Women must play central role in battle against pandemic: Foreign minister

first_imgAs the COVID-19 crisis amplifies the existing inequalities, with women being impacted more severely by the pandemic, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi has said that women can play a central role in the battle against the disease.“The issue of women’s empowerment is always close to my heart. This is not because I am a woman, I see the potential of women being part of the solution,” said Retno as she spoke to The Jakarta Post in the opening session of the webinar series titled “Multilateralism during a pandemic: Indonesia’s Perspective” on Thursday. Read also: Middle powers must step up global role“In Indonesia, women own more than 64 percent of MSMEs [micro, small and medium enterprises]. Many of them have diversified their businesses during the pandemic to produce masks, protective gear and others,” Retno said, referring to the report published by the United Nations Women Asia Pacific.Drilling down to the households where women actively played a role as the main caregiver and educator, Retno added that women could also take a role in educating their communities about COVID-19 preventive measures. She gave an assurance that the Indonesian government was committed to preventing further discrimination against women during the pandemic.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Monday that his administration encouraged the Family Welfare Movement (PKK) – a state-sponsored organization comprising community leaders and officials’ wives – to disseminate information on the importance of complying with health protocols, a move that was praised by the minister.In contrast, however, women’s rights activists have criticized the Indonesian government for putting aside the gender-responsive perspective to address the COVID-19 pandemic and exacerbating gender inequalities in the country.As health care for women becomes less accessible during the pandemic, women have also found themselves vulnerable to domestic violence with reports showing a surge in numbers. Activists have also condemned lawmakers for putting women’s issues on the back burner by stalling deliberation of the sexual violence eradication bill, which its proponents hope will put an end to the systemic violence against women in the country.Topics : According to her, the issue of women’s empowerment had become a very important element in Indonesian foreign policy in recent years. She added that a group of female foreign ministers from around the world regularly discussed the issue of global women’s empowerment through various perspectives.“I always underline the importance of hitting the reset button in our approach,” she said. “Any policy must always consider women from the perspectives of both vulnerability and potential, so we must provide protection but we must also involve women as part of the solution.”In almost all places, women earn less and are more likely to be in precarious jobs in the informal sector with little to no protection at work. Retno admitted that many women, especially in Indonesia, did not have sustainable incomes and they had been deprived of access to social protection schemes, proper health care and many social economic stimulus measures provided by the government.In fact, according to Retno, women played a major role during the pandemic. Citing the International Labour Organization (ILO), globally women make up over 70 percent of health workers, including those working in care institutions.last_img read more

August 22, 2017 Police Blotter

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GVF continues preparation for French Guiana trip

first_imgTHE Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) held another successful weekend camp at the National Gymnasium as it prepares to send two U21 sides to next month’s Inter-Guianas Volleyball Tournament, which is billed for French Guiana.The camp is geared to prepare the national side for the May 1-5 event.To date, the GVF president Levi Nedd is pleased with the team’s training sessions. He is also optimistic that with more support from the public the sport will be able to spike into a different level, which will help to advance all facets of the game.Nedd, who became volleyball head late last year, is coach of the male team, while Yannick Fingall, who is coach of the female team, is Nedd’s assistant with the young men. Rodney Fredericks will travel as the female team assistant coach.Vanille Chester, who will also travel with the side, will serve as chaperon.Both teams will have their final session on April 26, at the National Gymnasium.EASTER MONDAY COMPETITIONMeanwhile Nedd is inviting volleyball players to the Number 63 Beach, Corentyne, on Easter Monday to participate in a fundraising Bar-B-Que and Beach Volleyball competition.Competition commences at 9:00h with trophies up for grab donated by Ansa Mcal.last_img read more

