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first_img Sharing is caring! 35 Views   no discussions InternationalLifestyleNews WHO Moves To Update COVID-19 Guidance After ‘Great News’ In Drug Study by: – June 17, 2020 Share Tweet Share “But some experts have warned of the drug not only reducing the inflammatory response in patients, but also the immune system and may trigger side effects. KCDC is discussing the use of it for COVID-19 patients.”(Reuters)center_img The positive news comes as coronavirus infections accelerated in some places including the United States and as Beijing cancelled scores of flights to help contain a fresh outbreak in China’s capital.“This is the first treatment to be shown to reduce mortality in patients with COVID-19 requiring oxygen or ventilator support,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement late on Tuesday. The agency said it was looking forward to the full data analysis of the study in coming days.“WHO will coordinate a meta-analysis to increase our overall understanding of this intervention. WHO clinical guidance will be updated to reflect how and when the drug should be used in COVID-19,” the agency added.But South Korea’s top health official cautioned about the use of the drug for COVID-19 patients. The World Health Organization (WHO) said it was moving to update its guidelines on treating people stricken with COVID-19 to reflect results of a clinical trial that showed a cheap, common steroid can help save critically ill patients.Trial results announced on Tuesday showed dexamethasone, used since the 1960s to reduce inflammation in diseases such as arthritis, cut death rates by around a third among the most severely ill COVID-19 patients admitted to hospital.The WHO’s clinical guidance for treating patients infected with the new coronavirus is aimed at doctors and other medical professionals and seeks to use the latest data to inform clinicians on how best to tackle all phases of the disease, from screening to discharge.Although the dexamethasone study’s results are preliminary, the researchers behind the project said it suggests the drug should immediately become standard care in severely stricken patients.For patients on ventilators, the treatment was shown to reduce mortality by about one third, and for patients requiring only oxygen, mortality was cut by about one fifth, according to preliminary findings shared with WHO. The benefit was only seen in patients seriously ill with COVID-19 and was not observed in patients with milder disease. “(It) has already long been used in South Korean hospitals to treat patients with different inflammation,” Jeong Eun-kyeong, head of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC). Sharelast_img read more


first_imgA small but determined contingent from Nelson Nordic Ski Club returned from the BC Midgets this weekend in Salmon Arm, with a bronze medal, several ribbons and some proud and funny moments to remember.Nine-year-old Maya Abraham captured third in the 2006 girls’ 300 metre sprints and fifth in the 2 km classic race, while teammate Kaleum Smith nabbed 5th in both events for the 2006 boys, and also took home one of only five coveted technique awards in the classic event.In the 2003 age category, Noah Malenfant won the B final of the boys’ sprints for a 7th place finish overall, with Felix Barron placing 12th overall after an unfortunate spill in the home stretch.First-year racer Elias Lussier (2006 boys) pulled off an 11th place in the sprints and 14th in the classic. Oscar Willems (2005) and Tess Nuttall (2003) also showed good technique and finished strong.The event known as “Midgets” is the provincial championships for skiers aged 9-12. It also draws in high-calibre skiers from places like Canmore, Alberta and the Methow Valley, in Washington State, making for stiff competition, with 20-30 skiers in each age category, many of whom are already training three or more times a week. The Midgets are a great learning experience for all who attend – a chance to work on starts in mass settings, to develop strategy, and to practice dealing with nerves.Coach Doris Hausleitner expressed how proud she was of the kids for skiing smart, clean races and representing Nelson well.All of the athletes worked very hard, encouraged each other, and showed patience waiting through the many heats and divisions.With temperatures right around and above zero, waxing conditions were tricky, making this year’s event even more of a learning experience than usual.But the young athletes benefitted from the positive attitudes and encouragement of the coaches – Hausleitner and Karen Redfern – and the early-morning dedication of the wax techs, Erik Leslie and Kurstun Smith (and the good humour of siblings!)The coaches’ race and the team relays were definite highlights for the kids – Hausleitner’s hastily improvised bright orange Lone Ranger mask added levity and laughter to the occasion, as did the surprised announcer’s comment, “We don’t know who he is [sic], but that little guy canski!”Nelson Nordic’s youth racers now have a bit of a break from competition until Feb 27/28 when Rossland’s Blackjack Nordic Ski Club hosts their annual Loppet and the final race of the Teck Kootenay Cup circuit.The Nelson club encourages as many Nelson skiers as possible to participate, and assist in our bid for the Kootenay Cup.last_img read more


