first_imgNearly 300 suspected and confirmed COVID-19 victims have been buried in Jakarta since the beginning of March, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said on Monday. In a press conference at City Hall, Anies said that between March 6 and March 29, 283 people in Jakarta had been buried following COVID-19 protocols, with their bodies wrapped in plastic, put inside coffins and interred in less than four hours after they died.”Maybe some of them have not been tested, so it cannot be said that they were [COVID-19] positive. Or maybe some had been tested but the results have not come back,” he said. “This shows that the situation in Jakarta is very concerning. That is why I am asking the public to see the numbers not as only as statistics. They were our fellow residents and were healthy just a month ago.” Jakarta COVID-19 Task Force head Catur Laswanto said that according to official records, there had been 720 confirmed cases in the capital with 76 deaths, as of Monday.Anies urged the public show more discipline in following physical distancing measures to help prevent further deaths. “Stay at home, be disciplined about maintaining your distance, Protect yourself, protect your family, protect your neighbors, protect everyone,” he said. “Don’t force the Parks and Cemeteries Agency to record even more deaths. Let’s all be responsible.”Anies has also written a letter to the central government, proposing a city-wide quarantine in line with the 2018 Health Quarantine Law.  The government has yet to announce a quarantine to support regional administrations’ handling of the outbreak. Instead, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said after a meeting on Monday that the government would pursue a policy of “large-scale social restrictions” and stricter physical distancing measures.As of Monday, Indonesia had recorded 1,414 confirmed cases and 122 deaths. (dfr)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgDominion Post 7 Dec 2011Alcohol abuse is saddling the health system with “entirely avoidable costs” and causing despair among staff who pick up the pieces, Wellington’s health sector leaders say. In an open letter to The Dominion Post, 14 of the 18 members of Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley district health boards have called for “a community-wide conversation” about alcohol, saying the health system can do only so much on its own.The board members – who are voted in by the public or appointed by the Government – have added their voices to those of staff at both organisations, who have relentlessly decried the end effects of alcohol abuse. Alcohol, as well as contributing to patients showing up at emergency departments, is responsible for a significant proportion of cancers, organ diseases and other long-term illnesses that the health system treats. read more

first_imgDespite a busy a international calendar, the focus switches back to the Ghana Premier League competition with matches lined up this weekend.The topflight will herald the busy build up to Tuesday’s international fixture between Ghana and Egypt in a World Cup qualifier as the domestic competition has seven matches on the bill.Medeama after savouring their first victory last weekend will be eager to continue in that fashion when the get the weekend’s match-day-6 action underway on Saturday in Tarkwa.The Mauves will welcome AshantiGold to the T&A Park live on SuperSport from 15:15GMT. Medeama will be attempting to register a second-straight win in the league after ending a winless run of four game last Sunday.Match action continues on Sunday with the top-liner at the Accra Stadium where second-place Hearts of Oak engage a Berekum Chelsea side yet to find their form. David Duncan’s side will be desirous of a win as victory will put them level on points of leaders, Asante Kotoko who do not play until Thursday when they meet Hasaacas. But Chelsea might offer a response as they try to shake off a poor start to the season.Elsewhere on Sunday afternoon, Ebusua Dwarfs will have to resurrect their fine early season start to keep pace with the top when Liberty Professionals arrive at the Robert Mensah Stadium in an other fixture live on SuperSport from 15:15GMT.After picking their first win, New Edubiase face a tricky home test with the visit of Bechem United.King Faisal, who also recorded their first win would take on Amidaus Professionals at the Tema Stadium. At the Agyemang Badu Park, Aduana Stars will play the a Heart of Lions side who have made a good start of the campaign, recording three wins and drawing twice. Following a run of three consecutive losses, Wa All Stars will be hoping to turn around the corner with the visit of basement boys, Inter Allies to the Wa Park.last_img read more

