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PREMIUMCOVID-19: Indonesia calls for greater cooperation as countries close borders

first_imgTopics : Facebook Indonesia health virus international-cooperation Foreign-Minister-Retno-Marsudi COVID-19 Google Indonesia is urging that countries band together in the fight to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus globally, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said on Friday, as the international community begins imposing drastic measures like limited travel restrictions, large-scale evacuations and lockdowns of entire countries.The COVID-19 outbreak, declared a global pandemic by the World Health Organization last week, has spread to more than 130 countries worldwide, forcing governments to take matters into their own hands to contain the virus, Retno told The Jakarta Post in an interview.She pointed out that different countries made different assessments of the situation. She noted that some were extreme, such as the complete lockdown of Italy, while other responses were more measured, like the partial lockdowns in China’s Hubei province and of Metro Manila in the Philippines. … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Log in with your social account Forgot Password ?last_img read more

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US says foreign students whose classes move online cannot stay

first_imgPlans up in the air Most US colleges and universities have not yet announced their plans for the fall semester.A number of schools are looking at a hybrid model of in-person and online instruction but some, including Harvard University, have said all classes will be conducted online.Harvard said 40 percent of undergraduates would be allowed to return to campus — but their instruction would be conducted remotely.There were more than one million international students in the United States for the 2018-19 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE).That accounted for 5.5 percent of the total US higher education population, the IIE said, and international students contributed $44.7 billion to the US economy in 2018.The largest number of international students came from China, followed by India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Canada.According to Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, who works as the policy counsel at the Washington-based think tank American Immigration Council, the new rule is “almost certainly going to be challenged in court.”He explained on Twitter that foreign students will likely struggle to continue their studies while abroad, due to time differences or a lack of access to technology or academic resources.President Donald Trump, who is campaigning for reelection in November, has taken a bullish approach to reopening the country even as virus infections continue to spike in parts of the country, particularly the south and west.”SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!” he tweeted Monday.With more than 130,000 deaths linked to the novel coronavirus, the United States is the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic.While cracking down on immigration is one of his key issues, Trump has taken a particularly hard stance on foreigners since the health crisis began.In June, he froze until 2021 the issuing of green cards — which offer permanent US resident status — and some work visas, particularly those used in the technology sector, with the stated goal of reserving jobs for Americans. “If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”ICE said the State Department “will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will US Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.” F-1 students pursue academic coursework and M-1 students pursue “vocational coursework,” according to ICE.Universities with a hybrid system of in-person and online classes will have to show that foreign students are taking as many in-person classes as possible, to maintain their status. The United States said Monday it would not allow foreign students to remain in the country if all of their classes are moved online in the fall because of the coronavirus crisis.”Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” US Immigration and Custom Enforcement said in a statement.”Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status,” ICE said. Topics : Critics quickly hit back at the decision. “The cruelty of this White House knows no bounds,” tweeted Senator Bernie Sanders.”Foreign students are being threatened with a choice: risk your life going to class-in person or get deported,” he said.For Gonzalo Fernandez, a 32-year-old Spaniard doing his doctorate in economics at George Washington University in the US capital, “the worst thing is the uncertainty.””We don’t know if we will have classes next semester, if we should go home, if they are going to throw us out.”last_img read more

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State Employees Set Goal to Donate Over $3 Million to Charities

first_imgState Employees Set Goal to Donate Over $3 Million to Charities Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Commonwealth employees are seeking to raise $3.15 million in donations to charitable organizations through their annual workplace giving campaign, the State Employee Combined Appeal (SECA).“Hundreds of charities benefit each year from the caring and generosity of our state employees through SECA and we are extremely proud of our long tradition of giving,” Governor Wolf said. “While there are many worthy causes in need of support, it is likely that the natural disaster unfolding in the Gulf Coast will be on the minds of many as they make their annual pledges.”From September 5 to October 27, 2017, state employees will be able to pledge to the participating charities of their choice through payroll deductions or one-time donations. For the third year in a row, the Governor will pledge his entire salary through SECA.This year marks the 40th anniversary of the SECA campaign, which has distributed over $100 million in state employee donations to hundreds of charities in Pennsylvania and across the world.Last year, nearly 15,000 employees donated just over $3 million, with more than 5,000 choosing to be Leadership Givers by pledging the equivalent of at least a half-hour or one hour of pay per month for a year.“There is so much need in the world and we are fortunate as state employees to be in a position to help,” said Secretary of Administration Sharon Minnich, whose office oversees the SECA program. “Whether it is through SECA, volunteering outside of work or other efforts, we all have the ability to make a difference.”In order to receive donations through SECA, charities must be registered with the Pennsylvania Department of State and meet other program guidelines. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img September 08, 2017last_img read more

