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COVID-19: Indonesia on hunt for PCR testing kits

first_imgIndonesia is struggling to acquire the necessary kits to conduct polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing on a massive scale given the surge in global demand, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19 affairs has said.Achmad Yurianto, who is also the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the government was scrambling to procure reagents from other countries as Indonesia’s current stock of reagents would only last a week.The supply would only be enough for 35,000 tests, he said.“The problem for our existing labs, which use open-circuit machines, is that the whole world is scrambling to acquire reagents for RNA [ribonucleic acid] extraction. Because these reagents are certainly used by all labs with open-circuit [machines]”.Read also: In major policy shift, Jokowi orders transparency in pandemic fightYurianto said that, as testing kit factories had reached their full production capacity, many countries, including Indonesia, were looking to countries that had an oversupply of kits. “The pandemic has brought about this consequence; any country will meet its own needs and prioritize itself first,” Yurianto said.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reiterated his call for the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to conduct more PCR testing on Monday, saying that they should aim to conduct at least 10,000 tests a day amid criticism that the country had one of the lowest testing rates in the world.Yurianto said that, according to government estimates, the country would need to conduct some 1.2 million tests, which it should look to accomplish by May.The government needs to reach the figure not only to detect new cases but also to find out whether there have been any recoveries, as patients with moderate symptoms might need to undergo the test four times, while those with severe symptoms might need to get tested even more than that.Aside from efforts to obtain supplies of reagents, Yurianto said the government would opt to use rapid molecular testing equipment commonly used to detect tuberculosis bacteria, which with adjusted cartridges can detect the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that causes COVID-19.Yurianto said there were 957 such machines in 456 cities and regencies across the country, but only 305 were compatible, as they were produced after 2018.This option, however, is not without its share of problems, as the demand for such cartridges, produced in a limited amount by the United States, was on the rise elsewhere. Yurianto said the government had ordered 23,000 cartridges this month, which could be used to run the same number of tests, but they would arrive in stages, with the first 3,000 cartridges currently on the way.A similar concern was shared by Arya Sinulingga, an aide to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, who said in a press briefing earlier this month that almost all countries in the world were scrambling to acquire testing kits and machines. The SOEs Ministry recently imported two RNA extractors and 18 PCR detectors, which Arya said would be distributed to labs in 12 regions.The Health Ministry has a nationwide network of 32 laboratories that can run a total 5,000 tests a day with a declining supply of reagents, according to Yurianto, as the Health Ministry was assessing several other labs, including private ones, to run the tests.Read also: Govt wants 78 laboratories to conduct COVID-19 testsA survey by the Indonesian Medical Biology Association (PBMI) showed that, as of April 5, Indonesia had at least 106 laboratories that met the standards to run PCR tests as proposed by the Health Ministry. However, for the government to make the most of these labs, it must ensure a sustainable supply of testing kits, experts said.Yogyakarta’s spokesperson for COVID-19 affairs, Berty Murtiningsih, said that reagents were often unavailable from the central government. She said her administration supported Jokowi’s aim of testing 10,000 people per day, as long as the reagents were available.There are four labs running PCR tests in Yogyakarta; two in Gadjah Mada University Hospital, one in Dr. Sardjito General Hospital and the Health Ministry’s Environmental Health and Disease Control Center (BBTKLPP), which also processes samples from nearby Central Java. There is usually a long backlog at the BBTKLPP, Berty said.“Each lab could process between 100 and 150 samples, provided the reagents are available,” she added.West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani said there were currently three labs processing the tests in the province with a total capacity of 1,400 tests per day, but the figure is expected to double when machines imported by the SOEs Ministry arrive.The province’s COVID-19 task force secretary, Daud Achmad, said on Monday that his administration had 20,000 PCR testing kits and, as a result, the most urgent tests should be prioritized.Bali is planning to double its testing capacity by preparing Udayana University Hospital’s lab as it also expects PCR testing machines from the central government. Currently, Sanglah Hospital’s laboratory is the only laboratory conducting PCR testing on the resort island with a capacity of 68 tests a day.— Bambang Muryanto, Arya Dipa, Ni Komang Erviani and Asip Hasani contributed to this story from Yogyakarta, Bandung, Denpasar and Blitar.Topics :last_img read more

