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1K flu deaths expected in Louisiana this year, health officials say

1K flu deaths expected in Louisiana this year, health officials say

Health
Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The flu is expected to hit Louisiana hard this year and could potentially result in nearly 1,000 deaths, health officials said this week.The Louisiana Department of Health noticed a sharp spike the the number of flu cases and issued new rounds of flu vaccines to aid prevention. But the state is still in pace for more flu cases than it has seen in recent years."In more severe seasons, the flu causes approximately 700 deaths and nearly 8,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana," Dr. Frank Welch, state immunization medical director, told The Advocate. "We are already on track to meet and possibly exceed these statistics for the 2017-18 flu season."Dr. Raoult Ratard, the state epidemiologist, said he expectts the final flu-related death toll to be near 1,000."The message i...
NASA: 2017 was second warmest year since 1880

NASA: 2017 was second warmest year since 1880

Science
Jan. 18 (UPI) -- NASA temperature measurements suggest 2017 was the second warmest year since detailed record keeping began in 1880. NOAA data suggests last year was the third warmest in modern history."The minor difference in rankings is due to the different methods used by the two agencies to analyze global temperatures, although over the long-term the agencies' records remain in strong agreement," NOAA announced in a news release.When mitigating the impacts of the El Nino pattern in the Pacific, the data showed 2017 was the warmest year on record.According to scientists at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, the average global temperature in 2017 was 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average temperature between 1951 and 1980. Only 2016 was hotter, according to ...
2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

2017 'warmest year without El Niño'

Science
Manmade climate change is now dwarfing the influence of natural trends on the climate, scientists say. Last year was the second or third hottest year on record - after 2016 and on a par with 2015, the data shows. But those two years were affected by El Niño - the natural phenomenon centred on the tropical Pacific Ocean which works to boost temperatures worldwide.Take out this natural variability and 2017 would probably have been the warmest year yet, the researchers say.The acting director of the UK Met Office, Prof Peter Stott, told BBC News: "It's extraordinary that temperatures in 2017 have been so high when there's no El Niño. In fact, we’ve been going into cooler La Niña conditions. "Last year was substantially warmer than 1998 which had a very big El Niño. "It shows clearly that the
Citigroup plans to boost pay this year to address inequality among female and minority workers

Citigroup plans to boost pay this year to address inequality among female and minority workers

Finance
Citigroup will increase compensation for women and minorities to bridge pay gaps in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, as part of its annual pay process this year, the Wall Street bank said on Monday.Citi said it had conducted a survey in the three countries, where it found that women and minorities are paid slightly less than men and non-minorities, respectively.Compensation would be raised based on the pay gaps identified in the survey, Citi spokeswoman Jennifer Lowney said.Citi, along with other U.S. banks and credit card companies, had been under investor pressure to disclose the gender pay gap.The company's activist investor Arjuna Capital asked Citi's shareholders last year to vote in favor of a proposal requiring the bank to address the gender pay gap."Women are pai...
Ring in the new year with a financial game plan

Ring in the new year with a financial game plan

Finance
It is now the time to start thinking about what you can do to get your financial affairs in order for the coming year. The turn of the year is typically a time of reflection and planning to right areas that you may have let go astray in the previous year.Implementing a financial plan is our top financial item you should resolve to address in the coming year. This vital item could have a tremendous impact on your financial future, not only for yourself in the coming year but also for generations to come.The coming year should be used to design, develop and implement a financial plan. Think about the amount of time that you spent last year in researching, booking and mapping out your vacation. Was more time spent on planning your vacation or your financial future? I would argue that, in most...