Social distancing ‘more effective’ to curb COVID-19 spread, task force says amid calls for lockdown

first_imgDespite mounting calls for Indonesia to impose partial lockdowns on virus-plagued areas, the government has maintained that such a policy is not yet on the horizon as it deems social distancing to be more effective to stem the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the country.“Imposing a lockdown will cause economic losses and therefore we still think that social distancing is more effective to halt the spread of the virus,” Wiku Adisasmito, an expert with the government-formed COVID-19 task force, told journalists on Wednesday.A lockdown, he said, would hurt the economy and particularly affected residents whose lives depended on making hourly wages, as they would not be able to go to work and subsequently could not make ends meet.It would also terminate economic activities, including small businesses and household businesses, as restrictions on movements meant all residents would be forced to stay home during the lockdown period, he said.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia records highest death toll in Southeast Asia at 19“Due to its impact on the economy, we will not go further to impose the policy,” he added.Pressure is currently mounting for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to impose partial lockdowns on regions deemed to be hot zones for COVID-19 and follow in the footsteps of the country’s neighbors — Malaysia and the Philippines — and several European countries by taking the drastic measure to stem the transmission of the disease.A group of scientists from the Indonesian Young Scientists Forum has called on the Jokowi administration to impose a partial lockdown on certain areas to prevent sustained community transmission before the Idul Fitri exodus, during which millions of Muslims travel to their hometowns to celebrate the religious festivity. However, Wiku emphasized that the government so far maintained that social distancing would be enough to restrain the virus, which is known to spread quickly when an infected person is in close proximity to other people.“We urge the public to keep their distance from others: no handshaking, wash hands regularly, avoid crowds and always use masks in crowded places,” he said. (glh)Topics :last_img read more

More than 200 Indonesians abroad test positive for coronavirus, five dead

first_imgAt least 204 Indonesian citizens abroad have now been infected by the highly contagious novel coronavirus, the Foreign Ministry has said, with five cases that have resulted in fatalities.International cruise liners have had the highest number of cases, with 49 crew members testing positive so far, four of whom were working aboard the virus-hit Costa Luminosa cruise ship, the Foreign Ministry announced on its official Twitter account @Kemlu_RI on Friday.The Italian cruise ship is now in quarantine at the country’s port of Savona. Foreign Ministry director for citizen protection Judha Nugraha said on Thursday that the number excluded the nine crew members who were infected aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan, all of whom have recovered.At least 39 Indonesian nationals have tested positive for COVID-19 in locked-down Malaysia, three of whom have recovered.In addition, 36 have contracted the virus in neighboring Singapore, five of whom have recovered, but one of the citizens still needs special treatment.Fourteen citizens have tested positive in India. Ten of them have recovered, and four others are still in treatment. Eleven citizens living in Spain – the second hardest-hit country in Europe, after Italy – have tested positive for COVID-19, two of whom have recovered, the ministry tweeted on Friday.#SahabatKemlu, berikut update Perkembangan COVID-19 di Dunia dan Pelindungan WNI per 03/04 pukul 11.30 WIB.#IniDiplomasi #NegaraMelindungi pic.twitter.com/TAVB6gdhxp— MoFA Indonesia (@Kemlu_RI) April 3, 2020In Saudi Arabia, at least six Indonesians have tested positive. Seven others have tested positive in Vatican City.Germany and Brunei Darussalam each recorded four Indonesian citizens with COVID-19.Three Indonesians cases each have been found in Taiwan, Macau and the Netherlands, while two each have been found in Australia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Cambodia, Qatar and the United States.The Philippines, the United Kingdom, Oman, South Korea, Ireland and Belgium have one Indonesian citizen with COVID-19 each.According to the ministry, five Indonesian nationals living abroad – two in Singapore, one in the UK and two others in Malaysia – had died of COVID-19 as of Friday. Of the 204 confirmed cases abroad, 31 Indonesians have recovered from the disease.As of Friday, the World Health Organization had recorded 900,306 cases worldwide – in 205 countries and territories – with the most cases found in the US, Italy, Spain, China and Germany.Foreign Ministry spokesman Teuku Faizasyah said on Friday that there was no one-size-fits-all policy to ensure the wellbeing of Indonesians abroad as each country was in a different situation.He called on Indonesians abroad to obey the rules of the countries they were in.“Our missions abroad have been constantly communicating with the affected communities to ensure they are always in good health,” Faizasyah said. Topics :last_img read more

