Woodstock 50 Organizers Suing Financial Partners Dentsu Group (Again), Claiming “Destruction Of The Festival”

first_imgOrganizers behind the highly publicized failed Woodstock 50 event which disappointingly never took place after months of drama throughout 2019 are suing former financial partners Dentsu Group (again) and its affiliates Dentsu Aegis Network and MKTG. As Rolling Stone reports, the complaint filed this week in New York Supreme Court claims Dentsu Group is “Directly responsible for the destruction of the Woodstock 50 Anniversary Festival” which was supposed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Woodstock last summer.As fans will remember, the major festival was first proposed to take place over three days at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York on August 16th-18th with performances from Dead & Company, Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Santana, The Raconteurs, Run The Jewels, and many more headline-worthy names. Permitting issues, event production delays, and legal drama plagued the event almost immediately, along with conflicting information coming from Dentsu who first made the announcement that the event was canceled in April–though it’s not clear if they had the legal authority to do so.Related: Questlove To Direct Black Woodstock DocumentaryAfter Watkins Glen officials revoked the site license for Woodstock 50 in July, event organizers secured a new financial backer (Oppenheimer & Co.) to help salvage the festival. Woodstock co-founder Michael Lang also filed the first lawsuit against Dentsu over the summer claiming they illegally stole more than $17M from the festival’s bank account in an attempt to sabotage the event. Woodstock 50 was officially canceled in late July.The new lawsuit filed on Wednesday also alleges non-party Amplifi Live, LLC–another affiliate of Dentsu Group–is guilty of “Governing the terms of the production of the festival” and that they had “breached that agreement” of the partnership.“Dentsu’s wrongful actions to defame Woodstock 50 were undertaken for the purpose of preventing other parties from attending, financing or participating in the Festival, and were intended to and did ensure that the Festival failed and Woodstock 50 could make no profit from the Festival,” the lawsuit filed by Woodstock organizers alleges. “Absent Dentsu’s wrongful actions, Woodstock 50 would have been able to successfully produce the Festival, and further monetize the Festival through media and sponsorship deals and future licensing deals relating to the Festival.”“Dentsu’s affiliate, Amplifi Live, acted in the best interest of the public last year after Woodstock 50 breached its agreement,” Amplifi Live told Rolling Stone in response to the lawsuit. “After a full evidentiary hearing, the court credited Amplifi Live’s evidence that a safe and profitable festival could not be mounted, and therefore refused to order Amplfi Live to continue funding the project.”Amplifi Live continued, “Amplfi Live is vigorously defending these claims in arbitration and pursuing breach and fraud claims against Woodstock 50. Amplifi Live and its parent and affiliates will vigorously defend Woodstock 50’s eleventh-hour effort to escape the arbitration forum. Woodstock 50 does not represent the Woodstock brand, having lost that license, and the claims in this new filing have no merit and are improper.”This story is ongoing.[H/T Rolling Stone]last_img read more

Sikhs Hand Out Thousands of Meals to Stranded Truckers–Then Fill 1,000 Sandbags For Flood Victims

first_imgThey sourced four tons of sand and set about filling and distributing 1,000 sandbags by the end of the day.“We’re all about being there when help is needed, which is now,” said Indy Narwal, a senior volunteer at Slough-based aid group.“Sikhs are very giving people, and after such a bad year, we want to do all we can to help. If they need more help in the future, we’ll be back.”RELATED: Sikhs Around the World Are Sending Thousands of Meals to People in Self-IsolationSWNSIndy, 31, described the 12-hour days which began December 12 and ended Christmas Day when they handed out Dominos pizza and hot meals provided by a local temple led by Guru Nanak Barbar in Kent.“A hot meal goes a long way when you’re feeling stranded and lonely—and I hope we lifted the spirits of the lorry drivers,” he said.CHECK OUT: How a Sports Reporter Accidentally Raised $55,000 to Help People During the HolidaysBut no sooner had they arrived home on Christmas night they were already gearing up for their next mission.By 2pm the next day, the Boxing Day holiday in Britain, a team of 12 volunteers from Khalsa Aid had filled 1,000 sandbags and worked until 8pm that night to distribute them.“We’ve helped out with floods before, such as in Somerset in 2014, so we knew what we needed to do, and just dug in.”More than 1,500 truckers were caught in gridlock limbo waiting to leave the UK after France shut its border due to coronavirus fears, and a new outbreak in England. Some drivers found places to stay, while others spent nights in their vehicles, waiting for information on when they could get home. Thousands of Covid-19 tests were being administered in an effort to clear the highway, so that those with negative test results could cross the border.WATCH: Grandmother Working at McDonald’s Get Unforgettable Surprise From a Secret Santa“That’s what we’re all about – being there when help is needed, even in the wind and rain.Drive This Generosity of Spirit to Your Social Media Feed, And Make Someone’s Day…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA group of volunteers who handed out thousands of meals to stranded truckers in Kent are now helping flood victims hit by Storm Bella.Members of Khalsa Aid International help with flood defenses in Bedfordshire – SWNSMembers of Khalsa Aid International dished out 1,000 pizzas and 1,500 bowls of curry and pasta to truck drivers in the days running up to Christmas.But within hours of leaving the location on the M20 on Christmas night they got a call from flood-ravaged Bedfordshire—and set off the very next day.last_img read more

