#AceHealthReport- Dec.10: Health Canada, the country’s drug regulator, announced the approval for Canadians aged 16 and over in a statement on Wednesday: The availability of a safe and effective vaccine will reduce the spread and severity of Covid-19 disease and reduce its social and economic consequences,” the statement said in its justification of the approval:
It added that the vaccine’s accompanying data supports its safety and said that its efficacy was found to be around 95 percent, while no safety concerns had been raised: Canada’s approval comes as US regulator the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), on Wednesday reported concerns over the Pfizer jab, which began being rolled out across the UK on Tuesday in a world-first: The FDA said that four volunteers in phase-three trials for the vaccine had suffered facial paralysis, although it added that there is no evidence to link their taking of the jab to the medical condition, which resembles a stroke:
On Wednesday, UK regulator the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) also issued a warning over the vaccine, telling people with a history of ‘significant’ allergies not to take it after two medics who were administered it suffered severe reactions:
The first Canadians could be given the vaccine as soon as next week, with those first in line for the jab including some 4,000 classed as “high-risk” in British Columbia and 124,500 key health workers across the country:
#AceNewsReport – Dec.08: Nuclear power will remain the cornerstone of our strategic autonomy,” Macron said on Tuesday, as he visited the Framatome nuclear reactor construction plant in the eastern town of Le Creusot: France’s new carrier – its 11th in total – will boast speeds of up to 27 knots (50 km/h), weigh in at around 75,000 tons, and run some 300 meters long – about 1.5 times the size of the Charles de Gaulle:
Quelles sont ses caractéristiques ? Environ 75 000 tonnes, de l’ordre de 300m de long, une vitesse de 27 noeuds (50 km/h environ), deux chaufferies K22, des catapultes électromagnétiques, une trentaine de chasseurs SCAF et 2000 marins. Un concentré de puissance et de technologie. pic.twitter.com/Js9uQfDttF
The new vessel will also be fitted with an electromagnetic aircraft launch system made by American defense firm General Atomics, and will be able to hold around 30 next-generation Rafale fighter jets: Set to be in service until around 2080, the new project’s price tag has been estimated at around €7 billion ($8.5 billion) by some media, although French officials have not confirmed its total cost:
France’s minister of the armed forces, Florence Parly, said the construction of the new aircraft carrier would create 2,000 jobs: The development of the vessel is part of a wider nuclear strategy Macron has set out for France. “Our energy and ecological future depends on nuclear power,” he said on Tuesday, adding that abandoning the energy source would “pave the way for the reopening of a coal plant.”
Macron also pledged to invest €500 million ($605 million) in the French nuclear sector:
#AceNewsReport – Dec.05: Some 3,000 people in Nantes joined Saturday’s nationwide protest action against the draft security policy bill introduced by President Emmanuel Macron’s government. The rally mostly went off peacefully, but things started rapidly heating up as evening drew in: As the rally spilled over into clashes between the demonstrators and police, protesters pelted officers with various projectiles while law enforcement responded with tear gas. The standoff ended up with two riot police officers being injured.
One of them was hit by a Molotov cocktail, according to the Loire-Atlantique prefecture. Both officers were evacuated by an emergency medical service. At least 13 people were arrested following the riots, according to the local authorities.
Over 90 protests against the security bill were held across France on Saturday. Paris saw particularly severe clashes between demonstrators and law enforcement, as groups of protesters smashed windows, burned cars and set barricades on fire.The scuffles ended up in some 30 arrests, according to various reports.
The country has been hit by a wave of protests over legislation introduced by the government and recently approved by the lower house of the French parliament in November. It provides additional surveillance tools to law enforcement and prohibits filming on-duty officers, as well as sharing their images online with the “intent to harm.”
In particular, the ban on filming police has sparked public anger and the French government responded by pledging to “rewrite” the relevant article earlier this week. Critics say the bill, if adopted, could make police less accountable for any brutality in their actions. They also argue that the latest government concession is not enough.
