As the transition begins, the stark contrast between Biden and Trump persists.

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first_imgFor months, Joseph R. Biden Jr. campaigned in part on a simple promise: Elect him, and the chaos and confusion, hirings and firings and the unending stream of derisive tweets would end. And in the first workday of the transition, the dichotomy in style between President-elect Biden and President Trump came once again into stark relief.Just minutes after Mr. Biden held a news conference to address his plans for confronting the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Trump announced on Twitter that he had fired his defense secretary. And he continued to be active on his favorite social media platform on Monday, offering more unsubstantiated and false claims of election fraud, as news broke of additional coronavirus cases within his inner circle, including Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development.- Advertisement – Even as Mr. Biden pressed ahead with his transition plans, the Trump campaign and its allies were continuing their frenetic fight to challenge the results of the election, which Mr. Trump has lost. On Monday, the Trump campaign announced it had filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania asserting that ballots cast in person there were scrutinized more closely than those sent by mail. – Advertisement – And by the end of the evening, Attorney General William P. Barr had issued a memo authorizing federal prosecutors to investigate some allegations of voter fraud — a move that broke with the Justice Department’s longstanding policies intended to prevent law enforcement from affecting the outcome of an election. The move also prompted the Justice Department official who oversees investigations of voter fraud, Richard Pilger, to step down from his post within hours.The leadership of the Republican Party also joined Mr. Trump in refusing to concede defeat, signaling the potential for a continued struggle in the days and weeks ahead.In his first comments since Mr. Biden was declared the winner of the election, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, argued that the president was “100 percent within his rights” to challenge its outcome.- Advertisement – Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, followed Mr. McConnell on the floor and stated simply: “Joe Biden won this election fair and square.”center_img – Advertisement – By contrast, Mr. Biden and his team continued to offer measured statements as they began to sketch out their transition plan and build their team. The president-elect unveiled a 13-person virus-task force while continuing to urge Americans to wear masks and seeking to temper expectations about a virus vaccine that has shown positive early results.“It’s clear that this vaccine, even if approved, will not be widely available for many months yet to come,” Mr. Biden said about a vaccine made by Pfizer. “The challenge before us right now is still immense and growing.”last_img read more

The time is right: COVID-19 gives more room for telemedicine to grow in Indonesia

Posted on October 19, 2020Categories oimdzshwTags , , , , , , , , , , ,   Leave a comment on The time is right: COVID-19 gives more room for telemedicine to grow in Indonesia

first_imgIndonesian Medical Association (IDI) spokesperson Halik Malik said the association fully supported the telemedicine platforms, which is endorsed by the government, in providing health services for the public, especially during the pandemic.”Telemedicine was designed for teleconsultations, but a further physical examination is still needed for diagnosis and treatment,” Halik told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “But at least, it can reduce unnecessary visits to health facilities.”According to Halik, the association encouraged doctors nationwide to provide medical consultations through online platforms so that people can access medical information from home.One of the leading telemedicine platforms in Indonesia, Alodokter, has seen a spike in user traffic in recent months. Read also: Amid pandemic, a turning point for telemedicineAccording to Alodokter partnership vice president Agustine Gunawan, the platform has recorded 61 million web visits and had more than 33 million active users in March. The app has also been downloaded more than 5.5 million and the number of patient-doctor interactions has increased to more than 750,000 last month.”It recorded approximately 1.5 times higher than the usual platform’s traffic before the coronavirus outbreak,” Agustine told the Post on Monday. “However, in comparison to last month, people nowadays are relatively asking about non-coronavirus-related health issues, such as what medicine to take if you feel unwell at home and so forth,” she added.Meanwhile, another app, Halodoc, launched a service on Monday that enables users to make appointments for COVID-19 rapid tests or real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests at 20 hospitals in Greater Jakarta and Karawang municipality in West Java. The platform has formed partnerships with five private hospital chains, namely Mitra Keluarga hospitals, St. Carolus hospitals, Mayapada hospitals, Primaya hospitals and Bina Husada Cibinong hospital.”We’ve seen more people become aware of health and they come to our platforms for health consultations,” Halodoc CEO Jonathan Sudharta said in a statement on Monday.The platform allows users to directly communicate with doctors through chats, calls and videos, as well as get prescribed medicine delivered to their homes, arrange appointments for doctor visits and lab services.Having used the Alodokter platform for nearly a year, Renza Elma Pramitha, 25, a resident of Sidoarjo in East Java, was among those who still anxiously checked about COVID-19 through virtual medical consultations.”I was feeling unwell last night and I had a consultation through Alodokter to check whether or not I have COVID-19 symptoms,” she told the Post.”I was anxious about the coronavirus transmission, especially since my husband still goes to work and meets a lot of people every day. My husband and I typically get sick easily.”Even though Renza didn’t receive any prescriptions through her free consultation session, she was relieved to actually talk to a medical expert about her current condition.Read also: Quarantined doctors turn to video chats so they can see patientsFor a stay-at-home mother like Ayu Farida, 26, who has a 5-month old baby, visiting hospitals during this current situation is terrifying.”My son was having a skin rash this morning and I was scared to meet a lot of people in hospitals. The telemedicine app gave me methods to handle the skin rash on my own at home,” she said.”Some suggestions did not work as it was hard to make a diagnosis when there was no direct physical examination. But at least telemedicine is fast and sometimes free.”Rahma Amelia, 25, a full-time employee of a government agency in Sidoarjo, had a similar experience. She recently used the HaloDoc app for an ear infection. Working from home did not necessarily give her free time to visit a doctor as she had to be productive at home.”It was relatively cheap and helpful for full-time workers as the medicine was delivered to my home,” she said.Topics : The use of virtual medical services has climbed in recent months as people try to contain the spread of COVID-19 at hospitals and clinics in Indonesia, telemedicine platforms have reported.As the telemedicine trend has already risen in the country, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo addressed his appreciation toward the business on Monday, hoping that the platforms would grow even more. “I think that medical consultations through advanced technology, or telemedicine, should be enhanced so that we could limit direct contact between doctors and patients [during the pandemic],” said the President during a Cabinet meeting at the State Palace complex on Monday. last_img read more