Belles embark on job search at Fall Career Expo

first_imgEager Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross students filled the Joyce Center Fieldhouse on Tuesday with hopes of getting a job through the Fall Career Expo.  Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings Office at Saint Mary’s, said the Fair provides an opportunity to talk with many potential employers in one location. Saint Mary’s students took full advantage of the more than 100 companies that were in attendance by going from table to table looking for “the perfect job,” Jeffirs said. Jeffirs said she advises students who attend for the Career Expo to “come up with your plan, follow up and follow through.” Before the Expo, students researched companies, modified their résumés, practiced what they wanted to say to employers and discussed appropriate attire.  The Career Crossings Office organizes a Junior Jumpstart and a Senior Kick-Off to help students prepare for the Expo and to search for jobs. The events included a panel of alumnae, interns and employers who spoke about their experiences in the professional world and offered ‘do’s’ and ‘don’ts’ for getting a job.  Junior accounting major Kelley Wright said the panel at Junior Jumpstart was very helpful. “Everyone has their own tips and quirks that seem to work for them,” Wright said.  Senior psychology major Allie Gerths said the Career Crossings Office reviewed her résumé and cover letter a week before the Expo. She said the Career Crossings Office gave her good tips on her résumé, what to wear and what to say while at the fair.  Gerths said she was encouraged when she saw Jeffirs and Career Crossings Office associate Kim Patton signing in students at the Expo. “I loved that Career Crossings Office was at the Career Fair,” Gerths said. “It helped ease my nerves.”last_img read more

Paige Davis on Hosting The Search for Roxie & Seeing Hadestown Over 20 Times

first_imgPaige Davis in Chicago (Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments Star Files  Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 25:40Loaded: 0%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -25:40 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. The search for Chicago’s next Roxie Hart is officially on, and Broadway vet Paige Davis is in the center of the action. The former Chicago star is hosting Broadway.com’s new competition series The Search for Roxie and stopped by #LiveAtFive to talk all about why you, yes you, should audition. “I’ve been a part of the show since 1998,” Davis said to Paul Wontorek. “I did the national tour, I did it Portugal, and have been in and out of the Broadway company. As long as it fits within the spoke of the wheel, you’re free to really do what you want as Roxie. It’s so freeing to play her, and I’m so excited for this opportunity.”Davis has a long history with the razzle dazzle musical and can’t wait to see someone else join the Chicago family. “When Barry Weissler, the producer, he emailed me to ask me if I would host this web series about finding the new Roxie for Broadway.com I said, ‘So you want me to host something that’s about finding my competition and replacement?'” she said. “And he wrote back one word, ‘Yes.’ I’m flattered and I’m kind of the perfect person to do it. I’m really excited for all these people who are gonna get to submit their videotapes and be seen by real Broadway casting directors and producers.”Like so many of the Roxie hopefuls who are preparing their auditions, Davis, too, once had Broadway dreams. “I love theater,” she said. “Truly, dance is my number one passion. I only learned how to act and to sing in order to dance in musical theater. I still do theater all the time, I just played Mame up in Boston. I remember standing outside of A Chorus Line at the Shubert waiting for the dancers to come out. When I went in to Chicago, it was still at the Shubert, and I showed up for rehearsal crying and hyperventilating. They all thought I was crazy, but it really was such a full-circle moment for me.”Whenever Davis has a spare moment, she can usually be found at the Walter Kerr Theatre watching Hadestown, something her husband Patrick Page has had to talk to her about. “Patrick tells me I’m not allowed to see the show anymore because we have no more money,” she joked. “I keep going, ‘Hon, I’m coming tonight!’ I do love Patrick’s performance very much, but I just love the show. I have seen it over 20 times. Patrick has said I have a problem and that I need to stop because it’s getting ridiculous.”Be sure to learn all about The Search for Roxie and send in your audition!Watch the full #LiveAtFive episode below! Paige Davis (Photo: Nathan Johnson) Paige Davislast_img read more

