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COVID-19: Police impose limits on staple food purchases amid panic buying

first_imgThe National Police’s food stability task force has enforced a limit on the amount of staple foods available for purchase in a bid to ensure availability in the long term amid panic buying prompted by the COVID-19 outbreak.Rationing will be implemented for rice, sugar, vegetable oil and instant noodles, as reported by kompas.com. The task force will limit every customer to a maximum of 10 kilograms of rice, 2 kg of sugar, 4 liters of vegetable oil and 2 boxes of instant noodles.The police issued a letter regarding the policy on Monday, and sent it to several business associations such as the Indonesian Retailers Association (Aprindo), the Jakarta office of the Market Sellers Cooperatives (Puskoppas) and the Indonesian Provincial Government Association (APPSI) “We have issued a letter [regarding the rationing] to make sure nobody takes advantage of the situation,” task force head Brig. Gen. Daniel Tahi Monang said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Government expedites imports of staple needs to stabilize pricesHe added that the policy would take effect starting Tuesday and end when authorities declared the situation normal.The task force acknowledged the rise in staple food prices. “The prices have increased somewhat due to rising demand after some panic buying,” Daniel said.The police’s task force, he went on to say, would make sure that the supply of staple foods remained sufficient. “I urge the public not to panic buy,” he added. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

IDI warns of new COVID-19 clusters from jobs law protests

first_imgTopics : The death of Floyd on May 25 led to antiracism protests and demonstrations against police brutality throughout the United States and around the world, with protesters calling for racial equality and police reform and gathering in spite of the pandemic.Zubairi raised concerns that a similar situation was happening in Indonesia because of the passage of the Job Creation Law.Read also: Follow health protocols, IDI urges the public as more Indonesian doctors die from COVID-19He was also concerned about the simultaneous elections, which he said could result in new COVID-19 transmission clusters if they weren’t prepared for properly.“The next homework assignment is the regional elections. Hopefully, what has happened in the past makes us smarter,” Zubairi said.He called on the government not to introduce policies that would trigger protests.“If a policy could ignite demonstrations, it is better for it to be delayed,” he said.The passage of the contentious jobs law on Monday ignited waves of protests throughout the country. In some areas, protesters clashed with the police.Many argue that the new law, which the government claims is necessary to improve bureaucratic efficiency and to boost business and investment, will negatively impact the environment and labor conditions in the country.Zubairi called on the public to avoid crowded events to cut chains of transmission.On Wednesday, the Jakarta Police reported reactive rapid test results from 12 vocational high school students who intended to join the rally against the law, tempo.co reported.According to the police, they will be isolated in Wisma Pademangan isolation center in Central Jakarta.The Medan Police said they found three cases out of the 177 protesters who were tested. (iwa) “Not to mention demonstrations that gather thousands of people,” he said, adding that protesters, the police and the military likely ignored health protocols during the protests.Aditya highlighted the difficulties of tracing virus transmission resulting from the demonstrations.Zubairi said the government should have anticipated such a situation to prevent the emergence of new COVID-19 transmission clusters.He cited the death of George Floyd, a black man, at the hands of the police in the United States, which ignited nationwide protests during COVID-19 pandemic.  The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) has warned of the possibility that new COVID-19 clusters may emerge from demonstrations against the Job Creation Law that have been taking place in many parts of the country.“I’m afraid there will be more patients,” said IDI COVID-19 task force head Zubairi Djoerban on Thursday, as quoted by antaranews.com. Simlarly, Aditya M Biomed, the head of the IDI’s Bandarlampung chapter, said that even without demonstrations, the number of new COVID-19 infections had been overwhelming. He said the IDI had recorded 130 doctors who had fallen victim to the virus.center_img #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.last_img read more

