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Criterion goes Euro

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Spec on the horizon

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Positive news on Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine could come Thursday: Report

first_imgShares in AstraZeneca traded 5% higher by 1415 GMT. There was no immediate comment from the company on the report.A spokeswoman for Oxford University told Reuters the team was awaiting confirmation from a scientific journal of a publication date and time for the data, but gave no further details. “(We) are not able to confirm when it will be released,” she said.Peston said in a blog post: “I am hearing there will be positive news soon (perhaps tomorrow) on initial trials of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine that is backed by AstraZeneca.”Researchers in the United States reported on Tuesday that Moderna Inc’s experimental vaccine showed it was safe and provoked immune responses in all 45 healthy volunteers in an ongoing early-stage study.Moderna started its Phase II trial in May and expects to start a Phase III trial on July 27. Positive news on initial trials of the University of Oxford’s potential COVID-19 vaccine that has been licensed to AstraZeneca could be announced as soon as Thursday, ITV’s political editor Robert Peston said, citing a source.The potential vaccine is already in large-scale Phase III human trials to assess whether it can protect against COVID-19, but its developers have yet to report Phase I results which would show whether it is safe and whether or not it induces an immune response.The developers of the vaccine said this month they were encouraged by the immune response they had seen in trials so far and were expecting to publish Phase 1 data by the end of July. Topics :center_img The data are expected to be published by The Lancet medical journal.More than 100 vaccines are being developed and tested around the world to try to stop the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed hundreds of thousands and ravaged the global economy.AstraZeneca’s experimental vaccine is probably the world’s leading candidate and most advanced in terms of development, the World Health Organization’s chief scientist said in June.The company has signed agreements with governments around the globe to supply the vaccine should it be cleared for use.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf: Forms + Surfaces Expands in Allegheny County, Creating Jobs and Growing Global Footprint

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 08, 2019 Governor Wolf: Forms + Surfaces Expands in Allegheny County, Creating Jobs and Growing Global Footprintcenter_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Forms + Surfaces, Inc., a manufacturer of architectural products, will expand its operations in Allegheny County, supporting the combined creation and retention of 346 full-time jobs. The company has pledged to invest $15.65 million into the project, and has committed to create at least 115 new, full-time jobs and retain 231 existing jobs over the next three years.“There is a direct correlation between manufacturing innovation and economic growth,” said Gov. Wolf. “I am proud that the commonwealth has partnered with a growing manufacturer toto bolster economic growth in Allegheny County.”To provide additional space to accommodate growth, the company acquired and will renovate a building in Shaler Township, which will allow the company to consolidate its existing facilities and create a more efficient operation and cost savings from eliminating the need to transfer goods and products between multiple locations.“Forms + Surfaces has had a long presence in Western Pennsylvania, and for many years we have been looking for the right location to establish a long-term headquarters that is able to sustain the tremendous growth we have experienced,” said Forms + Surfaces Vice President for Resources and Business Development Jason Norris. We are very excited for this opportunity to not only solidify our presence in this region but also expand and establish a first-rate manufacturing facility. To this end, we are extremely excited to work with the Governor’s Action Team to help us with this expansion project which will lead to continued growth and the creation of jobs for this region.”The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project. The proposal includes a $287,500 Pennsylvania First grant, $115,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and a $69,900 workforce development grant to help the company train workforce workers. The company was also encouraged to apply for a $2 million loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Forms + Surfaces manufactures a wide range of architectural and public space products—such as monumental lighting fixtures, icons, and fabricated structures, public furniture, directories and kiosks, building entrances and facades, and signage and environmental graphics—which are sold in municipal, public transit, construction, commercial, and institutional markets.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit read more

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Trump lifts Turkey sanctions after deal

first_imgTrump said Turkey assured him that itwould halt fighting in the region and would make the recently agreed ceasefirepermanent.(BBC) WASHINGTON – President Donald Trumphas lifted the sanctions he imposed on Turkey last week over its offensiveagainst Kurdish fighters in northern Syria.      Turkey’s assault began after Trump’smove to withdraw the United States (US) troops from northern Syria earlier thismonth.  United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he will lift sanctions imposed on Turkey “unless something happens that we’re not happy with.” MILITARY TIMES The decision came after Russia agreedwith Turkey to deploy troops to extend a ceasefire along the Syrianborder.             center_img “The sanctions will be lifted unlesssomething happens that we’re not happy with,” Trump said on Wednesday. Turkey ordered the military operationagainst the Kurdish People’s Protection Units militia – which it considered aterrorist organization on Oct. 9 – days after the US withdrawal was announced. Trump was heavily criticized by bothDemocrats and Republicans for the abrupt military pullout, as the Kurdstargeted by Turkey had been key US allies in the fight against the IslamicState group in the region. last_img read more

