Indonesian start-up to make COVID-19 test kits

first_imgAn Indonesia-based start-up, Nusantics, is reportedly preparing to make 100,000 COVID-19 test kits. A prototype will be complete within three weeks, an investor says.Willson Cuaca, co-founder and managing partner at East Venture, said Nusantics had been appointed by the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) to make the test kits based on samples from Indonesian nationals.East Venture, the most active early-stage venture capital firm in Indonesia, provided an undisclosed amount of seed money to the start-up on March 20 to support production. “Nusantics will create the test kits based on samples from Indonesia because the virus can mutate when it finds a new host,” Willson told The Jakarta Post over the phone.Read also: As contagion spreads, Indonesia focuses COVID-19 tests in three worst-hit provincesWillson added that 1,000 prototypes were expected to be finished in two weeks and would then be tested on patients. Once the kits were proven successful, the first 20,000 kits would be distributed within a month.“Right now, it is difficult to get tested for the coronavirus as it keeps spreading throughout the nation,” Willson said. “That is why we want to help the start-up achieve this goal.” East Ventures will lead crowdfunding with a target of Rp 10 billion (US$ 620,155) to produce the test kits and finance the whole genome sequencing project. The public can join by accessing indonesiapastibisa.com to donate money or equipment starting March 30.Nusantics is a technology company established in 2019 that focuses on applying advancements in genomics and microbiome research. Microbiomes are complex ecosystems of microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi, that live on and inside every living thing.“The technology that Nusantics uses in skin microbiome analysis is similar to technology used to detect COVID-19 and our team also has the experience in medical test kits and bioinformatics,” said Nusantics CEO Sharlini Eriza Putri in a written statement on Friday.In addition to Nusantics, East Ventures’ known investments range from e-commerce platform Tokopedia and online travel agent Traveloka, to wedding organizing platform Bride Story and media platforms Kata Data and Tech in Asia.Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include a statement from Nusantics and details on crowdfunding plans.Topics :last_img read more

Swedish pensions body calls for smaller-scale EU stress tests for IORPs

first_img“I’m rather afraid the people who want the stress tests conducted would like to test as many angles as possible and are not taking into account the additional costs that in the end pensioners have to bear,” Hansson said.Although he said EU pensions oversight was necessary, he said the new IORP law could not be the same for the whole of Europe because pensions in each EU member state were based on local social law.“If you had an IORP law that was the same for all of Europe, that would be a problem because there are so many different conditions in different areas,” he said.“Pensions are member-based contracts based on labour law, negotiated by employers and unions, and they are different across Europe.”Last week, IPE reported that Patrick Darlap, chairman of EIOPA’s Financial Stability Committee, said the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority was preparing stress tests for IORPs for some time in 2015. Early stress tests for institutions for occupational retirement provision (IORPs) in the EU – now likely to happen next year – must be designed in a limited format in order to keep costs down for pension funds, the Swedish Occupational Pension Fund Association has said.Peter Hansson, chairman of the association (Tjanstepensionsforbundet), told IPE: “If we are to have stress tests, the exercise needs to be very limited, and the cost of producing the stress tests needs to be very low.”He said that, at 170 pages in small print, the stress tests conducted last year were impossible for many IORPs to handle, and the outcomes were hardly representative of the European pension industry.He said it was unreasonable for pension funds, purpose-built to provide workplace pensions, to be burdened with huge additional costs as a result of the tests.last_img read more

Cricketing great Ian Healy sells Brisbane home of nearly 20 years

first_imgThis home at 15 Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo, has sold. The view from the home at 15 Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo, which has sold.The home has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a pool and two-car garage and sits on a large 974 sqm block.The property was sold off market by Steven Gow of Ray White Bulimba, who declined to comment.It was marketed as being located in “one of the best streets on the south side of Brisbane” with “spectacular city views”. COFFEE KING SELLS GOLD COAST APARTMENT More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours ago The front of the home at 15 Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo.The property offered the potential to renovate, rebuild or sub divide subject to council approval.Records show the property last sold for $685,000 in June 1999.Coorparoo is a high demand suburb 5km from Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $875,000, according to property researcher CoreLogic. NO DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR HERE Former Australian Test cricket wicketkeeper Ian Healy. Picture: Nigel Hallett.AUSSIE cricketing great Ian Healy has sold his Brisbane home of nearly 20 years for $2.215 million.The former Test cricket wicketkeeper has lived in the house at 15 Buena Vista Ave, Coorparoo, with his wife, Helen, and their three children for nearly two decades. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Ian Healy dives low to claim a catch off skipper Hansie Cronje during the Australia vs. South Africa Third Test match at Adelaide Oval in 1994. Picture: Leigh Winburn.Brisbane born and bred, Ian Healy was considered one of the greatest wicketkeepers to have graced the game during the 1980s and 1990s.Post retirement, he became a television sports presenter and commentator. Healy now owns the Hoppy’s car wash business, which has 10 sites in southeast Queensland.last_img read more

