Email Address ARC buys Nottingham Greyhound Stadium UK racecourse operator the Arena Racing Company (ARC) has purchased the Nottingham Greyhound Stadium, a member of the British Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) and the home of the English Greyhound Derby. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter UK racecourse operator the Arena Racing Company (ARC) has purchased the Nottingham Greyhound Stadium, a member of the British Afternoon Greyhound Service (BAGS) and the home of the English Greyhound Derby.The racecourse will be the fifth greyhound stadium operated by ARC. The business also owns tracks in Belle Vue in Manchester, Newcastle, Sunderland and Perry Barr in Birmingham.The racecourse includes a 437m track and hosts 154 racing fixtures per year. In 2019, the track was chosen as the new venue for the English Greyhound Derby, the flagship event in UK greyhound racing, replacing Towcester.“We are very pleased to bring Nottingham into the ARC group, further demonstrating our commitment to British Greyhound Racing,” ARC racing division managing director Mark Spincer said. “As the home of the Greyhound Derby and a stalwart of the BAGS broadcast service, Nottingham is a popular venue that fits incredibly well into our group.”Nottingham Greyhound Stadium was owned by Nottingham Greyhound Stadium Ltd, a company directed by brother and sister Rachel and Nathan Corden, whose father Terry previously operated the track. Following the purchase, Rachel Corden will also become ARC Greyhound Operations Director, overseeing the business and commercial operations of the ARC’s five greyhound stadia.“Given Rachel’s extensive experience in the greyhound racing industry, we couldn’t be happier to appoint her Greyhound Operations Director within our Racing Division” Spincer said. “I am sure that her years of experience of running Nottingham, and of British Greyhound racing in general will be of huge benefit to ARC as our commitment to the sport continues to grow.”Spincer was appointed managing director of ARC’s racing division in January, having previously been group operations director, but also spent time as executive director of both Newcastle and Doncaster Racecourses.Corden said she believed ARC showed a great commitment to British greyhound racing and was optimistic about the future of the sector within ARC.“ARC is a really progressive company who are committed to British greyhound racing, so I’m delighted that they have acquired ownership of Nottingham,” Corden said. “I am really looking forward to taking up my new role as operations director for ARC’s five greyhound stadia and to working with Mark Spincer and the established teams at all ARC’s greyhound stadia.“Nottingham stadium has been in my family for many decades and we have always been brilliantly served by a wonderful team of staff, trainers, owners and sponsors. I would like to give huge thanks to the whole team at Nottingham for their loyalty and excellent work over the many years and I look forward to continuing to work with them all moving forward.”Last week, ARC also appointed Bradley Hunt as chief finance officer and Alex Slade as general counsel, both new roles at ARC. Hunt is currently finance director at loyalty and customer engagement business the Collinson Group. Slade will join ARC from Eleven Sports Network where he is currently head of legal.“The appointments of Bradley and Alex represent a significant step forward for ARC as an organisation, as we position ourselves for sustainable, long term growth,” ARC chief executive Martin Cruddace said. “They will both bring significant strengths and experience to our senior management team, which will be of huge benefit across all areas of the company. “We are always striving to approach future challenges head on and these recent appointments, along with the now complete restructure, will allow us to do this.” Finance Topics: Finance Sports betting Horse racing Tags: Race Track and Racino Regions: UK & Ireland Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 24th February 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle
Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Pharma-Deko Plc (PHARMD.ng) 2011 annual report.Company ProfilePharma-Deko Plc manufactures, packages and markets a range of pharmaceutical and consumer products in Nigeria. Pharmaceutical products include Parkalin cough syrup, Revitone blood tonic, Salins liniment, Hexdene mouth wash, Brett mouth wash, Omepraz, Pharmadec drops and syrups, Phardol suppository and drops, Amycin dry powder and capsules, Anuproct suppositories, Vitacee drops and syrups, Antasil tablets, garlic tablets, Amoquin anti-malarial tablets and Parkprim suspension and tablets. The company also produces and sells a non-sugar cream soda; and manufactures and packages pharmaceutical and consumer products under contract. Established in 1962 and formerly known as Parke-Davis & Company (US), the company changed its name to Pharma-Deko Limited in 1990. It is now known as Pharma-Deko Plc. The company head office is in Ogun State, Nigeria. Pharma-Deko Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
