Coronavirus Weak Spot Discovered: Researchers Find Out That Virus is ‘Low Shielding’


10 April 2020 20:39Following

The coronavirus is not as invincible as it was presumed. There is no evidence that it has low shielding and may survive using hit and run tactics when invading the host cells.

A group of UK scientists made this breakthrough discovery showing that the COVID-19 can be purged by the immune system, thus, making it possible to develop a cure.

The University of Southampton researchers said it was encouraging, making designer vaccines specific more possible not just drugs in use.

The face of the enemy

To study the virus, the team made a model of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19. It demonstrates how it fools the host cell and enters it.

A coronavirus has spikes on its membrane that sticks to host cells like Velcro. This is also shown in the model.

Professor Max Crispin, lead in the study, explained that the corona spikes have sugar coating called glycans, that infect and evade the anti-bodies while masking the viral proteins. Next stage is getting sick because of the hit and run tactic.

“By coating themselves in sugars, viruses are like a wolf in sheep’s clothing. But one of the key findings of our study is that despite how many sugars there are, this coronavirus is not as highly shielded as some other viruses,” said Dr Crispin according to Sky News.

Coronavirus is not as resilient when attacked by ‘anti-bodies’

Many think-tanks have always thought that coronaviruses are hard to pin down. But apparently, this virus has a soft shell, which was never thought of as a point of attack for vaccines.

No matter how much the spikes are sugar-coated, when cornered they will be eliminated by the immune system. The price pays for a lightly shielded membrane.

Compared to the HIV pathogen, that can stay in a single host, they need to evade the anti-bodies with a dense coat of glycans, and shield it better than the paltry coronavirus.

Coronavirus pathogens are hit and run, choosing the weakest host preferably those with weak immune systems.

What makes the coronavirus wicked than any virus discovered is that it jumps from host to host that explains more infection.

The coronavirus has less glycans than an HIV which is the reason why it does a ‘hit and run,’ meaning it moves from one person to another. Doing this is like an escape for the virus to avoid getting smothered by stronger immune systems.

The research is made possible with special machines provided by philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery.

Rumored vaccine coming soon?

Yes, the COVID-19 has taken many lives and an unacceptable number of cases, but that will change. Now that the scientist discovered that its is low shielding and does a ‘hit and run’ tactic, it shows that there is hope for a better anti-viral concoction.

In action for a coronavirus cure is Johnson & Johnson, one of the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies. The giant company told Sky News a month ago that they have made a anti-COVID-19 vaccines. Best news yet is that it is not for profit and will be available in 2021.

Due to the urgency of needing a working vaccine, the pharma hopes to begin human trials by September, then if all passes it will be rolled out for mass usage for everyone.

Way back in February, the lead in the UK research reported to Sky News that some time has been shaved off in creating a vaccine in weeks not years!

Professor Robin Shattock, head of mucosal infection and immunity at Imperial College London, added that human clinical trials can start summer.

It seems that the coronavirus is now fair game, knowing that it is ‘low shielding’ with glycans, and it needs to ‘hit and run’ in order to avoid being killed by the anti-bodies.

Harry’s Life after megxit

It has been almost two weeks since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle flew from Canada to Los Angeles to set up a permanent base and begin their private and independent life. 

With Harry spending most of his life in the United Kingdom, many are wondering how the born and raised royal will be able to adjust to his new American life. 

Prince Harry’s 38-year-old wife Meghan is not new to the American culture, as Los Angeles has been her native city since birth and during her early days as an actress.

Now that “Megxit” is official and their little family is living the American dream, is the 35-year-old Duke prepared for the American life?

Good thing Harry could get a few tips from Lady Julie Montagu, an American who is now married to Lord Luke Montagu, the heir to the Earl of Sandwich. Lady Julie is also a television host, yoga teacher, and former cast member of “Ladies of London.”

Having to grow up in Ilinois and marrying a British aristocracy, Lady Julie knows how to deal with both expressive American culture and the rather formal and conservative British culture. 

Speaking to Town & Country, the 48-year-olf future Countess of Sandwich believes that living in the United States will enable Harry to express his thoughts and feelings more than ever before. 

Lady Julie said that if Harry will be able to adapt to the American culture, he is more likely to open up about his feelings on complex issues like losing his mother and the recent royal drama over “Megxit.”

