Rapid testing, disinfection only work if mobility strictly limited: UI Medical School dean

first_imgIt was essential to limit people’s mobility during the rapidly escalating health crisis to flatten the infection curve, Ari added.The country continuously reported dozens of new positive cases every day in the past week. On Friday, it reported 153 new cases, totaling 1,046 accumulative cases with 87 deaths.Earlier, the Medical Professors Council at the medical school released a statement on Thursday for the government to order a lockdown, especially in areas where the spread had been fast like in Jakarta and Surabaya, East Java, because suggestions to engage in physical distancing were not effective enough to make people stay at home.A panel of experts also recommended a lockdown in Jakarta to the President on March 16.Topics : The dean of the University of Indonesia’s Medical School, Ari Fahri Syam, has suggested that all other efforts in containing the spread of the novel coronavirus, such as disinfectant spraying and rapid testing, hinge on the reduced mobility of the population.He reiterated the need for a lockdown to contain the outbreak. “There have been people, including former vice president Jusuf Kalla, who have suggested a lockdown. This is not a new idea. The key is, when a pandemic happens, we try to limit people’s movements,” he said.”If these people consistently stay at home after the disinfection, then the effort will be effective. This will not be the case if they still go in and out of potentially infectious areas,” Ari said on Friday, during an online press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic. Friday’s press conference also addressed public concern about the effectiveness of the rapid mass testing currently taking place in selected areas in the country, particularly in the COVID-19 “red zones” like the capital Jakarta and its neighboring province of West Java.Among those prioritized to get tested are health workers and people with contact history with coronavirus-infected persons, as previously instructed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.Ari explained that some of the rapid test results might come back negative as the virus was still possibly in the “window period”, or the time between infection and when lab tests can identify the infection.”People having contact history with suspected COVID-19 cases or patients who have yet to test negative should still impose the two-week self-quarantine,” he stressed.last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgAxiom Alternative Investments – Gildas Surrey is set to join the asset manager as a senior analyst and partner at the beginning of June. Surrey will be based in the London office. He joins from BNP Paribas, where he was a senior analyst in the European banking sector. He also worked at Citigroup and Merrill Lynch.Hermes Investment Management – Ben Patton has been appointed associate director in the investment manager’s real estate debt team. Based in London, Patton will be responsible for the origination and execution of commercial real estate debt transactions. He will report to Vincent Nobel, head of Hermes’ real estate debt platform. Prior to joining Hermes, Patton was vice-president of corporate banking at Barclays Real Estate. Scottish Widows, AMP Capital, Pinsent Masons, Axiom Alternative Investments, HermesScottish Widows – Emma Watkins is set to join the UK insurer as director of bulk annuities as the firm sets up a new business unit. Watkins is currently a partner at consultancy LCP, where she advises pension schemes on bulk annuity deals. She joins Scottish Windows, the insurer owned by the Lloyds Banking Group, on 1 June. She will lead the development of the firm’s new bulk annuities business. Watkins joined LCP from US insurer MetLife, where she led business development for its then bulk annuity business.AMP Capital – Damien Stanley has joined the infrastructure manager as a principal, based in the London office. Stanley will join the infrastructure equity team, reporting to head of origination for Europe Simon Ellis. Stanley was previously chairman of the UK subsidiary of Whitehelm Capital and has also been head of infrastructure investment advice for the EMEA at Morgan Stanley.Pinsent Masons – Ben Fairhead and Julian Sladdin have been promoted to partners in the law firm’s pensions disputes department. The promotions will take effect on 1 May. Fairhead is a litigator in pensions disputes including professional negligence and regulatory disputes. Sladdin specialises in dispute resolution in the Higher Courts with a particular focus on public law challenges.last_img read more

