SANTA CLARITA – One person suffered minor injuries in a crash involving a big rig and an SUV on the on the northbound Antelope Valley (14) freeway, authorities said. The crash caused a diesel fuel spill that blocked lanes for around an hour. The crash occurred at just before 5 a.m. north of San Fernando Road near Santa Clarita, the CHP said. About 10 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the big rig. At least one person was trapped inside one of the vehicles. The cause of the crash was under investigation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Yehuda Shoenfeld is a well-known immunologist with a long career. Formerly at Tel Aviv University in Israel, he now runs a center for autoimmune diseases at Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital. He is editor-in-chief of both journals of the Israel Medical Association (IMA), serves on the editorial board of dozens of other journals, and was elected a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities in June.Yet a group of Israeli doctors says his ideas are a danger to public health.Shoenfeld has long espoused theories popular among antivaccine advocates and spoken at their meetings, causing tensions with the Israeli medical community. The issue came to a boil in September, when Shoenfeld decided to publish a positive review of an anonymous antivaccine book in Harefuah, IMA’s Hebrew-language journal. 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Top Israeli immunologist accused of promoting antivaccine views By Kai KupferschmidtNov. 6, 2019 , 1:15 PM AMIR LEVY/CONTRIBUTOR/GETTY IMAGES The response was swift. Shmuel Rishpon, chair of Israel’s Advisory Committee on Infectious Diseases and Immunization, resigned as editor of Harefuah. Israel’s Association of Public Health Physicians called for an investigation and Shoenfeld’s resignation as editor-in-chief. The association is considering calling on authors and reviewers to boycott Harefuah, its chairman, Hagai Levine, tells Science.Shoenfeld defends his decision and says the medical community is trying to silence vaccine critics. “If you write something about vaccines which doesn’t say that everything is OK … all the vultures are jumping on the one who writes it,” he says. IMA did not respond to Science’s questions.Shoenfeld’s association with the antivaccine movement goes back many years. In a 2011 paper, he proposed that adjuvants, compounds such as aluminum added to vaccines to boost an immune reaction, can lead to a chronic activation of the immune system that he called autoimmune/inflammatory syndrome induced by adjuvants (ASIA). Shoenfeld has published many papers on the syndrome, which vaccine critics cite as a danger of vaccination.Adjuvants’ side effects are a “valid issue,” says immunologist Ruth Arnon of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot. Although Arnon has not read the review, she says she considers Shoenfeld “one of the most prominent world experts on autoimmunity” and welcomes his election into the Israeli academy, of which she is a past president. The current president, Nili Cohen, a legal scholar, says Shoenfeld was “supported by the best scholars relevant to the field.” “Science is not necessarily based on consensus,” she wrote in an email. “Progress in science has been occasionally fueled by controversies.”But ASIA is ill-defined, says pediatrician Paul Offit of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Symptoms are said to appear up to 2 decades after exposure to an adjuvant and include anything from dry mouth to memory loss. Nor do epidemiological studies support the idea, Offit says. A 2012 study analyzed data from more than 18,000 people who were given a high amount of aluminum under the skin, as part of an immunotherapy against allergies; as researchers pointed out in a 2017 paper, they had a lower rate of autoimmune disease than controls. “Shoenfeld continues to push this frankly ill-conceived and arguably disproven notion despite the evidence,” Offit says.A 2016 study by Shoenfeld claimed to show abnormal behavior, caused by ASIA, in mice given the human papillomavirus vaccine or an aluminum adjuvant. The study was published in Vaccine, but later withdrawn. “Review by the Editor-in-Chief and evaluation by outside experts confirmed that the methodology is seriously flawed, and the claims that the article makes are unjustified,” a note on Vaccine’s website states. The paper was republished a few months later under almost the exact same title in Immunologic Research, where Shoenfeld is on the editorial board. I write that vaccination is the most important invention in medicine in the last 300 years. So how can I be antivaccine? In their review in Harefuah, the authors write that the anonymous book suggests vaccines’ benefits are exaggerated while health agencies “ignore the possible link between chronic diseases and vaccines.” Shoenfeld says immunologists declined to review the book, but the authors he selected, both criminologists, were “very knowledgeable on vaccines.” (The authors themselves say in the review that “we had no prior knowledge of the subject of vaccines and their safety.”) The letter by the Association of Public Health