Sector slows down after Liberty fever

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Indonesia to start using TB testing kits for COVID-19 this week

first_imgHe said the use of TB test kits could shorten the time it takes to carry samples from the hospitals to laboratories, adding that the test used the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method that was more accurate than the rapid testing.The decision came after the Indonesian Society of Respirology (PDPI) said the government could use TB test kits by modifying the cartridges. The modified cartridges were designed by American molecular diagnostics company Cepheid, which also produces expert TBM/RIF machines used to test for TB.The technology also recently received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), approving its use to detect COVID-19 in the US.The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease that endorses COVID-19 testing with the TB kits said the technology could accelerate the detection of the disease in low- and middle-income countries, returning results as quickly as in 45 minutes.In the press conference, Yurianto also said the country had recorded 1,677 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday with 157 fatalities and 103 recoveries. Cases have now been found in 32 of 34 Indonesian provinces.He also said the government had distributed around 475,200 rapid test kits to every provincial health office for early detection and contact tracing, adding that it also had distributed 349,000 pieces of personal protective equipment for medical workers across the country.Topics : As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths rises in Indonesia, the government says it will use modified diagnostics test kits for tuberculosis available at more than 132 hospitals and public health centers for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) by the end of the week.The government’s spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters, Achmad Yurianto, said on Wednesday that the government would start ordering cartridges for the rapid molecular test equipment that could detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19, whereas previously the equipment was only outfitted with cartridges to detect tuberculosis bacteria.“These changes will certainly not be easy, because it requires changes to the machines’ settings in addition to training the human resources and preparing the cartridges. But we are optimistic that it can be done starting this week,” Yurianto said at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that test runs may already be conducted that day.last_img read more

CONCACAF qualifiers will not start until March: FIFA

first_imgThe start of the 2022 World Cup qualifying competition in the CONCACAF region, comprising North and Central America and the Caribbean, has been delayed until March next year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, global soccer body FIFA said on Tuesday.FIFA said it had taken the decision jointly with the CONCACAF confederation after deciding that the international dates in October and November were too early for play to restart.”Many parts of the region continue to have very challenging public health situations, and that has been a key factor in this decision,” said FIFA in a statement.”Additionally, several countries across the confederation have travel restrictions and quarantine requirements, which would make international football involving 30 national teams extremely difficult.” Topics :last_img read more

‘The team that many people don’t see’ – Edu posts behind-the-scenes picture after Arsenal sign Thomas Partey

first_img Comment Thomas Partey completed a £45m move from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal on deadline day (Picture: Getty)It would have been a long and stressful night at Arsenal’s offices but all the hard work eventually paid off as the club got a deal over the line for Thomas Partey in the final few hours of the summer transfer window. Arsenal’s hopes of signing Partey appeared dead in the water but the north London outfit stepped up their interest once early on Monday and triggered the midfielder’s £45million release clause to prise him away from Atletico Madrid. The Ghana international put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Emirates and will be on wages of £250,000-a-week, making him the Gunners’ third-highest paid player behind Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Edu lifted the curtain on Arsenal’s move for Thomas Partey with picture on Instagram‘Sometimes we get things wrong and sometimes we get it right, as part of our life, but when you work with dedication and love things happen. Let’s continue…’ Edu posted on Instagram after Partey’s arrival was announced.The photograph, which included chief executive Vinai Venkatesham and head coach Arteta, hinted that a fair amount of pizza and coffee had been consumed across a tense day. ‘The team that many people don’t see’ – Edu posts behind-the-scenes picture after Arsenal sign Thomas Partey Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 6 Oct 2020 8:32 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.3kShares The midfielder becomes the third-highest paid player at the Emirates (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have reportedly angered Atleti with the lack of notice they gave before activating Partey’s buyout clause – but that will be of little concern to Mikel Arteta right now, who has undoubtedly landed one of the top defensive midfielders in European football. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe relief and happiness was clear to see in a picture shared by Arsenal technical director Edu of ‘the team that many people don’t see’ after an agreement was successfully negotiated for Partey in the final few hours of deadline day. Advertisement Arteta is relishing the chance to work with the Ghana international (Picture: Getty)Arteta showered Partey with praise after his move to Arsenal was made official said he was ‘delighted’ to have a player with such ‘quality’ and ‘intelligence’ on board.‘We have been watching Thomas for a while, so we’re now delighted to add such a high quality player to our squad,’ the Spaniard told the club’s website.‘He is a dynamic midfielder with great energy. He brings a lot of experience from a top club that has competed at the highest level in La Liga and the Champions League for several years. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We’re very impressed with his attitude and his approach to the game. ‘He’s an intelligent footballer and we’re looking forward to him integrating into our system and contributing to the progress we’re building at the moment at the club.’Partey is expected to take over the No.18 shirt in north London, which was last worn by Nacho Monreal.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Matteo Guendouzi after Arsenal exile completes Hertha Berlin moveMORE: ‘I nearly fell off my chair!’ – Paul Merson backs Arsenal’s deadline day move for Thomas Partey Advertisementlast_img read more