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#AceHealthReport – Dec.04: On Friday, China’s biopharmaceuticals firm Clover claimed data from human trials showed their two candidate vaccines triggered a “strong immune response” against #Covid19 : Based on the positive Phase 1 results reported and the unprecedented need for COVID-19 vaccines, Clover and its partners are confident to enter late-stage clinical development for both adjuvanted vaccines,” the company said: The vaccines use adjuvants – that is, ingredients that can boost immune response – from UK pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and US firm Dynavax”
Clover says the vaccines did not trigger any serious adverse reactions in the 150 adults and senior citizens who took part in the trial: The candidate vaccine that used the adjuvant provided by GSK will begin global phase-two/three trials in December, funded by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)…….This vaccine variant induced neutralizing antibody production in all adult and elderly participants.
Clover also announced that the data shows both vaccines can be stored at temperatures of 2C to 8C for at least six months: This is considered a considerable plus, as both Pfizer and Moderna’s vaccines required subzero storage and substantial cold-chain infrastructure: ” Combined with our ability to potentially produce more than one billion doses of antigen annually and the stability of our vaccines under standard refrigeration conditions, our adjuvanted COVID-19 S-Trimer vaccines are positioned to be well suited for worldwide distribution,” said Chief Executive Officer of Clover Biopharmaceuticals Joshua Liang.
The UK approved Pfizer’s vaccine for rollout on Wednesday, triggering the start of a crucial mass inoculation program that could begin on Monday: Moscow also announced its intention to start mass vaccination in Russia this weekend.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.30: The outbreak first took hold on Thursday in the southwestern town of Girin-ri, near the city of Jeongeup-si, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said in an alert on Monday: Tracing, disinfection and a clampdown on movement are among the actions that health authorities have taken to stem the spread of disease, the OEI said: In separate measures, the South Korean Ministry of Agriculture said it had also culled 292,000 chickens on five other farms and 100,000 ducks at another site: News of the outbreak in South Korea comes after another bout of the highly contagious H5N8 strain was reported at a turkey farm in Yorkshire, northern England at the weekend, resulting in the culling of all of its 10,500 birds:
More than a dozen European nations have registered H5N8 outbreaks in the second half of 2020, with Belgium, the Netherlands and Russia among those hardest hit.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.29: At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others wounded in this attack,” Edward Kallon, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, said in a statement: The incident was the “most violent direct attack against innocent civilians” in the country in 2020, Kallon pointed out: The perpetrators of this “heinous and senseless” act must be brought to justice, he added:
The militants ambushed the farmers as they went into the rice fields to gather the harvest on Saturday. The bodies of 43 farmers have been recovered after the massacre, with around 30 of them being beheaded. The security forces have been searching the area for those missing: No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, but the tactics of the insurgents resembled those used by Islamic State-affiliate Boko Haram, which is responsible for thousands of civilian deaths in Nigeria over the past decade.
The burial ceremony for the 43 victims took place in Zabarmari village on Sunday, attended by hundreds of mourners and Borno state Governor Babagana Zulum: The bodies were wrapped in white burial shrouds and placed on wooden pallets as the priests led prayers for those killed: During his speech, Zulum called upon the federal government to recruit more security personnel to protect the local farmers, who found themselves “in a very difficult situation.”………….” On one side, they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,” he pointed out:
There’s been a sharp spike in food prices in Nigeria recently caused by flooding, the closure of borders and the activities of militants in agricultural areas.
