Bandung Health Agency struggles to conduct contract tracing in army school cluster

first_imgThe Bandung Health Agency in West Java has said that it encountered difficulty in carrying out contact tracing at the Army’s Officer Candidate School (Secapa) cluster in the city.”We’ve only received information about the number [of people who have been infected], but we could not enter the school [to confirm],” agency head Rita said on Tuesday as reported by In response, army chief spokesman Brig. Gen. Nefra Firdaus told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that he would look into the matter. West Java recorded the highest spike with 962 new cases on July 9, accounting for most of Indonesia’s latest all-time high record of 2,657 new cases in a single day.The national COVID-19 task force spokesperson, Achmad Yurianto, said the spike came after the finding of 1,262 new cases at the army school, 991 of which were students.Authorities conducted mass PCR testing at the school after two students were diagnosed with COVID-19 as they sought medical attention for seemingly unrelated symptoms.Rita said there was a high possibility that a lot of the students from the school had visited several places in Bandung before it was discovered as a cluster, so it was important to find out where they had gone.Read also: West Java to fine residents who do not wear face masks in publicAs a preventive measure, she said, the agency had set up checkpoints in seven community units (RW) around the school.”We check the temperatures of people entering and leaving the areas,” Rita said.Separately, Nefra said on Wednesday that authorities had conducted a second round of PCR testing at the school.”As of Wednesday, we recorded 27 new cases and 116 recoveries. So in total we only have 1,026 cases, a decrease of 281 [from the previous number], at the school,” Nefra said in a statement.He said the Indonesian Military had cooperated with Airlangga University in Surabaya, East Java and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) to conduct clinical trials for COVID-19 patients at the school.”A team of clinical trials for COVID-19 treatment from the three institutions is set to give a combination of multiple drugs and dosages for patients. The said trials will be conducted in accordance with the clinical trial guidelines from the Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency,” Nefra said.Topics :last_img read more

NY funds agreed

first_imgNEW YORK state officials unanimously approved a US$12bn improvement programme for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on July 12. NY City Transit will get $9bn, with Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road splitting the rest. The package will fund track and signal upgrades and station renovation throughout the subway network, and the purchase of 1080 new cars from Bombardier and Kawasaki for $1·45 bn (RG 6.97 p362). Amongst many projects is a $5m second entrance at Grand Street station, which serves Chinatown and Little Italy in lower Manhattan and suffers from serious overcrowding. Another $15m will restore reductions in services made two years ago. Also included is $30m towards the $315m conversion of the former central post office building adjacent to Penn Station into a new Amtrak station. olast_img

Klopp blasts Lovren’s critics

first_imgLiverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has said Dejan Lovren has his total confidence after Sunday’s defeat at Watford. Watford captain Troy Deeney admits they targeted the Croatian for the 3-0 triumph. Klopp though dismissed the idea this had a bearing on the result.Advertisement Loading… “If anyone blames Dejan Lovren for our defeat, I can’t help these people,” said Klopp. “It was a massive challenge for Dejan to play against Troy Deeney. Joe Gomez has had similar problems. “Both Dejan and Joe have played sensational games for us in this position. Fitness and rhythm is the most difficult to get in professional football. Dejan is an outstanding center-half. Read Also:EPL: We must accept Watford defeat in right manner – Klopp “If you can tell me one player from Saturday that played at his normal level, I would be surprised.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And TollywoodCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The RatingsWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?World’s Most Famous Ceilings That Are Actually Works Of Artlast_img read more

