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Tin miner Timah to invest Rp 2 trillion this year for expansion

first_imgState-owned tin miner PT Timah is slated to invest around Rp 2 trillion (US$145.6 million) to finance expansion projects this year, including the construction of a tin smelting plant.Timah corporate secretary Abdullah Umar Baswedan said in Jakarta on Monday that  the funds would be partly used to finance the exploration of new tin reserves on the tin-rich Bangka Belitung Island.Investment would also go into developing an US$80 million smelter in the province, repairing old ships, growing company subsidiaries and continuing exploration efforts in Africa, he added. Topics : The publicly listed miner has yet to publish its annual report for the 2019 financial year but Abdullah estimated that production reached between 65,000 and 70,000 tons last year.  This year, production is projected to increase 5 percent. But revenue during the year would rely much on global tin prices, which have begun to decline since January due to the coronavirus epidemic in China, the world’s largest tin consumer.“We cannot control global prices. But we can control and maintain our export volume,” said Abdullah, adding that Indonesia contributed 23 percent of the global tin market, “If we exclude China, it’s more than 40 percent.”Timah president director Mochtar Riza Pahlevi Tabrani, also on Monday, said the company was looking into exploring mineral reserves in Nigeria and Tanzania. The company was particularly close to beginning operations in the former, where it only needs “a sort of environmental impact assessment” to begin.“The biggest challenge in Africa is limited infrastructure,” he said, “The second issue is security.”last_img read more

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‘At war time speed’, China leads COVID-19 vaccine race

first_imgChina is forging ahead in the race to develop a vaccine to help control the COVID-19 pandemic, with Sinovac Biotech’s experimental vaccine set to become the country’s second and the world’s third to enter final stage testing later this month.While a laggard in the global vaccine industry, China, where the new coronavirus is thought to have originated, has brought state, military and private sectors together in a quest to combat a disease that has killed over 500,000 people worldwide.Many other countries, including the United States, are coordinating closely with the private sector to try to win the vaccine development race, and China faces many challenges. Its success in driving down COVID-19 infections makes it harder to conduct large-scale vaccine trials, and so far only a few other countries have agreed to work with it. After past vaccine scandals, Beijing will also have to convince the world it has met all safety and quality requirements.But China’s use of command economy-type tools is so far yielding results.A state-controlled entity, for example, completed two vaccine plants at what it called the “war time speed” of a couple of months, while state-owned enterprises and the military have allowed experimental shots to be used on staff.The People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) medical research unit, which has been a driving force in China’s efforts to fight infectious diseases, is also working with private firms including CanSino to develop COVID-19 vaccines. Challenging the West’s traditional dominance of the industry, China is behind eight of the 19 vaccine candidates in human trials, with Sinovac’s experimental shot and one jointly developed by the military and CanSino among the front runners.It is also focused mainly on inactivated vaccine technology – a technology that is well known and has been used to make vaccines against diseases such as influenza and measles – something which could raise the chances of success.By contrast, several Western rivals such as US-based Moderna and Germany’s CureVac and BioNTech are using a new technology called messenger RNA that has never before yielded a product approved by regulators.’Tried and true'”It’s a tried and true strategy,” said Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, about inactivated vaccine technology.”If I had to pick a vaccine that I think would be the most likely to be safe and effective, it would be that one,” he said. Offit is also co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, manufactured by Merck & Co Inc.Four of the Chinese candidates in human trials are inactivated vaccines, including Sinovac’s and two vaccines from China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a unit of state-owned China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm).There are currently only two experimental COVID-19 vaccines in final Phase III trials – one from Sinopharm and another from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford. Sinovac’s is set to become the third later this month.To speed up the process, China allowed Sinopharm and Sinovac to combine Phase I and Phase II trials for their vaccine candidates.For CanSino’s experimental vaccine, the PLA research institute played a key role, with the two working on a method using an adenovirus – a similar approach to AstraZeneca’s.The PLA has its own approval process for “military specifically-needed drugs”, and approved the military use of the candidate developed by its research unit and CanSino last month.PLA lead scientist Chen Wei, who has been the face of its vaccine development effort, was among the first to take the experimental COVID-19 shot developed by her team, as well as its potential SARS treatment years before, according to state media.ChallengesChina has challenges, though, as the epidemic has petered out in the country, hampering efforts to conduct large trials.It has since shifted its focus overseas, but only a handful of countries have shown willingness to collaborate – UAE, Canada, Brazil, Indonesia and Mexico. Neither major European countries nor the United States have shown interest in China’s COVID-19 vaccines as they focus on their own projects.China must also address concerns over its vaccine quality and safety issues following several scandals over substandard vaccines in recent years.”The Chinese national regulatory authority has been improving its oversight,” said Jerome Kim, head of the International Vaccine Institute, a non-profit agency established as an initiative of the UN Development Program.China introduced a law last year to regulate the vaccine industry, with heavier penalties for selling and making fake or low-quality vaccines than other drug products. Topics :last_img read more

