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Indonesians surprised at other countries being better prepared for pandemic: Survey


first_imgOnly 1 in 5 Indonesians, or 20 percent, said they were “angry and frustrated” as the world went through the coronavirus crisis. However, Indonesians top the list as being the most surprised at how much better prepared other nations were in tackling the pandemic, with 70 percent expressing such a view.Blackbox Research founder and CEO David Black said the sentiment was a result of Indonesian authorities’ slow response during the early stages of the pandemic as well as the country’s limited testing capabilities compared to its Southeast Asian counterparts.”With neighboring countries like Singapore and Malaysia starting to identify cases as early as January, we can see why Indonesians are reflecting on how quickly other countries kicked into gear with the pandemic, as compared to Indonesia, which only took action in early March,” David said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Indonesia, which now has recorded more than 15,000 coronavirus cases and more than 1,000 fatalities, reported its first two cases on March 2. Indonesians are “fairly satisfied” with their country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, yet they are the most “surprised” at how other countries are better prepared to face the global health crisis, a global survey has found.The survey, conducted by Singapore’s social research agency Blackbox Research and digital market research company Toluna from April 3 to April 19, gives Indonesia a relatively high index score of 48 points — slightly above the global average of 45 points — in COVID-19 crisis performance.The score ranks Indonesia ninth globally and seventh within the Asian region. The survey was carried out online and involved more than 12,500 respondents aged 18 to 80 across 23 countries. China comes out on top with a score of 85, as most of its citizens rated the country’s performance “favorably”, followed by Vietnam with a score of 77 and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India, both scoring 59 in the index.Read also: Bali’s Denpasar to impose COVID-19 restrictions that keep businesses runningThe survey noted that New Zealand with 56 points was the only Western nation with an index score above the global average, showing that “citizens in Western countries are generally less satisfied with their countries’ performances.”Japan ranks last in the survey, with an index score of 16 due to its perceived poor political performance and business leadership, among other things, according to Blackbox Research’s poll.On the other hand, only seven of the 23 countries’ political leaders were rated highly for their coronavirus crisis response by at least 50 percent of their respective citizens. For Indonesia, the percentage stood at 37 percent, or below the global average of 40 percent. Most Indonesians were also dissatisfied with businesses performances during the pandemic, as only 29 percent of them felt business leaders had responded favorably to the health crisis, which is slightly above the global average of 28 percent.“Economies all around the world have been dealt a huge blow from COVID-19, and Indonesia, as Southeast Asia’s largest economy, has seen the halting of businesses and reported its weakest pace since 2001,” Black said.”While the Indonesian government has taken decisive measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19, the expectations of a looming recession and workers hard hit by layoffs and forced unpaid leave have led to the general sentiment that business leaders are not stepping up to the crisis.”He underlined that COVID-19 was not the first and might not be the last global pandemic and therefore leaders had to consider the lasting implications of the crisis in order to emerge from it “stronger and more resilient”.Three things people most want to see once the current crisis is over were a full economic recovery in six months, healthcare reforms and better use of technology for contract-tracing, Black added.Topics :last_img read more


Governor Wolf Asks Secretary DeVos to Preserve Federal Victim Protection Policies


first_img Education,  It’s On Us PA,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today sent a personal letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking her to do everything in her power to preserve policies currently in place to protect victims of sexual violence and abuse on college campuses. Governor Wolf said he was deeply troubled by the Department’s consideration of revoking guidance issued under the previous administration, guidance which has been an invaluable resource for educators and school leaders in this state and nationwide.“Every day, young people enter school classrooms and attend college with a purpose: pursuing an education that will lay the foundation for a rewarding life,” Governor Wolf said “We have no greater responsibility as public servants and leaders – whether a governor or Secretary of Education – to help the next generation in this worthwhile endeavor.”“But for far too many students, their education is disrupted by acts of sexual harassment and violence. Nearly 20 percent of girls between the ages of 14 and 17 experience sexual assault; more than one in five women and one in 20 men experience sexual violence during their college years.