Georgia on Wednesday announced its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in the South Caucasus region.”A Georgian national has tested positive for the novel coronavirus,” Health Minister Ekaterine Tikaradze told a news conference, adding that the infected man has been placed in isolation in a Tbilisi hospital.”Three different tests of the 50-year-old man’s nasopharyngeal smear gave positive results, but he is doing well, he is clinically healthy,” head of Georgia’s national center for disease control, Amiran Gamkrelidze told journalists. Topics : The man had arrived in Georgia from Iran via Azerbaijan, Gamkrelidze said.Tikaradze said Georgia would introduce a two-week ban on Iranian nationals entering Georgia, but flatly dismissed fears of a coronavirus epidemic in the ex-Soviet country “at this point”.On Sunday, Georgia’s neighbor Armenia closed its border with Iran and suspended flights as fears over an outbreak of coronavirus in Iran sent neighboring countries scrambling to contain the outbreak.
Read also: Indonesian telcoms record data traffic surges as people start staying homeThe company also gained new subscribers who registered for its free 30-gigabyte data quota for e-learning apps.The subsidiary of state-owned telecommunication company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) also saw a more than 443 percent increase in usage of online meeting applications such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and CloudX Telkomsel.CloudX Telkomsel is a cloud-based integrated communication service that provides features such as online meetings for their corporate clients, which were launched in January. Corporate customers who are hosting meetings can enjoy free subscription and a one month 60 GB internet quota to access CloudX Meeting services. “Meanwhile, we have observed that social media traffic has been more stable,” Setyanto said, adding that online gaming traffic grew 34 percent.Read also: It’s time to buy cheap bluechip shares, say securities analystsHe went on to say that the telco operator had also optimized all its available frequencies to ensure stable network connection, especially in residential areas and hospitals.Telkomsel has also partnered with the Communications and Information Ministry and the COVID-19 task force to disburse up-to-date information to the public through instant messaging.Topics : Telecommunication company PT Telekomunikasi Selular (Telkomsel) has reported a 16 percent increase in its broadband traffic as the public continues to follow physical distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic.Telkomsel president director Setyanto Hantoro said in a statement on Monday that the company had seen increases across multiple sectors such as e-learning, online meeting apps and online gaming.“The rise in broadband traffic is dominated by e-learning application usage, such as Ruangguru, universities’ e-learning centers and Google Classroom,” he said, adding that all three applications saw a more than 5,400 percent surge in usage.
Yesterday, with no hint from the task force on the next status of the region’s quarantine, Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo and Gov. Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras issued executive orders extending the MGCQ in their respective provinces. Department of Health (DOH) secretary Francisco Duque III made the announcement. He read IATF-EID Resolution 46-A approved by President Rodrigo Duterte. “Gina-push ta gid ang economic recovery sa Region 6,” he said. The latest to recover was a 34-year-old male from Alimodian, Iloilo. “The right to life prevails. Kinakailangan pangalagaan ang kalusugan ng lahat pero nandiyan din iyong karapatan na magkaroon ng hanapbuhay,” Roque said in a virtual press conference in Malacañang. The President said he would be conferring with businessmen in the days to come for the possible further modification of the community quarantines declared around the country. The IATF-EID recommended the shift of the entire Western Visayas to MGCQ on June 1 for being “low-risk” to COVID-19 infection. Confirmed cases trickling in were mostly returning overseas workers or locally stranded individuals, he pointed out. Mayor Treñas hoped local chief executives would continue their dialogue on how to rev up the local economy slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Treñas, the governors of Antique, Aklan, Capiz, and Negros Occidental were expected to make similar moves following the task force’s announcement last night. As of yesterday, Western Visayas had 147 COVID-19 cases – Aklan, six; Antique, 14; Capiz, six; Guimaras, zero; Iloilo province, 21; Negros Occidental, three; Bacolod City, 11; Iloilo City, 19; and repatriates, 67. ILOILO City – Western Visayas remains under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) at least until the end of the month, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) announced late last night. * invest in backbone information communications technology (ICT) infrastructure to support electronic governance Earlier yesterday, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte would be considering the economy as well as the welfare of the Filipino people when deciding on the community quarantine status. Early this week, Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City expressed confidence that by today, June 16, this city and the rest of Western Visayas would be placed under the “new normal”. According to DOH Region 6, of these cases 101 already recovered while 11 died, leaving the region with 35 active cases. The region shifted to MGCQ on June 1 – a transition