At a press conference, Tecpar Director Jorge Callado said they were still waiting for Russia to send in its phase 1 and 2 vaccine test results, and that their understanding is they are still conducting phase 3 trials.He added that Parana would likely participate in the phase 3 testing, subject to Anvisa authorization.Russian ambassador Sergey Akopov, speaking from Brasilia at the videoconference signing of the MOU, said the purpose of the partnership with Paraná state was “to assist each other in developing, testing and eventually producing the vaccine.”The Russian embassy has also had discussions with the state of Bahia about a similar memorandum of understanding.The grandmother of Brazil’s first lady Michelle Bolsonaro died of coronavirus, the government of Brasilia said. President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus last month but has recovered.Sao Paulo state Governor Joao Doria and his wife also announced Wednesday that they had tested positive for coronavirus.Brazil has the world’s worse coronavirus outbreak after the United States, with over 3,164,785 confirmed cases and 104,201 deaths as of Wednesday. A Brazilian technology institute said on Wednesday it expects to produce a controversial coronavirus Russian vaccine by the second half of 2021, shortly after the state of Parana signed a memorandum of understanding with Moscow.Russia has touted it as the world’s first registered coronavirus vaccine, although experts have also raised safety concerns for going to market while other pharmaceutical companies are still carrying out mass testing.Paraná’s Technology Institute, known as Tecpar, said it may import the vaccine earlier than the production date, if Brazil’s federal health regulator Anvisa allows. Tecpar signed the cooperation agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which said in a statement from Moscow that its goal was to “organize the production of the Sputnik V vaccine and its distribution in Brazil and other Latin American countries.”Brazilian public health experts and former senior regulatory officials said on Tuesday they had safety concerns about the vaccine, which has not passed the usual mass testing required of vaccinations.Brazil is conducting trials for several candidate coronavirus vaccines and the health ministry said on Wednesday it might buy more than the 100 million doses already planned for from AstraZeneca.The announcement comes after Brazil regulators allowed for testing a booster dose of the vaccine, which if successful would require twice the number of doses to help the same number of people. Topics :
Commenting further on the Cieco deal on Thursday, Verus CEO Curran said: “This transaction builds on our Boa oil field acquisition in 2017, and our acquisition of interests in the Alba oil field and the Babbage gas field earlier this year. The combined Alba, Babbage and Cieco acquisitions increase our net production to around 18,000 boepd.“The Western Isles development includes the Harris and Barra oil fields. Production has exceeded expectations since it started in November 2017 and is currently on plateau at in excess of 40,000 boepd, with an estimated field life of 15 years.The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2018.Offshore Energy Today Staff Verus Petroleum is set to buy Cieco Exploration & Production (UK) Limited, a subsidiary of ITOCHU Corporation for $400 million, adding to a recent spike in the North Sea M&A activity backed by private equity.The acquisition includes a 23.1% interest in the Western Isles Development Project, a 25.8% interest in the Hudson field, a 2.0% interest in the Brent Pipeline System, and a 1.2% interest in the Sullom Voe oil terminal.Verus said on Thursday the acquisition would add approximately 11,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) to Verus’s daily production. The acquired entity is an asset holding company and the transaction does not involve the transfer of any personnel.The transaction will be funded by a combination of equity, existing cash reserves and debt. Equity will be provided by HitecVision, the majority owner of Verus.Alan Curran, Chief Executive of Verus Petroleum commented: “Verus is pleased to have signed this SPA with ITOCHU, which is aligned with our strategy to expand our production base and cash flow through the acquisition of high quality production assets. We are delighted to acquire high-value barrels with the Western Isles production in particular having very low lifting costs and being a long-life asset with strong cash generation.Verus has recently been highlighted as part of new wave of privately backed oil firms has taken over the North Sea basin by storm spurring record M&A activity over the past few years.Wood Mackenzie last month said that equity commitments of $10 billion have helped fuel $12 billion in M&A in the North Sea since 2014. Another $13 billion could be invested in the North Sea, based on disclosed funding.As previously reported, Verus on April 30, 2018, announced multiple acquisitions -a 17 percent stake in the Alba field, a 47 percent interest in the Babbage gas field, and a 50 percent interest in the Cobra discovery.Production boost to 18Kbpd
A device worn like a backpack automatically records room dimensions, the location of HVAC equipment, and electrical sources as it’s carried through a building by a technician, greatly simplifying planning for energy upgrades, the website VPA reports.The Rapid Building Energy Modeler, or RAPMOD, was created by scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and its partners and is being developed by Baumann Consulting.The device needs a single pass through the building to create a three-dimensional model, giving engineers and architects information that ordinarily would take much longer to collect. The Berkeley Lab said that in field tests conducted at two West Coast hotels, a technician with a RAPMOD completed indoor mapping in two days, rather than the three months it had previously taken with manual scanning.In a video posted with the VPA report, Baumann engineer Annie Marston explains that the device records not only the geometry of the building, but the location of lights and electrical outlets and other features that architects would need to pay attention to before planning renovations and upgrades. A 3-D image produced from the recorded data includes an infrared image of each of the rooms and other information that can be transferred into an energy modeling program used to calculate where energy savings can be made.Developers say it also will be helpful for architectural design.Among the instruments in the RAPMOD are cameras, laser scanners, a barometer which measures height, and magnetometers that sense the location of metallic structures, the report says. The virtual map of the structure is accurate to within 10 centimeters (about 4 inches).The device now weighs about 33 lb., but developers are trying to reduce that to 22 lb. It costs $20,000.
