Measles Outbreak Traced to Fully Vaccinated Patient for First Time

first_imgGet the measles vaccine, and you won’t get the measles—or give it to anyone else. Right? Well, not always. A person fully vaccinated against measles has contracted the disease and passed it on to others. The startling case study contradicts received wisdom about the vaccine and suggests that a recent swell of measles outbreaks in developed nations could mean more illnesses even among the vaccinated.When it comes to the measles vaccine, two shots are better than one. Most people in the United States are initially vaccinated against the virus shortly after their first birthday and return for a booster shot as a toddler. Less than 1% of people who get both shots will contract the potentially lethal skin and respiratory infection. And even if a fully vaccinated person does become infected—a rare situation known as “vaccine failure”—they weren’t thought to be contagious.That’s why a fully vaccinated 22-year-old theater employee in New York City who developed the measles in 2011 was released without hospitalization or quarantine. But like Typhoid Mary, this patient turned out to be unwittingly contagious. Ultimately, she transmitted the measles to four other people, according to a recent report in Clinical Infectious Diseases that tracked symptoms in the 88 people with whom “Measles Mary” interacted while she was sick. Surprisingly, two of the secondary patients had been fully vaccinated. And although the other two had no record of receiving the vaccine, they both showed signs of previous measles exposure that should have conferred immunity.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)A closer look at the blood samples taken during her treatment revealed how the immune defenses of Measles Mary broke down. As a first line of defense against the measles and other microbes, humans rely on a natural buttress of IgM antibodies. Like a wooden shield, they offer some protection from microbial assaults but aren’t impenetrable. The vaccine (or a case of the measles) prompts the body to supplement this primary buffer with a stronger armor of IgG antibodies, some of which are able to neutralize the measles virus so it can’t invade cells or spread to other patients. This secondary immune response was presumed to last for decades.By analyzing her blood, the researchers found that Measles Mary mounted an IgM defense, as if she had never been vaccinated. Her blood also contained a potent arsenal of IgG antibodies, but a closer look revealed that none of these IgG antibodies were actually capable of neutralizing the measles virus. It seemed that her vaccine-given immunity had waned.Although public health officials have assumed that measles immunity lasts forever, the case of Measles Mary highlights the reality that “the actual duration [of immunity] following infection or vaccination is unclear,” says Jennifer Rosen, who led the investigation as director of epidemiology and surveillance at the New York City Bureau of Immunization. The possibility of waning immunity is particularly worrisome as the virus surfaces in major U.S. hubs like Boston, Seattle, New York, and the Los Angeles area. Rosen doesn’t believe this single case merits a change in vaccination strategy—for example, giving adults booster shots—but she says that more regular surveillance to assess the strength of people’s measles immunity is warranted.If it turns out that vaccinated people lose their immunity as they get older, that could leave them vulnerable to measles outbreaks seeded by unvaccinated people—which are increasingly common in the United States and other developed countries. Even a vaccine failure rate of 3% to 5% could devastate a high school with a few thousand students, says Robert Jacobson, director of clinical studies for the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group in Rochester, Minnesota, who wasn’t involved with the study. Still, he says, “The most important ‘vaccine failure’ with measles happens when people refuse the vaccine in the first place.”last_img read more

Amazon injects another $306 mn into Indian arm

first_imgAmazon Seller Services Pvt. Ltd, the local arm of, has received another Rs 1,950 crore ($306.3 million) as the global e-commerce giant continues its quick pace of investments in the country, filings with the Registrar of Companies show.Amazon Inc. and its Singapore-based division, Amazon Corporate Holdings Pvt Ltd, made the investment in the Indian arm, the filings stated.Read it at VCCircle Related Itemslast_img

