‘I’ll let fate take its course’: Indonesian crewmen brave virus fears aboard cruise ship

first_imgFor Ketut Januartika, working aboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship anchored off Japan’s coast has not been easy, especially amid fears of contracting the Wuhan coronavirus himself.When he first departed from Bali to work on the cruise ship on Jan. 20, the novel coronavirus, now named COVID-19, was in the news. At that time it had already infected hundreds in China and some other countries, but the Balinese man said he never expected the virus would affect his work.The 28-year-old, who has worked as a buffet steward with the Diamond Princess since 2014, said everything had been normal inside the cruise ship until it arrived off the coast of Japan last week. It has been quarantined since Feb. 4. But as the quarantine continues, it is still business-as-usual for the crew members on the ship – including 78 Indonesian nationals – who have to work normally, albeit anxiously, to serve passengers stuck on the ship.“All passengers are asked to stay inside their cabins,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday evening, “So, every day, we deliver food to all the passengers isolated in their cabins.”The Diamond Princess, carrying 3,711 people, has been quarantined off Yokohama since last week after a former passenger who disembarked last month in Hong Kong was found to have the new coronavirus.Authorities initially tested nearly 300 people who had close contact with the former passenger or who had shown symptoms, but the testing pool was expanded gradually as new cases were detected. Read also: Cruise ship rejected by four nations runs out of optionsThose who tested positive for the virus have been taken to local medical facilities, while those who remain on board have been confined to their cabins and allowed only briefly onto open decks.  Januartika said crew members had taken precautions by wearing masks and gloves while carrying out their duties to prevent infection.“We always wear masks and gloves. Every time we’ve finished sending food and beverages to the passengers’ cabins, we wash our hands and change our gloves,” the native of Klungkung regency said.“There is also hand sanitizer at every door. So the maximum level of cleanliness is implemented,” he said.As of Thursday, Japan had tested 713 people onboard and had confirmed that 218 had tested positive for COVID-19, AFP reported.Januartika said he worried about contracting the virus but noted there was nothing the crew members could do besides waiting for the quarantine to finish and Japanese authorities to allow them to return home.The cruise management has provided all crew members free internet access during the 14-day isolation period. Januartika has used it to connect with his family in Bali, who have been worrying about his condition, to tell them he is fine.”I will let fate take its course. I just hope everything will be fine until the quarantine finishes and I can go home soon,” he said.All Indonesian crew members working on the ship were in good condition, he added. “We are fine. Be grateful that all of us are well. None of the Indonesians have been infected by coronavirus,” Januartika said, “I hope that when we return home to Indonesia, authorities will not complicate the process by doing excessive examinations. We have been tired out on the ship,” he said.The Indonesian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that none of the 78 Indonesians working on board the Diamond Princess had shown symptoms of the coronavirus.Read also: Sabang mayor calls for cruise ship to delay arrival in wake of coronavirus outbreakThe Indonesian Embassy in Tokyo has maintained active communication with the Indonesian citizens through a WhatsApp group chat and has provided them with logistical support, which includes a supply of vitamins.The Foreign Ministry is working with the Transportation Ministry to enlist the support of the manning agency that employs the Indonesian crew members to ensure their safety.The ministry noted that, in accordance with the Japanese authorities, the isolation period would end on Feb. 19 if there were no further developments. (rfa)center_img Topics :last_img read more

Israel, UAE to normalize relations in shift in Mideast politics; West Bank annexations on hold