first_img “Our father’s public service of 60 years was his greatest legacy. His love for his bride of almost 64 years and his family was his proudest accomplishment,” said Robert Dorn. Dorn and his wife would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary in February. “Setting an example of undying love and devotion to our mother was my father’s greatest legacy,” said Daniel Dorn. Dorn’s daughter, Jennifer Bodaken, agreed. “My dad always said, `The greatest gift I can give my children is to love their mother,”‘ she said. Born in Pasadena on Sept. 19, 1918, Dorn attended John Muir High School, Pasadena Junior College and graduated from what was then Santa Barbara State College in 1941. Dorn worked as a school teacher and Realtor before entering politics in 1949 as a member of the Board of Directors in Pasadena. He was elected to the Board of Supervisors in 1956 and re-elected in 1960, 1964 and 1968. He served as chairman of the board in 1963 and 1964 and was vice president of the statewide County Supervisors Association of California. After leaving Los Angeles County, Dorn moved to Morro Bay. He served as the city’s mayor from 1980 to 1984. “My father’s value to the public was great, as you all will find out, but his legacy to his loved ones was even greater. He served with no regrets and his life was truly blessed by those he served,” said Robert Dorn. Dorn, whose district included the Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita and Lancaster, received numerous awards, including the La Canadan of the Year, 1960; Red Shield Award of the Salvation Army, 1962; Outstanding Young Man of Pasadena, 1950; and one of Five Outstanding Young Men of California, 1952. In addition to his wife, sons and daughter, Dorn is survived by 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Warren Dorn, who represented the Antelope Valley on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors from 1956 to 1972, died Tuesday at 87. Dorn was credited with helping to establish Fox Airfield in Lancaster and the Los Angeles Music Center, improving services for patients at county hospitals and pushing enforcement of air pollution laws. “He really enjoyed serving as supervisor … and representing the entire county. He was a real committed citizen, a citizens’ politician who really loved his work and the service he provided,” said Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, who represents the Fifth District that Dorn represented for years. Formerly a Pasadena resident, Dorn died at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo of pneumonia, according to his daughter-in-law, Irene Dorn. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita A funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Morro Bay, where he was mayor after moving from Los Angeles County. Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting was adjourned in Dorn’s memory. Antonovich said he spoke with Dorn on Monday night. “I had the opportunity to wish him God’s speed and (say) we would keep him in our prayers as we wanted him to keep us in his prayers,” Antonovich said. Dorn married his wife, Phyllis, in 1942, and they had two sons, Dan and Robert, and a daughter, Jennifer. last_img

first_imgSA national brand custodian and Tourism body launch invigorating 2010 marketing campaignToday The International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa launched its 2010 FIFA World Cup™ marketing campaign that celebrates two global football spectaculars. The campaign is engineered to ignite the nation and the continent behind both the FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the global football spectacular and South Africa’s status as the first African host nation.The campaign is a collaboration between the International Marketing Council (custodian of the South African national brand); South African Tourism (destination marketing organisation); and the 2010 Organising Committee (custodians of the 2010 FIFA World CupTM event).These organisations had their South Africa and African 2010 World Cup™ campaign launch today at the 30th annual Tourism INDABA in Durban. The central campaign theme is that this is Africa’s World Cup™. South Africa hosts it on behalf of the continent.The IMC/South African Tourism/OC collaboration will provide a holistic approach to marketing the World Cup. The domestic focus is to celebrate the active involvement of South Africans in the 2010 event. The campaign gives South Africans ideas on what they can do to prepare themselves to welcome the world next year, and be warm, hospitable and generous hosts.At the heart of the Africa campaign is an invitation for Africa to unite and rally behind the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, while the domestic focus is on celebrating ordinary South Africans as champions who will make the 2010 event a reality and a stunning success. Both campaigns celebrate Africa’s passion for football. This celebration drives excitement for a football championship that is going to be colorful, vibrant, intoxicating and alive with a fusion of cultures, dance, song and music.There will also be an extensive online campaign component that includes a web site, online social networking and mobisites to complement the television commercials. An extensive global editorial and public relations campaign is also in place.