Turkish GP: Max Verstappen fastest in wet and wild final practice

first_imgMax Verstappen fastest as heavy rain falls at Istanbul Park circuit which was described as an “ice rink”, even in the dry; Charles Leclerc second, Lewis Hamilton fails to set a time; Watch qualifying live on Sky Sports F1 at 12pm By Matt MorlidgeLast Updated: 14/11/20 10:05am – Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Carlos Sainz struggled to adjust to the wet conditions at Istanbul Park as the McLaren driver spun out at the second turn during final practice. – Advertisement – 0:33 Carlos Sainz struggled to adjust to the wet conditions at Istanbul Park as the McLaren driver spun out at the second turn during final practice. Max Verstappen set the pace in difficult wet conditions in Turkish GP final practice as heavy rainfall gave drivers even more problems on an “ice rink” of an Istanbul Park circuit that was already low on grip.The rain started on Saturday morning and got heavier through Practice Three, with Verstappen’s fastest time of a 1:48.485 coming on intermediate tyres in the Red Bull, almost a second clear of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc.Lewis Hamilton, who completed only three laps on full wet tyres and failed to set a time, said “this is as close to driving on ice as you can get” during a session that featured spins and drifts aplenty.Water on a track which was described as “terrifying” even in dry conditions on Friday, was the last thing many drivers wanted and conditions got so bad towards the end of P3 that most decided to stay in the garage.There is, however, expected to be a break in the showers before qualifying, where an unpredictable shootout is in store.Qualifying is live on Sky Sports F1 at 12pm, with build-up at 11am.More to follow.last_img read more

Emergent garners $29 million for new anthrax vaccine

first_img Sep 9 CIDRAP News story “HHS funds work on new anthrax antitoxin” Sep 26, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Emergent BioSolutions announced today that it has received a $29.7 million contract from the federal government to continue work on another of its next-generation anthrax vaccine candidates. A next-generation anthrax vaccine would help the US military more easily inoculate troops. Soldiers in high-risk areas such as the Middle East typically receive six doses of BioThrax over 18 months, followed by annual boosters. The military has said a next-generation anthrax vaccine should ideally require fewer doses and have fewer side effects. Daniel J. Abdun-Nabi, Emergent’s president and chief operating officer, said in the statement that the grant is encouraged by federal support for its AV7909 anthrax vaccine candidate. “We look forward to continuing to work with the US government to advance all aspects of AV7909, as it pursues a multi-prong approach in responding to the ongoing threat of bioterrorism,” he said. On Sep 3, Emergent announced that it had won a $24.3 million federal contract for an anthrax monoclonal antibody treatment called AVP-21D9. In its statement today the company said it was also developing a polyclonal anthrax immunoglobulin candidate for intravenous treatment for patients who have anthrax infections. Emergent’s AV7909 anthrax vaccine consists of BioThrax (also known as Anthrax Vaccine Adsorbed), plus an adjuvant called CPG 7909, licensed from Pfizer, Inc. A clinical trial of CPG 7909 added to BioThrax showed that anti-protective antigen (PA) titers increased sixfold and reduced the time to peak response from 6 weeks to 3 weeks compared with BioThrax alone, Emergent said in its statement. Also, the two doses of AV7909 elicited the same anti-PA antibody levels as three doses of BioThrax.center_img See also: Sep 26 Emergent BioSolutions press release Of the 3-year contract, $24.9 million will cover the manufacturing of clinical lots, nonclinical safety and efficacy studies, and stability studies to determine if the vaccine can be stored without refrigeration, which is a key requirement for the new vaccine, Emergent said. The remaining $4.8 million would fund a phase 1 clinical trial if the company and the government exercise that option. Emergent, based in Rockville, Md., announced the contract from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in a press release today. The company makes BioThrax, the nation’s only licensed anthrax vaccine, and is also developing a recombinant anthrax vaccine and an anthrax monoclonal antibody to block the anthrax toxin.last_img read more

