NEWS SCAN: GI anthrax update, H5N1 in Vietnam

first_imgFeb 15, 2010GI anthrax patient upgraded to stableA New Hampshire woman with a rare gastrointestinal anthrax infection is up and walking 2 months after she was first hospitalized, the Associated Press (AP) reported on Feb 12. She had been in critical condition for several weeks after attending a drum circle gathering in Durham on Dec 4, apparently from swallowing spores. Tests showed anthrax spores on two of 64 animal-hide drums and several environmental samples from the building. A state health official said the woman is now in stable condition, but she will likely remain hospitalized. Gastrointestinal anthrax is nearly unknown in the United States.Vietnam H5N1 update details 13 outbreaksAnimal health officials in Vietnam have confirmed 13 H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks in poultry since Jan 20, according to a Feb 13 report from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The outbreaks span seven different provinces, with five of them in Ha Tinh in central Vietnam. All but one of the outbreaks occurred on farms. In total, the virus killed 6,033 birds, and 14,304 more were culled to control the outbreaks. Investigations into outbreak sources found that introduction of new animals, illegal movement of birds, and fomites probably contributed to the spread of the virus.Feb 13 OIE reportlast_img read more

Report Shows Long Island Lost Jobs at Fastest Rate Statewide During Pandemic

first_imgSuffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, left, and Nassau County Executive Laura Curran discussed the bi-county report on the pandemic’s economic impact on Long Island on July 9.Long Island’s top officials called on Congress to deliver significant financial relief to Suffolk and Nassau counties reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.A bi-county study on the economic impacts revealed a net job loss of 220,000 to date, a disproportionate share of which were low-paying positions, workers with low levels of education and jobs held by Hispanic and Latino workers. The numbers have “fallen off a cliff,” Nassau County Executive Laura Curran said during a press conference on Thursday.The report, developed by HR&A Advisors, a consulting firm, with support from the Nassau County IDA and Suffolk County IDA, showed that Long Island shed jobs at a faster rate than New York City and all other suburban counties in the state.The job losses are expected to grow to a staggering 375,000, reducing earnings by as much as $21 billion and local economic activity by $61 billion.“This pandemic has caused hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders to lose their jobs, shuttered businesses, and turned our local economy upside down,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said. “This report makes clear that federal aid from Congress is necessary if our region is going to rebound and recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.”Sales tax revenue, which makes up about 40 percent of the budgets in both counties, is down by double-digits. Suffolk is facing an $800 million budget gap over the next two months and is facing a budget hole of up to a $1.5 billion through 2022, while Nassau expects a $749 million deficit over the next 18 months. Both counties were on track for budget surplus just before the pandemic hit.“With the fastest rise of unemployment on record, leading to a complete fall off of economic activity, this report outlines the economic shock to our local economy and the continued pain among our businesses and minority  communities—hit hardest by the pandemic in more ways than one,” Curran said. While county officials are doing what they can to revive the economy and assist those in needs, Curran said “we cannot recover from this devastating crisis alone. Washington needs to step in now with support for local governments so we can continue to provide vital services for our residents.”Topping the list of the industries hardest hit, according to the report, was the hospitality industry, in which 82,000 jobs were lost. It saw an employment decline of two-thirds in the initial months of the crisis, Curran said during the press conference, held in front of the Hilton Long Island in Melville, on the border of Suffolk and Nassau.The hospitality industry is also the region’s lowest-paying sector, in which Hispanic and Latino workers make up a disproportionate share of the work force, indicating, what the county executives said is disparate impacts felt among minority populations.Even the healthcare industry took an employment hit, to the tune of 59,000. Curran said it was mainly home-healthcare aides who lost their jobs, a large portion of which are held by minorities. Retail stores shed 52,000 jobs and construction lost 37,000. Other areas hardest hit were administrative and waste services, personal services and real estate.The report shows that 68 percent of all job losses are in sectors that pay less than the regional average annual wage of $61,600. “Wealthier communities with better credit tend to recover faster from disasters such as Superstorm Sandy,” the report said.Recovery will come in waves, starting with the finance and insurance industry, government, and professional and technical services over a six-month period. Some industries won’t even begin the recovery period until the fourth quarter of 2021, the report projects.A part of HR&A’s report on COVID-19’s economic impact on Long Island.The report also forecasted recovery rates and identified paths to recovery. “What do we need to do to recover? Three words. Federal disaster assistance,” Bellone said.Federal funding outlined in the HEROES Act includes $375 billion in budgetary relief for local governments to help avert layoffs, possible tax hikes, and slashing public services. It has been passed by the House, but needs the action of Senate.School districts are facing “massive budget cuts” because of COVID-19, Bellone added. “It’s all academic right now. It’s about to get real,” he said. Music and arts programs, sports, teaching positions are among the many items on the cutting board at the exact moment when investments need to be made in schools to make them safer.“The federal government should have acted already to provide this assistance, that this report makes abundantly clear is absolutely necessary,” said Bellone, who called the pandemic a natural disaster. “This is the equivalent of if we got struck by a Category 5 hurricane here,” he said. The only difference is it stayed for months instead of passing in 24 hours. “The only appropriate way to respond to that is for the federal government to do what it always does when responding to natural disasters.”Bellone said beside it being the right thing to do, it is also the smart thing for the federal government to do. “It’s in our nations interest for Long Island to get back on its feet and recover as quickly as possible.” Long Island’s federal partners are working hard, he said. “If there was ever a moment where we need them to deliver for us, it is this moment.”In addition, the report outlined other support for residents and businesses, including federal infrastructure funds to address long-term impacts to spur job creation and transform the region and continued federal relief programs to support small businesses, encourage new businesses, and recover heavily impacted industries.The full report is available [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

