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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TC Energy signs MOU for Indigenous stake in Keystone XL project

first_imgTC Energy’s Keystone XL Project is a 1,947km long pipeline designed to transport heavy crude sourced from Canadian oil sands into the US The MOU signed enables Natural Law Energy to pursue acquiring a stake in the Keystone XL Project. (Credit: TransCanada PipeLines Ltd.) TC Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Natural Law Energy (NLE) to enable the latter to acquire a stake in its $8bn Keystone XL project and other related midstream and power projects in the future.Natural Law Energy represents five First Nations in Canada, of which four are from Alberta and the other is from Saskatchewan.According to TC Energy, the MOU represents the strong commitment of the parties in creating a meaningful and important long-term partnership.Natural Law Energy CEO Travis Meguinis said: “This very substantial and historic agreement has been reached through the practice of traditional protocols involving our grassroot Chiefs and leaders.“All the Chiefs, NLE and TC Energy worked hard to develop a path for all First Nations and industry to follow. This partnership is historic and one of the largest ever of its kind in Canada and around Turtle Island (North America).”A final agreement between the parties is anticipated to be executed in the fourth quarter of this year to formalise the participation of Natural Law Energy in the Keystone XL Project.Keystone XL Project to advance continental energy security and create thousands of jobsThe Keystone XL project is a 1,947km long pipeline designed to transport 830,000 barrels per day (Bbl/day) of crude oil sourced from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska in the US.The crude oil pipeline project is expected to generate more than 60,000 jobs in Canada and the US. Once operational, the pipeline project is estimated to generate hundreds of millions in property taxes for municipalities in over 40 counties across both the countries.Keystone XL president Richard Prior said: “We will work closely with Natural Law Energy and its members to facilitate Indigenous ownership in our future projects not only because it makes good business sense but because it’s the right thing to do for our Liquids Business Unit.“We aspire to expand this model into future opportunities for other Indigenous groups along our Keystone XL right-of-way both in Canada and the Unites States.”Earlier this month, TC Energy awarded a contract to Michels for constructing pipeline facilities on the Keystone XL Project. Under the contract, Michels will handle the construction of eight pump stations across the US states of Montana, South Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas.last_img read more

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Hugh Grant receives Honorary Fellowship

first_imgHugh Grant has been elected Honorary Fellow at New College. Limited to 40 people, this is the ‘College’s highest award and is bestowed upon distinguished Old Members.’ It is presented to those with a sustained achievement in their chosen field.The Dean of New College, Michael Burden, said, ‘There is no particular reason why the election was made at this time, and there are no expectations that an Honorary Fellow will do anything for the college. They may do so, but this is not a condition of election.’Last Tuesday, Grant attended a Fellows’ Dinner, for purposes linked to his appointment. He then accompanied students to the JCR college bar, much to the delight of many undergraduates. A New College first year described Grant as ‘swamped’ with a group of fans.The student continued, ‘I think it was really nice of him to come to the bar, and so many of us were waiting for him there! This has exceeded my expectations of Oxford – meeting abona fide celebrity in the first few weeks of being here!’Not all students were equally impressed, however. Second year Classicist Poppy Rimington-Pounder commented, ‘He took so long to actually come to the bar to meet us. He’s not really quite good-looking enough to make us wait that long – I left.’During the visit he joined the rugby team for a drink, and was presented with a club tie. Unlike on some of his previous trips to Oxford, he did not continue the party with New College students at a nightclub afterwards.Few students have strong feelings about Grant receiving the Honorary Fellowship. JCR Vice-President Alexander May, speaking, on behalf of the undergraduate body, said, “I would say that the general feel was that it was a nice novelty, but not massively important.’Sam Sharpe, a second year New College PPE-ist said, “I don’t really care about him being an Honorary Fellow or not. He did seem like a nice guy, and it’s good of him to come back. That, and About a Boy is a good movie.’Leah Lazar, a second year classicist at New, added, ‘If his fellowship means he will be in the New College bar on a regular basis, then I’m all for it!’Grant won the Galsworthy scholarship to study English at New College in 1979. He graduated in 1981 with a 2:1.According to the New College website, Grant ‘abandoned doctoral studies in art history and soon became one of the most preeminent and successful actors of his generation.’Indeed, Grant was involved in acting during his time at Oxford, with a part in his first film, Privileged, produced by the Oxford University Film Foundation, when he was a member of OUDS.Nor did Grant go unnoticed by this publication during his undergraduate career: in 1981, Hugh Grant was described in Cherwell’s John Evelyn’s gossip column as ‘New College’s answer to Brooke Shields.’last_img read more

