Indonesia’s COVID-19 testing positivity remains far above WHO standard for ‘new normal’

first_imgIndonesia has seen an increase in its COVID-19 positivity rate – the percentage of those tested found to be infected – in the past month, COVID-19 task force spokesperson Wiku Adisasmito said on Tuesday.The country recorded a national positivity rate average of 14 percent, an 0.7 percent increase from July.”The national average positivity rate is about 14 percent,” Wiku said in a press conference on Tuesday. The country’s positivity rate far exceeds the World Health Organization (WHO) standard of 5 percent for entering the “new normal”.Wiku also said the country had fallen far short of WHO’s recommended testing rate.”WHO recommends performing one test per 1,000 population per week, meaning with a population of around 260 million people, Indonesia needs to conduct 267,700 tests per week,” Wiku said. “However, we were only able to test 95,463 people in the past week, 35.6 percent of the testing rate recommended by WHO.”Wiku said the government was working hard to increase the PCR testing rate by improving its laboratories’ testing capacity.”We’ll increase the capacity of the 320 laboratories [that are running PCR tests] by improving human resources and working hours efficiency so that they can perform optimum testing,” he said.Indonesia recorded on Tuesday 2,447 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 157,859, with 112.867 recoveries and 6.858 fatalities. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

James L. “Knip” Knippenberg

first_imgJames Leonard “Jim” “Knip” Knippenberg, 80, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 21, 2018, six years after suffering a debilitating stroke.Jim, son of the late Everett and Lola (Hynds) Knippenberg, was born November 9, 1937 on the family farm in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, and he lived the majority of his life on that land.Jim graduated from Lawrenceburg High School in 1955. He worked for several companies (Continental and General Electric) but was best known for his 28 year tenure as part owner of R & L Auto Supply. He also served as a member of the board on the Lawrenceburg Conservancy District for 15 years.Jim was a man of many skills. He especially loved working with his hands. He was a life long machinist and following his retirement from R & L Auto Supply, he happily spent his days working in his metal and woodworking shops.Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Sarah Campbell Knippenberg; daughters, Saundra (Steve) Linn, Teresa (Richard) Hornaday and Cynthia Knippenberg; sister, Helen Hurst; grandchildren, Michael Linn, Megan Linn, Kathryn (James) Blew, James Aaron Hornaday; and many nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Henry and Bernard Knippenberg.Friends and family will be received Friday, January 26, 2018 from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10:00 am, at the funeral home, with Pastor Kenneth Hopper officiating.Interment will follow in the Greendale Cemetery, Greendale, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Lawrenceburg Life Squad. 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.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Young the Giant discusses new album, social issues

first_imgStudents gathered at Bovard Auditorium Tuesday to see members from rock band Young the Giant speak about their most recent album, Home of the Strange, as well as their opinions on current immigration issues. Sameer Gadhia, lead vocalist of rock band Young the Giant, said that the group hopes to create more conversation regarding social issues by creating music that touches on these topics. Emily Smith | Daily TrojanThe talk was organized by USC Speakers Committee, USC Service Student Assembly, USC International Student Assembly and USC Political Student Assembly. The event featured lead vocalist Sameer Gadhia, guitarist Jacob Tilley and bass guitarist Payam Doostzadeh of Young the Giant, and was moderated by USC Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni. Soni began the event by discussing current social issues, particularly racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and transphobia, which have been “grappled with very publicly over the last two years.”“From the persecution [of] undocumented immigrants and refugees to the increase in civil rights challenges for LGBTQ … it has been a very challenging time for all of us who aspire to live up to our ideals of diversity, inclusion, equity and justice,” Soni said.As the Dean of Religious Life, Soni said he has witnessed the impact these political issues have had on campus. According to Soni, government decisions have caused DACA students and staff to worry about their futures, and international students have been affected by the travel bans.“We need musicians … who are politically engaged, spiritually astute, socially active,” Soni said. “Musicians who are voices for peace, reconciliation and justice … So we are very fortunate to spend this evening with Young the Giant.” During the event, Young the Giant members discussed their 2016 song “Amerika.” Unlike previous songs, “Amerika” delves into political issues and addresses themes like displacement. Band members discussed this shift in terms of the types of music the group has produced over time.“We’ve been doing this for almost 10 years now, which is crazy,” Gadhia said. “And the first two albums, we were trying to establish ourselves. For this third record, we wanted to show a little more of who we were and pay homage to our parents because we wouldn’t have been here without them.” According to Gadhia, the group noticed the “undercurrent” of anger and division throughout the nation, which continued to grow following the 2016 presidential election. Gadhia said the group became more exposed to these social issues, and by creating music that touches on these topics, they hope to generate more conversation.“I don’t necessarily think we are a political band,” Gadhia said. “I think all art, even if it’s not conscious, can give a political or social snapshot of that time. So this record for us I guess it could be considered as a political record, but in a lot of ways we’re just talking about what we want to talk about.” Doostzadeh said that “Amerika” was inspired by Franz Kafka’s incomplete first novel, regarding the current discussion on immigration. According to Doostzadeh, the novel is about a German child who sneaks into America to pursue the American Dream. “And every time he feels like he’s feeling comfortable, there is this strange feeling where everything also feels like it’s falling beneath him,” Doostzadeh said. “[It’s this] idea of the ‘in between,’ the place that doesn’t exist between where your family came from, where you might have come from, where you are now and the different cultural expectations and ideas of the American Dream.” Tilley ended the conversation with closing remarks about how he ultimately finds the motivation to pursue his passions and his aspirations for the band.“We’re striving to be the band that we can be,” Tilley said. “We want to find passion projects and I think all of us are trying to find what the next 10 years look like in our careers and personal lives. What gives me hope is you guys. Sometimes I struggle to find it from within, but I just see you guys to find motivation.”last_img read more