first_imgPlaces where the virus has been felt most severely, such as Wuhan in central China, northern Italy and parts of the United States, share similar climates and temperatures.The 2002-2003 epidemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) eased over the summer months, although it is not clear if that was related to weather or coincided with tighter public health interventions.The World Health Organization said this month that there was no evidence that temperature would play a role in the coronavirus outbreak but it was an avenue worth exploring.In Southeast Asia, which shares a hot tropical climate, many countries had reported few cases even months after the initial outbreak at the end of last year in China, in spite of the region’s close travel, business and investment ties to China.But health experts said, rather than the hot climate, this was more down to limited testing, under-detection due to a lack of resources and more imported cases as the virus moves to multiple epicenters outside of China.Cases spike “At best, warm weather might influence the spread but it will not see the end of it,” said Dale Fisher, chair of the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network coordinated by the World Health Organization.”What is important is how effectively countries are isolating cases, removing people from communities. That’s the biggest factor, not the weather.”The spike of cases in many Southeast Asian countries has been dramatic in recent days, leading governments to take drastic action to stem the tide.In the Philippines, deaths more than doubled to 12 at the weekend, with confirmed cases rising to 140 – compared to three 10 days ago – prompting authorities to place the entire capital Manila under “community quarantine”.Malaysia reported a further 125 coronavirus cases on Monday – bringing its total to 553 – the highest in Southeast Asia. Many were linked to a single event at a mosque.Thailand, which reported 33 new cases on Monday, its biggest daily jump, plans to close schools, bars, movie theatres, cockfighting arenas and other entertainment centers.Indonesia confirmed 17 more cases on Monday, taking its toll to 134, amid concerns that there could be large under-reporting in the world’s fourth most populous country.Indonesia, which only recorded its first cases on March 2, had carried out only 220 tests a week ago but that has now risen to nearly a thousand.Singapore, which has been widely praised for its monitoring and isolation of infected patients, from Monday implemented tighter restrictions on visitors from other Southeast Asian countries after a wave of imported cases from the region.With so much still not known about the coronavirus, health experts say countries should not rely on warmer weather to slow the rapid spread of the virus across the globe.”It is too simplistic to suggest a tropical climate can stop coronavirus because there are many other factors, like human to human contact which can happened very fast,” said Sugiyono Saputra, a microbiology researcher at the Indonesian Institute of Sciences.”Environmental factors may not affect the virus at all.” A dramatic surge in coronavirus infections in Southeast Asia in recent days has increased doubts over a theory that warmer weather could stem the spread of the virus, health experts say.Relatively low cases of infections in many Southeast Asian countries had been cited as possible evidence that hotter weather was suppressing the virus, giving hope to Europe and the United States as they head into spring.But countries from Indonesia to Thailand to Malaysia and the Philippines have recorded their highest rate of infections in recent days as testing has ramped up, in a sign seasonal factors may only play a limited role in coronavirus’ spread. “The temperature theory doesn’t really hold up given what’s happening right now in much of Southeast Asia,” said Tikki Pangestu, a professor at Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.”People in Europe hope warm weather will kill the virus. I doubt this will be the reality.”The coronavirus, which causes a respiratory disease called COVID-19, has infected almost 170,000 and over 6,500 have died.Though a limited amount is known about the new virus, some of the symptoms show similarities with winter influenza, which is more widespread in colder temperatures, although this is partly attributed to people crowding together inside.center_img Topics :last_img read more


