California adds mass vaccination sites despite short supply

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is adding more mass vaccination clinics even though short supplies have forced it to ration doses. Santa Clara County and the San Francisco 49ers will open the state’s largest vaccination site next week at Levi’s Stadium. It will be able to handle 15,000 shots a day. But Los Angeles County says it will limit new COVID-19 vaccinations to ensure second doses are available for those awaiting them. Meanwhile, the state’s worst coronavirus surge continues to abate. The state is seeing about 14,500 new cases daily — down by nearly half from two weeks ago.last_img

The Observer receives ICPA awards

first_imgThe Observer won 18 awards at the 2016 Indiana Collegiate Press Association (ICPA) awards this weekend in Indianapolis, including third place in the Division I Newspaper of the Year category and first place in the special issue category for the March 2, 2015 edition commemorating University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh.The News department, led by current Editor-in-Chief and former News Editor Margaret Hynds, won second place for Best In-Depth Story for Hynds and former Saint Mary’s Editor Haleigh Ehmsen’s coverage of the response to screenings of “The Hunting Ground” at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s. Hynds also won second place for Best Breaking News Reporting for her coverage of the death of Notre Dame student Lisa Yang. Additionally, the department won third place for its sexual assault series in the Best News or Feature Series category. The Sports department, led by former Sports Editor and current Assistant Managing Editor Zach Klonsinski, took home four awards, including second place in Best Sports Column for former Senior Sports Writer Mike Monaco’s column after the Irish men’s basketball team’s loss to Kentucky in the Elite Eight. Monaco also won third place in the Best Sports News Story category for his wrap of the same game. Additionally, former Editor-in-Chief Greg Hadley won third place for Best Sports Feature for his piece “Huffman seized the moment, pushes Notre Dame to title game.” The department also won second place for Best Sports Page for a page in an Irish Insider titled “Cruise Control.”The Sports department teamed up with the Graphics department to take home second place for Best Pull Out Section for the Irish Insider “Quiet Noise: Will Fuller.”The Graphics department, led by former Graphics Editor Erin Rice, also won first place for Best Special Section or Front Cover for Rice and Kat Robinson’s “Super Human: Jaylon Smith” cover. Additionally, former Photo Editor Zach Llorens and former Graphics Editor Keri O’Mara won third place for Best Special Section Cover for their Bengal Bouts Irish Insider cover. The Scene section, led by Scene Editor Erin McAuliffe, won first place for Best Podcast for their “Scenecast: Deathcast,” created by McAuliffe, former Scene Editor Miko Malabute, Matt McMahon, Matt Munhall and Adam Ramos. McMahon also won third place in the Best Entertainment Column category for his piece “Is it time to give The Shaggs another listen?”The Viewpoint section won third place for Best Opinion Column for Billy McMahon’s piece “Practically Pro-Life.”Former Online Editor Michael Yu, former Assistant Managing Editor Kevin Song and Llorens won second place for Best Special Presentation Online for the Hesburgh memorial website. The 2015-2016 Editorial Board won first place for Best Editorial for its piece on sexual assault, “We’re mad as hell.”The Observer also took home first place for Best Blog for the study abroad blog, and third place for Best Themed Issue for the 2015 Commencement issue. Tags: ICPAlast_img read more

Security Council Approves UN Force In Haiti For Another Year

first_imgBy Dialogo October 14, 2009 The UN Security Council voted to extend the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti for another year and to keep its strength at current levels pending a hike in Haitian police capacity. The 15-member council unanimously adopted Resolution 1892 that extends the mandate of the force known as MINUSTAH, which expires Thursday, until October 15 next year “with the intention of further renewal.” It also endorsed a recommendation in UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s report issued last month “to maintain the current mission overall force levels until the planned substantial increase of the Haitian National Police capacity allows for a reassessment of the situation.” And it backed Ban’s call for adjusting MINUSTAH’s configuration to “better meet current requirements on the ground.” The Council therefore endorsed the UN chief’s suggestion that the force’s military component be reduced by 120 troops to up to 6,940 with a corresponding increase of police to 2,211. Last month, Ban said in his report that it was essential to keep a “substantial international military and police presence” on the ground and at current levels” in Haiti. He noted that MINUSTAH was unlikely to need to conduct large-scale security sweeps such as those launched jointly with Haitian police in early 2007 against armed gangs which controlled some of the poorest neighborhoods of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. “It would therefore be desirable to enhance the mission’s operational ability to deploy rapidly and to monitor remote locations, including border areas and the country’s coastline,” his report said. Haiti has long been a major shipment point for drugs, arms and contraband en route to the United States and Europe from South America. The Brazilian-led MINUSTAH has been keeping the peace in the impoverished Caribbean island nation of eight million people since mid-2004.last_img read more

Branch transformation success: Coastal Federal Credit Union

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With $2.5 billion in assets and more than 200,000 members, Raleigh, N.C.-based Coastal Federal Credit Union is the state’s second largest credit union. Like many other financial institutions, Coastal’s management team recently decided that changes in its branch structure were imperative for its future success.According to Willard Ross, senior vice president and chief retail officer for Coastal, “We had a solid foundation for delivering services, great products and sizeable market share. But our expenses were too high, and our sales were too low for products such as loans and new accounts.”To boost revenue, streamline operations and better serve members, Coastal set out to transform its branches with a comprehensive five-year plan designed to increase automation, elevate employees into higher-level sales and service roles, and bring innovative new products into the portfolio.“As a credit union, our members are both customers and stockholders,” said Ross. “So we developed a strategy to serve them on many levels.” continue reading »last_img read more

Avian flu strikes ducks near Hong Kong

first_imgSep 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Close to 10,000 ducks died recently of H5N1 avian influenza in a village in southern China not far from Hong Kong, and a local official said the ducks had been vaccinated against the virus, according to news reports.In China’s first H5N1 outbreak since May, 9,830 ducks died of the disease and another 22,800 were destroyed to keep it from spreading, according to a report that Chinese officials filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Sep 15. The outbreak began Sep 5.The disease struck in a village near Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, not far from the border with Hong Kong, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published today. The story said Hong Kong news media had reported that 100,000 additional ducks were culled by local officials today to contain the disease.Yu Yedong, director of the Guangdong Animal Epidemic Prevention Centre, said the ducks had been vaccinated, according to the Standard, a Hong Kong newspaper. He said he believed the ducks became infected after the first of a scheduled two doses of vaccine. One dose is 65% effective and two doses are 90% effective, Yu told the newspaper.Ho Pak-Leung, an infectious disease expert at Hong Kong University, said the outbreak triggered fears in Hong Kong that the virus has mutated or the vaccine has become ineffective, according to the Standard.A United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report says that poultry typically require two doses of vaccine for “adequate” protection against highly pathogenic avian flu viruses. Vaccinated birds usually are not fully protected from infection, but they have increased resistance and, if they become infected, suffer milder disease and shed less virus, according to the report.Hong Kong Health Secretary York Chow said Hong Kong had imposed a 21-day ban on imports of live poultry, eggs, and meat from farms near the outbreak site, according to AFP.Before the Guangdong outbreak, China’s last H5N1 outbreak occurred in May in Hunan province, Guangdong’s northeastern neighbor, killing 11,172 ducklings. A Xinhua report said 52,800 birds were destroyed to stop the outbreak.China has had 25 human cases of H5N1 infection, 16 of them fatal, since 2003.See also: OIE reports on China outbreak report Preparing for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza read more