first_imgThere was something old and familiar and something new at the Monmouth County Indoor Track and Field Championships.The old and familiar was Christian Brothers Academy’s (CBA) team championship. It was the Colts’ sixth straight and 24th overall. CBA was simply overwhelming, scoring 106 points at the meet held at the John Bennett Indoor Athletic Complex in Toms River on Jan. 9.The something new was on the girls side with Holmdel High School claiming its first indoor county championship. The Hornets’ 53 points topped Red Bank Catholic (RBC) High School (36) for the title.Holmdel received individual wins from Marin Warner (1,600 meters) and Keira Yonclas (pole vault) along with the 4×400 relay team.Warner ran the state’s fastest 1,600 of the indoor season at 5:05.37. The group cross-country state champion also gave the Hornets points in the 800 by finishing third (2:21.21).In the pole vault, Yonclas sailed over the bar at 10-6, while teammate Kelly McKay was next at 10-0 to give Holmdel an important 18 points.Yonclas displayed her versatility by running on the winning 4×400 team. Sam Moryto, Yonclas, Anna DeSario and Hannah Lee made up the quartet that edged Matawan Regional High School, 4:16.32- 4:16.75.Lee was sixth in the 55 finals (7.64).Joie Bauman gave the Hornets valuable points in the high jump, taking second via the tiebreaker (fewer misses) as she and winner Destyni Cooper of Red Bank Regional High School both cleared 5-0.Matawan’s Samantha Anderson ran the state’s fastest 400 meters, at 58.55. She helped the Huskies’ girls take second in the 4×400. Her teammates were Yasmin Ali, Rachael Kenny and Danielle Cross.CBA won all but two events on the track, relying on big points from its state champion cross-country team, as well as wins by its sprinters and thrower Andrew Liskowitz.Blaise Ferro led the way with his 1,600- 3,200 double. The reigning indoor Meet of Champions 3,200 champion paced the Colts in the 1,600, winning in 4:28.32 ahead of teammate Greg Paugh (4:33.50).In the 3,200, Ferro bested Monmouth County cross-country champion Aaron Barlev of Holmdel, 9:33.01-9:43.07. CBA’s John Morris was third (9:43.72).The 800 went to the Colts’ Drake Anzano, who outran Raritan High School’s Joseph Cawley to the line, 1:58.83-1:59.03.The Colts’ sprinters were not to be outshined. Mike Zupko held off Freehold Township High School’s Nasir Haines on the line to win the 400 in 50.35, with Haines just .04 back (50.39).Zupko anchored CBA’s 4×400 relay team to a win over Matawan. Jack DeVizia, Mike Somma and Colin Gowen ran the first three legs for the Colts. Their winning time was 3:29.41. Zupko also took third in the 55 dash finals (6.73).Liskowitz continued his big season in the shot put by winning with a throw of 58- 5¾, which makes him No. 1 in New Jersey this season.Matawan, which finished second to CBA with 39 points, had two individual champions.Pole vaulter Matt Isaacson matched his season-leading 13-6 in winning by 1½ feet.Nate Bowie won the 55 hurdles in 7.54.The team of Thomas Kalaietta, Shawn Ramcheran, Matt Natolit and Greg Edwards chased CBA in the 4×400, taking second in 3:30.40.It’s back to the relays for the state’s track and field athletes with this week’s NJSIAA Relays Championships back at the Bennett complex.Group IV starts it off on Jan. 15 and 16. Groups I and II are next on Jan. 17. Group III and Non-Public A and B go on Jan. 18.The Shore Conference Championships are Jan. 23 in Toms River.last_img read more

first_imgFourteen gracious young ladies will be vying for top 10 spots, and ultimately the crown, in the Miss World Guyana 2017 national pageant slated for June 25. The crowned queen will go on to represent Guyana at the Miss World competition to be staged in December in China.The 14 semi-finalists vying for the coveted title are Ashana Carrington, Nitifah Thompson, Alieca James, Sharda Pramdeo, Hemwantie Seodat, Ariell Ghanie, Nikesia Hussain, Thamesha Watson, Maria Fletcher, Vena Mookram, Manisha Mai-Lee Wong, Crystal Wills, Delisha Wright, and Joelly Valentine.On April 30, the semi-finalists will present their platform and project to the public at the first-ever Beauty with a Purpose Fair. Adding to this, the beauties will also kick start a national campaign dubbed “Self-Love GY” within the month of April, after which the top 10 finalists will be selected and will each be appointed to represent one of Guyana’s Administrative Regions. The Miss Guyana pageant serves as a platform to enable personal and professional growth of young women in addition to their promotion of beauty and talent. Participation in the events affords the young women the opportunity to raise awareness on issues and causes affecting their communities. However, every young woman vying for the Miss World Guyana title is expected to compete against herself in an effort to become her best self – a well-rounded youth leader and role model. Once selected, the top 10 finalists will undergo a series of personal development challenges including sport/fitness, multimedia, talent, modelling and the Beauty with a Purpose Project.At the end of each challenge, the finalists will be interviewed in order to further analyse the growth and strength of their communication skills.Preliminary scores from these challenge events will be added to the final round on coronation night.last_img read more

