COVID-19: C. Java hospital produces protective gear for medical workers amid shortages

first_imgIn response to the shortage of protective health equipment for medical workers treating COVID-19 patients, the Central Java administration has independently produced its own hazmat suits that it will provide to certain medical personnel.Using spunbonded polypropylene, Moewardi General Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java, is able to produce 200 to 250 hazmat suits each day to make up for the shortage of personal protective equipment.“The lack of hazmat suits everywhere has resulted in medical personnel in some regions wearing only a raincoat. We try to innovate. The Moewardi hospital has creatively made its own hazmat suit at a more affordable price,” Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said on Monday. Ganjar suggested that hospitals in Central Java contact the Central Java Health Agency for a hazmat suit.“Or if any hospitals want to make their own hazmat suits, they can learn from the Moewardi hospital,” he said.He advised the regional administration not to rely on the central government and to instead be creative in facing the COVID-19 pandemic.Contacted separately, the Moewardi General Hospital chief of services, Bambang SW, said that the hospital launched production of the suits after it faced difficulties in ordering protective suits from factories. Topics :center_img “Now we’re ready to help the other hospitals or we’ll teach them how to make a hazmat suit,” he said.The suit, Bambang said, cost Rp 50,000 (US$ 3), far below the market price of Rp 150,000.He gave assurances that the hazmat suits were made under strict standards and safety procedures, with the tailors healthy and adhering to cleanliness protocol. (aly)last_img read more

Uncompetitive clearing market could trigger ‘unmanageable’ risks

first_imgLack of competition within the clearing market could expose pension funds to unmanageable risks and higher than necessary costs, according to PensionsEurope.The European industry group also argued that the European Market Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR), which currently offers the pensions sector a time-limited exemption from centrally clearing derivatives trades, should be amended to allow the exemption to continue indefinitely.Responding to a consultation by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) on recommended changes to the EMIR framework, PensionsEurope argued the regulation risked not achieving its goal of increasing financial stability, while leading to higher costs for the pensions sector if no further consideration was given to the use of cash as collateral.The industry group raised concerns about the number of clearing members in the market, arguing it was “not healthy and competitive”, damaging the ability of smaller pension funds to negotiate good deals. “Some [pension funds] experience difficulty finding clearing members that are willing to offer services on reasonable terms, or at all. This may force [pension funds] and other end users to accept unmanageable risks and higher cost levels.”The response noted the current pension fund exemption from clearing, set to expire in August 2017, should be extended until viable alternatives to posting cash as collateral were in place.It also said that as pension funds were usually fully invested, they would need to access the repo market or other methods of collateral transformation to post variation margins – but warned the markets may not be fully liquid at times of market stress, when the collateral would be most needed.“PensionsEurope’s calls on the Commission to maintain the exemption for [pension funds] from the central clearing obligation until a suitable clearing solution has been found,” the organisation said.It added: “The market has not yet developed a practicable and efficient process for central clearing of pension scheme’s over-the-counter (OTC) derivative transactions.“In addition to this, the existing exemption has not delivered a relief from mandatory clearing for three to six years as originally envisaged, as the clearing obligation is still not effective.”The industry group previously warned that clearing would divert funding away from long-term investments.Extending pension funds’ exemption to the EMIR regulation beyond 2017 would require amendments to existing legislation, something that would need ratifying by the European Parliament.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesPensionsEurope response o ESMA consultationlast_img read more

