‘Extremely disturbing’: Jump in Jakarta funerals raises fears of unreported COVID-19 deaths

first_imgThe figures from Jakarta’s Department of Parks and Cemeteries do not identify the cause of death, but no other new epidemics have been reported in Jakarta over the period and nor were there any major natural disasters.Indonesia has almost doubled tests in the past week but has conducted only 7,621 tests in a country of more than 260 million people.As of Friday, the health ministry reported the total number of infections in Indonesia was 1,986. Deaths from COVID-19 were 181, the most in Asia apart from China.In an interview on Thursday, before Baswedan had made his comments, Achmad Yurianto, a senior health ministry official, defended the reporting and testing system.He said the central government based its data on lab results using the accurate polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method. He did not respond to requests for comment on the funeral figures.Hospital staff and undertakers in Jakarta have taken special precautions with the bodies of 438 people they suspect died from COVID-19 between March 6 and April 2, according to the governor’s office.The protocols mean undertakers disinfected and wrapped the bodies in plastic rather than fabric as Islamic customs requires. Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim majority country.Indonesia is combating the outbreak of novel coronavirus by introducing social distancing policies, but President Joko Widodo has opposed the harsh lockdown measures adopted in many countries including Indonesia’s neighbors.Widodo has said that he wants to protect the poor from economic dislocation and believes Indonesians lack the discipline to embrace tough quarantine measures.Baswedan, a political opponent of Widodo, has imposed tougher measures in Jakarta, where he has declared an emergency and schools and many shops and businesses are shut.But his call for a ban on bus travel from Jakarta to other parts of Indonesia in an effort to stop the spread of the virus has been rejected by the national government.Amid fears that an annual exodus to homes across the archipelagic nation for the Muslim Ramadan holiday would accelerate the outbreak, Indonesia announced on Thursday it would give cash to poor families to stay in Jakarta instead.However, the government rejected calls for an outright ban on “mudik”, as the holiday is known locally, because it did not want to introduce draconian measures.The novel coronavirus has already spread beyond Jakarta. It has been detected in 32 of the country’s 34 provinces and, as of this week, most cases are outside Jakarta, according to central government data.Topics : The number of funerals in Jakarta rose sharply in March, a development the governor of Indonesia’s capital city said suggested that deaths from the new coronavirus may be higher than officially reported.Nearly 4,400 burials occurred in March, 40 percent higher than any month since at least January, 2018, according to a Reuters review of statistics from the city’s Department of Parks and Cemeteries. The second-highest total during that period was March 2019, when nearly 3,100 people were buried.Reuters was able to obtain statistics going back to the start of 2018. The city has been at the epicenter of novel coronavirus infections in Indonesia, accounting for 971 cases and 90 deaths, according to central government data, or roughly half the country’s total for both.Jakarta’s governor, Anies Baswedan, and some public health experts suspect the number of infections and deaths in Jakarta has been significantly under-reported due to one of the world’s lowest rates of testing.“It is extremely disturbing,” Baswedan told Reuters on Friday, referring to the funeral statistics. “I’m struggling to find another reason than unreported COVID-19 deaths.”A senior health ministry official did not respond to phone calls and messages requesting comment on the funeral statistics. A spokesman for President Joko Widodo did not respond to requests for comment.last_img read more

Manchester United reject Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s concerns about Alexis Sanchez

first_img(Picture: Getty)Solskjaer has overseen a rapid upturn in results and performances since being appointed in December, helping Romelu Lukaku, Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof and Marcus Rashford rediscover their best form.‘I can’t do anything about Alexis Sanchez,’ Solskjaer said.‘When he plays he needs to finds himself because we know there’s a quality player there.’United will not budge on Sanchez despite his wages causing issues with other players.David de Gea’s demands to be paid the same as Sanchez have so far been rejected by United and there could be similar issues when Pogba opens talks to renew his deal.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves United believe Sanchez’s issues are down to his injuries (Picture: Getty)However, United have told Solskjaer and candidates Sanchez will remain at the club and they expect the permanent manager to justify the money spent on the 30-year-old.Solskjaer has already told United he has concerns about Sanchez’s suitability for his side, but the club believe injuries are to blame for the poor form.Sanchez was nursing a hamstring issue when Solskjaer initially took over and is currently unavailable for selection due to a knee injury.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Comment Sanchez is set to stay at United (Picture: Getty)Manchester United will reportedly refuse to sell Alexis Sanchez despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and managerial candidates raising concerns about the Chilean.Solskjaer is expected to be named the permanent boss, but United have explored other options including Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.Sanchez joined from Arsenal in a costly transfer that saw United fork out huge agent and signing on fees, as well as commit to a massive salary for the Chilean. Coral BarryWednesday 27 Mar 2019 2:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link433Shares Solskjaer would be happy to offload Sanchez (Picture: Getty)But the financial investment has so far proven wasteful as Sanchez has failed to deliver on the pitch.ADVERTISEMENTDespite Solskjaer’s influence on the rest of the squad, the Norwegian has not been able to inspire a turn around in Sanchez’s form.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe concern surrounding Sanchez is so great, even potential candidates to succeed Jose Mourinho have asked about the forward, according to the Evening Standard. Manchester United reject Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s concerns about Alexis Sanchez Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Baseball Instant Replay

