Indonesian cruise crew arrives in Bali from virus-hit Italy, tests negative for COVID-19

first_imgA total of 316 Indonesian crew members of the MSC Splendida cruise ship from Genoa, Italy, have been repatriated to Indonesia from the coronavirus-hit European country and arrived in Bali’s provincial capital of Denpasar on Monday.Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry said that the crew members, who returned home on Qatar Airways, had undergone health tests prior to their departure and they had not shown any symptoms of COVID-19.”During the whole repatriation process, the government through the Indonesian Embassy in Rome has engaged in intense communication with the crew members to ensure their conditions,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.Bali Manpower Agency head Ida Bagus Ngurah Arda confirmed that the Indonesian crew members had arrived at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport on Monday evening.They had their body temperatures checked as soon as they arrived at the airport and had their blood samples taken for COVID-19 rapid tests by the airport’s health authorities, he said.”The results came out negative,” Arda said on Monday.The 316 crew members would not be put into medical isolation, but he said they were required to undergo self-quarantine.Bali Airport Authority head Elfi Amir also confirmed that the 316 crew members of the MSC Splendida had undergone medical tests in Genoa and had been cleared to return home before departing for Bali, kompas.com reported.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia steps up measures to anticipate influx of migrant workers returning homeItaly is now the country hardest-hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus in terms of deaths from the disease, with more than a third of global COVID-19 fatalities: 12,428 deaths. The European country recorded 105,792 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.Prior to the crew members’ arrival, Arda said that Bali Governor I Wayan Koster had requested Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to tell Indonesian missions abroad to do health checks, as well as swab tests, on Indonesian migrant workers who were to be repatriated from other countries to ensure they were not infected by the coronavirus.Only those who tested negative and healthy were therefore allowed to return to Indonesia, including to Bali, while those who tested positive or were suspected of having been infected should first be treated in the country where they had worked.Arda said that even though the returning migrant workers had brought health certificates and had not shown any fevers, Balinese authorities would take their blood samples for COVID-19 rapid tests as precautionary measures.”This is our effort to reduce any risk of further COVID-19 spread into Indonesia and Bali,” he said.Bali, which has seen its tourism industry reduced to shambles by the COVID-19 outbreak, has recorded some 25 cases, with two fatalities as of Wednesday afternoon.The Southeast Asian country itself has recorded some 1,677 COVID-19-positive cases across the archipelago, with 157 cases that turned fatal.More Indonesian migrant workers, including crew members of foreign cruise ships, were expected to return home in the coming days as the Indonesian Foreign Ministry said it was in the process of repatriating them.”The government, in cooperation with companies in charge of recruiting ship crew members, is set to repatriate other crewmen in the near future,” the ministry said.Topics :last_img read more

