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Indonesia should include youths as priority in COVID-19 relief actions, UNICEF says

first_imgIndonesia should include youths as one of the priorities in COVID-19 relief efforts, since it is the younger generation who will bear the brunt of the long-term socioeconomic impacts of the pandemic, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says.There were some 66 million youngsters aged 10 to 24 years old, making up roughly 25 percent of Indonesia’s population, UNICEF noted, adding that this generation also suffered during the COVID-19 pandemic as most schools remained closed and many of them also faced the risk of dropping out as families struggled with the economic impact of the health crisis.“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many have been saying that senior citizens are the most affected by the virus,” UNICEF communications chief Thiery Delvigne-Jean said in a recent statement received by The Jakarta Post.Read also: Millennials stay resilient in difficult times“However, the youth have been hit hard by COVID-19 in many things: they are unable to go to school and they see their parents losing their jobs or falling ill,” he said, adding that the youth will also have to brace themselves against the long-term impact on the economy, which could affect their opportunity to find a job in the future.When a parent loses their earnings due to the health crisis, it does not only affect the household finances, but also puts pressure on other family members. This could increase the risk of children witnessing or being subjected to abuse in the family, UNICEF noted.In a survey conducted by UNICEF in early May, one out of 10 teenagers in the country had experienced abuse at home.The survey, which involved 33,000 teenagers across 34 provinces in Indonesia, also revealed that 57 percent of respondents faced financial difficulties because their parents had been affected by the pandemic. Moreover, 62 percent of students who attended online classes stated that they need help with internet access as well as teacher’s guidance to navigate the online learning system if the pandemic continues.Read also: ‘Everything seems uncertain’: How teenagers navigate while life stuck at homeTo overcome this situation, UNICEF suggested the government invest more in education to ensure that students who have been affected by the pandemic are able to catch up with their studies.“Mental health and social support should be a priority as well. Upon formulating a COVID-19 action plan, the government should calculate specific risks from young girls as well as other children from vulnerable groups, including those who have to face stigma and discrimination,” Delvigne-Jean said.Topics :last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Nonprofit Security Grants Available to Help Protect Religious and Other Organizations

first_img January 15, 2020 Gov. Wolf: Nonprofit Security Grants Available to Help Protect Religious and Other Organizations SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release Governor Tom Wolf announced today the availability of $5 million in funding for security enhancement projects for nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities throughout the commonwealth. Applicants are eligible for security enhancements designed to protect the safety and security of the users of a facility located in the commonwealth that is owned or operated by the nonprofit organization.“These grants expand the school safety and security grants introduced last year,” Gov. Wolf said. “And will help our myriad nonprofits address security needs heightened by the heinous attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in 2018 and the safety concerns that still exist for religious, social and other nonprofit organizations across the commonwealth.”Administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program was part of Act 83 of 2019, which directs PCCD to administer grants to nonprofit organizations that principally serve individuals, groups or institutions that are included within a bias motivation category for single bias hate crime incidents as identified by the FBI’s 2017 Hate Crime Statistics publication.Applicants can find the application and information about the Program on PCCD’s website at www.pccd.pa.gov. Grant awards can range from $5,000 to $150,000 for a wide variety of eligible items, including:Safety and security planning and training;Purchase of safety and security equipment and technology;Upgrades to existing structures that enhance safety and security; andVulnerability and threat assessments.The application period is open for a 30-day window from Wednesday, January 15 to Friday, February 14. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by a PCCD-established workgroup comprised of representatives of PCCD, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security, with awards being considered at the March 11 PCCD meeting.Questions regarding the program and the application process should be forwarded to RA-CD-NPSEC-GRANT@pa.gov.last_img read more

