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Voting simulation for regional polls necessary amid pandemic: Central Java governor

first_imgCentral Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo has called on the General Elections Commission (KPU) to conduct voting simulation prior to the simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9.“Conducting a simulation is important to ensure voting procedures are prepared amid the pandemic,” Ganjar told The Jakarta Post on Friday.He also emphasized the importance of arranging time slots for voting. “So people can take turns to vote, to avoid crowds [which could prompt COVID-19 transmission].” On Dec. 9, Central Java will see voters in 21 out of its 35 cities and regencies elect new mayors and regents.Ganjar said all participating cities and regencies were financially ready, but had yet to the procure protective equipment required for election officials as part of the health protocols prepared by the KPU to prevent virus transmission among officials, candidates and voters.The simultaneous elections, which have been pushed back from Sept. 23 due to the outbreak, will see the election of 270 regional leaders across Indonesia, comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors. The regions holding elections include Surabaya and 18 other cities and regencies in East Java, the province hit hardest by COVID-19.Read also: KPU presses on with December elections despite turnout concerns KPU commissioner I Dewa Kade Wiarsa Raka Sandi said the latest KPU regulation on health protocols had gone through a third review after being given the green light by the House of Representatives, and would made official soon.He also said the KPU planned to hold both voting and vote counting simulations, though a schedule has yet to be set.”A number of regions have informed us that they will conduct election simulations. Hopefully, after we issue the regulation, not only will we be able to start procuring personal protective equipment [PPE]  such as face masks, face shields and gloves, but also encouraging all regions to conduct simulations,” Dewa said.He said balloting times and procedures for polling stations and vote counting would follow physical distancing measures.“We can’t talk about numbers because polling stations differ in size. The main thing is, the regulation of voter attendance will follow health protocols,” he said.The KPU previously said that COVID-19 patients would be allowed to cast votes at designated voting stations at nearby hospitals after 12 p.m., or an hour before the voting booths close.Read also: Vote buying threatens to undermine year-end elections: KPKFurthermore, Dewa said that support from local administrations was needed for election preparations. “We need to intensify collaboration with health authorities and COVID-19 task forces in the regions set to hold elections,” he said.For example, rapid antibody tests for election officials are among the required health protocols. However, the KPU does not have the authority to conduct the tests and therefore needs to team up with the local COVID-19 task forces and health agencies.With the central government having begun to disburse Rp 941 billion (US$66.3 million) to KPU regional offices to procure health equipment, coordination between the KPU and regional administrations was essential to ensure the funds were used transparently, Dewa said.Strict enforcement of health protocols, Dewa said, was the key to the success of this year’s elections. “The only way to prevent low voter turnout is to convince the public that it is safe to participate in the elections.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Ilmarinen, ICG engage with scandal-hit Finnish care home

first_imgA spokesperson for ICG in London said: “We are focused on working to support the management of Esperi Care as it undertakes a full review of its operations and makes the improvements necessary to regain the trust of its residents, relatives and employees.“We take a long-term approach to investing in companies and, as signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment since 2013, have a well-defined ESG framework in place with clear policies and practices. These are key considerations in our investment approach.”Ilmarinen: engagement over divestmentIlmarinen’s CIO Mikko Mursula told Helsingin Sanomat that the insurer would attempt to find out more about the case before any decision on divestment.“The principle of responsible investment is based on the fact that the investment object complies with laws and norms,” Mursula said.Ilmarinen staff were asking the company about the background and the company’s understanding of the chain of events, he said.Anna Hyrske, head of responsible investments at Ilmarinen, told IPE that the company’s responsible investment policies gave preference to engagement over divestment.Helsingin Sanomat reported that disagreements between Esperi Care and Finland’s national health and welfare regulator, Valvira, about the adequacy of nursing staff had been in the public domain for more than two years. Mursula told the paper he had no information on the matter, however.Links between Esperi and EteraEsperi Care’s CEO Marja Aarnio-Isohanni resigned on Tuesday as a result of the outcry, and was replaced by Heini Pirttijärvi.Aarnio-Isohanni is currently a deputy member of Ilmarinen’s supervisory board, having been appointed to the role a year ago. She spent more than 10 years on Etera’s board, according to her LinkedIn page.She had worked at Esperi Care since 2003 and owned 10.5% of the business – a stake she has retained, according to Finnish national broadcaster YLE.Aarnio-Isohanni was Finland’s second wealthiest woman in 2017, earning more than €5.7m that year, according to YLE.Valvira announced at the end of last week that it had shut down one of the company’s homes located in Kristiinankaupunki in the west of Finland, having received “serious, direct customer safety” information.“The weaknesses identified were related, inter alia, to the number of inadequate medical staff in relation to the assessment of care and care needs, lack of basic care, the appropriateness of drug treatment, lack of care information for clients, and the work of close staff of the functional unit,” Valvira said in a statement. Finnish pension insurer Ilmarinen and asset manager Intermediate Capital Group (ICG) are engaging with a Finnish care home company following reports of severe neglect.UK-based ICG and Ilmarinen – one of Finland’s largest pension insurance companies – have said they will engage with the management of Esperi Care rather than divest, after reports emerged of severe neglect at care homes.Finland’s healthcare regulator shut down one facility after at least one elderly resident was suspected to have died due to negligence, according to national broadcaster YLE.ICG holds the majority stake in Esperi Care, while Ilmarinen owns a 4.4% stake according to Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, having inherited the asset through its merger with Etera a year ago.last_img read more

