The specter of a prolonged legal battle could not temper the enthusiasm of Democratic Party leaders who have known and worked with Mr. Biden for years.Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in a statement, said that voters had “elected a unifier who values faith, family and community, and who will work tirelessly to heal our nation.” And Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said the American people had “placed their faith in Joe Biden and Kamala Harris” to confront challenges posed by the virus, the economy and global warming in the coming years.In statement, Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee said that by electing Mr. Biden, “The American people chose hope” and “dignity and opportunity for all.”“This is a historic victory,” he said.“To the families of those who’ve lost loved ones to COVID-19, and to all our Americans yearning for change, our message is simple: You will finally get the leadership you deserve.”And Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee who won the popular vote but ultimately lost to Mr. Trump, said voters had issued a “repudiation” of the president and offered a riff on one of his campaign slogans.“Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen,” she said. “Onward, together.” Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, extended his own congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris, conferring the titles “president-elect” and “vice president-elect” on them in his tweeted statement.“We know both of them as people of good will and admirable character,” he said. “We pray that God may bless them in the days and years ahead.” Newt Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker of the House and one of Mr. Trump’s staunchest supporters, baselessly insisted that the media had jumped the gun and declared a winner in the race before recounts had started and legal challenges had unfolded.Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, similarly objected to the presidential race call on Saturday. “The media do not get to determine who the president is. The people do. When all lawful votes have been counted, recounts finished, and allegations of fraud addressed, we will know who the winner is.”But in one of the first statements to surface from a Republican lawmaker on Saturday, Representative Fred Upton of Michigan affirmed a Biden victory. “I am raising my hand and committing to working with President-elect Biden,” he said.- Advertisement – Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina, whose endorsement as the state’s Democratic primary approached was a key turning point in the race and a huge boost to Mr. Biden said his win “marks a new chapter for our country.”- Advertisement – “As we face unprecedented challenges, Americans have chosen you to lead us out of the chaos and to build a stronger community,” he wrote on Twitter. “Today, I am hopeful for a brighter future.” Emily Cochrane, Catie Edmondson and Luke Broadwater contributed reporting. The Trump campaign, for its part, said it would continue to pursue its legal challenges, and Mr. Trump released a statement in which he said he would “not rest until the American People have the honest vote count they deserve and that Democracy demands.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I encourage every American to give him a chance and lend him your support,” Mr. Obama said. Maya Harris, Ms. Harris’s sister, immediately invoked the memory of their mother, Shyamala, who the vice-president elect often discussed during the campaign when telling her back story and sharing her values.Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the actress who for years played a female vice president in the HBO comedy “Veep,” made sure to note: “Madam Vice President” is no longer a fictional character.“ And Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida who failed to defeat Mr. Trump in the 2016 Democratic primary, said it was time to “heal deep wounds” and added that he would be “praying” for Mr. Biden’s success.
