UPDATE: Kristian Nairn has announced a full US “Rave of Thrones’ tour, with dates across the country in October and December. The tour announcement comes shortly after news broke that characters Bran Stark and Hodor will not be appearing in the next season of Game of Thrones. Kristian Nairn may be best known as Hodor on the hit TV show Game of Thrones, but the multi-talented Nairn is also a skilled electronic music DJ and guitarist. A few months ago, we announced that Nairn would be performing in Australia, on a deep house “Rave of Thrones” tour. Now, it seems, DJ Hodor is coming to NYC!On October 10th, Nairn will be performing at the BB King’s, alongside Zedd Stark and Trance Rayder. Nairn has been cultivating his electronic music skills for nearly 20 years, so the expert DJ is guarantee to delight fans with his house grooves. Costumes are encouraged for the event, which is sponspored by New York Comic Con. Festivities begin at 11 PM, until 4 AM.Check out Hodor.. err.. Nairn’s tunes below:-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
The long shifts are to cover for the lack of full-time paramedics. ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – If someone needs help ambulance crews are there 24/7. But now they need help, and because of it some responders are working 72-hour shifts. Read the rest of the story here.
Flu activity rose sharply last week, with 36 states now reporting widespread circulation and other markers such as clinic visits for flu and positive respiratory specimens also showing steep increases, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today in its latest update.The new report underscores a warning that came from the CDC 2 days ago about steadily climbing flu dominated by H3N2, a subtype known for its heavy impact, especially on seniors and young children. Between that and known gaps in H3N2 protection in seasonal flu vaccines, the CDC also reminded providers that antiviral drugs are an important second line of defense in treating flu.Closer look at rising US flu markersIn its report today, the CDC said since its last report, the number of states reporting widespread flu activity—encompassing a broad swath of the country—jumped from 23 to 36, and the proportion of respiratory samples testing positive for flu at clinical labs rose from 14% to 22.4%.Nationally, the percentage of clinic visits for flu—which climbed from 3.5% to 5%—has been at or above the national baseline for 5 weeks so far this season, the CDC said, adding that in recent seasons, flu has been at those levels for an average of 13 weeks.In its chart comparing clinic visits this year to the past five seasons, the pattern seems to be closely following the moderate-to-severe 2014-2015 season, which was also dominated by H3N2.High flulike illness activity, another marker of clinic visits for flu, was reported in 21 states, with regional activity reported by 13 states and Puerto Rico.Flu hospitalizations are rising steadily, and last week were at an overall rate of 8.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 population. The levels were much higher in seniors, at 35.8 per 100,000 population.Three more pediatric flu deaths were reported, raising the total to 12 this season. One was from an unsubtyped influenza A virus, while the other two were linked to influenza B.Overall deaths from pneumonia and flu, an indicator that typically lags other flu markers, are below the seasonal baseline.In tests last week at public health laboratories, 89% of positive flu specimens were influenza A and 11% were influenza B. Of the subtyped A viruses, 88.1% were H3N2. Analysis of a subset of H3N2 viruses shows extensive genetic diversity with many clades and subclades circulating, most of them similar to a cell-propagated reference virus that is a component of Northern Hemisphere flu vaccines.Flu in Canada and EuropeCanada, which has also been experiencing early flu activity, reported a notable increase in flu outbreaks and hospitalizations in the most recent update from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), covering the week ending Dec 16.Though H3N2 is the dominant strain, Canada is seeing a substantially greater number of influenza B illnesses for this time of year compared to past seasons. Levels of hospitalizations and deaths are highest in seniors, and since early November, surveillance has reported above-average hospitalizations for flu among children.In Europe, where flu activity began more slowly, disease levels are on the rise in western, northern, and southern Europe, according to a joint report covering the week ending Dec 24 from the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regional office for Europe. Both influenza A and influenza B viruses are circulating, with mixed patterns detected across the region, including higher proportions of influenza B than influenza A and more 2009 H1N1 than H3N2. An analysis of a small number of H3N2 viruses suggests that the circulating viruses belong to the vaccine virus clade.At sentinel healthcare sites, the percentage of respiratory specimens that tested positive for flu rose from 28% to 32% compared to the previous week.See also:Dec 29 CDC FluView updateDec 29 CDC situation updateDec 27 CIDRAP News story “Jump in H3N2 flu prompts CDC warning, antiviral reminder”Dec 22 PHAC updateDec 29 Flu News Europe report
