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Government expedites import of COVID-19 drugs

first_imgRemdesivir has been the only therapeutic so far to have worked directly against the coronavirus. A five-day course of the antiviral drug sped recovery in moderately ill patients with pneumonia from COVID-19, drugmaker Gilead Sciences said in a statement.The United States Food and Drug Administration has not given the go-ahead for remdesivir but gave Gilead emergency use authorization. The drug costs US$2,340 for a five-day course of treatment.The government expects that by November, local drugs manufacturer PT Kimia Farma could produce 400,000 vials. In October, the government expects to secure 50,000 vials of remdesivir from PT Amarox Pharma Global, a subsidiary of India’s leading generic pharmaceutical company Hetero. In September, Hetero brought in 10,000 vials.Other than remdesivir, the government also expedited the delivery of influenza drugs oseltamivir and favipiravir, as well as antiretroviral drug lopinavir-ritonavir. For oseltamivir, the government has given authority to Kimia Farma and Amarox to procure more than 7 million capsules. In an effort to provide better treatment for COVID-19 patients and help bring down the mortality rate from the pandemic, the government has begun securing a substantial amount of therapeutics that could work against the disease.Data from the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister show that the government has given the go-ahead to contractors to import COVID-19 therapeutics such as remdesivir, favipiravir, oseltamivir and lopinavir-ritonavir, all of which will be distributed directly to hospitals treating coronavirus patients.The data show that by the end of 2020, the government expects to secure 670,000 vials of remdesivir from foreign sources, but expects the drug to be manufactured in the country starting in November. For favipiravir, the government ordered 3.7 million tablets from three companies, Beta Pharmacon, Kimia Farma and Daewoong Infion. Meanwhile, four pharmaceutical companies Amarox, Abbot, Sampharindo and Kimia Farma together will bring in 2,510,000 tablets of lopinovir-ritonavir.Speaking in a coordination meeting with 10 governors of provinces under his supervision, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said the country was entering a critical period in the fight against COVID-19, and the procurement of the drug would be crucial to bring down the mortality rate among coronavirus patients.”We don’t have to see people dying from lack of medicine,” Luhut said in the meeting late last week.Luhut also said that to cut red tape and speed up the delivery of the drugs to patients, the government would ship the therapeutics directly to hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.Read also: What you need to know about Indonesia’s vaccine developmentEight months after the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the country, Indonesia continues to struggle in its effort to deal with the pandemic.According to Health Ministry data, there were 4,007 new coronavirus infections and 83 more deaths on Saturday, bringing the total number of infections to 299,506 and fatalities to 11,055.More than 34.71 million people have been reported to be infected by the coronavirus globally and 1,028,910​ have died, according to a Reuters tally on Saturday.Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.Director general for public health at the Health Ministry, Abdul Kadir, said he would crack down on doctors who recommended the use of non-standard therapeutics for COVID-19 patients.Abdul Kadir said the move was also taken to help the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS) sort out claims made by hospitals treating coronavirus patients. (mtr)Topics :last_img read more


