first_imgWHO issues health advisory ahead of South Korea Olympic GamesIn a joint statement today the World Health Organization (WHO) and South Korean health officials issued public health recommendations for people attending the upcoming winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang.The main threat is an increased risk of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, and indoor crowding during the two events could increase the risk of the spread of those diseases. The groups noted that the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting an increase in seasonal flu, mainly caused by influenza B and H3N2, an influenza A strain.South Korea has experienced outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu in wild birds and poultry, but no related human cases have been reported, and the risk of human illnesses is considered very low. The advisory warned of a small risk of imported respiratory diseases that aren’t typically seen in South Korea, such as measles, diphtheria, and human avian flu.Generally, the risk of food- and waterborne outbreaks is higher during large gatherings where crowds eat from food outlets, many of which are temporary, the WHO said.At the global level, given multiple ongoing outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, diphtheria, influenza, and mumps, the WHO urged those traveling to South Korea to consult their health providers to make sure they are up to date with recommended routine immunizations.Feb 7 WHO statement South Sudan declares end to cholera outbreakWith no new cholera cases reported in the past 7 weeks, South Sudan today declared the end of its longest and largest outbreak of the disease, the WHO Regional Office for Africa said today in a statement. Over the course of the outbreak, more than 20,000 infections, 436 of them fatal, were reported. The last confirmed case-patient was discharged on Dec 18.The country’s government worked with several aid agencies in its battle against cholera, which included receiving 2.2 million doses of oral cholera vaccine from a global stockpile funded by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance. More than 885,000 people were vaccinated in the campaign’s first round, and nearly 500,000 were immunized during the second round. Because of security challenges, however, not everyone received the recommended two doses.Evans Liyosi, the WHO’s acting representative to South Sudan, congratulated the country for tacking cholera, but he warned that the disease is endemic there and many risk factors remain, underscoring the importance of maintaining the capacity to detect and respond to new cases.South Sudan is grappling with many complex health challenges, the WHO said. They include armed conflict that forced nearly 4 million people to flee their homes and food insecurity affecting more than 40% of the population.Feb 7 WHO Africa statementlast_img read more

first_imgLAHS Senior Class President Maddie Ovaska tries on her cap and gown for next week’s ceremony. Courtesy/LAHSLAHS News:Los Alamos High School will host private graduation ceremonies for every member of the Class of 2020 next week over three days, starting Wednesday.Each graduating senior and their immediate family members will have a pre-arranged time for presentation of their diploma.“With 270+ grads each having a 5-minute window, we’ll have 1,350 minutes of presenting diplomas,” Principal Carter Payne said. “Orchestrating this event is key, and we will need everyone to arrive at just the right time. Seniors and their family are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes before their appointment time.Seniors and their immediate family are invited to attend, and all will be required to wear masks. Once they arrive on campus, they will stay in their vehicle and follow the same route through campus that was used earlier when students picked up their cap and gown.  At their appointed time, they will drive up to the stage, step out of their vehicle, put on their cap and gown, and prepare to receive their diploma. “Our guidance from the state was clear that we can only have 5 people in one place,” Payne said. “The four school personnel present, plus the graduate, take us to the limit of 5 for gatherings, so family members will be staged on the opposite side of the podium to allow all to have space for distancing.”Just as in a traditional graduation ceremony, each student’s name will be called, they will be presented their diploma and they will move their tassel from right to left. The ceremony will end with the traditional tossing of the caps to the cheers of family and school staff.Family members are encouraged to take photos during the ceremony, but are encouraged to make plans for the perfect photo shoot at an off-campus location before or after the ceremony. There will be a professional photographer to photograph each student as they receive their diploma. PAC 8 also will be on hand to take a video of each graduate. Each graduate will be included in the graduation video along with all members of the Class of 2020. This video will include the student speaker and teacher speaker selected by the senior class. The graduation video will be shared online June 8.The LAHS Yearbook staff created a senior video honoring each member of the Class of 2020. To see the senior video, visit Class 2020.mp4.The community is invited to celebrate the Class of 2020 at the Parade of Grads “Lap of Diamond” at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 30. Family members and members of the community are invited to line the shoulders on both sides of Diamond Drive from the high school to the roundabout to cheer for the Class of 2020 from the safety of their vehicles. Graduates will wear their caps and gowns and be chauffeured by a household member in their decorated vehicles.last_img read more