Shark encounters in South African waters

first_img21 July 2015Professional surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a great white shark in Jeffreys Bay, in Eastern Cape, while he was surfing in the finals of the J-Bay Open on 19 July.The incident put shark attacks front and centre, but the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board reports that an analysis of South African shark attack records over the last four decades confirm that attacks are rare, with an average of only six incidents a year.“Since 1990 only 26% of attacks have resulted in serious injury and only 15% were fatal. This equates to an average of one serious shark-inflicted injury every year and one shark-inflicted fatality every 1.2 years along some 2 000km of coastline from the Mozambique border to Table Bay (Cape Town),” says the sharks board.Shark Spotters, a pioneering shark safety programme and now the main shark safety programme used in Cape Town, echoes the words of the KwaZulu-Natal organisation.It says that shark bites are rare typically random events. “On the Cape Peninsula, the first fatalities were recorded at Seaforth and Simonstown, in 1900 and 1901. Since 1960 however, only 25 attacks have occurred on the Cape Peninsula. That is less than one attack per year.“Of these 25 attacks on the peninsula, a high percentage has been on spear fishers. Only four of these last 25 attacks have proved to be fatal. Sharks don’t see people as their natural prey, but they may occasionally bite to investigate what you are, they may also bite because they feel threatened or in some cases they may even mistake people as their prey.”The ones that got awayFanning was lucky to fend off the animal by punching it as it bit through the leash affixing his surfboard to his ankle. He is not alone; in recent months, there have been several other times people have lived to tell the tale.Buffelsbaai – 28 June 2015: A man in his early twenties lost a leg in a shark attack while surfing. Medics reported that people who were with him in the water loaded him on to a surfboard and brought him to shore.Plettenberg Bay – 27 June 2015: Surfer Dylan Reddering, 23, survived a brush with a 3m-long great white while surfing, emerging from the incident with only severe tissue damage on the right side of his body. He kicked and beat the shark away while trying to swim to shore.Port St Johns – 3 May 2015: Backpacker tour operator Mathieu Dasnois, 29, was testing a new face mask when he was attacked by a great white shark at least 4m long. The shark grabbed his hand when Dasnois tried to fend him off. The boat went to his aid but the shark breached from underneath and pulled him away with Dasnois’ foot in his mouth. He managed to get his foot free and escaped when the shark tried to breach again.Nahoon Beach – 23 January 2015: A bather was bitten on the foot by a ragged-tooth shark while swimming in the surf. He was treated at the scene by lifeguards and was expected to make a full recovery.Muizenberg Beach – 1 August 2014: A surfer was badly injured when he was attacked by a shark while in the breakers. He sustained severe lacerations to his lower limbs and had to be airlifted to hospital.Fish Hoek – 29 September 2011: Michael Cohen, 43, lost a leg when he was bitten by what was thought to be a great white shark. The Briton had allegedly ignored warnings from shark spotters and insisted on bathing anyway. At the time, News24 reported that the shark alarm could not be sounded because of a city-wide power failure.Fanning’s close encounterWatch as Fanning faces off against the shark:Speaking in Sydney, Australia this morning, Fanning described the attack as a “very humbling” experience. He was grateful to those who came to his rescue.“I guess someone was looking out for me. to walk away from a shark attack without a scratch on you, it’s a miracle really.”Looking back at the footage afterwards, he said he was shocked to see how big the shark was. “I didn’t think the shark was that big when I first saw it. then I went back [to the footage] and looked. yeah, it was pretty big.”Speaking about the attack, he said: “It just sort of came up and went for the tail. I don’t know why it didn’t bite my board. it just kept coming back. I was trying to put my board between us. All of a sudden it came again. It tried to position myself away from it, to the side of it. It was right there and that is when I punched.”He wondered what to do: “Should I go for my board or swim? I turned around and I had my fist ready. luckily by that stage the boat and the jet skis were on top of us. They did such a great job.”Shark protectionThe KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board says that in the early days, most attacks took place on swimmers in warm, shallow waters on KwaZulu-Natal beaches, but the shark nets, now working concurrently with the drumlines, have greatly reduced the number of these incidents in the province to less than one a year.For over a decade the sharks board experimented with electrical fields to repel sharks. In 1996, this culminated in the development and sale of a successful electrical shark repellent, the SharkPod (Protective Oceanic Device).Distribution of the SharkPod ended in 2001, but the rights to use the waveform patented by the board were granted to an Australian company, SeaChange – now called Shark Shield – which now produces repellent devices for use by individuals.The board is investigating the possibility of using its patented waveform in a shark repellent cable that potentially would surround an entire bathing area with an electrical field. In 2010, the organisation contracted the services of physicists and electrical engineers to assist with this line of research. The project is ongoing.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Tshwane is South Africa’s top wifi spot

