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UK signs up for Sanofi-GSK coronavirus vaccine

first_imgBoth companies voiced in a statement their commitment “to making their COVID-19 vaccine candidate affordable and available globally”.The vaccine candidate “has the potential to play a significant role in overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic, both in the UK and around the world,” said GSK Vaccines President Roger Connor.Sanofi predicted regulatory approval for the vaccine “could be achieved by the first half of 2021”.UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma, quoted in the statement, hailed the progress but noted “the fact remains that there are no guarantees”. “In the meantime, it is important that we secure early access to a diverse range of promising vaccine candidates, like GSK and Sanofi, to increase our chances of finding one that works so we can protect the public and save lives.”Britain has already secured access to 90 million doses of potential coronavirus vaccines in deals with biotech firms BioNTech, Pfizer and Valneva.The deals involve 30 million doses of a vaccine being developed by US pharma giant Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech, and 60 million doses of another created by France’s Valneva.The government in London has also said it would purchase 100 million doses of a vaccine currently being trialed by Oxford University in partnership with AstraZeneca.”This diversity of vaccine types is important because we do not yet know which, if any, of the different types of vaccine will prove to generate a safe and protective response to COVID-19,” Kate Bingham, chairwoman of the British government’s vaccine taskforce, was quoted as saying.Britain has been one of the worst affected countries in the world since the outbreak began, with more than 45,750 deaths. Pharma giants Sanofi and GSK said Wednesday they have agreed to supply Britain with up to 60 million doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.The agreement covers a vaccine candidate developed by France’s Sanofi in partnership with the UK’s GSK and is subject to a “final contract”.Amid a global race to find a vaccine to halt the pandemic, Sanofi announced “ongoing discussions with the European Commission, with France and Italy on the negotiation team, and other governments to ensure global access to a novel coronavirus vaccine.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Lithuania’s INVL AM gets approval to merge second-pillar funds

first_imgINVL Asset Management, part of the Invalda Group and one of Lithuania’s biggest asset management companies, has been given the green light by Bank of Lithuania to merge six of its seven recently acquired MP Pension Funds Baltic and Finasta second-pillar funds.According to Invalda, following the acquisitions, the investment strategies and risk levels of a number of the companies were identical.The merger, preceded by a rebranding of five of the six funds into the INVL name, is due to be completed by the end of 2015.The new merged funds will be known as INVL STABILO II 58+ (the two former conservative, bond funds), INVL MEDIO II 47+ (medium equity) and INVL EXTREMO II 16+ (high equity). The numbers have been added to indicate the recommended age profile of the respective funds.Finasta’s low-equity fund is not part of the merger but will be renamed INVL MEZZO II 53+.The merger will shrink the number of second-pillar operators to six, with INVL in fifth place.According to Bank of Lithuania’s end-June data, of the 26 second-pillar funds, the MP plans had a 5.5% share (64,722) of the total membership and 5.4% (€109.5m) of assets.The respective figures for Finasta were 3.3% (39,100) and 3.5% (€67.6m).On the day of the merger, the accumulated assets of the funds’ participants will be converted, free of charge, into units of the new entities.According to Invalda, each member’s accumulated fund value will remain unchanged, although their number of units may change as a result of each current fund’s different values.Finasta and MP’s two former third-pillar funds are not being merged, but the four will likewise be renamed as INVL plans.INVL entered the Lithuanian pension market in September 2014 when it acquired three second-pillar and two third-pillar funds from Iceland’s MP Banki.In December, it acquired a 100% stake in Finasta Asset Management, including four second-pillar and three third-pillar funds, following up the next month with Finasta’s Latvian asset management operations.That acquisition marked Finasta’s return to Invalda, which in 2009 sold the company to Bank Snoras.Finasta, as a separate legal entity, was unaffected by Bank Snoras’s nationalisation by the Lithuanian government two years later and subsequent bankruptcy.last_img read more