Physicians says Shoenfeld “acted unethically” by not consulting Rishpon or other editorial board members with relevant expertise and calls his behavior “reminiscent” of that of disgraced antivaccine doctor Andrew Wakefield.Shoenfeld denies being opposed to vaccination: “I write that vaccination is the most important invention in medicine in the last 300 years. So how can I be antivaccine?” Asked about his appearance at an antivaccine conference in Jamaica in 2011, Shoenfeld says he went there “by mistake.” “I didn’t know where I was going.” Shoenfeld has spoken at several such conferences, however; in May, he was one of three “featured speakers” at the AutismOne conference in Rosemont, Illinois, a major gathering of people who believe vaccines cause autism. (Wakefield gave a talk as well.) Shoenfeld also served on the scientific advisory board of the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute, an international antivaccine charity.Shoenfeld also regularly appears as an expert witness for people claiming injury from a vaccine. Court records show that this year alone, he has claimed more than $46,000 in fees for testifying at the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which adjudicates vaccine claims. Under U.S. law, plaintiffs must present a theory that explains how their symptoms are caused by a vaccine; Shoenfeld argues ASIA fits the bill.The courts, so far, have rejected the theory. In a recent case, the judge found that ASIA “is not generally accepted in the medical community and its diagnostic criteria do not differentiate between healthy and ill people.” In another case, cross-examination suggested “biases” as well as “apparent misrepresentations” on Shoenfeld’s CV, according to the court. Although the judge did not find Shoenfeld unqualified to testify, he concluded that his “combative response to this questioning, coupled with outright evasiveness in responding to certain questions regarding his background, did reduce his overall credibility as a truthful witness.”The World Health Organization recently named “vaccine hesitancy” one of the 10 health threats facing the world. His elevated position means Shoenfeld “has the potential to cause a lot of harm,” says Dorit Reiss, a law professor at the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco who works on legal issues around immunization and wrote a lengthy blog post about the case last month. “He’s well-connected and influential.”Rishpon says Shoenfeld has refused to publish a letter in Harefuah criticizing the publication of the review. The letter was resubmitted yesterday for publication on the journal’s website, Rishpon says, cosigned by all members of Israel’s Advisory Committee on Infectious Diseases and Immunization. “The publication of the article is a serious failure of the editorial board and seriously damages public health,” they write. Rishpon says he expected IMA to fire Shoenfeld, but says he has seen no response at all.Offit agrees that Shoenfeld should not lead medical journals. “What do you do when he becomes a public health hazard?” he asks. “I think you have to lessen his platform.”
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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: Slow start cost usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl felt a slow start wrecked their chances in defeat to Bournemouth.Nathan Ake and Harry Wilson scored first-half goals with Callum Wilson clinching the win late on after James Ward-Prowse gave the Saints hope.“The first half was too bad to get a point,” said Hasenhüttl.“We lost this game in the first half. We haven’t showed a few of the qualities we showed in the last games.“The second half was completely different. We really tried to stress them, we won nearly every second ball and 26 shots on goal in 90 minutes is also not so bad, but these stats are not so interesting.“What’s interesting is the goals, but we couldn’t score more today, so it was not the result we wanted.”The Saints boss continued: “We knew it would be a difficult game today and we knew Bournemouth are strong in counter-attacks.“They didn’t have that many chances, but for the first one from the corner, we lost one duel in the centre and it’s a goal.“We invested a lot. I think everybody saw that we tried until the last minute to turn the table, but in the end we didn’t. We have to keep our heads up and move forward.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
