Local communities provide free internet, gadgets to students amid e-learning barriers

first_imgSimilarly, internet cafes and popular haunts in Yogyakarta have also provided free internet access to local students during the online learning period, courtesy of the fundraising campaign that can be accessed at kitabisa.com/bisasekolah.One local initiative has taken the innovative approach of providing mobile internet access aboard a vintage Volkswagen van that regularly goes around a number of villages across the region.Dubbed “VW Combi Internet Keliling”, the van broadcasts a wireless internet signal as it drives around Sleman regency and Klaten regency from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.A survey conducted by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) in April involving 1,700 students and 602 teachers in 54 cities and regencies found that 42 percent of students could not afford internet packages, making it difficult for them to make video calls with their teachers.Topics : “We call them ‘Rumah Kembali Belajar’ [‘Learn Again Home’],” Kitabisa program manager Satria said in a statement on Thursday. “The initiative is the result of our concerns regarding the learning situation amid the pandemic, especially among students whose parents are informal workers.”On-site volunteers are present to ensure strict adherence to health protocols among students over the course of the daily learning period, which runs from 6.30 a.m. to 2 p.m., from Monday to Friday, he said.“Every part of the society has a right to education whatever the circumstances,” IRES executive director Hari said.Read also: EXCLUSIVE: ‘Kids feel lonely’ amid extended remote learning period, Nadiem says Amid the slew of technological and financial limitations that come with online learning, several local communities across Java have taken it upon themselves to provide students with free access to electronic gadgets and internet connectivity during the COVID-19 pandemic.Karang Taruna Petamburan, a youth organization in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, for instance, has collaborated with nongovernmental organization Indonesia Resilience (IRES) and crowdfunding platform Kitabisa to open makeshift learning centers equipped with smart devices and wireless networks that local students are able to access for free, under the supervision of adult volunteers.  The learning centers, established at the At-Tawadhu mushola and Berase Art Studio, are expected to ensure a more seamless online learning experience for local elementary, junior high and high school students.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Gives Winter Storm Update, Strongly Urges Public Not To Travel

first_img January 23, 2016 Governor Wolf Gives Winter Storm Update, Strongly Urges Public Not To Travel Blizzard 2016,  Press Release,  PSA,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and state transportation and emergency management officials today again strongly urged the public not to travel to allow road crews to continue their efforts to clear snow from state and local roadways.For photos and video of this press conference, click here.“My top priority is the safety of the people of Pennsylvania,” said Governor Wolf.  “In order to avoid accidents and further congestion, we are strongly urging all citizens to avoid road travel at this time,” said Governor Wolf. “Many Pennsylvanians have made the wise choice to stay home, and we appreciate their cooperation. ”While the heaviest snow will let up after dark, Governor Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) advised that hazardous conditions will persist through the overnight hours. High winds will likely push snow back onto roadways that have already been cleared and treated by road crews.Governor Wolf also provided an update from the Pennsylvania State Police on the backlog of vehicles, including tractor trailers, buses and cars on I-76 in Somerset and Bedford counties. At this time, state and local first responders are providing food and water to the stranded motorists while crews attempt to remove all disabled vehicles as soon as possible.“This is an active emergency response that we are monitoring around the clock,” said Governor Wolf. “We are deploying every available resource to make sure they are checked on regularly as public safety officials work to resolve the situation.”PennDOT has now lifted the speed restrictions put into place earlier today on Interstate 70 in Washington, Westmoreland, Bedford and Fulton counties and Interstate 79 in Greene, Washington, Allegheny and Beaver counties.I-76 Response and Driver ChecksEarlier today, as westbound tractor-trailers became unable to climb a hill toward the Allegheny tunnels, traffic backed up behind them. As progress was made to clear the initial stranded trucks, other trucks also became unable to go up the hill. This caused a backlog for vehicles. Due to the backlog, emergency crews were unable to get heavy–duty tow trucks to the scene to clear the disabled trucks. The backlog also prevents Turnpike road crews from being able to clear the snow for motorists.Plan X was instituted by PSP and the Turnpike overnight to start turning people around, and having cars exit turnpike in opposite direction. Plan X is the method by which the Turnpike Commission, in emergency situations such as multiple vehicle accidents, closes certain sections of the Turnpike and reroutes traffic around the affected sections.When the backlog was reported, PEMA contacted Somerset/Bedford emergency management to add extra resources for driver checks by first responders on ATVs. There are five fire departments, including Shanksville, Berlin, Shawnee Valley, New Baltimore, and Somerset, and Pennsylvania State Police personnel performing driver checks. Every car has been checked multiple times. At this time, state and local first responders are proving food and water to the stranded motorists while crews attempt to remove all disabled vehicles as soon as possible.The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is refueling cars that are low on fuel so they can keep heat running in their cars. There is a warming shelter at the Bedford exit, with additional EMS on standby there. The Pennsylvania National Guard, as a second responder, has been deployed with shovels, MREs, water and chains to assist with driver checks and stuck cars.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Top seven tips all unit-dwellers need to know to avoid a nightmare neighbour

