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The Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the national COVID-19 task force on research and technological innovation (TFRIC-19) have launched a mobile swab testing laboratory in an effort to increase the country’s testing capacity.The mobile biosafety level 2 (BSL-2) laboratory, which was built inside a repurposed 20-foot container, was first used for swab testing in Ridwan Meuraksa hospital in East Jakarta on Tuesday. The laboratory is capable of testing 120 samples in 12 hours.“The laboratory is equipped with two swab chambers, so we hope it can help increase testing in Jakarta,” BPTT head Hammam Riza said in a statement on Tuesday The laboratory has fulfilled the BSL-2 standard in part because of its biosafety cabinet, where scientists can process swab samples safely, its autoclave disinfecting machine and its polymerase chain reaction (PCR) machine. It is also equipped with an interlock system to maintain negative air pressure inside the laboratory.Indonesian researchers designed the lab in 10 days. It took 19 days to build with partnering manufacturers.Read also: COVID-19 leaves lab workers grappling with unprecedented testing scaleThe laboratory has been integrated with the government-issued PeduliLindungi surveillance mobile application, where users can register for testing. Test results will be reported through an integrated application, where data verified by medical workers will be sent to the national reporting system.Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro hoped the mobile laboratory would help increase testing capabilities in regions outside of Jakarta and other major cities. Medical workers outside of provincial capitals have had to send samples to laboratories located in those capitals. This adds to the testing time.“There are many COVID-19 epicenters located far from their provincial capital,” Bambang said.National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said he hoped the BPPT would continue developing technologies to address the outbreak. “The task force continues to provide support for the agency, including researchers, to develop further advancements,” he said.Topics :
China announced the suspension Tuesday of Hong Kong’s extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and Britain in a tit-for-tat move following similar decisions by those countries over a controversial new security law.Western nations have angered Beijing over their responses to the law imposed on Hong Kong which they see as an erosion of the civil liberties and human rights the city has enjoyed since its handover from Britain in 1997.The United States has decided to rescind Hong Kong’s special trading privileges while Washington’s “Five Eyes” intelligence partners have suspended their extradition treaties with the city, with New Zealand on Tuesday joining Canada, Britain and Australia. Wang accused the countries of having used the national security law as “an excuse to unilaterally announce the suspension of extradition treaties” with Hong Kong. Topics : The United States has signaled it was preparing to do the same.China has accused the countries of interfering in its internal affairs and defended the security law as crucial to restore order in Hong Kong following a wave of pro-democracy protests marred by violence.”The wrong action of Canada, Australia and the UK in politicizing judicial cooperation with Hong Kong has seriously hurt the basis of judicial cooperation,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at a regular press briefing.”China has decided to suspend extradition treaties between Hong Kong and Canada, Australia and UK, as well as criminal justice cooperation agreements.” Divisions Britain suspended its extradition treaty last week, following moves by Australia and Canada, saying the security law had “significantly changed key assumptions” including a provision to try certain cases in mainland China.London and Canberra have also angered Beijing by offering pathways to citizenship or residency to Hong Kongers looking to leave because of the new law.New Zealand’s updated travel advice said the security law had led to an increased risk of arrest for activities such as protests, with the possibility of being removed to mainland China to face a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.Wang warned on Tuesday that China reserved the right to respond after New Zealand suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong.”Any schemes to suppress China will never prevail,” Wang said.”China urges New Zealand to immediately redress its mistake, and stop all forms of interference in Hong Kong affairs and China’s internal affairs, to avoid harming China-New Zealand relations.”
