Gov. Youngkin pick for medical adviser bucks trends on COVID

Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin has named a respected physician who opposes blanket vaccine mandates and downplayed the threat of the coronavirus to children as his lead adviser on pandemic response.

The choice of Marty Makary, a Johns Hopkins surgeon and Fox contributor, signals that Youngkin, a Republican, will upend outgoing Democratic governor and pediatric neurologist Ralph Northam’s approach to public policy at a critical time in the pandemic, political science and health experts say.

Makary will probably have influence over how Youngkin handles vaccine mandates for health-care workers as well as K-12 schools and public colleges and universities – policies the governor rejected on the campaign trail – potentially leaving Virginia an outlier in the region.

Makary’s nomination came days before Youngkin’s inauguration on Saturday as the 74th governor of Virginia, amid a flurry of announcements that – like the new governor’s campaign team – include a mix of movement conservatives and establishment stalwarts.

“A number of appointments play to the very conservative wing of the party, which in and of itself is not unexpected. This guy did not run to be the next Larry Hogan. He ran with broad base of support, the Trump wing and the Republican establishment,” said Mark Rozell, the dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

He nominated Richard Cullen, the uber-connected former chairman of the legal and lobbying giant McGuireWoods and former U.S. attorney and Virginia attorney general, as his counselor, a top policy and legal post. Youngkin also tapped nominated Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who was President Donald Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency chief, as his secretary of natural resources; and Kay Coles James, former president of the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank, as the next secretary of the commonwealth.


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While Makary serves Younkin’s political needs and is compatible with the views the governor has shared, Rozell wondered if the appointment is the best interest of public health and science.

“He will be giving critical advice at a very critical time of the pandemic spread,” he said.

More than 29,000 people have died of COVID-19 in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia in the nearly two years since the coronavirus was first detected. State and local officials have deployed an evolving patchwork of policies amid fluctuating infection rates, which have been sharply on the rise for weeks due to the omicron variant.

Makary is chief of islet transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins and a professor at the Hopkins School of edicine and in the business school, where his research focuses on public health policy, vulnerable populations, disparities in health care and health-care costs, according to his official bio.

He is a Thomas Jefferson University-educated physician who completed his residency in surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Medical Center. He has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine and is the author of several books, including “The Price We Pay: What Broke American Health Care-and How to Fix It.”Leana Wen, an emergency medicine physician and public health professor at […]


Raiders vs. Bengals odds, prediction, betting trends for NFL wild-card playoff game

Getty Images When the Raiders travel to face the Bengals to open the NFL wild-card playoffs in a No. 3 vs. No. 6 game Saturday afternoon (4:30 p.m. ET, NBC), they will be looking to build on a four-game winning streak to advance to the divisional round. The Bengals were riding a three-game roll until they played backups against the Browns.

Las Vegas couldn’t handle Cincinnati’s rushing attack in the first meeting in November. Since then, the Bengals have let QB Joe Burrow loose as a downfield passer. Counterpart Derek Carr also has flashed and grinded plenty during an efficient season. The Raiders will try to pull the upset under interim coach Rich Bisaccia. The Bengals are finally into the playoffs with coach Zac Taylor and want to stay there for a while.

Here’s everything to know about betting on Raiders vs. Bengals in the 2022 NFL playoffs, including updated odds, trends and our expert’s prediction for the wild-card game.

MORE WILD-CARD PICKS: Against the spread | Straight up Raiders vs. Bengals odds for NFL playoff game

Spread: Bengals by 5.5

Over/under: 49

Moneyine: Raiders +205, Bengals -250

The line started at six points in favor of the Bengals and is tilting toward the Raiders late in the week. The Raiders are operating on a short week after playing in overtime on Sunday night, while the Bengals were able to rest Joe Burrow and other regulars in Week 18. Raiders vs. Bengals all-time series

The Raiders lead the series 21-12, but the Bengals have won four of the past five matchups going back to 2012, including this season’s 32-13 Week 11 romp at Las Vegas. The Raiders last won 17-10 in 2019. When the Bengals last won a playoff game 21 years ago, they also lost to the Raiders 20-10 in the divisional playoffs. Three trends to know

—A solid 55 percent of spread bettors are siding with the Raiders to keep the game close and not close to the near-touchdown number.