#AceFinanceReport – Nov.29: In a November 19 judgment made public on Thursday, the Jiangsu Yancheng Intermediate People’s Court has detailed the breakdown for the first time of all the crypto assets seized by Chinese police related to the PlusToken case:
A total of 194,775 BTC, 833,083 ETH, 1.4 million LTC, 27.6 million EOS, 74,167 DASH, 487 million XRP, 6 billion DOGE, 79,581 BCH, and 213,724 USDT have been seized by Chinese law enforcement from seven convicts during the crackdown. These assets, at today’s prices, are worth over $4.2 billion in total:
As part of the ruling, the court said “the seized digital currencies will be processed pursuant to laws and the proceeds and gains will be forfeited to the national treasury.” However, the Yancheng Intermediate People’s Court doesn’t elaborate on how much of the seized crypto assets have been or will be “processed” or via what method exactly:
The PlusToken criminal case was initially ruled on September 22 by a lower-level district court in the city of Yancheng in China’s Jiangsu province. According to the London daily
#AceNewsReport – Nov.29: The incident occurred in the main city of the eastern province of Ghazni, which has been plagued by fighting between government troops and Taliban militants: ” We have received 26 bodies and 17 wounded so far. All of them are security personnel,” Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of Ghazni hospital, told AFP. The governor’s office also confirmed the attack: A suicide bomber detonated “a Humvee vehicle, which was full of explosives,” a security source told local Tolo News website: Afghan commandos were reportedly among those stationed at the compound:
No group has so far taken responsibility for the attack. Besides the Taliban, Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) has also been active in the country, targeting both security personnel and civilians:
The suicide bombing in Ghazni comes as US-brokered peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban have stalled.
#AceHealthDesk – Nov.29: The plaintiff, identified in media reports as a 40-year-old man from Chennai, is suing the Pune-based Serum Institute of India (SII) for Rs 5 crore ($676,000 USD). The individual alleges that he suffered serious neurological damage after taking part in the phase three trial of Covishield, the SII’s version of the Covid-19 jab being developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. The man was purportedly told that the vaccine was safe and chose to participate in the program in “the spirit of public service.” …..The lawsuit also demands that SII, AstraZeneca and the Oxford Vaccine Group immediately halt vaccine trials, in which some 1,600 volunteers are currently enrolled:
Ten days after receiving the shot, the man complained of a pounding headache and experienced vomiting, his wife told local media. He was bedridden and acting abnormally before being transferred to the emergency ward of the Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Hospital. A review by the hospital concluded that the medical problems were not linked to the vaccine, and a medical official cited by Indian media claimed that the patient was “now alright” and had not incurred any expenses stemming from the health episode: The man’s discharge summary said he requested to leave the hospital and was recovering from “acute encephalopathy”. He also suffered from deficiencies of Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D, and was suspected of having a “connective tissue disorder.”………………..However, the man’s wife insists that he has not fully recovered and is unable to work as before:
In September, SII briefly paused its clinical trials of Covishield after a recipient of the AstraZeneca jab showed adverse symptoms:
India has faced criticism for not being more transparent about its Covid-19 vaccine trials. According to Science Magazine, SII is not using the same phase three testing protocol implemented by AstraZeneca, and has also declined to make its guidelines public.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: On Oct. 21 at about 3:30 p.m., the 10-year-old boy was near the greenbelt at Camino Celosia and Camino Silla when he walked past a man who pointed a gun at him and chased him a short distance, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a tweet.
KTLA.Com/ reports that other witnesses told deputies they saw a man in the area “exhibiting strange behavior” prior to the incident with the boy, officials said: The man was described as Hispanic, between the ages of 30 and 40, with spiky hair, a mustache and a stocky build.
