Algeria starts COVID-19 vaccination drive with Russian shots

first_imgALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria has launched its coronavirus vaccination campaign in the city where the country’s first COVID-19 case was confirmed in March. The North African nation is using Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccine, and a 65-year-old retiree received the first shot Saturday at a hospital in Blida. Health authorities were on hand for the event. Vaccines will get administered in all regions of the country starting Sunday with health care workers, elderly adults and other vulnerable populations. Algerians were frustrated this month by repeated delays after promises of an imminent vaccine rollout. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has been convalescing from COVID-19 side effects for over a month at an undisclosed location in Germany.last_img

‘Show Some Skin’ encourages boldness

first_img“Show Some Skin: Be Bold,” a show comprised of anonymous monologue performances submitted by members of the Notre Dame community, will take place on Thursday and Friday of this week.The show, now in its third year, allows students to anonymously share their views on topics revolving around personal identity.The “Show Some Skin: Be Bold” production team prompted those who submitted monologues with questions designed to engage writers on how race, culture, nationality and sexuality intersect with identity, the show’s producer Edith Cho said. (Editor’s note: Edith Cho is a former Viewpoint columnist for The Observer.)However, the anonymous submissions shape the theme of the event more closely than those involved in its production, Cho said. Junior Abigail Hebert, a performer in the show, said “Show Some Skin” is unique in its direct connection to the faculty, students and staff of Notre Dame.“The plays I’ve performed in [as a Film, Television and Theater major] were written decades or centuries ago, so the playwright seems very removed, but for the monologues we’re using it could be written by someone sitting next to me,” Hebert said.The show’s director and sophomore Clarissa Schwab said she hopes the show will ignite discussion within the Notre Dame community.“We don’t want their experience to start and end with the top of the show and the end of the show, with the curtain rising and the curtain falling,” Schwab said.“We want these topics to become integrated into the average Notre Dame conversation. We don’t want these stories or topics to be taboo anymore, we want to have them out in the open,” Schwab said.Hebert said she hopes those who come to see the show will see the common humanity between themselves and those who submitted the monologues.“There are levels on which we can connect and come together as a community and support each other, because we all feel lost,” Hebert said. “We all may be different but the bottom line is we are all a Notre Dame family.”“Show Some Skin” is the first independent student group to be invited to perform at the DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts, Cho said. Academic departments such as First Year of Studies and the Center for Social Concerns have also been utilizing the monologues submitted for this event, she said.“The fact that [students] are willing to come gives us a lot of hope that they will bring these issues to action,” Cho said.Tags: Center for Social Concerns, debartolo, jaros, madison jaros, news, show, show some skin, social concernslast_img read more

Off-B’way’s Daddy Long Legs Will Play Open-Ended Run

first_imgYou’re now going to have ample opportunity to figure out who is Daddy Long Legs! Daddy Long Legs, starring Broadway alum Paul Alexander Nolan and Megan McGinnis, will now play an open-ended run off-Broadway. Directed by John Caird, the tuner, based on the 1912 novel by Jean Webster, features music and lyrics by Paul Gordon and a book by Caird and had previously been scheduled to shutter on January 10, 2016. The show is still set to begin previews on September 10 and officially open on September 28 at the Davenport Theatre.Daddy Long Legs tells the tale of Jerusha Abbott (McGinnis), the oldest orphan in the John Grier Home. One day, a rich, anonymous benefactor (Nolan) decides to send her to college, but she must write him a letter once a month. Unaware of his identity, she invents a nickname for him: Daddy Long Legs. Through her letters, Jerusha shares her experiences of college while discovering her own identity and reveling in the wonders of literature, adventure and love. But one key fact eludes her—who is is Daddy Long Legs?McGinnis is reprising her role from the London and West Coast productions. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 6, 2016 Related Shows Daddy Long Legslast_img read more

Home prices rise across the U.S.: NAR

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A full 93% of metropolitan areas in the U.S. saw their median home prices rise in Q2 2015, according to data gathered by the National Association of Realtors.The Washington-based trade group reported that 163 out of 176 metropolitan areas boasted higher home prices from April through June 2015, compared to the same time period in 2014. Median home prices in 13 metropolitan areas were lower than they were in Q2 2014. continue reading »last_img

