The extra mile: East Nusa Tenggara teacher visits students at home amid pandemic

first_imgWhile the COVID-19 pandemic forces students to study from home and interact with their tutors through the internet, a teacher in East Nusa Tenggara has made it his mission to literally go the extra mile to ensure his students still get the best education in these unprecedented times.Dominikus Jematu, a 26-year-old English teacher at the Santo Stanislaus junior high school in East Manggarai regency, believes the presence of teachers is as vital as the wisdom they impart on their students, especially in the current period of great uncertainty. As such, Dominikus has grown accustomed to riding his motorcycle 30 kilometers from his residence in Borong to Compang Teber village in Ranamese district, where most of his students live.“I visit several [students] in their homes to give them lessons and assign homework. Between April 27 and 29, I taught 17 students in Ranamese district, East Manggarai,” Dominikus told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday, adding, however, that damaged roads hampered his daily commute to the village.Remote learning, while convenient on paper, is riddled with challenges in practice, according to him. During the pandemic, his students had only been assigned homework and had little to no actual interaction with their teachers, he said.To complicate matters, Dominikus said only a few residents in the district could afford access to electricity and a stable internet connection, making remote learning far from the viable alternative it was touted as for all students. “Considering such issues, several schools have decided to task teachers with providing direct assistance to students in their own homes instead,” he said.For many students in East Manggarai, the reality of remote learning is worlds apart from the high-tech imagery typically advertised by the government amid the current health emergency.Eight-year-old Meila Apil, a second-grade student at the Munda elementary school in the regency, has no choice but to complete her homework in near-total darkness, using only the dim light of an oil lamp.“We don’t have a generator. We can’t do anything about it. Our daughter is used to studying at night with an oil lamp,” said Meila’s mother, Rosalia Lona.Read also: No internet, electricity force residents of East Manggarai to study old-fashioned way during school closuresA recent survey conducted by the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) revealed that about 76 percent of students were not enthusiastic about online learning for a host of reasons, including the failure on the educators’ part to accommodate students who were unable to afford the electronics or reliable internet access – essentials for remote learning.East Manggarai Youth and Sports Agency head Basilius Teto instructed all students and teachers in the region to study from home on March 20 to minimize the risk of coronavirus infection.The agency has since extended the study-from-home period until April 20, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues unabated.As of Sunday, the East Nusa Tenggara administration has confirmed 10 COVID-19 cases. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

IPE Conference: Ircantec alternative credit appetite targets SMEs

first_imgCasper Hammerich, investment consultant at Kirstein in Denmark, said the long-seen shift in institutional investment portfolio asset weightings towards alternatives had in recent years been very much dominated by a move into alternative credit.“It is clear that both traditional and leading investors are starting to increase risk,” he said.He explained the notion of the two investor types, saying the firm had witnessed investors falling into these two groups, with certain ones – the “leading” ones – being quicker to move into assets with better perceived prospects for higher returns, and “traditional” investors to a large extent following in their footsteps.Meanwhile, Chris Redmond, global head of credit at Willis Towers Watson in the UK, said the landscape and implementation of alternative credit investment was evolving rapidly.Even though the firm’s clients now have some £39bn (€46bn) of assets invested in alternative credit, he said: “We are nowhere near where we ought to be in terms of strategic allocation to this.“We all know equities and bonds are unlikely to deliver the returns they have before, and we are going to live in a world where growth will be tepid, and there could be a nasty outcome if central banks are unable to do what they are aiming for.”There are significant opportunities in alternative credit for institutional investors, he said.Le Meaux said even though Ircantec would like to switch some of its investment exposure to alternative credit from government bonds, it faced a big challenge in actually doing this.“It takes time to get involved,” she said. “It’s a very long process, and we need to start from a lower level and be slow.”She said it was necessary to take time – to work out how to deal with the risk embedded in these new assets, for example.Also, every fund has a different regulation framework to operate within, and, in the case of Ircantec, the regulators are still quite nervous about the fund lowering its investment in government bonds, she said.“We can’t go against their will,” she said. “Something we have to do is to engage with them – we need to speak to all our regulators.“We need to have a pension that is risk-aware, and also one that is growing over time, because not growing is a big risk.” French public sector pension scheme Ircantec is aiming to increase its exposure to alternative credit, particularly by lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), a conference in Berlin heard on Friday.On a panel discussion on credit and alternatives at the 2016 IPE Conference & Awards, Caroline Le Meaux, head of external management at Caisse des Dépots et Consignations, Ircantec’s fiduciary manager, said: “We are targeting SMEs, and why we choose to invest in those companies is that our trustees felt they wanted to have an impact.”The €9.2bn pension scheme started adding private debt to its overall portfolio from 2014, she said.“The private debt market for bigger companies is quite crowded, so we felt we would have a better risk/return profile for smaller companies,” Le Meaux said.last_img read more

