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Report says chikungunya could return in Europe next spring

first_imgNov 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Health experts who investigated Europe’s first chikungunya outbreak involving transmission by local mosquitoes recently reported that cases could occur again next spring unless vigorous mosquito surveillance and eradication measures are used to control the disease in Italyand prevent its spread to other parts of Europe. See also: The outbreak was largely contained to two neighboring villages where the man and his cousin lived, but authorities reported that transmission through infected mosquitoes has occurred in at least three other towns. Chikungunya, spread by Aedes albopictus mosquitoes, usually causes fever, headache, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle and joint pain, and a rash, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The disease is not life-threatening, but fatigue or joint pain can last for weeks to months. There is no vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for the illness, which is caused by an Alphavirus. In late August, Italy’s health ministry confirmed an outbreak of chikungunya in the Emilia-Romagna region of northeastern Italy.About a week later, health authorities said the outbreak represented the disease’s first foothold in Europe, according to Sep 6 report in EurosurveillanceWeekly. Local vegetation was thick and many backyards had plant pots and watering containers that harbored mosquitoes. Soon afterward, experts from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) traveled to Italy to assess the risk of chikungunya to the local population and the potential for its spread to other European countries. In late October the investigators posted their findings on the ECDC’s Web site. Four factors helped the virus become established in Emilia-Romagna region, the investigators found: The virus was introduced by a visitor returning from an area where chikungunya is endemic. The United States has recorded some chikungunya cases among returning travelers but has not reported any transmission of the disease.Though two mosquito species that can spread the disease are found in the southeastern United States, CDC expert Dr. Ned Hayes has said the risk of indigenous transmission is probably low because lifestyle factors such as air conditioning and window screens protect people from heavy exposure to the mosquitoes. Careful surveillance and rapid mosquito-control measures will be the keys to preventing or limiting a recurrence of the disease in 2008, the report says. It notes data gaps on A albopictus populations in some areas of Europe where the vector could reside. A albopictus is found in several other European countries, including Albania, France, Belgium, Montenegro, Switzerland, Greece, Spain, Croatia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and possibly more, according to the Eurosurveillance Weekly report. Human population density was sufficient for disease transmission. The investigators wrote that a better understanding of the climate, humidity, and light needed to support A albopictus populations is needed to help predict the geographic spread of chikungunya. As of Sep 21, Italian authorities had reported 292 suspected cases of chikungunya, of which 125 had been confirmed, according to the ECDC-WHO report. The outbreak started in late June when a local resident who had traveled to India fell ill with the disease. Soon afterward, the virus was believed to have spread among local A albopictus mosquitoes. Sep 6 Eurosurveillance reporthttp://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=3262 CDC information on chikungunyahttp://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/chikungunya/ “The current epidemic is a unique opportunity for better understanding of risk factors and virus and vector dynamics, in order to allow for a correct preparedness on the European level to prevent or limit future outbreaks,” the report states. Sep 10 CIDRAP News story “Chikungunya fever gains foothold in Europe” Investigators said mosquito activity was expected to continue through October but could extend into November, depending on weather conditions. A albopictus populations were dense in the region, but surveillance had not yet noted their presence because it was so recent. Infected mosquitoes could reappear in the spring of 2008 when mosquito eggs hatch, the authors reported. Further, if the region has a mild winter, local mosquito activity could persist, causing sporadic cases that could maintain mosquito-to-human transmission cycles until spring, they added.last_img read more

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UN-backed PRI to overhaul principles, accountability measures

first_imgThe Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) may introduce a tiered membership system to differentiate between members that enforce its code and those that fail to do so.Martin Skancke, chairman of the UN-backed initiative, also signalled that an overhaul of the existing six principles – built around integration and disclosure of environmental, social and governance (ESG) information – may be considered as it approached its 10-year anniversary.Skancke, writing in the PRI’s 2015 annual report, said the organisation’s work had focused increasingly on areas outside its initial remit, extending to matters such as fiduciary duty and principal-agent conflict.He said the increased workload had been reflected in its written mission statement, which looked at the obstacles facing a sustainable financial system, such as market practices and regulation. “Should this ethos,” Skancke asked, “now be incorporated into the Principles themselves?” He also argued that, with the introduction of measurable targets for the PRI’s nearly 1,400 signatories, the organisation would be better able to assess how asset owners were incorporating the principles into appointing and monitoring asset managers – potentially allowing it to hold signatories to account.“We will consult with [signatories] on possible mechanisms for this, which could include new levels of membership to reflect signatories’ level of commitment to responsible investment and new criteria for delisting signatories,” he said.Asset owners and managers have long privately voiced concerns the PRI is being used by some as a way of proving to clients they are committed to ESG, without any mechanism in place to enforce compliance.Fiona Reynolds, the PRI’s managing director, added that work was underway to amend its reporting framework to “better differentiate” signatories.“This will allow us to enable and then challenge asset owners to use this data in selecting and appointing their managers, and in holding them to account,” she said.last_img read more