Presidential Candidates Schedule More Campaign Stops on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls are picking up the pace of their appearances on Long Island, where they’re trying to shore up voters ahead of the New York primaries next week.Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton has three events in Nassau and Suffolk counties scheduled for Monday, GOP front-runner Donald Trump will speak at a fundraiser later this week on LI, and Heidi Cruz, the wife of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), is slated to host three public events on the Island also on Monday.Clinton is set to headline the Suffolk County Democratic Committee Spring Dinner at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook on Monday night after another campaign event the same day at Timber Lake, a Glen Cove-based camp rub by Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs. She’s also scheduled to have a “Conversation on Gun Violence Prevention” with U.S. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) at Landmark Theater in Port Washington.Trump, who held a rally that drew an estimated 12,000 people at Grumman Studios in Bethpage last week, is slated to appear at a Suffolk County Republican Committee fundraiser at The Emporium, a concert venue in Patchogue, which can hold about 1,000 people, on Thursday evening.Although Cruz hasn’t scheduled any events on LI himself, his wife is listed in his campaign’s official schedule as making public meet-and-greet appearances at his Long Island campaign offices in Mineola and Melville as well as at Connect Church in Bellmore on Monday afternoon.The third-place Republican candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, was the first presidential candidate this cycle to tour the Island when he delivered a speech to supporters last week at The Paramount, a concert venue in Huntington.The only one of the five remaining candidates who has neither made an appearance nor scheduled an event in Nassau and Suffolk yet is Clinton’s Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who has appeared at a Coney Island rally in Brooklyn.Sanders and Clinton are scheduled to hold a televised debate in New York City on Thursday. Primary voters cast their ballots on Tuesday, April 19.last_img read more

Health expert says vaccine race akin to law of the jungle

first_imgA motorcyclist wears a protective mask while sitting at the side of the road at the Sabarmati Riverfront in Ahmedabad, India, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his government will ensure that all 1.3 billion people nationwide will have access to a Covid-19 vaccine as soon it is ready.Sumit Dayal | Bloomberg | Getty Images WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said via Twitter earlier this month that the Covid-19 response “shows that countries are stronger when they work together through multilateral platforms.”“Solutions must be shared as global public goods on the basis of equitable and affordable access for all — these are moral, public health and economic imperatives,” Tedros said. “Unfortunately, what we have been seeing over the last few months is in fact more of a rule of the jungle type of situation where we have the countries that have the greatest resources primarily in Europe, in North America, Japan for example … who have managed to get a much, much larger volume of vaccines secure than the rest of the world.”She added that all countries should introduce a set of arrangements to ensure that health workers, people with underlying medical conditions, and older people are among those to have priority access to any prospective vaccines. Wealthy countries ‘betting on more than one horse’Most countries around the world have signed up to COVAX, the Covid-19 vaccines alliance co-led by GAVI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI) and WHO.COVAX aims to provide 2 billion does of coronavirus vaccines by the end of 2021 to protect high-risk populations across the world. In the longer-term, the alliance is designed to provide countries with enough doses to cover 20% of their population, while self-financing countries can purchase different levels of population coverage. Moderna said Monday that preliminary late-stage trial data showed its vaccine was more than 94% effective in preventing Covid-19. Last week, Pfizer and BioNTech said an early analysis of their vaccine candidate showed it was over 90% effective in preventing coronavirus infections.The race to deliver a vaccine coincides with a scramble to secure future supplies, even before their safety and efficacy have been established.“I think from a public health perspective of course what we want to see is that the people first in line to get the vaccine are those who are at greatest risk of infection and at greatest risk of becoming severely ill. And this is true both within countries and across countries,” Moon told CNBC’s “Street Signs Europe” on Monday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – LONDON — High-income countries have adopted an approach akin to the “rule of the jungle” when it comes to securing supplies of prospective coronavirus vaccines, according to an expert in global health, governance, and infectious diseases.It is likely to have significant repercussions for the volume of vaccines available for low-income countries in the coming months, Suerie Moon, co-director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate of Institute of Geneva, told CNBC Monday.There is growing optimism that a coronavirus vaccine could help bring an end to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 1.31 million lives worldwide.- Advertisement –center_img “The COVAX facility is a real ray of sunshine, I should say, in what has been a pretty dark situation in terms of global vaccine access,” Moon said.“One of the big problems though is that many countries are not only relying on COVAX so, as I mentioned, the wealthier countries are betting on more than one horse,” she continued. “They are getting their own vaccine supply through bilateral channels, through direct agreements with companies, and they are also saying: ‘We will support COVAX.’” Ultimately, Moon said this means that although there is a lot of good intention and a significant amount of money to support equitable access to future vaccines, there isn’t actually a very large volume of supply available. “Right now, we don’t expect that more than let’s say a maximum of 10% or 15% of the population in developing countries might be able to access vaccines through COVAX.” GAVI said Friday that over $2 billion had been raised in support of the GAVI COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a financing mechanism designed to support 92 low- and middle-income economies’ access to safe and effective Covid-19 vaccines.The group said, however, that at least an additional $5 billion would be needed next year to ensure equitable distribution of future vaccines to those who need them.‘Countries are stronger when they work together’Data compiled by researchers at Duke University’s Global Health Innovation Centre shows that 9.5 billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines have already been reserved, even before any candidate has been approved for market. High-income countries account for more than half of all confirmed purchases, the data shows, while the U.S. is responsible for almost one-sixth of advance market commitments (AMCs). America has ordered over 1 billion doses from half-a-dozen drugmakers.Direct deals made by predominantly high-income countries result in a smaller piece of the pie available for equitable global allocation. World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a daily press briefing on COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, at the WHO heardquaters in Geneva on March 11, 2020.Fabrice Coffrini | AFP | Getty Images Small bottles labeled with a “Vaccine COVID-19” sticker and a medical syringe are seen in this illustration taken taken April 10, 2020.Dado Ruvic | Reuters – Advertisement –last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million Grant for Third Street Revitalization Project in Midtown Harrisburg

