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1 Million+ Global Participants Expected to Join 3rd Online Rally of Hope

Saturday, November 21, 2020 (7:30 p.m. EST/4:30 p.m. PST)

Global leaders and citizens come together for peace based on ideals of
interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values

Special Performance to honor Korean War veterans and
commemorate 70th anniversary of the Korean War

WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Universal Peace Federation (UPF) is announcing that a third global Rally of Hope will be held this weekend, featuring world leaders who see new opportunities for peacebuilding in all sectors of society.

The online rally will be held simultaneously worldwide — on Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) and at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) in the United States. The program will be produced and broadcast from Seoul, Korea on Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. (Korea Standard Time).

Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, co-Founder of the Universal Peace Federation, will be the keynote speaker. Other speakers include H.E. Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia; H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya; H.E. Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of South Sudan; H.E. Mahinda Rajapaksa, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka; Hon. German Alcides Blanco Alvarez, Colombia Parliament Speaker; H.E. Yves Leterme, Prime Minister of Belgium (2009-2011); The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada (2006 – 2015): Hon. Christopher Hill, (U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2004-2005) and Hon. Charles Rangel, U.S. House of Representatives (1971-2017) and Korean War Veteran.

This third Rally of Hope commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Korean War, which began in 1950 with North Korea’s invasion of South Korea and ended in an armistice in 1953 after an estimated 3 million deaths. Tragically, many Korean families remain separated by the Demilitarized Zone at the 38th parallel that still divides North and South.

The renowned Little Angels Folk Ballet of Korea will perform a special tribute at the Rally of Hope to honor veterans of the 16 nations who, as part of the United Nations peace force, sent troops and support for the Republic of South Korea.

The Rally of Hope will be broadcast from Cheongshim Peace World Center in South Korea. Dedicated links for broadcast media will be available at https://www.peacelink.live/bc from Friday, November 20, 2020.

These Rally of Hope events are aimed at building a “unified world of lasting peace around the core ideas of interdependence, mutual prosperity and universal values,” said UPF Chairman Dr. Thomas G. Walsh.

The first Rally of Hope, held in August, “drew several million online viewers from around the world with its focus on the COVID-19 pandemic, environmental degradation, poverty and race relations,” said Dr. Walsh.

The second Rally of Hope held in September, as well as this weekend’s third Rally of Hope, envision a heavenly, unified world that embraces the values of freedom, peace, unity and happiness.

Previous rallies’ speakers, “in their own ways and in their own words, all express hope that humankind, as one family under God, has the full potential to resolve all of these issues by working together,” said Dr. Walsh.

“This Rally of Hope,” he added, “is part of UPF’s global effort to overcome the barriers that divide us and establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.”

Founded by Rev. Sun Myung Moon and Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon in 2005, UPF is building a global coalition of stakeholders and peacemakers around the core principles of interdependence (mutual respect, cooperation and recognition of our common humanity), mutual prosperity (reduction of extreme poverty and more equitable distribution of wealth), and universal values (the common ground of shared values, with recognition that characteristics that unite us are stronger than those that might divide us).

The path to such a world is formed around a worldwide peace movement that includes heads of state and first ladies, parliamentarians, faith leaders, media professionals, scholars and business and financial experts in economic sectors.

The Rally of Hope series features leaders from UPF’s six associations: the International Summit Council for Peace (ISCP), International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace (IAPP), Interreligious Association for Peace and Development (IAPD), International Media Association for Peace (IMAP), International Association for Peace and Economic Development (IAED), and International Association of Academicians for Peace (IAAP).

A fourth Rally of Hope is planned for December.

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Universal Peace Federation
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Washington Times
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OKEx to resume withdrawals after the temporary suspension

VALLETTA, Malta, Nov. 20, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — OKEx (www.okex.com), a world-leading cryptocurrency spot and derivatives exchange, is pleased to announce that withdrawal services of all digital assets will be resumed on or before Nov. 27. As a security measure to safeguard users’ funds, withdrawals from the exchange were temporarily suspended on Oct. 16, with all other functions on the platform remaining unaffected. The issue that triggered OKEx to deploy the extraordinary security measure has since been resolved.

