COVID-19: Indonesia finally begins contact tracing of patients who tested positive in Singapore

first_imgAn Indonesian Health Ministry official confirmed that the ministry had received information from Singaporean authorities regarding Indonesian citizens being treated for COVID-19 in the city-state, saying that authorities at home had started tracing the patients’ close contacts.“[We] have received the information from the Foreign Ministry,” the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said on Saturday. “We have started tracing.”However, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday that the standard protocol implemented worldwide was that information sharing was supposed to be conducted through inter-ministerial communication – by the ministries in charge of public health in each country or between officials in charge for handling such a communicable disease. In a separate statement Friday, a spokesperson for the Singaporean Health Ministry denied the allegation, saying that “Singapore and Indonesia are state parties to the World Health Organization International Health Regulations (IHR)”, and that “Singapore has promptly shared information with Indonesia through the official IHR channel on all the confirmed COVID-19 cases involving Indonesians, to facilitate contact tracing in Indonesia”.“The Indonesian IHR national focal point (NFP), who is an official from the Indonesian Health Ministry, has acknowledged receipt of all correspondences on these cases sent by Singapore’s IHR NFP,” the spokesperson added.As of Sunday, Indonesia has recorded 96 confirmed cases, resulting in five deaths. Meanwhile, Singapore has recorded 212 cases and zero deaths.The WHO stated in its report on Saturday that the pandemic had reached 136 countries, with 13 new countries having reported their first cases. At least 5,393 people have died from the lethal virus but more than 73,900 have recovered worldwide. (asp)Topics : “That is the information being shared by the Health Ministry with the Foreign Ministry,” said the ministry’s spokesman, Teuku Faizasyah.The Indonesian government claimed that Singapore had insisted on withholding the personal information of several Indonesian citizens believed to have shown COVID-19 symptoms in Jakarta and tested positive for the lethal virus in the city-state.At least eight people with COVID-19 in Singapore are believed to have contracted the virus in Indonesia, two of whom are Singaporean citizens with a history of travel to the archipelago.   Yurianto claimed the Health Ministry had asked for the identities of the Indonesian citizens from Singapore but authorities in the country rejected the request, saying that such behavior had hindered the Indonesian government from conducting tracing at home.last_img read more

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter to face same EU rules on hateful content as broadcasters

first_imgFacebook, Alphabet-owned YouTube, Twitter and other social media will for the first time be subject to EU broadcasting rules on hate speech and harmful content under European Commission guidelines announced on Thursday.The amendments to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive adopted in 2018 came in part from lobbying by broadcasters who wanted online platforms to have the same obligations as traditional media companies.”Online players will have to ensure, in a similar way to traditional media players, that users are protected against hate speech and that minors are protected from harmful content,” the Commission said. “Online platforms must take action against flagged content, which incites violence, hatred and terrorism, and ensure appropriate advertising and product placement in children’s programmes,” it said.The non-binding guidelines apply to social platforms where audiovisual content is seen as an essential but not principal part of their business. EU countries, which have until Sept. 19 to implement the rules, will have the final say on the list of companies.The Commission also said video on-demand services would be required to devote at least 30% of their catalogues to European content, a move targeting Netflix and Amazon Prime.Media service providers located in one EU country but with customers in other EU countries will also have to help fund the production of European works in line with its goal of promoting European films and TV shows.”The guidelines apply, limited yet welcome, new responsibilities to online platforms,” the Association of Commercial Television in Europe said.It said however some changes also burdened traditional media players with administrative work, more quotas and a levy system that leave less financial room for investment and the emergence of new services.Topics :last_img read more