Unborn Kiwis need more protection, not less

first_img Anna Sinclair lives in Christchurch, is a full-time mum (to one toddler) and is concerned about proposals being considered for abortion law reform.  Gisborne Herald 13 January 2019Family First Comment: “Abortion is not just a women’s rights issue; it is a human rights issue. The point is not whether women are capable of making good decisions. It’s that no individual should hold such untrammelled power — the power of life and death — over another human being.”#chooselifeIt’s time to update our abortion law. It’s the 21st century, the law is 40 years old and it needs to be modernised. That’s what we keep hearing, and I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, the proposals in the Law Commission’s report last year would be a big step backwards.A truly progressive society protects the rights of all its members, down to the smallest and most vulnerable. The advice the Law Commission has provided would achieve the opposite of that. It would strip unborn Kiwis of any recognition of humanity under the law, placing them at even greater risk. We should be bolstering the rights of unborn children, not stripping them away.There is no longer any excuse for imprecision over what is developing in a pregnant woman’s womb. We know that at the point of conception, a new organism comes into being. This new organism has its own DNA and its own blood type, distinct from the mother and father — in other words, it is a unique human being. An unborn baby isn’t part of the woman’s body; it is a different body.We’ve known this for a while, but with today’s technology we have an unprecedented view into the womb.We know that a baby is formed with astonishing speed: by eight weeks of gestation the baby already has discernible arms and legs, all its organs are present and its heart is beating; by 13 weeks all major development has taken place, tooth buds are developing and the baby has well-defined fingers and toes; by 16 weeks the baby has eyelids, hair, nails and fingerprints. Mothers often feel the baby moving and kicking between 16 and 20 weeks gestation. All this has occurred well before the 22 week threshold in Model C of the Law Commission’s report.By 22 weeks, babies born prematurely have been known to survive. By 24 weeks, the baby is almost completely formed; over the remaining 16 weeks, the baby primarily just gets bigger and heavier.We’ve known all this for some time. Yet Model A of the Law Commission’s report would permit all abortions up to birth.At this point some will protest that this unborn human should not be called a baby — a fetus, instead, or an embryo or zygote for the earliest stages of development. These terms are fine if used for technical accuracy — a human fetus describes a young, unborn human, just as a newborn and toddler describe older, post-birth humans. It becomes problematic, however, when we use the term as a way to dehumanise the unborn child. We have dehumanised unborn children, not in response to, but in defiance of the evidence, because it justifies us in treating them as less than human.Some will then argue that, despite its humanity, the fetus should not be considered a person. Arguing for personhood to be bestowed separately to someone’s humanity is arbitrary and not based on scientific fact. There are, not surprisingly, multiple different stages that people point to as marking personhood — implantation, viability, consciousness, even birth.Shouldn’t the fact that it is human be enough for it to have human rights?Abortion deprives unborn Kiwis of their most fundamental human right — their right to life. The express purpose of an abortion is to kill a human being. It is not akin to simply removing life support. In abortions performed before 22 weeks, the fetus normally dies in the process of being removed from the womb. After 22 weeks, killing the fetus before removal needs to be part of a successful abortion procedure. The Law Commission’s report notes the Abortion Supervisory Committee’s advice that “other than in exceptional circumstances, feticide (the act of causing the death of the fetus) should be part of the abortion process after 22 weeks gestation . . . if a woman does not consent to feticide, the abortion should not go ahead, because there is a possibility of neonatal survival.”In other words, simple termination of the pregnancy is not enough. The fetus needs to be killed, because we all know that if you end up with a live baby, the abortion hasn’t gone as planned.Abortion is not just a women’s rights issue; it is a human rights issue. The point is not whether women are capable of making good decisions. It’s that no individual should hold such untrammelled power — the power of life and death — over another human being.I don’t deny that many women find themselves in extremely tough situations and that those who choose an abortion often feel like it is their only choice. I don’t want to minimise the stress and trauma of women facing a crisis pregnancy. But too often the discussion ends with the woman’s difficult situation. Any balanced conversation on abortion must acknowledge the two lives involved and the two sets of rights to be considered. And any decent law on abortion will seek to protect the rights of both. It’s time our laws reflect the value of humans in the womb.last_img read more

