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Biden, Harris slam Trump over social unrest, COVID response

first_imgTopics : “Instead of looking to calm the waters, he adds fuel to every fire. Violence isn’t a problem in his eyes — it’s a political strategy,” Biden said. “And the more of it, the better for him.”With Trump set to close out the Republican convention with a speech Thursday night, Harris sought to shine a light on racial injustice and police brutality.”As vice president Biden put it, the shots fired at Mr Blake pierced the soul of our nation,” she told reporters in an address in Washington. “It’s sickening to watch. It’s all too familiar. And it must end.” Harris said she would “always defend” peaceful protesters but they should not be confused “with those looting and committing acts of violence.”She also warned against citizens taking the law into their own hands, a veiled reference to the arrested teen.”Make no mistake, we will not let these vigilantes and extremists derail the path to justice,” Harris said.Harris also went after Trump for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying the president showed “reckless disregard” by failing to take decisive action.”President Trump got it wrong in the beginning. And then, he got it wrong again, and again. And the consequences have been catastrophic,” she said.”Donald Trump has failed at the most basic and important job of a president of the United States. He failed to protect the American people,” she said.Trump is expected to speak Thursday about his efforts to end the pandemic and revive the battered US economy. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and running mate Kamala Harris launched a two-pronged attack Thursday against Donald Trump, saying the president is fueling unrest over police brutality and racial injustice and has failed to protect Americans.Trump “refuses to even acknowledge there is a racial justice problem in America,” Biden said in a statement amid swelling social unrest after an African-American man, Jacob Blake, was shot in the back at close range multiple times by police in Wisconsin.The shooting sparked nationwide rage and three nights of violence in the city of Kenosha. Tensions soared when two protesters were shot dead Tuesday.center_img A white 17-year-old was detained on murder charges connected to the protesters’ slayings, and Trump announced he was sending federal forces to Kenosha to “restore law and order.”On Wednesday Vice President Mike Pence warned people watching the Republican convention that they “won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.” Biden shot back that the deadly violence did not occur on his watch, and won’t during a future Biden presidency.”The violence we’re witnessing is happening under Donald Trump. Not me,” Biden said, adding that Trump — who has yet to publicly address Blake’s shooting — is turning a blind eye to the crisis.last_img read more

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Irish pension fund deficits soar to €6.8bn

first_imgConor Daly, partner at LCP, said: “These rises bring challenges, both for the companies themselves and the members … many companies have committed to funding proposals that have been approved by the Pensions Authority.“Market conditions could result in those going off track by year-end 2016 and may require re-negotiation with pension scheme trustees and approval by the Pensions Authority for 2017.”In July, less than a month after the UK voted to leave the European Union, the Bank of Ireland pension fund reported a €460m increase in its deficit.The sudden spike in shortfalls – which for some pensions reached record highs – could hurt dividend payouts and force financial services companies to hold higher regulatory capital, Daly added.Pension funds that avoided wind-up during the 2008 financial crisis might soon come under renewed pressure as the cost of sponsor contributions mounts.In addition, members will “undoubtedly have to take some of the pain”, Daly said, including potential benefit cuts or scheme closures.In its report, LCP said the volatile nature of Irish deficits showed that many companies had yet to implement effective de-risking programmes.LCP analysed the balance sheets of 26 Irish public and state-owned companies with “significant” DB assets to determine the impact of contributions and deficits on sponsor covenant.The consultant found that, last year – a period in which deficits substantially reduced – sponsors contributed on average more than double the amount necessary to cover benefit accruals in an effort to plug shortfalls.Two companies, C&C Group and DCC, contributed more than 10 times benefit accrual.The 26 firms contributed an aggregate €1.16bn to their pensions during 2015.At the end of 2015, only one sponsor – building materials company Kingspan Group – had a surplus in its pension fund.Across the channel in the UK, research by Hymans Robertson indicated that market movements in the wake of the US presidential election helped reduce the UK’s aggregate DB deficit.The consultant estimated a reduction of £35bn (€40.7bn) to bring the shortfall to £825bn as of November 15.Calum Cooper, partner at Hymans Robertson, said: “If the experience of the past year, and particularly the past six months, teaches us anything, it’s that deficits can be extremely volatile.“But these huge gyrations in headline funding figures should not knock schemes off course. A long-term focus needs to be maintained through short-term political fog and uncertainty.” Irish pension schemes’ funding plans may come unravelled in the coming months due to spiralling deficits, consultant LCP has warned.The combined shortfall of Irish defined benefit (DB) pensions ballooned in the first nine months of 2016 to €6.8bn, according to LCP estimates.Falling corporate bond yields, quantitative easing in Europe and the impact of Brexit caused Ireland’s aggregate shortfall to more than double since the end of 2015.Equity gains this year and a bond market rally following the US election earlier this month softened the blow but only marginally.last_img read more

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Clippers F Montrezl Harrell fined $25K for ‘directing inappropriate language toward a fan’

first_imgHarrell, 25, is averaging career-highs in points (15.8), rebounds (6.7) and assists (1.8) per game in 2018-19. The Clippers got off to a strong start this season, but entered play Tuesday in ninth place of the Western Conference standings. Isaiah Thomas injury update: Nuggets guard (hip) to make season debut, report says Related News Spurs forward Pau Gasol denies report he asked for tradecenter_img Los Angeles surprisingly traded its leading scorer, Tobias Harris, to Philadelphia before the trade deadline. It has gone 1-2 since making the move and will face the Suns on Wednesday. Montrezl Harrell has been fined $25,000 for “directing inappropriate language toward a fan,” the NBA announced Tuesday.The Clippers forward told a spectator to “shut the f— up” during the fourth quarter of Los Angeles’ 130-120 loss to the Timberwolves on Monday.last_img read more

