Danish scientists moving closer to HIV cure

first_img Share Share The researchers are currently conducting human trials on the treatment in the hope of proving that it is effective.COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Despite the unflagging efforts of dedicated professionals, the Caribbean still has the world’s second highest incidence of HIV/AIDS behind Sub-Saharan Africa, with the disease remaining among the top five causes of death for the region in the 20-49-year age group.Fifty new HIV infections are said to take place in the Caribbean daily and 33 deaths are recorded, and while infection rates are stabilised and decreasing in some countries, increasing patterns have been observed in others including Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Belize.Against this backdrop comes welcome news out of Denmark where researchers say a cure for human immunodeficiency virus, the virus that causes AIDS, may be within reach.According to The Telegraph, the scientists are conducting a clinical trial to test a “novel strategy” in which the HIV virus is “reactivated” from its hiding place within human DNA and potentially destroyed permanently by the immune system. The scientists are currently conducting human trials on their treatment, in the hope of proving that it is effective. It has already been found to work in laboratory tests.The technique involves unmasking the “reservoirs” formed by the HIV virus inside resting immune cells, bringing it to the surface of the cells. Once it comes to the surface, the body’s natural immune system may be able to kill the virus.In vitro studies of the new technique proved so successful that in January the Danish Research Council awarded the team 12 million Danish kroner (about US$2 million) to pursue their findings in clinical trials with human subjects.These are now underway, and according to Dr Ole Søgaard, a senior researcher at the Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark and part of the research team, the early signs are “promising”.“I am almost certain that we will be successful in activating HIV from the reservoirs,” he said.“The challenge will be getting the patients’ immune system to recognise the virus and destroy it. This depends on the strength and sensitivity of individual immune systems, as well as how large a proportion of the hidden HIV is unmasked.”Fifteen patients are currently taking part in the trials, and the first results from the trial are expected to be presented in the second half of 2013.Dr Søgaard stressed that a cure is not the same as a preventative vaccine, and that raising awareness of unsafe behaviour, including unprotected sex and sharing needles, remains of paramount importance in combating HIV.Caribbean 360 HealthLifestyle Danish scientists moving closer to HIV cure by: – May 7, 2013 Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 81 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Suarez: Liverpool said I could leave

first_img Suarez said: “I have the club’s word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case but I do not want it to come to that. We have the backing of the PFA.” Liverpool were heavily reliant on Suarez last season, with the forward netting 30 goals, but the club have also backed him strongly throughout a number of controversies. The most notable of those were his infamous race row Manchester United’s Patrice Evra during the 2011-12 season and his ban for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic earlier this year. He still has six games of his 10-match suspension for the Ivanovic incident to serve. Suarez has been accused of lacking loyalty to Liverpool for making his desire to leave so public, but he feels he is only asking for what he is entitled to. He said: “They defended me, just like I defended them on the pitch. The players have always supported me and I’m grateful for that. It’s the same with the supporters. I got a great reception at the weekend and I am grateful. “I don’t think the supporters are angry – I think they understand a player when he has the ambition to triumph at the highest level. “When you are at a club for as long as you are together you stick up for each other but that does not give the club the right to go back on their commitment. “I’m 26. I need to be playing in the Champions League. I waited one year and no one can say that I did not give everything possible with my team-mates last season to get us there. “It is not as if I am asking to move to a local rival. And I would not consider moving to a club outside the Champions League. “I have made my desire to move known in private various times and now it feels like the time for me to make it public. “I have to put my career first. People say Liverpool deserve more from me but I have scored 50 goals in less than 100 games and now they could double the money they paid for me.” Suarez was critical of the British media earlier in the summer, blaming them for some of his problems as he appeared to court interest from Real Madrid. Yet he claims his words were misinterpreted because of certain questions that he was asked and does not feel he would be contradicting himself by moving to Arsenal. He said: “My priority is Champions League football. This is about me doing what is right for my career at this moment in time. “Right now the Premier League is the biggest and most important league. “My record shows that I’m not the kind of player who wants to change clubs every season and I would have no problem playing in England for many more years.” Press Association Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has claimed the club promised he could leave them this summer if they had not qualified for the Champions League. Suarez said: “Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go. “I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement.” Liverpool have rejected two bids from Arsenal – of £30million and £40,000,001 – for Suarez this summer. Suarez understands the Gunners’ unusual second bid of £1 over £40million triggered a release clause, but Liverpool believe they must only inform the player of an offer beyond that mark and negotiate if they wish to sell. Suarez said: “I don’t feel betrayed (by Liverpool) but the club promised me something a year ago just as I promised them that I would stay and try everything possible to get us into the Champions League. “They gave me their word a year ago and now I want them to honour that. And it is not just something verbal with the coach but something that is written in the contract. I’m not going to another club to hurt Liverpool.” Suarez, who joined Liverpool in a £22.8million deal from Ajax in January 2011 and has scored 51 goals in 96 appearances for the club, claims he is now ready to force the issue. There had been reports that Suarez and his advisors were considering Premier League arbitration as a possible way to break the impasse over his situation. The Uruguay international has also said he will submit a written transfer request by the end of the week if the Anfield club continue to block a potential move to Arsenal. Suarez, in interviews given to the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, said he believes a clause written into the contract he signed last summer entitles him to a move. last_img read more

