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  •  The Guardian former Sports Editor Kunle Solaja was among 81 other journalists of repute honoured by the world football governing body FIFA in Doha Qatar yesterday The honour bestowed on him was for attending and reporting nearly a score of the quadrennial global football fiesta and other glamour tournaments Solaja who was also former Sports Editor of Concord Newspapers and currently the chief executive of online sports publication www sportsvillagesquare com was among the only two Africans South Africa s Mark Gleeson on the list awarded a certificate of achievement and a replica of the World Cup trophy presented by Brazilian legend Ronaldo In a congratulatory message to the foremost journalist the Nigeria Football Federation General Secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi said Today we are proud to congratulate and celebrate one of our own Mr Kunle Solaja for the honour bestowed on him by FIFA To attend 10 FIFA World Cup finals is not a joke Mr Solaja is a man competent diligent and passionate about his trade and we join FIFA to celebrate him as an illustrious servant of the beautiful game The certificate of achievement was jointly signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and President of Association Internationale de La Presse Sportive Gianni Merlo The star of yesterday s simple but memorable ceremony was 88 year old Enrique Macaya M rquez an Argentine freelancer who is covering his 17th FIFA World Cup in Qatar and whose tally is one more than Uruguayan Diego Lucero who before his death in 1995 had covered every FIFA World Cup tournament between 1930 and 1994 Solaja s illustrious odyssey began in 1986 in Mexico and he has since attended the World Cup finals in Italy in 1990 USA in 1994 France in 1998 Korea Japan in 2002 Germany in 2006 South Africa in 2010 Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018 before the ongoing finals in Qatar Apart from his demanding vocation and commitment to writing history in a hurry which is the lot of the journalist Solaja has now written four remarkable books on Nigeria football namely Super Eagles Through The Ages Going For Goals Unfolding Nigerian Football s Hidden Stories Super Eagles 70 Soaring on The Wings and Tesilimi Thunder Balogun The Making Of A Legend
    FIFA honours Solaja for 10th World Cup appearances
     The Guardian former Sports Editor Kunle Solaja was among 81 other journalists of repute honoured by the world football governing body FIFA in Doha Qatar yesterday The honour bestowed on him was for attending and reporting nearly a score of the quadrennial global football fiesta and other glamour tournaments Solaja who was also former Sports Editor of Concord Newspapers and currently the chief executive of online sports publication www sportsvillagesquare com was among the only two Africans South Africa s Mark Gleeson on the list awarded a certificate of achievement and a replica of the World Cup trophy presented by Brazilian legend Ronaldo In a congratulatory message to the foremost journalist the Nigeria Football Federation General Secretary Dr Mohammed Sanusi said Today we are proud to congratulate and celebrate one of our own Mr Kunle Solaja for the honour bestowed on him by FIFA To attend 10 FIFA World Cup finals is not a joke Mr Solaja is a man competent diligent and passionate about his trade and we join FIFA to celebrate him as an illustrious servant of the beautiful game The certificate of achievement was jointly signed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino and President of Association Internationale de La Presse Sportive Gianni Merlo The star of yesterday s simple but memorable ceremony was 88 year old Enrique Macaya M rquez an Argentine freelancer who is covering his 17th FIFA World Cup in Qatar and whose tally is one more than Uruguayan Diego Lucero who before his death in 1995 had covered every FIFA World Cup tournament between 1930 and 1994 Solaja s illustrious odyssey began in 1986 in Mexico and he has since attended the World Cup finals in Italy in 1990 USA in 1994 France in 1998 Korea Japan in 2002 Germany in 2006 South Africa in 2010 Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018 before the ongoing finals in Qatar Apart from his demanding vocation and commitment to writing history in a hurry which is the lot of the journalist Solaja has now written four remarkable books on Nigeria football namely Super Eagles Through The Ages Going For Goals Unfolding Nigerian Football s Hidden Stories Super Eagles 70 Soaring on The Wings and Tesilimi Thunder Balogun The Making Of A Legend
    FIFA honours Solaja for 10th World Cup appearances
    Football16 hours ago

    FIFA honours Solaja for 10th World Cup appearances

    The Guardian former Sports Editor, Kunle Solaja, was among 81 other journalists of repute, honoured by the world football governing body, FIFA in Doha, Qatar yesterday.

    The honour bestowed on him was for attending and reporting nearly a score of the quadrennial global football fiesta and other glamour tournaments.

    Solaja, who was also former Sports Editor of Concord Newspapers, and currently the chief executive of online sports publication, www.

    sportsvillagesquare.

    com, was among the only two Africans (South Africa’s Mark Gleeson) on the list awarded a certificate of achievement and a replica of the World Cup trophy, presented by Brazilian legend, Ronaldo.

    In a congratulatory message to the foremost journalist the Nigeria Football Federation General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said: “Today, we are proud to congratulate and celebrate one of our own, Mr. Kunle Solaja, for the honour bestowed on him by FIFA.

    “To attend 10 FIFA World Cup finals is not a joke.

    Mr. Solaja is a man competent, diligent and passionate about his trade, and we join FIFA to celebrate him as an illustrious servant of the beautiful game”.

    The certificate of achievement was jointly signed by FIFA President, Gianni Infantino and President of Association Internationale de La Presse Sportive, Gianni Merlo.

    The star of yesterday’s simple but memorable ceremony was 88-year-old Enrique Macaya Márquez, an Argentine freelancer, who is covering his 17th FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and whose tally is one more than Uruguayan, Diego Lucero, who before his death in 1995, had covered every FIFA World Cup tournament between 1930 and 1994.

    Solaja’s illustrious odyssey began in 1986 in Mexico, and he has since attended the World Cup finals in Italy in 1990, USA in 1994, France in 1998, Korea/Japan in 2002, Germany in 2006, South Africa in 2010, Brazil in 2014 and Russia in 2018, before the ongoing finals in Qatar.

    Apart from his demanding vocation and commitment to writing history in a hurry, which is the lot of the journalist, Solaja has now written four remarkable books on Nigeria football, namely Super Eagles…Through The Ages; Going For Goals…Unfolding Nigerian Football’s Hidden Stories; Super Eagles @70…Soaring on The Wings and Tesilimi ‘Thunder’ Balogun…The Making Of A Legend.

