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New online tool gives coronavirus risk estimate for gatherings by county

first_img“You can help them form opinions and help them create really good decisions using this map.” The final factor she explains as, “For every person who is symptomatic and is showing symptoms or who been tested to be positive for COVID-19, how many other people are actually just walking around with it who haven’t been tested?” Whatever you use the tool for, Andris highlights this is an evolving project and shouldn’t be relied on as the end-all, be-all. To come to these numbers, Andris says a formula is used that factors in county population, county cases, the event size and what’s called the ascertainment bias. “Clearly if there’s a 99% chance that someone is infected at an event, it is clear that there are probably more than one person,” she explained. She explains the website estimates, by county, the chances of you interacting with at least one person who has coronavirus. “It’s a helpful tool for getting a baseline risk out there.” To use the tool, just choose how many people will be at the event, let the map refresh and find your county. Andris explains her team crafted this tool not only to help you, but help you help others. With the number of coronavirus cases constantly changing, this tool does too. The team updates virus data everyday that they get from the New York Times. Georgia Institute of Technology Professor Clio Aldris is one of the people who helped craft the tool called the ‘COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool.’ The tool doesn’t currently account for visitors, just the census population. (WBNG) — A group of professors and graduate students recently launched a new tool that provides an estimated risk of running into someone with coronavirus at a gathering.last_img read more

‘He is becoming the best allrounder England’s ever had’-Anderson

first_imgBEN Stokes is well on his way to becoming the greatest allrounder England has ever produced, veteran teammate James Anderson believes.Speaking in the aftermath of Stokes’ player-of-the-match performance at Old Trafford, where he scored 176 and 78no and took three wickets during an emphatic series-levelling victory for the hosts, Anderson was clear on where the allrounder ranked in his eyes.“He’s certainly the best allrounder I’ve ever played with,” Anderson, who lined up in the same team as Andrew Flintoff from 2003 to 2009, said. “He’s becoming the best allrounder that England’s ever had.“There’s no reason why he can’t go on to become even better.”Stokes’ performance in Manchester saw him leap above West Indies captain Jason Holder to become the game’s top-ranked Test allrounder in the ICC rankings, while he sits third in the batting charts behind Steve Smith and Virat Kohli.“It’s hard to say how good he is because it’s hard to find the words,” Anderson said.“Joe (Root) said the other day we were in the presence of greatness and he’s spot on.“He gets into any team as a batsman, while his bowling gets better and better each time he goes out there. “It’s just amazing to have that talent in our team, and to be able to watch it first-hand as well was amazing.”Meanwhile, Anderson believes he and Stuart Broad remain part of England’s strongest bowling attack, and that both should be part of the XI for the third and deciding Test against West Indies starting Friday.The pair have not played in the same team in the first two Tests against the Windies, with 34-year-old Broad left out of the first game in Southampton.When he returned for the second at Old Trafford, it was 37-year-old Anderson who was rested.“If we’re both fit and England are picking their strongest bowling attack, we’d both be in that,” said Anderson.“It’s going to be difficult going forward, I don’t think we’ll play every game together but I love to think we’ve got plenty more games together in the future.”The cramped schedule, with just three days between each Test, has made rest and rotation a priority for England’s pace attack, who will also play a three-match series against Pakistan next month.But England coach Chris Silverwood has insisted he will pick his strongest attack for the series decider.Silverwood is facing a selection headache, with a fully fit contingent of fast bowlers to choose from for the deciding Test.Jofra Archer is seen as a likely starter, having return to the England camp after his biosecurity breach, creating a squeeze again between Anderson and Broad, while Mark Wood, Chris Woakes and Sam Curran have also staked claims over the two Tests.“Our record together speaks for itself,” Anderson said.“There will be moments in the future where we’re not bowling together, which has happened in this series already and happened in the last two years naturally through injury or resting.“But all me and Stuart can do is keep working hard and keep taking wickets, as Stuart did this week.”Anderson turns 38 on July 30 but insists another visit to Australia for the 2021-22 Ashes is well on his radar.“Looking at the bigger picture, I want to be around when we go to Australia for the next Ashes, so to be able to do that, I’ve certainly got to do things slightly differently.“It might mean missing the odd game here or there to make sure that I’m in the best possible situation.“I want to keep bowling and keep my form, but I also want to look after my body as much as I can as well. I’m a bit more open to it now than I was, say, two or three years ago.”last_img read more

