US vaccine expert says he was removed for opposing Trump-backed chloroquine

first_imgTopics : He said the move was a direct response to his resistance to “misguided directives” to support the use of malaria treatments chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus.Those treatments, he said, were “promoted by the administration as a panacea,” but “clearly lack scientific merit.”.”While I am prepared to look at all options and to think ‘outside the box’ for effective treatments, I rightly resisted efforts to provide an unproven drug on demand to the American public.”Since mid-March Trump, backed by the conservative Fox News channel, has advocated for the use of chloroquine to treat COVID-19 infections, with scant evidence from studies of its safety or effectiveness. Despite his own science advisors suggesting more study is needed, Trump repeatedly pushed for the drugs’ use, claiming the treatment could be a “gift from God” to counter the coronavirus pandemic.On Tuesday the results of the largest study yet of hydroxychloroquine, funded by the US government, showed no benefit against the disease over standard care.And in fact it showed use of hydroxychloroquine was associated with more deaths.Bright said he would be asking the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate the Trump administration’s politicization of BARDA and its pressuring scientists to favor companies with political connections.”Sidelining me in the middle of this pandemic and placing politics and cronyism ahead of science puts lives at risk and stunts national efforts to safely and effectively address this urgent public health crisis,” he said.center_img The head of the US agency in charge of developing a vaccine against coronavirus said Wednesday that he was removed from his job for opposing the chloroquine treatment promoted by President Donald Trump.Dr. Rick Bright said he was removed on Tuesday as director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), the government agency for developing and procuring treatments and vaccines, and moved to a lesser position in the National Institutes of Health.”I believe this transfer was in response to my insistence that the government invest the billions of dollars allocated by Congress to address the COVID-19 pandemic into safe and scientifically vetted solutions, and not in drugs, vaccines and other technologies that lack scientific merit,” he said in a statement to US media.last_img read more

US Justice Dept drops case against ex-Trump aide Flynn

first_imgElection year triumph for Trump The department said the January 24, 2017 interview was not “conducted with a legitimate investigative basis, and therefore does not believe Mr Flynn’s statements were material if untrue.”Trump, who is campaigning for reelection in November, said Thursday after the decision that Flynn was “an innocent man.””He was targeted by the Obama administration and he was targeted in order to try and take down a president, and what they’ve done is a disgrace,” Trump said.Trump took aim at the FBI and Justice Department officials who launched the probe of Flynn in August 2016, at the height of the presidential election battle that led to Trump’s upset victory.”I hope a lot of people are going to pay a big price, because they’re dishonest crooked people. They’re scum and I say it a lot. They’re scum, they’re human scum,” he said. Russian meddling Flynn, a senior Trump campaign advisor at the time, became one of the targets of an FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the election and efforts to support Trump.The former Pentagon intelligence chief had a number of contacts with Russia and had been paid tens of thousands of dollars the previous year to attend a banquet in Moscow for a Russian media giant, where he sat next to President Vladimir Putin.The investigation focused on Flynn’s calls with Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak that December, after Trump’s victory.In them Flynn allegedly sought to make political deals for the incoming administration that were contrary to the positions of the outgoing Barack Obama administration.Weeks after the FBI interview, Trump fired him for having lied to Vice President Michael Pence about his Russian contacts.But the episode snowballed into an even broader investigation, after Trump then removed FBI director James Comey for rejecting his overtures to drop the Flynn probe.In the wake of that, the Justice Department named Mueller as a special prosecutor to pursue the Russia investigation further infuriating Trump, who has repeatedly rejected the notion that Moscow interfered in the 2016 race on his behalf.Flynn was one of six people associated with the Trump campaign who either pleaded guilty or were convicted in the investigation, which also issued indictments against 25 Russian individuals and three Russian companies. Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe rejected the Justice Department’s reasoning for dropping the case as “patently false” and “pure politics designed to please the president.”Flynn’s secret talks with the Russian ambassador to Washington in December 2016, before Trump was inaugurated, was a cornerstone of the sprawling investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Moscow’s meddling in the US election.Even though Trump fired Flynn just 22 days into his administration, the president has always claimed the investigation was a political “witch hunt” and that Flynn, a former general and head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, was a “good man.” The Justice Department filing Thursday gave support to Trump’s claim, saying there were no grounds for the original investigation.”The government has concluded that the interview of Mr Flynn was untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr Flynn — a no longer justifiably predicated investigation,” it said. Topics :center_img The decision by the Justice Department, led by close Trump ally Attorney General Bill Barr, came as Flynn was fighting possible imprisonment, and after public statements by Trump that Flynn was the political victim of “filthy cops.”It sparked accusations that Barr was undermining longstanding department policies barring interference in cases involving political cronies.”The evidence against General Flynn is overwhelming. He pleaded guilty to lying to investigators,” said Jerry Nadler, the Democratic chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.”And now a politicized and thoroughly corrupt Department of Justice is going to let the president’s crony simply walk away.” The US Justice Department withdrew its case against former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn Thursday, handing President Donald Trump a major political victory.The department said in a filing Flynn’s December 2017 guilty plea for lying to the FBI in an interview over his Russia contacts was moot because the lies were not significant.It said the FBI’s original probe of him had no “legitimate investigative basis.”last_img read more

