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19
Oct
2020

Researchers consider options for eventual COVID-19 immunity certification

first_imgWith a COVID-19 vaccine still months or even years away, countries are seeking ways to accommodate millions of stir-crazy people eager to usher in a “new normal”.Indonesia is no exception. Researchers are pooling suggestions about how to create a proof of immunity to exempt people from physical restrictions and allow them to return to work, school and daily life.However, many experts are worried about jumping the gun on an issue that is very likely dependent on the accessibility of vaccines. Djarot Andaru, a health law researcher from the University of Indonesia, suggested that the government could create its own version of the international vaccination certificate issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) for people who eventually received a COVID-19 vaccination.Travelers have long used a WHO-issued certification called the “Yellow Card” to enter certain countries where they may face increased individual health risks. Djarot suggested using a similar document for domestic travel to specific places.“This may function as an identity card and a prerequisite for entering [offices and government buildings] and can be applied when traveling to certain areas or areas with crowded places,” he said, comparing it to the Ebola vaccine certificates issued in several African countries during outbreaks in 2013 and 2014.The certification could distinguish between those who had and had not been vaccinated, Djarot said, especially as many countries, including Indonesia, were already transitioning to a new normal. However, he said the government had to ensure there were sufficient vaccine supplies before the certificate was issued. Editor’s note: Corrected figure of COVID-19-related deaths.Topics :center_img Different regions in Indonesia have begun transitioning out of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed to curb the spread of the virus, despite the lack of evidence that transmission rates have plateaued. The central government is also keen to jump-start the economy to avoid sliding into a recession.As of Monday, Indonesia had recorded 46,845 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,500 deaths.Read also: Indonesia rallies to keep COVID-19 vaccines, drugs affordableEijkman Institute for Molecular Biology director Amin Soebandrio suggested that Indonesia could use a WHO international certification for COVID-19, which could be particularly useful for Indonesians traveling abroad.But he also warned that an eventual vaccination would not guarantee that an individual was fully protected from the disease. Amin urged people to get regularly checked and follow physical distancing measures even after being vaccinated.A 2016 Health Ministry regulation on international vaccination certification serves as a legal guideline for the provision of certificates for those who wish to travel to countries that require specific vaccinations, such as Saudi Arabia, which requires haj and umrah (minor haj) pilgrims to be vaccinated for meningitis.The government has not yet declared a certification procedure for COVID-19 vaccination.“This isn’t the first time we have managed vaccines, as all haj and umrah pilgrims must be vaccinated. That is to say [COVID-19 vaccine] management isn’t something we are worried about at the moment,” said national COVID-19 task force spokesman Achmad Yurianto last Thursday.“We are resolute in our priority to find a vaccine first.”There are still no proven vaccines or antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19, with most patients only receiving palliative care. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed 139 vaccines under development worldwide as of June 16, with 11 undergoing clinical trials.In Indonesia, the government has established a consortium to develop a vaccine, involving state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma and the Eijkman Institute, which sequenced the complete genome of Indonesian coronavirus samples in early May, as part of the initial stage of vaccine development.Read also: Indonesia targets local COVID-19 strain in Eijkman-led 2022 vaccine initiativeSome governments, including those of Chile, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, have suggested that the detection of antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could be used as the basis for an “immunity passport” or “risk-free certificate”, which would certify that an individual had been infected and was therefore purportedly immune to the virus.However, the WHO wrote in a brief in April that there was “no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection”.“People who assume that they are immune to a second infection because they have received a positive test result may ignore public health advice. The use of such certificates may therefore increase the risk of continued transmission,” the WHO wrote.An article in The Lancet medical journal noted that immunity passports posed “considerable scientific, practical, equitable and legal challenges” in their implementation. The author advised countries to build up established public health practices of testing, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation until a COVID-19 vaccine was accessible.Bio Farma’s R&D project integration manager Neni Nurainy has said that the government should stockpile sufficient vaccine doses before attempting to introduce any immunity certificate, so as to avoid friction between different economic classes, with the rich having more access to vaccination than the poor.Neni suggested the use of existing vaccination records from health facilities, surveillance data and regular COVID-19 testing to distinguish between patients that had and had not been vaccinated.“If we later have enough vaccines, it will be good for everyone to have the same rights [to vaccination],” she said.last_img read more

