Indonesia, South Korea join hands in COVID-19 response

first_imgBetween the two countries, the COVID-19 outbreak began much earlier in South Korea, near the end of January, whereas Indonesia only reported its first confirmed case in early March.At the time, there were so many unknown factors to the disease, but now Indonesia stands to benefit from the wealth of data available to determine the direction of its COVID-19 response.“[It] would practically make the unknown that little bit more familiar, and researchers could shed more light on what works and what doesn’t or what policies could be pursued,” Umar said during a virtual discussion hosted by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), on Wednesday.South Korea endured one of the worst early outbreaks of the disease outside China, and while it never imposed a compulsory lockdown, strict social distancing had been widely observed since March. Indonesia looks to learn more from South Korea in raising its capacity to curb viral infections, officials have said, as the special strategic partners work together in the multilateral response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Having recorded some of the highest transmission rates in all of Southeast Asia, Indonesia has struggled to “flatten the curve” of infection due to its limited testing capacity and slapdash policy decisions.Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Umar Hadi said the Korean Center for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and other related institutions could help Indonesian authorities respond better to the viral outbreak. Now the South appears to have brought its outbreak under control thanks to an extensive “trace, test and treat” program that has drawn widespread praise, AFP reports.In a population of 51 million, its death toll is little more than 250, and new cases have slowed to just a handful – 13 in the past three days, all of them arriving international passengers.At its peak, the country reported 909 cases in late February, Yonhap news agency reported.In contrast, since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first confirmed cases, Indonesia has recorded 12,776 infections and 930 deaths, according to Thursday’s official tally.“I think Indonesia can learn from this valuable data,” Umar said.“We need a kind of more structured, institutionalized communication or sharing between the KCDC and maybe the BNPB [National Disaster Mitigation Agency] or the Health Ministry in Indonesia so we can also benefit from the data collected in [South] Korea.”CSIS executive director Philips J. Vermonte pointed out that the pandemic had exposed vulnerabilities in various aspects of governance in Indonesia, especially its decision making and institutional capacity.Unlike South Korea, which had taken swift action against the outbreak, Philips said Indonesia had been very slow to respond in the beginning, and then proceeded with a half-hearted policy.The government took almost two weeks after its first COVID-19 case to set up a rapid response team, and the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) were only introduced by the end of March, at a time when more than 1,500 people were already infected by the coronavirus.Since the onset of the pandemic, Indonesia and South Korea have joined hands to cooperate on mitigating the health crisis.In late March, South Korea put Indonesia on its priority list for quarantine supplies exports, which includes test kits.The government in Seoul recently pledged to provide a US$500,000 grant to Indonesia in the form of test kits and rechargeable power sprayers for sanitation.Previously, the head of the national COVID-19 task force, Doni Monardo, said Indonesia exported ready-to-use personal protective equipment (PPE) to South Korea as compensation for procuring raw materials from the South to meet domestic needs.The Foreign Ministry’s director general for Asia, Pacific and African affairs, Desra Percaya, noted that the two countries just concluded negotiations on the Indonesia-South Korea Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IK-CEPA), but said that, “in order for this to work, we should first address, adapt and adjust to the ‘new normal’ by working hand in hand to revive international trade as an engine for growth”.The two countries concluded the negotiations in November last year and look to sign the CEPA by the first half of 2020.South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Chang-beom hailed the cooperation, saying the two countries have worked well when compared to partnerships with other countries.“President Moon [Jae-in] and President Jokowi spoke the same language when they attended the G20 special virtual summit in April,” he said during the discussion on Wednesday.“And then our foreign ministers Ibu Retno [Marsudi] and Minister Kang [Kyung-hwa] have led efforts to tackle COVID-19 through global collaboration and coordinated responses at various forums.”Topics :last_img read more

