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Public must help curb COVID-19 misinformation as many still believe they cannot catch it: Task force

first_imgMeanwhile, the latest survey conducted by BPS from Sept. 7 to 14, involving 90,967 respondents, showed that Maluku and North Sulawesi were ranked first and second in the category, with 29.18 and 27.66 percent, respectively, of respondents from the provinces certain that they would not get coronavirus.Doni said that a lack of public awareness campaigns was a contributing factor to the issue.Read also: More people wearing face masks, though not all of them wash their hands: BPS“There are still many people that have yet to receive full information about COVID-19,” he said.With that in mind, Doni encouraged all elements of society to take part in curbing the transmission of COVID-19.During the discussion Doni also mentioned Bali, where, according to the survey, 20.78 percent of people believe they will not contract COVID-19.Doni explained that he had asked Bali Governor I Wayan Koster to involve all elements of society in handling COVID-19.“[When] more people are involved in handling the COVID-19 pandemic, it will directly increase awareness,” he reasoned.When asked about how the government is dealing with misinformation about COVID-19, Doni explained that starting Oct. 1, the national COVID-19 task force had begun a partnership with the Press Council and other journalist associations to work on a COVID-19 awareness program.Moreover, the task force also invited 5,800 journalists from across the archipelago to participate in the Behavior Change Program, which aims to fight misinformation.Doni shared his hopes that this collaboration would help to increase awareness that COVID-19 was real and not a conspiracy.Indonesia has seen a continuously rising number of cases since March. As of Saturday, the country had recorded 328,952 confirmed cases with 251,481 recoveries and 11,765 deaths. (jes) However, despite the rising number of COVID-19 cases around the globe, a Statistics Indonesia (BPS) survey has discovered that 17 percent of Indonesians believe it is impossible for them to contract the disease.“It is a huge number,” said national COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo during a virtual event on Friday.Doni explained that given the country’s population of 270 million people, 17 percent meant that 44.9 million people believed they would not catch the virus.He went on to say that a previous survey conducted in July had revealed that there were five provinces with high percentages of COVID-19 ignorance, namely Jakarta, where 30 percent of people believe they will not catch the virus, followed by East Java with 29 percent, Central Java 18 percent, West Java 16 percent and South Kalimantan 14 percent. Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. With the SARS-CoV-2 virus continuing to spread at an alarming rate, more and more public figures are contracting COVID-19, including United States President Donald Trump.Meanwhile, in Indonesia, high-ranked officials, including Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi and Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi, have also tested positive for COVID-19.center_img Topics : #mothermessage #wearmask #socialdistance #keepyourdistance #usesoap #avoidcrowd #washyourhand #covid19taskforcelast_img read more

Sierra Leone to hold fourth offshore licensing round in 1H 2018

first_imgSierra Leone’s Fourth Offshore Petroleum Licensing Round will take place between mid-January and the end of May 2018.This was announced by the Director General of the Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone (PDSL) Raymond Kargbo during the Africa Oil Week Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.The licensing round will be exclusively supported by the Getech Group through its wholly owned subsidiary ERCL.Getech said that the ERCL and the Petroleum Directorate have been working together since 2016 providing data required to review Sierra Leone’s proven prospectivity.Through Data Rooms in Freetown and London, investors can access 15,000 line kilometers of 2D seismic, more than 10,000 square kilometers of 3D seismic which includes PSDM volumes reprocessed by previous operators, and all wells from the 2009-2013 drilling campaigns which produced four discoveries.The 3D seismic data and wells are available to license from the PDSL and will be delivered by ERCL.Getech added that some other products, built by the company using the government’s released 3D seismic and well database, would be available. These include the Sierra Leone Digital Atlas and Sierra Leone Petroleum Geology Report.Also, Getech’s large potential fields database and regional reports are also available to assist in evaluating the Sierra Leone margin.Jonathan Copus, CEO of the Getech Group, said: “The Getech Group is proud to be working in partnership with the Petroleum Directorate of Sierra Leone during this exciting new phase for the country’s petroleum sector.“Located on a margin that is bookended by major discoveries in Senegal, Mauritania, and Ghana, Sierra Leone’s offshore waters contain proven petroleum systems that we believe to be conjugate to major discoveries in South America.”“As exploration interest steps up in the neighboring waters of Guinea, potential investors are able to access an extremely high quality technical database to assist in their evaluation of the undoubted potential of the Sierra Leone margin. We look forward to the Fourth Licensing Round and assisting the Directorate in attracting investment in the upstream petroleum sector of Sierra Leone.”last_img read more

