Use of cloacal sexing techniques in mark-recapture estimates of breeding population size in Wilson’s stormpetrel Oceanites oceanicus at South Georgia

first_imgMany stormpetrel species breed in habitats where their populations cannot be estimated by direct counts of burrows or birds; mark-recapture experiments have been confounded by the presence of many wandering non-breeders. With a population of Wilson’s Stormpetrel Oceanites oceanicus at Bird Island, South Georgia, we tried to estimate the proportion of breeding females in samples obtained during a mark-recapture experiment. These were identified by measurements of the cloaca, which greatly enlarges at egg-laying. A concurrent experiment with individually marked birds determined that breeding females could be discriminated from males and non-breeders for c 30 days after laying. The technique is probably applicable to other petrels, though it will work best with those that lay most synchronously. The overall population estimate was 4841–5515 birds (SE 856–1417); estimates of breeding females gave a population of 2300 paris early in the incubation period and 1400 pairs near hatching.last_img read more

Central Community Music School, Junior Tutor

first_imgHourly rate depends on length of lesson.Position Overview:Provide in-person academic tutoring to students. Maintain aneffective and positive learning environment.Department Specific Essential Job Functions:Tutor in trained field students as scheduled through the School ofMusic. Responsible for ongoing evaluation of student progress andencouragement. Complete all required forms for payment serviceseach semester as required by University policy and procedures. Asstudents are confirmed for private or group lessons, tutor will bepoint of contact for student and/or parent for cancellations andrescheduling of lessons. Responsible for ongoing evaluation ofstudent progress and encouragement. Keep accurate records ofattendance of each student as scheduled and report any long-termchanges in lessons to the School of Music. Encourage and promoteparticipation in each semester final recital for all enrolledstudents. May perform other related duties as assigned.QualificationsExperience Required:Requires a university degree in related field or 4+ years ofequivalent work experience in chosen filed that provides knowledgeof and exposure to fundamental theories, principles, and concepts.Requires the application of expertise in a chosen field to achieveresults.Experience Preferred:Junior Tutor must be enrolled/actively taking lessons throughSchool of Music working with a mentor teacher and/or SeniorFaculty. 2 years previous private tutoring experience in his/herfield preferred. Must have a written recommendation from divisionhead in his/her field (excluding rehired tutors).Physical Demands:Repetitive movement of hands and fingers – typing and/or writing.Frequent standing, and/or sitting. Occasional walking, stooping,kneeling or crouching. Reach with hands and arms. Visuallyidentify, observe and assess. Ability to communicate withsupervisor/students/colleagues. Regular physical attendancerequired. The physical demands and work environment characteristicsdescribed here are representative of those that must be met by anemployee to successfully perform the essential functions of thisjob. Reasonable accommodations (in accordance with ADArequirements) may be made, upon request, to enable individuals withdisabilities to perform essential functions.last_img read more

