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Former EU chief Barroso to chair vaccine alliance

first_imgThe Gavi vaccine alliance announced Tuesday that former European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso will become its new chair, as it works towards ensuring eventual COVID-19 jabs for poorer countries.The former Portuguese prime minister — currently the non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International (GSI) — will take over the role in January.”As we face the worst pandemic in over a century, the world needs Gavi now more than ever, both to ensure COVID-19 vaccines reach every country, rich and poor, and press ahead with its core mission to protect hundreds of millions of people from preventable diseases,” Barroso said. Geneva-based Gavi, a public-private partnership, helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the deadliest diseases on the planet.The Gavi board unanimously approved Barroso’s appointment to the unpaid role, the 64-year-old having come through a field of 115 candidates.Barroso was Portugal’s prime minister from 2002 to 2004, then ran the European Commission — the European Union’s executive branch — from 2004 to 2014.He accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the commission in 2012. Barroso has been in his role with London-based GSI, the US investment bank’s largest subsidiary, since 2016.center_img Outgoing chair eyeing WTO He takes over from Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria, who took up the Gavi chair in 2016. Her term ends in December.Okonjo-Iweala is one of five candidates left in the running to become the new head of the World Trade Organization.Her country’s first female finance and foreign minister, the 66-year-old had a 25-year career as a development economist at the World Bank, eventually becoming its number two.Gavi announced Tuesday that up to 100 million additional doses of any eventual COVID-19 vaccines would be secured for delivery to poorer countries in 2021.The announcement doubles the number of doses it has already secured from the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer by volume.Gavi says it has helped vaccinate more than 822 million youngsters in the world’s poorest countries since its inception in 2000.The core partners in the alliance are the World Health Organization, The United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF, the World Bank and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.Topics :last_img read more

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AS Roma target Chelsea winger Pedro

first_img Loading… Serie A side AS Roma are reportedly working on a deal to sign Chelsea and former Barcelona winger Pedro on a free transfer this summer.Advertisement The 32-year old is out of contract at Chelsea, and he will not be signing an extension at Stamford Bridge.The ex Spanish international will stay at the club beyond the end of June, due the Coronavirus Premier League suspension.However, according to reports from the Daily Mirror, Paulo Fonseca’s side will then offer a three year contract.Pedro is frustrated at Chelsea’s offer of two more years, with reported MLS offers also set at two years.That could place Roma in the driving seat to secure a deal, as Fonseca looks to add experience to his squad.Read Also: Osimhen joins Mbappe, Neymar in Ligue 1 team of the seasonPedro has enjoyed a successful five years with the Blues, winning a Premier League, FA Cup and Europa League title.The veteran star also played a key role in Pep Guardiola’s dominant La Blaugrana side, winning five La Liga titles.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Best Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time90s Stunners Who Still Look GorgeousThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own Eyes”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks Now8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got Betterlast_img read more

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Baby Jet Promotions secure December 26 for Tagoe bout

first_imgBaby Jet Promotions have confirmed Boxing Day, December 26 to host its forthcoming bout with lead fighter Emmanuel Tagoe on the main bill.Game Boy, as he is affectionately called will be facing Tanzanian Sidicki Mombo in the main even with other exciting undercard bouts being lined up.The boxing syndicate of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan have secured the RLG Sports Hall of the Accra Sports Stadium as the venue for the bout.Chief Executive Officer of Baby Jet Promotions, Samuel Anim Addo is expected to make official announcements on development and inroads made ahead of the December 26 bout.Meanwhile, Captain  Asamoah is set to arrive in the early hours of Tuesday to join his colleagues for the  first training session of the Black Stars at the Accra Sports Stadiumlast_img

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Whicker: Blake Griffin injury has Clippers holding their breath after win