​Norway’s new SWF chief agrees to shed AKO Capital in 11th hour deal

first_imgThe hedge fund billionaire set to take the top job at Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund in a week’s time last night agreed to relinquish his remaining stake in AKO Capital entirely as a new employment contract was drawn up in response to parliamentary demands.Norges Bank announced at a press conference in Oslo yesterday evening that its executive board and the incoming CEO of Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) – the central bank arm running the NOK10.3tln (€972bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – had renegotiated the terms of Tangen’s employment contract.Under the new agreement, the bank said Tangen is to divest himself of his holding in AKO Capital – his hedge fund-led fund management firm – transferring it to the charitable entity AKO Foundation which he established seven years ago.Tangen’s management agreement with Gabler Investment will also change so that his fund investments are liquidated and the proceeds held as bank deposits, Norges Bank said. The complex arrangement previously agreed as part of Tangen’s job contract sought to put him at a distance from his vast financial interests, creating an “information barrier” in order to address politicians’ key concern of potential conflicts of interest while he was NBIM CEO.However, in this new agreement, Norges Bank said Tangen will no longer have any ownership interest in AKO Capital, and that this will apply in perpetuity.Tangen said: “I have taken these actions to remove any doubt about which hat I am now wearing. I want to be CEO of the oil fund, and have only one objective: creating wealth for future generations.”Øystein Olsen, chair of Norges Bank’s executive board and the central bank’s governor, said the agreement addressed the concerns raised by the Storting’s (parliament) Finance Committee on the contract of employment with the new CEO. Nicolai Tangen and  Øystein Olsen at the Norges Bank press conference yesterday eveningThe committee made a series of demands on Friday, which Finance Minister Jan Tore Sanner was to present to the Norges Bank board.The cross-party panel said the head of NBIM could not have any ownership or interests that created – or could appear to create – conflicts of interest that could weaken the trust in, and reputation of, Norges Bank.It also said the new CEO could not have interests that could weaken the GPFG’s work with tax and transparency – a demand prompted by the use of tax havens by some of entities in the AKO group.Sanner, who had previously said Norway’s central bank law stopped him from telling the Norges Bank board what to do in the CEO appointment process, gained new legal clout at the last minute when the Ministry of Justice and Public Security’s Legislation Department said on Friday that there were “good indications” the act did not prevent him instructing the executive board on the matter.Norges Bank said now that matters have been clarified and agreed, Tangen would be able to take office on 1 September, but that the actual implementation will take “somewhat more time”.Olsen said: “The executive board has been of the opinion that the contractual framework surrounding Tangen’s employment contract was sufficient in preventing potential conflicts of interest, but we have noted, of course, that the Storting takes a different view.“Their concerns are something the executive board, in dialogue with Nicolai Tangen, has now addressed,” he said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

US regulators: Silicone breast implants relatively safe

first_img Tweet 30 Views   no discussions HealthLifestyle US regulators: Silicone breast implants relatively safe by: – June 23, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! The FDA removed silicone implants from the market from 1992-2006 over safety concernsSilicone breast implants are relatively safe despite frequent complications and a small increased risk of the disease lymphoma, US drug regulators have said.In a new report, the Food and Drug Administration said the risks were well enough understood that prospective patients could make informed decisions.But it found as many as one in five breast augmentation patients had the implants removed within 10 years.The US approved the implants in 2006 after a long absence from the market.Market removalOn Wednesday, the FDA released a 63-page report on the safety of the silicone gel-filled implants that compiled studies performed by the two companies approved to manufacture the the products.Approximately five to 10 million women across the world have breast implants, the FDA said.In 2006, the FDA approved two brands of silicone gel implants for women over 22, Allergan’s Natrelle implants and MemoryGel implants from manufacturer Johnson and Johnson’s Mentor division.Silicone implants had been off the market since 1992, when the FDA removed them amid concerns about implant rupture and silicone leakage.The agency allowed saline-filled implants to remain on the market, and allowed limited distribution of silicone implants for mastectomy patients and other cases of medical necessity.Increased riskAccording to the new report, as many as one in five breast augmentation patients and half of breast reconstruction patients had to have the implants removed within 10 years.Studies found no association between the silicone implants and connective tissue disease, breast cancer, or reproductive problems, the FDA reported.But they did find a “very small” increased risk of anaplastic large cell lymphoma.The most frequent complications from the implants included implant rupture, wrinkling, asymmetry, scarring, pain, and infection.‘Shape and size’The report found that the risk of those local complications increases with time.“Breast implants are not lifetime devices,” the FDA cautioned women. “The longer you have your implants, the more likely it will be for you to have them removed.”But the agency also found that most women who had breast implants “report high levels of satisfaction with their body image and the shape, feel and size of their implants”.“Despite frequent local complications and adverse outcomes, the benefits and risks of breast implants are sufficiently well understood for women to make informed decisions about their use,” the FDA concluded.BBC Newslast_img read more

