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US health authority shipped faulty coronavirus test kits across country

first_img“We think that the issue at the stage, can be explained by one reagent that isn’t performing as it should, consistently,” she said, referring to one the substances used in the kit. “And that’s why we are remanufacturing that reagent.”For now, the testing of all patient specimens will continue to be carried out at the CDC’s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. The US is shipping the test kit to 36 countries that have placed orders, and each kit can be used approximately 700 to 800 times.Topics : A number of test kits sent out by US health authorities to labs across the country to diagnose the deadly novel coronavirus are faulty, a senior official said Wednesday.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began shipping 200 test kids nationwide on February 5 to speed up the diagnosis of US cases of COVID-19, which currently number 13. But the labs reported that while performing a verification procedure they realized the kits were returning inconclusive results, meaning neither positive nor negative, said senior CDC official Nancy Messonnier. last_img read more

USACE VIDEO: Rebuilding Absecon Inlet Seawall

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Philadelphia District, and its contractor J. Fletcher Creamer & Son completed the Absecon Inlet seawall and boardwalk project in April of 2018. Work involved building the seawall along two previously unprotected sections of the Atlantic City shoreline and rebuilding the historic boardwalk behind those two sections.The Absecon Island coastal scheme is one of several along the New Jersey coastline being funded by $1.2 billion appropriated by Congress to rebuild and strengthen the state’s beaches following Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.last_img

Tetraplegic woman: Euthanasia shouldn’t be allowed for people with injuries

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 14 December 2017Family First Comment: Christchurch woman Claire Freeman lost all movement in her limbs after a car accident when she was 17. She was told by health professionals that given the extent of her injuries, travelling overseas for assisted suicide was a legitimate option. “That would definitely have been something that I would have actively pursued had it been legal and I’m just so grateful now that it is not.”www.PROTECT.org.nz to make a SubmissionA tetraplegic says a voluntary euthanasia bill that has passed its first reading needs significant changes.Christchurch woman Claire Freeman lost all movement in her limbs after a car accident when she was 17.She told Larry Williams in the wake of her accident, she was told by health professionals that given the extent of her injuries, travelling overseas for assisted suicide was a legitimate option.“That would definitely have been something that I would have actively pursued had it been legal and I’m just so grateful now that it is not.”She said assisted suicide has a place in the event of a painful and terminal illness, but should not be allowed for those with grievous injuries like hers.Claire said she attempted to end her own life after her accident and now regrets considering suicide.“You don’t know what it’s like until you have it and my problem wasn’t my injury it was my misguided coping mechanism.”http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/larry-williams-drive/audio/claire-freeman-euthanasia-bill-needs-significant-changes/last_img read more

C-NS girls volleyball rallies, beats F-M in five sets

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story With a reasonable early-season schedule, the Cicero-North Syracuse girls volleyball accumulated wins and confidence before its most important league matches.And it all led to last Wednesday’s match against Fayetteville-Manlius, who had given Baldwinsville a good battle two nights earlier. It turned out to be a memorable match.The Hornets appeared  to have control when it rolled through the first set 25-15 and took a close second set 25-21. But after C-NS handled the third set 25-9, it survived the Hornets’ attempt to end the match in the fourth. A steady, consistent C-NS effort included Jennifer Carl earning 16 assists, six aces and seven digs. Brooke Segars also served well, getting four aces to go with eight kills and eight digs. Aurora Lesinski had a team-best nine kills as Hannah Mingle and McKenna Johnston matched Carl by getting seven digs.Humbled again by Baldwinsville on Sept. 4, the Liverpool girls volleyball team turned its attention to last Monday’s match against Nottingham and earned a three-set sweep.Lexi Carfi finished with 12 assists, her passes often going to Abby Rowell, who finished with five kills. Sarah Ayling also had five kills as the pair combined for 11 aces and Veronica DeTota added three kills.When Liverpool tried to turn it around against West Genesee on Wednesday night, it lost in three sets, with each of the last two sets close 26-24 decisions after the Wildcats took the opener 25-20.An even tougher match followed on Thursday at Marcellus, where the Warriors lost the first two sets 26-24 and 25-19, only to rally and take the next two sets 25-19 and 25-23.Still, the Mustangs held off Liverpool 25-22 in the final set, despite Ayling’s 11 kills. K Yarn and Theresa Gullo had four kills apiece as Helen Nash got six digs and Carfi produced 16 assists.In boys volleyball, Cicero-North Syracuse returned from an opening weekend in the Buffalo area that included a victory in the Williamsville South Tournament, and kept on rolling.The Northstars swept Jamesville-DeWitt 25-18, 25-13, 25-22 last Tuesday night as Brandon Millias finished with 30 assists and seven digs. Up front, Dan Seliger earned 11 kills and five digs, with Kevin Felasco getting 10 kills and four digs. Grant Sennett added four kills and Carter Wisely earned six digs.That same night, Liverpool won its season opener, the Warriors going to Central Square and defeating the Redhawks in a 25-16, 25-18, 25-20 sweep before having its own match against J-D two nights later.Against the Syracuse City team on Thursday, C-NS won 25-9, 25-18, 25-13, with 14 different players getting at least one kill, but none moer than the five from Jared Gilbert. Trace LaRobardiere earned 11 digs as Chris D’Agostino had nine assists and Millias had seven assists.Then, on Thursday, Liverpool met J-D and lost, 25-19, 25-21, 25-18. Home all this week, C-NS would welcome Baldwinsville on Tuesday, Central Square on Thursday and Canisius (Buffalo) on Saturday. Liverpool faces Living Word Academy, Oswego and Syracuse City this week. Claiming that fourth set 27-25, the Northstars carried that momentum over to the final set and won 25-17, completing its comeback as Jennifer Carl set a career mark with 43 assists, to go with six digs and four aces.Segars not only had  a team-best 17 kills, she got 10 digs as Hannah Mingle produced 29 digs. Adriana Houston had 12 kills, while Aurora Lesinski and McKenna Johnston had 11 kills apiece.As F-M was battling B’ville, C-NS took on West Genesee, and the Northstars were quite impressive here, only needing three sets to put away the Wildcats 25-15, 25-16, 25-17. Tags: C-NSliverpoolvolleyballlast_img read more

49ers aftermath: How they’re responding Monday to Rams rout

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Adrian Colbert seized the 49ers’ free safety job last year when Jimmie Ward got hurt. But Colbert’s punishing hits were few and far between this season, a season that is now over for him.Colbert is done for 2018 as a high-ankle sprain sent him onto injured reserve Monday, coach Kyle Shanahan announced.“Now with Colbert going out, it gives more opportunities to D.J. Reed or other players,” Shanahan said. “We hope they step it up like he did last year.”San Francisco 49ers’ Adrian …last_img

Taxpayers Fund Anti-Science Materialist Myths

first_imgNASA and the NSF give tons of money to materialists to promote lies about chemistry and the origin of life.“Was the Secret Spice in Primal Gene Soup a Thickener?” a press release from Georgia Tech teases. “More evidence that life could have evolved with relative ease: New research supports ancestors of genes self-copying in a mushy puddle.”What follows reaches beyond falsehood into mythology. The perhapsimaybecouldness index is off the charts.The original recipe for gene soup may have been simple — rain, a jumble of common molecules, warm sunshine, and nighttime cooling. Then add a pinch of thickener.That last ingredient may have helped gene-like strands to copy themselves in puddles for the first time ever, billions of years ago when Earth was devoid of life, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found. Their novel discoveries add to a growing body of evidence that suggests first life may have evolved with relative ease, here and possibly elsewhere in the universe.Nick Hud’s barbiturate team (see 5/10/16) created a completely unrealistic scenario to promote a materialist view of life’s origin. He knows that RNA and DNA strands “snap together” into useless forms too fast, so he added a thickener, glycholine, which his team admits “was not likely present on pre-biotic Earth.”His team also completely ignored the information problem of sequencing nucleotides or amino acids into meaningful, functional molecules. But for his completely irrelevant work, he gets government money:The research was funded by the National Science Foundation and the NASA Astrobiology Program under the NASA/NSF Center for Chemical Evolution (grant number CHE-1504217) and by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (grant number DGE-1148903).The research didn’t even work. He had to use an enzyme from living cells. Using an existing enzyme begs the question of how such a complex molecular machine could have arisen from a messy molecular soup by chance. He is also aware that competing cross-reactions would have inhibited any progress toward a self-replicating, living cell. But now, the team is calling for even more money:The enzymes would not have been present on a prebiotic Earth, and although there are chemical procedure for ligating RNA, “no one has developed a chemistry so robust yet that it could replace the enzyme,” Grover said.Finding one that could have worked on a prebiotic Earth would be a worthy aim for further research.Do the taxpayers even know or care how this money is being spent?That’s why we need Illustra Media’s new film ORIGIN. Visit the website and buy up copies to distribute. Don’t let the OoL Follies continue their campaign of misinformation. Fight lies with the truth! (Visited 28 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Cyclists tour and train in South Africa’s green oasis