“Be creative” advises Busy Signal

first_imgEntertainmentLocalNews “Be creative” advises Busy Signal by: – February 3, 2012 Share Reanno Gordon AKA “Busy Signal”One of Jamaica’s internationally acclaimed musical artists has advised young singers to be creative and hold on to their dream.Reanno Gordon better known by his stage name or nick name “Busy Signal” for his hit songs like “Nah Go A Jail Again”, “Tic Toc”, “One More Night”, “Unknown Number” and “Comfort Zone” will be live in concert at the Krazy Kokonuts, “The Entertainment Capital of Dominica” this evening.At a press conference on Friday morning, he advised young singers, performers and talents to be creative and remain positive even in negative environments.“My main advice is be creative, stay focused. Sometimes it takes a little while for you to really get the exposure you need or to get to the level you need in terms of getting out there for people to know you on a wide scale not just your friends alone but a whole magnitude of people.”He says remaining focused on one’s dream may require patience as it took him some time to gain international fame but he held on to his dream and advises young singers to do likewise.“Sometimes it takes a while to build up to get to that level but hold on to your dreams it is possible because I didn’t know that I would be here as an artist representing music, representing my country doing music, I didn’t know that for a fact but I had that dream and I held onto it.”According to him, “Prior to being an artist I was just a conductor collecting money on the side of a bus helping people with their bags and before that I was just cutting hair, being a barber not a certified barber but cutting hair for my friends”.He said further that the Church was the first place he learnt of microphones, guitars and drum sets and expressed gratitude to his mother who would take him to church as a young boy.Although he says it is difficult to remain positive while being surrounded by negativity; his advice is that there is always room for positiveness.Click here to listen to Busy Signal’s impromtu promo: Busy_Signal“Keep holding onto your goals; being positive and staying focused these are the main things. It is not really easy to be positive in a negative world but there is still room for positiveness if you look within yourself and be focused and be strong.”“My goal is for the people to get the message in a lot of my songs. I have a wide variety of songs; I have songs for the young crowd people who want to dance, want to party and I have songs that send a positive and substantial message. The main goal is for people to get the messages that’s being sent out in a substantial form of lyrical content in my songs.”L-R: D-Major, Esco Levi and Busy SignalHe explained that many students in Jamaica use some of his songs as an anthem for example, “Nah go jail again” to keep them away from trouble. He also noted that he supports the advancement of education in his country by sponsoring 16 computers to a school as well as various scholarships at his alma mater.Busy Signal said he is happy to be in Dominica and to be a part of the warm up to Carnival as he promotes creativity and all types of genres of music. He says he is all about entertainment and promised patrons a wonderful show.Two other Jamaican artists will also be featured at tonight’s concert; they are whose Wayneford “Exco Levi” Levy and Damian “D-Major” Codlin.[nggallery id =132]The show begins at 10:00pm at the Krazy Kokonuts in Castle Comfort.Dominica Vibes News Tweet 34 Views one commentcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

