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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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Day paces Syracuse’s strong effort in the paint

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ While Brittney Sykes was taking care of business on the offensive end, the Orange’s interior defense received a boost from Briana Day on Thursday night.Although Syracuse (17-6, 6-4 Atlantic Coast) was sporting special white and pink jerseys on Play 4Kay Day, the freshman forward left Virginia Tech (11-11, 1-8 Atlantic Coast) seeing red. She grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and added six blocks to stymie the Hokie offense during the Orange’s 73-48 victory at the Carrier Dome.In doing so, she treated the 506 fans in attendance to what she called one of her better games this season.“The rebounding thing and the six blocks… and the fouls,” Day said. “That was good today to get fouled a lot, so I guess it’s one of the best.”As a team, the Orange quickly asserted its dominance beneath the basket. Shakeya Leary began the game by outmuscling opposing center Monet Tellier for two quick rebounds. She then put SU on the board with a three-point play.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it was at the 16:30 mark that Day entered the game and proceeded to steal the show.The North Carolina native immediately snagged a rebound on her first defensive series, which led to an easy bucket for Sykes on the offensive end. She finished the first half with seven boards in all.Her best sequence came with only four minutes remaining in the half. Virginia Tech’s Uju Ugoka tried to drive along the baseline, but Day was there to swat away both of her shot attempts. Cornelia Fondren was fouled in transition on the ensuing break, and her two shots at the charity stripe extended the SU lead to 18.In total, Syracuse held the Hokies to only six points in the paint and three offensive rebounds through the first 20 minutes. It also forced Virginia Tech into 11 three-point attempts, most of which were contested.Only one resulted in points.Sykes said that head coach Quentin Hillsman had stressed the importance of defending those outside shots before the game. The success of Day and others around the cylinder made that task much easier.“We have a good inside presence with the Day twins and Shakeya Leary and sometimes Taylor Ford if she plays at the five,” Sykes said. “For us to really defend down low and Briana Day having six blocks, it just shows that we do have an inside presence and we can take advantage of the inside and make them score from the outside.”Even though the Orange sported a comfortable 21-point lead out of the break, it continued to cause chaos in the paint. Leary and Sykes coupled to force a Hokie turnover only one minute into the latter frame.Seconds later, Day re-entered the game and continued to apply suffocating pressure in the paint. She quickly forced a jump ball and followed that with yet another rebound on the ensuing defensive sequence.She also pitched in offensively, scoring two quick buckets en route to a final tally of nine points.“Just trying to do what I can for my team and trying to keep my coach a little happy,” Day said. “That’s what it was. I’m just playing hard.”Hillsman said that Day is a good anchor of the Orange’s zone, and it was great to see her have success in multiple areas.But, most of all, at the rim.“She attacks the offensive glass. She really rebounds the basketball.” Hillsman said. “If we can get half of that each way for her every night as a freshman, we’ll take it.” Comments Published on February 6, 2014 at 11:58 pm Contact Tyler: [email protected]last_img read more

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Heisler: Steph Curry changed the way the game’s played, LeBron James changed the system