Roger Allen Ryman was born on Nov. 30, 1949, in Lincoln to Leslie Ryman, a radio and television repairman, and Myrtle (Birt) Ryman, a school office clerk and homemaker.His great-grandfather, Harry, founded Ryman Brothers cattle ranch with his sons, three brothers who married three sisters and staked homestead claims in the early 1900s. Roger considered becoming a history teacher, but his summers working at the ranch persuaded him to stick with the family tradition. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in animal science.In 1968, he married Nancy Stier; their marriage ended in divorce. In addition to their daughter, he is survived by their sons, Justin Ryman and Tony Willis; two sisters, Deloris Oltman and Connie Hanken; and seven grandchildren.Mr. Ryman had a gift for telling stories and playing poker. He coached high school basketball and served on the school board, Ms. Ryman Yost said. “He worked incredibly hard and he was a man of faith.”But he never forgot his life as a cowboy.“I loved horses and the way you feel when you swing into the saddle, pull your collar up and your hat down, and ride off. The feeling of independence, the brisk air in your face, you and horse as one,” he wrote in 2015 in a collection of letters to his grandchildren. “There is no other feeling like it in the world.” – Advertisement – He idolized Roy Rogers, and in 1958 won a letter-writing contest that entitled him to attend a performance by Rogers and his wife, Dale Evans, at the Nebraska State Fair.He spent summers in junior high and high school in the prairies and dunes of the Sandhills in north-central Nebraska working on the ranch that his great-grandfather had homesteaded. Thirty-six hours after learning that he had tested positive, and only three days after developing symptoms, Mr. Ryman died at his home, where his daughter found him on the morning of Oct. 20 after he failed to respond to telephone calls and text messages. He was 70. He left work early on Oct. 16 because he was feeling ill. Only then, his daughter said, was he told that a co-worker had tested positive for the coronavirus eight days earlier. Mr. Ryman was advised to get tested, too. He dreamed of becoming a cowboy, his daughter, Cindy Ryman Yost, recalled. And he did.- Advertisement – This obituary is part of a series about people who have died in the coronavirus pandemic. Read about others here.Two decades before the balladeer Willie Nelson warned, “Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” 8-year-old Roger Ryman was well on his way.- Advertisement – “Our dad was a real life cowboy, ranching and roping in the Sandhills of Nebraska and the mountains of northeastern California for 30 years,” Ms. Ryman Yost said.But after all those decades of rough-riding and injuries while herding cattle, he earned a real estate license and sold properties in California, Florida and Arkansas before returning to Lincoln, Neb., where he grew up.A few years ago, Mr. Ryman overcame a rare form of cancer and had open-heart surgery. Since then, he had been exercising, lost weight and was hewing to a healthier diet. He was working part-time as a driver at an auto dealership where he asked not to be scheduled if any colleagues contracted Covid-19 given his vulnerability to disease, his daughter said.- Advertisement –
In 2017, Apple and Foxconn said a small number of students were discovered working overtime in one of the latter’s Chinese factories, violating local labour laws.In July, the third major Taiwanese assembler of iPhones, Wistron, sold two smaller factories in China to Dongguan-based Luxshare, a fast-growing firm emblematic of China’s rising home-grown suppliers which are gradually increasing rivalry with the Taiwanese giants.© Thomson Reuters 2020 Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? 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. “Apple has placed Pegatron on probation and Pegatron will not receive any new business from Apple until they complete all of the corrective actions required,” the statement added.Apple did not declare the terms of the probation. Its own investigations had found no evidence of forced or underage labour, Apple said, adding that Pegatron had now fired the executive with direct oversight of the programme.“The individuals at Pegatron responsible for the violations went to extraordinary lengths to evade our oversight mechanisms,” Apple said. Pegatron’s shares closed down 2.1 percent on Monday, underperforming a 1.2 percent rise in the broader Taipei market.