Governor Pence Names Geoffrey G. Slaughter to Indiana Supreme Court

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Governor Mike Pence named Geoffrey G. Slaughter as the 109th Justice to the Indiana Supreme Court.Mr. Slaughter will fill the vacancy left by Justice Brent Dickson, who, after 30 years on the bench, retired on April 29.His appointment will be effective on the day of his official swearing-in ceremony, which will be announced at a later date.“I’m grateful today to announce Geoff Slaughter as the 109th Justice to the Indiana Supreme Court,” said Governor Pence. “Over his nearly 30-year career, Geoff Slaughter has demonstrated a first-rate legal intellect, an unparalleled understanding of constitutional and antitrust law, a remarkable ability to think and write clearly on the most complex issues, and a steadfast commitment to improving the local and legal community. I anticipate his service on Indiana’s highest court will be characterized by a fair and measured hand and a deep appreciation for our Constitution. I’m thankful to Chief Justice Loretta Rush and the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission for their tireless work and countless hours spent to ensure the individuals brought to my desk bring to the Court the same commitment, intellect, and passion as former Justice Brent Dickson.”A native of Lake County, Mr. Slaughter has represented clients in various types of cases, including prosecuting antitrust class actions, securities-fraud claims, environmental disputes, state and federal constitutional claims, land-use restrictions, and handling matters on judicial review from administrative decisions.He has argued numerous matters before the state and federal appellate courts.last_img read more

Cricket News Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team consign New Zealand to record low after Wellington win

first_img New Delhi: Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team ended their ODI leg of New Zealand on the ultimate high as they won the fifth and final game in Westpac Stadium, Wellington by 35 runs to seal the series 4-1. Under Virat Kohli, the team had put three clinical performances in Napier and in the two ODIs at Bay Oval before stumbling to a horror loss in Hamilton in which they were bowled out for 92, their lowest total in New Zealand. However, on a difficult pitch, Rohit’s side made amends as they bounced back from 18/4 to reach 252 thanks to Ambati Rayudu’s 90 and a blitz of 45 off 22 balls from Hardik Pandya. The bowlers, led by Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal, ensured New Zealand did not get momentum as Kane Williamson’s side stumbled.The result in Wellington gave India their best scoreline in any format in New Zealand ever since they started touring the country in 1967. In the 1967/68 series, India won the Test match series 3-1 but they had to wait 41 years for their next triumph. In 2009, under the guidance of MS Dhoni, India clinched an ODI series in New Zealand for the first time when they won the five-match series 3-1.For New Zealand, it represented a record low for a side that had lost just one ODI series in the last two years prior to their clash against India. New Zealand first suffered this fate against their Trans-Tasman rivals Australia in 1999/2000. After the first match ended in a no-result, Australia won the next four games in Auckland, Dunedin, Christchurch and Napier by five wickets, 50 runs, 48 runs and five wickets respectively before New Zealand salvaged some pride in the final game in Auckland by registering a three-wicket win. highlights New Zealand suffered a loss of four matches in a series for the fourth time at home.India’s 4-1 scoreline is the best in any format in New Zealand.India have won an ODI series in New Zealand for only the second time. Sri Lanka were the next nation to inflict major damage to New Zealand. Led by Sanath Jayasuriya, the team won the first four ODIs in Napier, Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton by 61 runs, three wickets, nine wickets and three runs via Duckworth-Lewis method. Sri Lanka were gunning for a 5-0 whitewash but New Zealand held their nerve to win the match in Christchurch by 13 runs.However, the Australians would inflict more humiliation on New Zealand as they became the first side to whitewash the Kiwis at home in a five-match series. Under a dominant side led by Ricky Ponting, Australia won the games in Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington and Napier. Barring the first game in Wellington which Australia won by a narrow margin of 10 runs, Ponting’s side decimated the opposition in the other matches, winning by margins of 106 runs, 86 runs, seven wickets and 122 runs respectively.This loss to India will be a body blow for Kane Williamson and his team as they aim to get some momentum for their preparation in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Football News I League – Shillong and Kerala look for ‘salvage pride’ in league game on Friday

