PREMIUMFrom military to virus outbreak: What sets Terawan apart from predecessors

October 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_img#coronavirus coronavirus Terawan Terawan-Agus-Putranto #Terawan outbreak #outbreak LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto has made headlines in foreign media following his strong reaction to a study by Harvard University researchers that suggested Indonesia might have undetected cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).The minister, the first military doctor to be appointed to the post since the beginning of the Reform Era in 1998, described the report as “insulting” and insisted that the government was “not hiding anything” with regard to the absence of any confirmed cases in the country.Even before his appointment as a minister late last year, Terawan often found himself in the media spotlight at home. Debates that emerged in public ranged from his unconventional “brain-cleaning” treatment for stroke patients — which led to sanctions from the Indonesian Doctors Association’s (IDI) ethics board — to his string of al… Google Topics : Log in with your social account Linkedin Forgot Password ? Facebooklast_img read more

Aggressive style almost pays off for runner-up Pliskova

September 19, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgBy Joshua SchneyerNEW YORK,(Reuters)-Karolina Pliskova suffered a narrow U.S. Open defeat at the hands of Angelique Kerber on Saturday, but the Czech 10th seed also proved her mettle as one of the most dangerous attacking players in women’s tennis.The 6-foot 1-inch (185 cm) Pliskova fought back from a set down at Arthur Ashe Stadium to give Kerber, one of the best defensive players in history, a major scare in the grand slam final. Kerber finally prevailed 6-3 4-6 6-4.Kerber will move to the number one world ranking on Monday.That in part is due to 24-year-old Pliskova’s previous win. She felled top seeded American Serena Williams in straight sets in the semi-finals, and took down sister Venus Williams earlier in the tournament.For Pliskova, making the final was the best showing of her five year professional career. Ranked No. 11 in the world, she had not previously advanced beyond the third round of a grand slam.Kerber’s win ended an 11-match winning streak for the big-serving Pliskova, who had beaten the German just three weeks earlier in the Cincinnati final.Pliskova said she hopes it will be the first of many slams finals.“I found out I can play my best tennis on these big courts,” she told reporters. “I believe I can win matches like this next time.”Though Pliskova prefers blistering ground strokes to the serve-and-volley game that defined past Czech champions such as Martina Navratilova and Helena Sukova, her serve remains her biggest weapon.She has crushed more aces than any other player on the WTA tour this year, but on Saturday that weapon was not quite enough.In the muggy air at Flushing Meadows, the average speed of her first serve, 102 miles-per-hour (164 kph), was her slowest of the tournament.Although Pliskova won 80 percent of her serve and volley points, she deployed the tactic only ten times.Against the fierce counter-punching German, Pliskova said she had to try everything in her toolbox to take control of points.She made 47 unforced errors, against just 17 for Kerber, but on the other side of the equation hit nearly twice as many winners, 40 to the German’s 21.“You know, it’s never easy for the player who is attacking and is doing more mistakes,” Pliskova said.The Czech player could become a constant threat to other top women, said Mary Jo Fernandez, a former world number four and a well known tennis commentator.“She’s really grown as a player,“ Fernandez said. “I don’t think Serena’s going anywhere but it gets more difficult as the younger players come up.”last_img read more