EV-D68 cases jump to 443 as neuro illnesses probed

first_imgThe tally of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) cases in US children jumped to 443 today, up 166 since Sep 26, federal health officials reported, as an investigation of nine neurologic illnesses in Colorado that may be linked to the virus continued.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported today that confirmed cases number 443 in 40 states, up from 277 cases in the same number of states 3 days ago. All but 1 of the cases are in children.The contagious respiratory virus had been fairly rare in the United States until clusters of cases surfaced in Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., in August. It causes cold-like symptoms but can lead to serious breathing difficulty, especially in children who have asthma, the CDC says. Infants, children, and teenagers are most at risk for getting sick.The only states that have not yet had any confirmed cases in the current outbreak, according to a CDC map, are Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, Arizona, Tennessee, Florida, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. Several other states have suspected cases, according to media reports.Testing for the virus is complex and slow, and only the CDC and a few state health labs can do it, the CDC says.No deaths have been reported in the outbreak, but a Sep 26 ABC News story said New Jersey authorities were investigating whether the virus contributed to the recent death of a 4-year-old boy who had a respiratory illness. The story gave no other details about his case.Colorado investigationOn Sep 26 the CDC announced that it was working with Colorado officials to investigate nine cases of acute neurologic illness involving limb weakness in children, four of whom tested positive for EV-D68. The agency reported the cases in a Health Alert Network (HAN) advisory.The CDC said most of the sick children were from the Denver area, and an ABC News report today said all nine case-patients were at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver.Disease signs included “focal limb weakness” and “non-enhancing lesions” in the gray matter of the spinal cord, revealed by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), according to the HAN advisory. Some of the children also had acute cranial nerve dysfunction with non-enhancing brainstem lesions on MRI, but none had altered mental status or seizures.Most of the children reported a febrile respiratory illness in the 2 weeks before the neurologic symptoms appeared, the CDC said. Analysis of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) showed increased cell counts, suggesting inflammation or infection.”Nasopharyngeal specimens were positive for rhinovirus/enterovirus in six out of eight patients that were tested,” the notice said. “Of the six positive specimens, four were typed as EV-D68, and the other two are pending typing results.” It said no viruses were found in testing of CSF samples, but other samples were still being tested.The CDC said 8 of the 9 children are up to date on polio vaccinations and that epidemiologic and lab investigations were continuing. A CDC official told CIDRAP News today that there was no new information about the investigation.The ABC News story said doctors have not confirmed a link between the respiratory infections and neurologic problems and that it could take a week to get conclusive test results.Parallels to California casesThe Colorado cases show apparent parallels to five cases of polio-like illness that were retrospectively reported in February in California children. Two of those children tested positive for EV-D68, but no cause of the illness was found in the other three, the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) reported at the time.The five children had paralysis of one or more limbs, and three of them had a respiratory illness before the paralysis began. The children’s conditions did not improve with treatment, and they still had poor limb function after 6 months, the AAN reported.See also: Sep 26 CDC HAN advisoryCDC information on current outbreakCDC list of states with confirmed casesSep 29 ABC News story on Colorado casesSep 26 ABC News story on New Jersey deathFeb 24 CIDRAP News story on five California casesRelated Feb 23 AAN press releaselast_img read more

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Is dirty money even dirtier than we thought?

