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Presidential Palaces to implement ‘new normal’ protocols

first_imgThe Presidential Palaces, the official residences and offices of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, will soon implement “new normal” protocols in day-to-day activities and official events in an effort to mitigate the risks of in-person activity during the COVID-19 outbreak.”The President has instructed us to carry out daily activities [in the palace] in accordance with the new normal measures,” Presidential Secretariat head Heru Budi Hartono said in a statement on Thursday.He explained that all four presidential palaces, which are in Jakarta, Bogor, Bali and Yogyakarta, would implement similar measures. Under the “new normal” protocols, the Baiturrahim mosque in the Jakarta Presidential Palace will resume mass prayers with strict health measures.”We will reduce the mosque’s maximum capacity to 20 percent of the original. Previously, the mosque could accommodate 750 people. Now it has become 150,” Heru said.Read also: MRT Jakarta resumes normal operational hours, with limited capacity during transition periodSeveral hand washing stations will be placed at the entrances to the mosque and at the area for wudu (ablutions). “By implementing the new normal measures, I think we will be able to worship comfortably,” Heru said.The presidential palace will also limit the number of attendees at formal functions.”For inauguration ceremonies, for example, we will limit the number of guests to 5 to 7 people,” Heru said, adding that the attendees would be required to maintain physical distance.The palace will also continue to conduct rapid tests on its guests. The guests, including ministers and their drivers, will be required to wear face masks.The annual flag-hoisting ceremonies, commonly carried out on the palaces’ grounds to commemorate Independence Day, will now be held online. The palace also aims to reduce the number of journalists reporting in person by providing livestreams of President Jokowi’s activities.Topics :last_img read more


A growing family that needs more room, is saying goodbye to their renovated home

first_img71 Baroona Rd, MiltonPlace Paddington selling agent Michael Ford said the Milton property market had been overlooked as it was a relatively small inner-city suburb.“However, buyers have recognised the benefits from the lifestyle it affords you,” he said. “You can walk to international cultural and sporting events at Suncorp Stadium, enjoy the access to a number of top-performing schools, parks, quality cafes and fine dining, while still being able to train, bus or dare I say walk into the CBD.”The property goes to auction at 10am. Jim and Ailie Wagner and their two children Neill and Caitlin at their Milton home. Picture: Mark CallejaThe Wagner family from Milton are in desperate need of more space around their home as they prepare for the expansion of their family with baby No.3.And today, Jim and Ailie, who already have two children aged one and three, are very much looking forward to taking their home at 71 Baroona Rd to auction.“We’ve lived here for seven years,” Mr Wagner said. “My wife is heavily pregnant with our third child and we definitely need more space.”The three-bedroom, one-bathroom home is on a 433sq m block just a stone’s throw from Rosalie Village. 71 Baroona Rd, MiltonMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoMr Wagner said they had done some renovations to the property, including adding solar hot water, airconditioning, security screens and painting the home.He said major work to restore the front and back gardens had also been done, creating some off-street parking spaces.According to CoreLogic information, the median sale price for a home at Milton (12 months) is $965,000.Mr Wagner said the family planned to stay in the area. He thought the property would suit a young family or anyone who wanted a land holding in Milton.The home has open-plan living and dining areas and the kitchen has gas cooking plus a dishwasher. It has wide timber floors and high ceilings.last_img read more


Cairn makes oil discovery in Krishna-Godavari Basin

first_imgCairn India has made an oil discovery in the Krishna-Godavari Basin located off the East Coast of India.The news of the discovery was shared on Wednesday by Cairn’s parent company, Vedanta Limited.Vedanta said that the oil discovery was made in the second exploratory well H2, located in the block KG-OSN-2009/3, in the Krishna-Godavari Basin.Vedanta Limited holds a 100% participating interest in the block.According to Vedanta, multiple reservoir zones were encountered in the well H2 within the Mesozoic sequence between the depths of 3310m to 4026m with hydrocarbon indications during drilling and down hole logging. The zone from 3403m to 3431m was tested through conventional well testing (Drill Stem Test) and flowed oil to surface.The company noted that further appraisal would be required to establish the size and commerciality of the oil discovery in the Mesozoic sequence.As previously reported, the first exploration well A3-2 drilled in the block was a gas discovery.Evaluations are ongoing based on the results of the first well A3-2 and the second well H2 to finalize the forward program.last_img read more


