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PREMIUMBrace for floods: Jakartans try to save their valuables

first_imgFacebook Topics : Forgot Password ? Google Linkedin With the threat of floods looming over Jakarta until next month, people are gearing up for further disaster.The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned that medium to heavy rain with thunderstorms and strong winds would occur across the city until next month as the rainy season reaches its peak in the last week of February and the first week of March. It also predicted that this year’s rainy season in Jakarta would be harsher than last year’s, with the highest rainfall having been recorded at 377 millimeters per day on New Year’s Eve.Ratna Dewi, a 26-year old living in a two-story house in Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta, said she had been used to floodwater inundating her house during the rainy season since her childhood, so the heavy flood on New Year’s Eve that reached her thigh had come as no surprise to her.Every time such d… Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here #flooding floods flood #Jakarta heavy-rains #weather weatherlast_img read more

‘Keep us safe!’ US nurses hold protests over virus failings

first_img“Each time we are faced with a new infectious disease, our union is forced to address staffing, protection equipment and training.”Santini, who has three decades of experience, spoke to AFP at one of a dozen events in California, Illinois and Georgia held by the country’s largest nursing union. Last week the 150,000-strong National Nurses United issued the result of a survey denouncing the “disturbing” lack of preparation at many hospitals and clinics in the face of the deadly outbreak.Over a third of respondees did not have access to protective masks, and half had not received any information on the novel coronavirus from employers. US nurses staged a day of action Wednesday calling for better protection in the fight against coronavirus, warning that medical chiefs had failed to learn from previous deadly global health crises.”We need the proper protection… if we aren’t safe, our patients and our community aren’t safe,” warned Marcia Santini, an emergency room nurse at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) medical center.”The virus is just the latest in a long string of infectious disease crises that we have dealt with in recent years, including SARS, H1N1 (swine flu) and Ebola,” she said. Mary Beth Soscia told AFP that her ambulance in Los Angeles does not have any specific protective equipment against coronavirus.Mike Hill, at a protest in Oakland near San Francisco, said resources and training should have been stepped up when the virus first broke out in Asia.”We’ve known about this for quite a while, leading up to this — we should have been more prepared,” he said, as nurses dressed in bright red and holding balloons gathered outside a hospital chanting “Keep us safe!”- ‘My family at risk’ -Advice on handling and testing potentially infected patients has varied from county to county.Northern California’s Placer, Yolo and Sacramento are among those which no longer advise people exposed to the virus — including health care workers and first responders — to quarantine themselves for two weeks.For Andrea Peregrin, an emergency nurse based in southern California’s Santa Monica, that guidance is at odds with her own training. “I think that anyone who has been exposed to a potential patient needs to be quarantined, and that’s why we need adequate staffing to prepare for that,” she told AFP.UCLA must “create a plan to not only prevent exposure, but to ensure that we have adequate staffing in all of our facilities,” she said, pointing to another California hospital where over 100 medics are currently quarantined.Estela Villegas, at UCLA’s pediatric intensive care unit, agreed that mixed messages were a cause for major concern.Days earlier an 18-month-old infant who showed signs of coronavirus had arrived without any notification, and had to be placed in isolation.”We had not been trained beforehand,” she said.”I think about the health of my patients, but I also want to be able to go home without telling myself that I’m putting my family at risk.” Topics :last_img read more

