News story: Update on Randox test kits

first_imgOn July 15 NHS Test and Trace were notified that some test kits produced by Randox laboratories may not meet our required safety standards for coronavirus testing. Alongside the Lighthouse Laboratories, NHS Test and Trace has a separate contractual arrangement with Randox laboratories. As a precautionary measure and while we investigate further, NHS Test and Trace paused the use of these Randox test kits with immediate effect.The risk to safety is low and test results from Randox kits are not affected.We have been supporting all testing settings to receive replacement kits as soon as possible. For the Care Home Channel: making use of the original shipping carton or the return boxes that were provided to Care Homes, package all remaining COVID-19 Home Testing kits into these boxes. If no suitable packaging is available, packaging may be requested (details to follow). A return label will be provided and must be affixed in a prominent position to the outer package for return to Randox Laboratories Limited. A courier will collect the unused kits within a specified time period, different to that for the collection of staff and resident samples that are being processed for COVID-19 testing. For kits at a Warehouse facility: Randox will arrange for collection and transport of this stock to Randox Laboratories Limited. The Warehouse facility will be requested to advise on the number of cartons to be collected. For the at Home Channel: a return postage paid envelope is included in the Randox COVID-19 Home Testing kit. Therefore, the kit should be opened and the contents repackaged in the return envelope and the return postage label affixed. The label will direct the kit to the Royal Mail Collection Centre in Northern Ireland. Randox will take receipt of these deliveries. discontinue use of and quarantine any stock of the Randox COVID-19 Home Testing Kit immediately follow the instructions listed below to ensure the return of any stock of the Randox COVID-19 Home Testing Kit to Randox Laboratories Limited:center_img The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has instructed Randox to recall the ‘Randox COVID-19 Home Testing Kit’ with the Catalogue Number: EV4429 from NHS Test and Trace testing settings.This decision has been taken as a precautionary measure to prevent any further use of these Randox tests. Anyone who is in possession of this Randox test kit should follow the below instructions on how to return kits to Randox.Action to be taken:last_img read more

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Poverty summit gets experts thinking

first_imgRory Brooks is the founder of the Brooks World Poverty Institute which researches methods to reduce and eradicate poverty. (Image: Ray Maota) The inaugural Global Poverty Summit has given experts in global poverty reduction a platform to deliberate on ways in which poverty can be alleviated throughout the world. The summit was held at Turbine Hall in Newtown, Johannesburg, from 17 -19 January 2011 and is the brainchild of businessman Dr Rory Brooks of the Brooks World Poverty Institute (BWPI), based at the University of Manchester.At the summit, 50 experts on the subject of poverty discussed whether the World Trade Organisation’s Doha Development Agenda talks will be able to reduce poverty in developing countries.Also on the agenda were the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of the UN Development Programme. These are a set of goals endorsed in 2000 by nations around the world in an attempt to reduce global poverty by 2015.Brooks said: “Over the last decade, the plight of the poor has come under the microscope and talking about ways to reduce it, is the first step to its reduction.”He added that when funding research into global poverty eradication strategies, it’s vital that the research is able to go on and influence policy, which ultimately produces improved outcomes.“This is why we felt it was important to support this Global Poverty Summit in Johannesburg,” he said.BWPI research director Rorden Wilkinson said: “Johannesburg is a good example of the stark inequalities within the city. That’s why we chose to host the summit here.”Speakers at the summit included Nobel economics laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz; Dr Supachai Panitchpakdi, secretary-general of the UN Conference on Trade and Development; and David Hulme, professor of development studies at the University of Manchester.Millennium Development GoalsIn 2000 world leaders signed the Millennium Declaration from which eight MDGs were drawn. Leaders accepted collective responsibility to reduce poverty in their own countries as well as globally.The MDGs are:to eradicate extreme poverty and hungerachieve universal primary educationpromote gender equality and empower womenreduce child mortalityimprove maternal healthcombat HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseasesensure environmental sustainabilitydevelop a global partnership for development.“The MDGs have been a success because they have provided the moral underpinning and have catalysed collective action,” said Hulme. “It is vital that we all continue to strive to meet the targets set out in the MDGs, but the MDGs represent a bare minimum of what needs to be done to reduce poverty and halt the growth in inequality.”At the summit, delegates reached a consensus that for MDGs to succeed, especially in Africa, it was necessary to establish national plans specific to individual countries.Trade talksDiscussing the impact of the Doha round of talks on food security, delegates endorsed a proposal that countries should have the right to implement measures to combat food price volatility.“The Doha Development Agenda negotiations started a decade ago but they have yet to bring any meaningful contribution to reducing poverty,” said Stiglitz. “It is time to bring the talks to a close, but successfully doing so requires courage and sacrifice by the rich countries. They’ve got to accept that they are going to have to pay for the change.”Wilkinson said: “No industrial country got to where it is today without significant state intervention. Global trade negotiations need to recognise this reality.”The delegates also came to the conclusion that trade rules cannot be applied equally to rich and poor countries, but that there should be provision for countries at different stages of development.For example, developed countries could grant duty-free and quota-free access to their markets for least developed countries, and these developed countries could also boost the export capacity of lesser countries through trade assistance.Other topics under discussion included intellectual property rights and agriculture.The Brooks World Poverty InstituteEstablished in 2006, the Brooks World Poverty Institute is based at the University of Manchester, where Rory Brooks graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in management sciences.BWPI founder Brooks also runs MML Capital, an investment firm which has invested over US$1.4-billion (R9.8-billion) in more than 70 emerging companies across Europe and the US.Brooks and his wife Elizabeth support various causes, including the Institute of Cancer Research in London.BWPI aims to create and share knowledge that will help eradicate poverty and inequality in the North and South; and to bring about change in international policies that foster poverty.last_img read more

