Govt needs to be more forthright about COVID-19 data to prevent complacency, experts say

first_imgExperts from Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University (UGM) have called on the government to provide accurate and integrated data on COVID-19 so that the public does not underestimate the gravity of the situation.”Transparent information on COVID-19 is important to trigger the public’s survival instinct, both individually and collectively,” UGM communication and politics expert Kuskridho Ambardi said on Tuesday.Dodi expressed concern that the current data provided by the central government could be underplaying the severity of the outbreak, which could also affect the public’s response. He cited a statement made by National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesperson Agus Wibowo, who said the Health Ministry only supplied limited data to the agency, and that the central government’s data often conflicted with that of regional administrations.Dodi also mentioned that several survey institutions had recorded that the number of deaths in Jakarta, the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, was around 1,000 people more than average in March. However, based on the data from the Health Ministry Jakarta only recorded 144 deaths caused by COVID-19.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo himself had earlier admitted that the government deliberately held back information about COVID-19 so as not to “stir panic”.”The data has a strategic function as a persuasion tool for the public and a symbolic function to build public trust for the government,” Dodi said. The information provided by the government so far, he said, was of questionable accuracy so it failed to give clear information and persuade the public to take preventative measures. “For example the Health Ministry has published a list of COVID-19 reference hospitals but it didn’t mention the capacity of each hospital. One patient in Yogyakarta was refused by several hospitals. He passed away after self-quarantining in his home,” he said.Dodi said the government needed to create one site that could provide all necessary information on COVID-19.”In Singapore, the Ministry of Health published detailed data of COVID-19 patients, their family members, and their travel history. The public needs such information,” he said.Hermin Indah Wahyuni, an expert in disaster communication at UGM’s School Of Social and Political Science said the government took into consideration economic as well as health concerns in communicating about COVID-19.“There’s a risk the government might confuse its primary focus, whether to put public health or the economy first,” she said.Hemin suggested the government provide fast and  transparent information that was easily accessible to rebuild public trust.“By providing transparent and accurate information the government would reduce misinformation among the public and prevent unwanted responses to [government] policies,” she said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces $3 Million in Grants to Boost Preparation for Future School Principals

SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Press Release,  Results,  Schools That Teach Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera today announced that LaSalle University, Shippensburg University, and Temple University have received more than $3 million in federal grant funding under the Eligible Partnership Grant Program. The program is administered and monitored through the Department of Education’s (PDE) Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality (BSLTQ), and helps prepare future principals and supports elevated instructional performance in schools.“Since day one of my administration, I have made improving Pennsylvania’s education system a top priority,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “I have invested a historic $640 million additional dollars into our schools and signed a long overdue fair funding formula into law to ensure that all children, despite their zip code, receives the education they deserve. These grants will further strengthen the commonwealth’s public education system by developing future principals into successful leaders of our schools.”“Preparing future principals to be strong instructional leaders can positively impact the entire school,” said Education Secretary Pedro Rivera. “These grants are a great opportunity for Pennsylvania’s institutions of higher education to collaborate with K-12 educators to improve education in our schools.”During today’s kick-off event held at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg, Deputy Secretary for Postsecondary and Higher Education Dr. Wil del Pilar and BSLTQ Director Terry Barnaby presented the grants to the universities that will help principals close the achievement gap and provide an increased focus on early learning for students.PDE’s Deputy of Postsecondary and Higher Education, the Executive Deputy Secretary, the Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) office and the Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality worked together to develop the grant guidelines, and selected certification preparation programs.  Applicants were required to demonstrate the use of statewide partnerships to create high-quality relationships between institutions of higher education and local education agencies.The grant helps principals improve their knowledge and practices by:Utilizing research-based strategies and practices that recognize the importance of PreK-4 early learning;Supporting children when they start school so that early achievement gaps are recognized and addressed immediately;Developing comprehensive, developmentally-appropriate skills, knowledge, and dispositions that are fundamental to student success in grades PreK-4; andEnsuring children are on grade level by the time they leave third grade so they can graduate from high school ready for college and career.LaSalle University’ s Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching Program: Building Bridges to Enhance Early Learning; Shippensburg University’s Learning to Lead program; and Temple University’s Early Grades Instructional Leader program and Urban Leadership were selected for funding.Funding for the grant program will be available until September 2018.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Announces $3 Million in Grants to Boost Preparation for Future School Principals January 17, 2017 read more

