– Advertisement –
Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders are live, and with it, Apple has also listed prices of the MagSafe Duo wireless charger, leather sleeves, and leather cases for the new iPhone 12 range on Apple Store. The MagSafe Duo wireless charger was announced during the iPhone 12 launch event, but its pricing and availability was not known back then. Now, the pricing of the MagSafe Duo wireless charger has been listed on Apple Store, but its availability is still not known.The MagSafe Duo wireless charger is priced at Rs. 13,900 in India and $129 in the US. The charger is still listed as ‘coming soon’ on Apple Store with no exact date announced for availability. Unlike the MagSafe charger, the MagSafe Duo enables users to charge the iPhone and the Apple Watch simultaneously. The regular MagSafe charger is priced at Rs. 4,500 in India and $39 in the US. The charger box has a USB Type-C cable inside, but the adapter will have to be purchased separately.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Alongside the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max pre-orders, leather sleeve case options for the new iPhone range have also gone live on Apple Store. These leather sleeve options are priced at Rs. 12,900 in India and $129 in the US. The sleeves are offered in Product Red, Saddle Brown, Pink Citrus, and Baltic Blue colour options.Similarly, leather cases of iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max have also been listed on Apple Store for $59 in the US and Rs. 5,900 in India. These cases are listed in Baltic Blue, California Poppy, Saddle Brown, Black, and Product Red. Both the leather sleeve and leather case support MagSafe.Apple began taking pre-orders of iPhone 12 mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max on November 6, while iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro are already on sale. iPhone 12 mini is the cheapest in the range, starting at just Rs. 69,900, while iPhone 12 Pro Max is the most expensive, starting at Rs. 1,29,900.- Advertisement –
– Advertisement – If you are able, please consider joining the Sorensen Subscription Service!Follow me on Twitter at @JenSorensen- Advertisement –
Still, she acknowledged: “I know he wants to get started on the transition. He would like some support from the administration to do that. But he’s going forward based on his own resources.”- Advertisement – “Biden’s path to victory in his administration is going to be by putting forward bold plans to address Covid, the economy, climate change and racial injustice,” said Garrett Blad, a spokesman for the Sunrise Movement, a youth-driven progressive organization that is focused on climate and has sought to shape Mr. Biden’s appointments. “Working with the G.O.P. elite who right now are trying to undermine our democracy we do not believe is a strong way forward.”Mr. Biden’s advisers and allies have also acknowledged that they are in fact troubled by the possible ramifications from the Trump administration’s refusal to give Mr. Biden and his transition team access to federal agencies as well as intelligence briefings.The head of the General Services Administration has not formally recognized Mr. Biden as the winner of the election, a step that allows the transfer of power between administrations to proceed.As more time passes, that refusal becomes more problematic, Biden aides say. But even so, they are showing little eagerness to raise the temperature or to wage a legal battle.“We’re not interested in having a food fight with the G.S.A. administrator or anyone, really,” Jen Psaki, a Biden transition adviser, said on Friday. “We just want to get access to intelligence information, to threat assessments, to the ongoing work on Covid, so that we can prepare to govern.”In the meantime, Mr. Biden was taking a break — or something resembling a break. He traveled on Thursday to his vacation house in Rehoboth Beach, Del. “He’s earned, certainly, a couple days off,” Ms. Psaki said.Thomas Kaplan reported from Washington, and Katie Glueck from New York. Those steps, to prepare to govern and to combat the pandemic that has upended American society, followed convention and unfolded without drama. Mr. Biden has decades of experience in Washington to draw on, and his initial moves after winning the presidency demonstrated a familiarity with how one administration typically passes the torch to the next. “It’s a reflection of the president-elect’s desire to project stability at a time of great instability,” said former Gov. Tom Vilsack of Iowa, an early Biden supporter.What was not typical — far from it — was the reaction of Mr. Trump, who continued to refuse to concede, and to make false claims about election fraud. But Mr. Biden pressed on and passed up the chance for aggressive confrontation, treating the president of the United States as if he were a heckler shouting from the bleachers who would eventually tire and go home.This week, Bob Bauer, a Biden campaign adviser and former White House counsel, described Mr. Trump’s election-related legal challenges as “noise,” while Mr. Biden’s sister and close political adviser, Valerie Biden Owens, downplayed the significance of any postelection commentary offered by the president.