LG to donate 50,000 diagnostic test kits to Indonesia from South Korea

first_imgLG is among other companies who are rolling up their sleeves to help the government limit the spread of the pandemic, as COVID-19 cases soared from zero on Feb. 29 to 1,414 within a month as of Monday, with 122 deaths.The world is now experiencing a scarcity of medical equipment such as test kits, protective gear and ventilators, whether in Europe, Indonesia or the United States, Sri Mulyani said after a virtual Extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit on Thursday last week.Read also: Indonesian manufacturers step up as G20 nations coordinate global medical supplyWHO data currently show that the pandemic has hit more than 190 countries. While South Korea has already bypassed COVID-19 peak spread, Indonesia is currently scrambling to contain the virus. “That’s why LG is expressing its sympathy toward Indonesia,” the press release reads. The BKPM expressed its gratitude for LG’s aid. The agency added that it would coordinate with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) to distribute the kits.”Here we can see that LG is not only an investor but also Indonesia’s best friend. We certainly hope that the current solid teamwork between Indonesia and South Korea will become stronger,” said BKPM spokesperson Tina Talisa, as quoted by the release.South Korea is the seventh-largest investor in Indonesia with investments totaling US$1.07 billion in 2019.Aside from LG, carmakers around the world are shifting gear to producing hospital ventilators and respirators to combat the coronavirus using 3D printing. Ford, General Motors, Ferrari and Nissan have been listed, on top of General Electrics and 3M Co.Textile factories in Indonesia are switching their production lines to produce personal protective equipment for medical personnel, including mass-producing masks and protective coveralls.Read also: COVID-19: Textile factories face hurdles as they switch to producing medical gearOne Indonesia-based start-up called Nusantics is also preparing to make 100,000 COVID-19 test kits, in partnership with state pharmaceutical company Biofarma, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L). A prototype will be complete within three weeks, according to the company’s investor East Ventures.Indonesia has pledged to support manufacturers with the capacity to produce the desperately needed protective gear, test kits and ventilators that are crucial in the worldwide fight against COVID-19 as Group of 20 nations pledge to focus on saving lives.Topics : South Korean industrial conglomerate LG, known for its electronics subsidiary LG Electronics, will donate 50,000 diagnostic test kits from the Asian country to help the government handle the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia.LG International Indonesia president director Lee Chang Hyun said the test kits would be shipped in stages starting next week, according to a press statement from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). Four companies under LG, LG Electronics, LG Chem, LG Innotek and LG International Indonesia donated the diagnostic test kits.”Along with the spirit of special strategic partnerships, mutual sharing and mutual support, we care [about Indonesia] and are moved to participate in the fight against the pandemic,” Hyun said in a press statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

UK prime minister says schools must open in September

first_imgBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson said reopening schools in September was a social, economic and moral imperative and insisted schools would be able to operate safely despite the coronavirus pandemic.His comments follow a study earlier this month which warned that Britain risks a second wave of COVID-19 in the winter twice as large as the initial outbreak if schools open without an improved test-and-trace system.Writing in the Mail on Sunday, Johnson said restarting schools was a national priority. Schools would be the last places to close in future local lockdowns, he was quoted by another newspaper as telling a meeting on Thursday. Schools in England closed in March during a national lockdown, except for the children of key workers, and reopened in June for a small number of pupils.The government wants all pupils to return to school by early September.”Keeping our schools closed a moment longer than absolutely necessary is socially intolerable, economically unsustainable and morally indefensible,” Johnson wrote.The economic costs for parents who cannot work if schools are shut are spiraling, and the country faces big problems if children miss out on education, the prime minister warned.”This pandemic isn’t over, and the last thing any of us can afford to do is become complacent. But now that we know enough to reopen schools to all pupils safely, we have a moral duty to do so,” Johnson wrote.The headteachers’ union has criticized Johnson’s push and warned that schools will teach pupils on a “week on-week off” basis if there is a resurgence of the coronavirus, and are drawing up a number of contingency plans, according to the Telegraph.The Sunday Times newspaper reported that Johnson has ordered a public relations campaign to ensure schools open on time. Topics :last_img read more

