Vaccines do not guarantee end of COVID-19 pandemic: Task force

first_imgEditor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap National COVID-19 task force spokesman Wiku Adisasmito has said that having vaccines for the virus does not solely guarantee the end of the pandemic in the country.“Vaccines are not the only reassurance for the country to eliminate the COVID-19 pandemic,” Wiku said in a virtual press conference in Jakarta on Thursday.He went on to say that vaccines were to only serve as a form of medical intervention to boost people’s immunity during the pandemic. Therefore, once the country had vaccines, people were expected to support the vaccination program by continuing to comply with handwashing, mask-wearing and physical distancing rules, he added.The said three activities are believed to be effective in curbing the virus spread.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed the much-anticipated regulation on COVID-19 vaccines and vaccination on Monday. Presidential Regulation No. 99/2020 on vaccine procurement and vaccination to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic came into effect on Tuesday. In a separate event, another task force spokesperson, Reisa Broto Asmoro, said people needn’t be worried about the possible side effects of the future vaccines. Reisa referred to a certain belief surrounding vaccines causing autism.“Let’s not be worried about illnesses that have nothing to do with immunization,” she added.The aforementioned presidential regulation breaks down requirements for the procurement, implementation, funding and support and facilities from ministries, institutions and regional administrations concerning COVID-19 vaccination. Read also: How to distribute vaccines is the big questionAccording to the regulation, frontline workers, from health workers and contact-tracing paramedics to military and law enforcement personnel, will be prioritized for vaccination. They number some 3.5 million people. The second-priority group are religious and community leaders, local authorities at district, village, community and neighborhood units, who number more than 6 million individuals. The third-priority group includes more than 4 million teachers at various levels of education. The fourth group is government officials and legislative council members, of which there are over 2 million. The fifth group is members of the Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) whose fees are paid by the government. Their number exceeds 86 million individuals. The last group of more than 57 million is the general public.Indonesia has forged cooperation with several countries regarding the supply of potential vaccines. Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech partnered with Bio Farma to launch the late-stage human trials of a candidate vaccine in Bandung, West Java. The trial involved some 1,620 volunteers since August. Kimia Farma struck a deal with Group 42 (G42) Healthcare, an artificial intelligence company in the United Arab Emirates, to develop a potential vaccine. The Research and Technology Ministry is also leading a national consortium, comprising research bodies and universities, to develop the Merah Putih vaccine. In addition, the Health Ministry signed an agreement with UNICEF to procure COVID-19 vaccine through COVAX, a global vaccine allocation plan co-led by the World Health Organization aiming for even distribution of the vaccine. (nkn)last_img read more

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Queensland’s record-breaking mega penthouse

first_imgArtist impressions of the rooftop entertainment deck for the exclusive use of the millionaires at the top floors of Spirit 89. Picture: Supplied.THE most expensive penthouse Queensland has ever seen is under construction, at triple the size of the average Brisbane block of land — and no limit on what the owner can have in it.Priced at a whopping $41m and spread across two full floor levels, the highest home in the $1.2 billion Spirit 89 building at Surfers Paradise easily tops the list of Queensland’s most expensive penthouses.The 1899sq m sky home will also be one of the largest in the country, almost twice as large as Hong Kong billionaire Tony Fung’s $7.95 shell of a penthouse in the Soul building, and just a fifth smaller than the hyper-exclusive Boyd Residence above ANZ Tower in Sydney – which at $66m is Australia’s most expensive penthouse. A pool is just the start of things the owner could ask for. Picture: Supplied. The new owner will have an open design book when it comes to kitting out the $41m penthouse. Picture: Supplied.The Spirit penthouse will have access to a rooftop pool and entertainment deck along with other millionaires across the top floors of the building. Other services include a car wash and detailing service in-house, babysitting, newspaper deliveries, pet vacation care and grooming, butlers, personal grocery shoppers and even flower arrangement done for them.Mr Sutherland expected interest across international and state borders for the penthouse. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK Artist impressions of the Spirit 89 tower at Surfers Paradise. Picture: Supplied FORMER ORIGIN STAR STILL KICKING GOALS IN 2018 RAFTER COUNTRY: HOW PROPERTY FULFILLED A CHAMPION FAMILY GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS FREE & DIRECT TO INBOX More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoAgent Julian Sutherland of Ray White Projects confirmed to The Courier-Mail that the penthouse price was now set at $41m. “Without the spire on Q1, it is the tallest residential building in Queensland.”Currently under construction for its Beijing-based developer Foriseland, there was no design plan as yet for the penthouse with that expected to come directly from the buyer’s imagination — and desires. Artist impressions of a living room in Foriseland’s’s $1.2b Spirit tower. Picture: Supplied.At $21,000 per square metre, covering two whole floors leading to the top of the 89 storey building, there was virtually no limit to what a cashed up millionaire could ask for. The Boyd Residence in Sydney has an internal lift, its own conference room, a club-like study, gym, a cigar room, as well as a pool, two terraces and a cabana lounge. MARGOT ROBBIE’S SECRET WEDDING ESTATE FOR SALE NRL TITANS OWNERS MADE MILLIONS SELLING NSW PROPERTY last_img read more

