first_imgTopics : At the same time Bayer announced it had also agreed separate multi-million-dollar payouts to resolve longstanding legal issues involving other Bayer products, as the group tries to turn the page on its courtroom dramas.Bayer’s share price climbed nearly six percent to 74.06 euros in after-hours trading following the surprise announcement.The Roundup deal would bring closure to around 75 percent of current litigation that involves roughly 125,000 filed and unfiled claims, the statement said.It would also settle about 95 percent of the cases currently set for trial and establish “key values and parameters” to resolve the remainder of the claims, Bayer added. ‘Hard-fought battle’ Roundup is a flagship Monsanto product containing glyphosate, a widely used weedkiller that tens of thousands of plaintiffs say caused their illness — with many suffering from the blood cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.Bayer suffered a clutch of financially painful setbacks in first-instance US court rulings last year, although the amounts awarded were later reduced.The legal woes have weighed heavily on the group’s share price with many observers and investors questioning the wisdom of the Monsanto takeover.Jennifer Moore, a lawyer representing several Roundup plaintiffs, welcomed the deal.”This settlement is significant for our clients because this has been a long, hard-fought battle and it brings justice for our clients,” she told AFP.Bayer maintains that scientific studies and regulatory approvals show Roundup’s main ingredient glyphosate is safe, but said when it released first-quarter earnings data in April that it “continues to engage constructively in the mediation process”.The settlement announced on Wednesday consists of a payment of $8.8 billion to $9.6 billion to resolve the current Roundup litigation, Bayer said, and $1.25 billion to address potential future litigation.Bayer stressed that the agreement would not cover three cases currently going through the appeals process.They include the landmark first Roundup case brought by school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson who was eventually awarded $78.5 million. Dicamba deal In the same statement, Bayer said it would pay $820 million to settle decades-old complaints over Monsanto-made toxic chemicals known as PCBs that caused water contamination.It also agreed to settle US lawsuits involving dicamba herbicide which has been blamed for wrecking crops in America, by drifting on to plants unable to resist it.The group said it would pay up to $400 million to resolve pending claims in Missouri for the 2012-2015 crop years. Bayer said it expects co-defendant BASF — which also manufacturers a type of dicamba — to contribute towards the settlement.It comes after a US jury in February awarded $265 million to Missouri peach farmer Bill Bader who accused the two companies of encouraging farmers to use the weedkiller irresponsibly.Bayer said the Bader case was not included in the proposed settlement. “The company believes the verdict in Bader Farms is inconsistent with the evidence and the law and will continue to pursue post-trial motions and an appeal, if necessary,” it said.Bayer said it would make the first cash payments related to the mass settlements starting this year. Part of the funds will come from the sale of its profitable animal health unit.”All three settlements are in the best interest of the company and our stakeholders,” said supervisory board chairman Norbert Winkeljohann. German chemical giant Bayer said on Wednesday it had agreed to pay more than $10 billion to end a wave of lawsuits from Americans who say their cancers were caused by its Roundup weedkiller.The deal relieves a major headache for Bayer, which has been going on since it bought US firm and Roundup maker Monsanto for $63 billion in 2018.”The Roundup settlement is the right action at the right time for Bayer to bring a long period of uncertainty to an end,” said CEO Werner Baumann in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgNew York checkpoints New York mayor Bill de Blasio, announcing the new checkpoints at access roads into the city, said: “New York City is holding the line against COVID-19, and New Yorkers have shown tremendous discipline.”We’re not going to let our hard work slip away and will continue to do everything we can to keep New Yorkers safe and healthy.”The virus killed more than 32,000 people in the city, which was one of its first epicenters in the United States.One of Brazil’s leading indigenous chiefs, 71-year-old Aritana Yawalapiti, died Wednesday of respiratory complications caused by COVID-19.Brazil, South America’s largest country, is driving a surge in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has recorded more than 2.8 million cases, and nearly 96,000 deaths, nearly half the region’s 