COVID-19: Jokowi calls on task force to accelerate swab tests, rapid tests

first_imgTopics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to improve and accelerate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and mass rapid testing across the country.“I have asked for people at high risk, doctors and their families, people under monitoring and patients under surveillance be prioritized in the PCR and rapid testing,” Jokowi said during a limited meeting on Monday.“We should accelerate the examinations in laboratories, so we can detect [COVID-19] cases faster,” he added. COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said his team had handed Rp 14 billion (US$848,000) to the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta, one of the research agencies conducting lab tests for COVID-19.“We hope the Eijkman Institute can quickly increase its capacity to conduct examinations,” Doni, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said after the meeting with Jokowi.Read also: Indonesia to receive 50,000 COVID-19 PCR test kits from South KoreaIn addition to conducting PCR swab tests, the government is also attempting to gain a clearer picture of the coronavirus spread through rapid testing, and has so far distributed some 400,000 rapid testing kits to regions across the country, with priority given to the hardest-hit areas such as Greater Jakarta.center_img A number of regional administrations have record hundreds of coronavirus cases using rapid testing kits over past few days, although experts warn they are less accurate than PCR tests.The Jakarta administration has recorded 589 positive cases from the 24,015 people who have undergone rapid tests as of Monday.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has said that of the 22,000 rapid tests conducted using blood samples in at least 27 regencies and cities, 677 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in the province.The official figure includes only cases confirmed using PCR tests, with Indonesia recording 2,491 confirmed cases and 209 deaths as of Monday.Read also: Carry out proper mass testing with PCR, experts sayThose who have tested positive for coronavirus using rapid tests could be required to go into immediate isolation, but still need to undergo PCR screening to confirm their status.In addition to testing kits, the government has distributed some 390,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE) to regions across the archipelago with 105,000 more to be distributed soon.Jokowi said during Monday’s meeting that authorities needed to supervise the distribution of PPE to ensure it arrived at hospitals.“We will prioritize distribution to regional hospitals,” Doni said, adding that the government would also focus on deploying volunteers to regional hospitals that lacked medical personnel.last_img read more

Sarajevo, Široki Brijeg and Zrinjski in Second Qualifying Round of Europa League

first_imgBiH clubs Sarajevo, Široki Brijeg and Zrinjski are playing today their first games in the second qualifying round of Europa League.Sarajevo will play the Albanian club Kukesija at stadium ”Zeqir Ymeri’’ at 19:30.Široki Brijeg will also play an away game against the Kazakh team Irtysha at stadium ”Ortaliq” beginning at 19:00 (local time).The only hosts of today’s games will be Zrinjski against the Bulgarian team Boteva from Plodiv. The meeting begins at 18:30 at stadium “HŠK Zrinjski” in Mostar.Return matches will be played on 25 July.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

Knicks execs ‘not happy’ with poor start; David Fizdale reaches to spin results

first_imgMills did offer a slight vote of confidence by saying, “We still believe in our coaching staff.”Steve Mills and Scott Perry address the media following tonights 108-87 loss to the Cavs— NEW YORK KNICKS ON MSG (@KnicksMSGN) November 11, 2019That staff includes two former NBA head coaches as assistants: Keith Smart, who has led the Kings, Warriors and Cavaliers; and Kaleb Canales, who coached the Trail Blazers for 23 games in the 2011-12 season.MOCK DRAFT: Knicks go guard at No. 1 A downcast Fizdale tried to argue that his 15th-place team’s season isn’t lost despite how it has looked on the court.”We’re two games from the 8th seed”– Knicks HC David Fizdale— Knicks Videos (@sny_knicks) November 11, 2019While factual, the Knicks being just two wins behind the eighth seed is not a sign the team is poised to improve dramatically. As he did with last season’s 17-win squad, Fizdale has tinkered with the rotation, partly because of injuries and absences (Mitchell Robinson, Elfrid Payton, Dennis Smith Jr.) but also because the roster is misshapen after Mills and Perry failed to lure Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to Madison Square Garden in the offseason.The execs used a lot of their cap space on short-term veterans Payton, Marcus Morris, Bobby Portis, Taj Gibson, Wayne Ellington and Reggie Bullock. They also signed power forward Julius Randle to a three-year contract. All of those players are trying to mesh with lottery picks RJ Barrett, Kevin Knox and, in the past few games, Frank Ntilikina. Suffice it to say, inconsistency has ensued.The Knicks came into Sunday’s game ranked 28th in the NBA in offensive rating and 22nd in defensive rating.Morris tried to put the onus on the players. “If I was the front office, I’d be upset, too,” he told reporters (per video from SNY). “Our coaches do a good job. We’ve just got to be better. They’re not the ones giving up 20-point leads in the first half. That’s us. That’s all on us. We have to own it. We have to be better.” Morris added that Fizdale is a “frontline dude.”Fizdale, though, is aware of how things work in the NBA, despite his spin about playoff contention.”I live in that sense of urgency. I don’t need anyone to speak to give me a sense of urgency. I’m not cruising through this thing acting like I’ve got a bunch of time to get a team together,” he said, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The clock is ticking on David Fizdale’s tenure as Knicks coach.Team president Steve Mills, flanked by general manager Scott Perry, told reporters following New York’s 21-point loss at home to the Cavaliers on Sunday that the front office is “not happy where we are right now.” The Knicks are 2-8 and last in the Eastern Conference after the season’s first three weeks.last_img read more

Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare Hosts Open House

first_imgFacebook48Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by The Northwest Christian Private Schools If you are looking for a solid, Biblically based preschool or childcare for your child, please consider Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare.Join us on Tuesday, August 11 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. or 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for an open house at The Community Christian Academy Preschool.   You can meet our teachers and tour the facility first hand.  Refreshments will be provided.You can also schedule a tour of our Preschool and Childcare at your convenience by calling us at (360) 493-ABCD or (360) 951-3054.Community Christian Academy Preschool and Childcare is located on The Northwest Christian Private Schools (previously The Foundation Campus) in Lacey, Washington at 4706 Park Center Ave NE Lacey, WA 98516. The Northwest Private Christian Schools consist of a Preschool and Childcare Center, our Community Christian Academy K-8 program, and Northwest Christian High School, home of the Navigators.Community Christian Preschool and Childcare offers small class sizes and individual attention for your child.  As a Christian Preschool and Childcare Center, your child will also learn values essential for success in life.  Our teachers are experienced, qualified, and serve as role models to your child in a loving and nurturing environment. We provide a Biblically based education, provide a Christian atmosphere, demonstrate love, care, and support to your child, and teach strong age appropriate academics.  Our Preschool and Childcare are also implementing provisions of the Early Achievers Program. The Early Achievers Program is a voluntary program for helping early learning programs offer High-quality child care.If you are looking for a safe, warm, loving school where your child can flourish, come visit us at our Open House on Tuesday, August 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or call today for a tour.  Our Administrator, Kim DeLeon, can answer your questions about our programs. To learn more about Ms. DeLeon and her role as Early Childhood Education Administrator for the campus, read this ThurstonTalk article sharing Kim’s background in teaching and learning.last_img read more