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Premier Foods chairman leaves company

By on April 20, 2021

first_imgRonnie Bell, the chairman of under-fire Premier Foods, has stepped down from his role after 21 months.The board has appointed senior independent director, David Beever, to take on the chairman’s role in the group, which is the parent company behind Rank Hovis.Commenting on his decision, Bell said: “I’m delighted that we now have the right management, strategic and financial foundations in place to drive Premier Foods’ return to growth. Having set a course to turn the company around, I believe it is an appropriate time to step down. I’m confident that, with Michael Clarke at the helm, the company has a bright future. I’m also very grateful to David Beever for stepping in as chairman to ensure the necessary continuity.”The board has appointed non-executive director Ian McHoul to take over as senior independent director, once David Beever becomes chairman.last_img read more

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Manchester bakery sights 27% sales uplift after rebrand

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first_imgManchester-based firm Sheldon’s Bakery has set its sights on a 27% sales increase over the course of this year, after relaunching the brand.The refresh saw a new packaging designed for products, which are supplied into over 2,000 stores throughout the north west, in retailers Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and The Co-operative.A spokesperson said there were some “big growth plans” in place for the bakery, as it aims to increase sales this year.The bakery rebranded with the help of agency Waggledance, which also changed the name from GH Sheldon to Sheldon’s.Director of the bakery Lee Sheldon said: “Each pack is colour-coded to differentiate between products, but at the same time the design allows more brand consistency across the range to help people recognise other Sheldon’s products in store and drive more sales across the range.“The entire repackaged range arrived on-shelf in time for Christmas and we’re already seeing a marked uplift in sales.”Director Sarah Sheldon added: “It’s more than meets the eye; as well as the packaging and logo changes, our trucks, website and all other elements relating to the business also need to change.“Every element of the brand that touches our consumers and suppliers has to be brought into line.”The bakery is managed and run by second-generation baker Graham Sheldon, and is renowned for its Lancashire Oven Bottom Muffin product.last_img read more

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2017: A Turbulent Year – But Also a Year of IT Pragmatism

