Three more flu deaths reported in San Diego County

first_imgThree more flu deaths reported in San Diego County KUSI Newsroom Posted: December 12, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 12, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Three deaths due to flu complications were confirmed in San Diego County last week, bringing this flu season’s death toll to five, county health officials announced Wednesday.According to the county Health and Human Services Agency, a 77-year- old woman died due to influenza B on Dec. 1, and a 49-year-old man died from influenza A complications on Dec. 4. The county also received a delayed report of an 80-year-old woman’s Oct. 15 death from influenza B. All three had additional health problems and had not received this flu season’s vaccination.At this time last year, the county had received four reports of flu- related deaths.“Influenza deaths are very unfortunate but serve as a reminder that the flu can be deadly, especially for at-risk populations,” said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county’s public health officer. “Vaccination is the best protection against the flu. The vaccine is safe and effective and can help save lives.”Lab-confirmed influenza cases nearly doubled during the week of Dec. 2- 8 compared to the previous week, according to the county’s weekly flu report, which lists 199 flu cases vs. 102 the week before. The county has confirmed 650 flu cases so far this season, nearly half of the 1,083 reported cases at this time last year.Last flu season, 342 San Diego residents died due to flu complications. Most victims were 65 or older, had additional medical issues and did not receive the flu vaccination. The death toll was the highest since the county began tracking flu season data nearly 20 years ago.County health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that everyone 6 months or older receive the flu vaccine every year. Health officials strongly advise the vaccination for people with a heightened risk of serious flu complications, like pregnant women, people older than 65 and people with chronic conditions like asthma and diabetes.County residents can get vaccinated at doctors’ offices, retail pharmacies, community clinics and the county’s public health centers. Residents can also call 2-1-1 or visit the county’s immunization program website, sdiz.com, for a list of county locations administering free vaccines. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Amazon has todayonly deals on some great strategy games

first_img Now playing: Watch this: See at Amazon Save $20 3:53 The best tabletop board games for video gamersBest gifts for gamers going back to school Amazon has quietly put a big selection of high-end tabletop and board games on sale. This lineup is largely different from the (also excellent) Prime Day tabletop lineup, so if you didn’t find exactly what you were looking for then, you might see it be below.  Post a comment 0 See at Amazon Save $22 I was waiting for this Lovecraft-themed game to get a deeper discount during Prime Day, but it never got more than a $10 cut. Now it’s a real bargain and takes the haunted-town vibe of the Arkham Horror game series to a global scale. The full list is available here, and below are my suggestions for some top picks. Note that these are potentially short-lived deals, so prices may change with little notice, and are probably good for today only, July 29. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.  Computers Computers Gaming Toys and Tabletop Games A great NYC update to the classic King of Tokyo game, this is a family-friendly kaiju romp, with enough depth to keep more serious gamers interested. Also, the comic-style art is awesome.  Tags Iello See at Amazon See at Amazon Space Cadets: Away Missions, $39 Pandasaurus Games Amazon What’s that? Even with Arkham Horror (both board and card games), Eldritch Horror, Mansions of Madness and others, you still need more Lovecraft games? This one is based on one of Lovecraft’s best-known tales, sending you up an Antarctic mountain, where madness awaits.  See at Amazon Fantasy Flight Games Eldritch Horror, $36 Iello Does the Nintendo Switch Lite make the 3DS irrelevant?… King of New York, $28 Ignore the $99 list price (it’s usually around $60), but know that $39 for this retro space adventure is still a great price . There’s a solid Star Trek: TOS vibe, with a shot of Mars Attacks, as you send crew members into the unknown. Literally unknown, as the maps of alien spaceships and planets are revealed one hex tile at a time.  Stronghold Games Save $15 Share your voice Save $21 Wasteland Express Delivery Service, $37 I haven’t played this one personally, but I’ve heard good things about it. A mix of Fallout and Mad Max, the stars here are cool-looking minis of various wasteland vehicles, all delivering food, weapons and other survival gear, while watching out for raiders. Note that Amazon claims this is discounted from an MSRP of $90. It’s usually available for around $60, which still makes this a good deal.  Save $23 Mountains of Madness, $25last_img read more

Alkem lists at 31 premium to issue price Dr Lal PathLabs gains

first_imgAlkem Laboratories, which came out with an initial public offering (IPO) recently, listed at Rs 1,380, a premium of 31.4% to the issue price of Rs 1,050 per share on the stock exchanges on Wednesday, 23 December.The fifth largest Indian pharma company had come out with an IPO of 12,853,442 equity shares of face value of Rs 2 per share which was oversubscribed 44 times.The company priced its IPO at Rs 1,050 per share at the top end of the price band of Rs 1,020-1050, raising Rs 1,350 crore. The offer opened on 8 December and closed on 10 December.At 11.45 am, the Alkem stock was trading at Rs 1,382, off from its intra-day high of Rs 1,399 on the NSE. Over 66 lakh shares were traded in a span of about three hours.The 42-year-old company’s 2014-15 turnover was Rs 3,783 crore, with 25% revenues derived from exports. The company grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 22.3% between 2010-11 and 2014-15, according to the offer document.Dr Lal PathLabs, the diagnostic chain, which also got listed on Wednesday, saw its shares listing at 31% premium to its issue price of Rs 550 per share, on the NSE.The share was trading at Rs 772.70, after touching an intra-day high of Rs 783.45 and low of Rs 711 on the NSE. The volume was even higher at 1.01 crore shares on the counter till 11.45 am.Dr Lal PathLabs had raised Rs 638 crore from the public and the issue was oversubscribed 33 times.Earlier, two high-profile IPOs had seen contrasting debut on the bourses; while Interglobe Aviation, the parent company of air carrier IndiGo listed at Rs 856, a premium of about 12% to its issue price of Rs 765 per share, Coffee Day Enterprises was a disaster, with the shares listing at Rs 313, discount of about 4.5% to the issue price of Rs 328 per share.But the shares plunged intra-day and closed at Rs 270, a discount of about 17% to the issue price. The holding company of Coffee Day outlets had raised Rs 1,150 crore from the public.The Sensex was trading at 25,846, a gain of 256 points, or 1% at 12.15 pm. The gainers were GAIL (India), BHEL, Sun Pharma and Tata Steel.last_img read more

