COVID-19: Anies slams Health Ministry’s requirements for large-scale social restrictions

first_imgAccording to Government Regulation No. 21 on PSBB, provinces and cities are required to obtain a permit from the health minister to impose the policy. As of Sunday, no region has yet to obtain such a permit.According to a ministerial regulation issued by the Health Ministry on Friday, regional heads who want to enact a PSBB have to attach an epidemiology study to their requests, as well as data and maps showing the spread of the virus in their respective regions.The request would then be discussed by a team appointed by the health minister, who would approve or deny the request in consultation with COVID-19 fast response team chief Doni Monardo, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB). Anies said he had sent a PSBB request to Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto on Wednesday before the ministerial regulation was issued and would wait for an answer instead of sending a new letter.In the letter, he wrote that the virus had spread to 253 of the city’s 267 districts and 86 medical workers had also been infected. He also wrote that while the official death toll in the capital was 85, 401 people had been buried using COVID-19 protocols. The request was being discussed by the Health Ministry’s team on Sunday afternoon.“We already detailed the facts about [COVID-19 in] Jakarta in the letter. We are waiting for an answer [from the minister],” he said. “It’s very strange that we have to [go through so much bureaucracy] during a crisis such as this.”According to the government’s official count, there are 2,092 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide as of Saturday, 1,028 of which are in Jakarta. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has heavily criticized the Health Ministry’s newly issued guidelines on large-scale social restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19, saying they showed “no sense of urgency”.“[It’s] as if we are proposing a project that needed a feasibility study,” Anies told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. “Can’t the ministry see that we are facing a rising death toll? Is it not enough?”Earlier this week, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said that in lieu of a regional or national lockdown, regions could implement large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in their fight against COVID-19. Such restrictions include the closing down of schools, offices and places of worship, as well as limitations on public transport. Topics :last_img read more

Tellurian to tie Driftwood LNG partners by year end

first_imgUS LNG Export project developer, Tellurian, continued making strides forward with its Driftwood LNG project expecting to name project partners soon.During the third quarter of the year, Tellurian received a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) from the United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the Driftwood LNG terminal facility and the associated Driftwood pipeline.The company has also secured financing for certain drilling and development activities and advanced the sale of LNG and Driftwood Holdings’ partnership interests, with approximately 35 customer/partners conducting due diligence.President and CEO Meg Gentle said, “Completing the draft EIS is a significant milestone in the LNG terminal regulatory process and reflects FERC’s commitment to deliver the final EIS in January.” She added that company expects to announce partners for the Driftwood LNG project by the end of 2018, with the construction set to start in the first half of 2019 and production of LNG to start by 2023.Tellurian ended its third quarter of 2018 with approximately $172.3 million of cash and cash equivalents.Tellurian reported a net loss of approximately $33.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2018.last_img read more

New dates for IADC Events

first_imgImage source: IADCSince the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) has been following the Dutch Government’s advisory measures with regard to limiting the spread of the virus. IADC had plans to host two events in June in The Netherlands. Both of these events are postponed.The events schedule for this year is now as follows:Seminar on Dredging and Reclamation in Delft, initially planned for 8-12 June, will be moved to September. The new dates will be announced as soon as possible;CEDA-IADC Course Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure in The Hague, initially planned for 23-24 June, will be moved to 1 – 2 December.At this time, the date for the Seminar on Dredging and Reclamation organised for 5 – 9 October in Singapore is not affected.last_img read more

