EU looking to ramp-up production of COVID-19 antiviral remdesivir

first_imgGermany has only a few hundred doses of COVID-19 antiviral remdesivir, Health Minister Jens Spahn told European Union lawmakers on Monday, saying he was working to ensure the drug could be produced in Europe.The European Commission, the EU executive arm, said on Monday it was discussing ways of ramping up the production capacity of Gilead Sciences Inc, the US company that produces remdesivir, the only drug granted a conditional marketing authorization by the EU for its use in COVID-19 patients.”We do not have a huge inventory now, (it’s) a few hundred doses that we have,” Spahn said at a video-conference hearing organized by the European Parliament. Germany is the EU’s largest country and currently holds the EU presidency. Last week Spahn said Germany had sufficient reserves of remdesivir to treat the limited number of COVID-19 patients the country currently has.He said boosting the drug’s availability in Europe was not only a matter of acquiring doses from the company, but also of moving production to Europe.Concerns over the availability of the drug increased after the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said last week it had secured nearly all supplies of remdesivir over the next three months.A spokesman for the European Commission told Reuters that on Monday the EU executive had talks with Gilead about its production capacity, but declined to elaborate as discussions were confidential. Last week Brussels said it was in talks with Gilead to obtain doses of remdesivir for the 27 European Union countries.Spahn urged Gilead to guarantee sufficient supplies to Europe.”We expect from an international company like Gilead that you cannot just wish for access to the EU market and high prices for other products. I also expect supplies to Europe and into the European Union,” he told lawmakers.Spahn said he had discussed the matter with the US health secretary and with Gilead.France’s drugs regulator told Reuters on Monday it had taken steps with Gilead to obtain sufficient doses of remdesivir.The Netherlands’ health ministry said the country had sufficient doses of the drug at the moment, and Gilead had agreed to increase supplies in the near future. Topics :last_img read more

Investigators Searching For Answers In Aurora Shooting

first_imgAURORA, Ind. – Detectives are continuing to piece together an incident that led to one man being shot in Aurora.The victim was shot Wednesday night and taken to Dearborn County Hospital before being aircared to University Hospital in Cincinnati. The victim was treated and released as the injury is not considered life-threatening.According to the Dearborn County Register, authorities found evidence that is being processed at a crime lab.Police have not ruled out the possibility of the account given by the victim, alleging an attempted robbery and shooting, or the potential of a self-inflicted wound, the newspaper reports.last_img read more

Deery Series returns to 34 Raceway for 500th event, Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights join Saturday show

first_imgDeery Brothers Summer Series top 20 point standings – 1. Andy Eckrich, Oxford, 412; 2. Joel Callahan, Dubuque, 395; 3. Matt Ryan, Davenport, 386; 4. Curt Martin, Independence, 372; 5. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque, 368; 6. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove, 357; 7. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown, 345; 8. Justin Kay, Wheatland, 314; 9. Dalton Simonsen, Fairfax, 301; 10. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo, 298; 11. Jeff Aikey, Cedar Falls, and Gary Webb, Blue Grass, both 267; 13. Brian Harris, Davenport, 243; 14. John Emerson, Waterloo, 227; 15. Chad Holladay, Muscatine, 203; 16. Tommy Elston, Keokuk, 196; 17. Tyler Bruening, Decorah, 187; 18. Terry Neal, Ely, and Eric Pollard, Peosta, both 163; 20. Nick Marolf, Moscow, 159. Spectator admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, military and students, and free for kids 10 and under. Pit passes are $35. 34 Raceway also hosted the 300th Deery event, on Sept. 15-16 of 2006, and the 400th series event, on Sept. 2, 2012. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. Hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow.  The winner of Saturday’s Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour feature for IMCA Modifieds, the first AMS event held at West Burlington, earns $1,541 along with a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. A top prize of $2,000 is at stake Saturday. Eight different drivers have won the nine events held so far this season; Andy Eckrich of Oxford remains the point leader while Darrel DeFrance of Marshalltown brings his perfect attendance streak of 499 consecutive events to town.  “It is hard to articulate what it means to have run 500 Deery Brothers Summer Series events spanning four different decades,” said Tour Director Kevin Yoder. “It is appropriate that 34 Raceway will host it, as some of the more significant milestones in series history have taken place in West Burlington. It promises to be a special night.” The 500th event in Deery Brothers Summer Series history will be held Sept. 21 at West Burlington. Touring IMCA Late Models have made 50 previous visits to 34 Raceway, including the first-ever series race on April 11, 1987.center_img WEST BURLINGTON, Iowa – A milestone 33 years in the making will be celebrated Saturday night at 34 Raceway. Five thousand dollars has been added to purses for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Those features pay $1,441 and $1,041 to win, respectively.  Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour top 20 point standings – 1. Richie Gustin, Gilman, 276; 2. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, 242; 3. Kelly Shryock, Fertile, 226; 4. Kyle Brown, Madrid, 207; 5. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump, Nev., 204; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., 203; 7. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, 182; 8. Brock Bauman, Eureka, Ill., 167; 9. Al Hejna, Clear Lake, 141; 10. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, 126; 11. Tim Ward, Harcourt, 125; 12. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 122; 13. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill., 113; 14. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, 107; 15. Ryan Ruter, Clear Lake, 93; 16. Todd Shute, Norwalk, 92; 17. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek, 88; 18. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb., 78; 19. Jeremy Mills, Britt, 77; 20. Josh Most, Red Oak, 73. More information is available by calling 319 752-3434 and at the website. The Saturday race program will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. The rescheduled Gangbusters 41 special, held in honor of the late Jim Oliver Sr., grandfather of IMCA driver John Oliver Jr., shares the Saturday card with the Deery Series and AMS Dirt Knights.  Completing the program are Mach-1 Sport Compacts.last_img read more

