Centre-State lack of coordination delivers medical supply chain sucker punch

first_img Related Posts Centre-State lack of coordination delivers medical supply chain sucker punch COVID-19 Updates News The states it seems have not understood that this 21-day lockdown is to prepare hospitals for tidal wave of patients that are likely; and are clamping down manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, of medical devices, equipmentMedical Technology Association of India has been in constant engagement with the government to tackle the current COVID-19 situation in India.MTaI in a statement released said, “The central government has expeditiously moved through the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DOP) Secretary as well as through the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) and the Health Ministry to underscore the exemption of medical devices and equipment manufacturing, warehousing and distribution from the lockdown. The centre is a disseminator of directives however, the implementation rests with state governments and local level administrators. The latter it seems have not understood that this 21-day lockdown is to prepare the hospitals for the tidal wave of patients that is likely; and are clamping down manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, of medical devices and equipment. Transport trucks carrying these vital preparatory materials are stuck at city and state borders. The manufacturing and warehousing staffs, though armed with copies of the exemptions, are hitting a wall explaining to SHOs and local bodies that their products are needed in the hospitals and their units need to run.These companies are fully compliant with the lockdown as all their offices are closed as commanded by the government and all personnel are working from home. But without their manufacturing units, warehouses, transporters and courier companies working, this lockdown will do nothing for the preparation of hospitals and healthcare system which it is meant for.We would like to reiterate that in the absence of a vaccine or proven drug it is the medical devices industry that is shouldering the war against COVID-19. We appeal the state government and local level administrators that medical device supply chain be immediately resuscitated by issuing e-passes and facilitating medical device movement between cargo-manufacturer-warehouse-distributor-hospital.” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article By EH News Bureau on March 30, 2020 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha COVID-19Department of Pharmaceuticals SecretaryHealth ministryMedical Technology Association of IndiaNational Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority Share Comments (0) Add Commentlast_img read more

Esports Education Investments Endure and Grow Amid Budget Restrictions

first_imgBy Chris Bull Futuresource ConsultingThroughout 2020, esports has been one of the most notable champions amid stay-at-home orders and social distancing policies. The industry has thrived, but it has certainly changed course from its pre-COVID trajectory, and even more so for its application in K-12 and higher education.When we talk about esports and education, most market activity happens within higher education. This happens both as part of formal vocational engagement through business and event management modules, but also as undergraduate courses with the study of esports as a subject at the fore. It also presents itself informally via student societies, nonprofit league events and through educational integrators. The varying degree against which these elements are emphasized also reveals the regional differences that explain the development of esports within the education segment.Western Europe and North America as Most Developed Esports MarketsAccording to Futuresource Consulting’s latest esports report, Western Europe and North America are, at present, the two most mature and developed esports education markets. As of 2020, they account for approximately 60% of global install base of dedicated esports computing hardware. Despite rapid projected growth from the APAC region, these two Western markets are receiving a COVID-related boost, as higher education seeks out new drive factors for student engagement and courses that will attract and retain prospective students. Successful emerging undergraduate courses at both Salford and Chichester University in the U.K. are demonstrating the potential for other universities to formally integrate and produce an esports offering.The Differing Drive Factors Between APAC and Western MarketsThe drive factors for the APAC region are distinct from those in Western markets. In APAC, education integrators play a much greater role as they seek to augment the already existing curriculum using gaming as a tool, rather than having gaming as the subject in and of itself. Organizations such as Code Warriors in India and SCOGA in Singapore are active in this application and focus on K-12 interactions. These partners work directly with schools to demonstrate the educational value of gaming in the classroom and help open up the sector to consider more formal integrations of esports generally.However, the overwhelming majority of esports market growth within APAC is accounted for by the Chinese market — as a rapidly growing commercial opportunity too. A nationwide study of esports in China published by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security found that on average, 81% of those working in the esports industry had salaries approximately three times higher than that of the local average. Alongside this, the study also showed that approximately 15% of those within the industry held an undergraduate university degree or higher. There are clear concerns about whether the educational supply of skilled graduates can presently accommodate the soaring demand of the esports industry, which is continuously soaking up talent and work. This explains why there is a large scale and sustained investment in esports programs and courses, particularly at the Shandong Lanxiang Vocational School, but also at the Beijing Geely University. This will continue following investments in the commercial sector, as well as through China’s growing internet café industry, which takes its lead from South Korea’s similar PC-Bang culture.See related  Here’s How the Corona Tag Can Get Us Back to Work SafelyTightened Budgets in LATAM and EMEA in light of COVID-19The developing world in both LATAM and MEA has been heavily impacted in terms of esports educational investment; this is the result of tightening budgets following each country’s COVID-19 response and a comparatively low level of device penetration within the classroom. This does not mean that it has stalled however, as the focus point will move away from desktops and mobile-PCs, pivoting towards smartphone usage. This is already popular in these markets in the commercial sector and will account for the main method of interaction for gamers generally to interact with esports. Smartphone usage drastically cuts the entry cost for consumers to engage with esports and presents a simple, quick way to setup an esports enabled classroom environment.Around the world every market is embracing esports with variance according to the particularities of digital infrastructure and labour market qualities related to local conditions. Some markets are emphasizing higher education integration, particularly in markets where esports is established as a mature commercial industry, while others are using it as a tool for augmented learning outcomes and engaging students that otherwise struggle to remain invested in education. The integration of esports into the education segment will also include a wide range of devices, from smartphones and high-powered workstation desktops through to mid-range PCs for less competitive gaming.last_img read more