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Lucas Torreira says his goodbyes to Arsenal team-mates as he prepares for Atletico Madrid move

first_imgLucas Torreira says his goodbyes to Arsenal team-mates as he prepares for Atletico Madrid move Torreira is set to leave (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Lucas Torreira has said his goodbyes to his Arsenal team-mates as he prepares to join Atletico Madrid. Torreira, who arrived from Sampdoria in 2018, is set to link up with Diego Simeone’s side. He does not feature in Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta’s long-term plans at the Emirates and there was hope that he would be sold outright this summer. However, a loan deal has instead been struck, with an option to buy inserted into the deal. ADVERTISEMENTArteta has been told to trim his squad as he looks to add new recruits in the latter stages of the transfer window and Torreira has been shown the door. AdvertisementAdvertisementHe bid farewell to those at Arsenal’s Colney training base on Friday and will travel to Madrid in the next 24 hours, according to Goal. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 3:20 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link10.2kShares Comment Advertisement Arsenal v Sheffield United: Mikel Arteta 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 15:17FullscreenArsenal v Sheffield United: Mikel Arteta press conference 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.Torreira’s exit could pave the way for new midfield arrivals at the Emirates. Chelsea star Jorginho has been linked with a loan move, while Arteta is still determined to land Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.Sead Kolasinac, William Saliba and Sokratis Papastathopoulos are among those who could be shipped out.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Yeah, I think it is a crucial moment because in the end it defines the people, the players, the balance and the quality that you’re going to have for the rest of the season,’ said Arteta on Friday.‘We need to make some decisions in the next three days, I think everything has been delayed so much, not just us but probably every team because of the context that we’re in at the moment. ‘We will try to make the best possible decisions and at the end, whatever we have, we go for it fully convinced and prepared to have a good season.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

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The Townsville house that sold in a day

first_img25 Bokirana Cres, Kirwan“The gardens were just stunning but the things they did also didn’t cost huge dollars.“If a house is well maintained then even into his market you can get top dollar because buyers don’t mind paying for being able to move straight in and not have to do anything.”Ms Worrall said the home was bought by a family who lived nearby and liked the location, the house’s large deck and the area underneath which linked to the top floor of the house by internal stairs. 25 Bokirana Cres, KirwanA HOUSE in Kirwan has sold in a day for above asking price and the agent behind the speedy sale says top-notch presentation was the key.25 Bokirana Cres in Kirwan recieved multiple offers on the first day it was listed for sale and sold for above the asking price of $319,000. 25 Bokirana Cres, KirwanMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020The three bedroom, two bathroom, highset house is on 676 sqm of land with two car accommodation and an in-ground swimming pool.Elite Properties Townsville principal Glenda Worrall sold the property and said as soon as she listed it she had buyers wanting to inspect it before the open home on the weekend.“It’s not rocket science, the vendors not only made the house look really special for sale but they also kept the maintenance up over the years,” she said.“Buyers can feel a house that’s been well looked after.last_img read more

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Three repeat winners at Davenport

first_imgBy Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (May 27) – Going into Friday’s races at Davenport Speedway, no driver had won more than one point paying feature this season. Now there are three.The Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Models continued their streak of different winners as Brunson Behning captured his first victory of the year at Davenport.Jay Chenoweth led the first couple laps before falling off the pace. Andy Nezworski led one lap before yielding to Behning, who led to the checkered flag. Ray Guss Jr. tracked Behning down but could only get to within a couple of car lengths. Nezworski held on for third, with Rob Toland fourth. Matt Ryan came from dead last to finish fifth.In the Eriksen IMCA Modifieds, Mitch Morris posted his second victory of the season. Chris Lawrence led the first handful of laps, with Rick Ratliff leading the next five. On lap 11, Morris went to the front and led the remaining laps despite two late race cautions.Joe Beal was the big mover on the evening. Beal use the high line to drive from 21st starting position to second. Bruce Hanford finished third, followed by Doug Crampton and Dakota Hayden.Tony Olson led the final 12 laps of the Hawkeye Auto IMCA SportMod main. The win was his second of the season. Andrew Burk battled to a second-place finish over Jarrett Franzen. Phil Anderson made a late race move to take fourth. Dan Anderson completed the top five.last_img read more

