[UPDATED] Explainer: How bad is the COVID-19 situation in Indonesia?

first_imgIt goes without saying that Indonesia is not immune to the novel coronavirus that has infected more than 100,000 people in more than 60 countries around the world.After weeks of claiming to have zero cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a claim that befuddled many and led to suspicion that the country is either unable to detect cases or covering them up, the country finally announced that citizens within its borders had also contracted the virus.Below is what you need to know about the outbreak in the country.   Confirmed cases The country has recorded at least 27 COVID-19 cases within its borders as of Wednesday. A Flourish survey visualizationCase 1 and Case 2 are a 31-year-old woman and her 64-year-old mother from Depok, West Java. The daughter is believed to have contracted the virus after visiting a Jakarta restaurant where she took part in a dance event that was also attended by an infected Japanese woman. The Japanese national, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in Malaysia, traveled to Indonesia in January and February. The country announced two more cases linked to the first two patients on Friday. Details about these new patients are still sketchy. The government has been extra cautious in providing information on the cases. One of the first two confirmed patients claimed to have suffered mentally after her private information had been disclosed by the authorities and later exposed by the mainstream media and Internet users.  Two more patients tested positive for the virus on Sunday. One, Case 5, is a 55-year-old man who is linked to Case 1, the Health Ministry said, while the other, Case 6, is a 36-year-old man who was among the Indonesian crew members of the virus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship that was docked in Yokohama, Japan.   The ministry announced 13 cases on Monday. It said two of the 13 new cases were foreign nationals, but did not specify which countries they were from.Seven of the cases were also identified as imported cases, which means that the patients likely contracted the virus outside of Indonesia.The government reported the first possible community transmission in the country on Tuesday, after a citizen with no link to certain confirmed cases or travel history to affected countries tested positive for the virus.The 33-year-old man was Indonesia’s 27th confirmed COVID-19 patient, it said, adding that the patient did not have a clear link to the other confirmed COVID-19 patients in the country. Case 27 did not contract the virus abroad and his exposure to coronavirus was still vague.At least 12 Indonesian nationals have been infected with SAR-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, overseas. One in Singapore and another in Taiwan have recovered from the disease. Nine others were infected while onboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Four of the nine crewmen have recovered, the ministry said.Suspected patients The Health Ministry defines suspected patients as those showing COVID-19 symptoms and having a travel history to countries affected by the outbreak.  All suspected patients must take a throat swab test to confirm whether or not they have the virus.Only recently did the government decide to test those having had contact with infected people even though they did not show symptoms.The ministry said on March 5 that it had tested samples from 388 suspected patients, including 188 from the World Dream cruise ship. It is unclear, however, how many suspected patients are currently being treated in hospitals across the country. As of now, five suspected COVID-19 patients have died, but the health authorities have said that they had been found to be negative of coronavirus. The five patients were treated in Semarang, Batam, Cianjur, Yogyakarta and Jakarta. Who leads the fight against coronavirus in Indonesia?Indonesia does not have an independent centers for disease control and prevention. The Health Ministry is now leading the management of the health crisis, with its secretary, Achmad Yurianto, being recently appointed as its sole spokesman. Some experts, including those leading the fight against the bird flu outbreak between 2006 and 2010, have called for the creation of a special committee similar to the now-defunct National Commission for Avian Influenza to lead the battle against the virus. The ministry, however, insisted that such an agency was not needed. The country once had a national committee for zoonosis tasked with handling virus outbreaks. It was disbanded by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in 2016. Indonesia has appointed secretary Achmad Yurianto (center) of the Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention directorate general as the spokesperson for coronavirus-related matters following the country’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19. (Tribunnews.com/Fransiskus Adhiyuda)How does Indonesia test suspected patients? The government claimed to have used