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US health official apologizes for touting false plasma data

first_img“What that means is — and if the data continue to pan out — 100 people who are sick with COVID-19, 35 would have been saved because of the administration of plasma,” Hahn said Sunday, after Trump had called it “a tremendous number.”Health secretary Alex Azar added: “I just want to emphasize this point, because I don’t want you to gloss over this number. We dream in drug development of something like a 35 percent mortality reduction. This is a major advance in the treatment of patients. This is a major advance.”Such a reduction would indeed be a game changer in the fight against the pandemic — but the statistic is false.The officials said these results came from a study of 35,000 patients conducted by Mayo Clinic, but Dr Scott Wright, the study’s leader, told AFP it did not come from his institution’s research. He said he believed it might be an “integrated analysis” the FDA had arrived at by looking at both Mayo’s work and other studies. Topics : FDA spokeswoman Emily Miller later tweeted that 35 percent referred to the relative difference in mortality risk between those patients in Mayo’s study who received a high level of antibodies against those who received a low level of antibodies.”I have been criticized for remarks I made Sunday night about the benefits of convalescent plasma,” said Hahn in a tweet thread on Monday night. “The criticism is entirely justified. What I should have said better is that the data show a relative risk reduction not an absolute risk reduction.”But it was not immediately clear which figures the FDA had used from the Mayo study to arrive even at this far more modest claim. The study has not yet been peer-reviewed and is available in “preprint” form on a medical research server, so it remains possible that more data will eventually be forthcoming.The scientific community is divided on whether plasma should have received an emergency use approval. Early research suggests it may be helpful and safe but no clinical trials — considered the gold standard of medical research — have yet found conclusively in its favor.Political commentators have questioned the timing of the FDA’s latest move as Trump lags in polls before the November election.center_img Dr Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, apologized Monday after misrepresenting a key statistic on how effective blood plasma is for treating COVID-19 when announcing an emergency approval measure. The US on Sunday issued emergency approval for plasma taken from recovered coronavirus patients, so that more people can get access to the experimental treatment.But Hahn and other senior health officials came under fire from experts after repeating a claim made by President Donald Trump that blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients reduced mortality rates by 35 percent.last_img read more

Low interest rates pushing Nordics towards credit, alternatives

first_img“Loans in general and private credit in particular, will play a more significant role and become a key component of Nordic institutional portfolios, in various shapes and forms,” he said.“Infrastructure and real estate, with its key income-generating attributes, is set to grow, as a natural substitute for fixed income.”The study found notable differences between the four Nordic countries in the ways that institutional investors allocated assets.Whereas Danish and Finnish investors are already heavily invested in credit, that has not generally been the case in Norway and Sweden.“For those investors in the traditional fixed income countries, who have been invested in various parts of the credit market for many years, the interest in alternatives and real assets appears to be growing,” Kirstein said in the report.But on the whole, there is very little interest among investors in extending the duration of nominal bond portfolios as a way of solving the problem of the low interest rate environment, it said.In Denmark and Finland, experienced fixed income investors are now moving towards private credit, the survey found.Interest is strongest in senior bank loans and real estate debt, it found, with nearly half of these investors saying they expected to increase allocations to private credit.Interest in real assets and alternatives as a way of increasing income is relatively high among the region’s institutional investors, according to the survey.They showed the greatest preference for real estate and private equity, while interest in infrastructure is more fragmented, Kirstein said.“Danish investors indicate the strongest preference for real estate and infrastructure, with more than half of Danish respondents expecting to increase their allocation to these asset classes,” the firm said in the report.Almost half of Swedish investors questioned expect to increase their allocation to real estate, it said.Although shifting allocations to equities as a way of improving yields is a less interesting strategy for survey participants, Kirstein said that, overall, the survey did suggest a high level of interest in equities.Investors are particularly keen to capture equity risk premia, while lowering volatility by using value and quality strategies, according to the study. Nordic institutional investors are more interested in making up for low interest rates by shifting to credit from high-grade bonds, and to alternatives and real assets from bonds than in turning to equities, according to a new study.Changing allocations to equities from bonds is only the third most interesting option for addressing the low interest rate environment, the survey among Nordic institutional investors on higher-yielding alternatives to high-grade fixed income found.The research was conducted by Kirstein Financial Market Research for JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM).François Xavier Douin, head of Nordic institutional business at JPMAM, said in the report that equities would continue to play a role in contributing to returns for Nordic institutional investors, with heavier emphasis on capturing risk premia defined in a more granular way.last_img read more

