COVID-19: Hundreds of boxes of masks stolen from West Java hospital

first_img Awie added that the facility currently had 60 boxes left, which would be enough for the next several days. The financial loss caused by the theft is said to be around Rp 100 million (US$ 6,100).Read also: COVID-19: Government to distribute 100,000 protective equipment to medical workersCianjur Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Juang Andi Priyanto said his team was currently investigating the matter.“We have questioned a number of witnesses, including hospital workers, security guards and parking attendants. We hope to solve the case as soon as possible,” he said. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a massive strain on Indonesia’s healthcare system, with increasing reports of inadequate medical supplies and the deaths of hospital workers as patient numbers continue to surge. (aly)Topics : A total of 470 boxes of surgical masks have reportedly been stolen from Pagelaran General Hospital in Cianjur, West Java.“When we checked the supply [of masks] for January to March, we found that 470 boxes were gone, 200 of which were supplies for February,” director of the hospital Awie Darwizar said on Tuesday as quoted by Antara News Agency.He said the masks had been prepared for medical workers at the hospital to treat COVID-19 patients.last_img read more

MRT Jakarta back to normalcy, but with limited capacity

first_imgAnies Baswedan announced on Thursday that the city administration allowed public transportation to resume operation but limited the number of passengers to 50 percent of normal capacity during the transition phase to maintain physical distance between passengers.“MRT Jakarta will still apply the health protocol that has been implemented so far, such as body temperature checks, the requirement to wear a face mask and educating passengers on maintaining physical distance, regularly washing hands and avoiding starting or engaging in conversation on the train and station platforms,” Kamaluddin wrote in the statement issued on Thursday.MRT Jakarta has only operated six of its stations since April 27 to support the PSBB in the capital city, in addition to cutting operational hours to between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m, which led to a 90 percent drop in ridership.Anies also announced that the city-owned bus service TransJakarta would also resume normal operation after having operated only 13 of its 15 main corridors and having cut passenger capacity and operation hours during the previous PSBB period.The Commuter Line service also increased its operating hours to 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Friday in line with Jakarta’s PSBB transitional period. It is a longer service than during the previous PSBB period in which the company, PT Kereta Commuter Indonesia (KCI) ran a 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. service. KCI also increased the number of trips to 892 a day from the previous 784, the company’s vice president of communications, Anne Purba, said in a statement.Topics : MRT Jakarta resumes normal operation starting Friday as the city administration has announced the start of the transition period for the gradual easing of its large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).The operational hours for the service would return to normal, PT MRT Jakarta president director William Sabandar said. Indonesia’s first mass rapid transit service will operate between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. on weekdays, with 10 minutes headway between the trains, and between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. on the weekend, with 20 minutes headway.However, MRT Jakarta corporate secretary head Muhammad Kamaludin added that in order to comply with the health protocols to prevent further spread of COVID-19, the operator would still limit the number of passengers to 50 percent of normal capacity, meaning 62 to 67 passengers in one car, or 390 on the whole train.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Funding for New Johnstown Park, Helps Unveil Community-led, Two-Mile Iron to Arts Corridor Plan