first_imgFollowing a Property Week investigation into the true scale of the problem, I may have to do a Paddy Ashdown and eat my hat.Our findings reveal that the problem could be far worse than suggested. While it is almost impossible to establish just how much filthy foreign lucre is actually swilling around (as opposed to the clean stuff – which was, unfortunately, tarred with the same brush by Cameron), we can assess how much offshore money is coming in.We certainly aren’t the first to have realised that. Private Eye has looked into the issue extensively and just this week, the Evening Standard published the findings of its own investigation into the amount of offshore money coming into London over the past six years.However, previous investigations have analysed just part of the Land Registry database, and over a limited period of time. Property Week’s data journalist, Daniele Palumbo, has crunched the whole darn lot – in what we believe is the first analysis of the full database.We wanted to establish how much money is coming in, where it is coming into and where it is coming from – and as our seven-page investigation and interactive data online reveals, the numbers are truly eye-watering.A whopping £263bn has been invested in commercial and residential property in England and Wales by companies registered offshore since 2000. Last year alone (2014), some £32bn flooded in, 16 times the amount that was invested in 2000.We cannot infer from this that all of this is dirty money, of course. But we can surely conclude that if the amount of offshore investment has gone up so sharply, so too, quite probably, has the amount of dirty money.Where the money is coming into is fascinating: London and the South East, of course, but Greater Manchester too is a massively popular destination for offshore companies looking for a UK safe haven for their dosh. But more interesting, arguably, is where that dosh is coming from, and the disparities in the regimes in the different jurisdictions. While Jersey, the biggest offshore source of investment into UK property, is considered pretty benign, the British Virgin Islands, which are the second-biggest source, are cause for concern for many experts, who point to its less than transparent regime and the near-complete confidentiality given to companies registered in the territory.So what to do? Well, it would be helpful to have a better handle on the scale of a problem, but the National Crime Agency reckons that is impossible – and given that criminals don’t tend to publicise their illicit activities, it’s probably right. What we can do, however, is be more diligent in our own due diligence when it comes to dealing with offshore companies. Only then can we start to cleanse the UK property industry of dirty money.last_img read more

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How much longer must we wait for new housing standards?

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5 minutes with… Angus Bruce, principal and head of landscape architecture, Hassell Studio

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DSB becomes Sweden’s second largest operator

first_imgSWEDEN: Västra Götaland county transport authority Västtrafik has selected the DSBFirst Väst joint venture of Danish state railway DSB (70%) and UK company FirstGroup (30%) to operate Göteborg commuter and regional rail services from December 2010. DSBFirst took over Øresund services between Denmark and Sweden in January, and the latest contract announced on August 28 will make DSB the second-largest passenger rail operator in Sweden, with around 25% of the market. One in four of DSB’s passengers will be carried outside Denmark, according to the company. The contract with Västtrafik is worth DKr2bn and runs for eight years from December 12 2010, with an optional two-year extension. The 11 routes totalling 961 km carried 15 million passengers in 2008, and this is predicted to grow to 20 million with the launch of an Älvängen – Göteborg commuter service in December 2012. Bids had also been submitted by DB Regio, Svenska Tågkompaniet and Arriva, but not incumbent SJ. ‘This is a milestone for DSB and further evidence that DSB is very competitive’, said CEO Søren Eriksen. ‘With Västtrafik, the Swedish part of the Øresund traffic and Roslagsbanan in Stockholm, we are very much a significant player in the Swedish market, and our ambition in Sweden does not end here.’last_img read more

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AAE acquires majority stake in ZSSK Cargo wagon fleet

first_imgSLOVAKIA: European wagon leasing company AAE has been selected to acquire a majority stake in the Cargo Wagon fleet management subsidiary of state-owned freight operator ZSSK Cargo for €7m.In July 2013 the government approved a restructuring plan under which ZSSK Cargo is to concentrate on freight operations, with its wagon management, intermodal and rolling stock maintenance activities to be taken over by three new subsidiaries. While ZSSK Cargo is to remain state-owned, international partners were sought to acquire stakes in the Cargo Wagon fleet management and ZSSK Cargo Intermodal businesses which were formally established in October 2013. ZSSK Cargo is to use the proceeds to reduce debt.Under the deal announced on June 6, AAE is to pay €7m for a 66% stake in Cargo Wagon, with ZSSK Cargo retaining 34%. Cargo Wagon will purchase 12 450 wagons from ZSSK Cargo for €180m, with 8 218 to be leased back to ZSSK Cargo under long-term contracts. ‘Apart from the price we offered, the comprehensive concept for the subsequent marketing of the wagons was decisive, supported by our many years of experience in this field as well as the spirit of partnership which we have developed with ZSSK and Slovakia over the last 20 years’, said AAE Group CEO Karsten Sachsenröder.last_img read more