Valencia president Anil Murthy has Twitter account hackedby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia president Anil Murthy has had his Twitter account hacked.After being forced to apologise on behalf of Peter Lim to the Valencia squad for Marcelino’s sacking, his Twitter account was hacked on Wednesday night.Murthy managed to regain control of his account, stating that he’d been hacked and had deleted the previous two posts.The club president has been at the centre of the Marcelino sacking, but insists that the team need to keep moving forward.”This season we’re going to keep working to make the club improve,” he said.”On Sunday, we play at Mestalla against Leganes.”We’re calm right now, we have a new coach and the confidence of the team is in their coach.”We’re going to fight again this season to fulfil the objectives that this club deserves.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Here in Canada, sales of new vinyl albums are ahead by 29 per cent over 2017 (over-indexing the global average), which translates into sales of 674,000 units so far. That’s still tiny compared to the 5.5 million CDs sold across the country this year, but only a fool would ignore vinyl’s 12-year run tearing up the marketplace.Fantastic, right? Yes, but this spike in demand created production bottlenecks. During vinyl’s near-death experience, most plants closed. The ones that still existed were using ancient equipment for which it was hard to source parts. Labels were waiting up to a year to have their orders filled. And let’s not even talk about indie acts who could only afford small production runs.Enter Viryl Technologies of Toronto, which has been online for a couple of years now. Tucked in an industrial area of Etobicoke, Viryl is not only in the business of pressing records, but they’re also manufacturing new pressing equipment for export worldwide. Viryl is one of just two companies in the world (the other is in Sweden) designing and manufacturing new, state-of-the-art record pressing machines.A couple of years ago, the company had one clunky machine operating at a slow but steady pace. Now two brand new machines — both designed and built in-house — are in almost constant operation. And the export business is great.Viryl ships between two and five of their bespoke pressing units each month, each costing an average of US$200,000. The factory warehouse at the back of the building contains machines in various states of manufacture, destined for places as far-flung as Taiwan and Australia. At any one time, there is about $2.5 million of inventory on hand. And much of the technology that goes into these new machines is proprietary (i.e. patented) to Viryl.Not only is Viryl improving on existing vinyl pressing technology, but the company is also deeply involved in new upcoming HD-Vinyl technology, which will see master stampers cut by a laser. Because this new method cuts grooves with much greater precision than their ancient Neumann cutter built in East Germany in 1971 …… playing time will increase from 22 minutes to 30 minutes per side. More accurate groups should also lead to better-sounding records. And the best news? Everything will be 100 per cent backwards compatible with every turntable made over the last 60 years. Jack White’s Third Man Records is already on board with Viryl.Viryl’s biggest product is their WarmTone automatic pressing machines, which can crank out 200 copies an hour. Need a 7-inch or 12-inch single instead of an LP? No problem. The adjustment can be made in seconds.But sometimes you need a personal touch. Viryl also has a manual press that can be used to make special orders such as weird coloured vinyl. An adept operator can press at least 75 records an hour.I thought I’d give it a try.How high can Viryl grow? It’s hard to say, but as long as the demand for new vinyl records continues, future business looks solid.By Alan Cross – Global NewsAlan Cross is a broadcaster with Q107 and 102.1 the Edge and a commentator for Global News. Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: By the end of 2007, the popularity of vinyl records had plunged so low that it was barely worth gathering sales numbers. The only thing keeping the format alive was the brisk trade in used records by obsessive collectors, an infinitesimally tiny number of reactionary-minded releases from artists like Pearl Jam and The White Stripes, along with an even smaller number of 12-inch singles treasured by old-school DJs.Depressed by their prospects, a group of independent record store owners in Baltimore got together to brainstorm ideas on how to save their struggling businesses. These discussions resulted in the creation of Record Store Day, the annual worldwide celebration of record store culture.What followed was a remarkable turnaround in vinyl’s fortunes. Stimulated by this modest proposal, the left-for-dead format began a still-uninterrupted run of year-over-year, double-digit sales growth around the world.