Head of APG’s €24bn private equity arm to step down

first_imgIain Leigh, APG’s global head of private equity, has announced that he is to step down from his position at the end of this year.The €500bn Dutch asset manager said that New York-based Leigh would be succeeded by Greg Jania, head of fund investments, and Ken Bloomberg, head of co-investments in his team.They will both become managing directors as of January 2020 and will co-head APG’s global private equity programme, which is responsible for €24bn of assets according to the asset manager. The pair will also join the executive board of APG Asset Management US.At the request of APG, Leigh will stay on as a senior adviser to the company’s private equity business and to the CIO’s office until mid-2020. “The time is right to take a step back from the day-to-day leadership of the business, and to make way for the very capable next layer of management,” Leigh said.He was a founding managing partner at private equity house AlpInvest, which was owned by a joint venture between civil service scheme ABP – APG’s owner – and the €217bn healthcare scheme PFZW until 2011.Leigh joined APG in 2012 to bring the global private equity operations in-house. Since then, he has built a global, multi-channel private equity platform with a team of 36 investment professionals.Jania joined APG in 2013 to implement its fund investment programme. Bloomberg came to APG the next year from Alpinvest to develop and manage co-investments.APG said that both had brought more than a decade of leadership experience in the private equity industry, and have worked with Leigh ensuring a cohesive global programme for APG’s clients.The asset manager has invested €24bn in private equity in total for its four pension fund clients, including the €431bn civil service scheme ABP.last_img read more

Aker Solutions Wins Ærfugl Subsea Production System Order

first_imgAker Solutions has been awarded a contract from Aker BP to deliver the subsea production system for the first phase of the Ærfugl development offshore Norway.The award was made on behalf of the Skarv Unit and is subject to government approval of the plan for development and operation (PDO) of Ærfugl.The subsea system will include wellheads, vertical subsea trees, a tie-in module and an umbilical riser base. The contract includes an option for Ærfugl Phase 2.“We are pleased to have secured this contract,” said executive vice president Knut Sandvik, who heads Aker Solutions’ projects delivery center. “Our vertical subsea tree sets a new standard for safe and cost-efficient offshore operations.”The work will begin immediately and will involve Aker Solutions facilities in Norway, Malaysia and the UK.Ærfugl is a gas condensate field about 210 kilometers offshore Sandnessjøen in Norway. It will be connected back to the Skarv floating production, storage and offloading vessel operated by Aker BP.The first phase of Ærfugl includes three production wells and is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2020.The parties agreed to not disclose the financial value of the contract, which will be booked in fourth-quarter orders.last_img read more

Unhappy Manchester City star Yaya Toure lashes out at English media

first_img The 32-year-old Ivory Coast international joined City from Barcelona in July 2010 and has lifted two Premier League trophies, the FA Cup and the League Cup since his arrival, but has looked below his best this season despite their impressive start. He lasted just 45 minutes of Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Bournemouth before being substituted and has repeatedly been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium amid suggestions of unrest and disillusionment. However, the midfielder insists he has no plans to quit international football in the near future despite the criticism. He said: “I love my country. If that was not the case, if I was spiteful, I would have said ‘I quit’. “But it is my country and even if I am the player who is the most insulted in this country, even if I am everybody’s laughing stock, I cannot abandon it.” And although Toure admits he is unhappy with life in football, he claims it is because he has never been given the plaudits he feels he deserves, particularly from the English media. “Everyone thinks I am happy: I have won titles, lots of money, but no, I am not happy,” he said in a lengthy interview with French newspaper L’Equipe. “When things are said positively, that interests me a lot. But here in England it is not the case. In these last weeks, the journalists have spoken about a new departure for me. But what new departure? “I have just finished a season with City where we came second in the league. I scored 12 goals despite the fact I had to leave the club to join my national team, who were playing in the African Nations Cup. I was out for nearly two months and I am reproached for not scoring as many goals as last season. “Last season I scored 26 goals, 20 in the Premier League, and nobody mentioned it. “When I arrived at City, I heard a lot of people say here that I was going to kill football. A lot of people, idiots I have to say, mocked me. And d id you see what happened next? We won nearly everything. I did it, we did it, because I was not all alone of course, but nobody picked up on it again. In fact, it is recognition that I do not have that hurts me. “When people attack you, you should not respond because, for the most part, they understand nothing. Thankfully, my record and my statistics speak for me.” Toure is equally unhappy with the reception he receives in the Ivory Coast, who were crowned African Nations Cup champions in February under his captaincy. Midfielder Yaya Toure wants greater recognition for his achievements after launching an impassioned defence of his record with Manchester City. Press Associationlast_img read more

