‘We must make the best of it’: Jokowi upbeat on Indonesia cohosting World Cup basketball

first_imgHe went on to say that he instructed his administration to prepare for regulations regarding preparations and in running the quadrennial event.”We also need to immediately set up an organizing committee to put in place comprehensive preparations for the event, from planning to budgeting and organizing pre-events, including safety, security and health measures,” said Jokowi, adding that having proper venues with decent supporting facilities was key to cohosting the championship.The President said the event would boost tourism.Read also: Indonesia focuses on building squad for 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has encouraged the nation to savor every opportunity that comes along with the country being a cohost of the 2023 FIBA World Cup basketball championship.”Indonesia, along with Japan and the Philippines, has earned the right to cohost the 2023 FIBA World Cup.”The world has placed its trust in us, and we must make the best of it,” Jokowi told a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday, according to a statement. In terms of sporting achievement, Jokowi hopes the Indonesian squad can display its best, up to the level of having the ability to play alongside the world’s best teams.”I’d like for us to see a strong national team,” he added.In response, Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali said the ministry would help the Indonesian Basketball Association (Perbasi) in forming the national team”We are preparing [in terms of deciding] our plan and target [for the cup],” he said.Indonesia is open to a possible option of naturalizing players to level up its squad.However, Perbasi said that it would prioritize local players.”Up until now, we are focusing on local players,” said Perbasi chief Danny Kosasih. Indonesia-Japan-Philippines outclassed other bidders such as Argentina, Uruguay, Russia and Turkey in 2017 to win the 2023 hosting rights. (gis/nkn)Topics :last_img read more

Townsville’s top family suburb

first_imgHow to find a good tenant. iStock. For Leader Realestate feature 15JAN18ALICE River has been named as the most popular place for families to live in Townsville but the suburb does not come cheap, costing about $469,000 to buy a home.The semi-rural suburb was named as the top area for families in a report released by Aussie and Core Logic.Census data and housing market statistics were used to determine the most popular locations for families and the typical cost of purchasing a home in those areas.In Alice River, 58.7 per cent of households had children while the median house value was $468,831, well above the Townsville median house price of $340,000.Alice River has mostly acreage blocks and contains the popular Mount Margaret estate.In second place was Mount Low with 56.2 per cent of family households while the cost of owning a home was significantly lower with the median house value at $353,323.Rounding out the top three was Bushland Beach with 56.1 per cent of family households and a median house value of $374,285.Ray White Kirwan agent Craig Currie, who specialises in the Alice River area, said families could have a big block in Alice while still being close to amenities.“You get a bit of extra space out here and a bit more freedom as well as extra storage for all the toys,” he said.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“It’s a really good community and only around 10 per are rentals. The rest is owner-occupiers.”Mr Currie said Alice River also hadn’t experienced the crash in property prices of other Townsville suburbs.He attributes the hardy market to the high number of owner-occupiers who have held on to their properties during the downturn compared with investors, who wanted to get out and were selling at a loss in suburbs closer to the city. According to Core Logic housing statistics, the median price of a house in Townsville has gone down by 2 per cent whereas in Alice River the median house price has jumped 7.3 per cent. Mount Margaret development manager Shane Martin said Alice River offered an idyllic lifestyle for families.“There are big blocks out here for a start and every neighbourhood has its own playground,” he said.“There is a low crime rate out here and it’s just has that vibe of being a really family-oriented area.”According to the report, 71 per cent of all households nationwide are characterised as families or households where the occupants are related by blood, marriage, adoption, step or fostering.The report focused on areas around Australia, including Townsville, that are most popular with families with children whether it be couples with children or single-parent families.last_img read more

