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Singapore has donated safety equipment and ventilators to Batam hospitals in Riau Islands province to help treat COVID-19 patients. Singaporean Consul General in Batam Mark Low handed over 50 hazmat suits and two ventilators to Batam Mayor Muhammad Rudi on Friday as the city braces for a surge of infections.While Singapore has established a protocol and heightened border surveillance to prevent the further spread of the disease, Indonesia has only started testing suspected patience and taking measures to minimize close contact between people. “We appreciate the help from the Singapore government. Batam and Singapore have enjoyed a long relationship,” Rudi said at the consulate general office in Batam, which is a mere 70-minute ferry ride from the city-state.Singapore has mandated quick tests for travelers who arrive at the country’s air, land and water ports with symptoms, as reported by The Straits Times. They must undergo the test even if they do not meet the clinical definition of being a suspected case. The two countries were recently involved in a dispute over Indonesians who tested positive for COVID-19 in Singapore. Jakarta accused its neighbor of withholding information about the patient, while the latter insisted in had passed on all the pertinent details to Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry.Rudi said Singapore was more advanced in its response to the pandemic, while Indonesia had just started plan to construct a hospital exclusively for COVID-19 patients on Galang Island, also located in Riau Islands province. Low urged the public to remain on alert as the pandemic seemed to be far from over.“Life is normal but [people] should be careful and follow instructions from governments,” he said.Topics :
Mass Idul Fitri prayers, such as those in mosques or public squares, are currently prohibited by public health laws, Coordinating Legal, Political and Human Rights Minister Mahfud MD said on Tuesday.Mahfud said that all mass religious activities, including congregational prayers, were banned for the time being under the Health Ministry’s regulation on large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) and the 2018 Health Quarantine Law.“The government strongly asks that [the public] does not violate these provisions,” Mahfud said after a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. “The government requests and invites religious leaders, organizations and traditional community leaders to convince the community that mass congregational prayers are prohibited by law, not because of the prayer itself but because it is part of the effort to avoid disaster,” he added.Mahfud said that the country’s largest mass religious organizations, namely the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Nadhlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, were encouraging Muslims to pray at home during the COVID-19 outbreak.The MUI, chaired by Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, has issued several fatwas on Islamic prayer during the COVID-19 outbreak, including one on how to perform Idul Fitri prayers at home issued on May 13.Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said that while the government had initially only advised against mass Idul Fitri prayers, its level of enforcement had changed because the country was still seeing a virus reproduction rate (R0) of 1.11.Fachrul added that, according to a prediction by the National Intelligence Agency, congregational Idul Fitri prayers would cause COVID-19 transmission to spike.“So we took out the word ‘advice’, just like the Coordinating Legal, Political and Human Rights Minister. We should follow the laws and regulations,” he said.As of Tuesday, Indonesia had recorded 18,496 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 1,221 deaths.Topics :
Cardiff have confirmed their captain Mark Hudson has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the club until the summer of 2015. “It’s a relief to have done this so early on in the summer so that we can focus purely on the football now in the build up to the season’s kick off.” Mackay said: “I’m delighted that Mark has committed his future to Cardiff City football club. “He is the ultimate professional, an inspirational leader of men and a pleasure to work with on a day to day basis. “It was no surprise to see Mark voted as the supporters’ club’s player of the season earlier this summer, nor that he was voted as part of the PFA’s Championship team of the year. “To secure our captain on a longer-term deal this summer was on our list of priorities and I’m sure he will have the same impact for us in the Barclays Premier League as he did in captaining the players to promotion last season.” Hudson made his 150th Cardiff appearance last term and has scored 11 goals for them. Centre-back Hudson was voted the Welsh outfit’s player of the year by their supporters last season, a campaign in which Malkay Mackay’s side secured promotion to the Barclays Premier League by winning the Championship title. The Guildford-born 31-year-old, who joined from Charlton in 2009, told www.cardiffcityfc.co.uk: “I’m thrilled to have secured my future with Cardiff City and that the thought of my contract is no longer in the back of my mind. Press Association
Press Association Denis O’Regan’s decision to make the journey back to Ireland was fully vindicated when he produced Living Next Door with a typically patient ride to win the hugely valuable Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown. The eight-year-old put in a massive leap and the 20-1 chance saw off his rival by a length and a quarter, with Vics Canvas running a fine race in third and The Job Is Right fourth in a thrilling finish. Martin said: “These are the sort of races you like winning. You target them, and it’s wonderful that it’s worked out. “Every fence he made ground and O’Regan gave him the ride of the year as far as I’m concerned. “He lacks a bit of oxygen after his races. It’s happened before and we just need to get him away (from the parade ring) quickly. He’ll be all right. “We’ll have a think about where we go next, but he won’t be going anywhere for at least a month anyway.” A close fifth in the four-miler at Cheltenham in March, Tony Martin’s charge had shown little in two runs this season but bounced right back to his best under his confident jockey, who had earlier won on the yard’s Blair Perrone. Top-weight Foxrock, sent off the 7-2 favourite, made a bold bid under Adrian Heskin and had everything else in trouble approaching the final fence, but O’Regan had stalked him into the straight going particularly well.
“We’ve a good relationship with Ryan and we always have. We used Ryan more last year than we did the year before and hopefully it will be that way again this year – we’ll use him more this year than we did last year,” O’Brien told At The Races. “We’re delighted Ryan is there and he is riding for us.” O’Brien junior, meanwhile, is set to return to Flat racing at Dundalk on Wednesday, but his father is unsure how long he can go on battling his weight. He said: “Obviously nine stone has been a problem for the last two seasons and last year it was a big problem. This year he’s heavier than he was this time last year. “He’ll go gently and we’ll see what will happen. There’s no doubt he’ll come back down to the Flat gently and how far down he’ll go, we’ll wait and see. The Guineas is only just over a month away, so we’ll play it by ear for the moment. “It’s fun and enjoyment for Joseph (riding over jumps) and he loves doing it. I suppose it was me that was keeping him away all the time really. ” O’Brien jnr finished down the field on his first appearance over jumps at Limerick on the JP McManus-owned Egyptian Warrior in the Family Fun Day Rated Novice Hurdle. His mount jumped neatly and travelled well for a long way, but was a well-beaten fifth. On returning, the jockey said: “It was different, but I enjoyed it. He popped away although the ground was a bit slow for him. The multiple champion trainer revealed on Friday his son Joseph was “a little heavy” to resume Flat racing duties at the start of the season and as a result, Moore jetted back from Dubai to ride for O’Brien at the Curragh on Sunday. While the Ballydoyle handler confirmed Joseph will return to ride on the level, after having his first ride over jumps on Sunday’s card at Limerick, he admits his weight is becoming an increasingly difficult problem and Moore looks set to be used on a more regular basis. Aidan O’Brien has confirmed Ryan Moore will ride more for Ballydoyle this year than he has in previous seasons. Press Association “I’ll be back at Dundalk on Wednesday and af ter that I might ride over jumps whenever we have a few runners. I will be back riding again on the Flat.” He then left for the Curragh to ride some of the Ballydoyle top-notchers in their work after racing, including 2000 Guineas favourite Gleneagles. The race itself was a thriller as long-time leader Velocity Boy seemed to have it in the bag when the challenging Baie Des Iles fell two out, but tied up dramatically on the run-in and was caught by Rogue Trader in a dead-heat finish.
THE Ministry of Education is proposing to up the ante in terms of budgetary allocation for sport in schoolsSpeaking to the media, Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine says that his ministry is likely to increase the allocation to schools for their various sport programmes.“Sports is really key to our programme; we really would like to ensure that the programmes in the schools are working because of all the things they can do for us in the country,” Dr Roopnaraine told reporters.He continued, “It’s not emphasised enough that sports is an area where we can deal with our deeply rooted division and problems within the society and I’m really very much in favour of intensifying our work in sport in the schools and outside the schools.”Roopnaraine said that they will be no deviation from what applies in terms of budgetary allocation for sports being separate and aside from the education but believes sport should be provided for adequately.“We don’t need sporadic activity, we need continuous activity, we need sustainable activity and we have to ensure consistency in whatever it is we do. Sport will probably be within education, I have not seen any contrary proposals in relation to that but you have to ensure within education you give sports what it needs,” the minister added.The national budget for 2017 is expected to be read in December of this year.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Experienced umpire Patrick Gustard has been chosen to participate in the umpire’s exchange programme between the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).The 45-year-old will stand in matches in the English Country Championship this month and next month, during a two-week stint. Earlier this year, umpire Graham Lloyd of England stood in matches in the WICB Regional Four-day Championship.“The exchange programme is an important step in the umpires’ development pathway at the WICB. We see it as a vital part of the process as our regional umpires look to broaden their on-field experience in foreign conditions, as well as gain an appreciation for the cultural differences, which exist among the playing nations,” said Rawl Lewis, WICB’s Cricket Operations Officer.“The programme is now in its eighth year and we have seen great benefits. It is a clear demonstration of the WICB’s intent to develop all aspects of cricket in the West Indies and we hope to see our umpires grow and improve.”Lewis also noted that several of the umpires currently officiating at the international level: Joel Wilson, Gregory Brathwaite, Nigel Duguid, Leslie Reifer Jr., have participated on the programme in England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
After conceding to a rare defeat to AHIP on Tuesday morning First Deepwater bounced back to winning ways yesterday at the ongoing Zenith Bank Women Basketball League in Asaba. First Deepwater defeated Immigration Basketball Club 44-33 to leave the fourth day of the series in the Delta State capital with smiles.Custom also defeated Zamfara Babes 70-50 while the IGP Queens crushed FCT Angels 69-39. Coal City Queens lost 28-45 to Benue Princess.Coach Peter Ahmedu of First Bank Basketball Club who watched most of the games played yesterday commended the standard of the Second Phase of the Zenith Bank Basketball League, “From proceeding here, I believe that most teams have improved greatly since the first phase in Abuja. The games are closely-fought and we have recorded an upset already with GT 2000 beating Customs.“In the game involving Dolphins and Customs, the Border Girls gave a good fight despite losing to the defending champions. With developments like this, the competitiveness, which was lacking in the league, is gradually returning,” reasoned Ahmedu.The Elephant Girls coach said his team has been able to maintain high standard and win with wide margin because it got to Asaba about two weeks before the league dunked off, which gave his players the opportunity to train and get used to the court, which he termed as substandard.“With what I have seen here, I am happy that we got Asaba early to acclimatise and get use to the court and the environment. I am happy that the owners of the team, First Bank PLC have always supported ideas that will put the team in a good position to excel. I hope our performance will propel us to the title,” he added.He however blamed the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) for opting for Asaba for the second phase of the women’s league.“I must chide the NBBF for bring the league to Asaba. The upright board is made of wood as against fibre, which is approved by FIBA. There are other venues that have fibre uprights where they could have taken this phase of the league to. This is taking us back after we enjoyed tremendous time in Abuja,” reasoned Ahmedu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram