Indonesia’s COVID-19 cases surpass mainland China as deaths top 4,000

first_imgHealth Ministry disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto also announced 59 more COVID-19 deaths, putting Indonesia’s death toll at 4,016.Read also: Indonesia’s latest official COVID-19 figuresIn the latest edition of the national guideline on COVID-19 handling and prevention, the ministry now counts the death of probable cases as COVID-19 deaths.However, Yurianto, who is also the spokesperson of the national COVID-19 Task Force, did not specify whether the most recent official death count included both the deaths of probable and confirmed cases.Jakarta recorded 346 new confirmed cases, followed by Central Java with 266 cases, East Java 204 and South Sulawesi 168.Meanwhile, East Java reported the most recoveries on Saturday with 555 recovered patients, bringing the total to 43,268.Topics : Indonesia has surpassed China in its total number of COVID-19 cases, after recording 1,752 new infections on Saturday.The new tally for Indonesia is 84,882 as of Saturday afternoon, while China reported 22 new cases to bring its total to 83,644, according to data from the country’s National Health Commission.last_img read more

Bengals Sneak Past Division Rival; Take AFC North Lead

first_img(Photo: Cincinnati Bengals/ NFL)CINCINNATI – It was quite a stressful fourth quarter for Bengals fans Sunday. Cincinnati escaped with a victory against division rival Baltimore Ravens 27-24.The Bengals were leading the entire game until two Andy Dalton turnovers in the final quarter put Baltimore ahead 24-20 with 3:59 remaining.Dalton made up for it with a 1-yard quarterback sneak that regained a Bengals lead with 0:57 left in the game.Bengals had 350 total yards Sunday compared to the Ravens at 294.Cincinnati’s record improves to 4-2-1, first in the AFC North. Baltimore and Pittsburgh are tied for second place at 5-3.The Bengals host the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday, November 2 at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Men’s volleyball set to take on No. 6 UCLA

first_imgBalancing act · Senior outside hitter Lucas Yoder and the Trojans are on a five-game winning run but remain grounded with UCLA set to visit. Katie Chin | Daily TrojanRiding a five-game winning streak, the men’s volleyball team looks to keep its momentum going against crosstown rival UCLA on Wednesday. After the No. 6 Bruins defeated the Trojans in Westwood during the two teams’ last meeting in January, the No. 12 Trojans look to defend their home court and use the energy of the rivalry to their advantage.“It is not a question of not being emotive … because they are getting inundated with the feedback of the rivalry, which takes on a life of its own,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said. “It is a question of what you do with that emotion. You never know what it is going to be until you play, but I like to believe that we are playing good volleyball and that it’s not an accident. These guys are really focused on what we need to be doing.”In USC’s last match against Concordia, sophomore outside hitter Gianluca Grasso led the Trojans to a victory in three sets with 20 kills. In the third set alone, USC was hitting .379 to Concordia’s .087. Despite the Trojans finishing the game with more hitting errors, they did so getting more touches on the ball and more chances to make a play.In that same sense, the Trojans will continue to focus on how they are performing first, and hope to let UCLA make mistakes.“How do we handle our side of the net?” Nygaard said. “Stay in a moment, stay focused [and] keep our composure, yet be competitive and handle whatever they dish out with serves.”The team is not just looking for a rivalry victory, though. USC is looking to clinch a spot in the postseason, and winning the final four matches of the regular season would put the Trojans at 9-9 in conference play. This would give them a solid chance at making the MPSF Tournament. This game is just the first of the many steps for the team to achieve its postseason aspirations, but it is one that will be lively, as Trojan fans will look to drown out the traveling UCLA contingent at the Galen Center. “It is undeniable that there is going to be a great environment, but that is what the playoffs and this time of the season is anyway,” Nygaard said. “I am excited for [the match], but do I look at that as the end-all, be-all? No. I love the rivalry, but that’s not the hallmark of what we are trying to do.”While USC’s goal over these next four games is to put itself in playoff position, the Trojans will face a stiff challenge to extend their five-game winning streak, as the Bruins enter Wednesday with a five-game winning streak of their own. But Nygaard dismissed the role of momentum, especially in a heated rivalry matchup.“I love five-game winning streaks, but you know what I like more? Six-game winning streaks,” Nygaard said. “Do I think that’s the major factor in this? Not really. I think these are two teams who know that they’ve been successful. That’s just what makes this a special night.”First serve between the Trojans and Bruins on Wednesday is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Galen Center.last_img read more

Why’s Mahama’s govt degrading the Queens’ AAG gold medal this way?