“The campaign is uniquely South African. It exudes warmth, is inspirational,involving and makes you feel proud. The campaign is about celebration, solidarity and it encapsulates the African and South African spirit of Ubuntu,” says Paul Bannister, IMC acting Chief Executive Officer.The campaign was launched domestically at INDABA today with an invitation to the nation to learn the diski dance and to start feeling the excitement that’s burgeoning all over the world for the biggest showcase of capability and hospitality in the history of the country.“From the onset, we have said that this World Cup does not belong to South Africa alone, but to all of Africa. In developing a communication campaign specifically targeting this aspect, and communicating in a manner that is widely appreciated, fun and contagious, we are firmly positioning this event and the host continent as alive and vibrant,” says, South African Tourism acting CEO Didi Moyle.Says Bannister: “It’s time for citizens, guests, fans and the world to start to celebrate the 2010 World Cup with passion and with enthusiasm. We believe that this campaign will begin to ignite the nation. South Africa is going to generate and have fun. If we host this event to the very best of our ability and show the world real South African hospitality the country and the continent will benefit enormously, and the World Cup will be the springboard that it has always promised to be. Ke Nako -it really is time for this continent to celebrate and deliver to the world the spectacular party and celebration it’s been waiting for.”Moyle: “INDABA was the perfect place to launch the campaign as it is one of the largest travel trade shows in the world. Attended by national and international media, tourism bodies and industry stakeholders, the exhibition offers the ideal platform to show that we are ready and excited to welcome and host 2010 visitors.”The adverts will start flighting in South Africa on May 11 on numerous television channels. The campaign also launches this week on the continent.For more information, please go to and to by FD Beachhead on behalf of South African Tourism For further information contact:Margaret Dingalo – Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 403 0122Mobile: 083 390 8584Email: [email protected]: www.brandsouthafrica.comLebo Zulu – FD BeachheadTel: +27 11 214 2404Mobile: 076 716 6677Email: [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgThe Airbus A330-200 is the first of the58 aircraft in SAA’s fleet that will carrythe Mandela Day logo. SAA chairperson Cheryl Carolus, centre,surrounded by flight staff. Inside, each seat has a branded headrestcover, and various audio-visual materialavailable in-flight will ensure the spreadof the campaign’s message.(Images: Michelle Oberholster) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang  NMF communications manager  +27 11 547 5600 • Fani Zulu  SAA Corporate Affairs  +27 82 451 0457 RELATED ARTICLES • SAA to fly non-stop to New York • Bid for in-flight mobile use • Mvezo school a legacy of Mandela • Cheesekids ready for Mandela Day • New low-cost airline for rural SAJanine ErasmusSouth African Airways (SAA) has launched its 2011 Mandela Day campaign with the unveiling of the first of its fleet of specially branded aircraft that will carry the initiative’s logo, and message, around the world.Viewed as a symbol of faith in the human spirit, the Mandela Day logo, currently seen on SAA’s brand new Airbus A330-200, will soon adorn the national carrier’s entire fleet of 58 aircraft.The 222-seater – 186 economy and 36 business class berths – arrived in February 2011 and is one of six ordered from commercial aircraft sales and leasing company Aircastle Limited.A two-engined craft, it will replace the more fuel-hungry four-engined A340-200. SAA will take delivery of the remaining five before the end of 2011.Changing the world a step at a timeThe logo, which marks the UN-proclaimed International Mandela Day, features a silhouette of the raised-fist statue of the former president that stands outside the gates of the Drakenstein Correctional Centre in Paarl, Western Cape province.Mandela spent the last three years of his 27-year jail term in the low-security facility, previously known as Victor Verster prison.Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor said that the focus of this year’s campaign was to provide schools with libraries and ensure that children have school books. In this, he said, the foundation is working with NGOs such as Breadline Africa, which converts old shipping containers into useful resources such as classrooms, soup kitchens and daycare centres.On the 67 minutes of community service asked of those taking part in the campaign, Dangor said, “We don’t expect big changes overnight, but if we can change the world one step at a time, we’ll make a difference.”The event will be marked by various activities all around the country, driven by organisations and individuals alike.During the campaign, SAA passengers will be able to watch and listen to multimedia material on the Mandela legacy.A treat for childrenFor Mandela Day 2011, SAA plans to treat 93 children – one for each year of Mandela’s life – to their first flight. The statesman is well known for his enduring love of children, and this year’s youngsters have been selected from each of the country’s nine provinces.They will fly to the foundation’s offices in Johannesburg, where they will be treated to a birthday party in Mandela’s honour, and receive school uniforms, backpacks, books and other special gifts including the children’s version of the Mandela autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.Getting involved“It’s only right that our generation picks up the baton and finishes the race that our parents and Mandela’s generation started,” said former activist and SAA chairperson Cheryl Carolus at the unveiling.She said that SAA is committed to good corporate governance, and to ensuring a future for South Africa’s children and improving their quality of life.