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Taiwan’s official Central News Agency said this week that stocks on the island of US drugmaker Gilead’s COVID-19 medicine remdesivir were low.Taiwan had originally ordered 2,000 doses to arrive by the end of July, but had only 78 in stock, enough to treat 54 seriously-ill patients, the report said.Remdesivir is the only drug so far authorized in the European Union to treat patients with severe symptoms of COVID-19.Remdesivir is in high demand after the intravenously-administered medicine helped to shorten hospital recovery times in a clinical trial.But in results announced in June, a trial by researchers in the United Kingdom showed dexamethasone as the first drug to save lives of COVID-19 patients in what scientists said was a major breakthrough in the coronavirus pandemic.Japan last month also approved the use of dexamethasone to treat COVID-19. Taiwan provisionally approved the use of dexamethasone, a cheap and widely-used steroid, to treat the new coronavirus, as the island faces a shortfall of the antiviral drug remdesivir after the United States bought nearly all global supplies.Taiwan Centers for Disease Control Deputy Director-General Chuang Jen-hsiang told reporters on Tuesday that medical experts had decided to provisionally allow dexamethasone to be listed as a COVID-19 treatment but that procedures still needed to be completed before it could be given to any patients.Taiwan has reported 476 cases of the new coronavirus, including seven deaths. Most of the cases are imported and almost all have recovered. It has kept numbers low thanks to early and effective prevention work. Topics :
SCOREBOARDNEW ZEALAND innings M. Guptill c Kohli b Bumrah 1H. Nicholls b Jadeja 28K. Williamson c Jadeja b Chahal 67L. Taylor run-out (Jadeja) 74J. Neesham c Karthik b Pandya 12C. de Grandhomme c Dhoni b Kumar 16T. Latham c Jadeja b Kumar 10M. Santner not out 9M. Henry c Kohli b Kumar 1T. Boult not out 3Extras: (lb-5, w-13) 18Total: (8 wickets, 50 overs) 239Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-69, 3-134, 4-162, 5-200, 6-225, 7-225, 8-232.Bowling: B. Kumar 10-1-43-3, J. Bumrah 10-1-39-1, H. Pandya 10-0-55-1, R. Jadeja 10-0-34-1, Y. Chahal 10-0-63-1.INDIA inningsK. Rahul c Latham b Henry 1R. Sharma c Latham b Henry 1V. Kohli lbw b Boult 1R. Pant c de Grandhomme b Santner 32K. Karthik c Neesham b Henry 6H. Pandya c Williamson b Santner 32MS Dhoni run-out (Guptill) 50R. Jadeja c Williamson b Boult 77B. Kumar b Ferguson 0Y. Chahal c Latham b Neesham 5J. Bumrah not out 0Extras: (lb-3, w-13) 16Total: (all out, 49.3 overs) 221Fall of wickets: 1-4, 2-5, 3-5, 4-24, 5-71, 6-92, 7-208, 8-216, 9-217.Bowling: T. Boult 10-2-42-2, M. Henry 10-1-37-3, L. Ferguson 10-0-43-1, C. de Grandhomme 2-0-13-0, J. Neesham 7.3-0-49-1, M. Santner 10-2-34-2. By Amlan ChakrabortyMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – New Zealand survived Ravindra Jadeja’s late onslaught to stun India by 18 runs in a low-scoring thriller yesterday and reach the Cricket World Cup final for the second time in a row.Twice champions India were reeling at 24-4 in their chase for a modest victory target of 240 in what had appeared to be a lop-sided semi-final.Jadeja (77) partnered Mahendra Singh Dhoni in a century-plus stand but India were bowled out for 221 in the final over and New Zealand will play hosts England or defending champions Australia in Sunday’s final at Lord’s.“Great semi-final over two days and very pleased to be on the right side of it,” New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said.“We just wanted to put the ball in the good areas and put pressure on India. We just wanted some early wickets and it was great start for the bowlers.”“The way Jadeja and (MS) Dhoni were hitting the ball, they were likely to win, but our fielders were then outstanding.” Opting to bat first in the rain-hit contest played over two days, New Zealand’s 239 for eight looked far from imposing against India’s formidable batting lineup. But Matt Henry (3-37) and Trent Boult (2-42) ripped the heart out of India’s top order and spinner Mitchell Santner struck two crucial blows in the middle overs.Henry dismissed Rohit Sharma, the World Cup’s leading scorer, and Boult trapped Virat Kohli lbw in the next over.India captain reviewed the decision but could not get it overturned.The horror continued for India as K. Rahul became the third Indian top order batsman to depart for one, Henry’s second caught-behind victim.Jimmy Neesham took a magnificent left-handed catch to dismiss Dinesh Karthik as India slumped to 24-4 in 10 overs.Rishabh