China and Cuba have made significant scientific advances in curbing the COVID-19 pandemic. China is considered the world’s front-runner in the development of a vaccine, while Cuba’s antiviral drug, Interferon Alpha 2b, is reducing the number of deaths. Both countries, in outstanding acts of socialist internationalism, are sending doctors and medical supplies to suffering countries in the midst of the pandemic.In contrast, the U.S. has a weak health care system infected by capitalism with no centralized plan. The government is allowing the virus to spread by relying on for-profit companies to supply testing kits and necessary medical equipment in the country.The U.S. administration is worsening the virus globally by increasing sanctions and blocking aid to over 39 countries, containing one-third of the world’s peoples.On Dec. 31, China had alerted the World Health Organization about a new strain of the coronavirus that was causing a severe respiratory illness. WHO named the disease COVID-19. The actual virus that causes the disease is SARS-CoV-2, which was so designated by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses.Chinese doctors answer desperate call from Italy for medical help.Within a week, Chinese scientists had isolated the virus from a patient, sequenced its genome and published the information for the world to freely use. China’s speed in sequencing a previously unknown genome was unprecedented.Creating a vaccine for COVID-19There are seven known coronaviruses and they all cause respiratory infections in humans. Once a coronavirus enters the body, it advances directly to the lungs and can cause a range of respiratory symptoms from dry cough to fever to viral pneumonia. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they transmit from animals to people.The new, recent coronavirus, COVID-19, has a genome similar to SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), MERS (Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome) and avian flu, which can only be contracted through direct contact with birds.Coronaviruses are covered with spikes that form a crown or corona around the virus. These attach to lung cells with their spikes, allowing them to invade and kill the cells.Many scientists are working on vaccines by focusing on two features of the virus — the hooks at the end of the spikes and also the point of contact where those hooks cleave or crack the cell wall to gain entrance into the cell.China leadsAs of March 14, China’s CanSinoBio lab had begun testing a vaccine for COVID-19 in Wuhan province, where the virus was first identified. The lab developed a genetically altered SARS-CoV-2 virus that was unable to cause infection but was effective in creating antibodies. The vaccine proved safe in trials with animals so scientists are now testing the vaccine on a large group of 108 healthy adults, aged 18 to 60.Chinese scientists successfully created a similar vaccine for Ebola in 2017. They also used their experience and technology to create the new vaccine against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.Lagging behind China, a U.S. company, UModerna, says it will begin a smaller set of trials on people in Seattle with a vaccine that uses only a part of the SARS-CoV-2 genome.In a process not yet ready to proceed to human trials, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, N.Y., genetically modified mice to have human immune systems. The mice are exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, causing a build-up of antibodies to fight the virus. Scientists have isolated the mouse antibodies and will combine them with antibodies from humans who have recovered from COVID-19. The company predicts making an antibody cocktail to use in human trials “soon.”Cuba’s advanced pharmaceutical discoveryCuba may have already developed a successful medicine able to cure some cases of COVID-19.Interferon Alpha 2b is an antiviral drug that Cuba developed during a dengue fever outbreak in the Caribbean in 1981. This interferon drug creates conditions within cells that limit the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 and MERS viruses.Interferon is a naturally occurring chemical in cells that alerts nearby cells of an invading virus, causing them to heighten their antiviral defenses. Dengue fever and coronaviruses have evolved the ability to destroy interferon and get through a cell’s defenses.Cuba’s Interferon Alpha 2b was designed to mimic the response of the cells’ natural interferon and thus boost the immune system against the illness.Cuba and China unite to fight COVID-19In China, the Cuban-Chinese company, ChangHeber, has been producing Interferon Alpha 2b since 2003. That drug helps people with compromised immune systems avoid some of the complications of viral invasions.As soon as COVID-19 was identified, China began using Interferon Alpha 2b on people who were infected by the virus, with over 1,500 people improving under the treatment. Cuban biotech specialist Dr. Luis Herrera Martinez explained that “its use prevents aggravation and complications in patients reaching that stage that ultimately can result in death.” Dr. Herrera Martinez is the creator of Interferon Alpha 2b. (tinyurl.com/ur4sa4n)Martinez asserted, “The world has an opportunity to understand that health is not a commercial asset but a basic right. … [Cuba] has more physicians working abroad than practically any other country in the world, not because we are exporting anything but simply because we want to participate in building a world with better health conditions and living conditions.”After the Lombardy region in northern Italy officially requested doctors and medical help from China and Cuba, both sent an emergency contingent of doctors and nurses. The 52-strong brigade arrived at Italy’s Malpensa airport, near Milan, on March 22 as Italy reported 59,139 COVID-19 cases and 5,476 deaths.This is the sixth medical brigade Cuba has sent abroad in recent days to combat the spread of the new disease, highlighting its revolutionary medical diplomacy. These brigades are being sent at a time when many Cuban hospitals are facing imperialist-imposed difficulties — they’re unable to buy vital medicine abroad largely due to the blockade of decades-old U.S. sanctions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
