The Broncos WR had hit double-digit points in each of the last 3 weeks. Can he do it again vs. KC?
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LONDON — Britain authorized a COVID-19 vaccine for use Wednesday, greenlighting the first shot backed up by rigorous scientific review. The first vaccinations are expected within days — a major step toward eventually ending the pandemic.The go-ahead for the vaccine from American drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech comes as the virus surges again in the United States and Europe, putting pressure on hospitals and forcing new rounds of restrictions that have devastated the global economy. Officials cautioned that several tough months still lie ahead, even in Britain, given the scale of the operation needed to vaccinate large swaths of the population.The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which licenses drugs in the U.K., recommended the vaccine for emergency use after it reviewed a raft of data, including the results of clinical trials that showed it was 95% effective and offered significant protection for older people, among those most at risk of dying from the disease. But the vaccine remains experimental while final testing is done.“This is, without any shadow of a doubt, an historic day,” said David Harper, senior consulting fellow in global health at the Chatham House think-tank . “This is an unprecedented piece of science,” given that the vaccine was authorized less than a year after COVID-19 was discovered.Other countries aren’t far behind: Regulators in the United States, the European Union and Canada also are vetting the Pfizer vaccine along with a similar shot made by competitor Moderna Inc. British and Canadian regulators also are considering another shot made by AstraZeneca and Oxford University.British Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the U.K. will begin receiving the first shipment of 800,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine “within days," and people will start getting the shots as soon as it arrives. Two doses three weeks apart are required for protection.The U.K. expects to receive “millions of doses” by the end of this year, Hancock said, adding that the exact number will depend on how fast it can be manufactured and checked for quality.“The doses that we have for the U.K. are currently being packed (by) our colleagues at Pfizer’s facility in Belgium, ready for shipping very, very quickly,” BioNTech's chief commercial officer, Sean Marett, told reporters Wednesday.But doses are scarce as production ramps up. BioNTech, which owns the vaccine, has so far signed deals to supply 570 million doses worldwide in 2021, with options to deliver 600 million more, Marett said. It hopes to supply at least 1.3 billion in 2021.The German company has partnered with Pfizer to deliver the vaccine worldwide, except in China where local company Fosun Pharma will handle distribution.The BioNTech figures still only represent a fraction of what will be needed as public health officials try to vaccinate much of the world’s population. Experts have said that several vaccines will be needed in order to quickly end the pandemic, which has killed more than 1.4 million people worldwide.In Britain, public health officials plan to offer the vaccine first to those who are most at risk of dying from the disease and those whose jobs put them at risk of contracting the virus and spreading it to others. The vaccination program will be expanded to others as supplies become available.The first vaccines will go to nursing home residents and those who care for them, followed by everyone over 80, and healthcare workers. From there, government plans call for vaccines to be offered roughly on the basis of age groups, starting with the oldest people first.The drugmakers said they would immediately begin shipping limited supplies to the U.K. — and have been gearing up for wider distribution if the shot receives approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a decision expected as early as next week.Despite the speed with which they approved the vaccine, British regulators insisted “no corners have been cut” during the review process.The MHRA made its recommendation following a rolling review of that allowed it to assess information about the vaccine as soon as it became available. The agency began analysis of preclinical data in October, followed by information on manufacturing and quality assurance and finally the results of the clinical trials.“The safety of the public will always come first,” Dr. June Raine, chief executive of the agency, said during a news conference. “And I emphasize again that this recommendation has only been given by the MHRA following the most rigorous scientific assessment of every piece of data.”Getting that message to the public will be critical if any vaccination program is to be successful. Some people are worried about getting any vaccine, never mind a new one.Jacqueline Roubians, a retired nurse, hopes most people will get the shot.