u-blox Introduces LTE Cat M1 Module for IoT Applications

first_imgu-blox has announced plans to launch modules supporting Category M1 (Cat M1) LTE networks, which will allow a larger number of devices to connect to the Internet of Things (IoT). The first SARA-R4 module developed by them will be available in Q4 2016 targeting mobile network operators in the US market. With the recently launched SARA-N2, the world’s first cellular NB-IoT module, the new LTE Cat M1 complements their extensive product offering for the IoT.Along with NB-IoT, LTE Cat M1 is part of the new 3GPP Release 13 standard supporting low power wide area (LPWA) technologies in the licensed spectrum and is designed for IoT applications with low to medium data throughput rates, as well as devices that require long battery lifetimes. Additionally, M1’s vehicular handover capability delivers the technology necessary to support vehicle, asset and people tracking. It also supports lower latency applications and a data rate of 375 kbps in half duplex mode and 1 mbps in full duplex mode.The market focus for the LTE Cat M1 technology is extensive and will cover applications in many areas, such as the smart home, security systems, industrial monitoring and control, asset tracking, telematics, connected health, smart metering, smart cities, and wearables.“u-blox is a global leader in developing cellular modules designed for IoT applications, “said Moti Tabulo, Product Manager Cellular at u-blox. “We are excited to add LTE Cat M1 modules to our LPWA product portfolio. We will now be able to offer our customers both LTE Cat M1 and NB-IoT modules.”The SARA-R4 modules follow u-blox’s ‘nested design’ philosophy to maintain form factor and software continuity. This allows customers to easily upgrade their products with each new generation of u-blox wireless modules without having to change their PCB designs. Such easy migration maximizes investment return, simplifies logistics and drastically reduces time-to-market.The first module out of the SARA-R4 series will be available in Q4 2016.last_img read more

United we stand

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN REMAINING silent in the face of the “shameful scourge” of family violence is no longer an option…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Toomuc overlooked for too long

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Cash hope for anti-violence policies