Advertisement Arsenal target Brendan Rodgers set to be offered new Leicester City contract to fend off interest Advertisement Leicester are desperate to hang onto Brendan Rodgers (Picture: Getty Images)Leicester City are preparing a new contract offer for manager Brendan Rodgers as they look to ward off interest from Arsenal.The former Liverpool boss has worked wonders since arriving from Celtic midway through last season, leading the Foxes to second in the Premier League this campaign.Leicester have won their last eight games in all competitions and boast comfortably the best defence in the Premier League, conceding just nine goals in 15 games.Unsurprisingly, Rodgers’ achievements have caught the eyes of other clubs and Arsenal are interested in hiring the Northern Irishman.ADVERTISEMENTThe 46-year-old is already under contract until 2022, on a £5m-a-year deal, but the Leicester hierarchy are keen to offer him improved terms to secure his future. Jamie Vardy’s goals have fired Leicester to second in the Premier League (Picture: Getty Images)The new deal is likely to try and increase or even remove a release clause in Rodgers’ current contract, which he appeared to confirm in a recent interview.AdvertisementAdvertisementWhen asked if there was such a clause in his contract, Rodgers said: ‘There probably is in most manager’s contracts. It’s all hypothetical, all these types of situations.‘My focus is very much with Leicester. I made a change eight or nine months ago, I came into here and I’ve been so happy since I’ve come into here and I’ve been so happy to come into here to work with the players, we still have a lot of work to do.‘So like I said, most manager’s contracts will have something in that but my only concentration is Leicester.’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 CityThe former Celtic manager reaffirmed his commitment to the Foxes earlier this week, saying: ‘The message is clear and it has been and probably I’ll get asked again until they appoint someone, but it’s very simple. I’m very happy here‘I made a choice nine months ago to come here for a purpose.‘The purpose was very clear in that I wanted to help this club move forward and looking to lead it forward with a group I feel has huge potential.‘Why would I want to move from that?‘OK, I moved after nearly three years at Celtic and people may look at me thinking: “Right, because a club like Arsenal, with the great institution and size, and all of that”.‘But it’s all about happiness and I couldn’t be happier here. My contract is until 2022 and the club haven’t said they want to release me from that.’Leicester look to keep up their remarkable run of form when they travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League on Sunday.MORE: Arsenal have begun the interview process for new manager as Freddie Ljungberg struggles in interim roleMORE: Arsenal target Shanghai SIPG manager Vitor Pereira to replace Freddie Ljungberg Metro Sport ReporterFriday 6 Dec 2019 8:28 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link27Shares Comment
Elo, Nordea, Russell Investments, Deutsche AWM, BlackRock, Aon Hewitt, River and MercantileElo – Eeva Grannenfelt, head of corporate lending at Finland’s Elo, has left the pensions mutual after less than two years in her role. Grannenfelt – named Elo’s director of corporate lending, alternative investments and macro views when the provider was created from the merger of Pension Fennia and LocalTapiola in January last year – has left to pursue “new opportunities”. Director of real estate Timo Stenius will take on responsibility for private equity and corporate finance, while Jonna Ryhänen, responsible for equities, fixed income and currency, will also take charge of all hedge fund investments.Nordea – Snorre Storset has been promoted within the Nordea banking group to deputy head of the wealth management division with effect from 1 November. Since 2012, he has been head of Nordea Life & Pensions (NLP), part of the wealth management business area. Storset has also been appointed to head a new private banking unit within Nordea, which combines the private banking units in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, as well as the international private banking unit. He has been appointed as a member of the group’s executive management. In the meantime, Johan Nystedt, CFO at NLP, has taken on the role of acting head of NLP until a new head of that division has been appointed.Russell Investments – Sarah Leslie has been appointed head of fiduciary management for Ireland and the UK. She joined Russell’s fiduciary management team in 2010. Before then, she assisted in the development of one of Aon Consulting’s flagship fiduciary management solutions. She has also worked at Mercer. Deutsche AWM – Blanca Koenig has been appointed to look after fixed income product development and strategy, reporting to Manooj Mistry, head of exchange-traded products and institutional passive for the EMEA. She joins from Blackrock.Aon Hewitt – Five UK-based partners have been promoted at Aon Hewitt’s global consulting business. The new partners are Sangita Chawla-Jopling, Alison Gartside, James Patten, Ben Roe and John Sydenham.River and Mercantile – Mayan Uthayakumar has joined as an equity analyst from Sanford C Bernstein.
MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: Granny flats keeping families together Sanna at 138 Dornoch Tce, Highgate Hill features exceptional architecture.He said the outcome was an “example of density done well, homes for residents not renters”.“Brisbane is a growing city and the new residences being developed should reflect this change. We have built generous living spaces with detailed finishes using a craftsman’s eye,” Mr Bird said.Sanna is an exclusive development with only four apartments starting at 291sq m. “To me, Highgate Hill is an elevated oasis overlooking some of Brisbane’s most vibrant localities”.The sale of apartments at Sanna Residences has recently been taken over by Ray White New Farm selling agents Tom Lyne and Hamish Bowman. The biggest mistakes property investors make Inside Sanna, an exclusive development at Highgate Hill.Developer Luke Bird of Stanford George Projects said the architecture was exceptional.“Everything pleases the eye and fits together so well and the result is a magnificently liveable city,” Mr Bird said.“We set out to honour Brisbane with something that was suited to its subtropical climate and balanced the Scandinavian design with the rich heritage of Highgate Hill.“I believe what we have is a building that blends the best of the old and the new.” Converted Brisbane warehouse sells for $2.7M cash Relax and unwind at Sanna.Mr Bird said Sanna was named after his mother, Susan. “It’s the Scandinavian nickname for Susanna and means lily flower,” he said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours ago“That’s where we started with (architect) WallaceBrice. We said we wanted an honest and beautiful building floating on Highgate Hill. Sanna is at 138 Dornoch Tce, Highgate Hill.A family visit to Copenhagen was the inspiration behind Sanna, an architectural masterpiece at Highgate Hill.
A body of one of the 32 missing mariners has been found on board the Iranian tanker Sanchi burning off China’s eastern coast, according to the Ports and Maritime Organization (PMO) of Iran.The identity of the deceased mariner is yet to be determined and activities are said to be underway on organizing the transfer of the body to the Port of Shanghai.The fire onboard the Panama-flagged tanker continues raging and fears have been raised that the vessel might explode and sink, state broadcaster China Central Television informed citing Chinese officials.However, PMO head Mohammad Rastaad said that it was unlikely the tanker would be lost.Efforts are underway on extinguishing the fire, but it is very difficult to approach the vessel due to fierce fires, poisonous gases and black smoke billowing from the tilted oil tanker.PMO has deployed a team on the scene to carry out the initial assessments of the situation and an investigation has been launched into the cause of the accident.The tanker belonging to the National Iranian Tanker Company, carrying 136,000 metric tons of condensate, was en route from Iran to South Korea when it collided with a Hong Kong-flagged CF Crystal.Due to the collision, an explosion ripped through the tanker which remains ablaze since.CF Crystal did not sustain major damage in the collision and its 21 crew members are reported to be safe, according to China’s transport ministry.The Chinese rescue teams are working around the clock to put out the fire, curb the pollution and find any potential survivors.The South Korean Marine Police Agency and the US Navy have joined the rescue efforts as well.Commenting on the incident IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim said the organization was monitoring the ongoing situation and stood ready to offer any technical assistance that may be needed.“In the longer term, it is expected that there will be a full investigation into this incident and that the results and findings will be brought to IMO so that we can do whatever may be necessary to reduce the chances of such an incident happening again,” Lim added.World Maritime News Staff
The ship owner said that despite significant efforts like deviation of five vessels to Manila Bay for changes of Filipino crew, only around 53% of normal scheduled Filipino crew change have been possible since the start of the COVID-19, while 90% of planned crew changes for Europeans have succeeded. The infection cases were confirmed in July, the company revealed in its Q2 earnings report. The earnings outlook for the second half of 2020 is positive for both the CABU and CLEANBU fleet albeit at a lower level than reported for the first half of 2020, Klaveness believes. Klaveness said that the total financial effect on the Q3 2020 results from this incident will likely be around $ 0.4 million including loss from the re-let of the caustic soda cargo, off-hire, rescheduling and additional costs relating to the crew. Adjusted EBITDA for the first half 2020 ended at $ 28.7 million, up from $ 9.9 million in first half 