Stability amid revolution

first_imgPart of a series about Harvard’s deep ties to Asia.JINAN, China ­— As a German diplomat in Africa, Daniel Koss saw his share of unstable governments. But given the continent’s poverty, factionalism, and history of colonialism, the situation was understandable.What he didn’t understand was China.The Asian giant, growing ever larger on the world stage while Koss was in Africa from 2004 to 2006, was once beset by many of the same problems. It was colonized by European powers and by Japan. It suffered waves of violence during the 1937 Japanese invasion, the civil war between nationalists and Communists, and the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976.“I’m interested in political order and how you create political order,” Koss said. “Coming from Africa, I wondered, ‘How is this country stable?’ It’s a Communist country that’s not really Communist anymore, so what makes it stick together?”Koss believes the answer may lie with the Chinese bureaucracy, which has endured trials and turmoil for 1,000 years, deep into the imperial past. If he’s right, that bureaucracy represents a stable foundation upon which the Communist Party’s networks of members operate, working together to create a stable state.Koss, a doctoral student in Harvard’s Government Department, is nearing the end of his second six-month stint in China’s Shandong Province, whose provincial capital, Jinan, is 250 miles south of Beijing and has a population of more than 4 million. Koss has been living a somewhat transient life in Shandong, bouncing between hotels, a room borrowed from a university faculty member, and an academic guest house as he visits archives, speaks with local residents, and travels to view key sites.From German government to HarvardKoss gave up a career in Germany’s Foreign Ministry to come to Harvard. After a two-year stint in the embassy in Cameroon that began in 2004, he moved to the permanent mission to the United Nations in New York when his wife, Jie Li, entered graduate school at Harvard. He eventually applied to Harvard himself.“I really like academic life,” said Koss, whose work is supported by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies’ Desmond and Whitney Shum Fellowship. “There’s much more freedom to ask the questions I want to ask, and to ask deeper questions, too.”Koss entered Harvard to study international relations, but switched to political science after taking a course from his eventual adviser, Henry Rosovsky Professor of Government Elizabeth Perry.“I was blown away by how much you can do with political science,” Koss said.In China, Koss has had ups and downs with his research. There are times when the archives are welcoming, the documents he seeks are available, and the people he meets vividly recall the Cultural Revolution. But at other times, he finds archives closed, documents unavailable, and people suspicious of the questions he’s asking. He has had a laptop stolen — less than disastrous because he’d backed up the data ­­— and was once interrogated for nine hours while crossing the border because of papers he’d purchased in a local market.His first visit presented other challenges. He had learned to read Chinese before going overseas, but initially found it difficult to interview officials. So he spent the early part of that visit practicing Chinese on the job, improving his ability to converse, which got him more access to people and documents. After his first six-month visit, his biggest problem wasn’t the field conditions, but his confusion over what he had learned and where it might lead.He returned to Cambridge, talked with his doctoral adviser, and sorted out his research direction.“Daniel is one of an extraordinarily talented group of Harvard Government Department doctoral candidates doing pioneering grassroots field work in China to explain the remarkable differences in policies and politics among local governments,” Perry said. “Daniel’s project is notable for its historical depth. It is a very exciting exploration of how imperial and revolutionary legacies may continue to shape contemporary state-society relations.”Koss has gotten support from several faculty members at Shandong University in Jinan, at the history department and at the School of Public Administration on the Hongjialou campus. The head of local government studies at the university, Fang Lei, has offered support, as well as the all-important introductory letters needed to access local archives.Fang said foreign scholars such as Koss can work on subjects that local Chinese scholars may not be able to, so their work is useful within China too.Koss’ work shows that the Cultural Revolution didn’t undo China’s bureaucratic legacies, but eventually made the state stronger as bureaucrats learned to cope with rebellion and to continue government operations even amid turmoil.Three layers of studyKoss said his work involves three layers. The first, largely conducted at the Harvard-Yenching Library, explores the imperial bureaucratic legacy stretching back 1,000 years. The imperial Chinese bureaucracy was renowned for efficient administration of the vast country. It had an examination system that helped ensure that officials were qualified and a personnel appointment system that was able to pick local governors who were loyal to the leadership, talented enough to do the job, and who wouldn’t raise the ire of the local people.“The basic problem [today] is the same,” Koss said.The second layer of his work examines the roots of the Communist Party’s political network, which varies in strength from province to province. He believes that party strength came not from idealistic fervor, but from patriotic sentiment aroused by the Japanese invasion in 1937. By looking at which provinces have the highest party membership and comparing them to the extent of Japanese occupation, he was able to draw nearly a one-to-one correlation between occupation and party strength.The third layer looks at the later chaos of the Cultural Revolution, which began in 1966 and stretched until leader Mao Zedong’s death in 1976. Those years, during which the revolutionary Red Guard moved against China’s own institutions, were particularly difficult for the bureaucracy, which was specifically targeted by the violence, which killed between 750,000 and several million.Koss’ work shows that the Cultural Revolution didn’t undo China’s bureaucratic legacies, but eventually made the state stronger as bureaucrats learned to cope with rebellion and to continue government operations even amid turmoil. Despite the violence, the bureaucracy ground on. He has found posters that reminded protesters to protect water quality, and brochures whose publication alone affirms that bureaucratic functioning continued. Perhaps most telling, a search of tax records shows that despite the turmoil, tax receipts in Shandong Province during the most difficult year fell just 2 percent.“Words like ‘anarchy’ and ‘civil war’ come to mind, but it’s wrong. On the streets, that was the experience, but the state continued,” Koss said. “The bureaucracy was still functioning. It’s very resilient. If there’s a problem, you know the government will keep running.”last_img read more

