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Seven states report sporadic flu cases


first_imgOct 14, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In a sign that influenza season is approaching, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported that a handful of states have seen sporadic flu cases and that the earliest signs suggest that this year’s vaccine is a good match for circulating strains. Reports from  US labs affiliated with the World Health Organization and the National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System say that of 40 influenza viruses identified during September, 1 (2.5%) was an H1 virus, 4 (10%) were H3 viruses, 29 (72.5%) were nonsubtyped A viruses, and 6 (15%) were B viruses. “Based on the level of oseltamivir resistance in only one influenza subtype, H1N1, and the persisting high levels of resistance to the adamantanes in H3N2 viruses, CDC continues to recommend the use of oseltamivir and zanamivir for the treatment or prevention of influenza,” the report said. “Use of amantadine or rimantadine is not recommended.” For the week that ended Oct 4, the CDC said in an Oct 10 update that seven states reported sporadic seasonal influenza activity: California, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, New York, and Wyoming. Forty-one other states reported no activity, and two—Montana and Washington—did not report. Over the summer months (May 18 through Sep 27), the CDC antigenically characterized a small number of influenza isolates, the report said. Of the six isolates, four were type A/H1, one was type A/H3, and one was type B. “All six viruses are antigenically similar to the components selected for the 2008-2009 influenza vaccine,” the CDC said. For the H1 component the vaccine strain is similar to A/Brisbane/59/2007, for the H3 component, A/Brisbane/10/2007, and for the B component, B/Florida/4/2006. Last year a number of countries, including the United States, reported increased resistance of H1N1 viruses to the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The CDC said that since May 18 it has tested 10 isolates for antiviral resistance. It found that 2 of 6 H1N1 viruses showed resistance to oseltamivir, but no resistance was found in H3N2 and B viruses. All retained sensitivity to zanamivir (Relenza), the other neuraminidase inhibitor. Of six type A viruses tested for resistance to the older flu drugs known as adamantanes, two were positive: one H3N2 virus and one of five H1N1 viruses. See also: CDC’s week 40 influenza reporthttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/last_img read more


Patrick Mahomes story, net worth, salary with Kansas City Chiefs, MVP 2019


first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE Danish Ansari Also Read | Kansas City Chiefs’ Equipment Bags Go Missing Before Crunch Game Against Patriots Last Updated: 20th December, 2019 22:51 IST Patrick Mahomes Story, Net Worth, Salary With Kansas City Chiefs, MVP 2019 Patrick Mahomes is an American professional football player who is a quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs of the NFL. FInd out his net worth and salary. Written By Patrick Mahomes is the 2018 Most Valuable Player 👏 pic.twitter.com/JZx0sPOgt3— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 3, 2019center_img FOLLOW US LIVE TV Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs has established himself as one of the fastest rising quarterbacks in NFL. In just three  years of football, the quarterback has established himself as one of the best pass-callers in NFL. Watching the Chiefs’ on the field is always a thrill for the fans in the presence of this quarterback.  Patrick Mahomes made the impossible look normal as a kidPatrick Mahomes is the son of former Major League Baseball pitcher Pat Mahomes. He grew up in dugouts. As stated by his godfather LaTroy Hawkins, Mahomes was not one of those kids who would go running around causing chaos. He’d instead be eating all the candies and gum in that environment. He used to study everyone and when his time came to compete, he proved to be prodigious.Also Read | Cong Leader PL Punia: CAA Will Have Influence Over Each & Every Citizen Of IndiaPatrick Mahomes net worthPatrick Mahomes has been named the most valuable player in the NFL and has revolutionized his place in the sport in an instant. He  has a net worth that currently stands at an estimated $10 million, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. Also Read | Lamar Jackson Frontrunner For The NFL MVP Award By A Mile, Ravens Fans ExcitedPatrick Mahomes salaryPatrick Mahomes is currently on a rookie deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. It is safe to say that the team is getting MVP-caliber play from the quarterback while only having to spend $16,425,786 of their salary cap over the span of four years. However, it is certain that the quarterback will get a boost in his salary in the coming years.Also Read | Dallas Cowboys Trolled Hilariously After Mitch Trubisky Leads Chicago Bears To 31-24 WinPatrick Mahomes – The most valued player in NFLIn his first season as a starter, Patrick Mahomes had the NFL’s third-ever 50-passing-touchdown season, becoming the NFL’s MVP. He was the second African-American quarterback in history to do so, along with Cam Newton and Steve McNair. Despite injuries this season, he has been nearly as good.  First Published: 20th December, 2019 22:51 IST COMMENTlast_img read more