DLP highlights investments in Marigot

first_img Share LocalNews DLP highlights investments in Marigot by: – September 27, 2011 Share Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! 13 Views   no discussions Hon. Ambrose George.Minister for Constituency Empowerment Ambrose George says the Dominica Labour Party has made significant investments in the Marigot Constituency.Marigot has been a strong hold of the United Workers Party for decades.But George told the commissioning of the North End Water Supply in Marigot that residents should take advantage of what is being promised by the DLP government. “We have seen rapid development of the Melville Hall Airport; we are now seeing the construction of a new fire station to serve the Marigot and wider areas Wesley, etcetera, the construction of a new airport road from Canefield to Melville Hall, the fisheries complex which was constructed a few years ago. It is the intention of government to see some rapid improvement of the Marigot Hospital,” he said.According to Mr George his government believes that with these improvements, Marigot will become a prime area for real estate development.“We believe that with that level of infrastructural development, Marigot is fast becoming a prime area for real estate. We would like the people of Marigot to take advantage of what is being promised from this kind of infrastructural development. I see for example vending as a big business here for the people of Marigot, not only for the tourist but for the visitors and locals alike,” he said.Mr George is also calling on young men in the north to show greater promise in the agricultural sector.“I would like to call upon the young people especially the young men of Marigot to show greater promise as far as agriculture is concerned and to make every effort in terms of the production of agricultural produce in the wider Marigot area,” he said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Fall To Lady Bengals

first_imgThe 8th Grade Lady Bulldogs feel to 4-5 on the season with a tough loss last night.They were 7-12 from the free throw line.Scoring for The Lady Bulldogs were: Denise Davalos, Callie Main, and Chole Saler 2, and Kerigan Haskamp 1.They will be in action again on Monday at South Ripley.last_img

Palace won’t let up – Pulis

first_img “We have a responsibility to the Barclays Premier League and to the rest of the teams that we give the best we possibly can,” Pulis said. “We know our two games at home are going to be very difficult against two top teams and Fulham might still be fighting to get out of the bottom three – other teams around us expect us to put in a shift so it’s all to play for. “I hope there won’t be any let-up from the players. “I think the fact they are big games, especially the two home games which are on television as well, gives the lads the opportunity to show everyone how well they’ve been playing and they have been playing well.” Marouane Chamakh and Kagisho Dikgacoi are both trying to shake off knocks as Crystal Palace host Manchester City in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday. David Silva and winger Jesus Navas will both miss Manchester City’s trip with ankle injuries, but Yaya Toure should be available again to bolster the midfield. Toure suffered a muscle injury in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month but is now ready to return for the Blues. Defender Matija Nastasic, out of action since February because of a knee injury, remains out. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has said there has never been any concern that the club would be excluded from the Champions League for breaching UEFA’s financial fair play (FFP) rules. UEFA president Michel Platini has said he does not think any of the 20 clubs who are being investigated for breaches will be banned form European competition next season. City have been working closely with UEFA to try to ensure they comply with spending rules, which limit losses to 45million euro (£37million) over the last two years. Pellegrini said: “I felt here inside the club nobody feared we could be suspended for next year.” City insiders say they are confident that they will not face severe action from the European governing body. Any sanctions are likely to be made public at the end of next week. Meanwhile, Pellegrini believes Sergio Aguero’s return from injury could prove crucial as City try to push Liverpool all the way in the title race. City travel to Crystal Palace on Sunday knowing that they must win if they are to have any chance of beating Liverpool to the league title. Pellegrini said: “It is very good to have him back because I always say Sergio is a good player, he is important, he makes a difference. Always he is very important for the team.” The Eagles, who are 11th in the table, achieved their objective of survival in the top flight when they beat West Ham 1-0 last Saturday. Pulis’ side could still have a major influence on matters at both ends of the league, however, with Sunday’s match against Manchester City coming before another home game against league leaders Liverpool and a visit to relegation-battling Fulham on the final day. Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis believes the title race is still wide open and insists his players have a responsibility to the Barclays Premier League to give their all until the end of the season. Press Associationlast_img read more

