Russia aims to produce ‘millions’ of virus doses by 2021

first_imgRussia said Monday it aims to launch mass production of a coronavirus vaccine next month and turn out “several million” doses per month by next year.The country is pushing ahead with several vaccine prototypes and one prepared at the Gamaleya institute in Moscow has reached advanced stages of development.”We are very much counting on starting mass production in September,” industry minister Denis Manturov said in an interview published by TASS news agency. Gamaleya’s vaccine employs the adenovirus, a similar technology to the coronavirus vaccine prototype developed by China’s CanSino, currently in the advanced stage of clinical trials.The Gamaleya institute came under fire after researchers and directors injected themselves with the prototype months ago, with specialists criticizing the move as an unorthodox and rushed way of starting human trials. Scientists have told AFP that Russia will struggle to adapt the vaccine to mass production because the country lacks raw materials, adequate facilities and experience, particularly with advanced technology like viral vector.Some Russian officials have boasted that the country will be the first to come up with the vaccine, even comparing it to the space race to produce the first satellite in the Soviet era.Moscow has dismissed allegations from the UK, the United States and Canada that a hacking group linked to Russian intelligence services tried to steal information about a coronavirus vaccine from labs in the West.Russia’s coronavirus caseload is currently fourth in the world after the United States, Brazil and India. “We will be able to ensure production volumes of several hundred thousand a month, with an eventual increase to several million by the start of next year,” he said, adding that one developer is preparing production technology at three locations in central Russia.Health Minister Mikhail Murashko on Saturday said the Gamaleya vaccine had “completed clinical trials” and that documents were being prepared to register it with the state.Another vaccine, developed by Siberia-based Vektor lab, is currently undergoing clinical trials and two more will begin human testing within the next two months, Murashko said.Gamaleya’s vaccine is a so-called viral vector vaccine, meaning it employs another virus to carry the DNA encoding of the needed immune response into cells.center_img Topics :last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf Signs Two Anti-discrimination Executive Orders; Urges Legislature to Pass Statewide Anti-discrimination Bill (ROUND-UP)

