The heating revolution is firing up

first_img Opinion Share whatsapp Friday 15 February 2019 7:54 am City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Tags: Trading Archive These changes came from relatively underwhelming beginnings. Who would have predicted the jump from a pay-as-you-go Nokia 3310 to the smart devices we can’t take our eyes off today? Systems once boring and functional have morphed beyond recognition, creating whole new sectors of innovation.Yet one sector has been overlooked, seen as too complicated and held in stasis by a powerful incumbent industry: the way we heat our homes.It can be hard to rouse excitement over heating, save for a week or two of midwinter chill. But keeping warm at home accounts for one of the largest domestic outgoings, and around 20 per cent of national carbon emissions.The current set-up stands alone in its antiquity. Paying per unit of fuel consumed, with no real awareness of how much the bill will be until it comes through the letterbox (or inbox), is a backwards way of providing a basic element of a comfortable home life.Imagine if we paid for internet by the byte, still forked out 10p to send a text, or didn’t know how much petrol we had used until a monthly bill arrived. whatsapp The heating revolution is firing up One of these is heat networks, where hot water is pumped around a number of homes from one centralised source. Common in other countries, this is a great way to modernise our heating systems, saving both energy and carbon emissions in the process.Other low-carbon options include switching the gas grid to hydrogen, or sucking heat from the air or ground and pumping it into buildings.Curbing the amount of energy we waste from our homes would represent another huge leap forwards. The UK’s housing stock is among the leakiest in Europe, with the majority of new homes being built to lower standards than we might expect.We generate a vast amount of heat only for it to escape through roofs, walls and windows. This extra demand not only represents a huge amount of wasted money, but also adds to our chronic trade deficit with fossil-fuel rich countries, and increases the risk of another cold-related scare, as seen during last year’s “Beast from the East”.For the first time in decades, there is momentum for change in the heating sector – momentum that will fuel innovation and give the UK a head start on a nascent global industry.Far from being dull, how we heat our homes is on the verge of kick-starting another revolution. Fortunately, change is coming. With a potential market of close to 30m houses and legally-binding carbon emission targets in its sight, British industry is looking to modernise how we heat our homes.We have already seen sparks of the revolution in innovative metering systems, made by the likes of Nest and Hive. But this only the start.Shifting towards heat as a service, whereby homes pay a fixed cost for, say, a guaranteed temperature during certain hours in the winter months, would free up the concerns that many have around keeping warm. It would also allow bundling of other services that take the stress out of broken-down boilers and frozen pipes, and would make it easier to apply discounts to help the most vulnerable in society.But why stop there? The same logic that has led people to lease rather than own individual items, cutting down on maintenance costs, can be applied to the 22m gas boilers in homes up and down the country, which sit dormant for the vast majority of the time.There are a multitude of new ways to keep warm, negating the need for most us to buy and maintain a fairly complicated and expensive bit of kit. There is a revolution happening. The way in which we own assets and pay for goods – unchanged for centuries – is being turned on its head.Ownership is waning and the heyday of pay-as-you-go services is coming to an end. We now overwhelmingly lease cars instead of buying them, pay for communications as a service rather than for each call made or email sent, and open up our homes to strangers to make some extra cash during holidays abroad. 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Judge’s decision could end legislature’s Medicaid expansion appeal

first_imgBusiness | Health | State GovernmentJudge’s decision could end legislature’s Medicaid expansion appealJune 24, 2016 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Judge Frank Pfiffner hears oral arguments in the Medicaid expansion case, Feb. 5, 2016. (Photo by Annie Feidt/APRN)A judge ruled Friday the House can’t continue an appeal of Gov. Bill Walker’s decision to expand Medicaid. This could be a fatal blow to the attempt to reverse the expansion.Superior Court Judge Frank Pfiffner concluded that the House can’t step in for the Legislative Council in appealing the lawsuit. House members wanted to pursue the appeal, saying that Walker’s actions violated the separation of powers. But senators have wanted to end the appeal. Without agreement between the two houses, it’s possible the Legislative Council cannot continue with the appeal.Nearly 18,000 Alaskans have joined Medicaid since Walker expanded the program.Share this story:last_img read more

