Sabine Schmitz, the German racing driver also known as the Queen of the Nurburgring and former host of the series Top Gear has died. She was 51. Last year, Schmitz revealed that she's been battling cancer since 2017.
Sabine Schmitz, the German racing driver also known as the Queen of the Nurburgring and former host of the series Top Gear has died. She was 51. Last year, Schmitz revealed that she's been battling cancer since 2017.
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* Sol recovers from worst day in five months * Morgan Stanley, BlackRock bullish on EM * Latam stocks come off two-month high * Mexican peso near 3-mth highs amid carry trade prospects By Ambar Warrick April 20 (Reuters) - Strength in copper prices supported Chile's peso and Peru's sol, with the latter stabilizing after steep losses on expectations for a socialist government, while other Latin American currencies traded sideways. Chile's peso led gains in early trade, rising 0.7% to a more than four-month high as copper prices neared 10-year highs on optimism over recovering global demand.
LONDON — Experts at the agency that regulates drugs for the European Union said Tuesday that they found a “possible link” between the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and very rare blood clots after a small number of cases were reported in the United States. The European Medicines Agency said a warning about very unusual blood clots should be added to labels for Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. The agency these rare blood disorders should be considered as “very rare side effects of the vaccine.” Last week, Johnson & Johnson halted its European roll-out of the vaccine after U.S. officials recommended a pause in the vaccine, when they detected six very rare blood clot cases among nearly 7 million people who had been vaccinated. European officials said they considered all currently available evidence from the U.S., including eight reports of serious cases of rare blood clots associated with low blood platelets, including one death. Last week, J&J halted its European rollout of its one-dose vaccine after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended officials pause its use while the rare blood clot cases are examined. Officials identified six cases of the highly unusual blood clots among nearly 7 million people who were immunized with the shot in the U.S. Johnson & Johnson advised European governments to store their doses until the EU drug regulator issued guidance on their use; widespread use of the shot in Europe has not yet started. The delay was a further blow to vaccination efforts in the European Union, which have been plagued by supply shortages, logistical problems and concerns over unusual blood clots also in a small number of people who received the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Experts worry the temporary halt on J&J's shot could further shake vaccine confidence and complicate worldwide COVID-19 immunization efforts. Last week, South Africa suspended its use of the vaccine in the wake of the U.S. pause, and countries including Italy, Romania, the Netherlands, Denmark and Croatia put their J&J doses into storage. The blood clots linked to the J&J vaccine are occurring in unusual parts of the body, such as veins that drain blood from the brain. Those patients also have abnormally low levels of blood platelets, a condition normally linked to bleeding, not clotting. With the AstraZeneca vaccine, scientists in Norway and Germany have suggested that some people are experiencing an abnormal immune system response, forming antibodies that attack their own platelets. It's not yet clear if there might be a similar mechanism with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. But both the J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines, as well as a Russian COVID-19 vaccine and one from China, are made with the same technology. They train the immune system to recognize the spike protein that coats the coronavirus. To do that, they use a cold virus, called an adenovirus, to carry the spike gene into the body. “Suspicion is rising that these rare cases may be triggered by the adenovirus component of the AstraZeneca and J&J vaccines,” said Eleanor Riley, a professor of immunology and infectious diseases at the University of Edinburgh. She said that while more data was needed, “it remains the case that for the vast majority of adults in Europe and the USA, the risks associated with contracting COVID-19 far, far outweigh any risk of being vaccinated.” On Monday, World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said more than 5 million new cororavirus cases were confirmed worldwide last week, the highest-ever number in a single week. He noted that cases and hospitalizations among younger people were “increasing at an alarming rate.” The European Medicines Agency, which regulates drugs used in European Union member nations, said last month there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and rare blood clots but said the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risks of COVID-19. It noted the risk is less than the blood clot risk that healthy women face from birth control pills. The European Union ordered 200 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson for 2021 and EU officials had hoped the one-shot vaccine could be used both to boost the continent's lagging vaccination rates and to protect hard-to-reach populations, like migrant workers and the homeless. Last month, the African Union announced it signed a deal to buy up to 400 million doses of the J&J vaccine. Johnson & Johnson also has a deal to supply up to 500 million doses to the U.N.-backed COVAX initiative that helps get vaccines to the world’s poor. Any concerns about the J&J vaccine would be another unwelcome complication for COVAX and for the billions of people in developing countries depending on the program. COVAX recently was hit by supply issues after its biggest supplier, the Serum Institute of India, announced it would delay exports of the AstraZeneca vaccine for several months due to a surge of cases on the subcontinent. Maria Cheng, The Associated Press