a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and a gene sequencing analysis to test specimens from suspected patients as per WHO standards. The Health Ministry’s Balitbangkes was once the sole agency tasked with conducting tests. The ministry then decided to assign its laboratories in 10 regions to perform the PCR testing too after reporting the first two cases.The cities are Batam, Medan, Palembang, Makassar, Manado, Ambon, Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Banjarmasin.Denpasar, the capital of Bali, is not on the list despite being a major tourism hotspot and one that had direct flights to and from Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus outbreak.Why has Indonesia only recorded few cases? Some scientists believe that the government might have under-reported cases, saying that, given the large number of visitors not only from China but also from other affected countries, it is hard to believe that Indonesia only had four cases. They have called on the government to be more transparent in the handling of the outbreak by involving more scientists in its work. Critics, including foreign governments, have questioned why Indonesia, which has a population of more than 250 million, has only conducted a small number of tests. South Korea, by comparison, has tested more than 100,000 samples. The Indonesian government, however, argued it followed WHO recommendations.The number of confirmed cases rose to 19 on Monday after health officials had begun tracing and testing those with no travel history to China and other affected countries but having had contact with infected people in Indonesia.Some scientists have argued that the tropical climate has made the virus less virulent and slowed down its spread, but that has not been proven yet. It is true, though, that the transmission of influenza is dependent on humidity and temperature.  Other Southeast Asian countries have reported far more cases than Indonesia, but the numbers are still lower than those reported in South Korea, Iran and Italy. As of Sunday, Singapore has had 138 cases (90 have recovered), Malaysia 93 (25 have recovered) and Vietnam 18 (16 have recovered) and the Philippines 6.  What has the government done to contain the virus?The government has imposed a travel ban on people from mainland China and people from coronavirus-hit regions of Iran, South Korea and Italy.It has finally released its official protocols for dealing with the COVID-19 coronavirus. Members of the public are expected to follow the protocols if they find they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. “If you are experiencing one of the COVID-19 symptoms, such as a 38-degree Celsius fever, please rest. Drink a lot of water,” Health Ministry secretary-general Oscar Primadi said on Friday.According to Oscar, the protocols are meant to guide the actions of people when they gather in public places. The protocols deal with educational areas, public areas, public transportation, health access, first aid and identifying the infection.The government will also build a special hospital for COVID-19 patients at a former Vietnamese refugee camp in Galang, Riau Islands. Hospital staff and visitors wear masks at the Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital’s isolation building in Jakarta on March 2. (JP/Seto Wardhana)Does Indonesia have adequate healthcare infrastructure to handle mass contagion?President Jokowi said the government was well-prepared to handle COVID-19. “We have prepared more than 100 hospitals with isolation rooms with good isolation standards. We also have equipment that meets international standards,” he said.A WHO official also claimed on jan. 29 that Indonesia was well prepared to anticipate a coronavirus outbreak. Authorities have implemented preventative measures to defend against the epidemic at 135 points of entry to the archipelago, including at airports, seaports and border areas, such as installing thermal scanners and medical check-up posts to examine suspected carriers of the virus, a representative of the Geneva-based United Nations agency acknowledged.“Indonesia has a functioning early warning system and 100 hospitals in various locations that serve as referral [centers] and can handle cases with proper measures as well as effective infection prevention, ” WHO representative for Indonesia, Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, said as quoted by Antara.Indonesia has prepared eight hospitals to treat coronavirus-positive patients: Sulianti Saroso Infectious Diseases Hospital (RSPI) in North Jakarta, Persahabatan Hospital in East Jakarta, Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD) in Central Jakarta, Pasar Minggu General Hospital (RSUD) in South Jakarta, Cengkareng General Hospital (RSUD) in West Jakarta, Mintohardjo Navy Hospital in Central Jakarta, Bhayangkara Police Hospital in East Jakarta and Fatmawati Hospital in South Jakarta.Regional administrations have also prepared for the outbreak. Editor’s note: The article was updated on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 12:45 a.m. Topics :last_img read more

