Curbing COVID-19: Lessons learned from Sitaro regency

first_imgMeanwhile, North Sulawesi had recorded 4,868 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, with 185 fatalities.According to Sitaro Regent Evangelian Sasingen, her strategy for keeping the region COVID-19-free until June was to impose preventive measures before the central government announced the first COVID-19 in Indonesia.“At every entrance there were strict examinations. At the beginning, we didn’t have personal protective equipment, so we wore raincoats instead”, she said in a statement published on the national COVID-19 task force’s website on Thursday.After the first case in the regency was announced, an infection cluster was detected at a market, prompting Evangelian to lock down the market temporarily while the area was disinfected. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the world and Indonesia, Siau Tagulandang Biaro (Sitaro) Islands regency in North Sulawesi has become a rare case of a region with a very low rate of infection.The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was only recorded in the regency that comprises Siau, Tagulandang and Biaro islands, in June, after a resident who had just returned from the provincial capital of Manado tested positive for the deadly virus.As of Thursday, the regency, which has a population of 73,584, had one COVID-19 patient under treatment, while 34 patients had recovered and one had died.  Her administration also traced the contacts of the patient, which lead them to one subdistict. Whenever a reactive result was recorded from an initial test, the suspected carrier was taken to the Rumah Singgah shelter home, which the administration has turned into isolation center.In addition to setting up an isolation center, she also established COVID-19 task forces at every level of the community from district to subdistrict, village to hamlet. The task forces are in charge of monitoring all newcomers to their respective areas.”All newcomers are obliged to undergo isolation for two weeks,” Eva said. Traditional leader of Sitaro Islands regency Erland Jaya Salindeho added that cooperation between the regional administration, traditional leaders and the community had been optimal.The challenge they faced was how to engage remote hamlets.“We addressed the issue by establishing traditional institutions who are in charge of educating and empowering residents and mitigating disasters,” Eva said.For their efforts at curbing COVID-19, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency gave an award to Sitaro regency on Thursday.According to a risk map published on the national COVID-19 task force’s website, as of Oct. 11 there were 11 “low risk” green zones that had recorded zero cases of COVID-19 and 14 regions that were not affected by COVID-19. (iwa) Topics :center_img Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic. #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoaplast_img read more

Mid-sized pension funds to ‘disappear’, former ABP director predicts

first_imgThe current consolidation trend, with hundreds of smaller schemes throwing in the towel, is merely the start, he said. Berendsen, currently a senior partner at consultant Deloitte, said pension funds with less than €10bn in asset under management were unlikely to survive over the long term.“In addition, pension providers that carry out the administration for less than 100,000 participants lack the scale to keep on investing in new systems,” he said. According to Berendsen, who was involved in the division of the old-style ABP into the current pension fund and its provider APG in 2008, small improvements in the system will merely increase complexity, thereby hindering proper governance at pension funds.“We need to design a couple of basic pension plans, also accommodating the AOW, for the large sectors,” he said. “This way, the AOW could gradually be changed from pay-as-you-go to capital-funded, and would remain affordable despite the population ageing.”Berendsen said he also expected that politics would take the initiative.“The pensions sector is too busy implementing a deluge of new legislation,” he said. “Compare it with the review of the care system – that was also an initiave from politics. Although it took longer than one four-year term of Parliament, it has been completed.”Berendsen recommended a basic scheme that would be mandatory for all working people.“This would also serve the increasing number of self-employed, who are hardly accruing a pension,” he said.“For earnings of more than 150% of the average income, people should take care of a pension themselves.”The big advantage of a simple pension plan is that it is more sustainable than the current system, with its hundreds of different pension arrangements, Berendsen said.“It would cause an enormous drop in costs,” he added. “In the current system, it is very difficult to cut costs further. It would be only possible with the large-scale introduction of standardised schemes.” Average-sized pension funds are destined to disappear in the Netherlands once the smaller ones have been liquidated, according to Ton Berendsen, former member of the executive board at the €309bn civil service scheme ABP and its provider APG.Berendsen predicted only “a handful” of pension funds, including the state pension AOW, would remain, carrying out basic, mandatory pension arrangements.In an interview in financial news daily FD, he argued that the Dutch pension system’s current problems could not be solved with minor improvements.“The system must be changed to tackle problems such as the financing of the AOW, as well as the growing group of self-employed without a pension,” he said.last_img read more

Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Star has met twice with Kyrie Irving about signing with same team

first_img Kawhi Leonard free agency rumors: LA billboard woos ‘King of SoCal’ for Clippers According to the report by Ric Bucher, the first meeting between the two superstars occurred while Durant was dealing with a strained right calf suffered against the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals, with the second meeting happening after Durant underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon suffered in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors.Irving has been linked to the Nets in recent weeks following news broke of his intention to sign with Roc Nation after splitting with longtime agent Jeff Wechsler. Brooklyn has created space for two max contracts, and according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Nets should be considered the front-runner for Durant. Related News NBA free agency rumors: Are these two teams the front-runners to sign Al Horford? The soap opera that is the NBA offseason turned it up a notch Monday as another report regarding Kevin Durant’s future surfaced.According to Bleacher Report, Durant has met with Kyrie Irving about signing with the same team not once, but twice. “The Nets are gaining confidence that they can pull this off,” Windhorst said Friday on “The Jump” in reference to Brooklyn’s bid to add two max players. “I think the Nets are the front-runner to land KD. … I’m not ruling out the Knicks, but I think the Nets are the front-runners and people are not giving them their (respect).” Durant can become an unrestricted free agent if he declines his $31.5 million option with the Warriors, which seems likely, as according to Bucher, a league executive said Durant is “really pissed off at the Warriors” for their handling of his calf injury that may have led to the Achilles tear.The Knicks and Clippers have also been mentioned as teams interested in signing the forward in free agency, which begins June 30 at 6 p.m. ET. Chris Paul addresses trade rumors, says he’s ‘happy’ with Rocketslast_img read more