19
Oct
2020

Despite downturn, Saudi Arabia pursues goal of doubling size of capital city

first_imgSaudi Arabia is pressing on with plans to double the size and population of its capital city in the next decade, a government official said, despite an economic downturn due to the coronavirus crisis and low oil prices.Fahd Al-Rasheed, president of Riyadh’s royal commission, said the government has already committed some $266.6 billion for ongoing and new projects as part of total investments of some $800 billion over the next 10 years in participation with the private sector to transform the city.”The idea is for Riyadh to become a 15 million person city by 2030,” he told Reuters, saying growth would create jobs. “Riyadh is already the epicenter of economic development in the country and the region … We have now the ambitious plan under Vision 2030 of doubling both our economy and population over the next 10 years.”Vision 2030 is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to shake up the conservative kingdom by weaning the economy off oil and building new industries and mega projects with the private sector to generate millions of jobs.But low oil prices and the coronavirus have hit the country’s finances at a time when state spending remains its economic engine and large foreign capital inflows have proven elusive. Unemployment among Saudis stands at 11.8%.Rasheed first disclosed plans to turn the city of some 7 million people into what he then described as a mega-metropolis in an interview with the Arab News daily in January, before the coronavirus swept the world and oil prices collapsed in April. The government this year launched austerity measures, including a tripling of value-added tax, after posting a budget deficit of $9 billion in the first quarter.Work on the Riyadh Metro and an industrial and financial zone in the capital continues, and authorities last year announced four initiatives worth $23 billion to improve the city’s quality of life.These include an entertainment complex and sports venues, installing more than 1,000 works of public art and the creation of a park four times the size of New York’s Central Park. https://reut.rs/2O4w84WRasheed said most of the projects to transform the city are scheduled for completion between 2023 and 2025, but parts of the metro would be running by year’s end.”We know there is a deep need and pent up demand for entertainment: 65% of the population is under 30 and they’ve been craving this kind of change,” Rasheed said.Topics :last_img read more

01
Oct
2020

Tunnel fans

first_imgGEC (New Zealand) Ltd has supplied two sets of two-stage JM Aerofoil fans, sound attenuators and backdraft dampers for Tranz Rail’s 8.5 km Otira tunnel, allowing the elimination of electric working across Arthur’s Pass. Extracting exhaust fumes at a rate of 80m3/sec, the sets run in parallel to flush out the tunnel in a 20min cycle.* Parent company Woods is supplying Aerofoil reversible fans to Drake & Scull Engineering for tunnel and station ventilation on London Underground’s Jubilee line extension. They are able to clear smoke at up to 250?last_img read more

28
Sep
2020

McDermott Starts Tyra Redevelopment Fabrication

first_imgMcDermott International has held a first steel-cutting ceremony at its fabrication yard in Batam, Indonesia, to mark the start of fabrication for the Tyra Redevelopment project.“As the project continues to progress with the completion of engineering, we are moving ahead with fabrication in full compliance with the stringent technical requirements for the North Sea in Denmark,” said Tareq Kawash, McDermott’s senior vice president for Europe, Africa, Russia and Caspian. “We expect to meet the final timeline for the two work packages scheduled for delivery in early 2020 and 2021.”McDermott will fabricate and assemble two separate work packages for Total, comprising of seven topside structures, six connecting bridges and six jacket extensions weighing a total of 36,300 tons. This is one of the largest combined projects for McDermott in the North Sea, the company noted.“Like all of our projects throughout the world, we are applying the One McDermott Way to the Tyra project,” said David Dickson, McDermott’s president and CEO. “This proven model helps us reduce costs, ensure certainty and drive execution excellence while maintaining our industry leading safety record. In turn, this delivers quality and value for our customers.”  McDermott was awarded the engineering, procurement, construction and onshore commissioning contract in December 2017 by Maersk Oil before the company’s acquisition by Total in March 2018. Engineering was performed by McDermott’s engineering hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Chennai, India.Project and supply chain management services are performed in Kuala Lumpur.The Tyra gas field is the center of Denmark’s national energy infrastructure, processing 90 percent of the nation’s gas production. The Tyra Redevelopment project is critical in ensuring the country’s energy supply.last_img read more