Teacher accuses antidrug cops of stealing valuables

first_imgILOILO City – A school teacher accusedoperatives of the Police Regional Office 6’s (PRO-6) Regional Drug EnforcementUnit (RDEU) of stealing valuables from her home during a raid of a neighbor’shouse in Barangay Cuartero, Jaro district. According to Arlene Bolivar Braga, shelost a wristwatch, a jewelry box and its contents and a piggy bank. His next actions would depend on theresult of the probe, said Tuzon. Police Colonel Harold Tuzon, PRO-6deputy regional director for operations, confirmed having received thecomplaint. RDEU raided the house of Braga’sneighbor Romeo Tribunal on Dec. 4. But according to the teacher, some cops alsobarged into her house. Besas declined to issue a statement.His immediate superior, Tuzon, said PRO-6’s Regional Investigationand Detective Management Division would do the investigation. An investigation would be conducted onRDEU chief Police Lieutenant Jersy Besas and several policemen, he added. December last year, RDEU men were alsoaccused of stealing valuables during a raid of the house of 84-year-oldCandelaria Regalado in Barangay Sambag, Jaro.  Regalado was the mother-in-law ofslain drug lord Melvin Odicta Sr. She claimed to have lost P3-million worth ofjewelry and cash, and filed administrative and criminal charges against sixRDEU personnel and eight members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement AgencyRegion 6./PNlast_img read more


Super Eagles striker quits Thessaloniki

first_img Loading… Super Eagles striker, Brown Ideye, has announced his departure from Greek Superleague outfit Aris Thessaloniki on Monday. Ideye departed the club after failing to reach agreement with the club for a new deal that will extend his stay at the club. read also:Ideye demands response from Aris after Olympiacos defeat Ideye’s current deal expired June 30th and his now free to join any team of his choice as a free agent. The 32-year-old 2013 African cup of Nations winner made over 30 appearances for the club and scored 11 goals for them in all competitions. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The experienced goal poacher made the announcement through his social media handle in the early hours on Monday. In the short statement retrieved by brila.net via his page, Ideye thanked the management of the club and the supporters for how they made him feel at home during his time at the club. “Thank you @ARIS__FC for giving me the chance to be a part of ARIS family, to all the ARIS fans thanks a lot for making me feel I’m home, God Bless!!” he said in a social media post.Advertisement Promoted Content20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?Amazing Bridal Looks From Around The WorldWorld’s Most Stunning Ceiling Designs Ever6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?last_img read more


Ireland waiting on key duo

first_img O’Driscoll and Sexton are struggling with respective calf and hamstring problems and are rated doubtful for Sunday’s Aviva Stadium showdown with the All Blacks. Forwards coach John Plumtree insists time is on the duo’s side as they seek to recover for Ireland’s final match of the year. “We were very average against Australia and we’re very disappointed with that performance. We scrummed poorly,” Plumtree said. “We conceded a soft try from their drive which the boys are fuming at. “We knew it was coming, but we didn’t execute the plan we had in place, which makes it doubly irritating. “There’s been an extra edge in the forwards this week and there has to be. “We’re playing against probably the best side in the world and the pack needs to front up big time. “As a pack New Zealand are the ultimate test. It doesn’t get any tougher than this and we were irritated with our performance last week.” Brian O’Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton missed training on Wednesday but Ireland remain hopeful they will be passed fit for the climax to the Guinness Series against New Zealand. “It’s hard to say if they’ll be available. The nice thing is that we’ve got a long turnaround this week,” Plumtree said. “It’s only Wednesday, so they’ve got a day off on Thursday and then come in on Friday. “We’ve got that extra day which is great and hopefully by the time they come in on Friday they’ll be feeling a lot better.” O’Driscoll’s absence would be a bitter pill to swallow for both player and country given it will be his last chance to play New Zealand before retiring at the end of the season. There was more promising news over the availability of full-back Rob Kearney, who was able to train on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation from a rib problem. “Rob trained all right. I’m not sure how he’s feeling afterwards, but he took part full in the session, which was good. I’m sure he’ll be all right,” Plumtree said. The British and Irish Lions trio played in Saturday’s 32-15 defeat by Australia, a bitterly disappointing result and performance that saw Ireland beaten 4-0 on the try count. Plumtree was angry with the display of his pack and warned them a substantial improvement is required if they are to compete with the All Blacks. Press Associationlast_img read more


