Preston-based James Hall & Co has teamed up with food waste app Too Good To Go.The wholesaler, which supplies Spar retailers throughout the north of England, will allow customers to purchase ‘magic bags’ of surplus stock close to the end of its shelf life but still within its best before date as part of a trial.Too Good To Go allows users to search for a store taking part in the scheme and provides businesses with a platform to reach those who want to prevent food waste in-store and access unwanted food at a marked down price.After working with over 70 food banks across the north of England, James Hall said it has found logistical challenges when donating fresh food. Many organisations do not have the required refrigeration facilities to store or transport fresh food safely, it added.“Searching for a solution, James Hall & Co’s corporate social responsibility team approached Too Good To Go and we are delighted to announce that from the 14 September we will trial the scheme in ten of our company owned stores in Lancashire and Merseyside,” said Julie McAulay, company stores director.“This new initiative will complement our current food bank collections and will ensure that we can safely re-distribute all forms of surplus stock for individuals and families across Lancashire and Merseyside. If the scheme is a success, we hope to roll out the initiative across our company owned stores division.”The new scheme is being trialled in ten of its Spar stores. They are Birkdale, Cambridge Road, Leyland, Newton-le-Willows, Ormskirk, Poulton, Prescot Road, Roe Lane, Warton and Bispham Road.“Fighting food waste is a critical step in tackling climate change and having businesses like James Hall join our 4,000 plus partners allows us to increase our impact,” said Jamie Crummie, co-founder of Too Good To Go.This year, Too Good To Go has also teamed up with Medicine Bakery and Le Pain Quotidien.
After a track leaked on Amazon last week, buzz has been high surrounding a new album release for the beloved jamtronica band STS9. Today, the band has revealed some information about the new release. Due out August 19th, the band’s new album will be titled The Universe Inside. You can see the artwork pictured below.The new offering will contain thirteen tracks, according to a listing on Amazon. The first track, “Get Loud,” is also available via Apple Music, and can be streamed below.You can see the full tracklisting below, though all other details remain scarce at this time.STS9 – The Universe Inside Tracklisting1. Supercluster2. Out of This World3. Get Loud4. Light Years5. Totem6. World Go Round7. Give & Take8. Elsewhere9. Sun Moon & Stars10. New Dawn, New Day11. Worry No More12. Common Descent13. The Universe Inside
Brattleboro Retreat,In a luncheon ceremony held on Friday, September 30, 2011, at the Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH, the Brattleboro Retreat bestowed the 2011 Anna Marsh Award to Senator Robert T. Gannett. The Anna Marsh Award was established by the Brattleboro Retreat in 2009 to recognize individuals for their advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness. Gannett served on the Brattleboro Retreat Board of Trustees from 1967 to 1981. President Simpson and Senator Gannett‘Throughout Bob Gannett’s incredible career he has been steadfast in his commitment to helping people in need live better lives,’ said Robert E. Simpson, president and chief executive officer of the Brattleboro Retreat. ‘This award is our way of recognizing his many contributions to the community, to the Brattleboro Retreat, and to the patients we continue to serve thanks to his vision and compassion.’ Robert T. Gannett graduated from Harvard College in 1939 and Harvard law School in 1942. He came to Brattleboro with his wife, Sarah Alden Derby Gannett, in 1946 after completing four years of military service in the United States Army. He became a member of the Vermont state bar in 1947 and has been a practicing lawyer for more than 60 years. Gannett represented Brattleboro in the Vermont House of Representatives from 1953 to 1959 and Windham County in the Vermont Senate from 1973 to 1992. Among his many interests in the community and the state, he has served as a corporator and past president of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital; director of National Life Insurance Company; director of the United Way of Windham County; and trustee of the Vermont Community Foundation. In addition to his involvement with these and many other organizations, he has been an avid golfer, fisherman and fan of the Boston Red Sox.BRATTLEBORO, VT (September 30, 2011) ‘
By Carolina Contreras/Diálogo July 10, 2017 Military delegations from 16 North and South American armies worked with representatives from 14 Chilean civilian and governmental agencies on a natural disaster scenario within the framework of the Multinational Exercise Integration 2017, Specialized Conference on Interagency Operations. The meeting was held June 20th–23rd at the Chilean Army War Academy in Santiago. “[The exercise] will allow us to achieve clarity on how to move forward, and to test our capacities to confront complex adverse scenarios jointly,” Chilean Army General Humberto Oviedo, the commander in chief of the Chilean Army, said during the official ceremony. U.S. Army Major General Clarence K.K. Chinn, the commander of U.S. Army South and Lieutenant General Diego Suñer, the chief of the Joint Staff of Argentina, were present on opening day. The exercise, organized jointly by the armed