Singapore postpones mass gatherings following increase of coronavirus alert level

first_img“Luckily, the Indonesian Embassy has no plans for mass gatherings in the near future, but some events that are scheduled for March are being postponed,” he said on Saturday, referring to an event held by the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) Travel and Coffee Asia.According to the ambassador, Singapore decided to increase its alert level due to suspicions the virus had infected residents who had not visited China, where the outbreak originated, or interacted with Chinese citizens. “By increasing the alert level, the Singapore government is also urging the postponement of mass events or the implementation of precautionary steps if such events are still held,” Swajaya said.According to a press release issued by the Indonesian Embassy, Singapore’s Ministry of Health has confirmed 33 coronavirus cases.  Of the 33 cases, two patients have been discharged, while two are in a critical condition and are currently being treated in an intensive care unit (ICU). As of Feb. 6, 310 suspected coronavirus cases had been found to be negative, while 147 cases are currently being examined. Batam Health Agency head Didi Kusumajadi said his agency would also step up its inspections of people entering Batam from Singapore. “We will be more stringent toward people entering Batam from Singapore, but we are still formulating the procedures,” Didi said. Riau Islands province was the second most popular destination for international travelers in Indonesia in 2019 with 2,590,802 foreign visitors, behind only Bali. As many as 1,228,489 visitors came from Singapore, while 260,274 came from China. (dpk)Topics : FadliThe Jakarta Post/BatamSeveral big events in Singapore have been postponed following the nation’s decision to raise its disease outbreak alert from yellow to orange in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore I Gede Ngurah Swajaya said. last_img read more

Mothers of children with Down Syndrome encouraged to terminate

first_imgStuff 19 April 2017Family First Comment: Disturbing.The mother of an unborn child with Down Syndrome says she was advised by medical professionals to terminate the pregnancy.Antenatal screening meant Masterton mother of two Danielle Bolt knew her unborn daughter Noa would have Down Syndrome, but she did not hesitate in giving birth to her now 21-month-old.Bolt was angry with the advice she was given and said doctors and nurses should change their approach.“I was told to terminate by the specialist,” Bolt said. “They literally said to me Noa will become a burden on society and she’s not worth it.”“It’s so cruel because they don’t know her potential.”Bolt, who went for Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) at Wellington Hospital, said she was called by staff, who apologised and told her that her daughter would have Down Syndrome.Bolt was upset they felt the need to apologise about an otherwise healthy baby girl.READ MORE: read more

2011 Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament to Be Held in Dominica this Weekend.

first_imgNewsSports 2011 Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament to Be Held in Dominica this Weekend. by: – May 23, 2011 The 2011 Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament will be held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium from this coming Thursday May 26th to Saturday May 29th 2011 and the Dominica Team will be defending their title of the Tournament.Manager of the Dominica Team Mr. Herbert Sabroach says the games which will be held between the West Indies Series between Pakistan and then the series with India will be a definite treat for Dominica to see West Indian Players like Captain Darren Sammy, Devon Smith and Andre Fletcher.Click here to listen to Mr. Sabroache : Mr. Sabroach is calling on the Dominican Public to show their usual support when it comes to the appreciation of the sport Cricket.The fixtures are as follows:May 26 – Opening Ceremony – 2:00 p.m.– DOM vs. SLU – 4.00 p.m.– SVG vs. GRE – 8:00 p.m.May 27 – SVG vs. SLU – 3:00 p.m.– GRE vs. DOM – 7:00 p.m.May 28 – GRE vs. SLU – 3:00 p.m.– DOM vs. SVG – 7:00 p.m.May 29 – 3rd Place Play off – 2:00 p.m.– Finals – 6:00 p.m.– Presentation Ceremony – 9:30 p.m.News reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share Tweetcenter_img 29 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Messi snubs Martinez in favour of Neymar transfer return

