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Research and Technology Ministry to launch rapid and PCR test kits

first_imgThe rapid antibody test kit, according to Bambang, was the second generation of the test and was being examined by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT).The rapid swab test kit is being developed by the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI).Bambang said he hoped that both test kits would be more accurate, more valid and more affordable than current tests. He also hoped they would provide faster results.“This is part of the government’s 3T principle: testing, tracing and treatment. We are strengthening the testing aspect by launching the two products,” he said. (aly)Topics : Research and Technology Minister and National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) head Bambang Brodjonegoro has said the ministry is developing COVID-19 test kits to improve screening for the virus.The ministry has launched 60 medical devices since May and is now developing a rapid antibody test kit and a rapid antigen, or swab test, kit.Bambang said the test kits were being tested for validity and sensitivity. “We hope to launch the test kits soon, probably next month because we want to ensure their accuracy through comparative or clinical trials,” he said during a meeting on Wednesday with members of House of Representatives Commission VII overseeing energy, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

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EIB Launches Blue SOS

first_imgEuropean Investment Bank (EIB) has launched the Blue Sustainable Ocean Strategy (Blue SOS) to improve the health of oceans, build stronger and more resilient coastal environments and enhance the sustainability of ocean-related activities. The EIB, as the EU Bank, commits to more than double its lending to sustainable ocean projects to EUR 2.5 billion over the next five years. This funding is expected to mobilize at least EUR 5 billion of investment for the sustainable blue economy.EIB vice president in charge of Climate Action and Environment Emma Navarro said: “The latest IPCC special report sends the urgent message that ambitious action is needed to address the unprecedented threats facing our oceans and their resources. Climate change is causing rising sea levels, ocean warming and acidification, while pollution and overfishing are further stressing ocean ecosystems. Today we are launching the EIB Blue Sustainable Ocean Strategy to mobilize investments that will support the blue economy while preserving the health of the oceans and their biodiversity. This new initiative will have tangible positive impacts on the climate and is an important part of the EIB’s ambition to strengthen its role as the EU Climate bank”.The EIB will increase its technical assistance and advisory services to make clean and sustainable ocean projects more attractive for investors and scalable for economic development. The EU Bank will work with businesses, cities, governments and other partners to support key sectors, such as coastal protection, research, development and innovation for blue biotechnology, seafood supply chains and green shipping.In October 2018, the EIB launched with the KfW group and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the Clean Oceans Initiative which will provide EUR 2 billion for projects reducing marine litter, especially plastics and microplastics, as well as untreated wastewater discharge. In one year, the three partners achieved more than a third of the five-year target.To promote a sustainable blue economy, the EU Bank pioneered the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles, jointly with the European Commission, WWF and the World Resources Institute, to guide investors towards a sustainable use of the ocean resources. The principles have then been endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).last_img read more

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Police officer testifies for state in trial of Portsmouth man

