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79 cities, regencies violate school-reopening protocols: Education Ministry

first_imgDozens of cities and regencies in the country have violated regulations on reopening schools by neglecting the requisite health protocols or re-operating in areas with a high risk of COVID-19 transmission, the Education and Culture Ministry said on Tuesday.Ministry secretary-general Ainun Naim revealed such violations had been found in 79 cities or regencies, which consist of 18 designated so-called “green zones”, 39 “yellow zones”, 20 “orange zones” and two “red zones”.“We understand that many people want to return to face-to-face learning in schools, but we also have to ensure that it is conducted carefully and in a controlled manner,” Ainun said Tuesday, as quoted by “Please be patient and prioritize the health and safety of the education community.” The National COVID-19 task force has mapped the risk status of all regions in the country based on 15 criteria from the World Health Organization. The indicators, which include the number of new cases, suspects and fatalities, determine whether a region falls into the green, yellow, orange or red category.Read also: Govt to allow schools outside green zones to reopenAreas considered green, or with the lowest risk of coronavirus transmission, have been allowed to reopen schools, as long as strict health procedures, such wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing, are followed. Schools are also required to limit the number of students per classroom to 18, roughly 50 percent of the previous capacity.Schools located in yellow, orange and red zones, meanwhile, are still prohibited from holding face-to-face classes — as regulated in a joint ministerial decree issued by the education and culture minister, the religious affairs minister, the home minister and the health minister.Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim previously said that the number of students in green zones was roughly equivalent to 6 percent of all students in the country, meaning that the remaining 94 percent had to continue their education through online sessions.A recent poll by Cyrus Network, however, suggested that the majority of Indonesians wanted the government to reopen schools and universities, despite the outbreak showing no signs of abating. The survey found that 80.2 percent of 1,230 respondents polled from July 16 to 20 were in favor or reopening schools, while 19.8 percent were opposed. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

German province pressured to tackle ‘pension lie’

first_imgThat meant the re-labeling of assets was used to ensure spending stayed below the credit threshold for the local government.According to the ruling, the local government now either has to dissolve the fund or change it to fit within the constitutional framework.In the parliamentary debate following the verdict, the conservative opposition party in Rheinland-Pfalz, CDU, called the fund a “pension lie” told by the left-wing government SPD.“It is not a retirement provision as suggested”, said CDU MP Julia Klöckner. “It is merely a calculation trick to lower the debt level.”In response, SPD MP Alexander Schweitzer pointed out the provincial government had achieved the first budget surplus since 1969: “Our response to the increasing pension liabilities is a responsible budget policy.”Doris Ahnen, a member of the Rheinland-Pfalz government, promised the authorities will act on the court’s decision.“We will amend the labeling of the debt investments by the Pensionsfonds immediately,” she told MPs, “but we will take time to carefully prepare further changes to the legal framework of the fund.”Ahnen also promised a legal draft “before the summer”.Initially the fund had been set up with the intention of fully financing the local government’s pension liabilities. This was changed in 2016 when the fund was reduced to a mere reserve vehicle into which €70m annually had to be paid by the government.This annual sum is also part of the double budget for 2017/18, for which the government in Rheinland-Pfalz is currently trying to get a majority in the local parliament.Within the Pensionsfonds but in a separate portfolio, individual savings for civil servants are collected – but these were not contested by the judges. Conservative politicians in the German regional parliament of Rheinland-Pfalz called the province’s €5bn Pensionsfonds a “pension lie”.The government has been accused of using a reserve fund for civil servants to buy more local government debt.In a heated debate in Mainz on Wednesday, MPs discussed the ramifications of a recent verdict by the province’s constitutional court that these investments were “unconstitutional”.Since 2006, money going into the Pensionsfonds from the budget had been invested almost solely in regional government debt, the court found. However, within the public accounts these purchases of local debt are qualified as investments rather than government debt.last_img read more