  •  Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski head into Wednesday s showdown between Argentina and Poland with the futures of what could be their final World Cup adventures hanging in the balance Either one of two of the biggest stars of European club football could fail to qualify for the knockout stages in Qatar and end their careers without tasting glory at the most prestigious tournament of all Messi has already netted twice in his last attempt to emulate Diego Maradona and win the World Cup for Argentina and is trying to drag the Albiceleste out of Group C after they were stunned by Saudi Arabia in their opening match Argentina beat Mexico 2 0 to salvage their campaign and sit second level on three points with the Saudis and one behind leaders Poland and only a win will guarantee that 35 year old Messi s Qatar campaign continues into December An Argentine exit would devastate fans back home and a worldwide army of Messi fans desperate to see him lift the World Cup It would also be a fitting climax to the career of one of football s greatest ever players but coach Lionel Scaloni sees such histrionics as unnecessary It s hard to make people understand that the sun will rise tomorrow win or lose he said after his side beat Mexico to get their challenge back on track What matters is how you do things Lewandowski was brought to tears by fulfilling his childhood dream of scoring his first ever World Cup goal in what was his fifth match at the finals a 2 0 win over the Saudis The Barcelona forward knows he might not get another chance on this stage should the Poles exit the tournament on Wednesday I m aware it might be my last World Cup and I wanted to be able to say that I ve played and scored at World Cups said the 34 year old Lewandowski is a safer bet to make the last 16 as Poland will be through with a win or a draw and even if they lose they are only sure to be knocked out if the Saudis beat Mexico Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz insisted it wasn t simply a contest between the forwards despite the inevitable focus on the two big stars It s not only a match between Lewandowski and Messi it s not tennis he said USA send Iran out On Tuesday the United States reached the knockout phase by beating Iran 1 0 in a battle of geopolitical foes earning a second round meeting with the Netherlands Christian Pulisic s winner in the 38th minute of an absorbing contest in Doha eliminated the Iranians The meeting of the bitter ideological rivals had been marked by a bad tempered buildup with Iran s Football Federation demanding on Sunday that FIFA punish US Soccer for posting a modified version of their country s flag on social media The defeat ended a fraught campaign for Iran whose every move in Qatar has been scrutinised for signs the players are showing support for mass anti government protests that have shaken the Islamic republic The dream is over coach Carlos Queiroz said Unfortunately football always punishes the team that doesn t score The Americans finished two points behind England in Group B after Gareth Southgate s team cruised past Wales 3 0 in a one sided Battle of Britain decided by a Marcus Rashford brace and another strike from Manchester City star Phil Foden Rashford said his double which included a stunning free kick to open the scoring in the 50th minute at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium was what I play football for I have massive ambition for this team and think we can play even better than we showed today added Rashford England will face Senegal on Sunday after Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly snatched a 2 1 win over Ecuador to finish second behind the Dutch in Group A and knock out the South Americans Koulibaly said he would give late Senegalese icon Papa Bouba Diop s family his man of the match award after firing the Lions of Teranga into the last 16 for the second time in their history Cody Gakpo his third goal of the tournament as the Netherlands booked their place last 16 as group winners with a straightforward 2 0 victory over hosts Qatar Qatar which has spent 200 billion to host the World Cup bow out of their own tournament with the worst ever performance by a host nation zero points and just one goal scored
    Messi and Lewandowski’s World Cup dreams in the balance
     Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski head into Wednesday s showdown between Argentina and Poland with the futures of what could be their final World Cup adventures hanging in the balance Either one of two of the biggest stars of European club football could fail to qualify for the knockout stages in Qatar and end their careers without tasting glory at the most prestigious tournament of all Messi has already netted twice in his last attempt to emulate Diego Maradona and win the World Cup for Argentina and is trying to drag the Albiceleste out of Group C after they were stunned by Saudi Arabia in their opening match Argentina beat Mexico 2 0 to salvage their campaign and sit second level on three points with the Saudis and one behind leaders Poland and only a win will guarantee that 35 year old Messi s Qatar campaign continues into December An Argentine exit would devastate fans back home and a worldwide army of Messi fans desperate to see him lift the World Cup It would also be a fitting climax to the career of one of football s greatest ever players but coach Lionel Scaloni sees such histrionics as unnecessary It s hard to make people understand that the sun will rise tomorrow win or lose he said after his side beat Mexico to get their challenge back on track What matters is how you do things Lewandowski was brought to tears by fulfilling his childhood dream of scoring his first ever World Cup goal in what was his fifth match at the finals a 2 0 win over the Saudis The Barcelona forward knows he might not get another chance on this stage should the Poles exit the tournament on Wednesday I m aware it might be my last World Cup and I wanted to be able to say that I ve played and scored at World Cups said the 34 year old Lewandowski is a safer bet to make the last 16 as Poland will be through with a win or a draw and even if they lose they are only sure to be knocked out if the Saudis beat Mexico Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz insisted it wasn t simply a contest between the forwards despite the inevitable focus on the two big stars It s not only a match between Lewandowski and Messi it s not tennis he said USA send Iran out On Tuesday the United States reached the knockout phase by beating Iran 1 0 in a battle of geopolitical foes earning a second round meeting with the Netherlands Christian Pulisic s winner in the 38th minute of an absorbing contest in Doha eliminated the Iranians The meeting of the bitter ideological rivals had been marked by a bad tempered buildup with Iran s Football Federation demanding on Sunday that FIFA punish US Soccer for posting a modified version of their country s flag on social media The defeat ended a fraught campaign for Iran whose every move in Qatar has been scrutinised for signs the players are showing support for mass anti government protests that have shaken the Islamic republic The dream is over coach Carlos Queiroz said Unfortunately football always punishes the team that doesn t score The Americans finished two points behind England in Group B after Gareth Southgate s team cruised past Wales 3 0 in a one sided Battle of Britain decided by a Marcus Rashford brace and another strike from Manchester City star Phil Foden Rashford said his double which included a stunning free kick to open the scoring in the 50th minute at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium was what I play football for I have massive ambition for this team and think we can play even better than we showed today added Rashford England will face Senegal on Sunday after Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly snatched a 2 1 win over Ecuador to finish second behind the Dutch in Group A and knock out the South Americans Koulibaly said he would give late Senegalese icon Papa Bouba Diop s family his man of the match award after firing the Lions of Teranga into the last 16 for the second time in their history Cody Gakpo his third goal of the tournament as the Netherlands booked their place last 16 as group winners with a straightforward 2 0 victory over hosts Qatar Qatar which has spent 200 billion to host the World Cup bow out of their own tournament with the worst ever performance by a host nation zero points and just one goal scored
    Messi and Lewandowski’s World Cup dreams in the balance
    Football17 hours ago

    Messi and Lewandowski’s World Cup dreams in the balance

    Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski head into Wednesday’s showdown between Argentina and Poland with the futures of what could be their final World Cup adventures hanging in the balance.

    Either one of two of the biggest stars of European club football could fail to qualify for the knockout stages in Qatar and end their careers without tasting glory at the most prestigious tournament of all.

    Messi has already netted twice in his last attempt to emulate Diego Maradona and win the World Cup for Argentina and is trying to drag the Albiceleste out of Group C after they were stunned by Saudi Arabia in their opening match.

    Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 to salvage their campaign and sit second, level on three points with the Saudis and one behind leaders Poland and only a win will guarantee that 35-year-old Messi’s Qatar campaign continues into December.

    An Argentine exit would devastate fans back home and a worldwide army of Messi fans desperate to see him lift the World Cup. It would also be a fitting climax to the career of one of football’s greatest-ever players, but coach Lionel Scaloni sees such histrionics as unnecessary.

    “It’s hard to make people understand that the sun will rise tomorrow, win or lose,” he said after his side beat Mexico to get their challenge back on track.

    “What matters is how you do things.

    ”Lewandowski was brought to tears by fulfilling his “childhood dream” of scoring his first-ever World Cup goal in what was his fifth match at the finals, a 2-0 win over the Saudis.

    The Barcelona forward knows he might not get another chance on this stage should the Poles exit the tournament on Wednesday.

    “I’m aware it might be my last World Cup and I wanted to be able to say that I’ve played and scored at World Cups,” said the 34-year-old.