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Large family pad is wired with one of the best home theatre rooms

first_imgBuilt for families.Other additions include a wet bar in the billiards room, and a shed that was connected to the back of the house. Spacious family living.“We’ve got a family of kookaburras and we have anywhere from between 10 and 150 lorikeets that come by each day,” he said. “They will all handfeed.”With his kids now grown up and in their own homes, Mr Jeffries said the property had gotten too big for him and his wife and they have decided to sell. This Brisbane home was designed to fit in the perfect home cinema.PETER Jeffries and his family were growing out of their Carseldine home when they bought a block at Albany Creek in 1999.His kids were growing and needed more room, so he used the opportunity to design his dream family home from the ground up. Views from the balcony.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoBut Mr Jeffries found room to put in a few luxuries, too, including a fully equipped home theatre.“No light comes into that room because there are no windows,” Mr Jeffries said.“It’s soundproof and wired for surround sound.” There is lots of birdlife around the area.“That way it becomes a feature of the house rather than an eyesore in the backyard,” he said. Although the surrounding area had changed since they moved in, he said the suburb had retained its laid-back charms due to the neighbouring Bunyaville Conservation Park, and the surrounding wildlife. The home is near a conservation park.He gave his plans to a local builder and, over the next six months, his dream home became a reality. The double-storey house has everything you could want for a family with older children, including four bedrooms, a large backyard, and a deck. 15 Lambertia Court Albany Creek“It is probably a good home for someone with older kids,” he said. “All the rooms are big and wired so they can have a computer and everything they need in there.”The home is on the market now.last_img read more

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BlackRock hires in readiness for boom in fiduciary activity

first_imgAlex Pollak, BlackRockIn a message to staff, seen by IPE, Cole said fiduciary management was “one of our strategic growth areas” in the UK.“Trustees are increasingly interested in whole portfolio solutions and understanding their comprehensive investment risks,” Cole said. “We are very excited to welcome Alex to our team and continue our journey to become the number one provider of fiduciary management services to UK pension schemes.”The rule change in December was a result of an investigation into the fiduciary management and investment consulting sectors by the Competition and Markets Authority. One of its proposals to improve competition among providers was for compulsory tendering and retendering of mandates.BlackRock’s Cole told IPE last year that the number of mandates coming to market every year could double.“Historically there has been 80-100 new mandates a year and we would expect that to continue into the future,” he said. “On top of that you have the retenders, and estimates are somewhere in the region of 400. When you bring those together you have about 160 mandates coming to market every year for the next five years.”According to KPMG’s 2019 survey of the UK fiduciary market, there has been an 83% increase in mandates and 139% increase in assets within these mandates over the past five years.Companies including Barnett Waddingham, BlackRock, LCP, Mercer, MJ Hudson, SEI and Willis Towers Watson have all added resources in the past 12-18 months in preparation for higher demand. BlackRock has appointed Alex Pollak as head of clients for its UK fiduciary management business as it prepares for an expected increase in new business enquiries in 2020.Following rules that came into force in December, UK pension schemes must tender any fiduciary mandate that outsources more than 20% of assets. Existing mandates must also be tendered within a set timeframe, which has led several providers and consultants to hire new staff to cope with the increased workload.Pollak has relocated to London from Israel, where he was country head for iShares, BlackRock’s exchange-traded funds arm. He launched the company’s coverage of the country in 2007 and launched BlackRock’s first office and team in Israel in 2018.In his new role, Pollak reports to Sion Cole, who joined BlackRock last year to lead the UK fiduciary business. Pollak will work directly with UK trustees and sponsoring employers to understand their objectives and report on BlackRock’s performance.last_img read more

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Lafferty completes Palermo move

first_img The 25-year-old Northern Ireland international scored five Super League goals in a single season with Sion, who were managed for part of the 2012-13 campaign by recently-appointed Rosanero coach Gennaro Gattuso. A statement published on Palermo’s official website read: “Palermo announce the signing of Kyle Lafferty from Sion. The Northern Irish striker has signed a three-year contract.” Lafferty moved to Switzerland from Ibrox during the fall-out from Rangers’ transferral to Charles Green’s newco following the club’s liquidation in June 2012. The Enniskillen-born forward had scored 31 league goals in 104 appearances across four seasons with the Glasgow club after leaving Burnley for £3million in 2008. During his medical on Thursday, Lafferty revealed he had been close to agreeing a move to Sicily from Sion in the last transfer window. “I’m delighted to be here,” he said. “Palermo tried to sign me in January but unfortunately we couldn’t close the deal. Now I can’t wait to get started. “When I was younger I watched a lot of Italian football and I know there’s a very passionate fanbase here at Palermo.” Former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty has joined Serie B side Palermo from Sion on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Champions League: Tottenham’s Hopes Boosted by Draw at Real Madrid