first_imgA number of people across Donegal have been duped into giving their personal bank details in an elaborate text scam.People received the bogus texts todayHundreds of people received text messages claiming to be from the Revenue Commissioners office.The text displays a link to a fake website claiming to be from Revenue. The text claims the person is entitled to a refund for their end of year tax returns and are encouraged to fill in a bogus form.A number of people are believed to have filled in the form and given access to their personal bank details.A Revenue source told Donegal Daily they are looking into the scam.They stressed that the Revenue would never contact people by text message. “We believe a number of people have been affected but we don’t know the extent at this stage.“We don’t know if people have lost money but we would never contact anyone by text.“People should never give out their personal bank details,” he said. DOZENS OF PEOPLE CONNED IN HOAX REVENUE REFUND SCAM was last modified: November 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:phoneRevenuescamtextlast_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd HultmanDTN AnalystBack in early May 2017, “The Other Wheat Sneaks Higher,” was this column’s attempt to describe bullish changes happening in spring wheat prices. At the time, no one knew that drought would take prices from the low-$5s in early May to $7.78 a bushel by early July. In fact, moderate drought conditions had not even appeared yet on the U.S. Drought Monitor. (https://www.dtnpf.com/…) One of the early bullish clues talked about was how commercials responded to lower prices in early April by going net-long. By May 26, which is slightly more than one year ago, DTN’s cash index of spring wheat prices amped up the bullish argument when it closed at a new three-month high. The drought was still not considered serious, but the market was clearly showing bullish concerns. By the time extreme drought conditions began to show up in Montana and the Dakotas it was June 20, and prices were already at $6.15 a bushel. I mention this to point out how paying attention to the market’s own clues can be helpful, even before the reasons for a certain price behavior can be explained. Strangely enough, as we now look at DTN’s national index of cash spring wheat prices, we are once again starting to see bullish market clues emerge without a strong fundamental explanation. The most bullish clue was Friday’s ending price of $6.33 a bushel, the highest weekly close in nine months. Getting to Friday’s new high was a bit of a roller coaster as prices dove after USDA estimated 12.6 million acres (ma) of spring wheat plantings on March 31, a 15% increase on the year. Prices bounced back after winter weather disrupted planting in April and when the April 10 column, “Cold Puts the Spring Back in Wheat,” was released, it was not clear how planting would go in 2018. (https://www.dtnpf.com/…) Tuesday afternoon’s Crop Progress report from USDA is likely to show planting near 90% complete, near its five-year average. Even though spring wheat planting is mostly back on track, prices left behind a bullish outside weekly reversal in early April that still stands — a technical mark of support in the market. As it was a year ago, it is difficult to explain yet just why spring wheat prices are rising from a fundamental point of view, but we can see the September/December futures spread is showing a 5 1/2-cent premium in the December contract, which suggests bullish interest from commercial buying. We also know that the demand source is likely domestic, as export shipments of U.S. spring wheat are down 30% from a year ago. Another factor with bullish potential to keep an eye on is an area of moderate drought in the eastern Dakotas. It is not serious yet, but we have to note that the current drought is worse than conditions a year ago at this time. Dry conditions are also an early concern in Manitoba and southern Saskatchewan. We cannot say that just because spring wheat prices are showing bullish clues as they were last year, the U.S. crop is going to suffer another drought and produce an early summer rally of $2 or more. However, Friday’s new nine-month high deserves respect as it appears to be backed up by firm commercial demand. It is a little odd how prices appear to be repeating last year’s bullish breakout. Even though the fundamental reasons are not yet clear for spring wheat, the bullish potential is there. Todd Hultman can be reached at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ToddHultman1(ES/BAS/SK)© Copyright 2018 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more


