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Makassar gets PSBB go-ahead, plans to isolate COVID-19 hot zones

first_imgWith the green light from the central government Makassar will soon be joining at least 10 other regions that have imposed partial lockdowns under the PSBB to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Indonesia. The regions include the nation’s capital, Jakarta, the epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak, as well as its satellite cities of Bogor, Bekasi, Depok and Tangerang, as well as Pekanbaru in Riau.On Thursday, the country reported 5,516 confirmed cases and 496 deaths.Iqbal Suhaeb of the Makassar administration confirmed that the South Sulawesi capital was drafting the PSBB regulation in coordination with the Makassar city council. “We will disseminate the regulation [to the public] first before [the PSBB] is enforced,” said Iqbal, adding that he expected the the regulation to be ready to issue by next week.The Makassar administration has prepared 35,000 packages of staple goods for distributing to the poor. It has also readied 35,000 masks for people who needed them, as the PSBB requires all residents to wear masks when they venture outdoors.The administration also plans to build public kitchens in quarantined areas so that food is readily available.Makassar had set aside some Rp 300 billion (US$19.1 million) for its COVID-19 response, Iqbal said. South Sulawesi is one of the “red zones” of the Indonesian outbreak, recording 271 confirmed cases and 23 deaths by Thursday afternoon.Meanwhile, its neighboring provinces of West Sulawesi and South Sulawesi had respectively recorded seven and 26 confirmed cases. (vny)Topics : Essential services such as markets, grocery stores and pharmacies will operate as usual while the PSBB is in place, while offices and schools are to remain closed. People are urged to continue adhering to the stay-at-home and work from home (WFH) policies. However, employees who are still required to go in to the office would still be permitted to do so.”People can still carry out activities, except those in isolated areas [hot zones], because they are considered to be ODP [people under monitoring],” said Nurdin.Read also: COVID-19: Pekanbaru first area in Sumatra granted request to impose large-scale social restrictionsThe Makassar administration was now drafting a regulation on the PSBB implementation, he added. The South Sulawesi administration is soon to impose large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) to contain the rapid spread of the coronavirus in the provincial capital of Makassar, following the Health Ministry’s approval of its PSBB proposal on Thursday.In particular, South Sulawesi plans to lock down the hot zones in Makassar and heighten monitoring to restrict the movement of people in border areas, namely the regencies of Maros, Gowa and Takalar.The PSBB would be implemented once the administration had confirmed that all residents had sufficient stock of basic goods for the duration of the partial lockdown, particularly those in hot zones,  South Sulawesi Governor Nurdin Abdullah said on Thursday.last_img read more

Indonesia’s retail sales contract further but show signs of improvement

first_imgThe government has been campaigning heavily for “adapting to new habits”, asking people to wear masks and wash their hands regularly, among other measures, to save the economy, which is expected to contract by 0.4 percent this year or grow by only 1 percent.Indonesia booked its first GDP decline in two decades as the economy shrank 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year as all components of economic activity fell.The retail sales index in the second quarter contracted 18.2 percent yoy, compared to a contraction of 1.9 percent in this year’s first quarter and 4.2 percent growth in the second quarter of last year, the central bank said.According to the survey, retail sales are set to pick up in the next three to six months following the reopening of the economy, which is expected to boost the public’s purchasing power.“The retail sales performance hit rock bottom in May, showing early signs of recovery in consumption [in June], albeit at a very slow pace,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia economist Anthony Kevin told The Jakarta Post. “We continue to expect a U-shaped economic recovery.”Anthony said the demand and supply sides of the economy had yet to pick up significantly after the slump recorded in the second quarter. He said he expected the economy to shrink by 1.8 percent yoy in the third quarter as the recovery remained slow amid rising coronavirus cases.“We are not confident about economic growth should government spending remain weak throughout the year. Therefore, the key is to expedite budget spending,” he went on to say.The government has earmarked Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47.5 billion) for boosting the economy and stimulating consumer demand, but many economists warn it may not be effective if spending remains slow.As of Aug. 6, the government had only spent Rp 151.25 trillion of the stimulus budget, five months after the first outbreak in March, Finance Ministry data show.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati attributed the slow spending to complicated bureaucracy and a lack of citizens’ data, among other reasons. Retail sales in Indonesia fell 17.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) in June, marking a slight improvement when compared with an even greater contraction recorded in May, as the economy started to recover after three months of partial lockdown to curb the coronavirus spread, a Bank Indonesia (BI) survey released on Tuesday shows.In May, retail sales were down 20.6 percent yoy.The government began lifting large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in early June to rescue the virus-battered economy. Compared to the preceding month, June saw improvements in the purchase of vehicle fuels, food, beverages and tobacco, as well as information services, among other categories, according to the survey.“The improved retail sales performance was driven by reopening of retail stores during the shift from the PSBB [and to the adoption of] new habits,” the central bank said in the survey.“The retail sales performance is expected to improve further in July despite still being in a contraction phase.”The central bank estimates that sales in July were down 12.3 percent yoy, which would be a further decline in the severity of the contraction, thanks to higher sales of food, beverage and tobacco as well as household equipment.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Woman nabbed over ‘estafa’