== Tom Herbert – Hobbs House Bakery ==Herbert is a fifth-generation baker and director of Hobbs House Bakery, a multi award-winning craft bakery, based in south GloucestershireEmbracing my new vocation a contributor to British Baker, I fixed in my mind that the only appropriate way to pass a week in the Easter holidays was to pack up my grandfather’s 1981 Bedford auto sleeper for a busman’s tour of the sights and bakeries of beautiful Dorset, and track down some real bakers.We packed ’the Old Lady’ like a Dorset apple cake – full – and set off. We found she was much like a great pudding – warm, comforting, calorific – and cornering at anything above 38mph was reminiscent of cutting a soft custard slice with a blunt knife (wobbly).We made our way from Naisworth, with a pantry full of home produce, in our quest for the infamous Dorset knobs, through Bath (no time for Bath buns in this wagon), over the Salisbury plains, past the fenced-in Stonehenge, and we nestled down in the New Forest among the trees and muntjac deer.On our first day, we cycled to Beaulieu, a very well kept little town in the forest, to see what the farmers’ market had to offer. It was here I met Graham Cotton, a true craft baker, dressed for the part and enjoying selling his carefully nurtured selection of products. I was immediately impressed with the list of farms showing where the wheat had been grown, and details of the museum mill, from where all the flour had been milled. Graham was very generous with his time, explaining the virtues of dietary bread for which he has found a loyal customer base. He very kindly gave me a pre-sliced ’Wellbeing Formula Bread’ (wrapped in pairs for easy freezing). This loaf is the result of working with a local college professor of nutrition, and impressively seems to tick many of the dietary requirements customers have to contend with: reduced salt, no added sugar or fat, high in fibre and packed full of beneficial seeds, all ground down to release the goodness.Next time the sun came out, we cycled to Corfe Castle, steam trains, ramparts, lots of people with cameras and Dragon Bakery, nestled amongst it all. The very traditional bakery, with Nigel Dragon baking to the side of Joan Dragon holding the fort, yielded a surprising array of Germanic breads. Nigel said his skills were learnt on an 18-month German work placement funded by an NA scholarship, a trip that, 30 years later, was still rewarding his customers.A visit at the end of our trip, to Town Mill Bakery in Lyme (Devon) was the icing on the cake. This sumptuous new bakery, on its first rise, is a joy to behold, headed up by Aidan “undisputed king of sponge” Chapman, previously of Celtic Bakery. His philosophy is built simply on flour and water and, with its open-plan bakery/eating area, delights its customers with a tangible atmosphere of honesty and passion.The ’Old Lady’ was even slower going up-country and homeward, but the hills were alive and there is great bread returning to its rightful place at the centre of every table. How are you contributing to the revival of better [email protected]
By Edward Anschutz STURGEON BAY, Wis. – Driver contingencies will be the name of the game in 2014 at Thunderhill Raceway as the total amount reaches a staggering $10,000.In a time of tracks changing promoters, ownership or even closing, Thunderhill has raised the bar with several hefty driver giveaways.“I couldn’t have dreamt in only one week we‘d go from $6,500 in contingencies to $10,000,“ said Thunderhill promoter Woody Wodack, “The support from all these great businesses is exciting to say the least. I‘m confident this will only get bigger and better.” A brand new IMCA Modified Brinn transmission will be given away courtesy of Billy LeMieux Racing. Fast Ed Distributors is donating a full race version GM HEI Distributor that can be used in anything from a Modified to a Hobby Stock. The Bull Pen Bar & Grill will give out several gift certificates for food and drinks. David Kohn at AMSOIL will be giving away synthetic oil and lubricants. All awards will be presented at the 2014 awards banquet. Tentatively, plans are to base the giveaways on a certain percentage of races run. This rewards drivers who support the track and gives race teams a helping hand heading into the off-season. Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, N.E.W Racing Supply, S & B Trailers, Kroll Racing Fabrication, Woody’s Signs, Floors by Josh and Vlies Custom Race Car Bodies have already signed up to give tires, shocks, race car lettering, Ford 9”, Modified & Sport Mod spruce up kits and custom racing T-shirts.A few front row spots remain open for purchase along with several second and third row parking spots. Drivers should contact the track to make sure they have their spot when they pull in the gate on opening night.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a suspect who shot and killed one man and injured another in Lantana.The incident took place Wednesday evening in the 1200 block of Hypoluxo Rd.Police responded to the scene and found one man dead and another injured. The injured man was rushed to the hospital. His condition is unknown.29-year-old Albert Clark was arrested and is facing multiple charges, including homicide and attempted first-degree murder.He is being held without bond.