Hot, dry and blustery conditions to test runners

first_imgRoadrunning It has taken a lot longer than usual but after many months of temperate and relatively cool conditions, Port Moresby road runners have to face the cold, hard truth finally; it’s horrendously hot and humid and sometimes it’s going to be horrid over the next few months. It’s the warmest time of the year in the capital and that means unless it’s raining or at least threatening to do so, it’s very tough going for all comers. That was the case on Saturday at Port Moresby Grammar School where the shortest event on the card, which took the runners down to the first roundabout on Taurama road, attracted the most participants. With a total distance of just 2.2km, what sounded like a dizzy-easy task was actually an imposing assignment. There was a southerly buster blowing into the faces of everyone and the usual bunch of wayward and sometimes intoxicated pedestrians made running in a straight line impossible. Evoh Bai zigzagged his way into first place and won the race in 9 minutes and 15 seconds from Joe Avoa (9.20), and Gideon Hanun (9.53). Theresa Titus led the female charge in 12.33, supported by Vicky Sailas (12.42), Patricia Aitsi (13.15), Anna Pocock (13.28), Glenda Yuwi (19.32) and Petra Reesink (24.36). The junior speedster Joshua John usually takes on the shortest race, and usually wins, it must be said, so it was good to see him branch out to something longer on Saturday. He tried his hand at the 5.6 km event, which took the runners to the second roundabout and back to the school car park. John won easily in 28.52, with Micah Fito in second place and looking uncharacteristically sluggish, in 32.05. Megan Hardy took out the female race in 34.37. The longest race on the card had the third roundabout on Taurama road as its turnaround. Skene Kiage led from start to finish to win in 36.07, with the ever-improving Joshua Michael next in 40.53 ahead of James Gurumi in 42.26. Falyn Buda was the leading female in 52.27. As we have just moved into the penultimate month of the year that means that the annual downtown 10,000 must be just around the corner. And there it is shining brightly in the calendar. It’s on Sunday December 1, starting at 5am on Douglas Street, outside Kina Bank Tower. Before then, the Saturday 5pm events will be at Holiday Inn, Waigani on November 30, De La Salle, Bomana on November 23, UPNG on November 16 and next Saturday at the new venue of Kokonas Indastri Koporesen, at the junction of Stanley Esplanade and Cuthbertson Street, Town. Three events are available: 2.6km, 5.2km and 8.5km. As usual there’s something for everyone. Walkers are welcome. No one is too fast, too slow or too old. The entry fee is 20 toea.last_img read more

