Surging flu cases may herald tough season in England

first_imgDec 24, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – While the US influenza season has started slowly, cases are surging in England, raising concern that the country could have its toughest season since 1999-2000.In England and Wales last week, about 68.5 people per 100,000 saw a general practitioner for influenza-like illness (ILI), a 73% increase over the 39.5 per 100,000 the week before, according to the latest weekly report from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). A BBC News report said the number also is73% higher than the same week a year ago.Dr. Douglas Fleming, director of the RCGP Research Unit in Birmingham, said the increase was significant, according to BBC News. “In the past 10 years, the only substantial outbreak was in 1999-2000,” he said. “I think we could be looking at something that approaches that this year.”The RCGP report says ILI visit rates of 30 to 100 per 100,000 population per week are “usual when influenza viruses are circulating,” rates above 100 are above average, and rates exceeding 200 are “exceptional.” The RCGP data are drawn from about 85 general practitioner clinics around the country, representing an at-risk population of about 840,000.ILI rates rose in all age-groups and regions in the week of Dec 15 to 21, the RCGP report says. The highest rates were seen among 15- to 44-year-olds, with 79.7 cases per 100,000, and 45- to 64-year-olds, with 75.6 cases. The 65-and-older group had 44.7 cases per 100,000, which was more than double the 18 cases seen the week before.The BBC report said experts believe the unusually cold weather might have contributed to the surge in cases.British public health officials define a flu epidemic as an ILI rate of 200 per 100,000, according to the BBC story. The last time that happened in England was in 1989-90, the report said.”That one caught everyone a bit off guard but there’s been a big push on flu vaccination since then,” virologist John Oxford of Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in London told the BBC.Oxford and others quoted in the story urged people to get a flu shot if they haven’t done so yet.David Salisbury, director of immunization at the UK Department of Health, told the BBC, “We have had a very unusual run of winters with almost no flu, so we should not be surprised that here is a winter with more flu. It is very difficult to predict what makes the change winter to winter.”In contrast to the situation in England, flu activity in the United States has remained low so far this season, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued Dec 19. The report, for the week that ended Dec 13, said only three states—Texas, Virginia, and Hawaii—were reporting local flu activity. Thirty-six states reported sporadic cases and 11 states were reporting none.Google Flu Trends, a Web site that estimates US flu activity from the volume of Internet searches for flu information, currently shows “moderate” activity only in Hawaii, Maryland, and Virginia, with the rest of the country having low activity.See also: CDC flu surveillance updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/Google Flu Trendshttp://www.google.org/flutrends/last_img read more

Get your reno on in 2018 with these potential beauties

first_imgInside the home at 14 Willmington St, Wooloowin.The house has plenty of character features including wide timber floorboards under carpet, high ceilings, VJ walls and breezeways. The property is in the Wooloowin State School catchment.In Nundah, a three bedroom family home on stumps is also in need of a complete renovation. The home at 8 Junior Tce, Northgate.Ray White Aspley agents Dwight Colbert and Courtney Vardanega are marketing the property at 8 Junior Tce as a “good-sized home” in need of some TLC. “There’s plenty of potential for those who can think outside the square or simply an excellent opportunity to enter the market,” Mr Colbert said. The home at 14 Willmington St, Wooloowin.IF your New Year’s resolution is to try your hand at renovating, take a look at these diamonds in the rough close to the Brisbane CBD. For those keen to tackle a total project there is a barebones post-war home in Red Hill just screaming for a full makeover. The three-bedroom deceased estate at 27 Argyle St is sitting on a 506sq m block with two-street frontage. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe home at 35 King St, Annerley.The turn of the century Queenslander at 35 King St has VJ walls, high ceilings and pine floorboards.Mr Matthews said the property was on the market for little more than land price and had the potential to be turned into a beautifully restored home. The house is on a 412sq m block and has two bedrooms, a sunroom, garage parking for one car and an iron roof. Inside the home at 35 King St, Annerley.The property is a few minutes walk to major shops and Prince Alfred Hospital and has easy access to the freeway. If you are chasing more yard space to go with your renovation project, the Queenslander at 14 Willmington St, Wooloowin is at the front of a 810sq m block with 20m frontage. The home at 27 Argyle St, Red Hill.Marketing agent Sonya Browne of Ray White Paddington said the renovator’s delight was a property with potential. “(The home is a) great blank canvas for those that are ready to get into a renovation, with the owner making it easy for you by taking out all the old wall and ceiling linings — so it’s ready to start from scratch,” she said. The home has solid timber floors and wall framing upstairs — and not much else. Inside the home at 27 Argyle St, Red Hill.The upstairs area currently has a layout that includes three bedrooms, a bathroom, an open-plan living and dining area, and a kitchen with bay window. There are small decks at the front and back of the house. The downstairs area is enclosed and has parking space for one car. In Annerley, Russell Matthews of Matthews Real Estate is selling what he describes as a “blank canvas” in a great location. The home at 14 Willmington St, Wooloowin.Anna Glynn and Steve Grimbas of Place Nundah are marketing the property as a “grand old lady” in need of some TLC. “The floorplan is currently configured into three self-contained units allowing for an exciting opportunity to rent out, renovate/restore the home to its former glory or build townhouses at the rear (subject to council approval),” Ms Glynn said. Inside the home at 8 Junior Tce, Northgate.The property has original hardwood floors, separate lounge and dining rooms, an updated kitchen and original laundry and bathroom. The home is on a fully-fenced 410sq m block with side access and garage parking for two cars. The property is close to schools, shops and public transport.last_img read more

