Citing sources close to the German government, Die Welt newspaper had previously reported that Trump had offered “a billion dollars” to secure research into a vaccine by German biotech firm CureVac “only for the United States”.”Germany is not for sale,” economy minister Peter Altmaier told broadcaster ARD on Sunday, reacting to the report.At a news conference, interior minister Horst Seehofer was asked to confirm the attempts to court the German company.”I can only say that I have heard several times today from government officials today that this is the case, and we will be discussing it in the crisis committee tomorrow,” he said. Germany’s foreign minister said Monday the rights to coronavirus vaccine research were not for sale, following reports Donald Trump wanted the US to buy exclusive access to a potential vaccine developed by a German biotech firm.The comments, made in an interview to media group Funke, come as scientists raced to develop a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus that has killed some 6,000 people, seen millions placed under lockdown and devastated global markets.”German researchers play a leading role in drug and vaccine development and we cannot allow others to seek exclusive results,” Heiko Maas told Funke. CureVac said in a statement Sunday that it “abstains from commenting on speculations and rejects allegations about offers for acquisition of the company or its technology”.The report prompted fury in Berlin.”International cooperation is important now, not national self-interest,” said Erwin Rueddel, a conservative lawmaker on the German parliament’s health committee. A US official told AFP Sunday that the report was “wildly overplayed”.”The US government has spoken with many [more than 25] companies that claim they can help with a vaccine. Most of these companies already received seed funding from US investors.”The official also denied that the US was seeking to keep any potential vaccine for itself.”We will continue to talk to any company that claims to be able to help. And any solution found would be shared with the world.”CureVac, founded in 2000, is based in the German state of Thuringia, and has other sites in Frankfurt and Boston.The firm markets itself as specialising in “development of treatments against cancer, antibody-based therapies, treatment of rare illnesses and prophylactic vaccines”.The lab is currently working in tandem with the Paul-Ehrlich Institute, linked to the German health ministry. Last week, the firm mysteriously announced that CEO Daniel Menichella had been replaced by Ingmar Hoerr, just weeks after Menichella met with Trump, his vice president Mike Pence and representatives of pharma companies in Washington.”We are very confident that we will be able to develop a potent vaccine candidate within a few months,” CureVac quoted Menichella as saying on its website shortly after the visit.On Sunday, CureVac investors said that they would not sell the vaccine to a single state. “If we are successful in developing an effective vaccine, then it should help and protect people across the world,” said Dietmar Hopp, head of principal investor dievini Hopp Biotech Holding, in a statement.Economy minister Altmaier welcomed the statement, saying it was a “fantastic decision”.He also pointed out that the government has the power to scrutinise foreign takeovers, saying that “where important infrastructure and national and European interests are concerned, we will take action if we have to.”Topics : read more

first_imgThe government aims to complete this year a study into replacing several aging fossil fuel-fired plants with renewable energy plants as it races against time to catch up with its green goals.The study, which began in January, not only includes mapping potential renewable sources but also future growth in targeted regions, the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s director general for electrification, Rida Mulyana, said on Monday. It is being conducted by state-owned electricity company PLN as the operator of the aging plants.”We are still gathering data right now,” said Rida, who is also a PLN commissioner. “There are a lot of plants and they are quite spread out. We can’t study them randomly, but this has to be done one by one. This needs time.” Energy Minister Arifin Tasrif first publicly announced the replacement plan in January. He said the government’s purpose was to simultaneously “supply energy at competitive prices” and chase Indonesia’s renewable energy commitments. “We are still conducting the assessment. We hope to finish as soon as possible,” PLN deputy president director Darmawan Prasodjo told The Jakarta Post on March 6.Read also: Indonesia plans to fuel all diesel power plants with CPO within two yearsIndonesia also has 23 coal-fired power plants (PLTU) that over 20 years old and 46 combined-cycle power plants (PLGU) of similar ages. The former have a combined capacity of 5,655 MW and the latter 5,912 MW. Most of these aging plants are located on Java Island.In comparison, PLN’s total installed capacity is 42,350 MW as of December last year, according to government data.Arifin has repeatedly said that