Fourth person from quarantined Japan ship dies: Local media

first_imgA fourth person has died after being taken to hospital from a quarantined coronavirus-stricken cruise ship off Japan, local media reported on Tuesday.Public broadcaster NHK and other local outlets said the fatality was a man in his eighties, with the Yomiuri Shimbun saying the man had tested positive for the new coronavirus and died of pneumonia.The health minister did not immediately respond to a request to confirm the reports. Three others, all Japanese, have so far died after becoming sick on the ship. Two were confirmed to have the new coronavirus, while the health ministry declined to comment on whether the third person tested positive for the virus.At least 691 people who were on board the Diamond Princess have so far tested positive for COVID-19, according to the health ministry.Around a 1,000 people were allowed to leave the ship after it completed a 14-day quarantine if they tested negative and displayed no symptoms.But several people who left the boat after getting the all-clear have since tested positive, and the health ministry has admitted some people were allowed to disembark despite not being tested during the quarantine.Separately, Japan has confirmed at least 156 cases of infection with the virus, and one death.Topics :last_img read more

Indonesian golfers gain career, skill boost through Ciputra golfpreneur foundation

first_imgPak Ci’s legacy is now continuing through the establishment of the Ciputra Golfpreneur Foundation, which had been one of his lifelong desires.Private patrons have played pivotal roles in supporting sports in the country, especially a sport like golf, which requires serious financial support. “We can see what Pak Ci has done for the sport,” said Budiarsa Sasrawinata, Ciputra’s son in law, representing the foundation.“Pak Ci had planned to establish the foundation since last year. We had been waiting [for the right time] to launch the foundation, but God had another plan. Now this is the right time,” he added. The term golfpreneur, Budiarsa explained, was coined by Pak Ci himself as he wanted the golfers not merely to play but to develop their entrepreneurial abilities to enable themselves to stay afloat even if they stopped playing professionally.The foundation plans to support the career of five professional golfers and five junior golfers at the amateur level. The professional golfers being supported are Elki Kow, George Gandranata, Jordan Surya Irawan, Joshua Andrew Wirawan and Kevin Caesario Akbar.In the junior category, Alfred Raja Sihotang, Holly Victoria Halim, Jonathan Xavier Hartono, Jose Emanuel Suryadinata and Kentaro Nanayama gained support from the foundation.All 10 golfers, with the foundation’s support, will be allowed to practice at the Damai Indah Golf Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) Course in South Tangerang, the Pantai Indah Kapuk Golf Course in North Jakarta and at Ciputra Golf Surabaya for free.The foundation’s member Dading Soetarso said the amount of financial support for the golfer would be based on their performance.“For example, if one golfer is competing in a tournament in Thailand and they need about US$1,000, we will provide them 50 percent of the total cost. If they made the cut to play on the weekend, we will immediately disburse additional funds,” he said.“For the juniors our priority is for them to excel at the annual Ciputra Junior World Championships which were earlier slated to be held on April 28 to 30, but due to the outbreak, they will be postponed until August,” he said referring to the coronavirus outbreak.“In terms of facilities, we provide the same arrangement as the pros, free access to the course, without caddies, to improve their individual skills without assistance, driving range balls and technical or mental coaching as required.”The foundation also encouraged the juniors to pursue college golf scholarships in the United States. As of now, three of the five juniors are linked to college golf scholarship in the US.“Alfred will be going to Oregon State University, and Jose will be enrolled at Idaho University this fall. Kentaro is already committed to attend Purdue University in two years’ time. So we certainly encourage further education to obtain this entrepreneurial spirit that Pak Ci has always wanted to create. That is part of the values we thrive on,” Dading said.The foundation will also take a small portion of the prize money if the pro golfers win a tournament, which will later be used to support the next generation entering the sport.Among the five professional golfers supported by Ciputra Golfpreneur, George Gandranata holds the highest world ranking at number 1716th, followed by Joshua at number 2088th.Selected as one of the recipients, Joshua felt grateful as he acknowledged that he had difficulty finding sponsors to fund his tournaments.“It’s quite hard to find sponsors [for golf] in Indonesia. If Pak Ci were not passionate about the sport, this would not happen. For a long time, it has been rare to find Indonesian professional golfers getting full sponsorship, while here we are supported in practice and tournaments,” he said, adding that the support boosted his confidence.With the support of Ciputra, Joshua aims to break into the top 500 by the end of the year. He plans to compete in six or seven tournaments on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) and Asian Tour before July.Right now, Indonesia only has two golfers in the world top 1000. Danny Masrin, who recently finished eighth at the SMBC Singapore Open in January, followed by Rory Hie in 575th place, who became the first Indonesian to win the Asian Tour as he won the Classic Golf and Country Club International Championship in India last September.Topics : In a video screened during a Tuesday press event, the late business tycoon Ciputra explained his love of golf. The sport, he said, had given him one important lesson: integrity. “[In golf] if you lose you cannot blame anybody but yourself. Without integrity, you cannot excel,” said Ciputra, affectionately known as Pak Ci by many.The businessman, who passed away November of last year, had been a loyal supporter of the sport. He had built golf courses and organized tournaments for junior players.last_img read more

