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Govt bans oxygen supply to industries

Nine industrial sectors will continue to get oxygen supply, All others told to consider alternative measures.

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Search for 9 missing from capsized boat in Gulf on 6th day

The search for nine crew members missing from a capsized lift boat in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana is continuing for a sixth day

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Asking prices for UK houses hit new high after tax cut extended - Rightmove

LONDON (Reuters) - Advertised prices for homes in Britain hit a record high after finance minister Rishi Sunak stoked the

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Soccer-Statement from breakaway Super League clubs

LONDON England (Reuters) -The 12 clubs planning a breakaway European Super League issued the following joint statement on Sunday: Twelve

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Oil company ads should carry a climate health warning, say activists

A group of lawyers want oil companies banned from advertising on television and social media unless they include "tobacco-style health warnings" about the dangers fossil fuels pose to the future of the planet.

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Police: Suspect on the run in fatal shooting of 3 in Texas

A manhunt is underway for a former sheriff’s deputy wanted in the fatal shooting of three people in Austin, Texas

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New UK challenge trial studies if people can catch coronavirus again

LONDON (Reuters) - British scientists on Monday launched a trial which will deliberately expose participants who have already had COVID-19

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India logs 275k new Covid-19 cases, positivity rate doubles

Country sets a new record of 1,622 deaths in a day; TPR touches 16.7% within 12 days.

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Chip shortage casts shadow on China's auto industry recovery

By Norihiko Shirouzu and Yilei Sun SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Auto industry executives are rattled by a global shortage of semiconductors

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MVP eyes stake in vaccine project, says Glovax CEO

Businessman Manuel V. Pangilinan is keen on investing in a proposed vaccine manufacturing in the country, according to a top executive of Glovax Biotech Corp., one of the proponents for a Philippine COVID-19 vaccine plant. Giovanni Alingog, president of Glovax – one of the four vaccine manufacturing project proponents identified by the Department of Trade and Industry as already in the advanced planning stage, said that the chairman of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) has committed to invest in their proposed P7.5 billion vaccine manufacturing project. “MVP said in our zoom meeting yesterday that he is agreeing to support Glovax vaccine plant as a lasting support to the Filipinos and in support to Pres. Duterte in his fight against Coved,” said Alingog. When asked on Pangilinan’s commitment level, Alingog said the businessman instructed them not to look for other investors anymore. “He is serious. He said to tell Pres. Duterte already that he is supporting our Glovax vaccine plant in support of the government’s effort against COVID and support to Pres. Duterte,” he said in text exchanges. Under its initial plan, Alingog said that private investors together with its technology partner EuBiologics of Korea can put up P5 billion and loans of P2 billion. The National Development Co. (NDC), the investment arm of the Board of Investments (BOI), could chip in P500 million as government equity. He said they will meet again with the BOI on Friday, April 23, to discuss the proposed memorandum of understanding for NDC’s stake. But after meeting with MVP, Alingog said the entire P7.5 billion estimated investment for its proposed integrated vaccine manufacturing facility can easily be funded by MVP alone. He said he would push for a memorandum of agreement with the MVP Group to facilitate the forging of an investment agreement or a joint venture deal, which he expects to be finalized in two months. Earlier, he said they were already applying with the Food and Drug Administration for an EUA (emergency use authority) for EuCorVac-19 of Eubiologics from South Korea. Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon M. Lopez said that Glovax Biologic is one of the four vaccine firms identified by the BOI. According to Lopez, Glovax targets to start operation of a form/fill and finish facility in October 2022. Glovax has also proposed to locate its facility in Clark. The three other vaccine projects proponents are Filipino-owned United Laboratories (Unilab), the leading pharmaceutical company in Southeast Asia, IG/IP Biotech, and Dr. Zen Biotech Inc. On April 14, Lopez reported during the President Duterte’s “Talk to the Nation” that if Unilab is able to conclude a partnership with a technology provider by 2022, the Campos-owned company can start operation of a form, fill, and finish plant by 2023. Lopez said that Unilab has been confirmed to do local vaccine manufacturing in the country starting with the COVID-19 with plans to also export to other ASEAN countries. IG/IP Biotech has also proposed to produce COVID-19 vaccines as well as influenza multivalent vaccines and pneumococal polyvalent vaccines. It seeks a memorandum of understanding with the government’s investment arm National Development Co. and the Board of Investments. It plans to conduct phase 3 clinical trials in the country. Dr. Zen Biotech Inc. has a proposal for the production of 2nd generation recombinant vaccine for COVID-19, monoclonal antibodies and general injectables with potential technology providers from India and China. It is also looking for possible partnership with Moderna and J & J. It has a project cost of $20 million for phase one and another $20 million for the phase 2. The company is also scheduled for a meeting with IP/IG Biotech next week, April 20. The company has proposed to set up a form/fill facility in the First Bulacan Industrial Estate complete with class 100 biotech sterile R&D. The design and construction of the plant is ongoing and is expected to start operation by 2022. Lopez also informed Duterte that the vaccine project proponents are requesting for “greenlane” or no red tape in the processing of government permits. “They will subscribe to all requirements and submit documents but they require faster processing,” said Lopez. In addition, the vaccine manufacturers also require that government will procure their locally produced vaccines, subject to standards, specifications and prices. Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Pena also reported to the President that they are already meeting with the DTI, Department of Budget and Management, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Diseases Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. to craft a program to fulfill President Duterte’s desire to establish a vaccine manufacturing facility in the country as his legacy before he steps down from office in June 2022. The group came up with a program called “Vaccine Self Reliant Philippines”, which called for the establishment of a Virology Science and Technology Institute. This body will conduct research for new vaccine platform. The proposed plan though is a Philippine vaccine facility that is not only for humans but also for other viruses that attack livestock and crops such as vaccines against the African Swine Flu.