​Chart of the Week: AP7 boosts share of Swedish DC system to record 42%

first_imgAP7, the default fund in the Swedish premium pension system (PPM), now holds a record 42% of all assets in the 7.5m-member first-pillar system, a government report has revealed.In its 2018 report on the six national AP pension funds, the Swedish government published data showing that AP7 managed 42% of the assets in the defined contribution (DC) PPM at the end of 2018. Across all providers on the PPM, assets amounted to SEK1.1trn (€103bn).“The increase is partly due to the inflow of new savers and partly to the fact that the outflow to other funds has decreased,” the report said. “In 2018, funds were also provided through liquidation/closure of funds on the funds marketplace.”The PPM is undergoing a major overhaul, which in late 2018 required all private-sector funds offered on the PPM’s funds marketplace to re-apply for inclusion under new rules. Credit: Kristian Pohl “Fossil fuel investments need to be evaluated based on the fact that fossil fuel use must decrease drastically if we are to reach the climate goals”Per Bolund, Swedish finance ministerIn the report, the government compared the buffer funds’ returns with six similar pension funds in other countries, such as Denmark’s ATP, Norway’s oil fund and Californian public-sector scheme CalPERS.It concluded that for 2018, AP1-4 had higher returns than the average of these funds: down 0.2% compared to a 1.1% average fall.Presenting the report, financial markets minister Per Bolund said that with the funds’ new sustainability requirements, their work towards developing a sustainable financial market would be intensified in the next few years.“Among other things, fossil fuel investments need to be evaluated based on the fact that fossil fuel use must decrease drastically if we are to reach the climate goals,” he said. The government report also said the increase in AP7’s capital was due partly to the fund’s higher return. In 2018, AP7 lost 2.75%, compared with the average result for private funds in the system of a 2.93% decline.Since 2001 when the PPM started, AP7 has produced an average annual return of 6.4%, compared to 3.6% for the private funds, according to the report.AP7’s growth, 2008-18Chart MakerData on the returns produced by the main four buffer funds that back the state pension showed Stockholm-based AP4 had generated the highest returns out of the four funds in the long term.Since the funds were reformed in 2001, AP4’s annual return of 6.1% is the best of the quartet. It also leads its sister funds over 10 years (9.9%) and five years (8.1%).AP1 produced the lowest average annual return since 2001 with 5.6%.None of the funds had achieved their return target in 2018, the government reported, with AP3 leading with a 0.6% gain.AP fund annualised returns after costs (%)Chart MakerInternational comparisonslast_img read more

Give anti-terrorism law a chance – Defense chief

first_imgDefense secretary Delfin Lorenzana is urging the public to give the newly-signed anti-terror law or Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 a chance and “not to be swayed by misinformation and disinformation.” PNA On Friday, it was announced that President Rodrigo Duterte has signed the anti-terror bill into law. It will take effect on July 19, or 15 days since its publication on Official Gazette./PN “We appeal to the public to give this law a chance and not to be swayed by misinformation and disinformation,” Lorenzana said. “We urge everyone to read and understand the law.” Suspected persons can be detained for 14 days without a warrant of arrest with an allowable 10-day extension. A 60-day surveillance on suspected terrorists can also be conducted by the police or the military, with an allowable 30-day extension. “It is a much-needed measure to clothe law enforcement agencies with the necessary power to contain and eradicate terrorists who don’t play by any rules and who hide behind our laws to pursue their evil deeds,” Lorenzana added. Under the law, persons who shall threaten to commit terrorism, and those who will propose any terroristic acts or incite others to commit terrorism shall suffer imprisonment of 12 years. Lorenzana said in a statement on Sunday it will be better for the public to read the law as it will be strictly implemented according to its purpose and will not be abused.  Militant and human rights groups, among others, fear that the law will be abused and used to go after critics of the government, while Commission on Human Rights called on the measure’s vague definition of terrorism. MANILA – Defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana has urged the public to give the newly-signed anti-terror law or Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 a chance amid supposed misinformation and disinformation.last_img read more