Indonesia’s regions should use locally available energy sources, particularly renewables, instead of solely relying on fossil fuels. His statement reflects a principle enshrined in the country’s 2007 Energy Law.However, Indonesia’s largest electricity company, PLN, is also constantly being pushed by the government to sell electricity as cheaply as possible for the benefit of low-income households and major industries.The government imposes price limits for PLN electricity through Energy Ministerial Regulation No. 28/2016 on electricity tariffs. Such limits force PLN to invest in fossil fuel-fired power plants, whose fuel is kept at below-market prices through other regulations.Read also: Coal miner builds solar power plants to provide electricity in remote areasThe government’s Domestic Market Obligation (DMO) policy requires coal miners to sell one-fourth of their production domestically at US$70 per ton. The government is also allocating Rp 18.7 trillion ($1.18 billion) for fuel subsidies this year.“PLN has the target of selling the cheapest electricity in ASEAN,” said PLN’s strategic procurement director 1, Inten Sripeni Cahyani, in December last year when she served as the company’s acting president director.According to PLN data, the electricity company sells household electricity at an average of Rp 1,467 per kilowatt-hour (KwH). The tariff is the second-lowest in Southeast Asia after Malaysia, which sells at Rp 1,286 per KwH.Topics : Indonesia has 2,246 diesel-fired power plants (PLTD) that are over 15 years old, 16.2 percent of which are in Aceh, ministry data shows. These plants have a combined installed capacity of 1,778 megawatts (MW).“At the end of the day, it’s a question of how much efficiency can we achieve,” Rida added.Read also: Government issues regulation to jumpstart stalled renewable energy projectsSoutheast Asia’s largest economy aims to make renewables contribute 23 percent to its power production by 2025, yet regulatory headwinds are setting the country back from achieving the goal. Existing regulations stipulate that Indonesia should have reached a 17.5 percent renewable power mix by 2019, yet the country achieved only 12.36 percent that year.last_img read more

first_img Yorkshire’s Sue Johnson, who was one of the first Presidents of England Golf, has been made an OBE for services to golf in the New Year Honours list. “This is a very great honour,” said Sue, who has held prominent positions within golf at national, county and club level. “I must be very lucky to be honoured for doing something which has given me the greatest pleasure.” For many years Sue was closely involved with the administration of women’s golf, but when England Golf was formed in 2012 she became joint President of the new organisation, alongside Lincolnshire’s Paul Baxter. England Golf was formed by the merger of the men’s and women’s governing bodies and Sue commented at the time: “This is history in the making and we are privileged to be part of it. Through our roles as President we can help to bring men and women golfers together as members of one, united and successful organisation.” Since then, she has also become the first woman to be President of Huddersfield Golf Club and is currently in the second year of her term of office. But she insists: “I’m not a trailblazer. I’ve just been in the right place at the right time – and I can’t say ‘No’!” Sue began her career in golf administration in Yorkshire and went on to represent the county on the English Ladies’ (later Women’s) Golf Association. She was chairman of the association in 1987 and then started a six-year term on the Ladies’ Golf Union (LGU), which she chaired in 1994. Sue was the LGU President from 2001-03, has also been captain and president of Yorkshire and is a life vice-president of both bodies. During her time with the LGU she was involved with running the Commonwealth Tournament, now the Astor Trophy, and the Curtis Cup, when it was held at Royal Liverpool and won by Great Britain & Ireland. She has been a single figure golfer for most of her life and played for the Yorkshire second team, saying: “I’ve never been a top golfer but I have had such pleasure from the game and met so many wonderful people.” Sue was introduced to the game by her husband, Peter, and their elder son, Paul, is also a golfer and is a past captain of Huddersfield Golf Club. Their other son, Dan, represented Great Britain in wheelchair basketball in three Paralympic Games and their daughter, Jill, played hockey for England before making her home in France. Sue has four grandchildren. Image © Linda Whitwam 30 Dec 2014 New Year Honour for England Golf’s Sue Johnson last_img read more

