UNHCR works to ensure no refugees left behind in COVID-19 crisis in Indonesia

first_imgAs the world scrambles to slow the spread of COVID-19, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Indonesia is working to ensure that refugees, one of the most vulnerable populations to the virus, are not left behind. UNHCR representative to Indonesia Ann Maymann said she was closely observing the developments in Indonesia and the country’s response to the virus, which has infected more than 2,000 people in Indonesia and killed 191.“The well-being of refugees, the persons of concern, are at the center of our prevention and response efforts. Together with our partners, we are coordinating closely with the Indonesian government to ensure that refugees are included in the COVID-19 national response system,” Maymann said on Saturday. She said that, under the Indonesian government’s protocol, refugees had access to COVID-19-related services, including testing and treatment provided by the Health Ministry.The refugee groups in the country, she said, had been informed of such protocol, which covers information on prevention measures, symptoms, necessary action and where to look for help.By January this year, there were 13,623 refugees spread across Indonesia, including Medan, North Sumatra; Pekanbaru, Riau; and Bogor, West Java, according to UNHCR data.Read also: International refugees in Indonesia explainedIndonesia is home to among the fewest refugees in the world, as most refugees that enter seek resettlement elsewhere. As a nonparty to the 1951 Refugee Convention, Indonesia is not obligated to receive or take care of refugees. However, Indonesia issued in 2016 a presidential decree that provides legal certainty and standards for government agencies to coordinate and collaborate on the handling of refugees – a move that was lauded by the international community.Article 26 of the decree stipulates that basic necessities such as clean water, food, clothing, health care, hygiene and religious facilities should be sought from international organizations.Despite the low number of refugees compared to that of other countries, refugees in Indonesia are vulnerable, with many living in crammed rooms and tents with no access to electricity and running water.Read also: Refugees in Jakarta near breaking pointIn a bid to prevent the spread of the virus among the refugees, UNHCR’s Indonesia office has been working with various partners and local governments to distribute sanitation kits including face masks and disinfectants.“UNHCR Indonesia provides cash assistance to those most vulnerable and at risk in this current situation to promote improved health and sanitation. With additional funding, the UNHCR aims to also expand this cash assistance to more refugee families,” Maymann said. She said that many refugees in Indonesia had skills and resources they could offer in the time of crisis.Some of the refugee women in Medan, supported by partner Mapanbumi, have produced washable face masks that will be distributed to vulnerable Indonesians and those who continue to work outside their homes in order to support themselves and their families. The women aim to produce 1,000 masks for people in Medan.“The pandemic is a global challenge that must be addressed through national and international solidarity and cooperation. It also serves as a reminder that, in order to effectively address a public health emergency, everyone – including refugees – should be treated in a nondiscriminatory manner,” Maymann said.After Indonesia implemented travel and transit restrictions for foreign visitors, the number of refugees arriving in Indonesia reduced.Read also: Indonesia to bar foreigners from entering in bid to curb imported cases“The number of newly arrived refugees who approached the UNHCR office in Indonesia remains relatively low and the UNHCR continues to follow-up with the government’s counterparts to ensure that the restrictions do not negatively impact asylum access for refugees who are seeking protection in Indonesia,” Maymann said. Refugee camps abroad, meanwhile, are on high alert as most facilities lack the capacity for testing or supportive treatment.The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported Thursday that 23 migrants at the Ritsona camp tested positive for COVID-19. The refugee camp, the first in Greece to be hit by the disease and hosting hundreds of people, was immediately quarantined, Reuters reported.Topics :last_img read more