first_img Loading… Lionel Messi reportedly favours Neymar’s return to Barcelona over the arrival of Argentina team-mate Lautaro Martinez. Spanish outlet Cadena Ser claim that the Catalans will consult their club captain over his preference if they are forced to prioritise transfers this summer. Lionel Messi is said to prefer Barcelona to prioritise Neymar’s return over the capture of Lautaro Martinez Ideally, the LaLiga giants want to sign both Neymar and Martinez as they seek to strengthen for next season.Advertisement Yet the global coronavirus pandemic, which has caused much financial uncertainty in football, has meant such a lavish spending spree is highly unlikely. While Martinez is more of a priority for Barcelona tactically, Paris-Saint Germain superstar Neymar remains a key target for the club strategically. While Messi doesn’t make the signings in Catalonia, as their main man his opinion on their primary targets could be the deciding factor. Read Also: UEFA open to seasons ending early due to COVID-19The 22-year-old has a £97m buyout clause in his Inter Milan contract but football’s financial crisis means Barca are being forced to tighten the purse strings.One option that has been rumoured to lower the cost is for the Spaniards to offer the Italians Nelson Semedo and midfielder Carles Alena as part of the deal.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu Reeves10 Largest Cities In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone12 Marvel Superheroes Before The Fame A club source told the Spanish radio station: “If he had to choose between Lautaro and Neymar, it’s obvious Leo Messi prefers the Brazilian.”Neymar, who previously formed part of Barcelona’s fabled MSN trio with Luis Suarez, was recently revealed as one of Messi’s top team-mates.The 28-year-old spent four years at the Nou Camp and played 161 times alongside the Argentine before his world-record transfer to PSG in 2017.Neymar is believed to be willing to take a £26m pay cut if he wants to leave France to return to Barca.Meanwhile, Martinez was named as top of the Catalan giants’ shortlist as they look for Luis Suarez’s long-term replacement in attack.last_img read more

Tigers close in on Graham

first_img And his move away from the Stadium of Light began to look increasingly likely last week when Tigers boss Steve Bruce indicated his interest in the player. Graham’s move to Sunderland was shrouded in difficulties from the start due to his previous vocal support for north-east rivals Newcastle. Now Bruce is close to coming to the rescue of a player who netted 15 goals in 54 appearances for the Swans following the Welsh club’s promotion to the top-flight in 2011. Sunderland striker Danny Graham is close to joining Hull on a season-long loan, Press Association Sport understands. Press Associationcenter_img The 27-year-old flew back from the Black Cats’ summer training camp in Italy on Tuesday night and is due in Hull for talks with a view to signing for the 2013/14 campaign. Graham has endured a miserable time on Wearside, failing to score in 13 competitive appearances since his high-profile £5million move from Swansea in January. last_img read more

Cricket News Gautam Gambhir blasts ex-Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi over Kashmir Bifurcation tweet

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Article 370 and Article 35A was scrapped by the Narendra Modi government.Jammu and Kashmir has now become a Union Territory.Ladakh is also a Union Territory which will not have an assembly. highlightscenter_img New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, which was passed on Monday, has drawn a wide range of emotions in both India and Pakistan. While a majority in India was in favour of scrapping Article 370 and Article 35A, there was widespread disappointment in Pakistan. Former Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi, however, raked up a major controversy when he asked for the mediation of USA President Donald Trump in this matter. On his official Twitter handle, Afridi wrote, “Kashmiris must be given their due rights as per #UN resolution. The rights of Freedom like all of us. Why was @UN created & why is it sleeping? The unprovoked aggression & crimes being committed in Kashmir against #Humanity must be noted. The @POTUS must play his role to mediate,” Afridi said. In response, Gautam Gambhir, the former India batsman who has never had a good relationship with Shahid Afridi, blasted him by saying the ‘unprovoked aggression and crimes’ were taking place in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. “@SAfridiOfficial is spot on guys. There is “unprovoked aggression”, there r “crimes against humanity”. He shud be lauded 👏 for bringing this up. Only thing is he forgot to mention that all this is happening in “Pakistan Occupied Kashmir”. Don’t worry, will sort it out son!!!,” Gambhir wrote.The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, seeking to bifurcate the state into two union territories of J-K and Ladakh, has been passed by 125 “Ayes” and 61 “No” in Rajya Sabha on Monday amid a walkout by opposition parties. One member abstained from voting. Opposition BSP, BJD, AIADMK and YSR-Congress voted in favour of the bill while Congress, DMK, Samajwadi Party, Trinamool Congress, JDU vehemently opposed the resolution.Moving the resolution following President Ram Nath Kovind’s order abrogating Article 370, Union Home Minister Amit Shah sought the permission of the House to bring the bill, adding that the controversial provisions were responsible for poverty and lack of development in the state.Asked how long will Jammu and Kashmir remain a Union Territory, Shah, however, said full statehood will be restored again at “appropriate time” and after “normalcy” returns in the region. Earlier, Union Home Minister Amit Shah informed the Rajya Sabha that Article 370, which gave Jammu and Kashmir special rights, has been scrapped with President Kovind’s assent.Shortly afterwards, Kovind came out with a notification – The Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 2019 that will come into force immediately. The order will supersede the Constitution (Application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order, 1954 as amended from time to time.last_img read more