EMGS in New Norwegian Barents Sea Survey

first_imgElectromagnetic Geoservices (EMGS) has entered into an agreement for a fully pre-funded multi-client 3D CSEM survey in the Norwegian Barents Sea.The contract has a value of USD 1.25 million.The survey is expected to be executed in the second quarter of 2019.The company will mobilize the Atlantic Guardian vessel for the survey.last_img

US Blacklists “Oil-for-Terror” Shipping Network

first_imgThe United States has blacklisted an “oil-for-terror” shipping network allegedly directed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for providing millions of dollars worth of oil to Syria.Additionally, a new international shipping advisory was issued on IRGC’s use of “deceptive shipping practices” to facilitate transactions, thereby violating U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil sales.The authorities also said that persons that engage in certain transactions with the entities blacklisted “may themselves be exposed to designation”.“Iran continues to take provocative actions to destabilize the region and the world. Treasury’s action against this sprawling petroleum network makes it explicitly clear that those purchasing Iranian oil are directly supporting Iran’s militant and terrorist arm, the IRGC-Qods Force,” Steven Mnuchin, Treasury Secretary, said.“Our actions over the last two weeks should serve as a strong warning to anyone considering facilitating the Qods Force’s oil sales that there will be swift consequences,” Mnuchin added.The U.S. noted that in spring 2019 alone, the IRGC-QF-led network employed more than a dozen vessels to transport nearly 10 million barrels of crude oil, predominantly to the Syrian regime. These shipments, taken collectively, sold for more than half a billion dollars. The same network also sold nearly 4 million barrels of condensate and hundreds of thousands of barrels in gas oil, “bringing in another quarter billion dollars.”The latest designation from U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) includes some 16 entities and 10 individuals pursuant to E.O. 13224, and is also identifying 11 vessels as property in which blocked persons have an interest. The IRGC and Hizballah, both identified as Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the U.S. Department of State, are also designated pursuant to E.O. 13224.last_img read more

Giggs fears Fernandes may be a ‘liability’ for Man Utd

first_imgRyan Giggs fears Bruno Fernandes could be a defensive “liability” for Manchester United as he urged Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to find the new signing’s best position. After the Portugal midfielder finally completed a £55million transfer to Old Trafford, he made his debut in a goalless home draw against Wolves on Saturday.Fernandes – who scored 63 goals in 137 Sporting Lisbon games – started alongside Fred and Andreas Pereira in a midfield three. Despite appearing to play further forward than Fred and Pereira, the 25-year-old was forced to drop back deep without the freedom of playing in the No10 role. United legend Giggs worries the midfielder could be exposed with his back to goal, as he told former team-mate Solskjaer to identify where Fernandes is most comfortable operating. Giggs told Premier League productions: “We saw glimpses of the quality he does possess. I think it might need a bit of working out what his best position is. “With his back to goal, I don’t think that’s his position. When he’s a little bit deeper, defensively, he may be a bit of a liability. He’s in between the two really. “That’s where you want to see him, coming on to the ball. But also you see when he is that little bit deeper he can spray the passes, he has got the vision to then play those passes. “But then you need the runs. I think he’ll want to find his best position first of all. He tired towards the end but you can see the quality that he has got.” United have had a similar problem with France World Cup winner Paul Pogba, who has been a regular in the starting 11, but deployed all across the midfield. Pogba has been used in a holding pair, a No10 behind the striker and as a deep-lying midfielder since re-signing for the club in 2016. read also:Fernandes, Ighalo not among the highest paid Man Utd players When the ex-Juventus star returns to the United starting 11 alongside Fernandes, Solskjaer will have to decide if he will allow the creative pair the freedom to play further afield, or whether one of them will have to drop back in a 4-2-3-1 formation. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading…last_img read more

853 Antiqueño overseas workers return home

first_imgA personnel of the Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management assists Divine Minasalvas in carrying her luggage after the overseas worker arrived in Sibalom town in the province last April 29. Minasalvas was able to return to the country through the help of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. ANTIQUE PDRRMO SAN JOSE, Antique – A total of 853 returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) are now home in this province through the government’s repatriation program. According to him, there were OWWA personnel who assisted them from Manila to Iloilo and then to this province. The first set of returnees which was composed of nine individuals arrived home via a 2GO vessel.Divine Minasalvas, who was among the first batch of repatriates, said in an interview Monday the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic halted her eight-month contract under the Mediterranean Shipping Company.“I was only able to work for four months,” she added. Twenty-six more ROFs arrived in this province on Monday via two sweeper flights that landed at the Iloilo International Airport. Tambanillo has been working as a seafarer under the Magsaysay Shipping Company for eight years now. They are currently under mandatory 14-day quarantine in isolation facilities. (With a report from PNA/PN) Her last port call was in Brazil where they were informed that they could no longer continue working. “I am thankful I was able to return to the Philippines and then to Antique through the OWWA,” Minasalvas, who has been working in cruise ships for the past 10 years said.center_img He arrived in Manila last March 23 but was only able to come home to Antique last April 29.“I experienced lockdown in Manila for more than a month due to COVID-19,” he said. “There was an OWWA bus that fetched us at Fort San Pedro in Iloilo City,” he said. These ROFS started arriving in Antique on April 29 via trips arranged by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA). The staff of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office headed by Broderick Train was there at Fort San Pedro to help facilitate the return of the ROFs to this province. She currently sustains herself and her family out of her savings while waiting for the company to recall her. Another repatriate from the first batch, Vicente Jose Tambanillo, said he lauds the government for assisting their repatriation. “Our trip from Manila to Antique was well organized,” he said.last_img read more

