Man hospitalized for smoke inhalation after fire in Normal Heights neighborhood

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Flames shot from windows and black smoke billowed into the sky as San Diego firefighters battled a house fire of unknown origin Friday morning in Normal Heights, authorities said.The blaze was reported at 6:43 a.m. inside a single-story home in the 4400 block of 38th Street near the corner of Meade Avenue, just west of state Route 15, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department spokesman Jose Ysea said. Smoke and flames were visible as the first firefighters arrived, but the home was already evacuated.Dozens of fire engines, water tankers and other emergency personnel responded, and the fire was knocked down by 7:06 a.m., Ysea said. No injuries were immediately reported, according to the spokesman, but firefighters at the scene told dispatchers that an elderly man suffered smoke inhalation, and it was reported the man was taken to a hospital for treatment.San Diego Gas & Electric responded to the home to shut off gas and power, Ysea said. Firefighters told dispatchers they were evacuating several neighboring homes as a precaution.The American Red Cross was called out to the scene to assist the displaced resident, Ysea said. There was no immediate word on the cause or an estimate of the cost of damage, but investigators were working Friday morning to determine what sparked the blaze. Posted: March 9, 2018 Man hospitalized for smoke inhalation after fire in Normal Heights neighborhood KUSI Newsroom, March 9, 2018center_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 10:37 PM Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: American Red Cross, Normal Heights, San Diego Fire-Rescue FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Scott AFB St Louis University Operate CivilianMilitary Residency Program

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR A residency program for family medicine that had been located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., now is the only fully-integrated civilian-military family residency in the Air Force that combines a community-based and a military residency.The program, now located at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, Ill., is a collaboration between Scott’s 375th Medical Group and St. Louis University. Each class in the program, which lasts three years, has eight military residents and six civilians, reports 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs.The program allows residents to treat DOD beneficiaries at Scott’s family medicine clinic in Belleville, located next to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, as well as civilian patients at various locations.“The biggest benefit of this program is the variety of patients our residents get exposed to and get the opportunity to care for,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Snyder, the residency program’s military director.“There are things here you may not see in a straight military residency program, because the military patient population doesn’t always present the most challenging patients sometimes,” Snyder said.The program moved from Scott AFB to St. Elizabeth’s when the base hospital closed in 1996. Late next year, St. Elizabeth’s will be moving locations along with the residency clinic, but the residency program will remain the same, according to the story. The new location will allow more efficient patient care and will also be closer to Scott AFB, making it easier for most DOD beneficiaries to receive care, Snyder said.last_img read more

115 dead as Yemen cholera outbreak spreads ICRC

first_imgA cholera outbreak has rapidly spread in Yemen, killing 115 people in two weeks in the impoverished country where hospitals badly damaged by more than two years of war can barely cope.Patients with cholera symptoms have flooded the run-down medical facilities, as international relief agencies warned of a catastrophic humanitarian situation and urged citizens to exercise hygiene precautions.“We now are facing a serious outbreak of cholera,” said Dominik Stillhart, the director of operations at the International Committee of the Red Cross at a news conference in Sanaa on Sunday.Citing figures compiled by the Yemeni health ministry, Stillhart said 115 people had died of cholera between April 27 and Saturday.More than 8,500 suspected cases of the waterborne disease were reported in the same period in 14 governorates across Yemen, Stillhart said, up from 2,300 cases in 10 governorates last week.Doctors Without Borders (MSF) expressed fears on Sunday that health authorities alone will not be able to deal with the outbreak.“MSF calls on international organisations to scale up their assistance urgently to limit the spread of the outbreak and anticipate potential other ones,” it said in a statement.This is the second outbreak of cholera, a bacterial infection contracted through ingesting contaminated food or water, in less than a year in Yemen, the Arab world’s poorest country.Yemen is witnessing a devastating war between the Saudi-supported government and Iranian-backed Huthi rebels, and less than half of the country’s health facilities are functioning two years into the conflict.“The humanitarian situation in Yemen is catastrophic,” Stillhart said.Garbage fills streets -“There are up to four cholera patients in one single bed,” Stillhart said.“There are people in the garden, and some even in their cars with the IV drip hanging from the window,” he said, adding that the ICRC has intervened with IV fluid, chlorine tablets and oral rehydration salts.A garbage crisis in the capital caused by municipality trash collectors going on a 10-day pay strike, which ended over the weekend, contributed to the outbreak, said Stillhart.Piles of garbage had mounted in the capital’s streets, with residents and passersby wearing masks to avoid the stench of rotting refuse.Residents of Sanaa “need to follow the guidelines, like cleaning fruits and vegetables very well and not eating uncovered foods that might be polluted,” said Jameel Nashir, Yemen’s health chief at the World Health Organisation.“Additionally, they should use good water from sources that are safe and away from the polluted areas,” he told AFP.Ali al-Washali, a patient who suffered severe diarrhoea, said his neighbourhood has always been supplied with water from artesian wells delivered in tankers without any problems, “except for now, as people are getting sick.”The WHO now classifies Yemen as one of the worst humanitarian emergencies in the world alongside Syria, South Sudan, Nigeria and Iraq.The ICRC has decided to “significantly expand” operations in Yemen owing to not only cholera but the overall humanitarian situation, Stillhart told reporters.Critical food imports are also at an all-time low as many of the country’s Red Sea ports are blockaded.The United Nations has warned 17 million people—equivalent to two-thirds of the population—are at imminent risk of famine in Yemen.More than 8,000 people have been killed since the Saudi-led Arab coalition intervened to support Yemen’s government in 2015, according to the WHO.last_img read more

