Indonesia records unprecedented daily spike in COVID-19 cases as ‘new normal’ commences

first_imgThe Indonesian Health Ministry confirmed 993 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest single-day increase in the official count to date. The data arrived as the government began to loosen social restrictions under the so-called “new normal” policy.National COVID-19 task force spokesman Achmad Yurianto said 286 new cases had been recorded in East Java, the country’s new COVID-19 epicenter. Earlier, authorities declared the provincial capital of Surabaya a “black zone” because more than 3,000 cases had been confirmed in the city.Jakarta – the previous outbreak epicenter – recorded 104 new cases on Saturday. “Based on our analysis of the latest data, the cases were discovered through aggressive contact tracing of infected individuals in addition to waves of Indonesian migrant workers returning to the country through Soekarno-Hatta International Airport [in Tangerang, Banten],” Yurianto said during a press briefing on Saturday.Read also: Experts warn of turbulent ‘new normal’ amid COVID-19 data, testing issuesThe rise in cases came as the central government and several regional administrations began to ease restrictions to allow business to resume.Jakarta was one such region. Governor Anies Baswedan announced on Wednesday that the capital would enter a transitional phase to gradually ease restrictions in several sectors. The plan included reopening houses of worship and increasing the operation of public transportation. Jakarta began its transition on Friday. Muslims in the capital were able to perform congregational Friday prayers in mosques.Yurianto said 17 provinces had reported fewer than 10 new cases on Saturday, while six others had reported no additional cases.National COVID-19 task force head Doni Monardo said earlier that restrictions would be eased only in regencies and municipalities that had zero new COVID-19 cases.As of Saturday, 30,514 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the country, with 1,801 deaths and 9,907 recoveries.Topics :last_img read more

ESWC to bring FIFA 18 to Paris & São Paulo

first_imgESWC recently announced that they are now a licensed qualifier of the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 Global Series on the Road to the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.The Paris based organisation, part of the Webedia-group, will deliver online qualifiers on Toornament throughout March leading up to two offline events in Paris and São Paulo this coming April. Both tournaments will gather 32 top international players, after multiple rounds of online qualifications, with $20,000 (~£14,500) up for grabs.Four players have already received direct invites to the offline Paris finals as a reward for their achievements in the ESWC FIFA18 PGW Challenge whilst the rest of the players will battle it out during the online qualifiers during March. The four invited players are: Florian ‘Cody’ Müller, Vinken ‘Lev’ Lev, Lucas ‘DaXe’ Cuillerier and Fouad ‘Rafsou’ Fares.The online qualifiers are taking place every weekend during March leading up to the first online final in Paris on the 7th and 8th of April at the Webedia HQ.Julien Brochet, Director of the ESWC, commented: “After a successful ESWC FIFA18 PGW Challenge, the ESWC will write a new chapter of its long history of tournaments within competitive FIFA. Becoming one of the Official Qualifying Competitions for the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 Global Series is a big step forward in our relationship with EA and toward the player community”.Talking about the relationship ESI caught up with Sylvain Maillard Content Director at ESWC who explained: “FIFA’s first appearance at ESWC dates back to 2010 so It was natural for us to get closer to EA to be able to propose a tournament that takes part in the FUT Champions Road to the eWorldCup. They answered positively to our wish to be part of it. Of course, it did not come alone and we had to fulfil their requirements as any other organizer.”Esports Insider says: We understand that FIFA holds the greatest amount of simultaneous tournament brackets running on the Webedia backed platform Toornament. And that this is one of the rare ways to take part in the EA SPORTS™ FIFA 18 Global Series outside of the two other tour dates organised so far by EA in Barcelona and Amsterdam. For more info head on over to the ESWC site.last_img read more