Developer sweetens the deal with mouth-watering incentive

first_img SMALLER SCALE WITH BIG APPEAL THE RUDEST PLACE NAMES ON EARTH Poinciana Rise at The Gap.They also have individual courtyards and gardens of up to 130sq m. Mr Dangerfield said the outdoor space made Poinciana Rise ideal for both gardeners and pet owners, and already the project was attracting strong interest.One townhouse has sold and another is subject to an expression of interest.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“We’ve had a lot of interest from the local market in particular, especially from downsizers who currently live in The Gap and want to stay here,” he said.“With just 18 available, it’s a development which is boutique in nature and high-end in finish, offering a unique alternative in a great location.”Due for completion around September, Poinciana Rise is a project by local developer Dillon Road Properties.Continuing the local theme is the incentive for townhouse buyers to receive a $2500 voucher for The Blind Tiger restaurant and Black Sheep bottleshop at The Gap.Mr Dangerfield said the eatery was hugely popular with the suburb’s residents and the initiative was a wonderful way of supporting local business.To qualify for the voucher, purchasers must sign a contract and pay the full deposit by the end of January.Poinciana Rise townhouses are priced from $689,000 to $735,000, with three different configurations to choose from. Inside Poinciana Rise.Jack Dangerfield, of Harcourts Solutions, said the development would appeal to downsizers and first home buyers, as it offered amenity to the city and a spacious home to call their own.“Six of the townhouses have downstairs main bedrooms and ensuites, which is ideal for older residents, and the location is just a seven-minute leisurely walk to The Gap village,” Mr Dangerfield said.“To get there without taking public transport or without having to drive is key to this development’s appeal.”Each of the two-storey townhouses includes three bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and open-plan living. Poinciana Rise, 159-161 Payne Road, The Gap.If low-maintenance living in the popular suburb of The Gap piques your interest, a $2500 voucher at one of the suburb’s funky local eateries and bottleshop might be just enough to seal the deal.That’s the offer currently on the table for buyers who sign a contract on Poinciana Rise in Brisbane’s west before January 31.Currently under construction at 159-161 Payne Rd, Poinciana Rise is the suburb’s newest boutique development, featuring only 18 townhouses within walking distance of local shops and eateries.last_img read more

Homesick expats crave a dose of green and gold

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSpring selling predictions for 202002:37The allure of green and gold is tempting Australians living abroad to return home amid the COVID-19 crisis, with real estate agents reporting a surge in expat inquiry.Aussies based in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States are leading inquiry on beachside and hinterland real estate.79 George St, Burleigh Heads.Harcourts Coastal agent Katrina Walsh said she has been fielding numerous calls from expats looking for “anything ocean or green” on the Gold Coast.“I’m hearing from expats in Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai and London, as well as people who’ve just come back from overseas,” she said,“Cashed up expats are wanting to put their money into Gold Coast property, but they want to be waterfront, beachfront or on nice big acreages.”The Burleigh Heads house was designed by the architect owner Maurice Verna.Overseas interest has been high on a four-level house with ocean views at 79 George Street, Burleigh Heads.The sellers are Patricia Verna and architect husband Maurice, who designed some of the city’s iconic buildings including Element and Ivory in Burleigh Heads.“The house is stunning and built to stand the test of time,” said Ms Walsh, “but because it’s situated on the headland, next to all the walking tracks and with an ocean view, my phone has not stopped ringing.”“Anything ocean or green is going berserk.”Expats like the green and gold on offer at 79 George St, Burleigh Heads.Search data from realesate.com.au from the past 90 days reveals house hunters in New Zealand accounted for 27 per cent of views on residential real estate in Queensland, followed by the United Kingdom (20 per cent) and the United States (12 per cent).Some four per cent of searches came out of Hong Kong and Canada.Of those searches, the Gold Coast was the top region of choice in Queensland, followed by Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Cairns and then Townsville.An inner city acreage at 6 Jake Court, Bonogin was among the top 10 most-viewed properties in Queensland this week.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoOf the top 10 most viewed properties in the Sunshine State this week, two were acreages in the Gold Coast Hinterland, namely Mudgeeraba and Bonogin, while another two were on or near the beach in Mermaid Beach and Burleigh Heads.Agents on the northern end are also reporting an increase in expat interest.A London buyer paid $2.125 million after inspection this Hope Island house via video.A London buyer has paid $2.125 million for a five-bedroom residence on Riverdale Drive, Hope Island.@realty agent David Druce said technology meant geography was no longer a roadblock for remote buyers.“More buyers are becoming receptive to the idea of inspecting a property remotely, which means vendors can expect a much wider pool of purchasers – from interstate and overseas – moving forward,” he said.“The Hope Island home sold to a London buyer within a week after two very thorough video inspections which gave them the comfort that the property was what they were looking for.”last_img read more

