News story: New strategy for a measles and rubella free future

first_img Our achievements to date are a testament to the hard work of health professionals in the NHS. But, if we wish to build on our successes, and sustain measles and rubella elimination for future generations action needs to be taken now. A future free of measles and rubella is within reach if we continue to focus our efforts on reaching 95% uptake with 2 doses of MMR for all children and catch up teenagers and young adults who missed out. The UK National Verification Committee (NVC) and all of the UK nations have independently assessed and endorsed the strategy, and have committed to implementing the recommendations. The new measles and rubella elimination strategy maps out how the UK can achieve a future that is free of measles, rubella and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).The strategy, developed by Public Health England (PHE) and supported by partners across the NHS and the devolved administrations, builds on the experience and success of 50 years of measles vaccination and 30 years of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) immunisation programme.Since the introduction of the measles vaccine, an estimated 20 million cases and 4,500 deaths have been prevented the UK. In addition, it is estimated that rubella vaccination has prevented an estimated 1.4 million cases of rubella, 1,300 CRS births, and averted 25,000 terminations. CRS is caused when rubella disrupts the development of an unborn baby, leading to serious birth defects.However, new analysis conducted by PHE also shows that immunity levels within some age groups across the UK – especially young people aged 15 to 20 years – are well below the levels needed to prevent measles from spreading. Measles is one of the most infectious known diseases, so it can take only one infected person in an area with lower vaccination rates to cause an outbreak. Anyone who has not received 2 doses of MMR vaccine is at risk.The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that the UK eliminated rubella in 2015 and measles in 2016. Elimination means that measles and rubella are no longer native to the UK. It does not mean that these diseases have been completely wiped out. Measles and rubella remain endemic in many countries around the world and with recent large measles outbreaks across Europe, imported infections pose a very real threat to the UK’s achievements.In 2016 and 2017, uptake of the first dose of the MMR vaccine in 5 year olds in the UK exceeded 95% for the first time. However, 2 doses of MMR vaccine are required, to ensure full protection from measles. Uptake of the second dose of MMR in 5 year old children is currently 88% and well below the 95% WHO target required to sustain elimination going forward.Dr Mary Ramsay, Head of Immunisation at PHE, said: Achieve and sustain over 95% coverage with 2 doses of MMR vaccine in the routine childhood immunisation programme. Achieve over 95% coverage with 2 doses of MMR vaccine in older age groups. Strengthen measles and rubella monitoring. Ensure easy access to high-quality, evidence-based information for health professionals and the public. The new strategy is clear that partners in the local health economy need to work together to continue to increase uptake of the MMR vaccine in all children, and address immunity gaps across the population by catching up teenagers and young adults who missed out on the vaccine when they were younger.It includes a number of recommendations to maintain measles and rubella elimination going forward which cover 4 main areas:last_img read more

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Rob McClure Starts Performances in Something Rotten!

first_imgRob McClure(Photo: Rob Kim/Getty Images) View Comments This is going to be eggcellent! Broadway fave Rob McClure begins performances in Something Rotten! as Nick Bottom on June 2. He steps in for Brian d’Arcy James, who received a Tony nomimation for the role and played his final performance in the tuner on May 29.McClure was last seen in the Tony-nominated revival of Noises Off. In 2013, he nabbed a Tony nod for his title role in Chaplin. His other Main Stem credits include Honeymoon in Vegas, Avenue Q and I’m Not Rappaport.Directed by Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten! features a score by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell. Set in the 1590s, the show follows brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, who are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as “The Bard.” When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world’s very first musical.McClure will join a cast that currently includes John Cariani, Tony winner Christian Borle, Heidi Blickenstaff, Brad Oscar, Kate Reinders, David Beach, Edward Hibbert, Gerry Vichi and André Ward. Related Showscenter_img Something Rotten! Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 1, 2017last_img read more