    Lewandowski is a safer bet to make the last 16 as Poland will be through with a win or a draw, and even if they lose they are only sure to be knocked out if the Saudis beat Mexico.

    Poland coach Czeslaw Michniewicz insisted it wasn’t simply a contest between the forwards despite the inevitable focus on the two big stars.

    “It’s not only a match between Lewandowski and Messi, it’s not tennis,” he said.

    – USA send Iran out –On Tuesday, the United States reached the knockout phase by beating Iran 1-0 in a battle of geopolitical foes, earning a second-round meeting with the Netherlands.

    Christian Pulisic’s winner in the 38th minute of an absorbing contest in Doha eliminated the Iranians.

    The meeting of the bitter ideological rivals had been marked by a bad-tempered buildup, with Iran’s Football Federation demanding on Sunday that FIFA punish US Soccer for posting a modified version of their country’s flag on social media.

    The defeat ended a fraught campaign for Iran, whose every move in Qatar has been scrutinised for signs the players are showing support for mass anti-government protests that have shaken the Islamic republic.

    “The dream is over,” coach Carlos Queiroz said.

    “Unfortunately football always punishes the team that doesn’t score.

    ” The Americans finished two points behind England in Group B after Gareth Southgate’s team cruised past Wales 3-0 in a one-sided ‘Battle of Britain’ decided by a Marcus Rashford brace and another strike from Manchester City star Phil Foden.

    Rashford said his double, which included a stunning free-kick to open the scoring in the 50th minute at the Ahmad bin Ali Stadium, was “what I play football for”.

    “I have massive ambition for this team and think we can play even better than we showed today,” added Rashford.

    England will face Senegal on Sunday after Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly snatched a 2-1 win over Ecuador to finish second behind the Dutch in Group A and knock out the South Americans.

    Koulibaly said he would give late Senegalese icon Papa Bouba Diop’s family his man-of-the-match award after firing the Lions of Teranga into the last 16 for the second time in their history.

    Cody Gakpo his third goal of the tournament as the Netherlands booked their place last 16 as group winners with a straightforward 2-0 victory over hosts Qatar.

    Qatar, which has spent $200 billion to host the World Cup, bow out of their own tournament with the worst-ever performance by a host nation — zero points and just one goal scored.

  •   Gareth Bale shot down suggestions he could have played his final game for Wales after bowing out of the World Cup at the group stage Bale was forced to come off at half time of a 3 0 defeat to England on Tuesday with a hamstring injury The 33 year old who holds the record for both caps and goals for his country has consistently ridden to Wales rescue in recent years despite limited playing time at the club level with Real Madrid and now Los Angeles FC But he struggled to make an impact in Qatar despite scoring Wales only goal of the tournament from the penalty spot against the USA I ll keep going as long as I can and as long as I m wanted Bale told the BBC It s a difficult moment now But we go again We have a qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 starting in March and we have a few months to get away from international football now Bale s goals in qualifying inspired Wales to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 But Rob Page s men fell well short of their runs to the knockout stage of each of the last two European Championships as they managed just one point from their three group games We would have loved to have gone past the group but football is difficult Teams go through good runs and bad runs and we didn t quite live up to our expectations this tournament added Bale But we ll take massive experience from it and going forward we need to look at how far we ve come To be at a World Cup if you d asked us that two years ago we d have all pinched ourselves It s disappointing to go out but we ll all walk out of that changing room with our heads held high and proud of each other
    Bale will continue as long as he is wanted by Wales
      Gareth Bale shot down suggestions he could have played his final game for Wales after bowing out of the World Cup at the group stage Bale was forced to come off at half time of a 3 0 defeat to England on Tuesday with a hamstring injury The 33 year old who holds the record for both caps and goals for his country has consistently ridden to Wales rescue in recent years despite limited playing time at the club level with Real Madrid and now Los Angeles FC But he struggled to make an impact in Qatar despite scoring Wales only goal of the tournament from the penalty spot against the USA I ll keep going as long as I can and as long as I m wanted Bale told the BBC It s a difficult moment now But we go again We have a qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 starting in March and we have a few months to get away from international football now Bale s goals in qualifying inspired Wales to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 But Rob Page s men fell well short of their runs to the knockout stage of each of the last two European Championships as they managed just one point from their three group games We would have loved to have gone past the group but football is difficult Teams go through good runs and bad runs and we didn t quite live up to our expectations this tournament added Bale But we ll take massive experience from it and going forward we need to look at how far we ve come To be at a World Cup if you d asked us that two years ago we d have all pinched ourselves It s disappointing to go out but we ll all walk out of that changing room with our heads held high and proud of each other
    Bale will continue as long as he is wanted by Wales
    Football17 hours ago

    Bale will continue as long as he is wanted by Wales

    Gareth Bale shot down suggestions he could have played his final game for Wales after bowing out of the World Cup at the group stage.

    Bale was forced to come off at half-time of a 3-0 defeat to England on Tuesday with a hamstring injury.

    The 33-year-old, who holds the record for both caps and goals for his country, has consistently ridden to Wales’ rescue in recent years despite limited playing time at the club level with Real Madrid and now Los Angeles FC.

    But he struggled to make an impact in Qatar, despite scoring Wales’ only goal of the tournament from the penalty spot against the USA.

    “I’ll keep going as long as I can and as long as I’m wanted,” Bale told the BBC.

    “It’s a difficult moment now.

    But we go again.

    We have a qualifying campaign (for Euro 2024) starting in March and we have a few months to get away from international football now.

    ”Bale’s goals in qualifying inspired Wales to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958.

    But Rob Page’s men fell well short of their runs to the knockout stage of each of the last two European Championships as they managed just one point from their three group games.

    “We would have loved to have gone past the group, but football is difficult.

    Teams go through good runs and bad runs, and we didn’t quite live up to our expectations this tournament,” added Bale. “But we’ll take massive experience from it and going forward we need to look at how far we’ve come.

    “To be at a World Cup, if you’d asked us that two years ago, we’d have all pinched ourselves.

    It’s disappointing to go out but we’ll all walk out of that changing room with our heads held high and proud of each other.