World’s Most Profitable Banks Can Be Found in India

first_imgIndia’s economic and credit slowdown is revealing the strengths and weaknesses of its banking sector.Roiled by unprecedented frauds and surging bad debt, the nation’s state-run banks have returned the least to investors this year. However, investors’ belief in the potential of Asia’s No. 3 economy shows in the fact that its newest lenders offer the best returns, and a clutch of private Indian banks are among the world’s most expensive.For instance, AU Small Finance Bank Ltd.’s return-on-equity, a measure of profitability, was 56 percent compared with about 15 percent for China Construction Bank, 11 percent for JPMorgan Chase & Co. and an average 11.3 percent across 430 global lenders with a market cap of over $2 billion.“India’s banks have had a sharply divided run – while consumer banks are riding the crest of consumption and strong and good quality credit demand, wholesale banks are saddled with restructuring challenges of the economy,” said Aditya Narain, an analyst at Edelweiss Securities Ltd. “More tellingly, credit challenges faced by wholesale banks have led to them becoming significantly risk averse, opening up a very large market for well capitalized and confident retail banks to aggressively make marketshare gains.”A decision by former central bank Governor Raghuram Rajan to create new banks for the first time in more than a decade have yielded two fresh lenders that investors are bullish about. Singapore’s state investment firm Temasek Holdings Pte bought about 5 percent of AU Small Finance Bank Ltd. for $147 million this month and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. this month initiated coverage on Bandhan Bank Ltd. with a buy call.There’s also about a year to go for national elections, a period during which the government spends more on the hinterland to win votes. Bandhan is focused on the underbanked regions of eastern India. “This is a high-yield business,” said Jaikishan Parmar, an analyst at Angel Broking Ltd. “We expect that Bandhan would continue to grow at a healthy rate and maintain higher net interest margins.”Indian private-sector banks are also among the most richly valued. HDFC Bank Ltd. in January became only the third Indian company whose market cap has crossed the 5 trillion rupee ($73 billion) mark and Goldman sees it hitting $100 billion by 2020. The lender last month reported the strongest fee income in the past eight quarters and retail loans form 70 percent of its total lending. IndusInd Bank Ltd. trimmed its exposure to companies rated BBB and below to less than 38 percent from more than 48 percent a year ago. Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. retained its strong credit growth without worsening asset quality.The key risk for Kotak Mahindra stems from continued stress in the economy, which could hit demand for commercial vehicles and construction equipment, according to Edelweiss’s Narain. The same could be said for Kotak’s peers as Goldman’s economists trimmed their growth forecast for India amid concerns that woes in the state-run bank sector are worse than thought. Bad loans across government-controlled banks are more than double total market cap.State Bank of India, the nation’s biggest lender by assets, reported a record $1 billion loss for the quarter ended March 31 and its shares have fallen 15 percent this year, while rival Punjab National Bank reported India’s largest ever bank loss after a $2 billion fraud came to light. Half of India’s 22 state-run banks with 20 percent of the sector’s total loans are under the regulator’s strict Prompt Corrective Action program. Five more – some 16 percent of advances – could be brought into the framework that restricts lending and expansion, according to Edelweiss.Despite the government’s “recapitalization of public sector banks, they are likely to face challenges to meet the regulatory capital ratios amid mounting credit provisions,” said Karthik Srinivasan, an analyst at ICRA Ltd. The local unit of Moody’s Investors Service estimates lending by India’s overall banking sector will grow about 8 percent in the year through March 2019, even though private banks will expand credit by some 25 percent.(c) 2018, Bloomberg Related Itemslast_img read more

Federer vs Nagal, Medvedev vs Prajnesh: A Guide to US Open Stars’ 1st Round Rivals