Kotzebue sees cluster of COVID-19 cases

first_imgCoronavirus | NorthwestKotzebue sees cluster of COVID-19 casesAugust 21, 2020 by Wesley Early, KOTZ – Kotzebue Share:Maniilaq Health Center (Wesley Early/KOTZ)Ten Kotzebue residents have tested positive for COVID-19 this week, including two employees of local health care provider Maniilaq Association.Maniilaq officials said Monday that a resident tested positive after traveling to Kotzebue from Anchorage and experiencing symptoms of the virus.The next day, Maniilaq announced that three other Kotzebue residents, including two of its employees, tested positive for the virus as well. The two employees don’t perform health services at Maniilaq. One of the three individuals who tested positive on Tuesday is showing symptoms of the virus. Officials say they don’t believe those cases are travel-related.Then on Wednesday, six passengers returning to Kotzebue from out of state all tested positive for the virus. All six medically isolated themselves in Kotzebue immediately after testing.With these 10 new cases, there have now been 60 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Maniilaq service area, which covers Kotzebue, the surrounding Northwest Arctic Borough villages and the North Slope village of Point Hope.Share this story:last_img read more

CDC drops mask requirements for fully vaccinated people

first_imgRELATEDTOPICS NBC News – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] announced that individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks or socially distance inside or outside in most situations. The update comes more than a year after the CDC issued guidelines recommending that Americans wear a mask to protect against the virus.A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the last dose is administered. That gives the immune system enough time to create antibodies to combat the virus. So far, more than 35% of the United States has been fully vaccinated, according to CDC data. Vaccines could go to all Floridians by April depending on age safety restrictions March 12, 2021 AdvertisementTags: covid-19 vaccines There are a few exceptions to the new guidelines. People with compromised immune systems should talk to their doctors about protective measures. Fully vaccinated people may also still be asked to wear masks in hospitals or other healthcare settings. Cape Coral could have a new COVID-19 vaccination site — they just need vaccines March 4, 2021 FDA grants emergency authorization to Johnson & Johnson vaccine March 1, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Gov. DeSantis works to increase COVID-19 vaccine doses allotted to Charlotte County February 11, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement AdvertisementThe CDC said unvaccinated people should still wear masks. While the vaccines work well, a small percentage of fully vaccinated people in the U.S. have still tested positive for COVID-19. Those cases are generally mild. Advertisementlast_img read more

U.S. Supreme Court rules that SEC disgorgement constitutes a penalty

first_img The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that a five-year limitation period applies to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) efforts to seek disgorgement from alleged securities law violators. “Because SEC disgorgement operates as a penalty … any claim for disgorgement in an SEC enforcement action must be commenced within five years of the date the claim accrued,” the Supreme Court states in its ruling. Related news Keywords EnforcementCompanies Securities and Exchange Commission Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Facebook LinkedIn Twitter BFI investors plead for firm’s salecenter_img The ruling comes in a case that the SEC brought forward in which a jury ruled that Charles Kokesh had violated securities laws by concealing the misappropriation of $34.9 million (all figures are in U.S. dollars) from four companies between 1995 and 2009. The SEC sought monetary penalties, disgorgement and an injunction barring Kokesh from future violations in the case. According to the Supreme Court’s decision, the district court ruled that the statutory five-year limitation period applied to the monetary civil penalties, but not to the $34.9-million disgorgement judgment. That court concluded that disgorgement is not a “penalty” under the law, and so, the five-year time limit does not apply. As a result, it imposed a $34.9-million disgorgement judgment, $29.9 million of which resulted from violations outside the limitations period, and ordered Kokesh to pay an additional $18.1 million in prejudgment interest. That position was upheld on appeal, but now the Supreme Court has overruled the lower courts in a unanimous decision, finding that SEC disgorgement does constitute a penalty. “First, SEC disgorgement is imposed by the courts as a consequence for violating public laws. … Second, SEC disgorgement is imposed for punitive purposes,” the Supreme Court’s ruling states. “Finally, SEC disgorgement is often not compensatory. Disgorged profits are paid to the district courts, which have discretion to determine how the money will be distributed.” PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton last_img read more

