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COVID-19: Govt plans to loosen PSBB regulations, starting with transportation

first_imgThe government is considering loosening the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) put in place to stem the transmission of COVID-19, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said on Saturday, just days after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo called for caution with regard to easing restrictions.“We are trying out reducing restrictions on transportation. [Based on this,] we will see whether we should ease restrictions on other sectors as well,” Muhadjir wrote in a statement on the ministry’s website on Saturday.Citing economic considerations, the Transportation Ministry allowed public transportation to resume operation last week by opening air, land and sea travel for select purposes, a move that drew strong criticism from experts. Following the decision, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, was packed with passengers lining up for flights, apparently in violation of physical distancing protocols.Despite the incident at the airport, Muhadjir said he still thought the easing of travel restrictions had gone well. He said that such occurrences could be avoided by well-prepared protocols and sufficient personnel.“The important thing is that we must enforce regulations. No protocol will work effectively without enforcement in the field,” he said.Muhadjir added that relaxing PSBB did not affect the ban on mudik (exodus), which he said remained in effect.Health experts and business leaders have expressed concerns that loosening restrictions too soon may prolong the outbreak. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

New Large Study: Hydroxychloroquine Saves Lives of COVID-19 Patients

first_imgHydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19, without heart-related side-effects, according to a new study published by Henry Ford Health System. The large study involved 25-hundred patients and found 13% of those treated with hydroxychloroquine alone died compared with 26.4% not treated with hydroxychloroquine. The study was published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Infectious Diseases. “The findings have been highly analyzed and peer-reviewed,” said Dr. Marcus Zervos, division head of Infectious Disease for Henry Ford Health System, who co-authored the study with Henry Ford epidemiologist Samia Arshad. “We attribute our findings that differ from other studies to early treatment, and part of a combination of interventions that were done in supportive care of patients, including careful cardiac monitoring. Our dosing also differed from other studies not showing a benefit of the drug. And other studies are either not peer reviewed, have limited numbers of patients, different patient populations or other differences from our patients.”Zervos said the potential for a surge in the fall or sooner, and infections continuing worldwide, show an urgency to identifying inexpensive and effective therapies and preventions.“We’re glad to add to the scientific knowledge base on the role and how best to use therapies as we work around the world to provide insight,” he said. “Considered in the context of current studies on the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, our results suggest that the drug may have an important role to play in reducing COVID-19 mortality.”The study also found those treated with azithromycin alone or a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin also fared slightly better than those not treated with the drugs, according to the Henry Ford data. The analysis found 22.4% of those treated only with azithromycin died, and 20.1% treated with a combination of azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine died, compared to 26.4% of patients dying who were not treated with either medication.“Our analysis shows that using hydroxychloroquine helped saves lives,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Steven Kalkanis, CEO, Henry Ford Medical Group and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Henry Ford Health System. “As doctors and scientists, we look to the data for insight. And the data here is clear that there was benefit to using the drug as a treatment for sick, hospitalized patients.”last_img read more