first_img8 September 2015Tshwane’s public wifi build programme is the largest of its kind in South Africa, new research by the firm BMI-T has confirmed.BMI-T undertakes business-to-business commercial and industrial research. It tracks public and private sector wifi hotspots. In its study, BMI-T found that South African government deployments had been on an expansion trend over the last year to 18 months.The city Tshwane’s free wifi build programme was the biggest in terms of users, footprint and access points, the data showed.Christopher Geerdts, the associate telecommunications consultant at BMI-T told, said provincial government deployments in Western Cape were the next biggest after Tshwane.“In terms of government sponsored deployments there are currently around 1 800 active hotspots in South Africa, with the bulk of these being concentrated in Project Isizwe’s Tshwane deployment, and projects in the Western Cape,” Geerdts said.However, BMI-T warned that free wifi risked being unsustainable.“Someone ultimately has to pay for these services,” Geerdts argued. “Public projects can be all or part sponsored by national, provincial or local government and/or the private sector. Project Isizwe received donated bandwidth from Neotel. Other ISPs and telcos (telecommunications companies) could also contribute, especially if there is some CSI (corporate social investment) capital to be gained from this.”In Tshwane, Project Isizwe registered 720 000 unique wifi users, who are given a 250MB cap per day. The non-governmental organisation said that only 7% of users reached their cap. In Western Cape, public wifi is provided in Mitchell’s Plain and Khayelitsha, where users have a 3GB cap.However, Geerdts envisioned a model where wifi internet access was affordable rather than free in the longer term.“Overall we think that the country may be looking for an affordable model more than a free model. Customers are investing in smartphones and there is evidence they will pay for data if the pricing is improved and (for wifi) coverage and payment methods improve,” he said.Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Videos: Jalin Marshall Makes Impressive One-Handed Catch For Go-Ahead Touchdown

first_imgJalin Marshall making a one handed touchdown catch.Twitter/@SC_ClevelandMichigan State played Ohio State to a 7-7 draw late into the third quarter, but after a disasterous special teams blunder, the Buckeyes have a 14-7 lead. Michigan State’s Macgarrett Kings Jr. muffed an Ohio State punt, giving Ohio State the ball at the Sparty six yard line.Disaster strikes #MichiganState as a muffed punt puts the Buckeyes in great field position! #MSUvsOSU https://t.co/xavzH6VwRe— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) November 21, 2015On first down, J.T. Barrett found Jalin Marshall with a little pop pass in the end zone. Marshall made an impressive grab to secure the go-ahead touchdown, getting one hand on the ball before securing it for the score.Just like THAT… TOUCHDOWN BUCKEYES pic.twitter.com/lqb3lrFMjz— SC Cleveland™ (@SC_Cleveland) November 21, 2015Even without Connor Cook, this Big Ten East battle has been a good one, but right now the undefeated Buckeyes have all the momentum.last_img read more

Port of Oakland Terminals Night Gates Here to Stay

first_imgzoom Port of Oakland said that its busiest marine terminal Oakland International Container Terminal will make evening operations permanent following a three-month trial.The port said that night gates will continue to take pressure off busier daytime container pick-up or delivery operations.Oakland International Container Terminal launched night gates in late June when it started offering full night operations from Monday through Thursday for truck drivers to haul cargo.According to data compiled by the terminal and the port, about 1,300 container transactions nightly have migrated from day to evening. The night operations also led to a drop in average transaction time for truck drivers from 96 minutes in August to 79 minutes last week, while thirty percent of trucking companies at the port reduced congestion surcharges assessed to customers for picking up containers.A survey conducted by the port showed that 74 percent of cargo owners use Oakland night gates due to less terminal crowding. Sixty-five percent of owners said that night gates contributed to an improvement in transaction times.Oakland International Container Terminal said it will continue to charge customers a USD 30 fee to finance night gates. About 6,000 trucks pass through the terminal’s gates daily, making it one of the busiest in the US. It handles 70 percent of the containerized cargo in Oakland.A neighboring Oakland marine terminal, TraPac, said it is currently experimenting with night gates.last_img read more

