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Indonesia scraps national exams due to COVID-19

first_imgThe government and House of Representatives have agreed to cancel the national exam for elementary, junior high and high school students amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.Syaiful Huda, chairman of House Commission X overseeing education, told the press on Monday night that the decision was made in a teleconference between the lawmakers and Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim on Monday”The spread of the COVID-19 is expected to occur until April, so it is impossible for us to force students to gather for the national exam under the threat of the pandemic. Therefore, we agreed that the national exam will not be administered,” the National Awakening Party (PKB) politician said. There is also the option of implementing an online national exam.“We do not want to gather students in school buildings,” he said.Nadiem previously planned to abolish the national exam and replace it with a very different kind of educational assessment for 2021. However, lawmakers were against the idea.Nadiem in December 2019 explained that the minimum competency assessment referred to a test that would mainly evaluate students’ literacy and numerical competence.The number of coronavirus infections nationwide reached 579 as of Monday, with 49 deaths and 30 recoveries.Topics : The national exam for high school students was supposed to run next week, while junior high and elementary school were scheduled for the end of April.Syaiful added that there were several options the government and lawmakers were looking at to replace the national exam, one of which was to use assessments based on cumulative grades on report cards from three years of study for high school and junior high students, as well as six years of study for elementary students.Read also: Some 70,000 Indonesians could be infected with COVID-19 before Ramadan, scientists say”Later on, the school will calculate the grades considering all aspects on the report cards, including curricular and extracurricular activities,” he said.last_img read more

INDOT announces State Road 262 closure

first_imgAurora, In. — Maintenance crews from the Aurora Subdistrict of the Indiana Department of Transportation plan to close State Road 262 between Bear Branch Road and Hartford Pike south of Milton Monday, March 5.  Weekend rains have accelerated embankment erosion.  An emergency response contractor will begin stabilization efforts once the closure goes into effect.The slide site is located south of the Dearborn-Ohio County line, seven miles south of U.S. Highway 50.  A detour will be posted.Geostablization International, the state’s slide mitigation contractor, plans to embed 30-foot-long steel shafts into the eroding slope which measures 500 feet side-to-side.  Ends of these “soil nails” will be fitted with a wire mesh covering and overcoated with shotcrete to form a stabilizing wall.  Road crews will then repair pavement and replace guardrail.INDOT officials say the S.R. 262 closure could continue through May.last_img read more

‘Major League’: 30 things we still love about the classic baseball movie

first_img“Major League” hit theaters 30 years ago this weekend.   The sports comedy classic starring Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes and Corbin Bernsen, among others, that chronicles the fictitious Cleveland Indians run to the AL East pennant still resonates as one of the best baseball movies of all time.   MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNDavid S. Ward wrote and directed the movie, which is full of unforgettable characters, one-liners and choruses of “Wild Thing.”   With that in mind, Sporting News celebrates 30 things — in no particular order — we still love about “Major League” today.   1. Rachel Phelps   The late Margaret Whitton’s portrayal of the Indians owner is chronically underrated when it comes to sports movie villains. She wants to move. She doesn’t want to feed Cha Cha real dog food. The spring training meeting is a tone-setter for the entire movie.   2. ‘Mitchell Friedman?’The guy who delivers the unforgettable one-liner after that is the guy who played the janitor in “Scrubs.” Then the groundskeepers give their hot take. It’s perfect. Speaking of one-liners …   3. ‘Juuussst a bit outside’   SN’s Ryan Fagan has ranked the best one-liners from the movie. It has become part of the day-to-day lexicon of baseball fans and sports writers for the past 30 years. How many other sports movies claim that many still-quotable one-liners? “Caddyshack” and “The Big Lebowski” are on that short list, but “Major League” dishes them out non-stop for 106 minutes. Who hasn’t started one of these only to have one of their buddies finish it? Let’s try one here. “Nice catch, Hayes … ”  4. Impersonating Lou Brown    The second he tells Charlie Donovan he has a “guy on the other line about some whitewalls,” you’re hooked. The late James Gammon is the soul of this movie, and none of us has enough gravel in our voice to do him justice. ­   5. ‘Is that you, Tolbert?’   