NZ Porn Use High Compared to Other Countries

first_imgKiwis’ porn habits revealedNZ Herald 10 January 2016New Zealanders’ porn-watching habits have been revealed and it turns out Kiwis spend a lot more time indulging than the worldwide average.On a per capita basis Kiwis are the fifth most regular visitors to website PornHub, behind the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Ireland and ahead of Norway, Iceland, Australia, Sweden and Denmark.But Kiwis are not ones to let porn mess with their rugby- watching habits the website reports the number of viewers from New Zealand dropping 47 per cent during the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.Interestingly, more women appreciate porn in the land of the long white cloud than in most other countries, with 35 per cent of Kiwi visitors to PornHub being female, according to the site.Kiwis spend an average of nine minutes and 37 seconds on PornHub, 21 seconds longer than the worldwide average length.In Gisborne, that time increases by 27 seconds, with viewers putting aside more than 10 minutes on average each time they visit the site.But Kiwis lag well behind the Philippines, which sits in pole position with its porn viewers spending an average of 12 minutes and 45 seconds on the site, while our neighbours in Australia sit just a second behind us, at 9m 36s.At the other end of the stick, Cuban porn watchers spend the shortest amount of time on the site, which each visit averaging 5m 11s.The higher-than-average number of visits from New Zealand women to the site puts us in the top 10 countries in this category.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11571754Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Teams listed for Super Nationals Scorezit Cornhole Tournament

first_imgElectronic registration began at approximately 3 p.m. Wednesday and the final two-person team completed the entry process just after 7 a.m. Thursday. The 65th team became the first alternate.  BOONE, Iowa – Sixteen hours is all it took to fill the 64-team field for the Scorezit Cornhole Tournament on Sunday before the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. The 64-team field for the second annual Scorezit Cornhole Tournament will include:center_img Bad Mama Jama’sShow Me Your CornHole515Struggle BusTeam 49KYou Win Some, You Booze SomeNutt/CrouchDirt Race FansTeam WhitneyB-Fab BrothersShaw Race CarsSMDB NationBubba Stafford RacingWhisker BiscuitsLast Minute MotorsportsCornfed CornholersThe 2nd placersJayhawksGet in the Hole!Need sum hair around itThe CorndogsBash BrothersSioux City BaggerzJokersReaperThe 563Fisher racingowe and tooWhats the score148The Board BangersFrisbie MotorsportsB & GTeam 20GThe Silver FoxesSlackersBallz DeepMother ShuckersTEAM SHOCKERTEAM DAMIT BOYMother ShuckersAmateur CornStarsCorn NutsPete’s meat marketCCBBOUTKASTBulldog MotorsportsTeam nebraskaTHE 402 BEAN FLICKERSShort bus specialTeam DrurySend It!Darrell/NuttMuffler Pros712 gang I9Team Tractor tireSinking and drinkingCali KingsBucket hatsFun bagsThe hole is my goalSassmanThing RacingBSDlast_img read more

Suarez still angry over Evra row

first_img On Monday he scored twice for Uruguay in a 3-0 win over Oman but admits he cannot wait to end his competitive exile. “The first two months were the hardest because I didn’t feel like a footballer. That was the worst part,” he added. “It is always good to accept your mistakes but what angered me most was not feeling like a professional, not feeling like another worker, like other footballers do. That’s what hurt me the most.” Barcelona striker Luis Suarez has accepted responsibility for most of his past misdemeanours but is still “upset” over his punishment for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra. “It is good to accept that you have made a mistake and that’s what I did,” he told his club’s official website fcbarcelona.com in reference to the Chiellini bite. “I left it a few days because you have to remember that I’m only human and sometimes it’s hard to face the truth. “I found it hard to take in and to realise what I had done. Those were days when I didn’t want to know about it. “I just wanted to be with my wife and children, who supported me through that time. “I didn’t want to listen to anybody, or speak to anybody. I didn’t want to accept it. When I say I’m sorry it’s because I regret something. Being sorry implies regret. “But they have also sometimes judged me on things that aren’t true, such as the racism thing. I was accused without evidence and that’s what grieved me the most. “The others were actions when it was me who did wrong. I accepted that and begged forgiveness, but the racism thing, when I was accused without evidence, that did upset me.” Suarez has been allowed to play in friendlies during his ban after successfully appealing against an original ruling which prevented him from being involved in any football-related activity. The 27-year-old is set to make his competitive comeback from a four-month worldwide ban next week in El Clasico against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, which was imposed after he bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup. While he accepts his current suspension, and the 10-game ban imposed for a similar incident involving Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic were his own fault, he is still unhappy over how his argument with Evra in October 2011 was dealt with. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dyche: Youngsters under-appreciated