Lambert goes on the front foot

first_imgPaul Lambert will not curtail Aston Villa’s dynamic style of play despite recognising the need to end a run of 25 Barclays Premier League games without a clean sheet. The Scot earned plaudits last season for his side’s attacking philosophy, even though they spent much of the campaign battling relegation due to their tendency to leak goals. However, Villa seem better positioned to play with freedom this term after Lambert bolstered his squad over the summer and continues to mould the side he wants. Press Association “Listen, I don’t bring players in to say ‘you can sit on the bench for six months’,” said the Scot ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Newcastle. “He’s here to help and that’s what he’ll do. “We’ve got options here now. I can play the two of them up front, I can do what I want really, because he’s a number nine. Which is what I think we’ve needed as well.” Lambert added: “He’s different (to what we’ve got) but what I do know is that he can score goals. We know that. He’s a handful and he’s played in Serie A, a league renowned for some of the hardest defending you can come against. “It’s really tough to get away from a defender in Italy. His goalscoring in the Europa League was incredible, to score 10 in 11, an incredible rate at that level when you’re up against top players in that competition as well. “I don’t know what happened at Lazio and what went on that meant he couldn’t get many starts in Serie A but if you’re hitting 10 goals in 11 games in the Europa League it shows you know where the goal is. “He scored a brilliant goal the other night against Italy in a real high-pressure game, so I don’t have any worries about him at all.” “Of course I want to put it right at the back but I want a team that’s exciting,” he said. “I want to try to attack. This season we’ve started off by playing really well and we’re doing well at the moment.” Lambert, whose side beat Arsenal away before losing narrowly to Chelsea and Liverpool this season, added: “We’ve taken a lot of confidence from the first three games. “Sometimes you can walk out of a game thinking you deserved to be beaten but against Chelsea and Liverpool I don’t think we deserved to lose. We played really well at Stamford Bridge and particularly in the second half against Liverpool I thought we deserved something. “You can take that confidence from it because the way we played was really positive. If we keep doing that and keep that belief in what we’re doing (we’ll be okay). “I’ve seen that this week in training. I haven’t had to say much because it’s been that high-level. We just have to take that into Saturday.” Villa’s attacking department has been further enhanced this summer by the arrivals of strikers Nicklas Helenius and Libor Kozak, the latter a late signing from Lazio before the transfer deadline. Lambert insists the Czech Republic international has been brought in as much more than cover for star striker Christian Benteke. last_img read more

CA to sue Trump administration over new international student visa rules

first_imgCalifornia Attorney General Xavier Becerra and top education leaders in the state announced Thursday that California was suing the Trump administration in an attempt to stop a new policy that would force international students to leave the country if their schools only offered online classes.Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that students on F-1 and M-1 visas would either need to leave the country or transfer to a school where in-person classes were taking place or else face deportation.According to a NBC News report,there were more than 40,000 international undergraduate and graduate students during the 2019 fall semester.In a press release, Becerra said “Shame on the Trump Administration for risking not only the education opportunities for students who earned the chance to go to college, but now their health and well-being as well,”… “Today, President Trump appears set to do just that — amidst a global pandemic of historic proportions. Not on our watch.”California is the first state to file a lawsuit against the directive. You can view the full lawsuit here.Harvard and MIT filed lawsuits against the administration earlier this week.According to NAFSA: Association of International Educators, international students contributed $41 billion to the U.S. GDP during the 2018-19 school year.last_img read more

The League of Women Voters of Thurston County Posts Candidate Forums…

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by League of Women Voters of Thurston CountyThe League of Women Voters of Thurston County invites viewers to watch the five televised candidate forums for the primary election on August 6. City council positions with 3+ candidates include Lacey, Olympia (2 positions), Olympia Mayor, and Yelm. The League worked with Thurston Community Media to produce these forums which will air on Comcast Channel 77 before August 5. The forums are available now via YouTube.The League is also working with The Olympian to sponsor a public candidate forum for Olympia mayor on Friday, June 12, at 7:00 p.m. at Olympia Center.  The League is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that does not support/oppose candidates or parties.  Learn more about the work of the League and how to join at the League of Women Voters of Thurston County website.last_img

New Brookdale Programs Prep Job-Seekers in Growing Fields

first_imgLINCROFT – Monmouth County residents looking to ready themselves for jobs in new or growing fields have four new options this fall at Brookdale Community College.New for the 2013-2014 academic year is a national security studies track, a communication disorders option, a criminal justice certificate and a social media certificate that can be earned entirely online.The social media certificate teaches the skills needed to build or expand a business through social media.  Three new classes developed for the program teach how to identify an audience, develop a compelling message, manage a brand, measure effectiveness and avoid common social network pitfalls.  The courses are Introduction to Social Media, Writing in the Digital Age and Social Media Marketing.The national security studies track is part of the Criminal Justice Associate of Science program. Courses prepare students to transfer to the National Security Studies bachelor’s program at New Jersey City University.The communication disorders option is a pre-professional program that provides academic groundwork for students considering a career in speech and language.  Students earn an associate of arts degree and transfer to another institution for further study. Courses include Voice and Diction, Introduction to Communication Disorders and American Sign Language.The criminal justice certificate is a 36-credit certificate designed for those seeking a career in law enforcement or looking to enhance their current career with academic credentials. Classes provide an overview of the criminal justice system and teach skills in emergency response and physical fitness. Students can apply the credits toward an associate degree in criminal justice.“It is essential for Brookdale to adapt to the national and global markets and provide a curriculum that will meet the needs of the economy and provide our students with the necessary skills and framework to achieve,” said Dianna Phillips, executive vice president of educational services.In addition to the new courses developed for these programs, other new courses this fall include Magazine Writing, Introduction to the Music Business, Automotive Electricity II and Air Conditioning, Project Management, Human Biology, Elementary Portuguese, Independent Chemistry Research and ESL Writing through Research I and II.last_img read more