Northern SportMods become fourth IMCA division featured at Canyon Speedway Park

first_imgPEORIA, Ariz. – A fourth IMCA division will be featured beginning this season at Canyon Speed­way Park.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are new in 2017 at the Peoria, Ariz., venue, running each night of the Winter Challenge Series in January and the Desert Classic in February.The SportMods join sanctioned Modifieds, a Canyon staple for more than a quarter century, and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Hobby Stocks, both added last season, on regular Saturday race programs.First local track points for the SportMods, as well as the Stocks and Hobbies, will be given for Feb. 24 and 25 Desert Classic shows.“With the growth of IMCA and the number of people buying cars, we felt like this would be a good time to sanction the Northern SportMods,” said Canyon owner and co-promoter Doug Gabbard. “It’s a win-win situation. There’s definitely going to be opportunities for racing Northern SportMods in Arizona.”Arizona Speedway and Central Arizona Speedway both crowned their first local track champions in the class last year. Northern SportMods will run for a fifth consecutive season at Cocopah Speed­way in 2017.Gabbard purchased Canyon in 2006 and returned to a more hands-on role late in 2016 while hir­ing announcer Tony Steele as co-promoter.Three hundred tons of new clay were added to make the racing surface a true 3/8-mile oval, with a new track built on the inside for micro sprint and flat track motorcycle events.A busy, sometimes hectic off-season has also seen installation of elevated aluminum seating on the pit side of the track, relocation of the tech area next to the pit area and completion of a new paved road and bridge leading to the front gate.“I’m a pretty big believer in consistency. I’m looking forward to getting our season rolling with the four IMCA divisions,” Gabbard said. “A lot of our race teams are excited about running for points on national, regional and state levels.”Modified points earned at Canyon figure toward the Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, Stock Car points in the EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region and Hobby Stock points in the Southern Re­gion.last_img read more

FIFA receives bids for 2023 Women World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland FIFA have confirmed that they have received four different bids to host the 2023 Women’s World Cup, with countries all around the world keen on continuing the success from the 2019 tournament.Held in France, the 2019 Women’s World Cup was the biggest in the history of the women’s game. The United States ultimately stormed to the trophy, ending what was a fantastic competition with a 2-0 win over the Netherlands.Preparations have begun for the next iteration of the tournament, and FIFA took to their official website to reveal that they had received an unprecedented amount of interest in hosting the 2023 competition.Australia and New Zealand have submitted a joint proposal, while bids have also come from Brazil, Colombia and Japan.FIFA are now set to assess all their options. Representatives will visit all five countries in the early months of 2020 to see what they have to offer, and they will then produce reports on whether that bid would be worth accepting.The FIFA Council are set to meet in Addis Ababa in June 2020, when they will review all the proposals and decide on which nation will host the competition.FIFA President Gianni Infantino admitted he was delighted with the recent growth of the women’s game, and it is now up to the organisation to keep that momentum going with another eye-catching showing in 2023.“France 2019 was certainly a watershed moment for women’s football, and now it is FIFA’s responsibility to take concrete measures to keep fostering the game’s incredible growth,” he said.“With the FIFA Women’s World Cup generating an unprecedented interest across member associations, we are ensuring that the process to select the hosts is seamless, objective, ethical and transparent.“By the time the FIFA Council announces the hosts, there should be no doubt whatsoever as to why that choice was made.”Maurizio Sarri Claims Cristiano Ronaldo’s Style Makes it ‘Difficult’ to Play Him All the TimeMaurizio Sarri admits it is hard to play Cristiano Ronaldo all the time because his play style does not work well with both Paulo Dybala & Gonzalo Higuain.Tags: 2023 Women WOrld CupFIFAlast_img read more