Aussies more property geeks than fitness freaks: HSBC study

first_imgA new study reveals Aussies spend twice as much time looking at property than at the gym.THE housing market might be cooling, but it seems Australia’s obsession with property is hotter than ever.New research from HSBC reveals Aussies spend twice as much time looking at buying property than they do at the gym — even if they are not in the market for a new home.The global study found we clock up 2.5 hours a week researching the property market, compared to the 1.08 hours we spend at the gym or talking to our parents (0.88 hours). RELATED: Property taxes hit record levels Why the worst of the downturn could be over “An industry of property magazines, TV programs and websites is making it harder than ever to have realistic expectations about what you can afford — with many Aussies putting off important life stages, like having children, in the quest to afford the perfect property.“It’s essential to begin this buying process by having an open discussion with your partner, family or financial adviser to discuss what you can afford and what compromises you might have to make.” THE COUNTRIES MOST OBSESSED WITH THE PROPERTY MARKETCountry Hours spent on property research (per week)UAE 6.6USA 4.95Taiwan 4.54Mexico 3.56Singapore 3.29UK 2.65Australia 2.51Canada 2.08France 1.74(Source: HSBC) A new study has found extreme house hunters spend more than 7 hours a week looking at property. Image: AAP/Lukas Coch.Difficult neighbours is our biggest deal breaker (46 per cent) when it comes to a property purchase — something Aussies have in common with French and British buyers.Rumours of a property being haunted are enough to put off 21 per cent of Australian buyers.HSBC Australia head of mortgages Alice Del Vecchio said the study showed softening property prices and low interest rates were encouraging factors for people looking to get in to the local housing market.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago MORE: Turning failure into success A new survey has found Aussies spend twice as much time researching property as they do at the gym.Extreme house hunters spend more than seven hours every week window shopping for homes, reading property magazines and trawling online listings.The survey also found 23 per cent of Aussies check their home’s value every three months.But Aussies are far from the most obsessed nation when it comes to property.The UAE and USA take that crown, spending an average of 6.6 and 4.95 hours, respectively, on property each week. 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Bed sharing with toddler – no harm, no benefit for kids over 1

first_img Share Share HealthLifestyle Bed sharing with toddler – no harm, no benefit for kids over 1 by: – July 18, 2011 10 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Is it harmful to your child’s development to have your toddler sleep with you?  Experts can’t seem to agree on whether it’s a good thing or bad but a new study finds that it may not be harmful to children  as long as the child is at least a year old.It’s called bed-sharing, where parents and a child sleep in the same bed.  It’s not as common in the United States as in other countries, but it’s more prevalent among certain ethnic groups.According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s not advised for parents to ever sleep with infants before the age of 6 months.  That’s the time when babies are most at risk for sudden infant death syndrome.   But the study authors and the AAP agree that once a child is 12 months old , co-sleeping or bed-sharing with parents is really up to the preference of the family.  However, the goal for any sleep arrangement is to get safe, adequate sleep.  If bed-sharing is getting in the way of a good night’s sleep or is dangerous in any way for your child, then it’s not a good idea.The study authors set out to find out whether toddlers  who slept with their parents would have social or developmental issues by the time they reached kindergarten.  The researchers interviewed 944 low-income families and looked at whether  children between the ages of 1 and 3 slept in the same bed as their parents.  The experts found no signs that children who shared a bed with their parents had developmental problems at age 5.  The study was published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday.“When you compare mothers of the same ethnicity and the same levels of education, whether they bed-share or not, does not predict a difference in cognitive or behavioral outcomes in their children,” explains study author Lauren Hale, Ph.D., associate professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York.Hale and other researchers measured math, early literacy and social skills in the children. They even looked at levels of hyperactivity and found no cognitive or social differences between children who bed-shared and those who did not.“There are a number of reasons why parents decide to share a bed with their children such as safety, security, to facilitate breast-feeding,  in response to sleeping problems, to provide emotional support, living conditions, etc.  Understanding those reasons can provide clues to the outcomes of bed-sharing on children’s later behavior and cognition,” Dr. Lynne Haverkos with the National Institutes of Health, the organization that funded the study.Experts agree that what’s most important, is that everybody gets a good night’s sleep.  For some families bed-sharing disrupts both the parents’ and the child’s sleep. For others it works well.“If a family is going to bed-share, both parents must agree to it,”  explains Brett Kuhn, associate professor of pediatrics and psychology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.  “Make sure it’s planned and intentional and that you do it from the beginning of the night to the end of the night.  You’re not going to play musical beds when the child fusses.”Bringing a child into your bed to stop repeated episodes of crying may not only interrupt parental sleep but  interfere in the child’s ability to soothe himself to sleep.Haverkos says more studies are needed to look more closely at the risks and benefits of bed-sharing, but that the best bet is to discuss the issue with your pediatrician or health care provider.  What qualifies as a safe and satisfying sleep arrangement for one family may not be the same for another.CNN Health Newslast_img read more

