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Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

No need for lockdown, Jokowi insists as outbreak enters eighth month

first_imgHe added that he believed more focused, “micro-scale” social restrictions were the most effective way to curb COVID-19 transmission.“We must make [the measures] more directed, more specific, sharper and more focused to address the COVID-19 problem without killing the economy and people’s livelihoods,” he said. Jokowi’s pandemic policy has drawn widespread criticism from health experts and epidemiologists for leaning more toward economic recovery rather than the health crisis itself.According to the official government count, Indonesia has recorded 303,498 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 11,151 deaths as of Sunday.Topics : Lockdowns are unnecessary and can unduly harm the economy, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said as the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia enters its eighth month.In a video posted on the Presidential Secretariat’s official YouTube channel, Jokowi reiterated that public health was the government’s number one priority, but added a caveat. “Prioritizing health doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing the economy,” he said. “Sacrificing the economy is the same as sacrificing the lives of tens of millions of people, which is not an option for us.”He said that his administration was constantly looking to find a “balanced” way to address the outbreak.“So, there is no need to act high and mighty about implementing lockdowns in provinces, regencies or cities because it will sacrifice the people’s livelihoods. But we are still serious about preventing the outbreak from spreading further,” he said.Read also: Public health key to Indonesia’s economic recovery, Jokowi sayslast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 6, 2020

Townsville’s ugly duckling gets modern makeover

first_imgOwner of Avenue Developments Sam Browning out the front of his house he is renovating. Picture: Zak SimmondsSAM Browning is no stranger to flipping homes, but even the most experienced renovator can be faced with the ultimate challenge.The self-starter and co-owner of Avenue Development is knee deep in his latest reno project, at 5 Diprose Street in Pimlico, where he is turning an ugly duckling into a modern, family residence.“When I first saw the house all I could think was, ‘What am I going to do with it? Am I going to bulldoze it? Do I just get the land’?” Mr Bowning said.“I just thought it was the ugliest house I’ve ever seen in Townsville.” Mr Browning bought the property due to its prime location and potential for subdivision.“David Bishop, the agent I’ve purchased all my properties through so far, rang me up and told me this property was coming to the market,” he said.“It was in a similar condition to the other buys we’ve made before and he told me it was subdividable which he knew I wanted to get into.“That said, we’re going to keep it as is, as more people are coming back to quarter-acre blocks.”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 20205 Diprose Street in Pimlico in its original condition.Two weeks into renovations, Mr Browning and his team of local contractors, are over halfway into turning the red brick home into what they hope will be a standout  in the family-friendly street.Originally designed to house a single child family, the house is now on its way to becoming a three-bedroom home with modern, open-plan living spaces, new plumbing, electrics, a new roof and even a downstairs man cave.“I’m not going to lie, the home had a lot of issues with it,” Mr Browning said.“But we chipped away and have come up with a concept that we think a family could see value in well into the future.“By the end of the month, the house will be all done; we’ll have furniture in, professional images taken and ready to put it on the market. I think the end result will be quite impressive.”If you love a good reno, stay tuned as we follow the transformation of this home with a follow later this month.For more information about this property, contact Margaret Hill from Living Here on 0439 716 340.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 28, 2020

‘Unexpected events’ drag Milaha’s net profit down

first_imgDoha-based Qatar Navigation (Milaha) reported a 34 percent drop in profit for the year 2017. The company stated in its report on Monday that the net profit for the year 2017 reached 470 million Qatari Riyals ($129.1 million), compared to the 711 million Qatari Riyals reported in the previous year.Speaking of the results, Milaha’s chairman Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, noted that “despite the unexpected events and ongoing industry-wide challenges during the year, Milaha remained profitable in 2017 driven by a stronger operating performance in the third quarter onwards.”He added that this sets the stage for the year 2018 in which the company will continue its focus on strategic priorities.“Additionally, we continued to improve the cost structure of our businesses, expand our value proposition, and we remain on track to deliver sustained short and long-term growth,” Al Thani said.Milaha, which owns a 30 percent stake in Qatar’s LNG shipping giant Nakilat, said its operating revenues decreased by 2 percent to 2.491 billion Qatari Riyals for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, down from 2.551 billion Qatari Riyals for the same period in 2016.Milaha Gas & Petrochem’s net profit declined by 269 million Qatari Riyals in comparison to 2016.  The shipping sectors in which the company operates continued to face significant challenges in 2017, which impacted both commercial performance as well as vessel valuations.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

