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Australia, UK markets may get a boost in vaccine-driven rally, Citi says

first_imgPedestrians wearing protective masks walk past Pfizer Inc. headquarters on July 22, 2020 in New York City. Pfizer and German biotechnology firm BioNTech have agreed to supply the U.S. government with 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccine under a $1.95 billion deal.Jeenah Moon | | Getty Images – Advertisement – U.S. stocks hit record highs while European markets closed 4% higher on Monday, and Citi says the rally will drive up sectors likely to benefit from the new vaccine. – Advertisement – (This story is for CNBC PRO subscribers only.)News of a promising coronavirus vaccine by Pfizer and BioNTech appear to be a “major breakthrough” and could boost major markets like Australia and the U.K., according to Citi Research.Global markets surged on Monday after U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and German biotech firm BioNTech announced their coronavirus vaccine was more than 90% effective in preventing Covid-19 – beating scientists’ hopes for a vaccine that is at least 75% effective.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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League table is fake – Mourinho

first_img Press Association Mohamed Salah, on his full debut, and Willian scored either side of Frank Lampard’s 250th club goal, which came in following up his saved penalty in the second half. It was the response Mourinho – now unbeaten in 77 home Premier League matches – had demanded after criticising his players’ inability to cope with Palace last weekend following a second successive away league loss. “At home they feel more comfortable,” Mourinho said. “(But) Premier League we play 19 matches away, 19 at home. “If I go to a wedding I don’t go in jeans. If I leave my house for a walk in Hyde Park, I don’t go in a smoking (jacket). “So when you go to play against Crystal Palace at Crystal Palace, you know the way you have to go. “These boys, they have to be able to go away from home and to adapt to the situation. This takes time, let’s go step by step. “In football to be champions and to win titles you have to play in the sun, in the rain, in the cold, in the hot, small pitches, big pitches, direct football, possession football. You have to adapt.” Fernando Torres returned to the starting XI after being left out of Wednesday’s striker-less line-up at Paris St Germain, but had few chances of note. “As always he gave everything he can,” Mourinho said. “It’s a pity he didn’t score a goal because strikers need goals. Even in a match where you win 3-0, you don’t score the winning goal, but if you can score a goal it’s good for your confidence as a striker.” Willian and Salah did find the net and were praised by their manager. The Portuguese wants more from Willian next term. “I want to see him score more goals,” Mourinho said. “I think he has to do that in the second season in the Premier League. I think he has to bring his game into other levels.” After three straight wins, Stoke travelled with optimism of a first Stamford Bridge league win in 40 years, but offered little. Manager Mark Hughes said: “I was disappointed in what we produced. In recent weeks we’ve been a lot better than that. “For whatever reason we didn’t have enough players playing at their maximum today. “In the end we weren’t able to ask enough questions of a good Chelsea team who, on the day, didn’t really have to get out of second or third gear to take the game away from us. “We needed to make a better fist of it than we did. That’s the disappointment from our point of view.” The Blues recovered from defeats at Crystal Palace and Paris St Germain with a 3-0 win over Stoke to return to the top of the Premier League – albeit having played a game more than Liverpool and two more than Manchester City, who play Aston Villa in a rearranged fixture on the final Wednesday of the campaign. Bottom-of-the-table Sunderland, meanwhile, have three games in hand over Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich, who are all battling to avoid the drop. Mourinho wrote off Chelsea’s title challenge after the Selhurst Park loss and maintains the table is “fake”, particularly without parity over games played. The Portuguese said: “The situation is the same. The table is again fake. The table is again with lots of matches in hand. “You look to the top part of the table and, some teams, they have more matches than others. You look to the relegation area and it’s exactly the same. “In the top of the league we cannot say we need X points to be champions. “If you look at the relegation area, Fulham or Cardiff or Norwich, they cannot say ‘we need this number of points to survive’, because they don’t know, because Sunderland have matches in hand. “This, in the best league in the world, I don’t think is the best image we are giving and it’s not the best situation. “To play matches in hand in the last week of the season, I don’t think is adapted to this top football country.” Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore was in the Stamford Bridge media conference room while Mourinho was speaking. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes it is unacceptable that those playing for the Barclays Premier League title and to avoid relegation will not have completed the same number of games until the final week of the season.last_img read more

