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Angela Athletic Facility reopens

first_imgThe new Angela Athletic Facility opened Tuesday at Saint Mary’s after more than a year and a half of construction on the building that hadn’t been previously renovated since the 1970s. The facility is now open to students and faculty with brand new cardio and strength equipment and a larger indoor running track. Construction is still ongoing in the facility to finish work on the new cafe, two TV lounges and new locker rooms that will be finished after winter break.   Saint Mary’s athletic director Julie Schroeder-Biek said after having offices in separate buildings, she is ready to have all of the athletic staff back in one place.“One of the things I’m so excited about is the staff being back together again,” Schroeder-Biek said. “It’s been a challenge to just stay on the same page. We have monthly meetings and we’re a tight staff, but I can’t wait until we’re back together again.”Schroeder-Biek said she is most excited about what the new Angela facility is going to do for the larger community.“It’s going to have something for everybody,” she said. “If you want to workout, if you want to grab coffee, if you just want to hang out, meet friends or study, it’s going to be a real hub of community.”Sophomore soccer captain Callie Doyle said she thinks the new building and equipment will help get everyone in the door to workout. “I think the improvements that they made to Angela with benefit everyone whether they do a sport or not,” Doyle said. “The new equipment and track will help everyone get motivated to work out even when it’s cold outside.”Freshman soccer player Brianna Smith said she is excited that student athletes will finally have the room they need for workout classes, after spending seasons without a practical workout area.“I’m excited about the new space in the athletic training rooms,” Smith said. “We won’t be crowded in small rooms anymore getting taped up, and there is room for new ice baths which will help athletes a lot through their season.”After trying out the new facility, senior Gabby Moody said she was pleasantly surprised by the renovations. “It just seems like a very clean space and it just has so much more variety and options for us to take care of our physical and mental health,” she said.Students are looking forward to the new cafe that is going to feature new choices for on-campus dining. Sophomore Molly Murphy, also a member of the Saint Mary’s soccer team, said she and her friends will finally find it easy to get nutritious food.“I’m really excited for the cafe,” she said. “It will be an easy and convenient way to get a healthy post workout snack that everyone would want after a hard practice or workout.”Schroeder-Biek said she is ready for people to visit Angela and test out the brand new equipment and new spaces for athletes and the community. “The whole potential of what we can do with the building, expanding programs, and the things that can happen in this space, and how we’re going to bring it to life — I’m just so excited thinking about what we can do,” she said.Tags: Angela Athletic Facility, Construction, renovations, Saint Mary’s Athleticslast_img read more

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Adenovirus vaccines said to offer hope for fighting flu pandemics

