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Vermont to promote ‘Green Valley’ at environmental tech show

first_imgDorn will head a delegation that includes the VermontDepartment of Economic Development; the Vermont Global Trade Partnership;Burlington-based alternative energy firm Draker Solar; and environmental remediationequipment maker Clean Earth Technology of Ferrisburg to GLOBE 2008. For more information, visit the GLOBE Web site at: http://www.globe2008.ca/index.cfm(link is external) “This will be the second time that Vermont hasattended GLOBE, and the response has been very positive,” Dorn said.Vermont companies have found good leads, and environmental technologyfirms have expressed interest in our state. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MONTPELIER, Vt. — The State of Vermont will be lookingto generate some green by being green at an upcoming internationalenvironmental technology trade fair and conference in Vancouver. CONTACT: David Mace (802) 828-5229 He noted Vermont’s efforts to promote itself as acenter for environmental engineering and technology firms, including therelease of the recent report by the Vermont Environmental Engineering AdvisoryCouncil. Nearly 10,000 policy makers, environmental business leadersand corporate environmental managers from 78 countries attended GLOBE 2006 andorganizers estimate that $646 million in new business was generated at GLOBE2006. March 10, 2008 30 “Vermont has an internationally-recognized image as aclean, ‘green’ state; we are the healthiest state in America; andwe have more institutions of higher learning per capita than any otherstate,” said Kevin Dorn, Vermont Secretary of Commerce and CommunityDevelopment. “We believe we can leverage these strengths to recruit’green’ businesses to Vermont, and promote those alreadyhere.” GLOBE 2008 showcases emerging environmental technologies andsolutions from leading global technology companies. “Governor Jim Douglas has made growing Vermont’s’Green Valley’ a priority,” Dorn said. “This conferencehelps promote Vermont on a world stage.” Representatives of the Vermont Department of EconomicDevelopment and the Vermont Global Trade Partnership will be joined by severalVermont companies at GLOBE 2008, a biennial trade fair and conference scheduledfor March 12 through 14. VERMONT TO PROMOTE ‘GREEN VALLEY’ AT ENVIRONMENTAL TECH SHOWlast_img read more

Nominations sought for 2011 VRA Retailer of the Year awards

first_imgThe Vermont Retail Association (VRA) is pleased to announce the third annual Vermont Retailer of the Year Awards. Membership in VRA is not required for eligibility. All Vermont businesses engaged in retail operations may be nominated and considered. Nominations may be submitted using the Retailer of the Year nomination form on the association’s website, www.vtretailers.com(link is external).  Nominations will be accepted through December 31, 2011. The awards will be presented in 2012 at a gala celebration and ceremony. Three separate awards are presented each year:Retailer of the Year: Honoring a Vermont retailer for overall excellenceGreentailer of the Year: Honoring a Vermont retailer for environmental excellenceCommunity Gem: Honoring a Vermont retailer who has made unique and valuable contributions to its community.According to VRA Executive Director Tasha Wallis, ‘It is impossible to overstate the importance of Vermont’s retail industry. Retailers employ more Vermonters than any other business sector except health care. More than 40,000 Vermonters work in retail, approximately 16% of the entire work force. Given the retail sector’s tremendous benefit to Vermont, it is only appropriate that the ‘best of the best’ be recognized annually.’last_img read more

