WHO sees ‘potentially positive data’ in treating coronavirus

first_imgThe World Health Organization said on Tuesday that some treatments appear to be limiting the severity or length of the COVID-19 disease and that it was focusing on learning more about four or five of the most promising ones.The Geneva-based WHO is leading a global initiative to develop safe and effective vaccines, tests and drugs to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID-19. The respiratory illness has infected 4.19 million people around the world, according to a Reuters tally.”We do have some treatments that seem to be in very early studies limiting the severity or the length of the illness but we do not have anything that can kill or stop the virus,” spokeswoman Margaret Harris told a briefing, referring to the body’s so-called Solidarity Trial of drugs against the disease. Topics : The trial, which involved 127 patients, compared those given the combination drug, made up of the HIV medicine lopinavir-ritonavir, the hepatitis drug ribavirin, and the multiple sclerosis treatment interferon beta, with a control group given just the HIV drug.A malaria treatment championed by US President Donald Trump as a “game changer” in the fight against the coronavirus again failed to show a benefit in patients hospitalized with COVID-19, a study this month found.While the study had certain limitations, doctors reported that the use of hydroxycholoquine neither lessened the need for patients requiring breathing assistance nor the risk of death.In Geneva, the WHO official sounded a note of caution around expectations for a vaccine, saying coronaviruses in general are “very tricky viruses” that are “difficult to produce vaccines against”.More than 100 potential COVID-19 vaccines are being developed, including several in clinical trials. The WHO said in April a vaccine would take at least 12 months.Harris said that the Americas were the current “center” of the pandemic, although she also noted rising cases in Africa. However, she said the continent had a “big advantage” over other countries with little experience of infectious disease outbreaks.”They often have very good contact tracing infrastructure and a deep, deep, deep memory and understanding of why we take a new pathogen very, very seriously,” she said, singling out South Africa for its effective testing and contact tracing.Asked about the reasons for high case loads in the United States and Brazil, Harris said: “Around the world we have seen that the warnings we put out right from the start, very, very early on, were not seen as warnings about a very serious, lethal disease.”She restated that the WHO, which has come under criticism especially from the United States for its handling of the pandemic, would conduct an “after-action” review that would include a “free and frank” discussion on its performance.US President Donald Trump is working to reopen the economy quickly against recommendations from health experts to move cautiously to avoid a resurgence of the virus that has so far killed more than 80,000 people in the United States, the highest death toll in the world. He said he acted early to prevent the spread of the disease.Brazil has registered a total of 168,331 confirmed cases of the virus and 11,519 deaths, the most deadly outbreak in an emerging market nation.center_img “We do have potentially positive data coming out but we need to see more data to be 100% confident that we can say this treatment over that one,” she added, saying more research was needed and planned.Harris did not name the treatments. Gilead Science Inc says its antiviral drug remdesivir has helped improve outcomes for COVID-19 patients.Clinical data released last month on remdesivir raised hopes it might be an effective treatment. Several studies looking at combinations of antiviral medicines have also suggested they may help patients fight off the virus.Results of a trial in Hong Kong released this month showed a triple drug combination of antiviral medicines helped relieve symptoms in patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 infection and swiftly reduced the amount of virus in their bodies.last_img read more

