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Stronger togetherWhile COVID-19 patients and suspected carriers have often been stigmatized, some residents of Central Jakarta have reached out to help three siblings in their neighborhood who were left without their parents as a result of COVID-19.The siblings were left alone after their mother was quarantined by health authorities in the wake of her husband’s death and burial according to COVID-19 safety protocols.Meanwhile, some Jakartans have decided not to participate in mudik to protect their loved ones in their hometowns. Members of the LGBT community in Manado, North Sulawesi, raised funds and distributed aid to elderly people and others affected by the outbreak.Read also: Video: A Ramadan like never beforeA friend in need is friend indeedForeign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Indonesia had received US$3 million and medical supplies from the United States for COVID-19 relief. US President Donald Trump also promised President Jokowi that he would send ventilators once the equipment was ready.South Korea sent polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing kits to Indonesia as part of the country’s US$500,000 in-kind grant to help Indonesia battle the outbreak.More local initiatives to support the treatment of COVID-19 patients and expedite COVID-19 testingAs a greater number of ventilators has become necessary to treat COVID-19 patients, the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and the Padjadjaran University Medical School in West Java have worked together to produce the equipment. A new batch of ventilators is expected to ship soon as they have met the Health Ministry’s general safety criteria.Diponegoro National Hospital in Semarang, Central Java, launched the first drive-through PCR testing location for COVID-19 in Central Java – allowing people to have samples taken and tested without getting out of their vehicles.Researchers at Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta created a swab chamber to protect medical workers taking samples from patients to help lessen the adverse effects of the shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE).Read also: Staying positive: A roundup of good COVID-19-related newsLight at the end of the tunnelBecause the government has banned this year’s mudik and imposed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in some regions, the Indonesian Doctors Association (IDI) has predicted the outbreak will end in June. The association considers the policies sufficient to break the chain of transmission in the country.A bright future for the country’s economy may also be on the horizon as surveys have shown that more than half of Indonesians are optimistic about the economy’s outlook and expect to spend more after the pandemic.The outbreak may also provide an opportunity for certain business to flourish.As patients recover, the Earth does tooAs Jakartans have been trying to stay home, the capital has seen clearer skies. Even nearby mountains have become visible from the city. Authorities have reported that the air quality has improved since the policy was imposed in late March.The outbreak has reignited calls to stop the wildlife trade, which has been a hotbed of zoonotic disease transmission, including in Indonesia. Environmental authorities have also been working around the clock during the pandemic to preserve Indonesia’s biodiversity.Topics : It has been almost two months since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the first COVID-19 cases in the country, which has since been gripped by fear as the outbreak continues to grow.A collective sigh of relief was heard throughout the archipelago when the government decided to ban this year’s Idul Fitri tradition of mudik (exodus) to curb the transmission of the disease.That was not the only good news this week. The Jakarta Post has compiled some additional positive stories to provide a dose of optimism amid the outbreak:
Eight on Thomas at Chermside launches today – Saturday March 4.The latest Urbis Market Outlook for Chermside reveals the current population is forecast to grow by 7,695 new residents between now and 2036.“Strong population growth coupled with increasing employment is expected to continue to drive residential dwelling demand in the Chermside catchment,” Mr Honeycombe said.Ray White City Precinct director of project and investment sales Elisa McMahon said she was expecting the project to particularly appeal to downsizers.“Eight on Thomas is a project that presents downsizers with the opportunity to enjoy the convenience of apartment living without compromising space, comfort and high quality finishes,” she said.“Being only 45 metres to the Chermside bus interchange and just 90m from the Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre, Eight on Thomas really does make for the perfect location.”Eight on Thomas has a resort-style landscaped pool and a residents-only recreation deck and private lounge. The grand opening is taking place today at the Eight on Thomas Sales and Information Centre from 10am to 4pm, at 8 Thomas Street, Chermside. Eight on Thomas at Chermside launches today – Saturday March 4.“Chermside offers a wealth of lifestyle amenity and connectivity, the area is one of the largest employment nodes on the north side and, being situated only 15 minutes from Brisbane’s CBD, it’s the ideal location for both first home buyers and downsizers,” Mr Honeycombe said.“Honeycombes prides itself on being innovative and reacting to market conditions. At Eight on Thomas, we identified a gap in the market for a two-bedroom plus multipurpose room apartment.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“Not only did we include this unique apartment type in our mix, but when inquiry and demand for it spiked we reconfigured the project to offer more.”The complex is directly across the road from Westfield Chermside Shopping Centre which is undergoing a $355 million redevelopment set to make it the largest shopping centre in Queensland. Eight on Thomas at Chermside launches today with downsizers in their sights.THE market is talking and developers are listening with the launch of Eight on Thomas at Chermside today, offering two and three-bedroom plus size apartmentsDeveloped by Honeycombes Property Group the 12 storey complex offers 104 one, two and three-bedroom apartments above a ground floor and mezzanine retail level, with construction expected to start midyear.Honeycombes Property Group managing director Peter Honeycombe said the project ticked all of the boxes, including location, generous apartment sizing, resident amenity and quality finishes.
