CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak Regarded as the definitive list of the top universities, THE’s World University Rankings is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across their core missions of teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation), international outlook (staff, students and research); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer). The 70-year-old regional university, which is relatively young among its counterparts in the World Rankings, scored in the top 10% of universities (#290) for its international outlook and in the top 30% (#370) for research influence. The UWI’s exceptional performance in the 2018 Latin America University Rankings and now the 2019 World University Rankings demonstrates a series of deliberate strategic initiatives advanced by the implementation of the University’s five-year strategic plan for 2017-2022. Themed the Triple A Strategy, the plan is centred around widening Access to quality tertiary education, greater Alignment of The UWI with academic-industry partnerships relevant to the region’s needs and Agility and alertness in engaging global connections and possibilities. About the THE World University Rankings Now in its 15th year, the THE World University Rankings is the definitive list of the top universities globally. The 2019 edition includes a total 1,258 institutions across 86 countries. It is the only global university performance table to judge research-intensive universities across each one of their core missions: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation), international outlook (staff, students and research); citations (research influence); industry income (knowledge transfer). Thirteen carefully calibrated performance indicators are used to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons – trusted globally by students and their families, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. The rankings are independently audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and is the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature. Full 2019 World University Rankings methodology is available here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/methodology-world-university-rankings-2019. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… (The UWI Press Release), September 27, 2018—The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has broken into the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for the first time. The 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings has ranked The UWI among the world’s top institutions. The rankings show that The UWI is located among the 1,258 top universities in world for 2019. This puts The UWI in the elite band of the top 5% of universities worldwide based on data showing that there are over 25,000 recognised universities, globally. Specifically, Times Higher Education ranked The UWI at 591 out of the 1,258 universities which made the list. The UWI is the only Caribbean institution on the world-wide list. It was also the only Caribbean university ranked earlier this year in THE’s 2018 Latin America University Rankings, in the region that is home to over 100 universities contributing to sustainable development. In 2015, when Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles took over the reins, he declared an intention to radically globalise the University and to prepare it for regional and global comparisons within the THE’s rankings. This required the considerable mobilising of the evidence relevant to its academic legacy and current strategic agenda as a strategic project. Vice-Chancellor Beckles, in establishing an Office for Global Affairs, and giving a remit to the redesigned Office of Strategic Planning, recognised the need for The UWI to be competitive internationally within a global sector. The Vice-Chancellor’s vision to have The UWI recognised within the top 5% of the best universities in the world has now been realised. Elated about the news, Vice-Chancellor Beckles said, “The excellence of The UWI has been a well-kept secret for far too long. Now, with these very impressive global ranking results, we can begin to share with the world the story of this academic enterprise in the West Indies that highlights the intellectual achievement and scholastic contributions of the Caribbean community.” Oct 16, 2020 The UWI Climbs to Top 4%(The UWITV Press Release) At a media conference hosted at The University of the West Indies (The UWI) Cave Hill Campus on October 17, Vice-Chancellor, of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles announced that the regional University had climbed the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings, following its debut last year.…October 21, 2019In “Barbados”The UWI salutes CDB on its golden anniversary(The University of the West Indies Press Release) The University of the West Indies (The UWI) congratulates the Caribbean Development Bank on its 50th Anniversary. The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles. Fifty years ago, in 1970, as the fledgling nations of…February 21, 2020In “CARICOM”The UWI Top RankingJuly 18, 2018 (The University of the West Indies, Regional Headquarters, Jamaica, Press Release) —After two years of intense effort and strategic interventions, on July 18, 2018, the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) received news from The Times Higher Education (THE) that the…July 23, 2018In “Barbados”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 16, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 You may be interested in… Oct 15, 2020 Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC
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Athlone police station was closed over the weekend after a police officer tested positive for Covid-19. The police station was expected to be reopened yesterday, Tuesday April 14, after being sanitised and decontaminated. Work still continued though, with police officers working from adjacent buildings.About 20 officers, who worked on the same shift as the officer who tested positive, were quarantined.National police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo, confirmed that a warrant officer at the station had tested positive. It is the first confirmed case of a police officer in the Western Cape.Faiez Jacobs, ANC MP for the greater Athlone area, said his parliamentary constituency office was informed about the positive Covid-19 case at the police station, and expressed his concern and appreciation for the work police officers do.“We are sorry to hear this, especially because SAPS members perform essential services. We wish this officer a complete recovery. Our thoughts are with the officer, his family and friends. We are grateful for the services they and other essential services staff render to our community. We are also grateful that SAPS will continue to render a service. We call on all on our front lines to protect one another, enforce protocols. We also call on the public not to tempt this pandemic or to add to it being spread, but to stay indoors and to observe all safety precautions,” he said. Meanwhile, it has also been reported on Monday that an employee of Shoprite in Athlone also tested positive for Covid-19. The shop is closed and is undergoing deep cleaning and sanitation. According to the Shoprite Group, all those employees who were in close contact with their colleague are on a 14-day self-isolation. This is Shoprite’s second Covid-19 case in Cape Town. Last week its Bothasig store was closed after an employee there tested positive.
