Harvard, Yale Back Students in Patent Stance That Aids Poor

first_imgNov. 9 (Bloomberg) — Harvard University, Yale University and three other schools are pledging to encourage companies to give poor countries better access to drugs and medical products based on discoveries made on their campuses.Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts; Yale in New Haven, Connecticut; Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island; the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia; and Boston University in Boston will release the statement today, which will guide how drugs developed by scientists at the schools are licensed to companies, said, a spokesman for Harvard…Read more here (Bloomberg)last_img

Trail Mix – Drew Holcomb

first_imgFor over ten years, Drew Holcomb has been churning out some of the best written Americana music in the country with his band, The Neighbors.Following a strong run of his own releases, Drew struck out on a different path earlier this year, collaborating with Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez, the married duo better known as JOHNNYSWIM, and up and coming band Penny & Sparrow on the EP Goodbye Road.Songwriters of this quality generally produce tremendous work, and this collection of five songs is no exception. From first listen, it was obvious that egos were left at the door as songs were grown and crafted.Fans around the Southeast were recently treated to performances from all three bands during The Goodbye Road Tour, a caravan of song that stopped in a dozen or so cities to highlight both their collaborative and individual talents.I recently caught up with Drew to chat about the EP, songwriting with JOHNNYSWIM, and one of Charlottesville’s darkest days became inspiration for hope in song.BRO – You recently came off the road and a run of shows with Penny & Sparrow. Something special about them as songwriters that jumps out to you?DH – I love that they play by their own rules. They are clearly fans of a wide spectrum of music, from theatrical pop to alternative, and they don’t ever overdo it. Great songwriters use their influences like ingredients to cook original work. That is what these two do together. I love it.BRO – What was the motivation behind doing this EP?DH – People don’t collaborate enough, in my opinion. I have been friends with Abner and Amanda for a while and we share a mutual respect for each other’s work. We originally talked about just touring together. We decided that if we wanted to do that, we should try and write a song or two together. So I flew out to L.A. where they live to write a song. We ended up writing “Goodbye Road” and “Ring The Bells” in an evening and a morning. It was a blast.BRO – We are featuring “Ring The Bells” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s the story behind the song?DH – When I flew out to L.A., it was the day after the white supremacy rally in Charlottesville. All three of us had a ton of emotions surrounding the response of our national leadership. We were mostly angry. We tried to channel that into a song, but instead of being vindictive, we were trying to find some hope and solidarity. I hope we accomplished that.BRO – Tell me about the songwriting process for the project.DH – It was pretty simple. We all had ideas, words, thoughts, and stories that we channeled into the songs.BRO – Any plans for future collaboration?DH – I am very confident we will do something like this again. It was too much fun and too meaningful to us all not to give it another trip around the sun.Since wrapping the tour with JOHNNYSWIM and Penny & Sparrow, Drew’s touring schedule will be pretty quiet until the end of August, where fans can catch him on the festival scene in the Southeast.In the meantime, be sure to check out the new EP, Goodbye Road, as well as Drew’s most recent long player, Souvenir, which dropped last year. More information on both records, and Drew’s tour dates, can be found on his website.And be sure to check out “Ring The Bells,” along with great new tracks from Israel Nash, Hot Buttered Rum, The Sea The Sea, and Oliver The Crow on this month’s Trail Mix.last_img read more

Local students receive garden kits

first_imgWHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County is handing out garden kits to students in four local districts. CCE will be handing out the remainder of the kits to students in Susquehanna Valley, Harpursville and Windsor school districts. Each kit contains an Earthbox container, cool-season seeds, garden and kitchen tools. “The idea is that we’ll be able to make a salad,” Truesdail said. “Make a fresh salad or do some cooking with kale, and some of the herbs they’re growing as well.” “A lot of people don’t think about growing things in the cold season,” Truesdail said. “We will be showing them tips to grow cold season crops.” Truesdail says students will be growing lettuce, spinach and kale. CCE received a $50,000 grant through NYS Agriculture and Markets to give kits to students in four local districts. Megan Truesdail, elementary ag in the classroom teacher, says there will be Zoom calls in the fall to help students and parents with their crops. The kits are designed to empower students with the knowledge, skills and resources to grow their own food. last_img read more

