TECH 5 for April 18, 2014 – Mosquitoes Threaten Our Health

ben-harrisonGood afternoon and welcome to another Tech 5 program and a five minute trip into the amazing world of technology. This is Ben Harrison.

The Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), founded in 1902, is the oldest international public health organization in the world. It works with its member countries to improve the health and the quality of life of the people of the Americas, and it also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization. Last week, PAHO warned that about 50 percent of people living in the Americas, including the Caribbean, are at risk of one or more diseases carried by insects. It stated that these insects include mosquitoes, ticks, flies and other vectors which carry diseases such as the West Nile virus, dengue, malaria and most recently chikungunya. Chick-un-gun-ya

In a “call to action” for World Health Day on April 7th , top health experts from North and South America and the Caribbean urged greater efforts by governments, communities and individuals to control the spread of these and other vector-borne diseases.

PAHO director Dr Carissa F. Etienne said “Our region has achieved many successes in controlling vector-borne diseases, however, this success is being threatened by the expansion of mosquitoes and other vectors into new habitats and by the emergence of insecticide and drug resistance”. PAHO and its partners are calling for “stepped-up” action in the fight against vector-borne diseases in the Americas.

Chikungunya, Chick-un-gun-ya is a mosquito-borne viral disease , carried mainly by mosquitoes and causes a dengue-like sickness. It first appeared in Tanzania in the 1950s and is the most recent vector-borne disease to establish itself in the Americas. In December of last year, two cases of locally acquired chikungunya were reported on the island of St Maarten health. Health authorities on both sides of the island of St. Martin were cooperating closely in response to the cases and have enhanced epidemiological surveillance, carried out measures to control mosquito breeding sites and are advising people on how to protect themselves.

There is currently no evidence of cases on the Dutch side of the island, or in other parts of the Caribbean. By the end of March 2014, more than 3,000 cases had been confirmed in 10 Caribbean countries and just last week, St. Lucia recorded its first case.

Ministry of Health epidemiologists in the, said, “We do not want to create any panic. It is because of our efforts with respect to strengthening the surveillance that we are now able to detect much more quickly, not only chikungunya but dengue, leptospirosis and some of the other diseases that have similar symptoms,”

Symptoms include a sudden high fever, severe pain in the wrists, ankles or knuckles, muscle pain, headache, nausea, and rash. Joint pain and stiffness are more common with chikungunya than with dengue. The symptoms appear between four to seven days after the bite of an infected mosquito. The majority of clinical signs and symptoms last three to 10 days, but joint pain may persist longer. Severe cases requiring hospitalization are rare. As of this date, there is no vaccine or treatment for chikungunya, which has infected millions of people in Africa and Asia since was first recorded in 1952.

While there were 81 laboratory-confirmed cases, more than 500 suspected cases are also being dealt with. The message with respect to controlling dengue fever it’s the same control measures Dengue virus is primarily transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. These mosquitoes usually live between the latitudes of 35° North and 35° South below an elevation of 3,300 ft. While they typically bite during the day, particularly in the early morning and in the evening,they are able to bite and spread infection at any time of day throughout the year.

Humans are the primary host of the virus,and an infection can be acquired via a single bite. A female mosquito that takes a blood meal from a person infected with dengue fever, during the initial 2–10 day febrile period, becomes itself infected with the virus. About 8–10 days later, the virus spreads to other tissues including the mosquito’s salivary glands and is subsequently released into its saliva. The virus seems to have no detrimental effect on the mosquito, which remains infected for life.It prefers to lay its eggs in artificial water containers, to live in close proximity to humans, and to feed on people rather than other vertebrates.

We all can help control the mosquito population, by emptying or covering any water-filled containers, including used tyres. Use insect repellant in moderation and wear long sleeved shirts and pants when working in areas where there are mosquitoes.


Feature: Lana Del Rey – Dark Paradise

lana-del-rey-dark-paradiseDark Paradise” is a song by American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, taken from her second studio album, Born to Die (2012). It was written by Del Rey and Rick Nowels, with production handled by the latter and Emile Haynie. The song was released as a single on March 1, 2013 through Interscope Records, serving as the album’s fifth offering in Austria and Germany, and the sixth single in Switzerland.

