holtmann said Sunday that Potter’s ankle injury, though not from season-ending, is probably going to force the team to temporarily shut down the sophomore for the foreseeable future until he can fully heal.“He wants to get back. We desperately want him back in the lineup and we need him. He was obviously playing really well before he got hurt,” Holtmann said. “But with ankles, it may be the right thing to just kind of let it heal, limit anything he does until he is completely confident in his strength.”Ohio State has been largely without its starting center for the better part of the past five games. During the team’s fourth game of the season, Potter injured his ankle and was forced to leave the game having played in only 13 minutes. He missed the next game against then-No. 17 Gonzaga. Against Stanford and Butler, he played in just 10 minutes combined and missed all of the game against Clemson. He played just three minutes against Wisconsin. read more