Human trial of H5N1 vaccine prompts concern, Australia touts poultry test

first_imgJun 14, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Efforts to combat avian flu in both people and poultry are continuing, although some steps have proven controversial.Vietnam has announced plans to begin human testing this summer on a vaccine for H5N1 avian flu, a move that has evoked concern among some experts.Vietnam’s National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology has requested that the Ministry of Trade approve a vaccine trial on 10 to 20 volunteers and on 200 to 300 people living in areas that have had poultry outbreaks, China’s news agency, Xinhua, announced today.The trial would run from August to December, sources told Xinhua. The vaccine has been declared effective on mice, monkeys, and chickens, Xinhua said.However, an online version of TIME Asia magazine’s Jun 20 edition has a story that quotes experts with reservations about the vaccine.The seed virus used for Vietnam’s vaccine was mixed with cancer cells to boost replication, and then grown in monkey kidney cells, a method the article describes as highly unorthodox. It is not the same seed virus as the one approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) for H5N1 vaccine development.”People could get cancer from the vaccine,” according to a TIME quote attributed to Klaus Stohr, head of the WHO’s global influenza program.And although the vaccine’s creators say they have followed international protocols to prevent the H5N1 virus from mutating in the course of vaccine production, they “haven’t opened all their records or allowed an inspection of their labs,” the story says. TIME describes WHO officials as trying to convince Vietnam’s government to call off the human testing and create a new vaccine using the WHO-approved seed strain, but indications are that Vietnam’s planned tests will continue.Vietnam has been Ground Zero in this year’s human H5N1 outbreak, which began in mid-December 2004 and continues today. The WHO today updated its avian flu tally to reflect three new human infections diagnosed during the last two weeks of May.”All three patients are from Hanoi and remain alive. No further data about these cases have been provided,” the update noted.WHO now tallies 55 human cases of H5N1 diagnosed in Vietnam since last December. Eighteen of those patients have died.In Australia, researchers this week are touting a new test for avian flu that they say will identify 15 subtypes of flu in poultry within 1 day instead of the usual 3 weeks.The test was created by the Department of Primary Industries in Melbourne, according to a story in today’s Sydney Morning Herald.The test is best used as an early warning system in areas that haven’t already identified a particular strain, said Bob Cameron, Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture, in the Herald story.Details of how the test works and what methods have been used to determine its sensitivity and specificity were not available. However, the story noted that the test will be discussed at a biotechnology conference in Philadelphia that begins on Jun 19.See also:WHO’s Jun 14 avian flu update on Vietnamhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2005_06_14b/en/index.htmllast_img read more

Social distancing ‘more effective’ to curb COVID-19 spread, task force says amid calls for lockdown

first_imgDespite mounting calls for Indonesia to impose partial lockdowns on virus-plagued areas, the government has maintained that such a policy is not yet on the horizon as it deems social distancing to be more effective to stem the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country.“Imposing a lockdown will cause economic losses and therefore we still think that social distancing is more effective to halt the spread of the virus,” Wiku Adisasmito, an expert with the government-formed COVID-19 task force, told journalists on Wednesday.A lockdown, he said, would hurt the economy and particularly affected residents whose lives depended on making hourly wages, as they would not be able to go to work and subsequently could not make ends meet.It would also terminate economic activities, including small businesses and household businesses, as restrictions on movements meant all residents would be forced to stay home during the lockdown period, he said.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia records highest death toll in Southeast Asia at 19“Due to its impact on the economy, we will not go further to impose the policy,” he added.Pressure is currently mounting for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to impose partial lockdowns on regions deemed to be hot zones for COVID-19 and follow in the footsteps of the country’s neighbors — Malaysia and the Philippines — and several European countries by taking the drastic measure to stem the transmission of the disease.A group of scientists from the Indonesian Young Scientists Forum has called on the Jokowi administration to impose a partial lockdown on certain areas to prevent sustained community transmission before the Idul Fitri exodus, during which millions of Muslims travel to their hometowns to celebrate the religious festivity. However, Wiku emphasized that the government so far maintained that social distancing would be enough to restrain the virus, which is known to spread quickly when an infected person is in close proximity to other people.“We urge the public to keep their distance from others: no handshaking, wash hands regularly, avoid crowds and always use masks in crowded places,” he said. (glh)Topics :last_img read more