first_imgNew York: Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are the defending champions at the US Open, where old rivals Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova meet in a blockbuster opening round tie on Monday.AFP Sport looks at the players hoping to cause a major upset in the first round (x denotes seeded player): NOVAK DJOKOVIC (SRB X1) V ROBERTO CARBALLES BAENA (ESP)Head-to-head: First meeting Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. An admirer of former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Carballes Baena lifted his lone title on clay in Quito last year and reached the second round at Flushing Meadows in 2018. His opening round win at Roland Garros in May was just his second in seven Slam appearances.RAFAEL NADAL (ESP X2) V JOHN MILLMAN (AUS)Head-to-head: Nadal leads 1-0– A year on from his stirring upset of Roger Federer in the last 16, Australia’s Millman finds himself confronting a brutal first round draw up against three-time US Open champion Nadal.The Spaniard trampled Millman for the loss of just six games in their only prior meeting, at Wimbledon in 2017, and form would dictate another routine win for the 18-time Grand Slam champion, a convincing victor at Montreal a fortnight ago.However Millman, who was eventually stopped here in the 2018 quarter-finals by Djokovic, is hoping to spring another monumental shock in New York.”You start off regardless of who you play, it’s 0-0. It’s a game for the next two, three, four hours. It’s you versus the other person and anything can happen,” he told ATPTour.comROGER FEDERER (SUI X3) V SUMIT NAGAL (IND)Head-to-head: First meeting– Federer has played sparingly since a stinging five-set defeat by Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, and the 38-year-old hasn’t triumphed at the US Open since the last of his five straight titles in 2008.For 190th-ranked Nagal, a former Wimbledon boys’ doubles champion, this marks a Grand Slam debut for the 22-year-old after he rallied from a set and a 3-0 down in the final round of qualifying.Describing himself as “just some dude from India” with a passion for Japanese culture — tattoos on his left arm depict a temple, a samurai and a lotus flower — Nagal’s reverence for Federer runs deep, the youngster insisting the 20-time major winner is simply too good to be his idol.DANIIL MEDVEDEV (RUS X5) V PRAJNESH GUNNESWARAN (IND)Head-to-head: First meeting– Russian Medvedev is the hot hand on tour after pocketing his first Masters 1000 title in Cincinnati, following runner-up finishes in Washington and Montreal.He arrives in New York among the frontrunners to end the Djokovic-Nadal-Federer hegemony but must first overcome Gunneswaran, a 29-year-old left-hander from Chennai whose career was almost derailed by recurring knee fractures.World number 88 Gunneswaran lists twice US Open champion Pat Rafter as his hero, and has appeared in all four Slam main draws this year but is still searching for an elusive victory. It is the first time since 1998 India will have multiple singles representatives at a Grand Slam.NAOMI OSAKA (JPN X1) V ANNA BLINKOVA (RUS)Head-to-head: First meeting– While Osaka powered to her maiden Grand Slam crown in 2018, Blinkova broke new ground by cracking the top 100 for the first time.The Russian, a 2015 junior Wimbledon finalist, made the third round at this year’s Roland Garros, knocking out home favourite Caroline Garcia before falling in three sets to Madison Keys. Currently ranked a career-best 84th, Blinkova will look to hand Osaka a second consecutive first round Slam exit after the top-ranked Japanese star was bundled out at Wimbledon by Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.ASHLEIGH BARTY (AUS X2) V ZARINA DIYAS (KAZ)Head-to-head: Barty leads 1-0– Kazakh Diyas has made little impression at the majors the past couple of years, whereas Barty captured her first Slam title at the French Open in June.Diyas, ranked 80th, won her lone title in Tokyo two years ago. Her best showing here was a third round exit in 2014, sandwiched between a pair of runs to the last 16 at Wimbledon. Away from the court she is studying for a psychology degree.The only meeting between the two resulted in a straight-sets win for Barty at Kuala Lumpur in 2013.INJURY FORCES MILOS RAONIC OUTCanada’s Milos Raonic has pulled out of the US Open with a glute injury, tournament organisers announced Sunday.The former Wimbledon finalist endured an injury-hit season and has not played since retiring during the second round of the Montreal Masters this month.Raonic, 28, will be replaced by Kamil Majchrzak of Poland, who lost in the final round of qualifying.World number 22 Raonic also missed the French Open each of the past two years because of injury. He reached the last 16 on four occasions at Flushing Meadows. — Djokovic admits he draws inspiration from talk he could surpass Roger Federer’s record for the most men’s Grand Slam singles titles. Underlining the gulf between the Serb and his opening opponent in New York, Djokovic is sitting on 16 major titles while Carballes Baena has just two career main draw wins at the Slams. Ashleigh BartyDaniil MedvedevNaomi OsakaNovak Djokovic First Published: August 26, 2019, 5:41 PM ISTlast_img read more

‘Liverpool blew their title chance last season’

first_imgLiverpool “missed the chance to win the title last season”, says El Hadji Diouf, with a former Reds star not expecting Jurgen Klopp’s side to challenge again in 2019-20.After 29 years of waiting, those at Anfield came agonisingly close to landing an elusive top-flight crown in 2018-19.Klopp’s men suffered just one league defeat all season, but that setback came at the hands of Manchester City and the Blues eventually scraped over the line by a solitary point. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The challenge facing Liverpool now is to replicate those efforts in the upcoming campaign and go one step further.Diouf is not convinced that they will be capable of doing that, with the outspoken Senegalese of the opinion that the Reds blew their big chance.He told The Mirror of a side that made amends for missing out on a domestic title by claiming Champions League glory: “They were very good last season. I don’t think they are going to be able to play like that this season.“They missed the chance to win the title last season, because you know in football every season is different, and if you look at the way they went all out for it last season it will be impossible for them to do it again this season.“That level they were last season was an unbelievable level and look at the way they lost it, with a point difference, so we have to be realistic to ourselves.“They have great competitors in City, and they’ve long been a team that has fought so hard for the title, so for me I maintain that Liverpool will not be able to produce that level of performance they did last season.”While questioning Liverpool’s ability to compete for major honours, Diouf is a big fan of two star turns on the books at Anfield.Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have become talismanic figures for the Reds, with a man who spent two seasons on Merseyside saying of two fellow African icons: “I think that both Mo and Mane are doing amazing and they are up there flying the flag for Africa.“The facts are there for everyone to see that at the moment they are two of the best players in the world and their contribution to Liverpool both domestically and continentally cannot be underrated.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Grains mostly lower livestock lower

CHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for July delivery rose 16.20 cents at $5.2060 a bushel; Jul corn was off 3 cents at $4.2920 a bushel; July oats fell 4.40 cents at $3.1420 a bushel; while July soybeans lost 3.60 cents at 8.8560 bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Jun. live cattle was down 2 cents at $1.0812 a pound; Aug. feeder cattle fell 3.30 cents at $1.34 a pound; Jun. lean hogs was off 1.40 cents at .8210 a pound.The Associated Press

UN nuclear watchdog draws attention to possible terrorist scenarios

In a paper titled “Promoting Nuclear Security: Possible Terrorist Scenarios,” the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gives top priority to the theft of a nuclear weapon which, while highly unlikely, “represents the most serious threat with potentially devastating consequences.” Responsibility for preventing theft rests with the states that possess nuclear weapons.Another theft scenario involves terrorists acquiring sufficient quantities of plutonium or high-enriched uranium to construct a crude nuclear explosive device. “Although sophisticated equipment and expertise is required to manufacture and detonate a nuclear device, the possibility cannot be discounted,” the IAEA says.Terrorists could also obtain radioactive substances, primarily sealed radioactive sources widely used for medical purposes or in industry or stored as waste, and disperse the radioactivity. “One dramatic way would be if a sealed radioactive source was used to spike conventional explosives, in what is commonly referred to as a ‘dirty bomb,'” the Agency notes.Such a device “would certainly cause panic and economic damage, in addition to exposing the target population to radiation, the result of which would have both immediate and long-term effects.” Finally, terrorists could target any facility using nuclear or radioactive materials, be it nuclear power plants, fuel cycle facilities, research reactors, hospitals or industries, causing immediate dispersal of radioactivity, exposing the population to radiation and damaging both property and the environment.The IAEA is working to promote nuclear security measures considered essential to forestalling these threats. Steps include the physical protection of nuclear materials and related facilities as well as the control of lost or “orphaned” radioactive material. In addition, the Agency is helping countries to detect any black-market activity through border patrols, training of customs officials, and the maintenance of a database on illicit trafficking. read more

Pybus appointment strategic claims CWI CEO

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCWI asked to ‘rescind’ Pybus’ appointmentJanuary 9, 2019In “latest news”Richard Pybus set to become West Indies’ head coachJanuary 1, 2019In “latest news”Pybus now serving CWI as High Performance DirectorFebruary 8, 2018In “Sports” CWI CEO Johnny GraveCricket West Indies has defended the re-hiring of the former director of cricket Richard Pybus as a ‘strategic’ one in light of strong opposition outside of the organization to the move.Pybus’ previous tenure in the Caribbean, which began in 2013 and lasted for three years could be described as a stormy one as it often featured spats with the region’s elite players.In light of his return, a few former players and officials have not just taken exception to the re-hiring but also the method in which it was done.  CWI CEO Johnny Grave has since confirmed that the post was in fact not advertised, but that the board were confident Pybus was the right man for the job.Richard Pybus“Everyone, including the senior management at CWI, is behind Pybus’ appointment,” Grave told ESPNcricinfo.“It is a strategic appointment,” he added.“It is a two-year consultancy role and it is specifically to do with establishing the HPC at the Coolidge Cricket Ground [in Antigua]. And ensuring the franchise-based Professional Cricket League that Richard set up four years ago becomes an even more elite, professional environment.”CWI recently revamped its retainer contract system for players competing in regional competitions last month, but Grave argued there was a lot more work to be done before the Caribbean product could compete with the best domestic competitions abroad.  With the experience of already working in the region under his belt, Grave argued Pybus fit the role perfectly.“Richard is specifically coming in to work with our franchise teams, establishing the HPC in Antigua, and to allow us to produce better cricketers on the international stage,” Grave said. (SportsMax) read more

