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How to Bring Order to IoT’s Spaghetti Junction?

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first_imgWhen I think about the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT), just like pretty much everyone else, I get excited about its huge potential to transform our world through new efficiencies, reduced risk and enabling entirely new business models.However, I must admit that the second thought that springs into my mind is a picture of spaghetti junction. If you’re designing, developing and deploying IoT solutions, you know exactly what I mean. It’s like that massive highway interchange with so many twists and turns that it seems way too confusing simply to get from point A to point B. The  sheer volume of fragmented M2M and IoT connectivity protocols (both standard and proprietary), or “protocol soup”, as I also like to call it, is one of the most frustrating challenges in realizing the clear benefits from deploying IoT solutions.An inherently heterogeneous marketThe IoT is inherently heterogeneous – a growing collection of technologies, rooted in embedded systems and machine-to-machine communications across countless verticals and use cases. It’s a myriad of hardware types, operating systems and development tools, not to mention a plethora of connectivity standards, many of which are dictated by existing installations that require a gateway to bridge data from sensors and machines to a broader network for analytics-driven ROI. This diversity provides incredible richness but also huge complexity to contend with.Fragmentation is hindering adoptionIn today’s market, selecting technologies and developing an Industrial IoT solution that can quickly deliver ROI can be so complex that it becomes paralyzing. The current fragmented landscape is confusing and has resulted in a patchwork quilt of custom solutions that’s slowing down the overall rate of adoption and general growth of the industry. Ultimately, this is likely to stifle innovation.Unifying the villageSo how do we get to a common center of gravity that allows developers to quickly and easily deploy working Industrial IoT solutions – while still enabling hardware, software and services providers to differentiate and monetize their value-add? At Dell, we’ve always been big believers in openness, choice and driving standards. In fact, we’re members of several IoT alliance/standards activities like the OpenFog Consortium, Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and the OPC Foundation.These organizations are doing important work to promote reference architectures, facilitate standardization and generally make the solution developer’s job easier. However, as much as we should all be focused on narrowing in on a more manageable collection of standards, the practical reality is that the IoT market is way too complex for there to ever be one standard to rule them all. We therefore need to find a way to help IoT-relevant standards, hardware, operating systems and development tools work together.Making sense of the spaghettiBack in 2015, Dell began to think about how best to resolve the problem of rendering all of these fragmented solution ingredients more interoperable. Our take was that in order to speed up market adoption we needed to address key interoperability challenges at the edge of the network, where data flows “north, south, east and west between both standard and proprietary protocols and applications in an intertwined, distributed IoT fog architecture.  Due to the aforementioned spaghetti, the edge is where most of the key challenges in IoT are today.The answer: an open source platform for edge computingFast forward two years and the newly-formed EdgeX FoundryTM Project, hosted by the Linux Foundation, promises to be a game-changer. Seeded by a code donation that was developed by Dell over nearly two years with feedback from hundreds of technology partners and end customers, the charter of this vendor-neutral open source project is to deliver a flexible, industrial-grade edge software platform that can quickly and securely deliver interoperability between things, applications and services across a wide range of IoT use cases.Similar to Cloud Foundry, the platform leverages a loosely-coupled microservices architecture but it includes a required interoperability foundation that comprehends both IP and non-IP based connectivity and is surrounded by reference services that can be easily replaced with preferred alternatives.Reducing the need to reinvent the fundamentalsImportant to note is that that this is not a new standard – there are plenty of great ones already in existence – rather it’s an industrial-grade software framework that’s purposely architected to be deployed on distributed edge nodes including embedded PCs, gateways and servers and help unify existing standards with plug-and-play commercial value-add such as analytics, security and system management tools, and services. The primary goal of the project is to reduce the need to reinvent the fundamentals while enabling technology providers and end customers alike to focus on value-added differentiation.Project launchThe project launches this week at the Hannover Messe conference with over 50 founding member organizations, spanning large enterprises to startups with expertise in silicon, sensing and computing infrastructure, analytics, security and system management, services and driving standards. The fact that this is the biggest project launch in the history of the Linux Foundation and that there are already many more companies interested in consuming the EdgeX code on the heels of the launch is testament to the project solving a real problem in the marketplace.I believe that the EdgeX project will help unite the fragmented IoT market as it quickly matures in the open source community and am proud that Dell planted the seed and has been a part of driving this collaborative industry effort from the very beginning.Win-winBig markets are built on interoperability and it’s in everyone’s interest to see a robust ecosystem of companies offering plug-and-play commercial offerings that can be easily combined to create secure and scalable IoT solutions. Together, let’s steer away from spaghetti junction and get moving! Join the conversation. I welcome your questions and comments. Tweet me at @defshepherdMeet me at Hannover Messe, April 24-28 and experience the official EdgeX Foundry demo at the Dell Technologies booth in the Industrial Internet Consortium Pavilion (Hall 8, Stand C24). There are multiple other demos at the conference hosted by other EdgeX project members, including ForgeRock, IOTech, Linaro, Opto 22 and SAP.To learn more about EdgeX Foundry visit: www.edgeXfoundry.orgFor more information about how the project will help bring together our IoT partner program visit www.delliotpartners.com/edgeXfoundryLearn more about Dell IoT Solutions: Dell.com/IoTKeep in touch about ongoing developments in the Internet of Things. Join our LinkedIn IoT Showcase page.last_img read more