Falcao waves goodbye as United draw

first_img Press Association Ander Herrera took advantage of some sloppy marking to hand Manchester United the lead but Theo Walcott’s cross flew in off Tyler Blackett’s leg and the match ended 1-1. These two teams have engaged in some titanic battles over the years, but this was a very low-key meeting which will perhaps be remembered more for the goodbyes that took place, rather than the action on the pitch. Arsenal took a big step towards securing third place thanks to a fortunate late equaliser at Old Trafford. United’s commitment could not be doubted. Ashley Young sprinted 50 yards to dispossess Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia harried Monreal down the right and Herrera forced Santi Cazorla back into his own half. But there was little for David Ospina to do. The Arsenal stopper’s only save of note in the opening 15 minutes came when he collected Juan Mata’s simple free-kick. Arsenal offered precious little at the other end, though. It was only when Phil Jones slipped that they earned a sight at goal, but the centre-half recovered in a comical fashion, crawling on the floor and nodding the ball behind off Olivier Giroud’s shin. It was Arsenal’s turn to perform some comical defending and hand United the lead. Monreal and Koscielny both followed Marouane Fellaini from Young’s floated cross, which left Herrera free to volley in from close range. United could have had a second in first-half stoppage-time thanks to more lax marking. Daley Blind, completely unmarked, flashed a curling shot towards goal from Juan Mata’s corner, but captain for the day Chris Smalling accidentally blocked his team-mate’s effort. Arsenal continued to struggle immediately after the break. Alexis Sanchez volleyed well over the bar. Olivier Giroud fared much better, spinning Marcos Rojo in the box, but David de Gea rushed off his line to block. The United fans responded by pleading with their star goalkeeper to stay. Falcao bade what very much looked like a farewell to the United fans when he was substituted for Robin van Persie, waving to all four corners of the stadium as he walked off the pitch. Aaron Ramsey beat De Gea for the first time, lifting the ball over the Spaniard after a brilliant ball from Sanchez, but Marcos Rojo put in a covering tackle. What looked suspiciously like another goodbye came 15 minutes from time when De Gea hobbled off after pulling a muscle. The goalkeeper waved to the crowd as he walked down the tunnel. Valdes came on to make his United debut – 14 months after his last game for Barcelona. The three-time Champions League winner was picking the ball out of the net eight minutes later. Substitute Walcott peeled away down the right hand side and fired a low square ball across the box which flew in off Blackett’s out-stretched leg. Van Persie had a chance to snatch all three points, but ploughed his half-volley into the Stretford End at the death. Radamel Falcao waved to all four corners of the ground when he was replaced in the second half. With a return of just four goals in 28 appearances, it seems unlikely the on-loan Colombian will be back next season. And Real Madrid target David de Gea waved to the United fans as he came off with an injury in the second half and was replaced by Victor Valdes. For United to snatch third place, they will have to beat Hull next weekend and hope Arsenal lose their final two league games against Sunderland and West Brom. A fourth-place finish – and the Champions League play-off that comes with it – is almost certain for Louis van Gaal’s team. The match lived up to its low-key billing in the opening stages. Falcao looked keen to impress – as he has done all season. But the Colombian spent as much time on the floor as he did on his feet. Francis Coquelin, Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal all muscled the striker off the ball early on. The one time Falcao gained a yard on Koscielny, the Frenchman recovered to block the striker inside the box. last_img read more

