Neighbors look after one another to combat COVID-19 in Central Java

first_imgThe community has regularly received lettuce, eggplant and pepper seeds after communicating its plans to the province’s food agency and has also been breeding catfish.Read also: Regional leaders call on everyone to play role in overcoming pandemicThe residents also initiated a drawing and coloring program to keep their children entertained during the pandemic.”Kids put their drawing and coloring papers in front of their houses and judges [selected from among the adults in the neighborhood] tour the neighborhood,” Qunut said. “We also prepared snack hampers and asked parents to give them to their children.”RW 5 is only one example of how neighbors are helping each other using the Jogo Tonggo approach in Central Java, which has fluctuated between the fifth and fourth hardest-hit province.“We encourage communities to embody their local values. They does not have to be alike and share the same [program] name in each area, but one might inspire another,” Governor Ganjar Pranowo said in an exclusive interview on Friday.Ganjar said his administration did not have sufficient funds and resources to impose PSBB measures for a long period of time, and hence had decided to empower communities at the grassroots level to adapt to the current situation.”Let’s put our trust in society. There is potential social power that has yet to be utilized there,” Ganjar said, adding that the enforcement of strict measures by authorities would instead create unnecessary fear among the residents.Doubts over the efficacy of the Jogo Tonggo program, however, remain as the number of COVID-19 cases in Central Java continues to rise, reaching 3,482 cases with 150 deaths as of Saturday, the fourth highest tally in the country.Read also: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figuresGanjar said only 30 percent of the province’s 7,809 villages were actively reporting their Jogo Tonggo activities.“We actually have so many shortcomings. This [Jogo Tonggo program] is only reaching about 30 percent [of communities]. But, I’d say even a single inspiration [from the movement] would be very meaningful,” he said, adding that he would continue promoting videos of Jogo Tonggo activities via his social media accounts “to inspire” others.The province saw three areas with relatively high rates of new cases compared to other regions of Central Java, namely Semarang city, Magelang regency and Temanggung regency, according to Ganjar.“In these areas, local administrations have intensified contact tracing, rapid [antibody] testing and swab [polymerase chain reaction] testing,” he said.Central Java had also recorded a higher death rate among confirmed cases and patients under surveillance (PDPs), at 7.87 percent and 13.66 percent, respectively, as of Saturday, compared to East Java and Jakarta – the two provinces with the most cases.Read also: Semarang wedding party contributes to COVID-19 spikeBut Ganjar said Central Java has sufficient hospital capacity, adding that many of the deaths occurred in patients with comorbidities.He said his administration was now working to cut the time it took to receive test results, from 10 days to two days, to allow hospitals to better manage their patients and prioritize treatment for COVID-19 patients.“Those most vulnerable will get priority, which we hope will lower the fatality rate,” Ganjar said.Epidemiologist Riris Andono Ahmad from Gadjah Mada University said the effectiveness of COVID-19 social interventions did not largely depend on the nature of the approaches – whether they be voluntary like Jogo Tonggo or more mandatory like the PSBB.He said the results would vary between regions depending on the characteristics of the society, meaning efforts in certain provinces might yield different outcomes than if the same measures were implemented in Central Java, and vice versa.”What is important is whether it can motivate people to maintain distance between each other,” he said. “As long as the efforts are adjusted to local contexts, they could be effective. But society is a very dynamic system and sometimes things work but, at different times, they don’t. A periodic evaluation is highly needed.”Topics : Central Java, home to more than 30 million people, has chosen a different approach to handle the COVID-19 outbreak rather than imposing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) like many other regions across Indonesia.Instead, it has come up with its own strategy dubbed Jogo Tonggo (neighbors looking after each other), a community movement program in which people collaborate to ensure people maintain physical distance, manage food supplies and help others in response to the pandemic. Residents of community unit RW 5 of Jomblang subdistrict in Candisari, Semarang, are among the Central Java communities that have been implementing Jogo Tonggo in the past few months.More than three-quarters of RW 5’s residents work in the informal sector, mostly as day laborers and street vendors. Since the coronavirus pandemic hit the province, 393 of the 539 families in RW 5 have been financially impacted, according to Mohamad Qunut, a Jogo Tonggo facilitator in RW 5.To help these families, neighbors built a hydroponic garden and started a collective lumbung pangan (food barn) at the RW 5 office.“We had no idea a resident had been planting hydroponic crops for a while, not until another resident came to me saying that he could probably assist and encourage others to do the same,” Qunut told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.last_img read more