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Fourth for Gurley and Boylan in Madison at Track Cycling World Cup in Manchester

first_imgDay 4 -Sunday Women’s MadisonGold Great Britain (BARKER Elinor, ARCHIBALD Katie)Silver Belgium (D’HOORE Jolien, KOPECKY Lotte)Bronze Italy (BARBIERI Rachele, BALSAMO Elisa)4th Ireland (BOYLAN Lydia, GURLEY Lydia), RESULTS: The Madison pairing of Lydia Gurley and Lydia Boylan narrowly missed the podium, finishing fourth in the second Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup on the 2017/2018 calendar. The duo jumped from sixth to fourth in the final sprint, crossing the line third in the 80 laps, 20km race. Great Britain took gold, Belgium silver and Italy won the bronze medal. Women’s KeirinGold VOGEL Kristina (GER)Silver BRASPENNINCX Shanne (NED)Bronze VAN RIESSEN Laurine (MPC)17th MCCURLEY Shannon (IRL) Men’s OmniumGold THOMAS Benjamin (FRA)Silver LARSEN Niklas (DEN)Bronze TORRES BARCELO Albert (ESP)18th ENGLISH Felix (IRL) In the Omnium Felix English finished 18th, and Shannon McCurley was 17th in the Keirin. Making their international debut, the women’s Talent Transfer Team finished 12th in the Team Pursuit with a time of 4.54.012. Speaking after the Madison both Boylan and Gurley described a long four weeks of racing, which saw them compete in two World Cups, the European Championships and the London Six-Day. Boylan said “Each race is a learning experience for us. We’re learning all the time. We are not yet consistently at the head of affairs, but we’re hungry for it, and we will keep on plucking away.”Gurley echoed her teammate, adding “It was a really tough race, quick the whole time. It’s been a hard four weeks of racing, and I think we have improved a lot. It bodes well for the future.”In October Gurley and Boylan won silver in this event in the European Track Championships, and Gurley acknowledges the achievement saying “If you had told me at the start of this block of racing we would win a European medal and come fourth in a World Cup, I would have been pretty happy with that.”The Women’s Team Pursuit Squad was established six months ago from talented riders who mostly came from other sports. Cycling Ireland Performance Coach Neill Delahaye described their experience at the World Cup as invaluable saying “This group have come a long way, and it has been a very steep learning curve for them. The experience they gained today from exposure to this level of competition in such an intense atmosphere has been invaluable.”“We were happy with how the team dealt with the task they faced,” Delahaye added, before noting that “there is a lot of hard work to be done before we approach the level we are capable of performing at. We are under no illusions about what it will take to get there. This has been a positive experience for the athletes, and a successful culmination of this phase of our Talent Transfer initiative.” Tomorrow is the final day of racing at the second World Cup, and will see a new Madison pairing of Felix English and Marc Potts compete. Robyn Stewart will also be in action, racing in the Sprint. The World Cup runs from Friday 10th November to Sunday 12th November. Women’s Team PursuitGold TBC (Sunday Finals)Silver TBC (Sunday Finals)Bronze TBC (Sunday Finals)12th Ireland (COTTER Imogen, HUGHES Hilary, GRIFFIN Mia, WALSH Orla)print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

2018 Senior Quarter Final And Intermediate Semi-Final Draws

first_imgSenior Qtr.Finals: Relegation Play-Off:“A”     St. Michaels v Kilconly“B”      Tuam Stars v AnCheathruRuaThe winners of these two games retain their Senior Status for 2019 GlenamaddyAthenryKilkerrin/ClonberneGroup 2St. Brendan’sCarna/CashelWilliamstownThe two top teams in the groups retain their Intermediate Status for 2019, the two bottom teams are relegated to Junior for 2019 while the two second placed teams in the Groups play-off, the loser of this game being the third team to be relegated to Junior for 2019. Intermediate Semi-Finals:Headford v An SpidealOileáin Árann v Micheál BreathnachIntermediate Relegation Final Groupings:Group 1 Final Senior Relegation Groupings:Group 1center_img Annaghdown v St. JamesMountbellew/Moylough v MoycullenCorofin v CaherlistraneMilltown v Salthill/Knocknacarra print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email LeitirMórCortoon ShamrocksLosers of “A”  Group 2BarnaCaltraLosers of “B”The two top teams in the groups retain their Senior Status for 2019, the two bottom teams are relegated to Intermediate for 2019 while the two second placed teams in the Groups play-off, the loser of this game being the third team to be relegated to Intermediate for 2019.last_img read more