These are Townsville most sought after family suburbs

first_imgA father walking with his dog and his son in the suburbsGROWING families are increasingly shying away from popular school catchment zones in favour of acreage living.CoreLogic figures show semirural suburbs have the highest percentage of family households in Townsville. Alice River tops the list with 92.3 per cent.Mount Low and Bushland Beach follow at a close second with 89.8 per cent of residents living in a family household, followed by Rangewood (89.3 per cent) and Gumlow (88.6 per cent).At 87.2 per cent, Annandale was the only city suburb to rank in the Top 10.Explore Property sales agent Allison Gough said she was not surprised by the result, with more families making the move back to greener pastures.“People want acreage and Alice River is also in direct line with very good schools such as Ryan Catholic College, Ignatius Park and Holy Spirit,” she said.“So any property that we have that’s a quarter of an acre or above always gets a lot of interest from buyers.Ms Gough said Bushland Beach was another commonsense suburb for families.“This suburb just makes perfect sense as it’s a destination suburb,” she said.“It’s very quiet and great for families. “In fact, it’s one of those suburbs where kids still walk to the skate park and are out riding their bikes on the street. “You don’t see that very often anymore and I think that’s what people enjoy so much about the area.”On the flip side, CoreLogic figures showed non-family households clearly favoured city and beachside suburbs.Arcadia on Magnetic Island and Rowes Bay are favoured by 51.2 and 51.1 per cent of non-family households respectively, with South Townsville (49.6 per cent), North Ward (49.4 per cent), Picnic Bay (48.2 per cent) and Townsville CBD (47.2 per cent) also ranking high on the list.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 TOP 10 SUBURBS WITH HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF FAMILY HOUSEHOLD S (Source: Core Logic) SUBURB % 1 Alice River                                     92.3 2 Mount Low 89.8 3 Bushland Beach 89.8 4 Rangewood 89.3 5 Gumlow 88.6 6 Annandale 87.2 7 Bohle Plains 86.8 8 Bluewater Park 86.1 9 Burdell 85.9 10 Jensen 85.8last_img read more

