Houston-Area Sheriff Fights Off Democratic Challenge in Longtime Republican Stronghold

first_imgPerhaps mindful that a pat on the back from Mr. Trump could be a liability in the changing district, Mr. Nehls declined to acknowledge the endorsement and purged references to Mr. Trump from his website after initially declaring support for the president, The Fort Bend Herald reported.Mr. Nehls enlisted in the Army Reserve when he was 19 and, according to his website, led troops into combat. He started his law enforcement service in 1994, serving two terms as constable for Fort Bend County before he was elected as Fort Bend County sheriff in 2012. He was re-elected in 2016.Mr. Nehls has been a familiar presence in the district during his two terms as sheriff. He defeated his primary runoff opponent, Kathleen Wall, with 70 percent of the vote. Analysts said he was better known throughout the district than Mr. Kulkarni, despite lagging behind his rival in fund-raising. While Mr. Nehls was campaigning for a ticket to Washington, his brother, Trever Nehls, was running to succeed him as sheriff.- Advertisement – Mr. Nehls also drew conspicuous support from Washington, most notably from Mr. Trump. In an effusive post on Twitter, the president declared that the departing sheriff “will be an incredible Congressman for the State of Texas,” praising Mr. Nehls’s strong support for law and order, the president’s border wall, the military and the Second Amendment. “Troy has my Complete and Total Endorsement,” Mr. Trump said.The Kulkarni camp sought to convert the president’s endorsement into ammunition to capitalize on a potential backlash against Mr. Trump in the increasingly moderate and Democratic district, telling voters that Mr. Nehls was aligned with a “president who is underwater in this district.”- Advertisement – Troy Nehls has made law enforcement a critical component of his campaign message, playing up his efforts in successfully reducing crime throughout the sprawling district and his crisis response in preventing looting and conducting rescues after Hurricane Harvey in 2017.The 22nd District earned national attention as the home turf for the former House majority leader, Tom DeLay, a take-no-prisoners Republican who represented the district from 1985 to 2006. The current representative, Mr. Olson, won six elections before deciding not to run in 2020 after narrowly beating Mr. Kulkarni in 2018.center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Johnny Depp Leaves ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise at Studio’s Request

first_imgThe “Fantastic Beasts” movies will have to find a new Gellert Grindelwald.“I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request,” Mr. Depp wrote on Instagram on Friday.- Advertisement – “My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false,” he wrote. “My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.” A spokeswoman for the studio behind the popular spinoff films, based on J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, confirmed on Friday that Mr. Depp would leave the franchise. Mr. Depp played the role of the dark wizard who was the main antagonist of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, the events of which occurred before the Harry Potter films. She said his role would be recast before the third film, which is now scheduled to be released in the summer of 2022.Mr. Depp’s exit comes days after he lost a libel case against the publisher of The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper that published a 2018 article calling him a “wife beater,” and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton. The story had also claimed that there was “overwhelming evidence” that Mr. Depp had assaulted the actress Amber Heard on multiple occasions while they were married.“I accept that Mr. Depp put her in fear of her life,” a British judge wrote in a statement dismissing the case on Monday. He said that the paper had shown that the claims it published were “substantially true.” Women’s rights groups in Britain praised the ruling. Lisa King, a spokeswoman for Refuge, a British charity for survivors of domestic violence, said in a statement on Monday that the decision sent the message that “every single survivor of domestic abuse should be listened to and should be heard.”Mr. Depp’s legal team had argued during the hearings that Ms. Heard was the abuser.In his Instagram post, Mr. Depp wrote that he planned to appeal the ruling and thanked fans for their support, adding that he had “been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Houston Open: Brooks Koepka says he would have won without driver switch | Golf News

