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first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStockBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Baltimore Ravens are scheduled to face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers Wednesday afternoon despite more positive cases of COVID-19 reportedly being identified within the Ravens organization.Sources tell ESPN Baltimore had two more positive tests come back before the team left for Pittsburgh on Tuesday. The tests belong to Ravens safety Geno Stone and an equipment manager, according to the sources.This marks the 10th straight day the Ravens have identified positive cases of the novel coronavirus among its organization. So far, at least a dozen players have tested positive for the virus.The positive tests have caused the matchup between the Ravens and Steelers to be postponed three times. The game was originally slated to be held on Thanksgiving day.A source told ESPN Tuesday’s positive tests were “not unexpected and not a concern for the game.”Kickoff is set for 3:40 p.m. ET Wednesday. The Ravens are expected to be tested again before the game.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img December 2, 2020 /Sports News – National More Ravens test positive for COVID-19 ahead of game with Steelerslast_img read more


first_imgThis follows the companies’ decision to abandon the transaction.Experian and ClearScore provide credit-score checking and financial product comparison services in the UK. These services allow people to understand their finances and choose loans and credit cards online.In November 2018, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published provisional findings as part of its in-depth, Phase 2, merger inquiry. These set out concerns that the merger of 2 of the largest credit-score checking firms in the UK could result in less intense competition in the sector.The CMA provisionally found that the merger could stifle product development, by substantially reducing the pressure to continue to develop innovative offers and to make other improvements in services, and so negatively impact consumers.Experian and ClearScore have now decided not to continue with the deal. More information about the CMA’s merger inquiry can be found on the Experian ClearScore case pagelast_img read more


first_imgDe La Soul returned with and the Anonymous Nobody… this past September as their first full album in twelve long years. The result, recently nominated for a Grammy in “Best Rap Album”, was a sprawlingly diverse set of songs that take full advantage of the creative freedom afforded to them by their DIY, collaborative approach with fans and artists alike. Read the full review here.Today, the hip-hop legends release a new music video for “Memory of … (US)”, and it is glorious. Guest collaborators Pete Rock and Estelle both make appearances in the video, with Rock introducing the clip as the female vocalist plays a woman preparing for her wedding while contemplating the past. Watch the motion picture below:last_img


first_imgA therapy that multiplies the effect of a natural disease-fighting antibody has extended the lives of patients with metastatic melanoma in a large, international clinical trial. The study’s researchers reported their findings simultaneously at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in Chicago and in the New England Journal of Medicine over the weekend.Patients in the phase III clinical study who received the drug ipilimumab — a monoclonal antibody made by duplicating a single type of human antibody thousands of times over — survived for an average of 10 months whether they received the drug alone or in combination with a therapeutic vaccine known as gp100, compared to just over six months for those who received gp100 alone, investigators found. The four-month difference represents a 67 percent increase in survival time between the two groups.  And because it occurred in patients who were otherwise out of treatment options — all of them having metastatic disease that spread even after earlier treatment — the treatment demonstrates the promise of monoclonal antibody treatment for cancer patients not helped by conventional therapies, the study authors say.First co-author of the paper F. Stephen Hodi, director of the melanoma treatment center at Harvard-affiliated Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, says the findings are significant on two levels. “It is the first study to show a survival benefit for metastatic melanoma, which is often a fatal disease, and it is proof that this first-in-class treatment is effective in cancer.”The study, which was presented in a plenary session at ASCO June 6,  was posted on the Internet in advance of print publication by the New England Journal of Medicine.The number of cases of metastatic melanoma — considered the most serious form of skin cancer — has increased during the past 30 years, and its death rate is rising faster than most other cancers.  Associated with extended periods of exposure to ultraviolet rays in sunlight, the disease is expected to be diagnosed in more than 68,000 Americans and be responsible for 8,700 deaths in this country in 2010, according to the American Cancer Society.  There are no approved therapies for metastatic melanoma beyond standard frontline treatments, and no previous therapy for the disease has been proven effective in a phase III clinical trial.Ipilimumab, developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and Medarex, consists of millions of copies of a human antibody that binds to a molecule on T cells — white blood cells that patrol the body for signs of illness. The molecule, known as CTLA-4, serves as a control switch for the immune system’s response to disease.  With no antibody attached, CTLA-4 suppresses the immune response.  Ipilimumab reverses that condition, unleashing the immune attack on abnormal cells, including cancer cells. “It essentially takes a brake off the immune system,” Hodi says.The new phase III trial involved 676 patients with advanced (stage III or IV), inoperable melanoma that had worsened during prior therapy for metastatic disease.  Patients were randomly assigned to receive one of three treatment regimens:  ipilimumab and the gp100 vaccine (which seeks to spark an immune response by presenting the immune system with a protein fragment associated with cancer), ipilimumab alone, or gp 100 alone.The median survival period for patients receiving ipilimumab plus gp100 was 10 months, compared with 6.4 months for those receiving gp100 alone.  The median survival for participants receiving ipilimumab alone was 10.1 months.  In the ipilimumab-alone group, nine of 15 patients continued to benefit from the therapy for at least two years, as did four of 23 patients in the combination therapy group.About 60 percent of the patients treated with ipilimumab experienced adverse side effects to the therapy, as did 32 percent of the patients treated with gp100.  The complications were generally immune system-related and most often affected the skin and gastrointestinal tract. The most common included diarrhea, nausea, constipation, fatigue, decreased appetite, and rash.  While the adverse effects could be severe and long-lasting, most of them were reversible with appropriate treatment, the authors report.“These findings are very encouraging and will serve as the foundation for future studies,” says Hodi. “The next step is to focus on developing combination therapies to develop synergistic and more robust effects as well as incorporating other antibodies that target the same family of molecules.”The senior author of the study is Walter Urba of the Earle Chiles Research Institute in Portland, Oregon.  Steven O’Day of the Angeles Clinic and Research Institute in Los Angeles, is the paper’s co-first author.The study was supported by Medarex, Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb.last_img read more