Asia Pacific Is Still Top Shipping Loss Region, Allianz Says

first_imgAsia Pacific waters remain the top shipping loss region, accounting for 45% of losses globally in 2018, according to a new study released by Allianz.The Safety & Shipping Review 2019 analyzes reported shipping losses over 100 gross tons (GT). It was conducted by Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS), a unit of the Allianz Group.In 2018, a total of 21 vessel losses were reported in Asia Pacific, down from 46 losses in the 12 months earlier, driven by a significant decline in activity in the global loss hotspot, South East Asia, and weather-related losses after quieter hurricane and typhoon seasons.While this plummet in total losses is encouraging, the number of reported shipping incidents overall in Asia actually increased by 22% in the past four years, according to an analysis of data from 4,000 insured vessels by AGCS.However, this is more due to the sheer volume of ships that pass through the region, rather than below-par safety standards, as explained by Allianz.“We do typically see more incidents of groundings and collisions in Asia than other locations around the world, but this generally reflects the higher levels of trade and where ship owners are trading,” Tom Taberner, Regional Head of Energy & Marine Asia Pacific at AGCS, said.“In many cases port infrastructure in Asia is new and there are many new or expanding ports in China, Korea, Japan and Malaysia etc. Newer infrastructure means fewer issues, better port operations and more up-to-date charts, which will address challenges,” he added.Worst accident locations and common causes of lossAsia Pacific waters remain a hotspot for marine claims with 4 of the top 10 loss regions globally in 2018 and half of the top 10 largest losses also occurring in the region.The South China, Indochina, Indonesia and Philippines maritime region remains the top loss region, where one in four losses globally occurred in 2018. This is however significantly down from 29 a year earlier, marking the first time the region has seen a fall in losses in four years.Other top loss regions in Asia Pacific include Japan, Korea and North China, as well as the Arabian Gulf and approaches.Cargo ships accounted for more than a third of vessels lost around Asia Pacific in the past year. Foundered (sunk/submerged) was the major cause, accounting for 14 of the 21 losses regionally — over thrice as many as the next highest cause — wrecked/stranded. Global results also bear this trend, where foundering, has accounted for over half of the 1,036 lost globally over the past decade, and are the most expensive cause of loss for insurers, accounting for USD 1.56 billion in five years.Despite a decline in number of total losses, the frequency and cost of collision, grounding and fire incidents has increased in some locations for Asian based-ship owners and managers. There were 425 collisions or contact incidents during the past 12 months, with the average cost of collision claims highest on containers vessels (USD 840,000). Overall, collision incidents are the second most frequent cause of claims in the region behind machinery breakdown/engine damage.Solomon Trader bulker that grounded on a reef in the Solomon Islands earlier this year. Image Courtesy: Roderick Brazier, High Commissioner to Solomon IslandsFires also continue to be an issue with 34 reported incidents over four years, at a total cost to the region’s insurance sector of almost USD 50 million. In particular, there has been an increase in cargo fires on containerships and car carriers, with a number of notable losses in 2018 and 2019.“We have seen a rise in incidents involving car carriers, which are becoming more expensive. This is a major concern with fires on the Auto Banner in May 2018 and most recently the Sincerity Ace in January 2019,” Taberner further said.Piracy numbers in the region have also fallen, led by Indonesia which saw a 64% fall of piracy incidents in 2018 over the past five years, and is no longer the top piracy hotspot in the world.However, South East Asia and Africa regions still account for over three quarters of all piracy incidents worldwide.Hijacking and boarding of vessels is still tied to inequality and the economic situation in parts of Africa and Asia, meaning global economic and geopolitical continue to play on the security of shipping.Global trends and evolving compliance and security challengesGlobally, the loss trends are similar to Asia, with 46 large ships lost worldwide in 2018, down from 98 a year earlier. However, the number of reported shipping incidents overall shows little decline, less than 1% year-on-year.Just like Asia, machinery damage is a major cause, accounting for more than a third of the 26,000+ incidents over the past decade, and is one of the most expensive causes of marine insurance claims — USD 1 billion+ in five years.Looking forward, regulation limiting sulphur oxide emissions from January 2020 is likely to be a game-changer for the shipping industry, with wide-ranging implications for cost, compliance and crew, Allianz explained.In addition, political risk has also heightened globally and increasingly poses a threat to shipping security, trade and supply chains through conflicts, territorial disputes, cyber-attacks, sanctions, piracy and even sabotage, as evidenced by recent attacks on oil tankers in the Middle East.Growing numbers of migrants at sea and an increase in stowaways on commercial vessels also has serious consequences for shipowners, leading to delays, diversions and pressure on crew.In contrast to Asia, piracy incidents increased in 2018 to more than 200 — Nigeria is now the top global hotspot, the report shows.last_img read more

Sectionals

first_imgBe sure to check WRBI’s website for all of the boys sectional pairings.  The sectionals will begin next Tuesday, February 27.Oh, what a difference the state tourney is today than what it was when I was in high school.  Since it was a single class tournament, there was a great demand for sectional tickets.  Today very few gyms in the state of Indiana will be at capacity.  How many remember either standing in line to hope you could get a ticket or being in a lottery drawing to get one?Basketball is still basketball.  Go out and get a ticket and support your local team no matter where they play.  Good luck to all teams.last_img

Cricket News KXIP donate Rs 25 lakh to families of five CRPF soldiers killed in Pulwama attack

first_imgChandigarh: The Kings XI Punjab donated Rs five lakh each to families of five CRPF soldiers killed in the Pulwama terror attack in February.The cheques were given to kin of five CRPF jawans hailing from Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, who lost their lives in the deadly terror attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama, J&K last month, which left 40 personnel from the force dead.Cheques were distributed among family members of Jaimal Singh, Sukhjinder Singh, Maninder Singh, Kulwinder Singh and Tilak Raj.Also read | IPL 2019: Complete schedule of league stage matches released, check hereKings XI captain Ravichandran Ashwin, DIG CRPF V K Kaundal were present at the event. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