Galway Athletics report

first_imgGalway Cross Country Championships – The first day of the Galway County Cross Country Championships will take place at the Palace Grounds in Tuam on Sunday 7th October next, with a start time of 1pm. The Juvenile programme will see races for U10 up to U18 age group, across the following distances; U10s – 1000m; U12s – 2000m; U14s – 3000m; U16s – 4000m, and U18s and Junior- 4000m (girls) 6000m (boys). The Senior Ladies will race over 4km and the Galway title could be between Caron Ryan of Craughwell, Aine O Farrell of Athenry and Emma Grimes and Niamh Hennelly of GCH, with a strong GCH team tipped for honours in the team event. The Senior Men’s race will be decided over a testing 8km on the famed rolling hills in the Palace Grounds.  Among the medal favorites will be Brendan McDonnell, Joe Tannian and Peter O Sullivan of GCH, Jamie Fallon of Craughwell, and Castlegar’s Stephen Casserly, with the team title likely to be hotly contested between Castlegar, Craughwell and GCH. The Junior Mens race could be a very exciting affair, with many of GCH’s National title winning team likely to be in action, such as Thomas McStay and Eanna Folan, with new signing Jack Maher also likely to feature well.Galway Primary Schools Races – The annual Galway Primary Schools Cross Country Finals will take place in Nolan Park, Renmore, from 12 noon tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd October, with four races on the card. Almost 2,000 pupils competed on a hugely successful Semi Final day held Tuesday last on a perfect course in Renmore, with over 400 runners making it through to the finalsLoughrea Grey Lake 10k – Loughrea AC held their annual Grey Lake 10k Road Race on Sunday afternoon last, as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations, and first home on the day was Kenneth Rodgers of St Johns AC in Clare, in a fast 32.17. Rodgers finished well clear of Eric Llaurado in second in 36.17, and third home was Hugh McArdle of Roscommon Harriers. First lady was Denise Barrett in 44.30, with Mary Kealy of Athenry AC second and Corofin’s Eimear Bray third.Carna 10k Conamara – Fergal Walsh of Athenry AC (pictured) stormed home to win the Carna 10k held last Saturday 29th September in the scenic Connemara village in a time of 35.25, ahead of Ronan Mac an Iomaire and Bernard McLoughlin, in second and third respectively.  First lady was Maureen Linnane, with Ciara Ni Choribin of Castlegar AC second home. The annual 10k Conamara race was organised by the local Connemara Athletic ClubGalway Bay Races – The Run Galway Bay series of races event takes place on Saturday 6th October next, with the programme including a Full Marathon, (at 8.30am), a Half Marathon which sets off at 12 noon and a 10K race at 10.30 am. This event is a sell out and will see some of Irelands top athletes set to compete including Sergio Ciobanu of Clonliffe and Streets of Galway winner John Travers of Donore Harriers, while GCH ladies Elaine Walsh and Grainne Ni Uallachain will expect to do well over the half marathon.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

F2 Logistics takes 3rd place, nips Generika

first_imgAra Galang defense keeps the ball for F2 as team mate Abbt marano, Kim Fajardo and Import Sydney Kemper looks over. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOF2 Logistics woke up from the wrong side of the bed but still ended up better than Generika, 25-17, 27-25, 25-19, 25-14, Thursday night in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Arena.F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus said his wards were “too tired” because of the succession of games, but was grateful they eked out their sixth win in nine matches.ADVERTISEMENT As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK We are young Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND MOST READ The win allowed the Cargo Movers to take solo third place and within striking distance of outright semifinal slot.Hayley Spelman and Ara Galang accounted for 15 points each,w hile Sydney Kemper helped up with 13 markers for F2 Logistics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThe Life Savers absorbed their 9th defeat in as many game despite double-digit outputs of Polina Liutikova, Darlene Ramdin and Shaya Adorador. Liutikova had 15, while Ramdinand Adorador made 11 and 10, respectively.The only winless club in the league managed to win a set and for a brief moment appeared to have a shot at the match. But Aby Marano and Spelma closed down the lanes with three blocks each to nip the rally in the bud. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tough battle ahead as UAAP Final Four begins Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View commentslast_img read more