Bank statement on lending arrives two years too late

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‘Don’t waste a minute’: Chinese firm readies mass vaccine production

first_imgThousands of shots of the vaccine, which is based on an inactivated pathogen, have already been produced and packaged in a white and orange case emblazoned with the name “Coronavac”.While the drug has a long way to go before it is approved, the company must show that it can produce it on a large scale and submit batches to be controlled by the authorities.The World Health Organization has warned that developing a vaccine could take 12 to 18 months, and Sinovac does not know when its half-milliliter injection will be ready for the market.”It’s the question everyone is asking themselves,” Sinovac director of brand management Liu Peicheng told AFP. Volunteers abroad The company has since conducted human trials, administering the serum on 144 volunteers in April in eastern Jiangsu province.Sinovac, which has some 1,000 employees, hopes to see results on the safety of its product by the end of June following the first two phases of clinical trials.The firm will then move to phase three of the trials, which will determine whether the vaccine is effective among carriers of the virus.But Sinovac is facing a problem for phase three. There are too few cases of infections in China nowadays to have enough volunteers for the decisive tests.The country has largely brought the coronavirus under control after imposing an unprecedented lockdown on the central city of Wuhan and its surrounding Hubei province.Only around 600 people remain hospitalized in the country and few new cases are reported every day.This means that Sinovac may have to look for human guinea pigs abroad.”Currently we are talking to several countries in Europe and in Asia,” said Meng Weining, Sinovac’s director for international affairs.Typically several thousand people would be needed for phase three, but “it’s not easy to get these numbers in any country,” Meng said. ‘Day and night’ Even with success in the next stages, Sinovac would not be able to produce enough vaccines to treat the entire world population.But Meng said the company is ready to collaborate with foreign partners which already buy its other vaccines against the flu and hepatitis.As it continues its research, the company is getting ready for mass production.Sinovac is building a production facility in the south of the capital that should be up and running by the end of the year.”We work day and night, we have three shift working groups, for 24 hours, so that means we don’t waste any minute for the vaccine development,” Meng said. Topics :center_img A researcher in a lab coat in Beijing holds up the hopes of humanity in his fingers: “Coronavac”, an experimental vaccine against the coronavirus that has upended the world.Sinovac Biotech, which is conducting one of the four clinical trials that have been authorized in China, has claimed great progress in its research and promising results among monkeys.While human trials have just started, the company says it is ready to make 100 million doses per year to combat the virus, which surfaced in central China late last year before spreading across the globe and killing more than 220,000 people. Nasdaq-listed Sinovac has experience in mass-producing a drug against a global virus: it was the first pharmaceutical company to market a vaccine against H1N1, or swine flu, in 2009.More than 100 labs around the world are scrambling to come up with a vaccine, but only seven — including Sinovac — are currently in clinical trials, according to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.Sinovac has published results showing that its vaccine has “largely protected” macaques from infection in an animal trial.Its findings have yet to be peer reviewed by the global scientific community.last_img read more

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‘Myanmar is their home’: Retno calls for safe repatriation of Rohingya refugees

