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

Government embark on major road rehabilitation project in Roseau

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 31 Views   2 comments LocalNews Government embark on major road rehabilitation project in Roseau by: – April 6, 2012center_img Share Section of Bath Road in the vicinity of the Government Head Quarters and the Windsor Park StadiumThe government of Dominica has embarked on major road rehabilitation project within the capital city of Roseau.The project which began approximately two weeks ago will be done in several phases. The first phase involves resurfacing, drainage and sidewalk works on the Virgin Lane to Roseau link road and Virgin Lane to Newtown section of the road. This phase of the project is costing government over EC$800, 000. 00.Public works minister Rayburn Blackmoore views this major rehabilitation project as complimenting government’s plan to ensure that all roads within the city are in good condition.“What we are trying to do in an incremental fashion is to address some of our main roads in the city of Roseau. A few weeks ago the Ministry of Public Works technical staff along with the Minister took a walk around the city of Roseau with a view of getting a clear understanding as to what needs to be done to enhance the physical structure. We also recognize the need to improve on our drainage in Roseau and also our sidewalks”.Work on the section of road spanning from Newtown to Garraway hotel is expected to commence following the Easter holiday. That aspect of the project will be done at a cost of EC$420, 000. 00.Meantime Senator the Hon. Alvin Bernard who represents people of the Roseau central constituency in parliament views the Roseau Road rehabilitation project as providing relief to road users in the city.“The project has to address three basic problems. One is that of traffic congestion, two is that of the management of pedestrian traffic and three the question of adequate drainage”The Rose Street to Bath Road Bridge and the associated link road around the perimeter of the Windsor park stadium are two projects which have already been completed under government’s wider road rehabilitation project in the city of Roseau. Government is now in the process of seeking funds to undertake other phases of the Roseau road rehabilitation project.By: Tarnia GreenGovernment Information Service Sharelast_img read more

Ligue 1 set restart date with plans to end season in a month

first_img Read Also: Amazing world of Ronaldo’s women However, officials have still not made it clear whether or not those games will be played in front of crowds once again, or if fans will have to wait a while longer, with games being staged behind closed doors. The Coup de France match between Paris Saint-Germain and Lyon has been penciled in for 27 June, with the Coup de la Ligue final – once again featuring PSG and Saint Etienne set to played 11 July. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 UEFA have also proposed playing both Europa League and Champions leagues games in August, meaning the speedy remaining of the French season would allow for those to be wrapped up. Ligue 1 ground to a halt on 16 March and now a statement provided to L’Equipe on Monday, says the Ligue de Football Professionnel confirm they intend to restart games in June.Advertisement Ligue 1 bosses are planning for the restart of the French league with things getting back on track by June 17 and coming to a close a few weeks later on July 25. According to French media outlet L’Equipe, clubs may have to resort to playing fixtures every three days in order to squeeze in the amount of games need for the season to finish. Loading… Promoted Content10 Inventions That Make Us Question HumanityA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 8 Best Looking US First Ladies EverThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Best Car Manufacturers In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

National championship awards highlight Wilwood Engineering partnership with IMCA

first_imgCAMARILLO, Calif. ­­– Top drivers in national standings for five IMCA divisions earn product awards again in 2016 from Wilwood Engineering.The Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod national champions all re­ceive front brake rotors from the Camarillo, Calif., manufacturer.The IMCA Late Model national champion receives a set of front and rear wide hubs.Second through fifth place finishers in all five divisions get $100 product certificates. All awards will be given during the national IMCA banquet in November, or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.“As one of the leading sanctioning bodies in the United States, it’s easy to see why Wilwood part­ners with IMCA,” said Jim “Spike” Logue, race sales engineer at Wilwood. “The IMCA brand has enjoyed continued growth over the years and we look forward to supporting and educating drivers on the best braking solutions for their race car.”This is the sixth season for the Wilwood partnership.“We pride ourselves on partnering with industry leaders in their respective fields and no one special­izes in braking solutions better than Wilwood,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder stated. “We’re honored to have them as part of the IMCA support team and look forward to a great season.”Information about the complete line of Wilwood products is available by calling 805 388-1188, on Facebook and at the www.wilwood.com website.last_img read more

