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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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‘It has even changed death’: Virus disrupts burials in Turkey

first_imgIn normal times, almost 200 people would have attended the funeral for Ahmet Ucukcu’s 95-year-old father at an Istanbul cemetery. The coronavirus which took his life has changed all that.”Many of my relatives wouldn’t come except for close family members and his sons who were authorized to attend only,” Ucukcu told AFP.  Topics : “We are just six or seven people.”The scaled-down ceremony took place at a cemetery in the city’s Beykoz district on the Asian side, which was built in March when Turkey confirmed its first virus case.It already houses the remains of over 700 people who died of contagious diseases including COVID-19.Ucukcu lost his father Ali to the virus after the old man was treated for 10 days. He also suffered from chronic illnesses. ‘Speedy burial’Ayhan Koc, head of  Istanbul’s cemeteries department, said a fast burial without traditional Islamic rituals was an efficient and correct method given the current situation.He said in the past there would have been a funeral prayer after the midday and afternoon prayers but now the aim was to ensure a speedy burial, without even taking the body to the mosque.The government shut down mosques in March for mass prayers as part of efforts to stop the spread of the virus.And rituals are no longer allowed where people visit the family of the deceased to offer their condolences and where verses from the Koran are recited.”A virus which could only be seen through a microscope has changed the world order, everything; customs, traditions and funeral ceremonies. It has changed even death,” said Koc.Turkey has recorded more than 4,200 coronavirus deaths and 153,000 confirmed cases but the daily death tolls have recently fallen below 100.center_img Gathered around the grave, Ucukcu and his close family — all wearing protective masks and standing a few paces from each other — say prayers after the coffin is buried.Before the pandemic a shroud would suffice.Only an hour earlier, the group were at a nearby morgue where the body was washed by personnel in hazmat suits before being wrapped in cloth and placed in a coffin.A small collective prayer was then held outside the morgue with those attending respecting social distancing rules. The imam — also in a hazmat suit — led the funeral prayers for the deceased before the coffin was taken by hearse to the Beykoz cemetery. ‘Damn disease’At the Beykoz cemetery, three women — a mother and her two daughters — wearing headscarves were sitting on the ground next to a headstone, reading the Koran, with tears in their eyes.  “Mosques are closed because of the pandemic. We cannot bury our deceased in the way we wanted,” said Filiz, who lost her 76-year-old father last week.He died from an infectious disease but was buried at Beykoz because he received treatment at a pandemic hospital although he tested negative for COVID-19.”Only six people could join the funeral prayer: his grandchildren, daughters and son-in-laws. We buried my dad altogether,” she said, adding the ceremony was at least “conducted in a proper fashion”.Relatives of the diseased respect the new rules “with no objections”, said Koc.Ahmet welcomed the new restrictive measures to protect people’s health.”If there was a crowd, it would be more dangerous,” he said.Cengiz Aktas was the only one to join the funeral prayer for his grandmother Faize Kilic, who died from coronavirus at the age of 85. “I have nobody who could join the rites here but me. My mother aged over 65 is not allowed to go out,” he said.”This is such a damn disease that you cannot have a proper funeral prayer at a mosque,” he lamented.last_img read more

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Boeing MAX crashes ‘horrific’ result of lapses by company, regulator