Blood Collection Drive at Devon House Dec. 9

first_imgBlood Collection Drive at Devon House Dec. 9 UncategorizedDecember 7, 2006 RelatedBlood Collection Drive at Devon House Dec. 9 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail As part of its preparations for the festive season, the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) will host the ‘Gift of Life Christmas Blood Collection Drive’ this Saturday, December 9, on the North lawn of Devon House from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.This is a new approach for the blood bank, which has always had a difficulty maintaining adequate supplies around the festive season, when there is usually an increase in the number of traffic accidents, among other types of situations that create added pressure on their supplies.Sandra Brown-Thomas, Communications Co-ordinator at the NBTS told JIS News that expectations were high concerning the drive, as the goal was to collect at least 200 units of blood.“We are anticipating a huge turn out, given the fact that persons are aware of the challenge that we face, especially during Christmas. We hope they will be moved to spare a thought for those persons, who will need blood at this time of the year for whatever reason,” she said.“It will also be in the spirit of the season, a worthwhile thing for persons to do during the season,” Mrs. Brown-Thomas added.The atmosphere at the Blood drive will be very festive as Mrs. Brown-Thomas informed that there would be music to “create the right vibe” in addition to, entertainment for children.“We will even have a bounce-a-bout to try to create a different atmosphere, so that even if you bring your children along, they will be entertained, while you go through the process of donating blood,” she noted.Sponsors, such as Lucozade and Homestyle Juices, will also be on hand to offer products and samples, along with other support agencies such as the HEART Foundation of Jamaica.However, the biggest highlight for the day is the appearance of the very popular Miss Jamaica World 2006 and Miss World Caribbean, Sara Lawrence who, with a team of models from Spartan Elite Models, will take part in a fashion show, co-ordinated by Joan McDonald, a former Miss Jamaica World. “They are really in support of our cause,” Mrs. Brown-Thomas said. The show is expected to begin at 3:00 p.m.In the meantime, addressing the matter of blood collection during the current outbreak of malaria, Mrs. Brown-Thomas said the screening process would be further “tightened up”, even though screening is a normal part of the process when donating blood.“This is in terms of looking for persons having fever and flu-like symptoms and checking into their history, when interviewing them and so on. In a suspected case, we would not necessarily take the blood from you. We would probably take a sample so that, it can be tested to see if you have been infected with malaria,” she pointed out.She also stressed that donated blood would be rigorously screened before being used in transfusions. RelatedBlood Collection Drive at Devon House Dec. 9center_img RelatedBlood Collection Drive at Devon House Dec. 9 Advertisementslast_img read more

COVAX Announces additional deals to access promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates; plans global rollout starting Q1 2021