—61 percent of over/under bettors believe the relatively high number should be in the 50s given the potential of both offenses.

—The Raiders are 4-6 against the spread and 5-5 overall in their past 10 games. The total has gone over in only four of those games, including Week 18 vs. the Chargers. The Bengals are 6-4 ATS and 5-5 SU in their past 10 games with the total going over six times, too. Three things to watch

Burrow and his wide receivers The Bengals saw their wideouts contained against Casey Hayward Jr. and the Raiders’ secondary in the first meeting, but they also won with Joe Mixon dominating in the rushing attack and didn’t need to throw much with their defense balling. Between Ja’Marr Chase, Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd, Burrow will consistently find a good matchup to exploit downfield. Carr and Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow Carr has missed his go-to tight end for several games and got him back just in time for Week 18. Renfrow has been […]


Joe Rogan Trends After Spotify Ignores Protests To Remove His Podcast

As fans may recall, hundreds of doctors, nurses, medical professionals, scientists, and teachers all signed an open letter asking Spotify to stop “mass-misinformation events” like the podcast hosted by Joe Rogan .

“The Joe Rogan Experience” host has been accused of spreading misinformation about COVID-19, including in a recent episode with Dr. Robert Malone . Malone had previously been permanently suspended from Twitter due to spreading COVID-19 misinformation.

In the letter, the medical professionals are asking Spotify to “establish a clear and public policy to moderate misinformation on its platform” and point to Rogan’s history of “broadcasting misinformation, particularly regarding the COVID-19 pandemic” as a reason for Spotify to step in.

Although the news has been broadcast through several media outlets, Spotify has declined to make a statement about moderating COVID-19 misinformation on its platform. Although some were critical of Spotify’s lack of a response, other fans celebrated it. #ThankYouJoeRogan and #ThankYouSpotify Start Trending

We would be in very serious trouble right now without Joe Rogan and Spotify’s courage. Let’s make #ThanksJoeRogan and #ThankYouSpotify trend. Don’t cut and paste. And consider doing them in separate tweets. Let’s let’em know we appreciate them. — Bret Weinstein (@BretWeinstein) January 15, 2022 On Saturday morning, podcast host and author Bret Weinstein , tweeted , “We would be in very serious trouble right now without Joe Rogan and Spotify’s courage. Let’s make #ThanksJoeRogan and #ThankYouSpotify trend. Don’t cut and paste. And consider doing them in separate tweets. Let’s let’em know we appreciate them.”

He added, “Please Retweet this, and each other’s tweets so it gets widely seen. That’s the only way to reveal how many of us feal this way.”

Although it started trending, one fan pointed out that “If Joe Rogan is spreading information as fact without evidence and he still calls it factual, that is lying. Aka spreading misinformation. We’re entitled to our opinions, but not our own facts.”

Although it started trending, opponents decided to use the hashtag as a way to mock Rogan’s supporters, leading to general confusion over whether or not the “thank you” was supposed to be authentic or sarcastic to those hopping on Twitter later in the day. #ThankYouJoeRogan Creates Confusion On Twitter

As the tweets started continuing, it was getting harder to tell which were genuine and which were sarcastic. Take a look at some of the tweets below and make the decision for yourself! #ThanksJoeRogan for having so many experts on your show and spreading useful information about COVID like taking Ivermectin! You’re saving lives and doing important work! � #ThanksJoeRogan for asking questions. Damn, it’s crazy when you actually have to thank someone for just doing what everyone else w a voice should be doing. Simply ask questions! — ✌�� Linda Taylor �✝️ (@lt3taylor) January 15, 2022 #ThanksJoeRogan for convincing us to do our own research during a deadly pandemic. Our whole family had Covid twice & most of us survived! Though we lost Uncle Jethro & little Karen keeps complaining about her “long-term Covid cough.” Typical teenaged angst! […]


Which Bruce Boudreau-impacted Canucks trends are here to stay?