How The Red Sox And Dodgers Made It To The World Series

It’s been almost seven months since the Major League Baseball season started, and here we are, finally ready to determine a champion. We’ve been tracking — and forecasting — each team’s chances all season long, so we wanted to look back at the paths to the World Series taken by Boston and Los Angeles. Our final predictions give the Red Sox the edge over the Dodgers in the series, 60 percent to 40 percent — but as we know, anything can happen when the players take the field.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

Ohio State lacrosse prepares for Showdown in the Shoe

“Win and you’re in.” It’s safe to say that phrase is lingering in the minds of players and coaches for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team. With a win at the fifth annual “Showdown in the ‘Shoe” this coming Saturday, the team would punch its ticket to the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament. The Buckeyes will face-off against Air Force at 11 a.m. live on the Big Ten Network right before the OSU spring football game, for which about 60,000 presale tickets have already been distributed. The team isn’t nervous about playing in Ohio Stadium, coach Nick Myers said. Myers said it was a challenge last week against Michigan in their stadium, but overall the team is excited about another opportunity. “This is the fifth year I’ve been a part of this event, and it’s like no other in the game of lacrosse,” Myers said. “I think it really speaks to the commitment the university has made to get behind this game. A lot of fans are being exposed to what we feel like is a great game and it’s just huge for Midwest lacrosse.” If the Buckeyes win against Air Force Saturday, the team will make a strong stance for the No. 3 seed in ECAC tournament. With Loyola (Maryland) undefeated in the conference, the win would set up a possible back-to-back matchup with Fairfield University in the last matchup of the regular season, as well as the first-round game of the ECAC tournament for the Buckeyes. The winner of the ECAC tournament will get an automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse tournament. The ECAC tournament begins on May 2 in Denver. “We’re hungry,” Myers said. “I think we realize how close we are, we just feel like we still haven’t really played our best.” The team hit a rough spot in the middle of the season with a record of 1-5 in the month of March. Two big victories against Hobart College and Michigan in the past two weeks have opened the doors to the postseason for the Buckeyes. With only two games remaining in the season, senior midfielder Brock Sorensen said the team understands the situation they are in. “I think there has been more of a focus as the season has gone on,” Sorensen said. “Our defense has continued to play great for us and we know that is the backbone of our team. It’s just getting our offense to click and getting all 44 guys to chip in any way that they can.” Sorensen has recorded nine goals this season, the highest in his Buckeye career. The defense is ranked 10th in team defense in the NCAA, only allowing 7.75 goals a game. Redshirt senior defenseman Matt Kawamoto said stat resulted from a lot of hard work put in by his teammates this year. Everyone is buying into the game plan and everyone is just staying focused to that goal, Kawamoto said. Kawamoto was announced as a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior Class award on April 4. The winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship weekend, which will be held May 26-28 in Boston. “To be put in the same category with those other ten guys, it’s a really huge honor,” Kawamoto said. read more