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Winterbourne View Panorama ‘abuse’ hospital to close

first_img Share Share Tweet 15 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle Winterbourne View Panorama ‘abuse’ hospital to close by: – June 20, 2011center_img Share Sharing is caring! Castlebeck will close Winterbourne View on Friday 24 June A residential hospital for vulnerable adults near Bristol where alleged abuse was secretly filmed by the BBC Panorama programme is to close on Friday.Castlebeck, which runs Winterbourne View, said the hospital would close on 24 June when the last patients would be transferred to alternative services.Patients at the unit were filmed by an undercover reporter posing as a care worker.The footage showed residents being pinned down, slapped and taunted.A spokesman for Castlebeck said the company had been working closely with families and carers, the NHS and social services “to ensure patients are safely transferred with minimum disruption to their lives”.After the programme was broadcast Castlebeck apologised and launched an internal investigation.A number of people have been questioned by police and released on bail following the programme and the government said it would carry out its own review of what happened.A serious case review into the alleged abuse at the residential hospital has been set for July.BBC Newslast_img read more

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Soulpuss wins fourth Testing the Best Calypso Show

first_img Share Tweet 21 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img EntertainmentLocalNews Soulpuss wins fourth Testing the Best Calypso Show by: – July 11, 2011 Soulpuss at the 2011 Calypso Finals Competition. Photo credit: dominica-island.infoSoulpuss has been named the best performer at the Fourth Marriage & Engaged Encounter’s “Testing the Best” Calypso Competition which was held on Saturday evening at the Newtown Savannah.The show which included a  tribute to former calypsonian Roland “Spider” James featured ten finalists of the 2011 Calypso Competition who performed each others song.Soulpuss performed the Mighty Explosion’s song entitled “Volcano Ash” to beat a field of nine other finalists for 2011.Click here to listen to Soulpuss courtesy DBS Radio: Meantime reigning 2011 Calypso and Female Monarch ‘Tasha P’ placed second with her rendition of Mighty Lugars’s “Internet Children.”According to organizers the joy of the show is that the calypsonians have to learn another calypsonians song and perform it at the show and are  judged based on how well they can perform it.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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Danny West

first_imgDanny Joe West, 59, of Brookville died on Thursday, August 20, 2020, at his residence.Danny was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on November 13, 1960 to Maynard and Gladys Alsip West. He was a graduate of William Henry Harrison High School in Harrison, Ohio. Danny was disabled for several years and unable to be employed. He loved spending time with his family and helping his friends work on their cars.Danny is survived by his daughter: Rachel West of Brookville; his son: Andy West of Brookville; a grandson: Isaiah West of Brookville; a sister Bev Thompson of Harrison, OH; a cousin: Dennis Alsip of New Trenton; and several nieces and nephews. Danny was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and one sister.Cremation was chosen and there will be no public services at this time. A celebration of Danny’s life will be at a later date. Memorial contributions, in memory of Danny,can be made to Greater Vision Ministry Church ~ 18149 U.S. 52 ~ Metamora, IN 47030. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home was honored to assist the family with the arrangements and to serve Danny’s family. For more information or to leave condolences or memories go to www.cookrosenberger.com.last_img read more

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Not the SATs: Spartans outwit, outscore Wildcats

