Studies of respiratory viruses in personnel at an Antarctic base

first_imgThirteen men wintering on an Antarctic base were isolated from other human contact for 10 months. During this period Coxsackievirus A21 and later influenza A2 virus were administered to some of the men. Serum samples were collected from each of the men at monthly intervals. Coxsackievirus A21 produced symptoms and apparently spread to uninoculated men. It also appears that repeated re-infections occurred and that the virus persisted in this small community for most of the period of isolation. HI antibody responses in the absence of neutralizing antibody responses seem to be transient. The vaccine strain of influenza virus induced antibody responses but did not cause symptoms. There was no evidence of spread to uninoculated men. Antibody titres against influenza C, parainfluenzaviruses 1 and 2 and coronavirus OC43 did not fall significantly during isolation. An outbreak of respiratory illness occurred at the end of isolation and its origin was traced. No causative agent was detected.last_img read more

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Dons call for privatisation

first_imgTop college chiefs are pushing the University towards privatisation in a blow to both government tuition-fee plans and the student campaign against top-up fees. Speaking at a major educational conference, Lord Butler of Brockwell, Master of University College, asserted that students with the ability to pay the realistic cost of their education and accomodation charges must be charged in full. In conversation with Cherwell Lord Butler stated that the government proposals “fall between two stools. £3 000 per student would not solve Oxford’s problems, and the charges would act as a dissinsentive to those from poorer families.” He made no qualms over highlighting his College’s financial woes, suggesting that student and government payments contrribute only 53% of the actual costs. “Many students would be able and willing to pay more,” he added, “Such a move would also solve the current problems over increasing rent charges.” However Butler made it clear that this was not a case of the rich subsidising the poor as fees would be limited according to the cost of their course. He added, “No-one would be more delighted than me if costs were paid through taxation, but education funding is understandably spent at more electorally popular levels.” The plan proposed by Butler, a former head of the Civil Service, has been supported by other wardens, principals and masters. In an unpublished paper, prompted by current debate, David Palfreyman, New College bursar, divides students into three groups according to their parents combined annual income. Students from “Rich England” whose parents earned £150 000 per year would be expected to pay up to £15 000 in annual tution fees, “Middle England” (earnings £75 000+ pro annum) would pay up to £10 000 whilst those earning between £30 000 – £50 000 would pay £1 500 – £3 500+. Families earning less than £25 000 would pay nothing. Dame Jessica Rawson, Warden of Merton, believes the shortfall of funding is even greater, arguing that the government is unable to provide for Oxford’s unique style of teaching. “The current [Government’s] proposals would not benefit colleges at all”, she claimed. Academic inclinations towards the private setting of charges comes in light of the increasing likelihood that the government proposals to charge students a potential £3 000 a year will suffer defeat at the hands of rebellious Labour back benchers. Alan Ryan, warden of New College said that he was in favour of Oxford charging higher fees than other universities because of the long term benefits of a prestigious degree. Proposals such as these would put Oxford on par wth the Ivy League universities, charging up to £18 000. The lure of doubled salaries, job security and reasearch grants has resulted in a growing exodus of academics to America. Recent Nobel prize winner Sir John Sulston was educated at Oxford but produced his breakthrough research at Illinois University whilst ex-Oxford historian Niall Ferguson has also crossed the Atlantic to continue his research. OUSU President Helena Puig Larrauri doubted the credibility of these proposals. In this weeks Funding and Finance Campaign, she told members that “the plans are not only wrong, they are unfeasable”. However David Palfreyman had a chilling warning for both students and the government alike, “If fees are not brought in, Oxford will run itself into the ground. The rich kids a will go to America and we will become like the grotty European universities”.ARCHIVE: 1st Week MT2003last_img read more

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City Council approves boat yard build