first_imgILOILO City – Charged with estafa, a woman was nabbed in Barangay Kahirupan, City Proper. The 38-year-old Ma. Leah Gonzales of Barangay Bergante, Mambusao, Capiz was caught around 10 a.m. on June 23, a police report showed. The suspect was taken to the Mambusao municipal police station. The court recommended a P40,000 bail bond for her temporary liberty./PN Gonzales’ apprehension was staged on the strength of an arrest warrant, it added.last_img

Today is the Great American Smokeout

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Redknapp seeks late surge to save QPR

first_img Press Association Pompey looked destined for the drop at this stage of the 2005-06 season, but under Redknapp’s guidance they strung together a tremendous sequence of results to take 20 points from their last 10 games and retain their top-flight status. QPR are six points from safety with 12 games left, but Redknapp said: “I am confident we can survive. I know it is going to be hard, and I think it will go to the wire but it is not impossible.” Harry Redknapp believes QPR’s Premier League survival hopes hinge on them being able to repeat the late-season form that saw him keep Portsmouth in the top-flight seven years ago.center_img He added: “It is very similar to the situation I had with Portsmouth, it is much the same if you look at the stats. “I think that was down to the last 10 games that we got out at Pompey with 20-odd points. That is what we need here, it’s not impossible.” The Rs have not scored twice in a Premier League game since mid-December, and have scored just 19 in total from 26 games, the lowest tally in the top-flight. Redknapp admits he is short of striking options, with the hip problem hindering Bobby Zamora a particular concern, while France striker Loic Remy has missed the last two games with a groin strain. “We have a chance if Remy can come in and score some goals and show what he can do, and we can get Bobby out on the pitch,” he said. “The problem with Bobby is we have to stop him at half-time. If we played straight through he could probably manage 70 minutes, but stopping at half-time he seizes up then he can’t move. “When he plays he’s different, he can move, hold the ball up, he is someone we can play up to. Without him we don’t have someone who can lead the line.” last_img read more