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first_imgThis has a budget of P20 million, said Treñas. The Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) sub-national laboratory alone could not do this, he stressed. The effective contact tracing scheme in Baguio City could be replicated by other LGUs, he stressed. The last two now process specimen for Negros Island, specifically the province of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City. Galvez said LGUs’ setting up more testing laboratories is in line with a new government strategy to combat the pandemic – enhance contact tracing of people whom COVID-19-positive cases may have infected. ILOILO City – Local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas were urged to set up test laboratories for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They would help expand testing, a key strategy to curb the disease’s spread, said Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the national government’s policy on COVID-19. “So dapat ang testing capacity ng buong Region 6 more or less 4,000 daily,” said Galvez. For Region 6, said Galvez, the goal is to increase the testing capacity to 4,000 daily. Data from the Department of Health showed the region’s four COVID-19 testing laboratories could process 1,800 daily. * Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital molecular laboratory in Silay City, Negros Occidental As of July 29, Western Visayas had 1,208 COVID-19 cases with 17 deaths, according to the Department of Health. In fact, Baguio City’s Mayor Benjamin Magalong has been appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as the country’s “contact tracing czar” to help other LGUs replicate his city’s strategy. Sec. Carlito Galvez Jr. * Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital molecular laboratory in Bacolod City “For every COVID-19-positive case, kailangan ma-contact natin pinakababa 37 based sa kanyang (Magalong’s) analysis and experience sa Baguio. They were able to reduce new cases there to zero for 14 days or even longer,” said Galvez.center_img On Wednesday, Magalong held a briefing with contact tracers in Region 6 at a hotel in Mandurriao district. There are now three more new licensed laboratories. These are the following: This huge number of persons being traced entails many laboratories for speedy testing, he stressed. “For example sa province dapat mayroon sila at sa city. Mga highly-urbanized cities dapat may kanilang sariling laboratories,” Galvez told governors and mayors during a meeting here on Wednesday. “Once buong region ang hawak ng WVMC mabubulunan, so maganda mayroong dagdag na laboratories,” said Galvez. Currently, there are four laboratory facilities licensed to conduct reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing for COVID-19 in Western Visayas. In the past months, only WVMC catered to the whole region. * Qualimed Hospital molecular laboratory in Iloilo City Iloilo’s Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. informed Galvez his provincial government is currently setting up a P9-million COVID-19 testing laboratory at the Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan town. Iloilo City’s Mayor Jerry Treñas informed Galvez of a similar move. The city’s testing laboratory would be rising in Barangay San Pedro, Molo district. He also pointed out the need to test healthcare workers, frontliners, locally stranded individuals, and repatriated overseas Filipino workers. “The Baguio contact tracers follow the trail of infection. They track where the infection is going and saan concentrated,” added Galvez. But with 651 cases having recovered, the region is left with 540 active cases, the Health department stressed./PN With the gradual reopening of Western Visayas’ economy, the region’s testing capacity must be bolstered, stressed Galvez, to curb the spread of the disease.last_img read more


Bulldogs Win Boys Track Sectional Crown At EC

first_imgCongratulations to The Batesville Bulldogs on capturing The Boys Track Sectional Title at East Central.Boys Team Results. 1. Batesville 132, 2. East Central 99, 3. Franklin County 80.33, 4. Oldenburg Academy 56.33, 5. South Decatur 56, 6. Rising Sun 43, 7. South Dearborn 37, 7. Greensburg 37, 9. Lawrenceburg 33.33, 10. North Decatur 17, 11. Milan 15, 12. South Ripley 9, 13. Jac-Cen-Del 6.2015 Boys Track Sectionals @ East CentralCongrats to the individuals and relay teams on qualifying for The Regionals.The Boys Track Regionals will be taking place at Connersville on Thursday (5-28).Courtesy of the IHSAA.last_img

