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White House slams WHO over criticism of push for COVID-19 vaccine

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first_imgTopics : US Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn told the Financial Times in an interview published on Sunday that the FDA was prepared to authorize a coronavirus vaccine before late-stage Phase Three clinical trials were complete, as long as officials are convinced that the benefits outweigh the risks.On Monday, World Health Organization officials said moving too quickly to make a vaccine widely available could pose risks.”If you move too quickly to vaccinate … millions of people, you may miss certain adverse effects,” said Mike Ryan, the head of WHO’s emergencies program.WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan said the FDA’s approach was “not something that you do very lightly.” She said WHO’s preferred approach would be to have a full set of data which could be used for the pre-qualification of vaccines.President Donald Trump has been critical of the WHO’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, accusing it of being too focused on China and issuing bad advice. In May, Trump announced the United States was cutting ties to the organization.Phase Three trials, in which randomized patients are treated with a drug or a placebo without participants or doctors knowing which group they were in, are considered the gold standard for clinical trials. The White House on Tuesday pushed back on concerns expressed by the World Health Organization after a US health official said a coronavirus vaccine might be approved without completing full trials.”The United States will continue to engage our international partners to ensure we defeat this virus, but we will not be constrained by multilateral organizations influenced by the corrupt World Health Organization and China,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement.”This President will spare no expense to ensure that any new vaccine maintains our own FDA’s gold standard for safety and efficacy, is thoroughly tested, and saves lives,” he said.last_img read more

St. Louis students earn national recognition

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first_imgBatesville, In. — St. Louis Catholic School eighth graders, Lilly Wonnell and Abe Streator were recently inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. There are currently 13 eighth graders at the school who have earned the honor.The National Junior Honor Society is a community service oriented group of 7th and 8th graders with a strong academic focus. Students must maintain a First Honors report card and outstanding citizenship grade. As a community service project the students visit residents at the Chateau Nursing Home once a month. St. Louis teachers April Baxter and Kohler Morrissey lead the group.last_img read more

Aston Villa whip Liverpool to reach League Cup semi-finals

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first_imgRelatedPosts Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Mane double eases Liverpool to win over 10-man Chelsea EPL: Chelsea, Liverpool in cagey duel Aston Villa beat Liverpool’s youngest ever side 5-0 with a double by Jonathan Kodjia helping them into the League Cup semi-finals on a strange night at Villa Park on Tuesday. With the English Premier League leaders Liverpool playing in FIFA’s Club World Cup 24 hours later in Doha, they fielded a starting line-up consisting mainly of reserves and youth team players. The team was with an average age of 19.4, a club record. In spite of their inexperience, Liverpool’s youngsters acquitted themselves well and matched the Aston Villa side. It was a side showing 10 changes from their weekend Premier League defeat by Sheffield United, for much of a game that did not reflect well on the League Cup. Liverpool’s senior players and manager Juergen Klopp, watching on TV in Qatar, would have been impressed with the way they started with 16-year-old Harvey Elliott catching the eye. But Aston Villa went ahead in the 14th minute through Conor Hourihane’s free kick, with Kodjia just failing to get a touch. Morgan Boyes, one of five Liverpool debutants, deflected Ahmed Elmohamady’s free-kick up and over his own goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher three minutes later. Then, 30-year-old Kodjia ran through to slot home his side’s third goal in the 37th. Kodjia made it 4-0 just before half-time to end the match as a contest, although Liverpool carved out several good chances after the break. Aston Villa added a fifth goal in stoppage time with record signing Wesley steering home after coming off the bench. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Jurgen KloppLiverpoollast_img read more

