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South Korean conglomerate donates $255,000 worth of medical equipment to Indonesia

first_imgTopics : The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) will distribute the donations gradually over the next 20 days. Meanwhile, the rapid test kits are expected to arrive later this month from South Korea.”This is a real symbol of the close ties between Indonesia and South Korea,” BKPM head Bahlil Lahadalia said in a statement on Monday. “The BKPM will help with the distribution so that medical staff and app-based ojek drivers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak can benefit accordingly.”CJ Indonesia, which has operated in the country since 1988, joins other companies in donating medical equipment amid the unfolding pandemic. The BKPM previously received 50,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing kits from another South Korean conglomerate, LG Group.Hospitals across the country are in need of medical supplies and test kits as the number of infected patients continues to rise amid calls for more aggressive testing. Official figures showed that more than 4,500 people have contracted COVID-19 in Indonesia, with the death toll reaching nearly 400. “As we forge relations with the BKPM and Indonesia during our 32-year operations, we have a sense of belonging and togetherness,” said CJ Indonesia business development director Wahju Onasis. “We want to help ease the burden caused by this outbreak.Two-Wheeled Movement Union (Garda) leader Igun Wicaksono added: “The donations we received today [Tuesday] from CJ Indonesia and the BKPM will be of great help to us — the app-based motorbike taxi drivers who have suffered as a direct impact — to support our daily operations.”Read also: TikTok donates Rp 100 billion for COVID-19 medical workersApp-based ojek taxi drivers are among the vulnerable groups that have been hit the hardest by the government’s social restriction policy to contain the spread of the virus.According to Online Driver Association (ADO) head Wiwit Sudarsono, drivers’ earnings have plunged nearly 80 percent, especially for those who usually transport passengers.A report by big data firm Statqo Analytics showed that Grab and Gojek had seen a 16 and 14 percent downturn, respectively, among their active ride-hailing users within the last week of March. A significant drop was seen on March 19, three days after schools and many businesses closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. CJ Indonesia, the local arm of South Korean conglomerate CJ Corporation, donated on Monday rapid test kits and hand sanitizer worth Rp 4 billion (US$255,000) to healthcare facilities and app-based motorcycle taxi drivers, as demand for these crucial items remains high in the fight against COVID-19.The company, which manages bakery franchise Tous Les Jours, among other businesses, has prepared 1,000 bottles of hand sanitizer, 200,000 pieces of bread and 200,000 milk packages to be distributed to state-owned hospitals and community health centers (Puskesmas) handling COVID-19 patients, as well as ojek drivers impacted by the government’s large scale social restrictions.Read also: COVID-19 news is not all bad. Read this to stay positive Editor’s note: This article has been revised to reflect that the donation worth US$255,000.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Welcomes New PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Welcomes New PASSHE Chancellor Daniel Greenstein Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Marking a new vision for the state’s 14 public universities, Governor Tom Wolf today celebrated the swearing-in of Dr. Daniel Greenstein as the fifth chancellor of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Greenstein is a former leader with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the University of California system. “Dr. Greenstein comes to the State System at a time of tremendous challenge and tremendous opportunity,” said Governor Wolf. “I was proud to participate in the selection of Dan as the new chancellor and I welcome the opportunity to work with him on a new vision of our public universities. We need a strong state system that provides every student with an affordable education, so they can succeed in Pennsylvania.”The governor delivered remarks during the swearing-in ceremony at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg. He was joined by PASSHE Board of Governors Chairwoman Cynthia Shapira and other members, representatives from the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties, Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees, officials from many state universities, and other higher education leaders.The commonwealth’s public universities serve nearly 100,000 students, of which 90 percent are Pennsylvania residents. The students study a wide array of fields, including STEM, health care, business and more.Greenstein previously led the Postsecondary Success strategy at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, helping other higher education leaders to raise educational-attainment levels and to promote economic mobility, Before joining the foundation, Greenstein was Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Programs for the University of California system. In that role, he oversaw system-wide academic planning and programs. center_img January 16, 2019last_img read more