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Live long and financially strong with these 3 tips

first_imgBy 2029, more than 76 million baby boomers will be 65 or older, according to  recent Census estimates. While there is great upside to increased longevity, there are also challenges. Inflation, climbing health care expenses and ebbing safety nets are complex dynamics to navigate through an extended retirement.One key aspect of longer lifespans many Americans overlook is caregiving. In fact, the government estimates 70 percent of adults 65 or older will require some form of long-term care (“LTC”). Recent findings from Northwestern Mutual’s 2015 C.A.R.E(Costs, Accountabilities, Realities, Expectations) Study  underscore this reality.Nearly four in 10 Americans (36 percent) are currently or have been caregivers to adults who are aging, ill or with special needs. The study further reveals caregiving, while rewarding, can have significant financial and emotional implications.The good news is that whether boomer or any other generation, it is rarely too late to create — or adjust — a financial planning strategy that will help you live your desired lifestyle through your lifespan. Rebekah Barsch, vice president, planning and sales, Northwestern Mutual, suggests the following:Face the financial realities. The Northwestern Mutual 2015 Planning & Progress Study found outliving their retirement savings is among the top financial fears for Americans. Moreover, a solid portion do not feel at all financially prepared to live through their 80s and 90s. Combined with rising costs and the potential long-term care needs, avoidance is no longer an option.Speak up. Though finances are an uncomfortable topic for many, a candid dialogue is essential to making important decisions. This is especially important when it comes to difficult topics like long-term care, which could impact the entire family. Understanding the concerns and wishes of your loved ones is the cornerstone of effective planning.Know when you need help. When it comes to financial planning, half of the boomers (age 50-68) in the 2015 Planning & Progress Study said they were either informal or non-planners. Considering the correlation between planning and financial security in retirement, as well as the added complexities of longevity, a self-directed approach can be a risky bet when the stakes are high. An expert can take an objective look at your finances and tailor a strategy that adapts as your financial needs evolve.Brandpointcontent.comlast_img read more

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Attempted rape trial begins at High Court

first_imgLocalNews Attempted rape trial begins at High Court by: Dominica Vibes News – June 13, 2016 Tweet Sharing is caring! 803 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Share A six female, one male jury will decide the fate of a man from the south of the island who was indicted on three counts of sexual assault at the High Court of Justice in Roseau on Monday 13 June 2016.When the defendant appeared before High Court Judge Justice Errol Thomas, he pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted rape, one count of unlawful sexual connection and one count of indecent assault on an eighty-four (84) year old woman.The prosecution is represented by State Attorneys Carlita Benjamin, Sherma Dalrymple and the Director of Public Prosecutions Evalina Baptiste. The defendant, whose name cannot be released, does not have legal representation.According to information revealed in court by the Prosecution, the defendant entered the eighty-four year old’s house on the 31 of April 2014 in the early hours of the morning where he allegedly assaulted her.The trial is currently under way and the prosecution intends to call four witnesses.Meanwhile Kelvin Alexander and Omisi Odigie pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary and theft when their indictments were re-read to them at the High Court on Monday.The co-defendants allegedly burglarized Western Union at Roseau and stole two hundred and nineteen thousand, three hundred and two dollars and twenty six cents, ($219, 302. 26) in cash and cheques.Attorney at Law Zena Moore Dyer, who is representing Omisi Odigie, requested that the matter be traversed to the next criminal session and it was set for 4 October 2016.last_img read more