British MP seeks evidence session into alleged Saudi piracy

first_img Watling wrote to his fellow committee members: “I am writing to request that the Committee holds an oral evidence session on the theft of UK sport by the Saudi-based pirate operation beoutQ, which has been stealing and broadcasting every major UK sporting competition for almost three years, including the Premier League. “Ideally, this should be with the Secretary of State (Oliver Dowden) and representatives from the Premier League.” Dowden told the DCMS committee last month that the suitability or otherwise of the new owners was a decision for the Premier League and that the Government would not intervene. Human rights groups have also opposed the proposed £300 million ($368 million) deal. Giles Watling, a member of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee (DCMS), has called on his group to hold an evidence session into the activities of the beoutQ network, with Premier League representatives proposed as witnesses. BeoutQ has been the target of sports rights holders around the world for illegally broadcasting events including Premier League matches. The Premier League released a joint statement with FIFA, UEFA and other major European leagues in September saying they had been “frustrated in our attempts to pursue a formal copyright claim against beoutQ in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.” Qatar-based broadcaster BeIN accuses Saudi of masterminding the pirate broadcast of its output as part of a spat between Doha and Riyadh. Saudi has always denied it is behind the output of beoutQ. Last month BeIN wrote to Premier League clubs saying “the future economic model of football is at stake” if a Saudi takeover was approved. The takeover of Newcastle United by a consortium backed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund has hit another stumbling block as a British MP called for a parliamentary evidence session into the alleged piracy of sports broadcast rights. Read Also: Messi reveals his top five best players in world football The fiancee of murdered dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi wrote an open letter to Newcastle fans this week asking them to reject a takeover led by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Amnesty International have also written to Premier League chief executive Richard Masters warning the competition risked becoming a “patsy” if it did not raise serious questions about the takeover. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Awesome And Unusual Staircases From All Over The WorldWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared Loading… last_img read more

Dyer injury knocked us – Laudrup

first_img Laudrup hopes the long-term prognosis will offer some positive news. “You just go from playing one second to being out for you don’t know how long,” the Swansea boss added. “We will wait to see the X-ray and then in a couple of days have an MRI scan to know if it is bad or really bad. “Let’s wait and see, hoping that if it is bad, it is not too bad.” Norwich, meanwhile, will probably have felt they did enough to go on and take all three points to build on their win at West Brom last weekend. A header from defender Michael Turner hit the crossbar and then was somehow deflected over off Jordi Amat before Vorm pulled off a fine reaction save to turn away Hooper’s goalbound effort. Canaries boss Chris Hughton believes there is more to come from the former Celtic forward, signed in a £5million summer transfer. He said: “It was a fantastic and very special goal. “Gary is a finisher, technically a good striker of the ball so always gives himself a chance. “It was set-up very nicely for him by Johan Elmander, but you still have to produce that. “We conceded a poor goal and needed to get back into the game, we needed someone to produce something and thankfully Gary did.” Hughton was pleased to have seen his side move further away from trouble following a difficult opening to the campaign. “At the moment I am disappointed we did not get the win, because we know what it would have meant to the league table,” he said. “But it is so tight and there are a very large group of teams outside of that top seven or eight can beat each other, and I don’t see that changing. “We are just pleased that at this moment we are on a decent run and have been able to pick up a few points, but we have to keep that going.” Norwich have announced forward Carlton Morris, who turned 18 on Monday, has been given a two-and-half year professional contract which comes on the back of some impressive displays in the FA Youth Cup winning side last season. Dyer was carried off on a stretcher from Carrow Road just before half-time, with a “a suspected fractured ankle”, after he fell awkwardly in a challenge with Norwich defender Sebastien Bassong, having earlier put the visitors in front on 12 minutes. Gary Hooper cracked in a superb 25-yard effort to equalise during first-half stoppage-time, chesting the ball down and firing it back over the goalkeeper, and but for a fine late save from Michael Vorm would have won the match for the Canaries. Laudrup felt the loss of the energetic midfielder had a major impact on his team, which had been through a gruelling schedule following their midweek Europa League tie in Switzerland. “I think the game changed in two ways with the injury. Things like this are part of football, even though we don’t know how bad it is yet, but everybody could see it was not good when you get carried out like that,” said Laudrup, whose squad lost defender Neil Taylor for most of last season when he fractured his ankle in three places. “We are all human, the team had 10 minutes where they suffered a bit and tactically we also lost our main threat with the runs from the second line, like when he had scored the goal. “Even though it was a great goal to equalise just before half-time, then it is difficult to come back to the dressing room, even in the first 10 minutes of the second half, we suffered a bit, especially at set-pieces. “After that, the game was a lot of play in midfield, with both teams trying to get through, but not really creating that many chances. “In the end 1-1 I think at the end of a very difficult run of games, we can look at the positive things, even if it is a bit difficult with the injury today. “We have reached 20 points now and are among the last 32 in Europe for the first time ever and will see on Monday what the draw will bring us.” Swansea confirmed on their Twitter feed Dyer had been taken to hospital with “a suspected fractured ankle”. Swansea manager Brian Laudrup was in no doubt the serious ankle injury to midfielder Nathan Dyer unsettled his side as they laboured to a 1-1 draw at Norwich. Press Associationlast_img read more