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Cigarettes are healthy! And if you believe that, you’ll fall for Big Dope’s marijuana propaganda, too

first_imgDaily Mail 17 February 2019Family First Comment: “Today’s Big Dope lobby wants to silence warnings about the dangers of marijuana until they have it legalised, and we can’t go back. They are like the Big Tobacco of the 1950s, a cynical greed campaign prepared to cause misery to others in the pursuit of riches.”#SayNopeToDopeRead more from our Briefing Booklet – http://saynopetodope.org.nz/big-tobacco-2/It is not all that long since people seriously tried to pretend that cigarettes were safe. Most of them were motivated by greed, and by fear that the truth would destroy their profits.Everyone now agrees that cigarettes cause lung cancer and many other diseases. But we forget the struggle that doctors and scientists had to fight, against Big Tobacco, to get this accepted.Sir Richard Doll and Sir Austin Bradford-Hill established in 1950 that there was a clear link between smoking and cancer. A wider study in 1954 absolutely confirmed this.Yet such was the power and wealth of the tobacco giants that it was decades before anything serious was done to discourage smoking. It was not until 1971 that the first feeble warning was placed on cigarette packets in this country.As late as 1962, the cigarette-makers were still pretending there hadn’t been enough research, and even that tobacco was good for you, claiming ‘smoking has pharmacological and psychological effects that are of real value to smokers’.A Tory MP, Ted Leather, denounced the doctors’ warnings as ‘unscientific tosh’ and ‘hysterical nonsense’. Lung cancer was blamed on air pollution. The prominent journalist Chapman Pincher proclaimed ‘cigarette risks are being exaggerated’. It was seriously argued that restrictions on smoking were an attack on liberty.I’d guess that many who made such claims lived to regret, bitterly and with some embarrassment, their part in covering up a terrible danger. Those who listened to them died, early and often horribly. They are still dying now, in cancer wards up and down the country.Earlier, firmer action would have saved them and their families from much grief. Those tobacco apologists all have their parallels now.I know, but will not name here, drug lobbyists, a Tory MP and several prominent journalists, who make the same excuses for marijuana, just as the evidence of its grave dangers piles up. They claim the evidence against it is exaggerated. They claim it has medical benefits. They claim its effects are caused by something else. May God forgive them. I cannot.Our society, learning nothing from the tobacco disaster, has for years been appallingly complacent about this terribly dangerous drug, whose effect on the brains and minds of its users can be utterly devastating. Knowledge of its dangers does not show up in statistics which pay little attention to the sort of damage it does.The victims of marijuana seldom die (though they increasingly frequently kill others, in mad car crashes and violent crime).School failure, delinquency, delusional behaviour, persecution mania, young lives wholly blighted and continued only thanks to a devastating cocktails of antipsychotic drugs, do not register much in NHS figures. Nor do the special miseries of the families of these people, compelled to care, for life, for a husk of the person they once knew and had hopes for, and still love. Such families keep their grief to themselves. But there are many of them.Look, I am right about this. But it is no good being right if you are not believed. I and my allies are roughly where the doctors who warned against lung cancer were in the mid-1950s. The evidence keeps on coming. Last week’s report linking marijuana use to depression and suicidal feelings among the young is just the latest in a great mountain of such studies. But the popular culture continues to act as if there’s nothing to worry about.It is now seven years since I published a book which pointed out the truth – that the police and courts have given up prosecuting the major crime of marijuana possession. Back in 2012 I was denounced, snubbed, sneered at and told by distinguished academics that I was wrong and that there was a stern regime of cruel prohibition.Now everybody recognises that what I said seven years ago is absolutely true. It is hard not to do so when so much of our country openly stinks of marijuana. Even if the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, cannot smell it, the rest of us can.Sooner than seven years from now, I suspect that the connection between marijuana and severe mental illness will also be widely understood and accepted. But will it be too late?Today’s Big Dope lobby wants to silence warnings about the dangers of marijuana until they have it legalised, and we can’t go back. They are like the Big Tobacco of the 1950s, a cynical greed campaign prepared to cause misery to others in the pursuit of riches.READ MORE: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-6713189/PETER-HITCHENS-Cigarettes-healthy-believe-youll-fall-Big-Dopes-propaganda.html?fbclid=IwAR2dbGKYCn6TAtZgoE0eQeTl5NzbIUgdpl_OsBX_eDhdjzk-TZ6in9wDuD8last_img read more