Taylor, Fletcher named respective captains ahead of Hero CPL Women’s T10 matches

first_img… Five Guyanese in COURTS Gladiators team A STAR-STUDDED list of ladies will do battle as squads for the two women’s T10 matches, hosted by Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), was announced yesterday.Set for today at 15:00hrs and Saturday at 12:30hrs at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy, cricketers from Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago and Leeward Islands will form the teams; NLCB Revellers and COURTS Gladiators.Gladiators will feature cricketers from Barbados, Guyana and Windward Islands. NLCB Revellers will be captained by Windies Stafanie Taylor while her international teammate Afy Fletcher will lead COURTS Gladiators.The two teams will feature the best cricketing talents from across the Caribbean with the likes of Anisa Mohammad, Britney Cooper, Natasha McLean, Kycia Knight, Hayley Matthews and Qiana Joseph taking part.Taylor, commenting on the news, said, “It is very pleasing to have an initiative such as this that the CPL has done for Women’s cricket in the Caribbean. It’s a long time coming to potentially have a women’s T20 franchise tournament here in the West Indies, bringing international players here to our conditions and pitches, just as we go to their leagues. No doubt this will aid Cricket West Indies (CWI) in growing women’s cricket in the region.”Meanwhile, Fletcher in her remarks added, “I think that it’s a great idea. Women’s cricket is rapidly growing so kudos to the persons for taking the initiative to find different avenues to expose the talent of the ladies of the Caribbean. Knowing that we have a small pool of female cricketers, I strongly believe that this is a stepping stone to move forward and also a way of attracting the eyes of the young girls across the region.”These games have been made possible thanks to the support of the Trinidad & Tobago Ministry of Sport and Youth Affairs, COURTS and the National Lottery Control Board (NLCB). Hero CPL would like to express their gratitude to these partners for making these games possible. Events Manager at NLCB, Susan Worrell, said: “The NLCB is delighted to be supporting the initiative by CPL of Women’s Cricket for the advancement of the sport which can be an inspiration to young girls since the NLCB continues its quest to create benefits.”Clive Fletcher, Managing Director, Unicomer (Trinidad) Ltd said: “This is a most significant partnership for us as it further supports the development of diversity in cricket. This investment pushes the envelope for the evolution of the sport to new heights, as we provide a platform to showcase the full spectrum of talent displayed by our female cricketers across the Caribbean Region”.He continued, “At Unicomer (Trinidad) Ltd. and COURTS, we are very passionate and committed to the development of our people, and we believe in providing the opportunities to push the boundaries of innovation.”These matches will take place before the semi-final and final of this year’s Hero CPL and ticket holders for those matches will be able to attend at no extra cost.The teams for these matches are as follows: NLCB RevellersStafanie Taylor (capt.) (Jamaica)Anisa Mohammed (Trinidad & Tobago)Chinelle Henry (Jamaica)Natasha McLean (Jamaica)Chedean Nation (Jamaica)Jodian Morgan (Jamaica)Stacy-Ann King (Trinidad & Tobago)Reniece Boyce (Trinidad & Tobago)Britney Cooper (Trinidad & Tobago)Felicia Walters (Trinidad & Tobago)Karishma Ramharack (Trinidad & Tobago)Caneisha Isaac (Trinidad & Tobago)Shawnisha Hector (Leewards)COURTS GladiatorsAfy Fletcher (capt.) (Windwards)Kycia Knight (Barbados)Kyshona Knight (Barbados)Hayley Matthews (Barbados)Aaliyah Alleyne (Barbados)Qiana Joseph (Windwards)Akeira Peters (Windwards)Erva Giddings (Guyana)Shabika Gajnabi (Guyana)Kaysia Schultz (Guyana)Cherry-Ann Fraser (Guyana)Sheneta Grimmond (Guyana) Shakera Selman (Barbados)last_img read more