Oceanside Work in Full Swing

first_imgThe City of Oceanside Harbor, CA, said in its latest announcement that their weekly dredge progress meeting was held earlier this week with representatives of the harbor, city, USACE and Manson Construction. According to the latest update, the dredging operations began April 29th at 3:30pm and 16,000 cubic yards of sand was delivered to the beach in front of North Coast Village so far.After completing the Surfrider dredging work, Manson moved to just north of the Pier and will place sand at that location until Saturday, May 4th.The grunion run is now expected Saturday night into early Sunday morning, May 5th. Manson will be prepared to move south of the Pier depending upon the confirmed location of the grunion run.There have been slight swells from the south, causing some minor delays in dredging.Mason will continue to dredge during daylight hours, but will shut down at night for safety until the oceans swells calm. Even with the slight weather delays, Manson Construction still expects to complete the harbor entrance dredge on time, according to the update.Based on the most recent survey of the harbor entrance, the total amount of dredged clean sand is anticipated to be approximately 275,000 cubic yards. The entrance channel will be dredged to minus 27 ft.USACE is in the process of gaining Federal approval to maintain the Oceanside Harbor entrance to minus 30 ft. starting next year.last_img read more

Ten reasons marriage is good for your health

first_imgNZ Herald 23 May 2017Family First Comment: We already knew all of this – but the NZ Herald has finally caught up.Notice the heading is not “Cohabitation is good for your health”! 1. You will live a healthy life Good news for Pippa Middleton, who wed financier James Matthews this weekend: being married keeps you healthier for longer.According to the Daily Mail, US researchers followed 1,700 people over 20 years and found that a happy marriage led to improved overall health, specifically making spouses more likely to participate in healthy activities, sleep better and less likely to drink and miss doctor’s appointments.2. Live a longer life It follows that as married couples are healthier, they also live longer. Unmarried individuals are twice as likely to die prematurely than those who were married through middle and later life, a 2013 US study found.3. Beat depression Even when compared to co-habiting couples, married men and women have a significantly lower risk of becoming clinically depressed, and are at least 50 per cent less likely to develop any kind of mental illness, according to a study from 1991.4. Less heart attacks Married people of both genders are up to 66 per cent less likely to have a heart attack, Finnish researchers found in a 2013 study.The Turku University team said that this could be a result of married couples being better off financially and being able to rely on a partner to call an ambulance in time, making survival more likely.5. Less risk of a stroke Regardless of known stroke factors such as obesity, smoking and diabetes, happily married men are 64 per cent less likely to have a fatal stroke compared to single or unhappily married men, according to a 2010 study conducted by the American Heart Association.6. You are more likely to survive surgery A 2011 study found that married men and women who had undergone heart surgery were three times as likely as single people to survive the next 15 years. The result was linked to care and support of a partner.7. You are less likely to reach for the bottle A study of more than 3.2 million Swedes found that marriage reduced the risk of becoming an alcoholic by 60 per cent in men and 70 per cent in women. The benefit of marriage was particularly strong in those who had a family history of alcohol abuse.8. Strong bones Marriage makes your bones stronger, particularly if you are a man. A 2014 US study found that married men had a higher bone density than both single and divorced men.In women, a supportive spouse, rather than marriage itself, was associated with stronger bones.9. Beat colon cancer Being married increases the chance of surviving colon cancer, according to a study published earlier this year.Researchers in Guangzhou, China, found that unmarried colon-cancer patients were 37 per cent more likely to die than those who were married, regardless of gender.10. Improve your sleep Women who have a happy marriage have less trouble sleeping than single ladies.US researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found a link between improved sleep quality and a happy marriage, particularly in middle-aged women – regardless of alcohol and caffeine consumption, quality of sex life and economic situation.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11861333last_img read more

‘Independence’ protesters face arrest – ICPO

first_imgThe ICPO chief also said militant groups could be using today’s celebration to protest against the Anti-Terrorism Bill. Based on the new pronouncements of the IATF, only 10 persons will be allowed to participate in the commemoration rites at the Rizal Park in Manila in compliance with general community quarantine protocols. Regarding possible mass protests, he ordered policemen to exercise tolerance and calibrate their response. Protesters would be dispersed and advised to go home./PN Today, the ICPO will be deploying policemen to the streets. Dampal said Civil Disturbance Management personnel will be on the lookout for groups massing up. The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) here will commemorate Independence Day while observing public health safety protocols, said Police Brigadier General Rene Pamuspusan, director. In Metro Manila, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, General Archie Gamboa said, “We will strictly enforce the IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases) protocols. We appeal to the public, especially to organized groups, to avoid mass gatherings as we celebrate this important day.” “Talagang expect natin, pero naka-alert tayo,” he said. The PNP will hold simultaneous flag-raising ceremonies at its national headquarter and in all police regional offices that will be attended by a few personnel. “I advise those planning to hold rallies not to insist. We would strictly enforce the prohibition on any form of mass gathering during Independence Day,” said Dampal. ILOILO City – The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) vowed to arrest and jail people holding rallies today, the 122nd Philippine Independence Day. “Pakiusap ko sa mga militant groups na sundin na lang natin ang order para maiwasan ang gulo. Sundin natin ang social distancing,” said Dampal. The Movement Against Tyranny Panay is spearheading today what it calls a “Mañanita Kontra Terorismo” to mark Independence Day and oppose the Anti-Terrorism Bill. “We are frustrated that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the House of Representatives and the Senate prioritized this repressive bill over the urgent needs of the people affected by over two months of lockdown,” according to the alliance. ICPO director Police Colonel Eric Dampal cited the Department of Justice’s position that the holding of rallies are “temporarily banned” during quarantine to avoid direct transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019.  “The bill aims to give the executive branch of the government powers that undermine our fundamental right to free speech, right to peacefully assemble, the right to petition the government to redress of grievances, privacy of our communication, and right to due process,” said the alliance in a statement. This year’s Independence Day celebration carries the theme “Kalayaan 2020: Towards a Free, United, and Safe Nation.” Today’s activity will start with a public forum at 1 p.m. at the University of the Philippines Visayas Iloilo City Campus Little Theater, followed by a short protest program at the Oblation Grounds.last_img read more