VHFA launches new down payment and closing cost assistance program

first_imgA new grant program launched today will connect lower income Vermonters with the down payment and closing costs needed to buy a home at historically low rates.Today the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) rolled out its down payment and closing assistance grants for Vermont home buyers, calling the program MOVE ASSIST.‘ MOVE ASSIST grants will enable low- to moderate-income Vermonters to clear one of the most difficult barriers to buying a home ‘ the down payment or closing costs,’ said Jacklyn Santerre, Director of Homeownership at VHFA.VHFA offered a down payment and closing cost assistance program for most of the last decade, but stopped the program in 2008.‘ It was a difficult decision to stop offering this tool for borrowers, but when the recession really took hold, VHFA lost our traditional source of capital and we had no funding for it,’ said VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. ‘ It’ s been our goal since that day to bring this product back to the market as a tool for our buyers.’MOVE ASSIST grants are available for borrowers who qualify for a VHFA mortgage guaranteed by USDA Rural Development (RD) or the Veterans Administration. ‘ The majority of VHFA loans are RD guaranteed. Therefore MOVE ASSIST will target our most popular program option’ said Santerre.‘ In a time when it is more difficult than ever for otherwise eligible Vermont individuals and families to save the money needed to close a mortgage loan, we see this grant as an effective stepping stone towards access to homeownership,’ Santerre continued.To learn more about the program, go to VHFA’ s website ‘ www.vhfa.org(link is external) ‘ for additional information about ASSIST, other VHFA products, and how to apply for a VHFA loan. VHFA programs are offered by 18 participating lenders all listed online, covering every county in Vermont.VHFA is a non-profit agency created in 1974 by the Vermont Legislature to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped approximately 27,000 Vermont households with affordable mortgages and financed the development of approximately 8,400 affordable rental units. Vermont Housing Finance Agency April 1, 2013last_img read more

Shawnee Mission College Clinic set to return to SM East Wednesday

first_imgRepresentatives from more than 200 colleges across the country will set up at SM East Wednesday.The Shawnee Mission College Clinic — one of the largest information sessions for prospective college students in the Kansas City area — returns to SM East this Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.Representatives from more than 200 colleges and universities — from prestigious national names like Duke and Dartmouth to regional liberal arts colleges — will be on hand to provide information about the college experience on their campuses.An overview of the event, including a list of the colleges that will have information tables set up as well as those offering more detailed presentations, is embedded below:https://dfv6pkw99pxmo.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/13101629/2015-Shawnee-Mission-College-Clinic-Guide.pdfAnd here’s information on where to park or pick up shuttle service:You can find even more information to prepare for the event at the website here.last_img read more

Board moves rules dealing with DNA testing accreditation

first_img B oard moves rules dealing with DNA testing accreditation The Board of Governors has recommended approval of an out-of-cycle amendment to the Rules of Criminal Procedure dealing with accrediting labs that do post-conviction DNA testing.The amendment updates the list of crime laboratory accrediting agencies that must review labs that perform DNA work.At its December meeting, the board endorsed the change, recommended by the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee, by a 44-0 vote, and the amendment now goes to the Supreme Court. January 15, 2010 Regular News Board moves rules dealing with DNA testing accreditationlast_img

Is Justice for Sale?

