Siloam Hospitals in Indonesia now provide COVID-19 serology tests

first_imgHospital operator Siloam Hospitals Group has launched its latest COVID-19 test known as the Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2 serology test developed by Swiss multinational healthcare company Roche.”There is a high demand for faster, more affordable tests and bigger testing capacity within the ‘new normal’ scheme in Indonesia,” the group’s deputy president director Caroline Riady said in an online media briefing on Wednesday.The serology test — now available in all Siloam hospitals in Indonesia — is designed to determine whether a patient has been exposed to COVID-19 and whether they have developed antibodies against the virus.This antibody testing is considered crucial to better understand the true scope of the pandemic.Caroline said each serology test cost Rp 199,000 (US$14) per person, cheaper than rapid COVID-19 testing or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. “Both the serology test and rapid test detect antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. However, the serology test is a laboratory test conducted by robotic instruments with more accurate and objective results,” she added.Read also: Indonesia records spike in COVID-19 cases as govt eases restrictionsRoche Diagnostics Indonesia country manager Ahmed Hassan claimed the test had 100 percent sensitivity with no false-negative results. Based on an assessment of 5,272 samples, the serology test has 99.81 percent specificity with a low chance of false positive.It also claimed to be able to detect antibodies with 100 percent sensitivity in samples taken 14 days after a PCR-confirmed infection.”It takes 18 to 20 minutes from the sample being inserted into the instrument until the results come out,” Ahmed said, “The capacity is 86 to 170 tests per hour depending on the instrument throughput,”.Ahmed added that Roche’s Elecsys serology test had recently won emergency use clearance from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The product has also been approved by Public Health England in the United Kingdom and has been widely used in Singapore.As of Wednesday, Indonesia has recorded 34,316 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,959 fatalities, according to the government’s official count.The country has repeatedly been criticized for having one of the lowest test rates in the world. As of Wednesday noon, Indonesia has tested 287,478 people, which means it has conducted 1,053 tests per 1 million people. In comparison, Malaysia has conducted 19,120 tests per 1 million people, while Singapore has conducted 83,571.Previously, Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said the Indonesian Institute of Science (LIPI) was currently in the process of developing more accurate test kits using the reverse transcription loop-mediated isothermal amplification (RT-LAMP) method, which is expected to be ready by July.Topics :last_img read more

Indian special forces member killed in China border showdown

first_img“Provocative military movements”  Topics : A Tibetan-origin soldier with India’s special forces was killed in the latest border showdown with Chinese troops on their contested Himalayan border, a Tibetan representative said Tuesday.The death is the first reported from two incidents in 48 hours on the border which has heightened tensions between the giant nations just two months after a battle that left at least 20 Indian soldiers dead.India and China, which fought a border war in 1962, have accused each other of seeking to cross their unofficial frontier in the Ladakh region in a bid to gain territory on Saturday night, and then again on Monday. Neither side has announced any casualties but Namghyal Dolkar Lhagyari, a member of the Tibetan parliament in exile, told AFP that the Tibetan-origin soldier was “martyred during the clash” on Saturday night.She said another member of the Special Frontier Force that reportedly includes many ethnic Tibetans who oppose China’s claim to their home region was wounded in the operation. The world’s two most populous countries have sent tens of thousands of troops to the region since a brutal June 15 battle fought with wooden clubs and fists.India has said 20 troops were killed. China acknowledged casualties but did not give figures.The two sides blamed each other for the latest incidents.India’s defense ministry said Chinese troops “carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo” at the border on Saturday.China’s People’s Liberation Army said that India was “seriously violating China’s territorial sovereignty” with its operation staged Monday and demanded that Indian troops withdraw.India’s foreign ministry said Tuesday that China had caused the latest incident “even as ground commanders of the two sides were in discussions to de-escalate the situation.”Indian media reports, quoting military sources, said PLA forces tried to take hilltops traditionally claimed by India around Pangong Tso, a lake at 4,200 meters (13,500 feet) altitude.India’s defense ministry said its troops “undertook measures to strengthen our positions and thwart Chinese intentions to unilaterally change facts on ground.”The Business Standard newspaper said that the SFF had been used to take heights that China considers its own. The Indian government does not comment on the special force’s operations.Amid calls for boycotts of Chinese goods, India has stepped up economic pressure on China since the June battle and repeatedly warned that relations would suffer unless its troops pull back. India has banned at least 49 Chinese owned-apps, including the TikTok video platform, frozen Chinese firms out of contracts and held up Chinese goods at customs posts.last_img read more