first_imgThis is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.The constant in Simi Shah’s life has been her passion for her heritage.She grew up in Duluth, Ga., a child of Indian immigrants. The family’s early struggle is one she holds dear, and she developed close ties with the South Asian community there — ties she would preserve when she went off to college.Shah, who concentrated in economics with a minor in government, joined the South Asian Association (SAA) as a first-year and served as its co-president in 2018, became captain of the Harvard Bhangra Dance Company, and helped to produce SAA’s “Ghungroo,” the annual student-run performance and celebration of South Asian culture.She also launched a podcast with her friend and fellow senior Kailash Sundaram to highlight South Asian American pioneers in the hopes of unifying their community. The first episode featured Vivek Murthy, the U.S. Surgeon General during the Obama administration.“I think it’s a pretty unprecedented cohort of people out there who are role models for our generation,” Shah said. “There have been remarkable strides [for South Asian Americans] in one generation, whether they were immigrants or their parents were immigrants, but no one’s fully talking about it.”The duo recorded the episodes in the i-lab podcasting studio and sought out guests using Harvard’s South Asian American alumni network, even cold-calling and emailing potential interviewees.“We used Harvard’s name and mission to get people excited to speak to people in the shoes they were once in and be an inspiration to those coming after them,” Sundaram said.Shah grew up hearing stories about her family. Her paternal grandfather was poor and worked to put his five children through school. When her father immigrated to the United States in the 1980s, it was “the very classic story, with $8 in his pocket.” He worked in engineering before becoming an entrepreneur. He is now chairman of a bank.“The joke is that my sister, 10 years older than me, was born with the wooden spoon and I was born with the silver. I was born at a time when my parents were at a much more stable place, but of course I’m always exposed to those stories,” Shah said. “My sister spent a lot of her adolescence in a Days Inn because my family’s in the hotel business. My mom would work the front desk, work nights until she had me.”Shah understands the pressure to succeed and her whirlwind years at Harvard have been nonstop. In high school, she said, she aimed for the best college she could go to, and she hit the ground running.For four years, Shah has been involved in a flurry of countless clubs, activities, and internships, in many of which she has held leadership roles. From Harvard Women in Business, to Expressions Dance Company, to Hillel’s annual Israel trek, to the Harvard College Consulting Group, no two weeks looked the same.“Anytime I had a free moment, I was trying to do something for the organizations I was a part of,” Shah said. In her final few weeks, she is doing a different kind of cramming and trying to experience things she’s never done at Harvard.“I don’t think I could have had any sense of what [being at Harvard] meant and I still don’t think I fully grasp what it means to be here and I don’t think I will for many years. … I wish I’d started day one,” she said.Being part of so many organizations has strengthened her relationships and, four years on, she said she is still learning more about these friends every day.“Everyone here is brilliant in their own way and has so much story behind who they are and how they’ve gotten here,” she said. “It’s a really humbling group of people to be around.”Sundaram’s friendship with Shah has grown through their podcast.“She’s someone who is very tenacious. If there was someone I needed to get the job done, I’d give her a call,” he said. “Her passion is infectious.”Her support and presence has been essential to Sundaram, especially this past year: “When I was writing my thesis, she was there to celebrate with me and take in the moment with me.”Post-graduation, Shah will be working in private equity with the firm Audax Group, developing her financial technical knowledge. Eventually, she wants to go to business school to help her family’s hotel management business continue its legacy. She also hopes to explore her passion for writing.“There’s this quote I saw on a grad cap a number of years back and I think I’m going to put it on mine: ‘I am my ancestors’ wildest dreams,’” she said. “I wish my grandfather had been here to see me get into Harvard. … I think for him to see how hard my family has worked to be where we are and to have a grandchild that goes to Harvard is something that has been very important to me.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more