first_img Is Justice for Sale? September 15, 2010 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Brennan Center study looks at big money in supreme court elections Senior EditorWhen novelist John Grisham set out to write his Mississippi-based legal thriller The Appeal, he found inspiration in an authentic case out of West Virginia. The real-life plotline in Caperton v. Massey starred Brent D. Benjamin, running for a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals in 2004. His principal financial supporter was Don Blankenship, CEO of Massey Coal Co., embroiled in a lawsuit with Harman Mining Corp.A jury found Massey liable for fraudulent misrepresentation and tortious interference with existing contractual relations, and Blankenship’s company stood to lose $50 million in damages. The case was headed to the West Virginia Supreme Court.Blankenship spent $3 million of his own money to support judicial candidate Benjamin, including $2.5 million Blankenship contributed to a 527 group called and For the Sake of the Kids, whose purported mission was to defeat the incumbent justice.Two years after the election put Benjamin on the bench, the case came before the West Virginia Supreme Court. Refusing to recuse himself, Justice Benjamin cast the deciding vote in a 3-2 decision in favor of Blankenship’s company, reversing the damages awarded to Harman Mining.Serving as a national wake-up call of how special interest money in judges’ elections erodes the public’s confidence in an independent judiciary, the case is one example of many detailed in a recent report released by the Justice at Stake Campaign, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics.“The New Politics of Judicial Elections, 2000-2009: Decade of Change,” bills itself as the “first comprehensive study of spending in judicial elections over the past decade.”Nationally, spending on state supreme court elections has more than doubled, from $83.3 million in 1990-99 to $206.9 million in 2000-09, and “deep-pocketed special interests play a dominant role in choosing state jurists,” according to the 120-page report released August 16.“For more than a decade, partisans and special interests of all stripes have grown more organized in their efforts to tilt the scales of justice their way. This surge in spending — much of it funneled through secret channels — has fundamentally transformed state supreme court elections,” according to the Brennan Center for Justice.Fortunately, the only time the Florida Supreme Court shows up in the report is at the next to the last bottom ranking of a graph titled “Total Supreme Court Fundraising Ranked by State, 2000-2009.”In Florida, three candidates raised $7,500 in retention elections.Charles Hall, the report’s editor and communications director of Justice at Stake, said that amounted to the $2,500 Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince wrote to themselves as they faced merit retention elections in 2000.“Florida is very fortunate,” Hall told the News. “Florida was hit by hurricanes, but not by the tidal wave of special interests that are flooding so many judicial elections in America.. . . Really and truly, Florida was a safe haven when special interest money was swamping other states.“Was the state content with its justices? Seemingly so. Was Florida free of special interest money? Absolutely. Generally, you have to say things worked quite well in Florida in a decade when other states have encountered horrendous problems.” Florida’s merit selection system of appointing appellate judges — with candidates vetted by judicial nominating commissions that recommend names for the governor to appoint — followed by merit retention where voters weigh in at the polls, has apparently helped insulate appellate courts from special interests and politics, Hall said.But, he warned, there are no guarantees.Hall points out that Illinois, a state that also has merit selection and retention, now has a judge “facing a multi-million challenge from businesses over med-mal rulings,” and in Colorado, the same is happening to a judge over tax issues.Just one state over from Florida in Alabama, Hall said, there’s a “completely different game.”Alabama tops the chart with 45 judicial candidates raising nearly $41 million over the past decade.Wisconsin, he said, had very little problems in 2006, but “got bombarded” in 2007-08 with ethical cases that bitterly divided the court.In Iowa, the supreme court voted last year to uphold gay marriage, Hall said, “and now it has become a very expensive and very political election to unseat the three justices.. . . “Special interest money and an impartial judiciary just don’t mix. It sows distrust,” Hall said.“And you can never say it doesn’t happen here.”The report cites numerous polls throughout the decade that show three in four Americans believe campaign cash can affect courtroom decisions, and 46 percent of state judges polled agreed.In the report’s forward, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor warns: “This crisis of confidence in the judiciary is real and growing. Left unaddressed, the perception that justice is for sale will undermine the rule of law that the courts are supposed to uphold.”Bert Brandenburg, executive director of the Justice at Stake Campaign, a legal reform group based in Washington, said: “The next decade will be a perilous time for fair courts. For more than two centuries, Americans have counted on judges to ignore political pressure. But the flood of special-interest money is changing that.“Without reforms, there is a real risk of irreversible damage to public confidence in our courts.”To read the report, go to www.brennancenter.org. Key findings of the report: Is Justice for Sale?center_img • “Spending records were repeatedly shattered nationally and by state throughout the decade. Candidates raised $206.9 million in 2000-09, compared with $83.3 million in the 1990s. Twenty of the 22 states that hold at least some competitive elections for judges had their most expensive election ever in the last decade.• “A select group of ‘super spenders’ is outgunning small donors. In the 29 costliest elections in 10 states, the top five spenders each averaged $473,000 per election to install judges of their choice, while all other contributors averaged only $850 apiece.• “Judicial elections are increasingly focused not on competence and fairness, but on promising results in the courtroom after election day. The tort reform wars have driven this trend, with a half-dozen national business-funded groups, and leaders of such corporate giants as Home Depot and AIG insurance, squaring off against plaintiffs’ attorneys and unions.• “A TV spending arms race continues to escalate, creating a need for money that only special interests can satisfy. In 2007-08, $26.6 million was spent on supreme court TV ads, the costliest two-year ad cycle since tracking began in 2000. For the decade, supreme court candidates, special-interest groups, and political parties spent an estimated $93.6 million on TV ads.• “Special interests are committed to dismantling spending limits, eliminating merit selection of judges, and keeping campaign spending secret by assaulting decades of disclosure laws. A campaign is underway to persuade federal courts to downplay the Constitution’s due process guarantee by reinterpreting the First Amendment to gut and weaken federal and state election laws.• “Many judicial election spenders, including plaintiffs’ lawyers and corporations, have a passion for secrecy — using shell organizations to keep their role out of the public eye. Such strategies are likely to continue even after Citizens United, a U.S. Supreme Court decision that allowed corporate and union spending in elections. This could make a true accounting of special-interest spending impossible in 2010 and beyond.” Source: Justice at Stake Campaign, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Fortunately, not in the State of Floridalast_img read more

