Marmosets may help humans fight deadly coronavirus

first_imgAn animal model that closely mimics a disease in humans gives a huge boost to researchers attempting to combat it. But those developed to date for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), which has caused nearly 900 cases of disease in humans since emerging in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has killed about one-third of these people, all have serious shortcomings. Although the virus is thought to jump into humans from camels, it’s still unclear whether it causes illnesses in dromedaries. (Besides, camels aren’t exactly known to be cooperative lab animals.) And rhesus macaques, arguably the best model yet developed, rarely develop severe or lethal cases of the disease like humans do. Now, researchers who helped developed the rhesus model think they may have found a much better one: marmosets. They have evidence that MERS-CoV behaves much the same way in these New World monkeys as it does in humans: copying itself to high levels, spreading widely through the lungs, and causing life-threatening pneumonia. What’s more, marmosets and humans have identical amino acids in a critical region of the receptor that MERS-CoV uses to infect cells, they report today in PLOS Pathogens. The development of the marmoset model could have a “major impact” in the search for drugs and vaccines against MERS-CoV, the scientists say.last_img read more

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Perpetual takes NCAA Shooting Stars crown

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The Altas edged Arellano which was comprised of Zach Nicholls, Kobe Camacho, and Donald Gumaru, who had a time of 41.7 in the Final round.Perpetual also led the preliminaries as Razon punctured the halfcourt shot to end the time at 20.7 seconds.Other participants were the Lyceum unit of Spencer Pretta, Mac Guadaña, and Chico Lanete; the San Beda team of Clint Doliguez, Evan Nelle, and Dan Sara; the JRU squad of MJ Dela Virgen, Toby Agustin, and Dave Sanchez; the Mapua team of Cedric Pelayo, Clint Escamis, and Randy Alcantara; the San Sebastian group of Michael Are, Rustin Rodriguez, and Paul Riguera; the Letran crew of Daryl Pascual, Neil Guarino, and Robert Guevarra; the EAC team of Jervin Guzman, Maui Cruz, and Bong Melocoton; and the St. Benilde squad of Edward Dixon, Joshua David, and Karl Santos.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When I shot it, it was straight. I thought it would go board. I’m just thankful it fell in,” the alumnus said in Filipino.Dizon even had a fun bet with Razon and Ylagan before the contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We really do this. Whoever loses will buy us a meal,” said Dizon. “It really feels good. Even before the competition, we all talked and said that we wanted to win this. But we didn’t put any pressure to anyone. We just told each other to keep on shooting,” said Ylagan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGerald Dizon nailed the title-clinching halfcourt shot to give Perpetual the Shooting Stars crown in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Only a year removed from his playing year with the Altas, Dizon, who is now an assistant for the juniors team, capped off the victory for his team which includes GJ Ylagan, and Jielo Razon as they finished with a time of 24.8 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo WATCH: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on trade request View commentslast_img read more

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Warriors and Rockets Take 3-1 Series Leads

first_imgNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kevin Durant had 38 points and nine rebounds as Golden State soundly defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 118-92 on Sunday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series.The Warriors responded to their 19-point loss in Game 3 with a resounding effort that produced a wire-to-wire win with leads as large as 26 points.Durant made 15 of 27 shots. Stephen Curry scored 23, Klay Thompson added 13 and Quinn Cook, who was a Pelicans reserve earlier this season, contributed 12 points.Anthony Davis had 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, but the Pelicans hit only 36 percent (32 of 88) of their shots, missing 22 of 26 3-point attempts.E’Twaun Moore scored 20 and Jrue Holiday 19, but New Orleans reserves combined for just 14 points after scoring 32 two nights earlier. Rajon Rondo finished with 11 rebounds, but the Pelicans also committed 19 turnovers, which led 21 Warriors points.ROCKETS 100, JAZZ 87SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Chris Paul had 27 points and 12 rebounds while James Harden scored 24 points to power Houston to a 100-87 win over the Utah Jazz, taking a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series.Houston Rockets guard James Harden, right, goes to the basket as Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) defends during the first half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series Sunday, May 6, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Paul, playing the sidekick to Harden for most of his first season in Houston, took center stage, controlling the tempo and getting to his favorite spots as the Rockets led from start to finish.Donovan Mitchell scored 25 before fouling out and Joe Ingles had 15 for the Jazz.Mitchell started finding lanes to the basket late and got the Jazz within 85-80 after he fueled a 10-2 run. But Paul, who matched his scoring high for this playoff run, hit a pull-up jumper and found Trevor Ariza for a 3-pointer to put the Rockets back up by double digits and they never looked back.Houston, which has been known for their offensive firepower, put forth a disruptive defensive effort.Clint Capela, the anchor of the Houston defense, had 12 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks, one of which featured a Dikembe Mutombo-like finger wag in the fourth quarter.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Players in breakaway European Super League risk World Cup ban, says FIFA president