first_imgA police officer who was responsible for finding Stebin Valentine in the heights of Tan Tan in Portsmouth, after he allegedly shot Charlesworth Christopher junior on August 30th, 2009, testified in court on Wednesday.Police corporal Clinton Hillaire who was stationed at the Portsmouth police station at the time of the incident, assisted inspector of police Matthew Cuffy in the investigation.Hillaire, told the court that he was on duty at the police station when a report was made of a shooting incident in Lagoon, and he left the station with inspector Cuffy among other officers, dressed in camouflage uniform to respond to the report.When they arrived in Lagoon, at the scene of the incident, he had a conversation with inspector Cuffy and then went on duty in the “heights of Tan Tan” where he saw Valentine running.“I gave chase, held unto the accused man. I identified myself to him, a scuffle ensued between us, I managed to subdue him, and I brought him on the main road in Tan Tan where I handed him over to inspector Cuffy M”.Hillaire also witnessed the post mortem examination on the body of Charlesworth Christopher junior, which was identified by his father Charlesworth Christopher senior and performed by Dr Maria Garcia Penerio on September 8th, 2009.He told the court that during that examination, Dr Penerio “extracted a round [bullet] in the skull of the deceased, placed it in a container and gave it to me”.That bullet he explained was kept in the container and placed in an envelope for evidence. Hillaire said under cross examination by defense counsel Dawn Yearwood Stuart that he managed to subdue the defendant when he found him in the heights of Tan Tan by “overpowering” him and “did not beat him up”. He was also part of a police team which went out in search of the firearm which was allegedly used to commit the offense the day after the incident; however “the firearm has not been found up to this day”.Meanwhile Francine Sango, one of Christopher’s friends, told the court that she was hanging out with him just before the incident occurred.Sango was sitting on a stool on the step of Christopher’s mother’s house in the company of Kadisha, Ashton, Kelvin and Christopher when she got up and went to speak to Randy Phillip who had called her.Valentine she said had just arrived from a party and replaced her on the stool which was next to Christopher.Just as she was passing through an alleyway to go to Marcus’ house, she heard Christopher said, “What is that” but she continued walking and did not pay them any mind.Then she heard what appeared to be a [gun] shot and Kadisha screaming so she ran back and saw Christopher lying on his back on the ground with what appeared to be blood coming from his mouth.“I started screaming and I took a shirt, I think I got it on the verandah and placed it on his head,” she explained. Then Valentine got up from the stool and “ran north towards the beach side’.At that point, Christopher’s mother came out of the house and Callie Austrie assisted Ashton Joseph and Faustin Alexis in transporting Christopher to the Portsmouth hospital.When the trial resumes on Thursday, the state is expected to call their final witness; investigating officer inspector Matthew Cuffy, to testify.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Share LocalNews Police officer testifies for state in trial of Portsmouth man by: – July 5, 2012center_img Share 32 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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27th Annual Batesville Athletic Boosters Bulldog Open

first_imgThe 27th Annual Batesville Athletic Boosters “Bulldog Open” golf scramble at Hillcrest Country Club. The Bulldog Open will be played on Friday, July 24, with an 11 a.m. start. This is a great way to get an early start to the weekend and show your support for Batesville athletics.27th Annual Bulldog Open 2015Everyone is welcome to play. The proceeds from this golf outing are used to help offset the cost of uniforms for the student-athletes.If you are unable to play, but would still like to support the Batesville Athletic Boosters, there are sponsorship opportunities. Attached you will find a registration form that will outline playing and sponsorship opportunities.Contact Batesville AD Brian Helvie for details.last_img read more

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Schmidt’s Bakery sells record number of Thing-A-Lings

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Schmidt’s Bakery celebrated its annual President’s Day tradition of serving Cherry Things-A-Ling’s from last Friday to this past Tuesday.Their final count is 82,908 Thing-A-Lings, which is the largest amount ever.In 2016 they sold 52,000.The five-day event attracted approximately 4,140 customers this year compared to 3,000 last year.When they first went on sale last Friday, the line was out the door all the way down to Randy’s Roadhouse.Customers came from across the Tri-State and as far as Tennessee and Wisconsin.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Tri-State.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.They also shipped them all over the country to places including California, Arizona, New Jersey, and Florida.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Ship.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Mark your calendars now for 2018. The longtime tradition is scheduled to take place February 16 – 20.last_img read more

