Regional leaders call on everyone to play role in overcoming pandemic

first_img“The country’s spirit is gotong royong [mutual cooperation], so we can’t just delegate a particular task to the central government, or to certain regional administrations only. Containing COVID-19 is our shared responsibility,” Ganjar said.Ganjar said that he himself had introduced a community movement program dubbed Jogo Tonggo (neighbors looking after each other), in which community members collaborated to manage food and security in response to the pandemic. “I openly told the public that this crisis is not going to end anytime soon and the government’s financial aid will therefore never be sufficient. I therefore try to inspire empowerment among the community,” Ganjar said.Read also: With policy flip-flops, ‘new normal’ looks gloomy for Indonesia Meanwhile, Anna Mu’awanah, the regent of Bojonegoro in East Java, concurred with Ganjar, saying that “COVID-19 is the concern of all parties”, including the citizens.If the public, for instance, insisted on violating mobility restrictions issued by the authorities to contain the disease transmission, all of the COVID-19 response efforts would count for nothing, she went on.The Bojonegoro administration had strengthened the function of task forces at each level, from top to bottom, to do contact tracing so as to cut the chain of the virus transmission.”Lately, we’ve been doing what’s called village-based contact tracing [by mobilizing resources at the bottom level] so that all corners of Bojonegoro can be well covered.” Meanwhile, the executive director of Regional Autonomy Watch, Robert Na Endi Jaweng, said the country should establish a “command system” during the crisis to avoid bureaucratic infighting and discrepancies between regulations across the country.”Someone needs to consolidate all ministries and institutions under one management to avoid potential conflicts,” he underlined.Topics : A number of regional leaders have come to the defense of the central government from criticism over its handling of the COVID-19 crisis, saying that it is the responsibility of all people to help the nation get through the pandemic.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said no one, including the government, had had any experience with the novel coronavirus and thus it was somewhat understandable for authorities to be “confused” while handling the health crisis and sometimes make blunders in policies.Strong cooperation between the central government, regional administrations and people in the community was therefore necessary to overcome the challenges that emerge during the outbreak, he said during a teleconference organized by the Center of Indonesia Strategic Development Initiatives (CISDI) on Wednesday.last_img read more

Biker paramedics ride to the rescue in Venezuelan capital

first_imgNormally a Caracas city fire brigade unit would be on the scene, but the emergency services face the same budgetary dilemmas as the rest of Venezuela’s public services. Their coffers are empty.Hence, in 2018 — when shortages of food and medicine were forcing millions to flee Venezuela’s economic meltdown — the NGO was set up with donor funds to help fill the gap for the emergency services.Before taking to the streets of Caracas, the “Angels” took first aid lessons in hospitals, which allows them to work with the blessing of the Venezuelan health authorities as they assist the victims of highway accidents. Gels, gloves and bikes Dressed in smart grey uniforms, the group are equipped with protective visors, glasses, gloves and disinfectant gels. David Mujica, 38, listens in to police and emergency service frequencies on a radio at the group’s first-aid van, their mobile headquarters parked on a street in eastern Caracas.”When you are immersed in this, you’re on call every day,” said Mujica.Mujica is ready to jump on his motorbike at a moment’s notice, to respond to an emergency call. But the group is also there to cater for the relatively mundane.A woman, in her 70s and trembling, approaches a yellow tape around the perimeter of the caravan. After her blood pressure is taken, the woman’s problem is diagnosed as an anxiety attack. “Sometimes a person may have only sprained an ankle, but the moment you tend to them and give them your support, it changes lives,” said Rodiz proudly. Fighting fear Independent organizations claim there are only 206 intensive care beds in public hospitals in Venezuela, a country of 30 million.And according to the NGO Doctors for Health, last year hospitals only had half the medicines and medical material they needed to function.Doctors fear the medical system will be overwhelmed by COVID-19 patients as the pandemic worsens. Officially, Venezuela has so far recorded over 4,000 infections, with 35 deaths. However, opposition parties and NGOs like Human Rights Watch have cast doubt on those figures.The “Angels” run a “high risk of contagion” Rodiz acknowledged, as they never know if accident victims are carrying the virus. They use face masks and antibacterial gels to protect themselves. “You feel scared, but you are not going to let it stop you doing your job,” she said. Zully Rodiz and her kind are seen as modern-day angels in the chaos of the Venezuelan capital, roaring off on powerful motorcycles to the scene of a road accident or to bring medicine to the sick. It’s normally a task for ambulance crews and fully trained paramedics. But in the midst of a collapsing health system, desperate Caracas emergency services are increasingly looking to Rodiz and her friends at the “Angeles de las vias” (“Angels of the Roads”) NGO to fill the gap left by a devastated primary care system.Rodiz, a 38-year-old architect, says the 12 biker gang members answer emergency calls free of charge to back up poorly resourced paramedics.center_img Topics : State-employed “paramedics here are so badly paid,” said Rodolfo Alvarado, who left a job in the city fire brigade to make a better living in pest control. He joins up with the “Angels” in his spare time. “I prefer to do it for free in the days that I can,” Alvarado, 30, told AFP.Alvarado says they can attend up to 18 accidents a day, and it’s not long before they are called into action to help a fellow motorcyclist after a collision with a car.It takes less than five minutes to brace the right leg of the injured man, who is transferred to hospital shortly afterwards in an ambulance run by the civil defense service.last_img read more