FB : Marcus Sales’ brother sentenced in drug case

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on February 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Liz: egsawyer@syr.edu | @3sawyercenter_img UPDATED: Feb. 13, 12:37 a.m. ESTThe brother of Marcus Sales, Syracuse University wide receiver, was sentenced to five years’ probation Friday for a drug case that kept his brother from playing this past season, according to The Post-Standard.Michael Sales Jr., 25, pleaded guilty to a felony count of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance in December, admitting that he had possession of hydrocodone with the intent to sell it, according to the Feb. 10 article.County Judge Anthony Aloi told Michael he had a ‘moral obligation’ to his siblings not to involve them in trouble that would damage their reputations, according to the article.Sales, 21, and his brother were arrested July 29 after they were pulled over for running a red light near Midland Avenue and Ballantyne Road in Syracuse. Sales was driving the car.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPolice found 180 Lortab (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) tablets, three knotted pieces of plastic containing a green plant-like substance that tested positive for marijuana, a plastic cup containing gin, three digital scales and other plastic bags.Sales faced charges of fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of marijuana and violating the city’s open container law. He was suspended from the team soon thereafter. The felony drug charges against Sales were dropped in October when a grand jury ruled there was a lack of evidence after his brother took responsibility for the drugs found in the vehicle, according to the article.Sales is currently a senior in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.egsawyer@syr.edulast_img read more

Black Starlets dumped out of African Under 17 Tournament

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first_imgThe Black Starlets are out of the ongoing African under 17 Championship in Morocco, after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Cote d’Ivoire in the final Group B game.Knowing that they had to win to progress, the Starlets made efforts to get a goal, but they were prevented an Ivorian side which needed only a draw to progress.They Blacks Starlets now miss out on a place in the semifinal of the competition and the U-17 World Cup to be held in Abu Dhabi later this year.last_img

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, March 27, 2019

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest More sunshine today, and no significant changes to our forecast for the coming 10 days.High pressure moves east of us today, and we should see a little more south wind flow, taking temps up a few degrees over yesterday. Clouds will start to build in by late afternoon. Scattered showers arrive early tomorrow, and we see moisture potential or the next three days – tomorrow, Friday and Saturday. For tomorrow, scattered showers stay relatively light, bringing a few hundredths to a tenth or two over about 60% of the state. The best chances for the upper end of the range will be in the northern half to third of the state. Overnight tomorrow night through Friday, our second wave works through, bringing few hundredths to .4” with 70% coverage. The best action there will be from US 30 north.  Then we see our strongest, best organized wave of moisture coming for overnight Friday night through Saturday. This will bring an additional .25”-1” to 90% of the state. All action will be done by Sunday morning. Combined, that means we see three day rain potential at half to 1.5” over nearly all of the state. All action should be done by Sunday midday. However, cold air is rushing in behind the event…and it still is not out of the realm of possibility that we see some wet snow flakes overnight and Sunday morning, mostly in the northern half to third of the state. Stay tuned. The map at right shows cumulative rains for the 3 day period.A dry and sunny pattern returns for the start of next week and runs from Monday the 1st through Wednesday the 3rd. We can’t rule out some light rain on Thursday the 4th, bringing .1”-.6” and 80% coverage, and then we are seeing a second wave of moisture to lift up through on Friday the 5th with another .25”-.5” of precipitation potential.After a dry start to next weekend on the 6th, we have rain back form Sunday the 7th and Monday the 8th. Combined totals can be from .35”-1” over 100% of the state, although rains for Monday the 8th will be mostly from I-70 north. Drier weather completes the extended period for the 9th and 10th.last_img read more

Roger Federer to take a trip down memory lane, face Alejandro Falla at London Olympics opener