“One hundred per cent of electricity in Quebec is from renewable resources,” he said. “Also, Quebecers are less rich than other Canadians, meaning they consume less energy, have less cars.”But the automobiles Quebecers do drive are increasingly gas-guzzling, according his report.Sales of vehicles such as trucks, SUVs and pick-ups in Quebec increased by 246 per cent between 1990 and 2017 and gasoline sales jumped 33 per cent during the same period. Every year since 2015, sales of those types of vehicles have overtaken car sales.“Among the 3.7 million Quebecers who had a job in 2016 and who worked away from home, 78 per cent said they primarily used a personal vehicle to get there,” the report noted. Montreal – Quebec’s premier is quick to reject “dirty” oil from Western Canada in favour of hydro power, but new data indicate the province’s citizens are buying record amounts of gasoline and increasingly purchasing trucks and bigger homes.Quebecers are widely seen across the country as environmentally conscious, but per capita, they are some of the highest consumers of energy on the planet, according to a report prepared by researchers at Universite de Montreal’s business school.Premier Francois Legault recently provoked the ire of western Canadians when he reminded journalists how there was “no social acceptability” in his province for a “dirty energy” pipeline from Alberta. His comments drew rebukes from pundits and western leaders such as Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, who said Legault “needs to get off his high horse.”Prof. Pierre-Olivier Pineau, co-author of the report on energy use in Quebec, said people have a point when they criticize the province for its public stance on fossil fuels compared to the behaviours of its citizens.“Yes, there is a certain degree of hypocrisy in all humans, and obviously, with regards to certain positions that Quebecers take (on energy), there is some hypocrisy there.” Pineau said in an interview.Quebecers do have some bragging rights, however, when it comes to green living, he explained.Per capita carbon emissions in Quebec are the lowest in the country, Pineau said, and the province has decreased its overall emissions by 11 per cent since 1990.But that success is less attributed to choice and more to circumstance, Pineau explained. And the report indicated that between 1990 and 2016, the average surface area of a home in the province increased by 17 per cent.Moreover, on a per capita basis, Quebecers consume significantly more energy than the global average, as well as citizens in countries such as China and Germany _ and almost as much as in United States.And while Pineau’s report suggests Quebecers should boast less about their environmental credentials, it also slays a common line of attack against the province.Following Legault’s “dirty” oil comments, news organizations and social media platforms were filled with comments about Quebec’s hypocrisy for accepting foreign oil from human rights-abusing countries while rejecting western energy.The report, however, indicates as of June 2018, 94 per cent of oil in Quebec came either from the United States or Canada.Since 2015, Enbridge’s Line 9B pipeline reversal has helped ensure that 53 per of the oil consumed in Quebec comes from western Canada _ compared to roughly 10 per cent in 2014.The rhetoric from Quebec leaders and activists, as well as the policies of the federal government, are alienating western Canadians, said Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada.Bernier, who quit the Conservative party to start his own last September, said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s inability to get a pipeline built is contributing to the deep discount of Canadian oil sales and frustration among citizens in the West.“Yes, (alienation) is real,” Bernier said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “I was there in Alberta. I feel it. People feel rejected by Trudeau’s policies. They feel misunderstood by traditional politicians.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
New Delhi: The world’s largest polling exercise began Thursday with an estimated 9 crore Indians coming out to vote for electing 91 parliamentarians in the first phase of over-a-month-long Lok Sabha elections for which the Modi government has made nationalism its core pitch even as poll-related violence saw at least two deaths.Complaints poured in about missing voter names and glitches in electronic voting machines in some areas, while Naxal-affected regions of Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh saw IED blasts and clashes with security forces, though officials maintained the polling was largely peaceful with moderate-to-large voter turnout. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsWest Bengal, where voting took place for two Lok Sabha seats, saw the maximum 81 per cent voting, while state election officers put the voting percentage at 73 per cent in Andhra Pradesh, where violent clashes left at least two persons dead. Some reports put the number of deaths in poll-related clashes at three. The 91 Lok Sabha constituencies, spread across 18 states and two union territories, have more than 14 crore voters – about one-sixth of nearly 90 crore total electorate in India. A total of 1,279 candidates are in the fray for these seats. