NEWS SCAN: More chick-linked Salmonella cases, malaria in Greece

first_imgAug 24, 2011Salmonella cases tied to chicks, ducks climb to 92The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said yesterday that it has linked 21 more cases to a two-strain Salmonella outbreak connected to chicks and ducklings sourced from the same national chain store and mail-order supplier. Since the CDC’s last update on Jun 29, it has received reports of 16 more Salmonella Altona illnesses from four more states and 5 more Salmonella Johannesburg infections from three more states. No deaths have been reported. The latest reported onset for the Altona infections was Jul 30, and the latest onset for the Johannesburg infections was Jun 28.Aug 23 CDC outbreak updateGreece reports locally acquired malariaGreece’s public health system has detected six local acquired Plasmodium vivax malaria infections since June, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said yesterday in a risk assessment. Four of the infections were reported from Evrotas, an area in the southeastern part of the country that has reported sporadic cases of locally acquired malaria infections in the past 3 years. Two cases detected in July, however, occurred in the Evoia area northeast of there, where autochthonous cases haven’t been reported. The ECDC said the risk of transmission to other EU countries is low and that more research is needed to determine if the source of local transmission is an imported case that involved onward spread by local mosquito vectors or if an established human reservoir of P vivax in the area is contributing to annual clusters.Aug 23 ECDC risk assessmentIn a related development, the CDC announced on Aug 19 that it has received a report of a P vivax malaria infection in a person who traveled to southern Greece at the end of July. Because of the limited number of cases in Greece and because the country has instituted control measures, the CDC said it is not recommending that travelers to Greece take an antimalarial drug. However, it is urging them to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.Aug 19 CDC announcementlast_img read more

Saipem Bags EPCI Contract from Petrobras in Brazil

first_imgSaipem has been awarded an EPCI contract from Petrobras for the Lula Norte, Lula Sul and Lula Extremo Sul Project, to be developed in the Santos Basin Pre-Salt Region, approximately 300 kilometres off the coasts of the Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo States.The scope of work includes engineering, procurement, fabrication and installation of three offshore pipelines, with related terminations (PLETs) and Free Standing Hybrid Risers (FSHRs) for the gas export systems to be installed in the Lula field in water depths up to 2,200 meters. The marine activities will be performed mainly by the Saipem FDS2 within the first half of 2016.Saipem will use its yard, currently under development in Guarujá for the fabrication of the Risers system and the associated Subsea equipment. The project will be delivered in the third quarter of 2016.Umberto Vergine commenting on the contract said: “The new Lula offshore contract proves that our entry strategy and our investments to became a big player in Brazil start to pay off. This is extremely encouraging for more success in the future.”Press Release, May 07, 2014; Image: Saipemlast_img read more

Cricket News Glenn Maxwell Celebrates Record IPL Bid In Style With Blitz For Melbourne Stars

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Glenn Maxwell was the first Australian player to break the bank in the IPL 2020 player auction as he was brought for Rs 10.75 crore by Kings XI Punjab. Maxwell, who was out of cricket for close to one month due to mental health issues, was part of an intense bidding war between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjas as Maxwell returned to the franchise where he enjoyed success in the 2014 edition. Maxwell celebrated his return in grand style as he put up a brilliant performance for the Melbourne Stars in their clash against Brisbane Heat at the Carrara Oval in Queensland.Brisbane Heat chose to bowl and they reduced Melbourne Stars to 74/4 in the 10th over. The right-hander started off in grand style with two fours off Ben Cutting and blasted a four as well as a six off Afghanistan spinner Zahir Khan. Maxwell signalled his intent with his second six off Ben Laughlin and he dealt primarily in sixes with another big hit off legspinner Mitchell Swepson. Maxwell hit a boundary to notch up his fifty off just 23 balls which is the joint-quickest for him in the Big Bash League.After reaching the landmark, Maxwell reverse scooped Cutting for a boundary and he punished Josh Lalor with two sixes over long on and long leg. After smashing two fours off Laughlin, he was bowled for a brilliant 83 off 39 balls as Melbourne Stars ended on 167/7. In response, Brisbane Heat could not cope with Adam Zampa and Haris Rauf as they stumbled. Rauf picked up a wicket in his first ball in Big Bash League but Banton showed his class with a six off Rauf and two boundaries off Zampa. Banton reached his fifty off just 29 balls with a six off Zampa and he slog swept Clint Hinchliffe for a mighty six.But, Zampa managed to get his revenge as Banton mistimed the lofted shot to long on. Lamichhane and Rauf put a tight lid on the scoring and Brisbane Heat stumbled to a 22-run loss. Daniel Worrall took two wickets and Rauf also took a brace while Zampa was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets.Also Read | Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell Go For Big Bucks, Australian Players Dominate IPL Player Auction 2020Speaking on his mental health issue before the auction, Maxwell said, “”I was pretty cooked when I decided to take the time off. Big reason why I did take that time away is I was pretty mentally and physically ruined. I think it was eight months on the road, living out of a suitcase and that probably had been going on for four or five years, just constantly on the road and it all just caught up with me at that time. I really want to thank Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria and the Stars for giving me that space and allowing me to have that time away from the game and get myself right.”last_img read more

