We’re gearing up for the second annual Fool’s Paradise in beautiful and historic St. Augustine, Florida, just a little over a month away. On March 31st and April 1st, Lettuce, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The Motet, The Floozies, Manic Science (Manic Focus x Break Science), The Main Squeeze, and more will funk up the beach in one of the oldest cities in America.We’re giving you and a friend the chance to attend for free, VIP-style. One lucky winner will receive:-2 VIP Weekend Passes-2 Tickets To Each After Party-2 Night Stay at Local Hotel-2 Tickets to 1 Excursion-2 Fool’s Paradise T-Shirts-Priority Access to Pit Area & Seating-Discounted Beverages-2 Fool’s Paradise Limited Edition PostersEnter below, then share to increase your chances of winning. Good luck!For tickets and more information visit www.foolsparadisefl.com.
This Christmas, some celebrators may look for a bowed vehicle in their driveway, while others consider themselves lucky to receive a donated book. This holiday season, Saint Mary’s student body is catering to the latter.The College is hosting a two-week book drive that ends Dec. 19 in an attempt to increase literacy and to encourage students to focus on giving rather than on receiving, Erin Cisneros, senior member of the Saint Mary’s Environmental Action Coalition (SMEAC), said.Cisneros said although all genres of books are welcome, textbooks would be the most useful donations because they are informative, expensive and casual — students will have no purpose for them once the semester ends. The drive’s acceptance of textbooks regardless of their condition leaves no student with an excuse to not participate, Cisneros said.“We are hoping that girls will choose to provide knowledge to others who don’t have the same opportunities as us,” she said. “Students can give away any reading materials they no longer want.”The recipients are not the only ones benefitting from the donations, Cisneros said. She said the drive was an opportunity for Saint Mary’s students to learn the value of selfless giving in the holiday spirit by giving away a book or two.Cisneros said the books collected on the College’s campus would then be given to WorldWide Books, an organization that has donated over 3 million books globally and an organization with ties to numerous institutions who share a the desire to spread a love of learning. WorldWide Books centers around raising awareness to the growing issue of illiteracy, hoping also to help the environment by promoting recycling, she said. Each year, it donates hundreds of thousands of books to people around the world in the hopes that everyone can gain at least a little bit of knowledge and can appreciate the importance of education.Cisneros said students should consider how lucky they are to attend college at all, given that 785 million people who are over 15 years old live without literacy.WorldWide Books serves both the local and a national community to create maximum impact on this statistic, Cisneros said. She said the organization takes hundreds of thousands of damaged books and turns them into useable paper.Cisneros said like the Saint Mary’s Book Drive, WorldWide Books encourages people to recognize the value of basic reading and comprehension skills, for these can lead to eventual employment. She said the success of the Book Drive lies in the students hands.“It’s important that students participate because we have been blessed to attend such a prestigious college and others would do anything to trade places with us,” Cisneros said. “Everybody deserves the gift of an education.”
Jun 30, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – A spokesman for Roche, the maker of oseltamivir (Tamiflu), said yesterday that Denmark’s report of resistance to the drug in a patient with novel H1N1 (swine) influenza, the first reported finding of its kind, wasn’t surprising and that the news underscores the importance of monitoring for any viral changes.David Reddy, who leads Roche’s influenza task force, told Bloomberg News that experts know that during seasonal influenza outbreaks, patients can develop resistance. “We fully expect that this can also occur during treatment with a new flu strain,” he said.He characterized what occurred in the Danish patient as “drug-induced resistance” that developed when a low dose of medication was used, as opposed to the more widespread resistance that occurs when a flu virus acquires new characteristics, which has happened over the past 2 years with the seasonal H1N1 strain.World Health Organization (WHO) spokesman Dick Thompson said today that the Danish case is isolated and has no public health implications, Reuters reported. “But we must remain alert as the virus can change at any time and we must not be complacent,” he added.The antiviral resistance finding will not prompt any changes in the WHO antiviral recommendations, Thompson told Reuters.Roche said it is monitoring drug resistance in several countries, and health officials in several nations, including the United States, are also watching for changes in the virus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in its most recent surveillance report, released Jun 24, that of 191 novel H1N1 isolates that have been tested for resistance to neuraminidase inhibitors, none showed resistance.The CDC recommends treatment with oseltamivir or zanamivir for all patients who have confirmed, probable, or suspected novel H1N1 infections who are hospitalized or are at high risk for complications.Carolyn Bridges, MD, associate director of epidemiologic science in the CDC’s influenza division, told National Public Radio that though the United States hasn’t detected any antiviral resistance in the new virus, it will likely occur here eventually. She said the novel flu virus has an “N1” gene that is very different than the “N1” of the seasonal H1N1 virus, so perhaps the pandemic virus isn’t as susceptible to the antiviral resistance mutation seen with the seasonal H1N1 strain.See also:CDC influenza surveillance report for week ending Jun 20
Police in Miami-Dade County are searching for a car that was involved in a drive-by shooting during the weekend.The incident happened just after midnight on Saturday morning, at a graduation party in the Brownsville neighborhood, at a home located at 5604 NW 30th Ave.According to police, a person in an unknown vehicle pulled up and opened fire on the crowd that had gathered for the party.A man was shot in the head and transported to Ryder Trauma Center in critical condition.Several parked cars also had bullet holes.Neighbors says that some of the attendees of the party were also gathering in a vacant lot next to the home.Miami-Dade Police are searching for the vehicle, although they do not currently have a good description of the car.Anyone with information is being asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.