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Liverpool’s history not a burden anymore: Juergen Klopp

first_imgLONDON: Liverpool are no longer burdened by their painful 30-year title drought and have written a new chapter in the club’s history after they were confirmed as Premier League champions, manager Juergen Klopp said on Friday.The Anfield club, who dominated English soccer in the 1970s and 1980s, last won the old First Division title in 1990, but have finished as runners-up five times since. Seven different managers have tried and failed to recapture Liverpool’s long-lost domestic glory before Klopp arrived at Anfield in 2015 to — in his own words — turn the Merseyside club from “doubters into believers”. “Without knowing it at the time, that was probably the most important thing I said to my players, that we have to create our own stories and history,” Klopp told Sky Sports. “Meanwhile, the history is no burden anymore. The history is now our wonderful background, it’s the basis for what we are doing. “When I came in, we had to say, ‘Don’t compare us anymore with the fantastic people who played for this club and won everything in the past’. We needed to get the opportunity from our supporters to find our own way.” Klopp, who also delivered Liverpool’s sixth Champions League crown last season, dismissed the idea of having a statue made in his honour, like former managers Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley, who have been cast in bronze outside Anfield. “I don’t want a statue that’s not my motivation,” the German manager said. “It’s clear the team are in a good moment, we are young enough to still go for something. “It’s a moment like last year’s Champions League final, you carry on. It’s good to be in this club at the moment.” Liverpool’s next match is a trip to Manchester City next week and Klopp laughed at the idea of receiving a guard of honour from last year’s champions as well as any other opponent they play in their remaining games. “We’ll see, I don’t think we can influence that,” he added. “We are champions and on the pitch we will behave as though we have never won anything before.” Agencies Also Watch: Minister in Waist Deep Flood Water in Tinsukialast_img read more

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Other Sports Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap advance to the last four stage of Senior Badminton Nationals