  •   The 6th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Territorial Communities FAMI 6_2022 opened its work in the city of Agadir on Monday November 28 at the Training Center of the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Ibn Zohr University and will continue until Saturday December 03 2022 The Forum is organized by the Pan African Organization of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa UCLG Africa through its African Local Government Academy ALGA in partnership and with the support of the European Commission the Directorate General of Local Authorities of the Ministry of the Interior of Morocco the Souss Massa Region the Prefectural Council of Agadir Ida Outanane the Ibn Zohr University and the Training Center of the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of Agadir the Provincial Council of Tiznit the Provincial Council of Taroudant the Municipal Council of Agadir the National Agency for the Development of Oasis and Argan Zones ANDZOA the national associations of Local and Regional Governments of Morocco ARM AMPCPP AMPCC the ADEME energy management agency of France the 4Cs Morocco Center the Office of the United Nations Project on Governance Directorate of Public Institutions and Digital Governance DIPGD and the Department of United Nations Economic and Social Affairs UNPOG DPIDG UN DESA The organizers of the Forum have chosen as the theme for this edition which is being held one week after the closing of COP27 The challenge of training and building the capacities of Local Elected Officials and of Local Government Staff in Africa in terms of Climate Action It is a week that promises to be fruitful on a scientific and academic level through several segments four Plenary Sessions on issues related to climate action around fifteen Workshops and Master classes as well as field visits to inquire about transformational projects and cultural heritage as a vector of peace and development These are so many opportunities for discussion sharing peer learning awareness training and capacity building About 40 countries are represented at the Forum including 33 African countries with a strong presence of representatives of Governments Local Governments International Organizations Territorial Managers representatives of training institutions as well as representatives from the private sector and civil society The opening ceremony was moderated by Dr Najat ZARROUK Director of Development and of the African Local Government Academy ALGA of UCLG Africa member of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the United Nations and President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration IASIA representing Mr Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI Secretary General of UCLG Africa This ceremony was marked On the one hand by the opening speech of the Forum on behalf of The Honorable Mrs Fatimetou MINT ABDEL MALICK President of UCLG Africa President of the Permanent Gender Committee of UCLG President of the Region of Nouakchott Mauritania her speech was read by The Honorable Mrs Jeannette NYIRAMASENGESHO President of the Rwandan Association of Local Authorities RALGA of Rwanda President of the Ngororero District Council of the Western Province President of the Association of Local Governments of East Africa Mrs Fatimetou MINT ABDEL MALICK declared Today we have come here to amplify the role of African local governments as the most appropriate level of governance for the implementation of the Climate Agenda and affirmed that UCLG Africa remains committed and resolved to accompany and support its members and networks in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs in access to climate finance and more particularly to the Green Climate Fund as well as in the implementation of an awareness raising training and capacity building and technical assistance program for their benefit in order to enable them to develop climate plans and prepare applications that are eligible for funding by the Green Climate Fund On the other hand the opening speeches of the Partners of UCLG Africa in particular that of the Honorable Mr Karim ACHENGLI President of the Council of the Souss Massa Region the Honorable Mr Abdellah MESSAOUDI President of the Prefectural Council of Agadir Ida Outanane of the Honorable Mr Abdelghani BOUAICHI Vice President of the Communal Council of Agadir of the Honorable Mr Lahcen AMROUCH President of the Communal Council of Argana Vice President of the Provincial Council of Taroudant and Vice Treasurer of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils AMPCC the Honorable Professor Abdelaziz BENDOU President of Ibn Zohr University as well as Mrs Khadija SAMI Regional Director of the Environment representing the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development The various Partners were unanimous in thanking UCLG Africa for holding this 6th edition in the Souss Massa Region around a theme that is of paramount importance because in the words of the President of the Council of the Souss Massa Region Massa this Region aware of the importance of the challenges of climate change and population growth as well as of the strong pressure on natural resources in particular water got involved very early in the Climate Agenda The President of the Prefectural Council of Agadir Ida Outanane affirmed the commitment of this Local Government adding that its participation is also part of the efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI May God Assist him aimed at strengthening partnership and cooperation among the countries and peoples of African countries For the Municipality of Agadir this meeting is an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the Municipality of Agadir in terms of environmental management in favor of the climate As for the Representative of the AMPCC he said he was delighted with the fruitful cooperation with UCLG Africa affirming that the future is promising for these two institutions to jointly carry out actions that produce added value for the Territorial Communities The Representative of the AMPCC added To carry out territorial development actions as well as possible we must have well trained and initiated territorial managers and I am convinced that during these days of training in this beautiful city of Morocco you will improve your skills because ALGA is known for its training courses which are very useful for territorial development operators The President of Ibn Zohr University who has made available to UCLG Africa and its Academy the Training Center of the School of Medicine and Pharmacy with all its facilities welcomed the delegations who made the trip to Agadir before listing the important questions to be raised for the good of African citizens How to produce without harming the environment How to produce clean energy In collaboration with local partners there is innovation in agriculture with young people carrying out important research work The Representative of the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development who spoke last to leave the voice and priority to Local Authorities as privileged actors in Climate Action expressed her sincere thanks to the organizers of the Forum for the choice of such a strategic and priority theme underlining that Morocco has committed itself in a proactive manner and in perfect harmony with the international and regional effort in terms of climate action Despite its very low contribution to greenhouse gas emissions Morocco has already put itself on the path to decarbonization The opening ceremony of the FAMI_6 forum was crowned by a video message addressed to the participants by the Honorable the Director and Regional Representative of the African Office of the United Nations Environment Program UNEP Mr Frank TURYATUNGA who noted that While Africa s ratification rate is impressive up to 72 of NDCs lack an investment plan which is essential for attracting the implementation capacity of local and international companies A Plenary Session dedicated to keynote speakers who recalled the main challenges of Climate Action and shared innovations in this area The Honorable Mrs Jeannette NYIRAMASENGESHO President of RALGA who shared her country s experience and highlighted the role of Local and Subnational Governments in the fight against Climate Change The Honorable Mr Brahim HAFIDI Director General of the National Agency for the Development of Oasis and Argan Zones ANDZOA Morocco The Honorable Mr Didier DOGLEY former Minister of the Environment Senior Expert in Sustainable Development and Climate Change Seychelles Professor Linda J BILMES Professor at Harvard University Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration USA The Honorable Mr Mohamed SEFIANI President of the Communal Council of Chefchaouen UCLG Special Envoy to the United Nations for Food Systems Morocco The Honorable Ms Rola Dashti Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA A second Plenary Session entitled Where are we in terms of Implementation and Territorialization of Global and African Commitments on Climate Action Focus on the Main Results of COP27 was moderated by Mrs Rajae CHAFIL Director General of the 4C Morocco Center and Mr Mohammed NBOU Director of the Climate Task Force of UCLG Africa FAMI 6_2022 will also have a Training of Trainers Session on Climate Action in partnership with the ADEME energy management agency of France in which 28 people participate during four days of training which will be led by Expert Trainers from Benin and Cameroon Participants will also be able to visit at their choice the City of Agadir the City of Tiznit and the City of Taroudant to inquire about transformational projects and cultural heritage The Forum Program will be crowned by the planting of trees by the African Delegations in a school in the City of Agadir in partnership and with the support of the National Agency for the Development of Oasis Zones and the Argan Tree ANDZOA Photos Day1 http bit ly 3XN4c8g Video Best of Day 1 https bit ly 3gOKJU4
    Opening in Agadir of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI_6)
