Oxford triumph in wine contest

first_imgA team from Oxford University has triumphed in the University Wine Championships, winning a trip to Australia.The Wine Australia UK competition saw teams battle against each other on wine trivia and blind wine tasting. Competitors had to identify different varieties of grape, and answer questions on wine production.The Oxford group proved their knowledge against teams from UCL and Nottingham in the knockout competition, before achieving victory in the final question of the final against Edinburgh.Oxford team captain James Flewellen told Cherwell that it was ‘a great feeling to win.’ He added, ‘We’ve had a great opportunity to taste some amazing Australian wines, and we’re all really looking forward to exploring the wine regions of Australia in the prize trip.’last_img read more

“Promising” results in Oxford trials of Hepatitis C vaccine

first_imgIn the past few years, new drugs have been developed which are effective against a number of different strains of hepatitis C. However, these are expensive, and require a prolonged course of treatment.As second-year Biological Sciences undergraduate Natasha Gillies explained, “An effective vaccine would possibly be a one-time preventative measure to inhibit the spread of the disease. Prevention is better than a cure.”Agreeing with this sentiment, first-year Biological Sciences graduate Ben Hopkins told Cherwell, “In terms of large scale public health issues, it’s easier to get people vaccinated on a one off system than give people a long course of drugs, which either they might not take, or they may be reluctant to take.”The research team at the University of Oxford are using two separate vaccine formulations. Firstly, an immune response against the hepatitis C virus is stimulated by the injection. Eight weeks later, a second vaccine boosts the immune response to a suitable level for effectively fighting off future infection.The researchers found that T cells, a type of white blood cell that is of key importance to the immune system and is at the core of adaptive immunity (the system that tailors the body’s immune response to specific pathogens), are crucial in eradicating the virus from the human body in those 25% of sufferers who are able to naturally clear the infection. The vaccine has consequently been designed to generate a strong T cell immune response.The level of the T cell response needed to prevent infection is unknown, but the study compares T cell response levels generated with the vaccine to those observed in people naturally able to overthrow the virus. The study found that after the second, booster inoculation, all 15 volunteers had large, broad and sustained T cells responses.Professor Barnes commented, “The T cell response is really high, and what’s promising is that this is a broad response. A range of different T cells are produced targeting different parts of the hepatitis virus. This is the first highly immunogenic T cell vaccine developed against hepatitis C. We found it to be safe and well tolerated in this group of 15 healthy volunteers. But we won’t really know if it works – if it is able to prevent hepatitis C infection – until we have the results of the efficacy studies in the USA.” A new vaccine developed by researchers at the University of Oxford has generated a strong immune response against the Hepatitis C virus in human volunteers.The vaccine is the first Hepatitis C inoculation to reach this stage of clinical trials, and the results have been promising. The 15 healthy human volunteers who took part in the phase 1 safety trial all responded positively.The Oxford University team, with colleagues from the Italian biotechnology company Okairos (now part of the transnational pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline) and Stanford University in the United States of America, have published their results in the journal Science Translational Medicine.Currently, the efficacy of the vaccine is being tested in a trial with intravenous drug users – a group running a high risk of contracting Hepatitis C – in two sites in the USA. This is aiming to discover if the inoculation offers protection from infection of Hepatitis C in this group, compared with a placebo.The principle investigator Professor Ellie Barnes, of the Nuffield Department of Medicine at the University of Oxford, said, “The size and breadth of the immune responses seen in the healthy volunteers are unprecedented in magnitude for a hepatitis C vaccine”.The study was funded by the Medical Research Council and the European Union, with support from the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and the National Institute for Health Research Oxford Biomedical Research Centre.180 million people world-wide are thought to suffer from Hepatitis C, which is a chronic viral infection. It is estimated that there are 300,000 cases in the United Kingdom. If left untreated, the virus causes liver cirrhosis in 10 – 40% of sufferers, and in some cases this could lead to liver failure and liver cancer.Nonetheless, in approximately 25% of cases, the immune response elicited by the viral presence in the body of infected individuals is able to overcome the infection, and naturally remove the virus. This mechanism of viral eradication can be targeted by researchers to develop effective treatments against Hepatitis C.last_img read more

