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Karen’s power walking for tinnitus progress

42-year-old Karen Christian, from Chippenham, Wiltshire has started her training for the Virgin Money London Marathon on 3 October in support of the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), a charity that is close to her heart that supports those living with tinnitus. The debilitating condition affects over 54,000 adults in Wiltshire along, and 1 in 8 people nationally.

Karen shared, “I developed tinnitus in 2017 following the death of my little brother, Squirt (Iain), and an extremely stressful 2016 at work. Since then, my tinnitus has become a barometer for how stressed I’m feeling, and quite often an early warning to take some time out. I’m not quite friends with it, but we’ve learned to live with each other.”

“I have unilateral tinnitus – meaning it is in one ear – although that ear more than makes up for it! I was lucky enough to be referred to a hearing therapist who recommended the British Tinnitus Association as a place to find information and support. And they have been fantastic at both. In the last few years, I’ve downloaded information about the condition, attended online group support sessions, watched science and research webinars during Tinnitus Week, and more.”

The British Tinnitus Association’s vision is “A world where no one suffers from tinnitus” which Karen fully supports. She said, “I’m power walking the virtual London Marathon to help raise money for the British Tinnitus Association so that they can continue supporting sufferers and funding research. I also hope to raise awareness of the condition and point people in the direction of the BTA so they can learn more about the condition and receive any help they need.”

The BTA’s Fundraising Officer Jess Pollard commented “We’re thrilled that Karen has joined our virtual marathon team – she understands how important our services are and is dedicated to raising vital funds and awareness for tinnitus. Thank you, Karen!”

Please help Karen reach her £500 fundraising goal at justgiving.com/fundraising/karen-christian-tinnitus, or email [email protected] take part in your own challenge.


Editors Notes

About the British Tinnitus Association

The British Tinnitus Association is an independent charity and the primary source of information for people with tinnitus. It helps to facilitate an improved quality of life for people with tinnitus through a range of support options including support groups, a helpline and its website, while also taking steps to bring forward the day when tinnitus is cured. The charity works to inform and educate medical professionals and the community on what tinnitus is and how to manage it. The British Tinnitus Association wants “a world where no one suffers from tinnitus”. It wants to find better ways to manage tinnitus and, ultimately, to help find a cure. In 2020, the publication of its Tinnitus Manifesto led to more than 120,000 people signing a petition for more funding for tinnitus research to find cures.

Website: www.tinnitus.org.uk

Twitter: @BritishTinnitus

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For more information

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Jessica Pollard, Fundraising Officer

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British Tinnitus Association, Unit 5 Acorn Business Park, Woodseats Close, Sheffield S8 0TB

The British Tinnitus Association is a registered charity. Registered charity number 1011145.

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Statement on the remarkable progress made by several African countries as part of the Partnerships for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM)

The Partnerships for African Vaccine Manufacturing (PAVM) was launched by H.E Felix Tshisekedi, Chair of the African Union and President of the Democratic Republic of Congo, during a virtual summit hosted by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention on 12-13th April 2021 under the theme “Expanding Africa’s Vaccine Manufacturing for Health Security: Building back better, bolder and bigger.

This landmark global summit was attended by over 40,000 participants from the Private sector, Industry, World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization, Public Health, Ministries of Health and Finance, philanthropic foundations, academia, community health organisations and health professionals from over 100 countries. Strong political commitments were made to drive momentum for the African Union’s bold vision to manufacture about 60% of its vaccines on the continent by 2040, an initiative that will be led by Africa CDC. Amongst the African leaders in attendance were:

• H.E Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union Commission. • H.E President Cyrill Ramaphosa, Champion and President of the Republic of South Africa, • H.E President Paul Kagame, Health Financing Champion and President of Republic of Rwanda, who called for more African countries to rapidly build capacity to adopt advanced technologies to enable manufacture of mRNA vaccines.

