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Use cheap, local rapid tests: Minister Luhut

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first_imgCoordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has urged the public to use locally produced rapid testing kits developed by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).The minister said the testing kits cost Rp 75,000 (US$5.13) each and had a 98 percent accuracy rate. “They used to be sold at Rp 150,000. I hope the price can get even lower,” Luhut said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.He added that people should use such tests to reduce dependence on imported medical equipment and to support local industry.Read also: Doubts loom over widespread use of rapid tests in virus-stricken IndonesiaExperts have raised concerns about the widespread use of rapid antibody testing as a prerequisite for certain activities during the pandemic. A post-market survey showed that many of the testing kits had sensitivities and specificities of less than 50 percent.The Health Ministry suggested that rapid tests were not to be used for diagnosis on July 13. This is in line with the World Health organization’s (WHO) recommendation that “a diagnosis of COVID-19 infection based on antibody response will […] only be possible in the recovery phase.”Minister Luhut said the government would never impose any policies that put people at a disadvantage, especially in relation to the COVID-19 response.“President Joko Widodo always reminds us to do what’s best for the people,” said the minister. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Moderna, Pfizer start decisive COVID-19 vaccine trials, eye year-end launches

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first_imgTopics : Both vaccine candidates rely on a new technology that allows for faster development and manufacturing than traditional vaccine production methods but does not have an extensive track record.So-called mRNA, or synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA), teaches the immune system to recognize and neutralize the coronavirus by mimicking its surface.Moderna, which has never brought a vaccine to market, has received nearly $1 billion from the US government, which is helping bankroll several vaccine candidates under its Operation Warp Speed program.Pfizer has an agreement to sell vaccines for 50 million people to the US government for around $2 billion, if the vaccine is effective. Moderna Inc and Pfizer Inc launched two 30,000-subject trials of COVID-19 vaccines that could clear the way for regulatory approval and widespread use by the end of this year, the companies said on Monday.The trials, both announced on Monday, are the first late-stage studies supported by the Trump administration’s effort to speed development of measures against the novel coronavirus, adding to hope that an effective vaccine will help end the pandemic.Moderna stock rose 9%. Pfizer shares rose 1.6% in afterhours trade and its partner BioNTech, which developed the vaccine, rose 4.2%.center_img More than 150 coronavirus vaccine candidates are in various stages of development, with some two dozen prospects already conducting human testing.Johnson and Johnson is launching clinical trials in the US this week and could start a larger, late-stage trial as early as September. British drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc said it will begin large-scale US trials this summer of its vaccine under development with Oxford University researchers.”Having a safe and effective vaccine distributed by the end of 2020 is a stretch goal, but it’s the right goal for the American people,” National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins said in a release announcing the start of Moderna’s large Phase III trial.Manufacturers are ramping up production while testing is underway in order to respond as soon as possible to virus, which is still spreading rapidly around the world. COVID-19 has killed nearly 650,000 people worldwide and battered economies.Moderna could have tens of millions of doses ready when and if the vaccine is deemed safe and effective, Collins told reporters on a call.Pfizer said that if the trial was successful, it could seek regulatory approval as soon as October and supply vaccines for 50 million patients, at two doses each, by the end of the year.Pfizer aims for about 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021, and Moderna aims for 500 million-1 billion doses a year, beginning 2021, Moderna Chief Executive Stephane Bancel said on the call.The late-stage trials are designed to evaluate the safety of vaccines and determine if they can prevent symptomatic COVID-19.Anthony Fauci, the top US infectious disease official, said a readout from the Moderna trial could come by November or even earlier. Fauci said he was “not particularly concerned” about the vaccine’s safety after seeing data from earlier, smaller trials. He also said he had briefed President Donald Trump about the trial the Oval Office on Monday.As other companies ready inoculations, the COVID-19 Prevention Network, a US government-funded program formed by the NIH, said it plans to roll out a large-scale clinical trial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate with at least 30,000 participants each month through fall.last_img read more

