Carrick-on-Suir cyclist wins again

first_imgMartina Byrnes of Tipperary Wheelers took silver in the women’s event while Carrick Wheelers Cathal Purcell was second in the Junior category. The Irish Under 23 international retained the title he won last year on the 18 kilometre course in Limerick in a record time of 22 minutes 23 seconds.The Fitscience rider was 40 seconds faster than his winning time of last year and 24 seconds clear of his nearest challenger, Colm Cassidy of the Cork based Aquablue team.Hahessy will go into the upcoming National Under 23 time trial championships as a medal favourite.last_img

CDC reports increase in the flu nationally

first_imgMortality Surveillance:The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was 6.7% for the week ending December 16, 2017 (week 50). This percentage is below the epidemic threshold of 6.9% for week 50 in the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) Mortality Surveillance System. The Center for Disease in Atlanta has reported that Influenza activity increased sharply in the last week of December. The number of jurisdictions experiencing high activity went from 21 states to 26 states and New York City, and the number of states reporting widespread activity went from 36 to 46. Influenza-like illness went from 4.9% to 5.8%. ‎These indicators are similar to what was seen at the peak of the 2014-2015 season, which was the most severe season in recent years. Typically, severity indicators (e.g., hospitalization rates) lag behind activity indicators (ILI and geographic spread). CDC continues to recommend influenza vaccination as flu viruses are likely to continue circulating for weeks. In addition, in the context of widespread influenza activity, CDC is reminding clinicians and the public about the importance of antiviral medications for treatment of influenza in people who are severely ill and people who are at high risk of serious flu complications.Below is a summary of the key flu indicators for the week ending December 30, 2017 (week 52):Influenza-like Illness Surveillance: For the week ending December 30, the proportion of people seeing their health care provider for influenza-like illness (ILI) was 5.8%, which is above the national baseline of 2.2%. All 10 regions reported a proportion of outpatient visits for ILI at or above their region-specific baseline levels. ILI has been at or above the national baseline for six weeks so far this season. During recent seasons, ILI has remained at or above baseline for 13 weeks on average.Influenza-like Illness State Activity Indicator Map: New York City and 26 states experienced high ILI activity (Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia). Puerto Rico and nine states (Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Iowa, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wyoming) experienced moderate ILI activity. The District of Columbia and six states (Florida, Minnesota, New York, South Dakota, Utah, and Wisconsin) experienced low ILI activity. Nine states experienced minimal ILI activity (Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Vermont).Geographic Spread of Influenza Viruses: Widespread influenza activity was reported by 46 states (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming). Regional influenza activity was reported by 4 states (Hawaii, Maine, New Hampshire, and New Jersey). Local influenza activity was reported by the District of Columbia. Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands did not report. Geographic spread data show how many areas within a state or territory are seeing flu activity.Flu-Associated Hospitalizations: Since October 1, 2017, 3,927 laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations have been reported through the Influenza Hospitalization Network (FluSurv-NET), a population-based surveillance network for laboratory-confirmed influenza-associated hospitalizations. This translates to a cumulative overall rate of 13.7 hospitalizations per 100,000 people in the United States.The highest hospitalization rates are among people 65 years and older (56.6 per 100,000), followed by adults aged 50-64 years (15.4 per 100,000), and children younger than 5 years (9.9 per 100,000). During most seasons, children younger than 5 years and adults 65 years and older have the highest hospitalization rates.last_img read more

Shohei Ohtani finishes first half on a high note

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone HOUSTON — Exactly two months into his season, Shohei Ohtani has shown Brad Ausmus something he didn’t expect.“He’s probably exceeded my expectations in terms of hitting,” Ausmus said. “Not the power, but the ability to have good at-bats and get hits. He’s probably exceeded what I thought.”Ohtani reached the All-Star break with a .303 average, which is up from his .285 mark from his rookie season. Ohtani hit .381 with eight homers in his last 24 games.“He’s definitely one of the best hitters in the game right now,” Ausmus said before Sunday’s game, in which Ohtani hit his 14th homer. “He’s shown that. When he first arrived, people thought ‘Is he going to hit? Is he going to pitch? If he hits, is he going to hit enough?’ I think all those doubts have been erased. He’s definitely going to hit. Right now he’s one of the best in the league.” Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img ALSOMatt Harvey gave up three runs in 3-1/3 innings in a rehab outing at Triple-A Salt Lake. He struck out seven and walked one. According to the readings on the ballpark radar gun, his fastball was 88-92 mph. He threw 72 pitches. Harvey, who has been out for nearly two months because of a back issue and to clean up his delivery, is expected to rejoin the Angels rotation after the All-Star break. …Ausmus said he wasn’t sure how the Angels rotation would line up coming out of the break, in part because they needed to get the report on Harvey. …Kevan Smith is still not able to swing a bat because of soreness in his left hand, Ausmus said. Smith has been out for three weeks with a left hand metacarpal sprain. Also, Ohtani is still hitting the ball on the ground about twice as often as he did last season. If he returns to hitting more balls in the air, he should hit even more homers.Ausmus, however, is content if Ohtani doesn’t improve either of those things.“He can just keep doing what he’s doing, and he’ll be fine,” Ausmus said. Perhaps more encouraging, Ohtani has lifted his average while other parts of his game are still not where the could be.Last season he walked in 10.1 percent of his plate appearances, but this year it’s at 7.3 percent. Because of that, his on-base percentage is essentially the same, even with the extra hits.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more