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MORE Power donates P1-M aid to Iloilo City COVID frontliners

first_imgAround 100,000 test kits are expected toarrive in the Philippines from Brazil and part of this will be immediatelyshipped to Iloilo City, said Castro. Aside from the mentioned initial aid, Castrosaid Bloomberg Cultural Foundation, Inc. (BCFI), the corporate socialresponsibility arm business tycoon Enrique Razon Jr. who owns MORE Power, willalso donate personal protective equipment (PPEs), N95 masks and COVID-19test kits. ILOILO City – MORE Electric and Power Corp.(MORE Power) has started giving out aid to various frontliners against thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in this southern city. According to MORE Power president Roel Castro,almost P1 million worth of facemasks, alcohol, hand sanitizers and acetate asinitial aid were distributed.“MORE Power is one with the city government and other stakeholders in thisfight against an enemy we cannot see. I hope our support can somehow helplighten the burden brought by this crisis,” Castro said.Among those who benefitted from the aid were the Iloilo City Police Office andPolice Regional Office 6, Bureau of Fire Protection, Iloilo City government aswell as medical frontliners in hospitals.The new power distributor here also shouldered that one-week meal of lawenforcers implementing the enhanced community quarantine in the city.Castro said MORE Power also mobilized its Quick Response Team to make surehospitals won’t suffer from power interruption. “I have already informed our beloved citymayor Jerry Treñas about this and we can expect the arrival of the test kits inthe next few days,” said Castro./PN Razon recently donated a total of P60-millionworth of PPEs and equipment to the Department of Health. MORE Electric and Power Corp. president Roel Castro turns over to Iloilo City Police Office director Director Eric Dampal assistance in the effort to keep the metro free from the coronavirus disease 2019. The assistance includes facemasks, alcohol and hand sanitizers, among others.last_img read more

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Absentee Voting Deadlines Announced; Election Nov. 4

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. – The Franklin County Clerk’s office is reminding voters of absentee deadlines.Monday, Oct. 27, is the last time the clerk’s office will accept a mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered absentee ballot application from a voter who requests to vote.Monday, Nov. 3, is the deadline for the clerk to receive an absentee application from a voter with disabilities, a confined voter or a voter caring for a confined person that requests that the absentee ballots be delivered to the applicant by the absentee traveling board.Voters can also vote before the board at the Courthouse until Nov. 3.Voters who wish to vote by mail, or have the traveling board come to their home to vote may contact the Clerk’s office for the absentee application.Call the office at 765-647-5111 ext. 3 for an application or if you have any questions.The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 4.last_img read more

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EPL: Tottenham tame 10-man Man City

first_imgRelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Steven Bergwijn made an instant impact on his Tottenham debut with a stunning opener in his side’s 2-0 win over champions Manchester City in an incident-packed Premier League game on Sunday. The midfielder, signed this week from PSV Eindhoven, swept home a right-foot volley three minutes after City had been reduced to 10 men when Oleksandr Zinchenko was shown a second yellow card on the hour. With City stretched, Son Heung-Min added a second in the 71st minute with a deflected effort, allowing Spurs manager Jose Mourinho to get the better of his old adversary Pep Guardiola for only the sixth time in 23 clashes. City remain 22 points behind runaway leaders Liverpool and only had themselves to blame for a sixth defeat of the season as they wasted several gilt-edged chances and missed yet another penalty when Hugo Lloris saved Ilkay Gundogan’s spot kick. Sergio Aguero was unusually profligate for City, striking the post in the first half and missing two other chances. While City’s pursuit of Liverpool has long run out of steam, a second successive league win revived Tottenham’s push for a top-four finish. They moved up to fifth in the table, four points behind London rivals Chelsea.Tags: Ilkay GundoganJose MourinhoOleksandr ZinchenkoSteven BergwijnTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