‘I should have just Cruyff’d him!’ Ben Foster acknowledges his error after Watford’s loss to Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement ‘I should have just Cruyff’d him!’ Ben Foster acknowledges his error after Watford’s loss to Arsenal Aubameyang moved onto 18 goals for the Premier League season (Getty Images)Speaking to Sky Sports, Foster said: ‘We’re absolutely gutted in there. I’ve said sorry to the lads and to the fans. I think I should have just Cruyff’d him to be honest with you but it’s not really my style!AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Daryl’s played the ball back to me and I’ve just tried to just drag it onto my left and hit it out wide and before I know it he’s bloody on me, God he’s fast. Fair play to him, he’s absolutely rapid.‘I was walking off the pitch there speaking to Bernd Leno and he said ‘it’s not your fault, he’s too quick!’ and I totally agree, it’s a good goal to be honest.‘With hindsight with players like Aubameyang, you’ve got to just get rid as quick as you can, you know he’s gonna be on you, it’s not the time to mess about. Just shell it even if it goes into row Z.‘I’m definitely not a modern goalie, I’m happy to put it in row Z, they can’t score from row Z. I just thought I’d probably had a little more time than I did and got a bit slow and lazy with it.‘Lesson learned, next time I’ll put my boot through it.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Ben Foster apologised to Watford’s fans after his mistake against Arsenal (Getty Images)Ben Foster has joked that he should have attempted a Cruyff turn after he was caught out by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang during Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford at Vicarage Road.The veteran goalkeeper received a back-pass from Daryl Janmaat and took a touch before looking to play the ball out from the back and initiate an attacking move for his side.However, Foster took too long to release the ball and his attempted clearance was blocked by Aubameyang with the ball deflecting into the back of the net after ten minutes.That goal proved to be the winner and Foster admitted that he was guilty of underestimating just how quick Aubameyang is, stating that he felt he had more time to clear the ball.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterMonday 15 Apr 2019 10:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link349Shares Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Finnish pension providers see ‘outstanding’ equity results due to ECB

first_imgFinnish pension providers have seen their first-quarter returns boosted by the European Central Bank’s (ECB) monetary policy, with one claiming “outstanding” results as a consequence of the quantitative easing programme.Pensions insurer Varma reported a 5.3% return on investments in the first three months of this year, which increased the provider’s solvency level.The return was up from the 2% posted in the same period last year.Risto Murto, president and chief executive at Varma, said: “For pension investors, this year started out exceptionally strong.” Solvency capital increased to a level of 38.1% of technical provisions, from 32.9% at the end of March 2014, Varma said in its interim report.The company said its return on investments was lifted in particular by the strong increase in share prices as well as the strengthening dollar, since a proportion of its currency position had been unhedged.All asset classes posted positive returns, with equities making the highest at 9.6%, compared with 2.6% in the same period last year.Fixed income investments returned 2%, up from 1.5%, due to the decline in interest rates.‘Other’ investments, including hedge funds, produced 4.7% in the quarter, up from 1.9%, while real estate returned 2%, after 2.1% the year before.Murto said increasing the long-term growth potential of the Finnish economy was a big challenge.“The zero-rate environment, low level of investments and poor development of productivity all paint a bleak picture,” he said, adding that there was a shortage of growth and innovation.Elo said it also returned 5.3% in the first three months of the year, aided by a 13.2% return from stocks and rising as high as 20.1% for individual listed companies in Finland.The €20.9bn provider also credited the weakening euro with some of the “outstanding” gains, but CIO Hanna Hiidenpalo struck a cautious note.“Equity market values are to some extent already very high,” she said. “It seems the trends in the real economy and the investment market are diverging.”Elo said fixed income returns, at 1.1%, were higher than expected in the current low and negative yield environment across Europe.Across its entire portfolio, only listed equities managed double-digit returns of 14.8%.The second-best result was achieved by its private equity portfolio, with 6.4%.Etera, which saw assets under management increase to €6bn on back of 4% returns, praised the success of its diversified portfolio.Stefan Björkman, its managing director, argued that, in light of its asset allocation, the return over the first quarter was good.“A considerable proportion of our investments are in real estate and private equity and debt, which do not react to quick market moves,” he noted.In line with other providers, Etera saw the best returns stem from its 11.5% allocation to listed equities.The 8.6% overall return in equities, stemming from 2.8% in private equity and 4.6% in unlisted equity, was also well above the results achieved by its bond, real estate and ‘other’ investments.Ilmarinen achieved the best overall return of the four providers, at 7.1%, as listed equities returned 17.7% and both fixed income and direct real estate 1.2%.Chief executive Timo Ritakallio said he accepted that the ECB’s intervention had given equity markets a “boost”, but the €37bn mutual’s new CIO Mikko Mursula warned of “strong fluctuations” to the price of listed equity.“With interest rates at zero, investors are still heading towards the equity markets, although quite a long and severe rise in share prices lies behind us,” Mursula said.last_img read more

