18 Nov

Hantavirus cases in 5 states may signal active year

first_img The number of cases reported in January through March matches the pace recorded in 1994 and 1999—both years of high HPS case counts. In both those years, the preceding 1 to 2 years brought environmental conditions that favored a large rodent population, including increased rainfall and plant cover. The larger rodent population, according to the CDC, increased transmission of hantavirus among rodents, which heightened the risk for people. HPS typically begins with a headache, myalgia, and a fever above 101°F, followed shortly by bilateral, diffuse lung edema that can resemble acute respiratory distress syndrome radiographically. Most cases occur in the spring and summer, according to the report, but this seasonal pattern varies by location. Jun 13, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Nine human cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in five states were reported from January through March of 2006, which could signal an above-average risk of the disease this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Editor’s note: A correction was made in this story on Jul 11 (2006) to eliminate errors concerning the numbers of hantavirus cases in Arizona and New Mexico since 1993. Cleaning up potential food sources and nesting sites See also: People contract HPS through contact with the saliva or droppings of rodents, most commonly the deer mouse. The disease is characterized by fever and severe pulmonary symptoms and is fatal 30% to 40% of the time, the report says (the CDC doesn’t say how many of the cases early this year were fatal). The culprit is most often the Sin Nombre virus. Sealing up holes around the home to prevent rodents from entering Taking precautions when cleaning rodent feces or nest sitescenter_img CDC has initiated a “Seal Up! Trap Up! Clean Up!” campaign (see link below) to limit exposure to HPS and other rodent-borne diseases. Measures to prevent HPS include: Trapping rodents in the home to curb the population The report also says that survival probability increases with early disease detection, so healthcare professionals should become familiar with HPS’s presentation. The only treatment, according to the CDC, is supportive care. Since the virus was identified in 1993, the CDC (as of May 10) has confirmed 438 HPS cases in the United States, 35% of which have been fatal. Most cases have occurred in states west of the Mississippi River, with New Mexico (68 cases since 1993), Colorado (49), Arizona (46), and California (43) outpacing other states. As noted in the Jun 9 issue of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, HPS was reported early this year in Arizona (3 cases), New Mexico (3), Texas (1), North Dakota (1), and Washington state (1). The CDC says people should take precautions against the often deadly disease. CDC. Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome—five states, 2006. MMWR 2006 Jun 9;55(22):627-8 [Full text] CDC’s “Seal Up! Trap Up! Clean Up!” campaignhttp://www.cdc.gov/rodentslast_img read more

12 Aug

Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Top amateur India Clyburn on aiming for the top and sharing experiences with her sister