Three bedroom apartments on the coast prove popular with downsizers

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first_imgApartment 94, The Scarborough, 113 Landsborough Ave, Scarborough sold for $975,000.PRIVATE developer Traders in Purple have topped the list of sales this week for a newly completed apartment sold at their The Scarborough development. Apartment 94, 113 Landsborough Avenue, Scarborough achieved a sale price of $975,000.Traders in Purple CEO Brett Robinson said the development was completed last year and of the 131 apartments, 125 had now sold, leaving just six on the market. More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoThe kitchen at The Scarborough apartment that sold for close to $1 million.According to RP Data, property sales have ranged in price from about $590,000 to $2 million.Mr Robinson said the development had been received well and they had achieved the asking price in most sales.“We sold another for $990,000, it hasn’t yet settled though,” he said.“The people who are buying predominantly are local downsizers…from the peninsular and we’re also attracting people from the northern suburbs of Brisbane.”“They’re all three bedroom apartments, they’ve been designed for owner and occupiers.“They have been bought by people who are retired, so it’s a very low maintenance lifestyle.”last_img read more

Dutch Pensions Federation clashes with regulator on governance overkill

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first_imgThe Dutch Pensions Federation has clashed with supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) over “unnecessary and costly” governance changes at a time when the sector’s attention is focused on external developments.Responding to the watchdog’s proposed extension of the rules for assessing the suitability of people in important roles at pension funds, Edith Maat, the industry organisation’s director, said that DNB was “trying to change the rules during the game”.In a letter to the supervisor, the federation said the proposed policy changes were extensive, contrary to what DNB had initially suggested.According to the industry organisation, DNB wanted to include people in the key positions for audit, risk management and actuarial matters – prescribed by the European pensions directive IORP II – in its screening process. Edith Maat, Dutch Pensions Federation“Pension funds must be enabled to govern and to fully focus on the interest of their participants, as they are currently under intense pressure from fast developments in the sector”Edith Maat, Pensions FederationThe federation also noted that the regulator intended to extend its assessment framework to the suitability criterion of having “sufficient time for the job”.As a consequence, pension funds would have to spend “a disproportional amount of time for internal reorganisation, rather than tackling external developments”, said Maat.The Pensions Federation argued that DNB’s plan lacked a legal basis, while the higher implementation costs and increased regulatory pressure hadn’t been balanced against “benefits and necessity”.It highlighted that pension fund governance had continuously been subject to change since 2012, and that it had strongly improved in the meantime.The organisation argued that DNB’s approach hampered the implementation of significant changes to the pensions system as it would destabilise scheme governance.“Pension funds must be enabled to govern and to fully focus on the interest of their participants, as they are currently under intense pressure from fast developments in the sector,” said Maat, referring to looming cuts to pension rights and benefits .Several pension funds have chosen to liquidate and transfer arrangements to other providers in recent months, citing increased regulatory pressure and rising costs.According to the FD, DNB said that “in particular in a challenging financial environment, a solid governance is needed to take the right decisions”.It said it disputed the organisation’s claim that DNB had used too liberal an interpretation of the law for the justification of its proposals, adding that it wanted to discuss the matter with the federation. The proposals would enable DNB to re-screen existing trustees that had been allocated a key position.Speaking to Dutch financial newspaper FD, Maat said pension funds would have to hire new staff for key positions. She compared the proposed additional rules to a “Christmas tree” of supervision and questioned the value of the proposals.last_img read more