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Cricket News Vijay Shankar and Ambati Rayudu – Curious case of number four in India’s World Cup squad

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: India’s World Cup selection may have faded away with each passing day but the selection encircling Vijay Shankar ahead of India’s ‘preferred number four’ seems to be an inescapable sight of the social media users. One of which surrounds Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar. Every time we see these two cricketers performing and working regressively on the cricketing field, it is believed that two have different set on skills which shouldn’t have been kept on the same page at first sight. However, when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee had announced a 15-member squad for the premier 50-over tournament on April 15, MSK Prasad said, “After the Champions Trophy, we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also included Karthik, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast he can bowl, plus he is a fielder. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4. Now we have plenty of options for that slot.” Post this, three dimensions took a toll as almost everybody including the likes of Ambati Rayudu, Virat Kohli, and others started to use this term on every other ocassion which is known to the cricketing fraternity around the globe. Here, just for a moment, we rewind the clock back to October 2018, when the team management along with the skipper first thought of introducing Ambati Rayudu into the setup, Virat said, “Rayudu has taken his chance with both hands. We need to back him till the 2019 WC (World Cup). He reads the game well, so we are happy that someone intelligent is batting at number four.”Everything was going well for Ambati Rayudu. Runs were flowing, the team was backing, selectors were on his side, and he was performing decently. But then, all of a sudden, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended from the tour and were asked to come back from Australia tour with immediate effect. Vijay Shankar and Shubman Gill were the replacement announced by the BCCI for the series. In Hardik Pandya’s absence, the team tried Vijay Shankar for that position and he was able to grab it with both hands. His consistent performance led him to feature in the squad even in the presence of Hardik Pandya. With two seaming all-rounders in the squad, team India’s squad started to look more balanced. Ambati Rayudu, on the other hand, continued to feature in India’s playing XI in the series against Australia and New Zealand. During his overseas stint, he managed to play a superlative knock against New Zealand when he smashed 90 runs in the final ODI. On that tour, almost everybody else struggled to get runs under their belt and Rayudu stood strong to play one heck of an innings. He ended the New Zealand series on high, which made him feature in India’s last home series before the World Cup against Australia, where he managed to score just 33 runs in the three games he played. And all of a sudden, his selection for the World Cup surrounded more questions than one thought at that stage. India dropped him from the playing XI and tried Vijay Shankar at number four, who once again grabbed his opportunity and scored some important runs and bowled well. At the end of the series, on March 13, Virat Kohli was asked whether the performances in Indian Premier League affect the selection chances for the World Cup, he said, “No, I don’t see the IPL having any influence on World Cup selection. I think that will be a very, very radical sort of analysis.”But seeing it from a realistic point of view, one has to accept, that it did. In the case of Vijay Shankar and Ambati Rayudu, what made the selectors go with former over latter? Yes, Either option stands strong each time he scores big or the other fails. And now that IPL 2019 league stage is over, who has nudged ahead of the other in this little competition? Well, both Shankar and Rayudu finished with identical batting numbers at the end of their respective 14 matches in the league stage. Both Rayudu and Shankar have finished with a tally of 219 innings with a similar average of 19.90. However, Shankar played an innings less, while holding a stronger strike rate of 120.32. And on the other hand, Rayudu scored a half-century – a match-winning 57 against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on April 11. Interestingly, the squad for the World Cup was announced on April 15, and before that Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad had played 8 and 7 games respectively. The two players have an identical number with Rayudu managing to score 138 runs, and Shankar scoring six runs less than him.However, Shankar doesn’t bowl often in international cricket. Remove Kedar Jadhav from the playing XI and he will be the sixth bowling option for India. But when CSK were up against SRH just an evening after the huge announcement, the match was presented on social media and on television as Shankar vs Rayudu. Little later, Shankar was dragged into the attack when Rayudu took the crease. He almost got better of the batsman when Rayudu had nearly dragged the outside-off length ball onto the stumps. The duel lasted for only five deliveries with Rayudu managing only fours runs.CSK and SRH have both qualified for the playoffs and hence their batting numbers are bound to change. But will they come face-to-face against one another one last time in IPL 2019 before World Cup? – Well, time will tell. To sum it up, Vijay Shankar didn’t do much good to his selection but Ambati Rayudu surely did all bad in the last days before selection to miss out from the World Cup squad. Disclaimer: The opinions and facts expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. They do not reflect the views of News Nation. The NNPL does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.last_img read more