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Home work triggers demand jump for chips, laptops and network goods

first_imgAustralian electronics retailer JB Hifi Ltd also said it saw demand “acceleration” in recent weeks from both commercial and retail customers for “essential products they need to respond to and prepare” for the virus, such as devices that support remote working as well as home appliances.China leadChina is leading chip demand, analysts said, as cloud service providers such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc quickly responded to the government’s effort to contain the virus.”Cloud companies opened their platforms, allowing new and existing customers to use more resources for free to help maintain operations,” said analyst Yih Khai Wong at Canalys.”This set the precedent for technology companies around the world that offer cloud-based services in their response to helping organizations affected by coronavirus.”China’s cloud infrastructure build-up has helped push up chip prices, with spot prices of DRAM chips rising more than 6% since Feb. 20, showed data from price tracker DRAMeXchange.UBS last week forecast average contract prices of DRAM chips to rise as much as 10% in the second quarter from the first, led by a more than 20% jump in server chips.It said it expects DRAM chips to be modestly under supplied until the third quarter of 2021, with demand from server customers rising 31% both in 2020 and 2021.Supply disruption Concerns over supply disruption has also contributed to a price rise.”You’ve got lots of OEMs and systems integrators in the global market who have intense demand for memory now,” said Andrew Perlmutter, chief strategy officer at ITRenew, a company that buys and reworks used data center equipment for resale.”Nobody is shutting down their factories – it is still production as normal – but people worry about memory supply in particular, so they want to get out ahead of production.”About 69% of electronics manufacturers have flagged possible supplier delays averaging three weeks, showed a poll on March 13 by industry trade group IPC International.Half of those polled expected business to normalize by July, and nearly three-quarters pointed to at least October. Topics : Pointing to further demand, nearly one in three Americans have been ordered to stay home, while Italy – where deaths have hit 5,476 – has banned internal travel. Worldwide, the flu-like virus has infected over 300,000 people and led to almost 15,000 deaths since China first reported the outbreak in December.”With more people working and learning from home during the outbreak, there has been rising demand for internet services … meaning data centers need bigger pipes to carry the traffic,” said analyst Park Sung-soon at Cape Investment & Securities.A South Korean trade ministry official told Reuters that cloud computing has boosted sales of server chips, “while an increase in telecommuting in the United States and China has also been a main driver of huge server demand.”In Japan, laptop maker Dynabook reported brisk demand which it partly attributed to companies encouraging teleworking. Rival NEC Corp said it has responded to demand with telework-friendly features such as more powerful embedded speakers.center_img With more employees working from home to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, demand is surging for laptops and network peripherals as well as components along the supply chain such as chips, as companies rush to build virtual offices.Many firms have withdrawn earnings forecasts, anticipating a drop in consumer demand and economic slump, but performance at electronics retailers and chipmakers is hinting at benefits from the shift in work culture.Over the past month, governments and companies globally have been advising people to stay safe indoors. Over roughly the same period, South Korea – home of the world’s biggest memory chip maker, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd – on Monday reported a 20% jump in semiconductor exports.last_img read more

Swiss first-pillar fund AHV hit by poor fixed income returns

first_imgSwitzerland’s CHF30bn (€24.4bn) first-pillar pension fund AHV has returned 2.8% over the course of 2013, performing well below the Swiss national average of 6%. Explaining the results, Marco Netzer, chairman of the board, pointed out that the fund had been compelled to invest “a large part of its assets” in fixed income due to the social fund’s low-risk profile.AHV also manages money for invalidity compensation scheme IV (CHF4.7bn) and EO, the scheme for people in military service or on maternity leave (CHF600m).As per year-end 2013, the fund had 52% in bonds, mostly domestic, another 13% in loans and 26% in equities. The remainder was invested in real estate (5%) and commodities (2%).“Unlike in previous years, these fixed income investments contributed negatively to the performance, while equities achieved a two-digit return,” Netzer said.To better cope with the duration risk in the fixed income segment of its portfolio, the AHV has added a “cash” position to support its duration risk overlay, he said.This will be kept in place for 2014 – other possible changes to the asset allocation will be published “later in the year”.“In the scope of a possible further diversification of the portfolio despite the extensive need for liquidity, we have started an analysis and a specific project,” Netzer said.He also pointed out that the AHV and its subfunds had changed their name to ‘compenswiss’ to better reflect their multi-lingual participants, as AHV/IV/EO are abbreviations in German.Analysts have warned of financing problems for the first-pillar fund in the coming decades due to demographic developments and government plans to increase the VAT in order to increase contributions to the AHV under its Altersvorsorge 2020 proposal. Towers Watson, meanwhile, has published the results of a survey among Swiss company executives, most of which fear that their companies’ pension plans are “not fit for 2020”.Almost half of survey respondents said their pension plans would require adjustments in the near future, and nearly all acknowledged that this would entail higher costs.Around one-third cited demographic changes as the major challenge for the second pillar over the next decade.last_img read more