first_imgCongressional investigators blamed two deadly Boeing 737 MAX crashes on “repeated and serious failures” by Boeing and air safety regulators, according to a report released Wednesday that adds scrutiny to the still-grounded jet.”The MAX crashes were not the result of a singular failure, technical mistake or mismanaged event,” said the report, which blasted both Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration. “They were the horrific culmination of a series of faulty technical assumptions by Boeing’s engineers, a lack of transparency on the part of Boeing’s management, and grossly insufficient oversight by the FAA.” The 239-page report released by congressional Democrats is the culmination of an 18-month probe by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee into crashes of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines planes that together claimed 346 lives.The latest in a series of withering reviews of the crashes, the document adds to scrutiny of both Boeing and the FAA as the agency manages the process of requiring upgrades to the plane before it is cleared to fly again. The MAX has been grounded since March 2019.The report flagged numerous failings, including pressure within Boeing to rush the MAX out in order to compete with an Airbus plane, a “culture of concealment” in which the plane maker withheld key information from regulators, and undue influence by the company on Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) higher-ups, which marred oversight.Much of the analysis centers on the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS), an anti-stall system that has been seen as a central factor in both crashes because it activated improperly and repeatedly pointed the jets downward, preventing pilots from regaining control of the planes. MAX still grounded DeFazio has chaired a series of hearings on the MAX, including one last October with former Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg, who was ousted two months after the appearance and replaced by David Calhoun.Boeing said it has upgraded its processes in the wake of the crashes, setting up a new safety organization and restructuring its engineering operations to elevate concerns about safety to senior management.”Multiple committees, experts and governmental authorities have examined issues related to the MAX, and we have incorporated many of their recommendations, as well as the results of our own internal reviews, into the 737 MAX and the overall airplane design process,” Boeing said. “Once the FAA and other regulators have determined the MAX can safely return to service, it will be one of the most thoroughly scrutinized aircraft in history and we have full confidence in its safety.”The grounding of the MAX has dented Boeing’s financial performance, which has weakened further in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing downturn in commercial air travel. Boeing said last month it planned a second round of job cuts on top of a 10 percent staff downsizing announced earlier this year.An FAA spokesman said the agency “is committed to continually advancing aviation safety and looks forward to working with the Committee to implement improvements identified in its report.”The spokesman added that “the FAA continues to follow a thorough process, not a prescribed timeline, for returning the aircraft to service.”Shares of Boeing edged up 0.2 percent to $163.85 in early trading. Topics : The system suffered from “faulty design” in activating based on one sensor, the report said. Boeing also downplayed the importance of the system by failing to classify MCAS as a “safety-critical” mechanism that would have triggered tighter oversight.The Chicago-based company also concealed crucial information about the system, not even alerting pilots to its existence, the report said.”Our report lays out disturbing revelations about how Boeing — under pressure to compete with Airbus and deliver profits for Wall Street — escaped scrutiny from the FAA, withheld critical information from pilots and ultimately put planes into service that killed 346 innocent people,” said committee chairman Peter DeFazio, a Democratic representative from Oregon. “What’s particularly infuriating is how Boeing and FAA both gambled with public safety in the critical time period between the two crashes.”last_img read more

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DAS the way to do it: Mercedes celebrate as Bottas sets fastest time

first_imgValtteri Bottas clocked the fastest time of the week as the opening session of pre-season Formula One testing ended on Friday giving world champions Mercedes an early psychological edge and leaving rivals mystified by their revolutionary steering device.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?How Couldn’t You See The Impact Of These Women On Our Lives?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much Read Also: F1: Mercedes test new steering wheel system“It’s true that we were more optimistic at the same time last year because it was easier to go fast but we did not focus as much on the set-up.”The second session of pre-season testing takes place at the same Montmelo circuit from Wednesday-Friday next week ahead of the 2020 world championship opener at Melbourne on March 15.TimesValtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1:15.732 (65 laps), Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1:16.516 (73), Esteban Ocon (FRA/Renault) 1:17.102 (76), Lance Stroll (CAN/Racing Point) 1:17.338 (116), Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Alpha Tauri-Honda) 1:17.427 (62), Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA/Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) 1:17.469 (152), Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Renault) 1:17.574, Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull-Honda) 1:17.636 (86), Pierre Gasly (FRA/Alpha Tauri-Honda) 1:17.783 (59), Alexander Albon (THA/Red Bull-Honda) 1:18.154 (83), Carlos Sainz (ESP/McLaren-Renault) 1:18.274 (76), Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas-Ferrari) 1:18.380 (48), Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1:18.384 (100), Lando Norris (GBR/McLaren-Renault) 1:18.454 (49), Nicholas Latifi (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1:19.004 (72), Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari) 1:19.709 (4)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bottas, the 2019 runner-up to six-time champion and teammate Lewis Hamilton, timed 1min 15.732sec off a total of 65 laps.Hamilton, who had been fastest on Wednesday’s opening day, was second on Friday, also dipping below the 1min 17sec mark.Although pre-season testing is no guarantee of what will eventually play out in the 21-race season, Mercedes will be delighted in already having the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull pondering the impact of their DAS (Dual Axis Steering).The device, which was spotted in Hamilton’s car on Thursday and used by Bottas on Friday, allows the driver to pull the steering wheel towards him on the straights and push it back on the corners.Its purpose is to improve grip and stability.Bottas said Friday that the DAS has been in development for a year and was used for the first time on track in Barcelona after being tested in a simulator.It could give the German outfit a decisive advantage before a change of regulations which come into effect in 2021.“What we’ve learnt from running with that now is, yes, we think we are happy to have it in the car and we wouldn’t run anything like this if we didn’t think there would be a performance gain,” the Finn told Sky Sports.“We’re still learning about it, in which kinds of sessions, areas, conditions the gains are actually going to be. And if it’s going to be in qualifying, in the race etc.– ‘Pretty big project’ – Plenty to think about: Ferrari’s driver Sebastian Vettel “For us it was a pretty big project, and it would be a pretty difficult to copy. I hope we can have an edge with that.”Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel, who missed the first day of testing through illness, saw his morning session cut short when his Ferrari broke down.He eventually totalled 100 laps for the day but finished in 12th place in the time charts with a best of 1:18.384.Ferrari team chief Mattia Binotto shrugged off the team’s troubles, insisting that testing was mostly an opportunity to experiment with set-ups.“We have changed our approach for these tests,” he said.“We are taking advantage of the first week to configure the car mechanically and aerodynamically and optimise the settings.last_img read more