Rupununi suffer mixed fortunes in Women’s football …..GDF and Paiwomak meet in final today

first_imgREGION NINE, Rupununi,suffered mixed fortunes when the rescheduled semi-finals of the GFF’s Women’s Development League was staged yesterday morning at the Tucville ground.In the opening game,the GDF squeezed into the final via a Penalty shoot-out after the game against St. Ignatius ended 2-2 at the end of regulation and extra time.The Army lasses took the lead in the 7-a-side 30-minute contest as early as the 5th minute,thanks to pint-sized Abescie Heywood.The Region nine ladies cancelled out the lead within a minute when Vanessa Scipio found the back of the nets. The technically sound but much smaller St Ignatius side took the lead on the stroke of half time when Sonia Griffith converted.Army’s double goal-scoring ‘sheroe’ Abescie HeywoodThe Army came out aggressive in the final half as they attacked at will but without finding the back of the net until five minutes from the end when Heywood scored again from close up. The persistent raids on the St. Ignatius defence seemingly took its toll as the players looked physically drained.In the extra time period Griffith had a clear-cut opportunity to score the winner after she broke free down the middle only to be denied by a timely tip over the bar by the advancing Army’s goalkeeper,Ronette Cort,in the final minute of play.In the ensuing three Penalty kicks per team, The Army was perfect in their first two kicks while the Rupununi ladies shot wide of the mark in their two attempts to end their hopes of playing in today’s final.The other game, however,ended in regulation time as the Paiwomak FC proved technically superior and more organized than the Fruta Conquerors unit,winning by a 2-1 margin. A Samantha Roberts double (13 and 24 minutes) dented all hopes of the home team while Gillian Hawker was rock solid in defense for the Macushi ladies. Natalie Nedd netted Fruta’s consolation goal 4 minutes from the endThe third-place play-off between St. Ignatius FC and Conquerors FC will kick off at 16:00hrs today,followed by GDF versus Paiwomak FC in the final at Camp Ayanganna.(Ras Wadada)last_img read more


Coe congratulates Raynor over top post

first_img(CMC) – World Athletics president Lord Coe has written to congratulate Bermuda’s athletics chief Donna Raynor after she was confirmed as a member of a leading international group under his purview.Raynor, president of the Bermuda National Athletics Association (BNAA), has been appointed to the World Athletics Development Commission, beating out more than 150 other applicants, according to the Royal Gazette newspaper.“This is exciting and a great step for little Bermuda being appointed to the World Athletics Commission,” said Raynor of her new appointment, adding that she had received a congratulatory message from Coe, the 63-year-old London-born former middle-distance runner.As Sebastien Coe, he won four Olympic gold medals.Lord Coe told Raynor: “We know you will add considerable value and insight to the commission over this period and look forward to your input and contributions as we collectively aim to further grow and develop the sport.”Raynor said her international post will involve advising how to increase participation levels from grassroots to elite, monitoring and evaluating programmes and activities delivered by or on behalf of World Athletics and the promotion and protection of the values of athletics.“This shows that they are appreciating and respecting how we are running the sport of athletics in Bermuda,” she added.Raynor said the selection process started last October after she applied for positions on three commissions – competition, development and governance – and was endorsed by Mia Bean, a member of the BNAA board.“I felt my area of expertise was more suitable to the Development Commission. I was so pleased and excited when I received the email on March 16 stating that I was successful in my application.”She said preparation for the CARIFTA Games, the annual regional junior athletics showpiece due to be staged in Bermuda in April but now postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic,  “kind of took my mind off my application for this commission”.Raynor said: “I am sure once we get through this COVID-19, the roles, responsibilities, projects and meeting dates (of the commission) will be finalised and confirmed.”last_img read more