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini jumps to defence of Yaya Toure

first_imgManuel Pellegrini believes Yaya Toure is being unfairly targeted by critics this season. Toure was complimentary about Aubameyang, who scored 41 goals for club and country in 2015, but felt his own contribution as the African Nations Cup-winning captain was not sufficiently recognised. He told radio station RFI: “I am very, very disappointed. It’s sad to see Africa react like this, not giving any importance to African (competitions). I think it brings shame on Africa. It is indecent. What can we do? “We, Africans, we do not show that Africa is important in our eyes. We prioritise external achievements over our own continent. It is lamentable.” Pellegrini, meanwhile, has also spoken in praise of another of his players, David Silva. The Spanish playmaker, another key performer in City’s recent success story, turned 30 on Friday. Pellegrini said: “He can be a top player for many more years now he is 30. He’s not based on force, or speed, he’s based on his style and his talent. You can get more talent and use it for your experience. “David demonstrates in every game how important a player he is. He is a different player, so technical with so many key passes during the game. “Not only for me, for Manchester City it is a gift to see him playing every week. The fans always appreciate what he does in the game so I hope he will continue the same.” The 32-year-old was lacklustre in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final first leg defeat at Everton but Pellegrini insists this was a blip. He said: “He’s not so old. I think he’s a player who is very important, an experienced player and he knows how to play every game. “Maybe to play the whole season three games a week, he is not able to do it, but I think he can play in the way he’s playing now. He can make a difference. “Every time people say we have not got the squad we need, people always look at Yaya, but remember he scored three times in the last few games. “Maybe against Everton he didn’t play very well but every player has better or worse games. You can’t talk always about it being because he’s older. Everyone can have a bad game. “Maybe it’s the image, the body language, but if you review the numbers of Yaya, each game he runs as much as every team-mate.” Pellegrini’s defence of his player comes after Toure expressed anger and frustration at missing out on the African Player of the Year award for 2015. Toure, the winner for the past four years, was beaten into second place on this occasion by Borussia Dortmund’s Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The Manchester City boss accepts the Ivory Coast midfielder may have fallen below his own high standards but is convinced he is still doing a crucial job for his team. Toure, the driving force behind two title successes, has been criticised for a lack of significant output in recent weeks and pundits and fans have suggested he could be past his best. Press Associationlast_img read more

Arsenal sign French youth striker Sanogo

first_imgArsenal have signed French youth international striker Yaya Sanogo on a long-term contract, the London club said on their website ( on Monday.Sanogo, 20, a free agent after leaving Ligue 2 team Auxerre, has represented his country at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 level and is currently with the national side in Turkey for the Under-20 World Cup.He has scored in two of their three matches in Turkey, helping France qualify for the knockout phase.Sanogo had been with Auxerre since the age of 14. He made 24 first team appearances and scored 11 goals.last_img