Looking for Ethical Alternatives to Embryonic Stem Cells

first_imgPro-life advocates perked up their ears at the announcement of a new method that can produce stem cells without destroying embryos.  National Geographic News and MSNBC News talked about the method, which uses skin cells and “reprograms” them to act like embryonic stem cells.  Religion Journal thinks the ethical debate over stem cells may be over.This story illustrates the need for conservatives who respect the sanctity of life to keep boundaries around maverick scientists motivated by dollars more than ethics.  Researchers would not be looking for alternatives to grinding up human embryos if it weren’t that there were enough people outraged at the ethical malfeasance of killing one life to save others.  The selfish motives of the stem-cell pushers became evident when some reporters showed them worrying that this discovery might reduce funding for embryonic stem cell research.    It’s too early to tell whether this or other alternative methods for breeding the totipotent cells will make embryonic stem cell research obsolete and eliminate the ethical concerns; even if it does, there are many more moral issues besides this in the era of synthetic biology.  Keep informed, and keep the heat on.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA identifies key growth sectors

first_img6 August 2007South Africa’s industrial policy has identified four key economic sectors whose growth potential will be used to promote the government’s objectives of shared economic growth and job creation.Addressing the launch of the national industrial policy framework, Trade and Industry Minster Mandisi Mphahlwa said the policy assessed the country’s economic performance in various sectors.The South African government has identified several sectors to achieve its Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative (Asgi-SA), which aims for 6% economic growth by 2010 and to halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Four key sectorsAs per the framework, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will give special attention to the capital, transport equipment and metals fabrication sector; the automotives and components sector, the chemicals, plastic fabrication and pharmaceuticals sector, and the forestry, pulp and paper and furniture sectors.According to DTI chief director of trade policy, Nimrod Zalk, the capital, transport, equipment and metals sector has the potential to position itself as the major future exporter to the African continent and beyond.The country’s capital goods, metal fabrication and transport equipment sectors contributed to 2% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and accounted for 18% of manufacturing jobs, which stood at 216 263 in 2005.However, Zalk said the that sector faced challenges that including low expenditure on public infrastructure, uncompetitive pricing of raw materials, lower than optimal mining investment, skills development as well as ageing foundry and tooling industries.The framework also calls for the country to take advantage of the government’s R410-billion capital expenditure programme, by increasing local manufacturing capacity, reducing required imports for the programme from 40% to 30%.Manufacturers are also called on to capitalise from the current global boom mining and mineral processing.Zalk told BuaNews that the automotive and components sector contributed 8% to South Africa’s GDP, with vehicle production growing from 388 442 units in 1995 to 615 000 in 2006. During the same period, new vehicle imports grew from 15 764 to 179 869.Ensuring transformationEmployment in the sector also rose from 277 400 in 1995 to 306 500 in 2006, and Zalk said there was an opportunity for South Africa to double its vehicle production to 1.2-million units by 2020.He added that the sector faces challenges such as the establishment of a long-term investment environment, insufficient local component manufacturing capability and slow transformation.“By September 2007, we will implement a three-year supplier development programme aimed at raising local content by improving manufacturing processes along the value chain,” he said.“We will also formulate an empowerment plan by March 2008 to fast-track transformation in the sector.”Zalk said that the chemicals, plastic fabrication and pharmaceuticals industry comprised a well-developed capital-intensive upstream industry and a more labour-intensive downstream plastics industry“Collectively, all the three contributed 2.8% to GDP in 2006. Basic and other chemicals employed 64 285 people and plastics 39 893,” he said, adding that the pharmaceutical industry employed 10 000 people with local production worth R9.5-billion.Zalk said the forestry sector contributed R14-billion to GDP in 2006 and employs more than 170 000 people, with “the potential to bring jobs and income to poor rural communities”.He said the forestation of 100 000 hectares in the Eastern Cape over the next 10 years had the potential to contribute R215-million to GDP, creating 26 000 jobs at the plantation level and 1 700 at primary processing level.Again, a similar initiative, covering at least 40 000 hectares in KwaZulu-Natal is expected to contribute R500-million to GDP over the next decade, creating 15 000 jobs in plantations and 429 jobs in primary processing level.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

UN praises SA for fight against Aids

first_img21 January 2013UNAids executive director Michel Sidibe has congratulated South Africa and President Jacob Zuma on the progress the country is making in the fight against HIV and Aids.Zuma met with Sidibe at his residence in Pretoria on Friday. The two discussed various ways in which the fight against the disease in Africa and the world could be intensified.According to the Presidency, Sidibe said he was particularly impressed by the government’s policy interventions and leadership that, since 2009, have led to significant progress in the fight against HIV and Aids in the country.He appealed to South Africa to “lead all efforts in Africa, especially in manufacturing their own medicine and thus reducing dependency on countries outside the continent”.“We appreciate the support of UNAids in this difficult battle against the epidemic,” Zuma said.Zuma reiterated that the country had moved from “very difficult times” on HIV and Aids to a success story in a short space of time.There were now more than 1.7-million South Africans on antiretroviral treatment, with dramatic improvements in life expectancy, Zuma said. “We have about 2 948 public health facilities now initiating patients on antiretroviral treatment compared to 495 in January 2010.”The country had also seen a drop in the rate of new infections, from 1.4% to 0.8%, in the 15-24 age group, while mother-to-child transmission of HIV had been massively reduced, from about 8% in 2008 to 3.5% in 2011.Zuma added that more than 20-million South Africans had been tested for HIV through the government’s HIV Counselling and Testing Campaign since its launch in 2010.“This indicates that the stigma around the disease is being eradicated, which will assist our continued prevention efforts, and the rate of new HIV infections looks set to decline over the coming years as we deepen our existing programmes.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