first_img“As a result of this diplomatic breakthrough and at the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty” over areas of the West Bank as envisioned in a US plan announced by Trump in January, it said.The agreement, to be known as the Abraham Accord, also gives Trump a foreign policy accomplishment as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3. Speaking in the White House Oval Office, Trump said similar deals are being discussed with other countries in the region.Trump said the agreement unites “two of America’s closest and most capable partners in the region” and represents “a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East.”The UAE said it would remain a strong supporter of the Palestinian people, who hope to create an independent state in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, and that the agreement maintained the viability of a two-state solution to the longstanding Israel-Palestinian conflict.The accord could also be a personal boost to Netanyahu, who is on trial for alleged corruption and whose domestic popularity has dropped over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.In a televised address, Netanyahu said the deal would lead to “full and formal peace” with the UAE and voiced hope that other countries in the region would follow its example. It also entailed acceding to a request from Trump to “temporarily wait” on implementing his annexation pledge, Netanyahu said.”It’s an incomparably exciting moment, a historic moment for peace in the Middle East,” Netanyahu added.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, however, rejected the accord. Spokesman Abu Rudeineh, reading from a statement outside Abbas’s headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank, said it was a “betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa [mosque, Islam’s third-holiest shrine] and the Palestinian cause”.Asked if the Palestinian leadership had been aware the deal was coming, veteran negotiator Hanan Ashrawi told Reuters: “No. We were blindsided. … It is a complete sell-out.”In Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the armed Islamist group Hamas, said: “Normalization is a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause and it serves only the Israeli occupation.”The UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said the agreement would stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories, for which Israel had been awaiting a green light from Washington.Senior UAE official Anwar Gargash said the deal had helped defuse what he called a ticking time-bomb. Gargash urged the Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.’Nightmare’ for IranTrump’s special envoy Brian Hook called the agreement a “nightmare” for Iran. An Iranian official said the agreement would not secure peace in the region.Railing against “criminal Israel”, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a special adviser to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, said in a tweet: “Abu Dhabi’s behaviour has no justification, turning back on the Palestine cause. W/ that strategic mistake, #UAE will be engulfed in Zionism fire.”Iran and Israel are arch foes. Israel is particularly concerned about suspected Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons, which Tehran denies. Iran is also involved in proxy wars from Syria to Yemen, where the UAE has been a leading member of the Saudi-led coalition opposing Iran-aligned forces there.With a population of less than 10 million but the Arab world’s second-largest economy thanks to oil, the UAE has exerted growing commercial and military clout in the Gulf and the wider region over the past two decades, much of it aimed at confronting Islamist militants and the influence of Iran.Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications and other issues, the joint statement said.”Everybody said this would be impossible,” Trump said.”Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead,” Trump added.This was already being discussed with other states, he said.Topics : Officials from the three countries called the accord “historic” and a breakthrough toward peace. But Palestinian leaders, apparently taken by surprise, denounced it as a “stab in the back” to their cause.A joint statement said Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed had “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates”.The accord will allow the two countries “to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region,” it said.Israel and the UAE are expected soon to exchange ambassadors and embassies. A signing ceremony is due to be held at the White House. Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced on Thursday that they will normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship, a move that reshapes the order of Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to the fight against Iran.Under the accord, which US President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. It also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East.Israel had signed peace agreements with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, did not recognize Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now. It becomes the first Gulf Arab country to reach such a deal with the Jewish state.last_img read more

WATCH: Royal IHC Kits Out Seven Vega

first_imgThe video posted by Royal IHC shows the company hard at work on the Subsea 7 reel lay vessel Seven Vega, marking a milestone that involved the installation of aligner wheel on top of the pipelay ramp.Royal IHC secured a shipbuilding contract in October 2017, following a letter of intent announced in September same year.The vessel was launched in May 2019 in a ceremony which took place at IHC’s shipyard in Krimpen aan den IJssel, The NetherlandsSeven Vega will be capable of installing rigid flowlines including pipe-in-pipe systems from shallow waters to depths of up to 3000m.The vessel has an overall length of 149 meters, a breadth of 33 meters and a Class 3 dynamic positioning system. Its reel-lay system has a 600t top tension capacity consisting of a 32m main reel and a 17m auxiliary reel with a maximum storage capacity of 5,600t and 1,600t respectively.According to specifications, the vessel is also fitted with cranes offering a lifting capacity of 250t and 50t, and mutiple smaller cranes alongside two side-launching work-class ROV systems.last_img read more

