The Latest on Kids’ Antibodies

first_imgA study published Thursday found that children infected with the coronavirus produce fewer and weaker antibodies than adults.Although that finding sounds scary, it actually may help answer longstanding questions about why children have a different experience with the virus than adults.- Advertisement –last_img

Disturbing video shows El Paso inmates paid $2 an hour moving bodies of COVID-19 victims

first_imgWhen Abbott, however, had an opportunity to act preventatively, he passed, apparently focusing on campaigning for Trump instead if his Twitter account is any indication. Judge Samaniego issued an order to shut down nonessential businesses Oct. 29 through Dec. 1, but local business owners and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton blocked that effort on appeal, The Texas Tribune reported. Businesses can instead remain open with 50% capacity. Bars must remain closed, but restaurants can offer dine-in services up until 9 PM, the newspaper reported.    Meanwhile, the state is reporting more than 1 million coronavirus cases and 19,559 deaths. That’s more cases than any other state, The New York Times reported last week. Video KFOX obtained shows El Paso County inmates wearing gowns, masks, and gloves as they loaded the bodies of COVID-19 victims onto mobile morgues. “I cry for El Paso,” Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist, tweeted Saturday.xWARNING: Potentially disturbing.KFOX has obtained video of El Paso County inmates loading the bodies of coronavirus patients onto mobile morgues at the medical examiner’s office.The inmates appear to be wearing PPE including masks, gowns and gloves. pic.twitter.com/NmNrr3voUi— Keenan Willard (@KeenanKFOX_CBS) November 14, 2020- Advertisement – While Americans are dying, President Donald Trump—who took to Twitter to brag about election wins in the state of Texas—is again patting himself on the back, this time for a coronavirus vaccine that by early trials is 94.5% effective. And far be it from Trump to exercise one morsel of humility or empathy for the victims who died long before the promise of the vaccine. The president tweeted Monday: “Another Vaccine just announced. This time by Moderna, 95% effective. For those great ‘historians’, please remember that these great discoveries, which will end the China Plague, all took place on my watch!”Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is falling right in line with the president and also offering up his congratulations. “The Moderna Vaccine announced today was found to be highly effective at preventing Covid,” he tweeted Monday. “President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed is yielding phenomenal results that will save millions of lives. This adds to the drug therapies we are distributing today.”- Advertisement – RELATED: El Paso triples mobile morgues as COVID-19 surges, Texas governor sues to reopen El PasoThe Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Buyers are choosing apartments over house on the Gold Coast

first_imgMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoALLEGRA at Southport.“About 60 per cent of sales we made in the first quarter were apartments and townhomes, and there was quite a bit of activity at the top end of the market, which shows demand for this style of property is strong across the board,” Mr Taylor said.“We sold an apartment in Como Crescent in Southport for $3.22 million and, at the other end of the spectrum, five apartments in Labrador sold to a single investor for $140,000 each.“While house prices fluctuated in 2017, apartment prices remained stable and that has played a role in the continued demand for this type of property.”LJ Hooker Surfers Paradise also noticed the trend, particularly among local and interstate buyers investing in apartments in the $350,000 to $600,000 price range.Agency principal Anna Tooma said anyone interested in listing an apartment is in a good position. The Beach Apartments at Broadbeach.“The Gold Coast and more particularly the 4217 postcode area is very popular with local and interstate investors because they get great value for their investment dollar,” she said.“The Gold Coast can afford to embrace this surge in residential investment because of the direct and indirect benefits including job creation, boosting the economy and tourism plus community development.”Residential sales director Sam Mansy said those investing in central areas including Surfers Paradise, Main Beach and Broadbeach would also capitalise on the development, lifestyle and the tourism markets. Research shows more apartments and townhouses are being sold on the Gold Coast than houses.MORE homeowners are choosing to buy apartments over houses on the Gold Coast, new research reveals.Data from the Queensland Statistician’s Office shows 8511 apartments and townhouses were sold in the March, June and September quarters last year compared to 6412 houses.During that period, the average price for a house ranged between $638,000 and $650,000 while apartments had an average sale price of $425,000 to $427,000.@realty director JJ Taylor said the company sold $46.9 million in property on the Gold Coast during the first quarter of this year – $26 million of which was apartment and townhouse sales.last_img read more

