Preston offices: Small is beautiful

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Rapid antigen tests ‘alternative’ but PCR tests remain key to handling pandemic: Eijkman Institute

first_img“PCR tests are the key to handling COVID-19 because they are aimed not only at providing a diagnosis but also used for contact tracing,” she said.Hera said anyone who showed clinical symptoms of COVID-19 and who had made contact with a COVID-19 patient must be swab tested.“If we stay at home but there is one family member, say, the father, who works at the office, and there is a person in the office who tested positive for COVID-19, it’s highly recommended that everyone who lives in that house undergo a PCR test,” she said during The Jakarta Post’s Instagram Live session Jakpost Special “All About COVID-19 Testing” on Friday.Read also: PCR tests remain gold standard, but many factors affect results The other popular method, the rapid antibody test, Herawati said, was best used for surveillance purposes, or to understand the transmission dynamics of the virus, although it is not suitable for making a diagnosis.Therefore, Herawati said that the use of rapid antibody tests as a requirement for travel or any other situation, such as for pregnant women who were in labor, was ill-advised and should be stopped.“The rapid antibody test does not examine the virus but the anti-virus substance generated by the human body. So when people take this test and get a positive result, that means they have been infected with the virus but we don’t know when. To know whether the virus is still active in the body or not, they must take the PCR test,” she said.However, Indonesia’s PCR testing rate remains low despite the country operating 263 laboratories, with 0.10 tests per 1,000 people over a seven-day average, due to scarcity of well-trained personnel, given the complexity of the PCR testing process.Herawati said the rapid antigen test might fill the gap but only for emergency purposes in places where PCR labs did not exist. The rapid antigen test uses only a paper strip containing coronavirus antibodies that react when touching the virus’ spike protein.“But it’s not that simple,” said Herawati. “Even though it is more accurate than the antibody test, with 100 percent specificity [will not cause cross reaction] and 97 percent sensitivity, as well as faster, cheaper and not requiring sophisticated equipment as with PCR test, it still requires well-trained personnel to conduct the test safely as samples are taken through nasal swab”. (aly) Seven months have passed since Indonesia announced its first COVID-19 case with the crisis continuing unabated as testing remains insufficient. Though people in the country are now familiar with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and rapid antibody tests, and only recently started to learn about rapid antigen tests, many are still confused about the purposes of each test and when they should be used.Eijkman Institute deputy director for fundamental research Herawati Sudoyo said that PCR tests remained “the gold standard” for handling COVID-19 and the government must continue its efforts to make the test accessible for all. Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoaplast_img read more

Queensland’s next million-dollar suburbs

first_imgBen Ittensohn in high demand Paddington which was the only Brisbane suburb expected to go back into the million-dollar median list by January.THESE three Queensland suburbs are housing the state’s next property millionaires, according to data crunched by to analysis of CoreLogic trends over the last three years, the next suburbs to cross the million-dollar median line mark a large triangle stretching from Central Queensland through to the New South Wales border and the capital city.For its sure bets to hit $1m median house prices in the next six months, REA backed Paddington in inner Brisbane, Castle Hill in Townsville and Tallebudgera in the southmost part of the Gold Coast.The first to cross the line to $1m was Townsville’s premier suburb, Castle Hill, which was expected to hit a seven digit median within the next two or so weeks.Its current median price was $950,000 with the forecast that it would be $1,040,105 in November.WEEKEND: Queenslanders galore on auction listBORROWING: Bank tightens loans on 91 suburbsTAX: Developers will be made to pay moreREA chief economist Nerida Conisbee said Townsville was starting to see a recovery from the mining downturn, which was “hitting premium suburbs first”.“This will likely extend to other suburbs over the next few years,” she said.Paddington in inner Brisbane, which was currently sitting on a median price just 2,000 below $1m, was expected to hit $1m in the new year. REA’s forecast was that Paddington would go to $1,000,452 in January.“In Brisbane, a million dollars still means something and you can still buy premium property in inner areas like Paddington,” Ms Conisbee said.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoThe third area expected to go off – Tallebudgera on the NSW-Queensland border – was currently sitting on $917,750, with a million-dollar date set for January too. REA expected it to go to a median of $1,015,569 in about 10 weeks.“We’re constantly seeing high levels of demand for Gold Coast – more people from Sydney are turning to Gold Coast for affordable lifestyle options.”That’s all good news for Ben Ittensohn, 38, who has lived in Paddington since he was 21 and was now bringing up his children there.“I think it will always be on a trajectory for growth because of its proximity to city,” he said. “Relative to other cities like Melbourne and Sydney, it’s amazing we’re still talking about the million dollar mark.”Mr Ittensohn has two properties in the suburb, both of which he planned to hold on to long term.“The investment property is a unit and units are not doing too well right now but we are looking long term. In the short term though it always rents really easy,” he said.“We’d love to upgrade our house next year or in years to come. Does that mean we can stay in Paddington? I really hope so. Maybe we might have to push out to Bardon and other suburbs. We wouldn’t be able to afford to have three properties in Paddington.”The best thing about the suburb, he said, was the stroll to Suncorp stadium. “I’m a big Broncos fan and being close to Suncorp is great. It’s very handy walking distance to the stadium.”undefinedlast_img read more

