Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Governor Viktor B. Laiskodat has announced that starting Friday the provincial administration will no longer charge residents and visitors for rapid tests and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests in COVID-19 testing.The governor said that he had already signed a gubernatorial decree on the free service.“Yesterday I called in several parties, including Nusa Cendana University, to calculate [the estimated cost of the free testing], and I think if we lose [some rupiah], we will be just fine,” Viktor said on Friday as quoted by antaranews.com. He said the free COVID-19 testing would help NTT residents, especially those who needed to travel outside the province. “In December, we are expecting our students to return to their respective schools outside of NTT, and the trips will be costly,” he said.The governor said the free testing was not exclusively for NTT residents.“If any visitor [needs to test] but they cannot afford it, they are welcome to have the free testing,” he added. Viktor said he appreciated Nusa Cendana University’s efforts in research and the transformation of its health clinic into a biomolecular laboratory for COVID-19 detection.As of Thursday, NTT recorded a total of 583 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 402 recoveries and seven fatalities.Read also: Mothers lead families to play significant role in COVID-19 handling: MinistryNTT’s younger residents have been proactive in raising awareness about the pandemic. One local, Roslinda, 15, represented Indonesia in a United Nations forum as she talked about the effects of the pandemic on children in the country.In the virtual conference held in early October, Roslinda shared her views on UN representatives in New York, humanitarian aid organization Mitra Wahana Visi Indonesia said in a statement on Oct. 12.“We’re sad because we cannot meet our friends during the pandemic. Also, if we face difficulties with schoolwork, we cannot immediately ask for help from our teachers due to the school-from-home [policy],” Roslinda said at the forum.“And for some of us whose parents have a low education, the difficulties are even greater,” she said, adding that a proper telecommunications infrastructure would play an important role in determining the success of studying from home. The teenager expressed hope that the UN stakeholders could help children in overcoming these problems.Separately, Malaka regency in NTT has seen relative success in promoting the government’s “3M” health protocols on wearing masks, washing hands with soap and physical distancing. In a video uploaded on Monday to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) YouTube channel, journalist Frans Pati Herin of Kompas said that he had observed people following the health protocols, even in remote areas. During his visit to Manuela village, located 256 kilometers from the NTT capital of Kupang, he encountered a woman in her 60s who was wearing a mask while out walking alone.Frans said the woman told him that she always wore a mask whenever she went out in public after learning about the 3M protocols from the local administration and her local church. (nkn) #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap
More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 1 Banyak Suka Drive, Delaneys Creek.Bedrooms are spread across the upper floor and have varying features including wallpaper, carpet flooring and pendant lighting, with the main bedroom also including a sitting room, a walk-in wardrobe, and a period-style bathroom.Also on the upper level are a lounge room with a fireplace, a linen or utility room, and a collection of verandas and balconies with views of the surrounding greenery. 1 Banyak Suka Drive, Delaneys Creek.Outside there are improved pastures of kikuyu, Rhodes grass and native vegetation on the hills, while panoramic views of the Glass House Mountains can be enjoyed from multiple viewpoints.Other outdoor features at the property include a spa, large shed, chicken coop and dog run, recently resurfaced tennis court, 91,000L of rainwater storage space, an equipped bore, two dams and a two-car garage with a room above it that could be renovated for accommodation. 1 Banyak Suka Drive, Delaneys Creek.Established gardens including a variety of fruit trees such as mango, paw paw, guava, avocado, mulberry, banana and macadamia also meander throughout the estate.Ray White Rural Queensland marketing agent Jez McNamara described the property as a truly magnificent homestead steeped in history. DETAILS 1 Banyak Suka Dr, Delaneys Creekfive bed, three bath, four carAgent: Andrew Goodall and Jez McNamara, Ray White Rural Queensland. 1 Banyak Suka Drive, Delaneys Creek.The floorplan spans two levels, encompassing five bedrooms and a suite of formal and casual living and entertainment areas.The main living hub has large windows and multiple glass doors to the gardens. The traditional-style kitchen has timber cabinetry, a wood stove and a modern gas stove and oven, as well as access to a wine cellar with exposed brick walls.A bay window in the dining area adds light to the room, while the formal lounge area has VJ walls and extensive glass. 1 Banyak Suka Drive, Delaneys Creek.THIS sprawling 1920s Queenslander has a rich history; it once hosted a prime minister, it was owned and used by the band The Divinyls, and has had a book written about it.Set on 19.25ha, Banyak Suka has been restored by its current owners and has period features including hardwood flooring, high ceilingsand fireplaces. There are also contemporary additions including airconditioning.