first_imgTags:#news#NYT#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Mobile technology, virtualization, the social web, cloud computing – a think tank study has all our good friends on a hit list.The study, which shows primary security and privacy concerns of U.S. government IT leaders, is making the rounds among military and government bloggers. Policy makers are being told that the applications we know and love are dangerous and pose gaping security loopholes for cyberterrorism. Is a Big Brother overprotective meltdown? Or are our advances really causing greater risks for all users?The infosec-focused Ponemon Institute polled 217 senior-level IT executives located in various federal organizations. They called out these as the top 5 trends in Internet technologies that – at least from their POVs – put businesses, governments, and users at risk:79% Unstructured data71% Cyber terrorism63% Mobility52% Web 2.044% Virtualization Some of these trends are quite longstanding; however, they still cause a great deal of concern among our friends in infosec. Data breach (40%), cyber crime (40%), cloud computing (39%), outsourcing (34%) and open source applications (18%) also top the study’s list of security vulnerabilities as seen through the eyes of government IT pros.However, Vivek Kundra, a 2.0 champion and federal CIO, said in a recent post, “Our policies lag behind new trends, causing unnecessary restrictions on the use of new technology…‘This technology supports every mission our government performs – from defending our borders to protecting the environment. IT is essential for the government to do its work, and it is essential that we have access to the latest and most innovative technologies.”It’s sad and frightening to see mobile tech, social networks, and cloud computing called out alongside cyber crime and cyberterrorism as perceived threats to data security. But how much validity do U.S. leaders’ fears carry?The Ponemon Institute reports, “IT operations and IT security professionals identified cloud computing, outsourcing of sensitive information to third parties, external threat oforganized cyber criminal syndicates, cyber terrorism, and a mobile workforce… We believe the findings from this study provide government organizations with guidance on which threats are more critical than others to address.”What do you think about the assessment of these high-profile and popular trends being identified as threats by IT execs in government? Is this a case of out-of-touch government bigwigs cracking down on the social web when black hat hackers are truly to blame? Or are so-called social media experts remiss in their duties to ensure that any products they roll out are secure enough for across-the-board use?Or is it a little bit of both?Most importantly, how do we solve the problem of ensuring that government and corporate sensitive information remains secure while users get to enjoy the benefits of Internet-based applications?We welcome your comments below. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more


first_imgCLEVELAND — As the final seconds ticked off and the Warriors began bouncing in celebration on their bench, Stephen Curry looked up and saw LeBron James coming at him.James could do nothing more. He extended a conceding hand and congratulations. Moments later, Curry was hoisting a trophy in the air — one as golden as his team.Revived by Curry, their fresh-faced shooting superstar, and bonded by first-year coach Steve Kerr who made them believe, the Warriors ended a 40-year NBA championship drought on June 16 by finishing off James and the undermanned Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6.Curry and finals MVP Andre Iguodala scored 25 points apiece, Draymond Green recorded a triple-double and the Warriors — using a barrage of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put Cleveland away — won their first title since 1975 when Gerald Ford was in the White House, disco was in vogue and Rick Barry was flicking in free throws under-handed.And these Warriors are a lot like Barry and his old crew: fluid, balanced, together. Just like Kerr hoped.