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Semarang fish market closes down after 26 people test positive for COVID-19

first_imgHe added that the task force would rearrange the layout of the stalls to comply with physical distancing measures.Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo asked mayors and regents to forcibly close shopping centers including malls, supermarkets and traditional markets that did not apply strict COVID-19 precautions.“We don’t want any more clusters from shopping centers. So I hope regional heads would not hesitate to close any shopping center that does not adhere to the health protocol,” Ganjar said. According to the official government count as of Friday, there are 1,234 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Central Java, with 70 deaths. (aly)Topics : The Semarang city administration in Central Java has temporarily shut down the Kobong traditional market as 26 people tested positive for COVID-19 after rapid tests were carried out in the market.Semarang COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson Fravarta Sadman said the market would be closed for six days starting Saturday.”We will disinfect and sterilize the market. We hope the market will be free from contamination by the time we reopen it,” he said.last_img read more

Whelan suffers injury blow

first_img Whelan sustained the injury during the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Germany in Gelsenkirchen on October 14, forcing him off after 54 minutes of the Euro 2016 qualifier. The 30-year-old subsequently missed Stoke’s 2-1 victory over Swansea on Saturday, and is now unlikely to return until early December. Press Association Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a fracture of the right leg. center_img It means Whelan will also miss Ireland’s group game with Scotland on November 14, along with a number of Stoke fixtures. City manager Mark Hughes said: “He got a kick on the outside of his leg, and there is a slight fracture there. “He’s not been put into a plaster cast. We’re going to try and manage it without that because Glenn feels he’ll get back sooner. “But the likelihood is he’s going to be out for four to six weeks I’d imagine, which is a blow for Glenn obviously because he is a big part of what we’re doing, and we’ll miss him. “He’s been playing really well of late, but we’ll get him back as soon as we can. “As for Ireland, knowing Glenn he’ll try and make himself available, but my feeling is the game will be too soon for him. “You have to let nature take it course. With fractures you have to give them enough time to heal.” last_img read more

‘Green Machine’ ruggers off to Barbados

first_img… kick off RAN 15s South Zone title defence tomorrowTHE Green Machine, Guyana’s National rugby team, will depart Guyana today via the Eugene F. Correira International Airport on the first LIAT flight out to the Land of the Flying Fish, where they will face the ‘Bajan’ ruggers tomorrow in their opening game of the Rugby Americas North (RAN) 15s Championship.Set for the Garrison Field, Guyana are the reigning RAN 15s South Zone champions, and, according to head coach Kenneth Grant-Stuart, the 23-man squad will be heading to Barbados confident of coming out on top.Guyana defeated Barbados 48-17 last year when the Guyanese were on their way to clinching another title, but this time around, Grant-Stuart is prepared for a tougher time against the ‘Bajan’ side.Grant-Stuart told Chronicle Sport that the team is made up of the familiar faces who helped Guyana to become one of the most feared rugby nations in the Caribbean, especially in the shortest format of the game (Sevens).Guyana will then face foes, Trinidad and Tobago, at the National Park Rugby Field on June 10 in a rematch of last year’s South Zone final. The last time the two countries met, Guyana walked away 23-18 winners.The Green Machine are the current runners-up to Mexico in the Regional RAN 15s Championships as well as current RAN 7s Caribbean Champions.Squad: Ryan Gonsalves (captain), Richard Staglon (vice-captain), Avery Corbin, Peabo Hamilton, Ronald Mayers, Godfrey Broomes, Dwayne Schroeder, Sean Phillips, Vallon Adams, Ahmed Isaacs, Rondel McArthur, Jason Tyrell, Allain Crawford, Kevon David, Jamal Angus, Troyton Braithwaite, Patrick King, Joseph Rahaman, Cyon Kitt, Toby David, Osie Mckenzie, Rickford Cummings and Blaise Bailey.last_img read more