Jagdeo says 15B could be used to clear GuySuCos liabilities

Government’s intention of borrowing $15B- to reopen the Skeldon and Enmore estates- could be to pay off liabilities of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to relieve “handpicked investors” of any burden.Leader of the Opposition Dr Bharat JagdeoThis is the view expressed by Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who told journalist at a press conference today (Thursday) that he is concerned that the intent of the $15B is to “clear off liabilities for GuySuCo- maybe the short term liabilities- so that the people that they have already identified to take over these estates will come in with a clean slate.”Jagdeo lamented that it is his belief that “handpicked companies” will take over the estates after the liabilities are cleared but the State would carry the burden to repay those loans.“…Because they come in, the State clears off all the liabilities of these estates and then they will just cherry pick the top. Take how many workers they want, refashion things, etcetera. Maybe even sell out some of our assets. So I think that’s the idea here,” he posited.Moreover, the former Head of State further noted that based on what the Government and GuySuCo has said in the past, all sugar estates could have remained open with $10B per year, but now they want that same amount to assist with reopening the estates for only a few months.Finance Minister, Winston Jordan said yesterday that the plan is to keep them operational as it searches for buyers.The Minister noted that the estates will not be opened for just one month, as it could possibly be opened for several months, while highlighting that the goal was to close deals on the estates’ purchases in another six to nine months.Jordan said the loans to fund the operations of these two estates should be acquired before mid-March and will be repaid by National Industrial & Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) over a period of three to five years.He also declared that revenues generated from the sale of estates and other assets would be used to repay the loans.The Government will be turning to commercials banks for this syndicated bond. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Massive confusion’ abounds over who owns GuySuCo’s liabilities- JagdeoJune 7, 2018In “Business”GuySuCo’s liabilities: The nation needs to know what’s unfolding, what’s at stake- JagdeoJune 11, 2018In “Business”SPU Head says $30bn syndicated bond secured for GuySuCo estatesMarch 28, 2018In “Business” read more

Heres What Happened Today Tuesday

first_imgApple unveiled its new Mac and a thinner iPad Air. [Associated Press]Facebook was criticised for ‘irresponsibility’ after a decision to allow videos showing people being decapitated and other graphic contentApple removed HMV‘s new music app from its App Store.PARTING SHOTFlo Fox is nearly blind and has multiple sclerosis and lung cancer but she hasn’t let that stop her from doing what she loves – street photography. This video tells her story. [New York Times]First published 21:00Here’s What Happened Yesterday> Updated 22:53NEED TO CATCH up? brings you a roundup of today’s news…An elderly lady becomes emotional as she listens to speeches during a protest by pensioners, outside Leinster House (Image: Brian Lawless/PA).IRISHGardaí are investigating the true identity of a girl found living with a Roma family in Dublin.Thousands of pensioners protested at Leinster House against cuts announced in the Budget.The Garda Ombudsman is to look into allegations that a contractor for Shell gave gardaí alcohol.Sensitive information about a teenager, who may have been a victim of sex trafficking, was accidentally sent to a member of the public.Runaway Irish solicitor Michael Lynn appeared in court in Brazil [RTÉ].A man injured in a road crash in Cork on Sunday passed away.New legislation will cut politicians’ allowances and abolish ministerial severance payments.An Irishman described by the FBI as being the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet is seeking a trial here. [RTÉ]The first ever audit of stillbirths and deaths of young babies in Ireland recorded 491 cases in 2011.The Ombudsman’s credit card was stolen and used to buy designer clothes.A firefighter tries to control flames near houses near Sydney (Image: Rob Griffith/PA).WORLD#UNITED STATES: President Barack Obama came under fire over revelations the NSA taped millions of phonecalls and hacked into French leaders’ emails. [BBC]#AUSTRALIA: Firefighters have deliberately merged two major blazes in a battle to manage massive wildfires. [AFP]#SYRIA: The UN has warned of a polio outbreak in the war-torn country in recent weeks.#EUROPEAN UNION: MEPs agreed on legislation aimed at avoiding a repeat of the PIP breast implant scandal.INNOVATIONlast_img read more

Add your own face to these 3Dprinted Star Trek characters

first_imgYou may not be the type to collect Star Trek figurines and set them up in your living room to act out your favorite scenes, but maybe that’s just because none of them look like you? Cubify wants to help you out with that by printing your face on a figurine of your choosing.In the 3D printing world, Cubify has made a name for itself by appealing to the less technical among us that are interested in 3D printing. Its printers will be the first available in retail outlets, with a large website dedicated to templates you can purchase and download for use on your own Cubify printer. These printers are cool, but not quite as functional as some of Cubify’s larger printers. Until the cost for these more functional devices comes down to a consumer adoption level, Cubify has started to offer built-to-order “3DMe” prints for a variety of occasions. With the release of the latest Star Trek movie, you can now upload photos of your face and have your very own Captain figurine printed.Cubify offers a variety of basic options for your figurine. You can choose between Human and Vulcan, male or female, and what part of the ship they work on. If you want a science officer with a tricorder, or a command officer with a phaser, Cubify has you covered. The website walks you through choosing body type, pose, and an inscription of your choosing on the base of the figurine. Finally, you are able to upload a pair of photos of your face. You’ll need a face shot and a profile shot, which will be used to make your figurine as realistic as possible. After you have everything set up, you’ll have to part with $70 plus shipping, and you’ll have your very own Star Trek character.If you’re not big on Star Trek, Cubify’s 3DMe studio will slap your face on any number of other characters. You can be a surfer, a princess, or a superhero with the same ease as the Star Trek setup at roughly the same prices. If you’re a Trek fan, but you’re not an alternate universe Trek fan, Cubify has a vote on their site right now for which series they should do next. Or, you can get your own 3D printer and software and make your own. That worked out well for the guys on Big Bang Theory, right?Now Read – Live long and prosper: Redshirts less likely to die on Star Trek than goldshirtslast_img read more

