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COVID-19: Batam quarantines dozens of sailors from Myanmar, Philippines

first_imgDozens of seafarers wishing to enter Batam, Riau Islands, have been required to undergo a 14-day quarantine as Indonesia has suspended its visa-free policy and has mandated the isolation period to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.The sailors who have come from Myanmar and the Philippines are now in self-quarantine and are being periodically monitored by officers from the Batam Port Health Office (KKP).Romer Simanungkalit, the head of the Batam KKP’s quarantine control and epidemiology surveillance department, said that the new policy had been imposed to carry out Law and Human Rights Ministerial Regulation No.8/2020 on the temporary suspension of visa-free and visa-on-arrival travel. “We have yet to receive information regarding Singaporeans or Malaysians being quarantined,” he added.International ferry ports in Batam have not entirely suspended their operations, he said. Some operators have kept routes open from Malaysia and Singapore, but they mostly carry the citizens of those countries or Indonesians returning to Batam.Chairul Mirza, the head of the immigration checkpoint at the Batam Immigration Office, said that Batam used to open its doors to more than 5,000 people a day. However, since the Singaporean government issued travel restrictions, later followed by Malaysia, the number has decreased by 90 percent to about 1,000 people a day.“With the 14-day quarantine requirement in place, I assume that the number will be lower. However, we [the officials] in Batam are ready to implement any measures to curb the spread of COVID-19,” Mirza said.Foreigners who want to visit Batam or other regions in Indonesia must apply for a visa through the Indonesian mission in their respective countries. They are also required to provide a document declaring their willingness to undergo a 14-day quarantine upon entering Indonesia.“The quarantine itself is the domain of the KKP. They will manage the process,” Mirza said. (asp)Topics : “We have asked the sailors [from Myanmar and the Philippines] to self-quarantine. We will monitor them before they enter Batam,” he said.According to Romer, the sailors must undergo the quarantine before they continue their trip, whether to Batam, Jakarta or other destinations in Indonesia.“Quarantine is required. It’s not voluntary. Since the new policy was put in place, we have only quarantined sailors from Myanmar and the Philippines so far,” Romer added.  The arrivals of Singaporeans and Malaysians, who are the main visitors to Batam, have fallen as their countries have imposed similar restrictions on movement to those Indonesia has implemented, according to Romer.last_img read more

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Gov. Wolf: Charter School Reform Benefits Students and Taxpayers in Northwestern Pennsylvania

first_img August 29, 2019 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Press Release Erie, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined school district superintendents and education stakeholders in Erie County today to discuss how his three-part plan will ensure charter schools better serve students and taxpayers. Pennsylvania’s flawed and outdated charter school law is known as one of the worst in the nation.“Pennsylvania’s charter school law is failing students, teachers, school districts and taxpayers,” said Gov. Wolf. “Some charter schools, especially some cyber charter schools, are underperforming and the state and school districts need more tools to hold charters accountable and increase educational quality.“We must take action. My plan will level the playing field for all taxpayer-funded public schools, strengthen the accountability and transparency of charter and cyber charter schools, and better serve all students.”Despite costing taxpayers $1.8 billion last year, brick-and-mortar charter and cyber charter schools, and for-profit companies that manage many of them, are not held to the same ethical and transparency standards of traditional public schools.Governor Tom Wolf is taking executive action, overhauling regulations, and will propose legislation to comprehensively reform the law. The proposal promotes innovation and choice, while ensuring that charter schools are providing a high-quality education and meeting the same standards Pennsylvanians expect from traditional public schools.Executive ActionsAt the direction of the governor, the Department of Education is developing new regulations for charter schools. The regulations will include:Providing school districts with the tools to hold charter schools accountable to provide a quality education.Requiring more transparency with charter school admission and enrollment policies to prevent discrimination.Holding charter schools and the for-profit management companies to the same transparency standards as public schools.Establishing the same ethical standards for charter school Board of Trustees and management companies that apply to public schools.Requiring regular financial audits and public contract bidding.Establishing requirements for charters to document costs to prevent school districts and taxpayers from being overcharged.The department will also establish a fee-for-service model to recoup the costs for thousands of hours of currently free services to charter schools for reviewing applications, processing millions of payments, and providing legal and administrative support.Comprehensive Charter School Reform LegislationIn addition to executive action, the governor will propose comprehensive charter school reform legislation containing the regulatory changes and would:Establish performance standards that hold charter schools accountable for the educational outcomes of students and a moratorium on new cyber charter schoolsCap student enrollment in low performing cyber charter schools until outcomes improve.Require charter management companies be subject to the Right to Know Act, State Ethics Act, and post employee salaries on PDE’s website, similar to requirements already in place for public school districts.Create fair, predictable, and equitable funding for school districts, including in the areas of special education funding and cyber charter tuition payments.Establish a charter school funding commission to make recommendations on additional charter school funding reforms.A recent report from Stanford University found overwhelmingly negative results from Pennsylvania’s cyber schools and urged the commonwealth to enact reforms.“There are high-quality charter schools in Pennsylvania, but there are also poor performing charter schools,” said Gov. Wolf. “We can hold all charters to the same standards as traditional public schools and strengthen education in classrooms across the commonwealth. That’s good for every child, family, and taxpayer in Pennsylvania.”The governor was joined at Grandview Elementary School in the Millcreek Township School District by Superintendent William Hall, Erie School District Superintendent Brian Polito, and other school officials and education stakeholders.The governor’s push for charter school reform has received support from many education community leaders including the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, Education Voters of Pennsylvania, Research for Action, American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State Education Association, as well as numerous superintendents and school board members.Comments about the proposed charter school reforms can be submitted to: Office of the Secretary, 333 Market Street, 10th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126.center_img Gov. Wolf: Charter School Reform Benefits Students and Taxpayers in Northwestern Pennsylvanialast_img read more

