President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo decided on Thursday to push back the 2020 National Games (PON) in Papua to October next year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The decision followed recommendations from Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali and Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy — both had expressed doubt as to whether Papua would be ready to host the Games initially scheduled for October this year.”One of our considerations is that the construction projects for several venues have been delayed [due to the pandemic]. [Construction] materials from Java could not enter Papua after Papua closed its airports and ports,” Zainudin said in a virtual press briefing on Thursday. In a meeting last week with House of Representatives Commission X, which oversees sports, lawmakers gave a nod to the sports ministry’s initial plan to push back the PON to March next year. But the proposal was met with opposition from the National Sports Committee’s (KONI) regional offices, which projected that their athletes would not be ready for the Games.Read also: Indonesia braces for hectic year in sports after COVID-19Zainudin said October would be the most convenient time to host the PON next year, one of Indonesia’s busiest years for sports as the country is expected to take part in at least seven international multisport events, including the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.Next year, Indonesia is also set to host FIFA’s Under-20 World Cup and the 2021 Indonesian MotoGP in Mandalika, West Nusa Tenggara.Topics : “After considering our reports, the President decided to postpone the National Games,” he said.Read also: COVID-19: Ministry, House agree to postpone 2020 PON in PapuaPapua Governor Lukas Enembe had earlier told Zainudin that Papua was currently focusing on battling the outbreak, making it impossible for the region to prepare for the PON.As of Wednesday afternoon, Papua has reported 123 cases and six deaths.
After weeks with almost no new coronavirus infections, Beijing has recorded dozens of new cases in recent days, all linked to a major wholesale food market, raising concerns about a resurgence of the disease.There had been almost no new cases in the city for almost two months until an infection was reported on June 12, and since then the total number has climbed to 51, including eight more in the first seven hours of Sunday.According to the city’s health authority, contact tracing showed all the infected people had either worked or shopped inside Xinfadi, said to be the largest food market in Asia, or had been in contact with someone who was there. Huaxiang, a neighborhood in the same district as the food market and which has one of China’s biggest used car centers, raised its epidemic risk level to high on Sunday, becoming the only neighborhood in the country to be on high alert. This status means there can be no economic activity until the outbreak is controlled.As of 3 p.m. on Sunday, 10 neighborhoods in Beijing, such as Financial Street, had raised their risk levels from low to medium.”Beijing will not turn into a second Wuhan, spreading the virus to many cities all over the country and needing a lockdown,” a government epidemic expert told Health Times on Sunday, referring to the city where the epidemic in China first emerged late last year.Zeng Guang, former chief epidemiologist at Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and currently a senior expert with the National Health Commission, predicted that the outbreak will likely be controlled after the initial spike of a few days, according to the report by Health Times, a paper run by state media People’s Daily.Like other countries around the world, China is concerned to prevent a second wave from emerging after easing lockdowns that hammered its economy earlier this year.Market under scrutinyAn epidemiologist with the Beijing government said on Sunday that a DNA sequencing of the virus showed the latest outbreak in the market could have come from Europe.”Our preliminary assessment is the virus came from overseas. We still can’t determine how it got here. It might’ve been on contaminated seafood or meat, or spread from the feces of people inside the market,” state media quoted Yang Peng as saying.Officials said anyone who had been to or had contact with people who had been to Xinfadi since May 30 will be required to report to their work or residential units and get tested for coronavirus, the Beijing Daily said on Saturday.Long queues for tests formed outside a hospital near the market on Sunday, pictures in the People’s Daily showedBeijing health authority spokesman Gao Xiaojun told the news conference on Sunday that anyone in the city with a fever will be given tests for the coronavirus, a blood test and a CT scan.More than 1,500 tons of seafood, 18,000 tons of vegetables and 20,000 tons of fruit are traded at the market daily, according to its website. “Beijing has entered an extraordinary period,” city spokesman Xu Hejian told a news conference on Sunday.The market was closed before dawn on Saturday and the district containing the market put itself on a “wartime” footing.The Beijing outbreak has already spread to the neighboring northeastern province of Liaoning. According to the provincial health authority, the two new cases confirmed in Liaoning on Sunday were both people who had been in close contact with confirmed cases in Beijing.At least 10 Chinese cities, including Harbin and Dalian, have urged residents not to travel to the capital or to report to authorities if they have done so recently. Topics :
