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Diabetes drug helps repair UV-damaged DNA in cells of 'Moon children'

Added: 20.11.2017 15:28 | 0 views | 0 comments

The severe and debilitating genetic disease Xeroderma pigmentosum impedes cells to repair UV-induced DNA damage. Scientists found a drug approved for diabetes treatment to alleviate the impact of the gene defect in cell culture, which led to the discovery of a previously unknown DNA repair mechanism.

From: www.sciencedaily.com

South West Ambulance staff call for trust boss to resign

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An open letter from the GMB union claims staff are "struggling to maintain a crumbling service".

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From: www.bbc.co.uk

James Crellin, former director of communications at GM, dies

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James Crellin, former director of communications at General Motors, where he worked for 25 years after a short career in journalism, died Nov. 4 at his home in Michigan. He was 81.

From: www.autonews.com

Rare white moose saved from hunters in Sweden after police u-turn

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A rare white moose’s life has been saved in Sweden after a decision to allow hunters to kill it was overturned. The magnificent moose, named Ferdinand, gained worldwide media attention in August after local politician Hans Nilsson captured him swimming on camera in Värmland, western Sweden. “It was an awesome moment being alone with this incredible animal. Having had that experience, I could not believe that someone would to kill him,” he told The Telegraph.  The elk became a potential target for hunters after police blamed the animal for an attack on a jogger on 6 November. A rare white moose has been saved from hunters in Sweden Credit: Hans Nilsson  “The moose has had two turbulent weeks. It started with a young woman who was out jogging with two dogs attached to a leash around her waist,” Mr Nilsson says. “When they met the moose, the dogs began barking. The moose wanted to defend himself and attacked the dogs. The woman fell to the ground and dislocated her shoulder.” In response to the incident, police “decided to allow local hunters to shoot the moose, claiming that it was a danger to people,” he explains. Mr Nilsson started a petition to protect the moose and it gained more than 14,000 signatures in just a few days. “I was very upset since I knew it is a harmless animal,” he adds. “Luckily, none of the local hunters wanted to kill it.” The nature photographer said the police reversed their decision due to the backlash: “The moose is no longer considered dangerous to humans. The moose is safe and can continue to live in his habitat in western Värmland. “Out of 400, 000 moose in Sweden, maybe 100 of them are white,” he adds. “Most of them live in this area. They are not albino. They have a genetic defect called leucism. They cannot store pigment. “It is very important that we preserve all the white moose so that they can continue to live in the Swedish forests.” Rare white giraffe spotted in Tanzania could be ‘target’ for poachers

From: www.yahoo.com

Roche stock up $12 billion on cancer, hemophilia trials; rivals hit

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Roche shares were lifted on Monday by two trial wins for its new cancer and hemophilia drugs, potential blockbusters that the Swiss drugmaker is counting on to offset shrinking revenue from older medicines. Along with Roche's multiple sclerosis medicine Ocrevus, the drugs are pillars of Chief Executive Severin Schwan's plan to offset the patent expiry of top-sellers Rituxan, Avastin and Herceptin which account for $20 billion in annual sales. Roche said Tecentriq had cut the risk of lung cancer worsening when mixed with other treatments, while hemophilia agent Hemlibra had reduced bleeds in a new group of patients.

From: www.yahoo.com

M7 earthquake triggers tsunami warnings for New Caledonia and Vanuatu

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An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunami waves towards New Caledonia and Vanuatu. The quake, initially reported as magnitude 7.3, struck 51 miles east of the Loyalty Islands and was the second major tremor in the same area in less than 24 hours and the third in the past month. Monday's quake struck at 9.43 am local time (2243 Sunday GMT) at a shallow depth of six miles, east of the remote Loyalty Islands, the United States Geological Survey said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said small tsunami waves were observed in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, but later said the danger had largely passed. Waves may have reached up to one metre (three feet) above the high tide level in parts of New Caledonia and smaller in Vanuatu, the PTWC said. "Minor sea level fluctuations...may continue over the next few hours," a statement from the agency said. "Government agencies responsible for threatened coastal areas should take action to inform and instruct any coastal populations populations at risk," the PTWC said in an alert. Nervous residents reported feeling several tremors throughout the night before the quake hit. "Parked cars were shaking and everyone went outside," one official from Mare in the Loyalty Islands told AFP. "I thought I was going to faint, I was very afraid and I rushed out of my building," said a resident of central Noumea. A Tsunami threat is forecasted to hit the Southern islands and parts of Central islands. Waves of 0.30 meters to 0.5 meters are likely to hit the coastlines of TAFEA, SHEFA and MALAMPA and possibly SANMA provinces. People from these provinces should take precautionary measures.— Dan McGarry (@dailypostdan) November 20, 2017 Wayan Rigault, communications manager at Hotel Nengone Village on the island of Mare, said there was no immediate damage, but guests were on alert for a formal evacuation warning. "We are a little bit scared, we have had an earthquake last night and today it was quite a big one," he said.  Vanuatu's National Disaster Management Office advised people in southern provinces to evacuate coastal areas for higher ground. New Caledonia's civil security agency said it was still compiling data, and was not planning to evacuate immediately. Authorities in Australia and New Zealand said there were no tsunami threats to either of those countries. 