Indonesia working on $1b solar-driven green economic recovery scheme

first_imgA think tank and the government are working on an ambitious billion-dollar plan to recover Indonesia’s virus-ridden economy by installing thousands of rooftop solar panels.The scheme ultimately entails installing panels with a combined capacity of 1 gigawatt of peak power GWp) a year for millions of Indonesia’s poorest households over the next four to five years. The scheme, dubbed the Solar Archipelago (Surya Nusantara) plan, is expected to cost Rp 15 trillion (US$1.07 billion) annually. Local think tank Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR), which initiated the plan, estimates the scheme will generate up to 22,000 jobs from installing the panels and save the government billions of dollars in electricity subsidies.  Energy analysts globally are calling for governments to invest in green technology as countries begin disbursing billions of dollars in post-COVID-19 economic recovery schemes. The analysts argue that such investments could stimulate growth and create jobs without sacrificing environmental commitments.“The period after the COVID-19 crisis could determine whether the world meets or misses the emissions goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement,” said consultancy McKinsey & Company in an article on May 27.Indonesia, a signatory of the landmark Paris Agreement, has pledged to make solar contribute 5.7 percent of the country’s power by 2025, yet solar only contributed 0.1 percent last year.The Indonesian government has budgeted Rp 695.2 trillion in economic recovery funds, slated for healthcare system, social safety nets, incentives for small businesses and job creation, among other things, but there is no specific mention of renewable energy.“To put that money back into coal would be a mistake,” Rudolf Rauch, renewable energy program coordinator of the GIZ, Germany’s federal enterprise for international cooperation, told the Post on Monday.Rauch commended the green economic recovery plan but pointed out that Indonesia lacked the manpower to “just jump” into installing 1GWp of panels. He suggested that the government start by installing 200 MW in the first year, then double the figure every following year.The Energy ministry’s renewables director Harris said the ministry was in talks with the BKF over the plan. He also expected the scheme to create local employment opportunities and grow the domestic solar industry.“Everyone can benefit, and the government can save on long-term subsidies,” Harris said.The government has allocated Rp 97.42 trillion for this year’s energy subsidy, according to Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No. 54/2020 on the 2020 state budget revision. However, Finance Ministry Fiscal Policy Agency head Febrio Nathan Kacaribu said earlier this month that the energy subsidy budget had been lowered to Rp 92.2 trillion following the plunge in oil prices.Indonesia currently has 31 million households eligible for electricity subsidies. The government spent Rp52.7 trillion on subsidies for those homes last year.BKF special advisor Joko Tri Hariyanto said the agency was trying to diversify the green economic recovery program’s funding, such as by adding government debt papers (SUN) and sharia-compliant bonds (sukuk), instead of fully relying on the state budget (APBN), as IESR initially planned.The BKF is currently awaiting feedback from the energy ministry and the IESR on the scheme, Joko told the Post on Friday.“If the energy ministry were to redirect electricity subsidy funds, they would need to talk to PLN,” he said. “If this program does have a good multiplier effect, whether in terms of people’s income or local job creation, then that Rp 15 trillion may come from the state budget.”Topics : Cutting back subsidies is particularly attractive for the cash-strapped Indonesian government, namely the Energy and Mineral Resources and the Finance Ministry’s Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF), both of whom are working to develop the scheme.“We expect implementation to start next year, but preparations must begin from today,” IESR executive director Fabby Tumiwa told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Fabby, who is also a member of the Indonesian Solar Energy Association (AESI), said much work remained, including training new panel installers via a government training program. Indonesia currently lacks the manpower to install one GWp of panels each year.He said the project would “realistically” kick off with 100-200 megawatt (MW) in Nusa Tenggara and Bali in its first year. Those provinces have the highest electricity supply costs (BPP) in Indonesia.last_img read more

China’s annual dog-meat fair opens; activists hope for last time

first_img“I do hope Yulin will change not only for the sake of the animals but also for the health and safety of its people,” said Peter Li, China policy specialist with the Humane Society International, an animal rights group.”Allowing mass gatherings to trade in and consume dog meat in crowded markets and restaurants in the name of a festival poses a significant public health risk,” he said.The coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in horseshoe bats before crossing into humans in a market in the city of Wuhan, has forced China to reassess its relationship with animals, and it has vowed to ban the wildlife trade.In April, Shenzhen became the first city in China to ban the consumption of dogs, with others expected to follow. China’s notorious dog-meat festival has opened in defiance of a government campaign to improve animal welfare and reduce risks to health highlighted by the novel coronavirus outbreak, but activists are hopeful its days are numbered.The annual 10-day festival in the southwestern city of Yulin usually attracts thousands of visitors, many of whom buy dogs for the pot that are on display in cramped cages, but campaigners said the numbers this year have dwindled.The government is drawing up new laws to prohibit the wildlife trade and protect pets, and campaigners are hoping that this year will be the last time the festival is held. The agriculture ministry also decided to classify dogs as pets rather than livestock, though it remains unclear how the reclassification will affect Yulin’s trade.Zhang Qianqian, an animal rights activist who was in Yulin on Saturday, said it was only a matter of time before the dog-meat festival was banned.”From what we understand from our conversations with meat sellers, leaders have said the consumption of dog meat won’t be allowed in future,” she said.”But banning dog-meat consumption is going to be hard and will take some time.” center_img Topics :last_img read more