It’s an obscure one-liner, but it’s still one I use when one of my best friends calls after a night out with too many drinks. If you’re going to call that early, at least say you’re from the Yankees.   6. Spring training   It’s impossible to pick a best part. Charlie running down the roster as Rick Vaughn gets off a motorcycle. “Veg-head.” Pedro Cerrano’s first BP. “Come on, Dorn!” Vaughn’s spring training uniform without cap and sleeves. It’s one laugh after another.   7. California Penal League   That is the name of my longest-standing fantasy baseball league, one I’ve been in since 2003. No, I haven’t stolen a car.   8. Willie Mays Hayes   Understand that ‘80s kids watched Rickey Henderson steal 1,406 bases, but Hayes, portrayed by Wesley Snipes, was just as captivating. The scene where Hayes wakes up in his bed in the parking lot and still wins the race is the best. How many baseball fans wanted to buy 100 pairs of gloves after seeing that?  9. Red tags   The astute viewer knows poor Gentry died and went to the minors.  10. Pedro Cerrano   He wanted religious freedom. Dennis Haysbert went on to other movie and TV roles and has been the voice of Allstate forever, but nothing tops seeing Cerrano smack the ball into the trees on one pitch then whiffing on the curveball the next.   MORE: The inside story of “The Naked Gun” baseball game11. Eddie Harris   I watched a lot of movies with my father, and I never heard him laugh harder than he did when Cerrano and Harris, played by Chelcie Ross, nearly started a “Holy War” over Jesus’ ability to hit a curveball. The back and forth between the two throughout the entire movie is outstanding. Of course, they have a mutual friend.   12. Jobu   “Is very bad to steal Jobu’s rum. Is very bad.” Harris finds out the hard way.  13. Jake Taylor   Berenger plays the aging veteran to perfection, and this was part of an ‘80s run in which he played Sam Weber in “The Big Chill” and Sgt. Barnes in “Platoon.” You grow to appreciate Berenger’s role as Taylor as you hit your mid 30s — and you probably quote him more often than any other player in this movie.  14. ‘We got uniforms and everything.’   When Taylor walks into the wrong apartment looking for Lynn Wells, his love interest played by Rene Russo, he has an encounter with her boyfriend and some of Cleveland’s elite who forgot that the city has a team. This awkward scene is flawless from start to finish.   15. Harry Doyle   Movies use gimmick announcers all the time. This movie goes from good to great because of Doyle. Bob Uecker’s play-by-play is what we still say in our living rooms while watching games. The Opening Day scene is Uecker’s finest work, and his side-kick Monte says 15 words the entire movie. Who wouldn’t give anything to hear a fictional “Teepee Talk” podcast? ­ MORE: In defense of “Major League II”16. Phelps’ sky box for the opener   Complete with white picket fence and umbrella drinks. “Here’s to the thrill of defeat.”   17. The superfans   Randy Quaid took it to the next level in “Major League II,” but the original group of die-hards sees it through from start to finish. The “too high” exchange is amazing.   18. Clu Haywood   Pete Vuckovich, a former Brewers pitcher, plays the role of Yankees slugger to perfection. He’s a dip-spitting, home-run hitting nemesis. We’re not sure whether he’s a convicted felon.   19. Road trip reading   The reading choices on a brutal road trip include “Song of Hiawatha,” “The Deerslayer” and, of course, “Crime and Punishment.”   20. ‘Uh-oh, Rexy, I don’t think this one’s got the distance.’ Can you recite word for word what Taylor told Rexman behind the plate before he pops out?   21. Roger Dorn  Corbin Bernsen nails the role of the arrogant veteran third baseman, and he even learns how to field by the end of the season. Dorn becomes more of a parody in the sequels, but he’s the perfect antagonist for Vaughn in this one. Every good team has one of these guys.  22. Charlie Donovan   The GM plays the role of superspy throughout the movie and lets Phelps know exactly how he feels at the end. Charles Cyphers gives an underrated performance as one of the film’s glue guys.   23. ‘Well, then I guess there’s only thing left to do.’   If you don’t know what Taylor says next, then we can’t help you.   24. ‘Pennant Fever’  The unmistakably ‘80s montage music, composed by Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard, carries the Indians to a one-game playoff with the Yankees. It really should be played before every postseason game.    25. Rick Vaughn  It’s taken us a long time to get to Charlie Sheen, who created a cult icon with Vaughn, the bad-boy flame-throwing pitcher with control issues who starts off with an ejection and ends up a Cy Young candidate. Sheen had already done “Platoon,” “Wall Street” and “Young Guns” to this point, not to mention “Eight Men Out” — which a lot of baseball fans think is a better movie. But that’s not Sheen’s movie. This one is.  