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first_imgWhen the previous policy allowing schools in green zones to reopen was in force, the FSGI found at least 79 regions violated the policy. They found, for example, that some schools outside green zones reopened, and some preschools in green zones reopened even though the policy prohibited them from doing so.“We wonder why there were no sanctions from the government for these regions,” FSGI secretary-general Heru Purnomo said.Official data shows 57 percent of Indonesian students currently live in red and orange zones, while the remaining 43 percent are in green and yellow zones across 276 cities and regencies.Indonesian Pediatricians Association (IDAI) chairman Aman Pulungan questioned whether regions had an adequate number of polymerase chain reaction tests and intensive care beds to handle a potential spike in cases among children.“If they are not prepared, then don’t open the schools,” Aman said on Sunday.Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has repeatedly said that the decision to reopen is optional and that schools and parents have discretion to decide what is best.But critics say the policy could see parents sending their children back to school prematurely without taking the proper safety measures.Read also: 79 cities, regencies violate school-reopening protocols: Education MinistryAccording to the IDAI, 60 children have died of COVID-19 and thousands others have tested positive, though Aman said the numbers could be higher since the association’s records did not take into account fatalities among suspected cases and cases treated by non-pediatricians.The Health Ministry found that 6,584 children aged 6 to 17 years old had tested positive for the virus as of Aug. 6.“And even with these numbers only, we already have the highest number of child deaths from COVID-19 in the Asia-Pacific,” said Aman who is also the president of the Asia-Pacific Pediatrics Association. “The IDAI strongly opposes the decision to reopen schools.”Aman also urged the government to involve the IDAI in the formulation of health protocols and policy relating to children’s education during the pandemic.Epidemiologist Pandu Riono from the University of Indonesia said the government must stop making important policies based on its “inaccurate” zoning system.The government has color-coded regions to indicate COVID-19 threat levels, using green, yellow, orange and red. Green zones indicate low-risk areas, while red zones are at highest risk of transmission.“This zoning is inaccurate because it is based on data that might not be accurate. The data on COVID-19 cases really depends on the number of tests done. If one area has a low testing rate, it is possible that no cases are found there,” Pandu said.“It is a very risky ‘experiment’. We are not in a normal situation. If schools reopen only to be closed again due to the possible escalation of infections, it will only bring more trauma to students.”Topics : The government’s decision to allow more schools to reopen has drawn strong criticism from pediatricians and teachers who have been calling for schools to stay focused on distance learning to prevent children from contracting the coronavirus disease.Despite daily increases of infections in Indonesia, the government expanded on Friday a school reopening policy for schools in COVID-19 yellow zones, or moderate-risk areas. The decision comes only a month after schools in green zones, or low-risk areas, were given the green light to reopen.The Federation of Indonesian Teachers Associations (FSGI) said the change risked creating new infection clusters at schools. The group has received reports of at least 180 teachers and students from across the nation who have tested positive for the virus. “The right to live and the right for students, teachers and parents to be healthy are still the most important things,” FSGI deputy secretary-general Satriwan Salim said on Monday.“Children are also entitled to the right to education, but we have to remember that children who can get an education are children who are healthy and alive. Distance learning is the best option we have right now.”Read also: More schools to reopen amid pandemicThe FSGI said that while it was true that there were many limitations and technical problems hindering distance learning, reopening schools was not the answer.“The government and local administrations must first solve the problems of distance learning. There should be intense coordination across ministries, institutions and regional administrations to find the solutions. This is the key,” he added.last_img read more