phase between GCQ and the “new normal” when restrictions are further relaxed and become less necessary such as limiting people’s movement and public transportation, the operation of industries, and the presence of uniformed personnel to enforce community quarantine. * scale-up production of high-demand products The region has not recorded any new local transmission of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), said Treñas. “Sa aton tanan nga mga pumoluyo nagapangabay gid ko nga buloligan naton ini. Tanan kita may kulba. But as I was telling our governors, we all have to live with this in the meantime,” he said. Treñas had a meeting with the provincial governors of the region to map out an economic recovery program. They agreed on five areas of cooperation: “Tomorrow or the day after, after I talk to the businessmen, then we can decide whether or not to modify the lockdown we have imposed,” President Duterte said. He acknowledged the public trepidation on the “new normal” but stressed the need to continue moving forward. * facilitate free movement of people to enable labor mobility and promote domestic tourism * improve health system capacity primarily in COVID-19 testing and contact tracing At the meeting on June 10 at Treñas’ office were governors Arthur Defensor Jr. of Iloilo, Samuel Gumarin of Guimaras, Rhodora Cadiao of Antique, Esteban Evan Contreras of Capiz, Florencio Miraflores of Aklan, Eugenio Jose Lacson of Negros Occidental and his economic adviser former Negros Occidental congressman Alfredo Abelardo Benitez, former Guimaras congressman JC Rahman Nava, and former Bacolod City congressman John Orola representing Mayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City./PN * strengthen intra-regional market linkages and supply chains of local producers
GREENSBURG, Ind. – A former New Point volunteer firefighter was arrested after police say he took fire department equipment, charged gas to the department’s account and stole from residents.41-year-old Tracey S. Cook was booked into the Decatur County Jail and charged with two counts of burglary and five counts of theft. The charges are the result of three different cases and are all classified as felonies.Investigators were contacted in September by another New Point Volunteer firefighter who reported the department’s chainsaw was missing for approximately a year. The person also informed police that around 500 dollars of gasoline had been charged to the fire department without authorization.According to the Greensburg Daily News, police were told that Cook never returned a fire helmet and a radio after he “had been relieved of his duties.”The investigation led police to discovering the fire helmet at a Greensburg pawn shop and tickets showing a chainsaw matching the description of New Point Volunteer Fire Department’s had previously been sold, the newspaper reports.Cook allegedly attempted to pawn a radio but pawn shop staff did not accept it.While incarcerated on other charges in September, Cook reportedly told detectives that he did not receive permission to pawn items belonging to the fire department, but admitted to some gas charges. The newspaper reports that Cook allegedly denied some of the fuel charges saying he had permission.In a separate case, investigators allege Cook stole two grinders and a drill set from a residence in the 7300 block of East Base Road in Greensburg. Police believe he pawned those items off at the shop.Cook is facing burglary and theft allegations related to a case dating back to the spring. Police believe Cook stole a chainsaw and cordless drill from an unlocked garage. Cook allegedly admitted to taking the chainsaw and the drill that were reported missing.
Those surviving who will cherish Walter’s memory include; children, David (Marilyn) Schantz of Brookville, Linda (Larry) Gutzwiller of Sunman, and James (Mindy) Schantz of Batesville; 7 grandchildren, Cindy Schantz Hines, Dale Schantz, Jennifer Gutzwiller Pineda, Jason Gutzwiller, Joe Schantz, Tonya Schantz Wagner, James (Jamie) Schantz; 5 great-grandchildren; 4 sisters, Ruth Haring of Cincinnati, OH, Edith Fledderman of St. Mary’s, Francis Werner of Napoleon, and Julie Vonderheide of Brookville. He will be missed by many family members as well as his trusty canine pal, Lady. Besides his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Raymond A. Schantz; granddaughter, Susan Schantz; sisters, Esther Goddard and Marie Hardebeck, and two brothers, Russell Schantz and Leo Schantz. Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, January 29, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 Vine Street, Sunman. Rev. John Kamwendo will officiate a Mass of Christian burial at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Monday at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorial donations can be directed to Margaret Mary Hospice, Alzheimer’s Association or to the Arthritis Foundation. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Walter Schantz. Walter R. Schantz, of Lawrenceville, was born on December 19, 1923 in Dearborn County, the son of Adam and Mabel Wolljung Schantz. He married Viola F. Hitefield on November 22, 1945 in Cleves, Ohio, and she preceded him in death on January 7, 2003. He served in the United States Army during the WWII Era. Walter worked at C G & E Power Plant for 20 years but farming was his lifelong passion. He was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, enjoyed farming and traveling, and especially loved Hawaii. On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at the age of 93, Walter passed away at St. Andrew’s Health Campus in Batesville.
