Pelosi says Trump ‘messing with’ children’s health on school reopenings

first_img“Going back to school presents the biggest risk for the spread of the coronavirus,” Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program. “If there are CDC guidelines, they should be requirements.””They should be mandates.”Trump last week attacked the CDC, the federal government’s health protection agency, for school reopening guidelines that he said were too tough, expensive and impractical.”The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children,” Pelosi said. “We all want our children to go back to school, parents do and children do. But they must go back safely.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of “messing with” children’s health on Sunday and said federal guidelines on reopening schools amid the coronavirus outbreak should be mandatory.The Democratic House of Representatives leader sharply criticized the Trump administration for advocating a return to school in the fall as coronavirus infections surge across the country, particularly in states that reopened their economies earliest during the pandemic.The federal government can make the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for reopening schools mandatory, like some state governors have done with anti-coronavirus measures, she said. Critics of the Trump administration’s pandemic response have long called for a national strategy on mitigation efforts. On Sunday, the Republican president’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, repeatedly refused to say if states and school districts should follow the CDC guidelines.In an interview with CNN, DeVos said children get the virus at a far lower rate than adults and downplayed the risk of children bringing the virus home to teachers, parents, grandparents or caregivers.She also failed to put forth any other blueprint for safe school reopenings, saying there was no single solution.”We know that schools across the country look very different and that there’s not going to be a one-size-fits-all approach to everything,” she told “Fox News Sunday.”Her comments drew an immediate rebuke from Pelosi, who said the Trump administration’s approach to school reopenings was dangerous.”What we heard from the secretary was malfeasance and dereliction of duty,” Pelosi said on CNN.Facing a battered economy as he seeks re-election in November, Trump has pressured states to reopen shuttered businesses and schools.Since many states relaxed coronavirus restrictions, the virus has found a new toehold. So far in July, 24 states have reported record increases in cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, according to a Reuters tally.CDC recommendations for schools include testing for COVID-19, dividing students into small groups, serving packaged lunches in classrooms instead of cafeterias, and minimizing sharing of school supplies. It has advised that seats be spaced at least six feet apart and that sneeze guards and partitions be put in place when social distancing is not possible.DeVos last week criticized Fairfax County schools for offering virtual learning with an option of two days a week in-person schooling for the fall.Schools superintendent Scott Brabrand said it was impossible for the district to get all 188,000 kids back in the classroom while honoring the six-foot distancing guideline.”We’re the size of five Pentagons. You would need another five Pentagons of space to be able to safely accommodate all of the students in Fairfax County Public Schools,” he told CNN.A number of Republican governors have made clear they will go their own way on coronavirus measures, including whether to reopen schools.”We are not going to be rushed into this,” Maryland’s Republican governor, Larry Hogan, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Topics :last_img read more

Cometa tenders €8bn in mandates as part of active-strategy shift

first_imgA further 5% can be invested in corporate debt from companies outside the OECD, as long as it is denominated in euros.The income fund, currently €4.9bn and to be split among as many as eight managers in future, will also be permitted to invest in assets rated higher than BB+, with an upper limit of 9% on assets rated BB+ and BB-, investing in multi-asset total-return strategies.The smallest of the three tenders, the €575m growth fund, could be divided among up to three managers, limiting annual volatility to 8% while invested in multi-asset strategies.As with the other two funds, managers will not be limited in their exposure to assets rated better than BB+, but Cometa will impose a 12% hard cap on assets rated between BB+ and BB-.Both the income and growth fund should limit corporate bond exposure to countries based in OECD countries to 40%, while no more than 12% of the income fund’s assets should be invested in sovereign or government-backed bonds issued by countries outside of the OECD.The income fund will be allowed to invest up to 40% in equities from OECD countries, with a 5% upper limit on listed equities from outside the OECD.The growth fund has a higher, 70% limit on equities, with an allowance of up to 10% invested in equities listed outside the OECD. Additionally, bonds from issuers outside the OECD must be denominated in US dollars or euros.Managers have until 4 May to respond to the request for proposals. Fondo Pensione Cometa has launched a tender process to appoint up to 14 asset managers to mandates worth €8.3bn as part of a shift towards active management.Italy’s largest industry-wide pension fund, covering the metal and mechanical engineering sectors, launched the requests for proposals covering its monetary plus, income and growth portfolios, having previously announced its intention to re-tender most of its €9.6bn portfolio. The monetary plus fund, currently worth €2.8bn, will be tendered out to at least two but up to three managers, which will be expected to maximise return while keeping annual volatility below 1%, and without investing in equities. Asset managers will be expected to limit investments to bonds rated above BB+, and will be able to invest up to 30% in corporate bonds issued by companies in OECD member states.last_img read more