Empty Bowls Event Nov. 5 Raises Funds and Awareness for Hunger Relief

first_imgEmpty Bowls Event Nov. 5 Raises Funds and Awareness for Hunger ReliefThe Ceramics Center at USI has been working full tilt to make more than 1,000 bowls for the 2016 EMPTY BOWLS Evansville Event, sponsored by the USI Art & Design Department with support from Ivy Tech business students.The event is planned for Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11am – 2pm, at Sauced, 1113 Parrett St., in Evansville’s Art District. Soup and donations will be provided by Sauced, Perfectly Fresh, Tom & Chee, Deerhead Sidewalk Cafe, Mary & Martha’s Catering, Pangea, Gerst Haus/Smitty’s, Bokeh Lounge, Just Rennie’s, Tropicana, Knob Hill Tavern, and Great Harvest Bread.Empty Bowls is a national non-profit organization that lends its name to any organization fundraising for hunger by making and selling ceramic bowls. This is the fifth Empty Bowls Event that Alisa (AL) Holen, assistant professor of ceramics at USI, has organized.Holen’s ceramics 1-3 courses were re-classified as ‘Service Learning’ courses in the fall, which opens up the courses to focus on service as well as ceramics. USI Students have been ‘teaching’ as well as ‘learning’ as groups come into the Ceramics Center at USI to make bowls. After the bowls have been made, USI ceramics students trim and sign each bowl with the maker’s name. They then bisque fire the bowls, glaze the bowls, and glaze fire the bowls in the electric, gas, and salt kilns.Ivy Tech students in Business Ethics have teamed up with the ceramic’s students at USI to help organize the event. These students have spent their time organizing the event with soup providers, advertising, and organizational details. Their work on the project strengthens their understanding of the difference between companies acting in a manner which is legal, ethical, and socially responsible.Each bowl made by the community will be sold for $10/each and come with a choice of soup. Empty Bowls will also feature a “Pro-Bowl” room with professionally-made bowls at higher prices.Proceeds from this event will be used to support local organizations fighting hunger. For additional information, contact: Faith Fox, Ivy Tech Instructor, at [email protected] LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

St. Vincent StatFlight Expands Coverage to Evansville

first_imgWill Become Largest Air Medical Provider in Indiana This week, St. Vincent officials announced that effective November 1, 2017, St. Vincent StatFlight, operated by PHI Air Medical, will become the largest air medical provider in Indiana with the addition of the program’s sixth base in Evansville. The new St. Vincent StatFlight base will replace the existing St. Vincent LifeFlight program that has been in service for more than 35 years. St. Vincent is part of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and nonprofit health system.“We are proud of our continued partnership with St. Vincent to help provide the citizens of Indiana with this critical, life-saving air medical service,” explained Sean O’Neal, Regional Director for PHI Air Medical. “With this expansion in services, we look forward to serving the communities in central Indiana and now the Tri-State area in southern Indiana.”St. Vincent partnered with PHI Air Medical in 2010 to form the St. Vincent StatFlight program, which is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Medical Transport Services (CAMTS). Other locations for StatFlight include Anderson, Greencastle, West Lafayette, Rushville and Seymour, Indiana.Due to the outstanding clinical quality from the Evansville LifeFlight team, many of these employees will transition to become St. Vincent StatFlight staff. It is expected that approximately 90 people, comprised of pilots, mechanics, nurses, paramedics and communication specialists across state will now be a part of St. Vincent StatFlight.“We are grateful for the outstanding work that the LifeFlight program has provided to this community for the last 35 years,” said Dan Parod, President, St. Vincent, Southwest Region. “As we begin to take the next step in enhancing our air medical service we want the communities we serve to be assured that they will continue to have access to this vital service.”About St. VincentIn Indiana, Ascension’s St. Vincent operates 20 hospitals in addition to a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices and clinics that cover a 57-county area and employ more than 15,000 associates. Across the state, St. Vincent provided more than $266 million in community benefit and care of persons living in poverty in fiscal year 2016. Serving Indiana for 136 years, Ascension is a faith-based healthcare organization committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, operating 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Visit www.stvincent.org and www.stvincent.org/evansville. About PHIPHI Air Medical is a leader in air medical transport, providing critical care and support for many of the nation’s leading health care organizations and in communities across the US. PHI Air Medical pilots have recorded over eleven million flight hours, in virtually every type of helicopter and terrain known. The Air Medical fleet consists of proven aircraft outfitted with medical interiors conducive to providing sustained emergent care for air medical transports and most PHI Air Medical programs operate at or above Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems (CAMTS) standards. PHI Air Medical headquarters are located in Phoenix, Arizona. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Scottish training centre opened

