A research team from Canada yesterday reported what they say is a missing piece of the puzzle in the understanding of how lifetime exposure to flu viruses affects the immune system, a process called “antigenic imprinting.”Scientists already know that, in many instances, exposure to similar viruses appears to boost protection against related strains. However, a research team based at McMaster University and the University of Montreal found more evidence that exposure to a pandemic strain can make people more susceptible to the next pandemic strain—if the viruses are greatly different from each other. The group described its findings in the latest issue of mBio.Earlier studies had raised the issue about increased susceptibility regarding exposure to successive pandemic strains, citing two earlier examples. People born during the 1890 H3 pandemic had the highest excess death levels during the 1918 H1N1 pandemic, and a peak in deaths was seen in the 1968 H3N2 pandemic in people were born around the time of the 1918 pandemic.To see if the same dynamic was in play during the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, researchers reviewed monthly death and flu circulation data from October 1997 to July 2014 in the United States and Mexico, examining mortality and year of birth during the pandemic and during a resurgence of the virus from 2013 to 2014.Effect on those born during H2N2 pandemicFor the 2009 H1N1 pandemic season, the investigators found peaks in death rates in people from both countries who were 52 years old, corresponding with a birth year of 1957, when the H2N2 “Asian” flu pandemic occurred.The team said the vulnerability that they and others have noted in subsequent pandemics marks an unappreciated risk factor and has all the markings of a cohort effect, showing the value of studying flu deaths by individual birth year instead of very large age-groups.The findings suggest that increased pandemic deaths in people primed in early life by viruses that have little to no antigenic overlap with new pandemic or seasonal viruses might result in responses that increase the pathogenicity of the disease, possibly compromising lung function, the group wrote.Pandemic preparedness implicationsThe new findings add more weight to calls for more broadly protective universal flu vaccines that have the capacity to protect against both seasonal and pandemic strains, the group wrote.Matthew Miller, PhD, the study’s senior author and assistant professor of biochemistry and biomedical sciences at McMaster, said in a press release from the university, “Reported situations in which previous influenza virus exposures have enhanced susceptibility are rare and poorly understood.””This study’s results have important implications for pandemic risk assessment and should inform laboratory studies aimed at uncovering what’s responsible for this effect.”See also:Jan 16 mBio studyJan 16 McMaster University press release
The I-CREW program will focus on accelerating clean energy technology and developing a statewide clean energy workforce. “The transition to clean energy represents our greatest opportunity to create thousands of new jobs all across New Mexico — particularly in our rural communities,” Heinrich said. “Wind technician and solar installer are already two of the fastest growing jobs in the nation. It is critical that our state put real resources into training our workers for these clean energy jobs. I am proud that New Mexico State University is playing a leading role in preparing our state’s workers to meet our climate goals and compete for rapidly growing fields in the clean energy economy.” WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has awarded $750,000 to New Mexico State University’s (NMSU) College of Engineering to create the Innovation and Commercialization for Regional Energy Workforce (I-CREW). CONGRESSIONAL News: “This funding will harness New Mexico’s unique strengths as a state to foster innovation, diversify our economy, and create good-paying jobs in clean energy,” Udall said. “The I-CREW program leverages our state-of-the-art national labs, abundance of renewable resources, and strong commitment to fighting the climate crisis toward developing critical clean energy technologies while creating good jobs. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I’ll keep fighting for the resources we need to build a clean energy economy – and the workforce of the future.” “The funding for NMSU’s I-CREW program will be crucial in helping create and retain good-paying jobs, enhance commercialization and innovation, and support entrepreneurship in New Mexico’s clean energy sector. I look forward to our continued partnership,” Torres Small said.
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ARGENTINA: Electric services began operating between City Bell and La Plata on the Roca commuter network in Buenos Aires on October 18, marking completion of an electrification project undertaken as part of a US$250m upgrade of the 1 676 mm gauge commuter routes running south from the capital.With the 52∙6 km route between Buenos Aires and La Plata now electrified throughout, the fastest journey time has been cut by 20 min to 1 h 12 min. Services operate every 30 min, with trains operating from Buenos Aires as far as Berazategui every 15 min.As a change from electric to diesel services is now longer required to reach La Plata, it is expected that the route will be used by over 150 000 passengers a day. Completion of electrification work has also seen the intermediate stations at Tolosa and Gonnet reopen to rail services; Ringuelet and Pereyra remain closed for rebuilding work.
