EU offers 400 million euros to WHO-led COVID-19 vaccine initiative

first_imgTopics : “And also we’re negotiating with the rest of EU members. One possibility we are checking is for the EU members to join as a bloc. I think the best way to end this pandemic is through solidarity, through cooperation, through oneness,” Tedros added.The COVAX initiative aims to purchase for all countries in the world 2 billion doses of potential COVID-19 shots from several vaccine makers by the end of 2021.The EU financial support will be provided through guarantees, the Commission said. A spokeswoman for the EU executive did not clarify how these guarantees would be offered and why they were preferred to direct funding in cash.”Today, the Commission is announcing a 400 million euro contribution to COVAX for working together in purchasing future vaccines to the benefit of low and middle income countries,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said. The EU Commission is negotiating advance purchases of COVID-19 vaccines with several drugmakers on behalf of the 27 EU states and has previously said that EU governments cannot buy vaccines through parallel procurement schemes.Asked whether its guidance to EU states not to buy vaccines through COVAX was now dropped, a commission spokeswoman declined to elaborate.”The detailed terms and conditions for the EU’s participation and contribution will be worked out in the coming days and weeks,” the Commission said.The Commission added in a statement that it was ready, together with EU states, “to put expertise and resources at work within COVAX to accelerate and scale-up development and manufacturing of a global supply of vaccines for citizens across the world, in poor and rich countries.”Critics have said that by buying vaccines exclusively through an EU scheme, the Commission was effectively undermining the WHO-led initiative.The Commission said it was committed to donating to developing countries some of the vaccines it buys through its procurement scheme.At least 172 countries have registered expressions of interest in COVAX, including 92 low- and middle-income countries eligible to secure doses through the GAVI vaccine alliance which covers much of their cost. Some 80 self-financing countries have also submitted expressions of interest and must make firm commitments by Sept. 18.The United States, Japan, Britain and the EU have struck their own deals to secure millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses for their citizens, ignoring the WHO’s warnings that “vaccine nationalism” will squeeze supplies.center_img The European Commission said on Monday that it would contribute to an initiative led by the World Health Organization to buy COVID-19 vaccines, while the WHO said Germany had joined the pact and that the agency was still negotiating with the bloc.The Commission, announcing that it would provide 400 million euros ($478 million) in guarantees, did not clarify whether EU states would acquire shots through the WHO scheme.”Germany has joined the COVAX facility today,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Gheybreyesus told a news conference in Geneva without elaborating the terms.last_img read more

Early bird buyers to have say in design at East on the Broadwater

first_imgEast on the Broadwater will be built on a 1143sq m site on Marine Pde, Biggera Waters.Buy before construction starts and you could have a say in the design of your waterfront apartment at East on the Broadwater. Three sales in six weeks on one street Reno tips for tourist hot spots “The open plan living and dining spaces feature European oak solid timber floors throughout. “The living areas and bedrooms are all infused with natural light thanks to the floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors which maximise the sweeping Broadwater views.” An artist’s impression of the master bedroom. RELATED: An artist’s impression of East on the Broadwaters.Pex Projects director John O’Connor said the design would appeal to the most discerning purchaser, with early birds able to customise their apartment, from floor plan layouts, kitchen and joinery designs to power point locations.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours ago“I personally meet every buyer and maintain regular communication with them throughout the journey, finalising designs before and during the construction phase to handing over keys, moving in and beyond,” he said. An artist’s impression of the living and kitchen zones at East on the Broadwater.“There are just two apartments per level, each occupying 260 sq m including a total of 34 sq m of balcony space over five separate balconies,” Mr O’Connor said. MORE: Pex Projects is behind the residential project on the Gold Coast, which has officially hit the market.East on the Broadwater features 12 three-bedroom apartments over seven levels, priced from $1.9 million. >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< “Those that get in before construction starts really can influence their apartment’s designs to ensure they end up with their dream home.”East on the Broadwater, designed by Sydney based architects Greenbox Architecture, will be built on a 1143 sq m site on Marine Pde, Biggera Waters, opposite the foreshore. Beachside a hit with downsizerslast_img read more