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YES Inspires Girls to Speak Out

first_imgYouth Exploring Solutions (YES), an accredited nonprofit, voluntary grassroots youth-led development institution has organized ‘Speak Out Girls Speech Competition’ to harness enthusiasm, imagination and initiative of girls in lending their voices to raise issues that affect them.The competition was designed to inspire people of all ages and gender to learn from girls and take action about their challenges. It also facilitated a unique platform that deepened girls’ understanding about personality development skills, such as self-awareness, self-confidence, self-esteem, problem solving, persuasive skills and ability to make informed decisions.The event which took place on Friday, 3rd July at the Billie Call Christian Institute (BCCI) in Wood Camp, Paynesville City brought together eleven contestants from eight elementary, junior and senior high schools in the municipality of Paynesville to compete for the grand prize of L$10,000.00 while second and third place winners received L$2,000.00 and L$1,000.00 respectively.The prizes were made available through generous donation from Mr. Kenneth Y. Best, owner of the Daily Observer Newspaper, Mr. Philip N. Wesseh of the Inquirer Newspaper and Mr. Randolph Dennis of the Liberia Maritime Authority.Jerelyne E. Cheady, 18, and a senior student of the Messiah Mission Institute, who presented a speech on Girls and Education, won the first place prize while Julie I. V. Onuigbo, 16, from the 10th grade of the Billie Call Christian Institute, presented a speech about Early Marriage and walked away with the second place prize. Snothee Slems, 20, from the senior class of CFTAOLY Mission School, presented a speech on Rape and got the third place prize. Theresa Saah was given special recognition for presenting the most succinct speech, which was timed under five minutes.Delivering a special statement, the Founder and Executive Director of YES, Stephen B. Lavalah, outlined some of the challenges responsible for girls performing poorly and dropping out of school. He stressed the need to engage, educate and empower girls to achieve their full potential by completing secondary school and acquiring tertiary or technical and vocational education.The youth advocate said most girls are over-age before starting school and all too often, a considerable number reach puberty while in the elementary and as a result many become sexually active which leads to teenage pregnancy.He indicated that every so often, the majority of the girls who get pregnant and give birth under extreme conditions do not think about going back to school, because of their children or their inability to mobilize support in addition to being further discouraged by friends and relatives.“The government needs to ensure standardized free and compulsory education for every girl across the country; institute well-defined and structured pre-school curriculum; design public policy to avert teenage pregnancy through the introduction of health science as well as sexual and reproductive health education; and provide family planning services including the passage of a legislation that empowers girls to continue their education after teenage pregnancy,” Lavalah said.The youth leader further stated that social vices such as the distribution of domestic jobs in accordance with gender steretoypes and the consistent use of girls as breadwinners on the part of most parents and guardians, put girls at the disadvantage in achieving their full potential.Keynote speaker, Mr. Sam Hare, Jr., former Deputy Minister of Youth & Sports and now Secretary-General of the National Commission for UNESCO revealed that girls are at the lowest end in the Liberian society due to abject poverty, high level of illiteracy, rampant corruption including appalling levels of maternal and infant mortality rates.“We live in a country where many people live on less than one U.S. dollar a day, according to the UNDP Development Index. We have one of the highest illiteracy rates in the world, one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world and ranked as one of the most corrupt countries on earth, compounded with the lack of political will to change the system for the common good of all,” Mr. Hare said as he urged the youth, especially girls, to adapt the three “Cs” to succeed in life: competence, character and contribution.He stated that girls should practice to be good at whatever occupation they find themselves, learn to exhibit high degree of integrity and significantly give back to society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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