‘God gave me 10 fingers to work’: NTT resident refuses govt COVID-19 aid in viral video

first_imgAn elderly resident of Alor regency in East Nusa Tenggara has refused to accept government-distributed staple food aid, saying that she would rather work for it on her own.In a video that has gone viral on social media, Salomi Malaka, the wife of a farmer and mother of three, repeatedly refused aid in the form of a Prosperous Family Card (KKS), a card that can be used to purchase staple food. The government has been distributing the KKS to cushion the impact of COVID-19 on poor residents.“[I want to] work for it on my own first. God gave me 10 fingers to work so I have to make the effort,” Salomi said in the video posted on Friday by Instagram user @baliaman_. Nazamuddin, Alor regency’s staple food aid distribution coordinator, confirmed that the events in the video occurred on Tuesday when aid distribution officials went to Salomi’s house. The officials visited her after Salomi, whose family is eligible for the aid, did not show up during the KKS distribution.“We decided to visit her house so we can explain the staple food aid program that is being offered during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Nazamuddin said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com. “We initially insisted that she accept the aid, but she kept refusing.”The officials then decided to return her KKS aid to the Social Affairs Ministry’s Poverty Management Directorate General, and gave her face masks that she can use when buying food at the local market instead.Initially launched in February 2017, the KKS staple food aid – to be distributed from April to December – is set to cover 20 million poor Indonesians. On March 31, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced that the KKS benefits would be increased to Rp 200,000 (US$13.96) per month per family from Rp 150,000.The staple food assistance is a part of the government’s COVID-19 social safety net programs valued at Rp 110 trillion (US$6.7 billion), where other portions of the fund would be allocated for the family hope, preemployment card and free or discounted electricity programs. (mfp)Topics :last_img read more

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Cate Campbell buying a Brisbane house

first_imgAustralian swimming stars Cate and Bronte Campbell at Bondi Beach. Picture: Gregg PorteousSWIMMING champion Cate Campbell is on the hunt for a new home.Sister Bronte moved out of their Bowen Hills apartment in December to Coorparoo, and Cate’s looking to follow although is extending her house search area to Morningside and Hawthorne.“I’m looking for a bit of greenery after being in an apartment for three years and right next to train tracks and a main road,” Cate said.The plan is to buy a large house which friends can share. Cate and Bronte Campbell. Picture: Julie Kiriacoudis“I love living by myself but I can see myself turning into a hermit so I’ll have friends rent rooms off me,” Cate said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“And probably do most of the gardening. “I enjoy the outdoors but I’m a terrible green thumb.”A pool is not on Cate’s list of property must-haves.“I spent so much time in the pool it’s not something I’m rally keen on having,” she said.“I wouldn’t use it but friends are keen on me having a pool so it’s not a deal breaker.“I would be open to a spa though.”Shannon Harvey, from Place Estate Agents Bulimba, is assisting Cate in her search.It’s not the first time Ms Harvey has helped a high-profile athlete hunt for a home.“I’m currently working with a Reds player on a house but no permission to reveal who,” she said.“I have worked with a few Reds players, Firebirds players, Lions players and coaches, and the Suns coach.”last_img read more

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Series defeat won’t hurt Windies long-term planning: Simmons

first_imgCUTTACK, India (CMC) – West Indies face India in today’s decisive third One-Day International knowing victory will see them end a near two-decade wait for a series victory on the subcontinent.The Caribbean side stunned the hosts by eight wickets in the opening ODI in Chennai before succumbing by 107 runs in the second match in Visakhapatnam last Wednesday.Should West Indies overcome the odds and beat India, the series will mark their first on Indian soil since Carl Hooper’s won a seven-match rubber back in 2002.Left-hander Shimron Hetmyer bats during a training session ahead of today’s decisive ODI.With the importance of the contest looming large, however, West Indies head coach Phil Simmons sought to downplay its significance, pointing out that the current long-term team-building would continue even if they lost.“The thing is we’re trying to build something and the game … does not influence the direction in which we’re going,” Simmons told a media conference.“I think all the guys know we want to play our best … and even though we play our best, we might not win. We might now beat India but we’re trying our best to build something and continue going in the direction we’re going.”Contrasting hundreds from Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope in the first ODI saw the Caribbean side overhaul a testing target of 288.Similarly, stroke-filled centuries by openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul in the second game, powered India to a massive 387 – their second highest-ever total against West Indies.Faced with a record run chase, West Indies stumbled to 280 all out, undermined by left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav’s second career hat-trick.Simmons said it was important to maintain discipline in their bowling right throughout the innings as this had cost the Windies dearly in the last game.“In the last match, we thought that 320, 330 would have been a good score to chase on that ground but in the last four, five overs we let them get away and that’s where we lost the game.”Much will depend on Hope, Hetmyer and Pooran all of whom have already posted big scores, but the spotlight will fall on captain Kieron Pollard who has managed just 35 runs from three innings since his return to ODIs.Pollard, like his opposite number Virat Kohli, suffered the indignity of a one-ball ‘duck’ in the last match and will be hoping to redeem himself quickly.A win will hand West Indies their first ODI series win over India in 13 years but Simmons said regardless of the outcome, he had been impressed with the way his side had challenged the powerful hosts.“They’re definitely the best team in their home conditions and for us to be playing the way we are and giving them a run, it’s great for us to see,” he said.last_img read more

