Steadfast commitment to the well-being of women and children is an essential aspect of the nation’s COVID-19 response, the government has said, as many families remain confined to their homes during the health emergency.Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Bintang Puspayoga has called on families not to underestimate the importance of consistent communication and supervision among family members, especially children, in these uncertain times.“We must take it upon ourselves to provide a safe and secure space where children are able to grow regardless of the circumstances,” Bintang said during a National Children’s day ceremony streamed on the ministry’s YouTube channel on Wednesday. This year’s National Children’s Day, which falls on July 23, will provide a moment, Bintang said, to increase public awareness about child welfare, especially as a large share of the nation’s resources was redirected to the COVID-19 response.Read also: Indonesian children vulnerable to secondary risks from COVID-19 crisis: SurveyAccording to the ministry’s Women and Child Protection Database (SIMFONI), nearly 4,000 cases of violence against women and children were reported from the beginning of January to July 17.During the same event, Executive Office of the President undersecretary on human development Abetnego Tarigan said the government had launched a family-oriented telecounseling service called SEJIWA, which can be contacted at 119.“We launched SEJIWA because there has been so much pressure on families. From June 10 to July 10, 59 percent of complaints we received were related to childcare,” Abetnego said.Concerns have been raised before about child welfare during the pandemic. According to the United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the number of children suffering from malnutrition could spike in Indonesia as the government shifts its focus to stem the impact of the coronavirus crisis.Furthermore, UNICEF warned that job losses, an overloaded healthcare system and limited access to food during the current health crisis could exacerbate the already poor living conditions of children deemed most susceptible to stunting and wasting.Topics :
The health of 25 million toddlers across the archipelago is at risk as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted services provided by the integrated health services posts (Posyandu), according to data from the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI).The disruption had caused millions of children to lose access to regular immunization, vitamin A supplementation and developmental monitoring and screening, IDI chairman Daeng M. Faqih said.He has urged Posyandu to continue operating as usual amid the pandemic to prevent long-term health effects on the children.”The health effects felt by the children would also result in a huge financial loss for their families, regions and the country in the short or long run,” Daeng said as reported by tribunnews.com.Recent data from the Health Ministry revealed that 89.3 percent of basic services provided by Posyandu could not be optimally carried out during the pandemic, making many pregnant women unable to get sufficient prenatal care. Read also: Parents worried about vaccinating children amid pandemic: SurveyDaeng further said the regional administrations should prioritize basic health care for children and pregnant women through Posyandu.”Based on the World Health Organization’s recommendation, the country should ensure residents can still access essential health services [amid the pandemic],” he said.In early September, KawalCOVID-19, a volunteer group that independently records virus case numbers and deaths in Indonesia, reported that Indonesia was among the countries with the highest COVID-19 death rate among children.KawalCOVID-19 cofounder Ainun Najib said that, according to national COVID-19 task force data, the case fatality rate (CFR) among Indonesian children aged 0-17 years was 0.9 percent, surpassing the United States, the country worst-hit by the pandemic, which has a CFR among children of 0.02 percent.“That means that 145 of 16,007 infected children of the age group have died,” Ainun said. (nal)Topics :
Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE TWEET November 17, 2016 By: Secretary Ted Dallas Energy, PSA, Public Health, The Blog The Wolf Administration wants to make sure that all Pennsylvanians are safe and healthy. So today, I would like to take the opportunity to remind Pennsylvanians that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is here to help with energy bills.LIHEAP provides assistance for home heating bills to keep low-income Pennsylvanians warm and safe during the winter months. The program is available to both renters and homeowners. The support comes in the form of a grant, so the individual does not have to repay assistance, and goes directly to their utility company or home heating fuel provider.The LIHEAP cash and crisis program opened November 1, 2016 and is scheduled to close March 31, 2017.Applying is easy!Online applications can be completed by visiting www.compass.state.pa.us. Paper applications are still available through local county assistance offices, or interested applicants can download and print an application from the department’s website.For helpful tips on keeping warm throughout the winter while saving money on utility costs, visit www.energysavers.gov.For more information on the LIHEAP program, or to download an application, visit www.dhs.pa.gov. Need Help Heating Your Home This Winter? We can help. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Share St. Kitts flag. Image via: cia.govBASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — Young people from around the Caribbean region have convened in St Kitts and Nevis to formulate strategies to reduce violent conflicts amongst their peers.On Wednesday evening, director of Youth Empowerment, Geoffrey Hanley, welcomed the delegates and participants to the Cana-Caribe: Peace-building and Leadership Training Meeting, which is scheduled to run from September 21 to 25. The event is sponsored by the Commonwealth Youth Programme, Commonwealth Secretariat and is attended by participants from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and host St Kitts and Nevis. Cana-Caribe chairperson Crystal Alexander explained that the timing of the project was strategic, given the upsurge of antisocial activity over the last two years. Commonwealth studies have identified youth as the primary perpetrators and/or victims. She congratulated the participants for standing up to “lead the charge in creating a more peaceful, just and prosperous society” by undertaking the peace building and leadership courses of the sessions. Acting regional director of the Commonwealth Youth Programme Caribbean Center (CYPCC) Dwynette Eversley explained that the entity is very proud of this initiative.