News story: Statement on AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine following MHRA update

first_img The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, effective and has already saved thousands of lives. As the MHRA – the UK’s independent regulator – and the JCVI have said, the benefits of the vaccine far outweigh the risks for the vast majority of adults. Everybody who has already had a first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine should receive a second dose of the same brand, irrespective of age, except for the very small number of people who experienced blood clots with low platelet counts from their first vaccination. The government will follow today’s updated advice, which sets out that, as a precaution, it is preferable for people under the age of 30 with no underlying health conditions to be offered an alternative vaccine where possible once they are eligible. When people are called forward, they should get their jab. Vaccines are the best way out of this pandemic and provide strong protection against COVID-19. We are very grateful for the work of our world-leading regulator and our expert advisors as they continue to address this issue. More than 37 million jabs overall have already been administered, and we are on track to offer jabs to all over 50s by 15 April and all adults by the end of July. Background informationPublic Health England (PHE) analysis indicates that the COVID-19 vaccination programme prevented 6,100 deaths in those aged 70 and older in England up to the end of February.All safety reports are rigorously investigated and anyone with unexpected symptoms should speak with a healthcare professional.All medicines have a risk of side effects. A government spokesperson said:last_img read more

SSP may open further Paul Hollywood Knead stores

first_imgFood-to-go business SSP has said it may open further Knead outlets in partnership with Paul Hollywood despite the closure of the debut site.SSP, which operates brands including Starbucks and Upper Crust at travel locations, opened the first Knead – a new bakery concept – at Euston station in 2017.The site sold breakfast butties, including sausage and bacon sandwiches, freshly baked pies and barista coffee every day from 7am.However, the site was forced to close earlier this year as building worked started on the High Speed 2 (HS2) development at Euston, which will increase space at the station and boost local and long-distance commuter services.But SSP has not ruled out opening further sites under the brand, telling British Baker: “Knead is one of a number of brands in our portfolio and, as with all our brands, we will consider opportunities to open another Knead with Paul as and when they arise.”last_img read more

Dave Schools Subs For Phil Lesh In Guest-Filled Terrapin Crossroads Celebration [Video]

first_imgIn continuation of their 5th anniversary celebration, Terrapin Crossroads hosted Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang for the Wednesday night show. Unfortunately venue founder and Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh fell sick with a cold, but recruited Widespread Panic’s Dave Schools to fill in on bass for the entire show.Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang were also joined by keyboardist Jason Crosby, vocalist Nicki Bluhm, Cass McCombs, Barry Sless, and drummers Mark Levy and Alex Koford throughout the evening. Thanks to YouTube User MarkoVision Films, you can watch both guest-filled sets below. Setlist: Scott Law & Ross James’ Cosmic Twang | Terrapin Crossroads | San Rafael, CA | 3/8/17:Set I: Sittin’ on Top of the World (SL), Luxury Liner (NB), West L.A. Fadeaway (RJ, NB, AK), Million Dollar Bash (CM), Across the Great Divide (CM, NB), I Don’t Know You (SL, NB), Big Railroad Blues (RJ), Light Up or Leave Me Alone (AK) > New Speedway Boogie (AK) > The Other One (SL) > New Speedway Boogie (AK) > Light Up or Leave Me Alone (One Way or Another) > Light Up or Leave Me Alone (AK)Set II: China Cat Sunflower > (SL, CM) Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds > (CM) Help on the Way > (SL) Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower (SL, JC, RJ, CM, NB), Get It While You Can (SL, NB), The Stranger (Two Souls in Communion) (CM), Grievous Angel (SL, NB)E: Sin City (SL, NB)[via JamBase][cover photo via Instagram User @stuartlevinephotography]last_img read more

