H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Sick-leave policies, spring-wave protection?, vaccine updates, Web resources

first_imgOct 8, 2009Lack of paid sick leave could spread fluA lack of paid sick leave could force working parents either to report to work sick with flu or to send their children to school sick, at the risk of sacrificing either income or their jobs, ABC News reports. Up to 54 million Americans, many of them self-employed or employees of small businesses, have little or no paid sick leave, an issue that advocates hope to bring before Congress.http://abcnews.go.com/Health/SwineFluNews/unpaid-sick-days-leave-parents-tough-choices-flu/story?id=8775513Oct 7 ABC News reportSpring wave may have given NYC some protectionNew York City and a few other cities that had big H1N1 outbreaks in the spring are seeing little activity now, leading to suggestions that the spring wave spawned a significant level of population immunity, the New York Times reported today. City health officials believe that perhaps 20% to 40% of the population were exposed to the virus in the spring and gained immunity. But city officials and other experts agreed it would be unwise to assume that New Yorkers don’t need the H1N1 vaccine.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/08/health/08flu.html?ref=healthOct 8 New York Times storyThird of parents may say no to kids’ vaccineConcerned over the new H1N1 vaccine, or unconcerned about the seriousness of the disease, 38% of parents say they are unlikely to permit their children to be vaccinated during school programs planned by many states, according to an Associated Press (AP)-GfK poll. Federal health officials vouched for the vaccine’s safety, urging widespread inoculation. Among concerns are the newness of the vaccine and potential side-effects.Oct 7 AP storyNew Web resources for individuals, familiesThe federal government’s www.flu.gov Web site has two new features, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday. A self-evaluation section for adults offers a click-through assessment aimed at determining whether flu is or is not present, followed by guidance on self-care, preventing transmission, and warning signs of serious disease. “Flu Myths and Facts” provides accurate refutations of common misconceptions about vaccinations and the disease itself.http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2009pres/10/20091007a.htmlOct 7 HHS news releaseCDC unveils system to gather data on flu-like illnessThe CDC today announced the launch of a system to gather data about influenza-like illness (ILI) from syndromic surveillance systems run by health departments in cooperation with hospital emergency departments. The system, called Distribute, enhances existing flu surveillance by providing more details on geographic- and age-specific trends, the agency said. The system involves a partnership of the CDC with the International Society for Disease Surveillance and the Public Health Informatics Institute.http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5839a5.htmCDC announcement in Oct 9 MMWRCanadian H1N1 vaccination to lag US by weeksCanada’s national campaign to vaccinate residents against the H1N1 flu is likely to begin in early November because attempts to move up the shots’ delivery have not been successful, according to the Canadian Press. The US campaign uses multiple suppliers and began with a roll-out of aerosol vaccine; Canada uses only one manufacturer, and aerosol vaccine is not approved for sale there.Oct 6 Canadian Press reportMichigan man recounts 7-week H1N1 battleA Michigan man who barely survived a battle with the H1N1 virus is expressing support for the vaccination campaign, according to ABC News. Jim Shrode, 53, was in excellent health before he fell ill with the virus in May. He was hospitalized for 7 weeks, required mechanical ventilation, and lost 37 pounds. “People need to know that the risks of the vaccine are minimal compared to the risks if you get ill with it,” he said.http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/surving-swine-flu/story?id=8777207Oct 8 ABC News reportlast_img read more

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West Florida Wins Intense Battle Over Montevallo