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Brisbane’s growth superstar suburb breaks into national top two list

first_imgLot 5069 Steamer Way, Spring Mountain, is walking distance from cafes and shops.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago“Moving forward Spring Mountain is going to be the new Springfield Lakes. All the new display homes have been sold at Springfield Lakes and all the developers have moved to Spring Mountain and they have a wide range of Hamptons homes, luxury houses and the like. Spring Mountain is going to be the new inner-city hub of Springfield. It’s walking distance to shopping centre, USQ campus and all the activities. All the new homes in that part are a bit more expensive than the older parts of Springfield.” QUEENSLAND TOP 10 (3 Months): SPRING MOUNTAIN (Ipswich, Brisbane) $432,500 33.8% MILES (Western Downs, Darling Downs) $167,500 25.7% JOYNER (Moreton Bay, Brisbane) $670,000 22.4% WONGAWALLAN (Gold Coast) $990,000 20.0% KANDANGA (Gympie, Wide Bay-Burnett) $355,000 18.3% MIRANI (Mackay) $337,000 18.2% MOUNT MELLUM (Sunshine Coast) $675,000 17.2% BENARABY (Gladstone, Fitzroy) $511,500 17.0% BLACKBUTT NORTH (South Burnett, Wide Bay-Burnett) $227,500 16.7% PEACHESTER (Sunshine Coast) $575,000 16.2% (Source: CoreLogic August Market Trends) This Greater Brisbane suburb has seen one of the biggest surges in median house price in the country.A BRISBANE growth superstar suburb has cracked the national top two for fastest price growth in the country.Nationally, three suburbs saw their median house prices grow by more than a third in over the three month period to May, according to CoreLogic August Market Trends report, released this afternoon.Trundle in Parkes, New South Wales, was on top by the narrowest of margins (0.2 percentage points) at 34 per cent growth, with Sea Lake in Buloke, Victoria, and Spring Mountain in Ipswich, Queensland tied in second spot with 33.8 per cent growth.That’s a massive surge for all three, but while Trundle was 5.5 hours from the Sydney CBD and Sea Lake was almost 18 hours away, Spring Mountain was just over half an hour away from the Brisbane CBD. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKcenter_img Spring Mountain is just 36 minutes drive from the Brisbane CBD. NATIONAL TOP 3 (3 Months): Trundle (Parkes, NSW) Median price $167,500 34% Sea Lake (Buloke, VIC) $95,000 33.8% Spring Mountain (Ipswich, QLD) $432,500 33.8% (Source: CoreLogic August Market Trends)Queensland’s star performer, Spring Mountain, which pulled a massive 33.8 per cent quarterly surge in median price, was the new hub for developers in the Springfield area. Freedom Property James Hurley, whose recent sales were focused on Spring Mountain, said it had a higher entry level than most new development zones.Among properties he’s sold in the past few weeks was Lot 5069 Steamer Way, Spring Mountain — a four bedroom, three bathroom, double garage property that fetched $519,900 on July 19.last_img read more

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Embrace cultures but don’t be overpowered by them

