News Scan for Jul 01, 2013

first_imgSteroid-linked fungal outbreak grows to 749 cases, 61 deathsA multistate outbreak of fungal infections linked to contaminated steroids grew in June by 4 cases and 3 deaths, to 749 cases and 61 deaths, the CDC said today. Its previous update was Jun 3.The CDC said 233 cases were meningitis only, 151 involved meningitis with spinal or paraspinal infections, 7 involved stroke without lumbar puncture, 323 were paraspinal or spinal infections only, 33 were peripheral joint infections only, and 2 were paraspinal or spinal infections with peripheral joint infections.The outbreak emerged last fall and was linked to three recalled lots of methylprednisolone acetate made by New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Mass.The four new cases were in Indiana (3) and Tennessee (1). The state having the most cases by far is Michigan, with 264, followed by Tennessee, with 153, and Indiana, with 91.The CDC said it will update the outbreak numbers again on Jul 29.Jul 1 CDC update   Israel to vaccinate 150,000 children in wake of poliovirus detectionAs a result of the detection of wild poliovirus (WPV) in sewage, Israel plans to conduct a supplementary immunization campaign targeting 150,000 children, according to press reports and the World Health Organization (WHO).Health officials decided on the vaccination effort following a visit from WHO experts over the past few days, according to a Jun 30 story from Israel National News.WPV was found in sewage in Beersheva in southern Israel in February, and since then it has been detected in sewage in other places, the WHO Regional Office for Europe said today.”The decision to launch the campaign reflects both the estimated extent of circulation of the virus and the Israeli authorities’ commitment to interrupt transmission as rapidly as possible,” the WHO said.It said the aim of the campaign is to protect any children who may have missed routine vaccinations. In southern Israel, adults are also being assessed, and those thought to be susceptible are being immunized.Israel has been free of indigenous polio transmission since 1988, the WHO said. “Given the high level of population immunity and the continuing response to the detection of WPV in the environment, WHO assesses the risk of the further international spread of this virus strain from Israel as moderate,” it added.An international team of polio experts visited Israel for 5 days to assess the polio risk and recommend action, the WHO said. The visit, which was requested by Israeli officials, ended on Jun 26.Jun 30 Israel National News storyJul 1 WHO Europe statementlast_img read more

Caldwell calls on Peacock

first_imgCaldwell Group manufactures below-the-hook lifting solutions for crane and material handling applications. Peacock will be based in Abu Dhabi, UAE in order to capitalise on the increasing demand for this equipment from the regional oil and gas market.Peacock’s primary area of expertise is adjustable spreader beams but he will represent Caldwell’s entire range of equipment, including lifting beams, vacuum attachments, remote releasing hooks, and gantry cranes.www.caldwellinc.comlast_img

South Carolina football players solid in support of Steve Spurrier

first_imgSteve Spurrier believes he has enemies in the media that want to hurt the USC football program by focusing on his age, but his players say they are united in their support for the 70-year-old football coach.Steve Spurrier believes he has enemies in the media that want to hurt the USC football program by focusing on his age, but his players say they are united in their support for the 70-year-old football coach.COLUMBIA – Many pundits and college football analysts have panned Steve Spurrier’s impassioned response Wednesday afternoon to media speculation that the 70-year-old University of South Carolina coach would soon head into retirement.While Spurrier’s comments about having “enemies” may have been deemed odd, his team appears solidly behind him.“He’s right about all the enemies, everybody not expecting us to do too well,” said USC wide receiver Pharoh Cooper, possibly the Gamecocks’ best player. “So we’re kind of ignoring everybody else. We’re worried about Gamecock football. We know what we can do.“What he says is pretty much right, and we’re going to get to work Aug. 1.”USC finished 7-6 in 2014, and most experts are not predicting Carolina to finish anywhere near the top of the Southeastern Conference this season.Spurrier’s words appears to have become a rallying cry for the squad.“It kind of galvanized what players were talking about,” said former USC defensive lineman Langston Moore, who serves on the school’s radio broadcast team. “Everybody has their own quirks, but I have to take my hat off to Coach Spurrier because he does things his way. … He is doing his own deal.“As a player, you watch. ‘I’m standing with you guys.’ I think that kind of solidified a lot of stuff for these guys.”Despite the predictions for the upcoming season, the players remain confident in Spurrier’s ability to lead the Gamecocks back from its woes of a year ago.“He’s all right by me,” said fifth-year offensive lineman Mike Matulis. “He’s a great coach. I love playing for him, and I hope he has many years left in him if he wants to coach. …We’re just happy Spurrier is here.“He still wants to be out there as much as we do. It is a great thing to have him as our head coach.”Regarding the issue of Spurrier’s future, the team doesn’t appear worried.“I think it’s good,” said junior place-kicker Elliott Fry. “He can get fired up. I think he has always thought he would be around for a while. Nobody on the team is worried about that.“I haven’t seen any changes in my three years here.”“That’s why I came here, to play for an energetic coach that is going to teach you the facts of the game,” said USC junior linebacker T.J. Holloman. “No matter what’s going on, he is always going to be an attraction.”How far from retirement is Steve Spurrier?Sports columnist responds to Spurrier’s commentsSteve Spurrier still casts a shadow over Gainesvillelast_img read more

Quins coach sees progress despite frustrating defeat

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Record-breaking Brown reaping the rewards of focusing on his strengthsRobshaw out for eight weeks with knee injury “We took so many strides backwards towards the end of last year – there’s no hiding from that. This year we’ve been trying to build.“I think it’s unrealistic to expect us to go from where we were – in terms of where we finished up last year – to jump to the other end of the spectrum.“You saw tonight where the other end is, which is them [Saracens]. They are the market leaders in pretty much everything. At key times, we lacked a bit of composure, but in terms of measuring ourselves against the very best, that was a big step forward.”An interception at a line-out allowed the ever-alert Danny Care to storm in under the posts just before the break after Quins had withstood a battering. They led 13-9 at the interval.Marcus Smith’s boot was as unerring as Farrell’s but his first miscued penalty was freakishly plucked from the air by the onrushing Joe Marchant, as it drifted wide of he posts, and suddenly it was 20-15, with 25 minutes to play.But Saracens are not standard-bearers for nothing, and with players like Maro Itoje and Schalk Burger to bring off the bench, they upped a gear, went through the phases and finally put England number eight Billy Vunipola in on the right corner.An angled conversion and further penalty gave Farrell 20 points in total, to spoil a big night for Mike Brown, who was making a record-breaking 300th appearance for the club in front of England head coach Eddie Jones.Four defeats from their opening six championship games is not a great return for Quins, but the signs were at least more positive, and next week’s Challenge Cup opener against Agen offers further scope for improvement.“It’s a competition we’ve done well in,” said Mapletoft. “It’s not the competition we necessarily want to be in, but if you cast your mind back to when Conor [O’Shea] first came in, it’s a competition that allowed us to build some momentum into the following season, so who knows.“I like to think we’ll be super competitive. It’s a great opportunity at home next week and straight away you want to put tonight’s frustrations behind us.”center_img Harlequins were edged out by Saracens at The Stoop. [Picture: Mark Kerton/PA Wire]Harlequins coach Mark Mapletoft says he has never seen the side defend as well as they did against Saracens on Saturday – even if Quins ultimately slipped to a frustrating defeat.AdChoices广告It was not until 10 minutes from the end that the Premiership champions finally got their noses in front through the boot of Owen Farrell, and the gutsy performance that preceded it offered a big consolation to Quins’ head of rugby, Paul Gustard, and his coaching staff.They believe it is a sign they are rebuilding well after a dismal campaign last season which saw the departure of John Kingston as director of rugby.“I haven’t see us defend as well as that in a long, long time,” said Mapletoft, even if he is usually more preoccupied with the attacking side of the game.“If you guys have, I’d appreciate if you could send me the tape,” he said to reporters after the 25-20 defeat.“That was incredible under immense pressure from them [Saracens]. They’ve pretty much clipped everybody this year, so I couldn’t be more proud of the defensive effort they put in.“Today we were pitting ourselves against the best team in the competition and I thought we were magnificent. It’s a mixture of incredible pride and incredible frustration we are feeling.Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Reds hope search for leadoff hitter ends with Akiyama