India hopes for stronger ties with Africa ahead of India-Africa Summit SRINAGAR, INDIA – AUGUST 12: Police barricade seen during curfew on Eid al-Adha, at Lal Chowk on August 12, 2019 in Srinagar, India. The festive buzz was missing in Kashmir on Monday with Eid prayers limited to neighbourhood mosques as authorities imposed strict controls and security forces fanned out across towns and villages, restricting the movement of people and prohibiting congregations in large grounds. Eid al-Adha comes days after the government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and was bifurcated into two Union Territories Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. (Photo by Waseem Andrabi/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) NEW DELHI, INDIA – MAY 10: 2019: Journalists seen outside the Supreme Court during the Ayodhya case hearing, at Supreme Court of India, on May 10, 2019 in (Photo by Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)In yet another blow to the residents of Kashmir, India’s Supreme Court, which is reviewing a petition for the immediate withdrawal of severe government restrictions in that region has imposed a communications blackout citing fears of unrest.The court ruled that the situation in Kashmir was “sensitive” and that the government needed more time to tackle it.“The situation is dynamic and changing every day,” Attorney General KK Venugopal said in the Supreme Court, according to legal reporting website Bar&Bench.“We are reviewing the situation and lifting restrictions step by step,” he added.It was however not clear how long the restrictions would continue, with Venugopal saying it could take days or months.This coming even as Kashmir curfew entered its 9th day on Tuesday with unprecedented security lockdown keeping people in Indian-administered Kashmir indoors.Residents were running short of essentials under the near-constant curfew and communications blackout.The lockdown is expected to last at least through Thursday, India’s independence day.The Indian government revoked the special status of Indian-administered Kashmir in its constitution, the most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly 70 years.A presidential decree was issued on August 5 revoking Article 370 of India’s constitution that guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state, including the right to its own constitution and autonomy to make laws on all matters, except defence, communications and foreign affairs.Related Africa-India ties: India advocates for reforms in the UNSC Mandarin becoming increasingly popular in India
Kenya reports 28 new COVID-19 infections A health worker takes the temperature of a person standing in line for mass testing in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Baz Ratner A health worker takes the temperature of a person standing in line for mass testing in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, May 26, 2020. REUTERS/Baz RatnerFrom carrying more than the authorized number of passengers in public transport vehicles and motorbike taxis to failing to wear face masks in public places, Kenya’s rural residents are becoming a weak link in the East African nation’s fight against COVID-19.The belief in most rural areas in the East African nation is that COVID-19 is an urban area disease, in particular Nairobi and Mombasa.Therefore, many residents do little to protect themselves and other people.“We are seeing many people in rural areas not adhering to the laid down containment measures. Motorbike taxi operators are carrying up to three people in violation of our guidelines,” said Rashid Aman, the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health on Sunday.Failure to wear masks and adhere to social distancing, according to Aman, pre-exposes one to the virus.“Everybody needs to wear masks. It’s the only way we can prevent the spread of the virus, especially where people are close to each other like in public transport vehicles. We want to encourage all Kenyans to wear the masks,” he said.Kenya’s rural areas host a majority of elderly people, with the health ministry noting cases of the disease among the group is on the rise.So far, the oldest person in Kenya to contract the disease is 100 years old. On Sunday, as he announced new cases of the disease in the last 24 hours, Aman said the oldest affected person was 83 years.“Our worry is the older people in rural areas, who if infected will lead to critical cases and even death because their immunity is weak and they may be having other pre-existing conditions,” he said.East Africa’s biggest economy recorded 309 more positive cases on Sunday, bringing the total caseload to 7,886. Recoveries stood at 2,287 as the death tally hit 160 after one more person died.