Jakarta to provide hospitals with COVID-19 survivors’ plasma to treat patients

first_img“We intend to use the plasma on patients in critical conditions,” Amin said in a statement on Wednesday. “We expect the antibodies contained in the plasma […] to battle the virus within the bodies of sick patients.”Read also: ‘Superheroes’: Coronavirus survivors donate plasma hoping to heal the sickConvalescent plasma has proven effective in small studies for treating infectious diseases including Ebola and SARS.He went on to say that the distribution of convalescent plasma would be handled by the PMI to ensure ethical and safe medical practices were followed. Furthermore, the PMI would also make sure the plasma was fully compatible with each patient to prevent any undesirable outcomes, he added.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said he expected the collaboration with Eijkman and the PMI to significantly reduce the number of fatalities linked to COVID-19. He claimed that Jakarta had buried more than 1,000 people using burial procedures for deceased COVID-19 patients.“I hope all of this will soon come to pass,” Anies said.As of Wednesday, Jakarta remains the country’s outbreak epicenter with at least 2,474 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 242 deaths linked to the disease, out of a nationwide total of 5,136 cases and 469 fatalities.Topics : The Jakarta administration is cooperating with the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology and the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) to provide hospitals with supplies of convalescent plasma in the capital to help treat severe COVID-19 cases.Eijkman Institute director Amin Soebandrio said the plasma, taken from the blood of donors who previously survived the disease, contained antibodies that would prove effective in neutralizing the coronavirus incubating within the patients.The blood should be taken two to four weeks after the donor has recovered from COVID-19, said Amin.last_img read more

Pandemic dead give New Delhi gravedigger sleepless nights

first_imgDeath had not fazed gravedigger Mohammed Shamim up to now, but since the grip of the coronavirus crisis has tightened in New Delhi, a shiver runs up even his spine each time he sees a hearse pull up at the cemetery he tends.”I’ve been burying the dead for the last two decades. But until now, I’ve never been scared for my own life,” he said.The Indian capital has become one of the country’s COVID-19 hotspots, with media reports based on graveyard records saying there are 450 dead — triple the official tally. Fear of contagion The gravedigger has been so worried about the pandemic that he has twice been tested for the coronavirus, and paid for one himself of them despite his meager wages.He said he has had help from the cemetery management committee and city authorities, but nothing from the government. “I am way too low for them to bother about.” With the number of victims growing in Delhi and his services in greater demand, Shamim says he worries now if his breathing changes or he has a stomach upset.”I always felt safest around the dead and most vulnerable in the outside world. Now I find it difficult to sleep at night,” he said. Shamim says he alone has dug graves for 115 bodies at the cemetery’s designated area for coronavirus dead, about 200 meters away from the others.Despite the third-generation gravedigger’s experience, his family has now started complaining about his job at the Jadid Qabristan Ahle Muslim cemetery, and Shamim has moved his four daughters to his parents’ house to reduce the risk of them catching the disease. “They are scared. Sometimes I lie to them that I don’t touch the bodies,” said the 38-year-old. Prayers and heartacheShamim gets a call an hour before the hearse arrives. That is when he becomes nervous.He prepares the relatives, asking them to put on protective suits, gloves and masks for the burial ceremony, before the family says a prayer and lowers the corpse — usually wrapped in cloth or plastic sheeting — into the grave. The mourners then throw their protective gear into the hole before a mechanical earth-mover fills it in.Some of the bodies of coronavirus victims arrive without relatives to help with the burial, so Shamim said he has often defied orders to stay away.”People just refuse to come help with the burial. What can you do? I have to step in,” he said, describing “heartbreaking” scenes, like when only a wife and a small child came to the funeral of one man.At a recent burial, Shamim had to find gloves for a small group who had turned up just with plastic bags for protection. He finally found two pairs and gave one glove each to the four people who were lowering the body.”I understand it’s never easy to bury the dead, but some families don’t follow the rules at all. So many times I have had to beg the hospital workers who accompany the body for gloves,” Shamim said.  Topics :last_img read more

