SMC hosts Dad’s Weekend

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted the fathers of the Class of 2010 Friday through Sunday for the annual Senior Dad’s Weekend, a tradition at Saint Mary’s. “The purpose of the weekend is for the senior class to escape from all the finals and papers we have due this time of year and spend a weekend with our dads,” senior class president Kelly Lyons said. Lyons, who has been looking forward to this weekend since her sophomore year, was excited to plan the weekend’s events with the class board, she said. “We chose our particular events because we wanted dads and daughters to have the chance to spend time together and meet their daughter’s friends and their fathers,” Lyons said. “We were really happy with the turn out to all of the events this weekend.” The father-daughter weekend began Friday with registration in Madeleva Hall at 5:30 p.m. followed by College President Carol Ann Mooney’s address to the seniors and their dads in Carroll Auditorium. The other event of the night was a beer garden in the dining hall from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Students sat around talking while having a beer with their friends and their dads. At one point during the event, some students played a game of flip cup with their fathers. “We wanted to provide time for dads and daughters to go to dinner in between registration and President Mooney’s address and the beer garden,” Lyons said. “We also provided wine and pop for those who don’t like beer or weren’t old enough to drink.” Saturday, the class board held a game of trivia for students and their fathers in the Student Center Lounge. Trivia questions covered a wide range of topics including Saint Mary’s history, Notre Dame football, movies, current events and 90’s trivia. Trivia teams consisted of three dads and three daughters. The highlight event of the weekend for senior Martha Walter was the Notre Dame vs. Army game watch at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown South Bend Saturday night. “I always watch the games with my dad at home,” Walter said, “It was nice to have a chance to just relax for the evening and watch it with him.  There was food and a bar, and at halftime we walked around to the Hall of Fame.” Lyons also enjoyed the game watch. “My most memorable moment for the weekend was watching the Notre Dame game at the Hall of Fame with all my dad, friends and friends’ dads,” Lyons said. “I think the game watch was the most popular event, but we had an overwhelming turnout for all of our events this weekend.” The weekend culminated on Sunday with Mass at the Church of Our Lady of Lorreto at 11:15 a.m. Walter said she enjoyed the planned events, but said the quality time with her dad was best part of the entire weekend. “The events were fun,” Walter said, “but it was awesome just to hang out and catch up.” Sometimes we go a while without talking on the phone or anything because this has been such a busy year, so it was good to just have a chance to talk and enjoy each others company.” “Even though I only live about a half hour away, I don’t get a lot of free time to go home,” she said, “so it was fun have a chance to spend some one-on-one time together.  My dad loves coming to visit and seeing where I have classes and what my life is like here.” Lyons said the weekend was successful. “I think the weekend went well,” Lyons said. “From those that I spoke with and from my experience everyone had a great time with their dad and enjoyed the opportunity to spend time together.”last_img read more