By Catrina OlsenThe Akron Racers put up a 3-2 win at Firestone against the Chicago Bandits Tuesday night, improving their record to 8-8 on the season thus far. The Racers are also 4-1 when playing at home this season.After a quick first inning, the Racers were able to hop of the scoreboard in the bottom of the second. Akron scored two runs, as Jenifer Gilbert walked, Kelley Montalvo singled and Nicole Schroeder plated a two-run double to give the Racers the early lead.“I was just trying to get a hit to help.” Shroeder said.In the top of the fourth inning, the Bandits were able to match the two runs. Natalie Hernandez started off with a solo home run over the fence. Stacy May reached first with a walk and she later scored by a single from Abby Ramirez.Neither team was able to put up another run until the bottom of the fifth, when A.J Andrews was driven in off of a triple by Shellie Robinson.“Shellie came through on a pitch she has been struggling with a little bit,” Charlotte Morgan, the Racers Field Manager said.Starting pitcher Rachele Fico made her debut on the mound for the Akron Racers.“I’ve been wanting to get her a start just when I kind of feel like its time…so I thought it would be a good time,” Morgan said. She pitched four innings allowing only two runs to score. As a pitcher, once a team timed up a pitcher, it was time for a change. Alexis Silkwood was the perfect offset. With Fico being a right-handed pitcher, Morgan thought bringing in a left-handed pitcher would do just the trick, and that it did in the fifth inning. Silkwood did her job, she allowed the defense to make the plays while she pitched her game. “I can go out there and get ground ball outs” stated Alexis Silkwood after the game. Fico pitched four innings with two runs allowed and a strike out. Silkwood pitched three shutout innings in relief to finish out the 3-2 victory.“It’s a fun game, I mean we’re playing softball, how much better can you get?” asked Silkwood.Akron will face off against the Bandits (11-10) again Wednesday at Firestone Stadium, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET. For information or to order tickets, contact the Racers ticket office at 330-376-8188. NEOSI Staff Related Topics
By Peter HallLIVERPOOL, England (Reuters) – Mohamed Salah’s delightful first-half strike gave Liverpool a 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield yesterday that sent them into the Champions League’s last 16 and the Italian side crashing out.Liverpool knew that a 1-0 win, or a victory by two goals or more, would be enough to seal a top-two spot in Group C, and Salah was again the hero for the hosts, scoring what proved to be the winner in the 34th minute.Napoli pressed for a leveller in the second half, with Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson denying Arkadiusz Milik in stoppage time, but the home side’s resolute defence – which has conceded just six Premier League goals all season so far – stood firm.Paris St Germain’s 4-1 victory at Red Star Belgrade meant they finished top with 11 points while Napoli, who started the day leading the way, exited the competition as Liverpool snatched second spot on goals scored after both teams finished with nine points.Jurgen Klopp stuck with the midfield three that struggled against PSG in their last Champions League match and it was Napoli who found their rhythm first, creating some promising openings early on.Salah was then presented with a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock, but his touch let him down at the last moment while at the other end, Marek Hamsik could not find the target from a good position.Kalidou Koulibaly was doing a fine job of marking Salah, until the Egyptian produced a moment of magic to score the only goal of the game, skipping past Koulibaly before slotting in from a tight angle — his 34th goal for Liverpool in 2018 in all competitions.Liverpool really should have extended their lead in the second half, with Salah firing wide from a good position, before Sadio Mane was denied by a fine save from David Ospina.Napoli saved their best attacking play for the latter stages, with Jose Callejon firing over from close range, before Mane somehow shot wide when he should have scored.Milik almost broke Liverpool hearts right at the death, only to be denied by Alisson, who raced from his line to make a game-saving block.