first_imgChairperson of the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Board of Guardians, Sandra Adams has said there is an alarmingly high number of welfare issues in Linden, which need to be tackled from various angles. She noted that the level of issues in the community is quite surprising when compared to that of other parts of the region.“At the level of the Board of Guardians… this region, Linden in particular, has a serious issue of welfare matters. We see on a monthly basis, the number of issues coming before the Board for assistance in the area of welfare,” she outlined.Adams added that it is surprising to see the amount of people that have to be approved for public assistance on a monthly basis, while stating that from reports, the sister body of the Board of Guardians, which is located at Kwakwani (Upper Berbice) does not have as many cases.“I don’t even know where to start recommending in this region, how do we handle it? But there are some areas that need to be tackled from various points. From health, welfare, education. It’s a number of teams that have to come together to tackle this situation, but it is not a too pleasant one here in Linden especially,” she stressed.Adams indicated that there is also a rise in terminal illnesses in the community, including HIV. She also pointed out that there was once a Regional AIDS Committee, which looked into such matters.“There’s something that has to be done regionally again… We’re in a serious crisis, especially here in Linden,” Adams contended. Speaking on the issue, Regional Chairman Renis Morian said he will be seeking to bring together a group of people who can look into such issues as early as this week.The issues, he noted, may have to be dealt with in steps.The local Board of Guardians, which was extended to include Sub-Region 2 (Ituni and Kwakwani) was installed at Linden in April 2016. Social Protection Minister Volda Lawrence, during the officiating ceremony said it is a critical body in ensuring that the Social Protection Ministry achieved its objective of reducing the levels of poverty in Guyana.last_img read more

first_imgGabriel Jesus scored on his full Premier League debut as Manchester City mauled West Ham 4-0.Sergio Aguero watched from the bench as the £27million teenager marked a sparkling display by setting up Kevin De Bruyne’s opener and then bagging one himself.David Silva was also on target in a one-sided first half, while Yaya Toure piled on the misery for the hosts with a penalty after the break.Another routine win at the London Stadium boosted City’s top-four challenge after Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal all dropped points 24 hours earlier.But they were helped by some woeful defending from West Ham, who have shipped 12 goals in three meetings with Pep Guardiola’s side this season. Aguero was joined among the substitutes by goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, dropped after a remarkable run of letting in each of the last six shots on target he has faced.His replacement Willy Caballero therefore proved a vast improvement simply by keeping out Michail Antonio’s early drive, although it was hardly a testing effort.West Ham had won their previous two games as they seemed to be successfully putting the Dimitri Payet saga behind them.But City, 5-0 winners here in the FA Cup just over three weeks ago, soon began feeling at home again with Brazilian striker Jesus giving the Hammers the runaround.They took the lead in the 17th minute thanks to a dreadful mistake by Aaron Cresswell, who passed the ball inside straight to De Bruyne.The midfielder burst forward unchallenged and played a one-two with Jesus on the edge of the West Ham area before burying his shot past Darren Randolph.Four minutes later City their doubled their lead, and again it was all far too easy, Leroy Sane skipping past feeble challenges from Sam Byram and Jose Fonte before rolling the ball across goal for Silva to tap in.Cresswell had the opportunity to make amends for his error when he was put clean through by a stunning cross-field ball from Andy Carroll.But the left-back’s first touch was poor, and his second was downright awful as he shanked his shot high into the air and over.Instead, six minutes before half-time it was three with West Ham yet again proving to be over-generous hosts.This time Pedro Obiang gave the ball away, Sane’s diagonal pass put Raheem Sterling in behind and the winger unselfishly squared for the livewire Jesus to deservedly open his City account.Three became four 20 minutes into the second half when Fonte, enduring a thoroughly miserable debut, tripped Sterling in the area and Toure tucked in the penalty.Victory moved City level with Liverpool in fourth, and just a point behind Spurs and Arsenal, but they are still 10 adrift of leaders Chelsea. Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring his first goal for Manchester City 1last_img read more

