Month: October 2020

Food allergy efforts welcome, necessary

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re April 2 article, “Shen sophomore advocates for food allergy awareness”: Three cheers for Katie Manuel’s efforts to promote food allergy awareness.Sharing a personal experience: I ate a couple of homemade sugar cookies at a family gathering, not being aware that they had been made with a nut oil base.As a result, I experienced a severe respiratory reaction. There was no way to tell ahead that a nut oil base had been used, as no smell or taste of it was present.I wish Miss Manuel the best in her future endeavors, and I think she has the potential to become one of our country’s leading food allergy awareness advocates.David CooperGloversville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Norris pledges to overhaul planning

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Buyers still cautious as new term begins

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Jokowi criticizes lackluster management of potential $116b foreign investments

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has criticized what he claims is the lackluster management of potential foreign investments amounting to Rp 1.6 quadrillion (US$116.8 billion) to date.“It’s a tremendous figure, it’s almost the same as the national state budget. However, it has never been managed properly,” Jokowi said in his speech at the National Investment Coordination Meeting in Jakarta on Thursday.The President went on to say that Indonesia no longer needed to lure in new investors, given the considerable number of potential investments that the country had already managed to attract — but only if all could be realized.  Furthermore, he noted that there were investment projects worth Rp 708 trillion that had been stalled in the country due to a number of factors last year. Read also: BKPM promises to ‘debottleneck’ $50b stalled investment projects“I call on every regional head, every PTSP [One-Stop Integrated Service] head to serve [all investors]. If there’s any issue, please help them resolve it. They can create so many new jobs for our people,” Jokowi said.He said that doubling down on the investment front was a surefire way to create job opportunities for the roughly seven million unemployed citizens across the country.Jokowi said the state budget contributed only 16 percent to the country’s economic growth. The figure increases to 23 percent if the state budget is combined with the budgets of regional administrations.The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) grew 5.02 percent last year, lower than the 5.17 percent recorded in 2018.As the second-largest contributor to GDP after household spending, investments expanded 4.06 percent in the fourth quarter, slower than 6.01 percent growth booked in the same period in 2018, Statistics Indonesia data shows.Topics :last_img read more

Jakarta bar Amigos visited by COVID-19 patient suspends operation amid virus fears

first_imgAmigos Bar and Cantina in Kemang, South Jakarta, has decided to suspend its operation for 14 days as a precautionary measure to stop spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Fears about the outbreak surged after a woman was declared positive for COVID-19 after spending an evening at Amigos on Feb. 14. At the bar, the woman interacted with a Japanese national who was later found to have the illness as well.“We have to keep up the healthy environment of the location. We have been in business for 40 years. Amigos always maintains the safety of the employees and the customers,” Mulles Ron, founder of Amigos, said as quoted by antaranews.com. He said local health agency officers had come to examine the employee and screen the food and drink to make sure that Amigos was free of the virus so that the public could regain confidence in the business.“We have invited a team from the health agency as well as private professionals to confirm the health environment in Amigos restaurant,” he said.Read also: WHO calls for calm after Indonesia confirms cases of COVID-19He said the restaurant had also provided hand sanitizers for the employees and the customers.“We hope that the public will not panic. The employees here are all healthy,” he said.Agus, the manager of Amigos, said that so far there were no employees who complained of being sick. He said there were 30 people working in the restaurant, including himself.Amigos Bar and Cantina is located in the Kemang Villa Club on Jl. Kemang Selatan, Bangka subdistrict, South Jakarta. The Mexican-themed restaurant has been in operation since 1979. (gis)Topics :last_img read more

