Indonesians could find it difficult to buy garlic during the Ramadan holiday season this year if the country fails to get imports from China soon, an official has said.Food Resilience Agency (BKP) head Agung Hendriadi said that the garlic stock had already fallen to 80,000 tons as of Thursday. With monthly garlic consumption of some 46,000 tons, current stocks would only suffice until April.So far, the Trade Ministry has only issued import permit letters for 62,000 tons out of 103,000 tons recommended by the Agriculture Ministry. Agung urged the Trade Ministry to issue a permit for at least 80,000 tons of garlic to fulfil domestic needs. Read also: Rising garlic price cannot be blamed on coronavirusIndonesia has long depended on China, the world’s leading garlic producer, to fulfil its domestic garlic consumption. In 2019 alone, Indonesia imported around 465,000 tons of garlic with an import value of nearly $530 million, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data showed.Indonesia is only able to produce 85,000 tons per year or only 10 percent of annual garlic needs, with the remaining 90 percent fulfilled by imports.The Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU) commissioner Guntur Saragih also voiced concern on Feb. 14 but said the rising prices could not be blamed on the coronavirus.He instead blamed slow import realization for the scarcity, which he said had already happened before the virus broke out. The KPPU said that the government had issued import recommendations for more than 100,000 tons, 60,000 tons of which would be used to ensure supplies until the Ramadhan holidays – which were unrealized as of Feb. 14.”It’s a problem when imports are done late. Supply will certainly thin out, thus automatically shifting [prices],” Guntur said. However, his team’s investigation had yet to ascertain whether importers were intentionally holding back imports to push up prices.This is not the first time that garlic prices have skyrocketed. Last year, garlic prices spiked to more than Rp 80,000 per kg due to import recommendations not being issued until April 2019.Topics : “We are also trying to [import] from other countries like India and Thailand that also produce garlic,” he told reporters after a discussion with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) in Jakarta on Thursday.The latest import effort aims to maintain supply and avoid further price increases amid the coronavirus outbreak. The virus has been blamed for the diminishing garlic supply from China, thereby spiking the commodity’s price in Indonesia.The price currently stands at a national average of Rp 46,600 (US$3.35) per kilogram, almost double the usual Rp 25,000 to Rp 30,000 per kg, according to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS).“Insya Allah [God Willing], we hope that the coronavirus will go away soon so that we can rejoice once again,” Agung added.
Last year the mandatory fund had a market share of 52%.Meanwhile, NLB Nov Penziski Fond AD Skopje, which runs the country’s other mandatory fund as well as a voluntary fund, was last month put up for sale by its owner, state-owned Nova Ljubljanska Banka, Slovenia’s largest bank.Prior to EBRD’s involvement, Prva had already expanded beyond Slovenia.In Serbia it has a 60% share in DDOR Garant, which operates two voluntary pension funds, while in Kosovo it operates the Fondi Siloveno-Kosovar i Pensioneve supplementary pension fund.The Slovenian pensions and insurance management subsidiary Prva osebna zavarovalnica last year expanded its suite of pension funds following the introduction of life-cycle funds.Overall, according to the EBRD, Prva Group now has more than €735m in pension assets under management and nearly 400,000 policy holders, while its Slovenian subsidiary holds the biggest market share (26.45%) in local voluntary pensions insurance provision.EBRD’s other pension fund management investments have included a stake in the Russian mandatory provider European Pension Fund, which it exited in 2013 when the fund was acquired by the BIN Group (since renamed Safmar Financial Group), and which has since been merged with three of the group’s other pension funds into NPF Safmar.One of the bank’s more recent pensions ventures was an equity investment in a voluntary pension fund management company in Republika Srpska, one of the two entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH).According to the EBRD’s website, the new company will be BiH’s first provider of voluntary pension fund and asset management services. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has exited its investment in Prva Group, one of Slovenia’s – and south-east Europe’s – biggest insurance and pensions providers.At the end of March the bank sold its 20% stake for an undisclosed amount to DEJ doo, a Ljubljana-based company that already held just over 50% in Prva.According to the EBRD, it originally invested in Prva in February 2007 in order to further its market expansion and strengthen corporate governance.Later that year Prva’s subsidiary KB First Pension Company won one of two Macedonian mandatory pension fund licences, and subsequently set up a voluntary fund.
