West Java looks to ease curbs despite tallying dozens of new cases

first_img“The majority of cases […] occurred in Greater Jakarta.”The province is home to around 49 million people, some 33 percent of whom can be found in Jakarta’s satellite cities, where people who work in the capital city commonly reside.Data from the administration shows that cases in Jakarta’s satellites accounted for at least 60 percent of the province’s total cases as of Friday, while West Java’s capital Bandung city recorded 271 cases and 31 fatalities, the highest number of deaths in the province.Tight corridors: Medical workers in protective gear escort a man who tested positive for COVID-19 to a hospital in Tasikmalaya, West Java, on May 15. (Kompas.com/Irwan Nugraha) West Java, being a close neighbor of Jakarta, has been among the provinces hardest hit by COVID-19, but it is looking into easing curbs in “low-risk” areas after claiming that large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) have yielded desirable results.The province recorded 40 new cases on Friday, bringing the total confirmed cases to 2,002 with 125 fatalities and 432 recoveries, according to the central government’s tally. This has led the province to become the third hardest-hit province after Jakarta and East Java.”I believe the pandemic is related to density, it’s a density disease. The more dense the area is, the more cases are likely to be found,” West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said during a recent online discussion with foreign ambassadors. The PSBB have been in place in West Java since May 6, and they are expected to last until May 29, although Bogor, Depok and Bekasi – satellite regions of Jakarta – put curbs in place much earlier on April 15. Greater Bandung also first imposed the PSBB on April 22.It has identified five infection clusters so far: a seminar of the National Police’s Officer Candidate School in Sukabumi; the Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI) in Lembang; an anti-usury seminar in Bogor; a religious seminar held by the Protestant Churches of Western Indonesia (GPIB) in Bogor; and a West Java youth entrepreneurs forum in Karawang.Read also: National COVID-19 task force chief urges public to obey PSBB to pave way for ‘new normal’Recently, local health authorities said they were still tracing contacts from the first two clusters and ramping up efforts to scale up their polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing capacity.The province had tested some 10,791 people so far, a very low number that made it difficult to effectively capture the scale of the outbreak and decide on the necessary intervention measures, said epidemiologist Panji Hadisoemarto from Padjadjaran University in Bandung.This also applies to measuring the province’s effective reproduction number (Re), which Governor Ridwan revealed to be 1.04 as of May 15. The effective reproduction number refers to the number of secondary cases per infectious case in a population, with a number below 1 indicating the epidemic is under control and in decline.“There must be adequate contact tracing, testing […] and accurate and timely reporting [of new cases],” Panji said.Ridwan said during a press briefing on Wednesday that the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients had decreased from 430 patients in April to 270 patients following the introduction of the PSBB. Isolation wards were only at 33 percent of capacity, he said.Love exists here: A couple on a motorcycle drive past a makeshift gate in a residential area in Citeureup, Bogor, West Java, on May 7. The gate displays a banner that reads “lovedown”, as opposed to “lockdown”. (JP/PJ Leo)As he claimed the curve of transmission was flattening, Ridwan also announced that the region’s PSBB measures would continue “proportionately” based on each region’s transmission risk level, which would be reviewed using several indicators every two weeks. The PSBB status would also be implemented at the subdistrict or village levels.”Theoretically this is a good policy, but it’ll be difficult to translate into practice at the village level. There must be clear technical guidelines [for enforcement],” Panji said.“They should also anticipate […] the porousness between regions; the people of Bandung regency may work in Bandung city, for example.”The province’s red zones, or those at severe risk, comprise Bekasi regency, Bekasi municipality and Cimahi municipality, meaning that they would have to continue the PSBB, with economic activities operating only at 30 percent of their normal levels.Blue zones, which comprise West Bandung regency, Pangandaran regency, Sumedang regency, Garut regency and Sukabumi municipality, are at moderate risk and would be allowed to reopen all public and commercial facilities while ensuring that there are no crowds.This is despite earlier estimates that predicted Garut would see the highest number of homebound travelers at 177,155 people. The administration predicted that some 720,000 people would insist on going on mudik (exodus) this year ahead of the Idul Fitri holiday.Read also: Some regional leaders to allow mass Idul Fitri prayers despite calls to worship at homeThe remaining regions, meanwhile, are at moderate to severe risk in the yellow zones, which allow for an increase in economic activity to around 60 percent of normal levels, while maintaining physical distancing.No city or regency is a black zone, which indicates critical risk and requires a total lockdown, nor are any considered green zones, which are low-risk areas where people are allowed to gather.However, detailed mapping at the lower levels show that 667 subdistricts and villages are deemed black zones, and most are in Jakarta’s satellite cities and Greater Bandung.Kusnanto Saidi, the director of the Dr. Chasbullah Abdulmadjid COVID-19 referral hospital in Bekasi city, said the hospital had witnessed a decline in the number of patients, although medical professionals remained wary of possible undetected or asymptomatic cases.”Medical workers are wary about a possible second wave [of transmissions]. Their energy has been drained in the past three months, God forbid that there’ll be [a second wave] after Idul Fitri,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Area organization earns ‘Talent Hub’ designation

