REUTERS/Simon Akam As the government and its international partners scramble to set up isolation wards to stem the outbreak and deliver protective gear to health workers, researchers on three continents are racing to figure out what is driving the unprecedented outbreak. Is it simply better disease surveillance in the wake of Ebola, the similar but more deadly disease that began its rampage across West Africa in 2014? Has the virus changed in some way, are there more of the rats that carry it, or is a higher proportion of them infected? Or is another rodent capable of spreading the virus as well?“There are lots of possible explanations,” says Stephan Günther of the Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, Germany, whose team has worked in Nigeria for years. Considering how lethal Lassa fever is, shockingly little is known about it, he says. “We don’t know why people die. We don’t know about the pathophysiology of the disease. We don’t know the point of no return.”That could be beginning to change. In 2016, the World Health Organization added Lassa fever to its list of priority pathogens of epidemic potential, calling for more research. And last week, the recently created Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations awarded its first grant for development of a Lassa fever vaccine to Themis Bioscience, a biotech in Vienna.Lassa fever was discovered in 1969, when two missionary nurses died of a mysterious disease in the remote town of Lassa in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria. When a third nurse fell ill, she was evacuated to a hospital in New York City—along with a thermos full of blood and other samples from all three nurses bound for Yale University’s then-new Arbovirus Research Unit. There, a team led by Jordi Casals-Ariet isolated a novel virus from the samples. (He, too, almost died in the process, saved only by an infusion of antibody-rich plasma from the third nurse, who recovered.)The cause is now known to be an arenavirus, one of a class of rodent-borne pathogens, and its natural reservoir is a multimammate rat, so-called for its rows of mammary glands, that is ubiquitous across West Africa. Cases peak in the dry season, when farmers burn the bushes in preparation for spring planting and rats scurry into houses in search of food. The rodents shed the virus in their urine and droppings, and people contract it by touching contaminated surfaces, inhaling viral particles, or eating contaminated food (including the rats themselves). Like Ebola, the virus can also be spread through contact with bodily fluids of an infected person. Such human-to-human transmission is thought to be rare for Lassa, unlike Ebola, except in hospital settings without proper infection control. But “the real rate of human-to-human transmission is unknown,” says Augustin Augier, secretary general of ALIMA in Paris, which has just launched a Lassa fever research program with the French medical institution INSERM.No one knows the true incidence of the disease. “Most cases we have found are in places where there are hospitals and labs,” Günther says. “There is good reason to assume there are cases that are being overlooked.” And because the rat vector lives across a broad swath of the continent, the disease might also be endemic, but unrecognized, outside of West Africa, where it could be responsible for undiagnosed fevers.Initial symptoms are easily mistaken for malaria or typhoid fever—body aches, sore throat, fever, nausea, diarrhea—before the disease progresses to organ failure, shock, and sometimes internal hemorrhaging. By the time doctors suspect Lassa fever, it’s often too late to save the patient. There is no rapid test; accurately diagnosing the disease requires a real-time polymerase chain reaction technique, but only three labs in Nigeria have that capability.For now, the only treatment is a nonspecific antiviral drug, ribavirin. If it’s administered during the first 6 days of the illness, it seems to improve a patient’s prognosis, but “no one arrives before day 7,” Augier says. Nor is everyone convinced that ribavirin works in Lassa fever, as the only data come from the 1980s, Augier says.Several potential drugs are on the horizon, in addition to the vaccine. Christian Happi at Redeemer’s University in Ede, Nigeria, and the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital is developing a rapid diagnostic test with colleagues at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana; the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Zalgen, a company in Germantown, Maryland. Happi’s group and its international partners are also sequencing the virus “around the clock,” he says, and trying to figure out whether the genetic changes they have seen in the virus could have made it more transmissible or virulent.For Happi, who diagnosed the first case of Ebola in Sierra Leone, the new attention to Lassa hasn’t come a moment too soon. “I used to scream and scream that Lassa is important, but