World about to be gripped by coronavirus pandemic, Australia’s Morrison says

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first_img“The advice we have received today is…there is every indication that the world will soon enter a pandemic phase of the coronavirus,” Morrison told a news conference in the capital Canberra.”And as a result we have agreed today and initiated the…coronavirus emergency response plan,” he added.Morrison is one of the world’s first leaders to acknowledge the threat of the virus spreading beyond global containment efforts.US President Donald Trump earlier on Thursday said the risk was “very low” as he put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of Washington’s response. Topics : There is every sign the world is about to be gripped by a pandemic of coronavirus, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned on Thursday, as Canberra kicked off emergency measures to restrain the spread of the disease.Coronavius has infected about 80,000 people worldwide and killed more than 2,700, the vast majority in China.While the spread has slowed within China, Morrison said the escalation across Europe, Asia and the Americas makes the chance of a pandemic more likely.center_img Australia has 23 cases of coronavirus, although there has been no community transmission of the virus.Minister for Health Greg Hunt said the activation of Australia’s emergency plan would see the federal government work with local states to ensure hospitals are ready for a surge in patients.Morrison said the country’s national security committee agreed extend a travel ban on foreigners arriving from mainland China by at least another week.Morrison said, however, there was as yet no need to stop mass gatherings, such as football games.last_img read more

Govt COVID-19 response poses risks to human rights: Experts

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first_imgRochsismandoko, an internist at a private hospital in Tangerang, Banten, concurred. He said he had to purchase N95 medical masks with his own money because the masks provided by the hospital were limited.“We appreciate the PPE donations given by individuals. Unfortunately, most of the PPE cannot be used as it doesn’t meet the certified health standards,” he added.Rochsismandoko pointed out that despite the government’s claims, not all medical workers had access to free COVID-19 tests. Medical workers, he said, also expressed their fear of being furloughed if they were found positive for the virus.“It is not only about income; medical workers are still experiencing a bad stigma and rejection by society,” he added.Threats to freedom of expressionUsman said the current outbreak could jeopardize people’s right to express their opinions, citing a circular issued by the National Police chief that instructed officers to charge those who were thought to be insulting the government or spreading misinformation.Amnesty has recorded 52 cases of alleged violations of free expression during the pandemic.“We certainly oppose the dissemination of misinformation by anyone. But we believe a legal approach is not suitable during these times, especially while the government is aiming to control the spread of the virus in prisons,” he said.Brian Sriprahastuti, a member of the Executive Office of the President, said that during the early days of the outbreak, the government faced challenges compiling nationwide data, which he said could only be provided by a limited number of laboratories at the time. He brushed off criticism of the government’s lack of transparency, claiming it had become more transparent in providing COVID-19 data. According to National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Hengky Widjaja, the Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) has investigated 102 cases of fake news or provocation related to the COVID-19 pandemic under the authority of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law and the Criminal Code (KUHP).“Individuals are allowed to express their opinions while adhering to social restrictions rules, but the expression must not contain hate speech that provokes others,” he said in the discussion.Read also: Activist arrested as he was about to get into Dutch Embassy car: PoliceThe chairman of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Abdul Manan, condemned what he called the police’s excessive actions against questionable offenses. Abdul asked the police to remain impartial regarding government issues. “During this pandemic, disinformation is the enemy we should fight against, but unfortunately, disinformation is also being used as a tool to oppress those who criticize government policy,” he said.Threats to workers’ rightsThe outbreak has caused the economy to seize up, with workers suffering the brunt of the effects. Data from the Manpower Ministry released on May 1 showed that approximately 3 million workers had been impacted by the pandemic.More than 1 million formal workers have been furloughed and more than 300,000 workers have been laid off since the outbreak started. As many as 315,000 informal sector workers, whose incomes are based on contingent daily work, have lost their incomes because of the pandemic.Read also: Businesses must have adequate support to prevent layoffs: ExpertsAndriko Otang, executive director of the Trade Union Rights Center (TURC), said the government’s inconsistent policies had worsened the situation for workers.“The PSBB policy provides exceptions for manufacturing industries or export-oriented industries to stay fully operational during this pandemic, forcing millions of workers to continue working and facing risk,” he said. A survey conducted by TURC found that only 35 percent of companies adhered to COVID-19 health protocols for workers. Topics : Rights groups have raised concerns over the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on residents. They say the response may pose risks to Indonesians’ human rights.Amnesty International Indonesia highlighted certain issues that could harm human rights, including medical workers’ rights, information transparency and free expression, workers’ rights and social security.“It is of high importance that the government acknowledges human rights during the COVID-19 [pandemic]. Amnesty’s records show that there are many rights violations taking place in countries like Egypt and Venezuela. We don’t want it to happen here, and we must minimize any potential for violations,” Amnesty International Indonesia executive director Usman Hamid said in a virtual discussion on Sunday. He cited the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed by several provinces and regions across the archipelago to stem the spread of the virus. He said the policy, although deemed necessary, affected the livelihoods of all residents, especially those working in informal sectors.He urged the government to pay attention to fulfilling the basic rights of all residents – whether they were under PSBB or not – during the pandemic.Usman noted that the pandemic revealed Indonesia’s lack of health care readiness, as illustrated by frontline medical workers’ limited access to personal protective equipment (PPE) while they were risking their lives to fight the disease.Read also: COVID-19: Online fund-raiser seeks to provide protective gear supplieslast_img read more