Twin Gold Coast homes the epitome of modern living

first_imgA touch of luxury. Past the ground floor staircase is an open kitchen, dining and living area with sliding glass doors opening out onto an alfresco deck that overlooks the pool and waterfall spa, canal and Gold Coast skyline.A theatre room and guest bedroom with ensuite is also on the ground floor.Upstairs, there are three additional bedrooms, two of which have balcony access, as well as a rumpus room that opens onto a balcony.The top floor is dedicated to the main bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe, ensuite and wraparound balcony with views stretching as far as the Gold Coast skyline. The twin properties each have a $2.495 million price tag. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51 There are four bathrooms to choose from. Each of the three-storey houses has five bedrooms, four bathrooms, theatre rooms and pools.Stone, glass and European Oak floors are featured throughout while a black and white palette gives the properties a classy edge.Mr Stylianou said they had many standout features but there was one he liked most.“The favourite part for me is the stairs with lights in them,” he said.Before questioning their practicality, Mr Stylianou assures each step can be easily removed to clean or change the light globes. The outdoor entertainment areas overlook the water. Another spot to take in the Gold Coast views.Other standout features include sensor and dual activated lighting throughout, a laundry shoot on each level and intercom security.Ray White Broadbeach Waters — Mermaid Waters agents Mitch Palmer and Jamie Harrison are marketing the properties. They each have a $2.495 million price tag. How about those views! He spent about a year getting the design right and obtaining approval to build the five-bedroom houses.“The actual build was about 11 months,” he said.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa12 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoWith 25 years experience in the construction industry, Mr Stylianou had a very clear idea of what he wanted the finished product to look like.“They’re quite close to identical,” he said.“Everything (inside) is unique and one-of-a-kind where you can’t just go and buy it off the shelf.“Everything is pretty well top of the line.” The staircases are a real highlight. Two expertly designed houses at 97 and 97a T E Peters Drive, Broadbeach Waters, have hit the market. Waterfront homes are always in high demand but house hunters will be left coveting two in particular from the moment they step inside.Contemporary design paired with cutting-edge finishes characterise two houses in Broadbeach Waters. Built on two blocks that were once one, the houses at 97 & 97A T E Peters Drive are the first of their kind in the suburb. Contemporary design is paired with cutting-edge finishes. Owner and developer Tim Stylianou bought the 830sq m block and its 1980s-built house in 2016 with the intention of demolishing it and building a much more modern home.But new rules have allowed Mr Stylianou to subdivide the block rather than the usual strata titling, which means the houses that tower above the block today are not villas or duplexes with a body corporate like all the others in the area built to date. MORE NEWS: Currumbin Waters units fastest-selling on the Gold CoastMORE NEWS: Isle of Capri house snapped up in multimillion-dollar deallast_img read more

Daycare detrimental to kids – Family First report

first_img3 News 8 February 2012A conservative lobby group has sparked debate after issuing a report from a controversial academic who claims daycare is detrimental to children. The report, issued by Family First this morning, claims spending long periods of time in day care is detrimental to a child’s long-term development. The author of the study, Dr Aric Sigman, is also behind a 2009 study that Facebook and other social networking sites cause cancer. When the study was released in Britain last year experts attacked Dr Sigman for “cherry-picking”, or ignoring evidence that did not support his theory. The report claims the level of stress hormone cortisol is higher in children in centre-based care. Dr Sigman says the hormone is produced in response to fear and uncertainty, and too much of it has been linked to a lowered immune system. “Attending daycare for an extended time… could have potential long-term consequences for their mental and physical health as adults,” the study says. The Family First report, entitled ‘Who Cares’, looks at the increasing number of children who spend time in daycare while their parents are at work.—Family-First-report/tabid/423/articleID/242141/Default.aspx#ixzz1ljN5WgAvlast_img read more