JPW brings together students, parents for weekend of events

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first_imgPhoto courtesy of Rachel Belans Junior Rachel Belans, right, cultures cells with her parents in a lab in Jordan Hall of Science on Saturday.“As a junior student, I was on cloud nine with meeting friends and family through different events,” Schweninger said. “ … I was really struck by how the Notre Dame community embraced our families this weekend and the opportunity to thank our families for all they’ve done to form us for this community now.”With the availability of the new Duncan Student Center, Schweninger said, there were possibly more changes to JPW this year than ever before.“The gala was especially different, with four levels of programming in Duncan and student performances throughout the night,” she said. “And the brunch was also hosted in the Duncan Ballroom, with open seating and a brunch buffet for guests to come in on their own time. I think the changes offered a great variety of social spaces for our families.”Alongside such changes, Schweninger said the JPW committee did its best to make the events accessible and affordable for more juniors.“This meant widening the range for the gala’s recommended attire, as well as promoting financial assistance for tickets, housing and travel through the Office of Student Enrichment,” Schweninger said.The weekend opened with the gala Friday night, which gala chair junior Daniela Iezza said in an email is the exciting moment in which students get to introduce friends and Notre Dame families to their own families.“The Duncan Student Center buzzed with chatter, music and laughter as classmates and families came together to begin one of the most memorable weekends of the Notre Dame experience,” Iezza said.The gala was an exciting challenge, Iezza said, due to its new location.“We had so many amazing things we wanted to show off, and for our inaugural year in the student center, we were blessed to be able to do just that,” she said. “We had portrait photographers, an awesome DJ, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, dancing and a wide variety of incredibly talented student performers all working together to give life and variety to our evening.”The weekend also featured academic workshops that allowed parents to experience students’ chosen colleges. As the chair of the Arts and Letters showcase, junior Emily Hirshorn said her goal was to help parents see the value of a broad liberal arts education in a “warm and welcoming” manner.“It was really such an honor and really rewarding experience because you can represent the college that you love and also bring people together in the community for that morning,” she said.As leaders of the JPW planning process, Schweninger said she and a committee met weekly to touch base on different aspects of the program. Another big part of the preparation, she said, was answering hundreds of emails over the last few months alongside junior Joe Crowley, the JPW vice chair.“What drew me to become one of the leaders for JPW was the mission of the weekend,” Crowley said in an email. “All of the planning of JPW is dedicated towards creating a weekend which facilitates the encounter of parents with those people and experiences their student has come to call their very own Notre Dame family.”A particularly powerful moment, Crowley said, was seeing families engage in “quality conversations” during Sunday brunch, drawing parents further into students’ experiences as members of the Notre Dame family.“[When] a parent meets a professor whom they’ve heard so much about, visits their son or daughter’s favorite study spot where countless hours of sweat and thinking have been expended or finally gets to have a conversation with another student who has come to play such a role in their own student’s life; it is in these moments that the mission of JPW is fulfilled and defined, in these moments when our community extends a little further to encompass our parents and their love for us now and their dreams for our futures,” he said.Tags: JPW, juniors, parents The class of 2019 and seniors who spent the spring semester of their junior year abroad welcomed parents to campus Friday for Junior Parents Weekend (JPW), an annual University tradition.According to the JPW website, the weekend featured a variety of events for students and parents including a gala, a Mass, a president’s address and a Sunday brunch. JPW’s executive chair, junior Maureen Schweninger, said in an email that, based off visitor feedback, JPW 2018 was “an incredible success.” [Editor’s Note: Schweninger is a former sports writer for The Observer.]last_img read more

