Health protocols to be priority in tourism recovery strategy: Officials

first_imgTopics : As part of the recovery program, the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry will launch online marketing campaigns and improve hygiene and safety standards in major tourist destinations to attract foreign tourists. “As part of the rebound strategy, we will deliver a message to the market that the safety and hygiene of our tourist destinations are in accordance with international standards. By doing so, we can spur confidence and maintain our credibility among potential visitors,” said the ministry’s deputy head of resources and institutional affairs, Frans Teguh.In addition, Frans said the ministry also provided online training for tourism workers who wished to improve their skills and prepare themselves for shifts in consumer behavior.Local administrations are also preparing various strategies, with health, safety and hygiene protocols a priority.Bali’s deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Arta Ardhana said the province planned to establish “tourism clusters”, which would be exclusive tourist zones in which high-level health protocols would be implemented, so that tourists could be welcomed back without the risk of spreading COVID-19 to locals.“We don’t want to have a second wave of infections when we reopen. Therefore, we are currently discussing setting up tourism clusters around the island,” he said.Meanwhile, Belitung’s deputy regent Isyak Meirobie proposed offering tourism packages that would include a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for visitors who visited the island.“The tourists would have to take a swab test on their arrival to the island, which would be part of the tour package. If they’re found negative, they could roam freely on the island,” he said.A recent survey by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) confirmed the predicted change in traveler preferences, with health and safety becoming a major concern for future trips.The survey was conducted among 1,200 Chinese tourists, who made up the largest group of foreign visitors to the country before the pandemic.“The tourists surveyed hope that travel agencies and destinations take the necessary measures to ensure the health and safety of tourists during their travels,” the study read. The government is preparing a tourism recovery strategy after the sector was severely impacted by the emergency measures put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country.The Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister’s undersecretary, Ridwan Djamaluddin, said the government would soon establish a team to coordinate efforts to revive tourism alongside private companies and stakeholders. “We are currently formulating a strategy and raising funds to revive tourism. The ministry has proposed establishing a joint team to coordinate our efforts, as the government and private sector cannot work separately” he said during an online discussion held by Tourism Aware Citizens (Masata) on May 14.center_img Tourism came to a virtual halt when the COVID-19 outbreak hit Indonesia in March. The situation worsened in the following months after the government imposed a partial lockdown to halt the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.According to the latest data issued by Statistic Indonesia (BPS), foreign tourist arrivals fell 64.1 percent year-on-year (yoy) in March to 470,898 visitors, a level unseen since February 2009.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, however, believes tourism will rebound in 2021 with the government to prioritize it in its economic agenda, according to the Presidential Chief of Staff Moeldoko.“The President projected that there would be a tourism boom next year and the industry should be ready for it,” he said during the discussion.last_img read more

Delray Beach 15 year-old Coco Gauff Loses in Round of 16 at Wimbledon

first_imgFifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff of Delray Beach has lost in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. She was up against number seven seed, Simona Halep. Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff [[ Goff ]] is now playing her round-of-16 match today at Wimbledon. She’s up against number seven seed, Simona Halep. No one that young has made it this far in the tournament since Jennifer Capriati in 1991. Gauff lost in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 No one that young has made it this far in the tournament since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.last_img

ICC World Cup Yuvraj Singh is expecting ‘special performance’ from THIS Indian player