Wildcats And Bulldogs Teams Battle On The Diamond

first_imgFranklin County moved to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play with a 4-1 win over Batesville on Tuesday.Ben Krider notched his second complete game win, allowing just 4 hits over 7 innings and only using 70 pitches. Brennan Meyers led FC offense with 3 hits including a double and a triple. Augustus Runyon recorded 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.FC will travel to Batesville Thursday. The Wildcats will then return home for a game Friday vs. Hagerstown. FC will then go to Talawanda on Saturday for one game.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.The Bulldogs JV Baseball team got back in the winning column beating their conference opponent Franklin County by a final score of 13-2.The game was close for six innings as the Bulldogs were only up one run going in the sixth inning. Thats when the Bulldogs broke out the bats and put up a ten run inning that allowed them to bury the Wildcats.The Bulldogs got out to the early lead in the second inning. Adam Cox led off the inning with a line drive single and after two outs Seth Gausman got one of his 3 hits on the night to advance Cox to third. The next batter was Lleyton Ratcliffe and he collected two RBI’s on his line drive to Center field. The very next inning Alex Smith stepped up to the plate and doubled to drive in Drew Kiefer. In the fifth inning Pitcher Clay Grunkemeyer got in a little trouble after surrendering a leadoff double and an error the Wildcats managed two runs to tighten the margin to one run. Thats when the Bulldogs had the huge inning. In the sixth inning alone Seth Gausman collected two hits. Lleyton Ratcliffe and Adam Cox each had doubles. The Bulldogs accumulated 11 hits in all with multi hit games by Gausman, Grunkemeyer, Smith, Cox, and Ratcliffe. Not only did they hit well but they stole 12 bases. Grunkemeyer, Devin Scripture, Ratcliffe, and Kiefer each had two stolen bases a piece.Although one error was committed the Bulldogs played solid defense including a huge double play turned by middle infielders Gausman and Riley Zink to end the fourth inning with runners in scoring position for the Wildcats. Clay Grunkemeyer pitched 5 innings in the victory allowing two unearned runs and striking out 3. Casey Werner came in to pitch the sixth and shut the door striking out two of the three batters he faced.The Bulldogs look to sweep the season series with Franklin County on Thursday April 19th at 5:30 p.m. at Batesville High School.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 23, 2020

Franklin County Redevelopment Commission to meet Monday

first_imgBrookville, IN— A special meeting for the Franklin County Redevelopment Commission will take place on Monday at 9 am in the Commissioner’s Room at the Franklin County Government Center.last_img

Posted by: | Posted on: September 18, 2020

COPA Coca-Cola: An Unforgettable Football Experience for Oscar

first_imgIt was like a dream for Mishael Chukudi Akamere, the 15 year old assistant captain of the Niger team in the ongoing 2016 COPA Coca-Cola competition. He walked away a happy camper as Government Model School, Suleja, Niger won the North Western regional finals.The regional finals which was held in Abuja saw Government Model School, Suleja,  emerged winners of the golden ticket to Lagos for the national finals. Fondly called Oscar by his friends and teammates, the energetic speedster with the number 10 jersey, described his team’s big win as a testament to teamwork, hard work, and tenacity that each player brought to the pitch.According to Akamere, “this is by far, one of the toughest matches my team and I have played in the tournament. We scaled through the grassroots finals and had to battle it out with four other winning teams from other states.”“We were very sad when we were defeated by the Sokoto boys in our first match but we never lost hope. We kept believing that the tide would change in our favour. Hope looked bleak for us in the second match against the Kaduna team but we scored our lifeline goal at the dying minute of the game. This gave us the needed boost.Coming into the final match of the regional finals, we put in our best and gave ourselves a benchmark of three goals. Our teamwork, hard work, and consistency paid off as we emerged victors 7-0 against Kebbi at the end of the match,” he said.As the eldest of four children, Akamere is motivated to be a shining example, “I have one sister and two younger brothers, all of whom play football. My mum and dad love that I play football. They had seen me play several times and were excited that I got the opportunity to participate in the COPA Coca-Cola and show my talents. It has been a tough road and my parents are very proud of me for making it to the national finals.”Born to Patricia Nwafor Akamere, who is a teacher, and Obed Chidebere Akamere a driver, Akamere has big plans for his future.“I want to be a professional footballer just like my favourite football star, Messi. I train six days a week, except on Sundays, and watch lots of football matches so I can learn more to improve my skills.In a few years I want to be in Europe playing football at the highest level. I know with more effort, I would be better than I am now.”Speaking on behalf of the company, Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Cletus Onyebuoha described the win for Niger State as great.“The Niger boys showed sportsmanship and teamwork throughout the competition and their win during the regional finals is truly remarkable. Being one of the power house in Nigeria, it is expected that the Niger team would give the other seven teams a run for the title at the national finals.”Speaking further, Onyebuoha said “Copa Coca-Cola is a platform that serves as a beacon of hope and confidence for teens to achieve their dreams, aspirations, and successes in life with hard work and persistence.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2020