no one listened,” he says. “I wrote so many grants” that were turned down. “Lassa fever is a disease of the poor … it is confined to a part of West Africa, and it is not viewed as a global threat.”Meanwhile, the government and its partners are focusing on training health care workers and providing the basics needed for infection control, as well as educating a frightened public.ALIMA’s Pomarico, who is leading ALIMA’s emergency response to the outbreak in the two hardest hit states of Edo and Ondo, hopes cases will subside with the rains and cooler weather, as they usually do. “But this year is different. “We are bracing for worst and preparing for the worst.” By early January, it was clear something “really, really extraordinary” was going on in Nigeria, says Lorenzo Pomarico of the Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA). Cases of Lassa fever, a rare viral hemorrhagic disease, were skyrocketing across the country—more were recorded in the first 2 months of this year than in all of 2017. Unprepared for a disease that has no vaccines or drugs for treatment and kills 20% to 30% of those it sickens, eight health care workers were infected early on and three died. “Something was going very wrong with the outbreak,” Pomarico says.Since then, the situation has only gotten worse. The rodent-borne disease is endemic in Nigeria and several other West African countries, fluctuating with the seasons and usually causing “a trickle” of cases a year, says Chikwe Ihekweazu, who heads the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in Abuja. But as of 4 March, 353 cases had been confirmed across 18 states, with about 700 suspected cases, and 110 deaths. Ihekweazu says the record-setting figures are sure to be underestimates, because the disease is maddeningly hard to diagnose, and many cases go unreported.Already, Nigeria’s fragile health care system is overwhelmed. The one dedicated Lassa fever ward in the country at Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital has just 24 beds. 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AdvertisementParis Saint-Germain crashed out of the UEFA Champions League last night after a VAR review awarded Manchester United the decisive penalty at the end of a 3-1 game stoppage time, and a dewy eyed Neymar didn’t take too long to make his thoughts known loud and clear on the ‘non-existent’ aforementioned penalty. United striker Romelu Lukaku put the visitors ahead in just the second minute of the game. 10 minutes later Juan Bernat converted a Kylian Mbappe cross to go level with the Premier League side until Lukaku slotted home another one at the 30 minute mark.Controversy sparked when the ball struck Presnel Kimpembe’s arm early in the 10 minute stoppage time inside the box, going out of play consequentially. But no action was taken except award PSG with a corner kick, until the decision was overturned when referee Damir Skomina pointed to the penalty spot after a VAR review of the incident.England international Marcus Rashford did no mistake in netting it past the experience of Gianluigi Buffon 4 minutes after the 90 minute mark, in turn going level 3-3 on aggregate, and eventually through to the quarters on away goals.An injured Neymar, who missed out not only this game but also the first leg, watched in awe from the stands as the events unfolded. The Brazil international criticized the overturned decision.Neymar claimed the penalty “doesn’t exist”.He went on to add:“It’s a disgrace. Four guys who know nothing about football watch a slow-motion replay in front of the television.”Neymar went off in a foul mouthed rant in an Instagram story. As per Bleacher Report Football, a translation of his story concluded with-“Ah… go f*** yourselves”.This is the third consecutive time the French champions have crashed out of Europe’s elitemost competition in the Round of 16.Advertisement
Dan Evans continued his fairytale run at Melbourne Park by downing local world number 27 Bernard Tomic 7-5, 7-6(2), 7-6(3) on Friday to give Britain two men in the last 16 of the Australian Open for the first time in 16 years.The 26-year-old, who upset seventh seed Marin Cilic in the second round, prevailed at the end of a thrilling two-hour 48-minute battle in a highly-charged atmosphere on Hisense Arena to end Australia’s interest in the men’s singles draw. (Also read: Australian Open: Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka advance to 4th round)Evans refused to play on and insisted the stadium roof be closed when rain started falling on the court late in the third set but recovered his composure to win the tiebreak and set up a meeting with France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.World number one Andy Murray’s 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over Sam Querrey preceded Evans’s match on the same court, ensuring a double British presence in the fourth round for the first time since Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski in 2001.
