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Ruling PDI-P recommends Jokowi’s son Gibran to run in Surakarta mayoral race

first_imgThe ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has recommended President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s eldest son, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, and Teguh Prakosa, the secretary of the party’s branch in Surakarta, to run as a pair in the upcoming mayoral race in the Central Java city.Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi Rudyatmo, who confirmed news of the pairing, said Gibran and Teguh’s nomination would be officially announced by the PDI-P through an online meeting Friday afternoon.Rudy said he would attend the meeting together with executives from the Surakarta PDI-P office, including Teguh himself, as well as the President’s son. Read also: Surakarta mayor stands in way of Jokowi’s son’s coronation”The central board must take their own considerations in issuing a recommendation, so we must support any candidate that is recommended,” he added.Teguh and Gibran separately confirmed that they had received on Thursday invitations from the central board in connection to their candidacies.Gibran said he would depart for the PDI-P Central Java office in the provincial capital of Semarang to be present during the  announcement of the nomination through a virtual meeting on Friday.Contacted separately, Achmad said he was not surprised the central board would recommend Gibran and Teguh for the ticket, adding that he had predicted from the start that he would not be nominated in the race.Achmad previously made public statements about dropping out of the race since April this year but Rudy subsequently insisted on rejecting his withdrawal on the grounds that members of PDI-P in the city wanted him to be on the ticket.”I learned about [Gibran’s nomination] from Pak Jokowi himself when I was summoned to the State Palace,” Achmad said, “There’s no problem.”He also asserted that he would not switch sides and choose other parties as his political vehicle to run in the race. “I’m 71 years old, I just want to enjoy my retirement.” (afr)Topics : “As of now, we still don’t know who will take the position of mayoral candidate and deputy mayor candidate [between Gibran and Teguh],” Rudy said.The recommendation came following tensions in the one of the nationalist party’s strongholds, which initially decided to nominate Achmad Purnomo, the current deputy mayor, and Teguh to the top of the ticket of the mayoral race. Their nomination seemed to have been backed by Rudy, who himself is the chairman of the PDI-P’s Surakarta chapter.Gibran, meanwhile, entered the race at the last minute, registering through the PDI-P’s Central Java provincial chapter after learning that the party’s Surakarta chapter had wrapped up its candidate selection process.Rudy said the final decision on the candidates for the Surakarta mayoral election lied with the PDI-P central board and therefore the party members in the city would support whoever was picked by party chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri.last_img read more

NegOcc COVID test lab soon operational

first_imgBY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGABACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson is hopeful that the Negros Bio-lab (Testing Center) at the Teresita Locsin Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City, Negros Occidental would be accredited by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).“We are closing to the end line than last week and we hope to have it before end of the month,” Lacson said.The center already has 12,000 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) kits. PCR machine peripherals will arrive soon, said Lacson.RT-PCR tests are used as confirmatory tests for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). RT-PCR testing requires at least BioSafety Level 2 facilities, specialized machinery, testing kits and reagents, and trained medical personnel. All facilities need to be jointly certified by the DOH and the RITM.DOH has committed to expedite the certification process for existing laboratories, and for new laboratories that will be built. “DOH welcomes the private sector’s support and participation in aggressively expanding COVID testing capacity in the country, as well as in efforts to ramp up isolation and treatment,” DOH secretary Francisco Duque said.Secretary Carlito Galvez, the National Task Force COVID-19 chief Implementer, also said: “We can mitigate the effects of COVID-19 on our economic well-being if we aggressively push for testing so that we can locate, isolate and care for COVID-19 carriers and those who are sick in order to keep our communities safe enough to resume a level of economic activities.”/PNlast_img read more