first_imgShillong Lajong and Gokulam Kerala will look to salvage pride.The two teams will be up against each other on Friday. Shillong suffered a 2-3 loss against Gokulam Kerala FC. highlights New Delhi: Out of reckoning, Shillong Lajong and Gokulam Kerala will look to salvage pride and finish as high as possible in the points table when they clash in an I-League fixture here Friday. Both teams would be looking to get out of the relegation zone when they face under lights at the JLN Stadium here.In their only encounter this season, Shillong suffered a 2-3 loss against Gokulam Kerala FC at the EMS Corporation Stadium in Calicut. Kerala would have the odds to their favour and they would look to capitalise on this psychological advantage to walk away with all the three points again.Shillong Lajong FC too would be eyeing a win to reduce the relegation pressure. The hosts are currently placed at the bottom of the Hero I-League Points table with 10 points from 17 games. What adds to their concern is the defence line which has conceded 48 goals so far. Gokulam Kerala FC is placed just above Shillong Lajong FC in the points table with a three-point cushion. Kerala’s performance has seen some positive change ever since the appointment of their new technical director Gift Raikhan.”It’s very important for Gokulam to get the 3 points. Prestige and dream are high as we are fighting for relegation,” said Raikhan.”We as well as Lajong are at the bottom so it’s important for both the teams. we will give our best tomorrow. This is my fifth match, as a coach, I always prepare for winning the game, rest is on God.”Football is all about who plays better it’s not about Indian or foreign players”, he further added.Shillong’s major concern has been the finishing capability in the final third. But the young Red Devils are known for their fighting spirit and creative ball play, an area where Gokulam Kerala would want to pay a lot of attention.The combination of Ktboklang Pale, Phrangki Baum, and Mahesh Singh Naorem have looked threatening against each team that they have played, and given the situation, this trio can change the scenario on their day.Coach Alison said, “It’s all about preparing ourselves mentally and play well tomorrow. At the end of the 90 mins, the best team wins. Our boys will hopefully play well tomorrow and get 3 points. They have to concentrate and be mentally prepared to play well.”Gokulam Kerala’s armory also consists of the striker from T&T Marcus Joseph, who scored in the previous game against Arrows, and has already scored three goals in five games so far.The local talent Suhair VP and Rajesh who scored in their 3-2 win against Shillong Lajong in their last encounter will also add the extra might in the Keralite outfit’s dressing room. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety incident report summary between Tuesday, April 1, and Wednesday, April 2. Crimes against a personat 4:49 A.m. on April 1, DPS officers responded to gun shots being fired at 2375 Scarff St. and at the location found a non-USC male with three gunshot wounds. A Los Angeles Fire Department Rescue Ambulance responded and transported the victim to California Hospital for medical treatment. Los Angeles Police Department is conducting an investigation.Crimes against propertyat 9:27 A.m. on April 1, an unattended laptop was taken from Starbucks.At 2:05 P.M. on April 1, a student reported that a microphone was missing from off campus.At 3:08 P.M. on April 1, a dental tool was taken from an open room in the Eileen and Kenneth T. Norris Dental Science Center.At 5:54 P.M. on April 1, a GPS unit and a phone charger were taken from a car on 36th Place and Vermont Avenue after a suspect broke the side window to gain entry.Miscellaneous incidentsat 10:50 P.m. on April 1,  DPS officers responded to a student who was intoxicated and passed out at Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. The student was subsequently taken to California Hospital to be 1:08 A.m. on April 2, DPS officers responded to a student who was unconscious and intoxicated at Elisabeth von Kleinsmid Memorial Residence Hall.  When DPS officers arrived, the student was speaking coherently and she was 1:19 A.m. on April 2, DPS officers responded to a student who was intoxicated and unconscious on a sidewalk near the Lorenzo Student Apartments.last_img read more