Franzen beats Schrader, rest of Modifieds at Maquoketa

first_imgKile Vohringer continued his hot start to 2019 with another Shawn’s Auto Service IMCA Hobby Stock 12-lap victory. MAQUOKETA, Iowa (June 1) – He watched the monkey jump off his back. We’ve finally been changing some stuff, dropping some bars we usually don’t do and it ended up working.” Jarrett Franzen actually pushed that chimp in dominating form, leading all 20 laps of the QCJeeps.com IMCA Modified feature Saturday evening at Maquoketa Speedway.  David Brandies moved by Jimmy Comins about halfway through the Gade Race Engines / REV Chassis IMCA Stock Car 15-lap feature and went on to win. Andy Nezworski started sixth but only took seven laps to move by Matt Ryan for the lead and cruised to his second straight Andover Meat IMCA Late Model win.  “Nice and smooth, nice little track. I really enjoyed it.,” said Schrader, who started 14th after winning a ‘B’ main and moved up nine slots by the end.  By Rob Hinckley  “I got lucky on the start,” Franzen said. “(Polesitter) Tyler Madigan pushed on the start and I started second row inside and it was pretty much a bottom race track.” Timmy Current started 11th and picked his way to the runner up spot, followed by Bryce Garnhart and Tyler Madigan.  The win ended a string of “almosts” in the Fryer Motorsports No. 60F.  Franzen and team celebrated on Stead Family Children’s Hospital Night and beat all the stars, including Ken Schrader, who wound up fifth. Soppe was involved in an opening lap crash, restarted on the tail and worked his way back to the point by lap 12 of the 15-lap finale. Tyler Soppe won for the fourth straight time in the B&D Pit Stop IMCA Northern SportMods, but this time in a little more dramatic fashion.  “Seems like we’ve led until lap 16 and the car burns off,” he said. “ Schrader was complimentary of his first visit to Maquoketa.  Action continues on the 3/8-mile dirt oval this Saturday June 8 highlighted by QCJeeps.com Night and the QCJeeps.com IMCA Modifieds racing for $1,000 to win a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event.last_img read more

Decatur County resident arrested for threatening law enforcement

first_imgGreensburg, In. — For the second time this year a Decatur County resident has been arrested for threatening law enforcement officers. Terry Cripe, 53, allegedly made threats to police that led to the search and arrest.Cripe is being held in the Decatur County Detention Center.Sheriff David Durant said, “This is what happens when you make threats to Law Enforcement.  We will respond swiftly to ensure the safety of the citizens of Decatur County. Simply put, this behavior won’t be tolerated. “A Sandusky man was arrested in March for similar charges.last_img

Decatur County Council looking to increase tax rates again

first_imgEditorial note: Deanna Burkart took the Council seat occupied by Kenny Owens in 2018.  This has been reflected in the original story.  Greensburg, IN—In October of 2017, the Decatur County Council voted in a special use income tax that was to be used for the purpose of funding construction and operating costs of a proposed Decatur County Jail alongside a public safety tax intended to help fund courthouse security and more.It seems that they might once again be looking at another income tax increase to help fund County Departments. Decatur County Council President Ernie Gauck and Council member Danny Peters attended last week’s Greensburg City Council meeting requesting the City to appropriate new funds that will be generated from a tax rate increase.  They stated while they didn’t need any additional funding to build the jail, they did not have the funds in their operations and have “no idea” what staffing the new jail will cost. The County Council is looking at adding an increase between . 2 and .4 % increase.   According to the Greensburg Daily News article in 2017, the council noted that the tax could be reduced and that additional monies garnered by the tax could be put toward paying off the bond sooner. Auditor Janet Chadwell said the tax revenue would decrease the burden the county was facing related to the coverage of insurance costs.“We are drowning in health insurance costs,” Chadwell said.   Now, according to Gauck and Peters, adding an extra prosecutor to the Prosecutor’s office, an additional secretary to the Court, and expected jail staff for the new jail will require an additional $1 million that they are over budget for 2020. During the October 2017 meeting, the council formally adopted a .5 percent special use income tax alongside a .25 percent public safety income tax and a certified shares tax of .27 percent. The three taxes raise Decatur County’s income tax rate from 1.33 percent to 2.35 percent in an effort to cover jail costs – including construction, fees, and operational needs – as well as to fund several public safety initiatives.  That makes the income tax rate for Decatur County the 10th highest rate of the 92 counties in the state. With the suggested increase in tax rates, it will place us 6th or 4th highest rates in the state, respectively.The Decatur County Council will meet today at 9 am in the Decatur County Court House room 106.  The voting members in 2017 were Ernie Gauck, Larry Meyer, John Westhafer, Bill Metz, Danny Peters, and Kenneth Owens. Deanna Burkhardt took the seat occupied by Kenneth Owens in 2018.last_img read more

