LONDON: Britain will seek to start administering a Covid-19 vaccine before Christmas with the bulk of the rollout at the start of the new year, with life getting back to normal after Easter , health minister Matt Hancock said on Monday.
"We hope to be able to start vaccinating next month," Hancock told BBC TV after AstraZeneca announced its vaccine could be up to 90% effective.
And we hope that sometime after Easter things we'll be able to start to get back to normal."
"The bulk of the vaccine rollout programme will be in January, February, March.
Non–meat eaters, especially vegans, are at higher risk of breaking their bones due to lower intakes of calcium and protein, according to new research by the University of Oxford published on Monday.
The EPIC-Oxford study, which involved almost 55,000 British people, concluded: “Non–meat eaters, especially vegans, had higher risks of either total or some site-specific fractures, particularly hip fractures.
Read: Using the lockdown to eat right in retirement — here’s how a nutrition expert recommends doing it The report said: “Compared with meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans had higher risks of total fractures after adjustment for confounders.
“This is the first prospective study of diet group with both total and multiple specific fracture sites in vegetarians and vegans, and the findings suggest that bone health in vegans requires further research.”
Overall, vegans in this study had higher risks of total and some site-specific fractures (hip, leg, vertebra) than meat eaters.
The global system is therefore experiencing multiple, simultaneous crises—the pandemic, energy, the economy, food, and climate change.
To avoid the next pandemic, the next climate crisis, the next resource bottleneck, we need a World War II-scale transition to a ‘lifeboat economy’: an economy that thrives by protecting public health and planetary life-support systems.
Finally, Jake Sullivan, an established Democratic player and former chief of staff to Secretary of State Clinton, will serve as Biden's National Security Advisor.
Perhaps the most high-profile choice might surprise many Americans: Antony Blinken, a top advisor who has advised Biden on foreign policy since 2002, will serve as Secretary of State (he also once served as a deputy secretary of state during the Obama-Biden days).
In another major "first", Alejandro Mayorkas will serve as the first latino Secretary of Homeland Security, after serving in a deputy role during the Obama Administration.
Another former Obama Administration player, Avril Haines, who notably served as the first female deputy Director of the CIA, and later as Obama's Deputy Director of National Intelligence, will serve as Biden's Director of National Intelligence.
Thousands of theatres still tried showing movies this weekend — but the number of open theatres is dropping, perhaps because the number of people actually buying tickets appears to be plummeting.
For example, there were 2,154 movie theatres open in America this weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter — roughly 40% of about 5,449 theatres (according to figures they cite from the American media measurement/analytics company Comscore).
"Heading into the weekend, 646 movie theaters in the U.S. closed down again virtually overnight amid an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, according to Comscore.
If you estimate a ticket cost around $10, that comes out to a total for the entire weekend of just 50 people at each screening.
Because here at ZeroHedge, we always like to ask the hard hitting questions, back in 2019 we wrote about whether or not a company in the business of "orgasmic meditation" was really just a prostitution sex cult.
In our 2019 article, we focused on OneTaste - a controversial "business" that focused on a practice that the company calls "orgasmic meditation" (OM).
BBC journalist Nastaran Tavakoli-Far, who did an expose podcast on the issue called The Orgasm Cult, spoke to dozens of people associated with the company prior to the FBI investigation.
Well it turns out the FBI wasn't as "stimulated" by the company's business plan as many of the group's members, and is investigating the company over allegations of sex trafficking, prostitution and violations of labor laws, according to the Daily Mail.
We pointed out last year that some of the company's former members, including 16 of them profiled by Bloomberg, were eager to point out the dark side of OneTaste: expensive classes, preying on emotionally vulnerable people and being shunned by group members after leaving.
Foley, who was not involved in the study, said the findings make clear that the seafood industry needs more help from the federal government.
The study confirms what members of the seafood industry have been hearing for months, said Kyle Foley, senior program manager for the seafood program at Gulf of Maine Research Institute.
It hasn’t all been doom and gloom for the industry, as seafood delivery and home cooking have helped businesses weather the pandemic, White said.