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Larry Shaw Race Cars takes top honors in IMCA Manufacturers’ Cup contest

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ark. – Larry Shaw Race Cars will receive a second prestigious award at the upcom­ing IMCA national banquet.The Batesville, Ark., chassis builder won the 2017 Manufacturers’ Cup, with the top point total among the 18 manufacturers entered in the ninth annual contest.Points were awarded based on the make of chassis driven by drivers finishing in the top 10 in each of the five regions for IMCA Modifieds. Shaw led the way with 41 points; rounding out the top five builders were GRT with 38, Razor Chassis with 28, BMS with 27 and Harris Auto Racing with 26.Shaw, already in line for a 10-year sponsor appreciation plaque, gets a $500 cash prize and tro­phy during the Nov. 25 national banquet in Lincoln, Neb.“We rekindled and started all over after a fire in 1994 and there are so many drivers and their race teams that we have to thank for this,” owner Larry Shaw said. “We’ve built more than 5,300 cars and our employees and family still do everything they’re supposed to do. We take care of the custom­ers first.”All regional Manufacturers’ Cup winners receive plaques. Shaw rules in the West, Rage Chassis in the North Central, Jet Racing in the Central, GRT in the South Central and BMS in the East.National and North Central Region champion Jason Wolla wheeled a Rage. Cory Sample re­peated as champion in the West aboard a Razor and A.J. Ward’s second straight Eastern region crown came in a BMS ride.“This year we had a great battle among the top five builders for our Manufacturers’ Cup title and congratulations to Larry Shaw Race Cars for coming out on top. They build a great IMCA Modified and are really good people to work with as well,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder.“Having five different regional Manufacturers of the Year speaks volumes about the quality of cars be­ing built for the IMCA Modified market,” he added. “Members can trust that anyone who is a part of our Manufacturers’ Cup program is putting the IMCA racer first in terms of driver safety and meeting the rules set forth by our executive committee. We’re proud to work with all of them and it is great to be able to recognize so many of them with season-ending accolades.”GRT was the only builder with a car finishing in the top 10 in each of the five Modified regions. Shaw Race Cars was represented in standings for four regions.“We are proud to be associated with IMCA. They keep racing on a level playing ground,” Shaw said. “My wife Cheryl, Kevin, Kirk and I, and employees Jason Wilkey, Travis Ashley, John Young, Farrel Fike and Tad Fike, and Peyton Taylor are so happy to be associated with someone who goes by the rule book. Of all the sanction­ing bodies, IMCA by far is the one that does the most to keep the bogus cars off the track.”last_img read more

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Dereck Chisora considers switch to MMA

first_imgDereck Chisora has revealed he could try his hand at Mixed Martial Arts if he faces a long wait for his heavyweight bout with Oleksandr Usyk.Chisora would rather wait than have the fight with former undisputed cruiserweight champion Usyk go ahead without fans at London’s O2 Arena, but if that means a significant delay he could sign up for a fight with Bellator MMA. “We’re just waiting for lockdown to finish so we can see how many people we can have in the O2,” Chisora told the PA news agency.“I think this fight needs fans. Some fights don’t but certain fights need fans and this is one where you need people to enjoy it.“If the wait is longer I can jump in to Bellator. We’re waiting to see the date they give us for Usyk but if there’s a bigger gap we’re going to jump in to Bellator straight away.”Chisora, who was originally scheduled to fight Usyk on May 23, said there was no agreement yet on him taking part in the series.“That is something that needs to fall into place right now,” he added. If Chisora can beat Usyk when the pair do meet, that could set up a bout with his old friend Anthony Joshua, but the 36-year-old is keen not to get ahead of himself.“It would be a great fight, two local guys from north London,” he said. “If it happens, it happens, but for now I’m just focusing on Usyk, focusing on the southpaw, and training for that guy.“AJ has got to fight (Kubrat) Pulev. We’ve all got different paths right now but we never know what’s going to happen.”In between training sessions, Chisora has kept himself busy in lockdown by selling personalised face masks, raising money for the Royal Free Charity which is supporting hospitals in north London during the coronavirus pandemic.But he is also finding time to indulge his passion for barbecuing, while watching “The Last Dance” documentary series about basketball great Michael Jordan on Netflix. “Just to see how he trained every day and never took a day off, pushing himself, you think: ‘Wow’,” Chisora said. “That’s how you do it. He would psych himself up by fighting with his friends. That’s something you can take inspiration from.”Jordan is not the only sporting giant from his era to have been making headlines of late, with reports suggesting Mike Tyson is ready to get back in the ring – and Chisora would love to see the 53-year-old take on his old rival Evander Holyfield.“I think that would be amazing because most kids growing up, they didn’t get to see him,” he said. “If he and Holyfield do a little show I think most people would pay to watch that and enjoy it. I would pay to watch that.“They could have a little crack and we could enjoy the golden era.”RelatedPosts Tyson Fury to Anthony Joshua: Don’t risk fighting Usyk Israel plans lockdown as infections hit record high four days in a row COVID-19: Churches in Lagos reopen, record low turn out after 20 weeks of lockdown Tags: Dereck ChisoraLockdownO2 ArenaOleksandr Usyklast_img read more