first_imgLabour Councillor Bob Price told Cherwell, “The Jericho boatyard site has lain derelict since the British Waterways Board disgracefully sold it off for housing ten years ago, ignoring the needs of the large canal boat population and the local Jericho community. “The City Council successfully defended its vision of a combined boatyard, housing and public open space development on the site at appeal, and embodied that vision in a Special Planning Document as part of the Local Plan. We are pleased that we have been able to give provisional approval to the current planning application which meets most of our aspirations, but not our wish to secure 50 per cent af-ordable housing units.” However, he continued to describe the list of conditions and legal issues that need to be negotiated and settled before the final approval can be issued and explained that the Planning Committee will meet later this year to examine those agreements before they are signed. Lib Dem Mike Gotch was the only councillor to vote against the proposals, which were successfully passed with a vote of seven to one. Gotch commented, “The boatyard has been in its derelict state for about ten years, and everyone involved is sick of the arguments about this or that aspect of redevelopment – there have been two previous development schemes. However, being fed up, as one might expect, is not a satisfactory reason for accepting a not unattractive but flawed scheme. “St Barnabas Church is Grade One listed – a precious resource that may be [according to the officers] adversely affected by the proposals – we might have learned from the Castle Mill Flats development to carefully protect our listed assets – but seemingly not.” Oxford City Council has approved the £20m redevelopment of Jericho’s derelict boatyard after months of disputes between residents and developers – although the plans will be subject to 45 conditions. The new proposals involves creating a “piazza-style” public square between St Barnabas Church and Oxford Canal, surrounded by 22 new homes, a community centre, a nursery, and a restaurant. The plans also involve a new boatyard with two dry docks and a wet dock, as well as a swing bridge that will provide public access to the Oxford Canal. These plans are the fifth attempt to redevelop the derelict site in over a decade, with the City Council previously rejecting two plan- ning applications to regenerate the boatyard. Despite the approval of these most recent proposals, they still underwent significant consideration, with the planning committee accepting them on principal, but attaching 45 conditions. These included the amendment that ownership of the community centre and piazza square would eventually be passed to residents’ group Jericho Wharf Trust.last_img read more

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Two Twelve Year Olds Die After Falling Through the Ice (Pike County)

first_imgIndiana Conservation Officers are reporting that a twelve year old girl and a twleve year old boy have died after falling through the ice.An Indiana Conservation Officer Public Safety Diver was able to rescue both victims. The first victim was rescued within twenty minutes upon arrival and the second victim was rescued within forty minutes of arrival.It was estimated both subjects had been under water at least half an hour before being rescued. Both were taken to Memorial Hospital in Jasper for treatment where they died of their injures.The accident happened in southern Pike County and was dispatched at around 5:15 pm. The reason for being on the ice is unknown at this time and is still under investigation.Responding agencies included the Pike County Sheriffs Department, Petersburg City Police Department, Lockhart Township Fire Department, Patoka Township Fire Department, Spurgeon Fire Department, Pike County EMS and Indiana Conservation Officers.Names are being withheld until family has all been notified.  This press release will be updated tomorrow morning.  Autopsies are scheduled for Saturday December 17th 2016.  No foul play is expected.It is recommended to have at least four inches of ice to support the weight of a person and to always wear a life jacket.  No ice should be considered safe ice.  For more information on ice safety please visit the link below:FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Newport Folk Announces “Mavis & Friends” Concerts To Celebrate Mavis Staples’ 80th Birthday

first_imgFamed singer Mavis Staples will get the opportunity to celebrate her upcoming 80th birthday a little early this year, as Newport Folk has announced a run of three concerts set to take place in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville in mid-May. The run of shows is being branded as Mavis & Friends: Celebrating 80 Years of Mavis Staples, and will feature performances from Staples and special guests who have yet to be announced.The three celebratory concerts will take place at the famous Apollo Theater in New York, NY on May 9th; Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN on May 15th; and the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, CA on May 22nd. A portion of the proceeds from tickets sold for each of the three shows will go to benefit the Newport Festivals Foundation. All three shows will lead up to Staples’ 80th birthday on July 10th this summer. Jones is scheduled to co-headline Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado a few days following her birthday alongside Norah Jones on July 16th.Related: Luck Reunion Announces 2019 Lineup: Willie Nelson & Family, Mavis Staples, Steve Earle, More“I must be the happiest girl in the world,” Staples mentioned in a statement about the upcoming birthday shows. “After all this time, I still do what I love … I never thought I would still be singing at my age, and people seem to really want to hear me, they know me, they give me love—I’m just overwhelmed, really.”Newport Folk did not state whether or not Staples would also be one of the performers at this year’s Newport Folk Fest, although organizers have already begun revealing part of their 2019 lineup, which includes Billy Strings & Molly Tuttle, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kacey Musgraves, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, and Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, just to name a few.Tickets to all three shows will begin general on-sale on February 15th at 1 p.m. EST. Fans can head here for more info on the upcoming shows.last_img read more

