Religious Affairs Ministry issues protocol for reopening houses of worship

first_imgThe circular also requires the implementation of rigorous health procedures, including the deployment of special personnel in charge of monitoring physical distancing and the installation of sanitation facilities at the entrances and exits of all houses of worship.In addition, building managers are required to track the number of visitors at any given time to ensure physical distancing measures are adhered to.“Children and elderly individuals who are vulnerable to diseases should be forbidden from praying at houses of worship,” the circular reads.The circular also states that, in the case of special public events held at houses of worship, such as weddings, building managers are required to limit the number of visitors to no more than 30 people, or 20 percent of the building’s capacity. In addition, all attendees must test negative for COVID-19.Indonesians have turned to virtual congregations in recent months with houses of worship temporarily closed. However, the outbreak has not stopped many mosques from hosting congregational prayers, including mass Idul Fitri prayers.According to the official government count, Indonesia had at least 26,473 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,613 deaths as of Sunday.Topics : The Religious Affairs Ministry has issued new guidelines for houses of worship, which are set to reopen soon as part of the so-called “new normal” after being closed for weeks due to the COVID-19 outbreak.In a circular issued on Friday, Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi said the new guidelines were in response to people’s desire to pray at their respective houses of worship. The guidelines would still comply with prevailing health procedures to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission.“Houses of worship must set the best example on curbing the spread of COVID-19,” Fachrul said. The circular states that houses of worship may only reopen if the COVID-19 basic reproduction number, R0 or R-naught, as well as its effective reproduction number, Rt, in their respective areas are below a certain threshold.Houses of worship that want to reopen must obtain a letter confirming that the area is “safe from COVID-19” from their local COVID-19 task force.The letter may be revoked if new COVID-19 cases are found in the area surrounding the house of worship or if the house of worship is found to have violated the guidelines.Large houses of worship that regularly receive visitors from other regions may request special permission from their respective regional heads.last_img read more

Assam boxer Lovlina Borgohain bows out from Asian Boxing

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam boxer Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) bowed out from the Asian Boxing Championships losing her quarter-final tie to Chen Nien-Chin of Chinese Taiper in Bangkok today. Chen won the bout 5-0.It was the revenge match for Lovlina as she lost to the same opponent during the semi final in world Boxing Championship last year. However, Chen proved too good for her and never allowed Lovlina to make a comeback into the contest.However another boxer from Assam Shiva Thapa (60kg), a three-time Asian Championships medallist, has kept alive his medal hope. The boxer will fight his quarter final tie tomorrow and a victory will be enough for him to ensure his fourth medal in the Championship.Meanwhile Amit Panghal (52kg) knocked out the reigning Olympic gold medallist Hasanboy Dusmatov while Kavinder Singh Bisht (56kg) stunned 2017 world champion Kairat Yeraliyev as India confirmed four medals at the championship today.The fast-rising Sonia Chahal of Haryana, aged only 21, showed a lot of maturity and calm nerves in her enthralling 3-2 win over Korea’s Jo Son Hwa.Makran Cup gold medallist and national champion Deepak (49kg) did not even have to enter the ring as he was given a walkover by Afghanistan’s Ramish Rahmani due to injury. The semi-final berth awarded Deepak his first Asian Championships medal.Meanwhile like Lovlina two more Indian boxers Seema Poonia (81kg) and Rohit Tokas (64kg) also bowed out from the competition today. Also read: Local Sportslast_img read more

