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‘COVID-19 is real’, govt says as public denial persists

first_imgIndonesia has recorded nearly 10,000 fatalities and 252,923 total cases as of Tuesday. “If some people deny the presence of COVID-19 [and neglect health measures], transmission will continue,” Doni said.Some Indonesian citizens, including public figures, have endorsed conspiracy theories about the pandemic. Bali-based musician Jerinx, for example, claimed that the recorded number of COVID-19 infections was being manipulated to be larger than it actually was. He has also ignored authorities’ calls for social distancing and mask wearing, including while participating in a rally in late July to protest against COVID-19 testing requirements for travel to Bali.The Bali Police have named the musician a suspect for defamation after he accused the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) of being “the WHO’s flunkey” for mandating that women preparing to give birth be tested for COVID-19.Topics : At least five behavioral change units consisting of a total of 100 volunteers have been deployed in five subdistricts of the capital to inform people about the virus and reinforce the need to adhere to health protocols.“If the initiative works, we will develop it in other regions as well,” Doni said during a meeting with the House of Representatives on Tuesday. “COVID-19 is real and has claimed nearly a million of lives globally.”Doni did not reveal the details of the Health Ministry survey he cited during the meeting.Read also: 160 deaths in one day: Indonesia sets bleak virus record A recent survey by the Health Ministry has found that many citizens do not believe that COVID-19 exists and that many have challenged the call to adhere to health protocols, the national COVID-19 task force has said.In response, the task force has formed so-called “behavioral change” units. They consist of members of the community, the military and local administrations and seek to raise public awareness about the dangers of COVID-19. National COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo said the initiative would be tested first in Jakarta, a hotbed of coronavirus contagion, before being brought to other regions.last_img read more

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Washington DC, heart of US power, frozen by pandemic

first_imgWith just a month to go before the presidential election, Washington, the hub of American politics, is still in the social and economic deep freeze it was plunged into by the Covid-19 outbreak that began six months ago.The 12,000 people due to take part in upcoming meets at the World Bank and IMF will not stroll the sidewalks of the spruced-up city center, which before the pandemic had been touted as example of the regeneration of US downtowns.Instead, they will be sitting at home, in front of their laptops. As well as its political activities, the city had billed itself in the past two decades as a hub for international conventions and conferences. Before the pandemic, “we were experiencing record attendance and visitation to Washington, not only with congresses and meetings, but of course, also with the leisure market… and the international markets,” said Elliott Ferguson, director of Destination DC. And that activity all stoked the local economy. “We were on pace to do well over 25 million visitors to the city, over 42 large congresses,” he said. Now the city is expecting some 11 million visitors.Working from home For sure, some of the trendier districts of the city have bounced back to life. Restaurants have opened up outdoor terraces and rooftop dining and have started to fill up in the late summer, thanks to local clientele.But in the downtown area, not far from the White House, the fast food restaurants of K Street — the central artery where busy lobbyists and lawyers used to grab lunch — have not re-opened and struggle to attract local business.That is because the thousands of government and institutional workers — including the 9,000 of the World Bank, excluding its consultants — are all working from home until the end of the year.The white-collar workers who filled the offices of the nerve center of US and international politics have overwhelmingly chosen to carry on with remote work.And they have the backing of Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser, who has implemented one of the strictest regimes of restrictions in the country to keep the virus death toll down to 629 deaths and more than 12,250 infections.Empty hotels As a result, by the end of July the economic activity of the city center was just 12 percent of what it had been the year before, with 95 percent of employees working from home, according to Downtown D.C Business Improvement District. Hotel occupancy was at just eight percent in June, down from 74 percent in February.An employee of the pharmacy chain CVS, just a few yards from the IMF building, said the branch was probably doomed if the big institutions do not open up their doors again soon.Handing out at best 200 prescriptions per week instead of more than 1,000 before the pandemic, and with its opening hours tailored to those of the neighboring institutions, the employee said the store would be lucky to hang on for six months.”I’m afraid CVS will have to close this location if they don’t come back to work downtown,” the worker said, asking to be named.Despite the gloomy mood, Gregory O’Dell, head of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the mainstay of the city’s conferences, hopes there will be better days ahead.The Center, which receives some 1.5 million people each year, reopened two weeks ago, unveiling a variety of sophisticated equipment designed to help ward off the virus.Artificial intelligence The convention center in the heart of Washington has been fitted with scanners that take the temperature of visitors.Interior surfaces are frequently sprayed with disinfectant capable of killing the virus.And artificial intelligence monitors visitors and registers if they are getting too close to each and ignoring social distancing guidelines.The cancellation of 93 events this year left the center with steep losses, totally $345.5 million.”Today, more than ever before, is such an important time for people and communities to come together, and conventions and meetings, sports and entertainment have the power to do that, even virtually,” said O’Dell.And if people start to get a taste for all things virtual??”I don’t think we’re getting used to it,” said Elliott Ferguson. “I think we are very much so missing out on the opportunity to connect in person.””It’s very difficult to get someone interested in your product, or whatever your prototype is,” he said. “We need to touch it, we need to feel it.”Topics : Behind the giant bay windows of the World Bank, security guards remain at their posts, but idle. Outside, the sidewalks of Washington DC are largely empty.The bank is open, ready to host but its twice annual meetings with international financial institutions. But the meetings are all virtual these days.Next door, at the HQ2 building of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) a sign says “temporarily closed.” It has been hanging there for six months. last_img read more

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Sofregaz nets Taichung LNG expansion FEED from CPC

first_imgImage: Sofregaz The engineering company did not provide any additional details. Taiwan’s CPC has awarded French Sofregaz the front-end engineering and design contract for the third expansion phase of its Taichung LNG import terminal. The expansion added three new LNG storage tanks with a capacity of 160,000 cbm, each, and related regasification facilities. The import facility now has six storage tanks and a regasification capacity of more than 5 million tonnes per year. The country imported 16.66 million tonnes in 2019, a slight decrease of 0.9 percent compared to the year before, according to GIIGNL data. Sofregaz said that the project completion is scheduled for 2026. Taiwan is the world’s fifth largest LNG importer and it is looking to boost the use of the chilled fuel as it phases out nuclear and coal to generate electricity. Worth mentioning here, Taiwan’s CPC completed the second expansion phase at the Taichung terminal in 2019. CPC is also upgrading its Yung-An LNG terminal in Kaohsiung and is building a third terminal in northern Taiwan. Besides the FEED, the deal also includes project management consultancy (PMC) services, Sofregaz said in a statement. Phase 3 expansion will see the addition of two LNG storage tanks and associated regasification facilities. These volumes mostly came from Australia, Qatar, and Malaysia.last_img read more

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Lund goes 2-for-2 at 281 with second Lone Star Tour victory

first_imgLund posted back-to-back checkers by making a strong run on the outside groove. The top five in the fleet IMCA Sunoco Stock Car field represented as many different states, as Elijah Zevenber­gen, Hesston Shaw, Dean Abbey and Joe Bellm chased Lund across the stripe. STEPHENVILLE, Texas (Feb. 18) – The top line took Curt Lund to his second $750 Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour feature win in as many nights Monday at 281 Speedway. Justin Nabors and James Hanusch completed the SportMod top three. William Creese was the runner-up and Harold Clifton finished third in the Sport Compact feature. Southern SportMods – 1. Gregory Muirhead; 2. Justin Nabors; 3. James Hanusch; 4. Taylor Florio; 5. Larry Underwood; 6. James McCreery; 7. Jay Coone; 8. Evan Moore. Gregory Muirhead and Clifton Whisenant both raced from eighth starting spots to win the Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod and Mach-1 Sport Compact main events, respectively.  Lund had started third and dropped back a couple spots. He worked his way back toward the front, taking over the lead for good on lap 10. center_img Feature Results  Stock Cars – 1. Curt Lund; 2. Elijah Zevenbergen; 3. Hesston Shaw; 4. Dean Abbey; 5. Joe Bellm; 6. Dean Cornlius; 7. Jeffrey Abbey; 8. Westin Abbey; 9. Tyler Muirhead; 10. Jason Rogers; 11. Shelby Williams; 12. Kirk Martin; 13. G.W. Egbert IV; 14. William Gould; 15. Billy Wade; 16. Kyle Falck; 17. Tony Hardesty; 18. Jason Josselyn; 19. Ryan Powers; 20. Kyle Pfeifer; 21. Craig Moss.  Sport Compacts – 1. Clifton Whisenant; 2. William Creese; 3. Harold Clifton; 4. Pamela Whisenant; 5. Steven Bevils; 6. Kody Crofutt; 7. Howard Watson; 8. Ryan Whisenant; 9. Brian Schoenbaum Jr.; 10. Anthony Vandenberg; 11. Kaleb Watson. Curt Lund won his second Sniper Speed Lone Star Tour feature Monday at 281 Speedway. The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers were good for $750. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography)last_img read more

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Messi prefers not to think so much of risk of infection

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Lionel Messi believes he is better off not thinking too much about the risk of being infected by the coronavirus as Spanish football clubs step up their return to activity.The Argentina captain says he looks forward to getting back to playing matches. Messi and his FC Barcelona teammates have been back at the club’s training ground conducting individual sessions since last week.This was after La Liga’s four-phase protocol for returning to activity since it was halted in March due to the pandemic.All 11 remaining rounds of fixtures in La Liga will take place without spectators, with President Javier Tebas saying last week that matches could start as soon as June 12.While some players and clubs have spoken out against football returning out of fear of picking up the virus or passing it on to others, Messi is indifferent.He said returning to matches was no riskier than leaving home for any other reason. “There’s a risk of infection everywhere, when you leave your house there’s a risk. So, I think we shouldn’t think too much about it because if you do you won’t want to go anywhere,” Messi said on Friday.“But we must understand that it’s essential we comply with the protocols and follow the prevention measures as much as we can. `“Returning to training is the first step. But we shouldn’t get complacent and we must take all precautions necessary.”Messi said while he is excited about returning to matches, he is opposed to La Liga’s proposal for teams to be quarantined together, away from their families, once matches resume.“Personally I’m looking forward to the competition returning. We know it’s going to all be very strange, without anyone in the stands, I’ve done it before and I found it out,” said the Barca captain. “With regards to being quarantined, the truth is we don’t like the idea of being separated from our families at all. But we’ll have to see what the final plan is.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusFC BarcelonaJavier TebasLa LigaLionel MessiSpainlast_img
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No anthem at Irish Cup final

first_img The national anthem is traditionally played before the final but for this year’s meeting between Cliftonville and Glentoran it will be dropped from the pre-match build-up at Windsor Park on May 4 Cliftonville have a traditionally Catholic fan-base while Glentoran’s supporters are mainly from a Protestant background and the decision on the anthem was taken by the Irish FA’s Challenge Cup Committee to try to make the match a “politically-neutral” environment and prevent it from becoming a potential flashpoint. Press Association IFA chief executive Patrick Nelson told the Press Association: “This is not a generic decision but the Challenge Cup committee has made a decision on the national anthem, on this particular occasion, to foster a neutral atmosphere at the game.” The move has been greeted with anger by some Glentoran fans who have criticised the decision on social media sites, claiming it has been taken merely to appease Republicans. center_img Football chiefs in Northern Ireland have taken the decision not to play ‘God Save The Queen’ at next month’s politically-sensitive Irish Cup final.last_img read more

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Man Arrested After Shooting at PBSO Deputies in Belle Glade

first_imgTwo men are in jail after shooting toward deputies in Belle Glade, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies arrested 21-year-old Keren Briscoe around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning.According to the arrest documents, a vehicle was traveling westbound on Martin Luther King Blvd. when a person who was identified as Briscoe started shooting out of the car toward them.A deputy and civilian were also in the line of fire, PBSO says. There were no injuries, although the incident did result in some property property damage.Courtesy: Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Briscoe has been charged with three counts of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer.Records show he is on felony probation after he was found guilty in September 2017 on charges of being a delinquent in possession of a firearm. He was sentenced to 36 months of probation and was scheduled to complete his sentence on New Year’s Day 2021.However, Briscoe violated his probation last February, when he was arrested for resisting an officer without violence. He was sentenced at that time to seven days in jail.A judge order Briscoe to be held without bond during a court appearance Saturday morning.last_img read more

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Jaquith contributes at midfield after missing sophomore year with torn ACL

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ It was the first game of the Syracuse women’s lacrosse fall ball season, and Gabby Jaquith was coming off a stellar freshman campaign. She was poised to be one of the offense’s top weapons, and it was her time to prove it.But then her knee turned awkwardly while running on the field and she felt a sharp pain. In an instant, a season to help contend for a national championship became a season of rehabilitation.“Having to sit through all of last season watching everyone play was definitely hard for me, mentally and physically,” Jaquith said. “But I feel as if it kind of made me stronger.” After being forced to sit out her entire sophomore year with a torn ACL, Jaquith hasn’t missed a beat in her junior year for Syracuse (15-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast). She’s ranked seventh in points — with 13 goals and nine assists — on the third-best scoring team in the nation. The midfielder is ranked first out of the starters with a .619 shooting percentage, and has scored in three of the past four games. The adjustment process was a difficult one, filled with mistakes and uncertainty. But now she’s a valuable piece on the country’s top-ranked team, and has started 14 of SU’s 16 games. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think the upside is she’s watched a lot of lacrosse and her lacrosse IQ has gone up,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “She’s the type of player that’s always made big plays in big games. I think she’s getting there.” To get back to full strength, Jaquith has done work on the side this season, which included passing, shooting and playing wall ball just to make sure that her knee is 100 percent. When she was rehabbing, though, her work meant squats and lunges. Then, there was lifting, running and agility exercises. Jaquith had been robbed of her ability to play, but was doing everything possible to make a quick return. “It’s tough coming back from an ACL injury and having it repaired surgically, going through all the rehab and all the time it takes to try and get back to where you were physically,” Gait said. “I think she continues to do that.” When she first got back into practicing, things didn’t go nearly as smoothly as they had in the past. She was nervous, and had trouble adjusting back into what had been natural for her just a year before. So she would seek out the advice of Alyssa Murray, SU’s points leader in 2013. Murray had gone through an ACL tear in her senior year of high school, and Jaquith was a sponge when it came to her advice. “She comes up to me and is always talking herself through the plays to make sure she’s got it straight,” Murray said. “She knows what works for her. She does whatever it takes to make sure she’s mentally prepared.” Senior Bridget Daley, who just returned from an injury on Saturday that sidelined her for nearly the entire 2014 season, said that Jaquith was someone that always stuck by her to make sure she was OK. She said that the two shared a bond having had to miss significant time and had other topics of conversation, besides their injuries. “She would just be normal,” Daley said. “Because with a lot of people, (the injury) is all they want to talk about. “That’s probably the most appreciated thing.” As the ACC tournament quickly approaches on Thursday, Jaquith will have the opportunity to make up for what many would call lost time. But for Jaquith, it was an experience that made her stronger. “I still think there’s room for me to grow, definitely,” Jaquith said. “But right now I think things are going really well and I’m really excited for the postseason.” Comments Published on April 23, 2014 at 1:30 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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