first_imgAustralia’s Orica GreenEDGE cycling team showed they could play as hard as they worked while they were on a training camp in Mpumalanga. South African Daryl Impey served as tour guide, and took his teammates to the Kruger and other awe-inspiring places along the way. Cycling through Mpumalanga’s mountainous terrain helped the Orica GreenEDGE get an added dimension to their training. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)• R600m plan to help SA grow its tourism sector • When on an African safari, lock your doors • Riders support firefighters in Cape Town Cycle Tour solidarity ride • Rare elephant twins born at Pongola Game Reserve • Global travellers rate South Africa tops in Condé Nast awards Priya PitamberIt is not every day you get to see cyclists show off their dance moves, but that is what Orica GreenEDGE cycling team treated spectators to while having some down time during their training camp in South Africa.The clip was shot at Crystal Springs Mountain Resort, outside Pilgrims Rest, and in Graskop in Mpumalanga, near South Africa’s border with Mozambique.They got everyone involved – from schoolchildren to resort staff and anyone else who was around at the time. Orica GreenEDGE is an Australian professional road race cycling team. Launched in January 2011, it competes on the UCI World Tour. The riders were in Mpumalanga in February.Doing their version of the pop hit Uptown Funk, the teamed donned their colourfully patterned blazers and shirts and showed the lighter side of their personalities off their bicycles. They uploaded the video to YouTube as a “tribute to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars with our South African twist”.Cycle trainingSouth African team member Daryl Impey said training in the republic would be an annual event. “The guys are locked in already, they said they love it,” he explained. “And we’re here for a good camp so lots of training and lots of hard work to be done.”Not a bad view to wake up to this am. SA camp starts! pic.twitter.com/etwR8kl8ag — Daryl Impey (@darylimpey) February 11, 2015Teammate Canadian Christian Meier joked: “First day, and Impey already asserted his dominance.” Most of the Orica GreenEDGE team decided that Impey definitely had the home advantage, but they agreed it was a good camp.“It was amazing. It’s really different from a training camp in Europe or Australia or wherever else,” observed Columbian cyclist Esteban Chaves.The Big 5But it wasn’t all hard work. The team also got to explore Kruger National Park, where they spotted the majestic lion. Chavez thought they were really lucky to also see elephant and buffalo – in all, they crossed off three of the Big 5 from their must-see list.While Impey admitted being a tour guide was not his forte, he reckoned the team relished being in the country. “The guys have really been enjoying South Africa, they enjoy the food and culture,” he said. “A lot of them thought we lived in huts so it was good to show them we have houses.”Speaking of God’s Window, a lookout point in the province, Impey said: “You get a view of the world from on top there. Probably the best view you’ll see here in South Africa.”Watch:last_img read more

Yup, Social Media Really Does Drive Music Sales

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… It’s not just social media that’s driving paid downloads. The artist’s own website still has substantial impact on boosting sales, more than any other channel examined. For 52% of artists, more website page views meant more digital album sales. A few more (54%) saw the same cause-and-effect relationship when it came to selling digital singles. On Facebook, it’s not just about building up a large fan base. Artists, like other brands, have to actively engage fans there, as evidenced by the fact that Facebook page views had a much higher correlation with album sales than did Facebook Likes. In other words, it’s not enough to just be there. Bands have to continually post updates and interact with their fans. The Future Of Music Is… Wikipedia??Perhaps the most interesting data point is the relationship between music sales and Wikipedia. Apparently, the more well-trafficked an artist’s Wikipedia entry is, the more likely they are to sell digital music. That might seem pretty weird, but maybe what’s happening is that fans want to know more about an artist before buying their music. Or perhaps the intent to purchase was already there; People are just looking for historical information about their favorite artists, whose music they’re already likely to purchase. The charts illustrate, among other things, MySpace‘s dwindling relevance. MySpace plays drove album sales for only 17% of bands. When it came to driving digital single sales, MySpace was at the bottom of the list. This is obviously something the company desperately hopes to change with its latest relaunch.Noticeably absent from this analysis was Spotify. With all the hullabaloo over artist royalties and streaming services, many in the industry are anxious to see what, if any, relationship there is between Spotify exposure and sales. Its chief competitor, Rdio helped drive digital single sales for 17% of artists studied.Lessons For The Music Industry Finally, it’s worth noting that terrestrial radio is far from dead. Even in the face of competition from the likes of Pandora, Last.fm and Spotify, radio plays are still a significant driver of paid music sales, just like in the old days. If there’s a key takeaway for the music industry, it’s that maintaining an active Web presence and utilizing social media are every bit as valuable to the business of music as everybody thought. That’s not breaking news, but it’s always nice to have some hard data to back up assumptions. For independent artists, it suggests that Twitter and Facebook aren’t a waste of time after all. Oh, and you might want to double-check that your Wikipedia entry is up-to-date. Lead photo by Alexandre Normand. For some musicians, social media is a pain. They’d much rather focus on writing and performing songs than tweeting, pinning and Instagramming from the tour bus. Does all that time spent on digital promotion even pay off? New research suggests that yes, it does. There’s actually a correlation between an artist’s social media presence and their album sales, according to data from Next Big Sound. For 38% of musicians, Facebook views had a significant effect on album sales, a stronger impact than traditional radio plays had. Vevo, YouTube and SoundCloud all ranked highly as well.  Related Posts john paul titlow Tags:#digital music#music#radio#Soundcloud#spotify#YouTube 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Rafael Nadal: Andy Murray will be a big loss, but the game goes on

