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No case has been identified in Quebec, confirmed Thursday the Minister of Health, Danielle McCann, and the director of public health, Doctor Horacio Arruda. In the meantime, the World Health Organization declared an international emergency in the face of the coronavirus epidemic.

This statement changes little for regional public health. Actions have already been taken to deal with any eventuality even if the risk of being infected with this virus is low in Quebec.

“We are in mobilization. We continue to be in contact with the Ministry of Health. The ministry provides the most up-to-date data. We relay the information to the network, we provided the tools in the event that a case arises, ”comments Dr. Caroline Marcoux-Huard, medical consultant at the public health directorate of the Integrated University Health and Social Services Center. of Mauricie and Center-du-Québec.

The healthcare network has what it takes to identify people with the virus and to break the chain of transmission, an essential action to prevent spread.

“When a person comes to a facility, there is the potential to transmit the virus to the public and to healthcare workers. This person will be placed in a negative pressure chamber to filter out as much contagious particles as possible so that they do not contaminate the people in the waiting room. ”

Dr Marcoux-Huard recommends that people returning from China and showing symptoms of this virus not to go to a clinic, but to go to a hospital where there are negative pressure rooms. People can also call 811. If they show symptoms of this virus, they will only have to go to a hospital where they will be taken care of immediately.

A protocol has been established to take care of patients, but also to supervise the work of employees of the health network. The use of a mask with high filtering power is planned to protect workers.

Symptoms of the coronavirus are cough and fever. In light of different official sources of information, the majority of cases are minor. People can then be returned home with recommendations to protect other occupants. A census of the people with whom these people have been in contact will also be carried out in order to ensure follow-up.

Some of those affected by this virus will have pneumonia and may even die from it, but this mainly concerns people who are already in more fragile health.

Dr. Marcoux-Huard reminds us that we are in the midst of influenza and other viruses. Basic precautions are always in order to protect yourself against viruses: wash your hands, cough into a disposable tissue or into the fold of your elbow and stay home if you are sick.

“We can be reassured in Quebec,” she observes. We have taken the necessary measures to make better identification and to break the chain of transmission. And we have to put things in perspective. The new virus has emerged in China. The majority of those affected had had contact with a public market. The virus belongs to a family that we know, the reservoir is the animals. There are cases of person-to-person transmission, but as a result of close and prolonged contact. It’s not a virus that jumps on people. ”

With a mask or not?

Paper masks are very popular these days, as some people use this equipment to protect themselves against disease. According to Dr. Marcoux-Huard, this tool is not useful for the entire population.

“We use it for people who are sick and the professionals who care for those sick. If it is badly worn, it can have perverse effects. These masks are not made to be worn for long hours. People feel protected and will perhaps neglect other measures. It gives a false sense of reassurance. ”

Four in Canada

Four cases of coronavirus have been observed in Canada so far.

More than 210 people have died after contracting this virus.

This epidemic is reminiscent of that caused by influenza A (H1N1) in 2009 and 2010. According to the WHO, 18,500 people have died as a result of this flu. More than 420 Canadians are among the victims. At least six people were from Mauricie and Center-du-Québec.

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LThe results of one study suggest that exposure to one of the two strains of influenza that circulate each year – H1N1 or H3N2 – imprints on a person’s immunity and disproportionately affects their response to influenza during his lifetime.

Researchers at the University of Montreal and McMaster University in Hamilton say their findings could allow public health officials to assess who might be at greater risk, in any given year, based on their age and type of virus that was dominant at birth.

Their study is published this week in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases and it draws on data from the 2018-2019 influenza season, which was highly unusual as the two influenza A strains had dominated at different times.

Matthew Miller, study co-author and associate professor at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease and the McMaster Immunology Research Center, said prior immunity to viruses like influenza could impact patients’ risk of falling ill in subsequent epidemics and pandemics.

“Understanding how their past immunity leaves them protected or susceptible is really important in helping us identify populations most at risk during seasonal outbreaks and new outbreaks,” he said in a statement.

Researchers say a natural experiment happened last winter in Canada when the dominant H1N1 strain was gradually replaced by H3N2, which accounted for 80-90% of influenza in March 2019, allowing them to ” observe the incidence of the disease according to age during a season.

“As H3N2 replaced H1N1, the decline in incidence for the 40-49 age group observed during the previous 2017-2018 season has reappeared, while the incidence for the elderly has increased. markedly with age, ”says the study.

The same researchers had shown in a study published last year that there had been a relatively low number of cases of influenza in Quebec in the elderly in recent seasons, dominated by H1N1, probably because they had acquired protection through repeated early life exposure to this virus subtype, which circulated from 1918 to 1956.