first_img Infrastructure,  Press Release Johnstown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf was joined by local officials and business and non-profit leaders in Cambria County today to announce new funding to redevelop an abandoned rail site on Clinton Street to create a new community park. The park will become the gateway to a two-mile proposed Iron to Arts Corridor that local officials unveiled during the press conference.“We are investing in Johnstown’s quality of life to continue the revitalization of this area and boost the economy,” said Governor Wolf. “Working together, the state and community will transform this unused land and unlock its potential for improvements here and throughout the city.”“The Gautier Steel project symbolizes the comeback of downtown Johnstown and the potential that this great city hold,” said Senator Wayne Langerholc. “Projects like this that think outside the box will attract new business and stimulate new economic activity. Additionally, this will enhance the quality of life for our region and will provide many meaningful recreational opportunities.”Gautier Steel was awarded $500,000 in funding through the Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for the community park project that also includes the Johnstown Industrial Development Corporation and other community partners. The funding will be used toward the purchase of some of the land from Norfolk Southern and construct the park with a playground, space for a farmer’s market and other events, and new landscaping, lighting, sidewalks, and signage.“I’m thrilled about this grant which will transform a crucial abandoned parcel into a hub of ongoing community investment and activity,” Representative Bryan Barbin said. “I want to thank Governor Wolf for releasing funds that will serve as a linchpin of a business and recreational corridor located in the heart of Johnstown.”The park would mark the northeast corner of the proposed Iron to Arts Corridor project. The two-mile plan includes infrastructure improvements, new landscaping, street murals at several intersections, decorative lighting, facade enhancements, and trails to connect the city’s history to its expanding business and art community.From 2015 through July of this year, the commonwealth helped to secure more than $99 million in various transportation, business development, and community revitalization projects throughout the Johnstown region.A previously announced $1.4 million state grant for improvements along Washington and Clinton Streets is part of the Iron to Arts Corridor proposal.Separately, Gautier Steel was also awarded a $2 million grant in 2016 toward construction of a plate mill for production of non-aerospace titanium for the United States Department of Defense and other markets.RACP funding support critical expansion projects, some of which will provide opportunities for additional economic development. August 16, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Governor Wolf Announces Funding for New Johnstown Park, Helps Unveil Community-led, Two-Mile Iron to Arts Corridor Planlast_img read more

Inchon on course to open in 1999

first_imgBYLINE: Cho, Ai-KyoungOperations Planning ManagerInchon Municipal GovernmentSubway Construction HeadquartersCONSTRUCTION is pushing ahead on the first metro line in the South Korean port of Inchon. Started in 1993 and now expected to open in 1999, the 24·6 km Line 1 is the first of five routes in a planned 125 km network, and will have taken five years to build at a total cost of 1487bn won. It will link Kyeyang-gu in the northeast to Tongchun-dong in the south of the city.The population of Inchon is growing rapidly, mirroring that of the Greater Seoul capital region which lies immediately inland. The city already has more than 2 million inhabitants, and needs a modern public transport network for the 21st century. The metro is expected to handle around 45% of all public transport trips.The whole of Line 1 will be underground, with a mix of bored tunnels and cut-and-cover station boxes. There will be 22 stations, including an interchange with Korean National Railroad’s Kyong-In line at Pupyong. The stations are envisaged as centres of culture and focal points of urban development, with direct links to nearby shopping centres, office developments and cultural institutions. The station interiors will be decorated by local and national artists. Considerable effort is going into the station design, with attention to signage, automated fare collection systems, and other equipment to ensure a high throughput capacity. Flap-style gates will each be able to process 60 people per minute, and high-capacity escalators will link the booking halls to the platforms below. Each station will be numbered as well as named, and the numbers will be prominently displayed.All stations will be fully accessible for disabled riders, with separate entrance gates and lifts throughout. Signboards will be fitted with induction blocks and finger switches for use by blind travellers. Separate toilets will be available for the disabled, whilst the payphones at each station will be disabled-accessible. Reserved spaces will be provided on each trainset.Fully automatedMetro operations will be fully automatic, although there will still be a driver on each train to ensure the well-being of passengers, provide information, and ensure personal safety. Operations will be managed by a central control complex, which will oversee the automatic train control, signalling, communications and power supplies, and communicate with stations and train crew by radio and telephone links. Trains will run every 2 1??2 min at peak times, and at 4 min intervals off-peak. A fleet of 25 eight-car trainsets is on order from Daewoo Heavy Industries, at a cost of 86bn won. The first three units are due for delivery on February 8 next year, with 10 more on March 10 and the final dozen by June 18. This will leave time for test running and commissioning before the start of revenue services in early 1999.The trains are derived from the existing metro stock used in Pusan, but with a more streamlined appearance. IGBT-based traction controls will be used to reduce noise and electrical interference. Power will be drawn at 1·5 kV DC from an overhead conductor rail. The passenger saloons will be air-conditioned and double-glazed, and fitted with eight-colour digital information displays.The Line 1 trains will be stabled and maintained in a depot at Kyulhyon-dong, close to the northern end of the line. This will also incorporate the staff training school and the main power supply transformer station.Future developmentsAs the construction of Line 1 nears completion, detailed planning is getting under way for subsequent phases of the network, which are due to be completed by 2007 at a cost of 3280bn won.A 5·8 km extension to Line 1 is included in the plans for New Songdo City, which would be built on reclaimed land along the southeast waterfront beyond Tongchun-dong. The timing of this extension depends on the construction of the reclamation and new city. Line 2 will be the longest route, at 35·4 km. It will run from the Namdong Industrial Complex in the south to Komdan in the northwest, via Yonhui, Kajongro, City Hall, Mansu and Nonhyondong. Depots will be provided at both ends of the line, and interchange with Line 1 will be at City Hall.Line 3 is known as the ’circle line’, and will run in a horseshoe for 34·2 km from Inchon Grand Park to Onsu and Shinwol in Puchon City – where it will interchange with Lines 7 and 11 of the Seoul metro. At the centre of the route, Line 3 will loop through the heart of the old port, interchanging with Line 1 at Art Center and Pupyonggu Office, and with Line 2 at Namdong Office and Kajwa. The Line 3 depot will be located at Unyon-dong.Latest addition to the network is a 9·5 km branch serving the northern part of New Songdo City. This will start from Chuan, at an interchange with Line 2 and the KNR Kyong-In line. Heading southwest through Hagik-Okryon, the branch will interchange with KNR’s Su-In line at Songdo, and finish at the planned New Songdo terminus of the Line 1 extension. Another major rail project will connect with the metro in the north of the Inchon urban area. This is the planned International Airport Rail Link serving the proposed Seoul international airport to be built on reclaimed land in the Yellow Sea off the coast. Starting from central Seoul, the Rail Link would serve the city’s existing airport at Kimpo before heading west to the new airport site. Passing through Inchon, it will connect with metro Line 1 at Kyeyang and with Line 2 at Komam. A 15·5 km metro branch is also planned to link the centre of Inchon directly to the new airport via Wolmido. oCAPTION: Line 1 is entirely underground, using cut-and-cover tunnels under major roads through the city centre CAPTION: Inchon’s three cross-city metro lines and two branches will create a comprehensive network, linking with rail and metro routes to the capital Seoullast_img read more

