Ty Dolla $ign’s Pot Seized in Police Roadside Investigation

first_imgL.A. rapper/producer Ty Dolla $ign‘s (real name Tyrone Griffin) bus was pulled over by Wisconsin Police for supposed vehicle equipment violation early Wednesday morning. After smelling strong odors of marijuana coming from the bus, officers decided to conduct a roadside investigation of the bus. Dane County Sheriff’s K-9’s alerted officers to several suspect locations on the bus, which led to the seizure of 42.2 grams of marijuana, which included 18.2 grams of butane hash oil, and 28 pieces of paraphernalia.According to reports, twelve people were on the bus, with seven of those being arrested on various charges, including suspicion of drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. We have a feeling Ty wasn’t feeling very “Irie” after this early morning encounter with police.Ty’s representative claims that the rapper was not on the bus, as he was taking the easier route by plane to his Iowa gig, maintaining that it was his band and entourage on the bus, though authorities claim they arrested someone going by the name Ty Dolla $ign. Will we ever know if it was Ty on the bus? This story is shrouded in mystery (or pot smoke).[via Channel3000]last_img read more

Bubba Wallace, Esports stars take on Sunoco’s challenge

first_imgAs increasingly more eSports drivers gain traction on the national stage, the conversation often turns to: How would eSports drivers fare on a real track, in a real car? Thanks to Sunoco’s eWorld vs. Real World challenge, a pair of Richmond Raceway eSports’ elite competitors had a chance to square off with current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace in a series of events that provided a pathway to the answer.The challenge was split into two parts: an iRacing experience and a real-world track experience.RELATED: Full eNASCAR coverageRichmond Raceway eSports drivers Malik Ray (No. 90 Sunoco Toyota) and Jimmy Mullis (No. 46 Sim Seats Toyota) defended their home turf against Wallace (No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet), as they sat behind the wheel of a Sim Seats driving simulator. The trio of drivers competed at virtual Richmond Raceway to see who could lay down the quickest lap time.The second part of the challenge featured a real world at-track experience. Each challenger wheeled a US Legends car at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s quarter-mile track, battling to see who could put together the fastest four-lap run.After the conclusion of both segments, each driver’s recorded times were totaled, and the winner was crowned. Check out the video above to see the full experience play out and who ended up with the ultimate bragging rights.last_img read more

‘Tiger King’s Joe Exotic Once Asked Marilyn Manson For Political Support

first_imgMarilyn Manson took to Instagram on Wednesday to reveal that Netflix documentary star Joe Exotic once came to him asking the musician to support his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign.At one point when Tiger King star, whose real name Joseph Maldonado-Passage, was running for governor of Oklahoma, he reached out to the infamous shock rocker for political support. On Wednesday, Manson posted a screenshot of a Twitter DM he received from Exotic back on January 16th, 2018. In the message, Exotic asked for Manson’s endorsement, while maintaining he was “not asking for money. Just to use your name as an endorsement.”Related: Resurfaced Britney Spears VMA Performance Features ‘Tiger King’s “Doc” Antle [Video]For the few who have yet to watch Netflix’s Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem And Madness, Joe Exotic is a proud “gun-toting gay redneck” who operated one of the largest big cat private zoos in the United States. Throughout the seven-episode series, viewers are taken through the turbulent business of owning and breeding big cats, and meeting the colorful characters involved. At one point in the saga, which involved over five years of filming, Exotic decides to run for president in 2016. When that doesn’t work out, he turns his sights on running for governor of Oklahoma in 2018. Enter Manson.In Exotic’s pitch to Manson, he asserted that he is “Trying to speak for the real people for a change and get some people help with addiction in this State that no one cares about.”Why Exotic came to Manson for an endorsement is not entirely clear, though there are several plausible explanations. The first, and most obvious, is that they are both societal outcasts. Exotic and Manson both act in such outlandish ways that have removed them from the norm of society, whether it be Manson’s stage persona or Exotic’s larger-than-life personality (however real that may be). There are also some elements in Exotic’s pitch that seem to be tailored to Manson.Related: Artist Behind Beloved Joe Exotic Classics Eyes Music Industry Breakthrough Thanks To ‘Tiger King’ [Videos]One of Exotic’s main points in his 52-word pitch was that he plans to “Get some people help with addiction.” Manson has never been shy about his use of drugs, as he told Rolling Stone in 2017 that he has even smoked human bones to get high (though he does not recommend it). Although Manson hasn’t publicly sought treatment, it appears that Exotic thought that helping people with addiction would be a way to win Manson’s favor. There is also Exotic’s phrasing of “this state that no one cares about.” That could refer to the people struggling with addiction or the state itself. Either way, Manson was born Brian Warner in Canton, OH, another “State that no one cares about” that is also suffering an unprecedented drug epidemic. Perhaps Exotic hoped to touch Manson’s Midwestern heartstrings in an effort to gain his support.Whatever his motivations were, his move was ultimately unsuccessful. Manson captioned the Instagram post with a simple, “Nope. Don’t F*ck With Cats.”Read Exotic’s full pitch below and try for yourself to decipher his motives.last_img read more