The situation poses a risk of supply chains being logjammed as ships without crews won’t be able to sail. The Philippines opened the first “green lane” for seafarers in Asia to allow the free movement of seafarers and personnel across borders, helping alleviate the crew change crisis that has left hundreds of seafarers stranded at sea. The circular covers seafarers, licensed manning agencies, shipping companies, airlines and other entities involved in facilitating the travel of seafarers for purposes of crew change and repatriation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the Joint Circular will facilitate the creation of controlled travel corridors to open the Philippines for people-to-people and economic exchange and stimulate the country’s economy amidst its ongoing bout against the pandemic. Image Courtesy: Republic of the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs The country is known for being the world’s largest crew supplier to the international shipping industry. By the end of June, DFA managed to repatriate over 59,000 overseas Filipinos from sea-based and land-based positions from across the globe who were stranded due to lockdown restrictions. “We need to address the situation of the world’s seafarers without whom there would be no shipping and who ensure the maintenance of global supply chains,” the Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said. It sets the minimum standards and process flows for each applicable scenario that all stakeholders should follow to facilitate the speedy and safe conduct of crew change or repatriation. It also aims to complement the existing standard health and safety protocols. “With these guidelines, we are answering the call of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the maritime industries, to put in place a framework for ensuring safe ship crew changes and travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. And we are doing more.” The travel restrictions imposed to prevent the spreading of the COVID-29 virus has affected around 400,000 seafarers, with 200,000 workers who have overrun their contracts and are currently stranded on ships, and another 200,000 are at shore, waiting to start their tours of duty, according to the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). This also intends to prevent the spread of COVID-19 for both Filipino and foreign seafarers whether inbound, outbound or transiting during crew change or repatriation The repatriation of crews is being faciliatetd by the signing of a Joint Circular, an effort led by the Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs, which has been working hard over the past few months to repatrate thousands of its sailors. The Joint Circular, which took effect upon signing on July 2, is created by the Philippine government to ensure that seafarers are accorded speedy and safe travel, subject to health protocols mandated by the Philippine government, including safe and swift disembarkation and crew change during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Press Association The 35-year-old will make his 737th and final Reds appearance against QPR on Sunday before moving into television punditry next season. However, Werner said the club would welcome back Carragher’s experience with open arms. “We wish Jamie well in his new career and the door will always be open for him at Liverpool,” he told the Liverpool Echo. “I really hope we see him back at the club one day because with all that experience and knowledge we know he has so much to offer. “Whether it’s as a coach, an analyst or whatever, there will always be a job for him here. “We hoped he would play on for another season but we fully respect his decision to retire. “He wants to leave the party before the last call and I understand that. “I have nothing but admiration for him – both on and off the field. “It’s a big challenge to try to replace him. He’s a unique individual and I think finding another player just like him will be impossible.” Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has promised Jamie Carragher there will always be a job for him at the club after he retires as a player this weekend.