Fallow ground syndrome

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Andy WesthovenBy Andy Westhoven, AgriGold agronomistDoesn’t that title sound a lot better than prevent plant ground syndrome? The words prevent plant (PP) send shivers down many growers’ backs. For those with PP acres, the season just keeps on offering new challenges. Many growers have worked the ground, sprayed the weeds, chopped the weeds, worked them again… you get the point. Let’s face it, the PP acres are more work to keep clean than the planted acres. In addition to those challenges, the title implies that idle farmland has some more work to do and there is more to watch for with PP acres leading up to next spring.Fallow syndrome can occur when a corn (or wheat) crop is planted the year after no crop was planted in a field. These grass crops might exhibit a phosphorus (P) or zinc (Zn) deficiency early in the growing season. Plants will appear to be stunted, pale, and purple in color. This can also happen in cool, wet springs. Typically, plants will grow out of these symptoms as they continue to build up their root system and continue growing. P or Zn deficiency might occur after laying fallow due to a decrease in beneficial soil mycorrhiza fungi. Grass crops are hosts of these soil fungi. They provide the fungi sugars (from their root exudates) and in return, the fungi help the crop roots absorb P and Zn. If these crops/roots are not growing in an idle field, the population might decrease during the fallow time period and take some time in the spring to rebuild.Many growers took advantage of a cover crop program and might have seeded a grass species. The good news is this will most likely prevent the fallow ground syndrome from happening! If you planted only brassicas (i.e. radish and turnips), then the syndrome might still appear. If soybeans were chosen as the cover crop, it definitely helps keep the fungi alive and thriving.For future recommendations, never have a spring like 2019 — ok that was the obvious one. Plant cover crops (that include a grass species) on fallow acres. Otherwise, consider including starter/popup fertilizer during corn planting. Specifically, add P and Zn to the mix. These nutrients move very little in the soil and banding them early on near the seed will vastly help stave off this syndrome. Unfortunately, broadcasting phosphorus types of fertilizer will not help in this case.It is also known that soils low in P levels, might have greater injury symptoms too. So be sure to check recent soil samples and identify key fields or areas within a field that might be more susceptible. One might also consider planting soybeans on some of the fallow farmland as an alternative to corn. (Soybeans exhibit less of the symptoms from the fallow syndrome.) Just as a side note, this fallow ground syndrome can also happen within planted fields. Areas of concern would be in drowned-out spots where no crop ever got established. These would also be areas to subsample or micromanage the following season.This season will certainly go down in the record books for many of the wrong reasons along with some painful memories. However, we’re almost to the finish line and plenty can still be learned. A little prep work this off season will help prevent fallow ground syndrome. Please be safe and productive this harvest season!last_img read more

KOTUG Petroconsult Form Joint Venture

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: KOTUG Towage company KOTUG International BV has signed an agreement with Egyptian provider of offshore and marine services Petroconsult to create a joint venture company called KOTUG PETRO Maritime (KPM).  The duo has been awarded a long-term contract by Arab Petroleum Pipelines Company SUMED to provide operational services and carry out towage operations including FSRU operations at its Ain Sukhna terminal located in the Red Sea, Egypt.KOTUG has provided SUMED with two newly built 80-ton rotortugs to carry out these operations. The tugs have commenced services in October 2018.Based in Alexandria, Egypt, the newly formed KPM is 80% owned by KOTUG and 20% by Petroconsult. The company’s mission is to provide maritime services to Egypt’s oil, gas and other terminals as well as ports.“The partnership represents a strong alliance between two industry experts. KPM aims to leverage the impressive reputation, experience, technology, and practical know how of KOTUG International and Petroconsult,” Ard-Jan Kooren, CEO of KOTUG International, said.last_img read more

Wavelength reinstates Jonny Dovercourt as artistic director

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Johnny Dovercourt aboard the Toronto Islands Ferry. (Photo by Tanja-Tiziana) Advertisement But now, after Toronto-based Bicknell Mediation conducted a third-party investigation, it was concluded that no evidence supporting those allegations were found. Facebookcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Nearly two months after an ex-employee accused Jonathan Bunce, also known as Jonny Dovercourt, of abuse, the Toronto music scene veteran has been reinstated as artistic director of Wavelength.Over Canada Day long weekend, allegations made by Dorice Tepley, a former-volunteer-turned-employee who was terminated from the music series and non-profit arts organization in 2015, surfaced on social media. She alleged that Bunce bullied and controlled her during her decade-long tenure with the non-profit.Wavelength’s 10-member board of directors took swift action and called for an independent inquiry into the allegations. Dovercourt was also asked to step aside.last_img read more