Morgan Stanley reduces Flipkarts share value by 27

first_imgMorgan Stanley has reduced the value of Flipkart’s share by 27 percent in a mutual fund managed by it, indicating that global investors now see India’s largest e-commerce firm as overvalued.The reduction means Flipkart’s valuation now stands at $11 billion, which is in contrast to the $15.2-billion valuation claimed by the online retailer recently, The Economic Times reported.At present, Morgan Stanley owns 1-2 percent stake in Flipkart. It had acquired shares in Flipkart in 2013, when the Bengaluru-based e-commerce major raised $360 million.The Morgan Stanley fund had trimmed the valuation of its stake in Flipkart to $58.93 million in December last year from $80.62 million in June 2015, according to a regulatory filing by the fund.Domestic online retailers have come in for severe criticism by industry-watchers and investors for their expensive valuation, as they post massive losses due to high discounts offered to lure customers to online shopping.Flipkart’s losses escalated to Rs 2,000 crore in the fiscal year ending March 2015, up nearly 180 pervent, compared to Rs 715 crore in the previous year, according to the company’s filing to the Registrar of Companies.Morgan Stanley’s move comes at a time when fund-raising has become difficult for e-commerce firms, including Flipkart.After investing billions of dollars in the past two years, venture capitalists (VCs) are now taking a cautious approach on Indian start-ups as their valuations soar and losses escalate.Investment by venture capital firms in the country fell $600 million to $1.51 billion in October-December 2015 against $2.12 billion in the same period in 2014, according to a report by CB Insights and KPMG International.last_img read more

Gemini Planet Imager captures best photo ever of an exoplanet

first_imgA combined 30-minute GPI image of Beta Pictoris depicts the planet Beta Pictoris b (bright spot) orbiting its star (center), which has been subtracted from the image. Citation: Gemini Planet Imager captures best photo ever of an exoplanet (2014, May 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-gemini-planet-imager-captures-photo.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers at the Gemini South telescope in Chile, which has recently been retrofitted with the Gemini Planet Imager (GPI) is reporting in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, that they have captured the best photo ever of an exoplanet orbiting its star. The planet, Beta Pictoris b, orbits its sun approximately 63.5 light years from us, and the GPI has allowed for calculating its orbit at 20.5 years. Explore further Taking pictures of exoplanets is difficult, not only because they are so far away, but also because of Earth’s atmosphere and of course because they are near to a star that is much brighter, which tends to overcome the light reflected off its planets. The engineers who designed the GPI used multiple techniques (a field spectrograph that has both low spectral resolution and high spatial resolution and a coronagraph that suppresses diffraction) to mask direct starlight, while simultaneously enhancing the light that is bounced off of nearby planets. The result, the team reports is an instrument capable of producing images of exoplanets that are an order of magnitude higher than any other previous imaging systems. Beta Pictoris b is a gas giant similar in size to Jupiter, though its star is much younger than ours—just 12 million years old. The picture of it was created with an exposure of just one minute, which is a record for an image of an exoplanet—the planet orbits its star just a little closer than does Saturn in our solar system. It was first discovered in 2006 by researchers working with data from the Hubble Space Telescope and verified three years later by researchers at Europe’s VLT. Pictures taken at the time suggested that Beta Pictoris b had to regularly plow through space debris of some sort, causing it to appear murky at times. Beta Pictoris b was chosen as a first test run due to its designation as an easy target. The research team at Gemini South plan to move on to imaging other exoplanets, eventually taking pictures of at least 600 that appear promising. Doing so will help with better understanding orbit times and perhaps help with refining their ages and masses. Length of exoplanet day measured for first timecenter_img More information: First light of the Gemini Planet Imager, Bruce Macintosh, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1304215111AbstractThe Gemini Planet Imager is a dedicated facility for directly imaging and spectroscopically characterizing extrasolar planets. It combines a very high-order adaptive optics system, a diffraction-suppressing coronagraph, and an integral field spectrograph with low spectral resolution but high spatial resolution. Every aspect of the Gemini Planet Imager has been tuned for maximum sensitivity to faint planets near bright stars. During first-light observations, we achieved an estimated H band Strehl ratio of 0.89 and a 5-σ contrast of 106 at 0.75 arcseconds and 105 at 0.35 arcseconds. Observations of Beta Pictoris clearly detect the planet, Beta Pictoris b, in a single 60-s exposure with minimal postprocessing. Beta Pictoris b is observed at a separation of 434 ± 6 milliarcseconds (mas) and position angle 211.8 ± 0.5°. Fitting the Keplerian orbit of Beta Pic b using the new position together with previous astrometry gives a factor of 3 improvement in most parameters over previous solutions. The planet orbits at a semimajor axis of 9.0+0.8−0.4 AU near the 3:2 resonance with the previously known 6-AU asteroidal belt and is aligned with the inner warped disk. The observations give a 4% probability of a transit of the planet in late 2017. © 2014 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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