By on February 27, 2021

first_imgInevitably as a calendar year wraps up – one reflects back on the year past and dreams of the year to come. One thing that is constant is hyperbole and irrational exuberance. We tend to like black and white and struggle with nuance and transition. Our IT industry is always so full change, so dynamic, so disruptive that we tend to bounce from idea to idea. On the upside, this creates a constant “zig zag” of progress.In the end, I find that those that ignore the noise, but have a pragmatic approach to “lean into change,” tend to win.While the debates about one technology replacing another are constant, the essential truth is that most of those debates wind up being meaningless. Every new technology that comes down the pike is not only additive; it usually serves to improve everything that has gone before it. Yes, ultimately there are winners and losers. Yes, over the fullness of time, we’ve even seen some things fully and completely get consigned to the dustbin of history. But the story arc is always a little more nuanced than the headlines.There is no more current an example of this than the rise of public cloud.When public clouds first started to gain traction years ago, prognostications about how every application workload would be moving into the cloud were made. They were wrong.Don’t misunderstand me. Anyone who attended or watched AWS re:Invent 2017, or who looks at the growth rates of Azure, of SFDC and other SaaS options knows that the public cloud is massive and is experiencing massive growth. Public Cloud (IaaS, PaaS, CaaS, SaaS, and server-less models all) are here to stay and are a critical part of every customer’s ecosystem.But in 2017, I know from thousands of customer conversations that we’ve evolved our thinking. We’ve moved to a more pragmatic point of view.“All workloads will be in the cloud” is a load of hoo-ha.There are whole classes of workloads that for economic, governance, and data gravity (compute tends to co-locate with data, because moving data is generally hard – as if it has “mass”) reasons are not ideally suited to run in a public cloud.What public clouds did show us is that there is a better way to build IT infrastructure – and that standardization, simplification, and software-defined approaches are the foundation on which clouds are built. We at Dell EMC took those lessons to heart by developing a wide range of converged and hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solutions that effectively turn local data centers into a private cloud with hybrid cloud capabilities. Instead of spending months configuring and integrating IT infrastructure, the pre-integrated systems from Dell EMC enable the internal IT organization to function as an internal cloud service provider.In 2017, many IT organizations clearly discovered that for certain workloads, there is an economic imperative to have a real private cloud part of a multi-cloud and hybrid cloud strategy. Fact: it is much less expensive to deploy long-running workloads, particularly those that have large amounts of data, and are not naturally cloud native in a private cloud in a datacenter or a colo than it is to host them in a public cloud.This is simple “rent, lease, own” economics in action.The result is an era of new found pragmatism in IT circles. Rather than assume everything is going to be automatically deployed on a public cloud, our customers now simply view the local data center as one choice of many clouds. Furthermore, just because an application workload began life in one cloud does not mean it will spend its entire life there.There are many cases of application workloads created in public clouds to be migrated to an on-premises environment to contain costs. At the same time, there are still plenty of workloads, such as legacy applications or databases not used often, that can be lifted and shifted into a public cloud as part of an effort to reduce cost or make room for additional applications deployed in the local data center.   And of course – the public IaaS/PaaS/CaaS cloud platforms play a critical workload when you need something for hours or days (and not months/years), or for workloads that have unknown scaling needs.The need to not only be a public cloud consumer, but also to function as a cloud service provider is what’s driving so many organizations to modernize their data centers. And, if they’re making this IT transformation, they’re certainly looking at HCI. International Data Corp. (IDC) recently reported that hyper-converged system sales grew 48.5% year over year during the second quarter of 2017, generating $763.4 million worth of sales. This amounts to 24.2% of the total value for combined integrated infrastructure and certified reference systems valued at $1.56 billion in the second quarter alone. Overall, Dell EMC is the largest supplier of this combined market segment with $763.4 million in sales, or 48.5 percent share of the market segment.The good news is that all these fierce debates about enabling technologies seem to be taking less time to play out.Earlier in the year, container manager/cluster manager debates raged. Now it’s clear that Kubernetes is the standard around which everyone is rallying. Kubernetes can, will be, and IS being deployed on top of virtual machines, public clouds and bare-metal servers.Another debate which seems to have burnt furiously – but has now burnt out, and is in “fierce pragmatism” phase is “kernel mode VMs” vs. “containers.” This was always a silly debate. Who cares?   Yes, in some cases, container/cluster managers are deployed on Linux OSes on bare metal. However, in most cases, Kubernetes (and more generally, containers/cluster managers) are being deployed on top of kernel mode hypervisors to isolate applications in a way that not only provides better security, it prevents “noisy neighbor” applications from consuming all the available resources. Oh, and that darn intersection of hardware and software (which is always there). Again, pragmatism has won the day as IT organizations come to realize that containers and virtual machines complement each other.IT leaders are starting to realize that the best way to approach IT is to start at the highest level of abstraction possible. If a simple process can be accomplished using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) application, chances are high that’s probably going to be the simplest way of achieving that goal. At the other extreme, if the process involves a high amount of differentiated business value, then chances are high that the organization should build a custom application. What IT organizations should not be wasting their time and resources on in this day and age is stitching together disparate pieces of infrastructure to support those applications. It makes little sense for IT organizations to re-invent the wheel, when vendors like us spend tens of thousands of work hours validating and optimizing complete IT systems for repeatable use.That’s why infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment have become so widely employed.IT is increasingly something consumed, not something constructed.  The effort of invention, innovation and unique differentiation at each customer is accelerating its move into the application domain.Our aspiration is to make the infrastructure invisible—for the benefit of our customers. We want infrastructure, to some degree, to be boring.Every minute and dollar spent on infrastructure is time and money that gets diverted away from applications and new services. Organizations today differentiate themselves on the quality of the digital experiences they enable for customers. The amount of differentiated business value that can be generated by manually optimizing IT infrastructure is minimal at best. As the business becomes more dependent on IT, there’s a growing appreciation for accelerating outcomes. No business leader especially cares whether an IT administrator could wring an extra 10 percent of utilization out of a server or storage system. They want to have confidence in an IT organization that can responsibly respond to changing business conditions as adroitly whenever and, increasingly, wherever necessary.The biggest decision any IT leader needs to make today comes down to philosophy. Inflexible IT infrastructure has contributed greatly to a negative perception of IT departments everywhere. IT leaders now have an opportunity to greatly enhance the perception of IT departments within their organization by focusing more on the art of the possible versus the constraints that have in many ways held IT organizations from reaching their full potential. None of that means that every IT organization should deploy every application workload on premise. But it does mean that the single biggest benefit of the merger between Dell and EMC and creation of Dell Technologies inclusive of VMware, Pivotal has been the creation of an full technology stack that make internal IT organizations more relevant – by becoming a service provider, not a bespoke infrastructure builder – to the business than any other time in history.last_img read more