Roma postpone training after four players positive for COVID-19

first_img “I will respect the days of isolation but I can’t wait to get back to work with the rest of the team,” Peres wrote with the Italian league set to resume on September 19. Dutch forward Justin Kluivert was the fourth player to test positive, according to Sky Sport Italia and Gazzetta Dello Sport. The 21-year-old Kluivert had just returned after holidays in the Netherlands and the Spanish island of Ibiza.Advertisement Loading… Roma’s return to training has been pushed back 24 hours, with new tests on players on Saturday, according to media reports. Other Italian teams have also reported positive cases as players and staff return from holidays. Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic, who has undergoing treatment for leukaemia since last year, tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Sardinian club Cagliari have registered four positive players — Filip Bradaric, Luca Ceppitelli, Alberto Cerri and Kiril Despodov. Serie A club Roma postponed the club’s return to training for the new season on Friday after four players tested positive for coronavirus. After goalkeeper Antonio Mirante announced he was positive last week, Spanish striker Carles Perez on Thursday confirmed he also had COVID-19. On Friday, Brazilian left-back Bruno Peres said on Instagram that he too was “unfortunately positive” but without symptoms.center_img Read Also: Messi remains silent after Barca president’s offer to resign Sassuolo announced the positive case of striker Jeremie Boga. Napoli striker Andrea Petagna has also tested for the virus. Torino announced two cases, without revealing the names, as did promoted Benevento. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarLittle Georgie Henley Has Grown Into A Beautiful Swan!5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Albino Animals Who Look Like GhostsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universelast_img read more

Barkley remembers Rooney departure

first_img “I’ve got a long way to go to be an Everton legend,” he added. “Hopefully one day I am but I am just hoping to do everything right on the pitch and see how things go. “I’ve only had one full season in the Premier League so I’ve still got a lot to do.” Barkley is looking to progress again after some impressive displays last season and is prepared to be challenged. He was deployed as an attacking midfielder to allow him freedom without too much responsibility but Barkley also wants to test himself in a slightly deeper role. “I am thinking about developing all-round my game and hopefully playing a few games in central midfield and being a leader on the pitch,” he added. “I am a young lad at the early stages of my career and I am confident in my own ability but I know there are a lot of things to improve on.” Despite his young age Martinez hopes Barkley can now play an influential role for other aspiring teenagers hoping for a first-team break. “Sometimes you don’t realise what a big model he is for the youngsters that we have at the club,” said the Toffees boss. “I want Ross to be a big example on and off the pitch. The way the new deal has come along is a true reflection of things to come in the future. “The youngsters at Finch Farm can understand they can be the new Ross Barkley.” Over the last 12 months the 20-year-old has emerged as a key player in manager Roberto Martinez’s plans and an improved deal gives both parties some degree of security as they plan for the future. Barkley admits the 2004 departure of Rooney, the greatest talent to emerge from the club’s academy in recent times, was a tough day for him and fellow Evertonians as he felt the club could go places with the precocious then 18-year-old. Press Association Everton midfielder Ross Barkley remembers how he felt the day Wayne Rooney left the club for Manchester United and hopes his new four-year contract will allay fans’ fears of another academy prospect being lured away. With Barkley’s performances earning him a place in England’s World Cup squad there was plenty of speculation linking clubs with him so when the offer of a new contract came up the midfielder was only too happy to sign. “It is sending out the message that we want to do well and win silverware,” said the youngster. “I knew what it meant to me when Rooney left. He was one of the better players and I thought Everton could have pushed on at the time. “When he left we were all down and I know how the fans felt so I wanted to sign (a new contract) and push on with Everton. “We have to keep good players at the club and we’ve done that with Bainesy (Leighton Baines) signing a new contract, Seamus (Coleman) and a few others. “It is stability and it shows we want to push on and don’t want to stand still. “I’ve played for Everton most of my life. I see it as my home. This is a big thing for me. This is the club that I love.” Barkley maintains he does not think about his long-term future but he does harbour an ambition to join the ranks of Everton greats and he can only do that with a lengthy spell at Goodison Park. last_img read more