“It doesn’t matter what Donald Trump says,” she said on “Axios on HBO.” “It doesn’t matter. Joe is president-elect. He will be sworn in on Jan. 20.” Mr. Biden himself suggested Mr. Trump’s refusal to concede was more of a stain on the president’s name for the history books than an imminent obstacle for the Biden transition, telling reporters on Tuesday: “How can I say this tactfully? I think it will not help the president’s legacy.”Asked how he expected to work with Republicans if they would not even acknowledge him as president-elect, Mr. Biden responded with a smile: “They will. They will.”Not everyone is so confident that Republicans will engage — or that Mr. Biden should even prioritize trying to work with them. The Presidential TransitionUpdated Nov. 13, 2020, 4:04 p.m. ET WASHINGTON — Joseph R. Biden Jr. ran for president insisting that President Trump was an “aberration” who did not reflect the character or views of the American people.And in his first week as president-elect, Mr. Biden’s remarks and activities suggest an effort to dismiss Mr. Trump further: this time, as a nuisance.- Advertisement – Mr. Biden, who spent much of the week working from the Wilmington, Del., area, held calls with Pope Francis and the leaders of many of the nation’s closest allies, taking initial steps toward his goal of repairing the country’s standing on the world stage following a campaign in which he emphasized his relationships with world leaders.After spending months stressing the need to follow science, he named a group of experts to advise him on the coronavirus pandemic, and on Friday he issued a statement calling for “urgent action” as virus cases continue to surge.And he named Ron Klain, a veteran Washington figure who served as the Ebola czar in the Obama White House, as his chief of staff, a pick that was well received across the ideological spectrum within the Democratic Party.- Advertisement – As he refuses to concede, Mr. Trump has stoked fear and anxiety among many Americans, and he has plainly slowed critical transition processes, to the concern of the Biden team. Yet publicly, Mr. Biden and his aides are seeking to project steadiness. They have ignored Mr. Trump’s tweets, they are building out a White House staff and they are working to model how a shift away from four years of presidential tumult can be done — and how Mr. Biden is likely to behave once he is in the White House.“He is not going to get his knickers in a twist around Donald Trump’s bad manners,” said former Senator Carol Moseley Braun, Democrat of Illinois, who served in the Senate with Mr. Biden. “He knows that he’s going to be president on the 20th of January.” – Advertisement –
May 27, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced this week it is allocating $498 million for grants to states to help healthcare facilities improve their ability to cope with bioterrorist attacks and other emergencies that could cause many casualties.With this year’s awards, HHS will have provided more than $1.5 billion for hospital preparedness over the past 3 years, the agency said. The grants go to states, territories, and four metropolitan areas: New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.The main purpose of the funding is to help healthcare facilities prepare for mass casualties that could result from bioterrorist attacks, other disease outbreaks, and natural disasters, HHS said in a news release. Other goals include improving the coordination of disease reporting by hospitals and state and local health departments, enhancing disease-reporting coordination among public health laboratories and hospital laboratories, and harmonizing the communication capabilities of these organizations.”States and communities can use these funds to improve emergency care in any health crisis, whether the source is a bioterror attack or other infectious disease outbreaks like SARS or West Nile virus, or any natural disaster like a flood or hurricane,” HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson stated in a news release.The grants to states range from $1.75 million for Wyoming to $38.8 million for California. The funds are handled by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The agency awards a base grant of $1 million to each state or city, and the additional amount is based on population, according to HRSA officials.HRSA Administrator Elizabeth M. Duke, PhD, said hospitals can use the money to improve their ability to quickly add beds, isolate and decontaminate patients, find qualified volunteer healthcare workers, and plan for hospital-based caches of drugs and medical supplies.To qualify for the funds, states, cities, and territories have to update their hospital preparedness plans by reporting their achievements the previous year and plans for the coming year, HRSA officials told CIDRAP News.The states and other jurisdictions must submit applications for this year’s round of grants by July 1, said Richard J. Smith, director of HRSA’s Division of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness. The agency sent out guidance information on how to prepare the applications May 24, he told CIDRAP News.Smith said he couldn’t give specifics on how much of the hospital preparedness money awarded in the past 2 years has been used so far. Of the funds awarded in 2002, “We know that virtually all of that money, in excess of 90%, has been expended,” he said. Some of the fiscal year 2003 funds awarded last year have not yet been spent, he added, but he couldn’t give figures. Jurisdictions are allowed to carry over funds from the previous year provided they have a plan for using them.HRSA has not yet done a formal assessment of what has been achieved with the hospital preparedness funds awarded in recent years, according to Smith. However, the agency has established 15 “critical benchmarks” of preparedness, and in the applications they submit this year, states are required to report on certain “sentinel indicators” related to those benchmarks, he said.For example, states are being asked to report how many people have been enrolled in a registry of volunteer healthcare professionals who could help hospitals in a major emergency, Smith said.See also:May 24 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040524.html