“These statistics are troubling both because of their overwhelming scope, and because each instance represents a young person who has endured the most egregious violation of personal privacy, autonomy, and respect. And for every survivor who bravely comes forward to seek justice, or to protect others from the pain of these experiences, there are countless who stay silent, worried they will not be believed or that more harm will come to them from speaking up.”Governor Wolf implored Secretary DeVos and her colleagues at the department to preserve these policies, which have paved the way for increased transparency, safety, and supports for all students. Randi Teplitz, chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, joined Governor Wolf in denouncing the actions of the federal government.“It is disheartening that in 2017, victims of sexual violence continue to battle stereotypes and rape myths. The reality is that the number of false reports of sexual assault is statistically insignificant,” Teplitz said. “The Pennsylvania Commission for Women is proud to stand with Governor Wolf in supporting and advancing initiatives that will continue to protect victims regardless of any misguided policies that are set forth by our federal government.”Earlier this week, Governor Wolf joined legislators, advocates, and students to announce the upcoming introduction of a package of six bills as part of his “It’s On Us PA” campaign to combat sexual violence in K-12 schools and on college and university campuses.Since the campaign began in January 2016, Governor Wolf and members of his administration have engaged hundreds of students, educators, administrators, advocates, healthcare personnel, researchers, campus safety and law enforcement officials, and policymakers to identify opportunities for improving systems to address and prevent sexual violence in schools and on campuses in Pennsylvania.Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Dear Secretary DeVos:Every day, young people enter school classrooms and attend college with a purpose: pursuing an education that will lay the foundation for a rewarding life. We have no greater responsibility as public servants and leaders – whether a governor or Secretary of Education – to help the next generation in this worthwhile endeavor.But for far too many students, their education is disrupted by acts of sexual harassment and violence. Nearly 20 percent of girls between the ages of 14 and 17 experience sexual assault; more than one in five women and one in 20 men experience sexual violence during their college years. These statistics are troubling both because of their overwhelming scope, and because each instance represents a young person who has endured the most egregious violation of personal privacy, autonomy, and respect. And for every survivor who bravely comes forward to seek justice, or to protect others from the pain of these experiences, there are countless who stay silent, worried they will not be believed or that more harm will come to them from speaking up.These acts of violence, and the fearful quiet that frequently follows, stem from persistent and deeply rooted beliefs and attitudes about gender that restrict and confine people to outdated, harmful notions of masculinity and femininity. In such a culture – where boys are taught not to cry and girls are taught to smile and very few are taught what healthy, meaningful relationships look like – violence too often emerges. And although evidence suggests the rate of false reporting for sexual assault is consistent with other violent crimes (between 2-8 percent), misperceptions that false accusations are commonplace remain a significant hurdle, both for those charged with investigating and responding to reports and to those seeking to make them.Title IX makes clear that all students have a right to equal access to a full education – in the classroom, on the field, and anywhere the pursuit of learning takes place. Under this civil rights law, schools have an obligation to effectively prevent and address gender-based discrimination, harassment, and violence.As governor of Pennsylvania – and as the father of two incredible daughters – it is a charge I take especially seriously. In January 2016, I launched the It’s On Us PA, a statewide campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault in K-12 schools and on college campuses.Over the past year and a half, my administration has listened to and partnered with professionals who are on the front lines of this work – advocates, educators, administrators, law enforcement and campus safety officials, Title IX coordinators – to identify prevention and response efforts that help break down the formal and informal barriers that so many survivors face. I’m proud that 36 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania have invested nearly $1 million in evidence-based programs that create better systems and standards for sexual assault reporting and response.We’ve also heard from students and survivors, who have shared not only their stories of burden but also of hope – hope that the adults charged with their education and care have the courage to create change and to create environments where all students can come forward and access the rights, resources, and supports they deserve, and that Title IX guarantees.The Campus SaVE Act, led by our senior Senator Bob Casey, was an important update to the Cleary Act by requiring more transparency around campus sexual assault. Based on the actions taken this week by the Trump administration, congress needs to revisit this issue and strengthen our laws to ensure victims are not revictimized during investigations. Until that happens, I strongly encourage all colleges and universities within the commonwealth to continue using the standards set out in this 2011 policy.The protections and policies advanced by the U.S. Department of Education over the past six years represent important progress in meeting that challenge. I am deeply troubled by the Department’s consideration of revoking guidance issued under the previous administration, guidance which has been an invaluable resource for educators and school leaders in this state and nationwide. I implore you and your colleagues at the Department to preserve these policies, which have paved the way for increased transparency, safety, and supports for all students.Sincerely,Governor Tom WolfLetter to Secretary Besty DeVos to Preserve Federal Victim Protection Policies by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Governor Wolf Asks Secretary DeVos to Preserve Federal Victim Protection Policies September 08, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Fantasy Baseball OF Rankings: Top players, sleepers at outfield for 2020