Successful marriages linked to wedding size and fewer premarital sexual relations – Study

first_imgChristian Post 19 August 2014Successful marriages are linked to wedding size and premarital sexual relations, a new study from University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project finds.Those with happy marriages were more likely to have had a large number of guests at their wedding and have had fewer romantic relationships prior to getting married, according to the study, “Before ‘I Do:’ What Do Premarital Experiences Have to Do with Marital Quality Among Today’s Young Adults?” by Galena K. Rhoades, research associate professor of psychology at the University of Denver, and Scott M. Stanley, research professor and co-director of the Center for Marital and Family Studies at the University of Denver.The researchers speculate that those with prior relationships have difficulties in marriage because they are able to compare their current spouse to previous partners, and devoting oneself to a single spouse may be more difficult after having a lot of experience.“In most areas, more experience is better. You’re a better job candidate with more experience, not less. When it comes to relationship experience, though, we found that having more experience before getting married was associated with lower marital quality,” Rhoades explained.Prior romantic experiences could include sexual encounters or cohabiting partners. Women who had a child from a prior relationship reported lower marital quality, but the same was not true for men. read more

DNA mapping for cancer patients

first_img Tweet Share Share Share 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! HealthLifestyle DNA mapping for cancer patients by: – December 10, 2012 Up to 100,000 patients with cancer and rare diseases in England are to have their entire genetic code sequenced.The Prime Minister will announce £100m has been set aside for the project over the next three to five years.The aim is to give doctors a better understanding of patients’ genetic make-up, condition and treatment needs, and help develop new cancer treatments.One human genome contains three billion base pairs – the building blocks of DNA.Sequencing the code produces a huge amount of data. Although the price is falling fast, it currently costs £5,000 to £10,000 – which explains why no country in the world has embarked on mass DNA mapping on this scale.When it will start – who will do the genome sequencing and analysis – has not been worked out – nor which patients will be eligible for the voluntary testing.But the hope is by comparing genetic profiles of huge numbers of patients, it will allow scientists to understand why some do far better than others – and help in the quest for new treatments.Privacy campaigners are concern such a move could allow personal data to be passed on to private companies, such as insurance companies. But ministers insist the project is for medical research alone.For existing patients, DNA mapping may lead to better targeting of medicines. The power of this type of genetic analysis was demonstrated earlier this year when a study of 2,000 breast cancers showed the cancer should be thought of as 10 completely separate diseases.Personalised therapies There are already a handful of targeted treatments – for breast, lung, bowel and blood cancers – where tests for a single gene can reveal whether a patient is likely to respond.For example, breast cancer patients are tested to see if their tumour is positive for ‘Her2′, a protein that can accelerate the growth of malignant cells. If so they can benefit from Herceptin, a drug which works on patients with high levels of the Her2 protein.Whole genome mapping may yield more of these personalised therapies.Speaking ahead of the announcement David Cameron said: “By unlocking the power of DNA data, the NHS will lead the global race for better tests, better drugs and above all better care.”The chief medical officer for England, Prof Dame Sally Davies, said: “Single gene testing is already available across the NHS ranging from diagnosing cancers to assessing patients’ risk of suffering side effects from treatment.“At the moment, these tests focus on diseases caused by changes in a single gene. This funding opens up the possibility of being able to look at the three billion DNA pieces in each of us so we can get a greater understanding of the complex relationship between our genes and lifestyle.”There are a number of existing projects seeking to improve understanding of the genetics of cancer, such as Cancer Research UK’s ‘stratified medicine’ programme. The UK is part of the International Cancer Genome Consortium which is planning to sequence 50 different cancers and catalogue their different mutations.There are more than 200 types of cancer – it is a complex and highly resistant disease – the talk among specialists is less of cures and more of improved long-term outcomes. So most of the benefits from these ambitious projects are likely to be among the next generation of cancer patients.BBC Newslast_img read more

