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News Scan for Oct 12, 2017

first_imgFlorida announces its first local Zika case of the yearThe Florida Department of Health (Florida Health) today reported the state’s first locally acquired Zika case of the year, putting the nation’s total this year at three local cases.In a statement, Florida Health said the locally transmitted case has been confirmed in Manatee County, which wasn’t one of the areas to report cases last year.An investigation found a couple had recently traveled to Cuba, with one partner experiencing Zika symptoms shortly after returning home. Evidence suggests that the infected person was then bitten by a mosquito in or around the home, which transmitted the virus to the other partner.Though the person who contracted Zika in Cuba wasn’t tested for the virus during the symptomatic phase, a test this week found evidence of past Zika infection. The partner who was most recently symptomatic tested positive.Florida Health said there is no evidence of ongoing local transmission, and the isolated case doesn’t constitute a Zika zone. However, as part of established protocols, officials notified mosquito control, which is implementing mosquito reduction steps.Florida has 154 travel-linked Zika cases this year, along with 32 with undetermined exposure. The state’s number of local and imported cases for 2017 is much lower than the 1,122 travel-related and 296 local cases reported in 2016. Texas is the only other state to report local Zika cases this year, and both occurred in the previously affected Rio Grande Valley near the border with Mexico.Oct 12 Florida Health statement Study warns of possible repeat poor vaccine protection against H3N2 in seniorsLow influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) in seniors against the H3N2 flu strain last season could show the same pattern this season, since H3N2 is still the dominant global strain and current vaccines still contain the same H3N2 component, European researchers warned today in Eurosurveillance.After analyzing the latest report from the Influenza Monitoring Vaccine Effectiveness in Europe (I-MOVE) network, researchers provided final estimates against H3N2 hospitalizations for people age 65 and older for the previous season, which show overall VE of 17% in the group, which is lower than the early estimate of 23.4% reported in February. In people older than 80, VE was especially low, at 13%.The scientists weren’t able to measure VE against 2009 H1N1 and influenza B, because of the small number of cases. VE against those strains is usually reported to be higher.When they compared findings in people who weren’t vaccinated in the 2015-16 or 2016-17 seasons, vaccination in the earlier season seemed to have a modifying effect on effectiveness during the latter season. Though the authors said the results were too imprecise to be conclusive, the results suggest that patients vaccinated in both seasons benefited from residual protection from the earlier season, with no added effect from the 2016-17 vaccine.Flu vaccine protection against H3N2 is known to be unpredictable, and the I-MOVE reserachers noted that most circulating H3N2 viruses last season were considered antigenically similar to the vaccine virus, though they underwent genetic diversification with the emergence of subclusters within clade 3C.2a and subclade 3C.2a1. In September, the World Health Organization (WHO) vaccine advisors recommended changing the H3N2 component of the Southern Hemisphere’s vaccine for the 2018 season.”Close monitoring of virological surveillance data will be required to prompt early promotion of complementary measures such as the use of antivirals or non-pharmaceutical interventions,” the iMove team wrote.Oct 12 Eurosurveill report Yemen predicted to top 1 million cholera cases by year’s endYemen’s cholera epidemic will top 1 million cases, at least 600,000 of them in children, by Christmas, according to a new prediction made by Save the Children, a non-governmental organization.The outbreak has now surpassed Haiti’s 7-year cholera outbreak to become the world’s largest. As of Oct 10, the WHO has reported 815,314 suspected cases and 2,156 deaths across Yemen since Apr 27. A total of 4,000 cases per day are still being reported. Haiti, in comparison, has had 815,000 cases since 2010.Yemen’s outbreak has been spurred by civil unrest that’s led to a collapsed healthcare system with unpaid doctors, closed hospitals, and highly degraded public health infrastructure.”There’s no doubt this is a man-made crisis. Cholera only rears its head when there’s a complete and total breakdown in sanitation,” said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children’s country director for Yemen. “All parties to the conflict must take responsibility for the health emergency we find ourselves in.” Oct 11 Save the Children press release Study identifies African areas most at risk for VHF epidemicsA mapping study to identify which parts of Africa are most at risk for epidemics from four viral hemorrhagic fever (VHD) diseases identified key differences in disease spread among countries, as well as among different regions in individual countries, an international research team reported yesterday in The Lancet.In assessing the vulnerabilities, the investigators analyzed and mapped the emergence and likely spread of Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever, and Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever. All four share similar transmission patterns between animals and people.The potential hot spots they found include areas that have already experienced outbreaks, as well as some that haven’t usually been thought of as risk areas. For example, the group found that parts of Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Somalia, and South Sudan are highly susceptible to any of the four diseases. For Ebola and Marburg, the team predicted that areas around the Congo River in the CAR would be most at risk.According to the analysis, parts of West Africa rank highest as sources of widespread epidemics involving any of the four viruses, including Gueckedou province in Guinea, where West Africa’s recent Ebola outbreak got its start.Simon Hay, DPhil, DSc, study coauthor and director of geospatial science at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington in Seattle, said in an IHME press release that, as seen with West Africa, it’s vital to prevent or stop epidemics at the earliest possible stage. “This study’s framework provides an important tool for pinpointing where local surveillance and pre-emptive countermeasures are most needed.”The authors also said national assessments can mask important subnational differences.Peter Piot, MD, PhD, another study coauthor and director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said, “By assessing pandemic potential at these different stages, we can begin to identify locations where different interventions or prevention measures could have the greatest impact. The various stages reflect important transitions in an outbreak and influence what interventions should be prioritized in which location.”In an accompanying editorial in the same issue, two infectious disease experts said gaps and bias in surveillance limit the ability to predict zoonotic spillover, but the new risk estimates combine geographical information in index cases and viral detections in animals, relating the information to environmental drivers. They noted that the nations most vulnerable to secondary transmission are also ones that have political instability. The authors are Chikwe Ihekweazu, MD, MPH, with the Nigeria Center for Disease Control, and Ibrahim Abubakar, MBBS, PhD, with University College London.They said point out that the study authors say the work should inform investments at each epidemic stage, but they don’t say where the support will come from or which institutions should receive the resources. The two said that, in the wake of the West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, more emphasis has been placed on strengthening national public health institutes, rather than depending on the World Health Organization, which they said doesn’t have the resources to respond to and manage all VHF threats in an area as vast as Africa.Oct 11 Lancet study Oct 11 Lancet editorial Oct 11 IHME press release Risk factors for healthcare-related infections include ICU stay, diabetesA systematic review involving 65 studies determined that major risk factors of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are reoperation, intensive care unit (ICU) admission, mechanical ventilation, diabetes, longer surgery times, and cephalosporin exposure, according to a study today in the American Journal of Infection Control.The researchers, who are from Brazil, identified 867 studies published from 2009 to 2016 and included 65 that met their criteria in the review.They listed the following risk factor in terms of relative risk (RR), odds ratio (OR), or mean difference (MD): reoperation (RR, 7.94), ICU admission (RR, 3.76), mechanical ventilation (OR, 12.95), cephalosporin exposure (RR, 1.77), diabetes mellitus (RR, 1.76), immunosuppression (RR, 1.24), longer surgery times (MD, 34.53), days of exposure to central venous catheter (MD, 5.20), ICU stay in days (MD, 21.30), and fever of 38.5°C (101.3°F) or higher (MD, 0.62).The authors note that, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, about 20% to 30% of HAIs are considered preventable through intensive hygiene and control programs in hospitals.Oct 12 Am J Infect Control studylast_img read more

