ZMapp Drugs ‘Cured’ 100 Monkeys

first_imgMultiple news agencies announced Saturday, that ZMapp had cured 100 percent of monkeys that were inoculated with a different strain of Ebola in a Canadian study of the virus.According to researchers, health officials and medical teams, the vaccine has not undergone the normal human clinical trial stages. However, a small handful of infected people agreed to be injected with the vaccine.CBCNews.com reported yesterday that one Ebola survivor now pleads with the vaccine manufacturer to hurry with the production of the drug.The drug that is being referred to as a “monumental achievement,” only had about 20 doses in stock, and all have been exhausted.Researchers said once a living host has been sick for too long, there are those instances wherein possible treatments cannot turn back the damage already done to the body by the hemorrhagic virus.According to USA Today, a newspaper circulated across that country, of the small amount of people who have received the vaccine, only two have died.  These were “a Spanish priest and a Liberian doctor.” This  means it could be that they may have received the vaccine too late, the newspaper said.The monkeys which were given a lethal strain of Ebola recovered, and were given the drug five days after infection.With only a small number of Ebola patients testing the drug, it is hard for researchers to conclude whether it is the main reason for the patient’s recovery.In the wake of numbers of Ebola cases increasing in West Africa, health officials, medical teams and pharmaceutical researchers have scrambled to find a treatment of the virus to help reduce and contain the spread of the epidemic in the West African affected countries.Thomas Geisbert, an Ebola expert, said one of the infected Americans, Kent Brantly, didn’t just receive the vaccine but he also had a blood transfusion from an Ebola patient who survived — so his case isn’t one hundred percent ZMapp.The research report,  published in the Journal Nature, states that humans should receive three scheduled doses to optimize the efficacy for recovery. While the World Health Organization (WHO) has estimates that the current outbreak will infect more than 18,000 people, Gary Kobinger, who works for Canada’s Public Health Agency, said the drug is manufactured by a bio processing plant in Kentucky, and can only produce 20 to 40 doses per month. But the question remains, does Zmapp work for humans? Kobinger told The Washington Post, “I think it strongly supports that concept, but it’s not proven.”The spokesman for the owner of the Kentucky Bio processing plant believes that the three doses are theory.  Since conclusive human studies have not been done, the real issue is to have everyone’s focus on the clinical, and development steps to help find the correct dosing requirements, and speed up processing, he said.ZMapp could obtain approval of the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in six month, maybe less, under their accelerated review titles.So far, Kobinger said, none of the animals tested has  shown any side effects. He also indicated that the Zaire Ebola strain now appears to be mutating as it moves from host to host, and researchers can’t be sure that Zmapp will solve the Ebola problem.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Private Sector dependent on Govt favours, political connections – report

first_imgGuyana’s Private Sector is dependent on Government favours and patronage and further; the nation’s history of political instability, authoritarian tendencies, and unaccountable Government has meant that the Private Sector often operates at a disadvantage.This is contained in the most recently released international report on Guyana that was prepared for review by International Donor partner, United States Agency for International Development (USAID).Outside of Government, the small businesses that make up Guyana’s Private Sector are major employers, contributing an estimated US.8 million, which gives the Private Sector more access to the Government than regular citizens to lobby for their interests.It was found that while the Private Sector is dependent on Government favours, the Administration is seen more tolerant of criticism.Political connectionsThe report was also critical of the local Chambers of Commerce scattered across the country. According to the USAID commissioned report, Chambers of Commerce seemed to be active in most towns, although their members were only a fraction of the commercial operators in their areas because local businesses do not see the value of joining or paying membership fees.It was observed however that “They were participating with the [Regional Democratic Counicls] RDCs to prepare the regional development plans and had many issues related to governance.”Some of these included the tax system and need for simplification, centralised Government systems, lack of information and data at the local level, and concessions to foreigners but a lack of incentives for local persons to start a business.The report found too that “Chambers of Commerce also complained about the need for political connections, especially for small businesses to get a loan at a bank.”The report documented that while the chambers organised into a Regional Chamber of Commerce in the 1990s with donor support, this body still meets but only intermittently.It was recognised too that despite the limitations, the local Private Sector has demonstrated an interest in, and actively pursues, “a more robust and responsible private media, better physical security, and strong institutions that are transparent and accountable… Business owners, through their associations in chambers of commerce and Private Sector organisations, actively lobby Government on these and other matters and make themselves available to serve on Public Sector boards and constitutional commissions.”Mining corruptionThe role of mining and its contribution to the Guyana economy was also flagged, given its level of importance and it was observed that this industry is plagued by corruption and mismanagement at the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).According to the findings of the international report, “Corruption in the sector and mismanagement by GGMC has accompanied increasing problems in the sector… These include environmental degradation, inefficient and unsafe mining operations, and smuggling of gold out of the country.”The mining industry is regulated by the GGMC, which, according to the report “employs a small number of mining officers (300) to inspect and administer thousands of mining operations across difficult to reach hinterland terrain.”It was observed too that there are gaps in the existing laws and regulations, such as how to deal with prospective licences, retention of licences, and the need for a miner identification card.last_img read more

