Press release: Measles and summer travel to Europe

first_img In the early 2000s there was a fall in MMR vaccination coverage in children and as a consequence, we are now seeing measles cases in young adults. Measles can be more serious in adults with a higher likelihood of hospitalisation and complications arising. Measles is circulating in England and the rest of Europe. We often think about what travel-related vaccines we might need before going on holiday, but it’s also important to check that we are up to date with routine vaccinations like MMR. If you are unsure if you have had 2 doses of MMR call your GP practice to check and catch up if needed. Young people are encouraged to make sure they have had both doses of the MMR vaccine before going on holiday to Europe where there are large outbreaks of measles.Cases of measles also continue to rise across England in unvaccinated people of this age.The vaccine is available free to anyone who has not received both doses as a child. It protects against measles, mumps and rubella, all of which can be very serious diseases and are highly infectious.While vaccine uptake levels in the UK in young children are currently very high, coverage levels dipped to a low of 80% in 2003. This means that there are significant numbers of unprotected teenagers and young adults who could catch measles both in England, particularly in environments of close mixing such as summer festivals and when they travel abroad for the summer holidays.Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious complications and can be fatal in very rare cases so getting protected by taking up the offer of vaccination is crucial.Between 1 January 2018 and 2 July 2018 there have been 738 laboratory confirmed measles cases in England. Cases were reported in most areas with London (262), the South-East (154), South-West (109), West Midlands (84) and Yorkshire and Humberside (76) reporting the most cases (based on provisional figures).The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that to prevent outbreaks of disease, 95% of people need to have received the MMR vaccine.Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at Public Health England (PHE), said: Parents are also urged to take up the offer of MMR vaccination for their children at 1 year old and as a pre-school booster at 3 years and 4 months old.last_img read more

Doom Flamingo Announces Official Umphrey’s McGee Brooklyn Steel Afterparty At Brooklyn Bowl

first_imgDoom Flamingo, the modern synth-wave side project of Umphrey’s McGee bassist Ryan Stasik, will headline an official afterparty at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday, February 16th, 2019 following the last of three Umphrey’s shows at Brooklyn Steel. The Doom Flamingo afterparty will take begin just before midnight, giving fans more than enough time to take the short subway ride from Brooklyn Steel to Brooklyn Bowl in time to catch the late-night festivities.The six-piece Doom Flamingo initially formed earlier this year as a result of Stasik helping to put together a group of highly sought-after musicians from the Charleston, South Carolina music scene. Members of the retro rock band include Stasik, Michael Quinn saxophone, Ross Bogan on keys, Stuart White on drums, Thomas Kenney on guitar, and Kanika Moore on vocals. The band has since begun releasing their own original music and is also scheduled to play an official after-show at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta on December 28th during the upcoming Umphrey’s McGee New Year’s Eve run.PREMIERE: Doom Flamingo, Side Project Of UM’s Ryan Stasik, Releases ’80s-Flavored, Synth-Heavy Track, “F-16”Perhaps the best description of the retro rock project comes from the band itself, which state on their website that their music can be thought of as “Top Gun guitar riffs and Miami Beach poolside lounge-vibes, [which are] all at once contrasted with eerie darksynth soundscapes reminiscent of old John Carpenter films.”While Doom Flamingo may still be a relatively new project, fans can tune into some of their already impressive chemistry with the entertaining animated video for “Runaway” below:Doom Flamingo – “Runaway” – Official Video[Video: Doom Flamingo]Tickets for the Brooklyn Doom Flamingo UM afterparty go on sale starting this Friday, December 7th, at 10 a.m. EST, and can be purchased on the band’s website.last_img read more