forces of Argentina and Chile, consisted of a natural disaster simulation in different places within the national territory at the same time. The guest armies of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, the United States, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, along with the United Kingdom, as an observer country, made their human resources and equipment available, in a realistic setting, to mitigate the disaster and cooperate in the work of organizations responsible for managing emergencies in Chile. Joint emergency work During the three-day exercise, delegations from the 16 participating armies, and representatives from the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, per its Spanish acronym), interacted with representatives from the Chilean National Office for Emergency, the Carabineros Police, the Chilean Investigative Police, the Chilean Joint Staff, firefighters, the Red Cross, and the secretaries of Public Works, Energy, and Health, among others. All with the goal of training for planning, management, and coordination within an interagency framework to lend assistance during a disaster situation. “For the first time, such a large number of American armies are training in a coordinated manner to confront emergencies or to help a country that required assistance,” noted Chilean Army General Juan Eduardo González, the president of the Conference on Interagency Exercises of the Conference of American Armies (CEA, per its Spanish acronym). For the past three years, Chile has dealt with earthquakes, floods, and forest fires. Exercise Integration specifically simulated those types of natural disasters in a virtual manner. Six events were created, along with 52 large-scale tasks that were conducted simultaneously in different places throughout the country. These tasks had to be resolved with the collaboration of the American armies. The affected country, in this case, Chile, declared that its capacities were overwhelmed and that it needed international military support to mitigate the effects of the emergencies. The other countries offered their capabilities. For example, military personnel specialized in search and rescue, forest fire brigades, command support teams, logistics teams, as well as specialized military engineer teams, among others. As per military resources, consideration was given to cooperation through water purification plants, bridges, medical assistance, evacuation centers for individuals, field equipment, and resources for dealing with chemical, biological and radiation emergencies, among other things. Training was developed through the Chilean Army System of Emergency Training Management, a technological tool that uses a role-playing system designed to teach decision-making to units and organizations that operate during different phases of an emergency. The system stores the tasks and coordinated efforts in a database. It thus allows for quantifying the levels of preparedness and the improvement of collaborative management for participating bodies. They also put into operation the Argentine Army System of Geographic Information and the Brazilian Army Interagency Environment Operations Guide. “The most difficult scenarios were able to be defined, like problems and barriers at the international level, in order to mitigate work in an efficient and timely manner,” said Chilean Army Colonel Javier Leguizamón, the military emergency assistance director of the Argentine Joint Staff. Thus, the 52 tasks designed for the training were resolved through the combined effort of military and civilian entities under a centralized control responsible for formulating the assistance work and assigning tasks to the different agencies operating on site during a disaster. “Getting to know each other and verifying and coordinating the different capacities coming from outside the country was a tremendous challenge for us to work together on emergency solutions,” Col. Leguizamón said. The training was divided into four sessions, with the last session held on June 22nd. On June 23rd there were roundtable discussions, an elaboration of conclusions and a closing ceremony. “One hundred percent of our expectations were fulfilled,” Col. Leguizamón said. “We gathered impressions from the delegation heads and it has been a valuable occasion for interaction,” he added. After the exercise was completed, a report was prepared, which will be forwarded and presented at the Commanders’ Conference of the American Armies, scheduled for November in the United States. The next XXXIII cycle of CEA (2018-2019) will be hosted by the Dominican Republic. CEA’s background CEA was founded in 1960 as a forum for debates, to exchange experiences among armies throughout the hemisphere, and with the goal of finding integrated solutions to real problems that could affect one or more countries at the same time. It is comprised of armies from 20 countries, five armies with observer status, and two military organizations acting as observers: the Conference of Central American Armed Forces and the Inter-American Defense Board. CEA functions on the basis of biannual cycles in which a specific topic is defined to be analyzed throughout that cycle with specialized exercises and conferences. To become a member of CEA, an army must declare its interest in participating in the multilateral organization. After two years as an observer, it has the opportunity to become an active member. Any country that wishes to maintain its status as an observer may do so.
