Govt appoints Achmad Yurianto as spokesperson for COVID-19-related matters in Indonesia

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first_img“There [in Japan], he was diagnosed by doctors to have been infected with SARS coronavirus type 2,” Yurianto told the Post on Feb. 25.He had insisted that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) was different from COVID-19.”What we have now is a COVID-19 epidemic. There are experts saying that COVID-19 is different from SARS CoV-2 and that the differences reach 70 percent,” he said.Read also: Patient in Cianjur did not die from COVID-19: Health MinistryThe International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), which is responsible for naming and classifying new viruses, announced on Feb. 11 that the virus that caused COVID-19 had been named SARS-CoV-2.The World Health Organization has also published a special webpage on the naming of the new coronavirus, with a section titled “Why do the virus and the disease have different names?”, providing a clear explanation. (nal)Topics : The government appointed on Tuesday the Disease Control and Prevention Directorate General’s secretary, Achmad Yurianto , spokesperson for all coronavirus-related matters following the country’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19.Presidential Secretariat deputy head of protocol, press and media Bey Triadi Machmudin said in a statement that Yurianto would handle all questions related to the coronavirus. Prior to his appointment, Yurianto had mixed up diseases and viruses when answering The Jakarta Post’s questions about a Japanese citizen who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus upon his return from a trip to Indonesia.last_img read more

This Norman Park property was the very definition of a renovator’s delight

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first_img20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.After a couple of massive years of renovations and an almost total rebuild, it’s hard to understand why anyone would part with this Norman Park riverfront home.But for Sharon and John Russell, it’s the opportunity to seize the day and travel that is dragging them away.The couple bought the home at 20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park more than four years ago.“Because we had a marine business it was perfect for us,’’ Mrs Russell said. “We just took one look at it originally and knew we could do a lot with it. We thought there were good bones.“It took us two years to work out exactly what we were going to do, so we finished our renovation a year ago.”Sharon and John Russell are selling their Norman Park home. Picture: Mark CallejaThe massive project took longer than expected when three extra slabs were found after digging through the top slab, and because the area was tight it had to be dug out with buckets and spades.“It was basically a total rebuild so that all that was left were some of the external walls, the roof was still there but otherwise we did everything,” she said.There were three bedrooms when the family bought the home, but now there are four, each with its own ensuite.An old bomb shelter was cleaned up and, after two weeks of peeling layers of paint off the bricks, it was converted into a 200-bottle cellar with a bar.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.“The house is beautiful. We built it to stay there and never move,’’ Mrs Russell said. But a medical incident with a family member about a year ago made the couple rethink their plans.“It just made us think you never know,” she explained. “You really should do everything you want to do when you can.”“So we have decided we just want to travel.”Mrs Russell said their dream had been to live on the river, and she would miss it.“It is like a moving picture 24 hours a day,” she said. “We are perched on top of the river — a lot of our friends have got homes on the river, but we are over the top of the river.20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.“The kitchen is the kitchen I always dreamt of. It is beautiful, and has a 180-degree view of the river, and then we have got a boat house, which you can’t get any more. It was built, we think in the ’50s, so you can’t ever build again, and we made it somewhere really special.“We will often go and sit down there. It is on the jetty perched over the river.”The area has been the setting for many parties and family functions.20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.Inside, the living area has imported French oak flooring and high ceilings.The main bedroom has a large dressing room, an ensuite with a freestanding bathtub and access to the north-facing terrace.The home is listed through Debora Evans of Deborah Evans Properties Morningside.last_img read more

International recruiting pays off for UW

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first_imgRicardo Martin is no ordinary tennis player. A sophomore on the University of Wisconsin’s men’s tennis team, Martin was the No. 1 player in Colombia for his age group between the ages of 12-14, and then again between the ages 16-18.After picking up tennis at age nine, Martin decided he wanted to pursue a career in professional tennis at 13. By age 14, Martin won the 14 and under International Tennis Federation (ITF) juniors title at the Yucatan Open, one of the largest juniors tournaments in the world.“I have played in South America, Europe and the U.S.,” Martin said. “I’ve played everywhere.”But after experiencing such a thrilling past, how did Martin settle on Wisconsin as the final stepping-stone before launching into his professional career?Martin’s response was blunt: “My coach convinced me.”After playing in 38 grand slam events in 11 years with the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), head coach Greg Van Emburgh has made his share of tennis contacts around the world.“If he needs a player from a foreign country, he can just call his buddies up and they can help him out,” team captain Marek Michalicka said. “He says that everybody knows him.”Van Emburgh was a friend of Martin’s ex-coach from their playing days together, and immediately recognized Martin’s potential.“Ricardo is a top 200 ITF Junior player,” Van Emburgh said. “He has played all over the world, and he has played at the highest level of junior international tennis. I think he’s well rounded and has the experience and the knowledge, more so than some of the national players that we come across and recruit.”While Martin was able to win his first three matches after joining the Badgers January of 2010, inconsistency in play resulted in only a 7-9 singles record and 3-4 doubles record last year.Michalicka said he believes Martin can overcome these inconsistencies and reach his potential with proper discipline.“If he wants to play and he wants to win, he can play really, really well,” Michalicka said. “He can play really good tennis if he wants. If he doesn’t want to play, then I feel like he doesn’t care that much. But I have the feeling that he is a good tennis player when he’s focused.”Michalicka said Martin could have done better than he actually performed last year, but coming from the Czech Republic himself, Michalicka admits it can be a difficult adjustment to come to Wisconsin from a foreign country, to which Van Emburgh agrees.“When he first came in here, he was really shy and he was getting adjusted to life in the U.S. and college life,” Van Emburgh said. “I think now his personality is starting to come out, and he’s much more vocal and he feels much more at ease being here. I think he’s going to have a good year this year.”Van Emburgh agreed that Martin can lack focus on the court at times, but noted that Martin has won five out of six tournament matches this year and is starting to concentrate more throughout matches.Van Emburgh added that if the players on the team were perfect, they wouldn’t be here in college; they would be on the pro tour. Each player has something to improve, and it just so happens that Martin has to improve his concentration on the court, but that shouldn’t take away all of his other potential and talent.Although the Badgers feature three players from foreign countries, Van Emburgh said his international recruiting practices have not caused a communication barrier for the team.“I think it’s a great mix for our guys,” Van Emburgh said. “The Americans and the internationals have one thing in common: they are a team…and they have the same mission in mind. They want to be successful, they want to do it together and it’s been great to see the guys really bond.”With such a large network of professional tennis players from around the world on hand, it comes as no surprise that Van Emburgh’s team is so diverse. However, Van Emburgh said an international roster is nothing new in collegiate tennis.“You just don’t really notice it until you start looking at rosters,” Van Emburgh said, “but I think over the past eight to 10 years, I think it has gotten more popular with the college tennis team and college system, both men and women.”According to Van Emburgh, every program in the country ranked in the top 75 now has at least three, and maybe four, international players on the team. Van Emburgh said having international players definitely adds to any program and has yielded a lot of success because of it.“I think doing international recruiting is like doing national recruiting; it goes hand in hand,” Van Emburgh said.Some minor editing errors in the original copy were corrected.last_img read more