Kamala Harris Makes California History

first_img“She maybe didn’t quite imagine this moment,” Ms. Harris said of her mother. “But she believed so deeply in an America where a moment like this is possible, and so I am thinking about her and about the generations of women, Black women, Asian, white, Latina, Native American women — who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight.”There is one more historic distinction that in some ways encapsulates all of the above: Ms. Harris is a Californian. Her casual use of the Tamil word “chittis” to refer to her aunts in her nomination acceptance speech was remarkable largely because it was onstage at the Democratic National Convention.“I’m Tamil myself and it has a resonance for people who use that word as part of how they talk about their families,” Mr. Ramakrishnan said. “But things like that, immigrants in general can relate to — even if you don’t understand the word.”Ms. Harris’s long career in the Golden State also means that for Californians especially, her status as a barrier-breaking politician is only one part of a complex legacy as San Francisco’s and the state’s former “top cop.”And while representation can be powerful, as we saw repeatedly during the presidential race, it’s not everything. Todd Gloria, who will be San Diego’s next mayor, will be the first person of color to have the job, as well as the first openly gay man. He’s also entering the office with new mayoral power. [The San Diego Union-Tribune] What’s in a name? For Kamala Harris, like many other Americans, it’s a way of expressing identity. [NBC News] – Advertisement – Read the full story about Ms. Harris’s ascension to the vice presidency. [The New York Times] Read more background on the bitter fight. [The New York Times] On Saturday, Gov. Gavin Newsom, in addition to describing Ms. Harris, a fellow San Francisco politician and friend, as “a walking, whip-smart embodiment of the California Dream,” tweeted a celebratory video of her dancing in the rain soundtracked by a song popular on TikTok that says, “I’m sorry for drippin’, but drip is what I do.” In the video, Ms. Harris sported her signature combination. Listen to Ms. Harris talk about growing up with Indian and Jamaican roots in Northern California on the Asian Enough podcast. [The Los Angeles Times] If you missed it: A crowd danced in the streets outside Ms. Harris’s childhood home in Berkeley. [The San Francisco Chronicle] His vice president will be Senator Kamala Harris.Her rise to the highest office in the nation ever occupied by a woman has been full of historic milestones: the first Black woman to become San Francisco’s and then California’s top prosecutor, the second Black woman to become a senator.Now, not only will she be the first woman vice president, she will also be the first Black woman, the first South-American woman, and the first daughter of immigrants to hold the role.- Advertisement – In her speech on Saturday night, she drew a direct line from her mother, Dr. Shyamala Gopalan Harris, who came to the United States when she was 19, through her own career and to generations of women in the future. Diana Gutierrez, 26, who joined a group parading through downtown to a rally at Pershing Square on Saturday morning, said she was undocumented in 2016 when President Trump was elected; she had come from Peru with her family in 2002 as a young child.She and Cori Bratby-Rudd, 26, said they hadn’t been dating long when they decided to get married four years ago, in part because they were worried Ms. Gutierrez would be deported.But a Biden victory brought enormous relief. Ms. Harris’s ascension was a significant factor.“I can’t even explain it,” she said, “for there to be a Black woman vice president with the ability to speak for immigrants. ”Ms. Bratby-Rudd added, “We’re elated.”Shanyn Stokes, 28, said: “I think she’s been doing the best she can. I do believe her heart’s in the right place.”Ms. Stokes, who is Black, said Ms. Harris’s victory was an encouraging sign that Americans increasingly see women — and Black women specifically — as capable of any job a white man could do.Now, Ms. Stokes said, “I’m very hopeful to see what she does.” Read about what a Californian vice president means for the state. [The New York Times] Ms. Harris’s ancestral town in southern India also rejoiced at her win, but across the country, Indians wondered how things will change under a Biden-Harris administration. [The New York Times] Read about how her parents found a home, and each other, in a Black study group in Berkeley. [The New York Times] Here’s a guide to the races we’ve been watching in the Golden State. [The New York Times]And see all California results, including how each county voted in the presidential race. [The New York Times]California Today goes live at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time weekdays. Tell us what you want to see: CAtoday@nytimes.com. Were you forwarded this email? Sign up for California Today here and read every edition online here.Jill Cowan grew up in Orange County, graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has reported all over the state, including the Bay Area, Bakersfield and Los Angeles — but she always wants to see more. Follow along here or on Twitter.California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley. Read a deeper dive into how Ms. Harris broke California’s “curse.” [New York Times Opinion] Darrell Issa, the Republican former congressman, beat Ammar Campa-Najjar, a Democrat, for the San Diego-area seat formerly occupied by Duncan Hunter. [The New York Times] George Gascón, San Francisco’s former district attorney who pitched himself as a progressive reformer, will become Los Angeles’s district attorney. District Attorney Jackie Lacey conceded on Friday. [The Los Angeles Times] Read more: Good morning.Joseph R. Biden Jr. has been elected president of the United States.- Advertisement – (This article is part of the California Today newsletter. Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox.)Here’s what else to know today For many Californians, Ms. Harris’s comfortable embrace of her multicultural upbringing and her decidedly West Coast vibe have felt familiar.“She brings a California sensibility, you know: the blazers with the Chucks,” Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, told me. “I think it will be a breath of fresh air in D.C.” Ms. Harris has spoken out on issues of police misconduct, but she has struggled to reconcile her calls for reform with her record as California’s “top cop.” Here’s a look at how that’s played out. [The New York Times] – Advertisement –last_img read more