first_imgLast Updated: 15th July, 2020 12:42 IST Reds Hope Search For Leadoff Hitter Ends With Akiyama The Cincinnati Reds hope their long-running search for a consistent leadoff hitter comes to an end with Shogo Akiyama. COMMENT First Published: 15th July, 2020 12:42 IST LIVE TV The Cincinnati Reds hope their long-running search for a consistent leadoff hitter comes to an end with Shogo Akiyama.The first Japanese-born player in franchise history signed a three-year, $21 million deal during the offseason and is part of the team’s extensive overhaul. Mike Moustakas, Nick Castellanos, Wade Miley and Pedro Strop were also added to end a streak of six straight losing seasons.But it’s the 32-year-old Akiyama who might be the most intriguing. He was a consistent star in Nippon Professional Baseball over the past five seasons, hitting over .300 four times while flashing consistent power and providing stellar defense.If he can do something similar in Cincinnati, the Reds will be thrilled.“There’s only 60 games and obviously the goal is to make the playoffs,” Akiyama said through an interpreter. “My personal goal is to play in every game so I just want to compete in every single game I play. That’s what I want to bring.”Here’s a look at 10 players to watch for the upcoming season. This week’s focus is on the NL and AL Central Divisions.CHICAGO WHITE SOX: RHP Lucas Giolito. The former first-round pick developed into an All-Star last season, finishing with a 14-9 record, 3.41 ERA and 228 strikeouts in 176 innings. He’s still young — turning 26 on Tuesday — and part of the White Sox’s young nucleus that the franchise hopes can lead a turnaround.CLEVELAND INDIANS: SS Francisco Lindor. The 26-year-old shortstop is an established star and had another great year in 2019, batting .284 with 32 homers, 22 stolen bases and winning a Gold Glove. The problem for the Indians is they probably can’t afford to keep him when he hits the free agency market following the 2021 season. A blockbuster trade could happen sooner rather than later.DETROIT TIGERS: RHP Michael Fulmer. The 27-year-old righty is trying to come back from Tommy John surgery, which cost him the entire 2019 season. He was one of the game’s intriguing young pitchers just a few years ago, winning Rookie of the Year in 2016 and making the All-Star team in 2017.KANSAS CITY ROYALS: C Salvador Pérez. One of the game’s best catchers was sidelined all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 30-year-old is also dealing with COVID-19, though he’s said he’s asymptomatic. He’s a six-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner.MINNESOTA TWINS: OF Byron Buxton. The 26-year-old has been considered a future star for the better part of a decade, but hasn’t quite been able to deliver on his potential . He’s had a few good moments — especially in 2017 when he won a Gold Glove — but the Twins hope he can avoid injuries and provide consistent production.CHICAGO CUBS: OF/DH Kyle Schwarber. The National League has decided to use the DH during this abbreviated season and one of the obvious candidates for the Cubs would be Schwarber. The 27-year-old has never been a great fielder, but there’s no doubt he can provide punch with his bat. He hit a career-high 38 homers last season.MILWAUKEE BREWERS: C Omar Narváez. He’s the clear-cut starting catcher after the Brewers lost All-Star Yasmani Grandal to the White Sox in free agency. The 28-year-old had a breakout season with the Mariners last season, batting .278 with 22 homers. His bat isn’t a question but his defensive work behind the plate will be closely watched.PITTSBURGH PIRATES: OF Gregory Polanco. The Pirates hope that the 28-year-old’s surgically-repaired left shoulder is ready to go . He was limited to just 42 games last season because of lingering soreness. Back in 2018, he was one of the team’s best hitters, finishing with a .254 average, 32 doubles and 23 homers.ST LOUIS CARDINALS: IF/OF Tommy Edman. The 25-year-old came out of nowhere to become a crucial piece for the Cardinals during their playoff push last year. He’s a versatile defender who can play in the infield or outfield and was good with the bat in 2019, finishing with a .304 average, 11 homers and 15 stolen bases in a little more than half of a season.(Image credit: AP) WATCH US LIVEcenter_img SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more