[The Source Podcast] Converging SAP and Oracle

first_imgI’ve said it many times on the show, “Without an application, you don’t need infrastructure,” it’s as true today as ever.  A cloud is…  Infrastructure, sometimes it’s in your data center, sometimes it is managed by someone else.Simplifying the deployment of the infrastructure to support those applications provides the speed to market needed to deploy applications faster.  Dell EMC Ready Bundle for SAP Landscapes and Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Oracle provide the infrastructure needed to deploy quickly and successfully the first time.The Dell EMC Ready Bundle for SAP Landscapes has been carefully designed to streamline SAP landscapes to reduce complexity and maintenance costs, while giving you better performance and investment protection for your mission-critical data.The Dell EMC Ready Bundle for Oracle is purpose-built to support OLTP, OLAP and test/dev at the same time without sacrificing performance or storage space.The Dell EMC Ready Solutions portfolio encompasses a wide selection of options, purpose-built for today’s top IT transformation goals. Whether you’re tapping into the power of HPC, enabling better decision-making with big data analytics, streamlining the data center with software-defined infrastructure, or giving a boost to the latest mission‑critical business applications, Dell EMC has a solution ready for your key workloads.I spent some time with Sam Lucido (@sam_lucido) from our technical marketing team on the show floor of Dell Technologies World 2018 to get details. Listen in on our conversation in this latest episode:Get Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Groundbreaking ceremony for the National Life trail project Tuesday

first_imgNational Life Group,Thanks to a successful collaboration of public, private, and community based organizations, a safe and accessible pedestrian connection between downtown Montpelier and the National Life complex and adjacent residential neighborhood will soon become a reality. On Tuesday, July 26, 2011 the commencement of this much awaited project will be celebrated at a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony, co-hosted by the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps (VYCC), the City of Montpelier and the National Life Group.Until now, employees at the National Life complex and residents of the adjacent Northfield Street neighborhood wanting to walk into Montpelier’s downtown had to choose between following a mile long route along the side of Northfield Street, or taking a makeshift path straight down the hill, fondly known as the ‘Goat Path’. Neither choice provided safe or accessible passage. The new trail will transform this tiny, treacherous path into a beautiful, woodchip covered trail and connect the city’s largest office building and the Northfield Street neighborhood with the downtown area.This project meets an important community need and falls squarely within the VTrans mission. VTrans is committed to supporting innovative projects that encourage alternative modes of transportation for Vermonters, and encouraging pedestrian travel is one way that VTrans can help to discourage sprawl, reduce fossil fuel emissions, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. VTrans is sponsoring a VYCC crew that started work this week at the intersection of Route 2 and Northfield Street with the construction of safe and long lasting stone steps. It is anticipated that the trail will be completed in 2012.The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at 12:00 noon at the top of the current trail behind the National Life Records Building, and will include speakers from VTrans, including Deputy Secretary Sue Minter, the City of Montpelier, the National Life Group, and the VYCC.Now celebrating its 15th season, the VTrans Youth Corps is a youth training, education and paid employment program, that is co-sponsored by VTrans and FHWA, in partnership with the VYCC. Each year, the program employs more than 50 youth who complete more than one dozen community-based projects all over the state on rail trails, community recreation areas, and other high visibility transportation enhancement projects. VTrans welcomes this chance to introduce young people to the value of community service and the many rewarding careers in the transportation industry.last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Parkway Closed, PA Fracking Waste, Feel Good Fly Fishing