MORE: Ranking the best baseball movies of the ’90s26. Cerrano’s homer   Cerrano lets Jobu know how he feels and finally hits a curveball to tie the game against the Yankees. You know what he said, too. He gets a bonus point for carrying the bat around the bases.  27. ‘Wild Thing’   We know Phelps’ feeling on the song, but Vaughn’s entrance in the ninth is wonderfully over the top. Brown tells him to forget about the curveball, and Vaughn gets Haywood on a 101 mph heater.  28. The Duke   The Yankees’ closer, played by former MLB pitcher Willie Mueller, is a head-hunter who allegedly threw at his son in a father-son game. The look he gives Taylor when he calls his shot before brushing him back is priceless.  29. Taylor’s bunt   It goes against the usual game-winning home run script. Taylor, the veteran catcher with bad knees, legs out a bunt while Hayes scores from second. It was an original movie ending — and perfect.  30. It’s so Cleveland to this day   That Clevelanders still embrace this movie tells all you need to know. You still see Vaughn jerseys at Progressive Field at every game. The Indians have been to the playoffs 11 times and to the World Series three times since, and every time Cleveland inches closer to ending its World Series championship drought that dates to 1948, this movie comes up. “The Natural,” “Bull Durham” and “Field of Dreams” were also part of the unmatched run of 1980s baseball movies, and you can argue those blockbusters are better. That’s fine.   “Major League” is the working-class baseball movie that still resonates with me most, and with good reason. You can still have a conversation with a friend using just those one-liners. It’s perfect start to finish. This movie hit home the second Randy Neuman belted out “There’s a red moon rising, on the Cuyahoga River, rolling into Cleveland to the lake.”  Thirty years later it hasn’t changed, and 30 years from now we’ll still be dishing out those one-liners when we’re too old to go diving into lockers.  “Burn on, big river, burn on.”last_img read more

Liverpool, Chelsea out to maintain 100% start to Premier League campaign

first_imgFulham vs WatfordCraven Cottage, LondonSaturday, 22-09-2018 @02:30pm (Super Sport 3)Referee: Martin Atkinson    The 2017/18 Premier League surprise package-Watford will be hoping to return to winning ways when they face Fulham on Saturday. Javi Garcia’s men lost their first game of the current campaign last weekend, going down 2-1 at home to United. It was the first time they had failed to get all three points from a league game this season and will fancy themselves getting back to winning ways against a Fulham side that has lost three of its opening five fixtures including a 3-0 loss at defending champions Man City last time out.Garcia could become only the fifth manager to name the same starting line-up in their opening six matches of a Premier League season this weekend. Nathaniel Chalobah continued his recovery from a serious knee injury by playing in an Under-23 game on Monday but he is not expected to feature.For Fulham, captain Tom Cairney remains out with the ankle injury which caused him to miss the defeat by Manchester City. Defender Tim Ream is back in training after a pre-season back problem but will not be involved.Watford are unbeaten in the past four meetings and could earn a third successive win over Fulham in all competitions for the first time. Fulham have failed to score in their last three games against Watford, which include a 5-0 Championship defeat at Craven Cottage in December 2014 when Slavisa Jokanovic was in charge of the Hornets. Fulham and Watford are in the top flight together for only the second season. They drew both league fixtures on the previous occasion, in 2006-07.Burnley vs AFC BournemouthTurf Moor, BurnleySaturday, 22-08-2018 @05:00pm (Super Sport 12)Referee: Anthony Taylor Burnley have had a terrible start to the new campaign. They are one of four teams still searching for their first victories and by the kick of the first ball on Saturday, the Clarets sit bottom of the league. However, they will be fancying their chances against a Bournemouth side that has only defeated them once in the last 15 fixtures.Burnley’s joint record signing Ben Gibson had minor hernia surgery on Thursday and is expected to be ruled out for at least another fortnight. Steven Defour and Robbie Brady are both nearing a return from long-term knee injuries but will not play on Saturday.Charlie Daniels could miss out again with a knee problem, while Kyle Taylor has a calf injury and is also a doubt for the visitors. Junior Stanislas might be involved for the first time since suffering knee ligament damage six months ago.Bournemouth earned their first competitive win at Burnley on the final day of last season – at the 15th attempt (D6, L8). Both sides have scored in each of their four Premier League meetings, totalling seven goals apiece.Cardiff City vs Manchester CityCardiff City Stadium, CardiffSaturday, 22-09-2018 @05:00pm (Super Sport 6)Referee: Mike OliverPep Guardiola will be back on the touchline as his European ban does not apply in the Premier League. The Spaniard