      The 6th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Territorial Communities FAMI 6_2022 opened its work in the city of Agadir on Monday November 28 at the Training Center of the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Ibn Zohr University and will continue until Saturday December 03 2022 The Forum is organized by the Pan African Organization of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa UCLG Africa through its African Local Government Academy ALGA in partnership and with the support of the European Commission the Directorate General of Local Authorities of the Ministry of the Interior of Morocco the Souss Massa Region the Prefectural Council of Agadir Ida Outanane the Ibn Zohr University and the Training Center of the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of Agadir the Provincial Council of Tiznit the Provincial Council of Taroudant the Municipal Council of Agadir the National Agency for the Development of Oasis and Argan Zones ANDZOA the national associations of Local and Regional Governments of Morocco ARM AMPCPP AMPCC the ADEME energy management agency of France the 4Cs Morocco Center the Office of the United Nations Project on Governance Directorate of Public Institutions and Digital Governance DIPGD and the Department of United Nations Economic and Social Affairs UNPOG DPIDG UN DESA The organizers of the Forum have chosen as the theme for this edition which is being held one week after the closing of COP27 The challenge of training and building the capacities of Local Elected Officials and of Local Government Staff in Africa in terms of Climate Action It is a week that promises to be fruitful on a scientific and academic level through several segments four Plenary Sessions on issues related to climate action around fifteen Workshops and Master classes as well as field visits to inquire about transformational projects and cultural heritage as a vector of peace and development These are so many opportunities for discussion sharing peer learning awareness training and capacity building About 40 countries are represented at the Forum including 33 African countries with a strong presence of representatives of Governments Local Governments International Organizations Territorial Managers representatives of training institutions as well as representatives from the private sector and civil society The opening ceremony was moderated by Dr Najat ZARROUK Director of Development and of the African Local Government Academy ALGA of UCLG Africa member of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the United Nations and President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration IASIA representing Mr Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI Secretary General of UCLG Africa This ceremony was marked On the one hand by the opening speech of the Forum on behalf of The Honorable Mrs Fatimetou MINT ABDEL MALICK President of UCLG Africa President of the Permanent Gender Committee of UCLG President of the Region of Nouakchott Mauritania her speech was read by The Honorable Mrs Jeannette NYIRAMASENGESHO President of the Rwandan Association of Local Authorities RALGA of Rwanda President of the Ngororero District Council of the Western Province President of the Association of Local Governments of East Africa Mrs Fatimetou MINT ABDEL MALICK declared Today we have come here to amplify the role of African local governments as the most appropriate level of governance for the implementation of the Climate Agenda and affirmed that UCLG Africa remains committed and resolved to accompany and support its members and networks in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions NDCs in access to climate finance and more particularly to the Green Climate Fund as well as in the implementation of an awareness raising training and capacity building and technical assistance program for their benefit in order to enable them to develop climate plans and prepare applications that are eligible for funding by the Green Climate Fund On the other hand the opening speeches of the Partners of UCLG Africa in particular that of the Honorable Mr Karim ACHENGLI President of the Council of the Souss Massa Region the Honorable Mr Abdellah MESSAOUDI President of the Prefectural Council of Agadir Ida Outanane of the Honorable Mr Abdelghani BOUAICHI Vice President of the Communal Council of Agadir of the Honorable Mr Lahcen AMROUCH President of the Communal Council of Argana Vice President of the Provincial Council of Taroudant and Vice Treasurer of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils AMPCC the Honorable Professor Abdelaziz BENDOU President of Ibn Zohr University as well as Mrs Khadija SAMI Regional Director of the Environment representing the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development The various Partners were unanimous in thanking UCLG Africa for holding this 6th edition in the Souss Massa Region around a theme that is of paramount importance because in the words of the President of the Council of the Souss Massa Region Massa this Region aware of the importance of the challenges of climate change and population growth as well as of the strong pressure on natural resources in particular water got involved very early in the Climate Agenda The President of the Prefectural Council of Agadir Ida Outanane affirmed the commitment of this Local Government adding that its participation is also part of the efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI May God Assist him aimed at strengthening partnership and cooperation among the countries and peoples of African countries For the Municipality of Agadir this meeting is an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the Municipality of Agadir in terms of environmental management in favor of the climate As for the Representative of the AMPCC he said he was delighted with the fruitful cooperation with UCLG Africa affirming that the future is promising for these two institutions to jointly carry out actions that produce added value for the Territorial Communities The Representative of the AMPCC added To carry out territorial development actions as well as possible we must have well trained and initiated territorial managers and I am convinced that during these days of training in this beautiful city of Morocco you will improve your skills because ALGA is known for its training courses which are very useful for territorial development operators The President of Ibn Zohr University who has made available to UCLG Africa and its Academy the Training Center of the School of Medicine and Pharmacy with all its facilities welcomed the delegations who made the trip to Agadir before listing the important questions to be raised for the good of African citizens How to produce without harming the environment How to produce clean energy In collaboration with local partners there is innovation in agriculture with young people carrying out important research work The Representative of the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development who spoke last to leave the voice and priority to Local Authorities as privileged actors in Climate Action expressed her sincere thanks to the organizers of the Forum for the choice of such a strategic and priority theme underlining that Morocco has committed itself in a proactive manner and in perfect harmony with the international and regional effort in terms of climate action Despite its very low contribution to greenhouse gas emissions Morocco has already put itself on the path to decarbonization The opening ceremony of the FAMI_6 forum was crowned by a video message addressed to the participants by the Honorable the Director and Regional Representative of the African Office of the United Nations Environment Program UNEP Mr Frank TURYATUNGA who noted that While Africa s ratification rate is impressive up to 72 of NDCs lack an investment plan which is essential for attracting the implementation capacity of local and international companies A Plenary Session dedicated to keynote speakers who recalled the main challenges of Climate Action and shared innovations in this area The Honorable Mrs Jeannette NYIRAMASENGESHO President of RALGA who shared her country s experience and highlighted the role of Local and Subnational Governments in the fight against Climate Change The Honorable Mr Brahim HAFIDI Director General of the National Agency for the Development of Oasis and Argan Zones ANDZOA Morocco The Honorable Mr Didier DOGLEY former Minister of the Environment Senior Expert in Sustainable Development and Climate Change Seychelles Professor Linda J BILMES Professor at Harvard University Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration USA The Honorable Mr Mohamed SEFIANI President of the Communal Council of Chefchaouen UCLG Special Envoy to the United Nations for Food Systems Morocco The Honorable Ms Rola Dashti Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia ESCWA A second Plenary Session entitled Where are we in terms of Implementation and Territorialization of Global and African Commitments on Climate Action Focus on the Main Results of COP27 was moderated by Mrs Rajae CHAFIL Director General of the 4C Morocco Center and Mr Mohammed NBOU Director of the Climate Task Force of UCLG Africa FAMI 6_2022 will also have a Training of Trainers Session on Climate Action in partnership with the ADEME energy management agency of France in which 28 people participate during four days of training which will be led by Expert Trainers from Benin and Cameroon Participants will also be able to visit at their choice the City of Agadir the City of Tiznit and the City of Taroudant to inquire about transformational projects and cultural heritage The Forum Program will be crowned by the planting of trees by the African Delegations in a school in the City of Agadir in partnership and with the support of the National Agency for the Development of Oasis Zones and the Argan Tree ANDZOA Photos Day1 http bit ly 3XN4c8g Video Best of Day 1 https bit ly 3gOKJU4
    Opening in Agadir of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI_6)
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    Opening in Agadir of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI_6)