How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Help People with Substance Use Disorder

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first_img Budget News,  Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced his plan to create a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in his 2017-2018 budget which would merge the Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS) in order to help provide more streamlined services to Pennsylvanians.One group of Pennsylvanians the creation of this new department will benefit are those suffering from substance use disorder. Currently, PDA, DDAP, DOH, and DHS have all been critical to battling the opioid and heroin epidemic. For example:DOH launched a prescription drug monitoring program and has been raising awareness of the naloxone standing orderDDAP has led the effort to increase the availability of naloxone and drug take back boxesDHS has created 45 centers of excellence to coordinate treatment for those suffering from substance use disordersPDA has led prescription drug take back efforts among the senior population encouraging proper use, storage, and disposal of unused prescription medicationsBy creating a single organization that is structurally better able to support and coordinate these efforts, individuals in desperate need of substance use disorder treatment will be able to access services through one agency with an integrated data and delivery system.It’s important to note that the creation will not result in a loss of services for those suffering from substance use disorder. In fact, just today Governor Wolf announced that his proposed 2017-2018 budget will include $10 million to provide live-saving Naloxone to first responders and law enforcement across the state to help save lives and get people into treatment.Governor Wolf is continuing to make battling the opioid and heroin crisis epidemic a top priority which is why there will continue to be a cabinet-level position in his administration that will be dedicated to battling this public health crisis.Additionally, the new HHS will serve as the single state authority for Medicaid, substance use, and mental health purposes enabling the commonwealth to maximize available federal dollars and offset state costs for staff and services.By streamlining services and getting rid of unnecessary red tape, Pennsylvania will be able to provide additional, high-quality services to those suffering from substance use disorder so we can stem the tide of the terrible disease of addiction.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter January 31, 2017 How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Help People with Substance Use Disorderlast_img read more

Buyers beyond the border are signing up ‘site unseen’

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first_img94a Johnston Street, Bellbird ParkMore from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019Mr Schlamm said the investor-buyer was keen to acquire the four-bedroom home soon after he had seen the listing.“The negotiations started without the buyer seeing the property. The buyer then flew up on the Saturday and had a look to confirm he was happy,” Mr Schlamm said. 94a Johnston Street, Bellbird ParkMr Schlamm said affordability was a major motivator for out-of-town purchasers.“For the investors from Sydney, you’re getting a yield that’s twice what you’re getting down there, and you can actually buy something with $300,000 or $400,000 in the first place,” he said. 94a Johnston Street, Bellbird Park 94a Johnston Street, Bellbird ParkQueensland’s southeast has been awash with Sydney and Melbourne buyers of late as our affordable property and high returns bring in savvy investors.The sale of 94a Johnston St, Bellbird Park, for $352,500 on September 27 was a great example, according to Ray White Redbank Plains sales manager John Schlamm. 94a Johnston Street, Bellbird ParkMr Schlamm said the home offered a secure, long-term tenant for the new owner.“The tenants have lived in the house for eight years and they wanted to stay – so it’s pretty much a win-win for everyone,” he said.last_img read more