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Lecehkan Pramugari Scoot, Pria India Divonis 2 Tahun Penjara dan Hukuman…,(Lagi) Hipotesa Baru Misteri MH370: Pesawat Diduga Kehilangan Tekanan Kabin

first_imgVijayan Mathan Gopal, 39 tahun dinyatakan bersalah pada Senin (5/8/2019) karena telah menganiaya dan melecehkan seorang pramugari dalam penerbangannya dari India ke Singapura dua tahun lalu. Pria yang merupakan warga negara Singapura keturunan India ini melakukan perjalanannya dengan maskapai berbiaya rendah, Scoot pada 2 November 2017.Baca juga: Pasca Pelecehan Pada Awak Kabin, EVA Air Siap ‘Banned’ Penumpang yang Berperilaku Tak PantasDia divonis dua tahun penjara, denda, hukuman cambuk atau kombinasi hukuman atas tiga tuduhan yakni memegang lengan, menyentuh wajah, menangkup wajah dengan tangan dan meletakkan tangannya di paha serta pantat pramugari Scoot. Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari channelnewsasia.com (5/8/2019), pramugari yang tidak disebutkan identitasnya tersebut mengatakan, Vijayan adalah orang terakhir yang naik ke pesawat, tercium bau alkohol dari dirinya dan ritsleting celana dalam keadaan terbuka.Vijayan Mathan Gopal Saat itu, Vijayan masih bisa berjalan ke kursinya dan memberikan boarding pass ketika diminta pramugari. Namun setelah lepas landas, korban melihat pelaku tengah berselisih dengan pramugari lainnya di lorong.Karena korban bertanggung jawab atas awak kabin lainnya, di mendekati mereka dan mendapati bahwa keduanya tengah berdebat karena Vijayan tak mau membayar setelah memesan makanan dan anggur merah. Dia menenangkan lelaki itu dengan menyetujui untuk menyajikan makanan sebelum pembayaran dilakukan, bertentangan dengan kebijakan Scoot, tetapi Vijayan menolak makanan itu, mengklaim pramugari lainnya tidak sopan kepadanya.Korban menugaskan seorang awak kabin untuk pergi ke Vijayan sementara dia memberikan perhatiannya pada keadaan darurat medis dengan seorang penumpang yang merasa akan pingsan dan kekurangan oksigen. Sementara kondisi ‘gawat’ sedang berlangsung, Vijayan berulang kali menekan tombol lampu panggil untuk meminta bantuan dan ingin korban merawatnya.Setelah seorang pramugari datang untuk membantu penumpang yang sakit, korban pergi ke Vijayan dan mengatakan kepadanya dengan tegas untuk tidak menekan lampu panggil lagi. Tiba-tiba, Vijayan bertanya di mana dia tinggal dan menyentuh wajahnya, membelai dahinya ke dagunya dan berkata: “Kamu sangat cantik.”Dia kemudian menangkupkan wajahnya dengan kedua tangan.Korban bersaksi selama persidangan bahwa ini membuatnya merasa “marah, tidak nyaman dan sangat jijik”, tetapi dia tidak bisa mendorongnya pergi karena dia seorang penumpang.Dia bersandar dan mengangkat suaranya, berkata: “Tuan, tuan, tuan.”Dia menjawab: “Jangan marah kepadaku”, dan “Aku bos dari penerbangan ini.”Korban mencoba berdiri tetapi Vijayan terus meraih lengan kanannya. Ketika dia mencoba lagi, dia meletakkan tangannya di paha kanannya dengan kekuatan besar. Ketika dia akhirnya berhasil bangkit dengan meraih sandaran lengan, dia merasakan Vijayan menyentuhnya dengan meletakkan telapak tangannya di pantat kirinya.Korban melaporkan kejadian itu kepada kapten pesawat, yang mengamati bahwa dia terguncang. Setelah pesawat mendarat di Singapura sekitar jam 8 pagi pada tanggal 2 November 2017, korban mengajukan laporan ke Scoot dan juga ke polisi bandara.Vijayan dalam pembelaannya membantah melakukan tindakan tersebut terhadap korban dan menuduh bahwa korban telah mengarang insiden tersebut untuk menekan fakta bahwa ia telah mengadu terhadap pramugari lainnya karena “layanan buruknya”.Baca juga: [18+] Hampir Separuh Pramugari di Jerman Pernah Alami Pelecehan Seksual!Hakim Distrik Salina Ishak menyatakan dia bersalah atas ketiga dakwaan kriminal kepada pramugari. Tuduhan itu dibacakan dengan bagian di bawah Tokyo Convention Act, yang menyatakan bahwa kejahatan apa pun yang terjadi pada pesawat yang dikendalikan Singapura akan merupakan pelanggaran di bawah hukum Singapura. Vijayan akan kembali ke pengadilan untuk mitigasi dan hukuman pada 28 Agustus 2019.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedScoot Resmi Pindah dari Terminal 2 ke Terminal 1 Bandara Changi24/10/2019In “Bandara”Scoot Hapus Biaya Pemrosesan Pembayaran Global dan Tawarkan Pilihan Pembayaran Baru23/09/2019In “Featured”Aksi Hooligan di Kabin, Bikin Pramugari Aeroflot Patah Tulang Kaki!20/05/2019In “Bandara”last_img read more