Fugro Picks ZTT for Kangaroo Island Subsea Cable Project

first_imgZTT Group has been awarded a contract by Fugro to supply one 15.3-kilometer 33kV XLPE insulated submarine composite cable to Kangaroo island.It will be the third submarine composite cable by SA Power Networks (SAPN) to connect southern Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide and the island.The new 33kV cable will be able to transmit 20 kVA to replace old 33kV one with transmission capacity of 10 kVA.ZTT will produce and deliver the cable in one continuous single length, without any factory joint. It should provide reliable power supply to residents and tourists of the island in future 30 to 40 years.Following the successful delivery of a submarine cable to Australia offshore renewable industry couple years ago, this is another breakthrough for ZTT in Australia market.The cable delivery is expected to be in Q1 2018 and installation by middle 2018.last_img read more

Lady Eagles Battle Lady Hilltoppers

first_imgThe JCD Jr. High Girls were back in action Monday night.The 7th Grade stared out sluggish, but came out in the 3rd quarter ready to play. At the half the score was JCD 2 & Shawe 6. Some great defense saw them ahead 14-8 at the end of the 3rd. They ended up winning 22-12. Scoring for the Eagles were Richter & Harmeyer 6, Strunk & Veerkamp 4, & Jones 2.The 8th Grade came out fighting with a quick 12-2 lead in the first. At the half they saw a 19-3 lead. They continued to work together and came away with a win 42-9. Scoring for the Eagles were Williams 18, Newhart 6, Cullen 5, Sparks 4, C. Simon 3, & Wilhoit, Fullmer, & Rider each with 2.They will face Rising Sun at home on Wednesday. Come out and support our Lady Eagles.Courtesy of Eagles Coach Lisa Horn.last_img read more

Judy M. Allen – Richmond

first_imgMemorial donations can be directed to the Picnic Pavilion of Bible Baptist Church, the American Diabetes Association or to the Alzheimer’s’ Association.  To sign the online guestbook please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Judy Allen. Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Rev. Ron McCulloch, pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Metamora will officiate the service at the funeral home at 1 p.m. with burial following at Big Cedar Cemetery. Those surviving who will cherish Judy’s memory include her sisters, Jenny M. (Kenneth) Stone, Joy Oelker and Jerri (Chris) Shorter all of Metamora, and one honorary sister, Arlene Brockman of Huber Heights, OH; nieces and nephews, Mary Jo Hensley, Marci Smith, Allen Shorter, Carrie Leising, Kirk Shorter, Luke Shorter, and many great nieces and nephews.  Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Cecil Allen and a brother-in-law, Jeffrey Oelker.center_img Judy M. Allen, age 70, of Richmond, was born on March 16, 1948 in Batesville, Indiana, a daughter to Hurshel and Mary L. Smith Allen.  She worked at Hoffco, Inc. in Richmond for a number of years and in her spare time enjoyed crocheting, sewing, reading and trips to Kentucky.  Judy was a social person and loved being with family and friends.  On Friday, September 14, 2018 at the age of 70, she passed away at Forest Park Health Campus in Richmond.last_img read more

