Hay Barn Fire Update

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Hay Barn Fire Update

first_img– Advertisement -It was located in the area of the 255 and Airport roads, and Fort St. John fire-fighters kept the flames from spreading to nearby buildings and fields.However, they were unable to keep them from engulfing hay…and a truck and swather inside the barn….This is City Fire Chief, Fred Burrows….[asset|aid=2645|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=66c599da73131d13bdd4a196f710ad09-Chief Burrows_2_Pub.mp3] Advertisement There were no injuries reported, and police say charges are “not” being considered. By Dwight FordThe local RCMP says two young children, who built a campfire next to the building caused the fire in a large hay barn early last evening, northeast of the city.last_img read more

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South African team leads study on anti-HIV gel

first_imgThe Facts 001 study will enrol 2 200women aged 18 to 30 years at seventrial sites across South Africa to testthe effectiveness and safety of tenofovirgel to reduce HIV infection in women.(Image: actup.org)MEDIA CONTACTS• Salim Abdool KarimCaprisa+27 31 260 4548RELATED ARTICLES• Anti-Aids gel offers hope• New research key to HIV treatment• HIV vaccine hope for Africans • HIV vaccine breaks new groundNosimilo RamelaA South African team of researchers will soon lead a major follow-up clinical trial to confirm the effectiveness and safety of tenofovir gel, an antiretroviral microbicide, which has been proven to reduce HIV infection in women.The clinical trial, named the Facts 001 study, will expand on the findings of the initial phase IIb study, called Caprisa 004, which were presented last year. The Caprisa 004 study examined the concept of using a product for Aids treatment in HIV prevention.The Durban-based Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) put 889 women on the study over two years. They found that a vaginal gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir was 39% effective in reducing HIV risk when used before and after sex. It was 54% effective when used more consistently, and also halved the incidence of genital herpes infections.However, Caprisa 004 was a small trial and was not designed for licensure purposes. In order for the gel to be licensed for distribution and use, another study with more participants needed to be conducted.Prof Helen Rees, executive director of the Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, will be leading the Facts 001 study.She said: “If we’re going to do licensure, we’ve got to demonstrate safety in thousands of women. We don’t have enough safety data yet. Through this new study we want to build up the body of knowledge of this gel so that we can put all of this data together and, assuming that we have got an effective product, apply for licensure.”Rees said the objectives of the study are to confirm the Caprisa 004 results in larger and more diverse populations, as the initial study was only done on two populations in KwaZulu-Natal where the HIV incidence is extremely high.The Facts 001 study will examine the effectiveness of the gel against HIV in different sorts of populations where the HIV incidence is lower, in other parts of the country.Honouring the unsung heroes“We are very pleased to be associated with the Facts 001 study and hope that the results of this study will confirm the positive Caprisa 004 results, making it possible to provide a technology that can help protect women against HIV and Aids,” said Derek Hanekom, deputy minister of science and technology.Funded by South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Health and the US Agency for International Development, the Facts 001 study plans to enrol 2 200 women aged 18 to 30 years at seven trial sites across South Africa.This will be the first South African-led team of scientists to conduct HIV research at seven centres, said Rees. She said international scientists collaborating with local peers usually led multi-site trials.“We are very proud of the South African researchers who constantly prove that they are world-class,” said Hanekom. “We would also like to honour the women who are an integral part of these studies – they are the unsung heroes.”last_img read more

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Beta Testing At Spiceworks: A Surprising Place To Find Qualified Guinea Pigs

first_imgrieva lesonsky Related Posts How to Get Started in China and Have Success Tags:#Beta Testing#networking#small business#startups Beta testing can be a bitch – especially when you’re working with complex business technology that doesn’t make sense for consumers. It can be incredibly difficult to find good test subjects with enough of a knowledge base to give you intelligent feedback on these kinds of sophisticated products.That’s exactly the issue facing Pertino as it prepared to launch its cloud-based network launch last fall.Where To Find Qualified Beta Testers?Pertino’s concept was to build a cloud-based global network, requiring no specialized hardware or virtual private networks. The company envisioned a network affordable enough for small and midsize (SMB) companies with the security and performance of an enterprise network.How the heck do you beta test a product like that?Pertino CEO Craig Elliott turned to the Spiceworks.com community of more than 2.4 million IT professionals, centered around the company’s free, ad-supported IT management tools for SMBs.Elliott and many Pertino employees were already Spiceworks members, and they started with a 20-company private beta program that grew into “a community-exclusive public beta” involving 250 “Spiceheads.”Spiceworks’ co-founder Jay Hallberg says three to four years ago the Spiceworks team was “dreaming big that someday we’d have a company launch within Spiceworks.” Pertino turned out to be that company. Beta Testing Feedback Is EssentialWhile the usual point of beta testing is to find out if your product is good enough to launch, most initial offerings end up requiring signficant tweaks. “If you’re not thoroughly embarrassed by the first product you release,” Elliott says, “you’ve overthought it, and you’ve come to market too late.”Beta testing in Spiceworks enabled knowledgeable IT professionals to actually use the product and offer Pertino “incredible, first-hand feedback and insights,” says Elliott.Todd Krautkremer, Pertino’s VP of marketing, explains that, “Since so many members of the Spiceworks community work IT at small and mid-sized businesses, it was a way to treat SMBs as consumers… The Spiceheads provided feedback in real time [that] shaved months off what the normal development timeline would be.” Beta testing in Spiceworld gave Pertino “validation and the ability to go back to the drawing board based on the feedback,” Krautkremer adds. If you can’t make it in the Spiceworks community, how can you succeed in the broader market?Speed WinsPertino didn’t worry about launching its “private” beta to such a large community. “”In the world of open-source tech,” says Krautkremer, “to rest your laurels on defensible IP is not a recipe for success.” Patents can’t protect you.Instead, seizing the market as early as possible is the best way to become a dominant leader, says Krautkremer. It’s not necessarily being first to market,” Krautkremer continues, “MySpace was there before Facebook.” To win, your idea has to be novel and simple, and you have to pursue it aggressively.So far, that approach is working for Pertino. The company publicly launched its product in February: “6,000 people downloaded it on day one,” Krautkremer says, and more than 300 Pertino networks were built.Beta Test TipsSharing what he learned from the Spiceworks beta, Krautkremer offers tech companies 4 quick tips:Use the freemium model: make it easy for potential customers to try your product.Keep it simple: “Click, click, done wins. Click, click, click, done loses.”Eat your own dogfood: use and test your own product.Get to market first and then grow fast.Oh, and find qualified beta testers to provide useful feedback before you make your product publicly available.center_img China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

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