KPU prepares health protocols as government insists on holding year-end regional polls

first_imgThe KPU is also adjusting some election procedures, including limiting the number of election campaign participants permitted to be present in indoor facilities to 20 people. It will also prohibit candidates from hosting campaign events that could attract massive crowds, such as music concerts, sporting events, bazaars and blood drives.The commission will still allow candidates to install and distribute campaign props, but it is also advising them to look to social media to campaign.The number of registered voters per polling station will be reduced from 800 voters to 500 to comply with physical distancing measures. Voters will be obliged to wear face masks and disposable gloves when voting, while polling stations should provide hand sanitizer, disinfectant and body temperature scanners on site.Any voters with body temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius will be banned from entering polling stations. Election officials will escort them to vote in specific polling stations.Registered voters found to be positive for COVID-19, patients under surveillance (PDP) and people under surveillance (ODP) will be allowed to cast their vote after 12 p.m., an hour before voting closes, at designated polling stations at nearby hospitals.These special polling stations will be managed by three polling station administrators (KPPS), consisting of regional KPU officers and hospital management representatives, who must wear personal protective equipment (PPE), transparent face shields and gloves.“But the long list of the new protocols requires additional budget funds,” Dewa added.The KPU previously estimated that the additional safeguards would add about Rp 536 billion (US$35.72 million) to the current regional election budget of around Rp 10 trillion, but the source of the extra budget remains unclear.Read also: Year-end regional polls risk low turnout due to virus fearsFadli Ramadanil of election watchdog the Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) warned of possible delays in PPE procurement for the elections due to uncertainty over the financing of health protocols’ extra budget. He said the lack of budget would eventually affect the overall preparation stages and might put the balloting behind schedule, recommending the KPU to postpone the elections until next year.Activist Jerry Sumampouw from the Indonesian Voters Committee (TEPI) urged the commission to seek help from the COVID-19 task force to procure PPE.The Home Ministry’s acting director general for political affairs and general administration, Bahtiar, said that the government was exploring whether the state budget allocated for the COVID-19 task force could be used for procuring PPE and other health equipment during the elections.The government has allocated Rp 3.14 trillion for the task force to procure protective gear and pay for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in hospitals across the country.”The KPU should only focus on preparing for the elections as another agency has taken the responsibility of providing health equipment,” Bahtiar said.Topics : The General Elections Commission (KPU) is preparing health protocols to prevent COVID-19 transmission during the 2020 simultaneous regional elections, which the government has insisted on holding in December despite the health risks.The protocols, which will be laid out in a set of new KPU regulations, will be mandatory for KPU officers, candidates and voters during all stages of the elections, from the preparations starting from June 15 to the final vote count a week after voting day.“We have coordinated with the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 national task force to prepare for health protocols,” KPU commissioner I Dewa Kade Wiarsa Raka Sandi said in a virtual public discussion on Saturday. The move follows a decision by the government and the House of Representatives on May 27 to hold the regional elections on Dec. 9 to elect 270 regional leaders, comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors. The elections were pushed back for around three months from their initial schedule of Sept. 23 after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued in May a regulation in lieu of law that mandated election organizers, the House and the government to decide on a new date for the ballot.Critics have urged policymakers to push back the elections to 2021 over fears the COVID-19 outbreak could continue late into the year – and even beyond it – and put voters and election organizers at risk of contracting the disease. They also expressed concern about low voter turnout should the outbreak in the country show no signs of abating, thus discouraging people from showing up at polling stations.Read also: COVID-19: House, watchdog call for delay of regional electionsDewa said, however, that health protocols and their strict implementation would be sufficient to protect voters and KPU officers from infection.last_img read more

Mohamed’s Enterprise on board with GMR&SC Reaction

first_imgMOHAMED’S Enterprise has joined the list of sponsors for the upcoming Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club (GMR&SC) March 19 ‘Reaction’ Drag Meet at the South Dakota Circuit.On hand to receive the donation, GMR&SC official Desrie Lee, thanked the company for the kindly gesture ahead of the highly anticipated event, since it will go a long way in helping to provide fans with the best possible atmosphere on race-day.GMR&SC president Ramez Mohamed has stated that they are expecting a big tournament since the drivers are fascinated with the new system in place and are eager to race.Up to $50 000 will be at stake for the fastest bus with free runs beginning from 09:00hrs followed by qualifying at 10:00hrs and the knock-out rounds from 11:00hrs.last_img