first_img New Delhi : Yuvraj Singh, hero of India’s victorious campaign in the 2011 World Cup, is expecting “special performances” from all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the 2019 edition, beginning May 30 in the UK. Pandya is back to his best, at least with the bat, following testing times which saw him serve an interim suspension for making sexist comments on a popular chat show. The 25-year-old has been in remarkable form this IPL and his Mumbai Indians teammate Yuvraj hopes that he extends his explosive run to the 50-over mega event.   “I was actually having this conversation with him (Hardik) yesterday where I told him that ‘you have a great chance of performing really well with the ball and bat’, the kind of form he is in at the moment.” Definitely, the way he is batting at the moment, it is phenomenal and I hope he carries that form (into the World Cup). He has been bowling well in patches but as I said it is all about how you handle the pressure,” said Yuvraj.The veteran left handed batsman was speaking after launching a marketing campaign for MoneyGram ahead of the ICC World Cup. Pandya has been in the form of his life and Yuvraj said that his 91 against the Kolkata Knight Riders was the best IPL innings he has seen.”It is probably the best shape as a batsman to get in. I have been watching since the practice games, he was hitting the ball really well. I had told him ‘it is going to be a special tournament for you, the way you are hitting the ball’,” said the southpaw.” Over the years, as an experienced player you know if someone is hitting the ball well, he is in great shape. He got 91 from 34 balls against KKR, probably that is the best innings I have seen in the IPL just because he hit four quality bowlers he was batting against.  highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “When you are doing that, you know that someone is batting very well,” added Yuvraj, who is known for hitting six sixes in the 2007 edition of WorldT20 in South Africa.Chief selector MSK Prasad, during the World Cup squad announcement, stated that Vijay Shankar would bat at number 4.  But there is still no clarity about who will bat at  four and asked about it, Yuvraj gave a guarded reply.”That question you need to ask the selectors, not me. All I can say is that No 4 is a very important position and I am sure they have selected the team thinking about the whole competition. We have to find who is batting at No 4, I am sure there are a couple of options, we just have to wait and watch”The thing for me is that when you go back you need experience for whatever number you are batting. All five positions are very important. The conditions are going to be different, so I think it’s how you manage yourself under pressure. You will be put under pressure because the best teams in the world are playing. How the guys handle pressure in crunch situations is actually going to show the character of the team.”When asked whether the likes of Ricky Ponting be allowed to coach in the IPL as it could expose Indian players in a World Cup while someone like a Sanjay Bangar, who is the Indian team’s assistant coach, was not allowed to be part of the Kings XI Punjab set up due to conflict of interest, Yuvraj did not say much.”I am not in the Board. You are asking me an administrative question. My opinion is, first of all, it is not my call. I cannot not be saying who should coach or not. I think Ricky Ponting is a legend. It is great for young guys to benefit from him. You learn so much. “If Sanjay has worked with the Indian team for such a long time. He has got great work ethics. I am actually not in a position to say, who should be coaching where and who should be not coaching where. It is a great opportunity for everyone to learn with people who have experience,” said Yuvraj.(With Inputs: PTI) Yuvraj Singh expecting a special performance from Hardik Pandya in World Cup. India will start World Cup campaign against South Africa. Hardik Pandya is the first all-rounder option. last_img read more

Women’s water polo takes national title

first_imgYou’d be hard-pressed to fault graduating seniors and members of the USC women’s water polo team Tumua Anae, Kami Craig, Forel Davies, Alexandra Kiss and Kally Lucas for feeling a little frustrated.Champions – The USC women’s water polo team took home the 2010 NCAA Championship after beating Stanford 10-9 in the final. The title comes after two consecutive championship round losses in 2008 and 2009. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports Info After all, the players came to USC with the hope of capturing a national championship, but for one reason or another, postseason success had seemingly eluded them. And much to their chagrin, it was primarily crosstown rival UCLA that contributed to their downfall.In 2007, the Bruins handed the No. 3 Women of Troy a heartbreaking 7-6 semifinal loss that kept them out of the championship game. A year later in 2008, it was a similar script, as UCLA once again defeated the No. 2 Women of Troy when it mattered most — in the NCAA championship game.But despite the exasperating finishes of 2007 and 2008, 2009 looked rather promising. Experienced two-meter Craig was back after taking the previous season off to train for the Olympics with the U.S. national team, and the rest of the group had gained more experience as well. They entered the postseason on a 14-game winning streak after just one loss during the regular season, and were even given the No. 1 seed by the NCAA selection committee.However, the stretch run proved to be the latest version of Bill Murray’s Groundhog Day, as the Women of Troy suffered another agonizing championship defeat at the hands of the Bruins, losing 5-4.In three years, despite three consecutive top-three finishes, the slipper didn’t seem to fit; the senior quintet had no postseason hardware to show for all their hard work and various accomplishments.But that all changed on May 16.Faced with the opportunity to end their collegiate careers on a positive note against conference rival Stanford in the NCAA championship game, the seniors guided the Women of Troy to a heart-thumping 10-9 victory, earning them that long-awaited national title.“I can’t believe I’m even holding this trophy in my hands,” said Craig, who was named tournament MVP immediately after the win. “A lot of effort went into it this. It was about time.”In the early moments of the contest, however, it didn’t appear as if it would take much effort for Craig and co. to finally get over the hump.Despite an early Kelly Eaton goal that gave the Cardinal a 1-0 lead, USC would take advantage of several Stanford miscues. On its first 6-on-5 opportunity, junior two-meter Kristen Dronberger capitalized on the advantage, powering a shot through the net to knot the score at one apiece. Just moments later, teammate Patricia Jancso, a freshman two-meter, broke the tie and gave USC a 2-1 lead with a goal of her own. Before Stanford could seemingly make any adjustment, the Women of Troy’s lead ballooned to a three-goal margin in large part to a relentless offensive attack.“We knew we were going to stay calm, composed and take it just one pass at a time, one play at a time, one quarter at a time,” Craig said. “Our game would then come together.”With the team holding a 6-3 halftime lead, Craig’s proclamation appeared remarkably accurate, but as in past years, the journey to the top wouldn’t be particularly smooth.As the third quarter began, USC slowly watched Stanford catch fire as driver Kim Krueger got a lob shot past goalie Tumua Anae just 48 seconds in, lowering the deficit to two. A minute later, Stanford cut the USC advantage to just one following a goal from driver Kelly Eaton.With their lead suddenly in flux, the Women of Troy elevated their play on both ends of the pool. The defense, forced to stop a potent Stanford offense threatening to thwart the team’s title hopes, shut down the Cardinal when it mattered most, creating multiple Stanford turnovers. On the offensive end, USC took advantage of those miscues, scoring four consecutive goals to build a nearly insurmountable 10-6 lead midway through the fourth quarter.“We needed to stay and play a smart game,” Anae said. “We still had a few minutes left so our focus was on defense and patience on offense. You don’t want to back down, but you don’t want to start playing bad water polo.”But once again, Stanford dug its heels into USC’s four-goal lead. Following two quick goals, the Cardinal capitalized on a 6-on-5 opportunity, as two-meter Annika Dries netted her first score of the game to cut the deficit to just one with 45 seconds remaining.“I couldn’t even watch,” Craig said. “At one point, I was just holding hands with my teammates on the bench, just waiting for the buzzer to go off. That last possession was the longest of my life.”Yet for once, the stars aligned for Craig and her fellow seniors, as they held onto their narrow lead and avoided what could have been another postseason disaster.“It was honestly one of the best feelings in the world,” said driver Kally Lucas, one of the team’s five seniors, after the win. “The best part about it is that I am doing it with my best friends. This is my last water polo game ever and to go out with a win is so exciting for me.”The win also gave coach Jovan Vavic, who coaches the men’s team in the fall, his third national championship on the women’s circuit and eighth overall. But as usual, he was quick to deflect any praise.“This was a 100 percent team effort,” Vavic said. “We had so many players play well. Our seniors played a great game. They played with lots of fire, lots of heart. I am so happy to see them end their careers with a win.”last_img read more

