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first_imgChina on Tuesday urged students going overseas to study to think carefully before choosing Australia, due to a spate of racial incidents targeting Asians in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Ministry of Education’s warning comes days after the Chinese culture and tourism ministry advised citizens against travelling to Australia due to racial discrimination and violence stemming from the coronavirus outbreak, which first emerged in China in late 2019.In its statement, the education ministry reminded “overseas students to conduct a good risk assessment and be cautious about choosing to go to Australia or return to Australia to study.” The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reported on Sunday a survey conducted by the Per Capita think tank had documented 386 racist incidents – ranging from abuse to physical intimidation and spitting – since April 2.Relations between Australia and China have become strained in the wake of the pandemic as the Australian has proposed an international inquiry into how the COVID-19 outbreak in China became a global pandemic.China has since imposed tariffs on imports of Australian barley and blocked beef imports from several Australian sources, though Beijing has denied its actions are connected to the COVID-19 dispute.Australia has also spoken out over China’s proposed national security laws for Hong Kong, which critics say undermines the freedoms in the former British colony.The Australian dollar slipped further on Tuesday on the Chinese education ministry’s warning, falling 1% to $0.6951. Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgIt’s already been a big year for Dutch virologist Hanneke Schuitemaker, and, if all goes well, it could get much bigger.The global head of viral vaccine discovery at Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen oversaw the development of an Ebola vaccine that has just received European approval.Since January, she’s been given free rein to do whatever it takes to repeat the feat against the new coronavirus, responsible for the worst pandemic the world has seen in a century. Paradoxically, for thousands of scientists like Schuitemaker it also represents the biggest professional opportunity of their lifetimes, as the whole world turns to them for a lasting cure.Schuitemaker was in academia before joining a small biotech in 2010 that was later bought by J&J.She works in Leiden, in the Netherlands, leading a team of 160 people who started work in January winnowing down multiple potential vaccines until they found their best candidate.This week, it was injected for the first time into volunteers in the United States, following the start of a trial in Belgium a few days earlier.”We really have used every minute in the right way,” says Schuitemaker, whose father was an engineer and whose mother was an accountant.Now 50, she began her career researching cancer before branching out, in 1989, to studying HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.When you work on vaccines, however, victories are hard to come by.It took a second Ebola epidemic in 2014 for trials to be resumed and brought to completion, resulting in J&J receiving marketing authorization from the European Commission on July 1.As for the company’s efforts to develop an HIV vaccine, trials are still ongoing, with results not expected before 2021.How would she feel if a vaccine for the coronavirus also received approval this year?”I will immediately retire!” she jokes, quickly adding her “addiction” to her work won’t let her leave so easily. She is excited by the pace at which everything is moving, but doesn’t want to be misunderstood.”It sounds, of course, weird because we also realize what’s going on in the world, but you almost need to be a little bit schizophrenic, right?” she tells AFP in a video interview from her home.”The pandemic brings a lot of tragedy and bad things but it is sensational to work on a vaccine and to have short lines to the fast decisions, to have enough funding to do almost everything that is needed in record time, in parallel.”Few viruses have proven as deadly or as disruptive as SARS-CoV-2.center_img Career highlight The stakes are astronomical.  On March 30, the day J&J announced it had selected its lead vaccine, the US government signed a $456 million agreement with the firm to deliver hundreds of millions of doses by January 2021.Washington is hedging its bets under Operation Warp Speed, reaching similar deals with several other companies in the hope that at least one — though hopefully more — will work out.The J&J platform is based on the work of Harvard Professor Dan Barouch: a cold-causing adenovirus, modified so that it can no longer replicate, is combined with a part of the new coronavirus.It is hoped that the resulting antigen will trigger a robust immune response in humans to SARS-CoV-2. The first experimental doses were made in February by a small team led by immunologist Rinke Bos.”It feels like it was a year. I mean, I can barely remember anything that happened in January,” the 44-year-old said.She exudes a mix of confidence and excitement critical to seeing projects of these timescales through.”Scientifically, this is extremely interesting. It’s a new virus. It doesn’t happen that often,” she says.Other vaccines are further along in their testing — for example the ones developed by AstraZeneca and Moderna. That doesn’t faze Bos.”I never say the first, you just want to be the best. It has to work.”In any case, J&J won’t be able to produce the billions of doses needed to immunize the whole world by itself.”I also hope vaccines of all the other companies work because we probably need many different vaccines to be able to vaccinate everybody,” said Bos.And if the trials reveal that the vaccine is as effective in humans as it did in monkeys?”If it works, then yeah, that will be amazing. And I think that everybody who works on this [thinks]’It will be the highlight of my career,'” she said.Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgGary Neville predicts Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri will be sacked at the end of the season Eden Hazard was unhappy in a false nine role before the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain (Picture: Getty)‘I don’t think Chelsea will change Sarri during the season but there are those warning signs that make you think it will be a surprise if it goes beyond the summer. That’s not because I want him to leave, I think he’s doing a good job, but Sarri probably realises the job he is in and looks at the players who are not doing what he wants them to do – they never probably will.‘The maximum a manager has got out of those Chelsea players is one year, they’ll do what you say for a year and then say ‘right, I’ve had enough of you’. That’s been the nature of the club. No manager can maintain that job for a long period of time, no manager has control.‘Sarri knows there are politics behind the scenes, there always has been, but it’s been a very successful club being like that. We’ve welcomed it over last 10-15 years, they’ve been a great addition to the top of the Premier League. It’s a better Premier League for having this challenge from the new-money teams like Chelsea and City to challenge the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s a better Premier League but it’s a very different model, and I think Sarri is finding that out. He’s a guy that’s been around the block and feels that his players should do as he says, but the players don’t quite do what he says when he wants and that’s a frustration for him.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 7 Feb 2019 11:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link553Shares Bournemouth recently subjected Chelsea to their heaviest defeat since 1996 (Picture: Getty)Sarri has also admitted the current Chelsea squad is difficult to motivate and Neville fears there will be inevitable consequences come the close season.‘It’s mystifying with Sarri, after his comments about struggling to motivate the players I thought ‘this isn’t going to go well’,’ he said on the Gary Neville podcast.‘I said a few weeks ago that I thought it was the beginning of the end after what we had seen at Chelsea, the win [over Huddersfield] doesn’t change my mind.‘Chelsea over the years have proven to dismiss managers once they’ve had enough of hearing their voice. You only need to think about what happened to Antonio Conte and the nonsense with Diego Costa the summer after they had won the league and done so well. We’ve seen it with Jose Mourinho, with Andre Villas-Boas.center_img Comment Maurizio Sarri has admitted it is difficult to motivate Chelsea’s players (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville fears the writing is already on the wall for Maurizio Sarri and believes the Chelsea manager is likely to be sacked at the end of the season.The former Napoli coach made an encouraging start to his Stamford Bridge tenure, embarking on a run of 18 games without defeat in all competitions before a 3-1 loss against Spurs at Wembley back in November.Chelsea remain in contention for three trophies and lead Manchester United and Arsenal in the race for fourth place ahead of this weekend’s trip to Manchester City, but comprehensive defeats at the Emirates and Bournemouth last month have cast doubt over Sarri’s methods.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Italian has questioned the mentality of his players on several occasions this season and led a 50-minute dressing room inquest following the 4-0 defeat at the Vitality Stadium, Chelsea’s heaviest loss since 1996.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgThe bedrooms are large.The house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a double lockup garage.There are multiple living areas, including a media room, and there are Caesarstone benchtops, eight zoned ducted airconditioning, and security alarms.There is a solar heated pool and the house is on a 732sq m block. The house at 12 Nicklaus Pde, North Lakes, was sold for $949,000.THIS North Lakes house sold for almost double the suburb median.Ray White North Lakes principal Darren Suhle said large family homes were in demand, with the 12 Nicklaus Pde house sold for $949,000. The house was ultra-modern.That figure is a 9.6 per cent increase over the past three years.Mr Suhle said the two-level house sold to a family with children.“They liked the size of the home and the room for the kids to play,” he said.“It is in a very good location in North Lakes, it is quite a large home and is on a good sized block.” One of the home’s living areas. The pool at the two-level house was a drawcard for buyers.“Big family homes are going really well at the moment,” Mr Suhle said.“They are always in high demand.”According to CoreLogic data, the suburb median house sale price for North Lakes is $493,250.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019last_img read more