Barcelona add Arsenal’s Unai Emery to four-man shortlist to replace Ernesto Valverde

first_imgEmery has proven himself an expert in knockout football in Europe (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery is one of four candidates Barcelona are considering to replace Ernesto Valverde, according to reports.Barcelona are weighing up their options after a bitterly disappointing end to the season and Valverde could leave his post as head coach.Mundo Deportivo claim there are four managers in the frame for the job, including Arsenal boss Emery.The Spaniard has only been at Arsenal for a year, but is seen as a knockout football expert by the Barcelona hierachy.ADVERTISEMENT Emery won the Europa League three times in a row with Sevilla (Picture: Getty)Emery won the Europa League three times in a row with Sevilla and is in line for his fourth triumph in the competition after leading Arsenal to this year’s final.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal take on Chelsea in the final on Wednesday and Barcelona are desperate to improve their recent showings in the Champions League.Liverpool dumped Barcelona out of the Champions League this season at the semi-final stage by overturning a three-goal deficit in the second leg.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityRoma inflicted a similarly painful defeat on Barcelona last year and the La Liga champions are considering whether their best option might be to axe Valverde.Emery joins former Everton boss Roberto Martinez, ex-Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and Netherlands head coach Ronald Koeman on the four-man shortlist.Koeman is a former Barcelona player, while Allegri has proven himself an elite manager in the last five years at Juventus.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Coral BarryMonday 27 May 2019 3:23 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link343Shares Advertisement Comment Barcelona add Arsenal’s Unai Emery to four-man shortlist to replace Ernesto Valverde Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusion policy dampens publisher scheme’s equity returns

first_imgVan Wierengen said the benchmark had not been adjusted in the wake of the exclusions.The pension fund’s equity holdings amount to 27% of the total portfolio and are passively invested through BlackRock.During the past five years, the pension fund’s overall returns had consistently outperformed the MSCI.Before 2017, the pension fund only excluded a handful of manufacturers of controversial arms. However, drawing on surveys of its members, last year it extended its exclusion policy to cover human rights, labour conditions, environmental issues and corruption.The exclusion criteria are based on the UN Global Compact Principles, which many Dutch schemes apply. The pension fund said it expected socially responsible investment would generate better returns for the long term, but made clear it would accept costs in the short-term if these were not too high.It added that it wanted to intensify its ESG approach in the coming years.Overall return of 4.8%During the past five years, the Wolters Kluwer scheme reported annual results of 7.4% on average, equivalent to an outperformance of one percentage point on average.The pension fund’s investment gained 4.8% overall in 2017, with fixed income, property and private equity generating -3.3%, -0.3% and -1.6%, respectively.Its currency hedge contributed 4.3% to the result while it lost 1.2% on its interest hedge.The scheme said it had rebalanced its securities portfolio, after the quickly rising value of its equity holdings had exceeded its 35% strategic securities allocation by three percentage points.It had subsequently reinvested the proceeds in its liability-driven investing and credit mandates. At the end of last June, the pension fund’s coverage ratio stood at 112.8%.The scheme granted its members an index-linked benefit increase – the first since 2010 – of 0.04% last January. Returns for 2017 at the €1.1bn pension fund of a Dutch publishing firm were negatively affected by the exclusion of companies from its investment universe as part of its ESG policy, the scheme said in its annual report.Last year, the Wolters Kluwer pension fund tightened its approach on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) matters, which included expanding its exclusions.Wolters Kluwer’s equity holdings usually perform in line with their reference portfolio, but last year’s returns fell 0.5 percentage points short of the MSCI benchmark, which returned 9.9%.“We assumed we had removed the bad apples from our portfolio, but they seemed to have performed pretty well,” said Jaap van Wieringen, chief investment officer of the pension fund.last_img read more

