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Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

Congo to begin vaccinating against Ebola on Monday

Health
Congo will begin administering an experimental Ebola vaccine Monday in Mbandaka, the northwestern city of 1.2 million where the deadly disease has infected some residents, Congo's health minister announced. "The vaccination campaign begins tomorrow, Monday, in Mbandaka, capital of the province. It will target, first, the health staff, the contacts of the sick and the contacts of the contacts," Minister of Health Oly Ilunga told The Associated Press Sunday. The death toll of the current Ebola outbreak has risen to 26. Initially, the campaign will target 600 people, mainly medical staff, contacts of suspected cases, and those who have been in contact with the contacts, said Ilunga. Officials are working urgently to prevent the disease from spreading beyond Mbandaka, which lies on the Congo...
Raytheon to begin modernizing missile defense

Raytheon to begin modernizing missile defense

Business
March 27 (UPI) -- Raytheon announced this week that the company has begun work on a contract from the U.S. Army to sustain and modernize missile defense for both military commands and government agencies.Raytheon said on Monday it would start work on the three-year service contract for system upgrades valued at $ 600 million that was first announced in June 2017. The work was held up by a protest bid, the company said.The Army systems set to receive services are the THAAD, the AN/TPY-2 radars, the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense System, the Sea-Based X-Band Radar and Upgraded Early Warning Radars, according to the company.The Government Accountability Office defines a bid protest as "a challenge to the award or proposed award of a contract for the procurement of goods and services or a chal...
India Post Payments Bank will begin nationwide rollout in April

India Post Payments Bank will begin nationwide rollout in April

Finance
India Post Payments Bank will begin its nationwide rollout in April, the government said on Saturday, refuting reports of revised or delayed timelines. "India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) Expansion Programme continues to make brisk progress and a nation-wide roll-out is scheduled beginning April 2018. No decision has been taken to revise the timelines as reported in some sections of the media," the government said in statement. "Once the proposed expansion is completed, IPPB will be providing the largest financial inclusion network in the country, covering both urban as well as rural hinterland with ability to provide digital payment services at the doorstep with the help of Postmen and Gramin Dak Sewaks (GDS)," the statement added. IPPB will also enable more than 17 crore active accoun...
15 sports, 102 medal events, 17 days – 'coldest' Winter Olympics set to begin

15 sports, 102 medal events, 17 days – 'coldest' Winter Olympics set to begin

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device XXIII Olympic Winter GamesVenue: Pyeongchang, South Korea Dates: 9-25 FebruaryCoverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Red Button, Connected TVs, BBC Sport website and mobile app. Full coverage timesThe 23rd Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang on Friday and are set to be the coldest in history.The build-up has seen relations thaw between North and South Korea, with the countries fielding a joint women's ice hockey team, while there has been controversy over the 169 Russian athletes set to compete as neutrals.Team GB have sent a record 59 athletes to South Korea - three more than at Sochi 2014 - and are aiming for their most successful Winter Games, with a medal target of five or more.Over 17 days, m...
Hamdallah visits Gaza to begin reunification with Ramallah

Hamdallah visits Gaza to begin reunification with Ramallah

World
Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah on Monday visited Gaza for the first time in two years to begin the process of reunifying Hamas-controlled Gaza with leadership in Ramallah.Hamas, a fundamentalist governing body, took over the Gaza Strip in 2007, but last month dissolved and invited the PA to take control.."I call on everyone without exception to embrace the leadership, reconciliation and national unity, and to put our national interest above all narrow party considerations and interests," Hamdallah said Monday after passing through the Erez Crossing to enter Gaza.Hamdallah said reconciliation would bring greater international support for the Palestinians."The world will not stand by the side of a torn and divided people regardless of the justice of its i...