first_img Bill Signing,  Equality,  Non-discrimination,  Round-Up,  The Blog Yesterday afternoon Governor Wolf signed two anti-discrimination executive orders. The orders expand protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression or identity for commonwealth employees and employees of businesses who are contracted by the commonwealth.  These executive orders come as the Pennsylvania Fairness Act, which would apply these protections to all Pennsylvania workers, remains stalled in the General Assembly.“We must show that Pennsylvania is the place that William Penn envisioned when he founded our commonwealth on the principle that it is open, diverse, and inclusive for all people,” said Governor Wolf.  “I call on the General Assembly to swiftly put legislation on my desk that ensures that people throughout the commonwealth – regardless of sexual orientation, gender expression or identity – are treated equally under Pennsylvania law.”Take a look at the additional coverage below:Pennlive: Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive orders on LGBT fairness is about policy goals, but public relations tooFor a larger corporate and social media world, Wolf was channeling his inner William Penn, and advertising Pennsylvania as a welcoming state where tolerance for everyone is the order of the day.Philly.com: Wolf signs orders expanding LGBT rights“Pennsylvania needs to go on record to proclaim that all people . . . are treated equally under the law,” [Governor Wolf] said.FOX 43: Gov. Wolf signs non-discrimination executive orders“This is not the end of the game,” [Governor Wolf]  said. “I am urging the legislature to pass a non-discrimination bill that makes it clear to the world that Pennsylvania is a welcoming place for everyone.”PLS Reporter: Gov. Wolf hopes executive order is catalyst for non-discrimination legislation“This…is an effort to explicitly and decisively end discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender expression and identity in the executive branch in state government,” said Gov. Wolf.Post-Gazette: Wolf’s executive orders expand protections against discrimination for state workers, contact employeesRepeating a call from his first days in office, Wolf asked the General Assembly to send him legislation that would add protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to existing bans on discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation.Morning Call: Wolf signs non-discrimination executive ordersWith an anti-discrimination bill held up in the Legislature, Gov. Tom Wolf on Thursday signed two executive orders that would protect some public employees and some government contractors from bigotry based on “sexual orientation, gender expression or identity.”Associated Press: Wolf: Contracts must have no LGBT discrimination“If we want a healthy economy, if we want a strong democracy, if we want a just society, we have to do this,” Wolf said.Time: Pennsylvania Governor Bans Anti-Transgender DiscriminationPennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed two anti-discrimination executive orders related to the rights of transgender people on Thursday, contrasting recent high-profile laws in other states that been criticized for discriminating against the LGBT community.Penn Live: ‘This is the right thing for us to do’: Gov. Tom Wolf signs LGBT anti-discrimination protections “This is the right thing for us to do,” Gov. Tom Wolf said as he signed two executive orders on Thursday. “Just as it was the right thing for William Penn to do when he proclaimed that Pennsylvania was a place for everyone, regardless of their religion.”Politico: Pennsylvania governor expands protections for transgender peopleThe governor of Pennsylvania signed two executive orders Thursday that expand discrimination protections related to employment, including for transgender people.ABC 27: Wolf signs LGBT anti-discrimination executive orders“We need to make statement here in Pennsylvania that we are welcoming, we are open for business for everybody. This is the best I could do,” Wolf said.New York Magazine: Pennsylvania Governor Issues Orders Banning LGBT Discrimination“I am taking action to protect those that I can and send a signal to the country that Pennsylvania is open for business no matter who you are or whom you love.” [said Governor Wolf]WBNG: PA Governor issues anti-discrimination orderGov. Tom Wolf signed the executive order Thursday. He says he can’t wait any longer for Republican lawmakers to move on legislation that would ban such discrimination in employment, housing and public services.WNEP: Wolf Extends Protection to Some LGBT PeopleGovernor Wolf signed this executive order in Harrisburg with a smile. The order protects lesbian, gay, and transgender people who work for the state or for businesses that contract with the state.WGAL: Wolf signs LGBT anti-discrimination executive orderGovernor Tom Wolf has signed an executive order to prohibit discrimination by state contractors against people who are lesbian, gay or transgenderCitizens Voice: Wolf to issue executive orders for LGBT anti-discriminationThe governor stressed the importance of having a strong and inclusive workforce to boost Pennsylvania’s economy and noted business support for the anti-discrimination legislation.Associated Press: York LGBT activists praise Wolf executive orderWolf says Pennsylvania needs to be seen as a welcoming place, and he cited the backlash against what he called a “discriminatory” bill signed by North Carolina’s governor. BLOG: Governor Wolf Signs Two Anti-discrimination Executive Orders; Urges Legislature to Pass Statewide Anti-discrimination Bill (ROUND-UP) Read more posts about the fight to end LGBT discrimination in Pennsylvania.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant April 08, 2016last_img read more

It pays to understand the checks and balances when subleasing for AirBnB

first_imgDamien Keyes.THE  popularity of AirBnB continues to grow and the opportunity to make some extra cash is appealing to many, whether they are homeowners or renters. This leads to the question of can a tenant legally sublease part or all of their rented property on AirBnB? And, if so, under what circumstances can they do so? When big events, such as the Supercars, hit Townsville there is an influx of visitors here and many of them opt to spend some time either side of the event to hit the tourist spots, which is fantastic for our economy. Many locals are capitalising on the chance to earn perhaps five times the usual weekly rent, especially those living near the venue.But if they are renting the property, where do they stand legally? Can they sublease part or all of the property they are renting on AirBnB? When a tenant arranges to rent out part or all of a property they are renting this is called a sublease or subletting. The Act that governs rental accommodation in Queensland is the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008. If a tenant wants to sublet the property they are renting, they must seek written permission from the landlord, usually via the property manager. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The Act states that the lessor/agent must not unreasonably refuse permission to sublet or transfer the agreement from one person to another.What does this mean? Well, according to the Act it means the lessor must act reasonably in failing to agree to consent to sublet. They will be perceived as having acted unreasonably if they behave in a “capricious or retaliatory way” in failing to agree to the sublet. Like most things in life, it’s probably down to the tenant and the landlord having a good, mutually respectful relationship. If the tenant has proven trustworthy, reliable and to have taken good care of the property then the landlord may be more likely to grant this request. Landlords are likely to value good tenants who maintain the property and protect its value. In the REIQ’s view, a landlord is more likely to say “yes” to a sublease arrangement that is a longer-term arrangement and where the normal checks and balances are in place.With AirBnB, those checks and balances are not in place and this may, understandably, make some landlords nervous because they have no idea who is residing in their property.last_img read more

