Bali sets ‘Siaga’ advisory in keeping with govt policy to curb COVID-19 spread

first_img“The Bali administration had a meeting last night [Sunday] to respond to the President’s instruction […] and we have decided to take several actions. We issued the Siaga advisory level to manage [the spread of] COVID-19,” Dewa said on Monday.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Sunday a call to the nation to take the precautionary measure of “social distancing” to limit direct interaction in battling the viral respiratory disease. In his address, the President also urged the nation’s citizens to stay at home, excepting urgent matters.Following the advisory alert, Dewa said, the Bali administration had also urged residents and visitors across the island to minimize public and mass gatherings, and called for online learning to be implemented at schools and universities.“Learning activities at all schools, from kindergarten to university, will be held online from home,” he said. The administration of the popular resort island of Bali declared on Sunday evening an advisory level of Siaga (watch)  for the province. The advisory is part of the provincial administration’s effort to curb the spread of coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19), which has dealt a blow to tourism on the “island of the gods”.Bali administration secretary Dewa Made Indra, who has been appointed chairman of the province’s COVID-19 task force, said that the decision to declare the advisory was made on Sunday evening at a meeting led by Bali Governor I Wayan Koster. Furthermore, all government institutions in Bali were to postpone meetings, seminars and workshops in keeping with the policy to restrict public gatherings. Civil servants in Bali are also barred from travelling either domestically or internationally on official trips to minimize their probability of contracting the virus.The policy is to become effective starting Tuesday for the next 14 days as the administration rushes to inform the public.Dewa added that the provincial administration would evaluate the policy after the two-week period. He also advised everyone to follow the policy and stay at home.“Everyone should remain calm, don’t panic, but keep maintaining healthy lifestyles to boost their immune system,” he said.Dewa admitted, however, that no specific instructions were forthcoming from the central government to close tourist attractions in Bali.He said that the province’s policy was intended only to minimize the number of visitors at a tourist site. The administration had notified the management of all tourist sites to increase vigilance and also instructed all related institutions and agencies to implement good hygiene practices, including routine disinfection.“We will not close tourist destinations,” stressed Dewa.Regarding ongoing tourist arrivals to the island, both overseas and domestic, Dewa said that the provincial administration did not have the authority to close access to Bali.“That is the central government’s jurisdiction. What we can do is tighten the implementation of health protocols at all ports of entry, including airports seaports and fishing harbors,” he said.Bali recorded Indonesia’s first death from COVID-19 on March 11, a woman from the United Kingdom who died at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar. (rin)Topics :last_img read more