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West Indies looking for improved performance

first_img(CMC) – FOLLOWING contrasting results in their opening two games of the Tri-Nations Series, West Indies will go in search of an improved performance when they face Ireland again today, hoping to secure a berth in the final of the tournament.The Caribbean side crushed the Irish in their opener last Sunday by 196 runs in a game which featured a world-record opening stand between Shai Hope and John Campbell.However, they were brought back down to earth a few days later when they were easily brushed aside by Bangladesh, in an eight-wicket defeat, marked by mediocre out-fielding and the inability to post a really competitive total.Captain Jason Holder said it was now crucial for West Indies to up their game and rectify the mistakes they had made during that loss.“I thought we batted really well in the first game and in the second game it was probably a little bit tougher in terms of the pace of the wicket and trying to get runs flowing,” Holder said ahead of the contest at The Village in Malahide.“I think we’ve had a few discussions over the last couple days just how we can improve if we find ourselves back in that situation. It’s just a matter for us to try to get 300-plus runs on the board each time we go out there and bat.“I think we were just a little bit off the boil in the last game and in this game, we are just looking to do a few more things better and get up to that 300-run mark that we’re looking for.”West Indies entirely dominated their first meeting with Ireland. Their 381 for three was their second highest in ODIs and the margin of victory was their fourth largest in ODIs and largest in five years.Their bowling was also incisive, especially up front when they reduced the hosts to 21 for three in the fifth over. Following middle-order resistance, they took the last seven Irish wickets for just 33 runs.They will be keeping an anxious watch on the weather, however, especially after heavy rain forced the abandonment of Thursday’s match between Ireland and Bangladesh at the venue.“It should be a really good game again, hopefully the weather stays away,” Holder said.“We had a really good game against Ireland in the first round and basically it’s getting deeper into the competition now and we want to win this game and then secure a spot into the final.“We obviously just need to bat well and bowl well and hopefully we can get the result we’re looking for.”The series will be the final one before West Indies head into the May 30 to July 14 World Cup in England, where they open their campaign against Pakistan on May 31.And Holder said one of the aims of the ongoing series is for players to improve themselves ahead of the showpiece.“I’m happy with how things are going so far. I think the guys have been working really hard. They’ve been very, very disciplined,” the world-rated all-rounder pointed out.“We were probably not at our best in the last game but we had tonnes of discussions over the last few days on how we can get better and how we can improve, which is what you want in a young group like this one.“So I’m very, very positive that we can bounce back against Ireland and when we play Bangladesh the second time around, we will put up a much better performance.”TEAMS:IRELAND – William Porterfield (captain), Andrew Balbirnie, George Dockrell, Josh Little, Andrew McBrine, Barry McCarthy, James McCollum, Tim Murtagh, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker, Gary WilsonWEST INDIES – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Darren Bravo, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Raymon Reifer, Kemar Roachlast_img read more

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Hardy homers as Brewers win 3rd straight