Gas pipeline setbacks pushing U.S. utilities to embrace renewables, analysts say

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Legal challenges halted several major pipeline projects across the U.S. in recent days, underscoring a seismic shift facing the U.S. utility industry: the rise of renewables as a potentially less costly and risky alternative to fossil fuels.Over the weekend Dominion Energy and Duke Energy, two of the country’s biggest utilities, canceled their Atlantic Coast Pipeline project, citing costs that have ballooned to as much as $8 billion and ongoing legal challenges from landowners and environmental groups. The pipeline’s legal challenges include an April federal court decision overturning Nationwide Permit 12, a federal permit authority allowing pipelines to cross waterways and wetlands, which threatens the viability of projects including the massive Keystone XL oil pipeline.Then on Monday the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the Dakota Access Pipeline to shut down its oil shipments from the North Dakota shale fields by next month for failure to meet federal permitting requirements. The decision is a blow to the Trump administration, which reversed an Obama administration decision to deny the permits.For utilities and energy companies, the mounting challenges to pipeline projects may serve as an incentive to shift from plans to rely on natural gas as a bridge fuel, and toward a less risky role building ratepayer-financed electric infrastructure to serve an increasingly renewable-powered grid, analysts say.“If you look at the last six to seven years, electric utilities were seeking to acquire gas utilities as a hedge against anemic electric load growth,” Rob Rains, analyst at Washington Analysis, said in a Monday interview. Today, “companies like Duke, Southern Company, Dominion, are moving back to electric, in the face of sustained public policy and consumer interest in low-carbon energy.” Beyond public pressure, there may be a growing economic incentive for utilities to shift from natural gas to renewable electricity. “The costs keep dropping” for renewable energy, Rains said. And regulated utilities that earn a guaranteed rate of return on electric infrastructure investments have an interest in expanding that rate base via large-scale projects, he said. In a Sunday statement, the CEOs of Duke and Dominion expressed regret for canceling the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which they said would have brought much-needed reliable and cost-effective energy supplies to their regions. At the same time, both utilities are increasingly looking to renewable energy to supply a significant portion of their future power supplies, both because the states they operate in are increasingly demanding it and because it’s becoming an increasingly more cost-effective alternative.[Jeff St. John]More: As fossil fuel pipelines fall to opposition, utilities see renewable energy as safe bet Gas pipeline setbacks pushing U.S. utilities to embrace renewables, analysts saylast_img read more

Peru Uses Drones for Agriculture, Archeology

first_img Along the dry coastline, where the main construction material was adobe brick, whole societies flourished. Archeologist Luis Jaime Castillo is using drones to help map the 1,300-year-old Moche civilization around San Idelfonso and San Jose del Moro, two sites on the Peruvian coast north of Lima. Forget Reapers and Predators. The drones used here are hand-held contraptions that look like they were assembled in a garage with gear from a hardware store. Flores heads a multidisciplinary team brainstorming the best ways to use drones for civilian purposes. “These aircraft are small in size, are equipped with high-precision video or photo cameras and go virtually unnoticed in the sky,” said Andres Flores, an electrical engineer in charge of the UAV program at Peru’s Catholic University. Mapping Ancient Cities “We can convert the images that the drones provide into topographical and photogrammetry data to build three-dimensional models,” Castillo told AFP. One UAV model built by Catholic University engineers is made with light balsa wood and carbon fiber. At a glance the devices look like souped-up hand-held glider. By Dialogo August 16, 2013 Drones are most often associated with assassinations in remote regions of Pakistan and Yemen but in Peru, unmanned aircraft are being used to monitor crops and study ancient ruins. Other potential civilian drone use, Flores said, includes closely observing areas of natural disasters or studying urban traffic patterns. In the thick Amazon jungle, where access by ground is often extremely difficult, drones can be used to study wild animals. “Every time an animal goes by, it can snap a picture,” said Flores. center_img One limitation is that these drones must fly below the clouds. If not their instruments, especially the cameras, could fail, said Aurelio Rodriguez, who is both an aerial model-maker and archeologist. After centuries of abandon some of these ancient cities have deteriorated to the point that they are hard to distinguish in the sandy, hilly region. Some of the earliest human settlements in the Americas are found in Peru. They are equipped with a microcomputer, a GPS tracker, a compass, cameras and an altimeter, and can be easily programmed by using Google Maps to fly autonomously and return to base with vital data. “By using the pictures taken by drones we can see walls, patios, the fabric of the city.” There are thousands of archeological sites, many unexplored, dotting the Peruvian landscape, most of them pre-dating the Incas, a major civilization which was defeated by Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century. While experts are still dreaming up new ways to use the aircraft, security officials do use drones for military and police intelligence purposes, especially in Peru’s rugged and remote valleys where coca is grown. There are no laws in Peru regulating the civilian use of drones, which allows advocates to push for all kinds of projects. Their use in urban surveillance, however, could be seen as an invasion of privacy. “Up to now we have managed to use them for agricultural purposes, where they gather information on the health of the plants, and in archeology, to better understand the characteristics of each site and their extensions,” Flores said. last_img read more

