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first_imgAug 3, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Scientists from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Africa have for the first time isolated Marburg viruses from fruit bats found in a Ugandan cave where humans were infected, a finding that suggests bats may be a natural host of the virus.The group reported their findings in the Jul 13 issue of Public Library of Science Pathogens (PLoS Pathogens). The natural reservoirs for the Marburg virus and its close relative, Ebola virus, have long been the subject of speculation.The CDC said in a Jul 31 press release that caves where the bats dwell in Africa are popular tourist attractions, and some bat-infested mines are actively used by local people, putting bats and people in close contact.A Dutch woman died of Marburg hemorrhagic fever in 2008 after visiting a “python cave” in western Uganda, and the illness was confirmed in a US patient who had visited the same cave a few months earlier. The current study was prompted by a death and confirmed and suspected Marburg illnesses in lead and gold miners who worked at Kitaka Cave in remote western Uganda.”By identifying the natural source of this virus, appropriate public health resources can be directed to prevent future outbreaks,” the CDC said in the statement. Understanding more about transmission between bats and humans may provide clues to prevention or treatment for Marburg virus infections. Currently, no vaccine or specific treatment is available.Previous studies had found antibodies to and genetic fragments of the Marburg virus in the bats, but no live virus.In the current study, researchers trapped and took blood and tissue samples from bats at Kitaka Cave during two visits, one in August 2007 after the miners were sickened and one in May 2008.Bats at the cave appeared healthy enough to seek food. The team found active Marburg virus infections in 5% (31 of 611) of Egyptian fruit bats, common in Africa, the eastern Mediterranean, and the Middle East, and isolated the live virus from five animals. Four of the isolates came from animals trapped during the 2007 trip, and one came from an animal sampled in 2008.The research group reported that sampling large numbers of bats and flash freezing and preserving samples in liquid nitrogen immediately after dissection helped them successfully isolate the live virus. Also, they said launching the ecological study soon after the outbreak in humans enabled them to do their work while the virus activity in the bats was probably still high.The scientists didn’t find any viral DNA in oral swabs taken from the bats, but they said ruling out saliva transmission would be premature given the limited number of bats tested. They found no evidence of vertical transmission when they tested the placentas of pregnant female bats.They projected that more than 5,000 infected bats could have been in the colony at any one time, “suggesting that there is a high risk of infection for humans who spend extended periods in close proximity to the bats,” they wrote.Genetic analysis of the Marburg sequences from the bats and the miners found that diverse Marburg lineages were circulating in the cave’s bats, suggesting that the virus had circulated in the bats for a long time, and that some of the sequences were nearly identical to the human isolates.Towner JS, Amman BR, Sealy TK, et al. Isolation of genetically diverse Marburg viruses from Egyptian fruit bats. PLoS Pathogens 2009 Jul 21;5(7):[Full text]See also:Jul 31 CDC press releaseAug 22, 2007, CIDRAP News story “Traces of Marburg virus found in African bats”last_img read more

first_imgToday, July 10, marks the 161st anniversary of the birth of the Inventor, electrician, physicist, man of the future – Nikola Tesla. A man who made his immeasurable contribution to humanity and who “invented” the future.In honor of Nikola Tesla, Ana Rucner, (who is) again in the role of “ambassador” of Croatian tourism, dedicated a new song and video. So last night, many Zagreb residents enjoyed the concert of Ana Rucner in honor of Nikola Tesla, on the summer stage of Bundek, as part of ZgKUL – Zagreb Cultural Summer. On that occasion, the artist, in addition to her most famous hits, presented a new video of Tesla’s Field, recorded in collaboration with the Zagreb Philharmonic, with beautiful music by Croatian composer Blagoje Bersa: Sunny fields.What is extremely important and interesting, how the video does not revolve around the musician, in this case Ana Rucner, which is unfortunately a common case, but just the opposite, tells the story of Nikola Tesla and his achievements and significance for humanity through Tesla’s life and inventions, while the beginning and end of the video are framed by the landscape in which he grew up. “Tesla was always ahead of his time and was the first scientist to listen to space, lay the foundations of radio astronomy and show us that everything around us is infinite and eternal. We chose Blagoje Bersa’s music Sunčana polje