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Old 27-05-2005, 10:18   #1
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From “Soundings - Trade Only Today” - 5/26/2005

Volvo racers to pack ACR safety gear

ACR Electronics Inc. of Fort Lauderdale has been designated official supplier of safety electronics for the Volvo Ocean Race Round the World.

ACR will supply racing teams with EPIRBs, survival craft radar transponders, GMDSS VHF survival radios and other high-tech safety gear. Each boat will be outfitted with a GlobalFix 406 EPIRB and two RapidFix 406 EPIRBs to be secured in its life rafts. A PathFinder 3 SART survival craft transponder and three GMDSS survival radios will complete each team’s allotment of gear.

Race director Andy Hindly said ACR was chosen because the equipment it is providing “will be the most effective in an emergency situation and has the strength to survive the testing conditions of the race.”

The Volvo Ocean Race is the premier global sail race — the successor to the Whitbread Round the World Race. It begins Nov. 5 with an in-port race in Sanxenxo, Galicia. Leg One, the first offshore leg, begins Nov. 12 from Vigo, Galicia.

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Damage $1.4M in Florida MarineMax fire

The Florida state fire marshal’s office is investigating a Wednesday morning blaze that destroyed two boats and damaged several others at the MarineMax dealership in Sarasota.

The pre-dawn blaze caused about $1.4 million damage, and destroyed a Sea Ray 420 Sundancer and a Meridian 459 motoryacht. The fire was so hot it melted the fiberglass and scorched several boats nearby, according to fire officials. Firefighters moved other yachts away from the blaze to prevent the fire from spreading.

“It was already engulfed when we got there,” said fire chief Paul Dezzi, in a phone interview this morning. “Our job was to keep it contained.”

Some 36 firefighters, including a unit trained in boat fires, responded to the alarm. The boats were in the water at a dock.

The Sea Ray already had been sold and the Meridian was to have been delivered today, according to a report in the Sarasota Herald Tribune.

The state fire marshal’s office typically is called in to investigate suspicious fires or those of unknown origin, particularly when there is high monetary damage, Dezzi said. He said he expects a report from the state office in about a week.

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Des Moines fire blamed on faulty cord

A blaze that destroyed two boats at a marina in Des Moines, Iowa, Tuesday evening was caused by a malfunctioning electrical cord on one of the boats, according to fire officials.

An extension cord apparently shorted out and started the fire on a small powerboat docked at the Birdland Park Marina, fire officials told the Des Moines Register. Whipped by wind, the fire quickly spread to the dock and a neighboring pontoon boat. Firefighters say their efforts to extinguish the blaze were hampered by lack of water and easy access to the docks.

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"SS Atlantic"
The forgotten story of the "S.S. Atlantic" shipwreck gets unearthed in a new documentary, on Friday, September 18th 2020, 7:15 pm.

On April fools day, 1873, a 420 foot White Star Liner carrying almost 1,000 people crashed into the rocky shoreline off Lower Prospect, killing some 560 people.
All women and children were killed aside from one boy, and about 400 men survived due to the rescue efforts of poor fisherfolk from Prospect.

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/ca...earthed-in-new

https://program.finfestival.ca/Guide...5a/SS-Atlantic
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Old 24-09-2020, 02:55   #3
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The 'sad coincidence' that may have doomed missing Ontario sailor Reginald Fisher
An Ontario woman says she may have seen the distress flares fired by a sailor the night he vanished on Lake Erie. But when she reported the incident to the Canadian Coast Guard, she says she wasn't taken seriously.
At the same time as she called in her sighting, there was a coast guard rescue operation happening, in which a Hercules aircraft was providing illumination support, by dropping parachute flares in the area.
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The words Americans looked up, as driven by news events, celebrities, sports, and more (including the Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates).
Merriam-Webster Trend Watch* ➥ https://www.merriam-webster.com/news...-watch/see-all


* Trend Watch is a data-driven report on words people are looking up at much higher search rates than normal. While most trends can be traced back to the news or popular culture, our focus is on the lookup data rather than the events themselves.
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Drone ships
Unmanned surface vessels (USVs) could soon change how we navigate the seas.

