Fellow banned from conference amid Ebola concerns

first_imgA VISITING FELLOW at Oxford and world renowned expert on tropical diseases has been forced to pull out of attending a conference in America over fears that he may have Ebola. Dr Piero Olliaro, a visiting fellow at Lincoln College and senior figure at the World Health Organisation Special Programme Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, was supposed to present his papers on river blindness and malaria, but was told that if entered the country he would be confined to his hotel room for the duration of his visit. He was forced to pull out of the conference af- ter it emerged he was in Ebola-ravaged Guinea two weeks ago looking for suitable areas to test new Ebola medicine. The organisers of the conference, due to be held in New Orleans, emailed Dr Olliaro, “We see no utility in you travelling to New Orleans simply to be confined to your room.” Eleven other doctors have also been prevented from attending due to Louisiana’s strict dis- ease prevention laws, which state that anybody who has been in Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea over the past three weeks should not attend the conference. The conference, organised by the American Society of Tropical Medicine, is stilled planned to go ahead, with Bill Gates lined up as keynote speaker. The Society has spoken out strongly against the decision to prevent Dr Olliaro and other medics from taking part, issuing a statement saying, “The Society does not agree with the policy as outlined by Louisiana… The State of Louisiana’s policies are outside of the scientific understanding of Ebola transmission.” Dr Olliaro himself accepted, if unwillingly, the decision of the authorities, conceding, “I can’t say it was totally unexpected.” He did however profess that the decision was not in the public interest, saying, “One of the things they will be discussing is Ebola, but they are excluding Ebola experts.” Student reaction to the decision has been mixed. Liam Eagle, a student at Univ strongly disagreed with Louisiana’s policy, commenting, “It’s a classic example of scaremongering without the basis of science, which is only going to be to the detriment of poor and powerless. The effect of this decision is to hold back research that has the potential to save millions of lives, all because a few people have been caught up in the baseless fear about Ebola.” However, some students disagree. Lucjan Kaliniecki, a Human Scientist at St Catz, supported the decision, saying, “It’s perfectly reasonable. Of course there is such a thing as being too careful, but assuming he’s within the 21 day incubation period then voluntary quarantine is recommended. From the sounds of it, if no one’s losing their shit and spraying disinfectant on their dogs, I don’t see anything wrong with adhering to simple advice.”last_img read more

Gough named in GB&I Jacques Leglise team

first_img Conor Gough, the new Boys’ Amateur Champion, is one of five England players in the nine-strong GB&I team for the Jacques Leglise Trophy against the Continent of Europe.Gough, who also won the McGregor Trophy this season, will be joined by: Carris Trophy winner Barclay Brown, who captains the side, Max Hopkins, Joe Pagdin and Robin Williams. All five were in England’s winning team at the recent Boys’ Home internationals.The match takes place at Kytäjä Golf in Finland on 31 August and 1 September. GB&I last won the trophy in 2014, followed by a tied match in 2015. The Continent of Europe have won the last two encounters.Full team:Barclay Brown (17) (Captain), Hallamshire, EnglandArchie Davies (17), Carlisle, WalesConor Gough (15), Stoke Park, EnglandMax Hopkins (15), Bishops Stortford, EnglandTom McKibben (15), Holywood, IrelandConnor McKinney (16), Joondalup, ScotlandJoseph Pagdin (16), Lake Nona, EnglandMark Power (18), Kilkenny, IrelandRobin Williams (16), Peterborough Milton, England 21 Aug 2018 Gough named in GB&I Jacques Leglise team Tags: GB&I, Jacques Leglise Trophy Reserves:1 Harry Goddard (17) Hanbury Manor, England2 Harrison Arnold (18) Castle Royle, EnglandFor scoring and reports from the matches please visit RandA.org Image of Conor Gough holing the winning putt at the McGrgeor Trophy, copyright Leaderboard Photography.last_img read more

Thurston County Board of Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing on the…