Harold J. Haskamp, 85

first_imgHarold J. Haskamp, 85, Greensburg, passed away on Friday, August 7, 2020 at the Franciscan Health Center in Indianapolis.Born, November 29, 1934 in Franklin County, Indiana, he was the son of Frank and Regina (Macke) Haskamp.Harold lived in Greensburg for 61 years where he was a member and former usher of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  He was a former member of the Knights of St. John in Hamburg, and a member of the Knights of Columbus in Greensburg since 1958 where he served as the Financial Secretary for 25 years.Harold graduated Batesville High School in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and was in the Signal Corp spending most of his time at Fort Hood, Texas.   Upon returning from the army in March 1956, Harold worked for New Point Stone Company for 39 years as the office manager, retiring in 1996.An avid sports fan, he enjoyed watching all sports especially Indiana college and professional teams.  He could always be counted on to know the most recent scores or news.  As his kids grew, you could always count on him being in the stands cheering them on while they were playing.  He also enjoyed vacations and trips with the family and playing with his grandchildren.He was married to Deloris K. Kramer on May 2, 1959 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Indianapolis and she survives.He is also survived by two sons, Ronald Haskamp, Avon; Gary (Amy) Haskamp, Zionsville; one daughter, Sharon (Tom) Bigliano, Cincinnati; two sisters, Lucille Wenning and Roselyn Senft both of Greensburg;  five grandchildren, Lauren & Alexandria Haskamp; Matthew, Michael, & Nicholas Bigliano.He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Bruce Haskamp; brother, Robert Haskamp; sister, Marjorie Haunert.While observing CDC and state guidelines for social distancing and required facial coverings, family and friends will gather at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greensburg to pray the rosary. Visitation will follow until the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. John Meyer officiating.Interment will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Greensburg.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Gibault Home or St. Mary’s Building Fund in his name.Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

EPL: Sheffield United stun Everton

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Everton set to compound West Brom woes Sheffield United produced a dogged and determined performance to claim a 2-0 victory over a disappointing Everton side devoid of creativity.The Blades managed just one shot on target – substitute Lys Mousset’s 79th-minute effort – in 90 minutes after Yerry Mina’s own goal had put the visitors ahead just before half-time.Chris Wilder’s side, back in top flight for the first time since relegation in 2007, are unbeaten away from home since mid-January and this performance demonstrated why that was the case.Organised, disciplined, decisive and committed to a game plan – almost everything their hosts were not having gone behind vastly against the run of play.Marco Silva’s team were previously unbeaten at home since February but having failed to press home their first-half advantage the latter stages of the game bordered on the chaotic in a hastily thrown-together formation as they tried to salvage something after last week’s chastening defeat at Bournemouth.It was in stark contrast to the way the visitors operated, never once deviating from what Wilder had asked them to do despite seeing little of the ball.Silva opted for Moise Kean up front but he looked like he was trying too hard to score, having not found the net since April 13, although he was not presented with many opportunities.One clever act of escapology out on the right saw him squeeze between the two bodies of Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell but his trickery was negated by a shirt pull pre-turn.Everton’s domination of possession led to little in the way of chances with the final pass often wayward or intercepted and for seasoned Goodison-goers what came next was all too familiar.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford came to claim Oliver Norwood’s inswinging corner, United’s first, and although there was shoulder-to-shoulder contact with Callum Robinson there was not enough, VAR ultimately decided, to warrant a foul.The ball going in off the apparently startled Mina’s shoulder merely added to Everton’s embarrassment.The unmarked Richarlison epitomised Everton’s weakness in front of goal with a poor header 10 yards out.Whereas United’s flexible back five encouraged their central defenders to regularly join the attack, Everton needed one of their holding midfielders of Morgan Schneiderlin and Fabian Delph to occasionally break the line.Silva rectified that 10 minutes into the second half when he dropped Gylfi Sigurdsson into a deeper midfield role, switching to 4-4-2 after bringing on Alex Iwobi and Cenk Tosun for Bernard and Schneiderlin.The hosts were re-energised and Wilder sent on former Toffees captain Phil Jagielka, who finally got to say goodbye to Goodison Park properly having left in the summer after 12 seasons, to add his vast experience to the rearguard action.Silva took another gamble with 20 minutes to go, taking off right-back Seamus Coleman with substitute Theo Walcott given instructions to hug the right touchline from an advanced position.However, Everton’s haphazard 3-1-3-3 set-up only seemed to produce confusion and not penetration with the visitors’ tried-and-tested organisation allowing them to profit.John Lundstram rolled a pass down the side and with Lucas Digne not tracking substitute Mousset and Pickford reluctant to come for the ball, the forward rolled a shot into an empty net.That prompted hundreds of home fans to head for the exit and suddenly next week’s Carabao Cup tie in Sheffield – against Wednesday – takes on unnecessarily greater significance for Silva.Tags: EPLEvertonSheffield Unitedlast_img read more