Two Taken To Hospital After Three-Car Crash

first_imgTwo people were taken to the hospital after a three-car crash on Friday morning, police said.At 6:47 a.m. a 2003 Dodge passenger car driven by 40-year-old Karen Demaree, of Osgood was northbound on State Road 129 and was preparing to turn left to go onto State Road 48 when she was struck in the rear end by a 2001 Oldsmobile Alero driven by Anthony Brinkman, 40, of Milan.Police said the impact forced the Dodge into the southbound lane where it was struck head on by a 2008 Toyota Prius driven by 41-year-old Ralph O’ Neal, of Osgood.Brinkman, who police said was not wearing a seatbelt, was transported to Margaret Mary Health with a head laceration and complaint of neck and back pain.O’ Neal was sent to Margaret Mary Health with shoulder pain.Indiana State Police Seargant Noel Houze reported, “Demaree was also complaining of being sore following the crash but was not transported to the hospital.”The crash forced drivers to divert their route as the intersection was closed for an hour while police, firefighters, and EMT personnel were on the scene.Original PostA crash occurred near the intersection of State Road 129 and State 48 on Friday morning.The accident happened around 7:00 a.m. The crash forced some morning commuters to divert from their route as the intersection was closed for just over an hour.The names of those involved, as well as the cause of the crash and injuries have yet to be released. Stay tuned to WRBI for the most up-to-date information on the accident.last_img read more

National championship awards highlight Wilwood IMCA program again in 2017

first_imgCAMARILLO, Calif. ­­(July 22) – Wilwood Engineering adds generously to contingency award programs for five IMCA divisions this season.The Camarillo, Calif., manufacturer and seven-year sponsor gives front brake rotors to the IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod national champions and a set of front and rear wide hubs to the top driver in the IMCA Late Model national points race.Second through fifth place finishers in all five divisions receive $100 product certificates.All awards will be given during the national IMCA banquet in November, or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.“Wilwood Disc Brakes was born in racing and we pride ourselves on working with leading motorsports series,” said Steve Cornelius, director of sales and marketing for Wilwood Engineering. “Grassroots racing is the backbone of the industry and we are fortunate to work with partners like IMCA that allow us to not only give back to the drivers but help educate them on choosing the right braking components.”Information about the complete line of Wilwood products is available at the www.wilwood.com website, by calling 805 388-1188 and on Facebook.“The faster that cars become and racers want to go, increased importance is placed on the ability to slow them down as well,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “Wilwood makes the best braking systems for dirt track racing and IMCA is certainly proud to help market their products.”last_img read more