Professor creates Twitter support groups for smokers

first_imgUSC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism hosted “How to Build Online Communities: Initial Findings,” a presentation by Cornelia Pechmann, Wednesday afternoon in the Geoffrey Cowan Forum.Smoking kills · Professor Cornelia Pechmann speaks to students and faculty about anti-smoking campaigns on Wednesday afternoon. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanPechmann is a professor of marketing at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine. She has received nearly $1.5 million in grants to study anti-smoking advertising and adolescents. Pechmann also assists the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in overseeing a multi-year, anti-drug advertising campaign.Pechmann discussed  different types of “big data” and the differences between macrotargeting and large-scale microtargeting. She also applied her marketing and data perspective to online communities and spoke about how online communities are used by social media, health groups, the government, nonprofits, firms, brand and user groups and sports and affinity groups.Pechmann said that online communities are unique because of their small participant size and the limited duration of most online conversations.“My goal was to help governments, nonprofits and forums to create engaging online communities to help people quit smoking,” Pechmann said.Pechmann proceeded to talk about how she created online Twitter communities as support groups to help people quit smoking. She described a setup of how she would test out communities of different sizes. Pechmann said she eventually discovered that a support group of approximately 25 people was the most effective at retaining members of the group.“Online communities are such a huge part of our lives so having a role model in an online community can be beneficial to smokers,” said Ha-Rim Choi, a sophomore majoring in business administration who attended the event.Pechmann also discussed how creating automated messages to facilitate discussion was an extremely effective and cost-efficient method to drastically increase the retention rates of a support group on Twitter for the three month trial times of each testing period.“I think the idea definitely has potential because of how attached we are to social media and online communities,” said Albert Yue, a freshman majoring in computer science (games). “However, not having the physical connection or communication that traditional support groups provide is definitely a challenge that needs to be addressed. I think if this was used to supplement traditional support groups it could be very powerful.”Pechmann expressed the difficulty in finding the “holy grail” of online communities, where community members were engaged and formed relationships that lasted longer than the length of the conversation itself. Students had mixed opinions on this idea.“I don’t think that it would help as much as people meeting together in person, because tweeting is so passive and isn’t a really dominant aspect of people’s lives,” said Elliot Kim, a freshman majoring in economics.Many students, however, still said they believe that Pechmann has an innovative idea that could definitely be expanded into something more.“It sounds like it would be really cool,” said William Anderson, a freshman majoring in game design and interactive media. “Support groups like that tend to work well since people can talk about stuff without actually having the pressure admitting their problem to someone in person.”last_img read more

Men’s basketball: No. 10 Wisconsin looks to ride hot streak into Illinois

first_imgEthan Happ is no Drake, but the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s redshirt sophomore forward can now say he’s gone “back-to-back.”Happ was named Big Ten Player of the Week for the second week in a row Monday, making him the first Wisconsin player to accomplish that since Mike Wilkinson in 2005.Happ powered No. 10 Wisconsin (18-3, 7-1 Big Ten) to an overtime win over Rutgers Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York. It was a dominant performance, in which he scored a career-high 32 points, grabbed six rebounds and recorded four steals inside one of basketball’s meccas.Men’s basketball: Happ’s 32 points salvage Badgers at Madison Square GardenThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team returned to Madison after an overtime thriller Saturday at Madison Square Garden in Read…Illini proves formidable opponent on their home turfA little more than 72 hours later, Happ — a Milan, Illinois native — will find himself at State Farm Center in Champaign, where Wisconsin will be looking for its sixth consecutive win and 11th straight over Illinois (13-9, 3-6).According to UW, Happ is the lone player in the Big Ten to lead his team in points (17.7), rebounds (8.1), assists (3.1), steals (2.8) and blocks (1.5) during conference play. He is shooting 61 percent from the field in his last three games (28-for-46). Happ also now leads UW in scoring at 14.5 points per game on the season.Illinois is led by Malcolm Hill, who averages 10 more minutes per game than any of his teammates, and it shows on the stat sheet. Hill, a senior guard and second-team All-Big Ten a season ago, leads Illinois in scoring (17.5 ppg), assists (2.7) and is second in rebounding (5.9).Men’s basketball: Koenig’s 20 points open the flood gates in 82-55 win over Penn StateThe University of Wisconsin ended the second half of Tuesday’s game against Pennsylvania State University with a 24-point advantage in Read…At home, the Illini have only failed to score less than 75 points once. Yet, conversely they’ve only broken the 70-point mark on the road once. For whatever reason, Gard said, the Illini light it up at State Farm Center.“[They’re] a much more potent team for whatever reason at home,” Gard said. “Very comfortable there. We’ll have to play very well, specifically defensively, to be able to contain them.”The last time the two teams squared off, UW was down 13 with 12 minutes remaining, but used a 17-0 run to come back and escape with a 69-60 victory. Happ finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and six steals, and if recent history serves as any indicator, he is primed to put up similar numbers Tuesday night.Wisconsin will have practice Monday night in Champaign, Gard said, and a shoot-around tomorrow to make any adjustments before the 8 p.m. tip on Big Ten Network.Women’s hockey: Badgers set NCAA attendance record at Kohl Center amid three-game homesteadWisconsin routed Minnesota State University, Mankato to cap off a three-week homestead that featured an NCAA record-setting attendance for a women’s Read…Gard’s take on committee releasing rankingsThe NCAA’s Tournament Selection Committee, following in the footsteps of the College Football Playoff Committee, will release the projected top 16 seeds — four teams in each region — of the tournament weekly beginning Feb. 11. In football, the committee ranks the top 25 teams.Gard said he understands the purpose of announcing the projections, but he said it won’t affect the way he or his team approaches the task at hand.“It’s great for fans and it probably stirs conversations, but in terms of our approach, it doesn’t change,” he said. “We don’t watch the rankings or talk about the rankings. We just try to move forward one at a time.”Gard also said those rankings will be somewhat unreliable because teams play multiple games in a week compared to college football, when there is one game per week.“Because we play two or three times a week in basketball, it could change tomorrow,” he said.Maryland time setWisconsin’s home game against Maryland on Feb. 19 will tip off at noon and will be televised on CBS.Currently, the Badgers and Terrapins are tied atop the Big Ten standings, each boasting a 7-1 conference record through eight.last_img read more