2014 WC: Nigerians shun Super Eagles

first_imgNigerian fans have shunned the chance to support the Super Eagles in Brazil next year, as there is no reported rush for World Cup tickets from the world’s most populous black nation, despite the certainty that the Eagles will make it to the event. FIFA put 220,000 tickets up on sale in the second phase of ticket sales from 10am on Monday, and reported that all the tickets were sold within seven hours. MajorityHowever, the body reported that the majority of the tickets were bought by Brazilians, with Americans, Australians, England and Argentina being the next four countries with highest purchase figures. The tickets were sold on a first come, first serve basis. FIFA have warned that their site,, is the only online sales platform for tickets for the 2014 World Cup.  OfferedAny ticket products being offered by other companies or on other platforms are not part of, or related to, the official ticket sales programme. The next World Cup ticket sales phase starts on the 8 of December, after the Final Draws and match schedule have been known.last_img read more

Final Four 2019: Jim Delany’s influence on basketball can’t be underscored enough

first_imgINSIDE THE MADNESS: 80 years of Final Four memoriesWe met in Indianapolis and spent 45 minutes discussing how the college game desperately needed change in the early part of this decade and how various panels of which Delany was a part helped engender the “freedom of movement” movement.“It’s supposed to be a game of skill, not of brute force,” Delany told Sporting News. “We have the rules, let’s just get a common way of enforcing them. And why? Because we don’t want the points to go from an average of 89 to 79 to 69 to 59 to 49! We’re in the business of having an appealing product. But we’re trying to make the adjustments without disenfranchising anybody.”For Delany, basketball has been a lifelong passion. His father, Frank, was a high school coach who excelled as a player during his college days at Seton Hall. Jim’s brother, also named Frank, was a Division I player at Niagara. Jim played at St. Benedict’s Academy in New Jersey and was recruited by Dean Smith to play at North Carolina. There, he played freshman ball for Hall of Famer Larry Brown and then was part of two Final Four teams under Smith — also a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.When Jim was playing for the Tar Heels in the late 1960s, an average team scored about 75.5 points per game, which was a significant increase over the 53.3 when the NCAA first began charting scoring during the 1947-48 season. Scoring peaked in the early ’70s, when the record of 77.7 points was achieved in 1970-71 and 1971-72. It was back up in the high 70s around 1991. And then it gradually began to dwindle, gradually bleeding until it was down 67.5 points in 2012-13. That was the lowest scoring average since 1951-52.“If we kept that pace, we’d have had 50 points a game in 2030,” Delany told SN.Something had to be done, or the game eventually might have devolved toward the return of the two-hand set shot.“The game was being bogged down,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, who has been part of process from the beginning, told SN. “I felt like the game was being taught where fouling was being taught. It was sort of the idea of bumping cutters and grabbing and clutching and all that stuff. Fouling was a defensive strategy because it wasn’t being called right.“Delany’s impact on college basketball in this decade has been publicly subtle but privately enormous. His concern and that of others involved in the game about the rapidly eroding effectiveness of college offenses helped led to the creation of the Men’s College Basketball Officiating LLC, formed in 2010 and designed to assist in improvement of officiating quality and standardizing the application of playing rules.MORE: DeCourcy ranks 32 years of NCAA Tournament gamesIt was a challenge to direct college officials toward a more standard application of the rules because they are independent contractors hired not by the NCAA, but each of the 32 Division I conferences. Trying to get all those leagues to follow the same directives was one of the biggest challenges.That officiating body eventually grew into the NCAA men’s basketball competition committee, which was launched in 2016. The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee has been around forever, comprising primarily coaches and some administrators. Coaches tend to favor rules that work with their philosophies and preferences. The competition committee, modeled after similar bodies in the NFL and other leagues, takes a broader approach using data and video to examine what problems exist and what solutions are available.