Kyrgios, Becker in war of words over Zverev’s partying video

first_imgNick Kyrgios and Boris Becker traded insults on social media on Tuesday following the Australian’s criticism of Alexander Zverev after a video appeared to show the German dancing in a crowded club despite the COVID-19 pandemic.The video was posted on Instagram by German designer Philipp Plein and later deleted. There was no indication of when the video was taken.Zverev said last week he would self-isolate after playing in Novak Djokovic’s ill-fated Adria Tour exhibition tournament in Serbia and Croatia, which had to be abandoned after numerous players tested positive for COVID-19. Kyrgios on Monday called Zverev, the current men’s world number seven, “selfish”, prompting a rebuke from commentator and former six-time Grand Slam champion Becker.”Don’t like no #rats! Anybody telling off fellow sportsman/woman is no friend of mine! Look yourself in the mirror and think your better than us… @NickKyrgios,” Becker said on Twitter.Kyrgios was prompt in his reply: “For goodness sake Boris, I’m not competing or trying to throw anyone under the bus. It’s a global pandemic and if someone is as idiotic as Alex to do what he has done, I’ll call him out for it. Simple.”Zverev, 23, took part in Djokovic’s event, which saw crowds packed into stands in Belgrade while players hugged at the net and played basketball in Croatia. The German player said he and his team had tested negative. “We all live in the pandemic called #Covid_19! It’s terrible and it killed to many lives…we should protect our families/loved ones and follow the guidelines but still don’t like #rats @NickKyrgios,” Becker continued.Kyrgios had previously criticized the organizers of the Balkan event and hit out at governing bodies for their plans to restart professional tennis during the pandemic.”Rats? For holding someone accountable? Strange way to think of it champion, I’m just looking out for people. When my family and families all over the world have respectfully done the right thing,” Kyrgios said, adding with a flourish:”@TheBorisBecker is a bigger doughnut than I thought … can hit a volley, obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed though.”Topics :last_img read more

Saipem scoops more Zohr work worth $900 million

first_imgSaipem and Petrobel have finalized offshore contract variations worth $900 million for Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Installation (EPCI) activities in relation to the “Optimized Ramp Up” phase of the giant Zohr development project in the Mediterranean Sea off Egypt. Petrobel is a joint venture between IEOC, an Eni subsidiary in Egypt, and Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation (EGPC), and is in charge of the development of Zohr on behalf of PetroShorouk, a joint venture between EGAS (Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company) and IEOC.Saipem has previously been awarded work on the Zohr development. About a year ago, the company won EPCI work for the accelerated start-up of the development project for the Zohr field.The company said on Thursday that the current variations to the scope of work include the installation of a 30-inch diameter gas export pipeline and an 8-inch diameter service pipeline, as well as EPCI work for the field development in deep water (up to 1700 meters) of 4 wells and the installation of umbilicals. Works will start in July 2017 and are due to be completed by the end of 2018.The Italian contractor will deploy several vessels from its highly specialized fleet, including the Castorone (the latest generation ultra-deep water pipelayer); the subsea field development ship Saipem FDS2; the Saipem 3000 (a subsea construction vessel) and, finally, the Castoro 6 and the trenching barge Castoro 10.“We are pleased that our activities in the development of the Zohr field are in line with the challenging schedule set by the client”, said Stefano Cao, Saipem CEO.“In the execution of this further phase of the development, we will deploy our most technologically advanced vessels and leverage our proven abilities and skills so that the achievement of the client’s requirements is ensured.”last_img read more