first_imgDid you know bears can live to be 75?At least this one can. Smokey Bear, that national fire prevention icon, was honored on Friday, August 9, in Manorville, when the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation renamed the Otis Pike Preserve-West — approximately 20 acres of grassland — Smokey Bear Field.Of course the ursine idol was there in the flesh, sort of, to greet the DEC’s regional director Carrie Meek Gallagher and forest ranger Captain Timothy Byrnes, along with a crowd of onlookers, and cut his 75th anniversary cake.Smokey cuts his cake. Independent/Courtesy NYS DECThe field lies east of Line Road and just south of Grumman Road in Manorville, and has long been used by DEC forest rangers and volunteers to teach about wildfire control efforts, like prescribed fires.“This field in the heart of the Pine Barrens, which is both a fire-prone and a fire-dependent ecosystem, reinforces Smokey’s iconic ‘Only You Can Prevent Wildfires’ message,” Gallagher said. “DEC forest rangers and other volunteers frequently conduct prescribed fires on this field in order to restore grassland habitats, become proficient in wildland firefighting techniques, and build a buffer where local volunteer firefighters can potentially deploy resources. This truly is a field where DEC makes concentrated efforts to ‘Prevent Wildfires’ and their destruction, just as Smokey taught us.”Smokey continues to be the most recognized symbol of fire prevention in the world. On August 9, 1944, the creation of Smokey Bear was authorized by the U.S. Forest Service, and the first poster was delivered on October 10 by artist Albert Staehle. The poster depicted a bear pouring a bucket of water on a campfire. Sharelast_img read more

first_img[av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Tigresses enters UAAP beach volleyball finals ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=” subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”]MANILA – University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses got an outright finals seat in the UAAP Season 80 women’s beach volleyball after sweeping their elimination round matches.Golden Tigresses’ Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray completed the 7-0 sweep after a 22-20, 17-21, 15-13 win over Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza of Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws on Thursday at the Sands by The Bay in Pasay City. Both teams had a tight exchange in the first set with the Golden Tigresses holding to a 16-13 lead but the Lady Tamaraws forced several deadlocks with last at 20-all. The Golden Tigresses then clinched the set with a Viray down-the-line hit and an error by Pons.In the second set, the Lady Tamaraws went on a strong start for a 15-10 lead but the Golden Tigresses rallied back to come to within 16-17. Three straight points by Pons hand the set to the Lady Tamaraws to force a deciding set.In the third set, the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws exchanged leads with the score tied at 12-all. Viray then came alive with three consecutive points for the Golden Tigresses to claim the victory.“Magandang experience ‘yun para kay Cait na baguhan pa lang kasi sobrang tough ng labanan, sobrang tough kalaban ang FEU talaga, buti nga naka-isa kami,” said Rondina.Meanwhile, De La Salle University Lady Spikers’ May Luna and Ernestine Tiamzon claimed the fourth and last semifinals set with a 21-10, 21-9 win over Ateneo Lady Eagles’ Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte.With the Golden Tigresses sweeping their way to the finals, the semifinals headed to a step-ladder affair with No. 4 Lady Spikers and no. 3 University of the Philippines Lady Maroons facing in a knockout match.The Lady Spikers-Lady Maroons winner, meanwhile, will face No. 2 Lady Tamaraws in the second phase of the semifinals. The Lady Tamaraws owns a twice-to-beat advantage./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

first_imgGhana and Hearts midfielder Laryea Kingston has hit out at former coach of the side Csaba Laszlo for allegedly trying to oust him at the Scottish club.The 29-year-old’s days at Tynecastle looked numbered after he fell out with Laszlo, but the January arrival of Jim Jefferies has given him a new lease of life.Laszlo repeatedly questioned Kingston’s commitment to Hearts, with the player persistently injured and quoted as saying he would always put his country before his club.But the Ghanaian international insists it was an orchestrated attempt by the coach who wanted fans to turn on their favourite player.Kingston said: “I promise you, every injury I have had at this club, I have evidence of.“I have the scans, my medical records and everything is there. It’s true. “I have never feigned injuries, even since I was young. I love football and I wanted to play every minute.”Of Laszlo, he added: “He gave me a tough time.“I know he has been saying Kingston is not committed to Hearts but that was wrong.“Every time I got injured, people were thinking ‘this is Kingston doing this’. That was because of what Csaba said.“A lot of people only know one side of the story, they didn’t know what was really happening.” Kingston who played for Hearts in his home country insists he is truly in love with his Scottish because he supported them even before joining them because of the name which is similar to that of the Ghanaian side.Source: Ghanasoccernet.comlast_img read more