European schools reopen with smaller classes, shorter lessons

first_imgWhile children in general face less severe virus symptoms than do adults, they can infect older family members who live in the same household who are “very, very vulnerable,” said Rodrigo, the spokesman of a parents group representing some 60 area families that share his concerns.”It’s a time bomb,” he said, adding children will respect social distancing rules for “the first ten seconds”.His group is one of several in Spain, which has one of the fastest virus growth rates in Europe, that wants the government to make it possible for pupils to attend classes remotely until a vaccine or treatment for Covid-19 is found.But the Spanish government insists children, who have not seen a classroom since March when online learning replace in-person teaching due to the pandemic, must attend classes when schools re-open in September. Topics : It announced Thursday that all children above the age of six will be required to wear masks at all times while in school.Italy, Europe’s first virus hot spot, requires masks for children over six only when they can’t respect social distance while Greece has made it mandatory for all students.The importance of using masks in school during a pandemic is “as obvious as is the use of a seat belt in a car or the need to vaccinate your children,” Greek Education Minister Niki Kerameus said. ‘Done nothing’ Some countries have also reduced class sizes to ensure children keep a safe distance from each other.In Greece, which has avoided the worst of the pandemic so far, classes can have no more than 17 students while Serbia and Bosnia have set the limit at 15.In Spain the Madrid region announced Tuesday that it would hire nearly 11,000 more teachers and set up makeshift classrooms in schoolyards to bring class sizes in primary schools down to 20.But Mercedes Sardina, a teacher’s representative with the CCOO union in Fuenlabrada on Madrid’s southern outskirts, said she doubted this would be possible, likening it to trying to stage a wedding in three days “when you have done nothing. You haven’t even bought your dress.””Teachers are very frightened. And the students and parents too,” she added.Spain’s student union has called a strike on September 16, 17 and 18 to decry funding shortages and reject the “improvisation” of the start of the school year.While Ana da Silva, a 42-year-old language teacher in Fuenlabrada, said she was also not sure Madrid could reduce class sizes as promised, she was keen to return to in-person schooling.”I need to see my students, connect with them. We know their dreams, their joys, their frustrations,” she said.center_img 20 minute lessons Among other measures in place are staggered start times, rules requiring frequent hand washing and shorter lessons — just twenty minutes long in urban areas in Bosnia.Italy has ordered 2.4 million individual desks but delivery is expected to last until October, after classes have already begun.Greece will give all primary school children their own reusable water flask so they can avoid using water fountains where the virus may linger.Britain’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty has sought to calm jitters, telling the BBC earlier this month that it looked as if “there is much less transmission from children to adults than adults to adults”. But Germany may serve as a cautionary tale. Officials closed two schools in the north of the country in early August after several cases of Covid-19 were detected in staff and students just days after classes resumed. European nations are pushing ahead with reopening primary schools despite a rise in coronavirus cases, with smaller classes, shorter lessons and mask-wearing among the steps adopted to curb infections.But many parents and teachers worry the measures are not enough, or have been adopted too close to the start of classes to be put in place properly, leading some parents to decide to keep their children at home.David Rodrigo, a 41-year-old IT specialist from the western Spanish city of Salamanca, said he would not send his two sons aged seven and nine to their school when it re-opens next month because he fears it won’t be safe.last_img read more

Grand Bay Primary School wins Creole spelling B

first_img Share Students of the Grand Bay Primary School marching at the National School’s Parade. Photo credit: GIS NewsGrand Bay Primary School is the winner of the annual Creole spelling B competition.The event which was held yesterday, at the Arawak House of culture forms part of DOMFESTA activities 2011.Nine Primary Schools participated in the competition with Candace Pond of the Grand Bay Primary School emerging the winner, St. Lukes Primary in 2nd place and the st Joseph primary in third position.Meantime, the launching of two Creole publications titled Ti Listweh Dominique (little stories of Dominica) written by Dillia Cuffy Weeks and Mi Bredeks, a compilation of Creole expressions were presented to the permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Justina Charles by a member of the Creole Committee.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! 266 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary Grand Bay Primary School wins Creole spelling B by: – May 18, 2011 Share Sharelast_img read more

Batesville CYO Deanery Tournament Scores

first_imgBatesville CYO Deanery Tournament Scores.Sunday  (1-29)St. Michael’s-2  57     St. Mary’s-2 40Holy Family  65     St. Catherine’s  342017 Batesville Area CYO Deanery TourneyCourtesy of CYO Tourney Director Roger Dietz.last_img