Lendlease to develop aged care facility with Brisbane Racing Club

first_imgLendlease has entered into a development agreement with Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) to develop an integrated retirement and aged care precinct in Ascot, Brisbane.Lendlease’s Retirement Living managing director Tony Randello said the business was attracted to the site’s metropolitan location, which is within seven kilometres of the Brisbane CBD, and in proximity to Royal Queensland Golf Course, Hamilton Wharf, Racecourse Road and the Brisbane International Airport.“The site provides an opportunity to develop a market leading, intergenerational retirement and aged care community adjacent to a renowned racecourse,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago“We’re excited to create a connected community where residents will have the utmost choice and opportunity to pursue an active lifestyle, being close to all essential health and community services, shopping and sporting facilities. “We look forward to working in close consultation with BRC, local authorities and the local community to develop the master plan and respond to the ageing population of greater Brisbane.”. Brisbane Racing Club chairman Neville Bell said the project was another important step in the BRC’s $1.5 billion master plan for the site. Lendlease has entered into a development agreement with Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) to develop an integrated retirement and aged care precinct in Ascot, Brisbane.“This development agreement represents the next phase of the BRC Master Plan over our two racecourses,” he said.“While we have been active in transforming the Eagle Farm precinct, this is the first project on the Doomben side of our Club.“This partnership with Lendlease is part of the BRC’s strategy to develop our non-core land. “This is producing a diversified business model that will future-proof the BRC and help to fund new racing and patron facilities.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenLendLease aged care and retirement living03:18Lendlease participated in an expression of interest sales process to acquire the site, which is a 99-leasehold interest. Lendlease has twelve retirement villages in Queensland, including two in Brisbane — Keperra Sanctuary at Keperra and The Terraces at Forest Lake. Lendlease has entered into a development agreement with Brisbane Racing Club (BRC) to develop an integrated retirement and aged care precinct in Ascot, Brisbane.DEVELOPER Lendlease has announced it has entered into a development agreement with Brisbane Racing Club to develop a retirement and aged care precinct in Ascot. To be developed over five stages, the two-hectare development overlooking Doomben Racecourse will include 300 independent living units and 108 full service high-care aged beds.It will also have resort-style facilities including a cafe, restaurant, and a new bowls club. last_img read more

EIOPA flags PEPP viability thumbs-down in letter to Commission

first_imgThe EU occupational pensions supervisor has highlighted to the European Commission industry representatives’ verdict about the implications for the pan-European personal pension product (PEPP) of including the initial cost of advice in the charge cap.On Friday EIOPA delivered to the EU executive its proposed legal instruments and advice on delegated acts to implement the framework for the PEPP.In a letter to Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovksis, EIOPA chair Gabriel Bernardino said the supervisory authority’s proposals had found support from a wide range of stakeholders, but that he wanted to highlight that “industry representatives stressed their negative assessment of the PEPP business proposition’s viability in light of the Basic PEPP’s cap on costs and fees namely due to the initial cost of advice”.“Factually, the level of maximum costs per annum of the Basic PEPP can be observed in current, well-established markets and cannot necessarily – over the long-term – be regarded as excessively low,” Bernardino continued. “However, it is important for us to bring to your attention that the cost cap’s reference to the accumulated capital may lead to a situation where the providers’ expenses cannot be matched in the initial phase of a contract and in the advanced stages of the contract, the costs to the consumer can be relatively high.”Bernardino also said EIOPA believed that the provision of advice to consumers “may deserve further consideration and guidance to allow for an advice process that is fitted to the specificities of the PEPP and to the opportunities of digitalisation and online distribution”.The challenges involved in gathering all the relevant information to understand a consumer’s sources of future retirement income underlined the need for a European pension tracking system, he added. Gabriel Bernardino, EIOPA’s chairAll-inclusiveThe final PEPP regulation stipulated a cost cap for the so-called Basic PEPP, the default option, of 1% of accumulated capital per annum, and a requirement for PEPP providers or distributors to provide advice, including a personalised recommendation, to customers.Part of EIOPA’s job was to draft rules specifying the types of costs and fees that should be included under the cost cap for the Basic PEPP.It has proposed an “all-inclusive” approach, with as narrow as possible a list of exemptions from this approach. The cost of providing a capital guarantee is excluded, although it must be expressly disclosed.A spokesperson for EIOPA said: ”As there are two types of Basic PEPPs (one with the ambition to recoup the capital and one with a guarantee to receive the capital), the costs for the additional layer of protection for the capital guarantee is taken out of the cost cap. Otherwise we would not have a level playing field between the two types of Basic PEPPs and the corresponding PEPP providers.” According to EIOPA’s proposal, costs incurred by providers for the initial advice could be amortised in the cost cap.In addition to covering the cost cap of the basic PEPP, the draft regulatory technical standards cover two mandatory consumer information documents, and risk-mitigation techniques.The draft implementing technical standards set out the procedures, processes and templates for annual supervisory reporting requirements for PEPP providers and cooperation and exchange of information between national competent authorities and EIOPA.Bernardino said: ”With the delivery of EIOPA’s proposed implementing measures specifying the PEPP Regulation, EIOPA has fulfilled its objective to design the PEPP as a simple, safe and reliable retirement savings option for the European citizens and to provide a powerful tool to close the pension savings gap.”To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Good Job To Have