Israel wields startup tech against coronavirus second wave

first_imgThat, he added, means collecting electronic data in real time so that public decision-makers can take swift and precise actions.Balicer said that at the start of the pandemic Clalit teams worked with the Israeli health ministry and local start-up Diagnostic Robotics to draft a questionnaire which people who suspect they have coronavirus symptoms can fill in and send on their smartphone.An algorithm then assesses the person’s probability of infection and cross-checks this information with that of “millions of others”, said Kira Radinsk, head of Diagnostic Robotics. “When the system identifies an increasing number of symptomatic cases, an alert is sent to the deputy director of the ministry of health who generally immediately approves a series of tests for the given location,” she told AFP.”This allows resources to be allocated quickly where they are needed,” such as imposing restrictions on a specific neighborhood or town, without placing the entire economy in lockdown. It is where the two meet, at the crossroads of human behavior and smart public health management, that the further spread of COVID-19 can be best avoided, says Ran Balicer, head of innovation at Clalit, Israel’s biggest health services provider.”We have to find a new status quo,” he told AFP. “We have to find a new normal” in balancing a less restricted economy and preventing a surge in infection.”The exact point of equilibrium is very difficult to guesstimate or to assess or to model,” he said.To achieve the goal, it is essential to “use the best technological tools to monitor the state of health of the population”, he said. Topics : Israel’s armory in the battle against the novel coronavirus includes thermal cameras scanning crowds and algorithms trawling vast medical databanks for real-time indicators of an infection spike.The Jewish state is enlisting the help of local startups in the hope of stemming a “second wave” of the virus.The chaos of daily life in Israel, or “balagan” as it is known in Hebrew, stands in contrast with the seemingly calm efficiency of its hi-tech firms.center_img Track and treat? Until recently Israel took pride in its COVID-19 figures of less than 20,000 confirmed infections and about 300 deaths in a population of nine million, low compared to counties in Europe and the Americas.But as it eased lockdown measures the numbers climbed, to the point where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Tuesday for the use of “digital solutions” to flatten the curve.Wendy Singer of Start-Up Nation Central, an organization that promotes Israeli innovation, says that entrepreneurs had worked before on artificial intelligence projects with government and health professionals and academics.That experience, she said, made it possible to “just pivot in order to meet a corona-based challenge.”One example is Israeli facial recognition startup Anyvision, recently accused by rights groups of providing the country’s military with tools for mass surveillance in the Palestinian territories.Microsoft divested its holdings in Anyvision but later said that an independent audit of the firm’s practices indicated that the charges were untrue.Shortly after the outbreak of coronavirus Anyvision installed thermal cameras at Sheba Medical Centre near Tel Aviv, Israel’s largest hospital and its flagship facility in the battle against the pandemic.The heat-seeking system was deployed to let officials spot hospital staff with a fever.Its facial recognition software shows “in seconds” anyone who came into contact with an infected staffer and allows officials to determine precisely who should go into isolation, said Anyvision’s Alex Zilberman.”Imagine a nurse or a doctor who tested positive,” he said.”We would have had to call them on the phone and ask, ‘Who have you met in the past 14 days?'””In a place like a hospital, where you meet thousands of people that’s impossible to answer”, he said. Automated medicine A profusion of cameras, identity-matching; how far is big data from Big Brother?”It’s a very powerful system,” says Anyvision’s Zilberman. “You need to make sure it’s being used in the right way and to do that we have multiple safeguards.”That includes making sure that access to the system is compartmentalized, with various actions limited to different levels of authorized users.To ease the load on hospitals, the Israeli government signed a deal with local startup Datos which offers a platform for remote medical care.Patients download an app and then measure their vital signs and input the results, generating data processed by the company’s algorithm.The system then sends reminders to patients or people in quarantine.”At the start of the [coronavirus] crisis, health services had to call patients twice a day regardless of their condition,” Datos founder Uri Bettesh told AFP.That was a drain on important resources, he said, adding that with his app there is only a need to make contact if the patient’s data shows it to be  necessary, freeing up staff to focus on severe cases.last_img read more

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard responds to Arsenal transfer link

first_imgAdvertisement Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard responds to Arsenal transfer link Comment Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard has been linked with a move to Arsenal (Getty Images)Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard admits he is ‘flattered’ to be linked with a move to Arsenal.The 22-year-old has been in sublime form for the Scottish champions this season with 27 goals in 45 appearances in all competitions.Edouard joined Celtic on loan from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017 before his move was made permanent in a £9 million deal a year later.After impressing for Celtic, the striker has been heavily linked with a switch to Arsenal, with reports claiming that Mikel Arteta is considering him as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who could leave the Gunners this summer.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Edouard insists he is only focused on his future with Celtic.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘It shows you are working hard and doing the right things as a player,’ Edouard said after being named the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Jun 2020 12:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link861Shares Odsonne Edouard has scored 27 goals for Celtic this season (Getty Images)‘It is flattering, but I just concentrate on trying to play well for Celtic.‘That’s what I am focused on at the moment.‘Of course, winning 10-in-a-row is very important for the club, the players and the fans. ‘Of course I would love to be part of it. No-one knows what will happen in the future, but I want to be a part of it.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘At the moment, I am still under contract with Celtic and my priority is to get back playing again. In the future, we will see what happens. ‘My first target right now is to play football again after so much time away from the pitch. I actually only set personal targets for myself once the season actually starts.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementlast_img read more