“These rising cases show containment measures are not working effectively as people flout them,” said Aman.Mannesses Otiato, a teacher in Busia, western Kenya, noted that the need to wear masks, maintain physical distance and sanitize has escaped many residents in the border district.“You go to markets and fear for yourself because the people have no regard for containment measures. In public transport vehicles, it is business as usual as passengers are crowded,” he said, with the situation mirroring what is happening in many rural areas across Kenya.Busia is among the worst affected rural Kenya counties, with the others being Turkana, Makueni, Kajiado, Narok and Kitui.A majority of the rural counties are ill-prepared to handle cases of COVID-19, which has made Kenya delay the lifting of restrictions put in place, according to the Ministry of Health.Out of 47 counties, only 14 have a 300-bed capacity health facility to cater for COVID-19 patients.“We expect most counties to attain the target as the caseload continues to rise,” said Francis Kuria, head of public health of Kenya’s Ministry of Health.Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is on Monday expected to give further directions on the restrictions that include a curfew and partial lockdown of Nairobi.While most citizens are hoping that the restrictions would be lifted, health experts fear that this may lead to a rise in COVID-19 cases in rural areas where most Kenyans live amid a poor state of preparedness in counties.Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health said it is conducting a study to determine the age group of people that are most infected by COVID-19.Aman said that the results of the study will enable the government to understand which age groups to put emphasis on while addressing the pandemic.“The study will add value to our intervention and most importantly to inform where to put more resources,” Aman told journalists in Nairobi.He however said that from the laboratory tests that are conducted on a daily basis, fewer children are infected by the disease.“As the number of people turning positive keeps increasing in the country, we are worried more by the older people getting infected since the international trend has revealed that they are the most affected cadre of the population by the disease given their advanced age,” Aman added.Besides, Aman noted that the trend of new infection has become worrying as it continues to increase on a daily basis.Related Kenya confirms 16 new COVID-19 cases Kenya reports eight new COVID-19 cases
Rwanda: Eleven recovered COVID-19 patients discharged Rwanda urges vigilance over COVID-19 Rwanda reports seven new COVID-19 cases The skyline of Rwanda’s capital Kigali, which has emerged as an important center for East Africa’s arts sector. (Photo: Adrien K / Creative Commons) The skyline of Rwanda’s capital Kigali, which has emerged as an important center for East Africa’s arts sector. (Photo: Adrien K / Creative Commons)A multi-party program, named the Cultural and Creative Industry Recovery Plan, was launched on Friday in Rwanda to support enterprises in the cultural and creative industry, as well as artists, to recover from COVID-19.The program focuses on supporting seven federations in Rwanda in the sectors of music, film, plastic arts, writing, beauty and fashion, traditional dance and performing arts, according to a press release.It will provide 300 million Rwandan francs (about 313,000 U.S. dollars) in grants to support initiatives from art enterprises and artists, promote access to resources, facilities and training opportunities free for artists, and engage Rwandans to learn about, love and buy made-in-Rwanda art.According to the press release, since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-COVID-19 measures led to a halt or postponement of planned activities within the industry, which has financially affected artists.The funding will help artists acquire training that will enable them to use information technology to reach their fans as restrictions on gatherings remain, Rwandan Minister of Youth and Culture Rosemary Mbabazi said Friday during a talk show on Rwanda TelevisionIt will also help them rent premises for exhibition of artistic creations, among others, she said.The funding is “a timely intervention by the government,” said Ferdinand Munezero, head of Rwanda Arts Council, an umbrella organization of artists.Related