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Charles Ayers to Succeed Daren Fristoe as President and CEO of CCAR

first_imgLEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. – Daren Fristoe, president and COO of the Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR), announced late last week that Charles Ayers of Midas International Corp. has accepted the position of president and CEO of CCAR, effective Jan. 1. Fristoe had been actively seeking a replacement for some time, with his search focused on candidates with an extensive background in the automotive service industry. Fristoe will remain with CCAR as its executive director and COO.   Established in 1994, CCAR is a not-for-profit organization that works internationally with the automotive industry, the insurance industry, OEM’s, career and technical schools, collision and automotive repair shops, governments, municipalities and other organizations to provide best practice information and training and to measure improvements related to: pollution prevention (P2) and safety for all who repair or maintain vehicles as a profession, as well as those who work in related businesses.   Ayers currently serves as CCAR’s board chairman. He comes to CCAR after 24 years with Midas.   “While searching the industry for a qualified candidate, it occurred to me that we had a more than qualified candidate in Chairman Ayers,” said Fristoe. “Sometimes you look far afield, only to find your best choice is close at hand.”   When asked about the working relationship between Daren Fristoe and himself, Ayers said, “The work undertaken by Daren on behalf of CCAR these past four years has proven to be some of the most successful years in the history of the organization. His will be big shoes to fill, and I did not accept this role without realizing Daren’s contribution will be a tough act to follow. I’m really glad he has agreed to remain as my executive director and COO so that we may continue to guide the organization to even greater heights together.   “Thanks to Daren, CCAR has grown into a financially stable, technologically advanced, socially responsible, not-for-profit organization,” said Ayers. “As we continue to expand CCAR’s reach into under-leveraged industry segments, we expect to see additional growth and an even stronger organization.”   “Charlie Ayers is a perfect fit for this role,” added Fristoe. “With decades of experience in the automotive industry and a vast network of colleagues who trust and respect him, he is someone who believes in the philosophy and mission of CCAR. Having somebody like Charlie at the helm of CCAR makes me feel very comfortable.”   CCAR currently serves hundreds of affiliates, thousand of users worldwide and sees millions of tests administered each year. In this past fiscal year alone, which ended in September, CCAR saw in excess of 4 million tests passed.       AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementlast_img read more