Nicolas Anelka names ‘fast, strong and dirty’ Arsenal hero as his ‘toughest’ opponent

first_imgKeown and Anelka were part of the same squad (Picture: Popperfoto via Getty)‘He helped me a lot to adapt to English football, along with Tony Adams and Steve Bould. ‘Of course it was war every time I played against him when I was facing Arsenal.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAs for the best player he played with, Anelka is in no doubt.‘Only one player I can say as an answer to this question. Ronaldo – El Phenomeno,’ he added.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jun 2020 10:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Nicolas Anelka names ‘fast, strong and dirty’ Arsenal hero as his ‘toughest’ opponent Anelka named Keown as the toughest defender he faced (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Anelka has named former Arsenal centre-back Martin Keown as the ‘toughest’ defender he faced during his career. The former Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid striker had stints in France, England, Spain, Turkey, Italy, China and India during a glittering career and faced some of the top defenders on the planet. He burst onto the scene as a teenager with Arsenal, winning the Premier League alongside Keown in the 1997/98 season. Keown would not hold back in training and Anelka found him the toughest opponent to play against when they crossed paths later in their careers.ADVERTISEMENT‘I think Martin Keown was the toughest,’ Anelka told Bolton Wanderer’s website in a Q&A. ‘He was fast, strong and dirty. AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I liked playing against him in training because I knew it was just like a game situation. Advertisement Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces 246 New Jobs with Champion Modular Manufacturing Facility in Juniata County

first_img Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Champion Modular, Inc., a custom producer of homes and commercial structures, will purchase and reopen a vacant manufacturing facility in Susquehanna Township, Juniata County, and create 246 new jobs.“Champion is not only reopening a site that closed in May 2016 and putting it back to good use, but it also hopes to hire many of workers who lost their jobs when the previous company filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy and ceased operations,” said Governor Wolf. “On behalf of the commonwealth and the local communities affected by this project, I applaud Champion for its decision to expand operations in Juniata County and thank it for its outstanding contribution to the region’s economic well-being.”In order to develop a manufacturing site, as well as a technical center for engineering, design, sales, and support services for the company’s locations in other states, Champion will purchase and renovate a 120,000-square-foot facility previously operated by Innovative Building Systems’ Excel Homes at 10642 South Susquehanna Trail, Liverpool, Juniata County. The company has committed to investing $4,830,000 in the project, which will include the purchase and renovation of the site, new equipment procurement, and acquisition of IBS’s intellectual property. Champion has committed to the creation of 246 new, full-time jobs over the next three years.“Champion was drawn to this opportunity by the strength of the Excel Homes brand and the capability of the Excel workforce to build custom homes with unparalleled quality,” said Champion CEO and President Keith Anderson. “We look forward to building on that tradition of excellence to meet the needs and expectations of builders and developers in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.”Champion received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $300,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant, $492,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs, and $81,000 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training.The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.Founded in 1953, Champion Modular, Inc. specializes in a wide variety of manufactured, modular, and park model homes, as well as modular buildings for the multi-family, hospitality, senior, and workforce housing sectors. Champion started as a single manufacturing facility in rural Michigan and grew to offer factory-built housing and other structures throughout the U.S., U.K., and western Canada. The company operates 28 manufacturing facilities throughout North America and Europe, and employs more than 4,200 people worldwide.For more information on Champion, visit www.championhomes.com.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Governor Wolf Announces 246 New Jobs with Champion Modular Manufacturing Facility in Juniata County November 02, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Modern two-storey home new to the market in Margate