first_imgOf the 296 refugees in the second group, 105 are men and 191 are women. They are mostly under 18.“Based on preliminary information, we have found that they came from a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, 119 of them claiming to have refugee status from the UNHCR [United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees]. This will be verified directly by UNHCR Indonesia,” Retno said.She reiterated that Indonesia’s decision to temporarily accommodate the refugees was based on humanity and overcoming the emergency situation. The refugees had been adrift at sea for seven months, after being pushed away by other countries.Read also: Rohingya refugees rejected everywhere as countries grapple with COVID-19 concerns Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has expressed the government’s concern about the increasing number of Rohingya refugees arriving on Indonesia’s shores, calling on other countries in the region to share responsibility for addressing the core issues that led to the crisis.“In the last two months, Indonesia received almost 400 boat people of Rohingya ethnicity. […] Myanmar is their home, so a voluntary, safe and dignified repatriation should be continuously pursued,” Retno said at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) on Saturday.Indonesia has rescued and taken in 395 Rohingya people who were adrift at sea on cramped boats. The first group was rescued by fishermen in Aceh on June 24, and the second arrived on Sept. 7. “We also received reports that there were three refugees who died [after being rescued]. Presumably due to fatigue, beriberi [thiamine deficiency] and weakened bodily conditions as a result of long sea voyages,” Retno said, adding that health authorities had found no evidence that the three deceased refugees had suffered from COVID-19.The refugee crisis was one of a number of issues discussed at the ARF, which ended on Saturday. Other issues included the tension in the South China Sea and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.Indonesia has raised the Rohingya refugee issue not only at the ARF but also in many other ASEAN meetings hosted virtually by Vietnam.Read also: Indonesia appeals for end to Rohingya crisis“I have reiterated to the Myanmar government […the need] to resolve this problem from its roots and have urged concrete action […] through safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable repatriation to their place of origin in Rakhine State,” Retno said.“We also urge […] responsibility sharing, especially among countries party to the 1951 Refugee Convention, international organizations and NGOs that are concerned with this issue, to contribute significantly to dealing with refugees in transit countries such as Indonesia,” she said, echoing the opinion of Malaysian counterpart Hishammuddin Hussein.Hishammuddin lamented that his country continued to bear the brunt of the spillover effects from the prolonged crisis in Rakhine, Myanmar.He also said Malaysia could not take in any more Rohingya refugees because its resources had been stretched by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Yet Malaysia is unfairly expected to do more to accommodate incoming refugees, with added pressure from humanitarian groups,” he said.Read also: UN calls out failure of Bali Process to save refugeesSome 177,920 refugees and asylum-seekers are registered with the UNHCR in Malaysia, and 153,190 of them are from Myanmar, consisting of 101,320 Rohingyas, 22,510 members of the Chin ethnic group and 29,350 people from other ethnic groups.As of July, 13,653 refugees and asylum seekers were registered with the UNHCR in Indonesia, but most of them were from Afghanistan, Somalia and Iraq.“Malaysia reaffirms the need for proportionate burden and responsibility sharing and calls for the signatory countries of the 1951 Convention to uphold and stand committed to their international legal obligations to receive more refugees for resettlement or relocation,” Hishammuddin said.Topics :last_img read more

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Saint-Etienne manager Ghislain Printant issues William Saliba update amid Arsenal and Spurs links

first_img Comment Saliba is regarded as one of the best young talents in French football (Picture: Getty)However, Printant is adamant that the Ligue 1 club are under no pressure to sell Saliba, saying: ‘The sale of Saliba is not an absolute necessity.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There is no urgency [to do so]. He is courted by clubs. From a sporting point of view we want to keep him next season and that’s his wish too. He still has room for development.‘We will see. Our goal is for him to be with us again this season.’Arsenal conceded 51 goals in the Premier League last season – over double that of Manchester City and Liverpool – and Unai Emery is keen to strengthen his defence accordingly.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpurs, meanwhile, could be on the lookout for a long-term successor for Toby Alderweireld with the 30-year-old Belgian available for just £25m this summer due to a clause in his contract.Saliba, who can play in central defence or at right back, made 19 appearances for Saint-Etienne last season and has been capped by France at U20 level.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal William Saliba is a target for both Arsenal and Spurs (Picture: Getty)Saint-Etienne’s manager Ghislain Printant has stated that it is the club’s goal to keep William Saliba next season despite the youngster having been linked to both Arsenal and Spurs.The North London rivals are battling it out to land the highly-rated 18-year-old central defender after he made an impressive first-team breakthrough at Saint-Etienne last season.Reports in France on Friday claimed that Arsenal had an offer of €23m bid plus €7m in bonuses knocked back by Saint-Etienne as they want a full €30m to be paid upfront.There has also been speculation that Arsenal would be willing to send Saliba back to Saint-Etienne on loan next season in order to complete the deal ahead of Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Saint-Etienne manager Ghislain Printant issues William Saliba update amid Arsenal and Spurs links Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 1 Jul 2019 11:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link312Shareslast_img read more