first_imgFIFA president Gianni Infantino warned on Wednesday that any players taking part in a breakaway European Super League would be excluded from the World Cup and other international tournaments.Those who might be barred should such a league get off the ground could include the likes of Argentina’s Lionel Messi, Brazilian Neymar, France’s Kylian Mbappe and Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.”You are either in or you are out,” the head of the world soccer body told a group of international reporters on Wednesday.”If there are players who don’t play organised football then that encompasses everything — national leagues, confederation competitions, the Euros and the World Cup,” the Times newspaper quoted him as saying.German news magazine Der Spiegel reported last week that plans for a Super League, involving top clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester United, were back on the table.The magazine shared access to the documents with Reuters and more than a dozen other media outlets in cooperation with European Investigative Collaborations (EIC).Reuters was not invited to Wednesday’s meeting with Infantino.Also read – Goodbye Champions League? Leaks suggest breakaway European Super League is happeningAccording to Der Spiegel, a 16-team Super League would replace the Champions League and feature 11 ‘founders’ — including Messi’s Barcelona and Real Madrid — who could not be relegated for the first 20 years.Other clubs mentioned include Manchester United, Mbappe and Neymar’s Paris St Germain, Bayern Munich and Ronaldo’s Juventus.”We have seen for many years these attempts to break away outside of the structures, going back to the 1990s,” said Infantino.advertisement”It is up to us to protect football and come up with solutions that benefit clubs and also the world football community.”Infantino said the Club World Cup was his answer to any breakaway attempt, presenting it as a competition that would generate more revenues for the clubs but also benefit the soccer community.”If clubs organise a breakaway Super League, who benefits? The clubs,” he said.”If FIFA organises a Club World Cup, UEFA continues to organise the Champions League and the Premier League continues to organise the Premier League then the clubs benefit but also 211 member associations.”Infantino revealed plans in May for a new Global Nations League and a revamped Club World Cup which he says are backed by a ‘solid and serious’ group of investors willing to spend $25 billion over a 12-year cycle starting in 2021.The Club World Cup, currently an annual tournament with seven teams, could become a four-yearly event featuring 24 clubs instead.The European Leagues, which includes the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga, and European football’s governing body UEFA are among several organisations unwilling to endorse the plans at this stage.last_img read more

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ISL: Modou Sougou nets four goals as Mumbai City FC crush Kerala Blasters

first_imgModou Sougou netted four goals as Mumbai City FC thrashed Kerala Blasters 6-1 in the Indian Super League on Sunday.Sougou scored in the 12th, 15th, 30th and 90th minute as he made a mockery of Kerala’s defence at the Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai.Kerala pulled one back in the 27th minute with Seiminlen Doungel scoring but their joy was short-lived as Sougou, the highest goal scorer this season for Mumbai, slotted home in the 30th minute to complete the hat-trick and take his side 3-1 up.Rafael Bastos made it 4-1 in the 70th minute as Mumbai dominated the proceedings right from the beginning. Matias Mirabaje inflicted more agony on the visitors as he scored in the 89th minute, the fifth goal for the home side.Sougou completed Kerala’s rout by scoring in the additional time, his fourth and team’s sixth goal.The win also meant that Mumbai were able to keep their second spot before going into the break.Mumbai began on an attacking note and it paid dividends as they went 1-0 up with Sougou netting the ball in the 12th minute.Paulo Machado held a long pass on the left flank and delivered a low cross to Sougou in the center and Senegalese slotted it home with ease.And there was no stopping Sougou as he doubled Mumbai’s lead in the 15th minute.A defensive error by Kerala custodian Dheeraj Singh helped Raynier Fernandes to take control of the ball. Fernandes found Sougou on his right and Sougou curled it into the top right corner from the edge of the box to make it 2-0.advertisementSougou was on fire as his header off a cross by Subhasish Bose landed into the right top corner of the Kerala goal in the 30th minute. At the half time, the scoreline was 3-1 in Mumbai’s favour.After the change of ends, the hosts kept up the pressure by attacking the opposition relentlessly.In the 70th minute, Issoko was fouled by Lalruathara as he cut in from the right, but Bastos got the loose ball. And the Brazilian striker shot it from outside the box into the bottom left corner of the goal to make it 4-1.After this, Matias and Sougou scored as Mumbai’s unbeaten run extended to eight games after the win.last_img read more