2nd Congress of Eco and Sustainable Tourism in Zagreb

first_imgThe 2nd Congress of Eco and Sustainable Tourism is being held in Zagreb from 15 to 16.12.2016 December XNUMX, at the Hotel Palace.EU eco-labels important for sustainable tourism in Croatia, does European nature benefit from ecotourism, opportunities for financing rural tourism through the Programof Rural Development of the Republic of Croatia for the period 2014-2020, Nature Parks – the backbone of the development of tourism in Continental Croatia, – are just some of the topics of lectures and panels that will be held in two days at the 2nd Congress of Eco and Sustainable Tourism.Partners of the Congress are many educational institutions and associations related to the Congress since the first 2014: Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Agriculture in Osijek, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Technology, University of Mostar, BiH, Aspira College of Management and Design, Split, Croatian Life Association of Family Farms, Rewilding Europe and Rewilding Velebit.”The congress program creates a high level of civic responsibility and develops an aesthetic and urban culture in the consideration of sustainable tourism as a prerequisite for a positive impression of visitors about Croatia.” points out the organizer of the congress, Sunčana Matić from the LUX promotion agency, and adds that 60 students – agricultural experts and tourism managers of Croatia in the future – are actively participating in the work of the eco and sustainable congress in two days.Special efforts by holding the 2nd Congress of Eco and Sustainable Tourism are for the concrete revitalization of continental Croatia and the Dalmatian hinterland, encouraging the production of healthy food in the fields of Slavonia in order to create space for economic recovery and return of young people. There will be a lecture at the congress by Dr. sc. Marko Jelić, who is also the Director of the Scientific and Expert Committee of the Congress, who will talk about the development of rural areas, especially the Dalmatian hinterland and his example in Croatia is a role model for young generations, as one of the main topics of the Congress.Program 2. eco and sustainable tourismlast_img read more