Douglas Melton wins Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize

first_imgMelton has made significant inroads using stem cells as a platform for developing cell therapies. As a pioneer in programming insulin-producing beta cells from stem cells, Melton’s lab can now generate therapeutic quantities of functional, stem cell-derived beta cells, which Melton hopes will someday soon replace the life-saving yet painful daily insulin injections for diabetics.“Doug’s research on the genetic markers expressed during pancreas development have led to a reliable way to reprogram stem cells into human beta cells,” said Deepak Srivastava, director of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and the Roddenberry Center for Stem Cell Biology and Medicine at Gladstone, a selection committee member. “His work provides the foundation for the ultimate goal of transplantable, patient-specific beta cells.”In 2015, Melton launched Semma Therapeutics, a startup company, to explore multiple avenues for diabetes therapies and help move them from the lab bench to the clinic. He has also been central to the establishment of the Boston Autologous Islet Replacement Therapy program, a research initiative between HSCI, Semma Therapeutics, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Joslin Diabetes Center that launched in 2016 and is now planning a clinical trial.“I am very encouraged by Dr. Melton’s innovative research and ambitious vision,” said Hiromitsu Ogawa. “I believe his work will have a great impact on diabetes patients’ health and quality of life.”“I’m delighted and honored that the work of my lab, including all the students, postdocs, and staff, has been recognized in this way,” said Melton. “The Ogawa-Yamanaka prize will certainly energize our efforts to push ahead for new stem cell science and, ho­­­pefully, treatments for patients.” Device shields beta cells from immune system attack Potential diabetes treatment advances In a flask of clear, pale-yellow liquid, 300 million-400 million beta cells, the insulin-producing cells that are attacked or defective in diabetics, swirl in a cocktail of cell food and Stage 6 medium. Ten years ago, researchers were still working on protocols to turn stem cells into beta cells. Now, thanks to the efforts of Douglas Melton and his lab, researchers not only can generate beta cells, they can do so in sufficient quantities to treat patients.Because of this and his contributions to the field of cellular reprogramming, Melton, the co-director of Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) and the Xander University Professor in Harvard’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, has been awarded the 2016 Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize and will receive a $150,000 award from the Gladstone Institutes.The Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize recognizes individuals whose original translational research has advanced cellular reprogramming technology for regenerative medicine. Shinya Yamanaka, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on reprogramming adult cells back into a stem cell-like state, was part of the 2016 Ogawa-Yamanaka Stem Cell Prize selection committee. Relatedlast_img read more

OAS and Hutchins Center sign collaborative agreement on United Nations resolution on Afrodescendants in the Americas

first_imgLast week, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, and Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), signed a collaborative agreement to realize the objectives of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent in Latin America—recognition, justice, and development for Afrodescendants in the Americas. The agreement will be implemented by the Afro-Latin American Research Institute (ALARI) at Harvard and by the Department of Social Inclusion at OAS.Photo by Melissa BlackallThe ceremony took place at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art against the backdrop of an exhibition of the work of Afro-Cuban artist Roberto Diago, curated by Professor Alejandro de la Fuente, Robert Woods Bliss Professor of Latin American History, Economics and Professor of African and African American Studies and director of ALARI. De la Fuente served as the host of the event. After the signing, Almagro named Gates a goodwill ambassador for the rights of people of African descent in the Americas, saying that “his work has widened the acceptance of African American and African Diasporic studies, and has given it more recognition as a serious field of study.”Photo by Melissa BlackallGates mixed professional and personal history on accepting the goodwill ambassadorship, concluding by saying, “It is with a great deal of honor, but a great deal of humility and an enormous sense of responsibility that I accept the trust that you’ve conferred upon me.”Photo by Melissa Blackalllast_img read more