Townsville’s most viewed streets

first_imgSmith and Elliott principal Sally Elliott pictured on Yarrawonga Drive. Picture: Shae Beplate.“Firstly it’s got an amazing outlook and every part of Yarraownga Drv has a slightly different outlook,” she said.“The other thing about Yarrawonga Drv is its accessibility and it’s not just walking distance to Townsville Grammar, it’s also close to Central State School and Belgian Gardens State School.“Most of the people that live there are owner occupiers so it has a good sense of community.“The value of any property up there in the land content and a lot of the homes up here were built post Cyclone Althea so they are built to withstand cyclone.“As the older generation are moving on and downsizing there is a new generation moving in with young children and teenagers.”Ms Elliott recently sold 29 Yarrawonga Drv for $1,1 million.The five bedroom home was under contract before it officially hit the market with the buyer wowed by the views.Cook St in North Ward was Townsville’s second most viewed street on with Stagpole St in West End rounding out the top three.Bundock St in Belgian Gardens and Ogden St in the city also made the top 10.Lyn Watts has lived at 37 Yarrawonga Drv for the past 11 years and said it’s a fantastic place to live. Smith and Elliott principal Sally Elliott and owner of 37 Yarrawonga Drv Lyn Watts. Picture: Shae Beplate.YARRAWONGA Drive has topped the list of Townsville’s most viewed streets on from show it’s been clicked on more than any other street in the Townsville local government area.Yarrawonga Drv on Castle Hill is one of Townsville most prestigious streets with homes regularly selling for more than a million dollars.Smith and Elliott principal Sally Elliott has sold multiple properties on the street and said it had a winning combination of views and premium properties. 37 Yarrawonga Drv, Castle Hill.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020She has reluctantly listed her house of sale with plans to downsize but says she’ll miss the views, breezes and proximity to everything Townsville has to offer.“I think the view and the breezes are the best thing because of a night time you can sit out on the deck without needing the airconditioner on,” she said.“The closeness to everything has also been great and we love just being able to walk down to The Strand.“We had our daughter and grandkids living here with us they went to Townsville Grammar which is just down the road.”Like many Yarrawonga Drv homes Ms Watts’s house has sweeping views of the ocean and city.It’s being sold by Ms Elliott and is on the market for $1.75 million.Townsville’s most viewed streets on Drv, Castle HillCook St, North WardStagpole St, West EndForestry Rd, Bluewater ParkRalston St, West EndIreland St, OonoonbaBundock St, Belgian GardensOgden St, Townsville CityDearness St, GarbuttSita Retreat, Burdelllast_img read more

District ponders bylaw swearing, spitting ban 19 Sept 2013Foul language and spitting could be banned from central Hastings in an effort to discourage anti-social behaviour.Retailers at a public meeting last night spoke of young people brawling in the streets and intimidating the public.Hastings District Council called the meeting after a man in his 60s was assaulted by a group of youths during the weekend.Angry shop workers said councillors and police were not doing enough  to prevent young people loitering on the streets, throwing bottles and  shoplifting.Parents said their teenage children were too scared to walk into town  at night and, if they wore red, regarded as the Mongrel Mob colour,  they were “set upon”. read more

Watson tips Rory for Champions’ table

first_img “There is no-one in the history of the game who is 100 per cent in making cuts. “And match play is match play, it’s such a goofy tournament so I don’t think Rory and Tiger (Woods) losing in the first round shows anything.” As for changing clubs, Watson added: “If the right number, or what we call a stupid number in our business, comes along then obviously you look at it and you figure it out. “I never wanted to leave Ping, I’ve been with them since I was eight years old so for me it’s an easy decision. I’ve never got a stupid number, though.” Watson, who defeated South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen in a play-off to win his first major title last April, gets to choose the menu for this year’s champions dinner, which is traditionally held on the Tuesday before the first round. Last year, 2011 champion Charl Schwartzel opted for a South African braai – a traditional meal made up of grilled meats – but Watson was giving nothing away. “We will wait and see,” the left-hander added. “I think I should be allowed to just wait to tell everybody.” McIlroy has suffered a poor start to the season after switching equipment manufacturers in a multi-million pound deal, missing the cut in Abu Dhabi and losing to Shane Lowry in the first round of the WGC World Match Play last week. But Watson is convinced the world number one – who will defend his Honda Classic title this week – will come good again soon, while admitting he had never been offered “stupid” money to change clubs. “I think Rory is going to be number one for a while,” Watson said on a teleconference ahead of his title defence at Augusta from April 11-14. Press Associationcenter_img Bubba Watson is keeping everyone guessing about what he will serve at the champions dinner at this year’s US Masters, but has no doubt Rory McIlroy will be in the mix at Augusta National.last_img read more

