Oct 6, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Recent US government contracts to test two experimental anthrax drugs could lead to the purchase of up to 100,000 doses of each.Cangene, based in Winnipeg, Man., has received a contract from the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to supply its anthrax immune globulin (AIG) for preliminary efficacy testing, according to a company news release. The company describes AIG as a hyperimmune product for treating or preventing inhalational anthrax, caused by Bacillus anthracis.HHS has the next year to decide whether to purchase from 10,000 to 100,000 doses of AIG over three years. If that happens, Cangene must seek Food and Drug Administration approval of the product.HHS has awarded a similar contract to Human Genome Sciences Inc. (HGS) of Rockville, Md. In the first phase of the contract, worth $1.8 million, the company will sell the government 10 grams of ABthrax, a human monoclonal antibody for treating anthrax, the company announced on Oct 3. The government then will have the option to buy up to 100,000 doses of the product within a year.B anthracis is considered a category A bioweapon. Four years ago this month, soon after the Sep 11 attacks, anthrax spores sent through the US mail caused a series of anthrax cases that eventually totaled 22 (11 cutaneous and 11 inhalational). Five patients with inhalational anthrax died. The case has never been solved.See also: CIDRAP anthrax overviewhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/anthrax/biofacts/index.html
Norwegian shipping and tank terminal company Odfjell SE said that it is about to sell the terminal facility in the port of Rotterdam to its Dutch counterpart Koole Terminals B.V. The move follows the announcement from American private equity firm Lindsay Goldberg (LG) on the sale of its 49 percent shareholding in Odfjell Terminals B.V. (OTBV) and Odfjell’s decision on an outright sale of OTBV subsidiaries Odfjell Terminals Rotterdam (OTR) and Odfjell Terminals Maritiem (OTM).Odfjell, which owns the remaining 51 percent in the OTBV joint venture, said it would cash in USD 155 million from the sale and that Koole will compensate OTBV for all permitted equity injections made in 2018 until closing.The sale is part if Odfjell Terminals efforts to cut debt and, after closing, the intended transaction is expected to cut the company’s debt with around USD 35 million.Odfjell SE’s share of the proceeds at closing is expected to amount to around USD 100 million and result in an estimated book loss for Odfjell SE of around USD 100 million.The sale is subject to the employee consultation procedures being finalized, finalizing documentation and to customary regulatory approvals.“We have been working hard to restore profitability at OTR during the past years, and the terminal is now ready for the next step of development, which will require significant investments,” Kristian Mørch, CEO of Odfjell said.“Koole has great ambitions for the terminal, and we are confident in their ability to realize the value potential this business represents. Following a sale of OTR, Odfjell will have a network of seven tank terminals worldwide. We remain committed to our tank terminals business and will allocate capital for growth of Odfjell Terminals in the years to come.”
“Sam is a man who has probably had the most influence on me in terms of playing team golf in my career. “Being my first captain in the Ryder Cup in 2002, I learned a huge amount from him and have continued to do so over the years. “Since those early days, our relationship has grown to see us become firm friends and, living not far apart, we see a lot of each other socially as well.” Torrance, who holds the record for the most European Tour appearances in history with 706, expressed his pride at being welcomed back into the Ryder Cup fold. “Everyone knows how much the Ryder Cup has meant to me over my career so I am absolutely delighted to be involved once again,” Torrance, who captained Great Britain & Ireland to victory in the Seve Trophy last year, said. “Paul was a special part of my team at The Belfry in 2002 and he knows I will do everything possible to help him and the team at Gleneagles in September.” Smyth was also delighted to be named vice-captain once again, adding: “I was thrilled when Paul contacted me and asked me to be one of his vice captains at Gleneagles – there was no hesitation for me in saying ‘yes’. “I relished the opportunity to be a vice captain at The K Club in 2006 and I look forward to playing a positive role once again in supporting Paul and the team.” Smyth was also named as a vice captain to Miguel Angel Jimenez for this month’s inaugural