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OBAMA SILENT ON VIOLENT, POST-ELECTION PROTESTS

first_imgOBAMA SILENT ON VIOLENT, POST-ELECTION PROTESTSBy Rick JensenWhy does President Obama refuse to condemn violent protesters?On CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Leslie Stahl asked President-elect Trump to address the violence.“When we interviewed him on Friday afternoon Mr. Trump said he had not heard about some of the acts of violence that are popping up in his name… or against his supporters,” Stahl reported., “Nor he said had he heard about reports of racial slurs and personal threats against African Americans, Latinos and gays by some of his supporters.”Here’s the back-and-fourth Stahl had with Trump:Donald Trump: “I am very surprised to hear that– I hate to hear that, I mean I hate to hear that—-”Lesley Stahl: “But you do hear it?”Donald Trump: “I don’t hear it—-I saw, I saw one or two instances…”Lesley Stahl: “On social media?”Donald Trump: “But I think it’s a very small amount. Again, I think it’s—-”Lesley Stahl: “Do you want to say anything to those people?”Donald Trump: “I would say don’t do it, that’s terrible, ’cause I’m gonna bring this country together.”Lesley Stahl: “They’re harassing Latinos, Muslims—-”Donald Trump: “I am so saddened to hear that. And I say, “Stop it.” If it– if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.”Yes, president-elect Trump looked directly into the camera and said, “Stop it.”Not the most eloquent language to engage people, and he did it nonetheless.The very next day, Monday, November 14, President Obama addressed the nation on cable, broadcast TV and radio.His first press conference since the election was casual with the friendly crowd of reporters, waxing along rather vaguely about issues domestic and international.What he did not do was address the violent protesters.Why not?After all, protesters burning cars and looting stores are reacting to President Obama being replaced by someone who frightens them (at least the ones who are not being paid to do so).These are, ostensibly, his people. They would not be rioting if he were elected to a third term, no matter that hypothetical concept’s lack of constitutional authority.Some people suspect Obama wants the protests to continue; to create more fear and dissent towards a Trump presidency.I really don’t know and cannot understand why he refuses to show such leadership.Now, it’s unlikely they will stop, especially those who are paid by left-wing organizations to keep the protests and violence going.The Washington Times reported …. “The far-left ANSWER Coalition and Socialist Alternative rushed to organize protest marches in major U.S. cities within hours of Mr. Trump’s presidential victory Tuesday, as did MoveOn.org, which has reportedly received funding from Mr. Soros, a billionaire.”Republican Kellyanne Conway, who smashed the “glass ceiling” as the first woman to manage a successful presidential campaign, is calling upon Hillary Clinton and President Obama to publicly address the protesters, asking them for calm.People, mostly Republicans in the Trump campaign, have publicly asked him to make such a plea.Is it possible that President Obama is so privately angry at Trump’s win that he doesn’t care what the protesters do?This is the irrational part.This is still your country, Mr. President.Why not speak to them?It would be helpful for the country if President Obama would address the protesters and ask them to do so respectfully without violence.Thanks to Wikileaks, we all know for a fact that radical leftist groups whose leaders say they were paid by the DNC and Hillary campaign instigated the violence at Trump rallies.Now, with evidence these new violent protests are also funded by leftwing groups, it makes even more sense for the liberal President to speak directly to them.He had another opportunity on Thursday, November 17, and chose to encourage protesters to keep protesting without admonishing violent leftists to do so lawfully.Silence is consent.#EpicFailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Angelus Chorus Performs Free Spring Concert on Wednesday

first_imgThe Angelus Chorus performed a Christmas Concert at the Ocean City Tabernacle and will give a free spring concert 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 20) at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. The 60-voice Angelus Chorus, directed by Richard Stanislaw, will present its spring concert 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, Eighth Street and Central Avenue. Admission is free.The Chorus has been featured in the artist series at Cape May Convention Center, but this is their only appearance in Ocean City.Repertoire includes Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine and classics by Mozart — the Gloria from 12th Mass and Mozart’s only composition in English, a motet he wrote when he visited London at age 9.  Just as classic is a medley of Irving Berlin favorites. Other selections include Sting’s “Fields of Gold,” a couple of Spirituals, and the southern gospel “Have a Little Talk with Jesus.”The Angelus Chorus is completing its 51st year of concerts in Cape May County. It began as a small group of people singing for the Angelus Nursing Facility, and even though the Angelus Home has closed, the chorus has continued and grown.last_img read more