Digital T-Shirt Printer Purchase

first_imgAmalgamated Culture Works of Burlington has purchased and put into production the Kornit 931, the worlds first industrial digital t-shirt printing machine. ACWs Kornit printer, which is manufactured in Israel, is one of only 10 such machines in North America and the first east of the Mississippi.The Kornit 931 reproduces imagery on t-shirts at resolution never before possible with screen printing and, as it works directly from the desktop, it requires neither color separation nor screens to do its job. Among the advantages of the Kornit machine is the ability to produce full color work in short runs without prohibitive set-up charges.The Kornit 931 is a revolutionary high-speed digital inkjet printing machine for the garment and apparel printing industry, the first digital industrial machine that prints directly on the garment. together with its unique textile inks, developed especially for the garment industry, Kornits product offers custom printers worldwide new opportunites for advancemenet into a new era.For further information, please contact Wayne Turiansky at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802-734-3875.last_img read more

U.S. Armed Forces to Hold Joint Counter-Narcotics Exercises with Partner Nations

first_imgBy Dialogo April 24, 2015 The Marines will train alongside Central American Armed Forces who are combating narcotraffickers that exploit the region’s jungles and coastlines to smuggle drugs, weapons, money, and humans. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 Report. During the six-month mission beginning in June, Marines will be based in Honduras but will also have personnel in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize. The deployment marks the first time Central America will host a land-based Marine rotation of this size, said Lieutenant Colonel David Hudak, the commanding officer of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force South (SPMAGTF). The Marines will train alongside Central American Armed Forces who are combating narcotraffickers that exploit the region’s jungles and coastlines to smuggle drugs, weapons, money, and humans. About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 Report. Law enforcement authorities captured El Chuyin April 17 at his ranch in Villa Ahumada, about 121 kilometers south of Ciudad Juárez. One of his bodyguards was killed during the raid. Law enforcement authorities captured El Chuyin April 17 at his ranch in Villa Ahumada, about 121 kilometers south of Ciudad Juárez. One of his bodyguards was killed during the raid. Mexican Army helps capture alleged leader of Juárez Cartel Mexican Army helps capture alleged leader of Juárez Cartel U.S. Armed Forces to hold joint counter-narcotics exercises with partner nations The service members will continue the U.S.’s commitment to help its partner nations. In recent years, smaller teams of Marines have been deployed to Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and El Salvador to help bolster the region’s response to narcotics and crime. The U.S. Armed Forces is preparing to deploy about 250 Marines to Central America to participate in joint training exercises with four partner nations to bolster cooperation in the fight against transnational criminal organizations. “We’re all connected in this day and age, and the U.S. has a vested interest in the success of these countries,” LtCol Hudak said. “We’re doing what we can to lend a hand.” The service members will continue the U.S.’s commitment to help its partner nations. In recent years, smaller teams of Marines have been deployed to Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, and El Salvador to help bolster the region’s response to narcotics and crime. The U.S. Armed Forces is preparing to deploy about 250 Marines to Central America to participate in joint training exercises with four partner nations to bolster cooperation in the fight against transnational criminal organizations. The Mexican Army, Attorney General’s Office and Federal Police teamed to capture the alleged leader of the Juárez Cartel, one of the largest transnational criminal organizations in the country. “About 90 percent of the Marines deploying volunteered to go. Morale is high and they’re excited,” LtCol Hudak said. “That’s a unique thing the SPMAGTF brings,” LtCol Hudak said. “We have distributed teams in the four countries, but if there were a natural disaster or an event the