Court seeks comments on Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132

first_img August 1, 2005 Regular News Court seeks comments on Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132 The Florida Supreme Court invites all interested persons to comment on Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 (Pretrial Release) and 3.132 (Pretrial Detention), which the court temporarily readopted, after the Florida Legislature repealed the rules to the extent they were inconsistent with Chapter 2000-178, Laws of Florida. See In re: Fla. Rules of Crim. Pro. 3.131 & 3.132, No. SC05-739 (Fla. June 30, 2005); ch. 2000-178, §5, at 1909, Laws of Fla. The court specifically seeks comments concerning whether the rules, which require trial judges to consider nonmonetary pretrial release at the first appearance hearing for defendants charged with dangerous crimes, including domestic violence, should be amended to reflect the Legislature’s intent as demonstrated in section 907.041(4)(b), Florida Statutes (2000), which the Court recently found unconstitutional. See State v. Raymond, No. SC03-1263 (Fla. June 30, 2005). Before taking final action on the rules, the court expressly invites the legislature to file comments addressing the policy concerns that the legislature was attempting to address by enacting section 907.041(4)(b). The court also invites comments from the Criminal Procedure Rules Committee. Rules 3.131 and 3.132 are reproduced in full below, as well as online at www.floridasupremecourt.org/decisions/proposed.shtml. An original and nine paper copies of all comments must be filed with the court on or before August 29, along with a separate request for oral argument if the person filing the comment wishes to participate in oral argument which may be scheduled in this case. Electronic copies of all comments also must be filed in accordance with the Court’s Administrative Order In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, Fla. Admin. Order No. AOSC04-84 (Sept. 13, 2004). IN THE SUPREME COURT OF FLORIDA IN RE: FLORIDA RULES OF CRIMINAL PROCEDURE 3.131 AND 3.132, CASE NO. SCO5-739 Rule 3.131 Pretrial Release a) Right to Pretrial Release. Unless charged with a capital offense or an offense punishable by life imprisonment and the proof of guilt is evident or the presumption is great, every person charged with a crime or violation of municipal or county ordinance shall be entitled to pretrial release on reasonable conditions. If no conditions of release can reasonably protect the community from risk of physical harm to persons, assure the presence of the accused at trial, or assure the integrity of the judicial process, the accused may be detained. (b) Hearing at First Appearance—Conditions of Release. (1) Unless the state has filed a motion for pretrial detention pursuant to rule 3.132, the court shall conduct a hearing to determine pretrial release. For the purpose of this rule, bail is defined as any of the forms of release stated below. There is a presumption in favor of release on nonmonetary conditions for any person who is granted pretrial release. The judicial officer shall impose the first of the following conditions of release that will reasonably protect the community from risk of physical harm to persons, assure the presence of the accused at trial, or assure the integrity of the judicial process; or, if no single condition gives that assurance, shall impose any combination of the following conditions: (A) personal recognizance of the defendant; (B) execution of an unsecured appearance bond in an amount specified by the judge; (C) placement of restrictions on the travel, association, or place of abode of the defendant during the period of release; (D) placement of the defendant in the custody of a designated person or organization agreeing to supervise the defendant; (E) execution of a bail bond with sufficient solvent sureties, or the deposit of cash in lieu thereof; provided, however, that any criminal defendant who is required to meet monetary bail or bail with any monetary component may satisfy the bail by providing an appearance bond; or (F) any other condition deemed reasonably necessary to assure appearance as required, including a condition requiring that the person return to custody after specified hours. (2) The judge shall at the defendant’s first appearance consider all available relevant factors to determine what form of release is necessary to assure the defendant’s appearance. If a monetary bail is required, the judge shall determine the amount. (3) In determining whether to release a defendant on bail or other conditions, and what that bail or those conditions may be, the court may consider the nature and circumstances of the offense charged and the penalty provided by law; the weight of the evidence against the defendant; the defendant’s family ties, length of residence in the community, employment history, financial resources, and mental condition; the defendant’s past and present conduct, including any record of convictions, previous flight to avoid prosecution, or failure to appear at court proceedings; the nature and probability of danger that the defendant’s release poses to the community; the source of funds used to post bail; whether the defendant is already on release pending resolution of another criminal proceeding or is on probation, parole, or other release pending completion of sentence; and any other facts the court considers relevant. (4) All information provided by a defendant in connection with any application for or attempt to secure bail, to any court, court personnel, or individual soliciting or recording such information for the purpose of evaluating eligibility for or securing bail for the defendant, under circumstances such that the defendant knew or should have known that the information was to be used in connection with an application for bail, shall be accurate, truthful, and complete, without omissions, to the best knowledge of the defendant. Failure to comply with the provisions of this subdivision may result in the revocation or modification of bail. However, no defendant shall be compelled to provide information regarding his or her criminal record. (5) Information stated in, or offered in