Nederland legends Ozamay Pullin, Lidney Thompson visit ahead of 18th annual Morgan-Adkins old timers’ luncheon

first_imgOzamay (Junior) Pullin and Lidney Thompson, Nederland teammates in the early 1950s, were visiting their old hometown this week when they met up with a Bulldog who came along 30 years later, Coach Monte Barrow.Pullin and Thompson, now 85 and 84, are hoping to return Aug. 1 for the 18th annual Morgan-Adkins old timers’ luncheon. Event spokesman Ronnie Vize said plans are proceeding for the gathering, while staying alert for COVID-19 restrictions.Pullin laughingly labels himself “the worst quarterback Bum Phillips ever had.” Thompson played on the freshman team at the University of Houston, and lettered three years after one season as a redshirt. He coached football and boxing at the Harris County Boys Home for a year, got homesick and was hired on as a boilermarker helper at Neches Butane.Thompson then returned to UH for a semester, finished his degree and began a three-year stint as an assistant at Groves Junior High.He was at Itasca in 1967, then began a seven-year stretch at Newton, culminating with a 56-26 win over Spearman for the Class 2A crown in 1974.Thompson earned his master’s degree at McNeese State University, and was in roles as a principal and superintendent at Chester and Newton. His coaching resume also includes stops as Beaumont French, Beaumont Forest Park, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, Silsbee, Port Arthur Stephen F. Austin, Hemphill, DeRidder and Merryville, Louisiana. His senior season, 1952, Nederland managed to go 5-5, laying the groundwork for five straight district titles and the eventual state championship in 1957. Thompson was a strapping 6-foot-1, 170-pound end when he became the first Bulldog all-stater in 1953.Lidney Thompson’s storied career as a player, administrator and coach began and ended in Nederland and Newton. He was the Bulldogs’ first all-stater in 1953 and coached in five state championship games in Newton. (Russ Devillier/Special to The News)The careers of Thompson and Barrow provide stark contrasts in paths to success. Thompson made a myriad of stops while coaching in five state championship games for the Newton Eagles.Barrow was an assistant for 24 years before succeeding Larry Neumann as head coach. He begins his fourth year at the helm when Nederland opens a new season Aug. 28 at West Orange-Stark.center_img The latter was as an assistant to son-in-law Tod Stark.He was on Curtis Barbay’s staff when the Eagles won it all in 1998, blanking Daingerfield, 21-0. Nineteen years later, Thompson would again be on the sidelines when W.T. Johnston’s Eagle outfit beat Gunter in the 3A Division II finals. Newton repeated in 2018, edging Canadian. Last year’s team made it to the regionals.Thompson and his wife Jackie have been married for 59 years. They have three daughters and six grandchildren. The old Bulldog stays in shape with regular two-mile walks at their home in Rayburn Country.Pullin is a sprightly Cajun widower who now lives in Clinton, Tennessee, near his son Tommy. He makes the 830-mile trip to Nederland alone several times a years, visiting his sister Mary Kirkendall.He was born in Groves, moved to Nederland in the ninth grade and married his sweetheart, Earlene Hooks.They were together for 62 years before her passing in 2016.Pullin recalls that their wedding at Hillcrest Baptist was attended by two carpenters who were working on the pastor’s adjacent home. He worked at Texaco before going to B.F. Goodrich in Port Neches and becoming a supervisor.The thrifty young couple used savings to invest in the Wick ’N Sticks chain, owning 12 stores in four states before taking early retirement to enjoy travel.last_img read more

