News Scan for Aug 16, 2019

first_imgFive countries report polio, including first vaccine-derived case in BeninIn new polio developments, Pakistan reported five more wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) cases and four African countries reported more circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) cases, including the first in Benin, according to the latest weekly update today from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).Pakistan’s five cases are all in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province—three in Bannu district and one each in Charsadda and South Waziristan districts. All of the patients had paralysis onsets in July. The country has now reported 53 WPV1 cases this year, up sharply from the 12 reported in all of 2018.In Africa, the four countries reporting new cVDPV2 cases are Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Angola, and Benin.The case in Benin is the country’s first and was reported in a patient from Borgou state who had a Jul 7 paralysis onset. The GPEI said a response team is working with country officials to conduct a full field investigation and to assess the risk of local spread and need for a response. It added that the risk of further spread across West Africa remains high.Nigeria reported two cases in different districts in Kogi state in patients who had Jul 13 and Jul 20 paralysis onsets. The country now has 15 cases for the year.The DRC has 2 new cases, which involve patients from separate districts of Haut Lomami state, bringing its total for the year to 17. The DRC is experiencing nine separate cVDPV2 outbreaks, two of them in Haut Lomami state.Elsewhere, Angola reported two more illnesses from different parts of Lunda Norte state, with Jul 1 and Jul 21 paralysis onsets. The country has now reported five cVDPV2 cases this year after recording none in 2018.Aug 16 GPEI weekly update PAHO warns of complex dengue situation in Latin America, CaribbeanYesterday the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) warned of a complex dengue situation in Latin America and the Caribbean, stating the region is now experiencing a new epidemic cycle of the disease after 2 years of low incidence.As of Aug 9, more than 2 million people contracted the disease and 723 died in the region since Jan 1. While this number is higher than numbers reported in 2017 and 2018, the case count remains lower than it was in 2015 and 2016.Experts from PAHO warned that a characteristic of this epidemic is cases prevalent among children under the age of 15 years.”In Guatemala, they represent 52% of total cases of severe dengue, while in Honduras, they constitute 66% of all confirmed deaths,” PAHO said in a press release. “This may be due to the fact that their age means they have been less exposed to the virus in the past and may therefore lack immunity.”PAHO said Nicaragua, Brazil, Honduras, Belize, Colombia, El Salvador, Paraguay, Guatemala, Mexico, and Venezuela have the most dengue activity. Honduras and Nicaragua have both issued national-level epidemiologic alerts.PAHO said it was encouraging communities to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds in and around homes by removing containers that could hold standing water. Aug 15 PAHO press release  Study: A fourth of pneumococcal disease in kids caused by vaccine strainsA study today in Pediatrics shows that 4 to 7 years after the introduction of the 13-valent (13-strain) pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in the United States in 2010, 23.9% of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) cases were caused by strains contained in the vaccine.Overall, however, IPD rates among US children have declined, the study’s authors noted.The research was conducted in eight US children’s hospitals by the Pediatric Multicenter Pneumococcal Surveillance Study Group and included 495 pediatric patients with IPD in 2014 to 2017. On average, each hospital saw 120 cases of IPD per year.”Almost 30% had not received any doses of PCV13 before the IPD episode, although >70% of these children were at an age at the time of the IPD at which they should have received ≥2 doses,” the authors said. “Thus, additional cases of IPD might be prevented if PCV13 and PPSV23 [the 23-valent vaccine] are administered to all eligible children according to the recommended schedule.”The authors also said that more than 50% of children sickened with IPD from a non-PCV13 strain had an underlying condition. Aug 16 Pediatrics study  Illinois confirms Heartland virus in Kankakee County ticksThis week the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) confirmed that ticks collected in Kankakee County tested positive for Heartland virus. The department tested the ticks after a resident from that county became the first person in the state to contract Heartland virus last summer.”Bites from ticks can result in multiple types of infections, which can cause serious illness in some people,” said IDPH Director Ngozi Ezike, MD, in a press release. “It is important to take precautions and protect yourself from tick bites by using insect repellent and checking regularly for ticks when in wooded areas or high grass.”Heartland virus is spread via the bites of lone star ticks. It was first identified in Missouri farmers in 2009. While rare, the virus can be severe, and usually results in hospitalization. Most patients recover, but deaths from the virus have been noted. Treatment is supportive, and there are no current vaccines against the virus.According to the IDPH, Heartland virus symptoms mimic other tickborne diseases, and include fever, headaches, fatigue, muscle aches, and diarrhea. Symptom onset is usually 2 weeks after a tick bite. Aug 14 IDPH press releaselast_img read more