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Pegatron said in a separate statement that student workers at its Shanghai and Kunshan campuses had been found working without complying with local rules and regulations. They had now been taken off the production lines and given “proper compensation”, it said.The statement from Pegatron, however, did not address the question how being put on probation by Apple might impact the company. Pegatron reported a TWD 19.3 billion (roughly Rs. 5,000 crores) profit in 2019, up 74 percent on the previous year.Apple last month launched its next-generation iPhone 12, with faster 5G connectivity. Apple and its suppliers have been accused of poor labour practices in the past, but the US company has been trying to get a grip over such issues by releasing annual reviews of the iPhone supply chain.- Advertisement – Apple has put its Taiwanese supplier Pegatron on probation after finding that the company violated Apple’s supplier code of conduct by asking student employees to work night shifts or overtime and also take up work unrelated to their majors. Pegatron had mis-classified student workers and falsified paperwork to disguise the violations, and, in some cases, also breached the code by allowing students to perform work unrelated to their majors, the US technology giant said.“Several weeks ago, we discovered Pegatron, one of Apple’s suppliers in China, violated Apple’s Supplier Code of Conduct in its administration of a student work study programme,” Apple said in a prepared statement. Pegatron is one of a handful of Taiwanese manufacturers on the island, alongside Foxconn, who dominate Apple’s iPhone assembly chain.- Advertisement –
The EU says the platform is using data on its third-party sellers to gain an unfair advantage.- Advertisement –
“I didn’t commit to the wind, and I also got ahead of it and pushed it, too, because I thought the wind would come more off the right and it was off the left, and that just started the problem from there” By Keith JacksonLast Updated: 15/11/20 7:29pm – Advertisement – Tiger Woods says that it will be a whole different Masters tournament come April after a testing final day for last year’s winner Tiger Woods admitted it was a “lonely” experience dealing with making a 10 at the par-three 12th on Masters Sunday, but he was proud of his fightback over the last six holes.Woods, understandably disappointed at the prospect of having to present a new champion with a Green Jacket, was scuppered by the changing wind direction at the iconic 12th and came up short with his tee shot before dumping another in Rae’s Creek.His fifth sailed over the green and into the rear bunker, and worse was to follow when he bladed his first splash-out and donated a third ball to the water before he finally holed out for a septuple-bogey 10 – the first double-figure score on any hole in his professional career. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – But his response to adversity was remarkable, hitting back with a birdie at the next before closing with four in a row to salvage a 76 and ensuring he would finish in red numbers for the tournament.“I committed to the wrong wind,” he said when asked what went wrong at the 12th. “The wind was off the right for the first two guys, and then when I stepped up there, it switched to howling off the left.“I didn’t commit to the wind, and I also got ahead of it and pushed it, too, because I thought the wind would come more off the right and it was off the left, and that just started the problem from there.
Dominic Thiem will move into the semi-finals if Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Andrey Rublev later on Tuesday Nadal held firm to force a second tie-break but Thiem’s willingness to go for the big shots and make them earned him more match points, and this time he took one.“It was a great match from the first to the last point,” Thiem said on court afterwards. “I think I was pretty lucky to get the first set.“Against Rafa, it’s nice to win the first set obviously, but still, he’s there 100 per cent. I knew then that maybe I had a slight advantage but I had to stay super focused. I’m happy that I got it today.”Don’t forget to follow us on skysports.com/tennis, our Twitter account @skysportstennis & Sky Sports – on the go! Available to download now on – iPhone & iPad and Android
Jun 22, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A 24-year-old Beijing man died of H5N1 avian influenza in November 2003, nearly two years before China reported any human H5N1 cases to the World Health Organization (WHO), according to Chinese scientists writing in today’s New England Journal of Medicine.The letter has renewed speculation about how many H5N1 cases might have been missed or not reported in China, especially before late 2005, according to news services.And in an unusual twist, the New England Journal said the authors asked that the letter be withdrawn, but the issue had already been published. The authors did not explain why they wanted to withdraw the letter, but the journal was investigating, according to an editor’s note on the journal’s Web site.News reports said the request to withdraw the article was sent in an e-mail message yesterday morning. Karen Pederson, a spokeswoman for the journal, could not