Medicinal cannabis ‘should be available on prescription’

first_imgBBC News 19 July 2018Family First Comment: “The Council recommended that clinical trials be carried out urgently to improve understanding of medicinal cannabis products, as well as their SAFETY and EFFECTIVENESS…  The Council said there were still potential risks if cannabis-derived medicinal products were prescribed INAPPROPRIATELY and these needed to be carefully considered to avoid HARM to patients. Dr Owen Bowden-Jones, chair of the ACMD, said: “At present, cannabis-derived products can vary greatly in their composition, effectiveness and level of impurity. It is important that clinicians, patients and their families are confident that any prescribed medication is both safe and effective.”Exactly what we’ve been saying! in the UK should have the option to prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products to patients with certain medical conditions, drugs experts have advised the government.The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs recommends rules should be changed for these medications, if safe.It comes after high profile cases involving children with severe epilepsy being denied access to cannabis oil.The government must now agree on a definition for these products.The Council recommended that clinical trials be carried out urgently to improve understanding of medicinal cannabis products, as well as their safety and effectiveness.Its advice is in line with a recent review by the chief medical officer for England.Prof Dame Sally Davies said there was conclusive evidence of the therapeutic benefit of prescribing cannabis-based products for certain medical conditions.Home Secretary Sajid Javid said he was “carefully considering” both recommendations and would make a decision shortly.The Home Office recently granted Billy Caldwell and Alfie Dingley, boys who have rare forms of epilepsy, a short-term licence to allow them access to cannabis oil, which their parents say helps to control their seizures.Cannabis for recreational use will remain illegal.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