Golden Jubilee:  Kaizer Chiefs to adopt new approach

first_imgAfter 50 years of existence Premier Soccer League side Kaizer Chiefs have elected to adopt a new approach in their quest for more laurels.  The club which parades Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi began restructuring Wednesday with the sacking of Chief Coach Enrst Midderdorp followed on Thursday with the sacking of his assistant Shaun Bartlett. The Club went on twitter Thursday to say;“Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung, the Board of Directors and the club’s management would like to further announce that they have agreed to an early termination of assistant coach Shaun Bartlett’s contract”The shake up is coming just days after the side narrowly missed the league title. The Soweto giants had apparently hoped to win the title this season to serve as garnishing to 50th anniversary celebration, a dream which went up in smoke at the last minute.Motaung detailed that there were several reasons considered before doing away with the technical crew led by the German tactician.“We deliberated and considered many aspects relating to the team including the way of playing, our performances and the results before arriving at the decision. We truly believed and hoped that our 50th anniversary would be better and indeed looked promising. The decision taken is part of the strategy to have the team win trophies again and to make our supporters happy because they truly deserve the better”Kaizer Chiefs were at the summit of the log from August 2019 to September 2020 but it was Mamelodi Sundowns who eventually walked away with the biggest prize in South Africa, securing the league title on the final day of the season. They also made history as the only South African team to win the PSL title in three successive seasons on two occasions.Read AlsoPSL: Akpeyi out of the season after suffering concussionChiefs had been expected to make clean sweep of their final two games against Chippa United and Baroka respectively but managed to clinch a lone goal against Chippa but pulled unimpressive draw against Baroka to end on 57 points, two points behind Sundowns who finished and clinched the title on 59 points in 30 matches played. Loading… Promoted Content7 Action Movies That’ll Give You An Adrenaline RushBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopXi Ding Created Caricature Version Of Marvel CharactersBest Car Manufacturers In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandsoncenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Clean sweeps all around at Salina Speedway

first_imgBy Dusty WiegertSALINA, Kan. (June 26) – For some racers, Friday night it was only the second or third time for their division to race due to the weather. But from the action on the track you’d of thought it was already well into the season as five first time winners for 2015 emerged.Last season, Corey Burch finally picked up his first feature win near the end of the year. This sea­son it only took him three races to do the same in the 1st Class Chassis IMCA Modified division. Burch methodically moved from fourth to first and set sail for the checkered flag despite Brian Knoell closing in late. Knoell would have to settle for second while Jesse Richter and Joe Cleve­land finished off the top four. Burch was also in for the clean sweep after he won his qualifying heat race.The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Northern SportMod division was in for a double on the night. The first race out was the make-up feature for May 22, in which Daniel Gottschalk scored a decisive victory. Later in the program Fred Traskowsky would come home with a big feature win in a race of attrition, seeing only a handful of cars finishing. Traskowsky also pulled out the broom with the clean sweep after winning his heat race also. Gottschalk won the other heat.Aaron McBride worked his way to a big win in the Budweiser IMCA Hobby Stock division. He pulled away from multiple-time track champion Mike Traskowsky to score the victory with Traskow­sky, Eric Cross, and Kelly Pihl finishing out the top four. McBride also had the broom out for the sweep, winning the heat race he participated in also. John Steele and Pihl won the other two heats.Completing the sweeps for the night was Paco Montague, who picked up the win in the M&H Mo­tors IMCA Sport Compact division after a post-race disqualification. Art Bird, Bailey Glavin, and Ashlyn Bird would round out the top four.Racing continues next Friday July 3rd with the 5th Annual Topless Modified Challenge presented by Wholesale Fireworks. The IMCA Modifieds will be racing for a cool $1,000 to win while the IMCA Northern SportMods will show down for $500. Both divisions will be required to race top­less. Tops will be required for IMCA Hobby Stocks.30last_img read more

Impossible to play under US Open’s COVID-19 protocols, Djokovic says

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Djokovic clinches fifth Italian Open title World number one Novak Djokovic has said participating in the US Open would be an impossible task due to the “extreme” COVID-19 protocols in place for the tournament at Flushing Meadows.The US Open, scheduled to begin on August 31, will be the first Grand Slam to be played after the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the season in March. The French Open was postponed to September, while the Wimbledon championships was cancelled.The suspension of the tennis season was last extended until the end of July but Djokovic, a three-times champion in New York, is not sure the tournament will go ahead.“I had a telephone conversation with the leaders of world tennis. There were talks about the continuation of the season, mostly about the US Open due in late August, but it’s not known whether it will be held,” Djokovic said.“The rules that they told us that we would have to respect to be there, to play at all, they are extreme. We would not have access to Manhattan, we would have to sleep in hotels at the airport, to be tested twice or three times per week.“Also, we could bring one person to the club which is really impossible. I mean, you need your coach, then a fitness trainer, then a physiotherapist.” Djokovic suggested economic factors were behind the push to play the tournament.“They want the tournament to go ahead at any cost for economic reasons, which I understand,” he said. “But the question is, how many players are willing to accept those terms.”World number two Rafa Nadal had also said he would not travel to the US in the present circumstances.Nadal has also questioned whether tennis can restart with the pandemic still gripping large parts of the world and unless every player is able to compete.“For me (it) is very difficult to separate the status that the world is living from my real perspective on the world of tennis,” Nadal said this week. “We need to be responsible, we need to be sure that the situation is safe enough, and then of course try to come back to our tour when the things are clear.”The US leads the world in total cases, numbering over 1.9 million, while it has also recorded more than 109,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus.Reuters/NAN.Tags: COVID-19French OpenNovak DjokovicRafa NadalUS OpenWimbledon Openlast_img read more

