Costa Coffee has announced it is accepting payment with the Android Pay app at participating stores.The app allows customers to link a credit or debit card to their phones and pay for goods using their phones.Meanwhile, Pret A Manger has announced that the Android Pay service is now available in all of its UK stores.On its website, Costa said: “You can now use Android Pay on your phone. Just take a look at our participating stores and get Android Pay set up on your device today!”Costa Coffee recently pledged to reduce the added sugar content of its drinks range by 25% by 2020.
Feb 17, 2009Researchers develop oral anthrax vaccineUsing bacteria commonly found in yogurt as a delivery vehicle, researchers are developing an oral anthrax vaccine, according to a study to be published this week in the online edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study in mice showed that the oral anthrax vaccine was almost as effective as the injectable version.[Feb 16 North Carolina State University press release]Counterfeiting, adulteration threaten import food safetyBurgeoning international trade is overwhelming the oversight of food safety in many nations, experts warned yesterday at an imported food safety symposium at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago. They added that food adulteration and counterfeiting from overseas is likely to continue, given demand for inexpensive food. Improving risk-based inspections, the detection of signals of contamination, immediate response to outbreaks, and risk communications may help reduce food contamination, the experts said.[Feb 16 Michigan State University press release]Czech lab workers exposed to H5N1Lab employees working with ferrets in the Czech Republic were treated with oseltamivir (Tamiflu) recently after they handled flu vaccine that had been contaminated with the H5N1 avian influenza virus, according to media reports today. Deutsche Presse-Agentur (DPA), citing a Czech newspaper, said that the vaccine was made by Baxter. Representatives from the company reportedly said the vaccine was likely contaminated during packaging in Austria.Egypt implements new H5N1 controlsAnimal health officials in Egypt closed 71 poultry farms in Kalyubiyah governorate for 6 months, according to a report on the country’s H5N1 disease-control efforts that was recently posted on the Web site of Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR). At a Jan 17 meeting of northern governorates, authorities decided to extend poultry vaccination to urban and surrounding areas to further reduce human exposure to the virus.Webinar to probe mental health pandemic planningMental health components of pandemic planning is the topic of tomorrow’s US Health and Human Services (HHS) PlanFirst Webcast, which will be held at 2 pm (EST).Congo says Ebola outbreak is overThe recent Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has ended, the nation’s health ministry announced yesterday. The last person who had a confirmed infection died on Jan 1, according to a statement today from the World Health Organization (WHO). Authorities reported 32 cases, including 15 deaths, which include confirmed, probable, and suspect cases.[Feb 17 WHO statement]
The Lady Wildcats proved to be an offensive dynamo with the following players scoring goals: Brylee Pace, Grace Noble, Hannah Surber, Jordan Nichols and goalkeeper Shelby Pearson. Hannah Surber also took 9 corner kicks on the night.The Lady Wildcats were able to take a lot of shots in the first half of the game but lacked accuracy. In the second half, Coach Adams asked the team to begin playing more simple and short passes in the final third and the adjustment paid off with the Wildcats scoring 4 goals in the last 20 minutes of the game.Jamie Stortz and Jessica Parker continue to keep the possession game flowing throughout the field with excellent first touch and ball distribution.Shelby Pearson also had 7 saves on the night and proved her prowess as a field playing by scoring the final game of the match. She was phenomenal at both ends of the pitch.Sophomore keeper Madi Kerr also recorded her first shutout on Varsity. We expect to see great things from Madi in the coming years.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Cindy Adams.
VfL Bochum 1848, the German football team currently residing in the Bundesliga 2, has announced the signing of two FIFA players marking its move into esports.It becomes the first club from the second tier of German football to make a move into the burgeoning esports space. There’s now a fair few German clubs involved, and we would expect further activity across the FIFA space as a whole with rumours suggesting that every top tier football club across Europe may be required to have a FIFA player on their books. The two players signed by VfL Bochum 1848 esports come from STARK, arguably the leading agency for clubs looking to enter esports through the FIFA medium. The club will gain strategic and operational guidance from STARK, and STARK players Michael “MgaBit” Bittner and Daniel “DaniFink” Fink will represent the club. Michael “MegaBit” Bittner finished in the top eight at FIWC 2016, FIFA’s most prestiguous esports tournament. His other achievements include coming in the top four of the Virtuelle Bundesliga 2017 and runner-up in the FIWC Regional Finals against CodyDerFinisher (who became vice world champion on XBOX). Daniel “Dani Fink” Fink played for VfL Wolfsburg back in 2015, becoming one of the first players to represent a traditional sports club. He finished in the top six of the Virtuelle Bundesliga this year, and top three the year before. He also competed in the FIWC Regional Finals this year but failed to make a mark. Esports Insider says: It really wouldn’t be too surprising if we see more and more clubs enter the space now. As we mentioned, there’s murmurs of it becoming compulsory for top tier clubs to have FIFA players. Bochum aren’t in the top tier but have already made their move with two impressive signings. Congratulations to the players, STARK and Bochum.