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Marathon raises money for hospital

By on January 26, 2021

first_imgDancing continues to be more than just fun for many members of the Belles community. The seventh annual Dance Marathon held at Saint Mary’s on Saturday raised over $80,000 for the Riley Hospital for Children, which helps needy families seeking medical care. Rebecca Guerin, president of the Dance Marathon, said she was impressed with this year’s fundraising total. “Last year we raised $63,248, so this year we took on the 20 percent challenge from the foundation, which meant that our goal was to raise $75,898,” Guerin said. “I was speechless when the total was revealed at $80,523.57. It was the best feeling in the world knowing that we exceeded our initial goal and beat last year’s total by 27.3 percent, especially in this economy.” The theme of the 12-hour dance marathon was “Animal Kingdom,” Guerin said. “We definitely got the theme right this year,” she said. “The dancers came dressed in crazy animal attire, and it was really great to see the excitement!” The event featured live animals, including a baby lion and a baby kangaroo. Songs about animals also played in the background, Guerin said. “We had an animal show early in the marathon that included various animals from bunnies to snakes,” she said. “The show was great because everyone could pet the animals after the show.” Guerin said the most exciting part of the night was the exotic animals brought in by a company from Michigan. “The lion cub, baby kangaroo, fennec fox and an exotic bird were among the exotic animals at the event,” she said. “It was so cool being able to interact with the animals, especially the lion cub.” Over 15 Riley families spoke at the event, a record number, according to Guerin. “Many people don’t realize how much of an impact the money we all raise makes a difference for the Riley families,” she said. “Riley Hospital for Children never turns away a child due to their inability to pay for care or lack of insurance.” Guerin said she credits the success of the event to the team who organized the dance. “Having a great group of girls working together towards this goal was amazing,” she said. “I honestly had the best executive board and committee members that anyone could ask for.”last_img read more

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Students stand with Venezuela

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first_imgOn Monday students gathered in the Dooley Room of LaFortune Student Center to raise awareness about the ongoing Venezuelan protests against President Maduro that have become increasingly violent over the past weeks.Venezuelan university students began protests against the government on Feb. 12, said sophomore and organizer of the event Daniela Nunez.“Feb. 12 was a national youth day, and college students started protesting against the oppressive government [that has been in place] for 15 years,” she said. “Since then, some have been wounded and some have died.”Students were able to take pictures with posters saying “I care Venezuela” and “I am your voice, Venezuela,” as well as with the Venezuelan flag, Nunez said.“We’re going to post these pictures and create a video that can be shared, to show that, even in South Bend, we care,” she said. “There have also been campaigns by Venezuelans in other cities that are using the hashtags ‘SOS Venezuela’ and ‘Pray for Venezuela’ because, even if you can’t do much, you can still pray.”Nunez said students joined with the Notre Dame Peace Fellowship on Friday to say a rosary for Venezuela.“It was student-led and it went well,” she said. “We started standing in front of Stonehenge and processed to the Grotto to finish the last decade [of the rosary].”Nunez said she and other students are motivated to inform Notre Dame students about the crisis because the media censorship in Venezuela makes it more difficult for the protestors’ message to reach outside audiences.“Much of the media in Venezuela is controlled by the state, and most of the information is coming from social media like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram,” she said. “We want to raise awareness and point eyes towards the situation in Venezuela. There’s no respect for human rights by the military and police force.”Nunez said she has family in Venezuela, and feels strongly about supporting Venezuelans.“I grew up with a strong sense of Venezuelan culture,” she said. “I am American, but I am also Venezuelan.”Junior Diana Gutierrez said she attended the event because she believes it is important for students to understand the unrest in Venezuela.“They are doing their best to create a better country, and the student movement has mostly been nonviolent,” she said.Freshman Jessica Pedroza said she believes it is important to show support for students participating in the movement.“As students, we have a social obligation to support students fighting for justice,” she said. “My heart goes out to all who are suffering and all whose voices are being silenced.”Tags: Protests, SOS Venezuela, Venezuelalast_img read more

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Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal, Starring Rebecca Hall, Opens on Broadway

