Coronavirus self-isolation to increase by three days to 10-day lockdown

first_imgBefore the Open: Get the jump on the markets with our early morning newsletter (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus self-isolation to increase by three days to 10-day lockdown If the R value rises above 1 it means that every person who contracts coronavirus passes it on to at least one other person, resulting in an escalation in cases. If the R number remains below 1, the virus is in retreat. whatsapp (AFP via Getty Images) Coronavirus self-isolation to increase by three days to 10-day lockdown Show Comments ▼ New figures show the R rate is rising in four out of seven English regions, with the rate of infection now above 1 in two areas. The PM’s official spokesperson said: “The Prime Minister is clear we must remain vigilant and continue to follow the official guidance to keep the virus under control and prevent any second wave.” Health secretary Matt Hancock is also expected to make an announcement today, telling the public the government is exploring ways to reduce the two-week quarantine period for travellers returning from countries such as Spain. Speaking to the BBC this morning, Hancock said: “We can see a second wave rolling across Europe.” The Prime Minister yesterday voiced fears that Europe faces an imminent second wave of coronavirus, with concerns the fresh spread could hit Britain’s shores within the next fortnight. People with symptoms of coronavirus will be told to self-isolate for three extra days, taking the total quarantine period to 10 days, as the government wrestles with mounting fears that Britain faces a second wave of the virus. New estimates show the R rate is now 1.04 in the south west, and 1.02 in the south east. Other regions are showing R rates of 0.9 or above — in the north east and Yorkshire the rate is 0.9 and in the north west and London the estimated rate is 0.92. Scientists from Cambridge University yesterday warned the R rate is now close to one in almost every part of the country. Share Dickson yesterday told a Commons committee: “I would say in relation to the second spike issue… the levels of concern among our members — the people who are leading NHS trusts, who are leading in primary care and all levels in the systems — is very high.” by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderOne-N-Done | 7-Minute Workout7 Minutes a Day To a Flat Stomach By Using This 1 Easy ExerciseOne-N-Done | 7-Minute WorkoutNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStorybonvoyaged.comTotal Jerks: These Stars Are Horrible People.bonvoyaged.comDefinitionThe 20 Worst Draft Picks Ever – Ryan Leaf Doesn’t Even Crack The Top 5DefinitionGloriousaMan Says He’s From 2030, Presents ProofGloriousaFinanceChatterViewers Had To Look Away When This Happened On Live TVFinanceChatter More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com On Tuesday Boris Johnson said “clearly we now face, I’m afraid, the threat of a second wave in other parts of Europe and we just have to be vigilant.” Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said senior managers across the UK were extremely worried that a surge in cases is imminent. Thursday 30 July 2020 8:08 am whatsapp NHS leaders have said there is a “very high” level of concern about a potential spike in new cases, amid mounting worries about how the health service will deal with a second wave in the winter. Poppy Wood (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Coronavirus self-isolation to increase by three days to 10-day lockdown The new measures are set to be announced later today by deputy chief medical officer Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the Telegraph first reported, as infection rates across England continue to rise. The Cambridge MRC Biostatistics Unit said it is now “very likely” that infection rates are close to 1 in most regions of England, which scientists have blamed on the premature lifting of lockdown measures.last_img read more

BoE’s Haldane sees inflation risks as economies bounce back

first_imgHaldane said recent news of progress with the development of Covid-19 vaccines “offers some economic light at the end of the long, dark tunnel of this year” and there could be a rapid economic recovery in Britain and globally. Haldane focused most of his speech on central bank independence and said the blurring of the distinction in some people’s minds between governments and central banks had been reflected partly in a fall in public trust in central banks. Haldane has consistently sounded more upbeat than his fellow interest-rate setters about the prospects for an economic recovery in Britain after the record 25% slump triggered by the first coronavirus lockdown in the spring. Share “These developments underscore the crucial importance of efforts to improve public understanding of the economy, financial system and build trust in central banks’ role in supporting both,” he said. “As the economic recovery gathers pace next year, it will be important central banks remain squarely focussed on their core medium-term price stability mandates,” Haldane said in a speech to a University College London webinar on Saturday. whatsapp Sunday 29 November 2020 10:52 am Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane said inflation could rise by more than expected as progress on Covid-19 vaccines and huge amounts of stimulus raised the chances of a swift economic bounce-back. BoE’s Haldane sees inflation risks as economies bounce back Reuters “Taken together with the huge amounts of policy stimulus provided this year, this will in my view leave risks to the economic outlook more evenly balanced than for some time, including risks to inflation over the medium term,” he added. whatsapp The BoE’s nine-member Monetary Policy Committee has stressed that it will not be in a hurry to tighten monetary policy by saying it first wanted to see clear evidence of “significant progress” to hitting its 2% inflation target sustainably. The most recent consumer price index showed inflation at 0.7%. Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Colin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com Tags: Bank of Englandlast_img read more

