NGOs, volunteers take part in health education initiatives for COVID-19

first_imgSeveral nongovernment organizations have launched initiatives to encourage people to protect themselves and their communities from COVID-19 in Jakarta, the country’s first epicenter of the pandemic and which is still confronting an increasing number of new cases.The outbreak in Jakarta, with confirmed cases totaling 26,162 by Monday, persists but the number of people exercising self-restraint seems to be in decline, according to the Jakarta Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) after recording an increasing number of violations of health protocols in public.Experts have attributed the lack of awareness and discipline in following health protocols among the public to a poor communication strategy by the relevant authorities. Read also: Jakarta collects Rp 1 billion in fines as it reopens the economyThe overabundance of fast-moving COVID-19 information, some accurate and some not, overwhelmed the rather independent local task force, prompting it to seek help from professionals. It was only until recently that Halimah got a chance to contact a person from international humanitarian NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).MSF Indonesia eventually stepped in by holding 10 meetings in June and July to help the locals learn basic information about the outbreak — each session lasted two hours and involved a small group of 10 participants to ensure strict social distancing.Halimah said many of her neighbors now had a better understanding of the disease thanks to the interactive learning method the MSF offered.“They [the participants] are now sharing what they have learned with others. People may be bored with staying at home for too long. But from what I have seen so far, people in RW 05 always wear masks each time they go outside,” she said.Read also: Highest daily spike sees Jakarta logging 658 new COVID-19 casesMSF Indonesia deputy medical coordinator and an instructor of the RW 05 program, Dirna Mayasari, said that before and after the sessions, participants filled in questionnaires aimed at discerning how they perceived the disease. The questionnaires included simple questions such as their thoughts when first hearing about COVID-19 and whether they feared catching the disease.“At first glance, that [questionnaire] might just be an ordinary thing. But we believe it helps people change their behavior toward the disease,” Dirna said. “For instance, Puskesmas [community health center] officials said more people showed up for the rapid test. Rapid testing was once quite an issue because residents worried that they might test ‘reactive’ [indicating virus exposure].”“Now we are thinking about what needs to be addressed next,” she added.Another international humanitarian organization Islamic Relief has also taken part in an independent health education program for people living in three subdistricts, namely Karet Kuningan and Kalibata in South Jakarta, as well as Dukuh in East Jakarta.The organization conducted a door-to-door session, in collaboration with Jakarta-based nature lovers community TRAMP and local volunteers as facilitators.Read also: Stigma, precarity deter Indonesians from getting tested for COVID-19The program indicated that even after five months, many people still had different levels of understanding about the disease, said Deddy Darmawan, a hygiene promotion specialist at Islamic Relief Indonesia, who is also a member of the Jakarta branch of Indonesian Public Health Specialist (IAKMI Jakarta).Even though some people were aware of the disease, others were still reluctant to receive information from the facilitators. “Hence, we try to educate them by showing examples related to their daily lives,” he told The Jakarta Post.The house visit program ended on July 20 but the team is mulling over an evaluation to assess “how far this intervention has benefited people”.“Behavioral changes need time […] but at least the evaluation will ask whether they still remember and practice the message conveyed,” he said.A local volunteer in the program, Tince Sudartini, 62, told the Post that she observed that some neighbors were more aware of the disease after her visit.Tince, as someone from an age group vulnerable to the disease, said she hoped people would never underestimate the disease and that everyone would implement health protocols.Topics : A recent survey by the Lapor COVID-19 community movement and Nanyang Technological University’s Social Resilience Lab revealed a lack of concern by Jakartans about COVID-19 risks. The survey polled 154,471 people from all walks of life in Jakarta.Community unit (RW) 05 in Kalibata, South Jakarta, was declared a COVID-19 “red zone”, or high-risk area, not long after it recorded the first two confirmed cases in May. Residents were quick to impose what they described as a local quarantine by limiting access to the area.Despite these attempts, they actually had no idea about the dos and don’ts at the time, a representative said.“Two cases were reported just after the community’s COVID-19 task force was established. We [the task force] were confused about what to do, let alone the residents,” Halimah, a member of the RW 05 task force, said in a virtual public discussion on Thursday. “People kept asking but we could only tell them to stay at home as per the government’s instruction.”last_img read more