Ban on abusive men from contact with children

first_imgRadio New Zealand News 7 June 2012Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the Government could go further than stopping abusive parents from having more babies, by banning abusive men from living or working with children. Ms Bennett says the proposal is being discussed as part of the Government’s white paper on vulnerable children that is still being developed. Cabinet is also considering allowing judges to direct parents convicted for the murder of a child, or serious child abuse, not to have any more children, and if they do, they will be removed at birth. Ms Bennett told Nine to Noon she is considering the proposals as part of the Government’s obligation to stand up for children who have been hideously abused. She says the proposals are still in the discussion stage.….Prime Minister John Key says United Future and the Maori Party appear to be concerned about the possibility that child abusers could be sterilised. He says Cabinet has never discussed that and it’s not something he personally supports. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie told Morning Report he supports the idea as dysfunctional parents should not have reproductive rights. He said the Government has to act in the best interests of children. 2011, Child, Youth and Family removed 148 babies either at birth or within a month. In 2010, it removed 177. Ms Bennett said decisions to remove a child were made case by case, usually because previous children had been abused by the parents or because of mental health issues. A court order issued when someone was being sentenced for child abuse or neglect would send a stronger message and act as a warning not to have more children. Parents would know in advance that the child would be taken from them if they did. Bob McCoskrie and Sue Bradford on National Radio Morning Reportlast_img read more

IMCA Sport Compacts are new to Saturday shows at Oregon’s Cottage Grove Speedway

first_imgThe division replaces a local hornet class. The 4-cylinder class will run on 15 nights during the IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing point sea­son, beginning on opening night March 21 and running through Sept. 6.  COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – IMCA Mach-Sport Compacts have their first weekly home in the Pa­cific Northwest with the new sanction at Cottage Grove Speedway.  The division headlines the July 11 program at Cottage Grove, running for $440 to win in the 44-lap Melvin Walker tribute event.  “Sport Compacts work both ends of the spectrum for us,” Boyce noted. “They’ll be a great step­ping stone for drivers who want to move up to IMCA Modifieds or Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. It’s also a class that veteran drivers who want to race less often can get into.” center_img Most of the 30 race dates this season at Cottage Grove are on Saturday nights; the point season for IMCA Modifieds and Northern SportMods also runs from March 21 to Sept. 6.  “We like everything about the Sport Compacts as an entry level class, especially the rules,” said promoter and new track owner Heather Boyce. “This is a class that is very affordable for young drivers or for fans who may not have family experience racing but want to get a car and have fun on a Saturday night.” The Freedom Cup special for Northern SportMods is July 3 and 4. The Modifieds, part of IMCA’s Shaw Race Cars Western Region, chase a $2,600 top check at their July 31-Aug. 1 Nationals, the finale for the Wild West Speedweek.last_img read more

No new bid for Everton pair

first_imgEverton boss Roberto Martinez has insisted there has been no fresh approach from Manchester United for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines. The club have already rejected one bid from United for the pair and there have been reports that a new offer has been made. But Martinez has said that was not the case. Press Associationcenter_img Asked if there had been a new offer from United, he replied: “No, no other news.” He told Everton’s official website: “I know we are going to be talking about the transfer window but that’s not what we are focusing on now.” Asked about the transfer window unsettling players at this stage of the season, Martinez said: “It happens up and down the country and it is a global concern in football. I think the football authorities need to look into it and not put the players, the fans and the league in this situation. “You are going to get people’s minds turned in every dressing room in the country, but that’s what the laws in the game are forcing us to do. “It’s not a great situation so that’s why we want to focus on the games.” Manchester United boss David Moyes’ attempted raid on his former club with an initial bid of £28million for the two players was rebuffed by Everton, who responded by releasing a statement describing the offer as “derisory and insulting”. Moyes signed Belgium midfielder Fellaini for Everton in 2008 for a fee that has already reached £17million with add-ons yet United appear to be offering only £16million for the 25-year-old. last_img read more