first_img The results showed that the experimental vaccine effectively protected mice “from H5N1 disease, death, and primary viral replication” after exposure to “antigenically distinct strains of H5N1 influenza viruses,” the authors write. “This strategy has the advantage of inducing strong humoral and cellular immunity and conferring cross-protection against continuously evolving H5N1 viruses without the need of an adjuvant,” they add. The authors write that their results indicate that widespread use of adenovirus-based vaccines in poultry would probably help stop the spread of highly pathogenic avian flu. And in the case of a human flu pandemic, they add, “an adenovirus-based vaccine could be utilized to complement traditional inactivated influenza virus vaccine technology, which is still the primary choice,” despite the limitations of egg-based production. Hoelscher MA, Garg S, Bangari DS, et al. Development of adenoviral-vector-based pandemic influenza vaccine against antigenically distinct human H5N1 strains in mice. Lancet 2006 (published online Feb 2) [Abstract—access requires free registration] Feb 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – A pair of new studies suggest that influenza vaccines based on adenoviruses, one of the causes of the common cold, may offer major advantages in the quest for protection from flu pandemics. In both studies, scientists manipulated adenoviruses to duplicate a key protein (hemagglutinin) found in H5N1 avian flu viruses and then injected the engineered viruses into mice. The vaccines generated an immune response that protected the mice when they were exposed to high doses of H5N1 viruses, including strains that did not precisely match the strains from which the hemagglutinin was derived. In one of the studies, the vaccine also protected chickens. The reports raise hopes that pandemic flu vaccines could be produced in cell culture, saving time compared with the months-long process of growing them in chicken eggs. In addition, because the experimental vaccines seemed to offer broader protection than conventional egg-based vaccines do, it may be possible to produce and stockpile a pandemic vaccine in advance instead of waiting until a pandemic virus emerges, the reports say. However, the vaccines have not yet been tested in people. In the Pittsburgh study, researchers engineered an adenovirus to duplicate hemagglutinin from a 2004 Vietnam strain of H5N1 virus. They injected this into mice and then exposed them to an H5N1 virus 70 days later. The mice were fully protected by the vaccine, which generated both hemagglutinin-specific antibodies and a cellular immune response. In the CDC-Purdue study, researchers made a vaccine consisting of a nonreplicating adenovirus containing the hemagglutinin gene from an H5N1 virus identified in Hong Kong in 1997. One group of mice was injected with this vaccine, while other groups were injected with saline solution or one of two other control vaccines. Gao W, Soloff AC, Lu X, et al. Protection of mice from lethal H5N1 avian influenza virus thorugh adenovirus-based immunization. J Virology 2006 Feb;30(4):1959-64 [Abstract] “Our findings as well as those from other adenovirus-based vaccine studies support the development of replication-defective adenovirus-based vaccines as a rapid response in the event of the pandemic spread” of avian flu, write Gao and colleagues in the Journal of Virology. The researchers also took blood samples from the vaccinated mice and assessed the serologic response to three different H5N1 viruses—the 1997 strain used in the vaccine, plus 2003 and 2004 strains from Hong Kong and Vietnam, respectively. The experimental vaccine produced a “significantly high” antibody response to the 1997 virus but weaker responses to the other two viruses. See also: To assess cellular immune responses, the researchers measured the generation of CD8 T-cells in the vaccinated mice. Mice that received the experimental vaccine had a three-fold to eight-fold higher frequency of CD8 cells than those that received control vaccines, a significant difference. The experimental vaccine was also tested in chickens by giving them a single subcutaneous dose and exposing them to H5N1 virus 21 days later. The immunized chickens were fully protected, while a group of unvaccinated chickens all died. The other study was conducted by a team from the University of Pittsburgh, the CDC, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, with Wentao Gao as the first author. “This approach is a feasible vaccine strategy against existing and newly emerging viruses of highly pathogenic avian influenza to prepare against a potential pandemic,” states one of the reports, published online by The Lancet. “This approach also provides a viable option for potential vaccine stockpiling for the influenza pandemic.” The report was prepared by a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Purdue University, with Mary A. Hoelscher as the first author. Four weeks after their second injection, the mice were given high doses of one of two H5N1 virus strains, including a Hong Kong 1997 strain (but not the same one as used to make the vaccine) and a 2004 variant from Vietnam. All the mice that received the experimental vaccine survived with minimal illness as measured by weight loss. The study’s senior author, Suryaprakash Sambhara of the CDC, said the adenovirus-based vaccine can be made much more quickly than conventional flu vaccines, according to a Reuters report published today. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center news releasehttp://www.upmc.com/MediaRelations/NewsReleases/2006/Pages/GambottoAvianFluStudy2006.aspxlast_img read more

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Slovenia opens borders after declaring epidemic over

