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NEWS SCAN: Surgeon general nominated, past pandemic viruses evolved stealthily

first_imgRural doctor and ‘genius grant’ winner nominated as surgeon generalPresident Barack Obama today nominated an Alabama family physician and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner to be surgeon general. Regina Benjamin, MD, MBA, founded a health clinic to serve tiny Bayou La Batre, Ala., home to poor, mostly uninsured African-American and immigrant Asian fishermen, and rebuilt it three times after two hurricanes and a fire. She is a faculty member at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine.[Reuters story, Macarthur Foundation bio]Viruses of past flu pandemics circulated undetected for yearsThe influenza strains that caused the three pandemics of the 20th century did not emerge suddenly, but circulated for months or years, researchers from Tennessee and China say in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Applying a “molecular clock” calculation to viral isolates from the 1918, 1957, and 1968 pandemics, the researchers estimate that each strain evolved through a series of reassortments that included at least one flu virus contemporaneously circulating in swine or birds. Current surveillance programs will not detect such reassortments, they say.[PNAS abstract]last_img read more

Motolite-Ateneo battles struggling Tacloban gals

first_imgDeanna Wong (right) is expected to play a key role for the Motolite-Ateneo Lady Eagles. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNow that Motolite-Ateneo has proven it can deal with powerhouses like the Alyssa Valdez-powered Creamline, it’s not a stretch to tag them heavy favorites against struggling Tacloban when both teams clash on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Eagles established a new league order when they stumped the Cool Smashers in Batangas last week.ADVERTISEMENT Hardly in the championship discussion, Motolite-Ateneo snapped Creamline’s six-game winning run with that rousing victory.“When we got to the court, we knew that we were facing Alyssa, that was our biggest motivation because we knew what she is capable of doing,” said Motolite-Ateneo’s veteran middle blocker Bea de Leon. “We have so much respect for her (Valdez) and that reminded us that we needed to be on our toes all the time,” added De Leon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Lady Eagles dismantled the Cool Smashers, 25-18, 25-20, 15-25, 23-25, 15-12, in a match which saw Valdez unload 32 points.That’s bad news for a team drifting along this late in the conference like Tacloban, which will try to muster all it can in the 4 p.m. encounter. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PetroGazz will try to shake off rust after a three-week rest when it tackles Iriga-Navy in the other game set at 6 p.m.The Angels, highly touted at the start of the conference, are at 4-3 after the first round of eliminations. But they will face the surging Lady Oragons, who are on a two-game winning streak for a 3-7 card.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READcenter_img View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Chicano at the forefront of local hopefuls aiming high in Asian Elite 5150 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

DONEGAL PRIEST ANNOUNCES HE WILL BE VOTING YES IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE REFERENDUM

first_imgA Donegal priest has publicly announced that he will vote YES in the forthcoming same-sex marriage referendum. Fr Brian Ó Fearraigh has revealed the reasons why he’ll be voting YES, despite the conservative views of senior figures within his own church.Bishop of Raphoe Dr Philip Boyce declared that he will be voting NO in the referendum. The reaction to that announcement was met with an angry backlash from YES campaigners.Fr Brian Ó Fearraigh told YesEqualityDonegal, “I’m of the belief that this referendum is purely a civil question and that the State cannot discriminate against its citizens.“This Civil Marriage constitutional referendum in my opinion, is about giving statutory recognition and protection, irrespective of sex, to the relationships of all people who publicly want such recognition by the State, nothing more, nothing less.“I don’t believe that a yes vote will actively impact children’s well being.“What is important, irrespective of the family configuration that children are a part of, and I think we all recognise that there are many different kinds of family formations, is that every child is valued, loved and accepted” Advertisement DONEGAL PRIEST ANNOUNCES HE WILL BE VOTING YES IN SAME-SEX MARRIAGE REFERENDUM was last modified: May 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more