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COVID-19: Kenya among four African countries participating in clinical trials

first_imgIn his report, Dr Nkengasong said Africa targets to vaccinate 60 percent of her population at an estimated cost of 10 to 15 billion USD once the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available.Also Read  COVID-19: Kenya records 98 new cases, 62 recoveries, 2 deathsIn their report presented by Rwandan economist Donald Kaberuka and Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa, the envoys applauded the IMF for being the most responsive bilateral institution to Africa’s Coronavirus response.Mr Kaberuka said the lender had injected a total of USD 23.5 billion into African economies in the last four months, followed by the World Bank (14.3 billion USD) and African Development Bank (700 million USD).The former president of the African Development Bank said Covid-19 risks wiping out a decade of Africa’s economic progress and warned that the next three to four years will be particularly tough for the continent.Also Read  Uhuru extends curfew ahead of his address Tuesday next weekMr Masiyiwa said a total of 51 countries had subscribed to the Africa Medical Supplies Platform. Among these nations are six Carribean countries led by Barbados.The platform, he said, has attracted 800 suppliers including eleven African manufacturers offering 600 products, including all key Covid-19 medicines recommended by WHO.In his address, President Kenyatta said Africa needs to elevate its global partnerships in the search for a Covid-19 vaccine so as to “ensure that African countries are not further marginalised but are positioned to be among first line of beneficiaries, once a breakthrough is made”.He commended the special envoys for their efforts in helping the continent deal with the health and socioeconomic impacts of Covid-19.Also Read  Women leaders welcome CJ’s decision to dissolve Parliament“The economic challenges we face require concerted multilateral effort, such as prioritising debt cancellation and Bretton Woods led relief package, that do not exacerbate emerging local challenges,” he said.President Paul Kagame (Rwanda) and President Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique) speaking on behalf of the East African Community (EAC) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) emphasized on the need to ensure that Africa is not left behind in the roll out of the Covid-19 vaccine when ready.The African Heads of State present at the meeting were African Union Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa, President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite crossing the one million mark of COVID-19 infections, Africa had in the last two weeks witnessed a reduction of 37 percent reduction in reported daily infections.Speaking during a virtual meeting of the African Union Bureau convened to discuss the continental response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Thursday evening, the Director of Africa CDC Dr John Nkengasong informed the African Heads of State that seven Covid-19 vaccine trials were nearing World Health Organization (WHO) approval.Four African countries among them Kenya are participating in the clinical trials for these vaccines. The meeting was also attended by representatives of Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and African special envoys on Covid-19.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153last_img read more

VB : SU fails to convert on multiple match points in disappointing loss to USF

first_img Comments Published on September 25, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Syracuse had hoped things would be different this year against South Florida. Last year, the Bulls ended the Orange’s 18-game winning streak and ushered in a season of disappointment in the Big East for SU.And the first set went just the way SU hoped its Big East season opener would go. Syracuse dominated, jumping out to a 17-10 lead. But SU only won the set 25-21 after a South Florida rally keyed by freshman Valerie El Houssine’s four consecutive kills.The Bulls’ little comeback was a sign of things to come.‘We have a lot of mental errors,’ junior Sam Hinz said. ‘It’s frustrating. … After a six point lead no team should be let back in the game.’After taking a two-set lead, Syracuse dropped back-to-back sets in which it had match point before USF controlled the final set, 15-12, to defeat the Orange in five sets. Syracuse (9-6, 0-1 Big East) dropped its Big East opener despite carrying momentum through two sets.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHeading into intermission, the Orange had three chances to close out the win. But South Florida (5-9, 1-1 Big East) made the necessary changes to make it a match.‘They made some adjustments,’ assistant coach Kelly Morrisroe said. ‘They definitely sped up their offense a little bit. … That’s something that our blockers are having a little bit of trouble adjusting to lately.’In the second set, USF jumped out to a big lead of its own, going up 10-3 before the Orange called a timeout to regroup.Out of the timeout, freshman Nicolette Serratore managed a dig and a kill in the same point. That sparked a Syracuse rally that culminated with one of freshman Andrea Fisher’s team-high 16 kills to give the Orange a 25-22 victory and a two-set lead.‘They were just telling us to keep fighting,’ Serratore said. ‘It was still early in the game, so we had a lot of playing left to do.’With SU now in control headed into intermission, it was South Florida that needed to remember there was a lot of playing left to do.El Houssine, who almost capped a Bulls rally in the first set, did. She gave SU fits from start to finish, tallying a career-high 30 kills, including 10 in the third set.‘They were definitely going towards their strongest hitter (El Houssine),’ Serratore said. ‘They were feeding her a lot because she was on fire and she was doing really well. They kind of found that weakness in our defense.’Despite Houssine’s outstanding play, SU still had a chance to close out the match in the third set. The Orange had three match points in the third set, but was unable to capitalize as the Bulls extended the match with a 29-27 victory.Unfortunately for the Orange, this became a theme.In the fourth set, the momentum continued to shift as South Florida led for most of the set. But SU managed to battle back with a run of its own to take a 15-10 lead.Of course, in this game of runs, the Bulls made one of their own. South Florida scored five of the next six points to battle back and take another 29-27 win after Syracuse blew multiple match points and committed nine errors.‘It’s just one of those matches where we played hard,’ Morrisroe said. ‘It’s just it comes down to a couple points. It’s one of those games that really could have gone either way.’The Orange never led in the fifth and final set. SU was able to cut the lead to 13-12 with a late run, but ultimately lost after one of its five errors in the set, and USF scored back-to-back points to shock Syracuse for only the Bulls’ fifth win of the season.Despite some mental lapses and a disappointing defeat, the Orange kept its confidence after the game that Big East play won’t go the same way it did last season.‘It’s the beginning of the Big East,’ sophomore Lindsay McCabe said. ‘We have a few freshmen on the court, but hopefully we can straighten things out.‘Hopefully get some of the kinks out and get ready for Big East again next weekend.’[email protected]center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