The Latest: Orlando Magic arena becomes distribution center

first_imgWest Ham says “the savings created by the measures above will support the entire infrastructure of the club and enable us to retain jobs and continue to pay 100% of staff salaries.”Southampton said Thursday that its players would defer three months’ wages.Premier League clubs as a collective had hoped squads would all cut wages by 30% but the players’ union rejected the proposal.___The family of Kenny Dalglish says the former Liverpool player and manager has tested positive for the coronavirus but “remains asymptomatic.” ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed. The Latest: Orlando Magic arena becomes distribution center ___On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year.ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter. Italy has suffered the most deaths of any nation, nearly 19,000, and is nearing 150,000 cases, hitting 147,577 on Friday.___The Milwaukee Bucks have established an emergency relief fund for part-time employees of FiServ Forum, the team’s home arena.The Bucks Emergency Relief Fund will provide financial relief for part-time employees of the arena’s food and beverage provider, housekeeping employer and parking partners.The relief fund also will assist part-time employees at the Menominee Nation Arena. That’s the home arena for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ NBA G League affiliate. Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak.The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.”Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. The 69-year-old Dalglish was hospitalized on Wednesday as an infection required intravenous antibiotics.A COVID-19 test unexpectedly showed he had the disease despite previously displaying no symptoms.Dalglish’s family says “prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family. He would urge everyone to follow the relevant government and expert guidance in the days and weeks ahead.”The family statement concluded by saying Dalglish “looks forward to being home soon.”___ So far, the Bucks have provided $500,000 in financial assistance to the part-time employees, and an additional $500,000 is on the way through the relief fund.NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star forward Khris Middleton have contributed $100,000 each. All their Bucks teammates have committed to donate to the cause. Bucks ownership is matching all player donations.___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested. Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The nationwide lockdown in Italy has been extended through May 3 but Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora is urging the country’s sports federations to develop health protocols in order to resume activity on May 4.Spadafora urges sports authorities “not to let these weeks be lost” and to urgently make plans for when the lockdown expires.Previously, the lockdown was set to expire on Monday.The extension came as the number of people in Italian hospitals and intensive care wards eases and the growth in the number of new cases and deaths is narrowing. Experts have said it will take a decrease in the number of cases to enter a so-called Phase II, allowing more freedom of movement to individuals but with precautions to guard against any new outbreaks. ___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other — during this unprecedented time.”Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com. ___West Ham has become the latest Premier League club to announce its players will defer some wages as the competition is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.The percentage of the wages being held back was not disclosed by the London club on Friday.West Ham did say manager David Moyes, vice chair Karren Brady and finance director Andy Mollett are taking a 30% pay reduction.Co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and fellow shareholders are also injecting 30 million pounds into the club. April 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington.Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington.__ Associated Press The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis. The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days.The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.” The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff.The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital.Chief executive officer Dr. Robert Corona thought of the idea. He says after careful analysis of tests performed by the hospital’s infection control team, infectious disease specialists, microbiology team and other clinical experts, the hospital has developed a process for collecting used shields, decontaminating them with the Sani Sport sanitation machines, and re-using the shields.Crunch chief operation officer Jim Sarosy says the AHL has been in touch with the other teams in the league, and he says a firehouse in Boston and the State University of New York at Cortland also have reached out to the team.According to the website of the Quebec-based company, its customers include 28 NHL clubs, 16 in the NFL, and six in MLB. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the plan Friday, along with the Magic. The Amway Center, which includes the AdventHealth Practice Facility that serves as the Magic’s training home, will be used as a staging space for as long as is required. There are contingencies to continue if the need is still there when NBA play resumes.Dyer says the arena will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.Magic CEO Alex Martins says conversations with AdventHealth and the city alerted the team to the need for such a space. “It is our honor to partner with the city of Orlando to provide assistance in the use of the Amway Center to meet AdventHealth’s and our community’s needs,” Martins said.The Magic have been very active in responding to the pandemic, with several players donating money to various causes and the DeVos family — which owns the team — pledging up to $2 million to assist Amway Center hourly workers for lost games.___ Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.last_img read more

