The pandemic has forced artists from across the globe to adapt to a new medium of livestream performances. While this is far from ideal for many performers who feed off the energy of a live audience, many have made do. Some, however, have acclimated better than others and it appears that Metallica falls into the “others” category.During a livestream for this year’s BlizzCon—an annual convention organized by Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind video games like World Of Warcraft and Diablo, which was forced online this year—the metal pioneers ran into a bit of technical difficulty. As they pounded out the opening notes of the Ride The Lightning staple “For Whom The Bell Tolls”, Metallica had their sound cut off on Twitch and replaced with music that, let’s say, lacked the same adrenaline-soaked energy of heavy metal.Related: Les Claypool Shares ‘Precious Metals’ Short Film With Metallica’s Robert Trujillo [Watch]As many artists have come to realize over the pandemic, sites like YouTube and Twitch have certain built-in censors that activate to prevent copyright infringement. Oftentimes when somebody covers an artist, the stream will get shut down by YouTube or Facebook altogether. Rather than taking down the stream, however, Twitch went a different route and overdubbed the band’s music with the kind of light, ambient music that could be found in the background of Legend Of Zelda, rather than in Metallica’s rehearsal studio.The irony here, of course, is that this technological faux pas was a direct result of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA). This 1998 copyright law came into effect in no small part thanks to Metallica, and memorably drummer Lars Ulrich‘s, public crusade against internet hosting site Napster at the tail end of the 90s as MP3s became commonplace in the United States. Now, it appears that the champions of intellectual property protections have fallen victim to the same archaic policies which they helped implement.Watch Metallica’s performance of “For Whom The Bell Tolls” from BlizzCon’s Twitch stream quickly go awry.Twitch Is Afraid Of Getting DMCA’d On Their Platform -Cuts Off Metallica..[Video: ghecco’s twitch clips][H/T A.V. Club]
Aug 26, 2011 Hong Kong pigs produce recombinant H3N2-pH1N1 flu virusHong Kong’s Centre for Food Safety announced today that 16 pig samples collected in June and July were found to contain a swine influenza H3N2 virus that had picked up some genes from the human 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. According to a 7th Space Interactive report, Malik Peiris, the Hong Kong University (HKU) expert in charge of Hong Kong’s surveillance program, said it is unlikely the H3N2 virus poses a threat to human health or food safety. Peiris said, “Given the fact that the human swine influenza virus has spread worldwide in humans and pigs have also been infected by this virus, the recent finding is not a cause for surprise. HKU is conducting further tests to learn more about this particular strain.” Hong Kong officials identified a swine-origin H1N1 virus early in 2010 that also contained genes from pandemic 2009 H1N1.Aug 26 7th Space report Pregnant women, obese more commonly prioritized globally for flu vaccineThose placed in priority groups to receive seasonal or the 2009 pandemic flu vaccine vary broadly among countries, with pregnant women, obese patients, and healthcare workers (HCWs) becoming increasingly targeted, according to researchers who studied policies in 72 countries over the past several years. Scientists from the University of Hong Kong analyzed target groups in 33 countries for whom policies were accessible for seasonal flu vaccine in 2009 (Southern Hemisphere) and 2009-10, 72 countries for monovalent 2009 H1N1 vaccine, and 34 countries for seasonal 2010 and 2010-11 vaccines. They found that for seasonal 2009-10 vaccines, which were produced before the pandemic, 97% of nations placed the elderly in the priority group, followed by those with chronic conditions (91%), HCWs (70%), and nursing home residents (52%). Pregnant women were included in only 46% of plans, and the obese in only 3%. For the 2009 H1N1 vaccine, pregnant women, HCWs, and those with chronic illnesses were targeted in about 90% of plans. One-fifth to one-fourth targeted obese patients and close contacts. Compared with the seasonal 2009-10 vaccine, the elderly, nursing home residents, and close contacts were less commonly targeted. Priority groups for post-pandemic seasonal flu vaccine were similar to those for 2009-10 seasonal flu vaccine, except pregnant women, obese persons, HCWs, and close contacts were more commonly targeted. The elderly were most commonly prioritized (82%), followed by those with chronic illnesses (79%), pregnant women (57%), HCWs (50%), nursing home residents (39%), close contacts (36%), and the obese (25%).Aug 26 BMC Infect Dis abstract Almost century-old data show 1918 pandemic flu was moderately transmissibleA study of a previously unpublished large household survey conducted in Baltimore during the fall wave of the 1918 pandemic suggests that the virus was moderately transmissible, similar to the 2009 H1N1 virus, with few asymptomatic infections. The report, led by researchers at Imperial College London and Johns Hopkins University, appears in the September issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. The team found the survey of 7,287 households in archives at Johns Hopkins. It had been led by Wade Hampton Frost, a pioneer in epidemiological field studies and modeling. In the new analysis of the data, the researchers used Frost’s original models and modern ones that included more variables such as preexisting immunity and asymptomatic infections. They compared the data with estimates for seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu.Sep 1 Am J Epidemiol abstract Gene study plots differences in human immune response to fluIn what is thought to be the most extensive investigation of human response to influenza exposure, researchers from the University of Michigan and Duke University have found gene expression patterns that provide clues about how disease progresses in symptomatic and asymptomatic people. As detailed in Public Library of Science (PLoS) Genetics, they exposed 17 healthy volunteers to influenza A (H3N2), and took peripheral blood samples 16 times over 132 hours. To identify gene expression patterns, they used a recognition tool called Bayes linear unmixing, which has previously been used to process satellite images of earth, according to a University of Michigan press release. They found a molecular signature that correlated with clinical disease and biomarkers that distinguished early from late infection phases and suggested that the findings could be used to identify new treatment targets and provide diagnostic assessment for seasonal and pandemic flu.Aug 25 PLoS Genetics abstractAug 25 University of Michigan press release
By PHIL GURSKYPresidentLos Alamos Heart CouncilThe Los Alamos Heart Council and the Los Alamos Medical Center a (LAMC) announce that, due to COVID-19 New Mexico Health Emergency Health Orders and related health safety concerns, the 35th Annual edition of the Los Alamos Health Fair will be cancelled for 2020.The Heart Council and LAMC regret the need to cancel, but we prioritize the health and welfare of exhibitors, health care professionals, volunteers and especially our citizen visitors, some of whom are particularly vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19. We thank all our sponsors, exhibitors and volunteers and look forward to seeing them in Fall 2021 with our 35th Los Alamos Health Fair, with all of its usual features and exhibits.As a community service, The Heart Council and LAMC announce a drive-through Influenza Shot Clinic will be held from 8-11 a.m. Oct. 10, 2020 at the parking lot for Sullivan Field at the High School. he Flu Clinic will be free and available to community members, 18 years old or older. While any adult is welcome to get a Flu Shot at the Clinic, we particularly would like senior citizens and other people with vulnerabilities avail themselves of the Clinic. The volunteer health professionals and assistance volunteers will all be equipped with N95 protective masks and gloves and will adhere to all appropriate safety protocols.Please save the date of Oct. 10, 2020 for the Drive-Through Flu Clinic and look for announcements and attendance instructions.
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The Portuguese port of Lisbon could soon continue normal operations as the Portuguese Dockers Union (SETC) and the International Dockworkers Council (IDC) reached an agreement with port employers’ associations.IDC said that the “workers achieved a compromise that will, following the signing of a new agreement in the coming days, be valid for the next six years.”The agreement, which was reached on Friday and Saturday after 15 hours of negotiation, was passed yesterday evening at the union general assembly.Among the main points of this deal is the promise of port companies to dismantle alternative labour pools at the port of Lisbon, and to abandon the establishment of direct and precarious contracts.“All existing workers, within a maximum period of two years, will join the existing labour pool. Further, port companies have committed the reinstatement of workers dismissed last year, and the reimbursement of their salaries,” IDC added.The new agreement will also reflect the existence of a mixed system of automatic promotions for dock workers, which will be determined by the amount of time spent working on four upper work levels, and on mixed progression at the two lower levels. In addition, there will be ten pay scale levels, including two additional levels- one minimum and one intermediate- which apply to new employees.“The agreed minimum wage will be 850 euros per month and the agreed maximum wage will be 2,326.06 euros per month. Priority will be given to dockworkers who exercise the tasks of “ship planning” and “yard planning”,” IDC said.Furthermore, the union said that it will carry on with the demonstration organised on June 16 as it wants to state how conditions in Lisbon should be a reference for all Portuguese ports, as well as collaborate with civil society mobilisations against precarious employment.SETC has been delivering strike notices since November 2015 prompted by the inability of the two sides to find a middle-ground on the new contracts, resulting in the contract dispute of over three years. On April 20, the union launched a strike which froze all operations at the port of Lisbon, followed by a number of stoppages.
