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COVID-19: Online fund-raiser seeks to provide protective gear supplies

first_img“This is far from enough,” Mesty said in a statement on Wednesday. “We will continue to ensure that protective equipment is accessible and well-distributed to support healthcare workers in their fight against COVID-19.”She went on to say that the campaign was also supported by a number of major companies, including homegrown e-commerce unicorn Tokopedia.Read also: Manufacturers ramp up capacity to produce protective gearMesty encouraged the public and potential donors to access the fund-raising data on the campaign’s official webpage to ensure transparency and accountability of the initiative. Topics : “We know that it is a long journey, which is why we invite everyone to contribute to distributing the PPE to Indonesian health workers,” Mesty said.Shortages of protective gear supplies remain a major issue amid nationwide efforts to stem the rapid spread of COVID-19.As of April 14, as many as 206 health workers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to data from the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) and the Indonesian Nurses Association (PPNI). Of those who contracted the virus, at least 24 doctors and 12 nurses have died of COVID-19. National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) chief Doni Monardo, who helms the country’s COVID-19 task force, said on Tuesday that the government had responded to supply shortages by distributing 725,000 pieces of protective health gear, 13 million surgical masks and 150,000 N95 masks.center_img Online health fund-raising platform WeCare has initiated a campaign that aims to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare personnel working around the clock treating COVID-19 patients across the country despite the apparent scarcity of safety apparatuses.The campaign, under the hashtag #APDuntukNegeri (#PPEfortheCountry), has raised Rp 8.1 billion (US$512,904) as of Thursday, which will be allocated for the distribution of face masks, goggles, face shields and caps, among others, to around 1,700 hospitals across the archipelago.WeCare cofounder Mesty Ariotedjo said the campaign had managed to distribute protective gear supplies to more than 400 hospitals and health clinics in several regions.last_img read more

Society right to discriminate – Craig

first_imgNZ Herald 23 Jan 2013Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says homosexuality is a choice and society is right to discriminate against gay relationships.Mr Craig, a Christian, backed church groups who called at a select committee hearing in Auckland yesterday for a royal commission and a referendum on any change to the definition of marriage.He said the debate about Manurewa MP Louisa Wall’s bill to define marriage as the union of any two people regardless of gender was about the value the country placed on its history and traditions.“It asks whether the history and tradition of marriage as an institution uniting a man and a woman for the benefit of children and society deserves our protection,” he said.“Changes like this should not be made lightly. I am not convinced that there is a compelling reason for change.“Yes, we are discriminating between relationships. We are saying that marriage between a man and a woman is recognised. We are saying that a relationship between a man and a man, for example, goes down the path of a civil union.” read more

Raymond Noble – Sunman

first_imgRaymond Noble, of Harrison, Ohio and formerly of Sunman, Indiana was born on October 18, 1944 in Ison, Kentucky a son to Bent and Perlecy Jean Combest Noble.  He moved to Sunman as a young child, graduated from Sunman High School and later married Gloria Jeanne Kuhr on July 20, 1968.  Ray worked for and later retired from Cummins Engine Company after 32 years.  He served his country with the United States Army and the Army National Guard.  Ray was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church at Penntown, the Sunman American Legion Kenneth Diver Post #337, the Sunman Masonic Lodge #590, and the Ripley County Fraternal Order of Police William Rayner Lodge #177.  In his spare time he enjoyed tracing the family tree, watching sporting events and more than anything he cherished spending time with his family and making memories.  On Sunday, April 12, 2020 at the age of 75, Ray entered his eternal life, surrounded by his family.Those surviving who will cherish Ray’s memory include his wife of over 51 years, Gloria (Kuhr) Noble; sons, Steve Noble of Sunman, and Brian (Amanda) Noble of West Harrison; grandchildren, RayAnn Noble of Greensburg and Tayler Noble of Terre Haute; one brother, Corbett Noble; two sisters, Nova (Bob) Rutherford and Daisy Collins, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Robert Noble.Due to the current governor’s mandate regarding public gatherings, the services will be private for the immediate family and burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery. A celebration of life will be planned at a later date by the family.Please visit to utilize the online guestbook for Ray and to share personal memories with his family. Memorial contributions can be forwarded to Sunman Rescue 20 at PO Box 55, Sunman IN 47012; Sunman American Legion #337 at 412 Eastern Ave. Sunman, IN 47012; Sunman Masonic Lodge #590 at P.O. Box 87 Sunman, IN 47012.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Ray Noble.last_img read more