CENTRE WELLINGTON – A routine council action ended up causing the adjournment of a Centre Wellington committee of the whole meeting Monday. The virtual meeting was over in just under 10 minutes. Centre Wellington councillors were evenly split in approving the agenda, which meant it was not approved and the meeting couldn't proceed. The unusual meeting started with Coun. Kirk McElwain wanting to split a recommendation regarding attainable housing into two separate items. The first part of the recommendation was to support the County of Wellington’s 10-year capital plan to increase funding into affordable and social housing. The second part was to support Centre Wellington’s healthy growth advisory committee (HGAC) to establish an attainable housing target and to send council recommendations on how to increase the supply of attainable housing. It was a single agenda item, but McElwain wanted these to be separate. Councillors Stephen Kitras and Bob Foster supported this but mayor Kelly Linton, Coun. Ian MacRae and Coun. Neil Dunsmore voted against splitting it. A tie vote means an item is defeated. Coun. Steven VanLeeuwen was absent from this meeting. Brett Salmon, managing director of planning and development, began to explain the recommendation but clerk Kerri O’Kane reminded the agenda still needed to be approved. The votes went the same way with the councillors who wanted to split that item voting against approving the agenda. This meeting was then adjourned just over nine minutes after it began. In a phone call after the meeting, Linton said this is the first time he has seen something like this happen. Linton said he finds it frustrating to see staff time wasted and to lose time on finding ways to increase the supply of attainable housing. “This is just another roadblock for us getting some traction on one of the biggest issues that we’re faced with here,” Linton said. MacRae, who sits on the HGAC, also expressed dismay over a lack of big picture thinking on the attainable housing issue. He noted a recent Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. rental market report put Centre Wellington’s rental vacancy rate at 0 per cent while a healthy community should be at 3 per cent. He said he believes politics were at play over what McElwain, Foster and Kitras are making into a contentious issue. He said there is a community group using heritage as a means to push back against growth and densification. “They see protection of heritage as saying no to any form of growth and especially densification in our existing neighbourhoods or older neighbourhoods for example,” MacRae said. McElwain said in a phone call after the meeting he had no issue with the first part of the recommendation and was in full support of the social housing enhancements. Attainable housing is a different story that doesn't have his full support yet. He said the growth strategy is supposed to be based on requirements from the official plan, urban design guidelines and heritage study among others. However, he noted a growth management land use study from years ago still has not come back to council from HGAC. "Without those documents as part of the discussion, I'm not sure how they can come up with an attainable housing strategy to be honest," McElwain said. "They're all part of it and we really needed more discussion. Voting on something without any definition of what it is or how they're going to do it doesn't seem to me like we're doing the job we're supposed to be doing." Foster said after the meeting he was disappointed there wasn’t more of a discussion but he wanted a more specific definition on what attainable housing was before approving the committee’s direction. Kitras agreed he wanted metrics and parameters for attainable housing and called McElwain’s motion to divide the recommendation a “reasonable request.” He compared the original recommendation to an “omnibus bill in parliament.” “It had an undefined idea of ‘attainable housing’ tacked onto the ‘affordable housing’ that the county is responsible for,” Kitras said. “Affordable housing is subsidized housing with clear prices of rental for the poor and criteria for eligibility. What is ‘attainable housing?’” Linton explained this is exactly what the HGAC is working on to get off the ground to be able to provide recommendations to increase supply. Approving the agenda would have meant a fulsome discussion could have taken place. MacRae said he is frustrated some councillors believe they should be setting the attainable housing targets. “We all agreed to form this healthy growth committee to allow citizens to assist us in identifying what issues we should be focused on as a community that has been mandated to grow,” MacRae said. “Council is refusing to listen to them as far as how I’m interpreting this. I think it’s totally unacceptable.” Now staff will have to work out how to bring the many agenda items — which included alternative voting methods, building official appointments, wastewater service contracts and others — back to another meeting, “(Staff) work pretty hard over the course of a month to make sure that we have an agenda ready for the committee of the whole,” Linton said. “Now that we didn’t have the meeting, staff have to go back to the drawing board to figure out how we bring all this stuff back because nothing happens until then.” Keegan Kozolanka, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, GuelphToday.com