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Soccer-Top European clubs announce breakaway Super League

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) - Twelve of Europe's top clubs announced on Sunday they were launching a breakaway Super League, headed

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Gov’t buyout of old coal plants mulled

The Philippine government is currently discussing with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) the viability of a plan to ‘buy out’ the older fleets of coal-fired power facilities in Mindanao grid. Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III, who is also the board chairman of the Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corporation (PSALM), divulged “We’re studying the economics of it and we should be able to come up with a model by sometime in the third quarter of this year.” He acknowledged that the proposed State acquisition of the coal plants, “will require long term and low-cost funds, so we are working together with the ADB to study the actual viability of this concept.” Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi indicated they are supportive of the plan, and they have been collaborating with the DOF in prudently evaluating how that can be successfully executed. The energy chief noted that the figures on prospective loan amount for the recommended purchase of the coal plants are still being firmed up, with him emphasizing that “these are concepts still being studied.” Dominguez explained that the game plan of the government is to acquire the older coal plants, and place them on shutdown mode once the rehabilitation of the 932-megawatt Agus-Pulangui hydropower complex is completed; and its electricity generation can already be ramped up. “Together with the Department of Energy, we have developed a plan to, first: improve the generating capacity of the Agus river system, As we do that, we are also studying the possibility of setting up a fund to acquire all the coal-powered plants in Mindanao, with the idea of shutting them down as the energy delivery of the Agus river increases,” the finance chief stressed. Dominguez further qualified that the idea is for Mindanao to be “totally powered by, or at least 90-percent powered, by renewable energy sources,” with him citing that aside from hydro, there is also high irradiation potential of some areas that will then enable the installation of solar farm ventures, primarily in Sarangani which has been touted to have the highest number of sunlight days in the country. “Together with that and the Agus river project, we will probably be able to see significantly reduced operations of the older coal power plants,” he reiterated. The two departments have not named the coal plants set for acquisition yet, but one of the known older fleet in the grid is the 210MW Mindanao coal-fired power facility which is currently operated by German firm STEAG State Power Inc. The Mindanao coal plant is under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) contract with state-run National Power Corporation; and such obligation was eventually transferred to PSALM. The buyout of the Mindanao coal-fired power facility was first targeted in the past administration, but that exercise has not gained as much traction because a feasibility study was still being recommended to be undertaken then.

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Who is Ms Natural? Inside the troubled life of ex-pornstar who's on 'Joseline's Cabaret: Atlanta'

She decided to call herself Ms Natural because she doesn't wear any makeup and is always barefaced

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Exclusive-Canada's Ontario to expand use of AstraZeneca COVID vaccine as epidemic rages

By Allison Martell TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian province of Ontario will begin offering AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine to people turning

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Gag orders: Himachal warns teachers of action if they criticise govt

A circular to this effect was issued by the director, higher education, Amarjeet K Sharma. Marked as ‘very important’, the circular is addressed to all deputy directors and heads of the institutions, including colleges and schools.

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A 3rd of all new infections reported from Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh

The 10 worst hit states are Maharashtra, UP, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.

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Twelve major European clubs launch plans for Super League

Twelve of Europe's biggest clubs on Monday said they planned to launch a breakaway Super League, despite the threat of

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White House to promote vaccine eligibility with media blitz

As all Americans 16 years and older become eligible for the vaccine on Monday, the White House is launching a media blitz to raise awareness about Americans' vaccine eligibility, an administration official said.

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The US has reported at least 50 mass shootings since the Atlanta spa shootings

At least three people were killed and two were injured in a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, early Sunday, continuing the long string of similar incidents that preceded it.

