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Delay routine dental checkups, WHO urges, until COVID-19 risk is known

first_imgTopics : Dental patients and staff need to be protected from any potential infection by aerosol-generating procedures, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday, as dentists return to work in areas where the COVID-19 pandemic is easing.There is currently no data on the spread of coronavirus from the dentist’s chair, it said, calling for more research into common procedures that produce tiny floating particles that may cause infection if inhaled.These include three-way air/water spray, ultrasonic cleaning equipment that removes deposits from the tooth surface, and polishing, the WHO said in new guidance. “We think that the most pressing issue is related to the availability of essential personal protective equipment, PPE, for all health care personnel undertaking or assisting in the clinical procedures,” Varenne said.center_img “WHO guidance recommends in case of community transmission to give priority to urgent or emergency oral cases, to avoid or minimize procedures that may generate aerosol, prioritize a set of clinical interventions that are performed using an instrument and of course to delay routine non-essential oral health care,” Benoit Varenne, a WHO dental officer, told a news briefing.He added: “The likelihood of COVID-19 being transmitted through aerosol, micro-particles or airborne particles … today I think is unknown, it’s open to question at least. This means that more research is needed.”The WHO last month released general guidelines on the transmission of the coronavirus which acknowledged some reports of airborne transmission, but stopped short of confirming that the virus spreads through the air.Dental facilities must have adequate ventilation to reduce the risk of the virus spreading in closed settings, it said on Tuesday.last_img read more

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Finnish roundup: Elo hails new business gains, VER laments 3.4% loss

first_imgHanna Hiidenpalo, CIO, EloCIO Hanna Hiidenpalo said: “The return on equity investments fluctuated strongly during the year and turned to a steep decline at the end of the year. The main drivers were the tightening of monetary policy, increasing uncertainty over the development of economic growth, and trade disputes.”She said Elo had decreased its risk level during the year by divesting from emerging markets and shrinking the equity weighting in its portfolio, before the major equity market falls in the last quarter.Of Elo’s unlisted investments, private equity generated the strongest return at 16%, compared with 14.9% in 2017. Other unlisted equities returned 10.6% last year.Within real estate, direct investments generated a 5.7% return versus 7.4% in 2017, and investment funds returned 6.3%, compared with 8.2% the year before.The fund said the real estate investment market was active, but steep increases in prices in Finland over recent years had come to an end.Despite a slight dip in the size of the portfolio – from €23.1bn in 2017 to €22.6bn at the end of 2018 – Elo’s funding position held up, with solvency capital at 1.6 times the solvency limit at the end of the year, unchanged from 2017.VER CEO laments lack of hedging optionsFinland’s state pension fund posted 3.4% loss for 2018 – a year that the buffer fund’s chief said presented scant opportunities for hedging the portfolio.The investment loss represented a steep fall from the 6.6% gain the fund in 2017. Elo, the third largest of Finland’s pensions insurance companies, lost 1.4% on its investments last year but added significant new business.The €22.6bn provider described 2018 as “two-fold” because of its success in winning business. Premiums written for private-sector earnings-related pensions – Elo’s main category of pensions provision – increased to €3.24bn in 2018, from €3.1bn, the firm reported.Chief executive Satu Huber said: “The year was a success in terms of customer transfers. Customers who transferred to Elo from other pension insurance companies increased our premiums written by almost €36m.”Last year marked five years since Elo was created from the merger of LocalTapiola and Pension Fennia, and in each of these years it had increased market share, Huber said. Elo’s investment loss compared to a gain of 7.4% produced in 2017. The firm’s average five-year nominal return was 4.5%, it said.Huber said 2018 was a challenging year for investors, marked by increasing uncertainty in international investment markets.While listed equities lost 10.2%, Elo said that Finnish equities performed the best of any region, despite difficult markets.center_img Timo Viherkenttä, CEO, VERChief executive Timo Viherkenttä said: “The opportunities for hedging the portfolio were poorer than normal because most returns on equities and fixed income instruments were negative.“Finally, a sharp fall in share prices in December swept away the returns for the year as the markets did not recover until early 2019.”In real terms, the fund said its investments made a loss of 4.5%, compared to a positive real return of 6% in 2017.According to Viherkenttä, returns on illiquid fund investments were strong but allocation within the portfolio was limited due to regulations governing VER’s activities.Liquid fixed income investments declined by 1.9% in 2018, compared to a 2% gain the year before, while listed equities fell by 7.4%, after an 11% gain in 2017.The fund, designed to balance out Finland’s central government pension expenditure, reported private equity as its highest returning asset class, generating 13.4%. Infrastructure funds and unlisted real estate investment trusts gained just over 11%.VER said it received €1.4bn in pension contributions last year, and transferred €1.9bn to the government budget. The Helsinki-based pension fund contributes 40% of the state’s annual pension expenditure to the budget every year.The fund’s total investments fell to €18.5bn by the end of last year, from €19.6bn at 2017’s close.last_img read more