Short-term rentals and rising unemployment push vacancy rates higher

first_imgRental vacancy rates are rising.Rental market vacancy rates rose last month, hitting properties in inner-city areas and holiday localities hardest.According to SQM Research, a market analyst, the national rental vacancy rate recorded a large jump from 2 per cent in March to 2.6 per cent in April.In Brisbane, vacancies rose from 2.1 per cent in March to 2.8 per cent in April, with the total number of vacancies reaching 9,555, up from 7,299. Property analysts say rising unemployment combined with a drop-off in international students and overseas migrants in the wake of COVID-19 restrictions have contributed to the rise.The shutdown of Australia’s tourism industry has led to a surge of short-term holiday rentals onto the long-term rental market, also impacting vacancy rates. However, economists maintain the rental market is strong enough to withstand short-term fluctuations. Economic stimulus combined with an easing of restrictions will also allow Queenslanders to book overnight accommodation from June 12, which will help to keep the rental market stable. Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said there was more movement in areas reliant on tourism lettings.Year-on-year an upward trend on vacancy rates continues, with the national average coming in 3 per cent higher in April than at the same time last year.Louis Christopher, the managing director at SQM Research, said the one-month jump as one of the largest rises ever recorded. “The blowout in rental vacancy rates for the major CBDs suggests a mass exodus of tenants occurred over the course of March and April. This may be attributed to the significant loss in employment in these areas plus the drop-off in international students.” Real Estate Institute of Queensland director Antonia Mercorella said Brisbane’s rental market was in a fairly healthy state but some regional areas were hurting more than others. “Beyond Brisbane there has been movement within those regions more dependent on tourism letting, such as the Gold Coast and Noosa, where vacancy rates have had a more pronounced increase,” Ms Mercorella said. “This was to be expected with short-term rentals shifting onto the long-term rental market, creating higher rental inventory.”Meanwhile, Simon Pressley, the head of research at Propertyology, a market analyst, said landlords were suffering in areas of Brisbane reliant on student accommodation and tourism. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoPRD Realty chief economist Asti Mardiasmo says a resilient market should see it through the fluctuations.Mr Christopher said that if the trend for vacancy rate rises continued, a drop in asking rents could follow, which was good news for tenants, but not for landlords.National combined rents are recording a 12 month decrease of 3.1 per cent. The average rental asking price on a house in Brisbane this week is down by 0.2 per cent on the same time last year, however, asking prices for units are up 1 per cent.While some anticipate this will lead to a mass exodus of investors from the market, Ms Mercorella said there were little signs of it at present.“The Brisbane market isn’t showing any indications of properties hitting the market en masse, particularly rental properties. While individual investor’s circumstances may see some making the decision to sell based on their financial and/or personal circumstances, with the market exhibiting relative stability as we navigate this pandemic, we anticipate a stable rental sector.”PRD Realty chief economist, Dr Asti Mardiasmo, said the rental market’s strength pre-COVID-19 would help it withstand the current short-term fluctuations, but areas reliant on tourism and education would feel the impact more strongly.last_img read more

Lasting damage to young minds left by online porn

first_imgDaily Mail (UK) 8 Sep 2012A leading neuroscientist has backed an opt-in system for online pornography, saying extreme images may cause long-term harm to children’s brains. Baroness Susan Greenfield urged ministers to respect parents’ concerns over uncontrolled internet access. The Oxford University professor said the developing brain was ‘vulnerable’ and that children needed to be protected from premature sexualisation. Already, she said, young people she had spoken to believed ‘relationships are for losers’ and that having multiple sexual partners would impress their friends. The Daily Mail is campaigning for an automatic block on online porn unless over-18s specifically ask their internet service providers to let them see such material, following strict age verification. Baroness Greenfield said: ‘If I had to choose between unfettered internet access, and having children potentially harmed psychologically or worse by porn sites, then for me the decision is an easy one. ‘This [opt in] seems to be the simplest and something simple is easiest for people to deal with. We know that the young brain, because it is still developing, is vulnerable. It is so easily influenced, exposing young people to extreme behaviours like that, might influence it in a way that could be long term.’ Baroness Greenfield said children’s brains may be vulnerable to pornography, as well as suicide and eating disorder sites, on the back of evidence from studies on drug use, video games and criminal behaviour, showing long-term effects from early exposure. On Thursday, a petition signed by 115,000 – including 140 MPs – was handed in to Downing Street, demanding that internet service providers block online porn.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2200103/Lasting-damage-young-minds-left-online-porn-Brain-expert-warns-children-protected-extreme-images.htmllast_img read more

