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first_imgWith a stacked lineup featuring Widespread Panic (x2), Gregg Allman, Gov’t Mule, Les Brers (a project fronted by ABB drummer Butch Trucks) and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, the annual Wanee Festival looks to be quite the musical celebration. Held at the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL from April 14-16, the festival continues to be a centerpiece for Allman Brothers fans everywhere to rejoice in the sweet Southern-drenched jam/rock music.One of the many highlights from the lineup was the inclusion of Umphrey’s McGee. Today, that announcement has even more oomph, as the festival has revealed that UM will be performing a number of mash-up songs for the festival.Generally reserved for Halloween, Umphrey’s McGee fans always take great pleasure in the band’s cover mash-ups. The festival even shared video of a classic mash-up from the band’s 10/28/2011 show, a mixture of Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” and The Beatles’ “Let It Be.” Watch below:We can’t wait for Wanee!last_img read more


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first_imgNew Jersey-based dub reggae trio High Disciple released a self-titled debut album this week, featuring members of Texas Is The Reason, Jets To Brazil, and 108. The band was formed in late 2015, after Chris Daly (Jets To Brazil/Texas Is The Reason/108) relocated his growing family from Brooklyn to the suburbs of Northeastern New Jersey. With a bit of distance from playing music (and a healthy affinity for Jamaican dub and reggae music), he decided to forge a new musical path in that vein. After connecting with solo artist and producer Larry DiGiovanni (Dub For Light), the pair soon discovered a shared history in the hardcore scene, as well as a deep appreciation for both Bad Brains, The Grateful Dead, and some deep dub and classic rock influences. Adrian Sherwood‘s production, namely on the Primal Scream dub remix album Echo Dek, as well as The Verve’s first couple records, also served as a musical road map as to where they wanted to travel.The duo started with free-form jam sessions, and soon enough, songs started coming together with a natural, effortless flow. They recorded a 3 song demo in the fall of 2015, and soon after brought guitarist Scott Saint Hilaire–a seasoned guitarist rooted in surf, dub, and hardcore music–into the fold. This allowed the band to add more dimension to their then studio-driven sound, and to adapt it into a live setting. Now solidified as a 3-piece, the music started coming at a brisk pace. Live shows followed suit, including supporting Chris’ old band mate Garrett Klahn‘s The Surrounding Areas, as well as Into Another and Supertouch on subsequent tours. The band self-recorded and produced their debut album at a comfortable, relaxed pace in their own Vibration Sound Studio space throughout 2017, with DiGiovanni at the controls. They linked up with Ernest Jenning Recording Company in the fall of 2017, and released their debut LP on June 1st 2018, with shows to follow.Listen to HighDisciple’s studio efforts below:<a href=”http://highdisciple.bandcamp.com/album/high-disciple”>High Disciple by High Disciple</a>last_img read more


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first_imgEarlier this week, Umphrey’s McGee revealed their plans for a new THC extract collaboration with MedPharm Holdings. The “Day Nurse” and “Night Nurse” strains are now available for fans and cannabis connoisseurs of legal age to purchase at eight Lightshade locations throughout the state of Colorado ahead of the band’s upcoming three-show run at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 21st–23rd. If you’re jonesing to try them, don’t delay! “Day Nurse” and “Night Nurse” will only be available during the month of June.The new Umphrey’s cannabis collaboration is the latest in a string of similar announcements in recent months. Artists including The Disco Biscuits, The Motet, Jimmy Buffett, and even the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart are all hoping to cash in on the blossoming “Green Rush,” which has resulted in millions in cash revenue for aspiring cannabis business owners in select states throughout the country.We spoke to Umphrey’s pianist Joel Cummins, guitarist/vocalist Brendan Bayliss, and manager Kevin Browning to hear what they have to say about their history with weed, the ways it has affected the band and their music, and why now is the right time for them to get in the game.Live For Live Music: What’s the story behind your new cannabis strains “Day Nurse” and “Night Nurse”?Joel Cummins: We were approached by our friend Tim Mathisen about the idea of creating an Umphrey’s-specific product for our upcoming visit to Colorado. We loved the idea and he’s helped us make the process an integrated and simpler one. So working with MedPharm has been a very enjoyable experience.Kevin Browning: As a general rule, Umphrey’s is pretty bad at naming things. See band name, for starters. Happily, I can say that we did a little better with this one. Named after a pair of UM tunes, “the nurses” felt like a good fit. “Day Nurse” is Sativa based, good for that uplifting go get ‘em feeling while the Indica derived “Night Nurse” delivers more of that relaxing, calming nighttime vibe.Umphrey’s McGee – “Day Nurse”[Video: CLOUD9ADVENTURES]Umphrey’s McGee – “Night Nurse”[Video: Umphrey’s McGee]L4LM: What made you take the leap on the product?Brendan Bayliss: It’s nice to be alive in 2019Kevin Browning: The stigma that has long surrounded cannabis in the U.S. has finally, and sensically, began