first_imgA national bakery training centre has been opened in Larbert, Scotland, in an attempt to preserve the craft and meet with increasing consumer demands.The centre has been developed by The Scottish Association of Master Bakers (SAMB), with a grant from the Bakery Training Council, and offers specialised bakery courses to members and companies in the food and drink sector. SAMB president Joe McDonald hailed the opening, saying: “The skills base for bakery companies has been steadily eroding over many years. Many skilled workers are retiring and taking their skills with them.”Courses include confectionery, cake decoration, sugarcraft, advanced dough techniques and specialist product development.last_img read more

School delays and closings for Monday, Feb. 15, 2021

first_img Pinterest Twitter Facebook By Jon Zimney – February 14, 2021 0 147 IndianaLocalMichiganNewsWeather Pinterest (“31932 2011 Blue Bird 77 Maximum Passenger School Bus” by Bill McChesney, CC BY 2.0) The following schools are on a two-hour delay:Bethany ChristianLakelandPrairie HeightsTippecanoe ValleyWest Noble WhatsApp The following schools are closed:Eastern PulaskiKnoxLa LumiereNew Prairie UnitedPeruRochestercenter_img Facebook WhatsApp School delays and closings for Monday, Feb. 15, 2021 Twitter Google+ Google+ Previous articleAnother reminder to protect your pipes in extreme coldNext articleWinter Storm Warning issued for most of the MNC listening area Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Taylors Bakers closes after more than 55 years of trading

first_imgOldham-based business Taylors Bakers has shut its doors after more than 55 years. The main reason cited for the closure was that the owners could not make enough money to keep the company going.The bakery announced its closure on a notice on its shop window and on its Facebook page.The notice stated: “To all our customers, it is with deep regret and sadness that Taylors Bakers will stop trading on 30 July at 2pm.”Loyal customers from the area left several comments from the post on the social media site to express their sadness.Jackie Meyrick commented: “Sad indeed to see the end of this traditional baker’s. There’s not many left like Taylors Bakers.“I used to call in with the kids on the way home from school.”Michael Frain said: “We are so sad you are ceasing trading. Rachel and I are going to miss all your beautiful products.”The business was set up in 1964 by Ian Taylor and taken over by his son David after his retirement. They said: “We would like to thank all our customers for their loyalty and support.”last_img read more

Dead & Company Reunite For ‘Band Together Bay Area’ [Pro-Shot Video]