Denying kids a daddy – it’s not a gift

first_imgNZ Herald 21 June 2014Grant Triplow is 43 and describes his build as athletic. He is 178cm tall and weighs 90kg. His hair and eyes are dark brown and he has olive skin.These facts, without his name attached, along with his occupation and medical history are how he will first be encountered by clients of a sort – clients sizing up his reproductive powers.Mr Triplow is a sperm donor – a good one according to a medical assessment of his sperm’s motility and quantity.“I was told it’s strong and the count is quite high.”He has Maori ancestry and this may be his most attractive feature, given that amid a shortage of sperm donors overall, the scarcity is most acute for women and couples who want a Maori, Pasifika or Asian donor. read more

App to protect children from porn

first_imgHawkes Bay Today 28 May 2017Family First Comment: Family First endorses SafeSurfer “Two Kiwi dads, Rory Birkbeck and Aaron Sinclair, designed Safe Surfer, an application which blocks harmful websites and enforces safe search options on Google and YouTube so pornographic material cannot be accidentally seen.”Hawke’s Bay families have been asked to take a stand against the ease of accessing online pornography for children.Two Kiwi dads, Rory Birkbeck and Aaron Sinclair, designed Safe Surfer, an application which blocks harmful websites and enforces safe search options on Google and YouTube so pornographic material cannot be accidentally seen.“Pornography often features aggressive content which is degrading towards women. We can’t afford to have our children grow up thinking this is the sexual norm,” Mr Birkbeck said.The latest figures showed that 34 per cent of internet users were exposed to unwanted porn and 37 per cent of youths said pornography had shaped expectations in relationships.A Colmar Brunton poll confirmed that 82 per cent of 16-18-year-olds had seen pornography and almost one third of New Zealand boys were watching porn several times a week.Family First president Bob McCoskrie said this research was revealing the true picture, which linked the increased consumption and availability of online pornography to sexual violence.“If we want to tackle sexual violence, we must first admit the role that pornography plays and the harm that it does to attitudes and actions.”He said evidence suggested that youth with greater pornography exposure were found more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviour at a young age, view women as sex objects and develop attitudes that support violence against women.They also believed “rape myths”, which were beliefs that justify or defend rape, and had increasingly aggressive behavioural tendencies.A nationwide poll by Family First and conducted by Curia Market Research in April showed that 71 per cent felt porn was bad for society and 72 per cent believed there was a “fair bit” or “a lot” of connection between porn and rape culture.READ MORE: read more

‘Wuhan virus impact to tourism worse than Boracay closure’

first_imgPeter Tay, liaison officer to Boracay from the Chinese Embassy, relayedhis fears that the travel ban could hurt “deeper” into the tourism businessesand travel spending of the visitors in the island.    The island – which saw 434,175 Chinese tourists or 50 percent of the 865,419foreigners last year – is usually packed with inbound travelers during the peakmonths of January to May. As of this writing, over 300 people have died in China and more than 14,600others were infected worldwide. Around 60 percent of the activities, as well as majority of vendors,tattoo artists and beach masseuses here are affected by the temporary ban. “This is worse than Boracay closure; we don’t know when the situationis going to end. It is going bad to worse. When Boracay closure happened, youcould look forward for Oct. 26 re-opening. Itongsituation ngayon hindi natin alamwhen it will end,” Tay said on Feb. 3.  He added the local tourism will anticipate a marked decline oftravelers from mainland China this year amid the precautionary measures tocontain the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus in the country.  Chinese operators of restaurants have decided to postpone theirbusiness, while hotels across the island have recorded cancellations fromtourists. The directive, however, didn’t state how long the temporary ban willlast. “Malaki ang apekto sa transport,hotels, resorts, lahat ng activities sa Boracay dahil sa temporary ban sa mgaChinese tourists. Hindi naman natin ma-compromised ang health at safety ng ating mga residente at ibang turista,” headded. “We were caught by surprised, but we have to accept that this isactually happening. No hard feelings. I am more worried of the livelihood ofthe local workers affected by the situation,” he said. Meanwhile, acting Malay mayor Frolibar Bautista said all sectors willlikely feel the impact of the temporary ban. Various airlines have also suspended their flights to and from China,Macau and Hong Kong.  It was on Feb.2 that President Rodrigo Duterte restricted the inboundtravel of foreigners from China and its administrative regions to the country.He also required Filipinos and those who hold permanent resident visas toundergo 14-day quarantine upon arriving in the Philippines. BORACAY – The impact of the 2019 novel coronavirus acquired respiratorydisease (2019 nCoV ARD) to this island’s tourism industry could be worse thanthe its closure for rehabilitation, according to a liaison officer. Tay encouraged hotel workers to visit hospitals or medical carefacilities if they are experiencing cough and difficulty in breathing fornecessary precautions. Although, this world-famous resort island hasn’t come to completestandstill, it still remains to accommodate Koreans, Taiwanese and touristsfrom long-haul destinations.  Cases of the deadly virus have been reported in countries including Italy,Japan, United Emirates, Korea, Malaysia, Australia, Russia, Hong Kong, Vietnam,Singapore, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Germany, United States, Spain, Canada,France, Finland, Cambodia, United Kingdom, and Sweden.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