first_imgKoepka struggled in opening two rounds of Houston Open after switching to a new driver and only just made the cut; “The first two days that driver was terrible, just flat out. I don’t know why we switched…I know I would have won it if I just would have stuck with it” Last Updated: 09/11/20 12:00am – Advertisement – Get the best prices and book a round at one of 1,700 courses across the UK & Ireland Watch highlights from the final round of the Houston Open at Memorial Park Brooks Koepka believes he would have won the Houston Open if he hadn’t changed driver before the tournament.Koepka struggled in the opening two rounds after switching to a new driver and only just made the cut.But, after changing back to his previous driver, he finished with successive rounds of 65 to secure a tie for fifth, five shots behind winner Carlos Ortiz.“The first two days that driver was terrible, just flat out. I don’t know why we switched,” said Koepka.“If you’re going to hit three, four fairways a day, you’re going to cost yourself at least three shots. You can’t control it around the greens and you put yourself in some weird spots.“It’s a shame. I know I would have won it if I just would have stuck with it.”Despite the frustration with the driver, Koepka looked to be in good form ahead of The Masters, which starts on Thursday.Koepka’s best finish at Augusta was a tie for second last year and he’s hoping to take some momentum into the final major of 2020.“I played good the last two days,” he said. “It was nice, build some confidence I guess going into Augusta scoring well.“The first two days, it’s a shame I put in a new driver. Never should have done that, probably cost me the tournament, but at the same time playing well, just got to play well next week.” 3:33 center_img Watch highlights from the final round of the Houston Open at Memorial Park – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Masters: Par-five 13th set to be lengthened to address ‘diminished challenge’ at Augusta | Golf News

first_img 1:08 Ridley gives his view on distance increases in golf and believes the challenge of the course’s par-five 13th is ‘diminishing’ Bryson DeChambeau needs only a wedge to hit the green in two Bryson DeChambeau needs only a wedge to hit the green in two

Dustin Johnson wins The Masters: Paul McGinley on why DJ deserved his victory | Golf News

first_imgYou could see how much it meant to him when he was interviewed afterwards, as he referenced the Green Jacket, the fact he is going to be going the Champions’ Dinner and he’s coming back here for as pretty much as long as he wants – all of those things are important to him.This is a different Dustin Johnson and we have been saying it for a few months. He had the focus and determination in the tournaments leading into that, had his eye on the prize to win that and went on to deliver. He was one of the bookies’ favourites coming in here and arrived in an unbelievable run of form. He’s had great performances at Augusta over the past four visits, culminating in second place last year before the win now. It was fully deserved, he is a deserving champion and I think there is more to come. It has been an unbelievable performance by Johnson, not just the aggressive plays and the birdies he made, it was the way he went about it and the way he constructed each round. It was his short game, it was his resilience, it was his ability to bounce back on six today to make a birdie on the back of bogeys on four and five. He controlled this tournament from the first round.- Advertisement – Dustin Johnson celebrated a record-breaking victory at The Masters
Dustin Johnson celebrated a record-breaking victory at The Masters

Samsung Galaxy S21+ Alleged Geekbench Listing Shows Snapdragon 875 SoC, Outperforms Exynos Variant

first_imgQualcomm is expected to announce the Snapdragon 875 SoC on December 1 while Samsung is expected to unveil the new Galaxy S21 series a month earlier than its typical launch cycle, with reports pointing towards a mid-January launch.Is this the end of the Samsung Galaxy Note series as we know it? 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. The Geekbench listing was first spotted by SamMobile and the publication is referring to the model as Samsung Galaxy S21 instead of the Galaxy S21+.The phone scored 1,120 in single-core and 3,319 in multi-core benchmarks. Back in September, a phone with model number SM-996B, also believed to be the Galaxy S21+, was spotted on Geekbench with an Exynos 2100 SoC. It scored 1,040 in single-core and 3,107 in multi-core benchmarks. The phones in both the listings have 8GB RAM, Android 11, and octa-core processors. The Snapdragon 875 SoC has a base frequency of 1.80GHz while the Exynos 2100 has a base frequency of 2.21GHz.This has been a trend with the Snapdragon and Exynos variants of the Samsung Galaxy S series, where the Snapdragon variants usually perform better. With the Samsung Galaxy S20 series, the Snapdragon 865-powered phones did not come to the Indian market and this might be the case the Galaxy S21 series as well.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Samsung Galaxy S21+ has allegedly been spotted on Geekbench, hinting at some key specifications that can be expected from the phone. The Samsung phone with model number SM-G996 listed on the benchmarking website is believed to be the Galaxy S21+, while another report is calling it the Galaxy S21. The phone has been listed with the unannounced Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 SoC and it outperforms the Exynos variant that was benchmarked back in September. Qualcomm is expected to announce the Snapdragon 875 SoC next month.The Geekbench listing shows a Samsung phone with model number SM-G996U that has been associated with the Galaxy S21+ in the past. It suggests the phone will be powered by a ‘Lahaina’ SoC that is believed to be the codename for the Snapdragon 875 SoC. It’s quite obvious that Samsung’s latest flagship will come with the latest Qualcomm SoC, so this isn’t really surprising. The rumoured Galaxy S21+ has been listed with 8GB RAM and Android 11.- Advertisement –last_img read more

