Some Jakarta schools close for fear of COVID-19

first_imgSome international schools in Jakarta are closing their doors in an effort to protect students and teachers from the COVID-19 coronavirus, which continues to spread globally.By Tuesday, Indonesia reported eight more patients had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total of confirmed cases in Indonesia to 27.The Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) announced it was closing its kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools. “JIS has decided to implement home and online learning for all students starting Thursday, March 12 to Friday, March 20,” school spokesperson Sinta Sirait told The Jakarta Post via email.According to Sinta, the school would refer to the international standard of home or online learning using the Google Classroom web service and several other applications that are tailored for different levels. Sinta said that the home and online learning would be followed by JIS’ March break, which is part of the normal JIS academic calendar and occurs from March 23 to 27.The school already canceled academic activities on March 10 and 11, repurposing the time to be used as preparation days.”The decision to implement home and online learning for our students was the result of in-depth consultations with the international health organization, Indonesian authorities, several embassies in Indonesia and other organizations with authority on the matter,” Sinta said. While the school vowed to run a high level of education through online learning, it also said parents had been informed weeks prior to the implementation and were invited to parent-teacher meetings to discuss how to support their children’s home learning.At least eight other international schools in Jakarta have apparently closed out of fear of COVID-19, including the ACG School Jakarta in Pasar Minggu, South Jakarta, which reportedly suspended classes and all extracurricular activities last week.However, the eight schools declined to confirm the reports.Meanwhile, through a written statement on March 2, the Jakarta Education Agency called for all state schools in the capital to promote healthy and clean lifestyles.Agency head Nahdiana said that further adjustments at state schools to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak would be carried under the supervision of the Education and Culture Ministry.”The matter of school days off, however, also depends on the Health Ministry’s assessment and their decision,” she told the Post via text message, indicating that as many as 1,970 state schools from elementary to senior high in Jakarta were still operating normally.Likewise, Gandhi Memorial Intercontinental School (GMIS) in North Jakarta is an example of an international school that decided to operate normally, although it said it has taken preventive actions against the spread of COVID-19 on school premises.According to the GMIS principal Ashok Pal Singh, the school informed parents and students on March 9 about the efforts it had taken to prevent the disease, including a thorough cleaning of the buildings.The school checks the body temperatures of everyone entering the premises and it canceled morning assemblies until further notice.”[If] someone gets COVID-19 in the school and the [education] ministry orders us to close the school, then we will close it. Otherwise, we are not closing it,” Singh said. “We have to fight [COVID-19], so closing the school is not an option for us.”Despite having no plan to close the school in the near future, the GMIS has already prepared an online learning management system called Managebac as a precaution in case they have to close.”We are continuously monitoring the rapidly evolving situation,” he said. “But if we close, it means we are adding to the fear.””Our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. It’s fear, rumors and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason and solidarity,” said Singh, quoting a statement by World Health Organization director general Tedros Adhanom.The Don Bosco private schools in South Jakarta, meanwhile, also decided to operate normally with only a little adjustment to the situation. Don Bosco’s education division head Anton Sunarto said that students’ parents had been sent written advisories about precautionary steps against COVID-19, such as advising sick students to remain at home and encouraging parents to pack healthy lunch boxes for their children. (trn)Topics :last_img read more