“The first thing we did was we went back and looked at the tape from games in the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s and on into today,” Bilas told SN. “And it was remarkable, the evolution of the game. I think that was an important step to get everybody to realize that when folks talk about how physical the game used to be, it was only physical because people fouled hard and got into fights. It wasn’t physical with regards to how closely teams were guard and bumping cutters and all that stuff. That just wasn’t true.”The men’s basketball rules committee and the LLC made an effort to clean up the excess physical contact from the game in 2013-14, ordering officials to properly enforce rule 10-1-4, which specifies the conduct that should be considered a personal foul, and rewriting the rule on charge/block situations to require that the defender be in legal guarding position before the offensive player gathered into his move to shoot.Statistically, it produced an increase in scoring, to 71.4 points per game. But most of those gains were early in the season and officials stubbornly reverted to old habits by the end of the year, with not enough effort by conference officiating coordinators to keep them enforcing the rules as demanded. In the three games at the 2014 Final Four, four of the six team scoring totals did not reach 65 points.One year later, after scoring declined again to 67.74 points, the rules committee adopted the 30-second clock for NCAA basketball and launched another “freedom of movement” initiative. This one has stuck. Scoring increased to 73.73 in 2016-17, to 73.77 last season and is off only slightly this year at 72.71.“One of the things I heard in the room over the years: What do we want our game to look like? And I don’t mean next week; I mean five years from now,” NCAA coordinator of officials J.D. Collins told Sporting News. “There was a sense that we’d been on a downward path of scoring for 25 years, and at some point, that’s bad for our game. What do we need to do to change that?“It was a big task trying to make hat work. But we knew this can’t be a one-month project. It’s going to be five years. People would be sick of hearing me say, ‘We need to call these fouls.’”Bilas said Delany’s impact on the improvement of the game has been profound. “He may be the smartest administrator I’ve ever met,” Bilas told SN. “And he’s also a fabulous basketball mind.“We’ve got a great group of people in the college game, the college space. But there is a mentality if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And somehow we are special, and we know better.“This was very much a consensus-building thing. And look, there were a lot of different people on this committee — some of them coaches, some administrators — who felt like a 30-second clock would lead to a lot of bad shots. And I didn’t feel that. So we discussed it. We looked at data, we brought in data from FIBA, from the women’s game. Everything we’ve attacked, we’ve attacked from data first and then been deliberate in going about it.”MORE: Greatest moments in NCAA Tournament historyIn the three Final Fours since the shot-clock cycle was changed to 30 seconds and freedom of movement became the standard for how NCAA basketball was supposed to operate, teams in the national semis and final have averaged 71.1 points. Eight of the 18 team scoring totals were 75 points or greater.In this decade’s first six Final Fours, the average score for a participating team was 63.2 points, and only four of 36 team scoring totals hit or surpassed the 75-point mark.NCAA vice president of basketball Danny Gavitt told SN that having the competition committee working within the NCAA structure has helped make the changes stick. When it was revealed a month ago Jim Delany would be stepping away in 2020 from his position as Big Ten Conference commissioner after 31 years, the discussion regarding what would be his legacy in college sports primarily involved the creation of the Big Ten Network, the expansion of his league to new markets in the East and his involvement — love it or leave it — in college football’s controversial postseason structure.When I asked him that day on the telephone to talk instead about his impact on the changing nature of college basketball, he declined — enthusiastically — because he preferred to have an extended conversation on the topic and asked if I’d sit down with him the following week. “It was as much Jim’s idea as anything, that it be inclusive of several different constituents in the game, and not coach-dominated like the rules committee has been over the years,” Gavitt said. “They carry a big stick — with all good intent. I think it’s worked pretty well. They have been able to get things done, and I’m confident will be able to get things done for the benefit of the game in the future.”Delany has been very much opposed to anyone describing his departure from the Big Ten as “retirement.” He intends to perhaps do some consulting, perhaps do some teaching. It seems certain he will take an active role in assuring the game he loves remains healthy and vibrant.“It’s a really not a matter of the mind,” Delany said, “as much as a matter of the heart.”last_img read more