staging of the EurAsia Cup between Europe and Asia. The Dubliner often plays golf against Torrance at Sunningdale and has made no secret of his admiration for the Scot’s handling of the captaincy after the 12-month postponement caused by the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. “We won at The Belfry because of one reason, captain Sam Torrance,” McGinley said in 2012. “There’s no doubt about it and anyone on that team would tell you why.” United States captain Tom Watson has already named Andy North and Ray Floyd as his vice-captains for the biennial contest from September 26-28. McGinley said: “I am delighted to officially unveil Des and Sam as two of my vice captains for the Ryder Cup. “As well as being good friends, they are two guys that I greatly admire both personally and professionally and I know they will be vital assets to me in Scotland in September. “They were the first two people I had in mind for this role when I was appointed captain and, since then, I have talked to a lot of the experienced European players about having them as part of the team and, to a man, they have been very supportive of the idea. “Des took me under his wing when I was a young rookie on Tour and he gave me tremendous advice which was not only valuable then but has continued to ring true for me throughout my professional career. “His views and ideas about the Ryder Cup particularly have consistently proved to be spot on and I really enjoyed working with him as a vice captain in 2006 when I was a player. European captain Paul McGinley today named Sam Torrance and Des Smyth as his first two vice-captains for September’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. McGinley played under Torrance and holed the winning putt at The Belfry in 2002, while Smyth was a vice-captain under Ian Woosnam for the record-equalling win at the K Club in 2006. A further two vice-captains will be chosen later in the year, with McGinley waiting to see how his 12-man team is shaping up before making an announcement. Press Association
For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: After a month of intense battle in the league stage, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has entered its final leg and has four potential names – India, England, Australia and New Zealand – of which one would lift the coveted trophy. The first semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester between India and New Zealand on Tuesday. In the other, hosts England will take on the defending champions Australia to seal first ever spot in the final. England have never won the ICC Cricket World Cup and this time they are being dubbed as one of the potential favourites to claim the title. India too is the challengers and given the current form of the team, it would be very tough for the other three teams to defeat them. However, if India wish to repeat their 2011 performance, when MS Dhoni led them to their second World Cup title, these three players will have to fire on all cylinders:These 3 players would decide India’s fate in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Rohit Sharma: Hailed as the ‘hit man’ of team India, Rohit Sharma (647 runs) is currently the highest run-scorer in the tournament. Rohit has hit five ton, which is the world record by any batsman in a single World Cup. The Mumbai lad is in his dream form and firing on all cylinders. If India plan to bring home the World Cup, it is highly significant for Rohit to continue smashing the bowlers the way he has been doing throughout the tournament. Virat Kohli: World’s best batsman, the skipper of Indian team is the most crucial player for India’s World Cup dream. So far, Virat Kohli has been happily playing the second fiddle to Rohit Sharma, who is leading from the front. Although Kohli is yet to score a hundred in the World Cup, the talismanic player has hit five fifties. Although Kohli says he is okay to continue paying his current role, the Delhi lad has to covert his fifties into hundreds if India has to win the World Cup. Kohli has the ability to score runs in any situation against any team at any ground. And we are hoping to see his best in the coming game(s).Jasprit Bumrah: India is quite lucky to have both World’s best batsman as well as number one bowler in the team. Jasprit Bumrah has been one of the most lethal bowlers of the World Cup along with the likes of Mitchel Starc and Jofra Archer. He has been Virat Kohli’s go to man and provided match-wining breakthroughs at several occasions. With 17 wickets in 8 innings at the economy of 4.48, Bumrah will be India’s most crucial weapon in the semi-final and in the final as well (given they win against New Zealand).
