first_imgDr. Jonathan Epstein, vice president for science and outreach at the EcoHealth Alliance, a conservation organization, said he had not seen any details so far, but, “Someone would have to release the sequences soon, and the evolutionary biologists will be all over it.”On Twitter, Emma Hodcroft, a geneticist at the University of Basel, Switzerland, who is tracking the spread of the novel coronavirus, urged caution. “Don’t panic,” Dr. Hodcroft tweeted. “Scientists will update when we have more info.” Without published reports on the nature of the mutation or how the virus variant was tested, research scientists outside Denmark who study the virus were left somewhat in the dark. Dr. Stanley Perlman, a microbiologist at the University of Iowa and a specialist on the novel coronavirus, said he could not evaluate the Danish statements without more information.- Advertisement – The Danish government will slaughter millions of mink at more than 1,000 farms, citing concerns that a mutation in the novel coronavirus that has infected the mink could possibly interfere with the effectiveness of a vaccine for humans.Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday. There are 15 million or more mink in Denmark, which is one of the world’s major exporters of mink furs. She said the armed forces would be involved in the culling of mink.- Advertisement – Kare Molbak, the head of the State Serum Institute, the government’s public health and infectious disease arm, warned at the news conference that a mutation could interfere with the effectiveness of future vaccines. The government has notified the World Health Organization of the virus mutation, and also said 12 people in its Jutland region are known to have it and that it shows a weak reaction to antibodies, according to news reports.The W. H.O. acknowledged by email that it had been “informed by Denmark of a number of persons infected with coronavirus from mink, with some genetic changes in the virus.” The W.H.O. said that Denmark was “investigating the epidemiological and virological significance of these findings, and culling the mink population. We are in touch with them to find more about this event.” In September, Dutch scientists reported in a paper that has not yet been peer-reviewed that the virus was jumping between mink and humans. In Denmark, the government is describing a version of the virus that migrated from mink to humans.center_img – Advertisement – The coronavirus mutates slowly but regularly, and a different variant of the virus would not, in itself, be cause for concern, experts have said.Researchers have studied one mutation labeled D614G in the spike protein of the virus which may increase transmission. They concluded that there is no evidence so far that the particular mutation increases virulence or would affect the workings of a vaccine.Denmark had already begun killing all mink at 400 farms which were either infected, or close enough to infected farms to cause concern. The killing of all mink will wipe out the industry, perhaps for years.Mink are in the weasel family, along with ferrets, which are easily infected with the coronavirus. Ferrets appear to suffer mild symptoms. Mink, which are kept in crowded conditions ideal for spreading a virus, can become quite sick and die. Mink have been infected in other countries as well, including the Netherlands and some U.S. states. Thousands of mink were killed in Utah because of a coronavirus outbreak, but authorities there said there it did not appear that the mink transmitted the virus to humans, but the opposite.Many conservation scientists have become concerned about the spread of the virus to animal populations, like chimpanzees, which are believed to be susceptible, although cases have not been identified yet. Groups of researchers are testing bats and pets and wild animals in the United States.Researchers are also concerned about what occurs when the virus moves from one species to another and may acquire changes, or mutations. While most such changes are not likely to be a problem for humans, there is always the chance that strains of the virus could become more infectious or more virulent.Animal Protection Denmark, an advocacy group, recommended a long-term solution to the problem of mink and coronavirus: “The right decision would be to end mink farming entirely and help farmers into other occupation that does not jeopardize public health and animal welfare.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgTogle, Davila, Tillanan, and DelaTorre were caught playing an illegal card game posoy on Dec. 7, the report added. The suspects were detained in thelockup facility of Police Station 9./PN Recovered from them was P188 bet money,police said. Bacolod City – Four persons were arrested for illegal gambling inBarangay Sum-ag. They were residents Aydee Togle, AnnieRose Davila, Ria Tillanan, and Fernando Dela Torre, a police report showed.last_img

first_imgIt means Joe Schmidt’s side have given England the chance to secure the championship at Twickenham later.They play Scotland – who last won in London in 1983.Ireland back row Peter O’Mahony says even if they can’t win the title next week, they’ll give England a tough game. Today’s other Six Nations match is between Italy and France in Rome.last_img