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for October 7, the day Arnold Schwarzenegger became Governator of California in 2003:Blue Ridge Parkway Closed……but only a small section, and probably not for the reason you are thinking. No, the continuing government shutdown has not closed the Blue Ridge Parkway. Apparently, nature took care of it all on her own. The BRP is currently closed from Milepost 393 at Brevard Road to Milepost 389 at Hendersonville Road. This section is located outside of Asheville, North Carolina, is closed due to a road failure at the bridge that takes the BRP over I-26. Parkway officials say the road is undercut and that there was already a plan in place to do some minor repairs. The work is being done by the Federal Highway Administration – considered essential personnel – and is not shutdown related. Officials say they hope to have the repairs down in a couple of weeks. If you drive or ride the parkway on a regular basis, take note. This is another structural blow to the iconic parkway, having suffered a giant crack earlier in the year, and lingering budget cuts due to sequestration.Click here to see a map of the closure and the available detours.Radioactive Fracking Waste Found in PA CreekAlong with having a hilarious name, Blacklick Creek in western Pennsylvania has had a fairly long history of water quality issues. Located about an hour outside of Pittsburgh, and about an hour from some of PA’s most storied of storied trout streams, Blacklick Creek has undergone almost two decades of steady stream improvement efforts to counteract the effects of acid mine drainage. The creek was finally showing signs of life in 2011, with eight confirmed species of fish discovered. Well, we can now probably toss that out the window. A new study has found extremely high levels of radium in the creek, a naturally occurring isotope that is 3 million times more radioactive than uranium. The problem area is adjacent to and 200 yards downstream of the Josephine Brine Treatment Facility, which processes wastewater from fracking operations. The levels were so high, they exceeded the “U.S. management standards that would classify those sediments as toxic solid waste and require they be transported to a radioactive waste disposal facility.” YIKES. The facility even reduced the levels of radioactive materials in the fracking ‘liquid’ by up to 90 percent.THIS IS THE STUFF THEY ARE PUMPING INTO THE GROUND WHERE YOU LIVE.A Little Feel Good Fly Fishing NewsWith all the bad news flying around the Blue Ridge, sometimes it’s nice to highlight some of the good things that are going on. The Orvis fly fishing blog features one such story out of Atlanta, Georgia, although they toot their own horn a bit – and why not? They did partner with and hook the organization up with gear. The organization is Finding Inspiration Sharing Hope (FISH), and was founded in Atlanta in 2006 by Malik Wilder. Wilder’s father taught him to fish at a young age, and used fishing as a way to instill life lessons like patience, respect, and work ethic. Now, Wilder is trying to pass those lessons on to children from around Atlanta who may not have had access to fishing before. The program focuses on lessons that help both on the water, and in the classroom: respect, teamwork, safety, preparation, etc. It sounds like a great program.For more information on FISH, inc., check out their website.last_img read more

Trail Mix – December 2016

first_img 3:53 The Day We Lost The War Zach Schmidt Back in 2007 – hard to believe it has been nearly ten years – I reviewed Made In The Shade, the first release from The Red Stick Ramblers on the legendary Sugar Hill label. What made the review so fun for me was the true telling of a story about my oldest son absolutely unable to refrain from laughing as I sang along to the Ramblers’ Cajun (and French!) inflected tunes.Sadly, the Ramblers aren’t touring or recording anymore, but from the ashes of that favorite Cajun band has risen The Revelers. Formed by founding members of both The Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, two of the most popular Cajun bands of the last fifteen years, The Revelers continue the tradition of zydeco country masters of years past.“Lonely Women,” featured on this month’s Trail Mix, is swamp pop at its finest and, thankfully, sung in plain old English, so I can sing along.From time to time, Trail Mix isn’t afraid to go old school.  Really old school.  Featured this month are tracks from two new compilations from our good friends at Omnivore Recordings. Both Tim Buckley and Buck Owens have definitive collections of their released singles – all of Buckley’s from 1966 to 1974 and Owens’ work from 1957 to 1966 – out now. Fans of old folk and country would be wise to take notice.Returning to the mix this month is pianist Holly Bowling, one of the more interesting artists I have had the pleasure to profile in recent years. In October of last year, I got to chat with Holly about her passion for Phish and the record she had just released that featured her interpretations of the jam band’s songs on solo piano. Bowling is back this month with a similar project. This time, however, she takes on the Grateful Dead. Take a listen to “Row Jimmy” like you have never heard it before.And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that this month the mix features a track from one of my favorite bluegrass bands, Balsam Range, whose tight harmonies and firery pickin’ have pushed them to the forefront of the traditional bluegrass world. Check out “Voodoo Doll,” from their most recent release, Mountain Voodoo.Also listen to new cuts from The Gift, Will Johnson, Hugh Prestwood, A Valley Son, Ian Fitzgerald, Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Jordan Burchel, Quarter Horse, Josh Swenson, After Marianne, Zach Schmidt, Katie McNally Trio, and Bravo, Max.Keep your eyes on the Trail Mix blog. Chats with Matthew Olwell, Spitzer Space Telescope. and Daniel Koulack are on tap, as is a revealing (and amusing) expose on some of our favorite artists’ most cherished holiday traditions.And, of course, tis the season for musical gifts. Head out to your local record store or get online – anywhere that sells music is just fine! – and buy a couple records from the great artists featured on this month’s Trail Mix. Spread some holiday cheer through music and, in the meantime, support these great musicians who share their music via Trail Mix.Happy holidays to all! 3:57 Why They Call You Blue Jordan Burchel Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. 3:48 Audio PlayerBuck Owens And The BuckaroosAct NaturallyUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 2:24 4:02 Forget The Address Ian Fitzgerald 4:47 Minnesota Pines Josh Swensen 3:45 2:24 The Glenn Gould Piece Daniel Koulack Lonely Women The Revelers Eliza Quarter Horse 5:12 4:11 3:26 3:36 Corn Holler Spitzer Space Telescope 4:29 Charlie Hugh Prestwood 4:10 Lights In The Sky A Valley Son 2:57 Once I Was Tim Buckley Two Sisters Matthew Olwell 4:20 5:21 4:02 3:59 7:17 The Martlet-Father John Angus Rankin Katie McNally Trio Love Without Violins The Gift The Martlet-Father John Angus Rankin Katie McNally Trio 5:21 Act Naturally Buck Owens And The Buckaroos Row Jimmy Holly Bowling Voodoo Doll Balsam Range Why They Call You Blue Jordan Burchel Embed 3:26 Take Care After Marianne Bullfighter Blues Bravo, Max!last_img read more