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first_imgRoger Federer will begin his Olympic campaign against Alejandro Falla, the Colombian who almost humiliated the great Swiss at Wimbledon in 2010.Federer, who won a seventh Wimbledon title earlier this month, had to come back from two sets to love down at the All England Club to beat Falla in the first round two years ago with the Colombian losing his nerve on Centre Court when he served for the match at 5-4 in the fourth set.Top-seeded Federer, who is appearing at his fourth Olympics, has been placed in the same half of the draw as fourth seed David Ferrer, who will play Vasek Pospisil of Canada.”Federer is the favourite whenever he plays here,” said Falla.”I know him well and he knows me well, too. I’m going to have to play my best if I am going to have a chance to win this match but he’s Roger and he’s just won Wimbledon for the seventh year here.”Second seed Novak Djokovic, the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist, will challenge Fabio Fognini of Italy in the first round.Djokovic is in the same half of the draw as third-seeded Briton Andy Murray, who faces Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland.Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France will meet Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, the recent Gstaad Open winner.Missing from the men’s draw is defending champion Rafael Nadal who pulled out of the tournament through injury.In the women’s singles, the Williams sisters both face tricky opponents in the first round.Wimbledon champion Serena, seeded four, plays Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic while Venus tackles Italy’s ninth seed Sara Errani, the French Open runner-up.advertisementSerena and Venus are two-time doubles gold medallists, while Venus also won the singles gold medal in Sydney in 2000.Top seeded Victoria Azarenka of Belarus is up against Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu, second-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska faces Germany’s Julia Goerges.Third seeded Russian, Maria Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion, plays Shahar Peer of Israel.There is a 64-draw for the men’s and women’s singles, with 16 players seeded in each event, and a 32-draw for the men’s and women’s doubles, with eight teams seeded in each event.Mixed doubles, which is making a return to the Olympics as a medal sport for the first time since the Paris Games of 1924, will have a 16-draw, with four teams seeded.The draw for the mixed doubles is being held mid-way through the tennis event on July 31.last_img read more

Sports chiefs from around the world meet in London to tackle corruption

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first_imgLondon, Dec 6 (IANS) More than 100 government ministers from around the world gathered here on Thursday for a major summit as part of the global fight against corruption in sports.They were joined by delegates from international sports organisations and experts from around the world to reaffirm the global commitment to tackling corruption in sport, reports Xinhua news agency.Attendees at the three-day summit include representatives from the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, the British Olympic Association and British Paralympic Association, Interpol and the Commonwealth Games Federation.Delegates at the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport (IPACS) met to discuss how to manage conflicts of interest in awarding major sporting events to ensure the process is fair and transparent.They will also develop tools to prevent corruption around procurement at sports events and the way infrastructure contracts are awarded.Britain’s Culture and Sport Secretary, Jeremy Wright, said: “Today’s event is another important step in the ongoing fight to eliminate corruption from sport. Every fan and athlete should have faith that contracts are fairly awarded, events are given to the strongest bid and the highest standards of governance are being upheld.”The event has been co-ordinated by a Core Group of partners including the Council of Europe, the IOC, the Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), the UK Government, and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), IPACS consists of a Steering Committee composed of governments, sports organisations and inter-governmental organisations.Thomas Bach, President of the IOC, said: “The IOC remains committed to fight corruption in sport at all levels. Integrity entails credibility, and corruption threatens the very credibility of sports organisations as well as competitions. We know we cannot win this fight alone, but need the support of governments when it comes to anti-corruption legislation and law enforcement.”Gabriella Battaini Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, said: “Match-fixing, illegal betting, bad governance, insider information, conflicts of interest, and the use of clubs as shell companies, the Council of Europe covers all these aspects through the Macolin Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, signed today by the UK Minister of Sport, as well as through the Council of Europe anti-corruption body, GRECO.”We are ready to develop further an inclusive co-operation framework with states and other international stakeholders to be put at the service of our IPACS partners. When it comes to corruption in sport, there must be a change of gear. We must enable national governments, international organisations and sporting bodies to demonstrate their capacity to take on this problem in a spirit of unity, determination and effectiveness.”–IANSgau/sedadvertisementlast_img read more

Court tosses 60s scoop lawsuit

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first_imgAPTN National NewsFor most, the New Year is a time of resolutions and new beginnings.But for 60s scoop survivors in Ontario, they’re being forced to walk down a path they’ve been down before.APTN National News reporter Donna Smith has this story.last_img