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Olsson strike rescues point for Baggies

first_imgTim Sherwood’s first game in full charge of Tottenham ended in disappointment as Emmanuel Adebayor’s error gifted West Brom a valuable point at White Hart Lane. West Brom will take confidence from this result, though, and whoever takes over as their new manager – with Pepe Mel the favourite – will be confident of avoiding the drop. At the start of the afternoon Sherwood cut a calm figure as he emerged from the tunnel to take the seat he is contracted to occupy for the next 18 months. It took him just two minutes to get to his feet, though, as Spurs made a slow start. The Tottenham manager shouted at his players, telling them to get the ball out wide and penetrate the Albion defence. Sherwood lost his patience, yelling an expletive as West Brom took advantage of a wide-open midfield to run at the Tottenham back line. Vydra and Zoltan Gera played a one-two on the edge of the box, but Lloris raced off his line to tip the former Watford man’s shot wide. Sherwood’s nerves frayed further when Vlad Chiriches’ mistake gave Gera a run at goal but Michael Dawson came to the rescue. Vydra found a way through the Spurs defence again but Lloris again raced off his line to deny the striker. Tottenham’s supporters were getting anxious. The attacking intent was easy on the eye, but there was no end product and the open midfield made the home defence look hugely vulnerable. Nacer Chadli raised spirits momentarily when he sent a dipping ball into the box, but Craig Dawson cleared before Adebayor could convert. Gylfi Sigurdsson had a powerful shot at goal, but Olsson’s face got in the way. The Baggies captain felt the full force of the shot and needed a couple of minutes to come around. When play resumed, West Brom went on the attack again and Vydra and Diego Lugano missed Liam Ridgewell’s cross by a matter of inches. The former Birmingham man fulfilled his duties at the other end, throwing his body on the line to stop Soldado’s goal-bound shot. Tottenham’s fans then got the goal they yearned just after the half-hour. Referee Anthony Taylor blew for a late tackle by James Morrison on Kyle Walker. Eriksen whipped the ball over the wall and it hit the crossbar, bounced up off the ground and hit it again before nestling in the net. Albion were incensed with the original decision against Morrison, but were level less than two minutes later. Eriksen was penalised for a foul on Morrison. Amalfitano swung over a free-kick, Adebayor swung at the ball but failed to clear and Olsson had the easiest of tap-ins. After the break West Brom continued to threaten. Lloris saved acrobatically to deny Steven Reid and Gera missed another chance from six yards. Tottenham resorted to long shots from Danny Rose and Walker. Sherwood replaced Holtby with 19-year-old midfielder Nabil Bentaleb. Reid was lucky to escape a second booking for a late sliding challenge that left Rose rolling around on the floor in agony. Erik Lamela came off the bench to try to turn the game in Tottenham’s favour but still the hosts were weak in front of goal. Soldado went close inside the box on two occasions in the dying minutes, but there was no way through and a few boos rang out at the end. Adebayor scored two crucial goals in last week’s 3-2 victory over Southampton, but he proved to be the foe on a rather underwhelming introduction to full-time management for Sherwood. Less than two minutes after Christian Eriksen put Spurs ahead, Adebayor woefully miscued a Morgan Amalfitano cross and Jonas Olsson tapped in easily from close range to score the equaliser in this 1-1 draw. Sherwood’s appointment, on an 18-month contract, raised a few eyebrows when it was announced on Monday. The former Spurs midfielder made his desire to bring attacking football back to White Hart Lane clear in his programme notes. The home fans applauded the team’s attempts to get the ball forward, but from this performance, it is clear that much work still has to be done if Sherwood is to achieve his goal of leading Tottenham into the Champions League. Adebayor had an off day up front while Roberto Soldado also failed to deliver. Eriksen’s movement, and his stunning free-kick, deserved praise. But an attacking intent left gaping holes in the midfield which Albion exploited. Had Matej Vydra had a better game, or Hugo Lloris a worse one, this could have been another damaging defeat. The smattering of boos that rang out at the final whistle showed that Spurs fans have their concerns too. Tottenham go into the final match of the 2013 three points behind fifth. The gap to the top four will probably widen after tonight’s game between Manchester City and Liverpool. Press Associationlast_img read more