Mozambique: Anadarko sets date for giant gas project sanction

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first_imgU.S. oil firm Anadarko Petroleum expects to make the final investment decision for its Mozambique LNG project next month.A drillship offshore Mozambique / Image source: AnadarkoThe company, in takeover talks with Oxy after Chevron decided to pull out on Thursday, has said that the FID for the Mozambique project, designed to develop offshore gas deposits, would be made on June 18.Anadarko CEO Al Walker said on Wednesday: “With commitments for financing in place, off-take secured, and all other issues under negotiation successfully addressed, we are excited to take the next step with the expected announcement of a Final Investment Decision (FID) for the Mozambique LNG project on June 18.”“Mozambique LNG is among the most significant projects that our company or any other has undertaken, given the scale of the project, size of the resource, and the potential long-term transformational benefits it represents for Mozambique.”“We are grateful for the continued support of the people and government of Mozambique, our co-venturers, and the thousands of men and women working in the Cabo Delgado region to develop this exciting project. We look forward to celebrating the official sanctioning of Mozambique LNG on June 18.”Anadarko Mozambique LNG project / Map by AnadarkoMozambique President Felipe Jacinto Nyusi said: “We expect June 18 will become a historic day in Mozambique as we announce that one of the most important and transformational projects in our country’s history is ready to advance to the next stage. We recognize Anadarko’s continued commitment to moving this project forward to becoming a reality.”Anadarko is developing Mozambique’s first onshore LNG facility consisting of two initial LNG trains with a total nameplate capacity of 12.88 MTPA to support the development of the Golfinho/Atum field located within Mozambique’s Offshore Area 1. The Golfinho/Atum Project will supply initial volumes of approximately 100 million cubic feet of natural gas per day (MMcf/d) (50 MMcf/d per train) for domestic use in Mozambique.In the last week of April, Anadarko said it was in talks to finalize further gas sales deals the project, having by that time announced Sale and Purchase Agreements (SPAs) totaling more than 9.5 million tonnes of LNG per annum year. Anadarko at the time said the deals being discussed, if executed, would bring the total volume to more than 11 MTPA.The company has recently signed several LNG offtake agreements in preparation for the Final Investment Decision for the project. The buyers include  CNOOC, Tokyo Gas, Centrica, Shell, Tohoku, Bharat, and EDF.Anadarko Moçambique Área 1, Lda, a subsidiary of Anadarko Petroleum, operates Offshore Area 1 with a 26.5-percent working interest. Co-venturers include ENH Rovuma Área Um, S.A. (15 percent), Mitsui E&P Mozambique Area1 Ltd. (20 percent), ONGC Videsh (10 percent), Beas Rovuma Energy Mozambique Limited (10 percent), BPRL Ventures Mozambique B.V. (10 percent), and PTTEP Mozambique Area 1 Limited (8.5 percent).Worth noting, Anadarko, while the operator of the project, might soon be replaced by France’s Total. Namely, Occidental Petroleum, which is in talks to buy Anadarko, has already reached an agreement to sell all Anadarko’s Africa assets to Total for $8.8 billion, subject to a successful takeover.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

Mask Mandate starts today

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first_imgStatewide— Governor Eric J. Holcomb Executive Order to require face coverings begins today to slow the spread of Coronavirus. State and local health departments will be responsible for enforcing compliance through education about the importance of wearing face coverings. The executive order does not include criminal penalties.The executive order also outlines the requirements for mask-wearing in schools. Gov. Holcomb has used data to drive decisions since the state’s first case of the novel coronavirus in early March. At this time, the state faces:• An increase in overall hospitalizations from approximately 600 a day near the end of June to approximately 800 now• The highest number of cases in a single day with 1,011 Hoosiers reported positive today• A rise in COVID-19 positivity across the state from a low of 3.6% a month ago to nearly double that percentage now• Some counties, which early on had minimal positive cases in some instances, now reporting regular double-digit positive casesThe executive order is in effect until at least Aug. 26. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.last_img read more

Trump orders new rules for asylum-seekers, including charging a fee

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first_imgPresident Donald Trump has called for new rules for asylum seekers, including charging them a fee, limiting their ability to work legally and demanding that the courts resolve their claims within 180 days.The plan, outlined in a White House memo released Monday evening, is the administration’s latest attempt to solve the immigration problem throughout the U.S.-Mexico border.Trump’s latest memo is one of several steps the administration is has planned as part of a broader strategy at the border.Trump issued a separate memo last week, aimed at combating visa stays. The administration has also discussed the possibility of building tent cities along the border and is reportedly researching an external study that suggests the president use “emergency regulation” to detain families longer.”This strategic exploitation of our Nation’s humanitarian programs undermines our Nation’s security and sovereignty,” the White House memo says. “The purpose of this memorandum is to strengthen asylum procedures to safeguard our system against rampant abuse of our asylum process.”The memo directs Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, to propose the new regulations within 90 days.It also suggests that a fee charged should be charged to those applying for asylum “not to exceed the costs of adjudicating the application” as well as a fee when applying for employment authorization.Furthermore, it calls to prohibit people who entered the U.S. illegally from being authorized to work “before any applicable application for relief for protection from removal has been granted.”McAleenan, who Trump put in charge of the Department of Homeland Security  Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure is expected to discuss the problems occurring at the border with Congress on Tuesday.last_img read more