Wisconsin upsets No. 2 Gophers, 3-2, in Hockey City Classic

first_imgTyler Barnes looks to attack in Sunday\’s game against Minnesota at Soldier Field.[/media-credit]CHICAGO – It took 30 shots on goal and 33:03 off the clock, but it was well worth the wait for the Wisconsin men’s hockey team.At the 13:03 mark of the second period the Badgers found their way onto the scoreboard for a 1-0 lead – 3:19 later and they led 3-0. The three goals held strong as the No. 18 Badgers took the 3-2 win in the long anticipated Hockey City Classic over the No. 2 Minnesota Gophers.After dropping game one in Madison 3-2 to Minnesota (20-6-4, 12-6-4), Wisconsin (13-10-8, 10-7-7) kept things simple on the rough ice conditions en route to victory.“I was asked several times this week if we regret giving up a home game, the answer is still no,” Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves said. “The experience we had today is a lifetime experience – that’s the tradeoff that we get.“It’s not just another game in the second half of the season.”Minnesota native Kevin Schulze was the first to strike for UW. With Wisconsin’s tenth shot on goal, the freshman defenseman found the back of the net on a long shot to give Wisconsin the 1-0 lead.With few opportunities at this point – compared to Minnesota’s 20 shots on goal at the time – the Badgers had already rung two pucks off the pipes of Adam Wilcox’s net.But Wisconsin came away with the all-important first score.“We knew the first goal would be critical in this game,” Gophers head coach Don Lucia said.“After that first period that we had, we didn’t seem to be on our toes, we seemed to be on our heels a bit,” Eaves said. “Getting that goal gave us confidence.”Wisconsin wasn’t done yet. Just over a minute later at the 14:13 mark, senior defenseman John Ramage threw the puck on net to make it 2-0. While Ramage – who was playing in the second outdoor game of his career – was credited with the goal, the puck was actually deflected in off Gopher defenseman Mike Reilly’s glove.Before the teams headed into the second intermission, junior Sean Little scored his second goal of the season – and the fourth of his career – to round off the Badgers’ second period onslaught, cleaning up a rebound back door off a shot on net. After a scoreless first, the Badgers suddenly held a commanding 3-0 lead.“In the second period we threw literally everything that we had at him,” Ramage said. “Shots from the corner, shots from anywhere on the ice. We happened to get a couple good bounces and things went in.”Trailing at the start of the third period, Minnesota held an overwhelming 27-16 shot on goal advantage – but its offense couldn’t be held off too long.Only 2:36 into the third, the Gophers found their way on the score board as sophomore forward Seth Ambroz hacked away at the puck, eventually flipping it over Rumpel’s leg near the post.In an eerily similar situation to Friday night where the Badgers skated for nearly three minutes with an empty net to end the game – an effort in which they did score an extra-man goal at the hands of junior Tyler Barnes – the Gophers pulled Wilcox for just over the final two minutes of the game. The extra man worked to Minnesota’s favor, as junior forward Zach Budish cut Wisconsin’s lead 3-2 with 1:42 left on the clock.When all was said and done – and a 3-2 win in the Hockey City Classic to their name – the Badgers only managed 19 shots on goal to the Gophers 38. With 36 saves on the night, Wisconsin awarded Joel Rumpel – who made his second consecutive start against the Gophers – the game puck.“His performance in the first period allowed us to get our feet underneath us,” Eaves said.“Him and [goalie Landon Peterson] have been unbelievable for us all year,” Little said. “He stood on his head in the first and played a very solid game. I don’t think we take him for granted at all, we know how important he is to our team’s success.”With emotions running high due to the setting and the fact the two had faced each other a mere 40 hours ago, several fights broke out between the rivals. But the Badgers were able to stay slightly more disciplined and effectively killed the two power plays they did give the Gophers after giving up three power play goals Friday night.Ramage, who was the only Badger to play in the outdoor game at Camp Randall in 2010, felt the 3-2 win over the Gophers topped his prior experience.“It was a great, great deal to be in Madison at Camp Randall,” Ramage said. “But I think for our team, this year playing at Soldier Field, playing against Minnesota … this definitely overtakes it.”last_img read more

