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‘Jamu’ groups oppose House’s decision to import ingredients for ‘COVID-19 cure’

first_imgTwo organizations representing Indonesian jamu (herbal medicine) producers have objected to the reported importation of ingredients for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) by the House of Representatives COVID-19 task force, saying that the same ingredients can be produced domestically.“I object to this, because Indonesia uses the [same] formula as the imported [TCM],” Dwi Ranny Pertiwi, who heads the Indonesian Jamu and Traditional Medicine Producers Group (GP-Jamu) said on Monday as quoted by said that the House task force had not coordinated with the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) in importing the TCM, which she claimed would be distributed to COVID-19 referral hospitals in Indonesia.Andre Rosiade of House Commission IV said that the task force had only imported two out of the 15 ingredients needed for the TCM, while the remaining 13 ingredients would be locally sourced.He also said that the formula for the herbal medicine had been developed by local TCM practitioners who had been granted permission to do so by the Health Ministry.“The task force is recommending the herbal drink because some have submitted statements that it can cure [COVID-19]. One member of the House, along with six members of his family, were exposed to the coronavirus and were said to have recovered after consuming the drink,” said Andre.Read also: Not all herbal drinks are healthy: ExpertsMeanwhile, Inggrid Tania, who chairs the Association of Indonesian Doctors for the Development of Traditional and Herbal Medicines (PDPOTJI), said that she had reviewed several Chinese journals and discovered that the imported ingredients were used to treat acid reflux disease, which Indonesians sometimes referred to as masuk angin, or the common cold.“We have many Indonesian herbs for masuk angin, so why would we need to import?” she added.Inggrid said that herbal medicines had not been clinically tested for use as COVID-19 therapy. Further, she stressed that no referral hospitals were using herbal products to treat patients with the disease.“We only have personal testimonials. Along with LIPI, [the Indonesian Institute of Sciences], UGM [Gadjah Mada University] and Kalbe Farma, we are planning to conduct clinical trials of several herbs for COVID-19 treatment,” she said. (syk)Topics :last_img read more

BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Notes from Front Lines Show Treatment Resources Cannot Wait

first_img Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog When it comes to the need for new resources to fight the opioid crisis facing every community in Pennsylvania, people on the front lines agree: we can’t wait any longer.Over the past few months, Governor Wolf has personally organized and attended two dozen roundtable discussions with community leaders on how the state can do more to help communities overcome the public health epidemic of heroin and opioid addiction. You can see all of the stops on this map.These roundtables were attended by bipartisan elected officials, district attorneys, law enforcement, coroners, addiction and recovery specialists, mayors, commissioners, drug and alcohol administrators, doctors and other medical professionals, school district superintendents, people recovering from addiction, and dozens upon dozens of others who spend every day in this fight.The governor’s goal was to hear from people on the front lines of this crisis on what they needed the state to do and what changes the state could make to improve their ability to make an impact.At each of these roundtables, Governor Wolf took his own notes – which translate into pages and pages that show both the breadth of action needed to address this problem and the agreement amongst people on the front lines on the need for urgency, action, and most importantly, resources.Some will say: money alone won’t solve this crisis. They’re right – there’s a lot of policies that need to change too. But people on the front lines do need resources to save as many lives as possible.In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents. That means these overdoses killed at least seven Pennsylvanians a day.To give you an idea of how consistent the call for more resources is from those fighting this battle in all of our communities, we’ve gone through Governor Wolf’s notes and found a consistent theme on what problems they face and what they need from the state:Northampton County: “Money for treatment…we need resources to treat this disease”Delaware County: “Treatment- we need to revamp drug treatment options”Chester County: “Lack of treatment centers for people who want help”Bedford County: “Need for long-term treatment”Pittsburgh: “Behavioral health is a comprehensive problem that demands a comprehensive solution”York County: “Need more… treatment”Bucks County: “Treatment centers have trouble making ends meet with public funds that are inadequate”Luzerne County: “We need to blend medicines for treatment of addiction with long term treatment”Bucks County: “Takes too long to get into treatment, treatment matters”Lebanon County: “Not enough urgency to get people into treatment”Washington County: “We need more long term treatment”Governor Wolf included $34 million in this year’s budget to establish new treatment centers and improve treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with substance abuse disorder. Once established through the Department of Human Services, the proposed Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence would be the first stop for people in need of treatment – providing medication-assisted treatment and connecting those in-need with appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies and employment assistance.This funding would be matched by an additional $18 million in funding from the federal government – meaning a total of $52 million for the Department of Human Services to implement 50 OUD Centers of Excellence that will treat more than 11,000 people that currently are not able to access treatment. Governor Wolf also supports a separate proposal to give county drug and alcohol agencies $12 million more.As the Citizens’ Voice editorial board said earlier this month, “solutions to the drug problem exist; we only need to pay for them.”Treatment funding is long overdue and we need to give law enforcement and local governments more resources to fight this epidemic now before any more Pennsylvanians die because they lack access to quality treatment in their communities.As noted by those Governor Wolf met on the front lines, we truly cannot afford to wait. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: June 27, 2016 By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretarycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Governor Wolf’s Notes from Front Lines Show Treatment Resources Cannot Waitlast_img read more