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No compromise on food security, says Grenada minister

first_imgNewsRegional No compromise on food security, says Grenada minister by: – June 21, 2011 Tweet Share Share 14 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share By Lincoln DepradinePhoto credit: elcivics.comCASTRIES, St Lucia — Grenada’s Agriculture and Fisheries Minister has said that food and nutrition security in the Caribbean requires regional countries fully utilizing their fish and other marine resources.Denis Lett told an OECS Fisheries meeting in Castries, St Lucia, that countries that “attempt to impede the rights of other nations” to use their ocean resources for their food and nutrition needs ought to be rebuked.“Their actions must be condemned,” said Lett at the two-day OECS Fisheries Ministers meeting, which opened Monday.“The issue of food and nutrition security for all people cannot be overstated,” Lett said. “Consequently, we are deeply disturbed when countries and organisations, who no longer have a strategic interest in the ocean as an essential source of food, would attempt to impede the rights of other nations who use the resources of the ocean on a sustainable basis for their food and nutrition security.”Lett described food security as both “a human right and a sovereign right,” saying neither must be compromised.“For us as a region,” he said, “it is even more fundamental, recognising our limited land space and small economies which are vulnerable to natural disasters and instability in international financial and economic conditions.”Lett urged Caribbean nations to take “full advantage of the relatively enormous marine space, which holds significant opportunities in contributing to the economic and social development of our peoples.”The St Lucia meeting is being attended by ministers from member-states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, ambassadors, senior fisheries officers, and commissioners of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).OECS states have been trying to develop coordinated negotiating strategies and positions to enhance their representation at fisheries-related international fora, such as at the IWC.The Commission is scheduled to meet next month and Lett hopes there will be less division among IWC members.“I trust that this year’s meeting can, at a minimum, recognise the rights of all peoples to self-determination,” he said. “Moreover, our goal is to ensure that we can achieve an equitable resolution on the many issues confronting the organisation, which would serve the interest of all.”Biologist Peter Murray, a programme officer at the OECS Secretariat in Castries, said it’s important that the Caribbean is represented on international bodies, where policy decisions are made on the use and exploitation on the world’s marine resources.“We need to join to have a say. Let us come to grips with reality,” Murray said.He claimed that the value of fisheries to regional economies is “underrated,” and suggested the adoption in the Caribbean of a “common industrial policy that will include the fisheries sector.”All speakers on the first day of meeting touched on issues such as the potential for expanding the fishing sector in the region and related many of its challenges, such as lack of venture capital and insurance coverage; the need for improved marketing; building capacity among fisher folks; and investing in fish processing and product development.“The region is a significant consumer of fish products,” said Justin Rennie, Grenada’s Chief Fisheries Officer. “We import a significant amount of fish and fish products. The OECS is a net importer of fish and fish products.”Among solutions proposed was the formation of cooperatives to help augment the catch in fish and to better market and manage the industry.Cooperatives are going to be “our saviour,” said Hilson Baptiste, Minister of Agriculture, Lands, Housing and Environment of Antigua and Barbuda.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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Tim Schoettmer named ClearPoint VP, CFO

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Tim Schoettmer has been named to ClearPoint Federal Bank & Trust’s leadership team as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.He will be responsible for leading the finance, tax, and accounting organizations, as well as developing financial plans to position the bank for continued growth.Schoettmer succeeds Dan Wisley, who retired after serving as CFO for many years.Schoettmer served as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for FCN Bank before joining ClearPoint.last_img