to lift. We’ve discussed it for years and feel like the conditions are finally right, there is no putting this genie back in the bottle. American lawmakers seem to have finally realized that maybe having access to taxed and regulated marijuana won’t result in society crashing down up us.L4LM: How has cannabis been a part of the band’s history?JC: With Umphrey’s McGee firmly entrenched in the jam scene, cannabis has seemingly been around at our shows for decades. It provides a very creative buzz so I think it really does mesh who both the fans and some in the band.L4LM: When did cannabis first become a part of your lives, and how were you introduced to it? What were your initial reactions?JC: I went to see Bob Dylan at the Chicago theater as a sophomore in high school. at the time my bandmates and I had a dugout with a metal bat that we fired up in a car in a parking garage. I got a couple of good hits but didn’t really understand what I was doing and blew the cherry out on the third try.BB: I was in a forest in South Bend in what is now the Eddy St. commons. I didn’t think it was working so I took a bunch of hits. I was suddenly 50 yards to the left in a bush. I also thought the traffic helicopters knew what we were up to. So I went into a Notre Dame football game and promptly burned the roof of my mouth on some hot chocolate. It was kind of intense. But I grew to love it.L4LM: Any preferred weed strains within the band?BB: My personal favorites include “Cali Star,” “Chocolope,” “Strawberry Cough,” and “Green Crack.” They’re all very similar in that they are motivational, uplifting, and delightfully tasty strains as well as being consistent.L4LM: Who smokes the most weed in the band?BB: Who smokes the most weed at your fine publication? [Note: it’s a respectable three-way tie between the main L4LM staff writers]L4LM: How has cannabis had an impact on the band’s music?JC: At its heart, I think cannabis is a mind-opening, creative buzz that should inspire and help any artist push boundaries. It should help you get in the zone and focus on the music. When used properly, cannabis can take you to some great places.L4LM: Any specific funny smoking/high stories from over the years?JC: No funny stories here, lots of serious conversations for usKB: Is that a rhetorical question? One that comes to mind… In 2001 we played a small club in Vegas by the name of Legends Lounge. Unbeknownst to [bassist] Ryan Stasik, his parents made a surprise trip to “Sin City” to see their son’s glorious Vegas debut. About twenty minutes before show time, a handful of us were hotboxing my old Suburban (the touring rig circa ‘01) with authority. As we open the stage door to come back inside, who is standing right there but Randy and Marsha Stasik. It was hard for him to handle that one high school baked.L4LM: Any song references about weed that fans might not know?JC: Yep, songs like “Blue Echo”, “#5” and “Sweetness” all feature content that references weed.L4LM: How has the stigma of weed changed since 1997/1998?JC: Since the advent of vaping I think you’ve seen a lot more people getting into consuming cannabis. Obviously, edibles have helped along that line too, but vaping is a much easier, less obtrusive way to consume than many of the other methods which might not be as discreet or practical in a public setting.L4LM: So you’ve got 3 days at Red Rocks coming up. What makes performing at Red Rocks different from other venues?JC: Red Rocks is simply the most incredible place for music in our country, for both the musicians and the fans. It’s awe-inspiring, just the coolest place to stand on a stage and let the music flow.Head to the band’s website for tour info and tickets to upcoming shows. For more information about Umphrey’s McGee and MedPharm Holdings’ new “Day Nurse” and “Night Nurse” products, head here.last_img read more


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first_imgIf you thought that media coverage during the 2016 presidential election seemed, more often than not, to boost Donald Trump and criticize Hillary Clinton, you didn’t imagine it, a new report says.According to the report from Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, which applied data analysis techniques to 2 million election stories to understand better what people were reading and sharing, Trump not only got the most attention from media outlets across the political spectrum, but his preferred core issues — immigration, jobs and trade —  received significant coverage and were widely shared online. In contrast, news about Clinton focused negatively on her family charitable foundation, her use of a private email server as U.S. secretary of state, and the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, the study found.Surprisingly, while “center-left” mainstream news organizations such as The New York Times and CNN remained popular and influential news sources, far-right upstarts such as Breitbart and Daily Caller, and even hoax-peddling sites such as Gateway Pundit, were able to drive mainstream election news coverage and dominate social media sharing of election news with far greater power and effectiveness than previously understood, the researchers found.In fact, Breitbart, a pro-Trump site run by the president’s former chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, M.B.A. ‘85, dominated the conservative media, drowning out legacy power players like the Wall Street Journal and even Fox News. The site had the most widely linked stories across the web, Twitter, and Facebook, and led the national coverage of immigration, the election’s most-discussed policy issue. It did so, the study said, by acting