Mane destroys Chelsea as Liverpool star nets quickfire double

first_img Loading… His pace frightened Christensen into a calamitous foul and his movement eluded the remaining Chelsea defenders to give Liverpool the lead. It was a lovely move, quick and direct, Salah out to Roberto Firmino, his cross met by Mane, powering a header past Arrizabalaga. The second, four minutes later? Well, that was very much a self-inflicted wound. Mane lost the ball and in a state of fury continued chasing, Fikayo Tomori – on at half-time as Chelsea re-organised – tidied up by knocking a pass back to Arrizabalaga. He had all the time to take the easy route out. Instead he tried to play a short pass to Reece James which Mane read like a big print Janet and John book. He nicked the ball and tapped it into an empty net. Chelsea have had all summer to sort out this lamentable decline of such a vital player. Surely with Edouard Mendy’s transfer all but completed, his race is run. Maybe that of Jorginho as penalty-taker, too, given that he missed one that could have brought Chelsea back to life with 17 minutes remaining. Thiago Alcantara gave it away, perhaps too keen on his debut as a half-time substitute for the injured Jordan Henderson, clumsily tripping Timo Werner. The German won one at Brighton last week, and watched as Jorginho converted it. Maybe he will have more to say, having now watched the Brazilian do his little hop, skip, sidefoot routine and pass the ball to Alisson. Going down to ten, missing a penalty, teeing up Mane for the second, Chelsea may feel like architects of their downfall. The fact is, even 11 v 11, they were trying to contain Liverpool more than challenge them. The best team won, and Chelsea treated them like the best team from the start. There is a long way to go before they stand toe to toe, and Chelsea know it. Liverpool’s defence had a bit of Pep Guardiola about it, with Fabinho coming in to plug a gap left by injury at centre-half beside Virgil van Dijk. Guardiola, as everybody knows, would play 11 midfielders if he could, and thought nothing of deploying Javier Mascherano in central defence at Barcelona and then, more recently, Fernandinho at Manchester City. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Sadio Mane ran riot as Liverpool secured a big three points over Premier League rivals Chelsea on Sunday. Yes, the dismissal of Andreas Christensen decided this game. But, more than that, it was about the gulf between Liverpool and the rest. The money Chelsea have spent will not bring them nearer the champions until it delivers a defence and goalkeeper that can be trusted. Thiago Silva may change that, Ben Chilwell, too. But yesterday, the walking catastrophe that is Kepa Arrizabalaga combined with the vulnerability of Christensen to undo Frank Lampard’s gameplan and deliver the game to Liverpool. That Chelsea’s strategy was about stopping the visitors rather than matching them says it all really. They is still a gulf between. read also:Havertz: Klopp still hungry for more at Liverpool The Liverpool and Chelsea managers continue to downplay a growing rivalry between the pair. Christensen went in first-half injury time and within five minutes of the restart, Liverpool got the breakthrough goal that was always likely to result from a numerical imbalance. The man who had tormented Christensen into an early return to the dressing-room was at the heart of it, as he was at the heart of this victory. Sadio Mane, Liverpool’s best forward last season, is showing no sign of letting up.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThis Nation Is Almost Impossible To InvadeWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Reasons You Have Trouble Getting Things DoneWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of Heterochromialast_img read more

KFC suspends its ‘finger lickin’ good’ slogan due to coronavirus

first_imgKFC has announced that they will discontinue using their slogan “finger lickin’ good” because of COVID-19.Kentucky Fried Chicken said on Monday that the 64-year-old slogan “doesn’t feel quite right.”“We find ourselves in a unique situation — having an iconic slogan that doesn’t quite fit in the current environment,” said Catherine Tan-Gillespie, global chief marketing officer at KFC in a statement. The menu isn’t changing and the company said the slogan will return when the “time is right.”KFC has blurred out the slogan featured on old billboards and signs.last_img read more

Expect at least 2 golds from Indian boxers in Tokyo: Amit Panghal

first_imgNew Delhi: Amit Panghal, who won the historic silver medal at the World Championships, believes the performance of the Indian boxers has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years, adding that at least two gold medals can be expected from them during next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.India has till now won only two bronze medals in boxing in all the editions of the Olympic Games they have participated in. Vijender Singh had won the bronze medal in the middleweight category in Beijing in 2008 while MC Mary Kom had won the bronze medal in the flyweight category in London Games in 2012.“Our performance in boxing in recent times has improved by leaps and bounds. We have won many gold medals, whether it be at the Commonwealth Games or Asian Championships or World Championships,” Panghal told IANS.“We will go into the Tokyo Olympics with an aim to win at least two gold medals. We can win more but at least two gold medals can be expected from Indian boxers at the Tokyo Olympics,” he added.Talking about his own preparations for the prestigious quadrennial event, the 24-year-old said that right now, his main focus is to prepare for the Asian Olympic qualifier to be held in Wuhan, China, in February and bag a quota for the Tokyo Games.“I am fully prepared for the Tokyo Olympics. First, in February, we have the Olympic Qualifiers and my aim is to give my best there and qualify for the Olympics,” he said.“Like every other player, my aim is to represent India at the Olympics and win a medal.” The World Championships silver medallist also expressed his opinion on the ongoing row regarding women’s trials between Nikhat Zareen and Mary Kom. “Mary Kom is a star in Indian boxing. According to me, it doesn’t matter for Mary Kom if there are trials or not because she doesn’t need to prove she is the best as she has already proved that. But, even if trials do take place, I don’t think so that Mary Kom should be worried about anything as she can handle those things quite easily,” he added.Panghal, who in September, became the first Indian male boxer to win a silver at the World Championships, is currently part of the Gujarat Giants team participating in the inaugural edition of the Big Bout Indian Boxing League.“This league will benefit all the boxers taking part in the competition. Each boxer will face a different boxer and thus will gain lots of experience. Especially, the young boxers will benefit from this league as they will get to play against senior boxers and learn from them,” Panghal said while speaking about the Indian Boxing League.Gujarat Giants will be facing Bombay Bullets in the semi-finals and Panghal is confident that his team would win the last-four clash and would further go on to lift the title.“Our preparations for the semi-finals are on track and we are confident of winning the Indian Boxing League.” Panghal, who is currently at the number one spot in world rankings in the 51-kg flyweight category, is part of Adani’s Garv Hai initiative where they are supporting 20 individuals in senior and youth categories.“I am part of Adani’s Garv Hai initiative and they are doing a lot for the athletes in their preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. Every athlete needs financial assistance and Adani group is providing that. So, I am thrilled to be a part of this initiative,” said Panghal.The long-term incubation programme is aimed at grooming three sets of athletes, for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, 2022 Asian and Commonwealth Games probable and junior athletes for future. (IANS)Also Read:Tall Boxers No Issues, Have To Work a Little More on Power: Amit PanghalAlso watch: AASU Rally Against CAA 2019 in Kokrajharlast_img read more

The Latest: Bucks likely not taking entire traveling party

first_imgAthletic director Jim Phillips cited the possibility of a limited crowd at the famed ballpark even if fans were allowed. He called it “a disappointing conclusion to reach” and said the Wildcats hope to play there again “with a packed house.”In 2010, Northwestern played Illinois in the first college football game at Wrigley Field since 1938. The Wildcats have since played baseball and lacrosse games there.___Stanford has announced it’s eliminating 11 varsity sports programs after the 2020-21 academic year.Programs affected include men’s and women’s fencing, field hockey, lightweight rowing, men’s rowing, co-ed and women’s sailing, squash, synchronized swimming, men’s volleyball and wrestling. The race on Aug. 16 was a necessary move from Watkins Glen because NASCAR cannot meet New York’s quarantine requirements for out-of-state visitors.___The Baltimore Ravens have informed season ticket holders that their seats will not available this year.The team says season ticket holders will be offered the same seats in 2021, and money already spent for this season can be used for next year or refunded upon request.Because of the coronavirus pandemic, NFL games this season are expected to be held without fans or in front of a greatly reduced audience. The Latest: Bucks likely not taking entire traveling party Associated Press The Bucks closed their practice facility in Milwaukee after receiving results of their Friday coronavirus testing. Horst declined to say whether the positive test came from a Bucks player or another member of the traveling party.The Bucks owned an NBA-leading 53-12 record when play was halted in mid-March due to the pandemic. They return to action July 31 against the Boston Celtics.___NASCAR in August will move its road course race from Watkins Glen in upstate New York because of state health restrictions, and the event will shift instead to the road course at Daytona International Speedway. The move means the Cup Series will make its debut on Daytona’s road course, which is used by the IMSA sports car series and incorporates part of the famed 2.5-mile oval. July 8, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Milwaukee Bucks general manager Jon Horst says the group that travels to Florida on Thursday for the resumption of the season at Walt Disney World likely won’t include the team’s entire 35-person traveling party. According to an email sent Wednesday by the Ravens to the owners of Personal Seat Licenses, the team speculated that stadium capacity — if fans are allowed — would be fewer than 14,000 seats per game.If fans are permitted to attend, seats would be sold on a game-by-game basis with season ticket holders receiving a priority opportunity to purchase in advance of any public sale.___Northwestern’s game against Wisconsin scheduled for Nov. 7 at Wrigley Field is being moved on campus to Ryan Field because of uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Northwestern announced the decision Wednesday after consulting with the Chicago Cubs, state and local authorities and the Big Ten Conference. Also, Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr., who tested positive for COVID-19, is traveling to Cleveland after he had one negative test. The team says DeShields experience minor symptoms from the virus. He’ll be tested again when he arrives and can rejoin his teammates as long as he doesn’t test positive again.DeShields is in his first season with the Indians, who acquired him in December from Texas in the trade involving ace Corey Kluber.___The Chicago White Sox are giving fans the opportunity to purchase cardboard cutouts of themselves that will be displayed at Guaranteed Rate Field during the team’s season-opening homestand.The cutouts cost $49 and will be available while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit the team’s charitable arm. The university is the first Power Five school to cut any sports programs. It also said Wednesday that it’s eliminating the jobs of 20 support staff as part of the realignment. ___Cleveland Indians outfielder Franmil Reyes has been cleared by the team’s medical staff to return to the field after being isolated for attending a party over the July Fourth weekend.The team kept Reyes away from Progressive Field as a precaution after he attended a holiday gathering without wearing a mask. The Indians learned of Reyes’ off-field actions from social media.Manager Terry Francona says Reyes was re-tested for the coronavirus and may now participate in training camp. He is scheduled to take batting practice Wednesday and speak to the media on Thursday. The White Sox open with a three-game series against the Minnesota Twins starting on July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Syverud addresses NCAA sanctions at 1st University Senate meeting since report’s release

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse University Chancellor Kent Syverud was upset about the process and certain findings relating to the NCAA’s report on Syracuse University, he told faculty members during Wednesday’s University Senate meeting.“I think it’s important to communicate about it and comment on it. And frankly it’s important because for eight years, university leadership has not been able to comment on it publicly,” Syverud said. “When I first arrived here, I was dismayed at how long the process had gone on. Dismayed the process had gone on long with the participation of both the NCAA and university.”The NCAA released a 94-page report on SU on March 6, which detailed instances of academic misconduct, and cited the university for a lack of institutional control over its athletics programs. As a result, the organization levied penalties against SU that included the loss of scholarships and vacation of wins for men’s basketball.Syverud encouraged members of the Senate that packed the Maxwell Auditorium to read the entire report. Wednesday’s meeting was the first the University Senate has had since the release of the report. Faculty members in attendance were generally appreciative that Syverud has been forthcoming following the release of the report.Syverud briefly broke down the violations, and said that the academic integrity issues, more specifically the case with Fab Melo, troubled him the most.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We have taken this report very seriously. And I take it very seriously, because most of the core of what we are, a private research university with academic standards and values,” he said. “A lot has been happening before the report came out, a lot has happened since it came out.”He noted the reformed drug-testing policy, which was revamped in 2009, and the addition of a provost for academic support for athletes, who does not report to the athletic department, and rather the provost.Many of the professors agreed they were pleased with the transparency the chancellor was showing after the NCAA’s report. Samuel Gorovitz, a philosophy professor and former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said after the meeting that he has been pleased by the candor and thoughtfulness of the discussion surrounding these issues. But, he said he wished senators had an opportunity to ask Syverud and Interim Provost Elizabeth Liddy questions during the meeting.Can Isik, chair of the Senate Agenda Committee and associate dean in the College of Engineering and Computer Science, said much of Syverud’s speech was a reaffirmation of the announcement he sent to SU community members Wednesday morning.Isik added that Syverud has been very transparent and responsive since the report came out.“I think they’ve been good about that,” he said. “The chancellor has been very forthcoming.”Rick Burton, the university’s faculty athletics representative and a professor in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, said in an interview that SU is a great academic institution, and Syverud’s vision is for it to become an even greater one.“I don’t think anyone would choose to not want to become greater,” Burton said. “I think this is a transformative time at Syracuse and I’m encouraged by how we’re going to go forward.”-Staff writer Jessica Iannetta contributed reporting to this story. Comments Published on March 18, 2015 at 4:50 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

USC Baseball vs. Cal

first_imgUSC baseball was unable to hold a four-run lead over California on Thursday night, falling to the Bears 5-4. The two teams play a three-game series this weekend at Dedeaux Field.last_img