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary Ascent of the Nose

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first_imgIn this month’s issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors, guidebook author and North Carolina climbing advocate Mike Reardon relays the December 1966 first ascent of the Nose at Looking Glass, a benchmark achievement in the history of North Carolina climbing. First ascentionists Steve Longenecker, Robert John Gillespie, and Bob Watts met last month for the first time in over a decade to revisit Looking Glass and their landmark ascent. Both humble and charming, the three talked to Blue Ridge Outdoors on camera about their climb, their relationship, and the present-day climbing community in North Carolina._mg_9393Join us this Saturday, December 10th from 6—8pm, at Black Dome Mountain Sports for the showing of these interviews. Steve, Robert John, and Bob will all be present and available for a Q&A session. Beer proceeds from Oskar Blues and Wicked Weed, as well as sales from Mike Fischesser’s long-awaited book, “Forbidden Fruit – The History and Exploration of Laurel Knob,” will benefit the Carolina Climbers Coalition. The event also marks the opening of North Carolina’s very own climbing history museum. Attendees are asked to bring gear, topos, or images of climbing relevance from decades past to contribute to the museum.Stay up-to-date on the event at the Facebook page here. Help us celebrate these living legends and support climbing initiatives in North Carolina for decades to come.Have questions? Email jess@blueridgeoutdoors.com with any inquiries.last_img read more

Mexican Army Finds Enormous Marijuana Field

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first_img Mexican soldiers found a large marijuana field in a desert and uninhabited area in the northern part of the country, a field said to be the largest discovered in the nation’s history. Soldiers were patrolling the area, around 120 hectares, where marijuana plants more than two meters tall were found hidden among tomato plants. The field, located in the state of Baja California, on the border with the United States, would have produced around 120 tons of marijuana, worth 160 million dollars, said Gen. Alfonso Duarte, in charge of the operation. The majority of the men who were caring for the plants, drawing water from subterranean wells to irrigate them, could not be detained. Only six of them were arrested at a military roadblock. Mexico is the chief supplier of marijuana to the United States, and the majority of the cocaine this country consumes passes through its neighbor. Since taking office in December 2006, President Felipe Calderón has maintained a campaign against the drug cartels, deploying Army and federal police personnel in different areas of the country. Since then, violence has increased without interruption and left more than forty thousand dead as a consequence of clashes among the cartels or between the cartels and security forces. By Dialogo July 18, 2011last_img read more

Santitation Worker Killed in East Meadow Crash

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old sanitation worker was crushed to death when the garbage truck he was riding on the back of crashed into another garbage truck in East Meadow on Friday morning.Nassau County police said Jarred Newallo, of Hempstead, was trying to guide a second sanitation truck through a narrow street when the two trucks collided, pinning him between them at the corner of Prospect Avenue and Chestnut Street at 9:25 a.m.Newallo, a Town of Hempstead Sanitation Department employee, was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives found no criminality.last_img