Death of George Floyd prompts soul-searching among US minority communities

first_img‘Support the Black community’  For the 32-year-old, the time had come for Afghan-Americans to reflect “on their own complicity in anti-black racism.””We borrow and steal from African-American culture: the way we dress, the way we talk…. But we still do not pay homage to them and, on the other hand, Afghan-Americans are complicit in terms of calling the cops on their neighbors and not realizing what the consequences are,” Arash said. This question of complicity, either tacit or unintentional, is one on which many Arab-Americans also have begun to reflect.Particularly when it was revealed that the 911 call that ultimately led to Floyd’s violent arrest and death when a white police officer knelt on his neck was made from a convenience store owned by an Arab-American man.The owner, Mahmoud Abumayyaleh, explained that his employees had followed normal protocol in calling the police to say they suspected Floyd had used a counterfeit $20 bill.And it was Abumayyaleh who told the one of them to record the scene when she contacted him, terrified by what she saw during the arrest, he later told reporters, visibly overwhelmed.”Let’s not forget who knee was on George’s neck!” he wrote on Facebook.The fateful telephone call has sparked much debate between those who say the store employees had no way of predicting the tragic outcome, and others who believe that members of minority communities — who are often victims of stereotyping and prejudice themselves — should only call the police sparingly, considering the potential risks.”In many major cities across the US, Arab-owned corner stores are concentrated in predominantly Black working class neighborhoods. We need to examine how we are showing up to support the Black community, and what steps we are taking that do not involve reliance on law enforcement,” states a petition titled “Arabs for Black Lives.” Notable signatories include US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, who is Palestinian-American, and Egyptian-American actor Ramy Youssef.”We must have the vital conversations within our own families and with our loved ones about things we can do to ensure we actively do anti-racism work,” the petition says. Invisible communitiesIn order to do so, many people have begun creating guides to discuss anti-black racism in their community.One of them, which has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook, calls on Arabs to learn about the history of slavery among their ancestors and to stop using derogatory terms to discuss black people, among other steps.Another, aimed at the South Asian community and that thousands of people have reacted to on Instagram, provides readymade key phrases in order to counter the anti-black prejudices of their “moms, dads, aunties and uncles.”Many argue that this reckoning must also include acknowledgement of colorism — discrimination against black or dark-completed members of their own communities.When she saw Hispanic protesters waving signs that read “Latinos for Black Lives Matter,” Yvonne Rodriguez — who describes herself as “unapologetically Afro-Latina” — was not particularly enthusiastic.”I think it’s about time,” said Rodriguez, the daughter of Cuban immigrants who lives in Miami. She said that as a black woman, she often feels a lack of acknowledgement from European-origin Hispanic people.”If we’re talking about white America, black America, it’s the same across the board with Latin Americans,” said Rodriguez, who took matters into her own hands and created the “Afro-Latino professionals group” in order to boost their visibility.center_img The posters began appearing at protests rocking the United States, all with the same message of support — Arabs, Latinos and South Asians for “Black Lives Matter.”George Floyd’s shocking death in police custody has prompted many minority communities across the country to begin reflecting on their role in combating systemic racism.Arash joined the protest outside the White House in Washington. Next to him, a friend carried a sign: “Afghans for Black Lives.” Topics :last_img read more

