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COVID-19: Indonesian students overseas urge govt to do more to flatten the curve

first_imgThe alliance also suggested that the government, local administrations, state-owned enterprises and academics mobilize various industries to produce personal protective equipment. Many medical workers across the country are still reporting a scarcity of such equipment, which prevents them from properly treating all COVID-19 patients.The students also urged all relevant parties to give support to local researchers as they cooperate with their international counterparts in developing a vaccine for the coronavirus disease.Read also: Indonesian students overseas call for moral support amid COVID-19 crisis“The biggest challenge [now] is to make the policy a reality. Therefore, good coordination [is required] among government institutions, stakeholders and other relevant parties,” said Muhammad Iksan Kiat, the PPI-Dunia head of research and action who is now pursuing his master’s degree in oil and gas economics at Gubkin Russian State University in Russia. The Overseas Indonesian Students Association Alliance (PPI-Dunia) has urged the government to ramp up its measures against COVID-19 as it has seen no significant improvements being made in handling the crisis.The student association wrote an open letter to the government containing 17 points of actions it recommended the government pursue in various sectors, ranging from the economy and health to citizen protection. Fifty-seven PPI-Dunia branches spread across three regions – Asia-Oceania, America-Europe and the Middle East-Africa – reached a consensus over the letter.Among the recommendations the PPI-Dunia calls for is for the Health Ministry to improve the treatment of persons under surveillance (ODP) and patients under observation (PDP), increase incentives for medical workers and launch wide-scale polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Topics :center_img “The government should be able to perform continuous and comprehensive monitoring from the highest level to the lowest.”PPI-Dunia chairman Fadlan Muzaki, a doctoral student in international politics at Fudan University in China, said the student association issued the open letter due to its moral obligation to contribute to the development of Indonesia.Indonesian health authorities had recorded at least 5,136 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, with a daily jump ranging between 200 and 300 cases. The country has also seen at least 469 deaths because of the disease – the highest among Southeast Asian countries.PPI-Dunia called on the government to, among other measures, reallocate funds from the state budget for crisis-handling, protect the Indonesian diaspora in countries affected by the pandemic and monitor public information to prevent the spread of false information.last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgElo, BNP Paribas, Achmea Bank, MPD, REYL & Cie, F&C Investments, Waverton Investment ManagementElo – Satu Huber is to replace Lasse Heiniö as chief executive of the Finnish mutual pension insurer at the start of June. Huber is currently deputy and will move into the chief executive position as per an agreement made when Elo was formed via the merger of Pension Fennia and Local Tapiola in 2013. Heiniö will continue as an adviser to the board until the end of the year. The Elo board, which will not be chaired by Huber, is made up of Matti Carpén, Hanna Hiidenpalo, Mikko Karpoja, Erja Ketkon, Sarianne Kirvesmäki, Keijo Kouvonen and Hilkka Malinen, who has joined as vice-president of HR.BNP Paribas – Robert van Kerkhoff has been appointed head of BNP Paribas Securities Services in the Netherlands. He has served as the company’s deputy head of operations at Asset & Fund Services in Paris, as well as Madrid-based COO of the Spanish branch of Fortis Bank. Separately, BNP Paribas appointed Ronald Koelewijn as head of sales in the Netherlands, responsible for business development within all client segments. Koelewijn has worked as manager of Global Client Development Netherlands & Scandinavia for banks and brokers. Meanwhile, Erwin Reyes has become secretary general at BNP Paribas Securities Services in the Netherlands. He will lead the internal organisation as well as projects.Achmea Bank – Petri Hofsté has been appointed chair of the supervisory board (RvC) of Achmea Bank. She has been a member of the executive board at Royal Bank of Scotland and the €424bn asset manager and pensions provider APG, as well as director at ABN Amro Bank. Before then, she served as supervisory director at regulator De Nederlandsche Bank. At Achmea Bank, Hofsté succeeds Erik van de Merwe, who stepped down after completing his maximum tenure of 12 years. Van de Merwe remains chairman of the RvC at Achmea. MPD – Felix Sprooten has been appointed head of board matters at Media Pensioen Diensten, the pensions provider of the €5.3bn industry-wide scheme PNO Media in the Netherlands. Since 2011, he has served as senior board secretary and deputy director of the pension bureau of PNO Media. Before then, he was board secretary of the pension fund of industrial conglomerate Stork, which merged with the €43bn metal scheme PME. Sprooten has also been a board member at PME, representing the employer.REYL & Cie – Cédric Özazman has been appointed head of investments and portfolio management. Özazman has been a senior member of the bank’s Investments team for more than five years. The bank has separated the position of chief strategist, which will continue to be performed by François Savary, from that of head of portfolio management for private clients. Savary also manages the bank’s Asset Services business line, intended for the institutional market and launched by REYL & Cie at the start of 2015.F&C Investments – The company has made three appointments to its European Distribution team: Robert Elfström, Frank Steffen and Carolin Töpfer. Elfström joins in the newly created role of director for the Nordic Region, where he will be managing new and existing wholesale and institutional client relationships. He previously worked at Franklin Templeton Investments, where he was a sales director for the Nordic region. Steffen joins as a senior sales director in the Wholesale Distribution team, based in Munich. He was previously at BlackRock Investment Management in Germany, where he was a sales director for wholesale and strategic clients. Töpfer joins as sales support, based in Munich.Waverton Investment Management ­– Andrew Fleming has been appointed chief executive. He will start in his new position on 1 July, pending regulatory approval. He replaces Hugh Grootenhuis, who is stepping down as chief executive, a position he has held since June 2009. Fleming was most recently chief executive at Cumulus Group. From 2005 to 2013, he was chief executive and CIO at Aegon Asset Management (rebranded as Kames Capital in 2012). He began his career at Gartmore Investment Management.DIAM – DIAM International, the UK arm of Asian asset manager DIAM Group, has appointed Hidetoshi Yanagihara and Eiichi Watatani as chief executive and CIO respectively. Yanagihara has been group leader of the Corporate Planning Group of DIAM in Tokyo since 2011. Before then, he was deputy general manager of the Mizuho Corporate Bank New York Americas Treasury Department. Watatani has been with the DIAM Group for 13 years and joins DIAM International as CIO from his previous role as executive vice-president of DIAM USA.last_img read more