United boss Van Gaal is under heavy pressure at Old Trafford after a sequence of poor results and an even longer spell of uninspiring performances. Jose Mourinho – who left Chelsea last week – has been heavily tipped as a potential successor should United decide to sack the veteran former Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Holland manager. And Hughes, a revered former United striker, could turn up the heat even more if his Stoke team condemn Van Gaal’s men to a fourth successive loss on Boxing Day. Hughes said: “I said last week when Jose lost his role that no-one is immune. It doesn’t matter what you have done in the game previously, and his record as a top-line manager is exceptional, you have to win football matches. “He has been in the game a long, long time and he knows better than most if the results and perception is you are not doing particularly well, you come under pressure. He understands that. We all do.” United have lost their last three games in all competitions and not won in six – a run which has seen them eliminated from the Champions League and slip to fifth in the Barclays Premier League. The team were booed off after losing to Norwich on Saturday and Hughes is well aware of the expectations fans have at United. He said: “I think with all Man United teams there is a responsibility and an onus on the players to go out and perform and play like Man United players, and understand what the demands of being part of a big club like Man United entail. “There’s a responsibility to entertain, I would suggest. That’s always been the Manchester United way. It’s always been woven into the fabric of the club and the teams that have put the shirt on. It’s a huge demand to play for Manchester United and a lot of players can’t deal with it. “People go to United in numbers and if the level of performance isn’t correct then they will let their feelings be known.” Mark Hughes does not expect Louis van Gaal’s reputation to save him if his Manchester United side continue to under-perform. This season is the third of relative under-achievement at Old Trafford since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as manager. Adding to the pressure could be the number of former United players, from the glory years under Ferguson, who are now commenting on the current side as media pundits. Hughes, speaking at a press conference, said: “People at Man United know that they’re in a period of transition since Sir Alex left, and that they’re on a different cycle now. “A lot of key players that were there for many years are still around the place but obviously not on the field of play, so that’s having an impact as well. “A lot of things are changing and these periods of success are a cycle, and when it’s closed somebody else starts a cycle. United might have to wait to get back to the level they were at before.” Press Association
ON the strength of a record-breaking year in one-day cricket, David Warner has been honoured as Australia’s foremost cricketer by winning the Allan Border Medal for the second consecutive year.Warner polled an overall tally of 269 votes cast across all three (Test, ODI and T20I) formats by his fellow players as well as umpires and media representatives to finish ahead of his skipper Steve Smith (248) and fast bowler Mitchell Starc (197).Despite enduring a comparatively lean 12 months in the Test arena – Warner went almost a year without scoring a Test century and failed to reach 70 in five matches played outside Australia. – he polled heavily in the ODI format where he scored seven centuries during the voting period, spanning early January 2016 to 7 January this year, which is a new record for an Australia batter in 50-over internationals.Eclipsing the five that Ricky Ponting scored in the 2003 calendar year, Warner was also named ODI Player-of-the-Year, as was expected, given his exploits against the white ball, although the fact that he had not previously earned that honour was as remarkable as his recent ball striking.He becomes the fourth player to have his name engraved on the Border Medal more than once, joining four-time winners Ricky Ponting (2004-7 and 2009), and Michael Clarke (2005, 2009 and 2012-13) and Shane Watson (2010-11).Warner was the second-highest runs-scorer across all three formats during the voting period, with 2 420 runs at 46.54 which was exceeded only by Smith’s 2 489 at 52.96 from one more international appearance.He has now won four separate awards at the annual Allan Border presentation, held this year at Star Sydney.In addition to Australian cricket’s top individual honour, Warner has been awarded Test Player-of-the-Year, ODI Player-of-the-Year and Bradman Young Cricketer-of-the-Year.Perhaps surprisingly, Warner has yet to add his name to the list of winners in the T20 International game which was where he first made his name in Australia colours as a top-order thrasher in 2009.However, he joins the select group of Matthew Hayden, Glenn McGrath, Ponting, Smith and Watson to have earned the Test and ODI Player-of-the-Year honours as well as the Border Medal.Fast bowler Mitchell Starc was named Australia’s Test player of 2016 and all-rounder Shane Watson took the Twenty20 award in his final year of playing for his country.Perhaps due to his lack of dominance in the Test arena during the middle of the year, it was thought that Warner might finish behind Smith in the final voting.As he felt after winning the award for the first time last year: “I was totally surprised and shocked, I thought Steve Smith would have taken it out, he’s had a great 12 months,” Warner said when he was named the 2016 Border Medallist.“I’m humbled and honoured to receive the award and I think it will sink in during the next week or so when I have some time to reflect on it.”