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first_imgGerman state and federal representatives have suggested that tenders should be launched by 2023 in order for Germany to reach its 20GW by 2030 offshore wind target.At a meeting held in Hannover, Lower Saxony’s Minister for Environment, Energy, Building, and Climate Protection Olaf Lies said that “the lid has been lifted” on offshore wind and tenders need to be published by 2023 in order for the wind farms to enter the construction phase from 2027.The Lower Saxony minister added that the 20GW expansion would require 500 offshore wind turbines to be installed, while from 2026 an annual expansion of 2GW would be possible.“The climate package is ambitious. We want to make society fit for a future with significantly less CO2. That is why we will draw up an offshore action plan with the aim of achieving 20 gigawatts of offshore wind energy in the North and Baltic Seas by 2030,” said Andreas Feicht, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.Lies promised to solve all the legal work regarding the target in the coming months and emphasized that the grid expansion still needs to be addressed.In that respect, TenneT stated that it will support the ambitious plan with the appropriate grid expansion, but the authorities need to offer planning security.State Secretary Feicht said that in November a conference will be held with federal states to formulate specific tasks and guidelines for the network expansion.As reported, last year a group of economic and energy ministers, senators of five northern German states, representatives of the coastal cities and the industry signed the Cuxhaven Appeal 2.0 calling for an expansion goal of at least 20GW instead of 15GW of offshore wind in the North and Baltic Seas by 2030.The German Climate Cabinet recently agreed to increase the country’s target.last_img read more

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first_imgWilla Mae “Becky” Heller; nee Harrell, 81 of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, born December 8, 1936 in Aurora, IN, daughter of the late James and Eunice Harrell, beloved wife of Arthur “Bill” Heller, passed away March 23, 2018 in the comfort of her home.Becky worked as a secretary at the Monsanto Company, retiring after 20 years of service. She was passionate about her faith and family. Becky was a long time secretary of the First Baptist Church, Greendale, IN. and the Community Fellowship Church, Lawrenceburg, IN.Becky enjoyed collecting antiques, flower gardens, country rides, sharing her faith, and spending time with family and friends. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.Becky is survived by her husband; children, Debra (Daryl) Crothers of Goshen, IN, Jody (Thomas) Maples of Lawrenceburg, IN, Michael Wildridge of Indianapolis, IN; brothers, Larry Harrell, deceased, James “Snorky” (Glenda) Harrell of Moores Hill, IN, sisters, Terri (Bill) Doerr of Aurora, IN, Debbie (Stanley) Jackson of Charlotte, NC, Nancy (Chuck) Richardson of Guilford, IN; grandchildren, Megan McLaughlin, Emily Maples, Sarah Maples and great-granddaughter, Madison Weldy; and many nieces & nephews.A memorial will be held at the Aurora First Baptist Church, 6060 Blair Road, Aurora, IN. on Saturday, March 31, 2018. Visitation will be held from 11:00 – 1:00, followed by a Memorial Service at 1:00 pmContributions may be made to the Water Through the Word (WTTW) or the family. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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first_img Loading… In addition,the whole team will be tested before their first training session, then twice a week until the end of the season, one of which is just before a match. “Players should also stagger their arrival at training and be texted the hygiene officer to confirm they are clear of any symptoms” bundesliga set to return on May 9th amidst lockdown Contact training should be minimised with team meetings held in big rooms and only for ‘compelling reasons’, with players keeping two metres apart. No eating will be allowed in the kitchen and food must be taken away. Players will be encouraged to shower and change at home and they must put their own kit and boots into the washing machine. Read AlsoPremier League come up with concrete proposals to finish season: report There are strong indications that the league with resume with the originally scheduled fixtures with a real blockbuster between third-placed Leipzig and the side immediately above them, Borussia Dortmund. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ahead of May 9th return of the Bundelisga, German FA has read the riot act on how  action can begin even as covid-19 lockdown persists. Should the Bundesliga kick off in enerst, it will encourage other leagues currently seeking the way forward on how to conclude an abroptly suspended season. The German FA document did not only map out how the game can returrn safely amid the coronavirus crisis but alos how the players will train and play matches as well as what happens if someone contracts covid-19 before end of season. The fans and the media were also not left out in the guidelines which FA says all stakeholders must obey to the letter. The documents also provides that Players can live either in team hotels or at home but sex and kissing is banned if they or their partners show symptoms of the virus. Stadiums will allow a maximum of 300 people at one time, including only four policemen, 10 journalists, four ball boys, eight groundsmen and 50 security staff. If it works in Germany, then it will give a huge push to the return of live football in England.Advertisement Promoted ContentLittle Georgie Henley Has Grown Into A Beautiful Swan!8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Vegan7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year8 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks Now7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes10 Absolutely Stunning Asian Actresses5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

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first_imgSpanish shot-stopper Adrian San Miguel believes Liverpool can get even better during the 2020-21 campaignAdvertisement Read Also: Ligue 1 star set for medical after Chelsea agree fee“We’re not machines. Someone had to beat us,” the goalkeeper insisted.“The team was hurt and so was I for how everything happened.“We were the holders, we wanted to go through, but we got over it to focus on winning the Premier League.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Last season, the Spaniard was part of the squad that brought the Premier League title to Anfield for the first time and the league title for the first time in 30 years. “It was a season that will live long in the memory,” Adrian told MARCA.“Not only because of this accursed virus.“We made it even more historic by winning the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup and by winning the league by such a huge margin.“Everyone that knows Liverpool’s history knows the hard times the club has been through trying to win such a long-awaited Premier League title.“It was an outstanding season, but we can still improve.”At one point during the season, it looked as though Liverpool might remain unbeaten or break points tallies.“You see that teams are respecting you more and more, but you don’t feel invincible,” Adrian admitted.“We’re not machines and we knew that the run was going to come to an end one day.“Why not?” he added when asked whether Liverpool could improve on last season.“We had the record of 100 points in our hands and it escaped us, but we know what we can achieve.”This campaign, Jurgen Klopp’s side face strong competition in the race for the title, especially from Manchester City.“Liverpool still have a long way to go,” Adrian continued.“From the first chats in pre-season, the boss made it clear to us that no one is defending the title, that we’re going to attack it.“There’s lots of competition, for sure.“City have been our closest rival in recent seasons, but Chelsea have strengthened really well. “You’ve also got [Mikel] Arteta’s Arsenal, who always made it difficult for us, Manchester United are a tough nut to crack… and a team like Leicester or Wolves can always appear.”Adrian also touched on the influence Klopp has on the dressing room at Anfield.“The boss is a motivator,” the goalkeeper said.“He gets his point across very well and he’s always pushing us.“He’s the coach, but he’s also the captain of the ship.“That confidence that you see in front of the cameras, in the press conferences, on match days… it’s the same behind the scenes. It’s all there in the background.”Since joining Liverpool last summer, Adrian has competed for a place in goal alongside Alisson.“At 33, I’m in one of the best moments of my career,” the Spaniard added.“My intention is to contribute as much as possible and the boss knows that.“[Alisson] is one of the best goalkeepers in the world.“We have a healthy competition that makes us both better.”When Adrian does get in the team, he has the reassuring presence of Virgil van Dijk playing ahead of him.“He’s the best in his position,” Adrian said of the Dutch defender.“Just the way he stands and his corporal language scares you.“Despite being more than 1.90 metres tall, he’s quick, strong, good in the air, good with his feet, he knows how to play…“Having a centre-back of that quality makes you feel more protected and makes others better.”In attack, Liverpool are blessed with the talent of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.“It’s difficult to pick three players of that level and have them combine so well,” Adrian said.“You already know what they’re going to do without looking.“Bobby is pure magic, defenders don’t know how to stop him because he’s unpredictable.“Sadio is power, energy and quality.“Mo is one of the best left-footed players in the world, although he can make an assist or put it on a plate with his right.”One disappointing aspect of last season was the Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid in March, with Adrian featuring in the second leg. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Best Cars Of All Time9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more

