Just enjoy the flooding, two thirds of the human body is water, anyway: Jakarta secretary

first_img“Just enjoy [the floods] […] two thirds of the human body is water, as they say. At the end of the day, it’s how we manage the water that goes in and out of our body,” said Saefullah in a playful tone.Read also: How Jakarta gets flooded: Experts take to Twitter to explainInstead of detailing the city’s strategic efforts to fight floods, Saefullah expressed support for Anies, asking the public to give the governor time to handle the floods.Saefullah also claimed that Jakarta had been successful in tackling the recent floods, indicated by a “normal” situation in Jakarta within 24 hours post-flooding. Most public facilities and main roads were immediately accessible, he added. (gis)Topics : Recent flooding in Jakarta and its satellite cities has put the city’s administration under public scrutiny again. Social media was the main platform for people to voice their complaints, especially toward Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan.Read also: Climate change cause of Greater Jakarta floods, BMKG says Nevertheless, Jakarta administration secretary Saefullah took the problem lightly, adding that flooding was an issue faced by several previous governors. “According to Bang [brother] Yos [former Jakarta governor Sutiyoso], all [of the capital’s] governors dealt with flooding. Meaning that in every [rainy season], we face flooding,” he said as quoted by tempo.co on Wednesday.Read also: Video of Anies supporter claiming flooding ‘always occurs on day off’ under ‘pious governor’ goes viralSaefullah downplayed the complaints, telling people that the administration was working on flood control. last_img read more

Indonesia starts school year with caution during pandemic

first_imgAfter months of studying from home, students in several parts of the archipelago returned to school on Monday in accordance with the so-called “new normal” protocols in their respective communities.In the meantime, a number of other regions continued to exercise caution and carried on with their online learning policies as the COVID-19 health crisis has shown no sign of abating anytime soon.In East Nusa Tenggara, students returned to their classrooms as junior and senior high schools in 13 regencies and cities across the province – including the provincial capital Kupang, East Manggarai regency, Rote Ndao regency, East Flores regency, and Central Sumba regency – were permitted to resume their normal educational activities this week, albeit with a renewed emphasis on physical distancing and personal hygiene. Furthermore, students should also be given practical lessons on health protocols so they can develop new habits to minimize the risks of infection, Habel said.Read also: Teachers, parents fret over health risks as schools prepare to reopen“Parents shouldn’t simply tell [their children] to wash their hands, but they should also demonstrate how to do it properly,” Habel added.Similarly, junior and senior high school students in Jambi city, Jambi, were also allowed to return to their classrooms on Monday, kompas.com reported.Jambi Mayor Syarif Fasha said the decision to reopen schools in the city was partly because hundreds of students in the region lacked access to online learning technology.He noted that the reopening was met with enthusiasm among students, as evidenced by the 50 percent attendance rate on Monday. He expected the attendance rate to reach 100 percent by the end of the month.“For the time being, [studying at school] is not mandatory. If a student has [breathing issues], for instance, they will be allowed to study remotely,” Syarif said.Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim allowed 104 regencies and cities considered to be “green zones” across the country to reopen junior and senior high schools on July 13, which also marked the start of the new school year.However, elementary school students are still required to study from home until further notice.Amid Monday’s reopenings, some other regions remained cautious, with students told to continue studying from home because of health and safety concerns.Read also: Indonesia shifts from ‘new normal’ to ‘adapting to new habits’The Riau Islands administration, for instance, has prohibited schools from reopening as the threat of COVID-19 has yet to subside in the region.“Based on our field inspection, schools – specifically senior high schools and vocational schools – haven’t reopened. We will [impose sanctions] if they do reopen,” Riau Islands Education Agency character building division head Adimaja told The Jakarta Post, adding that learning activities had mostly taken place online.He went on to say that a few vocational schools in Batam had been permitted to allow students to resume outdoor activities, while still adhering to strict health protocols.Akmal, who serves as a principal at Kartini Senior High School in Batam, said schools could be reopened for in-person learning as soon as the region was declared a “green zone”. “[The reopening] also depends on the parents’ approval,” Akmal said.In Medan, North Sumatra, however, students flocked to schools despite the local administration’s restrictions. Based on the Post’s observations, many students were not wearing face masks.“On the first day of school, we sang together and wrote down our personal information. We had fun,” said Dori, a seventh grader at SMP 4 state junior high school in Medan.North Sumatra Education Agency secretary Alpian Hutahuruk expressed dismay over the unsanctioned reopenings, saying it endangered students.Read also: Indonesian schools not ready for ‘new normal’: Survey“This could put students in peril. We have prohibited [schools from reopening]. No school in North Sumatra may reopen when the COVID-19 [transmission rate] is still high,” said Alpian, adding that the administration would reach out to schools that were found to have violated the regulation.Separately, national COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said the government had considered allowing schools in “yellow zones” to reopen because of high public demand.“We are reviewing several public requests to allow [students] in yellow zones to go back to school,” Doni said after a meeting with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Monday.As of Monday, Indonesia had recorded 76,981 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,656 deaths linked to the disease. (rfa)Topics : Despite the high-spirited school reopenings across the province, some parents have conveyed their collective anxiety about their children’s well-being.Habel Manafe, whose child attends SMA 3 state senior high school in Kupang, called on schools to implement strict health protocols to ensure the safety of students, teachers and other staff members.“For us, it goes without saying that once schools reopen, they must [enforce] health protocols. This includes implementing physical distancing measures, for instance, by putting some distance between seats in the classroom,” Habel told the press on Monday, adding that students must also be required to wear face masks.Habel went on to say that having students tested for COVID-19 was crucial as schools adjusted to new norms.last_img read more

