Business groups embrace ‘new normal’. Epidemiologists skeptical

first_imgBusiness groups have welcomed the Health Ministry’s new workplace health guidelines, but epidemiologists have raised doubts.Agung Pambudi, the Executive Director of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) said the guidelines, which were issued on Saturday and aim to usher in a so-called “new normal”, could help mitigate the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.”It’s the best way to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic while still maintaining work productivity,” Agung said as quoted by Tri Yunis Miko Wahyono, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia, Depok, criticized the Health Ministry’s guidelines for not having detailed criteria for the implementation of policies.”The government needs to make clear and strict criteria. It would be a mistake to implement the guidelines in Jakarta or any other area that is still seeing a lot of new cases,” he said.A ministerial decree issued on Saturday by Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto outlined how offices and factories should operate during and after large-scale social restrictions (PSBB). “It’s impossible to impose restrictions on workplaces forever. We should keep the wheels of our economy turning,” Terawan said in a statement on the Health Ministry’s official website. “That’s why workplaces must prepare to adapt to changes amid the COVID-19 situation, also known as the new normal.” The ministerial decree requires the management of companies to create task forces to curb the spread of the disease. The policies also set requirements for businesses to be allowed to reopen. These include ensuring sufficient hand washing facilities, checking employees’ temperatures, requiring employees to wear masks, keeping one meter of distance between employees at work, minimizing physical interaction with customers and preventing the formation of crowds.Companies have also been advised to set aside a time for employees to exercise together — while adhering to physical distancing guidelines — before work starts.Read also: Indonesia says only regions with zero, declining cases can brace for ‘new normal’The decree advises workplaces to do away with late-night shifts or to only assign such shifts to workers under the age of 50.Yunis said it would be ill-advised to implement the guidelines in areas with high transmission rates, especially the capital.”Jakarta should relax [restrictions] only if it sees zero new cases for two weeks and those who are infected are well-isolated,” Yunis said.Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan has announced that the “new normal” date is not set in stone. Jakarta’s PSBB is set to end on June 4, but could be extended.”If the transmission rate is declining, the number of new cases is dropping and the virus reproduction level drops to below 1, [we can ease restrictions],” Anies said.”However, if the number of new cases is rising because Jakartans are going out without masks on or forgetting to wash their hands frequently, there’s a possibility that PSBB will be extended.”The basic reproduction number, also known as R0, refers to the number of people, on average, a single infected person will directly infect in a population.Yunis said using R0 alone as a measure of whether to relax PSBB was not quite correct.”If R0 is one, but the new cases are still at 100 per day, it will be dangerous [to ease restrictions]. Jakarta is still seeing a lot of new cases, so please don’t use an incorrect indicator,” Yunis said.Jakarta, the country’s COVID-19 epicenter, reported 137 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infected residents in the capital city to 6,826 people out of the national 23,851. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Miller Time: Freshman hoping for chance