Bayern Munich must stay grounded in spite of Barca demolition, coach says

first_imgRelatedPosts Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says UCL: Benfica kicked out by player who left club one week earlier + other results MultiChoice unveils sport channels, content line-up Bayern Munich players will only let their stunning 8-2 UEFA Champions League quarter-final victory on Friday sink in for a day.Club head coach Hansi Flick believes however that if they are to win the title they still need to work hard. Flick, who was assistant coach of Germany in their historic 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil en route to the World Cup title in 2014, said his players now needed to stay grounded.He said this was necessary ahead of a semi-final against either Manchester City or Olympique Lyonnais.“You know that I do not look back because only the here and now matters,” Flick told reporters when asked about comparisons to Germany’s 2014 win.“Yes, we played an outstanding game and we can be happy. But we all know we still have hard work to do if we are to stand in the end where we want to stand,” he added.Bayern Munich have won the domestic league and Cup double and are looking to repeat their 2013 treble winning season. “We know how quickly it can happen in football. We must recharge from tomorrow (Saturday) for the semi-finals,” Flick said.On Friday the Bavarians scored four times in the first half against the Spanish former European champions, outclassing them with dizzying pace and quick breaks that left the Barca defence standing.Flick said: “It is a win and we wanted to reach the semi-finals. OK, it is impressive, we set a small marker.“But the experienced players know that the next game awaits and we will need the same performance. Let it sink in, analyse and then prepare for the semi-final.”Reuters/NAN. Tags: Coach Hansi FlickFC Bayern MunichHumilityUCLUEFA Champions Leaguelast_img read more

Novak; Serena discover U.S. Open first round draws

first_img(SPORTSMAX) – Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic have discovered who their first-round opponents for the 2016 US Open will be.Novak Djokovic will begin his U.S. Open defence against Jerzy Janowicz, while Serena Williams’ quest for a record 23rd Open Era grand slam starts against Ekaterina Makarova.After exiting Wimbledon to Sam Querrey in the third round this year and losing to Juan Martin del Potro in the first round at Rio 2016, Djokovic will be aiming to win his 13th major in New York.The Serbian will be confident of a strong start at the U.S. Open, with world number 228 Janowicz having only returned from a six-month lay-off in July.Djokovic is joined in the top half of the draw by Rafael Nadal – who kicks off his campaign against Denis Istomin –and Milos Raonic, the Spaniard and Canadian potential semi-final opponents.Double Olympic champion Andy Murray, who has been struggling with a shoulder injury and lost the Western and Southern Open final to Marin Cilic, will face Lukas Rosol in his first match.The world number two could face Kei Nishikori – who starts against Benjamin Becker – in the quarter-finals and Stan Wawrinka or del Potro in the semis.In the women’s draw, Williams will be looking to surpass her run to the final four in 2015 against a familiar foe.The world number one overcame Makarova en route to the 2012 and 2014 titles in Flushing Meadows and will need to do so again if she is to be victorious this year.However, things could get tricky with a potential third-round match against Ana Ivanovic, quarter-final versus Simona Halep and a possible semi with sister Venus or Agnieszka Radwanska.Angelique Kerber will be looking to displace Williams at the top of the rankings at the U.S. Open, and Polona Hercog will be her first opponent.French Open champion Garbine Muguruza will face a qualifier in the first round, and a match with Olympic champion Monica Puig could occur in round three.last_img read more