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Senator Rob Teplitz today announced $3.5 million in funding to support the completion of a crucial redevelopment of the Third Street commercial corridor in Midtown Harrisburg. The 40,000 square foot mixed commercial and residential redevelopment includes the renovation of four vacant and blighted buildings that have been boarded up for nearly a decade and an expansion of Harrisburg’s first co-working space.“The funding from the Commonwealth will help this project be completed and will assist small businesses who use the space in getting their properties to market,” Governor Wolf said. “But most importantly, this project is about new opportunities for the businesses that grow here, and continued hope for a neighborhood, and city, on the upswing.”“This project represents an opportunity to make the city a better place to live and work and will positively contribute to our local economy,” said Senator Teplitz. “I’m pleased that that state has recognized this effort to improve the quality of life in Midtown.”The redevelopment project, led by WCI Partners, includes four properties on Third Street between Boas Street and Union Street, including the former Moose Lodge also previously used as the Ronald Brown Charter School at 922 N. 3rd Street. The buildings will be renovated to contain a mix of commercial and residential space and will dramatically enhance the character of the surrounding neighborhood. The total investment in the project is $8 million.The ground floor of the project will provide Harrisburg’s first co-working space, [email protected], with an expanded operation for their tenants, which include early entrepreneurs, as well as established businesses looking for affordable single office space.“Our expansion into this redevelopment will allow for more entrepreneurs to start businesses and more existing businesses to grow in Harrisburg,” Adam Porter, co-founder of [email protected] Harrisburg and Director of Operations for Midtown Cinema, said. “This project is a not just an opportunity for start-ups and new businesses but it will provide a new face for the entrance to Midtown that will highlight continued progress for the city and neighborhood.”In addition to being an important anchor site to the major commercial corridor in Midtown Harrisburg, the project developers estimate the redevelopment will provide 40 permanent jobs, 50 construction jobs and annual combined business spending of $4 million.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: September 07, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces $3.5 Million Grant for Third Street Revitalization Project in Midtown Harrisburgcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Taiwan Further Jeopardising Offshore Wind Plans?