first_imgJ.J. Hardy homered in the second and drove in the winning run in the 11th on a sacrifice fly as the Brewers completed a three-game road sweep of the Cleveland Indians.[/media-credit]CLEVELAND (AP) — Slumping J.J. Hardy homered early and drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians with a 9-8 victory Wednesday night.Milwaukee closer Trevor Hoffman blew an 8-4 lead in the ninth, but the NL Central leaders earned their eighth straight interleague win over Cleveland. Milwaukee also swept three in 2006 and won the final two of a three-game set in 2001.Prince Fielder singled with one out in the 11th off Greg Aquino (1-2), who then walked Corey Hart. The runners advanced on a wild pitch that made the count 1-1 on Mike Cameron. The Indians intentionally walked Cameron to load the bases before Hardy lifted a fly to center, scoring Fielder.Mark DiFelice (4-0) worked 1 1-3 innings for the win. Mitch Stetter struck out two with two runners on to earn his first career save.Ryan Garko’s three-run double with one out in the ninth tied it at 8. Hoffman, baseball’s career saves leader with 570, blew one for the first time in 17 chances since signing with Milwaukee as a free agent.Hoffman entered with runners on second and third and yielded a one-out RBI single to Victor Martinez before walking Shin-Soo Choo to load the bases. Garko followed with a drive to left-center. He overran second base, however, and was tagged out while sprawled on the ground after twisting his right ankle. He walked off and was replaced in left field by Ben Francisco to start the 10th.Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun had two hits and scored twice before leaving in the eighth with lower back tightness.After the start was delayed 34 minutes by rain, Hart drove in three runs and hit one of Milwaukee’s three homers as the Brewers took an 8-4 lead.Bill Hall, in a 7-for-77 (.091) slide, broke a 3-all tie in the seventh with his fifth homer — and first since May 14.Hardy hit his sixth homer — his first since May 8 — in the second for a 2-0 lead. He came to bat in a 7-for-63 (.111) skid.The Indians, last in the AL Central, lost for the fourth time in five games. Their bullpen was battered by the Brewers for 21 hits, 14 walks and 18 runs in 14 combined innings in the series.When Cleveland fell behind 1-0 in the first, it brought out the boo birds to replace sea gulls that have pestered patrons at Progressive Field in recent games.Cleveland tied it with a three-run fourth. Consecutive one-out doubles by Martinez, Choo and Garko made it 3-2. Garko scored on Luis Valbuena’s single to tie it.Milwaukee starter Jeff Suppan allowed three runs over seven innings. Cleveland’s David Huff gave up three runs in five innings — failing to get past the fifth for the sixth time in seven career starts since May 17.NOTES: Cleveland last beat Milwaukee on June 13, 2001, a 5-2 win in 10 innings. … Indians manager Eric Wedge said OF Grady Sizemore and INF Asdrubal Cabrera will go with the team to Chicago for a weekend series against the Cubs. Sizemore, out since May 31 with a sore left elbow and Cabrera, sidelined since June 3 with a strained left shoulder, will work out and hopefully start injury rehab assignments next week. … Indians RHP Carl Pavano will be moved back a day or two in the rotation. He has a tender shoulder. …Brewers INF Casey McGehee did not play because of knee and ankle injuries.last_img read more

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Gbinije hits game-winner with one-tenth of a second left against Virginia Tech, lifts Syracuse to 72-70 win

first_imgBoth of Devin Wilson’s hands were up, but neither could reach Michael Gbinije or the ball he was about to float through the bottom of the net in front of the Syracuse student section.Gbinije had driven across the top of the key to just outside the left block, spun back to his right and drained the game-winning shot with a tenth of a second remaining to give Syracuse (15-7, 6-3) a win at the end of a furious six-minute comeback over Virginia Tech (9-13, 1-8) on Tuesday night in front of 22,928 in the Carrier Dome.In a game when Rakeem Christmas was below his recently high standards and the Orange’s best shooters struggled to sink open looks, Gbinije provided a third scoring option after Trevor Cooney spared the Orange. Gbinije’s 18 points, seven assists and four steals kept Syracuse close with the Hokies when it struggled, even when the visitors started to hit 3s and put SU in front at the last possible moment.While Syracuse force-fed Christmas, it swung the ball to Gbinije with ease. Whereas when the ball came bouncing back out of the post and into Virginia Tech hands, when the Orange picked out Gbinije, it glided through the hoop.Twice in the final three minutes of the first half, Kaleb Joseph swung the ball to Gbinije. The first, with 2:46 left in the half was from the right wing and tied the game at 28-28. The second, from the left wing, gave SU a 34-30 lead with 34 seconds remaining.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe halftime cushion proved crucial as the Orange got off to as troubling of a start in the second half as it did in the first.Going into the second media timeout with 11:20 remaining, SU trailed 52-49. The Hokies had made all of their six 3s. Gbinije drew two fouls in nine seconds, inching the Orange closer to the bonus.After struggling to hit free throws like so many of his teammates, Gbinije would use that bonus to tie the Hokies before beating them.With 18.9 seconds remaining and SU trailing by 2, his first free throw hit the front rim and the backboard, then dropped in. His next swished through the hoop.After an Adam Smith over-and-back gave the Orange the ball back, Gbinije inbounded the ball in front of SU’s bench. When he was given the ball, he attacked again to give SU a lead too late for the Hokies to take back. Comments Published on February 3, 2015 at 11:31 pm Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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More over 50s Register for 2017 Edition

