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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dairy Farmers of America’s Dairy Marketing Service sent a letter to dairies in the Mideast this week announcing they will put a halt to marketing milk from independent producers. Their focus will instead turn solely to cooperative members.The move comes as a result of a saturated milk market and burdensome costs assessed only to co-op members, resulting in the cut of independent farms, according to DFA. Organic producers are exempt from the action.“The letters were sent to all DMS Mideast Dairy independent producers who serve the conventional market. Organic producers were not included in this action. This letter advised them of our intent to terminate the milk marketing arrangement with DMS Mideast producers effective at the end of November,” said Heather McCann, communications manager for Dairy Farmers of America. “They will have until Nov. 30 to procure another market or if they choose not to or are unable to, DFA will offer membership to those DMS producers.”Tensions are high within the dairy industry due to pressure on farms from multiple levels. The core challenge is that there is simply too much milk and not enough demand.“There is a lot of milk in the market, particularly in this part of the country. We have too much milk out there,” McCann said. “We are not seeing a commensurate increase in demand to take up that milk so all of that excess milk results in increased balancing costs, increased transportation costs and the premiums available to help pay producers are also reduced.”Here’s the letter DFA sent to independent producers:“As you are undoubtedly aware, our region has experienced unprecedented growth in our milk supply over the past several years. Currently, supply continues to grow at an overall rate of 2 percent per year, ahead of the national average, with increases of over 4 percent in some states. This has resulted in a supply-demand imbalance that has placed the entire milk marketing system in the eastern United States under severe stress. The costs incurred in balancing surplus milk have skyrocketed while premiums received from customers have fallen and consumer demand, particularly for fluid milk products, has softened appreciably. We expect these trends to continue through 2017 and well into 2018.“As an independent producer marketing your milk through Dairy Marketing Services (DMS), there is no practical method available under Federal Order regulations for the sharing of marketing costs and revenue fairly and equitably among all producers in the marketplace, independents and cooperative members alike. As a result, we are unable to continue marketing your milk under the current DMS arrangement.“Within the next few days, we will be sending you a six-month notice of termination. During this period, we encourage you to find another milk market in the Mideast Area. If you do not wish to or cannot find another market, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) will offer you membership and continue to market your milk. As a one-time accommodation and benefit to you, DFA will offer two special terms for the first year of membership. First, for the first year of membership, you will have the option to not pay a capital retain (equity). Second, for the first year, DFA will allow you to terminate your membership at any time, with 30 days’ prior written notice.“Furthermore, as part of DFA, you will be entitled to access all member programs and services including insurance, buying/farm inputs, risk management and lending programs. These programs are designed to bring value to you by helping you operate your dairy more economically and efficiently.“We have sincerely appreciated our relationship with you, and will continue to work hard every day to help support Mideast Area dairy producers and our industry.”last_img read more

first_img  Have one day where you find 24 geocaches in 24 hours 10)   Host or attend a geocaching event 2) 13) 12)   Fill your Difficulty and Terrain chart on your statistics profile   Find a Terrain 5 The year is now 2014. You probably know that. If not, well, let us be the first to wish you a Happy New Year! And what’s a new year, without a few new goals? For 2014, we’ve collected 14 New Year’s resolutions for geocachers from the global geocaching community. Everyone’s resolution is different, but we bet there’s at least one for you. We hope this list inspires you to push yourself to explore more, see new locations, meet new people, and of course, find more geocaches. 