Public decries ‘elite privilege’ as lawmakers, relatives get tested first for COVID-19

first_imgIndra estimated that as many as 2,000 people would be tested on Thursday or Friday at the House’s housing complexes in Kalibata and Ulujami. “The test kit is funded by donations from several House members and leaders. Our doctors and paramedics will conduct the tests,” he said.The public has criticized the plan, noting that there are still many sick people across the country struggling to get tested.A Twitter user and cardiologist @berlianidris, called for the House to cancel the plan, saying there are many doctors who have been treating COVID-19 patients and still need to be tested because they have no symptoms and test kits were limited.Ini benar-benar jahat kalau yang tanpa indikasi diperiksa hanya karena mereka pejabat 😭Sejawat saya dokter2 yang kontak dengan pasien COVID-19 tidak diperiksa karena mereka tidak bergejala, karena alat pemeriksaannya terbatas.TOLONG DIBATALKAN!!! pic.twitter.com/QvkCjxaWdI— bili (@berlianidris) March 23, 2020 Members of the House of Representatives and their families are to be tested first for COVID-19, with or without symptoms, triggering an outpouring of anger on social media.House secretary-general Indra Iskandar told reporters on Monday that all 575 lawmakers and their immediate families – as well as their domestic workers and chauffeurs – would be tested for the virus using the rapid test kits that are expected to arrive on Tuesday.”Every House member wants to ensure that they and their families are clear [of the virus] as it has spread everywhere, including government circles,” he said. “It’s really mean if those without symptoms are being tested just because they are members of the elite,” he said.privilege yang memuakkan. https://t.co/CKBnR85h6x— Farchan (@efenerr) March 23, 2020″What a sickening privilege,” wrote Twitter user @efenerr.So, again, the political elites take precedence over the people— Kamal 「カマル」 (@funkybukkyo) March 23, 2020″So, again, the political elites take precedence over the people,” wrote @funkybukkyo.As of Monday morning, Indonesia had 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 48 deaths.Topics :last_img read more

Enjoy family fun all year round in Waterford home

first_imgThe home at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.THIS modern family home with a pool and plenty of space for entertaining is on the market in Waterford. The lowset, four-bedroom home at 4 Dalrymple Close has indoor-outdoor living and plenty of space for the growing family. The hub of the home is the open-plan living, dining and kitchen area with tiled flooring and stacker sliding doors that open to the covered patio. The contemporary kitchen has stone benchtops, a breakfast bar, stainless steel appliances, a pantry, space for a big fridge and pendent lighting. The living area at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.There are also amazing gardens with herbs, citruses, vegetables and fruits on the fenced 873 sqm block.Marketing agent Tony Pennisi of The Property Hub said the home was tucked away in a cul-de-sac location, close to all amenities and within walking distance to Canterbury College.“The home is very practical and has been designed to be enjoyable all year round. Everything has been thought of, both inside and out,” he said. The kitchen at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.In the living area, there is a feature wall and built-in shelving. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020There are also two extra living areas in the home, which is perfect for families who want that extra space for young children or teenagers.The master bedroom includes a walk-in wardrobe, a parents’ retreat area and an ensuite with double-length shower and dual basins. center_img The pool area at 4 Dalrymple Cl, Waterford.The three remaining bedrooms are a good size and the family bathroom includes a separate bath and shower. The property also has a double lockup garage, spacious entry and ducted airconditioning. Outside, the patio flows out to a timber deck and the fenced, in-ground swimming pool with paved surrounds.last_img read more

Carl Keith Crider

first_imgCarl Keith Crider, 84, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in Aurora, IN.Keith was born August, 24, 1932 in Aurora, IN, son of the late Carl C. Crider and Jenny Whiteford Crider.He served his Country as a member of the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.He began his truck driving career at age 16, and later drove for the family business, Crider Moving and Storage for many years. He traveled many miles in his truck driving days.Keith was the oldest member of the Aurora Eagles, Moose and American Legion.Surviving are siblings, Erma Jean Schuman of Cincinnati. OH, David Crider and Michael (Charity) Crider both of Aurora, IN, as well as several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife, Madge Coleman Crider.Friends will be received Saturday, October 15, 2016, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, at 1:00 pm with Pastor Charles Hill and Pastor Michael Welch officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana 47001. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to River View Cemetery Association. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Got to ski, but have no snow? Just “roll” with the punches

