Topics : President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on the Health Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to improve and accelerate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and mass rapid testing across the country.“I have asked for people at high risk, doctors and their families, people under monitoring and patients under surveillance be prioritized in the PCR and rapid testing,” Jokowi said during a limited meeting on Monday.“We should accelerate the examinations in laboratories, so we can detect [COVID-19] cases faster,” he added. COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said his team had handed Rp 14 billion (US$848,000) to the Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology in Jakarta, one of the research agencies conducting lab tests for COVID-19.“We hope the Eijkman Institute can quickly increase its capacity to conduct examinations,” Doni, who also heads the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said after the meeting with Jokowi.Read also: Indonesia to receive 50,000 COVID-19 PCR test kits from South KoreaIn addition to conducting PCR swab tests, the government is also attempting to gain a clearer picture of the coronavirus spread through rapid testing, and has so far distributed some 400,000 rapid testing kits to regions across the country, with priority given to the hardest-hit areas such as Greater Jakarta. A number of regional administrations have record hundreds of coronavirus cases using rapid testing kits over past few days, although experts warn they are less accurate than PCR tests.The Jakarta administration has recorded 589 positive cases from the 24,015 people who have undergone rapid tests as of Monday.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has said that of the 22,000 rapid tests conducted using blood samples in at least 27 regencies and cities, 677 people had tested positive for COVID-19 in the province.The official figure includes only cases confirmed using PCR tests, with Indonesia recording 2,491 confirmed cases and 209 deaths as of Monday.Read also: Carry out proper mass testing with PCR, experts sayThose who have tested positive for coronavirus using rapid tests could be required to go into immediate isolation, but still need to undergo PCR screening to confirm their status.In addition to testing kits, the government has distributed some 390,000 units of personal protective equipment (PPE) to regions across the archipelago with 105,000 more to be distributed soon.Jokowi said during Monday’s meeting that authorities needed to supervise the distribution of PPE to ensure it arrived at hospitals.“We will prioritize distribution to regional hospitals,” Doni said, adding that the government would also focus on deploying volunteers to regional hospitals that lacked medical personnel.
Members of the Indonesian professional sports community are among those who have to slow things down as the pandemic continues to thwart plans to put on regular events.One league has been cancelled, while another has been put on hold.The national top-tier basketball league, the Indonesian Basketball League (IBL), has decided to cancel the 2020 season after the sixth series as the organizers thought it would be too risky to run the competition during the pandemic. This year’s season was originally scheduled to take place from January to March. However, as a result of the pandemic, which hit the country in March, the operator decided to delay resuming several times before eventually calling it off.“After the delays, the 2020 league was planned to resume from Oct. 13 to 27, and we had made preparations for it,” IBL president director Junas Miradiarsyah said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com. “Nevertheless, looking at the latest pandemic developments, and considering that we’re here to support the government [in tackling the coronavirus], we have decided to cancel the 2020 season. We’ve discussed the matter internally, and we think this is the best decision for all,” he added.The 2020 season ends without a champion but all statistics remain recorded, the organizers said in a statement on Monday. Furthermore, the organizers have said they would still give individual awards, which are set to be announced on Oct. 18. Junas appreciated all support given by all parties, especially those that played a big part in setting up health protocols while preparing for the league to restart.Meanwhile, the country’s top tier soccer league, Liga 1, is still on hold as the authorities have not yet issued approval for matches to continue as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Indonesia continues to rise.On Sept. 28, the National Police said they did not give approval for Liga 1 and Liga 2 to restart.