U.S. was called to respond to, we’d have a limited but immediate capability to provide an initial short-term response.” El Chuyin allegedly killed a protected witness in El Paso, Texas, in 2009. He has been sought in Mexico in connection with detonating a car bomb that killed two Federal Police Officers in 2010 and carrying out a 2012 shooting at a bar that left 15 people dead. The Mexican Army, Attorney General’s Office and Federal Police teamed to capture the alleged leader of the Juárez Cartel, one of the largest transnational criminal organizations in the country. U.S. Armed Forces to hold joint counter-narcotics exercises with partner nations “About 90 percent of the Marines deploying volunteered to go. Morale is high and they’re excited,” LtCol Hudak said. The suspect, who is known as “El Chuyin,” is “considered the one responsible for the criminal organization’s drug smuggling, murder, kidnapping, fuel theft, and arms trafficking operations,” law enforcement National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said on April 19. El Chuyin allegedly killed a protected witness in El Paso, Texas, in 2009. He has been sought in Mexico in connection with detonating a car bomb that killed two Federal Police Officers in 2010 and carrying out a 2012 shooting at a bar that left 15 people dead. The suspect, who is known as “El Chuyin,” is “considered the one responsible for the criminal organization’s drug smuggling, murder, kidnapping, fuel theft, and arms trafficking operations,” law enforcement National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido said on April 19. Before arriving, the Marines will have completed an array of courses, including ones centering on security cooperation, joint humanitarianism, and culture. Additionally, the majority of the Marines can already speak Spanish, which will aid in communication. El Chuyin is suspected of leading a cartel that has smuggled massive amounts of narcotics into the U.S. from its base in Ciudad Juárez, across the Rio Grande from the U.S. border. He allegedly took over as head of the cartel after Mexican Army Soldiers and Federal Police agents captured its previous leader, who was known as “El Secre,” in January. “We’re all connected in this day and age, and the U.S. has a vested interest in the success of these countries,” LtCol Hudak said. “We’re doing what we can to lend a hand.” Before arriving, the Marines will have completed an array of courses, including ones centering on security cooperation, joint humanitarianism, and culture. Additionally, the majority of the Marines can already speak Spanish, which will aid in communication. During the six-month mission beginning in June, Marines will be based in Honduras but will also have personnel in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Belize. The deployment marks the first time Central America will host a land-based Marine rotation of this size, said Lieutenant Colonel David Hudak, the commanding officer of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force South (SPMAGTF). The timing of the deployment purposely coincides with hurricane season because the joint exercises will also focus on improving each country’s ability to provide better assistance during all types of natural disasters. El Chuyin is suspected of leading a cartel that has smuggled massive amounts of narcotics into the U.S. from its base in Ciudad Juárez, across the Rio Grande from the U.S. border. He allegedly took over as head of the cartel after Mexican Army Soldiers and Federal Police agents captured its previous leader, who was known as “El Secre,” in January. The timing of the deployment purposely coincides with hurricane season because the joint exercises will also focus on improving each country’s ability to provide better assistance during all types of natural disasters. “That’s a unique thing the SPMAGTF brings,” LtCol Hudak said. “We have distributed teams in the four countries, but if there were a natural disaster or an event the U.S. was called to respond to, we’d have a limited but immediate capability to provide an initial short-term response.” Good for Mexico that a positive relationship exists among authorities from other countries, to reinforce the cooperation in the fight against transnational criminal organizations, and they will also focus on improving each country’s ability to offer more help during every kind of natural disaster, good for the armed forces of Mexico.last_img read more