Fake Out: Synthetic identity fraud is the new hit on financial institutions

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first_img continue reading » Within the U.S. payments system, tenacity is turning into the new central narrative. No longer are fraudsters satisfied by assuming another person’s identity – they are now focused on creating false identities to commit large-scale financial crimes. This is called synthetic identity payments fraud, and financial institutions are left shouldering the majority of the costs.In a recent white paper published by the Federal Reserve, bold action is encouraged against this growing epidemic. As EMV chip cards have dramatically reduced card-present fraud, criminals have moved to other types of fraud activities, including synthetic identity payments fraud, which targets everyone, including children, the elderly and the homeless.Synthetic vs. Traditional Identity FraudTo understand the difference between synthetic and traditional identity fraud, we must look at how directly one is affected by the crime. In the case of traditional identity fraud, a fraudster uses another person’s credit by pretending to be them, resulting in a direct financial effect on the victim. Comparatively, fraudsters create a new identity when engaging in synthetic identity fraud, often by combining both fake and real information to establish a credit record under a new, synthetic identity. These multiple and mixed-form identities create challenges in detection, as often only one piece of a real person’s identity is being used, such as a child’s Social Security number. In these cases, criminals behave like great credit union members – always paying on time and getting credit-line increases as a reward. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

“Now is the time. My Slovenia ”or how Slovenia is working on activating a domestic guest