Debaty set for Moore scrum duel

first_img Moore is expected to be named on Ireland’s bench for the second-round Six Nations clash, teeing up another last-quarter scrum tussle with Debaty, included after injury to Alexandre Menini. “Debaty gave his Irish opposite number a really hard time in the final 20 minutes of the game last season so it is logical to have him on the bench,” said France coach Saint-Andre. “Our bench is packed with power players so we can introduce them late on and they will give the impetus to break tackles and gain ground.” France have made just one change to the line-up that saw off Scotland 15-8 in Paris last weekend, Eddy Ben Arous starting in place of Menini. Veteran Debaty has been drafted onto the bench when Thomas Domingo was expected to step up, with Saint Andre not disguising his aims to exploit a perceived upper-hand over Leinster’s Moore. Ireland are expected to hand Johnny Sexton an immediate return at fly-half following their 26-3 win in Italy, after the Racing Metro playmaker completed his enforced 12-week concussion lay-off. Head coach Joe Schmidt will name his squad on Thursday afternoon, but France boss Saint Andre has already told his players to heap early pressure on fit-again Sexton this weekend. Former Sale and Toulon boss Saint-Andre also believes Ireland remain favourites to retain the Six Nations title, with Schmidt’s men gunning for a ninth consecutive victory this weekend. Ireland sealed the 2014 RBS 6 Nations title with a 22-20 victory in Paris, but Leus Bleus replacement Debaty held a clear scrummaging edge on substitute Moore amid the nerve-jangling closing stages. Leinster prop Moore has already admitted he is geared up for Saturday’s Dublin rematch, and now France boss Saint-Andre has conceded Debaty’s dominance last year sealed his selection. “Sexton is a stalwart of this Ireland side, but he hasn’t played for 12 weeks and we should really test him early on,” said Saint-Andre. “Ireland are full of confidence and showed that when they seized the game by the scruff of the neck against the Italians once they were down to 14 men. “They have won eight in a row and are the favourites for the title.” Fast-developing tighthead Moore might have edged ahead of Mike Ross at Leinster, but is likely to continue to sit behind the 33-year-old at Test level. Ross remains boss Schmidt’s only ever-present Test selection, and there is no reason for that to change ahead of France’s Aviva Stadium visit. Moore admitted he was hit by a harsh scrummaging lesson from Debaty as Ireland swept to the Six Nations title in Paris last year – and is hell-bent on avoiding a repeat. “I wasn’t happy with my dealings with them last year, so I’m looking forward to getting a chance to right a few things,” said Moore. “I suppose a year is a long time in pro sport, so as a more experienced player I know what to expect at the set-piece. “Debaty brings a lot to their front-row: he’s a very aggressive player, very aggressive in the set-piece. “Whatever way it comes, I’m sure I’ll be squatting down against him at some stage.” Vincent Debaty has won a seat on France’s bench to face Ireland purely because Philippe Saint-Andre expects the prop to extend his dominance over rival Marty Moore. Press Associationlast_img read more