Pant added 47 runs with Hardik Pandya to arrest the slide and Pant made 32 before his wild heave off Santner found Colin de Grandhomme near the mid-wicket boundary.Pandya, struggling with a hip injury, also made 32 before throwing away his wicket.Jadeja injected fresh excitement into the match with his brave counter-attack that left his team needing 90 runs off the last 10 overs with four wickets in hand.He and Dhoni (50) kept India afloat in the chase which was eventually derailed when both fell in successive overs. “We thought we had restricted them to a total that is chase-able on any surface,” Kohli said. “But the way they bowled in that first half an hour was the difference in the game. “We had a good day yesterday and I’m very proud of that effort. Then it was a professional effort with the ball this morning and we had the momentum. “But credit to the New Zealand bowlers – the way they bowled with the new ball, moving it around, it was an outstanding skill level on display and they made life very difficult for our batsmen.”Williamson had won the toss on Tuesday and opted to bat at a venue where teams batting first had won all five previous matches in the tournament.India’s new ball pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-43) and Jasprit Bumrah bowled with impeccable discipline while Jadeja was also very economical with the ball.Resuming on the reserve day at 211-5, New Zealand added 28 runs from the remaining 23 deliveries as Ross Taylor top-scored with a gutsy 74 to go with Williamson’s 67.Jadeja proved his value as a fielder with a pinpoint throw to run-out Taylor and in the next delivery, took a well-judged catch near the ropes to dismiss Tom Latham.
WEEE Ireland has given Donegal residents and pupils in Raphoe National School in Raphoe an ‘AA grade’ for their battery recycling efforts.The news comes ahead of a final push to reach the EU target of recycling 45% of all batteries sold in Ireland by the end of 2016.WEEE Ireland is the country’s biggest recycling scheme for used batteries. It said that Donegal residents collected 4946 kg of batteries and pupils in Raphoe National School in Raphoe had collected 122 kg of batteries over the past year.WEEE Ireland praised them for their efforts in collecting and recycling batteries.WEEE Ireland CEO Leo Donovan called on people in Donegal and schools in the county to make a final push and collect as many batteries as possible ahead of the deadline at the end of the year.Mr Donovan praised the efforts of Raphoe National School in Raphoe whose pupils collected 122 kg of batteries over the past year as part of the WEEE Pledge Programme. The WEEE Pledge Programme is a free recycling and educational programme designed for schools – more information is available about it at www.weeepledge.ieMr Donovan said that the WEEE Pledge Programme was calling on all schools around the country as well as teachers pupils and parents to recycle as many batteries as possible before the year’s end.“I am especially proud of the great recycling work that residents of Donegal have done as well as the efforts of pupils in Raphoe National School in Raphoe as part of the WEEE Pledge Programme. They are setting a very high standard for other schools to follow.“WEEE Pledge has broadened students’ recycling activity and is inspiring the next generation to be ‘guardians of our planet’. Students (and their families) learn about the importance of being responsible for the environment and how to make a difference in each community” Mr Donovan added.In 2015 over 2,000 primary and secondary schools took part in the WEEE Pledge programme and WEEE Ireland hopes that this number continues to grow. By recycling their batteries under the WEEE Pledge Programme students are also helping to raise much needed funds for LauraLynn, Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. This is the second year that the European Battery Recycling Day is taking place. It is a Europe-wide initiative that sees WEEE Ireland join forces with other recycling schemes under the auspices of the European Association of National Collection Schemes for Batteries (EUCOBAT).Mr Donovan added that generally Irish consumers had adapted well to recycling so much so that they were close to achieving a new European recycling target.He said that Ireland was close to hitting the EU target of recycling 36 million batteries or 45% of the total number of 80 million batteries sold annually here.Raphoe pupils well able to recharge their batteries! was last modified: September 9th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:batteriesdonegalRaphoe