first_imgFacebook60Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyThe Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 to receive public testimony on the proposed draft of the Rochester Subarea Plan update. The Rochester Subarea Plan is part of the 2020-2021 Official Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a video conference and teleconference option will also be available in addition to in-person attendance to ensure those wishing to provide testimony have every option available.What: Public Hearing – Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the Rochester Subarea PlanWhen: Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. or soon thereafterWhere: Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, SW, Olympia, WA 98502Attend virtually through this link Written Comments: If you are unable to attend, you can submit written  comments to Shannon Shula, Associate Planner, at [email protected] no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28 2020. You can also hand deliver or mail comments to:Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development DepartmentAttention: Shannon Shula, Associate PlannerThurston County Courthouse, Building 12000 Lakeridge Dr. SW,Olympia, WA 98502BackgroundThe Rochester Subarea Plan was last updated in 1996. In 2017, the Board of County Commissioners approved a project to review and update to the Rochester Subarea Plan. The county held four open house events between 2018 and 2019, in addition to several other public outreach and community engagement activities with residents and businesses in the Rochester and Grand Mound communities. The Thurston County Planning Commission reviewed and held a public hearing on the draft update on January 8, 2020, and recommended approval of the updated Plan.Copies of the proposed subarea plan and supporting documents are available at the Building Development Center, located in Building One at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, in Olympia. You can also find the proposed plan and supporting documents at: www.grandmoundplanning.org.To request disability accommodations, call the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at least three days prior to the meeting at 360-786-5440. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay:  711 or 800-833-6388.last_img read more

Saints face undefeated SFU in BCIHL showdown

first_imgIt may still be early in the season, but the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program enters weekend action facing a something of a must-win situation when they host Simon Fraser University in a 2013 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League championships rematch at the Castlegar Recreation Complex on Saturday. The game, which is presented by Mallards Source for Sports, is set for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff and can be streamed live on Fast Hockey for fans that can’t make it out to the rink. Simon Fraser is the BCIHL’s only remaining unbeaten team with a 5-0 record, including a 5-3 victory over Selkirk on October 26th in Burnaby. Meanwhile, the Saints are holding down first place with seven wins and two losses, but have played four more games than SFU. “One of our goals heading into the regular season was a first place finish, and picking up a third loss at this point in the year would make that a real uphill climb,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”SFU has a highly skilled team and we can’t count on them dropping points to other teams, so it’s important that we step up and get the job done on Saturday. It’s a challenge for our group and one I think we’re ready for.” Selkirk is coming off a trio of wins over Trinity Western University, including 6-1 and 8-2 victories on the road last weekend in Langley. “We’ve made some very good strides since our last game against SFU, particularly with our backcheck and in the defensive zone,” says Dubois.”The last time we played them, we gave up a handful of goals that just boiled down to poor defensive execution. You’re not going to beat a team of that quality if you don’t make them work for their offence.” October’s loss to the Clan was the first in seven games for Selkirk, having beat SFU in all four of their regular season encounters last season and twice more during a BCIHL Finals sweep in Nelson.The Saints haven’t lost to SFU on home ice since January 2012. Simon Fraser is led offensively by the duo of Jono Ceci and Nick Sandor, who have combined to score 26 points in just five regular season games. Sandor, a former Trail Smoke Eaters winger who spent two seasons playing NCAA Division 1 hockey, leads all Clan goal scorers with nine. The Saints, meanwhile, currently have six skaters amongst the top 11 in BCIHL scoring. Team captain Logan Proulx and assistant captain Connor McLaughlin are out front with 16 points each, while Cody Fidgett sits one point back and Darnell Dyck (13 points), Jackson Garrett (12) and Thomas Hardy (12) are close behind. McLaughlin and Fidgett are tied for the BCIHL goals lead with 11 each. “We’ve been getting offensive contributions from all four forward lines and a number of defenceman the past three weeks, and we’re going to remain successful if we can keep rolling with that kind of balance,” says Dubois.”Logan, Connor and Cody have been outstanding all season and Jackson and Thomas really started heating up against TWU.” Tickets for Saturday’s game will be available at the door for $8 (Adults) and $5 (Selkirk students & staff, seniors, children 6 & older) at the door on game night.last_img read more

Leafs bounce back to regain top spot in Murdoch Division; Green and White penalized for using ineligible player

