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National COVID-19 task force chief urges public to obey PSBB to pave way for ‘new normal’

first_img“We are worried that people who are still unaware about the risks of COVID-19 will still attend public gatherings and conduct activities that can actually be avoided,” Doni said.In the past few weeks, there have been many reports of people violating the PSBB and physical distancing measures and thronging fast food outlets, airports, traditional markets and shopping malls.In West Java, the region’s COVID-19 task force secretary, Daud Achmad, reported a number of violations of PSBB measures on April 22, including failure to wear masks while driving and violations of the 50 percent occupancy limit for cars and motorcycles.In East Java, a recent online survey conducted by the alumni association of Airlangga University’s School of Public Health found that many places of worship, offices and factories mostly remained operational without health protocols. (dpk)Topics : National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo has urged the public to adhere to large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for the next two weeks to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 transmission and pave the way for a “new normal”.“If we want to break the chain of transmission and start living in the new normal, then these last few weeks are the most crucial moments,” Doni said on Wednesday. “But we cannot stop implementing the PSBB if the public does not comply with the regulations.”He bemoaned the fact that many people were still going out to crowded areas in defiance of PSBB protocols.last_img read more

Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan completes loan move to Roma

first_imgArsenal have loaned Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Roma until the end of the season (Picture: EPA)Henrikh Mkhitaryan has completed a season-long loan move from Arsenal to Roma, both clubs have confirmed.The 30-year-old midfielder came on as a second-half substitute in Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham before flying to Italy’s capital the following morning to undergo a medical with the Serie A giants.Though the Premier League transfer window ended on August 8, before the start of the 2019/20 season, Serie A clubs have been able to do business up until their 5pm deadline on Monday afternoon.It’s understood Roma will be paying Mkhitaryan’s £200,000-a-week wages and have the option to buy the Armenian at any time during his stay at the Stadio Olimpico.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Skip Metro Sport ReporterMonday 2 Sep 2019 6:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link378Shares Top articles Read More 1 min. story Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Read More / Mkhitaryan has had an underwhelming 18-month spell at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Mkhitaryan started just 19 league matches last term and has only managed nine goals in all competitions since his move from Manchester United in January 2018.His first-team opportunities were likely to be limited under Unai Emery following the arrivals of Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli this summer.MORE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp won’t be speaking to Mohamed Salah after Sadio Mane outburst Read More PLAY Advertisement Video Settings by Metro Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan completes loan move to Roma SPONSORED Full Screen Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Skip Ad Coming Next Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal confirmed the move in a statement: ‘Henrikh Mkhitaryan has joined Serie A side AS Roma on loan for the rest of the season.‘Everyone at Arsenal wishes Micki all the best for his season with Roma. The loan is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.’Mkhitaryan said of the move: ‘It’s a great opportunity for me to begin a new chapter, with a great club. I know what this club is all about and I am sure we can achieve great things together.’ 1/1 Comment About Connatix V67539last_img read more

How Matteo Guendouzi has emerged as Unai Emery’s most influential midfielder at Arsenal this season