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Share LocalNews Embrace cultures but don’t be overpowered by them by: – March 12, 2012center_img 163 Views   no discussions Tweet Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd-Knights.Speaker of the House of Assembly Alix Boyd Knights has advised the Dominican public to embrace other cultures but to ensure that they are not overpowered by them as the country observers Commonwealth Day 2012. Every year on the second Monday in March fifty-four countries around the world observe Commonwealth Day which is a celebration of the links shared as members of one diverse and dynamic global family.At an ecumenical service to mark this occasion on Monday, Knights described Commonwealth Day’s purpose as an “occasion to highlight the work of the Commonwealth through the ongoing cooperation and sharing of knowledge and information”.“There is something comforting about a small nation such as Dominica being part of the Commonwealth family” Boyd-Knights said highlighting the significance of the island’s membership in the Commonwealth.Student in cultural wear at Monday’s celebrations.“The rich blend of our Kalinago, African, British and French heritage has bequeathed us with a tapestry of expressions in language, songs, rhythms, food, dress, architecture even agricultural practices that is sans pawer’e [not seen] anywhere and we gently resist any attempt of change to what we have come to call our own.”She warned however that in attempting to embrace diverse cultures Dominica’s culture should not be lost.“While we are prepared to add we are not prepared to subtract from those and that is why even as we speak of connecting cultures which is a good idea, we must be ever mindful of the differences between being influenced by as opposed to being over taken by them.”According to her; “we are in a better position to scrutinize our own cultures and make it more definitive of who we are as a people”. Meanwhile Bishop of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire noted the value of unity which is “proper to our existence as a diversity of peoples”Commonwealth Day celebrations, he explained, should serve as an opportunity to underscore the possibility of “unity in diversity”.Bishop Gabriel MalzaireMalzaire highlighted the principals of the Commonwealth nations which are integration, dialogue and collaboration which he refers to as the “only means by which genuine progress can be realized”.He urged the Dominican public to focus on and develop bonds of unity as a people.“Today I urge all of us; students and teachers, government and citizens, Protestants and Catholics, black and white, Jews and Gentiles, Red, blue, green, yellow, let us set ourselves to search for the links that bring us together rather than the minute details that seek to divide us.”Several schools participated in the ecumenical service displaying their artistic and musical presentations which were well received by the audience. [nggallery id=147] Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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Ronaldo is no egomaniac, says Hargreaves

first_img Over the course of a remarkable career, a five-time Ballon d’Or winner has faced accusations of being selfish and caring more about his own end product than that of the wider collective. His stunning exploits have made it difficult to argue against his approach, with comparisons being made to Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan when it comes to demanding nothing less than perfection. Hargreaves, though, feels that Ronaldo can sometimes be portrayed in an unfavourable light. For him, the 35-year-old is merely willing to be the main man if those around him have no desire to take on such a role. He is, however, able to spot “if you’re good at something” and will happily pass on responsibility to those who prove themselves deserving of sharing what can be a heavy load. Hargreaves, who tasted Champions League success alongside Ronaldo when United edged out Chelsea on penalties in 2008, told beIN Sports on how he was able to take on set-piece duty at times: “Ask politely, like anything. But to be fair we used to practice all the time and he knew I could take them. “We used to practice all the time and Cristiano knew I could (score them) and I love that about him. Cristiano Ronaldo is famed for his relentless pursuit of perfection, but former Manchester United team-mate, Owen Hargreaves, says the Portuguese is no “egomaniac” and more of a team player than many give him credit for. “I remember we played, I’d scored a couple, and we practiced before the Champions League final against Chelsea that year, he was on one side of the box and I was on the other. “I hit nine out of ten into the top corner and Edwin van der Sar was in goal. “And Edwin came to me and said, ‘Owen, if we get a free-kick in the Champions League final you’ve got to take it’. “I said, ‘I can’t take it off Cristiano, that’s Cristiano Ronaldo’. “Anyway, we get to the dressing room, we’re warming up to go out on the pitch before we go out, nobody is around, Cristiano walks over and says, ‘Owen if we get a free-kick today it’s yours, I saw you practising’. read also:Bonucci defends Ronaldo: Even the greatest miss penalties “That’s who he was. Everybody thinks he’s like it’s all about him and an egomaniac. But if you’re good at something he’s the first one to see that. “And that’s why I got to take a couple that year because he knew I might score. I admire that about him, I really do.” Ronaldo found the target in a memorable European clash with Chelsea in Moscow, but would miss his penalty in the shootout and relied on others – such as Hargreaves and Van der Sar – to deliver him the first of his five Champions League crowns. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Lil Nas X Is About To Beat A World Record!7 Reasons Why You Don’t Get Your Work Done On Schedulelast_img read more

