BKKBN to assist COVID-19 task force in socializing ‘3M’ health protocols

first_imgSonny Harry B Harmadi, COVID-19 task force head of behavior change, added that Indonesia had a limited number of doctors and health workers.“If we don’t stop the transmission, the number of cases will continue to increase. With limited facilities, we’re going to face a [serious] problem,” he said.With that in mind, the national COVID-19 task force has requested the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) to assist it in socializing 3M health protocols.The 3M stands for “menggunakan masker” (mask-wearing), “mencuci tangan” (hand-washing) and “menjaga jarak” (social-distancing). These health protocols are deemed effective in preventing individuals from contracting COVID-19. Topics : For the program, BKKBN will involve around 22,000 family planning consultants, both civil servants (PNS) and non-civil servants.Targeting families, individuals and communities, they will educate people in 34 provinces about the importance of practicing 3M.Read also: COVID-19 cases in prioritized provinces decrease, but still high: Task forceSonny said that dissemination of information would not simply repeatedly encourage people to abide by health protocols. However, they wanted to ensure that the public understood the benefits of applying these health protocols.Sonny added that they had to change the people’s mindset on the 3M program and the BKKBN had the potential to successfully promote it.“[The public] needs to know the benefits [of 3M], because actions are based on beliefs. It’s similar to the success of the KB [family planning village] program, where [BKKBN] changed the paradigm, advocating [the mindset] that two children are enough,” he explained.In addition to 3M, the program will educate people about “iman”, “aman” and “imun”.“‘Iman’ means faith, ‘aman’ means safety, referring to the 3M health protocols, and ‘imun’ means to encourage people to improve their immunity system,” said Sonny.“If people obey the health protocols, we can [significantly] reduce the transmission rate in three weeks,” added Sonny.Responding to the program, BKKBN deputy of advocacy, mobilization and information affairs Nofrijal said that based on the board’s experience and current resources, they were certain that they could give of their best for the COVID-19 task force. (jes)center_img It has been seven months since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first COVID-19 cases in Indonesia on March 2.However, amid the rising number of new cases, a survey conducted by Statistics Indonesia (BPS) from Sept. 7 to 14 discovered that 17 percent of respondents believed that they would not contract the virus.“It’s a challenge for [the task force] to inform the public that COVID-19 is real and not a conspiracy,” said national COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo in a virtual meeting on Friday.last_img read more

Stepfather charged with murder

first_imgStuff/co.nz 11 July 2012 A South Auckland man has appeared in court charged with murdering his two-year-old stepdaughter. Michael Martin appeared in the Manukau District Court on Friday charged with murder in relation to the death of Leilani Mary Jane Lotonu’u-Lorigan. The 23-year-old was remanded in custody to re-appear later this month. Leilani died on June 10 at a Housing New Zealand home she lived at with her mother, Amy Lorigan, her baby sister Miami, and Martin. Police yesterday said an ambulance was called to the Manurewa house about 5.45am and Leilani was pronounced dead. A homicide investigation involving 15 officers was launched following an autopsy, Counties-Manukau acting crime manager Gary Hill said. “We continue to work with other agencies, organisations and individuals in the community to help break the cycle of family violence. “Police urge the community to report violent or abusive behaviour.” http://i.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7262778/Stepfather-charged-with-murderlast_img read more

Pan-Fried Garlic Steak and Potatoes

first_imgFor a spur-of-the-moment steak dinner, top skillet-cooked cuts of beef with potatoes and grape tomatoes cooked with fragrant garlic.Ingredients:12 cloves garlic1 poundtiny new potatoes, scrubbed4 6 ouncesboneless beef ribeye or beef strip steaks2 tablespoonsolive oil1 cupgrape or cherry tomatoes Fresh oregano (optional)Directions1. Using the side of large chef knife smash garlic; discard skins. Halve any large potatoes. Place potatoes in microwave-safe bowl. Cover with vented plastic wrap; microcook on 100 percent power (high) 5 minutes. Stir in garlic. Cover; cook 5 minutes more or until tender, stirring once. Drain.2. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Season steak with salt and pepper. Cook steaks, half at a time, 8 minutes for ribeye or 4 minutes for strip (145 degrees F for medium-rare or 160 degrees F for medium), turning once. Keep steaks warm while cooking remaining steaks.3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to skillet. Add potatoes, garlic, and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 5 minutes or until potatoes are golden and tomatoes begin to wilt, stirring occasionally. Serve potato mixture with steak. Top with fresh oregano. Makes 4 servings.Nutrition Facts (Pan-Fried Garlic Steak and Potatoes) Servings Per Recipe 4,Calories 434,Protein (gm) 38,Carbohydrate (gm) 25,Fat, total (gm) 20,Cholesterol (mg) 99,Saturated fat (gm) 6,Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 3,Vitamin A (IU) 389,Vitamin C (mg) 26,Sodium (mg) 247,Calcium (DV %) 50,Iron (DV %) 5,Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie dietBetter Homes and Gardens Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img Food & DiningLifestyle Pan-Fried Garlic Steak and Potatoes by: – November 18, 2011 Share 54 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Why wealthy Chinese are lining up to pay $500k for U.S. visas