By on January 18, 2021

first_img View Comments Related Shows In addition to Hall, the cast includes Suzanne Bertish, Michael Cumpsty and Morgan Spector. Machinal features set design by Es Devin, lighting design by Jane Cox, costume design by Michael Krass and sound design by Matt Tierney. Star Files Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal tells the story of a Young Woman who works as a stenographer in the industrial male-dominated world of the 1920s. She finds her only joy in an illicit love affair, but when reality sets in and she must return to her routine existence she’ll go to any lengths to regain her freedom. Suzanne Bertish The Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Machinal, starring Rebecca Hall, will officially open on Broadway on January 16. Directed by Lyndsey Turner, the Sophie Treadwell play will run at the American Airlines Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 2, 2014 Michael Cumpsty Rebecca Hall Machinallast_img read more

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1 Dead, 27 Injured by Carbon Monoxide at Walt Whitman Mall Restaurant

By on December 18, 2020

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station. (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)A seafood restaurant manager at Walt Whitman Mall died Saturday night from carbon monoxide poisoning that sent 27 others to the hospital and forced the evacuation of surrounding restaurants, Suffolk County police said.Four ambulance personnel and three police officers were among those injured, police said.Police and members of the Huntington Manor Fire Department responded to Legal Seafood at the Huntington Station mall around 6 p.m. after they received a report of a woman falling and hitting her head in the basement, police said.First responders who entered the restaurant quickly realized they were dealing with carbon monoxide after several of them began feeling nauseous and dizzy, police said.Police evacuated the restaurant and later found 55-year-old Steven Nelson, the restaurant’s manager, unconscious in the basement. The Copiague man was pronounced dead at Huntington Hospital, police said.The more than two dozen other victims were transported to five area hospitals, but their symptoms were considered non-life threatening, police said. Most of the victims were employees at Legal Seafood, police said.Detectives are focusing their investigation on the restaurant’s heating equipment, police said.Nearby restaurants, including Panera Bread and The Cheesecake Factory were also evacuated, but the carbon monoxide appeared to be confined to the basement of Legal Seafood.Homicide and Arson Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img read more

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2014 Honda CR-V: Safe, Reliable, Fuel-Efficient & Economical

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content. Brought To You By NY Auto GiantYou don’t need to caravan an entire soccer team to travel games anymore, but driving a sedan makes you feel confined and limited.You’re in the market for something easy to drive, something that won’t swallow your wallet at the gas pumps, but will give you enough storage to accommodate a monthly trip to Costco.Let me introduce you to the Honda CR-V. This vehicle is the perfect alternative to mid- and large-sized SUVs—this compact SUV offers a comfortable sedan-like drive, while giving you plenty of room for storage and passengers. The four-cylinder engine will ensure that your fuel costs won’t outweigh your mortgage, while giving you a ride with enough oomph and control to make driving it an absolute pleasure.According to car review authority Edmunds.com: “Roomy, fuel-efficient and loaded with family-friendly features, the 2014 Honda CR-V is our top choice among compact crossover SUVs,” additionally praising it as “one of the best choices available in the all-important areas of being both easy to drive and family-friendly.”Edmunds also touts the Honda CR-V’s handling and steering as its high points, while complimenting its “well thought out interior.” Features that come standard are two info screens, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a function that reads incoming text messages from paired phones.“There is a very good reason the Honda CR-V has been the best-selling SUV for several years,” it gushes. “Actually, there are numerous good reasons, as the CR-V offers a mix of practicality, comfort, usability, fuel economy, driver involvement, reliability and low ownership costs that simply hasn’t been matched by any other compact crossover SUV.”NY Auto Giant can put you in the driver’s seat of the roomy, compact crossover SUV Honda CR-V today!A reviewer at TheCarConnection.com reported: “With the CR-V, which was last fully redesigned for 2012, Honda has one of the best-selling compact crossovers, though its interior volume ventures near mid-size territory. That helps the CR-V deliver on the ‘utility’ part of the title, offering more interior space and hauling capability for people and their possessions than the Civic, even than the Accord. It’s the epitome of compact crossover versatility and space efficiency.”“The CR-V isn’t about excitement as much as it’s the choice of those who want a safe choice and reliable transportation, hold the dazzle,” it continues.Click here to learn more about NY Auto GiantThe LX and EX-L upgrades offer some sweet features, like a sunroof, heated front seats, automatic climate control, navigation or rear-seat entertainment system.Priced at $23,120 and up, this is an economical choice. Even if you don’t have to drive the soccer team, chances are it will be your turn to feed them.To get into your own Honda CR-V, call Rick Alessi at Atlantic Honda or Ravel Mejia at Millennium Honda.last_img read more