Dutch manager doubles stake in Indian hotel joint venture

first_imgThe latest investment is split €22m into Lemon Tree, and €13m into Fleur Hotels.Sachin Doshi, head of non-listed real estate Asia at APG Asset Management, said: “We originally invested with Lemon Tree to capitalise on the growing Indian consuming middle class and our positive view on the mid-scale hotel segment in India. We are long-term investors and see the current market conditions as a good opportunity to enhance our exposure with Lemon Tree.”He added: “We have a very strong relationship with the company and its management team and this transaction creates further alignment between APG, Warburg Pincus and Lemon Tree’s founders.”APG works closely with Lemon Tree and has board representation in both its ventures.Patu Keswani, Lemon Tree’s founder and chairman, has suggested that the company may make an initial public offering (IPO) in the next two years. Doshi said: “Lemon Tree informed us about this when we made our initial investment. Our intention is to continue growing the business and if there was an IPO, we’d be supportive. But we are still looking at it as a long-term hold.”Lemon Tree is APG’s first and only hotel investment in India. Typically, the pension fund asset manager identifies the sector it wishes to acquire exposure to, then invests in what it considers to be the best operator in that sector.Within India, it also has an investment in a residential development club with Mumbai-based Godrej Properties.Real estate as a whole currently makes up 9% of APG’s €27bn portfolio. India, However, forms a small part of APG’s Asian allocation.But Doshi said: “In the long run, we remain positive on India. It has a large, growing population and we do see a pathway to continued growth. Although this has slowed recently, we believe this recent investment is an opportunity to secure a long term asset at attractive valuations, and also to work with partners who share our long term views.” Dutch pension manager APG has invested a further €35m into Lemon Tree Hotels, a fast-expanding hotel chain in India.The latest investment doubles APG’s stake in the company to 13%. Warburg Pincus has a 25% holding.Lemon Tree, which is aimed mainly at mid-market domestic customers, currently owns 25 hotels in 15 cities, with 2,800 rooms. The chain is halfway through a strategic plan to build further hotels, bringing the total number of rooms owned or managed to 8,000 by 2017.APG first invested in the chain in March 2012 with a €100m tranche, split into a €27.5m injection in Lemon Tree and €72.5m in Fleur Hotels, a joint venture between APG and the hotel company, which was set up to build the hotels.last_img read more


Van de Kieft to succeed Hagendijk at MN

first_imgPreviously, he was CFO and COO of the €188bn asset manager PGGM and CFO at the parking company Q-Park.“MN is ready to lift quality, customer focus and cost-consciousness to the next level, and I am proud that I can contribute to this process,” Van de Kieft said.Hagendijk, who announced his departure three months ago, said that MN is facing modernisation and further improvement of its organisation and service provision.“René has shown that he is up to such a task, and brings a lot of experience, a large network and a strong vision,” added the out-going chairman.Van de Kieft’s appointment is still subject to approval of communications watchdog AFM.MN is the asset manager and pensions provider for the large metal schemes PME and PMT, which have more than 2m participants in total, affiliated with more than 36,000 employers. The company has also an office in London.Hagendijk oversaw the privatisation of MN from its initial owner PMT, the €40bn PMT joining the organisation as well as MN further specialising in fiduciary management, board support and responsible investment.“Under Hagendijk, MN has developed into a leading player in the financial sector,” commented Ella Vogelaar, MN’s new supervisory chair. The shareholders of the €110bn asset manager and pensions provider MN have appointed René van de Kieft as its new executive chairman.Van de Kieft is to succeed of Ruud Hagendijk, who steps down after ten years at the helm of the largest pensions provider in the market sector.Van de Kieft, who will assume his new role 1 May, has ample experience in the pensions and financial sectors, and is currently board member of the €344bn civil service scheme ABP and the €40bn metal scheme PME as well as chairman of the €8bn postal scheme PostNL.The new MN chair is currently also interim chief financial officer of the new, nationwide Chamber of Commerce – recently created after the merger of a number of regional chambers. last_img read more


Police Blotter 10-29-19

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Gary Cahill says Chelsea need to start making their own good luck

first_imgGary Cahill knows Chelsea need to start making their own luck if they are to turn around their rotten season. Jose Mourinho’s men have been a shadow of the side that so impressively won the title last term, having lost half of their opening eight Premier League fixtures. It leaves the west Londoners 16th in the standings and 10 points behind leaders Manchester City, making this weekend’s home clash with Aston Villa important for both embattled sides. “It was an amazing feeling for me and my family and a moment I’ll never ever forget,” Cahill said. “But once I knew I was captain I wanted to make it work and to lead them to a positive result and thankfully it went that way. “I thought I played well, and the team played well. The most important thing was that we won so a good night.” Cahill expects to be fit to face his former club after a back complaint during an international break which saw Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic forced off through injury playing for Serbia. “I don’t know how bad their injuries are, hopefully not too bad,” Cahill said of the pair – the latter of whom returned for their defeat to Portugal. “My injury is okay. “Luck’s not on our side at the minute, but you have to make your own luck in terms of performances at the club. “That’s something I’m determined to put right and I’m sure everyone else is. “It’s not a nice feeling at the minute and one we don’t want to have for very much longer.” Cahill returned to Chelsea earlier than many of his team-mates after being rested for England’s final Euro 2016 qualifier in Lithuania. The centre-back watched the Vilnius triumph from home and returns to club action buoyed by the experience of leading his country out for the first time, captaining the Three Lions to Friday’s 2-0 defeat of Estonia. Press Associationlast_img read more