All in the family

first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoThe old adage is defense wins championships.Volleyball is no different, and the University of Wisconsin’s recent success can be directly attributed to the play of its defense, which has been anchored by junior libero Jocelyn Wack for the past three seasons. After reaching the Elite Eight the past two seasons, UW head coach Pete Waite credits much of the success to the steady play from Wack in the back row. “There was noticeable difference when she came in as a freshman,” Waite said. “We took a big step up in our level of our play and ball control. A lot of that was because of her.”For Wack, volleyball has been a part of not only her life, but also her entire family’s life.Wack’s older brother, Nate, and younger sister, Allison, also play the sport. The Wack siblings’ interest in volleyball began when their grade school gym teacher, Charlie Berg, who later would be Jocelyn and Allison’s high school coach, first introduced them to the game. Nate was the first to pick it up, but he did not always think highly of it.”I’ve [coached] them all since kindergarten, so I have a long lasting relationship with not only them but their parents,” Berg said. “Nate was one that didn’t take to volleyball initially. He was more into football and basketball and thought of volleyball as a sissy sport at first.”But Nate’s opinion toward the sport quickly changed.”Then we needed a guy for a boy’s club team,” Berg added. “He is really good friends with my son, who invited Nate to play. That’s pretty much how he got started with volleyball.”Once Nate started to play, both of his younger sisters got involved in volleyball.”My brother got into it and that is how I started doing camps because I noticed that he liked it, and I thought it was something I might like,” Jocelyn Wack said. “I started doing camps the summer before fourth grade with Mr. Berg, and that’s how it all started.””He gets them when they are in kindergarten, and he watched them grow and developed them over the years,” Wack’s mother, Michelle, added. “He got us all hooked on it.”Growing up in a volleyball family, life in the Wack household was always busy.”I coached club volleyball,” Wack’s mother said. “Our son played club and the girls each had their own teams so we had four different club schedules that we were all trying to work around.”And despite all three playing the same sport, Wack said she was not too competitive with her siblings growing up.”The three years was a big enough gap where [Allison and I] weren’t too competitive with each other,” Wack said. “Nate and I weren’t really [competitive with each other] at all, which is surprising — because of the same sport you’d think we would be. We’re all pretty supportive of each other.”And if it wasn’t for the support, Jocelyn Wack says she’s not certain she’d be where she is today.”I wouldn’t have the scholarship and playing Division I if I didn’t have my family and them pushing me to do all the things that I did,” Wack said. Even though she plays the position like she has been playing it her whole life, Wack has only been a libero for three years. Before switching positions her freshman year of college, Wack had been an outside hitter her whole life, which she also excelled at. As an outside hitter, Wack played on the varsity team at her high school — Westosha Central in Salem, Wis. — as a freshman. During her four years at Westosha Central she received several accolades, including being named the Gatorade State Player of the Year in both her junior and senior years. Because of her hard work, Wack was able to lead her team to a Division-I state title during her senior year, alongside her sister Allison. However, Jocelyn Wack’s senior season was bittersweet because she suffered a knee injury in the summer and missed most of the season. Wack was able to get back on the court in time for the state tournament where she earned all-tournament team honors.”I was out the first two months [and] I didn’t start coming back until a couple weeks before regionals and sectionals,” Wack said of her senior year. “It was tough just watching on the sidelines for a while, but then actually finally getting into play and leading my team on the court instead of off the court, I think, was pretty bittersweet.”Because her knee injury had not fully healed by the time she committed to play at Wisconsin, Waite approached her about switching positions to libero.”[Wack] really excels defensively, and as a passer,” Waite said. “That is something we really needed.” Height was also an issue for Wack. Being only 5-11, Waite said she might have had trouble blocking the taller hitters in the Big Ten. “I was tall in high school,” Wack said. “I knew the Big Ten was huge and that the best role for my team would be as the libero.”Despite switching positions and excelling at it, Wack said she does, at times, miss being a hitter, but thinks she made the right decision.”I miss it but I know if I was a full-time hitter I would probably be a lot more sore and it would just be harder on my body,” Wack said. “It was a little different sticking to defense specifically and not being able to hit much, but like [Waite] said, it was the best fit for my team and I think I’ve proved that.”However, Wack does still occasionally get the urge to swing during a game but has learned to overcome those urges.”Right away, my freshman year in the preseason, the coaches told us ‘Defensive specialist, you cannot hit it no matter what the circumstances are. Either set it over or pass it over,'” Wack said. “Even though I do have the urge, I’m really not supposed to unless it’s really the only way I can get it over. You’re really not allowed to take swings. They frown upon that.”Even though she is not allowed to hit during a game, Waite allows her to take swings in practice, occasionally filling in for an injured outside hitter.”There’s time in practices where we’ll play quads or play some games and have her hit,” Waite said. “There’s times when we have an outside hitter who goes down, we give her some chances in practices to swing because she’s still a great hitter.”Since Wack got used to her new position, she has been setting records while leading the Badgers to great success over the past three seasons. After getting only nine digs in her first collegiate match against Missouri, Wack recorded 15 digs in her second match, and it was not until 80 matches later that she failed to reach double-digit digs again in a win over then-No. 9 Purdue Oct. 13 this year. The streak of double-digit digs topped the previous NCAA record held previously by Virginia Commonwealth’s Griselle Lopez-Pereira with 63 straight matches. Despite the added pressure from fans to continue her streak, Wack said she never really thought about it. “It was more so after the matches when people would come up and ask me, ‘Did you get your 10? You got to keep it going,'” Wack said of the pressure. “But once you’re in match and you’re playing, I’m not thinking, ‘Oh my god, is that seven or eight?’ I’m not thinking. I’m just playing the game, getting the digs that I’m supposed to be getting, just kind of going with the flow of the game.”Even though the streak ended earlier this year, Wack is not upset she was unable to keep it going.”It was awesome while it lasted,” Wack said of the streak. “It ended on a match that was a great match, one where the whole team played phenomenal. I can’t really be upset about that. I don’t think there are enough matches to start a new one. I’m just going to go out there and get as many digs as I can each match. Just keep trying to better myself.”Besides setting the NCAA record for consecutive matches with double-digit digs, Wack has also been rewriting the Badger record books in her time on the court. With 567 digs her freshman year, Wack set the single-season record for digs by a Badger. She also set the Wisconsin record for digs in only Big Ten matches with 374.The next season, Wack turned around and topped her own record with 595 digs and 378 digs in conference play.With 460 digs this past season, the libero moved into second place on the all-time dig list at Wisconsin. Being less than 300 digs from the top spot, Wack is on pace to become the Badgers’ all-time dig leader midway through next season, barring any major setbacks.”[Wack] doesn’t do anything but work hard, and she reads the hitters really well,” Waite said. “The records just kind of happened.”Along with setting records left and right, Wack has also saved her best performances for when they count most — the postseason. During her freshman year, she had a then-career high 35 digs in UW’s surprising upset of undefeated No. 2 seed Hawaii in the Sweet 16. The following year, again in the Sweet 16, Wack set a new career high with 36 digs in Wisconsin’s five-game victory over Norte Dame.”That was really shocking,” Wack said of making the Elite Eight the past two years. “I never thought coming in that we would be one of the top eight teams in the country.” Now as her junior year winds down, Wack is playing every game like it is her last. “Every match we play is one less match I have in the Field House, with this atmosphere,” Wack said. “I can’t believe that I’m almost done already. I have one more year left. I’ve got to savor each moment.” While Jocelyn’s career at Wisconsin will end after next season, Badger fans will still see the Wack name in the lineup as Jocelyn’s younger sister Allison will be joining her next year. The younger Wack has also had a highly touted high school career. While on Westosha Central with her older sister in 2003, Allison was named the PrepVolleyball.com National Freshman of the Year. Besides winning a state title her freshman year, she went on to win two more as a junior and senior, and during the semifinals and finals of this year’s tournament, the younger Wack put down a total of 59 kills.Now Coach Berg is ready to send another Wack off to play Division-I volleyball.”It’s been very enjoyable and rewarding,” Berg said of coaching the Wack siblings. “They are very intelligent, receptive kids. They’re good athletes. They’re just open to anything that you give them.”And Waite thinks Allison will be able to come in and make a contribution right away.”Ever since Allison was a freshman in high school, she’s been playing up in the older divisions because of her talent,” said Waite. “She’s a hard-hitting outside hitter who has a ton of shots and is used to taking a lot of swings for her team. She comes from a volleyball family, and she’s learned a lot from her older brother (Nate) and sister.”With less than a year until the start of next season, the Wack sisters are excited to once again have the opportunity to play on the same team.”It was fun,” Jocelyn Wack said of their first time together in high school. “Her being a freshman, I could lead her, but she has so much awareness on the court, I didn’t really have to teach her much or anything. It was more of being a leader and getting her out of that freshman mentality. [I’m] looking forward to it again next year. It’s going to be a lot of fun.””When we were both in high school my freshman year, we won state together. I learned so much from her in that year,” Allison Wack said. “It was a while ago so I’m really excited [to play with her] again.”Wack’s parents are also looking forward to seeing Jocelyn and Allison playing together again next year, as travel plans will become a lot easier.”It will be nice not having to chose who should we go watch,” Wack’s mother said. “We had to make sacrifices either with high school or here, so it will be nice not having any conflict.”last_img read more


Safety issue cancels game

first_imgFor the second consecutive match, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team faced a long delay before Tuesday’s scheduled matchup with Northern Iowa. However, rather than waiting out inclement weather conditions, the Badgers were delayed Tuesday due to security issues.Ultimately, Tuesday’s match was canceled as UW and Madison police continued to search for a potentially dangerous young man who was believed to be armed. “It is obviously very disappointing to not be able to play the match against Northern Iowa,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “However, safety is the most important issue here, and nobody’s life [should be risked] for a soccer game.”As a result of the cancellation, Wisconsin will not get a chance to avenge its first home loss of the season until after the team hits the road this weekend to face Purdue and Indiana.”We have been working on a bunch of things to prepare after the UW-Milwaukee game, and we thought it was going to be a great preparation leading into the Big Ten,” Wilkins said. “[We will] focus on Wednesday practice to prepare for Purdue and keep focusing on the things that we were going to address in the match against Northern Iowa.”As of Tuesday night, no plans were made for the match to be rescheduled. Friday evening Wisconsin will return to action in West Lafayette, Ind., and square off against Big Ten rival Purdue.last_img read more