Bale left out of Real Madrid squad to face Man City

first_imgRelatedPosts Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale has been left out of their 24-man Champions League squad for Friday’s last-16 tie at Manchester City, casting doubts on his future at the club.Bale, 31, last played for Real in June when they beat Mallorca 2-0 and did not feature in their final seven league matches, as they pipped Barcelona to the La Liga title, while he watched from the bench. Bale, who has scored over 100 goals for the Spanish side since his record-breaking move in 2013, has endured his worst season at the club with only three goals in all competitions.The Welshman has a contract until 2022 and was set to make a lucrative move to the Chinese Super League last year before the transfer was scuttled, when Real made a last-minute decision to insist on a transfer fee rather than terminate his contract.Bale has since divided opinion among the club’s fanbase with some supporters frustrated by a perceived lack of commitment from the Welshman.His poor injury record has not helped his cause, while his agent said he would not leave the club despite falling down the pecking order in Zidane’s team.Midfielder James Rodriguez has not been called-up either by Zidane,  while forward Mariano Diaz will miss the trip after he tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Real Skipper, Sergio Ramos, is ineligible after he was sent off in the 2-1 loss in the first leg at the Santiago Bernabeu, but the club confirmed the defender would still travel with the squad.Reuters/NAN.Tags: FC BarcelonaGareth BaleManchester CityReal Madridlast_img read more

Wenger questions match scheduling

first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has questioned the “conflicting” scheduling of Saturday’s Barclays Premier League showdown between Chelsea and Manchester United in direct competition with their FA Cup semi-final against Reading at Wembley. Arsenal have a near full-strength side to choose from this weekend, with midfielder Jack Wilshere having returned to full fitness, although captain Mikel Arteta is not yet back in contention from his injury lay-off nor is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Wenger feels the fierce competition for places can only be positive. He said: “Everybody feels that it is difficult to get in the team, all the players have top, top quality. “Of course it’s difficult for me as well to make these kind of decisions. “You do not ask anybody to understand that he doesn’t play because they all deserve to play. “They have to accept it and to respect the decision, that is what you want from the players.” One player who has watched from the bench in recent weeks is Theo Walcott, his last appearance as a substitute in the 2-0 Champions League win in Monaco on March 17. The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the 2015-16 season, and speculation has already begun over his future with talks over a new deal still to be finalised. Wenger, though, hopes that will be at the Emirates Stadium. “Yes I am confident because I believe that Theo has a great future,” said the Arsenal boss. “He is just coming back from a very, very difficult injury. Every week he is getting better. “Theo is very young and I believe he will have a great goalscoring record in the future because of the quality and intelligence of his game, and therefore I would like him to stay with our club.” Wenger also confirmed he expected veterans Arteta and Tomas Rosicky to agree contract extensions before the end of the season. Arsenal needed penalties to get past Wigan in last season’s semi-final, before going on to beat Hull on their return to Wembley after being 2-0 down early in the final. “We know that it (semi-final) is always tricky. We have learnt from Wigan last year,” he said. “The urgency level will be quite high in our team.” Wenger added: “Reading have many players who have the experience in the Premier League. “They have a very efficient style, who go a lot for crosses, so for us they can be a danger going forward.” Press Association The Gunners take on the Royals at 5:20pm which will be shown live on the BBC. However, only some 10 minutes later, the Premier League leaders will kick off on Sky Sports against third-placed United at Stamford Bridge. Under Premier League broadcast deals, the selection of Chelsea versus Manchester United was set back in February, when the FA Cup semi-finalists were still unknown. The Football Association and rights holders BBC and BT Sport decide independently on the weekend slots for their competition. Despite the fixtures timings not playing out as all broadcasters may have first hoped, Wenger still feels more consideration should have been made to keep the two high-profile games separate. “I am a bit surprised that a (Premier League) game of the same stature is played at the same time. There is a bit of conflict there that is difficult to understand,” said Wenger at his pre-match media conference on Thursday morning. “Something should be done about it. “I am surprised that they did not analyse that in television deals because basically what happens there, it is something that should have been planned, that two television channels who pay a lot of money for football have conflicted interests in promoting games. That inside the country shouldn’t happen.” Wenger added: “You would like it (FA Cup) to be the unique competition that is played, especially a semi-final and a final, you would want it not to conflict with other competitions.” Chelsea could extend their lead over Arsenal to 10 points should they beat United, but also remain just seven ahead and level on matches if they are defeated by Louis van Gaal’s in-form side. Arsenal host Chelsea next weekend, but Wenger is not looking any further ahead than Saturday’s cup tie at Wembley. “Mathematically yes (defeat for Chelsea would open up the title race again), but we have to win our games. That is all we can do,” Wenger said. last_img read more