Entering yesterday’s National Signing Day, Alabama sat behind schools like Florida State, LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State in the national recruiting rankings. After a huge day, highlighted by the commitments of five-star linebackers Ben Davis and Mack Wilson, the Crimson Tide class was ranked No. 1 by three of the four major recruiting services: 247Sports, Rivals, and Scout. Here are how the rankings for those sites shook out after the dust settled on National Signing Day.247Sports:Rivals:Scout:The one ranking site that spurned Alabama? According to ESPN, the Crimson Tide were edged out by the Florida State Seminoles.As you’d expect with those results, 247Sports’ composite ranking, which utilizes all four of the major services, also has Alabama No. 1.Alabama has four national championships on the field under Nick Saban, and amazingly, they are even more dominant in the recruiting game. The Tide have signed a top recruiting class for six straight years now, and there is no sign that Saban and his staff are slowing down.
zoom Unifeeder has launched a weekly express service between Rotterdam and St. Petersburg in Russia. This means the feeder and short sea specialist is doubling the number of departures between the two port cities.With the new express service, Unifeeder will be operating a 1050 TEU and a 900 TEU vessel every week between Rotterdam and St. Petersburg.The new express service is a direct service without interim stops. The ship departs every Wednesday from Rotterdam, arriving on Saturday.Unifeeder hopes that the new service will meet the increased demand for express services to St. Petersburg.The company does not expect this service to be troubled greatly by Russia’s trade embargo on European fruit, vegetables and meat.Press Release, September 03, 2014
New Delhi: Karnataka Congress leader D K Shivakumar’s daughter Aishwarya appeared before the Enforcement Directorate here on Thursday in connection with its money-laundering probe against him, officials said. They said the 22-year-old management graduate will be questioned and her statement will be recorded under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). She is also expected to be confronted with documents and statements made by Shivakumar with regard to a trip to Singapore he made with his daughter in 2017, the officials said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Aishwarya is a trustee in an education trust floated by her father. The trust, holding assets and businesses worth crores, operates a number of engineering and other colleges and Aishwarya is the main person behind them, they said. The Congress leader and former Karnataka Cabinet minister was arrested by the ED on September 3 and is in the agency’s custody. The central agency in September last year registered a money-laundering case against Shivakumar, Haumanthaiah, an employee at the Karnataka Bhavan in New Delhi, and others.
“Reasons come from a sustainability perspective and the fact that when you look at landfills and the amount of bags that blow around at times and the challenges associated with plastic bags from an environmental perspective,” said Barry.Barry added that Council is only in the preliminary phase and much discussion is still needed before any decision can be made. FORT NELSON, B.C. – Fort Nelson is considering banning plastic shopping bags.In a council meeting on July 9th, a resolution was passed which gave Council a 90-day window to decide if they would ban plastic bags.According to the Fort Nelson’s Chief Administrative Officer Scott Barry, the reason behind the potential ban is the challenge plastic bags create from an environmental aspect.
Rabat – A teacher of Islamic Studies at Almaarifa High School in Ait Melloul – a city near Agadir – allegedly committed suicide on Tuesday by hanging himself with a rope on the terrace of his house.In a shocking scene, the 53-year-old teacher reportedly killed himself after he failed to cope with his mental disorder triggered by undisciplined students.The deceased was teaching Islamic Studies previously at Oued Souss Middle School, before he obtained a Master degree, which authorized him to teach in high school for the 2015/2016 school year. According to local news websites, the relatives of the victim stated that the teacher, who is originally from Tiznit, had been suffering from mental disorders.The deceased had several issues controlling his students. Being unable to control them, the teacher reportedly hit his head to the wall a month ago inside the classroom after he entered a hysteric situation because of the misbehavior and noise of the students.Police and civil defense services arrived immediately to the scene of Tuesday’s tragedy after his neighbors noticed his long absence.After conducting the usual investigation and screening of the crime scene under the supervision of the public prosecutor, they transferred the victim’s body to the morgue for autopsy by order of the General Prosecutor.