first_imgIf you are the Cincinnati Reds, you probably wish that MLB would go back to letting umpires make the final decision on all plays on the field without doing instant replay.  It seems that every time they ask for a replay they lose, even though all their TV replays seem to show that they were right in their reason for asking for the replay.  If you don’t know, a group of umpires in New York go over the plays based on camera shots that are sent to them from the ball park.  There are no questions allowed on their decision.  If you do question, you are ejected immediately from the game.This in itself might be fine if they had enough cameras in all baseball parks to show the angles of a play that are present in pro football and basketball; however, in baseball it is the local feeds that have the replay so you do not have the myriad of cameras that have been placed in the football and basketball arenas.  It seems to me that if they want to continue with these replays, the MLB must require some type of camera on all four bases.  Until they do, the umpire’s eyes may still provide the best view.  After all, baseball did survive for well over a hundred years with all of us having to live with the umpire’s call.last_img read more

Moyes – RVP is happy at United

first_imgDavid Moyes insists the whispers that suggest Robin van Persie is not happy at Manchester United are false. “It couldn’t be further from the truth.” After such a difficult period, the return of the back-to-back Golden Boot winner is eagerly awaited. The same can also be said of Rooney, who is a little ahead of his team-mate in their respective battle for fitness, having at least managed to return to the training field this week. Neither will be involved at Stamford Bridge, though, and given the Capital One Cup semi-final with Sunderland is looming on Wednesday, it could be the return to Old Trafford of new Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on January 28 when either man is ready to start. “Wayne has been away, as everybody is aware,” said Moyes. “He is looking quite good. He has done a lot of strengthening work around his groin but he won’t be available for the game on Sunday. “I don’t want to say he’ll be fit for whatever game and then find he’s not, but hopefully we can get him back as quickly as we can because he is an important player. “It will be a great boost for us all if we can get Robin back out on the grass because he is a player we’ve missed.” In their absence, Moyes will rely on the squad that triumphed over Swansea last weekend to end a run of three successive defeats for a game he knows could revitalise United’s campaign, which included a drab first encounter between the sides at Old Trafford in August. “That was a difficult game for both of us that probably came a bit too early in the season,” said Moyes. “We know this is going to be hard because Chelsea are very strong at home. As you would expect, they have made a strong start to the season. “We are a little bit disappointed at not being in closer contention with the teams at the top but we are hoping between now and the end of the season we can do that. “We want to hang in there and if we could win this game it would make people think we are not that far away.” Along with strike partner Wayne Rooney, Van Persie will again be missing when United head to Chelsea on Sunday. Not even a week’s warm-weather training in Egypt has helped Rooney overcome a groin injury, while Van Persie will be sidelined for a 10th game with the thigh problem he sustained in the Champions League win over Shakhtar Donetsk last month. Van Persie is due to return to training next week, though, which is welcome news for Moyes, as was the Dutchman’s decision to speak up for his manager on Thursday when he insisted Moyes should be given time to get the job right. Those words have helped dampen down talk that Van Persie does not get on with his boss, to the extent of gossip that he would not have signed for United had he known Sir Alex Ferguson was going to leave after a single season almost becoming accepted fact. Moyes has never understood why. “I keep saying it is untrue but for some reason people don’t want to write it or hear it,” he said. “But it is the fact. Most people know that I talk pretty straight. “If there was something wrong I would be the first one to come out and say it. “I have a really good relationship with Robin, as I do with all the players. “But when you are not winning, people look for reasons, and probably think I am not getting on with Robin. Press Associationlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho clashed with Roberto Martinez after Chelsea’s defeat to Everton

first_img It has been reported that Mourinho was frustrated at having to wait to conduct his post-match press conference because Martinez was speaking in the media room first. After finishing his press conference, Martinez left the room and was speaking to other reporters outside when Mourinho walked past on his way in. “Roberto next time tell me go before you because we have to travel,” Mourinho is reported to have said in several national newspapers. “We don’t control that Jose, I don’t control that,” Martinez replied. It is at this point that Mourinho is alleged to have sworn as he continued his way into the media room. Mourinho was accompanied by Chelsea’s head of communications and public affairs Steve Atkins. As Mourinho sat down to speak to press, there was a hint of frustration as Atkins first said a few words to reporters. He said: “Okay, if we could get going quickly that would be great. It is only going to be about five minutes long. “We had to wait for the home manager to go first and all the players are on the bus, so we are going to be quick.” Chelsea were beaten 3-1 by Everton, a result that left the Barclays Premier League champions with just four points from their first five games of the new season. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho swore in a clash with Everton boss Roberto Martinez following the champions’ loss at Goodison Park on Saturday, it has been claimed.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Carter-Williams bails out the Orange with another double-double as Syracuse escapes Detroit