as a kind of bridge between far right elements and the mainstream media. “By developing narratives that have currency in right-wing circles, then both enticing and demanding coverage from center-left press, outlets like Breitbart were able to set the agenda for the election,” the report concluded.Breitbart’s effectiveness came not only in getting people to share its stories, but in shaping what other, more mainstream outlets did with them.Source: Partisanship, Propaganda, & Disinformation: Online Media & the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election | Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard UniversityOne key example: widespread media coverage surrounding the allegedly too-cozy relationship between the Clinton Foundation and foreign donors spiked in August 2016, shortly after the Democratic National Convention when the party would typically expect a post-convention bump in the polls. It was a topic that can be traced directly back to the 2015 book “Clinton Cash,” whose publication was commissioned by Bannon, the report concluded.From the data, “We know exactly what is the first time in which the Clinton Foundation is raised, in which particular week, linking to what story, based on what structure. We can then say who linked to that story, who amplified it?” said Yochai Benkler, the Berkman Professor for Entrepreneurial Legal Studies at Harvard Law School and the study’s principal investigator.The book’s splashy rollout, which prompted the New York Times and the Washington Post to publish reports stemming from claims made in it, was “a well-ordered propaganda campaign” with “a very carefully and thoughtfully executed strategy for how to co-opt the mainstream media to report on it,” he said.“That April 2015 story in the Times becomes the single-most tweeted and Facebook-shared story in August of 2016 because it provides the core legitimacy and validation for the campaign that starts in the two or three weeks in the run-up to the convention, and then in the post-convention.”“The power of Breitbart was to set the agenda for these other, more visible sites. It’s the forcing of Fox News to move to the right [after the network briefly cooled to Trump] and its injection of anti-Clinton narratives into the mainstream,” said Benkler.Though it’s fashionable to declare that everybody is trapped in social and ideological echo chambers, the study found that highly partisan content was far more pervasive in the conservative media than on the left. Consumers of right-leaning news outlets wound up insulated, seeing a narrower array of stories from a smaller group of producers and shielded from news produced outside the conservative media ecosystem. Instead, users had an information diet larded with political disinformation, propaganda, half-truths, conspiracy theories, hoaxes, and even “fake news” far more frequently than users following left or center-left news producers like Mother Jones or even NBC News.Graphic by Rebecca Coleman/Harvard Staff; Source: Partisanship, Propaganda, & Disinformation: Online Media & the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election | Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard UniversityOn social media, stories shared on Twitter skewed more partisan than on the open web, while Facebook shares were even more partisan than on Twitter. In fact, a story’s popularity on Facebook strongly correlated with how partisan it was and how dubious its veracity was. Of the top 100 media sources, in a ranking measured by links or social media sharing, seven of the most partisan outlets on the left and right — Breitbart, Daily Kos, Gateway Pundit, Raw Story, PoliticusUSA, Right Scoop, and BizPacReview — dominated social media attention.Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics & Public Policy which has also studied 2016 election coverage, said he found the study’s findings about how information is produced, distributed, and manipulated “breathtaking.”“What surprised me was not that there are people out there creating this kind of content. It doesn’t even surprise me that there are audiences for that content. What surprised me was the ease with which malicious, untrue content moved into the mainstream media and the information diets of everyday Americans,” he said.Technical challengesWorking with a data set 10 times larger than previous Berkman Klein studies presented some technical and analytical challenges.Using Media Cloud, a platform that analyzes big data sets of online media, researchers from Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology analyzed 2 million election-related news stories produced by about 70,000 print, television, and online outlets and published on the open web between May 2015 and November 2016 in order to capture what people were consuming on a daily and weekly basis, and which stories they shared with others.From the data, the researchers were able to map networks of linkage across the political spectrum, and identify which topics and themes dominated coverage, which outlets most influenced coverage, which stories and outlets were most linked to by others, and which were most widely shared on Twitter and Facebook.The team had to develop a new web crawler to pick up the relevant content and then refine it to ensure that the data accurately reflected what was going on in the media at that time. The team used Crimson Hexagon, a social media analytics platform started at Harvard, to pull a random sample of 4.5 million election-related tweets and extracted 900,000 URLs that had been shared, and then fed that data into Media Cloud for analysis. The researchers were able to estimate how often stories were shared on Facebook using the Facebook API platform.Because Facebook does not make its privately held data available to researchers, they were unable to map networks of story sharing there, one limitation of the study, said Benkler and Hal Roberts, a Berkman Klein fellow and the study’s technical lead.