Governance structure among UK pension funds’ top concerns – survey

first_imgTherefore, 47% of trustees in small schemes have professional qualifications, compared with 16% for large schemes.Additionally, smaller schemes seem to have a greater propensity to delegate externally, and larger schemes internally, consistent with available resources.This, in turn, explains why large schemes spend on average 5.4 basis points on governance, while mid-sized schemes face a cost of 9.7bps and small schemes 13bps.The index found that third-party adviser costs accounted for the largest proportion of governance spending, at 70% for larger schemes and 52% for smaller schemes, and the vast majority of these costs are for actuarial and investment advice.Chris Hogg from the Royal Mail Pension Plan said the survey came from a desire to better understand the governance structures of others, as a context for decision making and formulating ideas.Sorca Kelly-Scholte, managing director of client strategy and research at Russell Investments, added that it was common for governance arrangements to develop and grow over time.“For the governance structure to be sound, it needs regular attention and review, just like any other arrangement a scheme puts in place,” he said.“Good governance doesn’t guarantee better outcomes, but it can materially improve the chance that schemes will reach their objectives.” Pensions funds in the UK are increasingly concerned about their governance structure and most of them have undertaken a process to improve it, a new survey has found.According to the Russell Pensions Governance Index – launched in partnership with the Royal Mail Pension Plan, Telent and Saul pension schemes – 70% of large and 69% of mid-sized schemes said they were in the process of changing their governance structures.In comparison, only 27% of small schemes said they were engaged in such a process.However, the report stressed that smaller schemes had a higher proportion of trustees with professional qualifications on their committees than larger schemes.last_img read more

Nine Arrested and Charged for Breach of Curfew

first_img Sharing is caring! LifestyleLocalNews Nine Arrested and Charged for Breach of Curfew by: – April 9, 2020 563 Views   no discussions The Police Force is reporting that it has arrested and charged nine young men for being in a public place with no valid reason.The men are reportedly from Independence Street, Fond Cole and Loubiere.They were arrested on Wednesday and charged on Thursday under the Emergency Powers (Curfew) Act for Breach of Curfew.They were brought before a Magistrate and bailed to appear in Court at a later date. Sharecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Real Madrid outcast Bale passes Tottenham medical

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Most Beautiful Indian Top Models Ever6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Amazing Characters We Wish Were Official Disney Princesses7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny7 Actors Who Quit Movies For Shocking Reasons10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket read also:Bale nears Tottenham return, says agent Spurs appear sure to beat Manchester United in the hunt for Bale. The Sun reports Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is as desperate as manager Jose Mourinho to tie up a £20million season’s loan for the wantaway Real Madrid attacker. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Real Madrid outcast Gareth Bale has passed a Tottenham medical. According to Efe reports, the 31-year-old has received the green light to move after health checks at Real’s Valdebebas training ground. Real are keen to get Bale off the wage bill — but are willing to continue to pay up to 50 per cent of his astonishing £650,000-a-week salary. Bale, whose Bernabeu contract runs out in the summer of 2022, won four Champions League titles with the Spanish champions but has played just 100 minutes since football resumed in June.Advertisementlast_img read more