Exmar moves CFLNG to Cosco shipyard in China

first_imgImage courtesy of ExmarBelgium’s Exmar, the Nicolas Savery-led shipowner said Thursday it has relocated its Caribbean FLNG (CFLNG) to a temporary location at Cosco shipyard in China.The barge-based floating natural gas liquefaction and storage facility was previously located at the Wison Offshore & Marine’s yard in Nantong, China.It has been in lay-up at the Wison yard since its delivery to Exmar in July last year.To remind, CFLNG was scheduled for delivery to Pacific Exploration and Production in 2015, however, in March last year, the agreement was terminated.Since then, Exmar has been trying to secure an employment for the facility but with no luck.At Cosco, the FLNG will be “awaiting final deployment with several candidate projects under consideration,” Exmar said.The FLNG has a storage capacity of 16,100-cbm and a liquefaction capacity of 500,000 tons per year. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Kolks named new Athletic Director at OA

first_imgOldenburg, IN—Oldenburg Academy is pleased to announce the selection of Patrick Kolks as the new Director of Athletics effective July 1.Kolks is a 2010 Academy graduate and has been the OA Assistant Baseball Coach for several years.  He returns to the Academy having worked most recently for Fidelity Investments Service Support Group.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and Business Administration from Thomas More College where he played baseball throughout his college career and also served in various campus leadership roles. Kolks and his wife Emily live in Lawrenceburg, IN.last_img

1 person injured after active shooter reported in Indian River County

first_imgThe Indian River Sheriffs Department is reporting that they have arrested a man who was reportedly walking down a street with a shot gun and shooting at random cars.The incident was reported Friday near 3800 block of 44th Street in Gifford.Officials say they received a call about a driver who was shot in the shoulder by a man who was walking with a shotgun and a flag.The suspect, 33-year-old Torrevio Ealy, was later located by police as he was walking near a home on 44th Place. Authorities say when Ealy spotted them, he then ran inside the home. Seconds later, Ealy attempted to flee the area, however, he was captured by officials with the SWAT team.Investigators searched the home and found three other firearms and a large amount of drugs. Officials also reported that at least two of the guns were stolen.Ealy has since been arrested and taken to the Indian River County Jail on charges of attempted felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, discharging a firearm in public, and resisting arrest without violence.His bond has been set at $217,000.last_img read more

Rod Stewart Due in PBC Court Today to Face Battery Charge

first_imgLegendary rocker Rod Stewart will appear in a Palm Beach County courtroom today after being accused of punching a security guard who refused to allow the singer’s family into a private event on New Year’s Eve at the Breakers on Palm Beach. Stewart and his 39-year-old son were charged with battery stemming from the incident.The younger Stewart allegedly first pushed the guard before his famous dad delivered a punch to the security guard’s left rib cage area. A Palm Beach police officer reviewed video of the incident and identified Stewart and his son as the “primary aggressors.”Stewart is due in court at 9:00 a.m.last_img

Female inmate dies at Indian River County Jail

first_imgAn investigation is underway after a female inmate at the Indian River County Jail died Monday, according to the sheriff’s office.Authorities said correctional deputies noticed the inmate, Lori Collins, 43, unresponsive in her bunk Monday morning.Correctional officers began performing CPR and gave her a Naloxone injector. She was Tun transported to Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital where she was pronounced dead.Jail video shower Collins walking around her cell around 9 a.m. and then she went to her bunk and moved under the covers around 10 a.m.Authorities said a preliminary investigation revealed an overdose likely caused her death.Collins was being held on a violation of probation from a previous felony charge and had been incarcerated in the Indian River County Jail for 30 days.last_img read more

Commissioner Beverly Williams to serve in two high capacities for the…

first_imgLALAUDERDALE LAKES, Fl — The Broward County League of Cities, Inc. appoints Lauderdale Lakes Commissioner Beverly Williams as 2nd Vice President of the 2019-2020 year and the Florida League of Cities has also appointed her to serve as a member of the Nominating Committee of the Florida League of Cities.The ultimate success of these efforts is related to the level of involvement of the membership in providing leadership on issues of local, regional, state and national concern .  As stated in the appointment letters from the Broward of Cities and the Florida League, they are pleased to have Commissioner Williams serve in this capacity.The Broward League of Cities  and the Florida League of Cities are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to raising awareness and resolving issues facing cities and municipalities. Membership is made up of elected officials from municipal governments and area businesses.  Members focus on identifying and resolving problems affecting day-to-day municipal operations including county, state and federal legislation. Dedicated committees conduct research and recommend policies affecting education, housing, economic concerns and municipal services.Commissioner Williams will work with other committee members to discuss the many issues facing our cities that will come before the Legislature during the 2019-2020 Session and decide upon a policy direction for the Broward County League of Cities’ legislative efforts on the county and state levels.last_img read more

