Indonesia examines plan to reopen schools in December or next year

first_imgHe assured that the government would make a decision soon, saying the education sector would be the last to be reopened after the implementation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).”Compared to other sectors, education will be the last. Given the unmeasured risks, we can’t calculate [the exact date] just yet.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo previously suggested to delay the start of the school year, as allowing schools to reopen their campuses as scheduled would be a great risk to the country’s education, tribunnews.com reported on Sunday.  The ministry’s deputy coordinator of education and religious affairs, Agus Sartono, said the ministry had considered allowing students to return to campus in late August or early September.”But the end of December is better […] We don’t want to be like France and South Korea. They reopened their schools too early and many students were exposed [to COVID-19],” he said.The Jakarta Education Agency previously planned to reopen schools on July 13, in line with the government’s academic calendar. The plan, however, had to take into account the central government’s policies and each school’s preparations in curbing COVID-19 transmission. According to agency head Nahdiana, authorities have formulated three different scenarios for students returning to school. The first option is to reopen some schools and allow all of their students to attend, the second is to reopen several schools and only allow half of their students on campus and the third option is to reopen all schools while requiring some students to study from home. The government is mulling over plans to reopen school campuses by the end of the year or at the beginning of 2021, after students were required to study from home in the final few months of the school year to remains safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the government’s official academic calendar, the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year is slated for July 13. However, it may order schools to reopen for on-campus activities in late December at the earliest — if the pandemic shows signs of receding. “That’s just an estimation. According to our calendar, [the new school year starts] in mid-July, but I won’t recommend [students going back to campus],” Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said in a statement on Monday.Read also: Ministry suggests shorter school hours as part of ‘new normal’center_img Topics :last_img read more

‘Dagyang sa Kapitolyo’ kicks off today

first_imgOther “Dagyang sa Kapitolyo” are zumba, encoreperformance of capitol employees that joined the “Dance of the Decade” contestduring the capitol Christmas party, and sadsador street dancing at 7 p.m. This activity will take the place of the foodfestival held on the capitol grounds in past editions of the annual DinagyangFestival, said Atty. Suzette Mamon, provincial administrator. The “Dagyang sa Kapitolyo” at Casal Real de Iloilo(old provincial capitol) will be a fun filled festival of art, music, food, andculture, said Mamon. Iloilo Provincial Capitol. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN “Dagyang sa Kapitolyo is open to everybody. There isno entrance fee,” said Mamon./PN Today, a trade exhibit of local products will beopened at the Casa Real de Iloilo lobby. ILOILO – Today starts the weeklong “Dagyang saKapitolyo” at the Iloilo provincial capitol. There will also be a tattoo booth. The Grand Ballroom of Casa Real de Iloilo, on theother hand, will host a painting exhibit of local artists. The provincial government has scrapped the foodfestival to protect the newly redeveloped capitol grounds. “Beginning Jan. 23 our coffee shop and barwill open at Casa Real. We’ll have a live band entertaining people,” saidMamon.last_img read more

Lambert still looking up

first_img Press Association Lambert added: “His teams are always hard-working sides. I thtink if anyone knows his sides, he wants people to put an honest day’s work in. “I know the way his teams work. I played against Stuttgart when he was manager there. “He might not have Premier League experience but he’s coached some really big clubs in a really big league so he’ll know how to handle it. “To be fair to Fulham, I watched them the other day and they are still a really good side.” Fulham’s on-loan Darren Bent is prevented from playing against his parent club but Magath has revealed that working with the striker has fulfilled the wish of his son Leonard. Leonard, 16, advised his father when he was managing clubs in the German Bundesliga including Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg and Schalke to sign Bent, his favourite player. Magath insists that now he has inherited Bent following his appointment by the Cottagers, he may have a key role to play in the quest for Barclays Premier League survival. “Darren is a very good player – he’s my son’s favourite player!” he said. “He told me for six or seven years that I had to buy Darren Bent. “I’ve known him for years and he’s a very good striker. If he has the training sessions he could be a player that can help us.” Magath and Bent appeared to be at loggerheads following Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat by Everton as mixed messages emerged over the forward’s fitness. Having selected Bent on the bench and started unknown 17-year-old Moussa Dembele, Magath stated he was carrying a knock that prevented him from coming on, a claim that was denied by the player. A family bereavement forced Bent to miss the 1-1 draw with West Brom on February 22 and he has made only two appearances in the five matches since. Adding to the disquiet at Craven Cottage are reports that Shahid Khan is ready to sack Magath with Fulham five points adrift of safety with just six games remaining. Magath said: “There are no problems with Darren. We had a special situation and he had some days off for private reasons and that unsettled him. “He didn’t join us for the game against West Brom so there were a few things that were not really good. “On Friday he stopped training and left the pitch to see the medical staff. He didn’t train. “On Saturday he was better and he told me ‘I’m fine’ so I decided to name him on the bench because he’s a player we need. “But the risk of letting him play was too high because he had been unable to train on Friday. It’s normal you have discussion about such things. “Now somebody was writing I’m out. You always have such subjects where nobody knows where it comes from. It doesn’t matter. “He came to me on Tuesday and we talked together. It’s fine for me.” Successive 4-1 losses to Stoke and Manchester United have left some at the club casting nervous eyes over their shoulders towards the relegation battle. And the news that striker Christian Benteke has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an Achilles tendon injury has hardly improved the mood ahead of Saturday’s Villa Park clash with rock-bottom Fulham. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists back-to-back defeats have not diminished his desire to achieve a top-half finish in the Barclays Premier League. But Lambert is adamant his side should look up instead of down and sees the six-point gap to the 10th-placed Potters far from unbridgeable. Speaking before the extent of Benteke’s injury became apparent, Lambert told Villa’s official website: “To be ambitious you’ve always got to look at what’s above you to try to catch the teams ahead. “There’s not much in that little group there with West Ham and Stoke. “I also know it’s a tough, tough league and you have to be right on it to get a result. Saturday’s game will be no different.” Villa are in far from perfect shape as they prepare to face Felix Magath’s Cottagers, who are still stranded at the bottom of the table with bleak prospects of survival. Besides the absent Benteke, Villa could also be without Gabby Agbonlahor, who is battling to recover from a sickness bug. But there is better news over Nathan Baker, who has recovered from the foot injury which sidelined him in last week’s 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford, while Karim El Ahmadi is also set to return to contention after a thigh strain. Despite Lambert’s insistence on positivity, Villa are not yet safe and the Scot’s previous playing experience in Germany means he is fully aware of his opposite number Magath’s managerial capabilities. last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw deserves MVP honors