The EIAC Today

first_imgAs you know, the EIAC has expanded to 8 teams.  For most sports, all 8 schools will compete for one title.  Right now football is split into a 4A division and a 3A division.   According to unconfirmed sources, this was brought about because East Central did not want to compete in several sports against Lawrenceburg with football heading the list.  Likewise, it has been said that Lawrenceburg wanted to drop out of the EIAC if they still had to play East Central in every sport.  One thing is certain–the 4A and 3A split for football was not unanimous among all coaches.  I have not been able to confirm how this was finally decided upon.  What it has left the conference with is a football division of East Central, Connersville, South Dearborn, and Franklin County.  The 3A portion is made up of Batesville, Greensburg, Rushville, and Lawrenceburg.  At this time, basketball will be just one division, but there will not be a home and away round robin.  I do believe, however, that each school will face each other this year.  Those sports who decide the conference in head-to-head contests include basketball, football, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer and tennis.  Sports like track, swimming, cross country, and wrestling will have a one-day meet to determine the champion.  As the year evolves, we will have to see if they have made any other exceptions to who plays who.last_img read more

Local residents published in Guideposts Magazine

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — A member of the Whitewater Valley Retired Teachers Association (affiliated with Indiana Retired Teachers Association) has a short story published in the February 2017 issue of Guideposts Magazine.In this current issue, Mary-Alice Helms shares an experience she had as she began to fall down the steep basement stairs at her home.Previously, Mary Alice had a story published in Guideposts’, The Joys of Christmas.In that story, she describes an experience of her early years in teaching music at Laurel School.This February issue of Guideposts also has a story by another Franklin County resident, Mike Bogan.Guideposts Magazine stated this is the first time it has had an issue with stories by two individuals from the same town.last_img read more

Ligue 1 title: PSG deny promising players gold-plated phones as reward

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have dismissed the idea of their players receiving gold-plated phones as a reward for winning the Ligue 1 title. PSG have been crowned Ligue 1 champions by default after the French football season was cancelled. Jewellery company iDesign Gold posted on social media that they would send each PSG player a 24 karat gold iPhone case worth 400 euros each for winning the league title. “[iDesign Gold] have usurped the club’s name to advertise themselves by making it appear that the [first] team players had requested its services in order to produce these cases,” PSG said in statement. “[The rewards] go against the values of the club.”Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Happy Shiba Inu Pics Will Overwhelm You With Cuteness10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone10 Of The Worst Celebrity Dads In Hollywood6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Read Also: Premier League chiefs, coaches at war over June 12 restart date iDesign Gold manager Joaquin Calderon gave his side of the story to Spanish radio station Cadena Cope. “I can’t say the figure that was spent, but PSG asked us for 29 cases,” he said. “It was something organised between Thiago Silva and one of my associates Benjamin Lyons.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

UWF Men’s Golf Finishes in 2nd place out of 18 teams at the Aflac/Cougar Invitational

first_img Oct. 2, 2007MIDLAND, Ga. – The West Florida Men’s Golf team completed the final round of the Aflac/Cougar Invitational Tournament Tuesday afternoon just three strokes behind Nova Southeastern University. The tournament was hosted by Columbus State University, and was played Monday and Tuesday on the Bull Creek West Course in Midland, Ga. The Event featured several of the pre-season top 10 teams in Division II, and is an important fall tournament for regional rankings.The UWF team was in 2nd place following the first round, while the Argos Tobias Rosendahl (Fr. / Sweden) was the first round Individual leader with a three under par, 69. Teammate Kyle Scott (Fr. / South Africa) was one under par with a 71 and tied for 6th place. The event features 18 teams and 92 individuals. After the first round, Nova Southeastern University was the team leader with a score of 287. West Florida was two strokes behind at 289, while Valdosta State was third with 291.For the second round, the Argos shot a team the third best team score of 290, with only Valdosta State 9285) and Barry University (286) shooting better. Rosendahl again had the Argos best individual score with a two under par 70, to land him in second place prior to the start of the final round with a score of 139. Will Wilcox of Clayton State University, shot a tournament best seven under par 65 to give him the individual lead with an eight under par 136 thru the first two rounds. Wilcox would hold on to the lead in round three to shot a total of 207 (nine under par).Nova Southeastern had the best team score with 869, with the Argos right behind with 872. The University of South Carolina – Aiken finished third with an 873, and Valdosta State finished fourth with a score of 876. Rosendahl finished 5th individually with rounds of 69, 70, 75 for a two under par 214. Teammate Kyle Scott finished right behind in 6th place with scores of 71, 73, 71 for a one under par 215. Matthew Galloway (Sr. / Valrico, Fla.) shot rounds of 74, 73, 75 for a six over par 222, while Kevin Cooper (Fr. / Tallahassee, Fla.) finished with rounds of 75, 78, and 72 for a nine over par 225.To round out the scoring for UWF was Federico Damus (Sr. / Argentina) with scores of 77, 74, and 82 for a total of 233. The Argos were coming off an outstanding tournament showing against Division I schools last week in Farmingdale, NY., and continued that competitive play this weekend against some of the regions top Division II schools. The Argos will get another shot at Nova Southeastern, as they both play in the NSU Shark Invitational tournament on October 15th and 16th in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Print Friendly Version Share UWF Men’s Golf Finishes in 2nd place out of 18 teams at the Aflac/Cougar Invitationallast_img read more