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi was called into France’s senior squad for the first time in September (Picture: Getty)In fact, quite the opposite has been true. Guendouzi started Emery’s very first game against Manchester City and has amassed 54 appearances already for Arsenal, featuring in 81% of the team’s 66 games under the Spaniard. Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with 58 matches has played more times than the young midfielder.This season, his importance to the side has increased further, evidenced by his six Premier League starts and Emery’s decision to rest him during the Europa League opener against Eintracht Frankfurt last week and the Carabao Cup clash with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.It is becoming increasingly clear that Guendouzi is Arsenal’s prized asset amongst a well-stocked stable of central midfielders.Increased influenceIt has been a chaotic start to the season for Arsenal. After six games they have won three, drawn two and lost one of their matches, scoring 11 goals and conceding 10 along the way.On average, Arsenal have faced over 18 shots per game in the Premier League while attempting just over 14 themselves. Watching Arsenal at the moment is a rather disorientating experience, their matches resembling end-to-end encounters more usually found on a basketball court than a football pitch.Amid that frenetic chaos, though, Guendouzi has flourished. In each of Arsenal’s previous three league matches against Spurs, Watford and Aston Villa, the second halves have offered ridiculous, edge of the seat entertainment and in two of them Guendouzi has been the chief protagonist of the mayhem. Guendouzi will come up directly against his French compatriot Paul Pogba at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)For Guendouzi, trying to reach Pogba’s level should be the ultimate goal. Like Pogba he passes, tackles, covers ground and is useful in transition phases but he is yet to hone his attacking game just yet, despite visible improvements in that regard this season.AdvertisementWith Pogba returning to fitness, Deschamps may well take a keen interest in Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford when the seasoned veteran takes on the young pretender in what promises to be an absorbing battle in midfield.That Guendouzi is fast-becoming Arsenal’s go-to midfielder in the big games at the age of 20 shows not only how far he has come already, but how much further he can still go.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Oliver Young-MylesMonday 30 Sep 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares The French youngster has been a driving force in Arsenal’s midfield this season (Picture: Getty)‘In my mind, I was like, at first I couldn’t believe it. Ten minutes before I was asleep – I thought it was still a dream!’Of the exhaustive number of cliches uttered by professional footballers after receiving their maiden international call-ups, ‘I thought it was a dream’ probably ranks just below the age-old English classic ‘I thought it was a wind-up’ at the top end of the list.The above was Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s response to finding out that Didier Deschamps had selected him to join World Cup winners Raphael Varane, Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann et al in Les Bleus squad for this month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.AdvertisementAdvertisementGuendouzi might have committed the cardinal sin of resorting to cliche to describe what was a life-changing moment, but in his defence, it is easy to see why the news might have felt more like something plucked from his subconscious thoughts than an event that had actually happened.ADVERTISEMENTRapid riseIt has, after all, been a whirlwind 12-18 months for Arsenal’s floppy-haired No.29. As the French squad – drenched by pouring rain and interminable golden confetti – cavorted around the World Cup trophy in Moscow on July 15 last year, Guendouzi was preparing himself for life in a new country having joined Arsenal only four days before from FC Lorient.The then 19-year-old was the fifth and final signing of Unai Emery’s first transfer window and given his professional experience up until that point had been restricted to one full season in Ligue 2 and a smattering of appearances in the CFA – France’s fourth-tier – he was expected to be the least involved of the new quintet. Guendouzi drove Arsenal on during their second-half comeback against Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)The Frenchman was superb in Arsenal’s comeback against Spurs, driving his team on and providing the assist for Aubameyang’s equaliser in the second half. Against Villa, Guendouzi again took the game by the scruff of the neck, winning a penalty before setting up Calum Chambers to score, leading Alan Shearer to describe him afterwards as Arsenal’s ‘warrior’.AdvertisementAdvertisementEven besides those Herculean second-half efforts, Guendouzi has been involved in the thick of everything in Arsenal’s midfield. The statistics back that up; he ranks top for successful passes, joint-top for interceptions, joint-second for tackles won and joint-third for key passes amongst their squad. Guendouzi basically does everything other than shoot.With Dani Ceballos adapting to the pace of the English game and Granit Xhaka struggling to keep up with it, Guendouzi has taken it upon himself to be Arsenal’s deep-lying playmaker, midfield enforcer and box-to-box runner, all rolled into one. It is why his all-action recent displays have drawn comparisons to Cesc Fabregas’ time at the Emirates.Battle of Les BleusAs impressive as Guendouzi’s start to the campaign has been, he would not have been included in France’s latest squad had it not been for Paul Pogba’s withdrawal due to an ankle injury. That Deschamps chose Guendouzi to replace the Manchester United man, however, is telling.Pogba, despite what Graeme Souness and the rest of his critics might claim, is one of the most well-rounded central midfielders in the world, capable of contributing towards all aspects of play from the centre of the pitch due to his technical and physical qualities.During his time at Juventus, Pogba brought energy to an ageing midfield containing Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal. For France, he has taken on the role of tempo-setter to complement the tenacity of N’Golo Kante. At United, he does a bit of both with some attacking flair chucked in for good measure. 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Budget offers limited help to Townsville Market

