COVID-19: Indonesia to provide financial incentives for frontline doctors, nurses

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has put a massive strain on Indonesia’s healthcare system. There are reports of inadequate medical supplies and the deaths of hospital workers as patient numbers continue to surge.An ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist from Bekasi, West Java, died on Saturday at Persahabatan Hospital in East Jakarta. Another doctor, a 34-year-old neurologist, died at the same hospital in the early hours of Sunday. A 70-year-old surgeon from Bogor, West Java, died at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital in Central Jakarta on Saturday.“I would like to offer my deepest condolences over the passing of the doctors, nurses and health workers. They have dedicated their energy to mitigating the spread of the coronavirus. On behalf of the government, the country and the people, I would like to thank them for their hard work,” the president added.The government distributed 105 pieces of protective health equipment on Saturday to hospitals across the archipelago. Medical aid from China arrived in Jakarta on Monday morning as part of government-to-government cooperation.As of Sunday, Indonesia recorded 514 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 48 fatalities. (rfa)Topics : As health workers across the country are dealing with dwindling medical supplies because of the recent surge of COVID-19 patients, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said the government would provide financial incentives, on top of protective gear, to ensure their safety and security while they do their jobs.The government is to provide a Rp 15 million (US$886.79) incentive to medical specialists, Rp 10 million to physicians and dentists, Rp 7.5 million to nurses and Rp 5 million to other medical staff members, he added.“We will also provide a total of Rp 300 million for compensation in case of death. This is applies to regions that have declared a state of emergency,” Jokowi said on Monday.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits to Help Pittsburgh Women’s Center and Shelter

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Commonwealth Cornerstone Group (CCG) has completed a $5 million New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) financing transaction that will help fund much needed improvements to the building housing the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. All three floors of the 38,000-square-foot building will be updated, allowing the shelter to expand and enhance its programs for abused women and their children.“The Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh performs vitally important work with care and compassion,” said Governor Wolf. “The much-needed improvements to their building will help the organization assist more people in more ways, and will position it to serve women and children in need for many years.”In 1994, the Women’s Center and Shelter purchased and renovated a former automobile showroom to serve as its administrative office, non-resident counseling space, and residential facility for domestic abuse victims, also providing care for children of the residents. The 36-bed facility is no longer large enough to support the current demand for its programs. Last year, for instance, the center was forced to turn away 262 women and 234 children due to its limited space.This building rehab initiative by the Women’s Center and Shelter is aimed at providing additional capacity so the organization can meet current and future demand for its services. The project will expand the shelter to 48 beds, enhance living spaces, create administrative and therapy areas, enlarge children’s areas, provide security and safety systems, update parking and storm water systems, and incorporate a LEED-certified, energy efficient design.“The Women’s Center and Shelter runs primarily off donations. So these tax credits provided by Commonwealth Cornerstone Group will help the group preserve its financial reserves by addressing funding gaps in its construction plan,” said Brian A. Hudson Sr., CCG chairman and executive director of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). “We’re glad we can help the shelter continue its important work in Pittsburgh’s North Oakland neighborhood and throughout the region.”CCG was created in 2004 by PHFA to serve as a nonprofit community development entity.This project is expected to support 25 full-time construction jobs at an average wage of $42.50 an hour. Once construction is completed, it’s expected the shelter will hire 3 new permanent employees at a wage of $16.82/hour to support its operations. It will retain 47 current full-time jobs. Economic estimates predict this project will create 23 indirect and induced jobs providing $1,129,000 in added wages for the region.In addition to the $5 million in New Markets Tax Credits being provided by Commonwealth Cornerstone Group, an additional $7 million in tax credits is being provided by Pittsburgh Urban Initiatives.About the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater PittsburghFounded in 1974, the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh (WCS) was one of the first six shelters in the United States for battered women. Since that time, the WCS has created and implemented programming aimed at preventing domestic violence and providing sanctuary and services to domestic violence victims. Today, the WCS provides not only shelter services, but also a domestic abuse hotline, non-resident counseling to women and children, off-site counseling to men seeking help for abusive behavior, legal advocacy, medical advocacy, and meals for residents. Last year, the WCS served 6,229 individuals through its various programs.About Commonwealth Cornerstone GroupThe goal of CCG, through its administration of New Markets Tax Credits, is to fund projects in key areas of communities that have historic or cultural value and offer opportunities to spark economic revitalization. CCG utilizes NMTCs to provide loans and equity investments for business expansion, mixed-use development, and community facilities across Pennsylvania. Examples of past developments that have benefited from CCG’s investment of tax credits include Bakery Square in Pittsburgh, the Coal Street Community Facility in Wilkes-Barre, and Schmucker Hall in Gettysburg. Learn more at: www.commonwealthcornerstone.org/.About the New Markets Tax Credit ProgramThe New Markets Tax Credit Program was established by Congress in 2000 to spur new or increased investments in operating businesses and real estate projects located in low-income communities. The NMTC Program attracts investment capital to low-income communities by permitting individual and corporate investors to receive a tax credit against their federal income tax return in exchange for making equity investments in specialized financial institutions called community development entities, such as Commonwealth Cornerstone Group. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. March 01, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Tax Credits to Help Pittsburgh Women’s Center and Shelterlast_img read more