first_imgThe England striker found himself clean through on goal with 20 minutes left, but was denied by a superb fingertip save from keeper Keylor Navas.The result moved Tottenham ahead of Madrid at the top of Group H at the halfway stage, having now scored more away goals than their opponents.Significantly, the English side’s hopes of reaching the last 16 for only the second time were strengthened by Apoel Nicosia’s 1-1 home draw against Borussia Dortmund.Tottenham are six points clear of 2013 finalists Dortmund and Cypriot side Apoel, who have both already lost to Spurs and remain winless.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Tottenham Hotspur took a big stride towards the UEFA Champions League knockout phase after forcing European champions Real Madrid to fight back for a draw in Spain on Tuesday night.Spurs led when Harry Kane’s clever run made Madrid defender Raphael Varane divert Serge Aurier’s right-wing cross into his own net.The Spanish champions equalised before half-time when Aurier’s rash challenge on Toni Kroos was punished with a penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo drilling in to extend his tally as the leading scorer in Champions League history.The home side increased urgency immediately after the break as Spurs were pinned back, away keeper Hugo Lloris producing stunning acrobatic saves to deny Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.However, Spurs grew back into the contest and Kane – who has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu this week – almost scored a winner for the Premier League side.last_img read more

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Syracuse earns season-opening win at Oregon State, 2-1

first_img Published on August 24, 2018 at 11:26 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcCleary Friday, the 2018 edition gave SU an opportunity to breathe. In a 2-1 win over Oregon State, the Orange showed a promising sign of growth — it earned each of its goals from first-year SU players and production from its top guns of the year past.SU got off to a quick start in the game. At the 4:46 mark, Gardner-Webb transfer Severin Soerlie (who was playing his first career regular season game for the Orange) provided the first punch. The native of Filtvet, Norway scored and assisted against Canisius and joins the Orange after tallying 29 points for the Bulldogs to lead the team in his redshirt sophomore year.The assister, Tajon Buchanan, was SU’s shots on goal leader in 2017 and enters the new season as one of SU’s most promising offensive options.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse held onto its lead until the 68:18 mark, when a penalty kick goal from Don Tchilao equalized the game near the midpoint of the second half. But SU answered back soon after by way of another newcomer, freshman Ryan Raposo, who scored his first goal of his SU career after recording a preseason winner with 1:03 remaining against Villanova. Once again, it came in a game-deciding moment.Raposo put two shots on goal in the game, tying Buchanan for the team lead. Defender Len Zeugner and Soerlie also put shots on goal. Starting goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert, who began his final campaign for SU on Friday, recorded five saves and collected his first win of 2018. While many of SU’s key returners showed their presence, the new faces dominated the game. Last year’s season opener broke a seven-year streak of a season-opening win resulting in a winning campaign — SU’s last losing season, again, came in 2011.In the preview, Syracuse’s newcomers showed a change in direction. Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Last season, Syracuse’s season opener did some foreshadowing. A goal by Hugo Delhommelle in the 94:39 mark in overtime gave the Orange the narrow victory against St. Louis — a .500 team in the Atlantic 10. Season openers before were much different: A 3-0 win over Massachusetts the year prior and a 4-1 win over UC Riverside in 2015. SU hadn’t lost a season opener since 2011, and most have been won with relative ease.It began with a game-saving goal in overtime. It ended with no ACC wins. A loss in the first round of the ACC Tournament. No chance at a NCAA Tournament berth a year after spending parts of 2016 as the top team in the country.last_img read more

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Consob clears path further for Playtech’s Italian takeover

first_img Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Share Submit Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Playtech has received a further green light in its €846 million (£741 million) purchase of Snaitech SpA, after the Italian financial market’s supervisory authority Consob, cleared the path for the mandatory takeover of the remaining shares not already owned by the group.The gambling software development firm had previously announced an initial acquisition of 70.6 per cent of the Italian betting and gaming company in April of this year, with its stake growing to over 80 per cent following market purchases of a further approximately 10.3 per cent.Regarding the executive structure of the new group, it was also announced that Mor Weizer, Chief Executive Officer of Playtech, and Andrew Smith, Chief Financial Officer of Playtech, have been appointed to the Board of Snaitech.Detailing the next steps in the process, a Playtech statement revealed: “The acceptance period for the Mandatory Takeover Offer will start at 8:30 am (CEST) on 26 June 2018 and will end at 5:30 pm (CEST) on 23 July 2018. The consideration, equal to Euro 2.19 per share tendered in the Offer will be paid to the tendering shareholders on 30 July 2018.“If certain conditions are met, the Acceptance Period will be reopened for a further five trading days starting from 31 July 2018, being the trading day following the Payment Date and ending on 6 August 2018.“In the event of the Reopening of Terms, the payment of the Consideration for the shares that have been tendered during the Reopening of Terms period will take place on 13 August 2018.”Discussing what the acquisition means for the growth of Playtech moving forward, upon the initial acquisition Weizer stated it represents a continuation of the group’s “strategy to invest in leading retail brands in fast growing, regulated markets”.    Adding: “The acquisition delivers the Board’s strategic objective to improve the quality and diversification of Group revenue, whilst delivering exposure to high growth end markets, by utilising the strength of Playtech’s balance sheet.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

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KOFI ASARE: What this AshGold title means to me, a former Kotoko fan

first_imgGrowing up, Kotoko was all I knew.I cared less about what other teams did or even their mere existence.This was largely because of my dad. He kept to the biblical way of ‘training a child the way he should go, so when he grows up he would not depart from it’. I attended Kotoko games at the old Baba Yara, owned a number of Kotoko replica jerseys including the famed Jako jersey which is still somewhere in my ‘life box’. I however grew up and departed from the only way I knew, largely because of the way the team was run post-Herbert Mensah and Sylvester Asare Owusu eras. As a passionate football lover who had been brought up to believe in football glory, another love had to be found but I just could not bring myself to support Hearts of Oak, who were my best shot at getting trophies.I disliked the club and everything about it so I was torn between Ashgold and King Faisal.Then history played its card. The then-three time winners of the league and credible performers in Africa in the early ’90s appeared the obvious choice. So I joined the army of the miners and took my place in that football ‘mass’ that continuously prayed for a return to the days of glory.The structures at the club gave me no doubt in my mind but the success kept drifting away. Aduana messed up my maiden season of being a supporter, pipping us to the title painfully in 2010.I still soldiered on.After all, I had endured such times at Kotoko until the 2007/2008 season. A quick U-turn would make me a laughing stock at home. Fast forward to 2015 where my patient wait was rewarded. It was a brilliant start but then many, including myself, did not have the belief. The dream became faint, when, what had seemed at the start like an unassailable lead at the top was cut from seven points to one.I felt it was going to be 2010 all over again. But then the fort was defended splendidly with Bashir Hayford as general. A 1-0 win over WAFA was the final statement and the signature to the deed.It was done! Relief was what I felt but then it much more than this. For the many people who had taunted me for ditching Kotoko because of poor management, I had been proven right.Sound structures with the right people in charge yield results. Six days after that victory which I’m still basking in, my ex-love is suffering from what I put down to poor management and direction –  the same reason for which I left.Apart from the fact that the victory vindicates me, the joy on the faces of the many people I saw at the Len Clay is something which will forever remain in my memory.If anyone should ask me what next, my answer would be that I can now dream on and believe in the title winning ambitions of my club.– Kofi Asare is a broadcast journalist with the Multimedia Group (Luv FM) and will be part of the team’s Survival Sunday coverage, which begins at 2:45pm. Follow the intrigue as Gary Al-Smith anchors from Accra, with correspondents from across the 8 centres bringing us exciting live updates on the league’s final day. Get live Twitter and Facebook updates @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports.last_img read more

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March Madness 2019: Bubble-bound Indiana sorry to see Kaleb Wesson return for Ohio State