first_img “We’ve all kind of been brainwashed by it, that we’re not as strong nationally. We’ve just got to be careful, to think, hang on a minute, where are we really at? Where can it go to? What are we doing about it? “Harry Kane’s another one who’s banging goals in. We keep moaning about our national side, and then there’s a million questions about all these development plans. “Then when we get some little shining lights here and there, it’s sort of like, ‘Oh well’, and then we go back to grumbling. “When there’s some shining lights, at least enjoy it and encourage it, because they are the pathway for little Jonny who’s seven playing in the park, saying, ‘I want to be Harry Kane’. If you don’t promote them, they’re not going to go towards them. “Just because Harry Kane hasn’t been brought in for £50million, it doesn’t mean he’s not a good player. Equally I’m not saying they’re ready for the national team, but there’s some good little shining lights.” Ings and Kane could come up against each other when Burnley travel to White Hart Lane on Wednesday for their FA Cup third-round replay, although the latter might well be rested. Dyche is planning to field his strongest available team but has a doubt over captain Jason Shackell, who is still feeling the effects of a calf problem. Press Association “If it was Spanish, Italian or French players, I think that would have been a different view. “It seems to me that if a British player does something, the reaction is, ‘Oh yeah, decent’, whereas someone brought from other shores for a big fee, it’s, ‘Look at that, isn’t it amazing’. “There’s a balance to it. But I think it’s good these young British players are playing in the Premier League, it is the way forward as regards the national systems because it’s the highest level they can play at, and the demand is very high. “We’re experiencing it, and at every level it’s very high, which is usually when you learn the most.” Ings, 22, has scored six goals in his maiden Premier League campaign while 21-year-old Kane has been a revelation in his first full season in Tottenham’s first team and has already racked up 17 goals in all competitions. Former Burnley striker Charlie Austin has been banging the goals in for QPR and West Brom’s Saido Berahino is also in the Premier League’s top-five scorers this season. All four have been mentioned in the England reckoning, with Berahino earning his first call-up to the senior squad in November. With such resources available, Dyche would like to see less negativity, saying: ” I think we’re all guilty of it at some point. Sean Dyche thinks “shining lights” like Danny Ings and Harry Kane are under-appreciated compared to foreign players. The Burnley boss was left bemused by the reaction to individual goals from Scott Arfield and Ings last weekend that earned the Clarets a 2-1 victory over QPR. He said: “There’s a thirst for British, English talent to do well and yet I thought it was quite ironic on Saturday that apparently it was poor defending for the two goals. I’m very surprised that doesn’t turn into a very positive situation. last_img read more

Johns Hopkins: More Than 100,000 Americans Have Died of COVID-19

first_imgThe number of deaths from the coronavirus in the United States has reached a grim milestone, as 100,000 people in the country have lost their lives to the disease.Johns Hopkins University, which maintains a database on the disease, made the announcement Wednesday.Meanwhile, a model developed by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington predicts that 143,000 Americans will die from the virus by August.In addition, the CDC reports that although more than half of those who have died from COVID-19 were 75 years and older, people between ages 45 and 64 represent 18 percent of deaths, and those between ages 18 and 44 represent three percent of deaths.Courtesy: Johns Hopkins UniversityThe U.S. continues to lead the world in COVID-19-related deaths, as well as in the number of confirmed cases. According to Johns Hopkins, the United Kingdom and Italy rank second and third in virus-related deaths with, about 37,000 and 33,000, respectively.Brazil and Russia are the only other countries that have more than 300,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, while the United Kingdom and Spain are fourth and fifth, with nearly 263,000 and 236,000 cases.last_img read more

Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr to be postponed until November 28: Reports

first_img First Published: 10th August, 2020 16:36 IST LIVE TV 1 month ago Roy Jones Jr net worth: How much is Mike Tyson’s new opponent Roy Jones jr worth now? Sujay Chakraborty Last Updated: 10th August, 2020 16:36 IST Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr To Be Postponed Until November 28: Reports The Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr fight has reportedly been postponed to November 28. Tyson’s first fight in 15 years was earlier scheduled for September 12. 4 weeks ago Mike Tyson using electric muscle stimulation to prepare for Sept 12 return vs Roy Jones Written By 1 month ago Who is Roy Jones Jr? Mike Tyson’s opponent has decent boxing record and rap career COMMENT 1 month ago Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr fight will cost viewers at home a bomb; PPV details revealed 1 month ago Mike Tyson predicts super-fight against Conor McGregor, says he would thrash Irish fighter SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US WE RECOMMEND Also Read | Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr: Former World Champs To Meet In An 8-round Blockbuster BoutBefore Roy Jones Jr was confirmed as his opponent, several former and current stars were touted as potential opponents for Mike Tyson. Among them, his former foe Evander Holyfield emerged as the favourite to fight Tyson. Holyfield is 2-0 up against Tyson and was reportedly interested in facing the former world champ for the third time. As of now, it is said Tyson vs Holyfield III is still in the works. Coming to Roy Jones Jr, the 51-year-old last stepped inside the ring in February 2018, where he beat Scott Sigmon via unanimous decision. Jones’ career peaked in the late 2000s. The former champ, however, has extended his fight career significantly, which suggests he might be in good shape to face Iron Mike. Jones is 66-9 in his career.  Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. will still be broadcast on the Triller app. Touted as a rival of the hugely popular, TikTok, Triller reportedly paid a whopping $50 million in order to acquire the rights for the fight. Also Read | Mike Tyson Smokes Joint While Signing Contract; Details Of Epic Showdown With Ray Jones JrAlso Read | Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr Fight Will Cost Viewers At Home A Bomb; PPV Details Revealed(Image Credits: Mike Tyson, Roy Jones Jr Instagram) Big news: @MikeTyson is coming back. He will fight @RealRoyJonesJr in an eight-round exhibition match. Heard there will be boxer vs MMA fighters on undercard. Looks like it will be in Cali. Don’t have the date yet.— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) July 23, 2020 WATCH US LIVE Mike Tyson’s return to boxing after 15 years has been postponed until November 28, according to reports. The exhibition fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr was initially scheduled for September 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. It was supposed to serve as the main card of the event also featuring a bout between former NBA star Nate Robinson and YouTuber Jake Paul. Also Read | Mike Tyson Using Electric Muscle Stimulation To Prepare For Sept 12 Return Vs Roy JonesMike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr postponedAccording to The Athletic, Mike Tyson’s team opted to push the exhibition match by two months in order to maximise the revenue for Iron Mike’s highly-anticipated return to the ring. The idea was pitched to Roy Jones Jr, who approved the switch almost instantly. Mike Tyson’s last fight came in June 2005 when he lost to Kevin McBride in the sixth round. While little was expected from his return to boxing, ‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ stunned fans when he revealed photos of his epic transformation on social media. Since May this year, Tyson confirmed several times that he intends to get back in fighting shape for one or maybe two exhibition bouts. Tyson has been training with MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro for his return. Mike Tyson traininglast_img read more