Noble Energy: Leviathan development 60% complete. First gas sales in 2019

first_imgThe development of the giant Leviathan gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, offshore Israel is nearly 60 percent complete.The Leviathan platform under construction (Image by Noble Energy)This is according to Noble Energy, the operator of the field, which on Friday shared the progress update as part of its quarterly report.Noble said the offshore gas field project was “nearly 60 percent complete, with anticipated first sales on schedule by the end of 2019.”During the second quarter, Noble drilled two final wells at the Leviathan field to total depth.“Completion activities are underway, and pipeline installation has been completed for infield flowlines and main gathering lines,” the company said.The final investment decision (FID) for the Leviathan development was made in February 2017. The first phase of development of the Leviathan is expected to cost around $3.75 billion.Development planThe Leviathan, holding around 22 trillion cubic feet of gross recoverable resources, will be developed using a subsea system that connects production wells to a fixed platform located offshore with tie-in onshore in the northern part of Israel.The Leviathan platform will have an initial deck weight of 22,000 tons. Processed gas will connect to the Israel Natural Gas Lines Ltd. onshore transportation grid in the northern part of the country and to regional markets via onshore export pipelines. The development plan allows for future expansion from its initial 1.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) capacity to 2.1 Bcf/d.Offshore platform installation will take the most of the next year, with commissioning and first gas scheduled for the end of 2019.In its presentation on Friday, Noble shared several milestones achieved at the project: Finished drilling program and began completion activity; Completed first subsea tree installation; Completed floating of the production decks; Finished pipelay for gathering lines;  Completed direct pipe shore crossing.Offshore platform installation will take the most of the next year, with commissioning and first gas scheduled for the end of 2019.Noble has already secured contracts for the supply of over 900 MMcf/d of gas from the Leviathan. Over 200 MMcf/d has been contracted to meet Israel domestic consumption, while 700 MMcf/d has been contracted for exports, evenly split between Jordan and Egypt.While working to bring the Leviathan online, Noble is extracting gas from its Tamar field offshore Israel.During the second quarter of 2018, the Tamar field helped bring Noble’s 2Q gross sales volumes in Israel to a quarterly record of more than 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day, driven by increased local demand.  Net sales volumes totaled 227 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day during the second quarter of 2018.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Pantry Pot Roast.