​Folksam quizzes Ericsson over bribe-linked staff

first_img“We have previously thought that Ericsson has been undertaking ambitious anti-corruption work, but it is obviously not enough,” the pensions and insurance firm said.Folksam said it contacted the telecoms company in December to set up a meeting at the beginning of this year to discuss what had happened and what action to take.“There have been reports that employees with links to the bribes remain within the organisation. We want to know more about this,” it said. Other questions Folksam said it wanted to put to Ericsson were what the independent reports conducted over the years at the company had revealed, and whether this could be reported at the next annual general meeting.Ericsson announced in early December that it entered into a three-year Deferred Prosecution Agreement with the US Department of Justice, one condition of which is a fine payment of more than $520m.The scandal-hit firm said charges related to accounting violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in five countries, and that its Egyptian subsidiary had pleaded guilty to bribery charges in Djibouti.Börje Ekholm, Ericsson’s chief executive officer, said in the statement that reaching a resolution with the US authorities would allow the company “to close this legacy chapter”, move forward and build a stronger company.Folksam said the Swedish Prosecution Authority had started its own investigation into the bribery allegations.On the question of whether it could continue as an Ericsson shareholder, Folksam said its strategy was to be an owner that made demands of its holdings.“As it now appears at Ericsson, anti-corruption work seems to be high on the agenda and we believe that we can benefit by asking questions and making demands for transparency,” the pensions and insurance group said. Swedish pensions and insurance group Folksam says it is demanding answers from Swedish telecoms company Ericsson over the US corruption case it resolved with US authorities in December, in which staff were found to have engaged in bribery.Folksam, which has SEK3.84bn (€365m) of Ericsson shares amounting to 1.25% of the company’s share capital, said in a statement that so far, it had been difficult to understand what had happened at the company and it needed more information from Ericsson.“But obviously it is a structural problem when a company and its management are not clear internally and externally about what matters,” it said.Folksam said Ericsson was one of the companies that it and its municipal pensions subsidiary KPA Pension were focusing on as owners, adding that it never accepted businesses that put short-term potential profits ahead of ethics and legislation.last_img read more

