Anies slams red tape in pandemic fight

first_imgThe request would then be discussed by an expert team appointed by the health minister, which would approve or deny the request in consultation with COVID-19 fast response team chief Doni Monardo, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). Other than regional leaders, the COVID-19 fast response team chief can also submit such a request.The Health Ministry must make a decision within two days after the submission of the request, the regulation says. The PSBB should then be implemented for 14 days, which can be extended if there are still proven cases of transmission. The PSBB covers the closing down of schools and offices, limitations of religious activities, activities in public places, social and cultural events, transportation restrictions and activities related to security and defense.Anies said he had sent a PSBB request to Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto on Wednesday before the ministerial regulation was issued and would wait for an answer instead of sending a new letter. The request was being discussed by the Health Ministry’s team on Sunday afternoon.How Anies held back in coronavirus response (JP/Hengky)According to the government’s official count, there are 2,273 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide as of Sunday, including 1,124 in Jakarta. Ninety-five of the country’s 198 fatalities were recorded in Jakarta.Padjadjaran University epidemiologist Panji Hadisoemarto said the procedure to obtain the PSBB status was “overly bureaucratic”. He feared local administrations would be late in taking necessary measures, as they failed to immediately meet the requirements imposed by the regulation.“The criteria imposed are too restrictive, especially by referring to cases as those confirmed through PCR testing. In practice, it’s very likely that decisions will be made too late, because there’s a bottleneck in our PCR testing,” Panji said.Indonesia has conducted fewer than 10,000 tests using the PCR method so far, a small number that has been attributed to insufficient preparedness on the part of laboratories and a shortage of PCR testing kits. This has caused a backlog in testing, with many patients having to wait for days for their lab results to come back.Read also: Indonesia to receive 50,000 COVID-19 PCR test kits from South KoreaBerry Juliandi of the Indonesian Young Scientists Forum criticized the new regulation that gives the Health Ministry the authority over PSBB policies. “We’ve seen that the health minister has not taken the right measures to contain and mitigate COVID-19 so far,” Berry said.Bayu Dwi Anggono, a legal expert at the University of Jember in East Java, said requiring mayors and regents to consult with governors and also send their request to the latter instead of only to the Health Ministry would only increase paperwork, since the requirement was not stipulated in the 2018 Law on Health Quarantine nor in the 2020 government regulation.The Health Ministry did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.Topics : Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has accused the central government of stonewalling his efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus by issuing a ministerial regulation that prevents him from directly imposing stricter measures to limit people’s mobility.Under pressure to control rising case numbers and fatalities in the capital, Anies strongly criticized the Health Ministry’s new guidelines on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that include an assessment process and show “no sense of urgency”.“[It’s] as if we are proposing a project that needs a feasibility study,” Anies told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “Can’t the ministry see that we are facing a rising death toll? Is that not enough?”Earlier this week, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that, in lieu of a regional or national lockdown, regions could enforce physical distancing rules in their fight against COVID-19.According to Government Regulation No. 21/2020 on PSBB, provinces and cities are required to obtain a permit from the Health Ministry to impose the policy. As of Sunday, no region has obtained such a permit.According to a ministerial regulation issued by the Health Ministry on Friday, regional heads who want to enact PSBB have to submit requests alongside data on the increase of cases by also providing an epidemiology curve and a map on the spread of the virus as well as data proving that transmission had already occurred in their region. Cases in question refer to the number of patients under surveillance (PDP) and those having been confirmed through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.Read also: Jakarta, West Java governors doubt central govt COVID-19 figureslast_img read more