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Bacolod GSO closes; staff contracts COVID

first_imgWhile conducting office-wide disinfection, Solinap said the GSO will have a skeletal workforce while waiting for their test results. “We are closing our borders to passengers coming in from Iloilo City, Province of Iloilo, and the whole of Panay, including Guimaras effective 11:59 p.m. (Tuesday),” Leonardia announced.  Meanwhile, the city’s New Government Center (NGC) will be temporarily closed today.  Mayor Jerry Treñas earlier declared that Iloilo City will ban the entry of persons from Negros Island, including Bacolod City, and provinces of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental effective July 22 “due to the rising number cases of COVID-19 infections.” At least 16 GSO employees, including Solinap, had exposure to the patient. They were all placed under home quarantine and were subjected to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing. Leonardia said the city government is adhering to the recommendation of Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19. In an advisory, the Office of the Building Administrator announced that the closure will pave way for disinfection. NGC will resume operation on Wednesday. Patient No. 794 was a 39-year-old male resident of Barangay Tangub. He was part of the city’s new COVID-19 infections that the Department of Health confirmed Tuesday afternoon, bringing Bacolod’s total COVID-19 cases to 92. Mayor Evelio Leonardia also ordered the closure of the city borders here to travelers from the neighboring islands of Panay and Guimaras to sustain stringent protocols against the spread COVID-19. One of its employees got infected with the virus SARS-CoV-2 which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Jerome Solinap, GSO head, said the patient was assigned to clean the Bacolod Respiratory Outpatient (BRO) Center. BACOLOD City – The city government’s General Services Office (GSO) temporarily suspended its operation yesterday. “We will relay the advice of the NTF chief implementer to all concerned and surely we will give it due course. We know Secretary Galvez is in a strategic position to see the actual picture of our fight against COVID-19,” Leonardia said./PNlast_img read more

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Governor set to sign Sunday alcohol sales bill Wednesday

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana governor Eric Holcomb will spill ink today that reverses the law of the last 80 years. Holcomb is scheduled to sign the bill that will allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. The bill will be signed at 1:30 p.m. and will go into effect immediately. Sunday sales will begin on March 4.Two days after the measure passed in the House of Representatives the Senate passed the bill by a vote of 38-10.Liquor stores and other retail outlets have been adjusting schedules, training workers and making preparations for the change.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Tennis Results

first_imgOn Monday, Batesville was defeated, 5-0 by Floyd Central (#3 in State, #1 in district). The JV was also defeated 3-0.  Batesville Varsity and JV Tennis defeated Lawrenceburg 5-0 on Thursday. The JV also won 3-1 Both teams will play at Franklin Co. on Tuesday at 4:30. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img

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Trapattoni has Tardelli’s backing

first_img As the clamour for the 74-year-old Italian to walk or be pushed grew in volume in the wake of Friday night’s 2-1 World Cup qualifier defeat by Sweden, speculation began to mount over a potential successor. But for all the talk – former Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill heads the bookmakers’ field – Trapattoni remains adamant he is the best man for the job and his assistant agrees. Asked if he was angered by the criticism which has come the manager’s way, Tardelli said: “I played for many years and I have been a coach for many years and for me, everything now is nothing because I know our job, I know your job. “You need to ask very hard questions for the newspapers and for the TV. It’s normal, it’s life. No problem. “We came here nearly six years ago and now, we feel very well also for another two years. “But I don’t know if that will happen or not. The FAI (Football Association of Ireland) know what they will do. “One year ago, the people who are criticising Giovanni now were very happy with Giovanni. “Football is so. We haven’t a problem because we understand that our job has been very strong. For me, it is very positive.” Tardelli’s comments, however, were in stark contrast to the popular reaction to Friday’s defeat, which left Ireland’s hopes of making next summer’s finals in Brazil hanging in the balance. Only victory in Austria on Tuesday night will give them any chance of rescuing their dream and even that may not prove to be enough if Sweden do the same in Kazakhstan. Press Association It took little time for Trapattoni’s players to realise the depth of their plight, but Tardelli was swift to dismiss suggestions that they had looked unhappy with the game-plan adopted for the encounter with the Swedes, which unravelled after a positive start. He said: “No, the players played until the end of the match, it’s not true. I am very proud of this team because they work very hard during training and during matches always.” Asked if Trapattoni still has the support of his squad, Tardelli replied: “If the manager is good like Giovanni, I think so.” The two men face the task of dealing with the psychological fall-out from a damaging defeat and rallying their troops for a game which genuinely is a make-or-break affair. However, Tardelli is confident the players will be ready. He said: “I was a player many years ago and whether I played against Cameroon or against Brazil, I hoped always. It’s the same here.” Defender Marc Wilson admitted the mood within the camp had been damaged by Friday’s events, but insisted the players would pick themselves up. He said: “We have got to going into the next game. We need three points from it, we need a win from it, no doubt and hopefully the Kazakhstanis can do us a favour against the Swedes.” Marco Tardelli claims Giovanni Trapattoni deserves another two years as Republic of Ireland boss.last_img read more