The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Tuesday published recommendations on returning to basketball in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.The recommendations, which were published in the English, French and Spanish languages, are titled: “Return to Basketball – Restart Guidelines for National Federations.” A basketball-specific “Risk Assessment Tool” has also been produced in collaboration with the World Health Organisation.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that FIBA is the world governing body for basketball and is an independent association formed by 213 national basketball federations throughout the world.The body, which is based in Mies in Switzerland, is recognised as the sole competent authority in basketball by the International Olympic Committee.FIBA’s guidelines are primarily for national federations seeking direction and advice on the restart of basketball activities and competitions.NAN reports that the vast majority of basketball activities and competitions around the world had been halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. “The guidelines and risk assessment tool will serve as a checklist to ensure any decisions on basketball events are based on an assessment of risks and the best chance of a successful restart,” FIBA said.It however reminded the federations that the publication is not intended to replace the guidance and restrictions of governments and public health authorities.“The risk assessment tool is a live document and will be updated regularly,” the federation added.The guidelines have been developed by FIBA Medical Commission Chairman, Peter Harcourt.This was after his consultation with the FIBA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group and also both the FIBA Medical and Players Commissions. Harcourt, who is from Australia, holds numerous positions within other sports organisations as well as with World Anti-Doping Agency and the Commonwealth Games Federation Medical Commission.He said: “In these challenging times, on behalf of FIBA’s Medical Commission, I share our heartfelt support and solidarity with the basketball community across the world.“I have witnessed that FIBA has been working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of national federations, players, officials and other partners.“I can assure that our Medical Commission will keep working and collaborating closely with WHO and will endeavour to assist FIBA to safeguard the basketball community from the current pandemic crisis based on the scientific knowledge.”RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Commenting on the guidelines, Andreas Zagklis, FIBA Secretary General, said they were going to be very beneficial.Zagklis said: “I wish to sincerely thank the FIBA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group, the FIBA Commissions involved and the World Health Organisation (WHO) for their invaluable work, expertise and continued contribution towards protecting our national federations, players, officials and basketball event organisers.“This set of guidelines will be very beneficial for the basketball community in their return to our game.“We all miss our sport being played and as the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, FIBA remains committed to providing guidance for a safe environment for the ‘Return to Basketball.’”NAN reports that the FIBA COVID-19 Medical Advisory Group was set up in April, with the purpose to review the latest scientific knowledge regarding COVID-19.It was also mandated to advice on the return of international basketball competitions.Members of this special advisory group include the Chair and Deputy Chair of the FIBA Medical Commission, NBA Director of Sports Medicine, and Senior Advisor to the WHO Executive Director.It also has a University of Melbourne Professor of Medicine who specialised in immunology and vaccine research, and, as an observer, the IOC Medical Director.Tags: BasketballCOVID-19FIBA
Women’s swimming & diving: Beata Nelson wins three individual titles at NCAA Championships, breaks all-time 100-yard backstroke record
No Wisconsin swimmer had ever won more than one individual title at an NCAA meet before Beata Nelson entered the 2019 NCAA Championships.The Wisconsin junior returns to Madison with three individual titles to her name after a record-breaking weekend in Austin, Texas in which she shattered the American record in the 100-yard backstroke by over half a second.The Verona, Wisconsin, native kicked off the Championships last Wednesday as part of the team’s 800-yard freestyle relay unit, which broke the UW school record in the event by nearly two seconds. Despite finishing seventh, Nelson was proud of what she and her teammates had accomplished.Making waves: New swimming coach Yuri Suguiyama already has championship aspirationsEvery dominant athletic program begins somewhere — pieces of a puzzle that came together somehow to create a dynasty. What Read…“We had nothing to prove,” Nelson said. “We were really there to be Badgers, be proud and swim for one another. I didn’t think for a second that everybody wasn’t going to give it their all.”Nelson then took her talents to Thursday’s 200-yard individual medley in grand fashion, stunning many by swimming the second-fastest time in event history en route to her first career national title.Up against the event’s defending national champion — Stanford’s Ella Eastin — Nelson was unaware of her position until late in the race, when she heard her name over the arena’s PA system.“I honestly had no idea where I was at, how I was swimming until I got to the breaststroke leg and I could hear the announcers saying my name,” Nelson said.Remarkably, Nelson followed up her 200-yard IM performance with a dominant showcase in Friday’s 100-yard backstroke final — Nelson’s incredible time of 49.18 seconds is the fastest in the event’s history, eclipsing the previous American record that she set in December.On her mindset going into the event, Nelson said she felt more at ease given her track record in the event.“Thursday was kind of unexpected, and tonight there was more of an expectation for me to win,” Nelson said. “So it was a different feeling, but there was a sense of calmness tonight.”Nelson’s coach, Yuri Sugiyama, said her triumph Thursday contributed to her incredible performance Friday.“I think Beata’s success last night really allowed her to just race her best this evening,” head coach Yuri Sugiyama said. “The thing about Beata is that she’s not afraid to get out and perform for people.”Men’s basketball: Wisconsin folds in 72–54 loss to OregonAnd just like that, the season’s over. The Wisconsin men’s basketball team’s run in the NCAA Tournament ended Friday afternoon Read…Nelson achieved her personal goal of becoming a three-time national champion Saturday, winning the 200-yard backstroke despite being challenged neck-and-neck by Stanford’s Taylor Ruck throughout the race. Nelson’s time of 1:47.24 is an NCAA record, capping off an unforgettable weekend in which she won three national titles in three days and was fittingly named Swimmer of the Championships.In what will surely go down as a special weekend in Wisconsin athletics history, Nelson’s record-breaking performance was followed by the women’s hockey team clinching its fifth NCAA title Sunday afternoon.The junior will now switch course toward preparing for the U.S. National Championships in July.“I’m planning on hitting some pro series (meets) this summer,” Nelson said. “If this meet was any indication of where I’m at, I think it’s a good one.”