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European Super League: Latest news and live updates as Premier League teams sign up to breakaway Super League

Welcome to our live coverage of the huge news that 12 top clubs will form a breakway European Super League. Late on Sunday night, 12 teams confirmed they intend to join the Super League as founders. The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Manchester United and Tottenham - will be joined by Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan in founding the new competition. The Premier League had said it “condemns any proposal that attacks the principles of open competition and sporting merit” following reports that six of its clubs were supporting a European Super League. The developments occurred on the eve of a new-look 36-team Champions League being discussed by Uefa on Monday. Uefa has warned clubs that they face being banned from domestic and international competitions if they set up a rival to the Champions League. In a joint statement with Spanish, English and Italian leagues and federations, Uefa said it will consider “all measures”, including the courts and bans from domestic leagues, in opposition to plans for a breakaway competition. The proposals met fierce criticism from the worlds of sport and politics. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and President of France Emmanuel Macron all condemned the plans before the proposals were confirmed, while Gary Neville launched a scathing attack of the clubs involved and called for Man United, Arsenal and Liverpool to be relegated as punishment for their involvement. Read More European Super League confirmed as Premier League ‘Big Six’ clubs join breakaway competition as founders Gary Neville’s European Super League interview: Read his extraordinary Sky Sports reaction in full Boris Johnson: European Super League proposals ‘very damaging for football... clubs must answer to their fans’

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Crowd returns to Wembley to see Leicester reach FA Cup final

The goal scored by Kelechi Iheanacho didn’t just send Leicester into a first FA Cup final since 1969

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Bowman pulls off swift late move to win Cup race at Richmond

Alex Bowman passed Denny Hamlin on a restart with 10 laps to go and drove away at Richmond Raceway for his third career victory in the NASCAR Cup Series

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European Soccer Group Proposes Radical Breakaway League

(Bloomberg) -- A group of the world’s richest soccer clubs, including Manchester United and Real Madrid, announced plans for a

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European Super League confirmed as Premier League ‘Big Six’ clubs join breakaway competition as founders

Twelve of Europe’s leading clubs, including the Premier League’s Big Six, have announced controversial plans to form a breakaway European Super League. Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham join three Spanish clubs - Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid - and three Italian sides - Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan - in making the proposal, which could change the face of European club football. In a late night statement, the 12 clubs linked confirmed the reports about a European Super League were true. The statement said: “Twelve of Europe’s leading football clubs have today come together to announce they have agreed to establish a new mid-week competition, the Super League, governed by its founding clubs. “AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have all joined as founding clubs. “It is anticipated that a further three clubs will join ahead of the inaugural season, which is intended to commence as soon as practicable.” The breakaway has been rumoured for some time, but reports of an imminent announcement emerged on Sunday - the day before plans for an expanded Champions League are due to be rubber-stamped - leading to numerous major football bodies, including Uefa, the FA and the Premier League, voicing their opposition. No French or German clubs have joined in in the proposal, meaning that Bayern Munich and PSG, who contested last season’s Champions League final, are both absent. Several national associations and domestic leagues, including the FA and Premier League, have already said that they will not allow clubs competing in any breakaway league to also participate in their competitions, while Fifa and Uefa have made similar threats, warning players involved in the European Super League would be barred from representing their national teams. Former Manchester United captain captain Gary Neville was left “disgusted” by the plans, and believes United, Arsenal and Liverpool should be relegated from the Premier League as punishment for their actions. Neville said on Sky Sports: “If they announce a letter of intent has been signed, those six clubs, they should be punished heavily. Massive fines, points deductions, take the titles off them. Who cares? “Give the title to Burnley, let Fulham stay up. Relegate Man Utd, Liverpool and Arsenal. Those three clubs, with their history in this country, are the ones that should suffer the most.” The Super League statement suggested that the clubs do not feel UEFA’s proposed changes to the Champions League go far enough. “The formation of the Super League comes at a time when the global pandemic has accelerated the instability in the existing European football economic model. “Further, for a number of years, the founding clubs have had the objective of improving the quality and intensity of existing European competitions throughout each season, and of creating a format for top clubs and players to compete on a regular basis. “The pandemic has shown that a strategic vision and a sustainable commercial approach are required to enhance value and support for the benefit of the entire European football pyramid. “In recent months extensive dialogue has taken place with football stakeholders regarding the future format of European competitions. “The founding clubs believe the solutions proposed following these talks do not solve fundamental issues, including the need to provide higher-quality matches and additional financial resources for the overall football pyramid.” Read More European Super League: Latest news and live updates with Premier League teams set to join breakaway league Gary Neville ‘disgusted’ by European Super League plans: ‘Relegate Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal’ Premier League condemns plan for European Super League as Uefa vows to stop ‘cynical project’

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Moran HR, RBI double in 10th leads Pirates over Brewers 6-5

Colin Moran doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and also hit a three-run homer as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5

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