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Bandits hijack cricket club VP’s car

first_imgVice President of the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) and former President of the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA), Patrick Harding was on Monday evening relieved of his motorcar and other personal belongings.Patrick HardingReports are Harding was travelling along Cemetery Road, Georgetown, in his motorcar when his mobile phone rang and he pulled over to the side of the roadway to answer it.It was at this time, a motorcar pulled up alongside him and its occupants demanded that he take down his window. In so doing, Harding was held at gunpoint and pulled out of the vehicle.During the ordeal, the armed men took away Harding’s the personal belongings after which they sped away with his Toyota Allion motorcar bearing registration number PWW 5610.Harding, who was manhandled during the robbery, sustained injuries to his hand which required medical attention. He was treated and sent away.The Police were summoned and an investigation was launched. Up to Tuesday, the car was not recovered and not one was arrested.last_img read more

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MAJOR FLOODING ALERT AS STORM CONTINUES TO RAGE ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgCars left stranded on The PIer in Donegal Town. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.Donegal has been battered with overnight storms with many places flooded across the county.Parts of Donegal Town, Ballyshannon and Annagry have been badly hit.Power cables are down, a boat was washed up onto the pier at Bunbeg while the car park in Donegal Town was completely submerged in water. Our pictures show the impact of high tides and strong winds have had on Co Donegal overnight.A boat was washed up onto the pier at Bunbeg this morning. Pic by Neil Campbell.People are being warned not to go walking along the coastline as storm-force winds of up to 120 mph continue to last the county.Met Eireann have kept a status orange alert for Donegal and other parts of the countryA huge section of Annagry village was left under water. Cars parked overnight alongside The Pier in Donegal Town were left stranded with the fire services attending at first light.ESB crews have been called out across the county with a number of reports of downed powerlines.The ESB are currently fixing a powerline which has come down on the Carnmore Road in Dungloe.Hundreds of homes in Lifford, Newtowncunningham, Dungloe and Bunbeg are without power.Despite the storm-like conditions there are no reports of serious injuries. Send all your storm pictures to info@donegaldaily.com and we publish them as soon as we can.A large section of Annagry village was left under water this morning. Pic by James McDevitt.The tourist office in Donegal Town was in danger of being flooded this morning. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.A car left stranded on The PIer in Donegal Town. Pic by Rory O’Donnell.MAJOR FLOODING ALERT AS STORM CONTINUES TO RAGE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: January 3rd, 2014 by StephenShare 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)Tags:AnnagrydonegalDonegal TowndungloeESBFLOODINGstormlast_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN WINS €30,000 CAR ON WINNING STREAK

first_imgTom Bonner from Ballybofey won a car worth €30,000 on the Car or Cash segment of the Winning Streak Game Show on Saturday.Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Sinead Kennedy, game show co-host; Tom Bonner the winning player; Eddie Banville, Head of Marketing at the National Lottery and Marty Whelan, game show co-host. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyDONEGAL MAN WINS €30,000 CAR ON WINNING STREAK was last modified: September 1st, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:00030BallybofeycarWinning Streaklast_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB MINOR PRESENTATION NIGHT