O’Donnell focused on the present

first_img Ireland eased to a 26-3 win in Rome to settle O’Donnell to this year’s task as Schmidt’s men seek to retain their 2014 title. O’Donnell then replaced O’Brien midway through the first-half of last weekend’s 19-9 victory over England, as the Leinster flanker was removed due to concussion. The Tipperary native has conceded he still faces a big fight to force his way into the match squad to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium – but admitted to receiving a big Test-level confidence boost in the last few weeks. “I suppose if you can come in off the bench straight off the warm-up, it’s not going to get much harder than that,” said O’Donnell, as Ireland got to grips with a training camp in Belfast. “Coming off the bench after 20 minutes (against England), I was thinking, ‘okay, I’ve done this before’. “It was just a matter of slotting in and doing what I do, going about it to the best of my ability. “I found the Italian game incredibly physical, trying to attack them. “The English lads are big ball carriers. Maybe missing out on that first 20 minutes, that’s where it might have been a lot tighter. It was physical, but it was on a par with the likes of the Italy game. “Wales are a good attacking side: they went to France and beat France. That’s a fair achievement, so they’ve got very big ball carriers, incredibly physical players and they’re quite mobile and agile. “They don’t take any prisoners in their pack; they’re great defenders and good at the breakdown. To go over there to Cardiff will make it a small bit tougher.” Ireland must see off Wales in Cardiff on March 14 to keep their Grand Slam tilt alive – but O’Donnell warned Joe Schmidt’s men not to draw too heavily on history. “I think it’s a bit different: you can’t go over there on past glories, you don’t make a tackle on last year’s game,” said O’Donnell of drawing on the memory of 2009. “You have to be there in the moment, keep going through it with the next tackle, next ruck and keep working to the best of your ability. That’s what wins games. “I remember sitting on my couch, screaming, willing the ball to go over from O’Gara (in 2009). “It was this incredibly tight, tense game and when you thought we were away, the Welsh came back and they nearly had the chance at the end. It’s a fantastic memory.” O’Donnell is nothing like the callow youth still scrapping for Munster starts who watched Ireland steal Grand Slam glory in front of the TV six years back. The 27-year-old has seized his Test chance under head coach Schmidt in this Six Nations, twice slotting in to fine effect after injuries to Sean O’Brien. The gritty flanker jumped into the starting line-up at the very last minute when O’Brien tweaked a hamstring in the warm-up before the tournament opener in Italy. Press Association Ireland cannot afford to base their RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam bid on the “past glories” of the 2009 clean sweep, according to Tommy O’Donnell. O’Donnell watched Ireland’s Grand Slam triumph six years ago from between his fingers in his living room as a raw 21-year-old still emerging with Munster. The eight-cap back-rower admitted willing Ronan O’Gara to drop the winning goal at the death, that secured a 17-15 victory over Wales in Cardiff and Ireland’s first Grand Slam since 1948. last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgThe plan would impact hundreds of prospects and cut player development expenses. An electronic negotiating session is scheduled for Wednesday.MLB last year proposed cutting 42 affiliates. The minors have fought the plan, but the new coronavirus pandemic has changed the dynamic and sapped minor league teams of revenue and willingness to fight.VIRUS OUTBREAK-DJOKOVICDjokovic says he may reconsider stance on vaccinationBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has reiterated he is against taking an anti-coronavirus vaccination if it becomes mandatory to travel, but says he’s open to changing his mind. Naming rights to be sold to iconic Barcelona stadium to benefit virus fightBARCELONA (AP) — Barcelona’s soccer team will sell the title rights to its famed stadium for one year in an effort to raise money for the fight against the coronavirus.The Spanish club’s executive board says it will donate the entire fee raised by selling the title rights to the Camp Nou to fighting the global pandemic. The Camp Nou has never had a sponsor since it opened in 1957.In other virus-related developments:— Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson admits it was “bad timing.” The Baltimore Ravens quarterback threw footballs to teammate Marquise Brown and former NFL star Antonio Brown during an informal workout in Florida on April 1, without regard to social distancing. Jackson told reporters today that he’s now working out alone. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBASEBALL-MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTIONMinor leagues prepared to accept contraction planNEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the minor leagues are prepared to agree to Major League Baseball’s proposal to cut guaranteed affiliations from 160 to 120 next year. Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya says the organizing committee asked the Switzerland-based IOC to remove a comment from its website suggesting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed that Japan would pay most of the postponement costs.Media reports in Japan estimate the year-long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost $2 billion to $6 billion.Takaya says it was not appropriate for Abe’s name to be linked. The IOC removed the reference.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NCAA-BUFFALOBulls punished for recruiting issues Update on the latest in sports: The top-ranked Djokovic caused a stir when he suggested in a live Facebook chat over the weekend that if a vaccination becomes compulsory on the world tennis tour then he “wouldn’t want to be forced by someone” to take it.Djokovic says in a statement emailed to the AP that despite his personal objection to a vaccine, “if it becomes compulsory, I will have to make a decision whether to do it or not.”OLYMPICS-POSTPONMENT COSTSConflict over who will pay for the Olympic delayTOKYO (AP) — An open conflict has broken out between Tokyo Olympic organizers and the IOC over who will be paying for the unprecedented year-long postponement.center_img ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The hard-hitting, no-nonsense linebacker Mike Curtis has died. He died Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida.Son Clay says on Twitter his father died of “complications from CTE,” a degenerative brain disease.Curtis helped the Colts win a Super Bowl during a 14-year career spent predominantly in Baltimore. He earned the nickname “Mad Dog” because of his fierce play in the middle of a strong Baltimore defense. His interception in the waning minutes of the 1970 Super Bowl set up the winning field goal in the Colts’ win over Dallas.Mike Curtis was 77 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5.The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone.The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series.The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.SOCCER-BARCELONA STADIUM April 21, 2020 — The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league. Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month. Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.” Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus.— The men’s and women’s professional tennis tours plan to create a player relief fund to help those in the sport dealing with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The ATP and WTA say they are in discussions with the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments. Neither tour provided any specifics about how much money they are pooling or how it will be distributed. No tournaments will be played before mid-July at the earliest.— The Associated Press has learned the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is bracing for cuts of 10% to 20% because of the coronavirus pandemic that has pushed the Olympics back one year and triggered losses across the nation’s sports organizations. The AP received a copy of a letter CEO Sarah Hirshland sent to leaders across the U.S. Olympic world in which she said the exact nature of the cuts would be determined by the end of May.NFL-OBIT-CURTISFormer Colts linebacker Mike Curtis dead at 77 BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team has been placed on one-year probation after a former assistant coach was found to have forged recruiting documents.Buffalo also was fined $5,000, agreed to a two-week ban on communicating with potential recruits and reduced its recruiting days by five for the 2020-21 season.The decision was announced by the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference school as part of a negotiated resolution reached today. The school said it self-reported the infractions in October and cooperated with the NCAA investigation.SOUTH KOREA-BASEBALLSouth Korean season to begin in May without fanslast_img read more