Mont Cavins

first_imgMont Cavins, 94 of Blanchester, Ohio formally of Moores Hill passed away Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Continental Manor in Blanchester, Ohio. Mont was born Wednesday April 19, 1922 at Harlan, Ky the son of Mack and Dealy (Dash) Cavins. He married Audrey (Dean) Cavins, August 25, 1940 and she preceded him in death January 29, 2000 and later married Ruby Jones (Richardson) Cavins in 2000. Mont was a WWII Veteran of the Army. He retired as a Highway Construction worker from the Local Union #1112 out of Muncie. He was a member of the Church of God in Butlerville, and a member of the International Labor Local Union #1112 out of Muncie. He enjoyed visiting people at the nursing home, building picnic tables for people and spending time with his family.Mont is survived by Sons: Mont “Jack” (Bonnie) Cavins of Sunman, James “Jim” (Kathy) Cavins of Moores Hill; Sister: Edna (Delbert) Saylor of Blanchester, Ohio; half brother: J.B. Ayers of Virginia; sister: Gladys Lynch of Dry Ridge, Ky. 15 Grandchildren, 34 Great-Grandchildren, 26 Great-Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife: Audrey Cavins, 3 grandchildren: Roy and Delbert Lee Saylor and Timmy Cavins; one brother: Henry Cavins and one sister: Pauline Hensley.Funeral services will be 2 PM Saturday April 30, 2016 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home with Pastor Robert Hughes officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Sinai Cemetery west of Aurora. Visitation will be Saturday 12-2PM also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Moores Hill Rescue or Donor’s Choice.Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. 707 S. Main St. Box 243, Milan 47031. (812)654-2141. Go to www.lawscarrmorre.com to sign on line register book.last_img read more

Coyle bullish over Bolton prospects

first_img He added: “We know we are capable of giving big performances and winning big games. That is how we have to treat every game now. As much as we are still in the FA Cup, every league game now is like a cup final.” Coyle’s men were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea last time out but the Scot is adamant they have what it takes to bounce back and pull off one of the shocks of the season at the Etihad Stadium. “Who is to say we can’t go to Manchester City and get a result?” he said. “We have to trust ourselves, believe in what we are doing, and we will look to get something from the game.” Press Associationcenter_img BOLTON boss Owen Coyle was in defiant mood as he prepared his struggling side for Saturday’s trip to face Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester City.last_img read more

Grealish has big decision to make

first_img Ireland legend Roy Keane is Lambert’s assistant at Villa Park and the former Manchester United midfielder is expected to try to persuade Grealish to stay with the national team, b ut Lambert says he will not pressurise Grealish as he plans to hand him his full Villa debut. He said: “If he was Scottish I’d make sure to get him up (the) road to Scotland. I don’t make rules or get involved so I’ll leave it up to the lad himself, whatever he chooses I’ll back it. He has to try to hang on to my squad in the first team. “It’s up to Jack what to do and to decide what country. He’s done okay but has miles to go in the game. “It is a great problem for him to have. I could be sitting here talking to you and saying I am releasing him. So I would rather have this kind of problem. “It will be a long road to be a right top player, but at this minute in time he is doing alright.” Grealish came off the bench in Villa’s opening day win at Stoke but was denied a second appearance this season after Aly Cissokho suffered an ankle injury during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Newcastle. He spent the majority of last season on loan at Notts County and Lambert believes that has helped him mature. He added: “I was going to put him on on Saturday then Aly got hurt – but I don’t have a problem throwing him in. “He’s grown up in League One. That’s a big thing, he’s grown up in a man’s environment.” Press Association The midfield starlet has been named in the Republic of Ireland’s latest under-21 squad for their final UEFA qualifier in Germany next week, although he is not expected to join the squad while his future remains undecided. The Birmingham-born 18-year-old, who is set to start in Villa’s Capital One Cup clash at home to Leyton Orient on Wednesday, is still eligible to play for England and is considering his options. center_img Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he will leave Jack Grealish alone to decide his own international future.last_img read more