He said that birds had begun to flock around the airport after paddy was brought to be stored in one of the stores in the airport by the Paddy Marketing Board. He said that by having MRIA operational Sri Lanka does not need to depend on India in the event of an emergency if passenger planes cannot land at the Katunayake airport.Usually flights landing at Katunayake are diverted to Chennai if they cannot land at Katunayake but now those flights can land at MRIA.Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that measures will be taken to ensure the airport operates 24 hours a day even if there are no flights. He said that talks will be held with the foreign employment bureau and other agencies to encourage Middle Eastern flights to use MRIA as most Sri Lankan domestic workers are from the South and can travel via MRIA. The Minister also said that more hotels are expected to be constructed in and around Hambantota which will help the MRIA attract more flights in the future. (Colombo Gazette) He said that he will also inform cabinet of the decision and take measures to ensure the airport is maintained at international standards.Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva, who was a member of the former Government and is now in the National unity Government, stressed that Sri Lanka needs a second international airport. The Minister, under who the subject of civil aviation now operates, said that he will give the Paddy Marketing Board time to remove the paddy in stages. Transport Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva wants paddy stored at the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) removed and the airport maintained at international standards.Speaking to reporters after visiting the airport, the Minister said that the environment at the airport had been damaged as a result of paddy being stored at the airport premises.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email October budget deficit increases to $121.7 billion, reflecting calendar shifts WASHINGTON – The federal government started the new budget year with a higher deficit in October but the increase reflected quirks in the calendar rather than a deterioration in the government’s budget outlook.The Treasury Department says the deficit last month was $121.7 billion, up $31.1 billion from a year ago. However, that deterioration reflected the fact that the government had to send out $41 billion in November benefit payments in October because Nov. 1 fell on a Saturday.October is the first month in the 2015 budget year.The deficit for 2014 dropped to $483.3 billion, the smallest imbalance since 2008. The expectation is that the deficit will improve further this year. The Congressional Budget Office is projecting a $469 billion deficit for 2015. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Nov 13, 2014 12:12 pm MDT
Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate with Brock’s team in the 11th annual Rankin Cancer Run on Saturday, May 28.Participants have the option of walking or running the one or five-kilometre route along the Welland Canal. Donations are also being accepted in the Student Life Involvement Commons (MC A204).In celebration of their 10th anniversary in 2015, the Rankin Cancer Run saw 300 teams and nearly 13,000 participants come out to the event, raising $900,000 to support cancer care in Niagara.Brock has a long-standing connection to the event, participating with a team since the run came to Niagara in 2006. Brock alum Mary Ann Edwards (BPhEd ‘76, BEd ’77), sits as the Director of Rankin Run and Board Director of Brock’s Alumni Association.The run kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Grantham Lions Club in St. Catharines. Registration is $10 for students and $20 for other participants. A free t-shirt and complimentary BBQ lunch is included in the registration fee. To join the Brock team, visit www.rankincancerrun.com and click ‘Register as a team member’ with Brock University.For more information, please email email@example.com, call (906) 688-5550 x6321 or stop by the office.
Senior running back Carlos Hyde (34) pushes through Indiana defenders for his 1,000th rushing yard of the season. Hyde became the first running back under coach Urban Meyer to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorOhio State senior running back Carlos Hyde became the first running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season under Urban Meyer in the second quarter of OSU’s game against Indiana Saturday.Hyde went into the game against the Hoosiers needing just 53 yards to reach the milestone, which he gained on OSU’s sixth drive with a seven-yard run. He ran for 26 of those yards on the Buckeyes’ first drive, capping it with a 16-yard touchdown run.The run to reach the milestone was Hyde’s 10th carry of the game and 130th carry of the season.Hyde became the first OSU running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since Daniel “Boom” Herron rushed for 1,155 yards in 2010.Overall, Hyde became the second OSU player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season with Meyer as head coach. The first to do so was quarterback Braxton Miller, who ran for 1,271 yards last season.The Buckeyes hold a 28-0 lead at halftime against Indiana, after Hyde found the end zone for the second time with 37 seconds left in the second quarter. The senior ran for 71 yards on 12 carries in the first 30 minutes of play.