How LeBron James has been so historically durable

first_img• Out of a possible 1,244 career regular-season games, James has missed just 67 appearances. That’s taking into account his heavy career minutes average (38.6 mpg) as well as 239 career playoff games.• Going into Tuesday night’s game, James had played in 156 straight games including the playoffs. Recall that one of the most dramatic moments of last year’s four-game sweep by the Warriors in the Finals was arguably after it was over: James revealed he had played three games with a broken hand.• In the past eight seasons, James has only missed three or more consecutive games twice. Twice! He has missed a few games the last few seasons for rest and small ailments, but he has not missed significant time since missing eight consecutive games with knee and back injuries in the 2014-15 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.• By comparison to the players in his own draft class, James is well ahead of them all in regular-season games played: Consider Carmelo Anthony (1,064), Zaza Pachulia (1,059) and Dwyane Wade (1,006). They are all more than a full season behind James. The closest contemporary is Kyle Korver, who has played in 1,133 games.James takes great pride in being physically ready to play. By all accounts, he is maniacal about treatment and preparedness. He often stretches in front of the media pregame in the locker room with the help of a trainer. He ices when he needs to, tries to sleep as much as he needs to, is cautious about what he eats. He knows every little advantage he can get on Father Time needs to be taken seriously.So it injured his pride as well when he was too hurt to come back in the game Tuesday night. At the same time, he said he expected the Lakers to find their next man up if he isn’t able to play Thursday, which is starting to look like the case. He didn’t seem to have many long-term worries.Why would he? It’s rarely ever happened before.“With me, with injuries,” he said, “I am never too concerned about them.”MUST-SEE CHRISTMAS TVWere you watching the game last night? If so, you were far from alone: The metered rating was a 6.5, which was the highest-rated Christmas Day game rating since … when LeBron played Golden State in 2015.Only three more meetings left with the Warriors in the regular season. The Lakers feel this is a good start.– Kyle GoonFa-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-links Playing for the King – The Lakers were able to muscle past the Warriors despite losing LeBron mid-game.McGee misses his ceremony – The Warriors will push back the center’s ring presentation to February.Measuring up? – Ahead of the game, I took a look at what the significance of playing the Warriors was as the Lakers look to find their way.Social media miscue – LeBron apologized for using an offensive song lyric in an Instagram post.A different kind of Ball game – The New York Times took a look at Lonzo Ball’s second season and how his circumstances have changed.A Game of Zones Christmas – I’m sorry. I just love these silly videos. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Oh, you telling them about that?”It was a light-hearted moment, but a reminder of the tone-setter in the locker room. Discussing minor injuries is not something LeBron would do.That makes it all the more surprising to see James go down in the middle of the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over the Warriors. To a man, the Lakers said they knew if he could have come back, he would have. He stretched out his injured groin, and he tried to take steps, but he was in clear pain. It wasn’t going to happen.“I’ve never really seen him injured,” Kuzma said. “If he has to go to the locker room you know it’s something serious because he does a hell of a job taking care of his body. You can count on one hand the number of times he’s been hurt.”That’s barely an exaggeration. As we wait for the all-important MRI result, it’s worth remembering how James has earned a reputation as the league’s Iron Man: Editor’s note: This is the Dec. 26 Purple & Bold newsletter. To sign up to receive the newsletter in your inbox – go hereA recent scene from the Lakers locker room: After the win over the New Orleans Pelicans last Friday, a reporter asked Kyle Kuzma if he had taken a knock in the game – he had looked stiff at various stretches, and was seen on the bench trying to stretch.Kuzma said his hip had been tight before tip-off, and pretty much stayed tight throughout the game. From across the room, LeBron James piped up to shout over the scrum. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Washington Healthplanfinder Expands In-Person Health Sign up November 18

first_imgFacebook36Tweet0Pin0Submitted by GHB InsuranceThe Washington Health Benefit Exchange today announced that GHB Insurance, Inc. will provide expanded in-person help in Olympia this Saturday, Nov. 18 for “Get Covered WA” – a statewide effort to get Washingtonians signed up for 2018 health and dental plans before it’s too late.People can get in-person help navigating health and dental insurance plans. Photo courtesy: GHB InsuranceThe full-service enrollment center located at 556 Lilly Road SE, Suite A in Olympia will be open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm this Saturday with trained brokers available at no charge to guide customers through the process of signing up for coverage. A map of all the in-person help locations that will be open this Saturday can be found at the 2018 open enrollment period extends through Jan. 15, 2018, the deadline to sign up in Washington Healthplanfinder for coverage that starts on Jan. 1, 2018 is Dec. 15. Partners are encouraged to join in and amplify the call to #GetCoveredWA with materials available in the Exchange’s partner tool kit.“Because the holidays can be a busy time for many, we are encouraging Thurston County and neighboring county residents to join us this Saturday, Nov. 18 to sign up for their health and dental coverage for 2018,” said Pam MacEwan, CEO of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “Customers still needing to sign up should visit to access coverage on their own, or connect with an in-person assister in their neighborhood to learn about their plan options and avoid any delays in gaining coverage that begins next year.”Services provided by navigators and brokers available at GHB Insurance, Inc. include help identifying when customers are eligible to receive financial help like tax credits that can lower the cost of premiums, as well as cultural, linguistic, and disability support for customers with special needs.“Our staff is ready to respond to customers who need our personal and caring expertise in choosing their healthcare,” said Ron Bruchet, president of GHB Insurance. “GHB is doing everything we can to help, including opening our doors for the ‘Get Covered WA’ event this Saturday as well as most Saturdays during the enrollment period. ”Both this Saturday and throughout the open enrollment period, customers may locate a nearby navigator or broker by downloading the new WAPlanfinder mobile app or by clicking the “Customer Support” link on Additional assistance is available through the toll-free Customer Support Center (1-855-923-4633), which will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this Saturday.Washington Healthplanfinder saw strong interest in the first week of open enrollment with web site traffic increasing by 24 percent over the previous year, and the number of new sign-ups jumping by more than 50 percent. Nearly 50,000 of those who have already shopped online have used digital resources such as the Smart Planfinder tool to customize their health plan choices according to factors such as preferred doctor or facility, how many doctor’s visits they expect to make next year, and how frequently they fill or refill prescriptions.Reminders: Enrollment is offered year-round to individuals and families through Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). Customers enrolled in Apple Health will receive a notice 60 days before the month they enrolled in or renewed their coverage last year.last_img read more