Tonto set for Boomerang return

first_img Ellison said: “We can say he stays now, so I might start looking for more 10-furlong races. “Then again, we’ll probably go back to Ireland for the race he ran in last year.” Andrew Balding’s smart winner, who finished last of five behind Golden Horn in the Coral-Eclipse on his previous start, got his head in front where it mattered as he prevailed by half a length. Jockey Phillip Makin said: “They seem to go a nice gallop. He was off the bit early and came good turning in. “I wasn’t really thinking about the trip, he has run over it before. “It was the ground, but he seemed to open up on it and he was fine.” Sam Hoskins, representing the winning owners Kennet Valley Thoroughbreds, said: “It was a very late decision to run but William (Derby, clerk of the course) assured me there was no jar in the ground. “He’s a seven-year-old gelding so we don’t have to worry about a stud career but we’d like him to carry on racing next year. Press Association Brian Ellison is looking at a return trip to Leopardstown for Top Notch Tonto following his gallant effort in defeat at York. The popular chestnut came with what appeared to be a winning run in the Sky Bet York Stakes but was collared late on by 10-1 shot Tullius. Top Notch Tonto was fourth in the Boomerang Mile last year and has that Group Two on his agenda again. “He was second to Olympic Glory in the Lockinge last year and was beaten 10 lengths by Golden Horn in the Eclipse, giving him 11lb – though I’m aware you shouldn’t read that much into that. “His big aim is the Champion Stakes. I know he won’t win but there’s so much money on offer. “Before that he’ll probably go for the Joel Stakes at Newmarket as it is a penalty-free race. “One thing we can say is that he definitely stays.” last_img read more

Tour du Lac road race slated for Saturday

first_imgBUCKSPORT — The 41st annual Tour du Lac 10-mile road race is slated for Saturday, June 25.The race course travels around Bucksport’s Silver Lake and starts and finishes at Town Pool. The race is one of the few 10-milers in the state, and it is one of Maine’s oldest continuously held races.The race will start at 7:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 6:30 inside the town pool building. The cost of the race is $15, and walkers are encouraged to start at 6:30.Homemade jam will be awarded to the top three finishers in each age group category, and a prize of $100 will be given to the first man and first woman to break the course record.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAfter the race, participants can cool off with a swim in the town pool.Race fliers can be downloaded from sub5.com. For more information, contact Chris or Margaret Jones at 469-9901 or chris.jones@rsu25.org.last_img read more

Asian Games Asian Games 2018: Day 14 India schedule, Timings, Live Coverage and more

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: On day 14 of the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang in Indonesia, Indian athletes will take the centre stage to add more medals to their tally of 65 medals which include 13 gold, 23 silver, and 29 bronze. The Indian contingent is just two medals short to surpass their best ever gold medal count and the athletes will eye the record that is inches away from them.On day 13, the sailing event brought medals for India as Varsha Gautham and Sweta Shervergar bagged silver in the 49er FX women sailing event and Harshita Tomar clinched the bronze in the Open Laser 4.7 event on Friday. Whereas, the Indian women’s hockey team lost by 1-2 to Japan in the final of the 2018 Asian Games.Indian men’s hockey team is also set to face arch-rivals Pakistan in the men’s hockey semi-final clash on Saturday (Day 14) of the Asiad.Asian Games 2018 Day 14 Schedule:Boxing (Final)Men’s Light Fly (49KG) – 12-30 pmDusmatov Hasanboy (Uzbekistan) vs Amit (India)Hockey (Bronze medal match)India vs Pakistan – 4 amSquash (Gold medal match)Women’s team final – India vs Hong Kong 1-30 pmCanoe/Kayak Sprint (Medal event)Canoe Double (C2) 200m Men – 7-30 am – Jamesboy Singh, Prakant SharmaKayak Four (K4) 500m Women Finals – 10 amBridge (Medal event)Men’s Pair – Final 2 – Round 1 Start List – 8-30 amPranab Bardhan-Shibhnath Sarkar, Subhash Gupta-Sapan Desai, Sumit Mukherjee-Debabrata Majumder Women’s PairFinal 2 – Round 1 Start List – Marianne Karmakar-Hema DeodarMixed Pair – Bachiraju Satyanarayana-Kiran Nadar, Rajeev Khandelwal-Himani KhandelwalDiving (Medal event)Men’s 10m Platform PreliminarySiddharth BajrangJudo (Medal event)Mixed Team Elimination Round of 16 India vs Nepal – 7-30 am last_img read more