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first_imgBlood supplies in Medan, North Sumatra, are running low as fewer people participate in blood drives as a result of the social distancing policy and the COVID-19 outbreak.Medan Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) blood donation unit head Harry Butar-Butar said the unit currently had 500 bags of blood, while normally there should be 1,500 bags.“People are reluctant to donate blood in the pandemic situation. This is alarming as many patients with diseases other than COVID-19, such as cancer and anemia, require the blood,” he said in a press briefing on Wednesday. He urged the public not to ignore the importance of treating diseases other than COVID-19.Harry encouraged residents not to be afraid to donate their blood during the outbreak as the Medan blood unit had implemented COVID-19 protective measures.The measures, he explained, included limiting the number of donors entering the room, requiring donors to keep two meters away from each other and regulating inflow and outflow so that donors would not have to come in contact with one another.Harry emphasized that donating blood would not reduce immunity; it could actually increase the body’s immunity, he asserted.”Blood donation has many health benefits. A healthy body will certainly increase immunity,” he said, adding that people who routinely donated blood were less likely to develop high blood pressure, diabetes and other illnesses. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgThe World Health Organization’s latest situation report on Indonesia showed that none of the six provinces in Java — not even Jakarta — had shown a significant decline in COVID-19 cases in the past three weeks. It reported that West Java had, in fact, seen a “steep increase [in the number of cases] during the week of Sep. 21 to 27.”By Tuesday, Bodebek and Greater Tangerang have reported 13,200 and 4,779 total cases, respectively. Jakarta, meanwhile, reported a cumulative total of 81,043 cases.Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Greater Jakarta as of Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (JP/Hengky Wijaya)Jakarta is back under the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), but the curbs are more relaxed than when they were first implemented in April. Workplaces in 11 essential sectors are now allowed to reopen with 50 percent of employees to work in the office at the same time, while offices outside the sectors are allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity. The unabated COVID-19 transmission in Greater Jakarta has forced authorities to expand restrictions, but experts doubt its efficacy as efforts are not implemented equally in each part of the region.Greater Jakarta includes Indonesia’s capital, Greater Tangerang in Banten — consisting of Tangerang regency, South Tangerang and Tangerang municipalities — and “Bodebek” in West Java — consisting of Bogor municipality and Bogor regency, Depok, as well as Bekasi municipality and Bekasi regency. It is the country’s largest agglomeration area inhabited by nearly 35 million people, many of whom, under normal circumstances, commute for work or study to Jakarta.But given that people’s mobility remains high even during the pandemic, experts, since the very beginning, have suggested that every local administration in Greater Jakarta implement universal restrictions to prevent virus transmission from following “ping-pong ball” patterns. This refers to resurgence in COVID-19 infections due to people’s high mobility in Greater Jakarta. Read also: Jakarta back under PSBB, but less strict than beforeWest Java relaxed restrictions, but Governor Ridwan Kamil recently issued a decree for Bodebek to impose curfews and ban dine-in in high-risk COVID-19 red zones.Ridwan, who spends most of his working hours in West Java’s capital of Bandung, has opened an additional office in Depok to bring him closer to the province’s COVID-19 hotspots and to set an example for Bodebek authorities..Depok alone contributes the most to the cases in five of Greater Jakarta’s cities under West Java jurisdiction.Ridwan worked from Depok on Friday and Tuesday to monitor health facilities and hold meetings, among other things.Epidemiologist Iwan Ariawan from the University of Indonesia urged all local administrations in Greater Jakarta to apply identical COVID-19 responses, saying that the existing isolated, unparalleled measures by each administration were ineffective at containing virus transmission.