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Lee Corso Reveals His Pick For Alabama-LSU

first_imgLee Corso at the Ohio State-TCU game.ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 15: Lee Corso during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)It was an electric atmosphere in Baton Rouge today, as ESPN’s College GameDay prepared everyone for the upcoming game between Alabama and LSU. As always, Lee Corso put on a show during his prediction.Fans of the Tigers were ecstatic when guest picker Alex Bregman made his picks. After all, the former LSU product and current Houston Astros All-Star was loyal to his alma mater.Unfortunately, the positive vibes lingering around Tiger Stadium didn’t last long. In one of the funniest picks of the entire season, Corso fooled almost every LSU fan.From praising the school to saying they can defeat the Crimson Tide, the ESPN analyst had the crowd rocking. Well, that was until he finally revealed his pick.Once again, Corso is rolling with Alabama.Corso made his Bama-LSU pick like only he can ? pic.twitter.com/4hXd9VXImy— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) November 3, 2018It’s hard to blame him for this selection. The defending champions haven’t shown any signs of vulnerability this season.Alabama and LSU will kick off at 8:00 p.m. ET.The game will be on CBS.last_img read more

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Good Parenting Key – Minister Thwaites

first_imgMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Ministry is doing its part to promote good parenting as a key element in the education process.Rev. Thwaites, who was addressing the school leaving and prize giving ceremony of the Ferncourt High School held on Wednesday, June 26, at the Beechamville Methodist Church in Claremont, St. Ann, stated that the “greatest cramp to effective education in Jamaica is inadequate parenting”.He said it is in recognition of the important role that parents play in their children’s education and development that the Ministry has set up a National Parenting Commission.The work of the Commission, he said, will involve the establishment of parenting advisory offices across the island “so that we can give support for those who are parents, or who are going to be parents, so that they may know and play their role better.”The Education Minister endorsed the recent call by Minister of Youth and Culture and Member of Parliament for South East St. Ann, Hon. Lisa Hanna, for all adults to take responsibility for the children they bring into this world. He said it is good advice that all Jamaicans need to follow, even in the face of difficulty.Rev. Thwaites called on the approximately 200 graduates to pledge to be good parents of the children, who they mother and father, when they decide to start a family.“We have to craft a new vision of family, a joyous vision, a vision of wholesomeness if we are really going to be a developed society, if we are going to have a society of settled people, and of responsible child bearing,” he stated.Rev. Thwaites also commended the teachers, for the role they have been playing in the development of their students.He said that his Ministry is looking forward to more teachers “qualifying themselves and strengthening their ability to be real school leaders”.He noted that some 150 teachers will be going on productive study leave this year, in order to upgrade themselves in the disciplines that they are teaching in school. This, he argued, will be beneficial to the teacher, students and the wider community.Meanwhile, Ms. Hanna, who brought greetings at the ceremony, encouraged the graduates to put a plan in place as to where they would like to be in five to 10 years.“I truly hope that a part of where you would like to be is not only in Jamaica but building South Eastern St. Ann,” she stated.She mentioned a number of developments slated to take place in the constituency, including the construction of a new high school within the next two years.Contact: Bryan Millerlast_img read more