211 Views no discussions HealthInternationalLifestylePrint Sierra Leone cancels Christmas celebrations by: AFP – December 12, 2014 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Share Share Freetown, Sierra Leone (AFP) — Sierra Leone said Friday it was banning any public Christmas celebrations as the spiralling caseload of Ebola infections continues to spread alarm.Soldiers are to be deployed throughout the festive period to force people venturing onto the streets back indoors, the government’s Ebola response unit said.Palo Conteh, head of the department, told reporters in the capital Freetown there would be “no Christmas and New Year celebrations this year”.“We will ensure that everybody remains at home to reflect on Ebola,” he said.“Military personnel will be on the streets at Christmas and the New Year to stop any street celebrations,” he said, without saying which areas would be targeted.While Islam is the dominant religion in Sierra Leone, more than a quarter of the population is Christian and public gatherings and entertainment are common during the holiday period.Conteh did not give the exact dates of the crackdown or list any exceptions. During previous local and nationwide anti-Ebola curfews, people were allowed out to worship and for “essential business”.Under current emergency regulations, bars and nightspots have already been shut down and public gatherings outlawed but there is no general ban on going outdoors or working.The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that 18,188 cases of the deadly virus had been reported across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, resulting in 6,583 deaths.Sierra Leone reported 397 new cases during the week ending December 7 — three times as many as Liberia and Guinea combined.Sources close to the government told AFP that details on the workings of the Christmas curfew would be announced shortly.The country now counts 8,069 Ebola cases, including 1,899 deaths, according to the latest figures.Sierra Leone has already quarantined around half its population of six million, sealing off districts across the country in a bid to combat the Ebola outbreak.The government imposed a two-week lockdown on the eastern diamond mining district of Kono on Wednesday after eight cases of Ebola were confirmed in one day.The WHO’s national Ebola coordinator Olu Olushayo said doctors and nurses were “at their wits’ end.”In the space of 11 days, two WHO teams buried 87 victims, including a nurse and an ambulance driver enlisted to help dispose of corpses piling up in the local hospital, the agency said.The government reacted with surprise to the WHO’s claims, however, saying Friday they did not tally with reports from the ground and announcing that investigators had been sent to assess the situation in Kono.Local media said officials at the district’s main public hospital in Koidu had also been taken aback by the reports.Aiah Beyonquee, the leader of the local burial team, told the state-run Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation no bodies had been stacked at the hospital.“On Wednesday we had about 10 alert calls for death cases in the community which we reacted to,” he told the broadcaster.“There were also five deaths in the hospital and all these were buried the same day.”