CoOperation department to set 2631 Customer Service Points

first_imgKolkata: The state Co-Operation department will set up 2,631 Customer Service Points (CSP), particularly in areas lacking branches of nationalised banks to render services to the rural population.”Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed us to take bank services to the areas which lack nationalised and private bank branches. We have set a target of coming up with CSPs in 2,631 Gram Panchayat (GP) areas across the state. Around 250 such CSPs have already come up,” state Co-Operation minister Arup Roy said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources in the department said the CSPs are being set up in the offices of the co-operative societies and will have all the facilities of a banking service branch. There will be Rs an investment of 15 lakh for each unit and the total cost of the project has been earmarked at Rs 300 crore. The employees of the co-operative societies will be trained for rendering services to the users. It may be mentioned that there are around 710 villages in the state which do not have banks. The state Co-Operation department has already set up 50 banks to cater to these villages and is gradually setting up more and more branches. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state government is also focusing upon recovering NPAs in the co-operative banks. “We are now offering loan at a rate of 2 percent to the farmers bringing it down from 4 percent. The state government is offering subsidies to the banks in this regard so that they can offer loan at a low percentage,” an official said. The minister mentioned his department has set a target of providing farmer’s loan to the tune of Rs 7,000 crore in the 2018-19 fiscal up from Rs 5200 crore that was allocated in 2017-18. “The loan for Self-Help Groups has been set at Rs 1,200 crore in 2018-19 financial year up from Rs 1,000 crore in the last fiscal,” Roy said. The department will organise Co-Operative fair from November 19 to 22 at Netaji Indoor Stadium. State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra will inaugurate the fair.last_img read more