OYO partners with GoPay, OVO to simplify refund process

first_img Agus explained that consumers could expect refunds via e-wallets to be settled within a week, compared to bank transfers, which can take up to 60 days. He added that OYO had settled 99.4 percent of all refund requests within the last six months.OYO Indonesia country stock head Carlo Ongko first announced the company’s plan to partner with “two major e-wallets” in August after receiving some 5,000 refund requests from June to August.He said providing refunds via e-wallets would shorten the transaction verification process and minimize human error in data input.In the same month, the company said it had seen a 70 percent increase in occupancy from May, signaling a recovery after months of slumping demand and canceled bookings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.OYO has found itself in the spotlight after consumer complaints about refund and payment problems went viral. (eyc)Topics : Budget hotel aggregator OYO has announced it has partnered with local e-wallet platforms GoPay and OVO to settle refunds swiftly amid an increase in hotel cancellations as people refrain from travelling during the pandemic.OYO Indonesia country head Agus Hartono Wijaya said the e-wallet platforms were expected to simplify and speed up the refund and booking payment process, as well as reduce the need for physical contact at reception desks when customers make transactions.“We are also innovating to digitize guests’ stay experiences, especially amid the current pandemic,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

Bacolod wants Badjaos tested for COVID-19

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL  BAÑAGA BACOLOD City – Authorities here plan to subject all mendicant Badjaos to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RTC-PCR) test possible coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) infection.  Pacita Tero, head of the Department of Social Services and Development (DSSD), proposed this move following the recovery of the remains of an unidentified man along Palanca Street in the city’s Bredco port earlier this week.Tero expressed worry that around 70 Badjaos they counted roaming this city may have already either contracted the SARS-coV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, or may have become carriers of the virus.Tero said she has already forwarded the proposal to CHO Environmental Sanitation Division head Dr. Grace Tan, to have the Badjaos in the city undergo Covid-19 testing.Plans have also been made for the Badjaos to be returned home to Jolo, Sulu after conducting the RT-PCR tests, however, transporting them would be a problem as there are currently no trips between Bacolod City heading to Mindanao.The only available trips that would take the Badjaos home is in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, although no one is allowed to cross as the borders between Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental are still closed.However, Tero said the provincial government of Negros Oriental has agreed to serve as a holding area for Badjaos if there is no one yet from Zamboanga that would pick them up.Earlier on Wednesday, a traffic enforcer discovered the naked man’s lifeless body lying underneath a tree by a near the Bredco port area.Investigation revealed that the individual was believed to be homeless and suffering from mental illness.The remains were no longer autopsied to determine the cause of death, although police believe the individual likely died of natural causes as he had no wounds found on his body./PNlast_img read more