connection with, any order entered pursuant to this rule need not strictly conform to the rules of evidence. (c) Consequences of Failure to Appear. (1) Any defendant who willfully and knowingly fails to appear and breaches a bond as specified in section 903.26, Florida Statutes, and who voluntarily appears or surrenders shall not be eligible for a recognizance bond. (2) Any defendant who willfully and knowingly fails to appear and breaches a bond as specified in section 903.26, Florida Statutes, and who is arrested at any time following forfeiture shall not be eligible for a recognizance bond or any form of bond that does not require a monetary undertaking or commitment equal to or greater than $2,000 or twice the value of the monetary commitment or undertaking of the original bond, whichever is greater. (d) Subsequent Application for Setting or Modification of Bail. (1) When a judicial officer not possessing trial jurisdiction orders a defendant held to answer before a court having jurisdiction to try the defendant, and bail has been denied or sought to be modified, application by motion may be made to the court having jurisdiction to try the defendant or, in the absence of the judge of the trial court, to the circuit court. The motion shall be determined promptly. No judge or a court of equal or inferior jurisdiction may modify or set a condition of release, unless the judge: (A) imposed the conditions of bail or set the amount of bond required; (B) is the chief judge of the circuit in which the defendant is to be tried; (C) has been assigned to preside over the criminal trial of the defendant; or (D) is the first appearance judge and was authorized by the judge initially setting or denying bail to modify or set conditions of release. (2) Applications by the defendant for modification of bail on any felony charge must be heard by a court in person at a hearing, with the defendant present and with at least 3 hours’ notice to the state attorney and county attorney, if bond forfeiture proceedings are handled by the county attorney. The state may apply for modification of bail by showing good cause and with at least 3 hours’ notice to the attorney for the defendant. (3) If any trial court fixes bail and refuses its reduction before trial, the defendant may institute habeas corpus proceedings seeking reduction of bail. If application is made to the supreme court or district court of appeal, notice and a copy of such application shall be given to the attorney general and the state attorney. Such proceedings shall be determined promptly. (e) Bail Before Conviction; Condition of Undertaking. (1) If a person is admitted to bail for appearance for a preliminary hearing or on a charge that a judge is empowered to try, the condition of the undertaking shall be that the person will appear for the hearing or to answer the charge and will submit to the orders and process of the judge trying the same and will not depart without leave. (2) If a person is admitted to bail after being held to answer by a judge or after an indictment or information on which the person is to be tried has been filed, the condition of the undertaking shall be that the person will appear to answer the charges before the court in which he or she may be prosecuted and submit to the orders and process of the court and will not depart without leave. (f) Revocation of Bail. The court in its discretion for good cause, any time after a defendant who is at large on bail appears for trial, may commit the defendant to the custody of the proper official to abide by the judgment, sentence, and any further order of the court. (g) Arrest and Commitment by Court. The court in which the cause is pending may direct the arrest and commitment of the defendant who is at large on bail when: (1) there has been a breach of the undertaking; (2) it appears that the defendant’s sureties or any of them are dead or cannot be found or are insufficient or have ceased to be residents of the state; or (3) the court is satisfied that the bail should be increased or new or additional security required. The order for the commitment of the defendant shall recite generally the facts on which it is based and shall direct that the defendant be arrested by any official authorized to make arrests and that the defendant be committed to the official in whose custody he or she would be if he or she had not been given bail, to be detained by such official until legally discharged. The defendant shall be arrested pursuant to such order on a certified copy thereof, in any county, in the same manner as on a warrant of arrest. If the order provided for is made because of the failure of the defendant to appear for judgment, the defendant shall be committed. If the order is made for any other cause, the court may determine the conditions of release, if any. (h) Bail after Recommitment. If the defendant applies to be admitted to bail after recommitment, the court that recommitted the defendant shall determine conditions of release, if any, subject to the limitations of (b) above. (i) Qualifications of Surety after Order of Recommitment. If the defendant offers bail after recommitment, each surety shall possess the qualifications and sufficiency and the bail shall be furnished in all respects in the manner prescribed for admission to bail before recommitment. (j) Issuance of Capias; Bail Specified. On the filing of either an indictment or information charging the commission of a crime, if the person named therein is not in custody or at large on bail for the offense charged, the judge shall issue or shall direct the clerk to issue, either immediately or when so directed by the prosecuting attorney, a capias for the arrest of the person. If the person named in the indictment or information is a child and the child has been served with a promise to appear under the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, capias need not be issued. Upon the filing of the indictment or information, the judge shall endorse the amount of bail, if any, and may authorize the setting or modification of bail by the judge presiding over the defendant’s first appearance hearing. This endorsement shall be made on the capias and signed by the judge. (k) Summons on Misdemeanor