2019, mainly driven by CLEANBU TCs secured in a strong tanker market, a substantially higher caustic soda volume for the CABU vessels and two more vessels on water. The confirmed positive persons were signed off and isolated until no longer being infectious, the company said. After consistent negative results from repetitive COVID-19 testing of the entire crew and complete cleaning and the disinfection of the vessel’s accommodation, the vessel recommenced trading in early August after 14 days off-hire. “It continues to be difficult to make crew changes, get ship managers, service personnel and vetting inspectors on board. It has also been necessary to deviate vessels to get supplies on board and make crew changes, leading to off-hire and additional costs,” the company said, adding that so far these factors have had a limited impact on the company’s operation and earnings. Klaveness Combination Carriers reported a net profit after tax for Q2 ended of $ 8.4 million compared to a loss of $ 1.9 million for the same period last year and up from $ 4.3 million in Q1 2020. As disclosed, the outlook is supported by secured COA and TC contracts, partly secured at strong tanker market levels in Q1/Q2 2020, and a stronger dry bulk market. When it comes to off-hire days, the company will have two CABU vessels undergo periodic drydocking in 2020 to install ballast water management systems. As part of its decarbonization measures, KCC’s plans to invest in fuel-saving silicone antifouling coating as well as an ultrasonic protection system to protect propellers from marine growth. Klaveness Combination Carriers reported that two crew members on board one of its CABU vessels had been infected with COVID-19 virus. The earnings report shows that 79% of the operational tanker market exposure for 2H 2020 has been secured (70% fixed rate) and 27% for 1H 2021 (15% fixed rate).
NZ Herald 24 January 2017Family First Comment: This editor needs to be promoted to editor of the NZ Herald. He actually reads reports with an open mind!Bob McCoskrie will be well used to it by now, but the response to a report declaring that children who are raised by their married biological parents are at a much reduced risk of abuse is illuminating.The first response to last week’s Northland Age story (Ssshhh – Don’t mention family structure) was to dismiss the report because it had been commissioned by Family First.Such is the level of critical thinking in some quarters these days. And it is that prejudice against what some see as old-fashioned values, as promoted by Family First, that is preventing us from doing anything meaningful to reduce the rate of violence against children.All might not be lost though. One reader who dismissed Lindsay Mitchell’s research as propaganda supposed that the key might be stability rather than marital status.Fancy that. Such a profound analysis must give us all cause to believe in the survival of intelligence.Lindsay Mitchell, whose history strongly suggests she is not for sale to any lobby group, has an impressive CV as a welfare commentator and researcher.More importantly, her conclusions on this occasion do not apply solely to this country.The indisputable fact that children who grow up in step, blended or sole-parent families are in greater danger of abuse by adults than those who grow up with both biological parents is replicated elsewhere.Some hackles will be raised by her finding that Maori and Pacific families are over-represented in child abuse rates, and feature more than their share of ex-nuptial births, the absence of one parent or both, large numbers of siblings (especially from clustered or multiple births) and/or very young mothers. Long-term welfare dependence is another risk factor.But, before the knives come out, she also finds that Maori and non-Maori children alike who live in two-parent working families suffer very low abuse rates.Asian children, whose population has the lowest proportion of single-parent families, suffer disproportionately low rates of abuse.The presence of biological fathers matters, she says, in protecting children from abuse, and marriage presents the greatest likelihood that the father will remain part of an intact family.Mitchell’s final conclusion is that there are “certain” family structures in which children will be far more vulnerable than others.Is anyone surprised by that? Well yes, apparently some are. And offended. Some see it as a shameless plug for Family First, and the espousing of values that have had their day.The world has changed, you see. Adults now have the right to scratch their itches. If they don’t want to commit to a relationship, they don’t have to.Society no longer expects a public display of commitment, and like it or not, some children are paying a very high price for that.It was very gracious of one critic to “strongly suggest” that the key is stability as opposed to marital status. But having made that