first_imgUnits on the Gold Coast. Picture: Nigel HallettLIVE in a unit?You may know your neighbours better by their habits than their names but body corporate management firm Archers says there are ways to make loving thy neighbour possible. Archers spokesman Andrew Staehr said capital city population growth meant more people were living within close confines and sharing facilities and spaces.“In our multicultural society, it can be quite a challenge to have everyone, with different lifestyles and values, get along, and nowadays you’re more likely to know your neighbour by their habits than by their name,” Mr Staehr said.“Often, strata neighbours can end up in conflict over the smallest or strangest things, sometimes caused by a simple misunderstanding or miscommunication.”Mr Staehr said there were several common complaints. “Ever cooked a really pungent curry, with spices like garam marsala, cumin and cardamom, and revelled in its deliciousness?” he said.“Turns out your neighbour possibly was not.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“In fact they could have already been calling your body corporate to make a complaint.”Top tips for getting along with your neighbours:1. Always be polite and friendly. Introduce yourself, make a note of their names and consider exchanging email addresses so you can share neighbourly news.2. Build relationships with your neighbours. This will minimise complaints and conflict3. Be alert to your surroundings Let your neighbours (or police) know if something doesn’t look or sound right.4. Co-operate with your strata manager. If you receive a note asking to keep the noise down or with another request or warning, take action to remedy your behaviour5. Act on reasonable requests. If your neighbour asks you to stop parking in front of their driveway or garage, do so immediately.6. Be apologetic. If it’s your kids terrorising the apartment block, openly and sincerely apologise and show others that you are doing something about it.7. Position noisy appliances away from shared walls.last_img read more