first_imgThis is my 37th year of doing something with WRBI.  I started out doing interviewing of basketball players, and this led to play-by-play and/or color commentary.  Also, during this time, I started Coaches Corner.  In later years, Ron Green asked me to write a blog for the Internet which is what you are reading now.It is very unusual to have the same boss for 37 years.  Working for Ron Green has been very enjoyable.  Some of my favorite things to do are the interviews with all the local coaches.  A few years ago, many of the coaches started bringing their senior athletes to the show, and this always makes for a fun interview.  Being able to bring special guests to the show every year also is a lot of fun.  I have been able to interview some local sports legends, area personalities such as Bob Lovell, and Dyar Miller (a former major league pitcher) has made several appearances on the show.Through the years I have interviewed most of the members of the 1954 Milan Indians.  Not only have I interviewed Glen Butte, but I had him as a partner in basketball broadcasting for several years.  Glen now helps me with information for articles for Huddle Up.  Huddle Up allows me to voice my opinion on a wide variety of subjects.  As long as I stay healthy, I hope to continue with this association with WRBI.last_img read more

English Hill Road closed for repairs

first_imgBrookville, IN—According to the Franklin County Highway Department, English Hill Road will be closed just east of Volk Road all week for repairs.last_img

Martinez hails ‘diamond’ Barkley

first_img Press Association The goal, and another fine individual performance, will ensure the 20-year-old will again be in the headlines after a string of excellent recent displays, and it is hard to see how Roy Hodgson can leave him out of England’s World Cup squad. The win moves Everton up to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, and Martinez was left to heap more praise on his midfield starlet. “Ross is growing game by game. He is showing different aspects of his play, he is a quite incredible diamond of English football,” said the Everton manager. “The winning goal, technically, is as good as it gets. A lot has been said about Ross, but it’s always an understatement. “He’s an incredible listener and young man with a lot of potential. He always comes up with something different in a game to show he can develop. “I’m proud of seeing him grow. “You could see he was fighting with Romelu because Romelu really practices his free-kicks. “But Ross is a player who gets fed by feelings. He’s a natural talent who can play in any position. Seamus Coleman had given the visitors a 66th-minute lead with a ferocious strike, but they were pegged back when Bryan Oviedo put Dwight Tiendalli’s off-target effort into his own net. Everton were not to be denied, though, as Barkley stepped up with a free-kick which nicked the underside of the crossbar on its way in. “We didn’t know he could take free-kicks, but it’s good to know from now on.” Everton thoroughly merited their success, which tees up back-to-back home games against Sunderland and Southampton. Although the Merseysiders were not at their best, they still created the majority of the significant chances. And Martinez felt the win at one of his former clubs was as satisfying as any win during a season which has also included successes against Chelsea and Manchester United. “We had three difficult away games. At Old Trafford, the Emirates and the Liberty and this was the biggest test,” he said. “It’s easy to keep your concentration levels when you go to the other two, but unless you are 100 per cent when you haven’t got the ball, this Swansea side will punish you. “I couldn’t be happier. We weren’t at our best, but we kept Swansea quiet. We conceded a soft goal by our standards, but we had the desire and our determination to want to win the game was pleasing. “It’s the best satisfaction of the season.” Martinez was also confident the problem which saw Steven Pienaar limp off late in the game will not keep the South African out of the Boxing Day meeting with Sunderland. Swansea manager Michael Laudrup felt his side should have got something from the game. “I think we deserved more,” he said. “The first half was tight, there were not many chances but they came out second half and went in front with a strike from distance. “We fought back as we really wanted something out of this game but the thing that is most disappointing is I thought in the last 10 minutes they were happy to take a point. “We were still pushing to get a winner and then they got it from a free-kick. “But we have to accept it.” Laudrup also had praise for Barkley, saying: “He is a great talent, he is a great runner with the ball, he can play in tight areas, he is definitely a big talent. “He already has a lot of talents for someone so young.” Laudrup confirmed Swansea are set to make a decision on whether Michu undergoes surgery on an ankle injury. “We will know more tomorrow,” he said. “He may have a chance for Boxing Day but we will see, we will have a final opinion from an expert and then decide. “If tomorrow the information suggests he needs an operation he will have surgery in the very near future. “Obviously we are not happy he could be out for several weeks, but the most disappointed person is Michu. “If it is bad news tomorrow, added to what happened to Nathan Dyer last week, we will have to think about what to do in January.” Roberto Martinez described Ross Barkley as a footballing “diamond” after the midfielder further enhanced his ever-growing reputation by scoring a stunning winner in Everton’s 2-1 victory at Swansea.last_img read more