continue reading » To get people to buy into any idea, you need to address two layers: understanding and action. When working to get buy-in for talent development plans for next year, you need to first help your leaders understand that staff learning at all levels is a priority. Next, you need to help those same leaders believe in the value of dedicating the time, energy and money it will take to make your education vision a reality.In most cases, getting understanding about the value of talent development is easier than getting action in the form of a line item in the budget. In today’s environment of low unemployment and changing skills needs, most organizations understand that development for all staff is important and should be a priority. It is the second layer—action—that takes a bit more work.A great way to approach the second layer—getting leaders to take action—is to treat it like you would any change: by establishing a personal connection from the individual to the change. To do this, have your senior leaders identify problems that need to be solved. From there you can ask what they would like to see happen to help solve these problems. At the same time, you can recommend some potential solutions. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Jul 31, 2008 (CIDRAP News) Experts and industry leaders speaking at congressional hearings this week on the nationwide Salmonella outbreak said federal agencies should take cues from state programs if they want to improve the traceability of fresh produce and the success of foodborne disease outbreak investigations. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had a difficult time tracing the sources of tomatoes, which were the prime suspect in the huge outbreak for several weeks, until suspicion fell on jalapeno and Serrano peppers in early July. The FDA maintains that the main problem was that many businesses which handle tomatoes use paper instead of electronic records. In the early weeks of the outbreak, the agency published an often-revised list of growing areas that were considered safe, while warning consumers to avoid certain types of raw tomatoes from other areas. He explained that the role of CDC in multistate foodborne outbreak responses is to aggregate surveillance data on a national level and provide consultation and coordination; the agency does not have the authority to independently investigate an outbreak in a state, though it can respond to a state request. Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, also proposed the establishment of regional surveillance teams or a national surveillance team patterned after teams used by the MDH. In many foodborne disease outbreaks, the food vehicle is never found, Osterholm said. The prime reason many outbreak investigations fail is the long time lag between when people get sick and when the outbreak is recognized, he said. It can take 3 to 4 weeks for investigators to learn from DNA fingerprinting that they have a cluster of cases caused by the same strain of pathogen. When patients are interviewed, they have to try to recall what and where they ate as long as 5 to 6 weeks earlier. The panel heard from tomato industry and state officials that Florida and California have programs that require traceability for tomatoes and work well. The FDA announced Jul 21 that a jalapeno pepper contaminated with the outbreak strain had been found at a tomato distributor in McAllen, Tex. Then on Jul 28, Colorado officials reported finding a jalapeno tainted with the outbreak strain in the home of a person who had the illness. Yesterday the FDA said that jalapeno was traced to a farm in Mexico and contaminated irrigation water and a tainted Serrano pepper had been found at another Mexican farm. The first S Saintpaul isolates were identified on Jun 23, and by Jun 30 several patients reported they had eaten at the same restaurant. On Jul 3 the MDH investigators were able to tell the CDC that the restaurant investigation pointed to jalapenos. In addition, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture was able to trace the jalapenos to a farm in Mexico. At a separate House subcommittee hearing today, tomato industry leaders from California and Florida said that programs in those states make it possible to quickly trace fresh tomatoes back from the retail level through the distribution chain to the grower. In an opening statement, Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., the subcommittee chair, said the group would consider whether the Bioterrorism Act of 2002, which was designed in part to improve the traceability of food products, needs to be amended for that purpose. Adding to the difficulty, Osterholm wrote, is that many public health agencies do not use a standardized questionnaire or collect detailed source information about food items when they interview case-patients. “Systematically collecting detailed exposure information during early interviews with cases is a critical need to improve the effectiveness of our surveillance and outbreak investigation efforts,” he said. See also: May 23, 2008, CIDRAP News story “Group charts ways to improve foodborne illness probes” “There are great differences in the ability of states to collect and analyze the basic information needed to resolve outbreaks, which places intrinsic limitations on the ability of CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] to investigate multistate outbreaks,” Osterholm stated. “This in turn limits the ability of FDA or USDA [US Department of Agriculture] to pinpoint the sources of contamination and