Scott said he was making the adjustment to the new position well before the season was suspended on March 14 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a freshman, he started a playoff game at designated hitter. At one point during his sophomore season he was a starting left fielder. He’s also pitched. Benton’s Cade Scott hits a home run during a playoff game last season. … Russell Hedges/Press-Tribune Scott also liked the way the Tigers were playing. Benton senior Cade Scott has played a variety of positions in his three-plus seasons as a member of the Tigers baseball team. Third base is where he’s played the most innings. “He’s always been a great hitter, one of the best hitters I’ve been fortunate enough to be around. And he’s always been real athletic. He’s never really had a position because he was good enough at every position but not really a standout at every position either to the point where he’s caught on to catching very fast.” “It was hard at first because I hadn’t caught in a few years but I got used to it and tried my best at it,” he said. Bossier Parish schools had set a tentative re-opening date of April 14. While no official statement has been made, that won’t happen now. Stephens also was pleased with the team’s progress. Stephens has kept in contact with Scott and the rest of the Tigers through group messaging. So it’s no surprise that when Stephens needed a catcher after the departure of three-year starter Cole Horton to Northwestern State after last season, Scott stepped up. LHSAA Commissioner Eddie Bonine told the Baton Rouge Advocate on Tuesday the extension of the “stay-at-home” option just means that the LHSAA’s process on deciding if and when the spring sports seasons will continue has also been extended. Stephens also remains optimistic. Scott, a two-time first-team All-District 1-4A and All-Parish infielder, is maintaining a positive attitude. But he realizes that his senior might be over. One thing Stephens hopes is that the senior student-athletes, not just on his team but around the state, are the focus as decisions are made that effect them most of all. He pointed out that the NCAA just granted an extra year of eligibility to its spring sports athletes. He especially wants his players to remember the last inning of the final game they played on March 14. Benton scored seven runs with no outs to rally for an 11-10 victory over New Diana, Texas. “I’ve been proud of them in the midst of individualized baseball our kids have done a great job of playing team baseball,” he said. “The way we won our last game against New Diana was the definition of team baseball. Just had guys step up we were down six going into the last inning. Stephens said Scott was getting more comfortable at catcher just as the season was suspended. Benton was 11-4 when the season was suspended. After winning seven straight District 1-4A championships — and the 2018 4A state title — the Tigers were about to start testing themselves against District 1-5A competition for the first time. To help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, schools have been closed since March 16. Earlier this week, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced he was going to extend his “stay-at-home” order to the end of April. “We were doing real good in my opinion, but some games we would fall off,” he said. “But whenever our team was on nobody could have beat us.” At the plate, Scott was simply continuing the success he has had throughout his high school career. In 62 plate appearances, he was batting .440 with four doubles, two triples, three home runs and a team-leading 20 RBI. “Even if we come back with a modified schedule, I think there is still hope that we finish the year playing baseball.” “To be honest with you right now nothing about baseball,” he said. “Life-related and that’s it. Just kind of a quote here every day, a quote there, just to kind of at least stay in some form of contact with them. “It’s been rough because everybody looks forward to their senior year,” he said “But we didn’t get ours. We were hoping to end on a smile instead of it end with something like this. I’m hoping it will come back and I’m waiting for things to change.” “I really love where our team was headed. Hopefully we can kind of build off that when we come back.” “Things have been going well,” said Scott, who has signed with Panola College. “I bought into Coach Stephens’ approach more than I have in the last three years. That made a big improvement.” “It was just so much fun to watch. Give them all the credit. We took our walks. We got hit by pitches. We hit the ball backside. I mean just good team baseball, good atmosphere. Nobody panicked. Everybody believed that we were going to win. “He’s played almost every position on the field,” Benton head coach J.D. Stephens said. “I have hope,” he said. “ I feel like it’s going to be a unique end no matter how we end it. The LHSAA still stays in contact with all the head coaches. It looks like they’re trying to get everything on their end ironed out as far as making sure all the games have been put in that have already been played. It looks like on their end they haven’t shown any reason why we wouldn’t. Of course, like other spring sports athletes around the state, Scott and his teammates are in a holding pattern. He is one of six seniors on the team along with Cade Paddy, Cameron Ross, Brennan Blaylock, Landon Joyner and Tanner Timms. “The biggest spot for us to fill was catcher,” Stephens said. “And that’s one of those things where catching is a position you have to be committed to. And he wanted to do it. He basically said, ‘Coach, I’m gonna catch.’ And he’s done a great job with it. “Right now baseball is taking a back seat which it should. It’s a chance for all of us to kind of reflect on what really is important.” “He was making extremely good progressions at that position on and off the field as far as pitch sequencing and all that stuff that goes into it that nobody kind of pays attention to,” he said. “All those college seniors are getting a do-over if you will, but high school seniors don’t get that,” he said. “So for the sake of them I hope we’re able to finish regardless of how it ends, for them to get out there and leave it all in the field because not every one of my seniors is going to play college baseball.”Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? 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