In Jakarta, hope for humanity remains amid COVID-19 anxieties

first_imgRead also: COVID-19 patients become victims of Indonesia’s lack of privacy protectionYet a few conscious people have been trying to maintain humanity in Greater Jakarta amid mounting public fears. One of them is Erwin, a 60-year-old grocer in Teluk Gong, North Jakarta.Speaking to The Jakarta Post on Friday, Erwin said many customers had rushed into his minimarket in a stampede seeking to purchase all available food from the shelves in bulk, leaving him in extreme confusion.Seeing customers scooping up boxes of instant noodles, bottles of cooking oil and cans of biscuits last Monday, Erwin’s 57-year-old wife, Susanna Indrayani, ordered them to put everything back except a maximum of five of each item. Some customers tried to insist upon exceeding the limit. However, Susanna stood by her rule while Erwin tried his best to calm the crowd down.Erwin’s grocery shop, which went viral on social media after its owners, Erwin and Susanna, limited excessive purchases of food amid coronavirus panic, is located in Teluk Gong, North Jakarta. (JP/Galih Gumelar)“All I kept thinking at that time was that I needed to save some of the food for people who were really in need and not sell everything to panicked customers,” said Erwin, who has been running his business for 30 years.He described the panic buying as a “ridiculous act”, saying that people should not have allowed panic to turn into greed. Stockpiling goods, he said, would only result in shortages across the capital and a surge in prices – which would be particularly unfair to families with low purchasing power, including his regular customers who were mostly low-income households, small retailers, small-scale food vendors and school canteens. Selling everything to panicked customers could also keep others from running their businesses, he added.Read also: Stocking up to prepare for a crisis isn’t ‘panic buying’. It’s actually a pretty rational“At that time, I didn’t even realize that President Joko [“Jokowi”] Widodo had announced the first two confirmed COVID-19 patients, which apparently was the reason why people rushed into my shop,” Erwin said. “But even if I knew the information earlier, I wouldn’t have wanted to gain profit from that situation.”Not long after, his store went viral on social media after an unknown netizen uploaded a video on Twitter and Instagram of Susanna stopping the customers from buying excessive quantities of goods. Netizens applauded her.People have also praised Anis Hidayah – a neighbor of the first two COVID-19 patients in Depok and an activist with Migrant Care – for defending the privacy of her neighbors in a Facebook comment that also went viral.“Please stop the constant live coverage of our housing complex. Enough!” Anis said, voicing her frustrations about local broadcasting station TV One’s coverage of her neighbors.Anis went on to defend the patients, whom she described as a respectable lecturer and a professional Javanese dancer with international achievements. She also claimed that the public thirst for information had led the media to report falsehoods about the neighborhood. She and fellow residents have threatened to report media outlets to the Press Council.”[She is] humble, friendly to her neighbors and cares about them,” she said. “Stop judging the patients. Stop spreading pictures of the patients.”Personal details and pictures of the two patients popped up online, with unclear origins, not long after the government’s announcement of the confirmed cases. The Health Ministry has denied responsibility for the leak.People are born with survival instincts, which naturally emerge when they are in distress, said Daisy Indira Yasmine, a sociologist at the University of Indonesia. They tend to put their own personal interests ahead of others when dealing with hard situations.Fear also leads panicked people to take in everything they hear about the disease, whether it is credible information or misinformation, even if it compromises the privacy of others, she added.“People might seem not to care about each other during frantic times. That doesn’t mean that people are doing it on purpose; they are just following their basic instincts,” Daisy said.“But, that doesn’t mean that we can justify such behavior. It can harm others. As for this case, the government should calm people down by providing valid information about the disease and about how people can cope with the outbreak carefully.” (glh) In times of panic, people may forget about others and focus only on themselves as they try to cope with fear. This includes in Jakarta, where humanity and conscience appeared to wane after the discovery of cases of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).People hoarded groceries and hygiene goods, including instant noodles, antiseptic wipes and face masks until there was almost nothing left in the market for others in need. Where there were supplies, the prices had skyrocketed. Some even took advantage of the outbreak, allegedly manufacturing low-quality illegal masks and intentionally stockpiling hundreds of boxes of real masks to create artificial scarcity, in various cases being investigated by the police.Prying public curiosity about the disease has also impinged upon the privacy of patients, as people scrambled to get information of any kind, including through the patients’ social media accounts, and later spread their profile images and personal details on online messaging apps.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Edu to be appointed technical director at Arsenal imminently as Brazil clear path for move