first_imgReigning Sligo-Leitrim Super League champions Boyle Celtic have toppled both Selena Gomez and Ed Sheeran in the Irish iTunes download chart to reach number one in Ireland in the past 24 hours.The junior soccer side have released their song, ‘The Boyle Celtic Song’ ahead of their FAI Junior Cup Semi Final match against Kilkenny’s Evergreen FC on April 9.The song, which features local artists Kevin Hickey and Dónal O’Connor, entered the charts on Tuesday afternoon at Number three behind Kygo and Selena Gomez with ‘It Ain’t Me’ and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Galway Girl’.  Following a surge of downloads it climbed quickly and reached top spot by 5pm on Tuesday evening.‘The Boyle Celtic Song’ then dropped back into number two overnight and remains in the top five most downloaded songs in Ireland over 24 hours later ahead of the likes of Taylor Swift, Zayn, Rag n’ Bone Man and Katy Perry.Boyle Celtic have created history this year reaching the last four of the Aviva-sponsored FAI Junior Cup.  A win against Evergreen on Sunday week at the Showgrounds will see the team qualify to play in the final, which will be played at the Aviva Stadium on May 13.last_img read more

first_imgWhat a week for weather in the United States. I hope you made it through without any problems. With last night’s snowfall, we’ve broken the monthly record for the most snowfall in history for our area. Over 39.1 inches of snow fell in the past month. I’m so looking forward to the February thaw.In this week’s roundup of web design and development resources, you’ll learn about design trends to use (and avoid) for e-commerce, find out how to improve your online forms, discover how to add closed captions to videos in Adobe Captivate 7, and more. This week’s photo is of the beautiful white flowers in bloom at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Favorite TweetThe next time someone starts listing all the reasons an idea won’t work or can’t happen, ask them to give three reasons it can. – S. Sinek— Mark Kilens (@MarkKilens) January 31, 2014User ExperienceE-Commerce UX: 3 Design Trends to Follow and 3 to Avoid: Not surprised that the results of the Nielsen Norman Group’s recent e-commerce research showed large product images, robust reviews and easy discounts resulted in more people completing online purchases. It’s too bad customer service sections on the web seem to be ignored, or contain outdated information. Using CSS Regions in Responsive Designs: Brian Rinaldi walks you through building a simple responsive layout using CSS Regions. Note: Safari on OSX Mavericks supports CSS Regions, but you’ll need to enable it on Chrome and Opera with flags.CSS and HTMLGoogle plans to dump Adobe CSS tech to make Blink fast, not rich: The news from Google had lots of developers talking this week. Google argues that CSS regions code in Blink is complicated and not self-contained.CSS Regions Matter: I’m sharing lots of longer articles this week, but I found this post by Sara Soueidan to be very informative on how CSS Regions can be used and how they allow us to change the flow of content in ways no other CSS features make possible.They can be a very useful and powerful tool in our responsive web design toolset, and when used in conjunction with other features, can provide us with great solutions to common design problems we are faced with. User Friendly Online Forms: Get rid of the Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs), use better color contrast, and yes, display passwords by default (but ofer option to hide) are a few steps you can take to make your online forms easier to use, says Svetlana Kouznetsova in her latest post. Web Accessibility 101 Video Series: Screen Magnification & Reflow: Learn about the difficulties readers face when using screen magnification to read a PDF document, and how to reflow the text in the PDF to resolve the issue.WordPressThe New iOS and Android Apps Have Arrived!: If you’ve been frustrated trying to manage your sites on your mobile devices, the new apps will make your life a lot easier. Both apps have a redesign and performance improvements, as well as unique features for each platform. Have you upgrade to the new version? WordCamp Minneapolis 2014 Speakers: Speaker submissions are now open for WordCamp Minneapolis which will be held April 26-27, 2014. They’ll be taking submissions until Feb 28, 2014. Get your speaker submission in!The Case for Using WordPress Post Formats to Encourage More Blogging: It’s a long read, but I recommend you take the extra time to read Joyce Grace’s post advocating the return of the underused WordPress Post Formats. Very useful discussion of what Post Formats are, their history, along with a case study that will hopefully lead to Post Formats being added to a near-future WordPress release. The Current Generation of CSS3 Selectors: Are you familiar with all the :target or :empty CSS selectors? Check out this overview from Louis Lazurus to learn about some of the new CSS3 selectors with good browser support, and how they can be used. What I Found InterestingGetting The Most Out Of Your Web Conference Experience: Good tips in this Smashing Magazine post about making your conference experience better: figure out what you want to learn before you register for the conference, research speakers and topics, and take notes. After the conference, review what you’ve learned and share it with others through a presentation or blog post recap. 