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Rachel Ball battles Jorgelina Guanini for the WBC interim title Kash Farooq, the former British champion, also takes on Angel Aviles in a bantamweight fight.Watch Katie Taylor, Terri Harper, Rachel Ball and an exciting bill tonight, from 7pm on Sky Sports, and on a free live stream on YouTube, Facebook, the Sky Sports app and Skysports.com. Katie Taylor, Terri Harper and Rachel Ball are in title action tonight, live on Sky Sports, and streamed free on YouTube, Facebook, the Sky Sports app and Skysports.com Last Updated: 14/11/20 6:19pm Ball floored Shannon Courtenay during a points win at Fight Camp, but must now battle Jorgelina Guanini for the WBC interim super-bantamweight belt.John Docherty risks his perfect professional record against Jack Cullen in a domestic super-middleweight showdown. Terri Harper defends her WBC super-featherweight belt
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Aug 29, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Scientists in Texas report they have found a way to detect abnormal prion protein in blood, an achievement that could lead to the first practical blood test for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and similar diseases in living animals. At present, BSE and related prion diseases, called transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), can be definitively diagnosed only by examination of brain tissue after death. In the United Kingdom, BSE spread through cattle herds in the 1980s and early 1990s and led to more than 150 cases of vCJD in people, presumably as a result of eating beef from infected animals. The United States has had two BSE cases so far. In its current form, PMCA testing takes several days to yield a highly sensitive result, the report says. The authors say they expect to further increase the speed of the test. The method is called protein misfolding cyclic amplification (PMCA). It involves separating the “buffy coat” portion of a blood sample, adding a dose of normal prion protein from brain tissue to it, incubating the preparation at 37˚C, exposing it to sound waves, and repeating the process many times. If abnormal prion protein is present, it causes the normal prions to convert to the abnormal, misfolded form, forming small clumps, the report says. The sonic treatment breaks up the clumps into smaller bits, stimulating further conversion as the cycle is repeated. After a number of rounds of PMCA, the abnormal protein can be detected by an existing test, such as the Western blot. According to an Associated Press report, Soto also said he hopes to evaluate the test in animals that have been naturally infected with a TSE and in animals that have asymptomatic infections. The test was used successfully to detect a prion disease in hamsters. If it proves effective in cattle and humans, it could help protect the blood supply from BSE, help determine the prevalence of the disease in US cattle, and assist researchers trying to assess how many people are unwittingly infected with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the human equivalent of BSE. In a UTMB news release, Soto commented, “The next step, which we’re currently working on, will be detecting prions in the blood of animals before they develop clinical symptoms and applying the technology to human blood samples.” The authors described the basic process in previous reports, and in the new article they write that they found a way to automate the process to speed it up and increase the number of cycles. The researchers predict that the development of a similar blood test for humans will have a “tremendous impact” on the beef industry, the safety of blood and blood products, and estimation of the number of vCJD cases. They suggest that the test could permit the diagnosis and treatment of vCJD early in its course, before the appearance of clinical signs and permanent brain damage. The disease is currently untreatable and always fatal. To evaluate the test, they used 12 healthy hamsters and 18 hamsters that had clinical signs of scrapie (the sheep form of TSE) after being inoculated with infected brain tissue. After six rounds of PMCA, abnormal prion protein was detected in blood samples from 16 of the 18 sick hamsters, but not in any of the samples from healthy hamsters. The findings signify 89% sensitivity and 100% specificity for the test. “Our findings represent the first time that prions have been biochemically detected in blood,” the authors state. Because the test appears to be highly accurate, it “offers promise for the design of a sensitive biochemical test for blood diagnosis of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.” Castilla J, Saa P, Soto C. Detection of prions in blood. Nature Medicine 2005; early online release [Abstract]http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v11/n9/abs/nm1286.html The new blood test was developed by Claudio Soto and two colleagues at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB). Writing in Nature Medicne, they report that they devised a way to stimulate a tiny, undetectable amount of abnormal prion protein in a blood sample to multiply so that it reaches detectable levels. Because TSEs take years to produce symptoms, it is feared that many more Britons were infected unknowingly and will fall ill in the years ahead. The discovery in Britain of a few possible cases of transmission of vCJD through blood transfusions has fueled more concern.
