Dr. Ryan says, “The FDA has made some allowances for a manufacturer to market an antibody test that has not been vetted as fully as the standard process.” Dr. Ryan used the comparison of a lock and key working hand-in-hand. He says, “That antibody helps to eliminate the foreign or infectious substance from the body and helps you get over the infection.” Broome County Health Department’s Medical Director Dr. Christopher Ryan broke down what an antibody is, and how it may help the fight against COVID-19. “The presence of those antibodies would imply that at some point, a person has at some point or another been infected with this coronavirus,” said Dr. Ryan. Antibody tests detect whether or not your immune system has produced antibodies to fight a specific disease. An antibody is a protein certain types of white blood cells make when they’re faced with a virus. Dr. Ryan says “when these white blood cells encounter these, your body would think of them as foreign substances.” “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter. The biggest question surrounding antibody testing is the range in quality of tests on the market. “It takes some time for the antibodies to develop. We don’t know a lot about this virus yet but what we know so far seems to suggest 5-7 days before those antibodies are detectable, that’s after infection,” he says. Dr. Ryan added they are not there yet with the coronavirus, and said it may be coming but that would be speculation on his part. He also said that high level research is ongoing. As for whether or not we’ll get to a point where antibody testing is widespread? Dr. Ryan warns that a test does not determine when you had the virus, or if you currently have it. In addition, if your test shows an absence of antibodies, that does not necessarily mean you aren’t currently infected. “That could be a useful thing, as long as we had access to antibody tests that were reliable and accurate,”Dr. Ryan told 12 News. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Researchers are working around the clock to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, and part of that is determining who is immune through antibody testing.
Pension funds can achieve better results by rebalancing their investment portfolios less often and at less predictable times, studies by asset managers Kempen Capital Management and PGGM have suggested.Ivo Kuiper, head of asset allocation at Kempen, who is to obtain a doctorate from Tilburg University next month, found that switching rebalancing from once a month to once a quarter would lead to an improvement to investment returns of up to 3% over 20 years.He explained that in his calculations he hadn’t applied returns as benchmark, but as the theoretical notion of “loss of use”, which also included risk impact.“Frequently rebalancing is plainly disadvantageous, as relatively low costs accrue significantly in the long term,” he concluded. “If a pension fund rebalances on a monthly basis, its entire portfolio would have been sold eight times with the ensuing transaction costs during a 20-year period.” In another study, Melinda Rook, portfolio manager at PGGM, assessed the adverse impact of the predictability of when pension funds rebalanced their portfolios, which is usually at month-end.This enables other market players to anticipate portfolio changes. Securities to be purchased were slightly more expensive at the end of the month, Rook found, while divested assets were priced lower.Rook said this could be avoided by simply refraining from rebalancing on the last trading day of the month.She found that a pension fund with a portfolio comprising equity and fixed income in a 50/50 ratio would have achieved a 3% better return over the past 20 years if it had rebalanced four days before month-end. Kuiper noted that rebalancing was carried out at many different levels and that the frequency could differ per level.“The ratio between return-seeking and matching portfolios, for example, differs from rebalancing hedging positions on interest and currency risk,” he said. “Moreover, the frequency also depends on the used bandwidth for the scale of allocations.”Kempen’s head of asset allocation said he had observed that several pension funds had already switched to quarterly rebalancing. However, he argued that rebalancing only once a year would be more beneficial in may cases.In his opinion, the temporary imbalance within the portfolio would be more than cancelled out by lower transaction costs. read more
The Irish squad returned home last night following their exit from this year’s World Cup at the hands of Argentina on Sunday. The Puma’s had a comprehensive victory over Ireland on a final score of 43-20…several key players from the Irish team were unable to play due to injury, although Joe Schmidt has refused to blame the loss on this. There’s been some criticism of the Irish rugby structure in the wake of the loss…but Cahir native Tommy O’Donnell, who missed out on the tournament through injury says he has faith in Schmidt’s plan. read more
The Premier County will have two debutants in the side to face the Dubs in Division 1A of the Allianz National Hurling League – Nenagh Éire Óg’s Daire Quinn in midfield and Dan McCormack of Borris Ileigh, who lines out at right half forward.The McGrath brothers Noel and John line out together once again, having appeared in the same team in the league last year.The Tipp boss says tomorrow’s clash at Semple Stadium won’t be easy – but he wouldn’t have it any other way. read more