Drug Testing in High Schools

first_imgBatesville High School is debating whether to do random drug testing of their high school students.  Three states have random drug testing now. In these 3 states 1 out of 600 showed positive results for drugs.If you decide to do this, what drugs would be considered illegal?  Who would make this decision?  Would an antihistamine be considered a drug?  In some pro sports, it is.  However, it is a common substance used to control allergies in many young people.  Obviously, drugs like heroin would be on the list.Schools are getting a lot of pressure from some groups to do this while others consider it just a scare tactic.  These people do not think it is necessary at the high school level.  The press likes to hype drug testing but few schools can afford the cost that such a program would place on their budgets.  We will have to wait and see what Batesville decides.last_img read more

New ride carries Ursetta to two Colby wins, IMCA Modified Madness checkers pay $3K

first_imgDominic Ursetta was the $3,000 winner at Thomas County Speedway’s inaugural Nutrien IMCA Modified Madness special. (Photo by Steve Towery) When the green flag flew again, Black continued to lead the way by running the bottom lane, while Belec, who had slid past Gottschalk for the runner-up position, was methodically working the very top edge of the racetrack in pursuit.  Sanctioned Modifieds, Stock Cars, Hobby Stocks, Northern SportMods and Sport Compacts race both nights, with the Friday card being a draw/redraw in all divisions. During the Saturday program, Stock Cars will run the same qualifying format as used during Nutrien Modified Madness. As Ursetta began to drive away from the field, maneuvering lap traffic with ease, Belec tried everything he could to reel him back in. Tanner Black and Cody Gearhardt had started at the front of the Modified Madness field. Black powered to a sizable advantage in the early stages of the 25-lapper while Daniel Gottschalk worked to chase him down after moving to second from his seventh starting spot in just two laps. Belec worked his way into the top three while Ursetta hustled into fourth after falling to seventh in the first couple circuits, before a lap 10 yellow bunched the field back up.  Feature results – 1. Dominic Ursetta; 2. Eddie Belec; 3. Daniel Gottschalk; 4. Tanner Black; 5. Jordy Nelson; 6. David Murray Jr.; 7. Clay Sellard; 8. Clay Money; 9. Kyle Rohleder; 10. Tyler Sutton; 11. Mark Leiting; 12. Nick Link; 13. Matt Morris; 14. Ronnie Hill; 15. Dave Pedersen; 16. Chris Remetes; 17. Todd Schwarz; 18. Rich Tegethoff; 19. Cody Gearhart; 20. Dylan Sherfick. He followed up with the $3,000 Nutrien IMCA Modified Madness checkers at Colby on Saturday, beating Eddie Belec to the finish line by two-plus seconds.center_img COLBY, Kan. (June 1) – Dominic Ursetta didn’t need a lot of laps to shake any bugs out of his new ride.  Ursetta debuted a new 2019 GRT by Phillips in winning Friday’s IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing program at Thomas County Speedway.  “It took us a little while to find our line Saturday,” said Ursetta, already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “Once we got into the lead we were able to pull away a little.” Belec was forced to settle for second, however, with Gottschalk, Black and Jordy Nelson completing the top five.  Just past the halfway point, Belec made his move, taking the lead from Black on lap 14.  A four-car battle ensued for the next handful of laps, before Ursetta motored to the lead on the 18th circuit.  Action returns to Thomas County Speedway with the Jeff Hartwell Memorial on Friday, June 14, and the $3,000 to win Holly Enterprises Stock Car Stampede on Saturday, June 15. last_img read more

Ighalo idolises Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ex-FIFA secretary general, BeIN sports chairman go on trial over TV rights Breaking: Ighalo blocked Osimhen’s Man U move — Brother Odion Ighalo has revealed his two Manchester United idols growing up, as he continues to live the dream since his shock move to Old Trafford. After making a surprise loan move to United in January, the Nigerian striker has boosted his hopes of a permanent move from Shanghai Shenhua following some impressive performances in a Red Devils shirt. A £15 million fee has been placed on his head by his parent club, and the latest reports suggest that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to sanction a deal for the 30-year-old. Ighalo, who has scored four goals in three starts for United, grew up watching Sir Alex Ferguson’s United teams and his love of goalscoring was inspired by two Old Trafford fan favourites. “I watched Andy Cole growing up,” Ighalo told beIN Sports. “Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, they were two strikers at United who used to score goals. They were very strong and scored a lot of goals. “I tried to see every game of United every weekend if possible. “I still remember those memories. “When you say those kind of things (about playing for United when he was a child), people say ‘are you crazy?’ because back then you don’t even know what the future holds. “First you just want to go outside the country to start playing – even for a small team, not even to talk of going to United. “But my support for the team was great. I never imagined it was going to turn out this way. Even when I played in the Premier League for Watford, I never thought this was going to happen.”Tags: beIN SportsDwight YorkeOdion IghaloOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more