USA Cricket receives $1 billion boost to develop T20 league

first_imgUSA Cricket has received a boost of over $1 billion investment from American Cricket Enterprises (ACE) for the development of a domestic T20 league.USA Cricket selected ACE as its strategic partner to conclude a multi-stage evaluation process that began in November 2018. The launch of the league is set for 2021.The billion-dollar deal is one of the biggest for the development of domestic cricket in the US. ACE is backed by Sameer Mehta and Vijay Srinivasan, the founders of Willow TV (the largest cricket broadcaster in North America), and Satyan Gajwani and Vineet Jain, of the Times of India group.USA Cricket had started the process by publicly inviting proposals for a US-based T20 league. They chose ACE, whose proposal combined a large financial commitment to invest into the league key deals for infrastructure and broadcast distribution, experienced and knowledgeable leadership, and a data-driven, analytical business strategy, which affirmed their ability to build a longstanding institution that will elevate US cricket.“USA Cricket is excited to partner with ACE to launch a professional cricket league in the United States. We were thoroughly impressed by their comprehensive proposal,” Paraag Marathe, USA Cricket board chairman said. “Vijay, Sameer, Satyan and Vineet provided a vision for the growth of cricket in the US on all levels, and we’re confident they will create a world class T20 league here in America. This is a watershed moment for cricket in the United States and we look forward to a long-lasting, successful partnership.”ACE has commenced major infrastructure investment towards international grade cricket venues in several US metropolitan markets. ACE is also working to develop additional turf cricket pitches and auxiliary facilities in more than a dozen locations.Based on a major/minor professional league model, the new facilities will provide, for the first time in the US, the ability to stage and support major domestic and international cricket at all levels.In addition, ACE will provide support for USA Cricket’s men’s and women’s national teams to ensure they can capitalise on their recent successes at the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 and the ICC Women’s Americas Qualifier, respectively.The league is expected to feature top international players from the USA team and around the world, combined with a focus on pathways to develop a homegrown player pool for USA Cricket and the league. A major component of ACE’s plans is the developmental academies around the country that will be aligned to the league teams and will help foster and develop talent at the youth levels to ensure a strong pipeline of cricket players.“Cricket has the second-largest audience in the world, and yet has little presence in the largest professional sports market,” Gajwani said.“We want to develop a lasting institution that brings to the US the excitement and passion of cricket, enjoyed by billions of people globally. True grassroots development of any sport takes decades and we are excited and committed to play a role in developing world-class cricket in America.Key highlights of ACE’s proposal are distribution, sponsorship and exposure for the professional league and for USA Cricket’s national teams via major TV and digital broadcast platforms, led by Willow TV which has over 4 million subscribers. In addition to the Willow assets, ACE and USA Cricket will seek out “free to air” platforms as well to ensure mainstream audiences are exposed to the league. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Henry, Hardat cop top prizes at RHTY&SC cricket academy