first_imgBut with the rate of new infections trailing off, the government ordered borders open for all EU citizens, while non-EU citizens will have to stay in quarantine. “Since the danger of spreading the SARS-CoV-2 virus remains, some general and special measures will remain in force,” it said in a statement, using a technical term for the COVID-19 disease.Public gatherings remain banned while social distancing rules and mask wearing remain mandatory in public spaces.Earlier this week, the government said some shopping centers and hotels would be allowed to reopen next week. Slovenia opened its borders on Friday after declaring an end to its coronavirus epidemic, despite new infections still being reported.”Today Slovenia has the best epidemic situation in Europe, which enables us to call off the general epidemic,” Prime Minister Janez Jansa said, two months after the epidemic was declared.The mountainous nation of two million people, which borders Italy, had reported some 1,500 coronavirus cases and 103 deaths as of Thursday. It also announced football and all other team competitions could resume from May 23.Despite Slovenia apparently declaring an end to the epidemic, experts clarified that the disease was still present in the country.”No other European state has so far declared the epidemic was over so we should be cautious in Slovenia too,” infectious diseases expert Mateja Logar told public television on Thursday.”The virus remains present,” Logar added.Declaring the end of the epidemic meant the government avoided an automatic extension until the end of June of the first package of economic measures approved to help the population and companies, according to Public Radio Slovenija.This measures will now be in force until the end of May.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Ian Wright says Arsenal’s young stars love working under new assistant Freddie Ljungberg

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Ian Wright says Arsenal’s young stars love working under new assistant Freddie Ljungberg Buyako Saka scored and assisted in Arsenal’s thumping win over Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)‘I thought the other day [against Frankfurt] was the perfect game for them to come in, but I don’t think anybody was expecting Saka to do as great as he did.‘I think there’s a lot of optimism about someone like Joe Willock, you’d like to see him play more, but I thought they were brilliant in a time for Arsenal when it’s not the greatest defensive-wise, they’ve come in and given everyone a little bit of a lift.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal The Swede is quickly becoming an invaluable member of Arsenal’s backroom team (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Ian Wright has revealed that the Gunners’ younger players have ‘nothing but great stuff’ to say about Freddie Ljungberg since he took up his new role at the club.The Swede, part of Arsenal’s Invincibles side, effectively replaced Steve Bould as assistant first-team coach over the summer, having impressed with his work for the Under-23s side.Many of the academy players he coached are now part of the first team squad under Unai Emery, with the likes of 18-year-old Bukayo Saka starring in Thursday’s Europa League win over Frankfurt.center_img Joe Willock has started three times in the Premier League this season (Picture: Getty)Part of the reason for Ljungberg’s promotion was to help transition Arsenal’s blossoming generation of young stars into senior regulars, and Wright says they all love working under him.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking on The Kelly and Wrighty Show, he said: ‘They speak very highly [of him]. All the youngsters, you speak to Joe [Willock], Reiss [Nelson], all the young guys, they’ve got nothing but great stuff to say about Freddie.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘And I’m sure that Freddie, his involvement now with the transition from the academy into the first team, is vitally important.‘I suppose that’s why he’s been brought in and every single one of them [the young players] that have come in have not disgraced themselves. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 22 Sep 2019 12:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link885Shares Commentlast_img read more

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MN scales back ‘over-ambitious’ innovation project, writes off €15m

first_imgSince then plans have been rationalised, prioritising urgent adjustments as well as cost-reducing elements, according to MN.It said that the dedicated project organisation, comprising 100 MN staff and 75 external specialists, had been abolished, and that the slimmed down project was to continue as “pensions innovation”.The provider – which also serves the sector scheme for the merchant navy – argued that the MN 3.0 team had tried too many things at once and hadn’t worked efficiently.A €20m investment during the past three years delivered several new systems, such as an automatic link with the citizens register of local councils, a new employer portal, and an update of existing files.MN already reported a €13.8m loss over 2015, which it largely attributed to MN 3.0.It made clear that its pension fund clients would have to foot the bill with, for example, PMT having to pay an additional €16 and €17 per participant over 2016 and 2017, respectively, on top of regular implementation costs of €81.50.MN’s options were renewing the IT core or investing in an entirely new system, the provider said.It added that it would prioritise the planning for a new employer portal and new hardware.At the start of MN 3.0, the entire costs for the five-year project had been estimated at €70m.MN expected to shed 220 jobs as a result of the project. The number of staff has been reduced by 120, equating to almost 10% of the initial number.A spokesman for MN said it could still make up for the delay. MN, the asset manager for Dutch metal industry pension schemes PMT and PME, has written off €15m of a €70m innovation project, which has largely failed to deliver.In an interview with IPE’s sister publication Pensioen Pro, it indicated that the project – known as MN 3.0 – was “over-ambitious” and has been drastically scaled back.MN 3.0 was meant to reduce costs by 30% by 2018 and decrease the number of administrative errors caused by manual handling at the €114bn asset manager.The project – started in 2014 – was already temporarily halted last year as its planned core IT system, including the administration for pension rights and a database for pension plans, “didn’t inspire confidence” for the future, the group said.last_img read more