24
Sep
2020

Batesville Community Education Foundation announces ’18 scholarship winners

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Community Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 scholarships to Batesville High School graduates. These scholarship awards total more than $20,000, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson.Thanks to the generosity of BCEF sponsors Hillenbrand and Batesville Casket, a new named scholarship was established by BCEF this spring to be awarded to a BHS graduate who maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and plans to major in a STEM field.  The $2500 Hillenbrand and Batesville Casket scholarship was awarded to Kyle Siefert, who will be pursuing a degree in environmental science at Northern Kentucky University.The Mary C. Horstman Scholarship was established from the funds donated to BCEF by Horstman, who wished for the funds to be used to assist students with post-secondary expenses. A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to each of the following BHS graduates: Morgan Kramer, Christopher Laymon, and Kyle Siefert. Kramer will be attending Belmont University to study vocal performance/songwriting.  Laymon plans to study engineering at Purdue University.BCEF’s top scholarship, worth $5,000 each to three recipients this year, is the James E. Fritsch Memorial Scholarship. Fritch left a sum of money upon his passing to assist students who are pursuing post-secondary study. This year’s recipients included Quinten Gowdy, who will be studying computer science at Purdue University; Megan Huber, who plans to study pre-occupational therapy/public health at the University of Indianapolis; and Angela Weisenbach, who also will be attending U of I, pursuing a degree in physical therapy.The Batesville Community Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established to provide additional funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students.  BCEF is raising funds through June 30 for its annual campaign. More information about BCEF may be found online at BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org or by calling Wilson at (812) 934-2194.last_img read more

23
Sep
2020

Eagle checkers fly for Lovegrove

first_imgJeff Ware recorded another Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock victory while Drake Bohlmeyer was promoted to first in the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact feature when the apparent winner was disqualified in post-race tech. Doug Lovegrove saw his luck do a 180 with his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win of the sea­son at Eagle Raceway on Saturday night. (Photo by Joe Orth) By Greg Soukup EAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 3) – IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win number one on the season came Satur­day at Eagle Raceway for Doug Lovegrove. Winning their second local features of the season were Clint Homan in the Hoosier Tire IMCA Modifieds and Shawn Harker in the Sam’s Club IMCA Northern SportMods. center_img “It’s been way too long. We’ve been having motor problems all year. This is only the third race I’ve finished this season,” he said. “I’m pretty good around the bottom and it was a good track tonight. I think that’s why I was able to run away a little bit. I got lucky on some of the traffic. The guys decided to run a lane up when I got to them.” Lovegrove started on the pole and was quickly out front. Mike Boston passed Chase Weiler for third on lap seven with Adam Gullion moving up to fourth. From there to the finish it was a tale of two different lines with Lovegrove hugging the bottom and Brandon Horton, Boston and Gullion pounding the cushion.  Lovegrove moved through the lapped traffic and extended his lead at the end to a straightaway with Horton coming home second, Boston third and Gullion fourth.last_img read more

21
Sep
2020

Chelsea can’t afford fans rift – Benitez

first_imgChelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez has called for the fans to support him, as part of the team, in Saturday’s clash with West Brom at Stamford Bridge. The Spaniard prepared as usual for the Barclays Premier League fixture after appearing to backtrack from some of his comments made earlier this week in which he criticised the decision to give him the ‘interim’ title and the supporters’ continued barracking of him. It was put to Benitez that the supporters might be even more angered following his comments, but he said: “I am part of the team. I need the supporters behind the team. The fans can express their feelings. That is normal. I don’t have any problem with that. They have to stay behind the team, supporting the team.” Due to his prior association with Liverpool, Benitez was never a popular appointment in west London and has regularly been the subject of the fans’ ire. Benitez on Wednesday confirmed he will leave at the end of the season, with his target still a place in the top four and Champions League football next term, and insisted the timing of his comments was devised to encourage the supporters to back their side. Benitez, who has met Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay in each of the past two days, pointed to the positive atmosphere in the wins over Napoli, which took place last season, and in January against Arsenal, which spurred the team on, and asked for that backing to return. “The best for my team is to have a very good atmosphere behind them, players feeling the support,” he said. “Against Napoli they were running an extra mile. Feeling the support against Arsenal, they were running an extra mile. I was trying to explain that if we stick together it will be easier.” Benitez also insisted he has no issue with the Chelsea board and that his job title is not a concern, despite saying following Wednesday’s FA Cup win at Middlesbrough that the decision to name him ‘interim’ boss was “a mistake”. Benitez said: “One thing’s a mistake. Another’s an issue. Now it’s not an issue. In my head, I am the manager. I have to manage the team. The title doesn’t matter. The Champions League is a big title.”I just concentrate on my job.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