Consumer demand for seafood at restaurants dropped by more than 70% during the early months of the pandemic, according to the scientists, who published their findings recently in the scientific journal Fish and Fisheries.
By Patrick Whittle | Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine — The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.
Almost all of Razer’s current gaming mice line-up are present and correct in Amazon UK’s Black Friday week sale today, with some – like the Razer Basilisk V2 and Razer Naga Trinity – dropping to half price or less, beating their previous Prime Day prices by quite some margin.
The sale also includes two denizens of our own best gaming mice list, the leftie-friendly Razer Viper and the three-in-one Razer Naga Trinity, the latter of which is down to its previous all-time low of just £50 again.
It’s also one of the pricier mice in the Razer catalogue, so a healthy discount is particularly welcome on this one.
How to spot an Asda scam While the Facebook page features Asda's official branding, security experts shared advice on spotting a fake offers.
"Likewise, companies must do more to educate workers about the cyber risks associated with remote working, and ensure they have the security systems in place to verify the identity of staff, to keep hackers locked out from the company systems.”
"It’s critical that consumers remain vigilant and stay alert when receiving such offers, remaining cautious about handing over personal details that could be used to impersonate them and steal data from their place of work.
"In these turbulent and uncertain times, it is essential that businesses ensure the proper security systems are in place to prevent hackers from hijacking company devices and keep employees safe from online threats.”
Cyber security expert Andy Harcup, VP, Absolute Software, added: “Cyber criminals are becoming increasingly adept at exploiting big brands in order to gain the trust of consumers, in an effort to steal data.
"Bitcoin is now trading near $18,000, up almost 100% in six months," notes Bloomberg columnist Lionel Laurent, "and it's flirting with an all-time high reached in 2017 (which, given it was followed by an ugly crash, faithful Bitcoiners would rather forget)..." .
He challenges the notion that Bitcoin is the new wealth-protecting investment like gold, asking "is this really being driven by people seeking protection from a more uncertain world...?"
Global investors managing nearly $7tn (£5.2bn) of assets plan to almost double their spending on renewable energy infrastructure over the next five years amid deepening concerns over the fossil fuel industry’s climate plans, according to a report.
A survey of institutional investors found that they are planning to increase their renewable energy investments from 4.2% of their overall portfolio to 8.3% in the next five years and 10.8% within the next decade to about $742.5bn.
The survey of more than 100 investors, representing $6.9tn of assets under management, found that 83% did not believe the plans put forward by oil and gas companies would be enough to meet the Paris climate agreement goals.
On average, investors have divested 4.5% of fossil fuels from their overall portfolio in 2020, compared with 5.7% forecast for 2020 in last year’s survey.
More than half of the investors in the survey, which was undertaken by the specialist fund manager Octopus Renewables, said the oil industry’s record on investing in renewables was “more style than substance” and represented “nothing more than greenwashing”.
Chinese foreign policy specialists have said they expect tensions between the US and China to continue under the Biden presidency.At times during the election campaign, Biden took a tough line on China, calling Xi a "thug".
His campaign also signalled that he will call out China on its repressive policies in the far western region of Xinjiang.Wang said China remained resolute in protecting its sovereignty and hoped the next US administration would "meet China halfway".
The target, set by the Japan Business Federation in its growth strategy released earlier this month, is ambitious given that women made up only 5.2% of executives at all listed Japanese companies as of 2019, according to government data.
Japan’s largest business lobby aims to have women occupying more than 30% of the executive positions at major companies by 2030, the latest sign that the private sector is gearing up to diversify the workforce to stay competitive.
“Given Japan’s current social structure, we cannot realistically move forward (on women’s participation in the workforce) without setting a clear target,” Keidanren Chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi said during a news conference.
The low representation of women in corporate leadership roles is one factor contributing to Japan occupying the last place among major advanced economies in the World Economic Forum’s gender-gap rankings.
Marketers for an Open Web, a coalition of technology and publishing companies, said Monday that it's urging the U.K. competition watchdog to step in and force Google to delay the rollout of its “privacy sandbox” scheduled for early next year.
That means login, advertising and other features would be taken off the open web and placed under Google’s control, the group said.