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Roberto Mancini: Dzeko will score a minimum of 20 Goals by the End of the Season

first_imgCurrent coach of FC Inter Roberto Mancini spoke about Edin Dzeko with whom he collaborated in Manchester City, in an interview with the Italian Il Messagerro.Italian expert believes that Dzeko can score at least 20 goals in the jersey of Roma by the end of the season.“I insisted on his transfer from Wolfsburg to Manchester City. I needed attacker with his quality, who is also technically very shod as well as physically strong,” remembered Mancini, who is convinced that Roma did a great job by signing the contract with Dzeko.“Edin is very good and his 20 goals will come for sure. Dzeko must always feel important for the team. Otherwise he knows to ‘strike’,” added the Italian expert.Edin Dzeko and Roberto Mancini together won the Champions League almost three years ago. Dzeko was one of the key players of the Citizens in the match in the last round of the season.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Revolutionary malaria tests have unexpected downsides

first_img Even more concerning, Hopkins says, is that in several settings more than 30% of patients who tested negative for malaria received ACTs, whereas more than 20% who were positive did not, leaving them at risk of severe disease or death.The work is a synthesis of data from 10 studies conducted by the ACT Consortium in five sub-Saharan countries and Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013, covering 562,368 individual patient visits—an “extraordinary” number, says Patricia Walker, president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, which published the paper online yesterday. The prescribers tended to be volunteers from the community trained as health workers, or shopkeepers who sell toilet paper and soft drinks along with dispensing medicine.The researchers don’t have firm explanations for the unexpected effects of RDT introduction, which varied from place to place. Health care workers are doing their best, Hopkins says, but they lack a simple test  to tell which fevers are caused by bacterial infections, much less which antibiotic to use. So when a malaria test is negative, they may think it’s safer to prescribe drugs than not.What’s more, patients come with clear expectations. If a mother has trudged many kilometers with a feverish child, it’s hard for a health worker to send her away without something “powerful,” such as an antibiotic or an antimalarial, Hopkins says. That may help explain why fewer than 25% of patients were given fever-suppressing drugs such as ibuprofen or paracetamol to relieve their symptoms, when that might have been all they needed. Why some patients diagnosed with malaria did not receive ACTs is more baffling, because there was no shortage of these drugs in the study settings. Hopkins speculates that prescribers who were used to frequent shortages may have saved ACTs for the sickest patients. Figuring out why health workers make these decisions is key, the authors say.“It’s not so easy to get physicians in the United States to follow recommendations, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that community health workers and private shopkeepers in some of the world’s poorest countries have a hard time diagnosing and prescribing drugs correctly,” says Chris Plowe, who heads the Institute for Global Health (IGH) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. “If anything, this study probably overestimates how well things are done by workers with even less training and follow up.”Monitoring can help, says Abigail Pratt, who spent 10 years working on malaria with Population Services International (PSI) in remote parts of Southeast Asia and Africa and is now getting her doctorate at LSHTM. (She was not involved in the study.) In Cambodia, for instance, PSI collects bags of used RDTs from health providers each month and crosschecks the results with ACT use, with follow-up training, if needed.But she and others see a bigger need: Community health workers must be equipped to diagnose and treat fever from all causes, not malaria alone. That means donors need to move beyond funding specific diseases to helping build up the health system, says Myaing Myaing Nyunt, also of IGH. And scientists need to replicate the RDT revolution for bacterial infections. Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) A health official takes a drop of blood to test a woman for malaria in Lagos in 2016. A simple fix to a major public health challenge has turned out to be not so simple after all.In the early 2000s, researchers developed rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) for malaria, a major childhood killer. Simple as a home pregnancy kit, RDTs need just one drop of blood from a finger prick to detect the malaria parasite. They enabled health workers in remote villages in Africa and Asia to accurately and almost instantly diagnose malaria, making them less likely to overuse the new generation of “wonder drugs,” artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs), which were in danger of being lost to drug resistance.The use of RDTs skyrocketed after the World Health Organization in 2010 recommended that all suspected cases of malaria be confirmed by a test before treatment; roughly 314 million tests were procured in 2014. Together with ACTs, they have transformed malaria treatment in poor countries. It shouldn’t come as a big surprise that community health workers and private shopkeepers in some of the world’s poorest countries have a hard time diagnosing and prescribing drugs correctly. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Pius Utomi Ekpei/AFP/Getty Images Email But now the largest analysis of RDT use yet, in poor settings in Africa and South Asia, suggests that along with its enormous benefits, the roll-out had unintended—and undesirable—effects. Where RDTs were used, the number of ACT prescriptions dropped, as hoped. But antibiotic prescriptions surged; at most study sites, 40% to 80% of patients walked away with the drugs, considerably more than needed them. (In one study in Zanzibar, just 22% of children with fever needed an antibiotic.) Such overuse could contribute to the global rise in antibiotic-resistant infections; it’s a classic example of when fixing one problem exacerbates another, says Heidi Hopkins of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), who, along with colleague Katia Bruxvoort, led the international team. 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