What We Have Achieved

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf By: Mary Isenhour, Chief of Staff July 14, 2016 Economy,  Education,  Environment,  Government That Works,  Healthcare,  Human Services,  Liquor Reform,  Medicaid Expansion,  Memo,  Open Data,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Over the past 18 months, Governor Wolf has achieved significant progress to move Pennsylvania forward. Working with a Republican dominated legislature, Governor Wolf has secured over half a billion dollars in new money for schools along with a fair funding formula that will help school districts that need it the most. He has also won reforms that have languished for decades like modernizing the sale of beer and wine, the legalization of Medical Marijuana, and the phase out of the capital stock and franchise tax. In just under two years, and with a sometimes adversarial legislative body, it is clear that Governor Wolf has secured significant victories and is making progress to move Pennsylvania forward.When Governor Wolf took office, he inherited a commonwealth moving backwards as a result of bad policies, misguided decision-making and budgets built on gimmicks and smoke and mirrors.Schools were suffering from devastating cuts that resulted in larger class sizes, mass layoffs of educators, and cuts to important programs.The commonwealth was 1 of 3 states that did not have a fair funding formula.Medicaid expansion was an unbridled maze of bureaucratic red tape.Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis had grown to represent our biggest public health crisis in our lifetime.Liquor reform had languished for decades.Medical marijuana had been debated for years with no action; andCitizen’s legitimate environmental concerns had been neglected.Our deficit had grown to more than $2 billion.Governor Wolf has fought hard to turn things around and worked with the legislature to move the commonwealth forward, and in less than two years, he has made significant progress.Putting Pennsylvania’s Schools Back on TrackGovernor Wolf has fought for more education funding since day one and he has made investment in our schools and our children his top priority. Working with the legislature, the governor has secured historic increases in his first two years:$415 million in basic education funding.$60 million for early childhood education.$50 million in special education funding.$14.6 million for early intervention$81.4 million for PASSHE and state-related schools.$16.4 million for Community Colleges.The new basic education funding included in the 2016-17 budget will be distributed using the fair funding formula, signed into law by Governor Wolf in early June. Prior to the passing of this bill, Pennsylvania was one of only three states that did not have such a formula in place, creating massive inequities in schools and hitting the most vulnerable students the hardest.Working to Reduce the Structural DeficitThe 2016-17 budget is an important step forward and includes sustainable, recurring revenue that makes significant progress toward reducing our structural deficit. When Governor Wolf took office, he inherited a deficit of more than $2 billion, and while we have more work to do, today, the commonwealth’s deficit has been significantly reduced.Expanding Access to Health CareIn February of 2015, Governor Wolf launched Pennsylvania’s transition to a simple, traditional Medicaid expansion plan. He simplified what had been unnecessarily made into a complicated process, and by doing so ensured hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians now have greater access to the health insurance they need.Today, as a result, of Governor Wolf’s leadership, more than 650,000 Pennsylvanians now have health insurance who did not before.Governor Wolf also worked to ensure that Children’s Health Insurance Plans program provides enhanced benefits so no family would have to worry about paying federal tax penalties or losing their insurance.Fighting the Opioid EpidemicGovernor Wolf has made the fight against the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis a top priority. He has traveled around the state to meet with state lawmakers, local officials, law enforcement, emergency personnel, health professionals and others, and everywhere he went, he heard about the need for more treatment.In the 2016-17 budget, Governor Wolf worked with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the budget to combat Pennsylvania’s heroin crisis and expand treatment options for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder. This critical funding will enable the Department of Human Services, during phase one, to implement 20 Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Centers of Excellence that will treat approximately 4,500 people that currently are not able to access treatment.Modernizing the Sale of Beer and LiquorIn May, Governor Wolf urged the Liquor Control Board to “free the six-pack” and approve all applications from gas stations looking to sell six packs.And in June, Governor Wolf signed historic liquor reform into law, marking the most significant step the commonwealth has taken to reform our liquor system in 80 years. Liquor reform was bottled up in Harrisburg for years, and as the governor made clear, his goal was to modernize the sale of liquor and beer in Pennsylvania.These important achievements finally bring Pennsylvania’s beer, wine and spirits system into the 21st century.Legalizing Medical MarijuanaIn April, Governor Wolf signed into law the legalization of medical marijuana, a measure that was long overdue and had stalled in Harrisburg for years. The legalization of medical marijuana improves the quality of life for patients and their families throughout Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf spent much of his first year-and-a-half in office meeting with patients, families, and advocates, holding roundtables with medical professionals, and urging the legislature to send this important legislation to his desk.Making Government More TransparentGovernor Wolf has worked to make government more open and transparent to the people of Pennsylvania.On his first day in office, the governor signed executive orders banning gifts for executive branch employees and reforming legal contracting to ensure any contracts are awarded through a competitive process. Additionally, the governor has posted cabinet expenses and his daily schedule and weekly calendar online. The previous administration had to be sued before giving out the governor’s calendar.Protecting the EnvironmentGovernor Wolf fought to pass tough unconventional oil and gas regulations, which will better protect the health of our environment and our residents. These new safeguards improve the protection of water and public resources, as well as public health and safety, and also address landowner concerns, enhance transparency, and improve data management.Earlier this year, Governor Wolf announced a nation-leading strategy to reduce emissions of methane. With federal estimates that the natural gas and oil industries account for a quarter of U.S. methane emissions, reducing methane leaks from the oil and gas sector is one of the essential steps needed for government to work with industry to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the impacts of climate change.Working to Create JobsIn early 2016, Governor Tom Wolf announced the successful January 1 phase-out of Pennsylvania’s Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise tax, calling it “an unfair tax on business” that he was committed to eliminating. The Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise tax dates to 1844. Its phase-out that had been scheduled by Governor Tom Ridge for elimination in 2008 was delayed by subsequent administrations.In June, Governor Wolf was notified by Shell that they would build their ethane cracker plant in Pennsylvania. The administration has worked to develop strategies for safe and responsible pipeline development that brings resources to markets and facilities and we have prioritized the Shell plant to show the world that Pennsylvania is a leader in energy manufacturing and downstream production.——In order to achieve these goals, Governor Wolf worked diligently with Democrats and Republicans in both the house and senate to find common ground and he made significant compromises.We have made great progress in just 18 months.We have more work to do and Governor Wolf knows that, and he look forward to continuing to make Pennsylvania even stronger.   SHARE  TWEET What We Have Achieved SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Buyers brave heat at auction