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first_imgWill that be a mistake? I’m afraid he will, not only now in this situation, but we are generally neglecting the potential of the home guest. The domestic guest must be a base for fasting and before the season, and especially for continental and rural tourism. This could be seen in the crowds at NP Krka and NP Plitvice last week. As I was just studying how to communicate, I was thrilled by the main tourist website of Slovenian tourism – www.slovenia.info. I did something similar with the Tourist Board of Osijek-Baranja County, where local ambassadors from the destination tell their story and invite us to visit them. It is this human story, the emotion that has the greatest value, and that is why it is always often best to use local people with stories rather than actors in tourism communication. They did the same in Bol with theirs Bol stories, or the Zagreb County Tourist Board in the campaign “Vacation never closer”Where local winemakers invited everyone to visit them on their doorstep. Also, as did some tour guides, who told their local destination stories this time around. It is to our dear neighbors that we will open a series of articles on how other destinations communicate at this time to domestic tourists. On the other hand, unfortunately, the campaign for domestic tourists has not yet started in Croatia. The domestic guest must be a base for fasting and before the season, and especially for continental and rural tourism Region branding – 4 regions The website is modern, simple, “drinkable”, informative with all the useful information and interesting stories about why to visit Slovenia. Also, communication is focused on three main menus. What to do – segmented by motives of arrival (from gastronomy, active vacation to culture), which destinations to visit – branding of regions has certainly facilitated communication about this segment and how to get to Slovenia, ie. how to plan a trip. Speaking of the topic of the promotional film, watch the video with which the Slovenian Tourist Board communicated at the time of communication #stay home, travel later There is even a segmented offer of accommodation for the planned, cyclists as well as for eco accommodation. And when we open one of the offered categories, a new story starts, targeted only for that type of tourists. Basically, as you research the website, new stories are revealed, and it is clear that the whole project has a guiding thread and logic. Although the website looks simple, it is clear that it is a page with a lot of content that is cleverly positioned. In any case, we can learn a lot from Slovenia. Although this analysis only superficially scratched the topic, the fact is that Slovenia has done much more to activate the domestic guest, while we are still waiting. Croatia continues to neglect the development and potential of the domestic guest #mojaslovenija But we don’t even have a created habit, especially for continental and rural tourism, when we talk about a domestic guest. This crisis has just created an opportunity that rural and continental tourism could not even dream of, because it has created a great demand for just such content, as well as weekend travel. But now it is necessary to position itself and offer an almost tourist product. Like everything, one needs to engage in development, encourage and create a habit for domestic travel, and certainly how Cro cards can play one important role in the future. But again, not as a stand-alone project, but through a broader platform for activating the domestic market. After the initial campaign, on the Youtube channel of the Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenian ambassadors of tourism joined in through short videos, inviting everyone to spend their summers in Slovenia through the story. So far, 46 video stories have been published. A couple of years ago, more precisely in 2017, Slovenia created a new tourism development strategy, and the basis of the same is the branding of Slovenia as a green, active and healthy destination or green boutique destination. Branding regions is imperative today. While in Croatia it had 306 tourist boards, as many destinations that each develop their own vision and tourism strategy. The number of TZs is not even a problem, it is less important – the main issue is efficiency, synergy and branding the regions outwards. How we brand ourselves as a destination for tourists. Slovenia.info website Everything that is one-time is one-time and effect. In Croatia, we often publish a video and call it a campaign. No, that is very far from the campaign. The campaign must have a rounded and meaningful story. It’s like creating a new website and then no one is filling the content on it. So, let’s make a great concept, but we fall for the realization and elaboration of the same. We have a story, but we don’t have a product. Of course honor with positive examples. This is the announcement of a motivational campaign. “Now is the time. My Slovenia”Which started two weeks ago, and which aims to promote and activate the people of Slovenia to spend a weekend or vacation in Slovenia. A rounded story must be imperative Vouchers with which Slovenia wants to encourage spending in tourism will cost the state budget 345 million euros, will be issued in electronic form and will be available from June 1. Vouchers will be able to be used to pay for bed or bed and breakfast. Interestingly, one also important detail. When you click book, say on Terme Krka (above in the picture, the first offer on the right) a link opens, but not on the home page of Terme Krka, but on the page for direct booing, as can be seen below in the picture. All we have left is A or action. “Providing a safe and at the same time quality experience in a sustainable destination that Slovenia can offer to its guests is of key importance for encouraging domestic guests to spend their holidays at home.”Point out the Slovenian Tourist Board. The basis of the new strategy is the branding of Slovenia through 4 regions, which each tells its own story and has its own characteristics. A combination of four European geographical areas: the Alps, the Mediterranean, Pannonia and the Karst. center_img By the way, Slovenia has already made excellent use of the name of its country and incorporated it into the slogan I Feel sLOVEnia, purely to point out a good example of branding. “There comes a time when the most important journeys take place in the home country … – points out Maja Pak, director of the Slovenian Tourist Board on Linkedin. The campaign is being implemented in cooperation with many partners: the tourism industry, destinations, key Slovenian tourism institutions, associations, influential individuals, the media and