Since the Summit, several countries have made remarkable progress: • On the 10th of July 2021, Senegal, the European Union, the United States, several European governments, and partners, signed an accord to finance vaccine production at the Institut Pasteur of Dakar. • On the 5th of July 2021, Morocco; under the chairmanship of H.M King Mohammed VI, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Swedish company “Recipharm” to establish and scale-up COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing capacity in the country. Moroccan pharmaceutical producers also discussed different public-private partnerships and subcontraction opportunities for vaccine manufacturing. • On the 28th of June 2021, South Africa; signed an agreement between Biovac, Afrigen Biologics & Vaccines, a network of universities, WHO, COVAX, and Africa CDC established the first COVID-19 mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub in Africa. • On the 29th of April 2021, Egypt; signed two agreements between Holding Company for Biological Products and Vaccines (VACSERA) and Sinovac for COVID-19 vaccine manufacturing in the country. • On the 7th of April 2021, Algeria announced production of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in partnership with Russia, and part of the production is intended for African countries.

You can find the post-summit communique by clicking on the following link – Communique (https://bit.ly/2TYUOTi)
Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).

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EIB & KfW welcome progress in Lusaka sanitation project to double network access underway after decade of preparations

EIB & KfW welcome progress in Lusaka sanitation project to double network access underway after decade of preparations

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Upgrading sanitation key to improve public health and COVID protection; First financing for EUR 262 million scheme disbursed by EIB (www.EIB.org) and KfW; Team Europe partners welcome scheme’s vision and ambition.

New investment to transform public health in the Zambian capital Lusaka by improving access by 525,000 families to sanitation, expanding wastewater treatment at two new plants in Chunga and Ngwerere, and construction of 520 km of sewerage pipes will be accelerated by disbursement of financing for the Lusaka Sanitation Program by the European Investment Bank and a grant by the German Development Bank, KfW, on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany.

“Expanding access to sewerage based sanitation is crucial to protect public health against a variety of waterborne diseases and COVID-19, ensure that thousands of, also poor, families across Lusaka benefit from better services and enable waste water treatment to continue during the either droughts or floods that would be hitting Zambia. The close cooperation with Zambian and international partners, including long-term financing and technical expertise provided by the European Investment Bank and KfW over recent years, is now delivering and contributing to Zambia’s Vision 2030.” said Eng. Jonathan Kampata, Managing Director of the Lusaka Water and Sanitation Company.

“The European Investment Bank is pleased to support the ambitious and visionary Lusaka Sanitation Program that will transform sanitation, public health, economic and social development in the Zambian capital. The scale of the project being implemented by the Lusaka Water Supply and Sanitation Company has required intensive technical preparations to maximise the impact of the scheme. Today marks a key milestone in the project that enables the first financing to be provided by EIB and KfW for rehabilitation of two waste water treatment works in the city and complement other parts of the city-wide scheme already underway. Accelerating high-impact sanitation investment is crucial to strengthen public health resilience to COVID-19 and deliver sustainable urban development.” said Thomas Ostros, European Investment Bank Vice President.

“Safe sanitation and hygiene are key aspects of a healthy and dignified life. Universal access to sanitation and hygiene by 2030 is a target of the Sustainable Development Agenda. Unfortunately, progress to date has been slow. Access rates to safe sanitation are not increasing fast enough, this amid the Covid-19 pandemic – and not just in Zambia. I am happy to announce the first disbursements of EIB and KfW funds, marking another important and timely step in the realization of the Lusaka Sanitation Programme. Increasing the waste water treatment capacity in Lusaka with support of the German government will form the backbone for upscaling access to safe sanitation and hygiene, particularly for poor households. By reducing the ground and surface water contamination the increased waste water treatment capacity will contribute to improving the quality of scarce water resources”, Anne Wagner-Mitchell, Ambassador of Germany to Zambia and Special Representative to COMESA.

Progress unlocking financing from international partners Progress in technical planning and project preparation for the Lusaka Sanitation Programme has enabled the first EUR 2.7 million to be disbursed by the European Investment Bank and German Development Bank, KfW. This is the first financing from the two international partners for the scheme.

The EIB will provide EUR 102.5 million and KfW EUR 33 million (grant) for the overall project, alongside the World Bank, African Development Bank, European Union, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Government of Zambia.

Long-term sanitation investment to improve public health and social inclusion Implementation of the Lusaka Sanitation Program is a key part of the Zambian government’s Vision 2030 and National Development that will improve public health and social inclusion of vulnerable communities and address challenges faced by women and children.

Once complete the Lusaka Sanitation Program will reduce prevalence of water borne disease and pollution in local rivers.