Cotter returns to Tim Horton’s Brier after capturing third straight Canadian Direct Insurance Curling Championship

first_imgThe first turning point of the game happened in the third end when Geall missed on his final attempt, allowing Cotter to steal one for a 2-0 lead.However, had Geall made that attempt, the rink would have scored four.“I think a quarter inch less curl and we would have scored four,” Geall lamented.“It was one of those situation in the game where we just came out on the wrong end of it.”The second turning point occurred in the eighth end when Geall again had the opportunity to steal a point after closing the gap to 4-3 with a deuce in the seventh.This time, however, Geall’s final stone was a bit heavy allowing Cotter to pull off the double takeout to score three and grab a 7-3 lead.“They had us in trouble there in the third end and if Sean makes that it could have been a different game . . . and he wasn’t far off,” Griffith explained.“He was only maybe an inch away from making that shot. But fortunately we got a couple of breaks — his rock came a little heavy in eight, and left Jimmy a great opportunity to score three.”Cotter & Company now have a few weeks off to prepare for Ottawa March 5-13.Griffith said the rink will return to a bit of normalcy, work and family life, but will be back on the rink training to represent BC in at the Tim Horton’s Brier.Which Geall believes the rink will do just fine.“They’re a classy bunch,” said Geall, who was at the Brier representing BC in 2009.“They’re a heck of a good team . . . they do a lot of things right and they’ll compete hard in a couple of weeks.”EXTRA END: Of course in any major event there are a few hiccups along with way. Saturday night, when Sportsnet was setting up to televise the final two game Sunday, a manlift used to install new glass in the lounge area, caused a huge crack in the ice. Icemakers worked until 5 a.m. Sunday morning to make sure the ice was ready for the final two games. . . .The final two games saw the best crowds of the week as curling fans from throughout the West Kootenay turned out to watch the best in BC.Story originate at The Nelson Daily There are going to be a lot of familiar faces at the 2016 Tim Horton’s Brier in Ottawa.And Jim Cotter is one of them.The Vernon skip reeled off six consecutive victories en route to his third consecutive BC Men’s title at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance Curling Championships Sunday night at the Nelson Curling Club.The clincher came in the final as Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrell Griffith and lead Rick Sawatsky defeated Sean Geall of New Westminster 7-6.“It feels great,” Cotter said following the victory. “I owe it all to my teammates. They are phenomenal guys who made a ton of shots, more shots than I made.”“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” said second Tyrell Griffith.“We’ve been going through the process all week, but this feels phenomenal. Anytime you can win this event to go to represent your province is just amazing. And when that last rock hits that’s when you mind can kind of come off the game.”Sunday was the second time in as many days that Cotter had knocked off Geall, who advanced to the final by stopping Dean Joanisse of New Westminster 4-2 in the semi final earlier in the day.The Geall rink includes third Andrew Bilesky, Steve Kopf and lead Mark Olsen.Saturday, the score was 5-1 in favour of the Okanagan rink in the Page Playoff 1-2 contest after Cotter won the A event and Geall the B event.Sunday, Geall gave the defending champion all he could handle, coming within a few key shots of pulling off the upset.last_img read more

