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What Parents Need to Know About the Condition Caused By Zika

Nothing can strike fear into the hearts of millions like news of a mysterious virus outbreak that has no treatment or vaccine and is especially threatening to unborn babies. The Zika virus is an infection that can cause the microcephaly birth defect in infants, resulting in the head and brain not fully developing.

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It popped up on experts’ radars after thousands of babies in Brazil were born with microcephaly, and is causing such distress in South and Central America that health officials in both El Salvador and Colombia have advised women to not get pregnant until they can get this matter under control, while the CDC is warning American women to be wary if they’re traveling to certain parts of the world.

It certainly seems like we should take the Zika virus very seriously — but how much do we really know about it so far?

“Zika virus is a virus carried by the Aedes mosquito and is transmitted to humans via the bite of an infected mosquito,” says Dr. Gerardo Bustillo, OB-GYN at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California. “First discovered in Ugandan rhesus monkeys in 1947, it has been associated with outbreaks in different parts of the world. Zika virus is related to other mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue virus and West Nile virus. Zika first appeared in the Western Hemisphere in early 2014, in an island off the coast of Chile. Since then, it has been detected in several countries in Central and South America. Cases have been recently diagnosed in the United States, but these individuals were infected during a recent trip to Central or South America.”

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Dr. Sherry Ross, OB-GYN and women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, says experts are still learning the effects of this virus on children and non-pregnant adults. “Only 1 in 5 infected people will show any kind of symptoms, and the majority will only have mild flu-like symptoms,” she says, referring to the fever, conjunctivitis, rash and joint pain. “However, I would still encourage prevention of being exposed to this virus to all age groups.”

Other common symptoms of the virus, which appear two to 12 days after a mosquito bite, include muscle aches, headache, pain behind the eyes and generalized weakness, Bustillo says. The good news is that severe disease is uncommon: The illness is usually mild, and symptoms resolve after two to seven days.

These facts don’t, of course, take away from a terrifying one: Zika can seriously affect pregnant women, regardless of what trimester they’re in, Ross says. “If you become infected with this virus during pregnancy, it has been associated with birth defects including a small, shrunken brain and malformed head known as microcephaly,” she says. “This virus can be transmitted to the fetus as well.”

But what exactly is microcephaly, and what causes this rare condition?

“Microcephaly is a head circumference (measured in a fetus or infant) that is significantly below the mean for a given age (or gestational age in fetuses) and sex,“ Bustillo explains. "It can be the result of a multitude of causes, including genetic abnormalities, brain injury from exposure to toxins or infections during gestation (such as Zika infection) and birth complications. In at least 40 percent of cases, there is no known cause. The severity of neurologic impairment is generally related to the severity of microcephaly, and may be significant. The exact mechanism by which Zika causes microcephaly, and the magnitude of the resulting damage, is still being investigated.”

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Pregnant women who have recently traveled to an area with Zika virus transmission and have symptoms of the infection (fever, rash, joint pains and/or pinkeye) should have blood testing for Zika virus infection, Bustillo says. "All pregnant women with a relevant travel history, [regardless] of the presence of symptoms, should have fetal evaluation, with serial ultrasounds looking for microcephaly,” he says. “If the ultrasound suggests the presence of microcephaly, amniocentesis may be performed for Zika virus testing.”

Zika has been found in breast milk, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the virus can be transmitted during labor, sexual contact, blood transfusion or lab exposure, but we don’t yet know if Zika can be passed on through nursing. Because data on pregnant women infected with Zika is limited, Bustillo says it’s also unknown whether every pregnant woman who contracts Zika will pass the virus on to her fetus.

Without a vaccine or treatment yet, Ross says the best prevention method is to avoid traveling to areas where Zika outbreaks are occurring. The CDC regularly updates its website, and there are currently 22 countries on the list, including Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil and Barbados. If you are traveling to these areas, it’s crucial that you wear protective clothing and mosquito repellent.

