COVID-19: PSBB unlikely to be reinstated as Surabaya mayor claims infections on ‘downward trend’

first_imgBut while the number of new daily cases has not reached such highs since, Surabaya has still recorded an average of around 100 new cases per day over the past two weeks.Read also: As COVID-19 transmission rate soars, Surabaya urged to restore restrictionsEpidemiologist Windhu Purnomo from Airlangga University’s School of Public Health conveyed his skepticism over Risma’s claims, saying the mayor had only accounted for the number of confirmed cases recorded among registered Surabaya residents.“I think [Risma’s statement] is incorrect, because the trend has shown no signs of declining anytime soon,” Windhu told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He explained that other indicators of the outbreak – such as the fatality rate, reproduction rate (Rt) and attack rate – all showed the city was a high-risk zone, and that Surabaya residents remained highly vulnerable to infection, contrary to the mayor’s claim.According to Windhu, Surabaya’s fatality rate currently stood at 7.8 percent, far higher than the national average of 5.6 percent, while the attack rate of COVID-19 in the region is 160, meaning that 160 in every 100,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19.He said the city’s Rt had fallen to 0.8 on June 17, which meant that one person infected with COVID-19 would spread the disease to less than one other person. If this Rt had been maintained, the outbreak in the city would have petered out, but it has since risen to above 1 again.“It seemed to be the light at the end of the tunnel – if only we could have been more patient,” Windhu said.He urged the Surabaya administration to issue and enforce stringent regulations to control people’s movements in a bid to break the chain of infection, saying it had been far too early to lift the PSBB measures.Read also: Surabaya mayor feuds with East Java governor over mobile PCR labsRisma, however, seemed to indicate that she would not reimpose citywide restrictions, saying only that she would shut down individual traditional markets, shopping malls, or restaurants if visitors or vendors tested positive for COVID-19.She added that instead of locking down entire villages to conduct tests on the population, the administration would now carry out tests on certain communities that were deemed most vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission, she said.“For instance, we have conducted mass testing on vendors and at restaurants around hospitals,” Risma added.She said the administration had also reopened a number of public spaces considered crucial to the local economy, with new health protocols in place to minimize the risk of virus transmission.As of Tuesday, Surabaya had recorded 4,771 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 359 deaths, while East Java has reported 10,115 cases and 741 deaths.Topics : Surabaya, the capital of East Java, continues to defy calls to reinstate large-scale restrictions (PSBB), which were officially lifted earlier this month, despite the continued increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city.Home to some 2.8 million people, Indonesia’s second largest city accounts for nearly half of East Java’s more than 10,000 confirmed cases, emerging as a new epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak following a surge of new cases starting from the end of last month.Despite the steady rise in cases, Surabaya and its satellites cities of Sidoarjo and Gresik, decided to lift their PSBB measures on June 8. Instead, the local administration has shifted its focus to reopening a number of sectors to keep the economy afloat, insisting that the latest numbers reflected a “downward trend” in the number of coronavirus cases recorded in the region.“If we examine [the numbers], there has been a downward trend. Before, we used to [record] 200, 300 [new cases per day], but now it has gone down,” Surabaya Mayor Tri Rismaharini said during an online discussion held by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Tuesday.The city recorded its highest one-day spike in new confirmed cases on May 21, when it recorded 311 new cases, followed by a similar surge on May 23, with 310 new cases. last_img read more

China’s capital Beijing to lower COVID-19 response

first_imgBeijing will lower the emergency response level of the coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese capital to Level III from level II starting on July 20, a municipal government official said on Sunday.The city issued the second level response on June 16 after a cluster of new coronavirus cases was found to be linked to Xinfadi, a major wholesale food market in a southwestern district of Beijing.Since June 11, Beijing has recorded a total of 335 cases linked to Xinfadi, but no new cases have been reported in the past two weeks. “Overall, the risks of getting coronavirus infection in Beijing…and exporting to other regions are low, and the general situation of tackling the pandemic is under control,” said Liu Bei, vice secretary of the Beijing Municipal government, told a news conference.After lowering the coronavirus response, Beijing will reopen parks, tourism sites, gyms, libraries and museums, but will cap the number of visitors at 50 percent of capacity.Conferences with no more than 500 participants will be allowed, while exhibitions, sports matches and cinemas are also expected to reopen gradually, Liu said.Meanwhile, underground spaces with poor ventilation will be banned from being used for business while wholesale markets, restaurants, construction sites and factories will continue to be strictly monitored for the coronavirus. Topics :last_img read more