first_img 30 Views   no discussions Food & DiningLifestyle Pantry Pot Roast. by: – August 12, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Pantry Pot Roast.Chuck is a value-priced cut of beef that becomes incredibly tender and delicious with long, slow simmering. Your slow cooker is the perfect tool for making this easy family dinner.Sweet dried fruit, apple juice and allspice make this a great dish for a chilly autumn night. Serve mashed potatoes alongside, to soak up the delicious juices, and a crisp green salad or some blanched green beans to round out the meal.Nutrition facts * Calories452 * Total Fat (g)26 * Saturated Fat (g)9, * Cholesterol (mg)98, * Sodium (mg)194, * Carbohydrate (g)27, * Fiber (g)2, * Protein (g)29, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.Ingredients:1 2-pound beef chuck pot roast1 tablespoon cooking oilSalt and pepper1 7- to 8-ounce package mixed dried fruit1 large onion, cut into thin wedges1/4 teaspoon ground allspice1 5-1/2-ounce can apple juiceDirections:Trim fat from meat. In a Dutch oven, brown meat on all sides in hot oil. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Cut up any large pieces of dried fruit.In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart electric crockery cooker, place fruit and onion. Add browned meat. Sprinkle with allspice, add apple juice. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or until meat is tender. (Or, cover and cook on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or until meat is tender.)Makes 6 servings.Dietary Exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit, 4 medium fat meat, 1 fat.Test Kitchen Tip: Don’t confuse the fruits in this recipe with dried fruit bits. Look for the packaged mixture of regular-size dried fruitsRecipe source: Better Homes and Gardenslast_img read more

Chelsea seek knockdown deal for AC Milan goalkeeper Donnarumma

first_img Loading… read also:Chelsea Ladies clinch Community Shield title hit City ladies 2-0 Henderson signed a new five-year contract at Manchester United, while deals for Onana and Oblak proved fruitless. Chelsea are now set to test the Serie A giants’ resolve with a £45m bid. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemSuch A Sweet Life Story Of The Youngest Queen In The WorldWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthcenter_img Chelsea are eyeing AC Milan goalkeeper, Gigio Donnarumma. The Blues are targeting a move for Donnarumma to replace flop Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Sun says reports claim the Blues are set to continue their sensational spending on the £45m-rated Italian after contacting agent Mino Raiola. Chelsea have already looked at Dean Henderson, Andre Onana, Jan Oblak and Edouard Mendy.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pulis: Saints have got it right

first_img “Tottenham lost Bale, they are one of the top clubs in England but they lost him to one of the top clubs in the world – that happens.” Palace themselves are still embroiled in the Barclays Premier League relegation battle and welcome Southampton to Selhurst Park on Saturday with Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool still to visit south London. The Eagles also face a number of other sides in the survival battle as trips to Sunderland, Cardiff and Fulham loom on the horizon. “We know how tough this run is for us,” conceded Pulis. “We have got it as tough as anybody in the bottom 10 but we will get our heads down and work as hard as we can. “There are 10 or 11 teams still fighting for their lives and we are ahead of the game in a lot of respects because we are still in with a chance and nobody gave us that chance a short time ago. “It is very difficult to stop the players looking at things. You can get so confused and uptight and lose a lot of energy worrying about things you can’t affect.” Pulis could be without Marouane Chamakh after t he striker injured a hamstring in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Swansea. Kagisho Dikgacoi did not travel for international duty with South Africa but Pulis is hopeful he can play some part against Saints. Southampton manager Pochettino believes Shaw’s England debut has given Roy Hodgson a “very big problem” when it comes to selecting his World Cup squad. The highly-rated 18-year-old was handed his senior debut in Wednesday’s 1-0 friendly defeat of Denmark at Wembley, just 16 months on from making his Premier League bow. Shaw replaced boyhood idol Ashley Cole at half-time and slotted in seamlessly at left-back, providing Hodgson with a pleasant selection headache when it comes to choosing his squad for Brazil. Leighton Baines’ place is all but assured, so it looks to be a straight fight between Shaw and experienced Chelsea defender Cole for the other left-back berth. “I think Roy Hodgson has a very big problem on his hands,” Pochettino said of England’s selection dilemma. “I don’t know what is going through Roy’s mind at the moment regarding Luke Shaw but in light of the 45 minutes he played he showed he deserves to be in the team and has the quality to be in the team. “I thought it was an amazing moment for him, for Southampton Football Club in general and especially for all the managers and directors he’s had in the academy. “To see a child from 10 years old to making his international debut has to be a moment of great satisfaction and of great pride.” Shaw was one of 18 Southampton players on international duty this week – a proud moment for Pochettino only tempered by the negative impact it could have on Saturday’s trip to Palace. “I always enjoy watching my players when they play for their national sides,” he said. “It was really great to see Luke’s England debut, and Adam (Lallana) made a good contribution in the second half. “I was very pleased with their performances on Wednesday, but it’s always a difficult moment when you have a lot of players away. “Overall, when you include the Under-21s, Under-19s and Under-17s, we had 18 players out of the club so it’s good to have them back and to be able to welcome them into the squad. “All of the players that have been away on international duty might have a little bit of fatigue, especially those who have travelled long distances like Maya Yoshida and Victor Wanyama, who have just got back. “Of course there are some minor problems that we need to assess with certain players, especially those who have been away.” Press Association Tony Pulis believes Southampton have solved the puzzle of bringing through academy players – but warned that tempting offers from other clubs could still see that homegrown talent fly the nest. “They have done it consistently for a long time,” he said. “They haven’t just stumbled over it. They have the jigsaw sorted out and all the pieces are in the right place, we don’t do that a lot in this country. “I know a little about the club and there are people who have been there for years and years. They have a good scouting set-up and the people who work there, even before you become a professional, are very good lads. “They don’t worry about just the technical side of it, they look at attitude, commitment and responsibility. Most of the lads who have come out of that club are not only good players, they are good lads.” Other players to have come through the ranks at Southampton include talent such as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Bale moved on to Tottenham before a massive-money move to Real Madrid, while England pair Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain are making their mark at Arsenal. Shaw has been constantly linked with a summer move to Chelsea or Manchester United and Pulis admits it is hard for Southampton to keep hold of all of their talent. “I think they accept that,” he said. Southampton have drawn the plaudits for their attractive football under Mauricio Pochettino and the backbone of the Argentinian’s side are products of Saints’ youth academy. Calum Chambers, James Ward-Prowse, Adam Lallana, Sam Gallagher and England’s latest cap Luke Shaw have all played some part for Southampton this season and Palace boss Pulis is not at all surprised. last_img read more

