Chinese vaccine approved for human testing at virus epicenter

first_img“You’re planning on administering it to a healthy person who may or may not ever be exposed to the infectious disease agent you’re trying to protect them against,” said Rajeev Venkayya, president of the global vaccine unit at Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., said in a separate interview Tuesday. “There’s very little margin for a safety problem.”CanSino’s trial involves injecting the experimental vaccine into 108 healthy adults, aged 18 to 60, in three different doses, according to data from the Chinese Clinical Trial Registry. Tests will start this month and continue through year’s end. The vaccine was tested on animals and proven safe and capable of eliciting immunity against the virus, CanSino said in its statement.As the outbreak spread around the world, more than 100 clinical trials were launched in China to study the effectiveness of everything from anti-flu drugs and antibody-containing plasma from recovered patients, to traditional Chinese herbal medicine. A smaller number of trials have been announced in countries including the US, South Korea and Thailand.In normal circumstances, a vaccine could take years to reach human clinical trials as scientists conduct substantial amounts of animal testing first before drug regulators greenlight further trials to determine its safety and efficacy on humans. CanSino Biologics Inc. said it received Chinese regulatory approval to start human trials of a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, another example of a potential weapon against the illness being fast-tracked for testing as the global death toll escalates and nations impose lockdowns on their citizens.The vaccine, co-developed by the Hong Kong-listed company and China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences, will undergo clinical trials in Wuhan, CanSino Biologics said in a statement to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Wednesday. Wuhan is the epicenter for the pandemic that has spread to all corners of the planet, infecting more than 190,000 people and killing more than 7,800.Progress is occurring at unprecedented speed in developing vaccines as the highly infectious pathogen that causes the respiratory ailment known as Covid-19 looks unlikely to be stamped out through containment measures alone. US President Donald Trump’s administration is pressuring American drugmakers to develop a vaccine: Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Moderna Inc. received regulatory approval to move quickly to human trials last week, skipping the years of animal trials that are the norm in developing vaccines. GlaxoSmithKline Plc said last month it was working with China-based Clover Biopharmaceuticals on an experimental vaccine. Also, the US government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority is working with Sanofi and Johnson & Johnson on potential vaccines.Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group Co. also licensed a vaccine that’s now being developed at the pre-clinical stage by Mainz, Germany-based BioNTech SE.Despite the rapid introduction of human trials, the earliest available vaccine is at least six months away, according to the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.Anthony Fauci, director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it would take about a year-and-a-half to complete trials, scale up production and make a vaccine widely available.Topics :last_img read more

Indonesian pastor speaks out against racism in US, experiences backlash at home

first_img“I thought I [fled] Indonesia, and I came here so I could breathe freedom. But I look at what has been happening since last week, and my heart has just melted.”Indonesian netizens have since fired back at the priest’s speech. Some claimed that Indonesia had always protected the rights of minority groups and had therefore been described inaccurately.“Dear Oscar Surjadi, Indonesia is a very safe and harmonious country for minorities. In this country, all minority faiths are given national holidays to observe their respective holy days. You must know about this if you were born in Indonesia. Stop disparaging your own country abroad!” @Hilmi28 tweeted on Thursday.Other Twitter users accused Oscar of treason, saying his speech was a deliberate attempt to smear Indonesia’s reputation abroad. An Indonesian priest based in the United States has caused a stir on social media because of a speech he made during a recent Black Lives Matter protest that referenced Indonesia’s history of discrimination.In a video that has now gone viral, Portland City Blessing Church lead pastor Oscar Surjadi addresses a group of protesters gathered in a public square in Portland.“I came to the US – not for this. I was born in Indonesia and I know what it means [to experience] prejudice and discrimination,” Oscar said in the video. “Oscar Surjadi is a traitor. He is one of the nation’s enemies,” @404Termux tweeted.According to the church’s official website, Oscar has served as the general overseer of the Portland City Blessing Church in Portland, Oregon, since 1998.Read also: Chinese-Indonesians must support #PapuanLivesMatterOscar, who was born in Jakarta, left business school and abandoned his career in New York to attend Philadelphia College of Bible in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1995. He was anointed a full-time minister the same year.Despite widespread claims of cultural and religious tolerance at a national level, Indonesian minorities have often faced discrimination and outright bigotry amid the world’s largest Muslim population.A survey conducted by the Indonesian Survey Circle in September 2019 found that nearly 60 percent of the country’s Muslims were against the idea of non-Muslims being elected president.More than 50 percent of the survey’s Muslim respondents were also against the idea of non-Muslims building houses of worship in predominantly Muslim neighborhoods.Last December, Christian residents of Kampung Baru village in Dharmasraya regency in the predominantly Muslim province of West Sumatra were told by local police officers not to hold Christmas services in their own community.The police’s suggestion was apparently made in response to a letter sent by village leaders earlier that month banning the community of about 16 families from celebrating Christmas in the neighborhood.Other minority groups, such as Papuans, have frequently been subjected to acts of racism over the years.Papua Police officers wrapped a snake around a native Papuan they suspected of theft during an interrogation last February. The police have since apologized for the act.Last August, riots broke out in several provinces in the archipelago as people protested the racial abuse of Papuan students in East Java.The death of George Floyd, an African-American man who died while being arrested in the US, and the ensuing global outcry have sparked renewed public discourse about racism against Papuans in Indonesia.Topics :last_img read more