“This [ineffectiveness] likely is caused by restrictions that are not as strict as before, and because measures to curb COVID-19 were not performed equally,” Iwan said on Monday.Read also: Not enough for Jakarta alone to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions: EpidemiologistsWithout stricter universal mobility restrictions, Greater Jakarta must at least improve testing, tracing and isolation of patients.Epidemiologist Dicky Budiman of Australia’s Griffith University said any containment efforts would be pointless if testing disparities remained between Jakarta and its neighboring cities.Among three provinces that include areas in Greater Jakarta, only Jakarta has met the WHO testing benchmark of one per 1,000 people per week.West Java, home to 50 million people, had only tested 183,649 people as of Sept. 27, while the number of people tested in Banten was not available.“Without proper testing, tracing and isolation, the impacts of PSBB on public health will be very minimal. But, at the same time, the social and economic costs will grow,” Dicky said.Read also: Use antigen tests for screening but with caution: ExpertsBoth Dicky and Iwan said contact tracing and isolation of patients, probable cases and their contacts in all Greater Jakarta cities were lacking.The Health Ministry’s latest COVID-19 protocols deem contact tracing capacity adequate when more than 80 percent of new cases’ close contacts are identified and quarantined within 72 hours of the cases being confirmed.Iwan said health authorities in Greater Jakarta should move to tackle delays in performing contact tracing, which resulted from long testing turnaround times. Testing backlogs remain common in Greater Jakarta, with turnaround taking up to three days on average.“Not all authorities understand the importance of [testing, tracing, isolation]. It is clear that we will be very far from being able to contain the disease in Greater Jakarta if we don’t intensify these fundamental strategies in each region first,” Dicky said.Topics :last_img read more

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first_imgAt one stage Keith Batt of Nant Distilling Company had planned to open 20 whiskey bars across the country.INTEREST has gone through the roof just two days after receivers listed the luxury riverside home of one of Brisbane’s prominent families.Receivers moved in midweek on the 1927 Spanish mission style home of Margaret Batt, wife of bankrupt whiskey and cattle baron Keith Batt who founded Nant Distilling Company.Called El Nido, the stunning three-level home hugs the Hamilton hillside with unobstructed river and city views. The house is perched on the hill between Kingsford Smith Drive and Hillside Crescent.Mrs Batt had tried to sell the Hamilton home in December without success. The receiver sale comes just 11 months after the Batts sold their sprawling Clayfield home for $200,000 less than they had paid 24 months earlier. Within months of the Batts buying the Clayfield home Mr Batt had declared himself bankrupt in late 2015.The Hamilton property was marketed as “receiver sale – will be sold” by agents Tristan Rowland and John Bradley of Place Aspley. Since listing 19 Hillside Crescent for the receiver on Wednesday, they’ve been inundated with queries.“It’s a beautiful house, quite historic, and we’ve had a tonne of interest so far and it’s only (three) days ago it went up,” Mr Rowland told The Courier-Mail. Breathtaking views from on every level. The home at 19 Hillside Crescent, Hamilton, is Spanish mission style. A touch of Spain in bluechip Hamilton.“Interest is coming from interstate, people living locally in Ascot and surrounds, a lot of interest out of other Brisbane suburbs too.”The multimillion-dollar home has been set for auction at Homemaker City Shop 28, 825 Zillmere Road, Aspley at 5pm on Saturday April 28.The four bedroom home, which comes with a riverview pool and games room, was expected to draw strong offers given receivers – unlike banks – do not have to go all the way to auction date to sell off a property. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REAL ESTATE NEWS IN YOUR INBOX Classic features from a bygone era. City and river views from the pool.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agolast_img read more