20 things I learned changing to a career in web development: This quick two-minute read will give you some insights on what it means to be a front-end developer. I liked his third item, You have to read everything. Read — not skim.10 of the Best Web Page Weight Analysis Tools: Excellent resource listing free analysis tools you can use to reduce the bloat of your web pages. I’ve used all but two, which ones do you use?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedNovember 1, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Development and Design ResourcesHope you enjoyed your Halloween! We had a wet, but warm night here in Michigan. Do you have any candy left over? In this week’s roundup of web development and design resources, you’ll read about eight low-cost tools for user testing, find out why you shouldn’t fear the auto-update feature…In “Web design & development links”Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development Resources: June 20, 2014Welcome to this week’s roundup of web design and development resources. The web design world was abuzz with talk this week about Adobe’s announcements of their updated Creative Cloud applications, five new mobile apps, Creative SDK and two new pieces of hardware. Designers were quick to react to the announcements…In “Web design & development links”May 26, 2013: Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development ResourcesWelcome to the Memorial Day version of the weekly web design and development roundup. In this week’s post, you’ll discover a cool application for visualizing a page’s CSS, find out about accessibility in mobile applications, step back in time to relive the first ten years of WordPress, and more. Let’s…In “Web design & development links” “The cost of preventing errors is often far greater than the cost of fixing them.” — Ed Catmull— Jorge Arango (@jarango) January 29, 2014center_img Shortcode Suggest Helps You Discover Shortcodes in WordPress: Can you remember what each shortcode does on your WordPress site? The Shortcode Suggest plugin will automatically suggest shortcodes to you as add content in the Visual Editor, and provide a short description of that shortcode. Currently in development, the plugin is only available via GitHub download. Installing WordPress on a Hosted Site: My friend Dharma Zelleher published a great post on how to install WordPress on your web host, provides troubleshooting tips in case something goes wrong, and points you toward resources for learning more. Thanks Dharma!Responsive DesignNew BBC interactive guides: responsive, dynamic and accessible web design: eConsultancy reviews iWonder, the new interactive guides from the BBC, which are used to organize content (audio, video, text, images) into educational stories for online learners. Interesting to read about their challenges with response times and presenting interactive stories on mobile. Are You Ready to Be an Independent UX Consultant?: Cory Lebson discusses the pros, cons, and shares his own experiences of going out on his own as a user experience consultant. Pragmatic UX Techniques For Smarter Websites: A long, but worthwhile read covering the disciplines of user experience, with more detailed explanations of usability tests, interviews, customer journey maps, and microcopy. Good list of resource books is included in the article.AccessibilityPutting Web Standards for Writers Into Practice: Good tips for improving the wording, labeling, link text, and readability on the Telstra page. Personally, I think this post needs a different title of “Putting Accessibility for Writers Into Practice.”Adding Closed Captions for your Videos in Adobe Captivate 7: Quick tutorial (with video and text) explaining the steps for adding closed captions to your videos. Note: there are several manual steps after you’ve added captions: you’ll need to sync the captions individually (very time-consuming), break up lines of caption text for easier reading, and format the text. #a11y tip of the day: Test on multiple platforms/AT’s/browsers to ensure your content is accessible to everyone.— Nick Beranek (@metaNick) January 30, 2014last_img read more

