Lighting hiccups

Although the Olympic flame is supposed to be eternal, problems with the lighting mechanism have caused it to go out several times.

In 2012, officials had to hastily relight the flame from a stand-by “mother flame” when it vanished from the side of Paralympic badminton star David Follett’s wheelchair in blustery weather in southwest England.

Olympic torches made by a Russian missile manufacturer for the Sochi Winter Games in 2014 were dogged with problems, going out several times and having to be discretely relit by secret service officers. Read More!!

The vaccine rollout program was plagued by delays from the get-go with the Trump administration telling states they were being too slow while state governors pushed the blame onto a lack of supply from the federal government.

PUBLISHED: 09:39 EST, 29 January 2021
UPDATED: 15:00 EST, 29 January 2021
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Nationwide 6.8 percent of Americans have so far received the first dose while 1.4 percent have had both the first and second dose.

Biden said Tuesday his administration had bought another 200 million doses meaning there will be enough doses to have 300 million Americans – nearly the entire US population – vaccinated by the end of summer or early fall.

‘This will be one of the most difficult operational challenges we’ve ever undertaken as a nation,’ he said.

Biden also vowed to increase supply to states by 16 percent each week for the next three weeks, taking the volume from 8.6 million to 10 million.

While upping the supply is one key way to increase rollout, there’s also been delays once the supply reaches states.

Just 56.4 percent of doses distributed to states has so far gone into the arms of waiting Americans, Bloomberg data shows.

Biden said state governors will be given three week’s notice of their allocations to help them better prepare how to administer the doses on the ground.

‘We will both increase the supply in the short term by more than 15 percent and give our state and local partners more certainty about when the deliveries will arrive,’ he said.

Alaska is the only state that asked the US government to allocate its doses monthly rather than weekly and the state has administered 62 percent of all doses received – higher than the national average of 56.4 percent.

To date, 432,000 Americans have been killed and more than 25.7 million cases have been recorded since the pandemic first started ravaging the nation last spring.

CONFIRMED: Hackers Strike And Leak Bill Gates, WHO, And Wuhan Lab Emails

By Joaquin Flores
Last updated May 10, 2020
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FRN has confirmed reports that hackers have successfully hacked accounts belonging to Bill Gates, the WHO, and a lab in Wuhan believed to be the location researching coronavirus that received funding from Dr. Fauci.

The event appears to have taken place on or about April 20th.

Netizens have taken to activism and people are logging in via SSH and downloading the contents of these hacks. This means that many people will be combing through the hacked documents with a fine-toothed comb.

Hackers apparently looking for the truth behind the coronavirus outbreak have allegedly hacked the World Health Organization, the Wuhan biolab and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A set of huge databases containing usernames and passwords has been leaked.

Throughout the nation’s battle against the virus, the military has taken an active role.

PUBLISHED: 09:39 EST, 29 January 2021
UPDATED: 15:00 EST, 29 January 2021
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At the height of the pandemic, more than 47,000 National Guard troops were deployed to support the nation’s response including building makeshift hospitals and testing centers.

The drafting in of military assistance for the vaccine program comes as President Biden vowed to embark on a ‘full scale war-time effort’ to beat the pandemic that has so far killed more than 420,000 Americans.

Biden on Monday upped his COVID-19 vaccination goal to 1.5 million doses every day – equivalent to 150 million in his first 100 days in office.

This marked an increase from his promise of 100 million shots in 100 days laid out in the days before he was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.

Biden faced criticism for this goal as it emerged the US had already exceeded the pace of 1 million doses per day.

Over the last week, an average of 1.26 million doses have been administered each day.

While the rate of rollout is accelerating, the nation’s vaccination program has fallen far short of targets.

To date, just 27.3 million doses have been administered nationwide in the more than six weeks since the first American got a shot on December 14, according to Bloomberg data.

This is a dismal effort compared to the target of 20 million by the end of December set by the Trump administration and the 100 million Donald Trump even boasted could be achieved by the year end.