The H1N1 strain of influenza A was responsible for the Spanish influenza pandemic in 1918, which killed millions of people around the world. A subtype of H1N1 caused swine flu in 2009, but the link between the two outbreaks is unclear. The so-called “Asian” flu of 1957 occurred when H2N2 was dominant, before H3N2 caused a wave of illness in 1968.

Le Télégramme – Quimper – A school exchange with Boston organized by Likes

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On Wednesday morning, 31 students from Likès-la Salle high school left the school to go to the United States, in Connecticut, in order to carry out a school exchange with E.O. Smith High School in Storrs. They are accompanied by Coren Poinot, Sara Bailly and Sarah Moërman, all three English teachers. The participating students have been communicating with their correspondents since the start of the year and will finally meet. They will stay with the family, with their correspondents. “I will have to speak English and I’m a little afraid of not understanding, but this is a new challenge,” said Amanda. Flavie adds: “It’s interesting to meet new people”. Simon, meanwhile, is “looking forward to discovering the city of Boston and discovering habits”.

Visits and immersion

A rich program awaits them: total immersion in the life of an American teenager (High School, yellow school bus, etc.). Several visits are planned: discovery of the city of Boston, the campuses of the University of Connecticut and Harvard, escape games …, and also visits organized by host families on weekends. The Americans will in turn be welcomed in France next April, the week before the Easter holidays. The likésiens will make them discover in their turn Brittany. Note that this exchange takes place every two years at Lycée Le Likès.

the mother did not respect the police ultimatum

Lori Vallow did not respond to the ultimatum of the police, who had left her until Thursday to bring her children – missing since September – to the authorities.

She had until Thursday to bring her children back to the authorities. But Lori Vallow did not respect the ultimatum issued by the American police. JJ and Tylee, aged 7 and 17, have not been seen since last September and it was in November that their disappearance was officially reported. For investigators, Lori Vallow and her new husband Chad Daybell know where the two children are. But the couple refuse to collaborate with them. By not respecting the date set by the police, Lori Vallow now risks being prosecuted. While her trace was recently found in Hawaii, she could be extradited to Idaho. “The only word that comes to mind right now is ‘monster.’ All this is very discouraging … I am much less optimistic at the moment, ”the grandmother of the two children commented at a press conference Thursday, ABC reports.

It was on November 26 that the police were alerted by relatives worried that they had not heard from JJ. Faced with investigators, Chad Daybell and Lori Vallow claimed the child was staying with a family friend in Arizona. When the police returned the next day to execute a search warrant, the two had fled the home. Even more troubling, police said the couple told witnesses Tylee was dead several months ago. Lori Vallow’s husband was shot dead in July 2019 by his brother who claimed to be in self-defense. The latter passed away some time later.

“It hurts so much”

“USA Today” revealed disturbing information about Lori Vallow in early January. According to the documents of her divorce from Charles Vallow, the mother thought she was God and even threatened to kill him. Threats that would have been made a month before his death. Lori Vallow then remarried to Chad Daybell, who himself had lost his wife two weeks before the nuptials. If initially, the authorities concluded to a natural death, the body of Tammy Daybell has since been exhumed in order to allow the police to investigate this now suspect case.

According to several relatives, Lori Vallow would have joined the religious cult called “Preparing a People”, which includes her new husband, long an active member of the radical group affiliated with Mormons and whose major concern is the end of the world and the return of Jesus on Earth.

In a moving video posted on Youtube at the end of December, Calby Rayn, the eldest son of Lori Vallow, called on his mother to surrender: “It hurts so much. You have the power to put an end to this. I grew up with you, with Tylee and JJ. We had a life and it seems that today all of that never existed. There are so many things I want to say, I am so angry. I want you to find in yourself the capacity to end this situation. And I’m doing this video here because I can’t even call my own mom, and it sucks. I’ve never been so heartbroken, you know ”.

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Super Bowl: in good memory of Joe Montana, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs – Foot US – Super Bowl

Before Tom Brady, there was Joe Montana. It was in the 80s and 90s, when American football landed in France and was broadcast on Canal Plus and (very briefly) the 5. Montana played in the NFL from 1979 to 1995, spending 14 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. , before playing for two years with the Kansas City Chiefs and ending his career there.


Nashville water seems to appeal to former Canadiens players

By dint of exchanging players, it is clear that several former players of the Canadiens are found all over the league. This is particularly the case with the organization of the Nashville Predators, where some former Canadians have found happiness.

The first name we think of? PK Subban. The former Canadiens defenseman enjoyed success in Nashville (at first, at least) before becoming an unnecessary defenseman since the trade that transferred him to the Devils.

Moreover, the defender will soon be in town as part of the duel between the Devils and the Canadian, this Tuesday. He took the opportunity to reiterate his love for the city.