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New Video: How to Hide a Geocache

first_imgShare with your Friends:More Words, words, words, who needs them when you’re staring at a fresh-out-of-the-oven video about How to Hide a Geocache?Check out the new video from Geocaching HQ that’s full of easy-to-use ideas and tips for placing a well-loved geocache. The payoff for the maker (you?) of a cleverly hidden geocache comes from “Found it!” logs containing heaps of praise for the inspirational adventure and lifelong memories. Well done! Quick check: Still reading? Haven’t watched this video yet? Okay, here are some more words.After the success of Geocaching Maker Madness, with nearly 1000 events around the world, Geocaching HQ wants to set you up for success with this new How to Hide a Geocache video. Need a little more inspiration? Check out this Geocaching blog post, with ideas to create a geocache that keeps people talking. Okay, and last chance, Watch. The. New. Hider. Video.  And then share your ideas for great hides on the Geocaching Facebook page. SharePrint RelatedHow to have a ball when creating a geocache: Interview with cache owner Bouncebounce!April 23, 2019In “News”Padlocks, RFID chips, and secret briefcases: an interview with a geocaching maniacMarch 12, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Projekt 2013: The Mega-Event that Fought the Rain and WonJune 4, 2013In “Cache In Trash Out”last_img read more

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23 feared dead after breach in Maharashtra dam

first_img Local elected representatives also said the government had neglected their pleas for repair of the dam. Maharashtra Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan said villagers in the area had complained of cracks in the dam.“This dam was built 14 years ago. The State government will find out at which level there was negligence and necessary action will be taken accordingly,” he said.Homes of the villagers washed away will be constructed at safe places, he said. A compensation of ₹four lakh will be given to the kin of each of the deceased, he added.Chief Minister Fadnavis contacted the district administration and took stock of the relief and rescue operations, an official statement said.Some local residents claimed that Water Resources department official recently visited the dam, which was filled to its capacity, after complaints that the walls had developed cracks. Twenty-three persons are feared dead as the Tiware dam in Ratnagiri in Maharashtra’s Konkan region breached on Wednesday following incessant rains, officials said.Bodies of 11 persons have been recovered so far, Additional Superintendent of Police, Ratnagiri, Vishal Gaikwad said.The Tiware dam, was built 14 years ago in Chiplun taluk, with a capacity of 20 lakh cubic metres. The breach occurred late on Tuesday night, a district official said, leading to flooding in seven villages downstream; 12 houses were swept away.Search and rescue operations have been launched by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State police. A police officer said rescue operations were hampered initially due to darkness and sudden influx of water.Relatives of the victims said they had asked the district administration to repair the dam as they had spotted cracks in the structure in November last year.There was an issue over the jurisdiction of which tehsil the Tiware dam falls in, with both Chiplun and Dapoli tehsil offices ignoring the villagers’ petition, said a family member of one of the dead.“It is only because of their negligence that we have seen this day,” he said. “My parents, wife and infant are missing,” he added. “My brother, who had gone to bring his vehicle did not return,” he said.Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has ordered an inquiry into the incident.“The reason for the breach will be probed and action would be taken against the guilty expeditiously,” the Chief Minister said. Dam breach in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri districtVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0000:5300:53  center_img Dam breach in Maharashtra’s Ratnagiri districtlast_img read more