Gutierrez longs for comeback

first_imgJonas Gutierrez admits a return to first-team football with Newcastle after overcoming cancer would trump all his other achievements in the game. “I have played in a World Cup but if I play again for Newcastle then that will be the best moment of my career,” Gutierrez told multiple national newspapers. “To get back after the cancer and chemotherapy, to put all that behind me, would be a huge moment. I feel really good. Maybe in two weeks I will be at 100 per cent.” Gutierrez has spent seven years in Newcastle since signing from Real Mallorca and said: “The welcome from the fans from the day I arrived has been special. So if I come back and play for Newcastle then, of course, it will be the best. It will be emotional. “I haven’t been to the stadium. It is hard to go and not be involved. For now, I prefer to watch on TV at home. But, of course, I want to return to the first team.” It will be a different-looking Gutierrez who bids to return, absent his trademark ponytail, though his hair and beard have grown back well after falling out as a side-effect of chemotherapy – adding to an already hard emotional battle. “When I was told about the cancer I went home to my dad and cried,” he said. “Then it was hard to find my hair falling out. “But I was always positive and I told my family and friends, ‘Listen, the most important thing is to be healthy again’. Fighting cancer made other problems seem insignificant.” There could be one visual quirk to recall the old days, though, as Gutierrez – who scored from 20 yards in his last under-21 outing against Bolton – is considering revisiting his favourite goal celebration should the chance arise. The Argentinian was noted for pulling on a Spiderman mask after finding the net and he said: “I don’t have it any more – but maybe I will buy another one!” The 31-year-old winger was diagnosed with testicular cancer 15 months ago but, having made a full recovery and featured on several occasions for Newcastle’s under-21 team, he is dreaming of a day he thought he would never come – a return to St James’ Park. And if that happens, the feeling would surpass even his selection for the 2010 World Cup, where he made three appearances for Argentina under coach Diego Maradona. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Youth deer hunting day scheduled for Saturday

first_imgAUGUSTA — Youth deer hunters across the state will get their own day to hunt deer on Saturday.Hunters who possess a junior hunting license and are age 10 or older and younger than 16 (either resident or nonresident) can hunt deer on this day if they are under the direct supervision of a parent, guardian or a qualified adult.Any person other than a parent of guardian who accompanies a junior hunter must either possess a valid hunting license or have successfully completed a hunter safety course.A qualified adult is a person at least 18 years of age approved by that youth hunter’s parent or guardian, and this person must hold a valid Maine hunting license or have successfully completed a hunter safety course. The accompanying adult cannot possess a firearm.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe junior hunter on this day can take one deer of either sex only in those Wildlife Management Districts where Any Deer Permits are issued. In WMDs where there are no Any Deer permits issued, hunters may only take an antlered deer. All laws pertaining to hunting during the open firearms season on deer apply on the youth deer day.Hunters also can also transfer their Any Deer Permits or Bonus Deer Permit to a junior hunter, or any other hunter. Certain restrictions apply, including that a resident permit may only be transferred to another resident, and a nonresident permit may only be transferred to another nonresident. This transfer can be done online until 11:59 p.m. Oct. 31.For more information on how to swap or transfer your permit, visit read more