first_imgJust as stunt-based shows often start out their broadcasts with warnings not to try this at home, I feel it’s my due diligence to open this article by saying don’t do this at home and that my experience, pushing the limits on day one are not typical. Although I came back from my first roller skiing adventure, courtesy of Rossland’s Kootenay Nordic Sports, slightly thrashed and road rashed, my hopes for good times were not dashed. I’m an addict, I admit it. In the same week that a BC Day long weekend drive up to a Nelson area lodge yielded a summer ski run through a high altitude gully, an online posting about roller skiing caught my eye. I called up Dave Gibson from Kootenay Nordic Sports, and he graciously offered me use of a set of roller skis along with the instructional services of his daughter Sierra, an up and coming Nordic ski champ with her eyes on the prize for 2018.  We pulled onto Hannah Creek Road (just before the Teck fertilizer plan if you’re coming from Webster Elementary). This rarely-travelled route offers up smooth pavement along rolling, windy hills: a perfect location for roller skiers and long boarders alike.  The gear is familiar: regular, skating cross country ski boots, poles (preferably with rubber nubs on the ends), mountain bike gloves and a bike helmet. The skis, however, are something new. They consist of a skate ski binding mounted on a narrow platform between two wheels, longer and with larger wheels than roller blades. Clipping in for my first roll, I went through the progressions.  The first major difference is simply balance. Staying atop narrow inline wheels requires an added bit of thought.  Starting out pole-less, we slowly skated along the flats, maintaining the small V stance and simulating pole motions to nail the timing of the various styles. Several passes in, we added poles to the mix and went through single stride, double stride and offset poling. To this point, it is all very similar to cross country and along the flats felt quite natural.  Tackling the first small decline, poles tucked up under my arms, I began playing around with the skis a bit, working on balance, seeing how they react.  Typically, getting through all of these steps would be one heck of a first lesson. Going back to old school journalism, though, you’ve got to really live something before you can write honestly about it, no?  In passing Dave mentioned in a science-camp-beautiful dopplar shifting way that there was a washout on the far side of the next hill. Not super keen to coming in high speed through a wash of gravel we turned around and pointed our wheels back down the slope.  There were suggestions from the group that it would be entirely respectable to walk down the hill or at least part of it. I would later find out many people, even after skating for years, still walk down. But I came out to roll and roll I would.  The slope began mellowly enough. Watching Sierra skate down the start of the decline before tucking out of sight through the S bend, it looked like a lot of fun as well.  I had my strategy figured. I’d take it easy down the first part of the steep slope, line up for the turn and then open it up and let it roll. In theory, it was a great strategy. In execution it was more of a straight roll from the summit, picking up speed, passing beyond the threshold of being able to stop an then playing the mental game of not panicking, holding it together, knees bent. Just ride it out, nice and smooth.  My left leg got a bit squirrelly, then the right. Recovery, keep it together. There goes leftie again, over-correct, there goes righty, and before I knew it I was on the pavement in the hollow, just before the S bend.  The moral of the story? Pavement is harder than snow, but roller skiing is no harder than cross country skiing and a super fun way to stay in shape over the summer. Pavement is faster than snow, no doubt about it, and the balancing involved is more akin to ice skating than skiing. The hills are good fun and the speed addictive. My only piece of advice, however, is this: save the hills for at least lesson two.  Kootenay Nordic Sports is currently working on reassembling a regular weekly group of roller skiers. If you’re an experienced roller skier already, stop by the shop Wednesday evenings at 5:30. If you’re a first timer, call the shop ahead, they’ve got spare skis and can offer lessons.last_img read more

Energy targets exceeded: Erwin

first_img13 February 2008South Africans are currently saving more than the 10% reduction target in electricity consumption set by the government, and emergency measures will continue over the next six months to ensure a further drop in demand, says Public Enterprises Minister Alec Erwin.Addressing the media in Cape Town on Monday, Erwin particularly thanked large industrial users, who draw the bulk of the supply from Eskom, for their assistance in meeting the targets.Erwin added that emergency measures to reduce demand in electricity would continue for the next six months, to achieve the short-term reduction targets of between 3 000 megawatts and 4 000 megawatts.In the longer term, he said South Africa would be sitting with a “tight” energy supply situation for the next four years, given the lead time involved in the construction of new power stations.However, Erwin said that all contractual obligations made with investors would be honoured, adding that there would need to be greater planning and coordination when it came to new investments, especially when new projects required connections to the national electricity grid.He added, however, that it would be some time before South Africa gave the go-ahead to new energy-intensive investments such as the aluminium smelter currently planned for the Coega Industrial Development Zone.Increasing reserve marginsErwin pointed out that South Africa was not alone in dealing with a tight energy supply, stating that almost all developing countries – and some industrialised nations – were also facing similar supply constraints.“No one is sitting with an abundance of energy right at the moment,” he said.The intention at the moment was to widen the country’s reserve margin – the difference between potential capacity and that in use at any given time – which currently stands at 8%, Erwin said, adding that more intensive demand-side management programmes could push that margin to 10%.Over the longer term, demand-side efforts and supply-side interventions with a shorter lead time, such as the building of gas-fired turbines, would push the margin up to the 15% standard.While the country was on track to seeing a better reserve margin of between 12% and 15% by 2010, Erwin said the National Energy Regulator called for a reserve margin of at least 16%.He added that the team of “energy champions” announced by President Thabo Mbeki in his State of the Nation address last week would play a key role in explaining the actual situation of the country’s energy supply, especially in and around the major industrial centres, to international investors.Building capacityIn the meantime, Erwin said that South Africa aims to double its overall capacity over the next 20 years by adding another 40 000 megawatts to the system.Half of this additional capacity, he said, would be sourced from nuclear power, using both conventional nuclear power stations and the locally-developed Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) technology.However, Erwin said it would be unlikely that the country would see a conventional power station coming on stream before 2015, though a smaller PBMR plant could be ready by as early as 2013.As part of the country’s drive to source alternative, renewable, energy sources, Erwin pointed out a 100 MW wind-power station was under construction in the Cape, and that the performance of this plant would be closely evaluated to assess the potential contribution of this source of energy going forward.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Kahnawake immersion schools future at stake – launches online fundraiser

first_imgDanielle Rochette APTN National NewsKarihwanoron means ‘precious words’ in Mohawk.It’s also the name of a unique school in Kahnawake.A school that is struggling to stay [email protected]last_img