first_imgThe kitchen has feature timber panels.The property has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, a separate media room, laundry and double lockup garage on the ground floor. “We put in stacker doors the full width of the back of the house so you can look from kitchen and living (area) straight to the outdoor living area and backyard,” Mr Thomas said. Upstairs, the master suite has a walk-in wardrobe, a private balcony and an ensuite with a separate toilet. The open-plan living area at 24a Cutts St, MargateBeing a cabinet maker, Mr Thomas did all the joinery himself. “I put in soft-close everything throughout the house, as well as timber feature panels and two-pack cabinetry in the kitchen,” he said. “The kitchen is probably my favourite room. “I enjoyed designing the island bench and extending the butler’s pantry to make it nice and large. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“And I got to pick all the sink wear I wanted as well.“I also love the media room. It’s all set up for a projector, with speaker cables, a power point in the ceiling and HDMI cables.” The outdoor entertainment space overlooks the backyard.The three remaining bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and there is a study nook and rumpus area. “We designed the upstairs area so the study was right near the play area, so I could do invoicing and watch our daughter, Amelie, at the same time,” Mr Thomas said. The main bathroom has a freestanding tub and the toilet is behind a sliding door.center_img The home at 24a Cutts St, Margate is on the market for offers over $699,000CAMERON and Amy Thomas built their Margate home with functionality and quality in mind. The recently completed two-storey property at 24a Cutts St has modern features and gadgets throughout, including iPhone-compatible ducted airconditioning, a butler’s pantry and a wired media room. last_img read more

Mum’s powerful open-letter to doctor who said ‘sorry’ after giving Down syndrome diagnosis

first_imgStuff co.nz 8 December 2018Family First Comment: “You were the one that saw her as a diagnosis and all we saw was our new precious daughter.” she said. #ChooseLifeA US mum has written a powerful open letter to the doctor who said “sorry” after diagnosing her baby daughter with Down syndrome.Texas mum Amber Rojas, who gave birth to daughter Amadeus in July, wrote on Instagram she would never forget the comment but had since forgiven the doctor.“Dear Doctor, You may not remember me or my daughter but I will never forget you, but I forgive you,” she wrote. “You were the one who told me all the things she wouldn’t do; but you never told me the things she could. You were the one that told me my daughter couldn’t nurse because of her low tone and because of her heart defect, but what you don’t know is that she exclusively breastfeed for four solid months. I even had to bring her to work with me because she didn’t want anything else.”The doctor had also expressed concerns about Amadeus’ ability to gain weight, causing stress and anxiety for the family.“You were the one that diagnosed her with Failure to Thrive and expressed your concerns of her gaining weight, but what you don’t know is that she is now one of the bigger babies in our birth class and in two weeks is turning 1,” Amber wrote. “You were the one who made the decision to give her a [nasogastric tube] because of your concerns and her weight gain causing a horrible oral aversion to the point that she couldn’t even put her own hands in her mouth.”Fortunately, Amadeus overcame the oral aversion and was able to eat on her own. But regardless, Amber admitted the doctor still made her feel guilty about her parenting ability.Amadeus has since learned to feed herself, she wrote.She wrote about the guilt she felt when the doctor implied the mother of five would not be able to look after Amadeus.“You were the one that made me feel I wasn’t good enough to handle a special needs baby being a mother of five, but what you didn’t know is that she was put here for OUR special needs.”One of her most painful memories was when her doctor apologised for the Down syndrome diagnosis. “You were the one that saw her as a diagnosis and all we saw was our new precious daughter.” she said.“Not once did you stop to congratulate me on my new born. So I forgive you. I forgive you because you didn’t know her. You didn’t know me and you didn’t know what We were capable of.”https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/baby/109199386/Mums-powerful-open-letter-to-doctor-who-said-sorry-after-diagnosing-baby-with-Down-syndrome “You were the one that delivered my daughter’s diagnosis. You were the one that patted me on the shoulder and told me you were ‘sorry!’ Sorry that my daughter was diagnosed with T21, but what you didn’t tell me was that her diagnosis and our story would save lives.”But Rojas decided to forgive the doctor regardless.last_img read more