AP funds set for 40% illiquids cap as government relaxes mandates

first_imgThe ministry said the proposal was also aimed at strengthening and clarifying the regulations on the funds’ sustainability work.The draft rules put a focus on sustainability into legislation for the first time and clarify the connection to Swedish environmental goals as well as to international agreements, it said.“With this proposal, I am convinced that the AP funds will reduce the environmental impact of their portfolios and place themselves in the absolute top layer in terms of sustainability,” Bolund said.“This is necessary if the Paris agreement and the objectives of Agenda 2030 are to be reached,” he said.The wording of the funds’ investment guidelines is to be changed to state that a maximum of 40% of the funds’ assets can be held in illiquid investments, replacing the current text which limits investment in unlisted instruments to 5% of assets.According to the draft, the funds will not be required to sell illiquid investments if strong market movements — for example, a sharp fall in the price of listed securities — force the proportion of illiquid investments above 40%, saying that such a requirement could be detrimental to pension assets.The proposal also says the funds must work together on responsible investment and develop guidelines jointly, and that they must work to become exemplary in the field of sustainable investment.Back in May, when Bolund talked about the plan to relax investment restrictions, AP2 said the move would be positive because the return levels the fund had achieved historically would become increasingly difficult to attain under the current regulations.Niklas Ekvall, chief executive of AP4, said the fund welcomed the proposal. “A modernisation of the current investment rules will give us better prospects of achieving our long-term return goal and therefore of fulfilling our mission within the pension system,” he said.“Apart from having greater freedom in the choice of investments, it is also crucial to have enough flexibility so that investment can be carried out as cost-effectively as possible.” However, Ekvall pointed out that the proposed new 40% ceiling on illiquid investments would include real estate investments.The proposal has come from the cross-party Pensions Group and the deadline for consultation responses is 26 October.The new rules are scheduled to take effect on 1 July 2018. Sweden’s main national pensions buffer funds — AP funds one to four — are set for big changes to their long-berated investment restrictions next year after the government formally proposed a package of liberalisations.The Swedish finance ministry has announced a number of draft changes including a new 40% ceiling on illiquid investments in place of the current 5% lid on unlisted instruments, with the new allowance to include real estate – which is unlimited under the current rules.The proposal also includes a reduction in the minimum allocation – from 30% to 20% – to interest-bearing securities with low credit and liquidity risk that the funds must have, abolishes the rule that 10% of their assets must be managed externally, and removes the funds’ option to invest in commodity derivatives.Per Bolund, financial markets minister, said: “Over time, investment patterns change and therefore we also need to review the investment mandates of the first four AP funds.”last_img read more

WES releases O&M simulation tool for wave developers

first_imgWave Energy Scotland (WES) has rolled out an open-source operations and maintenance (O&M) simulation tool for wave energy developers.The O&M simulation model, developed by Anthony Gray through WES-sponsored EngD research project, is an Microsoft Excel-based O&M tool that uses the Monte Carlo method to simulate the occurrence of faults on each device in a wave energy array by using failure rate data.All the components of the device are represented by fault categories, assigned following a Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) of the wave energy converter (WEC), WES informed.The user can choose whether certain faults can be repaired while the WEC is offshore, or if all faults require the device to be towed to the safety of a sheltered quayside or onshore O&M base for repair.WES said that wave energy developers found an O&M simulation model extremely useful tool as it can help identify critical components which would have the biggest impact on array performance, thus providing feedback into the device design at early stages of development.Also, the tool provides estimates of array availability, revenue and operational expenditure which helps to refine Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) calculations, WES said.In addition, the tool can also be used to assist developers in planning aspects of the O&M strategy for future arrays as device development moves towards real sea testing.The model is available for download, together with the supporting explanatory documentation.last_img read more

Solskjaer: Ighalo is a natural striker

first_imgOle Gunnar Solskjaer has described Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo as a natural striker and he is satisfied with his performance for Manchester United against Club Brugge. Odion with United manager Solskjaer The loan-signing grabbed his first goal for the club in the 5-0 victory. But it is the attributes Ighalo offers that pleases Solskjaer. “I think, as a fellow striker myself, I know important that first goal is and he’s been close a couple of times. You can see he sniffs goals, he wants to be there, where it sometimes hurts. That goal, he was sharp in his head and, as that ball is played over to Juan, he spins and was on the six-yard line when Juan puts it there. That’s a natural striker.” Before he arrived in England, Solskjær played for Norwegian clubs Clausenengen and Molde. He joined Manchester United in 1996 for a transfer fee of £1.5 million. Nicknamed “the Baby-faced Assassin”, he played 366 times for United and scored 126 goals during a successful period for the club. He was regarded as a “super-sub” for his knack of coming off the substitute bench to score late goals.Advertisement Loading… “Ighalo plays up front, he can play with his back to goal and the goal was a good example of what you want of him. “He can hold up the ball and he is what we have been lacking a little bit. If we hadn’t had Odion tonight then Mason Greenwood would have had to play and we have a game on Sunday and that would put us in a tiring position. We knew what we got when we signed him.” Ighalo had made two brief substitute appearances before the game following his shock loan move from China but he started against Brugge and found himself on the goal sheet when he converted Juan Mata’s cutback midway through the first half. Martial missed the game through injury Read Also:Fallout of Utd victory: Ighalo reminded me of my playing days–Scholes Ighalo could keep his place in the starting XI for Sunday’s trip to Everton as Anthony Martial is a doubt with a thigh injury. The Frenchman was with the squad before the 5-0 win against Brugge but failed a late fitness test after complaining about a thigh issue. Martial has scored in each of his last three appearances but Solskjaer will have to choose between Ighalo and Greenwood should the former Monaco man be unavailable. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Can Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