“I’m kind of speechless,” said Curry. “This is special. To be able to hold this trophy and all the hard work we’ve put into it this season, this is special. We’re definitely a great team and a team that should go down in history as one of the best teams from top to bottom.”James, who fell to 2-4 in the finals, didn’t hide his dejection. “Doesn’t matter if I’m playing in Miami or playing in Cleveland or playing on Mars,” he said. “You lose in the finals, it’s disappointing.”After the Warriors were presented with the glittering Larry O’Brien Trophy by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, hundreds of gold-and-blue clad Warriors fans inside Quicken Loans Arena serenaded the new champs by singing “War-eee-ers, War-eee-ers” a cry that filled Oracle Arena all season and will greet the team on their return to California.Golden State allowed the Cavs to creep within eight points in the fourth before unleashing a flurry of 3s to ensure there would be no Game 7.Curry’s step-back made it 78-68, and after the Cavs closed within seven on J.R. Smith’s trey, Iguodala, Curry and Klay Thompson each drained one in a span of 81 seconds to make it 89-75.Iguodala, who had the added duty of guarding James, knocked down another long shot for good measure before he strutted back on defense holding out three fingers on each hand.He could have shot an index finger into the air at that point — Golden State is No. 1. “This has been a long ride,” Iguodala said. “It’s been a great season.”While Golden State’s drought ended, Cleveland’s half-century of sports misery rolls on.James returned from Miami last summer to deliver a title to his home region, but the 30-year-old superstar, left to do most of the work after All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were injured in the postseason, came two wins shy of giving Cleveland its first pro sports championship since 1964.The city’s three pro teams — the Cavs, Browns and Indians — have gone a combined 144 seasons without one of them winning it all.It’s not that James didn’t do everything possible. He finished with 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists and was dominant throughout the series, showing why he’s the world’s best player.The Warriors were simply the better team. “We ran out of talent,” said James, who sat facing his locker with a towel over his head for nearly an hour after the game. “We gave everything we had.”This series, which opened with two overtime games in Oakland, flipped when Kerr employed a small lineup in the fourth quarter of Game 3 and the Warriors nearly overcame a 20-point deficit before losing.Kerr stuck with revamped lineup in Game 4, giving Iguodala his first start this season, switching Green to center and benching the ineffective Andrew Bogut. The move was as golden as the Warriors, who finished with 83 wins, the third-highest single-season total in history.Only the 1995-96 and 1996-97 Bulls won more, and Kerr was on both of those teams. The fact that Iguodala, their sixth man, took MVP honors perhaps sums up the Warriors best.“I always said Andre’s a pro’s pro,” Green said. “He’s a professional guy and it showed, and that’s why he’s MVP of the series and that’s what we’re champions.”Down early after missing open shots, the Warriors began finding their range. Golden State capitalized on nine turnovers in the first quarter, made four 3s and built a 13-point lead when Harrison Barnes knocked down a long 3 — a shot that sent those Warriors fans into a frenzy.This was their night, the one they’ve waited for 40 years.While Golden State had some solid teams in the past — the “Run TMC” version coached by Don Nelson and featuring Tim Hardaway, Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond among them — the franchise has been undermined by dysfunction. Along with long playoff gaps, there were bad trades, poor drafts and numerous coaching changes.The Warriors often made headlines for the wrong reasons. Remember when Latrell Sprewell choked coach P.J. Carlesimo?Well, those days are gone, washed away by Curry and Thompson — the “Splash Brothers” — and a roster of selfless players who bonded under Kerr and have returned basketball glory to Oakland.“I remember coming to Oracle as a player year after year playing against lousy teams,” Kerr said. “I could not be happier for our fan base.”These new Warriors have been a model team: sharing the ball, defending together and sacrificing individual goals.“Strength in Numbers” was their motto as the Warriors used depth and balance to jump from 51 wins to a franchise-record 67 during the regular season.Kerr molded them. Hired last summer after spurning an offer from the Knicks, the 49-year-old former NBA guard who won three of his five titles as Michael Jordan’s teammate in Chicago and two playing for Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, Kerr brought out the best in his team.From the first day of training camp, he emphasized unity. A California-born kid who still surfs and would prefer to wear jeans and a pair of Vans on the sideline, he kept things loose by taking the Warriors bowling and letting them blare music during practices.With Curry, the team’s first MVP since Wilt Chamberlain, leading them, the Warriors outgunned everyone in the rugged Western Conference and entered the postseason as a No. 1 seed.They swept New Orleans, rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Memphis and then blew through Houston in five games to make the finals for the first time since ’75.They then held off James and the Cavs, who just didn’t have enough.(TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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