Federal High Court Disowns ‘Writ of Execution’ by Giwa Group

first_imgThe Head of Communication department of NFF, Ademola Olajire, insisted that the Registrar of the Federal High Court, Jos, Mr. Nasiru Gusau monday in said the document circulated in the media lastweek did not emanate from the court.“We did not issue any writ of execution on this matter. What you are saying is strange to me,” Gusau said in a video interview made available to the media lastnight.Gusau explained further: “The Giwa people made an application for writ of execution, which the court declined. The court cannot execute a declaratory judgment or an interlocutory order.“Moreover, if the case is on appeal, how can the High Court issue a writ of execution?”Olajire claimed that the undated and completely invalid ‘writ of execution’ submitted at the NFF secretariat last Friday, by an Executive Officer (Accounts) with the Federal High Court, Jos, Langmbweng Enoch Wupeh.“The ‘writ of execution’ was, strangely, prepared and signed by Plaintiff Counsel (Giwa’s lawyer), and to it was attached only the first two orders made by the court, leaving out the most recent orders that struck out the first two, as well as the Hon. Judge’s clarification. The signature of a ‘Judge’ (no name) was poorly forged,” he explained.After its 25 –minute misadventure at the Glass House, the Giwa group issued a self –deluding statement that it had ‘taken over’ the NFF.The invasion came only 24 hours after a peace meeting ordered by the Nigeria Parliament. Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Sports (which is saddled with the responsibility), Rt. Hon. Anayo Nebe, at the weekend expressed huge disappointment with the Giwa group’s actionIn a related development, the Federal Capital Teritory (FCT) Police Commissioner, Wilson Inalegwu, ymonday summoned both Amaju Pinnick and Chris Giwa, the two factions claiming the sole of the Glass House.Pinnick and Giwa held separate meeting with the police chief at his office as the crisis assumed a new and dangerous twist, where in trying to reinforce their claim as the NFF President, and they reported at the Glass House at different time.Giwa, accommpanied by Effiong Johnson, Sani Ferma and Yahaya Adama, stormed the Glasshouse few minutes after Pinnick addressed the media and secretariat staff.They were given access by the Divisional Police Officer Wuse Zone 3, Supretendent Irek Sunday after getting clearance from Inalegwu.They later left to inspect the Sunday Dankaro House, the new NFF Secretariat under renovation.Pinnick insisted he was validly elected NFF President. He said his appeal due to be heard on June 28, negated the ruling of the lower court which gave an order that favour Giwa.He also accused the Giwa group of trying to sabotaging Nigeria’s quest to qualify for 2018 World Cup in Russia by using force to take over the NFF office last Friday, a day after the House of Representatives Sports Committee brokered a truce between him and Giwa.He also insisted Giwa remained banned by Confederation of African Football (CAF) which also reserves the right to unban him.” I should not have sat down with him before the House Committee, I only did it out of respect to the lawmakers and Nigerian government. The issue of lifting his ban is a CAF congressional issue and not a decision by NFF board. I remainthe President of NFF as I was elected till 2018.“Aside from that, I was not joined in the court case and can’t be removed from office as ruled by the Supreme Court. The parties joined in the case are Aminu Maigari and Musa Amadu. I remain the President, ” Pinnick said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram GLASSHOUSE TAKE OVERAs FCT police comissiomer summons Pinnick, GiwaFemi Solaja and Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe unending drama in the Glass House took another turn last night as the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) produced an evidence from the Federal High Court in Jos that disowned the ‘writ of execution’ being bandied by the Giwa group.last_img read more