Contingent charging ban renews calls for scheme, sponsor DB advice role

first_imgChristopher Woolard, interim chief executive officer of the FCA, said: “The proportion of customers who have been advised to transfer out of their DB pension is unacceptably high. “While much of the advice we looked at was suitable, we are still finding too many cases in which transfers were not in the customer’s best interests. […] The steps we are announcing today will drive up standards.”Mike Smedley, partner at Isio, said a ban on contingent charging eliminated one of the major risks that could lead to poor advice, but that “there is a risk of over-regulation”.“The missing piece of the jigsaw is the quality of advice provided to stay in a DB scheme, and how many people miss out on a transfer by not taking advice at all,” he said.“We hope the new abridged advice process can fill the gap, but there’s a major challenge in making the regulation proportionate so that it becomes cost-effective and accessible for all.”Trustees, sponsors as advice facilitatorsReaffirming comments previously made by Barnett Waddingham, partner Simon Taylor drew attention to the role of DB trustees and sponsors in an environment of fewer regulated advisers and anticipated increased interest in transfers from scheme members in light of the economic fallout of COVID-19.“Since it will be harder for members to find a trusted adviser themselves, scheme sponsors and trustees need to be thinking seriously about putting a support framework in place for members wanting to investigate transferring, ensuring they’re offered independent and trusted advice which supports their short and long-term financial needs,” he said.“As we go through, and come out of, the current climate this is likely to be more valuable than ever to members.”At Hymans Robertson, partner Ryan Markham made a similar point.“We remain strong advocates of trustees and sponsors facilitating quality financial advice for their members,” he said. “A ban on contingent charging in conjunction with an increase in demand from individuals makes the business case here even more compelling.”The Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association has consistently called for a ban on contingent charging and master trusts policy lead Craig Rimmer today said: “With savers vulnerable to making hasty financial decisions during the uncertainty arising from the pandemic, our disappointment is that the ban is not happening even sooner.“It would be better to raise the quality bar for pension transfer advice now rather than wait until 1 October,” he said.Hymans Robertson’s Markham said it was positive the FCA had delayed the ban taking effect until then.The PLSA’s Rimmer welcomed the FCA stating that a workplace pension should be considered first as a destination for any pension transfer.“With generally lower charges and default investment strategies suitable for the majority of people they provide a straight-forward and affordable path for advised savers,” he said.Steve Webb, former pensions minister and now partner at consultancy LCP, gave a damning assessing of the state of play concerning DB transfer advice in a reaction to the FCA’s announcement.“Successful regulation would have left members with a wide choice of quality independent advisers,” he said. “Instead, poor conduct by some advisers and poor regulation means that the DB transfer advice market is simply not working.”FCA-TPR talk ‘plain English’ to DB saversThe FCA’s pension transfer advice announcement coincided with it and The Pensions Regulator today revealing a “plain English factsheet” for DB savers, including to remind them that transferring into anoher type of arrangement was unlikely to be in their long-term interests. Charles Counsell, chief executive officer of TPR, said: “Leaving a DB pension is one of the most significant financial decisions savers can make and so our joint factsheet is a really important tool to alert them to what they may lose if they take this step.”It also explains the key things to consider before seeking advice on a DB transfer.”To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. A ban on contingent charging on advice in the defined benefit (DB) transfer market announced by the UK regulator this morning underscores the need for pension schemes and sponsors to help members access advice, consultants have said.The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) this morning said that to reduce conflicts of interest it was banning, “except in certain limited circumstances”, financial advisors from charging contingent fees when advising DB scheme members on transfers out of their final salary arrangements.Under the contingent charging model advisors only get paid if the transfer goes ahead.The ban on contingent charging is part of a package of measures, including to require firms to consider an available workplace pension scheme as a receiving scheme for a transfer, and to enable firms to give “abridged advice”.last_img read more

