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COVID-19: Ministry studies plan to use hotels as accommodation for medical staff

first_imgTourism and the creative economy have been hit the hardest by the pandemic. According to the Indonesia Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), the country’s overall occupancy rate has fallen below the low season average of 50 to 60 percent to 30 to 40 percent since the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China in late December.The occupancy rate in Bali has dropped to 20 percent, especially in areas visited by solo travelers such as Kuta, Sanur, Legian, Ubud and Jimbaran.The drop in tourist visits has also affected workers at the grassroots level who rely on tourism for their daily income, such as tour guides, tour drivers and daily hotel staff. The events industry has also taken a significant hit, with projected financial losses incurred as a result of massive cancellations at postponements amounting to between Rp 898.2 billion and Rp 2.65 trillion, according to the Indonesia Event Industry Council (Ivendo).Some 1,200 companies are engaged in the event-organizing business.Meanwhile, the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry plans to transform existing buildings into hospitals for treating COVID-19 patients, like what was done with the Wisma Atlet Kemayoran athletes village in Jakarta”What we did in Jakarta is going to be duplicated in some other provinces,” Arya Sinulingga, an aide to SOE Minister Erick Thohir, said on Tuesday.He added that among the regions were Bandung in West Java, Semarang in Central Java and Surabaya in East Java.The ministry also plans to cooperate with the Religious Affairs Ministry to transform haj dormitories into COVID-19 hospitals, he said.The SOE Ministry, with the help of the Public Works and Housing Ministry, converted four apartment towers at Wisma Atlet Kemayoran into a hospital to meet the potentially increasing demand for isolation and treatment wards in the coming days.The facility, previously used to house athletes during the 2018 Asian Games, will be able to accommodate up to 22,000 COVID-19 patients.Scientists have warned that Indonesia could have tens of thousands of cases by April if authorities fail to take drastic measures to slow down the spread of the new coronavirus. Based on their calculations, Indonesia could be grappling with up to 71,000 COVID-19 cases by the end of April.The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia tripled within a week, jumping from 172 positive diagnoses on March 17 to 686 on Tuesday. The number of deaths stood at 55, with the disease spreading to at least 22 of the country’s 34 provinces. The Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry is working on a plan to collaborate with business players in the hotel industry to help curb the spread of COVID-29The partnership would have hotel chains across Indonesia provide rooms for medical personnel treating COVID-19 patients, Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said at an online press conference on Monday. “Medical workers will have a proper place to rest somewhere close to their hospital.”Wishnutama added that he had discussed the plan with the representatives of several hotels and the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).The ministry is also in talks with transportation providers for another possible collaboration that would transport medical workers to and from hotels and hospitals.Wishnutama called on businesses operating in tourism and the creative economy to actively participate in Indonesia’s fight against COVID-19, including by postponing events that involve mass gatherings during the ongoing emergency period.center_img Topics :last_img read more

HR Wallingford Announces Two-Day Dredging Course

first_imgNext month, HR Wallingford will be the organizer of a two-day training course on the environmental aspects of dredging.According to the company, this course will provide an overview of the environmental aspects of dredging, the latest technology and equipment that apply to dredging and the management of dredged material.“This course is designed to provide an introduction to the subject of dredging and will assist those who are responsible for commissioning and managing dredging contractors and those who regulate dredging. The course will enable attendees to manage and regulate dredging projects and contractors more effectively and efficiently,” the company said.Course content:Introduction to dredging and currently used terminology;Description of the different types of dredgers;Design of dredging works (capital-maintenance, marine-riverine);Modelling of dredging operations;Environmental aspects to consider during dredging;Licensing, consents and key stakeholders identification;Environmental monitoring of the dredging operations;Dredging contract types;Project implementation and management;Avoidance of common disputes.This two-day classroom training course will take place 4-5 October, 2017, at the Howbery Park, Wallingford, UK.last_img read more