speculate why the scientist made the request, according to the Associated Press (AP).The letter says the man’s illness originally was thought to be severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which was emerging in China in late 2003. Also, the H5N1 strain identified in the case was found to share characteristics with H5N1 viruses from poultry in widely scattered parts of China and even in Japan.The earliest human H5N1 case in mainland China included by the WHO in its current global case count occurred in October 2005. The WHO launched that count in early 2004, shortly after cases began cropping up frequently.However, in February 2003, H5N1 infection was confirmed in two members of a Hong Kong family who had fallen ill while visiting mainland China (see link to CIDRAP News story below). The first known human H5N1 cases occurred in Hong Kong in 1997. The virus did not surface again in people until 2003.Report surprises WHOWHO officials were reported to be surprised by today’s report, which came from eight scientists at four different Beijing medical facilities.”We will formally request the Ministry of Health to clarify this” and why it has taken more than 2 years for the results to be announced, said Roy Wadia, WHO spokesman in China, as quoted in an AP story yesterday.In a Canadian Press story yesterday, Wadia said, “We would certainly want much more information as to exactly what happened, who this case was, what the possible source of infection was, where he was infected, the treatment—all the standard questions.””It raises questions as to how many other cases may not have been found at the time or may have been found retrospectively in testing,” he told Bloomberg news in a story today.A New England Journal editor, Lindsey R. Baden, MD, could not explain the delay in reporting this case but suspected it took the Chinese scientists time to realize they had a novel H5N1 strain and sequence the virus, the AP story said.”It’s to be praised that they are doing this kind of work and sharing it,” he told the AP.Case was suspected to be SARSIn the letter, the scientist wrote, “Because the clinical manifestations were consistent with those of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and occurred when sporadic cases of SARS were described in southern China,” samples from the patient were tested for the SARS coronavirus. All the tests were negative.The authors cultured a virus from a sample of the patient’s lung and identified it as an H5 avian flu virus. “The genomic sequence of the virus (A/Beijing/01/2003) was determined, and its eight segments were genetically related most closely to corresponding sequences of influenza A (H5N1) viruses that had been isolated from chickens in various regions in China in 2004,” the letter states.Specifically, the segments were most closely related to corresponding segments of H5N1 viruses from Guangdong province (in southeastern China), Jilin province (northeastern China), Hubei province (mideastern China), and Japan.”These findings,” the scientists write, “suggest that influenza A/Beijing/01/2003 may be a mixed virus.”The authors suggest that their findings have important implications for selecting viruses to use in an H5N1 vaccine. “The genetic distance between the isolate reported and the strain currently proposed for vaccine development (A/Vietnam/1203/2004) implies that viruses from different regions may need to be considered in the development of an effective vaccine against influenza A virus,” they conclude.A similar conclusion was reached by the authors of a massive phylogenetic analysis of H5N1 strains from Hong Kong and mainland China, reported earlier this year (see link to February CIDRAP News story below).Commenting on the letter, the WHO’s Wadia told Reuters, “It reinforces what we have known for a very long time, which is that the H5N1 virus has been in the environment of this part of the world for a while, and it’s therefore not surprising that you would have these sort of cases.”He added, “In fact, WHO said in February 2004, when China was awash in poultry outbreaks at the time, that it would not be inconceivable that there could be sporadic human cases on the Chinese mainland that may not have been tracked or confirmed.”The eight authors of the letter work at the State Key Laboratory of Pathogens and Biosecurity, the Beijing Institute of Microbiology and Epidemiology, the 309th Hospital of the People’s Liberation Army, and the Beijing Genomics Institute, all in Beijing.Zhu Q-Y, Qin E-D, Wang W, et al. Fatal infection with influenza A (H5N1) virus in China (letter). N Engl J Med 2006 Jun 22;354(25):2731-2 [Full text]See also:Mar 13, 2003, CIDRAP News story: “WHO issues alert over atypical pneumonia outbreaks in Asia”http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/sars/news/atypneumo.htmlFeb 10, 2005, CIDRAP News story: “Report depicts China as launching pad for avian flu”
