Lae athletes picking up on training

first_imgCoach Allan Akia is encouraging athletes to stay committed and take part in weekend competitions.The Morobe Athletics team was all geared up for the Games last year but had a falloff in commitment to training when news broke of the initial deferral. However, with a group of national squad athletes based in Lae encouraging the Morobe youngsters, things have picked up again since Christmas. A number of new talents have caught the attention of Athletics PNG coaches especially Leonie Beu in the women’s sprints, Philip Joe and sixteen year old Ezekiel Nawas in the men’s sprints.Nawas, along with West New Britain’s Lawrence Lamond are under consideration for possible national selection in the U18 division, depending on their performances over the next couple of months.With the deferral of the PNG Games to November, Athletics PNG Secretary, Philip Rehder reminded all centres of the importance of arranging competitions for its athletes and submitting results.He said that a couple of invitational meets may be staged in May and that an announcement will be made when the arrangements are confirmed.last_img read more

Teng scores 35, carries Flying V past Gamboa to stay unscathed

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port PLAY LIST 00:51Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Despite the win, Altamirano shared that there’s still a lot to be desired with the way Flying V has played, especially on the defensive end.“I wasn’t really happy because I felt we didn’t assert ourselves defensively today. It’s good that we won, but I’m not satisfied and we need to work on our defense because our opponent scored more than 100 points,” said the veteran mentor.Val Acuña had 22 points for the Coffee Lovers, while Mark Sarangay had a huge double-double of 18 markers and 17 rebounds in the losing effort.The scores:FLYING V 119 – Teng 35, Salamat 20, Banal 15, Thiele 12, Cañada 10, Ongteco 6, Dionisio 6, Tampus 6, Torres 4, Webb 3, Colina 2, Mendoza 0.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working NBA: Durant, Curry lead Warriors to rout of Cavs, 2-0 series lead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this April GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 105 – Acuña 22, Sarangay 18, Acibar 15, Avenido 13, Padilla 10, Knuttel 7, Arellano 7, Jumao-as 5, Montuano 4, Dadjilul 4, David 0, Riva 0, Vidal 0.Quarters: 31-25, 60-48, 87-73, 119-105.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Just like usual, Jeron carried us in the first half. And when he got in foul trouble, it was Eric (Salamat) who carried through for us,” said coach Eric Altamirano.Eric Salamat bucked his shooting struggles and still wound up with 20 markers, 15 coming in the second half, on top of four assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundGab Banal got a near double-double of 15 points and eight rebounds, while Hans Thiele had 12 points, five rebounds, and two blocks in the win for the league-leading Flying V.The Thunder were firing on all cylinders early, shooting 57-percent in the first half as they jumped to a 60-48 halftime edge and led by as much as 19, 96-77, after a Salamat trey with 7:43 left to play. Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESJeron Teng got going early as he anchored Flying V to a 119-105 rout of Gamboa Coffee Mix to stay unbeaten in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The blue chip swingman fired 20 of his 35 points in the first half, on an efficient 12-of-19 sniping from the field, to go with three assists and three rebounds to keep the Thunder on top of the standings at 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

