Semarang launches first drive-thru PCR test for COVID-19

first_imgThe other four laboratories are the Center for Research and Development of Vector and Reservoir Diseases (B2P2VRP) in Salatiga, the Kariadi Hospital in Semarang, the Moewardi Hospital and Sebelas Maret University Hospital, both in Surakarta.The drive-thru service lets people have their specimens taken without getting out of their car. They only need to stop their vehicle in front of the hospital lobby. Medical workers using protective gear will immediately come over to take a swab sample.RSND director Sutopo Patriajati said the method was considered safe and aimed at reducing the potential of COVID-19 transmission, as people did not need to crowd in a waiting room and make contact with many people.Sutopo said the lab was able to process up to 100 swab samples per day.”We will continue increasing the lab capacity and human resources, as well as testing more samples,” he said.With the establishment of RSND as a PCR laboratory, the handling of COVID-19 in Central Java is expected to be faster.”Health workers could make faster decisions in handling COVID-19 patients as the need to treat patients in hospitals keeps growing,” Ganjar said.Topics : Diponegoro National Hospital (RSND) in Semarang is offering drive-thru polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for COVID-19, lauded as the only such service in Central Java.“This is very cool. Very innovative. I think this drive-thru PCR test is the first in Central Java,” Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said when launching the service on Wednesday.RSND of Diponegoro University is the fifth laboratory appointed to conduct PCR tests to detect COVID-19 in the province.last_img read more

Southport apartment buyers choose convenience and affordability

first_img101 Pohlman Street marks Choice Homes’ first foray into Southport. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North6 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago101 Pohlman Street marks Choice Homes’ first foray into Southport.“The suburb of Southport has seen unprecedented growth and a dynamic transformation in recent years,” Mr Knight said. “With the Broadwater, rejuvenation of shopping and dining precincts, entertainment, transport and world-class education institutions, it’s really coming into its own. “We created 101 Pohlman Street to take advantage of all this and all the action in the lead up and beyond the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.” 101 Pohlman Street marks Choice Homes’ first foray into Southport.SIX apartments in a new Southport development have sold before being released to the market.The development, at 101 Pohlman St, marks Choice Homes’ first foray into the suburb.It features 12 two-bedroom apartments and six one-bedroom apartments, with all six one-bedroom apartments snapped up.Choice Homes director Troy Knight says demand for convenient and affordable housing in the area is growing significantly.center_img 101 Pohlman Street marks Choice Homes’ first foray into Southport.Each apartment features custom-built cabinetry, stone benchtops, chrome fixtures and quality appliances.Two-bedroom apartments start at $470,000.last_img read more

North Ward the place for consistency

first_imgAerial photograghs of the Strand, North Ward, Castle Hill.PROPERTY prices in North Ward are expected to grow steadily, according to national property analyst Terry Ryder.Mr Ryder has released the summer edition of the Price Predictor Index which ranks Australian suburbs, including eight in Townsville, as either danger markets, markets that have plateaud, consistent markets or markets either rising steadily or rising fast.While no Townsville suburbs were danger markets, Annandale, Bushland Beach, Douglas, Kelso, Kirwan, Mount Louisa and Rasmussen were “plateau” markets.More 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 2020According to the report plateau markets are suburbs which have reached their peak and plateaued but are still higher than levels of a few years earlier. North Ward was the only Townsville suburb classed as consistent with a median house price of $525,000. The report stated suburbs rated as consistency markets, such as North Ward, were a good option for buyers looking for safe investments.Consistency markets are “locations likely to record steady price growth over the longer term and are less likely to experience price decline”.The Price Predictor Index relies on sales volume data, rather than median prices.Mr Ryder says measuring market movement by median price change was flawed as medians only record the recent past prices whereas sales volumes predict the future.last_img read more

Celebrating a pro-life saint

first_imgMother Teresa, famous for her work with the extreme poor in India, has become a household name, synonymous with selflessness, goodness and charity. But not everyone knows that Mother Teresa was a GIANT in the fight for life.In 1994, Mother Teresa addressed the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. In attendance were (then) President Bill Clinton, and his wife, Hillary Clinton – two of the most extreme pro-abortion advocates in the World.You can imagine the look on their faces when the diminutive nun devoted a large section of her speech to speaking courageously against the injustice of abortion.last_img

HK police storm mall as protest turns violent

first_imgHundreds of protesters, young and old,gathered in the mall in the New Territories town of Sha Tin, chanting: “Fightfor freedom” and “Liberate Hong Kong.” Anti-government protesters hold a rally in a shopping mall in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, China Sept. 22, 2019. REUTERS HONG KONG – Hong Kong police stormed ashopping mall where a pro-democracy protest turned violent on Sunday, andactivists trashed fittings at the rail station next door.center_img Protesters also called for a boycott ofbusinesses in the Chinese-ruled city seen as pro-Beijing and made a paper chainof receipts from those stores, which were then hung across the mall. (Reuters)last_img

