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Researchers face uphill battle to help with COVID-19 fight

October 19, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: npwsfhnnm.

first_imgResearchers say they see themselves walking a long, winding road in helping the government battle the COVID-19 outbreak, as broader research is needed to improve countermeasures nationwide.According to Indonesian Young Academy of Science (ALMI) secretary-general Berry Juliandi, the government has either been slow to adopt or ignored some of the association’s scientific-based recommendations.For instance, the government’s decision to release inmates was contrary to the researchers’ suggestion to close prison doors for outside visitors to slow the virus’ spread. Their recommendation to ban this year’s Idul Fitri exodus and to use polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests instead of serum-based rapid tests are examples of slow adoptions of their advice. Read also: Indonesia interested in joining WHO’s multinational trial for COVID-19 treatmentsBerry urged the government to use its eternal fund scheme to fund urgent COVID-19 needs and hold an open call for researchers outside state research institutions like the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) and the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), as many scholars lacked access to a recent consortium scheme.On March 26, the Research and Technology Ministry and the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) formed a consortium to develop protection gear, rapid test kits, medicine and vaccines, among other purposes. Research and Technology Minister and BRIN head Bambang Brodjonegoro said in a recent teleconference that the consortium would not only involve state institutions but also the private sector and universities that were adept at health-related studies.The ministry is also rolling out an IDEAthon contest from Monday to April 20 to encourage greater public participation in proposing innovative ideas that could help with the COVID-19 fight.Bambang launched another scheme last Thursday that will allow local research groups from universities, NGOs and state institutions to partner with Indonesian scholars living abroad to propose research ideas on COVID-19, due on May 30.The International Indonesian Scholars Association (I-4) estimates there are around 477 Indonesians living abroad who have PhDs and are currently actively researching in their respective institutions. “The path is steep for researchers to give science-based advice to the government,” Berry said. “Sometimes, the government gives us the impression that they don’t immediately believe our recommendations.”Berry’s concern is among a slew of challenges that Indonesian researchers face despite research being highly needed in the current efforts against the virus, which has infected 3,842 people nationwide as Saturday afternoon.Convoluted bureaucracy is another roadblock that has hampered swift research on the pandemic, which has forced researchers to spend more time caring about financial administrations than the actual research.On top of that, Indonesia has to juggle with a limited budget that is much smaller than what neighboring countries spend. The Research and Technology Ministry’s 2020 budget also saw the largest cut compared to other ministries in the state budget revision on April 3 in an effort to finance COVID-19 measures, among other financial resources.center_img “This scheme is not just for studies related to health, pharmaceuticals, biology or chemistry. Instead, we want to encourage interdisciplinary studies to solve and deliberate on COVID-19,” Bambang said.If approved, the recipient will receive a grant of up to Rp 2 billion (US$127,112) per year for up to three years, depending on the study’s scope and expected outcome. Because the scheme will use funds from the Endowment Fund for Education (LPDP) and not the yearly state budget, Bambang said the financial administration for the multiyear scheme would be easier.The ministry will be using the program every year for other topics in the future.Read also: Government to expand PCR testing for coronavirusThe I-4 secretary-general Sastia Prama Putri lauded efforts to involve more Indonesians abroad, saying that her association would be ready to help solve national problems, including the COVID-19 crisis.But with lockdowns and travel restrictions still in place in various countries, she said scholars abroad could only contribute their know-how for now. In the long run, she expressed hope that countries could form more partnerships to ease transfers of technology and research samples as well as solve clashing intellectual property laws in different nations.“We hope that this research-innovation diaspora scheme could be a good initial milestone to a sustainable partnership for the sake of building our nation wherever we are,” said Sastia.Surabaya-based natural product chemistry researcher Sri Fatmawati said she had received little information on how to join the COVID-19 fight despite being keen on researching supplements that could boost the immune system against the novel coronavirus. Instead, Sri and her peers have received numerous open invitations from foreign institutions and universities to propose research ideas.“In the current uncertain situation, with a vaccine for COVID-19 still unavailable, shouldn’t [the government] be more open?” Sri said on Thursday.Topics :last_img read more

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Number of teens trying cannabis drops, new figures show

September 27, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: yzhnxslpc.