Heavy and Incompatible Drinking Can Increase the Chances of Divorce

first_imgScience Daily 5 Feb 2013High levels of drinking have repeatedly been shown to predict divorce. The most cited explanation for this is that excessive alcohol use disrupts daily tasks and functioning, and increases spousal conflicts. A study of the effects of drinking among husbands versus wives, and of similar versus dissimilar drinking in couples, has found that both level of drinking and compatibility in drinking can have an influence on divorce.Results will be published in the May 2013 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research and are currently available at Early View. “On average, divorced people drink more than married people,” said Fartein Ask Torvik, a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health as well as corresponding author for the study. “To some extent, this is due to increased drinking after a divorce, but people who drink heavily also have a higher risk of experiencing a divorce, so heavy drinking likely interferes fundamentally with the quality of marriage.”…”Essentially, the more people drink, the higher is the risk of divorce,” said Torvik. “In addition, the risk of divorce is lowered if the spouses drink approximately the same amount of alcohol. This is not only true for those who drink excessively — there is also a reduced risk of divorce if both spouses abstain totally from alcohol. Also, we found heavy drinking among women to be more strongly associated with divorce than heavy drinking among men.””This latter finding is of major interest,” said Major. “For instance, the risk of divorce is estimated to be tripled when the husband’s level drinking is low and the wife’s drinking is heavy, compared with couples where both drink lightly.””There are several possible explanations for this,” said Torvik. “One of them is that women in general seem to be more strongly affected by heavy drinking than men are. Thus, heavy-drinking women may be more impaired than heavy-drinking men. It is, however, important to note that heavy drinking is much less common among women than among men.””Heavy drinking among women is also less acceptable than among men in our society,” said Major. “A wife’s heavy drinking probably also interferes more with general family life — that is, the caring role of the mother, upbringing of children, etc.http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130205162519.htmlast_img read more

Data and statistics often hide the real picture

first_imgLocalNews Data and statistics often hide the real picture by: – August 9, 2011 Dr. Francis Severin, Head of UWI Open Campus.Head of the University of the West Indies, Open Campus in Dominica, Dr. Francis Severin, told a youth symposium yesterday that data and statistics in relation to crime and violence often hides the real picture.Dr. Severin was one of the facilitators of a “Youth and Violence” Symposium for youths from across the Caribbean Region including Antigua, Bahamas, Grenada, St. Lucia, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, St. Vincent, Jamaica, and Dominica.“Very often data and statistics tend to hide the real picture, because indeed there is a dark side of crime. Whether there is; and that sounds clichéd, there is one murder or two murders, or one aggravated assault, or one forcible rape someone, in fact several people by the multiplying effect, are impacted negatively. And therefore what statistics and data can tend to do is to trivialize and minimize the emotional impact, the socio-economic impact, the sensibility of well-being that people experience,” he said.Dr. Severin noted that while some may be of the view that the rate of crime in Dominica is not as bad as in neighboring islands, we need to be more sensitive to those who have been affected by them.“Quite often articulated sometimes in radio programmes where people call to say oh well Dominica or Grenada is not as bad as St. Lucia or Jamaica and so on and so forth. That to me is being extremely rude to those people who have been victimized by crime and other violent acts.”Dr. Severin is of the view that statistics tends to ‘shroud the human element that is affected by crime and violence.”Dominica Vibes News 29 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Wildcats Netters Place 2nd At New Castle

first_imgThe Franklin County High School Tennis team struggled at the New Castle Invitational for their season opener.In their first match, they faced the Hamilton Heights Huskies (2-0). The Wildcats were able to squeak by the Huskies by opening up the tournament with a narrow 3-2 victory.They then were set to face the host, New Castle Trojans (3-0). The Wildcats had a hard fought match, but they came up just short as they fell 1-4. Braydon Ertel and Dylan Little were the only Wildcat win at #1 doubles.The Cats finish runner-up in the tournament for the second straight year. They look to improve on these matches next week in their two home matches.Next week’s schedule is Tuesday vs. Richmond at 5:30, and Thursday vs. Centerville at 5:00. Good luck to the Wildcats and come out and support them in their two home matches next week.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Landon Bundy.last_img read more

