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East Java’s sequencing reveals similarities to Chinese, European coronavirus strains

first_imgAirlangga University’s Institute of Tropical Diseases (ITD-UNAIR) in Surabaya has completed six whole genome sequencing analysis on genetic data of SARS-CoV-2, of which four were found to be similar to the Chinese strain and two similar to the European strain.ITD-UNAIR director Maria Ingelusida said data of two whole virus genome sequences had been sent to Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID), while the four others were in the finishing phase at the lab.”Four isolated sequences of the virus we’ve analyzed are closer to the Chinese clade and two are closer to the European clade,” Maria told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. She said that so far, there were three clades of SARS-CoV-2, namely type A (found in bats), type B of the Chinese strain, and type C of the European strain.The complete six isolated SARS-CoV-2 sequences were among 20 samples taken from COVID-19 patients in Surabaya and several other cities in East Java, she said.Read also: From test kits to robots, Indonesia develops locally made devices to aid COVID-19 battleMaria said SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequence data provided virologists and molecular biologists with valuable information on important changes to antigen as well as valuable information for vaccine development.”This data is very important because genes will code proteins that are produced by the virus. Information on the protein is needed in vaccine development, for instance,” she said.She said ITD-UNAIR would continue its whole genome sequencing project with more samples to be analyzed.Topics : She said the six whole virus genome sequences might reveal the origin of SARS-CoV-2 in East Java. Data of three whole genome sequences submitted earlier by the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology to GISAID were all similar to the Chinese clade, she added.Read also: Coronavirus strain in Indonesia different from those of other countries, govt says”So, ours provides new findings in terms of the virus origin, that the virus transmission source here is also from Europe, not only China,” she said, adding that the whole genome sequence data could also tell the virus transmission path.Maria said SARS-CoV-2 was an ribonucleic acid (RNA) virus that easily mutated. Therefore, she said, the SARS-CoV-2 whole genome sequences from Indonesia would certainly have some genetic peculiarities although they were closer to either the Chinese branch or the European branch.  last_img read more

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NBD’s online banking page more secure now

first_img Share LocalNews NBD’s online banking page more secure now by: – April 14, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweet 73 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sunrise, FL. – The National Bank of Dominica Ltd. (NBD) is stepping up its protection for customers against phishing scams. NBD has partnered with Easy Solutions, a world leader in online fraud protection, to proactively detect and shutdown any phishing attacks.Phishing is the fraudulent practice of sending emails purporting to be from legitimate businesses. The emails appear authentic and direct recipients to scam websites where sensitive information is obtained. The attacks continue to target Caribbean financial institutions and their customers.“We understand that our valued customers face various threats when conducting online banking sessions,” says NBD General Manager Michael Bird. “It is important that we make online banking as secure as possible to protect our customers’ assets. We selected Detect Monitoring Services by Easy Solutions because it has a proven track record at detecting and shutting down phishing attacks as fast as possible.”Detect Monitoring Services (DMS) provides 24×7 protection by proactively detecting and shutting down phishing attacks using patented technology. More than 30 businesses are currently protected by this comprehensive anti-phishing service. DMS is just one of several layers in the Easy Solutions Total Fraud Protection® platform to prevent and detect electronic fraud.Press Releaselast_img read more

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FL woman smiling in mugshot gets 11 years for fatal DUI crash

first_imgAn Ocala woman was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Thursday for the fatal DUI crash that left a 60-year-old mother dead.Angenette Marie Welk who plead no contest to a charge of driving under the influence manslaughter was also fined $5,000 and given 15 years of probation.Additionally, the 45-year-old must write a letter every year in May documenting what she’s learned from the crash.Welk’s case went viral after a mugshot featuring her smiling following the crash was made public record.In May of 2018, Welk drove her car into ongoing traffic on the U.S. Highway 27 and rear-ended a Hyundai Elantra with enough force to sandwich it between her vehicle and a tractor-trailer that was directly in front of it, according to the crash report.Here’s the car Sandra Clarkston was in a year ago. “My mother was senselessly and recklessly taken from me.” Said her daughter, Keonna Sciacca.She said in her testimony that her mother had a stroke, brain damage, and was bleeding following the crash. @news6wkmg pic.twitter.com/ASHWBq5QEp— Ezzy Castro (@EzzyCastro) May 16, 2019 The 18-year-old driver of the Elantra, Shiyanne Kroll, sustained minor injuries but her mother, Sandra Clarkston, suffered critical injuries and died at the hospital a few days after the crash.Officials said Welk had a blood alcohol level of 0.189 when she crashed into Clarkston’s vehicle and that they found an empty bottle of vodka at the scene. ”“I would like to start by saying how sorry I am for this tragic loss. Welk said at her sentencing hearing. “You’ve lost a mother, a sister, an aunt, a loved one. I don’t have the words.”Welk’s defense attorney addressed the notorious ‘smiling’ mugshot while interviewing the defendant in which she said it was a reaction to being nervous.She also cited that the reason for the crash had to do with misplacing her cellphone, not her drinking.Welk faced a maximum sentence of 17 years in prison.last_img read more