Terry denies Spurs

first_imgJohn Terry’s second-half header prevented Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas from claiming victory over Chelsea in a hot-tempered grudge match against former mentor Jose Mourinho that ended 1-1. Christian Eriksen almost created an opening with a free-kick, but Petr Cech had nothing to do until he was picking the ball out of the net. Eriksen started the move, playing a flat ball across the box to Roberto Soldado who nudged the ball in to Sigurdsson’s path. Sigurdsson, so often Spurs’ unsung hero, still had lots to do. He was off balance after taking an extra stride to beat Terry’s outstretched leg, but he somehow managed to roll the ball into the net to the goalkeeper’s right. Villas-Boas savoured the moment with a double-fist pump while his opposite number was sullen and motionless. The home crowd took great pleasure in taunting Mourinho, singing: “You’re not special anymore.” Mourinho’s team certainly did not look anything special. Tottenham were in complete control and it seemed certain they would double their lead before the break. The brilliant Andros Townsend found Soldado on the right. The Spaniard spied Paulinho at the back post, but luckily for Chelsea, Branislav Ivanovic came to the rescue. Chelsea started to improve slightly and Tottenham’s nerves started jangling. Eden Hazard robbed Kyle Walker on the edge of his own box, but Vertonghen got in the way to deflect his compatriot’s shot wide. Tempers frayed momentarily when Tottenham assistant Steffen Freund confronted fourth official Roger East after becoming annoyed about Mike Dean’s officiating. Townsend blotted his copy book by receiving a booking for diving while Eriksen entered the book for a petulant pull of Oscar’s shirt. Paulinho almost gave Spurs a second when he hit the woodwork just before half-time. That was Mourinho’s cue to leave. He walked down the tunnel a minute before the half-time whistle. He had seen enough. Whatever Mourinho said to his team at half-time, it had an effect. The Blues, now with Mata on the pitch, started the second half well. Torres cracked a low ball across the box, but it was just a touch too heavy for Oscar. Hugo Lloris pulled off a top save to deny Torres, but moments later the Spaniard let himself down by appearing to scratch Vertonghen’s face. Torres, annoyed at what he thought was a dive from the Belgian, grabbed hold of the defender’s face and dug his nails in to his skin. Dean opted to book the striker. The temperature reached boiling point again soon after when Ivanovic was booked for dissent. Vertonghen had another spat with Torres and the defender lost his cool moments later with a dangerous tackle on Ramires that caused Mourinho to spring from the bench and remonstrate with Dean from the touchline. Spurs then paid dearly for Vertonghen’s lapse in concentration from the resulting free-kick. Mata put a high swirling ball in to the box, Vertonghen lost Terry for a second and he headed beyond Lloris before sprinting over to the ecstatic visiting fans. Mourinho joined in the celebrations from the bench, but they were slightly restrained. Torres then received a second booking. The Spaniard jumped with Vertonghen and the centre-back went down clutching his face. There was no contact between Torres’ arm and Vertonghen’s face, but Dean sent the former Liverpool forward off. The dismissal gave Spurs more momentum. Jermain Defoe and Sigurdsson almost snatched victory. Villas-Boas and Mourinho shared a handshake at the end while Terry celebrated in front of his own fans. Tempers often frayed during the match. Fernando Torres was sent off for two bookings – the last of which was a questionable one in which he was penalised for throwing an elbow at Jan Vertonghen when replays showed there was no contact. The Spaniard could have been given a straight red in the first half for scratching the defender’s face. Villas-Boas and Mourinho had been practically inseparable for seven years, but the Spurs boss made it clear in the run up to the derby that he and his compatriot are no longer friends. The two shared the weakest of handshakes before the game, and during the contest, it looked as though the master would be beaten by his old apprentice. As Villas-Boas takes his ride around the M25 to Gatwick airport to catch his flight to Porto on Saturday night, he will be kicking himself about the result. His Tottenham team had the upper hand over Chelsea for the majority of the first half and they could have had three or four by the break. But Terry’s goal, which came from a Juan Mata free-kick, means he will have to wait until March before he gets another chance to defeat Mourinho again. Despite the booming noise of the pumped-up crowd, the opening few minutes were a tight affair. The pre-match fireworks between the two managers had given an extra edge to what was already one of the most hotly-contested derbies in English football, and for the most part the game lived up to its billing. Tottenham dominated the first half and took the lead through Gylfi Sigurdsson, but Terry – one of the personalities with whom Villas-Boas clashed at Chelsea – gatecrashed the Spurs boss’ party to level the scores. Press Associationlast_img read more

