For storage, Oppo has equipped the phone with 128GB of non-expandable UFS2.1 storage. Connectivity options include dual-band Wi-Fi, dual-mode 5G, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a USB Type-C port for charging. Sensors onboard Oppo K7x include geomagnetic sensor, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, gyroscope, and acceleration sensor. There is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner as well. Oppo K7x is backed by a 5,000mAh battery with support for 30W fast charging. The phone measures 162.2×75.1×9.1mm and weighs 194 grams.Is OnePlus 8T the best ‘value flagship’ of 2020? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Oppo K7x has been launched in China as the company’s latest 5G smartphone. The phone was first teased last month and has now been made official. Oppo K7x boasts of impressive features such as a display with high refresh rate, quad rear cameras, and an octa-core processor. It is offered in two colour options and a single RAM and storage configuration. Oppo K7x also comes with support for fast charging and Oppo’s Hyper Boost 3.0 technology that can improve performance when gaming.Oppo K7x priceOppo K7x is priced at CNY 1,499 for the lone 6GB + 128GB storage variant. The phone comes in Black Mirror and Blue Shadow colour options. It is currently up for pre-orders in China and will go on sale starting November 11.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – As of now, there is no information on the phone’s international availability, including the Indian market.Oppo K7x specificationsThe dual-SIM (Nano) Oppo K7x runs ColorOS 7.2 based on Android 10. It features a 6.5-inch full-HD+ (1,080×2,400 pixels) display with 90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate, and 90.5 percent screen to body ratio. It comes with 405ppi pixel density, 600 nits of peak brightness, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Oppo K7x is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 720 SoC and ARM NATT MC3 GPU, paired with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM.Speaking of photography, the phone features a quad rear camera setup that includes a 48-megapixel primary sensor with a 1/1.7 lens, an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro shooter with f/2.4 aperture, and a 2-megapixel black and white sensor with an f/2.4 lens. At the front, Oppo K7x comes with a 16-megapixel selfie shooter with f/2.0 aperture, housed inside a hole-punch cutout.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Thereafter, cutting carbon emissions will likely take center stage when it comes to the former vice president’s energy credibility.Democrats such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez are pushing for Biden to consider backing the Green New Deal, which would eliminate carbon emissions from most sources over a decade.At present, however, Biden’s energy plan is more moderate.- Advertisement – LONDON — The prospect of a Joe Biden presidency and the most progressive climate strategy the U.S. has ever attempted is not something that should concern the energy industry, oil and gas executives have told CNBC.Instead, they hope President-elect Biden will engage directly with them as he rolls out his energy plan.Biden, who has won the U.S. election according to NBC projections, has previously said that one of his first acts as president would be to reverse President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, an international pact designed to avert the dangerous warming of the planet.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Vicki Hollub, CEO of Occidental Petroleum, said she’d tried to avoid the news over the last week or so.“It’s been something I really don’t want to hear much about. I can tell you that the transition from the current administration that’s been very, very supportive of the industry to Mr. Biden who will become president in January, I think is going to be one that will surprise some people,” she said during the same CNBC-moderated panel.Some of Biden’s energy plans may be “mitigated” slightly by the Democrats’ failure to gain a majority in the Senate, Hollub said, adding that she expects Republicans to win the race for control of the upper chamber in a Jan. 5 runoff vote in Georgia.She said that any new regulations Biden may implement would likely be “workable” for the industry.“It gets back to collaboration. I think no matter who is in the White House, no matter which party controls the Senate and the House, it is really imperative for us as an industry to collaborate with them, with the regulators and with people in our society,” she said.“I’m not as worried as some people are. It is going to take some work to share that knowledge and to get his staff on board. But they do understand carbon capture, they do know it works … In the end, as long as we have our long-term development plans in place, I think we will be okay as an industry.” U.S. President-elect Joe Biden leaves The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 9, 2020.ANGELA WEISS | AFP | Getty Images – Advertisement – South Belridge Oil Field is the fourth-largest oil field in California and one of the most productive in the U.S.David McNew | Getty Images “Talking about climate is often like talking about religion with some politicians. They don’t actually understand the complexities of the energy system very much and that’s never very satisfying,” said Bob Dudley, former CEO of BP and chair of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), an umbrella group of some of the world’s leading oil and gas producers.“So, what we need are policymakers and governments around the world that actually understand the mix of technologies, how they will come along, and the cost of these technologies, rather than rushing to get elected with what sounds too good to be true.”When asked specifically about whether he felt Biden understood those energy complexities, Dudley told CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick: “If you look at the campaign rhetoric around it, I think you have a spectrum in his party. I think he understands it, it can’t be as fast.”Dudley added: “There are some who want to go much faster and as a politician, he is going to have to balance what some people describe as the ‘far left’ with the more centrist parts of his party. How he’ll do that? I don’t know.”Speaking during the ADIPEC 2020 Virtual Conference Tuesday, Dudley said hopefully Biden would talk to people in the industry about what exactly is possible.“So, again, I’m an optimist because I don’t think you can (go) as far as the Green New Deal in the United States because it simply can’t afford it and it won’t actually deliver the energy,” Dudley said.The OGCI says it is a CEO-led consortium “committed to collective action on climate change.”The group is comprised of 12 members, including BP, Chevron, CNPC, Eni, ExxonMobil, Occidental Petroleum, Petrobras, Repsol, Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell, and Total, which together account for over 30% of global oil and gas production.‘It gets back to collaboration’Oil prices moved lower on Thursday. International benchmark Brent crude futures traded at $43.77 a barrel during morning deals, down 0.1%, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate futures stood at $41.27, almost 0.2% lower.