Jun 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) The federal government announced plans today to buy 20,000 treatment courses of an experimental anthrax antitoxin from Human Genome Sciences Inc. (HGS) for $165 million. HGS said ABthrax was the first experimental treatment for anthrax to be evaluated in a clinical study after the 2001 anthrax attacks. “This important addition to the Strategic National Stockpile will provide physicians a way to neutralize the deadly toxin anthrax bacteria produces,” Dr. Gerald Parker, HHS’s acting assistant secretary for public health emergency preparedness, said in the news release. According to HGS, the HHS decision to award the new contract was based on the combination of HHS’s testing of ABthrax and the company’s preclinical and clinical trial results. Under the contract, HGS said it must complete additional laboratory and clinical testing to support a license application to the FDA and to support the use of ABthrax in patients with inhalational anthrax if the need arises before licensing. Full payment for the product, called ABthrax, is contingent on its licensing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a news release. Watkins said the company expects to start delivering ABthrax to HHS in 2008, making it the first HGS product to the reach the market. But the HHS announcement predicted that delivery will begin in 2009. See also: “We found it is the toxin which accounted for the majority of anthrax-related deaths during the anthrax attacks of 2001,” said Parker. Five people died of inhalational anthrax in that episode, and another 17 people had anthrax illness. Jun 20 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20060620.html ABthrax (raxibacumab) is described as a human monoclonal antibody to protective antigen, a component of the anthrax toxin. In October 2005, HHS awarded HGS, based in Rockville, Md., a $1.8 million contract to supply 10 grams of the product for testing purposes, with an option for HHS to buy up to 100,000 doses within a year. No product for blocking anthrax toxin is currently available. The disease can be prevented with a vaccine and treated with antibiotics. But antibiotic treatment for inhalational anthrax must begin fairly early in the course of illness, because antibiotics are not effective after Bacillus anthracis has released its toxin into the blood. H. Thomas Watkins, HGS president and CEO, today called ABthrax “a significant step forward” in treating inhalational anthrax. “HGS has demonstrated the efficacy of ABthrax in multiple preclinical studies in relevant animal models, and its safety and tolerability in a Phase 1 clinical trial in healthy adults,” he said in a news release. Oct 6 2005 CIDRAP News story “HHS to buy two anthrax drugs for testing”
Jun 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A recent ground beef recall has been expanded to 5.7 million pounds following the identification of 14 Escherichia coli O157:H7 cases in six states, according the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).The products, which include fresh and frozen ground beef packaged under a variety of store brands and other major labels, are no longer on store shelves, but they may still be in consumers’ freezers, the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a Jun 9 statement.”It is important that consumers look for and return these products if they find them,” the USDA said.Of the 14 patients whose E coli infections have been linked to the contaminated beef, 6 are from Arizona, 3 are from California, 2 from Colorado, and 1 each from Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming, according to the FSIS. All the patients have recovered.The beef subject to recall was produced by United Food Group, LLC, based in Vernon, Calif. The company first recalled 75,000 pounds of ground beef on Jun 3 because of sampling done by California and Colorado health departments when investigating illnesses. The firm expanded the recall 3 days later to 370,000 pounds, incorporating meat produced on an earlier date.For the first two recalls, the products involved only ground beef sold in prepackaged chubs or casings. The expansion to 5.7 million pounds was spurred by an E coli finding in fresh ground beef provided by a patient in Arizona, the USDA said.The fresh and frozen ground beef was processed between Apr 6 and Apr 20 and distributed to retail stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. The products bear the establishment number “EST. 1241″ inside the USDA inspection mark or elsewhere on the package. The products have use-by/sell-by dates between Apr 15 and May 7 and freeze-by dates between Apr 23 and May 7. The frozen ground beef patty products have sell-by dates between Aug 6, 2007, and Jan 20, 2008.Todd Waldman, United Food Group’s senior vice president, said in a Jun 9 press release that all of the illnesses have been linked so far to the company’s fresh ground beef purchased during a short time frame, rather than its frozen products.”We have been unable to pinpoint the exact date and time of production because the code dating information on the packaging was no longer available from the consumer,” Waldman said. “As a precautionary measure, we have chosen to voluntarily recall additional fresh and frozen ground beef products.”Recent