first_img2 Mareeba Rd, AshgroveTHE auction of an Ashgrove home resulted in one of the highest residential sales in Brisbane on Saturday.Ray White chief auctioneer Philip Parker dropped his hammer at $1.6 million in front of some ecstatic owners.Around seven parties registered to bid on the five-bedroom, three-bathroom home at 2 Mareeba Rd.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours agoREAL ESTATE: 2 Mareeba Rd, Ashgrove“It was pretty fast,” Mr Parker said.“It started at around 1pm and I was in my car at quarter past so we didn’t muck around.”Mr Parker said a large crowd gathered for the auction which was held inside the air-conditioned home because of the heat.The new owners will be able to cool off in the salt water pool which is to the rear of the 799sq m allotment. Ray White Ashgrove’s Brigette Righton managed the sale of the property.last_img read more

Churches ramp up anti-gay marriage campaign

first_imgNZ Herald 5 Oct 2012Church leaders will use their Sunday sermons this month to implore their congregations to speak out against gay marriage.With three weeks left for submissions on the bill to legalise gay marriage, the New Zealand Christian Network has asked members to write to the Government in opposition of the law change.In an email to be “read out in churches” this month, the network encourages Christians to “take time to seek God’s heart before writing their submission with grace and truth”.National director of the New Zealand Christian Network Glyn Carpenter said it was “highly probable that this bill will not be good for New Zealand”.“This bill on its own will not bring about the destruction of society as we know it,” he said.“Marriage is already facing a number of challenges, and anyone with an ounce of common sense can see that families and society are weaker and poorer as a result.“What politicians should be doing is looking at what needs to be done to strengthen marriage, not spending time debating bills whose main outcome would be to further undermine it.”Mr Carpenter urged anyone concerned by gay marriage to write a submission opposing it “and to do so with language and a tone of voice that is gracious and respectful”.“It is possible to talk so much or speak so loudly that people can’t hear what we are saying,” he said.“It is also possible for language to reflect a tone of voice which does not communicate the love we are called to display.”The Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill to allow same-sex couples to wed has already passed its first reading in Parliament.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10838495last_img read more