Kamara completes Canaries move

Press Association Norwich have confirmed the loan signing of Sporting Kansas City’s Kei Kamara after the Sierra Leone forward was granted a visa. A statement on the club’s official website added: “City are pleased to confirm forward Kei Kamara has been granted a visa to come and play for Norwich City on loan from Sporting Kansas City until May 6. “The 28-year-old Sierra Leone international will fly into the UK to join his new Canary team-mates over the next 24 hours and will be available for selection for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League clash against Fulham at Carrow Road.” The deal for Kamara was agreed last Wednesday, ahead of the 1-1 draw with Tottenham, and Luciano Becchio followed from Leeds 24 hours later on transfer deadline day. Kamara wrote on Twitter: “Happy to say I have picked up my passport/visa & getting on a flight tonite to England.” Norwich boss Chris Hughton was enthusiastic about Kamara, and speaking after the Spurs draw, Hughton said: “I think he’ll give us another dimension in the forward area. He’s a player that’s done very, very well in the MLS over the last few seasons, scored a lot of goals, a lot of assists. “From what I’ve seen of him, we’re not just taking an average player from that division. We’re taking a player from that division that has excelled in recent seasons. “How quickly he can adapt, how much he can give us. We’re quite looking forward to the prospect of seeing that.” The 28-year old’s move from Major League Soccer to Carrow Road until May 6 was announced last week, subject to receiving immigration clearance, which has now been granted, the Canaries have announced. The club wrote on Twitter: “@norwichcityfc are pleased to confirm forward @keikamara has been granted a visa to join us on loan from Sporting Kansas City.” read more

Norwich close to announcement

first_img McNally also confirmed a position of technical director will be part of the new management structure at Carrow Road. The Canaries placed youth team coach Neil Adams in charge for the final five games of the Barclays Premier League season following the sacking of Chris Hughton on April 6. But Adams was unable to prevent the Norfolk club from losing their top-flight status, with the board admitting to making mistakes and feeling “frustrated, hugely disappointed and embarrassed” by relegation. However, McNally revealed Adams is “a credible candidate” for the managerial vacancy with the likes of former City captain Malky Mackay, Celtic boss Neil Lennon and Gianfranco Zola also being linked to the position. The club had hoped to make an announcement “within a week” but after Sunday’s deadline passed, McNally and joint majority shareholders Delia Smith and her husband Michael Wynn Jones appeared on Radio Norfolk for a special phone-in on Monday morning. When asked if Norwich have made an approach for a new manager, McNally said: “No we haven’t. We are still in the process. “We announced the search started after the season ended. It is probably going to take a little longer. “We are talking to a short list of candidates. We are taking a few days longer than we indicated but it is only days. “Neil is definitely a candidate and a credible candidate. He accepted the poisoned chalice and managed the team through a very difficult period.” On the possibility of appointing fans’ favourite Mackay, McNally added: ” As a man I don’t know him very well, Delia and Michael probably know him better from his time at the club. I know his place in Norwich City folklore and his success as a Championship player. Norwich chief executive David McNally says the club are hoping to name their new manager within days. “I think it’s unfair on any candidate to confirm or otherwise because somebody is going to get the job and others won’t and I don’t think that’s right.” Many fans have accused the board of not acting sooner by replacing Hughton in January but celebrity chef Smith responded: “There wasn’t anybody else out there. “We didn’t feel at that time there was anybody out there so we had a decision to make, do we bring in a kind of caretaker, so there were one or two names we were looking at, or go with a manager who is winning home games?” She added: “We got it wrong. It might have happened that if we got a caretaker manager in that we might have stayed up. But there was no guarantee.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Other Sports Prannoy stuns Sugiarto, Sai Praneeth crashes out of NZ Open

