19 Oct
2020

102 areas with zero COVID-19 cases allowed to start ‘new normal’

first_imgThese include 14 areas in Aceh, 15 in North Sumatra, three in Riau Islands, four in South Sumatra, 14 in East Nusa Tenggara, one in Central Java, five in Southeast Sulawesi and 17 in Papua. They have recorded zero cases of COVID-19.Areas categorized as yellow zones have a low COVID-19 risk, orange zones have a moderate COVID-19 risk and red zones a high risk of the disease.Read also: Jakarta ready to welcome ‘new normal’ soon, minister saysStill, Doni urged the COVID-19-free areas to maintain strict health protocols to further prevent transmission. He added that cities and agencies that decide to reopen and resume economic activities must involve experts, the medical sector and prominent community figures in their decision-making process. Some 100 regencies and municipalities labeled as green zones and have not been impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak can start “new-normal” measures, the government has announced.“President [Joko “Jokowi” Widodo] ordered the national COVID-19 task force to allow 102 regions to conduct productive and safe public activities,” task force chief Doni Monardo said in a televised conference on Saturday. According to the COVID-19 task force’s expert staff chief, Wiku Adisasmito, the 102 regencies and cities have fulfilled the government’s criteria for reopening.For a region to reopen and loosen large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), they must meet 11 indicators. “We are using criteria from epidemiologists, as well as public health surveillance and health services, with recommendations from the World Health Organization,” Wiku said.The indicators for public health services as recommended by the WHO included decreasing the number of positive cases within two weeks after the latest peak, decreasing the death toll from positive cases and probable cases, decreasing the number of positive patients treated in hospitals, an increasing number of recovered patients and a less than 5 percent positivity rate (out of 5 percent positive samples).center_img Topics :last_img read more

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24 Sep
2020

Looming Job Cuts Threaten Greensburg Schools

first_imgGreensburg School officials plan to cut $500,000 in expenditures for next year.Lay-offs may be looming for faculty members at Greensburg Community Schools.The school district plans to reportedly cut $500,000 in expenditures for next school year. School superintendent Tom Hunter says it is the result of state funding that continues to decline, state property tax caps and rising expenses.“Health insurance has gone up dramatically the past few years, our liability insurance has gone up, price of utilities has gone up,” Hunter said. “The only thing I can do is reduce our greatest expense and that is personnel.”Hunter noted that the corporation is not in a current financial crisis. By making the difficult decision now, it could avoid a major issue in a few years.“It is just being financially prudent. Our revenues are not equaling our expenditures. So we have to cut our expenditures back. [If] we don’t address this, and five years from now we are in a cataclysmic situation,” Hunter explained.District officials are considering different options including not replacing teachers, administrators and non-teaching staff that leave the corporation or retire.“I do not like doing this. I had to be a part of this one other time and it is not a pleasant thing for anybody because you are impacting people’s lives,” the superintendent said. “It is the business part of school and occasionally it does have to take place.”Job cuts have not yet been made. The next school board meeting is scheduled for May 13.last_img read more

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20 Sep
2020

Arsenal taking cautious approach with Alexis Sanchez injury

first_img In his absence, Arsenal have opened up a two-point lead at the top of the Premier League and open the defence of their FA Cup trophy against strugglers Sunderland. Wenger is not ready to rush Sanchez back into his side with crucial league fixtures to come and a Champions League tie against the Chile international’s former club Barcelona on the horizon. “The bad news of the week is that Alexis is not quite ready,” the Gunners boss told arsenal.com. “It is a precaution because of his hamstring, and it takes a few more days. He’s not bad but he’s not ready. “The thinking is to give absolutely everything to qualify. We are the holders of the cup and I know as well by experience that it is very important that you get in the competition and that you have a successful third round. It’s a tricky one, always, the third round.” There is better news on Mikel Arteta’s recovery from a calf injury while Wenger also offered an update on Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin – all of whom are sidelined with knee issues. “Tomas Rosicky is not far, he’s back in full training next week, so should be available soon. Mikel is available,” he added. “Nothing has changed (from the original timescale) with Santi. It could be a bit shorter with him because he’s often quicker (at recovering) than you expect him to be. Cazorla and Coquelin are doing well.” The 27-year-old missed the entire festive fixture list having suffered a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw at Norwich in November. Sanchez was expected to make his comeback for the win over title rivals Manchester City before Christmas but suffered a setback in his recovery. Arsene Wenger has confirmed Alexis Sanchez will not be risked in Arsenal’s FA Cup third round clash with Sunderland on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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