Venezuela’s contribution to Dominica highlighted by the Minister of Lands

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first_img 132 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share Members of the Cabinet at the 200th Anniversary celebrations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on July 5th, 2011.The milestone of Venezuela’s independence has been described as an achievement for Dominica as well, according to one government minister.Minister responsible for Housing, Lands and Water Management, Honourable Reginald Austrie says Dominica which is a close ally to Venezuela, is pleased to have observed the 200th anniversary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.With Dominica celebrating just its 33rd Anniversary of Independence this year, Mr Austrie says 200 years is in itself a great milestone for the Spanish-speaking republic.Dominica hosted a number of activities last week to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Republic of Venezuela.Meanwhile, Venezuelan Ambassador to Dominica, Her Excellency Carmen Martinez de Grijalva, said that the memories of Venezuela’s Liberator Simon Bolivar are still being appreciated even today, after 200 years.She said the successes of the country which is now being passed on to other developing countries, is something that Venezuela is proud of today.Dominica has been member of Alba (Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas – ALBA) and has been an ally of President Hugo Chavez for over five years.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Venezuela’s contribution to Dominica highlighted by the Minister of Lands by: – July 14, 2011last_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Shoaib Malik’s ‘exclusion’ from West Indies game raises questions

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. In Pakistan’s slump since the ICC Champions Trophy, Malik has been in poor form and his selection raised questions. In 23 ODIs before the England series, he managed just 13.6 and scored just one fifty which was in the 0-5 whitewash against Australia. He was even appointed a captain for two games in South Africa after Sarfaraz Ahmed was banned for two games for racially abusing Andile Phehlukwayo in an ODI.The inclusion of Amir and Riaz has also been questionable. Riaz, who did not play an ODI for close to two years, took three wickets in the warm-up game against Afghanistan while Amir has taken only three ODI wickets in the last year. Pakistan faces a West Indies side who are on the resurgence. In 10 World Cup encounters between the two sides, West Indies hold a massive advantage of 7-3 against Pakistan. With so much going against Pakistan, they head into this contest low on confidence and momentum. A loss in the opening game will make matters hard for Pakistan, considering their next match is against England who made a big statement of intent with a 104-run win against South Africa. Pakistan last won against the West Indies in the 2011 World Cup.Wahab Riaz has not played an ODI for the last two years.West Indies have a 7-3 head-to-head advantage against Pakistan in World Cups. highlights New Delhi: Pakistan is all set to open their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign against West Indies at Trent Bridge. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side has not had an ideal build-up heading into the tournament, losing nine out of 10 ODIs with one game being a no-result against England due to rain. Ever since their win in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Pakistan has won just nine out of 32 ODIs. Heading into the clash against West Indies, the Pakistan cricket team are under pressure and it has reflected in their team selected for the match against the Windies.According to Pakistan cricket team sources, the squad sees the exclusion of Mohammad Hasnain and Shaheen Afridi but there have been plenty of questions raised over the exclusion of Shoaib Malik, who is potentially playing his last World Cup match. Malik had missed the first Twenty20 International and one ODI against England before the World Cup as the Pakistan Cricket Board granted him leave for 10 days to sort out certain ‘personal issues’.last_img read more