Former North American LCS organisation Phoenix1 rebrands to Sentinels

first_imgThe former NA LCS and current Overwatch League organisation (Los Angeles Gladiators) has announced a rebrand from Pheonix1 to Sentinels.Founded in May 2016 to compete in the NA LCS Summer Split 2016, their best finish came in 2017 when they finished 3rd, with their ADC Donghyeon “Arrow” Noh picking up the MVP of the split. The following split the organisation would sign Mike “MikeYeung” Yeung, who would go on to win Rookie of the Split and later sign for NA LCS favourite TSM in the first season of the NA LCS franchised league, in which they finished outside the top four.After selling their spot in the LCS as part of the franchising process, Phoenix1 partnered with Kroenke Sports & Entertainment Group, owners of the Los Angeles Rams, Colorado Avalanche and Arsenal FC, among others. With this partnership, the two company’s launched their Overwatch League franchise, the Los Angeles Gladiators.Speaking about the rebrand, Rob Moore, Founder of Sentinels had this to say: “The last year our priority was to build a competitive team and brand for the Overwatch league. Now that Eric Ma and the group have successfully launched the Gladiators, we have decided to relaunch our broader esports organizational brand as the Sentinels.”Speaking about the brand itself, Riley Jamison, Creative Director for Sentinels had this to say: “The goal of the rebrand is to shift the position of the organization. With Sentinels, we’re turning a brand into a network. A network of connected, vigilant gamers who can rally behind our players. Watching their games. Participating on stream and on social. The logo is a symbol representing the connected tech aesthetic of the brand. The katakana letters spell out “Sentinels” and speak to the cyberpunk, future-Tokyo visuals seen throughout our marketing.”With the rebrand and new focus, Sentinels have signed former Pheonix1 Hearthstone player Cong “StrifeCro” Shu and two new players, Josh “Impact” Graham and James “GreenSheep” Luo. The new team will look to compete at the upcoming Hearthstone Championship Tour.Speaking about the Hearthstone roster, Charlie Lipsie, Director of Esports for Sentinels added: “We moved into Hearthstone because of the tournament structure supported by Blizzard. Since we already had the exceptionally talented StrifeCro, it seemed like a natural move to enter the new Hearthstone tour. We’re also exploring new opportunities in other esports. I’ve got my eye on a few more games.”Esports Insider says: It’s great to see Phoenix1 reborn as Sentinels, the new name allows them to shed their League of Legends past and truly start afresh. Moving back into Hearthstone is also a safe first move and while we are not biased, it is great to see UK Hearthstone player GreenSheep join them.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more