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US face transplant man ‘recovering well’ after surgery

first_imgLead surgeon Eduardo Rodriguez: ”He put the mirror down and thanked me and hugged me”A man who was given a face transplant after living for 15 years as a recluse is recovering well, US doctors say.Richard Lee Norris is beginning to feel his face and is already brushing his teeth and shaving, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.Last week he was given what physicians say is the most extensive face transplant ever carried out, including new teeth, nose, tongue and jaw.He has also regained his sense of smell, his doctors say.The 37-year-old cut himself off from the rest of the world and wore a mask whenever he went outside after suffering horrific injuries in a gun accident.The surgery was funded by the US Navy, which hopes the techniques will help casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan.Surgeons who carried out the 36-hour operation said it was part of a series of transplant operations lasting 72 hours, using organs from one donor in five patients, including Mr Norris.He lost his lips and nose in the accident, and only had limited movement of his mouth.Lead surgeon Eduardo Rodriguez said Mr Norris would now get his life back.“Our goal is to restore function as well as have aesthetically pleasing results,” he said.The US government estimates that 200 wounded troops might be eligible for face transplants. The first face transplant was performed in France in 2005 on a woman who was mauled by her dog. In 2010 surgeons in Spain carried out the world’s first full-face transplant.BBC News Share Share Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint US face transplant man ‘recovering well’ after surgery by: – March 29, 2012center_img 54 Views   one comment Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