BPOM approves emergency use of antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19 patients

first_imgMeanwhile drugmaker Gilead Sciences said in a statement that a five-day course of the remdesivir sped up recovery in moderately ill patients with pneumonia from COVID-19. The drug has reportedly been administered to United States President Donald Trump, who was announced COVID-19 positive last Friday.BPOM head Penny K Lukito expects that they EUA issuance will help accelerate access to those drugs for hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.“Hopefully, the drugs will help improve COVID-19 recovery rates and bring down the mortality rate from the pandemic,” Penny said in a statement on Tuesday.She said she hoped doctors and health workers would cooperate in monitoring the efficacy and safety of those drugs under pharmacovigilance.The World Health Organization defines pharmacovigilance (PV) as the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other drug-related problem.All pharmacovigilance reports will be received by the BPOM and evaluated periodically.If there is an increasing trend of side effect, the BPOM will immediately communicate the risk and revoke the EUA, the statement further said.Since March, the BPOM periodically searches the internet to detect any disinformation regarding drugs claimed to cure COVID-19. It had found more than 46,000 links, including 2,645 links of people illegally selling what they claim are COVID-19 drugs.Upon such findings, the BPOM recommends that the Indonesian E-Commerce Association (IDEA) and Communications and Information Ministry take down those links. (iwa) Topics : Data from the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister show that the government had previously given contractors the go-ahead to import COVID-19 medication such as remdesivir, favipiravir, oseltamivir and lopinavir-ritonavir, all of which will be distributed directly to hospitals treating coronavirus patients.The data show that, by the end of 2020, the government expects to secure 670,000 vials of remdesivir from foreign sources, but it also expects the drug to be manufactured in the country starting in November.In late September, Reuters reported that a late-stage study by Fujifilm Holdings Corps of its antiviral drug Avigan showed that it reduced recovery times for COVID-19 patients with nonsevere symptoms.The Phase 3 clinical study of 156 patients in Japan showed that those treated with Avigan improved after 11.9 days, versus 14.7 days for a placebo group. The Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) has issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for two antiviral drugs, favipiravir and remdesivir, to treat COVID-19 patients.The BPOM also granted permits in September to several pharmaceutical companies to produce the drugs. PT Beta Pharmacon (Dexa Group) received a permit to produce favipiravir, locally sold under the Avigan brand. State-owned drug manufacturer PT Kimia Farma received the permit to produce a generic favipiravir product, tempo.co reported on Wednesday.Meanwhile, permits to produce remdesivir have been granted to PT Amarox Pharma Global, which is a subsidiary of India’s leading generic drug maker Hetero, as well as to state-owned pharmaceutical firm PT Indofarma and local private firm PT Dexa Medica.center_img Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force (Satgas COVID-19) to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoaplast_img read more