1)   Spend more time geocaching with family   Forget about the numbers, just have fun geocaching 4) 9)   Reach a milestone that ends in three zeroes (like 2,000) 11)   Solve the Puzzle Caches that stumped you in 2013 3) 6)   Find a minimum of 365 geocaches 7) 8)   Add 5 more countries to the list of places where you’ve found geocaches   Be the First to Find at least once   Create a creative geocache that will earn (many) Favorite Points 14) We’d love to hear what your goals for 2014 are. Share your resolution with the geocaching community in comments below.Share with your Friends:More 5)   Log DNF’s (Did Not Find)   Discover a geocaching location that makes you say “wow” once a month SharePrint RelatedTop 6 Geocaching ResolutionsJanuary 6, 2015In “Community”19 Geocaching New Year’s Resolutions for 2019January 1, 2019In “News”A geocacher’s secrets to making New Year’s resolutions stickDecember 22, 2016In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img audrey watters Seedcamp, often described as the European equivalent to Silicon Valley’s Y Combinator, has announced a partnership with Facebook to help support socially-oriented startups. The partnership means that Seedcamp participants get product, technical, and design support, as well as early access to beta programs on the Facebook platform.Seedcamp says that many of its companies are already work closely with the Facebook platform, and the closer partnership will give those startups a boost. As Seedcamp notes on its blog, “Since many of our portfolio companies use parts of Facebook’s offerings in their setup, talking to the folks working on these products directly will be a massive help. In addition, an early look at what is coming up will enable Seedcamp companies to be ahead of the market and to play with cool new features first.”This deal between Facebook and Seedcamp follows a similar one struck last summer between Facebook and Y Combinator. At one time, Facebook did operate its own startup program, the fbFund, but the company announced it had no plans to keep it active.Seedcamp also announced that Facebook would become a Platinum Seedcamp Founder Sponsor.Seedcamp offers a three-month mentorship program and a €50,000 investment in exchange for a 8-10% minority stake. Seedcamp holds events all over the world – Mini Seedcamps – as well as Seedcamp Week each fall in London. Once focused on holding events in Europe, Seedcamp has expanded to the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Tags:#start#tips last_img read more

first_imgRonda Rousey walks on stage for her face off with UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Amanda Nunes after UFC 205 Weigh-ins in preparation for their UFC 207 fight that will take place on December 30, 2016 at Madison Square Garden on November 11, 2016 in New York City. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPPHILADELPHIA — Ronda Rousey stayed silent as she pointed from the ring toward the WrestleMania logo that hung in the rafters.Without saying a word, the MMA great made clear she was signaling her wrestling debut at WWE’s signature event. Rousey wants her WrestleMania moment — and she’ll get one in April.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Now, the 30-year-old Rousey can now stay relevant and marketable in the cartoon world of fake fights without throwing a real punch. While very real injuries still occur on the scripted shows, Rousey can have more control of her physical activity in a choreographed environment.The deal was an instant smash. Rousey’s appearance generated headlines on celebrity and news websites all over the world.Jason Powell, editor of ProWrestling.net, said it’ll still be tough to get UFC fans to follow her to WWE.“That said, she appealed to more than just the hardcore UFC viewers, so if they can get the more casual viewers who were ordering her fights to make the switch then they will have something,” Powell said.WWE, which reported revenue of $186.4 million and profits of $21.8 million for the third quarter, is banking on Rousey to boost sagging ratings and network subscriptions. WWE said at its 2014 launch it could have between 2 million and 4 million subscribers at $9.99 a month. The company announced about 1.5 million paid subscribers as of Sept. 30, 2017. WWE releases its next set of numbers on Feb. 8.WWE’s 25th anniversary episode last week of “Raw” drew averaged 4.53 million viewers for the three-hour show — the biggest audience for an episode since March 30, 2015. Rousey could build on that viewership.Her long-term contract comes at a critical time for WWE. The company’s TV rights are up in 2019 and Sports Business Journal reported WWE executives have already met with networks and digital companies, including, Fox, CBS and Amazon. WWE will make around $180 million from its NBC deal in 2017, SBJ said, and the exclusive negotiating window ends in the spring.How many networks would like to roll out Rousey at the upfronts?WWE declined to make Rousey or any executives such as chief negotiator Paul “Triple H” Levesque available for interviews on Monday. UFC President Dana White said Rousey will never fight again for the company.The former UFC bantamweight champion said she’s not just planning cameos at big events. Up next, her future will be addressed on WWE’s flagship “Raw” show in Philadelphia on Monday night and then she’ll save the April 8 date in New Orleans for WrestleMania.