Should I stay or should I go?: Overseas students in limbo as global lockdown fears mount

first_imgIndonesian PhD student Tengku Munawar, 30, has found himself facing one misfortune after another since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.He had been looking forward to spending time with his family in Japan, having booked his mother and sister tickets to Osaka for Thursday so they could attend his graduation ceremony early next month. Even his brother came to visit him as early as March 9.But as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep the globe, Tengku has had to make do with shelved plans and a more uncertain future, after the Indonesian government urged its jet-setting citizens to return from abroad to avoid more imminent travel restrictions. “At that time I began to panic, and consulted with the family about their upcoming visit. By mid-March the situation got even worse, with many countries announcing quarantines,” he said.Tengku eventually canceled his family trip, and his brother bought himself a flight back to Indonesia on Wednesday. Unfortunately for him, stacks of paperwork from the university and for residence administration prevented Tengku from joining the rest of his family.“I really want to go home as soon as possible but I can’t,” he said. “But even if Indonesia has plans to impose a lockdown, I’ll be ready. I just hope the coronavirus can be controlled soon.”On Tuesday, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi advised Indonesian citizens currently traveling abroad to “return to Indonesia at the earliest possible time to avoid further travel disruptions”.She announced that Indonesia had suspended all visa-on-arrival and other visa-exemption facilities for all countries for a period of one month beginning on Friday. Denial of entry was also expanded to include more countries in Europe, including the Vatican, Span, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, where the number of positive virus infections have spiked.As an international student dependent on a scholarship, 25-year-old Vicky Nauli of the UK-based Institute of Development Studies was very confused as to what to do with this new information. “With the Chevening [Scholarship] we cannot go home for more than 30 days, so we don’t know what to do,” Vicky told the Post on Wednesday. “We are pretty much in limbo because no one can guarantee if we can get back [to the UK].”She said her family back home were concerned because the number of cases in the UK was much higher than in Indonesia, which made them believe it was safer to stay with her family.The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia jumped to 227 with 19 fatalities as of Wednesday, whereas the UK has 1,950 cases and 71 deaths, according to official tallies.Stella Nau, the president of the Indonesian Students Association in the UK (PPI-UK), said some students had decided against returning to Indonesia altogether, even as universities in the UK have canceled classes and advised their students to go home.“This is mostly from the advice from our scholarship providers such as Chevening and Endowment Fund for Education [LPDP], which disburses monthly stipends and requires students to remain in the country until the program ends in October,” Stella told the Post.Similarly, another Indonesian PhD student said that the Foreign Ministry’s advice on Tuesday was a cause for concern, especially for those who worked, studied and lived in different places.Doni Ropawandi, 26, a student at Malaysian National University (UKM), said his plans to present his dissertation next Monday had already been canceled when Malaysian authorities announced a country-wide lockdown earlier this week. Now he is being forced to choose between staying with his wife in Taiwan, returning to Malaysia to complete his studies or going back home to Indonesia.“I was actually planning to go back to Indonesia, but the Foreign Ministry’s advice got me worried that if I go back and Indonesia decided to impose a lockdown, then I’d be stuck,” Doni said on Wednesday from Taiwan.He noted that the Taiwanese authorities had raised the warning level for Indonesia, which meant that anyone returning from the country to Taiwan would have to self-quarantine. If he were to choose between the three locations, Doni said he felt more comfortable staying in Taiwan.In a notice published on Monday, the Overseas Indonesian Students’ Association Alliance (PPI-Dunia) called on all students to coordinate with Indonesian missions in their respective countries of residence and follow the advice of local authorities, echoing a statement Minister Retno said during a recent interview with the Post.“We also urge the Indonesian government to act through their missions abroad to oversee the health of students and all Indonesian citizens, and stand ready to provide assistance where it is needed,” said Fadlan Muzakki, coordinator of PPI-Dunia.An official from the Foreign Ministry reiterated on Wednesday the foreign minister’s advice for Indonesians, urging students to stay put in their study destination to anticipate any possible travel restrictions.On Friday, Retno advised all Indonesians abroad to stay in their countries of residence, giving reassurances that the government “has entrusted them to their respective governments”.Topics : “Having studied in Japan for six years, I had been looking forward to this April graduation ceremony. Of course, I wanted this moment of finally parting with Japan to be special,” he told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.“What can I say? All the plans I made since last year are falling apart because of the virus outbreak.”The Japanese government has ordered the closure of schools and has advised workers to work from home – something of an anomaly in an otherwise overworked society. Events that would have attracted large masses have also been canceled.“That includes my graduation ceremony,” said the Osaka University graduate in international public policy.last_img read more