18
Sep
2020

Falcons commit to renewed run game with Gurley – for 1 half

first_img Associated Press The offensive line allowed only two sacks. James Carpenter started at the left guard spot that was the most competitive in training camp. Rookie Matt Hennessy played behind Carpenter.Quinn said Monday he hopes Hennessy continues to see more snaps. He also said Carpenter played his best game of his two seasons in Atlanta.The key to improved stability is on the right side where two 2019 first-round picks, tackle Kaleb McGary and guard Chris Lindstrom, are expected to form a long-term partnership.Ryan was sacked a career-high 48 times in 2019, so improved protection is an encouraging sign. Quinn said he was especially encouraged the line played well even when the Falcons faced a big deficit and the Seattle defense could “pin their ears back and go.”STOCK DOWN Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditATLANTA (AP) — Todd Gurley’s debut with the Atlanta Falcons showed the benefit of a balanced offense — for one half.The second half revealed what can happen when that game plan is lost in a wave of fourth-down failures and defensive breakdowns.Gurley’s final numbers — 14 carries for 56 yards and a touchdown — were relatively modest. His production was overshadowed by the huge passing numbers from quarterback Matt Ryan and three receivers with more than 100 yards apiece. Still, Gurley’s potential impact was shown in the opening half of Sunday’s 38-25 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. The Falcons’ new lead back had 10 carries for 51 yards, including a 1-yard scoring run, in the half. Thanks to the offensive balance that has become so rare in Atlanta, Seattle led only 14-12.It wasn’t a perfect first half for Gurley and the Falcons, but it was encouraging.Decisive fourth-down plays on back-to-back possessions in the third quarter helped Seattle stretch the lead to 28-12. Any hope of preserving the offensive balance was lost. The Falcons spent most of the fourth quarter running their 2-minute offense.Gurley signed a $6 million, one-year deal with Atlanta, determined to post big numbers that could lead to a bigger payday next offseason.Gurley showed in the first half he can still be an effective runner. He doesn’t have to play to the level he showed in 2017 with the Rams, when he was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year, to give Atlanta an upgrade from 2019, when it ranked 30th in rushing. WHAT NEEDS HELPThe Falcons’ young secondary gave up four touchdown passes to Russell Wilson with rookie A.J. Terrell starting at cornerback.Quinn said Wilson had no problem reading the defense.“I just think we made it too easy in terms of disguises,” Quinn said. He said the Falcons should have shown “multiple looks in coverage for a quarterback as accurate as he is.”STOCK UP September 14, 2020center_img The running game, which set up play-action passes for Ryan, is crucial to Atlanta’s hopes of returning to the playoffs for the first time since 2017. “Heading in, we knew having more balance in the run game was going to be a big piece,” Quinn said Monday, adding the first half showed “that’s an effective part of what we’re doing.”WHAT’S WORKINGRyan threw for 450 yards and two touchdowns. For the first time in Falcons’ history, three players had more than 100 yards receiving — Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage. Each had nine catches. Ridley had two touchdown receptions.Ryan wasn’t perfect. He missed a touchdown opportunity when Jones had to wait for an underthrown pass that still gained 44 yards in the third quarter. The possession ended with a fourth-down stop and no points. 19 — Ridley is proving to be Jones’ equal in touchdown production. With his two scoring catches, Ridley has 19 through 30 games. That matches Jones for the most TD receptions in a player’s first 30 games in Falcons’ history. Ridley led the Falcons with seven TD catches in 2019, one more than Jones.NEXT STEPSWilson’s four touchdown passes showed the Falcons’ secondary remains vulnerable. The bad news for Atlanta is Quinn’s assessment that Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott boasts similar accuracy and mobility. A win in Dallas would provide needed confidence for a Falcons team already feeling a sense of urgency to avoid another slow start.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Ryan threw 54 passes, but tight end Hayden Hurst was targeted only five times and caught only three passes for 38 yards.Hurst had a long catch of 27 yards, but after drawing so much praise for his athleticism and potential as a receiver, his Atlanta debut was a letdown. Austin Hooper had 75 catches as the starting tight end in 2019, but the transition to Hurst may be slower than expected.INJUREDThe secondary needs cornerback Kendall Sheffield, who has a foot injury and watched the game while wearing a walking boot. Quinn said Sheffield is not expected to miss a long period of time. Rookie defensive tackle Marlon Davidson, expected to be the top backup to Grady Jarrett, was held out with a knee injury and could return this week.KEY NUMBER Falcons commit to renewed run game with Gurley – for 1 halflast_img read more

