Man arrested in Lyra McKee murder probe

first_img Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook Previous articleDealz to open new store in Buncrana tomorrowNext articleStrabane River Walkway a step closer News Highland Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – July 15, 2020 A man has been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Lyra McKee in Derry. She was killed while observing rioting in the city in April 2019.The 27 year old suspect was arrested in Derry this morning.He’s been taken to Musgrave police station in Belfast where he’s being questioned.A search of a house in Derry has also been carried out.center_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Man arrested in Lyra McKee murder probelast_img read more

Oxford expected to get $100m from vaccine

first_imgOxford stands to make over $100 million from developing a successful COVID-19 vaccine. The University of Oxford has been contacted for comment. The University collaborated with its spinout company Vaccitech to develop the vaccine. Oxford holds a stake in Vaccitech, which was founded in 2016 as part of efforts to make University research more commercially competitive. It is backed by investment institutions such as GV (formerly Google Ventures) and Sequoia Capital China. “The University didn’t enter this discussion with the idea of making a ton of money. Let’s say [the vaccine] becomes a seasonal coronavirus vaccine, and it sells a billion dollars a year. For us to be sitting there and making no money looks pretty dumb.” The University has landed a 6% stake profits from its partnership with AstraZeneca, according to reports in the Wall Street Journal. Sir John Bell, regius professor of medicine at Oxford, said that if Oxford did not have a stake in the vaccine, “people are going to come back and say, ‘Oh my God, another British university inventing something worth a ton of money, and guess what, they gave it away for free’.” The University then turned to UK company AstraZeneca to help manufacture and distribute the vaccine. As part of the deal, the company committed to providing global distribution which did not favour any one country. A University statement in April, when the deal was reached, said: “Under the new agreement, as well as providing UK access as early as possible if the vaccine candidate is successful, AstraZeneca will work with global partners on the international distribution of the vaccine, particularly working to make it available and accessible for low and medium income countries.” The University says that Vaccitech will not receive royalties during the pandemic.  Oxford has said that any profits will be reinvested into medical research, including the University’s new Pandemic Preparedness and Vaccine Research Centre. The centre is being developed alongside AstraZeneca.center_img The Wall Street Journal reports that Oxford closed talks with the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. after concerns that it could not provide the vaccine to poorer countries. Merck offered Oxford 1% in royalties. Vice-chancellor Louise Richardson added that Oxford “could have funded an awful lot of medical research since the Second World War”, if it had kept the rights to penicillin last century. Image credit: Felipe Esquivel Reed, Wikimedia Commons Professor Bell said: “We were headed into the jungle without a machete. We happen to be a rather good university, but universities don’t’ do this stuff.” Oxford produced 62 spinout ventures between 2007-16, more than any other university. The companies aim to turn a profit and channel money back into University research. The University began to look for a commercial partner after realising it may struggle to distribute and manufacture the vaccine. Oxford’s leadership acknowledged the importance of profiting from its scientific achievements. As part of the deal with the company, the vaccine will be sold without profit during the pandemic. However, if the vaccine is needed subsequently during seasonal returns of the virus, the deal could be worth hundreds of millions of pounds to the University.last_img read more

Panama: Officials seize about eight tons of cocaine

first_imgBy Dialogo September 29, 2010 The government knows who the traffickers are, they just act dumb. In order to change this the legislative as well as the judicial authorities have to change their way of thinking. Brazil: Police confiscate 200 kilograms of marijuana BOGOTÁ, Colombia – The Colombian military arrested three and seized 136 kilograms (299 pounds) of cocaine on a boat in the Caribbean Sea, officials said. The narcotic was hidden underneath benches on the ship “La Gracia de Dios II,” which was intercepted 40 miles offshore from the city of Cartagena during a joint operation by the navy, air force and the counter-narcotics police. The cocaine had a street value of US$3.5 million, officials said, according to the Colombian news website El Colombiano.com. GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – An enterprise that allegedly smuggled narcotics and cash among Guatemala, Nicaragua and Panama through the collaboration of attorneys, police officers and public officials has been dismantled, Guatemalan officials said. “So far we have captured 32 people out of a total of 45 who have been identified as members of this group,” a spokesperson for the Guatemalan Attorney General’s Office said during a media conference, according to EFE. The 13 being sought are prosecutors or police officers, the spokesperson added. The suspects are facing drug trafficking, money laundering, criminal conspiracy, murder and obstruction of justice charges, officials said. José Alejandro Véliz Domínguez, the suspected leader of the syndicate, allegedly paid US$400 to those who smuggled cash to Panama where it would be laundered in the country’s banks, investigators said. The smugglers then allegedly went to Nicaragua, where they would pick up shipments of narcotics bound for Guatemala. The criminal organization was dismantled after an eight-month investigation that included wiretaps, surveillance, scrutiny of bank documents and the searching of 70 residences, according to Guatemala’s Attorney General’s Office. PANAMA CITY, Panama – Authorities seized about eight tons of cocaine during a 24-hour period. The National Aeronaval Service (Senan) found about five tons of the narcotic near the Belén River a day after discovering three tons of cocaine hidden along the Caribbean coast, a Senan spokesman said. “[The] 4,926 packets of cocaine were seized at the mouth of the Belén River [near the port city of] Colón, but there are no detainees,” Vladimir Rodríguez said, according to EFE. The confiscations, which were made based on a tip by the Colombian military that spotted a suspicious vessel, mark the biggest narcotics seizures in the country’s history and raised the amount of narcotics seized nationally this year to 80 tons. “Senan alone has seized 19 tons of drugs with the last quarter of 2010 still to come, and has already exceeded the 17 tons confiscated last year,” Rodríguez said, according to EFE. The cocaine was taken to the Vasco Núñez de Balboa aeronaval base. Colombian authorities seize 136 kilograms of cocaine center_img BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Federal Police seized 520 kilograms (1,146 pounds) of marijuana found hidden in a vehicle during a traffic stop in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Police arrested the 23-year-old driver of the vehicle who said he was paid by a Paraguayan trafficker to deliver the load to the state capital of Campo Grande. BRASÍLIA, Brazil – Police arrested two and seized 200 kilograms (441 pounds) of marijuana from a parked vehicle in the city of Alexânia in the state of Goiás, marking the second-largest confiscation of the crop this year. Wanderley Camargo Arinos de Oliveira, 21, and Heber Henrique Rebolho Custódio, 22, were arrested and are facing five to 15 years in prison if they are convicted of interstate narcotics trafficking. The men are suspected of transporting the drug to the Federal District, according to officials with the counter-narcotics police (CORD). “Last week we burned 1,800 kg (3,968 pounds) of drugs, which included 1,200 kg (2,645 pounds) of marijuana,”said João Emílio de Oliveira, CORD’s coordinator, according to the Brazilian website Correiobraziliense.com.br. Brazil: Police seize 520 kilograms of marijuana in Mato Grosso do Sul Guatemalan officials dismantle suspected drug ringlast_img read more