Jun 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Indonesia’s toll of people struck by H5N1 avian influenza has risen to 100, including 80 deaths, with the report that a 26-year-old man from Sumatra died of the disease on Jun 12.The Indonesian health ministry said the man from Riau province fell ill on Jun 3 and was hospitalized Jun 6, according to a World Health Organization (WHO) statement today. Investigators found he had been exposed to sick and dead poultry, the statement said.The case pushed the WHO’s global H5N1 count to 313 cases with 191 deaths. However, four cases reported recently by Vietnam have not yet been confirmed by the WHO.An Agence France-Presse (AFP) report on the Sumatra man’s case yesterday differed from the WHO statement in some details. The story, quoting a hospital official, listed his age as 29 and said he had been hospitalized Jun 11 after being sick for a week.The hospital official, Azizman Daan, told AFP the man had slaughtered and cooked a sick chicken after 3 of his 5 chickens died.Indonesia’s first human H5N1 illness cases were reported in July 2005. The country only recently surpassed Vietnam for having the greatest number of cases. By the WHO count, Vietnam has had 93 cases and 42 deaths.See also:Jun 15 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_06_15/en/index.html
Once the system is set up, Jernigan said, researchers will be able to enroll in it and order materials online. A person seeking to develop a new flu diagnostic test, for example, will be able to order particular viral strains and a test kit, consisting of a standard set of viruses used to validate the test. ATCC sitehttp://www.atcc.org/ By means of “a secure internet web portal for approved users,” the system will give researchers, vaccine and diagnostic-test developers, and public health officials better access to a repository of flu viruses, including those that could pose a pandemic risk, as well as kits and reagents (substances used in tests), the CDC said. ATCC is a private, nonprofit biological resource center that acquires, develops, produces, and distributes reference microorganisms, cell lines, and other materials for research. The contract is for 1 year, with an option to renew each year for up to 10 years, the CDC said. “We’re trying to speed up development by providing much greater access to new viruses and other products that we have here but are not easily accessible,” he said. Oct 9, 2008 (CIDRAP News) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has contracted with a private biological resource business to set up a system to improve researchers’ access to influenza viruses, test kits, and reagents. “Historically CDC has provided some of these products for developers to use, but what’s happened in the past is that people haven’t had as easy access to those things as they’ve needed,” Jernigan told CIDRAP News. “Also, as H5N1 has emerged and with the potential for a pandemic, we’ve recognized that there needed to be availability of a stockpile of viruses and library of reagents.” “This new resource will be a significant improvement for accessing the CDC library of influenza viruses,” said Dr. Nancy Cox, director of the CDC’s Influenza Division, in a news release. “We expect that the CDC-IRR will speed the development of better diagnostic tests, antiviral drugs, and vaccines.” In the event of a flu pandemic, the CDC-IRR will serve as a source of reagents to qualified labs, the CDC statement said. Such labs are expected to play a critical role in detecting and confirming initial cases, characterizing viruses, monitoring the course of the pandemic, and choosing vaccine strains, the agency said. See also: Under the contract, ATCC will essentially take over from the CDC the work of storing flu viruses, test kits, and reagents and sending them to other labs and researchers, according to Dr. Daniel Jernigan, deputy director of the CDC’s Influenza Division. Researchers and developers of vaccines and tests need the items because flu viruses constantly change. Jernigan said the new system is expected to help both public health labs, which are “the first line of detection for pandemic and seasonal influenza viruses,” and developers making new vaccines, antiviral drugs, and diagnostic tests. Jernigan said the CDC and other federal agencies have a long-standing relationship with ATCC, which has operated for more than 80 years. “We work with them on other repositories we have here. This is one of the largest projects we’ve initiated with them,” he said. Oct 8 CDC news releasehttp://www.cdc.gov/media/pressrel/2008/r081008.htm The CDC yesterday announced the awarding of a $16.9 million contract to American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) of Manassas, Va., to set up the CDC Influenza Reagent Resource Center (CDC-IRR), described as a secure, Web-based system to improve access to viruses and related items.
