Monday, August 22, 2016

A Zika Update

Health officials have already concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies.
 
Todate, 1,835 cases of microcephaly have been confirmed.
 
The US of A looks unlikely to be spared. On Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott confirmed that state health officials had identified five cases of Zika believed to be contracted in Miami in Florida. 
 
Still, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the allergy and infectious diseases unit of the National Institutes of Health said the conditions in most of the country make it unlikely there would be a “diffuse, broad outbreak,” even though officials need to prepare for that possibility.
 
He compared it with diseases such as dengue, which is endemic in many tropical and subtropical regions of the world but rarely occurs in the continental United States.
 
But Zika’s containment is more complicated because it can be sexually transmitted.
 
Already the World Health Organization has said there is strong scientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.
 
On Saturday, Celtic maintained their 100% start to the domestic season after surviving a late St Johnstone comeback in this Scottish Premiership match.
 
The champions had scored three goals in sixteen minutes before half-time. Leigh Griffiths rifled home a volley (28) before Scott Sinclair tapped in a rebound (40) and followed by James Forrest's superb run and finish (44).
 
Saints rallied with two late goals – thanks to Danny Swanson who converted a penalty in the eighty-third minute and then Steven MacLean bundled in another six minutes later.
 
Substitute Ryan Christie sealed it for Celtic with a smartly taken goal (90+2).
 
In an EPL match on the same day, disastrous defending ensured Liverpool went down to Burnley by two goals. 
 
Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne gave the ball away for the Clarets' first goal, with Andre Gray finding Sam Vokes to blast home in just two minutes into the game. And Steven Defour, on his Burnley debut, was allowed to charge forward and set up Gray to roll home the second in the thirty-seventh minute.
 
This was in spite of Liverpool having 81% of possession and 26 shots!  

Today, I was at the Speakers’ Dream Toastmasters meeting where again, I delivered a speech from the Speaking to Inform manual. 

It was Assignment #4 A Fact-Finding Report. I am now done with the third Advanced manual for the 2016-2017 term, having completed all five speeches in the said manual. 
 
My speech title was “An Acquired Taste”. The topic I chose to speak about was on Entomophagy. In simple English, it means the human consumption of insects.
 
I also took part in extemporaneous speaking and I took the most votes and be recognized as the Best Table Topics Speaker.















 

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