St. Cloud series to put No. 1 ranking on line

first_imgMEGHAN CONLIN/Herald PhotoThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team, currently the No. 1-ranked team in the country, is on top of its game right now, with an unbeaten streak of 12 games.They will need to keep that same focus and drive if they want to extend that streak when they take on St. Cloud State this weekend. St. Cloud is riding a lot of momentum after sweeping their past two series, one against lowly North Dakota and the other against No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth. “Well, they’re obviously playing with a lot of confidence after having four-straight wins,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said of St. Cloud State. “It’s a good time to be challenged. It’s a good opportunity for our hockey club to go on the road and play against some really good competition … against a team that is confident and playing well, [so we’ll] see how well we respond.”St. Cloud senior forward Kristy Oonincx and junior goaltender Lauri St. Jacques both received Player of the Week honors for their roles in sweeping Minnesota-Duluth last weekend. Oonincx netted three goals, including both game-winning goals, and an assist in the series. She now has 34 points on the season, good for third in the conference.”I think we can all skate with her,” junior defender Meaghan Mikkelson said of Oonincx. “We’ve played against her before and we know how she plays. If we all just focus on our own performance rather than watching her skate around, we’ll do just fine.”St. Jacques registered 81 saves out of 83 shots faced over the weekend. She has earned victories in each of her last three starts and her season record stands at 6-8-1. “All we need to do is take shots,” Badger team captain Sharon Cole said. “We need take all the shots we need to and then crash the net for rebounds.”Johnson also recognizes that the special teams will be a key factor in the series. St. Cloud and Wisconsin have showcased nearly identical powerplay performances, with the Huskies converting 21 percent of their man-advantage opportunities, best in the conference, as Wisconsin stands as a close second with 20 percent.”The powerplay and special teams will be big factors in this series,” Johnson said. “[The special teams] are doing pretty good … but sometimes your powerplay can [be] doing well but you don’t score … our penalty killing is very strong, and [the special teams] are going to have [to] be even stronger to win this series.”The Badgers do hold a slight advantage over the Huskies in penalty killing. St. Cloud’s penalty kill has 81 percent effectiveness, which is the second worst in the conference. On the other hand, Wisconsin’s penalty kill is third-best in the conference, fighting off 86 percent of their shorthanded attempts.Other factors play into special teams as well. Wisconsin is the least-penalized team in the conference with an average of fewer than 10 penalty minutes per game. St. Cloud State averages more than 11 minutes a game.St. Cloud’s powerplay is dependent on the success of three primary players. Oonincx, senior forward Ashley Stewart and junior forward Hailey Clarkson are three of the top four powerplay point producers in the conference. UW junior forward Sara Bauer and junior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar are both in the top seven.Bauer will likely be a big part of Wisconsin’s special teams’ success. She leads the conference in total points, ranks second in shorthanded goals, and is tied for first in game-winning goals with six.And like Cole pointed out, the team needs to work on collecting rebounds and cashing in on those second chances. Sophomore forward Jinnelle Zaugg will be the one looking to cash in rebounds left in front of the net. Zaugg’s combination of talent and size make her ideal for loitering around the opponent’s net waiting for a rebound to pop up.”She has a long reach and a quick shot,” Cole said. “That’s part of the reason why she’s so effective.””She’s been scoring goals and she had a good rookie season and was able to score some goals last year,” Johnson said. “She has the opportunity to be playing out there with Bauer and Cole, and fill the void that [graduate Lindsay Macy] left. She’s creating opportunities and making the most of those. Hopefully [the puck] will keep going in for her.”Wisconsin may be the No.1-ranked team in the country and St. Cloud State may only have a record of 12-13-1, but the Huskies’ surge in momentum makes them dangerous. Because in hockey, as in all sports, momentum can make all the difference.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 17, 2020

