Indonesia receives 58 foreign aid packages for COVID-19 relief: Foreign Minister

first_imgThe Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that Indonesia had received 58 international aid packages for COVID-19 relief. They came from foreign governments, international organizations, NGOs and the private sector.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said that nine of the aid packages had come from foreign governments, 42 from NGOs and the private sector and seven from international organizations.“The governments of China, Japan, the United States, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and the United Arab Emirates have sent aid,” Retno said at a virtual press briefing in Jakarta on Thursday. The Foreign Ministry said it would prioritize seven kinds of medical equipment to be accepted, namely personal protective equipment, N95 and surgical masks, rapid testing kits, virus transfer media (Dacron swabs), ventilators, RT-PCR with reagent and thermometers (infrared and thermal).“Amid this pandemic, Indonesia’s diplomacy will continue with two main focuses, namely citizen protection and international cooperation facilitation,” Retno said.Although every country, she added, was busy with their domestic affairs, especially in addressing the spread of COVID-19, the spirit of collaboration remained.“It is the spirit that can help us fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” Retno said.According to the WHO, the pandemic has spread to 211 territories around the world. As of Wednesday, more than 1.3 million cases have been confirmed with nearly 80,000 deaths.Topics : The seven international organizations that have given aid packages to Indonesia are the World Health Organization, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Global Fund, and UNICEF.In addition, Indonesia has received 42 assistance packages from NGOs and private enterprises in nine countries, namely China, Singapore, South Korea, Vietnam, France, Russia, Germany, Japan and Sweden.Read also: Public health and Indonesia’s foreign policy in time of coronavirus“Most of the aid is in the form of masks, rapid testing kits and personal protective equipment,” Retno said.last_img read more

Dive into the Polar Plunge this Saturday

first_imgVersailles, IN— Special Olympics Indiana invites supporters to raise money and awareness by taking part in its 2020 Versailles Polar Plunge, to be held Saturday, February 15 at Versailles State Park.  On-site registration for the event will take place near the boat ramp beginning at 10 a.m. for the Polar Climb 5K Run/3K Walk and at 11:30 a.m. for the Polar Plunge. Runners will take their marks at 11 a.m., while plungers will enter the lake beginning at 2 p.m. Advance registration and additional details are available by clicking here.  The fundraising event is hosted by Special Olympics Indiana’s Ripley-Ohio-Dearborn Counties Program, the event features a heated festival tent at the park, offering games, entertainment, a food court, and the always popular “After Splash Bash,” where additional prizes will be awarded as participants warm up with food and beverages. Spectators and guests are welcome throughout.Those interested in supporting the event and raising money without getting wet are invited to register as “virtual plungers”.last_img read more

‘Footage’ of John Jensen receiving his Denmark squad list

first_imgJohn Jensen admitted he had to ask who his players were at what position they played in ahead of Denmark’s loss to Slovakia.Jensen answered his nation’s call when it was revealed first team stars were staying because of a dispute over commercial image rights between the Danish Football Association and the players’ union (Spillerne).It meant Futsal players and amateur footballers represented Denmark instead.“I had to start from scratch and ask each player his name and which position he plays on the field,” Jensen told a news conference. It reminded talkSPORT.com of a scene in Mike Bassett: England Manager.In the 2001 film, Bassett, played by Ricky Tomlinson, writes his squad list down on the back of a cigarette packet leading to unexpected call-ups for lower league players Ron Benson and Tony Hedges. impact How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade silverware RANKED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack REVEALED highlights center_img MONEY possible standings Most popular football news Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal ADVICE Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won last_img read more

Can Martin Jones give the Sharks the goaltending they need to win the Cup?

first_imgSAN JOSE — After a decade of playoff disappointments, it seemed like the Sharks had finally found the missing ingredient with a slick trade in the summer of 2015.Martin Jones opened his career with the Sharks by setting a franchise-record shutout streak of 234:33 during his first week on the job. Later, in the spring, he led the Sharks to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final, recording a .923 save percentage in 24 games. The future looked bright. At 26, Jones had the potential to …last_img