SeaBird Sees Deficit Shrink

first_imgOslo-listed SeaBird has narrowed its quarterly loss for the period ended September 30, 2018 as revenues picked up on higher utilization, compared to prior-year third quarter.The seismic data provider for oil and gas companies posted loss of around $4.6 million for the third quarter of 2018, compared to loss of $26 million in the corresponding period in 2017.SeaBird generated Q3-2018 revenues of $5.4 million, against $2.6 million in Q3 2017. Revenues for the first nine months of 2018 fell close to $0.7 million at $13.1 million.SeaBird’s active fleet utilization was at 55 percent, up from 22 percent sequentially – backed by reactivation of the Harrier Explorer and the start of two ocean bottom surveys (OBN) and two 2D surveys.Quarterly depreciation, amortization and impairment were down at $1.4 million, versus Q2 2017 charges of some $11 million.The company said it has seen a substantial increase in seismic survey tenders and expects the increased tender volume to continue for the rest of the year.Result for the first nine months of 2018 improved from last year as the company reduced its loss from $44.8 million in 9M-2017 to $8.3 million.Subsea World News Stafflast_img read more

Pirates Defeat Wildcats

first_imgAfter the worst loss of the season on Tuesday, Greensburg came back and responded with a 6-2 victory against Franklin County.Without a win on the road in the past 5 seasons, Greensburg got the scoring started with a goal from sophomore, Luke Hellmich, his first of the season. The Wildcats would go on to respond with 26 seconds left in the half to tie it 1-1. Greensburg came out firing in the second half and produced the best (overall) offensive performance of the season. The second half scoring started with sophomore Grayson Newhart off of a corner kick from Luke Hellmich. Then, Sage O’Mara was able to break away from the defense and carry the ball from midfield to score and push it to 3-1 in favor of Greensburg. Another Grayson Newhart goal off of an assist from Collin Springmeyer would make it 4-1.A penalty kick for Franklin County would keep them from being shut out in the second half, but Greensburg quickly responded with another goal from Sage O’Mara, assisted from Collin Springmeyer. Springmeyer would find the back of the net with 1 minute left in the game to end it 6-2 in favor of the Pirates.The Pirates won their first conference game and are now 2-4-1 on the season and 1-1 in the conference.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Cody DeVolld.last_img read more

With all hands on deck, Badgers set to invade Las Vegas

first_imgRunning back John Clay and the Badgers will look to easily dispatch UNLV to open a season filled with high expectations. Wisconsin last played at UNLV during the 2007 season.[/media-credit]As the No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers prepare for a season with Big Ten title aspirations, the campaign begins in Las Vegas as UNLV plays host for the season opener Saturday at Sam Boyd Stadium.The matchup should be familiar, as a UW-UNLV game has been a frequent fixture of the two teams’ early season schedules. The two last met in 2007, when the Badgers squeaked out a 20-13 win in Las Vegas. Overall, the two programs have met eight times, with Wisconsin winning six of them.However, the Rebels will be working under a new coaching staff in 2010, as Bobby Hauck takes over for Mike Sanford, who served as head coach since 2005.Meanwhile, Wisconsin is relying on its experience to carry the team to another successful year after a 10-3 (5-3 Big Ten) season. The Badgers return 18 starters — 10 on offense, six on defense and two on special teams.“It’s great,” UW head coach Bret Bielema said of his experience. “It’s one thing for me to feel comfortable. But it’s more important for the guys in the huddle to feel comfortable.”Leading that huddle once again will be quarterback Scott Tolzien, a fifth-year senior and one of six captains, as voted by the players. In 2009, Tolzien enjoyed a breakout year in his first full season as a starter, throwing for 2,705 yards and 16 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.“I’m most excited about the amount of guys we have coming back, the older guys,” Tolzien said. “The older you are, the most responsibility you have. We’ve got all the old guys, and we all have got to be accountable and carry the load for the young guys and just use that older leadership to keep getting better each day and make sure that a day doesn’t slip by.”Also enjoying a breakout year in 2009 was starting running back John Clay. At 6-foot-1, 255 lbs, the junior has proven ideal for the power running game that has long been the staple of Wisconsin’s offense. Last season, Clay rushed for 1,517 yards and 18 touchdowns on 287 carries, good for an average of 5.3 yards per carry. Clay is still getting back to full speed after ankle surgery in the offseason, so capable sophomore Montee Ball should see plenty of action in the opener.For the Rebels, the Badgers’ prowess in the running game might spell doom. In 2009, UNLV was dead last in the Mountain West Conference in rushing defense, allowing 220.6 yards per game on the ground. Additionally, UNLV allowed 27 rushing touchdowns and opponents averaged 5.7 yards per carry on the ground, both worst in the conference.“They have a new coaching staff, so it’s pretty much going to be all new to us,” UW tight end and captain Lance Kendricks said. “We try to take our basic plays and try to roll with that and go from there.”On defense, Wisconsin boasts less experience but hopes to make up for it in talent and depth. Of the six returning defensive starters, three make up the starting linebacker unit — redshirt sophomore Mike Taylor (if cleared to play after offseason knee surgery) and sophomore Chris Borland will lineup outside, while redshirt senior and another a captain, Culmer St. Jean, will man the middle spot.In the secondary, assistant coach Chris Ash has a four-man rotation that consists of fifth-year senior Niles Brinkley, juniors Antonio Fenelus and Devin Smith and redshirt sophomore Marcus Cromartie.“The message that I try to preach throughout the whole process is there’s no such thing as backups, there’s no such thing as number twos,” Ash said. “What they are, they’re one play away from being a starter and those backup guys, they have to prepare that way because it could be the first play of the game, last play of the game, could be in practice. One play, and the next guy’s in. So the next man has to be ready at all times.”For UNLV, much of the offensive production comes from senior quarterback Omar Clayton. A dual-threat quarterback, Clayton threw for 2,230 yards with 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while also rushing for 238 yards and three touchdowns. Like the Badgers, the Rebels boast one of the most experienced offensive lines in their respective conference, as redshirt freshman guard Sean Tesoro is the only new starter.However, UNLV will be replacing its top receiver, Ryan Wolfe, who led the team with 74 receptions, 760 yards and two touchdowns. At running back, the Rebels return two upperclassmen — senior Channing Trotter and junior C.J. Cox.Entering the season opener, arguably the biggest challenge for Wisconsin will be to put together a dominant road performance in an effort to live up to expectations that are seemingly sky-high.“You don’t want to listen to the outside world, but, yeah, we have high enough expectations for ourselves so we’re pushing hard and striving,” UW strong safety and captain Jay Valai said. “Anything but greatness will be unacceptable from this team.”last_img read more