Bombers glide to third Kootenay Zone Soccer Title

first_imgLVR opened the tournament by bouncing host Prince Charles Comets of Creston 6-1.Emma Wheeldon led the Bombers with three goals whiile sister Jena added one. Allie Zondervan also scored twice.Keegan Patterson was in goal for both wins.LVR now advances to the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Tournament May 29-31 in Penticton.”We are looking forward to it and wanting to improve on our fourth place finish from last year,” said head coach Jamie Spendlove, in his third season a skipper of the Bombers.Spendlove is also a part of the Soccer Quest Coaches.This is the third year in a row we’ve won the Kootenay’s with the Soccer Quest coaches. The L.V. Rogers Bombers outscored the opposition 11-2 en route to capturing its third consecutive Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Zone Championship Wednesday in Creston.Noa Butterfield scored three times to lead the Bombers past David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 5-1 in the tournament final.Darian Voisard and Hailee Gerun also scored for the number one seeded Bombers.David Thompson edged out J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail in the other semi final to advance.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Senior Hurling ChampionshipSetanta 0-7St. Eunan’s 1-10 St. Eunan’s scored a significant win in the Donegal SHC over last year’s finalists Setanta at the Crossroads. Given the very wet conditions from the outset, scores were always going to be at a premium. The first half was a low scoring affair. An early Colm Breathnach free for the away team was cancelled out by two strikes from Kevin Campbell and Bernard O’Brien. A free on 17 minutes and a fine point from play from Seán McVeigh edged St. Eunan’s in front, but a late 65 by Campbell left the teams level at half-time, 0-3 each. On the restart McVeigh and Campbell exchanged points before a long range free by Campbell on 39 minutes gave Setanta the lead. Playing with the wind advantage, however, St. Eunan’s gradually took control. With Conor O’Donnell, Adie Gaffey, Colm Flood and Seán McVeigh dominating affairs around the middle of the field there was constant pressure on the home defence, where Shane Gallen and Mark Callaghan were outstanding. Points from Conor McVeigh, Sean McVeigh and a Eugene Organ free put the visitors two points in front with ten minutes left. A Campbell free on 52 minutes was cancelled out by the game’s standout performer Conor O’Donnell, who won a puck out on his own half back line and finished off the move after an exchange of passes. The home team kept coming back and another Campbell free set up a tense finish. In the last three minutes, two further McVeigh frees opened up a three point gap. The Letterkenny team finally sealed victory with a goal in the final moments, when a Conor Parke shot found the roof of the net.Both teams go forward to the next match in the SHC round robin, with Setanta away to Burt and St. Eunan’s facing Mac Cumhaills. Setanta: Dean McDevitt, Brendan Tourish, Simon McMenamin, Mark Callaghan, Michael McGhee, Shane Gallen, Justin Browne, Richard Kee, Callum Waide, Colm Melaugh, Kevin Campbell (0-6, 0-5 frees), Bernard Lafferty, Bernard O’Brien (0-1), Niall Ewing, Conor Gallen. Subs: Michael Dullaghan, Christopher Bonner, Ryan Duffy, Paul Kelly, Shane Flynn, Justin McBride, Seán Anderson, Gregory O’Leary, Curtis McBride.St. Eunan’s: James Connors, Shane O’Connor, Eunan O’Donnell, Francis Lennon, Stephen Doherty, Adie Gaffey, Conor O’Donnell (0-1), Colm Flood, Seán McVeigh (0-6, 0-4 frees), Neil Darragh, Conor McVeigh (0-1), Eugene Organ (0-1 free), Conor O’Grady, Colm Breathnach (0-1 free), Lee Scanlon. Subs: Conor Parke (30 mins), John Ireland (45 mins), Aaron O’Connell (48 mins), Dara Kerrane, Eoin Friel, Caoimhín Lennon, Eoin Scanlon, David Ireland, John McIntyre, Paddy Flood, David McHale.HURLING: ST EUNAN’S SECURE SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP WIN OVER SETANTA was last modified: July 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014CrossroadsdonegalHURLINGSenior Hurling ChampionshipSETANTASt Eunanslast_img read more

Rip Van Winkle Revives

first_imgA man in a coma 19 years has regained some brain function, surprising scientists.  Terry Wallis is relearning how to count and speak, and thinks Ronald Reagan is still president.  The story of his remarkable recovery has been reported widely in the news (see Fox News) and was featured on both [email protected] and Science Now.  What was surprising was that “his brain slowly regrew the nerve connections that were devastated as a result of his accident,” said Michael Hopkin for [email protected], forcing neurologists to reconsider the dogma that hopes for recovery decrease over time.    Although scientists caution against raising hopes for other patients, the case of Terry Wallis shows that the idea that there are hopeless cases may need to be reconsidered.  Most of the reports claimed that patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS), such as that alleged in the highly-publicized case of Terry Schiavo, are in a different category than that of Wallis.  [email protected] ended, however, with a surprise finding even for PVS patients:Neurologists are reluctant to declare that PVS, the condition at the centre of the controversial debate over US sufferer Terri Schiavo, can ever be truly permanent.  Earlier this year, researchers made the bizarre discovery that some PVS patients could be roused with a simple sleeping pill (see ‘Sleeping pills offer wake-up call to vegetative patients’).A report on World Net Daily says that Terry Wallis is able to tell jokes and, according to his father, “seems almost exactly like his old self.”The brain’s capacity to repair itself may be more remarkable than realized.  The ScienceNow article stated, “the brain regions that survived Wallis’s accident forged new connections, perhaps in an attempt to re-establish contact with regions that were damaged.”  It’s remarkable how much of his memory remained intact during nearly two decades out of touch with reality.  This should give medical care professionals and family members pause when tempted to think a comatose patient is beyond hope.  It also raises questions why a brain would try to repair itself, if reproductive success is the be-all and end-all of natural selection.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Farm Bureau adds Schwyn to staff

