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Liоnel Messi: Bаrсelоnа fоrwаrd аgrees соntrасt extensiоn with 50% раy сut

The 34-year-old Messi joined Barcelona two decades ago at age 13. Last August he stunned Barcelona by announcing that he wanted out after the 2019-2020 season ended without a title and his relationship with then club president Josep Bartomeu deteriorated. The return of Joan Laporta to the club’s presidency in March has been key in bringing Messi back into the fold. Laporta ran Barcelona when Messi had his breakout as a teenager. A significantly lower salary for Messi is critical to keeping him at the financially troubled club following the losses sustained by the pandemic and some questionable management. Laporta admitted that a lower salary cap for Barcelona due to reduced revenues complicated his task to make all the pieces fit. Messi's previous contract with Barcelona expired on June 30, making many Barcelona fans nervous that he could be lured away to big spenders like Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester City. Even Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman acknowledged last week that he was concerned. “Messi? When things don’t get resolved, you have to be worried,” Koeman said. “Laporta told me to remain calm because we are working hard so that he remains with us for years to come. I have complete faith in our president to work this out.” The six-time Ballon d’Or winner is currently on vacation after leading Argentina to the Copa America title last weekend, ending a long wait for a major title for his nation. Messi has enjoyed a glittering career at Barcelona. He has won 35 club titles in 17 seasons, including four Champions Leagues, and set club records for goals (672) and appearances

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Covid: Vaccine complications dwarfed by virus risks

A major review of vaccines suggests the AstraZeneca jab does raise the risk of blood clots and another serious condition that can cause bleeding. But the study found the risk of such problems following a coronavirus infection was still much higher. The University of Oxford-led team also found an increased risk of stroke after the Pfizer jab - but again at a much lower rate than after infection. The team said it once again showed the "substantial" benefit of vaccination. It comes after a coroner ruled on Thursday that BBC Radio Newcastle presenter Lisa Shaw died because of complications from the AstraZeneca jab. The 44-year-old died in May after developing headaches a week after getting her first dose. She suffered blood clots in the brain. Child jabs halted in trial as adult clot link probed AstraZeneca: Is there a blood clot risk? The research team looked at records from more than 29 million people who received a first dose of a Covid vaccine between December and April, who were mostly over 40, as well as nearly 1.8 million who were infected with the virus. The study, published in the British Medical Journal, looked for complications up to 28 days after being jabbed or infected. It found that for every 10 million people vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine: an extra 107 would be hospitalised or die from thrombocytopenia, which can cause internal bleeding and haemorrhages, but that was nearly nine times lower than the risk of the same condition following an infection an extra 66 would be hospitalised or die from blood clots in the veins, but that was nearly 200 times lower than the risk following an infection For every 10 million people vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine, it found: 143 extra strokes would be seen, but that was nearly 12 times lower than the risk following an infection media captionLead author Prof Julia Hippisley-Cox: "These are really reassuring results" Lead author Prof Julia Hippisley-Cox said it was important people were aware of the risks,
but that they were kept in context given the higher risk from being infected. Fellow author Prof Aziz Sheikh added the findings "clearly underscore" the importance of getting vaccinated to reduce the risk of these clotting and bleeding outcomes. Vaccinations, he said, offer a "substantial public health benefit". None of the university researchers involved in this study were part of the Oxford team that helped develop the AstraZeneca vaccine er risk from being infected. Fellow author Prof Aziz Sheikh added the findings "clearly underscore" the importance of getting vaccinated to reduce the risk of these clotting and bleeding outcomes. Vaccinations, he said, offer a "substantial public health benefit". None of the university researchers involved in this study were part of the Oxford team that helped develop the AstraZeneca vaccin

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Соvid: The hоlidаy mаkers hаving tо self-isоlаte аbrоаd

In eаrly July, university student Аimee flew оut tо Zаkynthоs, Greeсe. Mоre thаn а week intо her triр, the tоur орerаtоr she wаs trаvelling with sаid thаt there hаd been а few саses оf соrоnаvirus аnd аsked everyоne tо tаke а test. Аimee's саme bасk роsitive. "I wаs shаring with а rооmmаte, but the орerаtоr mоved them оut sо I соuld isоlаte," She tells the REUTER. Аimee is nоw оn the fifth dаy оf her self-isоlаtiоn аt the resоrt in Zаkynthоs. READ MORE...