Researchers in China have discovered a new type of swine flu that is capable of triggering a pandemic, according to a study published Monday in the US science journal PNAS.Named G4, it is genetically descended from the H1N1 strain that caused a pandemic in 2009.It possesses “all the essential hallmarks of being highly adapted to infect humans,” say the authors, scientists at Chinese universities and China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Topics : Tests also showed that any immunity humans gain from exposure to seasonal flu does not provide protection from G4.According to blood tests which showed up antibodies created by exposure to the virus, 10.4 percent of swine workers had already been infected.The tests showed that as many as 4.4 percent of the general population also appeared to have been exposed.The virus has therefore already passed from animals to humans but there is no evidence yet that it can be passed from human to human – the scientists’ main worry.”It is of concern that human infection of G4 virus will further human adaptation and increase the risk of a human pandemic,” the researchers wrote.The authors called for urgent measures to monitor people working with pigs.”The work comes as a salutary reminder that we are constantly at risk of new emergence of zoonotic pathogens and that farmed animals, with which humans have greater contact than with wildlife, may act as the source for important pandemic viruses,” said James Wood, head of the department of veterinary medicine at Cambridge University.A zoonotic infection is caused by a pathogen that has jumped from a non-human animal into a human. From 2011 to 2018, researchers took 30,000 nasal swabs from pigs in slaughterhouses in 10 Chinese provinces and in a veterinary hospital, allowing them to isolate 179 swine flu viruses. The majority were of a new kind which has been dominant among pigs since 2016.The researchers then carried out various experiments including on ferrets, which are widely used in flu studies because they experience similar symptoms to humans – principally fever, coughing and sneezing. G4 was observed to be highly infectious, replicating in human cells and causing more serious symptoms in ferrets than other viruses.
The home at 13 Macarthur Cres, Slacks Creek.THIS four bedroom family home has been transformed and is new to the market in Slacks Creek. The property at 13 Macarthur Cres has open-plan living, outdoor entertaining space and a big backyard. Kym Harman and her husband bought the home six years ago and reshaped it into a modern home for their four children. “We redid the kitchen, pulled down a wall to create open-plan living, painted inside and out, and sanded back the floorboards,” Ms Harman said. “I’d say the open-plan area and kitchen are now my favourite parts of the home — it’s so roomy, functional and modern.” The patio at 13 Macarthur Cres, Slacks Creek.Outside there is a covered deck and a patio for entertaining, and established, low-maintenance gardens. There is also a double lockup garage and a carport on the fenced 607sq m block with side access. Ms Harman said the home was in the middle of everything, with shops, public transport and schools all close by. The kitchen at 13 Macarthur Cres, Slacks Creek.The mid-set home has four good-sized bedrooms with built-in robes, a family bathroom, laundry and separate toilet. The new kitchen has an island bench with breakfast bar, pendant lighting, stainless steel appliances and gas cooking. “It’s so enjoyable cooking in the kitchen now with the gas stove and the dishwasher,” Ms Harman said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The home has timber floors and airconditioning throughout. One of the four bedrooms at 13 Macarthur Cres, Slacks Creek.“It’s been a loved and well looked after home,” she said. “We made it to live in it forever but circumstances have changed. “I think I’ll miss the memories we created here the most. “It’s those memories that made it a home.” The property is just 2km from the highway and 20 minutes from Brisbane city. The home is being marketed by Paul Penklis and Rebecca Shortall, of Ray White Logan City, for offers over $395,000.
Elpedio Esman had been hiding from thepolice in Antique province for about four years. The court recommended a P120,000 a bail bondof for his temporary liberty./PN The suspect was set to be transferred tothe municipal police station of Sibalom, Antique this week. Officers of the Pasig City policestation served the warrant issued by Judge Nery Duremdes of the RegionalTrial Court Branch 11. He was caught on the strength of anarrest warrant in Barangay Bambang, Pasig City on Dec. 7, a police reportshowed. ILOILO City – Charged with attemptedmurder, a 66-year-old man was nabbed.