Policyholders demand court unfreeze WanaArtha Life’s securities account

first_imgOne of the policyholder’s heirs, A Sen, said he was deeply disappointed as he was unable to claim his mother’s insurance money following her death in January 2020 after being a customer since 2018.“This really hurts me as I can’t claim my mother’s insurance money because the AGO has blocked it. My family have accused me of embezzling the money,” he said.WanaArtha Life senior sales director Hendro Yuwono Salim admitted that the insurer was unable to disburse the claims demanded by the policyholders until the court’s ruling on the Jiwasraya case was announced. The freezing of the account by the AGO has also disrupted the insurer’s operations and affected its employees.“We hope the ruling will unfreeze our account so we can operate normally and pay the policyholders’ claims,” Hendro told the Post. (ris)Topics : Around Rp 1 trillion in the insurer’s blocked securities account belongs to policyholders from North Sumatra, he added.The AGO blocked in February WanaArtha Life’s securities account, along with hundreds of investment managers and individuals’ accounts, in connection to the alleged corruption and investment mismanagement at Jiwasraya, which is currently on trial at the Central Jakarta District Court.The allegation came after Jiwasraya was unable to pay its policyholders’ claims worth Rp 18 trillion as it invested most of its premium revenue from its product JS Saving Plan into so-called pump-and-dump stocks.Armin said the AGO’s action prevented policyholders and their heirs from claiming their mature policies and receiving cash benefits for daily necessities. Policyholders of the ailing privately-owned life insurer PT Asuransi Jiwa Adisarana Wanaartha (WanaArtha Life) have demanded the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Central Jakarta District Court unfreeze the insurer’s securities account to let the company pay the customers’ mature policies.About 80 policyholders from North Sumatra and Riau Islands held a peaceful protest in front of the Maimon Palace in Medan, North Sumatra, on Friday to demand the unfreezing of the account, which is worth around Rp 4 trillion (US$270.89 million). The account was frozen amid a corruption investigation into state-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya.“Our funds have no relation whatsoever to Jiwasraya. We are pleading to the judges to tell the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) to unfreeze our funds in the ruling in October,” Armin, WanaArtha Life policyholder and insurance agent, told The Jakarta Post. last_img read more

Indonesia’s coronavirus cases hit record high three days in a row

first_imgRead also: Not all face masks equally effective in curbing COVID-19 transmission: Health MinistryThere are currently 60,431 active cases in the country.The pandemic has reached 494 out of 514 municipalities and regencies in all 34 provinces across the archipelago.Jakarta remains the worst-hit province in the country with 67,902 cases and 1,661 deaths, followed by East Java with 42,391 cases and 3,084 deaths. Other hard-hit provinces include Central Java with 21,004 cases, West Java with 20,131 cases, South Sulawesi with 14,982 cases and South Kalimantan with 10,080.Read also: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figuresAuthorities have attributed the spike in virus transmission to the public’s lack of compliance with health protocols, such as not maintaining safe physical distancing and going out without face masks.The National COVID-19 task force has previously warned that the country’s health system might soon collapse if the public continues to ignore coronavirus prevention protocols.As of Friday, Indonesia had tested more than 1.86 million people and more than 3.12 million specimens. There are currently 112,082 suspected cases nationwide.Topics : For the third day in a row, Indonesia has logged a record daily high number of coronavirus cases as the Health Ministry reported on Friday 4,823 new infections over the past 24 hours.The country’s daily virus count first topped 4,000 cases on Sept. 19, before continuously climbing to 4,465 cases on Wednesday and 4,634 cases on Thursday.Indonesia’s official COVID-19 tally nationwide reached 266,845 on Friday, including 196,196 recoveries and 10,218 deaths, making it the country with the second-highest number of recorded coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia — just below the Philippines — and the highest in fatalities among its ASEAN peers.last_img read more