More than 200 Indonesians abroad test positive for coronavirus, five dead

first_imgAt least 204 Indonesian citizens abroad have now been infected by the highly contagious novel coronavirus, the Foreign Ministry has said, with five cases that have resulted in fatalities.International cruise liners have had the highest number of cases, with 49 crew members testing positive so far, four of whom were working aboard the virus-hit Costa Luminosa cruise ship, the Foreign Ministry announced on its official Twitter account @Kemlu_RI on Friday.The Italian cruise ship is now in quarantine at the country’s port of Savona. Foreign Ministry director for citizen protection Judha Nugraha said on Thursday that the number excluded the nine crew members who were infected aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, all of whom have recovered.At least 39 Indonesian nationals have tested positive for COVID-19 in locked-down Malaysia, three of whom have recovered.In addition, 36 have contracted the virus in neighboring Singapore, five of whom have recovered, but one of the citizens still needs special treatment.Fourteen citizens have tested positive in India. Ten of them have recovered, and four others are still in treatment. Eleven citizens living in Spain – the second hardest-hit country in Europe, after Italy – have tested positive for COVID-19, two of whom have recovered, the ministry tweeted on Friday.#SahabatKemlu, berikut update Perkembangan COVID-19 di Dunia dan Pelindungan WNI per 03/04 pukul 11.30 WIB.#IniDiplomasi #NegaraMelindungi pic.twitter.com/TAVB6gdhxp— MoFA Indonesia (@Kemlu_RI) April 3, 2020In Saudi Arabia, at least six Indonesians have tested positive. Seven others have tested positive in Vatican City.Germany and Brunei Darussalam each recorded four Indonesian citizens with COVID-19.Three Indonesians cases each have been found in Taiwan, Macau and the Netherlands, while two each have been found in Australia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Cambodia, Qatar and the United States.The Philippines, the United Kingdom, Oman, South Korea, Ireland and Belgium have one Indonesian citizen with COVID-19 each.According to the ministry, five Indonesian nationals living abroad – two in Singapore, one in the UK and two others in Malaysia – had died of COVID-19 as of Friday. Of the 204 confirmed cases abroad, 31 Indonesians have recovered from the disease.As of Friday, the World Health Organization had recorded 900,306 cases worldwide – in 205 countries and territories – with the most cases found in the US, Italy, Spain, China and Germany.Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said on Friday that there was no one-size-fits-all policy to ensure the wellbeing of Indonesians abroad as each country was in a different situation.He called on Indonesians abroad to obey the rules of the countries they were in.“Our missions abroad have been constantly communicating with the affected communities to ensure they are always in good health,” Faizasyah said. Topics :last_img read more