Anyone who recognizes the man or who has information about the incident is urged to contact Investigator Sanders at 949-425-1844 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.27: New Delhi police ask to convert stadiums into prisons as Indian capital grapples with thousands-strong farmer protest: Farmers across India are taking part in demonstrations against agricultural reforms: They fear that new rules of sale, storage and pricing — first introduced in September – will strip small growers of bargaining power and leave them at the mercy of big business: The ‘Dilli Chalo’ (On to Delhi) march was meant to bring the protest to the capital, but it was met with barricades, tear gas and water cannon: Police say the mass demonstrations pose a serious health risk due to the #Covid19#pandemic
#JUSTIN: A day after making heavy security arrangements at all the borders, the Delhi Police has now allowed all the farmers to enter Delhi for peaceful protest. They have been asked to gather at Nirankari Ground in North-West Delhi. @IndianExpress,@ieDelhi
Delhi: Farmers enter the national capital through the Tikri border after being given permission to hold their demonstrations at the Nirankari Samagam Ground in the Burari area#DelhiChalopic.twitter.com/Oy4JcVj6lV
Water cannon and tear gas were also used at an inter-state border with Punjab. The governments of the two states have opposing attitudes towards the march, despite both having large agricultural sectors:
Punjab’s Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh welcomed the decision to allow protesters into the capital, while taking a jab at the Haryana authorities:
Impressed by remarkable restraint shown by farmers in face of @mlkhattar govt’s and Haryana police’s brutality. Their exemplary behaviour shows that farmers are not interested in confrontation, they only want to be heard, which is their constitutional right.
His counterpart, Manohar Lal Khattar, earlier accused Singh of spreading “lies, deception and propaganda” to fuel the protest:
Time for your Lies, Deception and Propaganda is over – let the people see your real face. Please stop putting the lives of people in danger during the Corona pandemic. I urge you to not play with the lives of the people – atleast avoid cheap politics during the time of pandemic.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: An arrest has been made in a nearly two-year-old murder case in Miami Gardens. On the morning of December 10, 2018, Jamie Humet was found shot to death in his car outside of a credit union at Northwest 2nd Avenue and 207th Street. His family believes Humet stopped at an ATM at the Dade County Federal Credit Union the night before to withdraw money. “My brother had four $10 bills in his pocket that they did not even take,” said Humet’s Nick said at the time of the murder. “They shot him almost point blank.”
Surveillance video provided by Miami Gardens police shows a newer model white KIA Optima. The shooting suspect can be seen running towards the getaway car wearing a black hoodie. Humet, 47, had been a librarian with Miami-Dade County for 21 years. On Monday, November 23rd, police arrested 19-year-old Shaun Fortune in Humet’s death. He’s been charged with second-degree murder and attempted armed robbery:
#AceNewsReport – Nov.24: Two women have been injured in a stabbing attack inside a department store in the Swiss city of Lugano, according to police: A female suspect has been arrested, and officers have reportedly not ruled out terrorism: The attack occurred around 2pm local time, when a 28-year-old Swiss woman, who lives in the area, grabbed the first victim by the neck with her bare hands before turning on a second woman and slashing her with a knife, police said:
Local mediareports say that investigators have not ruled out terrorism as a motive for the attack:
The suspect was apprehended by other people inside the store before being arrested: Police said that one of the victims sustained serious, but not life-threatening, injuries in the attack, while the second sustained minor injuries:
#AceHealthReport – Nov.22: The drug is given as a one-time treatment through an IV. The FDA allowed its use in adults and children 12 and over who weigh at least 88 pounds (40 kilograms) and who are at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 because of age or certain other medical conditions: Emergency authorization allows use of the drug to start while studies are continuing to establish safety and effectiveness. Early results suggest the drug may reduce COVID-19-related hospitalization or emergency room visits in patients at high risk for disease progression, the FDA said:
#Coronavirus Report: Update: FDA Authorizes Monoclonal Antibodies (Regeneron) for Treatment of #COVID19 cases with mild to moderate symptoms.
Regeneron said that initial doses will be made available to roughly 300,000 patients through a federal government allocation program: Those patients will not be charged for the drug but may have to pay part of the cost of giving the IV: Initial supplies will likely be vastly outstripped by demand as the U.S. has surged past 12 million reported cases, with the country facing what health experts say will be a dark winter due to uncontrolled spread of the virus:
Antibodies are proteins the body makes to target and help eliminate viruses, but it can take weeks for the best ones to form after an infection occurs. The drugs are concentrated versions of ones that proved best able to do this in lab and animal tests, and in theory help the body start to fight the virus right away: The Regeneron drug is a combo of two antibodies to enhance the chances it will prove effective. Earlier this month, the FDA gave emergency authorization to a single-antibody drug from Eli Lilly that also is still being studied: There’s no way to know whether the Regeneron drug helped Trump recover; he received a host of treatments and most COVID-19 patients recover on their own.