first_imgby Alec MacfarlaneCNN MONEYThe Kushner family wants a piece of the huge tide of money that’s been flowing out of China.Over the weekend, the Kushners’ business was trying to drum up millions of dollars in Chinese investment for a New Jersey skyscraper project. To do so, they’re promoting a program that allows people to pay big money to emigrate to the U.S.Wealthy Chinese citizens have been falling over themselves to participate in the EB-5 program, which makes immigrants eligible to apply for a green card if they invest over $500,000 in a project that creates U.S. jobs.It has attracted tens of thousands of applicants and billions of dollars from China in recent years.Chinese citizens have snapped up more than 80% of the visas issued under the program since 2011, according to Invest in the USA, an industry association, and there’s a huge backlog of applications.Growing middle classChina’s growing middle class is attracted by the prospect of better opportunities for their children and what they perceive as a safer place to funnel some of their money, according to industry experts.“Chinese people are pretty affluent now,” said Stella Guo, a marketing director at CanAchieve Consultants, which helps Chinese clients obtain visas under the EB-5 program. “Their main reason for wanting to immigrate is … for their kids’ education.”The program, which has been around since 1990, is big business for developers like Kushner Companies, whose former CEO, Jared Kushner, is President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. The firm has already raised money from Chinese investors through the EB-5 program for another tower in New Jersey, which licensed the Trump name.Jared Kushner has stepped away from the business since taking a key role in Trump’s White House. His attorney, Blake Roberts, said Kushner is not involved in the operation of Kushner Companies and divested his interests in the New Jersey project by selling them to a family trust that he, his wife and his children are not beneficiaries of, which was suggested by the Office of Government Ethics.Chinese investors often seek a country offering a Western education system and better quality of life than China. After Australia and Canada changed their immigration rules, the U.S. program is one of the cheapest and least restrictive, according to experts.“It’s the usual reasons: education, political uncertainty, pollution, quality of life issues, and how much bang can you get for your buck,” said Eugene Chow, an immigration lawyer at Chow King & Associates in Hong Kong.Three-year waiting listThe EB-5 program also gives wealthy Chinese the opportunity to move a big chunk of their savings abroad at a time of uncertainty about the future of the world’s second-largest economy.But soaring Chinese demand in recent years has made the visas increasingly hard to obtain. Only 10,000 people a year are granted one, and the U.S. government has limited the number that can be issued to citizens of a particular country in a single year.That’s helped drive up the waiting time for Chinese investors to around three years, according to immigration law firm Wolfsdorf Rosenthal.And the big investments in U.S. projects don’t always work out.“It’s not the best vehicle for getting into America, although it could be the right one for certain Chinese who don’t care about losing a half a million so long as they get their green cards,” Chow said.That may be the case for the super rich. But according to Guo, the money matters a lot to the growing numbers of middle class Chinese applicants.“They care about the cost, they care about the green card, they care about the security of their investment,” she said.Under fire in the U.S.The program has stoked controversy in the U.S.President Trump has taken a tough stance on immigration and vowed to severely tighten the use of work visas. The EB-5 program has come under fire by members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.A Government Accountability Office report has found that the program is susceptible to fraud. Its defenders say it’s created or sustained hundreds of thousands of American jobs.Last week, Congress extended the program without any changes until Sept. 30.In Beijing on Saturday, potential investors in the Kushner project were told they should act quickly because the minimum investment for the EB-5 program could go up.In January, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security proposed increasing the amount to $1.35 million from $500,000, which experts say has caused an additional flurry of applications.But interest isn’t expected to wane even if the price goes up.“We have every reason to believe there will continue to be a lot of demand for visas for the U.S. from Chinese investors,” said Dave Platter, global communications director at Juwai.com, a property search engine that lists real estate around the world for Chinese buyers. Share Sharing is caring! 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23 villages flooded, Balasan declares state of calamity