“This has been a dream of mine since before I could talk and was trying to say Hulk Hogan,” Rousey told WWE.com . “This has been a dream of mine since I started MMA and I asked ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper if I could have his name. This has been a dream of mine since me and all my girlfriends, all we would do every night is sit around and watch wrestling together.”The Rousey-wrestling tag team should be a big win for both parties.Rousey hasn’t fought since she suffered a 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes and made a $3 million purse at UFC 207 in December 2016. She stayed in the spotlight to some degree with small roles in movies and a stint as team coach in the reboot of “Battle of the Network Stars.”There’s only so much advice one can offer Tootie, Potsie and Six before there are diminishing returns on the interest level of a former UFC fighter.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting So how to use her?Rousey notably stood side-by-side with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as they fought off the villainous Triple H and Stephanie McMahon in a segment at WrestleMania in 2015.Rousey also appeared at WWE’s Mae Young Classic with three of her “Four Horsewomen” stablemates and confronted three of WWE’s top women wrestlers. WWE has pushed female athletes worthy of equal billing as the men the last couple of years and now has enough talent to give them spots in traditional men’s matches such as Hell in a Cell and Sunday’s first women’s Royal Rumble.WWE wrestler Bayley said more women have flourished with the promotion’s developmental system, NXT, introduced by Levesque.“Finally when NXT wrestlers finally started joining WWE, we were all able to put it together and make magic,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming. They’ve been waiting for a women’s revolution.”Rousey could lead her Horsewomen again or resume her rivalry with Triple H and McMahon and call up The Rock to make good on a tag-team bout. The Rock and Rousey share an agent, creating the possibility of a big-money match.The 45-year-old Johnson last wrestled in a competitive match against John Cena at WrestleMania in 2013.“There’s a lot of ways to market Ronda Rousey. I think her love of the wrestling business and the sizzle that comes with it for WWE is something she’s very interested in,” veteran WWE announcer Jim Ross said . “I don’t think it’s a payday issue as much as it’s a new adventure.” Barcelona loaning winger Deulofeu to Watford Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH She’s already mastered one aspect of pro wrestling booking: the swerve. She tried to fool to fans that she would not appear in Sunday’s Royal Rumble in Philadelphia with social media posts from a movie set Colombia. Rousey, who has a role in the action thriller “Mile 22,” also lied to TMZ at an airport last week when she said she would not return home from filming until February.But as the Royal Rumble wound down with winner Asuka celebrating in the ring and flanked by WWE champions Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair, Rousey’s “Bad Reputation” theme song blared through the arena, sending fans scurrying back to their seats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe “Rowdy” one is now a full-fledged WWE star.Though she refused to officially call it quits on an MMA career, she’s all but had her last fight for UFC, the promotion that made her a box office superstar, generating endorsement deals that made her a household name beyond combat sports. View commentslast_img read more

The Diamondbacks Are Turning Back The Clock

