Mountain Mama: Outdoor Book Gift Guide

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,What do I buy the bookworm on my list this holiday season?Thanks,Last-Minute-Gift-Guy—————————————————————Dear Last-Minute-Gift-Guy,When the temperatures plummet and obligations keep us indoors, adventure vicariously through the words of a local author. Books about the outdoors not only provide a dose of adrenaline, but they inspire us to explore new places. This year, I’m hoping Santa delivers these three books written by local authors:1.  PRECIPICE: Well-known for regional whitewater guidebooks, Leland Davis published PRECIPICE this year, his first novel. For those on your shopping list who enjoy an action/adventure book, PRECIPICE will keep them turning the pages. When the book’s hero, a professional paddler, teams up with Navy SEALS, adventure ensues deep in the jungles of Mexico. PRECIPICE is written to appeal to mainstream readers, so while the kayaker on your list will love the paddling references, PRECIPICE is also a perfect gift for those on your list who haven’t yet ventured onto whitewater.2. Wherever Waters Flow: A Lifelong Love Affair with Wild Rivers: By his own account, Doug Woodward fell head over heals, “I fell in love. Deeply, dangerously, without chance of escape.” Doug recounts his love affair with whitewater, from harrowing accounts of family adventures on frigid rivers to the stunt work involved for Deliverance. Doug provides an insider’s view of the early days of paddling in the Southeast. For the hard-to-shop-for-paddler on your list who has everything, Wherever Water Flows is a perfect present.3. Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail: Jennifer Pharr Davis‘ coming of age story unfolds on the unlikeliest of places — the Appalachian Trail. After graduating from college, Jennifer tackles the 2,175-mile trail and gives readers the real scoop on the highs and lows to life on the infamous footpath. Jennifer takes the reader on a physical and emotional adventure as she hikes from Georgia to Maine. Anyone who’s ever wanted to find themselves in nature will enjoy reading about Jennifer’s grueling long-distance hike.Best of all, Last-Minute-Gift-Guy, all of these books are available on Amazon, so you don’t have to even leave your own favorite reading chair to finish up you shopping.Hope you like my Outdoor Book Gift Guide. Have suggestions of your own? Leave them in the comments! Happy Holidays!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