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Police stage record crackdown on Brazil’s biggest gang

first_imgPolice launched what they called Brazil’s biggest-ever anti-narcotics operation Monday against the country’s largest gang, the First Capital Command (PCC), seeking to arrest hundreds of people.More than 1,000 officers aimed to arrest 422 suspects and execute search and seizure warrants at 201 properties across 19 states, federal police said in a statement.The operation targeted the Sao Paulo-based gang’s financial infrastructure, blocking $46.6 million in bank deposits and seizing $1.1 million in cash, they said. Topics : Investigators said they had identified the network responsible for laundering the gang’s drug trafficking proceeds by following the money trail of payments made to 210 gang members in maximum-security prisons.The payments were for holding “high-ranking posts in the criminal organization” and carrying out orders such as “executing public officials,” they said.Formed in 1993, the PCC is estimated to have more than 30,000 members.It operates across most of Brazil and is involved in the international drug trade to Europe, Africa and Asia.center_img It is led by Marcos Willians Herbas Camacho, alias “Marcola,” currently serving a more than 200-year sentence in a maximum-security prison in Brasilia.The gang’s turf wars and flare-ups have unleashed brutal violence at times, including a record crime wave in 2006, when members attacked hundreds of police stations and patrol cars.The attacks, which left 90 people dead, were believed to have been triggered by plans to transfer Camacho and hundreds of other jailed gang leaders to maximum-security prisons.last_img read more

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BLOG: Governor Wolf Pledges State Support to Revitalize Johnstown

first_img By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: Governor Wolf Pledges State Support to Revitalize Johnstown Jobs That Pay,  The Blog Governor Wolf traveled to Johnstown Friday to announce the creation of over 130 new jobs, as well as a multi-million dollar state investment to help revitalize the city. The governor, speaking at a ribbon-cutting for LifePoint Health Business Services, said this will spur economic development and job growth in the entire area.LifePoint — in exchange for a pledge to create 132 new jobs over the next three years — received a funding proposal from the Governor’s Action Team (GAT), which is an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania. LifePoint’s GAT offer includes:$500,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant$112,200 in WEDnetPA funding for employee trainingGovernor Wolf also announced more than $15 million in additional state investments through the Department of Community and Economic Development, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the Department of Transportation, to align with the region’s Vision 2025, a framework for revitalizing greater Johnstown.“While it’s important to highlight investments being made and jobs being created by the private sector, it’s also important to build strong, stable communities to support business growth,” Gov. Wolf said. “I look forward to continuing to visit Johnstown and receiving updates on the momentum of Vision 2025.”center_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 22, 2016last_img read more

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Where residents get boho and beachside brilliance year round

first_img23 Poinsettia Street, Holloways Beach, is one of the houses on the market right now, priced at offers over $569,000. Source: Realestate.com.au“We thought about a restaurant in Palm Cove on the water but this one was quite good for exposure and it is close enough that people from Redlynch and Caravonica come here.“The place is very laid-back, friendly as well, and welcoming.”The 2.5km beach and residential settlement is surrounded by creeks and mangrove flats, which host a variety of wildlife.Swimming is enjoyed all year round but stinger nets are installed during the summer months to guard against dangerous sea creatures. Holloways Beach offers a variety of homes and townhouses to suit any budget but it always offers a rare chance to own truly beachfront property, along with its neighbours Kewarra Beach and Trinity Beach. The beach attracts many holiday investors for units. A one bedroom, one bathroom, one car space unit at this complex at24/129-135 Oleander Street, Holloways Beach is for sale for $118,500. Source: Realestate.com.au.The area was officially named Holloway in 1951, renamed Holloway Beach in 1971 and then Holloways Beach in 1981. Why Cairns is a good place to invest Far North’s strongest suburb rivals Brisbane More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days ago Tax changes hit invest numbers In 2002, the area was gazetted as a suburb of Cairns rather than as a rural locality.Dog owners can let their pooch run leash-free across the sand, anglers say there is always something biting from the beach or the boat via a ramp into Richters Creek and a relaxed and lively restaurant and cafe scene make the area a pleasant choice.Chef Vitalia Zanda opened an Italian restaurant a few blocks back from the water almost a year ago and said Holloways Beach was the perfect spot for her new business.“We chose the Palm St location because it was nice for functions and it reminded us of a little trattoria in Italy,” she said. Cruise attendants from Experience Co Sabine Cockatoo and Lesley Cockatoo enjoying Holloways Beach. Picture: Anna Rogers.ON the northern shoreline of the Barron River delta lies one of the north’s most popular beachside havens with its alluring mix of bohemian style and beach life.The narrow, tidal stretch of sand at Holloways Beach attracts hundreds of recreation-makers at all times of the day and once a month, visitors flock from all over the Far North for the suburb’s markets, an eclectic mix of second-hand goods, locally made food and clothes.The area is believed to be named after farmer Richard Holloway who came to Cairns in 1910 and worked in the area in 1926. last_img read more