World Cup: Venezuela basketball team hopes to send home some good news

first_imgMembers of Venezuela’s team shoot free throws during practice at the Cadillac Arena, one of the venues of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, in Beijing, Friday, Aug. 30, 2019. Venezuela’s basketball team hopes to send some good news to a country suffering economic sanctions and a political crisis that has forced millions to flee in recent years. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)BEIJING — Venezuela’s basketball team hopes to send some good news back to a country suffering through economic sanctions and a political crisis that has forced millions to flee in recent years.The mission starts Saturday in Beijing when Venezuela faces Poland on the opening day of the basketball World Cup in China.ADVERTISEMENT Venezuela made it to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics three years ago, only its second Olympic appearance. The World Cup in China could be an avenue to help Venezuela advance again. But it’s a long shot.“We’re always going to be the underdog,” Venezuela forward Michael Carrera said in an interview with The Associated Press. “We don’t worry about that. Nobody is expecting us go to into the next round. But anything can happen.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSGinebra looks set for another titleVenezuela won only one of its five games at the Olympics, but that lone victory was against China. That will inspire confidence with China, Ivory Coast and Poland in Venezuela’s wide-open group.There are eight, four-team groups scattered at eight venues across China with the top two teams advancing from each group to the second round. MOST READ LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption View comments Inspired by Ronda Rousey, China’s Zhang aims at MMA history LATEST STORIES “We love being in the shadows,” Carrera said.Venezuela will also be trying to beat a European team for the first time in an official game. In this case, Poland.“Venezuela is a battle-tested team,” said Mike Taylor, Poland’s American-born coach. “They play with tremendous energy and physicality. They like to impose physicality on the opponent.”China will have a powerful home-court advantage playing at the Wukesong Arena, which was built for the 2008 Olympics. It has since been renamed the Cadillac Arena. It will also be the venue for the World Cup semifinals and final.“Looking back at the 2008 Olympics, we look at this as our Olympics,” said Yi Jianlian, the only player from China’s 2008 team still playing at the World Cup. “We want to look at this tournament as the same thing, as our basketball World Cup.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:15Sinas: 2,500 NCRPO cops poised to support Taal eruption relief ops01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption Neither China nor Venezuela will be among the favorites this time with the United States, Serbia, Greece, Australia and France probably in that role. The majority of the Americans’ best players are sitting out the World Cup, creating a balanced field at the top.Carrera said he was playing three years ago at the University of South Carolina and could only watch the Rio Olympics on television. This time he could be there if Venezuela qualifies for Tokyo.“That would be awesome, something to dream about,” Carrera said.Venezuela is again led by power forward Nestor Colmenares, who scored 16 points in Venezuela’s 72-68 victory over China in Rio de Janeiro.If Venezuela pulls off a few upsets in China, it won’t be the first time. They stunned Canada and Argentina in 2015 in Mexico to reach the Olympics, playing against two teams sporting lots of NBA talent.“We know that we are lacking the resources and the players to be able to compete at the very top level,” team spokesman Luis Vargas said. “But we have a very tough defensive team and their spirit makes the impossible, possible.”Venezuela coach Fernando Duro said the biggest problem is preparation and the fact there is little competitive basketball being played at home. Seven of the players are off one club team — Guaros de Lara.“Right now the internal problem is that basketball is not mobilized in the country,” Duro said. “Let’s hope this World Cup helps Venezuelan basketball to develop.”Carrera said players try to block out the crisis at home. And he repeated over and over “one game at a time, one game at a time.”“Of course,” Carrera said, “we would love to give all Venezuelans — it doesn’t matter what color, what side of the government — some happiness to all the people back there.” Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘People evacuated on their own’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano islandlast_img read more

The GGDMA has done nothing to help

first_imgDear Editor, The gold mining industry has been the subject of many articles recently. I have been paying keen attention to the call of GGDMA to small miners to protest against the new tax measures imposed by the Government.It is so funny to me that GGDMA will call on the miners that they have never supported. It is a known fact that the members of GGDMA are the “Big Boys” in mining and are all guilty of criminal acts towards small miners, known contributors of their lands. The trend is that these claim holders would give you oral permission to work a land, most small miners accept that because of desperation, with promise of permission to operate. As soon as a significant gold is discovered they will remove you with brute force and ignorance.Over the past two years I have heard countless stories of this happening. Our dredge was shot up with 36 gunshots and caught on camera by the claim holder as we had an injunction from the high court giving us permission to work. The gunmen who were security personnel attached to the claim holders mining firm came with their uniform and was heard saying on camera that they don’t care about paperwork they get orders from the said claim holder to shoot up.These men were basically treated like celebrities by the now retired commander of F Division. Who told us the men would turn themselves in because they cannot leave their work ground. These men are free as birds today. Instead of the DPP laying attempted murder charges because my husband was seen on camera jumping in front of a shotgun to save his workers, they were slapped with malicious damage to property. The excavator operator who was shot in his head has since appeared in court and withdrew the charges . We have since found out that he is now employed with the said claim holder. Again we see the claim holders influence all around. Until now nothing has come out of this and we are forced to fight in the courts for damages. We now have to find a way to recoup our losses and start over. We then started hearing all these horror stories coming out of the same area committed by the same said claim holder. Further, we hear stories of this happening to small miners working on lands belonging to current executive members of the GGDMA.The GGDMA has done nothing over the past two years to help us. As members we approached them first after the shooting to help us and offer support, we were told abruptly by the founder that he cannot get involved. He then referred us to someone Mr. Woolford who advised that I had a strong case but never offered any further help. We quickly realized that the said claim holder had a lot of friends in that association and it was a lost cause.There are so many families that are in ruins right now contemplating their next move , some trying to find the will to live after losing it all. Some still have debts to repay which in turn have them fearful for their lives.We would like to thank Minister Trotman, Minister Broomes and the newly appointed closed area committee for hearing our cries and doing their best to help us small miners. We have since been able to secure our own gold bearing land of which we are still awaiting paperwork. This gives us hope that we are not at the mercy of claim holders.The call by GGDMA for small miners to join in solidarity with them to protest is totally insane. This confirms to me that the GGDMA is in their “own world” and really out of touch with the reality of the small miner. I would like the GGDMA to state one instance recently where they assisted a small miner. They even insulted the newly started Konawaruk small miners association who attended a meeting with them and the government recently. Why does GGDMA think they are the only ones with rights to represent miners, who gives them the right to insult and demean this group of hard working miners.Has the GGDMA ever given back to the communities have they done any outreach programmes. Have they ever represented a miner that was not a ” OLD BOY ” in mining. We all know who these ” Big Dogs” in mining are and we are watching them closely. It is a fact they have so much money combined it’s hard for us to even fathom and pointless to fight. So small miners feel it’s either put up or shut up.However, we have new representation now in the form of the Ministry of Natural Resources and we will not be treated like second class citizens.I say the time has come for small miners to rise up. They cannot call themselves the representative of the entire mining body in Guyana when their interest is only for a few. Small miners please do not play into the political ploy of the GGDMA, they do not represent the real gold miners. Visit our Facebook page Justice for Figaro Mining and let us know if you need help.Sincerely ,Alisha FigueiraFigaro Mininglast_img read more