Wilkins looks to regroup after 0-3-1 start

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first_imgAfter returning from the Washington Tournament last weekend, the UW women’s soccer team finds themselves in a bit of a tough spot after failing to claim their first victory on the season.Following loses to No. 3 UCLA and Cincinnati, Wisconsin (0-3-1) traveled to Seattle, Wash. where the team fell to No. 4 Portland 2-0 and drew a 1-1 tie against host Washington.After entering the season with high expectations, the humbled Badgers now find themselves in need of a kickstart to salvage the first third of their season.“Ideally we are not where I would want to be at this point in the season,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “Obviously, playing two teams in the top-five was going to be a challenge and I think in the long run this is going to be an important series of games for us in terms of building.”“The result we got [against Washington], I’m happy with because I thin it’s a step in the right direction.”Wisconsin will prepare to right itself in time for a two-game homestand against South Dakota State and UW-Milwaukee this upcoming weekend.Wilkins identifies set pieces as problemIn the wake of the season’s rocky beginning, Wilkins has already identified a main factor behind Wisconsin’s woes: set pieces.Of the five goals allowed on the year, four have come off of dead balls reentering play.The root of the problem, says Wilkins, rests on too many fouls committed, an accessory to sloppy second half play.“One thing is that we’re giving way too many fouls,” she said. “We’re not happy with our play in the second half, in the first half we’ve been fantastic and that kind of leads me to believe that fitness is a problem [and] focus.”“I think that is the youthfulness of our team and I think the leadership needs to come out in the second half.”Nosbusch returnsJunior captain Laurie Nosbusch returned to the pitch last weekend against Portland after missing the first two games of the year with a minor injury.Though she thought Nosbusch was “a little bit rusty” over the weekend, Wilkins expects another week of practice to be enough to help return the Mequon, Wis. native to top shape.“Being out with an injury, I think kind of set her back,” Wilkins said. “She basically didn’t practice very much before the games this weekend…but at the end of the second overtime against Washington I thought she was very good and her leadership came out.”“I think a good week of training this week will get her back into the mindset.”Nosbusch, who led the Badgers in all statistical categories over the last two years, totaled three shots over the weekend, including one on goal.Williams punches in first goalFreshman forward Kodee Williams put the Badgers on the board for the first time this season after capitalizing off a deflection against Washington, scoring her first collegiate goal in the process.Even with the season ending-injury to Paige Adams in the preseason and Nosbusch sidelined for the first two games, Williams managed to become a hazard for opposing defenses and has kept the UW offense threatening.“Kodee is definitely a bright spot,” Wilkins said. “I think she’s gotten better in each game this season already.”“What Kodee brings to us is something that both Paige and Laurie lack in terms of athleticism and being able to get behind people with speed and she showed that a little bit on the weekend.”With the return of Nosbusch to compliment Williams, Wilkins expects the offense to open up even further as the two continue to familiarize with the other’s style of play.last_img read more

Stoke claim victory over Swansea

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first_imgAn early penalty from former Barcelona star Bojan was enough for Stoke to take all three points and move above the Swans in the table.Arsenal and Chelsea will be going for wins in the Champions League for very different reasons this evening.Arsene Wenger’s side host Bayern Munich with their chances of progressing hanging by a thread after losing their opening 2 Group F fixtures. The Arsenal boss wants his team to replicate their impressive domestic form.Chelsea are only a point behind Group G leaders Dynamo Kiev going into their match in Ukraine.last_img