Injury worries grow for Michael Essien as Real Madrid star misses training

first_imgGhanaian midfielder Michael Essien is said to have growing injury problems at Real Madrid as he spent Friday on the treatment table and unable to train normally with the rest of the team.The midfielder has now been training alone for various days now due to different fitness problems.Essien, who in recent weeks has had to make an extra effort and play out of position due to injuries at the club – first to full-backs and then to Xabi Alonso and Khedira in the midfield – is still unable to train normally.After playing, the Ghanaian needs to recover from a series of knocks and has to follow a specific training plan in order to be available for the club’s next match. He’s been like that for a while. That said, he’s always been available to Mourinho whenever critical injuries have hit the squad.But Essien isn’t the only player not training normally. Kaká is in the same boat. He didn’t even take to the pitch in training and just worked on recovering after playing for Brazil against Colombia.Following the injury crisis that Real Madrid suffered after the last international break, the best news for Mourinho is that all of his internationals have returned fully fit to take part in Madrid’s next games, specifically, the big one against City in Manchester, where Real hope to seal qualification for the next round of the Champions League.last_img read more

Clippers’ defense faltering lately

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> It was the best transition defense the Clippers have played in weeks.Prior to Monday’s game with the Phoenix Suns, Marreese Speights was ready to guard against an extended conversation about one of the problems that’s plagued the Clippers on their recent winless three-game road trip.Speights swatted away any talk about his team’s problems in the open court, where they were outscored 83-10 in fastbreak points. So instead of answering, he transitioned to a new topic.“That was 2016,” Speights said. “It’s 2017 now — a fresh start.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The calendar might’ve flipped, but the Clippers’ problems still are there. Minutes into Monday’s game against the Suns, the team allowed an uncontested basket after a turnover, forcing Doc Rivers to call a timeout.After being outscored 33-0 in fastbreak points against the Oklahoma City Thunder on New Year’s Eve — the team’s seventh game in 10 days — J.J. Redick said part of the issue had to do with his team’s effort.“I think sometimes the players look at the schedule and see how hard it is and they fall into that trap. Seven games in 10 nights, that’s hard. We knew that, when the schedule came out, that was one of the stretches we tried to get changed,” Rivers said before Monday’s game. “We knew it would be hard, we thought we’d be healthy, and we got caught with a double-whammy — tough schedule plus injuries. I thought we lost all three of those games early, and that’s something you just can’t do.“You have to hang in there.”For Austin Rivers, the solution is easy to pinpoint — relax and just play the right way.center_img “I think we just have to go compete, come in and compete. We’re a great team; we know that. We went through a tough stretch — so what?” he said. “Let’s get through it, learn from it and let’s get better. We don’t need to be heavy thinkers, overthink, walk around depressed and (expletive).“We just have to get through it.”Paul sits againChris Paul missed his third straight game — and his sixth in seven contests — with a sore left hamstring.“We’re just going to take our time,” Doc Rivers said. “… It’s all big picture. He’s not playing until he’s 100 percent.”Paul, Rivers said, was 100 percent before playing against New Orleans last week. And, Rivers said, he didn’t re-injure the hamstring in that game.“What we didn’t like is that he had fatigue, a lot of fatigue, that next day. He was sore, and that shouldn’t happen,” Rivers said. “Once we found that out, we decided, though he feels good, we’re going to wait even longer.“He didn’t take it great, but he’s a smart kid. Once you sit him down and talk to him about why, because he really thought he’d play the Houston game, he’s been very good about it. He understands.”NotesAustin Rivers said he’s spoken to the NBA about his ejection last week in Houston, and said he’s hopeful the NBA will rescind the decision. “The league is in process of rescinding because I didn’t do it on purpose,” he said. “I told them what really happened, and I think they understood it too, which is why I didn’t get suspended for any games.” … Wesley Johnson continued to play with a sore left ankle, coming off the bench Monday.last_img read more