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Lady Trojans Capture EIAC Girls Track Championship-Lady Pirates Place 2nd

first_imgThe Greensburg Girls Track and Field Team placed 2nd behind the East Central Trojans at the 2017 IHSAA Sectional meet hosted by Franklin County High School Tuesday night. The Lady Pirates had outstanding performances capturing 5 Individual Championships and qualifying 6 individuals for Regionals in 9 events.2017 Girls Track Sectionals @ Franklin CountyIndividual Sectional ChampionsErin Browning – DiscusLily Grimes – ShotArie Hampton – High JumpCami Jones – 1600Cathy Newhart 3200Runner Up ChampionsErin Browning – ShotAshlynn Meyer – 100H3rd PlaceAshlynn Meyer – 300HLily Grimes – Discus4th PlaceEllie Kramer – Pole Vault3200 Relay – Cathy Newhart, Morgan Winkler, Julia Ankney, Cami Jones5th PlaceRylie Smith – 100H & Long Jump ​​Koregan Kidd – Pole Vault400 Relay – Rylie Smith, Mary West, Jaylin Hampton, Montana Whitaker1600 Relay – Cami Jones, Morgan Winkler, Ashlynn Meyer, Julia Ankney6th PlaceMary West – 100Rylie Smith – 300H7th PlaceCami Jones – 800Mary West – 2008th Place Charlotte Anderson – 3200Other highlights of the evening included Rylie Smith long jumping a 15’4 PR and Montana Whitaker clearing 4’6 in High Jump for the 1st time!Browning, Grimes, Hampton, Jones, Newhart, and Meyer will all be competing in the Regional meet hosted by Franklin Community next Tuesday.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Katina Tekulve.last_img read more

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Swansea close in on Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi

first_img “I think he is a modern player, he can play well in the Premier League because he is strong and links well.” Paloschi’s impending arrival in south Wales puts question marks against the Swansea future of Bafetimbi Gomis, who has struggled for game-time in the last two months. Gomis has been linked with a January move to Newcastle, but Guidolin said the France forward still had a role to play at Swansea. “There are a few days of the window left and Gomis is our player at the moment,” Guidolin said. “I think he is a player who is important for us and right now he is my player.” Guidolin also insisted that Andre Ayew would not be leaving the Liberty Stadium despite speculation linking him with a cash-plus-player move to Sunderland. It is understood Sunderland offered £10million plus Fabio Borini, the former Swansea striker, for the Ghana international who joined the Welsh club on a free transfer from Marseille last summer. Ayew is Swansea’s top scorer this season with eight goals and netted the winner in Guidolin’s first game in charge, the 2-1 victory at Everton last Sunday. “Yes, he will be a Swansea player,” Guidolin said. “He is important for us, he is a good player. “He is too important for our team (to leave).” Press Association Swansea are on the verge of signing Chievo striker Alberto Paloschi for around £8million. The transfer fee has been finalised between the two clubs and Paloschi has agreed personal terms with Swansea. Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin says Paloschi, a former Italy Under-21 international, will complete the move when he passes a medical. “He is coming and I hope he will score many goals,” Guidolin said. “He was my player when we worked together at Parma and he will be important for us.” Paloschi won 29 caps at U21 level and started his career at AC Milan before moving onto Parma. The 26-year-old had a loan spell at Genoa before joining Chievo in 2011, where he has since scored 42 goals in 144 Serie A appearances. Swansea had made the signing of a striker their top priority in the January transfer window, with only bottom club Aston Villa having scored fewer goals in the Barclays Premier League. “He is a good player and a good guy and he will help the team get better results,” Guidolin said. “I asked Huw (Jenkins, Swansea chairman) to sign him for me. “He said it was a possibility and I like him as a player. last_img read more

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Shafer withholds Rawls’ absence from players as Syracuse shuts down Central Michigan running game

first_img Published on September 13, 2014 at 6:30 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesse MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. — At the top of the paper stack in front of every spot in the Kelly/Shorts Stadium was a game-changing announcement.Thomas Rawls, Central Michigan’s starting running back and bonafide offensive leader, didn’t play due to an issue that CMU was made aware of on Friday. Scott Shafer heard the news but didn’t rush to tell his team. He actually never told them at all.“When I heard he wasn’t going to play, I didn’t want to say anything to the kids because they were really juiced up to try and slow him down,” Shafer said. “Unfortunately we didn’t get an opportunity to play against him.”Shafer’s psychological ploy — whether it was one or not — worked to a tee. In a 40-3 win on Saturday, the Orange (2-0) held the Chippewas (2-1) to 34 rushing yards on 23 attempts. Without Rawls, Syracuse frequently blitzed CMU quarterback Cooper Rush and only one player, Saylor Lavalli, rushed for 15 yards. Central Michigan’s longest rush of the game went for 11.“I still didn’t know it until game time until I saw No. 6 at the start of the game,” starting nose tackle Eric Crume said. “I didn’t really concern myself with that they were doing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth Shafer and Crume said that they would have liked to have faced Rawls, who came into the weekend with the most carries of any Football Bowl Subdivision running back thus far this season.He also had taken 58 of the Chippewas’ 76 carries before the game, which showed in CMU’s failed by-committee approach.“I don’t think it changed anything,” Crume said. “We were prepared for anybody who was going to be in the backfield, as usual. So I think we just worried about us and not worried so much of the other team.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Dunkelberger to ‘most likely’ commit to Syracuse on Dec. 5 visit