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Impersonator posing as South Bend Police officer

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Facebook Facebook Pinterest (Photo supplied/South Bend Police) South Bend Police are warning about an impersonator.The department says unknown person has been impersonating some of their officers — calling individuals and scaring them into believing they have a warrant. Then, they are telling them it will all go away for a certain amount of money.The department states that while their officers and detectives make calls every day, they would never pressure people into going to a bank or ATM to take out money. Google+ Google+ Twitter By Jon Zimney – November 1, 2020 0 646 Impersonator posing as South Bend Police officer Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleCitywide Classroom initative expands internet for students across South BendNext articleMix of rain, snow possible for first day of November Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

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Raising agents firm gains US distributor

first_imgKudos Blends, the leading supplier of technically driven raising agents, has secured a distributor for its products in the USA.The Shropshire-based business has a signed a deal with Brenntag North America, which it said will “expand the reach of Kudos’ low sodium solutions for baked goods throughout the United States and provide quality local support to existing customers”.Brenntag North America will be responsible for the distribution of Kudos Potassium Bicarbonate, a product developed as an alternative to sodium bicarbonate to aid bakers in reducing sodium content without removing salt.Dinnie Jordan, chief executive of Kudos Blends, said: “As the demand for sodium reduction solutions increases across the globe, it is important for Kudos as an industry leader to be able to meet customers’ needs and provide them with the products and knowledge they need on a local scale.Brenntag“Brenntag was the ideal choice for us, due to its proactive approach and focus on understanding their customers. A strong and fruitful partnership is sure to be developed with Brenntag and they are a welcome addition to our team.”Leslie Darden, marketing director, Brenntag North America, added: “Brenntag is committed to bringing innovative solutions to our customers. Kudos brings patented technology and a commitment to continuous innovation that will bring technical expertise to our customers. We are excited for this partnership and believe the Kudos product line is an excellent addition to our product portfolio.”last_img read more

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The Magic Beans Play Palindrome & Michael Jackson Sets At 9,000 Feet

first_imgThe Magic Beans returned to the place of their conception this past weekend, playing an unforgettable show in the mountains to close out their fall tour. Nederland, CO is a town that sits 20min west of Boulder at 9,000 feet above sea level. It’s best known for being home to bands such as String Cheese Incident, Leftover Salmon, and Yonder Mountain String Band as well as its quirky yearly event, Frozen Dead Guy Days. Ned’s rich musical history has prompted the creation of a beautiful new venue, The Caribou Room.The Beans helped break in this new hometown spot with a packed, two-set show featuring Amoramora as support. The first set included a huge palindrome song sandwich and a very appropriate set closing “We Are Family” cover featuring Rachel Hollingsworth on vocals. The second set featured fan favorite bustouts like “Pizza Baby” and non-stop music segued from first song to last. However, more notably there were multiple references to the King of Pop; including “Smooth Criminal” teases, an instrumental “The Way You Make Me Feel”, and a “Billie Jean” jam all encapsulated into improv sections of the set.Listen to the instrumental cover of “The Way You Make Me Feel” here.Next up for Magic Beans is their Hallow-Bean run at The Fillmore in Denver, Schmiggity’s in Steamboat Springs, and Barkley Ballroom in Frisco. Check out the setlist from Nederland, below.Setlist: The Magic Beans at The Caribou Room, Nederland, CO – 10/7/16Set 1: Five Points, Adonde > Space Cadet > Kid Rocket > Space Cadet > Adonde, We Are Family*Set 2: Pizza Baby^ > Dr. Bubbleman > The Way You Make Me Feel# > As You Like It > Common Mind > Lazer Lady”*w/Rachel Hollingsworth on vocals (FTP), ^w/Smooth Criminal jam, #Instrumental (FTP), “w/Billy Jean jam[Photo via ontheDL Photography]last_img read more

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Odds & Ends: Viola Davis Returns, Laura Benanti Battles Bullies & More!