first_imgOpen ProfilesThe user info that is being passed along with Mixi OpenID includes full user display names and profile URLs. From profile URLs all kinds of user attributes can be discovered and programmed against by 3rd party developers. That’s exciting stuff. Attributes of authenticated users (using the Simple Registration Extension) plus links to their friends profiles makes a pile of information that developers should be able to do interesting things with, off site and on Mixi.Along with OpenID, Mixi announced the availability of a developer platform. We’re not able to evaluate that platform as the entire site is in Japanese and requires account log-in. The moral of the story, though, is that another major social network now supports OpenID and is pushing the envelope with the features included. They aren’t acting as a relying party yet, allowing users to login with OpenID from other networks, but the functionality of Mixi user profiles has now increased dramatically thanks to open standards.Since Mixi is only in Japanese, we presume that Facebook won’t feel a lot of pressure directly. We can’t help but wonder, though, how long the proprietary business interests inside Facebook will be able to hold out against the standards loving developers we know are inside the company and who would love to do something like what Mixi is doing. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#social networks#web Mixi, the giant Japanese social network, announced last week that it is now acting as an OpenID provider. The implementation is particularly sophisticated, Six Apart’s David Recordon says they are the first major provider to support the exchange of user profile data via OpenID. The service is also providing a mechanism for users of 3rd party sites to limit access to content elsewhere to visitors who are their friends on Mixi.All of it begs the question – where’s Facebook with OpenID and why do we need the proprietary framework of Facebook Connect when Mixi is doing many of the same things with open standards?About MixiMixi is four years old, has a strong mobile component, lots of privacy and is available only in Japanese. Job hunting is big on the site. It is experimenting with a Twitter-like system for commenting and other communication. Google Maps Japan includes a button on search results pages to embed maps on Mixi profiles.It’s by far the biggest social network in Japan. TechCrunch ran a good in-depth profile of the site last month and AsiaJin covers Mixi regularly. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… klint finley I almost missed this, and it happened in my own backyard: Portland-based virtualization startup RNA Networks announced that it has been acquired by Dell.It was a quiet announcement, marked only by the RNA Networks website posting an announcement reading “”RNA Networks, Inc. has been acquired by Dell Inc. Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) listens to customers and delivers innovative technology and services that give them the power to do more.” No further details are included, and the rest of the website has been taken down.OregonLive cites Oregon Angel Fund manager Eric Rosenfeld saying that most of the company’s employees will remain in Portland.An unnamed Dell spokesperson confirmed to The Register that the deal has been concluded. Neither Dell nor Rosenfeld disclosed financial details, but Rosenfeld said that it wasn’t the “home run” the company had been hoping for.RNA Networks sells a virtual memory solution that enables users to pool the resources of several machines into one large virtual machine – a sort of reverse hypervisor. Unlike ScaleMP, which offers a solution for building single virtual server images from multiple physical servers (coverage), RNA Networks pools memory and makes it available to various independent servers to improve performance.Dell has been expanding its cloud ambitions. It’s been an OpenStack supporter since the project was announced last year, and it is a Joyent reseller (and rumored investor). Earlier this year, Dell’s director of cloud announced on Twitter that Dell will offer a public cloud service, including both infrastructure-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service. Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#cloud#Virtualization last_img read more

first_imgTags:#fashion#Glass#Google#Google Glass#Google I/O 2014#wearables Related Posts taylor hatmaker Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces On the heels of a brand new pack of Google Glass software, Google revealed that its Glass hardware will receive an update too—one that could address the flaws that render the device a very expensive (yet also very ineffective) paperweight for many early Glass owners.According to a post on the official Glass Google+ page, the futuristic eyewear hatched out of Google’s “moonshot” laboratory will finally receive a much overdue hardware upgrade, although details are still scarce. The new version of Glass will double the current unit’s 1GB of RAM to 2GB. That alone should result in improvements across the board, speeding up the at-times jerky UI and laggy app experience. More from the full Google+ post:The Explorer Program has been an exciting ride, and as a result of your feedback, we’ve picked up the pace on making more improvements. You asked for…an easier