first_imgThinking in decades as we step way back to see who and what happened in the NBA and why:Ten years ago …LeBron James, once the most-hyped teen in the game’s history, was 25, an Akron, Ohio native seemingly set with his hometown team in nearby Cleveland … a year from leaving as the most notorious free agent of all time as his fans papered over his billboards and burned his merchandise.Kobe Bryant was 31, en route to his fifth title that spring – one more than Shaquille O’Neal, he would note – seemingly in his prime but only three years from his devastating Achilles injury. LeBRON CHANGES THE SYSTEMOf the stars of his magnitude, only Wilt Chamberlain had ever been as controversial, and that was in an era in which the NBA had just ridden in on a turnip truck with only 17 teams, including the Buffalo Braves, Kansas City-Omaha Kings and Baltimore Bullets.Trapped on humble Cavaliers rosters, James joined Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami in the 2011 move that called down the unprecedented backlash known as “Heat Hate” … making them a major box-office draw with all rooting against them while making four NBA Finals in a row and winning two titles … before LeBron stunned all anew in 2014 by returning to Cleveland, where he made four more Finals in a row and led the Cavs back from a 3-1 deficit to defeat the Warriors in 2016 to win his third title.Heading the drive wherein stars signed short-term contracts to take control of their careers, LeBron was nonetheless the greatest gift to NBA owners, driving the rising Finals ratings that led to a new TV bonanza.After which …EVERYONE GOT REALLY RICHThe previous TV contract had been only a 21 percent increase from the one before, reflecting the NBA’s struggle after its 1990s zenith with Michael Jordan, with Forbes projecting that 17 of the league’s 30 teams lost money during the 2009-2010 season.The new TV deal in 2016 was a 279 percent increase, reflecting a glowing reappraisal as Curry’s fireworks-show Warriors happened with James’ Cavs as their foil in four Finals in a row.With the new TV deal tripling teams’ revenue from $31 million to $93 million per season, valuations zoomed to the sky.In 2010, Forbes projected the Knicks as the league’s most valuable team, worth $655 million.Forbes now projects all 30 franchises over $1 billion, with the No. 1 Knicks at $4 billion and the No. 2 Lakers, who don’t own their own arena, at $3.7 billion.KAWHI TIPS THE BALANCE OF POWERAnybody could tell you Luka Doncic, the 20-year-old Dallas star, will be among the great NBA players of the next 10 years.Nobody could tell you who the next Kawhi will be.The Lakers’ 2009-2010 titles seemed to settle the question of whose era it was, giving them five with the aging Spurs stuck on four since 2007, seeming to fade from memory after first-round defeats in 2009 and 2011 as Tim Duncan turned 35.Instead, eight weeks after their 2011 first-round loss to Memphis, the Spurs turned their fate around, trading Coach Gregg Popovich’s favorite, George Hill, to Indiana for the No. 15 pick to take the long-overlooked Leonard, who had shown impressive flashes in March as the Aztecs reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.Few NBA stars have been bigger surprises than Kawhi. Aside from his much-admired defense, the undersized center who made 41 3-pointers in two college seasons and shot 25 percent from beyond the arc, has become a career 38 percent 3-point shooter with a tight handle, now averaging 5.0 assists for the Clippers.With Leonard emerging, the Spurs went back to the Finals in 2013, losing in seven games to Miami.In 2014, the Spurs beat the Heat in six games.That made it Lakers 5, Spurs 5 in titles since 1999, and a tie for the era.THE LAKERS GO AWAYBigger problems arose for them than divvying up the era as Bryant blew out an Achilles tendon in 2013.Kobe was never the same, nor were his Lakers, beginning a six-year streak of missing the playoffs that’s ongoing.THE LAKERS COME BACKWell, for half a season, but it feels good to their fans, right?CURRY CHANGES THE GAMEIf James changed the system, Steph changed the way the pros played the game.When Curry arrived in 2010, the single-season record for 3-pointers was 202, set in 2009 by Orlando’s Rashard Lewis with little fanfare.With Steph’s other-worldly range and accuracy – he’s No. 1 among active players at 44 percent – he topped out at 402, breaking his own record by 114 and setting a mark most considered “unbreakable.”Or, it was until …HARDEN CHANGES THE GAME EVEN MORENot even the Thunder, who drafted him at No. 3 in 2009, dreamed he would become the game’s greatest scorer … which is why they traded him in an “impasse” over a mere $1.8 million per season on a four-year extension that management took as uppity.Harden’s scoring average hasn’t stopped rising since, from 10-12-17-26-25-27-29-29-30-36 to this season’s 38, the most since Chamberlain in 1962.A year ago, Harden missed Curry’s “unbreakable” record by 24 3-point baskets … and is now on pace to break it, 5.11 per game to 5.08.THE CLIPPERS HAPPENAfter decades under Donald Sterling, the laughingstock owner was forced to sell the team in 2014 after making racial remarks, with Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion bid beating the second-highest by $400 million.Crazy as that price was considered to be, Forbes now values the team at $2.2 billion … having appreciated 282 percent over 10 years, second only to Golden State’s 367 percent with the Warriors moving into the new Chase Center.Ballmer has his own arena plans as an adjunct to the Rams’ empire arising in Inglewood.The old Clippers are dead. Appreciated or not, these Clippers aren’t them.THE GREEK FREAK HAPPENEDThe international Kawhi, an NBA fairy tale.If the league was overjoyed to sell internationally, it’s ecstatic at the rise of foreign stars such as Doncic, Yao Ming and the human spell check, Giannis Antetokounmpo, making the enterprise truly global.From a 6-9, 196-pound rookie in 2013 who’s now 6-11 and 248, Giannis’ rise has been as stupendous as Leonard’s and Harden’s, averaging 7-13-17-23-27-28-30.Imagine who and what will happen in the next 10 years. If the last decade was a guide, we can’t. Steph Curry was a choir-boy-looking rookie at 21, averaging a modest 11.8 points for the Warriors two months into his career.James Harden was 19, an awkward-looking rookie with coat-hanger shoulders, averaging 9.7 points coming off the OKC bench, as he would for all of his three seasons there.Kawhi Leonard was 18, averaging 12.7 points two months into his college career as a 6-foot-7 center at San Diego State after being ranked No. 48 in his high school class by Rivals.com.Giannis Antetokounmpo was a twiggy-looking 15 in Athens, Greece, selling watches and sunglasses in the street.After which …center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Now,Italian fans have taken to racially abusing white players as well!

first_imgAdvertisement 4hNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs69Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E8k47bn( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pg2hWould you ever consider trying this?😱b2Can your students do this? 🌚kwzhRoller skating! Powered by Firework In the match between Juventus and Brescia, a group of fans racially abused Miralem Pjanic. The group of fans called Pjanic as ‘gypsy of m….’ on Tuesday during the match. The racist comments about the players are not new in Italian football these days. However, very few times white players have been racially abused and this has been one of those rare incidents.Advertisement Juventus won the match against Brescia and Miralem Pjanic scored the winning goal for the Italian side. It was his way of responding to the racist comments made by the group of fans. The racism is continuing to increase in Italian football. Few days back Romelu Lukaku was abused badly in the field.Advertisement According to the President of FIFA Infantino, racism is unacceptable. Juventus are currently at the 2nd position in the League table in Serie A with 13 points in 5 matches so far. Inter Milan are at the top of the table with 5 wins in 5 matches so far. The competition in Serie A is increasing and that is a good sign for football. However, the way racism is also increasing in Italian football, the time has come to take some strong actions against the set of fans making those comments.Manchester City fan charged with racially abusing his own team’s star playerAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more