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Viola Davis…For One Night Only! Two-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee Viola Davis will return to the stage for a one-night-only reading of Intimate Apparel on June 15. Davis appeared in the off-Broadway premiere production of the show in 2004, and will reunite with fellow original cast members at the Laura Pels Theatre for the benefit reading. Proceeds will go to Roundabout Theatre Company’s New Play Initiative. Laura Benanti & More Combat Bullies by Singing What better way to stop bullying than by listening to your favorite performers belt it out? Tony winner Laura Benanti, Grammy-winning opera mezzo Joyce DiDonato, Robin de Jesus and more will take part in Broadway Battles Bullying. The April 14 benefit concert will support the Michael Morones Foundation, which works to educate communities about youth suicide prevention and the effects of bullying. Laura Benanti Vanessa Williams View Commentscenter_img Is It Cloudy in Your Neighborhood? Blame Vanessa Williams Tony and Emmy nominee Vanessa Williams is back on Broadway as the latest guest star to take the stage at After Midnight. Have a look below as she performs the torch song, “Stormy Weather.” You sound great, Williams, but we’re just starting to move past a brutal winter! Is there a jazz hit about sunshine and green grass you could serenade us with? Donna Murphy’s All Over Your TV Two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy will guest star on the April 13 episode of CBS’s The Good Wife, taking on the role of Judge Alice Adelson. Broadway.com recently reported that Murphy will also appear in the upcoming season of USA’s Royal Pains. Is Donna Murphy taking over primetime show by show? If so, we don’t hate it! Star Fileslast_img read more

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Premier League clubs agree group training return from Tuesday

first_imgTopics : The training protocols were presented to players and managers last week before being rubber-stamped during Monday’s video conference call.Other rules in phase one include players not travelling with anyone to or from training, while the use of public transport and team vehicles is banned.Newcastle were one of the first top-flight teams to issue confirmation that players had been tested at their training ground.The club said players would return on Tuesday, by which time all test results would be known.Players will be asked to use an app on a daily basis to record any symptoms.”It’s been a really difficult time, but I hope with the news that phase one is about to start,” Newcastle manager Steve Bruce said.”I must stress that phase one looks as if it’s as safe as it can be. I’m sure everyone will be delighted that we’re trying to make that effort.”In phase one we’re allowed to train four to five people on one pitch, so basically a player has a quarter of a pitch to work within, so social distancing is not a problem. We’ll train with eight to 10 at a time on two separate pitches.”Everything is in place in the safety aspect. I’ve got no issues and I can tell the supporters the players and the staff are as safe as we possibly can be.”  ‘Making good progress’ The resumption of Germany’s Bundesliga over the weekend has raised expectations that the Premier League can follow suit.But some Premier League players remain concerned over returning to work while the virus is still uncontained, with Britain one of the countries worst hit by the crisis.Speaking to Good Morning Britain on Monday, Watford captain Troy Deeney said: “Phase one is social distancing individual training with a coach. That’s no problem, that’s like going to the park. “Phase two will be next week six days of training, three to six people training together with contact and then six days after that you’re going into 11 versus 11 and you can’t social distance with 11 versus 11.”I would say 98 per cent [of players] are very much aware that phase one is very good, I would say 65-70 per cent of people are concerned with phase two. I’d say even higher after that.” With the Premier League suspended since March 13 because of the pandemic, the green light for training came just hours after Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he was hopeful the top-flight could resume in June.”I had some very constructive discussions on Thursday with the FA, the EFL [English Football League] and the Premier League,” Dowden told Sky News.”We are working hard with them to try and get it back, aiming for mid-June, but the number one test is public safety.”If we can sort that out then we will look to resume by mid-June. We’re making good progress.” Testing for the coronavirus has taken place at Premier League clubs over the last few days and will continue throughout the training period. “Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible,” a Premier League statement said.”The health and well-being of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.”Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.” Premier League clubs will return to training in small groups from Tuesday after the latest stage of “Project Restart” was approved on Monday.Clubs unanimously voted to allow players to start socially distanced training in a bid to meet the Premier League’s mid-June date to resume the season.Contact training is not permitted at this stage and corner flags, balls, cones, goalposts, playing surfaces and other equipment will be disinfected after each session.last_img read more

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