first_imgCOVAX Announces additional deals to access promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates; plans global rollout starting Q1 2021 COVAX now has agreements in place to access nearly two billion doses of several promising vaccine candidates, and laid the groundwork for further doses to be secured through contributions from donorsThese agreements mean that all COVAX’s 190 participating and eligible economies will be able to access doses to protect vulnerable groups in the first half of 2021. At least 1.3 billion donor-funded doses will be made available to 92 economies eligible for the Gavi COVAX AMC, targeting up to 20% population coverage by the end of the year.Funding raised in 2020 and early pledges toward 2021 targets, alongside these agreements, offer clearest pathway yet to ending the acute phase of the pandemic globally by the end of 2021Geneva/Oslo, 18 December 2020 – COVAX, the global initiative to ensure rapid and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries, regardless of income level, today announced that it had arrangements in place to access nearly two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine candidates, on behalf of 190 participating economies. For the vast majority of these deals, COVAX has guaranteed access to a portion of the first wave of production, followed by volume scales as further supply becomes available. The arrangements announced today will enable all participating economies to have access to doses in the first half of 2021, with first deliveries anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2021 – contingent upon regulatory approvals and countries’ readiness for delivery.Given these are arrangements for 2 billion doses of vaccine candidates which are still under development, COVAX will continue developing its portfolio: this will be critical to achieve its goal of securing access to 2 billion doses of safe and effective, approved vaccines that are suitable for all participants’ contexts, and available by the end of 2021. However, today’s announcements offer the clearest pathway yet to end the acute phase of the pandemic by protecting the most vulnerable populations around the world. This includes delivering at least 1.3 billion donor-funded doses of approved vaccines in 2021 to the 92 low- and middle-income economies eligible for the COVAX AMC.The new deals announced today include the signing of an advance purchase agreement with AstraZeneca for 170 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford candidate, and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Johnson & Johnson for 500 million doses of the Janssen candidate, which is currently being investigated as a single dose vaccine.. These deals are in addition to existing agreements COVAX has with the Serum Institute of India (SII) for 200 million doses – with options for up to 900 million doses more – of either the AstraZeneca/Oxford or Novavax candidates, as well as a statement of intent for 200 million doses of the Sanofi/GSK vaccine candidate.In addition to this, COVAX also has – through R&D partnership agreements – first right of refusal in 2021 to access potentially more than one billion doses (based on current estimates from the manufacturing processes under development) that will be produced, subject to technical success and regulatory approval, by candidates in the COVAX R&D Portfolio.“This commitment is evidence that the world learned an important lesson from the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Our research and development efforts have begun to pay off. We now have safe and effective vaccines that can protect against COVID-19 and a clear pathway to securing 2 billion doses for the populations at greatest risk all around the world,” said Dr Richard Hatchett, CEO of the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). “Securing the right of first refusal of successful vaccine production as part of R&D arrangements has helped guarantee equitable access to vaccines, a founding principle of CEPI. The challenge of delivering the vaccines that have demonstrated success, of completing the development of other promising vaccine candidates to further increase supply, and of ending the acute phase of the pandemic, lies ahead of us.”Alongside boosting its pathway to two billion doses of approved vaccines through direct agreements with manufacturers, the COVAX Facility has also opened another potential source of vaccines. Published today, the Principles for Dose-Sharing provide a framework for higher-income economies to make additional volumes secured via bilateral deals available through the Facility primarily to AMC participants, on an equitable basis. These principles outline that such doses must be safe and effective, available as early as possible and should be available in substantive volumes as early as possible in 2021 to enable rapid and flexible deployment by the Facility – supporting the overall goal of equitable access.First deliveries in Q1 2021Today’s announcements on deals and dose-sharing mean COVAX can plan for the first deliveries of vaccines in the first quarter of 2021, with the first tranche of doses – enough to protect health and social care workers – delivered in the first half of 2021 to all participating economies who have requested doses in this timeframe. This would be followed by further delivery of doses to all participants in the second half of the year – targeting supply of doses equalling up to 20% of participants’ populations (or a lower amount if requested by the participant) by the end of the year. Additional doses to reach higher coverage levels will then be available in 2022. All deliveries are contingent upon several factors, such as regulatory approvals and country readiness.“The arrival of vaccines is giving all of us a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO). “But we will only truly end the pandemic if we end it everywhere at the same time, which means it’s essential to vaccinate some people in all countries, rather than all people in some countries. And we must remember that vaccines will complement, but not replace, the many other tools we have in our toolbox to stop transmission and save lives. We must continue to use all of them.”The COVAX Facility currently has 190 participating economies. This includes 98 higher-income economies and 92 low- and middle-income economies eligible to have their participation in the Facility supported via the financing mechanism known as the Gavi COVAX AMC. Of the 92 economies eligible to be supported by the COVAX AMC, 86 have now submitted detailed vaccine requests, offering the clearest picture yet on actual global demand for COVID-19 vaccines.In addition to gathering detailed information on participating economies’ vaccine requests, COVAX, through Gavi, UNICEF, WHO, the World Bank, and other partners has been working closely with all countries in the Facility, particularly AMC-eligible participants, to help plan and prepare for the widespread roll out of vaccines. Conditions that determine country readiness include regulatory preparedness as well as the availability of infrastructure, appropriate legal frameworks, training, and capacity, among other factors.“Securing access to doses of a new vaccine for both higher-income and lower-income countries, at roughly the same time and during a pandemic, is a feat the world has never achieved before – let alone at such unprecedented speed and scale,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, which leads on procurement and delivery for COVAX. “COVAX has now built a platform that offers the world the prospect, for the first time, of being able to defeat the pandemic on a global basis, but the work is not done: it’s critical that both governments and industry continue to support our efforts to achieve this goal”.Early pledges towards 2021 fundraising targetsTo achieve this ambitious goal, COVAX currently estimates it needs to raise an additional US$ 6.8 billion in 2021 – US$ 800 million for research and development, at least US$ 4.6 billion for the COVAX AMC and US$ 1.4 billion for delivery support.Support for the COVAX AMC will be critical to ensuring ability to pay is not a barrier to access. Thanks to the generous support of sovereign, private sector, and philanthropic donors, the AMC has met its urgent 2020 fundraising target of US$ 2 billion, but at least US$ 4.6 billion more is needed in 2021 to procure doses of successful candidates as they come through the portfolio.The last two weeks have seen a number of pledges made to Gavi for the COVAX AMC, bringing the overall amount raised to US$ 2.4 billion:Norway has signed a new commitment of NOK 1 billion to the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), to be paid from 2021 to 2030. This funding will support the Gavi COVAX AMC and comes on top of earlier commitments of NOK 164.1 million in direct funding and $6.25 million in funding transferred from the PCV AMC to support the Gavi COVAX