Découverte dun fragment dADN humain dans une bactérie pathogène

first_imgDécouverte d’un fragment d’ADN humain dans une bactérie pathogènePour la première fois, des chercheurs ont découvert la trace de fragments d’ADN humain dans une bactérie pathogène, la Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Ce germe est porteur de la gonorrhée, maladie sexuellement transmissible touchant chaque année 50 millions de personnes dans le monde.Ce sont des biologistes de l’Université Northwestern, à Chicago, qui ont fait cette découverte, et apporté la preuve d’un transfert génétique entre un hôte humain et une bactérie, rapporte le site Sciences et Avenir. Selon ces chercheurs, ce transfert de gène est un phénomène récent dans l’évolution de la bactérie. À lire aussiErysipèle : contagion, traitement, de quoi s’agit-il ?”La bactérie devient une séquence génétique de son hôte, cela à une signification évolutive”, explique Hank Seifert, professeur de microbiologie et d’immunologie interrogé par le journal en ligne Mbio. “Passer de l’ADN humain à une bactérie est un saut très important (…). Cette bactérie a dû surmonter plusieurs obstacles afin d’acquérir cette séquence d’ADN”, souligne Mark Anderson, un autre chercheur ayant participé à l’étude.Cette capacité de la Neisseria gonorrhoeae à acquérir de l’ADN humain lui donne la possibilité de développer de nouvelles souches. “Mais si cet événement particulier, a fourni un avantage pour la bactérie, nous ne le savons pas encore”, indique Hank Seifert.Si la gonorrhée affecte les hommes et les femmes, ces dernières peuvent souffrir de complications plus graves. Si elle n’est pas traitée, cette infection peut provoquer des inflammations pelviennes responsables de cystite chronique, et provoquer la stérilité ainsi qu’augmenter les risques de grossesse extra-utérine.Le 15 février 2011 à 16:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gaming Peripheral Manufacturer Mad Catz Is No More

first_img For nearly three decades, Mad Catz has been the leading manufacturer of video game peripherals. The company produced everything from controllers, battery packs, memory cards, headsets, and fight sticks for PC, consoles, and handhelds. For the past several years, however, the company has faced serious financial trouble. Just last year, the company laid off 40% of its employees. In January they received a listing deficiency notice from the New York Stock Exchange because its stock was trading so low. When Mad Catz shares dipped below $.04, the company’s days were numbered.Mad Catz today announced via press release that its Board of Directors voluntarily filed for bankruptcy yesterday. PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc (PWC) has been appointed as the trustee of the company’s estate. PWC will now oversee the liquidation of Mad Catz’ assets to pay off all of the debt it has incurred. Mad Catz also petitioned chapter 7 bankruptcy in the United States to initiate an orderly liquidation of its assets. As of yesterday, all of Mad Catz’ directors and officers have officially resigned.In the press release, President and Chief Executive Officer, Karen McGinnis stated, “Regrettably and notwithstanding that for a significant amount of time the Company has been actively pursuing its strategic alternatives, including various near-term financing alternatives such as bank financing and equity infusions, as well as potential sales of certain assets of the Company or a sale of the Company in its entirety, the Company has been unable to find a satisfactory solution to its cash liquidity problems. The Board of Directors and management would like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of the Company’s employees in support of its business, especially during the time that the Company faced financial difficulties. The Company would also like to thank the vendors and professional service providers who have supported the Company’s efforts during this time.”With the exception of the new Tritton headset, all of Mad Catz’ products from the past year have been reworked versions of existing products (according to Kotaku‘s sources). Things like the recently announced Tekken fight sticks are just products the company had already created.Anyone who has been paying attention to Mad Catz’ financial situation could see this coming from a mile away. With that said, it is still sad to see such a fixture in gaming close its doors so suddenly. Hopefully, all of the Mad Catz employees will be able to find work new jobs soon. Don’t Call it a Comeback! Mad Catz Returns With a New Line of Prod…Mad Catz creates a crazy $300 gaming controller Stay on targetlast_img read more