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Arteta. PHOTO ARSENAL FC Bournemouth 1 Arsenal 1Bournemouth, United Kingdom | AFP | Mikel Arteta wants Arsenal to match his high standards after the Spaniard’s first game in charge ended in a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Thursday.After a bright start from the visitors, the ills of Arsenal’s season that have seen Arteta handed his first senior managerial role were obvious when Dan Gosling put Bournemouth in front on the half hour mark.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang once again rode to his side’s rescue to level, but the Gunners could not make the most of their dominance of the ball after the break against a Bournemouth side that had lost six of their last seven games.A point leaves Arsenal still down in 11th and with one win in their last 14 games in all competitions under three different managers.“There are no negotiables at this club, there are standards that have to be done at this club and they held them today,” said Arteta.“In terms of attitude, desire and commitment it was better than I expected.“I am still learning about the players, about the priorities to make them more secure when they jump on to the pitch.“My only aim now is to find solutions; to attack better, defend better.”Arteta recalled the experienced trio of Mesut Ozil, Alexandre Lacazette and Sokratis Papastathopoulos from the side that drew 0-0 at Everton as he watched on from the stands on Saturday.Ozil has faced a barrage of criticism this season due to his limited impact on the field, whilst Arsenal distanced themselves from his comments support for the Muslim minority Uighurs in Xinjiang amid a backlash from China.The German looked more like his old self in the opening quarter as the visitors dominated possession with Ozil pulling the strings. Twice he freed Lacazette inside the area, but the French international striker could not get a clean strike on goal.“I think he played really well,” added Arteta of Ozil’s impact. “He worked and could have been the difference, we could have scored three or four goals from his balls through.”Arsenal’s clean sheet at Goodison Park at the weekend was their first on the road in the Premier League since the opening day of the season and their defensive deficiencies soon reappeared.Gosling robbed the ball midway inside the Arsenal half and continued his run forward into the box to meet Jack Stacey’s low cross.Bernd Leno then prevented his side falling 2-0 behind before half-time with a smart save at his near post from Josh King.Arteta made an impact with his half-time team talk as Arsenal dominated in the second half but once again needed Aubameyang to dig them out of the trouble.The Arsenal captain scored his 14th goal of the season as he swept home a loose ball inside the Bournemouth box.Lacazette then had a glorious chance to give Arteta the perfect start when he raced clear on goal, but Bournemouth captain Steve Cook recovered just in time with a sliding challenge to divert the striker’s shot behind for a corner.At the other end, Callum Wilson thought he had given Bournemouth just their second ever victory over Arsenal when he tapped into an unguarded net after Leno parried Harry Wilson’s shot.However, the offside flag came to Arsenal’s rescue and a VAR review confirmed the England striker had strayed marginally beyond the last line of defence. Share on: WhatsApp read more
–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (May 7, 2015)–Favored Havanna Belle looked beaten in deep stretch, but the Irish-bred filly surged close home to take Thursday’s $58,000 allowance feature at Santa Anita by a neck, covering one mile on turf under Rafael Bejarano in 1:38.83. Owned by Michael House and trained by Phil D’Amato, she came off a close fifth place finish in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles turf Providencia Stakes on April 4, and registered her first win from three stateside starts.“She broke much better today and we stayed closer to the pace because it didn’t look like there was that much speed in the race,” said Bejarano. “She added blinkers today and she was on the bit and into the race a little more. She really ran strong through the stretch.”Off at 4-5 in a field of six 3-year-old fillies, Havanna Belle paid $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10.“The blinkers were all Rafael’s idea,” said D’Amato. “He didn’t think she was as focused as she should have been in her last race…Turning for home, I was thinking we would get second and she just came with a big run at the end. She galloped out twenty in front, literally, and I think the longer the better with her. The American Oaks (Grade I, 1 ¼ miles turf on May 30) is coming up and I definitely want to go longer with her.”By Teofilo, Havanna Belle got her second win from nine overall starts. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $52,781.Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Frosty Friday, who controlled the race through splits of 25.08, 49.96, 1:14.78 and 1:26.65 appeared to have matters in-hand but was no match for the winner on the money. Off at 8-1, Frosty Friday finished a head in front of Show Stealer and paid $5.40 and $3.00.Ridden by Gary Stevens, Show Stealer pressed the pace from the rail and prevailed by a half length over Miss Double d’Oro for the show and paid $3.20.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. read more