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Alexis Kaiser, Hannah Dossett lift otherwise quiet offense to 3-0 win over Cornell

first_img Published on May 1, 2019 at 7:39 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Everyone at Skytop Softball Stadium knew Alexis Kaiser’s first inning hit was a home run. Except Kaiser. The freshman cracked the third pitch she saw over the scoreboard and the Cornell team bus, but Kaiser sprinted out of the batter’s box anyway, acting as if it was just a base hit. As she came back into home plate, her teammates mocked her, asking her how she didn’t know that “the farthest home run” Hannah Dossett had ever seen was gone.“Oh my gosh. I was mesmerized,” sophomore Miranda Hearn said. “That ball was so far gone.”After Kaiser’s seventh home run on the season, the Orange didn’t score until Dossett’s RBI double in the sixth inning. Kaiser’s bomb was one of only four hits and three runs for Syracuse (21-28, 8-13 Atlantic Coast) in a 3-0 win against Cornell (10-33, 5-13 Ivy League). Facing Cornell pitcher Katie Lew, who had a 8.61 ERA entering the game, SU saw hittable pitches but either fouled them off or smacked line drives straight into an outfielder’s glove. The putrid Syracuse offense was saved by Miranda Hearn’s eight-strikeout shutout. SU must hit better in order to compete with No. 5 Florida State, the reigning national champions who head to Skytop Softball Stadium this weekend, head coach Shannon Doepking said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m happy with the win, but there’s a lot to learn with a showing like that,” Doepking said. “When you get fast pitches, you have to hit them on the field. We can’t consistently foul those pitches off and then get into pitches we can’t really handle.”In the two at-bats before Kaiser’s home run, SU was turning Cornell fastballs into hard-hit shots. Both sophomore Gabby Teran and senior Alicia Hansen slapped fastballs to the outfield, but they landed in the gloves of Cornell fielders. Yet, SU couldn’t continue that in the next four innings. Dossett particularly was befuddled by Lew’s odd delivery. She said Lew had a quick throwing motion, but her actual pitches weren’t that fast. When she saw Lew at the top of the second inning, she swung too early on the first pitch and tapped a grounder to second off the butt of her bat.“I think that made me have to speed up,” Dossett said. “Come the third at bat, I just let it get deep. It was a lot easier to hit.”On her third at bat, Dossett crushed a fastball to deep right-center field, bringing home junior Toni Martin and pushing the lead to two runs. But she and Kaiser were perhaps the only ones who could figure out Lew’s slower pitch speed. They accounted for two of the Orange’s hits and two of the three runs. Kaiser doesn’t believe that Lew did anything special. Instead, it was that the Orange just couldn’t figure how to put the ball in play. And then when they did get contact, the ball flew toward a fielder. “I think we beat ourselves more. We just weren’t attacking the pitches that she left there,” Kaiser said. “I think we should’ve had more hits than we did.”The Orange are already pushing this game out of their mind as they’ll host the reigning national champion and ACC-leading Seminoles this weekend, Doepking and Kaiser said after the win.The Seminoles sport four pitchers with an ERA under 2.39, all who tend to throw sinking curveballs, Dossett said. So, SU has spent time practicing with a machine to replicate FSU pitchers. It works with different spin, speed, and location to replicate FSU pitchers Meghan King, Makinzy Herzog, and Kathryn Sandercock. But, Doepking knows that no practice will be enough. She knows that Syracuse has to minimize fielding errors, something that plagued the Orange in a sweep against Georgia Tech. She knows SU needs to turn the non-curves it sees into hits. Especially, she knows that it can’t put up a showing like today if SU has any chance of coming away with one win.“When you play a team like Florida State, it becomes such a big moment because it says Florida State across their chests and they just won a national championship,” Doepking said. “We have to do the little things right.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Mourinho, Guardiola to Face off again in League Cup