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National Children’s Day Celebration at West End Infant School in St. James

first_img​ Manager, Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office, Tashion Hewitt Stennett, presents a JIS publication to students of the West End Infant School in St. James, Shamoya Pearce (centre) and Jadan Towsend. Occasion was a visit by the JIS to the institution on Friday, May 17 as part of activities to mark National Children’s Day. Students of the West End Infant School in St. James perform a dance routine at the National Children’s Day celebration held at the institution on Friday, May 17 under the theme, ‘Encourage, Enable, Include me!.’​ Manager,​ Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Montego Bay Regional Office, Tashion Hewitt Stennett (second left, back row) presents JIS publications to Principal of the West End Infant School in St. James, Sheridah Malcolm (second right, back row). Occasion was a visit by the JIS to the institution on Friday, May 17 to observe National Children’s Day, under the theme, ‘Encourage, Enable, Include me!.’ Sharing the moment are JIS Technical Officer, Jermaine Stewart; JIS Office Attendant, Paulette Reid, along with children of the institution. Teachers of the West End Infant school in St. James perform a cultural dance during the National Children’s Day celebration at the institution on Friday, May 17 under the theme,’Encourage, Enable, Include me!’.last_img read more

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Collapse of Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier …

first_imgzoom The United States National Science Foundation (NSF) funded researchers at the University of Washington have concluded that Antarctica’s fast-moving Thwaites Glacier will likely disappear in a matter of centuries, potentially raising sea level by more than a half-a-meter (two feet).Data gathered by NSF-funded airborne radar, detailed topography maps and computer modeling were used to make the determination.The glacier acts as an ice dam, stabilizing and regulating movement toward the sea of the massive West Antarctic Ice Sheet. The ice sheet contains enough ice to cause another 3 to 4 meters (10 to 13 feet) of global sea level rise.“There’s been a lot of speculation about the stability of marine ice sheets, and many scientists suspected that this kind of behavior is under way,” said Ian Joughin, a glaciologist at the university’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and the first author on the paper.” This study provides a more quantitative idea of the rates at which the [ice sheet] collapse could take place.”The paper’s co-authors are Benjamin Smith, a physicist at APL, and Brooke Medley, a former University of Washington doctoral student, now at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.While the word “collapse” implies a sudden change, the fastest scenario based on the data, the researchers said, is 200 years, and the longest is more than 1,000 years.The findings are published in the May 16 edition of the journal Science.The new discovery is among a series of significant findings that derive from research funded by NSF during the International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2009, during which scientists from more than 60 nations focused their efforts on research in the Arctic and Antarctic. NSF was the lead U.S. agency for the IPY.The research was funded by two NSF grants: one awarded to the Center for the Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS) at the University of Kansas; the other, a collaborative IPY grant, Constraining the Mass-Balance Deficit of the Amundsen Coast’s Glaciers, to Joughin and his colleagues.NASA also supported the research through grant NNX09AE47G.Thwaites Glacier Tongue 8October 2012)The new study used airborne radar, developed by CReSIS to peer down through the thick ice and map the topography of the underlying bedrock. The shape of the underlying bedrock controls the ice sheet’s long-term stability. The mapping was done as part of NASA’s Operation IceBridge, a series of overflights of the ice by a P-3 research aircraft, and included other instruments to measure the height of the ice sheet’s rapidly thinning surface.In some places Thwaites Glacier has been losing tens of feet, or several meters, of elevation per year.While the timescales for a collapse of the ice sheet are in question, such a collapse may be inevitable, the researchers said.“Previously, when we saw thinning we didn’t necessarily know whether the glacier could slow down later, spontaneously or through some feedback,” Joughin said. “In our model simulations it looks like all the feedbacks tend to point toward it actually accelerating over time; there’s no real stabilizing mechanism we can see.”Earlier warnings of collapse had been based on a simplified model of ice sitting in an inward-sloping basin. The topography around Antarctica, however, is complex.The researchers combined the IceBridge and CReSIS data with their own satellite measurements of ice-surface speeds. Their computer model was able to reproduce the glacier’s ice loss during the past 18 years, and they ran the model forward under different amounts of ocean-driven melting.The place where the glacier meets land, the grounding line, now sits on a shallow ridge at a depth of about 600 meters (2,000 feet) below asea level. Results show that as the ice edge retreats into the deeper part of the bay, the ice face will become steeper and, like a towering pile of sand, the fluid glacier will become less stable and collapse out toward the sea.“Once it really gets past this shallow part, it’s going to start to lose ice very rapidly,” Joughin said.The study considered future scenarios using faster or slower melt rates depending on the amount of future warming. The fastest melt rate led to the early stages lasting 200 years, after which the rapid-stage collapse began. The slowest melt rate kept most of the ice for more than a millennium before the onset of rapid collapse. The most likely scenarios may be between 200 and 500 years, Joughin said.“All of our simulations show it will retreat at less than a millimeter of sea level rise per year for a couple of hundred years, and then, boom, it just starts to really go,” Joughin said.Researchers did not model the more chaotic rapid collapse, but the remaining ice is expected to disappear within a few decades.NSF, May 13, 2014, Image: David Shean / University of Washingtonlast_img read more