Two Classes in America, Divided by ‘I Do’

first_imgNew York Times 14 July 2012….The economic storms of recent years have raised concerns about growing inequality and questions about a core national faith, that even Americans of humble backgrounds have a good chance of getting ahead. Most of the discussion has focused on labor market forces like falling blue-collar wages and lavish Wall Street pay.But striking changes in family structure have also broadened income gaps and posed new barriers to upward mobility. College-educated Americans like the Faulkners are increasingly likely to marry one another, compounding their growing advantages in pay. Less-educated women like Ms. Schairer, who left college without finishing her degree, are growing less likely to marry at all, raising children on pinched paychecks that come in ones, not twos.Estimates vary widely, but scholars have said that changes in marriage patterns — as opposed to changes in individual earnings — may account for as much as 40 percent of the growth in certain measures of inequality. Long a nation of economic extremes, the United States is also becoming a society of family haves and family have-nots, with marriage and its rewards evermore confined to the fortunate classes.“It is the privileged Americans who are marrying, and marrying helps them stay privileged,” said Andrew Cherlin, a sociologist at Johns Hopkins University.About 41 percent of births in the United States occur outside marriage, up sharply from 17 percent three decades ago. But equally sharp are the educational divides, according to an analysis by Child Trends, a Washington research group. Less than 10 percent of the births to college-educated women occur outside marriage, while for women with high school degrees or less the figure is nearly 60 percent.Long concentrated among minorities, motherhood outside marriage now varies by class about as much as it does by race. It is growing fastest in the lower reaches of the white middle class — among women like Ms. Schairer who have some postsecondary schooling but no four-year degree.While many children of single mothers flourish (two of the last three presidents had mothers who were single during part of their childhood), a large body of research shows that they are more likely than similar children with married parents to experience childhood poverty, act up in class, become teenage parents and drop out of school.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/15/us/two-classes-in-america-divided-by-i-do.html?pagewanted=alllast_img read more

New Study: How Fear Drives People to Choose Death

first_imgCBN News 10 June 2017Family First Comment: Polls that support euthanasia are based on ‘intolerable pain’ but as this research – one of many – shows, that’s not the motivating factor for wanting assisted suicide…“Those who received (assisted suicide) tended to be white and relatively affluent and indicated that loss of autonomy was the primary reason for their request,” the report states. “Other common reasons included the wish to avoid burdening others or losing dignity and the intolerability of not being able to enjoy one’s life. Few patients cited inadequate control of pain or other symptoms.”www.rejectassistedsuicide.org.nzPatients who choose euthanasia are most often motivated by the fear of losing control or being a burden to others, not pain, according to a new study.The Toronto-based study published in the New England Journal of Medicine comes after Canada legalized euthanasia last summer. Since then, hundreds have reportedly opted for Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID).The study analyzed patients from four hospitals participating in MAID and concluded fear of losing control is a leading factor when people want to die.“Those who received MAID tended to be white and relatively affluent and indicated that loss of autonomy was the primary reason for their request,” the report states. “Other common reasons included the wish to avoid burdening others or losing dignity and the intolerability of not being able to enjoy one’s life. Few patients cited inadequate control of pain or other symptoms.”Researcher Madeline Li told The Washington Post that the results of the study shocked her.“They are mostly educated and affluent—people who are used to being successful and in control of their lives, and it’s how they want their death to be,” Li said. She used the example of a patient who was once a marathon runner before being bedridden from cancer. “That was not how she saw her identity,” Li said.READ MORE: http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/health/2017/june/how-fear-drives-people-to-choose-deathIt’s not pain but ‘existential distress’ that leads people to assisted suicide, study suggestsWashington Post 26 May 2017A few decades ago, doctor-assisted suicide was considered a fringe idea despite surveys showing many physicians supported the idea under certain circumstances. The face of euthanasia at that time was Jack Kevorkian, a Michigan pathologist nicknamed “Dr. Death.” By his own admission, he helped 130 people end their lives. He was convicted of homicide and served eight years in prison.While doctor-assisted suicide remains a polarizing issue, some countries and states have begun to accept it. Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland have legalized voluntary euthanasia. In 2016, Canada legalized “medically assisted death.” Australia, France, South Africa and the United Kingdom are considering similar measures.In the United States in 2014, the story of Brittany Maynard — a 29-year-old California woman with a brain tumor who wanted to end her life but had to travel to Oregon to do so — led to an outpouring of support and sympathy on social media. Six states, including California, now allow some form of medical aid in dying.Allowing assisted dying to come into the open has helped us gain insights about one of the most fundamental questions of our existence: Where do humans draw the line between choosing life and choosing death?But a study released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests the answers may be surprising: The reasons patients gave for wanting to end their lives had more to do with psychological suffering than physical suffering.READ MORE: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2017/05/24/its-not-pain-but-existential-distress-that-leads-people-to-assisted-suicide-study-suggests/?utm_term=.4a1e5b3dea2alast_img read more