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first_imgCairns from the air. Picture: Marc McCormackONE in five homes sold in Cairns was at a loss, latest quarterly research has found – but a turnaround is underway.The CoreLogic Pain & Gain September quarter report, out today (Saturday January 28), found a big improvement in most coastal markets, including Cairns, where fewer homes were selling at a loss than during recent resource-hit times.“While towns linked to the resources sector are seeing heightened volumes of homes reselling at a loss, coastal lifestyle markets are seeing growing popularity, growth in values and in turn are seeing fewer properties resell for less than their original purchase price,” the CoreLogic report said.Cairns saw 22.7 per cent of homes resold at a loss over the September 2016 quarter, it found, compared to 11.3 per cent on the Gold Coast, 9.9 per cent in the Sunshine Coast, 1.2 per cent in Illawarra, 1.6 per cent in Newcastle Lake Macquarie, 9.8 per cent in Richmond-Tweed, 6.4 per cent in Mid North Coast, 5.6 per cent in Geelong, and 22.7 per cent in Bunbury.“The proportion of homes resold at a loss fell across most of these regions over the past quarter, the exceptions were: Richmond-Tweed and Geelong.” Largest loss-making resales in the regions: Mackay (Qld) (59.7%)Fitzroy (Qld) (51.0%)Townsville (Qld) (46.8%)Outback – WA (WA) (46.0%)Outback – SA (SA) (33.7%)Darwin (NT) (30.7%)Wide Bay (Qld) (29.9%)West and North West (Tas) (23.5%)Cairns (Qld) (22.7%)Bunbury (WA) (22.7%)More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago Source: CoreLogic Lowest loss-making resales in the regions: Southern Highlands and Shoalhaven (NSW) (0.7%)Illawarra (NSW) (1.2%)Newcastle and Lake Macquarie (NSW) (1.6%)Sydney (NSW) (2.3%)Melbourne (Vic) (4.9%)Geelong (5.6%)Central West (NSW) (5.8%)Toowoomba (Qld) (5.9%)Bendigo (Vic) (6.3%)Mid North Coast (NSW) (6.4%) Source: CoreLogiclast_img read more

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first_img161 A River Park Drive, AnnandaleThe home is open for inspection on Sunday from 12pm to 12.30pm.For more information call Brad Read on 0401 274 555. 161 A River Park Drive, AnnandaleTHIS villa style home in one of Townsville’s most ideally located suburbs would make the perfect base for retirees or busy professionals.Nestled beside parkland the three-bedroom home at 161 A River Park Drive, Annandale is on the market for $397,500 on a low-maintenance 473sq block.Lavarack Barracks, Townsville Hospital and James Cook University are only stone’s throw away along with schools and shopping. 161 A River Park Drive, AnnandaleThe home is situated at the front of the property providing privacy from rear neighbours.The generous master bedroom has a walk-in robe and ensuite while the other two bedrooms are positioned away from the main bedroom.Storage won’t be an issue with an internal storeroom which can be accessed from the garage and living area. The dining and living areas have parkland views while the kitchen is fitted with quality cabinetry and appliances.center_img 161 A River Park Drive, AnnandaleRay White Townsville Riverside principal and selling agent Brad Read said Annandale was popular with a variety of buyers due it’s location.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“The location is very attractive and near good schools,” he said.“You do get families as well as investor interest who are looking to buy because of Annandale’s great location.“(This property) is very modern and only seven years old and it’s on a block that has been split to provide two properties.“It has a really nice and modern open living area.”last_img read more

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first_img“There’s a lot of things it needed to have, I was quite demanding — I spent about 12 months designing it in my head, just getting it perfect … Even finding the right builder took me about six or seven months,” Mr Sawers said. “It has big blocks of land, and there aren’t going to be a great deal of properties here — stage four is open for sale at the moment, with stages one, two and three pretty much sold out. “It’s friendly; we’re in a small cul-de-sac and there’s only about six blocks of land in the area that we’re in. It’s a very peaceful place to live, and has good access to James Cook University, the hospital, army base and the northern suburbs.”The main bedroom has been designed to accommodate the needs of busy parents, and has a huge ensuite and walk-in wardrobe with carefully considered details to rival a five-star hotel. “I’m going to miss everything about it, especially the beautiful pool — the water is lovely for your skin, and great for aching muscles.