Data from a UK-led clinical trial known as the Recovery trial found last week that the anti-malaria drug showed no benefit for patients with COVID-19.The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday revoked its emergency use authorization for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19, saying it was no longer reasonable to believe that hydroxychloroquine and the related drug chloroquine would be effective in treating the disease. Topics : The World Health Organization said on Wednesday that testing of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in its large multi-country trial of treatments for COVID-19 patients had been halted after new data and studies showed no benefit.WHO expert Ana Maria Henao-Restrepo said investigators leading the so-called Solidarity Trial testing the drug – which had been promoted by US President Donald Trump – had reviewed recent evidence and decided to stop recruiting new patients.”After deliberation, they have concluded that the hydroxychloroquine arm will be stopped from the Solidarity Trial,” Henao-Restrepo told a media briefing. In a statement issued later on Wednesday, the WHO said the decision was based on evidence from the Solidarity Trial itself, as well as from a UK-led trial that had found the drug did not help COVID-19 patients, and from a review of other evidence on hydroxychloroquine.Data from those studies “showed that hydroxychloroquine does not result in the reduction of mortality of hospitalized COVID-19 patients,” the WHO statement said.It said Solidarity Trial investigators would not add any more patients to the hydroxychloroquine arm.But it added: “Patients who had already started hydroxychloroquine but who have not yet finished their course in the trial may complete their course or stop at the discretion of the supervising physician.”
A coalition of disability rights groups has turned to the Supreme Court to challenge a number of articles they deemed problematic under a presidential regulation issued by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on the National Disabilities Commission (KND).The National Coalition Working Group on the Implementation of the Law on People with Disabilities argued that some provisions in the presidential regulation, Perpres No. 68/2020, contradicted at least four prevailing laws.They included Law No. 19/2011 on the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), Law No. 8/2016 on people with disabilities, Law No. 39/1999 on human rights and Law No. 12/2011 on the drafting of laws and regulation. “We have submitted a judicial review petition to the court. We urge the President to stop the process to fill the positions at the KND and wait for the court’s decision,” the coalition said in a statement on Thursday.According to the coalition, Article 7 of the regulation — which allocates only four out of seven seats in the KND’s membership for disabled people — is limiting people with disabilities from become members of the commission.Read also: ‘Nothing about us without us’: Groups call for revision of disabilities commission regulationThe regulation also places the disabilities commission as a work unit under the Social Affairs Ministry, a provision that the coalition feared would tarnish the independence of the commission itself. They pointed out that under the 2016 law on people with disabilities, the KND is categorized as an independent and non-structural institution tasked with monitoring, evaluating and advocating for the protection and fulfillment of the rights of the disabled.The coalition also accused the government of not having fulfilled the principle of “applicable” and “openness” during the making of the Perpres, as is required under the 2011 law.“The Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Ministry has never conducted public dissemination in the drafting process of the disabilities commission regulation, and has never officially published the draft,” they said.In February, the coalition met with Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform Minister Tjahjo Kumolo, during which the minister promised to review the draft, but they claimed there had not been further communication since.They also called on the House of Representatives to oversee the KND’s establishment since it has yet to meet the disabled people’s aspirations, noting that 140 disability rights organizations from across the country had signed a petition to urge the President to revise the regulation.Topics :
National Night Out Brings Police, Residents Together To Make Communities Safer SHARE TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary Governor’s Residence, The Blog Last night, for the second year in a row, Tom and Frances Wolf opened up the grounds of the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg to residents of Pennsylvania to meet troopers (and animals) of the Pennsylvania State Police and other organizations working to make communities stronger and safer.For the Governor and First Lady, National Night Out is another tremendous opportunity for the Residence to serve as an open, community space and to help improve the relationships between law enforcement and community members.Pennsylvania State Police were on hand to greet visitors and speak with families and members of the community. Kids and community members also had the opportunity to see a Pennsylvania State Police patrol car up-close, along with giveaways and resources from law enforcement and community organizations.National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community relationships in order to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live. It is held annually on the first Tuesday of August in thousands of communities across all 50 states, according to the National Association of Town Watch. August 03, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Tweet 15 Views no discussions Bishop Bill Daniel (file photo).The Pentecostal Assemblies of the West Indies (PAWI) has described as successful, a three day conference which just ended in Dominica.Head of the PAWI Dominica Bishop Michael Daniel said the event which was held at the Peoples Family Pentecostal Church addressed several topics.He also informed that the members elected a new executive.“After two years we always come together for the purpose of electing new officers. We started the conference in the presence of the general bishop from Trinidad. He supervised the conference and made recommendations,” he said.According to Daniel, reports were given by the district bishop and the secretary as well.“After that we had elections of officers. We do have elections every two years. The elections that have been held so far is that of the district bishop where I was returned in the position,” he explained.Devotions, report of the youth director men’s ministries and several other reports also formed part of the three day event.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews PAWI head says conference was a success by: – April 24, 2012 Share Share Share Sharing is caring!
