‘It’s fun!’: Underrated TVRI becomes students’ favorite during stay-at-home orders

first_imgMore than 45 million Indonesians students are holed up at home for the rest of the academic year, as schools close to curb the spread of the COVID-19 disease.Much like the rest of the world, these children face some of the longest no-school days in history, without much certainty of when it all will end.Some schools in big cities are blessed with better access to technology, allowing them to shift to doing schoolwork online during the quarantine. But most students, especially those who live in rural areas or come from low-income families, are stuck in limbo; some struggle with slow internet, while others can’t even afford it. But a new educational program airing on public broadcaster TVRI might provide a good opportunity for more students across the archipelago to do their schoolwork from home.On Thursday morning at around 7:30 a.m., cousins Bagus, 8, and Nail, 11, are already glued to the television set in their room in Cipete, South Jakarta, while devouring a bowl of warm chicken porridge for breakfast. It has been around a month since their school has closed down, but these days, they still have a reason to wake up early.Read also: Studying from home: Seven online learning platforms for studentsThat morning, they showered early and got ready to study.While their mothers, who work as housemaids, had already gone to do morning chores at their employers’ house, the two children were settled in front of the TV with books and pencils in hand. TVRI was on.Bagus shifted closer to the TV when the program Belajar dari Rumah (Study From Home) started airing at 8.30 a.m. Pak Ridwan, a teacher for grades 1 and 3 who instructed them that day, popped up on-screen wearing traditional Betawi clothes.He said it was math class that day. Soon, colorful triangular animations began outlining real-life objects on the screen.Bagus correctly guessed several names of objects that Pak Ridwan pointed at enthusiastically.“It’s fun! I like studying from TVRI. And there are cartoons, too,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Before Belajar dari Rumah aired, Bagus’ teachers at school would send schoolwork over through his mother’s WhatsApp chats and ask him to snap pictures of the finished task to send back. Once in a while, they would have video conferences with other classmates and teachers.The program had brought some much-needed color into the monotony of their quarantine study routine.“After I finish watching, the program gives us tasks. I will finish it right away and send it to my teacher,” Bagus said. The teacher will then check his work and they will discuss it via WhatsApp.The Belajar dari Rumah program, which began airing on Mondays to give students a change of pace during the COVID-19 quarantine, is the brainchild of the Education and Culture Ministry and is welcomed by many parents and children alike.The program features 30-minute blocks on a certain school lesson for different levels of instruction, beginning at 8 a.m. and finishing at 11 a.m. from Monday to Friday.It covers six groups of instructional levels: kindergarten, grades 1-3, grades 4-6, junior high school, senior high school and a program for parents and teachers.Read also: COVID-19: Central Java students demand ‘creativity’ amid boredom of remote studyingFelicia Lia Oktora, 42, a mother of two from Serpong, South Tangerang, Banten, said her children were also excited about the program. It was the first time they had watched TVRI, having mostly relied on western TV or DVDs for learning activities at home.“They miss school, their friends and teachers […] but they are really excited about studying from home because they can wear their everyday clothes and watch while enjoying breakfast,” Lia told the Post on Thursday.She hopes it will continue beyond the pandemic.The ministry recently announced that the program would air for three months until July.“Belajar dari Rumah is an effort […] to provide education for all during these COVID-19 emergency days,” Education Minister Nadiem Makarim said recently.However, some regions were still unaware that such programs were airing. Cicilia Mamman, a senior high school teacher from Nabire, Papua, said she did not get any information from the local education agency.“We are still struggling to study every day because we generally still use WhatsApp groups and we cannot track all of our students as some of them don’t have smartphones,” she said.“We also can’t do any video-conferencing because of the poor internet reception here.”TVRI acting president director Supriyono said the broadcaster made sure the program aired on 29 local TVRI stations across the country.With the largest coverage nationally, the station can reach more than 78 percent of the Indonesian population — three times higher than any private TV channels.”This is the time for us to once again become the public’s television station, serving students in this emergency situation. Not every household has money or the conditions to provide a stable internet connection,” he told the Post on Thursday.A study from the Indonesian Internet Providers Association shows that 64.8 percent of the total population of 264 million Indonesians were connected to the internet in 2018.The Indonesian Teacher Unions Federation (FSGI) applauded the government’s decision to launch the educational TV program. FSGI deputy secretary-general Satriwan Salim said it would hopefully help students in remote areas that have difficulty with distance learning.“But we have to remember this is only a supplementary material; this is not the main source of learning for students. Teachers must also prepare various materials for students […] Don’t make too many assignments that end up weighing on them,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Auctions on the Gold Coast fetching millions