‘Suspicious death’ reported on cruise ship in Southeast Alaska

first_imgJuneau | Public Safety | Tourism | Transportation‘Suspicious death’ reported on cruise ship in Southeast AlaskaJuly 26, 2017 by Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Dispatch News Share:The Emerald Princess is moored Wednesday, July 27, 2017, at the S. Franklin Street Dock in Juneau. (Photo by Tripp J Crouse/KTOO)Update | 9:09 a.m. ThursdayThe U.S. Attorney’s Office is expected to announce federal murder charges against a suspect in the death of a 39-year-old woman aboard a cruise ship.According to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, a joint news conference will include representatives from the U.S. Attorney, Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Coast Guard.The news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. today at the U.S. Attorney’s Office Conference Room in the James M. Fitzgerald U.S. Courthouse & Federal Building.— Tripp J Crouse, KTOOOriginal story | 10:30 a.m. Wednesday‘Suspicious death’ reported on cruise ship in Southeast AlaskaInvestigators were headed to Juneau early Wednesday after a “suspicious death” occurred on a cruise ship, according to the FBI Anchorage division.Staci Feger-Pellessier, an FBI spokeswoman, said the death happened aboard a Princess Cruises liner.Princess Cruises said in a statement Wednesday there was a “domestic dispute” aboard the Emerald Princess around 9 p.m. Tuesday, “resulting in the death of a 39-year-old female guest from Utah.”Negin Kamali, Princess Cruises’ director of public relations, said in an email that the ship docked in Juneau at 7:55 a.m. Wednesday. She said the dispute occurred in U.S. waters.“Since the incident, our fleet security team has been coordinating with the FBI and other local authorities,” the cruise line said. “They will be embarking the ship when it arrives in Juneau this morning.”The statement did not include the name of the victim or any additional information on the dispute.It said the Emerald Princess left Seattle on Sunday for a seven-day round-trip cruise to AlaskaFeger-Pellessier of the FBI said she did not have additional information early Wednesday.Editor’s note: This story has been republished with permission from the Alaska Dispatch News.— Tegan Hanlon, Alaska Dispatch NewsShare this story:last_img read more

Beyoncé’s Homecoming Documentary Hits Netflix Next Week

first_imgMusicFestivalsFilmBeyoncé’s Homecoming Documentary Hits Netflix Next WeekThe film goes behind the scenes of her 2018 Coachella performancesBy Brittany Martin – April 8, 20191587ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItClear your schedule for April 17, because new Beyoncé content is coming! Netflix will debut Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, in between weekends one and two of Coachella 2019. The timing is fitting, as documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at how Queen Bey’s epic Coachella 2018 performances came together.The just-released trailer shows clips of Beyoncé and her enormous team of dancers and musicians preparing for the headlining sets, with a recording of one of Maya Angelou’s final interviews providing the voiceover.“What I really want to do is be a representative of my race, of the human race,” Angelou’s voice says in the trailer. “I have a chance to show how kind we can be, how intelligent and generous we can be. I have a chance to teach and to love and to laugh.”Fans who caught the performances live will appreciate the documentary’s exploration of Bey’s creative process, from how she sought inspiration in the culture of historically black colleges, to the details of choreography and on-stage effects. But for those who weren’t in Indio last year, the documentary also marks the first time an official video of the performance will be available since the Coachella live streams.The title, Homecoming, echoes Bey’s Homecoming Scholars Award Program, a project she established when she became the first black woman to headline Coachella, endowing scholarships at four HBCUs.RELATED: Netflix Is Getting Goop-y with a New Gwyneth-Helmed SeriesStay on top of the latest in L.A. food and culture. Sign up for our newsletters today. TAGSBeyonceCoachellaFestival NewsNetflixPrevious articleBehind Closed Doors with Celeb Decorator Kerry JoyceNext articleA Data Pro Made a Map That Tracks Where All the Scooters in L.A. Are ConcentratedBrittany Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORAfter Its Surprise Cancelation from Netflix, ‘Tuca & Bertie’ Gets a Second LifeUpdated! The 2021 Music Festival GuideCoachella Sets a Date for Its 2022 Comebacklast_img read more