first_imgEarlier, former World No 30 Sourabh, who had clinched Super 100 titles at Russia Open and Dutch Open last year, eked out a hard-fought 21-11 21-23 21-18 triumph over B Sai Praneeth. Sourabh grabbed seven straight points from 14-17 down in the decider against former Singapore Open champion Sai Praneeth in the quarterfinals.The 26-year-old Sourabh, a two-time former champion, will meet qualifier Kaushal Dharmamer of Mumbai later in the evening. Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu had notched up two clinical wins on Thursday and will play the other women’s singles semifinal against local sensation Ashmita Chaliha later in the day. Guwahati: Former champions Saina Nehwal, Parupalli Kashyap and Sourabh Verma advanced to the semifinals of the 83rd Yonex-Sunrise Senior Badminton Nationals in Guwahati on Friday. Defending champion Saina hardly broke a sweat to get the better of former India number one Neha Pandit of Mumbai 21-10 21-10 in a lop-sided quarterfinal contest. The two-time Commonwealth Games champion will face 22-year-old Nagpur qualifier Vaishnavi Bhale, who was part of India’s Uber Cup squad last year, later in the evening. Kashyap, a 2012 winner, prevailed 21-18 21-16 over Bodhit Joshi, who had reahed the finals of Iceland International last year. The former world no 6 from Hyderabad will face Lakshya Sen in the semifinals later in the day.          Both Saina and Kashyap had played their pre-quarterfinal match on Thursday night at the newly-laid wooden court at the TRP indoor stadium after refusing to play at the Assam Badminton Academy courts due to “uneven” surface. Saina Nehwal is the defending Senior National Badminton tournament.Parupalli Kashyap was the former world number 6.PV Sindhu will take on Ashmita Chaliha. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Baltimore Ravens have announced the deal that secured defensive end Calais Campbell, a skilled run-stopper who also has a knack for getting to the quarterback. To get Campbell, Baltimore gave Jacksonville the 2020 fifth-round pick it got from Atlanta in a trade that sent tight end Hayden Hurst to the Falcons.— The Minnesota Vikings and kicker Dan Bailey have agreed to terms on a new contract. Bailey was fourth in the NFL in 2019 with a 93.1 percent field goal rate, his best since 2015. Bailey made 27 of 29 kicks, including all three tries from 50-plus yards. Bailey also landed touchbacks on 66 of 87 kickoffs.— Darius Slay got what he was waiting for — a trade out of Detroit and a big new contract. The Lions agreed to trade Slay to the Philadelphia Eagles, ending the standout cornerback’s seven-year stint in Detroit. His agent sats Slay has agreed to a three-year, $50 million extension with Philadelphia. The Lions drafted Slay 36th overall in 2013, and he earned All-Pro honors in 2017.— The Cleveland Browns beefed up their defensive front, agreeing to terms with former Bengals tackle Andrew Billings. Billings is the third defensive player to strike a deal with the Browns in 24 hours. The team reached deals with linebacker B.J. Goodson and safety Karl Joseph on Wednesday.— The Buffalo Bills have confirmed signing safety Jordan Poyer to a two-year contract extension, which locks up the three-year starter through the 2022 season. Poyer was entering the final year of the four-year contract. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s off-the-field business has joined most of the rest of the country in full work-from-home mode. That has turned signings and trades into tests of patience and technology. Conducting a free agency period during a global pandemic has produced complications well beyond the usual salary-cap constraints. Because team facilities have closed out of concern for the spread of the coronavirus, players have not been able to take the physical exams required to finalize contracts with team physicians.In other NFL news:—The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a deal with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, adding a familiar name for new coach Mike McCarthy. Clinton-Dix’s representatives, SportsTrust Advisors, announced the move early Friday on Twitter.— The Los Angeles Rams have released Todd Gurley. The superstar running back had a massive contract and a troubling injury history. The Rams made the move several minutes before roughly $10 million in the three-time Pro Bowl selection’s contract became fully guaranteed. The Rams signed the 2015 first-round pick to a four-year, $60 million contract with $45 million guaranteed in June 2018.— A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press that the Denver Broncos are waiving Joe Flacco after he failed his physical. Flacco sustained a neck injury last season and missed the final two months of the season. He was eventually replaced by rookie Drew Lock. Earlier this week the Broncos agreed to terms with new backup quarterback Jeff Driskel. Associated Press — The Jacksonville Jaguars agreed to terms with center/guard Tyler Shatley on a one-year contract worth $1.5 million. The deal includes $600,000 guaranteed. The Jags previously agreed to terms with Cleveland linebacker Joe Schobert, Cincinnati cornerback Darqueze Dennard and Arizona defensive lineman Rodney Gunter over the last two days.— A person familiar with the deal says the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to a one-year contract worth about $3 million with free agent guard Tom Compton. Compton will help fill the void created by the planned release of Mike Person.NHL-PREDATORS-SMITHPredators sign forward Cole Smith to 1-year dealNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Cole Smith to a one-year, two-way deal for the 2020-21 season. — An Italian company that makes cycling apparel for some of the world’s best teams along with jerseys for the world championships will shift production to masks to help the nation confront the coronavirus crisis. Santini said Thursday it would work with a local textile company to begin making masks next week. It hopes to provide up to 10,000 per day.MLB-NEWS-SALESale to get Tommy JohnBOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox announced Thursday that left-hander Chris Sale would have Tommy John surgery. The operation would keep him out the entire 2020 baseball season if and when it resumes after the coronavirus pandemic.Other MLB teams will also take advantage of the downtime to treat players.San Francisco Giants right-hander Tyler Beede will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery. — The Denver Nuggets say an unidentified member of the organization has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The person was tested after experiencing symptoms Monday and is under the care of the team’s medical staff and in isolation.