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first_imgArsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has defended the board’s decision to pay £3million in “strategic and advisory fees” to the firm of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke. Kroenke gave little away in his brief speech. The American – once dubbed ‘Silent Stan’ for his preference to stay in the background – preferred to focus on the positives. “We are quite proud of what we have been able to accomplish. What a wonderful day at Wembley, to win the FA Cup was fantastic,” he said as he reflected on last season. “We had numerous opportunities to get involved in other clubs in Europe, we certainly wanted to get involved in Arsenal. It is a wonderful place. “We were long acquainted with Arsene Wenger’s success and proud to be with him. “We are pleased he has stayed on for a further three years and look forward to continued success.” Following a rousing speech from manager Arsene Wenger, several subjects were addressed at the meeting, which was less heated than in recent seasons following Arsenal’s FA Cup success over Hull in May. Those included whether the club had a succession plan in mind for when Wenger, who turns 65 later this month, eventually decides to step down, with the chairman stressing Arsenal would expect to be “spoilt for choice” over potential new managers when the time came. The cost of tickets, especially at away matches, and the limited allocation for Wembley were also raised, while chief executive Ivan Gazidis used graphs to try to explain the need for continued development of all revenue streams to keep the club competitive. The meeting closed with questions from the floor, with shareholder Nigel Payne pressing the board and Wenger over transfer policy. Payne, a renowned member of the Arsenal Fanshare scheme, was less than impressed by some of the responses. “Wenger promised he was going to replace Thomas Vermaelen after he was sold to Barcelona, but this has not happened and all I wanted to know was why,” he said. “I cannot believe the chairman and manager refused to answer a football-related question. Keswick asked Wenger if he would like to say anything about it and he said ‘no’. “This is the first time I have heard a chairman say Wenger is the only one at the club who has any say, transfer-wise. “If you are a managing director of a company and identify weakness and do nothing about it you are sacked. “Every single Arsenal fan knew we needed a defender and defensive midfielder and he (Wenger) did nothing about it.” Press Association Keswick, however, stressed the board had no issues over the decision, and was one it could look to implement again in the future. “This fee was proposed by myself and Lord Harris (of Peckham) for the wide range of services provided to Arsenal Football Club by Kroenke Sports and Entertainment,” he said. “KSE is one of the most respected and successful sports organisations in the United States, operating in the most sophisticated sports business market in the world. “They have an extensive and long experience in modern sports management. “It is of the utmost importance that as a club we use it to our best advantage to ensure we keep progressing. “There was no competitive tender for these services as they are directly available to us, and a tender process was inappropriate, and therefore unnecessary. “We are entirely satisfied the fee was appropriate. In terms of any future fees, that would depend on the nature of the services provided.” Keswick also moved to stress the appointment of Kroenke’s son Josh as a non-executive director in December 2013 “underlines the long-term commitment to the club from Stan Kroenke and KSE”. The Barclays Premier League club held their Annual General Meeting at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, which offered shareholders the chance to submit written questions to the board. The issue over the payment to the American tycoon, who completed his takeover at the north London club in April 2011, was first on the agenda, and came following concerns from supporters at a time of rising ticket costs. last_img read more

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first_imgWith Hurricane Dorian affecting Florida in the coming days, cell phone providers have announced plans to make it easier to communicate before, during and after the storm.Beginning Monday, September 2 through September 9, Verizon is providing unlimited calling, texting and data to customers who are in Dorian’s path.AT&T is waiving data overages in affected areas from Monday, September 2 through September 8.Sprint is also waiving text and data charges, as well as overage charges, from September 2 through 8.T-Mobile issued a statement reminding customers that if they have Magenta, T-Mobile One or Simple Choice plans, they always have unlimited talk, text and data capability. In addition, customers with T-Mobile Metro have unlimited talk and text on all plans.last_img

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