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Mrs. Donna Sue (Ayler) Bennett

first_imgMrs. Donna Sue (Ayler) Bennett , age 74, of East Enterprise, Indiana, entered this life on October 31, 1944, in Manville, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Claude Terrell and Anna Laura (Gullion) Ayler. She was raised in Vevay, Indiana where she was a 1962 graduate of the Vevay High School. Donna was united in marriage on November 27, 1965, at the Patriot Parsonage in Patriot, Indiana, to the late, Lowell Wayne Bennett. This happy union was blessed with two daughters, Laura and Stacey. Donna and Wayne shared 47 years of marriage together until Wayne passed away on October 16, 2012. Donna was employed as a PBX operator for Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Florence, Indiana, retiring after 16 years of service. She was a former stitcher for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay and Madison, Indiana from 1962 – 1999. Donna resided in the Florence community since 1965 and was a member of the Markland Baptist Church. Donna will be remembered for her love of reading, working and her beloved companion, Mr. Kitty. Donna passed away at 11:10 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center in Louisville, Kentucky.Donna will be deeply missed by her daughters, Laura Sullivan and her companion, James Fortner of East Enterprise, IN and Stacey Harsh and her husband, Matthew of Akron, IN; her grandchildren, Sarah Perkins, Ryan Sullivan, Anna Sullivan and Evan and Max Harsh; her great-grandson, Anthony Perkins; her sister, Martha Sloan of Vevay, IN; her twin sister, Nona Unversaw of Southaven, MS; her brother, Bill Ayler of Vevay, IN; her mother-in-law, Stella (Romans) Bennett of Vevay, IN; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws, Gordon and Nancy Bennett of Rising Sun, IN, Janet “Peachy” and Robert Kent of Indianapolis, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Terrell and Anna Laura (Gullion) Ayler; her husband, Lowell Wayne Bennett; her sister, Rebecca Faye Ayler; her sister-in-law, Betty Jo (Bennett) Lauderbaugh and her father-in-law, Stanley L. Bennett.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center, Switzerland County Animal Shelter Endowment Fund C/O CFSCI or Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

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Players should take blame – Dawson

first_img Press Association The Portuguese left White Hart Lane on Monday following the 5-0 home loss to Liverpool. In his programme notes prior to Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup quarter-final with West Ham, Dawson wrote: “It’s been a difficult few days for all of us, what with the result here against Liverpool followed by Andre’s departure. Tottenham captain Michael Dawson admits the players are culpable for the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas as manager for unacceptable performances.center_img “He was well liked in the dressing room and would always want things to work out, but it just wasn’t meant to be. We wish him well. “I know Andre came out after our heavy defeats to Manchester City and Liverpool and said that he took full responsibility, but when the team on the pitch loses in that fashion, the players have to stand up and realise ourselves that the performances haven’t been acceptable. “Those results were painful, the way we lost and the goals we conceded. “As a defender and as captain of this club, I look at myself first, but all players have to take responsibility for what has happened. “The lads were devastated after Sunday’s game, of course. Losing any football match is disappointing, it happens to every team. “But to lose 5-0 at home and 6-0 at City is not good enough. All I can do is apologise to those who turned out to support us.” last_img read more

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LMC Orders a Minute Silence before Match Day 21 kick-off

first_imgA minute silence was observed before the kick-off of Match Day 21 fixtures of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) during which all players are to wear black armbands by all players in honour of late Stephen Okechukwu Keshi, the former Super Eagles captain and Coach who passed on in the early hours of wednesday..The directive was issued by the League Management Company (LMC) which described the death of Keshi as a huge loss to African football.A statement by the LMC described Keshi as “a pathfinder, courageous athlete who remains one of the inspirational stories for young Nigerian and indeed African players’. The LMC described the late Keshi as one of the players that put the shine on the football league in Nigeria while it was still in amateur stages.“The exploits of Keshi and his team mates at New Nigerian Bank in the 1980’s registered Nigeria as a club football power house after the achievements of IICC Shooting Stars and Rangers International in the 1970’s”.“As a player and later, captain of the national team for over a decade, Keshi demonstrated dedication and love for father land. He was a team builder and leader whose influence on younger players was the driving spirit behind the achievements at the Nations Cup in Tunisia and a world cup outing that made the world take notice of the Super Eagles”.“As the Coach of the Super Eagles, Keshi invested gave a boost to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) by tremendous confidence in players from the league whom he took to the Nations Cup in South Africa in 2013 which Nigeria won. His decision showcased the abundant talents that are found in the NPFL and it was one of the biggest endorsements for our players”.The LMC said that there is no honour that is too much to be done to Keshi considering also his achievements as the coach of the Super Eagles during which he led Nigeria to a third Nations Cup victory.“We want to honour Keshi today as a deserving hero of the league and Nigerian football during our Match Day 21 fixtures with a minute silence before kick-off and the wearing of black armbands by all players”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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