Gophers survive against Purdue after questionable penalty

first_imgMoore, Purdue’s standout receiver, returned for his first game of the 2020 season and made his mark early with the Boilermakers’ first score. The Gophers struggled to contain him as Moore hauled in 15 receptions for 116 yards, but Minnesota had a stellar performance from its own in Chris Autman-Bell. The redshirt junior led all Gophers receivers with five catches for 129 yards.Through the first four games, Minnesota was easily the worst rush defense in the Big Ten. The Gophers initially looked to be improving, holding Purdue to only 31 yards on 11 attempts in the first half. But the unit came back down to reality in the second half as the Boilermakers finished with 125 yards on the ground.The Gophers were susceptible to big plays throughout the game, including a 47-yard touchdown reception by David Bell bringing the Boilermakers right back into the game coming out of halftime. Minnesota and Purdue went on to exchange touchdowns on the next four possessions.Both teams were without key players coming into the matchup due to either injury or COVID-19. Defensive linemen Keonte Schad, Rashad Cheney Jr. and Boye Mafe along with defensive back Benjamin St. Juste were sidelined for the Gophers. As for Purdue, backup Plummer was pushed into the starting role, as starter Aidan O’Connell did not travel to Minneapolis with the team. Plummer finished with 367 yards and three passing touchdowns.Minnesota will travel to Madison next weekend in a border battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe against Wisconsin. After the win, Fleck talked about how this game meant a lot to the program given the condensed season along with the challenges society is facing with COVID-19 among other issues. The Gophers wore the phrase ‘End Racism’ on the back of their jerseys.“This win isn’t going to go down as one of the greatest wins in Gopher history, but I told [the team] I’ll never forget this day,” Fleck said. “I’ll never forget this game because of what it meant, what it represented, how they won it, with all the adversity. That’s ‘Row the Boat.’ That’s the culture.” Gophers survive against Purdue after questionable penaltyMinnesota almost blew an 11-point lead but were saved by an offensive pass interference penalty followed by an interception.Emily UrferGophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim carries the ball at TCF Bank Stadium on Friday, Nov. 13. The Gophers fell to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes 35-7. Brendan O’Brien, Sports ReporterNovember 20, 2020Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintIn a back-and-forth game Friday night, Minnesota survived 34-31 against Purdue thanks to a questionable penalty toward the end of regulation.The Gophers almost surrendered an 11-point lead they had going into halftime. Purdue’s quarterback Jack Plummer threw a touchdown pass to tight end Payne Durham that would have given the Boilermakers a three-point lead.Instead, offensive pass interference was called on Durham and nullified the score. The next play linebacker Josh Aune was the hero for Minnesota and came up with a game sealing interception. The turnover was the first time in the second half the Gophers’ defense stopped the Boilermakers’ offense.“When I saw the replay, it could have probably went either way but there’s a lot of contact,” head coach P.J. Fleck said. “It’s a bang-bang play and those things get called. It happened to swing our play and again I didn’t get a great look at it.”Missed opportunities in the kicking game for Purdue helped the Gophers come out victorious. Late in the first half, linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin blocked a field goal attempt after a touchdown by Rondale Moore was overturned and ruled incomplete. The Boilermakers later missed another field goal in the second half.In what has become automatic, Mohamed Ibrahim logged another impressive performance of more than 100 rushing yards and multiple rushing scores. Ibrahim added three touchdowns to his season total.last_img read more