Battling Black Cats rescue point

first_img The Londoners led 2-0 after 35 minutes through Dimitar Berbatov’s audacious penalty and Sascha Riether’s close-range finish. However, Craig Gardner, who had conceded the spot-kick, dragged the Black Cats back into it when he too converted a penalty before the break, and Sessegnon prevented his side from slipping to a fourth successive Barclays Premier League defeat when he fired home with 20 minutes remaining. Press Association Stephane Sessegnon got Sunderland out of jail as they fought back to snatch a 2-2 draw against Fulham.center_img Sunderland desperately needed a win after taking just one point from their last four games, but found themselves in deep trouble by the time 35 minutes had elapsed and worryingly for manager Martin O’Neill, Fulham barely had to break sweat to claim their advantage. They took the lead with 16 minutes gone when Gardner was adjudged to have tripped Ashkan Dejagah inside the box. Berbatov stuttered up to the ball before side-footing it to the left of keeper Simon Mignolet, who was rooted to the spot. It got worse as Adam Johnson’s 35th-minute corner was cleared by Berbatov and as the home side slept, Fulham broke at pace and in numbers before Mignolet could only parry Dejagah’s shot from a tight angle to Riether, who gleefully tapped home. Sunderland were handed a way back into the game within two minutes. Philippe Senderos literally got to grips with striker Danny Graham as the pair challenged for a ball over the top and the referee awarded a second penalty, which Gardner chose power past Mark Schwarzer. Sessegnon might have levelled just before the break but a right-foot shot was bundled around the post by Schwarzer. They might have been back on level terms within two minutes of the restart when Steven Fletcher and Graham combined but the former Swansea frontman scuffed his shot tamely at Schwarzer. Berbatov blasted high and wide from distance after finding space on the right with 49 minutes gone, but the visitors continued to pose the greater threat. Mignolet had to race out to block Berbatov’s effort after Bryan Ruiz had played him in with a lofted pass. And the save proved crucial within seconds when Sessegnon drilled home from 15 yards after the ball broke invitingly for him. Berbatov passed up a glorious opportunity to win it late on when he shot weakly at Mignolet. Johnson was convinced Emmanuel Frimpong had handled his 79th-minute drive and it took a point-blank block by Brede Hangeland to deny Fletcher a headed winner. last_img read more

Clarke to play on US Tour

first_img Clarke has struggled to reproduce the form which brought him a first major title at the age of 42, finishing 108th on the Race to Dubai in 2012 and currently lying 127th in the standings. Clarke, who is exempt until 2016, said in a statement released by his management company ISM: “I will be taking up my US PGA Tour card next season, but that does not mean I am abandoning Europe. I will be supporting my home Tour as usual. “I still feel I can be competitive at the highest level, I have always enjoyed America and the US Tour in the past and I am looking forward to playing there more often again.” Press Associationcenter_img Former Open champion Darren Clarke will use the exemption gained from his victory at Royal St George’s in 2011 to rejoin the US PGA Tour next year.last_img read more