Men’s soccer gets ready for Big Ten Tournament

first_imgIn their last chance to prepare for the Big Ten Tournament next week, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team will battle the Drake Bulldogs in the final game of the regular season. Although the Badgers have dominated non-conference play thus far, Wednesday’s match will be anything but easy.The Bulldogs, unlike Wisconsin’s other non-conference foes, have received national attention this year. Until their last match, which ended in a 2-0 loss to second ranked Creighton, Drake was ranked 24th in the NSCAA. Although the Badgers have breezed through the out of conference schedule, they know the Bulldogs present a unique challenge.“They are ranked very highly,” Wisconsin assistant coach Nick Pasquarello said. “I don’t like to get caught up in polls, but when you’re playing an opponent that is ranked higher than you, I think that it’s a little bit easier to use that as motivation.”Although Drake is coming off a loss to Creighton, they have still been successful in recent weeks. Before the match against the Blue Jays, the Bulldogs had been undefeated since Oct. 14. Their last loss came in a double overtime loss to Western Illinois, a team that beat Wisconsin 1-0 on Oct. 1. In addition to facing the Leathernecks, Drake has seen two of Wisconsin’s other opponents, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay. Similar to the Badgers, the Bulldogs recorded victories against both opponents. Their success this season has been noticed by the Badgers.“They can put the ball behind the net, they know how to win,” junior Scott Lorenz said. “We have got to find a way to beat them.”In addition to the success Drake has had against Wisconsin’s opponents, they have also recorded wins against the Badgers. At the UW-Milwaukee Panther Classic last year, the Bulldogs defeated Wisconsin 3-1. The Badgers are not only motivated to beat Drake, but a win over the Bulldogs would build the team’s confidence heading into the Big Ten Tournament.“I think they’re a pretty good team; they’re very competitive,” senior forward Victor Diaz said. “To get a win … will give us enough confidence to keep going and do something great this year.”Evening the score against the Bulldogs will be a challenge, especially because they are going against two very successful goaltenders. Starter Michael Drozd had only given up 1.05 goals per game, and backup Jordan Kadlec has allowed a respectable 1.11 goals a game.“I think we’re not going to do anything differently than what we’ve been doing over the past couple weeks, and it’s really helped us,” Pasquarello said. “We’ve had some success over teams that haven’t given up a lot of goals.”The timing of the game will also provide a different matchup for the Badgers. While most of Wisconsin’s games came every three days, the Badgers haven’t played in a week. They will wait another eight days for the Big Ten Tournament to start, but the extra time off will be beneficial to the team in terms of rest.“I think the layoff is ultimately good for us,” Lorenz said. “It gives us a chance to heal some bodies up and really come full strength at Drake tomorrow.”Although a concern may be that the team is looking forward to the Big Ten Tournament, the Badgers know the importance of defeating the Bulldogs.“I think where we are in the season, it’s turned out to be a very important game,” Pasquarello said. “I think all our focus has been on Drake, and there hasn’t been much talk about the Big Ten Tournament, which is good.”last_img read more

Camp Randall Classic: Hockey as it’s meant to be

first_imgAs I left Mickey’s Dairy Bar at 2:05 p.m., I knew Saturday would be a day I — along with more than 55,000 others — would not soon forget.It was at that time I heard the siren announcing the day’s first goal, netted by sophomore forward Carolyne Prevost, and the celebration that came along with it.While every moment of the day would not be quite as exciting as that one, the action during the afternoon and early evening simply acted as a crescendo, building to the excitement that would come Saturday at 7:49 p.m.Upon arriving at Camp Randall Stadium, I was struck by the strange silence that followed, a stark contrast to the usual boisterous, drunken activity that usually accompanies events at the historic football facility. When I got into the press box, more silence.As I sat, watching the first outdoor women’s hockey game in WCHA history, I could not help but think of UW men’s hockey head coach Mike Eaves’ quote from earlier in the week.“The sound the puck makes when it leaves your stick or the sound that your skate makes when it cuts outdoor ice, or the way the puck sounds when it hits the board, these are unique sounds and feelings,” he said.Ask anyone in attendance Saturday or lucky enough to attend the Badgers’ practice during the week and they no doubt would agree. Unfortunately, however, those sounds do not exactly translate to the soundproof press box at Camp Randall Stadium.So there I sat for nearly six hours, in the cold — though much warmer than outside — press box watching hockey while the sounds of the 12 goals scored and the big hits into the boards or benches were lost in translation.Around 6 p.m., I began to realize I should have dressed more appropriately for the weather, and then I also began to wonder: is this what I’ve been waiting nearly a year for, to watch one of the least exciting hockey games I’ve ever seen in less than ideal conditions?You see, while I was happy not to be freezing in the 21-degree weather, the press box did not exactly allow for the “classic” experience that was promoted so heavily. Instead, I was bored nearly to tears by the lack of competition in the 6-1 UW victory during the women’s game only to be even more disappointed through the first two periods of the men’s game.Fortunately for me, and all those who remained in the stands through the first five minutes of the third period, the UW stadium crew and both teams kicked things into high gear.That familiar sound of House of Pain blared through the Camp Randall Stadium speakers and just about everyone in attendance joined in, likely because they were so cold they needed an excuse to jump around and warm up.Yet, there was still that issue of the soundproof atmosphere in which I was sitting.Less than four minutes later, Michigan’s Kevin Lynch put the Wolverines up 2-1. It seemed the hated Wolverines would steal one in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic and I could not care less because the game itself was so slow, so long and so boring.At that point, my plan was to write in this space about just that fact, how the “classic” did not live up to the hype. Little did I know how wrong I would be.With seven minutes of play remaining, I made my way from the cold, sterile environment of the press box to the freezing, electric atmosphere of the field level. Just after I exited the elevator, my own excitement level got a significant boost.Just as another media member had suggested would happen, a goal was scored during our trek from the box to the field. I heard the roar of the crowd and with 5:32 remaining in the third period, I was as excited as I’ve ever been at a hockey game.While I saw that goal on the Big Ten Network broadcast rather than watching it live, my enthusiasm for the game immediately returned.I was convinced I would witness history on the field that day.We arrived on the field and as the cold air hit me, I felt like a kid again, though at 22, I’m not exactly old.So there we were, so close to the action, yet forced to look the other way toward the video board to see what was happening on the ice. You see, the stadium officials would not allow us any closer to the action than the same area that we occupy during football games.It was frustrating to say the least, but within minutes Smith put another power play goal away and the crowd’s reaction to that goal was exactly what I, along with everyone in attendance — aside from those in maize and blue — had waited so long for.Senior forward Blake Geoffrion, who assisted Jordy Murray’s goal just three minutes into the game, summed it up best when asked if the game was everything he expected it to be.“I think everything and more,” he said. “I’ll tell you what, I was really nervous before the game, I felt like a freshman again out there, I had the butterflies going and everything. “When the fans did the ‘Jump Around’ and everything, I got the chills down the back of my neck. It was unbelievable.”As the clock wound down to zero, Wisconsin defeated Michigan at Camp Randall Stadium for the second time in less than three months.At the same time, I was envious of those with red cheeks and numb feelings in their ears, fingers and toes as I realized what everyone had been saying all along.Hockey is meant to be played (and watched) outside.Jordan is a senior majoring in journalism and political science. Have a story to share from your Camp Randall Hockey Classic experience? E-mail him at read more