Carlisle takes Ferdinands to task

first_img Carlisle wrote in his new autobiography ‘You Don’t Know Me, But… A Footballer’s Life’, that he was “bitterly disappointed” with the boycott and – exempting Roberts – labelled players who took a stance against the T-shirt campaign without explaining their reasons “s***houses”. In extracts published in the Daily Mail, he added: “Kick It Out is one of few bodies doing something positive about the issue, but there are some who evidently feel it is not doing enough. “Rio and Anton Ferdinand were among a group of high-profile abstainers along with Joleon Lescott, who has not worn one since Newcastle’s Turkish midfielder Emre was cleared of racially abusing his Everton team-mate Joseph Yobo, and Jason Roberts. “At least Jason was vocal about his reasons. I don’t mind people disagreeing but at least say why.” Reading striker Roberts joined the boycott in protest at what he saw as lenient sanctions handed to Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and in particular Chelsea captain John Terry, the latter for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand. He told the BBC at the time: “I’m totally committed to kicking racism out of football but when there’s a movement I feel represents the issue in the way that speaks for me and my colleagues, then I will happily support it. “I think people feel let down by what used to be called ‘Let’s Kick Racism Out of Football’. People don’t feel like they have been strong enough. Unless they’re independent, unless they don’t have to explain their actions to anyone then they won’t be held accountable.” Carlisle continued: “Jason apart, the Premier League ‘big’ players happily throw in a grenade but do nothing when it explodes, nothing other than appear to hide behind their advisers. “That’s because they are s***houses. They have made their ‘statement’ for all to see but how many are prepared to stand in front of the cameras and be counted? “The impression conveyed is that I have failed (as PFA chairman) to get people to unite and support the cause. Not only that, I feel under attack from a group of players questioning my position and representation of them on the issue. This has really hurt me.” Professional Footballers Association chairman Clarke Carlisle has criticised Rio and Anton Ferdinand in a strongly-worded attack on players who chose not to support last year’s anti-racism T-shirt demonstration. The brothers, Manchester United defender Rio and then-QPR player Anton, were among several prominent black players who opted not to wear shirts issued by campaigning group Kick It Out before a round of Premier League fixtures last October. Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott and Reading striker Jason Roberts were also high-profile figures in the boycott. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

When it matters most, No. 1 Syracuse defense buckles down late

first_img Published on April 22, 2017 at 6:26 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21 Evan Molloy flashed his stick high enough, slightly below the height of the crossbar. It redirected Griffin Konen’s shot in the final seconds, representing the latest way in which No. 1 Syracuse held on to another win.“I tried to pivot, get as big as I could in net and then kind of match the stick and kick my leg out,” Molloy said, “and I got a piece of it.”Syracuse’s (11-1, 4-0 Atlantic Coast) second 9-8 win over an unranked team this year came the same way as its first. On March 11, the SU defense stopped St. John’s in the final seconds, winning 9-8. And three Saturdays ago, SU held then-No. 1 Notre Dame’s deadly attack to nothing during its final possession. On Saturday in the Carrier Dome, the top-ranked Orange edged Binghamton (9-4, 3-2 America East), 9-8, for its ninth straight victory. A last-second stop kept SU from suffering its first loss in nearly two months.SU improved to 8-1 in one-goal games ahead of next week’s ACC tournament, which begins Friday night against North Carolina. A week ago, Syracuse held the Tar Heels to one goal in the final 20 minutes. On Senior Day, SU limited Binghamton to one score and only three shots in the final frame.Over its last two fourth quarters, the Syracuse has allowed a grand total of two goals.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Hats off to the defense,” SU head coach John Desko said. “For the amount of time they had to play, they really gutted it out. Especially at the end of the game to get those stops.”Molloy’s save followed a rather sloppy game at the other end. Syracuse committed 13 turnovers, senior faceoff specialist Ben Williams struggled at the X (he did win three of his last four) and neither Sergio Salcido nor Nate Solomon scored a goal.From the start, Binghamton inverted behind the cage, forcing SU to adjust after the break. Invert schemes are designed to force the defense to play behind the cage, prevent fast breaks and slow down pace of game. The Bearcats did just about all of that, methodically whipping the ball around. They looked for cutters inside. They didn’t settle for outside shots.Binghamton senior attack Tom Moore scored five of his team’s eight goals, including one with his left hand. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder worked on senior defender Scott Firman to tie the Binghamton single-season goals record (39). Most of his damage came inside, where he flashed to open spaces and converted. He had a hat trick in the first half alone.“I tried to play more off-ball today, help my teammates out, be in the right spot at the right time,” Moore said. “When I got the ball in my stick, I finished.”In the second quarter, Firman sagged off Moore and turned his body to force him right. The Bearcats’ leading scorer complied, taking a few hard steps right and bouncing in his third goal of the day past Molloy, giving Binghamton a 5-4 lead.“We got off of him and put him in a position where Scott (Firman) had to slide to the invert,” Desko said, “and we didn’t get to No. 10 quick enough and they jam it in to him. Sometimes it appears he’s covered, but they jam it in and there’s a reason he’s got all those points. He’s a heck of a player.”Out of the last timeout, Binghamton prepared for man or zone. Syracuse flashed the latter, so Binghamton inverted and worked from behind the cage as it had much of the second half. Konen pounced on a slight opening right in front of the crease, to Molloy’s right.“We wanted to keep the ball moving, have some carries, let our offense do the work,” Binghamton first-year head coach Kevin McKeown said. “We didn’t get too anxious. We had a great look at it.”Konen’s shot went high, and Molloy’s stick followed, preserving Syracuse’s longest winning-streak in six years. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