EMGS expects revenue hike following Norwegian offshore block awards

first_imgNorwegian geophysical services company Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) is expecting an uplift in revenues following the latest license awards offshore Norway.To remind, the Norwegian Ministry of Petroleum and Energy announced on Tuesday announced the award of 75 new production licenses in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, and the Barents Sea to 34 companies as part of the Awards in Pre-defined Areas (APA 2017).Of the 75 production licenses, 45 are in the North Sea, 22 in the Norwegian Sea and 8 in the Barents Sea. Twenty-two of the production licenses are additional acreage for existing production licenses.Also, of the 39 companies that submitted applications, 34 will be offered ownership interests in at least one production license.EMGS said on Wednesday that, based on the offered awards, the company expects a net uplift in revenues of approximately $1 million from data-licensing agreements related to the company’s multi-client library.The company added that the uplift revenues, subject to the company’s customers’ formal approval of the awards offered by the MPE, would be recognized in the first quarter of 2018.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Subsidies wanted for LIAT as REDjet spreads wings

first_img 27 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share LifestyleTravel Subsidies wanted for LIAT as REDjet spreads wings by: – July 20, 2011 Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer, whose government is one of LIAT’s major shareholders, is urging his Caribbean neighbours to begin subsidizing the airline to fly to their countries as new budget carrier REDjet continues to make advances on the routes currently operated by LIAT.His plea comes as the Barbados-based REDjet finally gets approval to fly to and from Trinidad and Tobago and awaits official approval from Jamaica which has also given it clearance. This is in addition to the Barbados-Guyana route the airline currently operates.Prime Minister Spencer said some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Member States have benefitted tremendously from the airline’s operations and “cannot do without LIAT, but yet they find it difficult to lend support to LIAT”.He said just as countries subsidise international carriers, they should extend the same assistance to the Antigua-based LIAT.LIAT, in which Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are the majority shareholders, has been accused of keeping the cost of regional travel too high, but it has always insisted that taxes have made it difficult to offer lower fares.The no-frills REDjet, however, has been offering fares as low as US$9.99 before taxes and 37,000 seats went on sale at that price yesterday.Speaking on the ‘Focus’ programme on local radio station, Crusader Radio, Prime Minister Spencer said while Antigua & Barbuda will consider any proposition made by REDjet, it will remain committed to LIAT.“Clearly, it will be competition and we are not necessarily against competition as we have always said,” he said.“What we are against are predatory prices and mechanisms that would definitely affect LIAT and its operations…We will look at it but our interest is to ensure that LIAT is able to survive.”REDjet has been in discussion with several other Eastern Caribbean countries, including Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis, on starting services to those countries, but no decisions have yet been made.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

WDFA/STAG Beer Senior League

first_imgYoung Achievers register win; Eagles, Warriors held to tame drawsYOUNG Achievers were the lone team to record an outright victory when play in the West Demerara Football Association (WDFA) STAG Beer Senior League continued last weekend at the Den Amstel ground, West Coast Demerara.Young Achievers brushed aside Vegae Boys 5-0 while Eagles of Stewartville and Jetty Gunners played to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.On Sunday at the same venue, Uitvlugt Warriors and Stewartville also played to a nil-all stalemate.Lexroy Mansfield was the principal scorer for Young Achievers on Saturday as he blasted home a hat-trick for his side in the 59th, 60th and 61st minutes. This was after Lloyd Prince had opened Young Achievers’ account with a 5th minute goal. Emmanuel Thomas converted the sealer in the 65th minute for the winners.According to reports, Jetty Gunners in their game against Eagles almost pulled off an upset win against their opponents after opening the score line with a Shawn Williams’ 16th minute goal and held on to the lead until the 65th minute when Eagles’ Orlando Henry found his team’s target.Eagles subsequently squandered a goal-scoring opportunity from the penalty spot.On Sunday, Uitvlugt Warriors who are currently third in the points standing created chances almost at will but failed to convert.Meanwhile, Den Amstel, with five victories from as many matches, lead the points table with 15 points.last_img read more

