Indonesia’s capital Jakarta has launched a special police unit to guard the burials of coronavirus victims over concerns that scared residents could try to block funerals, authorities said Monday.The move comes days after angry mobs in several cities on Sulawesi island and in Central Java blocked streets to prevent ambulances from transporting victims of the deadly illness to local cemeteries.Launched at the weekend, the 120-strong Jakarta team will watch over victims’ bodies as they are taken from hospitals to two cemeteries in the sprawling city, where virus corpses are being wrapped in plastic and quickly buried. “We’ve seen cases in other cities and we don’t want such a thing to happen in Jakarta so that’s why we immediately formed the team as a preventative measure,” said Mokhamad Ngajib, head of the new unit.On Monday, health authorities said 209 people had died of the virus with nearly 2,500 confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian archipelago of more than 260 million, where testing rates have been low.More than half the official deaths have been recorded within Jakarta, but the Indonesian Doctors’ Association has warned that the coronavirus crisis is far worse than has been officially reported.Jakarta’s funeral agency reportedly said Monday that more than 600 people had been buried under virus protection protocols since the start of last month, suggesting the death toll could be much higher than the confirmed figures. Topics : In Jakarta’s two virus cemeteries, 30 personnel — including some wearing head-to-toe protective gear — would keep watch over interments and cemetery entrances, while others would ensure body-filled ambulances were not blocked, Ngajib said.Anyone blocking medical staff or interfering with burials could face up to a year in jail, he added.”We’ll try to be persuasive at first. But if they don’t stop then we’ll take firm action and bring them to the police station,” Ngajib said.
FASHION and sport apparel giant, Colours Boutique, continued its invaluable support of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship, donating an assortment of team uniforms for each of the seven zones yesterday.The presentation occurred at the company’s Robb Street location and was conducted by company representative Creanna Damon.Sixteen sets of uniforms will be handed over to the teams entering the round of 16 stage in the Georgetown edition.Each team will receive seven shirts, and as many trunks and socks respectively, totalling 336 pieces overall.Receiving the uniforms on behalf of the tournament was Three Peat Promotions Rawle Welch, coordinator of the event’s Georgetown, East Coast Demerara and National Championships.Welch, during brief remarks, thanked the company for their vital support, which is integral to the overall and continued success of the tournament.According to Welch, “The value of this contribution cannot be understated. Colours Boutique must be commended for their continued assistance in the development of grassroots sports. The uniforms add an even higher layer of professionalism to what is the marquee and most anticipated street football tournament and we are exceptionally grateful for the contribution.”The event resumes tonight at the National Cultural Centre tarmac with the round-of-16 Fixtures. read more
News emerged out of Paris last week that Brazilian full back, Dani Alves, had penned a two-year deal with Paris Saint Germaine on a free transfer from Juventus.The acquisition of the 34-year-old active legend, meant Ivorian international defender, Serge Aurier was deemed surplus to requirement at the capital club. Head coach, Unai Emery now has three right backs at his disposal and it only makes sense for the Spaniard to trim his squad, Aurier the likely fall guy in this equation.Last season, he made 21 Ligue 1 appearances following the arrival of Belgium international defender Thomas Meunier, who instantly rivalled him, becoming a firm fan favourite with his professional approach on-and-off the pitch.So, what exactly could be the factors, crimes working against Aurier’s future at PSG? The player is largely seen in numerous quarters as another Mario Balotelli and he should be swiftly and properly enlightened on the dangers of emulating the evil antics of his ‘Mentor’, if he is to have a successful career at the top level, like it was projected when he hit global limelight at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.Aurier arrived PSG on loan 2014/15 from Toulouse, instantly slotting in with ease into the first team despite competition from Gregory van der Wiel. His troubles started that season, when side lined in the UEFA Champions League Quarter-final game against Chelsea, he accused referee Bjorn Kuipers of bias, calling him a ‘dirty son of a bitch’ on a video posted on Facebook.Despite his apologies, he was handed a three match ban by UEFA which he duly served. After completing a permanent transfer to PSG, 2015/16 season, the demons yet again possessed Aurier, who this time around fired shots within the team, a cardinal sin in football circles.The Ivorian international, in company of friends in a private meeting was recorded launching attacks at Angel Di Maria, who had just arrived the club a few months ago. He described the Argentine international as a ‘Clown’, suggested Zlatan Ibrahimovic was unduly favoured and he completely went overboard referring to Coach Laurent Blanc as a “Fiotte” (a homophobic slur).He was duly suspended from the first team, relegated to train with the reserve squad. Just a few weeks after been pardoned, he proved to be a Leopard who would never change. Aurier was reported to have assaulted a police officer outside a night club in Paris. He was subsequently found guilty of the offence, a decision which proved one-too-many at a global brand like PSG.It appears the club have taken the decision to cut their losses, leaving him out of pre-season tour, amid talk of a potential £20million transfer to Manchester United. Perhaps the player needs to be spoken to and warned in clear terms, ahead of the move to the Premier League giants. Any furhter misbehaviour will potentially lead to the end of a once promising career.He should take a cue from the likes of Mario Balotelli, Joey Barton who all became ‘Losers’ at such a young age, throwing away glittering careers. The aforementioned are Europeans, while Aurier is a black African, whose excesses obviously wouldn’t be tolerated.RelatedSerge Aurier Close To £23m Tottenham Move, Passes Medical And Granted Work PermitAugust 30, 2017In “England”US Tour: Ivorian Star Aurier, 2 Others Left Out Of PSG’s Travelling PartyJuly 16, 2017In “Europe”Done Deal: Tottenham Announce The Signing Of Serge Aurier From PSGAugust 31, 2017In “England” read more