USC fires three athletic department officials

first_imgUSC fired three prominent members of its athletic department Tuesday — spurred by recent turmoil within the athletic department including the March 2019 college admissions scandal — according to the Los Angeles Times. Lopes had spent 35 years working in USC’s athletic department and was believed to hold plenty of sway in the department’s decision making, according to the Times. He was also considered as a potential replacement for Pat Haden as the University’s next athletic director in 2016. Lynn Swann, who resigned in September 2019, was chosen as athletic director instead, but Lopes’ influence remained. The athletic department’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer Steve Lopes, Trojan Athletic Fund senior associate director Ron Orr and associate athletic director Scott Jacobson are the three senior officials let go by the University.  The moves are the most recent developments for an athletic department that has long been riddled with scandal and has played a prominent role in the admissions scandal known as Operation Varsity Blues. Donna Heinel, USC’s former senior associate athletic director, was fired the day she was arrested for her involvement with the scandal and was indicted on federal bribery charges last year. Jovan Vavic, the former USC men’s and women’s water polo coach, was also fired for his role in the scheme. Orr had been an All-American swimmer as a student at USC and was promoted to senior associate athletic director in 2010. He worked with Jacobson in development and fundraising. Like Lopes, Orr had also been employed by the department for more than three decades. His role as Trojan Athletic Fund senior associate director involved close watch over the fundraising division of the department, which oversees donations from alumni and other donors. According to court documents, Lopes was also found to have recommended admission for a student with a supposed $1 million donation, Orr had recommended a women’s track and field athlete with a $500,000 donation and Jacobson had written a note for another recommendation that read “100,000 — no ask yet.” Still, none of the three have faced charges as a result of the admissions scandal.  The three were mentioned in emails filed by attorneys for defendant Robert Zangrillo in a Boston federal court. The emails revealed correspondence between Orr and Heinel concerning the admission status and bribes for a number of prospective students posing as athletes, including a suggestion from Orr that they guilt a certain family into following through with a proposed donation. Since Swann resigned as athletic director, President Carol Folt has expressed her desire to make integrity within the athletic department a top priority both in searching for a new athletic director — eventually Mike Bohn — and in restructuring the department moving forward. These most recent firings appear to be a significant action geared toward meeting these goals. The University has yet to publicly announce a replacement for any of the three positions. Editor’s note: A previous version of this article classified Orr’s recommended student as providing a bribe, though the contribution appears to have been a legal donation. The article has been updated online. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

FULL AUDIO: Ghana vs Cameroon pre-match conference [Appiah and K. Asamoah]

first_imgBlack Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah, and vice captain, Kwadwo Asamoah, addressed the press ahead of Ghana’s crucial Group F encounter against Cameroon on Saturday evening.Appiah, among other things, provided injury updates on captain Andre Ayew and Thomas Agyapong and also hinted at possible changes to his starting XI.Kwadwo Asamoah also answers questions on pressure to win the AFCON, whether he will be starting the game and compares the current team to the 2010 one he played in that reached the final.If you are looking for specific content, then check out the marked times as provided below:2:49 -Appiah on what changes he’s brought since making a return to the team (this is where he spoke about team building.3:58 – Kwadwo Asamoah on winning the AFCON8:12 – Kwadwo Asamoah on whether he starts or not12:26 – Appiah answers questions on his substitutions against Benin and Asamoah is asked to compare this current squad to the 2010 squad.20:20 – Appiah on whether he is afraid of the sack–last_img read more