— The American East Conference announced that two people on the floor during recent tournament games have tested positive for the coronavirus. The games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11.— The Seattle Mariners have shut down their spring training facility in Arizona because of the virus outbreak and told their players to view the coming weeks as though they’re in offseason mode. The Mariners had initially planned to keep the facility open and work with players in small, staggered groups of 10.— Minor league players shut out of spring training camps will receive allowances from teams through April 8, and a plan is underway to compensate those players during the postponed portion of the regular season. Minor leaguers will receive allowances of $400 per week from teams in a lump sum. Teams hope that will allow players to cover housing, food and other expenses through the previously scheduled end of spring training. The minor league season was supposed to open April 9.— Roger Penske (PEN’-skee) tells The Associated Press no decision has been made yet regarding the Indianapolis 500 in May — a race that draws more than 300,000 spectators annually. Penske bought Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the IndyCar Series in January and has been preparing to host his first Indy 500 on May 24. In other virus-related developments:— The number of known coronavirus cases within the NBA has doubled to 14. Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics pleaded with people to take social distancing more seriously Thursday and the league ordered all teams to shutter their training facilities indefinitely. Smart revealed that he tested positive and the Los Angeles Lakers said two of their players tested positive as well, bringing the number of players who have acquired the virus to 10. The Philadelphia 76ers said three members of their organization tested positive and the Denver Nuggets said someone within their franchise was positive as well.— The NBA has told its teams to close its training and practice facilities to all players and staff starting Friday. The league says the shuttering will last indefinitely in the latest response to the global coronavirus pandemic.—The Philadelphia 76ers say three members of the organization have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Sixers did not identify the members. They say players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff were tested for COVID-19. The tests were secured and processed privately. The individuals are in self-isolation and will be monitored closely by medical professionals.-Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. in a video posted on Twitter. he added that he is not exhibiting any symptoms and is feeling well thus far. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Since then, Jazz All-Star players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have both tested positive for the virus. Olympic flame arrives in JapanTOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame has arrived in Japan from Greece and was greeted in a scaled-down ceremony at an air base in northern Japan. The flame touched down amid doubts if the Tokyo Games can open as scheduled on July 24 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers and the IOC say it will, but postponement or cancellation is seen as a growing option.The flame will stay in northern Japan for almost a week until the four-month torch relay begins officially on March 26 from the northern Fukushima prefecture. This is the northeastern part of Japan that was devastated by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and meltdown of three nuclear reactors.NFL-NEWSNFL allowing teams to announce free agency agreementscenter_img March 20, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSaints head coach test positiveUNDATED (AP) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton told ESPN that he learned Thursday he has tested positive for the new coronavirus. Payton is the first employee of either an NFL team or the league to make such a diagnosis public. He tells the network he came forward to motivate people to educate themselves about what they can do to help fight the pandemic. Payton says he has not been admitted to a hospital and does not have a fever or cough. The 56-year-old coach says he has been resting comfortably at home, where is in in self-quarantine. And Houston’s Justin Verlander underwent groin surgery.BASEBALL-MINORSMinor league players to receive allowancesUNDATED (AP) — Minor league players shut out of spring training camps will receive allowances from teams through April 8, and a plan is underway to compensate those players during the postponed portion of the regular season. Minor leaguers will receive allowances of $400 per week from teams in a lump sum. That’s a significant bump from their usual spring per diems of $100-200 per week. Teams hope that will allow players to cover housing, food and other expenses through the previously scheduled end of spring training. The minor league season was supposed to open April 9.TOKYO-OLYMPIC FLAME Update on the latest sports — Horse racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York has been suspended indefinitely after an employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The New York Racing Association says there will be no live racing until further notice.— The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The tour says Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico.— Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff and left tackle Andrew Whitworth have donated $250,000 apiece to pay for 2 million meals with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The money raised will benefit the food bank and United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Pandemic Relief Fund. The 38-year-old Whitworth agreed to a three-year contract Wednesday to stay with the Rams.— Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are donating $50,000 toward food during the coronavirus outbreak. The Mayfields announced on Instagram that they’re making their donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank.— Two senior Italian sports executives have issued emotional appeals to the International Olympic Committee to revise its stance over the Tokyo Games. The calls come as the death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtakes China’s. Smith just finished his senior season at North Dakota, where he scored a career-high 11 goals and had 18 points in 34 games. The 6-foot-3, 197-pound forward played on both the power play and penalty kill as a senior and helped North Dakota win its conference’s regular-season title.He finished with 51 points in 137 games over four years at North Dakota.last_img read more