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Area High School Basketball Scores (1-28)

first_imgArea High School Basketball ScoresTuesday  (1-28)Girls ScoresGreenwood Christian  55     Batesville  33The JV Lady Bulldogs wrapped up their season last night with a big win in heart attack fashion last night. After a good start and leading most of the game the Spartans fought back to make a back and forth game in the fourth quarter.  The Bulldogs continued to fight hard to bring home the W in the end.  Emma Weiler, Carley Pride and Ava Hanson all had big free throws to help seal the deal.  Lizzy Nobbe also added a big bucket and played killer defense in the 4th.  Scoring:  Emma Weiler 17, Carley Pride 10, Ava Hanson 4, Cora Deputy 3, Lizzy Nobbe 2.Also playing well for the Bulldogs was Sophie Meyer, Madelyn Pohlman and Olivia Raab.  The win was truly a team effort.  The JV Lady Bulldogs finish the season 12-9.  I am super proud of all of the girls as each of them fought hard and continued to improve as we battled through injuries and quarter restrictions.  I would like to thank Coach Helvie, Coach Smith and Coach Gausman for all of their help and support this season.  Great job Ladies, thanks for a great season! Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Clint Pride.Jac-Cen-Del  44     South Ripley  37Oldenburg  41     Milan  37   (OT)Greensburg  53     Westfield  44North Decatur  54     Hauser  53Southwestern Hanover  57     South Decatur  50Edinburgh  48     Waldron  44Southwestern Shelby  54     Brown County  47Union County  55     Cambridge City Lincoln  31Jennings County  47     Floyd central  42Madison  68     North Harrison  61   (OT)Boys ScoresRushville  59     Knightstown  28last_img read more

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Gerrard expects Suarez backlash

first_img “I think I’d rather back the referee than have a go at him.” While Sturridge, who was only deemed fit enough to start on the bench after playing 90 minutes for England despite having been struggling with a dead leg for several days, was hailed as the late hero, Gerrard singled out youngster Jon Flanagan, starting his first derby in an unfamiliar left-back position, for special praise. The 33-year-old midfielder likened the academy graduate to recently-retired club great Jamie Carragher. “Daniel has obviously been carrying a bit of a niggle of late but the manager said in his team-talk that he could probably come on and be the match winner or play a very important part coming off the bench,” Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo. “But you look at our team and our star man for me was Jon Flanagan by a country mile. “He doesn’t get many headlines but as captain of the team he was the player I am most proud of. I thought he was unbelievable. “He’s been fighting hard in training just to get in the 18, never mind the starting 11, but the manager threw him in at the deep end against a top-class player like Mirallas and I thought he was sensational. “It was one of the best derby performances I have seen for many years. “He reminds me of Carragher in a lot of ways. “I don’t think you would judge Jon in terms of ability or skill, but he is all about heart, desire, determination and fighting for the cause. “He’s a Liverpool fan like myself so I know what it meant to him to come into a derby and finish as our man of the match by a mile. “He was on the front foot, he was aggressive. He did exactly what the manager told him to do before kick off. He was brilliant. “He’s a local lad and you don’t need to tell them what the derby means. He’s known what to expect from an early age. “All of the players gave him a round of applause when he came in the dressing room afterwards. He was sensational.” Suarez scored a brilliant free-kick but was twice denied by Toffees goalkeeper Tim Howard in the second half of the 3-3 draw in which Daniel Sturridge salvaged a point for the Reds with an 89th-minute equaliser. Gerrard knows the Uruguay international will not be thinking about his excellent personal performance – achieved despite a knee-high tackle from Kevin Mirallas which manager Brendan Rodgers branded potentially career-ending and could have resulted in a red card – or a point gained at Goodison Park. Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard believes striker Luis Suarez will have a burning desire to make amends for not winning the 221st Merseyside derby – and that could spell trouble for next week’s opponents Hull. “Luis is a machine. He’s right up there with the best in the world,” said the England captain. “Luis is the type of player who won’t be thinking about his free-kick after the game, he’ll be thinking about the header he missed. “That’s why he’s so good. He’ll be desperate to get back out and make amends for that. “That’s what the best players do, they don’t get big-headed over the good things they do but analyse the mistakes and where it went wrong and how they can improve.” Although Rodgers felt referee Phil Dowd got the Mirallas decision wrong, Gerrard defended the official. “To be fair to the referee when I initially saw the incident I was thinking ‘yellow card’,” he added. “I was probably the same distance away from it as the referee so you have to give him the benefit of the doubt. “Now I have seen it again though it’s a red card, everyone knows that, but it’s very difficult to say that in a split-second and at that distance. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Cricket News Mohammad Nabi says if batting clicks, Afghanistan can beat anybody in Tests