first_imgStephen Curry moves to third on all-time 3-point list MOST READ Spain’s Rafael Nadal gestures during a press conference ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia— Rafael Nadal knew it was inevitable that sooner or later the Big Four would become the Big Three.That Andy Murray is the first of the long-time leading four in men’s tennis to signal the end of his career is something Nadal has to keep in perspective.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 “But being honest, when somebody like him, that he achieved almost everything in his tennis career, is suffering like he’s doing for such a long time already … probably he does the right thing for his mental health.”Nadal has missed long periods of tennis because of injuries throughout his career, still managing to amass 17 major titles, but has never contemplated a date for retirement.“I didn’t arrive to that point. I am a positive guy. I always had the feeling that we’ll fix it,” he said. “But, of course, there is periods of time that you don’t see the light. Is tough.”Federer has credited improvements in travel, in nutrition and in life balance for giving modern tennis players the ability to extend their careers well into their 30s. He was 35 and coming off a long injury layoff when he revived his career with an Australian Open title in 2017. He successfully defended the title last year, his 20th major.Nadal’s plan for longevity revolves around playing fewer tournaments and resting whenever he has persistent injuries. That became less of an option for Murray, who is contemplating further surgery just to cut down on the pain he feels when he’s doing such simple things as putting on his shoes and socks.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The No. 2-ranked Nadal enters the Australian Open as a legitimate title contender along with No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and No. 3-ranked Roger Federer, both six-time champions at Melbourne Park. Nadal is 32. Djokovic turns 32 in May, a week or so after Murray. Federer is 37.Five-time finalist Murray plans to start the tournament in Australia, but he has conceded it could be his last after 20 months of struggling to overcome a long-time injury. The severe pain from his surgically repaired right hip is restricting his movement and he has already flagged he’ll retire after Wimbledon — if he can keep playing that long.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMurray practiced on Saturday at Melbourne Park not long before Nadal appeared at a news conference to talk about his health after three months out of competitive tennis and his prospects at the Australian Open, the only one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that he hasn’t won at least twice.“Yeah, of course is very bad news,” Nadal said of Murray’s tearful news conference the previous day. “Will be a very important loss for us, for the world of tennis, for the tour, for the fans, even for the rivals that he have been part of a great rivalry between the best players for a long time, and a great competitor. LATEST STORIES View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening “Seems like he had not very long career because today players are playing that long. But he’s 31 — 10 years ago, if he retired at 31, we will say he had a great and very long career,” Nadal said. “We will miss him. But today is him. Tomorrow another one. We are not 20 anymore. Our generation, everyone is more than 30s.”The Big Four have dominated the men’s circuit for more than a decade and shared around the major titles with few exceptions, such as Stan Wawrinka’s wins at the 2014 Australian Open, the 2015 French and the 2016 U.S Open, and Marin Cilic’s victory at the 2014 U.S. Open.There’s a crop of other players coming through, including No. 4-ranked Sasha Zverev, but much of the attention in the first the couple of days at Melbourne Park will be on Nadal, Murray and Djokovic — who went through juniors together — and Federer.Nadal will open against Australian James Duckworth in the second match Monday on Rod Laver Arena. Federer has a night match against Denis Istomin on the same center court.Murray is scheduled to play No. 22-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut on Monday at Melbourne Arena, the third of the show courts. Djokovic is on the other side of the draw and will start on Day 2.Nadal recalled a younger Murray — “a little bit a bad boy” — in the under-13s and 14s, but was full of praise for how his Scottish friend had evolved.“At the end of the day you appreciate a lot your rivals because you shared lot of important moments in our lives,” he said. “I always had good relationship with him. We shared courts in the most important stadiums in the world, competing for the most important things. That’s impossible to forget.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra to be on the hot seat in Kaun Banega Crorepati

first_imgActress Priyanka Chopra will be soon seen in the new season of popular TV quiz show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’ hosted by megastar Amitabh Bachchan.The 32-year-old actress, who is promoting her next film ‘Mary Kom’, will feature in one of the upcoming episodes of ‘KBC Season 8’ as a celebrity contestant. However, its telecast date is still under wraps. This season of ‘KBC’ will go on air from August 17 on Sony Entertainment channel.She will feature in one of the upcoming episodes of KBC Season 8 as a celebrity contestant.Priyanka had earlier appeared on the show with actress Kareena Kapoor in the third season which was hosted by superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Priyanka’s upcoming film is based on the life of Olympic boxer Mary Kom.The biographical sports drama film directed by Omung Kumar and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is set to release on September 5.last_img read more