The SC justices unanimously dismissed DeLima’s petition for the writ of habeas data since President Duterte is immunefrom suit during his term but agreed with the detained senator that there mustbe a remedy for every right violated. Though De Lima, according to the court,claimed her petition does not seek to hold Duterte administratively, civilly,or criminally liable, the SC said it will be “impossible” to enableher cause of action to be established without first determining whether or notlaws had been violated. De Lima also raised Duterte’s statementsthat supposedly “publicized her intimate and personal life… [and] accused herof involvement in the illegal drug trade,” and told her to “hangyourself.” “The decision does not deny her anyavailable remedy,” the SC said. “Indeed, the Constitution provides remedies forviolations committed by the Chief Executive except an ordinary suit before thecourts.” De Lima also cited Duterte’s statement onAugust 11, 2016 that he was “listening” to De Lima “with the help of another country.”Days later, the president would accuse De Lima of leading “a very immoral life”by allegedly having an affair with her married driver. MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) junkedSen. Leila de Lima’s petition assailing President Rodrigo Duterte’s publicstatements as a threat to her rights to privacy, life, liberty, and securitywas dismissed by the Supreme Court. “The Chief Executive must first beallowed to end his tenure (not his term) either through resignation or removalby impeachment. Being a member of Congress, the petitioner is well aware ofthis and she cannot sincerely claim that she is bereft of any remedy,” itadded. De Lima, in her petition, asked the SCto order the destruction of information that Duterte allegedly had on herprivate life and the disclosure of the foreign country that the president said“helped him listen in on” the senator. The government lawyers, meanwhile,argued that presidential immunity from suit is absolute and extends topetitions for the writs of amparo and habeas data./PN
Nationwide—Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that kicks off the charitable giving season. Coming just after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it was created in part as a response to the commercialism and consumerism of those days. It was started in 2012 and a diverse group of individuals and organizations—nonprofit, civic, business, and corporate—celebrate by donating and giving their time, talents, and resources. Thousands of organizations now participate in the day worldwide, in almost 100 countries.Giving Tuesday is being observed today! It has been observed the Tuesday after Thanksgiving since 2012. If you would like to make a donation today but are unsure where to start. A suggestion would be your local Community Foundation, whether it be Decatur, Franklin, or Ripley County.
Press Association Toure powered forward in typical fashion to drive home City’s winner as they came from behind to win 2-1 in a tight Barclays Premier League tussle at the Etihad Stadium. Toure, City’s midfield driving force last season, has been below par for much of the current campaign but his latest performance, particularly in the second half, hinted at a return to form. His influential performance secured a crucial victory as City prevented leaders Chelsea from extending their eight-point advantage over them. Pellegrini said: “I think it is important for Yaya. “He played for his national squad on Wednesday, so he played two games in a week, and maybe he was tired – but he had the personality and the character to try to continue playing until the end. I think he played very well. “But we cannot analyse all (the time) with Yaya if he scores or doesn’t. It is impossible for Yaya to score again the amount of goals he scored last season. That was not normal. He is not a striker, he is a midfielder. “But it is important for him to score the way he did today, and it is important for him to play well. I think Yaya is improving with every game.” City fell behind as Toure’s Ivory Coast international team-mate Wilfried Bony struck after just nine minutes for Swansea. Stevan Jovetic equalised 10 minutes later and drove a shot against the post, via a fingertip save from Lukasz Fabianski, as City upped the tempo. Pressure paid off as Toure netted just after the hour but Swansea almost snatched a late equaliser as Bafetimbi Gomis stabbed wide and a deflected Jonjo Shelvey free-kick went close to creeping in. The win also provided a timely morale boost ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League clash with Bayern Munich. Pellegrini said: “I think we played very well today. “We started 1-0 behind but we had the trust to continue playing. “We had a lot of chances to score and finally we won this game against a very good team that played very well. “It is very important for the Premier League. We have to add more points and, after that, for the team it is always better to arrive in the Champions league, against as difficult a team as Bayern Munich, winning and not losing.” Swansea boss Garry Monk was pleased with the performance of his side but was disappointed they could not claim a draw. Monk said: “It is the minimum requirement for my team – to make sure we compete for 90 minutes and we did that. We did that very well today against a very good side. It shows how far we have come to come off that pitch disappointed. “They had some very good chances but the chances we had at the end we should have taken and possibly got a point, but it wasn’t to be. “Our shape was very good and throughout the game we competed very well. We were always in the game. “Let’s not forget who we were playing. They have world-class individuals all over the pitch but we put on a performance that would normally have got us a point.” Swansea defender Neil Taylor was cut above the eye after a clash with City captain Vincent Kompany in the first half. He had to wear a bandage and later received stitches but Monk played down any potential controversy over the collision. He said: “I think Neil is better looking now. Some scars will do him good! He took a nasty bump to the eye. It was quite swollen at half-time. I didn’t see the actual challenge but I don’t think there was any malice or intent there. Neil was fine in the changing room. He didn’t mention anything untoward. He’ll be fine.” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini felt Yaya Toure had delivered an important message after firing the champions to victory over Swansea.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team implemented a do-or-die attitude about six weeks ago after getting swept at Colorado College and watching its defense of a national title start to slip away. In their first actual win-or-go-home game this season, the Badgers showed they could, in fact, play their best hockey with their backs against the wall.The individual goals weren’t always pretty, but the overall effort was a thing of beauty as No. 20 Wisconsin thumped Michigan Tech 4-0 in the WCHA Final Five play-in game Thursday at the Xcel Energy Center.UW moved one step closer to a WCHA tournament title and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament, where the Badgers could play to defend their 2006 title.”It’s just a mindset for our whole team. You don’t want too much of ‘do-or-die’, but it is our season, we have to keep winning to keep playing,” UW forward Andrew Joudrey said. “We’re just trying to keep that going.”The Badgers (18-17-4) and Huskies (18-17-5) ranked first and second, respectively, in goals allowed during the regular season. Each program sustained that trend at their opening rounds last weekend when the two teams combined to surrender just six goals in five games.Both teams figured this game to be an offensive struggle and planned to simply throw a lot of pucks at the net. Head coach Mike Eaves’ squad did so with much more success and routed the only team that has beaten Wisconsin since Feb. 3.”We’ve been preaching, part of the way you manufacture goals is getting pucks and bodies at the net,” Eaves said. “We’ve been doing that more consistently here down the stretch.”Michigan Tech goalie Michael-Lee Teslak gave up just three goals in as many games when the Huskies knocked off Colorado College in the opening round but wasn’t as fortunate against the Badgers. Just 1:42 into Thursday’s contest, UW forward Blake Geoffrion intended a centering pass for linemate Matthew Ford, but MTU defenseman Geoff Kinrade’s stick tipped the puck past his own netminder for Geoffrion’s second goal of the season.The Badgers’ No. 3 line of Geoffrion, Ford and center Andy Brandt created a plethora of scoring opportunities, compiled nine shots on goal between them and were pesky from the first whistle until the last.”The third line, we branded ourselves on being pretty physical all night long,” Geoffrion said. “[With] a lot of back pressure, we created a lot of our scoring chances, just kept it simple and played hard.”UW’s second goal bore similarity to its first, as Wisconsin’s struggling power play, which hadn’t found the score sheet since Feb. 24, took advantage of the NHL-sized rink in the second period.Forward Michael Davies, who notched a pair of goals the last time he took on the Huskies (including that previous power-play tally), tried to direct a centering pass to forward Jake Dowell, but the puck bounced off MTU forward Peter Rouleau and through Teslak’s legs to give the Badgers a 2-0 lead.Ninety-two seconds after Davies’ goal, Joudrey sent a 20-foot shot off the left post and in for his ninth goal of the season. Defensemen Kyle Klubertanz and Joe Piskula were credited with assists, and Joudrey’s credit went to Wisconsin’s third line that had worn down the MTU defense and allowed UW’s captain an easy opportunity.”They had a great shift, Michigan Tech was tired and I jumped on the ice and took advantage of it,” said Joudrey of the third line. “They provided energy all night long.”That’s what it takes, you need four lines going to win in the playoffs, and fortunately that happened tonight.”And in the third period, Wisconsin showed it wasn’t done just yet. Klubertanz dumped the puck into the right corner, and forward Ben Street found forward Tom Gorowsky wide open in front of the net with a nifty pass that Gorowsky redirected past Teslak. The Huskies had chances to put a body on both Street and Gorowsky but didn’t get the job done and allowed the Badgers an exclamation mark on their masterpiece.Not to be forgotten in the shuffle of Wisconsin’s offensive prowess, Brian Elliott was outstanding in net for the Badgers. The senior added to his already-stellar postseason numbers with 26 saves and his fifth career shutout, upping his record to 11-2 in the playoffs.”To win in the playoffs, you have to have great goaltending,” Joudrey said. “Hopefully, we can keep providing some offense for him and helping him out.”With the win, Wisconsin sets up a semifinal showdown with a team that needs no introduction. The top-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers (18-7-3) await the upstart Badgers in Friday’s second semifinal at 7:07 p.m., with the victor advancing to the elusive WCHA title game.”It’s just going to be so fun,” Eaves said. “It’ll be our second game in two nights, but it will seem like our first game, just because of our opponents, the building, the enthusiasm.”This is why you train all summer, because of games and moments like this when you can play in front of this crowd,” Eaves added. “It’s just pure fun.”Game notes: Elliott’s goose egg was the 16th of his career, which ties him for the all-time WCHA lead with former CC goaltender and current UW women’s volunteer goalie coach Jeff Sanger. … UW defenseman Jeff Likens showed no ill effects from the leg injury he sustained last Saturday at Denver. … Referee Todd Anderson was hit in the face with an errant stick late in the first period, leaving a trail of blood on the ice by the Badgers’ bench. After a short delay, play resumed with Anderson stitched up and back in the game. … A crowd of 16,449 was on hand at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center, the largest attendance for a UW hockey game this season.