Zimbabwe water shortage: The community that gets water from a cemetery


first_img– Advertisement – Contamination, from embalming fluids and decomposition, poses risks, but with experts saying rainfall will reduce a further 20%, water sources like this might be the community’s only choice. – Advertisement –center_img The residents of Hopley, a large settlement in the south of Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, have had to take drastic measures to ensure they have access to water.As community wells dry up, people have been forced to use a well situated in a nearby graveyard.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Researchers warn of resistant flu, foodborne microbes


first_imgMar 19, 2008 – ATLANTA (CIDRAP News) – Serious microbial threats, including drug-resistant influenza and foodborne pathogens, remain stubbornly persistent even as unpredictable new threats are emerging, researchers said this week at the leading international conference on new and resurgent infectious diseases.Many of the threats are emerging in parts of the world too poor to fund adequate surveillance and control measures. And industrialized countries’ spending on intercepting those globalized infections is not keeping pace with the need.”Many of the challenges that face us right now are not likely to get better; in some ways, they are likely to get worse,” Dr. Julie L. Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said during the opening speeches of the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, which the CDC sponsors along with several scientific organizations. “These problems can only be solved by the investment necessary to tackle them.”Research presented at the conference ranged from information on the complexities of controlling and treating influenza and other respiratory diseases to insights into foodborne disease transmission. And as always at such a large conference—a biennial gathering of 2,000 scientists giving roughly 500 papers and posters—there were the scientific equivalent of early-warning alarms.In influenza news, CDC and state health department researchers found that:Adamantane drugs, the older of the two classes of influenza antivirals, are becoming increasingly useless against seasonal flu. A global survey of isolates collected during the 2006-07 flu season found 72% of H3N2 strains were resistant to adamantanes; in Asia, 100 percent of H1N1 strains were resistant, though 94% of US H1N1 strains remained vulnerable to the drugs.Meanwhile, resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors, the second class of flu drug, is creeping up. Between 2004 and the current flu season, the proportion of isolates resistant to neuraminidase inhibitors rose from 1% to 5% among all flu strains. Resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu), the more widely used drug in the class, rose to 9% among H1N1 strains.And in further confirmation that the current seasonal flu vaccine did not work as planned, an analysis of military flu-like illness statistics by the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego found the effectiveness of the flu shot against H1N1 strains was 71%, lower than recent CDC estimates.In a warning of the stealthy nature of novel flu strains, a team from the University of Florida, the CDC’s flu branch, and a pet-rescue program called HemoPet/Pet Life-Line found that canine influenza has been circulating without detection far longer than supposed. The disease, which kills by hemorrhagic pneumonia, was first detected in dogs in Florida in 2004 and has since spread to 25 states and Washington, DC. But according to the rescue program’s blood-donor records, the strain has actually been in Florida dogs since 1999, and it may have caused unsolved respiratory disease outbreaks at dog tracks that year and in 2003.Among the reports on foodborne illnesses:The proportion of disease outbreaks linked to leafy greens is rising faster than the consumption of lettuce and spinach, signaling a true increase in the incidence of greens-related foodborne illness, according to CDC researchers.Strains of Salmonella isolated from cattle slaughtered at plants monitored by the US Department of Agriculture showed significant increases between 1997 and 2005 in resistance to cephalosporins, a class of drugs used in both veterinary and human medicine. Proportions of isolates resistant to the veterinary drug ceftriaxone increased from 1% to 2.1%; to ceftiofur, from 0% to 21.6%; and to cefoxitin, from 9.1% to 19.8%.And research done at the University of Pennsylvania found that 22% of raw chicken purchased at retail outlets in central Pennsylvania in 2006 and 2007 was contaminated with Salmonella; 53% of the Salmonella isolates were resistant to at least one drug, and 45% were resistant to five drugs or more.Blood and organ transplants are emerging as a rare and unpredictable route for transmission of infections, according to research presented at the conference, which featured reports of tuberculosis transmitted via transplant and fatal Group C streptococcal infection transmitted by transfused pooled platelets.And in just two of many reports on the increasingly high-profile pathogen MRSA—methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, which causes both healthcare-acquired and community-acquired infections—CDC researchers reported a higher-than-predicted rate of community-acquired pneumonias due to MRSA. In addition, Dr. J. Scott Weese, a veterinarian from the Ontario Veterinary College, delivered preliminary results of a survey of 212 raw pork products purchased in four Canadian provinces that found a MRSA contamination rate of almost 10%.last_img read more