Gunmen rob restaurant owner, customers

first_imgIn brazen West Berbice attackTwo armed men on Sunday evening carried out a brazen robbery on two customers and the owner of a restaurant and bar located at Bath Settlement, West Coast Berbice.According to reports received, the two armed men entered the drinking spot about 22:00h and ordered two bottles of beer. At the time, the bar had two occupants, 25-year-old Ryan Hiralall, a mechanic, and 26-year-old Chrisendat Sureshpaul. They were reportedly imbibing.After the suspects collected their beer, they sat at a table close to Hiralall and Chrisendat. Guyana Times understands that less than five minutes later, one of the men held Hiralall and Chrisendat at gunpoint and ordered them into the yard where they were further instructed to lay face down on the ground.The bandits then proceeded to relieve Hiralall of his personal belongings and cash. He was reportedly relieved of his cellphone, gold and silver jewellery, and an undisclosed sum of cash. One of the bandits continued to hold the two customers at gunpoint, while the other attacked the owner of the business, Lolitta Beni, and demanded cash and jewellery.Out of fear, the woman reportedly handed over a handbag to the man. She told detectives the bag contained about $60,000 in cash, an electronic tablet, one Samsung Galaxy phone and a quantity of jewellery.After collecting the bag, the gunman ran through the kitchen door, grabbed his accomplice and they escaped in Hiralall’s Toyota Allion motor car, registration number PMM 6756. The car was reportedly parked on the parapet in front of the restaurant and bar.This publication was told that the car used by the bandits to reach the location was abandoned some distance away. When contacted, Commander of Police B Division (Berbice), Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam confirmed that the robbery did take place and that the Police were working on several leads as they continued their investigations.A Police source told this publication that the registration number on the abandoned car seemed fake and as such, enquiries are being made with the Guyana Revenue Authority. He noted that the car was taken to the Fort Wellington Police Station where it is being dusted for fingerprints.last_img read more

Lucas: South Africa’s 2010 champion

first_img“Now, more than ever, it is important to be an optimistic, dedicated South African with a ‘can do’ attitude, and few people embody this spirit better than Lucas,” Van Schalkwyk said. “We are delighted to welcome Lucas on board,” said SA Tourism acting CEO Didi Moyle, describing Radebe as a “champion of South Africa’s ability to successfully host the World Cup.” The 40-year-old Soweto-born former Kaizer Chiefs and Leeds United captain is no stranger to the 2010 project – he has been a Fifa ambassador for SOS Children’s Villages, and has worked with one of the tournament’s sponsors, First National Bank. In December 2000, Radebe received the Fifa Fair Play Award for his contribution in working with South African children, and in 2004 he was ranked 54th in the Top 100 Great South Africans list. “Africa has waited a long, long time for the honour of hosting the world’s biggest sporting spectacular,” he said. “I am excited at the impending reality of welcoming the world’s greatest footballers to my homeland. Radebe said he was excited and honoured to be appointed to the position. “He possesses all the qualities demanded of an ambassador. “He loves South Africa. He loves travelling in South Africa. He knows our destination well, and he is proud of being a South African. He is truly an inspiration.” 14 August 2009 Source: BuaNews Radebe will work with South African Tourism to help grow interest in South Africa globally, not only as host of the Fifa spectacular, but also as an amazing holiday destination. Former Leeds United and Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe has been named South African Tourism’s 2010 ambassador to the world. A more suitable candidate you would struggle to find. ‘A dedicated South African’ Speaking at a function in Johannesburg this week, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said South African Tourism looked forward to working with Radebe as 2010 approached “to spread the message of the anticipation and optimism sweeping our country.”last_img read more