Boss Nigel Pearson admits Leicester have been “trying to forget” their Manchester United heroics ever since they beat them 5-3. Leicester have failed to lift themselves off the bottom of the table after the run, despite winning two and drawing one of their last four league games. And Pearson, who guided the Foxes to a 2-1 FA Cup win at Tottenham last week, insists they must ignore the reminders of the past and focus on the present. He said: “We’ve been trying to forget about it ever since. It was great but until we beat Hull (in December) that was the last time we won. “I think the best thing for us to do is concentrate on what we are doing at the moment. “I don’t know if it has affected anything. It obviously has as the question has been asked. “I don’t spend much time looking at those angles. The game at our place was a very good result for us, we had a very good second half and scored at vital times. “But those are not the sort of events that happen every week.” Van Gaal admitted United looked unbalanced during their defeat at the King Power Stadium, where they played a diamond, and fans have called for him to shelve his preferred 3-5-2 formation and switch to 4-4-2. Pearson has sympathy for the Dutchman and insisted van Gaal’s United overhaul will take time. “I’ve never been in any doubt their manager will play the way he wants to,” he said. “But it may be a situation where he gets all his players in before the way he totally wants to play. That happens with everyone, it happened with us. “I would hope whoever we play have a healthy respect for us. But his track record as a manager is outstanding and he’s proved many times over the years he is capable of building sides. Over the initial building period there is rebuilding to do. “I can only speak from my own experience but you have to get enough results while you’re going through the building process to keep people on side or keep your job.” The Foxes face a rematch with United when they go to Old Trafford on Saturday. Their 5-3 win against Louis van Gaal’s side in September was their standout victory of the Barclays Premier League season – but it sparked a 13-game winless streak. Press Association
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, (CMC) – Basit Ali said he still favours Pakistan to win their ongoing Test series against West Indies, although they suffered a huge setback following their defeat in Barbados.The former Pakistan batsman, now chairman of the Pakistan junior selection panel, said the 106-run defeat at Kensington Oval in the second Test which ended on Thursday was a wake-up call for the side and they will now have to rebound strongly for a historic victory.The Pakistanis came on the tour with the strong expectation of winning a Test series on Caribbean soil for the first time, but the Windies drew level 1-1 in the three-match rubber in Barbados after they lost the first Test by seven wickets at Sabina Park in Jamaica, making the third and final Test, starting on Wednesday at Windsor Park in Dominica, the decider.“I am sure, Misbah-ul-Haq and team management will learn from their mistakes and enter the series decider with a positive frame of mind,” said Basit.“Pakistan should enter the third Test with all guns blazing and win the series for the sake of Misbah to pay tribute to one of the highly successful captains Pakistan cricket has ever witnessed.”He added: “I seriously feel that the toss holds the key in determining the outcome of a Test match in the West Indies. The team, which wins the toss, I feel, it has bright chances of winning the Test matches.“It was [the] batsmen, who were at fault [in the second Test] and allowed the West Indian bowlers too much liberty and respect. Otherwise, Pakistan could have chased down the target, but the pitch also played a significant role and helped the West Indies bowlers a lot.”Basit also said critics should withhold their condemnation about the team selection, following the team management’s decision to introduce young leg-spinner Shadab Khan in Bridgetown.“I feel Shadab is extremely unlucky not to take at least four or more wickets, as the pitch was ideally supportive of his bowling,” said Basit. “Probably, he had put a lot of pressure on himself, otherwise, he was bound to succeed.“The bounce on West Indian pitches is uneven and it will take extra effort for the batsmen to spend time at the crease and spinners are bound to dominate, unlike the pitches of the 1990s, when the West Indian fast bowling greats use to rip apart the world’s best batsmen.”“Only those bowlers, who use seam to the best of their abilities, succeed in bagging wickets in the Caribbean, otherwise, only spinners can take huge advantage. I must give credit to Misbah for taking bold and wise decisions, even though his decision of including Shadab may have backfired.”