James helps Cavs hold off Pacers, earn sweep into 2nd round

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James instructs teammates during the first half in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, April 23, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings) INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — LeBron James made a 3-pointer with 68 seconds left Sunday and the Cleveland Cavaliers hung on for a 106-102 series-clinching victory at Indiana.James finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds as he became the first player under the current playoff format to win 21 straight first-round games. He also set a league record with his 10th career playoff sweep.It sure wasn’t easy. After taking a 96-83 lead with 9:29 to go, the Cavs found themselves in a 102-100 deficit with 1:31 left.But James answered with the go-ahead 3-pointer and Cleveland sealed the win on James’ free throw with 1 second left.Lance Stephenson scored 22 points and Paul George added 15 but missed a 3-pointer that could have forced overtime in the closing seconds. It’s the first time the Pacers have lost a series 4-0 in their NBA history.Kyrie Irving added 28 points for the Cavs, who await the winner of the Bucks-Raptors series.Indiana got back into the game with a 7-0 spurt early in the in the fourth, then methodically continued chipping away at the lead until Thaddeus Young tied the score at 100 with a short jumper and broke the tie on a tip-in with 1:31 left.But James, whose teams were 51-0 when starting the fourth quarter with double-digit leads in the postseason, made sure the perfect record remained intact.Cleveland has won seven straight playoff games overall and 11 straight in the first round since James returned to his hometown team.It was another milestone day for James, who moved past Michael Cooper, Magic Johnson and James Worthy on the league’s list of consecutive first-round wins, and past Tim Duncan for most career sweeps, according to Elias Sports Bureau.James also went 13 off 25 from the field, tying Kobe Bryant for fourth on the career playoff list for field goals. Each have 2,014 baskets.Indiana has lost five straight postseason games and six of its last eight.TIP-INSCavaliers: Will make their 11th appearance in the conference semifinals. … Cleveland has swept all eight series in which it has taken a 3-0 lead. … Tristan Thompson grabbed 11 rebounds Sunday, giving him double digits in all four games. … Deron Williams scored 14 points and Kevin Love had 16 rebounds.Pacers: George finished with a series-low point total Sunday and was 3 of 9 on 3s after entering the game with a league-high 15 3s in the playoffs. … Teague scored 15 points and was the catalyst in the final spurt, including blocking one of James’ shots. He can become a free agent this summer. …Myles Turner had 20 points and nine rebounds, while Young had 13 points and 10 rebounds.UP NEXTCleveland gets some extra rest before finding out who it will play in the second round. Indiana embarks on a crucial offseason that could dictate the franchise’s future.___More AP NBA: apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketballlast_img read more

Tebas not moving Liga dates despite Barca clash

first_img “La Liga can’t be a kleenex and move around, ‘oh now I feel like moving the first two games’, no, that can’t be. It’s very complex but it is what it is. In the calendar we have the 5th and the 12th. The important thing is guaranteeing our competition.” Javier Tebas has no intention of moving La Liga fixtures for Barca and Sevilla, so the the Spanish Super Cup dates, set for August 5 and 12, can be moved. Ivan San Antonio Upd. at 16:15 Tebas no se mueve: La Supercopa será el 5 y el 12 de agosto “But what tournament are they playing in?” asked Tebas. “An official one? Until today I always believed the official competitions were the most important. I’m willing to talk about everything, but not the mobility of La Liga. La Liga has to be sacred and it’s not a Kleenex. @sanantheone 03/06/2018 The problem for Barcelona is that on August 4 they have scheduled a pre-season game in San Francisco. IN SPORT.ES CESTlast_img read more