BREAKING: Coman sinks PSG as Bayern emerge kings of Europe

first_img The Brazilian broke free down the left-hand side and fired a low shot that brought a fine save from Manuel Neuer with the inside of his outstretched leg. The ball rebounded back to Neymar, but his cut-back from an acute angle was once again repelled by the German stopper. That close call appeared to spring Bayern Munich  into action, with Robert Lewandowski coming within the width of the woodwork of opening the scoring. A second-half winner from Kingsley Coman proved the difference as Bayern Munich were crowned winners of the 2020 Champions League at PSG’s expense on Sunday night. Following a tentative opening gambit from both sides, the first real chance fell to PSG and Neymar. The Polish marksman received the ball near the penalty spot and shifted his weight superbly to turn and strike in one motion, but his effort cannoned back off the post to ensure the deadlock remained. Angel Di Maria then wasted a great opportunity moments later after his weak-footed drive rose high over the bar from inside the area. Lewandowski once again came close after the half hour mark, but his quick reactions to nod a headed effort on goal picked out PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas perfectly. Kylian Mbappe wasted a great chance after neat interplay between the Frenchman and Ander Herrera created a golden opportunity. But the superstar striker’s resulting effort was too central and was comfortably dealt with by Neuer. Promoted ContentWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Shows6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhat Disney Princesses Would Look Like In Modern Day Realities Read Also:Barcelona board struggling to pin down Messi Neuer once again produced a miraculous save in the final minute to deny Mbappe, though the flag for offside did go up once the play had concluded. Despite their best efforts, PSG could not find the breakthrough as Bayern held on to be crowned winners of the 2020 Champions League. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 As half-time neared Kingsley Coman took a tumble under slight pressure inside the PSG area, but his penalty appeals were waved away as both sides went into the break locked at 0-0. The second-half began with more off-the-ball action than on it after Serge Gnabry’s retaliatory tackle on Neymar resulted in a yellow card and a loud yelp from the Brazilian. But just as he hour mark approached, the game kicked into high gear with the opening goal of the final. PSG repelled a Bayern attack, though the ball fell kindly to Joshua Kimmich. The German ace picked out an unmarked Kingsley Coman at the far post who guided his header past Navas and inside the far post to make it 1-0. The Parisians did not wilt, however, and launched attacks that created good chances for Di Maria and especially Marquinhos. Neymar curled a shot high and wide before the bookings came out in force as the tension in the players began to show. Loading… last_img read more