Published on September 27, 2015 at 12:27 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Brandon Harris took a snap out of the shotgun and less than two seconds later was lying on the Carrier Dome turf with 5-foot-8, 175-pound Antwan Cordy staring down at him. Two plays later, Cordy forced a pass destined for the hands of Malchi Dupre to the ground, capping of an LSU three-and-out.The sophomore safety carried his weight on an afternoon when the rest of the Syracuse secondary didn’t. Wayne Morgan, Chauncey Scissum and Rodney Williams were left chasing Leonard Fournette. Julian Whigham had the two most costly mistakes of the game in the fourth quarter. But Cordy, all in his compact stature, led the Orange (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) in tackles and tackles for loss in a 34-24 loss to No. 8 LSU (3-0, 2-0 Southeastern).He sat in a chair adjacent to Scott Shafer in the postgame interview room, hands on his knees as he listened to his head coach talk about what could have been. Shafer talked big picture, but also took time to highlight less than a handful of individual performances.“The little guy over here that we call Giant, Cordy has eight tackles, two (tackles for loss), a sack,” Shafer said. “That’s a good job. I’m proud of you.”During Syracuse’s training camp, Shafer told a story about Cordy conquering a military obstacle course despite an overwhelming fear of heights. His smaller frame carries over to his personality in some areas, but 6-foot-6, 300-plus-pound linemen were no obstacle as he darted through the line twice on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the fourth quarter, Cordy tackled Fournette for a 6-yard loss, his only negative run on the afternoon. A week ago against Auburn, the LSU running back wasn’t even touched in the backfield.LSU is built around its run game, but the Tigers also aired it out over SU’s struggling secondary to keep the hosts within comfortable distance.Cordy was more disruptive in the box, but against teams focusing less on a Heisman-caliber running back, Cordy’s outing, and SU’s, could be indicative of an upward trend Syracuse knows some don’t expect.“I felt like we got more confidence after playing LSU. They only beat us by 10 points,” Cordy said. “So I feel like we can hang with any team now going forward.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
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Login/Register With: Advertisement Toronto councillor Norm Kelly gives hip-hop producer Shane Lee Lindstrom (Murda Beatz) a citation recognizing his donating $20,000 of winnings from a Fortnite tournament at Toronto City Hall on Friday. The money will help low-income students receive books and school supplies. (ANDREW FRANCIS WALLACE / TORONTO STAR) Advertisement It’s been a pretty busy few days from Canadian hip-hop producer Murda Beatz.On Tuesday, he competed in the first Fortnite Pro Am in Los Angeles, finishing 11th with his partner, Valkyrae, winning $20,000 for charity. Last night, he dropped a new track, “Bigger > You” from 2 Chainz featuring Drake and Quavo. On Friday, he was in Councillor Norm Kelly’s office in Toronto City Hall presenting an oversized cheque to donate his game winnings for First Book Canada, an organization that helps lower-income students receive books and school supplies, a campaign (also supported by Xpand Laces) for which Kelly has been enlisting celebrities.Born Shane Lindstrom in Fort Erie, Ont., Murda is one of the most in-demand hip-hop producers right now, with a long list of credits, working with songs for Migos, Gucci Mane, French Montana and many more. He has produced for pop stars like Zayn Malik, and created the beat for Drake recent hit, “Nice For What.” He’s not alone as a pretty big Fortnite fan, but the event still impressed him — “It was actually crazy, I had no idea it was going to be as big as that,” he said Friday. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebook Advertisement