Usain Bolt loses gold as Olympic chiefs strip Jamaica of 2008 relay win

first_imgUsain Bolt no longer has nine Olympic gold medals after the IOC confirmed that relay team-mate Nesta Carter tested positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.The decision from the IOC relates to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing where Bolt won gold with the Jamican relay team in the 4x100m.The disciplinary committee, which comprised of Mr Denis Oswald (Chairman), Mrs Gunilla Lindberg and Dr Ugur Erdener, has ruled that as Carter tested positive the entire team will be disqualified and therefore they will lose their gold medals.This takes Bolt down to eight gold medals and he loses his record of having won triple gold at the past three Olympics.last_img read more

Angels’ Kole Calhoun saw DL stint as a welcome mental, physical breather

first_img Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros ANAHEIM — Kole Calhoun might have become the first baseball player to describe a trip to the disabled list as “nice” on Monday. He quickly caught himself mid-thought.“Not nice – you never want to go on the DL,” Calhoun said, “but it gave me a chance to put things in perspective.”When Calhoun was placed on the 10-day disabled list June 1 with a strained oblique, he was batting .145 with a .195 on-base percentage and .179 slugging percentage. He had one home run and 11 RBIs in his first 50 games.The Angels activated Calhoun before Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He batted ninth and started in right field, his first appearance in a lineup since May 31. After that game in Detroit, the Angels flew home to California. Calhoun said the pain he felt in the batting cage hadn’t let up.Once he was placed on the disabled list, Calhoun left the team and went home. He said he took four or five days to rest before resuming baseball activities. He watched video of his swing. With help from coaches in Arizona, where Calhoun lives in the offseason and the Angels’ spring training facility resides, he broke down his swing mechanics on video.“It really helped,” Calhoun said.In the first at-bat of his first rehabilitation game with Triple-A Salt Lake, Calhoun hit a home run. He collected another five hits in 19 at-bats and finished the five-game assignment with a .316 batting average. His first trip to the DL since 2014 ended on a high note.“I was swinging out of my mind before it happened,” Calhoun said. “(Injury) was probably bound to happen with the amount of swings I was doing trying to figure stuff out … with all that stuff that builds over time and banging your head against the wall figuring out how to get things going.” PEÑA’S 11Felix Peña will become the 11th different Angels starter this season on Tuesday, unless the right-hander ends up needed out of the bullpen on Monday.Peña has made 38 major-league appearances over three seasons for the Cubs and Angels, but this will be his first major-league start at age 28. In 10 games (nine starts) with Triple-A Salt Lake, Peña was 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA. He struck out 38 batters in 33-1/3 innings.Peña’s last appearance at any level came June 8, when he threw six shutout innings in Salt Lake.Every pitcher who has started a game for the Angels this season is either on their active roster or recovering from an injury.INJURY UPDATESShohei Ohtani has resumed swinging a bat with his left hand only, Scioscia said, “to keep his trunk going and keeping as active as he can, as close to replicating a swing without using two hands.”Ohtani received a PRP and stem cell injection on June 8 after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 sprain in his right ulnar collateral ligament. He still hasn’t been cleared to throw. Scioscia said Ohtani is doing strength training and running, and began swinging the bat “three or four” days ago.Sunday in Oakland, Scioscia said the initial timetable for Ohtani’s next evaluation might be delayed beyond the initial three-week mark of June 28.After reconnecting with the two-way star Monday, Scioscia said that Ohtani “has come