Ditch the tent, this is the perfect Easter family getaway on the beach

first_img25/15 Rainbow Shores Drive, Rainbow Beach is our bargain buy of the week, selling for $146,000, making it the perfect Easter holiday getaway.CAMPING is so last Easter when you can buy your own holiday unit on the beach for under $250,000 with a flushing toilet and not a shared shower in sight.This two-bedroom unit at 25/15 Rainbow Shores Drive, Rainbow Beach sold for $146,000 making it our Bargain Buy of the Week.With the flexibility of holiday letting or living in it permanently the fully furnished resort style living apartment was sold with access to a lagoon pool, outdoor spa, tennis court, barbecue area, playground, restaurant and bar.Just a short walk to the beach and you’re in relaxation heaven.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours agoWhether you’re looking for a one-bedroom, two-bedroom or three-bedroom apartment, they are all available at Rainbow Beach for under $250,000.Rainbow Beach is just east of Gympie, the gateway to Fraser Island, and has a population of 1,103.It gets its name from the rainbow-coloured sand dunes surrounding the area and is intensely popular with 4WD families who love to day trip and play in the water and dunes.If relaxing on the beach just a short walk from your own apartment is appealing, here are three options for different sized families. 40/15 Rainbow Shores Drive is on the market for $150,000 as a one-bedroom weekender. Great for your budget and your relaxation levels. 55/5 Rainbow Shores Drive, Rainbow Beach is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment for that medium-sized family for $205,000. 85/9 Rainbow Shores Drive, Rainbow Beach is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom beauty to get the whole family holidaying together, with an asking price of $250,000.last_img read more

One cadet dead, 20 injured in West Point rollover-crash

first_imgThe Defense Department is investigating a deadly crash involving West Point cadets in New York.One cadet was killed, and more than 20 others were injured when an armored personnel carrier overturned during a training exercise Thursday morning at West Point.The five-ton tactical vehicle can be seen upside down in a heavily-wooded area.  The cause of the crash is unknown.The injured personnel includes 20 cadets and two active-duty soldiers.last_img

Barca Femini Coach Hails Oshoala over CAF Award

first_imgHaving scored 14 goals in 14 games this season, including four and first her professional hat-trick against Tacon, the Barcelona manager admits it was a privilege to have the Nigerian in his team.“Having the best African player (Asisat Oshoala) in my team means a lot,” Cortes told yesterday.“She earned the award and they aren’t giving her for who she is but based on merit. This in part benefits us, from her success and her individual performances.“We are privileged to have her because she is a very different player with a different physical form in comparison to any other player in the league.“Having such a unique player that’s so different from what you can find on the national market is an advantage for us and it’s our responsibility to know in what moment to play her.“The moment when maybe another player can perform better but we are very happy with her. Her attitude and her game coming back from the holidays has been excellent and we hope this continues.”Cortes is eyeing a quadruple, including a domestic treble and Champions League this season and will be counting on Oshoala’s scoring form to help his side dominate the continent this season.The Barcelona Ladies are on top of Spanish Primera Iberdrola log with seven points lead after 15 matches and they will host to continue with their impressive run at home against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona Femini Coach, Lluis Cortes, has congratulated Asisat Oshoala for emerging Africa’s Women’s Player of the Year for the fourth time.Oshoala initially joined the Spanish outfit on loan from Chinese side Dalian Quanjian a year ago before being handed a three-year permanent deal last summer.The 25-year-old’s 2019 breakthrough in Spain saw her edge Cameroon’s Ajara Nchout and South Africa’s Thembi Kgatlana for the award and equalled the record of her compatriot Perpetua Nkwocha.last_img read more