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There is an incubation period for the Zika virus of three to 12 days. If you experience symptoms associated with the virus, visit your doctor, and treat the symptoms as you normally would. “Infected persons should get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration and treat fever with common medications,” Bustillo says. “The best way to prevent infection is to avoid mosquito bites. Personal protective measures include applying mosquito repellent, wearing long sleeves and long pants and staying indoors. Window and door screens and mosquito nets help to minimize contact between mosquitoes and people. Since mosquito larvae breed in standing water, every effort should be made to avoid allowing standing water to collect outdoors, as in buckets, bottles and flowerpots.” Lisa Fogarty

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Top Amazon executive to take two-year post with Italian prime minister

ROME (Reuters) - A top executive at Amazon.com, Diego Piacentini, is taking a two-year leave of absence to lead Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s digital technology office, the company said on Wednesday.

Piacentini, Amazon’s senior vice president of international consumer business, has been with the U.S. company for 16 years and will move to Rome this summer, working for free during his 24-month stint.

“Mr. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, we are so proud of Diego. Great for Italy. Kudos to all,” Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said on Twitter, announcing Piacentini’s temporary relocation to his home country.

“Come to Italy and we can talk about innovation!” Renzi replied.

It was not immediately clear what was expected of Piacentini, but the Italian government is eager to upgrade the country’s technological know-how in an effort to aid the sluggish economy.

Only some 36 percent of Italian households are covered by so-called next-generation-access networks, according to latest European Union data, against 43 percent in France and 81 percent in Germany. Renzi has said he wants to give almost all households rapid broadband cover by 2020.

His government has also said it wants to establish “digital neighborhoods” in cities that will be dedicated to fostering hi-tech startups.

Last month, U.S. technology giant Apple announced it would open a center for developing apps in the southern Italian city of Naples – its first such facility in Europe.

(Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

Watch Rolling Stones Play 'She's a Rainbow' for First Time in 18 Years

The Rolling Stones kicked off the South American leg of their ongoing world tour at Santiago, Chile’s Estadio Nacional Wednesday night. Before the show, the band’s official website asked fans to pick between four rarities –  “She’s a Rainbow,” “Anybody Seen My Baby,” “She’s So Cold” and “Like a Rolling Stone” – for the request portion of the evening. “She’s a Rainbow” won the most votes, and six songs into the night, they played the 1967 Their Satanic Majesties Request tune for the first time since 1998, and only the 11th time in their entire history.

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This was also their first show with new backup vocalist Sasha Allen, best known for her appearance on the fourth season of The Voice in 2013. "So glad first show is out of me now,“ she wrote on Twitter. "I can’t wait to see it second to last!!! Growth…. Blessed to learn from the best!” Lisa Fischer has been the Stones’ primary vocalist dating to the Steel Wheels tour in 1989, but she had prior touring commitments that prevented her from making the trip down to South America.

The Stones tour continues on February 7th with a three-night stand at Argentina’s Estadio Unico and wraps up March 17th at Mexico City’s Foro Sol. It’s unclear what their plans are beyond that, but Keith Richards recently told Rolling Stone that he’s open to the idea of playing more shows in the USA. “It wouldn’t surprise me at all,” he said. “Up to now, I’ve gotten as far as South America at the beginning of next year, and I know up to then. But after that, who knows? See how the boys feel.”

The group also crammed in some studio time before heading down to South America, possibly paving the way for their first album since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. “[I want to] find a good room somewhere and stuff us all in there together,” Richards told Rolling Stone last year. “Put a few microphones in the right place, and away you go.”

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أوباما يزور مسجدا أمريكيا للمرة الأولى منذ توليه السلطة

يزور الرئيس الأمريكي باراك أوباما مسجدا في الولايات المتحدة للمرة الأولى منذ توليه السلطة في عام 2009.

ويعتزم أوباما إلقاء كلمة أمام جمعية بالتيمور الإسلامية في ولاية ماريلاند صباح الخميس.

وقال البيت الأبيض إن الزيارة تهدف إلى الدفاع عن حرية المعتقد الديني والتنديد بالتعصب.

ونقلت وكالة رويترز للأنباء عن مسؤول بالبيت الأبيض قوله إن الرئيس “يشدد على أهمية البقاء مخلصين لقيمنا الجوهرية، والترحيب بزملائنا الأمريكيين، والتنديد بالتعصب، ونبذ اللامبالاة، وحماية تقليد أمتنا بشأن حرية المعتقد الديني.”

وكان أوباما قد زار مساجد في مناطق أخرى في العالم خلال جولاته الرسمية على مدار سبع سنوات منذ توليه الرئاسة.