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Italy Migrants Crisis: Thousands of Migrants Hope To Get Into Europe

first_imgThe crossing is incredibly dangerous because of the poor condition of the boats and the overcrowding. Still, thousands of Africans cross the Mediterranean each year. While many wait at holding camps on the Italian coast, others get to go inland after they’ve been processed to begin their new and better lives.last_img

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Patrick Henry O’Connor

first_imgPatrick Henry O’Connor Sr., age 67, of Osgood, passed away peacefully at his daughters home on Friday July 22, 2016.  Patrick was born in Warsaw, KY on September 18, 1948, the son of the late Joseph Henry and Florence (Beck) O’Connor.  Patrick had attended grade school at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Aurora,  and still possessed his strong Catholic faith.Pat met the love of his life Jacqueline (Mathews) in Aurora and they united in marriage on June 22, 1968.  To this marriage they were blessed with 3 children, daughters Louquetta (John) Spinner, Irma (late Brad) Hill, and son Patrick O’Connor Jr. of KentuckyPat worked originally as a steel worker at Barnes Jackson in Aurora.  They decided to move the family west to Oklahoma, where he drove a truck and put himself thru law enforcement school.  After completing school he became employed by the sheriff department of Muskogee County, Oklahoma and retired from this position.He returned after this to call Osgood home for remainder of his life.  Patrick was proceeded in death by wife Jacqueline, his parents, sisters Louise Sheldon, Marcialla Wilson, and Maggie O’Connor, brother William O’Connor, and son-in-law Brad Hill.  He is survived by both daughters of Osgood, his son Patrick of Kentucky and numerous grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, along with sisters Alice Wilson of Carrollton, Ky, Mary Butts of Osgood, Jenny Kimberley of Georgetown, Oh.Grave side services will be held on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Perseverance Cemetery in Osgood.  These services will coincide with son-in law Bradley Hill.Memorials may be given to the family in care of Neals Funeral Home in Osgoodlast_img read more

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Toriola misses eighth Olympics

first_imgRelatedPosts Tokyo 2020 organisers want ‘Super Mario’ Abe to remain involved Tokyo confirms venues, schedule for Olympic Games in 2021 COVID-19: IOC to bear $800m cost of Tokyo 2020 postponement A record eighth Olympics Games appearance for Nigeria’s Segun Toriola was halted by Egypt’s duo of Omar Assar and Dina Meshref after Toriola and Olufunke Oshonaike lost in the mixed doubles finals of the Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the weekend in Tunis. Toriola was aiming to become the first African and indeed table tennis world’s first player to attend eight Olympic Games, an ambition the Egyptians halted in a thrilling encounter in the Tunisian capital. Oshonaike had earlier on Friday booked her historic place in Tokyo 2020 as the first African female athlete to attend seven Olympic Games. There was a hint from the start of the match that it might not go the way of the record-chasing Nigerians as the Egyptians raced to an 11-6 win in the first set. They cemented their hold on the match with same score win in the second set and eventually triumphed 11-7 and 11-2 in the last two sets to claim Africa’s sole slot in the mixed doubles. Toriola described the result as “disappointing.” However, he was grateful to God for the opportunity to feature in seven Olympic Games. “I wanted to try to make it to my eight Olympic Games. Unfortunately, I could not but in all I am very happy with my career to become the first African to attend seven Olympic Games. I hope upcoming players will take it from here. Olympic Games for me has been a great experience,” Toriola said. Meshref lauded the records set by Toriola and Oshonaike, describing them as “legends of the sport.”Tags: Dina MeshrefOlufunke OshonaikeOlympic GamesOmar AssarSegun Toriolalast_img read more