Nano-News: All The News In 50 Characters Or Less

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York You knew it was coming.After all, we’ve already made the leap from The New York Times (long, long articles) to USA Today (short, short articles) to Twitter (140 characters or less).But why stop there? Why use 140 characters when just 50 will do?So we did.Just look at these concise, easy-to-read, “Nano-News” stories, coming your way soon from the Long Island Press:Senator caught with hooker;says still loves wifeLI man reaches 108th b’day;credits old age to ginCubs win World Series;three fans have coronariesKKK gives up robes,citing high cleaning costsNew exercise plan takesonly 20 seconds a dayTexas says daylight savingstime unconstitutionalBaby panda makes debutat local zoo; looks cuteScientists err; ‘killer’ asteroidis 6-inches longTribe returns to jungle;says modern world ‘nuts’Honestly—what more do you need to know about those stories? (And why put up with those long, complicated Times words, many of which have several syllables?)We’re doing this because Americans have lost their patience. Totally.All of us are way too frantic these days—we’re so busy that nobody seems to have time for anything, not even reading the news. But I think “Nano-News” is just the start. Just watch what happens when our total lack of patience catches the attention of America’s “Job Creators” and they spring into action.Music is one easy target. Any day now, I predict we’ll hear about a new music company called “Music-In-A-Hurry.com.”“At last,” their ads will say, “you can enjoy the major themes from Beethoven’s famous ‘Ninth Symphony,’ with all the boring, repetitive parts left out.”“You can sing along with the chorus for a full two minutes of Ludwig’s ‘Ode To Joy’ in the final movement! Or download only the best parts of Wagner’s ‘Ring of the Nibelung’—running time: under four minutes!”“Into popular music? You can listen to the entire Beatles White Album in just three minutes on Music-In-A-Hurry.com. Or hum along with those great tunes from every one of Norah Jones’s platinum albums in a minute-and-a-half flat!”Then there’s art.How many of us can stand quietly in front of a Picasso, say, or a Van Gogh, and let our eyes slowly wander over every detail? We simply don’t have the time—and we have to be polite to the dozen people behind us who are impatiently waiting for the same fleeting glimpse.So another new company—undoubtedly named “Important-Parts-Of-Important-Art.com”—will help us appreciate art.A graphics file with a square inch or two of a major work of art will be emailed to you weekly—allowing you to savor a single water lily by Monet, a few square inches of a Jackson Pollock, or an area of pure black from an Ad Reinhardt canvas. Not to mention a square inch of a shark scale preserved in formaldehyde by Damien Hirst.So there you have it: Today’s news, music and art updated and condensed for today’s impatient, always-in-a-hurry audience.Personally, I can’t wait to see what else our entrepreneurs come up with.You have to admit that this is either remarkable progress, or yet another sign of the ultimate decline of Western Civilization, depending on your point of [email protected]last_img read more

FINDING THE GOOD: The Saint Cyril’s Ladies Club

first_imgThe Saint Cyril’s Ladies Club said they would like to thanks everyone who has donated to help them including Adam and Clover Weitsman from Upstate Shredding. They recently donated a $2,000 grant as part of our Southern Tier Tuesday segment. “Without a doubt, without this place, I would’ve gone hungry that day. But it’s the love that keeps me coming back.” For the last three years, the Saint Cyril’s Ladies Club has met once a week, putting their care giving skills to work. And while they don’t really see it as work, they are seeing an increase in demand from the community. “As the word gets around, we have new people that come,” explained Betty-Ann Graham, another member of the SCLC, “But some of them are regulars who really appreciate and are thankful for what we do give them.” “Especially when you have someone who has lost their home, they’re homeless or things like that and you can actually help somebody and make a difference in their lives.” Proving just powerful — something as simple as a sandwich can be. So they recently decided to move from doing this one day a week to now two. While doing it all free of charge. “They’re just making sandwiches but they’re putting love into it, literally,” Emery said, “And that’s just the best part is just knowing that someone is thinking about other people and wanting to help them.” “Well we try to give them two sandwiches thinking that can have one for lunch, one for dinner,” says Lola Kaminsky, Head of the kitchen with the Saint Cyril’s Ladies Club, “There are a lot of children sometimes in the families, so some of them take 6, 7 lunches at a time.” We were actually was able to speak with one of those regular faces, Don Emery from Binghamton, who shared how these women have touched his heart. But ‘love sandwiches’ aren’t the only thing being handed out at the church. There’s a space for free clothing in the basement called ‘George’s Garments.’ And the volunteers who work there say they consider many of the people they meet like a member of their own family.center_img “You get to know people’s lives and their life stories and what they’ve been through, and you just, you just feel like you’re all part of a really big family,” says Anne Lott, George’s Garments Volunteer, “It’s been very rewarding for me. I truly look forward to seeing the regulars and new people. I’ve made a lot of friends.” “It seems to have grown since the pandemic. We’re averaging about 800 lunches a month,” said Kaminsky. “Our pay is from god, you know? We love what we do.” BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Inside St. Cyril’s Church in the First Ward of Binghamton, you’ll find a group of friends hard at work. All rolling up their sleeves to help families in need. Adding the chance to help them is all the reward they need. They say the real payoff is seeing the impact they’re making through those they help. “One time I was walking by and I was down on my luck and hungry and I saw this sign ‘Free Bagged Lunches’ so I came in and they gave me a bagged lunch,” Emery said, “Now I don’t care too much for peanut butter and jelly but it was the best peanut butter and jelly I’ve ever had. Then I came back again and the next time I had a bologna and cheese and the mustard was shaped like a heart. And I said this is definitely a ‘love sandwich.'” People just like Don Emery. If you want to stop at the church to pick up meals or check out George’s Garments, they’re both open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.last_img read more