Charge. When a complaint is filed charging the commission of a misdemeanor only and the judge deems that process should issue as a result, or when an indictment or information on which the defendant is to be tried charging the commission of a misdemeanor only, and the person named in it is not in custody or at large on bail for the offense charged, the judge shall direct the clerk to issue a summons instead of a capias unless the judge has reasonable ground to believe that the person will not appear in response to a summons, in which event an arrest warrant or a capias shall be issued with the amount of bail endorsed on it. The summons shall state substantially the nature of the offense and shall command the person against whom the complaint was made to appear before the judge issuing the summons or the judge having jurisdiction of the offense at a time and place stated in it. (l) Summons When Defendant Is Corporation. On the filing of an indictment or information or complaint charging a corporation with the commission of a crime, whether felony Rule 3.132 Pretrial Detention (a) Motion Filed at First Appearance. A person arrested for an offense for which detention may be ordered under section 907.041, Florida Statutes, shall be taken before a judicial officer for a first appearance within 24 hours of arrest. The state may file with the judicial officer at first appearance a motion seeking pretrial detention, signed by the state attorney or an assistant, setting forth with particularity the grounds and the essential facts on which pretrial detention is sought and certifying that the state attorney has received testimony under oath supporting the grounds and the essential facts alleged in the motion. If no such motion is filed, or the motion is facially insufficient, the judicial officer shall proceed to determine the conditions of release pursuant to the provisions of rule 3.131(b)(1). If the motion for pretrial detention is facially sufficient, the judicial officer shall proceed to determine whether there is probable cause that the person committed the offense. If probable cause is found, the person may be detained in custody pending a final hearing on pretrial detention. If probable cause is established after first appearance pursuant to the provisions of rule 3.133 and the person has been released from custody, the person may be recommitted to custody pending a final hearing on pretrial detention. (b) Motion Filed after First Appearance. A motion for pretrial detention may be filed at any time prior to trial. The motion shall be made to the court with trial jurisdiction. On receipt of a facially sufficient motion and a determination of probable cause, unless otherwise previously established, that an offense eligible for pretrial detention has been committed, the following shall occur: (1) In the event of exigent circumstances, the court shall issue a warrant for the arrest of the named person, if the person has been released from custody. The person may be detained in custody pending a final hearing on pretrial detention. (2) In the absence of exigent circumstances, the court shall order a hearing on the motion as provided in (c) below. (c) Final Order. (1) Hearing Required. A final order of pretrial detention shall be entered only after a hearing in the court of trial jurisdiction. The hearing shall be held within 5 days of the filing of the motion or the date of taking the person in custody pursuant to a motion for pretrial detention, whichever is later. The state attorney has the burden of showing beyond a reasonable doubt the need for pretrial detention pursuant to the criteria in section 907.041, Florida Statutes. The defendant may request a continuance. The state shall be entitled to 1 continuance for good cause. No continuance shall exceed 5 days unless there are extenuating circumstances. The defendant may be detained pending the hearing, but in no case shall the defendant be detained in excess of 10 days, unless the delay is sought by the defendant. The person sought to be detained is entitled to representation by counsel, to present witnesses and evidence, and to cross-examine witnesses. The court may admit relevant evidence and testimony under oath without complying with the rules of evidence, but evidence secured in violation of the United States Constitution or the Constitution of the State of Florida shall not be admissible. A final order of pretrial detention shall not be based exclusively on hearsay evidence. No testimony by the defendant shall be admissible to prove the guilt of the defendant at any other judicial proceeding, but may be admitted in an action for perjury based on the defendant’s statements made at the pretrial detention hearing or for impeachment. (2) Findings and Conclusions to Be Recorded. The court’s pretrial detention order shall be based solely on evidence produced at the hearing and shall contain findings of fact and conclusions of law to support it. The order shall be made either in writing or orally on the record. The court shall render its findings within 24 hours of the pretrial detention hearing. (3) Dissolution of Order. The defendant shall be entitled to dissolution of the pretrial detention order whenever the court finds that a subsequent event has eliminated the basis for detention. (4) Further Proceedings on Order. If any trial court enters a final order of pretrial detention, the defendant may obtain review by motion to the appropriate appellate court. If motion for review is taken to the supreme court or the district court of appeal, notice and a copy of the motion shall be served on the attorney general and the state attorney; if review is taken to the circuit court, service shall be on the state attorney. (d) Length of Detention. If ordered detained pending trial pursuant to section 907.041(4)(b), Florida Statutes, the defendant may not be held more than 90 days. Failure of the state to bring the defendant to trial within that time shall result in the defendant’s release from detention subject to any conditions of release, unless the trial delay was requested or caused by the defendant or the defendant’s counsel.center_img Court seeks comments on Rules of Criminal Procedure 3.131 and 3.132last_img read more