Despite guaranteeing the safety of user assets throughout the suspension period and ensuring a continuity of service across all other functions of the exchange, OKEx is aware that the temporary suspension of withdrawals has caused inconveniences for its customers. Since its inception, OKEx has always insisted on maintaining 100% reserves, meaning that all user funds can be withdrawn without restriction after withdrawals are reopened.

To thank its loyal customers for their continued support and to apologize for the interruption of service, OKEx will be launching significant user loyalty reward campaigns in tandem with the reopening of withdrawals. The details of these will be announced in the coming days.

“We are extremely pleased to announce the return of a full service and would like to thank our users for their continuous support during this difficult time. We apologize for the inconvenience caused and, beyond offering loyalty rewards, we know that we must continue to work diligently to restore their confidence,” said OKEx CEO Jay Hao.

As one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, OKEx has grown in size and stature since its inception, frequently recognized as the world’s number-one cryptocurrency derivatives exchange by numerous reputable sources, including CoinDesk Research and CryptoCompare. Thanks to its constant push for innovation and commitment to its users, traders on OKEx can execute diverse trading strategies to maximize profits and hedge risk. They can also earn a passive income by staking different tokens through various initiatives such as OKEx Earn and OKEx Jumpstart Mining.

About OKEx

OKEx offers the most diverse marketplace where global crypto traders, miners and institutional investors come to manage crypto assets, enhance investment opportunities and hedge risks. We provide spot and derivatives trading — including futures, perpetual swap and options — of major cryptocurrencies, offering investors flexibility in formulating their strategies to maximize gains and mitigate risks.

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PRA Health Sciences appoints senior FDA official to lead new Global Center of Excellence for Decentralized Clinical Trial Strategy

Dr. Isaac Rodriguez-Chavez brings vast expertise in regulatory compliance and clinical research methodology to PRA’s industry-leading DCT practice

Dr. Isaac Rodriguez-Chavez

Headshot of Dr. Isaac Rodriguez-Chavez, Ph.D., MHS, MS. He has been appointed Senior Vice President, Scientific and Clinical Affairs, at PRA Health Sciences. Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez will lead PRA’s Global Center of Excellence for Decentralized Clinical Research Strategy.

RALEIGH, N.C. , Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — PRA Health Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRAH) announced today the appointment of Isaac Rodriguez-Chavez, PhD, MHS, MS, as Senior Vice President, Scientific and Clinical Affairs. He will lead the company’s Global Center of Excellence for Decentralized Clinical Trial (DCT) Strategy. Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez’s responsibilities will involve the continued growth and development of PRA’s industry-leading decentralized clinical trial strategy, regulatory framework creation, and clinical trial modernization.

Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez has more than 32 years of experience in virology, microbiology, immunology, vaccinology and viral oncology, including basic, pre-clinical and clinical research (phase I-IV). Most recently as a Senior Officer for Clinical Research Methodologies, Regulatory Compliance, and Medical Policy Development with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), he led the development of guidance around decentralized clinical trials using digital health technologies. With the FDA, he evaluated and modernized clinical research protocols that impact multiple disease areas.

“We are honored to have one of the pioneers in decentralized clinical trials and an established expert in clinical trial modernization join PRA Health Sciences,” said Colin Shannon, President and Chief Executive Officer at PRA. “The clinical drug development paradigm continues to evolve into a more decentralized model to better align with how healthcare is delivered to individuals. By pairing Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez, one of the leading experts in decentralized clinical trials, with PRA’s state-of-the-art DCT platform, we will modernize the clinical trial process.”

“I am honored to join PRA Health Sciences to lead the Global Center of Excellence for Decentralized Clinical Trial Strategy and enable their implementation with novel digital health technologies,” said Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez. “PRA Health Sciences has the vanguard infrastructure, human capital, and experience to provide excellence in a global suite of clinical research and healthcare services. We are currently experiencing an exponential adoption of modern clinical trial designs in the field, including decentralized clinical trials, and I am truly honored to help lead the change. Importantly, PRA Health Sciences also has the pulse and voice of trial participants and the right approach to assist individuals with their health using the latest innovations in health care systems.”

Prior to his work with the FDA, Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez was founder and CEO of 4Biosolutions Consulting and was the Vice President for Research at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Before that, he was the Director of the AIDS & Immunosuppression Program at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez also held the position of Senior Clinical Scientist at Schering Plough Corporation and the Director of a portfolio for HIV Vaccines at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH.

Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez also serves the clinical research community in many capacities, including:

  • Board Member of the Scientific Leadership of the Digital Medical Society (DiME)
  • Regulatory Advisor of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), focusing on initiatives on decentralized trials using digital health technologies
  • Leadership Council member of the Decentralized Trials & Research Alliance (DTRA)
  • Board Member of the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association (HCMA)
  • Published 50 scientific and technical articles in his areas of expertise
  • Speaker at 68 global conferences

Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez has a B.S. in Biology (Venezuela), M.S. in Microbiology (Venezuela), M.H.S. in Clinical Research (Duke School of Medicine), and a Ph.D. in Virology and Immunology (University of Delaware).

PRA’s Global Center of Excellence for Decentralized Clinical Trial Strategy
The appointment of Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez is the culmination of more than five years of investment in people, processes, and technology to build the Global Center of Excellence for Decentralized Clinical Trial Strategy, the industry’s most robust and integrated clinical research consultancy.

“Our focus for many years has been creating an innovative mobile healthcare ecosystem to be able to deliver decentralized clinical trials on behalf of our clients and sponsors,” said Kent Thoelke, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at PRA. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Rodriguez-Chavez join PRA to lead that effort within our Global Center of Excellence and use his regulatory expertise to help PRA ensure clinical research is a care option for all patients.”

In just the past year, PRA has put those investments into action, guiding sponsors and partners in the development of decentralized and hybrid clinical trial strategy, protocol development, and securing regulatory approval. PRA has set the standard for the planning and execution of technology integration into clinical research and decentralized trial-focused milestones including:

  • In addition to activating more than 50 hybrid clinical trials involving novel digital health technologies over the last three years, PRA launched the first-ever completely decentralized, mobile, indication-seeking clinical trial for heart failure in November 2019. Participants in the ongoing trial are able to engage using their phones and computers right from their own homes. The study uses PRA’s Mobile Health Platform and smart, wearable technology to assess its participants’ quality of life and track their physical activity.
  • PRA expanded its Mobile Health Platform in March 2020, allowing sponsors to do everything that is possible at a clinical site, remotely. The platform includes a mobile app available to both sponsors and participants for use when engaging in clinical trials. The mobile app has the ability to gather electronic informed consent and e-signatures, and complete patient reported outcomes — right from the participant’s personal phone or tablet. Using connected devices, the app also can collect home healthcare data and serve it into the source for the clinical trial.
  • PRA acquired Care Innovations in January 2020, a leader in consumer-focused telehealth and remote trial participant monitoring. Together, PRA and Care Innovations utilized the Health Harmony app to launch the COVID-19 Monitoring Program in March. The app-driven program allows employers, payers, providers and healthcare systems to track the health and wellbeing of individuals who may be asymptomatic, exposed to SARS-CoV-2 infection or diagnosed with COVID-19.

The Global Center of Excellence for Decentralized Clinical Trial Strategy brings together the expertise of PRA teams who have the practical experience to quickly implement effective solutions that sponsors need when implementing decentralized or hybrid trial designs. For more information about PRA’s decentralized trials capabilities and solutions, please visit https://prahs.com/decentralized-clinical-trials.

About PRA Health Sciences

PRA Health Sciences is one of the world’s leading global contract research organizations by revenue, providing outsourced clinical development and data solution services to the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. PRA’s global clinical development platform includes more than 75 offices across North America, Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, Australia and the Middle East and more than 17,500 employees worldwide. Since 2000, PRA has participated in approximately 4,000 clinical trials worldwide. In addition, PRA has participated in the pivotal or supportive trials that led to U.S. Food and Drug Administration or international regulatory approval of more than 95 drugs. To learn more about PRA, please visit www.prahs.com.

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Brunswick Increases Previously Announced Private Placements

MONTREAL, Nov. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Brunswick Exploration Inc. (“Brunswickor the “Corporation”) (TSX-V : BRW) is pleased to announce that due to increased demand the size of the non-brokered private placements offerings announced on November 17, 2020 (the “Offerings”) has been increased from 7,000,000 flow-through shares of the Corporation (the “FT Shares”) to 9,000,000 FT Shares. Therefore, the Offerings are currently consisting of (i) 5,000,000 units of the Corporation (the “Units”) at a price of $0.22 per Unit, for gross proceeds of up to $1,100,000 and (ii) 9,000,000 FT Shares, at a price of $0.22 per FT Share, for gross proceeds of up to $1,980,000.