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Why Online Dating is NOT For You.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share By GalTime Dating Expert Bobbi PalmerLast week I hosted a workshop called Get Online, Get Noticed, Get Dates, Exclusively for Women over 40. I had a fantastic time with these smart and lovely women who really want to meet their mate. It was a total blast, and they all left excited and feeling like they had the confidence and tools to get online and go for it.I met my husband on Match.com, so of course I’m an advocate. I think it’s a great way for women over 40 to meet men. That said, I know online dating isn’t for everyone. In fact, I’m well aware that some women are very apprehensive about going online. I’ve heard it all: there are nothing but jerks out there, they all want women younger than me; I never meet men my age who are remotely attractive or interesting;  chemistry has to happen in person so why waste time emailing and the other nonsense? Or, the ultimate “I’ve been online before and it sucked.”I get that; I really do. Dating in itself can cause all kinds of anxiety. You have to allow yourself to be vulnerable and be open to rejection. It can often feel like you’re on display, acting desperate or being judged.  So the idea of trying to do that successfully while online for (what seems like) the whole world to see definitely compounds the worry.And you know what? That’s okay. If online dating is a turnoff to you, I completely understand your frustration. I was online on and off for about 10 years before meeting my husband, and most of the time my experience was like yours: it sucked. UNTIL I figured out how to do it in a different way, started enjoying it and then met My Man. (Remember: it only takes One!)Before you make that final decision about online dating I want to get these points across:1. If you have DECIDED online dating isn’t for you, then it’s not going to be.2. If you have DECIDED that older guys aren’t for you, then none will be.3. If you want a long term GROWNUP partner, there is a heck of a lot more to it than chemistry.What you believe ends up being true, ladies. I cannot help you change what you’re currently experiencing unless you’re open to acknowledging that what you’re doing isn’t working and that it’s time to do things in a different way. Once you do that, I can most definitely teach and guide you to where you want to ultimately be–which I assume is in a lifetime relationship with a wonderful man.Maybe online dating isn’t the way, but by discounting it as an option you’re missing out on a great way to meet men. If nothing else, online dating gives you practice and helps you meet some nice guys; WHEN you do it the right way and approach it with a positive attitude.If you’re looking for that instant chemistry thing – and I hear this from clients all the time – you’re most likely going to remain single. Here’s the truth: instant chemistry doesn’t happen often, and when it does it usually fizzles as fast as it fires up. Chemistry is about superficial attraction. That doesn’t last, and it does all kinds of nutty things to our judgment.By the way…and this is quite personal…I didn’t feel the hot chemistry thing for my husband on the first date. He was simply a nice guy who asked me out. In fact, I was pretty sure it would go absolutely nowhere with him. But had I not said “yes” to his dinner date, I would not be here today. Even thinking of that makes me feel sad.If you ever consider attending my workshops, or those of other coaches, and if you can honestly come with an open mind; do it! It can very well end up being the best investment you’ll ever make. With an open mind, you would be amazed at what you can accomplish. But if you’re still convinced it can’t work for you and the men you will meet won’t measure up…then it’s not for you.You know I wish you nothing but love and success. Tweetcenter_img Share LifestyleRelationships Why Online Dating is NOT For You. by: – June 28, 2011 28 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Senate probe sought on ‘babies-for-sale’ trade