major outbreaks of E coli O157:H7 have been linked with fresh produce, but overall the pathogen has more commonly been found in ground beef. The strain produces a toxin that causes diarrhea—often bloody—and abdominal cramps, but typically no fever. The illness usually resolves in 5 to 10 days, but it can cause hemolytic uremic syndrome, potentially leading to kidney failure or death, in 2% to 7% of patients.Following a massive ground beef recall by a Greeley, Colo., plant in 2002, the USDA required meatpacking plants to review their safety systems and take specific steps to reduce E coli contamination. The agency credited that step for a subsequent decline in contamination found by USDA sampling and a decline in ground beef recalls.However, US meat producers have issued eight recalls related to E coli contamination so far this year, which is more than they issued during all of 2006, according to an article published today by Meatingplace.com, a beef industry Web site. The number of recalls is stirring some concern that the beef industry’s safety gains are starting to taper off.”Suffice it to say that we are well aware there has been an increase in recalls this year and are keeping a close watch on the situation,” FSIS spokesman Steve Cohen told Meatingplace.Despite the increase in recalls this year, the proportion of meat samples with E coli so far this year is running below 2006 levels: 0.14% compared to 0.17%, Cohen reported. He said about 5,000 samples have been tested so far this year.Cohen said there doesn’t seem to be a pattern to the recent E coli-related recalls of beef products. “We perform tracebacks to determine if there are links among clusters of recalls, and [for the most recent ones], we haven’t found any,” he told Meatingplace. “At this point, it’s safe to say each was prompted by very different circumstances.”The spike in recalls could also be the result of increased public health vigilance and better partnerships between the federal agencies that are involved with food safety issues, Cohen said.See also:Jun 9 USDA statementJun 9 United Food Group press releaseMar 2, 2005, CIDRAP News story “E coli in in ground beef dropped in 2004, USDA says”
In order to provide support in the decision-making process and strategic planning of public and private sector entities in the Croatian tourism industry, the CNTB published new information related to market trends and trends, analysis of achieved receptive results, as well as results of targeted market research programs related to various segments of tourism. business, ie promotional activities of the national tourism organization.After the Croatian National Tourist Board published “Market Profiles” for 2017, which includes information from the market: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, it is now supplemented with new emitting markets Germany, Poland, Russia, USA and Canada, Scandinavia, Slovakia and Slovenia.Study the market profiles in order to get to know tourists from the mentioned countries as well as possible and to plan and advertise tourist packages for a certain target group of tourists in the best possible way.Side dish: Market profiles 2017
The weekend ahead is one of the highlights of the tourist season, with a large influx of vehicles expected on all highways.And this is a real opportunity for additional promotion, so traditionally the Croatian National Tourist Board, together with HAC, this year again carries out the action of distributing water to motorway users at the toll station Lučko and border crossings. Water will be distributed through four weekends during peak hours, and in addition to water, users will be given leaflets with tips for safe driving on the highway in three languages as well as promotional material related to health and nautical tourism.The goal of this action is to position Croatia as a country of kind and good hosts, but also to express gratitude to many tourists who have chosen many Croatian destinations for their destinations.Otherwise, the action will be carried out at the border crossings Plovanija, Rupa, Karasovići, Bregana, Macelj, Bajakovo and at the toll station Lučko.During the striking weekends, the water will be distributed in an organized manner from morning to 13:00 on Saturdays and from 15:00 to 19:00 on Sundays.85% of tourist arrivals were realized by roadThere is an increase in traffic on motorways every year, especially during the summer months. Last year alone, 18,5 million foreign guests visited Croatia, and 85% of tourist arrivals were by road.Therefore, Hrvatske autoceste, as one of the largest managers of the motorway network, through systematic and continuous communication implements measures to make users aware of traffic safety with the ultimate goal of reducing the number of traffic accidents on motorways. “We would like to remind you once again that the most common causes of traffic accidents are speeding, fatigue and a few years ago “distraction”, ie distraction from driving, most often due to the use of mobile phones. We also note that even the smallest traffic accident with only material damage, significantly slows down traffic.”Point out from HAC.The condition of the roads can always be checked on the official website of HAK or HAC.Related news:FOLLOW THE SCHEDULE OF SCHOOL HOLIDAYS ON BROADCAST MARKETS?