Senators wary of China’s possible control over NGCP

first_img “Part of the plan of China Telecom is to use the wires of NGCP for their mid-mile telecommunication,” Recto said, referring to the Chinese firm that is part of the consortium to operate the country’s third telco. “We should always be vigilant when it comes to the transmission line,” he said. “It’s delivering power from Luzon all the way down to Mindanao. If someone will jeopardize our economy, they will just have to switch it off.” Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, who chairs the Senate Energy Committee, said that State Grid’s concession agreement limits the firm from assigning Chinese officials to man the equipment. Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian “The Chinese can give technical assistance… [but] only Filipinos can manage the transmission lines,” he added. “While the law provides safety nets, it will not hurt to err on the side of caution.” “Regardless of the country, we have to make sure that safeguards are being implemented with regards to the transmission line, kasi isa lang ang transmission line natin so natural monopoly ‘yan,” Gatchalian said. State Grid Corp. of China, which owns a 40-percent stake in the NGCP, could compromise national security, Sen. Ralph Recto said, adding that they can turn off the Philippines’ power transmission grid “remotely.” MANILA – Several lawmakers have expressed concern about a China-controlled company’s 40-percent stake in the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) – the country’s lone power transmission line, saying this could compromise national security. The NGCP earlier allayed fears that its technical partner would try to shut down the Philippines’ power lines./PNlast_img read more

Alzheimer’s Association plans ‘Lunch & Learn’ in Milan

first_imgMilan, In. — The Greater Cincinnati Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will hold a “Lunch & Learn” session on Tuesday, January 8 from noon to 1 p.m. at the Milan Public Library. The library is located at 1171 N. Warpath Drive in Milan.The program will focus on the difference between Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, the stages and risk factors.The program is approved for continuing education credits for social workers in Indiana and Ohio for a cost of $15.The staff of Ripley Crossing will provide lunch at 11:30 a.m.Register online here or call 513-721-4284.last_img read more

Rodgers plays down Redknapp claim

first_imgLiverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has played down Harry Redknapp’s assertion he agreed to become his assistant if he got the England job but admits he would have considered the offer. Press Association “My version was that April when I was manager at Swansea, Harry had asked me after the game when we played,” he said. “He pulled me aside and it was a unique conversation because he was obviously very confident – as was the nation – he was going to be offered the national team job. “Here was a Premier League manager asking another Premier League manager to come and work with him at the European Championships. “It was a quick conversation. I was aware he was very keen for me to team up with him if he was given the role. “There was no decision either way. Out of the respect I have for Harry I was going to consider it. “He is a wonderful chemist, he knows what he wants from a team, knows the types of players and knows the exciting type of football and I think he wanted someone to come and implement those ideas. “There was no answer yes or no but I would have considered it for him. “Obviously at the end of it all it was irrelevant as the job was given to Roy and he has done a brilliant job. “I was really happy at Swansea. I had spoken to them about the possibility but it was something that after the appointment was made there were no further thoughts on it. “I saw that if it was to happen it would be a unique opportunity to show British players could play football: they are technically and tactically very strong they just need that support and confidence to go and play that way.” center_img In his recently-published autobiography, Redknapp claimed the Northern Irishman accepted his proposal, which was made when the then Tottenham boss was hot favourite to become Fabio Capello’s successor. However, Rodgers said it never got as far as that. last_img read more

Absence of Warner, Smith would weaken Australian side: Mohammed Shami

first_imgKolkata: India pacer Mohammed Shami on Monday said the possible absence of Steve Smith and David Warner would weaken the Australian side, but India would still require a sound plan to achieve success Down Under.Banned Australian captain Smith and vice-captain Warner could well make an early comeback in the India series after Cricket Australia announced that it will give “due consideration” to the Australian Cricketers Association’s (ACA) demand for revoking the ball-tampering bans on the premiere cricketers.“If those two don’t play, they will obviously be weakened. But in the end, you have to stick to your plan and work on your strengths,” Shami told reporters on the sidelines of Bengal vs Madhya Pradesh Group B Elite Ranji Trophy match.ACA has increased the pressure on CA to lift the ban on Smith and Warner ever since an independent review claimed that the ‘culture’ nurtured by the board contributed to the ball-tampering scandal, which rocked the nation in March.Asked about the team’s preparation ahead of the Australia tour, Shami said the pace battery would look to work on their line and length.“As a fast bowling unit, we did well in England. We are preparing for the Australia series and watching a lot of videos. The plan is to focus on the series as much as possible as the opponents are very strong. We will work on getting the line and lengths right,” Shami said.“We will always try to do our best. Winning or losing also depends on luck. We will give our 100%.”The four-Test series begins on December 6 at the Adelaide Oval.In England, Shami did not fare all too well despite bowling well. The 28-year old took 16 wickets in five matches.In white-ball cricket, the Bengal fast bowler got a chance to prove his mettle against the West Indies in the first two One-dayers where first choice quicks Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were rested.Shami had two average games leaking runs aplenty on each occasion and was subsequently dropped for the last three ODIs.Asked about his chances in the World Cup next year with India having a lot of pace options now, the latest being Khaleel Ahmed, Shami said he can only focus on improving his performance. IANS Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