Allegiance acquired by Infinite Esports & Entertainment


first_imgTeam Allegiance shut down operations back in 2017, but now it has been announced that the organisation has been acquired, and revived, by Infinite Esports & Entertainment. Allegiance is now one of a few esports companies under Infinite, including OpTic Gaming, GG Esports Academy, NGAGE Esports, No Scope Media, and others.Allegiance came back in the same month it announced to fans it would leave the scene, though things had been kept under wraps until now. Players and staff remained active, though it was never revealed as to where the organisation would go next.Neil Leibman, Co-Owner of Texas Rangers owns Infinite, and subsequently will run Allegiance alongside Chris Chaney, Founder and President, and Ryan “OpTicJ” Musselman, SVP of Strategy. This acquisition allows Allegiance to continue to compete and build up its fan base without having to worry too much about growing too quickly – which was its problem before.Chaney explained that “We’ve been impressed with the Allegiance brand and are excited to welcome the organization to the Infinite family. As the world of esports continues to expand, Allegiance will now have the resources, infrastructure and support to become a leading esports organization and reach its full potential.”The rejuvenated organisation competes in other esports than sister company OpTic Gaming, with titles such as Rocket League, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice 2, and Arena of Valor. Allegiance’s players will have access to training facilities located in North Dallas – in fact, some of the Rocket League team have already moved closer to the area.Connor Hall, President of Allegiance, discussed the organisation’s new venture. “At the root of Allegiance is loyalty, and through the soaring victories and challenging defeats, the team has maintained that core character that kept us going. We’re excited to take on this new adventure together with Infinite Esports, and to bring our fighting spirit and loyal fans to new stages of competition, with more fun games to come.”You can see Allegiance back in action at Winter Brawl 12 and Get On My Level 2018.Esports Insider says: While it’s hard to say exactly how OpTic Gaming has benefited from joining Infinite Esports & Entertainment so far, it’s great to see Allegiance rise from the ashes. Hopefully it can find some success with the help of training facilities and professional organisational support.last_img read more


Council named overall winner of the ‘Road Safety Award 2016’


first_imgDonegal County Council has been named overall winner of the “Road Safety Award 2016” in the Excellence in Business Awards by the Public Sector Magazine.This is the second year in succession that Donegal County Council has won the award. The Public Sector Magazine is a quarterly publication which is distributed to all departments in the public sector, semi state bodies and civil service.The public sector employs over 300,000 workers and it represents an important market which offers considerable potential to Irish companies and service providers.Donegal County Council and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group are delighted to accept this award for their work in promoting road safety awareness.Cllr. Terence Slowey, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council believes that road safety still is a major challenge in Donegal saying “Increasing road safety awareness is extremely important and saving lives on our roads requires persistence. Young and old must be taught about road safety – even experienced drivers need reminding of it on a regular basis”. He added “young driver safety is a high priority especially here in Donegal and all of us are trying to find effective and acceptable ways of reducing the risk that these young people face. The educational approach we are taking is raising awareness among drivers who are generally focused on driving safely, but still need reminding of their responsibilities, but a different strategy will need to be found to tackle the reckless minority who wilfully take to the wheel while unfit to do so – or who deliberately drive in a dangerous manner”.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said “the continued loss of lives on our roads, whatever the cause, is a sharp reminder that we can never be complacent when it comes to saving lives. Whatever the next set of road safety statistics show, one thing is certain, road safety will still require our continued shared efforts if we want to make our roads safe”.“I would appeal to all road users, to please make the right decision when using the road. This means wearing a hi-viz jacket and being seen if you are walking, running, cycling or riding a motorbike. Slow down if you are a driver, especially when sharing the road with vulnerable road users. Everyone needs to wear a seat belt, front and rear on every trip and ensure that children are properly restrained. Never drive while distracted by a mobile phone and never drive while impaired, whether through drink, drugs or driver fatigue”.“Road users are ignoring these important messages and that is why we continue to have death and serious injury on our roads. As a community, we simply must stop the carnage we have witnessed on our roads. To date, 161 people have lost their lives on Irish roads, an increase of 30 on the same period in 2015, 10 of those deaths in Donegal. We all have to take responsibility for our actions and by sharing the road safely and working together we can all help prevent death and serious injury on our roads”.Council named overall winner of the ‘Road Safety Award 2016’ was last modified: November 8th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