The emergency authorization functions like a temporary approval for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. To win full approval, Regeneron will have to submit additional research to fully define the drug’s safety and benefit for patients: The White House cast the decision as a victory for Trump’s efforts “to deliver cutting-edge treatments with highly promising results to protect the health and safety of the most vulnerable Americans,” according to a statement from spokesman Michael Bars.
AP health writer Matthew Perrone contributed to this report.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: Hundreds of Antifa members marched through the German capital on Friday night, holding banners denouncing “Corona deniers and Nazi pigs” as they chanted slogans. The column of left-wing protesters was closely supervised by police, and no violence was reported during the event:
While the demonstrators expressed their anger with “conspiracy believers,” protests of those furious at the government didn’t stop. Critics are decrying a new Infection Protection Law, which gives authorities the ability to swiftly impose lockdowns and other restrictive measures: Some are even comparing the law to Nazi-era dictates that enabled Adolf Hitler’s rise to power:
On Friday, which marked the 75th anniversary of the start of the Nazi war crime tribunals, a group of demonstrators gathered at the Nuremberg Trials Memorial to denounce the new law; Footage from RT’s Ruptly video agency shows protesters gathered around candles shaped like a peace sign, as some carried placards warning of the dangers of government overreach. The demonstration coincided with a ceremony inside the court which was attended by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier;
Earlier this week thousands of protesters against the Infection Protection Law faced off with police in Berlin. Water cannon were deployed to disperse the crowd, and over 100 people were detained.
This Saturday, both anti-lockdown demonstrations and counter-protests are planned in the city of Leipzig, in Eastern Germany: Germany isn’t the only country to see pushback against its coronavirus measures. Anti-lockdown protests have been held regularly in London, while similar demonstrations have been seen in Italy and other parts of Europe.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: A suspect is on the loose after shooting a Massachusetts State Police trooper during a Hyannis traffic stop late Friday night: Sources told the WBZ-TV I-Team the trooper was shot in the hand: The suspect’s car has been recovered: It happened on Camp Street just after 11:30 p.m:
Massachusetts State Police investigate after a trooper was shot during a Hyannis traffic stop: (WBZ-TV) CBS Boston https://ift.tt/2UMsZKx
Another trooper rushed his injured colleague to Cape Cod Hospital. He was then taken to a Boston hospital by ambulance: The trooper’s injuries are considered life-threatening.
As of Saturday morning, police were still in the area searching for the suspect.