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Tickets Available for Whiskey City Festival

first_imgLAWRENCEBURG, Ind. — Lawrenceburg is celebrating the Third Annual Whiskey City Festival.The festival will take place Saturday (11/5) at the Lawrenceburg event center from 7:00 to 11:00 PM.There will be tastings from different distillers, craft brewers, and local wineries.There will also be displays and live music.VIP tickets are $50, and will get you in to the event starting at 6:00 PM, while general admission tickets are $25.For more information or to buy tickets visit http://www.whiskeycityfestival.net/.last_img read more

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Mirallas hoping to avoid injuries

first_img Press Association Mirallas has scored on three occasions in Everton’s four pre-season friendlies and he is looking to carry that form into the coming campaign under new manager Roberto Martinez. “I have scored three goals in four games so for me it’s been a good pre-season,” he told evertonfc.com. “More importantly I have had no injuries. It’s my second season. I played a lot of games last season and I hope to stay injury-free and score a lot of goals. “Of course I want to make a lot of assists as well and play some nice games.” The Belgium international struck nine times in 32 matches having signed from Olympiacos but was hampered by a niggling hamstring injury which initially sidelined him for a month and then a further six weeks soon after returning. It reduced his effectiveness when he finally returned to the first team but he ended the season strongly with six goals in his last 13 appearances. center_img Everton forward Kevin Mirallas is hoping to avoid the injuries which disrupted his maiden Premier League season so he can improve his goalscoring record.last_img read more

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CBA girls hoops still unbeaten; J-D, ESM strong in league openers

first_imgThrough the first couple of weeks of the regular season, it was Christian Brothers Academy that was making the biggest impression among area girls basketball teams.Already off to a 2-0 start, the Brothers made it three wins in a row by going north to face Oswego last Tuesday night and roaring past the Buccaneers 63-39.A 40-20 first half allowed CBA to breeze through the game’s latter stages. Leana Heitman, with 18 points, led a three-pronged attack that saw Brooke Jarvis get 17 points and Emily Hall add 15 points.Not letting up one bit, the Brothers picked up its production in Friday night’s game against Homer, more than doubling what the Trojans could manage in an 86-38 victory.It was 50-15 by halftime as Heitman’s 26 points included five 3-pointers. Jarvis earned 19 points, with Bonacci getting 15 points and Hall gaining 10 points,That happened as Jamesville-DeWitt was back in Central New York after a tough Dec. 7-8 opening weekend where it took losses to Averill Park and Shenendehowa.Cortland was next, and the Red Rams rolled past the Purple Tigers 58-33, the effort led by Gabby Stickle, whose 20 points included five 3-pointers. Momo LaClair had 10 points, with Paige Keeler getting nine points and Riley LaTray adding six points.Much improved from a season ago, East Syracuse Minoa moved to 2-1 last Tuesday night against Jordan-Elbridge, prevailing 54-32 as the Spartans steadily built a 43-22 lead through three quarters.Angelima Thomason led the way with 16 points, seven of them free throws. Isabella Pickard had seven points, with Aneglina Polcaro and Natalie Quonce each earning six points. Raychel Underwood, Gianna Quonce, and Lailani Carrion had five points apiece.Earning back-to-back wins, the Spartans got past Carthage 42-28 on Friday without a player scoring in double figures.Instead, the production was spread around, Carrion and Polcaro each earning eight points, with Pickard adding seven points and Gianna Quonce six points. Underwood finished with five points.Fayetteville-Manlius answered its first defeat of the season to Rome Free Academy on Dec. 6 quite well, traveling to Utica Proctor last Tuesday and, getting a big night from Lexie Roe defeating the Raiders 60-47.A 21-10 second quarter accounted for most of the Hornets’ winning margin, and throughout the game Proctor found it impossible to stop Roe, who amassed 36 points, including four 3-pointers. Lily Fish helped out, too, earning 11 points.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAESMF-Mgirls basketballJ-Dlast_img read more