Clarity demanded over plans to reopen LUH Short Stay Ward

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty is seeking urgent clarification from Government over its pledge to reopen the 19 bed Short Stay Ward at Letterkenny University Hospital.The Donegal TD was speaking following having received a response to a Dáil Question on the issue of new hospital beds in which the Minister failed to specifically cite Letterkenny as one of the locations where additional beds will be rolled out next year.Deputy Doherty said “As many people will be aware the campaign to have the short stay ward at Letterkenny Hospital has been something which Sinn Féin has been to the fore on for many months now. “In fact, a petition initiated by the party last July garnered over 5,600 signatures from people across the county demanding that the ward be reinstated in order to alleviate the chronic problem of hospital overcrowding.“And while the pledge made by the government following the budget earlier this month that the short stay ward would be reopened was a fantastic achievement and one which is owing to people power, there are still serious questions over just how genuine the government’s determination is to deliver this pledge.He added that when he sought clarification from the Government over recent days about its plans to provide additional hospital bed capacity and queried the locations and time frame for the delivery of these new beds, there was no reference made to the Letterkenny Hospital in the Minister’s reply.“Instead, the Minister simply responded to state that in early 2019 an additional 80 hospital beds will be brought on stream and these included an additional 30-bed ward in Our Lady of Lourdes Drogheda, a 40-bed modular ward block in South Tipperary General Hospital, and four high dependency beds in the Mater and Cork University Hospital respectively. “The Minister went on to give some vague details about the government allocating an additional €10 million in capital funding next year for further acute beds as part of the Winter Initiative 2019/20.“It’s now vital – given the severity of hospital overcrowding and lack of capacity at LUH – that the Government immediately provides clarity in respect of these plans to reopen the Short Stay Ward in Letterkenny.“This is why I intend to now raise this issue once again with the Minister where I will be demanding clarity in relation to the unit and when it’s expected that the short stay facility will be reinstated at the hospital.”Clarity demanded over plans to reopen LUH Short Stay Ward was last modified: October 23rd, 2018 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) Tags:donegalletterkennyluhPearse Dohertylast_img read more

Smokies upgrades to cleaner fuel

first_imgThe purchases are part of the park’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent of 2006 levels by 2020. This is the third phase of a three-phase plan to progress toward that goal.Funding comes from a joint initiative of the U.S. Departments of Interior and Energy, called the Clean Cities National Park Initiative. In partnership with two neighboring Department of Energy Clean Cities coalitions — the East Tennessee Clean Fuels Coalition and the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition — the park was able to buy six Ford F250 crew cab trucks that were converted to run on propane. Thanks to Sevier County Propane and Blossman Gas, the propane fueling stations were installed at minimal cost.In addition to reducing emissions, the propane fueling stations will save money.“We are saving about 30 cents to 50 cents per gallon using propane,” said Smokies Deputy Chief of Facility Management Brian Bergsma. “In addition to saving money, we have also doubled the driving range of the trucks and saved time by being able to refuel equipment onsite.”The joint DOI/DOE funding is helping multiple national parks across the country reduce greenhouse gas emissions from park operations and improve air quality overall.www1.eere.energy.gov/cleancities/national_parks.html. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park now boasts two new propane-fueling stations and six new propane-fueled trucks following an unveiling April 5.last_img read more

Open Source: Half of Organizations Say OS provides Them Competitive Advantage

first_imgPrimary reasons for many organizations to adopt Open Source software has been lower cost and easier accessibility to source code to enable tighter customization and control.  Now many organizations are citing yet another reason: competitive advantage.  Laurie Wurster, research director at Gartner, says that “gaining a competitive advantage has emerged as a significant reason for adopting an OSS solution, suggesting that users are beginning to look at OSS differently – they can customise the code to make it unique to their company, they have created a competitive advantage. ”The Gartner survey found that now more than half of organizations feel that Open Source provides them competitive advantage.  “Although a search for reducing costs by adopting OSS continues to be a major driver, with this survey we see more respondents looking at OSS as having much-greater value than simply getting something for free,” said Wurster.Bob Igou, Gartner researcher and co-author of the Gartner report, commented that “OSS components and building blocks are utilized together with internally developed software to augment and enhance existing systems through integration and automation, as well as to improve business efficiencies and security.”   Over the last five years, companies have become much more savvy and learnt how to integrate Open Source components with proprietary software components so as not to infringe on software licensing restrictions.The Gartner report found that the use of Open Source software to be pervasive.  22 percent of organizations say that they use Open Source in all parts of their business and another 46 say that they have selectively deployed Open Source for specific departments and projects in their organization.  By the end of 2012, Gartner reports that on average, Open Source software will account for 30 percent of most organization’s total software assets — compared to just five years ago when less than 10 percent of software assets were Open Source.  24 percent of organizations say that the selection of Open Source software was a strategic business decision for them.  Another 31 percent said that the decision to use Open Source was a strategic decision made by their IT groups.last_img read more