Allardyce celebrates 60th with win

first_img “We just hope it continues. It’s too early to say what we’re going to be or what we’re going to do but things are looking very good. “If we get into December and we’re still getting results and maintaining a top-half position, then we can start thinking about maybe maintaining that for the rest of the season.” Burnley remain without a victory since their promotion back to the top flight, and this was a particularly tough loss after all the chances they created. Inside the first 10 minutes Boyd hit the bar and Lukas Jutkiewicz saw a goal correctly chalked off for offside, while Danny Ings headed just wide at 2-1 and substitute Ashley Barnes struck the bar late on. Manager Sean Dyche said: “We’re learning the hard way the harsh reality of the Premier League. You have to take your chances. “It was a very good display in the first half. You know in the second half you’ve got to come out quicker than that. We came out a little bit easy. “They changed their tactics a bit, stretching the pitch quicker and playing into the top third quicker, and we just didn’t quite deal with it early enough to get a foothold in the game. “The mentality’s right, we just need to continue the challenge, which is to find that moment of truth in front of goal to score more regularly. “We’re not naive. You’ve got to win games and we’ve got to find a way. We don’t want the story to be, ‘good old Burnley played well again but didn’t win’.” Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia headed goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half and, although George Boyd pulled one back, substitute Carlton Cole sealed a 3-1 victory for the Hammers. Allardyce said: ” I said to the players before the game, ‘Come on lads I need a result, because it is my birthday, and if I can’t get a result it’s not going to be very pleasing for me, no matter that I’m with my old mates’. “I think a change of system was the key element for us winning the game, which then brought better outstanding quality from us in wide areas. “Our two centre-forwards that we bought paid massive dividends with the quality of the headers off brilliant crosses, and that really in the end put Burnley to bed after they had a very lively first half. “Then Carlton comes on and scores a third when we’ve gifted them a goal to get back into it, which just summed up our performance today. It’s our first back-to-back victories and it’s fantastic that we’re now on 13 points.” Valencia and Sakho were both summer signings, and the latter, who joined from French side Metz, has now scored in six successive games. Allardyce said: “He is a bargain. This lad has been very exciting, and he’s excited the rest of the players. “I think all our players that were here last season, having had some of the depressing times that they didn’t expect, have all been lifted by the new players and their performances have increased as well as the news lads hitting the ground running. Press Association Sam Allardyce headed off to begin his 60th birthday celebrations with a spring in his step after seeing West Ham defeat Burnley to go fourth in the Barclays Premier League table. Allardyce turns 60 on Sunday and the former Blackburn manager is staying in the north west to mark the occasion. It did not look being a happy Saturday afternoon after a first half Allardyce admitted “wasn’t good enough” but Burnley could not take their chances and West Ham made them pay. last_img read more

UMass Lowell looks to sweep UMBC

first_imgUMass Lowell looks to sweep UMBC Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMaryland-Baltimore County (10-14, 3-6) vs. UMass Lowell (9-15, 3-6)Tsongas Center, Lowell, Massachusetts; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: UMass Lowell goes for the season sweep over Maryland-Baltimore County after winning the previous matchup in Baltimore. The teams last went at it on Jan. 4, when the River Hawks outshot Maryland-Baltimore County 43.5 percent to 41.2 percent and made 16 more foul shots en route to the 86-73 victory. February 6, 2020 Associated Press center_img ___For more AP college basketball coverage: and was generated by Automated Insights,, using data from STATS LLC, FRESHMAN FOUR: UMass Lowell has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Christian Lutete, Obadiah Noel, Connor Withers and Ron Mitchell have combined to account for 73 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 66 percent of all River Hawks points over the last five games.IMPROVING IN CONFERENCE: The River Hawks have scored 77.4 points per game across nine conference games. That’s an improvement from the 72.9 per game they recorded in non-conference play.JUMPING FOR JACKSON: K.J. Jackson has connected on 26.8 percent of the 71 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 5 of 20 over his last five games. He’s also made 66.3 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: UMass Lowell is 0-8 this year when it scores 70 points or fewer and 9-7 when it scores at least 71.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Retrievers have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the River Hawks. UMass Lowell has 33 assists on 71 field goals (46.5 percent) over its past three outings while Maryland-Baltimore County has assists on 37 of 77 field goals (48.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: UMass Lowell is rated first among America East teams with an average of 75.3 points per game.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: Badgers look to continue winning ways against Hoosiers