EMGS sells Barents Sea data

first_imgNorwegian geophysical services Electromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has entered into a pre-funding and late sales agreement related to 3D CSEM data surveys in the Barents Sea in Norway. The agreement represents revenues of approximately $1.8 million, EMGS said in an Oslo Stock Exchange filing on Tuesday.The data will be acquired during the third quarter of 2017.The geophysical company was awarded a similar deal in late June with a value of $2.5 million.last_img

Government ministers praise Edward Oliver Le Blanc Highway

first_img Tweet LocalNews Government ministers praise Edward Oliver Le Blanc Highway by: – April 26, 2012 194 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Two government parliamentarians have expressed support for the renaming of the West Coast Road to the Edward Oliver Le Blanc Highway.Parliamentary Representative for St Joseph Kelver Darroux and Community Development Minister Gloria Shillingford has praised their government’s decision to honor Mr. Le Blanc.The Edward Oliver Leblanc Highway, rehabilitated with Chinese funds totaling $100 million by the China Railway 17 Bureau Group Co. Ltd. was officially opened on Friday.Darroux described the decision as a patriotic gesture which shows appreciation for the contribution which the late Edward Oliver Le Blanc, Dominica’s first premiere, made.Edward Oliver Le Blanc bust displayed along Highway in Mahaut“It is a patriotic gesture in naming the west coast road after the great man. He has contributed significantly towards the development of Dominica. We can see that the work on the road has really impacted on the aspect of travel time to and from Roseau. This is very important to economic development. As Dominicans we must be grateful to the People’s Republic of China,” he said.Community Development Minister Gloria Shillingford while complimenting the decision cautioned motorists to take precaution when using the new road.“This is something we have been awaiting for a long time. We should be grateful to the prime minister for leading the way to this project. Let us all drive safety and be careful because we don’t want any accidents. I know the roads are smooth but we need to remember that people’s lives are important,” she added.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

P25-M swimming pool to boost UA’s maritime courses

first_img“We have already submitted the programof work to the provincial engineering office for implementation,” said Crespo.(With a report from PNA/PN) SAN JOSE, Antique – Thegovernment-owned University of Antique (UA) will soon have an Olympic-sizeswimming pool with a P25-million support from the provincial government.  “Our students without the swimmingpool still have to go to the Binirayan swimming pool in this capital town fortheir swimming classes,” Crespo added. UA president Pablo Crespo Jr. onTuesday said they were grateful to have a swimming pool inside the UA maincampus in Sibalom, Antique. “Students undergoing training fortheir swimming competitions could also use the swimming pool,” he said.center_img The facility will be most useful tostudents taking up Bachelor of Science (BS) in Maritime Engineering and BS in MarineTransportion.      University of Antique president Dr. Pablo Crespo Jr. (left) and Gov. Rhodora Cadiao discuss plans for the university following the release of assistance for the school on Nov. 18. PNA/Annabel Consuelo Petinglay Currently, the UA is the only stateuniversity that offers the two courses.last_img read more

Facebook scam alert

first_imgThere’s no reason to worry if you received the message and you didn’t click the link. If you did click the link, report the account to Facebook and change login information that might be the same on other websites. You can also use antivirus software to see if your computer has been infected with malware. Consumers can also report fraud and schemes to the BBB Scam Tracker. The BBB has tips to protect yourself from becoming a victim to a phishing attack:Think before you click. Check with whoever sent you the message before following the link.Know videos play when you click them. If you’re asked to go to another website or enter additional information, it’s probably not legitimate.Use common sense. If anything in the message seems unlikely, use your best judgment.If you’ve already received a message, let the person whose account it came from know their account has been compromised. Statewide—The Better Business Bureau is warning the public of a phishing scam hitting Facebook users. The scam comes as a direct message to users with a link to a video and asking “Is this you?” Usually, the messages come from people you personally know and trust.If you receive a message like this, it’s likely an attempt to steal your personal information. Don’t click the link. According to the BBB, following those links will take you to a clone of a legitimate website. For instance, you may end up on a website that looks like Facebook, but it’s actually designed to steal your information when you log in. If you successfully “log in” and enter information it asks for, cybercriminals are able to steal your data.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: WHS track meet is set for Friday, students can help