first_imgCHICAGO — Maybe the sine of the angle of trajectory was miscalculated. Or it could’ve been that the slight wind friction created from the United Center air conditioning wasn’t taken into account, in a thermodynamic sense.One way or another, Northwestern threw away their best chance at victory Thursday afternoon, falling 62-57 to Michigan State, when Jeremy Nash failed to connect with teammate Craig Moore who was no more than 10 feet away, without a Michigan State defender in sight.Having trailed for almost the entire game, the Wildcats finally had a chance to take control, holding the ball, and down three with just under 20 seconds to go, when Nash threw the ball away.”And then the last play, Jeremy did everything right. He was on Neitzel, he defended great, he rebounded the ball well,” Moore said. “I don’t remember if I called for the ball or not, but I kind of looked over at coach to see what he was doing, I looked at the clock and then the ball flew past my face.”Northwestern head coach Bill Carmody said there really wasn’t much that could be done.”What can you say, that’s part of playing basketball. Stuff like that happens,” Carmody said. “What are you going to say? We all wish it was different, but you’re playing basketball. I told the kid to keep his chin up. That’s all you can do.”Michigan State (22-10) now will gear up to play Wisconsin yet again, in a tiebreaker match for the season series.”We’re going to get ready for Wisconsin, looking forward to that,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.Drew Neitzel made five of his seven 3-pointers and added six assists (without a turnover) to lead the Spartans, while Northwestern (13-18) was led by Moore and freshman Kevin Coble, who each poured in 15 points. In his final game, Wildcat legend Tim Doyle managed nine points, six assists and five turnovers, joining the likes of Magic Johnson and Isaiah Thomas in finishing the year with more than 350 points, 150 assists, 100 rebounds and 50 steals, becoming just the 14th player to achieve that feat.Down 10 with just 1:23 to go, the usually offensively challenged Northwestern exploded, drawing to within three with just seconds remaining, before Nash’s pass got away from him.”And yet, I’ll continue to say this, not to give Bill (Carmody) credit, but that team deserves some credit. They made some plays, they made some shots,” Izzo said. “Well, it’s hard to feel great and yet again, as I told my guys, Northwestern is a hard team to play against. I think it’s one of the harder teams to prep against.”Illinois 66, Penn State 60Penn State couldn’t have asked for a better beginning. Basically on the road against a pro-Illinois crowd at the United Center, the bottom-seeded Nittany Lions jumped out to a 13-2 lead in the opening minutes of their contest against the sixth-seeded Illini.However, it wasn’t meant to be that easy, as Illinois answered with a 16-1 run to take the lead, one they wouldn’t relinquish despite the best efforts of Mike Walker.”We needed somebody to make some shots,” Penn State head coach Ed DeChellis said. “We weren’t shooting the ball very well. Mike stepped up and made some big baskets for us, so we kept trying to get him the basketball, and he continued to make some shots for us down the stretch, which was very important.”Down by as many as 16, Penn State slowly chipped away at the margin, eventually paring the Illinois lead to just two with 1:38 left, with the help of an effective full-court press and the outstanding shooting of Walker, who made a Big Ten tournament record seven 3-pointers, en route to 22 points.Illinois was carried by the strong outside shooting of Chester Frazier, who made five 3-pointers and had 21 points. Warren Carter chipped in 19, while Shaun Pruitt was only a basket shy of a double-double, with eight points and 10 rebounds.”You scout guys all season long and you know they do one thing and then they come out and they play big,” Walker said. “[Frazier] stepped up. He’s a player in the Big Ten. He’s going to step up and make shots, and I think that was the difference.”Michigan 49, Minnesota 40Michigan head coach Tommy Amaker couldn’t say it better about his team’s 49-40 win over Minnesota Thursday:”It wasn’t a pretty game,” Amaker said.The Wolverines shot just 27 percent in the second half and coughed up a 15-point lead, but were still able to claw past the Gophers in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.The opening game of the conference tournament didn’t open with any fireworks, either. Minnesota missed its first seven shots, but then exchanged runs with Michigan before the Wolverines went into halftime 20-16.”Both teams were struggling to put it in the basket,” said Dion Harris, who led Michigan with 14 points. “We had to convert going into the second half.”The Wolverines held onto the lead after halftime as Michigan and Minnesota combined for the lowest point total in tournament history.Amaker was coaching as if his job was on the line. Despite a 20-win season, Michigan is on the bubble to make the NCAA tournament and needs a good run in the Big Ten tournament to secure a bid. However, he was not feeling the heat in the ugly game Thursday.”It’s not about me personally,” Amaker said. “It’s about our team and trying to see if we can advance in this tournament.”last_img read more

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WLAX : No. 3 Syracuse focused on fixing mistakes during daunting part of schedule