CRYSTAL PALACE VS ARSENAL

first_imgCRYSTAL PALACE (4-2-3-1)McCARTHY, WARD, DANN, DELANEY, SOURE, McARTHUR, CABAYE, ZAHA, PUNCHEON, MUTCH,MURRAYARSENAL (4-2-3-1)GIROUD, CAZORLA, OZIL, OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN,COQUELIN, RAMSEY,MONREAL, KOSCIELNY, MERTESACKER, BELLERIN, CECHAfter suffering a shocking opening-day defeat at home to West Ham, Arsenal travel across London in a bid to avoid successive defeats at the start of the season; they have lost the opening two games of the season only once before in the Premier League, in the competition’s opening season, 1992-93.But the Gunners face a Crystal Palace side that opened their season with an impressive 3-1 win at Norwich, to claim an eighth win in 13 Premier League games following on from their successful survival battle at the end of last term.However, Arsenal’s recent record against the Eagles is good; they have won their last five and are unbeaten in none (winning seven and drawing two). Palace last beat the Gunners in October 1994, at Arsenal, but they have never won against them in the Premier League at home.Palace’s last win against Arsenal at home came back in November 1979 in the old First Division; since then the Eagles have lost six and drawn four, while in the Premier League they have lost five of six.last_img read more

UN-backed tribunal rules against China in South China Sea

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing/The Hague, Jul 12 (PTI) A UN-backed international tribunal today struck down Chinas claims of “historical rights” in the strategic South China Sea, prompting Chinese President Xi Jinping to reject its ruling and asserting that Beijing will not accept the verdict “under any circumstances”.Xis strong remarks came immediately after The Hague- based tribunal dismissed the core of Chinas claims over the 90 per cent South China Sea (SCS), ruling that “there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights within the sea areas falling within the nine-dash line”, which is based on a Chinese map dating back to the 1940s.In his meeting with European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, President Xi, also the General Secretary of the ruling Communist party and commander-in-chief of the military, said Chinas territorial sovereignty and maritime interests in SCS will not be affected by the ruling under any circumstances.Xis comments indicates Chinas tough stand on the ruling by the five judge tribunal appointed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration which struck down Beijings controversial nine- dash line on the SCS claiming over 90 per cent of the area.China “neither accepts nor recognises” the ruling of the tribunal in the SCS arbitration established at the request of the Philippines, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in Beijing.”The award is null and void and has no binding force,” it said in a statement minutes after the tribunal delivered its judgement striking down Beijings claims of historic rights over the area, strongly disputed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.advertisementChinas territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the SCS shall under no circumstances be affected by those awards. China opposes and will never accept any claim or action based on those awards, the statement quoted by state-run Xinhua new agency said.The tribunal concluded that “to the extent China had historic rights to resources in the waters of the SCS, such rights were extinguished to the extent they were incompatible with the exclusive economic zones provided for in the Convention” (UN Convention on the Law of Seas), it said.”The tribunal also noted that, although Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other States, had historically made use of the islands inthe SCS, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources,” it said.For decades China, which boycotted the tribunal questioning its legality has been asserting that its emperors have discovered the islands hundreds years ago and have been exercising control over the area throughout the history.But is claims came into conflict with the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan as they hardly have exclusive economic zones (EEZ) provided by UNCLOS which Beijing declined to recognise.While the Philippines filed the case in 2013, Beijings claims over the SCS are also contested by Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and Indonesia as well. MORE PTI KJV ZH AKJ ZHlast_img read more

Lidl UK to increase pay in line with voluntary living wage

first_imgSupermarket Lidl UK is to increase minimum pay in line with the new voluntary living wage rates from 1 March 2017 as part of its ongoing pay strategy.Lidl employees across England, Scotland and Wales will receive a minimum of £8.45 an hour, and £9.75 an hour in London. The pay increase will benefit 5,500 employees.The increase will coincide with the retail organisation’s cyclical review of salaries in March 2017.The living wage is a voluntary, independently set rate, which is calculated according to the basic cost of living. The Living Wage Foundation announced the new living wage rates on 31 October 2016.Although Lidl UK is not accredited with the Living Wage Foundation as a living wage employer, the organisation is the first UK supermarket to align its pay with the new living wage rates.Lidl UK increased employee pay in line with the voluntary living wage in October 2015. This contributed to a 20% increase in job applications over the last 12 months.Nan Gibson, HR board director at Lidl UK, said: “We recognise the contribution of each and every colleague within the business and we feel it’s important to celebrate our achievements together. So it fills me with pride that our colleagues are amongst the best paid in the supermarket sector, and it’s absolutely deserved for the commitment and value they bring to the [organisation] every day.”Katherine Chapman, director at the Living Wage Foundation, said: “Lidl’s commitment to pay [its] staff the new real living wage rates is fantastic news and an acknowledgement of what we have always believed and advocated; that it is possible to pay the real living wage if you are a supermarket in the UK.“We would love to see Lidl go further and signal [its] long-term commitment by accrediting with the Living Wage Foundation to guarantee that all sub-contracted staff such as cleaners are paid the real living wage. This will also reassure [employees] that their wages will rise in line with the cost of living every year.”last_img read more