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Clinical trial of H5N1 flu vaccine to begin

By on November 18, 2020

first_imgEditor’s note: This story was revised Mar 24 to include additional information obtained in an interview with Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.Mar 23, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Three universities have begun recruiting volunteers for the first US clinical trial of a vaccine against H5N1 avian influenza, a key piece of the government’s efforts to stave off a potential flu pandemic.Researchers plan to recruit 450 adults to test the safety and immunogenicity of a vaccine made from an H5N1 virus isolated in Asia in 2004, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) announced today.”The initiation of this vaccine trial marks a key advance in our efforts to prepare to respond to an avian flu pandemic,” said NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, MD, in a news release.The phase 1 trial will take place at the University of California at Los Angeles, the University of Maryland in Baltimore, and the University of Rochester in New York. The principal investigators are Joel Ward, MD, at UCLA; James Campbell, MD, at Maryland; and John Treanor, MD, at Rochester.The vaccine is made by Sanofi Pasteur (formerly Aventis Pasteur), Swiftwater, Pa. The NIAID awarded the company a contract to produce 8,000 to 10,000 doses of the vaccine in May 2004.The trial “will test the vaccine’s safety and ability to generate an immune response in 450 healthy adults aged 18 to 64,” the NIAID said. “If the vaccine is shown to be safe in adults, there are plans to test it in other populations, such as the elderly and children.”Fauci told CIDRAP News in a phone interview that the vaccine will be tested in elderly people second and then in children. Each of these age-group trials will take “a couple of months,” and completing all of them is likely to take close to a year, he said.Last fall Fauci had predicted that clinical trials of the vaccine would probably begin in January. The Sanofi vaccine trial was delayed by technical issues such as indemnification and liability, but those “have now been totally cleared,” he said in the interview. “Now people are being enrolled in the trial and will receive the vaccine literally within a couple of days.”A University of Rochester news release said the clinical trial will be carried out in two stages. In the first stage, a total of 113 people at all three sites, including 40 in Rochester, will receive two injections 4 weeks apart and will be monitored for side effects. After safety data from the first stage have been reviewed, the remaining 337 people will receive one of four different doses of the vaccine and will be monitored. The whole trial will take 7 months, the statement said.Chiron Corp. also won an NIAID contract in May 2004 to produce pilot lots of an H5N1 vaccine for clinical trials. Fauci said a clinical trial of that vaccine will be getting under way soon.The Chiron vaccine is being made in Liverpool, England, but not in the same plant where contamination problems last fall led to the loss of about half of the expected US supply of flu vaccine for the 2004-05 season, Fauci explained. He said the company asked British authorities to reinspect the H5N1 vaccine plant to make sure it didn’t have any contamination, and that process has delayed the trial of the vaccine.”This plant didn’t have documented contamination, but they just wanted to be sure it didn’t have an issue, so they asked for an inspection, and it has passed the inspection but it has set them back a couple months,” Fauci said.Besides making H5N1 vaccine for clinical trials, Sanofi Aventis has a federal contract to produce 2 million doses of the vaccine for possible use by public health and laboratory workers in the event of a pandemic. The contract is also intended to help the company prepare for mass production in case a pandemic erupts, the NIAID has said.Fauci said Sanofi is “well into” making the 2 million doses. “The critical issue with the 2 million doses is they’re made under conditions where they are easily able to be scaled up” if the need arises, he said. “So if you make it in bulk you’re halfway there.”Unofficially, 71 human cases of H5N1 infection have occurred in Asia since January 2004, and 47 of the patients died. Nearly all of those cases have been attributed to exposure to sick poultry. The virus has shown little ability to spread from person to person, but if it acquired that ability, experts fear, it could trigger a pandemic.See also:Mar 23 NIAID news releasehttp://www.niaid.nih.gov/news/newsreleases/Archive/2005/Pages/avianfluvax.aspx Mar 22 University of Rochester news release http://www.urmc.rochester.edu/pr/news/story.cfm?id=745last_img read more

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New York in ‘race against time’ as Trump stresses face masks are voluntary