We can also think of defender Jarred Tinordi. Recently recalled by the Predators after a few years with various organizations in the American League, the big defenseman now has his place in a defensive squad that was considered among the best in the league just a year ago.

He also scored his first goal in the NHL under the colors of the Preds, which is the pinnacle of his career.

We must also add the name of Michael McCarron. Since the deal that took him from Canadian (Rocket) to Predators (Admirals), he’s been performing very well. As highlighted by Tout Sur Le Hockey, he already has four goals in nine games in Wisconsin since the trade. This is in contrast to the five scored in 29 games at the Rocket.

He also shoots more than twice (2.3) per game, which was not the case with the Rocket.

Is it the novelty effect… or the “Nashville Predators” effect that applies? We will see it in the medium term: if it acquires consistency, it is because a change of air was necessary.

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– Respect.

– Not Suzuki, but yes for the others.

– Really.

– A handsome player, indeed.

– Yeah… we have already seen more encouraging.

MLS: false start in Nashville

The debut of the new Major League Soccer (MLS) team in Nashville begins with discord.

Indeed, the mayor of the State municipality of Tennessee, John Cooper, refused to go ahead with the construction of a new stadium and informed Commissioner Don Garber of this during a meeting held , Thursday, in New York.

“Mayor Cooper did not give his approval to begin the demolition, which would begin the project for a new stadium. In the past four months, Nashville SC has worked to operate the new stadium project and has offered a number of new solutions to address its concerns, the MLS wrote in a statement. […] Even with these proposed new solutions, the mayor refuses to commit to moving forward, ”

“Don Garber made it clear to Mayor Cooper that the MLS would not have given Nashville a team without the city’s commitment to build a stadium,” said the best soccer circuit in North America.

Faced with this conflictual situation, the MLS has no choice but to continue negotiations with the elected official from Nashville and indicated that it “hoped with an update concerning the project by February 6.”

Nashville SC will begin its first MLS campaign in history on February 29, while Atlanta United will be visiting Nissan Stadium, where the new team is slated to play its first two seasons.


the pastry and baking talents of La Providence reach the national final

A sunny imagination, golden breads like the dawn of the day and pastries that illuminate the taste buds: for the third consecutive year, the young participants in the trophies of professional excellence in baking and pastry making have doubled their audacity and imagination for win the regional event organized at Orchies, at the lycée hôtelier Notre-Dame de La Providence, Tuesday and Wednesday.

For this new edition, six teams from three Hauts-de-France establishments clashed in the space of two days to try to win their …


Virginia Rometty retires and Arvind Krishna becomes new CEO of IBM

IBM announced Thursday January 30, 2020 that Arvind Krishna will take the reins of IBM. The 57-year-old will replace Virginia “Ginny” Rometty, who served as president and chief executive officer of the company as well as chair of the board of directors. From April 6, 2020, Arvind Krishna will be the CEO of IBM and will become a member of the board of directors. James Whitehurst, current CEO of Red Hat and senior vice president of IBM, will become president of IBM on the same date.

Virginia Rometty will remain with IBM until the end of 2020 as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Then she will retire, after almost 40 years spent at IBM, including eight years at the head of the company. Under his leadership, “IBM has acquired 65 companies, developed its skills in hybrid cloud, security, industry and data, and artificial intelligence,” the company said.

Arvind Krishna architect of Red Hat takeover

Arvind Krishna, who joined IBM in 1990, is currently senior vice president of the cloud and cognitive software division. Arvind Krishna a “played a major role in the development of key technologies such as artificial intelligence, the cloud, quantum computing and blockchain”, Virginia Rometty list in a press release.

Arvind Krishna was mainly the main architect of the acquisition of Red Hat, the open source specialist for the company. A $ 34 billion buyout announced in October 2018 to boost IBM’s capabilities in the hybrid cloud. This acquisition was the largest ever by IBM.

Donald Tump: Democrats are looking for a challenger – starting shot in Iowa

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Who can beat Donald Trump in the 2020 U.S. election? The opposition Democratic primary begins on Monday in the state of Iowa.

  • Area codes begin on February 3 in Iowa
  • Democrats are looking for Trump challengers
  • Election in Iowa is very important

Washington – All of America is looking to Florida on Sunday. In Miami, the most important sporting event of the year is on the program in the USA. Just under 100 million people will be keen to watch the Super Bowl, the NFL football final between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.

A day later, another state will be the focus of interest. And one in which only a little more than three million people are at home. In Iowa, lost in the Midwest, traditionally begins the primaries for the US presidential election. This year it is the starting signal for the Democrats to search for the challenger Donald Trump.

Iowa: A caucus for candidate selection

The Democratic candidate race starts with an original form of basic democracy: a so-called Caucus. In contrast to what is usually the case, people literally vote with their feet. Party members come together in almost 1,700 locations – schools, churches, libraries, sports halls or even living rooms. You then stand in a corner marked with the name of your favorite. So there is no electoral secret, on the contrary: there is lively discussion, voters can try to get others to their side.