Today’s Fragmented Market Requires Asset Managers Who Know The Lay Of The Land

first_imgDuring turbulent economic environments, many institutions and individual property investors lack the local market knowledge, vendor relationships, licensing, staff, experience or operational knowledge to effectively manage and/or reposition distressed real estate assets. As such, the day-to-day management oversight and short- to midterm turnaround planning has been assigned to local market asset managers.Role of an asset managerThe necessity of a local market asset manager has proliferated over the years as real estate has gone from individual to institutional ownership, and from the management of a few properties in a single market to large portfolios located in dispersed geographical areas. The focus of an asset manager is on the decisions that impact the property’s financial performance and, ultimately, ownership’s investment returns. An asset manager generally oversees property managers, leasing and investment sales brokers, architects, engineers, contractors, attorneys and other related vendors. Duties of an asset manager include devising and implementing turnaround plans; insurance and real estate tax reviews; negotiating leases and tenant relations; procuring and managing contractors and suppliers; budgeting and contracting for tenant build-outs and capital improvements; financial analysis and reporting; and positioning assets for sale.Advantages of an asset managerHaving a local market asset manager who provides leadership and guidance to an investment group’s real estate assets is imperative to be able to react to and anticipate market changes and implement solutions when positioning assets for sale. Asset managers have extensive market expertise, know the dealmakers in their respective markets and have the ability to think strategically and execute tactfully. As such, engaging a local market asset manager will yield better investment operating performance, quicker lease-up of vacant space and more timely execution of sale.Disadvantages of an asset managerThe main disadvantage is that property owners may lose some control to the asset manager. Depending on the investment structure of the ownership entity, property level decision-making would shift from the owner to the local asset manager. Contrary to some, this hierarchical structure streamlines property level decision making and allows asset managers to react quickly to local market dynamics and tenant and buyer needs. Due to the dislocation in the commercial real estate market, national groups have delegated property-level decision making to regional and local market asset managers.Financial institutions, special servicers, investors, developers and owners of real estate holdings should strongly consider engaging a local market asset manager to reposition their underperforming assets. An asset manager has extensive market expertise, knows the dealmakers in their respective market, and has the ability to think strategically and execute value preservation or enhancement plans.The real estate market is extremely competitive. In an environment with negative net absorption, declining effective lease rates and expanding cap rates, owners are jockeying over the same tenants and buyers. A local market asset manager will be the difference in reacting to local market changes and maximizing investment returns and/or loan recovery.Arizona Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010last_img read more

Women Perform Better At Spacial Tasks When More Confident, Study Shows

first_imgHuffington Post:Two new studies out last week show that the brain is mightier than the baggage — especially when it comes to those stereotypes we women carry around in our backpacks.Parallel parking: Good at it? And speaking of driving: Get lost much?Stereotypes tell us that if you’re a woman, your answer to the first question is probably a “nope.” And to the second, often a “yes.” But guess what? A new study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior tells us that it’s often garden-variety confidence at play when it comes to spatial tasks like parking the car or reading a road map — rather than gender-related abilities (or lack of same.)Read the whole story: Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