first_imgIn the Philippines, in particular, wheresocial media platforms are easily and widely accessed by ordinary citizens,reports revealed that babies are sold through online channels such as Instagramand Facebook. “Despite the efforts of both thegovernment and non-governmental organizations to address the illegalbaby-for-sale trade, significant solutions remain to be elusive,” De Lima said. The opposition senator has filed SenateResolution No. 224 urging the appropriate Senate committee to investigate theunderground “babies-for-sale” trade as it endangers babies’ safety and makesthem susceptible to exploitation and abuse. According to the senator, while theNational Bureau of Investigation is aware of the problems on babies-for-saletrade, the agency admitted that it “is hardly making a dent” on thematter. Based on news reports, a considerablenumber of new-born babies are being sold both online and offline, for as littleas P300 only across Southeast Asia. MANILA – Detained Sen. Leila de Lima isseeking a Senate investigation into the alleged rampant buying and selling ofnewborn babies in underground black markets in the country.center_img Offline transactions reportedly occuroutside public hospitals and in slum communities where, according to women inslum neighborhoods, six out of 10 women have either sold or know someone whohas sold a baby. “Assessments from experts point out thatone of the problem areas that exacerbate the baby-for-sale trade is theadoption system in the Philippines. The current system is described to betedious, multilayered, and highly bureaucratic, and even takes years toprocess,” De Lima said. “Poverty remains to be one of the maindrivers in the prevalence of such atrocious illegal activity, and the continuedproliferation of appalling activities relating to the exploitation, traffickingand abuse of babies,” she added. “The State must ensure that inmobilizing government agencies in the creation of a peaceful environment thatis free from crime and drugs; equal effort is exerted in protecting children; andgenerations yet to come from predators that are operating in circumvention ofand in violation of existing domestic and international laws,” she said./PNlast_img read more

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Thousands marvel at ‘Lights of Bago’

first_imgNegros Occidental is reported to haveone of the highest cases in the country, and Bago ranks second in the province,he noted. He addedthat aside from putting Bago on the tourism map, the “Lights of Bago” alsosymbolizes hope for a brighter year awaiting every Bagonhon. BACOLOD City – Intermittent rainsfailed to dampen the sky over Bago City, Negros Occidental on New Year’seve.  Over 35,000 revelers gathered atthe Manuel Y. Torres Memorial Sports Complex to witness the 12th edition of the“Lights of Bago.”  “Bago City’s fireworks display was ameaningful one. There seems to be an alarming trend of the disease affectingour youth so an increased awareness is needed,” Yulo added. Yulo thecity government has thought of using the popularity of the annual event forthis cause as he expressed optimism that the musical fireworks show will conveythe message to the audience. Mayor Nicholas Yulo said the 26-minutefireworks show highlighted the need for awareness on human immunodeficiencyvirus and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS). This year’s latest edition was themed“A Rhapsody of Colors and Diversity,” featuring nine greatest hits of Britishrock band Queen during the fireworks display./PNlast_img read more

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ELD standards for truckers, companies concern Indiana AG

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill is asking for a delay in rules regarding the mandatory use of Electronic Logging Devices. The devices make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage and share records of duty status. Hill says the implementation that is scheduled for December 18, 2017 would place undue burdens on drivers and operators.General Hill particularly took issue with the new requirements’ reliance on manufacturers to “self-certify” devices as complying with government standards – with no effective procedures seemingly yet developed to provide oversight over this process.Under the current plan drivers and operators have no way of determining which brands and models of devices will meet government standards.Still, Hill and his office continue to make sure drivers and companies know the new regulations.last_img read more

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Laudrup angered by email U-turn

