COVID-19: Community in Madiun builds ‘open kitchen’ to help affected residents avoid hunger

first_imgSyamsul said most people in the neighborhood worked in the informal sector as street vendors, parking attendants and pedicab drivers and the like and their daily income had been devastated because of the coronavirus outbreak.Some residents also had to temporarily shut down their small businesses to comply with the government’s physical distancing policy to curb the spread of the disease.Syamsul and some residents launched the initiative to help their neighbors upon learning about their situation.“I started here with three other people. We donated our money – Rp 100,000 [US$6.35] each – so that we could collect at least Rp 400,000 to start,” Syamsul said on Thursday last week while he was cooking with the other residents in the kitchen. With the money, they bought food supplies to start operating the kitchen.In the beginning, the open kitchen could provide around 90 food packages in the morning and another 90 packages in the evening. After running for a couple of days, the initiative caught the attention of other residents who also donated food supplies, cooked food, cash and human resources.The open kitchen can now produce 220 packages of food per day, of which 110 are distributed in the morning and 110 in the evening. In order to produce 110 packages, Syamsul said, the kitchen needed around Rp 500,000 per production.The open kitchen distributes the meals directly to each house to avoid crowds.Syamsul said he hoped such an initiative could help people whose livelihoods were disrupted by the pandemic.“Many people have raised their concerns [about the pandemic]. We just want to play our small part in helping those in need,” he said as quoted by of Monday afternoon, East Java had recorded 440 confirmed COVID-19 cases, making the province — which has recorded 30 fatalities so far — the third-hardest hit nationwide, after Jakarta and West Java, respectively.Indonesia recorded at least 4,557 positive cases and 399 deaths linked to the disease, according to the government’s official count on Monday. (asp)Topics : A community unit in Madiun, East Java, has set up an “open kitchen” so that people in the area whose incomes have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will not need to go hungry.Residents of community unit (RT) 37 in neighborhood unit (RW) 09 of Mojorejo, a subdistrict of Taman district in Madiun, have built a kitchen accessible to the public in the yard of a house.The RT chief, Syamsul Hadi, 43, said the kitchen was opened two weeks ago.last_img read more

East Java delays repatriation of 38 Malaysian ‘santri’ who tested positive for COVID-19

first_imgThe Magetan regency administration in East Java suspended the repatriation of 38 Malaysian students of Al Fatah pesantren (Islamic boarding school) in Temboro village after they had tested positive for COVID-19.The regency’s COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Saif Muchlissun, said 29 santri (students of an Islamic boarding school) tested positive during rapid testing on Monday, while the other nine tested positive during earlier polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.”The 29 Malaysian students have to stay here in the village because they have to wait for the PCR test results,” Saif told The Jakarta Post on Monday. The Malaysian Embassy in Jakarta had planned to repatriate more than 150 Malaysian students who initially wanted to stay and spend Ramadan in the village.”Only 124 can leave Temboro as the others have tested positive for the disease,” Saif said, adding they had flown home from Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on Monday evening.Apart from the Malaysians, a student from Thailand also tested positive for COVID-19.Read also: Nearly 100 Malaysians who recently returned from Indonesia test positive for COVID-19As of Monday, Magetan recorded 33 confirmed cases in the regency, 24 of which were linked to the Temboro pesantren. The East Java COVID-19 task force has declared the boarding school a “severe red zone” and put the village under quarantine last week.Al Fatah pesantren houses more than 22,000 students, 2,000 of whom are foreigners, mostly from Southeast Asian countries.The boarding school is also a base for an Islamic group known as Jamaah Tabligh, which has held events in Malaysia, India and South Sulawesi that have been linked to several COVID-19 cases in the respective regions. (kuk) Topics : He added that the other nine Malaysian students confirmed for COVID-19 had to undergo medical treatment for 14 days at a nearby hospital.Rapid testing for COVID-19 is faster and more affordable compared to the PCR, although it is less accurate as it only detects antibodies against the coronavirus in blood samples.Read also: ‘Severe red zone’: East Java scrambles to contain COVID-19 spread at Islamic boarding schoolEarly last week, the task force traced santri who had been in contact with 43 students who had tested positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia upon returning from the Al-Fatah pesantren. Malaysian health authorities declared them a new COVID-19 cluster in the country on April 19.last_img read more