One strike won’t do

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first_imgSince the civil war in Syria escalated in 2011/12 with Syrian President Bashar Assad taking very aggressive, brutal measures against the rebels and innocent Syrians, nations in the Western world have been reluctant to intervene even for humanitarian reasons.In 2013 Assad crossed the ‘red line’ set by former President Barack Obama and launched a chemical attack against the rebels resulting in the death of over 1,400 men, women and children. For days Obama contemplated a military response against Assad’s brutality.For several reasons, Obama eventually decided against military intervention. One, he didn’t have the support of America’s main ally, Britain, as the British parliament voted down any involvement. Two, the US Congress which Obama sought authority from, also voted against intervention. Third, then Secretary of State John Kerry brokered a plan with Russia that ostensibly had Assad getting rid of his stockpile of chemical weapons.Obviously, Obama trusted the arrangement brokered by Kerry and the Russians. However, months later Putin, instead of using his influence with Assad to quell the civil war, entered the fray as Assad’s ally, along with Iran. Last week, when Assad launched sarin gas bombs against rebels and innocent citizens, it appeared Putin duped the US when in 2013 Russia confirmed Assad had gotten rid of the chemical weapon stockpile. Televised images of people, including infants, struggling and dying from the effects of the gas were heart wrenching.Reacting to Assad’s latest atrocity, on the evening of Thursday, April 6, President Donald Trump authorized a missile attack against a Syrian airfield used by aircrafts that dropped the chemical bombs against the rebels.Two days before the missile strike, Trump and members of his administration hinted at reaction against Assad. Nonetheless, the attack was surprising especially with Trump’s seemingly close relationship with Putin. Trump had also cautioned Obama about getting involved in a military intervention with Assad in 2013, cautioning such action could herald “World War III.”The suddenness of Trump’s action has fueled conspiracy theories that the strike against Syria was another attempt to deviate attention from investigations into collusion between Trump’s campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential elections.Notwithstanding those theories, the big question is, what’s next? Does Trump have a clear strategy in dealing with Assad and the Syrian civil war? Assuming there’s such a strategy, doesn’t it pit the US military might against Russia and Iran? Is Trump ready to send large compliments of US troops to fight in Syria, or, would the strategy mean escalated air strikes? Does the strategy involve getting rid of Assad? Since Trump said he was so emotionally moved by images of “beautiful babies” dying from the chemical poison attack would he be now prepared to help create ‘safe zones’ in Syria to protect innocent citizens, especially since he’s not inclined to allow Syrian refugees to enter the US?These are just a few of several questions, but they are questions that has arisen since Trump’s surprise attack against Syria. But there is another interesting question. Was the attack meant to show  Trump is a stronger, more decisive commander-in-chief than President Obama? If so that would be a reckless reason to initiate an international conflict. Or, was the attack to show the US is not reluctant to use its military might against Assad and his allies? If that was so, then the US’ attack was similar to a student hitting the school bully with a glancing blow that only provoked the bully to be more aggressive.Indicative of this similarity is within hours after the attack, Syrian planes took off from the same airfield. Moreover, these planes dropped more bombs, albeit not chemical bombs, over the same territory that the chemical bombs were dropped. Incidentally, this begs another question. Why didn’t the US missile strike seek to destroy the runways at the Syrian airfield. Trump’s explanation that runways are easy to repair doesn’t seem like a justifiable military explanation.Although most Americans are revolted by the images of Assad’s chemical attack, they remain wary of the country entering another war. But, Trump has struck a blow that could result in retaliation by Assad, and Syria’s allies. Americans have the right to know what is Trump’s strategy if such retaliation comes, or if Assad continues to butcher Syrians. One thing is evident. One missile strike against Syria by the US won’t do.last_img read more

Retail realities bite William Hill’s 2019 performance

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first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Related Articles FTSE250 William Hill Plc has this morning published its full-year 2019 results, recording a 2% decline in group revenues to £1.58 billion (FY2019: £1.6bn). The bookmaker branded 2019 as a ‘transformative year’, in which it has restructured its three core trading divisions for online, retail and the US.Continued retail adjustments related to shop closures and redundancies saw William Hill book exceptional charges of £134 million, as the betting group continued to soak up costs related to the UK government’s £2 FOBTs stake reduction.Absorption of a number of anticipated restructuring costs led to a 37% decline in 2019 operating profits to £147 million, while group performance was maintained ahead of management expectations.  Updating investors, Group CEO Ulrik Bengtsson commented: “2019 was a year of transition during which we executed on our ambition to diversify internationally with the acquisition of Mr Green and the continued strong growth of our US business. The Group delivered a strong operating performance, ahead of our expectations and against a challenging regulatory backdrop.”Closing its full-year 2019 accounts, William Hill governance declared group statutory losses before tax of £38 million, compared to FY2018’s £720 million loss – the year in which the FTSE bookmaker began its group-wide transformation programme, resulting in the closure of 700 UK betting shops. Detailing 2019 highlights, William Hill maintained confidence in its online performance with ‘three consecutive quarters of growth’ which was further supported by Mr Green assets performing ‘in line with expectations’, achieving cost synergies of £4 million in its first year of full integration. Despite navigating continued shocks related to the FOBTs stake reduction, William Hill said that retail sportsbook wagering saw a 6% increase in average weekly staking across its self-service betting terminals.The FTSE betting group enters 2020 maintaining a cash flow of £183 million, as corporate net-debt is expanded to £535 million to reflect its group restructuring costs, US expansions and acquisition of Mr Green.   “We move into 2020 in a stronger position,” Bengtsson added. “Almost a quarter of revenue is now generated outside the UK compared to 15% in 2018. We made positive progress with our digital platform, launching our purpose-built platform in the US and product developments in the Online business in 2019. “We will invest in our proprietary technology as we continue to improve the competitiveness of our customer offering. We have also made great progress embedding a culture of safer gambling across the Group.” He concluded: “This is an exciting time to be William Hill’s CEO. Our industry is evolving and this brings great opportunities, underlining the importance of our efforts to re-position the business. We look forward to building on these foundations with a renewed focus on customer, team and execution.”last_img read more