Unai Emery to ‘work with’ Shkodran Mustafi after Arsenal defender refused transfer

first_imgUnai Emery to ‘work with’ Shkodran Mustafi after Arsenal defender refused transfer Comment Mustafi turned down the chance to leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has assured Shkodran Mustafi he will treat him like any other Arsenal player after the defender turned down a move away from the club this summer.Arsenal were desperate to offload Mustafi and Emery even publicly told the German he had to leave as he would not play if he remained at the Emirates.Emery revealed that after telling Mustafi he was surplus to requirements, he had another chat with the 27-year-old.‘Mustafi decided to be here and when he decided to be here, he’s like any other player,’ said Emery.ADVERTISEMENT Watford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:54FullscreenWatford v Arsenal: Unai Emery press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/watford-v-arsenal-unai-emery-press-conference-2005254/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Of course I respect his decision. When he decided I spoke to him and said, “You’re one more in the squad, I’m going to work with you as other players”.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t know exactly who was in his decision [to stay], but when he decided to stay here, it’s another player in the squad.’Mustafi reportedly had offers from Italy, but the window closed without a move materilising. Emery would have preferred if Mustafi had left (Picture: Getty)The centre-back is yet to make a matchday squad this season and is likely to be overlooked again this weekend when Arsenal resume club action.Arsenal travel to Watford on Sunday and Mustafi is currently behind Calum Chambers, Sokratis and David Luiz in the centre-back pecking order.While Mustafi decided to remain at Arsenal, the Gunners did sell several high-profile stars, including Mohamed Elneny, Laurent Koscielny, Nacho Monreal and Alex Iwobi, with Danny Welbeck and Aaron Ramsey leaving at the end of their contracts.MORE: Arsenal star Mesut Ozil convinced Mohamed Elneny to join BesiktasMore: 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 Advertisement Coral BarryFriday 13 Sep 2019 11:08 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link532Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Cost of Raising a Child (Aust)

first_imgHuggies NZAccording to social researcher Mark McCrindle, the cost of raising children in a Australia today is higher than ever. So far, no surprises. What may surprise you is the actual bottom line of that cost: $1,000,028.93 for the average family.Take a deep breath.“We use different methodologies to arrive at that figure,” says McCrindle. “We look at the estimated costs supplied by the Government’s Child Support Agency, and then we take the social factors into consideration. “McCrindle believes that the $384,543 that the Federal Government allows for raising one child to the age of 18 is woefully out of date and inadequate. “It only takes into consideration the hard costs,” he says. “It’s not wholistic.”So McCrindle and his team went back to the drawing board, considering the consumption of children. “We looked at their proportion of utilities, costs of clothing, feeding…but we also looked at social trends,” he says. “We found that in the December 2010 Australia Bureau of Statistics report on social trends, children are financially dependent on their parents until 24 in Australia. Those who leave home in their early 20s will often return home again.”So the team assessed the cost of raising 2.7 children (the national average) to the age of 24. Without including private school fees. And came up with the million dollar figure above.“If it drops to one child, it’s still $557,013,” he says. “One child is proportionately more expensive than two, due to economies of scale.”last_img read more

First grade girls forced to share bathroom with boy (Canada)

first_imgLifeSiteNews 23 September 2014Girls in first grade in a Toronto Catholic school will be sharing a washroom this year with a biological boy whose lesbian parent has chosen to identify him as a “girl.”A mother whose young daughter attends the school in the Toronto Catholic District School Board is concerned about the implications of allowing a biological boy to share her daughter’s washroom and changing room, especially as the boy moves into puberty. The mother, under condition of anonymity, shared her concerns with Phil Lees, president of Public Education Advocates for Christian Equity (P.E.A.C.E.), who published a report on his website.“My greatest concern is that its going to lead to confusion in the minds of children of faith about what’s right or wrong for them,” Lees told LifeSiteNews.The mother related how the boy attended junior kindergarten with her daughter two years ago. At the end of the year, the lesbian parent withdrew the boy. Now, after a one-year absence, she has reenrolled her child in grade one, claiming he must now be treated as a “girl.”The lesbian parent allegedly told the principal that under the federal “gender identity” Bill C-279, along with the provincial “gender identity” Bill 33 (Toby’s Law), her child could not be discriminated against and must be allowed to use whatever washroom he chooses.Bill C-279, which life-and-family leaders warned would open society to a host of “problematic sexual activities,” stalled in the Senate in June 2013 prior to its third and final reading. Parliament being prorogued two months later had the effect of killing all legislation being considered by the government, including Bill C-279. The fate of the bill has yet to be determined.The lesbian parent used the two bills to insist her biological boy use the girl’s facilities, even though the bills contain nothing about bathroom usage. The lesbian parent was not content with the suggestion to let the boy use the single stall handicap washroom or the teacher’s washroom.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/first-grade-girls-at-toronto-catholic-school-forced-to-share-bathroom-withlast_img read more