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ORVC Track Meet Results

first_imgThe ORVC Track Meet was held at Jac-Cen-Del on Thursday (5-15).Women’s Team Results.1-Switzerland County 123, 2-Jac-Cen-Del 87, 3-South Ripley 68, 4-Rising Sun 66, 5-Southwestern 60, 6-Milan 39, 7-Shawe Memorial 15.Men’s Team Results.1-Rising Sun 140, 2-South Ripley 104, 3-Switzerland County 96, 4-Jac-Cen-Del 40, 5-Milan 30, 6-Southwestern 30, 7-Shawe Memorial 14.ORVC Track Meet Results (5-15)Submitted by JCD Coach Larry Hammond.last_img

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O’Neill laments lack of cutting edge

first_img The visitors had the ball in the net in the 18th minute, with Danny Lafferty’s header disallowed for pushing, but aside from that they had very few clear-cut chances and did not force Malta goalkeeper Andrew Hogg to make a serious save. O’Neill said: “It was a difficult game in that the conditions weren’t particularly conducive to trying to play. The pitch was difficult, very bumpy, the wind obviously didn’t help matters. But overall, whilst we never really seemed in any great danger and we controlled large portions of the game, we didn’t create enough chances.” Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill admitted his side were not good enough in the final third as they had to settle for a goalless draw against Malta in Wednesday night’s friendly at the Ta’qali National Stadium. Press Associationcenter_img In contrast to Hogg, Northern Ireland keeper Alan Mannus, standing in for the ill Roy Carroll, made two terrific second-half saves from Malta captain and former Coventry striker Michael Mifsud. O’Neill added: “They were very well organised and at times we played into their hands a little bit with our choice of passing. I think at times a little bit of our inexperience in certain areas of the team showed up tonight.” The draw took O’Neill’s record to eight games without a win since taking over from Nigel Worthington late in 2011, while Northern Ireland have not won a game since beating the Faroe Islands in August of that year. “You want to win games, simple as that,” said O’Neill. “We’ve had eight games, we’ve had five draws and three defeats. We’ve had some very difficult games in there. Of course it’s a concern but at the end of the day the only people who can change that are myself and the players and I’m aware of that.” Lafferty met Chris Brunt’s corner with a firm header at the back post but Bulgarian referee Nikolay Yordanov appeared to penalise a Northern Ireland player in the centre of the box. O’Neill said: “I’ve not seen it again. Obviously if you score at that time in the game it gives you a nice foothold. It was a difficult one. He blew very early, which would suggest that he obviously saw a foul. “That was disappointing because I think a goal would have settled us down. A number of the younger players I think struggled tonight and hopefully the experience of tonight will help them going forward.” last_img read more

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The Latest: Premier League clubs agree to use 5 subs

first_imgThe Save Soccer Foundation will need definitive approval at a federation meeting on Monday.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s an initiative which doesn’t have precedents and represents a great assumption of responsibility which the (federation) is taking in favor of the whole soccer system.”The fund consists of 21,700,000 euros ($24,500,000). It will give up to 5 million euros ($5.6 million) to each of the two divisions below Serie A as well as the same amount to support clubs from the amateur soccer league.It will also give up to 3 million euros ($3.4 million) to soccer players and the same amount to coaches and their staff.The fund will also provide 700,000 euros ($800,000) to help women’s soccer clubs that are set to complete the season. June 4, 2020 ___The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions in soccer matches. The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January.___The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August.The restart amid the coronavirus pandemic was set for June 19-21 in the top two divisions.The Swiss soccer federation now says Basel’s Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches. They will adopt the temporary law change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the coronavirus pandemic.There can still only be three pauses to bring on substitutes.Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.___The Italian soccer federation is launching a fund of nearly $25 million to help clubs and their members following the crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes.Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.”The auctions will take place on the site Charitystars.com starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia.___center_img Associated Press The Latest: Premier League clubs agree to use 5 subs German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat. The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned.All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021.___Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini. Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August. It holds a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt from the first leg of the round of 16.Basel also faces a potential clash with this season’s Europa League possibly overlapping with next season’s preliminary rounds.Basel is currently in third place in the Swiss league and the third-place team should enter the Europa League qualifying rounds in late July or early August.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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MLAX : SU looks to fix offensive mistakes

