The Corruption Eradication Commission has announced it will limit visits to its detention center amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The statement came after the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s Correctional Directorate General announced preventive measures to prevent an outbreak in correctional facilities, namely prisons, jails and child prisons.“This is a temporary restriction. People that are sick and have high temperatures will not be allowed in,” Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) spokesperson Ali Fikri said on Tuesday as quoted by Antara . In a previous statement, the Correctional Directorate General said it planned to prevent a COVID-19 outbreak in prisons by spraying disinfectant and providing personal hygiene items such as hand sanitizer and soap, as well as body temperature gauges.“[Prisons will also] ensure that employees, adult and child prisoners have a body temperature of below 37.5 degrees Celsius,” acting corrections director general Nugroho said on the statement.Visits to 524 prisons across the country will only be suspended if respective regional administrations declare a COVID-19 emergency after coordinating with the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).Ali, however, said the KPK’s investigations would proceed as usual, adding that all suspects and witnesses were required undergo body temperature checks. All witnesses and suspects whose body temperatures are above normal will be reported to the prosecution deputy and the KPK’s clinic.The KPK instructed its employees to work from home March 18 to 31 but some will still go into the office in shifts. The antigraft body’s headquarters will also be disinfected on Wednesday and Thursday.The agency’s secretary-general briefed employees regarding the prevention of the disease’s spread. “KPK employees are well-educated and well-informed about the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ali said.As of Wednesday morning, Indonesia has reported 172 confirmed cases of COVID-19.(mfp)Topics :
THE 2019 Edition of the Aliann Pompey Invitational (API) Track and Field, set for July 6 at the National Track and Field Centre at Leonora, is expected to produce some fireworks, according to the organisers.Held in honour of Guyana’s 2002 Commonwealth gold medallist, Aliann Pompey for the past four years, the AP Invitational has been one of the region’s meets on the calendar for some of the Caribbean’s top athletes and this year will be no different.At a press conference held yesterday at the National Racquet Centre, Pompey highlighted some of the different things that athletes and fans can expect this year.With financial support from local firm Sentinel Security Inc., US$1000 would be given to every Guyanese female athlete who breaks a national record at the event.“So the additional incentive I think is something very positive, and that’s in addition to any prize money. So if they win an event and break a national record the US dollars is in addition to that prize structure,” Pompey explained.Aliann Pompey addressing the media at the National Racquet Centre (Newsroom photo)“At the start of the meet we’ll also have a few events where high school athletes would be able to share the platform with the international athletes, so that’s something we’re looking forward to as well.”Pompey added that while the headline act would be revealed shortly, confirmation has been had from most of the overseas-based local athletes, who had signalled their intention to compete next month.“Just yesterday (Thursday) actually, Aliyah Abrams, running for South Carolina at the NCAA Finals ran a 51.51s, so I think I’ll say goodbye to my national record from now, because it going, going, gone soon. Arinze Chance, also at South Carolina, opened their 4×400 in 45 seconds, so the Men’s 400 and the Women’s 400m, along with long jump would be staple events at this meet this year,” Pompey informed.Joining Pompey to pull off this event are Guyana Olympic Association, Banks DIH Limited, the Athletics Association of Guyana, IAAF, ConSudAtle, Ministry of Education, SleepIn Hotel and Casino, Star Party Rentals, National Sports Commission, Quality Plus Fast Foods and the Ministry of Communities.The event will commence with an official opening ceremony at 15:00hrs, after which the athletes hit the synthetic surface at Leonora.At the 2018 AP Invitational, the crowd stood in ‘awe’ as Kirani James, the 2012 Olympic Champion and 2016 Olympic silver medallist, clocked 44.99 seconds to not only win the ‘AP’ Invitational 400 metres, but also set a new track record.Guyana’s Winston George ran 45.16 seconds at the 2017 AP Invitational, which was then the fastest time ever at the National Track and Field Centre and also a national record.