way to frame your shots, so we bring you viewfinder. When you say “ok glass, show the viewfinder” you’ll see white L’s in the four corners of your Glass screen. You can then either take a photo by saying “ok glass, take a picture,” with a wink, or by pushing the camera button.more Google Now cards, so we launched two new ones to remind you where you parked your car and let you know when packages are coming your way. Stay tuned for more to come.better performance, so Glass will now start shipping with 2GB of RAM.The post also alludes to a 20% battery life improvement, though it’s unclear if that’s a reference to what’s to come or just a delusional retelling of the havoc wrought by the Android 4.4 software update, which Glass Explorers anecdotally report actually made battery life worse. (We’ve reached out to Google’s Glass team for clarification and will update accordingly.)Hamstrung By The HardwareIt’s been difficult to get excited about the novel experiences developers are crafting for Glass. The hardware, slick as is may be, just can’t keep up yet. Even after adding support for prescription glasses, launching in the U.K. and rolling out some flashy new Glass-ready designer DVF frames, the Glass Explorer crowd isn’t happy that Google might actually charge for an upgrade to the new model.Considering that Google Glass owners are passive brand ambassadors (like it or not), if it doesn’t come up with a good upgrade solution, Google could burn the good will that it’s earned among the only set enthusiastic about Glass to begin with. Not the best idea.A Nice New Set Of Glassware  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … For Glass owners with the patience to try them out, the list of new Glassware includes a mix of classic apps and interesting new ones: MusicXmatch, Livestream,, Shazam, Star Chart, Zombies, Run!, Allthecooks (updated), GuidiGO, Duolingo, The Guardian, 94Fifty Basketball, Runtastic. I’m the most excited about Star Chart—Google’s augmented reality overlay would be perfect for unobtrusively studying the night sky.Glass: A Fragile Experience I received my Glass over a year ago after pre-ordering it two years ago during Google I/O 2012. Over the course of the last year, I’ve criticized Glass plenty. Between the $1500 price tag and the barely-there battery life, the Glass we’ve come to know is definitely not a consumer-ready device.Here’s hoping that these changes prove more than incremental for a device synonymous with both high fashion and low brow humor—and that Google pulls through for the folks who’ve rooted for it from the start.Lead image courtesy of Google Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

first_imgOn 26 May, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that the swine flu outbreak in the country might have crested. But Donald Olson, a New York City–based epidemiologist who runs the influenza monitoring project at the International Society for Disease Surveillance (ISDS), disagrees. “If New York City, Boston, and Seattle are indicators of what’s to come for the rest of the country, then we ain’t seen nothing yet,” says Olson.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)CDC based its optimistic assessment on “influenza-like illness” (ILI) reported at outpatient clinics in its surveillance network and found a drop in seven of the country’s nine regions (the two exceptions include New York City and Boston). But ISDS collects its own data from a dozen sites around the country, and, as Olson explains, is able to “drill down” and analyze more subtle measurements like fever and severe pneumonia. Their analysis, he says, indicates that the first few weeks of the swine flu outbreak led many people who had respiratory illness and diarrhea—the “worried ill”—to seek medical care. “In normal times, these people would have stayed home sick,” says Olson.As fear of swine flu has subsided, Olson suspects that fewer of these people have gone to the doctor, leading to drops in reports of ILI that are not accurate indicators of drops in the spread of the novel H1N1 virus that causes swine flu.Although CDC had also noted increases in Boston and New York City, Olson says his more carefully parsed data show “massive increases” that look “mild” in the CDC regional data. CDC also shows ILI in Seattle dropping down at week 20, which is the opposite of what ISDS finds. Unfortunately, says Olson, no one has systematically collected data about the actual presence of the new H1N1 virus, as it would overtax testing labs. “We’re dealing with so much uncertainty, and we have imperfect measures,” says Olson. “But we need to know what they’re weaknesses are.”Olson says it’s possible that the epidemic exploded, quickly infected the susceptible population, and will now fade out, but he doubts that, given that New York City has seen the disease peak, drop, and then peak again. “If what New York City has seen in last 10 days is any indication, we’re going to be seeing that everywhere else,” says Olson.Image Credit: ISDSView larger version of graphlast_img read more