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first_imgINTRO: New lines planned, proposed orunder construction in Australian New South WalesSydney – Canberra Very High Speed Train: bids sought from private sector with contract due to be announced by June 15.Jerrys Plain – Mt Thorley: NSW Rail Access Corp signed agreement in September 1997 for Jerrys Plain Terminal Pty Ltd to fund construction by 1999 of 16 km branch from Hunter Valley line to haul 3 million tonnes of coal a year.Sydney airport line: New Southern Railway 10 km double track loop under construction by Transfield-Bouygues consortium at cost of A$600m. The line will be integrated with the Sydney suburban network.Sydney Olympic Park branch: link to Homebush Bay for 2000 Olympics nearing completion.Sydney suburban area: Eastern Suburbs Railway 3 km underground extension from Bondi Junction to Bondi Beach planned; preferred bidder is Lend Lease Infrastructure and Macquarie Bank. Parramatta – Epping – Chatswood orbital route to start ’before March 1999’. Long term plans include lines to the northern beaches, the northwest, south and southwest.Sydney LRT: extension of existing route from Pyrmont to Lilyfield and a city centre loop from Central to Circular Quay planned.n QueenslandSurat basin coal line: proposals have been sought from the private sector as part of Surat basin development project where deposits include 4·1 billion tonnes of thermal coal; likely route for line is Moura to Wondoan. Around 35 km of line would need to be upgraded south from Moura and 170 km of new line built. QR would design the route to carry 10 million tonnes a year using 120 wagon trains hauled by four or five diesel locos.Gold Coast line: Helensvale – Nerang extension opened on December 16. Nerang – Robina opening planned for mid-1998.Brisbane airport line: 9 km single track electrified branch planned with Airtrans as developer under a 35-year BOT deal.Line to Caloundra and Maroochydore: 40 km link to these two resorts north of Brisbane being studied by Ove Arup & Partners.Brisbane light rail: plans announced for 15 km line from the Royal Brisbane hospital to the university at Santa Lucia.n Western AustraliaGeraldton – Tallerang Peak – Weld Range: planned 350 km iron ore railway serving west coast steel mill development; Leighton Holdings chosen as preferred BOT concessionaire.n InterstateAlice – Darwin: rival routes from Alice Springs and 4000 km so-called ’Steel Mississippi’ from Melbourne via Brisbane and Mount Isa being promoted by private sector groups.last_img read more

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first_imgEC Boys 388Batesville 236Connersville 206Lawrenceburg 128Greensburg 119South Dearborn 118 EC Girls 377Greensburg 342South Dearborn 155Batesville 129Lawrenceburg 106Connersville 102 East Central Swimming and Diving are Conference Champions for the 2019-2020 Season.  The scores were: Congrats to all swimmers.  EC hosts the Spartans of Connersville on Tuesday.  Come out and support the AquaTrojans!!!center_img Conference Champions were as followsBoys 200 Medley Relay (N. Weber, R. Krider, J. Ketcham, L. Jackson)Girls 200 Freestyle Kyra HallBoys 200 Freestyle Jackson KetchamGirls 50 Freestyle Caroline WaltersBoys 50 Freestyle Nick WeberGirls 1 meter diving Aly BaileyBoys 1 meter diving John Crawley *** NEW SCHOOL AND EIAC RECORD***Girls 100 Butterfly Mackenzie Schantz Boys 100 Butterfly Matthew BadinghausGirls 100 Freestyle Kyra HallBoys 100 Freestyle Nick WeberBoys 500 Freestyle Ray KriderBoys 200 Freestyle Relay (O. Matthew, Z. Bovard, K. Cummins, M. Badinghaus)Boys 100 Backstroke Ray KriderGirls 100 Breaststroke Emily HafertepenBoys 100 Breaststroke Jackson KetchamBoys 400 Freestyle Relay (N. Weber, M. Badinghaus, R. Krider, J. Ketcham) *** NEW EIAC RECORD*** Brandon Lovelesslast_img read more

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first_imgRoger Federer has been knocked out of the US Open in the fourth round by world number 55 John Millman.The 37-year-old Swiss had prioritised winning a sixth title at Flushing Meadows but was beaten 3-6 7-5 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (7-3) in three hours 35 minutes.It is the first time Federer has lost to a player ranked outside of the top 50 at the US Open.Australian Millman will play two-time champion Novak Djokovic in his first Grand Slam quarter-final on Wednesday. Millman, 29, is the only unseeded player left in the last eight of the men’s draw.“I’m probably in a little bit of disbelief,” said Millman.“I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game. He’s been a hero of mine.”Second seed Federer, bidding for a record-extending 21st Grand Slam, missed set points in the second and third sets before capitulating in the fourth-set tie-break.Millman had never beaten a top-10 player before but suddenly found himself with five match points against arguably the greatest male player of all-time.After Federer rallied to save two of them, Millman completed victory at almost 01:00 local time in a humid New York when the out-of-sorts Swiss lumped a forehand long.It was Federer’s first defeat in 41 matches at the US Open against a player ranked outside the top 50.Federer, usually so calm and collected, was flustered throughout most of the match as he complained about crowd noise and became unusually vocal during some tense moments.“It was very hot and one of those nights where I felt I couldn’t get air,” he said.