19 Oct

Top Indonesian doctor quits COVID-19 task force

first_imgAkmal Taher has stepped down from his position as head of the health division of the national COVID-19 task force, citing what he said were the task force’s insufficient efforts to address the COVID-19 crisis.He submitted his resignation letter to COVID-19 task force chair Doni Monardo on Thursday evening.“Yes, I delivered the letter [on Thursday] night, but I had already talked about my plans to resign,” he said, as quoted by tempo.co on Friday. Akmal, a urologist and a professor at the University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Medicine, said the key to successfully handling the pandemic was rigorous testing, tracing and treatment.Read also: Indonesian health system might collapse soon: COVID-19 task forceHowever, he said testing and contact-tracing measures had not been optimally implemented, particularly in the effort to reduce the COVID-19 death rate in nine provinces – a task that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recent gave to Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Panjaitan.”I think I can fulfill my role carrying out the measures I believe in – namely testing, tracing and treatment – in another place,” Akmal said.In addition to the health division, the COVID-19 task force consists of a behavioral changes division, a technology and information division and a public communication division.Jokowi established the task force in July under the Committee for COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery. (aly)Topics :last_img read more

19 Sep

Cricket News While you were sleeping, KL Rahul storm devastated England in 1st T20

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: While you were sleeping, India on Tuesday night thrashed England by eight wickets in the first of three-match T-20 international series at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester. KL Rahul was the star of the Indian cricket team’s victory with an unbeaten 101 off just 54 balls. Rahul outclassed the English bowlers in their home conditions and powered India to a Royal victory.Earlier, Virat Kohli won the toss and choose to bowl first on the dry surface of Old Trafford. Batting first, England had a decent opening partnership between Jason Roy and Jos Buttler. Both the openers provided their team a blistering start and reached 50 in just 4.5 overs. However, then came Umesh Yadav who outpaced Roy (30 off 20 bowls) on the last ball of his third over.Rest of the work was done by Kuldeep Yadav who took his first T-20 fifer and send the half of the English team back to pavilion. Yadav took five wickets in his four-over spell and conceded just 24 runs.Butller, however, remained on the other side and helped England reach a fighting total of 159 runs in their 20-over innings. He scored 69 runs off just 46 bowls.Chasing a moderate total, India didn’t have the decent start and lost opener Shikhar Dhawan in the very first over. The inform southpaw could only manage to score four runs off four bowls.After Dhawan’s wicket, Virat Kohli promoted KL Rahul and sent him to bat at number three. Rahul, a traditional opener grabbed the opportunity with both hands and hit the English bowlers all over the ground. In his 54 bowls innings, Rahul smashed an unbeaten ton and hit 10 fours and five sixes.Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, played the responsible innings and scored 32 runs off 30 bowls. Rohit fall victim of Rashid in the thirteenth over of the innings.Skipper Kohli replaced Rohit and made sure India’s comfortable victory with eight bowls remaining. Kohli finished off in style by hitting a six to Moeen Ali on the second bowl of 19th over. With his 22-run innings, Kohli also became the fastest cricket to reach 2000 runs in T20 Internationals. Kohli took 56 innings to reach the milestone.Kuldeep Yadav was honoured with player of the match award for his best bowling figures of 5-24. last_img read more