Basketball club Spars from Sarajevo has once again confirmed the domination in working with young players of B&H. After having won titles in all youth categories during the last season, Spars continues the same way even this season.Spars team in competition of pioneers and cadets during the final tournament held last weekend in Srebrenik won the title of B&H Champion.“The path that Spars team continues will surely bring more titles to B&H and the European basketball will know about Spars. Also, we are waiting semifinal and final tournament in B&H in junior competition with realistic ambitions and also we expect that our juniors will repeat the last year’s success with which we would complete another successful season”, announced Basketball Club Spars.(Source: Fena)
Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame.His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League Baseball.Robinson, the only player to earn the MVP award in both leagues and a Triple Crown winner, died Thursday at 83. He had been in failing health and in hospice care at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. MLB said he was with family and friends at the time.“Frank Robinson’s resume in our game is without parallel, a trailblazer in every sense, whose impact spanned generations,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.Robinson hit 586 home runs — he was fourth on the career list behind only Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth and Willie Mays when he retired and now ranks 10th. An MVP with Cincinnati and Baltimore, he led the Orioles to their first World Series championship in 1966.“Frank Robinson and I were more than baseball buddies. We were friends. Frank was a hard-nosed baseball player who did things on the field that people said could never be done,” Aaron posted on Twitter.“Baseball will miss a tremendous human being,” he said.An All-Star outfielder in 12 seasons and a first-ballot selection to Cooperstown, Robinson also was a Rookie of the Year, a Gold Glove outfielder and a bruising runner.But his place in the sport’s history extended far beyond the batter’s box and basepaths.In this 1967 file photo, Baltimore Orioles outfielder Frank Robinson smiles. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has died. He was 83. Robinson had been in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. MLB confirmed his death Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.(AP Photo/File)Robinson fulfilled his quest to become the first African-American manager in the big leagues when he was hired by the Cleveland Indians. His impact was immediate and memorable.The Indians opened at home that year and Robinson, still active, batted himself second as the designated hitter. In the first inning, he homered off Doc Medich and the crowd went crazy, cheering the whole April afternoon as Cleveland beat the Yankees.The Reds, Orioles and Indians have retired his No. 20 and honored him with statues at their stadiums.Robinson later managed San Francisco, Baltimore and Montreal. He became the first manager of the Washington Nationals after the franchise moved from Montreal for the 2005 season — the Nationals put him in their Ring of Honor.More than half the major league teams have had black managers since his debut with Cleveland.Robinson later spent several years working as an executive for MLB and for a time oversaw the annual Civil Rights Game. He advocated for more minorities throughout baseball and worked with former Commissioner Bud Selig to develop the Selig Rule, directing teams to interview at least one minority candidate before hiring a new manager.For all he did on and off the field, Robinson was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2005.“Frank Robinson’s wife, Barbara Ann Cole, once said, “He believes in rules and he respects the game. He reveres the game,‘” Bush said in a statement. “When I presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005, I noted that ‘Baseball fans across America will tell you the feeling is returned. In the game we love, few names will ever command as much respect and esteem as the name of Frank Robinson.’”Brooks Robinson, a fellow first-ballot Hall of Famer, said he spoke to his Baltimore teammate and longtime friend a few days ago.“He was the best player I ever played with,” he said.Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre played against and worked with Frank Robinson for years.“He was a tough nut,” Torre recalled at the owners’ meetings in Orlando, Florida. “He never lost that feistiness, which puts a smile on your face … He was always that guy that commanded a lot of respect and he had a presence about him.”Born Aug. 21, 1935, in Beaumont, Texas, Robinson attended McClymonds High School in Oakland, California, and was a basketball teammate of future NBA great Bill Russell. But it was on the diamond, rather than court, where fame awaited Robinson.“We all know we lost one of the Greats,” tweeted Russell, also the first black coach in the NBA.Starting out in an era when Mays, Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams were the big hitters, Robinson more than held his own over 21 seasons — if anything, many who watched Robinson felt he never got his full due as an all-time great. He finished with 1,812 RBIs and hit .294 — he played in the World Series five times, and homered in each of them.Robinson was the only player to hit a ball completely out of old Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and once connected for grand slams in consecutive innings of a game. But he didn’t just slug away, as evidenced by a .389 on-base average boosted by 1,420 walks against 1,532 strikeouts. Extremely alert on the bases, he had 204 steals.Robinson played the game with grace, yet was known as a fierce competitor who combined hard work with natural talent. He planted himself near the plate, yielding to no pitcher, and didn’t seem to care about being brushed back or getting hit by a pitch 198 times.