New EHS baseball coach looks to past and future

first_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. ELLSWORTH — When Dan Curtis sees panic in the eyes of a Little League pitcher, he has a routine.The former Ellsworth All-stars coach will call a timeout and rise from the upturned bucket from which he observes games. Once he reaches the mound, Curtis will drop to one knee, throw a hand on the child’s shoulder, then lean in as if he’s about to talk strategy.“What’d you have for supper last night?” he’ll ask his player, who no longer appears terrified or disheartened, but like he’s trying to solve a math problem in his head. After a few moments of silence, Curtis will follow with the question: “Are you thinking about baseball?”“No,” the child will typically respond. “I’m trying to remember what I had for supper.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textCurtis will then stroll back to the sidelines, leaving behind a relaxed if not slightly confused pitcher in his wake.“I thought it was funny the first time I did it,” Curtis said, chuckling. “One of the worst things you can do as an athlete is start thinking. You’ve got to trust that you’ve put the work in.”Curtis plans to use a variation of this trick come springtime when he will begin his new job as head coach for the Ellsworth High School varsity baseball team. The only difference will be he’ll no longer need to take a knee to meet his player’s eye line.And for a coach who can casually discuss food with his players to break up a tense inning, Curtis has a serious agenda for Ellsworth’s baseball programs.Curtis, a Cherryfield native and a manager at Ellsworth Building Supplies, has coached at the Little League and Junior League levels for eight years, with his most recent accomplishment coming last summer when his Ellsworth team won the Junior League state championship.Though Curtis doesn’t yet have any high school coaching experience under his belt, he believes he has learned from the best as a high school and college athlete himself in the 1990s.“One of the biggest reasons I wanted to do this is because I played for outstanding coaches,” Curtis said. “It’s give-back time.”At Narraguagus High School, Curtis won an Eastern Maine championship with coach John Sawyer. He then went on to play for one of Maine’s most legendary coaches, John Winkin, at Husson University, where Curtis earned Academic All-American honors for two years.Some two decades earlier, it was Sawyer who was pitching for Winkin’s University of Maine Black Bears in the 1976 College World Series in Omaha, Neb.Curtis said Winkin’s and Sawyer’s coaching styles were the kinds that extended beyond baseball. As mentors, they guided their athletes both on and off the field.Winkin has since died, but Sawyer and Curtis have remained in touch. Sawyer even submitted a letter of recommendation for Curtis to EHS Athletics Director Jay Brown, in which Sawyer stated that Curtis would make a “fine role model” for student-athletes.“John Sawyer was like a father figure,” Curtis said. “He really instilled commitment in the team.”Curtis recalled how when his prom night fell on the eve of a playoff game, Sawyer’s athletes knew that at 10 p.m., they were expected to head home.“He didn’t have to tell us that,” Curtis said. “Athletes make sacrifices, and they make them for each other.”Though baseball season doesn’t officially begin until April, Curtis has been preparing for months. The first person Curtis said he called after receiving the job was Sawyer, who agreed to drive an hour west from Columbia Falls to help Curtis design practice plans.And while Curtis may not be one to yell at his athletes, he certainly plans to push them.“There’s going to be a lot of conditioning — hopefully the players will be ready for that,” he said, cracking a smile. “Don’t think I’ll be easy.”Curtis intends to unite generations of Ellsworth baseball players, from the Little Leaguers to local legends like Jack Scott — a former EHS player and coach, with a minor league career with the Red Sox sandwiched in between.Curtis recently called Scott at his winter home in Florida.“‘You do realize I’m almost 80 years old,’” Curtis mimicked Scott’s response, to which Curtis said he replied: “I sure do, and I’d love to have you swing in.”Scott coached Ellsworth to several Eastern Maine and state titles throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Curtis also has reached out to athletes who played for Scott at the height of the program’s success — such as Dick Scott, Tim Scott and Troy Brown — to ask them if they’d drop in for an EHS practice at some point this season.“These guys were some of the best who ever played here,” Curtis said. “I want these high school players to know they are playing for a great program with a lot of history and that they can be just as successful.”Curtis also intends to have his high school players take turns running occasional practices for the Ellsworth Little Leaguers to boost excitement for the sport at the community’s youth level.“I want them to think, ‘Man, I can’t wait to play for Ellsworth High School,’” Curtis said. “This is bigger than winning one season. It’s about building something that will be successful for years.” Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Biocenter_img EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest Postslast_img read more

PM Mitchell fetes West Indies cricketers

first_img(CMC) – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell has welcomed the return of veteran all-rounder Dwayne Bravo to the West Indies Twenty20 squad, following a three-and-a-half year break, and believes the Caribbean side are beginning to make strides based on recent performances.Mitchell recently hosted the Windies team during a special dinner event on the Spice Isle earlier this week for the third and final One-Day International and the opening Twenty20 International at the Grenada National Stadium.“I am happy to have you here on my beautiful island of Grenada, and I want to wish each and every one the very best,” Mitchell told the Caribbean side during the gathering.“You’re doing a great job of representing the people of the West Indies. I urge you to keep up the good work. We are seeing the signs … we are seeing improvement, we are seeing more successes … you are growing as a team and as individuals.”Mitchell, an avid cricket fan, gave a special welcome to the talismanic Bravo, who turned out in Wednesday’s first T20 International against Ireland which the home side narrowly lost by four runs.Speaking during last Sunday’s ODI, Mitchell said Bravo’s presence would be good for the unit, especially with the experience and personality he possessed.“You can’t go wrong with having the experience of Dwayne Bravo, (Kieron) Pollard and all the guys,” said Mitchell, a former chairman of CARICOM’s Prime Ministerial sub-committee on cricket.“Even the guys like (Darren) Sammy and the others who may not necessarily be playing, but being involved in the cricket matches and helping the younger players is such an important aspect of possible success for West Indies cricket.“Dwayne is a motivator. He loves the game, he loves what he’s doing and I think he has a passion for West Indies cricket. I think having these guys coming back to the fold is a clear demonstration (of a change in West Indies cricket).The dinner event was organised by Rawl Lewis, the West Indies team manager and former Grenada national team captain.Sammy, the two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain, was also in attendance.last_img read more

Hearts aching across nation

first_imgThere I sat, head in hands, all the energy and life sucked from my body. Less than one minute earlier, I had been standing, screaming my lungs out in anticipation and with an excitement never felt before.With bases loaded and two batters out, the playoff hopes and dreams of Brewers fans everywhere were hanging in the balance and all-star MVP candidate Prince Fielder at the plate. But Mighty Fielder grounded out, and the Brewers flickering hopes for the postseason more or less died. If you’re a sports fan, the ebb and flow of a game or season can build you up, giving you some of the most euphoric feelings imaginable. By the same token, it can tear you down just as quickly. Almost never was that more painfully evident than the last seven days in the world of baseball. For Brewers fans, the decisive day was last Thursday. The Cubs had just lost their second game in a row to the Marlins, sending cheers up throughout tailgates in the Miller Park parking lots. If the Brewers were to make a move in the Central division, it would be that night.In what was the biggest game of the year for the Brewers (arguably the biggest game since 1992, the last time the Crew had a shot to make the playoffs), they laid a total egg: a 9-5 loss in which the team booted and threw the ball around for five errors.As heartbreaking and depressing as the result on the field was, equally depressing were the fans in the stands — rather, the lack thereof.This was the biggest game for the franchise in the last 15 years and far fewer than the announced crowd of some 34,000 actually showed up. As a Brewer fan, I was, and am, embarrassed by that. In the middle of a pennant chase, the team should be selling out every game, no excuses.But the heartbreak wasn’t limited to the Midwest. On the east coast, the Mets undertook one of the most heartbreaking collapses in baseball history. Up 7 1/2 games with only 17 games to play, the Mets went into an all-out tailspin, losing 12 of their last 17 games, including six of the last seven.Just two nights ago, more heartbreak ensued. Up two runs in extra innings, the Padres lost the tiebreaker Wild Card game to the Rockies with the all-time saves leader on the mound. Trevor Hoffman gave up three runs in the bottom of the 13th, the last one in very controversial fashion after replays showed Matt Holliday apparently did not touch home plate with his face-first slide.On the flip side of all the heartbreak, however, is sheer joy.For diehard Cubs, Phillies and Rockies fans (can they actually exist for the Rockies if the team has been around less than 15 years?), those heartbreaking cases were nothing short of amazing.Scenes of the towel-waving masses that packed to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park the brink joyously celebrating a post-season berth stood in stark contrast to the drab and downtrodden masses which filled Shea Stadium as Mets fans realized their team’s season was coming to a swift end. The carnage isn’t just limited to the diamond. On the college football scene this past weekend, top-ranked teams like Florida, Texas, Oklahoma and West Virginia all saw their national title hopes essentially go down the tubes with losses to lower-ranked teams.Fans who started the season posting on message boards about lofty expectations for their teams and quietly planning out roadtrips to the BCS National Championship Game in New Orleans are now left to the depressing realization of needing to make new arrangements to travel to a lesser bowl.Here in Wisconsin, Badger fans have been able to avoid that heartbreak so far. But somewhere in the back of everyone’s mind is the knowledge that that empty feeling in the stomach and head-in-hands moment always could be just one play around the corner. Ben is a junior majoring in journalism and political science. Feeling heartbroken after a tough loss too? Contact him at bvoelkel@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

School of Religion to begin PhD program for next fall

first_imgThe School of Religion at USC announced that they will be offering a doctoral program for students to receive their Ph.D. in religion beginning in fall 2015.The five-year program, which begins accepting applications this fall, will allow graduate students to pursue a particular concentration within religion. There are three tracks for students to choose from: Comparative Christianities, Global Islam and Asian Pacific Religions.The application process for the program includes submitting scores from the Graduate Record Examination, an academic writing sample, a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation. Students will also be expected to be proficient in their track’s respective language. For example, students studying Global Islam should be capable of reading primary sources in Arabic.Sherman Jackson, a professor of religion and American studies and ethnicity, has been named the new Director of Graduate Studies and was part of the effort to start this Ph.D. program at USC.“There has been a very keen interest among students to have a graduate program at USC,” Jackson said. “Part of that has to do with the quality of our faculty and what they’ve achieved and what their national and international reputations are, and part of it has to do with the very diverse population we have in Southern California.”Though students will focus primarily on their respective tracks within the program, they will also have the opportunity to take classes in other departments and programs in the university. This will allow for a broader context of the issues affecting global religion, as well as to be able to put what they learn into practice.“We have a very interdisciplinary focus as well, and that’s one of the things that really enhances our students’ ability to place their training into conversation within the real-world reality,” Jackson said.Associate Professor Lori Meeks was appointed the chair of religion in August, a position through which she oversees both the undergraduate and graduate programs in religion at USC.“Even though this is a graduate program, we believe that it will add a lot of vitality to our undergraduate program, as well,” she said. “We think it will help us create even more enthusiasm around the study of religion at USC.”Along with the new doctoral program, the School of Religion will be starting a lunch series on Wednesdays where students will have the opportunity to learn about ongoing faculty research.Like many other doctoral programs throughout the country, the program at USC will be fully funded by the university. Tuition will be covered for students, and they will receive health insurance and a stipend for housing and living expenses.Several faculty members said they are excited to begin the program next fall. Their focus will be on ensuring a welcoming environment for students to share ideas and beliefs, allowing them to learn not only from faculty, but also from each other. Eventually, students will be prepared to pursue careers in fields such as academia, religious institutions and community activism.“Here at USC, our focus is on ensuring that students have mastered the textual traditions of the respective religions,” Jackson said. “But at the same time, that they’re able to place all of that erudite knowledge into conversation with the real-life comings and goings of religious communities in the world.”last_img read more