VIDEO: Police say man attempted to abduct a woman on New York subway

first_imgA shocking video shows what appears to be an attempted abduction on a Bronx subway train early Monday.The video went viral on social media, and it shows a man grabbing a woman and carrying off the train.According to the NYPD, the man in the video was “preventing a female from getting away from him.”Police officials arrested 48-year-old Sonny Alloway in the Bronx Monday, and he was charged with unlawful imprisonment, according to authorities.last_img


Mitchell’s athleticism powers Badgers on court

first_imgWhen you first see junior Alexis Mitchell step onto the floor for the Wisconsin volleyball team, you’ll notice she is shorter than most middle blockers in the Big Ten.But despite standing at 6-foot, Mitchell quickly discards any perceived disadvantages about her size after her first kill.She makes it clear early that she can get up. Mitchell has athleticism that allows her to soar far above the front of the net, exerting her will upon opposing teams.That explosiveness was something head coach Pete Waite saw quickly when recruiting Mitchell. Mitchell excelled in both volleyball and track at Davenport Central High School, winning the Iowa State Championship in the long jump in 2008 as a junior and finishing second as a senior. She also qualified for states in sprints.“When we recruited her, we saw an athlete,” Waite said. “That explosiveness is really important, as well as her foot speed side-to-side on the block. She’s continually working on her discipline with her hands at the net, and she’s blocking a lot of balls at the net. She’s touching as high as any of the taller athletes.”The track background is something to which Mitchell her success thus far in her career. Mitchell’s .355 hitting percentage ranks fifth in the conference; she has 148 kills in 304 attempts.“Having a track background was really good for me coming into volleyball because track athletes are conditioned to be very quick and explosive,” Mitchell said. “A lot of the things I did in track translate to volleyball with the jumping and the footwork. I’m really grateful I have that background because it helps make up for me being undersized. I can get up quicker; a lot of my game is about beating the other blockers with my speed because usually they’re huge. I really have to get up there and get up fast.”That quickness makes a Mitchell-spiked ball hit the floor faster and harder than almost any that can be seen in the Big Ten. But the success Mitchell has had throughout her career has never come easy.Mitchell was told as a freshman that the team planned to redshirt her, using that time to transform her into an outside hitter. Eventually, the staff decided to move her back to the middle, and after a preseason meeting with the coaching staff, it was decided Mitchell would not redshirt.It ultimately proved to be the right call, as Mitchell went on to be named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team in 2009, leading the Badgers in blocks per set. However, the path to success for Mitchell has had its rough patches.“The speed was one of the hardest adjustments for me coming into college,” Mitchell said. “I didn’t play in the power league like everyone on our team has; I always played at a smaller club level. I wasn’t used to how fast the sets were going to be because in high school it was a lot slower of a tempo. I also had to adjust to the fact that everybody has more than one hitter that can put the ball away, so as a blocker you really have to pay attention to everyone; you have to scout every player and know their tendencies, and that was a huge adjustment.”It was an adjustment that Waite saw his blocker struggle with throughout her freshman year.“She’s a very competitive player, and she was very hard on herself early in her progression,” Waite said. “But now she’s turned it into a much more positive feel on the court, and it’s made a big difference in her confidence and results.”With her young struggles far behind her, Mitchell has become an integral part of the Badgers’ attack and defense. Second on the team in kills per set and first in total blocks with 67, Mitchell brings a high intensity to a match that electrifies the floor. With slightly less than half of her collegiate career left, Mitchell has high hopes for her future.“Personally, I want to make it on First Team All-Big Ten and become an All-American either this year or next year,” Mitchell said. “I want to be part of a team that makes it back to the tournament, and our goal is to make it back to the Sweet Sixteen. I want to be remembered as a great team player and a leader on and off the court.”“Those goals are definitely reachable for her,” Waite said. “Part of getting those honors comes from who’s around you and what the team is doing. I feel we have that potential and strength on the court with Alexis, and as she improves her game and everyone else does, she has a shot at those goals.”last_img read more