List of Test cricket hat-tricks

first_img(REUTERS) – List of Test cricket hat-tricks after Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath became the 38th bowler to achieve the milestone against Australia on the second day of the second Test at Galle yesterday.Player Team Opponent DateFred Spofforth Australia England Jan. 2, 1879Billy Bates England Australia Jan. 20, 1883Johnny Briggs England Australia Feb. 2, 1892George Lohmann England S. Africa Feb. 14, 1896Jack Hearne England Australia June 30, 1899Hugh Trumble Australia England Jan. 4, 1902Trumble Australia England March 8, 1904Jimmy Matthews# Australia S. Africa May 28, 1912Matthews# Australia S. Africa May 28, 1912Maurice Allom England N. Zealand Jan. 10, 1930Tom Goddard England S. Africa Dec. 26, 1938Peter Loader England W. Indies Jul 25, 1957Lindsay Kline Australia S. Africa Jan. 3, 1958Wes Hall W. Indies Pakistan Mar. 29, 1959Geoff Griffin S. Africa England June 24 1960Lance Gibbs W. Indies Australia Jan. 30, 1961Peter Petherick N. Zealand Pakistan Oct. 9, 1976Courtney Walsh* W. Indies Australia Nov. 20, 1988Merv Hughes* Australia W. Indies Dec. 4, 1988Damien Fleming Australia Pakistan Oct. 9, 1994Shane Warne Australia England Dec. 29, 1994Dominic Cork England W. Indies July 30, 1995Darren Gough England Australia Jan. 2, 1999Wasim Akram Pakistan Sri Lanka Mar. 6, 1999Akram Pakistan Sri Lanka Mar. 14, 1999Nuwan Zoysa Sri Lanka Zimbabwe Nov. 26, 1999Abdul Razzaq Pakistan Sri Lanka June 21, 2000Glenn McGrath Australia W. Indies Dec. 1, 2000Harbhajan Singh India Australia Mar. 11, 2001Mohammad Sami Pakistan Sri Lanka Mar. 8, 2002Jermaine Lawson* West Indies Australia May 5, 2003Alok Kapali Bangladesh Pakistan Aug. 29, 2003Andy Blignaut Zimbabwe Bangladesh Feb. 22, 2004Matthew Hoggard England W. Indies April 3, 2004James Franklin N. Zealand Bangladesh Oct. 20, 2004Irfan Pathan India Pakistan Jan. 29, 2006Ryan Sidebottom England N. Zealand Mar. 8, 2008Peter Siddle Australia England Nov. 25, 2011Stuart Broad England India July 30, 2011Sohag Gazi Bangladesh N. Zealand Oct. 13, 2013Broad England Sri Lanka June 20, 2014Rangana Herath Sri Lanka Australia Aug. 5. 2016* achieved over two innings# achieved in the same Test, once in each inningslast_img read more

Kessler, Williams “ready to go” for Saturday

first_imgFollowing USC’s 52-13 win over Fresno State in their season opener, the No. 14 Trojans are preparing to take on No. 13 Stanford in Palo Alto, California this Saturday.Sigh of relief · All-American defensive end Leonard Williams rolled his ankle during Tuesday’s practice, but will play against Stanford this weekend. Williams had seven total tackles and an interception against Fresno State. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanReady, Set, Go!All eyes were on USC’s two injured captains at Wednesday’s practice.Redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler fully participated in practice after sitting out the day before with a toe injury, but junior defensive end Leonard Williams was unable to practice and wore a tie-up ankle brace after rolling his ankle on Tuesday.When asked about his two leaders, head coach Steve Sarkisian said that both players are “ready to go” and assured all that they would both be able to play on Saturday.Fighting Speed with SpeedA lot of the attention this weekend will be on the explosive offense of Stanford, who beat UC Davis 45-0 last weekend, and how USC will react after running a Pac-12 record 105 plays during its rout of Fresno State.When asked about fighting fire with fire, freshman wide receiver-cornerback Adoree’ Jackson emphasized the mindset it takes.“It’s about doing the little things: playing smart, staying focused and not getting any dumb penalties,” Jackson said.As one of the fastest players on the team, Jackson is again expected to see playing time on both sides of the ball.“The speed that [Jackson] has matches up well defensively for us because he can really run,” Sarkisian said. “Offensively he’ll have a package for us as well.”Amid all of the focus on the speed of the two teams, Sarkisian stressed the fundamentals of defense and converting third downs.“You want to commit to defending the run, but then you know they can beat you with the deep ball to create explosive plays, which they were able to do last week,” Sarkisian said. “Efficiency on third downs is going to be something to watch closely because both of us want to extend drives and the best way to do that is converting on third down.”Just Another GameAfter a successful home opener to start off the year, the Trojans face a much different atmosphere as they head up the road for the first big test as a team aspiring to win the Pac-12 South.Sophomore safety Su’a Cravens did not seem too concerned with all the chatter around the elite matchup.“We can’t make the game bigger than what it is,” Cravens said. “It’s only week two. We’re going to approach it like we approach every game.”Cravens knows all about making an impact against Stanford, as he had a key interception late in last year’s 20-17 win against the Cardinal.Sarkisian hopes to see Cravens utilize his unique skillset again this year.“Su’a’s versatility is a real key for us in this game because he can play down in the box and be physical, and then he can be a deep safety in some of our nickel sets and everything in between,” Sarkisian said.Beat the FarmWhen the word rivalry is heard, most at USC will immediately think of a school in Westwood, California or one in South Bend, Indiana. But the rivalry with Stanford has become one of the most exciting matchups for the Trojans year in and year out.Coming off a year where unranked USC knocked off 5th-ranked Stanford, the two teams enter Saturday side-by-side in the latest AP poll — Stanford sits at No. 13 while USC is No. 14.Senior linebacker Hayes Pullard compared Saturday’s game to a test, saying the preparation done on the practice field has prepared the team for this Saturday’s matchup and that the team is itching to play.last_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s 71-69 win at Virginia Tech