Vida and the rest of his Croatia team-mates had tested negative on Monday but the Besiktas centre-back’s Wednesday morning test came back positive as the first half ended.A Croatia statement read: “The medical service of the Croatian national team received initial information at the end of the break between the two halves that there was one potentially positive result. This is a common test procedure, and a ‘suspicious’ finding is retested to confirm the result.“As at that time the coach Zlatko Dalic had already made the decision to change (Domagoj) Vida, the medical service of the national team isolated Vida according to all epidemiological measures until the confirmation of the test results.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Croatia captain Domagoj Vida found out at half-time of his country’s 3-3 draw with Turkey that had tested positive for Covid-19.The 31-year-old defender, who was already scheduled to be withdrawn after 45 minutes, was immediately isolated from the rest of the squad.- Advertisement – Croatia twice came from behind to lead Turkey 3-2 before Leicester’s Cengiz Under made it 3-3. “Vida will, in accordance with regulations, spend the next few days in self-isolation in Istanbul.“All other national team members and staff members, who tested negative, are scheduled to travel to Stockholm. It is taken into account that the national team complied with all epidemiological measures, in accordance with UEFA’s Return to Play protocol.”Vidal will self-isolate for 10 days while the rest of the squad prepare to be tested again before their UEFA Nations League fixture with Sweden on Saturday.- Advertisement –
– Advertisement – – Advertisement – As coronavirus cases surge ahead of Thanksgiving, many families and friend groups are swapping out big holiday gatherings for pandemic-friendly celebrations. Some people are planning to drop off food at relatives’ houses. Others are sharing and cooking recipes so that they can enjoy the same meal together on Zoom. Please share your pandemic holiday hacks by filling out the form below. We may use your response in an upcoming newsletter, and a reporter may contact you to hear more.
Jul 2, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – More Americans are being told to seek flu vaccination and more vaccine will be available in the coming influenza season, as authorities try to improve people’s odds against the persistent and sometimes deadly influenza virus.Experts have cast a wider net by recommending that 6- to 23-month-old children be vaccinated (see Apr 30 CIDRAP News story). In addition, healthcare workers will be more strongly advised than before to get their flu shots, and vaccine manufacturers are planning to make about 13 million more doses this year than they did last year.Young children suffer complications from flu nearly comparable to those endured by seniors, Curtis Allen, a spokesman for the National Immunization Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), told CIDRAP News. He is hopeful more parents will make the two clinic visits necessary to develop immunity in small children.Only about 35% of healthcare workers get vaccinated, Allen said. In answer to this situation, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the Hospital Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee plan to issue a joint recommendation “which uses stronger language than either has ever used before affirming the importance of healthcare workers getting vaccinated,” a Jun 24 Reuters story quotes ACIP liaison member Dr. William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University as saying.The vaccine is also recommended for people older than 50 and people with certain conditions that affect their immune systems, as well as those in close contact with such people.In a bid to avoid a repeat of last year’s flu-shot shortage, drug companies are making more than 100 million doses of vaccine. As announced by the Department of Health and Human Services early this year, the agency will spend about $80 million in the next 2 years to stockpile another 4 million or 5 million doses a year for uninsured and underinsured children eligible for the Vaccines for Children Program.Those stockpiled doses will be free of the controversial preservative thimerosal, according to Allen. Although a safety review by the Institute of Medicine found that the bulk of evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal-containing vaccines and autism, some public concern lingers. The product is still used in injectable influenza vaccine, but thimerosal-free flu vaccine is available.”We continue to work with manufacturers to remove thimerosal from the vaccine,” Allen said. “It’s a matter of prudence even though there’s no evidence it causes harm.” He recommends that parents who want a thimerosal-free vaccine ask their healthcare provider how to find it.Those who assess supply and demand anticipate that not everyone who ought to get the vaccine actually will. Compliance usually isn’t higher than 40%, Allen said. Last year, however, saw vaccine shortages in some places as manufacturers