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Ahead of teams tour of South Africa : India to approach 2018 as the year to shed `poor travellers tag’

first_imgNEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will approach 2018 as the year to shed their “poor travellers” tag, head coach Ravi Shastri said ahead of the team’s tour of South Africa.India top the test rankings having sealed their record-equalling ninth consecutive series on Wednesday, six of which came at home and only one — against West Indies in the Caribbean — outside Asia.Sterner tests await Virat Kohli’s men next year when they also travel to England and Australia, where conditions will not be as conducive to their spinners as it is at home, and the moving ball will probe their batting technique.“This team is looking good and they have their priorities in place. They’re hungry to prove themselves home and away,” Shastri told the Times of India newspaper.“It’s often been argued that India are poor travellers. We want to be the team that helped change this perception and this is the year to do it.”“Frankly, we’re not too hooked on to this ‘home and away’ thing, where a lot of chatter goes on about conditions that aren’t too familiar,” the former test player added.”For instance, once you’ve played a test match in Kolkata, how long does it take before you play another test there? Two years? Sometimes three? It’s the same as an overseas tour.“So that mindset is quite passé. In this day and age, wherever you go, it’s home. You just got to walk in there and perform.”Starting on Jan. 5, India play three Tests in South Africa — as well as six one-day and three Twenty20 internationals — and, for a change, they will be relying more on pace than spin to succeed against the world second-ranked side.India have named five frontline pacemen in their 17-man squad, handing a maiden call-up to Jasprit Bumrah, whose unorthodox action and ability to bowl yorkers have made him a limited-overs asset.“…he has just worked his way to the top so well. He’s young, hard working, and has a unique action with which he can whip up quite some pace,” Shastri said of the 24-year-old.“Bumrah adds a lot of value to this attack. We have to earn those 20 wickets if we have to make any impact in a test match and we need all the arsenal possible because it’s going to be quite a testing tour.”last_img read more

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CET advises students on graduate school

first_imgThe Center for Excellence in Teaching held an event on Thursday to inform undergraduate students about how to apply to non-professional graduate school programs.The event, Now You Know: How to Get Into Grad School, included a presentation about the application process and a question-and-answer session with a panel including graduate students and an undergraduate student who recently completed the application process.Juvenal Cortes, a CET teaching assistant fellow, said the program wanted to familiarize undergraduates with graduate school.Learn · The panel included Datton Combs, Ph.D. student, Neuroscience (left), Edson Rodriguez, a graduate student in sociology, and Christopher Hrvoj, a sophomore pursuing an M.D./Ph.D.“The way we measure ourselves is to see what undergrads do after they graduate,” Cortes said. “We want to give information on what to expect, and we hope they can take away some preliminary knowledge. If you’re passionate about a topic and if you have skills, why not pursue it?”The event emphasized how applications to graduate school largely focus on a specific degree program more than the university as a whole. Panelists also touched on the differences between doctoral programs, which typically lead to careers in academia, and master’s programs, which mainly apply knowledge to areas other than research, such as education.Ana Lee, a pre-graduate school adviser in the Office of College Advising, said undergraduates should not underestimate the importance of maintaining their GPA and participating in research or an internship to prepare for graduate school. She also said students should talk to T.A.’s and professors who have been through the process.“It’s never too early or too late to think about grad school. While an undergrad, you should take advantage of all opportunities to prepare yourself so you have the option to go if you decide to,” Lee said.The Office of College Advising often recommends, depending on the profession, that students do not attend graduate school immediately after receiving their undergraduate degree so they can gain a greater understanding of how they can contribute to the field they wish to study, Lee said.CET undergraduate fellow Michelle Tomkovicz said she wanted to host the event after realizing as a junior the complexity of the application process for graduate schools.“The most common misunderstanding is that it’s similar to undergrad [applications],” Tomkovicz said. “Most students think you look at a school, you apply and you get in or you don’t. When it comes to grad school, it’s so much more personally oriented because it’s much like you are applying to a specific professor. They don’t want to take a chance on someone who isn’t organized.”Desiree Romero, a junior majoring in psychology, said the event provided her with new information about the application process and degrees to pursue.“At first I was more interested in how to go about [applying to graduate school],” Romero said. “I thought that I would do a master’s degree, but now I’m definitely considering a Ph.D.”last_img read more

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