Ruddock to miss World Cup

first_img The deadline for selecting 31-man World Cup squads is August 31, and Ireland boss Schmidt has already admitted he is finding the final composition of that squad a huge challenge. Chris Henry has completed his remarkable comeback after suffering a mini-stroke in November to win inclusion in the squad, the Ulster flanker proving himself ready with an impressive showing against the Barbarians last month. Veteran centre Gordon D’Arcy is among the ranks despite having already played his final game for Leinster, with his full retirement following the World Cup. Conor Murray and Sean O’Brien had faced minor injuries in the build-up to this initial squad announcement, but both British and Irish Lions are expected to be fully fit well in advance of the August warm-up schedule. Rhys Ruddock’s second broken arm in six months has cost the Leinster flanker a place in Ireland’s World Cup squad. Press Association The 24-year-old missed the RBS 6 Nations after another arm break in European Champions Cup action against Harlequins in December. “Rhys Ruddock would have been selected but has been ruled out after fracturing his arm against Uruguay last week,” said head coach Schmidt. “The squad selection has been a long process with some very tight decisions. “Some injured players who are getting close to full fitness have been included while others have missed out due to prolonged absence or lack of opportunity to demonstrate their full Test match readiness.” Ruddock was included in Emerging Ireland’s Tbilisi Cup campaign to help boost his match time in readiness for the World Cup training camp. Instead the Ireland Under-20s graduate must now sit out of the entire build-up and tournament, suffering his latest arm injury in the 33-17 victory over Uruguay. Leinster’s forward duo Jack Conan and Tadhg Furlong are the only uncapped men in Ireland’s ranks, as the double Six Nations champions prepare to kick-start their World Cup preparations. Schmidt’s squad will convene at their Carton House base on Sunday night, with four warm-up matches scheduled for August and the first week of September. Head coach Joe Schmidt admitted Ruddock would have made his initial World Cup training squad, but for the broken arm sustained while captaining Emerging Ireland against Uruguay. Schmidt confirmed Paul O’Connell is the captain of his 45-man training squad, with Ruddock the main casualty. last_img read more

PandaScore and PA Media: Putting esports on the map

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Growth hungry PandaScore nets back-to-back client wins  July 20, 2020 Submit Share Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Speaking at the recent Betting on Sports conference in September, Rich Duncan, Head of Business Development Racing & Sports Betting at PA Media, and Flavien Guillocheau, CEO at PandaScore, explained that esports has secured its place within the betting industry, and that digital platforms can’t afford to ignore its potential. In September, UK-based multimedia news agency PA Media announced its strategic partnership with esports data provider PandaScore which was aimed at sportsbooks across Europe and the United States.Explaining the importance of the strategic partnership, Duncan said: “From PA’s perspective, esports is different to traditional sports in the way that esports audiences consume content is very different as well. We recognised early on that in order to do esports right and to do it justice, we needed to partner with someone who really understood it  and was really doing it well. “At PA Media, we have 40 different sports, mostly ‘traditional sports’ at the moment, that we collect masses of live content for.  “Esports is ubiquitous now, if you look at it anywhere in the last two years, you will have heard something about esports, you may have heard stories in the news about prize pools on Fortnite etc. “Punters have begun to accumulate this idea tacitly that esports is something that is taking place, and that something is there which has huge potential. But when you begin to delve into that, you begin to see what the potential is, and some of the numbers are quite staggering. As a digital platform, we can’t ignore that, and obviously we want to be a part of it.”Meanwhile Guillocheau pointed out that the strategic alliance with PA Media has ‘put esports on the map.’ He added: The betting industry is an industry that relies very heavily on trust and integrity, and for us, partnering with a company is definitely a step forward in the right direction. It’s also allowed us to gain access to a large distribution network. “This type of partnership allows us to put esports on the map, and giving us a greater level of credibility and access to a more diverse network of customers. Esports is going to be around for a while, and so we have to distribute an esports product as much as possible.”last_img read more