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‘Pusher’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgRequintina – resident of Barangay 3, Hinigaran– was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected shabu to an undercover cop forP500 around 9:40 p.m. on Feb. 21, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the Hinigaran municipal police station, facing chargesfor violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN When frisked, six more sachets ofsuspected illegal drugs were recovered from him, it added. BACOLOD City – He allegedly sold illegaldrugs. The 22-year-old Joshua Requintina wascaught in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Nanunga, Hinigaran, NegrosOccidental.last_img

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Election security rated strong in Indiana

first_imgVoters with questions can call the Hoosier Voter Hotline at 866-IN-1-VOTE. Indianapolis, In. — Secretary of State Connie Lawson takes great care to prepare for each election. In preparation for the upcoming election, Secretary Lawson has proactively worked to implement new security measures and resources to protect Hoosiers’ votes.Voters should know that no piece of Indiana’s voting equipment is online. The machines and tabulators are not connected to the internet.Some of the tools and precautions being taken in Indiana to ensure secure elections include:Testing voting equipment prior to useAll voting equipment in Indiana is tested by the Voting System Technical Oversight Program, hosted by Ball State University, for an added layer of safety and security. In addition, each county conducts public test of voting equipment prior to the election.Risk and vulnerability testingThe U.S. Department of Homeland Security has conducted risk and vulnerability testing to secure Indiana’s electronic information. This includes the statewide voter registration system and the state election website. “I take the security of our elections process very seriously,” said Secretary Lawson. “I am working diligently to ensure that every available defense is utilized. Indiana has taken many steps to secure our elections, but let’s be clear: there will always be new recommendations, new technology, and new best practices where cybersecurity is concerned. The way we administer elections must continue to evolve, because this is a race without a finish line. I am fully committed to ensuring that we continue to move forward, using every tool at our disposal to maintain safe and secure voting for all Hoosiers.”center_img Multifactor Authentication ProtocolIndiana has invested in security by requiring two-factor authentication to access electronic information.Intrusion Detection SystemsThese systems monitor internet traffic accessing websites and databases.Security ProtocolState law establishes physical security standards for election equipment. Many county election boards adopt customized security resolutions above and beyond what is required by state law.Information SharingIndiana has partnered with the Election Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center. This provides access to 24/7 security information, threat notifications and security advisories.last_img read more

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BAAC hosts annual meeting

first_imgBatesville, IN—The Annual Batesville Area Arts Council meetings was held last evening at the Sherman. Award winners this year are President’s Award: Andrea Gillman, Business Award: Curtis Gillman, Volunteer Award: Dogger Dickey, and Arts in Education Award: Rachael Berkemeier.last_img

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Age vs Experience battle tonight

first_img… in Corona Beer football finalTHE proverbial age versus experience battle will see another chapter unfold this evening with the Georgetown Football Club Ground (GFC) taking on Police in the finals of the Corona Beer invitational football tournament.The pundits have carded GFC as the obvious favourites with several positives already in their favour heading into tonight’s encounter.The first of which is, that the GFC side already have a victory over the Police in the preliminary stages of the competition and this is a psychological advantage.Captain Shaquille Bowen told a media conference earlier in the week that this is taking effect in some of the player’s minds but they would have tried to eradicate this mindset.On a personal front, he contended that he plans to shepherd his men as if facing a new force rather than one they had faced earlier in the competition.Added to that is the GFC unit can field a full side team with no suspensions to their regular starting XI which means that several of their men in form are going to start.On the other hand, the Police are underdogs. While they have been in many finals over the last two years, the Mayor’s cup and others, they are without two of their star players, Quincy Holder and Lerone Charles.And while some see this as a factor that puts them at a disadvantage, Captain Dwain Jacobs sees it as an opportunity for players to step up, fill the gap and catch the opposition off guard come tonight.Nonetheless at the end of the match, expected to begin at 21:00hrs at the GFC ground, there will be one team lifting the Corona Trophy.But before that, there is a third-place playoff between Northern Rangers and Western Tigers, both of whom had persons predicting that they would play in the finals.Still cash is on the table for grabs when they go at it at 19:00hrs.last_img read more