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Boese Brothers Brewery Opens To Packed House!

first_imgBoese Brothers Brewery opened at 5 p.m. today at 145 Central Ave., and is packed with people! The brewery will be open until 10 p.m. today, 5-10 p.m. Sunday and will operate during regular hours starting Monday. The new bar, which inhabits the space formerly occupied by UnQuarked Wine Bar, will serve the Boese Brothers beer, as well as cider from the New Mexico Hard Cider’s brewery. New Mexico wines will also be available. Additionally, Boese Brothers Brewery will offer a sandwich menu, which includes hot and cold sandwiches and paninis. Courtesy photo Boese Brothers Brewery at 145 Central Ave., will be open until 10 p.m. today, 5-10 p.m. Sunday and will operate during regular hours starting Monday. Courtesy photolast_img read more

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Montauk Man Found Dead, No Foul Play

first_imgRaymond Marisette, a familiar sight to those who frequent the Gosman’s Dock area in Montauk, was found dead the morning of July 21.The body of Marisette, 69, was found in a storage shed by friends who were checking on his well-being. He was homeless, and had been using the shed as a shelter, East Hampton Town police said. They have ruled out foul play in Marisette’s death.For years, he could be spotted outside the Dock restaurant, almost always with a beer in his hand, and a smile on his face. Sharelast_img read more

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Simon Lucas: How construction can win work on free schools

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US report calls for structural repair of bridges

first_imgThe analysis found that the 63,000 structurally compromised bridges are crossed by vehicles in North America 250 million times every day, with the most heavily travelled on the Interstate system.The chief economist for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) says that the problem could get a lot worse as states across the nation face a slowdown in reimbursements for already approved federal-aid highway projects.Without congressional action, Alison Premo Black indicated that there would be no Highway Trust Fund support for any new road, bridge or public transportation projects in any state during FY 2015, which begins on October 1.”Letting the Highway Trust Fund investment dry up would have a devastating impact on bridge repairs,” said Black. “It would set back bridge improvements in every state for the next decade.”While these bridges may not be imminently unsafe, ARTBA suggests that they be sign posted so that the public knows they have structural deficiencies that need repair.State specific bridge information from the analysis, including rankings and location lists of the 250 most heavily travelled structurally deficient bridges in the nation and the ten most heavily travelled in each state, is available online at www.artba.org/economics/state-bridge-profileslast_img read more

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Peaky Blinders series 5 episode 5 recap