Court delayed by defendant’s absence

first_img Sharing is caring! 9 Views no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Court delayed by defendant’s absence by: – July 3, 2012 Court gavel. Photo credit: kirtok.comA young man of Portsmouth may be the first to have the high court wait on him.Stebin Valentine, who is on trial for manslaughter of Charlesworth Christopher junior of Portsmouth, failed to attend court sitting on Tuesday.The trial was adjourned on Monday afternoon after four witnesses had testified on behalf of the state.Valentine, who is currently on bail, was involved in a vehicular accident earlier this year in which he sustained injuries to his leg.As a result of these injuries, he had to be assisted to court on Monday by police officers as he requires crutches to walk. During the trial he alternated between standing and sitting with his leg on a chair.On Tuesday morning, court officials including Justice Birnie Stephenson Brooks, jury, Director of Public Prosecution, Gene Pestaina and Valentine’s lawyer, Dawn Yearwood Stuart were present and ready to continue with the trial when Stuart noted the absence of her client.Police officer Alvin Bazil who is attached to the DPP’s office reported that he went to the defendant’s home in an effort to assist him to court, but he was told that he had gone to “throw rubbish”.His surety, Young Magloire, who was in court, is reportedly assisting in locating him.Justice Brooks stood down the hearing, stating that, “we will wait until he comes”.Valentine’s mother was not present in court either. His bail could be revoked with a view to ensure his attendance and punctuality for the rest of the trial. Dominica Vibes News Tweetlast_img read more

Addison storms to Off Road feature win

first_imgBy Randy Pospishilsports@norfolkdailynews.comNORFOLK, Neb. (June 10) – Justin Addison picked up his second Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod win at Off Road Speedway this season, when the Summer Storm Dirt Series made its return to Norfolk.The victory came in wire-to-wire fashion ahead of Nelson Vollbrecht and Jeremy Gnat.Ramsey Meyer extended his consecutive Mach-1 Sport Compact win streak at Off Road Speed­way to six victories in six features by again moving quickly through traffic to attain the lead two laps into the 12-lap feature and staying there.In the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Cameron Wilkinson used his front row-outside position to his advantage to get to the front, then overcame two cautions to hold off Saul Hernandez for his first local checkers of 2017.Misfortune in the form of a flat tire with two laps remaining cost Jason Wilkinson a win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature but benefited Chad Bruns, who picked up his third win of the sea­son at Off Road Speedway in a green, white, checkered finish.last_img read more

Hancock County Special Olympians

first_img Fenceviewer Staff Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Several athletes who are program participants with Downeast Horizons competed recently in the Penobscot Area Basketball Special Olympics at the University of Maine in Orono. {gallery}olympic{/gallery} Among the participants were Jeff Mason of Ellsworth, who placed first in the individual skills category, and Ben Graves of Brooklin, Tia Springer of Bangor, Gary Ray of Ellsworth and Michael Rich of Trenton. Graves and Springer were part of a team that placed fourth in the five-on-five competition. Other individual skills award winners included Linda Mathis of Ellsworth, who placed second, and Michael Petros of Ellsworth, who placed seventh.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 Bio Latest Posts Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014last_img read more