Sigfox, a provider of IoT services and first global 0G network operator, has announced the launch of its Private Area Network (PAN). They plan to deploy the PAN in more than 65 countries where Sigfox operates its global network, starting with France in 2020.Nine years ago, Sigfox started to deliver its vision of a 0G network, a low-cost and low-consumption network dedicated to small messages. By installing thousands of antennas in most of the world’s major cities, Sigfox has built the foundations of a very high-capacity, seamless, one-way network that allows objects to communicate independently and securely. Since then, Sigfox has expanded its offer by providing a two-way service, followed by innovative localization services designed to suit all market applications. It’s WAN (Wide Area Network) offer is a global network that perfectly meets the challenges of traceability, a requirement of considerable significance for most industries, particularly in logistics and supply chain segments.By the end of 2019, Sigfox will have more than 15 million registered objects worldwide, and more than 1,500 customers already benefit from this connectivity across a broad range of industries. In 2020, Sigfox will complete its WAN coverage thanks to its partnership with Eutelsat which will be launching a constellation of nanosatellites. This satellite constellation will deliver connectivity across the entire globe, bolstering coverage already provided by Sigfox’s network that delivers indoor coverage and high capacity in high-density areas.Customers who prefer an investment in CAPEX rather than OPEX will be able to subscribe via Sigfox France to the new PAN offer. PAN customers can look forward to the same quality and support levels as WAN customers.Sigfox’s PAN offer will benefit from the existing ecosystem around the Sigfox WAN. The possibility of using all the components on the market, combined with the use of extremely low transmission power to support objects without the need for batteries, gives Sigfox’s PAN offer huge potential. Smart Home or Smart City solution providers will be among the first to benefit from this new offer.In the future, Sigfox will enable its operators in more than 65 countries to market its PAN offer to their customers. Sigfox also invites manufacturers of communication gateways to certify their products and join the Sigfox ecosystem success story. Sigfox PAN customers will be able to subscribe to an additional ‘WAN extension’ offering should they wish to benefit from redundancy and flexibility in the event of devices requiring to communicate outside the local network.Click here for more information on the Sigfox PAN service.
Aiza Maizo-Pontillas of Petron Blaze Spikers drills her shot towards fellow Ilongga Fiola Ceballos of Generika-Ayala Lifesavers. PSL MANILA – Petron Blaze Spikers stretched their unbeaten streak in the 2019 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix to 12 after a 25-23, 25-13, 25-21 sweep over Generika-Ayala Lifesavers on Tuesday at San Juan Arena.Stephanie Niemer top-scored with 19 points, while Mika Reyes and Katherine Bell chipped in 14 and 12 markers, respectively, for the defending champions Blaze Spikers, which are two wins away from sweeping the eliminations.After easily winning the first two sets, the Blaze Spikers squandered a 17-7 lead in the third frame as the Lifesavers unleashed a 9-1 run capped by Marlyn Llagoso’s block on Reyes to trim it to within two, 18-16.But Bell and Niemer increased the lead to 21-18 for the Blaze Spikers before Fiola Ceballos’ hit and Rhea Dimaculangan’s setting violation put Generika-Ayala just within one, 21-20. A service error from Ceballos and Reyes’s quick attack gave the Blaze Spikers a 23-20 lead before Patty Orendain answered with a hit of her own but Niemer’s hit and Bell’s poweful backrow attack sealed the win for Petron.“Generika played really well,” said Blaze Spikers head coach Ceseal Delos Santos. “Playing in a close game like this is very challenging for us. Good thing we were able to recover. We have to learn from this and realize that we can’t afford to struggle.”Ilongga Ceballos finished with 11 points while Thai import Som Kuthaisong managed 10 markers for the Lifesavers, whose three-game winning run was snapped to slid down to 4-8./PN