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Final Four

first_imgThe Final Four is nowhere close to what most people probably picked.  On the one side of the bracket Villanova and Kansas,  the #1 seeds. are still in the running.  On the other side you have #3 Michigan playing #11 Loyola of Chicago.  If you are a sentimentalist, you will be rooting for Loyola.  If you are trying to protect your brackets, you will most likely hope Villanova or Kansas win.  For Sally and I, we are sticking with Michigan since it is the only Big Ten school left.  Oh, by the way, it was also the team we pulled out of the hat when there were 68 schools available.  If we want to win the big bucks (ho, ho), go Michigan!Along with basketball, we hope you have a very Happy Easter!last_img

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Absentee and Early voting hours for Franklin County

first_imgBrookville, IN—Tuesday, November 5  is a General Municipal Election Day.  The election held in Franklin County that day is only for the City of Batesville and the Town of Laurel.The first day that a voter may vote an absentee ballot before the Absentee Voter Board in the Clerk’s office at the Franklin County Courthouse is Monday, October 21. Early Vote Hours are:October 21, 2019 thru Oct. 25, 2019 8:30am to 4:00pm  October 28, 2019 thru Nov. 1, 2019 8:30am to 4:00pm November 2, 2019 9:00am to 3:00pm Monday, November 4 at NOON is the last day to vote an absentee ballot before the Absentee Board in the Franklin County Clerk’s Office.If you would like to vote by mail or have the traveling board come to your house to vote, please contact the Clerk’s office for an Absentee Ballot Application.  Call the Clerk’s office at (765) 647-5111 ext. 3 for an application or if you have any questions.last_img read more

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Osaka appoints new coach

first_imgRelatedPosts Naomi Osaka wins US Open women’s title New South Wales offers to host Australian Open as Melbourne battles COVID-19 spike Federer out of tennis until 2021 Naomi Osaka has appointed Belgian Wim Fissette as her new coach as she continues her preparations to try and defend her Australian Open title in January 2020. The two-time major champion has moved on to her fourth coach in less than a year, hiring Fissette, who has worked with several Grand Slam winners in the past. The former professional guided Kim Clijsters to three Grand Slam titles between 2009 and 2011 and has also worked with major winners Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber. Osaka has been without a coach since September, when she split with Jermaine Jenkins following a disappointing defence of her US Open title. Marcos Baghdatis, the 2006 Australian Open runner-up, has joined Elina Svitolina’s coaching team ahead of the new tennis season. Jenkins was himself a replacement for Sascha Bajin, who Osaka parted ways from in February, weeks after winning her first major at Melbourne Park. She subsequently suffered early exits at the French Open and Wimbledon. Osaka’s 2019 win Down Under, after her breakthrough US Open title, made her Asia’s first world No 1 and the first player of any nation to claim their first two Grand Slam titles back-to-back since Jennifer Capriati in 2001. Now ranked third in the world, Osaka had her father filling in as coach following the split with Jenkins.Tags: Australian OpenNaomi OsakaWim Fissettelast_img read more

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Pulis video plea after faulty red