to break the chain of transmission.” A further key to successful outbreak investigation in Minnesota, Osterholm said, has been the use of a group of eight to ten public health students, known as Team Diarrhea, to interview patients. Since interviewing patients quickly is crucial, “we believe a series of regional Team Ds or a national Team D would go a long way to providing precisely the real-time support for outbreak investigations at the state and local levels that is so sorely needed,” he said. At a House subcommittee hearing yesterday, a Minnesota expert said investigations of multistate foodborne disease outbreaks are hindered by a lack of standardized techniques and approaches from state to state. The expert, Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, proposed that other states adopt a set of best practices like those used by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), which played a major role in linking the Salmonella cases to jalapeno peppers early in July. Lack of standardizationIn written testimony presented to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Horticulture and Organic Agriculture yesterday, Osterholm said epidemiologic investigations are carried out by many different jurisdictions, with no general agreement on best practices. His statement was co-written by Craig Hedberg, PhD, a foodborne disease expert with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and John Besser, PhD, clinical laboratory manager at the MDH. Ed Beckman, president of California Tomato Farmers, based in Fresno, said his group recently conducted a trace-back demonstration for staff members of the subcommittee. He said it took only 35 minutes to trace a box of tomatoes to the grower. Parker Boothe, president of a tomato company in Manteca, California, and other industry representatives asserted that the FDA should set national safety and traceability requirements for tomatoes. He called the cost of the traceability system minimal, saying, “Any size firm, large or small, can do this.” Acheson was asked whether the Bioterrorism Act “worked” in the case of this outbreak. “The Bioterrorism Act worked as written,” he replied. “We rarely ran into a situation where people were not keeping records. It was many of the small producers, the small restaurants . . . they do not have electronic records; the vast majority of information we got was paper.” The reply from David Acheson, MD, the FDA’s associate commissioner for foods, was that many of the businesses that handle tomatoes had only paper records, which took time to sift through. Contributing to the lack of standardization is the fact that foodborne disease investigations are handled at different levels in different states, Osterholm reported. He said a survey reported last year showed that gastrointestinal disease surveillance was conducted by local agencies in about half of the states, was centralized in a state office in about a quarter of the states, and was handled by regional state offices in another 20%. “What we did was link the ‘one step up and one step back’ requirements of this (Bioterrorism) act at each level of the supply chain,” he said. Acheson told the panel that the FDA, in proposing its Food Protection Plan last fall, asked for 10 specific legislative authorities. Of those, “probably the one that’s most important is the one that requires preventive controls [in food production and processing]. That’s absolutely critical across the board,” he said. Does Bioterrorism Act need updating?Today’s hearing, held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, focused on lessons learned from the Salmonella outbreak and response. Osterholm said a group called CIFORthe Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Responsehas developed guidelines that could help to standardize the response to outbreaks. The practices, many of which have been used successfully in Minnesota, include interviewing all patients when their cases are first reported, using a standardized form to collect detailed exposure information when recall is the greatest, and then to interview patients again after possible new sources are suggested during the investigation. “We believe these should be adopted as best practices, and that where resources limit the adoption of these practices, we must find a way to build the infrastructure of our public health system to make it possible,” he stated. Osterholm’s testimony dovetailed with comments at today’s hearing by Kirk Smith, head of the MDH’s foodborne disease unit. He summarized how the MDH investigated a cluster of Salmonella Saintpaul cases that surfaced in Minnesota in late June, leading to the identification of jalapeno peppers as the food vehicle. The Salmonella outbreak included 1,319 cases in 43 states, Washington, DC, and Canada as of yesterday. The FDA began issuing advisories about raw jalapeno and Serrano peppers on Jul 9, and the warning about tomatoes, which was based on statistical associations in the absence of any findings of tomatoes contaminated with the outbreak strain, was canceled on Jul 17. One reason for the successful investigation was that foodborne disease probes in Minnesota are centralized at the state level, Smith said. That makes it possible to confirm and type Salmonella isolates, usually within 2 to 3 days, and to interview patients quickly, he explained. FDA’s Salmonella outbreak pagehttp://www.fda.gov/oc/opacom/hottopics/tomatoes.html Concerning FDA claims that it was difficult to trace tomatoes, Beckman said, “We can’t help but ask specifically, where was the problem?”