“We’re very emotionally open, which I think for Harry is actually a really good thing,” Lady Julie said. 

“He’ll be able to talk about his feelings, probably more than he was able to talk about over here. I wouldn’t be surprised if we start to hear a little bit more about how he feels about losing his mother at age 12, and maybe how he and Megan were treated in the press over here,” she added.

Lady Julie is also optimistic that the couple will be able to adjust to their new life, and Harry will be able to adapt the American experience through the help of his ever-supportive and loving wife. 

“I feel like he has found somebody that he can be emotionally open with, and I think that’s a really good thing,” she said. 

American vs. British Parenting Style

Having the chance to raise two American children (from her previous marriage) and two British kids from Lord Luke, Lady Julie also shared how she think Meghan and Harry will work hand-in-hand raising their now 11-month-old son Archie who is half-British and half-American. 

Lady Julie believes that Harry will still impart the importance of British manners to Archie while balancing it with a little laid back relationship just like American children have with their parents. 

Such British manners include fully dressing up even for a meal at home and observing proper table setting with placemats, cutlery, and glasses prepared like there are always guests dining in.

China faces backlash, treating Africans with hatred and discrimination

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 12, 2016. 

(CNN)Beijing is facing a diplomatic crisis in Africa after reports of alleged coronavirus-related discrimination against African nationals in China sparked widespread anger across the continent. African students and expatriates in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were last week subject to forced coronavirus testing and arbitrary 14-day self-quarantine, regardless of recent travel history, amid heightened fears of imported infections.Large numbers of African nationals were also left homeless, after being evicted by landlords and rejected by hotels in the city.

Having reportedly contained the virus within China, concerns have grown in recent weeks over a so-called second wave, brought into the country by overseas travelers. In Africa, however, governments, media outlets and citizens reacted angrily to the apparent rise in anti-foreigner sentiment, as videos of Africans being harassed by police, sleeping on the streets or being locked into their homes under quarantine circulated online. On Saturday, the front page of Kenya’s biggest newspaper lead with the headline, “Kenyans in China: Rescue us from hell,” as a member of the country’s parliament called for Chinese nationals to leave Kenya immediately. TV stations in Uganda, South Africa and Nigeria also ran stories on the alleged mistreatment.

The Twelve valuables discovered in the Sunk Titanic Ship

The Titanic sank on April 14, 1912, but it became a legend soon after when 13 shocking items where picked up from the Titanic’s wreckage which appears like the ones of the ship were alive again.

Found on the sea floor are the last vestiges of those who died that night when Titanic sunk. These were taken to the surface and examined by explorers.

These items are remembrances of those who were once living- a chilling reminder about life in the first 20 years of the 20th century when a generation was moving forward. Here are the haunting items from those claimed by the sea.

1. A pair of white gloves found in the wreckage.

White gloves that were worn by one of the passengers were found. It was part of many exhibitions but it was last seen in 2016 since it was sent for conservation permanently.

2. A violin.

When the ship sank, the sound of a violin as the last music heard by the doomed passengers. The violin owned by the bandleader Wallace Hartley which he used to play “Nearer, My God, to Thee” as the ship sank was sold in an auction for $1.7 in the UK in 2013.

3. The ship’s bell.

When the iceberg struck, the bell rung to warn the passengers. This was found and remains as a grim reminder of what happened in the ocean. The expedition was able to retrieve the bell from the crow’s nest and is part of the display at the Titanic Museum in Massachusetts. This was the first and last warning before the ship’s hull was torn apart.

4. The last meal.

Their last meal includes, eggs Argenteuil, consomme fermier, and chicken a la Maryland on the first-class deck, it was sold for $83,000.

5. Sheet music last played before the violinists drowned.

Submerged in the deep for 73-years is a sheet music that was the last show for the doomed violinists. Printed on it is the song “Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey” from the 1910 Broadway production of Madame Sherry.

6. A note.

The last thoughts by a first-class passenger Oskar Holverson before the ship went down was written in a note. It was found in a notebook, which was one of the items from the drowned passengers. It was sold for $166,000 by U.K. auction house Henry Aldridge and Son.

7. A fur coat.

One stewardess survived and kept her fur coat after all those years. The story goes that first-class stewardess Mabel Bennett was just wearing a nightgown. So she was given a fur coat to wear. She was one of the survivors. Said fur coat was sold for $165,000 in 2017, in an auction.

Miss Bennett was 33 years old when the ship sank and she died in 1974 at 96.

8. Bronze cherub from the grand staircase.

This is the statue on the upper landing of the ships grand staircase that was salvaged in 1985.

9. Keys to the lifeboat lanterns.

These keys were used by Samuel Hemming on of the crew to open a door with lifeboat lanterns for emergencies.

10. A bracelet.

A bracelet owned by a third-class passenger with engravings was found from the ship wreck. One of the modern artefacts is a woman’s 15-karat rose gold and silver bracelet with the name Amy encrusted in diamonds. A 1998 book by Judith Geller, said it might be Amy Stanley, a 3rd class seater.

11. A vest.

This vest is another item from a third-class passenger. William Henry Allen owned the vest which was sold at Guernsey’s Auctioneers in 2012, nearly a century after the tragedy occurred.

12. A perfume bottle for American success.

German-born chemist Adolphe Saalfeld had a bagful of German-born chemist Adolphe Saalfeld on the ship. He was to open a shop in America but drowned in the briny deep.

These 12-shocking items were found in depths of Titanic’s wreck which are haunting momentos of those who drowned.

The Suspected Incredible Creature That May Have Been Coronavirus Host

By Yang Zhang, Chengxin Zhang, and Wei Zheng, By the conservation

Pangolins, not snakes, may be the missing link for transmission of the new coronavirus from bats to humans.

Since its initial outbreak at Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, in late 2019, COVID-19 has since infected more than a million people across the globe. To understand and control the transmission of COVID-19, scientists are racing to study the coronavirus causing the disease: SARS-CoV-2, previously named 2019-nCoV. SARS-CoV-2 is zoonotic, which means that the virus originated in animals and jumped to humans. A critical challenge is to determine which animal transmitted the virus to humans.

92 soldiers slaughtered by Boko Haram

Ninety-two Chadian soldiers have been killed in the deadliest attack ever by Boko Haram jihadists on armed forces in the country, President Idriss Déby Itno said on Tuesday.

The attack is part of an expanding jihadist campaign in the vast, marshy Lake Chad area, where the borders of Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria converge.

Boko Haram launched an insurgency in Nigeria in 2009 before beginning incursions in its neighbouring countries to the east.

“We lost 92 of our soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers,” in the attack overnight on Sunday in Boma, the president said.

“It’s the first time we have lost so many men,” he added, after visiting the site of the attack in the Lac province, which borders Niger and Nigeria.

The attack on soldiers on the Boma peninsula lasted at least seven hours, and reinforcements sent to help out were also targeted, one soldier told AFP.

He said 24 army vehicles were destroyed, including armoured vehicles, and captured military arms were carried off in speedboats by Boko Haram.

“The enemy has hit at our defences hard in this zone,” a senior officer said.

Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in recent months on the islands of the Lake Chad basin.

“We lost 92 of our soldiers, non-commissioned officers and officers,” in the attack overnight on Sunday in Boma, the president said.

“It’s the first time we have lost so many men,” he added, after visiting the site of the attack in the Lac province, which borders Niger and Nigeria.

The attack on soldiers on the Boma peninsula lasted at least seven hours, and reinforcements sent to help out were also targeted, one soldier told AFP.

He said 24 army vehicles were destroyed, including armoured vehicles, and captured military arms were carried off in speedboats by Boko Haram.

“The enemy has hit at our defences hard in this zone,” a senior officer said.

Boko Haram has stepped up its attacks in recent months on the islands of the Lake Chad basin.

Powerful Yoruba King In the Old Nigeria

Alaafin of Oyo Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II

In 1953, Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II Allegedly Turned Bode Thomas Into A Dog. See Reason and Consequence

This story is a sad yet educative story which I believe must be taught to so many who in the quest of being westernized, educated and civilized feel traditions and cultures can be insulted and taken for granted. As much as it contains some sensitive facts which might trigger the emotions of family and friends of those involved in this mysterious event, history has been written and we can only refer to it to learn and educate the future generation. As we are all examples for other examples.

Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II, was Alaafin of Oyo, between 1945 and 1954, until he was forced into exile by the Action Group led government of the Western region, as a result of the death of the Deputy leader of the Action Group, Chief Bode Thomas and also for having sympathy, for the rival NCNC of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. Chief Bode Thomas (1918-1953) became the deputy leader of the Action Group, he later formed Nigeria’s first indigenous law firm called- Thomas, Willams, Kayode and co. i.e. the trio of Bode Thomas, Chief Rotimi Williams and Chief Remilekun Fani Kayode. Bode was a brilliant lawyer, but also very haughty and arrogant. Bode Thomas was born to a wealthy trader, John Thomas in 1918. He attended C.M.S. Grammar School, a missionary school founded by Samuel Ajayi Crowther. He travelled to London to study Law with Remi Fani-Kayode and Chief FRA Williams. Bode Thomas, FRA William and Remi Fani Kayode founded d 1st indigenous law practice in Nigeria ‘Thomas, Williams and Kayode’. The law firm was in Jankara Street and it thrived. His huge frame earned him the appellation “bulldozer”.

He became a member of Regional House of Assembly in 1951. From there, he, Prest and Akintola were selected as members of the House of Representatives. Sir Adesoji Aderemi, Ooni of Ife also joined them in the Central Council of Ministers. But, Thomas was the leader; astute, workaholic, thoughtful and forward-looking. On the floor of the House, Thomas was a charismatic speaker. He was a lover of facts. He was a fire brand nationalist. He wanted self-rule and independence at a faster pace his colleagues from other zones could not comprehend. During the debate on self-rule, his speech infuriated the legislators from the North. Thomas labelled them collaborators in the extension of British rule. He did not only speak; he acted. Thomas and the three AG parliamentarians consequently resigned from the Council of Ministers in protest over the elongation of colonialism. On that note, the MacPherson Constitution collapsed immediately.In the quest to preserve Lagos as part of the old West, Thomas was also at the forefront. In contrast, H.O. Davies was campaigning vigorously for the retention of Lagos as a symbol of national unity.

At the 1953 London Constitutional Conference held in August, AG vigorously campaigned for the preservation of Lagos as part and parcel of the region. Awo, the AG leader and Thomas, Deputy Leader of the party, were delegates to the conference. Whenever he set a positive goal for himself,every obstacle on the way must be uprooted.His successes in law practice, politics and government were hinged on his sheer resolve to triumph in the face of all odds.Bode Thomas was a founding member of ACTION GROUP which sprang up from EGBE OMO ODUDUWA.

He was made the Divisional Council Chairman in 1953, while the Alaafin of Oyo was a mere member. On his first appearance in council, after being appointed chairman, all the council members stood up for him in deference, to welcome him except Oba Adeyemi II, who for cultural reasons, could not show deference to anyone in public. Bode Thomas rudely shouted at the king, for having the temerity and audacity to disrespect him. “Why are you sitting when I walked in, you don’t know how to show respect?”At that time, Bode Thomas was 35 years old and Oba Adeniran was in his 60’s. The Alaafin felt very insulted and nonplussed; he said “se emi lon gbomo baun?” (Is it me you are barking at like that?). Oba Adeniran just told him “Ma gbo lo baun” (continue barking).Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II, was father of the incumbent Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III. Thomas was ahead of them his peers. He was a Senior at the bar to the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, his bossom friend, political soul mate and leader, Chief Hezekiah Oladipo Davies, Justice GBA Coker, and Udo Udoma, a former federal parliamentarian and jurist but a hot-tempered fellow equally very proud and arrogant, he was perceived in some circles as a bully, a successful, yet arrogant lawyer and a domineering figure. Some judges loathed his style of argument in the court. However, he was full of masterful logic.

The confrontation happened on November 22nd 1953. Bode Thomas got home and started barking! He barked and barked like a dog all night until he died in the early morning of November 23rd 1953. He cut short his promising career. Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II, was thereafter deposed and sent on exile in 1954 for sympathizing with opposition NCNC, because he had come in conflict with Bode Thomas who was Deputy Leader of the Action Group, before his untimely death. In fact at a session in the parliament, Sardauna Ahmadu Bello had described Thomas as “Arrogant and ungracious”. Oba Adeniran Adeyemi II, was sent on exile to Ilesha and later relocated to Egerton Street on Lagos Island where he lived and died in 1960. His death truncated the ambition of Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, to proceed to the United Kingdom to study law. He later became an Insurance Executive with the Royal Exchange Assurance, where he worked until he ascended the throne of his forefathers, as the Alaafin of Oyo in 1971.

So when next you pass through the Popular Street in Surulere called Bode Thomas Street, do not forget what pride and arrogance can do to a genius. Do not waste your life.