first_img Tags: Girls, Golf Week, India Clyburn, Women India Clyburn, from Woodhall Spa Golf Club, is one of England’s best amateurs. She tells her story of how she has worked to get to the top, how she was inspired by her sister, Holly, who plays on the LPGA Tour – and how they’ve shared amazing golfing experiences, such as both winning the English girls’ championship and playing in the Curtis Cup.How did you start playing?Through family influences, my dad plays, so do uncles, auntie, grandparents and my sister. I was about 9/10 when I started.Best golfing moment?A few years ago in 2014, I shot 9-under (to win the Scottish junior ladies’ title) which was a great golfing moment for me!Worst golfing moment?Missing any cuts that I have!Highlights of your career so far?Winning a gold medal for England at the 2017 Ladies’ European Team Championship. We all worked so hard that week and it was the perfect reward and it was just an amazing feeling to win gold for my country. Getting into the Curtis Cup and Vagliano Trophy teams, both representing GB&I. Winning the English Girls. And every time I have represented England at international matches.Has Holly inspired you?Yes definitely, it has always been great to see Holly have success through all the stages of a good amateur career. It helped me guide my own career by knowing what events to play in, what teams I was aiming for. She learned how to get up the rankings and once we knew what to do, I followed because that’s the route it takes to become a successful amateur golfer. It was great for me to be able to watch her compete so well in tournaments that I have now played in myself.As sisters, you’ve achieved some memorable doubles, how special are those experiences?Winning the English Girls was amazing because it was always a big competition to play in back then, it was always the one you wanted to win. It was my first English title and it really set me up ever since. I remember being there for when Holly won it also, which was cool!The Curtis Cup was definitely one of the best experiences I’ve had so far. To be a part of the team and representing Great Britain and Ireland will always be such an honour to me.When did you get into England training and how did it help you?I’ve been part of the women’s squad since the end of 2014, and it’s helped in numerous ways. I’ve been able to have some great coaching in short game, long game, putting, strength and conditioning and the mental side. Having continued support all these years has been great and it’s given me many opportunities to compete in different tournaments and get into team events.How much do you practice and work out?I practice six times a week and usually have one day off when I am at uni. I use the off day to catch up on my studies. At college I work out three times a week, quite early in the morning. When I am home in the summers I can usually get four or five work outs in since I have less school work to do.Why did you decide to go to university in the USA?I thought it would be the best way to continue playing golf at a high level, whilst still getting an education.My first year was definitely trying. It was dealing with living in a new country, being around people I didn’t quite know yet and just getting used to the student-athlete life.I realised that my first year was always going to be hard and I didn’t want to give up. I went back and had the best year of my college career so far, on the course and in the classroom. I felt like I had gotten to grips with being a student-athlete and I really succeeded.I really enjoy it now and it’s helped my golf massively. I’ve been able to play a variety of different courses, learn about the different types of grass and how it affects your ball. It’s a good insight to what life on tour is like as well because we usually play a tournament, have a few days back at campus and then we are off again. So sometimes you may not feel you have had the best preparation, it makes you better at learning to play your best with what you have at that time.What would you say to other girls thinking about going to uni in the USA?They should consider how far away the course or practice facility is from campus. Mine is about 5 minutes away from where I live, which is great. You want to be close to a course so you can practice easily, like would be if you were at home. But generally every college will have amazing facilities waiting for you to use.What’s your golfing ambition?To keep representing England/GB&I at the level I am, and then I will see in a few years. I would like to turn pro and play on the LET and LPGA.Your advice for ambitious girl golfers?Work hard and practice well. What you put in, you will get out but, most importantly, make sure you enjoy it and have fun competing.Inspired to try golf and follow India? Visit www.getintogolf.org to find out about free and low cost beginner activities across the country 1 Aug 2018 Women and Girls’ Golf Week: Top amateur India Clyburn on aiming for the top and sharing experiences with her sister last_img read more

21 Dec

Watch out City, Lampard’s Blues are coming to get you

first_imgChelsea have won just one game against Manchester City in their last six attempts and haven’t won at the Etihad since 2016, but the Blues have perhaps never had a better chance of inflicting further misery on the Lancashire side.At a time when Manchester City have dropped six points from the last 18 available, Chelsea are the form team in the competition, having won their last five games.The last time these sides met, City triumphed over Chelsea in the Carabao Cup Final, but since then everything has changed.Frank Lampard has replaced Mauricio Sarri and has overseen an enormous amount of progress in so little time. His emphasis on youth has seen the likes of Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori nail down starting berths and it has proved dividends with the Blues currently sitting in third – ahead of City in fourth. Abraham and new signing Christian Pulisic have been firing on all cylinders for Lampard’s side, with the duo involved in 19 of the 27 goals that Chelsea have scored so far in the 2019/20 Premier League campaign.Meanwhile, City are in a perilous place. Their defeat to Liverpool at the weekend left them languishing nine points behind the Merseyside club with City incurring a number of problems during the game, not least their frailty in defence on show for all to see. The departure of club stalwart Vincent Kompany as well as the injury to Aymeric Laporte has left Pep Guardiola’s side vulnerable at the back. Indeed, City’s centre-back partnership was John Stones and Fernandinho at the weekend – hardly comparable to Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren.In fact, City as a whole have looked scared in recent weeks; Kevin de Bruyne has been a far cry away from his usual enigmatic self whilst the absence of Leroy Sane, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Laporte, Ederson, David Silva, Rodri and Benjamin Mendy has hurt them in their title defence.In other words, Chelsea have what it takes to exploit City’s weakness – a sentence which has hardly been spoken in the past few years. And, with City having scored 35 goals and Chelsea 27 in the season already, this is likely to be an exciting and entertaining fixture, with both teams to score predictions likely to pay out.But, if Lampard goes to the Etihad with no fear – as the Blues have played for the majority of the season so far – then Chelsea can inflate Guardiola’s problems, further establish themselves as a top four side and ensure that Liverpool do not race out of sight. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoSuper Boost WiFiEveryone In Tuen Mun Is Talking About This High Speed WiFi-BoosterSuper Boost WiFiUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more