first_imgWest Brom boss Tony Pulis called for the greater use of technology after defender Gareth McAuley was mistakenly sent off in his side’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City. McAuley was a victim of mistaken identity when he was shown a red card by referee Neil Swarbrick in the second minute at the Etihad Stadium after Craig Dawson fouled Wilfried Bony. It was the second such controversy in the Barclays Premier League in space of three weeks and the third in a year after incidents involving Sunderland and Arsenal players. It also came on the same day as a red-card mix-up in the Sky Bet Championship, as Fulham’s Cauley Woodrow was sent off against Huddersfield, only for referee Richard Clark to change his mind. Shaun Hutchinson was eventually dismissed amid chaotic scenes at the John Smith’s Stadium. Swarbrick quickly apologised for his error, in a statement from referees’ body Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, but Pulis believes greater assistance is needed to avoid such critical mistakes. Pulis said: “Refereeing is not easy, especially at the level we are at now and how quick the game is. “This product is one of the greatest products this country now sells all over the world, but it is no good moaning about referees. What we have to do is find a way to help referees out. “I would definitely call now for managers to have two calls each and every game, where there are 30 seconds and they can have a video link-up with people upstairs who can watch it on video. “It will eradicate the major decisions referees are getting wrong that actually affect games of football. We have to work hard to do that in what is the greatest league in the world. The sooner that comes in the better.” Regardless of the identity issue, Pulis was incredulous the foul was deemed a red-card offence in the first place. He was also unhappy about an incident in the build-up to City’s second goal. Pulis said: “I watched the Wolves-Derby game last night and there was a very similar incident. The Wolves player stopped a player from going through, the ref gave a free-kick and didn’t even book him. “So, the inconsistency there is one thing – but once he decides it is a goalscoring opportunity and he has to send him off, I can’t believe he has picked the wrong player. It is just beyond me. “Then second goal, (Eliaquim) Mangala kicks Saido (Berahino) in the face. I think it is a poor decision. “But we have to take it on the chin and move on. It is no good criticising and moaning about it. We have to find a way of improving it. That is my view. I think it is important we get an opportunity and a chance to help the referees.” With more than 88 minutes to play against 10 men, City took full advantage, cruising to a comfortable victory that will have done much for their morale after a difficult week. City and their manager Manuel Pellegrini have been heavily criticised of late, with recent results leaving their title defence in tatters, while they also went out of the Champions League to Barcelona on Wednesday. City struck in the first half through Wilfried Bony – his first goal for the club – and Fernando, with David Silva adding a third late on. Pellegrini said: “Of course it is always important to return to get victory when you lost the last game. We lost the last two games in different competitions, Wednesday in the Champions League and the last game against Burnley in the Premier League. “They played for 88 minutes with one player less but you do not always play well when you play with one player more. We were very concentrated on defending because with West Bromwich, you know all the teams of Tony Pulis defend well so it is not difficult for them to make counter-attacks when they have so fast players. “We didn’t allow them to have any chances but from one corner and we continued until the end of the game trying to score more goals.” The result cut Chelsea’s lead at the top of the table to three points, but City have now played two games more. Pellegrini said: “We are not thinking about that. We can win the last eight games but if Chelsea don’t drop points, we cannot win the title. “The important thing is not to think about other teams, it is to think about our team, to improve and win the next game against Crystal Palace.” On the game’s moment of controversy, Pellegrini said: “He made a mistake about the player but the rule is very clear, unfortunately for West Bromwich. It is the last man. The referee has to do what the rule says.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Father, stepmother accused of killing 11-year-old boy by forcing him to drink water

first_imgA Colorado couple have turned themselves in to authorities last week after police say they killed their 11-year-old son by forcing him to drink large amounts of water.The Colorado Springs Gazette reports 41-year-old Ryan Sabin and 42-year-old Tara Sabin are being held without bail at the El Paso County jail and face several charges, including child abuse and first-degree murder.Prosecutors say Zachary Sabin died in Black Forest on March 11 after the couple made him drink the water because his urine was dark. The county coroner’s office determined the boy died of forced water intoxication after he was told to drink four 24-ounce (.7-litre) bottles of water over four hours without eating.According to an arrest affidavit, Tara Sabin, the boy’s stepmother, told authorities he wore a diaper at night because of a hereditary urological problem.The father, Ryan Sabin, a sergeant based at Fort Carson, called 911 after he found the boy in his bed with foam coming from his mouth and blood on his bed.Investigators discovered that Zachary also suffered from other physical abuse, as well as five other children.,A Colorado couple have turned themselves in to authorities last week after police say they killed their 11-year-old son by forcing him to drink large amounts of water.The Colorado Springs Gazette reports 41-year-old Ryan Sabin and 42-year-old Tara Sabin are being held without bail at the El Paso County jail and face several charges, including child abuse and first-degree murder.Prosecutors say Zachary Sabin died in Black Forest on March 11 after the couple made him drink the water because his urine was dark. The county coroner’s office determined the boy died of forced water intoxication after he was told to drink four 24-ounce (.7-litre) bottles of water over four hours without eating.According to an arrest affidavit, Tara Sabin, the boy’s stepmother, told authorities he wore a diaper at night because of a hereditary urological problem.The father, Ryan Sabin, a sergeant based at Fort Carson, called 911 after he found the boy in his bed with foam coming from his mouth and blood on his bed.Investigators discovered that Zachary also suffered from other physical abuse, as well as five other children.last_img read more