Atlas Kicks Off Asia Pacific Offshore Wind Recruitment

first_imgAtlas Professionals has extended permanent recruitment and executive search services for the offshore wind industry to the Asia Pacific region.According to Atlas, the decision came as a response to the demand of professionals for permanent roles, which is growing due to the development of offshore wind at a remarkable rate.The initiative, which began in March, will be executed from the company’s Singapore office and led by Edgare Kerkwijk, Atlas’ Strategic Director Renewables APAC.Atlas added that the need also rose because of the region’s need to rely on European-based experts as it does not yet have its own offshore wind sector.”With the offshore wind industry in Asia-Pacific to rise 20-fold to 45GW in 2027, the provision of skilled and qualified personnel will become one of the key success factors for the industry to achieve this growth,” said Kerkwijk.“As the European offshore wind sector is still continuing to grow, we need to develop our own executive expertise in Asia-Pacific and therefore recruiting and training senior-level people here.”Atlas is currently supporting clients from its offices in Bristol, the UK, and Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, with permanent recruitment.“We are proud of the very good relationships we have with our clients. As recruitment is very time consuming and clients don’t always have access to the right professionals, Atlas is happy to give that extra service in helping finding the right people for the job taking in consideration the values of the client,” said Andrew Blears, Director APAC.last_img read more

Tasmania votes down voluntary euthanasia bill for third time in 10 years

first_imgABC News 25 May 2017Family First Comment: Another knock-back. In the words of the Premier…“I am concerned about the nature of assisted dying being available to those with a non-terminal illness and those of a young age. I remain concerned at the risk of those vulnerable. Protection for these people cannot be guaranteed by this legislation. It is easy in theory but a lot less so in practice.”#rejectassistedsuicideFor the third time in 10 years, Tasmania’s Lower House has voted down voluntary euthanasia legislation that would have allowed people to end their own lives in certain medical circumstances.MPs were allowed a conscience vote on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill, with eight voting for, and 16 voting against the bill.It had been co-sponsored by Labor MP Lara Giddings and Greens leader Cassy O’Connor.Cassy O’Connor said the bill had been designed around compassion and keeping the status quo was “cruel.”She lauded Franklin Liberal Nic Street for being “the first Tasmanian Liberal MP ever to vote in support of assisted dying legislation.”She was disappointed that despite polling consistently indicating 80-85 per cent public support, Tasmanian MPs voted against the reform.Ms O’Connor vowed to bring the bill back.“Because every day we delay on this issue, we abandon people who are in the most terrible situation and suffering,” she said.Ms Giddings told ABC Radio Hobart no-one from the Government contacted her with their concerns.“They also had the bill since November of last year, none of them picked up the phone to say ‘hey Lara we’ve got a concern with this element of it, can we go to a committee on it rather than debate it straight away?’“None of them said it in November last year.”Not the end of the discussion: PremierPremier Will Hodgman said he remained concerned about the vulnerable and suggested it was not the end of the debate.“It is a very confronting and challenging issue. I have no fear in saying that I am personally very confronted by it and heavily conflicted,” he said.“I am concerned about the nature of assisted dying being available to those with a non-terminal illness and those of a young age. I remain concerned at the risk of those vulnerable.“Protection for these people cannot be guaranteed by this legislation. It is easy in theory but a lot less so in practice.”He pledged to continue to part of community debate.READ MORE: read more

NegOcc marks Cinco de Noviembre today

first_imgA tribute for five OutstandingNegrense awardees will highlight this year’s celebration.  Cinco de Noviembre is celebrated tohonor Negrenses’ revolt against the Spanish colonizers on Nov. 5, 1898. Theuprising led to the surrender of the Spanish troops in the province and theestablishment of the short-lived Negros Republic reuniting Negros Occidentaland Oriental./PN BACOLOD City – Negros Occidental willmark in various rites today the 121st anniversary of Cinco de Noviembre incommemoration of Negros’ revolution against Spanish colonizers. Republic Act 6709 declares every Nov.5 a special nonworking holiday in Negros Occidental. The provincial government will hold aprogram this morning at the capitol’s Social Hall. last_img read more