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Lovely Jean Montidon “Our farming industry has beenextremely affected, and that is the main livelihood of our people,” Diolosatold Panay News. In a bulletin issued at 5 p.m.yesterday, Pagasa announced that “Ursula” was already 300 kilometers northwestof Coron, Palawan, or 295 kilometers west southwest of Subic, Zambales. The MDRRMO recorded 549 displacedfamilies (2,251 individuals). As of this writing, they were still temporarilystaying at the evacuation center of Balasan although floodwaters in some areasalready subsided. The local government of Balasan wasthankful that there were no damage to public infrastructures such as roads andbridges. “All the 23 barangays also reportedhaving partially damaged houses, mostly made of light materials. Luckily, therewere no totally damaged ones,” said Diolasa. There were four typhoon casualties –Danilo Abeliano of Barangay Poblacion Sur; Henry Alfuente of Barangay ManhutSur; Jomar Dela Cruz of Barangay Dolores; and Claudia Aplomina of BarangayGimamanay. ILOILO – With all of its 23 barangaysflooded when typhoon “Ursula” struck on Christmas Day, the municipality ofBalasan in the northern part of this province declared a state of calamityyesterday afternoon. By 5 p.m. on Dec. 25, the PhilippineAtmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa)lifted all typhoon signals in northern Iloilo. The local government released reliefgoods and these were augmented by the Provincial Social Welfare and DevelopmentOffice (PSWDO). The typhoon was still moving westnorthwest at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h). It maintained its strength, withmaximum winds of 120 km/h and gustiness of up to 150 km/h going to the West PhilippineSea./PN Northern Iloilo was under typhoonsignal No. 3 for some 12 hours – from 11 p.m. of Dec. 24 to 11 a.m. of Dec. 25. The 23 barangays of Balasan areAranjuez, Bacolod, Balanti-an, Batuan, Cabalic, Camambugan, Dolores, Gimamanay,Ipil, Kinalkalan, Lawis, Malapoc, Mamhut Norte, Mamhut Sur, Maya, Pani-an,Poblacion Norte, Poblacion Sur, Quiasan, Salong, Salvacion, Tingui-an,Zaragosa, and Pani-an. According to Roxanne Baluya, PSWDOofficer-in-charge, the provincial government released 25 boxes of canned goodsand 50 sacks of rice. “Some business establishments,however, incurred minor damage. There were shattered glass walls, for example,and roofs that were blown away,” said Diolasa. Even farm animals drowned infloodwaters, she lamented. The local government could now use itscalamity fund to address the needs of its people, said Chinky Diolosa ofBalasan’s Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO).last_img read more

Bulldog Grapplers Battle Panthers

first_imgThe Batesville Wrestling Team traveled to Knightstown High School for the final dual meet of the year. The Bulldogs fell short to the Panthers by losing 66-17.Jackson Wooldridge, Neal Nobbe, and Will Amberger were the victorious Bulldogs on the night.Weight Class Results.106 lb., Laiken Hanna lost by pin to Kaleb Buchana.113 lb., Jackson Wooldridge won by pin against Thomas Sollars .120 lb., Dallas Lamping lost by pin to Bruce Nichols.126 lb., John Moody lost by pin to Adam Bundy.132 lb., Chris Schene lost by pin to Steven Heady.138 lb., loss by forfeit.145 lb., loss by forfeit.152 lb., Xavier King lost by pin to Kaleb Kinnama.n160 lb., Neal Nobbe won by pin against Jon Simmons.170 lb., loss by forfeit.182 lb., Will Amberger won by 19-4 tech fall against Logan Johnson.195 lb., loss by forfeit.220 lb., loss by forfeit.285 lb., loss by forfeit.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal.last_img read more