first_imgLike many other events this year, Raid the North Extreme was impacted by the heavy snowfall and late spring.“With 150% snowfall this year and the late melt, we had to make some last minute changes to the course just to deal with trails that were still under snow and check points along the water that were 100 meters off where they should be because the water’s so much higher,” said Race Director Geoff Langford. Even with course alterations, teams struggled with the terrain.“There was so much more water and snow than anticipated that it really slowed a lot of teams down. Because of all the moisture, bush has grown in heavier, there’s more deadfall that hasn’t been cleared yet…it slowed a lot of teams down for sure.”The NewZealand/Canadian team was awarded first place, while second went to Canadian team Wild Rose, and American team DART-Nuun-SportMulti placed third.Local team Kootenay Kaos did not finish the course on time.“The finish rate was a little lower than usual. We usually get half the teams finishing, and this year it was about a third.”Overall, the feedback from racers has been really positive, and for many teams, the terrain was more than they anticipated.“They love the area. Most of them were a little surprised at how rugged it was. They got to enjoy over 100 000 feet of elevation gained and lost throughout the week. Most teams weren’t really prepared for it. It surprised them and challenged them, and blew them away.” Geoff Langford, Race Director and Course Designer, has organized the race since its inauguration in 1999 and mixed business with pleasure in order to focus on the 2011 race. “I was moving personally to somewhere that I wanted to live, and I wanted to put on this race wherever that was. From past visits to the area and knowing the region, I decided this was the best place in Canada to put on a race and into live. I love it here.” Previous versions of the race have been held from Newfoundland to the Yukon. The Kootenays presented its own set of unique challenges.  “The biggest challenge was actually selecting what to include in the race course. There was just so many challenging areas, so many highlights, so many cool things I wanted to include that it was more work to pick out what I wanted to use. Usually I’m just trying to find enough!” Typically friendly locals were reluctant to help with course design while guarding their secret wilderness hideouts and mountain sweet spots. “It was an interesting process putting it together.Asking locals ‘what are the great spots, what are the hidden gems, what are the secret, cool spots…’ People aren’t that keen to share that stuff. I had to discover a lot of it for myself.”Langford persevered with the course design and chose landmarks and locations that were highlights for all the teams from start to finish.They started on Meadow Mountain and “when you’re standing in that meadow up there you get a 270 degree view of snow-capped mountains. It’s breathtaking, and I think it really set the pace for what they expected for the rest of the race.”“They got to bike the Seven Summits, which I think was a real highlight for most of them.  Trekking through Valhalla Park was definitely the highlight for everyone. Not a lot of locals even manage to get there.” Although Raid the North is the marquee event for Frontier Adventure Sports & Training, the company offers eight, 12, and 36 hour adventure races throughout the country. The next race is 12 hours through the Muskoka wilderness in Ontario.Langford plans to continue to take advantage of the Kootenay wilderness by offering an annual 36 hour race.“Over the next month or two we’ll be working with sponsors and see if we can pull it off. I’m pretty optimistic.”For more details on race coverage and Raid the North,visit the organization’s site.last_img read more

first_img– Moblissa farmer arrested for ganja found in homeA five-acre ganja cultivation with close to 10,000 plants was destroyed by ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in close proximity to 18 Miles, Ituni, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), in the wee hours of Saturday morning.Some of the 1113 grams of cannabis that Police ranks unearthed while executing a search of the house of a farmer from Moblissa, Region 10The plants, measuring from six (6) to eight (8) feet in height, were estimated to weigh 560 kilograms (kgs).Reports are that between 11:30h on Friday night and 12:00h on Saturday morning, policemen, who were acting on information, conducted a “drugs eradication exercise”.About four miles off of the road, the cannabis cultivation was discovered along with a ‘makeshift’ camp that had five (5) kgs of dry cannabis.The five-acre cannabis farm with close to 10,000 plants that was destroyed by fire during a Police eradication exercise at 18 Miles, Ituni, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice)According to the police, the dry cannabis along with the camp and the cannabis farm were all destroyed by fire. However, no arrest has been made up to press time in relation to this exercise.Meanwhile, on Saturday, a 53-year-old farmer of Moblissa Linden-Soesdyke Highway was arrested by Police after a quantity of ganja was found in his home.According to reports received, Police swooped down at the man’s residence and conducted a search, which led to the discovery of 1113 grams of cannabis. He is presently in Police custody and being processed for court.Region 10 has been identified as one of the top two locations in Guyana where several major cannabis busts and fields with cultivated marijuana were unearthed since the start of the year but much work is being done to curb the phenomenon.In