18 Dec

Gas power to assist SA, Mozambique

first_img8 June 2012Plans for a gas-fired power plant to supply electricity to South Africa and Mozambique for two years have been unveiled by UK-based power specialist Aggreko and South African investment company Shanduka.“This is thought to be the first project by a private company to supply an interim cross-border power solution to two utilities in southern Africa, and underlines the potential benefits that can accrue to countries sharing resources,” the two companies said in a statement this week.The 107-megawatt plant in Ressano Garcia on the border of the two countries was approved by South African energy regulator Nersa and the Departments of Energy and Public Enterprises.It will be fuelled by gas from Sasol’s Temane gas field and will service Eskom and its Mozambican counterpart, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).It will be located in Ressano Garcia as it is in close proximity to the existing Sasol gas pipeline, which runs from northern Mozambique through to South Africa, as well as a 275 kV transmission corridor.In addition, Aggreko will install containerised power generation units, which will be shipped in from Dumbarton in Scotland, and build gas interconnections, a substation, and a 1.5 km 275 kV transmission line to the main network. This infrastructure will remain intact once the installation is dismantled.Power purchase agreements have been signed by both utilities and Eskom will utilise 92 megawatts of the available capacity, while EDM will use 15. The joint venture is expected to bring in revenues of about US$250-million over its operational period, which should begin in October and carry on until July 2014.Eskom is planning to use the power to bolster its base-load capacity ahead of the introduction of new generation capacity from the Medupi coal-fired power station, which is scheduled to begin operating towards the end of 2013. EDM has contracted with the facility to meet its daily peak demand.The project is expected to complement other alternative energy initiatives South Africa is embarking on, including a 100 MW concentrated solar power plant in Upington in the Northern Cape, as well as a 100 MW wind power project in Sere, outside Cape Town.Eskom is also currently building two major coal-fired power stations, Medupi and Kusile, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively. But until the completion of the stations, South Africa’s high energy demands are expected to continue to threaten the country’s supply.It is hoped that with the agreement this week, both South Africa and Mozambique will get much-needed additional power, with the project also underlining the importance of the two countries as energy hubs for the entire southern African region.According to Aggreko’s chief executive, Rupert Soames, the contract was not only important for South Africa and Mozambique but for southern Africa as a whole.“We also hope this project will be an example for other countries seeking to optimise their resources and manage the supply of regional power.”The companies envisage employment and training of about 100 locals with the procurement process tailored to benefit South African companies.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

3 Dec

Bihar flood toll touches 119; over 4 lakh evacuated

first_imgThe flood situation in Bihar and West Bengal continues to be grim as waters from the overflowing rivers in Nepal sweep south, while there has been a slight improvement in Assam.Nearly one crore people have been affected by the floods in Bihar that have claimed 119 lives so far, an official said on Friday. The Bihar disaster management department official said over 98 lakh people in 1,532 panchayats under 139 blocks in 16 districts have been hit with thousands of huts washed away, buildings and roads damaged and standing crops worth crores submerged.According to the official, 4,08,903 people have been evacuated by the Army, NDRF, SDRF and other rescue teams in the last four days. The State government has set up 1,238 relief camps housing 310,041 people in the flood-hit districts.Respite from rainThough rain has let up in West Bengal, about 400 villages in Malda district are facing massive waterlogging with the Mahananda, Fulhar and Purnarbhaba river overflowing.Speaking to The Hindu on Friday, Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee said, “Malda has become our main concern now. Due to the flood waters from Nepal and Bihar, the Mahananda river is already flowing above the extreme danger level and the water level is expected to rise.”  “Currently there are about 70,000 people in 116 relief shelters in the district,” district magistrate of Malda Kaushik Bhattacharya said. According to district officials at least eight lakh people have been affected. Twelve teams from two battalions of the NDRF have been deployed in Malda, Uttar and South Dinajpur districts.Assam toll risesWith 11 more deaths on Friday, the death toll in the second phase of floods in Assam has gone up to 60 since August 10 even as the authorities said there were some “signs of improvement” in the overall situation.According to a report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), 25.93 lakh people were affected by the floods in the State. Morigaon was the worst-hit district with 5.29 lakh affected people, followed by Dhubri with 4.76 lakh people. As many as 2,210 villages were under water, it said.7 rhinos deadOver 140 animals including seven rhinos and two elephants have perished in the second wave of floods in Assam that inundated 80% of the the Kaziranga National Park Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rohini Ballav Saikia said here on Thursday.(With inputs from PTI & IANS) Three family members drown as bridge collapses in Biharlast_img read more