Batesville Bulldogs Baseball Youth Night

first_imgThe Batesville Baseball Youth League Night at The Plex will take on place on May 16th at 5:30 pm. The Varsity Batesville Bulldogs will be taking on the visiting South Dearborn Knights at Plex Field #1.Some players from the youth league will be throwing out the first pitch and being introduced with our varsity players! We will be raffling off Batesville Baseball t-shirts, hats, and signed baseballs in between innings and also have them for sale.At the end of the game, the Bulldog Varsity players will be signing autographs for youth league players and giving away complimentary game calendars.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

First round of All-Star voting is complete

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Defending race winner Jimmy Gustin, 2014 winner Kyle Strickler and a trio of first-time All-Stars are among the 10 Modified drivers already guaranteed starting spots on the Fast Shafts Invitational grid during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s.Gustin and brother Richie had the top two vote totals in first-round balloting from the BMS North Central Region – Richie led all candidates with 12,945 votes – while Strickler and Scott Sessions, the first Floridian elected to the All-Star event in its 13-year history, led the way in the Dirt Works Eastern Region.Hunter Marriott and Jeff Taylor were elected out of the Jet Racing Central Region, first-timer Kevin Green and William Gould from the Razor Chassis South Central Region.The Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region will be represented by Brad Pounds and first-time All-Star Ethan Dotson.The second round of All-Star voting, also conducted through the IMCA Facebook page, sees 18 drivers elected at-large. Balloting is now underway and runs through 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5.The All-Star candidates with the top national point total and the most 40-point feature wins compet­ing at Super Nationals will complete the 30-car starting field for the Friday, Sept. 9 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational at Boone Speedway.In addition to Florida, the All-Star field is already represented by drivers from Arkansas, California, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.last_img read more

Probst wins 100th Saturday at Arlington

first_imgHistory was made several times over Saturday night, when Cory Probst won for the 100th time in his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock career at Arlington Raceway. Probst is the 100th driver in the modern era of the sanctioning body to reach the 100 win mark; Arlington became the first track where five IMCA drivers won for the 100th time. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (June 23) – Cory Probst raced his way into the history book on a historical Saturday night at Arlington Raceway.Probst won for the 100th time in his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock career, after starting 10th and racing into contention by just the fourth circuit.Karl Hewitt had the lead ahead of Steve Kroyer – driving Probst’s 2017 car – but pulled in on the backstretch with mechanical problems. By the next lap, Probst weaved around Kroyer and had command of the race.He led the rest of the way for the milestone win. Kroyer held tight for second and Jed Trebelhorn took third.Probst became the 100th driver in IMCA’s modern era to reach the 100 win mark and the record fifth to do so at Arlington.Arlington was also the site of 100th wins by Curt Lund (Modified) in 2013, Jeff McCollum (Stock Car) in 2014, Dan Mackenthun (Stock Car) in 2015 and Justin Luinenburg (Hobby Stock) last year.Other feature winners Saturday at Arlington were Brandon Beckendorf in the MN 93 IMCA Modifieds, Neil Stevens in the 95.7 the Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, Brent Uecker in the B&B Racing Chassis IMCA Stock Cars, Matt Looft in the Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMods and Austin Friedrich in the Coors Light IMCA Sport Compacts.last_img read more