Tata Sky Binge+, HD Set-Top Boxes Price Discounted Up to Rs. 400 Online

first_imgTata Sky has once again reduced the prices of its set-top boxes in India. This is not a permanent price cut, and has been introduced as part of its latest Diwali offer. The discounts have been offered on the Tata Sky HD set-top box, Tata Sky Binge+ set-top box, and Tata Sky +HD set-top box in India. The Tata Sky Binge+ gets a price discount of Rs. 200 whereas the Tata Sky+ HD set-top box gets a price discount of Rs. 400 in India.After its last price cut in September, the Tata Sky Binge+ was priced in India at Rs. 2,999, but it can now be grabbed for Rs. 2,799 by using a coupon online. The Tata Sky Binge+ set-top box is still listed for Rs. 2,999, but users can get a discount of Rs. 200 by entering the coupon code TSKY200 at checkout from the official site. This price cut is only applicable on the online site, and additional offers include Mobikwik cashback of Rs. 50 and PayZapp cashback of Rs. 50 to further sweeten the deal.- Advertisement – The company hasn’t said how long these offers will be available for but as a festive season deal, it will probably not be for very long.Which is the best TV under Rs. 25,000? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. With the Tata Sky Binge+ set-top box, users get six months of Tata Sky Binge service subscription and three months of Amazon Prime subscription for free. The price of Tata Sky Binge subscription is Rs. 299 per month. Users will have to shell this amount once the free period is over. Tata Sky Binge subscription includes eight OTT apps like Disney+ Hotsar, SunNXT, Hungama Play, Shemaroo, and Eros Now.Coming back to the discounts, the Tata Sky HD set-top box is listed for Rs. 1,499, but it can be purchased for Rs. 1,349 by entering the coupon code TSKY150 at checkout. A Rs. 150 discount is listed with the coupon code. Similar Mobikwik and PayZappp cashback offers were listed for this set-top box as well.Similarly, the Tata Sky+ HD set-top box gets a discount of Rs. 400 and can be purchased for Rs. 4,599, instead of its listed price of Rs. 4,999. The coupon code to be used for this set-top box is TSKY400 at checkout. Again, the same Mobikwik and PayZapp cashback offers are listed with this set-top-box as well. These discounts were first spotted by TelecomTalk.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Indonesia reports 2 avian flu cases

first_imgJan 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Two Indonesians have been hospitalized in less than a week with H5N1 avian influenza infections, the country’s first in more than a month, according to news services.Indonesia’s health ministry told Bloomberg News yesterday that a 14-year-old boy who tested positive for the H5N1 virus was being treated at Persahabatan Hospital in Jakarta after showing flulike symptoms on Jan 1.Muhammad Nadirin, an official at the health ministry’s avian flu information center, told Bloomberg the ministry received a report that the boy had had contact with a dead duck. The ministry launched in investigation in the boy’s west Jakarta neighborhood, Nadirin said.A 37-year-old woman is also being treated at Persahabatan Hospital and is from the same area—Tangerang on Jakarta’s western outskirts—as the 14-year-old boy, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. I Nyoman Kandun, the health ministry’s director of communicable disease control, told the AP that the woman was in critical condition and the health ministry is still trying to identify the source of her infection.If the two cases are confirmed by the World Health Organization (WHO), they will be the 75th and 76th human infections recorded in Indonesia. The latest previous case was that of a 35-year-old woman who died Nov 28.The Jakarta Post reported today that the H5N1 virus is suspected in 6 other patients who are awaiting test results.Indonesia has the most avian flu deaths of any country, 57 recorded by the WHO, but Vietnam still has the most cases with 93.last_img read more