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United dominate PFA team

first_imgPremier League top scorer Robin van Persie was one of four Manchester United players to be named in the PFA Team of the Year. Van Persie, who moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal last summer, has scored 25 goals so far this term to help United win their 20th Barclays Premier League title. He is joined in the Team of the Year, which is voted for by the players, by team-mates David De Gea, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick. Deposed champions Manchester City only have one member in the team – Argentina right-back Pablo Zabaleta. Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who last week received a 10-match ban for biting Branislav Ivanovic, partners Van Persie up front in the XI, which was revealed at a glitzy bash in central London on Sunday night Gareth Bale’s 19 goals earn him a place in the team, while his Tottenham team-mate Jan Vertonghen is named in central defence. Chelsea duo Juan Mata and Eden Hazard were also included, as was Everton left-back Leighton Baines. Premier League Team of the Year: David De Gea (Manchester United), Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Leighton Baines (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Juan Mata (Chelsea), Gareth Bale (Tottenham), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Luis Suarez (Liverpool), Robin van Persie (Manchester United). Championship Team of the Year: Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester), Kieran Trippier (Burnley), Wes Morgan (Leicester), Mark Hudson (Cardiff), Wayne Bridge (Brighton), Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace), Thomas Ince (Blackpool), Peter Whittingham (Cardiff), Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace), Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace), Matej Vydra (Watford). League One Team of the Year: Wesley Foderingham (Swindon), Simon Francis (Bournemouth), Robert Jones (Doncaster), Harry Maguire (Sheffield United), Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth), Matthew Ritchie (Bournemouth), Luke Murphy (Crewe), Alan Judge (Notts County), David Cotterill (Doncaster), Patrick Madden (Yeovil), Leon Clarke (Coventry). League Two Team of the Year: Stuart Nelson (Gillingham), Sean Clohessy (Southend), Adam Barrett (Gillingham), Ryan Cresswell (Southend), Joseph Martin (Gillingham), Jacques Maghoma (Burton), Marlon Pack (Cheltenham), Gary Jones (Bradford), Jennison Myrie-Williams (Port Vale), Tom Pope (Port Vale), Jamie Cureton (Exeter). center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Foreigners Dance On Bollywood Numbers at World Cup

first_imgLondon: India have started their campaign in the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales in an emphatic manner winning both their opening encounters against South Africa and Australia.The team has been appreciated for their all-round display with the bat and ball and fans, not just Indians but from other nations too, are in awe of the Indian cricket team.However, it’s not just Virat Kohli’s men who are winning the hearts in England. The Indian culture is also taking over the streets as foreign tourists and Indians are having a gala time during the showpiece event.One such example is the latest video which has surfaced on social media where foreigners can be seen dancing on Bollywood tracks. Women in electric blue ghagra-choli are seen doing dandiya on “Chogada” from “Loveyatri” and “Nagara sang dhol baaje” from “Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-Leela”.Before this video, another video had surfaced in which hundreds of Europeans were seen dancing to the tune of the extremely popular and timeless Bhojpuri folk song, “Jila Top Lagelu”. It was also shared widely on Twitter and Facebook.Many posts then had suggested it was shot in London, however, it turned out to be the Berlin Karneval.The Indians have turned up in huge number in England for the ongoing World Cup. They can be seen cheering and supporting the Men in Blue at each and every World Cup venue.India will on Thursday play against New Zealand in their third World Cup encounter at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. They will miss the services of in-form opener Shikhar Dhawan, who has been sidelined for at least two matches because of a fractured thumb. IANSAlso Read: Chasing 300-Plus Totals On World Cup Stage No Cakewalklast_img read more

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The Latest: No fans at Titans, Nashville SC games initially

