Five Donegal designer-makers showcased their incredible creative talents in Philadelphia last weekend when they took part in the gala ‘Straight out of Ireland’ event organised by the Irish Immigration Centre.Jewellery makers Hannah McGuinness and Anne Vekins and knitwear specialists Bernie Murphy, Michelle McCarroll and Edel MacBride were among almost 40 Irish and American artists and makers who showcased work inspired by contemporary Ireland.Edel MacBrideBernie Murphy“As the Greater Philadelphia areas has one of the highest concentrations of Irish Americans in the country, the Irish Immigration Centre of Philadelphia looks for opportunities to bring people together to get a first had experience of Ireland’s contemporary culture,” said President of the Board of the Irish Immigration Centre of Philadelphia, Kathleen Kenneally. She added: “We feel it is important to help people look beyond Ireland as a land of shamrocks and Guinness and see it as a globally trendsetting hub for business, art, fashion and more.”Hannah McGuinnessMichelle McCarrollHead of Enterprise in Donegal, Michael Tunney, said the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal was delighted through the Creative Coast initiative to support the five local designer-makers attend the gala showcase.“Over the past number of years through the Diaspora and other projects we have been growing stronger links between Donegal and the Irish community in Philadelphia and this event provided another opportunity to build upon those links,” he said.Straight Out of Ireland aimed to bring the evolution of traditional Irish art to life by exhibiting a range of aesthetics that highlight the modern style and soul of Ireland including ceramics, drawings, glass, jewelry, lace, paintings, photography, fashion and more. Anne VekinsFunds from Straight Out of Ireland will benefit the Irish Immigration Centre of Philadelphia, enabling the organisation to continue carrying out its mission to support the Irish immigrant community in Philadelphia and strengthen the heritage on a local, national and international level.More information about the event can be found online at www.straighoutofireland.comLocal Enterprise Office Donegal is supported through co-funding from the Irish Government and the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. To contact the Local Enterprise Office in Donegal, log on to www.localenterprise.ie/donegal or phone 0749160735.Trendsetting designers showcase talents in Philadelphia was last modified: November 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Anne VekinsBernie MurphyEdel MacBrideHannah McGuinnessMichelle McCarrollPhiladelphiaStraight out of Ireland
23 October 2012 A ground-breaking discovery by South African scientists, opening up a new approach that could prove key to producing an Aids vaccine, was announced by the Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) on Monday. The discovery involves a unique feature of HIV that enables some infected people to make antibodies that are able to kill a wide range of the HIV strains. A study published in the journal Nature Medicine describes how a unique change in the outer covering of the virus found in two HIV-infected South African women enabled them to make potent antibodies which are able to kill up to 88% of HIV types from around the world. Over the past five years, Caprisa has been studying how certain HIV-infected people develop very powerful antibody responses.‘Broadly neutralising antibodies’ These antibodies are referred to as broadly neutralising antibodies because they kill a wide range of HIV types from different parts of the world. The Caprisa team initially discovered that two KwaZulu-Natal women could make these rare antibodies. Through long-term follow-up laboratory studies of the two women, it was discovered that a sugar – known as a glycan – on the surface protein coat of the virus at a specific position (referred to as position 332) forms a site of vulnerability in the virus and enables the body to mount a broadly neutralising antibody response. “Understanding this elaborate game of ‘cat and mouse’ between HIV and the immune response of the infected person has provided insights into how broadly neutralising antibodies arise,” said Dr Penny Moore of South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). These were the kind of antibodies that would be needed for a vaccine, Moore added.‘New approach to making a vaccine’ “Up to now, we’ve known that up to about a fifth of people make those antibodies, but we’ve never known how. We just haven’t understood what the process is,” she said. “What we are showing today is one of the pathways – there are others, but this is one pathway for developing broadly neutralising antibodies. “The reason it is significant is that it gives us a new way of thinking about how to make a vaccine, which is the next step … It gives us a new strategy that we can exploit, where we try to mimic what happens in infected people, but in the absence of the virus and just doing that by vaccination,” Moore said. Head of Aids Research at the NICD, Professor Lynn Morris, explained that it was a surprise to find that the virus strain which caused infection in many cases did not have this antibody target on its outer covering. “But over time, the virus was pressured by the body’s immune reaction to cover itself with the sugar that formed a point of vulnerability, and so allowed the development of antibodies that hit that weak spot,” she said.