Sam Outlaw has teamed up with Sarah Darling for new single Forever and Always, due for release on 26th July 2019.The song received its world premiere on BBC Radio 2’s Country Show last night with Little Big Town standing in for Bob Harris. It’s the first new music from Outlaw since the release of his Hat Acts EP back in May, which was released to coincide with his Grand Ole Opry debut.Forever and Always arrives as both Outlaw and Darling prepare to head over to the UK for live shows over the summer.Outlaw will appear at The Long Road Festival in September, which he’ll follow with a series of headline dates across Europe before returning to the UK in October.Darling will perform at Nashville Meets London, Summertyne and Cambridge Folk Festival.The full list of live dates for Sam is:Sept 6th – The Long Road Festival, Lutterworth, UKSept 7th – Tuckerville, Enschede, NetherlandsSept 8th – Paradiso, Amsterdam, NetherlandsSept 9th – Club Volta, Köln, GermanySept 10th – Zoom Frankfurt, Frankfurt Am Main, GermanySept 11th – Strom, Munchen, GermanySept 12th – Frannz-Club, Berlin, GermanySept 14th – Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg, GermanySept 15th – Loppen, København, DenmarkSept 18th – John Dee Live Club & Pub, Grünerløkka, NorwaySept 19th – Madam Felle, Beren, NorwaySept 20th – Iris Scene, Odda, NorwaySept 21st – Bryggerhuset, Halden, NorwaySept 23rd – Kulturhuset Najaden, Halmstad, SwedenSept 24th – Nalen, Norrmalm, SwedenSept 25th – Holten Hulingen, Hultsfred, SwedenSept 26th – Tryckhallen, Skogstorp-västra Gärdet-arvidstorp, SwedenSept 27th – Pustervik, Haga, SwedenSept 28th – Kulturbolaget, Malmö, SwedenSept 30th – Bullingdon Arms, Oxford, UKOct 1st – Bush Hall, London, UKOct 2nd – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, UKOct 3rd – Glee Club, Nottingham, UKOct 4th – Newbald Village Hall, North Newbald, UKOct 5th – Gosforth Civic Theatre, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UKOct 6th – Glee Club, Glasgow, UK
Late night radio DJ Rod Wilson (James Wright) hosts a horror-themed show where he takes calls from listeners and shares terrifying tales. After taking a number of calls, Rod is spooked when he gets a call from a child begging for help. Initially believing it to be a prank, Rod doesn’t pay much attention but when the child calls back, things take a turn for the unexpected.A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio is an anthology film of shorts, threading together a series of standalone scary stories told by Rod. Each of the shorts plays out in full with nothing more than the occasional voiceover from Rod before the action cuts back to the radio studio where Rod is eager to take another call.Credit: Black MandalaAfter opening with a twist on The Invisible Man, the first highlight comes with a period short featuring a little girl trying to take a photo of a dead girl. Scared that the girl may not be dead, she takes the coins from her eyes – that block the divide between the living and the dead of course – and inserts them in her mouth. When the body doesn’t react, the little girl sets about taking her photo but she’s convinced that the little girl isn’t really dead. It’s unsettling but surprisingly very effective.As with any film that’s constructed like an anthology with shorts, not everything works here. One particular gruesome short sees a rogue barber scalping a woman, while a twist on the mermaid myth lacks the punch of some of the better moments here. Another is a chilling tale of a man convicted of rape and murder who is punished with horrifying surgeries by the family of the girl his victim. It’s not the easiest to watch and it didn’t really go anywhere by the end.Credit: Black MandalaThe Smiling Man is one short that hits all the marks, making you feel uneasy and proving to be pretty scary. Another truly creepy moment finds a woman terrorised in her own home, convinced there’s a shadowy figure trying to get her. It’s quite a claustrophobic watch and plays into shock scares effectively.A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio is solid enough but it’s not particularly ground-breaking. Last year’s Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark attempted a similar thing and like this film, that one didn’t leave cinemagoers completely satisfied. The overarching storyline with Rod didn’t really work for me and the shorts felt more random than they did properly themed. A Night of Horror: Nightmare Radio is an interesting enough idea but it could have been a lot better executed.Cast: Clara Kovacic, James Wright, Kera Obryon Directors: Luciano & Nicolás Onetti, Sergio Morcillo, Joshua Long, Jason Bognacki, Adam O’Brien, Matt Richards, A.J. Briones, Pablo S. Pastor & Oliver Park Writers: Various Certificate: TBC Duration: 100 mins Released by: Black Mandala
Sharing is caring! Warner team; valley league champions 2014.Busta Warner has emerged champion of the 2014 Roseau Valley Football League.Busta Warner defeated the Trafalgar Football Club in a resounding 6-1 drumming on Wednesday September 10, 2014 in the final at Trafalgar.Goal scorers for Busta Warner were Ewin Bruno 4, Sheldon Pierre 1, and Frankie Pierre 1. Errol Blaize scored the only goal for Trafalgar.Busta Warner came to the game full of confidence after having a perfect run during the league and was never defeated. It all started in the opening minutes of the game when the Warner boys capitalized on the lack of communication that was going in Trafalgar defense.Errol Blaize from Trafalgar quickly found the back of Warner net and the game was all square again. Additional sloppy defense mistakes from the Trafalgar team led to a half time score of 4-1 in favor of warner.Trafalgar team moments before the match.With the pressure from the home crowd and a trophy at stake, the plan from Trafalgar was to play the last forty-five minutes like there is no tomorrow but it was not meant to be.The home boys showed a lack of energy and with no fight left in them, two additional goals from warner is the second half ensured that they would go home with the trophy.Captain of the Busta Warner team, Brad Jno Baptiste commented, “I said we would beat that team, that team is not a team to beat us”. He said they had a simple game plan to feed the ball to the striker who he describes has the ability to score any goal. Brad said once Warner gets an invitation they will be coming back to defend the championship.Meanwhile, captain of the Trafalgar team Kimran Jean Jacques said a defeat is not what the team expected. “We had a good plan, but we had a breakdown of the team. No individual player is to be blamed but the entire team.” Jean Jacques also congratulated the Warner team on emerging champions.He further stated that this is a lesson for the team and “we will go back to the drawing board with our coach and work on the areas needed to work on”.– / 6Dominica Vibes News Share Share 229 Views no discussions NewsSports Busta Warner wins Roseau Valley Football League by: – September 12, 2014 Share Tweet