first_img Press Association Less than a year after he led them to their first major trophy, the Capital One Cup, the south Wales club decided to part company with the Dane earlier this month. Swansea had just one win to show from their previous 10 top-flight matches when Laudrup exited the Liberty Stadium, much to the manager’s surprise. Michael Laudrup claims to have seen his time at Swansea ended by an email just hours after agreeing to stay on as manager – an experience that may leave a sour taste in the mouth but will not stop him returning to the Premier League. The Dane was unable to elaborate on such matters due to the fact legal proceedings are ongoing, although was more forthcoming on other matters during a lengthy press conference. Laudrup confirmed he had written to Swansea’s players after being stopped from saying goodbye to them and had received messages of support from the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson and Gary Lineker. The well-travelled manager also confirmed he would welcome a return to the Premier League, despite the acrimonious manner in which he has departed Swansea. “It wouldn’t be fair to judge the UK on just this,” Laudrup said. “I would of course like to work again in the Premier League. It would be nice to win more trophies here.” The former midfielder thought an agreement had been reached with Huw Jenkins for him and his coaching team to stay on, although claimed in an unusual press conference at Heathrow that the Swansea chairman quickly reneged on his promise. “We ended up saying we have to stay together, we shook hands and he says ‘thank you very much because you want to help the club’,” Laudrup said of February 4, the day he departed. “Later that afternoon, while I’m talking on the phone, I receive a mail where it says that due to breach of contract, with immediate effect, my deal is terminated. “It was just a few hours after we shook hands and, of course, I’m very, very confused. “I called and I said ‘what is going on?’ after we shook hands and everything, but he said ‘yeah, after thinking’ – it was a little difficult to hear what was said. “I said ‘by the way, what does ‘breach’ mean?’ and he couldn’t explain that. He didn’t really know. “While I’m on the phone, my wife is saying that things are already on the internet, that I’ve been dismissed.” Laudrup had to wait nine days to find out the reasons for his departure and has yet to respond to Swansea, claiming the allegations were “silly” and “incredible”. last_img read more

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Little League program for children with special needs launching in Ellsworth

first_img Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Bio Latest posts by (see all) ELLSWORTH — The Down East Family YMCA is launching its Little League Challenger Division for children with special needs or physical disabilities.Opening Day is set for Saturday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at DeMeyer Field.“It will be more of a meet-and-greet for players, parents and volunteers,” said Todd Wagstaff, one of the program’s organizers. “We’ll have fun stuff for the kids to do.”The program, which is free of charge, is accepting players ages 4-18 (or as old as 22, if still in school).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWagstaff said he’s hoping for a big turnout.“It’s kind of like the Field of Dreams — we’re building it, and we hope they come,” he said in jest. “I’m hearing a lot of volunteers say, ‘Wow, I can’t believe we haven’t had this before.’”Wagstaff has been working with several others invested in developing the program, including its new director, Tamara Crowley, and Nikki Cutchens, children’s program administrator with Downeast Horizons.“Each child will have the opportunity to learn about the sport of baseball in a positive and secure environment and play with others at a level they are comfortable with,” Cutchens said.Players will have a one-on-one “buddy” with them on the field who will help them build their skills.The Little League Challenger Division is meant to help participants build confidence, maintain flexibility and provide them and their parents with a social opportunity.For more information, contact Crowley at 852-3307 or crowley_tamara@yahoo.com.Visit the program’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/defylittleleagechallengerdivision. Latest Posts Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020last_img read more

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New KFC Goodwill football champions to be crowned tonight

first_imgWHEN the dust settles this evening, new KFC Goodwill football champions will be crowned. From 19:00hrs, Lodge Secondary, champions of the GUYOIL Tradewind Tankers Football tournament will have a chance to double their money when they clash with Annai in the final.The venue is the Ministry of Education ground on Carifesta Avenue.Defending champions Shiva Hindu Boys College can only hope for third place as they battle Waramadong from 17:00hrs.But for the finalists, glory awaits.Lodge are riding high, having done something no other local team have done by beating the touring Trinidad Shiva team.Albeit that a goal wasn’t scored in regulation or extra time, the Lodge side will be comfortable knowing that they held off the attacks of the Trinidad side, who ran so many teams ragged over the duration of the tournament.Lodge won the semi-final 3-0 on penalties thanks to some expert goal-keeping.No doubt this staunch bit of defending will be Lodge’s game plan heading into tonight’s final, but don’t think for a second that they aren’t good offensively.Dorwin George has four goals in the three games played thus far and will be looking to increase that tally.On the other side, Annai have been known to produce some high-scoring games heavily favouring the offensive side of the game. With players like Amir Robertson, Junior Rodrigues and Italo Benjamin among others, they have the attacking prowess to get the job done.Their 2-1 win over Waramadong DC Caesar Fox (Waramadong) Secondary was a thrilling encounter for those in attendanceVito Cambridge opened things up for the eventual winners just as the whistle went to start the half, setting the tone early.Ovid Andrews responded in the ninth minute to bring things level and from there, the match was on.It wouldn’t be until Raul Sway’s 65th minute goal that a decider was found.Still, today’s third-place playoff means that Waramadong have a chance at redemption when that match gets going at 19:00hrs.last_img read more

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