COVID-19: Tensions arise between residents, officials over burials in Depok, Medan

first_imgThe administration said it previously faced similar opposition from locals near other public cemeteries, but Sidik refused to name the places.To prevent such incidents from repeating elsewhere, the administration has asked district heads to publicize the administration’s decisions related to COVID-19, including about the funerals of residents.Read also: Families, health workers face stigma over COVID-19Similar tensions between a city councilor and the local police chief over a funeral of a patient under close observation took place in Medan, North Sumatra on Monday.A member of the Medan Legislative Council, Edi Saputera, refused to comply with Medan Police chief Adj. Comr. Faidir Chan’s order to immediately bury the patient, who was the councilor’s relative, in line with the protocol for the funerals of persons with COVID-19.Edi reportedly insisted having a normal funeral ceremony, laying out the corpse in the home of another family member and allowing relatives view the deceased for a last time.The patient had been treated at the Madani General Hospital in Medan and was tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus, but the results had not been announced by the funeral, said Edi.”You [the police] are overreacting. Do not be like that. I am myself not afraid of death. What is wrong with death?” Edi, a National Awakening Party (PAN) politician told the police, as shown in a video circulating on the internet.”Let me swallow the coronavirus.”The North Sumatra administration had declared a state of emergency on Tuesday that would last through to May 29 following growing cases in the province. North Sumatra has been the hardest-hit province on Sumatra Island with 13 confirmed cases and one death. (dfr)Apriadi Gunawan from Medan contributed to this storyTopics : “The residents wish there had been an announcement at the neighborhood unit [RT] level. The RT head should have told them that there would be a funeral for a person with COVID-19 and they did not have to worry. This was what they were asking [about]: their safety,” Sidik told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview on Tuesday.In compliance with safety protocols, the hospital that treated the patient had sprayed a disinfectant on the corpse, washed it, covered it in plastic and put it inside a coffin.The fast-spreading respiratory disease has so far infected 30 people in Depok. As a satellite city of Jakarta, the national epicenter of the outbreak, Depok’s number of confirmed cases was the highest in West Java.The residents’ opposition also related to the administration’s decision to bury a COVID-19 patient from Cimanggis district, also in Depok, at the Bedahan cemetery. Sidik said the administration chose to bury the patient at this cemetery because of the “emergency situation”, although there was an available cemetery in the district where the dead person used to live. Some nearby residents oppose the burial of a person with COVID-19 at the Bedahan Public Cemetery in Sawangan district in Depok, West Java claiming that the Depok administration had not been transparent over the condition of the deceased.The head of Depok’s Communication and Information Agency, Sidik Mulyono, went to the cemetery on Monday with the Health Agency head Novarita to mediate between the nearby residents and the administration.The residents expressed complaints about a lack of communication related to the decision to bury a COVID-19 patient in the cemetery.last_img read more