Gun-toting St. Louis Lawyer Surprised: ‘They Took My AR’

first_imgHusband and wife attorneys in St. Louis who pointed firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters because they feared for their lives had a rifle seized from their home by the city prosecutor who executed a search and seizure warrant on Friday.  Their other gun was surrendered to police on Saturday.Personal injury attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey went viral in late June after being caught on video holding what appears to be an AR-15 style rifle and an extremely small pistol, respectively as protesters breached their gated community and shouted threats.Mark McCloskey said the “mob” was threatening and committing acts of “terrorism” and “social intimidation.” He said they smashed down the gate to the private gated community and were trespassing.  He added that he got a death threat that night.“One fellow standing right in front of me pulled out two pistol magazines, clicked them together and said you’re next. That was the first death threat we got that night,” McCloskey said.The rifle is now in the possession of city authorities.“We complied with the search warrant. They took my AR,” Mark McCloskey said on Friday. “I’m absolutely surprised by this.”City of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner “sought weapons held by Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey during June 28, 2020 in defense of themselves and their home at time of the march,” according to the couple’s former attorney Albert Watkins who has been replaced.Watkins turned over the handgun brandished by the wife to St. Louis detectives on Saturday after conferring with his former clients and their new attorney Joel Schwartz.The couple and their attorneys have attempted to develop something of a defense in the media, seemingly in anticipation of criminal charges.According to Watkins, Mark McCloskey had the rifle’s safety engaged at all times and claimed that he never had his finger on the trigger.  Also, that Patricia McCloskey’s gun was never “operable” during the incident and was still not capable of firing.As Law&Crime previously reported, according to Missouri criminal law, a person “commits the offense of unlawful use of weapons” if they exhibit “in the presence of one or more persons, any weapon readily capable of lethal use in an angry or threatening manner.”The defense strategy appears to be an attempt to dispute that the McCloskey’s weapons were “readily capable of lethal use” at the time they were used to menace protesters by claiming that the guns could not have hurt anyone for the various reasons noted above.But the law doesn’t appear to make such distinctions.Under case law on point here, which was recently relied upon by the Missouri Supreme Court, the state does not have to actually prove that a weapon was even loaded during a criminal incident in order to satisfy the “readily capable of lethal use” language in the statute.During that case, State v. Lutjen, a defendant argued that the Show Me State’s criminal code “intends to impose upon the prosecution the proof of a loaded firearm in order to sustain conviction of the offense under § 571.030.” An appeals court ruled that was not so.The decision explains its rationale, in relevant part:That is because:“To hold that it is incumbent upon the state to prove affirmatively that a pistol…which is exhibited in a rude, angry, and threatening manner, is loaded, as a condition precedent to a conviction, would be practically to render the statute unenforceable. This is not only the view which this court has already taken [citations], but it is the view held in all other jurisdictions…”The [Missouri Jury Instructions and Charges] definition of readily capable of lethal use to mean readily capable of causing death does not impede our conclusion that a loaded gun need not be proven. Common equivalents of the word readily are easily or speedily. A gun is easily transformed into a lethal weapon by the insertion of bullets. The statute does not contemplate that the gun be already lethal [loaded], but only that the weapon can readily become lethal [by loading].In other words, since longstanding Missouri precedent has held that guns don’t even have to be loaded to count under the relevant statute, the public defense being telegraphed by the couple’s lawyers may not fare well.And criminal charges hardly seem academic here.The McCluskey’s attorneys said that any such charges would be “absolutely, positively unmerited.” but appeared to be prepared for them.“A search warrant being executed is clear indication of what the circuit attorney’s intentions are,” he told the Associated Press. “Beyond that, I can’t comment.”Any filings in the controversy are currently sealed, Gardner said, for safety purposes because of “serious threats” received by her office due to the gun confiscations.Watkins previously appeared on Fox News alongside Mark McCloskey. Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked if Watkins thought there was a risk that his clients would be charged. Watkins said that there was a chance because Gardner is a “political animal.”last_img read more