first_imgWest Florida Wins Intense Battle Over Montevallo Oct. 27, 2007Box ScorePENSACOLA, Fla. – With eight minutes left in the match Dusty Fouser scored his second goal in his West Florida career, and first this season, lifting No. 3 West Florida (15-1-0, 6-0-0 GSC) to a 3-2 triumph over No.17 Montevallo (15-2-1, 5-1-0 GSC) Friday night at the UWF Sports complex. With the win the Argonauts improve their school record winning streak to 15 and clinched the top seed in next week’s Gulf South Conference Championship.The Falcons cracked the score board first when Glenn Murphy and Nathan Archard connected on a pair of passes setting up Milan Pualic with a shot from the top of the box, which he buried to give Montevallo a 1-0 lead.The Argonauts responded with a pair of goals from Jimmy McHenry and Rafael Segal over the next six minutes to take their first lead of the fixture.Exactly 53 seconds following the Falcons goal Jay Mainville pushed a pass to McHenry from inside the box and the team leader in goals netted his 15th of the season. McHenry now has 39 points this season.Two minutes before the break, Matt Williams sent a cross back post for Segal to control and finish, giving West Florida a 2-1 at the break. In his first season with West Florida Segal has contributed 10 goals and seven assists to the Argonaut attack.Both team continued to apply pressure in the second half and Montevallo has able to even the score in the 60th minute when Parker Ingle nailed a shot from outside the 18-yard box to the upper corner of the net.At the 81:30 mark of the match, Curtis Brashear carried the ball into the corner and drove a cross into the box to a streaking Fouser who headed the game winning goal past the keeper.In the first half the Argonauts out shot the Falcons 9-6, but in the second half Montevallo evened the shot count as they fired up 10 shots to West Florida’s 7, leaving the shot count at 16 a piece for the match.West Florida goal keeper Juan Garcia collected four saves bring his season total to 62. The junior has a goals-against-average of 0.78 this season and it is only the fourth time this season the Argonauts have allowed more then one goal in a match.The Argonauts will have one final match at the UWF Sports Complex this Sunday against Thomas University before beginning post season play. During halftime of the match West Florida athletics will honor the five seniors, Keith Savage, Jimmy McHenry, Nick Mroczkowski, Patrick McLean and Dusty Fouser. “Live Stats” will be available during the match.West Florida will be the top seed in the GSC Championship which will be played at Brosnaham Park. The Argonauts opening match will be against Harding University. West Florida defeated the Bisons 5-0 when they meet earlier this season. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

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Fort St. John RCMP search for stolen Polaris Ranger

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are searching for a stolen Polaris Ranger 900 side by side.  On August 25th, the RCMP received a complaint that the Ranger had been stolen from 8200 block of 95th Avenue on the night of August 23.The Polaris Ranger was last seen in a wooded area to the west of 72nd Street in Fort St. John on August 24.  The Ranger is described as being blue in colour with black rims, 2-inch lift and a custom made rear bumper.The Fort St John RCMP are requesting anyone who may have information in regards to this theft to please provide the information to the Fort St John RCMP by contacting 250-787-8100.- Advertisement -If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or via the web at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca. They are open 24/7. You do not have to give your name, address, or your telephone number. You do not have to testify in Court. A cash reward of up to $2000.00 may be paid for any information that leads to an arrest and charge.last_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN HOPING FOR A ‘LOTTIE’ SUCCESS WITH NEW TOY DOLL BRAND

first_imgA Ballybofey businessman has invented a range of girl’s dolls that is set to go head-to-head with doll giants Barbie, Bratz and Monster High.Ian Harkin hit the headlines last year when his Arklu toy company launched a range of Royal Wedding Dolls.Now Ian is hoping that his new ‘Lottie’ doll will become an even bigger global hit. The company has spent the past year on research and development to create a refreshingly different and innovative fashion doll.Their designs previewed at the London Toy Fair to overwhelmingly positive retailer feedback and the company are now bringing their new creation to market in time for Christmas 2012. Taking their learnings from this, Arklu has applied their quintessentially British approach in to a new doll brand.Designed for girls aged 3 – 8, Lottie™ has been developed with scientific expertise from leading academics, alongside consumer research, to address parental concerns about other fashion dolls including negative body image, an increased perception of premature sexualisation as well as a desire for a return to good old-fashioned creative and imaginative play.Unlike other fashion dolls, there is no pushing the envelope with adult agendas such as scanty clothes, high heels, jewellery, tattoos or makeup; these are girl dolls intended for girls (…and even their brothers too). Most of all, Lottie is super cute and rather lovely. Lottie’s body is ‘childlike’ – as you might expect as she is aged nine; her dimensions (with the exception of her head) are based upon those devised by leading academics, Professor David McCarthy (Professor of Nutrition and Health at the Institute for Health Research & Policy, London Metropolitan University) and Dr Margaret Ashwell OBE (formerly Science Director of the British Nutrition Foundation).Her distinctive height of 7” (18cm) sets her apart from other fashion dolls; she’s super cute and easy to pack and carry around.Super cute, fun details such as detachable velcro patches on the clothing make for added appeal and “swapability”. Accessory packs include a picnic set, dressable Biscuit the Beagle dog as well as detachable velcro pony race winner rosettes. A background story is included on each doll box to encourage imaginative roleplay.  DONEGAL MAN HOPING FOR A ‘LOTTIE’ SUCCESS WITH NEW TOY DOLL BRAND was last modified: August 24th, 2012 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:ArkdollsIan Harkinlast_img read more

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