Former CU manager accused of stealing savings from 91-year-old member

first_imgWhile a former branch manager was giving financial advice to a 91-year-old member, she allegedly stole more than $125,000 from that member’s savings account.Claudette Retana, 66, who retired earlier this year from the $9.5 billion Security Service Federal Credit Union where she was employed for more than 33 years, pleaded not guilty to 20 felony counts of financial institution fraud in U.S. District Court in Denver Tuesday.The nonagenarian member identified in a federal indictment as “FH” maintained a savings account and CD accounts at SSFCU’s branch in Pueblo, Colo. Starting in 2009, Retana began providing financial advice to FH even though it was not within the scope of her managerial duties, according to the indictment.But Retana’s financial advice — status of accounts, opening and closing CD accounts and what types of CDs could bring favorable rates of return — was just a ruse to conceal her fraud, federal prosecutors allege. continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

How my local pizza place is taking customer engagement to the next level

first_imgCredit unions are responding to online reviews, posting content on social media, and engaging on different provider sites. But are they texting back?Last week, I was eating at a DC-area pizza chain, &Pizza, when I saw it: A sign on the napkin dispenser that says “We Text Back” with a local phone number.It doesn’t say “With questions or concerns call or text …” It simply says, “We text back.” continue reading » 22SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

A year to go, rearranged Tokyo Games still shrouded in uncertainty

first_imgIn response, Tokyo 2020 Chief Executive Toshiro Muto said over 200 simplification measures were under consideration.Final billWhat has yet to be decided is how much rearranging the Games is going to cost the Japanese taxpayer.The IOC have said their share of the costs will be some $800 million but organizers have repeatedly refused to put a number on the final bill for Japanese stakeholders.The Games were already set to cost over 1.35 trillion yen before the postponement and increased expenditure might further alienate a public already turning their backs on an Olympics they once embraced enthusiastically.A recent poll conducted by Kyodo News found that fewer than one in four favored holding the Games as scheduled next year.A third believed the Olympics should be postponed again — which Bach has warned is not an option — with another third wanting the Games cancelled outright.In addition to costs, three major issues dominate any conversation on the rearranged Games — athlete safety, spectators and sponsorship.Organizers have said all efforts will be made to ensure the 11,000 athletes will be able to travel safely to Tokyo and compete in world class surroundings.As expert after expert has pointed out, however, it is difficult to see how this can be accomplished without the development and global distribution of an effective COVID-19 vaccine.The same is true of the desire to have thousands of spectators in the stadiums to cheer on those athletes.Loss of ticket revenue would be a major blow to the organizing committee and that would be compounded if they cannot keep on board the record-breaking number of Games sponsors.A poll conducted by Japanese public broadcaster NHK last month found two-thirds of Tokyo 2020’s corporate sponsors were undecided on whether to continue their support.The challenges facing Olympics organizers are unprecedented but under questioning from athletes, fans and sponsors, they know they need to find some answers soon.Topics : Tokyo 2020 organizers will host celebrations marking the one-year countdown to the Olympics on Thursday but with the postponed Games still shrouded in uncertainty they are sure to be more muted than the first attempt 12 months ago.On July 24 last year, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach presided over a glitzy ceremony in the Japanese capital and declared Tokyo the best prepared host city he had ever seen.Even six months ago, when fireworks exploded over a giant, luminous set of Olympic rings in Tokyo Bay, organizers were still bullish that their huge financial investment would deliver an unforgettable Games. Just two months later, however, plans that had been almost a decade in the making were shredded as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the IOC and Japanese government to take the unprecedented decision to postpone the Olympics for a year.Since the postponement in late March, all 42 venues for the Games have been secured and the competition schedule announced, with the opening ceremony set to take place at the 156.9 billion yen ($1.44 billion) National Stadium on July 23.Beyond that, though, questions remain about almost every aspect of hosting what Bach calls the “most complex event on this planet”.The head of the IOC’s Coordination Commission John Coates has said rearranging the Games meant focusing on the “must haves” in a simplified event.last_img read more

South Korea accuses religious sect leader as COVID-19 cases surge

first_imgSouth Korea accused the leader of a religious sect on Sunday of violating self-isolation rules and obstructing investigations into the country’s biggest outbreak of new coronavirus in five months.South Korea on Sunday reported 279 new cases on Sunday, more than double the 103 reported on Friday, with most of the new infections found in and around Seoul.The capital posted a record 146 new cases, out of which 107 were linked to Sarang Jeil Church led by Rev. Jun Kwang-hoon, a controversial pastor and an outspoken government critic. The health ministry said it will file a complaint against Jun later on Sunday, accusing him of violating self-isolation rules by participating in a rally on Saturday and “obstructing” epidemiological investigation by failing to submit a full list of church members for testing and tracing.Thousands of demonstrators took to the street on the Aug. 15 liberation day on Tuesday, protesting against President Moon Jae-in’s policies and defying a ban on rallies in the capital.The surge in COVID-19 cases prompted authorities on Sunday to reimpose tighter social distancing curbs, and President Moon warned of “stern and strong measures” against “some churches”, calling their behavior an “unforgivable act that threatens public lives.”Jun’s church did not respond to telephone calls from Reuters seeking comment.Another Christian sect, Shincheonji Church of Jesus, was at the center of the country’s largest outbreak of COVID-19 infections in February. The secretive group was linked to 36 percent of South Korea’s total cases, and on Aug.1, South Korean authorities arrested its founder, Lee Man-hee, for allegedly hiding crucial information from contact-tracers.Topics :last_img read more