La Comisión de asuntos para la comunidad LGBTQ de Pennsylvania presenta una declaración sobre la muerte de Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells

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first_img Equality,  Español,  Press Release La Comisión de asuntos para la comunidad LGBTQ de Pennsylvania emitió la siguiente declaración sobre la muerte de Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, una mujer transgénero:“Con tristeza e ira, vemos el fallecimiento prematuro de Dominique ‘Rem’mie’ Fells en Philadelphia. Dominique era una amiga querida para muchos en Philadelphia, donde hizo su hogar. Mantenemos su memoria viva mientras lloramos esta pérdida y celebramos su vida. Sus amigos siempre recordarán su amable sonrisa.“Dominique vivió sin protecciones contra la discriminación en todo el estado, ya que nuestra Asamblea General, singularmente entre sus pares del área, todavía no brinda tales protecciones a la comunidad LGBTQ+. En un mes en el que estamos bajo ataque de la Casa Blanca, es amargo recordar que podríamos estar protegidos por la ley estatal, pero nuestros legisladores han optado por retener estas protecciones básicas. En 1975, Pennsylvania lideró a la nación al convertirse en el primer estado en prohibir la discriminación laboral en el sector público debido a la orientación sexual. ¿Dónde ha ido ese legado de liderazgo en la legislatura?“También nos solidarizamos con la comunidad LGBTQ+ de Ohio, mientras lloran el fallecimiento de Riah Milton, a quien perdieron en un acto de violencia. Desafortunadamente, ni Ohio ni Pennsylvania protegen a sus ciudadanos transgénero ante la alegación de “pánico a los trans”, lo que permite a quienes nos quitan la vida afirmar que nuestra identidad transgénero de alguna manera excusa o mitiga su comportamiento asesino.“Mientras celebramos el Mes del Orgullo, recordamos que muchos de los líderes que comenzaron los disturbios justos que llamamos Stonewall eran mujeres trans negras. También lloramos a las 49 personas asesinadas en la Masacre de Pulse Nightclub el 12 de junio de 2016. Debemos permanecer juntos como comunidad para insistir en los derechos plenos para las personas transgénero y para poner fin a la discriminación contra las personas trans y todas las personas de color.“Recuerden su alegría. Celebren su vida. Digan su nombre”.En una declaración conjunta, los comisionados Ciora Thomas, Celena Morrison y Naiymah Sanchez agregaron:“Despertar en un mundo que no quiere que existamos es horroroso, aún más horroroso, mientras hacemos el importante trabajo de servir a nuestras comunidades trans y no binarias de Pennsylvania.“Dominique no merecía perder la vida. Merecía vivir, desarrollarse y ser próspera en este mundo como lo hacen todas las personas transgéneros y no binarias dentro del Estado de Pennsylvania.“En Pennsylvania, ya hemos perdido a tantas personas trans negras y mestizas debido a la violencia y a la transfobia, y, no se equivoquen, estos son delitos de odio y deben clasificarse como tales.“Las personas trans han estado sufriendo el genocidio en todo este país y dentro de este estado porque nacimos en un sistema sistémico que está configurado intencionalmente para que fallemos y caigamos en manos de otros o de nosotros mismos. Mientras lamentamos otra pérdida en la comunidad trans, quiero resaltar la importancia de continuar unidos y no salir solos.“Nuestra sociedad es responsable de manera colectiva de cada muerte en la comunidad trans negra, y debemos continuar exigiendo que nos reconozcan, nos protejan y que estos delitos de odio contra nuestra comunidad sean erradicados”.View this information in English. June 15, 2020 La Comisión de asuntos para la comunidad LGBTQ de Pennsylvania presenta una declaración sobre la muerte de Dominique “Rem’mie” Fellscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Brighter futures adolescent health symposium organized to address issues affecting adolescents