Premiers trophées du business vert : le palmarèsLe 7 décembre dernier, les locaux du journal l’Expansion ont accueilli la toute première cérémonie des Trophées du business vert. Un événement qui a récompensé les entreprises qui se sont montrées les plus actives et performantes en matière de protection de l’environnement.Ces prix organisés par l’Expansion en partenariat avec EDF visent à prouver qu’il est possible d’allier rentabilité et écologie au sein d’une seule et même entreprise. Lors de cette première édition, une seconde est d’ores et déjà annoncée pour 2011, cinq sociétés évoluant dans l’alimentaire, l’habitat, la finance, l’énergie et le textile, ont été récompensées pour leur engagement et leurs performances au sein des secteurs de la croissance verte.Le premier lauréat a été élu les internautes, qui ont choisi de récompenser de leur “coup de coeur” le fournisseur “d’énergie militante” Enercoop. Une entreprise solidaire qui produit une énergie “éthique et 100% durable” utilisée par plus de 6.000 professionnels et particuliers.Quatre autres trophées ont été remis lors de le soirée, cette fois décernés par un jury composé d’experts en écologie, tels qu’Eric Molinié, directeur délégué au développement durable du groupe EDF, l’écrivain et philosophe naturaliste Yves Paccalet, Manuel Flam, professeur et auteur de L’Economie verte ou encore la directrice du site Neoplanete, Yolaine de la Bigne.À lire aussiJournée mondiale de l’environnement : Quelques astuces pour un mode de vie plus écolo au bureauCe jury a eu un véritable coup de coeur pour l’initiative de François Pélissier, dont la société Ecologgia est spécialisée dans l’éco-construction de bâtiments à haute performance énergétique. De son côté, Marc Vergnet, le seul fabricant français d’éoliennes rabattables résistantes aux conditions extrêmes, mais aussi l’inventeur d’une pompe hydraulique qui a pris place dans quelque 100.000 villages d’Afrique, a décroché le trophée “Pionniers”.Le prix de la catégorie “Challengers” a quant à lui été remis à l’entreprise de covoiturage de Frédéric Mazzella. Avec ses 800.000 membres, le site de la société, comuto/covoiturage.fr, a permis d’éviter l’émission de près de 200.000 tonnes de CO2.Enfin, les éco-designers de Réversible Marie et Jean-Marc Imberton, spécialisés dans la création de sacs et objets de décoration réalisés à partir de produits recyclés en boucle, ont été récompensés dans la catégorie Espoirs. Le 17 décembre 2010 à 19:01 • Emmanuel Perrin
READING, MA — Reading Cooperative Bank (RCB) has donated $1,000 to the Ipswich River Watershed Association to help support its clean water initiatives. The Ipswich River Watershed Association works to protect nature and make sure that there is enough clean water for people, fish, wildlife and the children of tomorrow.The Ipswich River Watershed Association is the voice of the Ipswich River. They work to protect nature and make sure that there is enough clean water for people, fish and wildlife, today and for our children and theirs. The Ipswich River and streams, ponds and coastal waters of our region are healthy and beautiful. Clean water flows year-round, and native fish and wildlife thrive. Natural areas help keep the river clean and provide places for families to enjoy nature. The Ipswich River Watershed Association works in partnership with communities, businesses, schools, and other organizations and residents to protect the river.“Protecting the environment means protecting our communities,” said Bryan Greenbaum, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “It’s important to support efforts which seek to ensure that our drinking water is clean and safe.”To learn more about or donate to the Ipswich River Watershed Association, please visit their website: https://www.ipswichriver.org/About Reading Cooperative BankReading Cooperative Bank is a depositor owned co-operative founded in 1886. This community-centric North Shore financial service provider has branches in Reading, Wilmington, North Reading, Andover, and Burlington. They also operate teaching branches at Northeast Metro Tech in Wakefield (open to the public) and at Reading Memorial High School (students and staff only), as well as an online branch at http://www.readingcoop.com.