to grips with (the injury) and understands exactly what the process will be. Our medical staff and Dr. (Steve) Yoon are very optimistic” about the prognosis.Scioscia said infielder Zack Cozart (left shoulder subluxation) has not resumed baseball activities. Right-hander Garrett Richards (strained left hamstring) is playing catch from flat ground, while Nick Tropeano (right shoulder inflammation) is not. Right-handed reliever Jim Johnson played catch from flat ground but is still experiencing symptoms of his lumbar strain.All four players are on the 10-day disabled list.ALSOKaleb Cowart began a minor league rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Salt Lake. In his first game, Cowart batted third and played eight innings in right field against the Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He hit a home run in the fifth inning, struck out once, and finished 1 for 4. …Jabari Blash was optioned to Salt Lake to make room for Calhoun on the active roster. Blash appeared in four games last week, and went 0 for 9 with five strikeouts and two walks. …Angels prospect Jo Adell was named the California League Player of the Week for the week of June 11-17. The 19-year-old outfielder went 15 for 28 with four home runs and eight RBIs for Class-A Inland Empire. Adell raised his batting average for the season from .231 to .311.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Felix Peña 0-0) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (RHP Matt Koch 5-3, 4.09 ERA), Tuesday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, ESPNRelated Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Michigan State’s Tom Izzo on victory over Duke: We can’t ‘get enamored with this win’

first_img March Madness 2019: Three takeaways from Michigan State’s victory over Duke in the Elite Eight The win moves Michigan State into the Final Four for the eighth time under Izzo. The team, however, has taken home the championship just once with him as coach.“You know now what I’ve got to do is refocus,” Izzo said. “I have to reassess how I handle (the Final Four), what I do. … It’s going to be grind city again. And we’ve got to figure out how we do things a little different because there’s some good teams up there, and not get enamored with this win even though this is a big win for us and our program.”Michigan State star Cassius Winston tallied 20 points and 10 assists to lead his team to the victory. He’s just the third player in program history to register those numbers in an NCAA Tournament game. Magic Johnson and Draymond Green are the other two. What a CLUTCH 3️⃣ to put @MSU_Basketball up ✌️! #MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/OX5Dpe9OgL— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019Izzo discussed the win when he met with reporters after the game.“Everybody that beats Duke is, you know, ready to put that on the wall because that’s the program (coach Mike Krzyzewski) has built,” Izzo said. “And that’s what I’m hoping to still build. I mean, the respect everybody has for Duke is why it’s a big game. I do think we beat arguably the best team in the country. But there’s another game coming up.” Related News Tom Izzo wants his team to refocus.Michigan State pulled off a 68-67 upset of top-seeded Duke in the Elite Eight on Sunday at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. Duke entered the regional finals as the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament.center_img March Madness 2019: Zion Williamson discusses Duke’s loss to Michigan State 13-0 run for @MSU_Basketball to take a 4 point lead before the half! 😳#MarchMadness | #Elite8 pic.twitter.com/J5jBYilNBo— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 31, 2019“Nothing was given, everything was earned,” Winston said. “Just working hard, constantly getting better and better. … I think I took 20-some shots today, (my teammates and coaches) didn’t say a word. They encouraged me just to keep going, keep doing what I do best for this team. It’s just an amazing environment for me.”Michigan State will face Texas Tech on Saturday.last_img read more