dropped production to 86.9 million doses, down from 95 million doses in 2002.It’s a delicate balance, acknowledged Dr. Raymond Strikas, associate director for adult immunization in the Immunization Services Division of the National Immunization Program.”There are many more people who actually should be vaccinated who haven’t asked for vaccine,” he said, estimating that 185 million people should be immunized.A final variable in the flu fight is predicting which three virus strains to include in the vaccine, a decision that must be made well in advance to allow time for vaccine production.Last year’s vaccine benefited people, although it lacked the strain that dominated the flu season, Strikas said. On average, the experts who conduct surveillance correctly predict the circulating virus 9 of every 10 years, Strikas said.It’s too soon to know if this year’s trivalent vaccine—with an H1N1 (A/New Caledonia), an H3N2 (A/Fujian), and a new B/Shanghai strain—will hit the immunization trifecta.”It’s the Yogi Berra story,” Strikas said. “Predictions are difficult when they involve the future.”See also:CDC overview of last year’s flu season and preview for 2004-05http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5325a1.htmCurrent ACIP influenza vaccine recommendations, released Apr 30http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr5306a1.htmAmy Becker is a full-time reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a freelance reporter for CIDRAP. She will enter the University of Minnesota’s graduate program in public health administration and policy in fall 2004.
Feb 13, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Public health workers are urging Americans to stock up and plan for the next emergency, but when it comes to their own lives, the cupboards are often bare, according to a recent survey by the American Public Health Association (APHA).The APHA conducted an informal survey of its members in October and November and published the results in the December-January issue of its newsletter, The Nation’s Health. Of 4,100 public health workers who responded, 60% said they didn’t have evacuation plans for their households, 52% said they didn’t have emergency communication strategies for their families, and 81% didn’t know the evacuation plan for their community.Though most said they had adequate emergency supplies such as matches, candles, and flashlights at home, few kept such supplies or food at work, and 60% said they weren’t aware of an evacuation plan at their workplace.The American Red Cross recommends that Americans keep at least a 3-day supply of food and water for emergency use, but almost half of the respondents said they didn’t have drinking water set aside, and 35% said they lacked nonperishable food supplies.In other results, 64% of respondents said they were “somewhat,” “very,” or “extremely” concerned about the threat of an influenza pandemic. The respondents listed natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes as the emergencies that worry them most.Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of the APHA, said the survey results point up a need for better education and outreach for the public health workforce, The Nation’s Health reported. In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina, public health workers have been advocating personal preparedness measures to the public, he said. “Unfortunately, in our efforts to reach others, we may be neglecting to prepare ourselves,” Benjamin added.Personal preparedness for public health employees is vital to the larger disaster-response picture, because when the next emergency hits, workers will need to focus on helping victims and guiding evacuations, not worrying about themselves or their families, Benjamin said.Daniel Barnett, MD, MPH, who teaches a personal preparedness course for public health workers at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said recent terrorist attacks and natural disasters have raised expectations about the public health system’s capacity to respond to emergencies. “From preparedness kits to communication plans, personal and family readiness is fundamental to meeting these expectations,” he told CIDRAP News by e-mail. “The survey findings starkly highlight the need for enhanced instruction on personal readiness planning in all health departments.””Research has shown that public health workers are less likely to be willing to report to duty in emergencies due to concerns about personal and family safety,” Barnett said.More than 60% of the survey respondents acknowledged a need to be more prepared. The APHA said some respondents reported that taking the emergency preparedness survey would motivate them to prepare at home and at work.The APHA cautioned that the findings may not represent a complete picture of public health worker preparedness nationwide, because the respondents were self-selected and included only people who had Internet access. The organization said it plans to gauge the level of the public’s overall preparedness by conducting a formal survey in April during National Public Health Week.