The transition from the Travis Green era to the Bruce Boudreau era has gone smoothly for the Vancouver Canucks who have gained 17 out of a possible 22 points with their new coach. It’s been a remarkable turnaround for a team that was sitting near the bottom of the standings while fans threw jerseys on the ice just over a month ago.

While Boudreau has brought some different strategies and tactics, there’s only so much you can do on such short notice and it seems as if much of the newfound success can be attributed to a change in energy and confidence around the organization. While that’s great, it’s also slightly worrisome as it begs the question as to how many of these changes are sustainable.

So let’s take a deeper look at some of the early trends from the Boudreau era in Vancouver and see which are here to stay and which are a flash in the pan. 2.04 goals allowed / 60 – 1st in NHL

A big part of the Canucks’ success under Boudreau has been their defence. Since the coaching change occurred, the Canucks are first in the league as they’re only allowing slightly over two goals allowed per sixty minutes in all situations. That’s the best rate in the league and a large difference from the results earlier in the season.

While there are a few different factors that have contributed to this success, the largest without a question has been the dominant play of Thatcher Demko. The Canucks second-round selection in 2014 continues to improve every year and has now placed himself in conversations with the league’s best goalies.

Demko was named the NHL’s 3rd star of the month for December due to his tremendous play and he was the main motor behind the Canucks’ long winning streak. While he still might continue to perform as a top-tier goalie, his numbers will regress back down to earth and the Canucks goals allowed will follow.

Verdict: Hanging on by a thread The resurgence of Tyler Myers

Tyler Myers has often been ridiculed throughout his time in Vancouver because of his hefty cap hit. While never a terrible player, it was the type of contract that looked bad the moment the ink dried. However, since Boudreau has arrived Myers has been playing some of the best hockey of his career, all in a larger role as well.

With Boudreau behind the bench, Myers has been playing the most of anyone besides Quinn Hughes and has been thriving. He has the second-highest xGF% (53.25%) of any regular Canucks defensemen and has been on the ice for 12 goals at 5-on-5 compared to only 5 against.

His individual points percentage is still low compared to his career average, so we could even see his name on the scoresheet a bit more often in these coming games. Overall, he’s having a very positive impact on the ice and has clearly earned more of Boudreau’s trust.

The one caveat to mention when it comes […]


NHL Fantasy: Evaluating goals above expected to predict trends in the second half

We should be halfway through the season by now, but because the NHL has postponed so many games due to COVID-19, teams have completed just 43% of their schedule on average.

The second “half” of the season will be jam packed. Teams have to make up over 100 games and even with the February Olympic break available for rescheduled games, it will be a grind for a lot of teams.

It’s going to be tough, but it’s also an opportunity for those players who have struggled to start the season to turn their luck around, and also an opportunity for players who started hot to regress back to the mean. We break down candidates to bounce back and to cool down in the second half based on goals above expected. Players who could bounce back

Arvidsson was traded to the Los Angeles Kings and was a dark horse breakout candidate heading into the season. He was supposed to play on a line with Anze Kopitar , but Arvidsson hasn’t performed nearly as well as many expected.

He has nine goals on the season but has generated 12.56 expected goals, currently sitting at -3.56 goals above expected (GAx). That mark is 27th worst in the NHL and Arvidsson should see some regression in the second half. He’s only 39% rostered so keep an eye on him. If he’s owned, Arvidsson is an easy player to throw into a trade as a sweetener to get a deal done if you’re making moves ahead of the deadline.