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‘Maersk Forza’ hired for helicopter recovery operation

first_imgThe Maersk Forza subsea construction vessel, usually used for oil and gas activities, has been hired to help with recovery of a helicopter that went missing on Thursday, offshore Norway.According to Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN), on October 26, 2017 helicopter flight CVS312 was en-route from Pyramiden to Kapp Heer with eight persons on board.The crew was last in contact with the air traffic services at Longyearbyen at 1506 hours local time. They were then instructed to contact Kapp Heer. The helicopter was soon after reported missing.“The assumption is that the helicopter has crashed during the approach two kilometers north of Kapp Heer. A large-scale search and rescue operation is ongoing. The Accident Investigation Board Norway has initiated an investigation supported by the Russian Interstate Aviation Committee,” AIBN said.AIBN on Tuesday morning said that the recovery vessel Maersk Forza was contracted and the vessel was en route to Hammerfest.“Personell from the AIBN will board the vessel in Hammerfest and plan the recovery of the helicopter on the way to Svalbard,” AIBN said.The Maersk Forza was built in 2008 under the name of REM Forza. It was later sold by REM Offshore to Maersk Supply Services.  The 250 tons Hydramarine crane aboard supports the lifting operations for a range of tools, equipment and subsea assets.According to DeepOcean, which manages the vessel, Maersk Forza spread has been main vessel for inspection, maintenance, installation and decommissioning projects in both The North Sea and West Africa.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Bringing back Vinyl: company recreates records from original masters

first_imgEbola: Nigeria Records 7 Deaths Related Company uses robots to care for the elderly Top Tyre company shuts down production in Kenya These days, every major label and many smaller ones are releasing vinyl, and most major new releases have a vinyl version, leading to a spate of new pressing plants These days, every major label and many smaller ones are releasing vinyl, and most major new releases have a vinyl version, leading to a spate of new pressing plantsVinyl is emphatically back in vogue as a London company, using 50s technology, is recreating records from original masters. And it’s finding willing buyers in China and elsewhere in East Asia.The Electric Recording Company recreates the original quality of famous LPs, and though it’s been a painstaking process, it has also been a very rewarding one, CCTV’s Catherine Drew reports.last_img read more

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John William “Jack” Wallace

first_imgJohn William “Jack” Wallace, of Greensburg, was born on April 21, 1955, in Watsonville, California, the son of John William and Frances Booth Wallace.  He married Anita Eckstein on February 23, 2013 in Greensburg.  Jack was an accomplished guitarist, and will be remembered by many musicians and friends across the country.  As a master certified chef, he was well known on both the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines; serving as executive chef at Fr. Martin’s Ashley and teaching culinary studies in local community colleges.  Jack never met a stranger and could entertain with the best.  On Thursday, January 12, 2017, at the age of 61, Jack passed away at I.U. Health in Indianapolis.Those surviving who will honor Jack’s memory include his loving wife, Anita Wallace; son, Dr. Matthew Wallace of St. Louis, MO; step children, Nicholas (Jessica) Bohl of Indianapolis, and Chelsea Bohl of Greensburg; sisters, Elaine (Manuel) Ribeiro of Watsonville, CA, and Mary Bassi of Chico, CA; nieces, Lisa (Mike) Johnson , and Andrea (Alex) Sorger, and great-nephew, Andrew Sorger.  Also surviving is Kristina (Greg) Stotler of Baltimore, MD. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kathleen Wallace.  Friends may visit with the family on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman.  A Celebration of Jack’s Life will begin at 1 p.m.Memorial donations may be directed to Ashley Addiction Treatment (formerly Fr. Martin’s Ashley) at www.ashleytreatment.org or to the American Liver Foundation at liverfoundation.org.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Jack Wallace.last_img read more