Royal Caribbean claims video shows grandfather of child who fell out of window knew it was open

first_imgRoyal Caribbean Cruises is claiming that they have video proof that the grandfather of the toddler who died last year after the grandfather accidentally dropped her out of an open window, was “unquestionably aware” that the window was open before the incident occurred.Chloe Wiegand fell to her death while abroad Royal Caribbean’s Freedom of the Seas ship in July when her grandfather lifted her up onto the window’s ledge and she fell 11-stories to the deck below.During the investigation, the grandfather Salvatore Anello, told authorities and his family that he lifted the child up so she could bang on the windows like she does at her older brother’s hockey games, but he was unaware that the window was open. Additionally, Anello told authorities that he is colorblind so he could not tell the difference between which windows were open and which were closed.The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company stating that the company violated industry standards by failing to provide reasonably safe windows in an area where children play on the ship.In a counter to the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family, Royal Caribbean cruises reported that surveillance video shows that the grandfather was fully aware that the window was open because he leaned his upper body out of it seconds before picking the child up and dangling her out of the window for half of a minute:“This is not a case of an unknowing child approaching an open window and falling out because the window was defective or improperly positioned,” the court documents read. “Rather, this is a case about an adult man, Chloe’s step-grandfather who, as surveillance footage unquestionably confirms: (1) walked up to a window he was aware was open; (2) leaned his upper body out the window for several seconds; (3) reached down and picked up Chloe; and (4) then held her by and out of the open window for thirty-four seconds before he lost his grip and dropped Chloe out of the window. His actions, which no reasonable person could have foreseen, were reckless and irresponsible and the sole reason why Chloe is no longer with her parents,” according to court records obtained by WPTV.Royal Caribbean cruise also added that all the windows have a green film on them to help distinguish which ones are open and which are closed, as well as handles on the ones that do open.The cruise company has since submitted the videos to officials and is seeking the dismissal of the family’s lawsuit.last_img read more

3 Ellsworth Wrestlers Are State Runners-up

first_img Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) BELFAST — Three Ellsworth wrestlers finished as runners-up Saturday at the annual Pine Tree Wrestling League state championships at the Troy Howard Middle School.A team from Dirigo took top honors in the 22-team middle school level competition with 132.5 points and Mountain Valley was second with 116.5 points. Rounding out the top five were Fryeburg with 116, Troy Howard with 100 and Ellsworth with 77. For Ellsworth, runners-up were Robert Banner the 124-pound weight class, Robert Hall in the 190-pound class and Michael Garland in the 240-pound class. Also placing for Ellsworth were Sam Lounder, who was third in the 145-pound class and Dustin Smelley, who was fourth in the 110-pound class. For complete story, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. admin Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Trio of North Hills HS alumni bring experience as Syracuse distance runners

first_imgOne high school producing a Syracuse track star isn’t that uncommon. Sending two track stars to Syracuse in the same year is pretty rare.But having three in the same program spanning two classes is very unique. Yet that’s the exact scenario playing out with Syracuse junior distance runners Joseph Kush and Juris Silenieks, and sophomore Margo Malone, who are all enjoying productive seasons. All contributing to the success of Syracuse track. All graduates of North Hills High School in Pittsburgh.The strategies and running techniques that the three developed at North Hills have helped them achieve success this year, and in their collegiate careers. “It’s pretty crazy to be honest,” Kush said. “I would never have thought we would have this many kids from the same high school. But, it’s definitely been really fun and going to continue to be really fun.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textKush and Silenieks, who have known each other since the fourth grade and currently live together, committed to Syracuse in 2011. They kept their recruiting processes separate, and even visited schools separately before making identical decisions. “This was one of the only overlapping schools that we were both talking to,” Silenieks said. And upon their decisions, Syracuse gained two strong runners. At North Hills, Kush was a four-time state medalist and nine-time Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League medalist. Not to be outdone, Silenieks was twice a first-team all-state selection in cross-country and three-time state medalist.SU head coach Chris Fox has been the Orange head coach for nearly 10 years, and had never came across this kind of situation. “It’s a little bit unusual that a school in our sport have two people that are that good at the same time,” Fox said. “It’s like having two point guards, two (Tyler) Ennis-es.”And like the basketball sensation, the former North Hills stars found early success as freshmen. Silenieks took first in the 3000-meter run at the Cornell Upstate Challenge. Kush qualified for the Big East Outdoor Championship in the 5000-meter run at the Sam Howell Invitational.Then, when Malone — who was a six-time WPIAL Champion in cross-country and track at North Hills — joined Kush and Silenieks the following year, the two helped her adjust to the collegiate level with the experience they had gained.“It was cool to know that they were going to Syracuse and just knowing I was going to have some support there,” Malone said. “And how much they liked it was really encouraging because they always talked so highly about the program.”Malone finished ninth overall at the outdoor Atlantic Coast Conference championships in the 6K, and won the mile run in a time of 4:53.90 at the Cornell Upstate Challenge in January.In the men’s races this season, Silenieks finished third in the 5000-meter indoor race at the Penn State National Invitational, and Kush finished fourth in the mile run at Cornell. The three credit their success to the teachings of former North Hills track and field and cross-country coach John Wilkie. They believe that without Wilkie, who recently retired after 38 years of coaching, none of them would be running at such a high level.Kush specifically said that Wilkie and Fox teach high mileage and speed through strength in similar ways, which allowed the three to transition well to collegiate running. “The good thing about those three kids is we didn’t have to teach them how to train,” Fox said. “They come from such a good program in high school that they were ready to train hard at this level. Not all kids are. Some kids you have to spend the first year teaching them how to train.”Another runner who Fox won’t have his hands full with is Mary Malone. Mary, Margo’s younger sister, will join the Orange next fall after she graduates from North Hills. There’s already three former Indians running for Syracuse, and the number is only growing. Comments Published on April 2, 2014 at 1:00 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women of Troy find success in two-game weekend