“A lot of people are skeptical but I think once they understand and see everyone else having it without hesitation, I think you’ll find that people will go and have it,” Roubians, 76, said at Brixton Market in London. “People are dying of COVID, so you make that decision: do you want to die or do you want the vaccine?”In addition to massive logistical challenge of distributing billons of vaccines, the Pfizer-BioNTech one must be stored and shipped at ultra-cold temperatures of around minus 70 degrees Celsius (minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit).Pfizer says it has developed shipping containers that use dry ice to keep the vaccine cool. GPS-enabled sensors will allow the company to track each shipment and ensure they stay cold.The company also says it has agreed to work with other vaccine makers to ensure there is sufficient supply and a range of vaccines, “including those suitable for global access.”Every country has different rules for determining when an experimental vaccine is safe and effective enough to use. Intense political pressure to be the first to roll out a rigorously scientifically tested shot colored the race in the U.S. and Britain, even as researchers pledged to cut no corners.In contrast, China and Russia have offered different vaccinations to their citizens ahead of late-stage testing.The vaccine made by Pfizer and BioNTech was tested in tens of thousands of people. And while the study isn’t complete, early results suggest the vaccine is 95% effective at preventing mild to severe COVID-19 disease. The companies told regulators that of the first 170 infections detected in study volunteers, only eight were among people who’d received the actual vaccine and the rest had gotten a dummy shot.The companies also reported no serious side effects, although vaccine recipients may experience temporary pain and flu-like reactions immediately after injections.Still to be determined is whether the shots protect against people spreading the coronavirus without showing symptoms. Another question is how long protection lasts.The vaccine also has been tested in only a small number of children, none younger than 12, and there’s no information on its effects in pregnant women.___Neergaard reported from Alexandria, Virginia. Associated press writers Frank Jordans in Berlin and Jill Lawless, Pan Pylas and Jo Kearney in London contributed__Follow AP’s coverage at https://apnews.com/hub/coronavirus-pandemic and https://apnews.com/UnderstandingtheOutbreak.___The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.Lauran Neergaard And Danica Kirka, The Associated Press
A top Pakistani court on Wednesday declared the country’s ailing former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who lives in exile in London, a fugitive from justice after he failed to return home to face additional corruption charges. The move by the Islamabad High Court comes months after Sharif was given the chance to voluntarily return home. The next court hearing will be held in a week’s time, when the judges will discuss whether to proceed with the hearings and try Sharif in absentia.
Private U.S. companies have the right under the law to require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but are unlikely to do so because of the risks of legal and cultural backlash, experts said. Companies are still in the early stages of navigating access and distribution of vaccines against the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, but inoculation is considered the key to safely resume operations at crowded warehouses, factory lines and on sales floors. "Companies have every good reason to get all of their employees vaccinated and also have an obligation to keep all employees and customers safe," said Lawrence Gostin, a global health law professor at Georgetown University.
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Union representatives want to be involved in reforming a “toxic, racist” environment at York Children’s Aid Society (CAS). The Province is looking into allegations of harassment and racism, which surfaced this summer. In July, the government announced an operational review of YRCAS “Our government has been unwavering in our position that we have zero tolerance for racism, bullying and harassment. We want to ensure the health and well-being of staff at YRCAS. We also want to ensure that the children, youth and families of York Region are receiving the services they need and deserve.,” said Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues. OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says front-line workers must have a real voice in finding solutions to address those toxic working conditions at York CAS. An independent probe has delivered a scathing review of the management at the CAS. Thomas says the society’s board of directors must include members of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 304 in drafting a 30-day work plan ordered by the provincial government. "An independent review has made it clear: the leadership at York CAS has failed the organization and the children it serves,” said Thomas. “Thanks to the tenacity and determination of the front-line workers at the agency, those leadership failures have now been exposed and confirmed. “If the agency is going to heal and begin moving forward again, those front-line workers must have a real say in the reforms that are long overdue.” The independent report ordered by the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services found that senior management at York CAS has created a “toxic” environment in which a pervasive “culture of fear” and “racism and anti-Black racism” have left workers traumatized. The ministry ordered that report after the executive of OPSEU Local 304 did a survey of staff that found an overwhelming number were experiencing depression, panic, and emotional breakdowns because of the workplace culture. The agency now has 30 days to issue a work plan addressing the toxic workplace. The chair of the agency’s board of directors, Tahir Shafiq, held a meeting with staff about the report, but many were left disappointed. “For years, we’ve been telling the employer that we and the services we provide are hurting. And for months, the board has stood behind the senior managers,” said OPSEU/SEFPO Local 304 President Andrew Harrigan. “Even with this damning report in his hands, the board chair did little this morning to reassure us that the board is ready to take real action against the harassment and racism we face.” Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO first-vice president/treasurer said the board would be negligent not to involve the front-line workers in its plan for the future. “With courage and conviction, these front-line workers have been fighting for months to fix their broken agency,” said Almeida. “They’re a credit to children's aid because they're putting the families and children they care for above their own safety and security. “To not involve them in the needed reforms would be as shameful as the management malpractice that they helped expose.” Mark Pavilons, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, King Weekly Sentinel
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eCDN solution provider Ramp identifies technology trends shaping the future of workBOSTON, Dec. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As you look for ways to keep employees safe, productive and engaged in 2021, it’s time to rewrite your definition of work. Work is no longer a place employees go, it’s what they do—and employers must support them with the right technology. Ramp, the leading provider of enterprise video delivery solutions, has identified key trends that will shape the workplace in 2021. “It’s more important than ever to closely examine the ways your employees are getting their work done,” said Neal Stanton, Co-CEO of Ramp. “This starts with a strategic, cross-functional partnership between IT, HR, communications and facilities to align their efforts and create an exceptional employee experience—regardless of pandemic protocols.”To help you build a solid technology strategy for the new year, Ramp experts have identified seven trends that will shape the workplace in 2021:Contactless Collaboration: Collaboration technology has completely replaced in-person meetings as a result of social distancing mandates. In fact, many of the top vendors have reported record adoption and use of tools like chat, video conferencing and enterprise streaming. To support a hybrid workplace—where employees can work from the office or at home—contactless collaboration will be essential. Imagine walking into a smart conference room that immediately recognizes your face or voice, and offers to start your video conference. The room also adjusts the lighting, temperature and meeting occupancy based on your specifications, and you can make changes using voice commands or an application on your mobile device. Digital versions of physical meeting tools such as digital whiteboards, design thinking software and project management applications will also gain in popularity.Digital-First Communications: Out of necessity, remote work has become the new norm. As a result, enterprise video is in the spotlight. We’ve proven it’s an important way to connect and collaborate with colleagues and seen the power of video in communicating important company messages. In 2021, companies will need to completely reinvent the way they communicate with employees. No doubt video messages and live broadcasts will remain a core tenant, but organizations will need to institute other ways of disseminating information. In addition, tools like digital signage, closed-circuit IPTV (internet protocol television) and desktop widgets to serve up timely and relevant company news will gain in popularity.AI-Enabled Workplace: Artificial Intelligence (AI) has gone from wishful thinking to something we use on a daily basis. You have to admit, your favorite digital assistant makes life a little easier from answering random questions to playing your favorite tunes. Beyond the smart conference room, AI will play an increasingly important role in workplace productivity. Through machine learning, AI can improve operational efficiency by monitoring workflows and automating processes that don’t require creativity or human-to-human interaction. It also has a significant role to play in customer service, supply chain and data analytics.VR/AR at Work: We often hear about VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality) in gaming, but they have important applications in the workplace. Training has always played a critical role in employee development, but now, in-person and hands-on training are off limits. Using VR, you can learn and work alongside your colleagues in a virtual classroom or office space to feel more physically present and connect. You could also experience technical training first hand, such as equipment repair, using AR. The opportunities are endless.Immersive Video: Video has proven itself as an effective means of communicating and collaborating during the pandemic. But as video fatigue sets in, organizations will need to find ways to up their game. Advancements such as 360-degree video and AR/VR are a good start, but innovations in 3D teleconferencing and 3D hologram video could lead us to more immersive video experiences straight out of your favorite science fiction movie.Digital Wellbeing: Most organizations dabble in employee wellbeing programs as part of their company benefits package, but in 2021, it will take center stage—and be driven by technology. But it’s more than offering a health and wellness platform to reward employees for taking care of their physical/mental