Top honour on Australia Day for Fire Officer

first_imgTop honour on Australia Day for Fire Officer Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services The Honourable Mark RyanA long-serving Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Fire Officer has been honoured with a prestigious medal as part of the 2021 Australia Day ceremonies.Minister for Fire and Emergency Service Mark Ryan congratulated Executive Manager Corey Bock, who received the Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM) today in recognition of his service to the organisation and Queensland communities.“To receive an AFSM, an officer must have demonstrated a high level of dedication, professionalism and willingness to go above and beyond what is expected of them in their role,” Mr Ryan said.“In his 28 years with QFES, Corey has shown all these attributes and more, so it is fantastic to see national recognition of his efforts.“I’d like to congratulate Corey on this award and look forward to seeing his work continue to benefit Queensland communities for years to come.”Since joining QFES in 1992, Mr Bock has served in a range of roles across multiple services, from frontline operations to strategic governance.As a senior officer in the Rural Fire Service (RFS), Mr Bock played an integral role in leading volunteer support and engagement in south east Queensland, whilst also supporting partner organisations and communities with bushfire management activities.QFES Commissioner Greg Leach said Mr Bock was held in high regard by his peers for his leadership in fire management, fire investigations, community engagement and knowledge management.“For more than 20 years, Corey has been on the front line of many significant fire and emergency disaster events, including the Grantham floods and Black Summer bushfires,” Mr Leach said.“He has been a trailblazer within the organisation, serving as the first Ministerial Liaison Officer from the RFS, representing QFES across all facets of government strategy and relations.“In addition to his permanent role, Corey is also an experienced RFS volunteer. He embodies the QFES values of respect, integrity and courage, and leads by example.“Corey’s commitment to sharing his specialist bushfire management knowledge will help ensure QFES can continue to deliver a world-class fire service into the future.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, black summer, bushfires, Commissioner, community engagement, Emergency, Emergency Services, Fire and Emergency Services, Government, Grantham, leadership, QFES, QLD, Queensland, Queensland Fire, Ryanlast_img read more

‘Space Bridge’ across world will help UK and Australia get ahead in global space race

‘Space Bridge’ across world will help UK and Australia get ahead in global space race The world’s first Space Bridge will unlock improved access to trade, investment and academic research opportunities, better advice to businesses and innovative bilateral collaborations. The UK and Australia share future ambitions for space and have similar plans to increase the size and job creation potential of the sector. This agreement will further develop the longstanding relationship between the two countries which dates back to the 1970s when the Prospero satellite built in Farnborough, UK, launched from Woomera, South Australia.The arrangement enhances cooperation between the UK Space Agency, UK Department for International Trade, Australian Trade & Investment Commission, and the Australian Space Agency, coordinating opportunities for the UK and Australian governments and companies to work on space-related activities, including sharing Earth Observation data to collaborating on robotic and artificial intelligence.UK Science Minister Amanda Solloway said: The signing of today’s Space Bridge partnership, a world’s first, with one of our closet international allies, is another step forward in our ambition for the UK to become a globally-competitive space power.The bond will allow our most innovative space businesses and universities to collaborate and share best practice more effectively than ever. I’m excited to see how this partnership will unlock new space jobs in both countries while driving forward new ideas that could enrich all of our lives.Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart MP said:Space exports hit £5.5 billion in 2017 and it is this international demand for our space goods and services which is driving the development of the UK’s vibrant and innovative space industry.Like the UK, Australia recognises the enormous potential of space science and recognises that closer partnership and alignment between our two sectors can boost progress and jobs in both countries. I believe that UK exports to Australia could grow by £900 million as a result of a Free-Trade Agreement and the Space Bridge programme can play a critical role in space contributing to this growth, and further strengthening our UK-Australia relationship.The UK boasts strong Foreign Direct Investment levels into its space sector and the Australian space sector reports a strong appetite to expand operations into the UK. Leaders for Australia and UK’s space agencies recognise the importance of stronger space ties between both countries, as the UK ramps up plans to become a leading global player in space.The announcement comes as the UK and Australia begin the fourth round of negotiations on the Free Trade Agreement this week. We have already made good progress in several chapter areas including digital, telecommunications, customs, rules of origin, and procurement in previous rounds.Australia is influential in the Indo-Pacific and a Free-Trade Agreement will help us pivot towards this dynamic area of the world. This will help diversify our trade, make our supply chains more resilient, and make the UK less vulnerable to political and economic shocks.Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive Officer of the UK Space Agency, said:As the UK extends its ambitions in space, it’s only right that we forge new and stronger alliances with new and existing partners all across the globe. This agreement has the potential to unleash innovation, promote knowledge exchange and build relationships that will help both the UK and Australia maximise the vast economic and scientific potential that the space sector offers. It will help create better opportunities and greater security for people in both nations.Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency.The Space Bridge Framework Arrangement will help propel the Australian civil space industry into its next phase of growth, opening doors to build local capability, as well as significantly boost our collaboration with the UK Space Agency.The space sector is one of the fastest-growing UK sectors with 30,000 new jobs expected by 2030. The Australian space sector is also growing with up to 20,000 new Australian jobs expected by 2030.The Space Bridge Framework Arrangement was signed on Tuesday, 23 February 2021 at the British High Commissioner’s residence in Canberra, Australia, and at Westminster, in London, United Kingdom. The arrangement was signed by the Australian Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews, UK Minister for Science, Research and Innovation Amanda Solloway, in the presence of British High Commissioner to Australia Vicki Treadell CMG MVO, High Commissioner to the UK The Hon George Brandis QC, Australian Space Agency Head Enrico Palermo, UK Space Agency Chief Executive Officer Dr Graham Turnock, UK Space Agency International Director Alice Bunn, Chair of UKSpace Nick Shave and Space Industry Association of Australia Chief Executive Officer James Brown, who joined the signing virtually. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, artificial intelligence, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, British, Canberra, Commissioner, Earth, Government, International trade, London, South Australia, UK, UK Government, United Kingdom, Woomera read more

Winnipeg man seeks owner of car he accidentally stole 21 years ago

first_img See More Videos Elderly Texas couple’s van gets stolen, and returned, every night“I always felt guilty about it. I felt horrible that I stole someone’s car – accidentally, albeit – and I wanted to reach out to her in the beginning,” Freedman tells CBC. “I wanted to reach out to the police to let them know what happened [at the time] and I was talked out of it because it was pretty much, no harm no foul.” Trending Videos Ontario woman accidentally steals car she mistook for her rental ‹ Previous Next › Let’s just hope when and if he finds the original owner, she’s as willing to laugh about it as we are. Trending in Canada A Winnipeg man seeking to clear his conscience – after accidentally and temporarily stealing a car way back in 1998 – is getting some help from the Internet tracking down its owner. CBC Manitoba tells the story of the story of 38-year-old Kevin Freedman who, years after the random and kind of impressive event, has Tweeted out a plea for help.The incident took place nearly 21 years ago, when Freedman, then a teenage lifeguard, asked a coworker if he might borrow her Ford Taurus to head downtown to pay a parking ticket and pick up a Slurpee. It being a hot August day and she being a good friend, the deal was made. The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 1996 Ford Taurus  Ford advertisement COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS When he got to the parking lot, he discovered what he believed to be his friend’s car with the windows down and doors unlocked, so he hopped in and, after a brief puzzle with the ignition, which he solved by doing up his seatbelt, started it up and drove off.https://twitter.com/MBKev/status/1112190320140345344?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1112190320140345344&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbc.ca%2Fnews%2Fcanada%2Fmanitoba%2Faccidental-car-theft-1998-winnipeg-1.5088345Downtown at the police station where he was to pay his ticket, however, Freedman came across another key-related issue; he couldn’t get the doors open again after he’d locked them. Luckily, a parking officer and unwitting accomplice was able to get the ‘really wonky’ keys to work, claiming it was ‘all in the wrist.’ After another 10-minute struggle to get the car going, Freedman drove on to complete his errands and, Slurpee in hand, returned the keys to his friend, apologizing for damaging them and possibly the ignition. But later that evening when he left for the day, he noticed the car sitting in the lot where he’d left it, despite his friend already having left with it. That’s when he put it together—he’d taken the wrong car. His friend said a 20-something woman had reported her car stolen to pool staff, but because she didn’t know her license plate number, waited to tell police until the next day. Then, when they returned to the last place she’d seen it, there it was, all locked up and secure.RELATED Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” RELATED TAGSFordTaurusNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesManitobaNon-Luxury We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca last_img read more