The complaint follows up on concerns about Google's new system that the watchdog raised in a July report about online platforms and digital advertising.
Privacy sandbox will deny publishers access to the cookies they use to sell digital ads, which will crimp their revenues by up to two-thirds, Marketers for an Open Web said.
——— BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota health officials are rolling out free rapid COVID-19 testing for teachers, staff and school administrators this week as part of a pilot project designed to slow the virus’ spread by identifying and quickly isolating people who may be asymptomatic.
North Dakota ranks first in the U.S. in new COVID-19 cases per capita, with 2,418 new cases per 100,000 people over the past two weeks.
——— BUDAPEST, Hungary — Hungary’s foreign minister on Monday said the country is moving forward with testing on a Russian coronavirus vaccine after being the first in Europe to receive samples of the drug last week.
Peter Szijjarto says 10 initial doses of Sputnik V — the drug hailed in August by Russian President Vladimir Putin as the world’s first registered COVID-19 vaccine — would undergo testing in Hungary for safety and effectiveness.
Merck Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK), which has been lagging behind some of its large-pharma peers in COVID-19 treatment and vaccine development, announced the purchase Monday of a private company with a late-stage COVID-19 treatment candidate.
Merck also executed a collaboration agreement with IAVI in late May to develop an investigational vaccine against SARS-CoV-2.
OncoImmune's lead therapeutic candidate CD24Fc is being evaluated as a treatment option for patients with severe and critical COVID-19.
Separately, Merck said Monday it submitted applications to the FDA and European Medicines Agency for regulatory approval of V114, its investigational 15-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, for use in adults 18 years and older.
None of this means you shouldn't use a free email service of course, as these trade-offs are perfectly acceptable to millions of people who use Gmail, Yahoo and others on a daily basis.
Other email accounts (Gmail, Outlook, etc.) can be added so you can see all your messages in one place, holiday responses are available, and disposable addresses can be created so you can preserve your privacy when needed.
Plus, the integration with Google Drive means you get 15GB of free storage for email (and other Google services) but there's a 25MB limit on attachments, which is more restrictive than some rivals.
Making a sender a VIP adds their messages to the VIP mailbox, which is useful for ensuring you don’t miss important emails (it's iCloud's best feature in our view), but it doesn’t have the custom views that Gmail and Outlook have.
Bottom Line: A solid email service with some creative touches for livening up messages, and one that's great if you need masses of storage space.
The deal had to close by year-end so my Christmas holiday was spent finalizing everything — when the deal was finally signed two days before New Year’s Eve, I went home and booked a trip to Paris.
The deal was significant as it was L’Oréal’s first move to consolidate salon distribution in the U.S. I had the chance to work with Doug again a few years later selling the Sexy Hair brand.
Kelly McPhilliamy, Harris McPhilliamy, managing director, Harris Williams My first beauty transaction involved advising serial entrepreneur and investor Doug Von Allmen on a minority sale of his salon distribution business, Beauty Alliance, to L’Oréal in 2006.
Janki Gandhi, Goldman Sachs courtesy of Goldman Sachs Janki Gandhi, managing director, Goldman Sachs If I remember correctly (it has been a while), the first deal that I closed was one that got done in under three months from start to finish, so it was a sprint the entire way.
Michael Toure, Toure Capital Courtesy of Michael Toure Michael Toure, founder ceo, Toure Capital A couple of months after I left Goldman Sachs more than seven years ago now, I closed my very first transaction as an independent adviser.
If you like playing games online with your friends regularly or you just enjoy getting a selection of free games every month, PS Plus is a no-brainer.
And since PlayStation Plus is basically a necessity if you want to take your PlayStation games online, you might as well get it while it's on sale — right now, you can save $15 off a whole year of the service at Amazon as a part of their slew of Black Friday deals.
Like we mentioned before, if you want to take your PlayStation games online, you literally need PlayStation Plus — the online components of huge games like Ghost of Tsushima, Marvel's Avengers, and more are locked to you if you're not signed up.
SAVE $15: Play online and gain access to a bevy of free games with a membership to PlayStation Plus — it's $15 off for a one-year subscription during Amazon's Black Friday sale.