House approves health protocol proposed by KPU for regional polls

first_imgHe was referring to the pandemic, which began to hit the country in March.The KPU found itself under pressure to come up with special measures after the House and government decided in late May that this year’s regional elections should be held on Dec. 9 to elect 270 regional leaders, comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors, even though the epidemic showed no sign of easing. The elections were pushed back by around three months from their initial schedule of Sept. 23, as mandated by a regulation in lieu of law issued by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in May.Despite their approval on Monday, lawmakers urged the KPU and Bawaslu to carry out their respective duties in accordance with the health protocols and to always communicate with the local task forces so as to protect election officials, voters and candidates from infection.“It is my hope that KPU and Bawaslu can be very careful in applying their health protocols during the elections,” Commission II member and National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Guspardi Gaus said during the hearing. The House of Representatives has approved a set of health measures devised by the General Elections Commission (KPU) for holding the Dec. 9 regional elections to protect election organizers and voters from the spread of COVID-19.House Commission II, which oversees home affairs, green-lighted the proposed health protocol in a hearing with the KPU, the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and Home Ministry on Monday.“Commission II and the Home Ministry approved the KPU’s election regulation proposal for holding elections of governors and deputy governors, regents and deputy regents, mayors and deputy mayors amid the non-natural disaster,” Commission II deputy chairman Saan Mustopa of the NasDem Party said. Critics have urged policymakers to push back the elections to 2021 over fears the outbreak could continue until late into the year. They also warned against low voter turnout.Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Johan Budi said election organizers had to ensure both public health and the quality of the electoral process.The KPU regulation, along with a similar regulation introduced by Bawaslu as an election monitoring body, state that health rules, for instance, the use of face masks and physical distancing, are mandatory for KPU officers, candidates and voters during all stages of an election, from the ongoing preparation to the final vote count a week after voting day.It also limits the number of participants of indoor election campaign events to 40 percent of the venue’s capacity. Campaign activities that involve massive crowds, such as music concerts, are banned.COVID-19 patients will be allowed to cast their vote after 12 p.m., an hour before voting booths close, at designated polling stations at nearby hospitals.KPU chairman Arief Budiman said they had drafted the regulation after consulting with the COVID-19 national task force, adding that the KPU was committed to applying strict health protocol without hampering the elections.“I think all are in agreement that it is important to implement health protocols during the Dec. 9 elections without reducing the democratic quality [of the elections]. That is our spirit,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

AVEO upgrade set for unveiling

first_imgThe first stage of Aveo’s $60m Robertson Park will be unveiled on Wednesday.THE first stage of Aveo’s new $60 million Robertson Park community will be unveiled on Wednesday.A grand event will mark the milestone, which includes the completion of two buildings featuring 34 independent living units.The new recreation area is also completed, and includes contemporary lounge and dining areas, a gourmet community kitchen, a bar, beauty and hairdressing salon, gymnasium, library, swimming pool and landscaped communal gardens. 34 independent units were being created in the two buildings. Bidder wins auction from departure lounge A third of Aussies retiring with two homes Brisbane joins global cities list Allied health and care professionals including an occupational therapist, physiotherapist and podiatrist will operate from the new building, as well as providing residents with visiting home care services.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoAveo CEO Geoff Grady said the redevelopment would help meet the changing needs of our current residents and Baby Boomers.“The new buildings in Stage 1 will boast almost 1000sq m of community recreational areas as well as contemporary and spacious independent Living Apartments, designed to enhance our residents’ retirement lifestyle without sacrificing on premium finishes, quality or security,” he said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17“A variety of one, two and three bedroom properties offer spacious terraces or private courtyards, which is perfect for entertaining family or friends.“The community centre will allow residents to participate in varying weekly activities too.”Aveo Robertson Park was established in 1987 and the redevelopment was needed to upgrade amenities and providing the standards in apartment living expected by current retirees.Joan Barrett will move in to the first stage of the development in June.“I have lived in Sunnybank for 45 years and feel so lucky to be able to stay in a familiar area in my latter years,” Ms Barrett said. Retirees require homes that allow them to entertain friends and family.“My social activities in recent years have been centred around bowls, cards, Probus and my craft group — it is good to know I will still be able to continue with these activities plus I look forward to the new activities on offer at the new community.“Aveo Robertson Park meets most of my needs for the future as it is within walking distance of shops, restaurants, movies, buses, hospital, health specialists and the dentist.”It is anticipated the entire redevelopment will be finalised in 2020, with Stage 2 expected to begin this year. Apartments within Stage 1 start from $399,000.last_img read more