SU’s Collins looks to continue strong season years after transitioning from soccer

first_imgWhen Devon Collins was in eighth grade, her friends all tried out for the lacrosse team, and naturally, she followed.Each one made it to the junior varsity team, except Collins, who was cut from the team and had to play modified, a step down from JV where there aren’t as many cuts.“It was kind of embarrassing for me because all my friends made JV and I was alone in modified,” Collins said.But by the next year, Collins made varsity and had blossomed in her newfound sport.Now, she’s in her senior year as an attack at Syracuse. Though she picked up lacrosse late, Collins has thrived with the opportunity she’s been given at SU. Having shifted positions on the attack, she’ll look to build on her three goals and four assists when the No. 3 Orange (3-0) hosts No. 9 Virginia (1-1) on Monday at 6 p.m. in the Carrier Dome,AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Devon is a very fast, very aggressive, just overall good attacker,” SU attack Kayla Treanor said. “She goes very hard … she can get to goal in just a quick little move.”Because Collins was raised a soccer player, she had to adjust to stopping at every whistle in women’s lacrosse. She didn’t even understand offsides when she played lacrosse for the first time in eighth grade.In soccer, an attacker has to be in line with the last defender as the ball is kicked, but in women’s lacrosse, offsides means that the offense can’t have more than seven players on or past the restraining line.She also had no idea what the names of the positions meant, such as first home and second home or A-wing and D-wing.“I was just really confused with all the rules I guess around girls’ lacrosse,” Collins said.In ninth grade, Collins played club lacrosse in addition to varsity in high school. Though all of Collins’ friends were going through recruitment at the time, she didn’t know if she was good enough to go to a top program.Her dream school was Notre Dame, and Collins committed to play there, until the head coach took a different player and told  Collins she couldn’t go to the school anymore.Brent Rothfuss, her high school head coach’s brother, who played professionally in Rochester with SU assistant coach Regy Thorpe, contacted Syracuse.“He was like, ‘Why don’t you talk to Syracuse? I’ll talk to Regy for you,’” Collins said. “And then we just kind of went from there and I was committed before I knew it.”Collins started 21 of the 23 games her freshman year and worked alongside former SU attacks Michelle Tumolo and Alyssa Murray. Her role was to get to ground balls and support Tumolo and Murray.On the field she saw the tenacity that Tumolo played with and wanted to emulate and impress her. Murray made sure Collins was in the right position during games.“I didn’t even know I was going to start my freshman year, so that was like a really pleasant surprise,” Collins said. “It was just kind of exciting and an honor for me to be playing next to them and starting.”Though Collins played three years primarily at the low attack position at Syracuse, she’s spending most of her time in the high attack position this year, with Maryland transfer Halle Majorana taking the role down low.In her final season, Collins is looking to step out of the supporting role and take advantage of her new freedom on offense.“I think you’re going to see her best this year,” head coach Gary Gait said. “She’s playing more relaxed, she’s focused … so I’m hoping for a big year for her.” Comments Published on February 23, 2015 at 12:02 am Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettus Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 8, 2020