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Chittenden Bank partners with Vermont Foodbank

first_imgCHITTENDEN BANK PARTNERS WITH THE VERMONT FOODBANKTO FIGHT HUNGER IN VERMONTBurlington, Vermont – As we approach the winter months the need to stock our community food shelves becomes extremely important. Chittenden Bank offices across the state are participating in the bank’s Share the Bounty program providing a drop-off location for non-perishable food items designated for local food shelves or community centers. Each of the 47 Chittenden branches has a collection area set up to accept donations of food or money until December 31, 2008. The Vermont Foodbank is partnering in this effort and has estimated that the need for food donations will increase by as much as 30% this year. The Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest hunger relief organization responsible for distributing close to 6.5 million pounds of food to community food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, senior centers and after-school programs in 2007.”We are very pleased to be partnering with the Vermont Foodbank during our Share the Bounty promotion. Chittenden Bank and its employees are dedicated to helping reduce the instances of hunger during these tough economic times, and we have extended the program from one month to three to help make that happen,” explained Chittenden Bank President Michael Seaver.Christine Foster, Co-Interim CEO of the Vermont Foodbank had this to say, “With a tenuous economy, high cost of home heating oil, food and gasoline, and the heating season right around the corner, the Vermont Foodbank and our partners around the state are working to ensure that no Vermonter will have to choose between heating their home and feeding their family. And that is why Vermont Foodbank is thrilled to be partnering with Chittenden Bank for the Share the Bounty food drive. Leadership from businesses like Chittenden Bank is paramount in the fight against hunger. This statewide effort couldn’t have come at a more pertinent time.”Chittenden Bank and the Vermont Foodbank encourage all who are able, to visit a Chittenden branch location and drop-off one of the following food items: canned tuna, sardines or salmon, canned chicken or meat, canned vegetables, soups, cereal, peanut butter, and pasta. Diapers of any size are also an acceptable donation item.About the Vermont FoodbankEstablished in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank is the only food bank in the state and serves 270 sites. The mission of the Vermont Foodbank is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships that will end hunger in Vermont. For more information visit www.vtfoodbank.org(link is external) or call 802-476-3341.About Chittenden BankChittenden Bank has proudly served businesses and individuals throughout Vermont since 1906. With assets greater than $3.3 billion and 47 offices, Chittenden is dedicated to meeting the financial needs of Vermonters at every stage of life. Chittenden Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Bank headquartered in Bridgeport, Connecticut with assets of over $21 billion. For more information please visit www.chittenden.com(link is external) or call the Customer Service Center at 800-545-2236.###last_img read more

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Football: Jonathan Taylor’s record day gives UW 45–14 win over New Mexico