first_imgBLACKSBURG, VA — Syracuse (11-7, 4-3 Atlantic Coast) beat Virginia Tech (13-5, 4-3), 71-69 in a game that nearly fell out of control. The Orange controlled the game in the first half, yet the Hokies cut the lead to three points once and then to just a point with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Despite a game-icing shot misfiring from Elijah Hughes, the Orange held on.Here are three takeaways from the game.In the doghouseAfter an early timeout and Virginia Tech’s second-straight 3-pointer to jump out to a seven-point lead, Bourama Sidibe waltzed to the bench when he was immediately met by a furious Jim Boeheim who wagged his finger in Sidibe’s face. For nearly a minute, Boeheim hollered at Sidibe, who shook his head and slouched his shoulders. Since he had been in the game, a part of a season-long struggle, Sidibe committed fouls, allowed offensive rebounds against smaller players and failed to rotate properly on defense.Sidibe was replaced by Quincy Guerrier, who the Orange found success with. When Sidibe returned, his clear height advantage sometimes showed. Sidibe finished inside when he was open and pulled down an offensive board, but another over-the-back foul caused Boeheim to approach him again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCool it, Buddy During a first-half stretch when Hughes went dormant, Buddy Boeheim erupted for 18 points on 7-13 shooting from the field. Over and over again, Buddy was the first person Syracuse looked for at the beginning of the possession and the last one to watch it fall through the net.Buddy’s first shot was an air-ball that caused the crowd to chant playful jeers, and from that moment the sophomore looked for his shot on every possession. He tried tough step-backs, spot-up 3-pointers and looked to shoot every time of the catch. After Guerrier pulled down an offensive rebound, he dumped the ball out to Buddy to start a new possession, but Buddy fired right away. The shot started an eight-point stretch for Buddy alone, including a tough layup finish and a deep pull-up 3-pointer in transition.SU head coach Jim Boeheim called him “the best shooter on the team” two games prior in a win over Virginia, and Buddy played like it. He took the shots the best shooter takes and made many of them seemingly with ease.A near-collapse Though the shots were not falling, Hughes continued to put his head down and drive into the rim. His first step wasn’t quick enough, so he turned his back to the rim and muscled his way inside. His turnaround floater fell, and Hughes trailed the referee down the court, begging him to look closer at the contact that had caused him so much trouble earlier. The shot was Hughes’ second make in nine attempts. The ball came to him often, but the Orange’s best player didn’t deliver.Buddy had cooled off from an electric first-half, and the Orange searched for alternative options. They still looked to get Buddy shots, but most of the time SU was cut off by a Virginia Tech team that tightened its man defense to deny Buddy the ball. And when the Orange lost its scoring touch, the Hokies gained theirs. The Hokies hit multiple 3-pointers in a row and cut the lead to three. The stretch provided flashbacks to Syracuse’s collapse in the Carrier Dome earlier in the year. Even when it seemed like the Orange inched closer away, a 3-pointer quickly changed the game. In the end, the Orange hung on just enough to get the win. Comments Published on January 18, 2020 at 2:07 pm Contact Michael: | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more