WHO study finds little resistance to Tamiflu

first_imgMay 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) over the three influenza seasons from 2003 to 2006 remained low in Japan, the country with the world’s highest use of the drug, according to a preliminary study from the World Health Organization (WHO).The study, published in the Apr 27 issue of the WHO’s Weekly Epidemological Record (WER), showed that resistance of influenza A and B isolates to oseltamivir was less than 0.5% over the three seasons. Community isolates that were randomly submitted by public health laboratories to the WHO collaborating center in Tokyo were tested by the Neuraminidase Inhibitor Susceptibility Network (NISN), the report said.Resistance to oseltamivir is a concern because the drug, a neuraminidase inhibitor, is the recommended first-line treatment for patients who have H5N1 avian influenza, which is regarded as the leading candidate to evolve into a pandemic flu strain.The isolates were tested by neuraminidase inhibition assay to determine 50% inhibitory concentrations (IC50) of oseltamivir (the concentration of drug necessary to reduce viral replication 50%) and/or by sequence analysis of the neuraminidase gene to detect mutations associated with antiviral resistance, the WHO report said.The study group found that resistance levels were very low over the three seasons:During the 2003-04 season, 0.3% (3 of 1,180) of influenza A (H3N2) isolates demonstrated high IC50 values, and all three isolates had a single mutation in the neuraminidase gene associated with oseltamivir resistance. None of the 171 influenza B isolates showed resistance on IC50 (phenotypic) analysis. Sequence analysis of 15 influenza B isolates revealed that none had oseltamivir resistance mutations.In 2004-05, none of the influenza A viruses (558 H3N2 samples and 60 H1N1 samples) showed resistance by phenotypic or genotypic analysis. However, an “increased” number of influenza B viruses had at least ten times the mean IC50 value for oseltamivir and zanamivir (another neuraminidase inhibitor), though only one of these had a mutation associated with oseltamivir resistance. Sequence analysis of 252 influenza B isolates revealed that none had oseltamivir resistance mutations.In 2005-06, sequence analysis showed no oseltamivir resistance mutations in 251 H3N2 viruses, but 4 of 178 H1N1 viruses (2.2%) had a mutation in the neuraminidase. Sequence analysis of 163 influenza B isolates revealed no oseltamivir resistance mutations.The report concludes that oseltamivir resistance was low despite extensive use of the drug in Japan. A press release on the study from Roche, manufacturer of osteltamvir, said 35 million Japanese patients used the drug during the study period.The low level of resistance found in the three most recent influenza seasons is consistent with the levels observed from 1999 to 2002, the first 3 years of neuraminidase inhibitor use in clinical settings, the report states.”It is unknown whether these infections represent low-level transmission of resistant variants to contacts or spontaneous emergence of resistance,” the report says. But low-level transmission is more likely, it adds, because certain resistance mutations are transmissible to ferrets in the lab setting and because primary oseltamivir resistance was not found in isolates collected before the drug was introduced.David Reddy, pandemic task force leader for Roche, called the findings encouraging. “These results confirm that the potential for the development of resistance to Tamiflu is very low, even when used extensively in the management of seasonal influenza,” he said in the news release.A few cases of oseltamivir resistance in humans infected with H5N1 avian flu have been reported. In January the WHO announced that moderately resistant H5N1 strains had been detected in two Egyptian patients. Strains that had osteltamivir-resistance mutations were also found in two Vietnamese patients previously.However, when the WHO reported the Egyptian cases it said there was no evidence that oseltamivir-resistant strains were spreading in Egypt or elsewhere. The agency did not change its antiviral treatment recommendations in view of the findings, saying the clinical level of resistance linked with the mutations was not yet well established.Last month, in its latest recommendations for treating H5N1 patients, the WHO suggested considering higher doses of oseltamivir in some cases, though the advice was not linked to concern about resistance. The agency said some patients, such as those who have pneumonia or worsening disease, may benefit from a two-fold higher dosage, a longer regimen, or, depending on resistance findings for local H5N1 isolates, combination therapy with amantadine.WHO. Monitoring of neuraminidase inhibitor resistance among clinical influenza virus isolates in Japan during the 2003-2006 influenza seasons. WER 2007 Apr 27;82(17):149-50 [Full text]See also:May 9 Roche press release 18 WHO reportApr 20 CIDRAP News story “WHO warns against steroids for H5N1 patients”last_img read more

Australian mother wants law to protect unborn babies

first_imgStuff 4 February 2016   Days before Australian woman Sarah Milosevic was due to give birth to her daughter, a drunk driver crashed into her car and shattered her world.Her unborn baby, to be named Sophie, didn’t survive the crash.The driver responsible for the 2014 crash at Logan, south of Brisbane, was in November given a A$950 (NZ$1020) fine and a five-month driving suspension.The sense of injustice Milosevic felt sparked her into action and, on Thursday, she met Queensland’s attorney-general Yvette D’Ath to push for “Sophie’s Law” in honour of the daughter she never got to watch grow up.“It’s difficult to talk about, but it’s important for me to have a legacy left for Sophie because she can’t leave her own legacy,” Milosevic said.“She can’t ever have a voice herself and it’s important this goes through so no-one has to go through the same injustice.”Milosevic hopes Sophie’s legacy is in the form of new laws that dish out harsh punishments for people who kill unborn children who are more than 30 weeks along.She also wants those children to be issued with death certificates.READ MORE: read more

Duterte to push for code of conduct at Asean summit – DFA

first_img Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jin Ping earlier agreed to fast track the negotiations in finalizing the COC in the South China Sea./PN “I wouldn’t want to preempt what the President would say but in terms of looking at the conditions, the situations on the ground, or at sea in the South China Sea, for example, I think the President would be expected to say something about it,” Mahilum-West said. The COC will serve as the basis for negotiations of the code and is expected to push China and ASEAN for an agreement on a set of formal guidelines in the disputed waters. Department of Foreign Affairs assistant secretary Junever Mahilum-West said in a press briefing in Malacañang the topic will surely be brought out but “intensive negotiations” could not be expected. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte will push for the discussions on the proposed Code of Conduct (COC) in the South China Sea when he attends the 35th Asean Summit later this week in Thailand. The code of conduct aims to prevent conflicting territorial claims in the resource rich and strategic waterway from erupting into violent confrontations or worse, an economically-devastating major conflict. She added: “So it will be discussed there and we could expect the countries to give their positions. But as to intensive negotiations, we don’t expect that to happen in this meeting, in these kinds of meetings.” “I think it will be featured in the discussions. It is unavoidable kasi doon sa meeting na ‘yon ng mga leaders, they will have a tour of the horizon of what’s happening throughout the region,” Mahilum-West said. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets the members of Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China Hu Chunhua’s delegation as they pay a courtesy call on the President at the Malacañan Palace on October 24, 2019. PCOOlast_img read more