(REUTERS) – The Kentucky Derby is the first step toward Triple Crown glory and this year’s ‘Run for the Roses’ is more wide open than it has been in years after race favourite Omaha Beach was scratched due to injury.The betting line for today’s race went through a big shake-up after Omaha Beach, who was installed as the early 4-1 favourite, was pulled from the event on Wednesday after developing a non-life-threatening breathing problem.The absence of Omaha Beach opens the door for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who is seeking to tie all-time trainer record for Kentucky Derby wins with six and now has the top three favourites in Game Winner, Roadster and Improbable. The top choice, at 9-2, is Game Winner, followed by Roadster and Improbable, who were both given 5-1 odds.But Baffert, who trained both American Pharoah and Justify to their Triple Crown wins in 2015 and 2018, respectively, is not getting ahead of himself going into the 1-1/2 mile race at Churchill Downs. “There are a lot of good horses in here,” said Baffert. “Unless we see something different on Derby Day, this is a nice evenly matched group of horses. I don’t see someone really popping off the screen.” Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Justify to a Triple Crown and was supposed to be aboard Omaha Beach today, was named yesterday as a late replacement for Corey Lanerie aboard 30-1 longshot Cutting Humor.Another horse to watch will be Maximum Security (10-1) as the Jason Servis-trained bay colt enters the Kentucky undefeated in his four starts. The Kentucky Derby field was reduced to 19 horses yesterday when longshot Haikal was scratched with an abscess on left hoof. As a result, the rail will remain empty as War of Will, who had drawn the No.1 post, will now break from the second gate.There is rain in the forecast today and while it may stop by the time the horses set off at 18:46hrs ET (2246 GMT) it is most certain they will contest the race on a wet track. Wet conditions will prove beneficial to some horses, perhaps none more so than War of Will (20-1), who last November raced on a muddy track at Churchill Downs in his first start on dirt and breezed to a five-length victory.But the Mark Casse-trained colt may need all the help he can get after an unfavourable draw has the son of hot Sire War Front starting from a post that has not produced a winner since 1978.
Its standing is without question. As the last one-month indicated, football remains the world’s most popular sport, loved and adored by scores of people, played actively by millions and watched with incredible dedication by a lot more people.As 32 teams gathered at the World Cup in Russia, the visitor and viewer numbers highlighted a certain trend. The United States of America had the most nationals travelling to Russia for the tournament. In Ghana, it was the prime television program. Both countries were not represented yet, this football event played over a four-year period gripped their respective countries as if they were involved.That Ghana affection for football is mirrored on a continent-wide level. Pitches everywhere, kids playing barefooted on any available patch of land, many of them rising up at dawn, running miles, practising in a bid for that vital breakthrough.It is a breakthrough whose chase has been legitimised by the success stories of some of the continent’s most outstanding names. Abedi Pele, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba all emerged from the continent to become eminent names in the world of football. There are many striving to get there and a lot more waiting to be unearthed. That is why interventions like the Rexona Ghana Be The Next Champion Campaign has become so vital. Over a three month period, a team led by former Ghana international midfielder Laryea Kingston have scouted the length and breadth of Ghana picking out outstanding talents to join Africa XI for a game against Chelsea legends in September.Kingston’s role as technical director of the project is complemented by the efforts of arguably Ghana’s greatest export to the English Premier League Michael Essien. The midfielder made his name during a distinguished European career that counted clubs such as Lyon, Real Madrid and AC Milan but it was at Chelsea where he flourished the most, winning every trophy that club football had to offer at the highest level. In a way, his career provides the clearest path for young footballers; scouted early in school, afforded the best training plus opportunities at home and abroad, he grabbed them with both hands and is the perfect man to preach the message about why young footballers should be taking the Be The Next Champion campaign seriously.“I had my opportunity early so I know what openings like this mean,” he said. “I hope through this, a number of footballers can get their breakthrough at the highest level so I hope as many as possible sign up.”That message seemed to have gone down well. In trips to every regional capital in Ghana, the response has been overwhelming. Wa opened the floodgates in grand style before the two northern towns of Bolgatanga and Tamale embraced it. Sunyani, home to many Ghanaian footballers and the capital of the region with the most Ghana Premier League clubs proved it loves it’s football and has talent in reserve. Kumasi has been a big talent hunting spot for scouts and when the train stopped there, they didn’t disappoint. Venues like Ho and Koforidua provided confirmation that as far as football talent goes, they are fairly well spread out in the country. Then the search ended in Accra, which as is to be expected is overflowing with talent so much so that it took three days of scouting in three strategically selected venues to get through the process. The sum of all that is, 26 young hungry and talented footballers who will converge at the Lizzy Sports Complex on 22ndand 23rd July to determine who gets the slot or is it slots, available to Ghana in the Africa XI. Kingston undertook the selection but he will be joined by two coaches from Chelsea over a two day period for the final. Laryea knows the process will not be easy.“On our regional rounds, it was incredibly difficult to pick the winners because there were so many good players,” Kingston said. “I think it will be keenly contested and that is a good thing because there is so much at stake.” And oh!! A big announcement is expected to be made by the Rexona -Chelsea team at the grand final. Keep your fingers crossed for the surprise