US H1N1 vaccine delayed as cases and deaths rise

first_imgOct 16, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Production delays are cutting into federal pandemic vaccine–supply projections at a time when virus activity is widespread in 41 states and children’s deaths are spiraling, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.Since August, federal officials have predicted that 45 million pandemic vaccine doses would be available by mid October, but today the CDC said the total so far is 11.4 million.The slow start is complicating the launch of pandemic flu vaccine campaigns for state and local public health departments as well as school districts. Some have postponed or cancelled events because they don’t know when they will receive their vaccine supplies. For example, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department, based in Lawrence, Kansas, recently cancelled Oct 30 clinics at the fairgrounds and the University of Kansas because it wasn’t sure when the vaccine would arrive.Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said some manufacturers are reporting delays because antigen yields are lower than expected. She also said it takes time to conduct potency and purity tests on each lot of the vaccine.”We are not cutting any corners. It’s very important that this process be done safely and carefully,” she stated.Schuchat acknowledged the effect that the slower-than-expected trickle of pandemic vaccine is having on state health departments, and she warned that the next 2 weeks will be challenging. “We’re all going to have to bear with the situation,” she said, adding that supplies will likely become more plentiful by the end of October and into November.States have ordered 8 million of the currently available doses, and half of it is injectable vaccine, Schuchat said, which is good news because it gives authorities more flexibility in delivering doses to some high-priority groups. Certain groups couldn’t receive the very first doses, which were the live attenuated intranasal form of the vaccine, made by MedImmune, which is recommended only for healthy people aged 2 through 49 years.Federal officials are also anxious about the slow start to pandemic vaccine distribution. “It’s hard to see the illnesses rise,” Schuchat said.She acknowledged that the situation puts public health officials in a difficult position when communicating the vaccination message to members of the public, who are being urged to obtain the vaccine at a time when delays are hampering the launch of immunization campaigns.The number of states reporting widespread activity is unprecedented for this time of year, she said. The percentage of doctor visits for influenza-like illnesses continues to rise and is well above the national baseline; for the first time this flu season the mortality rate from pneumonia and influenza has risen above the epidemic threshold.”This is a very busy and difficult flu season,” Schuchat said.Ten more pediatric deaths were reported to the CDC over the past week, raising the number of fatal pandemic H1N1 cases in children to 86, she said. The number of deaths in September alone is more than the total for some entire flu seasons, Schuchat added. Since Aug 30, the CDC has received reports of 43 pediatric deaths; 38 have been confirmed as pandemic H1N1, and five are still undergoing subtyping.About half (19) of those deaths occurred in teens, which appears to be a shift from earlier in the outbreak when most pediatric fatalities were in the youngest age-groups.”These are very sobering statistics, and they’re likely to increase,” said Schuchat. Some of the young people had underlying conditions, but others did not.Meanwhile, some sites are reporting shortages of seasonal flu vaccine, Schuchat noted. So far, 82 million doses have been distributed, which is 5 million more than the previous week. Federal officials have said they expect producers to make 114 million seasonal flu vaccine doses.See also:Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department Web sitelast_img read more