first_imgRayce Miller, Austin Lindsay and Darnel St. Pierre into an empty net also scored for the Leafs, which held period leads of 1-0 and 2-1.Ross Armour on the power play scored the only goal for the Hawks.The Leafs game star Joey Karrer, getting his first start between the pipes for Nelson, stopped 36 of 37 shots to record the win in goal.Karrer came to the Leafs last week from the Campbell River Storm of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League.Nelson concludes a grueling five-game string of road games with a 2-3 record after losing a dispute with disciplinary committee.The Leafs return home for a pair of games, Wednesday against Grand Forks and a return engagement with the Nitehawks Saturday.Puck drop in both games is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Both Darnel St. Pierre and Robson Cramer each finished the game with two points. . . . Sunday’s loss was the second consecutive setback at home for the defending KIJHL Champion Nitehawks. . . . Nelson plays seven of its 11 games in November on the road. .  . .Leafs lost two points in the standings, and had coach Dave McLellan suspended for one game, after playing an ineligible player in a November 2 game in Creston. Nelson originally won the game 5-2 but Creston protested the ineligible and were awarded the points in decision when Phil Iddon of disciplinary committee ruled in the favour of the Thunder Cats. KIJHL president Bill Ohlhausen said this is the second time a team has been penalized for this infraction. Kelowna lost points against Osoyoos for using an unregistered player on the Hockey Canada registry. It didn’t take the Nelson Leafs long to regain top spot in the Neil Murdoch Division.In just over 18 hours, the Green and White went from third to first in the division after posting a 4-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League road victory over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Sunday afternoon in Fruitvale.Nelson, improving to 14-5-2-1-1, now leads the Murdoch division by one point over Castlegar and two ahead of the Hawks.A power play goal in the second period by defenceman, and Nelson’s leading scorer, Robson Cramer with 59 seconds remaining in the frame stood up as the winner as the Leafs rebounded from a 6-4 loss Saturday in Castlegar.last_img read more

42 Women to Graduate from Basic Soap Making Training

first_imgFollowing an intensive 3-month training in Soap making, at least 42 women from the Township of Cheesemanburg, Montserrado County, are expected to graduate any time soon.The pending graduation exercise will be the first of its kind in the Township, one of the prospective graduates has recalled.It can be recalled that in May this year, an extended auxiliary of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) “Ladies for Weah,” launched and financed the soap making project in the township to equip the women with basic skills that would enhance their economic livelihood.The training was, however, intended to target four women initially, but with the interest the women expressed, the trainees were increased to 42.Cheesemanburg is one of the oldest settlements in District #17, located along the Monrovia/Bomi highway. Although it is among rural communities in Montserrado, it is sparsely populated and some of its inhabitants lack basic services such as electricity, good road networks, clinic and safe drinking water facilities. Many of the inhabitants are predominately illiterate.The Daily Observer spoke to a cross-section of the prospective graduates, among them Madam Sando Johnson, Chair-lady of the women of Cheesemanburg. Madam Johnson hopes that with government’s intervention and support to the “Ladies for Weah,” lives of the residents will see a rapid transformation soon.While on an assessment tour of Cheesemanburg recently, the Daily Observer came across former Montserrado County Superintendent Rupel E. Marshall, Sr., who lives in the township and evaluates the status of the project. He expressed joy that the project was on course. He also said that the leadership of the project is soliciting external help to form the women into a cooperative, to seek national and international funding to build their capacities.The “Ladies for Weah” was originally formed to campaign for the election of President Weah, but has now transformed itself into a vehicle to provide economic empowerment to women and youth, especially those in rural communities.Besides the soap making project, the group is involved in several other projects, including two cassava farm projects in Pleemu Clan, Todee District, as well as training  the young people in Liberian cultural dances in Gbondoi Village, at the back of Ricks Institute. The project also introduced a back to school program for young female dropouts.Meanwhile, Arthur Johnson, a trainer, said: “I am here to train the women in basic soap making so that they will improve their lives and communities. We teach them how to make different kinds of soap that are used.“Following this training, we expect them to double up their efforts, in order to train other people in their communities so that they too can bring transformation to Cheesemanburg and other areas.“There is a profit in soap making and so I encourage all women to come on board so that they can be a part of the exercise from which they too will benefit,” Mr. Johnson Noted.One of the trainees praised Mr. Marshall and his team for their timely intervention and support to the women.Beatrice Quai said this will serve as one of the ways to reduce poverty in the township.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Need a ticket to Warriors’ playoff opener vs. Clippers? You’re in luck

first_imgAlthough the anniversary of the Warriors’ first ever playoff game in Oakland was on April Fool’s Day, they’re not commemorating it with a joke when they say tickets are still available for Saturday night’s playoff opener against the Clippers.A Warriors spokesperson said tickets for Saturday night’s Game 1 can still be purchased through ticketmaster.com at Warriors.com. In fact, if you’re looking to head to Oracle Arena to attend any of Golden State’s home games during their final postseason at …last_img read more