AMC.Canada pledged CAD 75 million in funding to support the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in lower income economies as part of the Gavi COVAX AMC. This includes a CAD 5 million investment in the development of a mechanism to equitably reallocate vaccine doses through the COVAX Facility, either by donation or exchange.Kuwait has confirmed a pledge of US$ 10 million to the Gavi COVAX AMC.Denmark has announced, subject to parliamentary approval, a commitment of DKK 50 million to Gavi COVAX AMC.New Zealand has pledged NZ$ 10 million to the Gavi COVAX AMC, in addition to NZ$ 7 million pledged earlier this year for the AMC.Netherlands has signed and paid a commitment of EUR 5 million to the Gavi COVAX AMCSingapore has pledged US$ 5 million to the Gavi COVAX AMCThe King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) / Gamers Without Borders have confirmed a pledge of US$ 1.3 million to the Gavi COVAX AMCEstonia has signed a commitment of EUR 70,000 to the Gavi COVAX AMCIn addition to these pledges, Team Europe confirmed financial support of EUR 500 million, through EUR 400 million European Investment Bank loan and EUR100 million grant to Gavi, in support of equitable access through COVAX. The goal of COVAX is to deliver two billion doses of safe, effective vaccines that have passed regulatory approval and/or WHO prequalification by the end of 2021. These vaccines will be offered equally to all participating countries, proportional to their populations, initially prioritising healthcare workers then expanding to cover vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions. Further doses will then be made available based on country need, vulnerability and COVID-19 threat. The COVAX Facility will also maintain a buffer of doses for emergency and humanitarian use.As noted by partnersKarina Gould, Minister of International Development, Government of Canada said: “We know that as long as one country is at risk, we are all at risk. The COVAX Facility is the key to ending this pandemic and will only work if we all come together. Now is the time to make our commitment to equitable access a reality, so that everyone, everywhere has access to a life-saving vaccine.”Dr Kwaku Agyeman Manu, Minister of Health for Ghana said: The nearly 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses announced today by COVAX is a welcome first step, but our journey is not yet over. As we’ve learned with routine immunisation vaccines don’t save lives, vaccination does. This means we need the health infrastructure in place – from supply chain and logistics to well- trained health workers – to ensure the effective and streamlined distribution of vaccines. For this we call on governments, manufacturers and the private sector to make urgent and necessary investments in COVAX so that no one is left behind; because ultimately no one is safe until everyone is safe.Dag-Inge Ulstein, Norway’s Minister of International Development and Co-chair of the ACT-A Facilitation Council, said: “The good news is that many countries, foundations and some private companies have already provided support to this important collective effort. The bad news is that more is needed. We need to look beyond the health sector and the international development sector if we are to find the political and financial resources required to combat the pandemic and its many different impacts.”Wendy Morton, Minister for Global Health at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office of the UK, which also hosted the Global Vaccine Summit in June, said: “The UK has played the leading role in championing global access to coronavirus vaccines, including by being the largest donor to the COVAX Advance Market Commitment. No one is safe until we are all safe. Along with our international partners, the UK is working hard to ensure vaccines get to everyone who needs them.”Dr John Nkengasong, Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said: “Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa CDC has established several trusted partnerships across the globe. The COVAX partnership is one of such very critical alliances that will allow Africa to secure early access to COVID-19 vaccine needed to start vaccinating our populations across the continent.”Henrietta Fore, Executive Director of UNICEF said: “This is an unprecedented undertaking — addressing a global pandemic while ensuring we do not leave the world’s poorest behind. UNICEF is bringing the full weight of our experience as the world’s largest single procurer of vaccines to help secure and deliver COVID-19 vaccines, and help countries prepare to receive and administer them.”Dr Ngozi-Okonjo Iweala, co-chair of the COVAX Coordination Meeting and Gavi Board Chair said: “Nine months ago, it was hard to imagine that we would have more than one promising vaccine candidate and be in a position to make them available to both high-income countries and lower-income countries simultaneously. The global community has rallied, and we now have a platform, COVAX, that will do this. It’s time to stop questioning it and give it the support it needs to bring the pandemic to an end as swiftly as possible.”Jane Halton, co-chair of the COVAX Coordination Meeting and Chair of CEPI said: “Science will give us the tools to fight this pandemic, but equitable access will allow us to beat it. Today marks a significant moment towards our goal of fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for those most at risk around the world. We now have a clear pathway to our goal of delivering 2 billion doses of vaccine in 2021 – enabled by COVAX R&D investments and deals with manufacturers – which can bring an end to the acute phase of the pandemic globally. In addition, governments can now demonstrate their continued commitment to this goal by contributing doses to COVAX of vaccines secured through bilateral deals. Equitable access to vaccines is in all of our interests, and we’re now a significant step closer to making this a reality.”Mesfin Teklu Tessema, civil society representative of the COVAX Coordination Meeting and Senior Director, Head of Health Unit, International Rescue Committee said: “The COVAX Facility is our best hope to ending this pandemic as quickly as possible with equity as its grounding force. This announcement today is an important milestone and proof that doses are forthcoming to those most in need everywhere.”Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India (SII) said: “We are delighted to announce that we have signed for a 100mn doses of Novavax and another 100mn doses of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines with COVAX, with an option of extending it by 900mn doses. The advance purchase commitments under COVAX initiative is encouraging as it will further bolster our fight and ensure equitable access at the most affordable price from Serum Institute of India.”Pascal Soriot, Chief Executive Officer, AstraZeneca, said: “Today’s Agreement is a significant milestone for global access to the AZD1222 vaccine. Our collaboration with COVAX is testament to AstraZeneca’s commitment to broad, equitable access at no profit during the pandemic period. We now look forward to progressing our work with COVAX partners to ensure that as many people as possible around the world can access a safe, effective vaccine – wherever they live.”Paul Stoffels, M.D., Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee and Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson said: “Since we initiated development of our COVID-19 vaccine candidate, Johnson & Johnson has remained committed to ensuring access to vaccines on a not-for-profit basis for emergency pandemic use. Equitable global access, inclusive of lower income countries, is critical to helping end the COVID-19 pandemic.”Thomas B. Cueni, Director General, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (IFPMA) said: The reason why we can mark today as a milestone for COVAX securing 2 billion doses of promising vaccines is because the vaccine makers have pulled out all the stops and have delivered beyond all expectations. So let’s indeed mark this important milestone in ensuring fair and equitable access to vaccines which we have committed to from the outset of the pandemic. But let us also remember, that we would not be where we are if science and the innovation ecosystem that allows the biopharmaceutical to develop and manufacture life saving treatments had not risen to the challenge, so that there are different types of vaccines that will be manufactured in historic quantities. Looking to 2021, it is essential that all COVAX partners and governments focus on getting things done and secure the funds need. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:commonwealth, coronavirus, Denmark, global health, Government, healthcare, Humanitarian, Immunisation, infrastructure, Investment, Netherlands, New Zealand, UK, UNICEF, vaccination, WHO, World Health Organizationlast_img read more