Arsenal eye RB Leipzig’s Upamecano as Arteta’s first signing

first_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is set to receive some significant financial backing in the January transfer window. The Gunners are currently in the midst of their worst ever Premier League season and injuries have taken their toll on the squad. Centre-back Calum Chambers was the latest to suffer in the 2-1 defeat at home to Chelsea on Sunday, with the Englishman set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines with a knee injury. But there could be a ray of hope for Gunners fans, because the board are prepared to set aside funds to bring in a new defender next month. And according to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are lining up RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamencano as their first acquisition of the winter. The 21-year-old Frenchman is high on Arteta’s wish list and he would cost around £40m – which in the current market isn’t bad going for one of the world’s leading defensive prospects.Advertisement Loading… Upamecano got his big breakthrough at Leipzig’s sister team, RB Salzburg, in 2016 and has since become a mainstay in the Bundesliga side’s back-line under Julian Nagelsmann.center_img Read Also:Drogba responds to Abraham’s goal celebration against Arsenal A powerful centre-back with the ability to play the ball out from the back with ease, he looks the perfect player to slot into Arteta’s new high-energy system at Arsenal. And with just 18 months remaining on his contract at Leipzig, the German outfit would surely be inclined to sell to ensure they receive a healthy transfer fee for such a coveted player. Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RolePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Contemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locationslast_img read more

US Sen. Leahy on PH ban: Everyone can express opinions freely

first_imgOn Friday, President Duterte ordered theBureau of Immigration to deny Philippine entry to Leahy and Durbin after theysought to ban Filipino officials involved in what they called the“wrongful imprisonment” of De Lima, a staunch administration critic. MANILA – United States Sen. PatrickLeahy has slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to ban him and fellowsenator Richard Durbin from entering the Philippines. Should the US push through with the banon Filipino officials over De Lima’s case, Panelo added Americans planning tovisit the Philippines would be required to secure a visa. Carle added the illegal drug tradecharges that were filed against opposition Sen. Leila de Lima are “politicallymotivated.” Senator Patrick Leahy De Lima is currently in detention aftershe was charged with drug offenses in 2017 for the proliferation of illegaldrug trade inside the New Bilibid Prison in Muntinlupa City during her time asJustice secretary.center_img “The President is immediately orderingthe Bureau of Immigration to deny US Senators Dick Durbin and Patrick Leahy,the imperious, uninformed and gullible American legislators who introduced thesubject provision in the US 2020 Budget, entry to the Philippines,” said Duterte’sspokesman Salvador Panelo. In a statement by Leahy’s spokespersonDavid Carle, he said that everyone has the right to freely express opinionseven if it is critical to the Duterte administration. “This is about the right of Filipinocitizens – and people everywhere – to freely express their opinions, includingopinions that may be critical of government policies that involve the use ofexcessive force and the denial of due process,” Carle said. “We will not sit idly if they continue tointerfere with our processes as a sovereign state,” Panelo said./PNlast_img read more

Senator Joe Donnelly visits Batesville

first_imgPhoto credit Senator Joe Donnelly on FacebookBATESVILLE, Ind. — United State Senator, Joe Donnelly (D-Indiana), made a visit to Batesville on Thursday.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Donnelly-Visit.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.While meeting with Hillenbrand, Donnelly received the National Association of Manufactures Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence.Donnelly was impressed with the possibilities in Batesville.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Donnelly-Visit-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Ozil, Lacazette caught casually relaxing during Southampton vs Arsenal tie

first_img Loading… Nketiah opened the scoring after capitalising on a mistake from Saints keeper Alex McCarthy. Read Also: Video: Liverpool stars wildly celebrate first ever EPL title win Joe Willock netted his first ever Premier League goal late on to secure the three points. Arsenal have climbed out of the bottom half with victory and now sit in ninth place. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ozil saw himself included in the squad for the first time since the league restarted but still didn’t manage to get on the pitch.However, eagle-eyed fans spotted the German in the stands watching the game from beneath his umbrella. Arsenal stars Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette were seen relaxing in the stands with a parasol during Arsenal’s clash with Southampton Thursday evening. Despite Ozil and Lacazette’s eye-catching displays off the pitch, Arsenal’s stars on the pitch managed to secure a vital 2-0 win.center_img Mikel Arteta opted to start Eddie Nketiah up front at St Mary’s Stadium and it meant Lacazette dropped to the bench. McCarthy passed the ball straight to Nketiah in a moment of madness who strolled through and tapped the ball into an empty net. However, many likely weren’t anticipating seeing the Frenchman also sat with his feet up and living his best life in the south coast sun. I can’t even… #Ozil #AFC pic.twitter.com/9iOsSy2yub— anthony (@Anthony_Hornsby) June 25, 2020last_img read more

Tip leads to two arrests on drug charges

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—On Monday evening, Jennings County Deputies received information that Charles Plumm, who had an active Parole Warrant, was at his residence on County Road 800 North. While Deputies were getting into position to serve the Warrant, Dispatch notified Deputies that Charles had left his house and was traveling East on County Road 800 North.A deputy located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop in the area of County Road 950 North and State Road 7. Mr. Plumm was taken into custody on his Parole Warrant. During a further investigation, illegal narcotics and Paraphernalia were located in the vehicle leading to the arrest of a passenger, Kelly Williams.Charles Plumm and Kelly Williams are facing preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of Legend Drug, and Maintaining a Common Nuisance. Plumm was also charged with his Parole Warrant.last_img read more