KALIBO, Aklan – In line with thegovernment’s thrust to promote the “No Take Police” on gambling operations allover the country, the Aklan Police Provincial Office (APPO) has intensified itscampaign against illegal cockfighting in this province. Police chief inspector Bernard Ufano,chief of the APPO Intelligence Unit, was given the mandate to have supervisoryfunctions on the province’s campaign against illegal gambling operations. Ufano also added that out of all thetowns that been allowed to maintain cockpit operations, only the town of Malayis known to have two cockpit stations, although only one at this time has thelegal capacity to operate for business. In a media interview yesterday, Ufanosaid that out the 17 municipalities in this province, only 14 towns haveapplied for the renewal of their permits to continue operating cockpit stationsin their respective areas. “Right now, only the cockpit station inBoracay Island can legally operate since the cockpit station in mainland Malayis still in the process of its renewal,” he said. The municipalities of Ibajay, NewWashington, and Banga have not renewed their permits, hence, they have not beeninto cockfighting operations as of late. Based on the data of the NationalStatistics Office, using the result of the 2015 census of population, the townof Malay, so far, has only a population of 52,973. “It is very unique and questionablereally why the town of Malay is maintaining two cockpit stations consideringthat its population can barely meet the needed number,” a resort owner whorequested anonymity said. Questions, however, are being raised onthe presence of two cockpit stations in that said municipality. According to PresidentialDecree 449, or the Cockfighting Law of 1974, it specifically mandates thatthere should be only one cockpit station that has to be established in a townwith a population of less than 100,000. Ufano, during the interview, did notcategorically answer the question to why Malay town has allowed to operate twocockpit stations but said “I understand the other cockpit station which isbased in the mainland Malay is pushing for the renewal of its business permit,but it’s already up to the LGU if they will approve it.”(Radyo Todo)
Navas told the club’s website, www.mcfc.co.uk: “Manchester City is an exciting project and this is the right moment for me to take this step. I’m very happy with the opportunity and the decision. “The Premier League is a competition where the football is very fast and will suit the way I play. I’m really looking forward to it. City have been successful in recent years and are continuing to make a great team and I’m honoured to now be part of it. “I’m going to a great club in England and I want to continue developing my game there. The club has put a lot of faith in me and I want to repay them out on the pitch.” Navas’ arrival takes City’s summer spending to close to £45million following the capture of Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Shakhtar Donetsk last week. The news is likely to be followed by confirmation that Manuel Pellegrini is to take over as manager. The 59-year-old Chilean’s appointment has been expected since he left Malaga last week and, despite the perceived delay, is still thought to be a formality. Navas will join fellow Spain international David Silva at the Etihad Stadium and bolster the club’s array of attacking talent. He has spent his entire career to date with Sevilla and has twice won the UEFA Cup. He also has Champions League experience having played in the competition in 2009. Press Association The 27-year-old is currently on international duty but City have confirmed the deal has been completed following a successful medical in New York. Sevilla said last week that they had agreed a deal with City for the World Cup winner. Press Association Sport understands Navas has signed for an initial fee of £14.9million. He will link up with City after the Confederations Cup in Brazil and a short holiday. Manchester City have completed the signing of Spain winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla.
Mumbai: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Simon Katich has admitted that there was tension in the group during the course of their campaign in this edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).On Sunday, KKR faced a crushing nine-wicket defeat against Mumbai Indians in their last group stage encounter, thus bowing out of the tournament. It was the first time in four years that KKR had failed to make it to the playoffs. Also Read – Meghalayan mid-fielder Phrangki Buam joins ISL side FC Goa KKR had started their campaign in an emphatic manner, winning three of the first five games. However, they lost their way thereafter and went on to lose six matches on the trot. During the course of this losing streak, it became evident that there was some tension within the group with Andre Russell coming out in open and talking about indecisions regarding his batting position within the leadership role in a press conference. Also Read – COVID-19: Football team observes ‘social distancing’ during match, loses 37-0Contrasting statements were made by players and team management at different stages, aside from Dinesh Karthik’s very animated display of annoyance in the game against Kings XI Punjab.In the post-match press conference after their last group stage encounter at the Wankhede, Katich said that the dynamic within the group had started to change during the course of their six-match losing streak.“Can’t hide from the fact that there was tension,” he said. “That was pretty evident from the last few games after we got on a bit of a roll with losses. We’ve got to address that as a group. Also Read – Big push to sports infra in Mizoram, gets Khelo India State Centre“What is so important in the IPL is the dynamic in the group and I guess the unity. That’s something that KKR is very very proud of. It’s a very successful franchise and it’s something that everyone involved has worked very very hard to contribute to over a long period of time. That’s something we have to certainly work at to get better at it because there’s no doubt that throughout this campaign, the dynamic within our group has certainly changed,” he said. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWS
By Ian RansomBRISBANE, Australia (Reuters) – Captain Steve Smith frustrated England with a fighting half-century and pushed Australia to 165 for four at the close of a see-sawing day two, rescuing the hosts after a top order collapse in the series-opening Ashes Test in Brisbane yesterday.With his team in peril at 76 for four, Smith’s unbeaten 64 in an 89-run stand with number six Shaun Marsh gave Australia hope of reeling in England’s first-innings 302 at the Gabba.Left-hander Marsh, under pressure to perform after winning his eighth recall to the Test team, played a fine support role to be 44 not out at stumps.“I think the game’s in the balance still,” Australia spinner Nathan Lyon told reporters.”There are two unbelievable batters at the crease.“Hopefully we can put (England) under pressure in the second innings but there’s a lot of cricket in this game.”After day one saw only four wickets fall, 10 tumbled on day two as the Gabba pitch recovered some of its customary bounce and pace.England lost their last six wickets in a hurry to be out for 302 at lunch and Australia seemed to be back in control at their Brisbane fortress.But the pendulum swung again as England’s bowlers scythed through the hosts’ top order.After replacing Matt Renshaw in the squad, opener Cameron Bancroft’s first bat in his Ashes Test debut lasted 19 balls after he nibbled at a teasing ball from Stuart Broad and was caught behind for five.Number three Usman Khawaja’s problems against spin in the subcontinent followed him home as he was trapped lbw for 11 by Moeen Ali.The alarm bells began ringing when opener David Warner holed out for 26, pulling paceman Jake Ball straight to Dawid Malan at short mid-wicket to give the Ashes debutant his first wicket in Australia.And Australia were left reeling at 76 for four when Peter Handscomb was trapped lbw for 14 by James Anderson in the first over after tea.RESCUE MISSION Once again it fell to Smith to mount a rescue mission and the 28-year-old was a rock through 148 balls as he ground out one of his grittiest half-centuries.He reached his 22nd Test fifty with a single having all but nicked Anderson behind on the first ball faced.England had been in control at 246 for four in the morning session when momentum shifted away from them but seamer Ball felt his team were well-placed.“I think we’re in a good position,” he said.“I think with the turn and a little bit of varied bounce we were quite happy with the (302) score.”Malan had reached his third half-century in his sixth Test, completing a hat-trick of fifties for England’s rookie batsmen after opener Mark Stoneman had 53 on day one and number three James Vince scored 83.But like his colleagues, Malan squandered the chance by pulling Mitchell Starc straight to a fielder and was out for 56.The wicket broke a stubborn 83-run partnership with Moeen, and England promptly crumbled.Denied a wicket on day one when recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine grassed a nick from Vince, spinner Lyon trapped Moeen lbw for 38 and bowled Chris Woakes for a duck in quick succession.Jonny Bairstow was caught for nine by Paine skying a pull shot, before Warner took a brilliant, diving catch at leg gully to remove Ball for 14.Broad was dropped in the deep by Marsh when on 10 but he was out for 20 pulling Josh Hazlewood to Handscomb, bringing an end to England’s innings. Starc captured 3-77 and Cummins 3-85 for Australia.ENGLAND 1st innings (o/n 196-4)A. Cook c Handscomb b Starc 2M. Stoneman b Cummins 53J. Vince run-out (Lyon) 83J. Root lbw b Cummins 15D. Malan c S. Marsh b Starc 56M. Ali lbw b Lyon 38J. Bairstow c Paine b Cummins 9C. Woakes b Lyon 0S. Broad c Handscomb b Hazlewood 20J. Ball c Warner b Starc 14J. Anderson not out 5Extras: b-5, nb-1, w-1) 7Total: (all out, 116.4 overs) 302Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-127, 3-145, 4-163, 5-246, 6-249, 7-250, 8-270, 9-286.Bowling: M. Starc 28-4-77-3 (nb-1, w-1) J. Hazlewood 22.4-6 57-1, P. Cummins 30-8-85-3, N. Lyon 36-12-78-2.AUSTRALIA 1st innings C. Bancroft c Bairstow b Broad 5D. Warner c Malan b Ball 26U. Khawaja lbw b Ali 11S. Smith not out 64P. Handscomb lbw b Anderson 14S. Marsh not out 44Extras: (nb-1) 1Total: (for 4 wickets, 62 overs) 165Fall of wickets: 1-7, 2-30, 3-59, 4-76.Bowling: J. Anderson 15-4-26-1, S. Broad 10- -5-18-1, M. Ali 19-6-50-1, C. Woakes 8-1-31-0, J. Ball 8-1-35-1 (nb-1), J. Root 2-0-5-0.
Norway’s Ministry of Culture seeks to end gambling’s triple guardianship June 30, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Norway’s government has confirmed that state-owned racing operator Rikstoto will continue to function as an independent entity. Last November, the Norwegian government ordered the Ministry of Culture to undertake a review of state-owned gambling assets, assessing whether its larger Norsk Tipping lottery and wagering franchise should absorb Rikstoto services.The Ministry’s review further evaluated whether Rikstoto’s state racing monopoly and pari-mutuel wagering contract should be extended beyond its 2021 concession.Last week, Culture Minister Abid Raja confirmed that ‘the current gambling model will be continued’.Raja indicated that the decision had been undertaken following vital input from Norway’s Ministry of Agriculture related to the management of equestrian sports and equine welfare.In the consultation, Olaug Bollestad Norway’s Minister of Agriculture expressed that Norwegian equine organisations strongly preferred racing to be maintained by a ‘separate gaming company’.“The equine environment is important to many across the country, and the horse organizations have expressed a strong desire to have their own gaming company dedicated to horseplay, said Bollestad. “We believe that the model is suitable for ensuring a responsible gambling policy for the future.”Despite Rikstoto maintaining its independence, Raja warned the operator to expect changes to be implemented to Norway’s gambling laws ‘improving the accountability and public control of horseracing wagering’. Raja and the Ministry of Culture will make its recommendations later this year. Norsk Tipping exploring fantasy sports option with Scout Gaming February 20, 2020 Norsk charities launch study on ‘sensitive area’ of market models May 11, 2020
Blake Griffin was one of the biggest offenders in the Clippers’ rather embarrassing 121-104 loss at Golden State on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena. He entered the game averaging 27.5 points, and was held to 14 by the Warriors.Moreover, the 6-foot-10 Griffin — typically a beast at 250 pounds — had only one rebound.But it’s not just Griffin. This Clippers team has struggled early on to match the intensity of other teams on a consistent basis. Even in the three games they’ve won, the Clippers (3-2) haven’t looked anything like the team they were a season ago. And the core group is back.STORY: Clippers name Gillian Zucker President of Business Operations Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Afterward, coach Doc Rivers said his team was “soft” and questioned its heart.“We struggled, there is no secret about it,” Griffin said, putting it mildly; the Clippers trailed by 29 points in the third quarter. “They were just better than us in every single way. We didn’t do anything we wanted to do and they looked like they did everything they wanted to do. We have to do better.”Griffin and every other returning player who endured this past season’s drama involving former owner Donald Sterling worked hard during the summer to get back at it under more favorable circumstances; they have a new and very likeable owner in Steve Ballmer.So far, it’s not working well.“I think sometimes we are pressing a little bit too much,” said Griffin, whose team next plays host to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center. “The good thing about all of this is that everybody is trying, everyone wants to win and everyone is ready to go. Sometimes you just have to calm down a little bit and let the system work itself.” Point guard Chris Paul is the other leader of this team. He intimated this is a team still searching for some kind of identity, though it seems strange to hear him say that considering the entire starting lineup is back, as well as sixth man Jamal Crawford.“Tonight was no secret,” Paul said. “We are trying to find ourselves right now and we are trying to win at the same time, because you have to do that when you are in the West. It’s no secret that we are not playing the right way and we have to play better.”Or, as Rivers said: “Right now, this is not the same group from last year, and it’s the same group, so we’ve got to figure that out.”Rivers more than peevedRivers, the Clippers’ second-year coach, rarely gets emotional when dealing with reporters. But after emerging from the team’s locker room some 30 minutes after the game — typically, he takes about 10 minutes — one by one he ran down the things that ticked him off about the less-than-stellar effort of his players.The stat sheet showed him that in the first half, his team committed one foul. That is not what any coach wants to see, because it displays a lack of desire.“I’ve never been in a game where a team scores 65 points and we have one foul,” Rivers said; the Warriors led 65-42 at halftime. “That, to the core, bothers me to no end. I mean, I have never seen that before.“And I think the foul was late and it was a mistake; it probably wasn’t a foul. So for me, I’m doing something wrong because that’s as soft as you can probably get in a game. One foul at halftime? Are you (expletive) kidding me? I mean, that’s as bad as I’ve seen.”Also …The Warriors (4-0) made all 20 of their free throws Wednesday. … Did you see it? After hitting one of his four 3-pointers, the Warriors’ Draymond Green — running back down the court side by side with Griffin — stuck his tongue out at Griffin for a good long time while the two were very close to one another. … The teams next square off on Christmas Day at Staples Center.
Tottenham will have to get used to life without talismanic striker Harry Kane with an ankle ligament injury ruling him out until next month.However, the form of Son Heung-min means the England international might not be as badly missed as feared.Kane hobbled off with Mauricio Pochettino’s men trailing 1-0 at Bournemouth last weekend, but Son inspired an emphatic response by scoring twice in a 4-1 victory to take his tally to seven goals in his last four games.Chelsea also have little time to recover from a European hangover after being swept aside by two goals and an assist from Lionel Messi to lose 3-0 to Barcelona on Wednesday.Unlike United, the English champions could at least say they went down with a fight as they hit the woodwork twice and looked a more potent attacking threat with Olivier Giroud acting as a focal point rather than Eden Hazard playing as an auxiliary centre-forward.The Frenchman is expected to keep his place on Sunday against a dangerous Leicester side who have the luxury of prioritising the Cup as they lie eighth in the Premier League, outside the race for Europe or against relegation.In the other quarter-final Mark Hughes takes charge of Southampton for the first time hoping to avoid becoming the third-tier Wigan Athletic’s fourth Premier League scalp of an amazing Cup run.FixturesSaturdaySwansea v Tottenham (1215)Manchester United v Brighton (1945)SundayWigan v Southampton (1330)Leicester v Chelsea (1630)Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester United have little time to lick their wounds from an embarrassing Champions League exit as Brighton’s visit to Old Trafford in Saturday’s FA Cup quarter-final represents their last realistic hope of winning a trophy this season.However, United aren’t alone in seeing the Cup as a last chance for silverware as Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea travel to Swansea and Leicester also needing to win a Wembley final on May 19 to salvage their season.All three crashed out at the last 16 stage of the Champions League, but it is United’s exit to Sevilla that has attracted the most stinging criticism due to manager Jose Mourinho’s overly cautious approach.Chants of “attack, attack, attack” rained down from frustrated United fans at Old Trafford on Tuesday as doubts over Mourinho’s suitability to lead a club made famous for attacking sides under European Cup winning managers Matt Busby and Alex Ferguson grow.Despite sitting second in the Premier League, United trail local rivals Manchester City by 16 points and could even suffer the indignity of seeing City crowned champions when the sides met early next month.In that context, victory over Brighton is a must to maintain the impression that progress is being made under Mourinho, who was handed a contract extension to 2020 as recently as January.“We have one trophy to chase and that is the FA Cup,” said United striker Romelu Lukaku, who was one of few players to emerge with any credit from the Sevilla defeat after netting his 24th goal of the season.“We wanted to go far in the Champions League, that is what a club like Manchester United needs to do and we didn’t do it so we are disappointed.”Mourinho’s decisions on whether to start under-performing star duo Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez will be heavily scrutinised.Sanchez has been an ever-present since signing from Arsenal last month despite a string a poor performances and a meagre return of one goal in 10 appearances.Pogba was only introduced for the final half hour on Tuesday, but did little to justify a return to the starting line-up.Son to shine for Kane-less Spurs?