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald PhotoAfter a record-setting career at Totino-Grace High School where he was the go-to guy, true freshman Brandon Miller takes a backseat for the Wisconsin men’s soccer team as a reserve. While at Totino-Grace, Miller accumulated more goals than anyone else in the program’s history and led the Eagles to two Minnesota Class ‘A’ championships. During his senior year, he led the state in scoring, thus earning the title of Minnesota’s Class ‘A’ Mr. Soccer. But now in college, Miller knows that D-I soccer is a whole different playing field. “I mean it’s an adjustment, that’s for sure,” Miller said. “I played every minute for my high school games and my club games — it’s definitely a change, but I’m still learning. [So] I just like to come in and do what I can [during my opportunities] on the field.”Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman would concur.”For any freshman going in at the Division I level, you have to understand that it is a step up,” Rohrman said. “A lot of times there is going to be a lot of guys, two, three years your senior, that have adjusted and have put a stamp on it and made a name for themselves already, so it’s difficult to step in as a freshman and not only earn playing time, but earn quality playing time and contribute the way that he has.” When given the opportunity, Miller has excelled. In his 11 collegiate games, he has recorded 4 points, including his first career goal that came just two matches into the season. Even though Miller has scored dozens of goals throughout his club and youth soccer playing days, this one was truly special. “To be honest [that first goal] felt really good,” Miller said. “It felt better than any goal up to this point because it’s [my first] goal at the D-I level … we were winning at the time 2-0 and there were only a couple minutes left, so it wasn’t that big of a deal [regarding the final outcome], but to me, it was great to get over that hump of contributing. It definitely built my confidence to take on people and go at people.”Last spring Miller took his game to Spain with the Olympic Development Program. The experiences gained from that tournament helped Miller hone his skills and prepare for the NCAA-level of soccer.”The way they play soccer is so much different,” Miller said. “I’m used to, coming from Minnesota, we would like to kick it and run onto it and stuff like that. But over in Spain, they’re all about the quick play and the combinations and keeping control of the game in order to keep the other team tired and work them more. I think that helped me a lot [in preparation] for college because it gave me a good sense of what college soccer was going to be like.”Not only has Miller had to adjust to a much higher level of soccer, but as a true freshman, he had to adjust to the college experience as well. “College life is definitely different just because there’s so much more going on, especially playing college soccer,” Miller said. “There’s something going on everyday and it’s such a big commitment.” The dual commitment of both school and soccer may become cumbersome, but the ever-ready Miller is up to the challenge and hopes that with the hard work he plans to put in, he’ll be regarded as one of the top scorers once again.”I would love to be a top goal-scorer [at some point],” Miller said. “I’m still learning, but hopefully it will come. I’m going to keep working.”Until that time comes, Miller is content with his role providing a lift off the Wisconsin bench. He knows that he is an invaluable part of the team and that his hustle, athleticism and quickness can make all the difference for Wisconsin’s chances in the Big Ten and the NCAA tournament. “He’s a great kid and a great fit, not only soccer-wise, but just as a person,” Rohrman said. “There’s no question that he fits into our program, and he has been a wonderful addition.”last_img read more

Brighton pile pain on miserable Tottenham

first_imgBrighton, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham’s calamitous week went from bad to worse as Mauricio Pochettino’s men were outclassed in a 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday.Nineteen-year-old Aaron Connolly scored twice for the Seagulls on his first Premier League start after Neal Maupay had headed Brighton into an early lead.Four days on from a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League, Pochettino was looking for a reaction.Instead, Spurs looked like a side devoid of confidence after getting off to the worst possible start when Hugo Lloris gifted Brighton the opener and injured himself in the process.The France captain dropped a simple cross into the box and as he fell backwards and landed awkwardly, Maupay stooped to head into an empty net.Lloris was stretchered off with what looked like an elbow injury and replaced by Paolo Gazzaniga.Connolly took advantage of more generous Spurs defending and goalkeeping to double Brighton’s lead before half-time and curled in his second of the day in style 25 minutes from time.Last season’s Champions League finalists have now won just three of their opening 11 games of the campaign and five of their last 19 dating back to when these sides last met in April.And while Pochettino could justifiably claim Bayern’s ruthlessness in midweek meant the scoreline was not a true reflection of his side’s performance, there was no excuse for being thoroughly outplayed by a Brighton side that had not won in six league games. The visitors’ were on the back foot from the off when injury was added to insult for Lloris.The Spurs skipper was given oxygen and morphine before being taken to hospital and now seems certain to miss France’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Iceland and Turkey.After a lengthy delay for Lloris to be stretchered off, Brighton pushed on rather than trying to protect their lead and were rewarded just after the half hour mark.Connolly was twice the quickest to react as he turned Dan Burn’s cross goalwards and, after Gazzaniga spilled his first effort, the Irishman followed up for his first Premier League goal.Tottenham have made a bad habit of letting leads slip in recent weeks against Arsenal, Olympiakos, Leicester and Bayern, but when forced to mount a fightback themselves were found wanting.Pochettino sacrificed club record signing Tanguy Ndombele at half-time for Harry Winks and changed system to a 3-5-2.However, rather than turning the tide, it was Brighton who got the third goal to kill the game off.Connolly jinked inside onto his right foot and curled brilliantly into the far corner to round off an afternoon that he and the Seagulls will long remember.Son Heung-min and Harry Kane then missed huge chances to pull a goal back that summed up Spurs’ dire week and leaves Pochettino with plenty to ponder over the upcoming two-week international break.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Pattaya Sport Club Golf Schedule – October 04, 2019 – October…

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