Cardiff scalp delights Pardew

first_imgAlan Pardew hailed an important win and an excellent first-half performance after Loic Remy alleviated some of the pressure on the Newcastle manager by grabbing a double in the 2-1 win at Cardiff. “I felt sorry for Papiss Cisse, he did some good things and it did not break for him. “I hope he scores for Senegal v Ivory Coast next week, which is a big game I am looking forward to seeing. “It is a strange stat.” Cardiff boss Malky Mackay, meanwhile, confirmed a dispute over bonus payments between his players and owner Vincent Tan has been settled. Reports had suggested Tan was reluctant to pay end-of-season bonuses in May next year, but that a compromise had been reached. Cardiff issued a statement in which chief executive Simon Lim said: “Our 2013-14 bonus discussions were concluded in September ahead of the Hull City game and, as a club, we are all focused on the Premier League season ahead. “Our collective aim is to bring success to Cardiff City supporters.” When questioned on the situation Mackay said: “There has been a statement from the club on what you are talking about. I have not read it, but there has been a statement put out in terms of the bonus situation. That has been sorted.” It has also been suggested Cardiff’s players are no longer happy for Tan to be present in the dressing room on matchdays. While he did not state whether the Malaysian had been banned, Mackay confirmed he did not go into the changing rooms after the defeat to the Magpies, while Cardiff’s players did not stop to speak to reporters following the game. The Scot was less than happy at his side’s sluggish first-half display and admitted it had proved very costly. Mackay said: “We gave ourselves too much to do, if you give a good team time and space as we did in the first half you can be punished and we were. “We gave ourselves a lot to do. “We were what Cardiff City is all about in that second half, we were excellent and on another day could have had a point. But we cannot start like that against a good team with good players.” The French striker took his tally to five goals in his last three appearance as he produced two excellent finishes to put the Magpies in control at Cardiff City Stadium. The visitors surrendered the initiative after the break as Cardiff, inspired by substitute Jordon Mutch, pulled a goal back from Peter Odemwingie but they could not find a leveller. Pardew was understandably delighted with the victory. The abject first-half display in Monday’s defeat at Everton had further increased speculation over his future, but their performance in the first 45 minutes here could not have been more stark in its contrast. “I think it was an important win, on Monday night we let ourselves down as a group and we wanted to put it right,” he said. “We started doing that in the second half at Everton but today we put in a really good display. “The first half was as good as I have seen us play, even going back to the year we finished fifth, we locked them in, we had a more offensive look to us. “We did not play as well in the second half but we at least showed resilience that when the home team put pressure on us we can cope with it. “I am pleased with how the whole group conducted themselves, how the players who were left out conducted themselves and it’s been a good day for us.” Remy’s double also equalled an unusual Premier League record, it meant Newcastle’s last 12 league goals have all been scored by Frenchman, putting them level with Arsenal’s 2003-04 ‘Untouchables’. “I have not thought about it,” said Pardew. “We have a group of players and it is strange the French guys are scoring. Press Associationlast_img read more