CU Team Maps Chromosome For Human Genome Project

first_imgA University of Colorado at Boulder research team has completed a two-year mapping project of a human chromosome associated with various diseases as part of the international Human Genome Project. Led by Professor Ken Krauter of the molecular, cellular and developmental biology department, the group’s map of chromosome 18 includes genes involved in colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, bipolar disorder and Nieman-Pick disease Type C, a neurological disorder. “Our map is useful for cloning genes involved in disease and for diagnosing genetic diseases,” said Krauter. “Its applications for sequencing the chromosome are its most valuable aspect.” The team presented its integrated physical map of human chromosome 18 at a national genome project meeting May 14-18 in Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y. Other team members are graduate student Deborah McDonough, research assistants Christie Friesen and Katie Lord, and research associate Alla Karnovsky. Although various Colorado research groups are involved in the Human Genome Project, the CU-Boulder team is only the second in the state to map an entire chromosome. A team from CU’s Health Sciences Center produced a map of chromosome 3 several years ago. The human body contains 23 chromosome pairs. The genetic material in chromosomes, DNA, contains subunits called bases which, when strung together, form the genetic code. One of the goals of the Human Genome Project is to determine the complete sequence of bases comprising the DNA of each chromosome. Maps like the one created by Krauter’s group are precursors to sequencing a chromosome, said Krauter. Chromosome 18 contains about 80 million bases, but current techniques allow for sequencing only a few hundred bases at once. To make human DNA manageable, a library of DNA clones was created by cutting human DNA into thousands of pieces and inserting them into yeast cells. The human DNA can then easily be replicated and manipulated. Known sequences of DNA unique to chromosome 18 were used as markers and a technique called the polymerase chain reaction was used to locate these unique sequences in the DNA clones. Using powerful computer programs, the CU researchers determined the order of the markers and clones along the chromosome. The next step is to correlate each DNA clone into several smaller, bacterially based clones that can be sequenced directly, said Krauter. Since the order of the clones is known, they can be sequenced individually and then strung together to form the sequence of the entire chromosome. The international Human Genome Project was launched in October 1990 to discover and characterize all of the estimated 60,000 to 100,000 genes in the human genome. The project is directed jointly by the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health the National Center for Human Genome Research. The Internet has played an integral role in the genome project, allowing data to be quickly updated and shared among researchers, said Krauter. By accessing information from other research teams electronically, Krauter’s group was able to integrate many types of data into their map, adding to its confidence level. At the current rate of progress, the Human Genome Project could be completed as early as 2002 — three years ahead of schedule, said the researchers. “The Human Genome Project will allow us to design new therapies for genetic diseases through understanding the mechanisms of disease,” said Krauter. “It also will aid our understanding of how humans develop and how multigene traits like behavior, hypertension and metabolic diseases are amenable to understanding through genetic analysis.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: May 22, 1997 last_img read more

