UK vaccine plant evacuated after getting suspicious package

first_imgLONDON (AP) — A British pharmaceutical manufacturing company producing coronavirus vaccines says it had to partially evacuate the factory after receiving a “suspicious package.” Wockhardt UK is an arm of the Mumbai-based pharmaceutical company that is producing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines at its factory in north Wales. The company said later Wednesday that workers were being allowed back inside the plant after the package was “made safe.” Manufacturing was temporarily suspended but the incident did not affect its production schedule, it added.last_img

Green Mountain Power Outlines Energy Future for Customers

first_imgMary Powell, incoming CEO of Green Mountain Power, announced on Monday the company’s plan to aggressively develop renewable resources to diversify the portfolio of energy sources.GMP’s strategy is to establish “green energy zones,” wherein Vermont companies will have priority in developing renewable energy sources, and to lessen Vermont’s dependence on Vermont Yankee nuclear power while “ramping up” in-state renewable generation. Powell said a key component is geo-political negotiations with Hydro Quebec, a provider of hydropower to GMP. Also important is the re-licensing of Vermont Yankee, whose contract will expire in 2012, so that state can develop solid infrastructure to support other sources of renewable energy instead of going cold turkey.The plan phases out dependence on oil/gas and system contracts, while increasing the role that biomass, hydro and wind power have in the energy resource mix. By 2032, Powell hopes, hydropower will have increased from 48 to 63 percent, biomass from 4 to 10 percent, and wind from zero to 8 percent. The plan estimates that nuclear energy will decrease from 38 percent to 17 percent by 2032.last_img read more

Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale confirms testing positive for coronavirus

first_imgLONDON: AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale said he is in a state of shock after testing positive for coronavirus recently. This comes after the Premier League side had confirmed that an unnamed player is one of two new coronavirus positive cases discovered by the latest round of tests.22-year-old Ramsdale is only the second Premier League player to confirm testing positive for the virus after Watford’s Adrian Mariappa. “It’s definitely a shock — I’ve not been in contact with anybody and I’ve now got it,” Ramsdale was quoted as saying by The Sun. “I’m showing no symptoms so the fact that a healthy young person could potentially have it is definitely scary and worrying. “It’s obviously not great that I’ve got it but it’s good that I’m showing no symptoms. It’s one of those things that has unfortunately happened and happened to me,” he added. The Premier League had earlier said that 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The clubs have been allowed to start small-group training after the top-flight football league in England was suspended on March 13 due to the virus outbreak. IANS Also Read: Shahid Afridi feels Harbhajan Singh & Yuvraj Singh are ‘majboor’ to react against himlast_img read more

APS seeking to hire AmeriCorps reading interventionists

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — One in two third graders in the U.S. struggles to read at their grade level.Alpena Public Schools is working to ensure their students don’t fall behind the curve by hiring AmeriCorps interventionists to promote literacy.The district is looking to bring in community members this fall who will interact with kindergarten through third grade students to help them reach their literacy benchmarks. APS Instructional Coach, Natalie Gentry, says this kind of specialized attention will help students develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for reading.“Alpena Public School students benefit from daily targeted instruction. They work one on one with the interventionist and, again, it’s targeted skills. We’ve seen great improvement in their reading skills, also in their reading comprehension and just confidence and building a passion for reading.”Community members from a variety of backgrounds are eligible to apply. The first prerequisite is patience and the desire to educate young children. Other requirements call for candidates to have a high school diploma or equivalent, be 18 years or older by the start date, and submit to a background check.If selected, AmeriCorps members will receive a living allowance in exchange for their work. That’s in addition to the reward of helping a child build a solid foundation for his or her future.“It approximately $670 bi-weekly after they complete their 1,200 hours of service they receive an education award of up to $4,300 and that education award can be used to pay back federal loans or pay for tuition for other educational expenses,” says Gentry.To apply, visit  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, AmeriCorps, APS, SchoolContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena Public Schools finalizes graduation plansNext Local college honors graduates with virtual ceremonylast_img read more