Late strikes spare Sweden’s blushes in 2-0 win over Chile

first_imgRENNES, France (Reuters) – Kosovare Asllani and Madelen Janogy scored late on as fancied Sweden laboured to a 2-0 victory over Women’s World Cup debutants Chile in their Group F encounter at Roazhon Park in Rennes yesterday.The match was interrupted for 45 minutes by lightning and torrential rain in the second half, but Chile had to weather a storm of a different sort on the pitch, as Sweden enjoyed the majority of possession and chances.They had found Chile goalkeeper Christiane Endler an impenetrable wall until Asllani profited from a poor attempt to clear the ball by Camila Saez on 83 minutes and arrowed her shot into the top corner.Substitute Janogy then sealed the points with an excellent solo goal in stoppage time as she danced past three defenders before crashing the ball beyond a helpless Endler.Chile created little in the way of chances, and battled to keep possession, giving the ball away on 70 occasions in the first 45 minutes.Endler saved smartly from Nilla Fischer’s header at a corner, expertly reaching backwards to claw the ball to safety, in the best chance of the first half.Sweden created a number of half-chances at the start of the second period, as they tried to pass their way through Chile, with Fridolina Rolfo’s effort deflected just wide of the goal.Shortly afterwards the rain started lashing down, but before the players left the pitch on 72 minutes, Magdalena Eriksson flashed a shot from the edge of the box narrowly over the bar.The lengthy break should have allowed Chile to catch their breath and re-organise, but when the game resumed, it was more of the same.Endler tipped a curling Sofia Jakobsson shot over the bar as Sweden continued to press for the opener, which finally came when Asllani provided the clinical touch that had been missing from most of the match. Janogy showed her class with a sublime finish.last_img read more

USG senator starts petition to change VKC building name

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government Senator Preston Fregia launched a petition on change.org Wednesday calling for a name change for the Von KleinSmid Center. By the time of publication, the petition garnered 127 signatures.According to the petition, the building’s namesake, former USC President Rufus Von KleinSmid, was known for his role in the eugenics movement. The movement advocated for “improving the human race through selective breeding” methods like sexual sterilization and extermination of select groups that were considered undesirable. The petition listed Von KleinSmid’s history working in the eugenics movement, which included co-founding the Human Better Foundation, a eugenics organization in Pasadena.“Some of his work inspired Nazis and was about how minorities should be weeded out of the population,” Fregia said. “And I think the kind of painful irony is me [going] to VKC everyday and [having] to sit through the … humiliating experience in a class where the guy who [the building] is named after didn’t think that your group or your race should exist on Earth.”Fregia said that Von KleinSmid’s past with the eugenics movement does not reflect the University’s modern values. He also noted how VKC is “supposed to represent all cultures and all groups.”On Wednesday, USG shared a link to Fregia’s petition on its Facebook page and supported the building’s name change.“The 5,500 lb. globe on top of VKC represents the density of globalization at USC, and the building’s 108 flags represent the cultural diversity of USC’s student population,” USG wrote in its Facebook post. “Dr. Von KleinSmid’s beliefs and actions were antonymous to the idea of cultural diversity.”The petition also said that several universities across the country are “beginning to recognize the significance of historical building names.” According to the petition, these buildings have been named after people who have maintained ties to slavery or groups like the Ku Klux Klan, and are currently in the process of getting renamed.“I think that a lot of this kind of dissent was like with the Confederate flag and Confederate monuments that caused recent debate for townspeople to say, ‘What are we exactly naming our monuments for? Do they reflect our modern values?’” Fregia said.Fregia said that before he plans to involve the administration, he hopes the petition will receive more traction as he believes many others at USC care about this issue.“There is no meeting or serious meeting with administration unless I can produce some type of data,” Fregia said. “Something that shows [that] this is what the student body wants. Even if I do that, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to take it seriously.”Following the petition’s release, the University did not respond to immediate request for comment by the Daily Trojan.last_img read more