MLB trade rumours: Stephen Strasburg re-signs with Washington Nationals in record deal

first_imgLast Updated: 10th December, 2019 17:49 IST MLB Trade Rumours: Stephen Strasburg Re-signs With Washington Nationals In Record Deal MLB trade rumours: World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg has agreed to a mammoth 7-year, $245 million deal and has decided to re-sign with Washington Nationals. MLB trade rumours: Nationals re-sign Stephen Strasburg in $245 million record dealStephen Strasburg’s deal, at least temporarily, breaks two records. David Price formerly held the record for total dollars dedicated to a pitcher after Boston Red Sox paid $217 million to acquire his services. Strasburg’s average annual value of $35 million also overtakes Zack Greinke’s $34.4 million. However, with Gerrit Cole still on the open market, both records could be short-lived.Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: Philadelphia Phillies To Pursue Anthony RendonMLB trade rumours: Strasburg is a player close to my heart says GM Mike RizzoMike Rizzo, the General Manager of the Washington Nationals, expressed his delight on re-signing Stephen Strasburg. Rizzo was quoted saying on the official MLB website that Nationals couldn’t be more happier to announce the signing of Strasburg. Rizzo added that Strasburg is a player close to his heart because of the history he shares with the club. In Mike Rizzo’s words, ‘Drafted, signed, developed and turned into a superstar right before our eyes with ‘Washington’ on the front of his chest.’Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: New York Yankees Have Reportedly Made A $245m Offer For Gerrit ColeMLB trade rumours: Stephen Strasburg’s record deal includes a full no-trade clauseStephen Strasburg new contract with Washington Nationals also includes a full no-trade clause. Strasburg will reach the 10-5 threshold in 2020, 10 years of service in big leagues including five with the same club, which gives Strasburg no-trade rights. His identification of the no-trade status means that Strasburg will maintain those rights even if he agrees to trade during the span of his new deal.MLB trade rumours: Stephen Strasburg and Washington Nationals set to continue their long associationThe deal ensures a long and fruitful association between Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals. The Nationals selected Strasburg first overall in the 2009 MLB Draft out of San Diego State, and one of the most exciting pitching prospects in history, made his spectacular 14-strikeout debut a year later in 2010. There were ups and downs after that, including a controversial shutdown before the 2012 postseason, but he and the Nationals both redeemed themselves with a World Series win in October.Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: Zack Wheeler, Philadelphia Phillies Agree To 5-year Deal Written By First Published: 10th December, 2019 17:49 IST WATCH US LIVE COMMENT LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Sreehari Menon FOLLOW US The MLB Winter meetings have worked their magic again. Stephen Strasburg, who opted out of his contract after an emphatic 2019 season, has re-signed with the Washington Nationals. The Nationals have tied down Strasburg for seven years, in a record deal worth $245 million, $70 million more than his previous deal with the team.Also Read: MLB Trade Rumours: Chicago Cubs Surprise Many By Holding Talks With Josh Lindblomlast_img read more

Team Queso enters two-year partnership with Razer

first_imgTeam Queso has entered into a two-year partnership with Razer which will see its players equipped with the Razer Phone, as well as peripherals and accessories.Team Queso is a Spanish organisation that competes exclusively in mobile esports titles.The Razer Phone was designed and manufactured with competitive gaming in mind, built with a high-spec processor and 8GB RAM for high performance. Team Queso currently competes in Clash Royale, Vainglory, Arena of Valor, and Hearthstone. Founded in 2017, the organisation already counted Gamerswalk, SuperEvil Megacorp, and Brillante as sponsors.Alvaro G. Buitrago, CEO, Team Queso said the following on his organisation’s latest sponsor: “We’re very excited to partner with Razer for the next two years as official gear supplier for Team Queso. Our organization was born in 2017 as the first mobile-focused esports team, and a few months later the Razer Phone was launched as the first smartphone designed for and by gamers. I couldn’t imagine a better match to foster mobile esports in the upcoming years.”Min-Liang Tan, Co-founder and CEO, Razer also discussed the partnership in a statement: “This partnership with Team Queso marks a new milestone in Razer’s rich history as pioneer of esports. Competitive mobile esports is what the Razer Phone was designed for and I look forward to seeing Team Queso’s players dominating the tournament circuit.”The announcement states Razer will also provide mice, keyboards, headphones, and mousepads for Team Quosa’s players.Esports Insider says: Razer is a big name in the world of esports, so it’s impressive that Team Queso has already acquired the company’s assistance for the next two years – especially when you consider they’ve only been competing for a year.last_img read more