Chelsea Give Aina Pat on the Back, Leicester Hails Ndidi, Iwobi

first_imgOdion Ighalo capitalized on a no-look pass from Aina to net the game-winning goal in the 77th minute.Reviewing their players on international duty Chelsea patted Aina on his back for his delightful assist : ”In the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, Kenneth Omeruo played the full game as Nigeria got their tournament off to a winning start with a 1-0 win over Burundi who were playing their first ever game in these finals.”The newcomers hit the bar in the first half but were defeated 1-0 when former Watford striker Odion Ighalo converted a skillful back heeled pass from Ola Aina who recently left Chelsea for Torino.”Leicester City were impressed by the performances of Arsenal winger Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze, who was courted by the Foxes prior to his switch to Villarreal.”Ndidi’s performance was so impressive that the Confederation of African Football (CAF) presented the Foxes midfielder with the Man of the Match award at full-time,” Leicester City wrote on their official webpage.”Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze were the Super Eagles’ main attacking threats, but Gernot Rohr’s side struggled to break down the competition’s lowest-ranked side.”Shanghai Greenland Shenhua’s Ighalo, who spent three seasons at Watford, was finally able to produce a smart finish with 13 minutes to go, though, for the three-time AFCON winners.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Premier League clubs Chelsea and Leicester City monitored the Africa Cup of Nations Group B clash between Nigeria and Burundi at the Alexandria Stadium, Alexandria on Saturday evening.Of the 14 Super Eagles stars in action, five players Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, John Obi Mikel, Wilfred Ndidi and Ahmed Musa have close links with the aforementioned clubs.While Ndidi was surprisingly named the Man of the Match by CAF, Chelsea Academy product Aina had his best game in a Nigeria jersey and was the highest rated player (8.54) by football statistics website Whoscored.last_img read more

IN CONTROL: Syracuse dismantles Villanova, nets 20 en route to highest offensive output of season

first_imgNarrowly clinging to a one-goal lead with about five and a half minutes left in the first quarter, Syracuse coughed up the ball — Villanova was ready to make its move.But instead of the Wildcats getting the ball upfield and potentially swinging momentum in their favor, freshman JoJo Marasco turned things right back around for SU.As Villanova tried to clear on the right side, Marasco and Stephen Keogh hounded the Wildcat defenders. Marasco finally knocked the ball free, and Keogh picked up the ground ball. He took a few steps toward the cage before finding an open Cody Jamieson just to the right of the crease.Jamieson caught the pass and ripped the shot past Wildcat goalie Billy Hurley to give SU a two-goal lead.From then on, No. 3 Syracuse never looked back. The Orange (6-1, 2-0 Big East) blasted the young Wildcats 20-6 in front of 2,341 people in the Carrier Dome Monday afternoon. It was the most goals SU has scored in a game this season and the fewest it has allowed. Syracuse controlled the ball most of the day, and its high-pressure play frustrated No. 15 Villanova (5-3, 0-1) as the Orange dominated all facets of the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor Wildcats junior longstick midfielder Brian Karalunas, though, there was one aspect that really keyed Syracuse to the blowout win. The SU riding — when the offense works to force turnovers as the defense attempts to clear its zone — was too much for Villanova to handle.‘Speaking from a defensive standpoint, trying to clear the ball, I honestly think that Syracuse’s best asset of the game today was their ride,’ he said. ‘More than their 6-on-6 sets. They really outplayed us in the riding and clearing game, and I think that’s what led to the wide margin of victory.’Other than the first five minutes of the game, in which Villanova scored the game’s first goal, the outcome was never really in question. Syracuse outscored (5-2), outshot (14-5) and outhustled (13 groundballs to four) the Wildcats in the first quarter. Junior Jeremy Thompson and Keogh led the Orange with three goals apiece, and Marasco dished out a career-high four assists.SU would gain possession and keep it for chunks at a time while Villanova struggled to just get the ball into its offensive side of the field. And the lack of possession and lack of success got to the Wildcats, who started six underclassmen.‘As the hole got deeper for them, you could see the frustrations coming out a little,’ junior defenseman John Lade said. ‘They were trying to force the ball a little more and, yeah, you just saw a little frustration when they couldn’t get the ball that much.’Some of the Villanova players could not hold in their emotions, even early on in the game. After a holding call on midfielder Nolan Vihlen following a faceoff at the end of the first quarter, the sophomore jogged over to the sideline and spiked his stick on the ground. He then paced back and forth along the sideline behind his teammates as SU’s Jovan Miller scored on the ensuing possession.Syracuse continued its domination throughout the rest of the game. Villanova struggled to find its offense, mostly due to Syracuse’s ball control and ball-hawking rides.The Wildcat defensive unit accounted for 10 of the team’s 21 turnovers. It could not solve the Orange’s pressure for any stretch of time as SU switched up its tactics throughout the game.‘I thought we rode pretty well,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘(Assistant coach Kevin Donahue) had a pretty good game plan coming in and mixed it up. We used probably three different rides today, and I think just the changing of the rides did a very good job.’By the fourth quarter, Syracuse held a 15-5 lead and rotated in some of its bench. But that didn’t even help Villanova slow down the Orange attack. Redshirt freshman Ryan Barber and junior Alex Giocondi tallied their first scores of the season in the final period to cap off the day.‘I thought that maybe a little bit of the Dome bug might have got to (Villanova) a little bit,’ Desko said. ‘But I think a lot of it had to do with our possessions and how these guys played today. … Just playing pretty good offense and the defense being stingy.’ Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img Published on March 29, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Syracuse rides 2nd-half run past No. 13 Louisville in season finale