Sales of South Bank units soar

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoThe development is made up of three towers — the completed The Apartments tower, the under-construction The Emporium Residences and Emporium Apartments (and the new Emporium Hotel), and a commercial tower housing the headquarters for Flight Centre.Both The Apartments and Emporium Apartments have sold out, with settlements now underway.Just four Emporium Residences are still available for purchase, with construction on the development due for completion early to mid-next year. Southpoint sales agent Bryce O’Conner said local interest had remained strong, with the development ticking the right boxes for buyers at all price levels.“The interest in Southpoint continues to be exceptional. The combination of the location, which is unparalleled, fantastic retail and dining amenity, and overall quality and finish has been a real winning formula,” he said. “I have no doubt that if Southpoint had another residential building we would sell out again.”Anthony John Group Managing Director Tony John said cashed-up Baby Boomers had come to the fore as construction progressed on the final stage — Emporium Residences and the new 143-suite flagship Emporium Hotel. “We have a waiting list of buyers for the two sold out stages, and are seeing a real spike in interest at the top end of the market for our remaining Emporium Residences,” Mr John said.“The added bonus of having access to the services of Emporium Hotel … has been a real deal clincher. It’s such a unique and compelling offering for Brisbane.”The remaining Emporium Residences start from $1.95 million. Buyers are being tempted by the promise of “five-star hotel living every single day” with residents given free or by fee access to a host of hotel services including a doorman, room service, valet parking, dry cleaning services, and more.The residences themselves boast generous open-plan layouts, premium finishes and appliances, secure, above ground parking, entertainer balconies and spectacular views of the river and CBD, or over Highgate Hill to the hinterland An artists impression of a bedroom in the Emporium Residences at SouthpointA SURGE in sales has seen $12 million in new apartments at the $600 million Southpoint development at South Bank sold in just 60 days.The highest price achieved at the $600 million Anthony John Group development was $5.4 million, with a local buyer snapping up the home-sized 380sq m Emporium Residence with 20m city/river-facing balcony. The view from the Emporium Residences at Southpointlast_img read more

Barcelona president Bartomeu calls for multiple board resignations

first_img Read Also: Five clubs Messi could join amid Barcelona pay-cut row It was even suggested by allies that Bartomeu should consider his resignation to allow a continue candidate to step in and continue supporting policies promoted by the current president. Now it appears certain that several resignations will arrive followed by a series of new appointments. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is calling for the resignation of several members of the club’s board as he attempts to remodel the list of directors. Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu calls for multiple board resignations As first reported by El Mundo Deportivo, Bartomeu wants to reshape the top level of the club ahead of his final year at the helm of the presidency. The Catalan sports outlet adds that the 57-year-old wants to form a team whose focus and emphasis is on the present-day of the club, rather than focusing long-term – with Bartomeu’s term due to end in 2021. There have been several controversies at the top of the club in recent months with the report claiming that many professional relationships have been damaged irreversibly.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted Content2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWorld’s Most Famous Ceilings That Are Actually Works Of ArtThese Films Were Sued For The Weirdest Reasons5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest Car Manufacturers In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

New Head for Indiana State

first_imgAccording to the Indianapolis Star, Vicki Hall has been named the new head coach for the Indiana State Women’s basketball team.  If that name rings a bell with you–it should.  In 1988 she was the Indy Star’s “Miss Basketball” and Parade Magazine’s “Player of the Year”.Vicki played for Brebeuf Jesuit High School in Indianapolis.  At Brebeuf she averaged 20.4 points per game and 10.3 rebounds.  She is a 3-time concensus All-American, a Naismith Player of the Year, and Gatorade Player of the Year.  She also made 4 NCAA tournament appearances with Texas and was a member of the United States National Team. Vicki is also a state Basketball Hall of Famer.Vicki has certainly paid her dues and deserves a shot at being a head coach.  Since graduating from Texas she has struggled through overseas basketball and many years as an assistant coach.  Good luck at Indiana State, Vicki!last_img read more