By on October 19, 2020

first_imgWith the federal government’s national strategic stockpile of such equipment nearly depleted, states have been forced essentially to compete against each other on the open market for vital resources.Cities across the country have also scrambled to expand hospital capacity and recruit healthcare professionals out of retirement to meet looming shortages of sick beds and personnel.New York City, the pandemic’s US epicenter, has mere days to prepare for the worst of the outbreak, said Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose city has suffered more than a quarter of the 7,000-plus coronavirus deaths to date nationwide.New York is in an “extraordinary race against time,” de Blasio told a news briefing on Friday, renewing his call for the federal government to mobilize the US military. Two of the principal US coronavirus hot spots – New York and Louisiana – reported their biggest jumps in COVID-19 deaths yet on Friday, as the White House sent mixed messages on whether Americans should cover their face if they venture outdoors.Surging deaths in New York City and New Orleans showed that a wave of lethal coronavirus infections expected to overwhelm hospitals, even in relatively affluent, urban areas with extensive healthcare systems, has begun to crash down on the United States.Governors, mayors and physicians have voiced alarm for weeks over crippling scarcities of personal protective gear for first-responders and front-line healthcare workers, as well as ventilators and other medical supplies. “We’re dealing with an enemy that is killing thousands of Americans, and a lot of people are dying who don’t need to die,” he said. “You can’t say, every state for themselves, every city for themselves. That is not America.”Americans, almost all of them under orders to stay home except for essential outings such as grocery shopping or seeing a doctor, have heard conflicting guidance in recent days about the need for wearing face masks in public.At the White House on Friday, President Donald Trump seemed to muddy the waters further when he announced that federal health authorities are now recommending individuals wear cloth face coverings to stem transmission of the virus. But he stressed the advisory was purely voluntary, and that he would not be heeding the recommendation himself.”With the masks, it’s going to be a really voluntary thing. You can do it, you don’t have to do it. I’m choosing not to do it,” he said.Doctors and nurses, many lacking adequate supplies of medical-grade face masks and other protective gear, were already confronting an onslaught from COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the highly contagious coronavirus.One physician at a New York City hospital recounted arriving at work on Friday to learn that three of his COVID-19 patients had died that morning. A few hours later, he had intubated two others.”I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve never even heard of something like this in the developed world,” he told Reuters on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorized to speak with the media.Another hot spot, Louisiana, reported a sharp jump in deaths, climbing 20% to 370 on Friday, marking the highest day-to-day increase in fatal cases yet for the Gulf Coast state.Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards pleaded for residents to abide by his state-at-home order as the number of infections statewide surpassed 10,000.”For those of you who are not taking the crisis seriously, I am asking you to do a better job,” he told a news conference.Louisiana’s largest city, New Orleans, where Mardi Gras celebrations in late February are believed to have spread the virus before social distancing orders were imposed, has become a focal point of the crisis.The outbreak there has proven far more lethal than elsewhere in the United States, with a per-capita death rate twice that of New York City. Doctors, public health officials and available data suggest the Big Easy’s high levels of obesity and related ailments may be part of the problem.In New York, the US state hardest hit by the coronavirus in sheer numbers of infections and lives lost, the cumulative number of fatalities rose above 2,900 – on par with the death toll from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.”Personally, it’s hard to go through this all day, and then it’s hard to stay up all night watching those numbers come in,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said.New York City alone accounted for more than a quarter of the 7,077 US coronavirus deaths tallied by Johns Hopkins University on Friday. Known US infections, approaching 275,000 cases, made up about 25% of the more than 1 million cases reported worldwide.’Pain, Loneliness and Death’ Many of the most gravely ill patients were dying alone as medical staff forbade relatives to be with them in their final hours for fear of a further spread of infection.Dr. Craig Spencer, director of global health in emergency medicine at New York’s Columbia University Medical Center, described the scene inside tents set up outside hospitals to help contain an increasing influx of patients.”In those same tents, I saw too much pain, loneliness, and death. People dying alone,” he wrote on Twitter on Thursday night.In New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy ordered all flags lowered to half-staff for as long as the emergency lasts, saying his state was the first to take such a measure.Fresh data on Friday highlighted the economic consequences of the public health crisis, confirming that hundreds of thousands of Americans had lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Economists said actual job losses will prove far greater but had yet to be reflected in employment figures as much of the economy had only begun to shut down last month.Topics :last_img read more

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