Kruger elephants off to Mozambique

first_img“I trust that this move will further cement the regional conservation role that the Kruger Park has assumed since the establishment of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park,” Kruger National Park MD Bandile Mkhize said at Skukuza this week. Source: BuaNews The South African National Parks Veterinary Wildlife Services’ game capture team, led by Dr Markus Hofmeyr, captured four young adult elephant bulls in the southern area of the park this week, and will capture two adult elephant bulls next week. 19 September 2008 The Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park includes the Kruger Park, the Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe and Mozambique’s Limpopo National Park. Transported by road Meanwhile, the 2008 Kruger Park elephant population census is currently under way. Last year’s census revealed a total of 13 050 elephant in the park. The restoration of Gorongosa is being supported by non-profit US conservation organisation the Carr Foundation, which has recently signed a 20-year co-management agreement with the Mozambican government to run the park. To date, the Carr Foundation has invested over US$10-million (about R81-million) in the park. “We will be using our standard elephant capturing technique of darting the elephants from a helicopter and, after a brief diagnosis of their general health, they’ll be loaded onto trucks and transported by road to Gorongosa,” Hofmeyr explained.center_img “According to the Elephant Population Norms and Standards Document, which was released earlier this year, translocation is an acceptable means of population control,” Mkhize said. “I therefore believe that by helping to re-establish viable elephant populations in other areas, we are not only bringing slight relief to our situation but also helping to repopulate depleted populations elsewhere on the sub continent.” “It will improve the already good working relationship we have with Mozambique.” Elephant population control Translocating elephants is one way in which the park is attempting to control elephant numbers, while heated debates continue over the ethics of reintroducing culling. Private game capture company Specialist Game Services will then transport the elephants to Gorongosa National Park near the Mozambican coastal town of Beira, a distance of over 1 300km. The elephant translocation is just one project where the Kruger National Park and Gorongosa National Park are working together for conservation. Fifty buffalo were translocated from the Skukuza Boma Complex to Gorongosa during 2006 and these will be joined by another consignment of buffalo during 2009. South Africa is sending six elephant bulls from the Kruger National Park to Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, as part of plans to restock the 350 000-hectare park that fell into ruin during Mozambique’s 16-year civil war.last_img read more

“First Germany” GC77 GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – April 4, 2011

first_img SharePrint Related”Lego – einer ist zuviel” GC13Y2Y GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK February 14, 2011February 14, 2011In “Community”First Berlin Cache (GC2EB4) – GEOCACHE OF THE WEEKFebruary 21, 2013In “Community”Sometimes Geocaching Makes You Go… — Nuts (GC41D4C) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 10, 2013In “Community” “First Germany” GC77A rusty ammo can has been hidden in the woods southeast of Berlin since October 2, 2000.  The geocache’s name explains the significance this cache holds for Germany.“First Germany” (GC77) was the first geocache placed in the country. It’s now a popular favorite, accumulating more than 230 Geocaching Favorite Points.Ferenc originally placed the difficulty 1.5, terrain 1 cache. Later BlackyV adopted the historic cache.More than 1600 geocachers have logged a smiley on the cache.  Some geocachers even adjust their vacation to make sure they can log “First Germany.”One geocacher wrote this log just yesterday: “When we planned our Berlin tour we definitely planned this cache, so we made our way back a little detour and found the [geocache].  A must have for real geocach(ing) fans. Thanks to conservation and the maintenance!”Continue your exploration of some of the most engaging geocaches from around the world. Explore all the Geocaches of the Week on our blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

Kat Tolentino comes alive to lead Lady Eagles rally

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Tigresses bare teeth in win over Lady Maroons Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post PLAY LIST 02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “People shouldn’t count my outside hitters out,” said Almadro as his team improved to 2-1 and tie University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas for the second spot.“I’m sure we’ll have a bright future, we should believe in what we’re doing and trust each other. We’re working double time so there’s no reason to doubt us,” added Almadro.Ateneo and FEU were locked in a 12-12 stalemate in the fifth set after an extensive back-and-forth until Kyle Negrito committed two straight errors that put the Lady Eagles up, 14-12.Just as fate had it, Tolentino ended the game with a booming kill for the Lady Eagles’ win.“It shows our determination and maybe we just needed to push because we were down two sets already so we needed that to win,” said Tolentino.ADVERTISEMENT Tolentino woke up from her slumber in time to lead the Lady Eagles to a stunning comeback win over the Lady Tamaraws, 14-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-12.“I realized I just can’t stand there and tip the ball out, I have to spike it with power and how I normally do it,” said Tolentino. “I changed my mindset in the next three sets.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAteneo was on the brink of defeat with the Lady Tamaraws silencing the predominantly Lady Eagles crowd of 4,100 after the first two sets.Yet like a phoenix emerging from ashes, the Lady Eagles erupted that led head coach Oliver Almadro give out a spirited speech after the game. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There were essentially two versions of Kat Tolentino when Ateneo faced Far Eastern University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday.First was the dormant Tolentino that scored just two points in the first two sets and the other one was the exact opposite who flat out dominated the Lady Tamaraws in the next three sets.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more