first_imgIn the above photo, President John Mahama smiles with the Black Stars team that reached the latter stages of the 2012 African Cup after they returned from Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.That team did not – repeat, DID NOT – reach the medal zone, such as it was.Right under our noses, there’s a team that actually won a whole tournament, despite scaling Herculean odds. And our President does not seem bothered.Joy Sports understands that Ghana’s national female team is still based at the M-Plaza Hotel in Accra, despite returning from a victorious All Africa Games campaign on Sunday.Today is Thursday.The government, having seen the team annex the country’s first ever women’s football gold medal at the Games, has been engaged in distasteful cat and mouse schemes with them. Uncharacteristically, President John Mahama is yet to publicly congratulate Ghana’s gold medal winners, which includes tennis doubles players Wisdom Narh and George Darko, too. THE AGREEMENTPrior to the Games, the Ministry of Youth and Sports had said $5000 will be given to any sportsman or woman who won gold in individual competitions. However, for team competitions such as football, a lesser amount will be given each athlete or player.However, the Black Queens insist that was not all that agreed. Sources in the Queens camp say it was agreed that qualification from one stage to the other would attract the following bonuses: $3,000 from group stage, $2,000 from semifinals and $5,000 for winning the tournament.But the ministry say they will only pay $2,000 to each of the 23 members of the Black Queens winning team. And that is the crux of the impasse.The decision to not move from the hotel appears to enjoy the support of the general public who believe the Queens do deserve a lot more than the amount considering the impact of their victory. As many point out, were the current situation have involved the Black Stars, the monies would have been quickly paid. ENORMITY OF THE WINThe Queens beat Cameroon by a lone goal on the final of the football tournament to annex gold. The win was the first major victory for the Queens at a time when the odds were stacked against them. They only got through to the semis after a drawing of lots which saw them progress past South Africa’s Bayana Bayana. In the semi-finals, they met strong opposition in neighbouring Ivory Coast but the Queens emerged as 1-0 victors.The Queens did not have a strong record against the Cameroonians after they had failed to beat them in all three games prior to the final. All previous games had ended in draws. The Lionesses, earlier this year, had also denied Ghana a place at next year’s summer Olympics in Rio and as such the Queens were determined to reverse that loss.According to Queens officials, it’s impact the government does something notable due to the importance of the victory, which they say has the potential of encouraging more young girls to take up the sport. One official also said the win also motivates and inspires the other national women’s teams – Maidens, Princesses – to strive for greatness at international tournaments. Some have also argued that although their male counterparts have not won any trophy in the last three decades, they earn astronomical bonuses and as such the Queens have merited the increase they desire.There have been instances of delayed payments and as such the Queens are also expected to press hard for the payment as soon as possible. GYAN’S CONTRIBUTION Special mention should be made for Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan now.His contribution to this gold medal cannot be downplayed. The sentiments are best expressed by Mercy Myles (above, right), captain of the Queens. “Asamoah Gyan’s donation was the turning point,” she said in reaction to the $10,000 motivational package the male team skipper gave before the All Africa Games started.“We went to the [Black Stars] camp and he saw that the players were not happy with the situation. We didn’t even want to leave and he came out to make that donation.“It really motivated the team and put smiles on the faces of players.” Gyan has now pledged to give the Queens another package for clinching gold. Et tu, Mahama?–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dodgers’ Rich Hill hopes to start meeting his own expectations