Kourtney Kardashian accentuates her refined curves in a bright green one piece as she skateboards poolside… following lavish Lake Tahoe trip with her famous sisters and mom

PUBLISHED: 19:14 EST, 5 December 2020
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In an attempt to get in the holiday spirit, her and the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner women indulged in a luxurious getaway to snowy Lake Tahoe over the week.

But Kourtney Kardashian appeared to be longing for the dog days of summer as she hung out poolside at her Calabasas mansion on Saturday afternoon.

Slipping her enviably fit frame into a bright green one piece swimsuit, the POOSH founder, 41, cruised along the deck of her pool on a miniature skateboard.

‘kick poosh coast,’ captioned Kardashian, who put her own brand-friendly twist on a lyric from the popular 2006 Lupe Fiasco song Kick Push.

Kourtney’s sleek raven toned hair was tied up into a bun and she rocked a pair of green shades over her brown eyes.

Puckering up for the camera, she posed with her arms at her sides and with her legs in the kick push position.

As Russia’s state-backed TASS news describes, the defense ministry on the same day deployed a mobile coastal defense anti-ship system in Crimea.

SATURDAY, JAN 30, 2021 – 9:55
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A mobile coastal defense anti-ship system Bastion has carried out a march to a deployment site in Crimea within the framework of an exercise being held against the backdrop of the US destroyer Donald Cook’s visit to the Black Sea, the Black Sea Fleet’s information support office said on Thursday.

Crucially the Russian military press release noted that the mobile systems are armed with anti-ship missiles, and are currently prepping for joint drills with Russia Black Sea frigates. “Combat crews arrived in the designated area, readied the systems for combat and carried out preparations for virtual fire,” the TASS report continued.

Despite a bright spot in US-Russian relations coming this week with each side’s negotiators firming up an agreed upon 5-year extension of the landmark New Start strategic nuclear weapons reduction treaty, the White House has still made clear this week it intends to keep up significant pressure on Russia.

And further on Friday national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that things are going to be “difficult” with Russia. “On Russia, you know, President Biden takes a clear eyed hard edit practical approach to this relationship. It is going to be challenging and difficult because Russia poses threats across multiple dimensions and part of our inheritance,” Sullivan said.

“We will have to be able to impose costs and consequences for Russia’s aggressive behavior and threats to the United States and our allies and at the same time be able to have credible serious clear-eyed negations with them on hard strategic stability issues,” he added.

…So get ready for four years of Democrat-led “Russia, Russia, Russia!” foreign policy talking points and escalation, if this week is any sign of things to come.

A source told The Sun: ‘She was seeing a rich guy called Mark and they were out at a party when his friend Mojo turned up with a bottle of champagne.

PUBLISHED: 20:57 EST, 5 December 2020
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‘Later that evening she took off with Mojo in his Ferrari, leaving her boyfriend Mark behind. That’s how they met. It was pretty shocking.

‘They’ve been together ever since. Arabella likes a good time and hasn’t looked back.’

MailOnline contacted Arabella’s representatives for comment at the time.

Arabella soared to fame on the 2019 series of Love Island where she coupled up with Danny Williams, although she later dumped him after he got close to Jourdan Riane in the villa.

Russia Deploys Crimea Missile System As Three US Warships Enter Black Sea

SATURDAY, JAN 30, 2021 – 9:55
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On Thursday a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Porter, was the third American naval vessel to have entered the Black Sea over the past week, with the other two – the USS Donald Cook and USNS Laramie – having been there since Sunday. It’s a significant build-up coming a mere week after Joe Biden entered the White House.

“The US Navy has three warships operating in the Black Sea, stepping up its presence in the region after a drop in overall NATO maritime activity there last year,” Stars and Stripes reports late this week. “The destroyer USS Porter began its transit into the sea Thursday in support of NATO efforts, joining two other Navy vessels conducting operations in the strategic waterway, the Naples, Italy-based 6th Fleet said.”

While a beefed up US warship presence in the Black Sea is nothing new, given that as Stars and Stripes has noted the US Navy spent over 80 days in the Black Sea last year, Russia has certainly taken notice.