March 2011Hugh Jackman Supports New ‘Live Below the Line’ CampaignLive On £1 a Day – Could You Hack It?Medium skinny latte to kick start the morning; £2.65, BLT for lunch with a juice; £3.50, muffin for an afternoon snack; £1.50, quick take-away after work; £8. Most of us won’t even bat an eyelid at spending over £15 each day, just on treats, and that doesn’t even include what we spend on food at home!Can you imagine reducing your food and drink spend to only £1 per day? This May, over 5,000 Britons will be choosing to do so – they will Live Below the Line.The campaign – created by the Global Poverty Project and supported by Actor Hugh Jackman – is asking the public to cut their spending on food and drink to just £1 a day for five days (2-6 May 2011). The aim is to raise awareness of the 1.4 billion people who have no choice but to live on £1 a day every day.Hugh Jackman says: “This is an incredible campaign that really gives us the chance to understand the realities of extreme poverty. It is certainly a challenge to eat and drink off of £1 a day for 5 days, but for 1.4 billion people, £5 is all they have not only for food and drink, but also for living costs, clothing – everything! Live Below the Line highlights the challenge that over one billion people are faced with everyday and urges us to do something about it, which is why I’m so proud to be supporting this important cause. ”Live Below the Line will raise £500,000 for UK charities working to end extreme poverty by recruiting 5,000 people to take part in the five day challenge and asking their friends, family and work places to sponsor them. The Global Poverty Project is asking Britons to sign up to do the challenge for one of the major charity partners of Live Below the Line: The Salvation Army International Development (UK), Christian Aid, Restless Development, Think Global and RESULTS UK.To take part in Live Below the Line, people can register from today at www.livebelowtheline.org.uk. The website includes tips, recipes and the opportunity to create your own fundraising page.Harry Potter actress Bonnie Wright is another celebrity supporter of the campaign who is taking part in the Live Below the Line challenge: “We live in a western world where there is an abundance of food, which we eat way too much of; rather than it being a necessity to survive. Live Below the Line has allowed me to realise the struggle people face to feed their family. In order to raise awareness and gain further understanding I am going to challenge myself! Why not join in?”As a special incentive to sign up within the next month, people who participate and raise over £200 for one of the charity partners between 10th March and 10th April will be in with the chance to meet Hugh Jackman!-Ends-For more information on Live Below the Line, please contact the press office at Haygarth on 020 8971 3300 or [email protected] and [email protected] interviews with Elisha London, Global Poverty Project Country Director, please contact Haygarth at the above addresses.Please credit Bonnie Wright’s photograph as by photographer Jessie Craig.About Global Poverty Project:• The Global Poverty Project’s vision is a world without extreme poverty within a generation. They exist to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action to end extreme poverty.• The Global Poverty Project was launched alongside the UN High Level Summit on the MDGs in September 2008, and launched in the UK in February 2010.• Global Poverty Project recognises that development is a complex field. Their focus is on communicating development issues and enabling action in the general public. To that end, their policy change objectives are in the areas of aid quantity, aid quality, global trade, equitable trade, and the Millennium Development GoalsAbout the Salvation Army International Development (UK)The Salvation Army International Development (UK) supports developing communities all around the world in the battle against poverty. Its mission is to resource, empower, and support these communities to defeat poverty and injustice and to enable them to build a better life and future. They encourage people to understand the issues around injustice, and to take action to restore our world as a place where justice, dignity and equality are a reality for all people.About Christian AidChristian Aid is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty.They work globally for profound change that eradicates the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality.About Restless Development– the youth-led development agency nt (formerly SPW).Restless Development’s mission is to place young people at the forefront of change and development. They help young people make responsible choices for themselves, equipping them with the motivation and skills to contribute to their societies. Restless Development create opportunities for young people to play an active role in policy making and train other organisations and institutions on how to work with and for them.About Think GlobalThink Global helps people in the UK learn about global issues such as poverty and climate change and find out how they can play a part in creating a morejust and sustainable world. Their work is concentrated in schools, such as the Global Dimension, and on youth work through our Global Youth Action project for young people.About RESULTS UKRESULTS are a grassroots led advocacy organisation that is working to end extreme poverty worldwide. We support ordinary people to work closely with policy-makers and parliamentarians at all levels of government to create the political will to end poverty.Further details about Live Below the Line:• Internationally, the Extreme Poverty Line is defined as US$1.25 a day(2005 ppp), around £1 a day in the UK• Live Below the Line is a new awareness-raising and fundraising campaign designed to help the public understand the challenges faced by those currently living in extreme poverty.• 1.4 billion people in our world currently live below this line – lacking the basic choices and opportunities. By choosing to Live Below the Line in 2011, you can get a better understanding of the obstacles inherent in living on less than £1 a day, and raise money to support charities working to end extreme poverty. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 42 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Hugh Jackman Supports New ‘Live Below the Line’ Campaign. Live On £1 a Day – Could You Hack It? Howard Lake | 23 March 2011 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