206,835 fatalities.In Afghanistan, the health ministry said nearly a third of the population — or 10 million people — has been infected with the coronavirus. Toulouse in southwest France made the wearing of face masks compulsory in the busiest streets and squares from Wednesday. Paris and other cities are expected to follow suit soon, authorities said.South Africa announced that 24,000 of its health workers had contracted the virus, with more than a hundred of them dying from it.New York, meanwhile, announced it was setting up checkpoints at key entry points to the city to ensure travellers were complying with the state’s quarantine requirements.A total of 701,559 deaths have been recorded so far around the world, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources AT 1600 GMT. Travel industry hit The travel sector announced fresh cutbacks due to the pandemic.British airline Virgin Atlantic, which has not flown since April, has applied for bankruptcy protection in the United States as it seeks to tie up a rescue deal in the UK. Virgin Australia said it would close its budget subsidiary Tigerair Australia, laying off 3,000 staff as it prepares to relaunch under new owners. Copenhagen airport, Scandinavia’s largest, said Wednesday that it might lay off a quarter of its staff. Europe on Wednesday tightened virus restrictions as fears of a second wave of infections spurred by the holiday season grew with the worldwide death toll crossing 700,000.Greece announced a “wake-up week,” tightening restrictions after domestic infections saw over 380 new cases in August.Scotland reimposed restrictions in and around the city of Aberdeen, after a cluster of cases was identified there. Topics :center_img Europe remains the hardest hit region with 211,603 fatalities, but the number of deaths is rising fast in Latin America, with 206,835 recorded. Vaccine trials In South Africa, the hardest-hit country in Africa, some 24,000 health workers have contracted the coronavirus and 181 have died since March, Health Minister Zweli Mkwize announced.The number of infected health care workers translates to around five percent of South Africa’s overall caseload, which has been rising rapidly in recent weeks.But he added: “We haven’t got to the stage where we don’t have hospital space for patients.”The world’s hope of ending the current cycle of outbreaks and lockdowns rests on finding a treatment, which has proved elusive so far.The US government Wednesday announced a new $1 billion investment in a COVID-19 vaccine being developed by Johnson & Johnson, guaranteeing 100 million doses.J&J, via its subsidiary Janssen, received $456 million in March.Clinical trials on humans began in China for a potential coronavirus vaccine developed by German pharmaceutical group BioNTech with Chinese company Fosun Pharma. Restrictions re-introduced Announcing the re-introduction of restrictions in Greece, government spokesman Stelios Petsas told Mega TV: “We are trying to awaken people with messages and daily announcements on additional measures,” “The virus is here, it feeds on our complacency,” he said.They had identified three areas of concern, he added: regular crossings by ethnic Greeks from Balkans countries; social gatherings, from clubbing youths to baptisms; and public transport.The restrictions reimposed on the northeast Scottish city of Aberdeen included the closure of all indoor and outdoor hospitality venues from Wednesday evening as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon referred to what could become a “significant outbreak.” The measures will be reviewed in a week, which is when many Scottish schools will reopen.One of Belgium’s biggest meat processing plants, Westvlees, sent 225 staff home to quarantine after a cluster of coronavirus cases was discovered.Switzerland added mainland Spain to a quarantine list of 46 countries as well as Singapore and Romania.In the Netherlands, similar mask-wearing measures came into force Wednesday in Rotterdam and in some busy neighborhoods of Amsterdam, including its famous red-light district.last_img read more

first_imgNorwegian shipowner Ocean Yield ASA has taken delivery of the newbuilding Suezmax crude tanker Nordic Cygnus from Samsung Heavy Industries’ shipyard in South Korea.Upon delivery, the 157,000 dwt vessel started a long-term hell and high water charter with Nordic American Tankers Limited (NAT).Nordic Cygnus is one of the three ships to be chartered in by the New York-listed crude tanker company from Ocean Yield.The remaining two newbuildings hired by NAT on 10-year contracts are Nordic Aquarius and Nordic Tellus.Nordic Aquarius, the first of three newbuildings, was delivered in July 2018 and the third one from the series is set to be delivered at the end of October.As informed earlier, all three newbuildings would be financed through a sale and leaseback arrangement.NAT has been making room for newbuilds by offloading older tonnage.Earlier this month, the company said that it had sold three more Suezmax tankers built in 1997, bringing the total number of vessels sold over the recent past to eight.All the eight ships were 20 years old or older and their disposal has resulted in reducing the average age of the NAT vessels to about 10 years.The first five Suezmaxes were sold for scrap, according to the data from VesselsValue, and they include 1998-built Nordic Discovery, Nordic Fighter, Nordic Jupiter and Nordic Saturn and 1997-built Nordic Voyager. Image Courtesy: Ocean Yieldlast_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 26 May 2015The revamped design of the contentious SkyCity convention centre has divided critics, with one urban design expert saying it looks like “a ship beached up on Nelson St”.The latest design plans were released today by Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce and SkyCity chief executive Nigel Morrison.The redesign came about after Mr Morrison said the cost of the centre had grown from $402 million to $530 million, and it might need an injection of public moneyThat prompted Prime Minister John Key to express concerns over an “eyesore” if extra money wasn’t spent on it.Family First suggested the decreased size meant the legislative concession for allowing an increased number of pokie machines should be significantly reduced, if not scrapped.Director Bob McCoskrie said Family First stood by its original comments that the concession would harm those with gambling problems.“As we said from the outset, this deal will only hurt families, and there is still debate over the need for the Centre at all. A Convention Centre may sound good but not when it is being funded on gambling losses.“Government deals and legislative concessions should not be used as cheerleaders for casinos and the gambling industry.” read more

first_imgOneNewsNow 3 September 2015A new survey reveals children are missing out on vital vocabularly exposure as only six per cent of Kiwi dads are regularly reading to their children.Massey University researcher Tom Nicholson says this statistic needs to improve as dads story-tell differently to mums, which equips children with a wider vocabularly for school.“Dads actually use a more complex vocabulary than mums. They’re more directive and more informative than mums.”They have different experiences and talk in a different way so it’s important they read to kids, he says.Mr Nicholson told TV ONE’s Breakfast that research shows this helps kids to get ahead at school.The survey, which was conducted by Paper Plus, shows less than half of dads read to their children at all, and if they do it is only once a week. Kiwi boys need their dads to read to themNZ Herald 5 September 2015Most Kiwi dads read to their children but mums read to them more, a survey has found.The online survey of 9182 parents of children aged up to 8 by bookshop chain Paper Plus found that 94 per cent of dads, and 95 per cent of mums, read to their kids at least once a week.But when asked who spent more time reading to the children, 62 per cent of mothers and 55 per cent of fathers agreed it was mum.Only 6 per cent of fathers and 5 per cent of mothers said it was dad, and the others said both parents gave their children about the same amount of reading time.Massey University literacy expert Professor Tom Nicholson said having dads as reading role models was hugely important.“Boys tend to dislike reading much more than girls and they over-represent in remedial reading classes. read more

first_imgILOILO City – A drinking spree turnedout to be the last for a man after he was stabbed to death by a drinking buddyin Barangay Tabuc Suba, La Paz district. It was not immediately established whattriggered the argument. Residents Gelcor Malungayo and Steven Antiquiñawere on a drinking spree around 2:15 p.m. on Sept. 29 when a heated argumentensued, police said. This prompted Antiquiña to stabMalungayo several times using a bladed weapon. Malungayo died on the spot. Antiquiña, on the other hand, wasarrested and detained in the lockup cell of the La Paz police station./PNlast_img

first_imgClark County, In. — Indiana State Police say a Louisville man was arrested on numerous charges following a vehicle pursuit that traveled across three counties and lasted over twenty minutes Monday.The incident began around 7:20 am, when troopers stopped a car driven by Anthony Glenn, 45, on southbound I-65 in Jackson County for a traffic infraction.  Trp. During the contact police determined Glenn was wanted on multiple felony warrants out of Kentucky for evading police and endangerment.Upon asking Glenn to exit the vehicle, he fled from the scene southbound on I-65 in the vehicle.The pursuit traveled through Scott County where Glenn’s vehicle struck a tire deflation device deployed by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.  The pursuit continued southbound on I-65 into Clark County even after the tires on the vehicle had become deflated.  Glenn lost control of the vehicle and struck a guard rail, overturned and was then taken into custody at the scene.In addition to outstanding warrants, Glenn has been charged with resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, reckless driving, and operating while intoxicated.last_img read more

first_imgThe eastern half of Palm Beach County is now under a Tropical Storm Warning due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian. A Tropical Storm Warning means tropical storm winds are expected in the area within 36 hours. Due to this, mandatory evacuations are being ordered for residential structures in Zone A and Zone B in Palm Beach County, effective at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Palm Beach County Emergency Information Center number is (561) 712-6400.Zone A includes mobile homes, sub-standard housing and low-lying areas prone to water intrusion.Zone B generally includes the barrier islands, land areas north and south of the Jupiter Inlet, and other surge-vulnerable areas south along the Intracoastal Waterway to the Broward County line.If you choose to not evacuate to a shelter, please evacuate miles not hundreds of miles. Most of Palm Beach County is not being evacuated and residents should shelter within the county if possible. With the unpredictable nature of Hurricane Dorian, evacuating north is not recommended.To determine if your home is in a storm surge evacuation zone, go to or download our free app “PBC DART.” If you are not in an evacuation zone, please shelter in place.At 1 p.m. Sunday, Palm Beach County will open seven general population shelters, as well as the special needs shelter at the South Florida Fairgrounds and the pet-friendly shelter at West Boynton Recreation Center.The seven general population shelters are:Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elem. School, 1501 Avenue U, Riviera BeachIndependence Middle School, 4001 Greenway Dr., JupiterLakeshore Middle School, 425 W Canal St N, Belle GladePahokee Middle School, 850 Larrimore Rd, PahokeePalm Beach Gardens High School, 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach GardensPalm Beach Central High School, 8499 Forest Hill Blvd, WellingtonPark Vista High School, 7900 Jog Rd, Lake WorthThe special needs shelter is located at 9067 Southern Boulevard, West Palm Beach. If you are registered, you should have received notification. People with special medical needs should register for our Special Needs Program by calling (561) 712-6400 or visiting our website pet-friendly shelter is located at 6000 Northtree Boulevard, Lake Worth. This shelter is available to Palm Beach County residents residing in a mandatory evacuation zone or in mobile homes. Proof of residency is required. Space is limited and restrictions apply. Each pet must be accompanied by only one owner who will stay at the shelter. Other family members will need to stay at nearby Park Vista High School, 7900 Jog Road, Lake Worth,The available space for each person at a general shelter is 20 square feet. That’s 4 feet by 5 feet of floor space. Please bring snacks with you to the shelter, only dinner will be served Sunday evening. Shelters will be opening in The Glades and residents from Zone A can evacuate to those shelters.Palm Tran serves many shelter locations. Additionally, all Palm Tran services will be free on Sunday.The Sheriff’s Office assures they will not be checking the immigration status of any person coming to a shelter.MARTIN COUNTY:Shelters are opening at 1 p.m. SundayPet-friendly – Willoughby Learning Center – 5150 SE Willoughby Boulevard, StuartSpecial needs shelter – Anderson Middle School -7000 SE Atlantic Ridge Drive, StuartPort Salerno Elementary School, 3260 SE Lionel Terrace, StuartJensen Beach High School, 2875 NW Goldenrod Road, Jensen BeachHidden Oaks Middle School, 2801 SW Martin Highway, Palm CityWarfield Elementary School, 15260 SW 150th Street, IndiantownST. LUCIE COUNTY:Shelters are opening at 1 p.m. SundayResidents are required to pre-register if they go to a pet-friendly or special needs shelter.Special needs shelter – Havert L. Fenn Center – 2000 Virginia Avenue, Fort PierceFor other possible shelters in St. Lucie County, click here.If you choose to go to a hurricane shelter, please bring the following:3 day supply of water2 changes of comfortable clothesFlashlight with extra batteriesCell phone and a battery-operated chargerMedications and prescriptionsSnacks/Special diet foodsCashPhotocopies of valuable documentsGames, books and playing cards for entertainment during your staySpace is limited, so please pack accordinglyWeapons are prohibited in shelterslast_img read more