Combating COVID-19 through community involvement Since the Covid-19 pandemic the Lusaka Sanitation Program has strengthened hygiene measures across the city by practising social distancing and changing public perception of hand washing.

400 hand sanitiser stations have been installed in public spaces such as markets, health centres, water points, and places of worship and over 600 water tap attendants have become coronavirus prevention ambassadors.
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KfW is one of the world’s leading and most experienced promotional banks. Established as a public law institution in 1948, the German Federal Government has an 80% stake and the German federal states have a 20% stake in the bank. The objective is to combat poverty, secure peace, protect the environment and the climate as well as ensuring fair globalization. KfW is a competent and strategic adviser for current development policy issues.

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EIB backing water investment across Zambia The EIB is also supporting new investment to upgrade and expand water and wastewater services provided by the Mulonga Water Supply and Sanitation Company on the Copperbelt Province.

The European Investment Bank has supported water, energy, transport, agriculture and private sector investment across Zambia since 1978 and KfW has been active in Zambia since 1965.

KfW: Increasing access to water, sanitation and hygiene in rural and urban Zambia German Cooperation, through KfW, is supporting the Zambian Government in its pursuit to ensure universal access to water, sanitation and hygiene in particular in Luapula, Eastern and Southern Provinces.

KfW has supported Zambia since 1965 on behalf of the German Federal Government with more than EUR 900 million, mainly financing infrastructure projects improving access to water and sanitation, transport and basic infrastructure in provinces and recently also energy and agriculture.

Chivalry 2 beta end time confirmed – Will Chivalry 2 Open Beta progress carry over?

The Chivalry 2 open beta has proven popular with gamers but will soon come to an end so that the development team can focus on the game’s final release.

As previously confirmed by the team, Chivalry 2 will be released on June 8 across PS4, Xbox One and PC.

There is also a next-gen version of Chivalry 2 being released for PS5 and Xbox Series X, which will come with 4k resolution, 60FPS, and more advanced graphic features.

For those who might not have jumped into the beta yet, Chivalry 2 is a first-person slasher that pits two warring factions against each other.

Most maps and modes come with objectives that need to be completed before a counter runs out.

This can mean capturing points on the map, or destroying key areas. Attackers are focused on this, while the defending team tries to halt the progress required.

In Chivalry 2 you’ll play as the Agatha Knights or the Mason Order: two factions with radically different views on how to rule the kingdom, and who should sit on the throne.

The story is pretty secondary to the combat, with gamers creating their own narratives and rivalries on pitched battlefields.

The only downside to all this fun is that the Chivalry 2 open beta will be ending very soon to make way for the full experience.


Developers Torn Banner Studios has confirmed that the Chivalry 2 Open Beta end time has been set for 4pm BST on Tuesday, June 1.

The Beta is scheduled to run until June 1 at 11am ET in North America, meaning there is still plenty of time to jump in and start playing.

It should be noted that when the beta was first announced, Torn Banner said that you would not need an active PlayStation Plus subscription to participate.

However, with the launch of the Beta, this was quickly determined not to be working, and on an active investigation, a cause has been found.

This means you will need to have an active PS Plus account if you want to play on PS4 or PlayStation 5 consoles.


If you have managed to jump up the rankings and have unlocked your favourite weapons and armour, we have some bad news for you.

The official Chivalry 2 Open Beta site confirms that all progress will be reset before the game is released on June 8.

This means you will not get to complete any of the stuff you have received, although there could be pre-order rewards released for the game’s launch.

Pre-order Bonuses are available in the beta. However, Special Edition bonuses will not be available in the beta but will be granted upon the full game launch on June 8th.

It should also be noted that this week’s Chivalry 2 open beta is free to download and play, with no pre-order required.

Cross-Play is active, but teaming up with other players on different platforms might not be available until sometime after launch.

A new message from Torn Banner Studios explains: “Cross-platform, and cross-generation parties (PC to PS5, PS4 to PS5, etc.) and a server browser for console platforms are under active investigation without a timeline at this moment, but we know these features are important and hear your feedback.

“During the Open Beta, cross-generation parties are available on Xbox platforms (Xbox One to Xbox Series X|S). PlayStation users cannot form cross-generation parties; however, PlayStation users on PS5 can download the PS4 Open Beta to form parties with PS4 friends.”

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Emerging COVID-19 success story: Germany’s push to maintain progress

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