the month of May, 10,000 ganga plants were destroyed during separate eradication exercises in Linden.Police had destroyed almost 7000 cannabis plants, ranging from two (2) to six (6) feet in height, at a seven 7-acre marijuana farm. These plants were estimated to weigh about 485 kilograms.Several ranks had conducted a raid at 11 Miles, off of the Ituni Main Road, Upper Demerara, where the discovery was made.At the time of the discovery, there was also a makeshift camp along with a quantity of kitchen utensils and foodstuff at that location. However, when the police arrived at that location, there was no one in sight.The farm was subsequently destroyed by fire. One day prior to this eradication exercise, ranks also made a similar discovery at the back of the Wisroc village, Wismar, Linden.Police acting on information ventured to that location where the one-and-a-half-acre marijuana farm was found. It is averaged that there were close 2500-3000 cannabis plants cultivated there ranging from one foot to six and a half feet.The police said that there was also a makeshift tent at that location comprising one hammock, a quantity of utensils, as well as green and dried suspected cannabis on the farm. The cannabis plants had an estimated weight of 250 kilograms and were also destroyed by fire.In both cases, each location was marked and samples were taken. No arrests were made.Earlier this year, former Head of the Police Narcotics Branch, Senior Superintendent Kurleigh Simon, who was promoted to the post of Police Commander, had told Guyana Times that the leading regions for cannabis cultivation since the commencement of 2019 have been identified as Linden in Region 10 and the Berbice River locations in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Simon said that in the first quarter of the year, the Police Narcotics Branch had already completed in excess of 15 eradication exercises in Berbice, and these were done in more than 30 fields where marijuana was being cultivated and harvested.last_img read more

first_imgRepublic of Ireland boss Noel King says Donegal soccer star Seamus Coleman has what it takes to remain as captain of the national soccer side.Seamus ColemanThe Killybegs man was given the captain’s armband for last week’s vital game against Germany.Coleman led by example with a gutsy display which saw him give everything despite his team being beaten 3-0. Robbie Keane is the regular captain but he was injured for the clash against Germany.But King says Coleman can be a different kind of captain and one which might suit the team going forward.“Put it this way, when we were out on our feet against Germany and you see your man (Coleman) running up and down on the overlap, going flying past Glen Whelan – that’s an inspiration.“Captains inspire and it doesn’t have to be by shouting. It can be by actions and Seamus is a good action man,” said King. King added that if the Donegal man continues to improve, he can become one of the great full-backs in Irish footballing history. COLEMAN CAN BECOME REPUBLIC OF IRELAND CAPTAIN – KING was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Noel KingRepublic of Irelandseamus colemanlast_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Field Crop Progress Stays Ahead of ScheduleCorn continued to see faster than average kernel development last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending August 12. Soybean pods were also filling faster than average due to timely rains and warmer than normal temperatures last week. Rapid corn and soybean development were accompanied by slight increases in good to excellent condition ratings for soybeans and pastures. Oats harvested moved closer to completion in between the rainfall and progress remained ahead of the 5-year average. Hay continued to be cut close to last year’s pace. Improving pasture condition lowered livestock stress.Take a look at the full report herelast_img read more


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first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp slammed as ‘arrogant’ after Leicester post-match interviewby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been accused of becoming arrogant after his Champions League success last season.The German was furious in his post-match interview after Saturday’s win over Leicester City, slamming Foxes midfielder Hamza Choudhury for his challenge on Mohamed Salah.Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan believes the comments were aggressive and that there has been a change in Klopp’s demeanour this season.”Is he becoming infected by the disease of arrogance?” Jordan asked on talkSPORT.”I’ve noticed a slight change in Jurgen Klopp, in the language and robustness of his position.”I thought his post-match interview was very brusque and irritable – and I know that journalists can drive you mad with ridiculous questions – in his explanation of Salah and what happened to him.”I didn’t see him complain about what Trent Alexander-Arnold had done to molest a player by dragging his studs down the back of his Achilles.”He was very aggressive and on the front foot about what happened to Salah.” last_img read more