first_imghighlights New Delhi: Afghanistan created history when they achieved their first win in Tests in only their second game as they thrashed Ireland by seven wickets to clinch the one-off game in Dehradun against Ireland. Rahmat Shah’s 98 and 76 and Rashid Khan, who became the first Afghanistan bowler to take five wickets in an innings were the stars in the team’s win. Speaking after the end of the match, the team’s veteran Mohammad Nabi said the team’s batting needs to click and if that happens, Afghanistan will pose a threat to any nation in the Test arena. “We have the world’s best spinners and we try to concentrate on our batting line-up. If we can put up a good score on board then we are confident of beating any team in the world,” Nabi said.Nabi entered an elite list of players in cricket with the victory over Ireland in the one-off Test. Nabi became only the second player after Bangladesh’s Mohammad Rafique to feature in the team’s maiden win in all three formats. Nabi was there when Afghanistan secured their first ODI win which was against Scotland by 89 runs in Benoni in 2009. Afghanistan’s first Twenty20 win came against Canada in 2010 while their first win in the World Cup came in 2015 when they defeated Scotland by one wicket in Dunedin. Nabi summed up the enormity of the achievement as Afghanistan won a Test in just their second year after suffering a terrible defeat in their first Test by an innings and 262 runs against India in 2018. “It’s a very historic day for whole of Afghanistan. Especially for those guys who bring cricket from zero to the Test cricket. We played two games and we won one. When you win then teams will tell you to come and play with them. Nobody plays a weak team. They might think that Afghanistan is weak but not so much that we can’t fight them,” Nabi said.With Afghanistan securing a big win and with Ireland failing for the second time despite showing some good fight, Test cricket is in safe hands. Ireland will play England in July while Afghanistan’s next Test could potentially be around the same time. Afghanistan lost their first Test against India by an innings and 262 runs.Ireland lost their first Test against Pakistan in Malahide.Rashid Khan picked up a maiden five-wicket haul in Tests for Afghanistan. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Westhill, Skaneateles girls track battle for league honors