Thornton, Frenier collect wins on night two of IMCA Duel in the Desert

first_imgJeremy Frenier topped Friday’s first qualifying feature for IMCA Modifieds at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s Duel In The Desert. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)By Mike SpiekerLAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 9) – The 21st annual IMCA Duel in the Desert continued Friday evening at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. By night’s end, Ricky Thornton Jr. and Jeremy Frenier visited victory lane with qualifying feature wins in the IMCA Modifieds, while Jake Sachau claimed the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod qualifying feature.Zane DeVilbiss applied heavy pressure to Frenier in the closing laps of the first IMCA Modified qualifying feature. Frenier and DeVilbiss distanced themselves by a straightaway over the rest of the field as they both jockeyed for position on the low side of the speedway. DeVilbiss pulled to within a car length of Frenier on the final lap, but could not get any closer as Frenier held on to take the win.“It seemed like I could hear him on me,” said Frenier of the pressure from DeVilbiss behind him. “I didn’t want to have to push it any harder than I needed to. Until I felt a bumper, I was going to keep my same pace. The car was really easy to drive tonight.”Frenier, DeVilbiss, Chris Abelson and Dustin Cady all qualified for the big $7,777 to win dance on Sat­urday.Front row starters Braxton Yeager and Randy Brown led the field, respectively, on the opening lap of IMCA Modified qualifying feature two. Fifth-place starter Thornton slipped underneath Joel Rust on lap two to take over the third spot. From there, Thornton took advantage of the lap two restart to move by Brown for second.Thornton remained within five car lengths of Yeager throughout the mid- to late-going of the 25-lap event. With three to go, the advantage for Yeager was a mere two car lengths until the yellow was displayed for 2018 national champion Jordan Grabouski, who slowed to a stop in turn four.Coming to the green, contact was made between Yeager and Thornton exiting turn four, which briefly turned Yeager’s machine sideways. That allowed Thornton to shoot into the lead as Brown went after Yeager for second.That’s all Thornton needed to cruise to the win, while Yeager, Brown, Casey Skyberg and Terry Phillips rounded out the top five.“We took off in the rubber and (Yeager) got out of the rubber and got a little sideways. I was still in the rubber and got into him a little bit,” explained Thornton of the lap 22 restart. “I definitely didn’t want to get into him… but this one is for Mike Tanner.”Checkers flew in Friday’s second Duel In The Desert IMCA Modified qualifier for Ricky Thornton Kr. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)Upon post-race inspection, Skyberg’s car was light at the scales which disqualified him from his fourth and final transfer position and handed it over to the four-time and defending Duel in the Desert champion Phillips.Sachau led all 20 trips around the semi-banked half-mile clay oval to claim the Northern SportMod win. Luke Krogh, had a top-six transfer spot locked up until he spun in turn two at the halfway point. Two other cars were collected by Krogh before seven other cars piled in.On the ensuing restart, Sachau quickly pulled away from defending race winner Chris McKellar. Sachau stretched out his advantage in the closing laps and cruised to the win. McKellar, Gary Dutton, Chase Rudolf, Michael Johnson and Shawn Harker all punched their tickets into Saturday night’s main event.Results1st Modified feature – 1. Jeremy Frenier, Fort Morgan, Colo.; 2. Zane Devilbiss, Farmington, N.M.; 3. Chris Abelson, Sioux City, Iowa; 4. Dustin Cady, Albany, Ore.; 5. Kyle Brown, Madrid, Iowa; 6. Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif.; 7. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C.; 8. D.J. Shan­non, Merced, Calif.; 9. Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla.; 10. Bricen James, Albany, Ore.; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Clint Reichenbach, Santa Maria, Calif.; 13. Cody Burke, Salinas, Calif.; 14. Kollin Hibdon, Pahrump; 15. Travis Metz, Blackfoot, Idaho; 16. Dominic Ursetta, Ar­vada, Colo; 17. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 18. Duane Cleveland, Olivehurst, Calif.; 19. David Murray Jr., Oberlin, Kan.; 20. Cory Sample, Winnemucca; 21. Nicholas O’Neil, Tucson, Ariz.; 22. Bradley Morris, Romoland, Calif.; 23. Ray Bollinger, Kewanee, Ill.; 24. Troy Morris Jr., Bakers­field, Calif; 25. Darrell Hughes II, Manteca, Calif.; 26. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 27. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; 28. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa; 29. Chris Nieman, Quincy, Calif.; 30. Austin Kiefer, Pahrump.2nd Modified feature – 1. Ricky Thornton Jr., Clive, Iowa; 2. Braxton Yeager, Green River, Wyo.; 3. Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif.; 4. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 5. Troy Foulger, Oakley, Calif.; 6. Ryan Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo.; 7. Tanner Black, Otis, Kan.; 8. Collen Winebarger, Cor­bett, Ore.; 9. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 10. A.J. Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas; 11. Grey Fer­rando, Stayton, Ore.; 12. Jerry Flippo, Bakersfield, Calif.; 13. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz.; 14. Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah; 15. Jerry Schram, Vancouver, Wash.; 16. Jeff Larson, Freeport, Ill.; 17. Matthew Drager, Albany, Ore.; 18. Ryan Porter, Atwater, Calif.; 19. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa; 20. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 21. Jesse Sobbing, Malvern, Iowa; 22. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 23. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 24. Kellen Chadwick, Oakley, Calif.; 25. Matt Chris­topherson, Gillette, Wyo.; 26. Chase Allen, Midlothian, Texas; 27. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; 28. Roy Spielman, Mills, Wyo.; 29. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 30. Casey Skyberg, Rapid City, S.D.,Northern SportMod feature – 1. Jake Sachau, Denison, Iowa; 2. Chris McKellar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 3. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa; 5. Michael Johnson, Bakers­field, Calif.; 6. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 7. Braxton Possinger, Medford, Ore.; 8. Austin Frye, Taft, Calif.; 9. Danny Concelman, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 10. Guy Ahlwardt, Anti­och, Calif.; 11. Bo Partain, Casa Grande, Ariz.; 12. Wayne Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 13. Michael Dean, Santa Maria, Calif.; 14. Mitch Boesel, Aurora, Colo.; 15. Austin Manzella, Bakersfield, Ca­lif.; 16. Lance Borgman, Beatrice, Neb.; 17. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; 18. Nick Hankins, Bennett, Colo.; 19. Tom Fraser, Antioch, Calif.; 20. Matthew Mayo, Bakersfield, Calif.; 21. Danny Roe, Turlock, Calif.; 22. Les Friend, Galt, Calif.; 23. Keith Brown Jr., Pittsburg, Calif.; 24. Scott Saunders, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 25. Tate Johnson, Mesa, Ariz.; 26. Rick Diaz, Los Banos, Calif.; 27. Rex Higgins, Bloomfield, N.M.; 28. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; 29. Luke Krogh, Dickinson, N.D.; 30. Brady Bjella, Williston, N.D.last_img read more