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Assuria Golf tournament on today

first_imgTHE long-anticipated Assuria General Insurance Companies golf tournament is finally here and with the course finally getting some desperately needed rain, it is expected to be in fine condition with soft greens.Scoring is expected to be extremely low as the course will favour accuracy.At the insurance giant’s headquarters, General Manager Yogindra Arjune along with several staff members were on hand to hand over the sponsorship cheque.Members of the company will be at the LGC today to interact with spectators and players to provide information and to answer any questions about insurance needs.The tournament will feature three categories – 0-9; 10-19 and 21-28. There will be prizes for the Best Gross, Best Net, Longest Drive and Nearest to the Pin (to be presented at conclusion of the tournament).Lots of prizes will be given in addition to trophies with players and guests being treated to food and drinks, compliments of the sponsor.Starting time for the tournament is 12:30hrs and the fun activities commence at 15;00hrs.Assuria General commenced operations in Guyana in 2012 and has quickly grown to be a dominant player in the industry, with offices in Berbice, Georgetown, Diamond and Linden.It is the only company that offers everyday service (Giftland location) and usually processes claims in a short time as long as all paperwork is submitted.last_img read more

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Medalists speak at panel

first_imgOlympic gold medalists Rebecca Soni, DeeDee Trotter and Cynthia Cooper-Dyke talked about their journeys from student-athletes to coaches at Tuesday night’s “USC in the Olympics” panel in Bovard Auditorium.Trojan Olympians · (From left to right): Rebecca Soni, Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and DeeDee Trotter spoke about their emotions and experiences while competing in the Olympics at Bovard Auditorium on Tuesday evening. – Benjamin Dunn | Daily TrojanSoni, Trotter and Cooper-Dyke medaled in swimming, track and field and basketball, respectively.Organized by the Program Board’s Trojan Pride and Speakers Committee, the panel was moderated by Professor Daniel Durbin, who teaches sports media among a variety of other things at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.Trojan Pride’s director Kyleen Marcella said that an Olympic panel was something they had been talking about for a while due to the history USC has in the Olympics. The two committees wanted to host the panel before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.“We wanted to focus not just on the Olympic games, but what it means to be a student-athlete at USC competing at such a top level and what it’s like to be a role model and coach for these student-athletes,” Marcella said. “DeeDee, Rebecca and Coach Cooper are not only Olympians, but role models for the students they continue to coach and teach at the school. We think it’s important to highlight USC’s history in the Olympics and the people that continue to make our school successful.”Volunteer assistant coach for track and field DeeDee Trotter arrived at USC only                            three-and-a-half months ago.“I got into track and field by accident,” Trotter said. “I didn’t have track dreams growing up, but I was just fast.”Speaking about her coaching experience at USC, she stated that it was a pleasure to be training such a talented set of people.“It’s so great because they look up to you, and respect you, and listen to what you have to say and the advice you have for them,” Trotter said.Cooper-Dyke, head coach of the women’s basketball team, started playing basketball when she was 15.“I came to USC at the last minute because we won the high school championship, and they offered me a spot,” Cooper-Dyke said. “I believe in working harder than everyone else, rather than just being better than them. When I made the Olympic team I was shocked, but more so that I was going to the Olympics rather than just making the team.”Soni, the first woman to finish the 200-meter breaststroke in less than 2 minutes and 20 seconds, said that her experience in the Olympics was an award in itself.“[It is all about your] hard work paying off, and just being able to represent your country.”She also said that she’s always excited to come to USC because she enjoys seeing all the changes on campus.“I’m really excited for the new changes, including Heritage Hall and the new aquatic center,” Soni said.The three women also agreed that the Olympics were a surreal experience and that standing on the podium to receive their medal was the best part aside from the opening ceremonies.“You can’t put into words what you actually experience when you walk into the stadium,”          Cooper-Dyke said.Students in attendance were incredibly excited to be hearing the athletes talk about their journeys.Saleeta Rajwani, a sophomore majoring in cognitive science, was especially interested in the panel’s ties to the Trojan Family.“I’m just so excited to hear them talk especially since they went to USC, you know?” she said. “It’s great that they came back to USC to talk about their experiences.”Kelly Lynch, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering, said she was excited that the Olympians would take time out of their schedules to talk to students.“For all the athletes, and everyone else too, it’s so inspiring that people at such a high level of sports are here with us to talk to us, and are from USC,” she said.last_img read more

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