Protecting Your System From Hackers

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Change passwords often. Defy hackers by adding one upper case letter to your password. Install firewalls and antivirus software. Limit use of free e-mail accounts (Hotmail and Yahoo) by employees at work. Don’t download anything unless you know what it is and who sent it. Encrypt sensitive data. Don’t send financial information over the Internet unless you are sure it is secure. Think about using an “anonymizer” to hide your identity while visiting Web sites. (Check out Read privacy policies, and don’t give sites the option to share your data with third parties or for marketing purposes. Be aware of widespread viruses, and take the time to download “patches” offered by software makers. Although security experts said Microsoft knew for months that its Windows NT or 2000 software was vulnerable to “Code Red,” it didn’t publicize the security patch until mid-June. Your computer network may have been spared by the recent Code Red virus, but don’t think because you’re small, you aren’t vulnerable to a crippling security breach or nasty virus. “This problem isn’t going away,” said Andy Faris, president, Americas, of Message Labs Inc. in Minneapolis. “The hackers are getting more malicious and more clever. Traditional security measures aren’t working anymore, so you have to step up your vigilance and improve security.”The current scourge, Sir Cam, has been assaulting e-mail systems for the past two weeks. United Kingdom-based Message Labs, which provides e-mail filtering services worldwide, has intercepted 10,000 Sir Cam messages per day being sent to its 500,000 subscribers, according to Faris. In most cases, several messages a day from different people appear to be messages sent by a friend needing “help.” The Sir Cam virus can delete files and forward confidential company information to unwitting recipients, Faris said.If you think these viruses are just nuisances, check out the damage estimates. Last year’s Valentine’s Love Letter virus caused an estimated $2.6 billion in losses in 72 hours, according to industry analysts. In 1999, the Love Bug virus infected networks, causing an estimated $10 billion in damage, while the Melissa virus cost another $393 million in 2001. The widespread Anna Kournikova virus also caused big, expensive headaches around the world.”I would suggest that all companies, big and small, do a thorough review of their security,” said Faris, whose company offers its e-mail filtering services for about $2.50 per user, per month with a one-year contract. If a mysterious hacker isn’t trying to shut down your Web site, a disgruntled former employee could be. Doing things as simple as changing system passwords frequently can prevent a major security breach.”If a business owner doesn’t take proactive steps to make sure their information is secured, it’s the equivalent of putting their secrets out on the front doorstep when they go home at night,” said Robert Lonadier, director of security strategies for the Hurwitz Group in Framingham, Massachusetts. “The typical hacker is a bored teenager with a modem and access to news groups. Data in transit (e-mail) and data at rest (company files, financial information and customer files) need to be protected in some manner; otherwise, the safe bet is that it will find its way into the wrong hands.”Lonadier said lax password security comes about as a result of sharing passwords or scribbling them on sticky notes and sticking them to computers or inside desk drawers. “It’s amazing how common sense gets ignored when it comes to security issues,” said Lonadier. He recommends that every business owner spend 15 minutes making a detailed list of critical information assets. Figure out who really needs access to specific information, then limit access to everyone else. Keep close tabs on who has access to financial and other confidential information. Think twice about e-mailing confidential documents and contracts. Faxing or mailing them to clients or customers is safer. “People get lulled into the convenience of the electronic medium without thinking through the implication of having (sensitive) documents travel through cyberspace,” said Lonadier.To immediately increase password security, Lonadier recommends including one upper-case letter in your password. This is a very simple and effective tool against hackers. “If you have the computer equivalent of locks on your doors and a ‘Club’ on your car, the casual hacker may be turned away,” he said.Another problem is the push to open your computer systems and Web site to your customers. If a legitimate customer is given a password to go online to check order status 24 hours a day, a hacker has an open door to dig deeper into your computer system. “With large numbers of computer systems being interconnected front end to back end, there is an opportunity for errors and vulnerability,” said Lonadier.Security experts warn against posting too much personal information about your executives on your Web site. If you tell the world your CIO has three kids, loves to jog and lives in San Jose, he or she is vulnerable to being contacted or threatened by a computer criminal.Experts say your confidential information is most vulnerable when you send it over the Internet in the form of e-mail. Currently, 10 million e-mail messages are sent around the world every day, and the number is expected to grow to 35 million messages a day in the next five years, according to Accenture, a high-tech consulting firm. “When you want to use the Internet for business purposes, it has flaws-it’s not a very secure channel,” said Jim Liski, COO of Atabok Inc. in Newton, Massachusetts. Atabok offers a variety of subscription-based e-mail protection services (the cost is about $40 a month), including encryption and a product that allows you to control use of the messages you send. “With our product, you can control whether you can print, forward or save a message,” said Liski. “You can also revoke a message that has been sent.” COMPUTER SECURITY TIPS Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » August 13, 2001 Jane Applegate is a syndicated columnist and the author of 201 Great Ideas for Your Small Business. For a free copy of her “Business Owner’s Check Up,” send your name and address to Check Up, P.O. Box 768, Pelham NY 10803 or e-mail it to Sarah Prior contributed to this article. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Don’t let hackers get the best of you. Here’s how:last_img read more