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Kelsie Schwyn has been named director of strategic partnerships and Nationwide services for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Strategic Partnerships department, which was recently created to develop and manage key relationships and partnerships within the farm and food sector and with businesses, educators, public officials and others.Schwyn joins Ohio Farm Bureau after working as an associate account executive at FLM Harvest, an agricultural strategic consulting, marketing and communication agency, where she supported clients, managed marketing campaigns and cultivated client relationships.Schwyn was raised on an Angus cattle farm in Newcomerstown. She has degrees in agribusiness and applied economics from both Lake Land College in Mattoon, Illinois and The Ohio State University.She and her husband, Brandon, reside in Marysville. They are members of the Union County Farm Bureau and are active in their local church.last_img read more

The Opposite of What is Easy is Easy

first_imgThings that are perceived as difficult make outcome attainment easier and more certain. Things that seem easy make outcomes less likely.The idea of inbound lead generation is attractive in large part because it is perceived as being easier than more traditional prospecting methodologies. What could be easier than waiting for someone else to generate opportunities for you? But the traditional methods of prospecting, while more difficult, makes opportunity creation faster and more certain.Telling your people what to do, how to do it, and when to do it is easier than investing the time and emotional energy to help them grow. It’s faster for you, giving you back time to look at the dashboard and your CRM. If you want your people to be accountable and take initiative, then the more difficult work of investing time with your team is the easiest way to accomplish these higher value outcomes.It’s easy for leaders to see these mistakes, pointing out the areas where their team is looking for an easier way to generate an outcome instead of doing what is necessary. But leaders are not immune from this mistake. In fact, the very nature of leadership makes it easy to trade lower value task for more meaningful work. When you have to determine how to deal with systemic threats and opportunities that require significant change, easier decisions, the kind that do not require the same cognitive load and internal conflicts, are a safe place to hide. The hard decisions are the real work of leaders.Any attempt to avoid the difficult work makes the outcomes more difficult to obtain, and attempts at making outcomes easier only pushes those outcomes further away from you—and further out of your reach. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

7 days agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton struggles

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say West Ham boss Pellegrini surprised by Everton strugglesby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini admits he’s surprised by Everton’s early season struggles.The Blues currently find themselves in the relegation zone after eight matches of the campaign despite being handed what looked to be a relatively favourable early fixture list.Pellegrini said, “[Surprised by their position?] Maybe, yes. They have very good players and a team that is very strong every year.”I suppose I expected them to not be in that position in the table.”Because we won that game last season, it is in that moment we played in the way we wanted to. We want the same result again this time as well.”It is difficult to analyse their situation. Last season we beat them there when we were in a position that they are now.”Games are always different though, I am sure we will find an Everton with high pace and looking to get better results than their last games.” last_img read more

Video: Pitt RB James Conner Went On ‘The Ellen Show’ To Discuss Cancer Battle

first_imgJames Conner escaping an Iowa player's tacklePITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Tailback James Conner #24 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers runs with the ball against the University of Iowa Hawkeyes during a college football game at Heinz Field on September 20, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Hawkeyes defeated the Pitt Panthers 24-20. (Photo by Matt Kincaid/Getty Images)Pitt running back James Conner has inspired many during his battle with Hodgkin lymphoma. The Panthers star was diagnosed in December, and has participated in off-season workouts and practices while undergoing chemotherapy.Conner, who missed almost all of last season with an MCL injury, is aiming to be back in action when Pitt opens up its 2016 season against Villanova on Sept. 3. This afternoon, Conner’s story will be detailed on The Ellen Show. The full show airs at 4:00 p.m. ET, but you can check out Conner’s segment on YouTube below. Conner is truly an amazing story and someone worth pulling for.last_img read more