Learn to Teach. Teach to Learn

first_imgWhen I retired, I thought I was through with business. And I was, until the social network came along and enticed me to blog. Like most bloggers, I write about what I know — strategy, leadership and branding. My motive is nothing more than to share my experience with today’s business community, in the hope they might put an old warrior’s advice to good use. To improve relevancy, I’ve had to familiarize myself with the new economy and products and services that didn’t exist when I was CEO of coffee/confectioner, Jacobs Suchard. As a side benefit of this crash course in catch-up, I have learned more than I ever imagined. And although I’m no longer engaged in commercial business, I am once again “thinking business” and enjoying the rush of discovering the ideas and innovations of today’s entrepreneurs. Nothing has been as illuminating as studying the ways and means of Apple. More recently, I delved into the business of “cult” energy drink brands, Red Bull and Monster.  I strongly advise anyone in consumer products or services to examine Red Bull’s strategies and culture. Do that and you can’t help but think differently about your own brand or business. The folks at Red Bull are the ultimate entrepreneurs. Although you may be caught in the bureaucracy of an old-economy organization, you cannot escape the fact that great ideas create change. Your idea can change a company. That idea can also change you.  Believe me, there’s nothing like a business breakthrough to set the right foundation for the rest of your career. Take the time to look at other industries. You’ll be surprised what you can learn and how that information can affect your own business or industry. A trade show is a great place to start. After 15 months of blogging, here’s the most important things I’ve taught: Complexity in a company is a cancer. Keep it simple. Focus. Strategy has never been more important. With the pace of business and with so many options at a leader’s disposal, clarity of purpose is critical to differentiating you from the rest of the pack. Leverage it to get ahead. Remain focused on it to stay ahead. Creativity is the last great bargain in business. Institutionalize it within your modus operandi and mindset. This is difficult for big-company people because they are part of a “spend your way out of it” culture. Creativity is the key to a small company’s success. With the emergence of social media, the leverage of creativity is immeasurable. Appreciate that culture is the strategy. Look at Apple. No question Apple would not be what it is today without Steve Jobs’ vision and tenacity. But don’t overlook the fact that Apple’s culture is innovative, competitive, focused, passionate and collaborative. Look to a future beyond the fiscal year. Develop strategies that define the future based on the actions you will take to achieve that vision. And after 43 years in business, here are the five most important things I learned: Life is a journey, not a destination. I didn’t get this until I left the corner office and began to discover interests beyond business. Don’t wait that long. You can successfully balance work life and home life. Hug your kids. They grow up faster than you can imagine. Sure, there are times where you’ll have to put in the long hours. But you can work smarter. That means more hours for your family and your out-of-work passions. Trust me; the business won’t suffer. Business is more exciting than ever. Okay, so there are roadblocks – government meddling, environmental challenges, cheap foreign production. But look at the opportunities – online marketing, social media, niche products and services, specialization, the list goes on. “Greed is good” is becoming “greed for good.” Entrepreneurs invest in opportunity. Saving the planet is good business. In the renewable energy market, global investment has increased from $33 billion in 2004, to $211 billion just seven years later. The most important thing in business and life is to love what you do. This means following your passion. Mine was marketing. Now that I’m out of the business, my passion is writing. And one day I’ll find a publisher not afraid to take a chance on a grey-haired, rookie novelist.last_img read more

4 to 7 More Years of Tax-Free Internet Access in US

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web josh catone 1 The US Senate last night passed a bill that would extend the 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act, which prohibits local governments from taxing Internet connections, for seven years. About two weeks ago the House of Representatives passed a similar measure that would extend the act for four years. Barring an unlikely presidential veto, this will be the third time the bill has been extended since it was passed into law.The extension of the tax moratorium has broad support, reports Ars Technica. Most ISPs and the National Governors Association would like to see the tax ban extended at least 4 years. It is commonly thought that the law will eventually be made permanent (perhaps the next time it comes up for extension?). According to Reuters, ISPs claim service costs might jump by as much as 17% if the tax ban were to expire.Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens was especially happy about the extension of the Internet tube tax moratorium. “By keeping Internet access tax-free and affordable, Congress can encourage Internet use for distance learning, telemedicine, commerce and other important services,” he said in a statement.The bill will now go to a joint committee where the Senate and House will hash out the differences between the two versions of the legislation that were passed. A revised bill is expected to be signed into law by President Bush once it has passed both houses of congress. Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