Bosch advice boosts North

first_imgDutch sprint coach Frans Bosch will take a slice of the credit if George North plays another starring role for the British and Irish Lions on Saturday. North added: “I was just a schoolboy when I met him and I just used to run over the b******, but now I know how to angle my runs. I have a lot more confidence now. I think I showed that with my try (last Saturday). I gathered the ball and I thought about setting up the ruck, but it just opened up for me and I was able to finish it off. “You do a lot of work on phase play, but sometimes it’s nice when something like that just comes off.” If North breaches the Wallabies defence again on Saturday, one thing he will not be doing is repeating a finger-wagging celebration – scrum-half Will Genia was Australia’s final defender on the receiving end – however much it might mean to him. Lions tour manager Andy Irvine was among those who offered a few words in North’s ear once the dust had settled on a memorable win. “I’ve apologised,” North added. “I can’t really explain what I did. I just got caught up in the whole emotion of it all. Looking back, I do feel horrendous for doing it, and I will need to live with that. I will take it on the chin.” North expects no let-up in the pace and ferocity on Saturday, especially as Australia know they have to win or see their series hopes evaporate. “For them this weekend it is do-or-die, so we know they are going to come at us. The pace is going to be higher again,” he added. “We are just focusing on the rugby, it’s not our job to talk it up. We came here with one common goal, and that was to win the Test series.” Press Associationcenter_img North lit up the Test series against Australia with a blistering 60-metre solo try in last Saturday’s opener, which underpinned a 23-21 Lions victory. Wales wing North will again be a key component in the Lions’ attacking armoury at the Etihad Stadium, where victory would secure Test series glory one game inside the distance. And the 21-year-old has put much of his rapid progress down to biomechanics expert Bosch, whose varied roles include being sprint consultant to the Wales rugby squad. “Frans is a speed man, and while it doesn’t happen overnight I have got faster since meeting him,” North said. “I am getting the rewards now.” last_img read more

Jol remaining confident

first_img “You can’t change the world in two weeks or one week.” The likes of Adel Taarabt and Kieron Richardson praised Fulham’s decision to bring in Meulensteen before the match, while Jol said he masterminded the appointment after some suggested he is the club’s manager in waiting. The former Anzhi boss’ appointment would certainly be welcomed by many Fulham fans, who not only turned on their manager against Swansea but also some players. Bryan Ruiz, Jol’s only big-money signing, took the brunt of the criticism and was jeered off the pitch when substituted for the second home match in a row. The Costa Rica international made no mention of that reception after the match, saying those connected with Fulham “must not despair” and should keep a “cool head”. Despite such philosophical comments, Jol revealed the constant criticism is impacting Ruiz’s confidence and pleaded with Fulham fans to lay off him. “You will see in Brazil [at the World Cup] that Bryan is a very good player,” Jol said. “But he needs a little bit of confidence and that is what I would like to tell the crowd. “For me, I don’t have to play but for him it is probably a problem if they get on his back and he can’t produce what he is capable of.” Ruiz and his Fulham team-mates will get a chance to stop the rot when they travel to fellow strugglers West Ham next weekend. Swansea, meanwhile, face an unenviable trip to title-chasing Manchester City after facing Spanish giants Valencia in the Europa League. With such tough fixtures coming up, the 2-1 win at Fulham proved a timely boost for Michael Laudrup’s side. Swansea had not won for over a month before Saturday, when an Aaron Hughes own goal and Jonjo Shelvey strike ensured Scott Parker’s fortuitous strike counted for nothing. “We needed the three points,” Shelvey, on as a second-half substitute, told Swans Player after his fantastic winner. “It’s important that we beat teams like Fulham because they are around us in the table. I think it will kickstart us for a good season now. “I was disappointed not to start, but that’s football. It was important to get on and show the manager why I think I should start.” The highly rated Dutch coach was a key member of the Manchester United backroom staff under Sir Alex Ferguson and his appointment represented quite a coup for the west Londoners. However, hopes that Meulensteen’s arrival would prove a timely shot in the arm quickly faded as Fulham fell to a 2-1 defeat to Swansea in a match they started so brightly. Fulham fell to a fifth successive defeat on Saturday despite the much-publicised arrival of Rene Meulensteen as head coach – an appointment under-fire boss Martin Jol believes will soon pay dividends. The loss was the Whites’ fifth on the bounce in all competitions and resulted in the bookmakers shortening odds on Jol becoming the next Premier League manager to leave his post. The under-fire Dutchman felt the full force of Fulham supporters’ anger on Saturday, trudging off to a chorus of “Jol out”, yet he remains confident of turning things around alongside Meulensteen. “Before the games against Man United, Liverpool and Southampton, we had a very good spell,” Jol said. “We played some good football against Stoke and Crystal Palace, we had a good tempo, a good rhythm. “But after the three games and three defeats, he called me and told me that he would like to come. “After a couple of tries, he said he would come and that is good because it is a different mouth. “It gives you different things in training and on the pitch, but it is the same thing. “He said he would like to get the best out of [Dimitar] Berbatov, for example, which is what I always try to do and it didn’t pay off against Swansea. That’s the only thing. Press Associationlast_img read more