first_imgUSC’s Model United Nations hosted their third annual Southern California Model United Nations conference over the past weekend for high school delegates. A total of around 180 delegates from 15 high schools attended the conference with most hailing from Southern California or the L.A. metropolitan area and a few from the San Francisco Bay Area. The conference was held at the Von Kleismend Center and offered a range of activities for the high school students.The conference’s theme was global security and privacy with an emphasis on technology and ethics in society. MUNSC featured eight scenarios and a total of 11 committees. There were two general assemblies —the disarmament and security committee and economic and social committee. The conference also had three joint crisis committees, which had high schoolers working on both sides of a conflict. These committees included the 1983 U.S. and Soviet Union cabinets, The Troubles with the British and Irish Republican cabinets, and the upcoming 2016 election between the DNC and RNC. Other scenarios explored during the conference included the League of Nations during the Italo-Abyssinian War and even the futuristic issue of space colonization and interstellar politics.Shikhar Gupta, secretary general of MUNSC and the conference, helped organize the event. According to his invitation address to the high school students on SCMUN’s website, SCMUN was uniquely designed to have a range of crisis committees as well as nontraditional roles such as corporation and press roles. In doing so, MUNSC was meant to mimic college-level conferences to challenge the high school students.Drew Schmidt, president of MUNSC and the director general for the high school conference, expressed his enthusiasm for the growing conference as well the opportunities it contained for the high school students.“[SCMUN] is going really well for being so young in its infancy,” he said. “It takes a while to earn the trust of the high schools. A lot of the time, because they’re going to spend money on it, they want to go to the [conferences] they’ve always gone to so getting new high schools to choose to come to MUNSC is our biggest challenge but it’s really fun to be on the forefront of something new.”According to Schmidt, the conference was designed to challenge the high school students in their ability to improvise and make fast decisions.“Our conference is very crisis-oriented,” he said. “We love helping the high schoolers develop the skills to think on their feet. There’s no substitute to learn how to speak in front of other people.”Max Hill, a sophomore majoring in international relations, and Brian Walsh, a sophomore majoring in accounting, both joined MUNSC recently and helped out in the 1983 U.S. and Soviet Union joint crisis committee.“We’ve been putting the delegates through different scenarios and guiding them throughout the process to see what responses they have for our updates,” Hill said. “It took a very different turn from history, though — they ended up nuking each other. But it was very fun because we mix reality up a bit.”Claire Catlin, a junior at Palos Verdes High School, was part of the Republican Party for the joint crisis committee that imitated the 2016 election cycle. She imitated the role of Ben Carson.“They had actual news that was polls and rumors,” she said. “It wasn’t super structured, and it was more debate style. The committees weren’t super big so we could actually get work with other delegates.”Catlin is in her first year of participating in Model UN at her high school.“I like Model UN as a whole because there’s a lot of debating and you get to learn a lot of information you wouldn’t normally [learn],” she said. “I didn’t know a lot about the election process beforehand. And I’m voting in the next election so this has been really helpful.”According to Schmidt, the next school year will be an exciting year for MUNSC because not only will they host another high school conference, they will also host a college conference called TrojanMUN for intercollegiate delegates. As for away conferences, the organization plans to travel to universities all over the nation, including Columbia University, Georgetown University, UC Santa Barbara, McGill University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley and UCLA.“We earned a lot of awards this year from our travel team and just generally showed up on everybody’s radar on the east coast, where [MUN] is a well-established hobby and sport,” Schmidt said.For the next MUNSC, Schmidt hopes to expand the number of attending delegates to be 250 to 300 high school students.Schmidt said the experience he’s gathered from participating in Model UN has been invaluable and hopes the experience for high school students will be similar as they learn impromptu speaking.last_img read more