first_imgJUDGING by the number of trophies picked up by the girls and boys on the youth teams at St Eunan’s GAA club, it was a very successful year.And the club’s All-Ireland winning heroes Kevin Rafferty and Rory Kavanagh were on hand with the Sam Maguire at the Minor Board dinner at the Mount Errigal Hotel tonight.Members of the club’s winning girls and boys teams were presented with medals marking their successes in a host of competitions in 2012. In a speech to more than 400 guests, Rory Kavanagh praised the underage teams for their efforts last year.And he said when he won the All-Ireland with Donegal in September his thoughts turned immediately to the coaches who had worked so hard with him in his youth.He also paid tribute to Kevin Rafferty who has retired from inter-county football.Letterkenny Mayor Dessie Larkin said it was a proud night for him. His great-grandfather, his grandfather, father and himself had all won honours with the club – and tonight his daughter was being honoured. And a chuffed Alan O’Connell was named Minor Board Person of the Year.              PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB MINOR PRESENTATION NIGHT was last modified: January 20th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:PICTURE SPECIAL: ST EUNAN’S GAA CLUB MINOR PRESENTATION NIGHTlast_img read more

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COUNCIL ADJOURNED AGAIN

first_imgCOUNCILLORS have adjourned until 8pm COUNCIL ADJOURNED AGAIN was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by John2Share 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

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James sets new record as Cavs level series 2-2 with Boston

first_imgCleveland have now leveled the series at 2-2National Basketball Association (NBA)Cleveland Cavaliers 111 – 102 Boston CelticsQuicken Loans, Arena – Cleveland, OhioBest of seven series tied 2-2James bullied his way to 44 points, surpassed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar atop a post-season list and helped the Cleveland Cavaliers level the Eastern Conference finals at 2 all on Tuesday morning with a 111-102 victory over the Celtics.The 33-year-old superstar made 17-of-28 shots from the floor, 1-of-4 from 3-point range, and 9-of-13 free throws while contributing five rebounds, three assists and two steals to spark a crucial home win.Kyle Korver added 14 points with several magnificent plays from the 37 year old, and Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Cleveland.George Hill managed a second 13 point game in a row and looked a shadow of the guy everyone in the Cavs crowed was pointing fingers at after the first two games.Lebron and co held off Boston’s comeback in the fourth quarter and squared a tight series with only three games to play.The Celtics had pulled within 100-93 on a Marcus Smart’s basket with 4:29 left but Thompson got free for a dunk, and after a miss by Boston, James recovered after making his seventh turnover by making a steal and layup.For the second consecutive game, the Celtics struggled in the first quarter,  shotting just 27 per cent (7 of 26) in the first 12 minutes with both Tatum and Brown missing dunks.Jaylen Brown posted 25 as Boston had five scorers in double figures, but they fell behind by 19 in the first-half and didn’t have enough to catch Cleveland.The Cavs won the game despite 19 turn overs but will have to avoid such stats when the series go back to Boston for game five, a place where the home team is 9-0 in the playoffs.“It’s a hostile environment, James said after the game on the prospect of stealing one in Boston.“We understand that and know that there’s no love in there.“If you ain’t got on green, if you don’t play for that team, if you don’t bleed green, they got no love for you.“So we’ve got to come out with a bunker mentality and understand it’s just us.James posted 44 points in game four Game 5 is on Thursday morning at the TD Center, and Celtics coach Brad Stevens is trying to stay positive with a team that has given up a 2-0 lead and fell to 1-6 on the road in these playoffs.“It’s the best two out of three to go to the NBA Finals and it doesn’t get any better than that, said Stevens.“Ultimately, anybody that didn’t think this was going to be tough, I mean, everything is tough.“In this deal, it’s a blast to have to grit your teeth, get up off the mat and go after it again.The game played in the series so far.Game 1.Boston 108 – 83 ClevelandGame 2.Boston 107 – 94 ClevelandGame 3.Cleveland 116 – 86 BostonGame 4.Cleveland 111 – 102 BostonIn the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors lead the best of seven series 2-1 and will play host to game four on Wednesday morning at the Oracle arena in Oackland, Califonia.Comments Tags: Boston CelticsCleveland CavaliersLebron JamesNBAlast_img read more

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Oilers beat Sharks in Hitchcock’s first game behind bench

first_img(Click here, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — For at least one game, the move paid off.Roughly 14 hours after the Edmonton Oilers replaced Todd McLellan with Ken Hitchcock, the team earned the third-winningest coach in NHL history his 824th win by beating the Sharks 4-3 in overtime at SAP Center Tuesday.Leon Draisaitl scored the winner just 51 seconds into the extra session, batting in a pass from Connor McDavid, who earned three points on the …last_img

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