It’s been a rough stretch for Konecny the last little while. After 61 points in 66 games in 2019-20, he had just 34 points in 50 games last season and 19 in 34 games this season. However, his ice time is improving lately with two games above 18 minutes in the past six games.

He has five goals on the season and has generated 9.63 expected goals. His -4.36 GAx is 10th worst in the league and is due to come back up to the mean at some point. With increased usage, Konecny is a great candidate to take a flier on. He is just 28% rostered right now.

Fiala seems to come up a lot on lists like this, but all signs are pointing to him just needing a bit of puck luck to turn things around this season. Fiala is 43rd worst in the NHL at -3.11 GAx on the season, scoring seven goals and 10.11 expected goals.

Minnesota is soaring which provides stability for Fiala, and he’s still available in 31% of leagues right now. He shoots a ton and plays on the top power play unit, so Fiala is a great buy-low candidate in trades right now. It might take a bit more to trade for him but a bounce back from Fiala in playoff weeks could be huge. Players who could cool down

I’ll preface this by saying I own Filip Forsberg in every fantasy league I’m in. He’s been phenomenal this season when he’s played, and […]


‘Becoming increasingly popular’: Biggest interior trend of the year unveiled

AN INTERIOR expert has share the "biggest" interior trend of 2022. The interior decor pro said this trend is "becoming increasingly popular".

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Interior trends change from year to year with some becoming iconic and long-lived and others quickly being replaced. One trend that’s set to be the “biggest” of 2022 is biophilic design. Demand for biophilic design is already soaring to 200 percent and it’s expected that this will be incorporated into many property interiors this year.

Vicky Salmon, Head Florist at Interflora said biophilic interior design is “becoming increasingly popular as we move into 2022”.

She added: “More of us are looking to bring elements of the outdoors into our homes, populating areas with plants that have both physical and mental wellbeing benefits as well as being aesthetically beautiful to look at.“

Biophilic design focuses on the human connection between nature and the environment.

The interior design trend incorporates plants and nature into homeowner’s everyday space. The trend reportedly has positive effects on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Being close to elements of the natural world is supposed to improve cognitive function, mood, creativity and reduce stress.

Some plants also increase air purification and can lead to a more restful sleep.

For those looking to incorporate biophilic design into their interiors, Vicky has named the best plants for biophilic interior design: Peace lilies

The plant expert said peace lilies are the perfect addition in biophilic interior design.

Vicky said peace lilies can improve the quality of your sleep.

She said: “As we all know, sleep is an essential function that helps your body to recharge. Without sufficient or quality sleep, people often struggle to complete day-to-day tasks.“If you’re looking to improve the quality of your sleep then peace lilies are the perfect bloom for you.“They help to filter the indoor air and increase and increase humidity which helps you to breathe easier. Looking for a new home, or just fancy a look? Add your postcode below or visit InYourArea “The bloom also helps to absorb airborne mould spores that are common in allergens, allowing sufferers to wake up feeling more refreshed.” Mother-in-law’s tongue Pinterest has seen demand for biophilic design increase by 100 percent.Mother-in-law’s tongue is a great addition to a bedroom due to its lush green leaves and aesthetic nature look.The plant can convert carbon dioxide into oxygen all night and can create an ideal environment for a good sleep. Average UK house prices (Image: EXPRESS) The houseplant can also be put on a shelf or in a hanging pot and allowed to drape and grow. Rubber plant Rubber plants are also great for biophilic design.Vicky said this plant can offer “amazing health benefits”.She said: “Not only does this plant provide the perfect addition to your biophilic design aesthetically, but it also has amazing health benefits.“The plant assists in removing pollutants from the air such as carbon dioxide.Find out more at Interflora


Bitcoin Trends for 2022 From the Experts

skodonnell / Getty Images Bitcoin opened in 2021 with a strong performance and saw a rapid increase in both adoption and interest throughout the year. The crypto had many milestones, from the first Bitcoin-linked exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to major companies announcing they would accept it as a form of payment. (Then rescinding it, in Tesla’s case.) While Bitcoin closed the year lower than many expected and is off to a slow start in 2022, it’s important to note that the crypto outperformed other asset classes in 2021, including commodities, stocks and gold .