Think you know how to wash your hands? Doctors say use this method at 9 specific times

first_imgThe Association of Indonesian Emergency Doctors (PDEI) has released a practical guide for proper hand washing according to the international standard to help the public counter the threat of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).“The public should keep calm, stop panicking and stay alert. The most important thing is to maintain the body’s immunity and hygiene, as well as to keep a safe distance from the sick,” PDEI chief Mohammad Adib Khumaidi said in a release made available to The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. Topics : Read also: The dos and don’ts of wearing masks in our fight against COVID-19Quoting the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) organization, the PDEI suggested people wash their hands at these times:Before, during and after cooking or preparing food.Before eating.Before and after taking care of sick people.Before and after taking care of open wounds or blisters.After using the bathroom or toilet.After changing diapers or cleaning children in the toilet.After touching animals, feeding animals or cleaning up animal feces.After touching animal food.After touching garbage or throwing out garbage.In addition to those times, the PDEI recommends people wash their hands before and after using contact lenses, after sneezing, coughing or wiping off nasal mucus and after shaking hands with other people.Adib said washing hands with soap was the best way to eliminate germs from the hands. Read also: Panic buying hits Jakarta supermarkets as govt announces first COVID-19 casesIf you are in a place without water or soap, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel. Hand sanitizers in the form of a gel are effective at eliminating germs but do not kill all types of bacteria.Adib shared a detailed guide for effective hand washing:Wet your hands with running water, turn off the tap, and then apply an adequate amount of soap to your hands.Scrub your hands. Make sure to scrub between your fingers, the back of your hands and the skin under your nails.Join your fingers and your palm, and scrub the inner side of your hands.Place your left fingers on the back of your right hand and scrub – and vice versa.Scrub the left thumb using your right hand with a rotating move – and vice versa.Wash your hands for 20 seconds.Rinse your hands with running water.Dry your hands with a clean towel or air dry.If possible, turn off the faucet using your elbow or tissue paper to avoid touching germs on the knob.last_img read more

Two US lawmakers exposed to virus before meeting Trump

first_imgTwo US lawmakers with recent close contacts with President Donald Trump announced Monday that they were in self-quarantine after being exposed to the new coronavirus at a late-February conservative conference.Republican Representative Doug Collins, who met and shook hands with Trump last Friday at the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control, said he had been informed he had been in contact with a person who tested positive for the new coronavirus at the conference last month.A second representative, Matt Gaetz, who traveled with Trump on Air Force One on Monday, likewise announced his self-quarantine after being notified that he too had come in close contact with the infected person at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 11 days ago. Neither Collins nor Gaetz reported any symptoms of the virus.”I have decided to self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution,” Collins said.”He received testing today and expects results soon,” Gaetz’s office said on his Twitter account.Collins was with Trump last Friday visiting the Atlanta, Georgia CDC headquarters where they were briefed on the virus’s spread. A photograph published by the Atlanta Constitution-Journal shows the two shaking hands at what appears to be an airport during the visit.The newspaper said Collins was also in close contact with the state’s governor, Brian Kemp, and Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler — who Collins is challenging for election in November.There was no immediate comment from the White House.Five US lawmakers have now said they are distancing themselves from others after coming in contact with coronavirus-infected individuals.The other three are Republican Senator Ted Cruz and Republican Representative Paul Gosar, both of whom also were exposed at the CPAC conference, and Democratic congresswoman Julia Brownley.Earlier Monday Trump downplayed the threat of the disease, which has recorded more than 600 cases of the COVID-19 virus in the US, and 26 deaths.”So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!” Trump tweeted.center_img Topics :last_img read more

PREMIUMMassive layoffs loom due to COVID-19

first_imgTopics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Linkedin Log in with your social account Facebook Google COVID-19 employee employment layoffs labor Manpower-Ministry stimulus Indonesia coronavirus A labor leader has called on the government and companies to promptly take measures to avoid widespread layoffs as COVID-19 threatens workers’ welfare.Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) president Said Iqbal suggested last Friday an alternating shift system or partial dismissal in a bid to keep production running without laying off workers. In the case of a partial lockdown, he also urged employers to send their employees home without cutting their salaries.”We know that the coronavirus pandemic situation is very difficult. But the government and employers must act decisively and responsibly to provide protection for workers,” Said said in a press statement.Said’s concern echoes global worries that COVID-19 will cause mass job losses as it adversely affects businesses. Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, t…last_img read more