Dinosaurs Placed in Big Tree

first_imgDinosaurs didn’t take advantage of the big rise in diversity at the end of the Cretaceous, say British researchers.  Their big “supertree” of dinosaur evolution shows that the dinosaurs were just evolving at a regular speed while flowering plants, social insects, birds and mammals were evolving like crazy.    Science Daily and New Scientist were among popular media reports that printed the supertree diagram and stated the claim without question.  An examination of the original paper,1 however, shows something interesting:In order to obtain a well-resolved tree, we undertook some post hoc taxon pruning where poorly constrained species, producing unacceptably high numbers (more than 5000) of equally probable supertrees, were removed.  Choosing a tree for diversity analyses was based on overall supertree support.In fact, numerous subjective decisions were made to come up with the supertree.  The authors had to decide which fossils qualified as distinct species, for instance.  They also ran various tree-building software programs and had to decide threshold values for agreement: e.g., “To enforce MIX to run a compatibility analysis, the threshold parsimony option was set to 2.  One hundred heuristic searches were performed, and characters were weighted (as described above) using a specifically generated weight file.”  Subsequent paragraphs show even more subjectivity.  Here is one selection from the “Materials and Methods” section, to give a taste of the tweaking behind the result.  Some definitions of terms were added in brackets.Phylogenetic shifts in diversification were detected using SYMMETREE v.  1.0 (Chan & Moore 2005).  Analyses of tree shape are biased when a group is paraphyletic [composed of some but not all members descending from a common ancestor], as a particularly speciose clade (in this case, birds) is represented by a single terminal (Archaeopteryx).  A modification was thus required in order to account for the absence of birds.  Although it was not feasible in the present contribution to include all birds, a hand-drawn phylogeny of the better-known Mesozoic taxa (72 species in total) was inserted at the node subtending Archaeopteryx +Jinfengopteryx, effectively making the tree a Mesozoic time slice.  (This placement of Jinfengopteryx is based on the original description (Ji et al.  2005), but more recent analyses, e.g. Turner et al. (2007), have placed it within Troodontidae.)  Polytomies [divisions into three or more parts] were treated as soft, with the size-sensitive ERM [equal-rates Markov] algorithm set to perform 10000 random resolutions per individual node and 1000000 random resolutions for the entire tree.  Internal branches within the phylogeny on which diversification shifts are inferred to have occurred were identified using the Delta-2 shift statistic.  This process was repeated for time slices of the whole tree as described in Ruta et al. (2007) to avoid violating the ERM model.The tree was also fitted to the geological time scale, which assumes the very evolutionary story that the researchers were trying to discern.  Then, they added missing data (a kind of oxymoron), or “ghost ranges,” to get a smoother result:Ghost ranges, minimal basal stratigraphic range extensions implied by the geometry of the phylogenetic tree, indicate missing fossil data, and allow us to correct diversity profiles for the group through the Mesozoic and to compare diversification rates, the proportional change in observed species richness as a function of time, at different points (figure 2b, solid line): note how the addition of ghost ranges smoothes the curve.  In particular, peaks in observed diversification rate in the Norian and Campanian-Maastrichtian (bins 3 and 12) are greatly reduced when ghost ranges are introduced.  This is a minimal correction that does not take account of unknown taxon ranges before the first appearance of the older of a pair of sister groups.  In addition, this correction does not address possible upward range extensions.  However, peaks in the earliest, Middle and Late Jurassic are still observed after introduction of ghost ranges (figure 2b, dashed line).Did anyone ask whether selective judgments in software settings and subjective decisions about which species to include and exclude would generate reliable inferences about an unobservable past assumed to be over 100 million years ago?  Could this kind of tweaking be guaranteed, instead, to reproduce the authors’ own biases?    The authors did try to correct for some known biases, such as sampling error.  They also discussed uncertainties that are hotly debated among evolutionists, such as whether diversification typically occurs early in a radiation or not.  “The fossil record of continental vertebrates is clearly patchy, with large temporal gaps between sampling horizons.  The seriousness of sampling bias is debated,” they also granted.  Even so, they had to admit, “It follows that the fluctuations in diversification rate may not necessarily reflect evolutionary signal, and these must be tested rigorously.”    When all was said and done, after repeated rounds of tuning the knobs, the signal that dinosaurs did not take part in the alleged “Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution” was weak.  The popular science articles, though, reported it as a discovery of science.1.  Lloyd, Davis, Pisani et al, “Dinosaurs and the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution,” Royal Society Proceedings B, 0962-8452 (Paper) 1471-2954 (Online), DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2008.0715.You have just watched professional divination in action.  What these scientists did has no more relation to the true history of the world than the tea leaves in a fortune-teller’s bowl reveal about the origin of tea plants.  This is pure hocus, foisted on a gullible public under the guise of science (i.e., knowledge).  We provided detailed quotes from the paper to reveal how the trickery is done.  You don’t have to understand the jargon.  Just look at how subjective it is.  Why do the popular media publish the bottom-line claims of these wizards as if knowledge has just been gleaned from the world?  This is nothing but Darwinist imagination masquerading as scientific research.    Notice how the project was saturated with evolutionary religion from start to finish.  The fossils (admittedly scanty) were first placed into the millions-of-years evolutionary story.  This step has already been falsified by the discovery of soft tissue in dinosaur bone, bringing the millions-of-years assumption crashing down (see 04/26/2008).  Unabashed by that inconvenient fact, the authors continued their vision quest by borrowing other published evolutionary-diviner chants and spells.  It’s only polite, after all, to reference one’s sources.  Then they used Darwin-divination software.  They selected only the tea leaves and lighting guaranteed to support their story.  They published their resultant horoscope in a Darwin-divination journal, then handed it to the Darwin-inebriated press to herald to the unwashed masses.  A colorful image of the Magic Supertree Diagram was displayed to lend an air of mystical authority to the announcement.    All these shenanigans are designed to create a sense of numinous awe in the public consciousness.  Readers are supposed to bow down and confess that the diviners possess The Wisdom of The World, and that they are to be heeded instead of those wicked, nasty, evil, insane Creationists who proclaim a different message: that the complex bodies of birds, mammals, dinosaurs and insects reveal design, not chance, and that mythical “Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolutions” are incapable of forcing undirected matter to invent complex organs and functions.    Get wise to the tricks of the wizards.  This is not science.  It’s not even magic.  It’s deception.  The deceivers who believe their own lies are the most to be 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Chancen: Kernbereiche