Marnane anticipates big Boom run

first_img Press Association “It was nice to see the filly he beat win so easy in Sligo and the horse is in good order,” said the trainer. “He came out of his last race well and this is next port of call. It’s a step up, so we’ll see how he gets on. “I’m happy with him and hopefully the ground will be all right. He likes good ground and if it’s any worse than that, he might not run.” Boom The Groom faces no easy task as he looks to keep his unbeaten record intact, with Aidan O’Brien double-handed. The master of Ballydoyle unleashes runaway Gowran Park winner Indian Maharaja, as well as Bluebell. John Murphy’s Captain’s Affair looks to prove his winning debut at Gowran was no fluke. The field is completed by Jim Bolger-trained newcomer Ceisteach and David Wachman’s Fly To The Moon. Trainer David Marnane is looking forward to seeing impressive maiden scorer Boom The Groom test his powers at Listed level in the Coolmore Canford Cliffs Stakes at Tipperary on Friday evening.center_img The Kodiac colt proceeded to make all the running on his racecourse debut at Fairyhouse a month ago and the form received a boost when the third home Pixie Hollow, struck on her next start at Sligo on Wednesday. Marnane is hoping the rain stays away from Tipperary ahead of his colt’s next assignment. last_img read more

Mourinho: Task trickier this time

first_img The Portuguese, whose side play at Norwich on Sunday, added: “We need to be more consistent. I don’t think we are strong enough at this moment to have that kind of run of victory, victory, victory. “We will, for sure, we will. In this moment I don’t think we are.” The mentality required is one where players “feel and accept the responsibility to play for a big club with big ambitions, where you cannot fail, where you cannot play one good game, one bad game, win one game, lose another”. Mourinho says in his absence Chelsea players “learned how to live without pain in a situation with another kind of mentality would be a painful situation”. When a match is lost now, he tells his players to make amends – just like prior to the midweek win at Steaua Bucharest, when Chelsea responded from their opening Champions League Group E loss. He said: “We did garbage, we clean the garbage. ‘We did garbage against Basle, we clean the garbage today’.” Mourinho is never happy in defeat. He added: “I keep saying the day I lose a match and go home with a smile on my face, goodbye. Finished. “We know we cannot win every game. We know we cannot win every competition, but we have to play every game of every competition to win. “If you do that and you lose, don’t go with a smile on your face, but you’ll sleep fine. Because you’ll know you had the right approach, you gave everything. “The opponent won because the opponent was better than you and that is something you have to accept without being a drama. The right mentality we have to find.” Jose Mourinho knew it would take more than a flick of a switch to turn Chelsea into serial winners. Press Association The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ believes the task which faces him at Chelsea is harder than it was during his first spell, when he won two Premier League titles, and that winning the 2012 Champions League and 2013 Europa League merely papered over the cracks of an inconsistent team with a mental fragility. Despite some impressive one-off results, the Blues finished sixth in the 2011/12 season – 25 points behind champions Manchester City – and third last term, 14 points adrift of Manchester United. Mourinho said: “If you see the position of Chelsea in the last leagues and the difference of points from Chelsea to the champions, you can imagine that even with a magic click – that I don’t have – it’s not easy to recover 20 points. It’s more than one click. “For a club like us it’s not good to be 15, 20 points behind. “We need to win seven matches 1-0, not win one match 7-0 and lose the other six, or lose points. “This is the kind of mentality that you have to build. And it’s much more difficult. “I had a team of players in the best moment, potentially, of their career (in his first spell as boss). “I needed a click to make them believe. At this moment, in terms of building a team, the task is different.” Chelsea have won the league title once since Mourinho’s departure – in 2009/10 under Carlo Ancelotti, who left the following season after finishing second, nine points behind Manchester United. Mourinho believes the title race is open this term and that his side are one of six teams capable of winning, but first he has to change their mental approach. last_img read more