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first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share 17 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Brighter futures adolescent health symposium organized to address issues affecting adolescents by: – October 17, 2011 Share Image via: asiahope.blogspot.comHealthy Youth – Brighter Futures is an initiative of the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministries of Youth Affairs, Education and Community Development. The Adolescent Health Survey (2004) revealed a number of issues including poor sexual and reproductive health choices, alcohol use, violence, accidents and obesity which threaten the health of young people of Dominica. The 2009 Dominica Global School Health Survey (GSHS) which measured alcohol use; dietary behaviors; drug use; mental health; physical activity; sexual behaviors; and violence and unintentional injury revealed the need to take urgent corrective action in these areas. The National Strategic Plan for Dominica 2010- 2019 also identifies several areas of concern including the absence of a national body dealing with matters germane to adolescents, lack of organized programmes, narrow view of educators, poor negotiating skills and limited preparation for adulthood and society.Consequently, in order to make progress in improving adolescent health, a combination of perspectives and approaches is needed, since Adolescent health encompasses not only the prevention and treatment of disease and disability, but also behavioural and social issues. Issues of safety, social relationships, self-esteem, education and skill development all figure into healthy adolescent development. The goal of the project is that adolescents and youth will receive timely and effective health promotion, prevention and care through integrated health systems and inter- sectoral collaboration.The objective is to develop and strengthen the health systems delivery of timely and effective health promotion, disease prevention and care for adolescents and youth using a life cycle approach.The project will be carried out in four (4) phases:Phase 1: National consultation involving a wide range of stakeholders to present summary of findings from GSHS and GYTS, collect information on services various groups currently offer to adolescents and youth, identify gaps and agree on a Plan of Action. A National committee will be formed to address the needs of Adolescents with various sub committees for special areas.Phase 2: Compile Situation Analysis using results from various surveys completed in the last five years including the GSHS, GYTS, Adolescent Health survey and information from consultation.Phase 3: Develop Adolescent Health Policy and PlanPhase 4: Establish integrated Adolescent Health Programmes with special emphasis on the male adolescent.Press Releaselast_img read more

DTI-NegOcc OKs stores’ limit of alcohol purchase

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first_imgWhenever new stocks come in, theyimmediately run out due to high demand, he added.(With a report from PNA/PN) On March 13, DTI-Negros reported that a huge supermarket here displayed shelves empty of rubbing alcohol stocks, although various brands of bar soaps were readily available. The said establishment actually limits selling of rubbing alcohol to only three bottles per customer, based on the notices posted on its shelves. Moreover, Amihan said stocks of face masks are still limited especially in pharmacies here. “Generally, there are no available stocks in the province now,” he said. “So far, there’s no panic buying inNegros Occidental, but a significant increase in the purchase of alcohol andhand sanitizers has been observed,” Amihan said. Some consumers, however, have reportedlycomplained about stores imposing such limits.center_img BACOLOD City – The Department of Tradeand Industry-Negros Occidental welcomed the decision of stores in this provincein limiting the volume of rubbing alcohol and hand sanitizers that customersmay purchase amid the coronavirus disease 2019 scare. According to Romel Amihan, head ofConsumer Protection Unit of DTI-Negros Occidental, the self-regulation willprevent consumers from hoarding the said products. In another shopping mall, meanwhile, its stores are limiting purchases of the said product to only two bottles per person. Display shelves for rubbing alcohol in a supermarket in Bacolod City on March 13 were empty, despite limiting purchases of it to three bottles only per customer. PNAlast_img read more