GBA postpones high-level meeting due to Hurricane Irma

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first_imgA meeting, organised by Steve Ninvalle, president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), which would’ve brought together, the warring factions of the International Amateur Boxing Association (AIBA) and regional boxing boards’ officials, was postponed, due to the devastating Hurricane Irma. The meeting, which was scheduled for the Racquet Centre yesterday, will now be held on October 14.In an email dispatched to the officials of AIBA and the rest of the Caribbean boxing heads, Ninvalle said “we continue to pray for our dear Colleagues, friends and people of the various Countries hit by hurricane Irma or those still in its path.  We have already seen the damage to St Maarten, Antigua and Barbuda and the other islands.  It is also my understanding from weather reports that the Caribbean will be hit by another Storm (Jose) this weekend.”“Caribbean Airlines has already cancelled more than twenty flights to Caribbean destinations and there will be more flight disruptions.It is my humble opinion at this time, that in light of the present circumstances, that our meeting in Guyana be postponed to a date to be fixed in October, when our Caribbean colleagues affected by these forces of nature would have been able to assess their situation and take care of the needs of love ones, family and friends” Ninvalle, who also sits as an Executive Committee Member of AIBA, stated “I find it only apposite that at this time the priority must be on the safety and health of every member of this beloved family.Our people of the Caribbean need our support now more than ever, even so, much more important than our boxing needs.  I do hope that as my colleagues, you are in agreement with me on this.One Goal, One Voice, One Caribbean” Dominica’s Erickson Lewis lauded the decision to postpone the meeting, adding “Dominica support this move and wish our Caribbean family God’s protection during this very difficult time. You are all in our prayers.” Similar sentiments were echoed by Grenada’s Ralph James and other regional boxing associations presidents as they all applaud the meeting being put on hold until all invited can  attend.… , Ninvalle is chartering a course that could very well determine the way forward for the sport of boxing following the recent events at AIBAAIBA’s embattled president Wu Ching-Kuo, who sits at the helm of the sport, since 2006, has found himself in a power-struggle with the majority of his executive committee members who have joined forces to establish a temporary administration.Wu, according to reports, have since called the move something similar to a ‘military coup’, with the group citing that the Taiwanese is placing AIBA in peril, given the fact that the sport is facing bankruptcy.It is alleged that AIBA is not in a position to repay debts totaling 15 million Swiss francs (13 million euros); something Wu has since denied and even confirmed through several media reports that AIBA’s finances are ‘healthy’.Led by Italian Franco Falcinelli and Pat Fiacco of Canada, several executive committee members have signed a document in attempt to force Wu to step down through the Swiss courts.However, the court ruled and rejected their request, claiming the aggrieved group will have to wait for a proper hearing this month.AIBA will host their Extraordinary Congress in Dubai in November and it is said that national federations will vote on whether to have Wu removed from the helm.After July’s Executive Committee meeting in Moscow, an Interim Management Committee (IMC) was put in place, headed by the Italian Falcinelli who seems to be running the affairs of AIBA but this has been refuted by Wu who has put in motion a legal challenge.It was reported that Wu claims he is being targeted because of his attempt to reform the AIBA and specifically singled out former executive director Ho Kim of South Korea for seeking “revenge” after his ousting over allegations of financial wrongdoing.Wu insists he is “the legitimate president” and said he had written to IOC chief Thomas Bach to explain the situation, pinning Ho as a main plotter.last_img read more