first_imgWhen John Desko sat his team down to watch what it did wrong in its past game against Army, the Syracuse men’s lacrosse head coach let the tape do most of the talking.‘I mean you could talk about it, but when they visually can see it on game tape, I think we’re going to learn from that,’ Desko said.In each of the Orange’s two wins to start the season, mistakes on the field translated to costly turnovers and missed opportunities. Against Army, then ranked No. 17 and not as tough a challenge as some of SU’s other opponents will pose, Syracuse blew a seven-goal deficit and let Army get within one. The Orange pulled out the win, but those mistakes could compromise Syracuse’s run to a third championship in four years.How to go about fixing those mistakes is one of the question marks of this Syracuse team.That’s why a trip to the film room is in order. Desko said he wants to show his team what it needs to do to better execute the game plan. Against the Black Knights, when the Orange needed to take high-percentage shots against goaltender Tom Palesky, it failed to do so. That led to a nearly 26-minute scoring drought in the third and fourth quarters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We had such a healthy lead, of course we needed more points, but we needed to work on high-percentage shots against a good goaltender,’ Desko said. ‘We’re going to work on that, and we’re going to get better at it.’Instead of taking those high-percentage shots, Syracuse rushed the ball to the net, which led to missed opportunities. Those rushed shots cost Syracuse possessions, giving Army opportunities to score and get back within reach.Adding even more frustration for the Orange was that it placed emphasis on taking good shots leading up to the game. But when Syracuse tried to apply that preparation in the game, it didn’t always do so successfully.‘They have a good goaltender, so we have to pick the right shots,’ attack Stephen Keogh said in the days leading up to the game. ‘And bury some early.’The Orange is heading into a portion of its schedule in which it will face teams that capitalize on those mistakes more effectively than the Black Knights did. When the game was over, Orange goaltender John Galloway said there was no relief the Orange could move on from the much-anticipated rematch with the Black Knights.Instead, he only saw reason to study the game tape even more to correct what went wrong.‘I would say that we need to look at this film and see what we did defensively wrong,’ Galloway said. ‘We’re way past what happened last year, we need to focus on the mistakes that we made today and really fix those.’Galloway was talking about the defense, but Desko said that wasn’t what let Army get as close as it did. Instead, he said the mistakes by the offense gave the Black Knights so many opportunities to score.Going into the Orange’s third game of the season against No. 2 Virginia on Friday, that offense remains a question mark. Especially when it comes to the second midfield line, which struggled to find the back of the net in both wins so far. Desko is still trying to find the right combination, and at times he moved JoJo Marasco from attack to midfield to try and create stronger matchups.When all is said and done, it comes back to minimizing the amount of errors the offense makes.‘It’s still a work in progress, and we’re going to try and give them as many opportunities as possible,’ Desko said. ‘Whoever gets in and doesn’t make mistakes and produces on top of it will earn playing time.’Eliminating mistakes seems to be a theme for Syracuse. Right now, mistake-free play is at a premium. There’s little question about what Syracuse focused on when it sat down to watch that tape.‘There’s always things we can work on,’ Galloway said. ‘And that’s what we’re going to do going into the short week.’cjiseman@syr.edu Published on March 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Syracuse challenged by Arkansas’ pressure defense, hostile environment in victory