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020With four sons between the ages of seven and 14, Mr Sawers wanted the house to be somewhere the family could come together, but also have their own privacy. At the centre of the house is an entertainer’s dream kitchen featuring a glass window connecting the host with their guests in the outdoor alfresco area. “The kitchen flows through from the hallway — it has double ovens, and a six burner stove with a huge pantry.” “The ensuite has a full bath which takes about an hour to fill up, and a huge shower that’s about 2m by 1.5m — it’s all designed as a wet room, so the water just drains away into the centre,” Mr Sawers said.“The walk-in wardrobe is also about the size of a bedroom, and it’s got a big beauty desk for the ladies.” “The kids’ retreat is almost a separate wing to the house,” he said.“It has its own external entry to the outdoor area and access to Foxtel … It’s very big and has four large bedrooms with its own bathroom.”There were a lot of features that attracted Mr Sawers to build at Eden Park, predominantly the size of the block and the estate itself.center_img This custom-built home at 6 Hobart Lane in Jensen is on the market for $899,000WHEN Terry Sawers built this six-bedroom family retreat two years ago, he designed it to meet the needs of a forever home with his four sons.Now this resort-style charmer is up for grabs in one of Townsville’s newest developments, Eden Park Estate. Every detail in the home has been thoughtfully considered, right down to the mineral magnesium swimming pool and the automated night-time hallway lights.READ MORE: High flyer beach pad at Pallarenda MORE IN REAL ESTATE NEWS How to bring your a-game to auction Waterfront development hits the marketlast_img read more

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first_imgA TEN-MAN Milerock team were on Wednesday evening stunned when they were beaten 1-0 by Grove Hi-Tech in the latest round of action in the 2017 Limacol round-robin knock-out football tournament.Playing the opening game of the night’s double-header at the GFC ground, the defending champions had managed to keep their Grove opponents at bay for most of the night, but they fell apart after the sending-off of Bryan Johnson in the 77th minute.Johnson’s earlier 19th minute foul had warranted a yellow card and the risk of keeping him on the field may have paid off for the time but it ultimately cost the team.Milerock may not have sported ‘lady luck’ Wednesday night, as several of their attempts came close to scoring, the closest of which came after a deflection by the Hi-Tech keeper right into the path of the attacker who let loose a cannon onto the upright.Grove, on the other hand, had their fair share of misses before Domini Garnett’s 90th minute strike, the closest coming from a set piece which tricked the wall into jumping while the passed off ball could have been slotted in from ten yards, but instead was passed back outside the area.Garnett’s goal came contrary to the side’s aerial style of play throughout the game as a complete and precise string of ground passes caught the opposition’s defence at sea before slotting past the outstretched goalie.With that result, the Group A still sees Winners Connection leading with four points, while Milerock sit second thanks to three points and a superior goal difference over Grove. Northern Rangers have one point.In game two, Western Tigers took an early lead in their game against Eagles United, Andrew Murray’s 4th minute guiding header rocketing past the goalie.Though they pushed on for more goals, the score line remained unchanged when the final whistle sounded.In the B group, Western Tigers have assumed a commanding lead with six points over their nearest competitors Eagles with three.In the next round of matches on Sunday evening Mahaica Determinators and Riddim Squad will clash from 18:30hrs while Ann’s Grove will face Pouderoyen from 20:30hrs at the Victoria ground. Milerock stunned, Western Tigers overpower Eagles 1-0last_img read more

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first_imgTHE quarter-final teams will know their fate this evening when the final round-robin game of the Petra organisation’s Futsal Championship takes place at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue.In the Group A, where the last game of the evening will pit Sparta Boss against Tiger Bay, the latter only require a draw to progress to the elimination round with a loss being detrimental, considering the fact that four teams from the other groups might finish on four points.On the other hand, Sparta need a win to guarantee qualification. A draw or a loss could be detrimental to their chances especially a loss, given that Group B and Group C possess several teams that could each finish on either four or six points for the critical third-place qualifier.In the other Group A game which is the opening fixture, a win for Back Circle over Agricola seals their place in the next round.A draw could also prove