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McDowell in contention

first_img Press Association “This is a fun game to play. We are very lucky to play it for a living but last week bordered on the unenjoyable because the golf course was so frustratingly difficult. “I’ve played in front of many big crowds before, but maybe none as passionate here as the Irish crowd. There’s nothing quite like it when a crowd is pulling for you and it’s a fun experience. It’s something I’ve never experienced before, except perhaps at a Ryder Cup.” Rock lost a play-off to Shane Lowry at County Louth in 2009 but claimed the first prize of 500,000 euro as Lowry was still an amateur, while he also finished fifth in 2006 and second to Paul Casey last year. “It’s a tournament I like playing but I think it’s more the time of year,” Rock said. “I enjoy the tournaments at the start of the year (he held off Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy to win in Abu Dhabi in 2012) but when we travel further afield I don’t play well and it batters your confidence. “It takes time to rebuild that and it seems to be this time of year it comes back.” Italian Marco Crespi and English duo Simon Khan and Matthew Nixon were three off the pace on seven under, Nixon coming home in 31 to card a 65, the joint lowest score of the day. “I made a nice birdie on the first and then hit it straight in the water on the next,” said Nixon, who was fourth in the NH Collection Open earlier this season. “I made double there and I thought this could be a long round of golf. I made some nice swings after that and for once my putts all went in.” Nixon’s second shot to the par-four sixth also went in from 93 yards, just moments after playing partner Mark Staunton had done the same from 120. “I’ve never seen that happen. It was quite nice,” Nixon added. Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington was a shot further back after a 67, while English teenager Matt Fitzpatrick made the cut in his first event as a professional on one under after a 69. Graeme McDowell hopes it will be 13th time lucky in the Irish Open this weekend as Rory McIlroy made an early exit from the event for the second year in succession. McDowell carded a second round of 66 to lie just two shots off the halfway lead held by Finland’s Mikko Ilonen – who added a 68 to his opening course-record 64 – but Ryder Cup team-mate McIlroy could only manage an erratic 69 to miss the cut by a shot on one over. “It’s very frustrating,” said the former world number one, who won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth last month. “To make six birdies and an eagle and shoot just two under means there were a lot of mistakes and wasteful shots. “To miss the cut for the second year in a row is not a nice position to be in. I don’t know what else to say, it’s very disappointing.” McIlroy needed to finish birdie-eagle to qualify for the weekend and although he duly holed from long range on the 17th and hit a brilliant escape from the trees on the last, he was unable to chip in from the front of the green. “I’m proud of myself how I fought out there and didn’t give up and tried for the last shot,” added McIlroy after his first missed cut on the European Tour in 2014. “I gave myself a chance to try to make the cut with the big birdie putt on 17, but just wasn’t meant to be. “I just need to tighten it all up and become a lot more consistent, make the bad shots a little bit better and not be as wasteful around the greens. If I can do that, I know my game is right there. I’ve got a couple weeks off now to work on my game a little bit, play some links golf and get ready for the Scottish Open and the Open.” McDowell made his tournament debut when Fota Island last hosted the event in 2002 and finished 27th, but that was one of just six halfway cuts the former US Open champion has made in 12 appearances. The 34-year-old has never recorded a top-10 finish but carded six birdies and one bogey to join 2009 runner-up Robert Rock and France’s Romain Wattel on eight under par. “There’s always a first time for everything,” McDowell joked. “I’ve been unhappy with my game now for a few months, really getting frustrated with myself in general and trying to be a little too perfect. I tried to loosen myself up a little bit and try to enjoy my golf a little bit. I’m surprised and excited to be in contention. “Normally there’s some pressure and expectation in the Irish Open. I think maybe coming off the US Open last week, with as much pressure and frustration and expectation as you feel there, perhaps that’s why I’m dealing with it a little bit better because it nearly feels like the proverbial walk in the park by comparison. last_img read more

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Other Sports Commonwealth Games gold medalist Sanjita Chanu fails dope test

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Two-time Commonwealth Games champion weightlifter Sanjita Chanu has tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and has been provisionally suspended by the federation, the international federation said on Thursday.International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said on its website that Sanjita, who had won a gold in the women’s 53kg category in the recently concluded 2018 Commonwealth Games, has tested positive for testosterone.“IWF reports that the sample of Ms. Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham (IND) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Testosterone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents). As a consequence, the Athlete is provisionally suspended in view of a potential anti-doping rule violation,” IWF stated.”In any case where it is determined that the Athlete did not commit an anti-doping rule violation, the relevant decision will also be published,” the IWF added.The IWF did not give details, such as the dates, of the dope test sample collection, saying “it will not make any further comments on the case until it is closed”.Sanjita had taken part in the 53kg class in the World Championship in Anaheim (US) in November last year, finishing 13th with a total lift of 177kg.She lifted a total of 192kg top win the gold in 53kg in Gold Coast. She had also won a gold in the 48kg category in the 2014 CWG in Glasgow. last_img read more

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Six-pack of seniors leave memories in Camp Randall finale