“These causes are close to our hearts,” said Carolus. “And as corporate South Africa, we can accomplish so much more if we work together.”Member of Parliament Buti Manamela agreed. “We want to mobilise not just Parliament, but all sectors of society, to work together. As a people we have the power.”Manamela said that the older generation didn’t get things done by sitting back – they got involved.“In those days there was no sense of entitlement, no expectation that the government must do it all,” he said. “The only way to accomplish change is to change the attitudes of selfishness that prevail today.”Mandela Day activitiesThe UN General Assembly passed a resolution in 2009 declaring 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, as an international day for people around the world to take action and inspire change.Stella Anyangwe, representative of the UN office in South Africa, said that the global organisation had planned a number of activities in its missions in various countries.These include public services such as planting trees and painting handrails in Central Park. At the UN’s New York headquarters in New York, a small Mandela exhibition is on display during July.People can share their special Mandela moments or their 67 minutes of action on the UN’s official Mandela Day Facebook page.Other international activities include the circulation of a message about the importance of Nelson Mandela Day in all six official UN languages; the screening of a 15-minute video and the film Invictus, followed by a discussion; UN radio programmes that focus on the event; and a dedicated Mandela Day website.last_img read more

first_imgTags:#Location#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick If you haven’t tried the food photo social network app Foodspotting, you’re missing out. The company announced today that it has raised $3 million in venture capital to fund further international expansion and to build what it calls “Pandora for food.”I just started using Foodspotting a few weeks ago and have fallen in love with it. From discovering places to eat to seeing what a menu looks like on a plate before I order to reading it like a hyper-local foodie newspaper, there are lots of different ways to use the app. The six-person company will celebrate its one-year anniversary this weekend and has a compelling vision for the future.The company has monetized its free service to date by paid partnerships with services like Travel Channel, Zagat and others who seek place-based, community-vetted food photography for their websites and mobile apps. Company founder Alexa Andrzejewski told ReadWriteWeb this morning that its long-term plan is for the service to offer a platform for “location targetted food advertising.” Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… See also: The Evolution of Foodspotting & its Plans to Expand Beyond FoodFoodspotting was inspired by the co-founders efforts to explore new foods while traveling internationally and the company has already begun to find success outside the US. There have already been more than 10,000 dishes spotted in South East Asia, for example. “We really want it to be a celebration of local food,” Andrzejewski says, “a food lense or food vision about wherever you go. It really shows something about the local culture in any area.”Pandora for food plus Google Ads for food plus Foursquare for food. Sounds great to me. Related Posts last_img read more

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts I was stumbling through life aimlessly, but not inside City of Heroes. I knew where to go, what to do, and how to do it. When I say City of Heroes saved my life, it’s because I don’t think I could have survived that particular bout of depression without it. That fake city and its superhero way of life was my crutch, the place I turned to in times of trouble.How It All Ended For MeAfter a little over a year, I got my life in order: I learned to stop caring about my level of wealth and grew comfortable with my past and my broken family. I left my oblivious boyfriend and my dead-end job and I started writing. When things got too much for me, I always had the game to fall back on, but I found myself turning to it less and less out of need and more out of boredom and MMO addiction. I stopped playing in 2008 when my gaming PC refused to turn on, and I got a laptop instead without much thought other than, “I guess it’s time to stop playing City of Heroes now.”I never got a chance to play again.  