29 Nov

Gilas’ Tratter shows up for D-League team ahead of Australia trip

first_imgLATEST STORIES Read Next PBA IMAGESAbu Tratter didn’t have to play, but still showed up for Marinerong Pilipino on Monday.Tratter, who is one of the surprise inclusions in Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ 14-man pool set to fly to Melbourne later in the day, didn’t want to leave his team behind as he helped the Skippers hack out a 109-93 rout of AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers View comments Altas recover, down Chiefs to force NCAA Finals decider MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “I’m a man who keeps my words. My main priority is making sure that I can fulfill my end of the bargain for my home team which is Marinero,” Tratter said after collecting six points and seven rebounds in his solid nine minutes of play to help his crew rise to 4-2 in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.That kind of dedication from Tratter is just what made him a great catch for coach Koy Banal, who was one of the least surprised that the former La Salle bruiser made the cut to join the Philippine delegation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Nothing could compare to hard work, and we believe he showed the coaches that he deserves to be there,” Banal said of Tratter.Though Tratter admits that making it to Gilas Pilipinas has always been a goal of his, he was still surprised with how stiff the level of competition is in the national team’s training sessions. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “Of course, it’s always a surprise when you get added to something like that, but I was confident that I can make the team. That’s always been my goal. I know that through working hard, I can get there,” he said. “But it was a shock to see how different it was compared to the UAAP and in the D-League. Coming in there, it’s just a different atmosphere at the most.”With modest expectations, Tratter knows better to treasure his rare opportunity as he seeks to learn from elite big men like Andray Blatche and June Mar Fajardo.“I just want to learn, continue to be a sponge out there especially in practice. I want to continue to ask advice from all the vets and continue to learn from them,” he said.The Philippines takes on Australia on Thursday at the start of the second window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