first_imgClayton Kershaw is having an MVP season.But is it good enough to win MVP?Kershaw, who lost for the first time Saturday since May 28, is 14-3 with a 1.86 ERA. He’s been so dominant with 174 strikeouts and 19 walks in 20 starts (averaging 8.7 per game). He threw 41 consecutive scoreless innings earlier this season. The Dodgers ace has done everything possible — thus far — to win the award. The only drawback to his campaign is that he doesn’t play every day. There are many who don’t believe a pitcher should win the MVP award because of it.That’s why the last pitcher to win National League MVP was Bob Gibson in 1968. In the American League, Justin Verlander was the last pitcher named MVP in 2011. But before him, Dennis Eckersley last won in it 1992. Mattingly pointed to Kershaw’s leadership on and off the field as evidence for the MVP campaign. He mentioned Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright as another example like Kershaw of an athlete who pitches every fifth day but has a daily impact on his team. If you debated Mattingly about this when he was playing for the Yankees, he would’ve argued for a position player. Now, it’s different. “Oh, no question, just from the standpoint of what this guy, not just (him) but what a guy like that (does),” Mattingly said. “I mean, I look at (Roger) Clemens in the year 1986 when he won it. He was (24-4). He was just dominant and it seemed like every time he pitched he won, stopped streaks, stopped losing streaks, kind of continued winning streaks, started new ones. Those guys seem to be the guys that are going seven, eight innings almost every time out. But it saved the bullpen and they allow you to use your bullpen the day before and rest you the day of, so just the value there is just a broad value that you don’t really always see just on that day.”Before Saturday’s loss, Kershaw was unbeaten in his previous 13 starts and was 11-0 with a 1.16 ERA from June 2-Aug 15. It’s the longest win streak by a Dodger since Orel Hershiser had an 11-game win streak in 1985. Kershaw’s intensity on game day and work ethic on those four days in between starts makes him so admirable to his teammates. He has days where he doesn’t pitch, but those aren’t off days. That diving catch of a squeeze-play attempt in Kershaw’s last start in Milwaukee, which started an inning-ending double play, is another notch on his resume campaign for MVP. That must have had general manager Ned Colletti a little nervous, especially with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list. But it was an amazing play nonetheless.Save for two mistakes, Kershaw felt better than he did in his last start, a win at Milwaukee.“My stuff was definitely better and my command was better,” Kershaw said. “Sometimes, the scoreboard doesn’t show how you feel. I got lucky in Milwaukee and paid for it here.”Hopefully, he doesn’t have to pay the price in MVP voting since he doesn’t play every day.On Saturday, Kershaw, Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez all gave chase on a foul ball on the track down the first-base line, and Kershaw didn’t back off until late. Ellis made the catch. That unstoppable effort, even when a position player is the one who should make that play, surely made for some good-natured laughs from his teammates in the dugout. Kershaw is so intense during games that no one talks to him much, just pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and Ellis. But afterward that should’ve generated some friendly banter. They could banter over Kershaw’s latest walk-up music, Cat Daddy by the Rej3ctz. The only line in the song that seems to fall in line with Kershaw’s routine is `”Man, I go to work, true winner.”Kershaw is certainly a winner. Whether he’ll be an MVP is somehow up for debate because he doesn’t pitch every day. But if you saw him between starts, he works hard every day and leads the Dodgers. That’s just not something you can measure in statistics. That should count toward an MVP vote for Kershaw this season.jill.painter@langnews.com @jillpainter on Twitter Kershaw should win MVP honors this season for the Dodgers, who are in first place in the National League West. He would be the first pitcher in 46 years to be named MVP of the National League, but just because it hasn’t happened in nearly five decades doesn’t mean it shouldn’t come to fruition. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly feels a pitcher should be considered to win MVP. He’s advocating for Kershaw to win it, and that’s a stance that’s changed for him over time. “I flip-flopped when I played,” said Mattingly. “As a manager, you just see the value in a guy like what Clayton has been able to give you. I do think it needs to be one of those years where it seems like it’s extraordinary. … This has been one of those years. I see the value in that guy as opposed to when I was playing, not that you didn’t see value in pitching, but it seemed like it was a different thing.”Saturday was another prime example of his value. Even an MVP has an off-pitch or two, and that happened as he gave up home runs to Ryan Braun and Carlos Gomez in a 3-2 loss to the Brewers. But, Kershaw struck out 11 in a complete-game effort in which he allowed just five hits and three runs. It was also a victory for an overworked bullpen. Catcher AJ Ellis knows the pitcher-for-MVP debate is brewing.“Knowing how much the bullpen has been used, for Clayton to know that he needed to give us eight-nine innings and to deliver that, that’s valuable to me,” Ellis said. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img