other institutions. In the case of Slovenia, the campaign video is just the beginning of the story. Of course, one should be aware that a domestic guest generally does not have as much financial power due to low salaries. When we talk about price policy, the market is always the best regulator, which can be seen at current prices, both hotel and private accommodation, where prices are on average at a flat rate estimated at about 20-30%. Now is the time. My Slovenia According to Slovenian media, it is estimated that with this form of domestic tourist spending, with 345 million “vouchers” donated by the state, citizens will spend an additional 172 million euros. Personally, I think that the additional consumption of citizens will be much higher. Vouchers are certainly a great move, because it directly creates domestic consumption and thus drives the economy. Direct reservation The so-called tourist vouchers are part of a new government aid package following the end of the corona virus epidemic and will be given to them svi adult citizens in the amount of 200 euros, children in the amount of 50 euros, and will be able to use it by the end of the year at the latest. In fact, not only is it possible, but thanks to digitalization we can make a direct booking on one page, in this case through our main tourist page www.croatia.hr, in order to further speed up the whole process. It was on this topic that we discussed at 3. Loud Thinking where the topic was just now Smart tourism. The guest wants to buy a product now and now, and as the money will be distributed later, he is not interested, it is a matter of back-end and internal agreement. Technology makes it very easy for us. It is always necessary to look at how to speed up and reduce the steps, because today it is more difficult than ever to get attention and keep it. Because the more steps (clicks) it takes to make a final purchase, in this case a booking, the fewer users go to the last step. In Croatia, on the other hand, Cro cards will be launched from June 01 or today, at least that was announced by MINT, while we are still waiting for the activation of the domestic guest. I honestly don’t know what to expect. To boost the local economy and consumption, Slovenia has decided to introduce vouchers for domestic tourists. A great upgrade to the whole story about the promotion of a domestic guest in Slovenia. As it was announced, as the measures are relaxed, the economy is opened, so is the mission of reviving local economies. One of the first “measures” is certainly to keep its citizens traveling within their country. Thus all states began to communicate the narrative that citizens buy and travel locally. The goal is, of course, to start the local economy after this health and economic crisis (which is yet to come). The fact is that we are neglecting the domestic guest again. Especially in the pre- and post-season. Campaigns for domestic tourists have already started in Germany, Italy, Austria and Slovenia. Austria went a step further, and exclusively by political decision, which is not according to the rules and in the spirit of the EU, it decided to open up to Germany, but not to “let” its citizens spend their summers outside their country. Namely, the rule still applies that on their return, the Austrians have to isolate themselves, which of course no one wants and directly harms Croatia. However, until June 15.06, when “Day D” is for the tourism sector because most of the borders are opening, I believe that the pressure of the EU as well as Croatia will bear fruit and the Austrian market will open. Take, for example, Zagorje, which in addition to the county tourist board, has 9 other local tourist boards. In addition, there are “brands” such as the Heart of Zagorje and the Pearl of Zagorje (unfortunately it is not about sub-brands). Now, it is not the number of tourist boards that is important, but branding and development to the outside. Isn’t it logical and natural that Zagorje is one destination and brand? Which would then mean a coordinated strategy and vision of development, communication and a website. And yet how are we talking about a continental destination, where TZs have less fin. budget for all, each for himself developed some tourism of his own. Which is insane and totally out of all market rules. And that’s where we fall. We are falling on market development. But this is certainly a broad topic, which we will discuss in more detail on another occasion. The CNTB launched a global campaign for key foreign markets, but not for the Croatian market. As for Cro cards, they were not intended as a measure to help tourism in an emergency situation, so this measure should not be seen as such. But as the whole project was ready, MINT decided to go with it. Unfortunately, at the moment, it will not have any impact on the market, because it is certain that in the private sector, where jobs and business will be saved, they will not pay money to Crokartica. But on the other hand, the public sector could generate some spending, which is again a political decision. Certainly the efficiency of the whole project should be looked at over a longer period, not through this year, where nothing is normal. Also, if we get the attention of the user and he wants to buy some product / content, which is the most difficult, especially today when the noise in communication is extremely large, not to give him the option to buy the product immediately. Everything falls into the water, which is a shame. Watch the videos of the Slovenian ambassadors HERE 200 euro vouchers for everyone On one occasion, I asked an expert meeting why the CNTB could not offer the option of direct booking through its website, otherwise the main promotional channel of our tourism, as well as other promotional articles, in the context of directly leading to booking accommodation. To my question, colleagues from the system of tourist boards rejected the idea, because it is not the job of the CNTB and it is not done that way. But, interestingly, this is exactly what the Slovenian Tourist Board does, which is logical. Because if we do a promotion through a native article, and using the marketing AIDA model (Attention, Interest, Desire and Action.), And we manage to get A and I and D, we are missing the last and most important step – and that is buying or booking. If we do not offer this option, then we are only extending the steps and the time the user must take to make a booking. And that’s where the whole story falls. Either people have to look for additional info on their own, where they waste time and have a lot more steps to get to the reservation, or people just forget because something has distracted them.last_img read more

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