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Isaac Go paced the Blue Eagles with 21 points on 4-of-6 shooting from downtown, leading a 24-3 blast in the second period that broke the game wide open and gave them a 44-17 lead.Adrian Wong also heated up and scored 15 points all but two from three-point land while Matt Nieto contributed 14 points, seven assists, and three rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“This isn’t how we play in the UAAP. We’ll press a lot more, we’ll do a lot of other things that we really can’t do when our numbers are down. So offensively, I was surprised, we played pretty well,” said head coach Tab Baldwin.“We’re not doing a lot really, but the guys played very efficiently and that’s a good thing.” Enes Kanter signs with Trail Blazers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Cignal-Ateneo kicked off its 2019 PBA D-League Aspirants’ campaign with a rout of Go for Gold-St. Benilde, 103-75, Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena.The defending UAAP champions’ offense was on point all game long, shooting 55% from the field and 45% from three.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Angleo Kouame, meanwhile, did his damage inside on his way to 13 points, 18 rebounds, four blocks, and two stealsThirdy Ravena missed the game to academic obligations.The PBA D-League opened the new season on Thursday with a record 20 teams. Celest Flores-ColinaADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

first_img in Secondary Market, Servicing Nationstar Agrees to Buy $215B in Servicing Rights from BofA “”Nationstar Mortgage LLC,””: based in Lewisville, Texas, has agreed to purchase residential mortgage servicing rights (MSRs) in the amount of $215 billion in unpaid principal balance from “”Bank of America,””: the company “”announced Monday.””: Nationstar entered the agreement with backing from “”Newcastle Investment Corp.,””: based in New York, and “”Fortress Fund,””: based in Barbados. [IMAGE]Each company will retain one-third interest in the MSRs, and Nationstar will service all the loans. The purchase price for the portfolio is $1.3 billion. “”We are confident that we will be able to offer customers a smooth transition and look forward to improving the overall portfolio performance for all stakeholders,”” said Jay Bray, CEO of Nationstar. While the agreement between BofA and Nationstar is solid, Nationstar awaits approvals from investors and other third parties. The company expects most of the MSR purchases to obtain approvals in the first quarter of this year. [COLUMN_BREAK]In terms of unpaid principal balance, the MSR portfolio from BofA is 47 percent government-backed–with guarantees from Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, or Ginnie Mae. The remaining 53 percent of the portfolio consists of private-label securitizations. With the purchase, Nationstar’s customer base grows from 1.2 million to more than 1.5 million, and its servicing portfolio reaches $425 billion. An additional $13 billion is also being added to Nationstar’s portfolio as a result of another servicing acquisition from BofA in the final quarter of last year. Newcastle will invest $340 million in the deal announced Monday. Additionally, Newcastle has pursued its own excess MSR deal with Ginnie Mae, in which the company invested $27 million in a Ginnie Mae portfolio with $13 billion in unpaid principal balance. Newcastle plans to distribute shares of its subsidiary New Residential Investment Corp., thus spinning off all its excess MSRs in the first quarter of this year. “”I am very pleased to announce these significant investments in Excess MSRs and the spin-off of New Residential,”” “”said””: Kenneth Riis, CEO of Newcastle. “”We believe these investments offer a compelling opportunity to drive attractive returns for shareholders.”” Monday’s announcements from Nationstar and Newcastle follow “”announcements””: from Fannie Mae and BofA regarding their repurchase claim agreement. As part of the agreement, BofA will transfer 941,000 loans to specialty servicers such as Nationstar. January 7, 2013 415 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank of America Ginnie Mae Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Service Providers 2013-01-07 Krista Franks Brock Sharelast_img read more