enough, especially if there is a winner in the Tiger Bay and Sparta matchup. A loss could be tricky especially if Sparta win, coupled with results from the other groups for that coveted third-place qualifier.Meanwhile, Agricola need several factors to go their way to progress. Firstly they need a heavy win against Back Circle. Secondly they need Tiger Bay to win by a large margin against Sparta Boss. Thirdly, they require Broad Street and Albouystown to play to a draw or a marginal win for Albouystown, and fourthly for West Front Road to beat Tucville and West Back Road to defeat North East La Penitence. If all these criteria are met they would automatically qualify.In the Group B fixtures, West Front Road have practically sealed qualification and a loss against Tucville would not harm their chances in any way with a worse-case scenario allowing them a third-place finish in the group and one of the two third-place teams to go through.On the other hand, a win would guarantee Tucville a place in the next round while a draw would also give them a good chance of securing a knockout berth as third-ranked, based on the results of the next round. A loss could translate into an exit, given the results of the other groups.In the other Group B game of the evening, North East La Penitence are in a similar position as Tucville, with a win guaranteeing their place in the next round. A loss would more than likely result in their exit especially based on results from the other groups while a draw could prove enough for them to sneak their way into the next round as third-place qualifiersWest Back Road need several results to go their way to clinch a berth to the next round. Firstly they need a sizeable win due to their poor goal differential, followed by West Front Road winning by a significant margin against Tucville, leaving the Group with three teams on three points.The Group runners-up would emerge via goal differential. To qualify as a third-ranked team, Back Circle and Tiger Bay would also need sizeable wins from Group A and either an Albouystown win or draw against Broad Street.Group C will need a miracle for Albouystown to qualify in their game against Broad Street Ballerz, with their only hope being as third-place qualifiers. Their goal differential means they have to win by a very large margin and hope several outcomes fall their way, including West Front Road and West Back Road winning by large score lines.They also require Tiger Bay and Back Circle to defeat Sparta Boss and Agricola by significant margins in Group A. All these outcomes must fall their way in order to stand even a chance of qualifying as third-place qualifiersSophia have practically sealed their place and can afford a loss, as the least they can finish in the Group is second, which gives them an automatic berth to the next round.Bent Street need a win to guarantee their place while a draw might be enough to seal their berth.However, they could still technically be eliminated if they suffer a significant loss, if Broad Street win handsomely and if results from the other groups go against them, especially Group B, which has the possibility of three teams finishing on six points.Matches start at 19:30hrs.last_img read more

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first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sloane Stephens was planning to spend Saturday night in New York celebrating with Madison Keys, hours after beating her friend to a first Grand Slam title.The 24-year-old American, ranked 83rd until Monday, thrashed 15th seed Keys 6-3 6-0 in just 61 minutes to complete a scarcely believable return from injury.if she would be buying the drinks, Stephens confirmed: “Yes, a lot of them apparently. We are having a little celebration and she is coming.”Just 69 days after returning from an 11-month injury lay-off, and six weeks since her ranking dropped to 957, Stephens became only the fifth unseeded woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the Open era.And she later revealed it was boredom as much as nerves that threatened to upset her equilibrium during the 48 hours between semi-final and final at Flushing Meadows.