Uber loses UK court case expected to appeal

first_imgLONDON — Lawyers say the taxi hailing app Uberhas lost its appeal against a ruling that its drivers should be classed as workers in a case with broad implications for the gig economy.Law firm Leigh Day says Britain’s Court of Appeal upheld an earlier ruling that found the company’s drivers are workers, not independent contractors and therefore should receive the minimum wage and paid holidays. Uber is expected to appeal.Though the company argued that the case applies to only two drivers, Uber has tens of thousands of drivers in the U.K. who could argue they deserve the same status as the former drivers covered by decision. The court says some 40,000 drivers use the platform in the U.K., though the company said the number had grown since the submission to 50,000.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St John hosts 30th Winter Games in 2020

first_imgThe planning and organizing of the event have been led by President, Darren Snider and Vice President, Dee Ann Stickle and 14 Directors and 100 Volunteer Chairs have been working to bring the event together.The Winter Games Society will require a large number of volunteers to see that the games run as planned, the intention is to have 2000 volunteers to facilitate one volunteer for every one athlete participating in the games. With the training required, there will be a new level of trained and enhanced skill of community volunteersThe Society for the Winter Games will make their first recruitment for volunteers at the FSJ Tradeshow at booth #262, April 5th to 7th, 2019.For more information; CLICK HEREOfficial announcement; CLICK HEREFSJ Tradeshow; CLICK HERE FORT ST JOHN, B.C. – City Council presented the Winter Games 2020 Society with $50,000 as seed money to start planning initiatives for the 30th Winter Games.The games, to be held February 20-23, 2020, will bring an infusion of new faces and economic support to Fort St. John as the City will host 2000 para-athletes, Special Olympians, able-bodied athletes and their coaches.The estimated economic impact to the City will be an approximate $1.6 million. Impacts on FSJ will not only be financial yet will include opportunities to come together and celebrate the pride of the community.last_img read more

Brent oil hits 6month high above 75 barrel

first_imgLondon: Brent North Sea crude hit a six-month high above $75 per barrel Thursday on supply concerns that have been worsened by the United States tightening the screw on sanctions-hit Iran. Brent for delivery in June jumped to $75.42 per barrel, the highest level since late October. Oil’s other main contract, WTI, reached a six-month peak at $66.16 per barrel. The US removal this week of waivers that allowed countries to buy from sanctions-hit Iran is expected to hit oil supplies, though analysts are keeping watch on the region and whether OPEC responds by opening up the taps. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalOil prices had already enjoyed a strong recovery this year, with output capped by Russia and the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries. Crude futures have won support additionally on unrest in OPEC members Venezuela and Libya. “The US government’s decision not to extend the exemptions from the Iranian sanctions… is still having after-effects,” analysts at Commerzbank said in a note to clients after Brent surpassed $75 per barrel. Oil kingpin Saudi Arabia meanwhile on Wednesday said it had no immediate plans to raise oil output to offset the move by Washington. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostSaudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih insisted that global oil inventories continued to rise despite unrest in Venezuela and the tougher US action. Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called the end of oil sanction waivers by the United States a “hostile measure” that “won’t be left without a response”. “US efforts to boycott the sale of Iran’s oil won’t get them anywhere. We will export our oil as much as we need and we intend,” his official English-language Twitter account said, quoting from a speech he delivered to workers in Tehran. The United States on Monday said it would halt the practice of exempting countries including India, China and Turkey from sanctions on purchases of Iranian oil. In May last year, US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers, which had given the Islamic republic sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear programme. Around 0900 GMT, Brent North Sea crude traded at 75.23 per barrel, up 66 cents from Wednesday’s close. WTI gained 21 cents at 66.10 per barrel.last_img read more

Lamar Odom Checks Into Rehab For Substance Abuse

Lamar Odom has checked into a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, according to sources.The NBA player has been in the news recently about alleged drug use. He was reportedly staying at a Los Angeles hotel two weeks ago, where his friends tried to help him kick his drug problem.Odom was also arrested early last Friday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence. The police report said Odom’s car was observed moving in a “serpentine manner” before exiting the freeway.The police report said the ball player initially refused to pull over when authorities tried to stop him, eventually coming to a halt minutes later. Odom showed “objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated,” the report said.At the police station, Odom refused to take further chemical tests and he was subsequently booked for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.He was released on $15,000 bail Friday morning.Odom played last season with the Los Angeles Clippers and was pursued in free agency this summer by both the Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers. read more