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, April 29, 2015:Wednesday• Senior Meeting- 10 a.m.• CTE Showcase• Senior Interviews.Thursday• JV Tennis at Winfield 10 a.m.• JV Golf at Tex Consolver 1 p.m.• Baseball at WHS vs. Winfield 4 p.m.• Softball at WHS vs. Winfield 4:30 p.m.• Varsity Golf at Hesston Golf Park 1 p.m.• Senior Interviews.Friday• Track at WHS 3:15 p.m.• FFA Banquet.Sunday• Baccalaureate -2 at First United Methodist Church.TODAY’S LUNCH: Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Green Beans, Banana, Hot Roll and Milk.Thursday’s Lunch– Stromboli, Garden Spinach Salad, Baby Carrots, Pineapple and Milk .Today’s News*Any student interested in working the Track Meet on Friday, please see Mr. Buchanan Wednesday afternoon in the counselors office.* Students in art, agriculture, business, construction and FACS classes are showcasing their work today from 6 to 8 p.m. in the commons. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be drawings for cash prizes and food made by the students in culinary classes. And, don’t miss Kiss the Pig.*BPA is holding a Kiss the Pig Contest to help raise money for Nationals in Anaheim California. There will be cans set up in Mrs. Case’s room and in the office. The person who has the most money will be kissing the pig at the 4th Annual CTE Showcase on April 29th. We encourage you to help us out and attend the showcase.*Volleyball girls- Camp Forms, Fundraising forms and money need to be turned into the office.*There will be a Driver’s Education meeting TODAY at 3:15 p.m. at the Middle School in the Little Theatre.  Please stop by the office, or speak with Mr. Wilmoth for more information.*Help the Library create the ultimate young adult reading list by scanning the QR Codes on the flyers around the school. Let the Library know what books you want to read!  You can also go to: http://goo.gl/forms/yElq1CUx2b*Senior Parents: If you are interested in purchasing a senior ad in the yearbook, contact Ms. Ford at ktford@usd353.com.*Seniors: You can turn in pictures for the Graduation video until May 1. We will not accept any pictures after May 1 unless previous arrangements are made.Today is:National Zipper DayNational Shrimp Scampi Daylast_img read more

Final Razor Clam Digs of the Season to Start May 20

first_imgFacebook87Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)Clam diggers have one last chance to dig razor clams this season during a final opening set to begin May 20.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved a last round of digs at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed at either beach after noon.All other ocean beaches remain closed to digging.“This has been a great clam digging season, despite getting a late start,” said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. “Diggers have harvested lots of good-sized clams this season.”Razor clam digs at all ocean beaches were delayed during the past season due to elevated marine toxin levels, which began causing problems along the Pacific coast in the spring of 2015. WDFW eventually was able to open Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks for digs. However, toxin levels never dropped below the threshold set by state public officials at Twin Harbors Beach.WDFW routinely closes the razor clam fishery by the end of May to give the clams a chance to spawn. The next season will begin in fall, when the older clams have recovered from spawning and a new generation begins to grow beneath the sand.“This summer, we’ll conduct our annual assessment of razor clam stocks and will hope to open beaches again sometime in October,” Ayres said.The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:May 20, Friday, 6:37 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Mocrocks, CopalisMay 21, Saturday, 7:12 a.m.; -0.6 feet; Mocrocks, CopalisMay 22, Sunday, 7:47 a.m.; -0.8 feet; MocrocksAyres recommends that diggers arrive at the beaches an hour or two before low tide for best results.Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website and from license vendors around the state.For more information on razor clam digging, visit the WDFW website at http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.last_img read more