Cricket News Australian batsmen need to learn from Kohli, says Graeme Hick

first_imgMelbourne : Disappointed at Australia’s abject surrender in the first innings, batting coach Graeme Hick has asked his batsmen to show more intent and learn the art of pacing innings from India skipper Virat Kohli. After the hosts were bundled out for a meagre 151 in 66.5 overs on day three of the third Test, Hick stressed on the need to develop awareness of the game and gave the example of Kohli’s first innings 204-ball 82-run knock.“We spoke about how Kohli went about it. We knew (Cheteshwar) Pujara, even Kohli, one of the most explosive batters, got to 20 off 25, 26 balls, then the rest of his innings took whatever it was,” Hick said on SEN Radio on Saturday.Also Read | Yearender 2018: Virat Kohli’s list of dodgy decisions hurt Indian cricket team“For the best player in the world to change his innings and play like that, if you can’t be on the same field as him and watch him and learn from what he is doing, then you are in the wrong space.“There are certainly thing our players can take out of that. It takes a lot of discipline, a lot of patience and, on top of that, you have got to bat with intent,” he added.Australia’s batting woes against India at the MCG have sparked debate about their technique and the impact of the Big Bash League on batsmen.Hick said it was disappointing to see his hard work come undone and urged his batsmen to learn quickly and find the right balance.“It’s disappointing as a head coach. You feel if you are putting the work in and doing the right things, over a period of time, the players learn. Unfortunately, it’s not the easiest thing to learn out in the middle at the MCG of the Boxing Day Test match,” said the former England batsman.Also Read | Vodafone revises its Rs 399 prepaid plan, reduces data by 14GB“You have got to learn quickly in international cricket these days because you don’t get a lot of time to remedy what you might feel is wrong.”Australia scored 258 for eight in their second innings after Pat Cummins top-scored with an unbeaten 61. The home team require another 141 runs with two wickets remaining to win the Test. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: French soccer league suspended

first_imgThe French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m. Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___11 a.m. March 13, 2020 The Latest: French soccer league suspendedcenter_img ___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums. Associated Press Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.last_img read more

Vuolo keeps Orange in game with 7 saves against Cardinals

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 27, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Louisville’s Kenney Walker had a free kick from six yards outside the box. The first half was winding down, and No. 2 Louisville was tied with a Syracuse team that had no conference wins. Walker played the ball across the field to a waiting Aaron Horton at the corner of the six-yard box. The cross came in a little low. But instead of volleying it, Horton threw his body at the ball, heading it at the Syracuse net just feet away. SU goalie Jeremy Vuolo pounced off his line and dove at the ball, clutching it in his hands to prove to the Cardinals that the play was dead. This was Vuolo’s favorite save of the day. ‘When he plays like that and keeps us in the game, it just builds our confidence so much,’ Nick Bibbs said. ‘We’re like, ‘Oh, JV (Jeremy Vuolo) is smoking. Let’s get hot now. We can win this for JV.” So what was supposed to be a blowout in favor of No. 2 Louisville ended in a 2-1 loss for the Orange. Vuolo kept Syracuse in the game against a team that is second in the league in shots and third in goals scored. His seven saves kept the team from getting blown out. His leadership and distribution of the ball to start attacks made his teammates fight for all 90 minutes. Although head coach Ian McIntyre said his goalkeeper made some good saves to keep the team in the game, he was most impressed with Vuolo’s distribution. His ability to decide when to punt or throw the ball served as a springboard for the attack. Central defender Robbie Hughes said it was these extra elements that made Vuolo’s performance Wednesday stand out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Today he showed a lot more of his game, as in his distribution and his command of his back four was good today,’ Hughes said. In particular, this meant rolling the ball to SU midfielder and top scorer Nick Roydhouse. Vuolo has trended more toward punting when he gets the ball so that his players have a chance to get up the field. Against Louisville, however, the keeper wanted to start quick counter attacks. On several occasions, Roydhouse was unmarked on the left side of the field, giving Vuolo a perfect open target. ‘When they got caught forward, (Vuolo) noticed that Nemo (Roydhouse) — I think it was three times in a row — was just wide open on the flanks with a lot of space,’ Bibbs said. ‘If Nemo’s open in space out wide, you have to give it to him.’ Although none of these opportunities were converted into goals, they opened up a new option for his distribution. Punting the ball as opposed to rolling it also gives players a chance to catch their breath. In a high-tempo game against such a formidable opponent, however, Vuolo did not want to slow down play. Yet despite being on top of all aspects of his game, the team did concede two goals within the first six minutes of each half. Both goals came down to showdowns with Vuolo. On the first goal, Louisville’s Dylan Mares ended up alone in the box. Although Vuolo came out, there was little the keeper could do to stop Mares’ shot low to the right corner. The second goal, Cardinal Colin Rolfe got the ball a few yards over the midfield line with just two SU defenders in the way of the goal. Once in the box, Rolfe hit the top left corner of the goal, an almost unstoppable shot. ‘I think it was a sloppy goal to concede,’ McIntyre said. ‘We were attacking and the ball turned over, and then one ball in behind caused us problems.’ Vuolo’s play wasn’t enough to get the Orange into position to make the Big East tournament. But he helped his unranked team play with the best team in the Big East. His saves were just the beginning. His leadership from the back and how he distributed the ball rounded out his performance and motivated his team. Said Bibbs: ‘When he plays like that, I feel like we’re one of the best teams.’ alguggen@syr.edulast_img read more