Kicking it

first_imgStephen Venardi (left), a junior majoring in economics and a member of the intramural soccer team “5th Floor Crew,” guards the ball from Michael He (right), a senior majoring in computer science and a member of “The Real USC.” The two teams faced each other in the quarter finals, held on the Intramural Field on Sunday. They played with six people on each team, fighting for T-shirts and bragging rights. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojanlast_img

Syracuse attack nets 10 of team’s 11 goals in 11-10 win over Irish

first_imgWhen Syracuse has sufficient time with the ball, it’s proven that both its attacks and midfielders can find the back of the net. It’s not easy for other defenses to game plan against.“Depending on which poison the opposing team’s defense picks,” SU head coach John Desko said, “you’re going to see some games where we have a little bit of scoring from the attack and a lot from the middies and vice versa like today.”With Syracuse winning more than 50 percent of the faceoffs in a game for the first time since Feb. 16, its attack had plenty of chances Saturday and made the most of them. In the No. 9 Orange’s (5-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) 11-10 triumph over No. 7 Notre Dame (4-3, 2-1), the SU attack accounted for 10 of the team’s 11 goals.For Syracuse, it’s been a season in which the scoring load started mostly on the shoulders of the attacks, but has since swayed back and forth between the midfield and attacking unit.Junior Kevin Rice netted four goals — the last one proving to be the difference in the game — while Dylan Donahue and Derek Maltz registered a hat trick each. Aside from the three starting attacks, redshirt junior Nicky Galasso, part of the second-line midfield, was the only other SU player to net a goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We just have a lot of threats coming in,” Rice said. “Randy (Staats) played some midfield today, which made matchup problems for them, and Derek was huge inside. I thought we had a pretty good team effort offensively.”The Fighting Irish came into the game allowing just 8.5 goals per game. The UND defense forced the Orange into committing 15 turnovers, including 10 in the second half, and denied Syracuse on four clearing attempts as SU looked to set up its attack.But after clearing, the Orange was methodical against Notre Dame’s air-tight defense.“They pack it in tight and you have to be really patient against them,” Rice said. “You can’t take that first dodge, that first look. You’ve got to work your offense.”Each starting attack scored a goal in the first quarter, and Galasso’s sidewinding rip capped off a 3-0 string for the Orange to go up 6-3 in the second frame. Maltz logged all three of his scores in the first half, the last of which put SU up by two before the buzzer.Donahue drilled a shot past UND goalie Shane Doss for a two-goal lead in the fourth quarter, but it was Rice who spearheaded Syracuse’s second-half offense.Rice notched a hat trick to extend SU’s lead to three. Then, after the Irish fought back, he buried the game-winner with two minutes left.Said Rice: “We were able to wear them down by the end of the game.” Comments Published on March 29, 2014 at 6:57 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard’s camp made ‘unreasonable’ demands to Raptors, report says