Visa Partners CAF to Sponsor Total Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgL-R, Andrew Torre, Ahmad Ahmad, Kemi Okusanya Visa signs as Payments Technology Sponsor for Total Africa Cup of Nations  to bring the continent’s biggest football tournament to fans everywhereVisa extends its relationship with football this summer by partnering with the biggest international association football competition in AfricaVisa, the global leader in payments, will bring its global brand and technology to African football this summer as it officially announced its partnership with the Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) as a sponsor of the Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in 2019 and 2021. The sponsorship deal will make the payments giant the exclusive payment services provider at all venues during the Total AFCON tournaments in 2019 and 2021 and will be the preferred payment option for tickets bought both in-person and online. In addition, Visa will be the official partner of the player escort program, giving over 1,100 children the opportunity to lead their football heroes out at the Total AFCON matches.Visa has a long and proud history of supporting football, having been a sponsor of the FIFA World Cup since 2007. Coming off the back of a successful 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign in Russia and with preparations underway for the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, this association builds on Visa’s strategy to bring the best of their sponsorship experience on the global stage to regional tournaments.Ahmad Ahmad, President, Confédération Africaine de Football (CAF) said: “The benefits of investing in African football are clear to see, and with football being the number one passion of consumers across the continent we’re delighted to welcome Visa as a sponsor of the Total AFCON tournament. Through this partnership with CAF, Visa will be able to connect further with its customers and leverage CAF as an innovative marketing platform. Africa is now more connected than ever before, and Visa’s payment network will play a vital role in reaching and rewarding fans across the region. I’m certain that together we will take African football to the next level.”“Football is the most popular sport in the world with an estimated 4 billion fans and the sport intrinsically aligns with Visa’s values of acceptance and inclusion. The Total Africa Cup of Nations tournament is arguably the most important football event in our region where the best of African football comes together. We are very proud to begin our association with CAF, Lagardère Sports and the Total AFCON tournament to support the growth of football in our key markets,” said Andrew Torre, Regional President, Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA), Visa.“Being the exclusive payment services partner at some of the biggest global sporting properties in the world has enabled us to showcase the latest in payment innovation on a global stage and has had a demonstrable impact on the fan experience and local merchant environment. We are looking forward to a very big summer in 2019 where through our sponsorship of two of the largest football tournaments in the world, we can connect football’s most passionate and engaged audiences through our powerful, reliable and secure payment network and create unique and unforgettable experiences for global football fans, cardholders and clients alike,” said Torre.With every global sponsorship, Visa has focused on supporting host markets by connecting more local merchants to Visa’s payment network so that the influx of global fans traveling to the sporting venues can make safe and convenient payments. Visa has also historically enabled cardholders to win the chance to attend matches, and while there, having the chance to experience new payment experiences that improve their onsite experience. Most recently at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, fans and merchants were able to enjoy and experience secure contactless payment technology that was rolled out at the 12 FIFA World Cup Russia stadiums.Visa aims to leverage the Total AFCON platform to continue to deliver exceptional benefits to its local communities, clients, partners and fans as they come together to support the best of African football.This landmark partnership was brokered by Lagardère Sports.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: August 30, 2020

Mark Frissora – US Betting is in-tune with Caesars comeback

first_img UKGC orders Caesars to pay £13m following ‘serious systemic failings’ April 2, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Speaking to CNBC News, Mark Frissora Group President & CEO of Caesars Entertainment has stated that his firm is reviewing all options with regards to competing within a US state-licensed sports betting framework.Frissora and Caesars’ executive team welcomed ‘with excitement’, last week’s groundbreaking Supreme Court repeal of PASPA’s federal mandate, which will open US licensed sports betting.Caesars leader believes that his firm holds the ‘best position to take advantage of SCOTUS ruling’, having operated casino-integrated sportsbooks within its Nevada properties for a number of years.Furthermore, Frissora details that Caesars ‘enhanced digital focus’, which has seen the casino operator launch a number of mobile platforms, merging land-based customer engagement with digital content/dynamics, as a significant advantage over its US competitors.“We have been doing this for a while, and we are excited by this opportunity. We believe that we can develop the best in-play engagements and software experiences for US customers”.  Frissora details.Moving forward, Frissora has called for all industry stakeholders to eliminate the illegal US sports betting market, which is estimated by the American Gaming Association to have generated a ‘$150 billion handle’.The repeal of PASPA comes at a time when Frissora and his new executive team seek to revamp and diversify Caesars business proposition at a global scale.Having navigated Caesars Entertainment through its complex two-year bankruptcy restructuring, Frissora seeks to rebuild the US legacy operator ‘beyond the Vegas strip’.Acting fast on state-licensed sports betting may well offer Caesars a trump card in its $ multi-billion competition against Las Vegas Sands, MGM and Galaxy Entertainment.“We have a strong balance sheet and position to enable us to pursue and implement this kind of development. We’re working to create the future of gaming and we’re ready to win.” Related Articles Join the PASPA Repeal 2nd anniversary online networking event May 13, 2020 Share AGA urges White House to intervene over Paycheck Protection Program April 9, 2020 Submitlast_img read more