CPL announces $100M impact on region

first_imgTHE Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has announced the tournament’s economic impact across the region. The 2017 event, which took place between August 4 and September 9 last year, created a total economic impact of US$ 95 122 465 across six nations in the Caribbean and in the USA.This figure has been arrived at by using organiser spend, visitor spend and media value and was calculated for Hero CPL by world-renowned researchers, SMG Insight.In addition to that economic impact figure the Hero CPL directly involved 2 710 local personnel in the seven countries where the tournament took place and filled 33 503 hotel rooms during the 2017 event. The amount of money that was spent by visitors who came to watch Hero CPL matches has increased 161% since 2014.The value for the seven tournament locations in terms of media exposure was US$22 890 940. The global audience for the tournament has increased 12% compared to those that watched the event in 2016.The Hero CPL spent US$12 690 910 across the seven tournament locations. This organiser spend represents an 84% increase from what was invested for the tournament in 2014 and the amount of money that the Hero CPL spends across the region continues to increase year-on-year.Speaking about the report from SMG Insight the Hero CPL Chief Executive Officer Damien O’Donohoe said: “This is a really strong set of economic impact results for the region and we are delighted with how we continue to grow as a tournament.We are hugely proud of how much the Hero CPL puts back into the countries that we visit and we are very grateful to the governments and fans that help us make that happen. While 2017 has been fantastic we are firmly committed to increasing our economic impact in 2018.”last_img read more

Syracuse attack leads team into season opener against Siena

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In the past 10 years, Syracuse has averaged 11.5 goals per game or less only three times. But those three times have come in the past three seasons.SU head coach John Desko and his players believe this is the year SU’s offensive fortune will be take a turn for the better. The Orange returns almost 70 percent of its scoring from last season, while infusing promising offensive talent.“We all work so well together,” junior attack Kevin Rice said. “I think it could be our strongest part of the field this year.”On Monday night at 7 p.m., the Orange will unveil several new offensive weapons in its season-opener against Siena in the Carrier Dome. The Saints were ranked No. 44 of 63 teams in goals-allowed per game last season.For Syracuse, JoJo Marasco and Luke Cometti — who combined for 58 goals last season — are gone from last year’s team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut in steps North Carolina-transfer Nicky Galasso, who is still recovering from a preseason injury, No. 1 recruit Jordan Evans and Onondaga Community College transfer Randy Staats.Not to mention the return of Rice, Dylan Donahue, Derek Maltz, Hakeem Lecky and Henry Schoonmaker.“I think we can put a first midfield out there that’s experienced, an attack that’s experienced with a sub or two and the second middies have been playing really well,” Desko said.In the team’s first scrimmages of the preseason against Hofstra and Le Moyne on Jan. 25, Rice created from behind the cage and finished with eight assists — five of which were goals scored by Donahue.The first goal of the day was scored by Evans just three minutes into the game. The freshman flew through the center of the defense and fired a shot past Hofstra keeper Chris Selva.In the team’s 13-12 victory over Towson in a scrimmage on Feb. 1, nine different players scored. Four of those players are listed as middies, four are listed as attack and one is listed as a hybrid attack/midfielder.“We have a lot of people who can play both attack and midfield,” said Galasso, who is listed as an attack/midfielder. “We have a great attack and we have a lot of people coming back, so we’re excited. We have the firepower and we’re ready to go.“We’re all very anxious and very excited to get going.”Another player who could be on the verge of a breakout season is Lecky, who will transition from the second-line midfield to the first, along with Schoonmaker. Both Desko and Maltz praised Lecky as one of the most athletic players on the team, and someone who is poised for a breakout year.And with Lecky and the rest of the returning attack is a talented group of freshmen.“Offensively, this could be one of the more talented freshman classes you could ever see,” Maltz said. “When those guys came in the fall, we were doing things that we were doing with the team mid-spring last year.”On Thursday, Desko said the team’s second midfield unit — Evans, Weston and Billy Ward — has played well during the preseason.“I think we’re sharing (the ball) really well,” Desko said. “The offense has been very unselfish, and almost to a fault where they keep making the extra pass, but that’s a good problem to have.”In the peak of the 2000s, the Orange averaged more than 12 goals five different times. In 2004, it averaged a staggering 14.41 goals per game. But the past three years SU has averaged just 11.50, 10.35 and 10.76.“It’s just the way we’ve played the last couple of years,” Desko said. “We’ve known that if we’re going to beat somebody, we have to beat them as a team.”But this season, the offense is primed to break out.Said Ward: “The offense just clicks on all cylinders. It’s great to watch and great to be a part of.” Comments Published on February 10, 2014 at 2:23 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball voted to finish 5th in ACC media poll

