H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Pandemic declared, global case counts, Tamiflu shortage, Hong Kong closes all schools, pneumococcal vaccine

first_imgJun 11, 2009WHO declares influenza pandemic phase 6The World Health Organization (WHO) said today that the novel H1N1 virus has achieved pandemic status. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan announced the move to pandemic alert phase 6. “The scientific criteria for a pandemic have been met,” she said. “The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic.” She noted that most cases have been mild and the epidemic been moderate in relatively well-off countries, but a “bleaker picture” may emerge as it spreads in poor countries.[Jun 11 Chan statement]Global H1N1 count nears 29,000The WHO today released its latest case count for novel H1N1 influenza worldwide: 28,774 cases and 144 deaths in 74 countries, up 1,037 cases and 3 deaths from yesterday’s numbers. Countries reporting the greatest increase in laboratory-confirmed cases since yesterday were Mexico (524 new cases), Britain (156), Australia (83), Japan (33), and China (32).[WHO update 47]Australians urged to conserve TamifluSupplies of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) are scarce at some Australian pharmacies, prompting health minister Nicola Roxon to state that many patients with mild illnesses don’t need that drug and that government stockpiles are reserved for those at highest risk, such as those with underlying medical conditions, the Melbourne Herald Sun reported today. The country’s case count has risen to 1,275, with several hospitalizations, including four with reportedly no risk factors in intensive care units.Manitoba intensifies measures to limit novel flu spreadAmid rising novel flu cases and hospitalizations, Manitoba’s regional health authority warned residents to limit hospital visits and asked people with flulike symptoms to stay away, the Winnipeg Globe and Mail reported today. Two more people were placed on ventilators yesterday, bringing the total to 27. Many are from the province’s First Nations communities. The chief of one group said authorities are sanitizing public places and that crowded housing is contributing to flu spread.Hong Kong closes all schools after finding local clusterHong Kong’s government announced today that it has identified its first local novel H1N1 case cluster, in a school, which prompted government officials to close all schools and childcare centers from tomorrow until Jun 25. Officials also announced plans to open eight designated flu clinics on Jun 13, which could expand to 10 more sites if needed. Officials noted their approach to control the spread of the virus is moving from containment to mitigation.CDC urges pneumococcal vaccine for at-risk groupsThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently posted interim guidance on use of the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine during the novel flu outbreak. The vaccine is still recommended for those age 65 or older and patients aged 2 to 64 who have certain high-risk conditions. However, the CDC urges that those younger than 65 who have underlying health conditions receive the vaccine, because vaccination rates are low and rates of severe novel H1N1 infections are high.[Jun 9 CDC 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine guidance]last_img read more

Burleigh Heads 1960s fibro shack sells

first_img16 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads.GREG Dean’s 1960s fibro shack hasn’t changed in ­almost six decades but the value sure has.The home at 16 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads, is a blast from the past with shagpile carpets, lime-green walls and a matching lime bath tub.Mr Dean has carried out extensive renovations but you’d be hard-pressed spotting some of them. He redid the kitchen to look exactly how it was and has given the home several licks of paint.“This house has got almost 60 years on it and has been through everything, even cyclones,” he said.16 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads. Sale price — 1996: $145,000 & 2017: $966,000“The windows were the hardest to upgrade because nobody knows how to make that old style anymore.”Mr Dean said the strength of the home came down to its fibro shell.“I originally bought it with my parents as my first home when I was 20,” he said. They don’t make them like this anymore.”16 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads.Mr Dean recently sold his home for just shy of a million dollars and said he was happy with the sale price. He and his family bought it in 1996 for $145,000.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoMr Dean said the home attracted a lot of attention when it first went on the market, especially from the Cavanagh family who originally built it.“The family who used to own it approached me after the for sale sign went up,” he said.“I was in the front garden when they came up to me and said their grandmother built the house.“They were blown away by how original the home had stayed over the years.”16 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads.Mr Dean said they came back the next day with an old photo of the house.“It was amazing how similar the photos were.”The house was named Ollyoak, which according to Mr Dean means “Ugly Woman”. They wanted the old sign to give to their grandmother as a memento,” he said.Realty Blue principal Mick Brace helped seal the deal for $966,000 and said the new owners planned to use it as an investment.16 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads.The 539sq m block comes with six bedrooms and two bathrooms.“The home is made up of two flats but it has only been used as a single residence,” Mr Brace said.“The property was in great condition. The backyard is packed with fruit trees that have been there since the house was built.”16 Gardenia Grove, Burleigh Heads.last_img read more

Syracuse’s Irish trio provides aggressive play during team’s unbeaten season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2012 at 12:13 am Contact Jasmine: jlwatk01@syr.edu Syracuse’s “Irish attack” earned the title for good reason.The trio of Emma Russell, Gillian Pinder and Liz McInerney combined to form the group that has provided the team with aggressive play in the Orange’s undefeated season. They’ve helped No. 1 Syracuse move to 12-0 and extend the team’s winning streak at J.S. Coyne Stadium to 34 games.McInerney leads the team with eight assists. Throughout the season she has often threaded the needle by perfectly passing the ball to different teammates cutting to the goal. The vision to see who’s open and the accuracy to get them the ball has been crucial to SU’s ability to score so quickly at times.“Giving assists is probably my favorite part of my game and it’s very easy to do when the forwards move for you,” McInerney said. “I’m just lucky to be the one to pass the ball before they get the goal; (it) could’ve been anyone.”SU plays at a fast pace, so ball control as well as sharp and precise passing are needed on offense. Players constantly communicate with each other in efforts to keep the ball moving.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe ability of all the players to come together has been a point of pride for the team. The “Irish attack” is one part of it.“One of the best parts about our team is the different cultures and nationalities we have on it; I think it brings a different style of hockey,” McInerney said. “It was only me for a long time over here, so I’m happy to have two more Irish girls to keep me company.”This year, the Orange added freshmen Pinder and Russell. They brought speed to the team, racing past opponents to find openings in the defense. Both are working well within the team, leaving their mark on the balanced scoring strategy of SU.Although they seem comfortable on the field, both have had similar problems adjusting to the states.“It’s my first time in the states, so the biggest adjustment was definitely the weather at first, but now it’s getting a bit more comfortable to play in,” Pinder said.Russell echoed Pinder’s feelings on the transition.“The temperature,” Russell said. “I wasn’t used to it, but now it’s getting colder now so I’m happy about that; (it) makes it a lot easier.”They might not love the weather, but it hasn’t affected their play on the field.All three Irish players said they weren’t prepared for the intensity or extended length of practices at Syracuse. McInerney said it’s helping with her conditioning, and she can now stay on the field longer during games.McInerney, Russell and Pinder are important parts of the team, but they said they don’t make the top-ranked Orange special. They just add their particular style of play to an already talented team.“The team atmosphere is unbelievable here,” Pinder said. “Everyone here has totally bonded and just united, and all the work and the longer hours of training is paying off.” Commentslast_img read more

Heritage Park Fountain Open For Summer Water Play

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The City Of OlympiaA popular spot for Olympia kids of all ages, the Heritage Park Fountain is now open for summer water splashing.The Heritage Park Fountain is open daily (except Wednesday) from:9:00 am – 12:00 pm1:30 pm – 5:00 pm6:30 pm – 9:30 pmPlease note that the fountain is closed on Wednesdays.The fountain is located at 330 5th Ave SW in downtown Olympia.For more information, please call Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation at 360.753.8380.last_img