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Probe by judicial council committee recommends Quebec judge be removed from office

first_imgMONTREAL – A committee of the Canadian Judicial Council recommended in a report released Monday that Michel Girouard be removed from his position as a Quebec Superior Court justice for misconduct and failing to perform his duties in office.The report from the council’s inquiry committee was the second investigation stemming from allegations from a police informant in 2012 who said Girouard bought drugs from him in 2010, when the judge was still a lawyer.In April 2016, the judicial council ruled Girouard could return to sit as a judge despite the council’s own inquiry committee recommending he be removed from office months earlier.The federal and provincial justice ministers jointly requested the council conduct a second inquiry into the allegations, primarily into the truthfulness of the judge’s testimony under oath and his integrity.“The committee found that the misconduct particularized in each of those allegations … is extremely serious, and mandates a recommendation for removal from office,” read the report.The council said it would consider its committee’s report and give Girouard the chance to make written submissions.After that, the council said it would make a final recommendation on Girouard’s fate to the federal justice minister.Girouard was named to Superior Court in September 2010 after practising law for a quarter-century in the Abitibi region in northwestern Quebec.last_img read more

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Top 10 Brock alumni articles of 2011

As the holiday season approaches, it’s inevitable that your televisions and radios will soon be filled with all sorts of countdowns from 2011: the top 100 songs, the top 20 hottest celebrities, the top 10 highest grossing movies, just to name a few.Brock Alumni Relations wanted to join in the fun so we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 articles read in the Brock Alumni Connect e-newsletter over the past year.  We used Google Analytics to find the articles with the highest unique page views, so some of these stories may look familiar to you. Take a look to see what your fellow alumni have been doing since January or what has been happening around campus.10. Grad Spotlight: 15-year Brock student, Nancy DiamondFour hundred and forty people viewed this July article about Nancy Diamond (BA ’96), who completed her business and psychology degrees in 15 years on a part-time basis, while working full time at Kelly Services and engaging with her adult children and three grandchildren.9. Alumni Sweethearts Many couples meet and fall in love at Brock, and 457 people viewed this article about Bradley Walchuk (BA ’07; MA ’08) and Laura Harris (BA ’07; MA ’08) in particular, who met in class and were married on Oct. 16, 2010.  This article was featured in the January issue of Brock Alumni Connect.8. Brock Lore: Pond Inlet named to recognize historic Convocation Did you know that Pond Inlet on campus was not named for the pond and waterfall outside its beautiful glass doors? In the June edition, 643 people learned it was named after a special graduation ceremony in Pond Inlet, Baffin Island.7. Grape King hails from Brock – againEd Hughes (OEVC ’07) is a grad who was crowned this year’s Grape King in the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, and 698 read his story in the September issue. Hughes graduated in 2007 with a certificate in Grape and Wine Technology. 1. Brock Lore: Sculpture causes controversy If you guessed that the number one spot would be another Brock Lore story, you’re correct.  More than 1,850 people viewed the article, which was featured in the January edition. It’s no surprise that a story on the  “Brock Bullet” was the most read article of 2011. 6.  Alumni sweethearts get engaged at Brock poolAnother beautiful alumni sweethearts story was featured in the September  issue. Mark Walter (BPhEd ’09) and Michelle Valencourt (BSc ’10) were engaged on campus, and 831 readers enjoyed their story. 2. Do what you love: Jays GMAlex Anthopoulos, general manager and senior vice-president of baseball operations for the Toronto Blue Jays, and Brock alumnus Andrew Tinnish (BRLS ’99, BSM ’01), Jays director of scouting, visited Brock on Jan. 19. The article attracted 1,349 people. 5.  Nine Brock grads among “40 Under Forty”The May article, which highlighted the nine Brock graduates who received the Business Link’s 40 Under Forty Business Achievement Award, attracted 875 readers. 4.  Grads with organic strawberry business win Nitsopoulos awardMarty Verhey (BBA ’10) and Nico Verhoef (BBA ’10) founded Perfect Patch Organic Growers, a Niagara company that uses leading-edge technology to grow strawberries. Their innovation won the annual $10,000 Nitsopoulos Award. The story, which appeared in the July edition, drew 958 readers.3. Brock Lore: Statue shoulder stolen in monumental prankThe left shoulder from the Queenston Heights statue of Maj.-Gen. Sir Isaac Brock ended up on the Brock campus, and 1,001 people read the tale in the April issue. We hope that you enjoyed a look back at the top 10 most-read Brock alumni articles. Look for more great Brock stories in Brock Alumni Connect in 2012.Brock Alumni Relations wishes everyone safe and happy holidays. Happy New Year! read more