first_img©Roslyn Budd — www.buddphotography.com.auTHE Townsville housing market will only marginally benefit from the Federal Government’s measures designed to help first home buyers get into the market. Real Estate Institute of Queensland Townsville Zone Chair, Damien Keyes said broadly speaking, the Queensland housing market would not be significantly impacted from announcements in the Federal Budget which was designed to tackle problems that are faced by Sydney and Melbourne markets.“The REIQ has been lobbying the State Government extensively to get the first-home buyer grant broadened to include established homes,” he said. “History tells us that this type of support is popular with young first-home buyers who are anxious to get started on their home ownership journey immediately. “We think that the Federal Government’s super-saver scheme may be significantly less popular than the grant, largely because wages growth has been flat and young first-home buyers don’t have much in their superannuation account yet. It’s a slow-burn approach to getting the deposit together for a home. “However, the super-saver scheme will be more beneficial to those in the regions than their big-city counterparts where first-home buyers need a 20 per cent deposit of more than $140,000 to get into the market and buy a property worth $700,000.“The $30,000 from their superannuation won’t go very far in those markets.”Mr Keyes said one of the most disappointing aspects of the Federal Budget was Treasurer Scott Morrison’s announcement to limit investor activity. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“In particular, we’re disappointed that the Government has limited the allowable deductions for investors, especially around travel benefits,” My Keyes said. “We’re concerned that this may discourage investors from considering regional Queensland as an investment opportunity. “Townsville welcomes all investors and all property buyers, regardless of where they come from and to have our Federal Government actively dampening the potential opportunities is frustrating. “However, our market is resilient and we’re already starting to see some positive signs.” But despite limited support offered to Queensland’s regional housing market, Townsville continued to power ahead on the road to recover, Mr Keyes said.“The vacancy rate data that the REIQ released this week revealed Townsville is still improving,” he said. “Townsville bumped down slightly by 0.2 percentage points from 6.4 per cent to 6.2 per cent and while this is small, in the bigger picture, it’s still moving downward from the recent high of 7.1 per cent last year. “All in all, 2017 and 2018 are shaping up to be good years for Townsville and it does mean that now might be a good time to buy a property.”last_img read more

ECB rate decision to have ‘limited impact’ on Dutch coverage ratios

first_imgThe European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to reduce deposit rates and extend its quantitative easing programme is likely to have a limited impact on the average Dutch pension fund’s coverage ratio, consultancies have said.In the wake of the ECB’s announcement, the 30-year swap rate – Dutch schemes’ most important criterion for discounting liabilities – increased from 1.48% to approximately 1.6%.At the same time, however, equity markets fell, with the AEX and the Stoxx 50 losing 1.6% and 1.8%, respectively.Dennis van Ek, an actuary at Mercer, said: “The short-term effects on pension funds’ coverage are positive because of the rate increase, but they are negative following dropping equity markets.” He said Dutch pension funds with small interest-risk hedges and limited equity holdings could expect a modest funding improvement.Schemes with extensive interest hedges and relatively large stock portfolios, however, are likely to have the “opposite perspective”, he said.On balance, Mercer believes the rate increase’s impact on Dutch pension funds’ coverage ratios will slightly exceed that of falling equity markets.Neither did Geert-Jan Troost, an investment consultant at Towers Watson, expect Dutch schemes’ coverage ratios to be affected significantly.But Troost noted that those pension funds recently reducing their interest hedges – permitted by regulator DNB as a one-off opportunity to increase their risk profiles – were now at an advantage.Corine van Egmond, ALM consultant at Aon Hewitt, highlighted that the effect of the ECB’s measures would depend on where pension funds’ stock holdings were concentrated.“The funding of a scheme with a relatively large stake in the US will be less affected, as equity markets over there have been relatively stable,” she said.“On the other hand, the rate increase will have a negative impact on euro-denominated government bonds, which will affect the funding of schemes with an extensive fixed income portfolio.”Mercer concluded that the ECB aimed to keep interest rates low for at least the next year.“Pension funds should, therefore, not expect their funding to improve as a consequence of rising interest rates,” Van Ek said.last_img read more