first_imgNotre Dame’s Nanovic Institute for European Studies hosted journalist Lawrence Sheets to speak about the current situation in Ukraine in a lecture titled “Russia and Ukraine: A View from the Ground,” the third in a three-part series of lectures Sheet gave on the political and historical nuances of Russia.Rosie Biehl | The Observer Sheets, who served as the National Public Radio’s Moscow Bureau chief and currently works for the International Crisis Group (ICG), focused his talk on the political instability that characterizes Ukraine.“What we face is a very, very serious challenge to all of Europe and to the international order,” he said.According to Sheets, the current situation in Russia is product of Russia’s imperialist attitudes, which translates to serious consequences in Ukraine. Sheets said while Ukrainians have a unique perspective on their identity with regards to Russia, they characterize their country as more than an extension of the Russian federation.Sheets said Russia’s ethnic makeup and its variety in language usage make it so difficult to categorize.“If you ask me which country is most difficult to model in terms of stability, I would say its Ukraine,” Sheets said. “Ukraine is a very divided country.”Sheets said it was problematic that many American citizens don’t know what is going on in Ukraine and attributesd this to the fact that around 1992-1993, there was serious discouragement to learn Russian culture or the history of the Soviet Union.“There’s very little expertise on the country,” he said. “It has to do with the fact that there is a decreasing expertise on the former Soviet Union. … There seems to be a conscious effort to avoid discussing what is happening in Ukraine.”Sheets said the nation of Georgia also currently faces problems because its government is characterized by a lose joining of politicians with different ideologies, agendas and political strategies, which leads to destabilization within the country.“If you’ve been noticing what’s been happening in Georgia, there’s a very serious political unraveling in that country, and it’s been predicted for a long time,” Sheets said.According to Sheets, this political unraveling, along with economic destabilization in Ukraine could potentially spell problems for Russia.“This brings up the question of serious destabilization within Russia itself,” Sheets said.Sheets said Russia currently restrains currency interventions to $350 million per day, and that, with a population of 145 million people, this was not nearly enough.“An unstable Russia could easily come about as a result of failed policies in Ukraine,” he said.  “The fact that the central bank is restricting its currency interventions to $350 million today indicates that there’s worry about the capacity of the government to hold up National currency.”Sheets said Ukraine also currently faces severe problems with its economy.“It reflects deep divisions within Ukrainian society and issues of Ukrainian identity,” he said. “This history of Ukraine, militarily, is not a classical military history; it’s a history of partisanship.”Tags: Lawrence Sheets, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Russia, Ukrainelast_img read more


