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Indonesia sees record high in COVID-19 cases for third day running

first_imgRead also: Contact tracing the missing link in Indonesia’s battle with COVID-19Jakarta, the initial epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, recorded the highest number of new cases on Saturday with 861. The capital was followed by East Java, the country’s second epicenter, with 641 new cases, West Java 287, East Kalimantan 200 and Central Java 180.Epidemiologists have suggested that the recent surge in cases was caused by the two long weekends for Independence Day on Aug. 17 and Islamic New Year on Aug. 20, which saw increased mobility among the public.They raised concerns that the spike in infections could lead to a crisis at health facilities across the country, and urged the government to take serious measures to control the outbreak.Topics : The country also saw 92 new deaths from the disease, bringing the total number of fatalities to 7,261. The total number of recovered patients had also increased to 122,802.According to official records, the 3,308 new cases were detected after the government tested 21,166 people, bringing the national positivity rate, the percentage of positive results from all tests, to 15.6 percent.Indonesia has recorded the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia after the Philippines, which had recorded 213,131 COVID-19 cases as of Saturday. Indonesia is also ranked 23rd worldwide.Since early August, health authorities have confirmed more than 1,000 new cases every day. Indonesia has recorded another record daily high in confirmed COVID-19 cases with 3,308 new cases confirmed on Saturday, bringing the national tally to 169,195 confirmed cases.It is the third day in a row Indonesia has recorded a record daily high after the Health Ministry confirmed 2,719 and 3,003 new cases on Thursday and Friday, respectively.last_img read more

All grace of yesteryear

first_img47 Thirteenths Ave, Railway EstateThe three-bedroom, one bathroom home at 47 Thirteenth Ave is believed to have been built circa 1930 and was rumoured to have an air raid shelter in the backyard during World War II.The home has been bought by a couple who plan to renovate it.Judy Thomas whose grandparents originally bought the home said her mother was born in the house and she had lots of happy memories there.She said it was bittersweet selling the home but she was glad it went to a family who wanted to live there rather than a developer.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“My mother was born there in about 1933 and I believe it was in the room she and dad ended up sharing that my grandparents were in at the time just outside the kitchen,” she said.“There was an army station behind us when my parents were growing up.“There is a story that there was an air raid shelter in our backyard and when my aunty was a baby they heard the sirens and everyone ran down to the air raid shelter and left my aunty in the house with the baby but they couldn’t go back for her.“We’ve had lots of family times there. I remember the Wrights lived next door and we used to go though the side gate to visit them back when your neighbours were like family.” 47 Thirteenths Ave, Railway EstateA TRADITIONAL Railway Estate home owned by the same family for generations has been sold after less than 30 days for $255,000. An undated photo of the home not long after it was built.The home is positioned on 809sq m of land and up until recently had an old piano standing proudly on the veranda.The charming home features tongue and groove walls and high ceilings and would make a perfect restoration project.Explore Property sales associate Annette Rowlings, who sold the home, said she wasn’t surprised it sold so quickly with houses on large blocks close to the city remaining popular among buyers.“Historical homes on that city fringe area in South Townsville and Railway Estate and on a big block always sell well,” she said.“I’ve had a couple of auctions on these big blocks and they always go above reserve.”last_img read more

Chronicle of a death foretold: But is it Greece or the euro-zone?

first_imgThe argument must be made that there is a special relationship that ties countries within the EU together, argues Joseph MariathasanThe real test of a special relationship between countries, as in the oft-quoted relationship between the UK and the US, is the belief that one’s ally must be supported under all circumstances, even when you know they are wrong.The UK’s special relationship with the US did see its strength tested during the Vietnam war. The UK’s then-prime minister Harold Wilson managed to avoid any British troops being sent to Vietnam, in contrast to the experience of the Australian and New Zealand governments, despite the pleas of US president Lyndon Johnson, who reputedly begged for at least a Scottish bagpipe band to be sent to show support. The UK’s former prime minister Tony Blair took the special relationship to a new height with the George W Bush administration, since Blair appeared to believe in the wisdom of his actions as he followed the US into the quagmires of Afghanistan and Iraq, whilst a large majority of the country looked on with horror. The idea of a special relationship between the UK and US may have its detractors, but it has also had a body of support that has lasted decades. What, then, of the EU and the countries within it? The argument must be made that there is a special relationship that ties countries within the EU together.That also means a special relationship between Greece and the EU, which also implies the EU supporting Greece even if it disagrees with the actions of the Greek government. Unfortunately, that special relationship between Greece and the rest of the EU looks so frail that one can only speculate how much longer it can survive at all.But, as in Gabriel García Márquez’s masterpiece, ‘Chronicle of a Death Foretold’, are we all bystanders in an unfolding tragedy? Is Greece being allowed to disintegrate to atone for the sins of its past?In February, I wrote that a Greek exit from the euro would inevitably lead to an exit of the EU itself by a desperate Greece, led by a far-left leadership that has strong sympathies with Russia at a time when Russian nationalism itself has become buttressed by its commonality with Greece through Orthodox Christianity. Greece moving into Russia’s sphere of influence supplied with appropriate economic support would be a rational response by both Greece and Russia in the wake of a chaotic Grexit.That article drew a strong response both online and off-line, with disparaging comments about the likelihood of any move by Greece towards Russia. Recent events, however, have proved otherwise, with Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras announcing earlier this month at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that “Russia is one of the most important partners for us”.Whilst modern Greece’s relationship with Russia has been one of failed promises and disappointment, the history of modern Greece is intertwined with that of Russia. Ioannis Capodistrias, the czar’s foreign minister at the Congress of Vienna in 1815, became Greece’s first governor in 1827, while the Filiki Eteria (Society of Friends) based in Odessa led the call in favour of Greek independence from the Ottomans. For Western Europe, seeing Greece seek help elsewhere should not be surprising if the EU cannot find a solution to the impasse.Despite the posturing of Greece’s prime minister and finance minister and much talk about Yanis Varoufakis applying his expertise in game theory to Greece’s negotiations, what does come through is incompetence and intransigence – but not just on the part of Greece.Is the EU confident it can control the aftermath of a Grexit? Or is the outcome of a death foretold now inevitable?The only question may be whether the ‘death’ is that of Greece alone, or at least its existence as an integral part of Western democracy, or whether it is that of the euro-zone and perhaps even the EU itself.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPElast_img read more

Congo’s ‘Water For All’ Project

first_imgIn Congo, a government led water drilling program is changing the lives of people living in rural areas, as thousands can now access clean drinking water. The water and oil rich nation has been lagging behind in the provision of clean drinking water to its population, 85% of whom live in cities and towns. CCTV’s Maria Galang reportslast_img

Response to commentary by Ian Jackson

first_imgFormer President of the National Youth Council Mr.Delroy WilliamsI read with great eagerness the article penned by Ian Jackson in the Sun Newspaper of August 22nd, 2011 titled “Our youth simply do not care” only to be disappointed in the facts as stated and in the rash conclusions drawn from a poorly researched commentary.  It felt more like Mr. Jackson was venting his disappointment than being objectionable in his criticism (I was expecting them to be more of a constructive nature). Maybe, I too, had too high of an expectation and for that I apologize to the writer.Mr. Jackson goes on to use the example of the attendance and polling results at the National Youth Council of Dominica’s (NYCD) General Assembly as a primary example that the results “confirm the youth’s denial of themselves and their inability to organize and certainly a lack of motivation and direction as a unit.”I would like to honestly ask Mr. Jackson: how one (1) National Youth Council’s General Assembly election confirms that youths do not care? I see this as more of a social issue than a mere youth issue. If we look at the other elections, i.e. village council or by-elections, what is the voting trend? Is there a massive turnout of voters? The greater issue at hand is the fact that the youth get pigeonholed to a social (general) issue to give it significance, using young people as scapegoats, something that this writer has also done in his “Internet Children” calypso.What troubles me about the writer’s assumption is that the he uses one instance to generalize about the entire youthful population.  Every objectionable writer knows that generalizations are made based on trends as observed through data analysis usually other a significant period of time and not on one instance, especially when it pertains to human behavior and attitudes. This gut feeling analysis holds no water, like straw baskets.To sit idly by and generalize on the state of youth affairs and their behaviors from second hand accounts (Mr. Jackson wasn’t present or hasn’t been present at a General Assembly of the National Youth Council in over five (5) years) is misleading and a rash judgment.It feels like the judge has tried the defendant even before viewing the evidence at hand, a clear case or irrational analysis of the matter at hand.I feel this article is disrespectful to those who worked tirelessly at the National Youth Council, often with little or no support from the “adult” population. This article also belittles the achievement of Miss Fenella Wenham (not Miss Jonella Williams) in becoming the first female President of the National Youth Council.The article goes on to say that “one can’t say that we hear the voices of the youth on issues of national relevance such as Voters versus National ID cards or debates and discussions on integrity in public office… have they organized marches to sensitize their peers on AIDS or are they waiting for adults to do it for them?These statements clearly come from someone who isn’t in touch with the realities especially as it relates to youth involvement in national and social issues. The National HIV/AIDS Response Unit will attest that the NYCD and other youth organization, groups and clubs have been key partners, stakeholders and participants in a number of their activities and have themselves of the past five (5) years organized numerous debates, discussions, marches, paraphernalia distribution and the likes with regards to HIV/AIDS awareness.I can also point to more than one occasion where the NYCD openly and freely discussed the issues of National verses Voter ID, unemployment, crime and violence and various other societal ills on state and private media. Young people do discuss these issues and many others too but Mr. Jackson must also be aware that there are more avenues for discussion now than before and simply because the radio/television sources are not the chosen sources for youth doesn’t mean the absence of meaningful discussion.I honestly think that the article should have given as much focus and credence to the other “school of thought” and should have even explored the influence of the behavior and attitudes of the “adult” generation on the “sewo” generation. Again it shows that adults are quick to judge youth without realizing that they are as much to blame for their attitudes and behaviors.The outcomes and conclusions from a more concrete analysis would have been more fruitful and would have garnered more respect from me.Clearly the author of “Internet Children” didn’t want to wait for it, or work hard to build his conclusion, he wanted his judgments now and he didn’t want to work for it!There is more to be concerned about in this article but I think these points are enough, at least for now.By: Delroy N. WilliamsA Concerned youth Sharing is caring! Share Share 26 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LocalNews Response to commentary by Ian Jackson by: – August 26, 2011 Tweetlast_img read more

Roseau District Olympic Academy to host first fundraiser

first_imgPhoto credit: filmon.comThe Roseau Dstrict Olympic Academy in collaboration with the Dominica Olympic Committee will be hosting its first ever fundraiser, “FootSal Competition” on Sunday April 15th, 2012 at the Lindo Park Hard court in Goodwill. FootSal Competition is a football competition in which only seven (7) players are allowed per team.The competition is opened to ONLY players from Roseau to Fond Cole; including Goodwill, Pottersville, and Stockfarm are eligible to play. Registration of teams will take place on Friday April 6th from 5-6pm and Saturday April 7th from 9am to 12 noon at the Lindo Park’s Pavilion. Interested persons and teams are asked to collect registration forms during the stipulated times along with the registration fee of $35 to the Academy.Dominica Vibes News NewsSports Roseau District Olympic Academy to host first fundraiser by: – April 3, 2012 18 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Debra Huntington

first_imgDebra “Debbie” Huntington, age 62, of Milan passed away early January 1, 2020 at her home.  Debbie was born on July 10, 1957, the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth (Pate) Huntington in Milan, Indiana.  She grew up around the Milan community along with her 6 brother and sisters.Debbie enjoyed her family and friends, and loved her dogs at home.  She attended Jac-Cen-Del High School and then entered the workforce, spending several years working in manufacturing.  Debbie had also lived for 13 years in Spring Hill, Florida.She is survived by daughters Nicole Caffee of Greensburg and Amy Caffee of Greensburg, brothers George Huntington, sisters Jeanette Wagner and Patrica Pettit, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers John, Bob, and Mert.Visitation will be held on Saturday January 4, 2020 from 10 am- 12 pm. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood.  Funeral services will be held at 12 pm. with Pastor Tom Holt, burial will follow at Tanglewood Cemetery in Versailles.  Memorial may be given to the Ripley County Humane Society in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Redknapp hails cut-price Kranjcar

first_img “We did not give up and keep going. “If we can get everyone fit and keep picking up points, we will be okay.” QPR had made four changes from the team beaten 4-0 at Manchester United last weekend, Chile forward Eduardo Vargas coming in for his first Barclays Premier League start. Redknapp, though, was forced into changes through injuries to both captain Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch, while fellow midfielder Sandro is out with a knee problem. “Joey and Mutch have done hamstrings, Sandro did his knee yesterday, so it is a problem for us, we were a little bit mix and match. I could not even pick a team yesterday morning and I took a bit of a gamble with them,” Redknapp said. “They are all struggling a bit and it does leave us a bit short.” Stoke boss Hughes was disappointed the visitors could not see out the match, Steven Nzonzi sidefooting a great chance to make it 3-1 wide following another quick counter. He said: “In terms of what we produced and chances in open play, we were clearly the better team on the day. “We should have had enough about us to see the game out, QPR looked like a team beaten at that point. “Unfortunately we just encouraged them a bit and gave away a free-kick in a key position and with the technique like Kranjcar has, then he may well have the ability to score. “But it is another point on the road, which was a struggle for us last season, so there is a positive, although the feeling is we did not get what we deserved.” Former QPR boss Hughes was sacked following a testing 10-month spell in November 2012, after which the west London club slipped to relegation. The Welshman was expecting a hostile reception, and it was only a few minutes before chants against him rang around Loftus Road. Hughes, though, took it all in his stride. He said: “I expected a little bit of stick, and that is understandable. “But credit to the Rangers fans, they made their feelings known and then got on with supporting their team, like they should do, so it was not a problem.” Stoke, managed by former Rangers boss Mark Hughes, had taken the lead in the first half through Mame Biram Diouf, only for Peter Crouch to stab a header from Steven Caulker into his own net just before the break. Crouch, who played at QPR as a youngster, looked to have secured victory when he swept home from close range on 51 minutes. QPR boss Harry Redknapp felt Niko Kranjcar more than earned his money with a superb late free-kick which secured a 2-2 draw against Stoke at Loftus Road Press Association But with two minutes left, Croatian Kranjcar, signed on loan from Dynamo Kiev, swept in a fine 20-yard free-kick having been upended by Stoke substitute Steve Sidwell. Kranjcar, 30, helped QPR win promotion back to the Barclays Premier League last season before agreeing another loan spell for 2014-15. “It was a great free-kick, they were bad challenges and he punished them,” said Redknapp, who also had Kranjcar in his teams at both Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur. “He came here and I think we pay a third of what he was earning in Russia, and they don’t pay any of it, he took a massive cut in wages to come back here, that is how much he wanted to come back. “It is very rare to see a boy do that. “He had a massive, fantastic contract in Russia and wanted to come back here and play football.” Redknapp was delighted QPR fought their way back into the match, having looked vulnerable on the break when Stoke missed several chances to wrap up victory. “It is a good point, make no mistake, when you are 2-1 down with five minutes to go and come back to get a point, that is vital,” he said. last_img read more