Cricket News Allen, Pooran, Thomas handed West Indies contracts for first time

first_imgNew Delhi : World Cup returnees Fabian Allen, Nicholas Pooran and Oshane Thomas have been handed West Indies central contracts for the first time while seven players have been given all-format contracts.The number of all-format contracts for the men has now increased from four to seven with Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul joining those in the Test and ODI formats — captain Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph and Kemar Roach — on the list.In total, 19 men have been retained for the upcoming contract year which runs from July 1 this year to June 30 next year including first-timers Allen, Pooran and Thomas who were part of the West Indies team which finished ninth out of 10 teams in the World Cup.Meanwhile, 15 women an increase of three have also earned central contracts  including veteran all-rounder Stacy-Ann King, fellow left-hander Kycia Knight and newcomers Shabika Gajnabi, Shawnisha Hector, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean and Karishma Ramharack.Cricket West Indies (CWI) policy allows up to 22 contracts to be offered each contract year to men’s players, so the selection panel may decide to offer additional central contracts throughout the year.CWI director of cricket Jimmy Adams said verbal offers had been made to all players, and contracts will be issued in the next few weeks, as soon as the board has concluded a new four-year Memorandum of Understanding with the West Indies Players Association.This is the third year that CWI will award central contracts to West Indies men under three different categories.WEST INDIES MEN CENTRALLY-CONTRACTED PLAYERS 2019-20:All-Format Contracts:Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Keemo Paul, Kemar RoachRed-Ball Contracts: Kraigg Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Jomel WarricanWhite-Ball Contracts: Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Oshane Thomas. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Offensive inconsistencies plague Syracuse in 9-8 loss to Loyola in final regular season game