‘Our researchers have done us proud’ Commenting on the significance of the finding, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, director of Caprisa and President of South Africa’s Medical Research Council, said that broadly neutralising antibodies were considered to be the key to making an Aids vaccine. “This discovery provides new clues on how vaccines could be designed to elicit broadly neutralising antibodies,” Karim said. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Monday paid tribute to the scientists involved in the study, while highlighting the importance of their finding. “Our researchers have done us proud. Today’s announcement bears testimony to the kind of scientists in our country,” Motsoaledi said. The government’s funding for the study was proof of its commitment to fund not only treatment but also research to find solutions to the epidemic, Motsoaledi said. Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom, who also applauded the scientists involved in the study, said that a number of groups, including his department, had co-sponsored the study. The scientists, among them young and female scientists, were making major breakthroughs in the fight against HIV/Aids and had made the country proud, Hanekom said. Source: SANews.gov.za
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One June 26th, the U.S. House of Representatives, by a mere seven votes, passed H.R. 2454, American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. The bill had almost 1,000 pages, and extensive changes were drawn up in a 300-page manager’s amendment!The proposed legislation has drawn criticism from most Republicans while being sponsored and supported by Democrats. Sponsored by Henry Waxman (D) of California and Edward Markey (D) of Massachusetts, HR 2454 has further sharpened party lines, although several Republicans had previously urged passage of climate legislation, and eight actually voted for the bill. Moreover, both citizens and industry seem to generally support the concept of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dependency on foreign oil by encouraging alternative energy sources.The bill sets a cap on emissions of greenhouse gases, with 2006 levels being the benchmark. It aims for a 17% reduction by 2020 and 80% by 2050 using a system of permits and allowances.In order for companies to release greenhouse gas, they must have an allowance to do so. The companies can buy and sell these allowances, which reduce over time. . .thus reaching the 80% reduction goal in 2050. But what’s in the bill? How does it affect each of us in our daily lives if it passes the Senate? What compromises are being worked out behind closed doors?The bill creates a “National Energy Code” either by designating the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as the residential code OR by assigning the Department of Energy to draft a new energy code. If the IECC reaches its goal of 30% increase in residential energy efficiency over 2006 levels by 2012, it will become the standard national energy code. For it to remain the standard, it must reach 50% increased efficiency over 2006 by 2015. The DOE will have authority to pass judgment on whether (or not) the new codes reach the targeted efficiency goal. The bill legislates similar requirements for commercial construction, referencing the ASHRAE 90.1 standard.That would seem to strongly encourage the IECC Committee and the ICC Membership to pass proposals that meet the DOE objective.The goal of the Obama administration and congressional leadership is to pass the legislation before the U.N. Climate Conference scheduled for Copenhagen in December. The bill will likely be discussed after September, but the outcome is still very much in doubt in the Senate, with significant opposition based on the impact on states. Senate leadership believes there is insufficient support for the bill in its present state.ICC’s vice president for federal affairs, David Karmol, says that the Senate legislation that deals with building energy efficiency is much better in respecting the current code development process, and the right of local jurisdictions to adopt and enforce its own building codes. According to Karmol, the provision in the House bill that requires the DOE to enforce a national energy code at the local level is not in the Senate legislation and is not expected to be a part of the final bill, if a bill does in fact pass in the Senate.