Sea-Kit International deployed its 12-metre USV Maxlimer, for 22 days, in the Atlantic Ocean, in July and August, mapping 1,000 square kilometres of the seabed.
https://www.sea-kit.com/post/press-r...hore-operation

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) had been scheduled to mark the anniversary of the 1620 voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers in September, but like the USV Maxlimer, COVID-19 got in the way.
Instead, the MAS is due to sail from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Mass., in April 2021.
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Reinfection cases raise concerns over immunity
A 25-year-old from Reno, Nevada, tested positive in April, after showing mild symptoms, then got sick again, in late May, with a more serious bout (now recovered), according to a case report, in the Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal.
The Nevada patient's doctors, who first reported the case in a non-peer-reviewed paper in August, said sophisticated testing showed that the virus strains, associated with each bout of infection, were genetically different.
The study shows a rare example of re-infection, by the SARS-CoV-2, verified by genome sequencing, and is the fifth confirmed case of re-infection.
The demonstration that it is possible to be re-infected, by SARS-CoV-2, may suggest that a Covid-19 vaccine may not be totally protective. However, given the 40+ million cases worldwide, these small examples of re-infection are tiny, and should not deter efforts to develop vaccines.
In the Netherlands, the National Institute for Public Health confirmed that an 89-year-old Dutch woman, also sick with a rare form of bone marrow cancer, had recently died after contracting COVID-19 for a second time. Hers was the first known re-infection death.

“Genomic evidence for reinfection with SARS-CoV-2: a case study” ~ Richard L Tillett et al
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/l...764-7/fulltext

According to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at more than 37.8 million. More than one million people have died, while more than 26.2 million have recovered.

A second large-scale trial for a COVID-19 vaccine has been paused, after a reported "unexplained illness", in one of the trial volunteers. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced the halting of their late-stage trial on Monday, a little more than a month after the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, announced the pause of their Phase 3 trial, on Sept. 8. Both pauses included Phase 3 clinical trials, for the same class of non-replicating viral vector vaccines.
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CANADIAN 24-HOUR MOVEMENT GUIDELINES FOR ADULTS
Developed in partnership with the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Public Health Agency of Canada, Queen’s University and ParticipACTION, these guidelines integrate recommendations for physical activity, sedentary behaviour and sleep.
Released todayhttps://csepguidelines.ca/

“The whole day matters: Understanding 24-hour movement guideline adherence and relationships with health indicators across the lifespan” by Scott Rollo et al
"... A healthy composition of 24-h movement behaviors and meeting the recommended guidelines are important for disease prevention and health promotion across the lifespan ..."
https://www.sciencedirect.com/scienc...95254620300910
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Five Minute Covid Test
Scientists, from Oxford University’s Department of Physics, have developed an extremely rapid diagnostic test, that detects and identifies viruses in less than five minutes. The method, published on the preprint server MedRxiv, is able to differentiate with high accuracy SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, from negative clinical samples, as well as from other common respiratory pathogens, such as influenza and seasonal human coronaviruses.
The university said it hoped to start product development in early 2021, and have an approved device available six months after.
Rapid antigen tests are seen as key in rolling out mass-testing, and reopening economies, while the coronavirus is still circulating.

“Oxford scientists develop extremely rapid diagnostic test for Covid-19"
Press Release ➥ https://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2020-10-15...-test-covid-19