ICC World Cup Mayank Agarwal approved by ICC as replacement for Vijay Shankar in India cricket team World Cup squad

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Vijay Shankar sustained a toe injury.India lost to England by 31 runs in Edgbaston.India need only one win to reach 2019 World Cup semifinal.center_img New Delhi: Mayank Agarwal has been appproved as a replacement for Vijay Shankar in the Indian cricket team squad for 2019 World Cup by the International Cricket Council. The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad. The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives).Shankar was ruled out of ICC World Cup 2019 after sustaining a toe injury prior to the encounter against England at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Agarwal is considered as a good bet to play in his first World Cup game during the clash against Bangladesh. Agarwal blasted 442 runs at an average of 88.42 in six games with three centuries.The Tamil Nadu all-rounder featured in three games for India and managed to score 58 runs at an average of 29. He also scalped two important wickets against the arch-rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester. His contribution on and off the field will certainly be missed by India. Mayank Agarwal, on the other hand, will be playing his first ICC 50-over tournament and will look to utilize his Indian Premier League (IPL) form in the games to come. However, with the playing XI looking settled, it looks highly unlikely that Mayank Agarwal will feature in the games to come.In press statement released by BCCI said, “Vijay Shankar sustained a non displaced fracture of the left big toe, which will require a minimum of three weeks to heal. The injury rules him out of the ongoing World Cup. The Indian team management has requested the ICC to consider Mayank Agarwal as his replacement.”Earlier in the tournament, Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the World Cup after sustaining a thumb injury. The wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who featured in five one-day Internationals for India, replaced him into the side and also played his first World Cup game against England. Meanwhile, India will play their next game against Bangladesh at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. The Indian team is currently placed at the second position with 11 points and need one win in their remaining two games to secure a semi-final berth.last_img read more

NFF Electoral Committee Amends 2018 Electoral Timetable

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Electoral Committee has rolled out a new timetable for elections into the NFF Executive Committee 2018-2022, with intending candidates now able to buy and return forms within a fresh grace period of Friday, 17th and Friday, 24th August 2018.According to the new timetable, screening of candidates will now be done between 27th and 29th August, with names of candidates to be published on Thursday, 30th August.Protests and appeals will be heard and treated between 4th and 6th September, after same must have been submitted between 31st August and 3rd September. Publication of final list of candidates will be done on Friday, 7th September. Elections into the NFF Executive Committee 2018-2022 will hold on Thursday, 20th September 2018.“Consequent upon the resolutions of the NFF Extra-Ordinary General Assembly held in Benin City on Thursday, 2nd August 2018, the amendments to the 2018 Nigeria Football Federation Elections Time Table have been adopted by the Electoral Committee, as the statutory provisions of the 2010 NFF Statutes, NFF Electoral Code 2009 and Guidelines of Elections into the NFF 2018 have been suspended by the Congress,” the NFF statement concluded.THE AMENDED 2018 NFF ELECTIONS TIME TABLE1. Continuation of Sales, Endorsements and Return of Nomination Forms, Friday 17th – Friday, 24th August, 2018, by 9.00am-6:00pm daily.2. Screening of Candidature, Monday, 27th – Wednesday, 29th August, 2018, by 10:00am-5;00pm daily.3. Release of the names of candidates, Thursday, 30th August, 2018.4. Submission of Protests/Appeals Friday, 31st August – Monday, 3rd September, 2018.5. Hearing of Protests/Appeals, Tuesday, 4th – Thursday, 6th September, 2018.6. Release/Publication of the final list of Candidates, Friday, 7th September, 2018.7. 2018 NFF Elections, Thursday, 20th September, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more