Olympic swimming champ Sun Yang faces public hearing in doping case

first_imgFIRST VERDICTThe three FINA judges said Sun was “foolish in the extreme” to allegedly gamble on his version of events beating charges he evaded and tampered with a sample.Still, the panel wrote of “compelling justification” for Sun not to deal with a chaperone whose conduct was “extremely unprofessional.” The chaperone did not testify.The nurse’s qualification was also questioned and the collection visit was ruled “invalid and void.”Its confidential verdict dated Jan. 3 leaked that month to Britain’s Sunday Times.THE GOVERNING BODYWorld swim body FINA — led by the same executive director, Cornel Marculescu, since before Sun was born — has at times seemed conflicted dealing with China’s star.The 2014 ban was only belatedly confirmed. After winning Olympic gold at Rio in a hostile atmosphere, Sun was hugged poolside by Marculescu and later said he’d been watched over “like a grandfather.”In 2017, FINA awarded Sun a prize for “Outstanding Contribution for Swimming Popularity in China.”Asked about how this case played out, former WADA president Dick Pound told The Associated Press of his “complete lack of surprise.” LATEST STORIES GENEVA – One of China’s biggest Olympic stars will undergo a rare public hearing in a doping case on Friday with his 2020 Tokyo Games place at stake.FILE – In this Tuesday, July 23, 2019 file photo, gold medalist China’s Sun Yang gestures to Britain’s bronze medalist Duncan Scott, left, following the medal ceremony in the men’s 200m freestyle final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea. One of China’s biggest Olympic stars will undergo a rare public trial of a doping case on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019 with his 2020 Tokyo Games place at stake. Three-time gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang is facing a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal in Switzerland that seeks to ban him for up eight years. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)Three-time gold medalist swimmer Sun Yang is facing a World Anti-Doping Agency appeal in Switzerland that seeks to ban him for up to eight years for allegedly refusing to give samples voluntarily.ADVERTISEMENT “It is safe to describe the entire (visit) as problematic, highly unusual and, at times, confrontational,” the FINA panel wrote in a 59-page ruling, also noting “troubling and rather aggressive” conduct by Sun and his entourage.WADA believes Sun violated rules by refusing to provide samples requested on a properly scheduled visit. The agency challenged the FINA panel’s verdict with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Sun countered by opting to have evidence and testimony aired in a first open-court CAS hearing for 20 years.More than 100 media are expected at a Swiss lakeside hotel in the upscale, jazz festival city of Montreux. An online live stream will intrigue lawyers monitoring worldwide.“It’s a pity we can’t sell tickets,” remarked John Coates, president of the CAS management board. “There’s massive interest in it.”ADVERTISEMENT Amid crowd boos, Sun told the protesting Scott poolside: “You’re a loser. I’m a winner.”Two-time world swimmer of the year Adam Peaty said of Sun: “He should be asking himself now, should he really be in a sport when people are booing him?”THE LATEST CASEWorld-class athletes must inform anti-doping authorities where and when they will be available for one hour each day to give samples.A three-person sample team was a female lead official working for Sweden-based International Doping Tests & Management (IDTM), a female nurse to draw Sun’s blood, and a male chaperone to accompany the athlete giving urine. They waited at Sun’s home between 10 and 11 p.m. on Sept. 4 last year. Sun arrived just inside the deadline.Events unfolded at a nearby clubhouse. Blood was drawn but he objected to credentials for the chaperone who he alleged improperly used a phone to take photos and video of him.In an escalating row, a newly arrived (and twice banned) team doctor questioned the nurse’s authorization and argued to prevent the blood vial leaving.Sun’s mother instructed the bodyguard to get a hammer.During the lead official’s telephone call to IDTM, Sun and his bodyguard went outside to break the secure cool box containing the vial.An acrimonious visit ended at 3:15 a.m. with no credible prospect for analyzing samples. View comments Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Consistency key for PH Azkals, says Cooper Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:09‘Disappointment’ if no cases filed vs ‘ninja cops’ – Gordon02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’center_img Priority legislation in the 18th Congress The case is notorious for a vial of his blood being smashed with a hammer by his bodyguard. Sun allegedly helped by lighting the scene with his cellphone.It’s a colorful detail of a late-night dispute between Sun’s entourage and officials trying to take blood and urine samples after visiting his home in China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHowever, much of the case hangs on protocol and paperwork: Did the three anti-doping officials in China conduct themselves properly and have correct authorization documents to make their September 2018 visit valid?A tribunal appointed by world swim body FINA sided with Sun and merely warned him — though noted “it was a close-run thing.” Pound, who swam for Canada at the 1960 Rome Olympics, said of FINA: “I’ve never been that impressed with their devotion to anti-doping.”FINA did not respond to requests for comment about Friday’s hearing.PUBLIC HEARINGIn 35 years and thousands of cases, only once has CAS opened its doors for a hearing.It also involved a three-time Olympic champion swimmer who chose a public arena to answer allegations of tampering with a doping sample.Michelle Smith de Bruin starred for Ireland at the 1996 Atlanta Games amid widespread suspicion about her improved performances.In January 1998, a urine sample taken from her was corrupted with a large amount of alcohol.A CAS panel in 1999 upheld a four-year ban imposed by FINA.SECOND VERDICTIf the CAS panel upholds the appeal, Sun’s previous ban means he risks a heavier sanction for a second offense. MOST READ What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ WADA wants a ban of two to eight years. It is unclear when it would start.A two-year ban backdated to September 2018 would bar Sun from the Tokyo Olympics and strip him of recent world titles. It could end the career of Sun, who turns 28 on Dec. 1.The verdict from three CAS judges is expected early next year. /gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rice industry paralysis WHO IS SUN YANG?His medal record ranks with swimming’s greats and his fame at home is as big as Yao Ming’s, the former Houston Rockets center.The 2-meter tall (6-foot-7) Sun is the first Chinese man to win Olympic gold in swimming, in 400 meters freestyle at the 2012 London Games. He added the 1,500 title in London, and the 200 at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.He parlayed a bad boy image — including a 2013 car crash driving a Porsche SUV without a license — into a lucrative portfolio of commercial deals, and 30 million followers on social media channel Weibo.His 11 world titles include the 200 and 400 freestyle in July that provoked anger in opponents. Medalists Mack Horton of Australia and Duncan Scott of Britain refused to stand with him on the podium in South Korea.POLARIZING FIGUREHorton went as far as accusing Sun of being a cheat as rivalries flared at the 2016 Olympics, and bad feeling continued into the 2019 worlds.Sun tested positive for a banned stimulant, citing a prescribed heart medication, and served a three-month ban in 2014. Soon after he won three titles at the Asian Games. WADA did not challenge that Chinese ruling.Secrecy about the case fueled skepticism over special treatment. China’s sports authorities and FINA published no details until after the ban ended.This year, American, Australian and British swimmers objected to Sun competing at the worlds while WADA’s appeal was pending.last_img read more