Zambian Fans Want FAZ to Petition FIFA over Nigeria’s Qualification

first_imgAccording to the Sports Editor of Times of Zambia, Elias Chipepo in a chat with THISDAY yesterday, most fans of the Chipolopolo who watched the match live are of the opinion that their team was ‘robbed’ of a legitimate goal mid way into the first half that could have put them in great advantage of qualification.“The fans no doubt are proud of the performance against ravaging the Super Eagles but felt shortchanged when the centre referee ruled invalid the goal scored midway in the first half. They now want FAZ to protest to FIFA on a possible replay in Uyo since Senegal has benefited from a similar scenario by ordering a replay with South Africa,” explained the Zambian Times editor.Aggrieved fans just like pundits were disappointed in referee Joshua Bondo’s decision to cancel Augustine Mulenga’s 24th minute goal.“Mulenga’s goal is a clear goal which could have stood but referee Bondo’s decision changed the course of the game for Zambia who secured home and away result against Algeria to raise the hope of their fans of making their first trip to the Mundial,” remarked Chipepo who was part of the traveling party to Uyo last weekend.The controversial call which is just one of many in the ongoing qualifying series no doubt will further justify FIFA’s decision to test-run the Assistant Video Referee (AVR) at the last FIFA Confederation Cup in Russia last summer.Already, Ghana has lodged a protest to FIFA over valid goal that was overruled by the South African referee in favour of Uganda.Last month, FIFA ordered a replay of the World Cup qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal after the referee awarded a penalty for a nonexistent handball.The referee Joseph Lamptey was banned for life due to his obvious match manipulation.The then Nigeria Football Association (NFA) was on the wrong side of referee’s misjudgment in the past with the final matches of Africa Cup of Nations against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at Maroc ’88 final match and Ghana/Nigeria 2000 as case studies.Henry Nwosu’s legitimate goal against Cameroon in the final match at Maroc ’88 was overruled by Mauritania Idrissa Sarr who later in the second half awarded a controversial penalty kick against Nigeria scored by legendary Roger Milla as a match decider.In the 2000 final at the National Stadium in Lagos, Tunisian referee Mourad Daami, overruled a penalty shootout goal from Victor Ikpeba to give Cameroon edge and the Indomitable Lions won the final match on penalties after 2-2 score line full time.On both occasions, the NFA wrote a protest letter to Confederation of African Football (CAF) knowing fully well that the result cannot be overturned but simply for administrative purpose.In the Europe qualification to South Africa 2010 World Cup finals, France legend, Thierry Henry scored a late minute dubious hand ball at Saint Dennis Stadium in Paris to earn the former world champions another ticket against Republic of Ireland whose FA protested to FIFA did not change the result.Although it was later revealed in the last days of former President Sepp Blatter that the Irish Federation was paid same amount of money meant for all federations that qualified for the tournament.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Femi SolajaPassionate football fans in Zambia are mounting pressure on the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) to protest to FIFA for a possible rematch of last Saturday’s World Cup 2018 qualifying game against Nigeria that the Chipolopolo lost 1-0.This development is coming 48 hours after the world football body sent a congratulatory letter to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and 12 other countries that have secured qualifications before the final games of the qualification series in November.Zambia needed either a draw or win to remain in contention for qualification for the first time in their football history but lost out via Alex Iwobi’s 74th minute goal to shoot Nigeria to her sixth appearance at the biggest football show piece.last_img read more

LA’s largest tech industry job fair held downtown

first_imgOutside The Reef in downtown Los Angeles, a line of blazer-clad, resume-toting men and women circled around building corners. Inside, a flurry of conversation emanated from jobseekers and employers interacting between brightly lit stalls. They were participants in TechFair LA, the biggest tech industry job fair held in Los Angeles on Thursday.USC was an academic institution partner with the event.Hoping to tap into an energetic and lucrative industry, 10,000 attendants registered for yesterday’s fair.The event featured well-established companies as well as start-ups, and it’s these newly formed organizations that Dave Belasco, the co-director of the USC Lloyd Greif Center and an event speaker, said are most engaging.“Entrepreneurship is a contact sport, it’s an all-consuming activity,” Belasco said. “It keeps you up at night; you think about whether you can make the payroll, whether you’ll raise enough money to get to the next stepping stone. You have to be comfortable with uncertainty and embrace failure.”The idea for the fair originated from Jason Nazar, the co-founder and CEO of Comparably and the entrepreneur in residence for the City of Los Angeles. Nazar collaborated with Mayor Eric Garcetti to organize the nine-hour event, which attracted the participation of more than 250 companies, including YouTube, the Los Angeles Times and Tesla.“The hard skills companies look for are centered around engineering, product design and performance marketing,” Nazar said. “The soft skills are [being] passionate, driven, hard-working.”Although Silicon Valley has long been the epicenter for tech companies, Los Angeles has evolved its own tech ecosystem in recent years with startups like social media giant Snapchat and dating app Tinder. Both companies boast valuations in the billions.Josh Brooks, the senior vice president of marketing at game developer Jam City, said that Los Angeles provides a favorable environment for startups to germinate revenue and recognition.“In the last 10 years, the L.A. tech scene has gone from ‘something’ to ‘something really impressive,’” Brooks said. “That’s happened for a number of reasons: There are great schools like USC and UCLA focused on digital technology, there’s a significant amount of venture capitalist money here and you also have human capital.”Ben Baysinger shares the view that human capital is abundant in Los Angeles. His company depends on it. He’s president and co-founder of HighRscout, a data science company that helps veterans start careers.“There’s a huge pool of individuals with a wealth of experience here,” Baysinger said. “But sometimes, it can be difficult for companies to see how applicants could be a fit for them. So we’re hoping to expand networks and make that easier.”According to Chris DeWolfe, the CEO of Jam City, the journey of envisioning a product and transforming it into reality can be tumultuous for aspiring entrepreneurs.DeWolfe is familiar with embracing failure. He founded the social networking platform MySpace in 2003. While the website gained momentum for a few years, its popularity diminished greatly following the arrival of Facebook. After bouncing back from MySpace’s decline, DeWolfe went on to found SGN (now known as Jam City) in 2010.“Passion’s gotta be there,” DeWolfe said. “Timing and work ethic have got to be there, and partnerships with people you trust have got to be there.”Correction: In earlier edition of this article, Chris DeWolfe was misquoted. The post has been updated with his actual quote. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.last_img read more