first_imgA local buyer snapped up the beachfront property at 2 Short St, Bilinga last weekend.Another two properties sold for more than $1 million over the weekend, including a waterfront home at Paradise Point.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoRay White Sovereign Islands agent Edin Kara handled the sale of 20 Drysdale Place.He said there were roughly 20 inspections throughout the four-week marketing campaign with three registered bidders on the auction day.“In that luxury market, having three registered bidders is quite good,” he said.Another property at 22 Buccaneer Court, Paradise Waters fetched $2.7 million at auction, which was the highest recorded sale last week. The property at 22 Buccaneer Court, Paradise Waters fetched $2.7 million at auction.AUCTIONS on the Gold Coast are yielding strong results with millions of dollars worth of property changing hands in the past few weeks.A 1970s-built beach house at Bilinga set the bar last weekend after selling under the hammer for $3.3 million.A local buyer snapped up the Short St property at the auction, which attracted a crowd of about 50 people. The buyer plans to rebuild a family home on the site.Marketing agent Troy Dowker, of Ray White Mermaid Beach, said beachfront properties were consistently drawing big crowds at auction. The home at 20 Drysdale Place, Paradise Point sold for $1.2 million at auction last weekend.First National Real Estate Surfers Paradise agent Russell Rollington said the home’s character attracted the overseas buyers, who flew to the Coast for the auction and inspected it for 20 minutes before it went under the hammer. WANT A FREE HOLIDAY? FASTEST SELLING COAST SUBURBS REVEALED “As soon as they walked in, they knew it was for them,” he said.He had noticed many interstate and overseas buyers looking to the Gold Coast for homes or holiday houses recently.“You get a lot more bang for your buck up here,” he said.last_img read more

Lady Wildcats And Lady Twisters End Up Deadlocked

first_imgFCHS Lady Wildcats showed a different style to their play and formation last night holding Oldenburg to one goal in the first half. dazzling goal saves by Junior Ashton Bruns with 13 saves held Oldenburg scoreless in the second half, tied at 1-1.The defensive stance with Gabbi Mitchum and Shelby Pearson with seniors Gillian Back and Maholli Offill were tenacious in there marks and containment. It came in the second half when FCHS altered their offensive punch to bring speed to the front line with with Grace Noble, Lauren Kelley, and Brylee Pace who created corner kick after corner kick, Then with a picture perfect play, Hannah Surber crossed into the 18 once that was blocked away but in the second corner, perfect placement hit an explosive headball by Senior Gabbi Mitchum to tie the game.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach John Litchholt.last_img read more

Lampard admits Chelsea missed Kante this season

first_imgChelsea boss, Frank Lampard, has admitted they’ve missed N’Golo Kante this season. “Looking forward, whenever a restart comes we want to get him in the best shape, want to get Ruben Loftus-Cheek in the best shape. “We’ve had slightly different plans for them but they’ve been scuppered with what we’ve had to do. The players’ health comes first, the mental well-being of the players comes first. “We obviously need N’Golo Kante back in our team, one of the best players in the world. I knew that before I became manager of Chelsea and know that now from working with him. read also:Barcelona prepare ambitious Coutinho – Kante swap deal “I haven’t been able to have him much this year and going forward we, of course, want him fit and raring to go.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan You Imagine Quitting A Role Because Of Dislike For W. Smith?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Loading… Lampard has lamented the influential Frenchman’s absence at spells this season. “We had four or five of those (injured players) when we finished playing recently,” he told BT Sport. “N’Golo Kante is obviously a great example because he’s played four or five incredible seasons in terms of his individual success and he’s been used quite rightly by his managers a lot “This season he’s played only about 40% of our games and even then it’s been difficult for him and I’ve really felt for him on an individual level. He’s been a huge miss for us.Advertisementlast_img read more