Toowoomba Region Mayor, Councillors briefed on proposed Wellcamp quarantine facility

first_imgToowoomba Region Mayor, Councillors briefed on proposed Wellcamp quarantine facility A briefing and site inspection of the proposed Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport quarantine facility area by project proponents Denis and John Wagner (Wagner Corporation Director and Chairman respectively) has today (January 25) offered Toowoomba Region Councillors greater clarity and logistical detail around the project’s viability.Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said while proposed details were to be finalised by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this week, before being presented to the Prime Minister, today’s briefing was most reassuring.“While this is a matter for the Queensland and federal governments to approve and regulate, I have great confidence in the Wagners’ capacity to deliver a secure and comfortable facility for returning overseas travellers (an initial 1000 room accommodation facility, with individual air conditioners, for returning travellers with rooms for 300 staff),” Mayor Antonio said.“I expect to speak with the Premier’s officials this week and I will be seeking reassurances from the state government around the protocols they plan to enforce if this site is ultimately selected for a quarantine facility.“Today’s briefing made it very clear that returning travellers would not enter the terminal building nor have contact with airport staff. They would be transported by buses straight from the tarmac to the quarantine facility where all immigration and health checks will be performed, as well as the collection of baggage. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:airport, Australia, building, council, director, federal government, Government, immigration, Minister, Palaszczuk, Premier, Prime Minister, project, quarantine, Queensland, Toowoomba, Toowoomba Regional Councillast_img read more

Employment rises on back of strong economy

first_imgEmployment rises on back of strong economy The latest data from Stats NZ today shows the recovering economy is continuing to add jobs, led by a record high for jobs in construction, while unemployment fell.Employment rose by 17,000 in the December quarter, up 0.6 percent on the previous September quarter. Women made up 10,000 of the increase in the last three months of the year.The unemployment rate fell from 5.3 percent to 4.9 percent. This compares with the Treasury’s Half year Economic and Fiscal Update forecast unemployment rate of 6 percent.“Construction jobs rose by 21,000 annually, which included those working as plumbers, electricians, and roofers. This more than offset the impact of COVID-19 on tourism-related industries,” Grant Robertson said.“The Government’s decisive actions to keep people connected to their jobs and support businesses and households through the COVID-19 pandemic has been reflected in today’s positive numbers.“Confidence in the Government’s handling of the economy has also been reflected in recent business surveys, with firms intending to hire more staff.“Maori employment is up 5,100 from a year ago. Our focus is on keeping the economy moving in the right direction and build back better, including investing heavily in education, skills and training,” Grant Robertson said.“The stronger labour market saw more people come off the benefit in the December quarter, with nearly 27,000 entering paid work,” Minister of Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni said.“We will continue to invest in support services to help people who lose their jobs upskill and re-enter the workforce. Our job is far from over.”New Zealand’s 4.9 percent unemployment rate compares with 6.8 percent in Australia and the United States, and 8.7 percent in Canada. The OECD average is 6.9 percent. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Canada, employment, finance, Government, New Zealand, NZ, OECD, record high, Robertson, Social Development, Social Development and Employment, Stats NZ, unemployment, United States, womenlast_img read more