“We use the quantitative data first as a sort of first read of what’s going on, but then, very importantly, as a map of what we need to do [in our] qualitative analysis to understand, and those two processes work in combination with each other,” said  Roberts.The research team has made the data available to the public so that others may review and build on it. The center is currently pondering a number of offshoot studies from these findings. Truth not most profitableWhile cautioning that there are “no easy fixes,” the report sees two potential remedies for this situation. The researchers say editors and reporters must recognize how political campaigns actively create click bait for journalists to get them to chase down, and in doing so to validate spurious claims by opposition researchers.Benkler believes that technology companies have a “valuable but limited role” in solving the problem of media partisanship and polarization. While they could treat disinformation and propaganda like air pollution and strive to filter it from their platforms, there’s a real risk of overreach into policing that could harm First Amendment rights, he warned.“The platforms have to really decide what their obligations to the public sphere are,” said Mele. “Thus far, the platforms have essentially been remarkably hands-off,“ a reality perhaps exacerbated by the fact that “the truth is not always the most profitable direction.”If, as the report suggests, the core problem is our “paranoid” political discourse and norms and that many people desire extreme information, there’s no technological solution, said Benkler, whose scholarship focuses on how the internet shapes democracy.Ultimately, he hopes that journalists will read the report and understand that they are now operating in a “disinformation-rich environment” comparable to that of reporters who once staffed the Moscow bureau of American newspapers during the days of Pravda.They need “to understand that there’s a distinct propagandist effort, that it succeeded in this election in hijacking their agenda, and to practice ‘defensive journalism,’” he said. Instead of just distrusting every source equally as a signal of professional neutrality, they need to pay “special attention to the fact that you’re being manipulated by everyone, and, in particular, there seems to be a campaign on the right.”An important audience to reach with this report, he said, involves American conservatives, who would benefit from a reminder that a shared public sphere is a “precondition” for democracy.“It is absolutely critical to American democracy that we rebuild a set of shared modes of validation,” said Benkler. We don’t have to agree on everything, “but there have to be bounds between what is plausible and what we can argue about, and what is off the wall.”On a related note, a program on “The Digital Threat to Democracy” will be held on Monday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m., at  the JFK Jr. Forum, the Institute of Politics, Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK St., Cambridge.last_img read more


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first_imgMichelle Soares’ first day at Dell was September 5, 2016, after being a Dell employee for five years.Wait, what?  That doesn’t make sense.Let me explain, it was on that day that Ricardo Leonel Soares de Castro was officially recognized for her transition to Michelle Soares by her peers and her company, right down to her Dell email address and badge.On that day of new beginnings, Soares was welcomed back to work with a surprise lunch hosted by Dell’s Pride and Women Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) along with her Human Resources (HR)  Department.“I was wearing a black and white star dress, they greeted me with an unexpected lunch and, more than that, I received my very first bouquet of flowers – white lilies cheirosíssimos,” she remembers. “They had this amazing scent and I actually cried when I got them.”She goes on to the highlight the significance of the day, “I understood then that I was in the right place. It was, without a doubt, the watershed of my career and personal life.”Soares credits the support and encouragement of the Dell Pride ERG for her courage to finally live her life as herself.“I decided to join Pride because when I joined Dell I was not actually out of the closet. So Pride was actually what helped me come out of the closet,” Soares said. “My initial intention when joining Pride was to get help for me, and then I started working with the community and giving back.”When Soares communicated with her management that she was about to begin the process of transitioning, she was fearful of the repercussions. Thankfully, her management team and HR department were completely supportive, providing assistance along the way not only for Soares, but for her co-workers as well. With the help of the Pride ERG, they began awareness and education training for Soares’ colleagues, helping them understand the change and for some, the unknown.“It gave me a sense of security that you usually don’t encounter when coming out,” she said.Soares still faces some obstacles, but decidedly less than those that have traveled this road before her. She is thankful to work for a company that values diversity.