Coronavirus: Arsenal stars quarantined after ‘contact’ with Olympiakos chief

first_img “The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low. “However, we are strictly following the Government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact.” It has not been specified how many players have been forced into quarantine or who. But it remains to be seen what will happen to the matches within this 14-day period in which Arsenal will have players out. Arsenal were sent crashing out of the Europa League by Olympiakos Read Also: Arsenal issue defiant response after Olympiacos owner’s coronavirus admission However, the statement continued to say that they will prepare for their weekend’s match as normal. It said: “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Mr Marinakis a swift recovery and we look forward to the players and staff returning to work on Friday in preparation for our match at Brighton.” It is the latest incident in football that has been affected by the disease – with the Champions League and Europa League also taking hits. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 A number of Arsenal players are in 14-day quarantine after coming into contact with Olympiakos chief Evangelos Marinakis who was diagnosed with coronavirus recently. It has already seen the Premier League postpone their clash against Manchester City on Wednesday night. Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis has been diagnosed with coronavirus The Gunners had faced Olympiakos in the Europa League over two legs with several players meeting the club owner. Some members of Arsenal’s staff also sat near him in the stands as the match went on. The club say they are abiding by government guidelines. It rules that anyone that has come into contact with anyone with the disease they must self-isolate themselves for two weeks. In a statement, Arsenal said: “Following yesterday’s news that Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has recently contracted Covid-19, we have been taking medical advice and tracing any individuals who had what the guidelines define as close contact with him at the game 13 days ago. “As a result of this exercise we identified that a number of players met the Olympiacos owner immediately following the game. Loading… center_img Promoted ContentThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCrazy Expensive Things That Taylor Swift OwnsThis Is Probably The Happiest Dog On Instagramlast_img read more

Brookville Residents To Receive Two Water Bills In September

first_imgBROOKVILLE – Customers are getting hit with the water bill twice next month in Brookville.Residents received a letter in the mail stating the town is planning on billing two months of water bills in September.Utility employees are now able to read meters in one day and the billing can be done in one day, the Brookville-American Democrat reports.Customers have been paying the water bill for meter readings that were taken two months prior. By billing twice in one month the town can now send a water bill reflecting the previous month.If customers have trouble paying both bills in September a payment schedule can be set up on an individual basis. Utility workers ask for proof of financial burden before they are able to potentially work out an agreement.last_img read more

Setup changes pay I-37 dividends to Green

first_imgPast track champion Greg Dinsmore got to fifth before a caution. On the restart Carroll began pressuring Logan Dinsmore for third. As Green and Doyon cleared the way, Logan Dinsmore and Carroll began a five-lap, wheel-to-wheel, battle for third. Carroll, using the bottom, was finally able to get the spot. Up front, Green was holding a good margin on Doyon going on to take the checkers. PLEASANTON, Texas (June 20) – After setup changes galore from the heat to the feature, Rick Green Parked his IMCA Modified in victory lane Saturday night at I-37 Speedway. Rick Green made all the right changes after his heat race and would up with the Saturday IMCA Modified feature at I-37 Speedway. Green got away following the next restart while Logan Dinsmore was looking for a way past Doyon for second. A quick yellow on lap 12 set up a single file restart to the finish.center_img Green powered around the outside off turn two to get out front early on, trailed by Ryan Doyon, Logan Dinsmore, Chris Carroll and Donald Banker. By J.M. Hallas  “We threw everything at it from the heat to the feature,” said Green. “I worked on it the whole time with Chris (Carroll) helping me. Shocks, springs, you name it. We did about everything to this car.”last_img read more