Gov Emmanuel Targets A’Ibom Students to Dominate Sports Soon

first_imgHe said that the promotion of sports would also sharpen the mental alertness of pupils and students.The sports loving governor also stressed the importance of sports and games in schools, noting that exercises were capable of increasing self-esteem and mental alertness of the students, while preparing them for career opportunities in the money spinning world of sports.Gov Emmanuel commended the school’s authority for providing excellent sporting facilities that would facilitate the impartation of knowledge as well as enhance sports development while hoping that the school would attract trophies at national and international competitions due to early exposure of the students to modern facilities.He used the occasion to stress the need to teach indigenous languages in schools to save them from extinction and promote rich cultural values.The governor directed the Ministry of Education to ensure that vernacular was taught in all public schools beginning from the next school session.The Akwa Ibom governor announced scholarship for another batch of 31indigent students in the school, donated sets of computer, 20 bags of rice and a cow to each of the houses that participated in the sports competition.The Chairman Board of Governors and Proprietor Tower of Ivory Schools, DIG Udom Ekpoudom (Rtd) expressed appreciation to the Governor for witnessing the school’s sports competition and the support given to the institution.He said the school has recorded 100 per cent pass in National Examination Council (NECO) and in West African School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the year 2015 and 2016 and has remained the 2016 state Champion in Senior Mathematics Olympiads.Mr. Ekpoudom also noted that the school has distinguished itself in the area of sports and attributed the success to the excellent facilities available in the Institution.The Chairman of the occasion, Major General Godwin Umoh, commended the school management for laying a solid foundation for academic excellence which he said has enabled the school compete with other institutions in the country.The the occasion which featured march past, field and track events by the competing Houses climaxed in the commissioning of a Mini – Stadium by Governor Udom Emmanuel.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel, has reiterated his administration’s resolve to promote sports in schools to serve as a platform for talents discovery.The governor made the call at Tower of Ivory Schools, Ediene Abak, in Abak Local Government Area of the state during the 6th Inter – house sports competition of the institution.last_img read more

NBA Africa Game Returns to South Africa in Team Africa vs. Team World format

first_imgThe National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has announced that NBA Africa Game 2017, NBA’s second game in Africa, will take place Saturday, August 5, 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.  The announcement was made at the annual NBA Africa All-Star Luncheon in New Orleans by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts and NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall, who were joined by NBA Africa Game 2017 players Bismack Biyombo (Orlando Magic; Democratic Republic of the Congo), CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers; U.S.) and Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets; Democratic Republic of the Congo).The game, will be a follow-up to the 15th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa and will once again feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format.It will be played in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa (SOSCVSA).  Team Africa will see some of the best african stars and second generation African players, and Team World will comprise players from the rest of the world.  The game will air live in sub-Saharan Africa on Kwesé’s TV.Biyombo, the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and a member of Team Africa in NBA Africa Game 2015, will join 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie Second Team member Mudiay on Team Africa.  McCollum, the 2015-16 Kia NBA Most Improved Player, will play for Team World. Full rosters of players, coaches and legends, along with ticket information will be announced at a later date. The sold-out NBA Africa Game 2015, the first NBA game on the continent, took place August 1, 2015 at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg and was played in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOSCVSA.last_img read more