Lambert: Strikers are on the mend

first_imgAston Villa boss Paul Lambert has reported he could have injured strikers Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak back available in “a few weeks”. Press Association Belgium international Benteke has been sidelined since April, when he suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in training with Villa that ruled him out of the World Cup and which the club said would require a minimum of six months’ recovery time. Kozak sustained his injury during training with the midlands outfit as well, the Czech Republic frontman breaking his leg in January. center_img And asked on Thursday for an update on the pair, Lambert said: “I don’t put a time limit on it because their two injuries were really bad. “But Christian has started jogging outside, so he is doing well. Libor is doing great. “So a few weeks I think. What will help us certainly will be the international break.” Meanwhile, Lambert has made it clear he is keeping an open mind about Villa captain Ron Vlaar’s situation. The Holland defender, who impressed at the World Cup, has been linked with various clubs, including Villa’s Barclays Premier League rivals Southampton. He has a year left on his current contract, and asked on Thursday about the chances of Vlaar signing a new one at Villa Park, Lambert said: “To be fair to Ron, he has not come to us or anything. “We have had little chats here and there, but I think his main concern was getting back after the World Cup, getting fit and hopefully being ready for Saturday (Villa’s Premier League opener at Stoke). “That is where he has been. I have a good rapport with Ron, so I don’t have any problem with that whatsoever.” Then asked whether he thought Vlaar would remain loyal to Villa, Lambert replied: “I don’t know. “I’m not sure there is loyalty in football any more. So we’ll have to wait and see.” last_img read more

United claim Barcelona scalp

first_img Rooney shoved Adriano in the back as Young’s cross came in, but referee Baldomero Toledo allowed the goal to stand despite the defender’s protest. United were playing a dangerous game, trying to pass out from the back while Suarez, Pedro and Rafinha lurked on the edge of the box. They looked more impressive going forward as the first half progressed, though. Rooney rounded the keeper but could not finish before Ter Stegen tipped Young’s fierce drive over the bar. Suarez ended the half on a frustrating note, hitting the woodwork again from inside the box. Just into the second half, Toledo had seen enough of Jones’ clumsy behaviour and booked him for taking out Pedro. Memphis Depay then showed his strength, turning his marker and firing a low shot at Ter Stegen as United looked for a second. Van Gaal made 11 changes just after the hour. Less than three minutes later, United doubled their lead. Tyler Blackett played a one-two with James Wilson before crossing to the back post where Lingard drove in from 10 yards. United looked to be coasting to victory, but Rafinha hammered a superb volley past substitute ‘keeper Sam Johnstone in the dying minutes. Januzaj put the result beyond any doubt soon after, though, when he held off his marker before driving home from inside the box. Rooney ended an eight-match goalless run by heading in Ashley Young’s first-half corner at the Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers, in Santa Clara. Shortly after making 11 substitutions, United doubled their lead in the International Champions Cup match thanks to Jesse Lingard’s shot from inside the box. Rafinha’s late volley gave Barca a glimmer of hope, but Adnan Januzaj hit back instantly to give Louis van Gaal his third win of the club’s pre-season tour of the United States. Luis Suarez endured a frustrating afternoon in the California heat. The former Liverpool striker hit the woodwork twice and was subjected to some rough treatment by Phil Jones. David de Gea made his first appearance of the tour after overcoming a back injury, but there was no sign of Angel di Maria, who looks to be moving closer to a switch to Paris St Germain. Jones assured Suarez was made to feel unwelcome early on, clattering into the forward from behind. A minute later the Uruguayan beat De Gea with a curling free-kick, but luckily for the Real Madrid target, the ball struck a post and bounced to safety. De Gea was at full stretch moments later to deny Sergi Roberto, who had been played in by Rafinha. Barcelona were dominating possession, but it was Van Gaal’s men who struck first. With eight minutes on the clock, Young floated a corner into the box and Rooney powered a header past Marc Andre ter Stegen. Press Association Wayne Rooney scored his first goal of the summer as Manchester United maintained their 100 per cent tour record with a morale-boosting 3-1 win over European champions Barcelona. last_img read more