WPB Mayor Keith James Invites You to a Town Virtual Hall

first_imgDear West Palm Beach neighbor:I am writing to invite you to a virtual community Town Hall tonight at 5 p.m.These past few weeks have once again brought the issues of social justice, racial equity, and police/community relations to the forefront. What would victory in these areas look like for West Palm Beach?Join us for the Town Hall. We will share updates coming out of the City and community, answer your questions, and receive your comments. This virtual event is FREE and open to the public.Joining us for the Town Hall will be: Hon. Lois Frankel, U.S. Representative (FL-District 21), Hon. David Kerner, Palm Beach County Mayor, Hon. David Aronberg, Palm Beach County State Attorney, West Palm Beach Police Chief Franklin Adderley, Bishop A. J. Wright, Manifest Church Head Pastor, Patrick Franklin, Urban League of PBC President & CEO, and Rick Reikenis, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches Chair.To join the webinar via Zoom, just click this link: Written questions, comments and feedback may be submitted live via the Zoom webinar.You may also listen to the Town Hall via the phone by dialing: (888) 475-4499 or (877) 853-5257 (Webinar ID: 983 0763 3955). We will also broadcast the Town Hall LIVE on Facebook, WPB-TV, YouTube and on our website.If you would like to submit a question or comment but won’t be able to join the Zoom event, you may do so on our website. Please visit: If you miss the Town Hall, don’t worry. We will rebroadcast it on all of our channels.I hope you can join us. This will be the first of many conversations, actions and collaborations held in our city with the goals of developing a mutual understanding among our residents and strengthening the unity in our community. Working together, we can make progress for an even better West Palm Beach.Yours in service,Keith A. James, Mayorlast_img read more

Sala: Body Seen in Plane Wreckage

first_imgRescue teams are now developing a recovery plan for the plane, which is 67m (207ft) below water.The man who found it said it was “imperative” it was raised from the seabed soon.“There’s a much greater chance they (the Sala family) will get answers if (the plane is) recovered,” said shipwreck hunter David Mearns.He added their “worst fears are confirmed”, saying: “It’s going to take a long time for them to come to terms with the loss.”The flight had been carrying Argentine striker Sala, 28, and Mr Ibbotson, 59, from Nantes, north west France, to Cardiff after Sala completed his £15m move to Cardiff City.The “substantial amount of wreckage” of the plane, was found on Sunday morning after Mr Mearns’ privately-funded search began.He said lifting the plane was now the most important task.Mr Mearns added: “(The AAIB) will be able to rule things out or rule things in, that’s the normal investigative process for any crash, so I think it’s imperative that the plane is recovered, and now even more so now we know someone is down there.”The recovery operation would need to take place in “slack water” – the point at which the tide is turning, he added.It would be conducted by a Ministry of Defence salvage marine operations vessel and Mr Mearns said one equipped for working in the North Sea with a dive support vessel would be able to lift the plane “within a matter of days”.Video footage recorded using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) showed one person in the wreckage.The AAIB said it was consulting with the missing men’s families and police about the next step and intends to publish an interim report in the coming weeks.An online appeal started by Sala’s agent had raised £324,000 (371,000 euros) for the private search, which Mr Mearns offered to help with.Working jointly with the AAIB, his ship and another search vessel, the Geo Ocean III, began combing a four square mile area of the English Channel, 24 nautical miles north of Guernsey.Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday, Mr Mearns said the plane was identified by sonar, before a submersible with cameras was sent underwater to confirm this.“They saw the registration number and the biggest surprise is that most of the plane is there – we were expecting to find a debris field,” he added.Meanwhile, Cardiff City football club said it was “actively considering” what to do with the tributes to Sala and Mr Ibbotson, from Crowle, Lincolnshire, which have been left outside the stadium.A growing number of items, such as scarves, flowers and football shirts, have been laid around the statue of the club’s FA Cup-winning captain Fred Keenor over the past two weeks.A spokesman said it will make a decision soon.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram A body has been seen in the underwater wreckage of the plane that was carrying footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson.A search on Sunday found the Piper Malibu plane on the seabed off Guernsey, almost two weeks after it went missing.The Air Accident Investigation Branch confirmed the sighting on Monday.last_img read more