Man Utd plan to extend Ighalo’s loan deal as Solskjaer weighs up £15m transfer

first_imgManchester United are planning to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal as they continue to weigh up a permanent move. Loading… But it is understood Solskjaer wants more depth to his attack with his side competing for Champions League qualification, as well as remaining in the Europa League and FA Cup. The United manager intends to sign a center-forward this summer after missing out on top target Erling Braut Haaland in January. The Borussia Dortmund striker remains of interest along with Moussa Dembele and Timo Werner, while Raul Jimenez is admired by Solskjaer. read also:Ighalo reveals criticism from Solskjaer despite scoring for Man Utd But Ighalo represents a cut-price option in a summer when Ed Woodward has warned United’s spending could be hit by the financial impact of Covid-19. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Nigeria striker is due to return to Shanghai Shenhua at the end of May, which would effectively mean he has played his final game for United due to the coronavirus-enforced lockdown of football. But with the Premier League hoping to resume the season in June, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to keep hold of the 30-year-old until at least the end of the campaign. With Marcus Rashford set to return from a back injury, United’s striking options will already be boosted when football comes back.Advertisement Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?What’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Is This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phonelast_img read more

Nine confirmed COVID-19 cases in Franklin County

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. – Health officials confirmed four new cases for COVID-19 Tuesday which brings the total of confirmed cases in Franklin County to nine.Officials also announced that the first patient confirmed in the county has met the guidelines to be released from quarantine.“The individual is doing well and his family has shown no symptoms of the virus throughout the quarantine. Officials received several negative test results from various individuals who have been tested,” the press release stated.The four new cases from Tuesday are all adults with one of the four being a presumptive positive from March 22.  “The data can sometimes seem confusing when it comes to presumptive positives and confirmed positives,” stated Angie Ruther, RN. Ruther, the Health Department supervisor, went on to say, “Due to the volume of tests that have been conducted, the fact that tests are being conducted in different labs, and some patients being in out of state hospitals, it can take some time before we receive the results. Unfortunately, that can lead to a lot of misunderstanding, as well as a greater sense of anxiety in the community.”last_img read more

UEFA executive to meet as uncertainty continues

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike UEFA will hold a meeting of its decision-making executive committee on April 23 with discussions likely to centre on how, when and if the European football season will be able to resume amid the coronavirus outbreak.The sport has been brought to a standstill by the outbreak with the Euro 2020 competition postponed until next year and both national leagues and continental club competitions on hold.Football associations, leagues, clubs and players around Europe are debating how to complete seasons and ensure the safety of players and officials.UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, has made it clear that it wants its member associations to complete their domestic seasons rather than abandon them.It also hopes to finish the Champions League and Europa League competitions.UEFA said in a statement that the meeting, to be preceded on Tuesday by a session for the general secretaries of its 55 member associations, will “discuss the latest developments regarding the impact caused by the coronavirus outbreak on European football.”“The meetings will look at developments across both domestic and European competitions,” it added.Both will be held by video conference.Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusUEFAlast_img read more

Pele salutes ‘excellent’ Kane

first_img The 21-year-old’s Roy of the Rovers rise shows no signs of abating, with the Spurs forward being rewarded for his exceptional form with a first senior international call-up on Thursday. Kane’s 26-goal tally has seen him brought into the England squad for the upcoming matches against Lithuania and Italy, boosting his burgeoning reputation even further. His performances in the Premier League have caught the eye of many across the world, including arguably the greatest player of all-time. Pele has been impressed, but warned both club and country against pinning their hopes solely on him or any one player. “I think he is an excellent player – he could be a good one for the English team,” Pele told Press Association Sport. “What is important is the team work, I think. You cannot win games with individual players. Always it was like that. “When you have excellent players, sometimes the team doesn’t work, you need a good team ethic. “I am going to give one example – in the Brazil team at the World Cup in England, we had at that time the best players. “We played the World Cup here but we lost, then in 1970 in Mexico we had an excellent team. “Our individual players were not the best, but we won the World Cup with the team, not the individual players.” Pele has joined Harry Kane’s growing list of admirers as the Brazilian great says he has been impressed by the “excellent” Tottenham striker. Few are better placed than the three-time World Cup to talk about success, especially when it comes to scoring goals, and the all-time great had some words of wisdom for Kane. “First of all, he has to take care of his physical condition,” Pele said, speaking on behalf of SUBWAY in one of their London restaurants. “A lot of young players forget to look after themselves. “I used to say, ‘God give me the gift to play football, to do something’, but you must always be in good shape. “That is one thing, and tell him never think he can be the best. Always he has something to learn. That is my advice.” Press Associationlast_img read more