“Virus detection and identification in minutes using single-particle imaging and deep learning”
Preprint ➥ https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1....13.20212035v1
And ➥ https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1....full.pdf+html
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Wooden toy boat washes ashore on Lake Superior after 27 years adrift
On Oct. 7, a small wooden boat drifted ashore on Lake Superior, leaving locals with a puzzling mystery. The Apostle Islands National Seashore in Wisconsin, a U.S. National Parks service, said the red, white, and blue boat was found with a message inscribed on its hull.
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First wing on deck
Stockholm-based Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), one of the partners in the Oceanbird development project, has tested the seven-meter long Oceanbird model with one wing on deck, in open water.
The wing sails are an essential part of the ship design, a wind-powered Pure Car and Truck Carrier (PCTC), aiming to slash emissions by 90 percent.
Under the design concept, Oceanbird will be fitted with five wing sails, each at around 80 meters high, twice the height of those on the largest sailing vessels around today.
With the current design, the vessel is 200 metres long, and 40 metres wide, height above waterline is 105 meters, and the estimated average speed is 10 knots.
The first full-scale vessel from the project is expected to be delivered at the end of 2024.
More https://www.walleniusmarine.com/blog...-wing-on-deck/
Watch the sea trial of Oceanbird model https://www.walleniusmarine.com/blog...of-wpcc-model/
More about OCEANBIRD https://www.oceanbirdwallenius.com/
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OSIRIS-REx will attempt a historic feat for NASA -- to collect first sample collection from an asteroid’s surface.
The “Origins Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security - Regolith Explorer” [OSIRIS-REx] spacecraft will travel to a near-Earth asteroid, called Bennu (formerly 1999 RQ36), and bring at least a 2.1-ounce sample back to Earth (in 2023) for study.
https://www.nasa.gov/osiris-rex
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https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/u...ion-activities
CBC ➥ https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/o...-tag-1.5768452
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Asteroid Time!
Today at 21:00 UTC (5 p.m. ET), NASA presents the live stream of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft’s touch-and-go maneuver, to collect a sample of asteroid “Bennu”.
Watch ➥ https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/#public
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Reinfection cases raise concerns over immunity
A 25-year-old from Reno, Nevada, tested positive in April, after showing mild symptoms, then got sick again, in late May, with a more serious bout (now recovered), according to a case report, in the Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal.
The Nevada patient's doctors, who first reported the case in a non-peer-reviewed paper in August, said sophisticated testing showed that the virus strains, associated with each bout of infection, were genetically different.
The study shows a rare example of re-infection, by the SARS-CoV-2, verified by genome sequencing, and is the fifth confirmed case of re-infection.
The demonstration that it is possible to be re-infected, by SARS-CoV-2, may suggest that a Covid-19 vaccine may not be totally protective. However, given the 40+ million cases worldwide, these small examples of re-infection are tiny, and should not deter efforts to develop vaccines.
In the Netherlands, the National Institute for Public Health confirmed that an 89-year-old Dutch woman, also sick with a rare form of bone marrow cancer, had recently died after contracting COVID-19 for a second time. Hers was the first known re-infection death.

“Genomic evidence for reinfection with SARS-CoV-2: a case study” ~ Richard L Tillett et al
https://www.thelancet.com/journals/l...764-7/fulltext

According to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the global total of confirmed coronavirus cases stands at more than 37.8 million. More than one million people have died, while more than 26.2 million have recovered.

A second large-scale trial for a COVID-19 vaccine has been paused, after a reported "unexplained illness", in one of the trial volunteers. Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, announced the halting of their late-stage trial on Monday, a little more than a month after the University of Oxford and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, announced the pause of their Phase 3 trial, on Sept. 8. Both pauses included Phase 3 clinical trials, for the same class of non-replicating viral vector vaccines.
AstraZeneca has been fined 250 Million dollars for Fraud, That says a lot for That company,
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AstraZeneca has been fined 250 Million dollars for Fraud.
That says a lot for That company,
Indeed.
AstraZeneca has payed more than $1 billion in federal fines, and legal settlements, for corrupting clinical trials, and illegally promoting antipsychotics (ie: Seroquel - quetiapine). It also faces several lawsuits filed by patients who say the drugmaker’s products injured them.
In addition to paying $350 million to resolve more than 23,000 lawsuits, that allege Seroquel can cause diabetes, the company paid to settle illegal marketing charges. It also faced a number of scandals, including corrupt data in studies for marketing the drug to children, a sex scandal, and a poorly run clinical trial, that could have compromised patient safety and data reliability.
After years of investigations, AstraZeneca paid a $520 million fine brought by the U.S. Department of Justice for promoting Seroquel for unapproved uses. The company also paid $647 million to settle global lawsuits for failing to warn the public of Seroquel’s known side effects.
https://www.drugwatch.com/manufacturers/astrazeneca/
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Indeed.
AstraZeneca has payed more than $1 billion in federal fines, and legal settlements, for corrupting clinical trials, and illegally promoting antipsychotics (ie: Seroquel - quetiapine). It also faces several lawsuits filed by patients who say the drugmaker’s products injured them.
In addition to paying $350 million to resolve more than 23,000 lawsuits, that allege Seroquel can cause diabetes, the company paid to settle illegal marketing charges. It also faced a number of scandals, including corrupt data in studies for marketing the drug to children, a sex scandal, and a poorly run clinical trial, that could have compromised patient safety and data reliability.
After years of investigations, AstraZeneca paid a $520 million fine brought by the U.S. Department of Justice for promoting Seroquel for unapproved uses. The company also paid $647 million to settle global lawsuits for failing to warn the public of Seroquel’s known side effects.
https://www.drugwatch.com/manufacturers/astrazeneca/
WOW, I didnt know about all of those ones,

Australian Govt contracted Astrazeneka to make vaccines for covid,
Thats the reason I found out about the 250 million Fraud case,

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