وقال مجلس العلاقات الإسلامية الأمريكية المدافع عن حقوق الإنسان، “كير"، إنه رصد زيادة في عدد الهجمات التي تستهدف مساجد ومسلمين منذ وقوع هجمات باريس في نوفمبر/تشرين الثاني 2015، وحادثة إطلاق النار في سان برناردينو في ولاية كاليفورنيا في ديسمبر/كانون الأول الماضي.

وحذر تقرير للمجلس من أن "مستويات المشاعر المعادية للإسلام تتأثر باتجاهات السياسة الأمريكية الداخلية"، مشيرا إلى دعوة أطلقها دونالد ترامب، المرشح المحتمل للحزب الجمهوري لخوض سباق الرئاسة الأمريكية، في ديسمبر/كانون الأول لفرض حظر مؤقت على دخول المسلمين إلى الولايات المتحدة.

وقال إبراهيم هوبر، من مجلس العلاقات الإسلامية الأمريكية :"لا أعتقد أن هذا المستوى من الخوف والقلق كان موجودا في المجتمع الأمريكي الإسلامي من قبل.”

ويقضي أوباما حاليا عامه الأخير رئيسا للبلاد، وهو يعد أول رئيس أمريكي في المنصب يلقي خطابا في السفارة الإسرائيلية قبل أسبوع، محذرا في كلمته من تنامي معاداة السامية.

وقال أكبر أحمد، المتخصص في الدراسات الإسلامية بالجامعة الأمريكية، إن أوباما ترك الأمر “حتى الرمق الأخير بالمعنى الحرفي"، كي يزور مسجدا أمريكيا، مضيفا أن: "الزيارة جاءت متأخرة لكنها أفضل من عدم حدوثها على الإطلاق.”

وكانت علاقات باراك حسين أوباما مع المسلمين معقدة. وقد تعهد في بداية رئاسته بإعادة تشكيل العلاقات مع المسلمين في الخارج بعد تصدعها بسبب الحرب في العراق. لكن ذلك انهار بعد اندلاع ثورات الربيع العربي.

وواجه أوباما في الداخل شائعات بأنه مسلم يدعي المسيحية. وكان البيت الأبيض قد انتقد في عام 2010 “حملة تضليل” بشأن الاعتقاد بأن أوباما “مسلم”.

وكان ذلك برز في رسم ساخر على غلاف مجلة نيويوركر 2008 يصوره هو وزوجته كإرهابيين - عندما كان مرشحا للرئاسة - في زي إسلامي تقليدي.

ورفض أوباما هذه الشائعات واصفا إياها بأنها سخيفة. وركز بدلا من ذلك على رفض ربط الإسلام بالإرهاب، وهذا ما امتدحه عليه المسلمون في أمريكا، وشجبه الجمهوريون الذين كانوا ينافسونه على المنصب.

Top Amazon executive to take two-year post with Italian prime minister

ROME (Reuters) - A top executive at Amazon.com, Diego Piacentini, is taking a two-year leave of absence to lead Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi’s digital technology office, the company said on Wednesday.

Piacentini, Amazon’s senior vice president of international consumer business, has been with the U.S. company for 16 years and will move to Rome this summer, working for free during his 24-month stint.

“Mr. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, we are so proud of Diego. Great for Italy. Kudos to all,” Amazon Chief Executive Jeff Bezos said on Twitter, announcing Piacentini’s temporary relocation to his home country.

“Come to Italy and we can talk about innovation!” Renzi replied.

It was not immediately clear what was expected of Piacentini, but the Italian government is eager to upgrade the country’s technological know-how in an effort to aid the sluggish economy.

Only some 36 percent of Italian households are covered by so-called next-generation-access networks, according to latest European Union data, against 43 percent in France and 81 percent in Germany. Renzi has said he wants to give almost all households rapid broadband cover by 2020.

His government has also said it wants to establish “digital neighborhoods” in cities that will be dedicated to fostering hi-tech startups.

Last month, U.S. technology giant Apple announced it would open a center for developing apps in the southern Italian city of Naples – its first such facility in Europe.

(Writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Toni Reinhold)

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Nimble Storage Surpasses 7,500 Customers Worldwide

SAN JOSE, CA–(Marketwired - Feb 1, 2016) - Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL), the flash storage solutions company, today announced that more than 7,500 customers have deployed the Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash platform, an increase of more than 2,500 customers in just the last 12 months. This exceptional customer adoption rate is in contrast to the customer growth rates of many next generation portfolio storage competitors that introduced products in a similar timeframe to leverage the disruptive impact of flash. Nimble attributes this rapid growth to its proven ability to develop and deliver innovative technology with an unwavering commitment to superior customer support.

“We designed the Adaptive Flash platform with the ultimate goal of addressing the entire spectrum of applications and workloads across the enterprise. Our ability to stand behind our word and deliver industry-leading technology has driven a high level of customer loyalty across our customer base of mid-market businesses, global enterprises and cloud service providers,” said Suresh Vasudevan, CEO, Nimble Storage. "In collaboration with our channel partner ecosystem and in alignment with our technology alliance partners, we’ve been able to acquire more than 7,500 customers in just under six years of shipping our first flash storage products.“

The Nimble Storage Adaptive Flash platform, consisting of the flash-optimized CASL file system and InfoSight cloud-based management software, offers the broadest approach to leveraging flash storage in the modern data center. The platform has been deployed by global enterprises that include: Westfield Shopping Centers, Amberg Technologies, Villanova, Channellock, DAA, Dreamscape, Phillips Capital, INSEAD, Seek, Splio, and Kimball International. Additionally, Nimble continues to support cloud service providers developing services platforms with Nimble’s platform as the underpinning storage infrastructure. Service Provider customers include: NTT SmartConnect Corporation, phoenixNAP, Clearview International, Virtacore, iland, ServerCentral, LivePerson, and Zanox.

Nimble continues to underscore its commitment to customer support by leveraging its data analytics capabilities to deliver measured availability across its installed base of storage arrays of 99.9997 percent. Key differentiators span the high levels of resiliency and availability the Adaptive Flash platform provides, the level of visibility the company has into its customers’ environments with InfoSight, and the consequent high level of proactive support that is delivered to end users. Over 90 percent of support cases are proactively identified and opened by InfoSight. And over 80 percent of support cases initiated by InfoSight are closed automatically without customer intervention.

Rapid Growth: The Path to 7,500 Customers
The path to acquiring 7,500 customers has come over the past six years with the company exiting fiscal year 2013 with 1,095 customers, which more than doubled exiting fiscal year 2014 to 2,645 customers. International expansion fueled growth in fiscal year 2015 to 4,979 customers and fiscal year 2016 to 7,500 customers. International customer growth doubled during fiscal year 2015 from 816 to 1,500 customers exiting fiscal year 2016 representing 20 percent of the company’s customer base.

Industry Recognition: Gartner Magic Quadrant for General Purpose Disk Arrays
Nimble advanced to the Leaders quadrant in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays(1). The company had been recognized for three consecutive years in the same report. View the full "Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays” report: http://www.nimblestorage.com/gartner-magic-quadrant

Industry Recognition: Gartner Critical Capabilities for General-Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays
According to Gartner, “The ability to build agile, manageable and cost-effective storage infrastructures will depend on the creation of methodologies that stack-rank vendors, storage arrays and bids in their environments. Gartner’s Critical Capabilities for General Purpose Arrays(2) quantifies eight critical measures of product attractiveness across six midrange storage array use cases.” In this report, the Nimble Storage CS-Series arrays received a product score of 3.93 out of 5 in the Overall Use Case category ranking the solution 3rd amongst seventeen vendor products. View the full Critical Capabilities for General Purpose Arrays report: http://info.nimblestorage.com/Gartner-Critical-Capabilities.html.

Customers Continue to Praise Nimble Storage for Ease of Use, Performance and Support

“We originally selected the Nimble array to support a VDI project and when we compared the performance to our previous storage we immediately knew it was time for us to go full scale with our Nimble deployment. Due to Nimble’s compression capabilities we’re able to reduce traffic in between sites and bring workloads back online within 30 minutes, which is a process that previously took 14 hours. We now run our corporate VDI and all production data including SQL and MongoDB on the Nimble platform. In addition, we’ve been able to consolidate from disparate solutions to support our disaster recovery initiative on a single storage platform. Ease of use, increased performance, and industry leading support – that’s been our experience with Nimble.”
- Brian Jones, IT Operations, Onvia delivers the essential bid, award, agency, vendor and budget data companies need to succeed in the government contracting market.