FDA issues emergency order on military anthrax shots

first_img The order authorizes use of anthrax vaccine adsorbed (AVA) to prevent inhalational anthrax in people between the ages of 18 and 65 if DoD considers them to face a risk of anthrax attacks, the notice says. The authorization is effective for 6 months and can be extended if the state of emergency continues. DoD said, “Granting the EUA is one step in the process that DoD must pursue in order to continue vaccinating its personnel at highest risk. The next step is to petition the District Court to modify its injunction to allow DoD to resume vaccinations with the EUA. This step could take several weeks.” But before that, on Dec 10, DoD had asked the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for emergency authority to resume the vaccination program. Under the Project Bioshield Act of 2004, the FDA can, in an emergency, authorize the use of a medical product that has not gained ordinary FDA approval. The order means the Department of Defense (DoD) now can petition US District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan to lift the injunction he issued against the vaccination program on Oct 27, 2004, DoD officials said in statements issued today. It could take several weeks for that to happen, officials said. Feb 2, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Asserting that US troops face an increased risk of anthrax attacks, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency order to help the Pentagon reverse a court ruling that stopped its anthrax vaccination program last fall. FDA Federal Register notice on anthrax vaccine emergency orderhttp://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/pdf/05-2028.pdf The emergency order includes “a provision allowing DoD vaccinees an option to refuse the vaccine,” the DoD statement said. DoD questions and answers on the authorizationhttp://www.vaccines.mil/default.aspx?cnt=resource/qaCategories&dID=21 See also: In his ruling, Sullivan said the FDA did not follow proper procedures in approving the anthrax vaccine for use against inhalational anthrax, as opposed to cutaneous anthrax. The FDA responded Dec 29 by publishing a proposal to reaffirm the vaccine’s approval and inviting the public to comment within 90 days. In response to the DoD request, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson declared an emergency on Jan 14, according to FDA and DoD statements today. The FDA followed up by publishing an “Emergency Use Authorization” (EUA) in the Federal Register today. Before the court ruling, anthrax shots were required for troops serving in the Middle East and certain other areas. But the FDA’s emergency order allows troops to refuse the vaccine, according to DoD. About 1.25 million military personnel have received anthrax shots since the vaccination program started in 1998, according to DoD. Some troops have refused the shots because of concern about side effects, and some have been disciplined or forced out of the service as a result. Sullivan’s ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by six military members and civilian contractor personnel.last_img read more