Video: Messi pulls off genius assist from free-kick against Celta Vigo

first_imgJust watched Messi’s assist to Suarez on that freekick that was trying to stop him from getting a goal, he still found a way!! WHAT A CHEATCODE MAN FOOTBALL IS TOO EASY FOR HIM #CeltaBarca pic.twitter.com/Isa9dDkyhn— Walid (@WMK39_) June 27, 2020 However, the 33-year-old Argentine superstar fooled the opposition players by curling in a cross to Suarez, who slammed his headed effort past Ruben Blanco. Lionel Messi caught Celta Vigo players by complete surprise after delivering a sensational assist to Luis Suarez from a free-kick. That was some cheeky assist by Messi and thankgod suarez finished that.— Sal (@fcb_sal) June 27, 2020 Barcelona travelled to the Municipal de Balaidos on Saturday for their La Liga clash and the Spanish side took the lead early in the first half. And Messi stepped over the ball from about 22 yards out as Celta Vigo stationed two of their players on the line to deny the Barcelona captain. Read Also: La Liga: Barca now relying on Real Madrid dropping points – Suarez Fans wasted no time in flocking to Twitter and praising the six-time Ballon d’Or winner for pulling off a magnificent assist for Barcelona’s opener. Barcelona, who are locked in a heated title race with fierce rivals Real Madrid, lead 1-0 going into half-time. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…last_img read more

Racing For A Reason at Shawano helps young cancer patients, families

first_imgSHAWANO, Wis. – While the drivers took the checkers, the real winners of Shawano Speedway’s Aug. 1 Racing For A Reason program were young cancer patients and their families. Proceeds from basket donations, silent auctions, bucket drops and drawings at the annual event approached $17,000, putting the total raised for childlife services provided at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Green Bay over the past decade at some $153,000.  “Even drivers who don’t race with us weekly put Racing For A Reason on the schedule to make sure they’re there,” Luepke said. “And we have fans who attend one event at Shawano every year and it’s always that night.”  “Shawano is a tightknit community and I tell people the speedway is family. If something happens to someone, we’re all there and that’s pretty cool,” said track marketing and promotions director Brad Luepke. “I would never have guessed this event would grow the way it has every year.”  “They make a huge impact from the minute you walk into the door,” Luepke said. “They’re an amazing group of people.”center_img One hundred percent of the money raised through Racing For A Reason help kids with cancer and their families in a multitude of ways – 2019 proceeds, for example, were used toward the purchase of a state-of-the-art sanitizing closet for shared toys – and the event itself plays out with a full pit area and packed grandstand. Fans put their tickets in bucket drops for donated prizes they hope to take home from Shawano Speedway’s 10th annual Racing For A Reason fundraiser. (Photo by Turn 2 Photos) The Luepke family has experienced first-hand the support at St. Vincent’s, where son Reed was a  patient while undergoing four years of chemotherapy. last_img read more

