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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

Cedric Solice draws from experiences in NBA D-League to become do-it-all type for Syracuse women’s basketball

first_imgUPDATED: Jan. 31, 2017 at 9:35 a.m.In the spring of 2001, Cedric Solice picked up a call from an old mentor. Solice had just completed his basketball career at Charleston Southern when Rob Ross, his former athletic trainer at CSU, asked him if he could join the NBA Development League team he coached. The North Charleston Lowgators, which is no longer operating, needed a player for its practice squad.“He goes, ‘Hey man, I need you to come in and practice,’” recalls Solice, Syracuse’s director of program management and development. “I said: ‘Nah man, I am not coming to play with those guys. Those guys are pros.’”“Listen, just show up and you’ll be fine,” Ross told him.Solice is grateful for the call he received from Ross to join the Lowgators’ practice squad. The opportunity positioned him around basketball and organizational minds from different backgrounds, setting him up for his current role at SU (15-7, 6-3 Atlantic Coast).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSolice came to Syracuse in 2006 after playing and working for the Lowgators from 2001-2004. Solice was named the women’s basketball director of operations in 2009 and helps handle recruiting and scheduling. He served as an assistant coach for the Orange in the 2012-13 and 2015-16 seasons, during which Syracuse went 54-16 and reached its first-ever national championship game.When Solice joined the Lowgators practice team in 2001, he and the rest of the unit ran plays against the starting defense.“All you have to do is hit the first shot, then you’ll be fine,” Ross told Solice. “Don’t worry, the ball will be there in your hands, and all you have to do is catch it and shoot.”“A’ight,” Solice said.On the squad’s first offensive set of the day, Solice ran off a double-staggered screen and caught a pass as he turned toward the hoop. He heaved up a shot. The ball hit the rim, rattled around the edges, then fell through the net.Soon, the Lowgators no longer needed Solice to play. That’s when he joined the team’s staff, a “tremendous” opportunity to learn about basketball and how organizations operate.“(I learned) the insides of pro-level coaching, what it takes to play at that level and how disciplined they are,” Solice said.Solice worked with the team’s head coach, NBA legend Alex English, who retired in 1991 as the league’s seventh leading all-time scorer with 25,613 points. Solice also worked with Ime Udoka, a Lowgators star in 2004 before playing five seasons in the NBA. Udoka is now an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. By surrounding himself with these basketball minds, Solice learned how to mentor players.“Everybody has certain needs, and you have to individualize, at the same time trying to find where it fits the mission of the team,” Solice said. “Because if they’re more comfortable outside of the team, the more comfortable they will be with the team.”In 2006, Solice came to SU as a master’s student in the Setnor School of Music. Justin Mertz, SU’s director of athletic bands, said Solice studied deeply.While pursuing his degree in instrumental conducting, Solice joined the SU women’s basketball team as a graduate manager. He became responsible for assisting the coaching staff with all facets of practices, helping players with individual workouts. It was Solice’s first-ever role in college athletics since playing at CSU nearly a decade earlier, but a job that he had been prepared to take.“These players have their own individual missions and needs,” Solice said, “whether it’s a performance deficiency or a personality deficiency, and all of those needs needed to be addressed differently.”Solice began visiting his former music teacher, Mertz, and helped train the drumline of the SU marching band. Solice also started working with Mertz in scheduling traveling pep bands at NCAA tournament games that the women’s team was playing in — organizing travel, lodging and other logistical hurdles for the group.“Cedric is extremely intelligent and talented in a lot of different areas,” Mertz said. “You see that in the fact that he’s training as a musician, but he makes his living off of college athletics. He’s a very good educator, and he’s a very good person, so he’s a great mentor for our kids.”“It was just a tremendous learning pot, and I really enjoyed the experience,” Solice said.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the current state of the North Charleston Lowgators was misstated. The team is no longer operating. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2017 at 10:58 pm Contact Matt: [email protected]last_img read more

Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep no longer intimidated by Serena Williams

first_img Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams says knee issue wasn’t factor in Simona Halep defeat In doing so, Halep claimed her maiden title at the All England Club, while Williams was left to reflect on a third successive defeat in major finals.Halep, meanwhile, now has a second crown to add to the French Open she won in 2018, having lost all three of her grand slam finals before that Roland Garros triumph. Related News Simona Halep revealed how she shrugged aside her previous trepidation of facing Serena Williams as she hammered the 23-time grand slam champion in Saturday’s Wimbledon final.Prior to their meeting on Centre Court, Halep had won just one of 10 meetings with the American, at the WTA Finals in Singapore five years ago, but she was put aside her rival 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour on this occasion. Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams says she was a ‘deer in the headlights’ in loss to Halep Wimbledon 2019: Simona Halep calls victory over Serena Williams her best match “Well, I thought about the match, but I didn’t think at all against who I play,” Halep told a media conference.”I (have) always been intimidated a little bit when I faced Serena. She’s an inspiration for everyone and the model for everyone.”Today I decided before the match that I’m going to focus on myself and on the final of a grand slam, not on her. That’s why I was able to play my best, to be relaxed, and to be able to be positive and confident against her.When the dream becomes a reality… #Wimbledon | @Simona_Halep pic.twitter.com/MTTkwRdthE— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 13, 2019″I decided this morning how I have to play against her. I knew exactly what I have to do to put her in trouble, not letting her make her game.”When she has time, she plays unbelievable. I played many times against her. I knew how the ball is coming. I knew what she doesn’t like that much.”Today I just went for it like in Singapore. I had that image in my head. I really believed there is the chance to do the same thing. I knew I have to stay there every ball. Otherwise, when she comes back, she’s very powerful. “It’s never easy to face a grand slam final. You can get intimidated by the moment. You can get nervous, too nervous.”I have learned that it’s a normal match, not thinking that much about the trophy, just going there and try to be the best as you can. So I did that.”I said that every time I would play a final of a grand slam, I will do exactly the same thing. So today I did it.”last_img read more

What it’s like to… trek the Wild Alpaca Way

first_imgIf you’re a fan of the fluffy alpaca, then there’s a brand new experience you have to try in the hills of Donegal.The Wild Alpaca Way on Malin Head is a fun new trek for young and old to spend time with lovable animals in the great outdoors.Local man John McGonagle and his family have been sharing their passion for alpacas with visitors all summer through their tours on the Knockamany Bends. But what makes this tour really special is the location. The trekking path offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Five Finger Strand and far beyond. You’ll be amazed by Donegal’s scenery from this point – if you can stop admiring the cute little alpacas that is!Ollie the Alpaca on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalJohn McGonagle and Bounce on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalMojo, Badger, Chestnut, Bounce and the beautiful little newcomer Ollie are the stars of the show. I had Ollie for my trek on Monday, and even though he was quite new to Donegal, he took everything in his stride.Alpacas are great animals for children to be around, they are quiet, gentle and love company. John and his son Sean are full of knowledge about the group and we soon learned that each alpaca has his own personality, Badger is the leader, Bounce is the lively one and my wee Ollie was the shy one of the group. You can’t help but laugh at their habits and their humming.The one-hour trek is very easy going and John makes sure everyone is comfortable with their alpaca. We took plenty of photo stops and treat stops for the animals.  Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalMyself and the lads enjoying a break stop on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalThe field trail is not mucky and they have a great new shelter on-site to stand in with the alpacas and to ask John and Sean plenty of questions about them.This is a new venture for John, who switched from work as a plasterer to an alpaca trekker. Since starting the tours in June, he has welcomed visitors from all over the world who come to do something a little different on the Wild Atlantic Way. People from as far Canada, China, Singapore, New Zealand, Tasmania and closer to home have already enjoyed the Wild Alpaca Way this summer.The famous Donegal welcome awaits everyone on the hills. “We have a way of treating every customer like they’re the first,” John said.Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalViews from the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalWild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalAnd John will be open all year round, as well as hosting hen party mornings, team building days and bringing the alpacas out and about. If you are looking for some very special wedding guests, then this Malin crew would be delighted to get a day out! Check out wildalpacaway.com for details on these alpaca treks. To book, call John on 087 666 5106Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalBounce the alpaca on the Wild Alpaca Way, Malin Head, DonegalWhat it’s like to… trek the Wild Alpaca Way was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:InishowenJohn McGonagleMalin HeadThings to dotourismwild alpaca wayWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more