Esther Green

first_imgEsther Green, 88, of North Vernon passed away Thursday, January 24, 2019 at The Waters of Dillsboro – Ross Manor.  Esther was born Sunday, June 29, 1930 at Versailles the daughter of Louis and Martha (Lingo) Struckman.  She married Garnett Stanley Green June 1974 and he preceded her in death December 29, 1985.  She worked as a welder for Gateway Engineers at Miamitown, a former employee for Seagrams and Anchor Glass in Greendale.  She enjoyed gardening, flowers, antiquing and yard sales.Esther is survived by daughter Elaine “Tinker” (Gerald) Sutton of Dayton, Ohio; 3 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband Garnett, parents, brothers Hap, Millard, Roy, John, Jim and Estol Struckman; sisters Ruth Ekstrand, Luella Richter, Mary Brewington, Grace Askins and Catherine Fischer; Edward Huge long-term relationship and good friend Earl Rice.A service celebrating her life will be held 1 PM Monday, January 28, 2019 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home in Milan with Pastor Harris Long officiating.  Burial will follow at German Lutheran Cemetery North of Milan.  Family and friends may gather to honor and remember her Monday 11 AM – 1 PM also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given in honor of Esther to The Waters of Dillsboro – Ross Manor activity fund.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 707 S. Main Street, Box 243, Milan, IN 47031, (812)654-2141.  You may go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Hearts progress in Cup competition

first_imgHearts of Oak picked up an important win in the MTN FA Cup to progress to the Round of 32 stage.The Phobians were 2-0 winners over Pure Joy FC at the Ohene Djan Stadium in the concluding Round of 64 fixtures.A first half brace by U-20 captain, Mahatma Otoo dashed the hopes of second-tier side in the competition.There was no joy either for AshantiGold at the Golden City Park as they lost 1-0 to league leaders, Berekum Chelsea, who were without seven regulars.Ibrahim Isaaka got the only goal in the 49th minute.Liberty Professionals ensured their place in the next round, beating Tano Bofoakwa 2-1 at the Carl Reindorf Park. Nania FC run rout at the Legon Park where they beat Mighty Youngsters 4-0.Deportivo thumped Sharks FC 4-1 at the Baba Yara Stadium in an Division One league clash.Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more