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Ozil gets ‘£18m pay-off offer’ from Arsenal

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There? Mesut Ozil has reportedly been offered an £18million pay-off from Arsenal to end his Emirates nightmare now. According to The Sun of UK, the £350,000-a-week midfielder is unwanted by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. Arsenal chiefs are now looking into whether he will accept a huge pay-off and find another club. The Germany international has just one year left on his contract. He could easily decide to not kick a ball for the first team next season and still pick up his wages. But the Gunners now plan to pay his contract up in full to get him the hell out of Dodge, claims the Mirror. Ozil has fallen out of favour with previous bosses Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery. Arsenal are reportedly ready to make him an offer to pay him off. Or if not then to subsidise his £350,000-a-week wages so he can move to another club on loan. But a series of poor performances for Arteta has convinced the Spaniard he must move the player on.Advertisement The last straw came when he refused to take a pay cut due to the coronavirus pandemic. That did not impress Emirates bean counters, who have been forced to lay off 55 staff. It will be the start of a summer shake-up for Arteta. He plans to off-load midfielders Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Utility player Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Greek defender Sokratis, and Bosnian left-back Sead Kolasinac are also surplus to requirements. read also:Ozil in Turkey as Arsenal prepare for FA Cup final But without Ozil’s crazy wages, Arteta could have an extra £18m a year to play with to reshape his squad. Some of the bigger clubs in Turkey are thought to be interested in bringing in Ozil, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014. Ozil, 31, made just 18 Prem appearances for the Gunners last season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

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Joseph E. Sohmer

first_imgJoseph E Sohmer, 36, of Dillsboro, Indiana, passed away Friday February 15, 2019 in Florence, Kentucky.He was born December 12, 1982 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana son of Paul Sohmer and Donna (Langen) Plageman.He worked as a Blender for Valvoline, with over 15 years of service.Joe was a 2001 South Dearborn High School graduate, and was on the wrestling team.Joe was an avid Reds Baseball fan, a low rider car enthusiast and he was a Simpsons fan. Joe loved being a wonderful father, son and husband. He had a heart of gold and was a friend to everyone.Joseph is survived by his parents, Paul (Cathy Kelly) Sohmer of Aurora, IN., and Donna (Paul) Plageman of Western Hills, OH., loving fiance, Kelli Herlinger of Lawrenceburg, IN.; daughter, Coraline Von Sohmer; maternal grandmother, Lucille Langen of Deer Park, OH; brothers, Robert (Niki) Sohmer of Dillsboro, IN, Thomas (Michele) Sohmer of Moores Hill, IN, and Michael (Liana) Sohmer of Dillsboro, IN; nieces and nephews, Jace & Sean Sohmer, Garrett, Abbigale & Nathan Sohmer and Evan Sohmer.He was preceded in death by grandparents, John & Rita Sohmer, grandfather, Donald Langen.Friends will be received Wednesday, February 20, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 203 Fourth Street, Thursday February 21, 2019 at 11:00 am with Father Stephen Donahue officiating.Interment will be in the Oakdale, Cemetery in Dillsboro, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Coraline Education Fun. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.last_img read more

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QPR submit training ground plans

first_imgQPR have submitted a revised planning application to build a new training ground at Warren Farm in Ealing, the club have announced. QPR director of football Les Ferdinand said: “This is a vitally important project for the club and one in which I will have a hands on role. “We are working closely with Populous and Ealing Council to ensure QPR has a state-of-the-art facility that brings the First Team, Academy and Community together in a unique hub. “QPR has always been a club that takes pride in its local community and we will ensure that bond is strengthened with this exciting move to Warren Farm.” The plans would see Rangers build a new complex for the first team and academy sides to include gym, medical, performance analysis, education, office and changing facilities. There will also be a new community pavilion, providing changing facilities and a new multi-purpose social space. Rangers have faced opposition from local campaigning groups wanting to preserve the Warren Farm area, but a High Court ruled in the club’s favour last year. Press Associationcenter_img Rangers hope to get the green light for the fresh design after encountering problems since the scheme received approval in December 2013. A decision regarding planning consent is expected in the summer. last_img read more

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