From: www.yahoo.com

7.0 quake off New Caledonia sparks tsunami alert but no damage

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A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia on Monday, triggering a brief tsunami warning and evacuation alert but causing no significant damage, local officials said. The US Geological Survey said the shallow tremor hit approximately 82 kilometres east of the lightly populated Loyalty Islands at around 09:45 am (2245 GMT). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially issued an alert saying areas within 300 kilometres (180 miles) could be affected, including Vanuatu and New Caledonia, whose capital Noumea sits some 250 kilometres east of the epicentre.

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From: www.yahoo.com

Roche stock up $12 billion on cancer, hemophilia trials; rivals hit

Added: 20.11.2017 12:37 | 0 views | 0 comments

Roche shares were lifted on Monday by two trial wins for its new cancer and hemophilia drugs, potential blockbusters that the Swiss drugmaker is counting on to offset shrinking revenue from older medicines. Along with Roche's multiple sclerosis medicine Ocrevus, the drugs are pillars of Chief Executive Severin Schwan's plan to offset the patent expiry of top-sellers Rituxan, Avastin and Herceptin which account for $20 billion in annual sales. Roche said Tecentriq had cut the risk of lung cancer worsening when mixed with other treatments, while hemophilia agent Hemlibra had reduced bleeds in a new group of patients.

From: www.yahoo.com

Battle Chef Brigade (Switch) Review | CGM

Added: 20.11.2017 12:30 | 0 views | 0 comments

Battle Chef Brigade is a fantastic addition to the Nintendo Switchs lineup of indie titles that everyone should give a try for its unique mix of combat and puzzle gameplay.

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From: n4g.com

Robert Mugabe 'could be impeached in two days' as resignation deadline passes

Added: 20.11.2017 12:02 | 0 views | 0 comments


Zimbabwe’s parliament could impeach Robert Mugabe and remove him from presidential office within two days, a ruling party official has said following the 93-year old president's shock refusal to stand down in an address to the nation.  Paul Mangwana, Zanu-PF’s deputy secretary for legal affairs, told reporters at the party's Harare headquarters that impeachment could be set in motion as early as Tuesday amid claims Mr Mugabe avoided resigning on Sunday by swapping the script of his speech. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe delivers his speech during a live broadcast at State House in Harare, Sunday, Nov, 19, 2017 Credit: AP Mr Mugabe stunned the world and sparked confusion in Zimbabwe on Sunday night when he used a televised address  - widely expected to be a resignation speech - to claim that the soft military coup against him did not represent a challenge to his authority and that he would preside over the party’s December congress as previously planned. Chris Mutsvangwa, the head of the country’s influential veterans association, called Mr Mugabe's refusal to stand down a "dereliction of duty" and said his organization would bring thousands of people back onto the streets in response.  “We were disappointed yesterday in the midst of all those generals he appeared to swap [speeches]” he said at a press conference on Monday morning, referring to footage that showed Mr Mugabe shuffling a sheaf of A4 sheets before he began speaking on Sunday. People cheer soldiers during a march in the streets to demand that President Robert Mugabe resign and step down from power in Harare, Zimbabwe, on November 19, 2017 Credit: Barcroft Media Addressing Mr Mugabe directly, he added: "Your time is up." Mr Mugabe has been under effective house arrest since the Zimbabwean military seized control of the country on Tuesday night in a coup designed to prevent him from installing his wife, Grace, as his successor. In an effort to retain a semblance of legitimacy for their actions, the generals have attempted to persuade Mr Mugabe to resign in accordance with the country’s constitution rather than to simply oust him in a classic coup d’etat.   Tens of thousands marched through Harare demanding his resignation on Saturday, and Zanu PF has recalled him as leader of the party, though it has not expelled him. People cheer during a during a march in the streets to demand that President Robert Mugabe resign and step down from power in Harare, Zimbabwe, on November 19, 2017 Credit: Barcroft Media MPs from Zanu PF gathered in Harare to discuss removing Mr Mugabe from office via a parliamentary vote of no confidence on Monday afternoon after he ignored a deadline to step down.   The party had demanded that Mr Mugabe resign by midday local time (10:AM GMT). MPs from the Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, said they would meet on Tuesday to agree a position on a possible impeachment vote. Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the MDC, warned that infighting inside Zanu PF and differences with the military over how to handle the crisis should not be allowed to prevent a "fresh start" for the country. "It would be inimical to progress and the future of the country if all this action was about power retention at all costs," Mr Tsvangirai wrote on his party’s website. Zimbabwe’s constitution allows parliament to remove the president if two thirds of both houses find him unfit to carry out his duties. Parliament first would have to vote by a simple majority to appoint a select committee to investigate Mr Mugabe’s fitness to rule. Gen Constantino Chiwenga, head of the Zimbabwean military, looks on while Robert Mugabe reads a speech on Sunday Credit:  Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP Theresa May said on Monday that it was clear Mr Mugabe had lost the support of the Zimbabwean people but that the outcome of the crisis remained uncertain. "We don't yet know how developments in Zimbabwe are going to play out. What does appear clear is that Mugabe has lost the support of the people and of his party," said Jame Slack, Mrs May’s spokesman. Mr Slack said Britain "would appeal for everyone to refrain from violence and hope to see a peaceful and swift resolution to the situation." Kenneth Kaunda, a former president of Zambia, was expected to arrived in Harare on Monday in a bid to persuade Mr Mugabe to make a “dignified” exit.    

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