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Caribbean region could eliminate HIV by 2030

first_imgDirector of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa EtienneThe Caribbean region could be the first in the world to eliminate HIV by the year 2030, the Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne has announced.Dr Etienne, who is on her first official visit to Dominica, said during a press conference on Tuesday 7 July 2015, said there are positive signs of the elimination of HIV in the region. However, Dr Etienne advised that it is critical that there are no new cases of the virus.“To eliminate HIV we will have to improve prevention and promotions so we don’t get any new cases,” Dr Etienne said.“We need to improve the diagnosis and we need to diagnose them early and we need to have access to treatment and monitoring of those and we believe that the region can be one of the first to achieve elimination of HIV certainly by 2030,” she said. Last week PAHO and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Cuba as the first country in the world to eliminate the transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis from mother to child. Dr. Etienne said several Caribbean countries are close to eliminating mother to child transmission of HIV which is “a tremendous achievement for any country”.Dr. Etienne said, according to reports from the National HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit, Dominica has reached the threshold for declaration of elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV and Syphilis.“But for PAHO and WHO, we…send a mission to do all of the background checks and all of the background work that is necessary before we can declare and validate that this elimination has occurred,” Dr. Etienne said. 80 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share Share HealthLifestyleLocalNewsRegional Caribbean region could eliminate HIV by 2030 by: Dominica Vibes News – July 10, 2015last_img read more

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How About Curling?

first_imgIf you followed Winter Olympics carefully, you know that Curling has been a part of these games for many years.  It was not until this year, that it became a prominent talking point in the United States.  Low and behold, our men’s team rose from near death and captured the Gold Medal.Most people make light of it as an Olympic sport.  If you haven’t tried it, listen to someone who has recently had the experience.  Our daughter and son-in-law had the opportunity to take a lesson in Curling on a recent trip to North Carolina.  Did you realize the stone is 40 pounds?  That why it is pushed and not tossed.  The professionals push with their arms, but an amateur is allowed to use a stick similar to playing shuffleboard.  Special shoes are required because you are on ice.  One foot needs traction for pushing off and the other needs to be slick in order for you to slide with the stone.  If you fall, you must get up ASAP so that your body heat does not melt the ice!  The brooms actually help guide the stone as well as slow it down or speed it up depending on how you sweep the ice.   You might have thought it just took a big guy with a lot of luck to get the stone to reach the circle.  Boy, were you wrong!According to Gina, it takes balance, endurance, flexibility, much effort, and a lot of athleticism.  I know for a fact that she and Tony now respect a Curling pro!last_img read more

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Ball ready for Sunderland challenge