first_imgJunior college tight end Trey Dunkelberger said he’ll “most likely” commit on his Dec. 5 visit to Syracuse in a text message to The Daily Orange on Friday night. Scout.com rates the Pierce (California) College product as a two-star prospect, and he’s listed at 6 feet, 4 inches and 240 pounds.Dunkelberger has received an offer from the Orange and according to his Facebook, his top three schools are Syracuse, Clemson and Purdue. According to Scout, the tight end has received offers from SU, Akron, Cincinnati and South Florida.Former SU head coach Doug Marrone brought in nine junior college recruits during the Class of 2013, but current head coach Scott Shafer has only brought on one in his two years, a reclassifying Wayne Williams. Dunkelberger would be the first JUCO commit in this year’s class and the 23rd overall in the group.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on November 21, 2014 at 7:43 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Syracuse basketball roundtable: How SU can make the NCAA Tournament, the Orange’s x-factor and more

first_imgWhat do you think Syracuse has to do in the ACC tournament to make the NCAA Tournament?Sam Blum: I would say that Wednesday against Pittsburgh is a “must-win” if only because SU doesn’t want to be sweating too much on Selection Sunday. But in reality, a loss to the Panthers might not end the Orange’s NCAA Tournament hopes. It could. Or it might put Syracuse in Dayton’s First Four game. Or SU might be a 10 seed. It’s impossible to tell. If Syracuse can beat Pittsburgh on Wednesday, it’s NCAA Tournament prospects rise significantly.Jesse Dougherty: Simply beat Pittsburgh. I can’t imagine the selection committee is going to hold SU accountable if it loses to North Carolina in the second round, but if the Orange loses to the Panthers that could be all she wrote. With that said, there is prevailing logic that the committee wants teams they think can compete in the tournament, so I think a secondary part of this is that Syracuse needs to play the Tar Heels close if they do beat Pittsburgh. A narrow win over Pitt and then a blowout loss to UNC could be almost as bad as losing a tight one to the Panthers.Matt Schneidman: Syracuse has to beat Pittsburgh to avoid Jim Boeheim sweating through five shirts before Selection Sunday. I don’t think a loss completely eliminates the Orange from Tournament contention, but it would certainly put SU in murky waters with a fifth loss in its last six games. In a “what have you done for me lately” kind of world, snapping a two-game losing streak against the Panthers would do wonders and, in my opinion lock up a bid in the 68-team field even if Syracuse does get blown out by North Carolina in the next round.Who is the player that needs to step up for Syracuse to beat Pittsburgh in the first round of the ACC tournament?AdvertisementThis is placeholder textS.B.: SU’s struggles of late have coincided with Trevor Cooney’s inability to be a consistent scorer. He needs to find some way to fend off his always-present late-season struggles and make some big shots. He’s too much of a liability if he’s going to be missing the vast majority of the shots he’s taking. He really struggles to take the ball to the rim and his best strength is making catch-and-shoot 3s with a quick release. It’s a useful skill, and one the Orange needs to have at full strength against the Panthers.J.D.: It has to be Trevor Cooney. The fifth-year senior has made just five of his last 30 attempts from beyond the arc, and the Orange offense needs someone to inject some life into it after a handful of listless performances at the end of the season. It’s no secret how much better the Syracuse offense is when Cooney is at least making some of his shots, and it also opens up a lot of opportunities for his teammates to work inside and create off the dribble.M.S.: Tyler Roberson. Plain and simple. He needs to have an inhuman rebounding effort since the last two games against Pitt have resulted in Syracuse being outrebounded by a total of 38. Sure, seven or eight boards from Tyler Lydon wouldn’t hurt, but the Orange can ill afford to get bullied on the glass again. Michael Young and Jamel Artis can easily blow this game open with second- and third-chance opportunities, but Roberson could stifle those if he plugs that outlet all the way in and doesn’t let it loosen.Can Syracuse beat Pittsburgh while being dominated on the glass?S.B.: Yes, but there’s contingencies. Syracuse will need to shoot pretty well and play otherwise good defense, especially on the Panthers’ second-chance opportunities. The Orange has showed that rebounding isn’t the most important part of its blueprint to victory. But when SU rebounded well, it’s played well too. So while it’s not the most important thing, it shows a correlation to success.J.D.: When you play a team that rebounds as well as Pitt does, the margin for error really shrinks on the court. It means you have to defend the perimeter better, shoot better and, particularly in the Orange’s case, push the pace. If Syracuse can get out on the break and pick up some easy buckets that way, the Panthers won’t be able to have as many players crash the offensive glass. It’s one thing to have centers and power forwards for the SU frontcourt to box out, but it’s unreasonable for this year’s zone to have to also account for athletic players from the wing. Playing in transition will alleviate the rebounding pressure from those forwards and bigger guards, and that will be key for the Orange.M.S.: I really don’t see Syracuse beating Pittsburgh if the Orange gets dominated on the glass. Cooney and Richardson haven’t been consistent enough to shoot SU ahead in a game where it’s dominated inside the arc, and Pittsburgh’s mid-range game and prowess on the glass does just that. If Roberson and Lydon can’t neutralize a frontcourt they’ve been ravaged by, Syracuse could be looking at a trip to the NIT. Comments Published on March 7, 2016 at 12:38 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer: Badgers look to end road woes in matchup against Maryland