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Spurs must keep Lloris – Vertonghen

first_img France international Lloris was one of the stand-out performers for Spurs last season, who rallied to end the campaign in fifth place and so qualify again for the Europa League. However, with David de Gea appearing set to leave Manchester United, the 28-year-old Spurs skipper has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford. Press Association Vertonghen, though, believes Lloris is key to the development of Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. “He’s a great guy, great captain, great goalkeeper and a brilliant player for us,” said the Belgian, who is likely to come up against his Spurs team-mate in Sunday’s international friendly against Les Bleus. “He’s the captain, very important and this season he was one of our best players. “He’s been outstanding for us and if you want to continue growing as a club you have to keep your best players and Hugo is one of them. “I hope Tottenham can keep him. It will be a sign for everyone next year that we want to compete in the Premier League.” Vertonghen is confident Spurs, who reached the Capital One Cup final at Wembley, can push on again next season. He added on Sky Sports News HQ: “We ended the season well in the last two games and we didn’t expect to finish fifth. Hopefully we can continue to push for fourth. “We have got four big teams ahead of us at the moment, but we have to find a way to beat them.” center_img Tottenham must not let goalkeeper Hugo Lloris leave White Hart Lane this summer if they are serious about breaking back into the top four, according to defender Jan Vertonghen. last_img read more

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Teen’s Death Under Investigation After Apparent Suicide in BSO Jail

first_imgOfficials with the Broward Sheriff’s Office are investigating the apparent suicide last weekend of a teenager who was being held at the Main Jail.They say 17-year-old Sonny Rugani, of Coral Springs, had been cleared and released from a mental health hospital two and a half months ago.However, just before 4 a.m. last Sunday, a detention deputy who was doing a routine physical check of inmates, discovered that the teen had tried to hang himself. Deputies and the jail’s medical staff then provided medical assistance.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue transported Rugani to a hospital, where he died Wednesday afternoon.Coral Springs police had arrested the teen on June 1 on grand theft and burglary charges, according to the sheriff’s office. As he was being arrested, he threatened to take his own life, and was then taken to University Hospital & Medical Center under the Baker Act, until he was released by medical staff on June 12. At that point, Rugani was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing.The sheriff’s office says he stayed at the Broward Juvenile Detention Center until he was adjudicated as an adult, and was taken to the Main Jail on June 25. Although he had been cleared by medical professionals two weeks earlier, the jail’s medical staff decided to place Rugani on suicide watch as a precaution.After two days, he was transferred to general population housing. Officials say that during his two-month stay at the jail, Rugani did not show suicidal tendencies, and took part in daily educational and juvenile Life Skills programs.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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Freshman safety tackles music industry