“In regard to a plan to resume Liga 1 and Liga 2 on Oct. 1, the National Police have decided not to issue a crowd permit due to the increasing confirmed COVID-19 cases,” said National Police spokesman, Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono.This season’s Liga 1 started in February, while Liga 2 began in November 2019.In line with the police’s stance, Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) chairman Mochamad Iriawan has officially announced a month-long delay for both leagues. Epidemiologist Dicky Budiman of Australia’s Griffith University approved of the PSSI’s decision to put the leagues on hold. “Whatever the activity, if we still have a high prevalence [of COVID-19 cases], the risk of transmission of the virus is nevertheless still high,” said Dicky as quoted by kompas.com on Sept. 30, adding that hosting soccer matches that attract crowds would defeat the nation’s efforts to curb the virus. Refusing to feel low, Liga 1’s Arema FC has said it remains optimistic that the league will eventually be resumed. Meanwhile, Persib Bandung’s coach Robert Rene Alberts said the unlikely situation had significantly affected his players.Elsewhere, more than 700 taekwondo athletes in Medan, North Sumatra, took level up tests at the North Sumatra administration hall in Deliserdang on Sunday with the organizers applying strict health protocols.The protocols required participants to have a body temperature check, wash their hands and wear a face mask or face shield prior to entering the venue.“During the test, participants stand 1 meter from each other,” said organizer Hamdhani Syahputra. (nkn/uni) 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 : #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap
The ORCA Hub, a consortium of five UK universities, has unveiled fully autonomous drones that can inspect offshore energy infrastructure.The ORCA Hub is led by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, a partnership between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. The consortium also includes Imperial College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Liverpool.Unveiling recent results at its third presentation to industry, the ORCA Hub showcased the application of 16 autonomous and semi-autonomous robotic solutions at ORE Catapult in Blyth, near Newcastle, including the fully autonomous drones.“Our drones are fully autonomous. As well as visually inspecting a turbine for integrity concerns, ours make contact, placing sensors on the infrastructure, or acting as a sensor itself, to assess the health of each asset. Our technology could even deposit repair material for certain types of damage,” Dr Mirko Kovac, director of the aerial robotics laboratory at Imperial College London, said.“This has far reaching applications including removing the need for humans to abseil down the side of turbines which can be both dangerous and expensive. Our drones could also reduce the number of vessels travelling to and from wind farms, providing the industry with both cost and environmental benefits. The ORCA Hub’s objective is to remove humans from hard to reach, hazardous and dangerous work environments and our demonstration to industry presents the far-reaching potential of this robotic solution.”Other demonstrations included Limpet, an integrated multi-sensing device designed for deployment in large collectives. Limpet can be used on or around an offshore asset for integrity monitoring and inspection.Equipped with nine sensing devices and four methods of communication integrated into a single platform, Limpet is said to replace the need for multiple sensors to be used for integrity monitoring on wind turbines. Able to wirelessly communicate with each other, or a human operator, Limpet works subsea or topside and can provide an early warning system for asset inspection and maintenance requirements.Senior Research Engineer at EDF, Tariq Dawood, said: “Research of this kind is of huge interest to us as one of the UK’s leading renewable companies and we seek to employ the latest technology in our offshore asset inspection procedures. As renewable energy infrastructure grows in both scale and complexity, we will watch closely to determine how this sophisticated technology, including autonomous and semi-autonomous robotics solutions, can be best deployed and we look forward to supporting ORCA Hub’s objectives going forward.”
Top L-R Sara Bauer, Sydney Hornberger, Makayla PlymaleBottom L-R Lucy Herth, Nicole Crawley, Lauren RaboldCINCINNATI, Ohio. — Girl Scouts of Greater Cincinnati recently awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award to 30 scouts across the greater Cincinnati area.Locally there are six girl scouts receiving the Gold Award, the highest honor awarded to girls in Grades 9 – 12.Sara Bauer, Sunman, Sydney Hornberger, Sunman, Makayla Plymale, Sunman, Lucy Herth, Brookville, Nicole Crawley, Guilford, and Lauren Rabold, Lawrenceburg all received this prestigious award.For more information about the girls and their projects, visit www.gswo.org/goldawardslocal.
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Tony Harris found victory lane for the first time this season with a convincing run in Saturday’s Virginia Sprint Series feature at Natural Bridge Speedway. (Photo by Jim Haines)By Jim HainesNATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (July 14) – After numerous top five finishes this year, Tony Harris got the lead on lap one and wired the Virginia Sprint Series feature at Natural Bridge Speedway for his first win of the season.Bill Rice and Chris Ware paced the Saturday IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car field to green but Harris quickly swept low and to the front.Mike Leraas worked on Rice for second as Harris cruised up front. At halfway, Leraas made it to second but nobody could catch Harris. Rice ended in third.Feature results – 1. Tony Harris; 2. Mike Leraas; 3. Bill Rice; 4. Daren Bolac; 5. Chris Ware; 6. Ben McCall; 7. Tom Humphries.