Europe says Tamiflu-resistant virus seen in 9 countries

first_imgFeb 1, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – European officials yesterday reported more evidence that one of the three types of seasonal influenza viruses is showing resistance to oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and said this represents the first clear sign that the resistant variant can spread.A report published yesterday by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) says the resistant variant of the influenza A/H1N1 virus accounted for 59 (14%) of 437 European H1N1 isolates from 19 countries tested so far. The variant has been seen in nine of the 19 countries, according to the report in Eurosurveillance.The new report suggests the resistant variant is more widespread than indicated by the initial report from the ECDC on Jan 27. That report said the resistant virus was found in four countries and made up 19 of 148 isolates tested.Increased H1N1 resistance to oseltamvir was also reported in the United States and Canada this week. US officials said about 5% of tested isolates showed resistance, and Canada reported that about 10% were resistant.European report: Norway most affectedThe resistant virus has a mutation called H274Y, which confers approximately a 400-fold reduction in susceptibility to oseltamivir, according to the Eurosurveillance report. Oseltamivir is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the drug of choice for human patients with H5N1 avian influenza, and many countries have stockpiled it in case the H5N1 virus evolves into a pandemic strain.From the tests so far, resistance is most common in Norway, where 26 of 37 H1N1 isolates (72%) were resistant, according to Eurosurveillance. Other countries most affected are France, 15 of 87 isolates (17%); Germany, 3 of 43 (7%); and the United Kingdom, 8 of 162 (5%). A few resistant isolates were also reported in Denmark, Finland the Netherlands, Portugal, and Sweden.The resistant viruses have come from both adults and children, and there is no indication that any of the patients had been treated with oseltamivir or been in contact with others so treated, the report says. It is not unusual for resistance to emerge in patients receiving oseltamivir treatment for H1N1 infections, according to the WHO.”We therefore conclude that the identification of these oseltamivir-resistant viruses as a substantial proportion of circulating viruses, particularly in Norway, is the first clear evidence that influenza A(H1N1) virus with the H274Y mutation can readily transmit between individuals,” the Eurosurveillance report states.An accompanying Eurosurveillance editorial says resistant viruses with the same mutation were seen in previous flu seasons but “were few in number, ‘unfit,’ and transmitted poorly. . . . These [current] A/H1N1 isolates with the H274Y mutation are fitter. They are in several countries and are transmitting in the community.”The specimens tested to date are from early in the season, and it may be that as the season progresses ordinary A/H1N1s [will] predominate,” the editorial continues. “Equally, the resistant viruses may come to predominate,” as influenza A viruses resistant to two older drugs, amantadine and rimantadine, did in North America 2 years ago. Officials have said the oseltamivir-resistant H1N1 viruses remain susceptible to amantadine and rimantadine.WHO report: Increased resistance unexpectedThe WHO, in a statement yesterday, said the increased drug resistance is unexpected and so far unexplained, especially since few of the patients are known to have taken oseltamivir. “Influenza viruses are continuously changing, and it is possible that a resistant strain has emerged spontaneously,” said the statement, released in a question-and-answer format.While noting that the resistance problem is not limited to Europe, the WHO said no H1N1 isolates from Japan, where oseltamivir is used far more commonly than in most other countries, have shown the resistance mutation so far this season. The same was true for Hong Kong.The WHO said H1N1 is the predominant flu virus in many European countries and other parts of the northern hemisphere so far this season. The increased oseltamivir resistance has not been found in the other two seasonal flu viruses, A/H3N2 and B.The agency said the implications of the resistance problem for the treatment of H5N1 cases are uncertain. “The neuraminidase protein in human H1N1 viruses is different from that in avian H5N1 viruses. Until we learn why the unexpected increase in oseltamivir resistance has occurred in H1N1 viruses, it is too early to know what, if any, potential there might be for a similar increase to occur in H5N1 viruses.”The WHO added that it has not changed any of its H5N1 treatment recommendations.In other observations, the WHO said:So far, the evidence for most of the patients infected with the resistant virus is that they were not linked in any way.There is no evidence that the resistant viruses are causing more severe illness than other flu viruses.There is no sign that the resistant viruses are more transmissible than nonresistant viruses.The drug resistance does not affect the effectiveness of flu vaccines, and the H1N1 strain used in this year’s vaccine is well-matched to the circulating H1N1 strains.See also:Eursurveillance report editorial statement read more

PGA Nigeria Charges Prospective Pros to Develop Themselves

first_imgIn the same vein, the director urged the candidates to justify the investments in their sponsors through their performance as he added, “18+ ties,” which is a big plus for the candidates in qualifying practical exams for the revered professional status.Dr. Tony Phimoore, sponsor of the tournament and Chairman of Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State, also urged the candidates to give their all in the game as there is much to benefit from it; he said he was happy being the sponsor of the event given the gains he has made from golf.“I appreciate you all trainees for wanting to take up professional golfing; but in examinations as golf that has practical and classroom work there is always tension, but what matters is your ability to manage the tension. l am happy to sponsor this edition, because whatever I am made of today started from my becoming a golf professional which dates back in the 1980s,” he noted.Joseph Taouk, Captain Port Harcourt Golf Club on his part was elated that the club would be hosting the PGA of Nigeria Qualifying School final for the first time.About 90 candidates are taking part in this year’s edition, which is the 12th.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The need for golfers to develop themselves beyond playing on the course during tournaments and leisure has been stressed.The Director of Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Nigeria, Samson Lawal, made the call during the opening ceremony of the 2020 qualifying school final event at the Port Harcourt Golf Club, Rivers State.“You must develop yourself beyond this level. Always seek knowledge; adopt new and better ways of doing things; go digital and beyond and the sky will be your limit. The trend in golf professionalism in modern times is digitalisation in teaching/coaching; playing; merchandising and so on,” the director said.last_img read more

Spruce man to appear in court

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich.– Michigan State Troopers were called to the US-23 South Marathon on the night of July 6 to deal with an alleged intoxicated man. The suspect, a Spruce resident named John Gray Jr, had already left in a vehicle. However, troopers didn’t take long to catch up to the vehicle and apprehend Gray.According to a press statement from the state police, gray then attempted to damage the patrol vehicle by thrashing about and violently kicking. He also refused a chemical test.Gray has been charged with multiple crimes, including Malicious Destruction of Police Property, Driving While Intoxicated Second Offense, and Resisting and Obstructing Police. He is set to appear in court on July 30.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Chief Forbush talks about emergency responseNext Three sentenced in 2019 Glennie assault caselast_img read more