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Talented Titans of Lorain Looking for More Gridiron Success in 2017 After 2016 Playoff Run

first_imgThe Lorain Titans turned what looked at first to be a tough 2016 into a season where the team made it all the way to the regional championship game before falling to Powell Olentangy Liberty 24-20.They dropped their first two games before running the table, and are hoping that they take their success from 2016 with a strong returning senior class and make it even further this season. “We’re excited about our senior group of guys, I know I say that every year but this is the first class that was freshman, and now they are seniors,” Titans coach Dave McFarland said.McFarland, who was awarded the Cleveland Browns State of Ohio Coach of the Year for last year, says that he’s putting emphasis on that senior class to lead the way for the rest of the team.“We expect them to be the hardest workers,” McFarland said. “They’ve done a great job leading in camp, that’s probably the most exciting thing right now.”Already boasting a strong offensive line, the Titans have been working more on throwing the football, and this summer quarterback Justin Sturgill and the offense have been getting in sync for more big plays. “I think our quarterback has really progressed, we’ve been throwing the ball downfield really well,” McFarland said.“Hopefully we can continue to do that, we’ve had trouble throwing the ball downfield, Justin came back this summer stronger.”The Titans won the Lake Erie League last season, but McFarland isn’t taking anything for granted for 2017, knowing that the conference will once again be a dogfight.Teams like Cleveland Heights, Bedford and Maple Heights will put up a fight and not make it easy on the Titans taking home the LEL without a fight. “A lot of Division I athletes in that conference, you get into the playoffs, it’s almost a blessing,” McFarland said. “It’s a really brutal conference, the kids are physical, they are fast, when you talk about talent, the LEL is loaded with talent.”The Titans wrapped up 2016 8-2 overall in the regular season, and a perfect 5-0 in LEL play. With returning players such as Myron Wilson, David Larson, Rashuan Rogers and Gabe Larson, the group will do what they can to make 2017 one to remember. “You know how it goes, you have to evaluate your scrimmages and you have to get ready,” McFarland said.With an opening night tussle with the Middies of Midview, the Titans will find out quickly just how good they are, and if they can get off to a quicker start and make another playoff run with this talented group. 2017 Schedule8/25 7:00p Midview (Grafton, OH)Location: Lorain High School9/1 7:00p John F. Kennedy (Cleveland, OH)Location: Lorain High School9/7 7:00p Elyria (Elyria, OH)Location: Lorain High School9/15 7:00p @ Garfield Heights (Garfield Heights, OH)Location: Garfield Heights High School9/22 7:00p Football North (Mississauga, Ontario)Location: Lorain High School9/29 7:00p Cleveland Heights (Cleveland Heights, OH)Location: Lorain High School10/6 7:00p Warrensville Heights (Warrensville, OH)Location: Lorain High School10/13 7:00p Maple Heights (Maple Heights, OH)Location: Lorain High School10/20 7:00p @ Bedford (Bedford, OH)Location: Bedford High School10/27 7:00p @ Shaw (East Cleveland, OH)Location: Shaw High School Related TopicsDave McFarlandLELLorain Titans Matt Loedecenter_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

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