‘No secrets’ – Thiem, Zverev battle for first Aussie Open final

first_img Loading… Dominic Thiem says there are “no secrets” between him Alexander Zverev as they prepare for a battle of “small margins” to make an Australian Open final for the first time. The fifth seed faces his good friend on Friday after stunning world number one Rafael Nadal in the last eight, with a crack at either seven-time champion Novak Djokovic or six-time winner Roger Federer at stake. Dominic Thiem says there are no secrets between him and Alexander Zverev Thiem and Zverev have played each other eight times, with the Austrian holding a 6-2 advantage, including their last two encounters. They have never been forced into a five-setter. “We have no secrets from each other. I mean, we played so many times, also on very special occasions already, at the ATP Finals, semis, French Open quarters,” said the 26-year-old. “It’s a nice rivalry we have. It’s great that we add an Australian Open semi-finals to this one. Going to be a close match again.” “Same if two top-10 players play each other (in the) semis of a Slam. The deciding moments are very small, small margins. I’m looking forward to it,” he added. Thiem is better known as a clay-court specialist and has experience of the big time, making the French Open final over the past two years, beaten each time by Nadal. But this is the furthest he has got on hardcourts at the Majors and knows he is on the cusp of a crack at shattering the stranglehold Djokovic and Federer have had on the tournament, sharing 12 of the last 14 titles. “One of us is going to be in the finals. But it’s still a very long way to go,” he said. Read Also: Aussie Open: Zverev sweeps past Wawrinka to make first Grand Slam semi “But anybody else, this is your life. You do with it what you feel is right. All I’m going to say, I’m always going to try my best. “I am always going to do everything I can to win tennis matches, to at least do the best thing I can on the tennis court when I’m playing in front of people, just to have respect in front of the crowd.” Zverev has already gone a long way to winning over Australian fans, donating $10,000 for each match he has won to the country’s bushfire relief fund. If he claims a maiden Grand Slam in Melbourne on Sunday, he has vowed to also hand over his Aus$4.12 million ($2.78 million) winner’s cheque to the same cause. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes8 Ridiculously Expensive Things Bought By Keanu ReevesCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodycenter_img Alexander Zverev is into his first Grand Slam semi-final Seventh seed Zverev has long been tipped for great things, but until now the 22-year-old has failed to deliver at the Majors. He is into his first Grand Slam semi-final after taking a more relaxed approach, admitting that in the past he was trying too hard to make his mark. – Bushfire pledge – “In a way, I was maybe paying attention to it too much, to the Grand Slams. You know what I mean?” he said. “I was just playing better tennis at the other tournaments. At Madrid, Rome, other Masters, the World Tour Finals. The Grand Slams maybe meant too much for me. “This year I actually came into the Australian Open with absolutely no expectations.” Taking the pressure off has worked wonders, with Zverev battling past former champion Stan Wawrinka and dangerous Russian Andrey Rublev en route to his clash with Thiem. Regardless of what happens on Rod Laver Arena on Friday, he is content with his tennis, and his life. “Do you have to prove a point to anybody in this world? Maybe to your parents, out of respect or something like that,” he said.last_img read more

First-Inning Rally Sparks Win For Bulldogs

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs jumped out to an early lead on Milan and captured a 10-0 victory on Thursday at Liberty Park.Nine runs in the first three innings allowed the Batesville Bulldogs to put the game away early.Seven runs in the first inning and an error in the second inning fueled the Batesville Bulldogs’ offense early.Jacob Wilson paced the Batesville Bulldogs at the plate. Jacob Wilson went 2-3, drove in one and scored one run. He singled in the first and third innings.Luke Forbeck recorded the win for the Batesville Bulldogs. He pitched five shutout innings. He struck out three, walked one and surrendered four hits.Schmidt took the loss for Milan . He allowed seven runs in one-third of an inning, walked four and struck out one.The Batesville Bulldogs scored one run in the third inning, and then followed it up with one more in the fifth. In the third, the Batesville Bulldogs scored on an RBI single by Jacob Wilson, scoring Werner. The Bulldogs completed the game in the bottom of the fifth, as Zach Britton scored home on a wild pitch.The Bulldogs completed another shutout at home this season, as they have yet to allow a run at home in their four games at Liberty Park.The win makes the Bulldogs 5-5 on the season.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

IMCA Modified, Northern SportMod drivers chasing Ricochet Race Component prizes

first_imgBRUSH, Colo. – Second-year sponsor Ricochet Race Components has renewed an awards pro­gram rewarding IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod driv­ers.Sets of three shock guard covers go to each of the five Modified regional champions, all Modified special series champions, feature winners during the Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Tour and Haw­keye Dirt Tour, and winners of 10 designated Modified special events.The national Northern SportMod champion also receives three shock guard covers.Located in Brush, Colo., Ricochet is owned by Modified veteran John Hansen. Information about Ricochet shock guard covers is available on Facebook.“The Ricochet shock guard is a unique piece and one that addresses a need for our Modified and Northern SportMod racers,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Having some to give away at our biggest special events and at the national banquet puts that unique product in the hands of racers at a time when they can really see its benefits first hand.”last_img read more