National Senior Hard Court Championships at La Jolla Beach Tennis Club

first_imgNational Senior Hard Court Championships at La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, one of California’s most treasured beachfront resorts for over 80 years, will host the United States Tennis Association’s (USTA) National Women’s Senior Hard Court Tennis Championships, Monday, May 7, through Sunday, May 13. The best players from all over the country, ages 50 to 90+ will compete for gold balls, which are awarded to national champions, making for an amazing week of tennis for players and spectators alike. Events in this tournament will include singles and doubles in the 50, 60, 70, 80 and 90 and over age divisions.Among the tournament entries is former WTA touring professional Ros Nideffer of Rancho Bernardo, who has won the USTA National 50 and over singles championship five times in the last six years. Also entered is 91-year-old Rita Price of Aurora, Colo., the defending 90s singles champion.KUSI’s Allie Wagner was at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club this morning getting a preview. KUSI Newsroom, Allie Wagner KUSI Newsroom, Allie Wagner, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsLater on Good Morning San Diego, KUSI’s Allie Wagner spoke with more of the tournament’s participants. Posted: May 7, 2018 Updated: 1:14 PM May 7, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Poverty A Big Problem For Texas Women

first_imgListen Florian MartinPanelists with the Dallas Women’s Foundation and Texas Woman’s University discuss the 2017 report on women’s economic issues.A new report by the Dallas Women’s Foundation presented Friday at the Texas Woman’s University in Houston presents policy solutions to tackle women’s poverty in Texas.“Not only are women more likely to live in poverty,” said Frances Deviney, associate director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, which conducted the study. “But even when you actually look at the data on how much women are making if they’re above the poverty level, they’re still paid significantly less than men.”That’s a problem, Deviney said, because 61 percent of Texas families rely on women’s incomes.The report identifies four categories – which it calls building blocks for women’s economic security: education, child care, health insurance and housing. “Within each of those building blocks, we not only examine the data but we also look at recommendations for solutions that communities, the state and business can adopt to help advance women economically and therefore advance Texas economically,” Roslyn Dawson Thompson, president and CEO of the Dallas Women’s Foundation, said.In child care, for example, one recommendation is for the state to fund fulltime pre-K programs. In higher education, the report calls for subsidizing dual enrollment courses that let students earn college credits while in high school. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:11 X Sharelast_img read more

Heres How To Get A Pair Of Snapchat Spectacles

first_imgStay on target Snapchat Spectacles look like a heck of a lot of fun. Maybe you’d like to see to see what all the hype is about and try a pair out. Here’s how you can get your hands on a pair.It’s not as simple as searching for them on Amazon and dropping them in your cart, unfortunately. Snap, Inc. is making a bit of a game out of Spectacle distribution for now. If you want a pair that you don’t have to give back, you’ll need to find a Snapbot.This is a Snapbot:It’s a cutesy little vending machine that dispenses Spectacles.Where do you find a Snapbot? You’ll have to keep a close eye on the Spectacles website to find that out. Every two days they move the Snapbot to a different location. They’ll start counting down 24 hours before the next move is announced.If you just want to play with a pair, there are companies that will be more than happy to rent you a pair. Both Lumoid and Joymode are offering Spectacle rentals.A three-day rental from Lumoid will set you back $60, though you can save 5% by signing up for their newsletter. Hey, three bucks is three bucks, and you a can always use a disposable address or unsubscribe later.Joymode’s rate is substantially lower. For $40 they’ll let you use a pair of Spectacles for four days. That’s a lot more bang for your buck, but you’ll only be able to take advantage if you live in the LA area in a corridor between Santa Monica and Pasadena.Or you could always just go order a pair of creeper shades from Aliexpress for $30 or so and post your surreptitious snaps manually. Your call. Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games last_img read more

Vladimir Nabokovs museum attacked

first_imgRussian Ultraconservatives have struck again in St Petersburg, where a museum of famous writer Vladimir Nabokov was attacked over ‘paedophilia’.A lone vandal broke a museum window with a bottle that contained a note which threatened the museum with ‘God’s wrath’ over its alleged propaganda of Nabokov’s paedophilia, city news website reported. The museum received a handful of anonymous letters with similar homilies over the past months, its director Tatiana Ponomaryova said. Police were looking into the incident. St Petersburg-born Nabokov is best known for Lolita (1995), a paedophile’s story, but was never accused of child abuse himself. A separate anonymous letter reportedly mailed to identified the attacker as the leader of a group of self-styled ‘St Petersburg Cossacks’ who earlier mounted non-violent attacks on the city’s cultural establishments. A one-man show based on ‘Lolita’ was cancelled in St. Petersburg by its author last year after he received threatening letters from the anonymous Cossacks. The city prosecutor’s office was also flooded with dozens of identical reports in December accusing an exhibit at the Hermitage museum by British artists Jake and Dinos Chapman of extremism over ‘blasphemous’ crucified toys on display. A prosecutor check found no evidence of extremism. The Chapmans offered ‘extreme apologies’ to whomever felt offended, and the Hermitage’s director demanded an investigation into the complainants, to no visible result. But the Cossacks have now decided to employ ‘non-Christian’ virtue enforcement methods, which prompted a split, said the letter to, whose author identified himself as belonging to the moderate non-violent group. St Petersburg never had a native Cossack community, and other Cossack groups across the nation have denounced the actions of their alleged northern brethren. However, other Cossacks have also attempted to act as a conservative militia, patrolling streets of Moscow against illegal migrants, peddlers and parkers, and attacking modern art exhibits in the southern Krasnodar Region, a Cossack heartland. Non-Cossack Christian activists have also attacked in Moscow a sex museum and supporters of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot.last_img read more