first_imgTHE 29th annual award ceremony of the Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS (RHTY&SC) concluded last Friday with an impressive closing ceremony at the St. Francis Training Centre.The academy, conducted by Delbert Hicks and Eon Hooper, was described as a huge success.Under-13 players Eon Henry and Trisha Hardat, copped the major awards at the closing ceremony. The impressive Henry won the Overall Player-of-the-Academy award while Hardat was named Female Player-of-the-Academy by the coaches.Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that the management of RHTY&SC was overwhelmed by the large registration of 105 young cricketers.The main objectives of the academy were to improve the cricketing skills of each player, to educate the players of the tradition, rules, history of the game and to get them to understand their roles of sports ambassadors.Foster, who also serves as president of Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), stated that RHTY&SC has a rich tradition of success to uphold, and as such, uses the academy each year to nurture new talents for the future and to further develop existing talents.The academy over the years has developed players like Esaun Crandon, Assad Fudadin, Royston Crandon, Abdel Fudadin, Khemraj Mahadeo, Delbert Hicks, Eon Hooper, Renwick Batson, Shawn Grant, Junior Sinclair, Kevlon Anderson, Shawn Pereira, Shemaine Campbelle, Erva Giddings, Sheneta Grimmond and Shabika Gajnabi.Assistant Secretary/CEO Simon Naidu, who served as the Director of the Academy, hailed the outstanding work of Hicks and Hooper, who both worked beyond the call of duty to make sure that every player was looked after individually. Club members Keith Hicks, Ravindranauth Kissoonlall, Tyrone Pottaya, Phil Archer and Pamie Brusch were also praised for their contribution.Each member of the academy who successfully participated received an educational package worth $2 500 while the top awardees received special prizes including bicycles, cricket gear, clocks, photo frames, caps and t/shirts.The top awardees at the academy, selected by the coaches were: Best batsman – Kamalchand Ramnarace, Best Bowler – Christopher Deroop, Best All-rounder – Xavier Henry, Best Fielder – S. Hardat, Most Disciplined – Dorasammy Mahadeo, Most Improved – Tameshwar Deonandan, Best Female – Trisha Hardat, Disciplined Junior Player – A. Batson and Cricketer-of-the-Academy – Eon Henry.last_img read more

Silverwood replaces Bayliss as England head coach

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – Chris Silverwood was named England head coach on Monday in place of Trevor Bayliss as the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) opted against another overseas candidate to take the team forward.British media reported last week that former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten had emerged as the leading contender, but Silverwood, the team’s former bowling coach, was preferred.Australian Bayliss departed last month after England’s drawn home Ashes series against Australia having led the team for four years.They struggled for consistency in tests under his guidance, slipping to fourth in the world rankings, but enjoyed sustained success in one-day cricket, rising to the top of the rankings and winning their first 50-over World Cup title this year on home soil.The 44-year-old Silverwood played six Tests and seven one-day internationals for England as a fast bowler during his playing career, the majority of which was spent with his native county Yorkshire.He moved into coaching and in 2017 led Essex to their first County Championship title for 25 years before becoming England pace bowling coach.“Chris was the standout candidate,” England director of cricket Ashley Giles said in a statement www.ecb.co.uk/news/1373353.“He is what we need to take our international teams forward. He’s somebody we know well, but it is his intimate understanding of our structures and systems and his close relationships with test captain Joe Root and white-ball captain Eoin Morgan that will help us develop our plans for the next few years,” Giles added.“He has performed exceptionally well during his role as an assistant coach and has the ultimate respect of the players’ that have worked with him.”Silverwood’s first assignment will be England’s tour of New Zealand on which they play five Twenty20 internationals starting on Nov. 1 and two tests, before they travel to South Africa.“I’m excited to get started and build teams that the whole game can be proud of,” Silverwood said.“There is a tremendous amount of talent coming through, and enormous potential for growth. The hard work starts now, and I’m confident we can make a positive impact during our winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa.”Former England captain Nasser Hussain said Silverwood was a safe pair of hands, but that the job represented a big step up for him.“There is a massive difference between being a friendly bowling coach and being the main man, picking and choosing your time to get hard and tough with the players, especially in the test arena. That will be a challenge,” Hussain told Sky Sports.“At the moment he is popular but if he wants to do a good job he might have to upset a few people.” Caption:  Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain – July 31, 2019 England’s Jofra Archer (right) talks to bowling coach Chris Silverwood during nets Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers/Fileslast_img read more