first_imgThe Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency has banned entertainment establishments from operating on Thursday and Friday in observance of Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice).In a circular published on Monday, the agency’s head Cucu Ahmad Kurnia asked tourist attraction operators in the capital to operate inline with the regulations for the Idul Adha celebration, which falls on Friday.According to the city’s regulations, entertainment establishments, such as saunas, nightclubs, massage parlors, discotheques, spas, karaoke bars, pubs, pool halls and other tourist attractions must be closed one day prior to and on the day of Idul Adha.Read also: Idul Adha festivities banned in COVID-19 ‘red zones’“Discotheques that are located inside commercial areas or four-starred [or above] hotels and not located near places of worship, schools, housing complexes or hospitals are exempt [from this policy],” Cucu said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.The agency will enforce strict punishments on business owners caught violating the regulations during the Idul Adha celebrations, he added. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more


first_img“The proposals reflect a thoughtful mix of prescriptive and principles-based requirements that should result in improved disclosures and the elimination of unnecessary costs and burdens.”The proposed changes included dropping a requirement for companies to disclose the “most significant” risks to their business and replacing this with a requirement to disclose the most “material” risk factors.Clayton highlighted that the SEC’s proposal recognised that “intangible assets, and in particular human capital, often are a significantly more important driver of value in today’s global economy”.According to the commission, its proposed amendment of the rule relating to companies’ “narrative description of the business” would also “refocus the regulatory compliance requirement by including material government regulations, not just environmental provisions, as a topic”.Company disclosure of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) topics has become a topic of debate in Washington recently.In October, a coalition of asset managers, public pension funds, lawyers and responsible investment organisations filed a petition with the SEC to request that it develop a comprehensive ESG disclosure framework. Last month US lawmakers in the House Financial Services Committee debated five draft bills that would require public companies to disclose information on certain ESG topics. Source: SECThe SEC’s headquarters in Washington DC The US financial markets regulator has proposed amendments to corporate disclosure rules in a bid to improve information for investors and ease compliance by public companies.More specifically, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said, the proposed changes were intended to make disclosure documents easier to read and to discourage repetition or disclosure of information that was not material.“The world economy and our markets have changed dramatically in the more than 30 years since the adoption of our rules for business disclosures by public companies,” said Jay Clayton, chairman of the commission, in a statement yesterday.“Today’s proposal reflects these significant changes, as well as the reality that there will be changes in the future.last_img read more


first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs improve to 4-0 on the season with a 42-21 road win against The Rushville Lions this past Friday Night.Batesville Football RecapThe Bulldogs travel to St. Leon to battle East Central on Homecoming this Football Friday Night.  Kickoff at Trojan Field will be at 7.WRBI’s coverage starts with our Countdown To Kickoff at 6.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Eric Feller.last_img


first_imgJessie James Ballard entered this life 25 weeks prematurely at 8:53 a.m., Tuesday, February 20, 2018, in Vevay, Indiana. He was to be the loving son of, Devon Allen Ballard and Adrienna Rashon Lambert. His expected date of arrival was to be August 20, 2018. Jessie will be deeply missed by his heartbroken parents, Devon Allen Ballard and Adrienna Rashon Lambert of Vevay, IN; his big sister, Adrianna Candace Michelle Ballard of Vevay, IN; his maternal-grandparents, Shelia and Darrell Brookins of Louisville, KY; his paternal-grandfather, Larry Ballard of Florence, IN; his maternal-great-grandfather, Billy Ridgell of AR; his maternal-great-grandmother, Emma Gillum of Little Rock, AR; his paternal-great-grandmother, Mary Ballard of Glasgow, KY; his paternal-great-grandfather, Jamie Lester of Lawrenceburg, IN; his aunts and uncles, Jayme and Matthew Johnston of Florence, IN, Skylar and Terry Phelps of Cincinnati, OH, Josh and Heidi Harrell of Patriot, IN, Angel and Estol Cunningham of Lawrenceburg, IN, Gary Barnett of Bowling Green, KY, Darrell Brookins, Jr. of Louisville, KY, Kevin Trice of St. Louis, MO, LaDiamond Brookins of Little Rock, AR and Jayla Brookins of Little Rock, AR and his several cousins and other relatives.He was preceded in death by his paternal-grandmother, Candace S. “Candy” Ballard, died June 16, 1998; his maternal-grandmother, Romentha Hall; his maternal-great-grandmother, Mary Harrell; his paternal-great-grandmother, Clarence Ballard; his paternal-great-great-grandparents, James and Clara Lewis Cornett and his cousins, Kaitlyn Rose Eaglin, died November 22, 2013 and Kaden Lee Harrell, died October 20, 2010Graveside Services and Interment will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 23, 2018, River View Cemetery, 3635 East Laughery Creek Road, Aurora, Indiana 47001.Memorial contributions may be made to Jessie James Ballard Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home.last_img read more