first_imgSyracuse has been picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in the preseason conference media poll released Wednesday. Duke took the top spot with 85 first-place votes.Rounding out the top five are No. 2 North Carolina (six first-place votes), No. 3 Virginia, No. 4 Louisville and SU.The Orange is coming off a disappointing regular season that saw the team finish 19-12 and 10th in the ACC, but a magical postseason that saw Syracuse reach the Final Four. SU was 9-9 in conference play last season and lost its first game of the ACC tournament to Pittsburgh.ACC Media Poll Results1. Duke (85 first-place votes) – 1359 points2. North Carolina (6) – 12393. Virginia – 11254. Louisville – 10345. Syracuse – 9056. North Carolina State – 7727. Notre Dame – 7168. Florida State – 7059. Miami – 65010. Virginia Tech – 64511. Clemson – 62312. Pittsburgh – 51113. Wake Forest – 30914. Georgia Tech – 19915. Boston College – 128AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange will have to replace its top three scorers from last season in Michael Gbinije, Malachi Richardson and Trevor Cooney. But head coach Jim Boeheim has said his current team, with newcomers Paschal Chukwu, John Gillon and Andrew White III, is better than last year’s squad. One of the team’s top returners in Tyler Lydon was voted to the All-ACC second team.“We’ve never put five new guys in in one year that I can remember that actually, five new guys that actually played a lot, which will happen this year,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said at the team’s media day on Friday. “… So we’ll be able to do some more things. That doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to work, but we will do some more things.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 26, 2016 at 5:29 pm Contact Jon: | @jmettuslast_img read more