Dalglish takes up Reds role

first_img The iconic Anfield figure has accepted an invitation to become non-executive board director and will take up his position with immediate effect. “It is an honour and privilege to be asked to return to Liverpool as a director of the club,” said the Scot, fired in May 2012 after a disappointing end to the season in his second spell in charge. Former Liverpool player and manager Kenny Dalglish has returned to the club as a member of the board 17 months after being sacked as Reds boss. “I have always said if there is anything I could do to help this club I would make myself available – when the call came I had no hesitation. “I am looking forward to working with the board of directors and contributing to the strategic issues that affect Liverpool Football Club. “Liverpool has given me and my family so much since we came here just over 36 years ago and my priority is and will always be to have the club’s best interests at heart.” Owners Fenway Sports Group wanted to bring back Dalglish in order to benefit from his vast experience and close affinity with supporters, who still regularly sing his name at Anfield. “We are delighted Kenny has accepted our offer to join Liverpool as a non-executive board director and we are sure he will make a valuable contribution to the club’s strategy,” principal owner John Henry said. “Kenny has a unique relationship with our supporters and embodies everything that is special about Liverpool. “We are thrilled that the club will benefit from his experience and passion for the club and our supporters. “Kenny has a unique insight on the values and traditions that helped to make Liverpool one of the greatest sporting institutions, not just in football, but in world sport. Press Association “We are proud and honoured to have him back at the club he has represented with such distinction.” Dalglish’s successor as manager, Brendan Rodgers, has immersed himself in the club’s history since taking over and has regularly spoken about delving into the club’s rich past in an attempt to improve their future fortunes. Only this week he revealed how former players Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones had been brought on board to work with the under-21 and under-18 sides at the club’s Kirkby academy. “When I met with Kenny to discuss this appointment, I was struck by the passion and drive he still has in wanting to see Liverpool return to where it should be; one of the most successful club’s in the world,” he said. “We are all together in that goal – owners and supporters, players and management and also icons such as Kenny Dalglish. “I want people around us who have this club and what it stands for in their heart.” last_img read more

Miss perfect for Lyons

first_imgMiss Katie Mae put her experience to good use with a smooth success in the Killashee EBF Fillies Maiden at the Curragh. Press Association Lyons said: “She’s a lovely, green filly. We’ve always thought a lot of her and she was very green in Naas. “That’s what we do with our horses, get them out and then they improve for the run. We knew she’d be better over six furlongs and on better ground. “Colin said she got there to win her race and was as green as grass. We’ll watch her temperament and won’t ask any stupid questions of her. “The owners are new owners from America and are important clients. Fingers crossed she could be a special filly for them in races later on. There will be no talk of Royal Ascot. She’s a long-term project.” Mick Halford landed a nice pot when Hasanour (13-2) readily won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Habitat’ Handicap under Shane Foley. Richard Hughes did not go away empty-handed as he arrived late to grab the Hanlon Concrete Handicap on Johnny Murtagh’s Duca Valentinois (8-1). The trainer said: “Today was the day really. Richard said that seems a good trip for him. He was a little keen early and it took him a bit of time to get going but he hit the line well. He said he was always getting here from a furlong and a half down.” Hughes added: “He did it well. Johnny said to find all the trouble you can and get him there late.” center_img The once-raced Ger Lyons-trained youngster was always travelling well off the shoulder of early leader Dancing On Air and newcomer Rich Jade on the rails, and Colin Keane made his move inside the two-furlong marker. With odds-on favourite Ballydoyle slowly away and racing at the rear of the field before staying on late in the day, the 5-1 winner stretched clear and was a length and three-quarters to the good of 50-1 chance Spinamiss at the line. last_img read more

FHP: Tractor Trailer Fire Shuts Down Turnpike near Jupiter

first_imgFHP currently on scene of a tractor trailer that caught on fire, Florida’s Turnpike southbound at the 120 mile Post. All southbound lanes are blocked at this time, please use caution and seek alternate route.— FHP West Palm Beach (@FHPPalmBeach) January 15, 2020 Major problems for motorists heading out of Martin County into Palm Beach County this morning afte an Amazon Prime semi burst into flames.The big rig was engulfed by flames Wednesday morning on Florida’s Turnpike in Martin County approaching Indiantown Road, closing all southbound lanes north of Jupiter.Delays were back to Bridge Road.The Florida Department of Transportation website reported the incident occurred at 6:53 a.m.FDOT traffic cameras at 7:10 a.m. showed the tractor-trailer was still on fire with large flames coming out of the trailer and cab.It’s unclear if anyone was hurt, but there are heavy southbound delays between Jupiter and Stuart.By 7:30 a.m., fire crews had arrived and extinguished the blaze, but traffic cameras show the cab and a portion of the trailer were destroyed.SB turnpike before Jupiter Indiantown road closed A semi tractor trailer fire scene is going into the clearing stages— Johann Hoffend (@Chopper5WPTV) January 15, 2020last_img read more