Berahino blast boosts Baggies

first_img The closest Southampton came to an equaliser was when Chris Brunt deflected Ryan Bertrand’s second-half cross just wide. West Brom are now eight points clear of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone in 13th, having lost just once under Pulis. Southampton, though, are clinging onto fifth place having won just once in their last five games. The Baggies were unchanged while the Saints brought back Bertrand, Morgan Schneiderlin, Dusan Tadic, Florin Gardos and Sadio Mane, after the forward had been dropped after being late in the build-up to their 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. Berahino had shaken off a minor knock to start and he made an instant impact after just 70 seconds. Brunt’s lofted free-kick was headed out by Maya Yoshida but only as far as Berahino and the striker unleashed a rasping half-volley which flew into the top corner from 16 yards. The striker is prolific at The Hawthorns, with 15 of his 17 goals this season coming at home. The Saints were ragged and Fraser Forster saved Claudio Yacob’s header before Gardos was replaced by Elijero Elia. The striker scored his 17th goal of the season with a brilliant half-volley after just 70 seconds to settle the game. The Saints dominated possession but rarely threatened the Albion goal as the Baggies kept their seventh clean sheet in 10 games under head coach Tony Pulis. West Brom took a giant leap towards safety after Saido Berahino condemned stuttering Southampton to a 1-0 defeat. Boss Ronald Koeman had seen enough and his side almost responded when Mane fired over after collecting Schneiderlin’s brilliant cross-field pass. The change altered the game’s dynamic and the Saints improved, although they failed to test Ben Foster as Mane shot off target again. Craig Gardner almost found an opening when he failed to control a long ball when clean through but it was a rare chance for the Baggies. Their defensive organisation, which has now seen them keep four straight clean sheets under Pulis, was evident though. Despite having the bulk of possession and pinning Albion back, Southampton struggled to break down the massed Baggies ranks. Steven Davis replaced Victor Wanyama at the break and referee Phil Dowd also failed to reappear, with fourth official Graham Scott taking charge. And Albion suffered a blow 10 minutes into the second half when Berahino limped off to be replaced by Youssouf Mulumbu. It took away the Baggies’ best outlet and Southampton continued to press and almost levelled after 67 minutes. Bertrand linked well with Elia on the left and when Graziano Pelle missed his cross, it deflected inches wide off Brunt. Brown Ideye wanted a penalty after tangling with Fonte during a rare Albion raid with 10 minutes remaining. And the visitors could have levelled with four minutes left when Pelle latched onto a Schneiderlin header only to mis-hit his shot straight at Foster. Press Associationlast_img read more