“Dell really is a diverse place where you can be yourself. Whoever you are, bring your whole self, not half, bring who you are,” she said. “Dell will accept you for who you are. I’ve experienced that first hand.”Recently Soares volunteered to attend the Out & Equal conference in the United States.“Being a panelist during the Out & Equal conference was an amazing experience,” Soares said. “I got to meet several Dell leaders, PRIDE members, LGBT+ people from all over the planet, and had the opportunity to share my story and hear others’ stories.“It lit my fire again to work to bring equality to our employees on a global level, it motivated me to understand the challenges faced in each region, and take the correct measures to make Dell an even more inclusive company (hard task, since this company is already amazing). Being a member of PRIDE and Dell gave me the honor of living this amazing and inclusive experience. I became a better person, and want to continue to help others more.”Her words of wisdom for those about to embark on their own journey?“One thing that I learned with time, the worst lie is to lie to yourself. I lived a lie for over 30 years of my life,” she said. “Your transition will not be the same as anyone else’s, it’s your transition. Look for support. You will lose people in the process. The moment you are truthful to yourself, the people who love you for who you are, will be there for you. Lying to yourself will only make it harder. Look for support through HR, ERG’s and other Trans. You are not alone.”last_img read more


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first_imgSaint Mary’s College Stand Up to Cancer Club is encouraging cancer patients, survivors and caregivers to “Don’t Stop Believing.” This Journey-inspired theme will provide the atmosphere for the club’s dance for cancer patients, family and community members tonight at 6 p.m. in Haggar Parlor. Junior Devon Graham, coordinator of the prom, said this night was a way to give patients and loved ones the opportunity to recreate missed experiences. “Unfortunately a lot of cancer patients miss out on really important events like prom, weddings and reunions,” Graham said. Graham said she developed the idea for a prom when volunteering at Memorial Hospital last semester. “They had mentioned that they wanted to do something for the patients, like a dance,” she said. “I had wanted to do a dance for my club anyway, but never really thought about combining the two. Then I thought, ‘Prom.’” She said the evening will feature prom traditions including evening gowns, decorations and the election of a prom king and queen. The club has also hired a DJ to play family-friendly music which will appeal to dancers from age three to 50, Graham said. “We have DJ 3J coming, and we met with him and said we need all kinds of music for all ages,” Graham said. “There will be the dorky Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus to oldies.” Grahman said local organizations have also helped to make the evening very special. “We’ve had tons of gently used formal gowns donated, so it’s been pretty awesome,” she said. “[And] we’re getting flowers completely donated, so we don’t have to pay for [much, thanks to donations].” While the club volunteers mainly at Memorial Hospital, Graham said cancer patients and survivors from all over the Michiana area are welcome. “We didn’t want to close it down to other people,” she said. “We want everyone to feel welcome to come.” Overall, Graham said the theme of Journey’s song “Don’t Stop Believing” is a perfect way to summarize her hopes for the night. “It’s just a night for everyone to forget what they are going through — their troubles — and just celebrate life and have fun,” she said.last_img read more


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first_imgSo, certainly through the month of March we could still have the potential to see some big snowfalls. Just be prepared, winter is not technically over just yet. The reason we haven’t seen as much snowfall is because of the track of the storm systems that usually bring us that snow. It has stayed off to our west, which means we’re on the warmer side with plenty of rainfall, some mixed precipitation to start, before the wrap-around moisture and colder air brings us a little bit of snowfall. We’re not out of the woods yet, even though it’s been a quiet winter thus far. (WBNG) — The images from the shores of Lake Erie and Ontario have been incredible, where feet of snow is piling up. Spring certainly isn’t all that far away, but it is well known that in Upstate New York, even as seasons and months change, you can’t rule out a healthy snow storm passing through. Meanwhile, the Twin Tiers once again saw mostly rain before a brief shot of snow and now cold. Why has the snow seemed to just avoid us almost this entire winter? Of course, who can forget two years ago when over 31 inches of snow fell on a single day, March 14, 2017. Looking at the snow totals through the month of March on a single date, one recently in 2018 we saw 12.5 inches on March 2. Around 15.7 inches fell back on March 4, 1971. The track that usually brings us the most snow is one we haven’t seen this all that much this year. The low stays closer to the East Coast, and on the northwest side of that there’s plenty of cold air and plenty of snowfall.last_img read more