“Be creative” advises Busy Signal

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews “Be creative” advises Busy Signal by: – February 3, 2012 Share Reanno Gordon AKA “Busy Signal”One of Jamaica’s internationally acclaimed musical artists has advised young singers to be creative and hold on to their dream.Reanno Gordon better known by his stage name or nick name “Busy Signal” for his hit songs like “Nah Go A Jail Again”, “Tic Toc”, “One More Night”, “Unknown Number” and “Comfort Zone” will be live in concert at the Krazy Kokonuts, “The Entertainment Capital of Dominica” this evening.At a press conference on Friday morning, he advised young singers, performers and talents to be creative and remain positive even in negative environments.“My main advice is be creative, stay focused. Sometimes it takes a little while for you to really get the exposure you need or to get to the level you need in terms of getting out there for people to know you on a wide scale not just your friends alone but a whole magnitude of people.”He says remaining focused on one’s dream may require patience as it took him some time to gain international fame but he held on to his dream and advises young singers to do likewise.“Sometimes it takes a while to build up to get to that level but hold on to your dreams it is possible because I didn’t know that I would be here as an artist representing music, representing my country doing music, I didn’t know that for a fact but I had that dream and I held onto it.”According to him, “Prior to being an artist I was just a conductor collecting money on the side of a bus helping people with their bags and before that I was just cutting hair, being a barber not a certified barber but cutting hair for my friends”.He said further that the Church was the first place he learnt of microphones, guitars and drum sets and expressed gratitude to his mother who would take him to church as a young boy.Although he says it is difficult to remain positive while being surrounded by negativity; his advice is that there is always room for positiveness.Click here to listen to Busy Signal’s impromtu promo: Busy_Signal“Keep holding onto your goals; being positive and staying focused these are the main things. It is not really easy to be positive in a negative world but there is still room for positiveness if you look within yourself and be focused and be strong.”“My goal is for the people to get the message in a lot of my songs. I have a wide variety of songs; I have songs for the young crowd people who want to dance, want to party and I have songs that send a positive and substantial message. The main goal is for people to get the messages that’s being sent out in a substantial form of lyrical content in my songs.”L-R: D-Major, Esco Levi and Busy SignalHe explained that many students in Jamaica use some of his songs as an anthem for example, “Nah go jail again” to keep them away from trouble. He also noted that he supports the advancement of education in his country by sponsoring 16 computers to a school as well as various scholarships at his alma mater.Busy Signal said he is happy to be in Dominica and to be a part of the warm up to Carnival as he promotes creativity and all types of genres of music. He says he is all about entertainment and promised patrons a wonderful show.Two other Jamaican artists will also be featured at tonight’s concert; they are whose Wayneford “Exco Levi” Levy and Damian “D-Major” Codlin.[nggallery id =132]The show begins at 10:00pm at the Krazy Kokonuts in Castle Comfort.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 34 Views one commentcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Kamara completes Canaries move

Press Association Norwich have confirmed the loan signing of Sporting Kansas City’s Kei Kamara after the Sierra Leone forward was granted a visa. A statement on the club’s official website added: “City are pleased to confirm forward Kei Kamara has been granted a visa to come and play for Norwich City on loan from Sporting Kansas City until May 6. “The 28-year-old Sierra Leone international will fly into the UK to join his new Canary team-mates over the next 24 hours and will be available for selection for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash against Fulham at Carrow Road.” The deal for Kamara was agreed last Wednesday, ahead of the 1-1 draw with Tottenham, and Luciano Becchio followed from Leeds 24 hours later on transfer deadline day. Kamara wrote on Twitter: “Happy to say I have picked up my passport/visa & getting on a flight tonite to England.” Norwich boss Chris Hughton was enthusiastic about Kamara, and speaking after the Spurs draw, Hughton said: “I think he’ll give us another dimension in the forward area. He’s a player that’s done very, very well in the MLS over the last few seasons, scored a lot of goals, a lot of assists. “From what I’ve seen of him, we’re not just taking an average player from that division. We’re taking a player from that division that has excelled in recent seasons. “How quickly he can adapt, how much he can give us. We’re quite looking forward to the prospect of seeing that.” The 28-year old’s move from Major League Soccer to Carrow Road until May 6 was announced last week, subject to receiving immigration clearance, which has now been granted, the Canaries have announced. The club wrote on Twitter: “@norwichcityfc are pleased to confirm forward @keikamara has been granted a visa to join us on loan from Sporting Kansas City.” read more