Maropeng unveils Little Foot cast

first_img11 December 2006A cast of the world’s most complete pre-human fossil, one of the most significant fossil finds ever made, can now be seen by the public.An in situ cast of Little Foot, which rests in dolomite and chert stones in the Silberberg Grotto at Sterkfontein Caves, has been unveiled at the Maropeng visitor interpretation centre at South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind world heritage site.Dubbed Little Foot because its body parts are smaller than other adult finds, the fossil is the most complete pre-human (Australopithecine) fossil unearthed to date, and probably the oldest in southern Africa.More than 10 years since the excavation of Little Foot began, the cast allows visitors to Maropeng to see what Little Foot looks at the site of the excavation at the Sterkfontein Caves.Little Foot will lie unlifted at Sterkfontein until around the middle of 2007. When completely excavated, it is expected to reveal crucial information on how the Australopithecines looked, moved and lived.National treasureSpeaking at the unveiling of the cast last week, Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa described Little Foot as “one of South Africa’s most highly prized palaeoanthropological discoveries.“Although we know that Little Foot walked upright and was closely related to the world-famous Mrs Ples, it is an even more ancient and more complete Australopithecine fossil find,” Shilowa said.“The excavation has yielded the most complete Australopithecine skull as well as the most complete set of foot and leg bones. Furthermore, the skeleton is extremely well preserved, with most of the bones intact and joined in their natural position.“All of these qualities make it one of the most significant hominid discoveries on the planet, and one that every South African should be proud of.”Old boxes of bonesLittle Foot was discovered after Professor Ron Clarke of the University of the Witwatersrand, looking through boxes of animal fossils in 1994, recognized bones belonging to a hominid foot.Over time he accumulated many of the bones from this hominid’s left and right feet, and – thinking it unlikely that two feet of the same specimen should have fallen into the cave, unless they had still been attached to a whole body – reasoned that the rest of the skeleton must still be encased in the Sterkfontein Caves.In 1997 Clarke made a cast of the broken tibia bone which he thought should match the point in the cave from which the foot-bones had been removed, and sent his two assistants, Nkwane Molefe and Steven Motsumi, into the Silberberg Grotto.Within two days Molefe and Motsumi found a fragment which astonishingly matched the tibia shaft, and so the complete skeleton of Little Foot was discovered.Also speaking at the Little Foot cast unveiling, Wits University vice-chancellor Loyiso Nongxa said that Little Foot’s excavation from its 3-million-year-old encasing “gives us a unique opportunity to uncover information about the appearance, locomotion and lifestyle of the Australopithecines and to unlock important secrets about human evolution.”Cradle of HumankindSterkfontein Cave is the most famous of 13 excavated fossil sites in the broader 47 000-hectare Cradle of Humankind site situated some 50 kilometres north-west of Johannesburg.Three million years of human activity have taken place in and around the Cradle, including man’s earliest-known mastery of fire.Forty percent of all human ancestor fossil finds have been made here, including several of the world’s most famous and important fossils – among them Mrs Ples (now believed to be Master Ples), dating back 2.5-million years, and Little Foot.A further 500 hominid fossils and over 9 000 stone tools have been excavated in the area, and excavations will probably continue for another 100 reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

#Geocaching Instagram: 30k

first_img“A camera is a ‘save button’ for one’s mind.” Rogu Kingston. SharePrint RelatedDiscover our channels and join the communityMay 8, 2018In “News”A Geocaching Life in Pictures – Farogdatter – Celebrating 15 Years of Geocaching in 15 PicturesMay 28, 2015In “Community”37 Ways to Spice Up Your GeocachingJuly 22, 2014In “Community” You too can join in the Insta-fun and share your #geocaching endeavors with the world! Oh, and follow us too with your Friends:More 8-13-13 Found it! #TFTC #geocaching #31in318-21-2013 Sometimes #geocaching takes you to forgotten places and shadows of the past. #31in31 #ilovegeocaching11-27-13 Even in this concrete jungle we continue to be inspired while #geocaching. What’s your favorite #UrbanCache?10-23-2013 Fog and rain can’t deter us from #geocaching! What’s the most extreme weather you’ve gone #geocaching in?5-14-2014 #geocaching takes us to some of the most incredible places. GC3C2JW is located in Lisboa, Portugal – and what a beautiful stop along the way! What’s the coolest thing you’ve discovered while #geocaching?4-29-2014 View from GC1CWV4 in Iceland. This #EarthCache is of a glacial river lagoon – and incredible wonder of nature. What amazing natural spectacles has #geocaching shown you?7-24-14 GC13N11: An epic #geocaching hike to Lake Serene in the foothills of the Cascades. How long have you hiked for a geocache?10-7-14 Geocachers, who’s up for an extraordinary #hike? The coordinates for EarthCache GCZ5YD in Utah will lead you to the start of the Zion Narrows trail. The rest is up to you.11-11-14 Here lies an official geocache… do not disturb :-).1-6-15 On top of the world! Geocacher “jcnbee” soaks it all in at GCGGHB in Rogaland, Norway. #geocaching #adventure #explore1-13-15 GC3Q9VP: Tomb Raider! Snag this geocache at sunrise to avoid muggles at the world famous Angkor Wat in Cambodia. #geocaching #adventure #travel1-17-15 How many compartments can one geocache have? #geocaching #explore #makers2-04-15 Camo’d Ammo. #geocaching #getlost #adventure1-31-15 GC1D7NJ: Would you cross this bridge for a geocache?3-4-15 GC2TJKV is a must see if you are visiting the lovely city of #Amsterdam. What looks like an ordinary latched door, is actually a geocache. #geocaching #urban #travel Geocaching is more than a hunt. Geocaching is that “first to find” smile… the secret beach you stumble upon… the mountain you never thought you’d climb… the unexpected sighting of a rare bird… a forgotten piece of history… a new friend you pick up along the way. All of these geocaching “moments” can be captured through a camera lens (and beautifully, with a nice filter).Everyday, geocachers on Instagram share their visual geocaching experiences with the world through the hashtag #geocaching. The official geocaching Instagram is our way of joining that conversation, sharing beautiful and inspiring geocaching images. Launching only 2.5 years ago, we’re thrilled to announce that the Geocaching Instagram has reached 30,000 friends and is still growing! Our eyeballs have never been happier.Here are some of the most stand-out Instagram images from the last couple years.last_img read more