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Reading Cooperative Bank.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedReading Cooperative Bank Donates $2,500 To Ipswich River Watershed AssociationIn “Business”Ipswich River Watershed Association Announces Paddle-A-Thon 2018, Registration Now OpenIn “Community”Recommended Winter Hikes From Ipswich River Watershed AssociationIn “Community”
Hyderabad: The Central Zone Task Force officials on Friday busted a robbery gang and arrested three people and one boy in conflict with law. The police recovered 1.5 tolas gold chain, a bike and four cell phones from the possession of the accused. According to Task force officials, accused Ch Uday Kiran (20), B Rishikesh Yadav (20), both degree students, Chauhan Rahul (21), a medicine supplier and one boy in Conflict with Law, on the intervening night of July 13 and July 14 obstructed the complainant and his friends in drunken state and attacked them. Also Read – Warrant issued against Renuka Chowdhury in cheating case Advertise With Us The complainant and his friends were proceeding on two bikes from Moosapet towards Basheer Bagh when the accused obstructed them and verbally abused them. But the complainant and his friends did not respond and moved ahead towards Basheer Bagh. When they reached Khairatabad Railway gate road the accused chased them in drunken condition and attacked them and robbed 1.5 tola gold chain and cell phones. Also Read – Parts of Hyderabad witness heavy rainfall Advertise With Us Based on the victim’s complaint, Saifabad Police registered a robbery case under section 394 IPC and considering the seriousness and sensitivity of the issue, the Central Zone Task Force team apprehended the accused. All the four accused are addicted to bad habits and move on one bike without number plate during late nights. The accused along with the seized property were handed over to Saifabad Police for further action.
Moudud Ahmed.File photoBNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Friday expressed his hope that the High Court will grant bail to their chairperson Khaleda Zia on Sunday, reports UNB.”The hearing on her (Khaleda) bail petition will be held on Sunday. She deserves the bail,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader further said, “We believe as per the rules and structure of the judiciary, Khaleda Zia will get bail on Sunday.””Khaleda Zia Mukti Parishad” arranged the programme at the National Press Club demanding BNP chairperson’s immediate release from jail.BNP standing committee member and also former law minister Moudud said, “The more it will take to grant her bail, it will be a minus point for the government.”He alleged that the government deliberately delayed to give a certified copy of the verdict using various tricks.The BNP leader also alleged that Khaleda Zia has been suffering immensely in jail as she was kept in solitary confinement violating her constitutional right.Referring to their party’s peaceful movement protesting Khaleda’s jail, Moudud said their chairperson strongly directed them before going to jail not to indulge in any violence or imprudent programmes.He said the government is not happy as BNP is not indulging in violence. “We will prove this time that the government can be forced to accept demand through a peaceful movement.”The BNP leader said their party leaders and activists are united in absence of their chairperson. “Our leader (Khaleda) will surely come out of jail. We have already proved that BNP and the 20-party alliance are united and we are working together.”He also said there will be no issue of splitting BNP. “No one could be able to split BNP in the last 10 years and will not be able to do so in the future.”