Outrage Grows After Broward Arrest Video Goes Viral

first_imgSheriff Gregory Tony of Broward County found himself under scrutiny after a video of a rough arrest by one of his deputies made the rounds on social media.In the video, a J.P. Tarravella High School student is pepper sprayed, punched, and slammed to the pavement by deputies who were responding to reports of a fight outside of the Tamarac McDonald’s where the incident took place.The 15YO who’s head was slammed by ⁦⁦@browardsheriff⁩ Deputy was arrested yesterday for assaulting an officer, today the judge downgraded the charge. The Taravella High student has no prior criminal history ⁦@WPLGLocal10⁩ ( via IG: igetbabies) pic.twitter.com/CoqVEbx4wn— Marcine Joseph (@MJ_Reports) April 19, 2019 Sheriff Tony, the handpicked replacement for former top cop Scott Israel by Gov. Ron DeSantis, met with black elected officials on Saturday and promised in a statement there would be a thorough and transparent investigation of the incidentThe deputies at the center of the controversy, Christopher Krickovich and Sgt. Greg LaCerra, have been temporarily reassigned while the investigation takes place.“I’m not going to sit and brush things under the table,” Sheriff Tony said on Saturday afternoon. “The facts are what they are. We need them in a formal written documentation saying we’ve done our due diligence and done it under the letter of the law.”Sheriff Gregory Tony holds open discussions with Broward’s Black Elected Officials at a prescheduled meeting today and emphasizes his commitment to transparency and accountability. pic.twitter.com/r3Lz1QDd8C— Broward Sheriff (@browardsheriff) April 20, 2019 Other Broward officials, including school board member Rosalind Osgood and county mayor Mark Bogen called for the outright firing of the deputies involved.The behavior of these BSO deputies is outrageous & unacceptable The officer who jumped the student, punched & banged his head should be fired. I have a problem with the deputy who threw him to the ground after he pepper sprayed him He could’ve easily arrested him after the spray. https://t.co/NaZKeDaymi— Mayor Mark Bogen (@mark_bogen) April 19, 2019center_img As video of the incident made the rounds online former Heat star and current L.A. Laker LeBron James commented: “So wrong!! Hurts me to my soul!!”So wrong!! Hurts me to my soul!! To think that could be my sons. . Scary times man https://t.co/tRxk6sV7sb— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 20, 2019last_img read more

Pollard says Windies bracing for trial by spin

first_imgLUCKNOW, India, (CMC) – Captain Kieron Pollard said Sunday he was under no illusions about the potent threat posed by Afghanistan’s spinners and says West Indies will have to adopt a strategic approach in order to negate their effectiveness.The tourists open their limited overs tour today with a warm-up fixture here before clashing with Afghanistan in the first Twenty20 International of the three-match series on Wednesday.“Rashid Khan is a world-class bowler. It was seen by all of us and all around the world,” Pollard told media here.“Again there is no secret about it. (Mohammed) Nabi himself has been doing well, he is a classical off-spinner. Mujeeb (ur-Rahman) has done well for himself.”He continued: “We as a team, we have to plan how we are going to structure our 50 overs of batting and then our 50 overs of bowling. Each and every one of us is a good player [in our] own right and we have to show what we have to offer.”Khan, 21, is Afghanistan’s captain in all three formats, and has emerged as one of the most penetrative leg-spinners in international cricket, with 131 wickets in 68 One-Day Internationals and 81 scalps in 42 T20 Internationals.His best figures in ODIs of seven for 18 came in Afghanistan’s shock win over the Windies two years ago in St Lucia.Nabi has, meanwhile, taken 128 wickets from 121 ODIs and 69 wickets from 72 T20Is, while Mujeeb, an 18-year-old off-spinner, has already picked up 58 ODI wickets from 37 matches.Pollard, appointed captain of the white-ball sides in an attempt to halt a disastrous run in both formats, said the Windies would be looking to make big strides in the series.“It is an important series as the coach has mentioned. All cricket for us is important,” he stressed.“As a team, we have made some changes and are looking forward to doing well in the series.”West Indies will take on Afghanistan in three ODIs following the T20 series, before facing the hosts in a one-off Test beginning November 27.last_img read more