Special task force formed after nearly 100 journalists contract COVID-19

first_imgHe urged media companies to prioritize the safety of their journalists by implementing strict health protocols.The Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI) said separately that media companies were obliged to protect the health of their workers, as stipulated in Article 86 of the 2003 Manpower Law.”The law states that every worker has the right to health protection,” AJI chairman Abdul Manan said separately on Thursday, as reported by kompas.tv.The AJI’s health protocols can be found at https://aji.or.id/read/buku/63/protokol-keamanan-liputan-pemberitaan-covid-19.html.Previous reports revealed that over 50 journalists in Surabaya, East Java, had tested positive for COVID-19, with three succumbing to the disease, as the region emerged as a new epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.AJI Surabaya previously said reporters’ failure to follow health protocols and media companies’ reluctance to protect the health of their employees were among contributing factors to the spread of infection among media workers. (vny)Topics : The Indonesian Television Journalists Association (IJTI) has announced that at least 96 journalists and electronic media workers have contracted COVID-19, prompting the group to establish a special task force to help curb the spread of infection among media workers.The task force’s main duty was to compile a list of journalists who contracted the contagious respiratory illness, IJTI chairman Yadi Hendriana said. He said those wanting to report their possible exposure to the virus could fill out a form through https://forms.gle/pfHzEjBtRcoyGiwR9.”The IJTI will pay the cost of PCR testing for TV journalists who do not receive such [testing] from their respective companies,” Yadi said on Friday as reported by kompas.tv.last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonJake is a young male PitBull Terrier. He is current on his vaccinations, including rabies, and has been neutered. Jake is a clown who loves playing with balls, balloons and other dogs. He is gentle and tries to make friends with cats.  He will sit on command, to receive food or treats, enjoys walks and car rides!  He sometimes has some separation anxiety and is sensitive to loud sudden noises. He knows ‘stay’ and is ready to learn more. Jake can be a little shy until he gets to know you; then he is your best buddy. He is a volunteer favorite! Jake is looking for a loving home where he can enjoy the good life with his new family.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org, Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, you can email us at [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Oakland A’s rally for victory over Houston Astros

first_imgRamon Laureano had what looked like a game-deciding blunder in the second inning. But he redeemed himself a few hours later with a game-winning RBI single to secure the 4-3 win on Tuesday night in Houston.The hit initially scored two runs, but the double down the third base line lodged under the left field padding. The crew chief review determined that Mark Canha had to go back to third base.Wade Miley — who took a perfect game into the sixth inning before Josh Phegley broke it up with a …last_img

Five years of safe blood at SANBS

first_imgThe South African National Blood Servicehas diminished the risk of transferringviruses through its blood supply.(Images: Nosimilo Ramela)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vanessa RajuBrand and CommunicationsSouth African National Blood Service+27 11 761 9300 or +27 71 602 7241Bongani NkosiBlood safety standards at the South African National Blood Service (SANBS) have been at their best over the last five years, the organisation announced on 25 July 2011.The non-profit body said new data shows it has significantly diminished the risk of transferring viruses such as HIV, and hepatitis B and C through its blood supply.This is largely thanks to the use of the Novartis nucleic acid testing (NAT) system introduced in 2005, which screens donated blood for HIV and strains of hepatitis.The data is an incredible public health story, SANBS said.“Since we started performing IDT-NAT (individual donor testing-NAT), we have virtually eliminated the risk, with no reports of HIV-1 infections from transfused blood or blood products,” said its chief operations officer Ravi Reddy.“This represents a significant increase in patient safety in South Africa, and I hope this serves as a model for other countries,” he added.According to Reddy, transmission of HIV and hepatitis infections from donated blood used to be more prevalent in South Africa before the introduction of NAT.SANBS has screened at least 3.8-million blood donations for the viruses through NAT since 2005.The organisation collects an average of 780 000 units of blood annually from voluntary donations and is a major supplier of “vein to vein” blood transfusion services in the country. It has 79 blood banks serving over 1 000 hospitals and clinics in eight of the nine South African provinces.The Western Cape is covered by the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service, which has also been using NAT since 2005.NAT more effective than serologyNAT has proven to be more effective than the serology test, as it is highly sensitive to the genetic material of the virus, SANBS said. It can detect active infections that traditional serology testing can miss, according to the organisation.SANBS has been able to detect 6 487 HIV-positive units of donated blood due to the use of NAT – 96 of these units would not have been identified by serology testing.There were 3 007 Hepatitis B-positive units found, of which 346 went undetected with serology testing alone, it said.At least 250 Hepatitis C-positive units were identified, of which five were undetected by serology testing.“These units of infected blood would have tested negative and been made available for transfusion to patients if not removed from the blood supply following NAT testing,” the organisation said.SANBS has not eradicated serology testing altogether, as it still uses the system on all samples in addition to NAT testing.Given that there are over 5-million people living with HIV in South Africa, SANBS is clear of the risk of HIV-infected blood entering the national blood supply.It noted that according to the World Health Organisation, between 5% and 10% of all HIV infections worldwide have been acquired through transfusions of infected blood and blood products.Some blood donors may not be aware of being infected by the transmittable viruses. “This makes it essential that our blood-screening programmes employ a testing method that will help us deliver the safest possible blood,” said Reddy.“The data shows that NAT in IDT has achieved that result (delivering safe blood) in South Africa,” he added.last_img read more