How To Optimize Salesforce For Your Mobile Sales Team

first_imgSetting your sales team up for successIn a recent side-by-side comparison of Salesforce.com’s Sales Cloud on three popular mobile devices, only supported the sales platform’s full browser-based functionality. Among a Dell Venue 11 Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and an Apple iPad Air, only the Intel-powered Dell device offered complete Sales Cloud functionality.If your sales team is using one of the devices that didn’t support the app’s full functionality, they’re missing some key sales productivity opportunities. The Intel-powered tablet not only allows users to access the full functionality of the Salesforce.com Sales Cloud, it also enables full integration with the Microsoft Office suite, including attaching and uploading files to Sales Cloud, as well as seamless integration with Outlook.These mission-critical elements were missing on the Salesforce1 apps running on the Samsung and iPad. This limited functionality could lead to decreased efficiency and lower productivity for your sales pipeline. For example, if a team member who is using one of the devices with limited Sales Cloud functionality needs to generate a report or access product information, they’ll likely have to switch back and forth between their laptop and tablet; not an ideal situation for your mobilized sales team.If mobility, usability, and functionality are important to your sales organization, a device like the Dell Venue 11 Pro is a great tool to help you see the bottom line results you’re looking for.For the full report read, Comparing Salesforce Sales Cloud on Mobile Devices. The popularity and growth of Salesforce.com has made it the go-to sales and customer relationship platform for companies worldwide. As the service has developed, it has gotten more and more mobile-friendly. The Sales Cloud platform allows your mobile sales team to collaborate, nurture leads, and close deals from anywhere. However, if you’re not running Salesforce.com’s Sales Cloud on an Intel-powered mobile platform, you may be adding roadblocks to your sales pipeline.last_img read more