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Happy with my rhythm  and clear mindset: Mitchell Starc

first_imgSydney: Mitchell Starc is ready to put his best foot forward and go into the Pakistan home Test series with a clear mindset, the ace fast bowler said on Thursday after being named in the squad.Starc was rewarded for his good domestic performances with a selection in Australia’s 14-man squad for the two-match Test Series against Pakistan.“I’ve just been happy with the rhythm and things that I worked on to get in a clearer mindset,” Starc was quoted as saying by www.cricket.com.au.“The things that I worked on coming out of the Gabba Shield game into the Drummmoyne game, and being pretty focused and clear since the Gabba game and throughout the T20s as well is pretty pleasing for me.“It’s nice to contribute to wins for NSW and Australia and hopefully now having that mindset and that rhythm, having worked on that the last few weeks, hopefully, that can carry on through the summer.”Starc is one of five pacers in the Test squad to take on Pakistan, along with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, James Pattinson and Michael Neser.Starc hailed the pace philosophy in the team and said it will only augur well for Australia.“We spoke about the squad mentality during the Ashes series and having five fast bowlers again it’s going to be the same thing,” he said.“Ness (Neser) bowled really well in that ‘A’ game (against Pakistan in Perth) from the little pieces that I saw and from what I’ve heard.“Patto (Pattinson) has been bowling really nicely and Joshy (Hazlewood), Patty (Cummins) and myself are pretty happy with how we’ve been progressing — Patty and I with the white ball and Josh as well in Adelaide.“Gaz (off-spinner Nathan Lyon) does what Gaz does and he’s a big part of the Australian team. We haven’t come into camp yet but no doubt it will be a squad mentality with the fast bowlers.” IANSAlso Read: Joe Root And Boys Ready For Mitchell Starc ChallengeAlso Watch: India’s First PM Jawaharlal Nehru’s 130th Birth Anniversary observedlast_img read more

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PM T20 Softball Cup climaxes today at Everest

first_imgRegal to contest all three finalsBy Frederick HalleyHISTORY will be created at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Camp Road, today when the third edition of the Prime Minister T20 Softball Cup climaxes with the finals. In what is considered unprecedented, Regal will vie for supremacy in all three categories of the tournament; the Open team clashing with Grill Masters of Berbice, the Over-45 battling with Mike’s Wellman in a repeat of last year’s final and the Over-50 vying for honours against New York’s President’s X1in the Over-50 which was introduced for the first time this year.Facing unbeaten SVC New York in yesterday’s Open semi-final, played at the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) ground, Queenstown, Regal were indebted to a swashbuckling knock of 77 from left-handed opener Sachin Singh, who followed up his blazing 110 the previous day, smashing 11 sixes and a four off a mere 33 balls. Ravindra Ramnath supported with 30. Richard Latiff (three for 38), Bobby Prahalad (three for 42) and Mark Harold (three for 47) were the main bowlers.Set the daunting task of scoring 186 for victory in the allotted 20 overs, SVC New York were bowled out for 156 in 17 overs, going down by 28 runs. Delbert Hicks (37) and Sarfraz Esau (33) were the main contributors as Kelvin Orford ended with three for 32, Delroy Perreira two for 21 and Roy Persaud two for 29.The other semi-final, played at Malteenoes, saw Grill Masters racing to a mammoth 203 for eight in a game which was reduced to 15 overs. Opener David Looknauth blasted 10 sixes and two fours in a whirlwind 76 while Latchman Rohit took three for 15.Opponents Cotton Tree Wild Oats were bowled out for 104, losing by 99 runs. K Persaud and Kevin Sinclair took three for 13 and 33 respectively.Over at the Queen’s College ground, SVC Corrivertom were restricted to 133 all out in their Over-45 encounter versus defending champions Regal Masters. S. Persaud hit a top score of 38 while P. Singh supported with 28. David Harper finished with three for 21 and Ramesh Deonarine three for 26.Deonarine then hit four fours and two sixes in 46 while skipper Mahendra Arjune (26) and Uniss Yusuff (25) were also among the runs.At Transport, Troy Lewis led the charge for Mike’s Wellman; his brilliant 80 was decorated with 10 fours and three sixes as Mike’s Wellman reached a formidable 230 for four in 20 overs. Nandran Samlall hit 33 while Captain Wayne Jones was unbeaten on 29.Narine Masters, in reply, were routed for a paltry 77 with S. Perch bagging four for 13.In the Over-50 category, played at Queen’s College, Regal Legends restricted Savage Legends to 140 for eight with Randolph Perreira hitting 44. Eon Abell starred with the ball with the impressive figures of five for 21.Regal Legends reached the required target in 16.4 overs with Hakim Majeed (38). Mahesh Chunilall (28) and Eon Abel (27) being the main scorers.Over at the YMCA ground, New York President’s XI defeated Rockaway Legends by seven wickets, reaching 131 for three in 17 overs after reducing their opponents to 129 for six. Peter Persaud was unbeaten on 37.Today’s action gets underway at 9.30 hrs and will also feature a women’s 10-over game. The Open final is set to be played under floodlights, another first for the three-year old tournament.last_img read more

