I received a call that my mother was transported from Baptist Nursing home to the Ellis ER. My husband and I met her as she was brought in by ambulance.They quickly put her in a room at the ER. At that point, she was resting comfortably. Very soon, there were nurses coming into her room who were very attentive to her medical needs, as well as about informing us of her medical issues.In a short period of time, she was transported to the sixth floor A-wing. As her stay continued, the amazing patient care continued as well. I must say that the level of caring and compassion was something I had never seen before and contrary to the history of Ellis Hospital.I’m very pleased with all the services and communication provided by the doctors, nurses and medical technicians and practiced on my mother’s well-being and medical issues. Kudos to the Ellis Hospital staff.Maria L. Isopo-BarringerScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
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Indonesia has secured a supply of a potential COVID-19 vaccine in the ballpark of 300 million doses until the end of next year, the government has said, following ministerial visits to China and the United Arab Emirates last week.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently instructed Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir to meet with Chinese and Emirati officials to follow up on crucial vaccine cooperation as well as other economic partnerships.Speaking at the presidential palace on Monday after reporting the results of their four-day trip abroad, Retno said the outcome of the visit had exceeded initial expectations, especially with regard to vaccine procurement. Topics : Indonesia has secured a commitment to be sent 20-30 million doses of the potential vaccine by the end of this year, some 80-130 million doses in first quarter of next year and 210 million doses for the remainder of 2021, she said.“Therefore, if we talk about numbers, we have secured 290 million to 340 million for 2021,” she told reporters in a virtual briefing on Monday.The first of the deals were secured when the two ministers visited China’s resort city Sanya on Hainan Island on Thursday, while the rest were negotiated with UAE officials in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.In Sanya, Retno and Erick oversaw two deals between state-owned pharmaceuticals firm Bio Farma and China’s Sinovac Biotech that would give Indonesia the equivalent of 50 million doses of the potential vaccine from November to March and priority access for the rest of 2021. Read also: Government, Bio Farma secure vaccine bulk supply from China’s SinovacIt will be supplied in the form of vaccine bulk, an aqueous form of the purified antigens, or vaccine, provided in a large container from which individual vials are filled.Indonesia is already cooperating with Sinovac in the phase three clinical trial of the vaccine candidate, with tests being carried out on 1,620 volunteers in Bandung, West Java, since earlier this month.The government has also looked into partnerships with two other Chinese drug manufacturers, Sinopharm and CanSino Biologics.On the second leg of the trip to Abu Dhabi, the ministers oversaw deals struck between two state drugmakers, Kimia Farma and Indofarma, and Group 42 (G42) Health Care, an artificial intelligence-based Emirati company that is actively involved in the research, development and distribution of COVID-19 testing and treatment applications.G42 signed an agreement with Kimia Farma to develop vaccines and another with Indofarma to develop test kits using laser technology and AI to detect the virus.“We think this [laser and AI] technology will be able to help with quicker tracing, and of course, support safe economic activity,” Retno said.For the deal with Kimia Farma, G42 agrees in principle to cooperate on a wide scope of products including drugs, health services, research and development as well as clinical trials and production, marketing and the distribution of vaccines.Details of the agreement remain under wraps, but Indonesia has sought to be part of the Sinopharm-G42 cooperation, having sent a team of reviewers to closely monitor the implementation of phase III clinical trials of a vaccine candidate they had codeveloped.Sinopharm and G42 began phase III trials of the vaccine candidate in Abu Dhabi in mid-July, involving up to 15,000 volunteers.Read also: Explainer: When will a coronavirus vaccine be ready?The Chinese drugmaker previously said its vaccine candidate may cost no more than 1,000 yuan (US$144.27) for two injections once it completed trials and began mass production, Reuters reported.The UAE is becoming Indonesia’s most important partner in the Middle East during this pandemic, having set up a priority travel corridor for essential businesses in order to facilitate greater economic cooperation.The only other nations with such an arrangement are China and South Korea.Retno said the President had instructed her and the SOE minister to go to the UAE after receiving a congratulatory phone call from its de facto leader, Abu Dhabi crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan, on Indonesia’s Independence Day.“In the telephone conversation, the President, among other things, said he would send Pak Erick and me to Abu Dhabi to follow up on all cooperation in amid this pandemic,” Retno said from Abu Dhabi on Saturday.During their visit, the ministers had meetings with Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nayhan and Energy and Infrastructure Minister Suhail Al Mazroui, for updates on some of the existing projects the two had countries agreed on after Jokowi’s visit to Abu Dhabi in January.Among the deals is a collaboration between state-owned oil and gas companies Pertamina and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), as well as a project in Subang, West Java, with Elite Agro – the UAE’s leading agricultural company.Retno also announced that the groundbreaking for a high-profile 145 megawatt floating solar power plant project in Cirata Reservoir in West Java was scheduled for June next year with the aim of beginning operations in the second half of 2022.“We also conveyed to the Emirati Foreign Minister that Indonesia is currently exploring cooperation to distribute Indonesian pharmaceutical products to the Middle East and Africa,” she said.In late April, as a sign of solidarity, the UAE sent 20 tons of medical equipment to Indonesia and purchased nearly 30 tons of dried and fresh food products from archipelago’s micro, small and medium enterprises.There was no mention of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict during the Indonesian delegation’s trip to Abu Dhabi, despite the UAE’s recent announcement that it would normalize ties with Israel. As a staunch supporter of Palestine and a major critic of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territory, Jakarta has yet to establish ties with Tel Aviv.Read also: Kindred spirits: Indonesia’s 75 years of unwavering support for Palestine“In this current position, the government must maintain good relations with the UAE by not making any comments [on the conflict] and instead put an emphasis on positive economic cooperation,” said Yon Machmudi, a Middle East expert from the University of Indonesia.He said it was a consequence of practicing foreign policy from a heavily economic perspective.Going forward, Yon said the UAE would act as a business hub for countries that still held reservations against the Jewish state.
Premier Oil is looking for a farm-out partner for its Sea Lion offshore oil development in the Falklands Islands. Sea Lion project artist renderingThe UK-based oil firm is operating the project with a 60 percent stake, with the remaining 40 percent currently held by Rockhopper exploration.The company has been in talks to secure a loan to fund the development of the first phase of the 250 mmboe (gross) of resource in Phase 1 of the Sea Lion project.In an update on Thursday, Premier reminded that it had recently signed a memorandum that might lead to the loan, adding it has also started a Sea Lion stake farm-down process, ahead of a final investment decision.Loan feedback in Q4“Premier has launched a formal farm-down process of its 60 per cent operated interest in Sea Lion to optimize its level of participation in the project,” the company said, adding that securing the financing for the project was the critical path to the Sea Lion sanction.“The project is now in a period of lender due diligence which will entail, among other items, finalizing the term sheets with potential senior lenders,” Premier Oil.“Sea Lion Phase 1 will develop 250 mmbbls (gross) resources in PL032 (Premier 60 per cent operated interest), using a conventional FPSO based scheme, similar to Premier’s successful Catcher development. The project is at a mature stage of definition and has been substantially de-risked from a technical, cost and schedule perspective,” Premier said.Premier’s partner Rockhopper on Thursday said that capex to first oil is estimated at approximately US$1.8 billion (gross). Furthermore, Rockhoppers said that key service and supply contracts were nearing final agreement in preparation for execution at Project sanction. Sam Moody, CEO of Rockhopper, commented: “The Project continues to build momentum with significant progress being made across key areas, all with the aim of moving into the execution phase post sanction. The PIM submission in late July has kicked off the formal application process for the senior debt financing guarantees for which we expect initial feedback in Q4 2019.” Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.
MINOT, N.D. – Drivers and fans should have plenty of opportunity to congratulate Dakota Track Side on its 10th season as an IMCA sponsor in 2017.The Minot high performance parts retailer and fuel supplier will have a trailer at some 60 events at North Dakota tracks and many of those race night customers will be among recipients of Dakota Track Side special events awards.Fifty dollar product certificates go to designated place finishers at 30 IMCA Modified and 15 IMCA Sunoco Stock Car specials. Certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office within a week after official race results are received.Information about Dakota Track Side products and services, as well as the trailer travel schedule, is available by calling 701 852-7223, on Facebook and at the www.dakotatrackside.com website.“Dakota Track Side will continue to focus its attention on special events in 2017, and have a particularly visibly presence along the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour,” said IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We’re grateful for their decade of support and will honor them at the end of the season.”
UEFA will recommend to all its 53 member associations at next month’s Congress that they follow its lead. But Bernstein said English football may not have the same minimum ban – in its two high-profile racism cases John Terry was banned for four matches and Luis Suarez for eight. Speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, he said: “I can’t comment on the number of matches that will be our minimum, we are working and are very close to a solution.” He added: “We have our own processes. We’ve our own audience of people we have to satisfy. There is a bind for all parts of English football and something we have to get to very carefully in a very measured way. “We wouldn’t necessarily get to the same solution as UEFA. It’s not a race to be first past the post, we’ll do it at our own pace in our own way. “I’m delighted UEFA have come up with this strong penalty and I fully support them doing it – but English football must come to its own decision in its own time, which will be very soon.” Bernstein did state however that 10 matches was not too harsh. He added: “These are very serious matters and I couldn’t feel more strongly about discrimination. It’s a strong penalty for sure but I wouldn’t say it’s too harsh.” UEFA will also introduce from next season a partial closure of stadiums for a first incident of racist abuse by fans and a full closure for a second offence. England manager Roy Hodgson said authorities had to ensure that far-right groups did not deliberately sabotage matches. He said: “The one thing that concerns you a little bit is what happens at the stadium, it’s very difficult to control every element. One does fear sabotage, with groups of people coming in who have nothing to do with football and who are perhaps of a Nazi persuasion and who could cause an awful lot of problems.” The Football Association may not follow UEFA’s recommendation of a 10-match minimum ban for players found guilty of racism, the governing body’s chairman David Bernstein said. Press Association
New Delhi: Super Boxing League promoter Bill Dosanjh on Friday announced that global boxing superstar Amir Khan will take on Indian pro-boxer Neeraj Goyat in what promises to be one of the most anticipated bouts in recent history. The blockbuster battle will be held in Saudi Arabia on July 12.Khan, a two-time World Champion and Olympic silver medallist will take on the Indian pro at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah — nicknamed the “The Shining Jewel” in a fight that promises to deliver the thrill and excitement that comes with the presence of the British pro in the ring.“This is an exciting challenge that I have ahead of me. It will be the first time a British Pakistani will fight an Indian boxer, which eventually will bring the two nations together. I would like to thank the Saudi government, Jeddah Seasons and General Sports Authority for giving this opportunity and I am a firm believer in sports being a great healer. Both fighters just wanna get in there and get the fight on, for me Neeraj is a fighter.” Khan said.Khan’s rival, Goyat defeated Mexico’s Carlos Lopez Marmolejo via unanimous decision in a contest at the Danforth Music Hall earlier in April in Toronto. Goyat, who is the WBC Asia welterweight title-holder, has a record of 11 wins including two knockouts, three losses and two draws till date.“This opportunity is as big as it gets for me. Everything that I have achieved till date wouldn’t matter when I enter the ring on July 12 taking on a seasoned, established superstar in Amir. I will be carrying the hopes of 1.2bn on my shoulders who will expect me to bring the title by causing an upset,” admitted Goyat.Since the turn of the year, Saudi Arabia hosted the Italian Super Cup clash between Series A Champions Juventus and AC Milan, and the inaugural Saudi International golf tournament, which saw the world’s top players, including Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose, compete at the Royal Greens Golf and Country Club in King Abdullah Economic City.This momentum will be taken to a bold new height when Amir and Goyat step into the ring in Jeddah, thanks to the efforts taken by Jeddah Seasons and General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS
By Karolos Grohmann LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) yesterday said it had extended provisional measures against Russia over its doping scandal “until further notice” pending the evaluation of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-commissioned report.The measures, first imposed on July 19 following the publication of the first part of the so-called McLaren report, include having no IOC-sanctioned events in Russia and urging sports federations to look for alternative locations for events.Some of the other measures, such as a ban on accreditations for Russian officials, were linked to the 2016 Rio Olympics.Canadian law professor Richard McLaren will deliver the second part of his report into state-sponsored doping in Russian sport on December 9 at a London hotel.The much-anticipated report is expected to provide more details on an elaborate doping scheme operated by Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics which McLaren outlined in his original report released in July.That led WADA to recommend that the entire Russian team should be excluded from August’s Rio Olympics.Although Russian track and field athletes and weightlifters were banned from competing at Rio, the IOC rejected a blanket ban and let international sports federations decide which athletes were eligible to compete.