Nov 17, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A Department of Health and Human Services official said today that loss of potency is affecting less than 20% of H5N1 avian influenza vaccine doses in the national stockpile, not a majority of doses as reported here yesterday.Bill Hall, an HHS spokesman in Washington, DC, said the agency has acquired a total of about 7.5 million doses of H5N1 vaccine to date, and about 200,000 of those have been used for research.About 1.4 million doses have begun to lose potency, Hall said. “That leaves about 5.9 million doses that are mostly in bulk, with some in vials, that still have potency,” he said. “That would treat about 3 million people.”Hall gave the numbers in response to the report here yesterday in which he was quoted as saying that a majority of vaccine doses in the stockpile had begun to lose potency. He said his comments were mischaracterized.HHS has been stockpiling H5N1 vaccine in preparation for the threat of an influenza pandemic sparked by the avian flu virus. In a Nov 13 pandemic planning update, HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt said the agency had enough vaccine on hand for about 3 million people. A previous update in July said the stockpile contained enough vaccine for about 4 million people.Hall cited the loss of potency in some of the vaccine as the main reason for the decrease in the number of people who could be immunized.Most of the vaccine was made by Sanofi Pasteur, but HHS also has bought some from Chiron Corp., Hall said today.He reiterated today that all vaccines and other biologic products have a limited shelf life. “The expected shelf life of seasonal flu vaccine is probably about a year,” so the fact that most of the stockpile is still good after about 2 years “is probably a good thing,” he said.Hall added that HHS-sponsored research now under way, particularly on the use of adjuvants (immune-boosting substances), may help to stretch the vaccine supply.See also:Nov 13 HHS pandemic planning updatehttp://www.flu.gov/professional/pdf/panflureport3.pdf
CDC. Echerichia coli O157:H7 infection associated with drinking raw milkWashington and Oregon, November-Decmeber 2005. MMWR 2007 Mar 2;56(8):165-7 [Full text] See also: Mar 2, 2007 (CIDRAP News) Federal health officials are using an analysis of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak that involved 18 cases in December 2005 to remind people of the dangers of drinking unpasteurized milk. FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2007/NEW01576.html Five patients were hospitalized, and four of them had hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potentially fatal kidney disorder. The hospitalized patients were all children (aged 1 to 13). The FDA statement listed higher numbers, saying the CDC identified 45 outbreaks linked to raw milk or cheese made from raw milk between 1998 and May 2005. Those outbreaks involved 1,007 illnesses, 104 hospitalizations, and 2 deaths. The statement didn’t specify whether this included all pathogens, and FDA officials could not be reached for clarification this afternoon. In a news release yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration said raw milk can be contaminated not only with E coli, but also with Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, and Brucella species. Investigators analyzed the DNA fingerprints of E coli O157:H7 from eight patients and found that seven of them matched one another and also matched isolates from milk samples and environmental samples from the milking-parlor floor, the report says. In addition, there was a dose-response relationship between milk consumption and the risk of illness, with a 37.5% risk for those who drank 3 or more cups daily. By interviewing 43 of 45 families who held shares in the cows, health investigators found 18 cases of E coli infection, 8 of which were laboratory-confirmed, according to the report in today’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Repor (MMWR). The 18 case-patients constituted 13% of the 140 people who reported drinking raw milk from the farm. Raw milk has been banned from interstate commerce since 1987, but it can be sold legally in 27 states. However, “Because raw milk certification has failed to prevent many raw-milk-associated infections in the past, consumers should not assume that certified raw milk is free of pathogens,” the CDC says. The FDA noted that proponents of raw milk claim that it is more nutritious than pasteurized milk and is inherently antimicrobial. “Research has shown that these claims are myths,” the statement said. The MMWR report says 33 outbreaks linked to raw milk, involving E coli O157:H7, Salmonella, and Campylobacter, were reported to the CDC from 1988 through 2005. The outbreak was traced to a farm in Cowlitz County, Washington, that ran a cow-share program, in which people bought interests in dairy cows and received raw milk in return, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Raw milk can be sold legally in Washington state under a licensing system, but the farm blamed for the outbreak was not licensed, according to the CDC. Inspectors said they found mud and manure on the floor of the milking area, inadequate handwashing facilities, and improper procedures for cleaning equipment.