Viscarra’s Vice: Chargers aren’t at home in Los Angeles

first_imgA Sunday afternoon at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., is quite the experience. Upon entering the stadium, you can confirm that a 27,000-seat venue for professional football winds up being unique as one of the most intimate spectacles in sports. The cheapest seats here give fans fantastic proximity and a clear vantage point of the action on the field.Despite the novelty of StubHub, the Los Angeles Chargers’ current home, a stubborn issue within the confines of the stadium re-surfaced this past Sunday, when the team hosted the Philadelphia Eagles. An evil that has stared the Chargers in the face for weeks was now on full display against the Eagles.In Los Angeles’ 26-24 loss to Philadelphia, the StubHub Center transformed from the home of the Chargers to the home of the Eagles.Taking a quick glance over the reported 25,374 fans in attendance on Sunday, it appeared as if green-clad Eagles jerseys made up the majority of spectators on hand. Since the conclusion of the game, videos have circulated throughout social media documenting the Chargers’ lost home-field advantage. “Let’s Go, Eagles” chants and the classic Eagles’ fight song, “Fly Eagles Fly,” dominated the sound waves at the stadium on Sunday. On several of the Chargers’ offensive drives, the stadium rocked with chants of “Defense! Defense!”The Eagles’ takeover of StubHub was so noticeable that players from both teams commented on it postgame.“I mean, it’s almost like the Chargers got 16 away games,” Eagles veteran tackle Jason Peters told reporters. “It’s going to be tough sledding for those guys.’’The Chargers’ house doesn’t feel much like the Chargers’ home at the moment.The Chargers’ close loss to Philadelphia capped off a three-game home stand for the team in Carson. Los Angeles lost all three home contests, and the team still finds itself winless through four weeks of regular season play.“Never in a million years did I think we’d be here at 0-4, but we are,” Chargers first-year head coach Anthony Lynn said following Sunday’s game.Lynn isn’t alone in his disbelief. The Chargers’ locker room was a place of despair, frustration and confusion following a fourth consecutive defeat. Losing tightly contested games has been a cruel reality for the team in its short time back playing in Los Angeles. Three of the Chargers’ four losses this season have come by three points or less; two of the losses came by failing to convert on a late-game field goal attempt.It’s getting harder to remember this, but the Chargers’ main slogan entering 2017 was “Battle for L.A.” It would be safe to assume that, at this point, the Los Angeles Rams have a stranglehold on their contest with the Chargers for football relevancy in Los Angeles.The Rams are coming off an impressive 35-30 win over the reigning NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys on the road. Behind 31-year-old head coach Sean McVay, the 3-1 Rams appear to have a newfound spark that has the Angeleno contingency talking. (Let me be the first to remind you, though, that Jeff Fisher had the Rams at 3-1 last season before a monumental collapse).Nonetheless, the Rams are currently curb-stomping their counterpart in the battle for L.A. sports supremacy. It’s hard to argue when you look at it from a distance.A young, budding Jared Goff along with an electric Todd Gurley is much more marketable to folks than is an ageing Phillip Rivers and underused Melvin Gordon. And on the defensive side, the Rams boast arguably the most dominant defensive player in football in Aaron Donald.The Chargers can certainly pick something up from the Rams: Winning can lift a franchise out of even the lowliest of circumstances. If the Chargers can string together several victories — or at least one — at home this season, you’d think that would better alleviate a painful scenario like the team had this past Sunday at StubHub. You can’t have a home-field advantage without giving the occupants of your home field a reason to support you.For the Chargers, disinterest has been the illness thus far. Winning is the only true cure.Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Viscarra’s Vice,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss win and the 5-year anniversary of Tyler Ennis’ game-winner