The Offerings are expected to close on or about December 18, 2020 or such other date as the Corporation may determine. The Offerings are conditional upon receipt of all required regulatory approvals, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange. The securities to be issued under the Offerings will have a hold period of four months and one day from the closing date of the Offerings, in accordance with applicable securities laws.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of any of the securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful, including any of the securities in the United States of America. The securities have not been and will not be registered under the United States Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act“) or any state securities laws and may not be offered or sold within the United States or to, or for account or benefit of, U.S. Persons (as defined in Regulation S under the 1933 Act) unless registered under the 1933 Act and applicable state securities laws, or an exemption from such registration requirements is available.

About Brunswick

Brunswick is a Montreal-based mineral exploration corporation listed on the TSX-V under symbol BRW. It has put its African assets for sale and is now focused on exploration and development of gold and base metal properties in Eastern Canada. Its short-term focus will be exploration for base metals in the Chibougamau region of Quebec and the Bathurst Camp in northern New Brunswick.

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Mr. Killian Charles, President (kcharles@brwexplo.ca).

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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This news release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation based on expectations, estimates and projections as at the date of this news release. Forward-looking information involves risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, capital and operating costs varying significantly from estimates; the preliminary nature of metallurgical test results; delays in obtaining or failures to obtain required governmental, environmental or other project approvals; uncertainties relating to the availability and costs of financing needed in the future; changes in equity markets; inflation; fluctuations in commodity prices; delays in the development of projects; the other risks involved in the mineral exploration and development industry; and those risks set out in the Corporation’s public documents filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although the Corporation believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information, which only applies as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. The Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.

South Australia Pizza Worker’s Lie Triggers Statewide Lockdown

South Australia’s premier told reporters Friday that the decision to put the state into a six-day lockdown was triggered by a “lie” to contact tracers from one individual.

The announcement came two days after the state government ordered residents to stay at home and shut many businesses to combat what was considered a highly contagious outbreak of coronavirus.

At news conference in Adelaide, South Australian state Premier Steven Marshall said a man who tested positive for COVID-19 told contract tracers he had stopped only briefly at the Woodville Pizza Bar to buy pizza. The restaurant had been identified as a virus hot spot.

His story led health officials to believe, since he contracted the virus from only a brief visit, that the strain of virus was highly contagious, taking 24 hours or less for a newly infected person to become infectious to others. In fact, the man was an employee at the restaurant and had worked several shifts there alongside another worker who tested positive.

Marshall told reporters he was immediately lifting some of the emergency restrictions that had been imposed and was furious at the individual who lied to the contact tracers.

“The selfish actions of this individual have put our whole state in a very difficult situation,” Marshall said. “His actions have affected businesses, individuals, family groups and is completely and utterly unacceptable.”

Marshall said he was still concerned about the recent outbreak of at least 25 cases, one of which was the state’s first locally acquired case since April. He urged residents to get tested and continue taking precautions, but said the stay-at-home order would be lifted beginning Saturday and most businesses would be allowed to reopen.

Source: Voice Of America

WHO: More COVID Cases in Past Month Than in First 6 Months of Pandemic

The head of the World Health Organization said Friday that more COVID-19 cases had been reported worldwide in the past four weeks than in the first six months of the pandemic.

In his regular news briefing from WHO headquarters in Geneva, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said hospitals and intensive care units were filling up or full across Europe and the United States.

More than 57 million cases have been confirmed worldwide since the start of the global pandemic and more than 1.3 million people have died, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.

More records were crossed Friday with Europe surpassing 15 million total confirmed infections, India recording more than 9 million total cases and Mexico reporting 100,000 total deaths from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Mexico was the fourth country to reach that marker after the United States, Brazil and India, according to Johns Hopkins.

The United States continued to top the list of countries with the most COVID-19 infections, with 11.7 million, according to Johns Hopkins.

The United States is now averaging more than 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the virus spread through New York City in the spring.