because of its lyricism. The cello performs it gently, passionately, and at times goes into the lago of the violin. Tesla loved the sound of the violin, he loved art, so we could call him a kind of art scientist” expires Ana Rucner adds that she is extremely proud to be able to present a true genius whose inventions are eternal at her concerts in the World.So is Ana Rucner, after the video in honor Sinjske Alke – Alkar pride, as well as the video recorded in Kopački Rit In The Rythm Of Bolero, Greetings to the summer in Dubrovnik and many other examples, collaborations with various KUDs, once again showed how a kind of “ambassador” of Croatian tourism and her contribution gave her personal stamp to Croatian identity, culture, customs and tourism, and yet all in Croatian promotion service. ”For me, Croatia is the most beautiful country in the world, we have more than 1000 islands and many natural beauties. I am very happy to be able to promote our beautiful country through videos and often tourists and visitors to concerts tell me that they definitely want to visit Croatia. I made each video to promote a certain area, visitors through my videos can get to know the gastronomy and tradition of Slavonia, the most beautiful castles of Zagorje, cultural heritage and history of our musical expression in various parts of Croatia, the tradition of knightly games such as Korcula Moreška and Sinj Alka . I have shot several videos with Zagreb, the national park, other longest walls in Europe-Ston, but there are also the beauties of Istria, Dalmatia, the unique Dubrovnik with linđ… ” concludes Ana Rucner.If at least more celebrities were musicians, athletes…. “Used” as Ana Rucner, 2Cellos and others, their media reach to promote our tourism, certainly to spread the story of Croatia faster and better around the world. Visit Nikola Tesla Memorial Center in Smiljan, pay him such an honor and become ambassadors of our tourism, as well as Tesla’s legacy.We should be proud of our identity, customs, culture and way of life, because if we do not respect ourselves, others will not respect us either. Likewise, we can all and must be ambassadors of our authentic story, our tourism. An ambassador of Croatian tourism is a person who is proud of our country, history, customs, culture, heritage, successes – proud to be a Croat. An ambassador of Croatian tourism is a person who promotes his tradition and his region.Anyone can be an ambassador of Croatian tourism, you can also be one. Be ambassadors of Croatian tourism, tell stories. Our authentic stories.The whole world wears a tie, and no one knows what a Croatian product it is!Why doesn’t the world know about Tesla, Penkala, Fraust Vrančić and all our other innovators who have indebted us. Why doesn’t the world know that Croats are deserving for parachute, torpedo, tie, Dalmatians, airship, rocket engine, ship’s compass… Where are the thematic museums for each of our prominent innovators visited by thousands of tourists? Where are the themed evenings celebrating the achievements of our innovators? This is how the tourist season is extended!DO YOU KNOW HOW PETER MIŠKOVIĆ INVENTOR steam bath, AS Tomislav Uzelac invented the first MP3 PLAYER AND THE M-PARKING, AS IVAN VUČETIĆ FATHER dactyloscopy – METHOD Fingerprinting, A MARIN SOLJAČIĆ is the first carried out experiments WIRELESS TRANSMISSION OF ELECTRICITY, WHILE JOSIP BELUŠIĆ INVENTED THE SPEEDOMETER. THE LIST IS MUCH LONGER.Croatian inventors are responsible for great discoveries, discoveries that the world must know are from Croatia, especially if we talk in the context of Croatia as a tourist destination. We don’t need to be smart at all or invent hot water. Let’s be what we are – Croats.Related news:last_img read more

first_imgThe International Fair Design Fair, which will be held in Rovinj from 15 to 18 November this year, will be presented on Tuesday, April 10, at 10 am at the Osijek County Chamber, at 13 Europska avenija.Exhibiting at the Design District fair is a real opportunity for exhibitors to get in touch with those who decide on the interior design of tourist facilities in Istria and Kvarner.In Osijek, the Design District fair will be presented by the organizers, and you can find more about the fair at the following link: www.design-district.net. The presentation of the fair is organized by the Osijek County Chamber in cooperation with the Association of Croatian Furniture Manufacturers – Croatian Interiors, and DD points out that all apply for participation via online applications here, the application deadline is April 9th.Karim Rashid is coming to RovinjThe urgent need to hold a furniture fair in the region with a sign of design and originality has led us to proudly announce today a unique event for all those involved in interior design, regardless of whether they are architects, designers, manufacturers or traders, say the fair organizers. DD. Thus, the complete offer will be found in one place, from designing to interior design of hotels, villas, apartments, holiday homes, restaurants and other spaces.District Design as a special guest he brings One of the world’s most prominent designers Karima Rashida who will talk about futuristic hotels, about their vision of tourism and what tourism should become. He will show us some of the most amazing works of architecture and design that he signs and make this show as special as each one he hosts.The fair will be accompanied by a series of activities: a conference for architects on the theme of hotel decoration, a conference of small hoteliers and renters, of which there are over 90.000 in Croatia, workshops, panels and discussions. read more