FCPPL review: Hearts out of relegation, AshGold get closer to title

first_imgThe league table of the First Capital Plus Premier League has become even more amazing after this matchday.With 3 games to play, third placed Inter Allies can still be relegated from the FCPPL! How many leagues in the world can lay claim to such tightness up and down the log?A few match facts from the day:– 15 goals were recorded on a day. – There were four home wins, three draws and 1 away win. – Liberty were the only away winners. – Kennedy Ashia’s late winner was his 11th goal of the season– The two goals scored by Liberty at Wa today were the first goals conceded by All Stars in Wa since March 22.  Hearts 1-0 BechemThe Phobians continued to keep their survival hope alive as they beat another relegation threatened side, Bechem United at the Accra Sports Stadium.Kenneth Okoro’s wonderful header in the 25th minute was what the Phobians needed to win the game as they move out of the relegation zone.The Phobians began the game on a high note pressing for the opener which in the 11th minute, Hearts of Oak attackers failed to connect home a goal mouth in Bechem United penalty box as Patrick Cole in the heart of the away side’s defense stood tall to clear his lines.Hearts of Oak kept the pressure on the Bechem based club but they lacked the cutting edge upfront, notwithstanding the chances the Phobians wasted they never got deflated and kept the heat on the away side and in the 25 minute Kenneth Okoro headed home the first goal after he connected Eric Kumi’s lofty cross from the left side of Bechem’s defense. The away side after conceding upped their game, they besieged the goal area of the Phobians but they fluffed the chances they created, shortly the Phobians seized control of the game and they also failed to double their lead.From recess, Bechem United dominated play with a lot of swift wing play as they caught Hearts of Oak off guard on many occasions but they look jittery upfront and the closet they came was when Noah Martey tried his luck from a 35 yard but didn’t troubled Soulama Abdoulaye in post for the Phobians who made a return into Hearts of Oak goal after his four match suspension.Both sides kept each other at bay but Bechem Utd look more dangerous whenever they had the ball but they had it difficult in breaking down Hearts of Oak defense. The away side did everything within power searching for the equalizer which they failed to do as the Phobians guided their lines very well to win the game 1-0 after 3 minutes of time added on.The Phobians now sit at the 12th position with 35 points and their next league game is against Medeama at Tarkwa. –Inter Allies 0-0 KotokoInter Allies settled for a goalless draw against Asante Kotoko at the Tema Sports Stadium.The first half of the game was a ding dong affair, as possession was evenly shared by the two sides.Asante Kotoko improved on their performance when the second half of the game commenced, but the midfield failed to connect perfectly with the attack. The Tema lads also came into the game and mounted incessant pressure on Kotoko, however, series of blocks from the defence men of the champions and near misses from the home team denied them the three maximum points. Inter Allies per this result ended have ended the league leaders impressive run of three successive victories in the ongoing Ghana Premier league.In the closing stage, Asante Kotoko created some decent opportunities, but the like of Kwadwo Poku and Obed Owus wasted them.The Porcupine Warriors will welcome relegation bound B.A United on Sunday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on match day 28, while Inter Allies will travel to Dansoman Carl Reindorf park to face Liberty Professionals.–AshGold 2-1 Medeama Ivorian forward, Didier Kore’s brace against Medeama has given AshantiGold a three-point lead atop the standings.The Miners fought from a goal down to defeat edeama SC 2-1 in Obuasi on Sunday. Second round sensation, Kwesi Donsu put the visitors ahead on seven minutesKore levelled matters for the Miners before half time. Kore then scored a penalty in the second half to seal all three points to keep AshGold’s title charge on course.There is all to play for with three games to end the season. While AshGold and Aduana Stars slot it out at the top for the title, the two after match day 27 look the only teams who have secured their premiership status for next seasons. All other teams from third position to bottom place stand the risk of relegation. The FCPPL returns with match day 28 on Sunday, August 16.–Details:WA All Stars 1-2 Liberty Professionals (Kweku Asuandzie Baffoe;Felix Addo, Kennedy Ashia )Inter Allies 0-0 Asante KotokoAshgold 2-1 Medeama (Didier Kore X2, Kwesi Donsu) WAFA 2-1 Berekum Chelsea (Martin Antwi, Samuel Tetteh;Kofi Owusu)Hearts 1-0 Bechem United (Kenneth Okoro)Aduana Stars 1-1 Accra Great Olympics (Robert Ayitey;Isaac Nyarko)Hasaacas 1-0 Lions (Joseph Mugre)Brong Ahafo Utd 1-1 New Edubiase (Norgbey Samuel, Bismark Idun )The table–CLICK HERE TO READ: Duncan’s dumsor shirt, magic marks + 5 things learned on matchday 27–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more