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first_imgJun 11, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A 4-year-old Egyptian girl was reported to have H5N1 avian influenza today, as the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that a 10-year-old girl from the same area died of the illness 2 days ago.The Egyptian health ministry said the 4-year-old girl, from Qena governorate in southern Egypt, was hospitalized yesterday with fever and breathing difficulty, Reuters news service reported. Officials said she had been exposed to birds sick with suspected flu.The 10-year-old girl, also from Qena, was listed in critical condition when her illness was reported Jun 8. The WHO said she fell ill Jun 1 and was hospitalized on the 6th. There was evidence that she had been exposed to dead birds, the agency said.The two latest cases were the first in Egypt in about 2 months. The country had 16 cases earlier this year.By the WHO’s count, Egypt has had 35 cases with 15 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of about 43%. That compares with a fatality rate of 80% in Indonesia, the hardest-hit country, which has had 99 cases and 79 deaths.The Reuters report said most Egyptian cases have occurred in the northern part of the country, but 10 of the past 12 cases have been in the hotter south.Egyptian officials had expected the virus to be less active this summer, in line with the pattern set last year after the initial cases in February 2006, the story said.In other developments, Vietnam’s first H5N1 case-patient in a year and a half left the hospital today, according to another Reuters report.The patient, a 30-year-old man, was hospitalized in Hanoi on May 15 after he helped slaughter chickens for a friend’s wedding, the story noted. Doctors at the Bach Mai hospital said they treated him with the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) for 10 days instead of the standard 7 days, the report said.Doctors also said the virus was found in the man’s saliva, stomach, and feces, according to the story. A number of studies have reported gastrointestinal symptoms in H5N1 patients, and the WHO has said that H5N1 infection is more likely to involve diarrhea than ordinary flu is.The Reuters report said a second Vietnamese patient, a slaughterhouse worker, is still being treated but is recovering well.In Indonesia, meanwhile, officials said some poultry are getting H5N1 infections without showing signs of illness, complicating efforts to track the virus and protect humans.”From our observations during 2007 we have found that chickens infected by bird flu have not been showing the usual symptoms,” said Memed Zulkaraen, director of the agriculture ministry’s avian flu campaign unit, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report published today.So far this year, 12,000 birds in Indonesia have died of avian flu or been culled, whereas last year about 1.75 million poultry died of the disease or were destroyed, said Musny Suatmodjo, animal health director at the agriculture ministry, according to a Reuters report today.Bayu Krisnamurthi, chief of Indonesia’s avian flu commission, expressed concern that healthy-looking poultry could shed the virus in their feces, increasing the risk of human cases, the story said.Kisnamturthi said Indonesia has had some human cases in the absence of any sick or dead poultry in the area.Last week Krisnamurthi expressed a suspicion that the H5N1 virus has mutated in a way that enables it to jump more easily from birds to humans. He said there were signs that humans could get infected with less intense exposure to sick birds than in the past.See also:Jun 11 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_06_11/en/index.htmlJun 6 CIDRAP News story “Indonesia suspects ominous H5N1 mutations”Oct 11, 2005, CIDRAP News story “Experts cite differences between H5N1 and ordinary flu”CIDRAP overview of the implications of avian influenza for human diseaselast_img read more


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first_imgThe epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in Latin America, Brazil’s Sao Paulo state, said Monday it expects 111,000 deaths in the next six months, and extended its stay-at-home measures another two weeks.The forecast — an official projection, the state government said — would appear to put Brazil on track to become one of the worst-hit countries in the world.The global death toll from the virus currently stands at 70,000, according to a tally compiled by AFP. Topics : Without containment measures, Sao Paulo — whose capital is the mega-city of the same name — would register 270,000 deaths in the next six months, said the head of the state’s public health research institute, Dimas Covas.Brazil has been the Latin American country hit hardest by the new coronavirus, with 553 deaths and more than 12,000 confirmed cases so far.Health experts warn under-testing means the real number is likely much higher.Sao Paulo, a state whose population of 46 million makes it about the size as Spain, has seen more infections and deaths than any other.The state is probably facing another 1,300 deaths this week, Covas said.The governor has openly clashed over containment measures with far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who claims they are needlessly wrecking the economy over a disease he has compared to a “little flu.”center_img Sao Paulo, the teeming industrial hub where the new coronavirus first appeared in Latin America, has confirmed 4,620 cases and 275 deaths so far.Governor Joao Doria, who closed non-essential businesses on March 24 and advised people to stay home, said containment measures would be needed for at least two more weeks or the situation would get far worse.”If we continue seeing people in the streets and gathering unnecessarily, we will go to more restrictive measures,” he told a news conference.Police are already authorized to break up crowds by force if necessary, he said.last_img read more