Record 84 Sport Compacts race Tuesday at IMCA Super Nationals

first_imgBOONE, Iowa (Sept. 6) – Fans of the 4-cylinder class will get their money’s worth and then some Tuesday night at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.A record 84 Mach-1 Sport Compacts race tonight with eight heats and four “B” features setting the field for the 25-lap main event at Boone Speedway.Sport Compacts have been part of the Super Nationals program since 2011; the previous car count record of 64 was established two years ago.Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Wisconsin are repre­sented.*Also on the night two Super Nationals program is qualifying for both the BSB Manufacturing North­ern SportMod Race of Champions and Stephenville Starter Hobby Stock Race of Champi­ons, a Hobby Stock qualifying feature and two Northern SportMod qualifiers.*Brendon Yamry brings a ton of momentum to his first Super Nationals, after sweeping Mighty Axe Na­tionals features at North Central Speedway.He just won’t get to take advantage of that momentum until the eighth and final Sport Compact heat.“The number of cars is pretty impressive,” said the Holdingford High School freshman, who made the five-hour tow from Rice, Minn. “Making the feature is my first goal but all I really want to do is win it.”He’s got double-digit wins this season, the lion’s share of them at Brainerd.*The Texas tandem of Jeremy Oliver and Wesley Warren are 1-for-2 in their Hobby Stock qualify­ing efforts at Super Nationals.Oliver, from Chilton, saw his Super Nationals luck do a 180 in his third trip to Boone while Warren, from Fairfield, finished mid-pack in his qualifier and will try again Tuesday to make the big show.Mechanical issues put the damper on Oliver’s first two trips north. He’s wielding a 2016 Wild Child car that he’s put in victory lane in eight of 13 starts this season.“That’s pretty awesome,” said Oliver, a regular at Heart O’ Texas who’s pared his racing schedule to spend more time with family. “Qualifying for Super Nationals is priceless because you can bring a fast car here and still not make it.”He spent a good part of Tuesday prepping for Race of Champions qualifying.Points leader in the Charger Chassis Southern Region, Warren also races at HO’T and makes the four-hour tow to run Saturdays at Abilene. He’s won seven times this season and is at Boone for the first time“I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve never seen this many cars,” he said. “I’ve never been in a race with that many cars.”Warren won’t make any significant changes on his car in before his Tuesday qualifying heat.“We’ll keep the same setup,” he said. “The car has been running good so we’re pretty close. I’ve just got to keep it straight.”*Matt Petrzelka’s ride was voted the best looking Northern SportMod.Along with a trophy, he received a $200 cash award from Golden Empire Towing.*Top two drivers from each of five heats advance to Saturdays race of champions for the Northern SportMods. Erik Laudenschlager and Cory Rose – both in the law enforcement field – drew the front row starts during the fan zone program.Completing the field from third to 10th starting will be Nick Meyer, Bryan Herrick, Clint Luellen, Danny Dvorak, Doug Smith, Benjamin Schultze, Jesse Skalicky and Jim Gillenwater.Brandon Nielsen showed the high card and will start on the pole of the Hobby Stock RoC. Trevor Holm takes the green from outside the front row.Third through 10th starting are Chanse Hollatz, Jason Wilkinson, Daniel Smith, Jeff Ware, Eric Stanton, Corey Madden, Justin Luinenburg and Benji Irvine.last_img read more

Jerry A. Cross, 71

first_imgJerry A. Cross, 71, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at his residence in Shelbyville.  Born, September 30, 1947 in Bristol, Virginia, he was the son of Fred and Lyda (Callahan) Cross.  Jerry was a Truck Driver and most recently worked for Boba Fruit in Indianapolis.  Jerry lived most of his life in Jennings and Decatur Counties.  He is survived by his “Baby Girl”; Lisa Moore, Shelbyville, daughter; Mary Cross (John), Indianapolis, 1 brother; Randy Cross, Olney, IL, 3 sisters; Jennie Moore, Shelbyville, Judy (Bernard) Zapfe, Westport, Irene Walterman, Greensburg, 6 grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.  Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, and 4 brothers; Freddie, Blane, Scottie, and Teddy Cross.  Visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg with Funeral Services following at 7 pm officiated by Tommy Collins.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.last_img read more