Breast is best but lay off the pressure, Kiwis say


first_imgNZ Herald 14 Feb 2012Three out of four New Zealanders feel mothers should breastfeed their babies if they can, but more than half also think there is too much pressure to do so.A UMR Research poll of 750 adult New Zealanders found overwhelming support for breastfeeding. More than 70 per cent backed the method, and 80 per cent were comfortable with mothers breastfeeding in public.But even respondents who favoured breastfeeding felt the pressure placed on parents was too heavy. The report’s authors said: “It seems likely therefore that this reaction is not to the breastfeeding message as such, but to the way it is being delivered.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10785399last_img read more

Former Enyimba coach takes over at Wikki Tourists


first_img Promoted ContentThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King Remake10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World7 Of The Best Top Models From India18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You Wikki Tourists of Bauchi have confirmed the employment of former Enyimba coach, Usman Abd’alla.The coach replaced Garba Ibrahim who was sacked by the club along with the entire coaching crew. Loading… Wikki Tourists are in the 13th position with 16 points. Others appointed are Haruna Abubakar new Goalkeepers Trainer and Dantani Yahaya as Trainor 2. Other Technical Crew members affected and also redeployed to the sports council are the Chief Coach Bashir Sale,and Wada Jibrin Trainor while Bala Mohammed the Goalkeepers Trainer being a contract staff with the club was disengaged. All appointments are with immediate effect. Read Also:Newman joins Wikki Tourists ahead of new season “The new Technical Adviser is expected to commence training with the team today 13/1/20 at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Though, the official statement from the club signed by the team media officer, Nasir Kobi did not state the reason for the sack of the entire coaching crew but it may not be unconnected with their 1-2 home loss at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa stadium on Sunday in their match-day 14 tie against Sunshine Stars. All the newly appointed coaches have resumed duties on Monday with immediate effect.Advertisementlast_img read more

How to Get Ahead in the NFL.


first_imgAn interesting article in the Indy Star told how to assure yourself of a job in the NFL.  Be the son or daughter of the head coach or owner.  Bill Belichick of New England has his son, Steve, as a coaching assistant.  Jeff Fisher of the Rams also has his son, Brandon, working as his defensive backs coach.In the case of Marvin Lewis of the Bengals, his son Marcus is also a defensive assistant.  Andy Reid, the coach of the Chiefs, hired his son, Brit, as a defensive line assistant.  Lovie Smith of the Tampa Bay Bucs brought his son Mikal in as a safety coach.  Not to be out done, Mike Zimmer of the Vikings, has his son, Adam, as his linebacker coach.Pete Carroll of the SeaHawks has two of his sons working for him.  Nate is a wide receiver coach and Brennan is an offensive line coach.  Finally Mike Brown of the Bengals put his daughter, Kathy, in the position of chief negotiator for player salaries and she is also their business manager.  How is this for nepotism?last_img read more