In Case of Pandemic: High-Tech Flu Vaccines Coming

first_imgThe threat of H1N1 swine flu appears to be abating, but the virus could come roaring back later in the year, and experts are now debating whether to produce a pandemic influenza vaccine. One key problem is that almost all of the world’s flu vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and production capacity is severely limited. Many manufacturers are working on alternatives to the antiquated technology for vaccine production, but those will play a small role at best should the world be struck by a flu pandemic this year, World Health Organization vaccine expert Marie-Paule Kieny said at a news conference today. They could make a difference down the road, however.Almost all seasonal flu vaccine is made using a clunky, 50-year-old process, in which companies adapt the virus to multiply in hens’ eggs, grow the virus, then break the eggs open and purify the key antigens needed to make vaccine, the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase molecules that stick out from the virus’s surface. In all, the process takes more than 5 months. This is also how the vast majority of a pandemic vaccine would be made.Most vaccine companies are working on similar vaccines that are grown in mammalian cells rather than eggs. This has several advantages: Manufacturers are less dependent on the supply of chicken eggs—which is difficult to increase quickly and can become vulnerable during bird flu outbreaks—and it could shave 10 weeks off of the 22 weeks now needed to make a vaccine using eggs. It would also yield a vaccine that’s safe for people with egg allergies.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But although more practical and cleaner, cell-based vaccines don’t promise a major boost in production capacity. Moreover, success with the technique has been slow to come, despite more than $1.5 billion in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contracts to several companies to fund clinical trials of cell-based vaccines and scale up manufacturing. Novartis is the only company that has begun building a cell-based vaccine plant in the United States, (in North Carolina), with the help of a $487 million HHS contract awarded in January. It should be operational by 2012. No cell-based vaccines have yet been licensed in the United States, in part because getting regulatory approval is complicated.In Europe, at least three companies have licensed a cell-based vaccine, but none has actually started producing it so far. Solvay built a plant in a small town outside of Amsterdam several years ago, but technical problems have delayed the start of production. “In terms of quantity, globally, [cell-based vaccines] will represent only a small amount of the total,” Kieney said today.Some alternatives could be faster to scale up. Furthest along is Protein Sciences Corp. of Meriden, Connecticut, which makes a flu vaccine by infecting caterpillar cells with a baculovirus carrying the gene for hemagluttinin. The company has completed late-stage clinical trials for its seasonal flu vaccine and expects to receive U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval this year; it plans to be making a swine flu vaccine in 5 weeks at its pilot production plant, says CEO Daniel Adams. This vaccine could potentially be produced in the world’s many facilities for making pharmaceutical proteins, which could allow the production of enough vaccine for between 3 billion and 6 billion people in 3 months, says David Fedson, a retired drug company executive living in France.Other recombinant vaccines that could truly lead to an explosion in production capacity are further off. VaxInnate, a company in Cranbury, New Jersey, is developing a flu vaccine made in E. coli, which requires far less volume for manufacturing than animal cells. It links a portion of the hemagluttinin protein to a bacterium’s flagellin protein to boost the response from immune cells. CEO Alan Shaw says the company could make enough doses for the state of New Jersey in a reactor the size of the gas tank on a backyard barbecue.”It’s a much simpler production system,” says influenza vaccine expert John Treanor of the University of Rochester in New York state. Treanor notes, however, that first this novel approach to stimulating immunity will require extensive clinical trials to establish that it’s safe and works.last_img read more

NBA suggests to teams unity ideas, reminds of anthem rule

first_imgIn the memo, obtained by The Associated Press, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum suggested teams use their opening games “to demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community.”He recommended an address by a player or coach to fans before the anthem, or a video featuring players or community leaders speaking about important issues and showing photos from past community events.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion St. Benilde records first win in final game in PVL The Golden State Warriors line up during the national anthem prior to Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA is recommending teams address fans or show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, while reminding them of the rule that players must stand for the national anthem.A memo was sent to teams Friday, a day after Commissioner Adam Silver said he expected players would stand for the anthem .ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule),” the memo says.The memo builds on discussions held by the NBA’s Board of Governors this week, and follows up on one Silver and players association executive director Michele Roberts sent to players recently.It recommends that teams organize internal discussions to hear the players’ perspectives, if they haven’t already, and to start or expand programs within their communities.“The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities,” Tatum wrote.The memo was first reported by Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe league’s preseason schedule begins Saturday with two games, including the NBA champion Golden State Warriors hosting Denver.Tatum said the league supports and encourages players to express their views on matters that are important to them, while reminding of the rule that players, coaches and trainers stand respectfully for the anthem. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View commentslast_img read more