In addition to the new building, the ornithological center will include the Oberhofer Hangi mansion and the accompanying outbuilding, which will be thoroughly renovated and adapted to the new functions, according to the conservator’s guidelines. The center will combine tourism and ornithology in a unique way. That is why facilities are being created that will serve visitors and experts who deal with the study of birds. As presented at the press conference in the city of Sisak, through the exhibition-interpretation center and educational park and from the observatory, tourists will be able to get to know the natural wealth of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park. The promenade along the blind arm of the Sava will introduce visitors to untouched nature, but also provide additional facilities such as presenting old crafts and local products. A wooden platform with a pavilion for rest and fishing and a dock for electric boats will lean on the promenade. The square with the amphitheater will be used for gathering large groups and outdoor lectures. In the research center, ornithologists will have a laboratory and everything else needed for their work. The biggest challenge for the architects was how to harmonize the infrastructure facilities with nature protection. “We didn’t want to disturb nature, so we coordinated the whole project with the landscape. The result is something closer to landscape architecture than home. The interpretation center itself will be made of natural materials, preferably recycled so that the center as a whole communicates the importance of nature conservation.”, Said Tonči Čerina, the author of the conceptual design for the Čigoč Ornithological Center. Čigoč is the most visited place in the Lonjsko polje Nature Park. Sixty percent of Park visitors visit it. “The existing infrastructure for local tourism is not enough. We know that tourism should not happen anywhere, especially in protected areas. It needs to be targeted! The new infrastructure will contribute to the development of better, better and sustainable tourism in Lonjsko polje”, Said Ivor Stanivuković, director of the Public Institution Nature Park Lonjsko polje. Landscaping of the land on which the Ornithological Center Čigoč will be built, as part of the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park, has begun. Source: City of Sisak / Visualization Roth & Cerina In order for the accommodation capacities to follow the development of tourism in Lonjsko polje, the construction of a camp is planned. Next to one large pavilion with a kitchen and dining room, there will be wooden bungalows where four people can sleep. The construction of the Čigoč Ornithological Center is part of the project of revitalization of Sisak’s Donja Posavina. Namely, in addition to enriching the tourist offer, the local rural development is supported. Lonjsko polje is home to 250 species of birds, 170 of which nest there. Čigoč is known all over the world for its white stork nests, but ornithologists like to see two more species – black storks and spoonbills, which are a trademark of the Lonjsko polje Nature Park. “The Čigoč Ornithological Center is an extremely valuable project for Sisak and the Lonjsko Polje Nature Park because it provides accommodation facilities for educational and research groups, but also facilities for the occasional traveler who comes here because he wants to enjoy the natural beauty. Last year we bought four hundred and forty-four thousand square feet for the construction of the Ornithological Center. Next year we will start building a parking lot and a promenade”, Said Kristina Ikić Baniček, Mayor of the City of Sisak, at the presentation of the conceptual design for the Ornithological Center Čigoč. She expressed hope that the competent ministry would be involved in financing the construction of the Center and that the project would be able to apply for a tender for European Union funds. The entire project is worth more than forty million kuna.