Welcome to Full Count, our weekly baseball column. Have anything you want me to write about? Email or tweet me at [email protected] or @Neil_Paine.The last time the Arizona Diamondbacks won this many games this early in a season, the team was in the midst of defending a world championship, powered by a group of talented veterans taking one of the their last shots at glory before parting ways. That Arizona team was a bit different from its modern-day descendants, but if you strip away the star power and hideous jerseys, the old-school Dbacks also had a lot in common with today’s version (to the surprise of many analysts, including yours truly). Is it possible the franchise is finally set up for its first truly sustained run of success since that championship era?The 2001 Diamondbacks team remains the oldest one ever to win a World Series, and the follow-up edition was (unsurprisingly) even older. Mainly propelled by a stable of power arms — Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in the rotation, plus Byung-Hyun Kim in the bullpen with a host of other deceptive relievers — Arizona ranked second in pitching wins above replacement1As always, averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs.com. (WAR) that year, second in strikeouts per nine innings and second in fewest walks per nine. Feeding opponents a healthy dose of nasty sliders all season long, the Dbacks allowed the league’s second-fewest park-adjusted earned runs, cruising to 98 wins and the NL West crown in the process.This year’s version cuts a similar profile on the mound, albeit with more youth and much less star power. No. 1 starter Zack Greinke is by far Arizona’s most experienced and decorated pitcher; going into the season, he had over 40 more career WAR than anyone else on the roster. And Greinke has certainly been doing his best Big Unit impression in the early going — Johnson was the last qualified D-Back pitcher with a better K/BB ratio than Greinke’s current 6.0 mark. But the rest of the staff is pulling its weight as well. After adjusting for park effects, seven of Arizona’s top nine pitchers carries an ERA better than league average. As a result, Arizona ranks second in pitching WAR this season — just like it did back in 2002. 28Braves501467.122Best since 2015 24Twins481480.434Best since 2015 26Rockies484245 9Cubs584552 16Angels551501.355Best since 2015 21Pirates531490.531Worst since 2012 5Yankees7.32.7 3Nationals511554.5100Best ever! 3Dodgers8.13.0 18Tigers521496.330Best since 2015 TEAMGAMESELOFRANCHISE PERCENTILEMILESTONE 22White Sox511488.122Worst since 2015 27Royals511467.210Worst since 2007 15Rangers504949 10Blue Jays515252 Each team’s 2017 season, in context 4Indians501548.091Best since 1996 23Pirates474747 8Blue Jays521520.963Worst since 2015 Which teams have the platoon advantage most?Show more rows* A team has platoon advantage when its hitters face an opposite-handed pitcher or its pitchers face a same-handed batter.Through May 29.Source: Baseball-Reference.com 20Brewers521492.752Best since 2014 6Dodgers624252 1Astros531573.9100thBest ever! 27Royals504045 14Mets501509.565Worst since 2015 26Reds511472.612Best since 2015 15Cardinals491505.739Worst since 2008 18Nationals504749 19Giants541494.216Worst since 2009 16White Sox554349 PITCHING 4Red Sox7.72.7 28D-Backs484145 23Marlins501483.842Worst since 2015 In just two months, the Dbacks have gone from merely hoping Greinke could bounce back from his disastrous 2016 season to counting up the pitching riches beyond their ace. “Pitching depth” is a nebulous thing to measure, but if we give more weight to the contributions of pitchers deeper into a team’s staff,2Specifically, giving 100 percent credit to its 10th-best pitcher’s WAR, 90 percent to its ninth-best pitcher’s WAR, 80 percent to its 8th-best and so forth. the Dbacks have enjoyed the second-deepest well of pitching value in baseball this season, trailing only the division-rival Colorado Rockies.So Arizona’s pitching is doing its best job to recall the glory days. And the team currently ranks eighth in position-player WAR, roughly where its championship precursor placed 16 years ago.3And better than the team’s 14th-place finish in 2002.But not everything is a carbon copy of the past. The 2017 Snakes have achieved their offensive success in a very different way than the Diamondbacks of yesteryear did. Those teams walked a lot, but they didn’t burn up the basepaths or mash opponents into submission with homers, no matter how many memories you harbor of Luis Gonzalez crushing fastballs deep into the Arizona night. This offense might be the opposite: It has more glaring weaknesses (with the league’s seventh-worst strikeout rate and its 10th-worst strikeout-to-walk ratio), but also a unique combination of strengths, the likes of which has seldom been seen in baseball history. Not only does Arizona rank second in the majors in Bill James’s power-speed number,4Which measures how well a team combines hitting home runs and stealing bases. but pro-rated over a full schedule, the Dbacks’ number would rank 31st-best since MLB’s expansion era began in 1961. They’re an all-or-nothing lineup in the mold of, say, Buck Showalter’s Orioles, but with the added twist of stolen bases and opportunistic baserunning.The surprising catalyst