Hospital At the Center of Jodian Fearon’s Death Not Registered to…

first_imgAndrews Memorial Hospital, the private hospital in Kingston which is at the center of Jodian Fearon’s death, is not among the 2020 list of registered private healthcare facilities in Jamaica, according to The Gleaner. “Registration is only valid for two years and general signals that an institution has met the minimum standards in areas such as physical environment, operation procedures, equipment, patient management and staffing”, said the Gleaner. Tufton has put the blame on years of inaction across political administrations in failing to revise outdated legislation and has shouldered some personal responsibility for not operationalising a new framework. The development comes following a probe into the operations of the hospital and the circumstances which led to the death of 23-year-old Jodian Fearon. The massive oversight signals that neither the private institutions nor the ministry of health has sought to ensure that all the relevant health acts, guidelines and laws were being adhered to. Investigations show that only four private hospitals are currently certified to operate under the 86-year-old Nursing Homes Registration Act (NHRA). The list excludes Andrews Memorial Hospital. Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton disclosed that he was “unaware” that Andrews Memorial Hospital was among the uncertified facilities. Fearon was admitted to the hospital while in labor but medics at the facility opted to transfer her, fearing that she was displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Two other hospitals- the University Hospital of the West Indies and the Victoria Jubilee Hospital denied accepting Fearon and she was later transferred to the Spanish Town Hospital. After giving birth, she allegedly died of heart failure. Under the NRHA, operating an unregistered facility is an offence that carries fines of up to $500,000 and prison time not exceeding three months. “I’ve asked the Standards and Regulation Division (of the health ministry) to use the Public Health Act to conduct appropriate levels of inspection where necessary. There are a number of privately operated institutions that have not even registered or applied for registration under the NRHA,” Tufton said. According to the report, Jamaican private hospitals are governed under the Nursing Homes Registration Act (NHRA) of 1934, which is separate from the National Health Services Act, which regulates public hospitals.last_img read more

Mane, Messi, Ronaldo up for UCL Player of the Year as UEFA announces nominees

first_img Source: UEFA.com UEFA has today announced the names of the players shortlisted for the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League positional awards.The awards will honour the best Goalkeeper, Defender, Midfielder and Forward from the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League season, and will be presented during the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League group stage draw in Monaco on Thursday 29 August.The jury comprised the coaches of the 32 clubs that participated in the group stage of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League, together with 55 journalists from each of UEFA’s 55 member associations, and selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.Both coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players in each category by allocating respectively five points, three points and one point to each of them.The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists.The three players who received the most points overall in each positional category, in alphabetical order, are:GOALKEEPERS:Alisson Becker (Brazil – Liverpool FC)Hugo Lloris (France – Tottenham Hotspur FC)Marc-André ter Stegen (Germany – FC Barcelona)DEFENDERS:Trent Alexander-Arnold (England – Liverpool FC)Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands – AFC Ajax, now Juventus)Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands – Liverpool FC)MIDFIELDERS:Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands – AFC Ajax, now FC Barcelona)Christian Eriksen (Denmark – Tottenham Hotspur FC)Jordan Henderson (England – Liverpool FC)FORWARDS:Sadio Mané (Senegal – Liverpool FC)Lionel Messi (Argentina – FC Barcelona)Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal – Juventus)UEFA has also announced the shortlist for the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League Player of the Season award, to be presented during the 2019/20 UEFA Europa League group stage draw, which will also take place in Monaco on Friday 30 August.The jury for this award was composed of the coaches of the 48 clubs which participated in the group stage of the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League, together with 55 journalists from the ESM group. The coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their own teams.Both coaches and journalists were requested to select a shortlist of three players by allocating respectively five points, three points and one point to each of them. The final result was based on the total number of votes cast by the coaches and the journalists.The three players who received the most points overall are:PLAYERS: Olivier Giroud (France – Chelsea FC)Eden Hazard (Belgium – Chelsea FC, now at Real Madrid CF)Luka Jović(Serbia – Eintracht Frankfurt, now at Real Madrid CF)last_img read more