Hundreds gather for Bridge the Gap Race

first_imgPROSPECT — It finally felt like spring as runners from all across Downeast Maine gathered in Prospect for the annual Bridge the Gap Race on Sunday.The race began on the west side of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and finished in downtown Bucksport. The race included 3-mile and 10-mile segments, both of which had approximately 200 finishers.Seth Young won the 3-mile race with a time of 17 minutes, 7 seconds — more than a minute faster than his nearest competitor. Old Town’s Erik McCarthy won the 10-mile edition. Below is a list of the top-50 finishers in both events.3-mile resultsSeth Young, 17 minutes, 7 secondsClifford Watson, 18:15Darren Winchenbach, 18:51Rudy Kelley, 20:16Kyle Mitchell, 21:00Adam Murphy, 21:04Cody Parker, 21:58Tricia Brown, 22:02Steve Brookman, 22:05Colin Amundsen, 22:13Jay Haney, 22:27Nathan Carey, 22:54Allison Leonard, 22:59Uriah Anderson, 23:06Jonathan McDevitt Sr., 23:24Kevin DesVeaux, 23:29Amy Nyberg, 23:32Timothy Falvey, 23:52Shayla Smith, 23:52Jonathan McDevitt Jr., 23:53Eleanor Tyne, 23:53Margaret Jones, 23:55Amanda Young, 24:16William Shibles, 24:17Ada Pultorak, 24:49Tom Kirby, 24:51Julia Traub, 24:57Andrew Traub, 24:57Kelly Kimble, 24:58Patrick Decker, 24:59Matthias Case, 25:03Cassie Roberts, 25:13Allie Cerkovitz, 25:15Angelica Carr, 25:20Kimberly Formby, 25:21Annaleis Hafford, 25:25Lucia Brown, 25:31John McDonald, 25:32Lloyd Harmon, 25:49Kyle Orcutt, 25:55Kristen Gaylord, 26:03Susanna Fay, 26:04Jennifer Noonan, 26:05Anna Drinkert, 26:10Kevin McDonald, 26:14Jonathan Johnson, 26:19Mitchell Kogut, 26:24Shelly Wood, 26:32Deanne Heanssler, 26:34Belle Ryder, 26:38This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text10-mile resultsErik McCarthy, 53:51Ken Akiha, 56:58Adam Goode, 59:36Matt Homich, 1:00:35Eric Mauricette, 1:00:54Erik Knickerbocker, 1:02:57Leah Frost, 1:04:35Alison Chase, 1:04:13Bradford Eslin, 1:05:02Blaine Moore, 1:05:16Bob Ciano, 1:06:26Evan Hutchins, 1:06:30Eliza Tibbits, 1:06:40Tracy Guerrette, 1:06:56Chris Holt, 1:07:47Ethan Dapice, 1:08:11Kurt Steiner, 1:08:28Dara Knapp, 1:10:00Chris Jones, 1:10:18Andrew Tiemann, 1:10:40Hunter Umphrey, 1:12:20Rick Reardon, 1:12:31Greg Kolvoord, 1:12:45Adam Smith, 1:13:44Jala Tooley, 1:13:55Andrew Goupee, 1:14:02Shane Martin, 1:14:03Kristin Beebe, 1:14:05Aaron Hoovler, 1:14:25Kris Garcia, 1:14:38Jonathan Goupee, 1:14:54Tom Dowling, 1:15:08Kevin Peterson, 1:15:14Michael Westphal, 1:15:18Heather Knapp, 1:15:18Robin Clarke, 1:15:20Chris Lougheed, 1:17:03Adrian Smith, 1:17:10Dan Kircheis, 1:17:23Scott Heidemann, 1:17:41Ruth Jahn, 1:18:11Nate Rutenbeck, 1:18:15Gust Stringos, 1:18:28Eric Hutchins, 1:19:02Deedra Dapice, 1:19:28Joey Casas, 1:19:40Tony Santiago, 1:19:45Jeff Hilt, 1:20:27Thomas Sherman, 1:20:37Mandi Sherman, 1:20:38last_img read more

Vincente breaks GABA 3-point record

first_imgIT was the prolific performance of Dominic ‘The Logo Kid’ Vincente that lifted his Dynas Ravens side over Eagles 110-47 in the Guyana Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) League of Champions 2017. In the first division matchup played at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) on Wednesday, Vincente scored 54 points inclusive of 14 three-pointers to lead the Ravens to victory. However, it wasn’t just scoring points where Vincente made his impact; he had two steals, four rebounds and two assists in the game. Ryan Gullen and Lawrence De Costa supported Vincente with 14 and 19 points while adding 13 and 9 rebounds respectively.For the Eagles, Kevin Higgins was the lone double-figure scorer with 12 points also adding 10 rebounds.Meanwhile in the Under-23 games, Dynas Ravens lost to the Plaisance Guardians 92-62. For the Plaisance side, Anton Fileen scored 15 points and 10 steals in addition to 4 rebounds. He was supported by Terrence Daniels, Nigel Bowen who each had 14 points. Delroy Critchlow and Akeem Crandon also scored 13 each.For the Ravens, Sebastian Luke had 16 points, while Anfernee Jervis scored 11 with Akeem Morrison and Murtland Ward both scoring 10.The league continues at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.last_img read more