concession, it is difficult to see how the remainder of her scepticism can be maintained.Indeed, if the word ‘marriage’ was removed she would have no grounds for complaint at all.Just why marriage should be the subject of such scorn is something of a mystery. It’s not the ceremony itself that’s important.It doesn’t have to involve priests and bridesmaids, the exchanging of vows or belief that God is watching.It’s the commitment between two people that matters, the public declaration that they have become a couple.And like it or not, we don’t need to be told that two biological parents will generally provide a safer environment for children than one biological parent and a stranger.This research, with no disrespect whatsoever to Lindsay Mitchell, might be stating the bleeding obvious, but it’s important for a number of reasons, not least the conclusion that the damage is being done not by colonisation or unemployment (and by extension poverty?) The real villain, what Family First says is the elephant in the room, is the demise of the nuclear family.Given that marriage provides the bedrock of the nuclear family, it is not helpful to dismiss it as an archaic institution that has properly been succeeded by the right of the individual to behave as they like.Once children enter the picture everything changes.The prime focus of every parent should be on their children, and providing the best possible environment for raising them. That is often no longer the case in this country.The rights of adults to live as they wish has superseded parental obligations.To read Mitchell’s research as a ‘plug’ for a lobby group that espouses traditional family values is foolish, and disheartening.It proves exactly what McCoskrie says, that family structure is the elephant that some people simply will not see. Commitment to a relationship by whatever means – if anyone has a better word than marriage let’s hear it – is what matters, and its absence is irrefutably linked to the abuse for which everyone in this country professes abhorrence but few seem willing to address in a meaningful way.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=11787728
The other respondents were CityAdministrator Melchor Tan, City General Services Office head Joren Sartorio,City Legal Officer Edgardo Gil, Iloilo City Civil Registry assistant departmenthead Cherry Ampig, and Treñas’ executive assistants Fernando Jose Rico andRudiver Junco Sr. Sartorio, he claimed, told him, “Jom, bal-an mo na gid na, Jom. Sa babaw na. Wala ko mahimo. Akig gid si Mayorkag si Melchor kay boss mo Johncee. Siguro damay ka lang di, pero kay boss mo gid sila akig kag sa ila grupo.” Among his new tasks, according to JoeMari Esteral, were to count the number of dump trucks that unload garbage atthe dumpsite and record the weights of these trucks. “I was ordered re-assigned not in thename of public service but because of politics or because of the recentlyconcluded election or my affiliation to Mr. Romeo C.L. Manikan, my then boss atthe City Registrar’s Office,” read part of Esteral’s complaint-affidavit. Esteral accused Treñas of gravecoercion, grave misconduct, oppression, conduct prejudicial to the bestinterest of the service, and unfair discrimination due to affiliation. As to the detailing of city hallpersonnel, Treñas insisted that due process were always followed. However, he stressed he does not knowEsteral personally and had not talked to him. “Cooperate ka tani, pre,” he quoted Junco as allegedly telling him. Treñas, on the other hand, said, “Mahulat na lang ko ‘ya. Kon pasabton kita,ti masabat kita.” According to Esteral his reassignmentwhich took effect on Aug. 20 was inconsistent with his mandated duties as BookbinderII. ILOILO City – A city governmentregular employee filed criminal and administrative complaints against MayorJerry Treñas and six other city officials before the Office of the Ombudsmanfor pulling him out of the city civil registry office and reassigning him tothe dumpsite in Barangay Calajunan, Mandurriao district. Mayor Jerry Treñas (left) and Joe Mari Esteral Esteral also furnished PresidentRodrigo Duterte and the Civil Service Commission copies of his complaints. Esteral further claimed that on Aug.30, Junco and Rico talked to him. Tan, Sartorio, Gil, Ampig, Rico andJunco could not be reached for comment as of this writing. He learned about his reassignment fromSartorio, he stated in his complaint. According to Esteral, Junco furthertold him, “Buligi lang kami ma-pindown ang mga Manikan! Balik ka dayon sa mother unit mo. Balik man si misis mo.” Rico, on the other hand, asked him, “Ano nabal-an mo sa mga anomaliya ni Manikan? Dala ka di sa kaso,” he stated in hisOmbudsman complaint. “Angmga detail tanan naga-agi sa proceso konmay mga kinanglan ang mga departments. Nagalab-otna sa akon sa approval na lang. Indigani ko kadumdom kon san-o ko na napirmahan, kon napirmahan ko gid man,” Treñassaid./PN