#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: Footage from RT’s Ruptly video agency shows total mayhem at the ‘Carrefour’ food store, as protesters ransacked the shop with seeming impunity: Products are seen littering the aisles as alarms are heard ringing in the background. Demonstrators also pelted the store with rocks, shattering its windows, and set a fire inside: The blaze was later extinguished:
The unrest was part of nationwide protests sparked by the death of a black man at a Carrefour store in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre: The incident occurred on the eve of Black Consciousness Day in Brazil:
Footage of the incident shows two security guards restraining and beating the victim, identified as 40-year-old Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas. A store employee reportedly altered the guards, claiming that Freitas threatened to attack her, local media reported. It has not yet been determined what caused Freitas’ death, but some reports have cited preliminary medical analysis pointing to asphyxiation:
One of the security guards was reportedly an off-duty policeman: Both suspects have been arrested and are currently being investigated for homicide: The supermarket chain said on Friday that it had ended its contract with the security firm whose employees were allegedly involved in the killing:
On Friday the demonstrations turned violent, with Carrefour stores in several cities across Brazil being attacked and vandalized by angry mobs:
#AceNewsReport – Nov.20: Last year, electric scooters were booming in big cities across the United States and other countries as urbanites embraced a relatively novel way of getting around town. The rentable, battery-boosted rides also brought a rising number of pedestrian-involved crashes as some riders illegally zipped down sidewalks and darted around traffic before the craze was interrupted by the #pandemic
Downtowns became ghost towns when businesses told workers to stay home, and e-scooter business slowed, dropping as much as 70 percent: As people reemerge from shutdowns, wary of congested trains and buses, the micromobility industry may enjoy a post-pandemic renaissance, analysts say. People are buying more of the two-wheelers in some markets. China-based Niu saw sales rise sales 6.3 percent internationally as cities such as Boston, New York and Minneapolis expanded bike lanes to encourage social distancing, setting the framework for a potential e-scooter comeback:
By the time the novel coronavirus is in the rearview mirror, riders could be encountering a new type of e-scooter, one that picks up safety tools from modern cars. Last week, micromobility companies Luna and Voi Technology came together to kick off a test fleet of e-scooters with pedestrian detection: The test scooters are deployed in Northampton, England. Luna, a Dublin-based start-up, developed the system of cameras and sensors that it says will enable the scooters to learn and respond to their environments. Voi, a Swedish e-scooter manufacturer, integrated Luna’s computer vision system into 50 of its e-scooters. […]
The immediate goal for Voi and Luna is to have the devices detect people and objects in a scooter’s path, even if the rider doesn’t see them: The idea is to make scooter users and pedestrians feel safe as they navigate busy streets, which is the most significant issue plaguing cities with legalized shared e-scooters, according to Fredrik Hjelm, CEO of Voi…..
#AceNewsReport – NOv.20: The doctor, who has worked at Essen University Hospital as a senior physician since February, was arrested on November 18 on suspicion of intentionally fatally injecting the two men, the public prosecutor’s office in Essen said on Friday:
” There is a suspicion that the doctor deliberately and illegally administered drugs to seriously ill people in their last phase of life, which led to their immediate death,” investigators said in a statement: The doctor was brought before a judge on November 19, who ordered that he be placed in pre-trial detention: Police said the medic had explained that he had administered the lethal injection to one of the patients to stop them and their family “suffering” further:
#AceNewsReport – Nov.21: A 41-year-old resident of Berlin’s northern district of Pankow has been placed into custody by a local court on Friday. The suspect identified by the German media as Stefan R. is accused of a sexually motivated murder. “It was an act aimed at satisfying the sexual instinct,” the court ruling said: Now, the Berlin Prosecutor’s Office said it had reasons to suspect “cannibalistic background” in this case:
RT World News https://ift.tt/393I2aT
The chilling murder has first come to light when some skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area in Berlin’s Pankow district in early November: According to the police, the bones were “totally devoid of flesh.” A forensic analysis indicated the bones belonged to a 44-year-old construction worker Stefan T., who vanished without a trace on September.05: The investigation led by the Berlin police homicide department together with the prosecutor’s office led to Stefan R., who is said to be living not far from the place where the bones were found. The law enforcement officers found traces of blood reportedly belonging to the victim as well as cutting tools in his apartment: The two men also allegedly new each other as they exchanged messages on an online dating platform: However, the suspect, who is said to be a math and chemistry teacher at a private high school, according to the media report, also frequented websites of much more sinister nature:
“ The suspect had an interest in cannibalism,” Berlin prosecutors’ office spokesman Martin Steltner said. “He searched online for the topic.” The suspect remains silent and does not comment on the allegations, he added: The prosecution also refused to provide any further details on this case while saying it was investigating it “at full speed.”
The chilling case is reminiscent of another murder, which saw a former computer repair technician, Armin Meiwes, killing and eating his victim in 2001: One of the most unnerving details of the murder was that Meiwes, who currently serves life sentence in prison, claimed that his victim himself fantasized about being eaten: