COVID-19 spreads among Indonesian government officials

first_imgAmir died the following day at around 8:15 a.m. He was 60.The State Palace announced on March 14 that Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi had tested positive for COVID-19. He was the first Indonesian official to be diagnosed with the contagious respiratory disease.Budi, who has long struggled with asthma, was directly involved in the evacuation process of 238 Indonesians from the epicenter of the virus outbreak in Wuhan, China, as well as 257 Indonesians from the virus-stricken World Dream and Diamond Princess cruise ships.The minister’s health is reportedly improving as he undergoes medical treatment at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Jakarta.  “He’s getting better every day,” Transportation Ministry spokesperson Adita Irawati said recently, confirming that Budi was in stable condition.Before being hospitalized, Budi attended a cabinet meeting led by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on March 11. After the announcement that Budi had tested positive, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his Cabinet were also tested for the disease. Jokowi announced earlier this week that he and his wife, First Lady Iriana, had tested negative. The test results of the other ministers have yet to be announced.Adita announced on Tuesday that another high-ranking official at the Transportation Ministry had also been diagnosed with the new coronavirus.”The Transportation Ministry’s railway director general, Zulfikri, has been tested positive for COVID-19. He’s now in good condition and undergoing self-quarantine [at home].”Zulfikri and other officials at the ministry were given swab tests on March 18.The director general separately confirmed that he was self-isolating at home. Before taking the test, he had undergone treatment at Eka Hospital in South Tangerang, Banten, from March 9 to 13. He was initially diagnosed with pneumonia. “I encourage those who had physical contact with me recently [and] show symptoms of COVID-19 to immediately undergo a medical checkup to break the transmission chain,” Zulfikri said Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil announced that Karawang Regent Cellica Nurrachadiana had COVID-19. Three top officials from the province have now tested positive. The other two are Bogor Mayor Bima Arya and Bandung Deputy Mayor Yana Mulyana. Read also: Greater Jakarta failing as floodgate to nationwide COVID-19 epidemicBima took a swab test on March 17 after returning from a work-related trip to Turkey the previous day. Prior to the trip, he reportedly attended a seminar in Bogor, which has been scrutinized following reports that four participants had tested positive for COVID-19. Two have died at Moewardi Regional Hospital in Surakarta, Central Java. Yana, meanwhile, attended an event held by the Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Association in Karawang on March 9-10 prior to showing symptoms, including fever, dry cough and shortness of breath.West Java was among the worst-hit areas in Indonesia. It reported 60 confirmed cases on Tuesday, with 10 deaths. Jakarta topped the list with 424 positive cases and 31 deaths, followed by Banten with 65 cases and 4 deathsAs of Tuesday, Indonesia has reported 686 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 55 deaths. Topics : At least five high-ranking central and regional government officials have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Tuesday.Meanwhile, two others who had yet to be tested died on Monday after reportedly showing symptoms of the disease: the Industry Ministry’s metal, machinery, transportation equipment and electronic industry (ILMATE) director general, Harjanto, and the ministry’s expert staff member, Amir Sambodo. Harjanto died at Medistra Hospital in Jakarta on Monday at around 9:30 p.m. The 58-year old suffered from shortness of breath prior to the death,  Industry Ministry spokesperson Krisna Sulistyani said Tuesday as reported by last_img read more

UPDATE: No one injured in morning blaze in Napoleon

first_imgCrews on the scene of the fire on W. Main St. in Napoleon Tuesday. (Image: Delbert Felix)Update (11:22 a.m.)Nobody was injured in a residential fire in Napoleon early Tuesday. Fire crews were paged out shortly before 1 a.m. and remained on the scene for several hours.Napoleon Assistant Fire Chief Ron Reynolds Jr. said the electrical fire was sparked by overloaded space heaters.There is some damage to the home but it is not considered a total loss.Fire crews were assisted on the scene by Rescue 69 and the local chapter of the Red Cross.   First Report (6:50 a.m.)NAPOLEON, Ind. – Firefighters were on the scene of a house fire in the 3700 block of W. Main Street in Napoleon early Tuesday morning.Napoleon, Osgood, Batesville, and Versailles crews were reportedly on the scene along with Rescue 69 shortly after 1 a.m.No word on any injuries.We will release additional details if or when we receive them.last_img read more

Olson scores first Marshalltown win

first_imgKyle Olson captured the Friday night Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers at Marshalltown Speedway. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography) By Joyce Eisele Another first time win at Marshalltown came in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature as Shawn Ritter led the 18-lap event from flag to flag. Ritter weathered several cautions during the race but was never seriously threatened. Steve Meyer, who won the season opener, made great headway to finish as runner-up after starting 14th.  MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 3) – Kyle Olson made his first visit to Marshalltown Speedway’s victory lane on Cliff Chambers Memorial Friday night. From there on he remained as captain of the ship, capturing his first win ever at the speedway.  Brayton Carter had a good showing as he finished as the runner-up after starting back in 16th. The Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods ran 18 laps and in the end it was Olson weathering the yellow flags to take home the win.  Olson started sixth but had command of the race by the time lap three was scored. center_img After a restart for a caution at lap four, Rust took off like a rocket and sailed to the top spot by the time lap five was in the books.  From there on, Rust ran away and hid from his competition, and flew under the checkers to take the win. Tim Ward took the runner-up position, getting around Gustin on the final lap. The IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock main event went flag to flag with David Rieks leading all but that opening lap on his way to victory. Rieks pulled away as the race wound down, leaving Shannon Anderson to finish a distant runner-up.  The IMCA Late Models opened up their season at the speedway for 2019 and in their 20-lap main event it was Justin Kay taking all the marbles. Kay jumped to the immediate lead and led all 20  laps to take the easy victory going away. The most interesting battle of the race was between Joel Callahan and Todd Cooney as they fought tooth and nail for position.  It was Callahan winning the fight to take second place over Cooney in third. The evening ended with the 20-lap IMCA Modified feature. Ronn Lauritzen started on the outside of the front row and shot to the lead when the race went green. He soon had Jimmy Gustin hot on his tail and Joel Rust was coming fast.last_img read more

Ireland fall short of history

first_img Press Association Having won the first match with a six-wicket victory on Wednesday, Ireland looked on course for a record-breaking triumph when they limited the reigning World T20 champions to 96 for nine at Sabina Park. Seamer Alex Cusack claimed superb figures of four for 11 – including a rare maiden over in this format – as six Windies batsmen got into double figures but none of whom managed to get into the 20s. However, with history within their sights, Ireland could not get over the finishing line, making only 85 for eight in reply as the Windies bowlers held their nerve in a nail-biting run chase to secure an 11-run win and tie the two-match series 1-1. Ireland never recovered after slumping to 29 for five with captain William Porterfield, Ed Joyce and the big-hitting Kevin O’Brien among those out. Wicketkeeper Gary Wilson gave Ireland a glimmer of hope with 35 off 39 balls to edge his side closer to their target, but when he was the seventh wicket to fall in the 18th over, caught and bowled by Dwayne Bravo, the tourists’ bid was all but over. Captain Darren Sammy took three for 22 for the hosts while Krishmar Santokie, Samuel Badree and Sunil Narine all bowled miserly spells to save the Windies from embarrassment. That did not look like being the case earlier in the evening as they failed to reach three figures after being send into bat, with Andre Fletcher top-scoring with only 19. center_img Ireland were denied an historic first series victory over full member opposition after falling short when chasing just 97 to win the second Twenty20 international against the West Indies in Jamaica.last_img read more

England must drop James Anderson or Broad to win 2nd Test: Kevin Pietersen

first_imgCape Town: Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen strongly feels that either of veteran pacers James Anderson or Stuart Broad has to be dropped if England wants to win the second Test at Newlands starting Friday.“England HAVE TO drop either Broad or Anderson for Newlands & play another batter if they want to win…!” Pietersen said in a tweet.On Tuesday, England coach Chris Silverwood hinted that either Anderson or Broad might be dropped for the second rubber to make room for a spinner. A 107-run defeat in the series-opening Boxing Day Test in Centurion has once again spelled out England’s red-ball troubles.Adding to their woes, an illness bout within the squad that laid low 10 people at various times has only compounded matters, with Dominic Sibley the latest to join the long list of players to have been afflicted.Spinner Jack Leach has now regained fitness and the coach said they are willing to take a hard call if need be. In the first Test, England went for an all pace attack.“In Jimmy (Anderson) and Stuart (Broad), we have a wealth of experience and we’d be really stupid not to take that into consideration every game,” Silverwood was quoted as saying by the ICC. “But, equally, you want your youngsters to come through, and if we’re going to make room for a spinner, we’ve got to have a look at which seamers are right for this pitch. If there’s a big decision, we’re not afraid to make it.” (IANS)Also Read: Jack Leach is becoming a Laughing Stock: Kevin Pietersen Also Watch: Anti-CAA protests: Tinsukia District Congress demands release of party workerlast_img read more

Ammerman sisters keeping each other in check

first_imgFreshman Brittany Ammerman has already had a huge impact on the Badger offense with four goals and three assists in four games.[/media-credit]Siblings are notorious for being competitive with each other in basically everything. But not the Ammerman sisters.Now in her third season, junior Brooke Ammerman has proven to be a huge asset to the Wisconsin women’s hockey team. Freshman forward Brittany Ammerman is suiting up in cardinal and white alongside her sister, showing talent on the ice runs in the family.Last year Brooke led the team with 38 points and 20 goals and carried a target on her back all season. This year she’s starting out almost where she left off, with four points through four games. But little sister Brittany may be stealing her thunder with four goals and seven points on the season already.While Brooke may not be the Ammerman scoring the goals right now, she’s still proud of her little sister and is having fun with the experience.“It’s really fun,” Brooke said. “I’m really happy that she’s doing well and got those goals out of the way so the pressure is off. It’s really fun to play together. We’ve only played together once before. It’s easy to find each other, it’s easy to talk to each other. We’re sisters so we don’t take anything personally, so it’s really fun that way.”These sisters may be on the same team now, but growing up they didn’t have the opportunity. They both fell in love with hockey and discovered their talent for the sport, but they didn’t want to compare themselves to each other so they made a pact.“We got pretty good at hockey when we were younger and we made a pact that we wouldn’t compare each other and our family understood that,” Brooke said. “It made it easier for us to play with each other. It’s been pretty fun. It’s always joking. I’m really happy she was able to get those goals and have a great start to her freshman year and her career her.”There’s no denying it, both of the Ammermans have impressive resumes.In Brooke’s freshman year Wisconsin claimed its third national title in four years. Brooke put up 54 points with 27 goals that year, opening the door for what is already an impressive college career.Head coach Mark Johnson noted their achievements and how impressive the sisters are.“When they were growing up and up until they came here they were good players,” Johnson said of the sisters. “They were able to score goals and score at different levels. Brooke came in her freshman year and obviously showcased that she can put the puck in the net. If you ask her last year probably wasn’t a great year but she still ended up with 20 goals.”Brittany played with the 2009 U18 World Champion Team USA where she scored the first goal of the gold medal game. Not only does she have a knack for putting the puck in the net, she grew up surrounded by hockey.“This year Brittany came in with a similar resume,” Johnson said. “When she played for me in the under-18 tournament she scored goals. She’s showing right now in the early part of the season that she can get the puck in the net. If you have that disease as a player it’s a pretty good one to have.”With impressive resumes in tow, the sisters hope to find themselves and their team fighting for a national title.But Brittany feels like she wouldn’t have had so much success in her career so far if it weren’t for her older sister leading the way.“I think it’s great. I mean I couldn’t have done it without her because I’ve learned so much from her and have been able to watch her and play with her,” Brittany said. “We’re competitive on the ice when we go out against each other and work together, but we don’t compare each other ever.”This isn’t Johnson’s first time coaching sisters. While he has yet to meet Alev and Derya Kelter he coached Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux on the Olympic team last year.Johnson believes having a sibling in the same sport is helpful and makes things more competitive, and that pushes them and only helps make them better.“I think it’s helpful in regards if you have a sister playing or a twin sister playing because then you have somebody to hang out with, somebody that can push you, somebody that you can go to the rink with, somebody you can do off ice conditioning with,” Johnson said. “It probably makes it easier to have a sibling that’s close that likes what you like to do so you can push one another.”last_img read more

Roberson struggles in 1st career start, draws criticism from Boeheim

first_imgJim Boeheim has said it all along — Tyler Roberson isn’t ready to play big minutes for Syracuse.The freshman was forced into 23 minutes of action on Tuesday with Jerami Grant injured and managed just two points, three rebounds and one block.“He’s not ready to play,” Boeheim said after the Orange’s 67-62 loss to Georgia Tech (14-16, 5-12 Atlantic Coast). “The reason he didn’t play is because he’s not ready. He doesn’t know the defense, he doesn’t know the offense.”The forward made his first start for No. 7 SU (26-4, 13-4) after playing only 50 total minutes during the first 16 Atlantic Coast Conference games.Roberson came to Syracuse as the No. 55 recruit in the country, but has been stuck behind Grant, C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas and, to an extent, Michael Gbinije in the rotation of forwards.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Grant injured, fans have recently started clamoring to see expanded minutes for Roberson and some have argued that he should’ve gotten more minutes all season. Boeheim dispelled that notion with blunt criticism of Roberson after the game.“He cannot help us right now. That’s why he didn’t play,” Boeheim said. “If anybody can help us, they’re going to play. He just cannot help us. He hurts us on defense and he’s not ready to help us out offensively. “Mike’s a better option. He better knows what we’re doing.”Until Grant returns, though, the Orange is out of options. Even if Roberson doesn’t start again, he’ll have to get some minutes since Gbinije is also the team’s backup guard. And Baye Moussa Keita, one of SU’s other starting options, was just as inept as Roberson on Tuesday, scoring just one point, grabbing three rebounds and committing four fouls in 16 minutes of action.The biggest issue, though, is that their expanded roles coincided with one of Syracuse’s worst defensive outings of the season.“Gbinije and Roberson, they’re not as experienced and comfortable as Jerami,” Fair said. “He knows that position in-and-out and they’re just new to it. It’s hard for Gbinije and Tyler to play at the level Jerami did.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 5, 2014 at 12:43 am Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Bright future for USC might be knocked out

first_imgA new decade means new beginnings, and for the USC men’s basketball program, it could only signal a change from the bitter, not too distant past.Following the resignation of former coach Tim Floyd in 2009, the USC basketball team was in shambles.Former guard O.J. Mayo was found to have received improper benefits and the university decided to self-impose sanctions on a basketball program already trying to cope with the loss of starters DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett, who declared for the NBA Draft.Not only did USC lose these three players, but eight recruits decided to bolt for a better situation than the one they originally had signed up for.The aforementioned sounds like the perfect recipe for a disaster, and that’s surely where it seemed like the Trojans basketball program was headed.Enter Kevin O’Neill (aka K.O.).“We’re thrilled to have Kevin O’Neill as our men’s basketball coach,” former athletic director Mike Garrett said in a release at the time of the hire. “Kevin is the consummate coach. He knows his Xs and Os, he’s an excellent recruiter and he is very in tune with the academic side of a player’s collegiate experience.”Though Garrett might have seen it a bit differently, O’Neill had often been known more for his maniacal character and his constant barrage of four-letter bombs than his coaching resume.But coming to USC, he had one job to do, and one job only.Don’t bleep this one up.For a program reeling from sanctions, the loss of NBA-eligible players and lost recruits, a .500 season in his first year at the helm would have been considered a success.With no pressure to fulfill any sort of expectations, O’Neill exceeded my wildest dreams, leading USC to a 16-14 record.And had it not been for a five-game losing streak to end the year, the Trojans would have been in the thick of the Pac-10 regular season title race.Talk about tempering expectations, but O’Neill also gave the Trojan faithful a glimmer of hope for a brighter future.Then, it was déjà vu all over again.Forward Leonard Washington was dismissed from the team right after the 2009-2010 season ended, and reports mentioned he and K.O. weren’t exactly buddy-buddy.A few months later, Washington announced his decision to transfer.Next up: Freshman center Davis Rozitis.Though Rozitis was a big work in progress, the 7-foot reserve’s intent to transfer wasn’t exactly clear-cut.But given the track record O’Neill has compiled over the years, it’s not a far-fetched idea to examine and see that he is well-known for more than just his crazy style of coaching, but also player turnover.Even at Arizona, it was well documented that he didn’t exactly see eye-to-eye with former Wildcats and current NBA players Jerryd Bayless and Chase Budinger.One player who spoke anonymously went as far as to label him bipolar.“He’s a great guy off the court, but he’s bipolar or something,” the player said. “On the court, he’s a madman.”Now with the news that freshman guard Bryce Jones is set to transfer, this can only mean one thing for the USC basketball program: Trouble.Jones’ transfer implies playing time was an issue, and it’s no wonder, since his minutes gradually decreased ever since receiving a technical foul against Lehigh.An already tight rotation shrinks from eight to seven, and that becomes an issue when your starting guards and forwards already average nearly 35 minutes per contest.I hate to say it, but before spring break, this current roster will be run into the ground, which is similar to what happened during O’Neill’s coaching stint in Arizona.But though the health of the players might seem like a big deal, a bigger impact might be felt on the recruiting trail.O’Neill managed to bring in a 2010 recruiting class that featured an ESPNU 100 player in Jones, along with freshmen forwards Garrett Jackson and Curtis Washington, who both ranked in the top 100 at their positions.Now we have one recruit gone, and two left sitting snug on the bench.For next year, K.O. nabbed forward Byron Wesley, who is the 43rd ranked player at his position, and for the 2012 class, three ESPNU Super 60 players are considering USC.That’s some top-notch talent, but who wants to play for a coach who doesn’t utilize that talent, and doesn’t have a good relationship history with his players?Not me — I’d rather take my talents to South Beach.A season that looked so promising after a convincing victory against crosstown rival UCLA has now made a 180-degree turn in just a week and a half.Two very disappointing losses at Oregon and Oregon State, combined with the news of Jones’ transfer surely isn’t helping.Kevin O’Neill, you came in and steered a program in the right direction.You put USC basketball back on the map in Los Angeles, reminding everybody we can compete on the hardwood too.And you recruited enough talent to make the future look bright.Now, my advice to you is simple:Don’t bleep this one up. “In The Zone” runs Thursdays. 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Mexican GP: Vettel Takes Pole, Hamilton Third

first_imgHamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas topped the first part of qualifying but the presence of Vettel and Verstappen just 0.1secs behind them, despite using one grade harder tyres, suggested it would be difficult to stay there, and so it proved.Hamilton said: “I gave it everything I could. The last lap could have been a couple of tenths quicker but I wouldn’t have been able to match those times [of the leading two]. We are still in for the win and I am hoping I get to have at least a battle with one of them.”Verstappen was under investigation by the race stewards for potentially impeding Bottas’ first lap in the final session in the stadium section, but after studying the incident, the stewards ruled Verstappen had not impeded Bottas.Verstappen said: “Which incident? I was on the inside and he was doing his line and so there is no incident.”Vettel claimed his 50th career pole and afterwards said: “We have to maximise every session. Today is really important and tomorrow [Sunday] we [will] see. It is not as much in my control as I would like it to be. We go all out and attack.“We deserve a good result. Ferrari deserves a good result. So we see what we can do tomorrow.”PREMIERSHIP RESULTS & FIXTURESMan United 1 – 0 TottenhamArsenal 2 – 1 SwanseaCrystal Palace 2 – 2 West HamLiverpool 3 – 0 HuddersfieldWatford 0 – 1 StokeWest Brom 2 – 3 Man CityBournemouth 0 – 1 ChelseaBrighton vs Southampton 2:30pmLeicester vs Everton 5pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel stole pole position for the Mexican Grand Prix from Red Bull’s Max Verstappen as Lewis Hamilton lines up third. Verstappen was quickest after the first runs of the last part of qualifying by a quarter of a second, but a superb effort by Vettel put him on top. He pipped the Dutchman by 0.086secs, saying on the radio: “What a lap.”Hamilton, who needs only to finish fifth in today’s race to be sure of the title, was 0.446secs off pole.last_img read more