first_img Auckland: India’s HS Prannoy stunned Tommy Sugiarto in straight games to sail into the men’s singles quarterfinals even as his compatriot B Sai Praneeth crashed out in the second round of the New Zealand Open badminton tournament here Thursday. Unseeded Prannoy shocked second seed Sugiarto 21-14 21-12 in just 37 minutes to book his place in the last-eight round, where he will be up against fifth seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan.This was world no. 26 Prannoy’s maiden meeting against world no. 13 Sugiarto. Earlier in the day, Praneeth suffered a straight-game 12-21 12-21 loss to the legendary Lin Dan of China. Seventh seed Lin Dan, thus, progressed to the quarterfinals where he will be up against top seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. Indian men’s doubles pair of Manu Attri and Sumeeth B Reddy too lost in the second round, going down against seventh seeds Goh V Shem and Tan Wee Kiong of Malaysia 17-21 19-21. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal on Wednesday made a first round exit from the women’s singles competition after being stunned by to world number 212 Wang Zhiyi of China. In the match between Prannoy and Sugiarto, the Indian seized the initiative early on and took a 7-3 lead before extending it to 11-4.From there on, it was no looking back for Prannoy as he went on to maintain his lead all throughout and close out the game at 21-14.It was neck and neck between the two shuttlers in the first few points of the second game. In fact, Sugiarto took the initial lead at 4-2 but Prannoy came back strongly to not only level the scores but surge ahead with four consecutive winners to take a 8-4 lead.Once Prannoy took the lead, he didn’t look back and kept on maintaining the gap to seal the contest in his favour. Prannoy stuns Sugiarto in New Zealand Open. Sai Praneeth crashes out of NZ Open.Praneeth suffered a straight-game 12-21 12-21 loss. highlightslast_img read more

Countdown intensifies for staging of Toronto Cup II

first_img… GFSCA among teams confirmed in Masters categoryBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — As the countdown intensifies for the Ontario Masters Softball Cricket Clubs (OMSCC) Toronto Cup II, set to be staged during the Caribana weekend here, the organisers are confident that the tournament, which was first staged in 2015, will once again be a tremendous success.Somewhat disappointed with the number of entries in the Open category, which features four teams, down from six, OMSCC president Azeem Khan pointed out that he was expecting a larger participation from the Toronto-based teams but this never materialised.Of much significant is the fact that two new winners will be crowned this time around since defending Open champions New York Enforcers and Toronto’s Our Own which carted off the Masters category will not be participating.It should, however, be noted that several of the players from both teams will be plying their trades for other clubs.The tournament will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the sixth edition of the Guyana Softball Cup, set to be staged in Georgetown later this year.The teams down to do battle in the Open category are NYSCL All-Stars, NYE/Mafia Cricket Club, Sunshine All-Stars and Rems Tech All-Stars.Among the eight set to vie for supremacy in the Masters division are last year’s runners-up the Guyana Floodlights Softball Cricket Association (GFSCA) Masters, NYSCL Legends, NY Hustlers, Tri-State Muslims, Ontario Masters Legends (OMSCC/Host, League Team), Ontario Masters Softball International (OMSI – Ontario Masters Touring Team), Amazon Warriors (New Jersey) and Better Hope Legacy.An exuberant Khan, who served as vice-president and tournament director when the tournament was held in September 2015, is promising a holiday weekend treat during the three days of action which commences next Friday and climaxes on Sunday with the final at the University of Toronto soccer ground, Scarborough.According to Khan, he’s expecting a bumper crowd on Sunday when the day’s activities are expected to include additional side attractions and live on-the-spot commentary.The welcoming ceremony will be held at the Tropical Nights Restaurant and Lounge, Morningside Avenue, (at Sheppard), Scarborough, starting at 1830hrs next Thursday, setting the stage for the commencement of the tournament the following morning.Meanwhile, in her message to the OMSCC, MPP of Pickering-Scarborough East, Tracy MacCharles disclosed that she is honoured to congratulate the OMSCC on the staging of Toronto Cup II.According to the MPP, “over the last 17 years, the OMSCC has grown the sport of softball cricket throughout the province. We are grateful that through the power of sport, people are able to unite from different languages and cultures for a common interest.“It is a pleasure to welcome teams from both North and South America to our great province to take part in friendly international competition. Best of luck to all!”last_img read more