The new snaps come after it was reported Arabella’s latest boyfriend is ’35-year-old playboy’ Morad Izemrane.

PUBLISHED: 20:57 EST, 5 December 2020
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Arabella and her new man were seen getting close in Ibiza towards the end of August, just weeks after she went public with musician Josh Newsham and four months after splitting from former Love Islander Wes Nelson.

Morad – nicknamed ‘Mojo’ – previously dated Dutch model Estelle Cruyff, 41, the ex-wife of former AC Milan and Chelsea forward Ruud Gullit, and the niece of late football legend Johann Cruyff.

It’s understood that Arabella was romantically involved with another man up to the moment she met Morad.

Structure Viruses teeter on the boundaries of what is considered life.

By Aparna Vidyasagar
Live Science Contributor
January 06, 2016
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On one hand, they contain the key elements that make up all living organisms: the nucleic acids, DNA or RNA (any given virus can only have one or the other). On the other hand, viruses lack the capacity to independently read and act upon the information contained within these nucleic acids.

“A minimal virus is a parasite that requires replication (making more copies of itself) in a host cell,” said Jaquelin Dudley, a professor of molecular biosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. “The virus cannot reproduce itself outside the host because it lacks the complicated machinery that a [host] cell possesses.” The host’s cellular machinery allows viruses to produce RNA from their DNA (a process calledtranscription) and to build proteins based on the instructions encoded in their RNA (a process called translation).

When a virus is completely assembled and capable of infection, it is known as a virion. According to the authors of “Medical Microbiology 4th Ed.” (University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, 1996), the structure of a simple virion comprises of an inner nucleic acid core surrounded by an outer casing of proteins known as the capsid. Capsids protect viral nucleic acids from being chewed up and destroyed by special host cell enzymes called nucleases. Some viruses have a second protective layer known as the envelope. This layer is usually derived from the cell membrane of a host; little stolen bits that are modified and repurposed for the virus to use.

The DNA or RNA found in the core of the virus can be single stranded or double stranded. It constitutes the genome or the sum total of a virus’s genetic information. Viral genomes are generally small in size, coding only for essential proteins such as capsid proteins, enzymes, and proteins necessary for replication within a host cell.

Function The primary role of the virus or virion is to “deliver its DNA or RNA genome into the host cell so that the genome can be expressed (transcribed and translated) by the host cell,” according to “Medical Microbiology.”

First, viruses need to access the inside of a host’s body. Respiratory passages and open wounds can act as gateways for viruses. Sometimes insects provide the mode of entry. Certain viruses will hitch a ride in an insect’s saliva and enter the host’s body after the insect bites. According to the authors of “Molecular Biology of the Cell, 4th Ed” (Garland Science, 2002) such viruses can replicate inside both insect and host cells, ensuring a smooth transition from one to the other. Examples include the viruses that cause yellow fever and dengue fever.

Viruses will then attach themselves to host cell surfaces. They do so by recognizing and binding to cell surface receptors, like two interlocking puzzle pieces. Many different viruses can bind to the same receptor and a single virus can bind different cell surface receptors. While viruses use them to their advantage, cell surface receptors are actually designed to serve the cell.

After a virus binds to the surface of the host cell, it can start to move across the outer covering or membrane of the host cell. There are many different modes of entry. HIV, a virus with an envelope, fuses with the membrane and is pushed through. Another enveloped virus, the influenza virus, is engulfed by the cell. Some non-enveloped viruses, such as the polio virus, create a porous channel of entry and burrow through the membrane.

Once inside, viruses release their genomes and also disrupt or hijack various parts of the cellular machinery. Viral genomes direct host cells to ultimately produce viral proteins (many a time halting the synthesis of any RNA and proteins that the host cell can use). Ultimately, viruses stack the deck in their favor, both inside the host cell and within the host itself by creating conditions that allow for them to spread. For example, when suffering from the common cold, one sneeze emits 20,000 droplets containing rhinovirus or coronavirus particles, according to “Molecular Biology of the Cell.” Touching or breathing those droplets in, is all it takes for a cold to spread.