2 drug suspects nabbed

first_imgAlliurbanozo and Urbanozo were nabbed for selling suspected illegaldrugs to an undercover officer around 5 p.m. on Nov. 20, the report added.Their motorcycle was impounded, too. Twelve sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P20,000 were seizedfrom 29-year-old Paul Alliurbanozo, and 35-year-old resident John MarkUrbanozo, a police report showed. BACOLOD City – Two persons were arrested in a buy-bust operation inBarangay 2, Ilog, Negros Occidental.center_img The suspects were detained in the lockup cell of the Ilog municipalpolice station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or theComprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

Indiana Grand

first_imgA lot of you know that the Indiana Grand near Shelbyville is a casino.  It is also Indiana’s lone thoroughbred race track.  The live racing season began on April 19 this year and will run through the end of October.  At this time of the year they run on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons and Saturday evenings.  The afternoon sessions begin at 2:05 and the Saturday at 6:05.  Later this summer they will add Thursday afternoon to the racing card.Occasionally at Indiana Grand, they will throw in a quarter horse race or two.  On a few occasions the Friday schedule is all quarter horse racing.  If you have never been there, it is a beautiful race track.  They keep the grounds extremely clean, and they have a large play area so you can take the entire family.  For the true bettor, they keep an OTB area inside for when live racing is not available.  The nice part about it is that it does not cost to park and there is no entrance fee. The amount of money you spend is strictly up to you.  If you go, look for me!!last_img read more

45th edition of the Batesville Music & Arts Festival starts today, moves to Liberty Park Pavilion

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville’s 45th Annual Music and Arts Festival kicks off today (Wednesday, June 20) in the Pavilion at Liberty Park with the Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra at 7 p.m.Thursday features Miss Shannon’s Studio featuring The Adventures of Frog and Toad children’s play, Jonathon and Samantha Stinson, Randy & Bryce Mullins, The Yorkridge Boys, Rural Alliance for the Arts Community Art Show.Friday the festival wraps up with WRBI Night. Jim True Ford presents Americana artists “The Howlin’ Brothers” and Decatur County native, Nashville singer-songwriter Dustin Huff at 7 p.m.During the festival, The Sherman will stock a full bar, beer, wine, and offer grilled grass-fed burgers and grilled chicken. Snickers & Peanuts, The B&G Dairy Bar and Kona Ice will offer sweet summer treats.The festival was moved to the pavilion because of the possibility of inclement weather.last_img read more

Bernice J. Gerland July 3, 1937 – May 1, 2020

first_imgBernice J. Gerland, age 82 of Harrison, Ohio passed away Friday, May 1, 2020 at Shawneespring of Harrison. Born July 3, 1937 in Hamilton County, Ohio the daughter of Jack and Bernice (McKwen) Seyferth.Bernice married Jack Gerland and was co-owner of Jack Gerland Construction company for many years.Bernice is survived by her children Cindy (Barry) Kuhlmann and Holly Gerland. Grandmother of Brooke and Barry Kuhlmann. Dear sister of Lavern (Locky)………. and Lana Curry.Preceded in death by her parents Jack and Bernice Seyferth, husband Jack Gerland and son Randy Gerland.A celebration of life service will be held Saturday, May 9, 2020 from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. at her residence, 5020 Sand Stone Circle (Riverview Crossing) Harrison, Ohio 45030. A private graveside service will be held at St. John Cemetery 1065 Neeb Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45233.last_img read more

Hero CPL to return to the USA this year

first_imgTHE Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has confirmed that the biggest party in sport will return to the USA after the International Cricket Council (ICC) approved the staging of Twenty20 fixtures in 2017.The Hero CPL has gained approval from the ICC to stage the event, who are the approving authority while USACA’s membership of the ICC remains suspended. The fixtures will be played in Central Broward Stadium, Lauderhill once more.In all, six matches were staged in 2016 which generated $12 583 246 into the local Florida economy. The Hero CPL invested $1 668 151 with the combined visitor spend of $4 751 872 being the highest in this year’s tournament overall.With a TV audience of 12.7 million, in the region of 30 000 fans attended all six matches during the 2016 season and the CPL is confident that this number will increase even further.“On behalf of Hero CPL, I am delighted that the biggest party in sport will return to the USA later this year,” said Damien O’Donohoe, Chief Executive of the Hero CPL.In excess of 30 000 fans packed our American leg of matches in 2016, with over half of those attendees travelling south from New York and as far west as Texas and Los Angeles.According to O’Donohoe, “Tourists who attended these matches also spent more than $4.75 million in the local economy. This indicates a huge appetite for the game across North America and we welcome the opportunity to play our part in USA cricket’s future plans. We have committed to a community outreach programme to ensure the impact of the Hero CPL goes beyond the field of play.”The CPL CEO said the USA matches provided many highlights last year and he believes the quality of cricket on the field, coupled with the party off it, will generate even greater interest for the upcoming season.The Hero CPL is scheduled to take place from August 4 to September 10. Several fixtures are scheduled to be played in America and ticket information for the coming season, as well as all Hero CPL fixtures, will be announced in due course.last_img read more

Angels’ Jonathan Lucroy expected to miss three weeks after nasal procedure

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How does his nose feel?“It’s a little stuffed up,” Lucroy said. “I feel like I have a cold. But it’s not too bad. I can sleep and breathe. It just feels like I have a cold.”Lucroy is hitting .237 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs in 73 games this season.Marisnick and the Astros visit Anaheim for a four-game series beginning Monday. Marisnick was suspended two games by Major League Baseball, but he appealed the suspension and has been allowed to play in the meantime.INJURY UPDATESBrian Goodwin took batting practice on the field for the first time since he was placed on the injured list with a right wrist contusion. ANAHEIM – Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy will undergo a closed reduction procedure on his fractured nose Tuesday. Lucroy said he was told the non-invasive procedure will last 30 minutes, and he will need to wear a “butterfly wing”-shaped cast for 3 to 7 days afterward.“Once it starts to get in place, if there’s no bleeding or anything I should be able to start some activities” once the cast is removed, Lucroy said.Lucroy said this was his fourth nasal fracture. Manager Brad Ausmus anticipates the 33-year-old catcher will need three weeks from the time of his procedure before he can return.Sunday, in the Angels’ final game before the All-Star break, Lucroy was on the receiving end of a home plate collision with the Houston Astros’ Jake Marisnick. He was diagnosed with a concussion and a broken nose. Friday, he said his concussion symptoms have subsided to the point where he feels well.center_img “There will probably be a decision on him soon,” Ausmus said.Sunday, Goodwin missed his eighth game since he sustained the injury. Ausmus does not anticipate the 28-year-old outfielder will need a minor league rehabilitation assignment.Keynan Middleton will make his next minor league rehabilitation appearance Monday with Triple-A Salt Lake, a home game for the bees. The right-hander has made three appearances since he was cleared to pitch following Tommy John surgery last year. He has yet to allow a run.Right-hander JC Ramirez, who is also rehabbing his way back from Tommy John surgery, has a 7.91 earned-run average in eight minor league games. He allowed seven runs in five innings in his most recent appearance Thursday with Salt Lake. However, Ausmus said Ramirez is healthy.“I think generally speaking he’s felt good,” Ausmus said. “I think we just want to make sure he’s ready. I’m sure he wants to be pitching here immediately but we want to be comfortable as well that he’s ready to contribute and help us win. He’s really pretty much with every rehab start, both that night and the next day, he’s said he’s felt really good.”MAKEUP DATE ANNOUNCEDThe July 1 game in Arlington, Texas that was postponed hours after the death of Tyler Skaggs will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 20, the Rangers announced.The makeup game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Pacific Time. The regularly scheduled game between the Rangers and Angels will start at the listed time of 5 p.m.The Tuesday games will fall in the middle of a three-day series against the Rangers. The Angels have a scheduled day off Thursday, Aug. 22, before heading to Houston for a three-game series beginning Friday, Aug. 23. The Rangers weren’t available to make up the game Aug. 22. They begin a four-game series in Chicago against the White Sox that day.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning) vs. Astros (LHP Framber Valdez), Monday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830-AMlast_img read more