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Morris dancing comes to Oxford

first_imgAn exhibition about Morris dancing in Oxfordshire is to be displayed by the university’s Bate Collection.The exhibition, entitled “Oxfordshire Morris Dancing: a living tradition”, will run from 3 March – 3 April at the Music faculty buildings next to Christ Church.”The items and photos in the exhibition, which have been loaned or supplied by Oxfordshire Morris sides, include a striped, painted fiddle, a buzzard mask, and a fool’s costume from the 1950s.Project manager Alice Little, said: The entire exhibition is intended to show that whilst Oxfordshire hosts some of the oldest Morris sides in the country, there are a host of new sides being formed.“And contrary to recent press coverage, a lot of young people are involved.”last_img


CDC reports vaccinia infections in lab workers

first_img The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends vaccinia immunization at least every 10 years for lab workers who handle cultures or animals infected with non–highly attenuated orthopoxviruses, the CDC reported. Because some lab workers fear that vaccinia immunization will cause side effects, lab directors should provide information about the risks and potential benefits of vaccination, including preventing severe complications of infection, the agency said. The article says it is not possible to estimate the incidence of lab-related vaccinia infections, because the number of labs that handle the virus is unknown. The CDC receives fewer than five reports of such cases per year. Lab-related exposure to vaccinia virus can result in severe or atypical infections, particularly if the dose of virus is large or the exposure involves the eyes, the report says. In addition, recombinant strains of vaccinia commonly carry genes for foreign proteins, which could increase the viruses’ pathogenicity for humans. One of the workers had received a vaccinia shot 10 years before the incident, and a second had been vaccinated but had no lesion indicating an immune response. The rest had never been vaccinated. For workers who have not been vaccinated, vaccination shortly after exposure may reduce the effects of infection, the report says. The five cases, four of which occurred in academic labs and the other in a government lab, all involved needlestick injuries. Two of the workers were hospitalized briefly, but all recovered. Three patients had a fever along with a lesion at the injury site, while one had only a lesion. CDC. Laboratory-acquired vaccinia exposures and infections—United States, 2005-2007. MMWR 2008 Apr 18;57(5):401-3 [Full text] From 2005 through 2007, the CDC learned of five vaccinia infections in lab workers, three of whom had never received vaccinia immunizations, according to an article in the Apr 18 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The cases were reported informally, since there is no national system for tracking lab-related vaccinia infections. Vaccinia is a close relative of the smallpox virus and is the active ingredient in smallpox vaccine. Labs use it in research on orthopoxviruses (the group that includes smallpox and vaccinia) and as a tool to induce cells to make foreign proteins, the CDC said. Apr 21, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – An ongoing trickle of vaccinia virus infections in laboratory workers who handle the virus points up the need for them to be immunized, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said last week. When the worker who had been vaccinated unsuccessfully had the needlestick accident, he or she bathed the finger immediately in a disinfectant solution. On the same day, he or she also sought and received a vaccinia revaccination, which resulted in a lesion. The worker escaped with no signs of infection from the accident.last_img read more


Cricket News Shubman Gill credits Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh for his continued success

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Shubman Gill is one of the rising stars in the domestic circuit as well as in the India A circuit. Gill was one of the stars who helped India win the Under-19 World Cup in 2018 which was held in New Zealand while he had a stellar season for Punjab. For the Indian Premier League, he had consistent runs with the Kolkata Knight Riders. In the recent series against West Indies A, Gill managed a double ton, which was the youngest double century by an Indian in first-class cricket. Thus, it came as a surprise when Gill was not picked in the Indian national team for the Windies series.However, Gill is not too perturbed and he is currently focused on doing well for India A in the upcoming series against South Africa A. In an interaction with PTI, Gill thanked the contributions of Rahul Dravid, who was his Under-19 coach and Yuvraj Singh for mentoring him.”Rahul sir has been my coach since the India U-19 days and then India A. There is one basic advice from him which I always keep in mind. He would tell me that come what may, never change your basic game that got you success. He (Dravid) said that if we want to get technically more solid, all the adjustments that we make should be within the confines of our basic game,” elaborated Gill, who won the BCCI’s Best Junior Cricketer award for consecutive years in 2013-14 and 2014-15. Reflecting on the recent A tour of the West Indies, Gill said the thought of saving matches hardly ever crosses his mind as he likes to focus on putting the team in a winning position. “Actually, even when we lost quick wickets, it didn’t strike me or my partner (Hanuma Vihari) that we need to save the match. All we were thinking was how to change the course,” said Gill, who enjoys a staggering average of 78-plus and 1339 runs in just 12 first-class games.”During that innings (his double hundred), the first plan was to see off the remaining part of the third day. The next day, the pitch had some juice, so the first session was important. The next plan was to score 120 off the next 30 overs as their bowlers would be getting a little tired,” he added.Gill understands the pressures of it and who better than Yuvraj Singh to give some sound advice on how to deal with stardom. “Yuvi paaji gives me a lot of advice about handling pressure, fame and adulation. In the Punjab team, I confide a lot in my senior Gurkeerat Singh Mann. And obviously, any for life decision, I always look up to my dad,” Gill said. center_img Shubman Gill averages 78 in First Class cricket.Shubman Gill became youngest first class Indian double centurion.Shubman Gill was the star in the Under-19 World Cup in 2018.last_img read more