Kuzma makes presence felt

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThe defensive specialist position for the No. 9 Wisconsin volleyball team has been a strength for several years now. With four upperclassmen — Jocelyn Wack, Amanda Berkley, Megan Mills, and Faye McCormick — on the squad, this year is no different.However, freshman Kim Kuzma has stepped right in and added to that strength.”[Kuzma] fits very well,” Berkley said. “Right away when she got here it was like she has been here for a couple of years already.”It is that rapport with the players already on the team that Kuzma cited as one of the reasons why she chose to come to Wisconsin to play volleyball.”When I came here it was the first school I visited, and I fell in love with the campus,” Kuzma said. “Then I got to play beach volleyball on my first unofficial visit with some of the players. They were all really nice and I just felt like I belonged here.”UW head coach Pete Waite also feels Kuzma is a good fit for his team.”[Kuzma] is just an explosive player,” Waite said. “She really pushes her teammates. She is very quick on the court and very tough. We were looking somebody who could come in as a freshman and compete for a job among the other veteran defensive players.”And compete for a job is exactly what Kuzma has done.It is the competition between all the defensive specialists that Kuzma sees as a reason for her improvement so far.”The fact that we are all good defensive players makes each of us better,” Kuzma said. “Day in and day out we have to come in and practice our hardest and play our best to try and get the position that we want.”Kuzma has continued to improve every time she has stepped on the court.So far in this young season, Kuzma has averaged 2.56 digs per game and led all players with 18 digs against Northern Iowa. Because of her steady play, Waite sees Kuzma’s playing time increasing as the season progresses.”Kuzma has come in here right away and found a way on the court a number of times,” Waite said. “We feel confident with her, and I think she will get on the court more and more as the season goes on.”Whenever Kuzma has seen the court this year, she has done everything she can to show Waite that she belongs on the court.”[Kuzma’s] really a warrior on the court, who won’t back down to anybody,” Waite said. “She will be nipping at the heels at all our big players in the front row to push them to be better.”Because of that work ethic, Waite sees Kuzma of being capable of putting together a streak similar to Wack’s NCAA record 80 consecutive matches with at least 10 digs.”It’s going to be hard because [Wack] started it from the beginning when she walked in,” Waite said. “But in the Northern Iowa match she put up bigger dig totals than [Wack] and [Wack] was in there six rotations and [Kuzma] was in there only three. That was just a sign of things to come.”While Waite sees a lot of upside in Kuzma, he sees her youth as her biggest upside.”The fact that we lose three excellent defensive players to graduation this year, she is going to be ready to step into the libero role,” Waite said.last_img read more