Volleyball returns home after series of road games

first_imgSenior libero Victoria Garrick has recorded 1,312 career digs, recently passing April Ross’s USC record. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)After playing 10 of 11 of its last games on the road, the women’s volleyball team will finally host its next four games at Galen Center. Currently undefeated at home (4-0), the No. 12 Trojans will have their first set of home games that will test home court advantage against Oregon State on Thursday and Oregon on Sunday.“Having that fan base at home is really easy to play in and get pumped up for,” sophomore outside hitter Brooke Botkin said. “On the road you’re tired, your sleep schedule is messed up and then you have to perform in front of people who are cheering against you.”They plan to use the home energy to drive their game.“There is absolutely an advantage in playing at home,” head coach Brent Crouch said. “Who knows what that is, if it’s rest, or if it’s just more in your comfort zone, or that you’ve got people cheering for you instead of against you?” The Trojans average 14.0 kills, 13 assists and 1.6 aces per set, while their opponents are averaging 13.5 kills, 12.7 assists and 1.1 aces per set. The averages may not appear to be that decisive, but  aces and kills can especially impact a game. “In terms of getting the kind of wins we want and what the scores should look like, we spent a lot more time on that [on Monday] and we will in the next few days to hopefully get back to where we were,” Crouch said.Serving alone will not stop either team from attempting to take control of Galen Center. Oregon State will come in with fire as it seeks its first Pac-12 conference win after falling in its first four games. With sophomore libero Grace Massey locking in the Beavers defense with 290 digs already this season, it will be up to USC’s hitters to find the holes and capitalize on them when they can.“What we do before every match is we show our team how they’re going to defend certain play types, and all of our hitters know these are the shots that are going to score,” Crouch said. “If [they are] in trouble they have their outs … they know [they] can put it here and it is going to create a lot of trouble.”After taking on Oregon State, the Trojans will then regroup and face Oregon, which is currently 2-2 in conference play. Oregon will pose a different challenge than Oregon State as the Ducks’ two leading hitters rival the numbers of USC’s own. For the Trojans, outside hitters sophomore Brooke Botkin and junior Khalia Lanier have had 246 and 238 kills, respectively, this season. While the Trojans’ stats still dominate, Ducks’ junior middle blocker Ronika Stone and senior outside hitter Lindsey Vander Weide have tallied up 164 and 163 kills, respectively. “They usually run a fast offense with a lot of combinations, so serving is the answer for that,” Crouch said. “I just want to serve them tough enough so they can’t run any of that stuff.”While Oregon State is unranked and Oregon is ranked No. 20, these are still important games.“We want to play the same regardless of what the ranking is or what the standings are,” Crouch said. “I think every team in the Pac-12 can beat any other team [on] any given night. Everybody’s really good, so we talk about trying to maintain that level of consistency and the same energy level.”last_img read more

NATIONAL NURSES DAY: Hail Nurses Everywhere

first_imgWith over 3 million working nurses in the US today, nurses make up the highest percentage of the US healthcare workforce. Although many people might not be aware,  nurses are more likely to sustain a back injury on a shift than construction workers, and they walk an average of 5 kilometers per shift, as caring for others’ health is such an active job! In 1953, Dorothy Sutherland of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare sent a proposal to President Eisenhower asking him to proclaim a “Nurse Day” in October of the following year to coincide with the anniversary. Although the President didn’t act, the celebration was observed thanks to a bill sponsored by Representative Frances P. Bolton, and the following year a new bill was introduced to Congress lobbying for official recognition of the celebration.  To nurses of all ranks in the United States and the Caribbean, and wherever, you are celebrated with utmost sincerity, and as you commemorate this special day and week dedicated to your services, please know you are sincerely appreciated. Yet the week was first observed in the US in October 1954 to mark the 100th anniversary of Nightingale’s pioneering work in Crimea.  Today, Wednesday, May 6 is National Nurses Day, the first day of National Nursing Week, which concludes on May 12, Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Twenty years later, in February of 1974, President Nixon proclaimed a National Nurse Week to be celebrated annually in May. Over the next eight years, various nursing organizations including the American Nurses Association (ANA) rallied to support calls for a “National Recognition Day for Nurses” on May 6, which was eventually proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.  This year, celebrating the work of nurses globally is extremely special in light of the work and the challenges nurses have been undergoing for the past several weeks, and currently, as they attend to patients who have contracted the coronavirus. They, along with doctors and other medical staff, are relentlessly at the front line of this global pandemic working under trying circumstances, and risking their own health and lives. In recent weeks the residents of several nations, including residents of several American cities, have been publicly praising and thanking nurses for their yeoman-like services. No praise can be high enough to thank our nurses for their hard work. They made a commitment to save lives through thick and thin, through the most dreadful of circumstances and they have blatantly been showing this commitment during the dreadful current COVID-19 pandemic. If you think nurses are only found in hospitals, then think again! The majority of registered nurses (59 percent) practice elsewhere, such as a nursing home or on home visits. They work across communities to keep people worldwide happy and healthy, and National Nurses Day is the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for their important work!last_img read more