New launches: Sony Cybershot with 8.1 megapixel

first_imgSpeed Shooter: SONY CYBERSHOTSony’s new 8.1 megapixel cybershot combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing with Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lenses for close-ups. It can focus quickly on fast moving subjects, which helps to reduce shutter lag. It can shoot up to 1/4,000 of a second, critical,Speed Shooter: SONY CYBERSHOTSony’s new 8.1 megapixel cybershot combines high shutter speed shooting and intelligent continuous auto-focusing with Carl Zeiss 15x optical zoom lenses for close-ups. It can focus quickly on fast moving subjects, which helps to reduce shutter lag. It can shoot up to 1/4,000 of a second, critical speed for capturing fast-moving sports and freezing the action. Comes with super steady shot image stabilisation to minimise blur caused by camera shake. It sports a 3-inch, flip-up LCD screen.Another USP is that it takes pictures in total darkness without using the flash. Get set to shoot better, faster, more.last_img read more

Los Angeles Times sold to local billionaire for 500 million

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – A billionaire doctor struck a $500 million deal Wednesday to buy the Los Angeles Times, ending the paper’s quarrelsome relationship with its Chicago-based corporate overseers and bringing it under local ownership for the first time in 18 years.The agreement between Los Angeles-based medical entrepreneur Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong (soon-shong) and Tronc Inc. marks the latest instance of a rich, civic-minded individual buying a newspaper from a big corporation.Soon-Shiong is a major shareholder of Chicago’s Tronc Inc., one of the richest men in Los Angeles and, according to Forbes, the nation’s wealthiest doctor, with a net worth of $7.8 billion.The deal includes The San Diego Union-Tribune, various titles in the California News Group and the assumption of $90 million in pension liabilities.Soon-Shiong takes over in a time of turmoil at the paper. The Times just replaced its top editor, the third switch at the position in the newsroom in six months. Publisher Ross Levinsohn had been on unpaid leave after revelations that he was a defendant in two sexual harassment lawsuits elsewhere. Tronc announced Wednesday that Levinsohn has been cleared of any wrongdoing and would be reinstated as CEO of its newly reorganized Tribune Interactive division.Journalists voted last month to unionize for the first time in the paper’s 136-year history.Clashes between the Los Angeles Times and Tribune Co., which changed its name to Tronc Inc., erupted not long after it acquired the West Coast paper in 2000. Staff at the Times bristled over what it considered a string of bad decisions made from hundreds of miles away in Chicago. Tronc owns the Chicago Tribune.The editor of the Los Angeles Times, John Carroll, who led the paper to 13 Pulitzer Prizes, resigned under heavy pressure to cut staff. Before he left, he asked an old friend and billionaire philanthropist if he would consider buying the paper.Publisher John Puerner stepped down at the Times, as did his successor, Jeffrey Johnson, shortly after.Dean Baquet, who took over for Carroll, left after 15 months. He is now the executive editor at The New York Times.The sale of the Los Angeles Times is in keeping with one of two trends in media ownership: big companies getting bigger and wealthy investors taking on newspapers as philanthropic endeavours, said Al Tompkins, a senior faculty member at the Poynter Institute.In 2013, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos bought The Washington Post for $250 million. Boston Red Sox owner John Henry bought The Boston Globe for $70 million.“We find ourselves returning to where we were a century ago when a handful of wealthy owners controlled big influential newspapers,” Tompkins said. “Here’s the difference: The ownership today does not promise lucrative returns. You take it over knowing it isn’t nearly as profitable as it might have been 20 or 50 years ago. Today it’s a thinner margin and it gets thinner every day.”Soon-Shiong also holds a minority interest in the Los Angeles Lakers, acquired in 2011 from Magic Johnson, the team’s former superstar and current president of basketball operations.In an interview with the Times last year, Soon-Shiong acknowledged that as a major stockholder, he was unhappy with the way the Los Angeles Times was being run and felt a need to ensure its survival.“I am concerned there are other agendas, independent of the newspaper’s needs or the fiduciary obligations to the viability of the organization,” he said at the time. “My goal is to try and preserve the integrity and the viability of the newspaper.”After The Washington Post first reported a potential sale Tuesday, cheers spread through the Times newsroom. After the deal was formalized, the union representing the newspaper’s journalists congratulated Soon-Shiong.“Our readers expect and deserve the high-quality, independent journalism that has defined The Times for decades,” a union statement said Wednesday. “The LA Times Guild looks forward to working with a local owner who can help us preserve The Times as a guardian of our community and as the voice of the American West.”Maya Lau, a Times law enforcement reporter, tweeted: “Congratulations to Patrick Soon-Shiong and hooray for a return to local ownership of the Los Angeles Times & San Diego Union Tribune.”Tronc said the deal will allow it to follow a more aggressive growth strategy focused on news and digital media. Acquisitions will continue to be a big part of its plan, Tronc said Wednesday, and the company announced that it’s buying a majority stake in online product review company BestReviews for an undisclosed amount.The sale comes about a week after veteran Chicago journalist Jim Kirk was named editor in chief to replace Lewis D’Vorkin, whose short tenure was marked by clashes with staff.Kirk, 52, had briefly served in the job during a management overhaul from August until November, when D’Vorkin joined the paper. D’Vorkin will stay on with Tronc as Chief Content Officer of Tribune Interactive, the company said Wednesday.Reporters at the Times were alarmed by recent hiring of several news executives who reported to business executives, and not to news editors. That sparked fears the business side would wield undue influence in editorial matters. Traditionally, the editorial and business sides of a paper work separately to maintain journalistic credibility.A return to local ownership would restore pride at the Times, said veteran media business analyst Ken Doctor.The question is whether a new owner will do more than halt cutbacks by reinvesting, as Bezos and Henry did at their newspapers, to set the Times on a new path.“Given the huge challenges still faced by news publishing in the age of Google/Facebook ad duopoly and still-onrushing digital disruption, even a billionaire has his work cut out for him,” Doctor said.___Christopher Weber and John Rogers contributed to this report.last_img read more