Ashleigh Barty defeats Muguruza at Hopman Cup

first_imgPerth: Australia’s Ashleigh Barty was victorious 6-3, 6-4 over Spain’s Garbiñe Muguruza at the Hopman Cup in Perth on Wednesday, to give her country a 1-0 lead in their Group A tie over Spain.This is Muguruza’s third consecutive defeat at Hopman Cup as she lost to Germany’s Angelique Kerber in singles 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, reports Efe.While teaming up with David Ferrer, Muguruza fell to Kerber and her compatriot Alexander Zverev in their mixed doubles match 4-2, 4-3(3) on Sunday. The Spain-Australia tie will see Ferrer take on Matt Ebden, and the Spanish pair of Muguruza and Ferrer against Barty and Ebden. (IANS)Also read: Kvitova becomes latest star to exit Wuhan earlylast_img

Adessa Albert, destined for greatness

first_imgSHE’S a powerhouse on the track, from her athletic build to her speed. She commands attention when she charges, if for no other reason but because she’s just nine years old.When you find out that she’s from the mining town of Linden, you begin to understand the skills of this Pee Wee – Adessa Albert.Albert just this week gave a few eye-catching performances in the Girls’ Under- 10 category at the National Schools Championships. Those performances included new records in the 100m and long jump event, as well as taking the age group Champion title.It was in the sprints that spectators truly sat up and paid attention to the little Amelia Ward’s Primary School student, particularly in the 100m races.In her heat Albert ran the record-breaking time of 13.70 seconds, erasing a three-year-old 14-second record by Odessa France.When Albert returned in the final on Wednesday she won the event in 14.16 seconds, still a sight to behold as the petite girl in yellow and black outclassed her competitors.Over at the jumping pit she set the long jump record at 4.03m, erasing a previous 3.89m record, etching her name in the record books in her second year at Nationals.She also took gold in the 200m, which she won in a time of 29.49 seconds; while she finished second in the 400m with a time of 1:12.31s.Grooming to perhaps one day becoming the next big sprinting female in Guyana, Albert is another protégé, of renowned Linden coach Johnny Gravesande.The man behind the likes of World Youth Championships silver medallist Daniel Williams, and CARIFTA Games multiple gold medallist Chantoba Bright.Albert has been under Johnny’s tutelage since the age of six.Her accomplishments are coming as no surprise to her beaming mom, Kaisha Cummings, who began to observe Albert’s capabilities from a very young age and, encouraged by her daughter’s natural love for running, wanted to see how far she could go.“We didn’t decide for her to be an athlete she just loves the sport itself. She just likes running. If you send her out she would just always run instead of walk,” Cummings shared“We saw that she had potential, so we decided to join her in a club and see how she would perform. Since then she would be performing at different events.”Born at the Mackenzie Hospital, Albert began testing out her skill against others her age when she was three years old and attended nursery school.“She used to attend Royal Arts of Learning in Amelia’s Ward, and they would have sports and the children would take part so she took part from the first year of nursery. And from there she just continued running,” Cummings recalled.However, because the school was a private one it did not take part at the inter-school level of sports, limiting Albert’s chances of going to Nationals. So her mother transferred her to the Amelia’s Ward Primary, in 2015, to open up a door for her daughter to showcase her skill.That very year Albert qualified for Nationals and performed in the Girls Under-8 category. Even then, seeing this little girl charging to win after win had many commenting of the promising prospects for this young lady.Her mother boldly declared that she has high hopes to see Adessa go far. “I have future plans for her in athletics. Maybe even the Olympics.”last_img read more