Ajayi: I prefer to win AFCON over FA Cup, League Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Vardy primed for another prolific season after brace at West Brom EPL: Underdogs tackle Leicester City West Bromwich Albion defender, Semi Ajayi, said he prefers winning the Africa Cup of Nations title with Nigeria to lifting the FA Cup or League Cup in England. The England-born defender received his maiden invitation for the Super Eagles in August 2018 during the AFCON qualifiers against Seychelles and he made his debut in the fixture as a 73rd-minute substitute for Chidozie Awaziem. Ajayi was disappointed to miss the 2019 AFCON in Egypt, where Gernot Rohr’s men finished third, but he has fought his way back into the team, playing in their first two qualifying matches [vs Benin and Lesotho] for the 2021 tournament in Cameroon. With football activities still suspended in England due to the coronavirus, the former Arsenal youngster engaged in a question and answer on Instagram, and when quizzed about which title he would love to win between the League Cup, FA Cup and the AFCON, he said: “Tough one, but it’s got to be an AFCON.” Ajayi is enjoying an outstanding debut campaign at Hawthorns, playing in all but two of West Bromwich Albion’s Championship matches, so far, this season. Apart from his fine defensive contributions, which put Slaven Bilic’s side at the top of the table, the Super Eagles’ centre-back also plays a significant role in front of goal – returning five goals in 35 league appearances. He chose his maiden goal for West Brom at Craven Cottage as his best moment at the club, while the 5-1 demolition of Swansea City remains his favourite match this season, a game where he scored the opening goal. “My first goal, away at Fulham, right in front of the away end, my family and closest friends,” he said. “5-1 vs Swansea. Probably the best football we’ve played all season. And I had my whole family in attendance, so was great to get a goal for them.”— Tags: AFCONAfrica Cup of NationsFA Cupsemi ajayiWest Bromlast_img read more

Osimhen voted Lille Player of the season, club president confirms ‘multiple offers’ for him

first_imgRelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Osimhen, Napoli bow to COVID-19 Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Fast rising Nigerian striker, Victor Osimhen, has been voted LOSC Lille player of the season.Osimhen, who joined the French side during summer transfer, latched in 18 goals in 31 games for the French giants. Clubs from English Premier League, Italian Serie A and Spanish La Liga are all angling for the signature of the talented Nigerian forward.Napoli, Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are amongst some of the top clubs that have been linked to Osimhen.Just at the weekend, another Nigerian player, Moses Simon, and Osimhen were listed among those in contention for Best African Player in Ligue 1 in the 2019/2020 season.The award, called Prix Marc-Vivien Foé, is in honour of the late Cameroonian star, Marc-Vivien Foé, who slumped and died during a Confederation Cup in the late 1990s.Meanwhile, Lille President, Gerard Lopez, has now confirmed that the club has indeed received multiple offers for Osimhen and revealed that the numbers being reported in the media were accurate. Speaking to Daily Mail, Lopez said: “There are multiple offers (for Osimhen).“We turned down one English and one Spanish offer this January transfer window.“There is a wide array (this summer) and I wouldn’t want to give the names of the clubs who are bidding, but what I can tell you is that there are multiple (offers).“There are three championships that have clubs that have bid for him.“I am not being a sales guy because last year people didn’t believe that we had the offers we had with (Nicolas) Pepe and it turns out we had multiple of them. “Let me tell you with Osimhen, it is the same thing, whatever number you heard, the high number I have read is very much on the money of the offers that we have received.“That’s where we are.”Tags: LOSC Lille FCOffersPlayer of the SeasonSummer TransferVictor Osimhenlast_img read more

Cricket News India in Australia: Down Under – The making of Virat Kohli, the modern legend

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli is one of the modern-day greats of cricket when it comes to the art of batting. His reputation was made and enhanced due to stellar performances in tough conditions in Australia during the 2011 and 2014 series.STARTSAustralia has been a kind nation when it comes to making Indian cricketers legends. Vijay Hazare became a certified genius not only because he became the first Indian to score a ton in both innings of a Test, but because he achieved it in Australia, in Sir Don Bradman’s backyard. Sunil Gavaskar struck five centuries Down Under in the 70s and 80s. Sachin Tendulkar was the designated gold standard because he provided so many memorable knocks against Australia. Be it the 114 on a fast and bouncy Perth wicket in 1992, 116 in Melbourne 1999 or a disciplined 241 in Sydney 2004, every knock of Tendulkar in Australia enhanced his greatness. In addition to Gavaskar and Tendulkar, Australia has given birth to one more Indian legend. His steel was forged during the team’s dark times in 2011/12 when they were whitewashed 4-0. From the ashes of those humiliating losses, there arose a fiery individual that would ensure Indian cricket would not take a back step, verbally or in the field. Virat Kohli is a modern great of the game and it was in Australia where the legend was established.Also Read | Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team masters the art of a last ball finish 2011/12 – First glimpse of the legend Before the Australia tour, Kohli had acquired a reputation as a batsman to watch out for in ODIs but his Test career had hardly taken off. After failures in Melbourne and Sydney, there were murmurs that maybe Kohi is not suited for Test cricket. However, like Tendulkar in 1992, Perth was the venue where Kohli showed he belonged in Tests.On a difficult track, Kohli was the only one who showed application in weathering the Aussie bowlers who regularly touched 90 mph. His knock of 44 and 75 might not have been big scores, but it gave India a glimpse of a bright future. When all was lost in Adelaide, with India whitewashed, it was Kohli’s 116 and his aggression towards the Australians that gave India a moral victory.His good form continued in the CB series and one particular knock, 133 off 86 balls against Sri Lanka in Hobart 2012 cemented his super stardom. His batting and his assault on Lasith Malinga, the best death overs bowler at that time, represented the moment when Kohli the youngster evolved into Kohli the megastar. The Delhi lad’s exploits on the 2011/12 tour gave Indian fans the hope that life ahead will be good once the likes of Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman quit. 2014/15 series – Legendary batting Kohli arrived in 2014/15 Down Under with some fresh doubts. His technique was shredded in England by the likes of James Anderson and critics said that Kohli was a player who could not play against the seaming ball.  This time, Kohli chose the moment to silence his detractors and blasted centuries in both innings of the Adelaide Test. His knocks of 115 and 141 was still not enough to give India victory in what was an emotionally-draining Test, played in the backdrop of Phillip Hughes tragic death. After a blip in Brisbane, Kohli showed his fondness for Australian conditions with knocks of 169 and 147 in the Melbourne and Sydney Tests. His 692 runs in the four Tests at an average of 86 was the best-ever tally by an Indian in Australia, more than Gavaskar or Tendulkar. Overseas yet again, Australia enhanced Kohli’s stature when it came to batting.Read More | Dhawan returning to form crucial ahead of Australia tour: Rohit Sharma 2018/19 series – conquering the final frontier? Heading into this series, Kohli has proven without a shadow of doubt that he is the best. He has ensured his detractors have no place to hide after he conquered his demons in England. He has shown his brilliance in South Africa. He did well in New Zealand and his record in Australia is simply outstanding.  With Australia depleted and with Kohli in the form of his life, the chance is bright for India to register a first-ever Test series win. In the last two trips Down Under, Kohli the legendary batsman was created. A series win in Australia this time could herald the arrival of Kohli as a legendary captain. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Santos, Den Amstel book ‘Boxing Day’ quarter-final berth

first_imgDEFENDING champions Den Amstel brushed aside a rugged Riddim Squad side 4-1, while Santos soared past Eagles 4-0, last Sunday when the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Super 16 tournament continued at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.With the win, the two sides will join the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Western Tigers, Guyana Police Force, Buxton United, Milerock and Fruta Conquerors in the quarter-finals.In the opening game of the double- header on Sunday, LaVaughn Eniss scored a double (33rd and 57th), while Marcus Wilson netted in the 61st minute and defender Kester Jacobs found the back of the net in the 87th minute that kept Eagles scoreless in the one-sided affair.Den Amstel, on the other hand, despite an advantageous scoreline, had to endure the physicality of Riddim Squad, but it was Andre Hector’s brace in the 55th and 67th minutes, along with a goal each from Gideon Payne (14th) and Chris Macey (85th) that pushed last year’s winners over the line at the end of ‘90’.Kevin Agard scored the lone goal for the East Bank Demerara side, doing so in the third minute.Santos and Den Amstel will face each other on ‘Boxing Night’ (December 26) in the second quarter-final at the Georgetown Football Club (GFC) ground. The opening game will bring together GDF and Buxton United.Meanwhile, on Christmas Night (December 25), the star-studded Guyana Police Force FC will host Western Tigers in game two, and the opening game will bring together GFF Elite League sides Fruta Conquerors and Milerock FC.The tournament which kicked off on December 15, is sponsored by MACORP, Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana, EC VIEIRA Investments, BACIF, Pegasus Hotel, Bakewell, Marics, Sleepin Hotel, Impressions, China Harbour, 94.1 Boom FM, NAMILCO, MVP Sports and Xtra Beer.last_img read more