Heinz is May winner for fendered division voting

first_imgGREEN BAY, Wis. – No stranger to victory lane, John Heinz has earned another win, this time as voted on by the fans.The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver from Green Bay earned the most votes in the Sybesma Graphics Facebook Fan Favorite Contest for fendered divisions for the month of May. He’ll receive a mini hood from Sybesma.The four-time track champion and defending Allstar Performance Wisconsin State titlist is planning another aggressive schedule in 2014 as he expects to compete weekly at Oshkosh Speedzone on Fridays, 141 Speedway in Francis Creek on Saturdays and Seymour Speedway on Sundays.Heinz hopes his busy weekends this season will lead to a national title.“It’s our second year of chasing national points,” said Heinz. “We chased points for the first time last season and ended up fifth.”Simply changing his approach to weekly racing is what Heinz credits as his recent desire to chase national points.“We just wanted to try it once and see what happened,” he stated.“We ran against defending national champion Brandon Czarapata,” Heinz said of his fellow Wisconsin racer. “He’s cutting down this year so we thought we’d give it another shot.”Although he’s earned many wins in his career, Heinz was still in search of his first win of the season.“We’ve got a bunch of seconds, a fifth and we blew up one night,” he explained of the start to his season.Still, Heinz is liking his ride this year.“We got a new car, a Wolfe Chassis from Beaver Dam. We like it, we just need to get it to victory lane,” he said.As for the wrap on his new ride, Heinz is proud of the military design and dedicated it to a longtime friend who recently passed away.“Dan Conrad was a buddy of mine for 20 years,” said Heinz. “He was a Vietnam vet and loved the car we ran with the military theme a couple years ago at Super Nationals. I think this car turned out better than that one and I’m sure he’d love it.”In addition to his wife Robin, Heinz listed Cody, Justin, Bob and Scott as his crew members.Sponsors on his No. 57 include Blackstone Restaurant, Five Point Fabrication, Wade’s Pit Stop, Arrow Auto Parts and Victory Vinyl, all of Green Bay; and 21 Gun Saloon of New Franken.last_img read more

Pogba, Rashford fit for Premier League restart — Solskjaer

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Leeds host first Premier League game after 16 years Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford are fully fit and ready to return when the Premier League restarts.Rashford has not featured since January after tests revealed a double stress fracture in his back, while Pogba has been “frustrated” with metatarsal and ankle injuries this season. “They’re looking good, they’ve joined training now and they’ve done everything the other boys have been doing,” Solskjaer told the club’s website.“When we get started, it looks like we can have a full squad to choose from.”With both players unavailable, United signed Odion Ighalo and Bruno Fernandes in January and went on an 11-game unbeaten run in all competitions before the coronavirus halted the sport.However, sources told ESPN that United face the prospect of losing Ighalo this week with talks to extend his loan from Shanghai Shenhua at an impasse.United have been training in small groups at their Carrington base while remaining compliant with social distancing measures, and Solskjaer said the players have returned in good spirits. “We’re back in training which has been great,” Solskjaer added. “The boys have been fantastic, the weather’s been good and they’ve enjoyed it.“Hopefully now we’ve proved we can do this safely and we can move to the next step. It’s been really enjoyable being on the training ground again.“Everyone’s looking sharp, everyone’s been in with a good mood and we’ve been splitting up in groups so [working in] fours and fives together and they’ve really done well.“Hopefully, they can as I said, step up and go to bigger training groups but so far it’s been good.”Tags: English Premier LeagueFITNESSMarcus RashfordOle Gunnar SolskjaerPaul Pogbalast_img read more