first_img Phil HaighTuesday 18 Jun 2019 7:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Edu’s return to Arsenal now looks to be happening very soon (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal’s expected appointment of Edu as technical director appears to be imminent as current employers, the Brazil national team, have cleared the path for the move.The 41-year-old is currently the general coordinator of the Brazil side and is working with the team at the Copa America.The Brazil Football Federation had set a £6m compensation fee for Edu to leave that role, but Sportsmail report that they have now agreed to waive it for him to move to the Gunners.While it would be unlikely he leave his post during the Copa America, especially as Brazil have been generous enough to waive the fee, he will be free to do so when the tournament ends on 7 July, or if Brazil are eliminated earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Edu has experience in non-playing roles with Corinthians and Brazil (Picture: Getty Images)Negotiations are said to be at an advanced stage and now it is only a matter of time before pen is put to paper, as the £6m had been something of a stumbling block for the cash-strapped club.AdvertisementAdvertisementAnother season without Champions League football has left Arsenal with a slim budget, all of which they would want to invest in playing staff.Edu reaffirmed his commitment to Brazil’s Copa America challenge last month, but left the door open for a return to the club he played for from 2001-05.‘I had a conversation with Arsenal. There’s an interest,’ said Edu.‘I was very clear: I am 100% focused on the Copa America. I’m not speaking about absolutely anything because of the Copa America.‘If, by any chance, you [Arsenal] want to speak to me after the Copa, propose something after the Copa, I will make myself available so that we can talk. As for now, I am fully focused on the Copa.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt would mean another high profile move for one of the Arsenal Invincibles team after Freddie Ljungberg was promoted to assistant first-team coach this summer, replacing Steve Bould.MORE: Unai Emery told to sell three Arsenal players in summer clear-outMORE: Hector Bellerin injury to keep Arsenal defender out of action for longer than first feared Advertisement Edu to be appointed technical director at Arsenal imminently as Brazil clear path for move Advertisementlast_img read more

Hazard’s rapid recovery hands boost to Real Madrid

first_img “We just want to be all together and try to work as a group”. Zinedine Zidane and the club are delighted with the commitment Hazard has shown to regaining his fitness in order to be ready for when the season restarts. The former Chelsea forward is now almost on par with his teammates in terms of his overall physical condition. Eden Hazard’s focus is on being fit for Real Madrid when LaLiga Santander resumes. Eden Hazard The Belgian has worked hard on his recovery from ankle surgery during the season’s suspension and is aiming to be involved in the run-in right from the very start. After all, Real Madrid have the LaLiga Santander title to fight for. “Now the training is better, we can train the way we like to,” Hazard said. “The first week was a bit strange, but now we can train again in groups and also attacking the goal. Loading… Roberto Martínez It’s a big boost for Los Blancos, who will be looking to their star signing for inspiration during their title race in LaLiga Santander. Hazard’s season was all but over when he injured his ankle again in February, just a couple of weeks after recovering from his first ankle injury of the campaign. After having surgery in Dallas in March, the Belgian international has had to do almost all of his recovery work under lockdown in his own home. As a result, Real Madrid drew up a plan for a physio and a recovery specialist to visit him at home so he could receive pretty much the same help as he would’ve done at Valdebebas.center_img Read Also: Ronaldo talks tough after returning to Juventus training The results of this plan and Hazard’s hard work are now on show at Valdebebas as he kicks a ball around with his teammates in training. Now, the 29-year-old will be looking to end a difficult first season in Spain on a high after five months of injury woes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The future Estadio Santiago Bernabeu “I feel very good to be back on the pitch working with my teammates,” Hazard himself told Real Madrid TV. “Now we have to wait for the matches to come, but I’m very happy. “After two months away, I need more physical work and more ball work. “I just want to be ready for the next game.” Real Madrid are now able to train in small groups as LaLiga Santander clubs move to the next phase of their return to training during the coronavirus pandemic. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Xi Ding Created Caricature Version Of Marvel Characters11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got Canceled10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more

Ziemke’s bill to improve government efficiency advances out of the House

first_imgStatehouse—The Indiana House of Representatives voted in support of State Representative Cindy Ziemke’s (R-Batesville) legislation that would make it easier for Hoosiers to submit important forms to state agencies.While most forms used by state agencies can be submitted electronically, Ziemke said others are required to be submitted by mail or fax. House Bill 1093 would give state agencies the option to accept forms by email, PDF, e-sign, and through other digital means. She added there have been several instances where constituents working on a time crunch do not have the ability to mail or fax forms.“With this policy, all state agencies can move ahead into the digital age by accepting documents electronically,” Ziemke said. “This means state government can better serve Hoosiers in a more timely and efficient way.”After meeting with staff from state agencies, Ziemke found submitting documents electronically could improve Hoosiers’ experience when working with state government.last_img read more