Indonesia has two H5N1 cases; China seeks WHO help

first_imgNov 7, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Two more human cases of H5N1 infection—one of which was fatal—have been confirmed in Indonesia, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.A 19-year-old woman in Tangerang, near Jakarta, fell ill on Oct 19, was hospitalized on Oct 26, and died two days later, WHO said in a news release.The woman’s 8-year-old brother fell sick Oct 25. He is still in the hospital but is in good condition, WHO said.Sick and dying chickens were found in the boy’s neighborhood. His sister was also known to have visited the area, field investigators found. The Indonesian agriculture ministry is investigating, WHO added.These cases bring the number of confirmed human H5N1 infections in Indonesia to nine. Five of those cases were fatal. The latest cases raise the WHO’s tally of confirmed cases to 124, of which 63 were fatal.Indonesian authorities are warning that the country’s response to avian flu is hampered on several fronts: lack of funding, lack of veterinary help, and poor coordination of efforts among different levels of government, according to a Jakarta Post story online today.”The damage is so widespread because of the lack of resources,” said Musni Suatmodjo, chief of animal health at the West Java Husbandry Agency. “I don’t think we can be free of the bird flu as targeted.”United Nations officials echoed some of those concerns in an Agence France-Presse (AFP) story today. Peter Roeder, an animal health officer responsible for viral disease work in the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), said response efforts need to get a jump-start because flu season is closing in.”This is extremely urgent. The reason is, we’re in November, which is the start of the epidemic season for avian and human influenza,” Roeder told AFP. “This could provide the conditions for the emergence of a pandemic strain, so reducing any risk is very much an emergency issue which needs to be done quickly.”Roeder also said the FAO is creating four disease-control centers on Java Island and enlisting the help of up to several thousand people for disease surveillance. Disease-control center directors will train trainers, who will then go into communities and educate residents about spotting avian flu.If the model works on Java, FAO would likely employ it elsewhere, Roeder added.That plan has similarities to Thailand’s community health workers program, in which people are trained to ask a set of questions pertaining to avian and human health and to report problems.China asks help with testingAs FAO is trying to help Indonesia with surveillance, the WHO has been asked to help China test three possible human cases of H5N1.China announced yesterday that it was seeking WHO’s help to test samples from three people in Hunan province, where an H5N1 outbreak has occurred in poultry. A 12-year-old girl died Oct 13. Her 9-year-old brother and a 36-year-old middle school teacher have recovered from “unknown kinds of pneumonia,” according to a story on the China Daily newspaper Web site. All three lived in or near Wantang, where a poultry outbreak occurred last month.The girl and her brother initially tested negative for the virus, but authorities later said they couldn’t rule out the possibility of infection, the Associated Press (AP) reported. It wasn’t clear what, if any, follow-up testing was conducted and what results were found.Roy Wadia, a WHO spokesman in China, said it is not unusual to have negative initial tests of patients who are subsequently shown to be infected, according to an AP story yesterday.”This is a reiteration of how much of a public-health threat bird flu really is. Sometimes it takes a human case or a suspected human case to raise the alarm, to remind us that no country, whether China or anywhere else, can afford to be complacent,” Wadia told the AP.In addition to China’s unusual step in seeking WHO’s help, the country is taking a number of other steps to ratchet up its avian flu containment efforts. Beijing’s government shut down all 168 live poultry markets—as well as pet bird markets—in the capital city yesterday, AFP reported. And although people can continue to keep pet birds at home, the popular tradition of allowing pet birds to fly around Beijing has been banned. Movement of live poultry into Beijing is also restricted.China’s cabinet also met with members of the Central Military Commission on Nov 4 to draft a plan for using the country’s 2.3 million–member military to stop avian flu from spreading to people, Bloomberg news reported Nov 5.More countries have pandemic plansThe world’s top health experts gathered in Geneva today to convene a 3-day conference to coordinate global response to the threat of a flu pandemic. Participants urged countries that haven’t already drafted a response plan to do so, the AP reported today.Six months ago, fewer than 40 countries had a strategy for addressing an inevitable flu pandemic, said Mike Ryan, director of epidemic and pandemic alert and response for WHO. Today 120 countries, or roughly 60% of WHO member states, have plans, he said.”That’s pretty unprecedented in public health, but we need to push it further, into the implementation, the rehearsing and the testing,” Ryan told the AP. European Union planners will work through flu scenarios in a roundtable exercise next month, he added.The Geneva conference has gathered the largest group of senior officials of any meeting since avian flu began spreading in 2003, according to an AFP report.World Bank economist Milan Brahmbhatt estimated the cost of a pandemic after 1 year at $800 billion, AFP noted.Lee Jong-wook, WHO director general, today was quoted by AFP as saying, “We don’t know when this [pandemic] will happen, but we know it will happen. . . . If we are unprepared, the next pandemic will cause incalculable human misery . . . no society will be exempt and no economy unscathed.”See also:WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_11_07/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Statins may help patients with severe seasonal flu