Flu Scan for Jan 16, 2015

first_imgCDC: 19 flu-related deaths in children reported last weekSome measures of influenza activity in the United States decreased last week, but 19 flu-related deaths in children were reported, far higher than any previous week of the season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in today’s weekly update.The 19 deaths raised this season’s total to 45, the CDC reported. In addition, the share of all deaths related to flu and pneumonia jumped to 8.5%, well above the previous week’s 7.0%, which is also the CDC’s epidemic threshold at this point in the season.Among markers that decreased was the proportion of clinic visits prompted by flu-like illness, which was 4.4% last week, compared with 5.6% the week before. Also, 20.2% of 26,204 respiratory samples tested positive for flu, versus 24.7% of 30,469 samples a week earlier.In addition, the count of states reporting high flu activity last week was 24, down from 26 states a week earlier. Puerto Rico also reported high activity both weeks.Jurisdictions that reported geographically widespread flu last week included 46 states and Guam, which was the same as the week before.The 19 reported deaths in children occurred over the past 4 weeks, the CDC said. Eight of the deaths were associated with H3N2 viruses, 1 with an influenza B virus, 9 with type A viruses that were not subtyped, and 1 with a virus that was not typed.Influenza A viruses continued to vastly outnumber influenza B, accounting for 95.6% of isolates analyzed, and nearly all of them were H3N2 viruses. Antigenic characterization showed that 65.0% of the tested H3N2 isolates so far this season were not well matched with the H3N2 component in the vaccine, slightly lower than the 68.4% mismatch cited a week earlier.The cumulative rate of flu-related hospitalizations reached 29.9 per 100,000 population overall last week, with a rate of 143.3 per 100,000 in people 65 and older, the CDC reported. Jan 16 FluView update Jan 9 FluView update Study: Flu VE against hospitalization in 2012-13 in Europe highest for H3N2Vaccine effectiveness against hospitalization during the 2012-13 influenza season within the population targeted for flu vaccination in Europe varied by viral subtype and patient age-group, with the highest effectiveness—at 62%—against the H3N2 strain and the lowest against the 2009 H1N1 strain, found a case-control, test-negative study published yesterday in Eurosurveillance.The study population comprised 1,972 adult patients admitted for influenza-like illness (ILI) during the 2012-13 flu season to 18 hospitals in France, Italy, Lithuania, and Spain. The patients were within the target population for flu vaccination in Europe, meaning those at risk for exposure to the flu virus and those at risk for severe disease.Subjects testing positive for influenza were considered cases, with subtyping of the infecting virus carried out, and those testing negative were controls; 58 patients were positive for H3N2 influenza, 116 for 2009 H1N1, and 232 for influenza B.Vaccine effectiveness (VE) against hospitalization, adjusted for several factors, was calculated as 61.8% (95% confidence interval [CI], 26.5% to 80.0%) in patients with type H3N2, 43.1% (95% CI, 21.2% to 58.9%) in those with type B, and 21.3% (95% CI, –25.2% to 50.6%) in those with 2009 H1N1, with an even lower VE for all three strains in the elderly. The VE for 2009 H1N1 was not statistically significant.A similar study, published in the Feb 10, 2014, issue of Eurosurveillance, assessed the same vaccine but in medically attended ILI patients in the target population and found quite different results: adjusted VE was highest for 2009 H1N1—50.4%—and lowest for H3N2, at 42.2%, with type B falling between, at 49.3%, and VE for all three strains reaching statistical significance.Jan 15 Eurosurveillance study Feb 10, 2014, Eurosurveillance study Chinese officials report 16 new H7N9 casesOfficials in China have reported a new H7N9 avian flu case in Jiangxi province and 15 new cases in Fujian province—the first reported this year outside of Guangdong province—according to translated health ministry statements.The patient in Jiangxi is a 34-year-old man in Ganzhou city, according to a provincial health commission statement posted today on FluTrackers, an infectious disease message board. He is hospitalized in critical condition.In Fujian province, 2 of the 15 H7N9 cases have been fatal, and all have presumably been confirmed since the first of the year, according to a provincial health department notice posted today on the blog Avian Flu Diary. Cases are in Fuzhou, the provincial capital, as well as the cities of Xiamen, Putian, Quanzhou, and Zhangzhou. The deaths occurred in Xiamen and Putian.All previous cases this year in China—nine of them—have been in Guangdong province. The new cases bring the global total of H7N9 cases to 510, according to a case list compiled by FluTrackers.Jan 16 FluTrackers post Jan 16 Avian Flu Diary post FluTrackers H7N9 case list Egypt confirms another H5N1 deathHealth officials have confirmed Egypt’s third death this year from H5N1 avian flu, Reuters reported today.The victim, a 43-year-old woman, lived in a village in Asyut governorate near the center of the country along the Nile. She had direct contact with infected birds, a health ministry official said.The new case brings Egypt’s H5N1 total this year at least to 12, including the 3 deaths, according to media and health ministry reports. The most recent previous death, in a 65-year-old woman in the city of Asyut, was reported 2 days ago.The World Health Organization (WHO) said last week that the month that ended on Jan 6 was Egypt’s busiest ever for H5N1 cases.Jan 16 Reuters report Jan 12 CIDRAP News story on recent WHO updatelast_img read more