GM recalling 640,000 pickup trucks


first_imgGeneral Motors is issuing a recall on more than 640,000 pickup trucks because the seat belts can set the carpeting on the floor of the vehicles on fire.A small explosion is used to move a piston that tightens the high-tech seat belts before a crash.   The explosion can potentially release hot gas through an opening in the pretensioner brackets, possibly setting the carpet on the floor of the vehicle on fire.There have been reports of two fires but no injuries.The following pickup trucks are included in the recall:2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 15002019-2020 GMC Sierra 15002020 Chevrolet Silverado 25002020 Chevrolet Silverado 35002020 GMC Sierra 25002020 GMC Sierra 3500GM hasn’t said when the recall will begin, but dealerships will close the opening through which hot gas can be released at no cost to the truck owner. Truck owners may call Chevy at 1-800-222-1020 or GMC at 1-888-988-7267 and ask about recall number 192270600 if they have any additional questions.last_img read more

The Latest: Swiss hockey league ends season in top divisions


first_imgThe Latest: Swiss hockey league ends season in top divisions Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___10:10 a.m. Associated Press The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus.The league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___ Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550.Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports 10:05 a.m.After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”center_img Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy.The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault. “You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote.Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title. March 12, 2020 ___10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.last_img read more

Caz grad plays in FCS Bowl all-star game


first_imgHis father, Paul Shaffner, is currently the defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach for the Colgate Raiders football team. Prior to joining the Raiders, he coached at Buffalo State.“In elementary school I would stay at Buffalo State for their August camp,” Shaffner said. “I would sit in on my dad’s meetings with his players and [stay up for] all the late nights. This was the first time that my love for football was apparent.”A three-year letterman for Cazenovia High School, Shaffner was named the 2015 New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Class B Player of the Year after helping his team to achieve a 13-0 record and the Class B state title.During his time as a Laker, the player contributed to a three-year Cazenovia record of 32-2.“The run that we had as a team my senior year of high school — all the way to the state championship — was one of the biggest thrills of my life,” Shaffner said. “[That] was something that I could not have dreamed of without the help of my high school coaches and my team. Without them, I never could have been honored as [player] of the year.”In Feb. 2016, Shaffner signed his national letter of intent to become a Colgate student and athlete.“[He] handled all of Colgate’s long-snapping duties for nearly his entire football career, in addition to his every-down role as a reserve linebacker,” said Colgate University Director of Athletic Communications John Painter. “The senior helped Colgate placekicker Chris Puzzi set program field goal records for ‘made in a season’ and ‘accuracy’ in both a season and career. Shaffner also helped Barney Amor punt for a 42.1-yard average that set Colgate’s season mark for a minimum of 40 attempts.”Shaffner points to a game-winning field goal against James Madison University (JMU) in the second round of playoffs as a highlight of his college football career.“I was the long snapper for that play, which usually goes unnoticed, and I would not have it any other way,” he said. “The moment someone notices a long snapper, they messed up . . . The second moment [that stands out] was going out to my dad on senior day. He has coached me my entire life, and it was an extremely emotional thing for me.”Shaffner has dreamed of playing in the NFL since he was in first grade.In January, he will play in front of scouts at exposure events in Dallas, Texas and Mobile, Alabama.Following these two events, Shaffner expects to have a much better understanding of his chances at playing professionally.Outside the realm of football, Shaffner is interested in pursuing a career in commercial real estate development.“Basically, I have to wait and see how things go for me,” he said. “In the meantime, I will continue to work my butt off both in the weight room and on the field.”Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: all-star gameCaz gradCazenovia footballCazenovia High SchoolCazenovia High School athleticscolgate universityFCS BowlJake Shaffnerpostseason college footballstudent athlete The game is open to collegiate players who have completed their eligibility in NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).“To be selected, it was a huge honor,” Shaffner said. “To be recognized for all of the hours and work I put into my craft is just something that makes [me] feel so good. Playing in the game was a very cool experience. I was surrounded by so much talent, [and it was] so fun to just go out and play. All star games . . . are a simplified version of football which brings you back to being a kid and playing in the backyard with all of your friends.”Although Shaffner did not start playing football until sixth grade, the game has always been a big part of his life.center_img By Kate HillStaff WriterIn December, Cazenovia High School graduate and Colgate University football player Jake Shaffner played in the sixth annual FCS Bowl — a postseason college football all-star game.Held in Deland, Florida, the game provided players from smaller colleges with the opportunity to shine in front of scouts from various professional football leagues, including the National Football League (NFL) and Canadian Football League (CFL).last_img read more