Netherlands seeks to implement IORP II Directive

first_imgThe Dutch government is set to introduce a proposal to embed the amended European Pensions Directive – known as IORP II – into local law.EU member states have to implement the changes by January 2019 at the latest.The law amendment was mentioned in a planning letter for 2018, which Minister of Social Affairs Wouter Koolmees and State Secretary Tamara van Ark sent to the Netherlands’ House of Commons last Friday.The Netherlands will have to align the Dutch Pensions Act, its act concerning compulsory membership of occupational pension funds and its Financial Supervision Act (WFT) on several points with the amended IORP Directive. The previous government sent the Commons an overview of articles to be changed in spring last year, before the Netherlands’ general election. According to the list the impact will be minor. The concrete translation into law will follow in the next quarter. The proposal has been sent to the Council of State (RvS) before being put before parliament.There are currently two other legislative proposals waiting to be dealt with at the Dutch House of Commons. The first allows for the merger of mandatory industry-wide pension funds with a ringfenced equity base for each of the merger partners. The Dutch pension industry heavily objected to the proposal in its current form.The second legislative proposal was a draft initiative from MP Martin van Rooijen of 50Plus, the Dutch political party for the elderly, to amend the discount rate for liabilities in order to stop pension funds from having to cut benefits. The parliamentary debate on this is scheduled for this week.The planning letter did not contain a single word on reforms of the pension system, which were a major talking point of last year’s election.The letter did, however, announce various assessments, such as the final evaluation of the Pension Equalisation Act (Wet verevening pensioenrechten) and the evaluation of the amended financial assessment framework (FTK). Both are on the agenda for the first quarter. This also applies to the evaluation of the act to strengthen pension fund governance structures (Wet versterking bestuur pensioenfonds).Later this month another letter is expected regarding pension fund communication. This is expected to clarify how many schemes have published their recovery plan on their website. Dutch Parliament buildings in the Hague, the Netherlandslast_img read more

Alma M. Frey

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Alma’s memory include her children, Dave (Mary) Frey of Bright, Jim Frey of Brookville, Dick (Edna) Frey of Newark, OH, and Jane (Rodney) Robertson of Brookville; 11 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 2 great, great-grandchildren, and special friend, Clarence “Clancy” Betzner.  Also surviving is one brother, Leo Kruthaupt of Brookville, and two sisters, Rita Kruthaupt of Hartwell, OH and Ellen Morin of Cincinnati, OH.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Memorial contributions can be directed to St. Michael Church or Franklin County CAN.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Alma Frey. Alma M. Frey, of Brookville, was born on October 12, 1928, in St. Mary’s, Indiana, the daughter of Nicholas and Carrie Munchel Kruthaupt.  She married Joseph G. Frey on June 25, 1949 at St. Michael Catholic Church and he preceded her in death on March 10, 1993.  Alma was employed by Franklin Casket Company and later at Thies Restaurant in Brookville.  She was a member of the Daughters of Isabella, St. Michael Church, and the VFW Auxiliary.  Alma especially enjoyed time with her family and was known as a caring person who would do anything for anyone.  On Saturday, January 7, 2017, at the age of 88, she passed away at her residence surrounded by family.center_img Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Holy Rosary will be recited at 3:15.  A Mass of Christian burial, officiated by Father Sean Danda will be held at St. Michael Church on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.last_img read more

Wenger expects stronger Ozil

first_img Wenger accepts when he has all of his players available – the likes of England duo Danny Welbeck and Jack Wilshere are still recovering match fitness – then he will have something of a selection headache. The Gunners boss revealed he saw Ozil’s role as “central…. behind the striker – or on the flank where he doesn’t like to play”, but is confident his squad have enough talent to adapt. “In our team anyway it is very flexible, when you play on the flank, to move inside,” he said. “Usually we have one player who is a raw winger and one player who is more midfielder player out there – until now it was Santi (Cazorla) many times, but I don’t know I have not decided yet.” In Ozil’s absence, Alexis Sanchez has become Arsenal’s talisman, the £32million summer recruit from Barcelona settling in much quicker to the Premier League. Wenger added: “Ozil is a fantastic player. He will come back very strong and we are in a position where we have the luxury to have him back now and where we have some players who are completely fresh and rested. “It can be very interesting if you manage to use them well. “At the moment for me it is a bit sensitive as every game is every important and I have to use players who have not played for four months. “(Theo) Walcott has been out for one year, so I have to use them at the right moment.” Ozil put in plenty of hours in the gym during his rehabilitation, in a move which Wenger believes will help the midfielder return stronger for the rigours of Premier League football, which at times proved something of a culture shock last season following a £42.5million switch for Real Madrid. “Ozil is fit and worked very hard and now it is down to him playing games,” said Wenger. “He has worked hard, I think he has taken to the fact that he wants to be stronger. “You have more time to focus on it. Every day he is in the gym, you also you don’t have the fatigue of the games – and it is better when you look in the mirror.” Wenger believes the combination of improved physical conditioning can only help develop the combative side to Ozil’s game. The Arsenal boss continued: “It is not only down to pure strength when you play football it is down to when to switch your strength on and the timing of your switch on, it is about giving a little push with the elbow. “I know players like Claude Makelele for instance were not monsters, but he went for a challenge he had the technique to use his strength in a very efficient way. It is a technique more than a power. “A guy who spends a bit of time in the gym kills his co-ordination and becomes more rigid, winning a challenge is down to flexibility and co-ordination, switching on all the muscles on at the same, right, time and that is not down to (just) lifting weights.” Ozil has just returned to the Gunners squad since suffering a knee injury in the defeat at Chelsea in early October, and made a cameo substitute appearance for the closing stages of the Barclays Premier League win over Stoke on January 11. Arsenal’s club record signing watched on from the bench as his team-mates battled to a 2-0 win at Manchester City last weekend, but along with fit-again Theo Walcott is expected to be involved for Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie at Brighton. Press Association Arsenal can expect to see a stronger Mesut Ozil when the German playmaker gets back into full-on action, according to manager Arsene Wenger. last_img read more