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Sarri: Messi having more Ballons d’Or than Ronaldo is ‘really annoying’

first_img The pair were tied on five titles each until Messi won the 2019 award back in December. Ronaldo finished third: The Portuguese forward has started the new year in brilliant form, scoring four goals in two appearances, including his first hat-trick for Juve in Serie A: Loading… Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has said “it’s really annoying” that Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has one more Ballon d’Or award to his name than Cristiano Ronaldo. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever Seen If Ronaldo can continue his current goalscoring form and help Juve to win the Champions League, and edge out Inter Milan in a tight title race, he will be in the running for a sixth Ballon d’Or gong come the end of 2020. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Sarri, who took over as Old Lady boss in the summer, wants to help Ronaldo join Messi on six Ballons d’Or, per Sacha Pisani of Goal: “I would like to help Cristiano win the sixth Ballon d’Or first. It’s really annoying thinking that someone won more [Ballons d’Or] than him. I think about him, and I think helping him, it is my goal and the goal of the team. It is right for him.” Four of Ronaldo’s five Ballon d’Or awards have been won in years in which he has led his former clubs, Manchester United and Real Madrid, to UEFA Champions League glory. That will be his and Sarri’s aim this term, as well as winning a ninth consecutive Serie A title for Juve. Despite being one of Europe’s biggest clubs, the Old Lady have a relatively poor record in the Champions League. Read Also:I’m a huge fan of Ronaldo – hip-hop star Davido After topping Group D in the 2019-20 tournament, Juve have drawn Lyon in the last 16, an eminently winnable tie for a side of their quality: They have won the famous trophy twice, but their last triumph was in 1996. Since then, Juve have lost five finals in Europe’s most prestigious tournament to take their tally of runners-up places to a record seven. One of the key reasons Ronaldo, 34, was signed for £100 million from Real in July 2018 was to help the Old Lady finally go all the way in the Champions League.last_img read more

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Police: Intoxicated driver hits cars, building

first_imgVERSAILLES, Ind. – A Holton man is facing drunken driving charges stemming from an incident on Monday, December 15.Ripley County dispatchers received a call around 8:30 p.m. regarding a White Ford Ranger that had struck two vehicles and a building near the intersection of U.S. 421 and S.R. 350.Investigators say the truck went through several properties while fleeing the scene.Officers received a second call reporting that a White Ford Ranger had wrecked off of a curve on Railroad Road and 200 North.The driver, Damian B. Mcneelan, 20, was located and arrested on suspicion of OWI endangering.Nobody was injured in either incident, police said.last_img

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Professor to publish book following lives of veterans

first_imgProfessor Michael Messner was inspired by his grandfather and father’s services in World War I and World War II, respectively. (Photo from YouTube)Michael Messner, a USC professor of sociology and gender studies, will be publishing a nonfiction book titled “Guys Like Me: Five Wars, Five Veterans for Peace” on Nov. 9. His book will be released in time for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and aims to shed light on the life-changing experiences of American veterans.The book focuses on five multigenerational men who fought in five different wars, including World War II, the Gulf War, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Iraq War. Messner’s inspiration for this book stemmed from his grandfather’s service in World War I and his father’s efforts in World War II. “The way I grew up was being really fascinated by World War I but like a lot of veterans, [my grandfather] didn’t really want to talk about it,” Messner said.  “It’s very common for veterans of wars to feel that they really would rather not talk about it and to me that’s kind of part of a pattern [of] what I call ‘manly silence.’ It’s men learning … to hold things in and not show your vulnerability. So a lot of veterans … feel a sense of guilt or shame [for] things that they’ve experienced and [for] things that they’ve done.” Messner remembers wishing his grandfather a happy Veteran’s Day more than 30 years ago. He was surprised to hear his grandfather respond, noting that the holiday used to be called Armistice Day. Politicians had changed the name so they could keep having more wars, his grandfather said. Armistice Day, however, symbolized the end of all wars and the promise of lasting peace. To some veterans, like Messner’s grandfather, the holiday’s 1954 name change was an insult and indicates that the U.S. was founded on war, according to Messner. “He was very saddened by that and angry about it, and that’s one of the roots of my interest,” Messner said. “I mean obviously that was 30 or 40 years ago when that happened, but I’ve always kind of held on to that story.”Due to the misconception, Messner wanted to write a book to uncover the truths behind war, including the personal experiences of veterans and the trauma of war on their bodies, through mental illnesses like PTSD.  Messner said he interviewed veterans from Veterans for Peace, a nonprofit organization for U.S. veterans, to collect a variety of anecdotes for his book. “There [are] a couple [of] other people that I interviewed who aren’t among the five that I really profiled in the first chapter,” Messner said. Messner spoke to a female veteran and said that the woman’s anecdote was an important addition to the story since the female military experience is portrayed far less than men’s. Another anecdote in Messner’s book is from Ernie Sanchez, a World War II veteran. Messner said that Sanchez left the war because he was suffering from PTSD after he killed around 50 to 100 Germans in the line of duty. “[Sanchez] carries that with him for his whole life, and this sort of shame of having killed what he called ‘brothers, sons and people who were loved by others,’” Messner said. Messner also said that people’s active participation in war affects the way they view peace. “In the United States, most of us are so separated from the experiences of the military and war that we sort of think of ourselves as being at peace and we’re not,” he said. “We’re actually in permanent warfare right now in the world.” Messner hopes this book will share the stories of different veterans who were wounded physically and mentally by war. He said that many of these men are on a path to find peace and to separate themselves from the idea of endless war. “I want people to understand the experience of these veterans and hear their voices…” Messner said.  “We have these people who we’re sending over in our name… and they’re paying the price for our sense of complacency. These are guys who have come out of that place of silence and trauma and are speaking out for what they see as peace and justice.”last_img read more

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