Other Sports Pro Kabaddi: Rishank Devadiga named captain of UP Yoddhas

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Greater Noida: Pro Kabaddi League team UP Yoddha Thursday named raider Rishank Devadiga as its captain for the sixth edition of the event starting November 2. The launch ceremony was attended by UP sports minister Chetan Chauhan and players from the squad among others.The franchise even announced that the Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex which is located in Greater Noida will serve as their home ground.”Given Uttar Pradesh’s rich history in the sport of Kabaddi it was befitting for UP to have a team in the league and I am glad that the GMR Group recognised this opportunity,” said Chauhan.Also Read | Star shuttler Saina Nehwal to tie knot with THIS badminton playerThe team is being coached by former national player Jasvir Singh. Jasvir is a former Asian Games Gold medallist and was a part of the national squad that won the World Cup in 2016.Devadiga leads the 19-member squad of the UP Yoddha team, which consists of seven raiders, eight Defenders and four all-rounders.(With inputs from agencies)  last_img read more

Hoops’ season not upset

first_imgWisconsin’s 74-68 loss to UNLV Sunday was a tough one for Badger fans to swallow.It came out of nowhere — a loss in the second round of the tournament just wasn’t the way the UW men’s basketball team’s 2006-07 season was supposed to end. The year was full of big wins, broken records and just a general high feeling on campus — all of which abruptly came to an end.”This is not how I wanted to go out, and I don’t think this is the way Tuck wanted to, either,” Kammron Taylor said at the postgame press conference, holding back tears. “Our goal was to make a deep run in the tournament. Right now, it stings.”Even worse, though, is the fact that the loss just verifies everything the Badgers’ critics had to say. It was said that Wisconsin’s non-conference schedule was weak, the Big Ten had a down year and the Badgers peaked too early. While UW’s non-conference opponents were better than advertised and the Big Ten turned some heads in the first round of the tournament, it’s hard to argue on the last point.After receiving the first No. 1 ranking in school history, everything seemed to go downhill as the Badgers ended the season on a 4-4 record. Although the first two games were tough — at Michigan State and Ohio State — it was clear Wisconsin was in some sort of funk, and having Brian Butch injured on the bench didn’t help any.But don’t let that tarnish what was the best season in school history.”Things a lot of times don’t fall in place like you want it,” Alando Tucker said. “Overall, I look down the line at some of the things we’ve done, and I wouldn’t take anything back.”Tucker finished as Wisconsin’s all-time leading scorer with 2,217 points, leading the Badgers to the most wins in school history (30) and the school’s first No. 1 ranking, among numerous other records.And while Badger fans may still be having a tough time coming to grips with Sunday’s loss, losing Tucker for good is what’s really going to hurt.There’s no doubt Wisconsin will still have a strong lineup next season, but it won’t have the go-to player that “Tuck” was. Sure, junior-to-be — as well as Tucker’s current roommate — Marcus Landry could step up and fill the role, but that remains to be seen.Any time the Badgers needed a bucket, the Grateful Red could rest assured knowing Tucker would take over, using his bunny-hop jump stop to get in the lane and throw up a shot that always seemed to go in.Yet losing Tucker the player will be just as bad as losing Tucker the person. For five years, the Lockport, Ill., native battled his way from a tough childhood or nagging injuries to give his all to Wisconsin.”If they can’t admire a guy like Alando Tucker and what he’s been through and what he’s done, then they don’t have a pulse,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “I think Alando makes a huge statement for the University of Wisconsin.”Never once was Tucker in legal trouble. Never once was Tucker in academic trouble. Never once did Tucker cause any problems in the locker room.Tucker was a class act, on the court and off. He was a leader, role model and then some — everything a head coach could possibly ask for. If the university should retire anyone’s jersey number, it should be Tucker’s No. 42 first and foremost.Looking back at Tucker’s career, things might look somewhat backward — a run to the Sweet 16 his freshman year, Elite Eight his sophomore year and then disappointing first- and second-round exits his last two seasons.Nevertheless, Tucker’s senior year should not be forgotten for the way it ended.”We wanted to do something special this year as a unit,” Tucker said. “We figured with the personnel that we had, we had a chance to do a lot of great things for Wisconsin, for the university.”For the most part, we lived up to that.”Michael is a senior double majoring in journalism and communication arts. You can send your favorite 2006-07 UW basketball memories to read more