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first_imgPRSI hopes to establish a super league with teams from the regions.  PRSI’s deputy head, Harlin E. Rahardjo, said the initial plan was to form a national water polo league but gaining funding and sponsors proved to be a challenge.Despite the SEA Games gold, water polo is still struggling to gain popularity. Many swimming clubs do not have their own water polo team as their focus is still swimming. Water polo in Indonesia is contested in regional and national events such as the National Games (PON).“The main challenge is sponsorships. Each regional team depends on government funding and the funding is limited. This won’t sustain the league,” said Harlin.“That’s why we are involving clubs as they are the backbone of our development program,” he said.Meanwhile, club owner Albert C. Sutanto acknowledged athletes’ enthusiasm, as seen from the list of participants registered to represent Millennium club in the upcoming league.“Since SEA Games ‘s victory, the popularity [of water polo] has grown. When the league was announced, there were only two athletes registered to take part in the competition but as of Tuesday the number has increased to 49,” he said.The U-16 league consists of mixed teams of girls and boys. Matches will be contested every Tuesday. The competing clubs are Bina Taruna, Millennium Aquatic club, Pari Sakti, Tirta Kencana 78, Tirta Taruna, Kusuma Harapan, Kuda Laut, JAQ and Indonesia Star Aquatic (ISA)    Nine aquatics clubs from the capital, including big clubs such as the Millennium Aquatics Swimming Club, owned by former national top swimmer Albert C. Sutanto, will participate in the league. The league will run 11 weeks with a grand final in early June.PRSI’s development and achievement department head, Wisnu Wardhana, said the initiative to organize a water polo league was introduced two years ago.“This will be beneficial for player regeneration. [Now] as a start, we ask the established clubs [in the capital] to assist in the development of water polo, especially in the youth category,” Wisnu told a press conference on Tuesday.“We need to maintain the momentum from the SEA Games,” he added. After winning its first gold medal at the SEA Games in Manila last December against water polo giant Singapore, the Indonesian Aquatics Association (PRSI) is gearing up to organize its first league.The Indonesian men’s water polo team surprised many, especially Indonesian fans, when it defeated and put an end to Singapore’s years of dominance in the sport. Singapore had secured 27 consecutive gold medals at the biennial event.The league is set to run at Gelora Bung Karno’s aquatics stadium from March 3 until June.center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_img“[Case 103] revealed that she had onset of symptoms on Feb. 20 and had sought treatment at a general practitioner clinic on Feb. 25,” the ministry’s press release said. “[Case 104] she revealed that she had onset of symptoms on Feb. 23.”They were then immediately taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) where they were isolated. Their test results confirmed they were infected with COVID-19 on Sunday morning.Achmad Yurianto, the Indonesian Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Directorate Secretary, told The Jakarta Post on Monday that the ministry was “conducting contact tracing” of the patients without giving further details.Cases 101, 103 and 104 are the latest of seven cases in which patients tested positive for COVID-19 after visiting Indonesia. Previously, four other patients – in China, Japan, New Zealand and Malaysia – tested positive shortly after returning from Indonesia.Topics : Three people, two Singaporean citizens and one Myanmar national, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, after visiting Batam, Riau Islands, Singapore’s Ministry of Health announced on Sunday.The three cases bring the number of COVID-19 patients who tested positive after visiting Indonesia to seven.The three people, identified only as Case 101, Case 103 and Case 104, visited Batam together from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, and are part of a cluster of COVID-19 cases linked to Wizlearn Technologies Pte Ltd, a Singaporean software company. The Ministry of Health’s website announced that Case 101, a 61-year-old male Singaporean citizen, tested positive for the disease on Saturday. Case 103, a 37-year-old Singaporean woman, and Case 104, a 25-year-old Burmese woman, were announced as confirmed cases on Sunday. Case 103 is a colleague of Case 101, while Case 104 is a domestic worker employed by Case 103.The two women had close contact with a previously confirmed case, a 38-year-old male Singaporean identified as Case 93. Case 93 is a relative of Case 103 and tested positive for the disease on Feb. 26. The ministry’s website said that he did not have any recent international travel history.Cases 103 and 104 had been under home quarantine since Case 93 tested positive. On Feb. 29, both reported that they previously experienced COVID-19 symptoms.last_img read more

first_img–Suherdjoko and Ganug Nugroho Adi contributed to this report from Central Java. The government is mulling over a plan to ban this year’s Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) to prevent city dwellers from spreading the coronavirus to towns and villages across the archipelago, but questions remain as to how such a ban would be implemented.Ramadan is expected to take place from April 23 to May 23 this year, followed by the Islamic holiday on May 24 and 25.This Idul Fitri season was expected to see some 20 million people travel to their places of origin, resulting in a massive stream of urbanites to rural areas. In the current coronavirus crisis, with 893 confirmed infections and 78 deaths logged nationwide up until Thursday, government officials and experts have expressed worry that the exodus might trigger an explosion of cases and deaths.The Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister conducted a meeting with other institutions on Monday to discuss the matter. The office’s spokesperson, Jodi Mahardi, said a mudik ban was an option “seriously considered” by the government. Topics : “The safety of the people is our priority,” he told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Read also: Forget ‘mudik’ this year, govt tells people as Idul Fitri moves closerHe said that a limited Cabinet meeting had been scheduled for Friday to discuss the government’s final decision on the issue.In a press release issued by the office on Tuesday, Jodi explained that three scenarios had been presented to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo; the first was the business-as-usual scenario–meaning the mudik would proceed just like in the past; the second was to allow people to proceed with the mudik but not to actively support it, such as through companies offering free transportation as they typically do, and the last was to ban the mudik.The statement also said that the Transportation Ministry’s Air Transportation Directorate General would reduce the passenger quota of flights by up to 50 percent and would restrict vehicles from Greater Jakarta, deemed to be the epicenter of the new virus strain within the country, from traveling to Central Java and East Java.Daily passenger volume through Indonesia’s busiest hubs and thoroughfares (JP/Hengky Wijaya)As several cities including Jakarta have ordered offices, schools and public centers to temporarily close to support the physical distancing policy, several areas in Central Java have seen a surge in incoming traffic, which some have called an early mudik. Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said he had obtained reports from regents and mayors that the inflow of people from Jakarta to the province had already begun.“In Jepara, 44 buses arrived, carrying homecomers from Jakarta. It indeed happening early, maybe because the offices and companies where they work had reduced their working hours or even stopped operating,” Ganjar said.In Wonogiri, the local administration recorded 14,000 people coming into the regency last week, with the daily arrival of bus passengers twice the normal number at 2,000 people.The Transportation Ministry has predicted that, without restrictions, millions of Indonesians will hit the road using private vehicles in the next few weeks to avoid contracting the virus in public transportation.Land Transportation Director General Budi Setyadi told the Post on Thursday that the ministry was planning to limit toll road access to vehicles from Greater Jakarta, although it had yet to come up with clear mechanisms.“[A toll road restriction] would not be enough to prevent people in the epicenter from traveling to their hometowns,” he said, adding that further decisions would be taken during the limited Cabinet meeting.The ministry previously abolished all free mudik travel programs for this year given the country’s emergency status imposed until May 29. Before the program was canceled, the Transportation Ministry alone had planned to provide 1,317 buses to carry 59,265 passengers from Greater Jakarta to 37 destinations across Indonesia.The statement from the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister also revealed that the National Police would carry out their annual security operation, while Indonesian Military personnel would be deployed at toll road gates to oversee the “no mudik” policy this year.State-owned railway operator PT Kereta Api Indonesia (KAI) said it would reduce the number of trips per day from 532 to 429 starting on April 2, as suggested by the government to suppress COVID-19 transmission. Passengers canceling trips would get a 100 percent refund.PT KAI spokesperson Yuskal Setiawan told the Post that 878,179 tickets had been sold for exodus trips, and only 120,823 people had canceled their trips so far.Transportation experts have warned that, because of the outbreak, the mudik had already begun, especially from Jakarta, where physical distancing measures left informal sector workers on low incomes with no option but to return to their hometowns to make a living.Djoko Setijowarno of the Indonesian Transportation Society (MTI) said the government should ban the mudik as early as possible, such as by imposing community quarantine in the Greater Jakarta area to contain the virus. Sanctions had to be imposed, he added.The 2018 Law on Health Quarantine stipulates that residents in quarantined regions may not travel outside, with the National Police guarding the exit points of the region.He added that the government could disburse funds for the free mudik programs to low-income families affected by the measure by using data from participants of the programs in the past.”If a ban is not imposed, the government will need more funds to conduct health screening on all travelers. The number of passengers in a vehicle must be limited,” Djoko said, adding that the ban should at least be imposed on people under surveillance (PDP) and patients under treatment (ODP).Darmaningtyas of the Institute of Transportation Study (Instran) said that, with the current trend, the peak of the exodus would occur at the end of March or in early April, given how badly informal sector workers in Jakarta were affected by the outbreak.“[The mudik] ban should be announced as early as the start of April,” he said, adding that a presidential decree could be issued as the legal basis in times of emergency.last_img read more

first_imgIn New Zealand, the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 continues to be higher than the number of new infections, with 14 new cases on Sunday bringing the total to 1,049. Four people have died so far.”There is no place in the world I would rather be than Australia at the moment,” Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy said at a televised briefing on Sunday, urging, however, not to become complacent.”We must maintain our strong position of social distancing.”The popularity of New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has risen, with both leaders hailed for their steps to contain the spread of the virus. Unusually hot temperatures of near 40 degrees Celsius in Western Australia have pushed people to the beach this weekend, but police said that physical distancing was respected.With the majority of beaches closed to the public, however, and public gatherings over two people banned, Australians have been forced to become creative, with widespread local media reports of families setting up camps in their backyards.Churches and synagogues across Australia have offered their services online, as places of worships have been closed due to the pandemic.On Sunday, with Victoria extending its state of emergency for another four weeks, 112 Australians and New Zealanders from the Greg Mortimer cruise ship that had been moored off Montevideo in Uruguay, landed in Melbourne. Some 60 percent of passengers on the ship tested positive for coronavirus.Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told ABC television that while there will be an uptick in unemployment and a hit to the economy because of the virus, it would be “very dangerous” to move ahead of medical advice and ease restrictions.The government committed on Sunday more than A$18 billion ($11.2 billion) to universities this year, with Education Minister Dan Tehan saying prices for some short courses will be slashed to enable people to “binge on studying”.Topics : With the coronavirus capsizing Easter traditions, Australians and New Zealanders spent Sunday attending church services virtually, setting up camps in backyards and where the law and weather allowed – with physically distanced walks on beaches.The pace of new coronavirus infections has slowed significantly in both countries in recent weeks, with New Zealand amidst wide-ranging lockdown measures and Australia’s rigid enforcement of social-distancing rules.According to Australia’s health ministry, the number of new confirmed cases rose on Sunday by 51, the slowest rate in a month, to 6,289, while there have been 59 deaths.last_img read more