“Pitchers did me a favor when they knocked me down,” Robinson said. “It made me more determined. I wouldn’t let that pitcher get me out.”And opposing pitchers noticed.“Frank Robinson might have been the best I ever saw at turning his anger into runs. He challenged you physically as soon as he stepped into the batter’s box, with half his body hanging over the plate,” Hall ace Bob Gibson once wrote.“As a rule, I’m reluctant to express admiration for hitters, but I make an exception for Frank Robinson,” Gibson wrote.Robinson carried a similar philosophy as a baserunner, unapologetically sliding spikes high whenever necessary.“The baselines belong to the runner, and whenever I was running the bases, I always slid hard,” Robinson declared.Robinson broke in with a bang as a 20-year-old big leaguer. He tied the first-year record with 38 home runs for Cincinnati in 1956, scored a league-high 122 times and was voted NL Rookie of the Year.Robinson was the 1961 NL MVP after batting .323 with 37 homers and 124 RBIs for the pennant-winning Reds, and reached career highs in runs (134) and RBIs (136) in 1962.All-time hits leader Pete Rose joined the Reds the next year.“He had a huge influence on me when I first came up in ’63,” Rose told The Associated Press by phone. “Frank was a really aggressive, hard-nosed player, and it rubbed off on everybody. Frank was the one who took me under his wings, so to speak. … Frank consistently talked to me about playing the game the right way,” he said.Robinson was an All-Star, too, in 1965, but Reds owner Bill DeWitt decided Robinson was an old-ish 30 and it was time to make a move.That December, Robinson was the centerpiece in what would ultimately be one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history, going to Baltimore for pitchers Milt Pappas and Jack Baldschun and outfielder Dick Simpson.Robinson became an instant hit with the Orioles in 1966 as the unanimous AL MVP and a Triple Crown winner.On May 8, he became the only player ever to hit a home run completely out of Baltimore’s home park, Memorial Stadium. The drive came against Cleveland ace Luis Tiant, and the spot where the ball sailed over the left-field wall was marked by a flag that read “HERE” that remained in place until the Orioles left for Camden Yards in 1991.Robinson batted .316 with 49 home runs and 122 RBIs during his first season in Birdland. He then homered in the first inning of the 1966 World Series opener at Dodger Stadium and capped off the four-game sweep of Los Angeles with another homer off Don Drysdale in a 1-0 win in Game 4.Robinson hit two home runs against Rose and the Reds to help win another crown for the Orioles in 1970.All told, Robinson was an All-Star in five of his six seasons with Baltimore, reaching the World Series four times and batting .300 with 179 home runs. The cap on his Cooperstown plaque carries on O’s logo.Pappas went 30-29 over two-plus seasons with the Reds, Baldschun won one game in 51 appearances over two years with Cincinnati and Simpson hit five home runs as a part-time outfielder for the Reds during two mediocre seasons.Robinson was traded to the Dodgers before the 1972 season. He played for the California Angels in 1973 and was dealt to Cleveland late in the 1974 season.His managerial debut came 28 years after Jackie Robinson broke the MLB color barrier as a player.“Every time I put on this uniform, I think of Jackie Robinson,” Frank Robinson said as he began his new role.Jackie Robinson’s widow, Rachel, and daughter Sharon paid tribute.“Frank Robinson was a dear friend and realized one of Jack’s great hopes, becoming baseball’s first African-American manager. He was remarkable and made us all feel proud for his many contributions to baseball and to society,” they said together in a statement.Robinson had coached for the Orioles and worked in their front office when he became their manager in 1988 after the team opened at 0-6. Things didn’t get much better right away as Baltimore went on to lose its first 21 games and finished 54-107. The next season, the O’s went 87-75 and Robinson was voted AL Manager of the Year.Tough and demanding, he went 1,065-1,176 overall as a big league manager.A no-nonsense guy, Robinson also had a sharp wit. That served him well in Baltimore where, in addition to being a star right fielder, he was the judge for the team’s Kangaroo Court, assessing playful fines for missing signs, uniform mishaps and other things he deemed as infractions.At the time, the Orioles had a batboy named Jay Mazzone, whose hands were amputated when he was 2 after a burning accident. Mazzone capably did his job for years with metal hooks and became good friends with Robinson.Some players, though, initially weren’t sure how to treat the teen.“Frank Robinson broke the ice,” Mazzone said. “He was running his Kangaroo Court and calling a vote among the players, whether to fine somebody or not.”“It was either thumbs up or thumbs down,” he recalled. “After the vote, he said, ‘Jay, you’re fined for not voting.’ Everybody laughed. After that, I was treated just like everybody else.”Survivors include his wife, Barbara, and daughter Nichelle.There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements. The family said in lieu of flowers, contributions in Robinson’s memory could be made to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, or the National Museum of African American History & Culture in Washington, D.C.___AP Sports Writer Joe Kay and AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum contributed to this report.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports This is a May 19, 1966, file photo showing Baltimore Orioles’ Frank Robinson at bat. Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has died. He was 83. Robinson had been in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. MLB confirmed his death Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.(AP Photo/File)