UK Court Orders Fraudster Who Rigged Language Test for Foreign Students to Repay £230,000


first_imgA UK court has ordered a fraudster, who helped to fake academic records and rig English language exams so foreign students could apply for visa extensions illegally, to pay back £230,000, Dailymail.com reported.Wahida Sultana, 40, was the principal of Eden College International in East London. She was associated with a group that faked academic records for foreign students who required visa extensions. Sultana was ordered by Judge Joanna Korner QC to pay £230,000 within a span of three months. “By agreement the benefit is agreed to be £352,000. The available amount is £230,000. I therefore make a confiscation order to the sum of £230,000. There will be three months to pay,” the judge said, Dailymail.com reported.In 2016, Harinder Kumar, Hemant Kumar, Talal Chowdhury, Shaheen Ahmed, and Mohammad Hasan were found guilty of plotting to facilitate the commission of breaches of immigration law between Oct. 17, 2012 and Feb. 10, 2014, and stood trial in 2016, the report added.Ahmed and Chowdhury were jailed for eight years each, while Hasan was jailed for five years and Harinder Kumar got a three-year prison term.Sultana and Hemant Kumar were convicted after a second trial last year, following which Sultana was sentenced to two year in prison with the sentence suspended for two years in August.The scam was exposed in early 2014 after an investigation by BBC’s Panorama program in which journalists went undercover as students seeking to make use of the services of the gang. They recorded the fraudsters on their cameras while they were at work. The BBC was told that Studentway could get past mandatory English tests, even if applicants spoke no EnglishThe language tests were conducted at Eden College International, while Hasan was a “designated invigilator.” Students were either given the answers during the exam at the college or the gang made arrangements for other people to take the test in place of the students. The scam also included Studentway Education in Southall and Total Care London in Whitechapel, east London, the report said.The gang also rigged the English language tests needed by the Home Office and was able to make a sum of £500,000 from students who were looking to extend their visas.The police started investigating the scam soon after and found that three firms were involved in the scam. The gang provided documents like bank statements as well as academic records for migrants of countries like India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh who were seeking to extend their stay in United Kingdom fraudulently.Immigrants looking for ways to extend their visas fraudulently were picked by Ahmed and Chowdhury from their educational consulting company Total Care London. Harinder Kumar ran an immigration advice service, Student Way Education in Southall, Middlesex, where they promised a “guaranteed pass” to students for £500.“The evidence makes clear that at the college which is at the center of this case, there were during the 16-month period covered by the charge, at least 800 bogus English language examinations taken, the vast majority of which were later relied upon in support of fraudulent applications to the Home Office for the obtaining of student visas,” prosecutor David Walbank was quoted as saying earlier by the publication.Another hearing has been scheduled for May 3 this year to decide the amount Kumar will have to pay back. Related ItemsBritainUKlast_img read more


Another celestial sight


first_imgNo related posts. Thanks to reader Ulrich Lang, golf director for Los Delfines Golf & Country Club in Playa Tambor, for this photo of two everyday sights – sun and clouds – combining to spectacular effect in the Guanacaste skies.Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series – the view from your home or favorite Costa Rican spot, or any other image you care to share? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Commentslast_img