Suncor says Syncrude maintenance turnaround planned for April to start early

first_imgCALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says an eight-week maintenance project at Syncrude that had been scheduled to begin in April will start Thursday.The company says advancing the turnaround will permit Syncrude to deal with an unrelated issue which has been constraining capacity on a line that feeds bitumen from the mine to the upgrader.Suncor says the change in timing means Syncrude production for the first quarter is expected to be reduced to about 140,000 barrels of oil per day, net to Suncor. However, Syncrude’s forecasted production for the full year remains within the annual guidance range.The company also says oilsands operations production has benefited from reliable operations at its Firebag and MacKay River plants, but base plant operations dealt with a significant, weather-related outage in January that will cut first quarter production to approximately 400,000 bbls/d.First quarter production at Fort Hills is expected to average approximately 25,000 bbls/d, net to Suncor, while production from exploration and production for the first quarter is estimated at about 120,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.Suncor says total upstream production for the first quarter is expected to be approximately 685,000 boe/d.Companies in this story: (TSX:SU)last_img read more

Modric ready for Real Madrids important challenge

first_imgLuka Modric is braced for the challenge that lies ahead for Real Madrid as they bid to end 2018 with a third straight Club World CupThe Champions League holders will face off against Japanese side Kashima Antlers in the United Arab Emirates later today for the semi-finals of the competition.Despite the difficult start Real have endured this season though, Modric is gunning to end his “perfect” year on a winning note.“It’s a very important challenge for us,” The 2018 Ballon d’Or winner told the club website.“What this team has, and has proven many times, is quality and character. Despite the difficult times and the problems we’ve encountered along the way, we always know how to overcome them.“We’re prepared for what awaits us and we want to finish this year, which has been perfect, in the best possible way”.“After winning the Champions League three times in a row, we want to do the same with the Club World Cup.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“For Real Madrid, it’s always important to win titles and we want to win this for the third time in a row.“For me, it’s always important to help the team in the best way possible, I’m not overly concerned with the individual side of things. The important thing is how we’re going to play as a team, take on this challenge and win the title”.The Real and Kashima Antlers match will begin today at 17:30 (CET).🙌 IT’S MATCHDAY! 🙌🆚 @atlrs_english 🏟 Zayed Sports City Stadium⏰ 🇦🇪 20:30 | 🇪🇸 17:30 🏆 Club World Cup semi-final #⃣ #RMCWC pic.twitter.com/1MuuBkbvkR— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 19, 2018last_img read more