“We took a lot of time to decide on a new storage system and we tested many providers. This thorough evaluation process is how we became aware of Nimble Storage. The technology-driven approach and support, which is available around the clock, are key reasons we’ve selected Nimble as our storage platform. The simplified operations and scalability assure us that we don’t need to worry about our storage requirements in the near future. We searched for a solution that facilitates our work and meets our requirements, and we have found one. Problem solved." 
- Hendrick Nehnes, Head of IT, Zanox, the leading performance marketing network in Europe

"The Nimble storage platform has given us a 60% performance increase for one of our most critical applications which has created a more efficient product lifecycle management process, ultimately impacting Rip Curl’s bottom line. Since we implemented Nimble, the company has gone above-and-beyond to ensure our infrastructure remains highly available through proactive customer support preempt issues. We are thrilled that we implemented an enterprise platform that is exceeding the expectations of our business.”
 - Leo Magdaleno, IT Business Analyst, Rip Curl USA, which designs, produces, and distributes a variety of innovative products in more than 60 countries worldwide for surfers and boardsport enthusiasts.

“From day one the Nimble platform was able to host 1PB of our data with the ability to scale to a multi petabyte range. InfoSight allows us to monitor not only the health status of our Nimble arrays, but also the capacity trending components. The ability to look into each one of our arrays individually and proactively manage each array’s capacity is critical to maintaining application service levels. We are now able to start taking a look at how we plan and budget for the future. InfoSight puts that data at our fingertips.”
 - William Bell, Vice President of Products, phoenixNAP

“Management and maintenance tracking functionality is comprehensive with the InfoSight portal. The ability to receive automated alerting in order to help our team proactively administer our storage platform has been invaluable. It has undoubtedly streamlined our maintenance and troubleshooting processes and in turn, has enhanced our ability to provide preeminent service to customers with our hosted storage offering.”
 - TJ Karklins, Clearview International CEO

Nimble Storage Resources

Gartner Disclaimer
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Nimble Storage
Nimble Storage (NYSE: NMBL) is redefining the storage market with its Adaptive Flash platform. Nimble’s flash storage solutions enable the consolidation of all workloads and eliminate storage silos by providing enterprises with significant improvements in application performance and storage capacity. At the same time, Nimble delivers superior data protection, while simplifying business operations and lowering costs. At the core of the Adaptive Flash platform is the patented Cache Accelerated Sequential Layout (CASL) architecture and InfoSight, an automated cloud-based management and support system that maintains storage system peak health. More than 7,500 enterprises, governments, and service providers have deployed Nimble’s flash storage solutions across more than 50 countries. For more information about Nimble Storage, visit www.nimblestorage.com and follow us on Twitter: @nimblestorage.

Nimble Storage, the Nimble Storage logo, CASL, InfoSight, SmartStack and NimbleConnect are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nimble Storage. Other trade names or words used in this document are the properties of their respective owners.

(1) Gartner “Magic Quadrant for General-Purpose Disk Arrays,” written by Stanley Zaffos, Roger W. Cox, Valdis Filks, and Santhosh Rao October 21, 2015.
(2) Gartner “Critical Capabilities for General Purpose, Midrange Storage Arrays,” written by Stanley Zaffos, Valdis Filks, Santhosh Rao, Roger W. Cox, October 21, 2015.

The Perfect Calatrava: Considering the "Clous de Paris" Ref. 5120

The Perfect Calatrava: Considering the “Clous de Paris” Ref. 5120

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Continuing my quest for the perfect Patek Philippe Calatrava, I turn to the other main branch of the family. In 1973, Patek Philippe added “Clous de Paris” guilloche to the bezel of a straight-lug Calatrava and a new legend was born. Today, many people think of this Ref. 3520 rather than the clean, flowing original when they hear the name. But is this the perfect Calatrava?

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金價下跌 紐約期金收報1115.8美元跌4.4美元

<匯港通訊> 紐約期金在議息聲明公布前收市,報1115.8美元,下跌4.4美元,跌幅為0.4%。

美國聯儲局一致決定維持利率不變,會後聲明表示,正密切關注全球經濟和金融市場發展,以評估對就業市場及通脹的影響。 (BC)