(The Times of Israel) Mewabahnya virus corona sudah menjadi kejadian luar biasa di berbagai negara dan membuat adanya peraturan baru untuk moda transportasi ataupun hal lainnya. di Israel, pembatasan transportasi umum hingga jam delapan malam ketika hari kerja.Baca juga: Cegah Penyebaran Virus Corona, Pembatasan Transportasi Publik Dilakukan Banyak NegaraSedangkan pada akhir pekan tidak ada layanan transportasi yang akan beroperasi. Menteri Perhubungan Betzalel Smotrich mengatakan, sejak Selasa (17/3/2020) kemarin, transportasi umum hanya boleh digunakan untuk warga yang akan melakukan hal untuk pemerintahan. Dia menyebutkan maka akan ada beberapa perhentian dan rute yang diubah atau sama sekali tidak dilintasi. Smotrich mengatakan, warga masyarakat tidak bisa mengunjungi kerabat di akhir pekan karena bisa menginveksi mereka dengan virus.“Siswa di sekolah juga harus belajar dirumah karena sekolah ditutup. Transportasi umum kita hentikan pukul delapan malam dan peraturan ini berlaku untuk bus, kereta api dan kereta ringan,” kata dia.Adanya peraturan baru ini diperkenalkan oleh direktur otoritas transportasi nasional Amir Asraf. Dari data pusat statistik, banyak warga Israel yang menggunakan transportasi umum karena status sosial yang rendah.Sehingga mereka setiap saat menggunakan bus atau kereta api dibandingkan kendaraan pribadi. Dilansir KabarPenumpang.com dari jpost.com (17/3/2020), Prof Arel Avineri, Kepala Spesialisasi Lulusan, Rekayasa dan Manajemen Sistem Infrastruktur di Afeka College mengatakan, meskipun lebih sedikit orang akan menggunakan transportasi umum karena wabah koronavirus, penurunan ketersediaan mungkin tidak diinginkan.“Dalam penelitian yang dilakukan pada SARS, terbukti bahwa setiap kali mereka berbicara tentang wabah di media, ada penurunan 1200 pengguna kereta bawah tanah di Taiwan, meskipun naik kembali seiring waktu. Berarti, masyarakat sedang shock sekarang, tetapi seiring waktu, orang akan perlu melakukan perjalanan lagi, dan transportasi umum diperlukan karena tidak semua orang memiliki mobil,” katanya.Analis transportasi Nachman Shelef mengatakan, ada jalur bus yang harus dikurangi, seperti yang menuju ke lembaga pendidikan atau zona industri, tetapi pengurangan keseluruhan bisa meningkatkan kepadatan di jalur sibuk.“Saya berharap mereka mempertimbangkan faktor ini, terutama ketika sebagian besar dari mereka yang mengambil keputusan menggunakan kendaraan pribadi dan karena itu tidak mengerti apa artinya bergantung pada transportasi umum daripada mobil,” katanya.Baca juga: Malaysia Berlakukan “Lockdown,” Ini Enam Ketentuan yang Harus DipatuhiJumlah pelancong di Jalur Kereta Israel menurun setidaknya 50 persen pada hari Senin (16/3/2020), meskipun jalur bus Egged memiliki jumlah penumpang normal. Perdana Menteri Benjamin Netanyahu memerintahkan desinfeksi bus dan kereta minggu lalu. Tidak ada arahan resmi yang diterima oleh operator transportasi umum dan Kereta Api Israel. Perusahaan memulai operasi desinfeksi sendiri.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedCegah Penyebaran Virus Corona, Pembatasan Transportasi Publik Dilakukan Banyak Negara18/03/2020In “Bus dalam kota”Amankah Naik Moda Transportasi Saat Ini?22/03/2020In “Bandara”Dorong Warga Pakai Masker, Jerman Larang Penggunaan Deodoran di Transportasi Umum29/08/2020In “Analisa Angkutan”
Lion Air tipe Boeing 737-900ER di Bandar Udara Sentani, Jayapura. (Foto Yogi Pradnya Yudha) Operasional layanan penerbangan penumpang domestik di Provinsi Papua, Lion Air Group memiliki rata-rata 35 frekuensi penerbangan per hari pergi pulang (PP), mencakup kota sebagai berikut:1. Jayapura – Bandar Udara Internasional Sentani (DJJ),2. Merauke – Bandar Udara Mopah (MKQ),3. Mimika – Bandar Udara Internasional Mozes Kilangin, Timika (TIM),4. Nabire – Bandar Udara Douw Aturure (NBX),5. Yahukimo – Bandar Udara Nop Goliat Dekai (DEX),6. Jayawijaya – Bandar Udara Wamena (WMX).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Related Dalam upaya preventif terhadap pencegahan atau menangkal masuk penyebaran corona virus disease (covid-19), Lion Air Group yang terdiri dari maskapai Lion Air, Wings Air dan Batik Air, mulai 26 Maret 2020, resmi menghentikan penerbangan sementara dari dan ke Papua. Pengentian penerbangan tersebut telah diberitahukan ke Otoritas Bandar Udara Wilayah X Provinsi Papua.Baca juga: Inilah Kebijakan Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air dan AirAsia Seputar Tiket di Musim Wabah Corona“layanan operasional domestik yang menghubungkan dari dan ke Papua, bahwa penerbangan Lion Air Group menghentikan atau penundaan sementara (suspend) mulai Kamis, 26 Maret 2020 pukul 00.00 waktu setempat (Waktu Indonesia Timur, GMT+ 09) sampai Kamis, 9 April 2020 pukul 23.59 WIT,” ujar Corporate Communications Strategic of Lion Air Group, Danang Mandala Prihantoro dalam pesan tertulis.