first_imgACCESS/ LAGOS MARATHONProbably buoyed by the success of sexagenarian Abiola Oshodi-Adeniyi Bada and Seni Ogunlende who competed in the 2016 edition of the Access Bank/ Lagos City Marathon, more members of the over 50 years club are showing interest in the 2017 edition of the race.Since registration began in November last year, there has been an increase in the number of men and women over age 50 coming to pick entry forms at the Teslim Balogun Stadium office of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. While 68-year-old Oshodi-Adeniyi Bada is yet to pick entry form for the 2017 race, 64-year old Ogunlende was one of the sexagenarians at the marathon office on Monday to register for the road race.Ogunlende was warmly received at the Marathon Office by the Access Bank/ Lagos City Marathon General Manager, Yussuf Alli, and Head of Communications and Media, Olukayode Thomas.Alli, a former international long jumper, expressed his joy at the increase in the high number of older men and women embracing the culture of running.He said it was a global phenomenon, adding that between 1991 and 2011, 518,000 finished the New York Marathon and about 18 per cent were members of the over 50 club.Alli urged more and more Nigerians, especially those over 50 years to show more interest in walking, jogging, exercise and running as it an anti-aging antidote.“Medical research have proved that exercise by men and women in their 40s, 50s and above counteract the effects of aging,’’ he noted.Alli revealed that running benefits include calorie burn, improved cardio, muscle strength, stress relief, and the prevention of some types of cancers.“Old age comes with certain conditions and diseases, so finding ways to improve your health become more important as you grow older. For example there are simple daily exercises that help over 50 controls their weight, strengthen your heart muscle, lower blood pressure, and help prevent heart attacks and strokes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Bring on Ivory Coast says Appiah

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah said he would have wished to battle it out with tournament favourites Ivory Coast in the quarter-finals instead of Cape Verde.Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Appiah said if he had his way he would have changed the pairings to ensure that the Black Stars face the Elephants because the Blue Sharks have got nothing to lose.The former Ghana international said despite his views, he still holds a lot of respect for the Islanders and will employ every strategy to cripple their chances of making history with the Black Stars.“We need to respect Cape Verde,” Appiah said. “They are 100 per cent disciplined. It is not going to be easy. We need to work more to go past them.”He added: “I’ll prefer to meet Ivory Coast than meeting Cape Verde. When you are playing a team that has got nothing to lose it’s difficult because there is no pressure on them. That is the fear in me.”Ghana have booked a quarter-final date with the debutants on Saturday after leading their group following an emphatic 3-0 win over Niger.last_img read more

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter hails Ghana’s performance at AFCON 2015

first_imgFIFA President Sepp Blatter has lauded the performance of the Black Stars at the just ended 2015 AFCON held in Equatorial Guinea where Ghana finished as runners up to Cote D’Ivoire.Mr. Blatter who was in Equatorial Guinea to watch the final match, also congratulated Coach Avram Grant and the entire technical, administrative and medical team.“Congratulations to the national team on reaching the final of the African Nations Cup Equatorial Guinea 2015! The final match against Cote D’Ivoire at the Stadium of Bata was a passionate encounter, which you were unfortunate to lose after a nerve-racking penalty shootout that ended 9-8 in favour of the Elephants”.“Your team played excellent football and could have as well won the trophy”.“Having arrived to Zurich, I would like on behalf of the international football community to extend our warmest congratulations on your second-place finish, not only to the Black Stars, but also to the coach Avram Grant and the entire technical, administrative and medical team”, the FIFA Boss said in a letter sent to the Ghana Football Association.He further wished Ghana continued success for the competitions ahead.last_img read more

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State Lawmakers Favor Spending on Teacher Raises, Tourism and Affordable Housing

first_imgAs state lawmakers move closer to finalizing a $92 billion budget, they are also monitoring the global spread of the coronavirus, which could end up disrupting the anticipated revenues needed for major items in their spending plan.“It’s a serious concern,” says Republican House Speaker Jose Oliva. “It’s a concern because we are making some strong spending commitments in areas that everyone can support, but they’re strong recurring spending commitments.”On Saturday, lawmakers agreed to put more than $500 million into teacher pay raises, which is a three percent across-the-board raise for state workers. They also decided to preserve the full $387 million in the affordable housing trust fund and to set aside $50 million for Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing organization.Each one of those initiatives could instead see cuts if the coronavirus affects tourism.“We’re all concerned primarily for the lives of Floridians and all of our brothers and sisters around the world,” says Senate budget chief Rob Bradley. “The governor and his team are on the case and they’re being very aggressive in dealing with it.”DeSantis recently asked lawmakers for $25 million to help fight the threat of the coronavirus, which has already resulted in two deaths in the state.However, Oliva says people should go about their lives and not give in to “panic” over the virus.He adds, “There is a difference between legitimate concern – and we should all be very legitimately concerned – and panic. When we begin to act in a panicked way the structures of things around us begin to crumble and then we get ourselves into a situation that a special session cannot repair.”last_img read more

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