    The 6th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Territorial Communities (FAMI 6_2022) opened its work in the city of Agadir, on Monday, November 28 at the Training Center of the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Ibn Zohr University, and will continue until Saturday, December 03, 2022.

    The Forum is organized by the Pan-African Organization of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), through its African Local Government Academy (ALGA), in partnership and with the support of the European Commission, the Directorate General of Local Authorities of the Ministry of the Interior of Morocco, the Souss-Massa Region, the Prefectural Council of Agadir Ida-Outanane, the Ibn Zohr University and the Training Center of the School of Medicine and Pharmacy of Agadir, the Provincial Council of Tiznit, the Provincial Council of Taroudant, the Municipal Council of Agadir, the National Agency for the Development of Oasis and Argan Zones (ANDZOA), the national associations of Local and Regional Governments of Morocco (ARM, AMPCPP, AMPCC), the ADEME energy management agency of France, the 4Cs-Morocco Center, the Office of the United Nations Project on Governance, Directorate of Public Institutions, and Digital Governance (DIPGD), and the Department of United Nations Economic and Social Affairs (UNPOG/DPIDG/UN DESA).

    The organizers of the Forum have chosen as the theme for this edition, which is being held one week after the closing of COP27: “The challenge of training and building the capacities of Local Elected Officials and of Local Government Staff in Africa in terms of Climate Action”.

    It is a week that promises to be fruitful on a scientific and academic level, through several segments: four Plenary Sessions on issues related to climate action, around fifteen Workshops and Master classes, as well as field visits to inquire about transformational projects and cultural heritage as a vector of peace and development.

    These are so many opportunities for discussion, sharing, peer learning, awareness, training, and capacity building.

    About 40 countries are represented at the Forum, including 33 African countries, with a strong presence of representatives of Governments, Local Governments, International Organizations, Territorial Managers, representatives of training institutions, as well as representatives from the private sector and civil society.

    The opening ceremony was moderated by Dr. Najat ZARROUK, Director of Development and of the African Local Government Academy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa, member of the Committee of Experts on Public Administration of the United Nations and President of the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA), representing Mr. Jean Pierre ELONG MBASSI, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

    This ceremony was marked:On the one hand, by the opening speech of the Forum on behalf of The Honorable Mrs. Fatimetou MINT ABDEL MALICK, President of UCLG Africa, President of the Permanent Gender Committee of UCLG, President of the Region of Nouakchott, Mauritania; her speech was read by The Honorable Mrs. Jeannette NYIRAMASENGESHO, President of the Rwandan Association of Local Authorities (RALGA) of Rwanda, President of the Ngororero District Council of the Western Province, President of the Association of Local Governments of East Africa.

    Mrs. Fatimetou MINT ABDEL MALICK declared: "Today, we have come here to amplify the role of African local governments as the most appropriate level of governance for the implementation of the Climate Agenda", and affirmed that “UCLG Africa remains committed and resolved to accompany and support its members and networks in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), in access to climate finance and more particularly to the Green Climate Fund, as well as in the implementation of an awareness-raising, training and capacity-building and technical assistance program for their benefit, in order to enable them to develop climate plans and prepare applications that are eligible for funding by the Green Climate Fund.» ;On the other hand, the opening speeches of the Partners of UCLG Africa, in particular that of the Honorable Mr. Karim ACHENGLI, President of the Council of the Souss-Massa Region, the Honorable Mr. Abdellah MESSAOUDI, President of the Prefectural Council of Agadir-Ida-Outanane, of the Honorable Mr. Abdelghani BOUAICHI, Vice-President of the Communal Council of Agadir, of the Honorable Mr. Lahcen AMROUCH, President of the Communal Council of Argana, Vice-President of the Provincial Council of Taroudant and Vice-Treasurer of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC), the Honorable Professor Abdelaziz BENDOU, President of Ibn Zohr University, as well as Mrs. Khadija SAMI , Regional Director of the Environment, representing the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development.

    The various Partners were unanimous in thanking UCLG Africa for holding this 6th edition in the Souss-Massa Region around a theme that is of paramount importance because, in the words of the President of the Council of the Souss-Massa Region, Massa, this Region, aware of “the importance of the challenges of climate change and population growth, as well as of the strong pressure on natural resources, in particular water, got involved very early in the Climate Agenda.”The President of the Prefectural Council of Agadir-Ida-Outanane affirmed the commitment of this Local Government, adding that its participation "is also part of the efforts of the Kingdom of Morocco under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI – May God Assist him – aimed at strengthening partnership and cooperation among the countries and peoples of African countries”.

    For the Municipality of Agadir, "this meeting is an opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the Municipality of Agadir in terms of environmental management in favor of the climate".

    As for the Representative of the AMPCC, he said he was “delighted with the fruitful cooperation with UCLG Africa”, affirming that the future is promising for these two institutions to jointly carry out actions that produce added value for the Territorial Communities.

    The Representative of the AMPCC added: "To carry out territorial development actions as well as possible, we must have well-trained and initiated territorial managers, and I am convinced that during these days of training in this beautiful city of Morocco, you will improve your skills, because ALGA is known for its training courses which are very useful for territorial development operators”.

    The President of Ibn Zohr University, who has made available to UCLG Africa and its Academy, the Training Center of the School of Medicine and Pharmacy with all its facilities, welcomed the delegations who made the trip to Agadir, before listing the important questions to be raised for “the good of African citizens”: “How to produce without harming the environment?

    How to produce clean energy?

    In collaboration with local partners, there is innovation in agriculture, with young people carrying out important research work.

    »The Representative of the Ministry of Energy Transition and Sustainable Development, who spoke last to leave the voice and priority to Local Authorities as privileged actors in Climate Action, expressed her sincere thanks to the organizers of the Forum for the choice of such a "strategic and priority" theme,", underlining that "Morocco has committed itself in a proactive manner and in perfect harmony with the international and regional effort in terms of climate action.

    Despite its very low contribution to greenhouse gas emissions, Morocco has already put itself on the path to decarbonization ”.

    The opening ceremony of the FAMI_6 forum was crowned by a video message addressed to the participants by the Honorable the Director and Regional Representative of the African Office of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Mr. Frank TURYATUNGA, who noted that “ While Africa's ratification rate is impressive, up to 72% of NDCs lack an investment plan, which is essential for attracting the implementation capacity of local and international companies ”.

    - A Plenary Session dedicated to keynote speakers who recalled the main challenges of Climate Action and shared innovations in this area:The Honorable Mrs. Jeannette NYIRAMASENGESHO, President of RALGA who shared her country's experience and highlighted the role of Local and Subnational Governments in the fight against Climate Change;  The Honorable Mr. Brahim HAFIDI, Director General of the National Agency for the Development of Oasis and Argan Zones (ANDZOA), Morocco; The Honorable Mr. Didier DOGLEY, former Minister of the Environment, Senior Expert in Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Seychelles; Professor Linda J.

    BILMES, Professor at Harvard University, Member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration, USA; The Honorable Mr. Mohamed SEFIANI, President of the Communal Council of Chefchaouen, UCLG Special Envoy to the United Nations for Food Systems, Morocco;  The Honorable Ms. Rola Dashti, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) .

    - A second Plenary Session entitled " Where are we in terms of Implementation and Territorialization of Global and African Commitments on Climate Action: Focus on the Main Results of COP27" was moderated by Mrs. Rajae CHAFIL, Director General of the 4C-Morocco Center, and Mr. Mohammed NBOU, Director of the Climate Task Force of UCLG Africa.

    FAMI 6_2022 will also have a Training of Trainers Session on Climate Action, in partnership with the ADEME energy management agency of France, in which 28 people participate during four days of training which will be led by Expert Trainers from Benin and Cameroon.