Georginio Wijnaldum: United Newcastle can win most Premier League games

first_imgMidfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is convinced Newcastle can beat almost anyone if they play as a team. Press Association The 25-year-old Holland international played the starring role in the 2-0 victory over Liverpool on December 6 which launched the three-game unbeaten Barclays Premier League run the Magpies will take into the Boxing Day clash with Everton at St James’ Park. Steve McClaren’s men were denied a third successive win by struggling Aston Villa, who left Tyneside with a 1-1 draw last Saturday evening, but Wijnaldum is confident the penny had dropped inside the dressing room. center_img He said: “If we play as a team and fight hard and play our football where it’s possible, we can win most games in the Premier League. That includes Everton, although it will be a difficult match. “Everton are better than Aston Villa and have a lot of good players, so it will be tough, but if we do it as a team, anything is possible.” Back-to-back victories over the Reds and away at Tottenham eased Newcastle out of the relegation zone, but with Norwich and Bournemouth in particular also enjoying notable successes in recent weeks, they remain too close for comfort to the bottom three. In the circumstances, a home draw with rock-bottom Villa came as something of a disappointment, although like McClaren, the players have been able to look at the bigger picture since the game. Wijnaldum said: “If you’d said that we would beat Liverpool and Tottenham at the beginning of that run, people would have said you were crazy. We have to be happy after the results in the last three games. It’s good for us. “That said, we were disappointed not to beat Aston Villa and make it three wins. I was disappointed because I thought we had the chance to win the game. We fought to win it, but missed out. “But that’s football – sometimes you will miss chances and sometimes you will score. Sometimes you will miss easy chances, then score the difficult ones.” McClaren is looking for his players to respond once again to ensure that the recent improvement does not prove to be another false dawn. The 54-year-old said: “We’ve had this two or three times where we’ve thought, ‘This is it now, we can really kick on’ and take the performances and the results and go forward, and then we’ve dropped back. “We’ve got another opportunity on Boxing Day, a tougher opponent – a really tough opponent – but we believe on our day with everything right, we can win any game.” last_img read more

Syracuse fans react to Texas Bowl win

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USC ends regular season with a victory

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team closed out the regular season over the weekend, snapping an eight-game losing streak with a 74-62 win over Arizona on Friday and a 67-60 win over Arizona State on Sunday.With 13 points and six rebounds, senior forward Christina Marinacci led the Women of Troy in her final regular season game, while junior forward Cassie Harberts added 12 points and 10 rebounds. The double-double was Harberts’ 10th of the season and 16th of her career. Sophomore guards Ariya Crook and Kiki Alofaituli added 13 and 11 points, respectively.Senior forward Janae Fulcher finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds for Arizona State (13-17, 5-13 Pac-12), while sophomore guard Promise Amukumara added 10 points and five rebounds.USC (10-19, 7-11 Pac-12) led    34-23 at the half behind the combined efforts of Marinacci (seven points, four rebounds), junior forward Desiree Bradley (six points), Alofaituli (five points, three rebounds) and Harberts (four points, five rebounds). The Women of Troy shot 48 percent from the field compared to ASU’s 28 percent, including four-of-eight from 3-point range. ASU, on the other hand, was just one-of-nine. Fulcher led the Sun Devils with 10 points and five rebounds at the half.“It was weird playing in my last conference game,” Marinacci said. “I don’t think the season is over for us at all. Anything can happen in the Pac-12 tournament.”After both teams knocked down a 3-pointer to start the game, the Women of Troy held the lead throughout the first half, up by as many as 13 with 3:12 left in the half.USC came out in the second half hoping to avoid a repeat of their previous game against ASU, where they were up by 16 at the half and wound up losing by seven.The Sun Devils, however, came ready to repeat that performance, breaking open what was an even matchup on the boards at the half (17-17) and out-rebounding USC 40-31, including 20 to six on the offensive boards.ASU would cut the lead to four with eight minutes left, but a pair of layups from Harberts and sophomore forward Alexyz Vaioletama, as well as eight free throws from Crook in the last 1:32, helped hold off another ASU comeback. USC finished shooting 42 percent from the field as well as 25-of-31 from the free-throw line.Harberts and Marinacci both racked up double-doubles to lead the Women of Troy against the Wildcats (12-16, 4-13 Pac-12) on Friday. Harberts finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds for her 15th career double-double and ninth this season, while Marinacci finished with 16 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for her seventh career double-double and second of the season.Junior forward Erica Barnes led the Wildcats with 15 points, while junior guard Carissa Crutchfield and senior guard Davellyn Whyte added 13 points each.Arizona started off the game with a pair of 3-pointers, jumping out to an early lead. USC then went on a 21-3 run in eight minutes, taking a 23-9 lead and holding the Wildcats to only one basket until Whyte’s 3-pointer made it a 23-12 game.The Wildcats would cut the lead to as little as eight in the first half, but USC would rally back to take a 39-26 lead at halftime. Marinacci grabbed 11 rebounds in the first half to help USC control the boards by a 29-13 ratio, while freshman guard Brianna Barrett had seven assists.The Wildcats came out in the second half looking for a win, cutting USC’s lead to five in the first six minutes of the second half. After a 3-pointer by Vaioletama stretched the lead to 10, Arizona would hit three triples to cut the lead to a single point with nine minutes left. A three from Crook and a pair of threes from Desiree Bradley, however, gave USC a 69-58 advantage with four minutes left and secured the win.“We had three [or] four people in double figures the past two games,” Harberts said. “We were sharing the ball a lot more and we were hitting more shots. I think we really needed these two wins on the road. It’s really important to keep this momentum and keep it rolling.”Marinacci, meanwhile, felt the same way.“These two games were probably the two most important games of the Pac-12 conference,” Marinacci added.The Women of Troy will compete in the Pac-12 championships in Seattle from Thursday, March 7, to Sunday, March 10.last_img read more