Thurles Sars overcome by Na Piarsasigh

first_imgHaving led by 3 points at half time the Tipp champions could only add 5 points to their tally in the second period while the Limerick side added 12 to theirs to run out 2-15 to 17 point winners.Sars coach Paddy McCormack says at the end of the day goals were the difference at the Gaelic Grounds but they can have no complaints.last_img

SWAN Disagrees with Dalung over Team Nigeria’s Position

first_img“It is unbelievable that the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, could contend that our performance in Gold Coast which brought a total of 24 medals from 10 sports was better than that of Glasgow in 2014 where the country recorded 36 medals, comprising 11 gold, 11 silver and 14 bronze medals from seven sports.“Also, given the resources that were put into our participation at the Gold Coast Games, as well as the benefit of learning from the mistakes of the past, we should have done better than ever,’’ SWAN said in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Olawale Alabi.The association said it was its belief that the minister must have acted from an “ill-informed position’’.SWAN, going further, said Dalung by now should have been aware of the fact that sports in view of its sensitive nature to Nigerians and the role it plays in uniting the country does not deserve utterances and conduct which sway towards politicising the sector.The body expressed wonder at the fact that Dalung was expecting success from a situation where the athletes were not well-prepared, advising that adequate preparations should always be the focus before subsequent international competitions.“If not for the intervention of Nigeria’s foreign-based athletes who had better training opportunities and facilities, we might not have won any medal,’’ he said.SWAN then urged the Federal Government to stop paying lip-service to sports development, in view of the fact that it is a huge industry that has the capacity to engage the country’s youths and create wealth.Moments after the confirmation of ninth position of Team Nigeria at the Games, the Sports Minister had said that “we have done a comparative analysis and looked at the size of our contingent when we went to Glasgow. How many sports we competed in and how much money was voted? These are the factors which will confirm whether we have done better here or not. From the average knowledge of what I have, we have done better here than what we did in Glasgow.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram 2018 COMMONWEALTH GAMESThe Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) on Monday in Abuja insisted that Nigeria’s performance at the XXI Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia could have yielded better results if the right things had been done.The association faulted the position of the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, that the Gold Coast 2018 performance was the best in the history of Team Nigeria at the Games.last_img read more

“Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin passes away at 76

first_imgAretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul,” has passed away this morning. She lost her battle with pancreatic cancer at age 76 , according to her publicist Gwendolyn Quinn.This story is developing. Please check back for updates.last_img