Cech keeping close eye on Liverpool

first_img “They have enough experience to stay up,” he said. “They enjoyed the last two years and this was a kind of strange season for them.” Swansea midfielder Leon Britton, who played a key role in his team’s battling display against Chelsea following Chico Flores’ 17th-minute sending-off, believes Liverpool will be crowned champions. “I would say Liverpool (to win the title),” he said. “They are so good going forward. “Chelsea are a very good team, very strong and hard to break down. “But the attacking players Liverpool have got and the way they score goals, you just fancy them to score a goal because they’ve got the players to do that.” Swansea go into next Saturday’s clash at Newcastle just three points above the relegation zone, having collected only nine league points from a possible 30 since Michael Laudrup was dismissed as manager in early February. “We need to stay positive because confidence is a massive, massive thing in football,” Britton added. “We will stay upbeat in the changing room. “When you go down to 10 men against Chelsea, we could have ended up losing the game 3-0 or 4-0. To lose 1-0, we’re disappointed, but we showed a good work ethic out there and we didn’t fall away. “We need to try and pick ourselves up for Newcastle. “St James’ Park is a tough place to go regardless of what form they are in. It’s difficult to know whether it’s a good time to play them. “The last two years have been good for us (at Newcastle). We drew under Brendan (Rodgers) and won 2-1 under Michael Laudrup. The record up there has been good, so hopefully we can carry that on.” One of those fixtures is against Chelsea at Anfield on April 27, with the clubs currently separated by just two points in first and second places, respectively, while Manchester City are a further five points behind Cech and company with two games in hand. While Chelsea are chasing a fourth league title in the last 10 seasons, Liverpool have not been crowned champions since 1990. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech admits he will be interested to see how Liverpool cope with the intense pressure of chasing Barclays Premier League title glory in their final four games. “No-one expected anything from Liverpool and they are in contention and that is why they play without pressure so far, but let’s see how they are going to cope when it comes to the last hurdle,” Cech said. “They will have to jump over it and they have been doing remarkably well. We have things in our hands. We need to wait for one slip-up from Manchester City, but if we win our games we have a chance. “At the start, everyone has 38 games to have the most points and I don’t think at the end of 38 games it is a question of luck. The one who gets the most points obviously deserves to win the title, so we will see who it will be. “It is great to put ourselves in a situation where we know we have a chance. So we will go for it. If we win all of our games, right at the end we will be in contention.” Chelsea’s title run-in will be punctuated by two legs of a Champions League semi-final against Atletico Madrid, with the second game scheduled for three days after they face Liverpool. “We have two huge games in the Champions League and there will be a little bit of congestion, and that is the way that it is,” Cech added. “It is always good to be in a position where you play for everything during April and May. It is why it is so exciting.” Cech, meanwhile, has backed Swansea to preserve their top-flight status after Demba Ba’s second-half strike gave Chelsea a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. Press Associationlast_img read more

Saints eyeing Vilhena and Djuricic

first_img Koeman decided to make those moves after Cork rejected a new contract at Southampton in favour of a deal at Sunday’s opponents Swansea. “For a coach, he is always a player good to have in the squad because he can play in different positions in midfield,” the Saints boss said. “If you look back to the first part of the season, he was not starting. “If I have all the players available, he is not one of the three players in the midfield. “But he is an experienced player and he is a player who knows his situation and when he came into the team he was doing well. “It is always important to have these kind of players for the coach, but, finally, the player has decided not to accept the contract and that means a different situation for the club, for the coach.” Koeman was surprised by the amount of time it took Cork to come to his decision, having first opened discussions two months ago, but understands the player’s decision. “We believe that we offered the player a very good contract and the player told me that it wasn’t about the numbers in the contract,” he added. “It wasn’t about the money, but about his feeling, about maybe not playing enough. “Okay, I can’t guarantee nobody they will play more. It is always competition that you have in your squad.” Cork has been a bedrock at Saints since 2011, with his exit the latest which leaves the team looking vastly different to when Jay Rodriguez and Sam Gallagher last featured. Both have missed the entire campaign to date so far with injury, although the latter is at last closing in on a return. “Sam Gallagher is starting training with the under-21s,” Koeman said. “I think that it is good for the player to start at a little lower level, having been a long-time out of training. “With Jay, there is not any other positive news. He has continued working but I can’t say now that he is two weeks or three weeks or one week closer to team training, no.” Now, the Dutchman is looking to bring in a new player, with his key targets Benfica’s Djuricic – a Serbia international who spent the first half of the season on loan to Mainz – and Vilhena at former club Feyenoord. “On principle we are looking for a player that can play in different positions,” Koeman said. “Okay, we have our interest in Djuricic and he can play one of the positions in midfield, he can play on the left in a wing position in a free role, he can play in the right-wing position in a free role. “That is the best – to bring in a player who can play in different positions. “The case of Vilhena is that the management of the player called me and they were afraid about his situation at Feyenood. “I said ‘okay, I like the player’. First, the player is 20-years-old, he played a lot in Holland, he played 80-85 per cent of all the games in two seasons when I was the coach in Feyenoord. “It is part of our philosophy in the club to have young players. That’s not a risk. “I don’t know what level he will reach, but at least he is now I think at a higher level than most of the under-21 midfielders. That’s always what you look for.” Southampton manager Ronald Koeman wants to bring a utility player in before the transfer deadline, with Tonny Vilhena and Filip Djuricic top of his shopping list. Press Association This month, like so many winter windows before it, has been quiet at St Mary’s, with the loan addition of Eljero Elia the only arrival at the top-four contenders. That is how Koeman had planned to keep it until injuries began to mount and midfielder Jack Cork rejected a new contract in favour of a move to Swansea. last_img read more