VIDEO: The Top 50 Most Powerful Sports Figures in Los Angeles

first_imgSports reporters for the Southern California News Group break down the Top 10 from the Top 50 Most Powerful Sports Figures in Los Angeles. The list includes Los Angeles Dodgers’ broadcaster Vin Scully, Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke and former Lakers basketball player Kobe Bryant. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img


Watch: Bury FC’s fans turn up to clean stadium after club can’t afford to…

first_imgAdvertisement 7ryvgcfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsm3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E24y5r( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) vrzWould you ever consider trying this?😱6dnCan your students do this? 🌚16kveRoller skating! Powered by Firework Bury FC and Bolton Wanderers are two clubs who are on their brink of existence as the club remains unsold and there is no owners of these clubs at this time. Possibly this is one of the most saddest things to happen in football. No fan in the world should lose the club he supports and unfortunately for some Bury FC fans , their worst nightmare is coming true unless a miraculous intervention takes place.Advertisement Watch below a heart warming clip of Bury fans coming out in numbers to clean the stadium as they keep believing in their hearts that Bury will continue to exist and play their game this Saturday.Advertisement James Frith is the MP of the region – Bury North. It is believed that he was relaxed as he thought Henry Newman and Rory Campbell of C&N would smoothly take over the club and didn’t expect the deal to collapse so brazenly.“I am stunned – pretty angry,” mentioned Frith. “The place to start out? They [C&N Sporting Risk] have sought as soon as and for all to get readability over the disgraceful monetary predicament that Bury FC have been left in by this proprietor and its predecessors.“[But] there are financiers here who have no care for the state of football cubs up and down the country. Who are completely ignoring the community’s wishes, the heritage and history of our dear club and refused to budge on an over-valuation of the ground they hold the mortgage on. They have signed the death penalty for Bury FC. I can’t believe it.”Frith then referenced “130% interest on loans mortgaged against the ground of Bury FC” that he referred to as “disgusting and disgraceful”.Talking on BBC 5Live, he added: “It wants to face as a turning level for the decrease leagues on this nation. What have we turn into if a soccer membership so wealthy in historical past is consigned to no future due to rates of interest that will make a Excessive Road mortgage shark blush? Loans have been taken out that are actually prohibitive to a reputable takeover choice and so consigns us to historical past somewhat than a future within the Soccer League. There must be parliamentary scrutiny utilized to this. Advertisementlast_img read more