U.S. pharmaceutical company Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, said Friday that they had filed for emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to use their COVID-19 vaccine, saying they were poised to begin distribution within hours of the authorization.

The application came after the companies said testing showed the vaccine has an effectiveness rate of 95%, with no serious safety concerns observed to date.

U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said Friday that the FDA could make a decision about emergency use for the vaccine candidate within weeks.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that the country’s hospital system could be overwhelmed as modeling showed new coronavirus cases could quadruple from current levels by year’s end. He urged people to stay home as much as possible as the holiday season ramps up.

“A normal Christmas is quite frankly right out of the question,” he said.

Russia reported a record number of new coronavirus cases Friday – 24,318. More than 6,000 of the cases were in Moscow.

In France, the number of new coronavirus infections rose by 22,882 on Friday, slightly higher than the day before. Hospital numbers, however, eased for the fourth day in a row.

The Greek health ministry said the COVID-19 surge in the northern region of the country had forced the ministry “to take over two private clinics and their staff,” according to an Associated Press report.

The ministry said it had asked the private medical centers to open their facilities to the COVID-19 patient caseloads overwhelming public hospitals, but the medical centers and the government failed to come to an agreement.

The ministry appropriated the two clinics in Thessaloniki on Friday.

Source: Voice Of America

US Undersecretary of Defense Tests Positive for COVID-19 as Pandemic Continues to Surge

The Pentagon has confirmed that acting Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Anthony Tata has COVID-19.

Tata and several other people were exposed to the virus, the Pentagon said, after meeting with a Lithuanian delegation, including Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis, who has tested positive for COVID.

“Mr. Tata was tested today and has tested positive for COVID-19 on two successive tests. He will isolate at home for the next 14 days in accordance with Center for Disease Control protocols,” a Pentagon statement said.

Further contact tracing is being done of Defense Department officials who may have had contact with Tata and the Lithuanian delegation, the statement said.

CDC discourages Thanksgiving travel

Coronavirus infections is the United States are exploding toward the 12 million mark. At 11.7 million cases, the U.S. has more COVID-19 cases than anyplace else. The U.S. also has the world’s largest coronavirus death toll, with more than a quarter of a million fatalities.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and an alliance of three professional medical groups released separate statements Thursday urging Americans to stay home for next week’s Thanksgiving celebrations and to rethink their observations of the holiday.

They are afraid coronavirus cases and deaths could jump higher if Americans do not scale back their traditional Thanksgiving plans.

“Positive cases spiked after Memorial Day, after the Fourth of July, after Labor Day, and now – two weeks after Halloween,” the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association said in a joint open letter.

“The record-shattering surge underway is resulting in uncontrolled community spread and infection that has already overburdened health systems in some areas and will ultimately consume capacity of our health care system and may reduce the availability of care in many places in our country.”

The statement from the CDC urged Americans not to travel to see their loved ones but instead “celebrate at home with the people you live with.”

The CDC statement came just a week before Thanksgiving and after many Americans had already made travel arrangements for the holiday.

“Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others this year,” the CDC statement said.

New York school closures

The New York City public school system, the largest in the U.S. and the first big-city school system to reopen in the coronavirus pandemic, was shut down again Thursday because of a rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city.

“We got to fight back the second wave. Our schools have been safe, extraordinarily safe. We got to keep it that way. We can’t just stand pat with a strategy that worked before when conditions are changing, we need to reset the equation,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “We need to come up with even more stringent rules to make schools work and testing is going to be absolutely crucial.”

De Blasio also said it is likely that within a couple of weeks indoor dining at restaurants in New York City will end, and gyms and other businesses will have to close.

New state curfews

The U.S. states of Ohio and California have imposed 10 p.m.-5 a.m. curfews in an effort to control coronavirus surges. Ohio began its curfew Thursday. It will be in effect for 21 days. California’s curfew begins Saturday night for 41 of the massive state’s 58 counties, ending December 21.

Pandemic causes drop in US greenhouse gases

A BloombergNEF study has revealed that greenhouse gases generated by the U.S. economy are set to drop 9.2% this year, bringing them to a level that would be their lowest in 30 years.

The new levels put the U.S. on track to meet its commitments to the Paris climate agreement that the U.S. made during the Obama administration. President Donald Trump, however, withdrew the U.S. from the agreement.

Source: Voice Of America