first_img2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Starter | Reliever | Top 300You’re going to be making a lot of decisions like that with your outfielders. The big power-speed guys will go within the first five or six picks of the draft — and then there are a host of big-time sluggers who will go throughout the next couple rounds — but as soon as guys like Starling Marte and Austin Meadows are nearing the top of your queue, you know you have some decisions to make in regards to balancing out your roster. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverLike the corner infield spots, you’ll always be able to find solid homer upside with outfield, even deep into your draft. Finding the guy who who would hit 37 HRs instead of 25 over a full season is what often separates the top tier from the middling teams, and unfortunately, it’s not easy to do. Luck is certainly involved to some degree, but finding guys with clear(ish) paths to playing time and decent peripheral stats goes a long way. It’s also worth taking some chances at this position with your final starter/bench spots because there will always be worthwhile pickups available throughout the year. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsAs always, the players listed below are ranked as if they’re only eligible at OF. Players eligible at multiple positions may be ranked higher in our overall rankings. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamWe’ll be updating our OF rankings as needed, so check back for the latest player movement. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat SheetFantasy Baseball OF RankingsRankings based on 5×5 H2H leagues with Rs, HRs, RBIs, SBs, and batting average as categories Few preseason fantasy baseball tasks are more difficult than putting together OF rankings. Starting pitcher and closer rankings are also tough, but at least we know they’re an exercise in futility even as we’re compiling them. Outfield is different because it feels like a code we can crack (even though we can’t). There are so many players, from all-around studs to one-category sleepers, spread throughout the various tiers, that outfield is really a position that needs its own cheat sheet heading into 2020 drafts. Once you get past the top 20 or so OFs, how you’re building your specific team is really more important than how the players are ranked below. We might think Kyle Schwarber’s overall impact will be slightly higher than Ramon Laureano’s, but if you need some steals and a higher average, Laureano probably makes more sense for you.  Position eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (5 games started or 10 games played at a position)* = not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the seasonMore 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorRankingPlayerTeamOther eligibility1Ronald Acuna Jr.Braves2Christian YelichBrewers3Mike TroutAngels4Mookie BettsDodgers5Cody BellingerDodgers1B6Juan SotoNationals7J.D. MartinezRed Sox8George SpringerAstros9Yordan AlvarezAstros10Bryce HarperPhillies11Aaron JudgeYankees12Giancarlo StantonYankees13Starling MarteD-backs14Eloy JimenezWhite Sox15Charlie BlackmonRockies16Austin MeadowsRays17Kris BryantCubs3B18Nicholas CastellanosReds19Jorge SolerRoyals20Jonathan Villar*Marlins2B, SS21Ketel MarteD-backs2B, SS22Franmil ReyesIndians23Kyle SchwarberCubs24Joey GalloRangers25Whit MerrifieldRoyals2B26Oscar MercadoIndians27Victor RoblesNationals28Andrew BenintendiRed Sox29Ramon LaureanoA’s30Luis RobertWhite Sox31Aristides AquinoReds32Tommy PhamPadres33Marcell OzunaBraves34Michael ConfortoMets35Willie CalhounRangers36Justin UptonAngels37Kyle TuckerAstros38Eddie RosarioTwins39Michael BrantleyAstros40Byron BuxtonTwins41Mallex SmithMariners42Cavan BiggioBlue Jays2B43Scott KingeryPhillies2B, 3B, SS44Danny SantanaRangers1B, 2B, 3B, SS45Max KeplerTwins46Andrew McCutchenPhillies47David DahlRockies48Avisail GarciaBrewers49Jeff McNeilMets2B, 3B50Ian HappCubs2B, 3B51Tommy EdmanCardinals2B, 3B52Nick SenzelReds53Bryan ReynoldsPirates54Brandon LoweRays1B, 2B55Lourdes Gurriel Jr.Blue Jays2B56Wil MyersPadres1B57Lorenzo CainBrewers58Adam EatonNationals59Brian AndersonMarlins3B60Randal GrichukBlue Jays61Hunter RenfroeRays62Kole CalhounD-backs63J.D. DavisMets3B64Joc PedersonDodgers1B65Jarrod DysonPirates66Alex VerdugoRed Sox67Gregory PolancoPirates68Shin-Soo ChooRangers69David PeraltaD-backs70Mark CanhaA’s1B71Ryan BraunBrewers1B*72Hunter DozierRoyals1B, 3B73Brett GardnerYankees74Trent GrishamPadres75Harrison BaderCardinals76Austin RileyBraves3B*77Jurickson ProfarPadres2B78Jackie Bradley Jr.Red Sox79A.J. PollockDodgers80Jesse WinkerReds81Austin HaysOrioles82Teoscar HernandezBlue Jays83Kevin KiermaierRays84Domingo SantanaIndians85Nomar MazaraWhite Sox86Eric ThamesNationals1B87Dominic SmithMets1B88Yoenis CespedesMets89Tyler O’NeillCardinals90Jo AdellAngels91Yoshi TsutsugoRays3B92Jay BrucePhillies1B93Raimel TapiaRockies94Mike YastrzemskiGiants95Garrett CooperMarlins1B96Anthony SantanderOrioles97Brandon NimmoMets98Stephen PiscottyA’s99Corey DickersonMarlins100Jake FraleyMariners101Jake BauersIndians1B102Josh NaylorPadres103Jordan LuplowIndians104Ender InciarteBraves105Jose MartinezRayslast_img read more