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Canadian Tire Corp. views its $985-million acquisition of Norwegian outdoor clothing and gear maker Helly Hansen as a “major step forward” to diversify its offerings at home and launch new opportunities in international markets.“This is a brand that we truly believe has a lot of runway ahead of it internationally,” CEO Stephen Wetmore said in an interview.The Toronto-based retailer has long been one of Helly Hansen’s biggest customers and the deal announced Thursday will bolster a number of its product categories, including camping, hunting and fishing, at both Canadian Tire department stores and its Mark’s clothing chain, he said.Helly Hansen, which was founded in Moss, Norway, in 1877 and is now sold in more than 40 countries around the world, has “successfully and profitably entered many markets” globally with its outdoor adventure, sailing, skiing and casual industrial brand, Wetmore said in an earlier conference call with financial analysts.“This too will serve as a foundation for us to build upon in future years with existing or new owned brands,” Wetmore said during the call.Canadian Tire identified the Norwegian brand as an acquisition target shortly after it established its consumer brands division, seeing it as an opportunity to strengthen some of its most “strategic and brand-sensitive categories,” but the deal took 18 months to come together, Wetmore said.“The journey wasn’t easy and worthy pursuits rarely are,” he said.“And while we would have liked to have been faster, the result was worth the wait.”Wetmore explained in an interview that it took time for the company to convince the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, which acquired Helly Hansen in 2012, to become a willing seller.The outdoor brand will continue to be sold in a broad range of stores in Canada, not just Canadian Tire stores, the company said. Canadian Tire stores will also carry a broader selection of Helly Hansen products, including the brand’s footwear line.Canadian Tire will assume $50 million in debt under terms of the deal.Helly Hansen CEO Paul Stoneham and the management team, based in Oslo, Norway, are expected to continue to lead the business.“(Canadian Tire) provides us with the ideal platform to further accelerate our growth trajectory and also strengthen our Canadian presence. This is a great opportunity for Helly Hansen and our team,” Stoneham said.“As a Canadian, I am particularly proud to say that Canadian Tire is the new home for Helly Hansen.”The deal is expected to close in the third-quarter and Helly Hansen is expected to add value to Canadian Tire’s profits this year,.However, Canadian Tire class A shares fell nearly six per cent to $165.08 in afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the deal was announced and the company reported first-quarter profit that slipped compared with a year ago due to one-time accelerated depreciation charge.Retail analyst Peter Sklar said he believes the price tag for Helly Hansen was expensive and that the deal might be unnecessary to accomplish some of Canadian Tire’s most immediate goals. He also mused about whether managing a high-end, high-growth international brand is too far outside Canadian Tire’s wheelhouse.“While the acquisition gives Canadian Tire a platform for the international wholesale distribution of existing Canadian Tire house brands, Canadian Tire is not planning on capitalizing on this opportunity for at least several years,” he wrote in a note.“Canadian Tire’s immediate plans are to instead focus on deepening the relationship with HH by carrying a fuller offering of HH products at all of its banners, which we believe could have been accomplished without acquiring the brand.”Canadian Tire’s chief financial officer Dean McCann said he’s “very comfortable with the price.”He noted the acquisition presents three opportunities for the company: to strengthen its existing banners by carrying more Helly Hansen items, to take advantage of a very disciplined and well-managed business, and to sell in-house brands internationally.While Canadian Tire is not in a rush to fulfil the latter, “the opportunity is probably closer” than the several years Sklar indicates, McCann said.Canadian Tire reported Thursday a first-quarter profit attributable to shareholders of $78 million, or $1.18 per share for the quarter, down from $87.5 million, or $1.24 per share a year ago. Analysts had expected earnings of $1.38 per share. However, Sklar calculated that earnings adjusted for the one-time charge were closer to analysts’ estimates at $1.37 per share.Revenue totalled $2.81 billion, up from $2.72 billion in the same quarter last year.Consolidated same store sales were up 5.2 per cent in the quarter as Canadian Tire gained 5.8 per cent, Mark’s added 3.4 per cent and FGL, which includes the Sport Chek banner, gained 3.9 per cent.— With files from Armina LigayaCompanies in this story: (TSX:CTC.A)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated that Helly Hansen was founded in Oslo.