first_imgWarming up took a few quarters in Madison Saturday, but Wisconsin found their second-half mojo, eventually thrashing New Mexico 45–14.Wisconsin trailed for the first time all season after a 17-play, 87-yard New Mexico opening drive where the Lobos went 4-4 on third downs, scoring on an 11-yard pass.Unfortunately, that would be the first time New Mexico would find the end zone until the fourth quarter.Early on, New Mexico took advantage of a Wisconsin defense off to an uncharacteristically slow start, relying heavily on a read-option play the Badgers were unable to predict.New Mexico would consistently gain good chunks of yardage on the play, smothering any defensive momentum from Wisconsin.Perhaps as noticeable as a lax Wisconsin defense was an ineffective offensive line. Heisman hopeful Jonathan Taylor collected only 34 yards in the first quarter on seven attempts.There were unfortunate moments of hope immediately followed by a slice of humble pie. A.J. Taylor hauled in a spectacular, one-handed grab along the sideline in the first quarter only to see the drive fizzle inside the red zone. A promising drive lead by a 39-yard Alec Ingold run was cut short by an all-too-painful Taylor fumble.It’s been beaten into the ground, but man, Taylor fumbles another one. He needs to figure this out.— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) September 8, 2018“None of these guys are going out there and thinking ‘ok I’m gonna fumble on this play,’” head coach Paul Chryst said. “The whole thing is how do you respond?”For all his talents, ball security plagues Taylor’s game. Last week, although inconsequential, Taylor coughed up the ball late in the game.“[Taylor]’s competitive and he cares about this team,” Chryst said. “He knows he can pay it back.”Senior running back Taiwan Deal would have his number called to begin the ensuing possession, picking up 21 yards of rushing before handing the keys back to Jonathon Taylor. Taylor would bounce back from his turnover, curling to the outside for a 16-yard touchdown and a reclamation of the lead, 10-7 Wisconsin.Wisconsin relied on their steadiest source of offensive production in a half that ended up being more of a challenge than expected. Wisconsin out-gained New Mexico in the run game 146 yards to 40. New Mexico had an edge through the air, however, recording 83 yards to Wisconsin’s dismal 35.At the half, Wisconsin sorely needed a revamp in its passing attack.Some Halftime Takeaways:Badgers D started slow but found their footingTaylor still fumbling, still scoring TD’sHornibrook hasn’t been used too much, took a [email protected]_scottnelson is good at tackling people— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) September 8, 2018Wisconsin’s first drive out of the half did not reverse that script. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook found A.J. Taylor for a 21-yard pickup, which felt like the spark the offense had been missing. Soon after, however, a Hornibrook scramble ended in his first interception of the season.In a dramatic response, Wisconsin linebackers flooded Tevaka Tuioti who released an ill-advised throw towards the corner of the end zone where safety and resident assistant superhero (Jonathan Taylor currently holds the crown) Scott Nelson was waiting. Adding an interception to his stat line, Nelson had four tackles on the afternoon.Nelson’s interception led to the best drive Wisconsin had all afternoon, a six play, 76-yard beauty culminating in a 4-yard touchdown strike to A.J Taylor across the middle of the end zone – 17-7 Wisconsin.That drive would begin the overall momentum shift Wisconsin had evidently been waiting on all day.Common knowledge, but important nonetheless. pic.twitter.com/k7uLCNBC9c— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) September 8, 2018Momentum transferred seamlessly to the defense who, on the next drive, recovered a New Mexico fumble on their 34-yard line.#NewMexico trying to snap the ball today pic.twitter.com/wBB1r4zdlV— Badger Herald Sports (@BHeraldSports) September 8, 2018Now across midfield, Wisconsin had a prime chance to extend their 10-point lead.And extend they did, set up by an end-around that sent freshman wide receiver Aron Cruickshank 11 yards to the outside, and finished off by a 5-yard Taylor touchdown, his second of the afternoon.From there, Wisconsin had officially regained their mojo. A New Mexico three-and-out gave way to a 44-yard connection between Hornibrook and Taylor that put Wisconsin inside the red zone only a few minutes after their last score.With all eyes on Taylor (and for good reason), Wisconsin pranked the entire New Mexico defense, faking a handoff to Taylor and sending fullback Alec Ingold untouched across the goal line, 31-7 Wisconsin.New Mexico would respond with a gritty, 75-yard scoring drive that reduced the Wisconsin lead to 17.Jonathan Taylor didn’t just have a good day, he set records in carries with 33 and yards with 253 yards. His third touchdown of the afternoon gave Wisconsin 38 on the day, and plenty to improve upon before next week.“This is what’s neat about football, everyone can always do a little better,” Chryst said.Wisconsin would take the game 45–14 and will welcome BYU to Camp Randall next Saturday.last_img read more

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Zukanović in ideal team of Belgian Championship

first_imgBiH football player and defence player of Gent, Ervin Zukanović, was selected to be a part of ideal team of Belgian Championship.Although football season has not finished yet, Belgian news-portal VoetbalNieuws.be has selected the best 11 players of this season and BiH football player is a part of that team because of his great performance in Gent and in Kortrijk for which he played in the first part of the season.Players of the ideal team are: Davy De Fauw (Zulte Waregem), Bram Nuytinck (Anderlecht), Ryan Donk (Club Brugge), Ervin Zukanović (Gent), Maxime Lestienne (Club Brugge), William Vainqueur (Standard Liege), Jonathan Delaplace (Zulte Waregem), Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem), Carlos Bacca (Club Brugge), Ilombe Mboyo (Gent).(sportsport.ba)(photo: brf.be)last_img

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How close is Tom Brady to Drew Brees’ NFL touchdown record?