“I just struggled in the conditions and it was one of the first times it has happened to me.“You just keep sweating and lose energy. At some point I was just happy the match was over.”(BBC)Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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first_imgWhen forward Mike Bruesewitz enters the game, loose balls always seem to end up in his possession. The sophomore’s hustle has provided a spark for UW all year.[/media-credit]Mike Bruesewitz isn’t really a scorer. He doesn’t dominate games or grab the headlines, and he certainly doesn’t make many jaws drop or produce many “wow” moments.So what, besides a 6-foot-6, 220-pound sophomore forward, is he? What does he contribute to the No. 15/17 Wisconsin Badgers, winners of three straight and currently third in the Big Ten? What allows him to walk around Madison, let alone the Kohl Center, boasting a bold, sprawling red-orange afro?“He gets involved,” assistant coach Lamont Paris said. “That is the best thing he does, he gets involved. Every play, every ball; whether it’s offense or defense, he gets involved. He has the ability to be near the ball when a play is to be made.”When Bruesewitz does make plays, they’re typically not SportsCenter material. Bruesewitz is known for his shooting ability (.481 from the floor) and range (.351 from behind the arc), but his reputation is largely built on rebounding and hustle.“It’s his energy, his hustle,” senior forward Keaton Nankivil said. “Beyond him making the plays, that’s the kind of stuff that can spark other guys to make the same play. Mike’s out there getting on the floor, tipping the ball around. You see him dive at the beginning of the play and the ball’s still loose, you might want to be the second one to jump on it. The next play, you’re the first one to jump on it. He brings that kind of energy to our team.”Still, Bruesewitz’ rebounding numbers aren’t eye-popping. The St. Paul, MN native pulls down 2.9 rebounds per game – 1.5 offensive and 1.4 defensive. In 21.6 minutes of playing time, Bruesewitz also averages 5.3 points per game.So, how does a player like Bruesewitz get evaluated?“A lot of times, we just look and count his floor burns,” Paris said, smiling. “If he’s got double-digit floor burns, we know it was a pretty productive game for Mike.”Clearly, Bruesewitz has always been a high-energy, high-motor player with a knack for the grittier elements of basketball. Recruited out of Henry Sibley High School largely as a rebounder, Bruesewitz has taken significant leaps from his freshman year, when he saw just 7.4 minutes of playing time per game. He averaged just 1.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and .2 assists per game last year. Even his shooting percentages have risen – he shot .333 from the floor and didn’t make a three-pointer in eight tries.Nevertheless, Bruesewitz remains a fan – and coaches – favorite. This season, his accomplishments have risen beyond outrebounding his opponents and diving for loose balls – that’s typical fare by now. In the season debut against Prairie View A&M, he scored 11 points, pulled down six boards and contributed two assists. He was even perfect from the floor with 4-4 shooting (3-3 from three-point land).Against in-state rival Green Bay, Bruesewitz scored a career-high 18 points on 6-8 shooting (2-4 3-pt.) and grabbing four rebounds. At Northwestern Sunday, he scored 10 points while going 2-3 from behind the arc – the first road three-pointers of his career.“Coach Ryan always talks about adding on the floor, especially if you come off the bench,” Bruesewitz said. “I try to come in, bring some energy; defensively, try and take guys out of rhythm. Offensively, crash the boards, set good screens, get some guys open, knock down some shots if I’m open and be more aggressive. Just trying to be a complete player, I guess.”There lies the mentality – and explanation – behind Bruesewitz’ low-stat, high-energy playing style. Taking opposing offensive players (and teams) out of their rhythm, setting solid screens to keep his own offense moving and being aggressive are all things that are absent from the stat sheets.So while the lack of attention-garnering statistics may bother certain players, Bruesewitz – or “Bruiser” as he’s also affectionately referred as – doesn’t mind.