for all this is 6-foot-3 first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.5Who’s already just 1.6 WAR shy of passing Gonzalez as Arizona’s greatest-ever position player by WAR. As the Washington Post’s Neil Greenberg recently pointed out, Goldschmidt steals an incredible number of bases (65 in 77 attempts over the past three seasons) for a player so, well, slow. Instead of using pure speed, he’s been able to strike on the basepaths with a combination of smarts and sneaky lead-taking. And he’s not alone — a handful of Arizona’s regulars are positive baserunners (according to FanGraphs’ measurement, which includes steals, extra bases and double-play avoidance) despite dubious foot speed.6The team’s second-best baserunner (behind Goldschmidt) is the 250-pound Yasmany Tomas, he of the seven career steals. Then, throw in some hitters who do have wheels to go with their pop — such as Chris Owings, A.J. Pollock and even Jake Lamb — and Arizona has an offense that can hurt you with its power and its speed, sort of like a lineup full of Junior Spiveys would have done a generation ago.Of course, for a team coming off a 69-win season, the usual caveats apply to Arizona’s early record. Our Elo ratings, for instance, remain unconvinced that the Diamondbacks are much more than a .500 team that has won a few extra games to start the season, an assessment echoed by other forecasts. Despite the similar statistical profile so far, this year’s Dbacks are probably nowhere near as good as the early-2000s version was. But they’re much younger, playing a style that might be more entertaining (if not as effective).It’s also worth noting that Arizona made its big splash the offseason before last, gearing up for a run just like the one they’re currently on, only to be wrecked by more injuries than almost any team in recent memory. Although the flurry of deals made by former GM Dave Stewart were roundly derided (and not without cause) it’s hard to deny that the Diamondbacks are now living out the future he envisioned — even if it came a year too late to save Stewart’s job.In other words, there is real talent blooming in the desert. What remains to be seen is whether this is merely another one-year blip, like so many before in the franchise’s post-championship era, or the start of something more long-lasting.Trout outAmid the fallout from Mike Trout’s injury Sunday (which will shelve the L.A. Angels star for 6 to 8 weeks), one of the least-pressing concerns was what it will potentially do to his place in the all-time WAR pantheon. But since that’s a topic I’ve covered ad nauseum here, let’s dive right into it.According to Baseball-Reference’s version of the stat, Trout has never ended a full season without being the all-time WAR leader for a given age. (Let that sink in for a moment.)7This isn’t quite true if you use FanGraphs’ WAR, which considers Mel Ott better through age 20. And regular readers will know that I prefer to average B-R and FG’s WAR numbers together anyway, to smooth out discrepancies between the two methods. But for the purposes of this exercise, let’s stick with B-R, just to see whether Trout can keep up the feat in the eyes of at least one WAR system. Before he got hurt, Trout already had 3.5 WAR this year, so he just needed to produce 3.7 over the remainder of the season to keep pace with Ty Cobb as the all-time leader through age 25.Even a conservative estimate would have called for Trout to generate something like 5.5 WAR in the last four months of the season, which would have enabled him to clear Cobb with ease. However, losing half of that remaining time would put Trout’s G.O.A.T. trajectory in real jeopardy. He’d have to return from injury without a hitch (no guarantee) and play slightly better down the stretch than he’d done over the season’s first two months — when he posted new career highs in virtually every hitting category. That’s a tall order!However, Trout could also come back in only five weeks if he follows the accelerated recovery path of teammate Andrelton Simmons, who suffered the same injury last season. If so, Trout would “only” need to play at an 8.3-full-season-WAR pace (which, comical as it sounds, is something he’s done in four of his five full MLB seasons) to catch up to Cobb.That’s the best-case scenario; in reality, Trout will probably face a real struggle to keep his title as G.O.A.T. at every age. But there’s still a chance.Franchise milestonesIn the day-to-day grind of a baseball season, it can be tough sometimes to zoom out and see the bigger picture of where a team stands in the context of its own history. That’s where something like the FiveThirtyEight Elo ratings come in handy, since they try to estimate how well a team was playing