first_img Paul George-to-Clippers official as Thunder GM drops subtle hint at tampering When asked whether he thought Leonard had been upfront in his negotiations, Ujiri told TSN, “I think he was.” After pausing, he added, “Kawhi was.” Still, Toronto had hoped to convince Leonard to return. Raptors officials met with Leonard and his uncle, Dennis Robertson, in Toronto on July 3. According to the TSN report, which cited unidentified sources: “Leonard and his camp — namely Uncle Dennis — asked for a lot from the Raptors in that meeting, things players don’t generally ask for in standard contract negotiations.”The report labeled those demands “unreasonable,” and noted there was no way Raptors President Masai Ujiri could have delivered on them. The NBA Finals MVP’s demands reportedly “made the Raptors wonder whether Leonard was seriously considering them at all.” Related News Kawhi Leonard officially signs with Clippers, but reportedly opts for 3-year deal Kawhi Leonard’s negotiations with the Toronto Raptors reportedly broke down when his camp made “unreasonable” demands, TSN reports .The Clippers, of course, this week signed the free agent forward to a deal reportedly for three years and $103 million. Leonard will team up with newly acquired Paul George in a suddenly loaded L.A. lineup. Masai Ujiri on Raptors losing Kawhi Leonard in free agency: ‘There’s no time to go out and cry’ Read into that pause what you will about Ujiri’s thoughts on Leonard’s camp. Whatever the intent there, the Raptors are moving on.“I know what we’re dealing with here and I appreciate what the process was,” Ujiri said. “I know free agency, I know how it works. It’s not my first rodeo. You know things are going to go up and down. This was a different kind of free agency. It was high stakes and we understood that.”As previously reported, one of the topics Leonard reportedly broached involved the possibility of Toronto acquiring George from the Thunder, although TSN notes, “a deal with Oklahoma City was never as close as some have reported.”last_img read more

Westport Winery Adds “Hope” to Mercy Ships

first_imgSubmitted by Westport WineryKim Roberts and Jeff Kramer the Vice President of Resource Development from Mercy Ships.Blain and Kim Roberts were honored on Monday, June 23 by a visit at Westport Winery with Jeff Kramer the vice president of resource development from Mercy Ships who flew in from Dallas to meet them. As a surprise Westport Winery announced that Mercy Ships will benefit from a new cranberry wine called Hope which joins their three ciders Mercy, Grace and Courage that benefit the Mercy Ships efforts in bringing medical care West Africa.The Roberts were first introduced to Mercy Ships in a television program by Dana Perino, former President George Bush’s press secretary. That inspiration prompted them to create the three hard apple ciders in early 2014. Hope is now available for tasting exclusively at Westport Winery. Like the ciders, Hope, features original label art by Kim Roberts.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. Westport Winery was named Best of the Northwest Wine Tour in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014.Westport’s award-winning wines are exclusively available at the winery. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

St. Mary’s to Present Family Lenten Mission

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – The Parish of St. Mary will offer a family Lenten mission called “Hope and Transformation for Families.”The mission will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Mary, Mother of God Church, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road, and continue at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, through Wednesday, March 20.The Rev. William Gaffney, a Redemptorist priest, will lead the mission, assisted by Gloria Anson, a lay Redemp­torist missionary. Both are members of the Sacred Heart Apostolate, whose goal is to renew and revitalize families through the Sacred Heart of Jesus. They have conducted family missions in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean since 1996 and were part of the Global Sacred Heart Congress in France in 2011.Gaffney will preach at each of the Masses that weekend as a prelude to beginning the mission. The topics of the mission are different each evening, and all will include prayer, song, scripture, preaching by Gaffney and presentations by Anson.There will also be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction on Sunday and Tuesday evenings, Veneration of the Cross and the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Monday night and consecration to Our Lady on Wednesday evening. All those attending will have the opportunity to participate in the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. Children and youth will have an active role each night of the mission.For those unable to attend the evening mission on Monday through Wednesday, Gaffney will say weekday Mass followed by a teaching by Anson.Refreshments and fellowship will conclude each evening. Books, tapes and icons will be available for purchase each evening as well.The mission is open to all who want to experience the transforming love of Jesus Christ, including young and old, parents and their children, teens and adults.Registration is not necessary. For further information, please call the St. Mary Parish Office at 732-671-0071.last_img read more