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2-4-1, 0-1-0 Big Ten) looks to put an end to their road woes as they face the University of Maryland (2-2-2, 1-0-0 Big Ten) Friday.The two sides had different fortunes as Big Ten play opened over the weekend. Maryland managed to secure a 2–1 victory against Northwestern, while the Badgers suffered a tough defeat at the hands of No. 2 Indiana on Sunday.Wisconsin may have fallen 3–1 to the Hoosiers but they were able to take some positives away from their performance against the highly rated opponent.Despite a slow start in which the Badgers conceded a goal in four minutes and a soft goal that they leaked late in the game, they were very much in the contest. In the second half, they showed they were pushing their way back into the match.Men’s soccer: Badgers compete but come up short versus No. 2 HoosiersThe University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team (2–4–1, 0–1–0 Big Ten) fell in a tight 3–1 contest versus No. 2 Read…In Friday’s game, Badgers will have to look out for Maryland freshman midfielder William James Herve who scored both the equalizer in regular time and the winner in overtime in the Terps’ match against Northwestern. The two goals were the first of the French native’s young collegiate career.But the Badgers aren’t without strong players of their own. Sophomore Patrick Yim turned in an excellent defensive performance as well as scoring the first and only goal defeat to Indiana Sunday.Looking back to previous match’s between the Badgers and the Terps won’t provide much comfort, though. Dating back to their first encounter in 1997, Wisconsin has lost all but one of their seven games. But recent history is on their side. Their lone victory over Maryland was in their most recent contest: a 2-1 win last season.Women’s soccer: Dani Rhodes is Big Ten Player of the Week after impressive weekendThe No. 17 University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team (7–1–1, 1–0–1 Big Ten) tied Northwestern(6–1–2, 0–1–1 Big Ten) 1–1 Friday Read…Badger fans will be able to tune in to the game Friday on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m.last_img read more

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Tempers flare at Trojan football practice