going into (and coming out of) every game in franchise history. I tracked where each team’s current Elo8Using the version from our interactive, which accounts for the starting pitcher in each game, rather than the version from our Complete History of MLB interactive. ranks relative to past seasons9Starting in 1901, the first season of the American League. for the team (measuring that using its percentile ranking) through the same number of games, as well as an Elo “milestone” — how deep in history we have to dig to find a season where it had a higher or lower Elo rating, depending on which number takes us further back in time: Some teams — like the Astros and Nationals/Expos — are playing the best they ever have at the third-of-a-season mark. Others are in down cycles: amazingly, the Phillies haven’t had an Elo lower than their current rating through 54 games of a season since 1962!Platoon power!I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of platooning, using the natural benefit of facing an opposite-handed pitcher (or a same-handed batter) to help a team become greater than the sum of its parts. Granted, different teams are constructed to use it better than others, so it’s not always up to the manager to play for the platoon advantage. Nevertheless, here are the teams who’ve had the lefty-righty edge in the highest percentage of their plate appearances (both batting and pitching), according to Baseball-Reference.com: 5Cubs511544.789Worst since 2015 6Red Sox511537.978Worst since 2015 13Yankees534650 9Rays551515.268Best since 2015 4Phillies635056 17Orioles501498.259Worst since 2011 11Diamondbacks541512.168Best since 2013 20Angels445248 12Mariners531511.988Worst since 2015 TEAMHITTINGPITCHINGOVERALL SHARE OF PLATE APPEARANCES WITH PLATOON ADVANTAGE* 2Diamondbacks8.33.3 3Twins664857 Percentiles are calculated from franchise seasons since 1901, including the same number of games the team has played so far in the 2017 season. Milestones are determined by finding the last time the team had a higher or lower Elo rating through the same number of games as in 2017. Stats are through May 31.Sources: ESPN, Retrosheet * We derived a team’s WAR depth by giving more weight to the WAR contribution of pitchers ranked deeper into a team’s top 10.Through May 29.Source: FanGraphs, Baseball-Reference.com 8Rays535152 2017′s deepest pitching staffs 30Padres541438.96Worst since 2003 5Athletics545353 22Orioles454947 11Brewers495251 29Red Sox454344 12Padres534850 14Astros504950 25Athletics511474.033Worst since 1998 29Phillies501442.712Worst since 1962 17Cardinals465249 10Rangers531513.271Worst since 2015 2Mets675661 TEAMWARDEPTH* 21Giants514447 30Tigers474144 7Yankees491531.740Best since 2013 25Mariners464747 13Rockies541511.783Best since 2010 19Braves484848 7Reds554952 24Marlins484647 1Indians73%53%63 2Dodgers531571.198Best since 1974 1Rockies9.34.0 read more

Another SDSU student diagnosed with meningitis outbreak declared

first_img AP, KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 6:38 PM September 28, 2018 Posted: September 28, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Another SDSU student diagnosed with meningitis; outbreak declared 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A San Diego State student was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis in the second case since the beginning of the month, the university announced Friday morning.A student had previously been announced to have contracted the illness on Sept. 5. County public health officials also disclosed another student meningitis case from June, bringing the total number of student infections in the last four months to three and prompting health officials to declare an outbreak at SDSU, university Student Health Services Medical Director Cynthia Cornelius said Friday.In the June case, the infected student was not attending classes and lived off campus, she said. County officials did not initially announce the case because it wasn’t considered a public health risk at the time.All three cases were caused by the serogroup B strain, Cornelius said. None of the infected students were identified.County officials recommended that all undergraduate students at SDSU receive a meningococcus B vaccination if they haven’t already had one.The county and the university will partner to offer vaccine clinics, Cornelius said. Information on the clinics will be available early next week.Meningococcal meningitis is the bacterial form of the illness, and the most dangerous kind. According to the Centers for Disease Control, it can be deadly and requires immediate medical attention.Symptoms can include a high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, rash nausea, vomiting and lethargy, and may resemble the flu, according to Cornelius. Because the disease progresses rapidly, often in as little as 12 hours, prompt diagnosis and treatment are critical.The bacteria can be transmitted by direct contact with saliva, through the air via sneeze or cough droplets or even through speaking closely face- to-face, she said. Oral contact such as kissing or sharing items like cigarettes or drinking glasses are risk factors.SDSU will continue to partner with county health officials to monitor the outbreak, Cornelius said. AP, KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