first_imgFollow Lauren on Twitter @LJonesSports Student-athletes are well-known and well-respected for their performance on the field, and occasionally commended for their academic achievement. But many have talents that even the most diehard of fans would not know about.Sparkplug · Freshman safety Leon McQuay III hasn’t played many snaps on defense this year, but he’s been a special teams standout. McQuay is on the team’s kickoff squad and forced a fumble against Washington State. – Courtesy of Dan Avila, USC Athletics During the 2013 Under Armour All-American game, freshman safety Leon McQuay III was able to put one of his many talents on display for the main stage — but not his football skills. He was acknowledged for his participation on the field, but McQuay was also highly touted for producing a song -— “I Will,” featuring Florida rapper Infinite Skillz — that debuted during the game.“I didn’t really know how to feel,” McQuay said modestly. “I was just like ‘Wow, my beat is really on TV.’”McQuay says Corey Long, an ESPN reporter who knew of his musical abilities, approached him.“He asked me if I wanted to make a beat for the Under Armour game and of course, I said yes,” McQuay said. “He hooked me up with a rapper, I went to Corey’s house because he had an in-home studio and I made the beat.”As he awaited the approval of ESPN, McQuay said he was so excited that he did not really think about compensation at the time.“ESPN didn’t pay me for having the beat aired during the game, but the song is on iTunes and I do make money off of that,” McQuay said.McQuay began making music in his sophomore year of high school back in Seffner, Fla. His cousin recommended that he buy Free Studio, a beat-making software program. From then on, McQuay began researching how to use the software and started honing his craft.He said his mother was supportive from the beginning, but his father was skeptical at first.“My mom bought me the equipment and a lot of the different programs,” McQuay said. “But my dad took some convincing. He told me, ‘If you are going to do it, then you need to take it seriously.’”Once McQuay’s father saw how much time and energy his son was dedicating to his newfound love, he encouraged him to make it official.“My dad told me to make it a business before I got to college,” McQuay said.McQuay listened to his old man and created LM3Beats (Leon McQuay III Beats), his own beat production company. LM3 Beats is a limited liability company, which is not considered a corporation. Instead, it’s a legal company that has elements of corporate structure. Because McQuay created LM3Beats during his senior year of high school, he is able to profit from any beats he produces under his company while at USC.“I’m setting myself up for post-football,” McQuay said.McQuay credits a pair of musical mentors for helping him get on track. While still in high school, McQuay visited the University of Michigan. There, he met JDK and Rey, the Michigan football music duo who gave McQuay advice on how to balance football, school and music.“They inspired me,” McQuay said. “If they can do it, I know I can; they have a pretty big fan base.”McQuay said he wanted to start by sharing his passion with the people closest to him — his teammates.“I was nervous,” McQuay said. “I was like, ‘I hope they like it.’”“Like it” was an understatement; his teammates were left in awe after the freshman revealed his musical talents at the annual rookie show during fall football camp at USC. Freshman wide receiver Steven Mitchell still vividly remembers the performance.“He had the best rookie show, hands down,” Mitchell said. “He literally showed us the process of making a beat, step by step. He put all these small beats together and it came out to probably the best beat I have ever heard.”Mitchell was not the only one who left with a lasting impression of McQuay’s talents. All-American junior wide receiver Marqise Lee said all the veteran players were impressed with how much talent the young freshman has.“We were all sitting there shocked,” Lee said. “He started off with one simple beat and I was already impressed; he kept adding to it, and by the end we were all in there going crazy, dancing. Much respect!”After sharing his talent, he was overwhelmed by his teammates’ support. Some players even surprised him with their freestyling skills.“[Freshman wide receiver] Darreus Rogers and [freshman offensive lineman] Khaliel Rodgers are mainly the guys that will come over and freestyle over my beats,” McQuay said.McQuay can easily be called a jack of all trades. Not only is he a musical genius in the making, but also one of the many athletes who takes the “student” portion of his title just as seriously.After achieving a 4.7 GPA in high school, McQuay was named one of five finalists for the 2013 Watkins Award, given out by the National Alliance of African-American Athletes. The award is presented to student-athletes who demonstrate outstanding community leadership, football performance and academic achievement. McQuay is one of two current Trojans to qualify as a finalist, following in the footsteps of redshirt freshman offensive tackle Zach Banner, who did so in 2012.But McQuay has forged his own path by being the only music industry major on the football team, and he wants to minor in technology. He was elated to hear that hip-hop artist Andre Young, better known as Dr. Dre, donated $35 million to create an Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, and plans to apply for the program.McQuay can boast a long list of accolades, but what’s most impressive is that he is one of the most humble, modest and poised young men at USC.“I Will” by Infinite Skillz is available on iTunes.last_img read more

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