first_imgAround 12 per cent of teenagers have tried cannabis, according to the study by New Zealand Medical Association, down from 19 per cent. “This was predicted, since cannabis trends in this age group are strongly associated with tobacco trends, and it was already known that smoking in Year 10 students had continued to decline since 2012,” the authors say in the report. The number of teens who acknowledge weekly use has also declined slightly, from 4.1 per cent to 3.3 per cent. “The evidence suggests that adolescents’ willingness to try cannabis has increased, but their opportunities for doing so have decreased due to less face to face time with friends and fewer drinking and smoking occasions.”center_img Radio NZ News 21 February 2020Family First Comment: Great news. Similar to drops in smoking, teen sex and teen abortions. Don’t legalise drugs and mess up the positive trend.“previous studies into cannabis use amongst teens from 2001 to 2012 also showed a decline. We know that cannabis trends are really closely tied to smoking trends and alcohol use,” The number of 14 and 15 year olds who have tried cannabis has fallen by more than a quarter.Statistics published in the New Zealand Medical Journal show in 2018, only 14 percent of Year 10 students have taken the drug – down from 19 percent in 2012.The authors said the decline was to be expected – previous studies into cannabis use amongst teens from 2001 to 2012 also showed a decline.“We know that cannabis trends are really closely tied to smoking trends and alcohol use,” said research fellow at the University of Otago, Jude Ball.She told RNZ’s Morning Report it was based on an earlier study that showed that cannabis use had declined really substantially in high school students between 2001 and 2012.“That decline is continuing in this age group, but it is slowing,” she said.“We knew that smoking and alcohol use have continued down in this age group.”READ MORE: cannabis use is declining, adults increasing in New Zealand – studyTVNZ One News 21 February 2020The number of New Zealand teenagers using cannabis is dropping, however the number of adults using it is rising, according to a new study.Today’s study found cannabis use in Year 10 students (typically aged 14 and 15 years old) has continued to drop since 2012. The researchers say it’s based on self-reported data conducted in schools every two years.READ MORE: read more

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British racing elevates sponsorship opportunities

August 30, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zuwmcftfp.

first_img The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that advertising on British racecourses will join other major sports by featuring digital LED (light-emitting diode) displays on the landing side of fences. The move to expand the sport’s sponsorship opportunities comes following a consultation with the courses, the Racecourse Association (RCA) and participants including trainers and jockeys – as well as trials of equipment developed by sports marketing agency Priority Sports Marketing. The LED displays, which are battery powered and therefore carry no electrocution risk must be static when runners are in the vicinity of the fences – i.e. going to post or competing in a race – but otherwise they will allow for more creative visual advertising and the opportunity to switch between advertisers and sponsors for different races on a card.Richard Linley, Senior Inspector of Courses for the BHA, stated: “LED displays are used widely in other sports and provide for a more modern appearance and greater flexibility for racecourses, which we hope will help them generate greater revenue from advertisement and sponsorship.“The proposals have been tested extensively and received the support of racecourses and the participants who will be riding over the fences and whose horses will be competing in races. The displays are on the landing side of fences so will not affect participants and will be static during races so the viewing experience for those watching the races will not be impacted.”Caroline Davies, Racecourse Services Director for the RCA added: “I am pleased to see LED screens arrive to British racing and look forward to seeing these introduced in the coming months. They will unquestionably enhance the raceday experience and also will open up valuable opportunities for our sponsors and supporters which in turn open new income streams for our members. The technology is state of the art and will add a further layer of engagement, both on-course and for the television audience.” AllSported launches international trading service to cover racing shortfalls March 31, 2020 StumbleUpon UK Racing- Reduction in prize-money ‘inevitable’ once season resumes May 1, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Share UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020last_img read more

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UEFA Champions League: ‘Rested’ Ronaldo ready to down Lyon

August 29, 2020 | By admin | No Comments | Filed in: zzqgqddue.

first_imgJuventus boss Maurizio Sarri says a “rested” Cristiano Ronaldo is ready to face Lyon as the Italian champions look to turn around their Champions League last-16 tie.Juventus lost the first leg in France 1-0 before football was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Forward Ronaldo, left out of Saturday’s domestic season finale against Roma, has not played since 29 July.“Ronaldo is training in the right manner,” said Sarri.“On Wednesday he scored an excellent goal in training. He played many games in a short time, he rested a little and now he has trained with intensity and strength.”Ronaldo scored a hat-trick as Juventus overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to beat Atletico Madrid in the last 16 last season.“This will be a game that we will need play with a clear head,” said Sarri.“A great performance is needed. Lyon has grown a lot and become solid defensively.”Sarri is hoping to have Paulo Dybala available. The Argentina striker has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season but missed the last two league games because of a thigh injury.Juventus last month wrapped up a ninth successive Serie A title, seven points ahead of second-placed Inter Milan. Source: BBC Sportlast_img read more

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