first_img Published on April 5, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Kailah Kempney didn’t feel Syracuse was at its best Thursday against Notre Dame.The freshman scored five goals and the Orange came away with a 16-10 victory over the No. 6 Fighting Irish, but Kempney wasn’t satisfied.‘We’re proud of the win, but it wasn’t a great win,’ the freshman attack said in a phone interview Thursday. ‘We know we could have done a lot better. We had a lot of mistakes.’No. 3 Syracuse (7-2, 2-0 Big East) will aim to fix those mistakes as it continues a grueling stretch of three games in five days. The Orange will play its second game in that span on Saturday at 1 p.m. when it takes on Rutgers (7-4, 2-1) in the Carrier Dome. SU caps off the five-day challenge against Dartmouth on Monday.The Orange has endured some challenging weeks so far this season, playing two games in four days three times already. The first time, SU dropped both games to then-No. 6 Virginia and No. 1 Northwestern in late February. Three days after losing to the Wildcats, the Orange edged then-No. 5 Florida in double overtime. And in March, Syracuse beat then-No. 4 Maryland and then-No. 20 Towson in a four-day stretch.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe three-game stretch provides challenges for the Orange to remain sharp. Still, despite being the most difficult stretch in terms of frequency of games, SU head coach Gary Gait doesn’t feel it is the toughest Syracuse has faced this season.The Orange opened the season with five games against top-12 teams including three straight against teams in the top-five. Gait said facing that high level of competition in the Orange’s brutal early-season schedule was his team’s biggest test thus far.‘There were top-five teams we were facing back-to-back-to-back, three in a row and that was the toughest stretch of maybe any team in the country so far,’ Gait said. ‘Going from Northwestern to Florida to Maryland, that was a tough, tough stretch.’But SU attack Katie Webster said this series of games is just as difficult.And Webster said those first five games against top-five teams helped prepare Syracuse for anything it faces this season, including these three games.‘This stretch is going to be probably just as difficult,’ Webster said. ‘When we played the tougher teams we didn’t play as much. Still, these next two teams are very good and we’ve got to play with them and not get tired.’Syracuse has taken some unique steps to get ready for each game. With only one day off between games, the Orange has had to prepare a little for Notre Dame, Rutgers and Dartmouth.On Friday, SU will focus its preparation on Rutgers, watching some film of the Scarlet Knights. The Orange will also have a practice, though Webster doesn’t expect it to be overly intense as the team tries to stay fresh.And that could be good for Kempney. Even after scoring five goals against the Fighting Irish, the attack is still recovering from a knee injury suffered against the Wildcats on Feb. 29.Kempney said Thursday she still isn’t 100 percent, but the freshman is eager to get back on the field Saturday to help SU extend its six-game winning streak. The Orange’s game against Rutgers serves as a chance for the team to get better.‘Having a game on Saturday just gives us an opportunity to get back on track and get back to where we were and fix all those little mistakes that we made tonight,’ Kempney said.dbwilson@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Men’s basketball: Bench play sparks No. 9 Wisconsin to victory over Chicago State

first_imgThe beginnings of Thursday night’s game against Chicago State University and the effort against Creighton Tuesday night were all too familiar for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team.For the second time in 48 hours, the opposing team had mounted an early 8-0 lead against the Badgers. The Cougars had upset on the brain, and UW desperately wanted to avoid a second straight loss to drop to 1-2 not yet a week into the season.But 8-0 was the worst the evening would get for Wisconsin. UW subsequently rattled off a 19-0 run, mostly sparked by bench contributions, over the next nine minutes, and UW ran away with the contest 69-51.“Just the energy and the enthusiasm and how those guys off the bench gave us a spark,” UW head coach Greg Gard said. “I think that’s one of the traits hopefully of this team as we continue to grow.”Senior forward Vitto Brown led UW with 12 points, but it was the bench play for Wisconsin that stood out, especially in the first half.Wisconsin’s bench outscored that of CSU’s 18-0 during the game’s first 20 minutes. The biggest spark came from sophomore guard Kahlil Iverson, who finished with 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks, one of which wound up in the fifth row behind the Badger bench. His effort was complete with plenty of classic Iverson dunks and an undeniable energy on the defensive side of the floor.Iverson said he knows his role of providing an energy-boost.“[I] try to be the spark guy, no matter when I get in, who I go in for, anything like that,” Iverson said. “Just try to go in, do a bunch of positive things, get us going if we’re in a little slump and just provide a lot of energy and help us win.”Freshman guard D’Mitrik Trice (three points, seven assists) showed poise while commanding UW’s offense. Charles Thomas (seven points, seven rebounds) and Alex Illikainen (eight points, five rebounds) were also effective, especially during that 19-0 run during the first half.The opportunity for the bench to prove itself tonight came early, when two quick UW turnovers prompted Gard to deploy a quick hook — reminiscent of his predecessor Bo Ryan — just more than a minute into the game on three of his starters, including Brown.“When I sat down I’m like, ‘I ain’t even sweat yet! I ain’t even loose yet,’” Brown joked. “It’s all good, it’s always important to send a message with your leaders like us because we can mess up and get taken out and the guys coming in after us will be held to the same standards.”Still, Chicago State’s zone defense and UW’s offensive inconsistency allowed the Cougars to hang around early. Wisconsin’s lead at halftime was just 32-24.UW senior forward Nigel Hayes scored just three points and was just 1-for-4 from the free throw line. Senior guard Bronson Koenig managed 10 points, experiencing a drop-off from the season’s first two games, in which he averaged 18.5 points. Koenig made just one of his six 3-point attempts.After a ghastly shooting performance at Creighton, in which Wisconsin tossed up 39 3-pointers and only made 11, the Badgers shot 45 percent from the field Thursday. They continued to struggle from behind the arc, shooting just 5-for-19 (26 percent).Chicago State’s Fred Sims Jr. scored a game-high 26 points for the Cougars.last_img read more