Night three IMCA Modified checkers fly for O’Neil; Cordova is first to repeat at Cocopah

first_imgCheckers flew for Henrie in another 20-lap feature that ran green start to finish. Steffan Carey was se­cond, four car lengths back, with Aaron Spangler, Troy Jerovetz and Brendon LaBatte next. Bobby Hogge IV and Lance Mari completed the top five. Ty Rogers, Chris Toth and Chase Alves were third through fifth, respectively. Jake O’Neil put his name on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot with his $1,000 IMCA Modified feature win at Cocopah Speedway. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) O’Neil took home $1,000 as the third different winner in as many Winter Nationals shows. Jeff Taylor held off Casey Arneson in the race for second, finishing five car lengths off the pace. Johnson also proved up to the task in outrunning a night two winner in Cody Thompson. He pulled away from the rest of the pack on each restart in the race to the checkers. Northern SportMods – 1. Michael Johnson; 2. Cody Thompson; 3. Ty Rogers; 4. Chris Toth; 5. Chase Alves; 6. Manny Baldiviez; 7. Camron Spangler; 8. Shelby Frye; 9. Mike Wells; 10. Miles Morris; 11. Tate Johnson; 12. Clay Erick­son; 13. Kyle Salo; 14. Ron Schreiner; 15. David Pitt; 16. Brian Carey; 17. Brandyn Johnson; 18. Taylor Kuehl; 19. Joey Klemish; 20. Justin Erickson; 21. Jimmy Davy; 22. Jimmy Wilson; 23. Douglas Hilkemann; 24. Slade Pitt. Hobby Stocks – 1. Joshua Cordova; 2. Scott Tenney; 3. Tim Gonska; 4. Eric Knutson; 5. Nathan DeRagon; 6. Brad King; 7. Jason Beshears; 8. Jason Penny; 9. Jason Duggins; 10. Hunter Cavanagh; 11. Francisco Cordova; 12. David Callis; 13. Andy Pearce; 14. Oscar Duarte; 15. Jim Robinson. SOMERTON, Ariz. (Jan. 11) – His green to checkered run at the front of the IMCA Modified field Saturday night at Cocopah Speedway put Jake O’Neil in victory lane and on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional ballot.center_img Modifieds – 1. Jake O’Neil; 2. Jeff Taylor; 3. Casey Arneson; 4. Bobby Hogge IV; 5. Lance Mari; 6. Tim Ward; 7. R.C. Whitwell; 8. Tom Berry Jr.; 9. Justen Yeager; 10. Jerry Flippo; 11. Bobby Horton; 12. Shawn LaRocque; 13. Chaz Baca; 14. Michael Thing; 15. Austin Kuehl; 16.  Spencer Wilson; 17. Russell Allen; 18. Tyson Evans; 19. Travis Mosley; 20. Kollin Hibdon; 21. Don Gumke; 22. Anthony Hofbauer; 23. Joey Price; 24. Braxton Yeager; 25. Marlyn Sedler. Friday winner Tim Gonska, Eric Knutson and Nathan DeRagon rounded out the top five. Joshua Cordova became the first repeat winner at Somerton, topping the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature. Gene Henrie scored the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory and Michael Johnson dominated the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod main.  Scott Tenney led the first 18 times around the track in the Hobby Stock main. Cordova had started fourth and was scored first by the width of his bumper on lap 19 and led Tenney across the stripe in the caution-free 20-lapper. Joshua Cordova became the first repeat winner at Winter Nationals by topping the Saturday night feature for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. (Photo by Bobby McMorris) Stock Cars – 1. Gene Henrie; 2. Steffan Carey; 3. Aaron Spangler; 4. Troy Jerovetz; 5. Brendon LaBatte; 6. Chanse Hollatz; 7. Tony Hill; 8. Kevin Roberts; 9. Andy Altenburg; 10. Jake Smith; 11. Nuggett Shupe; 12. Leslie Gill; 13. J.C. Parmeley. Feature Results last_img read more

Bhagyabati Kachari, Ankushita Boro storm into quarters At Womens National Boxing Championships

first_imgKannur: India Open gold medallist Bhagyabati Kachari and former world youth champion Ankushita Boro stormed into the quarter-finals with commanding performances at the fourth Elite Womens National Boxing Championships held at the Mundayad Indoor Stadium here on Thursday.Assam pugilist Kachari, representing RSPB, was on song and hardly broke a sweat in ending the challenge of Madhya Pradesh’s 2018 bronze medallist, Jigyasa Rajput 5-0 in 81kg. Kachari’s statemate Ankushita Boro (64kg) too had it easy in her pre quarter-final bout against Himachal Pradesh’s Earika Shekhar, whom she trounced 5-0.Haryana’s Nupur, also last year’s silver medallist, was sharp right from the beginning of her 75kg bout against Himachal Pradesh’s Sandhya. The latter had absolutely no answer to Nupur’s flurry of punches and conceded a 0-5 defeat. Nupur is making a comeback to the ring for the first time since the Asian Championships. Also breezing into the quarters was All India Police’s Lalfakmawii Ralte. IANSAlso Read: Assam girls Lovlina Borgohain, Bhagyabati Kachari ensure medal in Boxing championshipAlso Watch: Struggling for over six years! “The Bodo-Fight for Identity” documentary film to be screened soonlast_img read more

Pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie says postponed Olympics allows recovery

first_imgPARIS: French pole vaulter Renaud Lavillenie says the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until 2021 has allowed him to shake off his injury troubles. The 33-year-old, who won gold at the London Olympics in 2012, said having a year off is “not that bad for him”.”I am happy to say I have no more injury, no more pain, for the first time in three years,” he said, reported Xinhua news agency. The former world record holder added that he is focusing solely on triumphing in Tokyo next summer. “My goal is not to jump high in every competition, but just to jump high one time. I’m trying to change course and focus on Tokyo,” he said. On Thursday, the Frenchman took part in the socially distanced Impossible Games, competing via pre-recorded video link from his back garden using a much-shortened runway. IANSAlso watch: Protests in City Demanding Justice for Rituparnalast_img read more

Hanfmann named Player of the Week

first_imgAfter reclaiming the No. 1 spot in men’s collegiate tennis, the Trojans have yet another cause for celebration: junior Yannick Hanfmann’s spectacular performance against crosstown rival UCLA last week earned him Pac-12 Player of the Week honors. This pair of triumphs for USC and one of its star players is a testament to the chemistry Hanfmann has built with the rest of his team.Best of the best · Junior Yannick Hanfmann upset UCLA’s Clay Thompson, the No. 1 singles player in the country, during the Trojans’ victory over the Bruins last week. Hanfmann is now 18-5 in singles play this season. – Jazmine Rolle | Daily TrojanHanfmann left everything he had on court one against the Bruins in the Trojans’ home success over UCLA on Friday, serving up dominating doubles play alongside senior Ray Sarmiento before also demonstrating his singles prowess in an upset of Clay Thompson, who is currently seated atop the national leader board. The No. 2 duo of Hanfmann and Sarmiento found its way to an 8-4 win over the Bruins’ Marcos Giron and Karue Sell, who are currently ranked No. 58 nationally.In his solo outing, Hanfmann was unyielding in his clash with Thompson, clinching the first set 6-4 before finding himself at a 1-3 disadvantage in the next. He would soldier on to win the second set 7-5 with a powerful finish over the star Bruin, which would bring USC to a 2-1 lead over UCLA. The Trojans eventually toppled the Bruins with a final score of 4-2.USC’s victory sealed its 7-0 finish in Pac-12 play for the season, with its undefeated record ensuring the No. 1 seed in the upcoming Pac-12 Tournament. This also marks the second time in the past four seasons that USC has finished regular-season Pac-12 play undefeated. The Trojans ended the season with a 25-2 mark overall, while UCLA boasts a 20-3 overall record and a 6-1 mark in conference play.The successful game against UCLA comes as the Trojans’ 16th straight win. Hanfmann’s defeat of No. 1 Thompson brought him to an 18-5 record in singles play on the season, and his doubles record with Sarmiento sits at 13-1.This is Hanfmann’s second conference Player of the Week award this season — the native of  Karlsruhe, Germany was also honored after his team’s sweep of Florida and Georgia in the Pac-12/SEC Showdown in early February. Hanfmann’s teammate, junior Roberto Quiroz, has won the award twice, and Sarmiento has won once.last_img read more

France Survives 10-man Ireland to Berth in Q’final

first_imgHosts France came from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland, who finished with 10 men, and reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.The Republic got off to a stunning start, leading in the second minute, as Robbie Brady converted a penalty after Shane Long was fouled in the box.But the French hit back through Antoine Griezmann, who nodded in the equaliser before driving in the winning goal.Shane Duffy was then sent off for a professional foul on Griezmann.Didier Deschamps’ side will face England or Iceland in the next round at Stade de France onSunday, 3 July.However, defender Adil Rami and midfielder N’Golo Kante will miss the match through suspension, after picking up their second bookings of the tournament.Striker Long had said before the match that his side were not motivated by “revenge” as the sides met for the first time since Thierry Henry’s controversial handball led to the Republic’s elimination in a World Cup qualifying play-off in 2009.This was the Irish’s first appearance in the knockout stages of the European Championship and their pocket of fans dressed in green at one corner of the stadium in Lyon responded with delight as Paul Pogba bundled over Southampton’s Long and Brady converted the spot kick via a post.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more