30 bidders registered to try and snare this historic East Brisbane homestead

first_img77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane. Picture: realestate.com.auThe Federation Queenslander has large living areas, including a formal dining area with a fireplace and a wraparound veranda.Original features include high ceilings with ornate detailing and VJ walls.It has views to the Brisbane CBD. 77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Hicks said bids were going back and forth right until the hammer came down.“During the campaign we had about 250 people through,’’ he said. 77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane. Picture: realestate.com.auPotential buyers from interstate and overseas also showed interest in the house. The Mowbray Tce home has plenty of original features. Picture: realestate.com.auHe said they planned to carry out a substantial renovation to it.The house known as Fairholme was offered for sale for the first time since it was built in 1912 and was sold as part of a deceased estate.It sits in a prestigious location on top of Sinclair’s Hill on Mowbray Terrace, East Brisbane and a 1712sq m block of land.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by center_img There was huge demand at auction for77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane. Picture: realestate.com.auDEMAND was so high for this historic East Brisbane home that 30 bidders registered to try and secure it at auction before it sold for $4 million.Bidding for 77 Mowbray Tce, started at $2 million and progressed quickly to the end result.The three-bedroom home was bought by a family, according to marketing agent Shane Hicks of Place Estate Agents. 77 Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane. Picture: realestate.com.au“I think it (the result) just shows how strong the Brisbane market is particularly for this high end type of property,’’ he said.last_img read more

Like your private resort

first_imgSome of the Carlyle Gardens community facilities which include a large auditorium, medical centre, restaurant, hair salon, gymnasium, outdoor pool and bowling green.WALKING through the doors of Carlyle Gardens you could be forgiven for thinking you had arrived at a tropical resort rather than a seniors community.The lifestyle resort at 60 Beck Drive, Condon, run by Blue Care, offers an alternative to more traditional senior living options for people over 60 who want to stay active, social and live independently while still having the support of a close-knit community. 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 2020Newly refurbished apartment at Carlyle Gardens.With 47 activity groups, Carlyle Gardens is a place where everyone knows each other and residents like to give a friendly wave in passing.Senior Village manager Sue Stevens said the resort was in demand with 663 residents living in 458 homes and a vacancy rate of only 2 per cent.“We completely refurbish the interiors of the homes so that it’s current to today’s standards with stone benchtops, new products and all the electrics are modern,” she said. “They are independent living units and we look after the facility itself and the common garden areas but they can also personalise their front garden.“You still have a network around you and it’s the lifestyle that we offer that’s really attractive.”The lifestyle resort, which has been recently refurbished, has a licensed restaurant and bar, swimming pool with barbecue facilities, gym, 500-seat auditorium, bowling green, hobby workshop, arts and craft rooms, billiard table, a library and caravan and boat storage.The on-site medical centre means residents have access to a range of medical professionals as well as having access to Blue Care support services.All homes have spacious bedrooms, modern kitchens, airconditioning, hardwired smoke detectors, 24-hour emergency call system, security screens and ceiling fans. For more information visit retirementlivingtownsville. com or call 4755 6900.last_img read more

Sichuan Sauce.

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Food & DiningLifestyle Sichuan Sauce. by: – July 5, 2011 19 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sichuan SauceOnce you try this versatile stir-fry sauce it will become a staple in your weeknight dinner repertoire.Recipe NutritionPer serving: 15 calories; 1 g fat (0 g saturated fat, 0 g mono unsaturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 63 mg sodium; 57 mg potassium.Ingredients:3 tablespoons reduced-sodium chicken broth1 tablespoon tomato paste2 teaspoons Chinkiang vinegar (see Ingredient Note) or balsamic vinegar1 teaspoon sugar1 teaspoon reduced-sodium soy sauce1/2 teaspoon sesame oil1/4 teaspoon cornstarch1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste Directions:Whisk broth, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, soy sauce, oil, cornstarch and red pepper in a small bowl.Ingredient Note: Chinkiang is a dark, slightly sweet vinegar with a smoky flavor. It is available in many Asian specialty markets. If unavailable, balsamic vinegar is an acceptable substitute. Recipe source: Eatingwelllast_img read more

