Eliud Kipchoge denies that Nike platform shoes gives edge in London racing

Eliud Kipchoge denies that Nike platform shoes gives edge in London racing

Eliud Kipchoge has rejected suggestions that the next generation of game-changing Nike shoes violate the spirit of sport, even though he has conceded that they could give him a major advantage in Sunday’s London Marathon. The world record holder confirmed that he would wear the Alphafly Nexts, which resemble platform shoes and are claimed to improve running economy by between 5-8%, for the first time in an official race. There have been calls for the controversial running shoes to be banned, especially after the Kenyan used them to become the…

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World Bank announces the terms for poor countries to purchase vaccines Covid $ 12 billion

World Bank announces the terms for poor countries to purchase vaccines Covid $ 12 billion

The World Bank has announced plans for a $12bn (£9.3bn) initiative that will allow poor countries to purchase Covid-19 vaccines to treat up to 2 billion people as soon as effective drugs become available. In an attempt to ensure that low-income countries are not frozen out by wealthy nations, the organisation is asking its key rich-nation shareholders to back a scheme that will disburse cash over the next 12 to 18 months. David Malpass, the World Bank president, said the initiative was needed because Covid-19 was having a much bigger…

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The death toll in the Karabakh collision increases despite calls for calm

The death toll in the Karabakh collision increases despite calls for calm

Fierce fighting raged between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces on Monday (28 September), sparking bellicose rhetoric from regional power Turkey despite international pleas for a halt in fighting between the long-time enemies. Yerevan and Baku have been locked in a territorial dispute over the ethnic Armenian region of Nagorno-Karabakh for decades, with deadly fighting flaring up last July and in 2016. The region declared independence from Azerbaijan after a war in the early 1990s that claimed 30,000 lives but it is not recognised by any country — including Armenia — and…

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In Vilnius, Macron promised “pragmatic” European support to the Belarusian people

In Vilnius, Macron promised “pragmatic” European support to the Belarusian people

French President Emmanuel Macron met Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Vilnius on Tuesday (29 September), the second day of a visit to Baltic countries meant to reassure them about French commitment to their security. In a private meeting that lasted over half an hour, Tsikhanouskaya said Macron had pledged her to help negotiate with the Belarus authorities and secure the release of political prisoners. “He promised us to do everything to help with negotiations, (during) this political crisis in our country … and he will do everything to help…

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Tesco sets 300% sales focus for plant-based meat alternatives

Tesco sets 300% sales focus for plant-based meat alternatives

Tesco is to become the first UK retailer to set a sales target for plant-based alternatives to meat as it steps up efforts to offer shoppers more sustainable options. The UK’s largest supermarket will on Tuesday commit to boosting sales of meat alternatives by 300% within five years, by 2025. Over the past year, demand for chilled meat-free foods – the most popular line including burger, sausage and mince substitutes – has increased by almost 50%, the retailer said. As a result, it is expanding into more categories and creating…

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Trump paid almost no federal income taxes in years before presidency – New York Times

Trump paid almost no federal income taxes in years before presidency – New York Times

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his business enterprises to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported on Sunday (27 September), citing tax-return data. In a report that Trump dismissed as “fake news,” the Times said the Republican president also paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the previous 15 years through 2017, despite receiving $427.4 million through 2018 from his reality television program and other endorsement…

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EU teams up with South-East Asia in the fight against counterfeit medicines

EU teams up with South-East Asia in the fight against counterfeit medicines

Launched on social media in September, the #YourHealthIsPriceless campaign aims to raise awareness of the harms that counterfeit pharmaceutical and healthcare products can cause. The campaign, part of the EU-funded project Intellectual Property Key South-East Asia (IP Key SEA), constitutes a call for the public to share their experiences with counterfeit medicines on social media. The IP Key SEA is a four-year seven million euro programme implemented by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The programme’s main objective is to support intellectual properties (IP) right protection and enforcement across…

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Chinese business group responds to EU plan for government-backed foreign buyers

Chinese business group responds to EU plan for government-backed foreign buyers

The European Commission’s plan to fence off the EU’s industrial crown jewels from state-backed foreign buyers may breach WTO rules, while its ambiguous standards create legal uncertainties, lobbying group the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU said in its feedback on the proposal. The European Union’s executive laid out its plan in June, saying new measures were needed because existing foreign direct investment screening rules and trade defence measures were not enough to ward off a potential post-coronavirus buying spree of cheap assets. It subsequently gave companies and other…

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Poland consents to close coal mineshafts by 2049

Poland consents to close coal mineshafts by 2049

Poland moved closer to ending its heavy reliance on coal Friday (25 September) as the government and miners’ unions agreed a landmark plan to phase out mines by 2049. The agreement puts Poland on track to meeting European Union climate targets. Warsaw had previously rejected the existing EU target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, arguing it needed more time to make the transition. It also expressed concern last week over a proposal by EU chief Ursula von der Leyen to raise the bloc’s 2030 target for cutting greenhouse gas…

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EU farmers boss: Farm to Fork to be revised, if negative impact was proved

EU farmers boss: Farm to Fork to be revised, if negative impact was proved

The European Commission’s new food policy should be reviewed if a future impact assessment shows that it will negatively affect farmers, the newly-elected chair of farmers association COPA, Christiane Lambert. A livestock farmer with more than 40 years’ experience under her belt, Lambert has been a strong farming advocate from a young age. Elected in 2017 as the first woman at the helm of the French farmers’ union FNSEA, last week (18 September) she was also named president of COPA, which is the voice of European farmers in the Brussels…

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