DSC faculty hosts health exposition

first_imgThe Dominica State College (DSC) Faculty of Health Sciences hosted a health exposition with the tagline ‘Holistic Care + Childbearing Families = Healthy Society’ on Thursday, May 4th, 2017 at the Peebles Park. Student of the DSC, Steffi Marie stated that the exposition is based on complimentary alternative medicine and highlights different healing approaches that derive from countries such as China, Tibet, and Africa. Marie stated that many of these medicinal approaches have been used for many years, but we have not realized the significance of it. “Over the past ten years, the western world has decided to start implementing eastern healing approaches into our health services,” she stated. Mari stated that here in Dominica, they are trying to make the public aware of complimentary alternative medicine practices.The exposition showcased different types of alternative medicine including transcendental and psychotherapy, music therapy, acupuncture, physical activities, agro-pro therapy which means herbal therapy, and heat therapy including saunas and hot stone massages. “We are hoping that this exposition meets our objectives which are raising the awareness of this type of medicine approaches from the public, and actually getting them to come on board and making it part of their lifestyle to be a better and healthier being,” Marie stated. – / 33 Share Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! EducationHealthLifestyleLocalNewsTertiary DSC faculty hosts health exposition by: Dominica Vibes News – May 4, 2017 325 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Golden Anniversary

first_imgCongratulations to Dr. Rodney King who is completing his 50th year as a track and field official for the IHSAA.  Dr. King and I go back a long way.  I am completing my 55th year in coaching track, so Dr. King and I have seen a few track meets together in our careers.Dr. King started the East Central Invitational last week.  Most coaches really appreciate the work of Dr. King.  He seldom has a false start and talks to the athletes before and after each race.  This helps them to relax and usually makes for a very smooth running track meet.  I do not know how much longer he plans to start meets, but I hope he has several more good years.  Congratulations, Dr. King!last_img read more

Positive cases on the rise today: over 600 new cases

first_imgRegional COVID-19 deaths. Regional Positive COVID-19 cases.Statewide—The Indiana State Department of Health announced that 612 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 today.  A total of 13,039 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 72,040 tests have been reported to ISDH and a total of 706 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally, Decatur County has a total of 182 positive cases and 22 deaths (up 4 cases and 1 death, respectively), Franklin County has 92 positive cases and 7 deaths (up 1 case), and Ripley County has 87 positive cases and 5 deaths(up 1 new case and 2 deaths, respectively). last_img read more

Two-mile king Faugheen primed for Punchestown return

first_img “Faugheen is very, very well and I was very taken with his work recently,” said Mullins. “He worked very well the other day at the Curragh. “I was more than pleased with him.” Regular jockey Ruby Walsh echoed those sentiments as Faugheen has his first outing since he won the Punchestown Champion Hurdle in May. “He’s in really good order,” Walsh told Racing UK. “John Codd, who rides Faugheen all the time, is very happy with him and he looks really well. “He won very well in Kempton (Christmas Hurdle) last year, I don’t see why he wouldn’t go back there. “He’ll go to Punchestown and we’ll start making plans after that.” Faugheen’s recent work on the Curragh gallops convinced Willie Mullins the Champion Hurdle hero is ready for action at Punchestown on Sunday. Nichols Canyon is the second-highest-rated horse in the field after winning four Grade Ones since last November for owners Andrea and Graham Wylie. Mullins also seems sweet on Wicklow Brave, who should be fitter than most after he finished an honourable third on the Flat in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot last month. “We were planning on turning him out and then I just said the Morgiana is coming up and there’s always only a handful of runners,” said Mullins. “I said to Nick Peacock, his owner, that maybe we should just keep him in. “He’s fit and well and seems none the worse for his Flat runs so he’s definitely there on merit, too, as he’s the third-highest-rated horse in the race.” Identity Thief, trained by Henry de Bromhead and owned by Gigginstown House Stud, looked pretty good when he won the WKD Hurdle at Down Royal late last month, while the JP McManus-owned duo of Plinth (Aidan O’Brien) and Thomas Edison (Tony Martin) complete the sextet. Unbeaten in 10 starts under Rules, the gifted seven-year-old is one of six contenders, including stablemates Nichols Canyon and Wicklow Brave, for the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle. Mullins’ track record in the Morgiana is particularly impressive as the County Carlow handler has won the Grade One for the last four years – three times with the great Hurricane Fly and once with Thousand Stars in 2011. Press Associationlast_img read more

