H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: China quarantine warning, US cases top 37,000, pigs susceptible to novel H1N1, HHS preparedness grants

first_imgJul 10, 2009US warns that China may quarantine children traveling aloneThe US State Department yesterday said parents planning to send unaccompanied children to China should consider postponing such trips until China changes its quarantine policies or the H1N1 flu pandemic subsides. The agency said some unaccompanied minors, including some under 10 years old, have been quarantined on arrival in China. It is nearly impossible to predict which travelers might be quarantined, and the US continues to receive reports of poor quarantine conditions, officials said.H1N1 case count in US tops 37,000The US tally of pandemic H1N1 flu cases has risen to 37,246, with 211 deaths, the CDC reported today. The numbers are up by 3,344 cases and 41 deaths since the last CDC report on Jul 2. Wisconsin led the list with 6,031 cases and 4 deaths, followed by Texas (4,463 and 21), Illinois (3,259 and 14), New York (2,582 and 52), and California (2,461 and 31).[Current CDC numbers]US flu activity down, but still above normalUS influenza activity decreased last week but stayed above normal for this time of year, the CDC said in its weekly flu surveillance report today. More than 97% of the influenza A viruses that were subtyped were the novel H1N1. Nine states still reported widespread flu activity, while 10 states and Puerto Rico reported regional activity. Five novel H1N1–related pediatric deaths were reported. The proportion of medical outpatient visits due to flu-like illness was below the national baseline.[CDC flu report for Jun 28 to Jul 4]Pigs vulnerable to novel H1N1 fluPiglets experimentally infected with the novel H1N1 flu develop symptoms and measurable immune responses, excrete virus, and can infect other pigs (but not chickens), researchers from Germany’s Friedrich Loeffler Institute report today in the Journal of General Virology. The findings echo USDA Agricultural Research Service data. The authors voice concern that the virus will become endemic in farmed pigs and ask whether human access to them should be controlled. [J Gen Virol full text]HHS details preparedness grants for statesThe Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced state-by-state details of the $350 million it will grant states and territories to prepare for H1N1 pandemic and seasonal flu. State public health departments will receive $260 million, and hospitals $90 million. States receiving the most funds were (in millions): California ($22.7), Texas ($20.1), Florida ($15.5), Pennsylvania ($10.6), Ohio ($9.8), New York ($9.5), Michigan ($8.6), Illinois ($8.6), and Georgia ($8.0).[Jul 10 HHS press release]last_img read more

Rafi Ashkenazi: Stars Group will take advantage of UK disruption

first_img PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive of the Stars Group Inc, has stated that effective integration of Sky Betting and Gaming (SBG) assets will simply lead to an enlarged Stars Group taking a larger market share of UK gambling.During the close of 2018, all listed gambling operators detailed tough trading, adjusting to new UK market conditions. For Ashkenazi, this represents the optimum time for Stars Group to take advantage of UK disruptions.“We are quite well positioned and very confident that we are going to continue taking market share in the U.K,” he said. “We are looking to grow the market double-digit in 2019.“What we’re seeing is, essentially, the foundation that was laid by the SBG team over the course of the years, a very large significant customer base in the U.K.—we are the largest in terms of market share, we have the largest customer base in the U.K., and leveraging on this customer base is something that allows us to grow faster in the market.”Speaking to investors on Stars Group’s 2019 guidance, Ashkenazi states that the firm’s UK market ambitions will be matched if the enlarged enterprise delivers on its co-synergy target, delivering circa $60 million in incremental benefits during 2019.“SBG is very focused on continuing The Stars Group Inc’s product development and product roadmap,” he continued. “They have been, as part of their philosophy, very customer-focused and they continue to develop innovative products in order to continue growing the market share. So, those foundations that were laid by the SBG people are just simply allowing us to continue to grow market share.”An enlarged Stars Group now operates multiple brands and products in 21 licensed/regulated market jurisdictions, with the company projecting to book-in $85 million in duty and regulatory charges during the course of 2019 trading – in which UK incumbents will adjust to a new 21% remote gambling duty inbound from 1 April 2019.Ashkenazi concluded: “In the UK, our SBG business continues to grow market share, leveraging its strong brand, product expertise, and rapid innovation. We saw a notable improvement in growth rates throughout Q4, as some of the new innovations started to gain traction, such as our improved betstlip, a new in-play product set and Sky Vegas Creations, our in-house and exclusive games.“We enter 2019 with positive momentum, and I am confident that we will deliver our plans for low double-digit pound revenue growth and ongoing market share gains in the UK.” StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submit Share BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more