Sep 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Officials in Bangladesh and Thailand recently reported new H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks on chicken farms, and Canadian authorities today confirmed an outbreak of H7N3 influenza on a commercial poultry farm in Saskatchewan.The outbreak in Bangladesh occurred in the country’s northwestern Bogra district, about 105 miles from Dhaka, the capital, according to a report yesterday from Xinhua, China’s state news agency.An official from Bangladesh’s livestock department said 5,000 chickens were culled and buried at the farm, according to a Reuters report today.The virus was first detected in the country’s poultry in March of this year in Savar, near Dhaka, according to previous reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Since then, Bangladesh has reported 28 outbreaks, the last one occurring in May.In Thailand, government officials today reported positive H5N1 results in chickens raised by a villager in Phichit province in the northern part of the country, the Bangkok Post reported. Local authorities have culled 90 chickens within a 1-kilometer radius of the site and have restricted the transport of birds in the area.Preecha Ruengchan, Phichit’s governor, called an urgent meeting with livestock officials today, the Post report said.In the past, a number of provinces in Thailand, included Phichit, have reported H5N1 outbreaks. However, only three—Mukdahan, Nong Khai, and Phitsanulok—have had outbreaks this year, according to OIE reports.Meanwhile, agriculture officials in Canada today announced that a highly pathogenic H7N3 strain of avian flu has been detected in chickens at a commercial poultry operation in Saskatchewan. An employee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) told CIDRAP News that the birds were tested after some appeared sick or died.Gerry Ritz, Canada’s minister of agriculture and agri-food, emphasized in a statement from the CFIA that the virus was not the lethal H5N1 strain circulating in Asia, Africa, and Europe.”This situation does not affect food safety when poultry is properly cooked,” he said in the statement. “None of the infected products from this farm were destined for the human food supply.”The H7N3 strain is not normally associated with serious human illness, the CFIA said.All birds within 1 kilometer of the affected farm will be culled, and poultry movements have been restricted within 3 kilometers of the farm, the CFIA noted.The agency said it is investigating the recent movement of birds, bird products, and equipment to and from the affected property.OIE reports indicate that Canada has had no other outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian flu since 2004. In that year, an H7N3 virus struck 40 commercial poultry farms in southern British Columbia’s Fraser Valley, leading to the culling of millions of chickens. Two mild cases of H7 influenza in poultry workers were reported in connection with that outbreak.Also in 2004, an H7N3 outbreak on a farm in Texas led to the culling of 24,000 birds.See also:OIE reports on H5N1 outbreaks in Bangladesh and Thailand
May 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday held a live Web seminar (webinar) to provide guidance on and field questions about school closures as a social distancing tool that could be used in an influenza pandemic. In February 2007 HHS released recommendations for nonpharmaceutical steps to fight pandemic flu, linking different strategies to a five-level pandemic severity index. For a category 2 or 3 pandemic (case-fatality ratios between 0.1% and1%), the CDC suggests that schools be closed for 4 weeks to slow the spread of the virus. For category 4 or 5 pandemics (case-fatality ratios greater than 1%), the CDC recommends that schools be suspended for up to 12 weeks. Who makes the decision?Dana Carr, a program specialist with the US Department of Education, advised school officials to become actively involved in their community pandemic planning efforts. She said communities vary on which level of government has the legal authority to close schools. “You don’t want to be caught during a pandemic not knowing who’s going to pull the trigger,” she said. Dr Francisco Averhoff, of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Global Migration and Quarantine Division, said school closures are a common-sense approach to blunting the impact of a pandemic. “Schools are one of the most tightly packed environments where we have children,” he said. In a pandemic, the USDA would likely replace school food programs with a disaster food stamp program, she said. Though the federal government doesn’t have food stockpiles set aside for pandemics or other disasters, she said the USDA could access commodity inventories, if needed. “But the food stamp program is larger and is a more feasible response, Lisi said. The timing of student dismissal requires dynamic policies, because pandemic influenza will emerge at different times across the country, Averhoff said. Barbara Bingham, director of the US Department of Labor’s Compliance Assistance Office, acknowledged that student dismissal in a pandemic setting would have consequences for employers, who will face absenteeism when parents need to stay home and care for their school-age children. Averhoff said federal officials prefer the term “student dismissal” rather than “school closure.” “Learning will continue and teachers will continue to function,” he said. Many public health experts believe school closures could mitigate the effects of a pandemic. However, the benefits of school closures are difficult to measure, and many state and local health officials are unclear on what the trigger would be for closing schools. “What I would encourage states to do is become familiar with the [USDA food program] procedures and programs,” she said. Mar 14 CIDRAP News story “HHS issues pandemic planning guide for states” See also: As with natural disasters, the Department of Education will likely provide waivers for “No Child Left