The ruling BJP on Sunday followed the Opposition Congress in naming the candidates for the four Assembly seats in Assam where by-elections would be held on October 21.These seats fell vacant after three BJP MLAs and one Congress MLA were elected to the Lok Sabha. The death of the candidates necessitated the bypolls in two other Assembly seats in the northeast — Khonsa West in Arunachal Pradesh and Shella in Meghalaya.The BJP announced the names of Towfiqur Rahman, Rajen Barthakur, Bijay Malakar and Nabanita Handique for the Jania, Rangapara, Ratabari and Sonari Assembly seats. On Saturday, the Congress had named Shamsul Hoque, Kartik Kurmi, Keshab Prasad Rajak and Sushil Suri for the seats.The All India United Democratic Front, headed by MP and perfume baron Badruddin Ajmal, fielded former MLA Hafiz Rafiqul Islam for the Jania seat. “We have asked the voters to exercise their conscience vote in the other three seats,” party leader Aminul Islam said.The United Democratic Party named Balajeid Synrem for Shella. He is the son of former Chief Minister Donkupar Roy, who died in July.The BJP and other parties have decided not to field any candidate for the Khonsa West seat. They pledged support to Chakat Aboh, wife of Tirong Aboh who was killed by extremists in May soon after winning the seat on the National People’s Party ticket.Ms. Aboh would be contesting as an independent. Her rivals, if any, are also expected to be independent candidates.
Green Bay defensive Tackle Tony Hargrove became the latest casualty of the “Bountygate” scandal that originated in New Orleans.The Packers cut him on Friday evening rather than wait for him to complete his NFL-mandated eight-game suspension for his role in the affair.Hargrove was among the several current and former Saints players and coaches whom Commissioner Roger Goodell cited this spring as having participated in the infamous bounty program that offered financial incentive to knock opposing players out of the game.The former Georgia Tech star has long maintained his innocence, accusing the NFL of lying about his involvement. The league has insisted that Hargrove was heard on tape saying “Give me money” after the team was told that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre had suffered a broken leg in the 2009 NFC Championship game.Hargrove has maintained that the voice heard was not his, but the league has remained unmoved.“It wasn’t me” he said in a statement released in June. “That’s right. The NFL got their evidence all wrong. In their rush to convict me, they made a very serious error. … Like I said, lean in closer, look closer, listen closer. It is not my voice, Anyone who knows me well knows that it’s not me. But the NFL does not know me well. They simply make assumptions. With … my … life.”The Packers signed Hargrove on March 30 as an unrestricted free agent, well before the NFL handed down its punishment for the “pay-to-play” scandal a few weeks later.The team knew some kind of punishment was headed Hargrove’s way, but apparently feel now that he isn’t worth the headache. Hargrove was among five players the team cut Friday as it works its roster down to the 53-man limit by 7 p.m. next Friday.Green Bay had the option of retaining Hargrove’s rights as he sat out the first eight weeks of the season without counting him against the 53-man roster. The team would have had a week or so to decide what to do with him when his suspension was complete.But it was obvious with the lack of playing time that Hargrove was receiving in the preseason that the Packers were having buyer’s remorse and had little interest in his services.Hargrove will be free to sign with any team in the league after his suspension is over.
Kolkata: Despite repeated actions taken to control the post-poll violence across the state, the situation is yet to improve. Three persons including two Trinamool Congress workers were killed on Monday night at Jagaddal in North 24 Parganas and Galsi in East Burdwan.According to sources, on Monday night at around 10:30 pm, two elderly persons identified as Md Halim (62) and Md Mukhtar (68) were having a casual chat in front of their houses at Baruipara 22 number gully in Jagaddal, when all of a sudden a few miscreants hurled multiple crude bombs at them and fled from the spot. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHalim died on the spot while Muhkhtar and a few others who were injured due to the blasts, were rushed to Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial (JNM) Hospital in Kalyani, where Mukhtar was declared brought dead by the doctor. Later, three persons were arrested who are residents of the same area as the two deceased persons. Local Trinamool leadership alleged that BJP backed miscreants have done this, whereas the saffron leadership has denied the allegation. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateOn the other hand on Monday night, at nearly the same time, a Trinamool worker was killed at Galsi in East Burdwan. According to sources, on Monday night Trinamool worker Joydeb Roy was returning home to Santinandi village in Galsi. Near the village, he was allegedly surrounded by some BJP workers. It is alleged that the BJP workers beat Roy with bamboo sticks and other weapons. When he screamed, some nearby persons went to his rescue. When they tried to protect Roy, the BJP workers assaulted them as well. The miscreants fled from the scene later. All of them were rescued by the police and rushed to Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, where the doctor declared Roy as brought dead. The other injured persons are still undergoing treatment at the same hospital.