“I don’t really try and look at the numbers too much,” Bruesewitz said. “The one number I like to look at is if we get a win, obviously. If my guy gets a couple more rebounds than me, I’m going to make sure those are defensive and not offensive. Numbers-wise, things will come. So numbers don’t really matter to me.”Looking solely at the amount of wins the Badgers have collected surely has Bruesewitz happy. UW is in the midst of a three-game winning streak – it’s first of the Big Ten season – and after trouncing Northwestern 78-46, took over sole possession of third-place. Purdue, at 6-2 in the conference, remains just a half-game ahead (Wisconsin is 5-2) and Ohio State is still undefeated at 8-0.Yet, after facing Penn State Saturday, Wisconsin will get its chance against Purdue, as the Boilermakers come to the Kohl Center Feb. 1. 11 days later, Ohio State will do the same. In between, the Badgers will get a chance at redemption against Michigan State – who handed them a devastating overtime 64-61 loss in East Lansing Jan. 11 – and travel to Iowa to face the Hawkeyes.Thus, as Nankivil put it, the Badgers are fortunate to have Bruesewitz as an x-factor.“[His play isn’t] a surprise to us because we do get to play with him every day,” Nankivil said. “We know the energy he has, the skill he has. I think where it does become an x-factor is when you see him in the game … hustling, hitting the open jumpers, creating shots for other people, playing defense; he’s just kind of the guy that as much as you look at scouting our team, it’s hard to compensate for someone who’s just out there and that active.”Active – once again, that’s the theme applied to Bruesewitz’ play. From Paris to Nankivil to the rest of Wisconsin’s roster and coaching staff, the numbers are insignificant. All that matters is the activity, energy and involvement.“Nobody’s going to go and pat you on the butt for getting on the floor and getting a jump ball,” Bruesewitz said. “Guys on the bench are going to get excited and coaches are going to say, ‘Yeah, he was doing what he was supposed to do.’ People in the stands aren’t going to get super excited about something like that, which is fine with me. I’m trying to play the game for my teammates and my coaches.”last_img read more

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first_imgCrimes against propertyat 11:10 A.M. on Sept. 22, two trailers became detached while being pulled by a University cart driven by a staff member. The trailers rolled into a non-USC male’s vehicle and caused minor damage to the vehicle.at 8:09 p.m. on Sept. 22, DPS officers responded to a report of a suspect driving a vehicle near entrance gate 5. The vehicle was identified as stolen by the license plate recognition system. The officers located the vehicle and the suspect was detained during a felony stop conducted by LAPD officers. The suspect was determined to be the girlfriend of the vehicle’s owner and he had mistakenly reported the vehicle stolen because he did not know she had it.Miscellaneous incidentsat 8:22 A.M. on Sept. 22, a faculty member reported receiving an envelope in the mail that contained two bullet casings at the Albert S. Raubenheimer Music Memorial Building.at 8:32 P.M. on Sept. 22,  a student reported that someone entered her possibly unlocked dorm room at Elisabeth Von Kleinsmid Memorial Residence Hall,  and rearranged her personal property. No property was removed and the student concluded that the incident might have been a prank.at 9:05 P.M. on Sept. 22, at Regal Trojan, a student reported that he donated to a suspect who came to his door collecting money for a charity, but the student now believes the charity is a fraud. The following incidents were reported in the USC Dept. of Public Safety incident report summary between Monday, Sept. 22, and Tuesday, Sept. 23. last_img read more

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 3, 2016 at 5:53 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Syracuse has earned its first-ever bid to the NCAA tournament and will play Georgia State in Gainesville, Florida on May 13.The 27th-ranked Orange finished the season 14-8 and 7-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, including its first-ever win in the ACC tournament. Georgia State (15-5, 4-0 Sun Belt) finished the 2015-16 season ranked No. 45.SU improved significantly in the second year under head coach Younes Limam after finishing last season 8-13.The Orange is led by Anna Shkudun, Valeria Salazar, and Gabriela Knutson, who make up the first three singles. No. 58 Shkudun is 12-10 in singles play, while Salazar is one win behind at 11-10. No. 78 Knutson has been the brightest spot at No. 3 singles, as she is 16-5 on the year.Salazar and Knutson currently make up the No. 26 doubles team in the nation. The duo is currently 12-3 at No. 1 doubles and has wins against multiple then-top 20 pairs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIf the Orange wins on May 13, it will play the winner of unranked South Carolina State and No. 1 Florida. Commentslast_img read more

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