Cricket News England beat India by an innings and 159 runs; lead series 2-0

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London : India suffered an embarrassing innings and 159-run defeat in the second Test against England after yet another batting failure on day four at Lord’s, leaving the struggling visitors 0-2 behind in the five-match series.Indian batsmen failed to learn from their mistakes and were all at sea against the moving ball as the second innings folded up for 130 in 47 overs. James Anderson (4-23) once again toyed with the opposition, taking his match tally to nine, and equally effective was Stuart Broad (4-44).England, who resumed at overnight 356 for six, declared their first innings at 396 for seven earlier on Sunday with Chris Woakes staying unbeaten on 137.The Indian batsmen let the team down also in the first Test but the away side at least put up a fight. Here at the ‘Home of Cricket’, the Virat Kohli-led unit showed no semblance of a fight, bringing back the haunted memories of the previous series in 2014 and 2011.With the rain threat looming large over the remainder of the game, India needed to bat for survival. But it wasn’t to be as the batsmen once again cut a sorry picture after mustering 107 in the first innings that lasted just 35.2 overs.The crushing loss has given the Indian team management plenty to think about ahead of the third Test beginning August 18 at Nottingham. The opening day was washed out here and even today time was lost due to intermittent rain, but England still comfortably got the result they wanted with a day to spare.Read | Nation celebrates First Gold; sports legends share ‘Feeling of Gold’The weather was also kind on the impressive hosts, who batted in the sunshine on day three while overcast conditions made the job tougher for the Indian batsmen.”Not very proud of the way we played. For the first time in the last five Tests, we were outplayed,” said Captain Virat Kohli at the post-match presentation. Post tea, Ravichandran Ashwin (33 not out) and Hardik Pandya (26) added 55 runs for the seventh wicket, the highest for India in two innings of this Test.More importantly, they batted out nearly 12 overs showing that with a little more application, this Indian line-up could have done better. Both batsmen took hits on their right hands, yet continued to soldier on.Chris Woakes (2-24) broke the resistance, trapping Pandya lbw in the 43rd over.An over later, Anderson came back into the attack with a single-minded focus to finish off the Indian innings. Kuldeep Yadav (0) was bowled, a pair in this Test, while Mohammed Shami (0) played a horrendous shot to fall lbw two overs later.Woakes finished off the formalities, as Ishant Sharma (2) was last out, caught at leg slip.Earlier, Broad took 4-7 in his post-lunch seven-over spell and destroyed the Indian middle order before light drizzle brought forth an early tea break.Cheteshwar Pujara (17) and Ajinkya Rahane (13) had started watchfully after the lunch break and they looked to eat up as many deliveries as possible.Read | India Under 20 football team returns home, welcomed by emphatic fansWoakes had an entertaining contest with Rahane, but the batsman prevailed for a little while. The bowling changes worked though as England’s relentless pace attack again benefitted from overcast conditions.Rahane was the first to go, playing at a wide delivery off Broad in the 19th over as Keaton Jennings held a sharp catch at third slip.Kohli (17), struggling with a stiff back, came out to bat as India reached 50 in the 26th over. He was clearly restricted in his movement and stroke making, and received on-field attention.Broad then pulled out an inswinger that deflected off Pujara’s pad and crashed into the off-stump, ending his 87-ball stay.Four overs later, Broad struck twice. First, Kohli was caught at forward short leg, with DRS detecting a faint glove as the ball bounced off his jumper. Immediately, another quick inswinger saw Dinesh Karthik trapped lbw for a first-ball duck.Ashwin fended off his hat-trick ball, and thereafter just hung on with Pandya for company as a 2-0 score-line loomed large for India.Rain provided some relief to India also in the morning session when they were struggling at 17-2 in nine overs and early lunch was taken.This was after England declared their first innings at 396 for seven in 88.1 overs, taking a 289-run lead.England looked for some quick runs in this morning session but they didn’t come so easily as Mohammed Shami (3-96) bowled a very sharp spell.He beat Woakes and Sam Curran (40) on a number of occasions, but was unlucky to not induce any edges at all.Read | Transfer News: Real Madrid sign Thibaut Courtois in €35 million dealThe runs came in a trickle, but when it started drizzling a bit, Curran threw his bat around. When he was finally out caught at third man off Pandya (3-66), England declared their innings close for fear of more rain.India then got off to another poor start. James Anderson (2-8) had Murali Vijay (0) caught behind in the third over. This was his 100th Test wicket at Lord’s.Vijay became the sixth Indian batsman to score a ‘pair’ in a Test, and he has now managed only 128 runs in 10 overseas innings against South Africa and England in 2018.Four overs later, Anderson trapped KL Rahul (10) plumb lbw and the batsman walked off without even checking for DRS with his partner Pujara. last_img read more