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ C.J. Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan dunks as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brook Lopez looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, left, pressures Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, right, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. react after a jump ball was called during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)The Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, drives to the basket under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, bottom, gets his shot blocked by Los Angeles Lakers’ Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, left, shoots for three points under pressure by Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, center, grabs a loose ball against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr., left, and Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, top, passes the ball under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram fouls Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson, center, passes the ball under pressure by Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin, left, and Wesley Johnson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, center, reacts to a play during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, puts up a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton, left, and Lonzo Ball watch action during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, right, puts up a shot against Los Angeles Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Jawun Evans, front, and Los Angeles Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson look at a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, center, drives to the basket as Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball, from left, Larry Nance Jr., Brook Lopez watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams reacts after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Clippers’ Austin Rivers, center, is shoved by Blake Griffin after making a basket against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Lakers’ Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, drives past Los Angeles Clippers’ C.J. Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Clippers 120-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 21Clippers forward Blake Griffin grimaces in pain after teammate Austin Rivers landed on his left leg during the second half of Monday’s game against the Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers won 120-115 but must wait for further evaluation on Griffin’s knee. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Austin Rivers was the first responder.He was the one who was knocked into Blake Griffin, landed on his left knee, heard him scream.He talked to Griffin in the Clippers’ locker room, although Griffin wasn’t in the mood to converse.“He’s down,” Rivers said. “It’s like oh, no, not again.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThat is taken in an individual and team sense. Griffin’s biggest NBA obstacles are the muscles and ligaments that threaten to burst through the skin, yet can’t weather 82 games, not the way he attacks them.The Clippers have already lost three of the top players they meant to use to fill the empty locker of Chris Paul.Griffin left the locker room without comment Monday night.“I think it’s hyperextended,” Rivers said, speaking of Griffin’s knee. ‘“I hope it’s hyperextended. I hope that’s all it is, because if it is, he might miss a game or two. I hope it’s not worse. That’s the last thing we need, missing that guy.”The first things they need are victories, and the Clippers still got one Monday, a vastly entertaining 120-115 win over a Lakers squad that will wonder how it got away.center_img The Clippers were up 112-110 with 3:53 left when Griffin came to the bench and then disappeared into the wings. They still won, possibly because the Lakers launched a cascade of bad shots, possibly because there are nights when there is no bad shot if it comes off the fingertips of Lou Williams.Williams was with the Lakers for much of last season, so there were no secrets here. He bombarded them with 42 points, hit all 14 of his free-throw attempts and all seven in the fourth quarter, and went 12 for 21 from the field. He and Austin Rivers combined to go 19 for 37 for 61 points. All were needed against a Lakers team that pounded the Clips with second-chance points and bench production.“I used to guard him,” Austin Rivers said. “Don’t let him go left. I don’t know why teams do it, but they do. He shoots this fading shot and you can’t block it. But tonight he went right, too. He threw down that one dunk, over Josh Hart, and they had to take him (Hart) out of the game right then. He’s more athletic than you think.“He’s a lot like Jamal Crawford was last year, where he can just go off at any time and there’s nothing you can do about it. Jamal was a little more of a finesse guy. He’d shoot more 3-pointers. He also played with the ball a little more. With Lou, he gets it and he’s either going to the basket or passing or shooting. There’s no hesitation.”With guard Patrick Beverley out for the season, Williams’ chances of winning the Sixth Man Award have diminished. “We have to start him now,” Coach Doc Rivers said.Williams has played 37, 36 and 37 minutes in his three starts. Conservation is not in the cards until the fallen Clippers begin returning to the perimeter, such as Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic. The Clipper bench provided only 20 points on Monday.Unfettered scorers are part of NBA lore. It’s not selfishness if you keep making the shots. Philadelphia had World B. Free and Andrew Toney, both known as the Boston Strangler for the carefree way they pounded jump shots in Boston Garden. There was Vinnie Johnson, the Microwave. James Harden was a killer sixth man when he played for Oklahoma City. And there was the afternoon in 1987 when Golden State’s Sleepy Floyd fired all his guns at once and laid 29 fourth-quarter points on the Lakers in a playoff game, 51 in all.It’s even more special these days, with the single-spaced defensive scouting reports designed to prevent that very thing. But guys like Williams can still turn nine other players into bystanders.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was trying to match Williams, bomb for bomb, through most of the game, but it took him 28 shots to get his 29 points. Jordan Clarkson, the new bench force for the Lakers, led a comeback with 17 points, but there was too much heave-and-hope shooting at the end for the Lakers to keep up.At least they aren’t dreading the next MRI.“I fell on him and I felt his knee, I felt it,” Austin Rivers said, shaking his head.As for Doc Rivers, he shrugged and said, “He might be all right. He might not.” Tuesday will clear that up for a coach who never thought he’d be praying to hear “day-to-day.”last_img read more

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