first_imgOct 29, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Commonly available drugs that are sold in lower-cost generic versions improve the survival of patients hospitalized for seasonal influenza, researchers reported today, raising the possibility of a widely available treatment that could be used in a severe flu pandemic if other drugs are in short supply.The research, by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and scientists in several states, is part of a slate of new flu reports being presented this weekend at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in Philadelphia. Also on the agenda: findings that flu vaccination of pregnant women has a protective effect on their babies both before and after birth, and news of what may be the first person-to-person transmission in the United States of H1N1 flu strains resistant to antiviral drugs.The research presented Thursday examined the effect of the cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins on the clinical course of people who were already taking the drugs and then were hospitalized with lab-confirmed flu infections in the 2007-08 flu season. Those who were already on statins were half as likely to die, Meredith Vandermeer of the Oregon Public Health Division said during a press briefing at the state of the meeting.The patients were identified via surveillance in 10 states conducted by the CDC’s Emerging Infections Programs; data on their lab results, prescriptions and outcome were drawn from reviews of their medical records. There were 2,800 lab-confirmed cases of flu in the surveillance results, Vandermeer said; 801 of those patients were recorded as taking statins during their hospital stay, presumably because they had been prescribed them before admission. Among the 2,800, 17 people who were on statins died, versus 64 were not on statins. Proportionally, that is 2.1% of those on statins and 3.2% of those not taking the drugs—a risk reduction of approximately half, Vandermeer said.The connection between statins and flu survival, which has been reported in other research, may be due to the drugs’ ability to damp down the body’s inflammatory response to influenza. But because the study was purely observational, it should not be taken as a recommendation to administer statins during severe flu infection, Vandermeer cautioned: “We encourage further research and randomized controlled trials.”Vaccine benefits in pregnant womenProtection against flu was also recorded in two separate pieces of research announced Thursday. Researchers from Emory University, the Georgia Division of Public Health and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that seasonal flu vaccination during pregnancy reduced the chance that a woman would give birth prematurely or to a baby of low birth weight.That is probably because infections— even mild ones in which the mother does not realize she is ill—reduce the amount of nutrition that flows from mother to fetus, said co-author Dr. Mark Steinhoff of Cincinnati Children’s. But the authors said women are not taking advantage of that protection: There were 6,410 births during the 2-year study, but only 15% of the mothers had been vaccinated during their pregnancies.In a separate paper, researchers from Yale University School of Medicine found that seasonal flu vaccination during pregnancy appears to protect infants from serious disease during their first 6 months of life, when they cannot receive flu vaccine. In an ongoing, matched case-control study of infants hospitalized for flu or for other reasons, flu vaccine given to the mothers during pregnancy was 85% effective in preventing infants from being hospitalized.Transmission of resistant H1N1?The meeting also includes news on H1N1 influenza, though the pandemic is so new that only a few research teams have results. In one report, CDC researchers and North Carolina public health officials describe what may be the first case of person-to-person transmission of Tamiflu-resistant H1N1 flu.The two resistant cases occurred in June and July in a North Carolina summer camp where 65 campers and staff developed flu and received the drug as treatment, and another 600 were given the drug as a preventative. Two girls who received the drug prophylactically and bunked in the same cabin subsequently fell ill within 3 days of each other.When the CDC analyzed their respiratory specimens, they were both found to be carrying viruses possessing two mutations that confer resistance to Tamiflu, also known as oseltamivir. Because the girls’ illnesses were so close and they each exhibited both mutations, the CDC assumes that one girl passed the resistant virus to the other, said Dr. Natalie Dailey, a CDC epidemiologist assigned to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.Finally, researchers from the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health report that children infected with H1N1 flu exhibit the virus on tests and shed it from their respiratory tracts for a median 6 days and up to 13 days after they develop symptoms. That pattern matches what is seen in seasonal flu in children, but is a longer time than is expected in adults, said Dr. Achuyt Bhattarai of the CDC.Notably, 12 out of 26 children tested during an outbreak in a Pennsylvania elementary school were culture-positive for the presence of flu virus up to 6 days after their fevers resolved. While that does not mean the children were still infectious, the finding deserves further study, Bhattarai said, since current recommendations allow flu victims to return to work or school after 24 hours without fever.See also:47th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of Americahttp://www.idsociety.orglast_img read more