UEFA Champions League Team of the Week

first_imgIt was another interesting night of Champions League games on Tuesday and Wednesday as the best of European teams squared up in the fifth round of group games to slug it out for the top two spots that takes them to the round of 16.APOEL Nicosia and Quarabag held European giants Dortmund and Atletico Madrid away from home, while English teams, Tottenham, Man Utd, Man City alongside PSG and Besiktas put up impressive performances to book their places in the next round with a game to spare. Here is our team of the week from the impressive nights of Champions League games this week.Goalkeeper – Ibrahim Cehic (Qarabag FK)Qarabag as a team must be commended for going unbeaten in two games against Atletico Madrid. Ironically in both games, they finished with 10 men but still held their own against Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and one man stood tall, Ibrahim Cehic. Over both legs, Cehic faced 24 shots on target, conceding from just two of them to keep his team with a shot of qualifying for the Europa league.Right Back – Kierran Trippier (Tottenham)It was a battle with Marcelo from start to finish for Kieran Trippier but he stood tall at the end of the game, constantly marauding down his position thereby carrying out both his attacking and defensive duty to perfection. His cross set up Dele Alli for the opener. He also held his ground against in-form Isco.Center Back – Alberto Botia (Olympiacos)How do you keep a clean sheet against Barcelona? Well, Botia alongside his defensive partner Engels were impressive and kept their focus for the entire duration of the game making several tackles and interceptions to stop the high flying European giants from scoring in a UCL group game for the first time since December 2012.Center Back – Badavi Guseynov (Qarabag)Qarabag relied on a solid defensive base and swift counter attack against Atletico Madrid and Guseynov was a mountain in their center back, coming out tops in battles against Antoine Griezmann, Torres and Kevin Gameiro.Left Back – Laryn KurzawaThere was a Neymar, Cavani, Draxler and Mbappe on the pitch and someone else scored a hattrick. When was the last time a defender even scored a hattrick before now? Apart from the goal, he also kept a clean sheet which makes it even more impressive. Imagine how much points that would have been in EPL fantasy. Impressive!!!Midfield – Delle AlliHe was aggressive from the blast of the whistle, making impressive runs into the channels as he usually does. He was rewarded with a good goal but asides the goal, stuck to his task as Tottenham grabbed their first win ever against Real Madrid.Midfield – Marco VerrattiThe Italian is enjoying himself right now after his failed move to Barcelona and is looking like a man on a mission. His passion, hunger and drive have made him a key element of this Unai Emery side as they look to go the distance in the Champions League this season. Took his goal with aplomb and was excellent all through.Midfield – Raheem SterlingThe former Liverpool star was mesmerizing all day completing the most take-ons (7) and also made the right decisions all game. His aggressiveness was also a key factor against a disciplined Napoli side. He took his goal well and was rightly awarded the man-of-the-match award.Attack – El ShaarawyThe Italian international showed the stuff that made him highly rated years ago. He opened the scoring at the blast of the whistle and never looked back. He also grabbed an impressive second goal with a nice chip over Courtois and was a thorn in the flesh of Chelsea defenders all through the game.Attack – Mohammed SalahHe has really been a valuable coup for Liverpool with his consistency which has seen Liverpool grind on in the absence of key players, Saido Mane and Phillipe Coutinho. He was yet again at the heart of Liverpool’s offence scoring a goal to help the Reds close to a round of sixteen spots.Attack – NeymarThe Brazilian superstar continued his impressive form for PSG with a screamer in their 5-0 rout of Anderlecht. The result sees PSG qualify for the round of sixteen scoring the highest number of goals and conceding none.Players who narrowly missed out are Omar Elabdellaoui who put up a strong defensive performance against Barcelona, Man City’s John Stones, Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, AS Roma’s Diego Perrotti , Edin Dzeko and Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero who became Manchester City’s record goalscorer by notching his 178th goal for the club. Relatedlast_img read more

Kotoko show character to down Hearts of Oak in Accra

first_imgAsante Kotoko left it late to beat rivals Hearts of Oak 2 – 1 after striker Naby Keita converted from the penalty spot following a handball in the 89th minute.Hearts of Oak started off the stronger of the two sides and attacked Kotoko mainly through Joseph Esso down the right flank but failed to capitalize on the early pressure.A cross from Esso to the near post for Afriyje should have resulted in the opening goal of the game but the latter could only head wide.Kotoko gradually grew into the game with Gyamfi making incursions into the Hearts of Oak half.Through a combination of poor marking and a wonderfully taken set piece by Augustine Ocrah, Justice Blay connected with a glancing header in the 11th minute to send the away fans into fits of ecstasy.Mudasiru should have doubled the lead for Asante Kotoko’s lead before the break after dancing through a maze of legs but saw his effort at goal narrowly miss the target.Hearts finished the first half the stronger of the two sides following the injury to Mudasiru Salifu but barely tested Kwame Baah in post for Kotoko.The opening 20 minutes of the second half were largely uneventful as both teams struggled to keep hold of the ballHearts leveled the game in the 64th minute after Kodzie’s effort bounced off the cross bar but was headed back in by Joseph Esso.Hearts goalkeeper Richard Attah pulled off the save of the game in the 75th minute from a headed effort after some brilliant wing play by Mathew Cudjoe.Kotoko closed out the game on a strong note despite late pressure from Hearts of Oak and a penalty call that was not awarded to the home side.last_img read more