New studies on H7N9 raise pandemic concerns

first_imgTwo research teams that conducted a massive number of experiments on the new H7N9 influenza virus found more signs that it could be a pandemic virus, though their animal tests showed that its ability to spread through coughs and sneezes isn’t as robust as seasonal flu.The two studies are among several recent efforts to assess the threat from the new virus, which infected 134 people, 43 of them fatally, before tapering off in early June. Experts aren’t sure if the virus has died out or if it has temporarily retreated due to warmer weather and perhaps the effects of outbreak response measures aimed at live-poultry markets in some of China’s biggest cities.Both studies were published in the same issue of Nature. One of the teams is from Japan and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, lab of Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD. That team conducted several types of tests and comparisons on two novel H7N9 strains from China, an earlier avian H7N9 strain, and the 2009 H1N1 virus. They also examined how the new virus behaves in mice, ferrets, miniature pigs, macaques.The second group includes scientists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which also studied two novel H7N9 strains from China, focusing on how it infects human cells and how it spreads in ferrets and mice.Pandemic potential in first studyWhen Kawaoka’s team compared two novel H7N9 isolates from the first human cases in Anhui province and Shanghai with an avian H7N9 strain from China and the 2009 H1N1 virus, they found that the new viruses were more pathogenic in mice. All three of the H7N9 viruses that they tested replicated well in the nasal passages of ferrets.In nonhuman primates, the Anhui and avian H7N9 strains replicated efficiently in both the upper and lower respiratory tracts, unlike human flu viruses, which are only known to infect primates’ upper airways. However, when researchers inoculated the nasal passages of miniature pigs, they found that the Anhui strain didn’t replicate well.In their transmission tests the group found that the Anhui strain transmitted in respiratory droplets in one of three ferret pairs. Tests found, however, that the two novel viruses, plus another from Hangzhou province, bind to human receptors, a factor the researchers said may be critical for the viruses to transmit in ferrets.The team wrote that since the H5N1 virus requires several mutations for aerosol transmission in ferrets, “the pandemic potential of A (H7N9) viruses may be greater than that of the highly pathogenic avian H5N1 viruses.”The investigators also included experiments to test sensitivity to neuraminidase inhibitors and to see if humans have any pre-exisiting immunity or cross-protection against the new virus. They found that the Anhui strain was less sensitive to the drugs than the 2009 H1N1 virus, though both were sensitive to favipiravir, an experimental polymerase inhibitor originally developed by a Japanese pharmaceutical company.To gauge human immunity to the H7N9 virus, the scientists tested 500 blood samples from various age-groups in Japan collected from 2010 through 2012. They found no antibodies to the Anhui H7N9 strain.Taken together, the findings suggest that the novel H7N9 strains have several traits in common with human influenza viruses, including efficient binding to human-type receptors, efficient replication in mammal cells, and respiratory droplet transmission in ferrets. The low efficacy of neuraminidase inhibitors and the lack of protection make the new virus “a formidable threat to public health,” the researchers concluded.CDC team finds rapid viral reproductionThe second study was part of an effort by the CDC to better understand the transmissibility and characteristics of the new virus. In a press release today, the CDC said that uncovering clues about the threat in the lab is a critical component of the public health response to the emerging disease threat. The team also conducted several experiments on the Anhui and Shanghai H7N9 strains.In tests on human airway epithelial cells and ferret respiratory tracts, they found that both H7N9 viruses replicated at higher titers compared with the seasonal H3N2 virus. The H7N9 virus showed a 20- to 400-fold increase in replication after 2 days compared with seasonal flu viruses and other avian strains related to H7N9. When matched against seasonal H3N2, the novel virus showed an 80,000-fold increase in replication at 24 hours, according to the study.Overall, they found that the H7N9 viruses are able to reproduce quickly and produce large amounts of virus in mammal and human airway cells, but at a higher temperature most consistent with lower airways.Because conjunctivitis in humans has been reported with other H7 viruses, the team inoculated the eyes of mice and ferrets. Though they didn’t find consistent virus replication in ocular tissue in mice, they did detect nasal H7N9 virus titers in the animals 3 to 6 days after eye inoculation. They said the finding suggests that although H7N9 may not maintain the ocular tropism of other H7 viruses, it is capable of using the eye as an entry for respiratory infections.The CDC said in its press release that the finding supports its recommendation to avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent the spread of infections, as well as its advice for health providers to wear eye protection when caring for confirmed or suspected H7N9 infections.Tests to see how pathogenic the H7N9 viruses were in ferrets found that unlike the H5N1 virus it didn’t spread systemically to the spleen, kidney, liver, or intestinal tract, a signal that it did not cause severe illness. However, the researchers found that the virus was easily able to infect mice and caused a more lethal infection.Their transmission experiments in ferrets showed the virus spread easily through direct contact, but did not transmit readily through respiratory droplets, which they said was accompanied by low binding specificity for human-type receptors. The ratio of transmission in ferrets in the CDC study—with two of six ferrets showing infection by respiratory droplet—echoed the findings in the Kawaoka study.The team concluded that their transmission studies are consistent with the lack of sustained human-to-human transmission in China’s H7N9 outbreak and that their findings suggest that more adaptation in mammals would need to occur before the virus became as transmissible through respiratory droplets as pandemic or seasonal flu viruses.Experts weigh in on risk conclusionsTwo infectious disease experts who were asked to comment on the Kawaoka study praised the comprehensive series of experiments. Marion Koopmans, DVM, PhD, with the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands, told CIDRAP News that although some of the study’s findings have been described, “the combination is kind of an ‘everything you ever wanted to know about H7N9’ study.”She said the results show that the circulating novel virus strains can infect mammals, cause significant pathology, and may transmit among mammals, though not as efficiently and only in small number.Though Koopmans said she found the group’s conclusion that the viruses pose a formidable pandemic threat a bit strong, given that animal models remain a challenge and human-to-human transmissibility has been limited, she added: “But this is as far as you can get with animal studies, I think.”Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, which publishes CIDRAP News, said that, despite the exhaustive look at the new virus, unanswered questions still remain about what it would take for H7N9 to go from a virus that doesn’t readily spread human-to-human to one that does.The study findings, taken as a whole, support that the virus could move toward efficient human-to-human transmission. “The virus is still in its early days,” Osterholm said.However, he said the group’s findings, such as the replication in nonhuman primates, are sobering. “Surely, you have to take the pandemic potential with a great degree of seriousness.” He said. “With the data presented here, there’s no reason to rule that out.”Like meteorologists who comb through their readings and data to issue warnings about tornadoes, the researchers are saying that the conditions are ripe for the H7N9 virus to become a bigger threat, Osterholm said. “You’re seeing all the conditions.”Watanabe T, Kiso M, Fukuyama S, et al. Characterization of H7N9 influenza A viruses isolated from humans, letter. Nature 2013 Jul 10 [Abstract]Belser JA, Gustin KM, Pearce MB, et al. Pathogenesis and transmission of avian influenza A (H7N9) virus in ferrets and mice, letter. Nature 2013 Jul 10 [Abstract]See also:Jul 10 University of Wisconsin-Madison news story on the Kawaoka studyJul 10 CDC press releaselast_img read more