Spring teams will keep title streak alive

first_imgI’ve got a fever and the only prescription is not more cowbell — sorry, Christopher Walken. Rather, I think the only cure here is a national championship from one of our USC athletics teams this spring.USC has won at least one national team championship every year for the past eight years, which means the last year without a team title was 2006. Prior to the current streak, at least one team had won a national team title from 2001 to 2005.Therefore, in the past 14 years, USC has won at least one championship in every  year but one.As the school year begins to wind down, though, even I am beginning to get a little bit anxious as to whether our teams will be able to extend this unprecedented streak.The Trojan faithful shouldn’t stress too much, though, because I’m not going to let this happen on my watch, and it appears that one of the USC spring sports teams is here to save the day.Fortunately, for the sake of the streak, many of these teams are currently on fire, and it doesn’t look like firefighters are putting it out any time soon.For starters, the Easter bunny seemed to be a good luck charm for USC teams this past weekend, as they went a perfect 10-0, with almost all of these wins coming against conference opponents.As of April 1, USC had 11 teams that were ranked in the top-10, and three were ranked as the top team in the land.Statistically speaking, USC has a relatively good chance of keeping the streak alive as long as one of these scorching teams can pull off a natty. The big question, though, is which one of these team has the best shot of winning a title in their respective sports?There’s no doubt that a program that has caught much of our attention this spring is the USC baseball team, which currently owns its highest ranking since 2006 at No. 6. They kicked off the season as one of the hottest teams in all of collegiate baseball with a 12-0 start. They also sent a message to the rest of the nation early on after beating three of the nation’s best programs: TCU, Vanderbilt and crosstown rival UCLA, at Dodger Stadium.The team has, indeed, carried the momentum into conference play by winning each of its three series in conference, including a sweep of Arizona, the first time they accomplished that feat since 2001.The Trojans have a crucial Pac-12 series coming up at home this weekend against the Bruins, and while I think USC is in a great position to win a conference title and get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005 under third year-skipper Dan Hubbs, I don’t think they will be able to get through the gauntlet that makes up the postseason in collegiate baseball. It would be a huge accomplishment in itself even if the Trojans reached to the College World Series in Omaha.To be honest, I think it will be one of the Women of Troy teams that will save the day in the end.I wouldn’t be surprised at all if either women’s sand volleyball, women’s golf or women’s tennis, which all currently boast No. 1 rankings, are able to win titles in their respective sportsThe sand volleyball team, still  in just its fourth season under head coach Anna Collier, is probaly the hottest team at USC right now.Currently boasting a perfect 15-0 record and coming off a huge win over defending champion Pepperdine at their home sand on Zuma Beach,  the Women of Troy are poised to become the new queens of the sand, should they be able to keep up their high level of play.The only caviat here would be that women’s sand volleyball doesn’t become a full-fledged NCAA championship sport until next year.Moving on, the top-ranked women’s tennis team has also been on top of its game lately with its current eight-match winning streak.In the process, the Women of Troy have knocked off a number of ranked Pac-12 foes, putting them in good shape as they close out their regular season at home before moving onto the conference and NCAA Tournaments.Also, on the men’s side, you can never count out head coach Peter Smith and his squad, who won four consecutive national titles leading up to 2013 and then secured USC’s 100th  NCAA Championship in 2014.Finally, when you’re talking about legendary head coaches, you can’t go without talking the one and only Jovan Vavic and the water polo dynasty he has built.The No. 3 ranked Women of Troy, which is led by the program’s all-time leading scorer in senior Monica Vavic, is currently on a six-game winning streak and is hungry to return to the national title game after losing to UCLA in the semifinals in 2014.The program took home the national title the year before in 2013.I really hope that these teams don’t let me down after I just talked them all up so much, but that’s honestly how confident I am in these teams’ ability to deliver in the postseason.In an attempt to channel my inner Pat Riley, I feel so grateful to be a Trojan, and I’m guaranteeing to all USC fans that  at least one of these varsity teams will win a title this spring and keep the streak alive. Can you dig it?Darian Nourian is a junior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more