first_imgSaturday’s Stock Car main event boasts a $3,500 top possible check. The winner goes home with $1,000 plus a bonus of $50 for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts.  Nearly $300,000 will be paid out to competitors at the upcoming Super Nationals, scheduled Sept. 2-7 at Boone Speedway. Another $60,000 in contingencies will be awarded to Modified, Late Model, Stock Car, Hobby Stock, Northern SportMod and Sport Compact drivers.  The champion of Tuesday’s Sport Compact main event could bank as much as $500. They’ll get a guaranteed $250 plus a $5 bonus for each of up to 50 starts.  Top prize for the Hobby Stocks could reach $1,850. They’ll race for $600 to win their Saturday night main and the bonus of $25 per start up to 50. All purse money is posted and paid at the event; Super Nationals champions’ bonuses will be presented during the national awards banquet in Lincoln, Neb., in November. Winning Monday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series main event could also be good for as much as $3,500. The Late Model tour event pays a guaranteed $2,000 to win, plus a bonus of as much as $1,500 based on $30 for each of as many as 50 starts. BOONE, Iowa – Great dirt track drivers will take home shares of a great purse at the 37th annual IMCA Speedway Motors Super National fueled by Casey’s.  “Over the years,” he continued, “we have been able to accomplish that because of the great contin­gency award support given by IMCA spon­sors.” Potential payday for the Northern SportMods on Saturday is $2,250. That main event pays a guaran­teed $1,000 to win plus a bonus of $25 for each of up to 50 starts this season.  Every driver starting the Modified Big Dance earns $1,000. “So many elements have gone into making and maintaining Super Nationals as the premier event for weekly IMCA racers,” observed IMCA President Brett Root. “Our goal has always been to keep entry fee and admission costs at reasonable levels while continuing to provid­e the best possi­ble purse structure that attracts and benefits the weekly IMCA racer the most. The Weekly Racing bonus accomplishes just that. We welcome all racers to attend but our bonus is geared toward IMCA’s most loyal racers.” Modified drivers are guaranteed $300 providing they race each night Wednesday through Satur­day. Stock Car drivers are guaranteed $200 if they race Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The Saturday, Sept. 7 Modified main event boasts a potential $7,000 paycheck for the winner. That includes a guaranteed $2,000 plus a $100 bonus for each of as many as 50 sanctioned starts made during the season.last_img read more


first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Guyana Jaguars head coach Esaun Crandon said his side’s sixth-round victory over Jamaica Scorpions is a huge boost to their push for a third straight Regional 4-Day title.The Jaguars, the defending Regional 4-Day champions, completed a seven-wicket victory on Monday to again take leadership in the six-franchise tournament from the Scorpions, the previous tournament front-runners.The Jags moved into the lead on 84.8 points, leaving the Scorpions in second on 73, just five clear of traditionally-strong Barbados, another sixth-round winner.“This is definitely a huge win for us,” said Crandon. “It was a total team effort. I thought we were a little bit rusty on the first day, but we knew what our bowlers were capable of doing.“We were a little hampered at home in terms of preparation, so these guys had to come out and be professional and showcase their skill.”Crandon said: “All in all, I am happy with the victory. I guess there are some areas that we need to work on as we go on, so we just have to try and put in the work and take it one game at a time.“We recognise the importance of winning this game and taking the lead away from home. Our aim is to win the next two games, and if we don’t win, then we have to try and get as many points from those two games. So this is a huge boost for us going into the next two games.”Jaguars will continue their road show, when they travel to Port of Spain to face Trinidad & Tobago Red Force, the other sixth-round winner, at Queen’s Park Oval before travelling half-hour northward to Bridgetown, where they will renew the oldest rivalry in the regional game against the Pride at Kensington Oval.At the same time, Scorpions captain Nikita Miller said it was a major disappointment for his side to lose on home soil and for a second time in the tournament to the Jaguars, following a 181-run defeat in the first round last November.