H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: American attitudes, work absences in Britain, Canada’s vaccination plans

first_imgAmericans not worried about H1N1 but will get vaccineMore than 60% of Americans say they are not worried about the novel H1N1 flu, but 55% plan to get the H1N1 vaccine for themselves or someone in their household, according to a Washington Post ABC News Poll. The poll indicates that about one in eight Americans is very worried that the pandemic will affect his or her family, while twice as many are not at all worried, the Post reported. Nearly 75% were confident that the government will be able to cope effectively with the epidemic.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/19/AR2009081901585.htmlAug 19 Washington Post storyMany British firms have had H1N1-related absencesIn a survey of 429 small and medium-sized British companies, 72% said they had weathered staff absenteeism because of the H1N1 flu and 38% expected that their sales would suffer, Reuters reported yesterday. The survey by the law firm Eversheds also found that one in five businesses said they expected to have to close or partially close premises, and 87% said they had introduced new sanitation measures to combat the virus.http://www.reuters.com/article/internal_ReutersNewsRoom_ExclusivesAndWins_MOLT/idUSTRE57I42920090819Aug 19 Reuters reportCanada expects November vaccination launch, adequate supplyCanadian officials hope to license the country’s novel flu vaccine and begin immunizing people in November, the Canadian Press reported yesterday. Canada’s vaccine supplier, GlaxoSmithKline, will ship about 10 to 15 million doses and will be able to quickly replenish supplies as healthcare workers administer the vaccine to patients. Officials project that GSK’s antigen production will outpace its fill-and-finish capacity but said finishing the vaccine elsewhere would cause delays.Australian doctors question country’s vaccination plans Australia’s major infectious disease society is questioning the safety of the country’s novel H1N1 vaccination plans, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported today. In a letter to the government, the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases cited a risk of cross-contamination when using multidose vials and said the flu epidemic has subsided, so the campaign needn’t be rushed. A spokeswoman for vaccine maker CSL countered that the single-dose approach would be slower and more expensive.http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/08/20/2662321.htm?section=justinAug 20 Australian Broadcasting Corp. storyNovel H1N1 deaths in Latin America exceed 1,300Deaths from H1N1 flu in Latin America, the world’s hardest-hit region, have reached 1,303, more than 70% of the global total of 1,799 listed by the World Health Organization, Agence France-Presse reported yesterday. Argentina has had 404 deaths, the second-highest toll after the United States’ 477, and Brazil has 368, the story said. Trailing Brazil are Mexico, with 164 deaths; Chile, 105; and Peru, 62.Zimbabwe, Belarus report first novel flu casesZimbabwe’s health ministry today announced the confirmation of the country’s first novel H1N1 cases, in five private-school children who got sick in early August, Agence France-Presse reported. Doctors at Zimbabwe’s state hospitals are on strike over wage and allowance issues, but the health minister said the medical system is coping. Meanwhile, Belarus confirmed its first novel flu case yesterday, in a Chinese man who had recently returned from visiting China, the Interfax news agency reported.last_img read more

Red-hot Fever lands Supreme

first_imgChampagne Fever put up a superb front-running performance to get Ireland off to a great start at the Cheltenham Festival in the opening William Hill Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Ruby Walsh set out to make all on the Willie Mullins-trained six-year-old (5-1), who had stablemate Un Atout for company for most of the way, with hot favourite My Tent Or Yours always close behind and looking a major threat as they turned into the straight. There was nothing in it between Champagne Fever and the sweetly travelling My Tent Or Yours as they jumped the final flight, but the front-runner responded to every call and forged ahead up the hill to win by half a length. Jezki finished third, a further two and a quarter lengths away. Press Associationcenter_img Walsh said: “He jumped like a stag and travelled really well. It’s magic – he just came alive the last fortnight. I didn’t ride him work last week but I was watching him work at the Curragh with Willie and we both kind of looked at each other. It was scintillating. “Patrick (Mullins, the trainer’s son) has always maintained he was a two-miler and an out-and-out galloper – he was dead right. He wasn’t doing a whole lot in front, but I knew AP (McCoy) was coming to me as I could feel the crowd revving up. “But, in fairness, when AP got to him, he stuck his head down and away he went again.” Mullins added: “It was a very brave performance from the horse to lead like that and jump like that. Ruby said he heard Tony McCoy coming up behind him and the horse just took off with him. “He knew he’d lots of horse. Ruby was trying to steady it and ride a tactical race – he obviously got it spot-on. It was fantastic to watch him coming up the hill. “He’ll go to Punchestown next and next season will all be about chasing. We’ve schooled him and he already jumps fences better than hurdles – he is electric over a fence.” McCoy said of My Tent Or Yours: “I was beaten by a better horse.” last_img read more