The Latest: Minnesota cutting men’s track, gym, tennis teams

first_img“For a single event where many are gathering, we felt this additional safety measure was beneficial,” Texas spokesman J.B Bird said.___Kentucky will limit seating at Kroger Field this season to 20% of capacity, about 12,200, with physical distancing for its five Southeastern Conference home games.The school’s coronavirus protocols announced Thursday include mobile ticketing and parking passes and face coverings at all times, except while eating or drinking. Tailgating and pregame gatherings in the parking lots have also been eliminated, including RVs.Kroger Field will undergo enhanced cleaning and sanitization before and during events and feature hand washing and sanitizing stations throughout. The Wildcats’ home opener is Oct. 3 against Mississippi. ___Boston College has suspended activities for its men’s and women’s swimming and diving program after some team members tested positive for the coronavirus.School spokesman Jason Baum says in an email that the athletes who tested positive are in isolation. He declined to say how many team members had tested positive and whether they were on the men’s or women’s team.As of Thursday, there were 68 undergraduates in isolation, including 28 in isolation housing and 40 recovering at home. Fifteen students have recovered from the virus.___ Associated Press ___More AP sports: and Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Minnesota is dropping men’s indoor and outdoor track and field, gymnastics and tennis because of budget concerns brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. Washington laid off 16 employees and instituted furloughs or reductions in hours for another 35 employees as part of a second-round of cost-saving measures by the school.Washington said the 16 layoffs are a combination of vacant positions and some currently filled roles.Washington had previously announced salary reductions for some members of the athletic department and instituted furloughs for all athletic staff.“We have remained committed to maintaining all 22 of our programs and to providing a world-class education and athletic experience for our students,” Washington athletic director Jen Cohen said in a statement. “In order to fulfill this commitment we are having to make some challenging personnel decisions that impact long-standing and dedicated members of our department. The current pandemic continues to have a major impact on our entire country and we are not immune.”The layoffs and furloughs are part of Washington’s efforts to cut $28 million in expenses from its athletic budget due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school is projecting a revenue shortfall of more than $50 million and that’s if a winter or spring football season is played. ___The University of Texas will require students to pass a COVID-19 test before they’ll be allowed to attend the No. 14 Longhorns’ season opener against UTEP on Saturday night.Texas has up to 3,000 student tickets available for the football game. To claim a ticket, a student must pass a university-provided rapid test on Friday, the school said. The test will be free to students at a cost of about $90 per test to the university.Texas will allow about 18,000 fans to attend the game at a stadium that typically seats close to 100,000. The testing requirement doesn’t apply to the general public attending the game.Texas doesn’t require students to be tested before they attend classes, although most are taking classes online, and gatherings of 10 or more people are generally not allowed. Minnesota President Joan Gabel and athletic director Mark Coyle said Thursday that the athletic department is facing a projected loss of $75 in revenue for this fiscal year following the Big Ten’s decision to postpone fall sports.School officials said the elimination of the sports will be effective at the completion of their 2020-21 competition seasons, which the teams will play if “health and safety precautions allow.”The athletic department is eliminating eight other positions in addition to those that will be cut because of the four programs being discontinued. School officials said that’s part of a personnel cost-reduction that should save $1.3 million this fiscal year.The 10% salary reductions that Coyle, football coach P.J. Fleck, men’s volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon, men’s hockey coach Bob Motzko, men’s basketball coach Richard Pitino and women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen had accepted already will now be extended through the entire fiscal year. That is expected to save about $1.2 million.___ September 10, 2020 The president of Italian soccer club Napoli has tested positive for the coronavirus.The team says Aurelio De Laurentiis was positive following a test taken Wednesday.De Laurentiis attended a Serie A meeting in Milan on Wednesday that included representatives of each of the Italian league’s 20 clubs. He was also in contact with Napoli’s players and staff recently during the team’s preseason training camp in Castel di Sangro.It wasn’t immediately clear if Napoli’s entire squad would be placed in isolation as a precautionary measure.Napoli’s opening Serie A match is at Parma in 10 days and the team is scheduled to play Pescara and Sporting Lisbon in preseason friendlies on Friday and Sunday. 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At Last, D’Tigress Arrive Lagos from USA

first_imgThis evening, the second batch which will be led by Coach Otis Hughley will touch down in Lagos same time aboard the Turkish Airline flight.This batch will be made up of Aisha Mohammed, Ezinne Kalu, Atonye Nyingifa, Elo Edeferioka, Imovbioh Sarah and Promise Amukamara.The trio of Nkem Akaraiwe, Nkechi Akashili and Uju Ugoka will join the squad today for their first training session holding at the Molade Okoya Thomas Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere.Team Captain, Adaora Elonu, who currently got signed by WNBA side, Atlanta Dreams will join the team at a later date.Flight cancelations have kept the players at the Atlanta camp till now. They were scheduled to return last weekend and open the business of preparing in the Lagos this past Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram At last, the D’Tigress arrived Lagos from their camp in Atlanta, USA in continuation of their preparation for the 2018 FIBA Women World Cup in Spain.The team which left Atlanta on Wednesday aboard a Turkish Airline, arrived Lagos at 7:15pm yesterday evening.The first batch of players on that flight were led by Coach Ujoh Alexander. They include; Evelyn Akhator, Cecilia Okoye, Jasmine Nwapei, Dominic Wilson and Sarah Ogoke.last_img read more