first_imgRedshirt sophomore midfielder Savannah DeMelo recorded two shots on net in each game over the weekend. (Tal Volk | Daily Trojan)The women’s soccer team remained undefeated after claiming two hard-earned victories against Missouri and San Diego over the weekend.The Trojans faced the Tigers on Friday and claimed a 2-0 victory. The Women of Troy had a number of shots in the first half, but were only able to find the back of the net  courtesy of redshirt sophomore attacking midfielder Savannah DeMelo. The Trojans continued to push on in the second half with a number of shots, and managed to score from a beautiful chip by junior defensive midfielder Jalen Woodward from a corner kick.Woodward linked play from the back to the midfield seamlessly and won just about every 50-50 ball she faced on defense against the Tigers.“Really, I’m more of a defensive minded player. So that’s my first job and my first priority,” Woodward said. “But I think that in games like this it allows me space and time to get forward in those opportunities and moments when we do have cover and get the ball forward. I can get in on the attack as well.”While the Trojans contained most of the possession throughout the game, they had difficulty breaking down Missouri’s defense. The Tigers were playing extremely deep with five defenders and two defensive midfielders behind the ball. Missouri did not look to attack the Trojans at all, instead, it looked to contain USC’s high-powered offense. Missouri’s “park the bus” tactics proved difficult for the Trojans at times, as they were having trouble creating space to have faster, more dangerous movement for most of the game. While they created a lot of shots and opportunities, many of them weren’t from excellent spots in the box.“We just have to play faster and move the ball faster,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “We have to force teams to come out and defend us. And at moments we did that. We moved the ball well, we were aggressive and we were assertive. We kept them moving and trying to find us and it was great. But then we slowed our tempo throughout the game and allowed them sometimes to feel confident about themselves, so that’s the frustration.”On Sunday, the Women of Troy had a tough time against San Diego, coming back twice to claim the victory at home. The Trojans started down 1-0 after 10 minutes of play, conceding for the first time in over 440 minutes of play. Redshirt junior forward Natalie Jacobs soon came to the rescue, scoring a header from a cross from sophomore forward Tara McKeown. The Trojans then scored another goal six minutes later to cut the lead to 2-1. However, freshman forward Penelope Hocking beat the keeper after a nice long through ball from senior defender Ally Prisock to level the score 2-2 at halftime.The Trojans were more composed in the second half and eventually claimed the victory courtesy of senior forward Leah Pruitt. Pruitt started the play by sending a nice through ball to Hocking from around the halfway line. She then quickly darted into the penalty box and found the back of the net from a cross by Hocking. It was a great heads-up play by the senior which was rewarded with a goal. Her hustle and great positional sense proved to be the decisive factor for the Trojans against USD as they claimed a narrow 3-2 victory.The Trojans will look to remain undefeated as they take on Long Beach State in their next two matchups this weekend.last_img read more

Tipp’s priority is to win the All-Ireland

first_imgThrow-in on Sunday at O’Connor Park in Tullamore is at 3 o’clock and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Una Powell’s Pub, Summerhill, Nenagh and Loughnane Concrete, Ardcroney, Nenagh. Tipp senior hurling corner back Cathal Barrett says his side will be taking it game by game as they look to progress towards the National League final for the third year in a row. The Premier County will be determined to continue on the road to national silverware when they come up against neighbours Offaly this Sunday in the Division 1 quarter-final.Last year’s Young Hurler of the Year Barrett says Tipp’s priority is to win an All-Ireland and says it is important to keep winning their games for the confidence of the squad. last_img