Football Dance Competition Debuts in LagosÂ

first_imgTandoh explained that the commission decided to support the organisers because the football dance competition which encourages mass participation is in line with the sports agenda of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to make Lagos an Africa’s sports hub. “The most important thing is the objective of the event. The objective tallies with the vision of the governor in creating a synergy between tourism, hospitality, entertainment and sporting excellence. So for us it is line with what we are mandated to do and that is why we are supporting it. The football dance competition will give a lot of youth opportunity to be discovered and who know we might see good players coming out from the event,” Tandoh said.The initiator of the Football Dance Competition, Alayoteju Onasanya, stated that the project is all about empowering young people and exposing them to better opportunities. She added participants can register online on www.creativedancewithfootball.org or selected centres across Lagos.Onasanya said: “What is in it is using me as an entertainer to invite those that will profit the lives of the children. They have the skills, they have the talents but they don’t have opportunity. So those who are likely to give the opportunity and platform will be invited to the event.”The event which has competitions for individual and group categories, is opened to participants from ages five to 22 years. The competition is not open to professional footballers and dancers. Over 1,000 participants are expected to compete for honours in the competition starting on August 29, with the grand finale billed for September 1 inside the indoor hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium.Winners will get cash prizes, valuable gifts and more importantly, life changing opportunities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Lagos State Government through the Lagos State Sports Commission has endorsed the maiden Football Dance Competition scheduled to hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium from August 29.The event, which was supported by the Lagos State Football Association, is designed for talented amateur footballers to showcase their creativity with dance and get rewards.Speaking at a media briefing to herald the competition, Executive Chairman of the Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh said the football dance event would enhance sporting activities from the grassroots and showcase teeming youth who are gifted in the round leather game.last_img read more

Bills CB Tre’Davious White unsure if he will opt in or out

first_img First Published: 6th August, 2020 07:30 IST Written By Associated Press Television News LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White is unsure if he will opt in or opt out of the upcoming NFL season.White has until 4 p.m. Thursday to decide on his status for the year. The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the league in recent seasons.“Honestly, I’m still undecided,” White said. “I’ve got until tomorrow. … We’re just kind of taking it down to the last day and we’re going to decide from there.”White is in Buffalo and said he wanted to see the precautions the Bills are taking in an effort to keep their players safe. But he also knows that those precautions are no guarantee against the coronavirus, and is concerned about the potential effect on his family.“They’ve been doing a great job,” White said. “But just the aspect of guys still testing positive and having false negatives, false positive tests that come back negative, it’s just those things that psychologically play a part in my thinking each and every day. Do I want to come in here and get my 11-month-old baby sick, just coming home and trying to love on him and pick him up, do I want to risk that? Because at the end of the day, no matter what my family is going to come first.”White was a big reason for Buffalo’s defensive success in 2019, helping the team finish second in points allowed and third in yards allowed. He was voted to his first Pro Bowl and was a first-team All-Pro, and he tied for the league lead in interceptions with six.Complicating matters is the prospect of a long-term contract extension looming around the horizon. White is entering his fourth year, and the Bills have picked up his fifth-year option for the 2021 season.But it’s expected that the two sides will try to come to terms on an extension that could make White one of the highest-paid defensive backs in the league in the near future.White isn’t too concerned about that at the moment, however, noting that the financial parameters are essentially set in place for when that time does come.“I want to put myself in a position where I can break the cycle for my family and break that curse and have some generational wealth and be able to take care of my family and my kids so they can have the things that I didn’t have growing up, and be able to have some advantages as far as economically and schooling,” White said.“That’s obviously a big deal. … I know it’s going to come within due time. … What it’s going to be, it’s going to be. So I’m not going to stress out over it.”“I know what I bring to the game, and I think I have a worth that’s out there and it’s a market out there for defensive backs and it’s only going up, so I’ll see what happens.”Image credits: APcenter_img Last Updated: 6th August, 2020 07:30 IST Bills CB Tre’Davious White Unsure If He Will Opt In Or Out White has until 4 p.m. Thursday to decide on his status for the year. The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the best cornerbacks in the league in recent seasons WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US COMMENTlast_img read more

Sharks’ Micheal Haley taken to locker room after taking puck to the ankle against Golden Knights

first_imgThe San Jose Sharks might need to find a replacement for Micheal Haley going forward.The ninth-year center deflected a Shea Theodore slap shot off his left ankle and went down immediately. He needed to be helped off the ice and into the locker room and was clearly unable to put any weight on his left foot.  Here’s the shot Michael Haley blocked with his left ankle. Instantly left the ice and went into #SJSharks room without putting weight on it. pic.twitter.com/5A0OJ82FSf— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) April 15, 2019Haley posted six points (two goals, four assists) in 43 games this season. He joined the Sharks on Feb. 20 when San Jose picked him off waivers from Florida.last_img read more