Swimming and diving team has strong opening

first_imgThe USC swimming and diving team swept its first invitational this season against Cal State Northridge and Cal State Bakersfield in a two-day competition Friday and Saturday that tackled events across the board.The women’s team placed first, second and third in every race, while the men’s team took gold in every event. The inaugural USC Invitational was hosted at the McDonald swim stadium, where the pool was adjusted three times across the two-day competition to create a 50-meter long-course pool, a 25-meter short-course pool and a 25-yard short-course pool, ensuring competitors could dip their feet in to a variety of races.“The challenge of the weekend was represented in the three different courses that we swam and having the athletes swim the same events over each course, and what we saw was each swimmer getting faster throughout the weekend,” men’s assistant coach Jeremy Kipp said.Highlights on the first day included many Trojan debuts versus Cal State Northridge’s Matadors. Freshman Haley Anderson smashed the competition in her 800-meter freestyle, winning by solid 16 seconds with a time of 8:59.53. Freshman Lili Shiota led the women’s field in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 1:06.46. Freshman Clement Lefert won 100-meter butterfly by three and a half seconds with a time of 55.27 seconds and snagging his first NCAA “B” cut, which put swimmers in consideration to get invited to the NCAA championships.Veteran Trojans also played a role in USC’s weekend success, with senior Zoltan Povazsay taking gold in the 200-meter freestyle in a time of 1:55.96 minutes. Sophomore Katinka Hosszu scored three NCAA B cuts Friday in the 200-meter freestyle, the 100-meter fly and the 200-meter individual medley., a significant performance for this early in the season.Senior women’s captain Krissy Forelli was excited by the potential the team showed so early in the season.“The team has been working so hard in training so it was really great to see everybody swim through the pain; the freshmen especially stepped it up,” she said.Friday’s session saw USC’s men’s team down the Matadors, 80-66; the women won 80-64.The second day proved just as successful for the Trojans, who swept every event in both short-course yards and short-course meters. Anderson once again showed off her distance skills by taking first in the 800-short course meters freestyle (8:48.19) and the 1,000-yard free (9:55.79).“They combined the men’s and women’s 1,000 to save time, so Haley Anderson had to swim with the guys and she stayed with them, it was so cool,” Forelli said.NCAA B cuts were snagged across the board by freshman Jessie Schmitt and junior Dillon Connolly both in the 100-yard breastroke, as well as freshman Yumi So in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100 scm. butterfly. Hosszu scored her fourth B cut for the season in the 200-scm freestyle.In the scm events, USC’s men sunk CSUN, 106-57, and CSUB, 95-70. USC’s women beat CSUN, 103-60, and CSUB, 104-59.For short-course yards, USC’s men defeated CSUN, 105-51, and CSUB, 91-72. The Women of Troy beat CSUN, 99-62, and CSUB, 102-61.last_img read more

Black Starlets to land in Ghana today

first_imgThe Black Starlets will arrive on Wednesday night after a disappointing campaign at the ongoing African U17 Championship in Morocco.The Ghana youth side exited the competition last Saturday after drawing 0-0 with Ivory Coast in their final Group Match.Coach Paa Kwasi Fabin’s side managed one defeat and two draws to finish in third place in Group B.This is the first time Ghana have failed to advance from the Group stage of an African Junior Championship.last_img

NFL free agency news: Jaguars sign QB Nick Foles to 4-year, $88M deal

first_imgBelieve it.@NickFoles is a Jaguar.— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) March 13, 2019Foles’ deal will come with $50 million guaranteed, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources.Guranteed money for Nick Foles in Jacksonville, per source: $50.125 million.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2019The Jaguars also announced they released former starter Blake Bortles. Related News The Jaguars have been rumored to be front-runners to land Foles since the conclusion of last season, and it looks like they’ll get their wish.Jacksonville finished last in the AFC South in 2018, posting a 5-11 record. NFL free agency rumors: Eagles, Malik Jackson agree to multi-year deal NFL free agency news: Jaguars release QB Blake Bortlescenter_img The Jaguars have won the Nick Foles’ sweepstakes.Jacksonville announced it had signed the free agent quarteback to a four-year, $88 million deal on Wednesday. Believe it.@NickFoles is a Jaguar.— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) March 13, 2019Foles, 30, threw for 1,473 yards and seven touchdowns in five games for the Eagles last season. He replaced an injured Carson Wentz for the Eagles’ postseason run, where Philadelphia topped the Bears in the wild-card round before falling to the Saints. Foles also filled in for an injured Wentz and led Philadelphia through the playoffs and to a victory in Super Bowl 52.last_img read more

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