Whats Next The Cardinals hit the road to take on


first_imgWhat’s Next: The Cardinals hit the road to take on the Washington Redskins next Sunday at 11 a.m. MST.Philadelphia Eagles 43, Los Angeles Rams 35The Eagles lost quarterback Carson Wentz to what appears to be a torn ACL, but they won this matchup of division leaders in Los Angeles.Wentz threw four touchdown passes before his injury, including a 2-yard strike to Alshon Jeffery that gave the Eagles a 31-28 lead late in the third quarter. In fact, that connection happened four plays after Wentz was hurt, but he stayed in the game and finished the drive before giving way to backup Nick Foles.The Rams answered, marching on a 75-yard drive capped by Todd Gurley’s second touchdown run of the day to give L.A. a 35-31 lead.To Foles’ credit, he did a nice job in relief, engineering two drives that ended in field goals that turned out to be the difference. In all, Foles went 6-of-10 for 42 yards.Philadelphia added a cosmetic touchdown on the game’s last play when Brandon Graham returned a fumble 16 yards for a score.Stat of the Game: Philadelphia dominated time of possession, keeping the ball for over 39 minutes to prevent the Rams’ potent offense from being on the field. The Eagles ran 85 offensive plays to the Rams’ 45. Seven weeks later, the Titans were on the wrong end of such a game.Phil Dawson booted four field goals and the Cardinals’ defense put the clamps on Tennessee’s offense in a five-point win.The game may have been the Cardinals’ best defensive performance of the year. The Titans managed only 204 yards of offense, with only 65 of that coming on the ground. Arizona sacked Marcus Mariota twice and picked him off twice, with Tramon Williams and Josh Bynes doing the honors.Offensively, there were issues for the Cardinals, who yielded eight sacks of quarterback Blaine Gabbert. But, for only the second time all season, and the first time since a Week 3 Monday night loss to Dallas, Arizona didn’t turn the ball over.Arizona finished 3-1 against the AFC South this season, good for half of its wins.Stat of the Game: Larry Fitzgerald had 44 yards receiving and moved past Randy Moss into third place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yards list with 15,311. Fitzgerald needs just 624 yards to surpass Terrell Owens and move into second place on the list.He Said It: “There’s no such thing.” — Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians on whether or not this was an ugly win for his team. He Said It: “Things weren’t clicking for us, and now they are. Winning is contagious, and we’re just going to keep getting better. Winning is fun. Better late than never.” — CelekWhat’s Next: The 49ers look for their third straight win Sunday when they host the Tennessee Titans at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.Award WinnersOffensive Player of the Week: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco 49ers – Garoppolo, who was acquired in a trade with the Patriots at the deadline, was thought to be San Francisco’s quarterback of the future, and has done nothing to change that thinking in his first two starts. His 334 passing yards were the second-most for a 49ers QB this season. Brian Hoyer threw for 353 in a loss to Indianapolis in October.Defensive Player of the Week: Chandler Jones, OLB, Arizona Cardinals – Jones had another sack, giving him 14 on the season, and added three tackles for loss to pad his own NFL lead in that category.Special Teams Players of the Week: Mike Thomas and Blake Countess, Los Angeles Rams – Thomas shot through and blocked an Eagles’ punt which Countess scooped up and took to the end zone to give the Rams a 28-24 lead over Philadelphia in the third quarter. TeamWinsLossesTiesPoints ForPoints Against Josh Lambo added two fourth-quarter field goals to offset two long touchdown passes from Wilson and preserve the Jacksonville win.Stat of the Game: Wilson threw three interceptions, which marks only the third time in his career he’s had that many in a game. Those picks were turned into 10 points by the Jaguars.He Said It: “Shoot, man. We should have won. We felt like we could have won,” — WilsonWhat’s Next: The Seahawks host the Rams with first place in the NFC West on the line next Sunday at CenturyLink Field.San Francisco 49ers 26, Houston Texans 16Break up the 49ers!San Francisco notched its second straight win, beating the Texans by 10 on the road at NRG Stadium in Houston.Jimmy Garoppolo, making just his second start for San Francisco, completed 20-of-33 for 334 yards and a touchdown pass in the win. That touchdown — a 6-yard strike to Garrett Celek late in the third quarter — broke a 16-16 tie and proved to be the winning margin for the 49ers.Stat of the Game: The win marked the first time the Niners have had back-to-back wins in the same season since Weeks 10, 11 and 12 of the 2014 campaign, when they beat the Saints, Giants and Redskins in a row. 940396265 Standings 3100228314 Yes, the Rams and the Seahawks both stumbled in Week 14, but their first-place showdown is still on for Sunday in Seattle.Meanwhile, the Cardinals’ defense shut down the first-place Titans and the 49ers continued their late-season surge by winning on the road in Houston.Here’s a closer look at everything that went on in the NFC West in Week 14.Arizona Cardinals 12, Tennessee Titans 7In Week 7, the Titans got an ugly, 12-9 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns without the aid of a touchdown. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 670231317 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 850314252 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling He Said It: “Against a team like that there [are] things that you can’t do. Unfortunately, you do have to learn some lessons the hard way, myself included.” — Rams head coach Sean McVayWhat’s Next: The Rams seek revenge for an earlier loss to the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle Sunday afternoon.Jacksonville Jaguars 30, Seattle Seahawks 24The Jaguars used a 21-point outburst in the third quarter, including two Blake Bortles touchdown passes, to put away the Seahawks at Everbank Field.The game was a defensive struggle in the first half, with the Jaguars holding a 3-0 halftime lead. Bortles hit rookie Dede Westbrook on an 18-yard touchdown pass to stretch the Jags’ lead to 10, but that also seemed to wake up a stagnant Seattle offense. The Seahawks rallied for 10 points of their own on a Blair Walsh field goal and a Russell Wilson-to-Doug Baldwin touchdown pass in a span of just 58 seconds.On the very next play from scrimmage, Bortles hit Keelan Cole on a 75-yard touchdown pass to give Jacksonville the lead back. Seattle went three-and-out on its next possession and Jaydon Mickens returned a Jon Ryan punt 72 yards to the Seattle 1-yard line, setting up Leonard Fournette’s touchdown run to give the Jags a two-touchdown lead. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more