ESI Birmingham – PwC – Why esports isn’t all that different to other businesses

first_imgDuring our most recent event, ESI Birmingham, which was presented together with ESL UK in Arena Birmingham ahead of the country’s first major, one of the keynote sessions was from none other than PwC.Having a company from outside the traditional esports industry speaking at such an event may have raised a few eyebrows but, in short, PwC delivered.The professional services giant, which boasts offices across 158 countries, hosted an engaging and thought-provoking keynote. Whilst PwC have been fully transparent that they are still in the process of learning about the industry, and that it’s accurate to say that esports, in many ways, is different to other industries, it also boasts a whole heap of similarities. As such there is a multitude of ways that the likes of PwC can be involved and help the industry to grow.The panel in full from PwC. You can read an overview of ESI Birmingham right hereFor those seeking to be deemed professional esports organisations, it’s imperative that they closely follow the regulations on how to handle data wherever they are located. They will still have to pay taxes even if they’ve the developer behind the latest hit title, and there will still be legal challenges even if they have just guaranteed millions in salaries to the players in their pro teams.These are the key takeaways from the session in which PwC brought over a panel of experts in various fields to Birmingham. PricewaterhouseCoopers, which was founded in 1998 but can trace its roots back to 1854, brought partners from CS:GO powerhouses Denmark and Sweden that have already helped several esports brands in their respective countries. They brought experts from the media and sports industries. This was not because they were experts in esports, but because they had learnt the lessons from similar markets and businesses.The PwC team stayed on for ESL One Birmingham which kicked off the day after ESI Birmingham talking to the teams and esports industry folk present, and discussing both challenges and possibilities. It was clear when speaking to all of their representatives that they see this as a long term commitment. If you work for a business with a history spanning over 150 years you’ve seen more than a few up and coming industries and companies. You have seen both amazing development and devastating crashes, and you’ve most definitely learnt a lesson or two.Esports, of course, is even more complex than most businesses as it is much more than just a local focus. It’s complicated enough for most companies to set up operations in a single territory, but esports is global, something both Intel and ESL pointed out in their own keynote. Sometimes you have international laws to follow, such as the everybody’s favourite recent topic of GDPR right now in the EU. However, when it comes to employment laws and how to set up a freelancer structure, something very common in the esports industry, this is often varies greatly from country to country.Mette Müller, PwC (Courtesy of RAV Photography)This is something that Mette Müller at PwC discussed with us, as to why they think it is important to invest in esports.“Looking at esports as an environment with a lot of passion makes it obvious that PwC can bring our learnings from other parts of the world to support that, and ensure that esports grows stronger in a healthy and responsible way, making sure that all the investors, sponsors, teams and young players understand what they need to do to stay professional. Also what to do when it comes to matters such as taxation, social security and immigration.“Travelling across borders makes it important to understand how you avoid bad experiences when the authorities ask you questions about your earnings and whereabouts.”In esports there are also some areas which are not yet fully regulated, which can lead to uncertainty. One prime example is the on-going discussion around loot boxes, something that is a wider video game industry debate, and whether they should be deemed gambling. When it comes to regulation in any industry, it’s important to take a proactive stance on the matter and not just sit around and wait and see what will happen. This way the esports industry can demonstrate to any future regulators and authorities that it is actively committed to achieving compliance; contributing to local economies and working closely with the relevant institutions to achieve this. All the while showing social responsibility such as the protection of young players. This is another instance in which it can certainly help to have the assistance of large, established companies that boast extensive experience in this regard, such as PwC. This is whether you’re a game developer, tournament organiser, team or you’re involved in esports in any other way.Month on month, day by day the interest in the esports industry is growing seemingly larger. This was evidenced by the number of brands and different companies in attendance at ESI Birmingham, making the possibilities seem endless.However, we as an industry will make a big mistake if we fail to listen to those that know the very foundations of running legitimate businesses, not just within esports but any industry. If we want to grow, mature, further professionalise and help to secure the long-term future of the industry at large, then it’s essential that we get the basics right.This means listening and taking advice together from experts in that field such as PwC, just as they listen to those within esports to understand our industry’s needs. As Fnatic’s Partnerships Manager Fred Weil said on his panel at ESI Birmingham; “Ask not what esports can do for you. Ask what you can do for esports.”This seems to have rung true in the ears of PwC, and we look forward to seeing their next moves and being involved as they help to further shape and professionalise the industry at large.Our next event is ESI London (September 18-20th). This will see over 50 speakers, 400 attendees, 15 exhibitors, and three networking parties including a Closing Party at the Natural History Museum.Early bird tickets are available now for a limited timelast_img read more

Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary Raises Awareness on Plastic During ‘Zero Waste Week’

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisIt’s ‘Zero Waste Week’ and Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is raising awareness about the dangers of plastic.Plastic can be a harmful material especially when it comes to our sanctuaries.Empowering kids to raise awareness of the dangers of plastics, Waters will have students from Lincoln Elementary School and All Saints Elementary School participate in some pretty unique activities this week.Although plastic can be harmful it’s a useful material. Becoming more involved in technology, Waters said there’s a cool app that everyone can use to raise awareness on reducing single use plastic items.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious ‘Michigan Micro Adventures’ to be screened at Alpena County LibraryNext Hillman Community Schools Plan to Start School Before Labor Daylast_img read more