Putting Harbaugh hype aside, Ravens offense has tall order in front of it

first_imgAfter a few days, I admit it.I’m a little Harbaugh-ed out.With no disrespect to either John or Jim Harbaugh and the remarkable story of the two becoming the first brothers in NFL history to meet as opposing head coaches, neither will play a snap in a nationally-televised game on Thursday night. The storyline was originally meant to inject life in a game appearing to be a mismatch when the schedule-makers pegged it for Thanksgiving night back in April.But this matchup is stimulating, whether two brothers are facing off or the opposing head coaches wouldn’t recognize each other walking down the street. The Ravens are roughly where most expected them to be through the first 10 games of the season — overlooking the sub-.500 opponents their three losses have come against — but Jim Harbaugh’s 49ers are the biggest surprise of the 2011 season, having won eight in a row and suffering their only loss of the season in overtime back in Week 2.Even with a short week that clearly puts the 49ers at a disadvantage having to travel across the country, this game is simply too appealing to spend too much time focusing on the Harbaughs.Much like John’s first year in Baltimore in 2008, the younger Harbaugh has made his stamp on a San Francisco team that had plenty of talent but needed new direction after failing to reach expectations under the previous regime. He has already guided San Francisco to its first winning season since 2002, and the 49ers are right on the heels of the undefeated Green Bay Packers for the No. 1 seed in the NFC. They’ve done it just like the Ravens did in 2008 — a strong defense and a power running game.Meanwhile, the Ravens have their eyes on the top seed in the AFC — currently tied with New England, Pittsburgh, and Houston at 7-3 — and sorely need a win when taking into account the Patriots’ and Steelers’ favorable schedules over the final six weeks of the regular season. For the sake of their playoff positioning, Thursday is a game the Ravens really can’t afford to lose.The Baltimore offense will need to bring its best effort against a 49ers defense that prides itself on stopping the run and taking the ball away from you at a prolific rate. Led by inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman and imposing defensive end Justin Smith, San Francisco owns the top-ranked run defense and has not allowed a rushing touchdown all season.Though they found the elusive balance between the run and pass in last Sunday’s 31-24 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens will be challenged to gain positive yardage on the ground against the 49ers’ front seven. The possibility may push Baltimore to slip back into the more one-dimensional offense we’ve seen in recent weeks.“It’s [about] whatever is going to move the football for us and get us first downs,” quarterback Joe Flacco said. “If we’re able to do both of those things and hit chunks [of yardage via the pass] here or there, then that’s what’s going to be important.”The San Francisco pass defense is less impressive, ranking 27th in the NFL, but it’s opportunistic nature (15 interceptions) highlights the biggest area in which the Ravens need to be concerned.Turnovers.No team in the NFL has done a better job of protecting the football while causing the opponent to fail in doing so. Not only are the 49ers tied for fewest giveaways (nine) in the league, but their defense has forced an incredible 26 takeaways to lead the NFL. San Francisco’s plus-17 turnover margin is easily the best in the league.In contrast, the Ravens’ 18 giveaways are tied for sixth-most in the AFC. Following a turnover-free performance in a Week 1 win over Pittsburgh, the Baltimore offense has committed two or more miscues in six of its last nine games and at least one in all nine games.The 49ers have won the turnover battle in all but one of their games this season while the Ravens have committed more miscues than their opponent in five of their 10 games, still managing to win three of them.Short week or not, the Ravens will have their hands full on Thursday night against one of the best defenses in the league. It’s a unit that can make you pay if you’re not on your toes, protecting the football and setting the tempo by gaining just enough on the ground to keep the front seven honest.If not, the Ravens will have no choice but to let the passes fly from Flacco’s right arm and, with it, a greater chance for a turnover against defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s attacking San Francisco defense.In recent weeks, the Ravens have spoken ad nauseam about their need to get the running game going and to take better care of the football. They’ll have their chance on Thanksgiving against the best team in the league in stopping the run and taking away the football from the opposition.“I know it’s going to be a challenge, but I don’t plan on forcing anything,” said running back Ray Rice, who reached the 100-yard rushing mark for the first time since Week 6. “I have to take what’s given and I’m looking forward to one of those Pittsburgh Steelers kind of games with [that] defense. They’re in a different division, but they play like our defense and they’re going to be tough.”It’s not a season-deciding game, but a win over the 49ers would go a long way in determining where the Ravens wind up in their potential playoff journey.And that’s far more important than who happens to be coaching on opposite sidelines.last_img read more

North Korea now blasting choral, folk music at demilitarized zone, not propaganda

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(PYONGYANG, North Korea) — North Korea has changed its tune — at least along the DMZ, or Korean Demilitarized Zone, a two-and-a-half-mile-wide buffer of landmines and booby traps that separates it from South Korea.For years, giant speakers at North Korea’s propaganda village, Kijong-dong, would blast a looping playlist of martial speeches. But since the Winter Olympics began earlier this month in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the speeches, which some American officers said they can recite nearly word for word, have given way to pleasant choral and folk music, according to United Nations Command officials.“Instead of a lot of the hard-line speeches, it has gotten softer,” Lt. Cmdr. Daniel McShane, a United Nations Command duty officer who has been posted at the DMZ for five years, told ABC News during a visit to the site Wednesday. “We’ve been hearing a lot more music, and a lot of it has been more classical, especially at night.”The new playlist may point to a wider thaw in the 65-year-old cold war that has dominated the Korean Peninsula since the communist North invaded the South in June 1950. Relations also appeared to warm when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un dispatched his sister and the president of the country’s puppet parliament to represent him at the Olympics.North Korea also sent a cheerleading team and a marching band, and the nation’s athletes marched under a unified flag with the South Koreans.McShane said North Korea’s different musical offerings near the border “could be just because there’s a good number of North Korean citizens here.”“Or,” McShane added, “it could just be a coincidence. Maybe they’ve run out of speeches.”Not much else has changed near the DMZ. Although diplomats from both the North and South recently met at the so-called Peace House, tensions remain, according to McShane. Communicating with North Korea remains challenging. In 2013, representatives of North Korea stopped answering a hotline phone that had connected them to the U.S.-led United Nations command.When messages must be sent — especially complaints about armistice violations — an American officer will descend from a command post, walk between the iconic blue huts, around the sunglasses-wearing South Korean guards, and signal for a translator who must literally yell into North Korea from the very edge of South Korea.It often takes multiple attempts. Eventually, a North Korean officer will descend, carrying a video camera to record the U.S. officer’s request. That video, according to officers on the South Korean side, is then relayed to central command in Pyongyang. Often, the North Korean officer will not even respond directly to the American who’s making the request.Nearby, to the north, an estimated 15,000 artillery pieces are pointed directly at Seoul, about 25 miles to the south.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more