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Funding shortfall forces UN agency to make cuts in food aid to

A severe lack of funding is forcing the United Nations to implement deeper cuts in food assistance to vulnerable Syrian refugees across Lebanon and Jordan, the Organization has confirmed. According to a press release issued earlier today, the World Food Programme’s (WFP) regional refugee operation remains 81 per cent underfunded and requires an immediate injection of $139 million in order to continue helping “desperate” refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey and Iraq until the end of the summer. “Just when we thought things couldn’t get worse, we are forced yet again to make yet more cuts,” said Muhannad Hadi, WFP Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. “Refugees were already struggling to cope with what little we could provide.” The WFP explained that since the beginning of 2015 it has sought to prioritize available funds in order to ensure continued assistance to families most in need. The growing limitations on resources, however, have already forced the UN food agency to reduce its range of assistance to 1.6 million Syrian refugees in the five countries. “We are extremely concerned about the impact these cuts will have on refugees and the countries that host them,” Mr. Hadi continued. “Families are taking extreme measures to cope such as pulling their children out of school, skipping meals and getting into debt to survive. The long-term effects of this could be devastating.” The four-year Syria conflict has generated a steady outflow of almost 4 million refugees into neighbouring countries such as Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Jordan, burdening those countries’ infrastructures and leading to overcrowded settlements where many refugees struggle amid high unemployment and precarious services. According to the latest data available, Turkey alone is host to 1,772,535 registered Syrian refugees – more than any other in the world – with about 259,000 living in 23 camps set up and managed by the Government. Meanwhile, the humanitarian impact of the crisis is only further compounded by the grim human toll which, as of today, counts 220,000 people killed and over one million injured since hostilities began. read more

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Monster Pitch Student innovators set to share business ideas

Four teams of Brock University students will present their business ideas to an all-star panel of judges Friday, March 1 as the Goodman School of Business Monster Pitch event returns for its eighth year.Inspired by the hit TV show Dragons’ Den, Monster Pitch is hosted by student club Brock Innovation Group in partnership with the Goodman School of Business and Goodman Group Venture Development (formerly BioLinc) and is sponsored by Spark Power Corp.Teams will compete for a prize pack of cash and startup support services valued at $14,000. While the judges deliberate, audience members will also have an opportunity to question the teams and vote for a fan favourite, which will receive an additional cash prize.This year’s judging panel includes: Bruce Croxon, co-host BNN’s The Disruptors and CEO of Round 13; Allie Hughes, CEO and Founder of marketing agency H&C Inc.; Deborah Rosati, Corporate Director and Founder & CEO, Women Get On Board; and Jason Sparaga, co-founder and co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. and founder of Spara Capital Partners.The competition starts at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 1 in the atrium of the Goodman School of Business building and tickets for the event are sold out.Below is the first in a series of four stories featuring the finalists of Monster Pitch, the annual student business competition hosted by the Goodman School of Business student club Brock Innovation Group. This year’s competition will be held in the Goodman atrium Friday, March 1.Monster Pitch finalist: AutoPhillFour Goodman School of Business students have a lofty goal: to revolutionize the way prescriptions are dispensed in Canadian pharmacies.The team consisting of Eiraj Ali, Julian Konigseder, Katelyn Ourednik and Hiba Tahir has created AutoPhill, a company that aims to increase automation in pharmacies to save time and reduce the chance of human error, which can have serious implications on patient health.The three-part automated system involves a kiosk that collects prescription information and payment from the customer and a separate machine with proprietary software that automatically fills the prescription once it’s been approved by a pharmacist.“Not only does it save time for the pharmacist, it saves a lot of manpower, reduces human error and it’s time saving for consumers,” Ali said.Many pharmacies already use automatic pill dispensers, but human error can occur if the pill isn’t the right dosage or the medication is incorrect. AutoPhill’s system works off individual barcodes ensuring each medication and dosage is correct when dispensing.The group came together and initially pitched the idea for AutoPhill at the November kick-off weekend for Goodman Group Venture Development. Their idea earned them first place at the pitch competition and the team has been using that momentum to move forward with the idea ever since.Through the Venture Development office, the team received access to mentors and has been able to meet with drugstore franchise owners to gain their insight and support for the product.Ali and Tahir will take the stage at Monster Pitch on Friday, March 1 on behalf of their team and are ready to share their research and enthusiasm with the competition’s judges.“I’m excited for Monster Pitch because I think this idea is really needed,” Tahir said. “Things in Canada in the pharmaceutical industry haven’t changed in years. As a country we are headed towards automation and the use of artificial intelligence; our product fits with that.”Entering an industry full of complex regulatory approvals doesn’t intimidate the team of young entrepreneurs.“There’s red tape everywhere,” Ali said. “Either we introduce this product or someone else will.” read more