US and Europe recession not good news for Dominica says PM Skerrit

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 8 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img LocalNews US and Europe recession not good news for Dominica says PM Skerrit by: – August 24, 2011 Tweet Prime Minister Skerrit. Photo credit: GIS NewsPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says projection that the United States and Europe could be going back into recession is not good news for small island developing states like Dominica.The United States stock fixtures have been declining in recent weeks as economic jitters and uncertainty about Europe’s finances continues.Prime Minister Skerrit says a recession in the United States and Europe could have serious implications for Dominicans.“It means that the 14 million people who are still out of work in the United States will increase and some of these people may be the citizens of Dominica who reside in the US,” he said.He said many local families here depend on their working families in the US to provide them with money every month and food items.“If people do not have jobs in Europe and North America, which is our primary source of tourists, it means we will not see the kind of projected growth in tourism and the tourism dollar receipt will be reduced. One can imagine the kind of impact that this will have on us,” he added.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Dive Fest 2012 focuses on control of lionfish

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 56 Views   3 comments Tweetcenter_img Share LionfishThe annual Dive Festival which is organized by the Dominica Watersports Association (DWA) has been officially launched with a “serious” theme and mission to save the reef.The Association, which will be hosting the festival for the nineteenth year from today; July 6th to July 16th, 2012, has appealed to citizens to assist in controlling one of the most “invasive” species in the sea, the lionfish.The theme for the 2012 festival will be “Save the reef; eat a lionfish” according to President of that Association, Simon Walsh.He told the press launching on Friday that the aim of the festival this year will “reflect that although this is a species that needs to be controlled in order to protect the dive sector and coastal fisheries, it is also going to be looked at as a sustainable food source”.The lionfish (scientific name Pterois volitans), according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “is a popular saltwater aquarium fish with distinctive maroon (or brown) and white stripes, fleshy tentacles above the eyes and below the mouth, and an imposing fan of prickly venomous spines. Although not fatal, the sting of a lionfish is extremely painful”.The lionfish was first spotted in Dominica in January 2011 in Portsmouth and since then has been seen in Roseau. They are generalist carnivores that consume 56 species of fish and many invertebrate species, with prey exceeding half the lionfish’s body size. Many lionfish prey are commercially, recreationally and ecologically important. Because of the danger which the lionfish poses to the reef and fishes, the Watersports Association has collaborated with the Fisheries Division to embark on an educational campaign about its control.That educational campaign will include teaching the public how to clean and prepare the lionfish as it is edible and considered a delicacy.Some of the activities for the festival will include free sampling of lionfish to get the public acclimatized to its taste.Discover Dominica Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Colin Piper, endorsed the festival and pledged his organization’s continued support for the festival. He urged citizens to “assist in doing what you can” in preventing the lionfish from negatively impacting Dominica’s diving and food sector.Dive fest activities will commence this evening with a “Dive Fest in the garden” at the Tao Restaurant (opposite the Parliament building) in Roseau from 9pm. The entrance is free and there will be free samples of lionfish with music by Sherian and the Band. Other highlights of this year’s festival includes, family snorkel hunt at Champagne Beach, free of charge on Sunday 8th July, discounted whale watching at Anchorage Hotel on July 7th, Lobster/mussels lunch or dinner at the Sunset Bay Club, Iron chef Five Fest cooking competition on July 12th, at Anchorage Hotel, Dive Fest happy hour will be on Friday the 13th at the Fort Young Hotel, the fish festival at Soufriere Beach on July 14th and the Kubuli Canoe Races on July 15th will be the climax of the event.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dive Fest 2012 focuses on control of lionfish by: – July 6, 2012last_img read more