The No. 2 Women’s golf team heads to the north this week to look for its first victory of the season at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational. The team was knocked from its preseason No. 1 perch after two straight third-place finishes in its first two tournaments and is looking to regain that ranking this week at the Tacoma Country and Golf Club in Tacoma, Wash.Leading the way for the Women of Troy is the team’s lone senior, Lizette Salas. The three-time All-American had a 21st-place finish last week at the Mason Rudolph Championship and a third-place finish at the season opening Fall Preview. Salas, as one of the most successful players in USC history and the only remaining player from the 2008 championship team, is the de facto leader of the team, but looks to the younger girls to provide help.Junior transfer Lisa McCloskey has certainly led by example since joining the Women of Troy this season. Her first two tournaments in cardinal and gold ended with fourth-place finishes at the Fall Preview and Mason Rudolph. McCloskey, a two time All-American at Pepperdine, was named to Golf World’s “Top Ten Women’s Golf Collegiate Players to Watch” this season, as was Salas.Also stepping into a leadership role this season is junior Inah Park. A key member of the national runner-up squad from last season, Park placed 23rd in her season debut last week at the Mason Rudolph after sitting out the Fall Preview.Also playing for the team this week is sophomore Cyna Rodriguez, who has two top-30 finishes to begin the season, highlighted by a 26th place finish at the Mason Rudolph. Rodriguez is the third and final returner from last season’s team and is looking to improve upon her debut season.Rounding out the roster this week is freshman Sophia Popov. Popov, a German native, joined the Women of Troy after a successful summer highlighted by a victory at the 2010 International European Ladies Amateur Championship. She tied for 67th in her USC debut at the Fall Preview and looks to improve upon that this week.The Women of Troy are certainly looking in the right place if they hope to find that first victory of the season. USC has won this event seven times, with the most recent coming in 2007. It’s also had six players capture individual titles at the tournament. The field at the invitational, though strong, is much weaker than their first two tournaments, with only four opponents ranked in the top 25. The tournament runs through Wednesday.
The ball swung from Tyler Lydon to Tyus Battle to Andrew White. Syracuse’s three best offensive weapons each touched the ball. When it landed in White’s hands in the right corner, all he had to do was what he does best.With the scored tied at 68, White delivered his final and most important 3-pointer of the five that he made Tuesday night against Wake Forest. After the ball swished through the net with 1:23 left, the Orange grabbed a lead it would never give up.“It was perfect ball movement,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said of White’s game-winning 3.The Demon Deacons were forced to take a timeout as Syracuse’s bench players flooded onto the floor. White’s been the Orange’s go-to player all year, but never more than on Tuesday night when he scored a season-high 27 points.SU (12-9, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) got back to .500 in ACC play by skating by Wake Forest (12-8, 3-5) with an 81-76 win in the Carrier Dome. White went 6-of-15 from the field, 5-of-11 from behind the arc and a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Throughout much of this season, Syracuse has relied on him to carry the offense. Against the Demon Deacons, his 27-point performance helped SU escape with the win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When he plays his game, he was knocking down shots,” Lydon said, “… and overall just staying aggressive, which is what we needed.”After the crucial 3-pointer, White also hit two free throws with nine seconds remaining to expand Syracuse’s lead from one to three. He had already hit six from the charity stripe, a testament to his ability to drive the lane and draw fouls. Boeheim said White can still improve rounding out his game and getting to the basket, but his performance was a step in the right direction.MORE COVERAGE Graphical breakdown of Syracuse men’s basketball’s 81-76 win over Wake ForestSyracuse comes back in second half to beat Wake Forest, 81-76, and stop 2-game losing streakThe Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 81-76 win over Wake ForestWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 81-76 win over Wake Forest Published on January 24, 2017 at 11:42 pm Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ While White was a key piece in the Orange’s win, he cost SU a possession with just under six minutes to play. Off a John Gillon defensive rebound, White ran the floor in transition. He attacked the rim and elevated for a layup. But a Wake Forest defender stepped in his way, fell backward and drew the charge. White turned around, tilted his neck back and looked at the replay, like many fans in the Dome.Then fans jeered. Boeheim threw his arms up and down while yelling at the referee. Syracuse Director of Athletics John Wildhack banged his hand into the seat next to him in frustration. SU and Wake Forest were tied at 61. White needed to redeem himself.Boeheim said White has grown more patient. With defenses playing him tight of late, that’s his only option. Opponents are all over him unless he finds a way to get free.“I play off of guys. I try to space (the floor),” White said. “I try to find ways of getting myself open.”Jessica Sheldon | Staff PhotographerBefore the game, Wake Forest head coach Danny Manning mentioned White as a player who does most of the “heavy-lifting” for the Orange.“White has come in and given them something that they needed this year,” Manning said on Monday. He didn’t know at the time that White would score the game-winning basket against his squad a day later.Many times this season, White has pieced together stellar performances for naught, as SU racked up nine losses in its first 20 games. But he’s continued to score from where he’s expected to: behind the arc.It’s a spot he and those around him have become accustomed to. Against Wake Forest, he stepped up again. And with the game on the line, he was exactly where he’s always been: behind the arc and ready to shoot.“I’ve always put that responsibility (to hit 3s) on myself. …. They know where I am. It’s just playing the role and I’m happy to be in that position.” Comments