Nov 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – At last month’s avian flu conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, participants endorsed a new strategy for fighting avian influenza and other infectious diseases, one that focuses on points where animal, human, and ecosystems meet, according to a recent statement by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).The groups’ support for the “One World, One Health” (OWOH) approach, detailed in a 68-page strategy report, was overshadowed by news from the donor session of the meeting of a $350 million infusion of funds, led by the United States, toward the international fight against avian influenza, the FAO said. The meeting took place Oct 24 through Oct 26 and was attended by 530 participants from more than 120 countries and 26 regional and international organizations.The FAO said the strategy paper was released on Oct 14 under the banner of the FAO, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, the United Nations Influenza Coordination System, and the World Bank.The main goal of the OWOH approach is to shrink the risk and global impact of disease outbreaks by improving livestock and wildlife intelligence, surveillance, and emergency response through stronger public and animal health systems, according to the FAO. The approach calls on broad cooperation among disciplines and sectors and puts a high priority on “hot spots” for emerging infectious diseases.”Delegates to the Sharm el-Sheikh meeting welcomed the approach as a starting point for future action and called for further elaboration of the concept and clear indications of the roles of all stakeholders in the process,” the FAO said.An emerging One World, One Health viewThe Wildlife Conservation Society, a nonprofit group based in the Bronx, N.Y., that is active in 53 countries and manages wildlife parks and zoos, first introduced the OWOH concept at an international symposium in 2004. The ideas were presented as 12 recommendations that served as “Manhattan principles” for a more holistic approach for preventing disease epidemics and maintaining the global ecosystem to promote human and animal health, according to the report by the FAO and its colleagues.Since then, the concept has picked up momentum through European and US initiatives, according to the strategy report. For example, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) established a task force in 2004 to address OWOH issues and frequently includes sessions on the theme at its regional and national conferences, according to background materials posted on the AVMA Web site.At a December 2007 international avian flu conference in New Delhi, participants agreed that they needed a better understanding of the drivers surrounding emerging infectious diseases and singled out the OWOH perspectives as helpful for developing medium-term strategies to address emerging infectious diseases, according to the report.New proposals take shapeAccording to the new report by the FAO and its collaborators, the OWOH approach includes five main strategies:Build robust public and animal health systems that comply with the WHO’s International Health Regulations and OIE standardsPrevent and control disease outbreaks by improving national and international response capacitiesAddress the needs of poor populations by shifting focuses to developing economies and locally important diseases such as Rift Valley fever, tuberculosis, and foot-and-mouth diseasePromote collaborations across sectors and disciplinesConduct research that guides the development of targeted disease control programs.A benefit of focusing on problems that affect developing world areas is not only controlling the often-neglected diseases, but also promoting infectious disease surveillance at the local level, the report said. “Surveillance systems at the grassroots level that are based on engaging poor communities by addressing their immediate disease problems are likely to generate better cooperation and will be more robust and sustainable in the long term,” it said.Enhanced global collaboration among national and regional groups to improve disease surveillance and prevention will also help fight bioterrorism and agroterrorism, the report notes.The global fight against avian influenza has already improved collaboration among the world’s public health and veterinary groups, but a greater focus on pooling resources and forming effective synergies as part of an OWOH strategy can lead to a better understanding of the epidemiology of emerging diseases, faster identification of reservoirs, and more efficient control and prevention, particularly in poorer countries, according to the report.To fund OWOH goals, the report suggests expanding the financial model that has been used since the January 2006 Beijing international avian influenza conference to include contributions from nonconventional donors such as groups that fight specific diseases, industry groups, and foundations.”The introduction of a special system of levies at the international level to fund public health infrastructure in several developing countries, particularly fragile states, would need to be seriously considered,” the report said.Looking forwardCanada’s government has offered to host a technical meeting in Winnipeg in early 2009 to further discuss the OWOH strategy, the FAO said in its press release.Participants, including the groups that helped author the OWOH report, will likely discuss what the next steps would be toward implementing the strategy, how the measures could be financed, and how to encourage stakeholder buy-in, according to the FAO.”Timely implementation will contribute significantly to the overall goal of improving public health, food safety and security, and the livelihoods of poor farming communities, as well as protecting the health of ecosystems,” the FAO said.See also:Nov 24 FAO news releaseOct 14 “One World, One Health” consultation documentAVMA Web sitehttp://www.avma.org