Forty-six goals scored in COURTS Pee Wee football Round Two

first_imgA total of forty-two goals were scored in the second round of action in the COURTS Pee Wee football tournament yesterday at the Banks DIH, Thirst Park GroundIn the first pair of matches for the day, Tucville and F.E. Pollard played to a goalless stalemate while J.E. Burnham was beaten 4-0 by Parfait Harmony.Part of the second round action in the COURTS Pee Wee football tournament on Saturday at the Banks DIH Thirst Park facility. (Adrian Narine photos)A double each from Joshua Daniels (3rd ,9th) and Alex Ramotar (11th, 30th) ensured that the West Bank side were in the winner’s circle this week.Plaisance was in no playful mood as they overcame Goed Fortune 11-0 with Jamal Ali netting in the (3rd, 8th, 14th, 15th and 18th), Ronaldo Harry hitting a hat-trick in the (5th, 12th and 13th), a brace from Stephon Atkinson (28th and 30th) and Clifton Rickett’s single strike in the 16th.St Pius was also in no playful mood as they overcame Soesdyke 5-0 with four goals coming from Dwayne Baptiste 1st, 2nd, 13th and 15th) while Haden Wellington scored in the 3rd minute.St Margaret’s and Enterprise played to a goal-less draw while West Ruimveldt trashed Supply Primary 6-0 with a hat- trick from Ian Daniels (6th, 19th, 20th) and single strikes from Devon Chance (13th), Mickon Vandenburg (10th) and Richie Samroop (28th)Sophia needled St Angela’s through David Weeks’ 12th minute strike in match seven while North Georgetown had Derwin George (4th) and Kyristen Gonsalves (22nd) on target in their 2-0 win over Grove primary.Victoria Primary was also on the delivering end of a 1-0 win over South Ruimveldt, thanks to Kelon Croal in the 25th, while School of the Nations had the same margin of victory over Mocha, thanks to Timothy Braithwaite in the 12th.St Ambrose overcame Den Amstel by a 1-0 margin, thanks to Jacob Rodney in the 29th minute while Marian Academy stole the show with a 7-0 drubbing of Winfer Gardens.Doubles from Bradley Walton (12th, 27th), Michael Alphonso (29th, 30th) and Asher Adams (5th,9th) along with a single from Malik Baker (20th) ensured the scoreline was a blowout.Joshua Waterman and Shabaz Cameron were the stars in Smith Memorial’s 2-0 win over Calaaco while Stella Maris beat Timheri 3-0, thanks to three precise strikes from Fedel Norville (13th, 17th, 21st).In the final two matches of the afternoon, Mickhail Mason was the match decider for Mae’s in their 1-0 win over St Stephen’s Primary while Jermaine Crum-Ewing’s 25th strike was the decisive factor in St. Agnes’ win over Redeemer.Matches continue next weekend.last_img read more

Former Cork All Star says Tipp will be too strong for the Rebels

first_imgCorner back Michael Cahill is the latest doubt due to a training ground hamstring strain.McGrath says there’s good vibes coming from the Cork camp, but he doesn’t think they are quite ready to challenge the top teams in the heat of the championship yet.However former Tipperary All Ireland winner Paddy Stapleton from Borrisoleigh told Extra Time that he can’t see Michael Ryan’s side running away with the game at Semple Stadium this weekend either.Tipp FM’s live coverage of this Sundays Munster senior hurling quarter final between Tipp and Cork is in association with Mulcahy Car Sales Ardcroney, Nenagh and Raymie Ryan Lighting, Cashel. All Ireland winner Seanie McGrath says he can’t see a Rebel victory in the Munster Hurling Championship opener against Tipperary on Sunday.The former Cork selector was speaking on Extra Time with Ronan Quirke last night.Tipp are sweating on the availability of Jason Forde who’s appeal is being heard by Central Appeals Committee this evening, as well as injury concerns like Patrick Bonner Maher.last_img read more

Clayton Kershaw hasn’t turned back the clock — but he has turned up the speed

first_imgClayton Kershaw has not found a way to turn back time. But he has found a way to recover some of what it took away.Through his first four starts this season, the Dodgers ace has reversed a four-year slide in his fastball velocity, regaining two miles per hour on the pitch. He averaged over 91.5 mph in each of his first three starts — the first time he has held that much velocity for three consecutive starts since his first three outings in the 2018 season — before falling just short with an average velocity of 91.425 mph against the Seattle Mariners Thursday.Against the Angels last week (when he allowed just one hit in seven innings), Kershaw’s fastball averaged 92.5 mph — the highest it has been in a single start since the 2017 World Series.“(Velocity) is not everything. But I knew it was in there. So I think that’s what’s frustrating,” Kershaw said after the start in Anaheim. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The added velocity gives Kershaw more “margin for error,” Prior said and also makes his slider more effective.“Obviously the slider for him … when it’s good, it’s hard and it’s short and it basically just misses barrels,” Prior said. “I think that’s the other component. Now is the velocity the same on the slider even when his velocity is down? Sometimes it is. But I don’t think the movement and the sharpness of the bite is the same. That’s kind of the added benefit. Yes, it gives him some room on his fastball. But I think the arm speed also helps him lock in his really good slider.”BUEHLER STARTRight-hander Walker Buehler will take a 5.21 ERA into his fourth start of the season Friday — a slow start that recalls the 2019 season. Buehler had a 5.22 ERA after his first six starts last year, coming off a “slow-played” spring training prompted by some lingering fatigue from the 2018 postseason run.This year, Buehler was once again handled with care during the preseason after admittedly throttling back on his throwing program during quarantine.Prior said there has been “progress” over Buehler’s three starts.“First, we started to see the velocity start to tick up a couple starts ago. I think the last start his command started to tick up,” Prior said. “The slider, curveball haven’t been there for him yet. So that’s kind of handcuffed him in some situations where he wanted to throw it and it hasn’t had quite the bite that we needed and he’s paid the price for it. Or it’s just been balls which leads right back to more of a hard pitch.“But I think now we’re starting to see things slowly piece by piece being put together. Walker’s a guy who has some moving parts. I don’t necessarily mean from a delivery standpoint. But there’s a lot of things to get him to where he feels confident in everything. With a guy who’s featuring five plus-pitches sometimes, to lock all of them in at one time — those are the games when you see the 15-, 16-strikeout game. I do think we’re seeing progress. The goal with Walker is obviously to get him right but obviously get him right for the stretch run. As long as we see steps in the right direction we’re encouraged.”After that slow start in 2019, Buehler had a 2.88 ERA and held opposing batters to a .220 average over his next 24 starts.BAEZ OUTDodgers reliever Pedro Baez was placed on the 10-day Injured List before Thursday’s game with a strained right groin muscle.Baez has a 3.97 ERA in 11 appearances this season including giving up a solo home run in one inning of work Wednesday night. Baez allowed runs in each of his past three appearances and his velocity has been down this season. His fastball has averaged a career-low 94.4 mph.center_img “These last couple years, it’s been hard to figure out why it hasn’t been coming out the way I want it to. Obviously you grind and try to make good starts and stuff like that. We threw a lot of different things at it — our strength and conditioning guys, training staff, offseason stuff. Everybody did a great job with me, trying to figure out what works, what doesn’t work. I can’t pinpoint one specific thing. But all the things we’ve tried, there’s a lot of things that have stuck. It is gratifying, for sure.”Kershaw has been reluctant to talk about his visit to Driveline Academy last fall. The facility relies on sophisticated analytics to bring out more velocity in pitchers — Kenley Jansen and Alex Wood have also recovered velocity after visits to Driveline last offseason — and its devotees use a variety of weighted-ball exercises to improve arm strength. Kershaw could be seen doing the exercises during spring training in Arizona.Pitching coach Mark Prior gives the 32-year old Kershaw credit for being open-minded enough to look for answers.“Over time as we get older and he puts more miles on his body pitching, the body starts changing. Things start tightening. Things start loosening,” Prior said, aware of the history of back problems that has characterized Kershaw’s aging. “I think he was able to do some different things and attack it from a 360-degree approach to unlock some of the body to allow his arm to deliver the velocity that he was accustomed to.“I don’t think that’s anything that’s unusual for veteran pitchers especially guys that have been around for a decade to have to go out and … figure out where their body is in their 30s than it is in their young 20s. He spent a lot of time trying to figure out the right steps and the right things to do and now he’s seeing the dividends — in the velocity and in the command too.”last_img read more