first_imgSo how close is Brady to Brees’ record? He is only three touchdown passes behind through Week 15 of the 2019 season.NFL career passing touchdowns leaders:1. DREW BREES (541)2. PEYTON MANNING (539)3. TOM BRADY (538)4. BRETT FAVRE (508)5. DAN MARINO (420)When it comes to the most career touchdown passes including playoff games, Brady does have the advantage over Brees.Most career touchdown passes including playoff games:1. TOM BRADY (611)2. PEYTON MANNING (579)3. DREW BREES (574)4. BRETT FAVRE (552)5. DAN MARINO (452)Will Brady chase down Brees to earn the top spot in NFL history? Only time will tell, but NFL fans will certainly enjoy the show as the quarterbacks fight it out in the history books. Brady took to Twitter to congratulate Brees on the achievement and also appeared to remind him that the race wasn’t over as he ended the post with a winking face.Congrats drew!! Couldn’t be more deserving. Passing Peyton in anything is an incredible achievement and your records will be tough to beat! But it’s worth trying 😉— Tom Brady (@TomBrady) December 17, 2019MORE: Drew Brees breaks NFL record with 540th TD pass Drew Brees has thrown the most touchdown passes in NFL history — but Tom Brady isn’t far behind.The Patriots quarterback was watching as the Saints quarterback broke Peyton Manning’s record of 539 touchdown passes in Monday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.last_img read more

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Wenger’s Arsenal facing 2000km trip to Belarus

first_imgThe Liverpudlians can thank former outcast Oumar Niasse for their 2-1 win over Bournemouth at the weekend, as they rallied from a poor start to the season with the forward scoring twice as a substitute.Seven-time European champions AC Milan are another misfiring team despite heavy investment from their new Chinese owners.Coach Vincenzo Montella is under pressure to ring the changes after a 2-0 loss to Sampdoria, their second in the league this season.“It’s not about finding who is to blame. The club management have just told me to intervene to ensure there are no more games like this,” he said after a meeting with his bosses on Monday.Nice striker Balotelli scored his fifth goal in four games in a 2-2 draw with Angers on Friday, ahead of their game with Vitesse Arnhem, which sees close-season signing Wesley Sneijder return to the Netherlands.Balotelli scored twice as Lucien Favre’s side hammered Zulte Waregem 5-1 two weeks ago, after the disappointment of their Champions League play-off defeat by Napoli. Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said he will field a strong side for Thursday’s Europa League visit to BATE Borisov, despite a 4000km round trip in the middle of a spell of three games in seven days.The second round of group-stage matches also sees AC Milan visit Croatia’s Rijeka, Everton host Cypriots Apollon Limassol and Nice face Vitesse Arnhem, with 24 games in total.Wenger hinted grudgingly that he would not make wholesale changes despite a visit to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday, after club record signing Alexandre Lacazette scored twice in a 2-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday.“We have to accept it, but I will go with a team of senior players, and certainly a young bench,” said the Frenchman, whose side came from behind to beat Cologne 3-1 in their opener.“We play Monday night, we play in Borisov on Thursday, and we play Sunday morning. For the team selection it has an impact.”Belarusian champions Borisov, who are unbeaten in their previous seven European home games and drew 1-1 at Red Star Belgrade in their first match, could have to face the likes of Lacazette and Alexis Sanchez.Run ragged in a 3-0 defeat at Italians Atalanta last time out in what coach Ronald Koeman called a “wake up call”, Everton host Apollon, who held French outfit Lyon to a 1-1 draw two weeks ago.last_img read more

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Kootenay gains weekend split against Fraser Valley

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe Kootenay Wildcats gained a split during B.C. Female Midget AAA Hockey League play against the Fraser Valley Phantom during the weekend in Langley.However, it was the way the Cats gained the points that has head coach Mario DiBella breathing a little fire.During a 7-3 loss Sunday, Kootenay was penalized 55 minutes to only four for the Phantom — 25 of those minutes whistled in the second period.“It was the worst job of officiating I have ever witnessed, bar none,” DiBella told The Nelson Daily.Saturday, Kootenay, 5-5, pulled off a 3-2 victory over Fraser Valley.Simran Sidhu scored twice to lead the Phantom, which enjoyed period leads of 1-0 and 3-0.Hailey McLean scored twice to lead the Wildcats while Randi Brown added a single. Daley Oddy had two assists for Kootenay.Fraser Valley put the game away scoring three times in the third in a span of three minutes.Saturday, Kootenay scored in each of the three periods to edge Fraser Valley.Christina Bonacci, in the first, Aimee DiBella, in the second and Oddy, in the third, was all the scoring the Cats would need.McLean tallied two assists for the winners.Melina Christopherson and Arianna Castillo replied for Fraser Valley.Brianne Burns registered the win in goal for Kootenay.Kootenay idle this weekend. Next action is November 20 in Kelowna against the Okanagan Rockets in the first contest of a two-game [email protected]last_img read more

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Warriors chime in on if Mavs rookie Luka Dončić is an All-Star

first_img* * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *DALLAS – The NBA’s best shooter and the NBA’s hot rookie met at midcourt. Then, Stephen Curry offered a message to Luka Dončić that perfectly explains how he has immediately impressed NBA stars and fans alike.“I don’t have to tell you anything,” Curry recalled saying. “Just keep doing what you do.” Powerful words for two reasons. In the Warriors’ …last_img

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Everything You Know About Evolution Is Wrong (Again)

first_imgThere’s a genre of science news stories characterized by pointing out things Darwin got wrong.  It’s not creationists that do this – these are secular reporters and evolutionary biologists.  They seem to try to one-up Darwin by proposing new theories that do evolution better.  They usually don’t go far enough to jettison Darwin completely, but some come close.  A couple of stories in this genre surfaced recently.    “Evolution More Rapid than Darwin Thought” announced a story in Science Daily.  Maybe that was a way for a grad student writing his dissertation to attract attention.  Magnus Karlsson, a doctoral candidate at Linnaeus University in Kalmar, studied pygmy grasshoppers and found that they change color by natural selection, probably due to predation.  That’s a pretty standard peppered-moth kind of conclusion.  “But the most important part of the dissertation is that I have shown that evolution sometimes proceeds incredibly rapidly,” he said.  “This is huge.”  How huge?  Some color variations appear in one generation.  Karlsson has outdone the peppered moths for speed, and Mr. Slow-and-Gradual himself, Charles Darwin.    Oliver Burkeman went even farther to one-up Darwin.  His story in The Guardian is really a bombshell of the genre: “Why everything you’ve been told about evolution is wrong.”  The subtitle added, “Evolutionary thinking is having a revolution.”  It’s not that evolution itself is wrong, Burkeman explains, but there is a kind of Lamarckian revival: “What if the way you live now affects the life expectancy of your descendants?” the subtitle teased.  First, Burkeman ridicules the creationists to get them out of the way, holding up the old NASA-Joshua internet myth for instant dismissal and using the usual scare quotes around intelligent design.  But then his bombshell comes with the same “This is huge” line Karlsson used:Such talk, naturally, is liable to drive evolutionary biologists into a rage, or, in the case of Richard Dawkins, into even more of a rage than usual.  They have a point: nobody wants to provide ammunition to the proponents of creationism or “intelligent design”, and it’s true that few of the studies now coming to public prominence are all that revolutionary to the experts.  But in the culture at large, we may be on the brink of a major shift in perspective, with enormous implications for how most of us think about how life came to be the way it is.  As the science writer David Shenk puts it in his new book, The Genius in All of Us, “This is big, big stuff � perhaps the most important [discoveries] in the science of heredity since the gene.”That really would be big, but Shenk and Burkeman seem to underestimate the resiliency of Darwin theorists against potentially falsifying observations.  Their proposed Darwin crisis revolves around epigenetics and the definition of organism.  Burkeman also describes the trouble Jerry Fodor is causing with his book What Darwin Got Wrong (02/24/2010).    In the end, though, Burkeman comes to Darwin’s rescue by claiming that Charles Darwin never claimed to have the only mechanism by which evolution acts.  “Darwin, writing before the discovery of DNA, knew very well that his work heralded the beginning of a journey to understand the origins and development of life,” Burkeman ended, dismissing millennia of belief in creation.  “All we may be discovering now is that we remain closer to the beginning of that journey than we’ve come to think.”  So despite the conflict and setbacks, at the end of this scary novel, the protagonist is saved, and Darwin lives happily ever after.These stories appear from time to time; they’re kind of like dummy missiles intended to throw the enemy off track.  They pretend that internal squabbles are about to lead to the collapse of the Darwin Empire.  But in the end, they’re never really trying to chuck Chuck.  They may give him a Charlie horse, but never a hammerlock.  Watch for the hoarse of a different calor.  Their real caloric is saved up for the common enemy: the creationists.  What is it about those guys that makes them the target of such venom and strange antics?  Makes you almost want to get to know them.(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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