first_imgMourinho, speaking before the draw had been made, added: “It was difficult, as I was expecting, but we were totally in control for the 35 minutes and then for the last 45 minutes.“It was a difficult match, but overall a positive performance.”Mourinho, who felt that Northampton’s Jak McCourt should have been sent off for a rash challenge on Memphis Depay, did not attend his post-match press conference.United’s victory was a welcome tonic for Mourinho and his team following consecutive losses to Manchester City, Feyenoord and Watford.He made nine changes to the side beaten 3-1 at Watford on Sunday, with Chris Smalling and captain Wayne Rooney the only players to keep their places.Rooney started up front, for the first time since last season, and squandered an early opportunity by miscuing from Ashley Young’s cross.United went ahead in the 17th minute after Northampton goalkeeper Adam Smith was penalised for picking up a back-pass.Rooney’s shot from the ensuing free-kick hit the wall, but Carrick swept the rebound into the top-left corner from the edge of the box.Rooney then saw a goal ruled out for offside, but Northampton gave United a scare when Kenji Gorre clipped the bar in the 38th minute and within four minutes the home side were level.After Marcos Rojo, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Morgan Schneiderlin all spurned chances to clear, Daley Blind tripped Sam Hoskins and Alex Revell stroked the resulting penalty past Sergio Romero.Mourinho waited only 10 minutes in the second half before turning to the bench, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Rashford replacing Fosu-Mensah and Depay.Herrera gave Northampton a warning with a left-foot shot that struck the post and in the 68th minute he restored United’s lead, slamming home right-footed from Rashford’s lay-off.Another Smith error allowed United to seal victory, the goalkeeper hesitating as a long ball bounced towards him, which allowed Rashford to steal in and lash the ball into the vacant goal.Premier League pace-setters Manchester City made it nine wins from nine games under Guardiola with victory at Swansea.City enjoyed the best of the first half, but it took until four minutes into the second half for Gael Clichy to put them ahead with a deflected shot.Aleix Garcia made the most of a rare start by netting the second from Jesus Navas’s cut-back in the 67th minute before Gylfi Sigurdsson stabbed in a stoppage-time consolation for Swansea.Guardiola gave a first start of the season to captain Vincent Kompany, who underwent thigh surgery in May, but the Belgium centre-back had to go off late on after appearing to injure himself.“The doctors are speaking with him and seeing what’s up,” Guardiola said.“Hopefully, it will not be a big problem. We’re going to wait for the results from the doctors.”Tottenham cruised through after crushing League One Gillingham, with Christian Eriksen scoring twice and Vincent Janssen and Josh Onomah scoring their first goals for the club.Erik Lamela was also on target.West Ham, struggling for form in the Premier League, needed a 96th-minute Dimitri Payet free-kick to edge fourth-tier Accrington Stanley 1-0 at London Stadium.Southampton, Sunderland and Hull City also secured places in the last 16.THE DRAWWest Ham v ChelseaMan Utd v Man CityArsenal v ReadingLiverpool v TottenhamBristol City v Hull CityLeeds Utd v NorwichNewcastle v Preston N’ESouthampton v Sunderland*Matches to be played on October 25-26Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho and his Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola were dealt an English Football League Cup rendezvous after both teams came through their third-round ties on Wednesday night.United won 3-1 at third-tier Northampton Town to ease some of the pressure building on Mourinho following three consecutive defeats, while holders City prevailed 2-1 at Swansea City.Tottenham Hotspur were rewarded with a trip to Liverpool after crushing Gillingham 5-0 and West Ham United will face Chelsea after scraping past fourth-tier Accrington Stanley.“We deserved to win,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after goals from Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera and substitute Marcus Rashford took his side into the fourth round.last_img read more

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