first_imgRiley Donahue cut through the middle of Loyola’s defense, caught a pass and fired a shot from point-blank range that clanked off the right post.Syracuse head coach Gary Gait, standing nearly level with the Loyola goal on SU’s sideline, let out a sigh and walked back toward the rest of the Syracuse bench.SU attack Kayla Treanor had just scored twice in 31 seconds to bring the Orange within a goal of Loyola with just three minutes left in the game and Donahue’s chance could have tied the score with only two minutes remaining.“She’s just a freshman and it’s tough getting that shot and putting it in,” Gait said. “We had multiple other players that had opportunities earlier and just didn’t get the job done.”Syracuse’s first half was plagued by poor shooting and missed opportunities. The Orange scored just two goals in the first half and finished the game with only eight goals on 32 shots. SU mounted a comeback, scoring six goals in the second half, but it was too late and the No. 2 Orange (14-7, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) fell to the No. 14 Greyhounds (15-4, 8-0 Patriot), 9-8, at SU Soccer Stadium on Saturday in front of a crowd of 1,022.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We were just playing a little lethargic,” Gait said. “When we shoot high-to-high and we shoot from the outside, we shoot poorly and those are the games we’ve lost throughout the year.”Syracuse dominated the possession at the beginning of the game, but its offense struggled to find the back of the net.Attack Halle Majorana had a goal called off for being in the crease and attack Kailah Kempney sent a sidearm shot wide from eight meters away that rolled up the hill behind the net.In one possession, midfielder Erica Bodt shot wide and then high on two chances cutting through the middle, before throwing her head back in frustration.Attack Devon Collins scored the Orange’s first goal quickly after Bodt’s missed shots, but it came with nearly 14 minutes gone in the half — the latest SU has scored all season.“Having off days, that happens,” Bodt said. “… we just have to focus on our fakes and finishing the shots.”Gait yelled to his players to spread out and move around on offense, constantly telling his midfielders behind him on the sideline to stop watching the ball.But only two of SU’s 14 shots in the first half went for goals and the Orange went into the break trailing, 4-2.Midway through the second half SU fell behind, 8-4, but with about 11 minutes left it seemed as though Majorana had scored SU’s third goal in a row to bring it within one.She dodged toward the crease and found the back of the net while crashing to the ground, but for the third time of the game, her goal was called off for being in the crease.Majorana got up and ran toward the referee, screaming and waving her arms. SU midfielder Gabby Jaquith intercepted Majorana on her path to the official and pulled her away. “What do you want?” Majorana yelled to someone as she walked to the bench.“It’s definitely frustrating,” Majorana said. “Definitely a mental lapse on my part.”Loyola scored on its ensuing possession, but Treanor scored twice while Majorana watched on the sideline to make it a one-goal game. SU managed one final chance on Donahue’s shot, but she wasn’t able to tie the game.The Greyhounds held the ball until the final seconds ticked off the clock.Loyola goalie Molly Wolf threw her gloves to the ground, screaming, “Let’s go,” as her teammates charged toward her.“We talked a good game about it being a playoff type game for seeding and going into the playoffs the right way,” Gait said. “Unfortunately, we weren’t up to the task today.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 2, 2015 at 5:59 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

FIFA Bans Ugandan Official over 2014 World Cup Ticket Resales

first_imgFIFA has banned the president of Uganda’s soccer federation for two months over the resale of tickets for the 2014 World Cup.FIFA said its ethics judges ratified a plea bargain by Moses Magogo, an elected member of the Confederation of African Football executive committee. He also agreed to pay a 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,075) fine.Magogo was alleged to have profited from rule-breaking resales among an allocation of 177 tickets FIFA thought were for fans in Uganda. A formal complaint in Uganda alleged “American and South African agents sold tickets for games in Brazil.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kotoko gets Accra for FA Cup semis as Hearts goes to Kumasi

first_imgAsante Kotoko will play away from home in the semi-final stage of the MTN FA Cup following Friday’s draw to determine the match venues.The Porcupine Warriors will use the Accra Sports Stadium when they battle Amidaus Professionals on June 2 for a place in the final.As Kotoko travel to Accra, their rivals, Hearts of Oak will head in the opposite direction to Kumasi, the home grounds of their dreaded rivals – Kotoko – for the other last four game on the same day.The Phobians play Medeama at the Baba Yara Stadium.According to the FA Cup Committee, the all premiership semi-final matches which will be played on the same day will now start simultaneously.The fixture in Accra and Kumasi will kick off at 3:00pm. Semi-final fixtures on June 2Asante Kotoko v Amidaus – AccraMedeama v Heart of Oak – Kumasilast_img read more