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Thanksgiving break extended

first_imgThe university will no longer hold classes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, according to a recent memo from Elizabeth Garrett, the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.“USC is a truly international university with undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and around the world,” Garrett wrote in the memo to university administrators and student leaders. “The Thanksgiving holiday provides an important break in the fall semester for students to relax with friends and family before final exams and the completion of projects.”Although the Academic Calendar Committee did not recommend making this change for the 2011-2012 academic calendar, Garrett still directed the registrar to include Wednesday, November 23, 2011 in the Thanksgiving break. The school will remain open, however, and Wednesday will not be considered a staff holiday.Garrett’s memo cautions deans and faculty to be “rigorous” about holding classes on Monday and Tuesday before Thanksgiving, saying that it is “important that [the university] maintain the very highest academic standards.”last_img read more

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Limam brings different philosophy to Syracuse tennis in 1st season as head coach

first_img Published on January 20, 2015 at 12:25 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ When Younes Limam became the Syracuse head coach in June of 2014, he did so knowing that things needed to change.No longer would it be a team where every player would work to play professionally. No longer would every athlete be American, with an American flag donning the back of every warm-up jacket. And no longer would every practice be centered on game planning for future opponents.Limam wasn’t only planning to change a losing program, he intended to redefine its culture.“It’s definitely a different philosophy,” Limam said, “and I guess whenever you make a move or you change from one job to another, you have to adjust.”In his first season as the head coach, Limam’s changes have already paid dividends. The No. 68 Orange has started out the season 2-0, which includes a road win over then-No. 39 South Florida on Jan. 10.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnder former head coach Luke Jensen — who resigned in the middle of last season after an inquiry into players’ concerns — players attended Syracuse expecting to play in offseason professional tournaments to prepare them to try and turn pro after college. All of Jensen’s scholarship players were also American citizens, and everyone who is part of the current Orange team was recruited under Jensen’s tenure.Though the team is a product of its former head coach, there is a consensus that Limam’s style of coaching is preferred.“I don’t think we’ve ever been this close,” senior Breanna Bachini said of the team’s chemistry. “And I think a lot of that has to do with the new energy and new coach … I like it a lot better.”Limam understands the desire to play professionally. Growing up in Morocco, that was always his dream. He was in the top three of the Moroccan junior circuit and on the national team for about 18 months before going to college in the United States.Playing professionally was all he wanted to do, he said, so he sympathizes with those on the current roster that want the same. Amanda Rodgers, a contributing writer for The Daily Orange, and Rhiann Newborn are two players that have vocalized those goals. In the fall, they went to two tournaments, while the rest of the team played in Intercollegiate Tennis Association competitions. Limam said it was beneficial to compete in college tournaments because the athletes typically get to play more matches.Making a team of star-studded professionals is no longer the goal for Syracuse tennis — he wants to see success at the collegiate level first — but Limam is still willing to help those that have those aspirations.“I can relate to them, and I understand what they’re going through,” he said. “I understand what they need to be doing in order to get to that level. It doesn’t matter what kind of tournaments you’re playing. If you’re winning at the collegiate level, then for sure, let’s try and take it to the next level.”With Limam, things are more laid back. The vision for the program is to garner success, without the previous restrictions of how that success is earned. Limam said he wants to find the best players for the program, regardless of where they’re from or what language they speak.Jimena Wu was a former No. 3 singles player for Syracuse who never received a scholarship and left the team after the 2013 season. She was from Peru.It was a mentality that senior Amanda Rodgers said she didn’t like and said was “biased.”Next year, Limam plans to have a scholarship player from the Czech Republic, something that wouldn’t have likely happened under Jensen.In practices, Limam doesn’t tell players what they need to do differently and he doesn’t tell players what they need to do to beat specific players, Bachini said. Instead, he asks his athletes what they think they need to work on. Rodgers said it feels as though every practice counts in a way it never used to in the past.The team does more sprints as opposed to long-distance runs. There’s more of a focus on footwork, and Rodgers said there’s a better balance of drills and match play in practice.“Everything we’re doing, it feels like I’m changing my game in a big way,” Rodgers said. “In the years past I didn’t really feel like that.”Limam said a realistic goal for this season would be to make the NCAA tournament, something that SU has never accomplished before.He’s not overly confident or cocky. His demeanor is conducive to the humble nature he exudes. But he does believe in his methods, and he does acknowledge an overhaul of direction within a program that was seeking it.Now Syracuse gets set to start a slate that includes seven teams in the Top 25, including three in the Top 10 and so far, everything has followed his blueprint.“I don’t think it was a dramatic change or a quick change, it’s a process,” Limam said. “We needed to adjust to each other, and it takes time to do that. At the end of the day, I have to do what’s best for the team.” Commentslast_img read more