“I feel like we had a good opportunity to win this game, but the difference I believe was that their fast bowlers did a lot better than ours and that made the difference,” said Miller.“If our pace bowlers had been a little bit more consistent maybe we would have got some more wickets from them on (Sunday).Miller said: “Every game from here on is like a final, so we have to double our efforts. I think that we have to close out games when we get that opportunity because it was a second-innings game.“Our decision-making in both innings was not up to the standard that I or the coaching staff expected and going forward we have to look at that and make sure that we score runs. If we are going to win games, we have to score runs because that is what sets up games.”The Scorpions host the flagging Leeward Islands Hurricanes on Friday at Sabina Park in Kingston in the seventh round, which also features the Pride welcoming the Windward Islands Volcanoes to Kensington Oval.last_img read more


first_img Comments Published on September 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Jamie Plenkovich saw what he thought was the weak link of the Ferndale High School defense. It was a thin, wiry, 14-year old freshman starting cornerback, whose helmet looked too big for his head. The kid’s name was Jake Locker. Plenkovich, then the varsity coach at Sehome, a rival high school, had hopes of picking on Locker by lining his all-league receiver up against the young cornerback. ‘I just thought he was not going to be able to be physical and tackle,’ Plenkovich said, ‘and I wanted our guy, who was a good receiver, to go one-on-one with him and challenge him in the first quarter.’ Bad idea.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The first time Sehome threw Locker’s way, he nearly picked off the pass. The next time, Locker made a sure tackle on the spot. After two or three more throws to Locker’s side of the field, Plenkovich avoided throwing his direction the rest of the game. After the season, Locker was voted an all-league cornerback. As a sophomore, he moved to the other side of the ball and became Ferndale’s starting varsity quarterback. Plenkovich, who had once coached against Locker, took over as the varsity head coach at Ferndale a year later, as Locker progressed into an all-state quarterback as a junior and senior. ‘He just scared the living daylights out of me (as an opponent),’ Plenkovich said. ‘So I knew when I came to Ferndale, we had to make sure we really exploited his athleticism and his gifts as a weapon on offense.’ And Plenkovich did just that. Locker was the ‘weapon’ Ferndale used to capture a Washington State Championship title in his senior year before moving on to play collegiately at Washington. In his first career start for the Huskies in 2007, Locker torched the Syracuse defense by throwing for 142 yards and rushing for 83 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-12 rout at the Carrier Dome. Now, as a senior Heisman Trophy candidate, Locker will see the Orange for the second time on Saturday in Seattle (Fox Sports Northwest, 7 p.m.). This time, the attention is all on Locker. He’s projected as a Top 10 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and many believe he has the prototypical body of an NFL quarterback. But what many don’t know is that he hasn’t forgotten his small-town roots and values. He still abides by the values with which he was raised. He made that evident in his decision to come back to Washington for his senior season, rather than entering the 2010 NFL Draft. ‘I saw down and talked to (my parents) about it,’ Locker said in a teleconference on Aug. 30. ‘Got a chance to talk to my dad. He said, ‘Jake, you know, make a decision that when you’re my age, you’ll look back on and you won’t regret.’ ‘It was easy for me to come back.’ Locker was born into a family full of athletes. His father, Scott, and three uncles were all running backs for Ferndale. His uncle Pat went on to rush for 4,049 yards at Western Washington. His grandfather was also a football player, and mother Anita won a state volleyball championship at Ferndale. But Jake was different. He was even better. A football and baseball player, Locker was the buzz of Ferndale right from that game against Sehome. People knew the Locker family and their athletic accomplishments, but they also knew the youngest Locker was special. Locker’s greatest leaps and bounds as a football player came once he was in high school. He would go to Ferndale High before school started to do a sprinter’s workout with one of the track coaches and then go to baseball practice after school. He would work out in his garage each day, determined to get bigger and stronger. The thin and wiry kid became a long and strong man. ‘We used to make fun of him because we thought he ate dumbbells for breakfast,’ said Rocki Sandusky, one of Locker’s childhood friends and his current roommate in Seattle. ‘The kid just blew up when he got to high school. He got huge. His work ethic definitely changed how he looks.’ His work ethic paid off for the rest of the team, too, as it now had one of the best quarterbacks in the state at its disposal. Ferndale lost in the state final his junior season, but made it back and blew out Prosser, 47-12, in his senior season — defeating another Heisman candidate, Boise State’s Kellen Moore. The effect Locker has had on the town of Ferndale is perhaps even more impressive. The small town of less than 9,000 people has latched on to Locker. He is their hero. Locker’s parents have yet to miss a game he’s played for the Huskies, no matter how far away they have to travel. Many others Ferndale residents make the 90-minute trek to Seattle. He’s mesmerized an entire community. Jake Locker, the person, is a key reason why Ferndale is so attached to him. Both Plenkovich and UW head coach Steve Sarkisian say he’s a better human being than he is a football player. There’s much more to Locker than his football accolades. For those close to Locker, he’s not only the ultimate athlete, but the ultimate person as well. For example, he once shaved his head as a fundraiser for a Ferndale athlete who was battling cancer. ‘People sometimes are looking for heroes, and they really like their heroes to be tall and handsome and nice and polite, and to not get in trouble,’ said Ferndale mayor Gary Jensen, who also employs Jake’s mother as the business manager of his plumbing company. ‘Those are sometimes just fantasies of the book. Here, you got Jake, and you’re going, ‘Man, he’s the real deal.” All of that isn’t to say that Locker’s play on the field hasn’t amazed the town of Ferndale as well. In a game against Sehome during Locker’s senior year, Sehome’s quarterback attempted to throw the ball away out of bounds. But out of nowhere came Locker, leaping up to pick off the pass and take it back for six. It’s not all athletic ability, either. Locker has that high football IQ. He reads plays and picks up schemes with ease. He might as well have been in the offensive huddle in a game against Vancouver Collegiate in his senior year. ‘He was like, ‘Listen, they’re going to run a sweep around the end,” said Sandusky, who played safety alongside Locker in the Ferndale secondary. ‘He came around and made the tackle. Next play, he goes, ‘Rocki, they’re going to throw a hitch to this guy here. I’m going to pick it and take it back for six.” He took it back for six. Though it has been more than four years since that state title game, Plenkovich still keeps in touch with Locker. The old coach talks to his former star every few weeks, whether it is about Ferndale’s season or what’s going on in Locker’s life. Plenkovich knows Washington’s struggles over the past couple of seasons bother Locker immensely. The quarterback once apologized to his coach after a loss. And Plenkovich knows those humble, small-town values will keep Locker grounded, even when he’s getting paid to scare the living daylights out of NFL coaches. ‘He’ll remain true to his values, and that’s going to help him have success as well,’ Plenkovich said. ‘He does not get star-struck or caught up in the accolades he receives. ‘He’s a better guy off the field than on the field, and he’s really special on the field.’ mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgBRYAN FAUST/Herald photoFor UW, this weekend’s games against Penn State and Ohio State carry major postseason implications. In order to have a chance to realize their pre-season goal of qualifying for the Big Ten tournament, the Badgers figure to need to take three of four games against high quality competition.”Penn State has good pitching, Ohio State has good hitting … but if we play the way that we can, we will be able to be in those ball games,” UW head coach Chandelle Schulte said, adding, “This weekend it is for us. We know we have to win at least three of those four to be in that tournament.” UW (20-19, 4-8) currently occupies 10th place in the Big Ten standings, one and a half games back of eighth place Indiana. UW must displace Indiana and take over the eighth spot to garner an invitation to the tournament.Toeing the rubber this crucial weekend will be workhorse staff ace Eden Brock. Brock (16-10) has started the last nine games for the Badgers, including a complete game shutout Wednesday.”The last two weeks, Eden has carried this team,” Schulte said of her junior pitcher. “We will ride Eden as long as Eden allows us to ride her. At this point it is about experience, and Eden has it.”In other words, there is a good possibility Brock will start all four of the weekend’s games.Penn State (33-12, 6-8) enters the weekend in third place in the conference standings. The Nittany Lions got off to a