St. Louis fourth graders celebrate a ‘Hoosier birthday’

first_imgBatesville, In. — Happy Birthday, Indiana! By: Lucy Meyer, 4th grade student, St. Louis SchoolFourth Grade SLS students do fun activities to celebrate Indiana’s statehood!  On December 11, 2018, the 4th grade students participated by making play dough sculptures of Indiana. We also made a tin punch of Indiana, stamp drawing, pin the star on Indianapolis, and a Kahoot! about facts of Indiana. Parents came to help with the party too! The cross stitch was many kids’ favorite. Leigh Walmsley said that her favorite station was the tin punch because it was loud! A large amount of people liked making whirly gigs and had fun playing with them. It was a great day for a celebration! **This content was provided completely by St. Louis Catholic School students Photo: (L-R) Griffin Koester, Carson Hartwell, Andrea Meyer (parent helper), Avery Austin, Grace Gutzwiller, and Leigh Walmsleylast_img read more

Three news cases locally

first_imgStatewide—The Indiana State Department of Health has reported that 440 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19.  A total of 40,786 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.  To date, 363,745 tests have been reported to ISDH at an 11.2% positive rate and 16 new deaths were reported for a total of 2,265 Hoosiers have died to date.Locally Dearborn County has a total of 180 cases and 22 deaths reported, Decatur County has a total of 237 positive cases and 32 deaths, Franklin County has 120 positive cases and 8 deaths, and Ripley County has 111 positive cases and 6 deaths according to numbers reported to the Indiana State Department of Health.last_img read more

Tiara aiming for Tingle Creek crown

first_img Press Association “It absolutely poured down so he hated the ground, anyway, but when he returned we found out he just wasn’t quite right. “Noel (Fehily) is such a great horseman and they seem to suit each other down to the ground. “As Special Tiara is such a fluent jumper he doesn’t need much instruction and Noel lets him get on with it. “The fact Un De Sceaux isn’t running might mean we get an easy lead, but even though people say we have to lead that’s not true. “He didn’t make all (the running) at Sandown, and when he won his Grade One as a novice at Aintree, Bryan Cooper realised Overturn wanted to lead so he let him go on. “It’s more important he gets into a rhythm with his jumping than leading, and that is normally a case of if the ground is too soft or not.” The race has lost a little of its lustre with Simonsig ruled out with lameness. The grey, twice a winner at the Cheltenham Festival, was all set for his first run over fences since the 2013 Arkle Trophy having returned from over two years off with a fine run over hurdles at Aintree last month. Trainer Nicky Henderson told Press Association Sport: “Simonsig is not running, he’s lame. He was OK, Barry (Geraghty) came in and rode him and he schooled, but unfortunately he is lame tonight. I honestly don’t know why – it is so, so cruel. I’m desperately sorry for Ronnie (Bartlett, owner), he has waited over two years to get him here. Henry de Bromhead’s well-backed charge won the Celebration Chase over this course and distance in April but tailed off on his reappearance in the Fortria Chase. Owner Sally Rowley-Williams said: “He wasn’t 100 per cent the last time he ran. Connections of Special Tiara are looking for further Grade One glory when he takes in the Betfair Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown. “He schooled this morning and he was fine. It’s horrible, especially given we had got a prep run into him that had gone so well.” It is a further blow for the race, with Un De Sceaux ruled out by Willie Mullins on Wednesday, when he was described as a “little flat”. Henderson will still be represented in the Grade One showpiece by Josses Hill. last_img read more