Japan pledges $2 billion in funding for pandemic vaccine research initiative

The Japanese government has earmarked $ 2 billion in funding for vaccine research in an effort to make sure its country is better prepared for any future pandemic, according to Nature. Japan lagged behind other countries not just in developing vaccines, but also in approving them when it came to COVID-19. As the publication points […]

US pledges $10.6bn in aid to Mexico & Central America to stop migration – still no cash for Wall

The State Department has announced $ 10.6 billion in aid for Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to help stem migration, amid a looming government shutdown over funding President Donald Trump’s border wall proposal. Some $ 5.8 billion in economic development assistance will be given to the three Central American countries, and another $ 4.8 […]

Alberta pledges maximum of $700M for possible 2026 Calgary Olympics

The Alberta government pledged $ 700 million on Friday for a potential Calgary Winter Olympics, with conditions.  In a letter from Finance Minister Joe Ceci to Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Kirsty Duncan, federal minister of science and sport, the province said the money is contingent on "the majority of Calgarians supporting the bid in the November 13th plebiscite." Another condition […]

China's Xi renews pledges to open economy, cut tariffs on cars

BOAO, China — Chinese President Xi Jinping promised on Tuesday to open the country’s economy further and lower import tariffs on products starting with cars, in a speech seen as an attempt to defuse an escalating trade dispute with the United States. While most of the pledges were reiterations of previously announced reforms, which foreign […]

Supermarket Iceland pledges to remove palm oil from own brand food by the end of the year

The company said it is taking the product out of 130 food lines, which will reduce demand by more than 500 tons per year, with palm oil already replaced with alternatives such as sunflower oil and butter in half of them. Growing demand for palm oil for use in food, toiletries and biofuel has helped […]

Kickstarter Patron aims to generate larger pledges for creators

Kickstarter is piloting a program that will match up companies, organizations and institutions with projects that need more substantial funding, TechCrunch reports. It’s called Kickstarter Patrons and the nonprofit and for-profit groups selected to take part will be required to provide multiple pledges each worth $ 1,000 or more. Kickstarter will select the Patrons and […]

Soros accuses Trump of seeking ‘mafia state,’ pledges to devote efforts to Europe & US

Billionaire George Soros says he will now devote his efforts to Europe and the US as he believes their ‘open societies’ are in danger. He accused US President Donald Trump of wanting to create a ‘mafia state.’ “I find the current moment in history rather painful,” remarked financial speculator Soros, 87, at the World Economic […]

I’m A Celebrity 2017: Rebekah Vardy pledges to boycott show over twist ‘I’m p***ed off’

Last night saw newcomers Iain lee, 44, and Kezia Dugdale, 36, arrived into camp to take charge as the group were split into two rival teams.  However, the collective made their feelings known as they all shunned Iain after he told them they all “looked f**ked”.  In turn, every single camp mate sided with MSP […]