Sam Allardyce guides Sunderland to derby win over Newcastle

first_img Press Association Sam Allardyce became the fourth successive boss to bounce back from an opening defeat to beat arch-rivals Newcastle as Sunderland finally secured their first Barclays Premier League win of the season. Newcastle should have been back on terms within 10 minutes of the restart when Cattermole turned Ayoze Perez’s attempted through-ball into the path of Mitrovic. The Serbia international stepped inside full-back DeAndre Yedlin, only to drill his shot straight at the advancing Pantilimon. Fletcher saw a rasping 64th minute effort deflected just over, but the home side extended their lead from the resulting corner when Yann M’Vila’s volley was stabbed into the net by Jones. Johnson was denied a second goal for the afternoon by the crossbar with 18 minutes remaining, but Fletcher rounded things off with a sweet 86th minute volley from Younes Kaboul’s pin-point cross at the end of a pacy counter-attack. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Unthinkable that it could be 6 in a row! It’s time @NUFC Over to you boys #Geordies #NUFC” – former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) expressed his worst fears ahead of the game but they came true as Sunderland triumphed 3-0 for a sixth derby triumph in a row against the Magpies. ‏ PLAYER RATINGS (Out of 10) Costel Pantilimon: 8 Billy Jones: 6 John O’Shea: 6 Yones Kaboul: 7 DeAndre Yedlin: 6 Lee Cattermole: 6 Yann M’Vila: 6 Jeremain Lens: 5 Adam Johnson: 7 Ola Toivonen: 3 Steven Fletcher: 8 SUBS Jermain Defoe: 7 Sebastian Coates: 7 Sebastian Larsson: 5 NEWCASTLE Rob Elliot: 5 Daryl Janmaat: 7 Paul Dummett: 5 Chancel Mbemba: 6 Fabricio Coloccini: 5 Jack Colback: 5 Cheick Tiote: 5 Moussa Sissoko: 5 Georginio Wijnaldum: 6 Ayoze Perez: 5 Aleksander Mitrovic: 6 SUBS Jamal Lascelles: 5 Vurnon Anita: 5 Florian Thauvin: 5 STAR PLAYER: Steven Fletcher The Scottish striker has his detractors but relished the full-blooded nature of the fixture. Led the line well, earning the all-important penalty and unleashing a superb volley of his own late on. Seems the kind of player Sam Allardyce can make good use of and, although he needs to add more goals to his game, this was the perfect place to start. MOMENT OF THE MATCH: Sunderland broke in the closing seconds of the first half and Jermain Defoe’s measured pass led to Fabricio Coloccini’s red card. The course of the game was immediately turned on its head. VIEW FROM THE BENCH: Steve McClaren barely made his way out of the dugout until Coloccini’s sending off but made his feelings on that decision well known to the fourth official. Calmed down sufficiently to drag the Argentinian away when he tried the same. Sam Allardyce enjoyed the usual derby day triumph afforded to new Sunderland managers and was rewarded for his decision to recall Adam Johnson. The game might have been much different had Toivonen’s injury not forced him to give Defoe an early outing from the bench though. MOAN OF THE MATCH: That old issue of double jeopardy continues to be problematic. Coloccini did appear to barge into Fletcher and left himself open to a penalty. But a red card too? By the letter of the law, the referee probably had little option but it felt like too much. Would a rule change help? WHO’S UP NEXT? Newcastle v Stoke (Premier League, Saturday October 31) Everton v Sunderland (Premier League, Sunday November 1) Magpies boss Steve McClaren, who had seen his side dominate until Coloccini’s exit, angrily confronted referee Robert Madley on the pitch at half-time, but it was all to no avail as his hopes of back-to-back league victories went up in smoke with owner Mike Ashley among a crowd of 47,653 at the Stadium of Light. McClaren’s men were utterly dominant before the break without carving out gilt-edged opportunities, and keeper Rob Elliot was not required to make a single save until he had to pick the ball out of his net in injury time. Coloccini saw a weak third minute volley saved by Costel Pantilimon, who later fielded efforts from Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko with little difficulty. However, the Romanian was extended by Black Cats’ old boy Jack Colback’s 27th minute volley at his near post and Aleksandar Mitrovic fired just wide from the resulting corner before Wijnaldum tested the keeper with a curling 44th minute free-kick. Sunderland were poor and created little of note, but they forced their way in front in stoppage time at the end of the first half as the game erupted into controversy. Cattermole was fortunate to escape unpunished after Wijnaldum flicked the ball past him and he blocked it with his right arm before appearing to haul the Dutchman down with his left, but not in the opinion of the referee. But as Newcastle complained bitterly, the home side broke and Jermain Defoe, a 36th minute replacement for the injured Ola Toivonen, slipped a pass into the feet of Fletcher, who was barged to the ground by Coloccini. Mr Madley pointed to the spot and issued a red card, and Johnson stepped up to slam the penalty into the bottom corner. However, he did so in controversial circumstances as the Magpies saw skipper Fabricio Coloccini sent off in first-half injury time for a professional foul seconds after Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole appeared to get away with two offences inside his own box. Adam Johnson calmly converted from the spot to give the home side the lead with their only meaningful attempt on goal to pave the way for a record sixth successive derby win, which was secured when full-back Billy Jones tapped home a second with 25 minutes remaining and Steven Fletcher added a third at the death for a 3-0 victory. last_img read more