Badger of the Decade


first_imgTucker was named Big Ten Player of the Year and was a consensus First-Team All-American in 2007.[/media-credit]In the past decade, Wisconsin athletics experienced a Final Four berth, a dynamic Rose Bowl appearance and four combined national championships from the men’s and women’s hockey teams.And the Herald Sports Badger of the Decade wasn’t a part of any of that — making his accomplishments even more impressive.Alando Tucker earns our Best Badger of the Decade Award for his record-setting career, consistent dominance and overall effect on Wisconsin basketball.First the r?sum?:? Tucker became the first Badger to be a consensus First-Team All-American since 1942, and he was a finalist for every major national player of the year award.? Named Big Ten Player of the Year his senior season, Tucker led the conference in scoring at 20.0 points per game — the first-ever Badger to lead the league.? Finishing his career with averages of 16.5 points per game and 48 percent shooting, he topped Michael Finley his senior year to become the all-time leading scorer in Wisconsin history.Much like the swing offense on which he thrived, Tucker’s game wasn’t always pretty, but it was almost always effective.Utilizing power post moves that belied his 6-foot-5 frame and a turnaround jumper uglier than Betty herself, Tucker could score from anywhere on the floor and often did. For style points, his ferocious dunks could bring the Kohl Center crowd to its feet in an instant.Like his place at the top of many UW records, however, Tucker will always be linked with earning the basketball team a No. 1 ranking during the 2006-07 season — the first-time ever in the history of Wisconsin basketball. Even though the ranking was short-lived (UW lost two games the following week), it represented an unprecedented achievement for Wisconsin and proved Bo Ryan’s team could compete with all the five-star recruiting classes out there.Honorable mentions: Fellow basketball superstar Devin Harris, women’s hockey Patty Kazmaier-winners’ Sara Bauer and Jessie Vetter, along with football’s John Stocco, an underrated Badger quarterback.Harris has proven to be the better pro, starring in the NBA, and was certainly a phenomenal Badger. Leaving for the draft a year early, however, knocks down his rating, especially considering the starting five UW would have had if Harris came back with Harris, Tucker, Mike Wilkinson, Kammron Taylor and Zach Morley. Wow.Bauer and Vetter certainly excelled with career records and championships, but the weaker competition pool in women’s hockey keeps them at honorable mention.Finally, Stocco certainly won enough games and kept Wisconsin a perennial top-25 team, but the lack of dominance holds him back in the end.last_img read more

Sanchez to be honored with an alumni award


first_imgFormer USC quarterback Mark Sanchez will receive the inaugural Young Alumni Merit Award at the annual USC Alumni Awards on April 30.As a member of USC’s Rose Bowl championship teams from 2007 to 2009, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound quarterback was voted the 2009 Rose Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player.“Mark Sanchez is a brilliant athlete and a dedicated Trojan,” said USC Alumni Association CEO Scott Mory in a press release. “We are proud to present him with our inaugural Young Alumni Merit Award.”After being selected fifth overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, the Long Beach native became the first rookie quarterback in the NFL to win his first five games as a starter.Sanchez has also won more road playoff games in NFL history than any other quarterback. This year marked his second season in the NFL.With a career total of 41 touchdowns and 3,965 yards with USC, Sanchez earned the merit award based on his leadership through his years with the team.While playing for the Trojans, Sanchez earned the starting quarterback position as a junior in 2008 and started three times in 2007. He redshirted his freshman year in 2005.The USC Alumni Association has been recognizing distinguished members of the Trojan family since 1932. The Young Alumni Merit Award was established in 2010, and will be honoring recipients for the first time this year.In addition to Sanchez, nine other Trojans will be recognized in April for their accomplishments and contributions to USC.last_img read more