OSHAWA, Ont. — Unionized workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa, Ontario, are holding another sit-down protest over the planned closure of the facility that would lead to the loss of 3,000 jobs.The union confirmed Wednesday’s work stoppage following an earlier protest Tuesday.Unifor president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but were turned down.The union suggestions included extending the life of the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS produced at the plant or shifting production slated for Mexico to the plant. GM says they’re not economically viable.GM announced in November it would cut up to 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure.The Associated Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On Thursday morning, after three weeks since its submission, Premier John Horgan will be releasing the findings from the Caribou Recovery Program’s Socio-Economic Impact Report.The report, prepared and submitted by Blaire Lekstrom, looks at the socio-economic impact that the Caribou Recovery Program could have on communities within the Peace River Regional District.While Lekstrom cannot comment on the content within the report, before the Premier’s official release, he does say that people were sharing their views respectfully during the meetings for this report. “People were tremendous, they brought their views forward, everybody was respectful, and moving ahead, I think that people share the same concerns.”Lekstrom submitted his report on May 27, prior to the May 31 deadline.In April, Lekstrom was appointed as Community Liaison to meet with community members to discuss the draft partnership agreements on caribou recovery following the Government’s announcement to extend the deadline to May 31.
New Delhi: If Pakistan was sincere in tackling terror, then it should at least hand over to India Dawood Ibrahim, Sayeed Salahudeen and other terrorists who are Indian citizens and residing in that country, government sources said Saturday. They said Pakistan has failed to take any credible action against Jaish-e-Mohammed and other terror groups even after the dastardly Pulwama attack. If Pakistan really wants to send a message that it was serious about addressing India’s concerns over terrorism, then it should hand over Dawood, Salahudeen and other terrorists who are Indians, the sources said. Referring to actions by Pakistan such as holding ceratin terrorists in preventive custody, the sources said India considered them to be cosmetic. Cosmetic action will not cut any ice. India has been asking Pakistan to hand over Dawood, Salahudeen and several other terrorists who are wanted in India in connection with a series of terror attacks. The sources said India has shared various key details such as coordinates of terror groups operating from Pakistan soil to Islamabad which can be verified by a third country. After the Pulwama terror attack, India has mounted a diplomatic offensive to corner Pakistan internationally on the issue of terrorism. India has been pressing for concrete and verifiable action by Pakistan against terror groups operating from Pakistani soil. Tension between the two nuclear-armed neighbours escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack and subsequent aerial strike by India on a training camp of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Balakot on February 26. Pakistan retaliated the strike next day by unsuccessfully attempting to target Indian military installations. The JeM claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack.
Bengaluru: Umpiring howlers refuse to end in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League, and on Wednesday night umpire Shamshuddin was in the spotlight. He forgot where he kept the ball at the end of the 13th over of the RCB innings as players headed for a strategic break during the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab face off. Resuming the game after the second strategic break, KXIP skipper R. Ashwin and Ankit Rajpoot could not find the ball even as AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis waited for the game to get underway. Ashwin walked up to Shamshuddin, but even he couldn’t track the ball. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhPlay was halted as Bruce Oxenford joined the scene and the fourth umpire rushed onto the field with a new box of balls. But television replays showed that Shamshuddin had put the ball in his pocket before the players headed for the strategic break at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. The confusion left AB de Villiers in splits and what followed was an onslaught from the former Proteas skipper as RCB beat KXIP by 17 runs. Speaking after the game, ABD said that he was only looking to stay calm and not get rattled by the situation. While his innings and the partnership with Stoinis was the game changer, de Villiers also praised the RCB bowlers for putting up a good show as it was relatively easy to bat in the second innings. “I tried to stay calm in the last few overs. It is not easy always, the game is happening at a rapid pace. We know our home ground very well, it hasn’t been a great hunting ground for us to start with but we are turning things around now. And we are doing things well. We are doing good as a team. I still think 160 was a par score but it gets easier in the second innings. Our bowlers executed their plans to perfection in the end,” he smiled. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterMeanwhile, Ashwin said there were quite a few moments in the match which if they had grabbed, the result could have been different from how it panned out — a 17-run loss for KXIP. “There can be so many places where I thought we lost the game, but honestly in a T20 game it’s all about winning those pressure moments which we have not been able to win in the last few games. If we had actually held onto those crunch moments, we might have had a couple of more points or probably four points but that’s that, we weren’t able to close it out and we got some experience in the middle order, but couldn’t really close it out in the crucial moments today,” he explained. Ashwin pointed at how RCB have managed to now win 4 out of 5 games and said that one win can now suddenly change the course even for KXIP and they too can get on a roll here. “It’s all about getting one win together and we can get on a roll like RCB won three in a row now, so it’s all about getting one win and then we go back home and then we probably try to win a couple on the trot,” he said.