NFL could run with ball on domestic violence, but chooses not to

first_imgThe league could put its stamp on this, through education, counseling, changing attitudes and actions, using discipline and imposing consequences at its discretion. It could be the leader in the proper treatment of women that every other major industry, and society at large, is a catastrophic failure at being.It could. If it wanted to.It doesn’t. If the NFL really wanted to handle it, help its players, help their victims and help its own image, it wouldn’t govern by TMZ video. League officials wouldn’t be the kings of reaction, instead of proaction.MORE: What we know about assault allegations against Kareem HuntThe Kareem Hunt mess from nine months ago would have been resolved, or on its way to being resolved, for him, the Chiefs and the NFL, long before Friday night — long before they all scrambled to cover their rear ends after the video of Hunt shoving, manhandling and kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel.But they all failed, the same way, almost to the letter, in how the league failed with Ray Rice in 2014, and with Josh Brown in 2016. Suddenly, everyone found their spines, only when evidence of those players’ deeds and words went public (in Brown’s case, not visual evidence, but police reports).Does anyone doubt, then, that everyone will have that same epiphany on Reuben Foster only if some visual proof surfaces about him? Washington played the “due diligence” game when it claimed him off waivers after his latest arrest. It’s completely fair to question whether the Chiefs played the same game in February, since now they’re claiming that Hunt’s failure was in lying to them, indicating that their investigation started and stopped with them asking him what happened and taking his word for it.Statement from the Kansas City Chiefs on Kareem Hunt➡️ https://t.co/MrjIX1Y7Ke pic.twitter.com/efSMqUDio1— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 1, 2018And if the NFL checked into it at all then, it isn’t clear how much. It pulled the trap door on him and dropped him into the “exempt list” safety net when the time came and it needed to avoid responsibility for anything that could or should have been done much earlier.(UPDATE: ESPN reported Sunday that the NFL never requested an interview with Hunt or his victim; in a live interview on “Sunday NFL Countdown,” Hunt confirmed that the league never asked to talk to him. Also, Pro Football Talk reported that the NFL tried but was unable to get the video either from the police or the hotel where the assault took place; and USA Today reported that the police themselves never viewed the video, either.)It all brings back a question the NFL should have answered years ago, when it masterfully mishandled cases with Rice, Adrian Peterson and Greg Hardy all at the same time. “Should the NFL even be in the domestic-violence discipline business?” many reasonable people have asked this week. The answer, though, lies in this fact: It can, if it wants to. It doesn’t want to.We know this because we see every day how the NFL exerts its pull in any area it wants, to get the results it wants.MORE: Foster mess restores Redskins as gold standard for unaccountabilityProbing every aspect of the lives of draft prospects every single year, before, during and after the combine, is just one example that applies to this. The NFL and the respective teams couldn’t lay their hands on video of Rice then or Hunt now, supposedly, but they know every detail of some player’s family life, school attendance record and locker-room scuffle at spring practice and can hold it over their heads at draft time.Because they want to.The league can be an enormous force for good. Five minutes don’t go by without hearing about the collaborations it’s doing with the Players’ Coalition on social-justice initiatives. That’s something the league showed zero interest in until two years ago. Now, millions of dollars move around, and everyone up to and including commissioner Roger Goodell has gotten engaged on criminal justice reform, police-community initiatives, education policy, everything.They want to.They also want to make absolutely sure that Colin Kaepernick never sets foot in an NFL locker room again, and make clear the precise reasons why (in the form of the league’s ill-fated “anthem policy” as much as the vague “football” reasons for signing the likes of Mark Sanchez and Tom Savage over him). Eric Reid made it back in, and in less than two months with the Panthers, he’s gotten questionable flags, fines and ejections on the field and numerous so-called random drug tests off it.No real gray area about that.AN ENDLESS FIGHT, A DEFINING CHOICEAthletes of different eras find voice against society’s injusticesThe league was also ready to take Tom Brady to the Supreme Court over its right to suspend him for deflating footballs, whether it could be proved or not. But clarity, one way or another, about players who abuse women (and children, since that surfaced again with Peterson’s tone-deaf Bleacher Report interview about his continuing to beat his son)? The NFL simply does not give any. They threw together a policy after the Rice debacle that included a six-game suspension, yet it struggles mightily with enforcing it until — you guessed it — public pressure and outrage force its hand.You want clarity? You get more of it when players flunk a marijuana test. Or when they’re punished for celebrating too much on the field. Like, oh, the Chiefs’ own Tyreek Hill, two weeks ago, when he flashed a peace sign on his way to a touchdown in the most-celebrated regular-season game in years, the 54-51 loss to the Rams.A flag and a fine for that peace sign. But for Hill’s well-documented domestic violence incident in college? Well, the league drafted, signed and benefits from him to this day. All must hope that there’s never a hotel-video moment coming for him.Hunt’s caught up with him, and with the team and league that was living just fine when it was away from the public eye. Believe it, none of them would have counted on Hunt’s honesty had he been undrafted free-agent practice fodder, instead of the reigning NFL rushing champion.The NFL is Godzilla, in the sports world and in American society and its economy. Pretending the league is just another employer is ludicrous and condescending. It knows the power it wields — because it wields it all the time, at any whim it pleases. Looks like it’s Unaccountability Week in the National Football League. Is there a special color the players wear for that?Everything this $13 billion sport has done since midweek has shown the world that it couldn’t care less about getting a grip on domestic violence in its ranks, but is more interested in looking like it’s getting a grip on it.last_img read more

Bugonjo Mountain Hikers Preparing to Climb the Highest Alpine Peak

first_imgMembers of the Section of mountaineering and climbing Mountaineering Society “Koprivnica” from Bugojno are preparing to go to one of the highest peaks in Europe – Mon Blanc (Mont Blanc) in France.The ten-day climbing adventure will start on 26th  July.In preparation for the reaching the highest Alpine peak PD members “Koprivnica” attended the course of the Sarajevo Alpine School and as one of their greatest successes is recently they climbed the highest peak, Austrian Grosgloknera.Also, they have climbed many of the peaks in BiH, Slovenia and Bulgaria.Financial support to climb the 4,810 high Mont Blanc is given from the Municipality of Bugojno and the company‘ raw materials-metal ” and they are hoping for some more donations. (Source: Fena)last_img read more

Kim Nelson featured at the First Friday Art Showing at The Gold Corner

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