USC to host Drug Take Back Day for community

first_img“In some cases, either [prescription medication users] might voluntarily give [their medication] to somebody or it could also just be taken from them. Then that becomes part of the illegal drug supply,” Van Orman said. “These programs really started as a way to provide people with safe and secure ways to drop off their used prescription drugs to make sure that drugs were not being — we use the term ‘diverted’ — from the people that they were prescribed for.” USC’s Drug Take Back Day is a local implementation of a nationwide push for wider availability of safe drug disposal, an initiative spearheaded by the Diversion Control Division of the Drug Enforcement Administration when it established National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in 2010. USC Pharmacies, in conjunction with Student Health, is hosting the University’s first independent Drug Take Back Day Thursday to encourage students, faculty and staff to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Svadjian said the take-back day will exercise a “no questions asked” policy and that all disposals will be anonymous. Outside of take-back days, opportunities to safely dispose of drugs are limited, and improper disposal can lead to contamination of water sources, Van Orman said. Take-back day programs provide not only the convenience of an on-campus disposal location but also valuable education, raising awareness about the problems posed by unused prescription drugs. “We wanted to create a safe place for our community of staff, faculty and students to return any unused drugs, any drugs that are expired,” Svadjian said. “We don’t look at the name of the medication, who returned it. We just ask that they place it into the container.” “As part of Jed, we actually do a comprehensive inventory of the program services policies on campus,” Van Orman said. “But, as we’ve been working over the last couple of weeks in particular with concerns around opioids on campus, it became really critical to get it out this semester and to do it.” The University has promoted drug safety in  schoolwide emails over the past month, warning against recreational drug use and encouraging those in need of help to seek it via resources, including the new Department of Psychiatry practice, which opened on the fifth floor of the Engemann Student Health Center last month. Van Orman said hosting a take-back day allows those in the community to safely dispose of prescription drugs, including antibiotics, analgesics and anxiolytics, and keeps those medications from entering illegal trade.  Students, faculty and staff can find disposal bins at USC Pharmacy locations to dispose of prescription drugs, no questions asked.(Daily Trojan file photo) The event will allow the community to dispose of these products at designated drug receptacles at each of the four USC Pharmacies locations. After the event ends, an authorized distributor will dispose of the collected medications. Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman said planning for the event began earlier this semester by recommendation from the Jed Foundation, an organization dedicated to mental health education and suicide prevention that USC has partnered with. The take-back day is particularly relevant to the USC community in light of recent student deaths, at least one of which Van Orman said may be linked to opioid overdose. “I want to make sure that we’re doing everything we can to educate our students, especially about the real risks and dangers associated with substance abuse and drugs,” President Carol Folt told the Daily Trojan. “The mixing of opioids and prescription drugs with alcohol is an extremely dangerous combination.” The take back day is a step toward the pharmacy’s long-term goal of establishing permanent receptacles, allowing the USC community to dispose of unused medications throughout the year, said Raffi Svadjian, executive director of community pharmacies.last_img read more