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Risk Equalisation Scheme made permanent after EU approval

first_imgTHE EUROPEAN COMMISSION today approved the risk equalisation scheme which impacts those with private health insurance in Ireland.The scheme, which came into effect at the start of 2013, aimed to prevent the scenario where the cost of health insurance would vary significantly between younger, healthier people and those of an advanced age.The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly, welcomed the EU’s approval, saying that the scheme had resulted in a “permanent and robust system of Risk Equalisation.”Reilly said that the scheme was budget neutral and had “no overall impact on the costs in the market”, adding that it supported competition in the marketplace.John O Dwyer, the Chief Executive of VHI Healthcare, said that today’s decision protected the concept of “intergenerational solidarity”.He went on to say:It ensures that the cost of providing healthcare to vulnerable members of society is shared equally by all who are insured and that older and sicker people are protected.Read: Reilly launches first ‘Early Warning Score’ for patient safety >last_img read more

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BAHAMAS Minister of Tourism Has Meeting with Executives of Paradise Island Promotion

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 25, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of Tourism & Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar (centre) met with members of the Paradise Island Promotion Board at the Ocean Club Boardroom, February 19, 2018.Board Members, pictured from left: John Conway, Interim Chairman (Ocean Club, A Four Season Resort Bahamas}; George Myers, Chairman Emeritus (Bay View Suites, Paradise Island); Audrey Oswell, President & Managing Director, Atlantis Paradise Island; Minister D’Aguilar; William Naughton, Vice-Chairman/Paradise Island (Comfort Suites Paradise Island); Graeme Davis, Vice-Chairman/Cable Beach (Baha Mar Resort); and Fred Lounsberry, Chief Executive Officer.(BIS Photo/Kemuel Stubbs) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Two adults two children hospitalized after Hazel Dell crash

first_imgFour people were hospitalized Sunday afternoon after two cars collided in Hazel Dell.Two adults and two children were injured in the crash, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. They were transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.Although details of the injuries were not included in the initial news release, it did note that: “Due to the severity of the injuries, the CCSO traffic homicide unit was called out and is currently on scene conducting an investigation.”According to the report, the accident occurred at 3:20 p.m. when a car made a left turn on the 1600 block of Northeast 78th Street. A vehicle on eastbound 78th Street turned left toward the parking lot of the Hazel Dell Goodwill store on the north side of the street. The turning vehicle drove in front of a westbound vehicle, resulting in the collision.The names of the injured people in the cars were not released.Speed and physical impairment are not thought to be factors that caused the collision, according to the report.last_img read more