could only look on from the stands as his side lost 2-1 at home to Lyon in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night. City’s opponents-Cardiff are yet to master a league victory this season and have gone on to lose three of their opening five fixtures. They will have to do well against a much-fancied City side that sits third on the log with 13 points from a possible 15.These two sides met in an FA Cup fourth-round tie last season, with Manchester City recording a 2-0 away win. Cardiff won 3-2 in their only previous Premier League home fixture against Manchester City, in August 2013. City go into the game winless in six top-flight away fixtures against Cardiff since a 3-0 victory in January 1954. The last 10 meetings in all competitions have produced an average of 3.5 goals per match.Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock will assess the fitness of several players who are carrying niggling injuries or have been affected by a virus. Harry Arter returns after illness but Aron Gunnarsson has suffered a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.There could be a Manchester City recall for Sergio Aguero, who was named on the bench against Lyon, but Benjamin Mendy is absent with a bruised metatarsal. Kevin de Bruyne, Eliaquim Mangala, Danilo and Claudio Bravo remain out.Crystal Palace vs Newcastle UnitedSelhurst Park, LondonSaturday, 22-09-2018 @05:00pm (Super Sport 8)Referee: Andre MarrinerCrystal Palace remain without injured striker Christian Benteke, so Jordan Ayew is again expected to start. The trio of Scott Dann, Connor Wickham and Pape Souare are still unavailable.Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles was substituted last weekend with a recurrence of an ankle problem but he is fit to play on Saturday. Jonjo Shelvey could make his first start since returning from a thigh injury, while Salomon Rondon, Kenedy and Ki Sung-yueng may be recalled.Crystal Palace have won one and lost 10 of their last 15 matches in all competitions against Newcastle. However, Newcastle are without a win in three league games at Selhurst Park (D2, L1). The Magpies have only failed to score in one of the 14 Premier League meetings.Leicester City vs Huddersfield TownKing Power Stadium, LeicesterSaturday, 22-09-2015 @05:00pm (Super Sport 11)Referee: David CooteLeicester’s suspended captain Wes Morgan is likely to be replaced by Jonny Evans, although summer signing Caglar Soyuncu could also deputise. Midfielder Matty James is still out after Achilles surgery.Huddersfield captain Jonathan Hogg is available again after serving a three-game suspension. Defender Erik Durm has recovered from a minor back problem but midfielder Ramadan Sobhi remains sidelined with a knee injury.Leicester have won their past seven home league games against Huddersfield. Huddersfield have not won any of the last nine league meetings since 1995. Leicester won 3-0 in last season’s corresponding fixture.Liverpool vs SouthamptonAnfield Stadium, LiverpoolSaturday, 22-09-2018 @05:00pm (Super Sport 5)Referee: Paul TierneyLiverpool go into Saturday’s Premier League fixture on cloud 9 after winning 3-2 at home to PSG in the Champions League. In doing so, manager Jurgen Klopp became the first Red’s tactician to win all his first six competitive fixtures at the start of the season. For Southampton, thay have had an inconsistent start to the current campaign, losing two of their first five games en route to getting five points.Liverpool will be thrilled with the news that striker Roberto Firmino is fully recovered from the eye problem which led to him starting on the bench in the midweek Champions League win. Dejan Lovren is nearing full fitness after a pelvis injury but will not feature, while Divock Origi, Dominic Solanke and Adam Lallana are also out.Southampton must do without on-loan top scorer Danny Ings, who is ineligible to play against his parent club. Fellow forward Manolo Gabbiadini faces a fitness test on a hamstring injury.Manchester United vs Wolverhampton WanderersOld Trafford, ManchesterSaturday, 22-09-2018 @05:00pm (Super Sport 3)Referee: Kevin FriendMan United continued their fine run of form with a 3-0 win at Young Boys in their mid-week European fixture. The victory on Wednesday means that Jose’s charges have now won all their last three competitive fixture after losing two of their first three. Wolves on th other hand are enjoying the return to Premier League football, winning two of their first five whilst losing only one. Their brilliant start has seen them sit only a point and place behind United in the league placings.United go into the game with several issues as Marcus Rashford and Nemanja Matic are suspended while Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo are not yet considered fit enough to feature. Phil Jones could return from a hamstring problem, while Jesse Lingard and Antonio Valencia are likely to play after being rested in midweek. Diogo Dalot impressed on debut against Young Boys but his next start is set to come on Tuesday in the Carabao Cup.Wolves could name the same