72 Earthquake Rattles The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Update 10:13am Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring. Tsunamis are a series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time. The first wave may not be the largest.Estimated tsunami start times for selected sites are;Kodiak Alaska 925 AM. AKST. November 30.Seward Alaska 930 AM. AKST. November 30.Homer Alaska 1145 AM. AKST. November 30. Update: 9:45am THE TSUNAMI WARNING IS CANCELED FOR THE COOK INLET AREAAND SOUTHERN KENAI PENINSULA IN ALASKA…No tsunami danger presently exists for this area.This will be the final U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center message for this region. Refer to the internet site tsunami.gov for more information. A Tsunami Warning is currently in effect in the Homer and Seward areas.Staff and children from these schools are evacuating to higher ground at Homer High School: Fireweed Academy; Homer Flex School; Homer Middle School; Paul Banks Elementary School; West Homer Elementary School. Seward schools are evacuating to Seward High School. The National Weather Service has issued a tsunami warning, if you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground. The tsunami warning will remain in effect until further notice. Refer to the internet site tsunami.gov for more information. Original Post: At 829am an earthquake with preliminary magnitude 7.2 followed by a 5.7  occurred 10 miles north of Anchorage on Friday morning. The Central Kenai Peninsula including Kenai and Soldotna area are not in the tsunami area warning.last_img read more

Microsoft is exploring data centers powered by fuel cells

first_img EBay to power new data center with fuel cells Sean James, one of the authors, blogged earlier this week about the paper and Microsoft’s overall initiative. “Based on our models detailed in the paper,” he said, “we show how integrating a small generator with the IT hardware significantly cuts complexity by eliminating all the electrical distribution in the grid and data center.” James is senior research program manager, Global Foundation Services (the engine that powers Microsoft’s cloud services). The paper, he said, describes “how we are taking an unconventional approach to power a data center entirely by fuel cells integrated directly into the server racks.”The study, he remarked,” explores how to collapse the entire energy supply chain, from the power plant to the server motherboard, into the confines of a server single cabinet.” James cited key advantages of fuel cells, saying they are clean, reliable and well suited for small form-factor applications. While there is still a CO2 waste stream, the output is significantly lower and cleaner than other power generation technologies, he added. “In the new datacenter design approach outlined in our paper, chemical energy is first converted to direct current electrochemically and sent a few feet to the server power supply.” James also noted that the cost of fuel cells will drop as the fuel cell industry matures, especially small form factor fuel cells for automotive and IT applications.At this stage, however, he recognizes that such an initiative is not without challenges. “Deep technical issues remain, such as thermal cycling, fuel distribution systems, cell conductivity, power management, and safety training that needs to be further researched and solutions developed. But we are excited about working to resolve these challenges. This is only the early stages in our exploration of this concept.” Explore further Citation: Microsoft is exploring data centers powered by fuel cells (2013, November 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-microsoft-exploring-centers-powered-fuel.html More information: www.globalfoundationservices.c … the-server-rack.aspxresearch.microsoft.com/pubs/203898/FCDC.pdfcenter_img (Phys.org) —Fuel cell powered data centers may not be ready today but Microsoft is exploring the idea in a vision of data centers that one day can get out from under reliance on the electricity grid. Microsoft has released a paper discussing the fuel cell-based data center power distribution system. “No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers” is authored by Ana Carolina Riekstin, Sean James, Aman Kansal, Jie Liu, and Eric Peterson. The authors said that “If the FCs are placed close to power consumption units, at the servers or racks, we can completely eliminate the power distribution system in the data center, including the power backup generation system. So, no data center wide electrical infrastructure is required.” © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Study shows sea snake can live up to seven months without drinking

