Indonesia announced 1,624 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the highest single-day increase since its first cases emerged in early March, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 59,394.The Health Ministry’s daily report showed that 53 more people died from the disease Thursday, which puts the death toll at 2,987.East Java, the country’s new epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, has in recent days recorded the largest daily increases, and the trend continued on Thursday with 374 new infections. The second-largest province in Indonesia has now recorded 12,695 cases, nearly a quarter of the country’s total tally and the most of any region nationwide.Jakarta trails behind East Java with 11,823 total cases after it recorded 190 new infections on Thursday.South Sulawesi recorded 165 new cases, followed by Central Java with 153 and Bali with 113. Despite a spike in the number of new infections, the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said that records also showed a significant increase in recoveries.The number of recovered patients in Indonesia increased to 2,667 on Thursday.“Banten, for instance, recorded only eight new cases, while also reporting 222 recovered patients,” Yuri said.The figure, Yuri said, indicated that the trend would increase.“Today, there are 18 provinces that reported under 10 new cases, while there are also six that reported zero cases, namely Aceh, Bangka Belitung, Jambi, West Kalimantan and Central Sulawesi.”The record-high increase on Thursday was a result of aggressive tracing and massive testing, he said.Yuri insisted that an increase in cases did not necessarily mean there would be an increase in the number of inpatients, as most of those with COVID-19 could undergo self-quarantine at home.According to the government’s analysis, based on hospital occupancy rates, there was no significant increase in the number of occupied hospital beds.“We have managed an occupancy rate of around 55.5 percent, around half the capacity,” Yuri said.As of Thursday, COVID-19 has been detected in 452 regencies and municipalities in all 34 provinces in the country. (asp)Topics :
A petition requesting a temporary rule change restricting harvest of wild winter steelhead in the Oregon Southwest Zone, which includes the Chetco River, was submitted on Nov. 4 by a group of Oregon fishing guides to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. If accepted, the emergency rule change would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.According to the petition, the proposed temporary regulation changes will provide angling opportunity while reducing direct harvest and increase spawning escapement …
Happy 11th Birthday Geocaching!Can you believe that geocaching turned 11 years old this week? Neither can we! Geocaching has come a long way since the first geocache was placed on May 3, 2000. Here are some fun facts and a timeline of the history of geocaching:• The first geocache was not called a geocache at all, but a “GPS Stash.” Although the original geocache is no longer in place, there is a plaque marking its location and a physical container with a logbook for visitors to sign.• September 2, 2000: September 2, 2000: Geocaching.com launches. The site lists 75 geocaches worldwide.• August 30, 2001: The first Travel Bug® is released by Jeremy. TB1 is a rubber ducky named “Deadly Duck: Envy.” Fun fact: The image on the Deadly Duck’s Trackable page is Photoshopped to replicate this mug shot of a famous Seattle-area entrepreneur and philanthropist in his younger, “wilder” days.• September 30, 2001: Moun10Bike places the second Geocoin in a cache near Deception Pass, Washington. He keeps the first Geocoin in his personal collection. Watch him tell his story.• December 31, 2007: Geocaching.com reaches 500,000 active geocache listings.• March 8, 2010: Geocaching.com reaches 1 million active geocache listings. The number of listings on Geocaching.com has grown by 37% since then.• May 3, 2011: There are currently over 1.3 million geocaches listed on Geocaching.com. They are hidden in almost every country in the world.• May 3, 2025: The first geocache is placed on Saturn to commemorate the 25th anniversary of geocaching.Okay, so the last one is probably not true. But it could be. How do you think geocaching will change in the next 5, 15, 25 years? Share your thoughts on Facebook.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – May 2, 2012May 3, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”“You have to be odd to be number one” — First of each geocache typeFebruary 21, 2017In “Community”Geocaching.com Turns 14 – Rare Fun Facts RevealedSeptember 2, 2014In “Community”
Twenty-five years ago the introduction of the spreadsheet defined the term “killer application“. Since then, spreadsheets have become the centerpiece of financial reporting, budgeting, planning, and forecasting. 78% of companies still rely on the spreadsheet as their main tool for financial reporting. Many companies are basically run on Excel.But Compliance, particularly Sarbanes-Oxley, is causing companies to rethink spreadsheets. Problems with traditional spreadsheets include:Spreadsheets can’t capture real-time dataThey don’t scale well and lack good tools for collaboration between many users.Consolidation or “rolling up” of multiple spreadsheets is often difficult and time-consumingLack of auditing and revision control. Who changed what and when?Error prone. As many as 90% of spreadsheets might have errors.Interface Errors (for example, incorrect links to other spreadsheets)Logic ErrorsUser/Human Error (for example, accidently changing data for formulas, or incorrect input)Not Time-efficient. 68% of large companies take 2-3 months to complete their annual budget and 25% of that time is related to creating and processing spreadsheets.Process controls are lacking. No real concept of review and approval of spreadsheet design or data.Spreadsheets are often not treated as business recordsSimplicity is the main reason for the continued success of the spreadsheet. Another reason that they’ve succeeded is the lack of a need for rigorous controls. Spreadsheets have empowered financial groups, bypassing the control of IT.But Sarbanes-Oxley is demanding more rigorous control over handling of spreadsheets. Section 404 requires that internal controls and procedures be established in managing financial reporting and also for accessing the effectiveness of those controls.Policies and procedures for auditing changes are slowly being adopted to comply with regulations. The newly released Microsoft Excel 2007 was designed to address some of the compliance issues.But what also is happening is that BPM vendors see that while they have the tools and processes needed to address many of the deficiencies of spreadsheets, their tools to-date have not been widely adopted. In the short term, BPM vendors are fighting back by embracing and integrating spreadsheet functionality as part of their solutions. And, more often than not, BPM vendors have selected to integrate tightly with Excel. But longer-term, vendors continue to try to promote the more robust capabilities of BPM. Key among those capabilities is the ability to create a single auditable and accurate source of financial information. The obstacle for BPM vendors contiunues to be the need to capture the same kind of simplicity and intutiveness in usability that has made spreadsheets so successful.
Health Minister, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says that a strategic plan is being developed for the treatment of cancer.He said the idea is to provide an integrated approach to cancer treatment and care, and over time establish a centre of excellence, where quality care will be available at an affordable cost.The Health Minister, who was speaking to JIS News after his presentation at Friday’s (January 25) neurosciences symposium at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, said that the Ministry has identified cancer as a “big ideas” project, with major focus placed on the disease. “We have, in the first year, improved significantly, the chemotherapy unit at Kingston Public Hospital (KPH) and we are looking now at improving critical pieces of equipment for radiation,” he said. There has also been major upgrading of the cancer wards of the KPH and Cornwall Regional Hospital in St. James.In his presentation at the symposium, the Minister reiterated plans to launch a “broad spectrum attack” on the disease to involve prevention, screening, early diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and palliative care.“We will, on a phased basis, streamline the cancer care path and systematically remove the bottlenecks to effective treatment, including reducing the high cost associated with its care and treatment,” he stated.Dr. Ferguson said he would be ready to work with the private sector, voluntary groups, universities, the Diaspora, the Caribbean Neurological Association and any other organization willing to collaborate in the effort.He stated that the establishment of an 18-station chemotherapy ward at the KPH, “is just the beginning of things to come”.