17 Sep

Syracuse secures berth in ACC tournament, wins series against Virginia Tech

first_img Published on April 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Syracuse needed one win in its last three games to secure a berth in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, but the series started off in the worst way possible.On Saturday, Virginia Tech’s Lauren Gaskill sent the very first pitch of the three-game set into the netting beyond the right-field fence.But after two strong outings from Sydney O’Hara and extra-inning heroics from Danielle Chitkowski, the Orange (24-24, 12-12 ACC) took two games from Virginia Tech (32-20, 19-9), securing an ACC tournament berth in the program’s first season in the league.Syracuse split with the ACC’s second-best team on Saturday at SU Softball Stadium, winning 5-4 in eight innings before losing 10-0 after the mercy rule was enforced after six. Then on Sunday’s Senior Day, the Orange won the rubber match by a score of 7-3.For the Syracuse players, securing a berth in the ACC tournament in the team’s first season in the league is a statement to the conference that they too can compete with the best.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“People didn’t think we would be able to,” Chitkowski said. “First time in there, it’s a good feeling to show teams that we can compete in a better conference.”In the first game, the Hokies took a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but Syracuse was able to equalize after back-to-back opposite-field hits from Jasmine Watson and Julie Wambold.The game went into extra innings after a scoreless seventh, and Virginia Tech jumped in front courtesy of a RBI single off the bat of Amanda Ake.Down one in the bottom of the eighth, Chitkowski took a two-out, full-count pitch to the fence in right-center field, scoring Wambold from second and pinch runner Alexis Partyka from first.The walk-off guaranteed the Orange postseason play and sent the team flooding off the bench to maul Chitkowski.“Really, I was just thinking get the ball in play,” Chitkowski said. “Once it got through, I wasn’t even paying attention to me running, just everyone else scoring, but it was a good feeling.”On Sunday, the Orange came out all guns blazing, putting six runs on the board in the bottom of the third. Watson blasted a grand slam just inside the right-field foul pole and gave O’Hara all the run support she would need.Despite only striking out one, O’Hara went through the first 4 2/3 without allowing a hit. Through the rain on Saturday and cold on Sunday, the freshman earned wins 15 and 16, shutting down the Hokies’ potent offense.“They’re all great hitters, but I just had to be really careful and hit the corners,” O’Hara said. “The pitching has to be on point, and the pitching just has to trust the defense.”Virginia Tech hit one home run each in the fifth and sixth to narrow the deficit to 6-3, but O’Hara was able to work out of a jam to close out the win in the season’s final game.For SU head coach Leigh Ross, the feat of making the conference tournament in the team’s first season in the ACC shows just how far this young team has come since the beginning of the season.“Especially with the team that we have, we’re so young,” Ross said. “We’ve had so many obstacles and things that we’ve really had to overcome.”Although the win got the Orange to .500 overall and in conference, taking two games from the ACC’s second-best team signified much more than that for Ross heading into the conference tournament.“As a coach, it’s kind of what you always preach, the chemistry part,” Ross said. “We’re getting the experience part, so now it’s a combination.“We’re starting a new season in two weeks.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

29 Aug

Australian Football League outlines ambition in esports

first_imgThe Australian Football League (“AFL”) has revealed in an interview with FairFax Media that it is likely to get involved in esports. IEM heads to SydneyThe league has expressed interest in running a tournament at the Etihad Stadium which it gained ownership of back in October and has encouraged AFL clubs to sponsor or create their own esports teams. The interview with FairFax media doesn’t reveal anything concrete but implies that brands in Australia are starting to wake up to the idea of esports. With Intel Extreme Master: Sydney bringing top tier Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Australia for the first time, interest is likely to increase.Darren Birch, the AFL’s growth, digital and audiences general manager told Fairfax Media in an interview: “Esports is very strong in the millennial area, so for us it is about diverse exposure to that audience. That’s no different to AFLW where we became more relevant to a female audience.He continued: “whether that translates into football is somewhat relevant but also not totally relevant. We want AFL, through esports, to have the ability to generate a broader appeal for clubs and be able to bring more sponsors, revenue and consumption of your brand – whether that’s a live footy event or a live esports event.”Notable esports names to emerge from Australia include Damien “kpii” Chok and Anathan “ana” Pham who both compete in Dota 2. Ana’s rise to the top has been quite remarkable and the youngster has notched two Major titles with Dota record-breakers OG. His team will undoubtedly be favourite heading into this summer’s The International which could house the biggest esports prize-pool ever. Additionally he sits atop the Dota 2 public leaderboards. Esports Insider says: Hopefully the AFL aren’t just teasing and do get involved. I’m sure plenty of players have always wanted to go to Australia so the more competition taking place the better. The Etihad looks a fantastic  venue should they host an event there.last_img read more

30 Dec

Good news for Sunderland! Villa squad hit by sickness bug ahead of clash

first_img Tim Sherwood 1 Tim Sherwood has revealed he could be missing a number of key players against Sunderland after a sickness bug swept through the Aston Villa training ground.Sherwood refused to name the ill men but is facing an anxious wait to discover who will be available to play on Saturday for the visit of the Black Cats.“There’s a sickness bug around the training ground so there are a few players who have not been able to make training,” he said.“We have a couple of players, I don’t want to tell you who who they are but they’re not here today because they are ill.“They are not well today and the doc is having to do some overtime. We could miss a couple and there’s a couple who are not well now. I’d rather they weren’t well now rather than tomorrow.“There must be a bug going around, we’re just hoping it’s made its way to the north-east.”Sherwood could also be without Adama Traore at the weekend after the former Barcelona winger limped off in the League Cup win over Notts County on Tuesday with an ankle injury.“He hasn’t trained but we’re going to give him every opportunity to be fit,” said the boss.“He’s a massive talent, no-one wants him to be a sensation immediately more than I do but he has come from a weaker competition (Spain’s Segunda Division, with Barca’s B team) and it’s going to take him time.”last_img read more