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Southgate defends Alli’s gesture

first_imgEngland Southgate defends Dele Alli’s middle figure gesture Iain Strachan Last updated 2 years ago 06:09 9/5/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Dele Alli - cropped Getty Images England England v Slovakia Slovakia WC Qualification Europe World Cup The Tottenham attacker was seen sticking up his middle finger during England’s win over Slovakia, but his manager claims it was an innocent gesture England manager Gareth Southgate has claimed Dele Alli’s lewd gesture was directed at team-mate Kyle Walker and not the referee during a 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia.Goals from Eric Dier and Marcus Rashford helped England come from behind to win at Wembley on Monday, as they close in on a place in the finals at Russia next year.Alli 17/10 to score anytime vs Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Alli appeared to leave himself at risk of retrospective disciplinary action, television cameras having pictured the Tottenham star apparently using his middle finger to express displeasure at a decision made by French match official Clement Turpin. But, speaking to the media after the game, Southgate claimed the attacking midfielder was merely interacting with a former Spurs team-mate.”Dele and Kyle Walker were messing about and Dele made the gesture towards Kyle,” he told a news conference.”They have a strange way of communicating!”When he was earlier asked about the incident during an ITV interview, Southgate, taken somewhat aback, said: “You’ve only just told me, just before we started.”[I’ve] not seen it. Obviously, we’ll have a look at it over the next couple of days.”Alli also defended the gesture, posting on his official Twitter account that it was just “a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker!”Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite— Dele (@dele_official) September 4, 2017While Alli ultimately grabbed the spotlight for the wrong reasons, Rashford was deservedly named man of the match for shrugging off the mistake he made in the build-up to Slovakia’s opener.The Manchester United teenager set up Dier’s equaliser and struck the winner from outside the area to earn the praise of his manager. “He showed, like the rest of team, great character, he’s obviously made the mistake for the goal but kept persevering, was a real threat, as did the whole team. They kept going,” Southgate said.”And I’ve got to say… the crowd were brilliant tonight. At a goal down the crowd really stayed with us and that was of huge importance to the team.”Pressed on how Rashford compares to the likes of Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney at similar stages of their England careers, Southgate sounded a note of caution.”It’s very early,” he said.”We’ve got to keep things in perspective. He is exciting. There’s a bit of reward for us. We gave him last summer off from going with the [Under] 21s. He can have an impact in games but there’s a long way to go.”last_img read more

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Horse racing news and tips: Paddy Brennan loses Cue Card ride after falls