Norwich close to announcement

first_img McNally also confirmed a position of technical director will be part of the new management structure at Carrow Road. The Canaries placed youth team coach Neil Adams in charge for the final five games of the Barclays Premier League season following the sacking of Chris Hughton on April 6. But Adams was unable to prevent the Norfolk club from losing their top-flight status, with the board admitting to making mistakes and feeling “frustrated, hugely disappointed and embarrassed” by relegation. However, McNally revealed Adams is “a credible candidate” for the managerial vacancy with the likes of former City captain Malky Mackay, Celtic boss Neil Lennon and Gianfranco Zola also being linked to the position. The club had hoped to make an announcement “within a week” but after Sunday’s deadline passed, McNally and joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn Jones appeared on Radio Norfolk for a special phone-in on Monday morning. When asked if Norwich have made an approach for a new manager, McNally said: “No we haven’t. We are still in the process. “We announced the search started after the season ended. It is probably going to take a little longer. “We are talking to a short list of candidates. We are taking a few days longer than we indicated but it is only days. “Neil is definitely a candidate and a credible candidate. He accepted the poisoned chalice and managed the team through a very difficult period.” On the possibility of appointing fans’ favourite Mackay, McNally added: ” As a man I don’t know him very well, Delia and Michael probably know him better from his time at the club. I know his place in Norwich City folklore and his success as a Championship player. Norwich chief executive David McNally says the club are hoping to name their new manager within days. “I think it’s unfair on any candidate to confirm or otherwise because somebody is going to get the job and others won’t and I don’t think that’s right.” Many fans have accused the board of not acting sooner by replacing Hughton in January but celebrity chef Smith responded: “There wasn’t anybody else out there. “We didn’t feel at that time there was anybody out there so we had a decision to make, do we bring in a kind of caretaker, so there were one or two names we were looking at, or go with a manager who is winning home games?” She added: “We got it wrong. It might have happened that if we got a caretaker manager in that we might have stayed up. But there was no guarantee.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Other Sports Prannoy stuns Sugiarto, Sai Praneeth crashes out of NZ Open

first_img Auckland: India’s HS Prannoy stunned Tommy Sugiarto in straight games to sail into the men’s singles quarterfinals even as his compatriot B Sai Praneeth crashed out in the second round of the New Zealand Open badminton tournament here Thursday. Unseeded Prannoy shocked second seed Sugiarto 21-14 21-12 in just 37 minutes to book his place in the last-eight round, where he will be up against fifth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan.This was world no. 26 Prannoy’s maiden meeting against world no. 13 Sugiarto. Earlier in the day, Praneeth suffered a straight-game 12-21 12-21 loss to the legendary Lin Dan of China. Seventh seed Lin Dan, thus, progressed to the quarterfinals where he will be up against top seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy too lost in the second round, going down against seventh seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia 17-21 19-21. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Wednesday made a first round exit from the women’s singles competition after being stunned by to world number 212 Wang Zhiyi of China. In the match between Prannoy and Sugiarto, the Indian seized the initiative early on and took a 7-3 lead before extending it to 11-4.From there on, it was no looking back for Prannoy as he went on to maintain his lead all throughout and close out the game at 21-14.It was neck and neck between the two shuttlers in the first few points of the second game. In fact, Sugiarto took the initial lead at 4-2 but Prannoy came back strongly to not only level the scores but surge ahead with four consecutive winners to take a 8-4 lead.Once Prannoy took the lead, he didn’t look back and kept on maintaining the gap to seal the contest in his favour. Prannoy stuns Sugiarto in New Zealand Open. Sai Praneeth crashes out of NZ Open.Praneeth suffered a straight-game 12-21 12-21 loss. highlightslast_img read more