health. Vendors are building wellbeing elements right into core business applications. In addition, developers will take a closer look at UX/UI design to find ways to reduce stress and fatigue created by this always on, digital world.Security Matters: Security has always been a top concern for CIOs, but 2020 tested every element of the traditional security model. With the increasing focus on remote work, digital transformation and cloud computing, they must move to move to a zero-trust security model. It’s no longer about protecting the enterprise in the traditional sense. The enterprise is at risk in new ways, and as more and more employees return to the office, traditional security protocols and tools will need be tested, fine-tuned and retested.Before you introduce any new workplace technology, consider how it might impact your existing infrastructure. For example, bandwidth-intensive tools like 360-video video and AR/VR use a lot of bandwidth, impacting network performance. Consider implementing complementary technologies like an enterprise content delivery network (eCDN) to efficiently and securely distribute video across your corporate network. Learn more about what is eCDN at rampecdn.com.About Ramp Ramp is focused on helping every organization tap into the power of live and on-demand streaming video. Our enterprise content delivery network (eCDN) solutions drastically reduce the bandwidth needed to stream uninterrupted, high-quality video on corporate networks. Using multicasting, video caching, peer-to-peer networking, or any combination, Ramp is the eCDN for all—all enterprises, all networks, all use cases, and all streaming platforms. Ramp works with virtually any modern platform and is tightly integrated with leading streaming video solutions. Our software deploys entirely behind your firewall for maximum security and scales easily as demand for video grows. With centralized management, monitoring and insightful analytics, you get unprecedented visibility into and control over network performance to deliver the highest-quality viewer experience. Visit rampecdn.com for more information. CONTACT: Contact: Denise Iverson Ramp Holdings (857) 202-3477 email@example.com
Sam Bird is the only driver to have won a race in every Formula E season so far but, after six years in the electric series, the Briton wants much more as he prepares for a fresh start with Jaguar next month. Formula E now has full FIA world championship status and Bird, 33, believes he can fly high after moving from Envision Virgin Racing. Bird said he felt he was joining Jaguar at the right time after first having talks with the manufacturer in season three.
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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested Wednesday that politicians who impose lockdowns or curfews to limit COVID-19 are acting like dictators. The comments came as López Obrador once again fended off questions about why he almost never wears a face mask, saying it was a question of liberty. The Mexican leader said pandemic measures that limit people’s movements are “fashionable among authorities ... who want to show they are heavy handed, dictatorship.”
Shares of Tredegar Corporation (NYSE: TG) rocketed more than 28% by 10:30 a.m. EST on Wednesday. Powering the industrial manufacturer's rally was its decision to pay a special dividend. Tredegar Corporation declared a special dividend of $200 million, or $5.97 per share.
WILMINGTON, Del., Dec. 02, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. announces that it is investigating Barings BDC, Inc. (“Barings BDC”) (NYSE: BBDC) regarding possible breaches of fiduciary duties and other violations of law related to Barings BDC’s agreement to merge with MVC Capital, Inc. (“MVC Capital”). Under the terms of the agreement, Barings BDC will issue $0.39492 in cash and 0.94024 shares of Barings BDC common stock to each shareholder of MVC Capital. To learn more about this investigation and your rights, visit: https://www.rl-legal.com/cases-barings-bdc-inc.You may contact Seth D. Rigrodsky or Gina M. Serra cost and obligation free at (888) 969-4242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Rigrodsky & Long, P.A., with offices in Delaware and New York, has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of investors and achieved substantial corporate governance reforms in securities fraud and corporate class actions nationwide.Attorney advertising. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.CONTACT: Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. Seth D. Rigrodsky Gina M. Serra (888) 969-4242 (Toll Free) (302) 295-5310 Fax: (302) 654-7530 email@example.com https://rl-legal.com
As the UK government just announced it is considering Road Usage Charging (RUC) as a funding solution for its road network, RUC schemes are being pushed ahead around the world. In the US, Asia, Africa and Oceania, electronic tolling is becoming crucial to bridge financing gaps and substitute declining gas tax receipts.
Wellory, a startup that bills itself as taking an "anti-diet approach" to nutrition and wellness, is announcing that it has raised $4.2 million in funding. The round was led by Story Ventures, with participation from Harlem Capital, Tinder co-founders Sean Rad and Justin Mateen, Ground Up Ventures, NBA Player Wayne Ellington, Hannah Bronfman and others. Wellory founder and CEO Emily Hochman (who was previously the head of customer success at WayUp) told me that she struggled with dieting in college, to the point where she was risking chronic illness and infertility.