Decatur County Memorial Hospital hires new President, CEO

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first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — The Decatur County Memorial Hospital has a new President and CEO.The governing board has hired Rex McKinney citing his experience as a healthcare executive with expertise in program development, operations, and community leadership.Audio Playerhttp://wrbiradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Rex-Bite.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.His leadership experience includes establishing physician-led services and developing programs to meet community needs.McKinney comes from IU Health where he served as Vice President.He is relocating from Hamilton County to Decatur County and will start by June 1.last_img read more

Franklin County Experiences Increase in COVID-19 Cases

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first_imgBrookville, IN —The Franklin County Health Department announced Monday an increase of 17 positive COVID-19 cases over the past week. Officials have said that anyone who was at the teen dance or at the river taking pictures before the dance on Friday may have been exposed.Additional cases are known to have been at large gatherings including religious services. “COVID-19 is still here and just a strong as it was this spring,” said Franklin County Health Officer Dr. Darrell Brimhall. “It is crucial to take preventative measures such as washing hands and practicing social distancing which includes avoiding large gatherings, particularly in indoor spaces,” Brimhall continued. “This is the largest increase in positive cases we’ve seen in our county since the pandemic started.”FCHD reminds citizens to cover your cough or sneeze, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds, stay home if you are sick, social distance by at least 6 feet, and wear a mask if possible.  “As we said from the beginning, the best way to get through this is by working together. A mask protects you and others,” said Dr. Brimhall.Symptoms of COVID include fever, shortness of breath, cough, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, sudden loss of taste or smell, shaking, chills, and headache. If you have been recently tested for COVID or have symptoms, stay home until you receive your results.last_img read more

Zenith Bank WBL: AHIP Savours Victory over First Deepwater

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first_imgKano-based Adolescent Health and Information Programme, (AHIP) Basketball Club, yesterday defeated First Deepwater Basketball Club of Lagos 56-53 in one of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball League games in Asaba.AHIP’s victory was the high point of the matches decided on Tuesday.Other teams that also won in the second phase of the league include; IGP Queens who defeated Taraba Hurricanes 61-22 while GT 2000 also snatched a 38-39 victory against Customs. Zamfara Babes lost to immigration 36-44 while Benue Princess defeated Plateau Rock.Speaking after his team’s victory against First Deepwater, Coach of AHIP, Wilson Idanwenkai, told reporters that his girls had a good game.He commended his players for sticking to the game plan even in the face of biased officiating from the referees. “We had a nice game against First Deepwater and it was good that it ended in our favour. However, the referees looked like they were acting out a script and it is a bad development. It seems some of the teams are desperate to qualify for the Final Eight. This perhaps is the reason for the desperation to win at all costs. This is the cause of the rivalry that is becoming unhealthy among teams,” reasoned the AHIP coach.Despite his team’s good showing in the second phase of the Zenith Bank Women’s League so far, Idanwenkai insisted that AHIP is not desperate to play in the Final-Eight in Lagos.“What my organisation is concerned about is to develop players that will become top players in future. We are not in the league to win-at-all-cost, but add glamour to it by training players to become stars. We don’t want to be part of any group that is desperate for laurels,” stressed the coach.He buttressed his position by pointing out that over 70 per cent of the players playing in the league came from AHIP basketball programmes.“I must say that the standard of the league has improved. The teams are more balanced and churning out good performances, which is good for the overall improvement of the women’s game. I enjoin all the teams to contribute their quota to the rise of basketball in the country.Idanwenkai however admitted that there are no small teams in the league anymore.With yesterday’s victory, AHIP has now won four games this season. Its next game in the series is against GT 2000 tomorrow evening.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Badger women’s hockey takes ‘Miracle’ trip to Hall of Fame