    Participants will also be able to visit, at their choice, the City of Agadir, the City of Tiznit, and the City of Taroudant, to inquire about transformational projects and cultural heritage.

    The Forum Program will be crowned by the planting of trees, by the African Delegations, in a school in the City of Agadir, in partnership and with the support of the National Agency for the Development of Oasis Zones and the Argan Tree (ANDZOA).

    Photos Day1: http://bit.ly/3XN4c8gVideo Best of Day 1: https://bit.ly/3gOKJU4 

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     More than 11 200 patients in the United States have been hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC USAProduced by Global Service Xinhua
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    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010-

    More than 11,200 patients in the United States have been hospitalized with the flu in the past week, the highest rate in the same time period since 2010, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). USA

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    (Xinhua)

  •   More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19 According to the CDC a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season 78 percent have been influenza A H3N2 and 22 percent have been influenza A H1N1 according to the CDC Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu coronavirus and respiratory syncytial virus RSV Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year We ve seen in some regions RSV numbers start to trend down Flu numbers continue to rise And we re concerned that after the holiday gatherings a lot of people gather that we might see increases in numbers cases of COVID 19 as well said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony S Fauci warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States In fact in some regions of the country we re seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed Fauci told CBS News on Sunday The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually For half a century scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains It is difficult to create effective pre pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science Researchers developed a nucleoside modified messenger RNA mRNA lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross reactive and subtype specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens according to the research Xinhua
    Summary: Weekly hospitalizations for flu in the US hit a record since 2010
      More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19 According to the CDC a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season 78 percent have been influenza A H3N2 and 22 percent have been influenza A H1N1 according to the CDC Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu coronavirus and respiratory syncytial virus RSV Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year We ve seen in some regions RSV numbers start to trend down Flu numbers continue to rise And we re concerned that after the holiday gatherings a lot of people gather that we might see increases in numbers cases of COVID 19 as well said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony S Fauci warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States In fact in some regions of the country we re seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed Fauci told CBS News on Sunday The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually For half a century scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains It is difficult to create effective pre pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science Researchers developed a nucleoside modified messenger RNA mRNA lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross reactive and subtype specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens according to the research Xinhua
    Summary: Weekly hospitalizations for flu in the US hit a record since 2010
    Foreign3 days ago

    Summary: Weekly hospitalizations for flu in the US hit a record since 2010

    - More than 11,200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week, the highest rate in the same time period since 2010, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). from USA

    Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country, the CDC said.

    Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19. According to the CDC, a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season.

    The CDC estimates that, so far this season, there have been at least 6.2 million cases of flu, 53,000 hospitalizations, and 2,900 deaths from flu.

    Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season, 78 percent have been influenza A (H3N2) and 22 percent have been influenza A (H1N1), according to the CDC.

    Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu, coronavirus, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year.

    "We've seen, in some regions, RSV numbers start to trend down. Flu numbers continue to rise. And we're concerned that after the holiday gatherings, a lot of people gather, that we might see increases in numbers." cases of COVID-19 as well," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

    The US's top infectious disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States.

    "In fact, in some regions of the country, we're seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed," Fauci told CBS News on Sunday.

    The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu. Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes.

    The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually.

    For half a century, scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses.

    Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine.

    Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains. It is difficult to create effective pre-pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic, according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science.

    Researchers developed a nucleoside-modified messenger RNA (mRNA) lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages.

    This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross-reactive and subtype-specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens, according to the research. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric flu associated deaths were reported in the week ending Nov 19 and a total of 12 pediatric flu related deaths have been reported so far this season according to the CDC The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Xinhua
    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010: CDC-
      More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric flu associated deaths were reported in the week ending Nov 19 and a total of 12 pediatric flu related deaths have been reported so far this season according to the CDC The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Xinhua
    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010: CDC-
    Foreign3 days ago

    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010: CDC-

    - More than 11,200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week, the highest rate in the same time period since 2010, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). from USA

    Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country, the CDC said.

    Five pediatric flu-associated deaths were reported in the week ending Nov. 19, and a total of 12 pediatric flu-related deaths have been reported so far this season, according to the CDC.

    The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6.2 million cases of flu, 53,000 hospitalizations, and 2,900 deaths from flu. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19 According to the CDC a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season 78 percent have been influenza A H3N2 and 22 percent have been influenza A H1N1 according to the CDC Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu coronavirus and respiratory syncytial virus RSV Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year We ve seen in some regions RSV numbers start to trend down Flu numbers continue to rise And we re concerned that after the holiday gatherings a lot of people gather that we might see increases in numbers cases of COVID 19 as well said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony S Fauci warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States In fact in some regions of the country we re seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed Fauci told CBS News on Sunday The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually For half a century scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains It is difficult to create effective pre pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science Researchers developed a nucleoside modified messenger RNA mRNA lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross reactive and subtype specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens according to the research Xinhua
    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010-
      More than 11 200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week the highest rate in the same time period since 2010 according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC from USA Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country the CDC said Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19 According to the CDC a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season The CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 6 2 million cases of flu 53 000 hospitalizations and 2 900 deaths from flu Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season 78 percent have been influenza A H3N2 and 22 percent have been influenza A H1N1 according to the CDC Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu coronavirus and respiratory syncytial virus RSV Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year We ve seen in some regions RSV numbers start to trend down Flu numbers continue to rise And we re concerned that after the holiday gatherings a lot of people gather that we might see increases in numbers cases of COVID 19 as well said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky The US s top infectious disease expert Anthony S Fauci warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States In fact in some regions of the country we re seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed Fauci told CBS News on Sunday The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually For half a century scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains It is difficult to create effective pre pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science Researchers developed a nucleoside modified messenger RNA mRNA lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross reactive and subtype specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens according to the research Xinhua
    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010-
    Foreign3 days ago

    US weekly flu hospitalizations hit record since 2010-

    - More than 11,200 patients in the United States were hospitalized with the flu in the past week, the highest rate in the same time period since 2010, according to data released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). from USA

    Seasonal flu activity is elevated across the country, the CDC said.

    Five pediatric deaths associated with influenza were reported in the week ending November 19. According to the CDC, a total of 12 pediatric deaths from influenza have been reported so far this season.

    The CDC estimates that, so far this season, there have been at least 6.2 million cases of flu, 53,000 hospitalizations, and 2,900 deaths from flu.

    Of the influenza A viruses detected and subtyped this season, 78 percent have been influenza A (H3N2) and 22 percent have been influenza A (H1N1), according to the CDC.

    Thanksgiving holiday gatherings have increased the spread of viruses like the flu, coronavirus, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Both RSV and the flu are at high levels for this time of year.

    "We've seen, in some regions, RSV numbers start to trend down. Flu numbers continue to rise. And we're concerned that after the holiday gatherings, a lot of people gather, that we might see increases in numbers." cases of COVID-19 as well," said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.

    The US's top infectious disease expert, Anthony S. Fauci, warned that RSV could become a public health emergency in the United States.

    "In fact, in some regions of the country, we're seeing the pediatric hospital system on the verge of being almost overwhelmed," Fauci told CBS News on Sunday.