first_img Related Stories SOUTHERN COMFORT: Southerland’s career night from beyond the arc carries Syracuse to win over Arkansas FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Jim Boeheim sat down at his press conference and immediately brought up the aura of Bud Walton Arena. He’s been coaching for 37 years, but Arkansas’s home court ranks among the most difficult to play in.“This is one of the toughest buildings that I’ve seen and I’ve seen a couple,” said Boeheim, Syracuse’s head coach. “My guys are spent. They’re about as tired as they can be.”Bud Walton Arena rocked for 40 minutes. And for 40 minutes, Arkansas’s full-court press, known as “The Fastest 40 minutes in Basketball” tested the endurance of every Syracuse player. The raucous environment combined with the Razorbacks’ relentless pressure made this an energy-zapping early-season test for the No. 6 Orange (5-0), who came away with a 91-82 win on Friday night.Arkansas’s (3-3) full-court press was stifling, and that defensive intensity was matched by the more than 18,000 fans who packed Bud Walton Arena – the majority clad in white T-shirts in Arkansas’s effort to white-out the game. And on three separates occasions, the Razorbacks’ “called out the hogs,” where seemingly every single fan in attendance screamed “Sooie.”“A place like that, it’s not like the Carrier Dome where you have 19,000 in a football stadium,” SU forward James Southerland said. “This was in a compact area and they were loud. They have some good fans.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEvery Arkansas basket prompted screams from the crowd. Every call against the Razorbacks brought boos pouring down on the court.Arkansas guard BJ Young scored a transition dunk in the closing minutes of the first half, and the entire crowd jumped to its feet as Young hung on the rim. The officials then gave him a technical foul, and Southerland hit two free throws. The booing lasted for the remaining 90 seconds of the half and intensified as the officials walked off the court for the break.“It was hard. You can see two teams very dedicated, wanting to win,” Triche said. “We loved it.”More than the crowd, though, Syracuse had to face Arkansas’s famous, relentless defense. For most of the game, 6-foot-2 guard Mardracus Wade and the 6-foot-3 Young defended Syracuse’s 6-foot-6 point guard Michael Carter-Williams. And they challenged him all night long.“They’re good guards. They have a lot of good guards,” Carter-Williams said. “I think we handled the pressure well. We just need to keep getting better every day and we were definitely prepared for this game and I think that showed.”Carter-Williams committed six turnovers but they not all of them were related to the press. With just under seven minutes left in the first half, Carter-Williams tried to feed Triche for an alley-oop but he threw the ball out of bounds. He threw the ball away again later in the first half.He made up for his mistakes by creating for his teammates. He finished with nine assists – one shy of a triple-double as he scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.“He almost had a triple-double and I’m yelling at him,” Boeheim said. “He must be pretty good.”Both Carter-Williams and Triche did a masterful job at directing the offense and threading pinpoint passes to open teammates. SU moved the ball efficiently and scored in transition effectively.And Triche said that if SU limited its turnovers, the win could’ve come easier.“I think we handled their pressure pretty good as far as the full-court press,” Triche said. “I think we still had 19 turnovers and a lot of turnovers, if we had 12, we probably would’ve ended with a 15, 20-point win. I think we made it tough on ourselves.”Boeheim said his players might’ve been tired, but they couldn’t let that slow them down. Any bit of fatigue would only make Arkansas’s press more effective. So they had to battle through the pressure and the emotions of the crowd.While it was been draining, Carter-Williams said this was exactly the type of game he and his teammates love.The intensity. The quickness. The electric atmosphere that lasted the whole game.“The atmosphere was awesome. I think we all live for it,” Carter-Williams said. “We had a great time and we luckily came out with the win.” Comments Published on December 1, 2012 at 1:57 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Thursday game alters travel plans

first_imgFor decades, the Weekender has been a highlight of the USC football season, as students travel to Northern California to watch the Trojans take on the University of California, Berkeley or Stanford.This year, however, the Weekender lost some attendees because the game against Cal is on a Thursday instead of the traditional Saturday. As a result, some students chose not to attend the Weekender because of Thursday and Friday classes.Julia Kirchhofer, a sophomore majoring in history, said she would have headed up North if she didn’t have a test.“I’m a huge football fan and I’ve been looking forward to the Weekender since the summer, but it lands on a Thursday and I’ve got a midterm,” Kirchhofer said. “It’s really unfortunate.”Jon Vidar, an adjunct instructor of journalism, said he was holding a midterm for his photojournalism class today, despite the Weekender.“I am a USC alum and I’ve [been] on the Weekender and really enjoyed it,” Vidar said. “But school should come first.”Devon Graves, a senior majoring in philosophy, said he was looking forward to attending the Weekender for his first time, but cannot miss school for the game.“It’s more of a ‘mid-weeker’ than a weekender,” Graves said. “I’ve never been to the Weekender and I was really looking forward to going this year because it’s my last year at USC. But, as much as I want to, I just can’t afford to miss class this week.”Some students feel the Weekender is a valuable tradition that should be maintained, even if that means pulling all-nighters to write papers and cram for midterms.Brittany Valiza, a senior majoring in communication, is flying to San Francisco just for the game and plans to return Friday morning.“It’s a nice break to step away from academics and do something fun, but I do have midterms next week to study for,” Valiza said.Kelly Austin, a junior majoring in communication, is excited to attend her first Weekender after transferring to USC, despite having to write two papers in advance.“I’m so ready to finally see what the Weekender is all about,” Austin said. “I’m not going to let schoolwork stop me.”Austin and her friends are taking a different approach and left Wednesday with plans to return Sunday, stretching the trip as far as they can.“It’s not just about the game,” Austin said. “It’s about the social experience and having a blast. I’m sure I’ll be seeing the game, but probably in a bar; I don’t have a ticket.”Regardless of whether students attend the Weekender for social reasons, the game or a combination of the two, finding a place to stay has been a challenge for many students because of a Nike Convention in Downtown San Francisco.This year’s game against Cal will be played at AT&T Park because of renovations to Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. AT&T Park is closer to Downtown San Francisco than Berkeley, making it more difficult for students to find hotel rooms than in previous years.“Forget the hotels,” Austin said. “We’re staying at a friend’s place in Berkeley and saving a boatload of money too.”last_img read more

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