“I was literally in my room twiddling my thumbs,’ she said. “I was looking at car reviews last night on Auto Trader, like literally. That’s how bored I was. I didn’t have anything to do.”Stephens admitted that the nerves finally took hold as she stepped out onto Arthur Ashe Stadium – but a little over an hour later her eyes were bulging as a cheque for $3.7m (£2.8m) was handed to her and she was announced as a Grand Slam champion.She said: “There are no words to describe how I got here, because if you told someone this story they’d be, like, ‘that’s insane’.”It is four years since Stephens first grabbed worldwide headlines when she beat compatriot Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarter-finals.The likes of NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal and Dirk Nowitzki, and singer John Legend, congratulated her on social media, and a star had seemingly been born.In the event, progress was harder going until 2016 when she won three titles, cementing her place in the top 30 and apparently on the up.A right foot stress fracture halted that momentum, forcing her to withdraw from the US Open last August, and she would not return until Wimbledon.Surgery followed in January and for the next 16 weeks Stephens was on crutches and unable to put any pressure on her foot.Just a month before Wimbledon, she was still wearing a protective boot.“There is no positive to not being able to walk and being on one leg,” said Stephens. “That’s not fun for anyone.”Finally, Stephens stepped back on court in July – and first-round defeats at Wimbledon and in Washington were entirely predictable. Her ranking plummeted to 957.What followed was, in her own words on Saturday night, “insane”.The victory over Keys was her 15th in 17 matches, the kind of form shown by someone vying to be number one rather than avoid slipping outside the top 1,000.“When I had surgery, I was not thinking that I would be anywhere near a US Open title,” she said.“Nor did I think I was going to be anywhere near the top 100.”Sybil Smith made her tournament debut in the player box for the final as her daughter made history.“It was nice that we got it right for the two weeks, and I came out with the title,” said Stephens.It is eight years since Stephens attended her father’s funeral on the eve of the US Open, after he died in a car accident in Louisiana.Estranged from the family, John Stephens had been a running back in the NFL for the New England Patriots, the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs.But it was her mother, Sybil, an all-American swimmer, who brought up Stephens, and that included introducing the nine-year-old to tennis.“Obviously my whole life my mum has been very supportive,” said Stephens. “She’s been in my corner the whole time.“I have had a lot of ups and a lot of downs – and some really low downs – and throughout that, my mum has been there 100% with me.”It was at a tennis academy in her native Florida that Stephens learned the game, and also where she met Laura Robson as an 11-year-old.The British number four, 23, was clearly moved on Saturday night by seeing two of her friends and contemporaries on the US Open presentation stage, posting on social media: “Who’s cutting onions?”Robson might use both women as inspiration for her own struggle back up the rankings following injury.Stephens has spent as much time in 2017 as a TV presenter on a US tennis channel – what Keys described as “her second job” – as she has on court, helping fill her time during the 11-month injury lay-off.Describing herself as in “a sad place”, the television work proved to be a boost to morale.Paul Annacone, ex-coach of Pete Sampras, worked with Stephens for eight months in 2014, and again on her TV work this year. He believes the extended break from tennis had some benefit.“I think it has helped Sloane become more focused and realise that the window is closing, ever so slightly,” he told BBC Radio 5 live.“That’s allowed her to go on court with a much more relentless ability to compete and deal with adversity.“I think historically she has got a little bit nervous in stages, and then when adversity has set in she’s struggled a little bit to compete through it.“This summer, Sloane’s been amazing with adversity.”The semi-final victory over fellow American Venus Williams in New York took her record in three-set matches this summer to 8-0.last_img read more

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first_imgRennes are reportedly preparing a new bid to land striker Majeed Waris after seeing an initial offer rebuffed.The French Ligue 1 outfit are in the market in search for an extra forward despite acquiring Giovanni Sio from FC Basel.Waris’ performance in a six-month loan spell at Valenciennes prior to the 2014 World Cup is said to have convinced Rennes to pursue his services and are reportedly said to have offered  €4million to land his signature from Turkish side Trabzonspor.According to LeSport10, Trabzonspor rejected the offer insisting the Ghana international will be available for €6 million – same amount used to purchase Waris from Russia’s Spartak Moscow late last summer.The 22-year-old struggled for playing time and only managed to score four goals last season. He is also said to have attracted interest from clubs in China and the United Arab Emirates.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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