April 19, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSports leagues seek return to play but with no guaranteesUNDATED (AP) — Sports fans hoping for a fast return to the games they love might need to temper their expectations. Although sports leagues talk publicly about their desire to return to competition before summer, those are best-case scenarios. Byron makes it 2 straight winsCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race by holding off Timmy Hill in a drama-free event at virtual Richmond Raceway.The most excitement came when Matt DiBenedetto was parked for intentionally crashing Ryan Preece and the two then engaged in a Twitter spat. The iRacing Series has had a sour taste since Bubba Wallace lost a sponsor for quitting a game in a rage and Kyle Larson was fired for using a racial slur.FORMULA1-VIRTUAL RACINGLeclerc wins virtual GP, again Associated Press Behind closed doors, they are hatching different potential plans: all 30 baseball teams playing in Arizona; home run contests to decide tie games; the Stanley Cup being hoisted in an empty arena that neither team calls home; end-of-season soccer standings decided by vote; college football games in spring.Over the past week, The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 policymakers, coaches and players across the globe for their assessments of the situation. They all conceded that sports may not restart for months, if at all this year. Most agree that what’s needed is a drastic ramp-up in testing, a vaccine or some type of improved treatment to make players feel safe to compete.Dr. Anthony Fauci (FOW’-chee), the infectious disease expert, has suggested that sports could conceivably return with no fans in arenas and constant testing for the players, who would likely need to be quarantined in hotels for weeks or months. Not all players are on board.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Wayne Gretzky is optimistic the NHL will be able to resume at some point this summer. He tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful hockey and other sports will be able to come back from the coronavirus pandemic and serve as a sign that conditions are improving. Gretzky says he believes leaders in the U.S. and Canada will find a way to bring back hockey and other sports in June, July and August. The league is considering several options on trying to resume this season, including going directly to the playoffs at several neutral sites. — Soccer has resumed in Turkmenistan with spectators as the Central Asian nation lifted a suspension of its national league. Around 500 people attended Sunday’s game in a 20,000-capacity stadium in the capital. The crowd size was broadly in line with typical domestic league games in Turkmenistan and as usual attendance was free. The game ended 1-1. The eight-team league was suspended on March 24 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Turkmenistan is one of the few countries in the world not to have reported any cases of the coronavirus.— The stadium of English Premier League club Brighton has been converted into the south coast’s biggest drive-in coronavirus testing center. The appointment-only center has been put in place at the American Express Community Stadium as part of the drive to increase testing for National Health Service staff and other key workers. Officials say the center was scheduled to see more than 50 NHS frontline workers on Saturday, and they will have the results of their tests within 48 hours. Within a few days, the site should reach its capacity of up to 1,000 tests a day.— Players and coaches for Italian soccer team Roma have waived their salary for four months. The team hasn’t played a competitive match since March 1 because of the pandemic, so the players and coaching staff will forgo salaries due to them for March, April, May and June.— British horse racing’s most successful flat trainer of all time is recovering after contracting the coronavirus. Mark Johnston has been isolating since having the symptoms confirmed and his family says he is making good progress. In 2018, Johnston celebrated his 4,194th winner, which is the most of any trainer in British flat racing.NBA-BOGUT FUTURE Former NBA top pick Bogut unsure about playing futureUNDATED (AP) — Andrew Bogut (BOH’-gut) is close to making a decision on when to end his career after 15 years in professional basketball.Bogut was planning to retire after playing for Australia at the Tokyo Games this summer. With those games delayed until July 2021, the 35-year-old is debating whether to wait it out. He says he probably needs to decide by mid-May.Bogut was a 2005 No. 1 draft pick by Milwaukee and won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. He has played for Sydney in the National Basketball League the past two seasons.NASCAR-VIRTUAL RACING Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — Charles Leclerc has won his second straight Formula One Virtual Grand Prix, taking the Chinese GP from the pole position.The Ferrari driver finished ahead of Red Bull’s Alex Albon and Guanyu Zhou (gwahn-yoo zhoo), who races in Formula 2.The 22-year-old Leclerc has won two actual F1 races and only started playing the video game at the start of the month. The actual Chinese GP originally was scheduled for April 19 but was postponed in February due to the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
One week after a heartbreaking 9-8 home loss to No. 1 Stanford in double overtime, the No. 3 USC women’s water polo team (15-4, 3-2) journeys across town to Westwood, Calif. for a grudge match against UCLA.Offensive force · Senior two-meter Kristen Dronberger joined the century club at USC, notching her 100th career goal. She leads the Women of Troy with 30 goals this season, and will be heavily relied on to help USC defeat its crosstown rivals Saturday. – Daily Trojan file photo In addition to rivalry implications, Saturday’s contest is expected to have a huge hand in determining the rankings for the upcoming Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, with just one conference game against San Jose State left on the slate.“It should decide the seedings for the [MPSF] tournament, and it gives quite significant implications as to how well we can play in our league,” said USC coach Jovan Vavic. “It is a very important game for both teams, so we really have to focus and prepare.”After their tough loss to Stanford, the Women of Troy have used a grueling week of practices to jumpstart their preparation for UCLA (19-5, 2-3), leaving little time to dwell on last week’s loss.“We’ve had three really good practices this week so far, and we’re focusing on UCLA,” Vavic said. “We didn’t spend much time talking about Stanford — we had one talk after the game, but ever since then we’ve just been looking at this UCLA game. I’m pretty pleased with the team so far.”Upending the No. 4 Buins won’t be an easy process, as they hold a 38-18 all-time mark against the Women of Troy. This season, they have won four of their last six games.Against Stanford last week, junior driver Nadia Dan, senior two-meter Kristen Dronberger and freshman goalie Flora Bolonyai stepped up for the Women of Troy. While all three will be counted upon Saturday, Vavic also believes that to be successful, the whole team needs to play at a higher level.“Every game is different as to who needs to step up and play well, but Dronberger had a good game, and Dan had a good game,” Vavic said. “Our goalie played well, too. However, we need more people to step up. If we had a couple more girls step up against Stanford, we could have beaten them.”This week, the team will focus on defense. Defensive errors have cost the team games, and the team knows it is defense that wins matches.“Against Stanford, we made some defensive errors and that really cost us,” Vavic said. “Last time we played UCLA, we were up with an early lead, then in the fourth quarter we didn’t play good defense. UCLA is a fast team, and they have some good counterattack players and some good two-meter players. We have to play good defense, and we’re also going to have to be able to convert our opportunities.”