first_imgSudafrikas Wirtschaft strotzt vor Geschaftsmoglichkeiten, mit etlichen Bereichen, die als Zonen von besonders hohem Wachstums- und Investitionspotential identifiziert werden. Dies trifft auf die folgenden Bereiche zu:AutomobilindustrieSudafrikas Automobilindustrie ist gewissermaßen der Turbomotor fur die Herstellung und den Export von Fahrzeugen und Fahrzeugkomponenten. Die Branche zeichnet fur 10% der Produktionsexporte des Landes verantwortlich und ist somit eine wichtige Saule in der Wirtschaft des Landes. WeiterlesenAuslagernDa Unternehmen weltweit auf den zunehmenden Kosten- und Preisdruck reagieren, transformiert sich Sudafrika zu einem international bevorzugten Standort fur die Auslagerung von Geschaftsablaufen. WeiterlesenICT und ElektronikSudafrika, fuhrend in der Entwicklung von Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologie in Afrika, ist der zwanziggroßte Abnehmer der Welt im IT Produkt- und Servicebereich. WeiterlesenTourismusDurch Sudafrikas landschaftliche Schonheit, fantastische Landschaften, sonniges Klima, Kulturvielfalt und den Ruf, etwas fur sein Geld zu bekommen, hat es sich zu einem der gefragtesten Urlaubs- und Geschaftsreiseziele der Welt entwickelt. WeiterlesenLandwirtschaft und AgrarindustrieSudafrikas biologische Vielfalt, zusammen mit einer Kustenlinie von 3.000 km und bedient von sieben Handelshafen, kultiviert bevorzugt eine sehr unterschiedliche Bandbreite von Meeres- und Landwirtschaftsprodukten, von sommergrunen uber Zitrus- zu subtropischen Fruchten bis hin zu Getreide, Wolle, Schnittblumen, Nutzvieh und Wild. WeiterlesenBergbau und MineralienSudafrika ist ein fuhrender Produzent von Edelmetallen wie Gold und Platin, aber auch von Basismetallen und Kohle. Es ist der viertgroßte Diamantenhersteller, wobei Experten davon ausgehen, dass es immer noch potentielle weitere Vorkommen in Gebieten gibt, die noch nicht voll erschlossen sind. WeiterlesenChemieindustrieDie Chemieindustrie Sudafrikas, die alles von der Kraftstoff- und Plastikherstellung bis zum Pharmabereich umfasst, ist die großte ihrer Art in ganz Afrika und wird vom Staat als Hauptantriebsmotor des Wirtschaftswachstums gesehen. WeiterlesenSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Discover Native Warm-Season Forages June 16

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Christine Gelley, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Noble County, OSU ExtensionOn Saturday, June 16, 2018, the National Park Service will host a collaborative program called “Discover Native Warm-Season Forages” from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Hopewell Culture National Historical Park (Mound City Group Visitor Center:16062 State Route 104 Chillicothe, OH 4560).This free event is a combined effort of the National Park Service, The Ohio State University, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council, Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever to share information about the versatility of native warm-season forages for conservation, wildlife, and livestock production.From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. an optional tour of the Hopeton Earthworks site will be offered as well. Attendance RSVPs are requested for submission by Friday, June 8. Noble County Extension is the contact point for registration information. Call 740-732-5681 for more details.last_img read more