first_imgWesson didn’t attempt to hide behind his play, though.MORE: Three takeaways from Indiana’s bubble-busting loss to OSUHis message to his teammates was simple: “Just ‘I’m sorry, and thank you. I’m sorry for putting you guys in this position, and thank you for letting me back in the family.’”This was Wesson’s first game back after serving a three-game suspension for a violation of athletic department policy. What specifically that means is relatively inconsequential in this context. It means he was absent for three games. And not three random December non-conference games the Buckeyes could manage comfortably without him. These were the last three Big Ten games before the conference tournament and Selection Sunday.Ohio State lost all three. The Buckeyes fell to Purdue by 35 and to Northwestern by 18.“He’s obviously a big part of what we do,” said Kaleb’s brother, Andre, who scored 13 points in this game. “We tried to switch it up. Obviously, we weren’t very successful.”On Sunday, they staged a comeback and forced overtime in what appeared to be an impending blowout loss to Wisconsin, but it became a home defeat all the same. Their record plunged from a reasonably attractive 18-10 to a somewhat unsightly 18-13. The affection of the mock bracketeers dwindled accordingly. Sporting News’ Bill Bender listed the Buckeyes as a No. 10 seed, comfortably in the field, before the losing streak. Following the Wisconsin game, he listed them as the first team outside the field.You know what the first team outside the field is? Outside the field.MORE MARCH MADNESS:SN’s latest 2019 NCAA Tournament projections  “Our coach doesn’t really talk about it. He focuses on the next game, always,” freshman guard Luther Muhammad said. “He focuses on what we need to do to get better and how to win the next game.“It’s definitely hard to keep it out of your mind. You always know. But that should motivate you to play harder.”For Ohio State (19-13), it certainly did. They held a 35-28 halftime lead, jumping on Indiana’s 10 first-half turnovers and eventually finishing with 24 points resulting from Hoosiers’ blunders.For the Hoosiers (17-15), it was a puzzling regression to the form that ruled when they lost 12 of 13 at one point between January and February. Eight of their first nine shots were missed, and that was mostly because the quality of shot attempted was low. Forward Justin Smith, whose energy and engagement during a four-game winning streak had been a revelation, missed all five shots he attempted and was shut out. The starting lineup shot 30.7 percent from the field.To make the cut, the Hoosiers would need to be one of the few teams ever selected with 15 losses (only Alabama in 2018 and Vanderbilt in 2017 carry that distinction) and one of the few ever chosen at two games over .500 (1991 Villanova and 2001 Georgia both pulled that off).Download SN’s printable bracket for 2019 NCAA TournamentCoach Archie Miller told reporters he believes his team is capable of winning in the NCAA Tournament: “Have we done enough? I don’t know.”Whether the Buckeyes have a tournament resume is difficult to say until either 1.) They defeat Michigan State and record their most impactful win of the season, or 2.) They see their names on the bracket Sunday evening.With Kaleb Wesson back in the lineup, though, it seems certain they are an NCAA-caliber team. His ability to command space in the lane, at 6-9, 269 pounds, is essential to providing room to work for OSU’s brigade of perimeter players. The Buckeyes got 18 points and four assists from grad transfer Keyshawn Woods and 17 points and five assists from veteran point guard C.J. Jackson.Without him, those two had two double-figure scoring games between them.“It was tough. My guys missed me, and I missed being out there with them,” Wesson said. “We grinded the whole summer together, and during the season. Me not being out there with them hurt.”Andre Wesson acknowledged he felt “a little bit” of responsibility to help his brother stay upbeat and engaged but deferred much of the credit to their family. “I was telling him he just has to be the best teammate he can be, with him being out and everything.”MARCH MADNESS 2019:Bubble team tracker | List of automatic bidsIndiana appeared to be already beaten by the time Wesson delivered his most impressive play, with the lead at 17 points and only 7:50 remaining in the game. A fortunate deflection put the ball in the hands of IU forward Justin Smith on the left block, and it appeared he had a clear path to an easy putback that would do little but alter the final margin.That ricochet was so sudden it would have been natural for the defense to be off-balance and out of the play, but Wesson reacted quickly and swatted down Smith’s layup attempt. Woods controlled the rebound, and moments later they had their first 20-point lead, courtesy of Muhammad’s corner 3-pointer. CHICAGO — The most affecting apology Kaleb Wesson could have offered to his Ohio State teammates and Buckeyes fans came early Thursday afternoon on the hardwood court at the United Center. There were 17 points and 13 rebounds and complete command of the matchup in the post against Indiana senior center Juwan Morgan.There was a 79-75 victory in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament, which advanced the Buckeyes to a quarterfinal matchup against conference co-champion Michigan State and advanced their cause to move away from the bubble and be selected for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. It seemed decorative at the time, but Indiana mounted a massive comeback in the final 6 minutes using fullcourt defense and purposeful fouling. The pressure applied by the Hoosiers, and the game pressure of trying to survive in a one-and-done tournament led to three OSU turnovers and Muhammad’s miss on the front end of a one-and-one. When IU freshman Romeo Langford followed his own missed layup with a quick stick-back, the OSU lead was down to … 72-69.The three points that resulted when Wesson blocked Smith’s shot, perhaps.“That was a big play for us, and kind of kept us going,” Andre said. “That’s the kind of thing he can do.”last_img read more

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