first_img Published on March 5, 2013 at 2:23 am Contact Kevin: Facebook Twitter Google+ At the five-minute mark of the second half, Carmen Tyson-Thomas passed directly to Louisville’s Jude Schimmel. The guard broke away and laid it in uncontested to give the Cardinals a one-point advantage.Fourteen seconds later, Syracuse’s Cornelia Fondren dribbled past a slew of Louisville defenders and inside for a routine layup of her own, bringing the lead back to the Orange. Syracuse didn’t trail again.Fondren’s layup sparked a 16-0 Orange run midway through the second half. SU held No. 13 Louisville scoreless for eight minutes, turning the one-point SU deficit into a 15-point edge that was not relinquished. The burst propelled No. 24 Syracuse (23-6, 11-5 Big East) to a 68-57 win over the Cardinals (23-7, 11-5) in front of 441 in the Carrier Dome on Monday night in both teams’ regular-season finale. The win snapped a three-game losing streak during which the Orange squandered three consecutive halftime leads, and likely solidified Syracuse’s place in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five seasons.“We definitely needed this,” senior center Kayla Alexander said. “ … It wasn’t exactly the prettiest win, but we got it together and we took care of business.”After Fondren’s bucket gave SU the lead, the Orange maintained momentum through the eight-minute spurt with a nearly flawless combination of aggressive defense and offensive execution. Syracuse started to fluster Louisville by using a full-court press and double-teaming the ball handler on most possessions, forcing the Cardinals into poor shot selection and a string of misses.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTyson-Thomas grabbed a rebound off of an Antonita Slaughter miss and raced down the court. The guard fed the ball to Fondren, who quickly swung the ball back to the senior.Tyson-Thomas didn’t hesitate, knocking down a 3 to give SU what was then its largest lead of the game at 44-38.“I think when we did start getting those loose-ball rebounds, we did start pushing the ball in transition,” Tyson-Thomas said. “We did start making plays. We didn’t make many shots that we took, but we did get after it when we missed.”With the crowd rising to its feet in anticipation of the brewing upset, the Orange defense continued to hold the Cardinals scoreless, maintaining the press and boxing out to keep Louisville’s second chances to a minimum.Rachel Coffey relieved Fondren at the point around the 11-minute mark. On her first possession of the half, Coffey took a feed from Tyson-Thomas and drained a 3 to push the Orange’s lead to nine.The three rotation seniors – Tyson-Thomas, Alexander and guard Elashier Hall – all scored in different fashions to complete the run and ensure it would take a near miracle for the Orange to lose. A swish by Tyson-Thomas on a shot from just right of the foul line, an Alexander free throw as a byproduct of a hard drive and a 3-point shot gave SU a 53-38 lead with 8:44 to play.Schimmel air-balled a 3 on the next possession, and it took nearly two more minutes until Bria Smith finally ended Louisville’s drought with a layup at the 6:40 mark.“I think we got together and stopped them defensively,” Hall said. “There were a lot of times where they were making shot-clock violations, and that really picked up our momentum and really got us going.”Syracuse needed almost the entire cushion it built during the run, with the Cardinals fighting back and closing the gap to 60-56 on Schimmel’s 3 with 1:15 to play. But the Orange finished the game 6-for-6 from the foul line.The win meant the difference between the No. 3 and No. 5 seed in the Big East tournament for Syracuse, which earns a double bye and six days of rest before a Big East quarterfinal matchup in Hartford, Conn., on Sunday.“We started making plays as a team, instead of as individuals,” Tyson-Thomas said. “And I think that was the key instrument for our successful play.” Commentslast_img read more