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted gaps and inequities in B.C.’s healthcare system. High quality mental and behavioural healthcare is currently a luxury when it should be a right. In fact, according to the Canada Health Act, the primary objective of Canadian health care policy is "to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers." However, despite an average of over 3000 hours of graduate level training, registered psychologists are the only regulated specialized mental and behavioural health practitioners who are ineligible to bill services under the Medical Services Plan (MSP), creating a significant financial barrier to British Columbians’ ability to access care. After hearing from over 5000 people who signed the letter of support, along with government and other healthcare professional stakeholder meetings, we have identified a concrete next step the government can take to immediately increase equity and access to quality mental and behavioral health services: Using the already-approved 2021-2022 Alternative Payments Program (APP) sessional specialist rate, allow psychologists to provide up to 700 hours of service per week (e.g., 50 psychologists at four 3.5 hour blocks per week) to residents across the province. This care would be linked to residents’ primary care physician, and would allow for evaluation of patient outcomes, physician satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness. Why is this number both symbolic and important? Simple - it is estimated that over 700 people in British Columbia have already lost their lives to overdose and suicide since January 1st of this year alone. In fact, 45% of people who lose their lives to suicide see their family physician within one month of their death. The total cost for this proposal translates to less than 0.032% of B.C.’s total healthcare budget. Yes, that is less than ⅓ of 1%. Thanks to honest and ongoing conversations about the importance of mental health over the last year, government officials have identified this as a major area for investment. Why should psychologists be included and why now? According to Dr. Lesley Lutes, professor of psychology at UBC and a Director of Public Advocacy for BCPA, “Psychologists are needed now because we have the training and expertise to make an immediate impact. Studies repeatedly show that patients benefit the most when psychologists work alongside their medical and other allied health colleagues. Even if you do not take human misery into account, investing in psychologists makes sense from an economic standpoint.” Accordingly, If we do not heed the lessons of countries that have come before us, we will be doomed to repeat the failures of the past, costing us more time, money, unnecessary suffering, illness, and death. For example, in 2008 after researchers in the UK showed that inadequate mental health treatment was costing the system billions of dollars annually, the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) program was started. Where are they at now? In January 2021 alone, over 130,000 patients were referred for talk therapy. Of those, 92% initiated care within 6 weeks, and over half required less than 8 sessions for successful treatment completion. Psychologists are an integral part of the program. The residents of British Columbia have a right to high quality care that gives access to professionals at all levels. The B.C. Psychological Association would like to emphasize, regardless of whether this proposal is accepted today, that we will continue advocating for patient rights and mental health equity. The British Columbia Psychological AssociationMedia Contact: Hayley Mica - Jelly Marketing firstname.lastname@example.org
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NEW DELHI — India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called off a visit to Portugal next month for a meeting with the European Union leaders amid surging coronavirus cases in the country. India’s External Affairs Ministry says it’s been decided in consultation with the EU and Portugal leadership to hold the meeting in a virtual form on May 8. Indian media reports say Modi had planned to visit France after the Portugal meeting. On Monday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called off a trip to New Delhi in view of the coronavirus situation in India. The two governments say Johnson and Modi would speak later this month and planned to meet in person later this year. India’s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported 259,170 new infections and 1,761 confirmed deaths in the past 24 hours. India has reported daily infections above the 200,000 mark for six days. THE VIRUS OUTBREAK: — EU regulator prepares to issue advice on use of J&J vaccine — Osaka seeks tougher virus state of emergency amid virus spread — Learning to breathe: German clinic helps COVID-19 long haulers — Asian Americans wrestle with returning to classrooms amid rising harassment — Follow all of AP’s pandemic coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-vaccine ___ HERE’S WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING: NEW YORK — Schools can continue serving free meals to all students through June 2022 under more flexible rules that began during the pandemic. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s offering alternative meal pick-up options and the ability to serve meals in non-group settings. The flexibilities are intended to give schools a degree of certainty as they plan for the school year ahead, said U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The USDA’s national school meal programs have long been a vital source of free and low-cost food for students. Families normally need to meet income requirements to qualify for free breakfasts and lunches. But as schools closed during the pandemic, the USDA eased restrictions so schools could distribute meals to all students at pick-up and drop-off locations. To help schools get back to meeting the nutrition guidelines, the USDA says it is boosting the amount schools are reimbursed for each meal served. ___ COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lankan health authorities says they’ll start giving the second shot of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on May 1. The announcement comes as the government is facing criticism for delaying giving of the second shot. On Tuesday, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID Disease Control, Sudarshini Fernandopulle told parliament that Sri Lanka started giving the first shot on Jan. 29 and the new scientific data recommends to give the second dose 12 weeks after the first. Sri Lanka has so far inoculated 925,242 people, using the AstraZeneca vaccine. Sri Lanka has received 1.2 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine. The country needs about 576,500 more vaccines to be given as the 2nd dose. The government says they would receive the balance in the next few weeks from the manufacturer in India. Opposition lawmakers have criticized the government for delaying giving the second dose. Sri Lanka’s total number of positive cases reached 97,104, with 620 confirmed deaths. ___ HELSINKI — Estonia will ease existing coronavirus restrictions and lockdown measures in two stages in the next few weeks, including partly lifting restrictions on stores, restaurants, schools and certain sports activities. The Estonian government says the improved COVID-19 situation will allow instructed outdoor sports activities for up to 10 people to resume on April 26. Restrictions on shops, eateries and schools would be partly lifted from May 3. Prime Minister Kaja Kallas says the COVID-19 situation in small nation of 1.3 million “is better, the spread of the virus has slowed down” largely due to lock-down measures imposed in March. Estonia daily coronavirus cases have decreased to about 300-500 from around 1,500-1,900 in late March and early April. ___ TOKYO — Japan’s western metropolis of Osaka has decided to ask the government to declare a state of emergency in the region after ongoing alert measures failed to control the spread of a more contagious coronavirus variant. The decision by Osaka’s governor to request a third state of emergency comes just 50 days after a weaker state of emergency ended. A new state of emergency, under a law toughened in February, would allow authorities to issue binding orders for business owners to close or shorten service hours. Measures for the general public, including mask wearing and staying at home, would remain non-mandatory requests. Osaka is expected to close theme parks, shopping malls and other commercial facilities to drastically reduce public activity for a few weeks. Japan has recorded 537,317 confirmed cases and 9,671 confirmed deaths. Those are low numbers overall, but worse than some other Asian countries. ___ LONDON — Experts at the European Medicines Agency are preparing to present the conclusions of their investigation into possible links between the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine and rare blood clots. Last week, Johnson & Johnson halted the European rollout of its one-dose vaccine after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended officials pause its use while the rare blood clot cases were examined. Johnson & Johnson advised governments in Europe to store their doses until the European Union’s drug regulator issued guidance. The European Union ordered 200 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson for 2021 and EU officials had hoped the one-shot vaccine could be used both to boost the continent’s lagging vaccination rates and to protect hard-to-reach populations, such as migrant workers and the homeless. Widespread use of the one-dose vaccine has not yet started in Europe. The European Union experts are expected to present findings on Tuesday. ___ NEW DELHI — Rahul Gandhi, a top opposition Congress party leader and scion of Nehru-Gandhi family, says he’s tested positive for the coronavirus after experiencing mild symptoms. Gandhi, 50, said in a tweet on Tuesday “All those who’ve been in contact with me recently, please follow all safety protocols and stay safe.” India’s Health Ministry on Tuesday reported massive 259,170 new infections and 1,761 deaths in the past 24 hours. India has registered daily infections above the 