Ebola Scan for May 05, 2016

first_imgGuinea study finds Ebola RNA in semen up to 9 months after infectionA study of Ebola virus disease survivors in Guinea has added to previous evidence that the virus can persist for as long as 9 months in the semen of survivors, reinforcing the concern about a risk of sexual transmission for months after recovery.An international team of researchers tested 98 semen samples from 68 Ebola survivors in Conakry and Macenta, Guinea, from March through October 2015, according to their May 3 report in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) results for Ebola RNA were positive for 10 samples collected from eight men up to 276 days (9 months) after their first symptoms.The proportion of specimens that tested positive decreased over time, with positive results for 28.6% of specimens (4 of 14) obtained between 1 and 3 months after disease onset, 16.7% (3 of 18) collected at 4 to 6 months, and 6.5% (2 of 31) obtained at 7 to 9 months, the report says.The researchers did not determine whether the samples contained infectious virus. “Semen probably does not remain infectious during the whole period, and viral isolation and sequencing will soon be performed . . . to determine the infectivity of samples,” they wrote.In a study published in October 2015, Ebola RNA was found in the semen of 11 of 43 Ebola survivors who were tested between 7 and 9 months after their illness. And reports published in 2015 suggested that an Ebola case in a Liberian woman was probably caused by sexual transmission from her husband, an Ebola survivor.The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that Ebola survivors abstain from sex or use condoms for up to 6 months after Ebola infection if semen testing is unavailable.May 3 J Infect Dis report Accompanying May 3 J Infect Dis commentary Related CIDRAP News reports: Apr 5, 2016, and Oct 14, 2015 Post-epidemic Ebola cases in Liberia ascribed to lingering silent infectionA small Ebola outbreak that occurred in Liberia several months after its epidemic was declared halted was due to some unknown, persistently infected source, rather than an environmental source or cases in a neighboring country, according to findings from a large international team of scientists.Active Ebola transmission in Liberia was stopped in February 2015, notes the report, published Apr 29 in Science Advances. Subsequently, one case was confirmed in March 2015, and a cluster of seven cases popped up in June of the same year.The authors used epidemiologic and genomic data to investigate the source of that second post-epidemic flare-up, which occurred in Needowein, Margibi County. They said they found links between the Needowein cluster and a cluster of cases that had occurred nearly a year earlier in the nearby Barclay Farm community.The researchers couldn’t pinpoint the source, however. They found that Ebola virus genomes from two Barclay Farm patients differed from Ebola genomes from the Needowein outbreak by only one nucleotide, suggesting direct transmission, but the Barclay Farm patients had died in August 2014.Another possible link was a woman from Barclay Farm who had a presumed Ebola infection and who moved to Needowein, but her case was never confirmed, the report says. The authors speculate that the source of the virus might have been an unidentified Ebola survivor with ties to the Barclay Farm cluster.The report notes that Liberia was again declared free of Ebola in September 2015, but three more linked cases were confirmed in November. And just over a month ago, on Apr 1, the WHO reported yet another new case in Liberia. The WHO warned in March that sporadic cases are likely to occur because of lingering infections in survivors.Previous reports have shown that the virus can linger in immune-protected parts of the body, such as the eyes and testes, and sexual transmission has been suspected as the source of some recent illness clusters (see item above).Apr 29 Science Advances report Apr 1 CIDRAP News story on most recent Ebola case in Liberialast_img read more

Minerva’s prime London sites eyed

first_imgLeFrak, which was founded in 1901 and is one the biggest private landlords in America, has had the shareholding since at least January, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.While Minerva’s share price has collapsed since last summer, there has been persistent speculation that it could be targeted by an opportunistic bidder keen to get its hands on the group’s prime central London projects. Traders suggested that LeFrak could be looking to build a strategic stake or may even consider a full takeover at some stage. LeFrak declined to comment. Minerva’s shares closed 5 better at 131.25p.last_img read more