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Football: Wisconsin gameday grades in Big Ten Championship loss

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS- The No. 6 University of Wisconsin football team fell in disappointing fashion to the No. 7 Penn State University Nittany Lions in the Big Ten Championship Saturday night. With finals right around the corner, the Badger Herald gave out grades to a Badger squad that fell short of a third conference championship for the first time in six years.Football: Wisconsin blows three-touchdown lead, falls to Penn State 38-31 in Big Ten title gameINDIANAPOLIS — It seemed too easy. The bounces, the calls, the everything, really, tilted in the favor of the University Read…Wisconsin Defense- DWhile Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley has been delivering similar dominant performances to Big Ten teams all season, the Wisconsin defense earned a D for their second-half breakdown that cost the Badgers the game. The pass rush and solid secondary that had terrorized opposing offenses for an entire year was nowhere to be seen in the second half, allowing a total of 384 yards and four touchdowns through the air.Wisconsin Offense- BThe Badger offense posted one of their best performances of the year Saturday, but was unable to finish off drives when it really counted and make up for the blunders of the defense. That being said, senior Bart Houston started his first game since the third week of the season and played as anyone could’ve expected, going 16-for-21 and 174 yards. The run game also saw much needed improvements, posting 241 yards against a Penn State defense that was known for its stout run defense.Wisconsin Special Teams- CWhile the Badger special teams didn’t win or lose them the championship game, they certainly didn’t do the overall team any favors. Andrew Endicott has struggled all season after starter Raphael Gaglianone suffered a season ending back injury early in the year. Those struggles manifested themselves in a missed 48-yard field goal on Saturday and, while it didn’t affect the outcome of the game, could’ve been costly had the Badgers punched in their final drive to tie the game.Wisconsin Coaching- CPaul Chryst has proven himself to be the right man for the Wisconsin job in his second year at the position and an overall record of 20-6. The defeat in the Big Ten Championship was certainly not on Chryst, the offensive playcaller for the Badgers, but the attitude of the team coming out of the locker room was not where it needed to be. While Chryst has never been known for his inspirational speeches, he needed to get his team ready for a Penn State surge in the second half and he didn’t.While it’s tough for Wisconsin fans to look back at the 38-31 loss with any glimpse of a positive attitude, Cs get degrees and the Badgers posted a composite C against an undisputed top ten opponent on the rise. The season felt as though it could’ve ended in at least a conference championship for UW, but the performance Saturday was just not enough to get the job done against an inspired Penn State community and team.last_img read more

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Bolt Arrives Rio, Aiming to Cap Illustrious Career with another Treble

first_imgUsain Bolt has announced his arrival in Rio by pulling out the iconic celebratory pose so familiar to fans all over the world.Bolt will be seeking a third successive triple gold medal haul as he competes in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay for Jamaica.The fastest man in the world is putting the finishing touches to his preparations ahead of his first event, the 100m heats on August 13.The sprinter has become one of the most iconic athletes to compete in the sport and after glorious success at London 2012 and Beijing 2008, Bolt is seeking a third and possibly final Olympic Games with the same outcome.Bolt is spending much of his time at Jamaica’s training base, which is a 15-minute bus ride to their team base at the Lynx Hotel.After a period of absence with a hamstring concern, Bolt competed at the Anniversary Games in the Olympic Stadium, London.He was not required to step out of fourth gear as he cruised to victory in the 200m with a time of 19.89 seconds.The sport of athletics is crying out for another Olympics coloured by the charismatic Jamaican, particularly with the negative press surrounding doping in the sport.One of Bolt’s main rivals at Rio will be Justin Gatlin who was formerly banned for doping and many would view success for the world’s fastest man as a victory for clean sport.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more