How to watch five classic Oscar De La Hoya fights on DAZN

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch De La Hoya vs. Chavez plus more than 100 fight nights a yearThe win over Mayorga came during the twilight of De La Hoya’s career, as he pummeled the trash-talking Nicaraguan en route to an emphatic sixth-round stoppage.De La Hoya’s victory over Chavez not only had the Golden Boy taking the torch from the boxing legend, but his WBC and lineal light welterweight titles as well.Those were just two of De La Hoya’s more noteworthy wins on a career 39-6 record with 30 KOs.Stream the aforementioned archived De La Hoya fights and more in full, on demand on DAZN.How to watch five classic Oscar De La Hoya fights on DAZNYou can watch five of De La Hoya’s most significant fights on DAZN within the “From the Vault” section. If you haven’t subscribed to DAZN yet, the sports streaming service is $19.99 per month or $99.99 for an entire year. You can watch the five De La Hoya fights for free by downloading the DAZN app and signing up.MORE: The history of boxing at Madison Square GardenWhat are the five epic De La Hoya fights on DAZN?De La Hoya vs. Ricardo Mayorga (2006)De La Hoya vs. Ike Quartey (1999)De La Hoya vs. Hector Camacho (September 1997)De La Hoya vs. Pernell Whitaker (April 1997)De La Hoya vs. Julio Cesar Chavez (1996)What is DAZN?DAZN is a live-streaming sports service, giving fans access to events both live and on demand. The service’s programming can be watched via multiple devices for a monthly price without a contract.What other sports are on DAZN?In addition to boxing, where you could watch the likes of Anthony Joshua and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, DAZN also live-streams MMA, offering more than 100 fight nights per year between the two sports. The MMA portion includes cards from Bellator MMA and Combate Americas.DAZN also features live soccer and cricket matches, with plans to stream a Major League Baseball show this year as well. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHow much does DAZN cost?A new subscriber can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For subscribers who signed up before March 21, 2019, your existing plan will remain $9.99 per month for a year. Long before his name became synonymous with promoting fights, Oscar De La Hoya carved out a reputation for being one of the most fearless boxers, having won world titles in six different weight classes in becoming one of the Sweet Science’s cash kings.And now, thanks to DAZN’s “From the Vault” section, you can revisit five of the “Golden Boy’s” classic fights in full, including his clash with the oh so disrespectful Ricardo Mayorga in 2006, an epic showdown with Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez 10 years prior in 1996 and more.last_img read more

Where to find Giant Beach Ball for Fortnite’s 14 Days of Summer challenge

first_imgFortnite’s 14 Days of Summer continues into Day 2 and with a new day comes a new challenge.If you missed Day 1, you needed to dance at all six of the Beach Party locations. We helped you out with this handy guide. Today’s challenge is to “Bounce a giant beach ball in different matches.” In order to complete this task, you need to do this in five different matches. You could just go ahead and quickly bounce the ball and exit a match five times to get this challenge done as quickly as possible. And if that’s all you want to do, then we’ll help you find the locations of all three Giant Beach Ball spawns on the Fortnite map.MORE: All Beach Party locations in FortniteGiant Beach Ball locations in FortniteFirst Giant Beach Ball location MORE: Everyone who qualifed for the Fortnite World CupHere are the locations in written form:South of The BlockSouth-west of Dusty DivotNorth-west of Paradise PalmsHave fun with Beach Ball searching! Third Giant Beach Ball location How to complete 14 Days of Summer challengeThis is a pretty simple challenge to complete once you find the Giant Beach Ball. You can use the same Beach Ball in all five matches if you want. All you need to do to accomplish this task is run into the Beach Ball. You can also hit it with your pick axe if you prefer.  (Epic Games / SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/56/88/fortnite-beach-ball-map-2_19k5s3q20x7ui1f6xhzhkg3ilo.png?t=-1814098525&w=500&quality=80 (Epic Games / SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/c6/fc/fortnite-beach-ball-map-1_1dltqochg5n221nwy7hjlavo33.png?t=-1814098525&w=500&quality=80 Second Giant Beach Ball location (Epic Games / SN Illustration) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/45/3e/fortnite-beach-ball-map-3_1mtttlt9ld0j1162lec6hwn7ox.png?t=-1814098525&w=500&quality=80last_img read more