Vanuatu won 2-1 (21-19, 20-22, 15-13) in three closely contested sets at BSP Stadium.“We feel great winning this match but credit to our opponents who played very well,” said Vanuatu captain Isaac Mael.In other men’s matches, Papua New Guinea defeated Northern Marianas 2-0 and Fiji beat Tuvalu 2-0.In the women’s matches, New Caledonia defeated Fiji 2-0, Vanuatu beat Guam 2-0 and Tahiti overcame Tuvalu 2-0.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SILVER SPRING, Md. – Two months after federal regulators ordered additional warnings be added to the labels of blockbuster anemia drugs, government advisers said Thursday that Amgen Inc. and Johnson & Johnson should be required to add more warnings and conduct additional safety studies. The Food and Drug Administration’s outside panel of experts voted overwhelmingly in favor of expanding warnings about the risks of death, blood clots and other side effects for Amgen’s Aranesp and Johnson & Johnson’s Procrit. Wall Street analysts said prior to the meeting that the biggest threat to the revenue the companies get from these drugs would be if panelists wanted to add warning labels that would limit prescribing the drugs to certain patients. Shares of Amgen rose 47 cents to $57.80 in after-hours trading after ending the trading session down $5.77, or 9.1 percent, to $57.33. Johnson & Johnson shares rose 40 cents in after-hours trading to $62.90 and ended the trading session down $1.61, or 2.5 percent, to close at $62.50. A drop in anemia drug sales would pose a much larger challenge to biotech maker Amgen than to diversified competitor Johnson & Johnson. Last year Aranesp was Amgen’s best-selling product with sales of $4.1 billion, or nearly 30 percent of full-year revenue. When combined with Epogen, a version of the drug used only in kidney failure patients on dialysis, the medication accounts for more than half of Amgen’s annual sales. The panel of experts, at a meeting in a hotel here, also voted unanimously that the companies should be required to conduct new studies to definitively prove the safety of the two widely prescribed drugs. Anemia drugs accounted for $10 billion in revenue for the two companies last year alone. read more
Seven people have applied for civil partnerships since the referendum voteSEVEN same-sex couples have applied for civil partnerships in Donegal since the marriage referendum was passed, new figures show.That’s the joint second-highest application level in the state, said the Department of Social Protection.Cork has also had seven civil partnership applications by gay and lesbian couples. In total, 138 couples from 17 counties across the country have made applications for same-sex civil partnerships.The partnerships will be replaced by recognised marriages once the Dail passes the legislation.Tiernan Brady, policy director with the Irish Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, said that civil partnership applications will automatically be changed to civil marriage applications once the legislation is passed before the Dail.“Couples who are currently in a civil partnership can continue with it, or they can apply for a civil marriage, but there will be no new same-sex civil partnership applications,” Mr Brady said.SEVEN COUPLES APPLY FOR SAME-SEX PARTNERSHIPS IN DONEGAL SINCE REFERENDUM was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:civil partnershipsreferendumSame-Sex read more