Anthony Daviss 5920 Game Was A Throwback To The 1960s

Games like the one Anthony Davis had Sunday night don’t come along very often — at least not in the modern NBA.With 59 points in the New Orleans Pelicans’ 111-106 win over the Detroit Pistons, Davis set new scoring highs for both his own career and the 2015-16 NBA season. He also pulled down a whopping 20 rebounds. Basketball-Reference.com doesn’t have complete game-by-game rebounding records from before the 1983-84 season (more on that later), but since then, there have only been two other 50/20 games: a 2000 contest in which Shaquille O’Neal scored 61 points and grabbed 23 boards against the Clippers and a 2001 tilt during which Chris Webber dropped 51 and 26 on the Pacers.Davis’s eye-popping numbers on Sunday came through incredible efficiency. His true shooting percentage in the game was 76.8, far above the league’s season-long average of 53.9. (By comparison, Webber’s true shooting percentage was only 51.4 in his big game, and Shaq’s was 68.3 — outstanding, but below Davis’s mark.) On the other hand, Davis’s Pelicans also played a fast pace — 100.2 possessions — compared with other big scoring/rebounding games from the recent past. So where does Davis rank if we account for both these factors?To answer that, I grabbed game-level data from Basketball-Reference.com starting in 1983-84, and adjusted each player’s scoring and rebounding totals for the pace of the game, setting them all to a pace of exactly 100 team possessions per 48 minutes. I also adjusted for a player’s efficiency, giving his scoring tally an extra bump if he was more efficient than the league average. This is to account for games like Webber’s that have impressive raw stats but required a large number of attempts.1Specifically, I computed how many more points a player scored than one of average efficiency would have in the same number of shot attempts. Historically, multiplying that number by 0.8 and adding it to the player’s actual (pace-adjusted) point total gives an “adjusted scoring” figure that best correlates with a player’s offensive adjusted plus minus. Finally, I took the geometric mean — a special average used when combining two numbers from different scales2Point totals tend to be bigger than rebounds on average and in terms of how high they can vary upward. — of the player’s adjusted point and rebound totals, arriving at this list of the best scoring/rebounding games of the past 33 seasons: UNADJUSTEDADJUSTED Shaquille O’Neal3/21/03LALBOS91.139487420582235.8 Charles Oakley3/15/86CHIMIL91.144355726392933.4 Chris Webber1/5/01SACIND90.350515126562940.3 Hakeem Olajuwon3/14/89HOUSAC92.742405724442633.8 Hakeem Olajuwon5/14/87HOUSEA95.753496325542637.6 Al Jefferson1/27/08MINNJ85.442407019512233.5 Dwight Howard2/17/09ORLCHA88.247457319562234.6 Shaquille O’Neal3/6/00LALLAC95.645616823702440.9 Pau Gasol1/10/15CHIMIL83.739466418582235.4 Dwight Howard1/12/12ORLGSW94.844455923492434.6 Carmelo Anthony1/24/14NYCHA85.139627913811535.1 Charles Barkley3/24/95PHOHOU87.642346726413035.1 Shaquille O’Neal6/9/00LALIND94.246405724442533.4 Dwight Howard4/16/11ORLATL89.146467019562134.5 After crunching the numbers, Davis’s game slips to No. 6, behind not only O’Neal’s and Webber’s but also games from Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and even Michael Jordan. (We don’t tend to think of Jordan as a big rebounder, but he snagged 18 boards in his 69-point game against Cleveland in 1990.) Davis gets extra credit — about 7 points’ worth — for his efficiency but loses ground in the pace adjustment. A faster pace means more chances to score and snag rebounds, and Davis’s game had about 7 percent more possessions than the average game above him on the list.Of course, quibbling about where Davis’s game ranks among the biggest scoring/rebounding performances in recent memory misses the bigger picture that games like Davis’s (adjusted or no) are much more uncommon now than they were in the past. According to ESPN’s Stats and Info crew, there were 36 games in NBA history (before Davis’s on Sunday) featuring a player with a 59/20 stat line: the aforementioned Shaq game … and 35 games from Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, all before the mid-1970s. Chamberlain himself accounted for 33 of those games — 17 of which came during his legendary 1961-62 season alone.The simple truth is that outrageous single-game stat totals were a lot easier to come by in that era. The average pace factor for teams in 2015-16 is about 96 possessions per 48 minutes; the average in 1961-62, as best we can estimate it, was 126. In other words, compared with the modern game, that season’s players had over 31 percent more chances to score points and grab rebounds — 59/20, for instance, becomes a “mere” 45/15 after adjusting away those extra possessions — and there’s a good argument that rebounding numbers were inflated even further by the era’s abysmally low field goal percentages (resulting in more missed shots to rebound). There’s a reason that Kevin Love in 2011 became the first player to average 20 points and 15 rebounds since 1983 and that 92 percent of the player-seasons meeting those criteria took place before 1976’s NBA-ABA merger. The game was radically different back then, both on the court and in the stat sheets.That’s why we should appreciate games like Davis’s even more when they come along in today’s NBA. Fifty-point, 20-rebound games have always represented special individual performances, but they’ve become exponentially rarer these days, especially given recent changes to how the game is played. (Hello, Warriors!) So it might be a long time before you see another statistical game quite like the one Davis produced Sunday. Charles Barkley12/9/87PHIPOR93.242387224452633.9 Shaquille O’Neal2/16/93ORLDET92.649467221542335.1 Shaquille O’Neal6/6/01LALPHI90.452445820512233.5 Dirk Nowitzki12/2/04DALHOU89.249536416631833.6 Karl Malone1/27/90UTAMIL104.033618418681734.2 The best scoring/rebounding games since 1983-84 Kevin Willis4/13/93ATLCLE85.855355125402934.2 Charles Barkley6/5/93PHOSEA93.446447424522636.6 Zach Randolph12/4/12MEMPHO88.144387422472534.4 Hakeem Olajuwon4/30/88HOUDAL98.143416226442734.1 Michael Jordan3/28/90CHICLE95.650697318801938.7 PLAYERDATETEAMOPPPACEMINPTSTS%REBPTSREBGEOMETRIC MEAN Patrick Ewing1/7/90NYKLAC92.248446622512434.9 Source: basketball-reference.com Anthony Davis2/21/16NODET100.343597720662036.2 read more