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UW football to travel to Purdue, seeks fourth straight conference win

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin football team is starting to look like one of the best in not only the West Division, but the Big Ten in general.After a disappointing loss to Northwestern in the Big Ten opener, the Badgers (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten) have rattled off three straight conference wins, outscoring their opponents 127-35. This stretch includes two straight victories over Big Ten newcomers, Maryland and Rutgers, in which UW held the Terrapins and Scarlet Knights to seven combined points.The Badgers have just four games remaining in the Big Ten, with the final three coming against Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota, respectively. However, before they hit that crucial final three-game stretch, UW will head to West Lafayette, Indiana, this weekend to take on Purdue.Wisconsin currently finds themselves in a three-way tie for second place at 3-1 in the Big Ten West with Iowa and Minnesota, and all three teams are behind Nebraska, which remains in first place with a 4-1 Big Ten record.The Boilermakers (3-6, 1-4 Big Ten) have lost three straight games after their lone win in conference play against Illinois Oct. 4. Purdue faces an uphill challenge this weekend against the Badgers who, after their shutdown performances against Maryland and Rutgers, have the nation’s top defense in terms of yards allowed (253.8) and rank third nationally in points per game (14.1).However, Purdue will need to replace their leading wide receiver, junior Danny Anthrop, who tore his ACL last weekend and is out for the rest of the season. Anthrop currently leads the Boilermakers in receptions (38) and receiving yards (616).But regardless of Purdue’s record, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen isn’t taking the Boilermakers lightly. He especially has to consider their spread offense that boasts two rushers, who average over 5.5 yards per carry, in seniors Akeem Hunt and Raheem Mostert.“Purdue is an offensive football team that causes you a lot of problems, and they’ve got two very fast running backs, as fast as we’ve played all year long as far as sheer speed.“Both those young men are very good football players and very, very fast. It’s an offense that’s changed from a year ago. They’re much more wide open. Their play is to obviously spread the field both ways on you from sideline to sideline, from end zone to end zone, and they’ve done a nice job, created big plays,” Andersen said.Arguably one of the biggest benefits to the Wisconsin defense’s strong play has been the field position it has given to an offense that is still working through the implementation of a two-quarterback system.While it goes without saying that the UW run game is one of the best in the country, it’s the passing game that has yet to find its groove other than two weeks ago against Maryland. Against Rutgers last week, the combination of redshirt juniors Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy went just 8-for-20 with 87 passing yards and an interception.But while the passing attack has struggled, Stave is quick to admit that they’ve been able to feed off the energy and field position the defense has given. The defense’s performance has given both quarterbacks a chance to get acclimated to the two-quarterback offense, and Stave feels they’re moving forward in a positive direction.“I think we’ve played really well as a team the last two weeks,” Stave said. “I think we’re really putting … the right foot forward and moving in the right direction. The defense has played unbelievable the past two weeks, and as an offense, we’ve done a good job of feeding off their energy and the good field position they’ve given us.”One thing the Wisconsin passing attack was able to accomplish last weekend in New Jersey was the chance to get some valuable playing time for their young wide receivers. After leading receiver redshirt junior Alex Erickson went down with an injury, freshman wide outs George Rushing and Krenwick Sanders saw the field in the final two quarters of play. For Rushing, who has four catches this season for 55 yards, the extra snaps against the Scarlet Knights were instrumental as he tries to progress week-to-week.“It felt good,” Rushing said. “Unfortunately Alex [Erickson] went down and I had go in. But it was good experience to get out there and just prove myself.“I just feel like each week I’m progressing,” Rushing said. “Now I’m starting to get more comfortable running out there. The speed of the game is different than high school, and now that it’s slowing down for me and I understand it, now I can play the game the way I want to.”Andersen has been looking for his freshman wide receivers to get more playing time, and Saturday was finally a chance to see all of them on the field for a significant amount of plays – and to actually be involved in the offense.“It was good to see those young men get in,” Andersen said. “The most important thing is George’s ability to catch the ball was fantastic, make a couple of plays, very important, same thing with Krenwick [Sanders], being able to make a play. The reps are invaluable, get in there and not just catch it, but to block it, get lined up, understand where they’re going.”The Badgers and Boilermakers will kick off Saturday from Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette at 11 a.m.last_img read more

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