first_img Published on December 18, 2012 at 2:56 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ Brandon Triche was whistled for his fifth foul. He walked toward the Syracuse bench knowingly as Juwan Howard Jr. drained two free throws to close the Orange’s lead to 67-61 with 1:29 remaining.Trevor Cooney came on, but as the senior guard and captain left the floor, sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams stood atop the paint, motioning his teammates toward him with four fingers on each hand brushing toward his chest.Just then, SU was scoreless for four minutes and counting. The Orange had just watched a 19-point lead fall to six. Everything was slipping. The 900th-win celebration for head coach Jim Boeheim that the Carrier Dome P.A. announcer had already invited fans to stick around for was quickly approaching postponement. And every frenzied closing possession was going to start and end in the hands of first-year starter Carter-Williams.But the emerging sophomore told his older teammates just how they’d finish off Detroit.“Just let’s just keep our heads. We’re still winning, we shouldn’t panic,” Carter-Williams said he told his teammates. “They’re the ones that should be panicking, they’re losing, we’re winning. So we got to stay confident and play smart.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We” became he as Carter-Williams drained 5-of-6 free throws in the final 27 seconds, finishing what it seemed he and his veteran teammates previously would not.Boeheim said the point guard matchup with the Titans’ Ray McCallum Jr. was Carter-Williams’ first challenge of the season. And on a night when so much seemed familiar – SU beating an early-season nonconference opponent, making it harder than it needed to be, and Boeheim winning – it was Carter-Williams completing a first, meeting yet another challenge in the form of another matchup supposed to befuddle the young star.First it was a question of whether or not the inexperienced guard could run the point for a national title contender, then if he could matchup with smaller guards, then bigger ones. But McCallum was the first elite guard Carter-Williams ran into this year. The junior NBA prospect was offered scholarships from Arizona, Florida and UCLA out of high school, but turned down the top-notch programs to play for his father at Detroit.“Yeah I knew that, he chose to play with his dad,” Carter-Williams said. “Like I said he’s great player and it was nice to play against someone like that.”On defense, the Orange’s zone held McCallum to nine points. He averaged 19.4 per game this season going into the Carrier Dome, and Detroit’s offense appeared to lack zone-breaking plays. The Titans went to stacks and pick-and-rolls early, all of which SU hedged with relative ease.So SU’s half-court offense became the true battleground. From the outset McCallum appeared to have the speed to stay with the pacey Carter-Williams. But he didn’t.Less than five minutes into the game Carter-Williams beat McCallum off the dribble down the left-hand side of the paint and chucked a one-hand pass to Rakeem Christmas, who finished easily to put the Orange up 12-6.“McCallum really challenged him. He still made great plays and great decisions,” Boeheim said of Carter-Williams. “He probably made two or three turnovers where he got up in the air and didn’t have a place to go.”Detroit continually tried to force Carter-Williams into a corner, trapping him with McCallum and DU forward Nick Minnerath, but each time SU’s point guard powered through, dishing to an open teammate.And with 31 seconds left in the first half, Boeheim called a timeout before SU’s last possession of the period. Carter-Williams kept McCallum frozen at the top of the key, draining 20 seconds off the clock before dishing to Triche on the left. The senior guard dove into the paint and kicked it back out to Carter-Williams who drained a 3 from the left wing as the shot clock expired, awakening the Dome crowd and sending the Orange into the locker room up 40-21.Carter-Williams’s six-turnover outing tied his season-high, but he hit the 10-assist mark for the seventh time in 10 games, and tallied a double-double on the back of his late game-saving free throws.And when SU’s senior leader vacated the game, Carter-Williams seamlessly filled the void, beating McCallum and every other guard the Titans threw at him in their desperate full-court press. In those closing moments the sophomore was flawless until he clanked a free throw with 1.2 seconds remaining and SU up by just three.Another misstep and Boeheim’s party would potentially have to wait until at least overtime, perhaps another week.“It was actually one of the best, seeing him knocking down those free throws and making sure we played it out,” forward James Southerland said of his point guard.With the game in the balance, the sophomore’s thoughts were clear.“I missed one,” Carter-Williams said, “I still got one and I just moved on and made the next one.” Commentslast_img read more

Shafer on matchup with No. 1 Florida State: ‘Why not us?’