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first_imgGREG DIXON/Herald photoMost college teams don’t get the chance to visit their respective sports’ Hall of Fame, and even fewer are gifted with the opportunity to play under a Hall of Fame inductee. But after their recent trip to Eveleth, Minn., the Badger women’s hockey team can claim both.On Oct. 18, in the inaugural U.S. Women’s Hockey Hall of Fame Game, Wisconsin beat the Bemidji State Beavers 9-0 after spending the morning touring the grounds of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame with head coach and HOF-enshrined Mark Johnson.Senior center and captain Erika Lawler recounted seeing footage of one of Johnson’s most celebrated moments with her teammates.“As we were in there, they had the 1980 ‘Miracle’ video — like the real video, not the movie — playing,” Lawler said. “We were just sitting there until [one of] Coach’s goals came up, and we kind of started a ruckus in there for a little bit.”In addition to scoring two goals in the famous Miracle on Ice game, Johnson assisted the game-winner in the gold-medal game against Finland. Lawler said seeing all of Johnson’s memorabilia reminded them of his impressive resume.“After we left we were like, ‘That’s so funny that our coach is famous,’” Lawler said. “You never would have known he’s a huge part of the Hockey Hall of Fame. He’s just such a humble man.”Although the team was awestruck by Johnson’s Olympic feats, Johnson downplayed his place in the sport’s history. In fact, according to junior forward Meghan Duggan, while the teammates were celebrating his goal against the Soviets, their coach conveniently was elsewhere.“When he scored in the game we all went crazy,” Duggan said. “Everyone was looking around for him, and he was nowhere to be found — just kind of walking around, checking out other people’s accomplishments. That’s the type of guy he is.”Instead, Johnson reminded the team of how special an experience they were endowed with.“Coach was saying, ‘There’s only one first game,’” Lawler said. “We get to go down in history for that. I think that’s just a tremendous honor. It’s definitely an awesome thing we got to be a part of.”The Hockey Hall of Fame was opened in 1973 and now honors 136 individual members and two Olympic teams, including the aforementioned 1980 squad. Johnson has actually been inducted twice: first, in 2003 as part of the Miracle team, and the year later individually. He joined his late father and former Badger coach, Bob Johnson, who was enshrined in 1991.Senior goaltender Jessie Vetter said it was a special experience, and the team will now have a lasting place in the sport’s history.“We’ll have our little mark in the Hall of Fame now because we played in that first game,” she said. “So that will be pretty cool if we ever get a chance to go back up and take a look at it.”Beyond revisiting the achievements of their coach, Duggan said seeing women’s impact on the game was a unique opportunity.“It was just cool to see some of the old posters from the ’98 Olympics,” Duggan said. “Those (were) girls who pretty much built the program and gave women’s hockey a name and a start for itself.”A week prior to the team’s visit, Catherine “Cammi” Granato became the first woman ever to be enshrined in the HOF. Duggan knows she won’t be the last, however.“There was a lot attributed to women’s hockey in the Hall of Fame,” Duggan said. “I think women’s hockey has come a long way, and I think we have a lot further to go.”last_img read more

LAPD locates child with autism who was lost at Keck Hospital of USC

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first_imgPhoto from USC Department of Public Safety.The Department of Public Safety and Los Angeles Police Department located a child who went missing Wednesday at the Health Sciences Campus.Saul Perez, a 13-year-old Hispanic boy, was found at the Greyhound Bus Station at 7th Street and Central Avenue, according to DPS Captain Edgar Palmer. Perez was reunited with his family and was found unharmed.He had last been seen on the fourth-floor lobby of the Keck Hospital of USC — four miles away from the station where he was located.Perez’s father, who is disabled, told authorities he allowed his son with autism to use the restroom, assuming he would come out later, Palmer said. Palmer said that because the situation entailed a child with a disability, the situation was considered a critical missing person case.At 1:25 p.m. the story was updated to include information regarding the child’s whereabouts.last_img read more