first_imgEpisode 5 of this series of Peaky Blinders starts with the Shelby’s trying to treat Linda’s (Kate Phillips) gunshot wound,  courtesy of Polly (Helen McCrory). Thankfully she’s only been shot in the arm so she’s likely to make a full recovery and remain a torment to Arthur (Paul Anderson). Arthur is beside himself telling Polly that she should have let Linda shoot him. Arthur’s mental state is clearly in a bad place.If you don’t want any spoilers for Peaky Blinders, stop reading this article now.Whilst this is going on Mosley (Sam Claflin) has decided to use Tommy’s (Cillian Murphy) party as a podium to announce the formation of his new fascist political movement. He is a great public speaker and despite the hate behind his speech, it goes down well with the crowd. After his speech, Mosley lays down the law privately with Tommy and makes it clear who is in charge.Credit: BBCWe then cut to Linda waking up and Arthur trying to convince her to run away with him to escape the life they currently lead. She’s having none of it and says that shooting him would have been a kindness that he didn’t deserve and by staying alive he can suffer from the things he’s done. This puts Arthur in the foulest of moods for the rest of the episode.Next, Tommy meets with Younger (Kingsley Ben-Adir) to offer up information on Mosley and his plots. Younger reveals that he is experiencing resistance from his superiors regarding these investigations stating that the defence of Mosley goes rather high up the ranks. Once he leaves the meeting he gets in his car which promptly explodes killing him and also a child that was playing nearby. This event clearly disturbs Tommy and after telling Ada (Sophie Rundle) about Younger’s death (she is, after all, carrying the dead man’s child) he has yet another vision of Grace (Annabelle Wallis). Could this death of an innocent be the catalyst needed to speed up Tommy’s plan to take down Mosley?Credit: BBCNext, we see Arthur leading a group on a canal barge heading to pick up the opium shipment for the deal they have struck with the Chinese. When they arrive something is amiss and they find that the Chinese have been attacked. After coming under fire Arthur has had enough and proceeds to produce the biggest machine gun ever and mows everyone down. You seriously don’t want to mess with Arthur when he’s in a mood like this!The next scene sees Tommy visiting a mental asylum. He’s there to visit an old army buddy, Barny, and questions him as to why he won’t accept Tommy’s offer of a chance to kill himself. The answer he gets, that things might change, have a profound effect on Tommy and he vows to help him escape. Barny (Cosmo Jarvis) was an army sniper and Tommy wants to help him escape in order to pull the trigger on Mosley.Credit: BBCBy the canal, Tommy and Jimmy McCavern (Brian Gleeson) are awaiting the opium shipment. They are discussing who Mosely will use as protection in various parts of the country and Jimmy reveals that Alfie Solomons (Tom Hardy) might be dead. I found this especially distressing as Alfie is pretty much my favourite character from the show. The tension between Arthur and Jimmy as they square up to each other is enough to make the world explode and when it comes it will be the showdown of the century!At the end of this scene, Tommy reveals to Arthur that he is speeding up his plans to take down Mosley and will be using Barny to assassinate him. After that, the gloves are off and we can expect a total war between the Peaky Blinders and the Billy Boys.Peaky Blinders series 5 episode 6 will air on BBC 1 on 22nd September at 9pm.last_img read more

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Bahrke, Mustonen bag moguls titles

first_imgIn the men’s event, Mustonen earned 28.15 points for his second World Cup moguls win of the season and the third of his career.Olympic bronze medalist Richard Gay of France, who wrapped up the overall dual moguls title for the season on Saturday, was second with 27.94 points. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IIYAMA, Nagano Pref. – Olympic silver medalist Shannon Bahrke of the United States won the women’s moguls and Finland’s Sami Mustonen took the men’s moguls title at the freestyle skiing World Cup at Madarao Kogen on Sunday.Bahrke racked up 27.53 points on his run down the Madarao course to edge American compatriot Ann Battelle for her second World Cup win of the season.last_img read more

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The Chelsea v Benfica quiz

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Opportunities running out for Southampton player, club decide against negotiations

first_imgby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameBuild a Beautiful City and Play With Your FriendsForge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndoCNN with DBS BankWhat Banks Did To Help Corporations Mitigate Future CrisesCNN with DBS BankUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSmart Tech TrendEveryone with Bad Vision Needs Those Revolutionary Adjustable Glasses!Smart Tech TrendUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題來自日本的抽脂丸讓胖了10幾年的她變成靚女!熱門話題Undo Sometimes players get their wishes in the transfer window and sometimes they don’t. Mario Lemina is a player who falls into the latter category. The Southampton midfielder is out of favour at Saint Mary’s and was busy looking for an exit for much of the transfer window.He found himself linked to the likes of Everton and Manchester United and he made it clear he wanted a move to a bigger a club than the Saints.A move has not materialised, though, and it seems he’s fast running out of options before the close of the European transfer window at the end of the month.L’Equipe report Rennes had considered a move for Lemina this summer as they’re looking to add a midfielder to their squad, following the departure of Benjamin André to Lille.However, Lemina was nothing more than a thought for the French club, who did not bother to take it beyond that. The newspaper makes clear there were no serious negotiations or even a start of talks with Southampton.The midfielder’s options for a summer move are fast running out.last_img read more

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