BSA says ‘pervasive’ sex and nudity on screen impacting kids

first_img“I think what that research also told us is that acceptability of nudity on screen in some contexts is increasing, but the acceptability of, I guess what we might call sexual media content, is still very much context-dependent and it’s very much dependent on whether there’s good classifications that are being given, whether there’s good warnings, and the information that’s been given about the programme, too,” she told TVNZ1’s Breakfast this morning.Ms Mofit said there’s very limited research about nudity on television.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/majority-kiwis-think-adults-only-time-band-tv-should-pushed-later-research-findsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. NZ Herald 24 July 2019Family First Comment: And to think they needed to pay for research to figure this out! The amount of sex and nudity on our screens has been labelled as ‘pervasive’ by the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) who have cautioned that it may be having a harmful effect on children.Their findings come at the conclusion of a literature review that looked at local and international studies on the impact of onscreen sex and nudity on young people.They found that a large number of studies concluded that exposure to this adult-orientated material was having an impact on the attitudes and behaviours of kids.Some of the findings are alarming. They concluded that exposure to sexual media can affect “attitudes to sexual behaviour,” and can also negatively impact their views on an “appropriate body image”. These in turn led to risky behaviours around sex, such as more frequent casual sex and having sex earlier.The BSA also found that exposure to pornographic images had a negative effect on children and that exposure to sexual media had a normalising effect, shaping attitudes and perceptions of “sexual reality”.Another key finding was the role culture played. The BSA learned that children of different cultures were impacted differently and were influenced in their attitudes and behaviours to sex and nudity by role models on TV and other media who were similar in gender and ethnicity.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=12252233&ref=twitterMajority of Kiwis think ‘adults only’ time band on TV should be pushed later, research findsTVNZ One News 24 July 2019The majority of Kiwis feel the ‘adults only’ time band on TV should be pushed later, from a start time of 8.30pm to 9.30pm, new research released today by the Broadcasting Standards Authority has revealed.In a survey of 500 adults, many also expressed concerns inappropriate nudity on screen could cause children to copy negative behaviour. It also found nudity was more accepted if it was depicted in a positive manner. Broadcasting Standards Authority CEO Belinda Moffit said the Authority discovered that context was important in adults’ acceptance of nudity on TV screens.last_img read more

LGUs urged to put up brgy employment offices

first_imgHeler, however, said that Barangay PESOchiefs currently not receiving honorariums.  “Mayyara na kami nga 20municipalities siguro equivalent to 965 barangays and still we areexpecting that there are still municipal PESOs nga naga-organisa sang BarangayPESO,” said Heler.  “The huge help of the village PESO is tocascade the information on employment to the village level. They will help themunicipal PESO cover all the villages in their locality,” he added. The PESO-Iloilo chief noted that 20out of 43 LGUs have already established its village PESO. This means that 756 villageshave yet to create their local employment offices. He said some of the villages are at riskof being victimized by illegal recruiters since “people in the barangay wantemployment because they want to work abroad for a higher salary.” Heler urged local government units inthis province to put up PESO in villages to protect job seekers against illegalrecruiters and with employment information dissemination. Heler also cited the function ofBarangay PESO which includes employmentfacilitation; employment protection; referral andplacement; career guidance coaching; and local market information. ILOILO – Local employment offices inbarangay levels could be utilized as effective instruments against illegalrecruitment, according to Public Employment Services Office (PESO) headFrancisco Heler. “Kon makita nga may performance kag daku ang impact or buligsang Barangay PESO ti puede na kita kapangayo sang insintibosa future,” he added./PNlast_img read more

DeYoung, Near are Modified winners at Tri-City

first_imgBy Roger WilliamsAUBURN, Mich. (July 7) – Veteran Myron DeYoung and rookie Timmy Near were Main Street Seed and Supply IMCA Modified winners Friday at Tri-City Motor Speedway.DeYoung added another victory to his 100-plus total in the class in the make-up event while Near prevailed in the scheduled show.Brenten DeYoung had a tough outing in the makeup feature and got the opportunity to redeem himself by starting on the pole in the second feature. Starting alongside rookie Preston Deshano, they took the field of 21 to the green flag.Matt Szecsodi, who had finished in the runner-up position in the Greased Pig event in mid-June, took over the lead and soon looked to be on his way to his first win of 2017. However Near, from his 15th starting position, searched the track and ran a higher line than the leader.Near, who repaired his machine from an incident in the first feature, used that high line to make the winning move in turn two to pick up the win. Szecsodi had to settle for another runner-up fin­ish.Greased Pig winner Chaz Pray, rookie Chad May and Gavin Hunyadi completed the top five.last_img read more