first_imgRedshirt sophomore Trevon Sidney lunges to nab a ball during Wednesday’s practice. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)With only nine days left until the first kick off of the season, spirits were high on Howard Johnson Field Wednesday night.The trio of quarterbacks battling for the starting position saw their highest tally of touches so far in practice, but the evening was dominated by a series of scuffles that distracted from a solid performance for the offense.Redshirt junior safety Ykili Ross and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Vaughns stopped practice early on with a heated shouting match, with Ross finally storming off the field and taking a lap to cool off. He did not return to practice after the confrontation, but spoke to head coach Clay Helton and remained on the sidelines to watch practice. Helton said that Ross “just got upset” and that the issue will not be a problem for either player moving forward.Tensions continued to flare as freshman offensive tackle Liam Douglass and redshirt freshman outside linebacker Hunter Echols threw punches at each other during one-on-one drills, and second-year stars junior wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. and sophomore safety Bubba Bolden later went head-to-head, tackling each other to the ground before the fight was broken up. Despite the increased chippiness, the mood at practice didn’t seem to faze the coaching staff at all.“It was awesome,” Helton said. “Didn’t it make practice more fun?”Young players continue to stand outRedshirt sophomore wide receiver Trevon Sidney stood out throughout practice, snagging two one-handed grabs and snatching a lengthy catch in the end zone. After several seasons of struggling to get snaps, Sidney’s flashy play in practice seems to signal his readiness to become a solid contributor to the offense.On the opposite side of the ball, freshman cornerback Olaijah Griffin stood out as well, making an interception off redshirt sophomore quarterback Matt Fink and later almost grabbing a second before tumbling out of bounds. In the absence of Jack Jones, Griffin’s performance continues to be a sign of encouragement for the secondary.As part of the opening activities, Helton invited students from across campus to watch the team on Wednesday, and gathered them on the field after practice concluded to talk about the upcoming season.Injury reportRedshirt sophomore offensive lineman Bernard Schirmer was forced to leave practice after suffering what appeared to be a shoulder injury. He left early on to receive examination from trainers, and will undergo an MRI to confirm that there isn’t an injury. Schirmer transferred from junior college amid controversy in March after making headlines for knocking out a referee in a game.Senior running back Aca’Cedric Ware was not in attendance at practice as a precaution due to soreness in his knee. Freshman running back Markese Stepp returned for limited reps while still recovering from a concussion, and senior offensive tackle Chuma Edoga returned to full activity.last_img read more

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NCAA encourages no athletic activities on Election Day

first_img Comments The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.The idea of postponing athletic activities on Election Day started with Georgia Tech’s Eric Reveno. A men’s basketball assistant coach, Reveno sent a series of tweets June 2 calling for Nov. 3 to be an NCAA mandatory day off. The move would allow athletes to register to vote and help them become engaged citizens, he said.Georgia Tech announced two days later that nine of its teams would implement Reveno’s idea, which was quickly gaining traction. Men’s basketball teams from Oregon and Gonzaga showed support for the day off while calling on other schools to take action. And on Friday, the NCAA announced in a statement that it encourages Election Day as a day off “so athletes can vote and participate in their ultimate responsibility as citizens.”“The recent demonstrations following the tragic killing of George Floyd showed the world the power of protest and student-athletes across the country were at the center of that movement,” the NCAA stated. “We encourage students to continue to make their voices heard on these important issues, engage in community activism and exercise their Constitutional rights.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 12, 2020 at 5:10 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrew The mandatory day off is one of several movements adopted by athletic departments and collegiate teams across the country in response to George Floyd’s alleged murder by Minneapolis police. At Missouri, members of the football team organized a walk from campus to the Boone County Courthouse with other athletic department members. They knelt at the courthouse for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the length of time former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck. At Clemson, football players are organizing a protest through campus on Saturday against systemic racism and police brutality.At Syracuse, head coaches and teams have released statements and held Zoom calls while some athletes, including Bourama Sidibe and Elijah Hughes, participated in protests.“Being on a football team is a privilege, being able to speak your mind in the United States of America is a constitutional right given by our forefathers,” football head coach Dino Babers said on Thursday’s Zoom conference. “I don’t think you can take that away from anybody.”When Syracuse’s Director of Athletics John Wildhack was asked whether Syracuse would cancel Election Day practices during his Thursday press conference, he said it was being considered. Babers said they’d have to get “someone on the team to really twist my arm if we’re not going to practice on a Tuesday.”Both acknowledged that athletes would have the opportunity to vote. Other events such as voter registration drives might be another way for the athletic department to get involved, Wildhack said.last_img read more

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Super Eagles’ Contributions Converted to Figures and Alphabets in a New…

first_imgWhen the Super Eagles played against Spain in the last Group B match of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Fortaleza, Brazil, it meant that all letters of the English alphabet have been applied in all matches that the Nigerian national team ever played.That is another revelation that has been thrown up in the new book that marks the 70th anniversary of the composition of the Nigerian national book.Written by Kunle Solaja, the only journalist in Africa who has covered eight consecutive editions of FIFA World Cup, the book offers more than any other literature on Nigeria’s lead sports brand can present. The facts, the figures are well laid out for easy comprehension by the author who is well known for having eyes for details.The book, which will be available for public consumption later this month details every qualifying and final matches Nigeria ever played in both the Africa Cup of Nations and the World Cup.It revealed how Nigeria became the first African team to tour the United Kingdom as well as being the first English speaking African team at the World Cup.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Super Eagles last_img read more

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