He 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.
Jordan took a lot of heat for not keeping his word with Dallas. But Doc Rivers, as he did immediately after he re-signed Jordan, had his player’s back.“I tell DJ all the time he should be celebrated for making the right decision,” he said. “I think he had that right to do that and he did that. … I think at the end of the day from a players’ standpoint, you want that player to always end up where he should end up and where he wants to end up.”Jordan downplayed his alleged beef with Clippers teammate Chris Paul, which was supposedly centered on Paul not being happy that Jordan did not work on his free-throw shooting enough.“I love Chris,” Jordan said. “When Chris got here, he changed the culture of our team. He helped me out in so many ways on and off the floor, just becoming a better player and a student of the game. I know it maybe looked that way on the floor because we were both emotional and vocal players.“But when it comes down to it, we’re all criticizing each other because we want what’s best for the team. And I just feel that when you do butt heads on the floor, 30 seconds later it’s over because we’re all trying to win a basketball game.”Jordan, who referred to Paul as a “big brother,” also defended not calling Cuban to tell him of his change of heart. He reminded reporters that when he initially decided he was going to leave for Dallas, he didn’t call Doc Rivers, either. (His agent did).“When we make decisions in life and then we go back and change our minds on them, I feel like the only thing you can do is man up and apologize for it and voice your opinion, and that’s what I did,” Jordan said.Jordan jokingly also wanted to make sure reporters knew that Doc Rivers, owner Steve Ballmer and several players who flew to Houston to talk him into staying did not hold him “hostage.”“I feel I’m a pretty big guy and I don’t feel they can lock me,” Jordan said.At that point, his coach interrupted him.“No, we could have locked him up,” Rivers said, drawing laughter. “If we wanted to, that would have happened.”Jordan admitted part of why he wanted to leave was because he needed a career change with more responsibility. He said that after talking with Rivers, he believes he’ll get that.Pierce, the 37-year-old veteran out of Inglewood, won a ring with the Boston Celtics as the NBA Finals MVP with Rivers in 2008. He’s stoked to be back with him.“I played with Doc longer than any coach I ever played for in my career,” said Pierce, who spent 15 of his first 17 years with the Celtics, during which Rivers was coach for nine years. “Definitely comfortable being around him, being with him. That really helps out, especially when you go into a new situation, being around things you’re comfortable with.“And it’s great to be home. Get an opportunity to play in front of family and friends, have an opportunity to win a championship.”It was Smith, as a member of the Houston Rockets, who helped deliver the crushing blows in a Game 6 Clippers loss to Houston in the Western Conference semifinals.Smith signed for the veterans’ minimum of roughly $1.5 million. He could have received more to stay with Houston, but he is still getting paid by Detroit, which waived him a third of the way through this past season.“Obviously, when you’re a free agent you make decisions based on where you feel is the best fit for you, in order to make yourself the most successful for you and your team,” said Smith, who will make more than $5 million per year from Detroit through 2020. “Looking at this roster, being able to have an opportunity to play for a point guard (Paul) — arguably one of the best point guards in the game — and a dominant big like DeAndre and Blake (Griffin) and that supporting cast that surrounds it, it was very attractive to me and this is why I made the decision.” But most of the attention was on Jordan, who was coincidentally celebrating his 27th birthday.When he went back on his commitment to Cuban, it became the NBA story of the off-season.“I really thought about being on one team my entire career and that was really important to me,” said Jordan, a 6-foot-11 center who has played all seven years of his career with the Clippers. “I’ve been here, and the past two seasons I’ve had I’ve been really successful with this guy (pointing to Doc Rivers) and with this group, players and the organization.“And sky’s the limit for our team. I also feel like I know the city, I know the fans, the team and I’m used to the city of L.A. and I live here.”• Bonsignore: Are Clippers a contender in NBA West? DeAndre Jordan sat on the dais Tuesday inside the Chick Hearn Press Room at Staples Center. Surrounded by Clippers coach Doc Rivers, some new teammates and an existing one, Jordan had a lot to answer for since changing his mind and leaving the Dallas Mavericks and owner Mark Cuban in the lurch.Jordan had verbally agreed to a four-year contract worth an estimated $80 million from Cuban to leave the Clippers. At the last minute, Jordan re-signed with the Clippers for four years and roughly $88 million.• Photos: Clippers introduce players for upcoming seasonAlso on hand Tuesday were forwards Paul Pierce, Wesley Johnson and Josh Smith, and center Cole Aldrich, all of whom were signed as free agents by the Clippers. Guard Austin Rivers, son of Doc, was on hand as he, too, re-signed. Then there was rookie forward Branden Dawson, chosen 56th in the June draft. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Traditional women on Tuesday, July 5, honored and certificated President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf for “maintaining peace and stability in the country,” particularly for giving women the ‘voice’ to speak and participate in issues of national interest, while describing themselves as the foundation of any society. The honoring and certification ceremony was performed in the auditorium of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as an acknowledgement of what the women termed, “making them to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with men as compared to the past when they were inferior to men in Liberia,” an Executive Mansion press release said.President Sirleaf, while accepting the honor, said she was happy that those who planned and bestowed the honor on her did so at their own volition at a program planned in their own hearts and heads, to avoid speculations that she called the “Traditional Women together and paid them to bestow such an honor on her.”She expressed gratitude to the women, noting that it is the traditional women who have come together, “because our traditional people are the foundation of any society.”President Sirleaf paid tribute to some of the women who have been in the capital for over a week, although she did not know that they were planning to honor her. She praised them for their sacrifice using their own money to buy some of the gifts they brought to her, and for their commitment to sponsor their travel to Monrovia from other parts of the country.The President said she was even surprised that the women made their own uniforms, to properly identify them, whereas in the past people would pay for such special recognition. President Sirleaf was elated over the honor, and added: “I was taken by complete surprise, because the Traditional Women through the National Traditional Council of Liberia (NTCL) did not provide prior information regarding the honor.” However, the President accepted the recognition in good faith, “because our tradition constitutes the foundation of any society.”She said in the last 10 years of her Presidency, she along with members of the Traditional Women of Liberia and the NTCL have all been encouraged by working together for the rebuilding processes of Liberia.President Sirleaf used to the occasion to inform the women that during her next nationwide tour, she will be visiting some of the newly constructed County Service Centers, and would like to see the women and feel their presence around her and have a heart-to-heart talk with them.Earlier, Chief Zanzan Karwor, NTCL head, said in the past, an honoree bought everything to make such a program successful, thereby creating the impression that the honor came from the people’s hearts. “Today, this is not the kind of honor that we are witnessing as it is a real honor because the women made the sacrifice and paid to realize everything befitting this honor,” he said.For her part, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Chairperson of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, said the name “Ellen Johnson Sirleaf” will remain forever in the country’s history as a respected leader. She said President Sirleaf holds a very special place in the hearts of women in Liberia, Africa and across the world. She said President Sirleaf is indeed worthy of the women’s honor and God will grant her long life to see her legacy and impact on the women.The program was graced by senior government officials including, female legislators and other traditional leaders.President Sirleaf said that in Liberia today, the number of girls enrolling in private and public schools in the country is almost becoming equal to the number of boys. However, she said despite that achievement, there were still more girls out of school who need to be encouraged to enroll.She said in order to achieve this, more schools need to be built in places where they are accessible, where the bad roads or the lack of roads don’t hinder the girls from attending school, adding: “there is a need to connect such places with improved roads to enable children in these parts of the country to have access to education.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)