Robert “Bob” McQuese

first_imgRobert “Bob” E. McQuese, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away April 18, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born May 5, 1925 in New Albany, IN, son of the late Robert and Lora (Benjamin) McQuese.Robert served his country as a member of the United States Navy during WWII.He worked in the shipping department for Seagram’s Distilleries, retiring after several years of service.Bob was an avid woodworker and enjoyed spending time with his family.Surviving are wife of 68 years, Mabel McQuese of Aurora, IN; sons, Robert “Bill” (Joann) McQuese of Aurora, IN, and Larry McQuese of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Jason (Carla) Brown, Jamie (Tammy) Brown; Billie Jo (Dave) Morrissey; and great-grandchildren, Micah Morrissey, Ryan Morrissey, John Ashley, Levi Brown, Patrick Brown, Connor Brown, Cynthia Brown and Victoria Brown.He was preceded in death by his parents.Friends will be received Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be immediately following at the funeral home, with Pastor Joseph Hart officiating.Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Waller takes promotional reins at 105 Speedway

first_imgCLEVELAND, Texas – The new promoter at 105 Speedway has already been around the track a time or two.Randy Waller takes charge this season of the ¼-mile red clay oval, where IMCA Modifieds will be a Saturday night fixture. Waller’s Southern United Sprints also makes Cleveland a regular stopping spot over the course of 2018.The track is now owned by Jerry Brown.“We want to bring stability to the numbers in the pits and the grandstand,” said Waller, the long-time promoter at Gator Motorplex in Willis, which closed last year because of urban sprawl. “Our main goal is to make sure drivers in all divisions are treated fairly.”Modified drivers vocalized their support for Waller and the IMCA sanction during a meeting earlier this month.“I’ve been involved with the IMCA Modified division and the Southern United Sprints for a long time and that’s something I wanted to continue doing,” he said. “I talked to Mr. Brown and a lot of the IMCA drivers. Once you become part of this industry, you don’t want to get out of it.”Modifieds will be part of IMCA’s Razor Chassis South Central Region. Opening night at The Baddest Little Bullring in Texas is March 3 with season championship night set for Sept. 29.Fifteen series dates for the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars are also scheduled at 105 Speedway from March 10 to Sept. 29. The series travels to Golden Triangle Raceway Park in Beaumont for the second half of the Kent Lewis Classic over Memorial Day Weekend.“I know a number of new cars are being built so I’m expecting higher car counts in both the Modified and Sprint Car divisions,” Waller said. “We are looking forward to a successful season.”IMCA sanctioned the Modified division last year at 105, then known as Bronco Motor Speedway.last_img read more

Hoosier Hills announces membership meeting

first_imgMilan, In. — Hoosier Hills Regional Water District members are welcome to the Annual Membership Meeting Wednesday, April 24 at the office in Milan. For more information please call 812-654-3200.last_img

Sourav Ganguly ready to quit cricket committee to avoid conflict

first_imgNew Delhi: Sourav Ganguly is willing to resign from the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after CEO Rahul Johri — on behalf of the board — asked ombudsman D.K. Jain to examine his dual role as member of CAC and Delhi Capitals advisor. Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that while the Cricket Association of Bengal president-cum-DC advisor is confident that he is not conflicted, even then, the former India skipper is willing to step down from the CAC which also has Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor V.V.S. Laxman and Mumbai Indians mentor Sachin Tendulkar as members.“Sourav last attended a CAC meeting during the appointment of Ravi Shastri as coach after the Champions Trophy in 2017. In fact, the committee has not even met in recent times and he is clear that if required, he will step down from the role to avoid any questions of conflict. Even though his stance remains unchanged that he is not conflicted in any way, he will meet the ombudsman and discuss the same,” the source said.Jain has asked Ganguly to depose before him on April 20 with regards to questions of conflict of interest raised against him by three complainants from West Bengal — Bhaswati Santua, Ranjit Seal and Abhijeet Mukherjee, who questioned how Ganguly as CAB chief was allowed to sit in the Delhi Capitals dug out during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. April 20 will also see DC clash against Kings XI Punjab at the Feroze Shah Kotla. Interestingly, while the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators have through Johri asked the ombudsman to check on any conflict, the letter from Johri also stated that Ganguly should be allowed to continue as DC advisor if he makes full disclosure due to his vast knowledge. (IANS)Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more