first_imgAfter a rough start to Big Ten play, where the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team lost four of their first five conference matchups, UW has managed to win two games in a row and improve their conference record to 3-4 (11-9 overall).Now, the Badgers will welcome red-hot Indiana (17-3 overall, 7-0 Big Ten) to the Kohl Center Tuesday, where they will look to avenge a 59-58 defeat they took in early January at the hands of the Hoosiers.Last time outUW’s most recent game was a victory on the road against Penn State. That win did not come easily for UW — after holding a 17-point lead with seven minutes remaining in the second half, the Nittany Lions came roaring back thanks to great three-point shooting and the Badgers missing some crucial free throws down the stretch.Penn State cut the lead down to three points with 30 seconds remaining, but after a missed layup on the following possession and redshirt freshman forward Ethan Happ making three of his next four free throws, Wisconsin was ultimately able to hold on.Wisconsin’s keys to victoryContinue to feed Happ: Happ – who was just honored with his second consecutive Big Ten Freshmen of the Week award — gives the Badgers a legitimate offensive presence in the post, and when they have fed the big man this season, they have found success as a team. In the seven games this season where Happ has scored at least 15 points, the Badgers are 6-1, with the lone loss coming in the heartbreaker against Maryland. He’s combined to record 34 points and 19 rebounds in Wisconsin’s past two outings, and he should be in line for another big day against Indiana’s weak defense.Prevent dribble penetration: In Wisconsin’s most recent losses to Maryland and Northwestern, the Badgers fell after giving up driving lanes to their opponent’s guards and allowing them to make play after play as a result.Terrapin point guard Melo Trimble scored 21 points and dished out five assists, while the Wildcats Bryant McIntosh managed 28 points and five assists of his own, all because UW made it too easy for them. Indiana boasts an elite scoring point guard of their own in Yogi Ferrell, so it will be on Wisconsin’s perimeter defenders to limit his effectiveness.Opposing player to watch: Senior guard Yogi FerrellFerrell is one of the best point guards not only in the Big Ten, but in the entire country. He’s smart, quick with the ball and does essentially everything a team would want out of their floor leader.In 20 games this season, the senior is averaging team highs in 17.1 points and 6.1 assists per game. He is shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from behind the arc. Ferrell is the clear focal point of Indiana’s high-powered offensive attack, as his 236 field goals attempted are 70 more than any other Hoosier player.In the team’s first meeting against the Badgers this season, Ferrell scored a team-high 19 points in 36 minutes as he lead the Hoosiers to victory.last_img read more

Club tennis: Badgers return to nationals for second consecutive season

first_imgUniversity of Wisconsin club tennis is returning to nationals with its spirits high as the April 14-16 tournament in Cary, North Carolina approaches this weekend.One season removed from an impressive seventh place finish in 2015, the Badgers will look to build upon their recent success in this year’s competition.Sixty-three other teams from across the country will be fighting for the National Championship, including the 2015 champion University of California-Berkeley, as well as 2016 Midwest regional champion University of Michigan, who defeated Wisconsin in the final of that tournament.Despite the challenge the tournament will present to the Badgers, team captain Jordan Pratt is confident the team can be just as much of a threat as it was last year.“We have most of the players back from last year,” Pratt said. “I think we have a good chance of doing just as well as we did last year, or better.”Wisconsin defeated every opponent in pool play of the 2016 Midwest regional before reaching the final against Michigan, where it lost 28-19.Despite the heartbreaking loss, the returning players have no shortage of talent, according to Pratt.“We’ve got a guy named Nick Allen — he is very talented,” Pratt said. “You wouldn’t think he was a tennis player. He doesn’t look like a tennis player at all … but I came across him at tournaments all of the time and he is one of those kids that could play varsity somewhere if he wanted to.”On the girls’ side, sophomore Elizabeth Konon is the standout. Konon won her high school tennis state championship twice, and was originally on the Wisconsin varsity tennis roster before deciding to switch to club tennis.With the tournament approaching fast, the team is mentally preparing for the challenge.But Pratt indicated the relaxed atmosphere of club tennis puts the team at ease and is when they play best.“The atmosphere of club tennis is unlike varsity,” Pratt said. “It’s more of a friendly, laid-back atmosphere that kind of takes some of the stress off. [In between matches] we’re just hanging out. Keeping everyone loose and having a good time keeps their energy up. If you go into a match too tense that is where you run into trouble.”Wisconsin’s solid season thus far is all the indication the team needs that its attitude is working.As for the physical preparation for the tournament, Pratt is making sure players get match practice as well as familiarity with team members.“We’ve been playing matches in practice,” Pratt said. “Also, we will start to pair up some of the people that are going to kind of get their chemistry going together if they are playing doubles, or just to play against people to get ready.”Despite the physical steps the team can take, the real success will come with the calm, cool and collected attitude that comes with the club atmosphere, and trust in the talent that the team possesses. If all goes according to plan, it will guide the Badgers into the tournament next weekend, and hopefully into a top slot.last_img read more