Covid 19: Coronavirus updates in Lagos Nigeria

Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial hub has asked a category of civil servants to stay at home for the next 14 days effective Monday March 23, 2020. The move is connected to the coronavirus pandemic which has forced most states in the country to close schools.

The announcement was made by governor Jide Sanwo-Olu on Sunday. According to him, about 70% of the Lagos workforce will be directly affected. He also tasked members of the public to stay away from government offices and use phone and internet channels as best as possible.

“This stay-at-home does not affect all of our first responders, meaning the medical personnel are still meant to be at their duty posts, our fire service, members of the Lagos state emergency management authority… and other essential services.”

Already schools across the state – be they private or public – had been closed late last week as a prevention and containment measure.

Lagos, one of Africa’s most populous and busiest commercial centers has been at the heart of Nigeria’s COVID-19 statistics. The index patient, an Italian who has since been discharged came through the Lagos airport.

The federal government announced the closure of the airport and the one in the capital Abuja as of March 23. Lagos today recorded three more coronavirus cases bringing Nigeria’s tally to 30 out of which two have been discharged and 28 undergoing treatment.

Police cautioned against unnecessary arrests 

In other coronavirus related news from the West African country, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has issued directives warning against unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“The IGP, while urging officers to observe personal safety measures, further directs the Zonal AIGs and Command CPs to ensure that cases of unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects are not condoned. 

“He reiterates that detention of suspects must be reduced to the barest minimum and that only very serious cases such as terrorism, armed robbery, homicide and other non-bailable offences should warrant detention.

“The IGP further directs that adequate measures be emplaced to screen persons to be committed into police custody. The IGP enjoins citizens to avoid social visits to police stations and other police offices and minimize official visits, except where absolutely necessary,” an official statement read.

Coronavirus Lorenzo Sanz: Former Real Madrid president dies after contracting coronavirus

  • Lorenzo Sanz had presided over the club between 1995 and 2000
  • During Sanzs tenure, Real Madrid won 2 Champions League titles, 1 La Liga and 1 Super Cup
  • Sanz claimed a place on the Real Madrid board in the mid-1980s, when the president was Ramon Mendoza.

Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz has died aged 76, his son Lorenzo said on Saturday.

The former Real president was taken to hospital on Tuesday, with newspaper El Mundo saying he had been suffering from the novel coronavirus. His son said he had a respiratory disease.

Sanz presided over the club between 1995 and 2000, in which they won two Champions League titles and one La Liga crown among other trophies. Their 1998 Champions League triumph was the first time they had won Europe’s top prize, which they have lifted a record 13 times, in 32 years.

“My father has just passed away. He did not deserve this ending and in this way,” tweeted his son, Lorenzo Sanz junior.

“One of the best, bravest and hardest-working people I have ever seen. His family and Real Madrid were his passions.”

Three days ago, Sanz Jr., a former professional basketball player, said that his father had been admitted to a Madrid hospital after suffering the symptoms of the coronavirus which has killed more than 1,320 people in Spain.

Sanz claimed a place on the Real Madrid board in the mid-1980s, when the president was Ramon Mendoza.

Current club captain and Spanish international Sergio Ramos, who with teammates is in quarantine after one of the club’s basketball players tested positive for the virus, hailed Sanz.

“Very sad day for Real Madrid. Lorenzo Sanz connected yesterday and today with two numbers for history — 7 and 8,” tweeted Ramos in reference to the key Champions League titles.

“His death saddens us even more in these difficult days in which we find ourselves. My deep condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace.

Country Music Legend Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Music legend Kenny Rogers has passed away aged 81.

A statement from the family read: “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night. 

Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a statement. Due to the  national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.
Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017. In April 2018, shortly before he was to spend a few months finishing out the tour after a break, he announced that he was having to call off the remaining dates (including a planned appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California), due to unspecified “health challenges.” “I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers said his April 2018 statement. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that.”

“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.

“In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music.

A special, “Biography: Kenny Rogers,” had been announced by A&E earlier this month, set to air April 13. The special is said to be largely built around footage from the all-star salute Rogers received in Nashville on Oct. 25, 2017, just a couple of months before his final concert appearances. Among the guests who joined him for that sentimental sendoff at the Bridgestone Arena were Dolly PartonLionel Richie, Don Henley, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, the Flaming Lips and the Judds.