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayVotes for all 543 seats would be counted on May 23 after the end of the seven-phase polling on May 19. An estimated 1.5 crore young voters in the age group of 18-19 years would vote for the first time across the seven phases. In the first phase, the BJP has sought to defend 32 seats, including those being fought by senior party leader Nitin Gadkari and five other union ministers, and also expand its tally in states dominated by regional players last time. The main opposition party Congress is hoping to defend seven seats it won in 2014, besides eyeing gains in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Voting also took place in 175 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh, 32 in Sikkim, 57 in Arunachal Pradesh and 28 seats in Odisha. The first-phase Lok Sabha constituencies included all 25 seats in Andhra Pradesh, 17 in Telangana, five in Uttarakhand, two in Meghalaya, two in Arunachal Pradesh and lone seats in Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim, Andaman and Nicobar, and Lakshadweep. Besides, eight seats in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Maharashtra, five in Assam, four each in Bihar and Odisha, two each in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal and one seat in Chhattisgarh are also part of the first phase. These states are having multi-phase voting. The poll panel did not share the overall polling percentage at its briefing, saying the data was still being collated. However, the estimates pegged the total voter turnout in the first phase at around 9 crore. The Election Commission said Bihar saw 50 per cent turnout, the lowest for the first phase. The two seats in J&K – Jammu and Baramulla – recorded 54.49 per cent vote, down from 57.19 per cent in 2014. The state also saw protests over defective EVMs in some areas and at least one incident of firing. In Andhra Pradesh, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu is seeking to retain power but is facing a stiff challenge from YSR Congress chief Y S Jaganmohan Reddy. In Telangana, the ruling TRS is hoping for an encore in Lok Sabha polls after sweeping the December assembly elections, while both Congress and BJP are looking to increase their respective tallies. In Uttar Pradesh, BJP is facing the newly-formed SP-BSP-RLD alliance. In Muzaffarnagar, RLD chief Ajit Singh took on BJP’s Sanjeev Balyan, while his son Jayant Chaudhary was pitted against Union minister Satyapal Singh in Baghpat. In Maharashtra’s Nagpur, Union Minister Gadkari faced Congress candidate and former BJP MP Nana Patole, while his party colleague Hansaraj Ahir is seeking a fourth term from Chandrapur. In Bihar, LJP leader Chirag Paswan was in the fray from Jamui against Bhudeo Chaudhary of RLSP. In the North East, Union Minister Rijiju is seeking re-election from Arunachal West. In Assam, former CM Tarun Gogoi’s son Gaurav was in the fray in Kaliabor.
Mumbai: American buyout major Blackstone has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in Essel Propack, one of the largest manufacturers of laminated tubes used mostly by the FMCG and pharma companies, for $462 million or around Rs 3,211 crore. The two-legged deal involves Blackstone buying 51 percent stake from promoter Ashok Goel Trust, which owns 57 percent in Essel Propack for Rs 2,157 crore or $310 million, apart from an open offer for an additional 26 percent stake Rs 139.19 a share, which will be worth $152 million, taking the total deal consideration to $462 million or Rs 3,211 crore, the companies said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalGoel, who also runs Essel World, the first amusement park in Mumbai, is the younger brother of Subash Chandra, the promoter of the financially troubled Essel group that has an indebtedness of Rs 17,174 crore. Goel was very vocal to deny any business relationship with his elder brother Subash Chandra’s Essel group, which is passing through financial troubles for some time now. “I have no debt and I am not leveraged,” Goel said, adding “as a family we are one, and care about each other. But there is no financial or commercial relationships with each other and there is no cross-holdings whatsoever between the two groups,” Goel said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostGiving a breakup of the deal, Amit Dixit, senior managing director and head of private equity at Blackstone India told reporters in a concall Monday evening that “based on the open offer subscription, the purchase price will vary between Rs 2,157 crore and Rs 3,211 crore ($310 million to $462 million).” The sale expected to be completed in the coming few months, subject to customary closing conditions and approvals. The private equity fund will pay Rs 134 a share to acquire a 51 percent stake from Ashok Goel Trust, and will launch an open offer for an additional 26 percent at Rs 139.19 a share, Essel Propack said. Dixit said the discussions were on for months between the two parties. After the deal, Goel, who is currently the managing director, will retain 6 percent in the company and become an advisor, but the rest of the senior management will continue under the new owner. Besides, Goel will get Rs 16 crore each for the next five years or Rs 80 crore cumulatively as an advisor to the company and Blackstone. It can be noted that Goel’s elder brother Chandra is passing through financial difficulties due to some bets taken on asset-heavy new businesses have gone awry, and is also looking at selling a part of his flagship business to pay lenders and has a consolidated debt of Rs 17,174 crore. When asked if the proceeds would be utilised to reduce the debt of the group company, he categorically said,” Essel Propack, Ashok Goel Trust are not financially, commercially part of the Essel group.”