Manford “Ratt” Pratt

first_imgManford “Ratt” W. Pratt, 48, of Sunman passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at his residence.  Ratt was born Saturday, March 13, 1971 in LaPorte, Indiana, the son of Manford and Drucilla (Mitchell) Pratt.  He married Vickie Pugh June 30, 1998 and she survives.  Ratt was a self-employed laborer and loved being outdoors; he enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his family.Ratt is survived by his wife Vickie of Sunman; parents Manford and Drucilla Pratt of Cornettsville, Kentucky; step-son Brandon (Jella) Pugh of Milan, presently stationed in Japan; step-daughter Heather Pugh of Louisville, Kentucky; sisters Melody (Danny) Williams of Cornettsville, Kentucky and Penny (Richard) Peters of Three Oaks, Michigan; two grandchildren Xavier and Alexander Pugh; two special nieces: Tenille Combs and Andrea Lewis; and special cousin, Jimmy Mitchell, raised as a brother.A celebration of life will be held 1 – 3 PM Thursday, November 14 at Maggards Mountain View Chapel, 352 Roy Campbell Drive, Hazard, Kentucky 41701, (606) 436-2361.  Memorials may be given in honor of Ratt to the Ripley County Humane Society.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, Milan, Indiana 47031, (812)654-2141.  You may go to to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more

Clare ease to victory

first_img Press Association Clare came good in the second half at Thurles to defeat Waterford by 2-20 to 1-15 in the Munster SHC. Jake Dillon marked his Waterford debut with a first-half goal that helped his side to a 1-9 to 0-8 interval lead. But Clare dominated after the break, with Shane O’Donnell and Conor McGrath hitting goals. center_img Colin Ryan chipped in with a seven points tally as Davy Fitzgerald’s side cruised home to set up a semi-final clash with Cork. Meanwhile, Down came from behind to defeat Derry by 2-17 to 1-15 in the Ulster SFC at Celtic Park. Second half goals from Mark Poland and Donal O’Hare saw James McCartan’s side come from four points behind to win by five and set up a semi-final clash with All-Ireland champions Donegal. Mark Lynch smacked in a first half goal to give the Oak Leafers an edge, but Down had the edge in finishing power to finish strongly with inspirational scores from midfielder Kevin McKernan. last_img read more

Slaven Bilic wants West Ham to stay grounded

first_imgSlaven Bilic wants everyone involved with West Ham to savour their current success – warning the feeling will not last forever. Press Association A first home league win came last time out against Newcastle and Norwich are the visitors to east London on Sunday, with Bilic pleased that the club are enjoying the moment. “Everything goes really quickly in football and in life,” he said. “I’m not denying that, there is no point not enjoying the good spells. I said to my staff the other day ‘we’ve done good why shouldn’t we enjoy it a little bit because when the bad days come we won’t enjoy it?’ “There’s no reasons we could not be confident or proud. But the one condition is they stay on the ground and be even more motivated. There’s no point to deny them enjoyment and be grim.” A former West Ham player, Bilic was a popular appointment back in June, especially after the fractious relationship the majority of the fan-base had with Allardyce. And the 47-year-old admits he loves being told by supporters of other clubs, as well as those West Ham fans, how impressed they have been with the start to his managerial career in England. “”It’s the best. It’s a great feeling to be fair,” he added. “We have an army of fans but it is not only our fans, it is outer clubs’ fans – football fans – who are congratulating me and West Ham fans are delighted but other fans say “well done” and all that. The Hammers currently sit third in the Premier League having secured an amazing trio of away victories at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City so far this season. Former Croatia coach Bilic is enjoying a good start to life as Sam Allardyce’s replacement at Upton Park – despite an early exit from Europa League qualification and home defeats to Leicester and Bournemouth. “The praise gets through to you, it gets to me and the staff and the players of course which is the most important thing – that we get that get that feedback that so far we are doing a good job.” While Allardyce was often at odds with the supporters and owners over the style of football on display, Bilic has introduced a more attractive game – an approach people associated with the club label the ‘West Ham Way’. “Every coach likes to play good football,” he added. “For that you need to train, you need good players, you need to have confidence and you need to have points. “The more points you have the better you are going to play in the next game, it can go a bit up and down but it goes like that. “We having been trying to do that from the start. Sometimes you are doing that and sometimes you are not but this is our philosophy and our plan – but not to die in the art.” Another three points against newly-promoted Norwich would keep West Ham up with the early-season pace setters in the Premier League and continue to see Bilic’s stock rise. Club-record signing Andy Carroll will be pushing for his first league start since January, while deadline day signings Michail Antonio and Nikica Jelavic are in contention for their full debuts. last_img read more