Indianapolis, In. — Your guide to Indiana’s best values in outdoor recreation is available now online.And your guide to Indiana fishing is available here.The Department of Natural Resources’ 2018 Indiana Recreation Guide is the source for information on state parks, lakes, State Park Inns, fish & wildlife areas, state forests and other DNR properties.Soon, free printed copies of each will be available at local retail outlets, state parks, lakes and other DNR properties.The guides also will be available at the DNR booth at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 16-25, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.Annual Entrance Passes for state park properties can be purchased in person at the gatehouse or offices of state park properties during business hours, at the Indiana Government Center South in Indianapolis during business hours, or here.Indiana resident passes cost $50. For individuals 65 years old or older, the price is $25. Annual passes for vehicles with out-of-state license plates are $70. Normal daily gate fees for residents at most properties are $7 per in-state vehicle. For more information on Indiana state park properties. Fishing licenses can be purchased and printed here. They can also be purchased at retailers, county clerks and most DNR properties throughout the state.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Tire samples taken from top five finishers in the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified main event and from IMCA SportMod main event winner J.C. Howell revealed no use of any foreign substance(s) at the Duel In The Desert.This was the third year samples were taken from top finishing Modifieds and submitted to a testing laboratory following the special at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Terry Phillips, Jordan Grabouski, R.C. Whitwell, Johnny Scott and Chris Brown comprised the top five.With the increase in Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod entries – a record 96 competed at the Nov. 12-15 Duel – tire testing was expanded to include the winner of that main event as well.“Since results are final we will begin mailing the complete payout to all drivers who earned shares of the Duel In The Desert purse,” IMCA Vice President of Operations Brett Root said.
(REUTERS) – England’s new Test captain Joe Root said he will try to put his “own stamp” on the team, but will seek advice from former skipper Alastair Cook and the other senior players whenever he needs to.Root described his elevation to Test skipper as a natural progression and said he was excited by the challenges that lay ahead.“It feels amazing,” he told Sky Sports yesterday. “I think as a young kid when you’re growing up you always aspire to be England captain. It’s sort of the pinnacle of the Test arena, isn’t it?”Asked about how his relationship with Cook – who resigned last week – would work, Root told the BBC that he was not afraid to ask for help.“It would be silly not to take advice from Alastair and the other senior players, but I will want to do things my way as well,” he added. “You shouldn’t be scared of asking for help, but I would also like to think I can put my stamp on it.”The 26-year-old said Cook had been in touch to congratulate him on his appointment and that the former skipper would continue to play a key role in the dressing room.“We’ve exchanged a few text messages,” Root said. “He’s tried to let me have a bit of space for now but I think we’ll definitely be in contact over the next few days.“One thing that Cookie will naturally do is let me go about things my way. He’s a very respectful bloke.”Root also dismissed concerns that a lack of leadership experience might hamper him in his new role. He has previously captained Yorkshire for four first-class matches, but has served as England’s vice-captain for the past 18 months.“I think I’ve played 50-odd Test matches now,” he added. “The experience in that arena counts for a lot. I think it’s very different cricket, Test cricket to county championship cricket.“Over the last couple of years I’ve had the added responsibility of the vice-captaincy.“For a while now, I’d like to think that even though I haven’t been captain I’ve been trying to think like a captain as much as possible to try and help Cookie out.”
GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWhen a team shoots 50 percent from the field and forces 34 turnovers on defense, it’s pretty hard to lose.That’s what happened Sunday afternoon as the University of Wisconsin’s women’s basketball team crushed Division II opponent Winona State 87-37 at the Kohl Center. The win ended the Badgers’ short-lived preseason, in which they finished a perfect 2-0.The Badgers dominated all facets of the game. They jumped out to an early 12-8 lead, followed by a 24-0 run that lasted just under 10 minutes. Winona State guard Shelby Krueger broke up the scoring drought with a pair of free throws. The Warriors didn’t hit a field goal for another four minutes.Badgers forward Danielle Ward had a game-high 21 points while shooting 9-of-11 from the field. She also chipped in on the glass with eight rebounds.Ward was not the only Badger post player to put up impressive numbers Sunday. Caitlin Gibson, Brittany Heins, and Mariah Dunham had 12, 11, and eight points respectively.”The post play has arrived,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said excitedly. “When you have [three] post players in double figures, that’s great.””[Danielle] is a quick, unbelievably fast, athletic post, and I’m more of a big, ‘sit on the block, muscle my way around’-type of post,” Gibson said.This tandem, along with Heins coming off the bench, should be a lethal combination throughout the season.Stone did say she will entertain the idea of putting all three on the court at the same time.Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Jolene Anderson had a modest eight points, but added six assists in only 24 minutes.”Jolene was very unselfish today and did a great job sharing the ball,” Stone said.Freshman Rae Lin D’Alie played well both offensively (6 points, 3 assists) and defensively (2 steals) in a starting role.The 5-foot-3 point guard applied intense on-ball pressure all game long, forcing countless Warrior turnovers, which is why Stone inserted her in the starting lineup before Thursday’s first preseason game.D’Alie is one of many impressive newcomers on this Badger squad, but the team’s depth is making it hard for Stone to solidify a consistent rotation.”I like our starting lineup right now,” Stone said. “It may be the same, and it may change.”Though a 50-point blowout can lift a team’s confidence, Stone knows her team has a lot of work to do, especially from the free-throw line, where they shot just 60 percent.However, Stone was not the only coach impressed with the Badgers’ play on Sunday. Warriors head coach Scott Ballard had no answers for the onslaught of cardinal and white.”I thought [the Badgers’] depth is probably better than a lot of people might think,” he said.Along with forcing 34 turnovers, the Badger defense compiled 19 steals and two blocks, while allowing the Warriors to grab only eight offensive rebounds.”We really focused on ball pressure and just denying reversal passes,” Gibson added. “That was really crucial for our defense. That’s how we’re going to break teams down.”Despite being on the losing end of such a lopsided score, Ballard sees some positives from the trip to Madison.”It was a great experience to come to the Kohl Center [and play in a] hostile environment,” he said.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. – Neiman’s Family Market will sponsor Alpena High School’s tailgate party once again as students ramp things up for homecoming week.Students will commence the tailgate party with a wildcat parade.The band and members of the community will march from Ella White Elementary to the high school stadium at 4:30 pm on Friday.The party will include free hot dogs, drinks and chips.The induction of this year’s hall of fame Wildcats and the crowning of homecoming king and queen will take place at halftime. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious 2 dead, 1 seriously injured in fatal Alabaster, Twp. car crashNext Hillman Area Schools placed in secure mode after students talk of knife
Black Stars defender Jerry Akaminko has completed his switch from Turkish lower division side Manisaspor to top-flight club Eskisehirspor in a 3-year deal worth €1.35mThe 24-year-old centre-back signed a three-year deal with the top-flight side from relegated Manisaspor.Reports in Turkey claim Eskisehirspor paid 1.35 million Euros for his services.Akaminko’s sterling performance earned him 28 appearances for Manisaspor in last season’s Turkish Super Lig but the club were relegated at the end of the season.Akaminko has spent four seasons in Turkey with his first club being Orduspor in the Turkish second-tier.In June, he scored on his Ghana debut in the 7-0 win over Lesotho at the Baba Yara Stadium in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.
Ghana President John Mahama is one of the top personalities expected to attend next weekend’s burial of the mother of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan.Cecelia Love Amoako died in November last year in a car crash in Accra.The deceased mother of Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan, will be buried at her hometown in Mamponteng on Saturday March 16, 2013.She will however be laid in state at her Gbawe residence from Friday March 15 before a traditional sending off the following morning.It is at this occasion that several personalities in government, academia, sports, entertainment, friends and sympathizers are expected to pay their last respects.Top of the list will be President Mahama who promised to attend the final funeral rites before the Black Stars departed for the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa. Officials from the Ghana FA, ex and current players of the various national teams, entertainment icons and other well-meaning Ghanaians are also expected to attend.GHANAsoccernet.com also understands a delegation from the Al Ain Football Club, where the leading striker of the Black Stars plays his club football is expected in the country next week for the ceremony.The official thanksgiving service is also slated to take place on Sunday March 17, at the deceased residence in Gbawe.Gyan is the latest Black Stars player within weeks to bury a parent following last month’s burial of the father of defender John Boye.