Inaugural Woodthorpe Open celebrates success of golf in the parks

first_imgInaugural Woodthorpe Open celebrates success of golf in the parksA fun golf competition for all will be held this month to celebrate the success of the summer’s free Get into golf opportunities in Nottingham parks.The inaugural Woodthorpe Open will take place at the Woodthorpe Grange Park pitch and putt course on Sunday 22 October. It’s open to all and costs just £7.50 per person, including golf, breakfast and coffee and prizes for all.Arrival time is 10.30am, with everyone teeing off in fours at the same time, 11.30am, on different holes. To enter and for more information download an entry form at www.facebook.com/GigNotts or go to the ‘Latest Information’ section on www.nottinghamshiregolf.com.The fun event marks the end of the summer’s Get into golf drop-in sessions which offered all-comers the chance to try the sport with the help of activator Nyle Challinor.They were held in three Nottingham parks – Woodthorpe Grange, Bulwell Hall and Highfields Park – and aimed to show people that golf is a game for all which is fun, sociable and a great way of keeping fit.New players who enjoyed their golfing experience will now receive information about further opportunities to play and to connect with local golf clubs.This is the second year England Golf and Nottingham City Council have teamed up to take golf into an informal setting as partof the ParkLives programme.It is part of England Golf’s Get into golf campaign, which offers great value coaching opportunities, and its wider strategy to get more people playing golf more often. Visit www.getintogolf.org for more information.Golf has many health and wellbeing benefits, including helping people to live longer and preventing major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. A nine-hole round can be fitted in to two hours and players will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories.Local golf clubs which are keen to get involved with the project and to encourage new beginners should contact Emily Cheshire, England Golf’s Club Support Officer for Nottinghamshire: e.cheshire@englandgolf.orgFor more information on the Woodthorpe Open contact Emily Cheshire or golf activator Nyle Challinor: nyle@nylegolf.co.uk A fun golf competition for all will be held this month to celebrate the success of the summer’s free Get into golf opportunities in Nottingham parks.The inaugural Woodthorpe Open will take place at the Woodthorpe Grange Park pitch and putt course on Sunday 22 October. It’s open to all and costs just £7.50 per person, including golf, breakfast and coffee and prizes for all.Arrival time is 10.30am, with everyone teeing off in fours at the same time, 11.30am, on different holes. Go to www.facebook.com/GigNotts for further detailsThe fun event marks the end of the summer’s Get into golf drop-in sessions which offered all-comers the chance to try the sport with the help of activator Nyle Challinor.They were held in three Nottingham parks – Woodthorpe Grange, Bulwell Hall and Highfields Park – and aimed to show people that golf is a game for all which is fun, sociable and a great way of keeping fit.New players who enjoyed their golfing experience will now receive information about further opportunities to play and to connect with local golf clubs.This is the second year England Golf and Nottingham City Council have teamed up to take golf into an informal setting as part of the ParkLives programme.It is part of England Golf’s Get into golf campaign, which offers great value coaching opportunities, and its wider strategy to get more people playing golf more often. Visit Get Into Golf for more information.Golf has many health and wellbeing benefits, including helping people to live longer and preventing major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart attacks. A nine-hole round can be fitted in to two hours and players will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories.Captions: New golfers at the park sessions in Nottingham with golf activator Nyle Challinor. 5 Oct 2017 Inaugural Woodthorpe Open celebrates success of golf in the parks center_img Tags: Get into golf, Nottinghamshirelast_img read more

Correction: Blue Marble doubles up in U14 Boy’s Division

first_imgBlue Marble, 9-2-1 on the season, then went on to capture the U14 Playoff crown with a 5-3 victory over second-place Midas.The Nelson Daily apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this error. In a story dated, Wednesday, October 6, 2010, it was reported that U14 Boy’s playoff champs Blue Marble Capital Management posted an upset of Pacific Insight during the semi final round of the Nelson Youth Soccer Playoffs.However, there was no upset as Blue Marble won the regular season title and defeated the fourth place Pacific Insight squad 3-1 in the semi final.last_img read more

Leafs close to final product, conclude preseason Tuesday against Rebels

first_imgAsk any coach and the response will be they don’t care about preseason wins and losses. Which is somewhat of a lie as everyone likes to win — especially coaches. But everyone knows wins now mean nothing when Bill Ohlhausen and Company are adding up the wins and losses come February. Points from those wins begin accumulating Friday when the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season kicks off the regular season on a host of fronts, including Nelson and Grand Forks in the hotly contested Murdoch Division. “I’m happy with training camp,” Leaf coach Frank Maida told The Nelson Daily on the eve final exhibition game Tuesday at the NDCC Arena. “I’m a little more in control than I was a year ago so it’s been good,” added Maida, who was unable to recruit his team last season after accepting the job during the summer following the departure of current skipper Chris Shaw. Nelson completed game three of the four-game exhibition set Sunday in Castlegar where the Leafs registered its second tie — 1-1— against the Rebels in an afternoon tilt. The game saw the Leaf coaching staff come a little bit closer to finalizing the starting roster but Maida has yet to dig out the B.C. Hockey cards. “We’re playing everybody so this is a great opportunity for the players prove themselves to us but we’re not ready just quite yet to make any final decisions,” Maida explained. Maida, confessed, the team has committed to a pair of 16 year olds for the upcoming season. Forward Colton McCarthy of Salmon Arm and Nelson’s own Cole Arcuri will be in the Green and White when the team opens the regular season Friday at the NDCC Arena against Castlegar. Maida and assistant coach Stu Linnen have been somewhat blessed with a core group of returning players from last year’s team, Back with the team are defencemen Blake Arcuri, J.J. Beitel and Andew Miller along with forwards Carsen Willans, Colton Schell, James Sorey and Matthew Naka. Nelson product Linden Horswill is also returning after being release by Battlefords North Stars of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Currently Patrick Defoe, who proved more than a worth backup last season to Andrew Walton, is back to assume the starter’s role in goal while Cody Boeckman of Brooks, Alta., and former Kootenay Ice Major Midget backstop Brett Soles of Cranbrook battled it out for the back up position.CAMP NOTES: Maida said defencemen Blake Arcuri and Andy Miller probably will not play Tuesday as both rearguards are battling injuries. . . . Tuesday’s puck drop is 7 p.m. . . .Workers were in the NDCC Arena this week removing 65 seats from top row. The decision was made to give walkers and joggers that frequent the arena more room. The decision reduces the total number of seats in the NDCC to 1,335.last_img read more

Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Alec Wilkinson

first_imgTwitter, Facebook, Instagram: InstagramThe Nelson Daily:  What type of player are you?Alec Wilkerson: I’m a playmaker. I just look for my teammates on the ice. I have good vision and I’m more of a passer than a scorer, for sure.TND: What are your individual goals this year and beyond?A.W.: To win the Cyclone (Taylor Cup). That’s the only goal I really have this year. I really have no goals for myself. I just want to win as a team. I really have no goals of being the leading scorer or anything like that. I just want to win as a team.TND: What attracted you to come to Nelson?A.W: The Cyclone Taylor Cup probably is the reason that brought me here. But I also heard Nelson is a good team and I wanted to come to play for a good team.TND: What do you like about playing for this year’s edition of the Leafs?A.W.: I just like how everyone is a team. Everyone loves each other in that dressing room and they’re all good guys and that’s how you know you’ve got a good team is everyone comes together and plays hard for each other.TND: You’ve been out of the lineup with an injury. How difficult is it to be watching from the sidelines?A.W: It really hard. I just want to get out there and help the team. But there’s nothing you can do so you have to wait it out. But it’s definitely difficult watching for sure.TND: You’re a small player. How have you had to adapt to the KIJHL?A.W: This is a tough league to play in and there are a lot of guys out there who are just trying to take your head off.  So you’ve just got to keep your head up  . . .. As long as you have your head up you should be fine. You can’t be scared, that’s for sure if you’re a small guy. You’ve got to be tough and be willing to go into the corners.TND: Is that your biggest adjustment your size?A.W.: This is a pretty fast league and there are guys, who are a lot stronger than me so I need to use my quickness and move out on the ice and be smart.TND: Where do you hope to be next year?A.W.: I don’t know where I’ll be, if it’s back in Nelson, but I’m definitely going to be playing hockey somewhere.TND: Where do you hope to be in five years?A.W.: In five years I want to own a business. I’m going to SAIT (Southern Institute of Technology) in Calgary and take business and hopefully I can own my own business.TND: In 10 years?A.W: Hopefully I’m retired. He may be a rookie but at 5’8″, 150 pounds Calgary native Alec Wilkinson is playing like a season veteran for the Green and White.Wilkinson, one of the Leafs “super pests”, is having a very fine first Kootenay International Junior Hockey League seaso, tied for third on team scoring with another pest, Carsen Willans.Wilkinson is back in the lineup, and will be needed as Nelson is currently in a battle for top spot in the Murdoch Division with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.Nelson faces two Murdoch opponents this weekend at the NDCC Arena as Castlegar Rebels and Grand Forks Border Bruins come to town Friday and Saturday, respectively.The Nelson Daily.com, in conjunction with Nelson Home Building Centre present a closer look at Wilkinson in the latest Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Alec WilkinsonAge: 18Born: Calgary, AltaHeight: 5’8”Weight: 150 poundsLeafs Stats: 36 games, 16 goals, 31 assists, 47 pointsYears in Hockey: 12Hometown: Calgary, AltaFavorite NHL Player: Sydney Crosby, Pittsburgh PenguinsFavorite NHL Team: Pittsburgh PenguinsFavorite Music: RapPre-Game Meal: Grilled Cheese SandwichBiggest accomplishment in hockey: Finishing second at the Western Canada Bantam AAA Finals, losing in overtime to WinnipegWork: Pacific InsightNickname: WilkeyOther interests: Snowboarding and Golflast_img read more