No Tuck? No problem: Badgers roll over Wolverines

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first_imgJEFF SCORFHEIDE/Herald PhotoFor the first time any Wisconsin player could remember, fans were doing the wave in the Kohl Center, an act usually reserved for Camp Randall Stadium. It was the most exciting point in a slow and protracted second half, as No. 2 Wisconsin throttled Michigan 71-58 Wednesday night, becoming the first team in the nation to reach 20 wins.”It’s the first time I’ve ever seen it (the wave) at a basketball game,” said senior forward Alando Tucker. “The crowd had to do something to keep warm.”The Badgers (20-1, 6-0 Big Ten) probably could’ve used a playing of “Jump Around,” too, during a pair of lengthy stoppages of play and a bevy of free throws.”The only time I got concerned was when [sophomore Marcus Landry], by the time he got to shoot his one-and-one — did you see the icicles?” joked Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, who was forced to send his players out to run the floor during the second delay to keep them loose.The win also extended UW’s winning streak to 16-games, the longest in the nation. Wisconsin spotted Michigan (16-5, 4-2 Big Ten) nine points right off the bat, forcing the Badgers to burn a timeout less than two minutes into the game. Eventually, the offense awoke and evened the score at nine apiece, with a quick run, sparked by Michigan turnovers.”We got out to a great start,” Wolverine head coach Tommy Amaker said. “As you saw, though, we didn’t take care of the ball. … It’s no question that we had silly turnovers.”Michigan finished with 19 turnovers. Senior center Courtney Sims, who also led the Wolverines with 16 points, was responsible for seven of them.The turning point of the game came just before the second media timeout, when Tucker picked up two fouls in 18 seconds, earning him a seat next to Bo Ryan for the remainder of the half. At the time, UW was trailing 11-9.However, rather than giving Michigan a boost, the Badgers responded by outscoring Big Blue 24-15 in the final 11:58 of the half, entering the locker room with a 33-26 advantage.”That just shows how deep our team is,” junior forward Brian Butch said, echoing the Amaker’s sentiments.”That just shows you how good they are as well,” Amaker said. “Certainly you would like to think that we could do better than what we did, but they are deep. They are talented [even] without Tucker.”Tucker returned strong in the second half, finishing with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, tying Butch for the team-high in scoring.The second half seemed to last an eternity. It was slowed by the two lengthy stoppages of play and Michigan fouls. Any chance of a Wolverine comeback was smothered by the team’s inability to avoid whistles, as Wisconsin found themselves in the double bonus with an astounding nine minutes remaining.”They were extremely aggressive, and you’ve got to get fouled — you’ve got to get to the line when people are overly aggressive,” Ryan said.Michigan’s Brent Petway punctuated earning his fifth foul and an early trip to the showers by picking up a technical for showing up the referee. This led to a prolonged discussion among the officials and the opposing coaches about who was fouled and whether Wisconsin had earned the one-and-one bonus.”It’s tough,” Tucker said of Petway’s reaction and the ensuing delay. “You have to stay stable.”Minutes later the game saw another drawn-out delay, as Michigan guard Jerret Smith was floored by a Marcus Landry screen in the backcourt, conjuring up memories of Taylor’s blackout at Ann Arbor a year ago from a hard Grahme Brown pick.”I was like, ‘Oh wow, that’s ironic’,” Tucker said. “It’s one of those things when you’re trying to relieve your point guard. … That guy should be jumping his teammates’ case because you have to be able to let your teammates know if a screen is coming.”The Badgers will enjoy a day off tomorrow before traveling to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes (11-9, 3-3 Big Ten), but not before making a stop in Platteville to watch Bo Ryan have the UW-Platteville court named after him.last_img read more

U-20 World Cup Qualifer: Falconets Sweep Past Tanzania In Benin

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first_imgRelatedU-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Falconets Thrash Tanzania To Qualify For Next RoundOctober 2, 2017In “Africa”Ex Super Falcons Coach Slams Aisha Falode For Falconets’ “Tortuous Road Trip To Benin”September 16, 2017In “National Team”Falconets Teach Morocco Footballing Lessons To Set Up Meeting With South AfricaNovember 19, 2017In “AFCON Insider” The Super Falconets of Nigeria have defeated the Dar Girls of Tanzania 3-0 in the first round of 2018 FIFA under-20 World Cup qualifier.Despite traveling by road from their Abuja camp to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Coach Christopher Danjuma led team produced a brave performance to earn Nigeria a 3-0 comfortable lead ahead of the return leg in Tanzania.It took Nigeria just 22 minutes to open the scoring when Lilian Atule found the net from a freekick to end the first half 1-0 in favour of the Falconets before second half brace from Rasheedat Ajibade put the game to bed.Tanzania will host Nigeria in a fortnight in Dar-es-Salaam for the return leg, as the winner of the tie will face either Morocco or Senegal in the next round of the African qualifiers.Two teams will represent Africa at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for 7-26 August 2018 in France.last_img read more