Setbacks don’t stop captain from helping team

first_imgWhen Jeremy Sonkin arrived at Wisconsin four years ago toplay tennis, he was facing high expectations and was immediately thrust into ahigh-pressure situation.As a freshman, he was asked to play in the second singlesposition, a daunting task for a young player.“I was kind of the youngster amongst a bunch ofupperclassmen, and it was really kind of intimidating at first,” Sonkinsaid. “In such a short time I was asked to really be a person to followand set an example.”How did he respond to such a challenge? By posting 24 wins,the highest win total for any player on the team that season. In his secondseason, he was named one of the captains of the team, evidence of his abilityas a leader and a player.“By my sophomore year I really felt that I was of theability to be in the captain position, just from already playing at such a highlevel my freshman year and kind of experiencing some of the country’s besttalent,” Sonkin said. “I really felt ready to handle the leadershipposition and do a good job motivating my teammates.”He followed up his freshman effort with a similarperformance, posting a 25-11 record. However, he played solely at the No. 1singles position throughout the season.After the impressive opening seasons, Sonkin hit a roughspot in what appeared to be the beginning of a very promising career. He wasthe victim of an unfortunate accident where he was hit by a car while ridinghis moped. While he was recovering and unable to participate in matches, hestruggled with the idea of not being able to travel and contribute to the team.“It was really a different perspective for meconsidering a lot of my support was done from the sideline, and I could nottravel with the team,” Sonkin said. “College tennis is all about theteam and helping pull one another through tough matches and rough spots, so forme it was very, very hard not to be able to at least be there to support myteam.”With his injury and the addition of some new young players,Sonkin saw a decreased role on the team, fluctuating between the first andthird singles positions. He finished the season with a sub-standard record of9-12, and his position for his senior season was up in the air.Now a senior, Sonkin has once again been named captain, buthe finds himself as the No. 4 singles player for the team. Despite thedifficulties in adjusting from first singles to fourth singles, he has beenable to maintain a positive attitude and a team-first mentality.“It was a very hard adjustment,” Sonkin said.“A lot of times it was really evident that it bothered me, and it’s beensuch a learning experience for me. I had to forget about the past, forget aboutwhere I was, even as a junior, and I just had to realize that at this point intime, its not about me. You’re on a team, and you’re all in this together, sono matter where you are in the lineup, it’s all about getting that point tohelp the team win.”Head coach Greg Van Emburgh has been delighted with the waySonkin has dealt with his changing role on the team.“I think he’s grown tremendous amounts not only as aplayer but as a person,” Van Emburgh said. “He’s really starting tocome into his full stride right now as we get into the real important part ofour season. … He’s had a lot of setbacks with injuries, but Jeremy is thetype of kid who really fights through those obstacles and adversities and keepsa positive look on everything.”Though he started off the season playing poorly, losing sixof his first eight matches, Sonkin has found himself with a renewed sense ofconfidence late in the season and is now playing better tennis, winning five ofhis last seven matches.“Jeremy’s done whatever the team has asked of him. He’swon some big matches, and he hasn’t complained,” senior Nolan Polley said.“He’s been playing really well these past couple months, and I’m hopingthat he can keep it up and we can finish out strong.”Sonkin is also very excited about the way he has beenplaying of late, as he has come into his own in the fourth singles position.“Maybe me being the four is a blessing,” Sonkinsaid. “Maybe that’s a spot now that we know we can always get a win atbecause I feel like now with my confidence back, I should not be losing toanybody in this country playing No. 4 in singles, given my experience, mytalent and how much I want to win and how much I hate losing.”Sonkin’s resurgence on the court has been accompanied by thesuccess of the team as a whole. The team has gone 11-3 over its last 14 gamesand is now vying for second place in the Big Ten.“Quite truthfully, we have players who do an incrediblejob at the 1-3 positions, who are really proving that they deserve to be inthose spots, and they’ve been showing that match after match,” Sonkinsaid. “Knowing that, it takes more pressure off of me just because I’m soconfident that they’re up there and they’ve been doing well.”Even if he is no longer playing in first position, Sonkinknows what it takes to win and has welcomed his new role on the team with openarms. He has been a big contributor to the success of the team and he willcontinue to be a key factor in the teams’ success as they approach theculmination of this season.last_img read more

Shakespeare in song

first_imgMin Haeng Cho | Daily TrojanLeo Xia, a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering, sings and plays his guitar during Academic Culture Assembly’s Shakespeare in the Park event, which took place on Thursday in Alumni Park. A part of USC Performing Arts Committee’s Arts Week, the event allowed students to watch their peers perform and sing a variety of songs.last_img