NYDIG, a technology and financial services company dedicated to Bitcoin, released its year in review and outlook for 2022, and several themes from last year- including regulation and institutional adoption- will carry over this new year, they say.

Let’s take a look at NYDIG’s Bitcoin forecast for 2022 and what experts think about them: Macro Correlations Remain Elevated

“Going forward, we should expect correlations to settle at these new higher levels; there is no reason to expect them to revert to a zero correlated asset. Like commodities though, despite modest positive correlations, Bitcoin should still act as a portfolio diversifier,” NYDIG said in the report.

Reeve Collins, Co-Founder, BLOCKv , a leading platform for creating highly programmable and customizable digital assets, told GOBankingRates that Bitcoin is continuing to unleash new ways for more people, and people who have never had access to banking, to pay and connect with global ecosystems.

“It’s important that Bitcoin be treated as a portfolio diversifier for people to have continued access to this currency and the technology that comes with it. Because it is a young asset, and because it is only being adopted now in a big way, it is to be expected that there will be correlation with equities,” Collins said. “But longer term, this adoption will likely play out in a way in which Bitcoin will be seen as a hedge and, thus, the correlation with equities will diminish.”


Milan Fashion Week curtailed by virus, opens with 16 shows

Milan fashion houses were charting a path out of the pandemic that included a menswear calendar this month packed with enough live events to entice fashionistas to once again book trans-Atlantic flights. But that was before the omicron surge.

Milan Fashion Week previews for Fall-Winter 2022-23 open Friday with significantly fewer physical events than initially planned, and access to those is severely limited by pandemic restrictions as Italy’s virus infection tally hit record highs almost daily.

Global powerhouses like Zegna, Fendi, Dolce&Gabbana and Prada will still host live shows, but Milan mainstay Giorgio Armani canceled entirely and other brands scrapped runway shows for digital. The more than 40 planned live events have been reduced by one-quarter, with 16 live runway shows going ahead alongside physical presentations.

“The positive thing is that many important brands decided to hold runway shows, and this is a good sign,’’ said Carlo Capasa, the president of the Italian National Fashion Chamber. “Fashion is the second most important industry in Italy. It is important to remember that we must live with this virus, and that we have to find a way to protect people’s health while also continuing to work, to allow this industry to continue to work.”

Paris also is confirming a slimmed-down selection of runway shows Jan. 18-23, followed by haute couture, while London canceled its January calendar, which will be combined with women’s previews in February.

The Italian fashion scene has been buffeted by the pandemic since Italy recorded the first locally transmitted case of the virus in the West during in the middle of fashion week in February 2020. Armani was the first to close his showroom to a live audience, streaming the Fall-Winter 2020-21 collection from an empty theater.

The digital trend continued, with a handful of live runway exceptions, until last September’s womenswear previews for spring-summer 2022, when vaccination rates heralded a return to live shows as the rule, albeit with limited numbers and social distancing. That was enough to offer promises that fashionistas in something closer to pre-pandemic numbers could once again pack runway seating, where they might discern first hand whether that shimmering fabric is silk or satin.

For this edition, travel restrictions and concerns mean that many editors and buyers who had intended to travel to Milan this month canceled, particularly from the United States, Capasa said. In addition, swaths of Asia and eastern Europe — important fashion markets — are administering vaccinations not approved by European health authorities, limiting travel to Italy.

To engage those who do make the trip, luxury brands like Brunello Cucinelli and Kiton have added physical presentations to their digital shows.

Under current health guidelines, fashion houses must allow for every guest four square meters (just over 40 square meters) — a space that previously might sit as many as eight. In many cases, that means something like one-tenth of the pre-pandemic audience, requiring tough calls even if fewer people are traveling.