Berg Named Pensacola Sportsman of the Year

first_img Share Berg Named Pensacola Sportsman of the Year April 16, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Pensacola Sports Association named University of West Florida Athletic Director, Richard Berg, the 2006 Pensacola Sportsman of the Year at the PSA Annual Awards Banquet on Friday night at the New World Landing.Mr. Richard Berg joined The University of West Florida in July, 1988 as Director of Athletics where he inherited a young, but competitive athletic program. Under his leadership the program has grown from nine sport teams and a budget of just under $500,000 to 14 sports teams and a budget of over $3 million today. During his tenure, UWF has hosted seven national championship tournaments. In November 2006, West Florida hosted the NCAA Division II Fall Sports Championships.A native of New York, Mr. Berg received a B.A. from Mansfield University in 1964 and a M.A. in Sociology from Adelphi University in 1972. He has worked in athletic administration for 35 years at the NAIA, NCAA Division I and II levels; 28 of those years were as an athletic director. He also coached men’s basketball for 20 years. Berg has served on many NAIA and NCAA committees, and just finished a tenure as the South Region Chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee.Mr. Berg is internationally renowned for his work in promoting athletics and health and fitness. He has lectured in sixteen different countries and was among the first American coaches to speak at the Physical Education Institute in Budapest, Hungary when the country was behind the Iron Curtain. He has also been extremely active in International Sports and the Olympic movement over the past twenty-five years. He was involved in the National Sports Festival in 1978 and, since coming to Pensacola, has been active with sports in Northwest Florida. He was among the Pensacola News Journal Top 10 Coaches/Administrators of the 1990s.In 1998, Richard Berg was inducted into the Pensacola Sports Association Hall of Fame, and he was inducted into the Dowling College Hall of Fame in 2000. In 2002, he received the Marion Viccars Prize by The University of West Florida.The sportsman of the year is presented to someone who has contributed most to the advancement of sports, in the greater Pensacola area, or has achieved some outstanding athletic accomplishment.Berg is retiring this summer. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Sandy, and the couple have three grown children and five grandchildrenPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Jol: I can’t defend Sidwell

first_img Press Association The Dutch coach added: “That is the only thing you have to change – to stay on your feet, don’t sell yourself then there is no problem. It is a physical sport, but I can’t defend Steve. “I still feel it was not intentional and in the spirit of the game 30 or 40 years ago they would have said not intentional, that it was a booking, but now – what can he do? They would say (to the referee) at the FA ‘you should have red-carded him’ and you won’t get a match next week.” Fulham have been safe for a few weeks now, but not able to push on into the top 10 despite some promising displays. However, Jol reckons the Cottagers should be proud of their achievements in what is a season of transition. “Believe me, we were so happy to be on 40 points because we have had so many changes in personnel, and to build again, we had a different team,” he said. “Structurally you could say we are a top-10 side, but if you look at other teams, they spent a lot more, like Stoke and Aston Villa. “So I am a happy man that we are 40 points. The only thing is last year we had the same and we picked up so many points in the last month.” Fulham manager Martin Jol believes players must be smarter if they are to avoid being sent off for poorly timed challenges.center_img Cottagers midfielder Steve Sidwell is set to miss the last four games of the Barclays Premier League season after being shown a straight red card by referee Andre Marriner when he cleaned out Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta after 13 minutes on Saturday, in a match the hosts went on to lose 1-0. Sidwell, 30, had only just been available again following suspension for a sliding lunge on QPR’s Armand Traore. Jol feels players can avoid unnecessary dismissals if they just take a second to think before diving in, saying: “You see other players in the Premier League who are not used to the game.” last_img read more