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Rich Hill is not very happy with himself these days.“It’s just natural. It’s ‘Oh, I stink’ and you just want to crawl into a cave,” said the Dodgers left-hander, who will take his 5.14 ERA and 1.57 WHIP to the mound against the New York Mets on Wednesday looking to turn around a season that has yet to live up to expectations.Hill said he is “absolutely trying not to be frustrated” and the team’s success makes it easier. Still, he can’t help but feel he has yet to do his part for that success.“It’s awesome to see the team doing well,” he said. “We’ve gone 10-1. But I look at that and see that one loss and think, ‘That was me’ (laughs). … You don’t want to walk around with such a poopy diaper all the time. Be optimistic. I’ve caught myself a couple times this year.” “Those three things, to me, go hand in hand. ..  When your routine starts slacking, your success starts going down and without the success your confidence goes down.”The first link in that chain – his routine – has been upset this season, first by shoulder inflammation during spring training and then by his battles with a recurring blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.“I make zero excuses,” Hill said. “If I’m out there pitching then … find a way.“When you take time off from a craft some of it mysteriously goes somewhere out into space. Trying to find it and repeat it again is the challenge.”Draft signingsThe Dodgers signed their fourth-round draft pick, pitcher James Marinan, the earliest high school player they selected in last week’s amateur draft. Marinan, a left-hander from Lake Worth, Fla., reportedly signed for $825,000 – more than double the recommended slot value for the 130th overall pick.Marinan was not among the 21 signings the Dodgers announced Tuesday.Among the other known signings: Riley Ottesen (fifth round), Wills Montgomerie (sixth), Zach Pop (seventh), Rylan Bannon (eighth), Connor Strain (ninth), Zach Reks (10th), Marshall Kasowski (13th), Marcus Chiu (15th), Zach Willeman (19th), Justin Hoyt (22nd), Connor Heady (23rd), Preston Grand Pre (24th), Devin Hemmerich (26th), Justin Lewis (28th), Chris Roller (30th), Tyler Adkison (32nd), Brett De Geus (33rd), Dan Jagiello (34th), Colby Nealy (35th), Riley Richert (36th) and Corey Merrill (37th round).The deadline for draft picks to sign is July 7.The Dodgers also signed four undrafted free agents: Amaury Telemaco, Jake Roberts, Austin Hamilton and Eric Peterson. Telemaco’s father of the same name pitched in the major leagues from 1996-2005.AlsoDodgers manager Dave Roberts was asked about Clayton Kershaw’s mindset after giving up four home runs and six runs to the New York Mets on Monday.“Clayton is pretty good about turning the page,” Roberts said. “But I wouldn’t want to be the Rockies come Saturday.”Kershaw is scheduled to make his next start in the middle game of this weekend’s Dodgers-Rockies series at Dodger Stadium.Staff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this report.center_img When Hill needs a refresher for that optimism, he can pull a piece of paper out of his locker which shows his player profile from 2016 when he was “one of the best in the game” at inducing swings and misses as well as getting called strikes. That deception has been missing this season, replaced instead with inconsistent command that has resulted in 23 walks and four hit batters in only 35 innings.“So I look at that and go, yeah, I know it’s there. It’s not an unrealistic expectation,” Hill said.“I’ve felt that at times over these past two months. It’s just the mystery of getting that to be repeatable again and again and again.”Hill said he believes he has ironed out some of the mechanical inconsistencies in his delivery that have led to his command issues. Hill said he has been watching a lot of video from last season, trying to restore the “subconscious muscle memory” that will allow him to repeat his delivery and restore the three-part chain in which he believes – routine, success, confidence.“You look at those three things and they all kind of go hand in hand,” Hill said. “You have a routine that you follow. You go out and have success. You have success and you build confidence.last_img read more

Breaking: Taxi-driver may hold key to revealing Shanan’s attacker

first_imgA taxi-driver has come forward who may be able to identify the brutal attacker who viciously assaulted a young Co Donegal woman on Sunday morning.Student Shanan Reid-McDaid was hospitalised after she was set upon by a stranger while waiting to get a taxi home after a night out in Letterkenny.The 18-year-old was left with severe facial injuries after the man punched her in the face several times. The attack happened at the Market Square around 3am as Shanan’s friends walked ahead of her.A man called Shanan disgusting names including ‘bitch’ and ‘slut’ but as she turned around, he attacked her.Shanan said the attack left her speechless and winded and said that if it had gone any longer she felt like she could have died.The Market Square in Letterkenny (North West Newspix)The man fled leaving Shanan black and blue and bleeding from the nose with cuts to her head. Now a taxi-driver has come forward to say he may know the identity of Shanan’s attacker.The driver confirmed he picked up a fare at the same time that the young Galway University student was attacked and confirmed he fitted the description given by Shanan.The driver also confirmed that the man was in an agitated state when he got into his taxi.The man was due to call to Letterkenny Garda Station to pass on the details of the event and other information to Gardai.Shanan said she is hopeful that the breakthrough may lead to the right person being arrested for her attack. “I know the taxi driver is going to speak to Gardai and hopefully this person will be interviewed.“I can’t say a lot more than that but I really do want the person who done this to me brought to justice.“I wouldn’t like to think that he is simply walking the streets and can do this again,” she said.The 18-year-old from Illistrin in Letterkenny again appealed to young women not to walk home alone when out. “I didn’t think this could or would happen to me and yet it did. I would just ask young women to be so aware and to keep their wits about them at all times.“I know it should never happen but it is not safe out there for women to walk home alone,” she said.Shanan was yesterday (Tues) receiving further treatment for her injuries at a specialist unit at Sligo General Hospital.A Garda spokesman at Letterkenny Garda Station confirmed they received a complaint about the attack.They are reviewing CCTV footage from the area and added that a full investigation into the incident is currently underway but no arrests have yet been made.Breaking: Taxi-driver may hold key to revealing Shanan’s attacker was last modified: October 18th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:attackletterkennyMarket SquareShanan Reid McDaidlast_img read more