William Hill matches finance sector screening capacity with Accuity

first_img William Hill Plc has strengthened all components related to compliance and customer KYC operations by forming a comprehensive agreement with digital control risk solutions provider Accuity.Facing changing compliance and regulatory demands across all core markets, the FTSE betting group has appointed Accuity to ‘transform its customer screening approach with AI techniques’.The partnership sees William Hill install Accuity’s proprietary ‘Firco Insight’ platform as its lead KYC screening component.Updating stakeholders, William Hill detailed that its compliance and CS teams will be supported by a greater depth of tools and AI software, allowing the bookmaker to better evaluate customer behaviours and prioritise risks. Steven Armstrong, Group Director of AML at William Hill, said: “William Hill is always proactively looking for new ways to increase efficiency and enhance the experience of our customers. “Following a successful proof of concept, we could see that working with Accuity and investing in this technology would help us achieve greater financial crime screening accuracy, without adding to our manual workload.”Further operational benefits provided by Accuity will see William Hill reduce ‘false positives’ on customer screening from a ‘typical industry rate of 10-15% to less than 1%’, with the Firco Insight platform providing greater accuracy on customer name matching, risk assessment and prioritising alerts. Accuity developed its Firco Insight platform for high-risk / high volume financial services institutions for clients including Citadele, Deutsche Bank, Sterling Bancorp, Banco Postal and UNESCO.The partnership sees William Hill become the first gambling firm to uphold the same standard of financial crime screening as global banks.David Wilson, CEO at Accuity, said: “We are very proud of this project that marks a significant milestone for William Hill, Accuity, and the gaming industry. “By utilising entity resolution filtering and AI techniques to form an explainable, safe and high-performance screening program,  William Hill will achieve the same exceptionally high standards as the world’s largest banks. We look forward to working closely with the team at William Hill to deliver a new benchmark in customer screening for the gaming industry.” _______________________Global financial crime screening experts Accuity will host the next SBC Webinar on Thursday 9 July (14.30 BST): ‘Coming out of lockdown: Gambling, compliance, and the new normal’. Share Submit William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Monday news: Duke wrestlers place 4th, WMS get rolling, Cards take control of SCBL, league standings

first_img00.1000 WL 52.714 Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 00.000 League 34.429 00.000 1South Haven71.875 10.1000 00.000 61.857 Girls SCBL Standings 15.167 52.714 00.1000 South Haven boys:It is apparent South Haven boys have become heavy favorites to win the SCBL. The Cardinals dominated Central Burden 52-28. Central came into the game undefeated. Austin Showman returned as a starter for the first time this season this weekend.He had 18 points in his senior debut.South Haven played a non-league contest with Garber, Okla. The Cardinals won again to improve 7-1 with a 55-48 victory. Showman scored 25 points while Andrew Lowe had 13. The box score can be found here.SCBL standings for Monday, Jan. 7: Udall 10.1000 15.167 10.1000 10.1000 Over-all 00.1000 Mens SCBL Standings 01.000 01.000 5West Elk 16.143 7Flinthills 43.571 7South Haven35.375 15.167 70.1000 4Flinthills Elk Valley 01.000 2Argonia 6CVDX 11Centralcenter_img by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington High School wrestlers finish placed fifth in the Wichita North dual tournament on Saturday, Wellington Middle School basketball teams start a very busy week, South Haven boys win again, and the South-Central Border League standings are released to kick off a very busy week….Wellington High School wrestling: The Wellington varsity wrestlers went 2-2 for the day at the Wichita North Invitational Saturday. The Dukes beat Wichita North 45-29, lost to Wichita Northwest 56-11, lost to Campus 42-30 and beat Wichita West 43-29.Jason Haydon at 160 pounds continues to roll. He went 4-0 on the day and is now 18-1 for the season. He along with Andrew Horn at 126 and Taylon Lamkin at 195 went undefeated in the tournament.Justin Bruns at 152 also had an outstanding tournament. Bruns went 3-1 barely losing to the No. 1 wrestler in Class 6A Saul Ortiz of Wichita Northwest at 152. Andrew Pelkey at 145 and Mitch Lowe at 220 also finished 3-1.Wellington will travel to Mulvane on Thursday for a triangular with Buhler. 33.500 00.000 00.1000 WL 16.143 34.429 9Argonia 8Oxford 51.833 3Oxford 11Sedan 34.429 33.500 3Sedan Wellington Middle School basketball: The WMS basketball teams return to action from Christmas break with the first of three games this week.Wellington teams battle El Dorado on Monday, Prairie Hills on Tuesday and Clearwater on Thursday.In tonight’s action, vs El Dorado is scheduled as follows:Girls – home, 8B 4 p.m, 7A 5:15 p.m., 8A 6:30 p.m. Boys – home, 7A/8B 5 p.m, 7B/8A 6:30 p.m. 01.000 24.333 WL 00.000 Caldwell Over-all 10Elk Valley 2Central 00.1000 League 25.286 15.167 9West Elk 00.000 01.000 00.000 Caldwell 34.429 10.1000 5Udall 1CVDX WLlast_img read more