Sharing is caring! 230 Views no discussions BusinessNewsPoliticsRegional Jamaican Politician and Businessman Charged With Forging Former Prime Minister’s Signature by: – March 31, 2017 Tweet Share Share Share Peter Sangster ran in the East Kingston constituency for the JLP in the 2011 general election.KINGSTON, Jamaica, Friday March 31, 2017 (Caribbean 360 News) – A businessman and former Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) candidate has been charged with forging the signature of former People’s National Party (PNP) leader and former prime minister Portia Simpson-Miller.Managing director of Jamus Communications, Peter Sangster, was released on J$1 million (US$7,804) bail when he appeared in court yesterday on charges of forgery, obtaining money by false pretense, and uttering forged documents between January 2011 and August 2013.Sangster, who unsuccessfully ran in the East Kingston constituency for the JLP in the 2011 general election, was ordered to surrender his travel documents and barred from leaving the country.The 47-year-old grandnephew of Jamaica’s second prime minister Donald Sangster was also warned that his bail would be revoked if he attempted to contact any witnesses in the case, after prosecutors told the court that he had tried to contact witnesses electronically. Sangster returns to court on May 8.According to investigators, he obtained more than US$600,000 from the chairman of Jamus Communications after promising to get a waiver for funds owed by the company to the Universal Service Fund (USF), an agency under the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology mandated to ensure access to information and communication tools to facilitate development.Sangster presented the waiver supposedly signed by the then prime minister Simpson-Miller.However, when the document was presented to the USF, it was discovered that the prime minister’s signature had been forged.
Cobham Wireless, formerly Aeroflex wireless business unit, has announced the introduction of a new measurement option that allows users to perform power measurements more quickly, directly reducing test times in power servo applications. Option 194 (Fast Power Measurement) on the PXI 3030 series RF digitizer results in a 57% reduction in servo loop time when applied to an LTE signal. This has given RFMD an overall 10% reduction in test time.RFMD is a leading user of the Cobham Wireless PXI 3000 Series RF modular instruments. They have been integrating Cobham Wireless RF PXI sources and RF digitizers (302X and 303X respectively) into production test systems since 2005. RFMD uses these test systems to test amplifiers, switches, and numerous other RF components.Having the on-board FPGA on the RF Digitizer (option 194) provides a much faster way of making measurements. Fast power measurement is extremely beneficial when testing cellular or WLAN power amplifiers as well as in many other applications. Measurements such as ACLR, EVM, and efficiency are made at a constant output power. Reaching the desired output power is an iterative process, which normally adds significantly to the measurement time. This gives customers like RFMD considerable potential savings in future capital expenditure.More about Cobham Wireless Modular InstrumentsThe PXI 3000 Series RF modular instruments provide five generations of test capability covering most applications in RF design validation and wireless manufacturing test. Licensed options are available for LTE/LTE-A, GSM/UMTS/HSPA+, WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n/p/ac, GPS, Bluetooth, DECT, FM, and all generic standards.The AXRF is a high-density, multi-site capable test platform. It adds RF test capability to existing digital IC testers with the same capabilities as the PXI 3000 Series.AvailabilityFor more information, application notes and demonstrations you can contact Cobham Wireless (Formerly part of Aeroflex) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Related TopicsTerry Glenn Earlier today the Buckeye Nation received some bad news as former standout Wide Receiver Terry Glenn passed away. Glenn died at the age of 43 following a one-vehicle rollover traffic accident. His girlfriend who was with him at the time, walked away with minor injuries. Few will ever forget the incredible 1995 season that Terry Glenn had as a member of The Ohio State Buckeyes. The sensational wide receiver finished with 64 catches for 1,411 yards with 17 Touchdowns. From there he went on to have a stout career with the New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys. He met with instant success as a member of the New England Patriots after being selected by them in the 1996 NFL Draft. Glenn recorded 90 receptions for 1,132 yards and six touchdowns in his rookie season. At the time, his 90 receptions were the most ever in a single season by a rookie in NFL history. He had an up and down term with the Patriots that saw many highs, but also some lows. The Patriots went to two Super Bowls while Glenn was part of the team. He also caught the first ever touchdown pass from Tom Brady. Before the 2002 season, the Patriots traded Glenn to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for two fourth-round draft picks. His career ended after the 2006 season with the Dallas Cowboys. He finished his career with 44 Touchdowns and 593 total receptions. Vince McKee