Two ballots will be held. If fewer than 15 percent of those present cluster in a corner in the first ballot, their votes are invalid. However, you can join another camp in the second ballot or try to make new alliances. The election results from all meeting places are ultimately converted into delegate votes using a complicated key.

Iowa has an enormous influence on the further course of the primaries

Only 41 national delegates are determined via the area code in Iowa – only a fraction of the country’s 3979 delegates. Nevertheless, the caucus is of enormous importance: it decisively determines the dynamics of the further course of the preselection. Those who do well in Iowa will get a boost for the next primaries. That was among other things in 2008 Barack Obama so.

Start in Iowa: a controversial tradition

The great importance of Iowa is not without controversy, especially because the state has a predominantly white population and is dominated by agriculture. It is therefore not representative of the USA. However, the state’s primacy has a long tradition and dates back to 1972, when the Iowa Democratic Party held its primary for the first time in January. The Republicans followed four years later. Later, the Iowa parliament legally mandated that the state’s first presidential candidate area code be held.

Democratic candidate field

  • Michael Bennet, Colorado Senator
  • Joe Biden *, former U.S. vice president
  • Michael Bloomberg, former Mayor of New York
  • Pete Buttigieg, Mayor of South Bend, Indiana
  • John Delaney, Maryland Congressman
  • Tulsi Gabbard, Congressman from Hawaii
  • Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota Senator
  • Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts
  • Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont
  • Tom Steyer, Hedge fund manager
  • Elizabeth Warren *, Massachusetts Senator
  • Andrew Yang, Entrepreneurs

Republican candidate field

The Republican candidate has basically been known for a long time; US President Donald Trump announced his candidacy on the day he took office in 2017. Later he added his new campaign slogan: “Keep America Great”, roughly in German: Ensures that America remains great. Trump was drawn to the 2016 election with the slogan “Make America Great Again”. Trump called this the best campaign slogan in history.

Trump’s renewed candidacy does not mean, however, that he cannot be challenged by the Republican side. There are actually opposing candidates, namely:

  • Roque de la Fuente, Businessman from California
  • Joe Walsh, former Illinois congressman
  • Bill Weld, Former Massachusetts Governor

Area codes in the United States

Before the election to the US President, the preliminary decision is pending. A candidate needs an absolute majority of delegate votes to be nominated for the party convention. Delegates are allocated proportionally at the congressional district level (65%) and at the state level (35%) with a blocking clause of 15%. If no candidate achieves an absolute majority in the first ballot, then in the subsequent ballots about 771 so-called super-delegates (DNC members, party leaders, governors, senators and MPs) are also entitled to vote.

Dates of the 2020 US primaries

  • February 3, 2020: Area code in Iowa (41 delegates)
  • February 11, 2020: New Hampshire (24)
  • February 22, 2020: Nevada (36)
  • February 29, 2020: South Carolina (54)
  • March 3, 2020: Super Tuesday: Alabama (52), American Samoa (6), Arkansas (31), Colorado (67), “Democrats Abroad” (13, California (416), Maine (24), Massachusetts (91 ), Minnesota (75), North Carolina (110), Oklahoma (37), Tennessee (64), Texas (228), Utah (29), Vermont (16), Virginia (99)
  • March 10, 2020: Idaho (20), Michigan (125), Mississippi (36), Missouri (68), North Dakota (14), Washington (89)
  • March 14, 2020: Northern Marianas (6)
  • March 17, 2020: Arizona (67), Florida (219), Illinois (155), Ohio (136)
  • March 24, 2020: Georgia (105)
  • March 29, 2020: Puerto Rico (51)
  • April 4, 2020: Alaska (15), Hawaii (24), Louisiana (54), Wyoming (14)
  • April 7, 2020: Wisconsin (84)
  • April 28, 2020: Connecticut (60), Delaware (21), Maryland (96), New York (273), Pennsylvania (186), Rhode Island (26)
  • May 2, 2020: Guam (7), Kansas (39)
  • May 5, 2020: Indiana (82)
  • May 12, 2020: Nebraska (29), West Virginia (28)
  • May 19, 2020: Kentucky (54), Oregon (61)
  • June 2, 2020: Montana (19), New Jersey (126), New Mexico (34), South Dakota (16), Washington, D.C. (20)
  • June 6, 2020: Virgin Islands (7)

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The Super Bowl becomes the battle between Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg: the mega football event is just one example of the massive politicization of sport *. Its independence, which the US President has long conjured up, is over.

The Democrats started the US primary. In Iowa, Pete Buttigieg seems to have prevailed against Bernie Sanders.

* is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.