“The B cells have been waiting for at least 60 yearsif not 90 yearsfor that flu to come around again,” he said. “That’s amazing, because it’s the longest memory anyone’s ever demonstrated.” Determine if the survivors still had antibodies to the virus Aug 17 Vanderbilt University Medical Center press release The group collected blood samples from 32 pandemic survivors aged 91 to 101. The multipronged study had four components, to: The findings appeared online Aug 17 in Nature. Study collaborators hail from several institutions: Vanderbilt University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Scripps Research Institute. Aug 19, 2008 (CIDRAP News) A study of the blood of older people who survived the 1918 influenza pandemic reveals that antibodies to the strain have lasted a lifetime and can perhaps be engineered to protect future generations against similar strains. See if the B cellsthe ones that produce the antibodiescould be cultured and produce antibodies to a 1918 virus protein Evaluate if the antibodies could protect mice infected with the 1918 influenza virus Dr Tshidi Tsibane, a study author and postdoctoral fellow in Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s microbiology department, said in a press release from Mount Sinai that though there is no need for a new treatment for 1918 influenza virus infections, the results are still useful. The investigators generated B lymphoblastic cell lines from the peripheral blood mononuclear cells of eight subjects. Transformed cells from the blood of 7 of the 8 donors yielded secreting antibodies that bound the 1918 hemagglutinin. From the B cells of three donors, the research group generated five monoclonal antibodies that not only strongly neutralized the 1918 virus, but also cross-reacted with proteins related to the 1930 swine flu virus. However, the antibodies did not react against more contemporary influenza strains. Author James E. Crowe, Jr, MD, professor of pediatrics and director of the Vanderbilt Program in Vaccine Sciences, said in a press release from Vanderbilt that the researchers were surprised by the findings. Attempt fusing cells having the highest levels of activity with myeloma cells to create a hybrid cell line that secretes monoclonal antibodies The people recruited for the study were 2 to 12 years old in 1918 and many recalled sick family members in their households, which suggests they were directly exposed to the virus, the authors report. The group found that 100% of the subjects had serum-neutralizing activity against the 1918 virus and 94% showed serologic reactivity to the 1918 hemagglutinin. Xiaocong Y, Tsibane T, McGraw P, et al. Neutralizing antibodies derived from the B cells of 1918 influenza pandemic survivors. Nature 2008 (published online Aug 17) [Abstract] Aug 17 Mount Sinai School of Medicine press release Inspiration for the study came from an unlikely source, an episode of an old medical television show that portrayed a town protecting itself from the 1918 virus outbreak by using blood from an elderly survivor, the Associated Press (AP) reported yesterday. The storyline prompted Eric Altschuler, MD, a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at UMDND to ask the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a grant to test people over age 90 for the 1918 flu antibodies, according to the AP report. The NIH funded much of the study and enlisted the expertise of other experts. Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said recent studies have projected that immunity lasts several decades; the current study provides proof, the AP reported. “This is the mother of all immunological memory here,” he told the AP. The authors point out that it is difficult to be certain that the monoclonal antibodies they isolated were first stimulated during the 1918 influenza pandemic. However, they write that the subjects’ clinical histories and the high affinity of the monoclonal antibodies for the 1918 strain “strongly suggest that recent exposures do not account for this immunity.” They add that exposure to similar viruses circulating during first part of the 20th century probably bolstered the subjects’ B cell function. “These findings could serve as potential therapy for another 1918-like virus,” said Dr Tsibane in the statement. In the final arm of the study, the researchers infected mice with the reconstructed 1918 virus and the next day tested the five monoclonal antibodies at various doses to see if the therapy protected the animals. The mice receiving the lowest dose of the 1918 monoclonal antibody died, as did the ones receiving the control antibody. All given the highest antibody doses survived. See also:
At the press conference after yesterday’s session of the Government, the Minister of State Property Goran Marić explained the changes to the Decision on determining the list of companies and other legal entities of strategic and special interest to the Republic of Croatia.As Marić pointed out, so far there have been 49 companies on that list, while from now on there will be 40, which is a consequence of a systematic analysis of the situation and that the changes are logical, rational and economically justified.The companies that were removed from the list, 11 of them, are the Zagreb-Macelj Motorway, Bina-Istra, Brijuni Riviera, Brodarski Institute, Croatian Agency for Mandatory Stocks of Petroleum and Petroleum Products, Underground Gas Storage, Central Depository and Clearing Company, Aeronautical Technical Center, Vukovar Port, Đuro Đaković Holding and Mali Lošinj Airport.He said the reason for removing those companies from the list is that they do not meet the criteria needed for a particular company to be on the list. “In order for a company to be on the list of strategic interest, it must be of infrastructural importance for the Republic of Croatia, the Republic of Croatia must be the owner of that company.”, Said Marić, and as an example he cited Bina Istra, whose Republic of Croatia is not the owner, and which is ready for restructuring, recapitalization and privatization.Also, four companies that were on the list, but on the list of special interest, are now being moved to the list of strategic interest, namely APIS, Državne nekretnine, Hrvatska pošta and Jadrolinija.At the same time, two companies are included in this list, namely ACI and Croatia Airlines. On this occasion, Minister Marić announced that a large investment is planned, ie a project to build an ACI marina in Mali Lošinj, which will activate state property that has been neglected for 27 years.