Lou Williams scores 26 points, leads Clippers to a rout of Kings

first_imgWho would have believed it was possible after Griffin was sidelined by a sprained left knee and then a concussion? Or when guards Patrick Beverley, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic were sidelined by injuries? Or when small forward Danilo Gallinari and center DeAndre Jordan were hurt?The Clippers regrouped again and again and again. They did it one more time Saturday, while playing without Beverley (season-ending knee surgery), Rivers (ankle injury), Gallinari (gluteus maximus injury) and Jordan (ankle). And they still beat the Kings by 21 points.Related Articles PreviousSacramento Kings guard George Hill (3) fouls Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) in the first period of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Los Angeles Clippers forward Sam Dekker, left, drives as Sacramento Kings forward Skai Labissiere, right, defends in the first period of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein (00) fouls Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) in the first period of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, left, drives as Los Angeles clippers forward Blake Griffin, right, defends in the first period of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox defends as Clippers guard Lou Williams drives during the first half of Saturday’s game at Staples Center. Williams scored 26 points in a 126-105 victory. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Sacramento Kings guard George Hill (3) fouls Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) in the first period of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)NextShow Caption1 of 5Sacramento Kings guard George Hill (3) fouls Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed (35) in the first period of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Clippers don’t care how many of their teammates are injured. They don’t care about trade rumors. They don’t care about chatter about their coach’s future. They don’t care about getting respect. They don’t care what anyone thinks of them.What matters is they do care about each other and they do care about playing the game they love with energy and effort. They have bought what Coach Doc Rivers is selling and the results were on display again Saturday, when they routed the Sacramento Kings 126-105 at Staples Center.“I always try to find the good in any situation,” Clippers power forward Blake Griffin said.There was a lot to like about the Clippers during their fourth consecutive victory, which vaulted them back to .500 at 21-21 and moved them within a half-game of the idle New Orleans Pelicans in the battle for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Eight players scored in double figures, including all five starters. Lou Williams scored 26 points, his 12th consecutive game with 20 or more. Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points in a reserve role and Willie Reed, filling in for Jordan, added 14 points and a season-high 13 rebounds.Willie Cauley-Stein led the Kings (13-29) with 23 points and 13 rebounds.Sacramento scored the game’s first four points and then the Clippers roared past, leading by 30-17 by the end of the first quarter. The Clippers were never in jeopardy after building a 64-45 advantage by halftime. They led by 25 in the fourth quarter. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum The Clippers were in command and it didn’t matter who was on the court.“I think our guys have bought into how we need to play,” Doc Rivers said. “Even if we were healthy we would need to play like this, with the spacing, but not being healthy we have to play like this, and I think every single guy has bought into it.”The Clippers learned to play without Beverley, Gallinari, Griffin, Rivers and Teodosic and, most impressively, they have learned to play with them back in the lineup. Or, to be more precise, they learned to play with Griffin and Teodosic back on the court. The others remained sidelined.Jordan was the last of the Clippers’ opening-night starters to be forced out by an injury. He sprained his left ankle during the Clippers’ victory Thursday over the Kings in Sacramento and sat out for the rematch Saturday in Los Angeles after he was listed as questionable to play.Reed replaced Jordan and the Clippers rolled to their 10th victory in 13 games.“Everyone can step up,” said Reed, who made all six of his shots. “It doesn’t matter who it is. It’s been Jawun (Evans). It’s been Montrezl. It’s been Sam Dekker. It doesn’t matter who it is. We just try to come in and do our job and try to help the team win.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates last_img read more