Practice remains normal for men’s basketball team

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoIt’s been a long time coming, but the men’s basketball team is finally amid an eight-day break.It is their longest such lay-off since getting 13 days to rest between Dec. 15 and Dec. 28.Given more days between games to work with, UW head coach Bo Ryan is sticking to his normal practice schemes.”We always go over situations whether it’s a longer time period [or not],” Ryan said. “I mean we will go over [being] down two, up two, side-out, end-line out, full-court out. We do situations we might get in some more of during this time.”The things we want to be good at are the same things that you want to be good at in October as well as in February and March because the game won’t change during that time period,” Ryan added. “So we’ve always done that whether we’ve had a long break or not.”Along with the normal fundamentals, coach Ryan likes to hone in on simulated game-situations and study the film of the opposition as much as possible, still keeping in mind that when the game comes the opposition can mix up their game plan.”[Simulated drills are] something we’ve done in the past to reinforce what we do when we don’t have any timeouts [or] we have two timeouts because when you’re playing a game against a team that has shown one tendency, always make sure you mix in something else in case they change,” Ryan said.While practice may make perfect, coach Ryan and his players would rather be playing, especially since they are in the midst of a three-game winning streak.”Well, you always like to play. You always like to compete,” Ryan said. “It’s better.”The Badgers have been off since beating Ohio State last Wednesday at the Kohl Center. The win helped propel the Badgers into a three-way tie for second place in the Big Ten, only a half game behind Iowa with four games remaining.With the break, there may be concerns as to whether these Badgers can continue the run that they’re on and play at the level they were competing at before this eight-day stretch. Ryan felt that to these concerns, there was no answer.”There’s been teams that have played well after a break and teams that couldn’t get their timing after a break, so I don’t think there’s one answer.”Even during the struggles of just a few weeks ago when they were playing regularly, losing three in a row and five of six, the Badgers continued to put each preceding game behind them and prepared for the next one.And while Ryan said that the media has been in a hubbub over the academic ineligibilities that have plagued the Badgers to start 2006 and the recent success that Ryan has had in overcoming these setbacks, he believes that his players are students of the game and they are the ones that make teachers better.”You’re always trying to get better at what you do,” Ryan said. “You just hope that you have players that are grasping your concepts and that their basketball IQ is improving. It’s still about what the players are doing. I know a lot of coaches that could X and O you to death, but still, what difference does that make if your players aren’t picking up on what it is that you’re … that’s important to the game. They have to execute it and get it done between the lines.Added Ryan: “In basketball, again, it’s about the players — what are they picking up, what are they willing to do when they get on the court, how hard are they willing to play [and] how smart are they willing to play.”last_img read more