first_img Associated Press One person who isn’t a player returned a positive result for COVID-19 out of 1,400 tests administered in the controlled environment set up for the U.S. Open and another tennis tournament preceding it at the same site in New York.The U.S. Tennis Association said Tuesday that the person is asymptomatic and must isolate for at least 10 days.Contact tracing has started to see who might have been exposed to that person and should quarantine for two weeks.The Western & Southern Open, moved this year from Cincinnati to New York because of the coronavirus pandemic, begins Saturday. The U.S. Open starts Aug. 31.Testing began last Thursday. The ECB says it is in “multiple discussions” to host international women’s cricket tours.It’s the third women’s series to be canceled this year for South Africa following a planned series against Australia in South Africa and a tour of the West Indies.___Two players from Roma’s youth team have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Italian soccer club has not named the players but says they are asymptomatic and have begun self-isolating. The Latest: No fans at Titans, Nashville SC games initially Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the Titans announced the decision Tuesday. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.Burke Nihill, the Titans’ president and CEO, says they wish they could open in front of fans as a franchise coming off its first AFC championship game in 17 years. But he says the Titans support the mayor and the local health department’s decision to keep Nissan Stadium closed to fans at least to start the season.The Titans play only one home game in September. Team officials have been working with public health experts to design a stadium plan in the hopes that fans will be able to attend some of the eight scheduled home games this season. Those precautions include mandatory masks, socially distant seating, contactless faucets and hand sanitizer stations throughout the stadium.Nashville’s MLS team has three games scheduled through Sept. 12 at Nissan Stadium. Nashville SC set a record for the largest soccer crowd in Tennessee with its MLS debut on Feb. 29 as fans packed Nissan Stadium.___ ___South Africa has withdrawn from a planned women’s cricket tour of England because of coronavirus-related restrictions.The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa say “this decision was taken due to the current international travel regulations in place for South African national teams.”South Africa had been scheduled to travel next month and play using the same bubble-style protocol used for men’s tours of England by West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan.The announcement leaves the England women’s team without any confirmed matches for the rest of the year after a planned tour by India was called off last month. The England women’s team has not had a game since the T20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Tennessee Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic. August 18, 2020 Roma says “those who have come into contact with the two individuals have been traced and notified” and adds that “a deep clean and disinfection of the club’s training facilities has also already begun.”The two players, their teammates and the youth team staff will undergo further tests.The team’s training activities have been suspended until at least Aug. 24.___German soccer club Union Berlin wants to hold a pre-season friendly match with 3,000 spectators and is hoping that “preventative” coronavirus tests for fans will allow it to happen. The Bundesliga club says it has applied to the local Treptow-Köpenick health authorities for permission to hold the game with an altered hygiene plan on Sept. 5.Union says “a preventative test for all spectators is intended to replace the currently valid social distancing rules.”German soccer clubs previously outlined plans to resume games with some socially distanced fans attending in seated areas. Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei has mostly standing terraces so it could have far fewer fans attending than its competitors.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Armah Senegal: Support Appiah ahead of Brazil World Cup

first_imgFormer Black Stars defender, Emmanuel Armah Senegal believes  that he may not be in the position to advise current handler of the  Ghana’s senior national team, Kwesi Appiah on what to do ahead of the forthcoming Brazil 2014 FIFA World Cup, but noted that with co-operation and support from all quarters, Ghana could do very well at the mundial.In a chat with JOY Sports, the former playing mate of Appiah reiterated how important it was that the team got all the necessary support they could get from Ghanaians who worked for them in the 1992 AFCON in Senegal  “I am not in a position to advice Appiah, we can only try to support him, he’s a Ghanaian Hero and whatever they have been doing before, it should continue now.“Appiah says he doesn’t have any problem with anybody and I believe so.“Let us all try to be a little bit positively minded, football is a collective sport and not an individual one, so let us join hands together: citizens, journalists, government, Ghana FA and everybody and I believe that we will do very well in Brazil”. He addedGhana’s provisional list for the World Cup is expected to be released on May 13.last_img read more

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NHL free agency 2019: Sabres’ Evan Rodrigues awarded $2 million contract

first_imgEvan Rodrigues is returning to the Buffalo Sabres for next season, and for more money than the organization wanted to pay.The 25-year-old restricted free-agent winger signed a one-year contract worth $2 million on Thursday, two days after going through an arbitration hearing. An independent arbitrator found a middle ground between Rodrigues’ request and Buffalo’s offer, which Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported were $2.65 million and $1.5 million, respectively.  Rodrigues set career highs with 74 games played, nine goals and 29 points last season — his first full NHL season — while averaging the fourth-most time ice time among Sabres forwards. He also showed versatility by playing center at times to compensate for the Sabres’ lack of depth, and by logging time on the power play and penalty kill. He took the third-most faceoffs on the team (655).The Toronto native signed with Buffalo in 2015 as a college free agent after a 61-point senior season at Boston College, where he was a linemate of Sabres captain Jack Eichel. Rodrigues finished second to Eichel for the NCAA lead in points that year. Rodrigues began his pro career with the AHL’s Rochester Americans and earned a call-up to Buffalo for the final two games of the 2015-16 season after posting 30 points for the Amerks.Rodrigues’ hearing was the first of four scheduled for Sabres players this offseason. Remi Elie, Linus Ullmark and Jake McCabe are due in Toronto between Aug. 1 and Aug. 4. With just $3.1 million in remaining cap space according to CapFriendly, it seems unlikely the Sabres will be able to bring back all three of them without making other moves. NHL FREE AGENCY 2019: Binnington, Heinen, Trouba among 40 to file for salary arbitrationlast_img read more

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Lions desperate to overcome history against Hurricanes

first_imgThe Lions have lost their last eight games home and away to the New Zealand side, including a 20-3 defeat in last year’s Super Rugby final in Wellington, and a humbling 50-17 home loss in the 2016 regular season.That heavy defeat was the last time the South Africans were beaten at their Ellis Park fortress, amassing a winning run of 14 games since, that almost came to an end against the Sharks in the quarter-finals last weekend.Coach Johan Ackermann, who heads to English Premiership side Gloucester at the end of the Super Rugby campaign, has selected an unchanged side from that narrow 23-21 win but is without the dynamism and leadership of injured captain Warren Whiteley, who might have been invaluable in such a crucial clash.”The Hurricanes are a team that play in your face,” Ackermann said.”They like to put teams under pressure and they did that to us last year, so hopefully we’ll handle that pressure better this time.”Maybe we won’t run as much as we did a year ago, but rather kick better tactically. We must also remember it’s a year later and the teams have changed since we last met here.”The Hurricanes have been able to select hooker and captain Dane Coles from the start for what will be his 100th Super Rugby cap in one of two changes from the side that defeated the ACT Brumbies 35-16 in their quarter-final in Canberra.Coles returned off the bench in that win having been missing since March after suffering a concussion against the Otago Highlanders.”It will be a massive honour to join those players in reaching a milestone that I never thought I would achieve,” Coles said in a press release from the Hurricanes.This year’s Super Rugby joint top try-scorer Vince Aso also returns from a groin injury at centre, which has had a domino effect through the backline.Aso takes the place of Jordie Barrett, who moves to fullback in place of Nehe Milner-Skudder. The latter has shifted to the right wing, which has sent South African-born Wes Goosen out onto the left wing in the place of Julian Savea, who drops to the bench.Victory for the Lions will see them host the Super Rugby final against the Canterbury Crusaders or the Waikato Chiefs, who meet in the other semi-final in Christchurch on Saturday.last_img read more

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Columbian bears the brunt of another June Mar Fajardo explosion

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We still have to work on a lot of things. We need to improve our defense because sometimes we tend to relax,” he said.“But when we play as a team and share the ball, we’re a very strong team and we play great so we need everyone to step up and not relax.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Four of the San Miguel Beer center’s seven games where he scored the most points have come against Kia, which is now known as Columbian, with the latest a 37-point explosion on Wednesday night.Fajardo, though, shrugged off the notion when asked why he’s had his way when playing the same opponent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownREAD: Fajardo nets career-high 36 points as SMB beats Kia“We just needed a win,” Fajardo, who went 15-of-21 from the field, told reporters in Filipino after the 129-117 win. “We need to get back into the standings and fortunately for us, we won.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Despite slim chances, Blackwater not bowing out just yet Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial The 6-foot-10 Fajardo scored 17 in the fourth quarter, including nine during a 16-4 run that put the game away.“Credit to my teammates. Alex had a triple-double and as usual, our import was there for us so everyone contributed,” he said, referring to Alex Cabagnot, who collected 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists and Renaldo Balkman, who had 27 points and 18 rebounds.The Beermen have now won three in a row to even their slate to 3-3.READ: Fajardo, Beermen make it 3 straight with rout of DyipFajardo, however, said San Miguel still has a lot of work left to do.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours There must be something about the Kia franchise that brings out the best in June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more

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