Ledley adds to Leicester worries

first_img That was followed by Foxes skipper Wes Morgan blocking a goal-bound drive from James McArthur and Paul Konchesky clearing from underneath his own bar after a cross from Wilfried Zaha had spun off Danny Simpson. Just before the break Morgan was involved in a nasty clash of heads with Scott Dann, who had been a tower of strength in the Palace back four. It resulted in Dann’s withdrawal at the interval and the introduction of Brede Hangeland, who played a key role in Palace taking the lead. It was Hangeland at the far post who knocked a Dwight Gayle corner back into the heart of the six-yard box for Ledley to head home his fourth goal in Palace colours. Inside two minutes, though, Ledley came close to going from hero to villain as his woeful back-pass allowed Ulloa to steal in. With the angle too tight for him to tuck home, he instead pulled the ball back for fellow Argentinian Esteban Cambiasso. But the former Inter Milan star fluffed his lines, failing to even get a shot away, to the despair of his team-mates and the agonised cries of the City fans inside the stadium. City then dominated the remainder of the game, with Pearson throwing on Marc Albrighton, Kramaric and Jamie Vardy in search of a crucial equaliser. The best chance arrived in the 82nd minute, with Mahrez whipping a free-kick into the near post for Vardy to glance goalwards, only for Speroni to again save his side before Kelly hacked clear. And it was Speroni who had the last word, again proving defiant in the 89th minute with another superb stop after Vardy had run on to a through-ball from Mahrez. Ledley’s second goal of the season in the 55th minute was enough to give Palace their fifth victory in six matches since Pardew took up the reins and move them six points clear of the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League. For City manager Nigel Pearson’s side, defeat was a blow to their survival hopes and in fairness they had their chances to either have taken the lead or salvaged an equaliser. The Crystal Palace revival under Alan Pardew rolled on as Joe Ledley’s winner sunk rock-bottom Leicester. But, in falling to a third successive league defeat, their top-flight status is looking in increasing peril unless they conjure a revival of their own. In terms of entertainment the first half was end to end, with City enjoying the better of the opportunities. David Nugent, recalled to the side for £9million record buy Andrej Kramaric, who was one of five players dropped to the bench after last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United, was involved in most. He should certainly have done better when presented with a 16th-minute chance carved out by Leonardo Ulloa and Riyadh Mahrez, opting for a hopelessly misplaced cross to the former when a shot on goal seemed the better option. Nine minutes later Mahrez forced the first save of the game from Julian Speroni, the Palace number one smartly down to a low-angled drive from the Algerian after he had turned inside Martin Kelly. Mahrez, back from African Nations Cup duty, was the supplier again in the 27th minute with an inswinging corner that Nugent smacked against the angle of bar and post from 10 yards, much to his frustration. A purple patch for City concluded eight minutes later, with Nugent dinking a cross to the awaiting Jeff Schlupp, who took the ball on his chest before hammering a shot into the turf that Speroni beat away Palace’s best efforts were all half-chances, with Jordon Mutch volleying comfortably wide from a Jason Puncheon corner in the first minute. Press Associationlast_img read more

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech delighted with clean-sheets record

first_img Press Association A first goal for the club for Gabriel and a strike from in-form Mesut Ozil wrapped up the points against the Cherries but the clean sheet was also more newsworthy than usual. For in keeping it, Cech continues to show what a shrewd move it was and, in picking up his eighth league clean sheet for his new side, he surpassed David James’ old record. He celebrated as he left the field, punching the air as the record he had been eyeing for some time was finally his and he knows how important his role in a title-winning side can be. “I feel really proud,” he said after the game. “I believe that this is the best league in the world and one of the most difficult leagues to play for a goalkeeper so to have achieved such a record, obviously, it’s a great personal achievement so I’m really proud of that. “What makes me happy the most, probably, is that these clean sheets so far brought four Premier League trophies, so hopefully we will add clean sheets this season and we will celebrate at the end of the season, because this is far more important. “I think the most important (thing) was to win the game and obviously once we got the 2-0 lead and it was going towards the end of the game, then, I have to confess that I started thinking about the record and in the last 10 minutes, I was checking the clock.” Cech is the studious type and, when it was falsely claimed he had broken the record some months ago, the Czech Republic international took to Twitter to say that someone had jumped the gun. The 33-year-old secured his 170th Premier League shut-out in Monday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth – a result which also saw the Gunners move to the top of the table and Cech enter the history books. He was Arsene Wenger’s only summer acquisition at the Emirates Stadium, signed from rivals Chelsea because the Arsenal boss wanted an assured pair of hands. How did he know that? He puts it down to his father’s meticulous data-collection. “I have a kind of a chronicle where I have every game that I’ve played, so you just look through and you can see,” he said. “My father has a book where ever since I started playing games, he wrote down the games that I played in. “So if you go to my website, then you will find it all there. And you can set what league, what competition, what year, whatever you want, you will find it there, so it’s easy to track. “It’s great when somebody gives you the record but I want to have the record when I know I have really done it in the right way. I always like to do things the right way. “Obviously, as I was approaching the number of David James and people kept reminding me, I had a look because I really wanted to make sure that I knew when it could happen.” Cech enjoyed a brief chat with former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson as he prepared to leave the stadium on Monday night before the 74-year-old told a story about someone he labelled a “special guy”. Wilson watched on as Cech, fresh from the 4-0 hammering at Southampton on Boxing Day which delayed Arsenal’s ascension to the Premier League summit for 48 hours, entered the crowd to hand over his gloves and apologise to supporters along the way. Cech certainly has the fans onside and he will only boost that reputation if his clean-sheets, experience and all-round calming nature aid Arsenal to the title this year. Having lifted the trophy four times across London at Chelsea, the former Rennes man is a perfect judge of title-winning credentials – and he spots that in his current dressing room. “I think that the great thing is that we go game by game,” he added. “We don’t feel overwhelmed when we win. Obviously, you are disappointed when you lose a game like we did two days ago but the reaction and consistency of the work is very important and so far we’ve been doing that, preparing every game as well as we could. “Now, we are in a really good position so hopefully we can carry on that. Now going into the New Year, we are in a position where we can actually aim for our targets.” Cech plans to commemorate the occasion by getting his team-mates to sign the shirt he wore in his record-breaking game and a ll of the Arsenal players are likely to oblige as they know just how crucial he is to their hopes of a first league trophy in 11 years. Arsenal’s record-breaking goalkeeper Petr Cech knows all about keeping clean sheets and the importance they play in winning Barclays Premier League titles. last_img read more