Victor Chavez

first_imgVictor Chavez became CEO of Thales UK on January 1, having served as Deputy CEO since October 2008. He replaces Alex Dorrian, who has moved on to become Chairman while retaining his additional role as Executive Vice-President of Thales SA. Current Chairman Lord Freeman will stay on as a Director of Thales SA and Chairman of Thales UK Advisory Board.last_img

Black Bear Kills 16-year-Old Boy During Race

first_imgThe teenager, whose identity has not been released, was a participant in the juniors division of the Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb race between Anchorage and Girdwood. The race director says the runner had apparently made it to the halfway point turnaround on Bird Ridge trail and was on his way down when he texted a family member that he was being chased by a bear. A park ranger shot the 250-pound bear in the face, but it ran away. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Authorities say a black bear killed a 16-year-old runner while he was competing in an Alaska race on Sunday.center_img Officials from a number of agencies responded up the mountain to locate the boy. Alaska State Troopers released a statement Sunday saying the boy’s remains were transported from the scene and his next of kin was notified.last_img read more

Wesley Snipes says he was heartbroken when he lost out to Eric La Salle in the original ‘Coming to America’

first_imgABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) — Ahead of the highly anticipated Coming to America sequel, Wesley Snipes is sharing some little-known details about his first encounter with the 1988 classic film comedy.In a chat posted on Snipes’ Instagram, the actor tells his fellow Dolemite Is My Name cast members, including Eddie Murphy, that he was upset when he lost out to Eriq La Salle for the role of Darryl Jenks, the heir to the Soul Glo empire, in the film.“I auditioned for Coming to America and I remember being so sad,” Snipes says. “I really wanted to be in the movie. I wanted to work with them. I was really contemplating what my purpose in life was after losing that to Eriq La Salle.”After they all laughed, Murphy offered an explanation.“Our look was too close,” Murphy interjected. “You actually look more African than me.”Snipes then joked that Murphy should have told him this before.“That would’ve healed me,” Snipes said. “I was in the bathroom ‘Why am I even doing this, man? I’m not gon’ quit. They not gon’ break me down, man.’”However, Murphy notes that the opportunity ended up coming “full circle,” with Snipes now officially in the film’s sequel.“Now [Wesley] is playing the General Izzi, the villain… crushing it,” Murphy said. “Eriq is too light-skinned to play that.”La Salle recently explained why wouldn’t be returning to the Coming to America sequel, telling the Grio, “I’m a little busy right now with this show,” referring to being an executive producer and director for hit shows like NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and Chicago P.D.Coming 2 America is set to hit theaters August 7, 2020. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. View this post on Instagramcenter_img A little #ComingToAmerica talk????A post shared by Wesley Snipes (@realwesleysnipes) on Nov 2, 2019 at 2:55pm PDTlast_img read more

100% Giving with the SHRM Foundation!

first_imgAttention, SHRM chapters and state councils! Have you made your 2018 annual donation to the SHRM Foundation yet? If you have, then you’ve moved your state one step closer to becoming a member of the 100% Giving Club. If you haven’t, there’s still time to do so!The 100% Giving Club annually recognizes the states with 100% giving from the SHRM state council and all chapters within the state. This club signifies the collective dedication your state has to advancing the mission of the SHRM Foundation.To join the 100% Giving Club, your state council and all chapters within the state must make their annual donation to the SHRM Foundation by November 2, 2018. Once the state council and all chapters have made their donation, you will receive a digital badge to display on websites and social media and will also be recognized and celebrated at SHRM’s Volunteer Leaders’ Summit. To confirm your chapter’s or state council’s 2018 donation to the SHRM Foundation, or to view donations from other chapters in your state, please visit the giving reports page of our website.For more information on how your state can achieve 100% giving status in 2018, please e-mail SHRM Foundation development specialist Alie Mihuta at [email protected] #EmpowerHR #donate #100percent #shrmfoundationlast_img read more