Kolkata: Scattered rainfall in some parts of the city and districts might have given temporary relief to the residents but there are no predictions of monsoon rain in the South Bengal districts in the next 48 hours.The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore said the temperature in the city may go up by a few notches on Monday.There is no relief from the heat and discomfort for the people as the monsoon current has been halted. North Bengal districts will, however, receive moderate to heavy rainfall while the city dwellers will face scorching summer heat. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore has issued a heat wave warning for the city and some of the South Bengal districts for the next 48 hours.According to the weather office, the traditional hot belt of Bankura, Purulia and some parts of Burdwan are likely to see a further rise in the temperature. The discomfort level may prevail through the next two days.Following the alert issued by the weather office, the city doctors have advised to take adequate water and asked people not to walk in the sun without any protection for a long time and avoid direct sun light. People are also asked to wear cotton dresses. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe doctors also advised people to use sunglasses, caps and umbrellas while in the sun. People are also advised to avoid outside food.There was scattered rainfall in the city and some of the South Bengal districts on Sunday afternoon. The rains had brought some relief for the people but the overall condition of weather remained unchanged.According to a weather expert, the scorching westerly winds from the Northern states are bringing in the heat wave condition in the state. The impact of the westerly winds is high as the monsoon currents remained stalled. Kolkata has not recorded such warm days during this part of the year even after the onset of monsoon.This is considered to be a significant change in the usual weather pattern of the region, an official of the Met office said.The weather office said that due to weak monsoon flow and prevailing strong west to north-westerly wind in low levels, moderate heat wave condition is likely to prevail over the districts of South Bengal, including Kolkata in next two days.Due to the monsoon currents getting stalled, the condition remains dry. According to the weather office, the temperature in some of the South Bengal districts will hover around 40 degree celsius. The relative humidity will also remain over 80 percent, a weather official said.When the city dwellers are witnessing a heat wave condition and discomfort weather, there is a prediction of rain in North Bengal districts in the next 48 hours. People in North Bengal, however, experienced a comfortable weather on Sunday and witnessed rainsin some parts.
Close Perhaps the most iconic feature of saber-toothed cats are their long, iconic fangs. They disappeared thousands of years ago, but we are still learning just how vicious these creatures truly are.Iconic FangsThere is debate regarding the true strength of saber-toothed cats’ iconic fangs. One of the theories suggest that the 11-inch (28-centimeter) fangs were actually fragile, and that the creatures’ bites were weak. In this theory, the extreme fangs were merely used once the saber-toothed cat has already brought its prey down and would have to bite down on its soft neck.But were the iconic cats’ fangs really as weak and vulnerable as the theory suggests? In a new study, researchers present evidence that not only did the saber-toothed cats engage in fights with one another, but that their fangs were actually strong enough to pierce bone. All DEAL OF THE DAY AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches Bestseller ENDS IN Wow facts 2Share this videoCopyPausePlay00:00% Buffered0PreviousPausePlayNextLive00:00 / 00:00UnmuteMuteExit fullscreenFullscreenCopy video urlPlay / PauseMute / UnmuteReport a problemLanguageBackMox PlayerDefaultEnglishEspañolУкраїнськаРусскийPuncture MarksResearchers of a new study present saber-toothed cat skulls with puncture marks that are slightly elliptical in shape. In both skulls, the punctures are located between the eyes, with evidence suggesting that pressure was exerted. Interestingly, one of the skulls presented signs of healing, meaning that the creature still lived for quite some time after the injury.The holes, however, did not match the teeth of any other predators of the time such as bears, and nor did they match the claws of any other creatures. Researchers note that it is possible, although unlikely, that the puncture came from the kick of a hoofed animal, but what is interesting is that the marks perfectly matched the size and contours of the saber-toothed cats’ fangs.Bone-Penetrating BiteThis means that the likeliest cause of the punctures is the strong bite of another saber-toothed cat. If this is so, then contrary to the theory which describes saber-toothed cats’ fangs to be vulnerable and weak, they are actually strong enough to pierce bone.According to the researchers, this suggests that perhaps the ancient predators engaged in fights among them, just like modern day felines do. In fact, panthers, leopards, cheetahs, and pumas have also been observed with similar injuries, often from violent encounters between creatures.The study is published in Comptes Rendus Palevol. TAG Saber-Toothed Cat, Skulls, Ancient predators Ads by Amazon ⓒ 2018 TECHTIMES.com All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. Ads by Amazon Search