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It’s official: Indonesia halts live animal imports from China until virus ‘subsides’

first_img“The restriction is only temporary until the coronavirus epidemic subsides,” he said. Among those animals banned from imports are horses, donkeys, mules and hinnies, pigs, sheep, goats, oxen, buffaloes and other types of bovines. Reptiles, including snakes and turtles, are also on the contraband list.For poultry, the government has banned imports of chickens of the Gallus domesticus species, ducks and geese, turkeys and guinea fowls. Primates, whales, dolphins, seals and sea lions are also banned. The temporary ban also outlaws animals in traveling circus, traveling menageries, traveling theaters and amusement park animals.  Importers are obliged to send back the animals or exterminate them if they arrive at Indonesian ports after the regulation takes effect, Agus said, adding that the cost for the procedure would be incurred by the importers.Read also: Indonesia to ‘stand together with China’ in battle against COVID-19, Jokowi tells XiThose who fail to take responsibility for sending back the animals or exterminating them within the span of 10 days will receive sanctions, according to the regulation. The ministerial regulation is drafted in accordance with the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) 1994 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which stipulates that each WTO member country may apply its own technical regulations for the welfare of consumers. Jakarta asserted last week that only live animals were subject to the import ban, while other goods shipped in from China would continue as usual. Beijing has previously expressed concerns over the import ban, with Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian saying on Feb. 4 that there had yet to be any evidence suggesting the coronavirus could spread via imported goods. He was also worried it could affect trade relations between the two countries. Secretary to the Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister Susiwijono Moegiarso said the import ban would not disrupt the economy significantly as it was unlikely to affect Indonesia’s trade balance with China.“Last year, the import [of live animals from China] amounted only to an estimated US$231,000 out of the total $170 million [of trade],” she said on Wednesday as quoted by tempo.co.Susiwijono said the ban was necessary to protect citizens at home from the virus outbreak as live animals were said to be able to act as carriers of the virus — which is believed to have originated from a market selling wild animals in the Chinese city of Wuhan. As of Friday, the death toll from the coronavirus had surpassed 1,300 globally with more than 64,000 confirmed cases worldwide, Reuters reported. Indonesia has recorded no confirmed cases of coronavirus so far. (ydp)Topics : Indonesia has officially halted imports of live animals from China as the Trade Ministry issued a regulation stipulating the temporary ban, another in a series of government efforts to prevent the coronavirus from spreading to the country.Trade Ministerial Regulation No. 10/2020 stipulates a temporary import ban on at least 53 animals, ranging from reptiles and mammals to poultry, which has been in force since Feb. 7.“In response to the outbreak […] the Indonesian government has banned the import of live animals originating from China or transiting in China into Indonesia’s territory,” Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said in a statement on Thursday as quoted by Antara.last_img read more

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Running back George Morris capitalizes on opportunities in loss to No. 1 Clemson

first_img Published on November 14, 2015 at 9:24 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman George Morris looked straight down at the podium before slightly raising his head and speaking in a soft tone. It was the first time he’d been brought in front of the entire media after a game. He’s never been in the spotlight this season, not having scored a touchdown and posting five games with seven or less rushing yards.For the past five weeks, he’s been behind a freshman on the depth chart. Even before that, first-year tailback Jordan Fredericks received the bulk of the touches as Morris and fellow junior Devante McFarlane sporadically scrapped together carries.“It was kind of difficult, but at the same time you’ve got to think of the bigger picture and the team and you’ve got to make sacrifices,” Morris said. “And I’ve made a sacrifice and I was willing to do it.”On Saturday, Morris finally broke out against No. 1 Clemson with Fredericks sidelined by an upper-body injury for more than half the game. The junior tallied season highs of 14 carries and 80 yards to go along with three special teams tackles in SU’s (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) 37-27 loss to the Tigers (10-0, 7-0) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome.“It’s not easy when you go into the season hoping to be the man,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said, “and then you have to take a backseat to a young guy a little bit.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe highlight of Morris’ day came with the Orange trailing by 10 early in the fourth quarter, clinging to life deep in its own territory.Morris broke off down the left side before juking a defensive back and trudging for a couple extra yards to cap off a 51-yard run, the longest of his season. Offensive coordinator Tim Lester said he’s been trying to get Morris into the open field for quite some time, but the opportunities haven’t presented themselves with limited carries.“He’s one of those kids that he was OK early on and didn’t have a ton of opportunities,” Lester said. “He’s getting better every week.”Later in the drive, though, Morris was stuffed for a loss of 3 yards on third-and-1 at Clemson’s 4-yard line and SU was forced to kick a field goal. The Orange never drew closer than a touchdown and Morris had one carry for 2 yards the rest of the way.Shafer said Fredericks will be OK, but noted he had a sling on his arm after the game. In his spot, a junior whose season highs of 71 yards and 12 carries came against a Division-I AA opponent got a rare chance even if it’s too late to count for Syracuse’s postseason hopes.The bulk of those 80 yards came on one carry Saturday, but flirting signs of optimism presented themselves in another 10-point loss to a top-10 team. Like Syracuse coaches and players believe of the team, Morris may be going unnoticed because the raw numbers don’t pop out.Coaches say he’s improving despite those humbling stats. Morris has carried the ball only once or twice in four different games. An upperclassman supposed to be a primary option has been anything but.But against the country’s top team, though insignificant in the midst of a seven-game slide, Morris gave a hint of what’s in store if he’s given a chance.“You did a kick-ass job out there George,” Shafer said, looking at Morris in the postgame press conference, “and I’m proud of you, man.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more