ProjectThingy: Innovation in Collaboration

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Product Reviews#web Related Posts We’ve written quite a lot about project management and collaboration tools in the past but recently we came across a tool that takes the collaboration process to the next level. ProjectThingy is project management software that can be seamlessly integrated into your site giving your team and clients a familiar project environment and full collaboration capabilities.While we love Basecamp and use it daily here at ReadWriteWeb, the idea of embedding this type of software into a page using only a few lines of code is appealing. Easy to use, you just point to the domain you want it to live on, create a username, password and voila – ProjectThingy spits out the code for you to cut and paste to your site.Feature overview:ProjectsName and mission statementStatus: none, in progress, problem, completeDue dateMilestones with dates and status indicatorsProject members from your user poolWork itemsDiscussion threads with assignmentsLimited client accessWork itemsName and descriptionStatus: none, in progress, problem, completeAssign to any project memberAttach links and files (up to 1GB per file)Add link and file revisionsClients only see latest revision when assignedMessagesProject and work item message threadsOptionally assign to any project member with status: none, in progress, problem, completeClients only see messages when assignedUser poolUnlimited number of usersUser permissions: no access, client, team, administratorPricingThere are four levels of pricing and you can cancel your subscription at any time. ProjectThingy will keep your data for six months after you cancel, making it easier for you to return if you change your mind later on.Free: 1 Active Project, 50MB StorageSmall: $19 P/M: 10 Active Projects, 6GB StorageMedium: $39 P/M: 30 Active Projects, 20GB StorageLarge: $139 P/M: Unlimited Projects, 100GB StorageUsing Amazon Web Services for scalability and reliability, ProjectThingy runs on EC2 with a MySQL database with data storage on Elastic Block Storage and files in Simple Storage Service buckets.The team behind the project Chris and Utka Ritke have created five short videos if you want to learn more or check out their FAQ page.center_img lidija davis Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Tussle on Bill

first_imgAjay MakenSports minister Ajay Maken is keen that the new sports law Bill gets passed.There are whispers in Shastri Bhawan about the latest effort by the babus in his ministry – ghostwriting columns for top athletes which get published in a top city newspaper.While some athletes have reluctantly agreed to lend their names for the exercise, much to the consternation of their respective sports federations, a few have refused to fall in line.The sports ministry believes that if athletes speak in favour of the proposed Bill, it could get past the cabinet and be presented in Parliament. However, sceptics say that with politicians from major parties involved in sports administration, this effort will be futile.last_img

See Pics: This is what Katrina Kaif looks like on Day 1 of Cannes 2015

first_imgKatrina Kaif, who is making her debut at the Cannes International Film Festival this year, has begun sharing her experience with her fans. The actress’ maiden visit to the fest has largely been under the media scanner, what with the paparazzi tracking her every single move ever since the news that she’d be at Cannes was out.This is Katrina Kaif’s maiden visit to the Cannes International Film FestivalKaif’s debut on social networking site Twitter, too, happened because of her Cannes visit, as was evident from her Twitter handle: It’s called @KatrinaAtCannes. Now, the actress has shared her look from her first day at the Festival de Cannes.Day one! #MediaInterviews #Cannes2015 pic.twitter.com/2mtKmMvUm4 Katrina At Cannes (@KatrinaAtCannes) May 13, 2015Media interviews at #Martinez #Cannes2015 pic.twitter.com/jruX94c6Ob Katrina At Cannes (@KatrinaAtCannes) May 13, 2015Sporting a black and white outfit, Kaif looked quite the diva on Day 1 of the fest. In addition to Katrina, the other Bollywood actresses glamming up the French Riviera this year are Cannes regulars Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor and Mallika Sherawat, and actress Richa Chadda.last_img read more

10 months ago​Chelsea midfielder Scott in talks with Ascoli

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Chelsea midfielder Scott in talks with Ascoliby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea midfielder Kyle Scott is being linked with a move to Ascoli.The 21-year-old is on loan with Telstar in Holland.But the American could be set for a move to Serie B when his contract with the Blues runs out at the end of the season.Sky Sports reports that it is unlikely he would get a renewal from Chelsea.Scott has scored twice in 14 games for Telstar this season. last_img

Infrastructure money cash not Ralph Goodales reelection fund Moe

first_imgREGINA — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe is suggesting the federal government is playing favourites with infrastructure funding to give a boost to Liberal-area member of Parliament Ralph Goodale.The province is in a dispute with Ottawa over how millions in federal infrastructure dollars will flow to projects in different communities.Moe questions why the federal government is focused on funding for two outdoor swimming pools in Goodale’s Regina riding when they’re not a priority for the province.He says there’s a long list of other recreational projects Ottawa could consider.Moe says the infrastructure money is not “Goodale’s re-election fund” for the vote in October.The federal government recently announced it had approved funding for 13 of Saskatchewan’s infrastructure projects and would be likely to approve more. The Canadian Presslast_img read more