starting XI for a sixth consecutive league game. Ivan Cavaleiro is expected to be their only absentee as he continues his recovery from a back injury.Wolves’ most recent away victory against Manchester United came in the top flight on 9 February 1980, when Melvyn Eves scored the only goal. They have lost their last eight league and cup games away to the Red Devils.Brighton and Hove Albion vs Tottenham HotspursThe American Express Community Stadium, Saturday, 22-09-2018 @07:30pm (Super Sport 3)Referee: Chris KavanaghMidfielder Pascal Gross, who is nursing an ankle injury, remains Brighton’s only absentee. Winger Jose Izquierdo and forward Florin Andone are awaiting their first appearances of the season after returning to fitness.Tottenham will assess Dele Alli and Moussa Sissoko, who have returned to training after respective hamstring and knee problems. Hugo Lloris is still injured so Michel Vorm will start in goal. Toby Alderweireld and Kieran Trippier will return to the squad after being rested in Tuesday’s Champions League defeat at Inter Milan.Brighton’s last win against Tottenham was by 2-1 at home in the top flight in April 1983. Spurs are unbeaten in the subsequent four meetings in league and cup (W3, D1), although the only encounter on the south coast was last season’s 1-1 draw. Tottenham have failed to score in just one of their previous 15 matches against Brighton in all competitions.West ham united vs ChelseaLondon Stadium, LondonSunday, 23-09-2018 @03:30pm (Super Sport 3)Referee: Mike DeanFresh from a 1-0 win away to PAOK in the Europa League, Chelsea will hope to maintain their fine start to the league. The Blues have been in scintillating form, winning all their first five games and in the process, setting the early pace. They will look at star player-Edin Hazard who is topping the scoring charts with five goals already. However, they will hope to better their recent record against a side that has won three of its last six home games against Maurcio Sarri’s men.Pedro, who sustained a shoulder injury in Thursday night’s victory at PAOK, is a major doubt for the game.  Mateo Kovacic may also miss out with a minor injury.For the Hammers, Javier Hernandez (flu) is a doubt, while Jack Wilshere (ankle) is sidelined after surgery. Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid remain long-term absentees.West Ham have won three of their last six Premier League home games against Chelsea (W3 L3), this after previously enduring a six-game winless run (D1 L5). The Hammers ended a 11-game run of conceding against Chelsea at home in the league when they won 1-0 in December – they last kept successive clean sheets at home versus the Blues in August 1969. Only Arsenal (123) have won more Premier League London derbies than Chelsea (121), while West Ham have lost more than any other side in the competition (95). West Ham are without a win in a Premier League London derby since beating Chelsea in December; since then they’ve drawn four and lost two. Chelsea are looking to win their opening six games to a Premier League campaign for the third time (after 2005-06 and 2009-10) – no other side has done it more than once in the competition. The Blues have won the league on both previous occasions they’ve won their first six.Arsenal vs EvertonEmirates Stadium, LondonSunday, 23-09-2018 @06:00pm (Super Sport 3)Referee: Jonathan MossArsenal manager Unei Emery is likely to recall a number of first-team regulars for Arsenal’s Premier League clash at home to Everton on Sunday. The Gunners head coach made eight alterations for Thursday’s 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla Poltava but the likes of Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette will be pushing for returns. Laurent Koscielny (Achilles), Sead Kolasinac (knee), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (leg) and Carl Jenkinson (ankle) remain absent.For the visitors, Defender Yerry Mina could come into contention for his debut after a full week of training following a foot problem. Fellow centre-back Phil Jagielka should be ready to train with the squad again next week following a knee injury but Andre Gomes (hamstring) and Seamus Coleman (foot) remain sidelined.Arsenal are unbeaten in 24 home matches against Everton in all competitions (W20 D4) since a 2-1 Premier League defeat in January 1996 under Bruce Rioch. Everton have played more Premier League matches at the Emirates without winning (12 – W0 D4 L8) than any other club. Arsenal have scored more Premier League goals against Everton than any side has managed against another in the competition’s history (105). 49 different players have scored a Premier League goal for Arsenal against Everton – the only side to have more against an opponent in the competition are Chelsea (52 vs Spurs). The Gunners have won more Premier League points in the month of September than any other side in the competition (199). Both of Everton’s away Premier League games this season have finished 2-2, with the Toffees leading in both matches.Comments Tags: premier leaguetoplast_img read more