first_imgSome of the few instances when Scott Shafer smiled during his Thursday morning press conference came as he discussed Syracuse being the biggest underdog it’ll be all season.No. 1 Florida State brings its 21-game winning streak to the Carrier Dome on Saturday at noon, posing another challenge for an Orange team that’s faced distractions all week long. But Shafer rejected questions about his new-look coaching staff and instead looked to embrace the underdog mentality.“The good thing about football is that … (it) doesn’t always bounce the same way every weekend,” Shafer said. “If we can control the things we can, why not us?”Thirty years ago, Syracuse knocked off No. 1 Nebraska at home for the program’s only upset of a top-ranked opponent. But Shafer hasn’t really used that game as motivation, he said.Instead, he showed his players the college football teams that, over the last three weeks, won games in which they were underdogs by more than 12-point spreads.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShafer pointed to some of the games Syracuse wasn’t supposed to win, but did, since he arrived in 2009 — defeats of West Virginia both on the road and at home and a 2012 upset of Louisville. Shafer added that he was once a 41-point underdog and a winner on the same day.“The one common element in all those victories is that teams have been upset, any given team on Saturday, the same thing happened,” Shafer said. “They tackle better. They block better. They stay in tune with each play. When you try to play above yourself, that’s when you get in trouble.“When you try to just play better than you did the last play, each play of the game, that’s when I’ve seen those types of games go your way.”Then he added, with a grin, “And you look for maybe a ball to ricochet off someone’s helmet or something and fall into your hands. Those things have happened in some of the upsets I’ve been a part of.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbblast_img read more

US OPEN:  Djokovic Defies Injury to Reach Last 32

first_imgDefending champion Novak Djokovic battled through a shoulder injury to make the US Open third round with a win over Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero.The top seed needed treatment three times, but still went on to win 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-1. “It was definitely affecting my serve and my backhand,” said Djokovic, who lost his serve five times.The Serb added he had not felt that “kind of sensation too many times” in his career.“I didn’t know if I would be able to finish the match. I’m really glad I have,” he said.Djokovic, 32, is favourite to win his fourth title at Flushing Meadows after winning four of the past five Grand Slams, yet the sight of him needing intense massages in his second-round match may provide hope to his rivals that the Serb is not invincible.Djokovic asked for a first medical timeout immediately before breaking back for 3-3 in the first set, calling the trainer again moments after he clinched the opener by outlasting Londero in a 22-shot rally.Londero, who had never played in the main draw at Flushing Meadows until this tournament, managed to take advantage in a fluctuating second set where he led 3-0 and trailed 5-3 before forcing a tie-break.However, Djokovic upped the intensity to dominate the second-set decider and encountered few problems from then on.Despite his obvious struggles, Djokovic showed little sign of frustration throughout the first two sets, although hammering a ball into the court between serves when Londero broke again at the start of the third set did indicate his displeasure and discomfort.Nevertheless, Djokovic quickly ran away with the final set as Londero starting racking up unforced errors, winning in two hours and 15 minutes.“I was also lucky to find my way back in the second set and to win in straight sets,” Djokovic added.“At changeovers, I tried to use within the rules as much as I can physiotherapy and medical help. That has definitely helped me stay in the match.“The good thing about Grand Slams is you have a day off in between the matches. I’m hoping that with proper medical help and treatments, I’ll be able to get myself in a better state than I was today.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

GVC revises credit facility terms trading on a more positive outlook

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Share Submit GVC Holdings has moved to restructure terms on its revolving credit facility with existing lenders, allowing for greater flexibility as the FTSE firm navigates global COVID-19 business complexities.Last March, operating on a ‘worst-case scenario’ basis, whereby the global sports calendar would be suspended until August, GVC governance sanctioned access to a £550 million revolving credit facility, with a view to maintain corporate liquidity across all operating segments.Following the first full month of lockdown, GVC has moved to a more positive outlook by slightly lowering its credit facility to £535 million.Existing lenders have allowed GVC to amend terms on ‘covenant’ net debt/EBITDA measurements on a trailing 12-month basis. Should GVC withdraw more than 35% of credit capital during a trading quarter (up to 30 September 2021), covenant limits will be set at 6x net debt/EBITDA.In its update, GVC underlined that it has yet to access any capital related to its credit facility, with the company maintaining £250 million in cash funds, ‘excluding cash in shops, ring-fenced PSP funds and other items which may not be immediately available’.Updating investors, GVC Group CFO Rob Wood commented: “Having taken early and decisive actions to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our business, we are confident that we can achieve our target of breakeven cash flow per month during this crisis.“I am delighted that we have reached an agreement with our key lending banks on this revised RCF which will provide us with further financial flexibility to continue on our path of excellent growth momentum. We remain well placed to take advantage of a range of attractive growth opportunities which we believe will be available to us.”last_img read more