first_imgPaddy Brennan, who has partnered the popular chaser Cue Card to five Grade One victories over the past two seasons, has lost the ride on Colin Tizzard’s 11-year-old to Harry Cobden after Cue Card suffered his second fall in three outings in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby on Saturday.Cue Card, who took the Champion Bumper in 2010 and the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham three years later, had not won a race for nearly two years when Brennan took over in his saddle in October 2015. The new partnership immediately reeled off three wins, including the Betfair Chase at Haydock and the King George VI Chase at Kempton on Boxing Day to set themselves up for a chance to win a £1m bonus with victory in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.Cue Card was still going strongly with three to jump at Cheltenham, but suffered what was at the time only the second fall of his career at the third last. He fell at the same obstacle in last season’s Gold Cup, and five out at Wetherby on Saturday. Horse racing Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “It’s a great opportunity for a young jockey to pick up a ride like that and the next target is the [Grade One] Betfair Chase [at Haydock on 25 November],” Cobden said at Chepstow. “I schooled him this morning and he felt A1. I’ve not really got any commitments in Graded races so it will be nice riding a horse like that as these opportunities don’t come around too often.”Thistlecrack, an outstanding winner of last year’s King George VI Chase and another of the stars in the Tizzard stable, is among 26 entries for this year’s race on 26 December and is now back in training after suffering a tendon injury which forced him to miss the second half of last season.“We had him in first week in August, we’re now nearly in November and we’re just starting to go a bit faster with him,” Tizzard Snr told the Love The Jumps podcast. “He’s got a month of fast work and he’ll be ready to run. He’ll have a hurdle [the Long Distance Hurdle at Newbury on 1 December] before we go in the King George because we can’t really go there first time up.“I feel his legs once a week now and someone else feels them every other day. There’s nothing there to be seen. So we’ll treat him now with no kid gloves. He will be doing all his work in the next month ready for his first race.”Greg Wood’s tips for ThursdayNewbury 12.40 Lostintranslation 1.10 Dell’Arca 1.40 Mr Medic 2.10 Countister 2.45 Topofthegame 3.20 Volpone Jelois 3.55 Irish PrinceLudlow 1.20 If You Say Run 1.50 Robinshill 2.20 Tempuran 2.55 Orbasa 3.30 Dizzey Heights 4.05 Imperial NemesisMarket Rasen 1.00 Knight Destroyer 1.30 Raised On Grazeon 2.00 Debdebdeb 2.35 Shady Glen 3.10 Pretty Reckless 3.45 ShrublandChelmsford City 5.15 Maypole 5.45 Vegas Boy 6.15 Gronkowski 6.45 Making Miracles 7.15 Middle Kingdom (nap) 7.45 Miracle Garden (nb) 8.15 Ifubelieveindreams Horse racing tips Read more Questions raised over whether David Evans breached training licence Topics Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebookcenter_img Share via Email “The horse is in lovely form,” Tizzard told At The Races at Chepstow on Wednesday, “it’s just three times he’s fallen now [with Brennan riding]. There’s no detriment to Paddy at all, but enough’s enough at times, and we’ll try someone else and see what happens.”Joe Tizzard, who rode Cue Card for the first 20 starts of his career including his two wins at the Cheltenham Festival, later expanded on the reasons for the decision to replace Brennan.“It’s not anything against Paddy,” Tizzard Jnr said. “He’s had some fantastic days on the horse. I think they’ve perhaps got to know each other too well and the horse is in the later stages of his career, and it’s time to have a change on him.“I’m not going to lie, if the horse had won on Saturday then this wouldn’t be happening, whereas three times now the two of them have got it wrong between themselves.“So we’re going to have a change, Harry Cobden has come in for the ride and he’s a good young lad. He came in and schooled him this morning. The horse had remembered Saturday’s fall, he went into the first and gave it a lot of height. He jumped some hurdles and then popped him over eight or 10 fences and it was good.”Cobden, who is 19, rode out his claim less than 12 months ago and landed a Grade One winner as a conditional when he steered Irving to victory in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle last November. He also registered a win over the Grand National fences at Aintree in April this year, when Tizzard’s Ultragold took the Topham Handicap Chase. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Share on LinkedIn Read more news Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Politicians all silent as part of Touch Football Game

first_imgSenate Oval at Parliament House in Canberra was all silent this morning as the Nation’s Politicians had their turn at the Silent Sports Challenge, against a team of Deaf ACT and Deaf Sports Australia representatives in a game of Touch Football. All participants were required to wear ear plugs and were not permitted to talk, so as to replicate playing sport with a hearing impairment, this presented quite a challenge for all, particularly the more vocal members of the Australian Parliamentary Sports Group.  Member for Fisher, Mal Brough, spoke on the importance of experiencing opportunities like this to achieve a greater understanding of the various impediments of individuals who have a hearing impairments”.Chairman of the Australian Deafness Forum, David Brady, brought to attention the vast number of Australians who suffer from a hearing impairment, which currently stands at over 4 million.“Having a hearing impairment not only affects the individual but their family and friends, holding events like this helps to create a greater understanding of this serious issue, and bring to attention the opportunities available to those with a hearing impairment” “Some people are lucky, when dealing with their Hearing Impairment, but we want to ensure everyone has the same opportunities and services to assist in the future” Next week marks International Hearing Week, whilst early in January 2016, Adelaide will play host to the Australian Deaf Games, which will feature a variety of sports, including Touch Football, to be supported by Touch Football Australia. For more information on the Australian Deaf Games head to: http://www.deafsports.org.au/2016-australian-deaf-games Photos of the morning’s game will be available through TFA Social Media shortly. Related LinksSilent Sports Challengelast_img read more