first_imgKevin Ball is confident he can fulfil the role of caretaker Sunderland manager at the second time of asking. “It was more a case of going out and having a decent training session, which we did. We were lucky, the weather was lovely as well, and we just went out and we had a good session. “We didn’t particularly talk about the game tomorrow night this morning, but after training, we mentioned it and just said about the importance of the game and what we were doing tomorrow. “Before training, it was never mentioned because obviously their heads would have been spinning a little bit as well, a lot of things going on. “I just wanted to watch them in training, see how they performed, see who looked like they were focused, who wasn’t, so that was probably the main thing.” However, Ball left his players in little doubt as to what he expects of them on the pitch after a demoralising start to the season. The 4-2 victory over MK Dons in the last round remains Sunderland’s only success to date this season, and a repeat might at least increase confidence for Sunday’s visit of Liverpool to the Stadium of Light. Ball said: “In terms of that, you want to go out and enjoy the game. However, to enjoy the game, you have to work really hard in and out of possession, do the right things and then talk about giving 100 per cent. “That’s the most you can give and what you should give in every game you play, and you would ask them to do that and I would expect them to demand it from each other as well. “Then in terms of the result, we need to make sure we do all of that first to give the result a chance to take care of itself.” He told SAFSee: “The situation last time was slightly different to this time, but it did give you an experience, whether it be for one or 10 games. “I enjoyed it last time and I hope I feel the same way about this one as well. “It allows you to say, ‘Well, I have done it before, it’s not something that’s unexpected’. “But I think sometimes, you have to get away from the fact that I have been a player for 20 years, I have coached for 10 years, so within that, you do so many things that a manager would do anyhow, it’s not a fantastically, unbelievable step. “It is sometimes a natural progression to be able to do all of those things, so I was quite comfortable with it.” Ball’s first task was to re-group after an eventful weekend which saw Di Canio shown the door in the wake of a 3-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at West Brom which left the club rooted to the foot of the table. He said: “The immediate priority was just to really meet the players, talk to the players, take them out, have a session with them. “Because of the events of the last day or whatever, there’s not a great deal of stuff you could have put into their minds ready for tomorrow night. It was to the 48-year-old development coach that owner Ellis Short turned after dispensing with the services of Paolo Di Canio on Sunday night, and the former Black Cats midfielder took charge of training on Monday morning. Ball filled the role for 10 games in 2006 following Mick McCarthy’s departure, and as he prepared the players for Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup third-round clash with Peterborough, he was not fazed by the prospect. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ireland claim three-wicket win

first_imgIreland secured a fine three-wicket victory over Afghanistan in their World Cup warm-up match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. After winning the toss and electing to field, Ireland had Afghanistan at 81 for five at one stage before opener Javed Ahmadi (81) and Najbullah Zadran (45) put on 49 for the sixth wicket. Afghanistan, who beat Scotland by eight wickets on Thursday in the opening match of the tri-nation series, were eventually bowled out for 180 after losing their last three wickets without scoring. Spinner George Dockrell was the pick of the Ireland bowlers with four wickets for 35 runs from his 8.2 overs. In response, Ireland suffered their own poor start as they were 29 for three before 51 from Ed Joyce partly steadied the ship. After starring with the bat, Ahmadi then threatened to win the game with the ball as he took four wickets, only for Andrew Balbirnie (31) and Alex Cusack (26) to steer Ireland home with 6.4 of the 50 overs to spare. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Balbirnie guides Ireland home

first_imgIreland completed their World Cup preparations with a confidence-boosting four-wicket win over Bangladesh in Sydney. Ireland suffered a thumping 179-run defeat to Scotland in a warm-up match on Tuesday after losing their opening fixture to Sydney grade side Randwick-Petersham. “We had a poor day two days ago and we had needed to put it right before the tournament started,” Balbirnie said. “I thought everyone bowled particularly well. It was a great 50 overs to start and then we saw it home at the end.” Young right-hander Balbirnie joined Ed Joyce, preparing for his third World Cup, in a decisive 59-run stand after Ireland had been in some discomfort at 78 for four. “With someone like Ed it makes it so much easier to come in and bat,” Balbirnie added. “He tells you exactly that’s going on, he doesn’t make you feel under pressure, he makes everything look so easy.” Ireland’s opener against an understrength West Indies has the potential to shape their hopes of getting out of the group stage for the second time in the past three World Cups. “That’s the game everyone has been looking forward to for a long time, “Mooney said. “Everyone is raring to go on Monday.” Andy Balbirnie’s unbeaten 63 steered Ireland home after new-ball pair John Mooney and Max Sorensen claimed three wickets each to bowl out the Tigers for 189. It was Ireland’s first win since they arrived in Australia last week and provided a much-needed lift ahead of their opening group game against West Indies in Nelson on February 16. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more