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Redemption is on Badgers’ minds

first_imgIt may have been adrenaline, or it might have been redemption, but it was apparent that Alando Tucker could play through pain.Tucker, who suffered a nasal injury toward the end of the first half against Wake Forest, sought vindication by scoring 24 points in the second half, the most by any player in that half. Tucker also reached the millennium milestone Tuesday by achieving 1,014 career points.”Honestly, I don’t even remember [how it happened]. It was during the course, and there was a bunch of bodies,” Tucker said of his injury.”It wasn’t Halloween, so I think he was wearing it for a reason,” head coach Bo Ryan said. “It didn’t improve his looks any. I think he is a pretty sharp-looking guy.”Due to his injury, Tucker will sport a protective facemask Saturday when Wisconsin (4-1) hosts Pepperdine (2-1).Tucker started the second half of the Wake game wearing a protective mask, but quickly threw it to the side of the court for its lack of comfort.”[The facemask] is something that takes time to get used to, but I’ve adjusted quickly,” Tucker said. “Once you get going, you can’t tell.”Injury aside, Tucker and the rest of the Badgers will also seek revenge against the Waves after they suffered a 75-61 loss last season.Though the Badgers may have suffered from cross-country jetlag on their journey to Malibu a year ago, they will hold the advantage by hosting the Sunshine State team at the Kohl Center.”It’s always good to play in front of your home base,” Tucker said. “It will be a great opportunity for us to get a lot of confidence, building some things that we can prepare for the Big Ten season.”Along with Tucker’s appearance, the Waves will also sport a new look after losing four of last year’s top scorers. The Pepperdine foursome was also the top-four point-scorers during last year’s match up, accumulating 62 combined points against the Badgers.”Obviously, they are a different team,” Tucker said. “They lost four of their key guys. Their style is going to be the same. They will come in up-tempo, shoot shots and hope to get offensive rebounds. Last year, they outworked us, and we never like to admit we’ve been outworked.””We didn’t play very well last year, so we definitely want to come out and have a better performance against them than we did last year,” sophomore Jason Chappell said.Chappell, who redshirted last season and thus never played in last year’s game, has been on a roll as of late, scoring a career-high 11 points in Tuesday’s game.”It felt good to be out there, especially being where it was, at Wake Forest, where my dad used to play,” he said. “It felt good to be out there and contribute and try to help the team win. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”Chappell also saw the most minutes of his career (24), something he feels will benefit him come Saturday.”Any minutes we get out there means more experience,” Chappell said. “It also helps me feel more comfortable on the court.”Along with Chappell, sophomore Brian Butch had a stellar performance at Wake despite the loss. During the game, Butch recorded a career-high 10 rebounds and put up 19 points. It was the first career double-double for the 6-foot-11 big man. Butch is now third on the team, averaging 15.4 points a game. Tucker leads the team with a 20 point-per-game average, followed by Kammron Taylor, with an 18.4 average.Michael Gerrity leads the Pepperdine team with 17.3 points a game. Pepperdine has been hurting most of the season, winning only one game against UC-Irvine. Pepperdine did have a close run against Connecticut, staying with the powerhouse most of the game. However, the Huskies were able to pick up momentum during the last five minutes of the matchup and ended up defeating the Waves 75-56.”They can play. They proved that last year,” Ryan said. “They have had a little bit of an up and down season, but there were nights when they looked really, really good and nights that the other team looked a little better.”Right now, everyone is trying to find out what their team is all about and what they are going to bring to the table come conference season. We know they can play, and they are not coming here for anything other than trying to get it done for their side, too.”Added sophomore guard Michael Flowers: “We are just going to go out there and try to execute our game play and get the win. We are just going to play Wisconsin basketball.”last_img read more

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