Your Smartphone Is Covered In Poop

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#smartphone fruzsina eordogh The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Huge news from the Wall Street Journal: Your smartphone is downright disgusting.Is this really surprising though, considering all the hand-holding and face touching your phone does and all the places it goes- from the gym, the loo, the floor, to your restaurant table – all without ever being properly cleaned?  As one of the greatest germ carriers of the 21st century, your smartphone can give you, and the people you know, all sorts of nasty illnesses, like the flu, diarrhea, and even pinkeye.See all those greasy smears on your screen? That’s where the germs live.“People are just as likely to get sick from their phones as from handles of the bathroom,” Jeffrey Cain, the president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and chief of family medicine at Children’s Hospital Colorado told the Journal.This revelation of phone filthiness is not new, but the problem seems to have gotten worse. A 2011 study of 390 phones in Britain revealed one in six phones had fecal matter on them.But a recent study done by HML Labs of Muncie, Ind., found every single one of the phones they tested randomly in a Chicago office “showed abnormally high numbers of coliforms, a bacteria indicating fecal contamination.” Dr. Donald Hendrickson, the president of HML Labs, put it mildly when he called these results “pretty bad.” (Ed. note: Does this say more about Chicagoans than about smartphones? Sorry.)Anyway, yuck. As our own Jon Mitchell suggested in May, make sure to have a designated wiping and browsing hand while smartphoning on the toilet, and NEVER EVER EVER interchange the two. Also, always wash your hands before exiting the bathroom. Cleaning your smartphone isn’t as easy as washing your hands, however. As the Wall Street Journal pointed out, both BlackBerry and Apple “explictily forbid” using “window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia or abrasives” to clean your phone. Also, if you live in Chicago, come on people. We can do better.center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more

Getting Fresh at Farmers Markets

first_imgby Sarah Pittman,  BS in food science and human nutrition with a concentration of dietetics.Summer is in full swing and so are farmers markets! Many people really enjoy going to farmers markets and finding fresh produce, other fun treats, and homemade items to take home to their friends or families. Farmers markets can be a great place to get fresh fruits and vegetables. But does buying produce from the farmers market mean that their intake of fruits and vegetables goes up?A few studies have shown that, yes, buying fruits and/or vegetables at a farmers market can increase the customer’s intake, especially when barriers are removed. The CDC has tried to improve intake of fruits and vegetables by making access to farmers markets more accessible in rural areas specifically, (Perkins, 2014).  They found that farmer’s market customer’s fruit and vegetable intake was positively associated with the frequency of purchasing fruits and vegetables from locally grown markets, (Perkins, 2014).But other studies have shown that the cost, spoilage, and not knowing how to cook or use the fruit or vegetable are barriers to attending or buying produce from farmers markets, which can lead to a decrease in fruit or vegetable intake, (Shingleton C, Odoms-Young A, Fouche S, Deshpande R, Chatman C, Spreen C, 2018).Farmers markets can be a great place to buy fresh produce while also getting to know where and which farmers it is coming from!How often do you attend farmers markets? Are they easily accessible in your community?References:Singleton C, Odoms-Young A, Fouche S, Deshpande R, Chatman C, Spreen C. Barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among farmers’ market incentive programme users in Illinois, USA. Public Health Nutrition[serial online]. n.d.;21(7):1345-1349. Available from: Social Sciences Citation Index, Ipswich, MA. Accessed June 12, 2018.Perkins S. FARMERS’ MARKET SHOPPING BEHAVIORS AND THE ASSOCIATION OF FRUIT AND VEGETABLE INTAKE. [serial online]. n.d.; Available from Networked Digital Library of Theses & Dissertations, Ipswich, MA. Accessed June 14, 2018.last_img read more