first_imgOn Thursday night, a number of high-profile acts came together at San Francisco’s AT&T Park for a special fire relief benefit dubbed Band Together Bay Area. On tap for the evening were Metallica, Dead & Company, Dave Matthews, Raphael Saadiq, Rancid, and G-Eazy, with all proceeds from the show going toward victims of the recent North Bay firestorm that let Northern California devastated via Tipping Point Emergency Relief Fund.Dead & Company To Perform On Two Episodes Of The Late Show With Stephen ColbertWhile the lineup alone was interesting in and of itself, Band Together also marked Dead & Company’s first show together since their successful summer tour. With Fall Tour starting on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York City, west coast fans were eager to see what the Grateful Dead torchbearers had in store. With less than an hour set in their hands, the band played through a selection of signature standards including “Playing in the Band”, “Deal”, “Scarlet Begonias”, “Fire on the Mountain”, “Not Fade Away”, and “Touch of Grey”. With Bob Weir, John Mayer, and Oteil Burbridge trading lead vocals and sharing harmonies throughout, it’s clear the band is ready to pick back up where they left off in July.Dead & Company Recaps Tour Success, Sets Attendance Record for Wrigley FieldYou can watch the entire performance below, courtesy of Bmac39 bmac39:The funds raised by Band Together Bay Area will go into an emergency relief fund established by Tipping Point Community and will be directed to the North Bay community foundations, service providers and government partners supporting the low-income communities hit hardest by the fires. The fund aims to address urgent needs, such as temporary housing, food, education and healthcare services, as well as rebuilding efforts. Beneficiaries to date include: Community Foundation Sonoma County, Napa Valley Community Foundation, the Redwood Credit Union Community Fund, Inc. as part of the North Bay Fire Relief Fund established by the Press Democrat and Senator Mike McGuire, Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, among others. Pending reports of how much the benefit raised.Setlist: Dead & Company | Band Together Bay Area | 11/9/17Playing In The Band, Deal, Scarlet Begonias, Fire On The Mountain, Not Fade Away, Touch of Grey[photo via Oteil Burbridge Facebook]Dead & Company Announce Fall Tour WebcastsGrateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, veteran Jeff Chimenti, and firmly-welcomed newcomers John Mayer and Oteil Burbridge will embark on a 16-date tour this fall, starting with two nights at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 12 & 14. From there, the band will make stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Washington DC, Hartford, Detroit, Columbus, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas, Austin, New Orleans, Orlando, and Sunrise, Florida to close out on December 8th. Without any multi-night runs scheduled beyond MSG and TD Garden, Dead & Company will head south of the border early next year (February 15-18) for their first-ever destination event, dubbed Playing In The Sand.Dead & Company 2017 Fall Tour DatesNovember 9 San Francisco, CA – Band TogetherNovember 12 New York, NY – Madison Square GardenNovember 14 New York, NY – Madison Square GardenNovember 16 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo CenterNovember 17 Boston, MA – TD GardenNovember 19 Boston, MA – TD GardenNovember 21 Washington, DC – Verizon CenterNovember 22 Hartford, CT – XL CenterNovember 24 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars ArenaNovember 25 Columbus, OH – Nationwide ArenaNovember 28 Charlotte, NC – Spectrum CenterNovember 29 Atlanta, GA – Philips ArenaDecember 1 Dallas, TX – American Airlines CenterDecember 2 Austin, TX – Frank Erwin CenterDecember 5 New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King CenterDecember 7 Orlando, FL – Amway CenterDecember 8 Sunrise, FL – BB&T Centerlast_img read more

See Gloria Estefan Audition Countless Conga-ing Hopefuls for On Your Feet!

first_imgEmilio and Gloria Estefan are taking the task of casting themselves in a Broadway musical very seriously. They’re personally watching countless audition tapes on YouTube and leading multiple open calls. Lance Bass recently took Entertainment Tonight on a behind-the-scenes look of the casting process of On Your Feet!, the bio-musical set to conga to Broadway on October 5, 2015 at the Marquis Theatre. “The reason we chose On Your Feet,” the Grammy-winning songstress explained of the title, “is because it’s about how you keep getting up in life–no matter what happens.” Take a look below as dozens of girls attempt to prove that they have what it takes to emulate Gloria and tell the story of her and Emilio’s 36-year marriage, which is “like 150 in Hollywood years.” View Comments Related Shows On Your Feet! Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 20, 2017last_img read more

Nicholas Korn’s Delirium’s Daughters Set for Off-Broadway

first_img The production will feature costume and prop design by Jamie Nicole Larson, lighting design by Alana Jacoby, sound design by Sam Kusnetz and fight choreography by Chris Michael Burke. In Delirium’s Daughters, a kind old gentleman believes his deceased wife has forbid their three daughters to marry, until one of the suitors plays a series of tricks that helps him deal with his loss and recover his sanity. The show is a kindhearted farce based on the Italian Commedia Dell’Arte, with a touch of magical realism. View Comments The cast will include Brandon Beilis as Timidio, Nick Bombicino as Giovio, Kerry Frances as Celia, Stephanie Nicole Kelley as Marina, Jackson Thompson as Pomposa, Branislav Tomich as Di Lirio, Brenda Withers as Terresa and Evan Cory Zimmerman as Serio. Four suitors, three daughters, what’s a father to do? Nicholas Korn’s Delirium’s Daughters will play a limited engagement off-Broadway from February 26 through March 14. Directed by Kathleen Butler, the production will officially open at the Studio Theatre at Theatre Row on February 28.last_img read more