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With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins

With ship now freed, a probe into Suez Canal blockage begins

World
SUEZ, Egypt -- Experts boarded the massive container ship Tuesday that had blocked Egypt's vital Suez Canal and disrupted global trade for nearly a week, seeking answers to a single question that could have billions of dollars in legal repercussions: What went wrong?As convoys of ships again began traveling through the artery linking the Mediterranean and Red Seas, a canal service provider said more than 300 vessels carrying everything from crude oil to cattle were waiting for their turn, a process that will take days. Egyptian government officials, insurers, shippers and others similarly waited for more details about what caused the skyscraper-sized Ever Given to become wedged across the canal on March 23.When blame gets assigned, it will likely lead to years of litigation to recoup the c...
‘A real turning point’: Vaccine rollout begins in Italian city where COVID crisis shocked the world

‘A real turning point’: Vaccine rollout begins in Italian city where COVID crisis shocked the world

World
Flanked by a police escort, a paramedic emergency vehicle, its hazard lights flashing, speeds through town towards the main hospital.An emergency Christmas delivery handed to medical staff.A small green refrigerated bag then hurried inside the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital, followed by two police officers.The COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in the northern Italian city of Bergamo.This city, which was devastated by the pandemic, can learn to breathe again. Image: Earlier this year, Dr Roberto Cosentini oversaw what looked like a warzone without bombs and bullets It is early days of course, but the vaccination process has begun.The symbolic first dose given to the city's head of doctors Guido Marinoni - looking after patients and the most v...
GM Defense begins renovating N.C. facility to build ISVs

GM Defense begins renovating N.C. facility to build ISVs

Business
Dec. 17 (UPI) -- GM Defense announced Thursday that it has started renovation of an existing General Motors building to support production of the Infantry Squad Vehicle, an all-terrain troop carrier designed to transport a nine-soldier infantry squad. The 750,000-square-foot facility is located in Concord, N.C. Advertisement Construction at the facility is likely to continue into early spring, with the production line delivering vehicles in April. "We have tremendous momentum behind our ISV win, featuring a first-of-its-kind tactical wheeled vehicle that gives our Soldiers speed, durability and performance to enhance mission success," said Tim Herrick, interim president of GM Defense. "GM Defense is responsible for the design, engineering and manufacturing of the ISV. This facility will e...
Covid: Russia begins vaccinations in Moscow

Covid: Russia begins vaccinations in Moscow

World
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Third major COVID-19 vaccine trial begins in UK as PM told to ‘prepare a plan’ for roll-out

Third major COVID-19 vaccine trial begins in UK as PM told to ‘prepare a plan’ for roll-out

Technology
Global pharmaceutical company Janssen is beginning clinical trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine in the UK.Around the country, 6,000 volunteers are taking part in phase-three trials of the COVID-19 vaccine at 17 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) sites, including in Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Leicester, Sheffield, Manchester, Dundee and Belfast. It is the third potential coronavirus vaccine to enter clinical trials in the UK, alongside US biotech company Novavax and University of Oxford/AstraZeneca whose studies are currently ongoing. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player ...