Croatia fears World Cup chance may never come again

first_imgCroatia’s Luka Modric front and teammates are greeted by French players after their defeat by France in the final match at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)MOSCOW — The rain hid Croatia’s tears.After Luka Modric collected his Golden Ball award in a downpour, he shared an emotional embrace with Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, both wearing the country’s red-and-white checkered uniform.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao victory unites nation anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I wish we are now 24, everyone and Luka especially,” Croatia defender Dejan Lovren said. “There is a time when something needs to end.”Among a crowd of men in dark suits on the World Cup podium, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Grabar-Kitarovic’s team shirt showed her passion for Croatia, a country of barely 4 million people.While some of the players shed tears on the field, fans at home celebrated in the thousands despite the loss.“Overall, we’ve been better,” Lovren said, critical of the way France played. “They did it the other way. They didn’t play football. They waited for their chances and they scored. They had their own tactic and you need to respect that. They played the tournament like that every game.”Croatia went down with the same grit that had taken it through three extra-time matches, all won after conceding the opening goal. When Ivan Perisic scored in the 28th minute after Mario Mandzukic’s own-goal had given France the lead, Croatia looked ready to do it again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Croatia knows Sunday’s 4-2 loss to France in the World Cup final was a chance that may not come again anytime soon.“We were so close and we played the best soccer. We deserved more,” said Modric, who at 32 may have played in his last World Cup match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: France wins 2nd World Cup title, beats Croatia 4-2Croatia’s first golden generation lost to France in the 1998 World Cup semifinals, and its second went one better. Besides Modric, goalkeeper Danijel Subasic will be 38 at the next World Cup in Qatar, midfielder Ivan Rakitic will be 34 and forward Mario Mandzukic will be 36. Then came a penalty, called after a video review, which Antoine Griezmann converted.Trailing 2-1, Croatia conceded two more goals but kept fighting. Mandzukic then took advantage of a goalkeeping error to make it 4-2, becoming the first player to score for both teams in a World Cup final.“When you want to be the best then you need to win, simple as that,” said Lovren, who lost the Champions League final with Liverpool in May. “It’s not easy to accept that. It’s something that I will carry for my life.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more

Okello off COSAFA team, replaced by Patrick Mbowa

first_imgAllan Okello was first dropped from the AFCON Squad on Sunday. (PHOTO/FILE)KAMPALA – It has been an eventful week for 20 year old Allan Okello and it looks far from over.Okello was dropped from the Africa Cup of Nations squad on Sunday night, tossed to the COSAFA team and has caused social media traffic as many believe he is supposed to be in Egypt in month.News coming in from the camp at Sky View hotel where the COSAFA team is residing, now indicates that the KCCA FC play maker will not be part of the upcoming tournament in Durban, South Africa as he will be in Switzerland.The former Kibuli SS players is understood to be headed to Switzerland for trails with the top tier side FC Zurich and will depart the country on Sunday, May 29th.In the wake of events, URA FC defender Patrick Mbowa is understood to be re-joining camp to replace Okello.Mbowa (20) will replace Okello in the AFCON squad.Mbowa had initially been dropped on Tuesday alongside SC Villa striker Bashir Mutanda.However, just like Birungi and Isiagi who were recalled after being dropped, Mbowa will now head back to the camp and is set to be part of the squad that will travel to Durban next Wednesday.Uganda was invited to take part in this year’s COSAFA competition that runs from May 20th to June 6th, as the guest Nation.However, they will not feature in the Group stages but will rather start at the quarter final stage.In the Last 8, the Cranes will take on Lesotho, one of the other five nations that will also not be part of the Groups.The team will depart for Durban, South Africa on Thursday ahead of the tournament which kicks off on May 25.The Final COSAFA SquadGoalkeepersCharles Lukwago (KCCA FC) and James Alitho (URA FC).DefendersPaul Willa (Police), Mustafa Kizza (KCCA), John Revita (Express), Isaac Isinde (Kirinya Jinja SS), Mustafa Mujjuzi (Proline), Hassan Musana (KCCA), Patrick Mbowa (URA FC).MidfieldersNicholas Kasozi (KCCA), Shafik Kagimu (URA), Muzamir Mutyaba (KCCA), Allan Kayiwa (Tooro United), Juma Balinya (Police) and Paul Mucureezi (Mbarara City), Michael Birungi (Express FC).StrikersNelson Senkatuka (Bright Stars), Daniel Sserunkuma (Vipers), Bright Anukani (Proline FC) and Daniel Isiagi (SC Villa).Comments Tags: AFCON 2019allan okelloBashir MutandaCOSAFA Cup 2019Daniel IsiagiMichael BirungiPatrick Mbowatoplast_img read more