Guyana fall to Dominican Republic … finish game with 12 points

first_imgIN their second game of the Centrobasket U-15 Championships, Guyana fell to the Dominican Republic in tragic fashion when the Spanish side demolished them by 106 points in a game that finished 118-12. The first quarter saw Guyana only scoring 1 point while being unable to stop the Dominican Republic side from scoring 28.It was much of the same in the second quarter with Guyana scoring 6 points while their opponents scored 21 taking the first half score to 49-7.The Dominican Republic simply continued their dominance while stuffing any offence from Guyana to finish the game with 118 to Guyana’s 12.The team will face Trinidad and Tobago today at 17:45hrs. It is hoped that in this game a better showing is produced by the local boys,last_img read more

Hamilton Green 9-a-side Inter-Ward Cup concludes tomorrow

first_img… Teams urged to be at venue 15:00hrsAFTER being postponed previously, due to the inclement weather, this year’s Hamilton Green Cup Inter-Ward/Village 9-a-side Knockout Football Tournament has tomorrow as the new date for the conclusion of the annual event.The final will be played at the Den Amstel ground, West Coast Demerara and according to coordinator Lennox Arthur they are busy getting the venue prepared to host what is anticipated to be an exciting battle for the coveted first prize and trophy.The day’s activities will start with the staging of the quarter-finals, before the respective winners collide in the semi-finals to determine the two finalists.The opening salvo will see Mahaicony take on Bagotville and many believe the anticipated fireworks in this game could set the tempo for the remaining encounters.In the game to follow, Timehri do battle with Charlestown and this too promises to be a sizzling affair.John Steele, Andy Higgins, Prince Pollard and Dexter Welcome will lead Timehri’s charge for victory, while Keiron Solomon, Jamal Cozier, Solomon Austin and Jermin Junor will attempt to secure Charlestown’s spot in the semisTyrone Khan’s Soesdyke then tackle Liliendaal in the next encounter.Pouderoyen then take the field against Sophia and the former might need all the home support then can muster to get past their opponents, especially with Peter and Ernie Smith and Jermaine Nedd in their lineup.Goed Fortuin collide with De Kinderen in the next game with Ashley and Anthony Harding, Courtney Liverpool and Michael Trapp, the key for victory, while Colin Henry, Adrian Johnson and Steffon Coleman anticipated doing the same for De Kinderen.Adrian Aaron, Joshua Brathwaite, Lennox Cort and Tevin Curry will lead Bourda Blues in their encounter against Mocha, who will have in their lineup the likes of Orville and Dorville Stewart along with Rollex Smith and Kevin Gordon.Den Amstel Back Street host Zeelugt and this encounter should bring out large home support.In the final quarter-final game, Uitvlugt tackle Vreed-en-Hoop in what is a fitting feature.Jamal Harvey, Trayon Bobb, Jamal Petty, Seon Bobb and Louis Primo will be the driving force behind Uitvlugt’s pursuit of a win, while Curtis Garraway, Trevon Adams, Seon Stephens and Jamal Mounter will be responsible for Vreed-en-Hoop’s chances of progressing.Teams will be battling for a chance to claim the John Fernandes $300 000 first prize and Prime Minister Trophy, while the second-placed team will take away the Courtney Benn-sponsored $100 000 and trophy.Among the sponsors so far are Techno mills, Ready Mix, Sataur Gafoor, E.C. Vieira, BEV Enterprises, BK International, IPA, New Thriving, Ricks and Sari, E-Networks, Starr Computers, NAMILCO, Sparta Family, Cummings Electrical, National Sports Commission, Star Entertainment, Alfro Alphonso, Guyana Police Force, GuyOil, Minister of State, Prime Minister and Ministry of Legal Affairs.last_img read more