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TECH 5 for April 17, 2014 – Tropical Storm Forecasting

ben-harrisonGood afternoon and welcome to another Tech 5 program and a five minute trip into the amazing world of technology. This is Ben Harrison.

The June 1 start of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season may seem a long way off, but respected forecasters Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) have focused on the likely weather conditions and have already revised their long-range forecast issued in December, 2013.

The good news is that Dr Adam Lea and his team at the Department of Space and Climate Physics at University College London are predicting a relatively mild hurricane season this year. TSR has lowered its forecast for North Atlantic and US hurricane activity in 2014.

The not-so-good-news is that TSR’s April forecast for 2013, along with those of virtually every other recognized forecaster, predicted above-average activity for a season that thankfully did not happen.
As Dr Lea pointed out, it should be stressed that extended range forecasts are uncertain at this early stage.

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Miley Cyrus’ Hospitalization Caused by Sinus Infection

Miley7There’s more intel about Miley Cyrus‘ hospitalization and condition.

Apparently the singer is a victim of a really bad sinus infection and a severe allergic reaction to medication prescribed to treat that issue.

Cyrus, who canceled a second Bangerz Tour date, shared a hospital bed selfie, looking like she doesn’t feel that great, too.

Cyrus’ team told TMZ that she got a prescription for cephalexin, an antibioitic, to treat a sinus infection. She was diagnosed in North Carolina and canceled a show in the state due to being under the weather.

Within days of taking the meds, her throat became so swollen that the singer could hardy speak. That lead to her hospitalization on Tuesday night (April 15), where her doctors diagnosed her with an extreme reaction to the drug. She had never taken the medication before, so she had no ideas she was allergic and this is how she found out. It could take almost a month before she fully recovers from this allergic reaction. Yikes.

The doctors are keeping her under their care until she improves.

There were rumors she was worn down due to her grief over the death of her pooch, Floyd, during the tour.

Meanwhile, the singer shared a bed selfie in the hospital with her fans, captioning it as such: “over the hospital I miss #bangerztour #5amhospyselfie so sleeeeepy #medztime #wishicouldcuddlefloyd #whojinxedme.” Notice she mentioned her poor pup Floyd, which is weight on her mind.

Feel better, Miley!



Lorde Meets George Brett, the Inspiration Behind ‘Royals’

lordeLorde has finally met George Brett, the man who inspired her hit song ‘Royals.’ 

The 17-year-old New Zealand singer penned the tune after seeing an old picture of Kansas City Royals baseball player George Brett in a copy of National Geographic magazine. In the photo, Brett — clad in his baseball uniform, of course — is being mobbed by fans, all eager to get his autograph on the baseballs they are holding in their hands.

After ‘Royals’ came out, Lorde explained just how the photo inspired her to write the song (quote via Deadspin):

“[I] had this image from the National Geographic of this dude just signing baseballs,” she said. “He was a baseball player and his shirt said, ‘Royals.’”

“It was just that word,” she continued. “It’s really cool.”

Of course, the ultimate irony of the song is that Lorde sings that she and her friends “will never be royals,” but of course, it is now her, who is frequently sought after and has mobs of fans just waiting for her autograph.

Lorde and Brett have tried to meet before, but the timing never worked out. However, now the duo have finally been united, and the MLB has the picture to prove it:



Taylor Swift Gives Inside Look at Fan Bridal Shower Surprise

Taylor-Swift-GenaA while back Taylor Swift surprised one of her fans, when she flew out to Ohio and showed up at the “Swiftie’s” bridal shower. Gena, the bride-to-be, documented the entire event on Instagram for everyone to see, but Taylor recorded the whole thing on video — including the special surprise moment.