first_imgTaiwanese government watchdog, Control Yuan, has issued a report which is said to point to a number of shortcomings in the country’s offshore wind development plan, according to local media.The report states that the 20-year Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) for the offshore wind projects are ”above global benchmarks” and that they ”do not take into consideration the falling Levelized Cost of Energy” brought about by ”technological advances and the economies of scale.”The Ministry of Economic Affairs has argued against this, saying that the rate is TWD 0.1 above the UK’s, and TWD 4 below the rate in Japan.The news comes shortly after the Ministry of Economic Affairs proposed a 12.7% reduction in FiTs for offshore wind projects that sign their Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Taipower in 2019 as compared to the current rate.Currently, the FiT for projects that sign their PPAs by the end of 2018 would be TWD 5.8498/kWh (USD 0.1897/kWh). For projects that sign PPAs in 2019, the ministry has proposed FiTs of TWD 5.106/kWh (USD 0.1656/kWh). The proposal has been met with resistance from the developers such as Ørsted. The ministry plans to hold public hearings on the proposed cut.The report by Control Yuan, however, goes beyond the FiTs, and has criticised the ministry’s site selection and capacity allocation procedures. It also reportedly states that ”the review committee is not handling cases in line with regulations, and that most of its members have conflicts of interest.”Taiwan’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Shen Jong-chin, has argued against these findings, saying that the offshore wind plan ”adheres to the law and there are no compliance issues”.Control Yuan has also taken aim at the ministry’s build-out timeline according to which 16 projects must be completed in the next seven years, saying that the timeline does not take into consideration the challenges of developing a local supply chain.Taiwan awarded a total of 5.5GW of offshore wind capacity in two separate tendering rounds in April and June.Offshore wind developers that secured the rights to build wind farms are obligated to sign PPAs for the projects with the state-owned Taipower by the end of 2019.last_img read more

Messi: ‘Barcelona will lose to Napoli if…’

first_img read also:Piers Morgan reveals why Ronaldo’s better than Messi “This wasn’t enough in La Liga. If we don’t change, we will lose to Napoli too.” The first leg in the Champions League Round of 16 ended 1-1 at the Stadio San Paolo and the second leg is at Camp Nou on August 8. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Lionel Messi warns Barcelona they ‘will lose to Napoli’ in the Champions League if they don’t make radical changes after handing the Liga title to Real Madrid. The Blaugrana were beaten by Osasuna on Thursday evening, the same day that Real Madrid mathematically clinched the title. “This game is a microcosm of how our season has gone,” complained a visibly irritated Messi on Movistar. “We were inconsistent, weak, beaten by a team that had more intensity and hunger. I think if we continue like this, it’s going to be difficult to win the Champions League.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesEveryone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks Today6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The World7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootlast_img read more

Ashwin, Vishnu, Joseph start as favourites in 2nd round of JKNRC

first_imgCoimbatore: The Chennai trio of Ashwin Datta, Vishnu Prasad and Joseph Matthew will aim to consolidate their positions at the top of the leaderboard as the curtain goes up on second round of the 21st JK Tyre national racing championship here on Saturday.Ashwin Datta, who surprised the field by nosing ahead in Round 1 of the blue riband Euro JK 18 event despite not winning a single race, will hope to rectify that. He was very consistent though, managing three podium finishes to garner 24 points.Sri Lanka’s Brayan Perera and Karthik Tharani, however, are just one point adrift (at 23 points) and will hope to dismantle Ashwin from the top. They won two races each but also finished fifth and sixth in the other two to slide down the table.Mumbai’s Nayan Chatterjee will also be pushing hard to prove his class. He suffered an early setback as his car forced him to pull out in the season’s first race. He made up in the last three races to add 20 points into his kitty and he will be eager to fire in this round.”It was a great opening round and it did throw some surprises. I am sure the teams and drivers are raring to go and we look forward to another exhilarating round of racing,” Sanjay Sharma, head of JK Tyre Motorsports, said.Chennai’s Vishnu Prasad was imperious in the LGB Formula 4, sweeping 22 points in the three races. He, however, will be feeling the heat as his buddy Raghul Rangasamy is just one point behind him.The LGB class will again be the cynosure of all eyes, with the Ahura girls creating a buzz with their presence.The six ladies, who had been selected after a nation-wide hunt, gave a good account of themselves too, finishing all their races with elan.Led by actress Manisha Kelkar, they have been training hard at the Kari Motor Speedway since the week began and will be keen to lead their brigade into the Top 10.Joseph Mathew, who won both his JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup races in Round 1 easily, will be the rider to catch once again.Similarly, in the Red Bull Road to Rookies, Mizoram’s Zothanmawia won both his races to launch his campaign on a high note. His city-mates PC Andy Lalhmangaihsanga and Jerome Vanlalrengpuia are 6 points behind, at 14, setting the stage for an exciting weekend.The second round of the JKNRC will see the introduction of a new class, the JK Tyre Novice Cup, giving youngsters another platform to sharpen their racing skills. IANSlast_img read more