I’ve actually cried over City of Heroes’ sunset four times to date, the worst bawling session happened right after I installed the game again only to learn the patch servers (required for me to update the game) were no longer running. This was back in October.Have you ever chewed gum so furiously that you forgot to breathe and when you finally do, you are gasping for breath? That was me. I had a panic attack in the shower over not being able to play City of Heroes one last time. Unlike other diehard CoH players, I couldn’t even access the game to play it until the end, and I certainly couldn’t take any video or pictures of all the characters on whom I spent literally a year or more of my life on. I couldn’t even contact my old friends. I was locked completely out. fruzsina eordogh How City of Heroes Saved MeWhen I couldn’t deal with my financial issues as a poor girl mistakenly attending a very expensive university, I stayed home in my shithole of a studio apartment and logged on.When I craved family, lonely and hurt over my parents’ divorce, I hung out with members of my “supergroup” – WoW plays would call this a guild, or community of players with the same colors sharing a base.When I was working fulltime as a barista and being treated like crap by bosses and customers, I comforted myself with the knowledge that people in City of Heroes respected me and didn’t judge me over something as trivial as my latte foam skills.Teachers may have hated me for snoozing during their classes, but at least the hostages I saved nightly thanked me for showing up.On nights when I was too distraught to sleep from inner demons, there was always someone doing something heroic in the wee hours to soothe me. (My therapist at the time politely pointed out I was getting the support I needed to stay alive from a digital community of strangers and a machine, which she found unusual in 2005.)  I may have felt worthless in real life, but inside City of Heroes, I was a god. I was a saucy pirate wench throwing fireballs and touting a flaming sword, or a mutated sexy scientist who could control radiation and gravity. I had dozens of characters, but my favorite was my Greek muse who had white and gold angel wings and amazing healing abilities.   I would like to take this moment to mourn the loss of a very good friend of mine, the video game City of Heroes. For all intents and purposes, the massively multiplayer online (MMO) role-playing game (RPG) died over the weekend, when its creator studio NCSoft turned off the servers.Yes, I realize my emotional attachment to a digital pastime may seem absurd, but my connection to the game was oh-so-very real. I honestly believe City of Heroes saved my life as it gave me a purpose, even if that purpose was as ridiculously trite as leveling a character or saving a fantasy bank from being robbed.At its most tangible, City of Heroes existed physically in the form of code. At its most ephemeral and visceral, City of Heroes showed up in my dreams and gave me a reason to get out of bed. I lived and breathed this game from 2004 to early 2008 – and when I say I lived and breathed it, I mean I spent at least three hours a day inside Paragon City. Basically, I did the stereotypical gamer thing- used the fantasy to avoid problems in my real life.  4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#entertainment#gaming So what remains of my mentor, my therapist, my savior, my best friend and helping hand of a video game? Nothing except the two gaming disks pictured above, and some old screenshots. Oh, and, of course, memories that will eventually fade away.  What gives me solace is the fact that my misery is shared by thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people across the globe that play MMOs. Even famed graphic novelist Neil Gaiman knows my pain, with the best-selling author at one point championing the efforts to save City of Heroes.It’s Not FairPerhaps this is just the anger talking, but I feel that as a consumer, I should have some rights to a working product. When I purchase a movie, I can still watch the film if that studio goes out of business. I can do this with books, and with music too. The product still works. I realize a massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is a little trickier, but why can’t I at least access the game in a limited capacity hosted on my computer? Even if it is only missions I run myself, or to look at the characters I built?There is a real need for this kind of capsule, considering that MMOs are shut down all the time. Besides City of Heroes, five other MMOS were closed down this year, and once Glitch closes next week, seven gaming communities will have come to an end. World of Warcraft will one day come to an end too, and then the world will be full of virtually homeless and emotionally distraught MMO players. What happens then? I don’t know.I couldn’t save City of Heroes like City of Heroes saved me, and all I have to show for the years of my life spent inside the game are two now useless, CDs. City of Heroes taught me many life lessons though, so maybe that is enough.    12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more