Troy Smith JT Barrett will do nothing but rise

Left: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball during a game against Illinois on Nov. 1 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 55-14.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternRight: Then-senior quarterback Troy Smith (10) escapes a pack of Michigan defenders during a game on Nov. 18, 2006, at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-39.Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn 2004, a redshirt-sophomore quarterback from Cleveland made just his fifth career start against the No. 7 Michigan Wolverines in Ohio Stadium.Before that game, not many people knew who Troy Smith was, but after defeating the highly ranked Wolverines, 37-21, in The Game, Smith became a legend in Columbus. Smith, who is set to have his No. 10 honored at halftime of Saturday’s Ohio State-Michigan matchup, said he did not know right away what that game in 2004 meant to him or the OSU faithful.“You don’t really understand the magnitude of the game until years and years after,” Smith said Monday. “Until you hit the field, and you feel that there are really hundreds of thousands of people watching you, watching your every single move, you really don’t have an understanding. It is a feeling I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world.”Smith went on to defeat Michigan in 2005 and 2006, the latter being arguably the biggest game in the rivalry’s history as the Buckeyes and Wolverines met in Ohio Stadium as No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, respectively. OSU won that 2006 game, 42-39, making Smith just the second OSU quarterback ever to go 3-0 against Michigan, joining Tippy Dye who completed the feat from 1934-36. Fast forward to 2014. Another OSU quarterback is set to make his first start against the Michigan Wolverines, albeit on a slightly different scale. When Smith defeated the Wolverines in 2004, OSU was unranked and had already suffered four losses. Now, redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett is leading a Buckeye team that sits at 10-1, 7-0 on the season with a shot at the first-ever College Football Playoff still in reach. Despite Barrett’s inexperience, Smith said he believes the young quarterback will perform admirably against the Wolverines. “The first advice is to stick to the game plan. Don’t try to be someone that he is not,” Smith said. “Obviously we have gotten a chance to see the transformation and the growth behind J.T. Barrett this whole season and I am pretty much blown away ‘cause as a freshman, he is doing some things that it took me an ample amount of years to grasp and have an understanding about. “We as Buckeye fans, we should be privileged to see his growth and it will do nothing but rise.”Barrett, a native of Wichita Falls, Texas, admitted after a 42-27 win over the Indiana Hoosiers that he had to be educated on the rivalry with Michigan.“I knew it was big, but coming from Texas, it was Texas and Oklahoma. I went to that game being recruited. I really didn’t have anything on the team up north and Ohio State,” Barrett said. “It was a lot to learn. It’s a deep hate for those guys. Not just the players, but more the fans.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said he makes a point of making sure guys like Barrett, who might not know about the rivalry, get acclimated once they arrive at OSU. “We just make a huge deal out of rivalry games. I want the players to take ownership in the program, part ownership in the game,” Meyer said Monday. “This is not another game. This is The Game.”Smith on the other hand, knew exactly what the rivalry meant. “Growing up in Ohio, (I was) definitely biased towards having an understanding to which game was the best game of the year,” Smith said. “It is a different feel.”While Barrett might not know as much about the rivalry, he has shown a knowledge of the OSU playbook as his 42 total touchdowns are not only tied for the best in the country, but have helped him set multiple school records. One of those records used to belong to Smith, as Barrett passed the Heisman winner’s school record for passing touchdowns in a season (30) with four scoring tosses against the Hoosiers to give him 33 on the year. Barrett’s play has gotten the attention of many people including Heisman analysts, as last week Barrett was given 15/1 odds to win the award by online gambling site Bovada.com. Smith, who has a vote as a Heisman winner, said that while he hasn’t filled out his ballot just yet, he has a soft spot for OSU candidates. “I usually like to wait until the last second. I have a tremendous amount of respect for that process and having an understanding of too what it takes to win the Heisman Trophy and I think it shouldn’t be awarded until the last game of whoever is in the standings because you never know who is going to have a breakout moment,” Smith said. “We have got great talent across the nation and (I am) definitely biased towards some of the guys who are going to be wearing the Scarlet and Gray if they are up there.”Smith added that not only is Barrett on his short list of candidates, but said the redshirt-freshman should be on other voters’ lists as well. “I think he should be in everybody’s mind. Statistically the things that he is doing, obviously numbers don’t lie,” Smith said. “Tom Herman and our offensive staff are putting him and are putting other guys in positions to make plays and J.T. is doing nothing but capitalizing on every single chance and opportunity.”Barrett said following the game against Indiana that he does not let the Heisman talk affect his game on the field. “When I think of that, Heisman and all that, I can’t control that,” Barrett said. “I try to handle things that I can control, and one of those things was so the offense could go out there and play well today.”As Barrett and the Buckeyes turn their focus to their hated rival, Smith said he believes he knows how Barrett will feel when he takes the field for the first time against Michigan. “I know J.T. is going to be on cloud nine,” Smith said.Barrett and the Buckeye are set to take on the Wolverines Saturday at noon from Ohio Stadium. read more

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