Southland Conference Basketball Tournament Seeds Finalized

first_imgMEN’S SEEDS Second Round – Friday, March 15, 201911:00 AM – Game 3 – No. 4 Abilene Christian vs. Winner Game 1 (ESPN+)1:30 PM – Game 4 – No. 3 Nicholls vs. Winner Game 2 (ESPN+) First Round – Thursday, March 14, 201911:00 AM – Game 1 – No. 5 Sam Houston State vs. No. 8 Central Arkansas (ESPN+)1:30 PM – Game 2 – No. 6 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. No. 7 New Orleans (ESPN+) Championship – Sunday, March 17, 20191:00 PM – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (CBSSN) The tournament champion will receive the league’s automatic bid for the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments. FRISCO, Texas – Following the last regular season games and resulting tie-breakers the seeds and bracket for the 2019 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament have been finalized.center_img No. 1 – Sam Houston State (21-10, 16-2 SLC)No. 2 – Abilene Christian (25-6, 14-4 SLC)No. 3 – Southeastern Louisiana (16-15, 12-6 SLC)No. 4 – New Orleans (17-12, 12-6 SLC)No. 5 – Lamar (19-12, 12-6 SLC)No. 6 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (14-17, 9-9 SLC)No. 7 – Central Arkansas (13-18, 8-10 SLC)No. 8 – Houston Baptist (12-17, 8-10 SLC) WOMEN’S TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE Semifinals – Saturday, March 16, 20191:00 PM – Game 5 – No. 1 Lamar vs. Winner Game 3 (ESPN+)3:30 PM – Game 6 – No. 2 Stephen F. Austin vs. Winner Game 4 (ESPN+) MEN’S TOURNAMENT SCHEDULEFirst Round – Wednesday, March 13, 20195:00 PM – Game 1 – No. 5 Lamar vs. No. 8 Houston Baptist (ESPN+)7:30 PM – Game 2 – No. 6 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. No. 7 Central Arkansas (ESPN+)Second Round – Thursday, March 14, 20195:00 PM – Game 3 – No. 4 New Orleans vs. Winner Game 1 (ESPN+)7:30 PM – Game 4 – No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana vs. Winner Game 2 (ESPN+)Semifinals – Friday, March 15, 20195:00 PM – Game 5 – No. 1 Sam Houston State vs. Winner Game 3 (ESPN+)7:30 PM – Game 6 – No. 2 Abilene Christian vs. Winner Game 4 (ESPN+)Championship – Saturday, March 16, 20198:30 PM – Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (ESPN2)WOMEN’S SEEDSNo. 1 – Lamar (24-5, 17-1 SLC)No. 2 – Stephen F. Austin (25-5, 16-2 SLC)No. 3 – Nicholls (20-10, 14-4 SLC)No. 4 – Abilene Christian (20-9, 13-5 SLC)No. 5 – Sam Houston State (16-12, 11-6 SLC)No. 6 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (14-15, 8-10 SLC)No. 7 – New Orleans (12-15, 8-10 SLC)No. 8 – Central Arkansas (11-17, 6-12 SLC)last_img read more


first_imgHalloweve saw the final of the first Comórtas BEO do Amhran Nua Chumatha.Ten acts gathered in the Malton Hotel where they were hosted at the annual Scléip na Hoige. Each act had to perform their origal song as Gaeilge and make a 2 min presentation to judges Cian Mac Cathraigh radio na Life, Traic O Breannain Radio Rí Rá agus Colaiste na bFhiann and Ronan Mac Aodha Bhuí Radio na Gaeltachta.Competition on the night was tight with Fear na Tí commenting “Buíochas le Dia I don’t have to choose” Winners Apollo 6 were announced at 10 10 and preformed their winning song for the second time, Eurovision style.Many of those attending from Scléip na nóg were delighted with the judges choice.Apollo 6’s original song will now feature on the Radio Rí Rá Cd which will be distributed nationally for Seachtain na Gaeilge.BEO were delighted with the success of their first National Competition inviting Teens to write an original song in Irish. BEO would like to thnk Scléip na nOige for hosting the event and Foras na Gaeilge, Údaras na Gaeltachta, Donegal ETB and Donegal for their continued support and making such events possible.DDTV: APOLLO 6 SONG SCOOPS BEO NATIONAL TITLE was last modified: November 7th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Apollo 6BeocompetitionDDTVMUSICwinnerslast_img read more