All the trends say one thing – the focus is on the mobile phone, which will soon, if not already, become the main object in our lives and the only thing we can’t do without. Soon, the mobile phone will become the main means of payment, identification, the medium – we can do without everything, but we cannot do without a mobile phone, and the only object that is with us all the time.Thus, in tourism, through various applications and social networks, the mobile phone is used for taking pictures, recording videos, communicating on social networks, navigating and source of information, etc.… On the other hand in tourism, but in a more detailed, broader and informative way. It is an Easy to Find application whose goal is easier and simpler navigation in tourist destinations, ie in a new environment where tourists find themselves when they come to Croatia, which is completely unknown to them because they are in the destination for the first time.The question is what the destination offers, from tourist to all other useful information, from post office, shops, pharmacy, service, gas stations, course… but also all additional information about everyone, not just markers on the map to get as fast as possible, more precisely, in more detail the user could find his way in the new environment and get all the necessary information in one place.As Boris Stoilkovski, one of the founders, points out, the Easy to find application offers everything we need and the whole of Croatia in the palm of your hand, thus eliminating the need for various maps, navigation and various applications separate by city. “The goal of the application is for every person in an unfamiliar environment (as well as in a familiar one) to find his way as quickly as possible and reach the desired goal in the fastest appropriate way. In addition to mapping all possible places and locations, the application also includes hiking, biking and hiking trails, and we offer the possibility of virtual tourist routes (virtual walks) and much more.”Boris Stoilkovski points out.The idea of the application is to make it possible for users to have all possible information about the desired location in one place. “In other words, there is no need to use multiple apps for different cities, timetables, oil prices, accommodation rentals, etc. because the Easy to Find app covers absolutely everything, with only the tourist aspect of our country in mind.”Boris Stoilkovski points out.At first, the association is on Google Maps (GM), but Stoilkovski points out that they do not like the comparison with GM because they look much wider and that they were not guided by their business model.The content of Google Maps is defined, so we do not compare with them. However, our willingness to support innovative ideas and load different content into the application, makes us more flexible in relation to them. Thus, we opened the question of the advantages of our application, and that is that its content changes as the actual situation on the ground changes. A kind of goal is to encourage our users to upload content themselves, thus making it easier for everyone to navigate.. “Pointed out Stoilkovski and added that this is a start-up company and a newer application, and that they are currently approaching a thousand users, which is very good in a relatively short time, without advertising and the beta phase. The application is in beta and should be ready for full implementation in two to three years, when they plan to completely map the whole of Croatia.There is a long and difficult road to the end of mapping and entering all the details in front of Stoilkovski and the whole team, but, as they point out, their goal is not instant earnings but a quality and stable solution and they are looking at the long term. Step by step, they diligently map the whole of Croatia and fill in all possible data about all destinations, which are actually the most valuable that the application will offer and what Google Maps does not have or “can” have – accurate, detailed and freshly localized information about the entire destination.Just go ahead and stay awake, because until yesterday they laughed at various “new kids”, and today Facebook is the largest medium in the world and they do not generate their content, Uber has become the largest taxi carrier without a single taxi in its ownership, Alibaba is the largest a store without warehouses and goods in its ownership, and Airbnb the largest accommodation provider and does not own a single property.If you have an Android device you can see / download it here – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.easy.it.find.easytofind02