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Lumina Foundation has introduced the Community Education Coalition of Columbus and the EcO Network as “talent Hubs.” The organizations earned the designation by meeting very strict standards for creating environments that attract, retain and cultivate talent, particularly among people of color, first in families to attend college and those in low-income homes.The 17 communities designated as Talent Hubs are:  Albuquerque, N.M.; Austin, Texas; Boston; Cincinnati; Columbus/Southeast Ind.; Dayton, Ohio; Denver; Fresno, Calif.; Los Angeles; Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn.; New York; Philadelphia; Racine, Wis.; Richmond, Va.; Shasta County, Calif.; and Tulsa, Okla.“These communities are the creative and entrepreneurial engines that power our nation,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation. “For our country to meet growing demand for an educated workforce, we must bolster community-based efforts that are tightly focused on increasing the numbers of people in cities across the country with education and training beyond high school.”The EcO Network, through its education partners, has dramatically expanded middle school through grade 16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education program enrollments related to advanced manufacturing and healthcare. Additionally, access to high-quality postsecondary certifications and degree programs have been significantly enhanced by investments from the EcO Network, including the operation of twenty-three technology labs in the region. Engineering and technology programs in Ripley County take place through Batesville Community School Corporation, South Ripley Community School Corporation, Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation, Milan Community School Corporation, Southeastern Career Center, and Ivy Tech Community College.The EcO Network will be eligible for grant funding of $350,000 from Lumina over 42 months. The grant will be tied to the achievement of goals outlined by the regional advisory team. The overall effort connects to Goal 2025, a national goal established by Lumina Foundation, and adopted by Indiana. Goal 2025 seeks to increase the percentage of Americans with high-quality credentials and degrees to 60 percent by the year 2025. The educational attainment rate is 30.6% in the ten EcO Network Counties of Southeast Indiana, including Bartholomew County at 42% as compared to the State of Indiana at 35%. A short-term goal has been set by the EcO Attainment Network to increase the post-secondary attainment percentage to 35.2% by 2020.Grant funding will support local efforts to educate more people, allowing community and postsecondary leaders to better meet the specific needs of residents. Lumina will provide these funds in partnership with the Kresge Foundation. Kresge’s support for Talent Hubs comes from its national Education Program, which includes a focus on aligning and strengthening urban higher education ecosystems to help more low-income, under-represented and minority students gain access to and succeed in higher education.Jan Holm, CI Manager of Batesville Tool and Die says, “The EcO Network has provided a model for how communities can form networks of industry, education, economic development, government and private organizations and by working together, we can make real and sustainable progress in developing an educated and skilled workforce ready to meet our industry employment needs.”The EcO Network includes Bartholomew, Dearborn, Decatur, Franklin, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland Counties.last_img read more

Another gold for swimmer Alia Atkinson

first_imgJamaica’s top swimmer Alia Atkinson won her second gold medal in as many days at the Doha Swimming World Cup Series meet in Qatar on Thursday morning, taking the women’s 50m breaststroke event.Atkinson sped to 29.42 seconds touching the wall almost a second in front of Rikke Pedersen of Denmark 30.32 and Austria’s Lena Kreundl 31.24 seconds.Atkinson later completed her campaign in Doha, with a second place finish in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2 minutes, 26.10 seconds.Danish champion Pedersen won the gold in 2 minutes, 18.66 seconds, while Lisa Zaiser of Austria took the bronze in 2 minutes, 28.55 seconds.Atkinson, who ended the second cluster of the FINA Short Course World Cup with two gold and one silver medal, returns to South Florida Aquatics to resume training for the third cluster which begins in Beijing, China on November 10.On September 30, Atkinson also won a gold medal at the 2017 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong. She won  the women’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04:09, ahead of  second-place winner Rikke Pederson of Denmark and third-place winner Kierra Smith of Canada.Alia Atkinson, 29, is a multi-Olympian and breaststroke specialist. She Atkinson competed in her first Olympics at just 16 years old and competes in her fourth Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.Atkinson takes her role in Jamaican swimming very seriously, and even has a mission statement to her swimming career: “To place Jamaica on the world map of swimming; to agitate for the improvement of the infrastructural support for swimming in Jamaica so as to be able to take it to the next level; and to realize my full potential for myself, my parents, and my country.”last_img read more

Safeway Open 2019: Cameron Champ takes 3-shot lead as Bryson DeChambeau struggles

first_imgCameron Champ earned a commanding three-stroke lead after the third round of the Safeway Open.American Champ carded a 5-under 67 in the penultimate round at Silverado Country Club on Saturday. Winner of last year’s Sanderson Farms Championship, Champ — seeking his second PGA Tour title — was flawless as he holed five birdies in Napa, California.Champ improved to 14 under through 54 holes, ahead of last week’s Sanderson Farms Championship winner Sebastian Munoz (67), Adam Hadwin (67) and Nick Taylor (70).Yardage of every tee shot from @Cameron__Champ on Saturday:349314280323315237338286323343232372251334 pic.twitter.com/OcgJ9gIVVY— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 29, 2019Justin Thomas — winner of the 2017 FedEx Cup and US PGA Championship — is a stroke further back following his 1-under 71.Thomas was among five players tied for third heading into Day 3, however, the American star was unable to maintain that charge. A second 71 saw Thomas fall into a tie for fifth alongside Chez Reavie (69), Collin Morikawa (70) and Nick Watney (72), who was two shots off the pace at the start of the round.From distance. @JustinThomas34 is just two back @SafewayOpen.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/5ddg6Bk39f— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 28, 2019Overnight leader Bryson DeChambeau endured a forgettable round as he slid down the leaderboard following a 4-over 76.A five-time winner on the PGA Tour, DeChambeau held a two-stroke lead when he teed off but the American had a double bogey and two bogeys to be six shots adrift.last_img read more