HS sports: Bowling for titles and a military salute at King’s Way Christian

first_imgHS sports: Bowling for titles and a military salute at King’s Way ChristianPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Monday, February 3, 2020in: Sportsshare 0 Evergreen and Skyview win on the lanes; veterans win at Seton Catholic-King’s Way Christian games It was a Friday to remember for area bowling teams, and then a special night for the two faith-based schools in the Trico League.The Evergreen Plainsmen, who have won the last three Class 3A state team titles in bowling, won the District IV bowling crown on Friday at Crosley Lanes. In 4A, it was all Skyview Storm. The students from both schools circled the color guard as King’s Way Christian and Seton Catholic held a military appreciation night Friday in a basketball doubleheader at King’s Way. Photo by Mike SchultzThe students from both schools circled the color guard as King’s Way Christian and Seton Catholic held a military appreciation night Friday in a basketball doubleheader at King’s Way. Photo by Mike SchultzLater that night, King’s Way Christian hosted Seton Catholic in girls and boys basketball. The teams played in front of a packed house on military appreciation night. District bowling in Class 3A is as intense of a competition as in any sport these days. The last three years, the two teams from the 3A Greater St. Helens League have gone on to finish 1-2 at state. Evergreen’s Kailee Wilcox rolled her highest series of the season, a 657, to win the 3A individual title. Photo by Mike SchultzEvergreen’s Kailee Wilcox rolled her highest series of the season, a 657, to win the 3A individual title. Photo by Mike SchultzEvergreen, which finished third in the regular season this year, raced out to a big lead after the three traditional individual games, then saw its lead get smaller during the first five Baker games. Evergreen magic came alive in the sixth Baker game.Teryn Stine got a strike on the sixth frame, followed by Alexis Clarke in the seventh, Karina Johnsen in the eight, and Kierra Wilcox in the ninth. That brought up Kailee Wilcox for the 10th frame. She rolled strikes on her first two rolls, giving the team six in a row and a huge lead heading into the seventh and final Baker game.Kailee Wilcox (right) celebrates with her Evergreen teammates. The Plainsmen won the Class 3A district team title. Photo by Mike SchultzKailee Wilcox (right) celebrates with her Evergreen teammates. The Plainsmen won the Class 3A district team title. Photo by Mike SchultzBy the end of the day, Evergreen totalled 3,757 pins, defeating second-place Prairie by 94 pins.“It’s a big win for us. It shows a lot,” Kailee Wilcox said. “It shows that we are getting better and we still have something in us.”Earlier in the day, Kailee Wilcox rolled her best series of the season, a 657, to win the individual title.“It was a good day,” she said with a smile.Prairie, meanwhile, made it to state as a team by holding off Fort Vancouver. Those two teams tied for the regular-season title. Only 29 pins separated the two going into the final Baker game. Fort had a strong early push to erase that deficit, but Prairie would get strikes on four consecutive frames to secure that final berth to state.Not quite as dramatic for 4A. Only one berth to state, and Skyview pretty much claimed that early in the day with a huge lead. Skyview’s Nicole Hayes had a 553 individual series to win the title, leading her team to victory.Skyview’s Nicole Hayes (left) celebrates with a teammate during the district bowling tournament on Friday. Hayes won the 4A individual title and Skyview won the 4A team title. Photo by Mike SchultzSkyview’s Nicole Hayes (left) celebrates with a teammate during the district bowling tournament on Friday. Hayes won the 4A individual title and Skyview won the 4A team title. Photo by Mike Schultz“It’s amazing. It’s my senior year. I worked so hard this year,” Hayes said. “I couldn’t have done it without my family, my teammates, my coaches.”The team title is special, too.“I was with my team, for my team,” Hayes said. “I was always there with my team, wanting to help them, wanting to be there, cheering them on.”In Chehalis, the Columbia River bowling team made it to state, finishing second in the 2A district tournament. On Friday night, a huge rivalry continued with Seton Catholic and King’s Way Christian. But instead of just an us vs. them mentality, the schools brought everybody together to salute the military and to recognize that the two schools have more in common than differences. Both athletic directors spoke in between the girls and boys game. There was a prayer, and both student sections formed a circle around the court, around a military color guard, for the national anthem.As far as the games, well, those were special, too, in terms of atmosphere. Both student sections were having a blast, trying to one-up the other. At halftime, there was an obstacle course, relay event, pitting students from each school. King’s Way Christian prevailed on the court two times.In the girls game, the Knights jumped out to a huge early lead. Seton Catholic rallied to make it a two-point game at one point, but the Knights never lost the lead and won 48-40. Abby Cummins led the team with 15 points. Laurel Quinn added 14 as the Knights improved to 6-2 in league.Abby Cummins scored 15 points to lead King’s Way Christian to a 48-40 victory over rival Seton Catholic on Friday. Photo by Mike SchultzAbby Cummins scored 15 points to lead King’s Way Christian to a 48-40 victory over rival Seton Catholic on Friday. Photo by Mike SchultzSeton Catholic, led by Jasmine Morgan’s 18 points, fell to 2-6. In the boys game, King’s Way Christian remained undefeated in league with a 68-64 victory. Seton Catholic had it to a one-point game two times in the fourth quarter, but Gage Koenders and Kobi Cason were just too strong down the stretch for King’s Way Christian.Cason, a matchup problem for anybody in the state, scored eight of his 22 points in the final quarter. Koenders had 11 of his 17 in the final frame, including three 3-pointers. King’s Way Christian improved to 7-0 in the Trico.Kobi Cason of King’s Way Christian gets past Gage Anderson on his way to the basket Friday. Cason scored 22 points, and Anderson had 20. King’s Way prevailed 68-64. Photo by Mike SchultzKobi Cason of King’s Way Christian gets past Gage Anderson on his way to the basket Friday. Cason scored 22 points, and Anderson had 20. King’s Way prevailed 68-64. Photo by Mike SchultzSeton Catholic was led by Gabe Anderson’s 20 points. The Cougars fell to 4-4 in league.…Here’s your basketball update from all of the leagues:4A boys: Union clinched the title, while Battle Ground, Camas, and Skyview are all tied for second place with two games to play.4A girls: Skyview is alone in first place. Union and Camas are tied in the loss column two games behind Skyview. The Storm take on Camas and Union this week.3A boys: The Evergreen Plainsmen did it. They won the league title. They have a two-game lead with two to play and all the tiebreakers. Prairie is alone in second place.3A girls: Prairie is still Prairie, which means still in first place. Two games up and looking poised to win another league title. 2A boys: The Columbia River Chieftains won another league title. They beat R.A. Long on Saturday to improve to 10-0 in league play. Two to go and a three-game lead. That’s a coach’s dream scenario there. 2A girls: Washougal remains undefeated in league, a game up on Columbia River. Those two teams play each other Thursday.1A boys: King’s Way Christian is undefeated. La Center is a game back. They play each other Thursday. 1A girls: La Center is undefeated and has a two-game lead. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Surface Mining Advisory Forum to address Cadman materials expansion and Livingston Quarry compliance update Next : Vancouver Police investigate injury collisionAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more