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Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier remains focused on process

first_img“It’s a little tougher now to be honest with you. Same with JT. Trying to keep those guys in the mix. Van Slyke’s the same.”What’s a fourth outfielder to do?Ethier said he’s focusing on the same process that allowed him to hit .327 and reach base at a .407 clip in spring training.“Probably the key to having a good spring is putting the work in in the cage and doing the drills, making sure you’re staying sharp with that stuff,” Ethier said. “Not getting complacent, not getting out of whack, not doing that stuff – that’s my biggest thing. I’m just keeping my drills up, keep getting my work done.”Even though he can’t reasonably expect to start regularly since Mattingly has pledged to play the other outfielders more, Ethier isn’t expecting to stay on the bench. Call it a case of selective denial – if it helps him hit the ball well, Ethier’s attitude isn’t likely to change.“I’m not coming here saying ‘I’m not getting an at-bat today’ or ‘I might only get one’ and not put the work in – the quality of work in, like I’m probably going to be out there playing,” Ethier said. “Knowing that you’re not going to need to gear up for game time, you gear up more toward the fifth or sixth inning to get that at-bat, and focus all that energy toward that one at-bat.”Ethier has three years and a guaranteed $56 million remaining on his contract.Beachy in the penPitcher Brandon Beachy is continuing his Tommy John rehab with the rest of the major league club and will travel on all the Dodgers’ road trips for the foreseeable future. Beachy threw another 25-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, his “fifth or sixth” since he began throwing off a mound in spring training. Although he hasn’t had any setbacks so far, Beachy is trusting the process more than the results.“I didn’t have a setback the first time until it was bad news,” said Beachy, who was still recovering from his first Tommy John surgery when he needed a second in April 2014.The right-hander still is throwing only fastballs and changeups and does not have a timetable to be pitching in games. The typical recovery range for Tommy John patients is 12-18 months from the surgery date.“I put my faith in the program they’re laying out for me,” Beachy said. “I’m looking forward to getting people out, contributing to this ballclub. Everything’s out of my hands.”Beachy signed an incentive-laden, one-year contract Feb. 21 at a base salary $2.75 million and an option for 2016.AlsoPitcher Clayton Kershaw needed a root canal procedure as a result of the line drive that hit him in the face during a Cactus League game on March 20. … Mattingly said that Hyun-Jin Ryu reported no issues after playing catch Tuesday, the first time he’s thrown a baseball since he was shut down on March 23. … Mattingly hasn’t decided who will start against the Seattle Mariners on April 14, the first time the Dodgers will need a fifth starter. Minor leaguers Scott Baker and David Huff are among the candidates, but Mattingly said “no matter who we probably end up starting, it’s going to be a load on our bullpen.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img To the extent that he can, Andre Ethier isn’t dwelling so much on his current role with the Dodgers.Clearly, he doesn’t like it. Ethier did not start any of the Dodgers’ first three games of the season against the San Diego Padres. He can’t like where his playing time is headed, either. Because the Dodgers have three days off among their next 12, manager Don Mattingly figures to keep Carl Crawford, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig in the outfield.“I try to do as best I can about keeping everybody involved in the lineup,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It’s a little tougher early because of the number of off-days. … As you get into the season, there are so many games, so many little nick injuries, guys need a break or a breather, it gets a lot easier as the season moves on. last_img read more

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Džeko reached Batistuta’s Record!

first_imgIn the tenth round of the Serie A, Roma defeated Sassuolo with 3:1 and the match will be remembered because of the record of Edin Džeko.Sassuolo came into advantage with a goal by Cannavaro in 12th minute and the first half time ended with that result. Only 12 minutes of game in the second half was enough for Roma to tie, and the striker was Edin Džeko.However, the Diamond did not stop there. A penal was awarded in the 74th minute for the team of Roma, and Džeko then took the responsibility and scored a goal for the change in the result.In this season of Serie A, Džeko has the performance of ten goals in ten matches, which enabled him to reach the Roma’s record held by the legendary Gabriel Omar Batistuta, who also scored ten goals after ten rounds in the season 2000/2001.This is Džeko’s best season opening since he has been playing football professionally. Already now he scored more goals in the league than in the entire previous season, when he shook the net eight times.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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