Re April 1 editorial, “Stand up against oppression of the press”: Oppression of the press? Or sour grapes for not following the rules? Daily News reporter Ken Lovett being arrested, cuffed and escorted out by two state police officers isn’t oppression. It’s called a violation of the law. In today’s society, people brush off laws that were established for a reason. They may be inconvenient, but they are for the safety of everyone. Ironically, the writer of the editorial admits it’s wrong but everybody does it, so what’s the harm? The sergeant-at-arms proceeded to do the job he was hired for and enforce the laws that he was in charge of. What makes this worse is a Republican senator uses his or hers political position to override the law. I believe that’s a crime as well. So the trickle-down affect is more people have less respect for the laws that have been passed through legislation and voted into law. Is it no wonder our society is in the shape it’s in? There’s no accountability for breaking the law, as some attorney or social justice warrior or judge or senator seeking re-election manipulates the laws to let the law-breaker free. This goes all the way up the chain to our federal government. It’s no wonder our country is in turmoil. It’s not anarchy, but it’s close. Let’s start holding each other accountable for our action, including politicians. God help us all, for we know not what we do.Robert SponableSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady High School senior class leaders look to salvage sense of normalcyEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTime to fix broken state testing systemWe are once again in the thick of state testing stress and anxiety, as problems still persist with the state English Language Arts exams for children in grades three through eight.But this anxiety starts much earlier. Every year, I have students come into my third-grade classroom not excited about seeing friends and their new room, but asking if this is the year they will have to take the tests. There’s something wrong with that picture.Providing our students with a quality education is every educator’s goal. But these state tests do not further that mission.Instead, I’ve had students this year sit for three-and-a-half hours taking these tests; roughly the same length as the average time for taking the SATs. Some have broken down in tears because they are so frustrated. Others have fallen asleep because these tests take so long. However, since energy isn’t used at a constant rate, electricity must be generated at peak power demand, typically 175 percent of average demand, thus requiring 1,151,675 turbines nationwide.Regarding the acres needed for 1,151,675 turbines, a typical 2 MW turbine (height 399 feet, blades 143 feet) requires 100 acres of space. Thus, you would need 115,167,500 acres, or a 179,949 square-mile wind farm the size of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. That assumes no buildings or trees, just wall-to-wall turbines. And if the wind doesn’t blow at least 10 mph, or the blades ice up, there is no electricity.Wind turbines can never replace the 3.459 billion MWh of electricity generated by nuclear, natural gas, coal and oil plants, nor can wind or solar farms replace the fossil fuels needed to heat millions of residential, commercial and industrial structures, and power our transportation systems. “Going green” only works if your “bright idea” is to destroy our economy and capitalism.Robert E. DufresneRensselaer Green New Deal not a real energy solutionThe “Green New Deal” to replace fossil fuels and nuclear power with “green energy” is irrational and impossible.Natural gas, coal, oil and nuclear power plants generate 82.8 percent of the 4.178 (3.459) billion MWh used yearly. Wind accounts for only 6.3 percent of our electricity and solar 1.9 percent.How many more wind turbines and acres of land would it take to replace 3.459 billion MWh of electricity? A 2 MW turbine has a capacity of generating 17,520 MWh of electricity yearly, but typically generates only 30 percent of capacity or 5256 MWh. Dividing 3.459 billion MWh by 5256 MWh equals 658,100 more wind turbines. More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Schools relying too much on technologyOur schools are utilizing technology too much, and it’s making our parenting job extremely