    The CDC said that an annual flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu. Vaccination helps prevent infection and can also prevent serious outcomes.

    The CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot annually.

    For half a century, scientists have been trying to develop a vaccine that protects against the most dangerous flu viruses.

    Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are investigating experimental flu vaccine targets to target 20 influenza viruses in a single vaccine.

    Seasonal influenza vaccines offer little protection against pandemic influenza virus strains. It is difficult to create effective pre-pandemic vaccines because it is not clear which subtype of influenza virus will cause the next pandemic, according to a paper published by the researchers in the journal Science.

    Researchers developed a nucleoside-modified messenger RNA (mRNA) lipid nanoparticle vaccine that encodes hemagglutinin antigens from all 20 known influenza A virus subtypes and influenza B virus lineages.

    This multivalent vaccine elicited high levels of cross-reactive and subtype-specific antibodies in mice and ferrets that reacted to all 20 encoded antigens, according to the research. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The United States is benefiting from the Ukraine conflict in terms of liquefied natural gas the arms industry and industrial competitiveness a French journalist has said The American industry is stockpiling contracts to export Made in the USA liquefied natural gas to Europe to replace Russian gas at prices much higher than those of American customers said Beatrice Mathieu head of the economics department at French magazine L Express she said in an interview published Friday on Boursorama com Following arms donations to Ukraine the US military industry is now rushing to replenish US military stocks and orders from various European countries particularly for missiles and guns The German order for the F 35 from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin drew a lot of attention to Franco German estrangement he added Mathieu also pointed to Europe s dependence on Ukrainian maize As harvests were less abundant in the Ukraine US growers began exporting corn to Europe The energy crisis is also pushing European companies to relocate to the United States where energy supplies are guaranteed and cheaper Washington s unwavering support for Ukraine makes the United States the big winner on the world stage without a single soldier needing to set foot on Ukrainian soil with undeniable geostrategic economic military and political gains he said Xinhua
    US gains from Russia-Ukraine conflict, says French journalist
      The United States is benefiting from the Ukraine conflict in terms of liquefied natural gas the arms industry and industrial competitiveness a French journalist has said The American industry is stockpiling contracts to export Made in the USA liquefied natural gas to Europe to replace Russian gas at prices much higher than those of American customers said Beatrice Mathieu head of the economics department at French magazine L Express she said in an interview published Friday on Boursorama com Following arms donations to Ukraine the US military industry is now rushing to replenish US military stocks and orders from various European countries particularly for missiles and guns The German order for the F 35 from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin drew a lot of attention to Franco German estrangement he added Mathieu also pointed to Europe s dependence on Ukrainian maize As harvests were less abundant in the Ukraine US growers began exporting corn to Europe The energy crisis is also pushing European companies to relocate to the United States where energy supplies are guaranteed and cheaper Washington s unwavering support for Ukraine makes the United States the big winner on the world stage without a single soldier needing to set foot on Ukrainian soil with undeniable geostrategic economic military and political gains he said Xinhua
    US gains from Russia-Ukraine conflict, says French journalist
    Foreign6 days ago

    US gains from Russia-Ukraine conflict, says French journalist

    - The United States is benefiting from the Ukraine conflict in terms of liquefied natural gas, the arms industry and industrial competitiveness, a French journalist has said.

    The American industry is stockpiling contracts to export "Made in the USA" liquefied natural gas to Europe to replace Russian gas, at prices much higher than those of American customers, said Beatrice Mathieu, head of the economics department at French magazine L 'Express. she said in an interview published Friday on Boursorama.com.

    Following arms donations to Ukraine, the US military industry is now rushing to replenish US military stocks and orders from various European countries, particularly for missiles and guns. The German order for the F-35 from US manufacturer Lockheed Martin drew a lot of attention to "Franco-German estrangement", he added.

    Mathieu also pointed to Europe's dependence on Ukrainian maize. As harvests were less abundant in the Ukraine, US growers began exporting corn to Europe.

    The energy crisis is also pushing European companies to relocate to the United States, where energy supplies are guaranteed and cheaper.

    "Washington's unwavering support for Ukraine makes the United States the big winner on the world stage without a single soldier needing to set foot on Ukrainian soil," with undeniable geostrategic, economic, military and political gains, he said. ■



    (Xinhua)

  •   The annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City drew huge crowds along its 2 5 mile route on Thursday morning An estimated 3 million people watched the parade in person up from 2 5 million viewers last year according to a CNN report citing event organizers Mild winter weather and street closures along the route make it easy for spectators to be present The debut of Striker s balloons the USA soccer star the new giants of the puppy Bluey Greg Heffley from the Diary of A Wimpy Kid book series the dinosaurs DINO and Baby DINO one eyed Stuart the Minion as well as five new floats added novelty to the ritual The parade was attended by nearly 8 000 volunteers 1 200 cheerleaders 700 clowns 12 marching bands 10 performance groups and several musical stars according to Jeff Gennette president and CEO of Macy s Inc which is behind the event which dates from 1924 As many as 54 6 million Americans plan to travel 50 miles or more for this year s Thanksgiving holiday between Wednesday and Sunday according to a forecast from the American Automobile Association Xinhua
    The New York Thanksgiving Day Parade draws huge crowds.
      The annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City drew huge crowds along its 2 5 mile route on Thursday morning An estimated 3 million people watched the parade in person up from 2 5 million viewers last year according to a CNN report citing event organizers Mild winter weather and street closures along the route make it easy for spectators to be present The debut of Striker s balloons the USA soccer star the new giants of the puppy Bluey Greg Heffley from the Diary of A Wimpy Kid book series the dinosaurs DINO and Baby DINO one eyed Stuart the Minion as well as five new floats added novelty to the ritual The parade was attended by nearly 8 000 volunteers 1 200 cheerleaders 700 clowns 12 marching bands 10 performance groups and several musical stars according to Jeff Gennette president and CEO of Macy s Inc which is behind the event which dates from 1924 As many as 54 6 million Americans plan to travel 50 miles or more for this year s Thanksgiving holiday between Wednesday and Sunday according to a forecast from the American Automobile Association Xinhua
    The New York Thanksgiving Day Parade draws huge crowds.
    Foreign7 days ago

    The New York Thanksgiving Day Parade draws huge crowds.

    - The annual Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City drew huge crowds along its 2.5-mile route on Thursday morning.

    An estimated 3 million people watched the parade in person, up from 2.5 million viewers last year, according to a CNN report citing event organizers.

    Mild winter weather and street closures along the route make it easy for spectators to be present.

    The debut of Striker's balloons, the USA soccer star, the new giants of the puppy Bluey, Greg Heffley from the Diary of A Wimpy Kid book series, the dinosaurs DINO and Baby DINO, one-eyed Stuart the Minion , as well as five new floats added novelty to the ritual.

    The parade was attended by nearly 8,000 volunteers, 1,200 cheerleaders, 700 clowns, 12 marching bands, 10 performance groups and several musical stars, according to Jeff Gennette, president and CEO of Macy's Inc., which is behind the event. which dates from 1924.

    As many as 54.6 million Americans plan to travel 50 miles or more for this year's Thanksgiving holiday between Wednesday and Sunday, according to a forecast from the American Automobile Association. ■



    (Xinhua)

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