Aguero lifts City in FA Cup, Hughes’ Stoke crash

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Sergio Aguero fired Manchester City to a 4-1 win over Burnley in the FA Cup, while Mark Hughes is fighting to remain Stoke boss after a 2-1 loss at minnows Coventry on Saturday.While City strolled into the fourth round, Chelsea face an unwanted replay after being held to a 0-0 draw at Championship side Norwich.City boss Pep Guardiola named a strong team including Aguero, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling at Eastlands, but the runaway Premier League leaders fell behind in the 25th minute.Ashley Barnes blasted into the top corner after City defender John Stones sliced his attempted clearance.However, Burnley hadn’t won at City since 1973 and Argentina striker Aguero ensured that run continued.City, who last tasted defeat in domestic competition in their FA Cup semi-final against Arsenal in April, were level in the 56th minute when Aguero fired home from Ilkay Gundogan’s pass.Aguero then finished off a superb backheeled pass from Gundogan in the 58th minute.Sane prodded home to put the result beyond doubt in the 71st minute and Bernardo Silva made it four in the 82nd minute.Hughes could face the sack after fourth tier Coventry rolled back the years with a memorable cup result at their Ricoh Arena,.With Stoke in the relegation zone, it was reported this week that the club’s hierarchy had considered dismissing Hughes and whether he can survive any longer must now be in doubt.Coventry have fallen on hard times since winning the FA Cup in a classic 1987 final against Tottenham and now reside in League Two — their first time at that level since the 1950s — after a spell having to play their home matches in Northampton due to a stadium row.Jordan Willis put the underdogs ahead in the 24th minute with his first goal in a year.Willis conceded a 52nd minute penalty with a foul on Ramadan Sobhi and Charlie Adam stepped up to equalise.But Coventry right-back Jack Grimmer weaved his way through Stoke’s defence and side-footed past Jack Butland in the 67th minute.– Bournemouth escape – Chelsea manager Antonio Conte made nine changes at Carrow Road, with Eden Hazard rested and Alvaro Morata only used as a substitute for last season’s FA Cup runners-up.The result was a disjointed display from the Blues, who now face an extra match that will add to Conte’s frustration after his recent complaints about the draining effects of fixture congestion.The only flash-point in a tame tie saw Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger square up to a fan after the supporter threw away the ball when the defender tried to retrieve it.At the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe made eight changes as he prioritised Premier League survival and it needed a second half revival from his understudies to rescue a 2-2 draw against Wigan.Northern Ireland forward Will Grigg gave Wigan a fourth minute lead from close-range and there was worse to come for Howe in the 29th minute when Emerson Hyndman’s own goal doubled the visitors’ lead.Yet Lys Mousset reduced the deficit for Bournemouth in the 55th minute and League One leaders Wigan, who won the FA Cup in 2013, were denied a surprise win by Steve Cook’s goal two minutes into stoppage-time.Newcastle had been tipped as potential upset victims, but they swept away fourth tier leaders Luton with a 3-1 win at St James’ Park.West Bromwich Albion won for the first time in 21 games in all competitions, 2-0 at fourth tier Exeter giving boss Alan Pardew his first victory since replacing the sacked Tony Pulis.Salomon Rondon’s long-range drive put Albion ahead in the second minute and Jay Rodriguez added the second goal in the 25th minute.Watford avoided more cup misery against giant-killers Bristol City with a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road.City had also won at Vicarage Road in the League Cup this season, but Watford avoided another embarrassing loss thanks to goals from Andre Carrillo, Troy Deeney and Etienne Capoue.Southampton won 1-0 at Fulham, Huddersfield beat Bolton 2-1, Swansea drew 0-0 at Wolves and Leicester were held to a 0-0 draw at third tier Fleetwood. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more