Ditch your smartphone to curb spending online

first_imgIf you want to curb that urge to splurge, putting your smartphone away may help, as touchscreen technology is behind people indulging in guilty pleasures when shopping online, researchers say. The findings showed that compared with consumers who had a desktop computer, those with smartphones were more likely to purchase hedonic products – consumed for luxury purposes, these are desirable objects that allow the consumer to feel pleasure, fun, and enjoyment from buying the product. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFurther, participants using touchscreen technology also scored significantly higher on experiential thinking than those using desktop computers.However, those on desktops scored significantly higher on rational thinking, the researchers said.”Using a touchscreen evokes consumers’ experiential thinking, which resonates with the playful nature of hedonic products. These results may well be a game-changer for sectors like the retail industry,” said Ying Zhu, assistant professor at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan campus. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”But my advice for consumers who want to save a bit of money is to put away the smartphone when you have urge to spend on a guilty pleasure,” Zhu added.For the study, detailed in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, the team conducted a series of experiments with university students to measure thinking styles and purchase intentions using devices like touchscreens and desktop computers.The study aimed to investigate whether online purchase intentions change when it comes to two different types of products: hedonic, or those that give the consumer pleasure like chocolate or massages, and utilitarian, products that are practical, like bread or printers.”The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers’ favour of hedonic products, while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers’ preference for utilitarian products,” Zhu explained.”With more than two billion smartphone users, the use of tactile technologies for online shopping alone is set to represent nearly half of all e-commerce by next year.”last_img read more

DJ NZ add Queenstown ski services

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Off the back of a recent announcement to increase capacity between Perth and Auckland, Virgin Australia said it would pick up more Tasman business this ski season through increased Queenstown services. Working alongside its alliance partner, Air New Zealand, the Australian carrier said the two airlines would increase direct flights between Australia and Queenstown by up to eight percent from 18 return trips per week to up to 243 return flights for the season.Hoping to meet demand, the extra 6314 seats will include 13 percent more seats on flights from Melbourne, 10 percent more from Sydney and three percent extra taking off from Brisbane. Meanwhile Air New Zealand said it would also tap into the winter market with further domestic flights into Queenstown this ski season.The extra services include 68 percent more on flights between Wellington and Queenstown and 18 percent more on Auckland to Queenstown.Virgin Australia group executive of alliances network and yield Merren McArthur said the alliance enabled the two carriers to increase capacity and meet growing demand. “As a fly-in fly-out world-class ski destination, Queenstown has proved very popular withAustralians looking for a convenient skiing option and competitive package deals,” Ms McArthur said.  ”Australians are also using Queenstown as a starting point to explore other parts of NewZealand’s South Island, which helps to support tourism in the country.” Virgin Australia planelast_img read more

Cape Town tops in ICCA rankings for business events in Africa

first_imgAccording to the recent 2014 International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Country and City rankings, Cape Town has retained its position as the No 1 destination for business events in Africa.The destination moved up by an astounding 11 rankings in terms of worldwide performance to number 41, hosting 58 international association meetings, up 13 from the previous year with Johannesburg piping Marrakech 3rd and Durban 4th for the second position.Tim Harris, CEO of Cape Town and the Western Cape’s official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency Wesgro of which the Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau is a strategic business unit is extremely proud of the destination’s performance internationally.“The business events environment is extremely competitive so it is a considerable achievement to retain the number one spot. Cape Town has remained on top because of our collaborative approach, our excellent service offering, and our levels of professionalism.”Harris added, “The Cape Town city region has global appeal, and our world class infrastructure- including the award-winning international convention centre and airport – combine to make us the first choice conferencing destination in Africa.”“This is brilliant news for South Africa,” said Thulani Nzima, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at South African Tourism. “It is an empirical reflection of growing confidence in South Africa and a confident indication that we may expect our share of the global market to grow. In 2013, South Africa hosted 118 international and regional business events. That number rose to 124 in 2014.”South Africa with 124 meetings maintained its No 1 spot in the country rankings, moving up 2 rankings worldwide to number 32.last_img read more