The proud Wisconsin men’s hockey program has six national championships, 11 Frozen Four appearances and dozens of all-Americans, but until recently, the Badgers were always missing something — a Hobey Baker Award-winner.Thanks to former tri-captain Blake Geoffrion, UW can now cross that off the list.Geoffrion was given the honor of college hockey’s best player at the 2010 Frozen Four in Detroit with family, fans, coaches and, of course, teammates watching. The rest of the Badgers, sporting their unique playoff mustaches, had front-row seats as they applauded their honored captain.“He’s very deserving. I think he embraces what Hobey Baker was, as they described him. Being a talented athlete, but perhaps a better human being,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said.Geoffrion beat out Maine’s Gustav Nyquist and New Hampshire’s Bobby Butler to win the Hobey Baker.The award was first given out in 1981, and the Badgers have had plenty of talented candidates passed over since its induction. Players like Mark Johnson, Gary Shuchuk, Steven Reinprecht, Brian Rafalski and Dany Heatley come to mind when thinking of the great talents of UW’s past, but Geoffrion is the one and only Hobey Baker award winner.The Brentwood, Tenn. native insisted throughout the season he wasn’t concerned with individual awards or honors. He was focused on winning a national championship in his final collegiate season.Unfortunately, that goal was never achieved, as Boston College emerged victorious in the national title game. The Badgers as a team were not able to get their hands on a regular season or postseason trophy, but Geoffrion brought home some hardware for UW.Now, the Hobey may be an individual award, but Geoffrion’s accomplishment spoke to the terrific group of players he played with throughout the season. The Badgers can look to Geoffrion’s historic honor as a representation of their tremendous season.The Hobey Baker award may not be the seventh national championship the Wisconsin hockey program hoped for, but it was a long awaited first for UW.It was a moment that added even more glory to Wisconsin’s hockey legacy, as the highest individual honor was finally bestowed on a member of the cardinal and white.“It’s an honor to win the award,” Geoffrion said. “And I’m just happy to bring this award back to the Wisco family.”Geoffrion didn’t bring a national title to Madison, but with the Hobey Baker Award, he certainly left his mark on the Badger program.
Meanwhile a former Mayo manager says that Tipperary’s Robbie Kiely was unfortunate to receive a black card in the first half of yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Mayo.The centre-back was dismissed inside the first 10 minutes for a challenge on Jason Doherty.James Horan criticised the need for a black card in Gaelic football and described Kiely’s situation as ‘incredibly harsh.’ The Premier’s season came to an end yesterday when Mayo beat them in the All-Ireland semi-final.Tipperary reached the last four despite losing many highly-rated players from the panel at the start of the year.Kearns is hoping that Tipp’s exploits this summer will entice some of them to come back into the fold.
Newly appointed Acting Board Chairman of Accra Great Olympics, Fred Pappoe has promised to get Accra Great Olympics back to Ghana’s elite division.Accra Great Olympics has been struggling for three seasons in the the second tier league but the teeming fans of the club now have a reason to smile after Fred Pappoe’s pronouncement.Speaking on Multi Tv’s sports show on Badwam,Agokansie, Fred Pappoe said the current crop of leaders at the club are bent on returning Accra Great Olympics to its glorious days.As part of the short term targets of the club, the newly appointed Acting Chairman of the club says his team will ensure that they get the “Dade Boys” back to the Premiership by the 2013/2014 season.According to him, the medium term target of the club is to ensure that the club becomes functional structurally and ultimately become one of the best if not the best in Ghana and Africa in the long term.He however appealed to the fans to desist from the practices that have affected the club negatively and rather remain resolute behind the team and support them in diverse ways to ensure that the dream to make Accra Great Olympics a household name in Ghana football once again a reality.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Vs. Dodgers: 2-7, 5.00 ERAAt Dodger Stadium: 0-5, 5.35 ERAHates to face: Chase Utley, 6 for 12 (.500), 1 triple, 1 HRLoves to face: Yasmani Grandal, 0 for 7, 3 KsUPCOMINGSaturday: Royals (RHP Ian Kennedy, 3-6, 4.44 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Brandon McCarthy, 6-3, 3.25 ERA), 4:15 p.m., FOXSunday: Royals (LHP Danny Duffy, 5-4, 3.51 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 13-2, 2.19 ERA), 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA— Bill Plunkett THE PITCHERSDODGERS RHP KENTA MAEDA (6-4, 4.76 ERA)Vs. Royals: Has never faced them beforeAt Dodger Stadium: 11-6, 3.23 ERAROYALS RHP JASON HAMMEL (4-7, 5.08 ERA) ROYALS at DODGERSWhen: Friday, 7:10 p.m.Where: Dodger StadiumTV: SportsNet LA