LA MIRADA – An immigration genealogy workshop, conducted by Stephen Young of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society, will be held at 2 p.m. March 24 at the La Mirada Library, 13800 La Mirada Blvd. For more information, call (562) 943-0277. Health care to be discussed MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital will hold an informational meeting, dubbed “Who Will Decide When You Can’t,” at LA HABRA – Friends of Children Center has received two grants to help reduce the number of childhood injuries and deaths in cars and on bicycles, officials said. The grants will be used to purchase and distribute 300 car seats and 200 bicycle helmets to low-income residents of Orange County. The items will be distributed following some informational classes, slated from 1 to 3 p.m, and from 6 to 8p.m. March 7 at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement, 501 S. Idaho St. For more information about the distribution efforts or the classes, call (714) 447-3460. Notary public courses planned WHITTIER – Whittier Union High School District will be offering classes for those who wish to become notaries public. The classes are slated from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturdays at the Sierra Education Center, 9401 S. Painter Ave. Classes will give new notaries public the education and skills to prepare for the state examination. They will also train them to authenticate documents and detect fraud. The notary public test will be administered from 4 to 5p.m. Students can take the test at that time or can take it a different day. The cost for the class is $40 for materials and $40 for the testing fee. Hospital sets trip to San Simeon WHITTIER – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital is offering seniors a trip to San Simeon Gateway from March 5 to 7. The trip will include lodging, a winery tour and lunch, a Hearst Castle tour, an IMAX movie, harbor cruise and dinner. Cost for the trip is $238 per person. To make a reservation, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2444. Funds aid hunt for sex offenders The sheriff’s departments of Los Angeles and Riverside counties were among six law enforcement agencies to receive state grant money Thursday for programs designed to crack down on habitual sex offenders. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was awarded nearly $1.2 million. Riverside’s department received more than $730,000. The counties will use the money to arrest, monitor and prosecute sex offenders who violate probation or commit new crimes. Sheriff’s departments in San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Sacramento and Tulare counties also received grant money as part of the $5 million program. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Wilkinson Senior Resource Center, 2019 Whittier Blvd. The meeting will focus on the steps needed to designate someone to make personal health care decisions when the patient can no longer do it. For reservations, call (800) 618-6664. Free helmets, car seats to be donated
SANTA CLARA — 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Robert Saleh have made similar observations about Solomon Thomas just past the halfway point of the preseason.“He’s moving different,” Shanahan said. “He’s playing a lot more aggressive, I think his mind’s a lot clearer and it’s showing.”“He’s very decisive, he’s got good technique, he’s playing very fast and I like where he’s at mentally,” Saleh said. “I like where he’s at physically.”The 49ers hope it all leads to a …
The Geological Society of America, normally concerned with technical details of rocks and how many millions or billions of years old they are, devoted two “expansive sessions” at its annual meeting Oct 16-17, with 24 separate presentations dealing with strategies to oppose intelligent design (ID). Their press release portrays ID advocates as “trained attackers,” using the word “attack” four times as if their views and tactics are a frontal assault on science, using spurious arguments and devious methods. It’s time for a counterattack, the GSA advises. Donald Wise, one of the four speakers, has made his strategy public: the best defense is a good offense.So how does a scientist or teacher defend evolution against trained attackers? “Don’t,” suggests geoscientist Donald Wise from the University of Massachusetts. Instead, go after the deep flaws in ID. Take the human body, for instance, he says in his GSA presentation. It’s a great argument against ID. Anyone who has ever had back pain or clogged sinuses can testify to this. Our evolutionarily recent upright posture explains our terrible back problems better than ID, and our squished, very poorly “designed” sinuses don’t function at all well and are easily explained by the evolutionarily rapid enlargement of our brains. Wise’s advice to scientists and educators is to: 1) get off the defensive; 2) focus on the ample weak points of Intelligent Design; 3) keep it simple; 4) accentuate it with humor; and 5) stick to irrefutable facts close to evolution and relevant to voters. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)Eugenie Scott is one of the four speakers at the conference, with a talk on “Multiple levels of antievolutionism.” The GSA also posted a complete resource kit with abstracts of most of the presentations and links to further information. One of the presentations, seemingly out of place for a geological society, is called “Modern Biblical Scholarship as a Resource for Teachers of Evolution.”See Reader Responses to this story.Irrefutable facts – careful testing – observation – great. When do they begin? It would be harder to find a better illustration of Darwin Party hypocrisy. These rockhounds have the gall to accuse their critics of propaganda tactics and logical fallacies when those are the Darwin Party’s stock in trade. For plenty of examples, just look in the chain links here in five years of reporting on evolutionary theory: start here with entry #652 and work back. No need for lengthy commentary here; our readers did it justice (see reader responses). Just to point out that Lee Allison’s tirade about bad design in the human body shows again the utter thanklessness in the Darwinian heart. Isn’t that what Paul warned about those who turn their back on the obvious? Watch gymnasts or weightlifters and anyone who puts their back into their work and tell them the human body was poorly designed. There are limits to our specifications, yes – we cannot hoist 10 tons overhead – but no matter how much a body were designed to do, a Darwinist could always complain about why it is not better. What do you want to bet these Darwinian ingrates brought on some of their own back pain by becoming obese or never learning good posture? They also need a lesson on sinuses and the sense of smell (see 06/07/2005) – or any other aspect of human engineering (08/05/2005) – and learn a little gratitude. (Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
9 september 2003President Thabo Mbeki wrapped up a hectic schedule of meeting with ordinary South Africans with addresses to religious bodies on Sunday.On Saturday, Mbeki addressed the Jewish Board of Deputies in Johannesburg, assured them of the government’s continued efforts to stamp out negative attitudes towards the community.Later on Saturday, the President opened an inaugural convention of South African Hindu organisations in Durban, saying all religions had a role to play in rebuilding the country from the destructive apartheid years.On Sunday, Mbeki attended the 93rd anniversary celebrations of the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) – an organisation that boasts about four million followers across southern Africa – in Polokwane in Limpopo province.Although Mbeki did not address the gathering – in line with the Church’s policy of being non-politically aligned – a statement from his office reiterated the government’s stance that all religious groups have a role to play in fighting poverty, moral decay and underdevelopment.“We, as government, have a responsibility to all people who fall victim to marginalisation, fear and disempowerment, and we cannot allow any section of the community to plunge into a permanent sense of unease and displeasure,” Mbeki told the Jewish Board of Deputies, adding that Jewish people would always have a home in South Africa.Mbeki told the Hindu community that unlike the apartheid regime, the democratic government recognises all religions and believes that religious organisations must be at the forefront of inculcating religious and moral values in society.“Given our divided history, religious organisations have an important role to play in the reconstruction and development of our country, especially in the welfare and civil society sectors,” he said.Mbeki said the Hindu gathering was another tribute to Indian human rights activist Mahatma Ghandi, who fought for the betterment of humanity. “Mahatma Ghandi’s championship of the cause of the harijans teaches us that we must act in support of the poor and marginalised.”In a statement released ahead of Sunday’s ZCC ceremony, Mbeki said the ZCC and other African churches have an important role to play in efforts to promote an ethical, righteous and moral society.He added that the Church’s message of peace, Kgotso ga ebe le lona (Peace be with you), “provides an important lesson for all South Africans that together we can forge a peaceful country that can provide food, both material and spiritual, and a better life for all”.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 17th episode of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast, courtesy of AgriGold, brings a wide range of issues to the microphone. Ty Higgins talks the ongoing saga of Dicamba distress across the country and the devastating results many farmers are beginning to see. He’s joined by the straight-shooting Ford Baldwin as well as Monsanto’s Ty Witten for two sides of the drama. Matt Reese hears from a variety of folks at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center where a world record hopes to be broken in terms of data on a corn plant. Joel Penhorwood is joined by Ohio State CFAES’ Adam Ward, director of government affairs, talking a drop in funding for OSU Extension by the recently signed state budget. The crew is also joined by friends from Panama and talks agriculture down south in this diverse podcast.
Unable to repay a loan of around ₹50,000, a 38-year-old farmer in Bijnor district allegedly killed himself on Sunday. The police, however, suspect depression because of trouble in domestic life could be the cause.Neighbours saw the farmer, a resident of Salempur village under Heempur Deepa police station, leaving his house around noon. When he didn’t return, relatives started searching for him. His body was found in the nearby jungle. According to local sources, only his elder daughter was at home when the farmer left home.The deceased’s wife said he was the sole earning member in the family and was tense for the past year because of being unable to repay the loan. Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini, Society for Mental Health; 011-4076 9002 (Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-7.30 p.m.)