28 Nov

Lack of time doesn’t bother Asiad boxers

first_imgIndian boxer Paramjeet Samota (91+kg) rewrote history last week by becoming the first super heavyweight boxer from the country to clinch a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games as India rounded off with their best ever haul of three gold and four bronze medals at the event.But it is only half the job done for Samota as he will face stiffer challenge when the Asian Games kicks off in Guangzhou, China, from November 12. The 22-year-old boxer, however, has not even a month to prepare for the quadrennial event and he will bank on the preparations and performance of the Commonwealth Games to perform well at the Asian event.”One month’s time is not sufficient to prepare for an event like the Asian Games. But we are high on the success of the Commonwealth Games and that will boost us to get some good result at the Asian Games as well.”In one month, we can work upon movements and speed in the ring because most of our opponents at the Asian Games will be aggressive boxers from countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, China and Korea and we have to have great footwork to counter them,” Samota said at a ceremony where Monnet Group awarded the three Commonwealth Games gold medallists `3 lakh each and four bronze medallists `1 lakh each.In the just concluded Commonwealth Games, Paramjeet, Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg) clinched gold for India while Amandeep Singh (49kg), Jai Bhagwan (60kg), DIlbagh Singh (69kg) and Vijender Kumar (75kg) settled for bronze medals after losing in the semi-finals.advertisementAsian champion Suranjoy, who enters the Asian Games as India’s best bet for gold, echoed Samota’s sentiments. “There should have been more time between the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games, but all these events are pre-scheduled. We have to utilise the time to work on some of mistakes our boxers committed at the Commonwealth Games. I think utilisation of time will improve our performance.” Olympic medallist Vijender is of the view that the boxers will maintained the momentum of the Commonwealth success.”Asian Games are always tougher than the Commonwealth Games. There we have Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, which had world champions and Olympic champions in their side. But our confidence is skyhigh after Commonwealth success and the boxers will be able to maintain it till next month,” said Vijender.Indian boxers Vijender (69kg) and Varghese Johnson (91+ kg) were the only medallists for India at the previous edition of the Asian Games in 2006, but boxing in the country has moved up a few notches since then and the nation team boasts of world, Olympic and the Asian Games medallists.Indian coach Gurbux Sandhu said that the growing success of boxers will reflect in Guangzhou as well.”The success rate of our boxers has gone up and there is a high possibility that they will better their performance at the Asian Games. Though I can’t predict the names of medallists as the unpredictability of boxing may derail anyone’s campaign on any day, but India may get a gold also,” said Sandhu.”I and coaching staff will sit in Patiala and plan for the Asian Games because we just finished with the Commonwealth Games and haven’t got sufficient time to analyse the strength of other countries,” said Sandhu.India has selected a 10-member team for the Asian Games.From the Commonwealth Games medallists, Jai and Manoj have been kept as reserved boxers.last_img
28 Oct

10 months agoBayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer: Liverpool are vulnerable

first_imgBayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer: Liverpool are vulnerableby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes Champions League last-16 opponents Liverpool are vulnerable.The German giants have been struggling domestically this season, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are top of the Premier League.However, Neuer remains confident Bayern can get the job done over last season’s finalists.He told the club’s official website: “They’re having a very good season and we know they were in the Champions League final last year. “They certainly won’t be delighted with the draw, either. “They can counter quickly and they’re dangerous in front of goal, but they’re also vulnerable, as we’ve seen, and they’ll be up against a good Bayern attack.”It’ll be a great game both at Liverpool and also at home at the Allianz Arena.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

15 Oct

ARE YOU AN EMERGING FEMALE CANADIAN DIRECTOR CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

first_imgComplimentary 2018 TIFF Industry pass with access to professional seminars and trainingPre-TIFF business mentorship with an experienced industry professionalPost-TIFF meet-ups with 2-4 DGC Ontario director members and an on-set mentoring session with a DGC Ontario director memberOne-on-one orientation discussion with DGC Ontario Membership Services staff to learn how to become a DGC Ontario memberOn-stage recognition at the Crystal Awards Gala Luncheon (December 4, 2018) Are you an emerging female Canadian director?Do you have a feature film project in development, but need connections and market-training?Apply for the DGC Ontario Director Mentorship! Advertisement The DGC Ontario Director Mentorship is a two-phase training opportunity that provides one emerging Canadian female director with market-ready skills, multiple informal director meet-ups, and one-on-one mentorship with an experienced DGC Ontario Director member.Phase one: Business training leading up to the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), including one-on-one meetings with an experienced industry advisor.Phase two: A creative mentorship taking place post-TIFF. The mentee will be paired with a DGC Ontario Director member and will receive invaluable advice and guidance on overall skills and/or project specific creative approaches.CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Twitter Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

13 Oct

Nissan unveils new Leaf car after Ghosns arrest delays it

first_imgYOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan is showing the beefed up version of its hit Leaf electric car as the Japanese automaker seeks to distance itself from the arrest of its star executive Carlos Ghosn.The event at Nissan Motor Co.’s Yokohama headquarters, southwest of Tokyo, had been postponed when Ghosn was arrested Nov. 19.Ghosn has been charged with underreporting his income. Tokyo prosecutors have extended his detention through Friday, adding breach of trust allegations.Ghosn made his first public appearance since his arrest Tuesday, and denied each allegation in the Tokyo District Court.The new 4.16 million yen ($38,000) Leaf e+ is about the same size as the model on sale, but gets more power and cruise range. The bestselling electric car competes against Tesla models and General Motors’ Bolt.The Associated Presslast_img read more