Long Island Unemployment Rate Dropped in December

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island job fair.Long Island’s unemployment rate is slowly reaching pre-recession levels, dropping to 5.1 percent last month, according to the New York State Department of Labor.The unemployment data released Tuesday comes on the heels of last week’s private sector jobs report that marked 43 consecutive months of year-over-year gains on Long Island.“People are reentering the labor force,” said Shital Patel, a NYS Department of Labor market analyst.December’s unemployment rate dropped 2 percentage points from last year, but is still a full percent behind what the rate was before the economy collapsed.Nassau County’s unemployment rate fell by 2.1 percentage points compared to December 2012 to 4.8 percent, and Suffolk came in a 5.3 percent, a difference of 1.9 percent.Overall, employment on LI appears to be outpacing New York State (6.6 percent unemployment rate) and the rest of the country (6.5 percent unemployment rate).Labor officials said last week that Long Island private sector jobs increased over the year by 27,100, or 2.5 percent. LI’s total private sector workforce in December was 1,107,900.LI had the second fastest private sector job growth in the entire state, according to the labor department.Six of nine industries—including professional and business services, education and health services, trade, transportation, and utilities, natural resources, mining, construction, and leisure and hospitality—saw gains compared to last December.But, the private sector job count decreased by 600 between November and December, the report noted.It also appears that the job gains sparked by Superstorm Sandy cleanup efforts may be tapering off, according to the labor department, with administrative and support and waste management and remediation services industry shedding 2,100 jobs between November and December.The three sectors that experienced losses from December 2012 to December 2013 were manufacturing, financial activities and information.The government sector also lost 600 jobs.last_img read more

Is chatter about alternative lending overwhelming your credit union?

first_imgAre you paying attention to all the media coverage devoted to alternative lending?It’s tempting to dismiss, I’ll admit. The media seems to identify an “Uber for [fill-in-the-blank]” every week, in nearly every industry. “Alternative lending” sounds as much like a buzzword as an actual factor in the financial industry.But alternative lending is more than a buzzword. Much more. It may account for a small segment of the U.S. lending market today, but its growth is worth noting – and it offers many lessons to credit unions.What follows is the first of what I expect will be four posts on alternative lending. This post covers the basics: What exactly do people mean when they talk about alternative lending?In future posts, I plan to cover the ways credit unions are addressing the rise of alternative lending, where the opportunities lie for these institutions, and how technology comes into play in this developing field. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How Fuddy Duddy’s in Owego is gearing up for Saint Patrick’s Day

first_imgOWEGO (WBNG) — Fuddy Duddy’s in Owego was busy making Irish Soda Bread Sunday in preparation for the Saint Patrick’s Day holiday coming up on Tuesday. “Irish Soda Bread is a great tradition with your corned beef and cabbage and ham, and it’s a great tradition,” said Steve Cruty, owner of Fuddy Duddy’s Confectionery. “We pride ourselves in having a homemade recipe that’s heavily guarded here.” Cruty said this week, Fuddy Duddy’s will start preparing the store for Easter.center_img The bread is baked on site, and despite the recipe being heavily guarded, staff told 12 News it involves sour cream and lots of raisins. last_img read more