OPTIMA – the choice for those who want to lead and be different

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Submit Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Sports betting and gaming solutions provider OPTIMA enjoyed a frantic end to 2017, completing two key deals in addition to scooping the SBC Award for Standalone Platform Provider of the Year.Beginning the new year where they left off the old, Jacob Lopez, OPTIMA Chief Executive Officer, spoke to SBC at last week’s ICE Totally Gaming held at the ExCeL London, which the firm lauds as “a place that we have to be”.After completing a number of deals Lopez highlights the benefits, from OPTIMA’s perspective, that events such as that hold: “We meet a lot of partners and we are here to listen to them and to meet new potential partners and customers, that come to us with a clear idea of what they want, they can visit all the different suppliers, and they may find in ourselves the one that could fit their requirements better.”Two such examples are Betfred and IGT, with whom the Seville based company completed a rather significant pre-Christmas double.Regarding the UK based bookmaker, a multi-year deal will see development and support for its online, retail and call centre businesses.This will see its OPTIMAMGS platform and Serverless v2 retail product rolled out for in excess of 1,600 retail properties, providing support for almost 4,000 point of sale OTC terminals.With games distributor IGT, OPTIMA has enjoyed a working relationship for some three years, and the group is to license, support, and develop its sports betting platform in all international regions outside of Italy, the United States, and Canada.Lopez went on top praise these partnerships and outlined why OPTIMA is a key player in the current market: “We have signed very nice and big partnerships in the last month and towards the end of 2017, so our plan is to develop those partnerships and we are right now getting new partnerships being agreed.“So, as always we are trying to advance and to strive in a very competitive market so we really look to be as successful as possible.“We play a very important role in new emerging markets because we are always at the forefront of new regulations, new technologies, and our platform is a key service for the actual operators to be able to operate.“Really, we are always pushing our brand, so the operators know we are there, to cover that gap when they need differentiation, when they need performance, when they need to work and develop their business strategy in a more dynamic and flexible way.“If you want to be different, if you want to really lead, then you will chose Optima.”Champions League winner and ex-Spain international Luis Garcia was also on hand for OPTIMA, and explained why he aligned himself with the provider: “I come from the sports side, I played for over 20 years so I know a bit, and when you play you see the betting industry growing and growing.“So I tried to link with them because they are Spanish and they are growing, they started in 2012, and in the last two or three years they have become one of the best companies on platforms, and it was important to be linked with one of the best companies.“You want to build your brand next to the good ones.”Garcia added: “It is an amazing, ambitious company, who’s growth aspect for me was very important. I learned that after I retire it was important to love to have new challenges and to see new things, and this was one of them.“I like something that is secure and something that is fast, like we all do, and they have one of the best platforms, and that is how we arrived here.”last_img read more

Midweek PL on Citi FM: What we learned

first_imgThe Premier League served up wonderful drama in mid week as some teams were involved in games in hand and Citi Sports editor, Nathan Quao, notes down some talking points.Lightning strikes twice at the MolineuxSame teams, same venue, same result. That was the outcome when Wolves welcomed Man United to the Molinuex for the second time in two weeks.The first tie was in the FA Cup and on Tuesday night, it was the time for their dance in the Premier League. Whatever the occasion was, it turns out Wolves do have Man United’s number and they called it well.After overcoming an initial phase when the Red Devils were on top, Wolves fought back and went on to play deadly their brand of counter-attacking football that gave Man United problems all night.Wolves’ record against teams in the top 6 has been brilliant this season but what they have done shows how willing they are to play their best when they have to and they need to be credited.For Man United, they got themselves another reminder that the hunt for top four football will be very difficult.They also another reminder that Ole Gunnar Solksjaer will have a lot on his hands if his huge plans of winning the league next season will come to fruition.Loads of players will have to leave and better quality ones will need to come in. Not a lot of progress will be made if the likes of Chris Smalling and Ashley Young will continue to get good minutes on the pitch.Bye bye, Fulham(Image credit: Reuters)It was a matter of when not if and finally, it happened. Fulham will join Huddersfield in the Championship next season and they were on that flight from very early in the season.They failed to understand the demands of the division and they were punished. They were conceding for fun and they did not have the right tools to score and offset the benefit. Alex Mitrovic gave all he had but there was not enough in the tank to help him out.They brought in Claudio Ranieri to steady the wobbly ship Jokanovic had supervised but that did not work and it left them in the same mess that was to be cleaned up.Now that their fate has been decided, they will need to re-evaluate what the plans should be. Will it be an immediate return to the Premier League or it will be a period of learning and growth and patience?Whatever Fulham decide, they will have to quickly learn to make use of money because the purchases they made before the season affected the team in no way.last_img read more

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot to Offer Cultural, Economic Impact on Downtown Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis A downtown parking lot will turn into a stage this Saturday as Thunder Bay Theater presents Hamlet, a free show open to the public. This performance is unique, brand new, and a great reason for folks all over Michigan to visit Alpena. With such a unique opportunity, Alpena’s downtown will not only benefit culturally but also economically. More information on the event can be found at Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay Transportation Authority Announces Winter RoutesNext Immanuel Lutheran Students Celebrate 500th Anniversary of Martin Lutherlast_img