Floren makes flying start

first_imgSweden’s Oscar Floren carried on where he left off on Thursday as the Irish Open resumed in windy conditions at Carton House. Floren carded a flawless six-under-par 66 late in the first round to claim a one-shot overnight lead ahead of former champion Shane Lowry, Michael Hoey, Joost Luiten, Peter Uihlein and France’s Jean-Baptiste Gonnet. And the 29-year-old, who has a best finish of 25th on the European Tour this season, was quickly back among the birdies in the second round, picking up shots on the first and fourth to improve to eight under par. Press Associationcenter_img That increased his lead to two shots over Madeira Islands Open winner Uihlein, who had started on the other side of the course and birdied the 10th, with former Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal a shot further back after two birdies and one bogey in his opening five holes. Hoey, whose opening 67 had come exactly a week after his wife Bev had given birth to their first child, had bogeyed the 11th to drop back to four under. Graeme McDowell, who said earlier this week that winning the Irish Open was on his golfing “bucket list”, was seven shots off the pace after an opening 71 and one birdie and one bogey in his opening four holes on Friday morning. And former world number one Rory McIlroy was even further down the leaderboard, the two-time major winner admitting to feeling “a little lost” after a first round of 74 that left him struggling to make the cut on Friday afternoon. Floren’s first bogeys of the week on the fifth and sixth dropped him back to six under par and allowed Uihlein to move into the lead with birdies at the 13th and 15th. At eight under par he led by one from Olazabal, who had birdied the 17th and 18th to reach the turn in 33, and Spanish Open winner Raphael Jacquelin, who had rolled in a hat-trick of birdies from the 13th. last_img read more

United hoping to head to America

first_imgManchester United will join Manchester City and Liverpool for a grand pre-season tournament in the United States, but David Moyes may have to pull his team out if they are forced to go through Europa League qualifying. The reigning Premier League champions hope that does not occur and their participation in the competition can go ahead as planned. It is understood that United will take part in other pre-season matches, which will be announced in the coming months. United have taken part in four pre-season tours of the US before, with their most recent trip across the Atlantic coming three years ago. Managing director Richard Arnold said: “I’m delighted to announce that the team will be returning to the USA for our 2014 Tour, presented by Aon. “Since the club’s last visit in 2011, the appeal of football in America has grown rapidly. “NBC reported that this season’s Barclays Premier League opening weekend saw the average viewership rise by 78 per cent from the 2012/13 season, with Manchester United’s match against Swansea being the most-watched game.” “Manchester United has over eight million followers in the United States and the 2014 Tour presents an exciting opportunity for these fans to get up close to the club they love.” Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Miami, Washington DC and another two cities will host the International Champions Cup matches. Fixtures will be announced on February 20. Real Madrid won last year’s tournament, beating Chelsea 3-1 in the final in Miami. As the tournament begins on July 26, United’s participation – and Liverpool’s – could be in jeopardy, however. “Teams required to qualify for 2014/15 European competition based on 2013/14 domestic league finishing position may be subject to change,” read a statement on United’s website. Based on current form, United look unlikely to qualify for next year’s Champions League. The Red Devils, who have lost eight matches so far this term, sit seventh in the Barclays Premier League – some seven points off the top four. As it stands, only the fifth-placed team in the Premier League qualifies for the Europa League, but that could all change in the coming months. If Manchester City win the Capital One Cup next month, the sixth-placed team in the league will also qualify for the Europa League. In addition to that, if the FA Cup winners finish in the top four, then the team that ends the year in seventh will also qualify for Europe’s secondary competition. Should that scenario occur and United finish seventh in the table, they will have to undergo two rounds of Europa League qualifying – the first of which is bang in the middle of the International Champions Cup – and they will have to pull out of the American tournament as a result. As part of the build-up to the 2014-15 season the three English teams, along with Inter Milan, AC Milan, Roma, Olympiacos and Real Madrid will take part in the International Champions Cup, it was announced on Tuesday. The eight teams will be split into two leagues, with the winners of each group taking part in the final at the Sun Life Stadium – home of NFL franchise the Miami Dolphins – on August 4. Press Associationlast_img read more