May 26, 2021 Find out more July 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bill increasing censorship could apply to foreign media as well Reacting to local press criticism of a bill that would impose fines on news media that publish unauthorised reports in situations of crisis, vice-minister of the State Council’s Legislative Affairs Office Wang Yongqing gave a news conference in which he denied that this was an attempt to censor the media and said it would apply only to reports with “serious social consequences.” He did not however explain what he meant by this.Wang said foreign news organisations could also be covered by the law. This was interpreted by Marie-Anne Toy, the China correspondent of the Australian daily The Age, as being a way for Beijing to censor the Hong Kong press, which still enjoys a degree of freedom and has in the past reported many developments which the government wanted to hide.——————–Media voices cautious opposition to draft law tightening censorship29.06.06Several newspapers have expressed their concern as the standing committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) examines a draft law on the management of emergencies, which aims to tighten censorship.Zhang Ping, in an editorial in Nanfang Dushi Bao (Southern Metropolis Daily), wrote that “in the instance of a coal-mining disaster this might be characterised (under this law) as a small-scale incident that need only be handled by local authorities.”He added that “What this essentially means is that the release of all information is in the hands of local government.”He added, “We believe as a matter of course that the spirit of watchdog journalism should be upheld in this law on emergency management but in fact this draft in its present form does exactly the opposite and doubtless represents a step back.”Another newspaper, the Xin Kuaibao (New Express), condemns the fact that the law does not take into account the fact that “there is no way of verifying that the information in the hands of the government is the truest and most accurate.” “The clause does not take into account the possibility that there are ‘man-made calamities’ amidst ‘natural disasters’. In such cases this clause of the draft law would actually become a tool for corrupt officials who want to cover up their dirty deeds.”The financial magazine Caijing interviewed experts and members of the National People’s Congress. Yu An, a university professor from Tsinghua and member of the committee which drafted the law, said that aspects to do with the media were not in the draft when the group had first met and he did not know how they had been added. Zhang Qianfan, who teaches law at Beijing University, said he thought the measure “inappropriate” because media coverage almost never had a negative effect.For more information about the articles :China Media ProjectNon-violence Resistance blog——————–Bill would step up censorship during crises26.06.2006Reporters Without Borders today condemned proposals to step up censorship of the media’s coverage of natural catastrophes, public health crises and industrial accidents contained in a crisis management bill that came before the standing committee of the National People’s Congress on 24 June 2006. The bill envisages fines of 50,000 to 100,000 yuan (5,000 to 10,000 euros) for media that publish unauthorised information on such subjects.”Adopting a law on crisis situations is not a bad thing in itself, but it is unacceptable to turn such a law into a instrument of censorship,” the press freedom organisation said. “The government views the media as enemies in the struggle against epidemics, accidents and natural catastrophes. But lives would have undoubtedly been saved if the media had been free during the SARS crisis in 2003.”Reporters Without Borders added: “This bill returns China’s journalists to the situation of censorship and self-censorship that prevailed before the SARS crisis. This is shocking. We call on the national assembly not to approve this bill as it stands.” Organisation Hong KongAsia – Pacific News News Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? Hong KongAsia – Pacific RSF_en Receive email alerts News to go further Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai The Thebeijingnews.com website said the media risk fines if they publish news reports about “the management or development of emergencies (without the approval of the authorities) or if they publish false reports.”Local authorities have the job of distributing news, and of supervising and managing the media in times of crisis. They are to “publish information about emergency situations only if it has no impact on their management.”A Chinese journalist with an international radio station said: “This law will discourage journalists. More and more media want to work for the general interest on these issues but they are being sidelined by the authorities.”The official news agency Xinhua said the bill was drafted as a result of the SARS epidemic. Censorship imposed by the government’s publicity department (the former propaganda department) during the SARS epidemic kept the public in ignorance of the real situation for several months. Some Chinese newspapers voiced their concern about a draft law setting out fines equivalent to 5,000-10,000 euros for publishing unauthorised news about accidents or epidemics. Reporters Without Borders called the measures new instruments of censorship. May 28, 2021 Find out more In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Hong Kong April 29, 2021 Find out more
Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: House Committee Schedules Hearings Marking Anniversary of Dodd-Frank Next: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 7/7/2015 in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Counseling Freddie Mac Housing Counselors HUD Related Articles Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily For first-time homebuyers looking for information or a guide through the complicated buying process, the best option is a conversation with a housing counselor, according to a blog post from Freddie Mac on Monday.For those buyers who have no idea how to begin the process, might have less-than-perfect credit, might have questions about whether or not they can even afford a home, or concerns about how to avoid being cheated by those deals that seem “to good to be true,” Freddie Mac recommends the best course of action is visiting with a housing counselor.”Counselors are trained to help in a variety of situations – from giving advice to someone who’s exploring homeownership for the first time, to helping a future homeowner overcome past credit problems (or lack of any credit history at all),” Freddie Mac wrote on its blog. “The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) maintains a list of approved housing counselors across the country, and these services are offered free of charge.”Counseling may reduce the risk of a first-time homebuyer becoming seriously delinquent by an average of 29 percent on affordable mortgages that required pre-purchase housing counseling, according to research from Freddie Mac. The study also found that one-on-one counseling, classroom counseling, and home study via the Internet, which are the three most common types of housing counseling, are equally effective.In order to help buyers achieve successful and sustainable homeownership, Freddie Mac is offering pre-purchase counseling and financial literacy education on its expanded Borrower Help Centers and Network. There are also resources available on housing counseling on Freddie Mac’s new My Home website, just launched last month.Freddie Mac is not the only government housing agency that is more widely publicizing the benefits of housing counseling as of late. In early June, HUD announced the launch of a new website, hudhousingcounselors.com, that is designed specifically for HUD-approved housing counseling agencies. HUD’s site offers a wide range of free online training for housing counselors designed to help prepare them for the upcoming mandatory HUD-certified counselor examination. Topics covered on HUD’s website include responsibilities of homeowership and tenancy, avoiding foreclosure and eviction, fair housing, and financial management. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago July 6, 2015 2,173 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Freddie Mac Encourages Homebuyers to Utilize Housing Counselors Print This Post Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Counseling Freddie Mac Housing Counselors HUD 2015-07-06 Brian Honea Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac Encourages Homebuyers to Utilize Housing Counselors
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domnicky/iStock(HOLLYWOOD, S.C.) — A South Carolina man has settled a lawsuit against the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, ending a years-long battle that began when an officer shot him in his own home after mistaking him for a burglar.Bryant Heyward, who was left paralyzed by by a police shooting in 2015 after calling 911 to report a home invasion, settled his lawsuit against the sheriff’s office for $750,000 — a far cry from the $25 million he’d originally asked for, his attorney revealed Sunday.“This case was very complicated. Bryant was a completely innocent guy and everything that could have went wrong did go wrong,” his attorney, Justin Bamberg, told ABC News on Sunday. “With no footage of the shooting, certain factual disputes created a proverbial he-said, he-said situation. However, nothing changes the fact that Bryant was an innocent homeowner shot in a tragic turn of events.”“His life changed forever, but he’s one of the fortunate ones who survived one of these bad encounters with law enforcement,” he added.Heyward called 911 during an armed burglary at his home in Hollywood, South Carolina, just west of Charleston. Authorities said he had a gun in his hand when Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene.In a recording of the 911 call, the victim told the dispatcher that two men with guns are trying to break into his house, banging at the window. Later in the call, he pleaded with the dispatcher for the police to hurry.The burglars had run off by the time police arrived and the responding deputies said they didn’t know the homeowner was armed.Heyward filed the lawsuit in 2017 after the shooting left him paralyzed from the neck down and in need of medical care for the rest of his life. He is unable to feed or bathe himself and has developed bed sores and diabetes, according to his attorney.He was left with long-standing emotional trauma as well. Bamberg said the legal battle eventually helped his client become stronger and more resilient, but it felt like an uphill battle at times.