first_imgJust yesterday, the announcement promotional video of Rijeka 2020 was published and see what the Port of Diversity of Rijeka 2020 looks like in a promo video. The concept of the city of Rijeka that brought the title is based on themes Rada, Diversity i Vode united in an umbrella theme Luka. The term “port” in the context of the ECOC is transferred to all spheres of urban life in which it can play a crucial symbolic or real role in the life of the citizens of Rijeka. The port is traditionally perceived as a shelter, but also a venue for the exchange of goods and international communication. The desired “cargo” that ships will deliver to the port in 2020 are artistic, creative, innovative products that arrive in Rijeka from all over the world, just as they are sent from Rijeka to other ports. As they point out from Rijka 2020, they see the port as a theme in a broad, metaphorical sense of connecting and creating a “free zone” for artistic experimentation, both in traditional and new formats and media. “We live a peer to peer digital culture in which we can be a “pirate” port, but also a startup risk port. The first is more democratic, and the second is more profitable, but all forms of cultural activities of the future must have the opportunity to coexist in Nova Luka called Rijeka ”  Together with the notion of Luka, the themes of Labor, Diversity and Water form a narrative about the peculiarities of the city, its past, present and future and represent values ​​deeply woven into the historical identity of Rijeka, both literally and metaphorically. At the same time, they reflect the foundations of the European Union: multiculturalism, diversity, respect for diversity, openness to dialogue and cooperation. Regardless of political will and democratic tradition, these values ​​are, of course, not guaranteed once and for all. On the contrary, precisely because of the real and constant danger of them being endangered, especially in the circumstances of a long-lasting economic crisis, they should be defended by reflection, evaluation and representation from an artistic and cultural perspective. These determinants of Port, Labor, Diversity and Water should serve not only as a starting point for the story of our city and its connection with Europe, but also to ask extremely important and urgent issues such as the position and future of work and workers, work as art and art as work, endangerment of water as a resource, questioning our and European multiculturalism and interculturality. Read the full concept and program of the candidacy herecenter_img In 2020, various cultural events and art events will be held in the selected city throughout the year, which should certainly contribute to increasing the number of visitors to the city and raise the level of interest in culture in the local community. Along with Rijeka as the Croatian Capital of European Culture 2020, there will also be an Irish city, and the program of the event is traditionally announced two months before the event. Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture is a project by which Rijeka wants to improve the scope and diversity of cultural offer in the city, expand access and participation in culture, strengthen the capacity of the cultural sector and its links with other sectors and increase international visibility and profile of the city and region. last_img read more

first_imgIf there is one thing we can learn from Albania, it is how the law is enforced, at least in this case. And where is Croatia in this story? Wild illegal construction? Construction along the coast? We have simply legalized illegal construction. Photo by El Pais / Source: Večernji list, N1, El Pais The owner of a restaurant in Porto Palermo, a popular resort in southern Albania, has been arrested after attacking three tourists from Spain and two Albanians. But the most important thing about this story is how the Albanian authorities during the investigation established that the owner of the restaurant did not have a work permit and that no tax had been paid for three years. Prema jednoj verziji priče vlasnik je turiste napao jer nisu platili račun, a druga verzija kaže da je “poludio” kad su se gosti požalili na lošu hranu i uslugu. Koja god verzija bila točna, svakako nema opravdanja za ovakvo ponašanje prema gostima. Usluga je alfa i omega u turizmu. The reaction that followed should be an example to our authorities. Authorities simply bulldozed the restaurant. A clear message to all those who do not pay taxes. Source: El Paislast_img read more

first_img“And with such a people you can then do what you please.”That frightening change is happening in America, and at a shocking pace.But there are encouraging signs, too.One is that the reality-based press (the phrase I prefer to mainstream media) has been forced to be ever more transparent in how it operates.No more can we hide behind a paternalistic idea that “we know best” or “it’s news when we say it’s news.”Far greater journalistic transparency is required now. And we’re seeing more of it. When BuzzFeed made it clear, as it broke the news about U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr.’s sexual-harassment settlement, that its information came from the far-right media figure Mike Cernovich, it protected itself and helped its readers. And for good reason: The Post’s video of the encounter with the would-be source was like a master class in reporting as high-wire act.But Project Veritas quickly turned this into a fundraising opportunity for itself, claiming victory and releasing a video that purported to show The Post’s bias against Trump.It depicted a Post reporter explaining the difference between news-side reporting and editorial-page opinion, which has been openly critical of the administration.Some, undoubtedly, believed Project Veritas’ take, cheered and opened their wallets.Are we as a nation so deep into our social-media bubbles and echo chambers that many have lost track of what’s real and what’s fake?It’s a deeply troubling problem but hardly a new one.“If everybody always lies to you, the consequence is not that you believe the lies, but rather that nobody believes anything any longer,” wrote the German-born political theorist Hannah Arendt many decades ago. It tried to make a brazen lie the reason the women’s stories would be dismissed.Happily, The Post’s reporting was rigorous. And luckily, the scheme had all the savvy of a bully who tries to steal your lunch with the principal watching.“Beyond boneheaded,” was the characterization of Byron York, chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner, aptly noting that stupidity and maliciousness are a bad combination.A win, then, for reality.But a troubling question arises:Who will be believed?Journalists and many thoughtful citizens may have been high-fiving Monday. Breitbart News, as that pro-Trump propaganda machine calls itself, was part of the campaign when it sent staffers (I won’t call them reporters) to Alabama for the express purpose of knocking down a Washington Post story.In it, multiple women agreed to use their real names and to be quoted about Moore’s alleged sexual misconduct or assault when they were girls. (Breitbart ended up confirming The Post’s story but crowed about its own non-findings anyway.)Trump was part of the campaign when he called this week for a trophy to be given for “fake news,” disparaging CNN in particular.And again when he reportedly cast doubt on the validity of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape in which he bragged about grabbing women’s genitals.There is no question as to the tape’s authenticity.But the new low came Monday as Project Veritas — could its name be any more Orwellian? — was exposed for its clumsy effort to lure The Post into publishing a false story about a woman whose girlhood affair with Moore led to an abortion.This would-be scam won the race to the bottom — so far — because, at its black heart, it mocked the bravery of women telling their own true, painful experiences.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn the right-wing campaign to discredit the truth, every day brings a new low.I don’t mean Roy Moore’s campaign for U.S. Senate, though that certainly has been at the center, lately, of the broader crusade.No, I mean the insidious drive — led, sadly, by President Donald Trump — to undermine the reality-based press in America and in so doing to eat away at the underpinnings of our democracy: a shared basis in credible, verifiable facts. When The Post clearly laid out how it got its original Moore story — that reporters found and persuaded women to tell their stories — it makes its journalism more bulletproof. News people used to joke that readers should never be allowed to see how the sausage is made. Now we need to show that messy process as clearly as possible. Our very credibility depends on it.Project Veritas prides itself on its ability to do just that – to go behind the carefully lit scenes of media and politics and to show what’s really happening. But its perversion of that mission was on ugly display this week. As a nation tries to keep hold of what’s real, despite a gaslighting president and his corrupt media helpers, we need more of what’s working: rigorous, careful journalism and radical transparency.Margaret M. Sullivan is the media columnist for The Washington Post and the former public editor of The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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