Behind” requirements in regions that are hit hard by pandemic influenza, Carr said. HHS’s next pandemic planning webinar is slated for Jun 4, when officials will discuss workforce preparedness. Yesterday’s webinar was the third in a series to help state officials with pandemic planning activities. The department launched the webinars in March, when it released comprehensive guidance for state officials. Some school districts will be able to continue to provide educational content, using tools such as the Internet, conference calls, or television, she said, adding that the department is gathering more information on schools’ distance learning plans and will provide more technical guidance to districts in a May 19 videoconference. Schools as healthcare sites?During the online question-and-answer portion of the webinar, federal officials were asked what would happen if schools were used for healthcare centers or even morgues. Carr said federal and state officials should start talking now about how they’d help the schools if buildings were contaminated with the virus and how they’d handle the psychological impact on communities that used schools as morgues. She said that in 2007 the USDA provided 5 billion school lunches and 1.2 billion child-care meals, but warned that the program is allowed to operate only when students are in attendance. Another questioner asked if federal officials had considered the extra burden that both telecommuting and online learning would put on broadband Internet systems. Bingham responded that federal officials have been working closely with private industry to anticipate the demand. She said that in general, officials foresee enough broadband capacity, but some people and organizations could encounter access problems. “Alternate ways to give care include older children, small [group] child-care arrangements, and extended family members,” Bingham said. Though some employers are already considering telework arrangements, alternate work schedules, and paid leave for workers, many families still won’t have access to flexible working arrangements and uninterrupted paychecks, she said. Replacing school meal programsBrenda Lisi, a disaster coordinator with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), said school closures also will affect another group: children who depend on the USDA’s food programs for school breakfasts and lunches. Feb 1, 2007, CIDRAP News story “HHS ties pandemic mitigation advice to severity”
The European Commission has proposed a reform of the EU’s common visa policy to adapt it to new security challenges, migration-related challenges and new opportunities offered by technological advances. Thanks to the proposed amendments to the Visa Code, legal travelers will be able to obtain visas for Europe more easily, which will facilitate tourism, trade and business, while increasing security and reducing the risks of illegal migration.Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos he stressed that millions of passengers visit the EU every year and improve its tourism sector. “With the reforms we are proposing today, legal travelers will be able to obtain visas more easily and quickly, and enhanced security standards will more effectively detect and stop those who are not. Thanks to the new rules, our common visa policy will be able to contribute to better cooperation with non-EU countries on the return of illegal migrants.”, he explained.The proposed update seeks to modernize and simplify common EU visa rules, facilitate the visa process for both legal travelers and Member States, while strengthening security standards for the visa process.Faster and more flexible procedures: the deadline for deciding on visa applications will be shortened from 15 to 10 days. Passengers will be able to submit applications up to six months before the planned trip, instead of the current three months, and fill them out and sign them electronically.Multiple entry visas with a longer validity period: Multiple-entry visas will be subject to harmonized rules in order to more effectively prevent “visa trade” and reduce costs and save time for Member States and frequent travelers. Such multiple-entry visas will be issued to verified and regular travelers with whom there is positive previous experience regarding the issuance of visas over a period that will gradually increase from one to five years. It will be thoroughly and regularly checked whether passengers meet the conditions for entry.Short-stay visas at the external borders: in order to facilitate short – stay tourist stays, Member States will be allowed to issue single – entry visas directly at the external land and sea borders under a short – term and seasonal program and under strict conditions. These visas shall be valid for a maximum stay of seven days exclusively in the issuing Member State.Additional resources to increase security: given the significant increase in processing costs over the years, the visa fee, which has not increased since 2006, will increase slightly (from EUR 60 to EUR 80). This increase will allow Member States to retain an adequate number of consular officers worldwide to tighten security checks and upgrade IT equipment and software, and will not be an obstacle for visa applicants.The tourism sector, which accounts for 10% of EU GDP, plays a key role in the European economy. Although EU Member States are among the world’s leading tourist destinations, lengthy and complex procedures can deter tourists from traveling to Europe, diverting investment and consumption to other countries and negatively affecting the EU economy. At the same time, a balance needs to be struck between the benefits of visa travel and better migration, security and border management in order to adequately overcome current and future security and migration challenges.Today’s amendments to the Visa Code are the first step in the reform of the EU’s common visa policy, and a proposal to update the Visa Information System (VIS) will be presented in the spring, the European Commission said.