“This programme calls for the young people who are participating to develop Action Plans which are national but community based, and which feeds into a Regional Plan,” she stated. “I can indicate at the level of the CYPCC that we are going to be prepared to continue to support the development of a pilot, into a sustainable project over a three year period.”St Kitts and Nevis Minister of Youth Empowerment Glenn Phillip stressed that the federal government was pleased to be associated with this programme given its commitment to provide positive alternatives for persons involved in social vices. “This fire of Cana-Caribe 2011 will be ignited here in Basseterre to provide the light of information and warmth of inclusion not only for the communities of St Kitts and Nevis but … for the farer reaches of our region and our hemisphere,” he stressed. Phillip wished the delegates well and said that he would eagerly await the report of outcomes. Caribbean News Now Share NewsRegional Regional youth meeting in St Kitts formulates strategies to reduce violent conflicts by: – September 23, 2011 Share 7 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet
ILOILO City – Police caught two persons engagingin illegal gambling in Barangay Nonoy, City Proper. Officers from Police Station 1 nabbedthem after catching them in the act of playing tong-its ataround 4:30 p.m. on March 26. They were Rodolfo Bajade, 24, of SouthFundidor, Molo district and Julius Borro, 25, of Barangay Calaparan, Arevalodistrict, a police report showed. Their two alleged cohorts meanwhile were ableto elude arrest. The arrested individuals were detainedat the police station’s lockup cell./PN
Greensburg, In. — A report from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department says 11 children and two adults were injured in a Thursday morning involving a North Decatur County School bus.Investigators say shortly before 8 a.m. the bus was stopped at the railroad crossing on the State Road 3 bypass between U.S. 421 and State Road 46, when a mini-van driven by Genna Miller, 35, slammed into the back end. The impact forced the bus across the tracks and disabled the min-van.Investigators believe Miller was traveling 55 to 60 miles-per-hour. The speed limit in the area is 55 miles-per-hour.Nine children on the bus, Miller and two small children were treated at Decatur County Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the bus, Linda Jackson, 50, was also treated for minor injuries.Miller was flown to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for treatment of severe injuries.
Franklin County, In. — Oxford Pike in Franklin County will be closed between State Road 101 and Holland Road until the close of business on Wednesday, July 11 for repairs. This work is weather dependent.
THE International Cricket Council (ICC) has confirmed agreement has been reached in principle regarding “a more equitable distribution of revenues” and a shake-up of international cricket schedules.It was reported on Friday that ICC executives had agreed, at a board meeting in Dubai, on proposals for a two-year Test league and 13-team league for one-day internationals.That has now been confirmed in an ICC statement, while world cricket’s governing body also announced yesterday that agreement had been reached in principle regarding constitutional and financial changes – seemingly reducing an imbalance in favour of the ‘Big Three’ nations [India, England and Australia] – and the potential inclusion of new full-member nations.An ICC media release read: “The broader principles that have been agreed include a revised financial distribution ensuring a more equitable distribution of revenues, [and] a revised constitution to reflect good governance, expanding and clarifying of the roles and objectives of the ICC to provide leadership in international cricket.“Further constitutional changes proposed include the potential to include additional full members [Ireland and Afghanistan subject to both meeting membership criteria].“The ICC Board agreed to work collaboratively on the detail of the constitution and model with a view to final sign-off at the April board meeting and submission to the full ICC Council in June.In terms of the proposed structural changes, the statement added: “Progress was made around the future structures of bilateral international cricket with a preferred model identified by the member chief executives for all three formats of the sport.“This framework will now be used to build a more detailed model that incorporates scheduling and accommodates existing agreements to present to the ICC Board for full consideration in April and includes:– A nine-team Test league run over a two-year cycle– The remaining three Test teams to be guaranteed a consistent and confirmed schedule of Test matches against all other teams– A 13-team ODI league run over a three-year period leading into qualification for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023– A regional T20 competition structure to be developed as a pathway to qualification for the ICC World T20“A scheduling summit will now be held in March before a detailed proposal is put to the ICC Board in April.”
Oyebajo, who died on Tuesday, November 7 at the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) in Ikeja, few weeks to his 71st birthday and was buried yesterday in Lagos, according to Muslim rites.His death occurred barely four months after the passage of Matthew Jacob, the first Director of PGAN.Oyebajo was one of the four Nigerian caddies selected by Chief Anthony Enahoro and sponsored by Nigerian Tobacco Company (NTC) in 1968 for a professional training in England.The others are Emmanuel Lawrence, Patrick Okpomu and Festus Makelemi.A year later, they formed the PGAN along with their English instructor, John Nosworthy, with Jacob as the administrator. Oyebajo was the Resident Professional at Ikeja Golf Club.Oyebajo captained West African team against Great Britain in the 1970sHe has trained and mentored several golfers and professional golfers across the country.Some of the prominent people he taught the art of golf included the first Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier Mobolaji Johnson (rtd), Otunba Olusola Adekanola, Senator Akin Odunsi and Regular Professional Gboyega Oyebanji.Known for his uprightness, Oyebajo was at different times a past Captain of the national team, former Head of Caretaker Committee and former Director of PGAN.While reacting to the news of the death yesterday, present Director of the professional Golfersâ€™ Association of Nigeria, Samson Lawal, said Oyebajoâ€™s death was a big shock to the body.â€œJamiu had a strong character and lived his life for golf. His passion and strong leadership qualities were readily available for the association and individual members to tap free. He was perhaps, the most respected member of PGAN. We will miss him dearly,â€ mourned the PGAN director.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaOne of the founding fathers of the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Jamiu Oyebajo is dead.