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoFor John Stocco, it was knowing before the game he wouldn’t get to play. For Joe Stellmacher and Joe Thomas, it was during the final run onto Camp Randall before the game began. For Mark Zalewski, it continued after the victory and into post-game interviews, where he fought back tears even an hour after all was said and done.Emotions ran high before, during and after Senior Day at Camp Randall Stadium, and no matter when it hit each Badger in the final home game of his career, every senior was clearly saddened by saying goodbye to Saturdays in Madison.Stocco, Stellmacher, Thomas, Zalewski, Joe Monty and Roderick Rogers each came up big in saving the No. 10 Badgers from a colossal upset against the Bulls Saturday, and they were instrumental in helping UW to a memorable 11-1 regular season that seemingly came out of nowhere.Stocco was unable to play in his final home game, as he suffered a right shoulder injury two weeks ago against Penn State, but he couldn’t have been happier with the way his senior year turned out.”It was tough, last time in Camp Randall, I wanted to be out there with my teammates,” Stocco said. “But I just couldn’t be happier for my team. This has been the most fun I’ve ever had playing, and [I’m] just happy with the way it ended.”Stellmacher ended the regular season in second place on the Badgers with 78 tackles, though his main contribution to Saturday’s victory was of a different nature. In his 41st game at Wisconsin, Stellmacher recovered the first fumble of his career.The senior safety said the pregame festivities of Senior Day were what got his emotions rolling. After the underclassmen ran onto the field, each of Wisconsin’s 19 senior players were announced and ran out individually to greet their parents and loved ones.”I was pretty emotional before the game,” Stellmacher said. “I think we were all choking ’em back; they were falling down. [With] senior parents out there on the field after five years of work, it is emotional.”Those sentiments were echoed by Thomas, who anchored a line that sprang P.J. Hill for 1,533 rushing yards through 12 games, good for seventh on the all-time list for freshman running backs.”I think it was real emotional, especially right at the beginning of the game, when you see your parents [as you’re] running out of that tunnel for the final time,” said Thomas, one of the most highly touted offensive linemen ever to come out of Wisconsin.The most emotional of all the seniors, at least after the game ended, was Zalewski, without question. The middle linebacker fought back tears as he answered questions about the experience of saying goodbye.”This is so crazy,” Zalewski said. “It goes by so fast. It’s something that I love so much. It’s hard to deal with, it’s the last one.”Everything about this day has been hard. It’s been fun, but it’s hard.”Zalewski now leads the Badgers with 81 tackles, with his five bring-downs against Buffalo. One came on a second-down play inside the UW 5, and helped the Badgers turn away the Bulls from a first-and-goal opportunity from the 3 without any points (courtesy of a missed Adam Tanalski field goal).”It was pretty tough to run out there, just realizing … I just love it so much,” Zalewski said. “It’s hard on something like that, you’re not going to get to do that again.”Monty, perhaps the least heralded of the starting six, sacked Bulls quarterback Tony Paoli late in the second quarter, forcing a fumble that was recovered by UW linebacker Mike Newkirk. Tyler Donovan promptly took the Badgers 46 yards in just three plays and 23 seconds, with a touchdown pass to Luke Swan putting Wisconsin out of reach with a 21-3 lead going into the locker room.When asked if he was thinking “fumble” upon rushing Paoli’s backside, Monty proved to be in more of a joking mood than his fellow seniors.”I’m thinking, don’t miss the tackle,” Monty said in one of the most matter-of-factly delivered comments of the year. “Wrap him up. [If I don’t,] I’m going directly to the sideline.”After drawing laughter from those around Monty, the defensive end from Ft. Collins, Colo., reflected on his final game in a Badger uniform.”It was unbelievable, so much emotion coming out of that tunnel for the last time. A little slow in the first half, but just picked it up in the second half. Just unbelievable.”I’m not even talking about that [Capital One Bowl], because I’m still hoping for a Rose Bowl,” Monty added.Rogers helped out with a tackle against Buffalo, two weeks removed from being UW’s defensive player of the week for his effort at free safety against Penn State.Though they didn’t start throughout the season, contributors Zach Hampton and Dywon Rowan got into the act as well in their final Camp Randall contest. Hampton managed the punt return game without any fumbles, which was a constant struggle for him throughout the 2006 season.Hampton also downed a Ken DeBauche punt on the 4-yard line of the Bulls, something he and DeBauche were able to do many times over Hampton’s tenure at Wisconsin.”I kind of took the time out just to look around, and the whole game, I just had a sense of pride looking around, being proud of what myself and my teammates have accomplished this year and the past four years with the seniors,” Hampton said.Rowan, in his last game, chipped in to a balanced scoring attack, as five different Badgers found the end zone Saturday. Rowan capped the scoring with an 11-yard dash into the end zone with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, the last time UW would score at home with the 2006 seniors.last_img read more