fast start in the non-conference portion of their schedule, then struggled for a stretch, but have come on strong as of late, winning 12 of their last 13.Penn State provides a similar challenge to that of other top tier Big Ten teams. Penn State’s strength lies in a strong pitching staff anchored by Missy Berseres. The staff hasn’t allowed more than two runs in any game in almost three weeks and enters weekend play with a staff ERA of just over one.Normally, this would signal a tough couple of games at the plate, but UW has hit top level pitching at most times better than weaker pitching.Offensively, Penn State is led by junior outfielder Jen Williams. Williams has hit for a .321 batting average and also leads the team in triples and stolen bases. The overall team attack manages only a meager 3.3 runs per game, so if UW can score some runs, they should be in position to win.”If we can put some things together, we should be OK,” Schulte said.Ohio State provides a vastly different challenge for UW. The Buckeyes enter the weekend statistically ranking in the top four in the Big Ten in nearly every offensive category. Victory will depend on how well Brock is able to quiet the Buckeye bats.”If we can keep the ball in the park against Ohio State, we’ll be successful,” Schulte said.Doing so will be easier said than done. Ohio State has sent out 37 home runs on the year, and is led by a pair of native daughters, Chelsea Baker and Courtney Pruner, who each have gone yard seven times.Production is by no means limited to those two sluggers. Eight Buckeyes have driven in at least 16 runs this season, as part of an offensive attack that averages just over four and a half runs a game. For comparison’s sake, the UW line-up features only two players with such production.If Wisconsin is to keep its postseason hopes alive for another week, Schulte knows it will take an opportunistic effort which has, up to this point, been missing.”Every series we have gone into seems to be as if it was important, but we have not capitalized on the errors of our opponents,” Schulte said. “This weekend, that will be the key.”last_img read more


first_imgBarry Shank, professor of American studies, cultural theory and popular music at the Department of Comparative Studies at the Ohio State University, discussed culture in music at a seminar Monday hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.Listening · Professor Barry Shank of the Ohio State University speaks at a seminar Monday about his research into cultural meaning and interpretation of popular music. – Priyanka Patel | Daily TrojanHis presentation “From Sentimental to Interrogative Listening: Clining in the Aural Imaginary” focused on what is called the “aural imaginary” by ethnic studies expert Roshanak Kheshti: “where experiences of musical pleasure are inescapably structured by relations of dominance.”Shank received a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and currently studies the “political agency of music, commercial popular culture and cultural history,” according to his biography on the Ohio State website.Shank is currently working on a project called “Silence, Noise, Beauty: The Political Agency of Music,” which was presented at the lecture.Shank explained the idea that it is impossible for human beings to listen to sounds from various cultures and experience meaning in the same way.“If we only listen to music we already know, that music does nothing but reaffirm our already existing sense of the world and our already existing sense of what we believe,” Shank said.One band of a specific culture that Shank referred to is Tinariwen, whose members originate from the Sahara Desert area of northern Mali. The members of the band met in refugee camps in Libya and many participated as rebel fighters in Mali. Their music sends a strong message about the suffrage of the Tuareg people and other suppressed groups using an instrument familiar to Western listeners: a guitar.Shank said that the melodies of Tinariwen “stage an exchange of articulate voices,” and that the presence of the band’s music all over the world shows the use of a familiar medium to convey a message foreign to many.“What’s sought isn’t your affection, but your respect,” Shank said of the music of other communities around the world. He noted that listeners are often unable to empathize with the messages of people of vastly different cultures, but can still feel the music and note the sense of beauty in the work.Many students who attended the seminar were not familiar with the subject at hand, but were enticed by the implications of Shank’s work.Robert Sarkesium, a first-year Ph.D. student in Annenberg, said he enjoyed Shank’s presentation even though he did not have much experience with the topic.“I am very happy that this work is being done [with] the focus on different cultures and music and different kinds of media,” Sarkesium said.last_img read more