17
Sep
2020

Winless weekend motivates struggling Wisconsin

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoAlthough the Wisconsin women’s soccer team went winless against a pair of unranked teams this weekend, University of Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst thinks the team played great.The Badgers lost in overtime to Illinois Sunday and tied Iowa Friday. Despite a poor start against the Illini, Duerst’s admits his team should have won.”We played great, actually,” Duerst said. “We played our worst half of soccer all season in the first half against Illinois. Conditions on the field were just miserable and the wind was a factor, and they scored two goals first 15 [minutes], second half we scored two goals the first 15[minutes].”It’s a game we should have won,” he continued. “You look at should-haves, it’s how this team handles that and I think they’re experienced, they know what to expect … We have played excellent soccer and from a coaching standpoint, we’ve got it going and now we just need to … move forward, get better, keep improving because we know how critical your last ten games make your season.” Seniors Amy Vermeulen and Marisa Brown and juniors Kara Kabellis and Allison Priess each scored goals for the Badgers over the weekend.Vermeulen leads the Badgers in goals with five goals. Both Priess and Vermeulen lead the team with 10 points apiece.With four upperclassmen leading the way for the Badgers, Duerst expects his team to continue to improve with each game.”Our team is very balanced right now in our scoring, which is what a coach always wants,” Duerst said. “We’ve got numerous players getting points for us … We have an experienced group of players.Tiffany Weimer: Wisconsin’s match-up against No. 2 Penn State might be the team’s most crucial game of the season. The Badgers have already lost one match to a top-10 team, No. 3 Portland.The Badgers saw a more complete and talented team when they played Portland. However, Penn State is a different team and is led by only one player, Tiffany Weimer.”Portland this year obviously opened our eyes in a different way,” Duerst said. “But with Penn State, they’re a team we can beat. We’ve had success against them so that’s important going into the match … Penn State has one incredible player (Weimer) and a very, very athletic, solid team behind them. I think Portland is a team with overall a much better soccer team. The thing is Penn State is more athletic and more physical and that’s part of the way our conference is.”Weimer has already scored 15 goals in only 10 games for the Nittany Lions. She is just eight goals shy of Christie Welsh’s Big Ten record of 82 career goals and has scored in all 10 games for Penn State.Weimer helped lead Penn State to a double-win weekend against Indiana and Purdue. The Nittany Lions creamed the Hoosiers 2-0 and beat the Boilermakers 3-2 in overtime.”Penn State offers just a great challenge,” Duerst said. “They’re 10-0. They’re No. 2 in the country. We played Portland, No. 3 in the country, so it’s going to be a great game.”Penn State leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 11-1-3. The Badgers’ only win against Penn State was 10 years ago when UW beat Penn State 1-0. Last year, the Badgers lost 4-0 to the Nittany Lions. Two years ago, Wisconsin tied Penn State 0-0.Border Battle: The Badgers will return home this weekend to face border-rival Minnesota and No. 2 Penn State.Penn State leads the Big Ten with 10 consecutive wins while Minnesota is currently ranked No. 6 in the Big Ten with five wins.”It’s just going to be a great weekend because this Border Battle is starting to really grow with our team,” Duerst said.Wisconsin took the early lead in the second annual Border Battle when the No. 10 Wisconsin volleyball team upended the No. 5 Golden Gophers Friday night.The women’s soccer team will look to avenge last year’s 2-1 loss to the Gophers at the McClimon Soccer Complex.last_img read more

17
Sep
2020

Syracuse basketball recruiting: Orange reportedly offers Class of 2018 center Nazreon Reid

first_img Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on May 26, 2015 at 2:08 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Syracuse has offered Class of 2018 center Nazreon Reid, per Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv.The center is listed at 6 foot 8 inches and 215 pounds according to Scout.com. He’s received offers from Kansas, Louisiana State, Oklahoma, Providence and “a whole lot more,” Reid told Zagoria. As a freshman at Roselle Catholic (New Jersey) High School last season, Reid scored 4.9 points and grabbed 3.4 rebounds per game in the 22 games he played, according to MaxPreps.Roselle Catholic is the same high school current SU forward Tyler Roberson attended, and incoming freshman guard Malachi Richardson played at Roselle Catholic for his freshman and sophomore years before transferring to Trenton Catholic (New Jersey) High School.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more