200,000 mark for six days. The sick are facing a serious shortage of hospital beds, medical oxygen and medicines. Gandhi last week called off his political rallies in West Bengal state where provincial elections are being held. He campaigned extensively in southern Kerala and Tamil Nadu states. On Monday, another top Congress party leader and former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, tested positive for the coronavirus and was hospitalized in the Indian capital as a precaution. Singh, 88, was detected with a mild fever on Sunday. ___ BUCHAREST, Romania — Romania recorded its highest number of COVID-19 deaths at 237 on Tuesday. That topped the previous record of 213 in early December during the second wave of the coronavirus. Nearly 3,000 new daily cases were reported. Tighter restrictions were enforced by authorities at the end of March to help curb the spread of the infections. The daily infections have been slowly dropping, but the number of intensive care unit patients and deaths has remained high. Romania has recorded more than 1 million cases of coronavirus and there have been 26,618 confirmed deaths. Authorities have administered more than 4.3 million vaccine doses. ___ WARSAW, Poland — AstraZeneca has significantly cut vaccine deliveries to Poland this week. The State Agency of Strategic Reserves says only 67,000 of AstraZeneca vaccine will arrive this week, instead of the contracted 268,000. Government official in charge of the vaccination program, Michal Dworczyk, says the situation may “unfortunately” continue in the coming weeks. He gave no reason for the reductions. Dworczyk says steps were being taken to prevent the reduced deliveries from slowing down the pace of nationwide inoculation in the nation of some 38 million people, mentioning the use of reserves for the second shots. Poland is taking steps to speed up the vaccination, opening more age groups and more vaccination points. It plans to begin registration to vaccinate those age 18 and above on May 9. Poland has administered more than 9 million shots of the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. More than 2.3 million have received second doses or the one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. ___ KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian opposition lawmakers led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad submitted a petition to the country’s king on Tuesday seeking an end to a coronavirus emergency so Parliament can resume. The king approved Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s plan for an emergency in early January to curb the spread of the coronavirus, but critics said it was a political ruse to help the embattled leader stay in power amid challenges to his leadership. The emergency involves no curfew or military powers but Parliament is suspended until Aug. 1. Muhyiddin’s government remains in control and has extraordinary powers to introduce laws without parliamentary approval. Mahathir, 95, accused Muhyiddin of using the king’s name as a shield against critics, making many Malays angry with the monarch instead. He told reporters outside the palace gate that he hopes the king will heed the people’s voices. More than 39,000 Malaysians have signed an online petition since March for the king to end the emergency. ___ MEXICO CITY — For the first time in a year, Mexican school children have returned to classrooms — at least in the southern state of Campeche. The Gulf coast state has been the state least affected by the pandemic in Mexico, and it was the first to get its teachers vaccinated. So Campeche is the first, and so far the only, of Mexico’s 32 states to reopen its classrooms. While it may have been good to get back to school Monday, the scene in Campeche was different from before: Grade-school children were allowed back in small groups to maintain social distancing, and they wore face masks and plastic face shields. ___ WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The Pacific nation of Fiji has closed schools and cancelled sporting events as it deals with its first coronavirus infections outside quarantine cases in more than a year. A soldier and a room cleaner at a quarantine facility have both tested positive, but there hasn’t been any indication so far the virus is spreading more widely in the community. Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama says Fiji is again facing a “grave and present danger.” The government has ordered all gyms, bars and theatres within two containment zones closed and large gatherings across the nation cancelled for at least two weeks. Home to a little under 1 million people, Fiji has recorded just two COVID-19 deaths since the pandemic began, but experts fear its health system would be ill-equipped to deal with a major outbreak. ___ The Associated Press
Iran and world powers have made headway in talks to save the 2015 nuclear accord though much more work is needed, a senior European Union official said on Tuesday, with meetings to resume next week after consultations in their respective capitals. "Progress made over the last two weeks," European External Action Service Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora said on Twitter. The talks, aimed at bringing Iran and the United States back into compliance with the nuclear deal will pick up again next week based on progress achieved so far, Russian and Chinese officials said earlier on Tuesday.
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