difficult.Every child now has a Chromebook that they keep with them at all times. Most every assignment requires an internet connection to either read a reference to submit homework or even for test taking.The problem with this is that when regulating internet usage at home, we have no way of knowing if a child on a computer is actually doing work or simply goofing off. Chromebooks are wireless. With multiple children in the house, it’s impossible to monitor each one all the time to ensure they are using technology in a responsible way. With everything being done online, there’s nothing for us to review; no paper tests to see a grade, no homework assignments with marks in the margin that we can review.It makes it very difficult to see how our kids are doing before it’s too late.Excessive internet usage makes for anti-social behavior, and our children are becoming addicted to technology at a very young age. This isn’t good. For some of my students who finished more quickly than their peers, there still are issues. These young children had to sit there for two hours waiting for others to finish because the state won’t let them do anything other than silently read a book.This system is beyond broken. It’s up to the state Education Department to fix it now so my students next fall can focus on loving learning, not worrying about next year’s exams.Natalie McKayBallston SpaThe writer is the president of the Schoharie Teachers Association. Pediatric homes need to boost staff levelsSome pediatric nursing homes that have severely disabled babies and young children do not have enough staff to take the babies or young children outside to get fresh air, give them bed baths or showers, or even to get them dressed and put them in their wheelchairs. These babies and young children usually do not live too long. These parents could be Republicans or Democrats. They just put them there, never to visit them again.To me, this is worse than an abortion.Concetta CannizzaroNiskayuna Gazette should add Wall Street JournalI don’t think there is any doubt that The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times are papers with a very liberal viewpoint, and The Gazette uses their news services.As Vince Alescio’s March 23 suggested, I too would welcome a more conservative newspaper such as The Wall Street Journal.Could The Gazette add The Wall Street Journal news service?Lou MosherAmsterdam I encourage school districts to stop putting everything online.Let kids read actual books and write essays with their hand. Can kids even do that anymore? Jeremy KergelGlenville
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Topics : According to preliminary data, the number of deaths has been on the decline since the end of April, including in Stockholm — the epicenter of the Swedish epidemic — where the highest number of deaths were recorded in early April.The Swedish approach to the novel coronavirus has come under criticism both at home and abroad, particularly as the number of deaths has far exceeded those in neighboring Nordic countries, which have all imposed more restrictive containment measures.On Monday, Sweden reported a total of 30,377 confirmed cased of the new coronavirus and 3,698 deaths. Sweden, whose softer approach to the new coronavirus pandemic has garnered worldwide attention, recorded its deadliest month in almost three decades in April, according to statistics released on Monday.Sweden has stopped short of introducing the restrictive lockdowns seen elsewhere in Europe, instead opting for an approach based on the “principle of responsibility”.The Scandinavian country has kept schools open for children under the age of 16, along with cafes, bars, restaurants and businesses, and urged people to respect social distancing guidelines. A total of 10,458 deaths were recorded in the country of 10.3 million inhabitants in April, Statistics Sweden said.”We have to go back to December 1993 to find more dead during a single month,” Tomas Johansson, population statistician at Statistics Sweden, said in a statement.In total, 97,008 deaths were recorded in Sweden during the whole of 1993, which in turn was the deadliest year since 1918, when the Spanish flu pandemic ravaged the country.Johansson told AFP there was no official breakdown explaining the high death toll in December 1993 but said there was a flu epidemic at the time.