SA commends Lesotho after crisis eases

first_img2 July 2014 South Africa has commended the parties to the coalition government in Lesotho for agreeing to work together to resolve the political challenges facing the landlocked country. Deputy International Relations Minister Luwellyn Landers, briefing journalists in Pretoria on Wednesday, said South Africa “remains hopeful that the coalition government will be able to overcome their current political challenges and continue to work together for the peace and stability of the country”. The main political parties in Lesotho, who are in a fragile two-year-old coalition, reached an agreement last month after emergency talks mediated by the Christian Council of Lesotho. Some coalition partners had been angered by Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s perceived aloofness, accusing him of operating unilaterally without consulting other partners. This prompted a junior coalition partner, the Lesotho Congress for Democracy, to threaten to form a new governing alliance to oust Thabane. In response, the premier suspended parliament – with the blessing of the king – allowing him to dodge a vote of no confidence. The crisis, and fears of a possible coup, were averted, however, and Thabane held national rally attended by all leaders of the coalition government in Maseru on 20 June. “It is true there are problems, but those problems are being addressed and shall continue being dealt with until a resolution is found,” his spokesperson told news agency AFP after the rally. SA ‘still concerned about abducted school girls’ Turning to Nigeria, Landers said South Africa remained concerned about the fate of the abducted school girls from Chibok and the continuing terrorist activities perpetrated by radical Islamist group Boko Haram. “The South African Government reiterates its condemnation of all forms and manner of terrorism and from whichever quarter,” he said. The new deputy minister said South Africa would continue to support the actions taken by the African Union (AU) in support of Nigeria and other countries where the actions of armed groupings affected the lives of innocent people and impeded development.Concerns over media freedom in Egypt Regarding to Egypt, Landers welcomed the decision of the 15-member council AU Peace and Security Council to restore Egypt’s status in the continental body. Egypt’s participation in the AU was suspended last July following the removal of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the army in response to mass protests over his turbulent one year of rule. Former military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was sworn into office in early June after his landslide victory in a presidential election held in late May. Landers said South Africa stood ready to assist the government and people of Egypt as they sought to rebuild their country in accordance with the aspirations of the Egyptian people. At the same time, he said, South Africa was deeply concern over the increased suppression of media freedom and freedom of expression, after an Egyptian court gave three Al-Jazeera journalists jail sentences ranging from seven to 10 years over charges of aiding the currently blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood. “We will continue engaging with the authorities in that country through available diplomatic channels on this and other matters,” Landers said.Concerns over media freedom in Egypt Landers also noted with regret the latest developments regarding three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and subsequently found murdered, and the reactions from both Israel and Palestine. He called on all parties involved to exercise restraint, including a halt to the collective punishment of Palestinians. “South Africa furthermore urges both the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to cooperate and find an amicable solution. “South Africa believes that this unfortunate event should not be used from whatever quarter to cast aspersions on the legitimate existence of the Unity Government in Palestine, whose advent has been wholly welcomed by the members of the international community.” SAnews.gov.za-Xinhualast_img read more