WATCH LIVE MATCHES: Fifa World Club Championship on Multi TV

first_imgJoy Sports on Multi TV will be bringing  to you  all live matches of the World Club Championship on your  24-hour Sports channel ahead of the Christmas festivities. The 2013 FIFA World Club Championships  will commence from 11th-21st  December, 2013  in Morocco and your number one sports station  have secured the necesssary rights to show all matches live..The best clubs from around the globe would converge in the Moroccan cities of Marrakech and Agadir to vie for this prestigious trophy. The tournament has in the past featured the very best players in the world would and will not be short of iconic stars this year.Treble winners Bayern Munich would descend in Morocco with the scintillating quartet of Robben, Ribery, Gotze and Lahm whilst two-time former World player of the year Ronaldinho carries the hope of many a South American fan of Athletico Miniero.Eight-time African Champions Al-Ahly and three time champions Raja Casablanca carry the hopes of Africa with Auckland City, Monterrey and Marcelo Lippi’s Guangzhou Evergrande representing Oceania, North America and Asia respectively.The FIFA Club World Championships is only on JOYSports on Multi TV. Remember to make a date . Multi TV………….just thrills.last_img read more

Referee rejects claim Tyson Fury received long count in 12th

first_imgResponding to accusations he gave Fury a longer count than usual, Reiss said: “The 10 count doesn’t mean 10 seconds. “It is the referee’s opportunity to make sure the fighter who is hurt can intelligently defend himself because you’re about to let a guy come hurtling across the ring and finish this guy.”People started making them walk in a straight line, any drunk can walk in straight line. Doctors taught us it is hard to hide things are off when they have to change direction. That’s what I was doing.” Jack Reiss has explained his decision not to stop Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury’s heavyweight title fight in the 12th round and allow the latter the chance to beat the count after a suffering a savage knockdown.Fury, having already been knocked down in the ninth, looked to have seen his challenge ended when he was floored with a brutal right-left combination. However, Reiss defended his refereeing, telling SiriusXM Boxing: “I was evaluating these guys throughout the whole fight [and] in the 12th round, they’d boxed their hearts out, threw a lot of punches but there wasn’t a lot of heavy damage taken by either guy.”They both moved into the 12th round tired but not extremely hurt. When [Fury] got hit and he went down hard, that was an unbelievable knockdown.”Two things went through my mind — No. 1, always count a champion out, and No. 2, give this guy the benefit of the doubt and let’s see how he still is. Thank you https://t.co/uYrrZWWWOk pic.twitter.com/cWRf6IsNbm— Deontay Wilder (@BronzeBomber) December 3, 2018″So when I went down to count … not only did I get down, I scooted in so he could see my hand and hear my voice.”I said ‘three, four . . .’  he was grimacing, his eyes and his cheeks, he was grimacing so I knew he was awake, and then when I said ‘five’ his eyes popped open like I startled him.”He rolled over and got up and said, ‘I’m OK! Jack, I’m OK,’ or whatever he said.”I said, ‘Do you want to continue?’ He said, ‘Yes’ and put his arms on my shoulders. I pushed his arms off and said, ‘Walk over there, come back to me and show me you’re OK.’ He did and we let it go.”center_img MORE: Join DAZN and watch Canelo plus more than 100 fight nights a yearThe Briton looked to have no hope of getting to his feet but unbelievably rose off the canvas, to the astonishment of Wilder and the Staples Center crowd, to survive the count and hang on until the end.Despite having largely dictated the fight, Fury did not earn the reward of winning Wilder’s WBC title as the match was controversially called a draw.The judging and Reiss’ officiating in the final round have been called into question in the aftermath.last_img read more