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Study shows sea snake can live up to seven months without drinking (2014, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-sea-snake-months.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers with members from France, the U.S. and Australia, has found that the yellow-bellied sea snake (Hydrophis platurus) is able to survive out in the ocean because its ability to survive severe dehydration. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes how they captured over 500 of the snakes and tested them to determine how they survived being so long at sea without access to fresh water. Pelamis Platurus. Credit: Aloaiza/Wikipedia The yellow-bellied sea snake lives primarily in the sea, which means it has to get all of its food and water from the ocean. The problem is, unlike sea turtles, it doesn’t have the ability to simply drink sea water and filter out all the salt. Instead, it survives, the researchers in this new effort report, by not drinking at all for months at a time. Living as it does off the coast of Costa Rica, the snake is dependent on fresh water from rainfall, but only during the rainy season—the fresh water sits for a time atop the heavier saltwater below, the snake surfaces and swallows it, bloats up and then doesn’t have to drink again for months. The trick is in surviving severe dehydration—the team found some specimens lost up to 18 percent of their body mass while waiting for rain.The researchers discovered this unique ability by capturing and examining specimens in their labs, caught at different times of the year. To test for thirstiness, the snakes were put in fresh water tanks. To assess how much water they were storing, several were weighed, then killed and baked in ovens to remove all the water held inside them, then weighed again. Some were also dissected.The researchers found that the snakes do have some ability to eliminate salt—small glands around their tongues expel salt taken in during eating, or to remove some salt from the fish they eat. The glands were nowhere near efficient enough to allow the snakes to drink saltwater however, thus, their refusal to do so. They also found that the snakes’ skin prevented salt from being absorbed into their bodies.The researchers also noted that the snakes’ technique for surviving at sea makes it particularly vulnerable to changes in its environment such as less frequent rainfall. This, they suggest might reveal why it is that scientists have been finding that sea snake populations are declining as global warming causes changes to rain patterns across the globe.center_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B © 2014 Phys.org Studying sea snakes for underwater robot design More information: Pelagic sea snakes dehydrate at sea, Proc. R. Soc. B 7 May 2014 vol. 281 no. 1782 20140119. rspb.royalsocietypublishing.or … nt/281/1782/20140119AbstractSecondarily marine vertebrates are thought to live independently of fresh water. Here, we demonstrate a paradigm shift for the widely distributed pelagic sea snake, Hydrophis (Pelamis) platurus, which dehydrates at sea and spends a significant part of its life in a dehydrated state corresponding to seasonal drought. Snakes that are captured following prolonged periods without rainfall have lower body water content, lower body condition and increased tendencies to drink fresh water than do snakes that are captured following seasonal periods of high rainfall. These animals do not drink seawater and must rehydrate by drinking from a freshwater lens that forms on the ocean surface during heavy precipitation. The new data based on field studies indicate unequivocally that this marine vertebrate dehydrates at sea where individuals may live in a dehydrated state for possibly six to seven months at a time. This information provides new insights for understanding water requirements of sea snakes, reasons for recent declines and extinctions of sea snakes and more accurate prediction for how changing patterns of precipitation might affect these and other secondarily marine vertebrates living in tropical oceans.last_img read more