first_imgBy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaWhen singer Paul McCartney wrote a letter to fast food chain KFC in late July urging the company to ensure better treatment for the chickens it serves, it was just the latest media event in an animal welfare trend that University of Georgia animal behaviorist Bruce Webster has been watching unfold for years. “The issue of animal welfare has been around since the 1960s but until recently the U.S. meat and poultry industries were fairly unaware of it,” said Webster, a poultry scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Public pressure in Britain and Canada came to bear on the industry sooner than in the United States, he said, and “except for oddballs like me, few scientists here paid attention to this issue until recently.”The big change, Webster said, is public awareness.“Animal rights and welfare activists have captured the public’s attention,” he said.Although they’ve sometimes used smear campaigns, gross exaggerations or even untruths to do so, Webster said the idea that agricultural animals shouldn’t suffer unnecessarily has been commonly accepted.It’s all about who makes the most noise.“The louder groups get more attention and effect change,” Webster said.When animal welfare activists turn their attention to McDonald’s, Burger King or Wendy’s, these companies have to convince the public that they are responsible corporate citizens. Even, Webster pointed out, if they aren’t directly responsible.After all, fast food restaurants don’t produce chickens.“They are just purchasers of product,” he said. “They didn’t want to think about these issues particularly but they were forced to think about them.”Many fast food chains, including McDonald’s and Wendy’s, have formed their own animal welfare advisory boards. Webster has worked with both Wendy’s and KFC, both in an advisory capacity and by performing audits on poultry companies when requested. Other chain restaurant companies are doing audits as well, he said.“They don’t need public image problems,” said Webster.In 2000, when McDonald’s Corporation began to require that their poultry suppliers use larger cages and phase out beak trimming, it used the issue to boost its image as a responsible corporate citizen.The issue now facing the poultry industry is to determine a national standard.“Since there is a huge array of companies that sell poultry products in the United States, the work now is to standardize the standards,” Webster said.Many suppliers and purchasers in the poultry industry have recognized the need for unified animal welfare standards and are working together to develop industry criteria.“This has produced a voluntary movement, unique to the U.S. in that it’s almost purely market driven,” Webster said.The United Egg Producers is currently at the forefront of the poultry industry, said Webster. “Last year [UEP] offered a certification program with audits and time lines that producers could follow,” he said. “The National Chicken Council (NCC) is developing a similar program.”On the purchaser side of the fence, the National Council of Chain Restaurants and the Food Marketing Institute have developed the Animal Welfare Audit Program (AWAP). Audits are currently available for non-poultry slaughter (cattle, swine, lamb, etc.); chicken slaughter; egg production; chicken production and dairy production. Turkey slaughter and production, hog production, and feedlot audits are under development.For Webster, addressing the issue of animal welfare is the latest phase of the evolution of an industry.“The way we handle food animals has changed dramatically since World War II,” he said. “Essentially, federal and state governments and the electorate have strongly encouraged productivity. It’s been a society-wide effort and industry has responded and succeeded. Working animal welfare reform into that system is the new goal.”Cat Holmes is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.last_img read more


first_imgSource: Finn Årup NielsenDanica Pension’s office in Lyngby, Denmark. The company said it would focus on its Danish and Norwegian businesses.Jacob Aarup-Andersen, member of Danske Bank’s executive board, said: “With this transaction, Danica Pension Sweden will continue, together with its new owners, to further develop the company, and this was an important factor for us.”Danske Bank and Danica Pension Sweden would keep working together on pension product distribution in Sweden, he added.“We will continue to focus on further developing the best pension solutions in Denmark and Norway, where our business models are more aligned and there are synergies across the markets,” Aarup-Andersen said.Danica Pension Sweden, which has around 60 staff, was Danica’s fastest growing pensions subsidiary at the end of June, with premiums having risen to DKK8.9bn (€1.2bn) in the first half of 2018, up from DKK6.5bn in the same period a year before.Sampension allocates DKK200mSampension said it was taking “a significant minority stake” in Danica Pension Sweden through the consortium, which it said included some small co-investors alongside the main buyers named.The pension fund said its investment in Danica Pension Sweden equated to 2.5% of the total of around DKK8bn it had invested in private equity funds, which pegs its investment in the business at about DKK200m.Hasse Jørgensen, the company’s chief executive, said this was an investment in a potential growth situation.“So it is not a strategic investment, but simply a question of doing some good business for the benefit of customers,” he said. “The company lies within a sector where we have no other investments of the same type, and contributes to creating diversification in our portfolio in the private equity sphere.”Danica Pension’s sale of its Swedish business follows several other cases of Danish and Swedish pensions operations separating.Nordea sold its Danish business Nordea Life & Pensions – since rebranded as Velliv – earlier this year, while Danica bought SEB’s Danish unit in 2017.Sweden’s Skandia sold its Danish arm to Denmark’s AP Pension in August this year, and a month later increased its Swedish footprint as it agreed to take over engineering sector pension fund AI Pension. The banking group revealed earlier this year that a “significant part” of payments totalling around €200bn made through the Estonian branch between 2007 and 2015 were suspect. Danica Pension has agreed to sell its Swedish business for around SEK2.6bn (€252m), its parent Danske Bank announced this morning.Danica, Denmark’s second-largest commercial pensions firm, has sold Danske Pension Försikringsaktiebolag (also known as Danica Pension Sweden) to a consortium including Danish labour market pension fund Sampension and Swiss asset manager Unigestion.Nordic private equity fund Polaris and German private equity fund Acathia are also involved in the consortium, Danske Bank said.The sale comes as Danske Bank faces the threat of heavy fines from regulators including the US Department of Justice, related to suspected money laundering through its Estonian branch.last_img read more