Men’s volleyball faces Concordia, looks to continue win streak

first_imgWhile the school was on spring break, the No. 12 men’s volleyball team spent their week hard at work. They finished off their fourth non-conference match on Sunday against Sacred Heart to extend their win streak to four games, which is the team’s longest since 2015. The Trojans will look to continue adding to that win column as they finish off the stretch of non-conference games with Concordia on Friday.“That is a team that is going to be really challenging for us,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said. “Every match from here on out, as they all should have been, is the most important match we are going to have all season long. UCLA doesn’t exist until after Concordia. Santa Barbara doesn’t exist until after UCLA. There are a lot of stepping stones toward what we are trying to achieve.”Even though these four victories go toward the team’s overall record, they do not count for the playoffs. While the wins may have no impact on their conference record, they still show what the team can achieve game after game. It is validation that what they are doing in practice is paying off. “The playoffs are truly what matters the most,” Nygaard said. “We want to get better and better every single time out. We want to implement all the little things we have been talking about and all the big things. This is an opportunity to go out and showcase against a really talented team and work on some of the things that we are trying to implement and get really good at come to those in-conference matches.”The Trojans have already played Concordia once this season and won to keep their record against the school a perfect 4-0. However, both teams have come a long way since the beginning of the season. For USC, the team has bought into the Trojan motto of “fighting on” as the season has developed. They came from being behind two sets to defeating Sacred Heart on Sunday and Nygaard was quick to give credit to his players.“The guys are really absorbing it, taking it, and making it their own,” Nygaard said. “You can be as strong-willed a coach as you want, but if the guys aren’t representing it and doing it themselves, it only goes so far.”The team will also get a chance to reconnect with their USC men’s volleyball history as the alumni game will be on Saturday. Not only will the current players get to face off against previous members in a friendly game, but they will also get to enjoy the company of players who lived in their shoes years before and get advice from them.“The coolest thing about [the alumni game] is that there is a lot of remembrances, iconography and names in our locker room,” Nygaard said. “Then the wall pops to life and there is that person that you see in a picture that you see right in front of you having a live, one on one conversation. It is not just USC men’s volleyball and the history; it’s there is that person who can talk about the exact experience that they had … This is a chance to tie in that old school formative years that created what USC men’s volleyball is and should be.”The Trojans will take on Concordia on Friday night at 7 p.m. They will then play against the alumni on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Galen Center Pavilion instead of the usual home court because of scheduling conflicts.last_img read more

Nugent against moving All Ireland finals

first_imgA motion at this year’s Congress is suggesting that the football decider should be played on the first Sunday in September – except when there are five Sundays in the month – and the hurling championship climax fourteen days beforehand.However, at last night’s Tipperary County Board meeting, former Chair Sean Nugent said playing the showpiece games a few weeks earlier than at present will have any significant impact on club fixture congestion.He also feels that valuable publicity for Gaelic games could be lost if the motion is adopted in Carlow this weekend.last_img