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Pharma firms see drop in demand as people avoid visiting healthcare facilities

first_imgTopics : Pharmaceutical companies have seen declines of between 50 to 60 percent in demand for drugs during the COVID-19 pandemic as people avoid visiting medical facilities, according to an industry group.The Indonesian Pharmaceutical Companies Association (GP Farmasi) reported Wednesday the drop in demand had forced companies to lower their production capacity to less than 50 percent for the past three months.The association also estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 workers had either been laid off or furloughed. The industry had employed up to 700,000 workers in total, according to the association.“As factory utilization has been low, companies started laying off or furloughing workers,” Tirto Kusnadi, the chairman of the association, said during a virtual discussion on Wednesday.With COVID-19 restrictions closing large parts of the economy, the chemical, pharmaceutical and traditional medicine industry recorded an annual growth rate of just 5.59 percent in the first three months of the year, well down on the 11.53 percent annual growth recorded in the same period in 2019.Read also: Sinovac collaboration could see COVID-19 vaccine ready by early 2021, Bio Farma claimsThe companies’ COVID-19 woes have been worsened by cash flow issues, as hospitals have not paid their Rp 3 trillion (US$206.3 million) in debt. The Healthcare and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan) reported it had disbursed the money to the hospitals.“Our cash flow was disrupted as distributors faced difficulties serving medical facilities that have had rather large debts since last year,” said Tirto.To better handle the pandemic, the government is teaming up with, among others, Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta to develop ventilators suitable for intensive care units (ICU) at hospitals to meet the needs of coronavirus patients. Mass production is expected to begin in August.“We are waiting for a clinical trial permit from the Health Ministry. We have obtained other permits, including the standards and certificates,” said Herman Supriadi, the director of machine industry and agricultural machinery at the Industry Ministry.But even with all the permits completed, Herman said the trial might “take quite a long time”.The government wants to see Indonesia’s pharma industry become one of the world’s top 15 with a market value of Rp 700 trillion by 2025.Read also: Regulatory issues limit Indonesia’s role in global pharma value chain: Think tankTo that end, the government has introduced several policies such as the Industry Ministerial Regulation no. 16/2020 that requires pharma products to use local contents. It also offers incentives like a tax deduction of up to 300 percent for pharma companies’ spending on research and development.However, Indonesian pharma companies still import 90 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) to produce their drugs.Tirto said pharma companies had long been wanting to develop the domestic API industry, “but always failed”.“With COVID-19, everyone is now talking about API again,” said Tirto. “The production of APIs requires government support and the industry wanting to develop it.”“Without support, regulations, incentives and good human resources, I think our pharma industry will continue like this.”The government is considering imposing trade remedies to curb imports, including of APIs, with the aim of reducing overall imports of raw materials by 35 percent to $82 billion in 2022 by encouraging local companies to produce import substitutes.last_img read more

Rare $250,000 house in Brisbane

first_img5 Greenwood St, Kingston, is on the market priced at $250,000. Picture: Realestate.com.auIn a rare move, a home has hit the market for less than the lowest median house price of any suburb in Brisbane.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:41Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:41 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCheap homes on the market00:41At $250,000, the house price was lower than not just its own suburb median but below any other suburb in the Queensland capital.The price was also less than half the Brisbane median house price in the latest CoreLogic Market Trends report ($532,000) and under the median of the cheapest place to buy a house in Brisbane this past year — Ellen Grove ($292,000 median house price).5 Greenwood St, Kingston, has hit the market at $250,000. Picture: Realestate.com.au It has a massive backyard. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe double storey house at 5 Greenwood Street, in Brisbane working class suburb Kingston, has clearly seen better days. It does need some serious elbow grease and maybe even a solid plan for contingencies.But it is what agent Phil McGrath of Impact Property termed a “renovators delight”.“The house is in need of repair. This is where your opportunity lies. The house is structurally sound but needs renovation to the bathroom, kitchen. The house needs painting internally and externally too as well as some TLC. It is straight out of the 1980s.”There is potential for more entertainment space downstairs. Picture: Realestate.com.au Gutting the bathroom is a good option. Picture: Realestate.com.auAccording to the realestate.com.au listing, houses surrounding the property that have been renovated have sold for “a lot more money than this house will sell for”.It will be sold as vacant possession and has had tenants month to month.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Your castle beneath ‘the’ Castle

first_imgThe home has high ceilings and polished timber floors and is fully air-conditioned, although Mrs Purse said the layout of the home allowed excellent cross ventilation which kept the home cool.It has undergone extensive renovations, been rewired, re-plumbed, re-glazed, and has a new roof.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 OLD world charm and character were what drew Carey and Justin Purse to their home in Victoria Street, North Ward when they first saw it in late 2008.The couple were really taken by the charm of the 1930s Bushman’s Retreat and have loved it ever since but plans to downsize mean they are now offering it for sale. What a view!!!!The five-bedroom, three-bathroom, house has plenty of views on offer including the ocean, island, Castle Hill and the city.Mrs Purse said she thought they were in the perfect location and felt like Castle Hill and The Strand were part of her own backyard. There are multiple indoor and outdoor living spaces across the two-level home, which has a self-contained studio apartment on the lower level.This apartment has its own kitchen and there is a laundry and substantial storage areas on the lower level, as well as parking for two cars. On the upper level of the house is an open plan dining and lounge room, as well as a family room, which opens onto a deck and the kitchen which has granite benchtops and European appliances. The upper and lower back decks overlook the swimming pool and irrigated landscape gardens.“I just loved the natural light throughout the house when I first saw it,” Mrs Purse said.“My favourite part of the house would be the back deck of the house where we eat breakfast all the time. That is where we spend so much of our time.”Bi-fold doors on the upper level opened the living area out onto the deck, allowing breezes to move throughout the home.Mrs Purse said she would also miss the location, being able to just head out in her walking shoes for the day to go exploring around the area, whether it was walking up Castle Hill, along The Strand, or visiting a local coffee shop.While they are keen to downsize, Mrs Purse said she would really miss the house, which had suited their needs so well.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo rescues Juventus against Atalanta

first_imgBergamo: A late goal by Portugal superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo maintained Juventus’ undefeated run with a 2-2 stalemate against host Atalanta at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d’Italia.Defending champion Juventus, thus, remained atop the standings with 50 points from 18 matches, earning 16 wins and two ties, while Atalanta sit provisionally in the seventh place with 25 points, reports Efe.Ronaldo connected with Mario Mandzukic’s high cross to head in at close range near the right post in the 78th minute here on Wednesday.Atalanta’s Albanian defender Berat Djimsiti awarded Juventus an early lead on an own goal just two minutes into the game.Colombia striker Duvan Zapata drew the hosts level in the 24th minute, seizing on an assist from his teammate, Argentina attacking midfielder Alejandro Gomez.After the intermission, Juventus’ Uruguay midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur was shown his second booking to be sent off the pitch.Just three minutes later, Zapata made the most of his side’s numerical advantage, netting Atalanta’s 2-1 lead and his own brace in the 56th minute, which was also off an assist from Gomez.Ronaldo, who started the game on the bench, rescued Juventus with the 2-2 equalizer just 13 minutes after taking the field.Elsewhere in Italian league, Lazio claimed a 2-0 away win over Bologna at Stadio Renato Dall’Ara, to stay in the 4th spot with 31 points, while the hosts stayed in the 18th and third-to-last place with 13 points.Brazil defender Luís Felipe gave Lazio the 1-0 lead at the half-hour mark, making the most of his Spanish teammate Luis Alberto’s assist.In the closing minutes, Felipe set his Bosnian teammate Senad Lulic up for the insurance goal in the 89th minute.Meanwhile, Sampdoria topped last-placed ChievoVerona 2-0 at Luigi Ferraris stadium, to snatch the fifth place from Milan, who tied 0-0 with Frosinone earlier in the day.Uruguay playmaker Gaston Ramirez scored a brace in minutes 47 and 59, to secure the victory for Sampdoria who currently have 29 points.In other Serie A action, visiting Parma stunned ten-man Fiorentina 1-0 at Stadio Artemio Franchi, thanks to the winner scored by Italian striker Roberto Inglese in the first-half stoppage time.Parma, thus, climbed into the 10th spot in the standings with 25 points, on goal differential behind Fiorentina who moved down into the eighth place.Meanwhile, Brazilian forward Diego Farias scored Cagliari’s 1-0 winner over visiting Genoa in the first-half stoppage time off an assist from Croatian teammate Darijo Srna, and both teams fell to the 13th and 14th spots in the standings. IANS Also Read: Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to win Ballon d’Or trophylast_img read more

FICA survey finds 72 per cent of players back a two-tier Test setup.

first_imgA SURVEY conducted by the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA) has found that 72 per cent of players support the proposed introduction of a two-tier Test system.Senior officials meet in Dubai this week to discuss radical changes to the sport’s schedule, seeking to strike a balance between the protection of international cricket and the growth of domestic Twenty20 leagues.Among the solutions being discussed are leagues for all formats of the international game and the pooling of television rights, although the proposals are not universally popular.FICA has called for the ICC to deliver a “clear and compelling” future for international cricket.FICA executive chairman Tony Irish said: “To date, the issue that has been talked about most is Test cricket, but we believe that this review is about creating clear visions for all three formats of international cricket, and balancing them alongside the continued expansion and success of the various domestic T20 cricket leagues.“We know from our player surveys, and our engagement with players, that they are facing a conflict between international cricket and domestic T20 cricket leagues.“This is a fundamental issue that we want any future structure of the game to address.“Our concern is that if nothing is done, international cricket may very soon lose more and more of its best players to free agency and the T20 leagues.”In addition to the 72 per cent in favour of a two-tier Test system, 70 per cent believe there should be ring-fenced windows in the calendar for certain domestic T20 events, while 75 per cent back a ‘Test match final/play-off match’.Despite overwhelmingly indicating that Test cricket is the most important format to play in, more than 52 per cent of all international respondents in the current structure also indicated that they would consider rejecting a national contract in favour of free agency in domestic T20 leagues.“We have already raised our intensity and urgency just knowing that a Test league might happen,” said South Africa captain AB de Villiers. “There is nothing like the pressure and adrenaline that comes with knowing you need to win matches.“It’s time for all international matches to have more meaning.”West Indies skipper Jason Holder added: “Creating windows (for domestic T20 tournaments) would make the whole situation a lot easier as players would not be forced to choose.“If players could play both domestic T20 and international cricket, it would definitely help to keep players in international cricket.”FICA surveyed 193 current professional players from all seven FICA-affiliated countries, including 111 internationals.(Omnisport.com)last_img read more

Suriname beat Guyana 91-84 to retain IGG Basketball title

first_imgSURINAME retained their Inter Guiana Games (IGG) basketball title after winning the second of the ‘best of three’ series yesterday 91-84.Fans who crammed into the Ismay Van Welgin Sports Hall in Paramaribo were entertained by Guyana’s Kevon Wiggins and Timothy Thomas who created much trouble for the Surinamese defence.Guyana trailed for much of the game, until Wiggins and Thomas found some rhythm and clawed Guyana back into the game.Abdullah Hamid’s men had a distinct size advantage with Akeem Crandon and Jermaine King manning the paint, but it was Suriname’s sensational shooting that kept them in the lead.The refereeing also didn’t help Guyana, and their supporters were furious with what they felt was bias officiating.Wiggins, who finished with the game-high 28 points, and Thomas (24), were the players keeping Guyana in the game until Nigel Bowen found his form. Bowen finished with 13 points.The game was exciting, but Suriname kept control of the game, dictating the tempo and flow and would hold on to win another IGG Basketball title.After the game, Hamid didn’t hold back his words and lashed out at the poor officiating.“When you have players going home knowing that they played their best only to have the game decided by referees, it doesn’t look good on the games, and if they can’t fix this issue, then basketball should withdraw until they can find referees from other countries” Hamid said.Known popularly as ‘Zico’, Hamid also told reporters “The guy’s did their best. We shouldn’t had loss the first game, and I think they basically give up after everything they did the referees called against them.”last_img read more

Shooting west of campus injures one

first_imgAt approximately 12:15 Monday morning, a shooting occurred that left one person injured on Raymond Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard, just west of the University Park Campus.Officer Rosario Herrera of the Los Angeles Police Department’s media relations office said the victim, a black male, was shot multiple times by a Hispanic suspect and transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.“The suspect is still outstanding,” Herrera said. “He’s not in custody and the motive for the shooting is unknown.”USC’s Department of Public Safety responded to assist LAPD officers in creating a perimeter around the neighborhood.Carlisle said it appeared that a suspect had been taken into custody early this morning, but Herrera said LAPD doesn’t have a record of an arrest being made.“[LAPD] suspected the shooter was still in the area,” DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle said. “LAPD did utilize their canines and a suspect was taken into custody.’”last_img read more

Wallabies have no betting syndicate fears after All Blacks hotel room bugged

first_imgNSW Police are continuing investigations after a listening bug was found in the All Blacks team meeting room in Double Bay in Sydney last week.The Rose Bay Local Area Command have confirmed gambling links will form part of their investigations.”Gambling is a terrible thing if you ask me,” Cheika said.”I don’t even consider that type of stuff, I don’t even know why anyone would be even interested to do something like that.”I don’t understand what sort of gain you’d get from it anyway because the result is so contested, it’s a bit stupid really.”Now police are occupied doing something like that when they should be catching real criminals.”Police are also looking at where the device was purchased and if the New Zealand side was the intended target of the bug or if it was there for another reason.The All Blacks say they routinely sweep hotel rooms as part of their security measures.But Cheika says he will not be going to those lengths.”It’s not something we’re going to worry about. If people were to do that stuff it’s their problem. I’ve got to deal with making sure the team plays good footy, that’s definitely not on my priority list,” he said.In a statement, InterContinental Sydney Double Bay’s general manager Paul Walters said it was assisting police in their investigations.last_img read more

Griezmann saves the furniture

first_imgFor the Vanguard “Griezmann avoided shipwreck”, while El Periódico de Catalunya talks about “Surf in Ibiza” and considers that with his performance in Can Misses the signing of the French “is already amortized”. For its part, L’Esportiu talks about an “agony” party and highlights that Griezmann went “to the rescue”. He touched the most absolute disaster of Barcelona in Ibiza, where he almost wrecked before a Second B in his first round of the Copa del Rey. Griezmann appeared with two providential goals for Barcelona players that allow Setién’s team to move forward in the competition. The figure of the French striker, top star of the team in the absence of Luis Suarez, injured, and Messi, is the most praised on the front pages of the press in Barcelona, ​​which saves no criticism of the game of a team that spent the first 72 minutes of the game without firing at goal.Sport title “Griezmann gives the face” and adds that the French saved “the bad game of Barcelona”. Beyond goes Mundo Deportivo, which considers that the “Salvador Griezmann” avoided “the ridiculous”.last_img read more