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CISF kicks off water conservation plan

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) on Monday kicked off the Water Conservation Plan and inaugurated the new CISF residential complex in Rohini. Director-General Rajesh Ranjan also flagged off the CISF expedition to Mount Satopanth. The CISF has been appointed as the nodal agency among CAPFs for initiating awareness about water conservation, and this campaign’s main objective is to make the general public realise the benefits of water conservation. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRanjan also flagged off a motorcycle rally to promote the water conservation plan along with a mass tree plantation drive to bring awareness about the renovation of water bodies, harvesting rainwater, and reuse of wastewater. More than 500 school children took part in the tree plantation drive along with CISF officials and DG Ranjan. Speaking at the event, he emphasised that it is the new generation that has to come forward and join the campaign for saving water and making India greener. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn order to provide accommodation to the force personnel of DMRC Unit, 1298 quarters at Rohini Rohini Sector 34-35 have been purchased from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Various facilities such as mess, medical, gyms, crèche, canteen, and a children’s park are provided in this residential complex. In addition, the CISF is planning to purchase 261 acres of land in Mandwar village of Gurugram, to build residential premises for CISF personnel. As far as the Satopanth expedition is concerned, the CISF attempt to summit the 7,075 m peak is a practice run for its maiden attempt to undertake the Mount Everest expedition. The Satopanth expedition is expected to condition the team for the Everest climb.last_img read more

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The Browns Have A Tight End Whos Defying Time

Jerry Williams311954LH6668610 RECEIVING YARDS Barnidge has 667 receiving yards for the Browns through 10 games (on pace for 1,067), plus seven touchdowns. That’s more than the 603 yards he totaled in his first seven seasons. This kind of late blooming is rare: The table below shows all players who had at least 500 receiving yards in a season after turning 30 and in that season surpassed their career total up to that point.1We looked at players with at least 1 receiving yard before their breakout year. Woodley Lewis331958RE9690642 M.L. Harris301984TE5759487 Mervyn Fernandez301989WR31,0691,041 Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge is 30 years old. Most would call him a young man — a millennial, even! He was 4 when the Berlin Wall came down, one of his favorite actors is Jonah Hill, and he’s participated in a reality TV dating show.In NFL years, though, he’s a geezer. Our perceptions of the average age of an NFL player are sometimes skewed by visibility — the best players tend to have the longest careers. But only 19 percent of active players are 30 or older, and most players peak in their mid-to-late 20s. Which is why it’s impressive that Barnidge is having the best season of his career, by far: Gary Barnidge302015TE8667603 Pat Curran301975TE761983 Willie Miller311978WR376757 PLAYERAGEYEARPOSSEASON #IN SEASONCAREER PRIOR Jim Jensen301988WR8652414 These are not exactly household names — it’s tough to build a memorable career with such a late start, and most of these players had just the one good NFL season to their name. Barnidge’s closest comp is probably Pat Curran, another tight end with a particularly belated breakout season (seven years in, to Barnidge’s eight). Curran faded after 1975, tallying 349, 123 and 92 yards in his last three seasons, but Barnidge could be on pace for a lot more yardage in his breakout year. Although the list above can’t make anyone optimistic about his prospects, the Cleveland end is in uncharted territory. Lou Piccone301979WR6556537 read more

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Tevez promises angry Messi for World Cup

first_imgCarlos Tevez reckons that an angry Lionel Messi will have a “great” World Cup for Argentina and he also believes that it won’t be the Barcelona’s star’s final oneThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner inspired Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil four years ago, before they narrowly lost 1-0 to Germany after extra time.Since then La Albiceleste have lost two Copa America finals in succession to Chile.Therefore, despite a trophy-laden career at Barcelona, international honours have eluded Messi.But Tevez feels that can change this summer.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“I am sure that this is Messi’s World Cup,” said the forward, according to The Express.“He has a lot of anger in his body, even if he does not show it.“I don’t think this will be his last tournament, but I expect a great World Cup.“Argentina is one of the favourites. Only Germany and Brazil are at our level.”Argentina will face off against Iceland in their World Cup opener on Saturday.last_img read more

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