first_imgIreland’s new coalition government has agreed to postpone the planned increase in state pension age from 66 to 67 years – to have taken effect next January – pending a decision by a new Commission on Pensions.After last February’s general election gave an inconclusive result, a new government was finally formed when the Green Party agreed to join a coalition government with the country’s Fine Gael (FG) and Fianna Fáil (FF) parties.The new Taoiseach (prime minister) is Micheál Martin (FF leader) until December 2022, when the post will be resumed by Leo Varadkar, the FG leader and outgoing prime minister, for the second half of the five-year parliamentary term.The minister for social protection is now Heather Humphreys, replacing Regina Doherty, who lost her parliamentary seat in February but stayed on in a caretaker role. The government proposals also include:Setting up a Commission on Pensions to examine sustainability issues with state pensions and the social insurance fund. The Commission will report by June 2021, government action being taken within six months.Paying an early retirement allowance or pension to 65-year-olds who retire early, at the same rate as jobseekers’ benefit, without the requirement to sign on.Enabling people to defer receipt of their state contributory pension on an annual basis.Examining options for a pension solution for carers.The government has also backed its predecessor’s commitment to introducing auto-enrolment: there had been fears this might be sidelined because of the economic impact of COVID-19.The framework includes:Matching contributions from both workers and employers, with a state top-up;Phased roll-out of workers’ contributions over a decade;The ability for workers to opt out;A range of retirement savings products available for workers;A charges cap on pension providers.Jerry Moriarty, chief executive officer of the Irish Association of Pension Funds, told IPE: “We welcome the continuing commitment to auto-enrolment. There is a strong need to have more people saving more for retirement, and auto-enrolment is a proven way of achieving this. As a country, we need to get on with the planning and implementation of this.”He added: “We also welcome the establishment of a Commission to look at issues relating to the state pension. This was a big issue during the election, and while demographics point to the need for people to work longer, we also need solutions for those for whom that isn’t possible.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more


first_imgIt sold within weeks of hitting the market in January. It has four bedrooms, an open floorplan and a pool.“It was sold within two-and-a-half-weeks of hitting the market.“I had tremendous interest in the property (with) 15 groups through, which was great.”The property has four bedrooms, an open-plan design, pool and is 300m from the surf.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt first hit the market in July last year but the for-sale sign was taken down three months later.It was rented out at the time for $1300 a week.MORE NEWS: New look at Hemsworth’s mega mansion MORE NEWS: Impressive skyhome fetches millions NRL star Daly Cherry-Evans has sold his Gold Coast house.STATE of Origin rugby league star Daly Cherry-Evans has cut ties with the Gold Coast after selling his beachside house.A local family snapped up the Manly Sea Eagles player’s Mermaid Beach property.LJ Hooker Broadbeach director Matt Conduit handled the sale but wouldn’t disclose the price.“It was listed at $1.7 million and it (sold) close to that,” he said. A local family snapped up the beachside house. Mr Conduit said it was taken off the market as Cherry-Evans “preferred not to disrupt the family that tenanted the property”.“Their lease expired in December,” he said.Mr Conduit had the property furnished and styled before it hit the market again in January.“It really presented well,” he said. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy location is everything in real estate01:59 The property was previously being rented. The sale comes three years after Cherry-Evans sensationally backflipped on a multimillion-dollar deal with the Gold Coast Titans.He paid $1.45 million for the house in May 2015, which was thought to have cemented his move to the Titans at the time.But weeks later he reneged on a $4 million four-year contract to join the team, opting to remain in Sydney.According to property records, the Mermaid Beach house was the only property Cherry-Evans owned on the Coast.last_img read more