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Wisconsin tennis faces tough tests at Furman

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s tennis team is out to prove something at the Furman Invitational this weekend. Though they’re not ranked yet this season, head coach Brian Fleishman believes that the tournament in Greenville, S.C., will show the voters something about the Badgers.The team is coming off a solid outing at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic, a three-day event in which it faced a talented field that included Alabama, Texas A&M and Marquette.”I was pleasantly surprised (with the team),” Fleishman said. “Overall, it was a good weekend.”Fleishman, a former coach at Wake Forest, is in his first year coaching at UW. He’s still settling into his role as the new coach of a team that he says is in “the big time.””We’re still in the honeymoon phase right now,” Fleishman said. “We’re still getting to know each other, and I’m trying to figure out how to coach each of them individually to make them perform better as a team.”With Fleishman still adjusting to the UW style of play, the Badgers won 10 of 21 singles matches at the Milwaukee tournament, taking five of seven from in-state rival Marquette. The winners of those five were junior Elizabeth Carpenter, sophomore Katya Mirnova, junior Erin Jobe, junior Elizabeth Dolan and freshman Jessica Seyferth.Seyferth already won two other singles matches and took home the tournament’s runner-up trophy.The team emphasis, though, is placed on doubles. The Badgers started slow last weekend, winning only one out of their first seven doubles matches against Texas A&M and Alabama during the first two days. Sunday, however, the combinations of seniors Chelsea Nusslock and Morgan Tuttle, Carpenter and Seyferth and Dolan and sophomore Kim Roberts railed against Marquette to take three of four matches. The team hopes to improve its doubles play for the Furman tournament and the rest of the season.”I think every time we go out and compete, we need to get better at doubles,” Fleishman said. “For not being together that long, [our doubles game is] going to get better.”Seyferth, a freshman out of Ann Arbor, Mich., has looked good so far for the Badgers. Ranked No. 1 in the Great Lakes region as a senior at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School, Seyferth has come to the UW women’s tennis team and immediately established herself as a force to be reckoned with after her 3-0 weekend.”It’s a lot different,” Seyferth said when asked about the jump between high school and college tennis. “High school tennis is not very strong. But I think I’m ready (for college play).”Coach Fleishman seemed to share the sentiment. When asked about Seyferth, he gave his first impression of her from the Milwaukee classic.”[Jessica is] an unbelievable competitor, a positive energy on the court,” he said. “She’s very talented. … Sometimes one player can change the look of a team.”Seyferth figures to be a driving force again for the UW team as it rolls into Greenville. But it will definitely be a team effort as it focuses overwhelmingly on doubles. UW will be facing several ranked teams, including Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and host Furman. Seyferth, Carpenter, Nusslock and Tuttle will all have to play well for the weekend to be a success on the doubles front, and the five singles winners over Marquette last weekend will have to be on top of their games.The Furman Classic will give the team a chance to set the tone in Greenville and make its case for a national ranking. Facing tough competition this weekend will make that difficult, but the team is very confident of its chance to rise in the rankings.”Furman will give us a good indicator of whether we should be in the top 75 or not,” Fleishman said. “It will show us where we stand nationally.”last_img read more

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Sarajevo Bicycle Race Grand Prix Presented in Paris

first_imgThe project ”Sarajevo Grand Prix’ is presented as a part of yesterday’s official presentation of 101 bicycle race Tour de France, which was held in Paris. The project will be implemented by the Cycling Association in cooperation with the French Embassy and the French Institute in B&H. Sarajevo Grand Prix is the first cycling race in B&H under the support of Tour de France, announced the French Embassy in B&H.The French Ambassador in B&H, Roland Gilles, the Mayor of Sarajevo, Ivo Komšić, the Chief of Staff of East Sarajevo Municipality and the President of the Cycling Association of B&H Igor Golijanin and the director of the race SGP 2014, Zlatko Berbić presented the project in Paris.“A big challenge is in front of us. We hope that in 100 years to celebrate and be proud of this type of communication with the whole world”, stated Berbić.Mayor Komšić said that Sarajevo next month the race that will take place in June 2014 will be presented. The race should encourage the development of cycling throughout the country. The Race Sarajevo Grand Prix will be officially presented on 6th November, when the Director of Tour de France, Christian Prudhomme will visit Sarajevo.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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