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 In September, Dutch scientists reported in a paper that has not yet been peer-reviewed that the virus was jumping between mink and humans.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_imgSr. Frances Jean Sandschulte, age 97, of the Srs. of St. Francis in Oldenburg, died January 5, 2017 at the convent.  Born August 12, 1919 in Loretto, Tennessee, she is the daughter of Elizabeth (Nee: Hollander) and Henry Sandschulte.Sr. Frances Jean entered the convent September 12, 1939 and made her final vows August 12, 1945.  She served as a music teacher, organist, orchestra and band director for 65 years before retiring in 2007.  Those places included Our Lady of Angels, St. Catherine’s, St. Aloysius Gonzaga and La Salle in Cincinnati, Ohio; Tierra Maria High School in New Mexico, St. Mary’s in New Albany, Indiana and Little Flower, Holy Trinity and Our Lady of Lourdes in Indianapolis, Indiana.The first of five children, her family moved to Cincinnati in 1925.  She became introduced to the Sisters as a student at Perpetual Help Elementary School.  Living close to the sisters, she began to consider her religious calling.  Knowing she wanted to pursue that calling, she waited two years after graduating before entering the Franciscan community.She noted that her parents loved music and as a result, she and her siblings pursued musical interests in which all were involved in the school orchestras and bands.  She enrolled in Marian University to get her music degree and later would graduate from the Cincinnati College of Music in 1953 and the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati in 1971.In 2005, while teaching at La Salle High School in Cincinnati, she was recognized by the La Salle High School principal during Catholic Schools Week.  In congratulating her, he said, “Sister, thank you for being an invaluable member of our greater Cincinnati Catholic School community.  Your dedication, love of music and passion for education are inspirational to all.  May God continue to bless you with health and happiness because of your loyal service to His children.”Upon retirement, she commented, “My greatest joy has been music.  My mother was a talented pianist and her love of music was caught by all her children. From the time I entered the Community, I was assigned to schools where I gave individual music lessons and organized bands and orchestras.  I must say I never missed a day in 65 years, so I lived “the sound of music.”  Somewhere in all of this I graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music with honors.”  In retirement, she assisted in the convent Archives area and was piano accompanist for the choir and a member of the Chime Choir.She is survived by her sister Clementine Phillips of Fairborn, Ohio as well as numerous nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by sisters Alma Rydze, Ruth Fisher and brother Henry Sandschulte.Visitation is Tuesday, January 10th, from 1 – 3 p.m. at the convent chapel.  Funeral services follow at 3 p.m. with Rev. Bill Turner officiating.  Burial will be in the convent cemetery.  Weigel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Memorials may be made to the Srs. of St. Francis, P.O. Box 100, Oldenburg, IN, 47036 ( read more

first_img4. (4) Bayern Munich 587.8 (592)5. (5) Manchester City 527.7 (524.9)6. (7) Arsenal 487.6 (468.5)7. (6) Paris Saint-Germain 486.2 (520.9)8. (8) Chelsea 428 (447.4)9. (9) Liverpool 424.2 (403.8)10. (10) Juventus 405.7 (338.9)11. (12) Tottenham Hotspur 355.6 (279.7)12. (11) Borussia Dortmund 332.6 (283.9)13. (13) Atlético de Madrid 272.5 (228.6)14. (20) Leicester City 271.1 (172.1)15. (19) Internazionale 262.1 (179.2)16. (14) Schalke 04 230.2 (224.5)17. (18) West Ham United 213.3 (192.3)18. (n/a) Southampton 212.1 (166.2)19. (n/a) Napoli 200.7 (144.2)20. (n/a) Everton 199.2 (162.5)Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United narrowly pipped Real Madrid to remain the top revenue-generating club in the world as Premier League sides underlined their growing financial clout, Deloitte’s “Money League” report said Tuesday.It is the 10th time United have topped Deloitte’s list, with a revenue in 2016/17 of 676 million euros ($828 million, £593 million) — just 1.7 million euros ahead of the Spanish giants.United on Monday confirmed the signing of Chile striker Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a deal which is expected to make him the Premier League’s highest-paid player.Barcelona — one of Sanchez’s former clubs — are third in the 21st edition of the list compiled by the British-based business advisory firm, followed by Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Arsenal.Combined revenue for the top 20 Money League clubs in the 2016/17 season grew six percent to 7.9 billion euros, a new record.United’s Europa League victory was crucial to their financial performance, with Real Madrid’s figures boosted by winning the Champions League and their Spanish league triumph.A record 10 English clubs feature in the top 20, generating a total revenue of 3.8 billion euros, helped by income from the first season of the current record Premier League broadcast rights deal.Broadcast revenue is now the largest individual revenue stream for the Money League clubs, making up 45 percent of total revenue and there is increasing speculation that the likes of Amazon and Facebook could become serious players, potentially giving a fresh cash injection.“The Deloitte Football Money League has a particularly English feel this year and with the new broadcast deal and UEFA competition performance driving broadcast revenue growth of over half a billion pounds for those in the top 20, it doesn’t come as a surprise,” said Tim Bridge, senior manager in the Sports Business Group at Deloitte.“As the Premier League is currently in the middle of its rights tender for the next cycle from 2019/20, the results of this will be crucial to determining the long-term composition of the Money League.”A separate study released earlier this month showed Premier League leaders Manchester City have greater financial muscle than any other club in world football, with Arsenal second and United in seventh place.The Soccerex Football Finance 100 ranked the world’s top teams based on both their playing and fixed assets, money in the bank, owner potential investment and debt.Deloitte Football Money League — 2016-2017 revenue.Note: The first figure in brackets is the club’s position in 2015-2016 and the second is their revenue in that period.1. (1) Manchester United 676.3 million euros (689 mln euros)2. (3) Real Madrid 674.6 (620.1)3. (2) FC Barcelona 648.3 (620.2)last_img read more

first_imgARCHIVE PHOTO: Coach Mike Hillary Mutebi speaking at press conferenceRollers vs KCCA 10pmKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | KCCA FC head coach Mike Hillary Mutebi has said his team must go all out and battle for maximum points when they face Township Rollers FC in the CAF Champions League Group A tíe in Botswana on Friday night.Mutebi told URN in an interview before the team traveled to Gaborone, Botswana on Wednesday that it will be very important to start the group stage with a win away from home.” We made it to the group stage of the Confederations Cup last year and the away games were our problem. We should not make similar mistakes in the Champions League,” explained Mutebi.KCCA FC are the only team in the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) region in the group stage of the lucrative Champions League.The coach said he is happy with the mood of the players which has been showed by the 12 goals they have scored in the last four games.” I like the fact that the strikers especially Shaban Muhammad have starting converting the many chances created at the right time. With the Champions League you need the goals to be able to win matches,” he added.KCCA FC ejected CNaps FC of Madagascar and St. George (Ethiopia) to reach the CAF Champions League group stage. Mutebi’s team is grouped in Group A along side Africa’s record eight time champions Al Ahly (Egypt) who they host on May 15th, Esperance (Tunisia) and Township Rollers FC where Uganda’s Cranes midfielder Ivan Ntege plies his trade.Tweets about KCCA“We are ready to go and play our hearts out for the team because we know playing in the group stage of the Champions League is no easy task,” added team captain Timothy Dennis Awany.The team will however miss injured players Saddam Ibrahim Juma, Muzamil Mutyaba together with first choice goalkeeper Charles Lukwago who is suspended after accumulating two yellow cards.***URNShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more