Wisconsin ace Cassandra Darrah will be the Badgers first option on the mound as they enter the Big Ten Tournament against either Northwestern or Indiana Friday.[/media-credit]With a record-setting regular season now in the rear-view mirror, the Wisconsin softball team sets its sights on the postseason where it will play in the Big Ten tournament quarterfinal Friday.Wisconsin (39-11, 16-7 Big Ten) will head to Lincoln, Neb., as the No. 4 seed in the tournament and await the winner of the game between No. 5 Northwestern and No. 12 Indiana.Falling to the fourth spot in the Big Ten is a bit of a disappointment for the Badgers who had a slim chance of snagging the top spot going into last weekend’s three-game series with Michigan State, though is still an accomplishment Wisconsin coach Yvette Healy and her team are proud of.“To be a top-four seed in the Big Ten, with how strong the conference is this year, it’s still a huge achievement,” Healy said. “To finish in the top four, that was one of our goals, to get a bye in the tournament was a goal. It wasn’t as flashy being fourth, but it’s one of our small victories along the way.”This weekend will mark the first time the Big Ten tournament will be held since 2008, after the Big Ten decided to go without a conference tournament for four years, making this the first appearance in the tournament and postseason all together for everyone on the roster.Senior Whitney Massey says there is a definite buzz amongst the team this week going into the post season and the players’ first Big Ten tournament.“There’s a lot of excitement,” Massey said. “We’ve never been here before, so having the Big Ten tournament coming up is exciting … I know I’m really excited about it and it’s kind of cool that it’s happening my last year here, so I get to be a part of it too.”No matter who Wisconsin is matched up with Friday, Northwestern or Indiana, it will have the confidence of knowing it can beat them as the Badgers swept their regular season series with both the Wildcats and the Hoosiers.If the teams play to their seed and Northwestern emerges from the first round, it will set the stage for a matchup with Wisconsin that could rehash some grudges and bad blood as it was the Wildcats, not the Badgers, who were given a bid to the NCAA tournament last year despite UW’s superior record. This time, Wisconsin is looking to turn the table on Northwestern.“We have that focus behind us because they took the bid away from us last year,” Massey said. “So, I think we will have that edge behind us.”Wisconsin was able to hold Northwestern to just three runs in their 3-1 and 4-2 wins over the Wildcats in a two-game series at Goodman Diamond in April.Junior pitcher Cassandra Darrah, who is set to be UW’s starter Friday, knows she will have to shell out a solid pitching performance against a Northwestern team who has the third-best batting average in the Big Ten at .305.“[Having solid starting pitching] is super important,” Darrah said. “The pitching staff has to set the tone for the tournament, so we have to do our best.”In her only appearance against Northwestern this season, Darrah pitched a gem allowing only one run on four hits and racking up seven strikeouts.With an RPI rating of 26, Wisconsin is in line to make the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005, but Healy isn’t worried about her team overlooking the competition this weekend.“I think everybody’s got their eyes set on game one, and I think that’s what you have to do for the rest of the year,” Healy said. “Any win that you get from this point on, it’s going to be a history-making win, it’s going to be a huge accomplishment. The fact that we are sitting on 39 wins makes it even more thrilling.”For the seniors on the squad, the postseason stretch run is going to be an emotional ride as they make their first postseason appearances in their careers, knowing their time as Wisconsin softball players will soon come to an end – something Massey thinks will give her team an advantage.“It’s definitely going to put some emotional charge behind every single game,” Massey said. “It will feel like Senior Day every day.”
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