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Arsenal confirm four new contracts

first_img Loading… “David is a really important player for us. He has played most of our matches this season and has been important for the team. “His passing, his communication with the team on and off the pitch. He helps everyone.” Flamengo vice-president Marcos Braz confirmed Mari has been sold to the Gunners for a fee believed to be £14million. But the Spanish centre-half, 26, is out for the remainder of the season after he suffered an ankle injury against City. Edu continued: “With Pablo we are disappointed he got injured at Manchester City. “Since Mikel arrived here he was asking for a central defender who was left-footed. We were really pleased with Pablo – his behaviour, the way he is training, his mentality and his quality.” Soares, who will join the club on a long-term deal from the Saints, is yet to make appearance for the club since he joined in January. read also:Aubameyang rejects Arsenal deal, draws closer to ‘fascinating’ Conte plan Edu added: “Cedric is also going to be an important player. He has been unlucky with the injuries but he is close to being ready and gives us more strength in the right-back position. “We are also pleased Dani will finish the season here. He is making a good contribution and we look forward to him having a strong finish to the season.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal have confirmed contract extensions for four players including David Luiz. Arsenal forward Aubamayang jumps to avoid a tackle during their clash with Manchester city Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares have both penned long-term deals and Dani Ceballos has extended his loan spell from Real Madrid. Arsenal have handed Luiz a one-year contract extension just a week after his horror show against Manchester City. The Brazilian defender, 33, took full blame for the 3-0 defeat after he gave away a penalty and received a red card. Arsenal have also secured long-term permanent deals for Mari from Flamengo and Cedric from Southampton. Ceballos has extended his stay with the North London until the end of the current campaign. Speaking on the club website, technical director Edu claimed the four stars bring the right “balance” to the squad. He said: “I am really happy that we will have these players in our squad for the future. “They have been part of the long-term technical plan Mikel and I have developed. “They bring the right balance to our squad.last_img read more

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Clarence R. Bowman, 84

first_imgClarence R. Bowman, 84, of Greensburg, formerly of Laurel, passed away on Friday July 19, 2019. Clarence was born October 29, 1934 in Franklin County, Indiana the son of John “Woodie” and Sarah Pelfrey Bowman. Clarence worked for National Metal in Connersville, Indiana.Clarence is survived by; daughters, Julie Cox and Linda (Tim) Cline; and son, Robert Bowman. 15 Grandchildren and 4 Great GrandchildrenClarence was preceded in death by his father, John “Woodie” Bowman; mother, Sarah Bowman; son in law, Bruce Cox; sisters, Gertrude Bowman, Lydia Bowman Howery, Suda Bowman Thompson, Mary Lou Bowman Forbes, Bessie Bowman Edington; brothers, James Bowman, Willy Bowman, John Henry Bowman, and George Bowman.A Graveside service will be held at the Hopewell Cemetery, 9573 S. County Road 700 E., Rushville, Indiana 46173 on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 1:00 pm. David Lawson Hersley will be officiating.  Burial will follow. Memorial contributions in Clarence’s memory may be made to the Family. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.comlast_img read more

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Friday Fortnite Bracket: Live results from Week 4 tournament

first_imgKeemstar and UMG have brought back Friday Fortnite in 2019 and the first three weeks have been successful, so it’s continuing for Week 4 on July 5.MrSavage and benjyfishy won Week 1, FaZe Tilt & FaZe Jarvis won Week 2 and Mongraal and Mitr0 won Week 3. There’s a $20,000 overall prize pool with the winners taking half ($10,000) and a random viewer on Twitch winning the other half. Without further ado, below is everything you need to know for Week 4 of Friday Fortnite. What time does Friday Fortnite start?Date: Friday, July 5Time: 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PTFriday Fortnite Bracket: Week 4 live resultsHere’s how the above bracket works.Pairs of competitors will join a squad match, but will not be playing as a true squad. The two pairs of teams will instead be battling for a higher amount of eliminations. The duo with the higher amount of elims after two matches advances. The higher seeded team hosts the first match, and then the lower-seeded team hosts the second match on their server. Duos are not allowed to sabotage the other Duos. Examples of sabotage:Breaking or weakening opponent’s built or non built structures or cover by any means.Causing opponents to miss shots or miss opportunities for advancing their scores in any way shape or form.Building in front of your opponent.Boogie Bombing your opponent.The use of a boogie bomb on your opponent at any point in the game are subject to disqualificationWatch the Friday Fortnite Week 4 live streamFriday Fortnite Week 4 teamsNinja & FaZe SwayMrSavage & benjyfishylazarbeam & mrfreshasianGhost Kamo & Ghost IssaFaZe Rain and FaZe TeeqoSypherPK & HighDistortionSecret Mongraal & Mitr0Typical Gamer & FaZe ThiefsFaZe Dubs & FaZe MeggaTBD & FunkbombMako & FrosteTSM Chica & DellorDolan Dark & NopeifyFaZe H1ghSky & TSM SlappieFaZe Nickmercs & NioFaZe Replays & Nick Eh 30LosPollos & MopiGhost Aydan & Ghost InnocentsTSM Myth & Liquid PoachTBD & NepentheZGotaga & AirwaksAkademiks & Liquid Fiberlast_img read more

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