Australian Open … Six-time champion Djokovic stunned by world number 117 Istomin

first_imgDEFENDING champion Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat by world number 117 Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open tennis.The six-time winner struggled for rhythm and lost 7-6(10-8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6(7-5), 6-4 in four hours 48 minutes.It is the first time Djokovic, 29, has lost in the second round of a Grand Slam since 2008 at Wimbledon.The result leaves world number one Andy Murray as favourite to win his first Australian Open title in Melbourne.Briton Murray, who has already reached round three, has lost five finals in the past seven years in Melbourne, four of them to Djokovic.It is only the second time in seven years that Djokovic has lost to a player ranked outside the top 100 – his defeat by Juan Martin del Potro, ranked 145th, at the Rio Olympics in 2016 being the other occasion.“He deserved to win. No doubt, he was a better player in the clutch moments,” said Djokovic.“Many things came together for him today and he’s a well-deserved winner. There’s not much I could do.”Denis Istomin has now reached the third round of the Australian Open three times in 11 appearances.Istomin holds nerve against world number two. Djokovic could not find his rhythm, eventually winning his first service game after 15 minutes but going on to lose the first set in one hour 25 minutes.He won four consecutive games in the third set as his opponent faltered but Istomin came back in the fourth set to take it to a tie-break.Both players served aggressively as they received vocal support from the crowd, with Istomin taking the match to a deciding set with a brutal ace.Istomin, who broke in game five, remained strong on his own serve and wrapped things up when Djokovic, lunging on the backhand, could only block another crunching delivery long on match point.Uzbek Istomin will next face Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta, who beat Britain’s Kyle Edmund yesterday.‘I SURPRISED MYSELF’“It is the biggest win of my career and means so much, now I feel I can play with these guys and be with them on the same level,” said Istomin.“From the third set I had cramp in my leg, I don’t know how I held it. I was playing so good. I surprised myself.”Istomin had two years out of the game after breaking his leg in a car accident and spending three months in hospital in 2001.Coached by his mother Klaudiya, he dropped out of the top 100 in 2016 and was given a wildcard to play in the Australian Open.Prior to his win over Djokovic, Istomin had won just one of 33 matches against a player ranked in the world’s top 10.His best Grand Slam result is reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon in 2012 and the US Open in 2013, when he lost to Murray.Gavhar Azimova, from the Tennis Federation of Republic of Uzbekistan, said Istomin is a “star” in his home country.“We are ecstatic,” he told BBC Uzbek. They (Denis and his mother) trained very hard. He is a very kind and modest guy, but works very hard.“The whole Federation watched it live together. You say ‘Istomin’ and everyone knows him. The phones have not stopped ringing – we have had a barrage of phone calls saying congratulations.”DJOKOVIC’S DIFFICULT SEVEN MONTHSDjokovic has struggled for consistency since winning his first French Open title in June 2016 and completing a career Grand Slam.He was knocked out in the third round at Wimbledon by American Sam Querrey but looked to have returned to form when he won the Rogers Cup in July.However, he went on to lose to del Potro in the first round of the Olympics and was knocked out of the doubles competition the following day.He struggled physically in the US Open final, losing in four sets to third seed Stan Wawrinka, before he lost the world number one ranking to Murray in November.Murray also ended his run of four consecutive ATP World Tours Finals titles in the same month.“Djokovic is not the same Djokovic we saw this time last year, who was at the peak of his career,” two-time Australian Open finalist Pat Cash told BBC Radio 5 live.“It’s clearly the mental edge. He’s done so much and worked so hard to grab those four Grand Slams, I think he’s just lost the edge.”last_img read more

Pam Makes Okpekpe History Again

first_imgHome girl Deborah Pam extended her unbeaten run at the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race to six last Saturday when she became the first Nigerian woman winner of the first IAAF silver label road race in West Africa.Pam, 28, was the overwhelming favourite to extend her reign as the queen of the 10km road race in Nigeria and not even the torrential rainfall towards the end of the race could slow her down as she sped to her second fastest time over the distance (37 minutes and 58 seconds to win for the sixth consecutive time. Becomes first woman to win six straight titles Pam’s fastest time in the event, 37 minutes and 34 seconds was achieved in an historic manner too as she raced to win the first ever IAAF bronze label 10km road race in West Africa, the inaugural edition of the Okpekpe international 10km road race in 2013.Pam is confident she could run faster than she did in 2013 and 2018 if she has the right environment to training and support from government and corporate Nigeria.“know I can be as good as the East Africans if I can get the necessary support. There is no way we can compete against the Kenyans and the Ethiopians if we are neglected by government. “Nigerians should be proud we have a silver label race in Nigeria but we will continue to play second fiddle to the East Africans if our officials fail to provide the right environment for us in terms of training and logistics,” she said.Meanwhile, Emmanuel Gyang won the men’s race in 32 minutes,45 seconds while Gideon Goyet (32.57) and Ismail Sodiq (33.15) came second and third respectively.It was Gyang’s second Okpekpe title after winning in 2015.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more