Students can receive up to $10,000 in tax credits

first_imgCollege students could receive up to $10,000 in tax credits over the course of their education as part of an extension of the American Opportunity Tax Credit.Renee Cohn | Daily Trojan U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan unveiled the revised AOTC on Thursday to students and parents at Woodrow Wilson Senior High School in Washington, D.C.The goal of the AOTC is to make college financially attainable for all Americans and to alleviate the rising costs of a college education.Individuals making less than $80,000 a year and married couples making less than $160,000 a year will qualify for the AOTC, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Approximately 9.4 million students with college students are expected to qualify for the AOTC this year, according to a Treasury Department analysis.The AOTC, which was initially passed under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is an expansion of the Hope Credit.Unlike the Hope Credit, which only covered the first two years of a college student’s education, the AOTC covers four years of post-secondary education with a maximum tax credit of $2,500 per year. The AOTC also provides an allowance for textbooks.The AOTC is expected to cover 80 percent of tuition and fees at a two-year public college or 30 percent of tuition and fees at a four-year public college, according to a Treasury analysis.Thomas McWhorter, executive director of financial aid at USC, sees the AOTC as positive news for both current and prospective students and their families.“I certainly think that [the AOTC] will help families,” McWhorter said. “We can exclude an additional $2,500 from [a family’s] income when assessing them for financial aid.”The average family is expected to receive a tax credit of $1,900.Grace Paek, a freshman majoring in health and humanities, said she is excited about the AOTC, but worries that a $2,500 tax credit will not significantly benefit a family with a college student.“I’m glad [Obama] is looking at rising tuition costs, but I don’t know if $2,500 will do that much,” Paek said. “College tuition is rising so quickly.”Samantha Gurash, a freshman majoring in writing for screen and television, questions how the AOTC will be funded.“In theory I agree with the [AOTC],” Gurash said. “But I want to know where the money is coming from because there are so many other things that need to be paid off right now.”In a joint blog post, Geithner and Duncan discussed the correlation between a well-educated population and America’s global economic success.“The nations that best educate their children today will be the nations that lead the global economy in the 21st century,” they wrote. “In order to have the best-educated workforce, we must help put college education within reach for all students and their families.”The AOTC is expected to award $18.2 billion in tax credits to students and parents, according to Duncan and Geithner.Geithner and Duncan also announced the simplification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and an increase in Pell grant funding to lessen the financial burden of college tuition.last_img read more

Starting quarterback to remain a mystery until Penn State game

first_img“We don’t know what we’re getting,” Hunt said. For Hunt, the redshirt sophomore, and Allen, the graduate transfer from Oklahoma, it leaves them in a unique position. On Monday, ESPN reported that the Orange is one of four teams that is not expected to name a starting quarterback until the day of its first game. When Syracuse arrives at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 31 to face Penn State its quarterback will be a mystery to all outside the program. Scott Shafer doesn’t plan on revealing his starter until that day. “I wouldn’t care if it was Saturday morning or today because you work so hard and you prepare like you’re the starter no matter what position you are,” Hunt said. “If you’re second string, first string, you just prepare and when your time comes, you’re ready.” So why let Penn State know what Syracuse has to show? — That’s Shafer’s thinking. Shafer said on Monday that there is a bit of separation, but even when he and the coaching staff reach a verdict, he won’t make it public. He wouldn’t even say when he hopes to have that decision made. Allen and Hunt will likely know before that Saturday, but neither quarterback was concerned about when he’d find out. “Why give anybody an advantage?” Shafer said, pounding his fist on the podium. “To me I just wouldn’t understand it. It’s just me. If it gives them one more practice to play against something they think one kid can do compared to the other, why give them that advantage?” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Every practice makes a difference, so Shafer will hold tight to as much information as he can for as long as he can. “I approached every day as if I was a starter,” Allen said. “I prepared every day in the film room and I prepared every day on the practice field in order to be ready because there could’ve been an injury, a sudden change of plans. Somehow I needed to be ready.” PSU was not reported as one of the teams that will wait until opening day to make a decision, but it’s hosting a tight quarterback competition, too. Allen spent four years with the Oklahoma Sooners learning how to handle a situation like this. He was likely never going to pass Sam Bradford or Landry Jones for the starting job, but he was always there in case something happened. The quarterback competition, which is down to Drew Allen and Terrel Hunt, has run neck-and-neck through the entirety of training camp with both signal callers splitting reps with the first team almost completely evenly.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text While a potentially frustrating position for the quarterbacks, it is one that makes sense: There’s no need to give the Nittany Lions an extra advantage. “We don’t have to play until the 31st, so the final decision won’t truly be made until we step on that field,” the head coach said. Of course, at OU he was an injury away. At SU it’s a 50-50 competition. Published on August 19, 2013 at 9:26 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 “I don’t want to tell half-truths,” Shafer said. “So we’re going to do the best we can to put that position together for the 31st.”last_img read more