Bulldogs Finish 2nd at Madison Invitational

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs travelled to Madison Saturday morning to compete in the Madison Small School Invitational. Both teams swam well and earned a second place finish.MadisonInvite“This was a great meet for us. Madison, Silver Creek and North Harrison are always pushing us to improve. Overall, we swam a few season best times and really put ourselves in a great position.”“Our goal from the start of the season was to improve from where we were last year and we definitely did that today.”Batesville finished 4th (men’s) and 3rd (women’s) in 2017-18 and were able to accumulate enough points to finish in second place behind North Harrison (women) and Madison (men).Event winners for Batesville High School included Kate Poltrack (500); – Sean Callahan (500); – 200 Free Relay (Maria Lopez, Sonja Gaulin, Gwen Martin, Poltrack); – Maria Lopez (100 Breast).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Greg McMullenlast_img read more

Martinez: Moyes will be welcomed

first_img “We all know he’s the Manchester United manager now and I’m sure that reception will be very much different but as a former Everton manager, every Evertonian has got great memories of the job that he did.” The warm welcome Martinez expects for the former Evertonians will not extend to the game, though, where the Spaniard wants the visitors to feel as much heat as possible, on and off the pitch. “This game probably is the most important game of the season,” said the Everton boss. “The roles that Marouane Fellaini and Phil Neville and David Moyes have, they are well-known figures at Everton, they’ll always be respected, but they’ll be respected after the final whistle. “Now they’re representing Manchester United and that cannot be a nice atmosphere. We all know how important the game is, how vital the three points are. I don’t think it’s going to be a problem to get the right balance.” The game is even more important for Everton because of Wednesday’s surprise loss to Crystal Palace, which ended a seven-game winning run in the league and handed the initiative back to Arsenal in the top-four battle. Martinez felt his side wanted to win too much and believes they need to appreciate what they have already achieved. He said: “It’s very easy from our point of view. It’s making sure we give everything we have and use all the good things we’ve shown over the last 10 months but in a way that we can enjoy this challenge of fighting to get into the top four. “I think to be in the fight with four games to go is a remarkable achievement and we can’t forget about that. “We need to play with that enjoyment on our faces and making sure, especially the two home games we have, we really celebrate with our fans and develop a real strong environment and make it as hostile as we can for the opposition.” Roberto Martinez has no doubt Everton fans will find the right balance when David Moyes makes his first return to Goodison Park as Manchester United manager on Sunday. The first of those is United’s visit on Sunday, and there is far more at stake than simply the return of old faces – former Everton captain Phil Neville is part of Moyes’ coaching team while midfielder Marouane Fellaini could also be involved. Having beaten United at Old Trafford for the first time in the league since 1992, Everton have the chance to end a 44-year wait by doing the double over their rivals. But most importantly three points would also be a major boost to their hopes of winning the battle with Arsenal for Champions League qualification. It will no doubt be a source of great pleasure to Everton’s fans that it is they rather than United who have a chance of sitting at Europe’s top table next season Martinez said: ” Facing the champions is a big enough reason to be excited and to make sure we’ve got the best possible environment at Goodison. “Having the opportunity to do the double on United is something that is not easy to achieve, and then the return of David Moyes. “We are a club full of integrity and style, we are a proper football club, so we will show the respect to David Moyes and what he’s done at our football club. ” I’m sure he will (get a great reception). His job at Everton deserves that. His work has been terrific. Moyes was widely lauded for his 11-year spell in charge of the Toffees but Martinez has become an instant hero on Merseyside. His attacking style of play has been hugely popular and Everton have already surpassed the highest points tally achieved by Moyes in a season with four games left. Press Associationlast_img read more