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (16-6, 7-2 Atlantic Coast) topped Pittsburgh (12-10, 2-7) in a 65-56 win on Saturday night inside Petersen Events Center. SU has now won back-to-back games on the road. Listen to our beat writers recap the win, Tyus Battle’s five-point performance and the five-year anniversary of a historic Orange moment. More Coverage:Syracuse avoids scare despite 11 points from Battle and HughesSyracuse escapes, Tyus Battle struggles and more takeaways from Syracuse’s 65-56 win at PittsburghTyus Battle’s 5-point showing just a blip in 65-56 win at Pittsburgh Published on February 2, 2019 at 10:07 pm Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI in Baltimore

first_imgMichael Phelps, the winningest Olympian of all time, has been arrested for DUI in Baltimore, police are reporting. Maryland Transit Authority police arrested Phelps about 1:40 a.m. in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95.“A Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Officer was operating stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City when a White 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone),” the MDTA said in a statement. “The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated an enforcement stop just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza. Mr. Phelps was identified as the driver by his driver’s license and appeared to be under the influence. He was unable to perform satisfactorily a series of standard field sobriety tests. Mr. Phelps was cooperative throughout the process.”Phelps was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed, and crossing double lane lines, and was later released. Phelps, 29, was also arrested in 2004 on DUI charges. In a plea agreement, he was placed on 18 months’ probation.“I recognize the seriousness of this mistake,” Phelps said at the time. “I’ve learned from this mistake and will continue learning from this mistake for the rest of my life.”Phelps last swam in the Olympics in 2012, but has been swimming competitively in recent months as part of an apparent comeback for Rio 2016.last_img read more

Sylvia Hatchell resigns as North Carolina women’s basketball coach

first_imgThe review looked into allegations that Hatchell displayed racial insensitivity toward players, pressured medical staff to prematurely clear injured players and was responsible for a “breakdown of connectivity” with her team.MORE: UConn’s Auriemma says majority of coaches are ‘afraid of their players’North Carolina commissioned the investigation days after The Washington Post reported complaints about Hatchell’s coaching style. UNC placed Hatchell and her staff on paid administrative leave while the review took place.Hatchell told the Daily Tar Heel earlier this month, “I love each and every one of the players I’ve coached and would do anything to encourage and support them. They are like family to me.”An attorney for Hatchell looked to push back against claims of racism by telling the News & Observer of Raleigh that Hatchell’s use of the term “hang us out to dry” was misunderstood. “There is not a racist bone in her body,” the attorney, Wade Smith, told the N&O. The review commissioned by UNC found that Hatchell “is not viewed as a racist, but her comments and subsequent response caused many in the program to believe she lacked awareness and appreciation for the effect her remarks had on those who heard them.”Hatchell, 67, is fifth on the all-time wins list with a career record of 1,023-405 in 44 seasons overall. She began coaching at UNC in 1986. She led the Tar Heels to a national championship in 1994 and two subsequent Final Four appearances.Material from Ominsport’s Bob Hille and Marc Lancaster was used in this report. Sylvia Hatchell is out as North Carolina’s women’s basketball coach after 33 seasons in Chapel Hill.UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham announced Thursday night (as reported by Raleigh, N.C., television station WRAL) that he accepted Hatchell’s resignation after receiving the results of an outside review of Hatchell’s program. Cunningham said in a prepared statement that the review “found issues that led us to conclude that the program needed to be taken in a new direction.”last_img read more

Wellington teams lose in Andale; Oxford boys overwhelm Central-Burden

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