Young Scientists Program helps kids connect with the ISS

first_imgAundrea Marin, a fifth-grader at Vermont Avenue Elementary who was among the 10 selected to speak to Parmitano, asked him about his family. Marin said she was able to draw parallels between the astronaut’s answers and her own family. “It becomes a real thing for them — it turns it into something real,” Warren said. “And I think it sort of broadens their view of what they are able to do, you know, because you talked to space as a kid — that’s pretty cool.” “It is a pretty indescribable thing when the static fades away, and you actually get that clear reception, and the pass has really started,” Barakat said. “I think to see that age group and the way that they will be excited — that will be exciting for me.” In preparation for the call, each of the school’s approximately 270 third- through fifth-grade students wrote two questions for Italian astronaut and ISS commander Luca Parmitano, who has performed 45 similar educational contacts since 2013. A judging panel of YSP staff selected 20 of the student questions for the contact. Barakat said discussions with Vermont Elementary staff and preparation for the contact began in April. Barakat spent the summer preparing as well, amending YSP curriculum with a combination of “some quality space education, a little bit of ham radio and a little bit of ISS-specific information” and getting a ham radio license. The event’s execution is especially important given the timely nature of the contact — the ISS travels at an estimated 17,000 miles per hour and was only within range of the school for an estimated eight minutes, so the Q&A had to begin promptly.  Dieuwertje “DJ” Kast, STEM program manager at JEP, said the preparation leading up to the event was a significant undertaking. Before the contact, YSP staff coordinated the submission and selection of the questions and held a dress rehearsal of the event the Friday before to ensure that the timing of the questions was feasible.  “[Parmitano] ended up kind of relating to what I’m about in my family because he brought up his two daughters and his wife,” Marin said. “My dad, he has my little sister plus my mom, so knowing that if my dad was up there — and [Parmitano] said that he misses them so much, and if my dad was up there, I would miss him a lot too.” Barakat said she believed the contact would help the Vermont Elementary students put a human face to what they’ve been learning about space exploration. ARISS educational ambassador Darrell Warren said the value of the contact lies in its interactivity, a component of education that he said is often talked about but needs to be implemented more widely.center_img YSP’s first application for a contact, submitted in 2017, was turned down. However, with help from local radio experts who had the proper equipment for the contact and were familiar with the application process, the program’s second attempt was approved. Vermont Elementary is the first elementary school in L.A. to participate in a contact with the ISS via ARISS. The idea to apply for the contact came from the Young Scientists Program, an offshoot of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences’ Joint Educational Project, a service-learning initiative that partners USC students with local community organizations. YSP comprises 24 teaching assistants, undergraduate USC students with STEM majors who assist with science lessons and activities at seven schools in the USC Family of Schools.  “We really talked a lot about the things that we already do at YSP, the fact that we’re targeting underrepresented groups in the Los Angeles Unified School District and trying to encourage them to pursue STEM education, realizing that science is not a scary thing,” Barakat said. “[Science is] not, you know, difficult; it’s not just for some people — it can be for everyone.” “For me, it still baffles me that we’re able to connect to someone that’s in outer space, moving on the International Space Station, which actually will go above us eight times a day,” Kast said. “We can contact them for literally less than 10 minutes … The logistics of all that, just — it’s mind-blowing.” While most elementary school students in Los Angeles were lining up single file in preparation for recess or lunch Monday afternoon, students at Vermont Avenue Elementary School were assembling for a different reason: They were about to converse with an astronaut at the International Space Station as part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Program. Facilitating the contact was no simple feat, said Rita Barakat, the assistant director of YSP. The application process takes nearly a year and resembles a grant application. It asks why the school is deserving of the collaboration and how the contact would benefit the community. Young Scientists Program, part of the Joint Educational Project, helped facilitate contact between students at Vermont Avenue Elementary School and International Space Station commander Luca Parmitano Monday. (Ben Butcher | Daily Trojan) ARISS, an international organization devoted to arranging these contacts between schools around the world and astronauts aboard the ISS, has set up hundreds of educational contacts to date with schools on six continents. Most of ARISS’s members, including those who helped with Vermont Elementary’s contact, are knowledgeable volunteers with an interest in space, radio and science education.last_img read more