European authorities allow leeway on new derivatives rules

first_img*The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), and European Banking Authority (EBA) “This approach does not entail a general forbearance,” they said.To meet the new rules pension funds and other institutions have to update legal documentation such as credit support annexes (CSAs), contracts covering derivatives arrangements between counterparties. There are thousands of such documents in existence covering derivatives trades in funds and liability-driven investment strategies.PensionsEurope welcomed the announcement by the ESAs, saying that getting the documentation in place by the March deadline was “a significant challenge” and that pension funds and their service providers in many countries were struggling to do so.Úrsula Bordas, policy advisor at the trade association, said: “A strict interpretation of the compliance rule would mean that many pension funds would have a limited access to liquidity as they would have a limited number of banks with whom to trade and this could significantly impact their ability to hedge risks.”PensionsEurope “hopes national authorities will further explain their approach to compliance for the next months to pension funds and their service providers”, she added.A head of clearing at a European bank told IPE that, if a pension fund or any other financial institution was not able to get new CSAs in place in time, “it looks as though [it] will be left up to individual counterparties to decide if they want to cease trading, and how forgiving their supervisor will be if they don’t”.The picture was mixed as to how supervisors would proceed, and some sort of materiality would be considered, the banker added.The ESAs said national regulators should “take into account the size of the exposure to the counterparty plus its default risk” when making enforcement decisions. The UK regulator set out its approach to enforcement, or “supervision of firms’ progress”, in a statement yesterday.The banker cited an expectation that, at best, 50% of agreements will be re-negotiated and in place by the March deadline, leaving “a significant gap still to be re-negotiated”.The ESAs did not hide their displeasure at having to make yesterday’s announcement, noting that “[t]he timeline for implementation has been known in EU since 2015, and it is unfortunate that the financial industry has not managed to prepare for the implementation”.“Furthermore, a delay of 9 months was already granted by BSBC-IOSCO in 2015 on the basis of similar arguments from the industry,” they added. “That delay was agreed with the clear expectation that the financial industry would be ready to prepare the implementation within two years.”The ESAs’ announcement comes after the US derivatives regulator earlier this month issued a “no action” letter, providing a grace period on the collateral rule. In their statement, the ESAs noted that they have no mandate to disapply directly applicable EU law.US regulators and IOSCO, the international umbrella organisation for securities regulators, also made announcements yesterday acknowledging that industry may not be able to complete the necessary documentation to be able to fully comply with the variation margin requirements by the scheduled deadline of 1 March. Both agreed that there should be some leeway.Pension funds recently obtained an extension of their exemption from a requirement to centrally clear OTC derivatives, with this now lasting until August 2018.  Pension funds and other financial institutions look set for potential reprieve from strict enforcement of new derivatives rules following an announcement by the European Supervisory Authorities (ESAs) yesterday.The statement concerns a 1 March deadline for rules requiring variation margin to be posted as collateral to cover counterparty risk in non-cleared, over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives.In a joint statement, the ESAs* said they “have been made aware of operational challenges” in meeting the deadline. Although they did not explicitly refer to small pension funds, they noted that smaller counterparties in particular were having difficulties.They effectively granted national regulators discretion not to strictly enforce compliance with the new rules, saying that they can assess “the degree of compliance and progress” on a case-by-case basis.last_img read more