James Randi To Lecture At CU-Boulder on May 21

first_img Published: April 29, 2003 James Randi, internationally recognized investigator of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims, will give a free, public lecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder on May 21. Randi will speak on “Search for the Chimera: An Overview of How Science Has Pursued Magic and Miracles in the 20th Century and Into the 21st Century” at 7:30 p.m. in Macky Auditorium. His lecture is intended for a general audience and no reservations are required. Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. His lecture will address everything from UFOs to the Bermuda Triangle, from psychic “spoonbending” to simple magicians’ tricks certified as miracles. He is the author of nine books and has been featured on national television shows including “20/20,” “Dateline” and “Larry King Live.” He has lectured at the White House, Harvard, Yale, MIT, Oxford, Princeton, Stanford and Yale, and is the winner of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellowship. Randi will lecture as part of the 34th annual conference of the Division of Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics of the American Physical Society to be held on the CU-Boulder campus May 20-24. About 750 scientists are expected to attend. For more information on Randi, visit the Web site at www.randi.org. For more information on the May 21 lecture call (303) 492-7789. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Beware of new fraud scheme involving unemployment claims

first_imgPublished: June 29, 2020 Investigating and prosecuting fraud is a high priority for the Division of Unemployment Insurance. Unfortunately, with the rise in unemployment insurance claims associated with COVID-19, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) has also seen a rise in fraudulent claims and other instances of fraud. CDLE is tracking a new fraud scheme involving unemployment claims that are filed using another person’s identity. If you received a U.S. Bank ReliaCard in the mail and have not filed for unemployment, please read the following guidance.Protect Yourself Against Fraud.  TIP: Never give out personally identifiable information over the phone. CDLE will never contact you and ask for your social security number (SSN), bank account numbers, your PIN, account passwords, or any other personally identifiable information.What You Need To KnowHuman Resources received the following information from a criminal investigator with the Colorado Department of Labor.This scam is widespread and they suspect the criminals are not stealing mail, but working to get PIN numbers the state uses to pay out benefits.Most likely the scams are originating out of Florida, Georgia and Alabama.The information the criminals have probably came from a large data breach in the last 10 years (Equifax, Target, Hilton, etc.) and has been sold on the dark web.Victims need to file police reports and lock down their accounts and credit files.  What to do if you believe someone is using your identity to collect unemployment benefits?If you received unemployment paperwork but did not file a claim, or otherwise believe you are a victim of identity theft related to unemployment benefits, please submit a fraud report.​​Note: This form was created by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE). For questions on how to complete the form, please visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website.File a police report with the municipal police department where you reside. Please contact Employee Relations for additional questions.Additionally, there are several recommended steps to follow:If you received a U.S. Bank Reliacard for Colorado unemployment benefits but did not file a claim, contact U.S. Bank immediately at 1-855-279-1678 or complete the online form. Tell them that a fraudulent unemployment claim was filed using your information, and ask them to deactivate the card. Contact the three consumer credit bureaus and put a fraud alert on your name and Social Security number (SSN). It may be an automated system, so you may not talk to a live person and you will have to enter your SSN and date of birth.Equifax: 1-800-525-6285; www.equifax.com/CreditReportAssistancExperian: 1-888-397-3742; www.experian.com/fraudTransUnion: 1-800-680-7289; www.transunion.com/fraudIt is important to regularly review your credit reports from each of the three credit bureaus. Each will look different and may contain different information. If you discover any incorrect or fraudulent information on your credit report, you should dispute it with the credit bureau directly. Normally, you can receive one free copy of your credit report each year from each credit bureau. Due to increased fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic, each of the three credit bureaus is offering free weekly credit reports via annualcreditreport.com.It is also recommended that you file a police report. You can file a “counter report” with your local police department. As a victim, you have the right to file this report. It doesn’t mean the police will investigate it, but there will at least be a record of it on file and you can get a copy of the report for your records.You can also report identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission at identitytheft.gov. The FTC’s website includes valuable resources about how to recover from identity theft and protect your identity.Lastly, create a file where you can keep any records relating to this identity theft in one central place, in case you are notified of other fraud or breaches of your personal information.For more information regarding unemployment fraud prevention, please visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website.  Tags:HR Newslast_img read more