Awarding superlatives to Syracuse men’s basketball after nonconference play

first_imgJacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorBiggest disappointment: Bad defense against bad teamsIf a snippet of game time was to represent Syracuse’s nonconference slate, it would probably be the 70 seconds when St. John’s threw down three wide-open dunks in a game that was already decided. It almost seemed like the Orange had given up, but it wasn’t an isolated incident in which the 2-3 zone acted as swiss cheese against teams that had no business finding holes against it. Last season, SU allowed an average of 65.1 points per game, which included games holding Virginia, Duke and Gonzaga to below 65 points. This year, North Florida, Boston University, Georgetown and St. John’s have all plastered 70 or more points on Jim Boeheim’s zone, which at one point Boeheim said wasn’t the reason SU was losing games.But after 13 tests before ACC play begins Sunday at Boston College, it’s clear there are more holes than stopgaps in Syracuse’s defense, and this year’s ACC only threatens to expose them more. BU’s Cedric Hankerson and North Florida’s Dallas Moore each posted 30 or more points on the Orange. Now SU will face players like Jaron Blossomgame, London Perrantes and a handful of players on Duke, Louisville and North Carolina that can exploit a struggling defense more than bad teams have already done. — Matt Schneidman Ally Moreo | Photo EditorBiggest pleasant surprise: Taurean ThompsonThompson entered the year as an unknown forward in an already crowded frontcourt, but he’s stepped in and shined immediately offensively. Boeheim has repeatedly said he’s the Orange’s best low-post scorer and it’s “not even close.”Entering conference play, Thompson ranks as SU’s third leading scorer with 9.1 points per game without having started once and averaging just 17 minutes per contest. In the past five games, Thompson has reached new heights, scoring in double figures on four occasions, including 22 against Boston University and 18 against Cornell. Following a lineup reshuffle from Boeheim midway through the year, Thompson has received a bulk of his minutes at center. He must improve defensively — Boeheim said, “he’s lost out there” — but on a team with several other options, Thompson’s emergence halfway through his freshman year was a surprise. — Paul Schwedelson Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Jeff Anderson | Contributing PhotographerBiggest flaw: Interior defensePerhaps no area of the floor seemed more steady at the start of the season than Syracuse’s frontcourt. Tyler Roberson and Dajuan Coleman were the team’s only returning starters, and the onus was on them to smooth over the defensive learning curve for a relatively inexperienced team. Thirteen games later, Roberson isn’t even the first option off the bench and Coleman is averaging just over 17 minutes per game. Then there’s 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu, whose minutes evaporated after showing almost no ability to handle the ball, and that was before being sidelined with a torn retina in his right eye.In five losses, SU has yielded about 26 points in the paint per game. That wasn’t a huge deal against St. John’s or UConn, who stung the Orange elsewhere on the floor. But teams like Wisconsin and South Carolina dominated Syracuse down low. Even Cornell scored 30 of its 56 points on Tuesday in the paint. The lack of consistent personnel in the frontcourt has certainly contributed to this problem. Thompson is getting more runs at center, and the offensively gifted big man hasn’t been nearly as productive on the other end of the floor. He, like most of his teammates, could help swing Syracuse’s fortunes with a sounder performance on defense. — Connor Grossman  Published on December 31, 2016 at 12:53 pm Although expectations were high following a Final Four run — including head coach Jim Boeheim saying before the season that he’d never had as much depth as this team would have — Syracuse (8-5) struggled in the first portion of the season. The five nonconference losses is a school record and after a brutal 93-60 loss to St. John’s, Boeheim said he wasn’t sure what he was doing with this team.Syracuse men’s basketball beat writers Connor Grossman, Matt Schneidman and Paul Schwedelson award superlatives to the Orange midway through the season.MVP: Andrew WhiteThroughout most of Syracuse’s nonconference turbulence, it was a scary thought to imagine where the team would be without the contributions of White. The fifth-year transfer from Nebraska immediately sparked SU’s offense as the leading point scorer in six of the first eight games. He’s pacing the Orange with 14.8 points per game, 39 3s (averaging three per game) and 32.9 minutes per game. No Atlantic Coast Conference player has buried more 3s than White.The biggest knock on White is his second-half inefficiencies. Twice he’s led Syracuse in scoring without tallying a single point in the final 20 minutes. His offensive numbers have also slowed the past few games as Tyler Lydon has risen, highlighting SU’s overall lack of cohesion. But on the larger scale, White has been the one-man show on offense when the Orange has needed it the most. Given Syracuse’s precarious spot, White will need to match, if not exceed, his non-conference performance for SU to level with most of its ACC opponents. — Connor GrossmanAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Tony D. Curtis | Staff PhotographerBiggest X-factor going forward: Tyus BattleThe combination of Battle’s athletic 6-foot-6 frame and a jump shot that’s been better than expected makes him a potential weapon Syracuse can use in ACC play. He’s flashed his potential throughout the first half of the year but has been hampered by a nagging left foot injury. He hasn’t missed a game, but was removed from the starting lineup for a three-game stretch and missed a week of practice midway through December. Boeheim said he didn’t want to use him against Georgetown on Dec. 17 due to the injury, but turned to the freshman when SU’s guards struggled.Battle’s 43.6 3-point shooting percentage ranks second on Syracuse behind only Tyler Lydon. His 2-point field-goal percentage, however, stands at 37.5 percent, the worst of any SU rotation player. If Battle can stay 100 percent healthy — he’s said he’s moved past the injury — if he improves driving to the basket and if he converts higher-percentage shots at the rim, he could arguably be the Orange’s most dynamic offensive player. The only issue is that those are big ifs. — Paul SchwedelsonWho is the biggest X-factor for Syracuse men’s basketball going forward?— Daily Orange Sports (@DOsports) December 31, 2016@DOsports Frank Howard.— Steve Wilson (@cuseguysteve) December 31, 2016 @DOsports No chemistry— J Bone (@SyrNYBones) December 31, 2016@DOsports n too many new players & the mix isn’t good! Point guard issues— Mike Paul (@miketpaul) December 31, 2016last_img read more