“I’ve had a few cases in my career that emotionally put me through the wringer and this is one of them,” Bamberg said. “It hurts to have a young man who is in his late 20s tell you they would rather be dead because he can’t move anything below his neck.”“Over time, his spirit revitalized and his spirit was rebuilt. Now he says, ‘I’m a survivor, I can beat this.’ He learned how to use this chair and he realized that he’s blessed because he still gets to talk to his loved ones and visit his friends,” he added.Bamberg said the settlement happened in May, but Heyward wanted to keep it private out of fear for his safety. Now, he hopes to let his story be an inspiration to others.“We didn’t say anything; we were mindful that what kick-started this whole thing was foolish people trying to break in to steal from him,” Bamberg said. “We didn’t want to put out how much money he got just in case someone tried to target his house again.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
President-Elect Izzy Westbury has survived her first test in office as an Oxford Union tribunal ruled that her campaign was not in breach of society rules.Rival presidential candidate Jack Sennett, reported Westbury to the Returning Officer for using a surprise birthday party thrown just days before the election to ‘hack\’ or canvass votes.Sennett issued a formal complaint against Westbury and Cyrus Nasseri for breaching Union rules which classify \”actual or attempted soliciting of votes for or against any candidate\” as electoral malpractice.The event, held at Camera on the 28th February was publicized as \”Izzy\’s Surprise 21st\” on facebook by Nasseri and described: \”A great night to celebrate our friend\’s birthday.\”Guests involved some of Westbury\’s closest friends from the Society, including former Presidents Laura Winwood and James Kingston, and the new Treasurer-elect, James Freeland.One guest commented \”It was only about 60 or so of her closest friends who would probably have voted for her anyway.\”The following day Westbury\’s facebook status read \”Went down to Camera for a few drinks and BOOM, there was a party!!!\”The complaint, made to Retuning Officer Katherine Sidders, was \”brought against Mr Nasseri and Miss Westbury, under the rule [against]: organised treating by or on behalf of any candidate either between the opening of nominations and the close of poll, so as to draw attention to the candidature of a member.\”A friend close to the unsuccessful candidate, who wished to remain anonymous, told Cherwell \”He was annoyed.\”He lost the election to her and he thinks that the party had something to do with it. \”Even if she didn\’t know, it can\’t have harmed her campaign.\”The tribunal, made up of three ex-Officers, ruled in favour of Westbury, dismissing Sennet\’s complaint.On the evening of the 10th March the tribunal \”found that there was no case to answer against Miss Westbury, and Mr. Nasseri was found not guilty.\”\”As a result, Mr. Nasseri continued in his role as Treasurer-Elect until he succeeded to the office of Treasurer at midnight [on Wednesday] night and at the same time, Miss Westbury took up the office of President-Elect.\”The incident has prompted wider calls to examine electoral practice at the Union amongst claims of malpractice. Several Union members reported the illegal practices of \”hacking\” and \”slating\” as standard features of Union elections.One Union insider who wished to remain anonymous told Cherwell: \”If the Union took electoral malpractice seriously, it would have disqualified everyone and disbanded itself long ago.\”Nobody ever gets to the top without actively campaigning or forming a slate – and that\’s not to mention dirty tricks.\”Friends of Hasan Ali\’s, outgoing Librarian and unsuccessful Presidential candidate have accused both Westbury and Nasseri of electoral malpractice in the past.A close friend of both of the candidates commented: \”They\’re great people. The tribunal found them not guilty, and it wasn\’t their fault that Hasan was losing the election. Izzy worked hard for the win and she deserved it; she\’ll do a great job.\”Slates aren\’t really anything. What you get is a natural group of people who all think each other are the best for the job and so they support each other.\”When contacted by Cherwell, Westbury and Sennett both refused to comment in keeping with Society rules, which prevent Union officers from communicating with the press.Â
We are determined to harness the UK’s world leading scientists and institutions to discover and develop a vaccine to tackle this global virus. Kate’s work will be critical to this effort. She has an excellent track record in the biotech industry, and brings vast experience working with drug and therapeutic discoveries which gives us a head start in finding and manufacturing a COVID-19 vaccine. Discovering a vaccine is going to be vital in the plan to defeat COVID-19. Kate’s appointment as chair of the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce will give us exceptional leadership and focused energy as we seek to make this essential breakthrough. We stand firmly behind the work of Kate and the Taskforce as they lead efforts to discover and mass produce a COVID-19 vaccine that could save millions of lives in the UK and around the world. All vaccines that come into development are long shots and to stand the greatest chance of making a crucial breakthrough we need we need great leadership. That is exactly what Kate Bingham will bring. There are many vaccines worldwide in development and its vital that the UK continues to play its leading role in trialling potential vaccines and stands ready to get behind any viable vaccine candidates. Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: Our immediate aim on vaccines is two-fold: to ensure everyone in the UK that needs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 can be as soon as practicable. Secondly, to ensure adequate global distribution of vaccines to bring the quickest possible end to the pandemic and the economic and social damage it causes. Chair of the Vaccine Taskforce Kate Bingham said: Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance said: Kate Bingham has today (16 May) been appointed chair of the UK’s Vaccine Taskforce – the group set up by the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Business Secretary and Health Secretary to lead UK efforts to find and manufacture a COVID-19 vaccine.This is a cross-government role and Kate Bingham will report directly to the Prime Minister.Kate Bingham is a leading figure in the life sciences sector and her appointment will enable the Vaccine Taskforce to accelerate the development of a safe and effective vaccine, one of the long-term solutions to controlling the coronavirus pandemic and saving lives without social distancing or contact tracing in place.Kate will co-ordinate the work already underway across Government, academia and industry to rapidly develop vaccines, and ensure that as and when a viable one becomes available, it can be produced in mass quantities and safely administered to the public – both in the UK and around the world.The Taskforce is ensuring the work being done to find a vaccine in the UK complements and supports global efforts. The UK is a leader in the global response, committing £250 million to the international drive to develop a coronavirus vaccine through the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and hosting the upcoming global pledging conference for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, on June 4th.Kate is uniquely qualified for the role, having worked in the biotech sector in the UK and internationally for 26 years – most recently as Managing Partner at SV Health Investor. Her work has led to the launch of six drugs for the treatment of patients with inflammatory and autoimmune disease and cancer.Business Secretary Alok Sharma, who has been tasked with ministerial responsibility for the government’s work on vaccines said: ENDSNotes to EditorsThe Taskforce is supporting efforts to develop a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible by providing industry and research institutions with the resources and support needed. This includes working with regulators and scaling up manufacturing, so that when a vaccine is identified, it can be produced quickly and at scale.The Bioindustry Association is working closely with the Taskforce, bringing together a whole range of businesses keen to use their expertise to mass-produce vaccines, as soon as one is ready.About Kate BinghamKate is temporarily stepping back from her full time role as Managing Partner at SV Health Investors, a leading international life sciences venture capital firm to take on this role as Chair of the Taskforce. At SV she is responsible for biotech investments and activities in the UK and serves or has served on the boards of companies in the UK, US, Ireland, Sweden and Germany. Her investments include small-molecule drug discovery and development projects, biotherapeutic development projects, and drug discovery platforms in a broad range of clinical areas.Kate played a leading role in setting up the UK’s Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF) and serves on the DDF Investment Committee. The DDF was created by six leading pharmaceutical companies (Biogen, GSK, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Takeda), together with the UK Department of Health and Alzheimer’s Research UK. Launched with initial commitments of £70m it now has £250m to invest in new potential disease modifying therapeutics for dementia.Prior to joining SV, Kate worked in business development for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company in Cambridge, MA and at Monitor Company, a strategy consulting firm. She has an MA in Biochemistry from Oxford University (First class) and studied on a Kennedy Scholarship at Harvard Business School (MBA Baker Scholar).
Four of the quickest Cornish pasty crimpers have been pitted against each other to determine who is the world’s fastest.The contest, held as part of the World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project, gave the finalists two minutes to see how many pasties they could crimp.Jonathan Rosevear of Cornish Premier Pasties and Phillip Bartlett of Proper Cornish tied for the first place with 12 pasties.But Rosevear ultimately took the title after judges determined he had achieved a total of 267 crimps – an average of 22.5 crimps per pasty – versus Bartlett’s 236.“This is such a nerve-wracking thing for the crimpers to go through, they are under so much pressure because they are showcasing their profession to the world, but we’re all tremendously proud of Jonathan,” said Fiona Rick, director of Cornish Premier Pasties.“Our crimpers are all trained to make a minimum of 22 crimps in each pasty as standard and, although we knew Jonathan was a fast crimper, we’re really glad his training came through and he didn’t try to cut this number down on the day, as this turned out to be the deciding factor that gave him the edge.”The other two finalists were Jackie Tonkin of Prima Bakeries, who crimped 11 pasties, and Katrina Jones of Portreath Bakery with 10 pasties.