Economists are calling for a well-prepared lockdown and an emergency status declaration to further save the country from widespread COVID-19 coronavirus infections and soften hard-hitting effects on the economy.Senior economist Faisal Basri wrote on his twitter account (@FaisalBasri) that the government should halt construction of its new capital and “unite all the nation’s power” instead.”To save Indonesia, the President has to immediately declare an emergency war against the coronavirus. That is also the key to save the economy,” Faisal wrote. Untuk menyelamatkan Indonesia, Presiden harus segera menyatakan darurat perang melawan coronavirus. Itu juga kunci menyelamatkan ekonomi.— Faisal Basri (@FaisalBasri) March 16, 2020 The country has yet to set a national emergency status. However, Banten and Tangerang in West Java and Surakarta in Central Java are among those that have already declared extraordinary occurrence (KLB) statuses. Jakarta and Surakarta have both closed their schools as Jakarta mulls over a lockdown plan.Read also: Regions close schools, cancel public events because of COVID-19 Center of Reform on Economics (Core) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah said that authorities should meticulously plan a lockdown before executing one, as quoted by Kontan. He said that an unprepared lockdown could hurt the informal players and producers as the move could diminish resources used for production. Such unpreparedness would make the recovery take longer and the negative economic impacts worse, he said.He said the government has seemed hesitant about taking drastic measures to save the economy as it faces a dilemma between fighting the coronavirus and saving the economy, citing several stimulus packages as an example.Indonesia announced last Friday it is allocating Rp 120 trillion from the state budget to stimulate the economy through tax incentives and subsidies for workers, businesses and families affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic.The second stimulus package announced on the same day, worth Rp 22.9 trillion, would include individual and corporate tax breaks, as well as relaxation of loans disbursement and restructuring. These add to a Rp 10.3 trillion stimulus package announcement on Feb. 25 that boosts staple needs and mortgage subsidies for low-income families and fiscal incentives for travel-related industries.The government would also speed up disbursement of social spending in the first quarter, as well as the new training subsidies connected to the pre-employment card this month.”If we’re going to execute a lockdown, its impact will certainly be significant, as if we are turning the economy off. All of this needs to be anticipated and prepared with solutions,” he said.He said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s latest appeal for people to stay at home has failed to take shape in several regions since companies and government offices are still open, resulting in congested public transportation.In his first national address on the COVID-19 outbreak last Sunday, the President highlighted the importance of practicing what is called “social distancing” to stop the spread of the coronavirus that has already claimed thousands of lives worldwide.Topics :
The PBSI has decided to continue preparing for the Indonesian tournament, including planning the event and reserving the tournament’s location.Here is the list of competitions cancelled by the BWF between May and July:The BWF has also frozen its world rankings until further notice. The latest rankings, which will be used for tournament registration, are those listed as of March 17.Topics : “We understand the situation and support the BWF’s decision, especially seeing that the emergency period for COVID-19 has been extended until the end of May. Therefore, it will be impossible to hold the tournament on its original schedule,” Indonesian Badminton Association (PBSI) secretary-general Achmad Budiharto said in a statement on Tuesday.He added that the association had sent a request to the federation to move the tournament’s date to September.Read also: Athletes find way to cope with boredom during social distancing“We will maintain our coordination with the BWF. We have also discussed several alternative dates for the tournament in Indonesia,” Achmad went on to say. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) has cancelled a number of tournaments scheduled from May to July in light of the COVID-19 pandemic after previously suspending dozens of other tournaments.Four Grade 2 tournaments and nine Grade 3 tournaments will be suspended indefinitely, according to the federation. One of the cancelled tournaments was the 2020 Blibli Indonesia Open, which was to be held in Jakarta from June 16 to 21.
NLB, Slovenia’s largest international financial group, has agreed to sell 100% of its Macedonian pension business to Slovenian insurer and pensions provider Sava Re.The sale of NLB Nov penziski fond is subject to regulatory approval.NLB Nov penziski fond is one of the two pension fund companies, both Slovenian, licensed as of 2005 to offer mandatory and voluntary pension funds in Macedonia, with 51% of the shares owned by Ljubljana-based Nova Ljubljanska Banka, and the remainder by the group’s Macedonian subsidiary NLB Banka Skopje.NLB’s mandatory and voluntary Macedonian funds have more than €430m in assets under management, and a market share of around 46%. On NLB’s website, Blaž Brodnjak, president of the management board, said: “Our exit from the ownership of the NLB Nov penziski fond does not in any way imply that we are exiting the Republic of Macedonia.“On the contrary, NLB Banka Skopje remains a strategic member of the NLB Group, where we see a lot of potential for upgrading business both in the retail as well as corporate sector.”Antonio Argir, president of the management board of NLB Banka AD Skopje, added that his bank would continue to collaborate with the new owner after the sale through its sales channels.For Sava Re, the acquisition expands its financial operations in Macedonia beyond its existing insurance businesses.For state-owned NLB the sale of its Macedonian pensions business, which was announced this March, is part of a series of non-core asset disposals ahead of its privatisation as agreed earlier with the European Commission.The deal was struck in return for the EC approving state aid to NLB in 2013.In June the Slovenian government abandoned an IPO for 50% of the bank, initially set for the end of this year, following a lower than expected valuation, and has now requested postponing the sale until the end of 2020.
EC Volleyball traveled to Ben Davis on Saturday and came up one win short of being champions. The Lady Trojans went 3-0 in pool played to put them in the championship match.Match 1: Jennings County (scores: 25-17; 25-19)It wasn’t our best match of the day, but the girls played well. We didn’t play at our normal intensity which made it a little slower than most games we play. We like to keep things fast by running a quick offense to give our hitters the best opportunity. In the end, it was enough to get a win in our first round of pool play.Match 2: Muncie Burris (scores: 25-20; 25-21)I may be wrong, but I think this is the first time EC has ever beaten Burris. They are rebuilding due to injury, but Muncie schools are known for ball control. They weren’t the tallest team, but their defense was great. They kept us on our toes and forced us to find different ways to score. The girls battled hard and found a way to finish the match. We gave up runs at the end of both games, but stayed focused enough to come out with the win.Match 3: Zionsville (scores: 26-24; 14-25; 16-14)This was a tough match. Zionsville has an incredibly strong team with some big hitters. We pulled the momentum back to our side at the end of game 1 to come out on top, however, I have no idea where that momentum went, because game two was a totally different team. We got down early and could never find our way back. Game three started just as slow, and just when you think the game is over, these girls flipped a switch and were determined to fight for the championship. We battled back from being down 6-10 in a 15 point match to come back and win 16-14. If you take out game 2, this match was impressive. They showed their heart and love for this game by pulling a win out when they could have easily folded. That’s all on them- their dedication, their drive. I can’t take any credit for that. The seniors stepped up and led this team to victory better than I could have ever asked in that situation.Match 4: McCutcheon (scores: 18-25; 18-25)The girls played hard. I will never try to take that from them. I just think we were tired by the time we got to the championship. With Homecoming the night before, I think we used up the last of our energy pulling out the win against Zionsville. They tried to pull through, they just didn’t have enough gas left. We lost to an incredibly smart McCutcheon team. They put the ball where we weren’t and we were just one step behind when we tried to pick it up. They played smarter than us and walked out as champions.‘Overall, I am incredibly proud of these girls. They are so talented and have so much drive to be successful. My hopes and expectations for them in the last month of the season are very high. This team can do something EC hasn’t done in a very long time and they proved that this weekend. With our senior leadership, this team is destined for greatness and I am very lucky to be part of that.’ EC Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 15-5 on the season (8-0 in conference play).Next up: ECVB travels to Lawrenceburg for EIAC action on Monday. Freshman start at 5, JV and Varsity will follow.Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker.
Gerard (Jerry) Joseph Hughes, age 84 of New Alsace, died Monday, April 11, 2016 at his home. Born August 18, 1931 in New Alsace, son to the late Thomas W. and Henrietta A. (nee: Schnied) Hughes. He was united in marriage to Alice M Wuestefeld on April 28, 1956 at St. Joseph’s Church in St. Leon, Indiana. (17 days shy of 60 years)Jerry after Graduating from Guilford High School in 1950, served in the U.S. Army during the Korean war, when he came home he met his wife at a dance in Cedar Grove. He worked as a Boiler/Fireman both off and on at Seagram’s and finally retired at Schenley Distillers in Lawrenceburg. He was a member of the New Alsace American Legion Post 452, the Eagles, and Knights of Columbus.In his spare time he loved to garden, bowl, fish, hunt, make crafts and jellies, watch all kinds of sports, but enjoyed the Red’s, Bengal’s and Xavier Basketball, and if he could not watch them he would listen to them on his little radio, sit outside and watch for airplanes. He loved to read westerns and tried his hand at writing; he wrote 21 short stories for his family and friends to enjoy.He is survived by his wife Alice, 3 sons; Randy Hughes, Larry Hughes both of Sunman and Tom (Debbie) Hughes of Batesville and 2 daughters; Pam (the late William Gary) Hoover and Judy (Ted) Meyer both of Batesville. Jerry had 13 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Maxine (the late Mike) Klump of New Alsace.Visitation is Friday, April 15th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with rosary at 4:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday at 11:00 a.m., St. Martins Church in Yorkville. The Burial will follow with military rites at St. Paul’s Cemetery in New Alsace. The family request memorials to Safe Passage, New Alsace Legion Post 452 or St. Paul’s School.
Thomas Radivoy returned to victory lane at Orange County Fair Speedway following the June 24 CRSA IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature.By Edward KochersbergerMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. (June 24) – A dramatic late-race move gave Thomas Radivoy his second CRSA IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win of the season at Orange County Fair Speedway Saturday night.The main event was shortened from 20 laps to fifteen due the threat of rain in the area and challenger Bret Jaycox knew he had to make things happen quickly because of the race length.Jaycox used the outside starting lane to work through turn one and two to take the lead away from Radivoy early and dominate a majority of the event.The move of the race was seen when Radivoy and Jaycox were rolling out of turn four toward the white flag. Jaycox drifted a little high and lost just enough momentum for Radivoy to point his car underneath Jaycox and take command of the race lead during the final lap of the evening.The win was Radivoy’s CRSA third on the season and second at Middletown. Sydney Prince and Christian Rumsey snuck by Jaycox to finish second and third, respectively.The Super Gen Products/Champion Generators CRSA Sprint Tour heads back north for another doubleheader racing weekend. Friday, June 30 will be the second stop of the season at Afton Motorsports Park for round two of the Algonkin Motel Challenge Series. The tour then heads north and east to the Fonda Speedway on Saturday, July 1. This will mark another round of the Northway 90 Challenge Series.Feature results – 1. Thomas Radivoy; 2. Sydney Prince; 3. Christian Rumsey; 4. Bret Jaycox; 5. Mark Taylor; 6. Geoff Quackenbush; 7. Billy VanInwegen; 8. Jeff Trombley; 9. Kyle Smith; 10. Tyler Boniface; 11. Scott Flammer; 12. Chuck Alessi; 13. Emily VanInwegen; 14. Tyler Jashembowski; 15. Dana Wagner; 16. Eddie Strada; 17. Dustin Purdy .
Sherwood has been animated at Villa Park, sprinting down the touchline to celebrate goals, and conceded it may happen again against his former club. He added: “It just happens. I don’t plan anything. You need to celebrate when (the ref) blows that final whistle because you can end up looking silly especially at a place like Tottenham. They can score at any time, you know. “They’ve got threats to do that but they know that we have as well.” Press Association But Sherwood admitted chairman Daniel Levy wanted to find a new role for him at the club. “Daniel knew me for a lot of years. It wasn’t as if I fell off my chair and said ‘you’re joking’. I knew it was coming,” he said. “I was disappointed I was leaving the football club, yes, but Daniel didn’t want the divorce, he wanted me to stay in some kind of capacity. But I’m a manager now. “He didn’t say what job. I was looking at eyeing up the broom cupboards and all that. It’s been great for me. It’s turned out brilliantly and I thank Daniel Levy for that.” Sherwood made 118 appearances during four years as a player for Spurs and was technical director before being promoted to head coach. He replaced Paul Lambert at Villa in February and his side are three points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone following Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with QPR. And he admitted his family and friends want Villa to win on Saturday to aid their survival fight, despite being Spurs fans. He said: “To be honest I’m overwhelmed sometimes by the well-wishes I get. A lot of them come inside that football club and my friends also. Some of my best friends and family are Tottenham fans and they want me to win this weekend which means a lot.” The Aston Villa boss returns to White Hart Lane on Saturday for the first time since leaving as head coach in May 2014. He was replaced by Mauricio Pochettino just five months after succeeding Andre Villas Boas as Spurs activated a break clause in his contract. Tim Sherwood has revealed Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wanted him to stay at Spurs – despite axing him last summer.
KEYS TO VICTORY“Defense and rebounding won us the game,” Underwood said. “Trent (Frazier) is a maniac on the ball. He was solid on defense all night.”“We just have to trust our defense when the offense is faltering,” Dosunmu said.Illinois outrebounded the Cornhuskers 48-35, led by Cockburn’s 10 boards. “They’re so good on the boards,” Hoiberg said. “With their guards and their big guys, it’s just tough. “Illinois is a team that is built for the post season, especially with those guards,” said Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg. “But I’m proud of my guys no matter the outcome.”BUZZER BEATERThe first half was close, but Illinois went on a 6-0 run capped by a 70-foot shot at the buzzer by Frazier that was all net. The Illini led 37-31 at the break.Nebraska outscored Illinois 15-9 to open the second half and tied the game at 46 with 15:11 left. But Illinois used its athleticism and size to put together a 21-9 run to create a 10-point cushion the Cornhuskers couldn’t overcome.Illinois was 28 of 71 from the field (29%), while Nebraska was 24 of 57 (42%). “I just try to make whatever the right play I need to make,” Dosunmu said.Trent Frazier and Andres Feliz added 11 points each for Illinois (18-9, 10-6). Illinois moved into a five-way tie for second place in the Big Ten Conference.Haanif Cheatham led Nebraska (7-20, 2-14) with 14 points. Dachon Burke Jr. scored 13 points and Yvan Ouedraogo and Thorir Thorbjarnarson had 11 each. Nebraska was playing without second-leading scorer Cam Mack (12 points per game average), who missed the trip to Champaign with the flu. Monday’s loss was a school-record 12th consecutive loss for the Cornhuskers. February 24, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditCHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — After a signature road win against then-No. 9 Penn State nearly a week ago, Illinois coach Brad Underwood was concerned about the let-down game. All the pieces were there on Monday, playing a Nebraska team on an 11-game losing streak at home. Instead, Illinois took care of business. Ayo Dosunmu scored 18 points and freshman center Kofi Cockburn added 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Illini past Nebraska 71-59. Illinois downs Nebraska 71-59 behind Dosunmu BIG PICTUREIllinois had a tougher time than expected, but got the home win against a team they were expected to beat handily. The win keeps Illinois positioned for a post-season run.Nebraska played well, especially in the first half, but couldn’t overcome Illinois’ talent, speed and defense. The loss of Mack was noticeable, despite a yeoman’s job by Burke.UP NEXTNebraska hosts No. 23 on Thursday. Illinois hopes for another key conference win when it travels to last-place Northwestern on Thursday.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Giants of Africa basketball camp run by the Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri began in Lagos yesterday at the Sports Hall of the National Stadium and will run through August 25.The specialist development programme for teenagers is unique this year as it is the 15th anniversary celebration.Ujiri and his crew arrived in Lagos straight from Nairobi, Kenya where the programme rounded off last Sunday. Just before the 2018 programme began in Kigali, Rwanda Masai said: “When I started Giants of Africa, I envisioned providing African youth access to the game and empowering them to achieve their greatest potential. With 63% of Africa’s population below the age of 25, we have a huge goal and responsibility to help them develop. We are excited that this year we are able to extend our reach further across the continent to help realize that dream.”The foreign coaches named for the 2018 programme are Ujiri himself, Jama Mahlalela, Patrick Engelbrecht, Joe Touomou, Godwin Owinje, Harry Ezenibe, Eric Khoury and Arsalan Jamil.Most of these coaches have been working with GOA since inception. The Nigeria-based coaches are Adeka Daudu, Lateef Erinfolami, Emmanuel Odah, Peter Ahmedu and Michael Akuboh.Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Giants of Africa has committed to hosting basketball camps and community outreach initiatives in Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Senegal.Giants of Africa youth camp held in Rwanda from August 6 to 8 and then moved to Democratic Republic of Congo from August 10 to 11 and in Uganda from August 13 to 14. It was done in Kenya from August 16 to 19 and now Nigeria from August 21 to 24. The train will round off in Senegal from August 26 to 28.The organization will host girls’ camps in tandem with its boys’ camps in Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal. Giants of Africa will also activate local outreach initiatives in the communities of Kakuma, Maiduguri as well as Bingereville, Ivory Coast.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
“I feel like my game is getting better over time,” he said.“I believe I’m really close to being crowned a Grand Slam champion.“I know these are strong words that I say, but I do feel like I belong to be there.”Tsitsipas, who reached the Australian Open last four in January to launch his breakthrough year, kept his nerve to beat Thiem in a tense final-set tie-break at London’s O2 Arena.He was already the youngest man to achieve wins over greats Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic before his victory on his debut at the season-ending tournament that features the year’s best eight players.“He is box office,” Becker said.“We always ask the question of where is the road going after Federer, Nadal and Djokovic.“After this week, I think tennis is in safe hands.”Former British number one Tim Henman said Tsitsipas will be a “massive star of the future”.“It has been an unbelievable year, a breakthrough year; he came to this event to give it one last push and he will be mentally and physically exhausted because he’s put so much into it,” the four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist told BBC Sport.“His quality of all-round play, he’s serving big, he’s looking to be aggressive at the baseline, and the stats when he is willing to come forward and finish the point have been amazing.“Added to that is the long hair and the appeal – he will be a massive star of the future.Tsitsipas was the youngest of four players aged 23 or under to qualify for this year’s ATP Finals but as yet the younger generation has been unable to break Federer, Nadal and Djokovic’s stranglehold on the sport’s four major titles.The trio have won 55 Grand Slam titles in their careers combined, including the past 12.Thiem, 26, who has been beaten twice by Nadal in the French Open final, thinks one of the younger stars will win a first Slam in 2020.“I think that for sure we can do it next year,” the Austrian said.“We are all playing great tennis – Sascha [Alexander Zverev], Stefanos, me, some other guys.”Tsitsipas said his work and effort meant he “deserves” to win a first Grand Slam but admitted it will be hard to stop the sport’s ‘big three’.“It is really difficult for us because once they get deep in a tournament they tend to play, to get better and play better, feel better,” the Greek said.“For me, that’s a really difficult task to do for players, to be able to beat them in these Grand Slams, because it’s the best-of-five format, and it just gives them more chances to stay in the match.“I think if things were best of three, it could have been much more different when it comes to Grand Slam champions over the years.”Tsitsipas was a hitting partner for Thiem when he made his debut at the ATP Finals in 2016.The pair have a good relationship and embraced warmly on court after Tsitsipas sealed victory, with the Greek kissing opponent on the shoulder.Tsitsipas was passionately supported across the week inside the O2 Arena, probably because of his attractive playing style, relaxed manner on court and entertaining demeanour off it.He posed with his ATP Finals trophy alongside the tournament’s ball boys and girls and has a video blog on YouTube which has 162,000 followers.Thiem said Tsitsipas’ progress is “great for tennis”.“He has a very attractive game style, one-handed backhand, comes in [to the net] a lot – a very beautiful technique, as well,” the Austrian explained.“It’s great that he’s up on the top. It’s great that he’s going to fight for the big titles in the future.“I’m also very sure of the fact that I can challenge him in every single match we’re going to play.“I really hope that we’re going to have a lot of big matches coming, the two of us.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Stefanos Tsitsipas says he is “really close” to winning a first Grand Slam after claiming the biggest title of his career at the ATP Finals.The Greek, 21, beat Dominic Thiem on Sunday to become the youngest winner of the season finale since 2001, with six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker declaring “a superstar is born”.He made his first Slam semi-final this year and is now world number six.