The Latest: German ice hockey league starting in November

first_img August 4, 2020 The league says its clubs agreed on the Nov. 13 date to begin the 2020-21 season and they’re drawing up plans to have fans in the arenas, subject to approval from German authorities.The league played its last games on March 8 and was suspended with the regular season complete and the playoffs due to begin. The season was canceled and no champion was declared. Hockey has been slow to return in Germany because the league and clubs rejected the option of playing in empty arenas. They argued that they would lose money by hosting games without fans.The league says there will be a “preparation tournament with all 14 clubs in the lead-up to the season” but dates and locations are yet to be confirmed.___ Associated Press “If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players.“However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.”___Cricket Australia has postponed a Twenty20 series against the West Indies scheduled for October.Australia and the West Indies were set to play games in Queensland state from Oct. 4-9 as warm-ups for the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November. But the International Cricket Council has already pushed the men’s T20 World Cup back by a year — to be held either in Australia or India. A soccer player who deliberately coughs close to another player or match official can be issued a red card.The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmaker, updated its guidelines while the pandemic perseveres.A referee can only red card a player when they are certain the cough is intentional. A yellow card is also optional.The new rule falls under “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.”IFAB said in a statement: “As with all offenses, the referee has to make a judgment about the true nature of the offense.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The German men’s ice hockey league will start its new season in November, more than eight months after the coronavirus stopped play. The Latest: German ice hockey league starting in November Cricket Australia says, “In light of this development, and given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia, it has been agreed to postpone the matches.”The series also would have overlapped with the Indian Premier League which has been rescheduled to be in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19-Nov. 10, pending government approval. The lucrative IPL usually attracts players from all over the world, including many stars from the Caribbean and Australia.___More AP sports: and read more

Sir Everton Weekes strides to 95 not out

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) on Wednesday sent greetings to the great Sir Everton Weekes, who celebrated his 95th birth anniversary.He is the oldest living West Indies cricketer – and a much loved and revered member of the West Indies cricket family.As a member of the Three Ws – alongside Sir Frank Worrell and Sir Clyde Walcott – he paved the way for the development of West Indies cricket.He is a true icon of the game and is respected everywhere cricket is played or spoken about all around the world. As a batsman, he was full of class and had an outstanding career.He has contributed immensely to this great game and is a true West Indies hero. “We want to wish him a happy 95th birthday”, CWI said in a statement.Speaking from his home in Barbados on Wednesday morning, Sir Everton said: “I want to thank CWI and the people in cricket for their kind words and well-wishes. I played my cricket for the people and it is very good to know they respected me. I hope I made people happy with the way I played.”Sir Everton is one of several West Indies greats in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. During his career, he made 4 455 runs in 48 Tests, at a remarkable average of 58.61 runs per innings, including 15 centuries. He made his Test debut against England at Kensington Oval in 1948 and played his last Test match against Pakistan at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad in 1958.  (SOURCE– Cricket West Indies)last_img read more