N. Korea reports first suspected infection as global cases top 16 million

first_imgNo fireworks Around a quarter of the world’s 16 million confirmed COVID-19 cases are in the United States, which recorded more than 68,000 new infections in the past 24 hours.After a drop in transmission rates in late spring, the country has seen a virus surge — particularly in California, Florida and Texas, which is also bracing for the first Atlantic hurricane of the year.Daily US fatalities have exceeded 1,000 for the past four days, rapidly increasing the country’s death toll to more than 146,000.”I’m still concerned that America doesn’t take it as seriously as the rest of the world,” said British golf star Lee Westwood, voicing his hesitation to travel there despite a new quarantine exemption for professional golfers.In Latin America and the Caribbean, which also count for a quarter of total cases, governments are not planning a return to normality any time soon.New Year’s Eve celebrations on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro have been cancelled as Brazil grapples with a spiraling virus crisis.”There is no great reason to celebrate, with more than 80,000 deaths” from coronavirus in Brazil, an official told AFP. Holiday woes Meanwhile Europe has reported around three million infections — despite being largely open for summer holidays within the continent.However in a snap decision, Britain’s government said passengers arriving from Spain will have to self-isolate for two weeks, after a surge in cases in the Mediterranean country, with health officials pointing to nightlife as a possible culprit.The move, effective from Sunday, has reportedly caught out its Transport Minister Grant Shapps who is holidaying there.”Various government ministers would have known in advance there was a possibility of imposing a quarantine on holidaymakers returning from Spain,” tweeted opposition MP Diane Abbot.”But apparently no-one bothered to tell @grantshapps,” she joked.It marked another hit to Spain’s tourism industry, which is desperately seeking a rebound after lockdowns and border closures pushed around 13 percent of bars, hotels and restaurants to permanently close.It mirrors the fiscal pain wrought around the world by the pandemic, particularly in precarious economies where livelihoods are fast crumbling.In India, for instance, millions of migrant workers who fled cities when COVID-19 hit say they are too scared to return.Asia’s third largest economy has reported more than 1.3 million virus cases and is the third worst hit country behind the US and Brazil.”We are trying our best to bring back migrant workers, even going to the extent of giving them air tickets, COVID-19 health insurance … [and] weekly checkups by doctors,” real estate developer Rajesh Prajapati said.”But it has not reaped any positive signs yet.” North Korea declared its first suspected coronavirus case on Sunday, becoming one of the last countries to do so as the number of people infected worldwide passed 16 million.The isolated, impoverished state had until now insisted it had not detected a single COVID-19 case — even as the pandemic swept the planet, overwhelming health systems and trashing the global economy.At least 645,000 people around the world have succumbed to the respiratory disease, with North Korean arch-rival the United States the worst-hit country by far. “The vicious virus could be said to have entered the country,” leader Kim Jong Un said, according to the official KCNA news agency.Authorities locked down the city of Kaesong, near the frontier with South Korea, as state media said a defector who left for the South three years ago had returned and was suspected to be infected with the coronavirus.But experts believe the contagion is likely to have already entered North Korea from neighboring China, where the new disease emerged late last year.The pandemic’s spread is still accelerating, with more than five million cases declared since July — a third of the total number of cases since the catastrophe began.center_img Even in recent days there has been an alarming uptick in infections, including in places that had appeared to have controlled their outbreaks.One of those was Australia, which on Sunday suffered its deadliest day since the pandemic began, with 10 fatalities and a rise in new infections despite an intense lockdown effort.”These things change rapidly, but we have to say these numbers are far too high,” said Daniel Andrews, premier of Victoria state, where the latest outbreak is centered. Topics :last_img read more