In addition, more protective FFP2 masks are required, and rapid tests will be available to those wanting. Venues will […]


Nino Cerruti: Italian fashion great dies aged 91

Nino Cerruti – one of the great Italian designers and fashion entrepreneurs – has died aged 91.

Reports say he passed away in hospital in Piedmont where he had checked in for a hip operation. Image caption, Nino Cerruti pictured in 1989 He always insisted on trying on his own creations first. Many of them were kept at the textile factory his grandfather founded in the town of Biella in 1881.

"I have always dressed the same person, myself," he once said, according to AFP news agency.

With his experience in producing excellent fabrics at his family’s textile mill, Cerruti went into the clothing business in the late 1950s. With a model in Capri in September 1968 He opened his first boutique in Paris in 1967.

When he asked male and female models to walk down the catwalk in the same clothes, he revolutionised fashion, AFP notes. Riding his bike on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice in 1985 In the ’80s, he branched out into Hollywood, designing clothes for stars including Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks. At the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 with Antonio Banderas (L) and Prince Albert II of Monaco With Catherine Deneuve (C) and Fanny Ardant in Paris in 1999 Dining with Anthony Hopkins in 1994 From a portrait session in Italy in July 1987 In his studio in 1991 At home with his wife and son in Rome in 1988 All images subject to copyright


Nino Cerruti, pioneer of men’s ready-to-wear fashion, dies aged 91

Pioneering Italian fashion designer Nino Cerruti has died at the age of 91, a source in the fashion industry confirmed to AFP on Saturday.

Cerruti was one of the leading figures in men’s ready-to-wear fashion in the 20th century, with a style that was at once elegant and relaxed. His Cerruti 1881 brand became renowned and in his heyday he dressed many a Hollywood star.

He died at the Vercelli hospital in the north-west region of Piedmont, where he had been admitted for a hip operation, the Italian daily Corriere della Sera reported on its website.

“A giant among Italian entrepreneurs has left us,” said Gilberto Pichetto, deputy minister for economic development.

Tall and slim, he always insisted he be the first to try on his creations, many of which were kept at the textile factory his grandfather founded in the northern town of Biella in 1881. “I have always dressed the same person: myself,” he once said.

Born in 1930 in Biella, Cerruti dreamed of becoming a journalist. But after his father died when he was 20, he was pressured into giving up his philosophy studies to take over the family textile factory. He came to international attention in 1957 with his men’s collection Hitman, considered revolutionary at the time.

Cerruti opened his first eponymous boutique a decade later in Place de la Madeleine in Paris, where he later moved his company’s offices to be close to the beating heart of fashion.

In time, his fashion house expanded to include luxury lines and fragrances, grouped under his Cerruti 1881 brand. The year came from the date on which Cerruti’s grandfather founded a textile mill in Biella. He also hired future fashion icon Giorgio Armani, who worked for Cerruti for six years in the 1960s before going on to found his own famous company in 1975.

Cerruti’s ranges could be seen in cinema, where he designed clothes for films including Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Woman and Basic Instinct. Leading figures in cinema such as Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Julia Roberts and Harrison Ford were seen wearing Cerruti items. He later took on the role of official designer for Ferrari in the mid-1990s.

His work won accolades including two Cutty Sark menswear awards, the Munich fashion week award in 1981, and an Italian Pitti Uomo award in 1986.

Reflecting on changes in his more than 40 years in fashion before retiring in 2000, he told the Observer: “The environment was very different then. When I started working, it was still a traditional culture with less individuality, more social correctness.

“This has quickly moved on into a society in which there is more freedom, more originality and more incorrectness. It was a national, industrial society when I began; now it’s a global communications society.”

In 2000, he sold a controlling stake in the company to Fin.Part, an Italian industrial group. Less than a year later it bought the rest of the company, and Cerruti departed.… we have a small favour to ask. We’d like to thank you for putting your trust in our […]