American Dreamer

American Dreamer Dreamer remains hopeful for naturalization against all odds. Villafana’s DACA Paperwork The typical American high school senior is one that is well rounded. They participate extracurricular activities. They tailgate on Fridays. They are hardworking, active in their school and socially advanced. And when the time comes, they apply for higher education. Emilio Villafana was one of those American high school seniors, until he found out he wasn’t. “I thought I was an American until high school came around and my friends started getting jobs and licenses. I didn’t have a Social Security card or a birth certificate or anything that would allow me to get these things. That’s when I started to see a tangible difference between me and everyone else,” Villafana said. Villafana was born in Trinidad and Tobago and moved to the United States when he was one years old. Student visas allowed his parents entry to the U.S. Their visas expired but they decided to stay in the U.S. to give Villafana and their family a better life. “I’ve never known Trinidad. I left when I was a baby. I only know America, I have an American perspective on the world,” Villafana said. He grew up like a regular American kid. He participated in sports and attended the American school system from kindergarten. When he could not obtain a driver’s license in high school he could not obtain a driver’s license after realizing he did not own a social security card. In his search to obtain one, it finally sinked in that he was in fact not a documented American citizen. When the time...

Atlanta Against Amazon

Atlanta Against Amazon Atlantans have mixed feelings  about the possibility of Amazon HQ Flyer on Ponce De Leon Ave.   Last year amazon announced they’d be looking for a location for its new headquarters as the company has grown tremendously in the last few years. Atlanta appeared on a list amongst 19 other cities as a possibility of Amazon’s new “HQ2” location. This announcement promised 50,000 jobs and state officials are trying to lure the company. Jasmine Adenuga moved to the Old Fourth Ward area of Atlanta one year ago. Adenuga may be new to Atlanta, but she isn’t new to Amazon. She has been an Amazon Prime member for four years and so the idea of HQ2 being down the street excites her. “Amazon Prime has saved my life more times than I can count. You can’t beat 2-day shipping,” Adenuga said. While some Atliens are excited about being nominated on the list for Amazon’s new HQ,  others are not happy with teven the thought bad the move could mean for the city. Colorful flyers that read “F*ck Amazon” are plastered all over town beckoning viewers to visit AtlantaAgainstAmazon.org. The site was launched to educate visitors on the negative impact “HQ2” could have on Atlanta. The website provides a numbered list about the group’s beliefs. The consensus is that “HQ2” will ultimately result in further income inequality, unaffordable housing and traffic congestion that is not worth the said 50,000 jobs. They consider the move an invasion that will “turn employees into robots” and wreak havoc on the city. Flyer posted on a pole on Georgia State Campus “No,...

Georgia Teen’s Aunt among Caravan Headed for United States

Georgia Teen’s Aunt among Caravan Headed for United States Honduran Immigrants of the Caravan The annual “Stations of the Cross” caravan was bigger than ever before and Honduran-American, Carmen de Leon has distant family making the trip. De Leon’s aunt is one of the many Central American migrants traveling in a massive group, marching for their rights and protesting the immigration policies of President Donald Trump. For de Leon’s relatives, the journey to Mexico began two weeks ago. She began talking to her aunt for the first time in months just a month before the caravan was scheduled to leave. As a first generation American studying international affairs, De Leon’s says it is her job to provide guidance to her relatives about whether or not to go home – or go on. Trump has been fixated on the caravan in the last week, suggesting that the migrants are dangerous and pose a threat to national security. Tweeting and retweeting about the migrants more than 10 times, Trump has brought a lot of attention to the matter. “The Caravan is largely broken up thanks to the strong immigration laws of Mexico and their willingness to use them so as not to cause a giant scene at our Border. Because of the Trump Administration’s actions, Border crossings are at a still UNACCEPTABLE 46 year low. Stop drugs!” Trump tweeted Thursday. De Leon says  those traveling North are hopeful in the midst of discouraging tweets from president Trump as this is an annual occurrence for some Central Americans. “Like most of what Trump says, I think it’s just ignorant to suggest that...

What are you Zaire Ebola?

Genetics: Zaire Ebola also known as EBOV, it is composed of helical RNA strand wrapped and includes many fundamental and regulatory proteins that comprising VP35, VP30, nucleoprotein and protein L in the capsid. Protein L utilizes VP30 and VP35 as cofactors that help catalyze transcription of the viral RNA along with cytosol of the host cell. The capsid is studded with 10nm spikes of viral glycoproteins and surrounded by an envelope acquired from the host cells of plasma membrane. The figure below is an excellent example of the structure:   The VP35 protein is very important for the viral RNA polymerase complex. It is also important for the function to antagonize the cellular type I interferon response, and it does so by blocking the activation of the transcription factor IRF-3.  Pathogenicity:  Zaire Ebola virus can cause a very high lethal hemorrhagic fever syndrome in animals and humans. The fast progression of the disease increases complication for the control of the disease. It is very dangerous and fatal but it is not significantly contagious.  History: Some historical background of the virus is that it was identified in the Ebola River valley during an outbreak in 1976. Statistically the outbreaks have caused mortality rates to increase from 50% to 90%. Many primary known cases were in Africa in villages and tropical rainforests. The cases of Ebola were imported into Nigeria, Senegal, Spain, Italy, Mali, USA and the UK.  Here is an overview of the locations in Africa:   Facts: When a person is recovered from the Ebola Virus, it is known to stay in semen for about 3 months.  A known cure or...
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