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City Makes Exception for Business Posing Encroachment Threat to NS Norfolk

first_imgThe Norfolk (Va.) City Council last week voted to allow a business located under the takeoff path of a Navy airfield to open despite a city policy intended to limit the use of property in the accident potential zones surrounding military airfields.The site of the banquet hall is about one-and-a-half miles from the east end of the runway at Naval Station Norfolk Chambers Field, putting it in Accident Potential Zone 2, reported the Virginian-Pilot.Councilmembers made the exception for the banquet hall because city officials failed to inform the business owner for more than two months after she applied for permits. “If we drop the ball, the citizens shouldn’t be the ones who pay the price,” Vice Mayor Angelia Williams Graves said before voting to approve Elegant Occasions.The council’s approval overcame objections from the mayor and city planning officials.After learning of the application, the Navy voiced its opposition. “We view development at this site as an encroachment upon operations on Naval Station Norfolk,” Capt. Doug Beaver, the base’s commander, wrote in a Jan. 26 letter to the city.The Hampton Roads region of Virginia has grappled with balancing the need to protect military installations from encroachment with economic development for decades. In a 2013 plan, Norfolk agreed not to approve any “increase in intensity of incompatible uses” in accident potential zones, according to the story.“This is a slippery slope you start down once you say, ‘Well, we’ll let this one go,’” said Mayor Paul Fraim. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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India tops in selfie deaths

first_imgRio de Janerio: Selfies, which have become a global sensation in the last decade or so, have remarkably killed five times more people than shark attacks. And the death toll has crept up incrementally each year as smartphones become more sophisticated and selfie-sticks increase the range at which people can snap themselves, prompting them to take bigger risks for the perfect shot. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Between October 2011 and November 2017, at least 259 people died taking selfies around the globe, according to India’s Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, compared to just 50 people killed by sharks in the same period. While women take the most selfies, young men, who are more prone to take risks, make up three quarters of the selfie deaths — in drownings, crashes, falls or shooting accidents. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us India, with a population of more than 1.3 billion and 800 million cell phones, holds the record for the number of people dying in the act of photographing themselves, with 159 recorded so far. That is more than half of the global total — and a testament of sorts to the nation’s love of group photos and its youthful population. India has seen selfie-snapping groups of youths die when they were hit by a train or drowning when their boat sank at the moment they were clicking the shutter. The situation has become so dire that India has set up “no selfie” zones — 16 of them in the city of Mumbai alone. Advertise With Us The country came in far ahead of Russia (16 deaths), the United States (14) and Pakistan. In Russia, people have fallen from bridges and high-rise buildings, shot themselves or even died while handling a land mine. Police issued a guide to “selfies without danger” in 2015. In the United States, most of those involved in selfie deaths fatally shot themselves while seeking the perfect pose. A number of people have fallen to their deaths at the Grand Canyon. Rescue services in Croatia used Twitter to ask tourists to “stop taking stupid and dangerous selfies” after a Canadian miraculously survived a 75-meter (250-foot) fall in the Plitvice lakes region. In January, Taiwanese social media celebrity Gigi Wu — known as the “Bikini Climber” for taking selfies on top of mountain peaks dressed in a bikini — died when she fell into a ravine. She was 36. Even when they are not fatal, selfies can be extremely macabre. In 2014, a Brazilian woman sparked rage online when she took a smiling selfie in front of the coffin of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos at his funeral. Social media influencer Sueli Toledo also caused a stir online when she posted a picture on Instagram with the caption, “My look today for the funeral of a super friend.”last_img read more

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Sylhet jolted by mild tremor

first_imgA mild earthquake jolted different parts of Sylhet on Monday morning, reports UNB.The 4.9 magnitude earthquake was felt around 10:53am.The epicentre of the earthquake was Gowhati in Assam, India, said Mahmudul Hasan Sohel, a meteorologist of Sylhet met office.last_img

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Indian cardiologist Devi Shetty coming to see Quader Hanif

first_imgIndian cardiologist Devi ShettyAwami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Monday said that renowned Indian cardiologist Devi Shetty will come to Dhaka to see the condition of ailing minister Obaidul Quader, reports UNB.The AL leader came up with the information while talking to reporters after visiting Quader at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) around 11:00am.Hanif said, ” Qauder’s condition is gradually improving. Now, the condition is somewhat better. I talked to physicians. They are optimistic over his recovery.”The medical board will decide whether the minister will be taken to Singapore. BSMMU vice chancellor Kanak Kanti Barua will brief reporters over the decision at 1:00pm, he said.Obaidul Quader was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the hospital on Sunday morning following his breathing complications.Later, physicians found three blockages in his coronary artery following an angiogram.last_img read more

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