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Lauren Bendall cleared 9 feet in the pole vault ahead of Ella Markham (8’6”), with Margaret Hunt and C.C. Allen both topping 4’6” in the high jump. Ashley Heffernan went 16’4 ½” in the long jump and Lauren Marshall won the triple jump with 29’11 ¾”.On the oval, Heffernan won the 100 hurdles in 16.9 seconds, with Haylei Coolican going 2:36.5 in the 800-meter run. Angie Mesa-Espinosa won the 100-meter dash in 13.1 seconds. Katherine Evans took the 400-meter dash in 1:07.3, and helped the Warriors’ 4×100 relay team win in 51.5 seconds.When Skaneateles challenged its Lakers namesakes for OHSL Liberty National division honors, it was Cazenovia prevailing 99-42 to earn its eighth regular-season league championship in the last 10 years. Still, Emme Conan won two sprints for Skaneateles, going 13.0 seconds in the 100 and matching the 27.4 from Cazenovia’s Savannah Johnson in the 200. Hope Cross-Jaya won the 800 in 2:37.1 as Graeson Landsberg won the 400 hurdles in 1:11.4.Cazenovia piled up points in field events, except for the shot put, where Skaneateles’ Sharia Dart won with a toss of 28’6”, two inches ahead of Edan Howard (28’4”), who also finished second in the discus with 74’4”.Though no league title was at stake, Solvay and Jordan-Elbridge engaged in a close girls battle last Wednesday afternoon, with the Bearcats edging the Eagles by a single point, 71-70.Kyra Crossett led Solvay with three individual titles, clearing 4’6” in the high jump and also getting first place in the 100 hurdles (17.8 seconds) and 400 hurdles (1:20.1).Sabrina Garnett threw the shot put 30’11 ¾” and the discus 82’2” to win both events, with Allison Dooher going 14’ 11 ½” in the long jump and 32’3” in the triple jump. Serenity Thomas got first place in the 100 sprint in 13.2 seconds.As for J-E, Vassianna Klock was first in the 800 (2:32.3) and 1,500 (5:25.0), with Hannah Fichter winning the 3,000-meter run in 13:20 flat. Kyra White cleared 7’6” for first place in the pole vault.Fichter, Klock, Coral Uhle and Abby Burns won the 4×800 in 11:11.0, with the Eagles also taking the 4×400 in 4:43.7, but Solvay was victorious in the 4×100 in 54.9 seconds.In boys track, J-E salvaged a split by defeating Solvay 84-54, led again by Marion Quigley, who claimed three titles, going 20’5” in the long jump and clearing 5’9” in the high jump while taking the 110 hurdles in 15.8 seconds.Lee Jewell won twice, in the mile (5:21.0) and 3,200 (11:50.0), while Kenny Williams went 2:10.5 in the 800. Zach Barber had a top triple jump of 38’8” and Derek Quigley cleared 9’6” in the pole vault.Solvay, for its part, had Justin Scott take first in the 100 (11.1 seconds) and 200 (23.4 seconds), with Justice Shirley taking the 400 hurdles as Eljiah Wright threw the shot put 39’8” and Mike Pelllizari tossed the discus 101’1”.Westhill’s boys won 98-42 over Homer, with Tom Howard running the 100 in 11.7 seconds and the 200 in 24.2 seconds as Elliot Rouse went 18’8” in the long jump and cleared 5’4” in the high jump.Evan Ballard, second in the shot put, won the discus by throwing it 118’3” as Andrew Centore had a top triple jump of 38’4 ¾”. Brian Kenny was first in the 400 sprint in 57.5 seconds as Dan Washburn won the 400 hurdles in 1:05.4.Meanwhile, Skaneateles lost, 107-34, to Cazenovia, unable to win field events, but having Caleb Bender take the mile in 4:43.4 and the 3,200 in 10:26.4 as Nick Paciorek won the 400 hurdles in 1:01.8. Bender, John Norris, Matt Persampieri and Connor Gell were victorious in the 4×800 in 8:51.9. Even before it warmed up and fully dried out, and it bore more of a resemblance to spring, area high school girls track and field teams finished their regular-season work in their various leagues.Westhill and Skaneateles both had chances to claim regular-season league titles, but only the Warriors were able to finish on top as it beat Homer 100-40 to complete a 5-0 run through the OHSL Liberty American division.Sweeping the field events against Homer, Westhill had Lennah Abraham throw the discus 109 feet 7 inches and the shot put 30’3”, with Brigid Heinrich second in both events. Tags: J-EMarcellusskaneatelesSolvaytrack and fieldWesthilllast_img read more

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Miami-Dade County has Highest Auto Insurance Rates in Florida

first_imgAuto Insurance According to a report in the South Florida Business Journal, Miami-Dade County has some of the highest auto insurance rates in Florida. This information is based on a recent study from Insurance Quotes.The study ranked policy costs by county and found that Miami-Dade was the most expensive, with an average annual cost of $2,457. That average was 58.9 percent above the average in Florida.According to the study, the most expensive annual auto insurance rates were in Hialeah, Opa Locka, Miami, Miami Gardens and Homestead, all in Miami-Dade County.Hialeah has highest auto-insurance rates The annual rate in Hialeah was determined as 76 percent above the state average at $2,719. In Opa Locka the average rate is $2,597, 68 percent above the state average. And in Miami, the average annual auto insurance rate is $2,497, 62 percent above Florida’s average.Florida auto insurance rates among highest nationallyThe study indicated Florida ranks as the 6th most expensive state for car insurance, The average annual cost of an auto policy in Florida amounts to $1,546. It also found that the rates can vary greatly depending on where you live in the state.“Geography and population density play an important role in determining what Floridians pay for auto insurance,” said Laura Adams, senior insurance analyst at insuranceQuotes. “Living in more densely populated areas comes with a higher likelihood of accidents because there are more drivers on the road—which in turn drives up insurance rates.”Frequent traffic violations increases auto-insurance rates Lourdes Rivera an agent at State Farm in West Kendal, Miami Dade County says factor that helps to push up auto-insurance rates in Miami-Dade County is a “rash of bad driving” and “frequent collisions.” She said drivers who are cited frequently for traffic violations will see an increase in their insurance rates. Where there is a cluster of drivers in a region or city with frequent traffic violation or tickets this will increase rates in that city or region.Waldo, a small city in Alachua County, had the least expensive car insurance in the state where rates totaled $1,169 or 24 percent below the state average.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more

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