Watch Taylor Swift’s adorable bridal shower surprise below

The video starts out with a close-up selfie of the ‘Red’ singer setting up the scene for us: Gena had been coming to Taylor’s shows for years, and while Taylor couldn’t make the wedding, she was going to go to the bridal shower, her first ever! She even made the happy couple some gifts and baked cookies for the occasion. Oh, and the best part? Not one person at the bridal shower knew that Taylor was coming.

Taylor kept the camera on as she rode from the airport to the venue, where she walked in completely unbeknownst to Gena. When Gena saw Taylor approach, she looked totally shocked at first — but then quickly wrapped her in a huge hug. So sweet!

While the guests were a little taken aback as soon as Taylor entered the room (the gasps were audible), the shock soon wore off and Taylor mingled with the partygoers effortlessly, even hugging the groom and joking around with all of the bridesmaids, and, of course, with Gena. (The two later reenact her reaction to first seeing Taylor.)



TECH 5 for April 16, 2014 – Cell phones vs. Smartphones

ben-harrisonGood afternoon and welcome to another Tech 5 program and a five minute trip into the amazing world of technology. This is Ben Harrison.

This week we have been devoting out Tech 5 talk time to computers; specifically buying decisions re Apple and PC and I-pad and Android tablets.
To wrap up this series, I’d like to share some thoughts regarding Cell Phones and Smartphones. How are they different?

While we all know what cell phones are, we don’t always know how to differentiate them from smartphones. Here’s how.

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Miley Cyrus Hospitalized After Sudden Illness, Cancels Tour Dates

Miley-Cyrus-HospitalShock value pop star Miley Cyrus is currently hospitalized after suddenly falling ill yesterday.

According to TMZ, Cyrus was in Kansas City yesterday for her Bangerz Tour at the sprint arena when she suddenly fell ill and was rushed to the hospital. Sources say she had a severe allergic reaction to antibiotics.

Miley Cyrus also tweeted out a photo from her hospital yesterday.

The concert in Kansas City was subsequently cancelled. Miley Cyrus was also forced to cancel her concert today in St. Lois.

“The hospital is sayin i wont b released today???? therefore Im not going 2 make it 2 St Louis. Im so sorry but somethings are outta my control,” Miley Cyrus tweeted.


TECH 5 for April 15, 2014 I-Pad vs. Android Tablet

ben-harrison-213x300Good afternoon and welcome to another Tech 5 program and a five minute trip into the amazing world of technology. This is Ben Harrison.

Yesterday we talked about decision making involved in buying an Apple computer or a PC. It really boils down to the use you plan to make of your computer; the amount of money you have to spend on your computer purchase (Apple is more expensive) and your personal design preference: the really cool look of Apple products or the so-so look of a wide range of PCs available on the market. Apple has worked very hard to create a fun and hip image for its line of Mac computers, while portraying PCs as dull and nerdy. However the PC will meet the needs of most people.

Today I’d like to share my thoughts on I-pads and Android Tablets. Mobile computing has hit the consumer marketplace with incredible success. At first, there was only the iPad. Then came the more expensive Android tablets with questionable quality. Eventually, the prices for Android tablets dropped while quality improved. Now, Android makes up the majority of tablet shipments in the market.
Most of what shoppers care about is found in the Apple iPads, Google’s Nexus 7, Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablets, the new Samsung Galaxy series and. the Windows tablet.

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TECH 5 for April 14, 2014 – Mac vs. PC: Computer Purchase Decisions

ben-harrison-213x300Good afternoon and welcome to another Tech 5 program and a five minute trip into the amazing world of technology. This is Ben Harrison.

I have recently been questioned by several people who were planning to buy a new computer as to whether they should consider buying an Apple or a PC. PC stands for personal computer by the way, and although Apple can also be called a personal computer the company has spent millions of brand advertising dollars distancing the Apple and Mac brand names from their humble cousins now known as PCs.

The answer to weather you should buy an Apple or a PC, depends to a large part on why you want to buy a computer and what use you plan to make of it once you own it.

You will likely be choosing between Apple’s Macbook and iMac with its operating system Mac OS, or a PC: Laptop or desktop running on Windows, which is Microsoft’s operating system.

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