MLAX : Orange offense improves in pair of scrimmage victories

first_imgAs Syracuse cycled the ball around its offensive end, Stephen Keogh saw his opportunity. A lane opened up in the middle of the Maryland zone, and the senior slashed through it toward the goal.Sophomore attack JoJo Marasco caught a pass even with the goal line and caught a glimpse of Keogh cutting to the cage.The senior Keogh made the catch as he reached the crease and whipped a shot behind his back into the bottom corner of the net for the score, just more than a minute into the action.It only took one possession for the Orange to display a chemistry that was lacking in its first two scrimmages a week ago. Thursday, No. 1 SU knocked off No. 6 Maryland 11-9 in the Carrier Dome as both teams’ starters played for most of the game. Syracuse’s first team then watched from the sideline as the backups pulled out a 10-6 win over Canisius. But against Maryland, it was SU’s first attack line of Keogh, Marasco and redshirt junior Tim Desko that shined for Syracuse after struggling a weekend ago.‘Last weekend, it was kind of sloppy,’ Keogh said. ‘But we cleaned up things this week in practice. I think we just got the chemistry down. … We’re just going to keep working all week, but it was nice to finally click today.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKeogh and Desko led the Orange with three goals each, and Marasco added two goals and two assists. Marasco found Keogh for SU’s first two scores, and Desko added the next Syracuse tally with a low shot through the Maryland goalie’s legs.But as the first attack unit thrived, the defensive unit gave up some uncharacteristically easy goals that allowed the Terrapins to stay in the game. After taking a 5-3 lead just after halftime, Maryland stormed back to even the score at seven after three quarters.They even took an early lead in the fourth before Desko banked in a sharp angle shot off the Maryland goalie’s foot.‘I just took every opportunity that came to me and just dodged well,’ he said. ‘I did what I can do.’After the Desko score, Joel White put the Orange in front with a rare goal from a defensive specialist. And then it was all Marasco.With about six minutes left and SU still clinging to a one-point lead, the sophomore charged down the left side of the offensive zone as a Maryland defender struggled to stick with him. Marasco appeared ready to take the ball behind the goal but instead whipped a shot behind his back that caught the Terrapins goalie off guard. The shot sailed straight into the top of the goal to extend the Orange lead.And he wasn’t done there.As Syracuse took possession with two minutes to play, Marasco took possession of the ball and refused to give it up. He held on to it, running around the Maryland zone with no intention of moving toward the goal. When the Terrapins finally decided to try to get a turnover with a double team, Marasco simply outran the defenders and beat the goalie to put the game out of reach with 39 seconds left.For head coach John Desko, this was the type of performance he wanted from the first offense. In his mind, the key was leaving the unit in throughout the scrimmage to develop that chemistry it was missing against Hofstra and Le Moyne.‘I think the fact that we pretty much kept the first group out there for the whole game let us get in a rhythm,’ he said. ‘We kind of ran one offense and one set of plays. … I think it worked well.’It worked to the tune of eight goals for the Orange’s first attack unit. And for Marasco, Keogh and Desko, it was a much better result Thursday.‘We just played really well together, and we were relaxed out there,’ Marasco said. ‘Finally, we took some time on the clock and moved the ball around, and it just came together for us. … It was very fun, and I’m happy with our attacks playing that well.’zjbrown@syr.edu Comments Published on February 10, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Tipperary lose out to Galway in NHL Final

first_imgGalway ran out 3-21 to 14 point winners of today’s National Hurling League Final against Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds.Galway took an early lead in the game with points from Joe Canning and Jason Flynn. Flynn’s attempt on goal in the opening half was well saved by Darren Gleeson – but Galway were still up 11 points to 5 at half time.Tipperary had their work cut out in the second half as Galway came out all guns blazing with a Jason Flynn goal inside the first minute of the second half – making up for his saved opportunity in the first half. Photo © Tipperary GAA He followed that up with a second goal in the 56th minute of play to put Galway 12 points ahead. Cathal Mannion then got Galways third goal ten minutes later.Tipp were never given the opportunity to get going in the game, and Galway ran out easy 16 point winners.Speaking afterwards Tipp Manager Michael Ryan said they simply weren’t preparedAudio Playerhttp://tippfm.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/MikeRyanPostNHLF.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Gemma beats Ôhorrendous’ weather to retain title

first_img30 Mar 2015 Gemma beats Ôhorrendous’ weather to retain title England international Gemma Clews beat both the field and atrocious weather to retain her title in the Delamere Comboy Scratch. She scored two-over par 75 around her home course of Delamere Forest in Cheshire, to win by a stroke in what were described as “the most horrendous conditions imaginable.” The scratch event, which was started last year, should be played over 36 holes but organiser Jackie Hesketh recounted how the competition was reduced to 18 holes after two failed attempts to start the first round. “We eventually managed to get them out at the third attempt, after making it a one-round competition.” she said. “Shortly after they had all started and the rain had stopped, the wind speed got up to 40mph, the balls were moving on the greens and the gazebo for the starter on the first tee took off and landed halfway down the first fairway! “The Delamere members did a wonderful job in clearing rain from a few greens and all the competitors appreciated the effort that everyone went to and thoroughly enjoyed the course.” Clews (Image © Leaderboard Photography), who is a member of the England Golf women’s squad, was one shot clear of regional squad player Billie-Jo Smith of Lincolnshire and Surrey’s Iona Stephen. Leading scores Par 73, CSS 76 R/O 75  Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest) 76  Billie-Jo Smith (Woodhall Spa); Iona Stephen (Wentworth) 77 Eloise Healey (West Lancashire) Click here for full scoreslast_img read more