The Portugal News 21 September 2018Family First Comment: Drug proponents always quote Portugal as a success story…“The consumption of alcohol, tobacco and illegal psychoactive substances, mainly cannabis, have increased in the last five years in Portugal, according to a study by the Intervention Service for Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD) 2017. The study saw an increase from 8.3% in 2012, to 10.2% in 2016/17, in the prevalence of illegal psychoactive substance use (cannabis, ecstasy, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms and of new psychoactive substances).” #factsmatterwww.SayNopeToDope.nz The consumption of alcohol, tobacco and illegal psychoactive substances, mainly cannabis, have increased in the last five years in Portugal, according to a study by the Intervention Service for Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD) published earlier this week.According to the 4th National Survey on the Use of Psychoactive Substances in the General Population, Portugal 2016/17, there has been a rise in the prevalence of alcohol and tobacco consumption and of every illicit psychoactive substance (essentially affected by the weight of cannabis use in the population aged 15-74) between 2012 and 2016/17.The study focused on the use of legal psychoactive substance (alcohol, tobacco, sedatives, tranquilisers and/or hypnotics, and anabolic steroids), and illegal drugs (cannabis, ecstasy, amphetamines, cocaine, heroin, LSD, magic mushrooms and of new psychoactive substances), as well as gambling practices.According to the study, alcohol consumption shows increases in lifetime prevalence, both among the total population (15-74 years) and among the young adult population (15-34 years), and among both men and women.Tobacco consumption shows a slight rise in lifetime prevalence, which, according to the report, “is mainly due to increased consumption among women.”The study also saw an increase from 8.3% in 2012, to 10.2% in 2016/17, in the prevalence of illegal psychoactive substance use.READ MORE: http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/alcohol-tobacco-and-drug-consumption-all-report-increases/43238
photo from Madison Regatta Facebook pageMadison, IN— The Madison Regatta, known as one of Indiana’s treasured yearly events was finally added to the list of sporting events affected by COVID-19 (Coronavirus). At Wednesday’s board meeting, Regatta President Matt True and the Board of Directors voted to postpone the 2020 Madison Gold Cup Regatta and the 3rd annual Roostertail Music Festival by one year to July 1 – 4, 2021. After consideration of other potential dates in 2020, it was determined that our best course of action would be to postpone.The decision was not made lightly according to President Matt True, whom also serves on the Indiana State Festival Association board. He explained “Event organizers are all being faced with the same questions and unknowns as we are. Being on the ISFA has allowed me to expand my knowledge of other events around the state, and what they are facing. Making this announcement to postpone the 70th anniversary of the Regatta raises feelings of disappointment and frustration, but it’s all about safety first. We truly have to put our energy into 2021 planning, and we have the best team to do so.”Race and Music fans that purchased 2020 tickets can expect an email indicating ticket transfer over to the 2021 event dates, July 1-4. More information will be available in coming weeks. Chairpersons for RVs, Tents, Vendors, and the like will be reaching out to discuss 2021.
Mario Balotelli scored his first goal for new club Brescia but the promoted northerners fell to a 2-1 defeat to Napoli yesterday as all the Italian teams in Europe warmed up with wins for next week’s action. Roma got back to winning ways beating Lecce 1-0 thanks to an Edin Dzeko goal, with city rivals Lazio also sealing all three points with a 4-0 hammering of Genoa.Italian international Balotelli headed in after 67 minutes in his second match for his hometown club having missed four games because of a ban he incurred with former side Marseille.First-half goals from Dries Mertens and Kostas Manolas ensured Napoli took all three points after their midweek loss to Cagliari, to boost confidence ahead of their Champions League trip to Belgian club Genk.Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli stay fourth with 12 points from six games, six behind league leaders Inter Milan who beat Sampdoria 3-1 on Saturday, before they play Barcelona in Europe.Inter have a maximum 18 points from six games — two ahead of Juve — after winning their first six league matches for the first time since the 1966-67 season.Champions Juventus beat SPAL 2-0 to stay second with Atalanta third — a point ahead of Napoli — after thrashing Sassuolo 4-1 on Saturday.Juve play Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow with Atalanta’s first ever Champions League home game against Shakhtar Donetsk.Roma are fifth, a point behind Napoli, with Lazio a further point back in sixth.“Suffering is natural in these games if you don’t kill it off with 3-0 and then concede a goal, it all opens up again,” Ancelotti told DAZN.“But all in all I’m satisfied.“We played an excellent first half, the second was less impressive, but it was very hot and the players were tired.”Balotelli carried his daughter Pia, who lives in Naples with her mother and was decked out in the Napoli colours, onto the pitch at the San Paolo Stadium.Ancelotti’s side went ahead after 13 minutes. Mertens connected with a Jose Callejon cross to blast in his 114th goal in a Napoli jersey — one shy of Argentine legend Diego Maradona’s total from 1984 to 1991. Slovak Marek Hamsik leads both with 121.Manolas thought he had scored on six minutes later but the goal was ruled out after a VAR review. The Greek defender did head in just before the break off a Mertens corner.Then in a nervy final half hour Balotelli got his head to a Sandro Tonali corner to serve notice to Italy coach Roberto Mancini of his ambitions to play Euro 2020.It was his first goal in Italy in four years but Balotelli’s losing streak to Napoli stretched to eight games — having never won while playing for both Milan clubs, Manchester City, Nice and now Brescia.Elsewhere, both Roman clubs also warmed up for their Europa League games next week with wins after Serie A losses during the week.Dzeko’s header, his fourth goal in six games, made the difference against promoted Lecce, whose goalkeeper saved an Aleksandar Kolarov penalty.Lazio eased past Genoa largely thanks to Ciro Immobile, who scored the final goal and set up another, with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Stefan Radu and Felipe Caicedo also on target. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm Contact Stephen: email@example.com | @Stephen_Bailey1 Fifty-one years ago. That had been the last time Syracuse won a regulation game with fewer than 50 points — the Orange defeated Kent State 36-35 on Dec. 1, 1962.But on Saturday, SU edged Miami (Fla.) 49-44 in its first Atlantic Coast Conference matchup as a league member. The Hurricanes’ hazardous 1-2-2 matchup zone kept the Orange without a field goal for the first 8:50 of the second half as SU’s offense had its worst stretch of the season.After the game, head coach Jim Boeheim and his players all said they expect to face more matchup zone in conference play.“We’re going to be in these types of games and we’re going to see this kind of play a lot,” Boeheim said in his postgame press conference. “We just have to be prepared and be a little bit better on offense.”Next up for No. 2 Syracuse (14-0, 1-0) in its first-ever ACC slate is a trip to Blacksburg, Va., to face Virginia Tech (8-5, 1-0) on Tuesday at 9 p.m. The grind-you-down-on-defense, tie-you-up-on-offense approach that Miami threatened Syracuse with will likely be replaced by long stints of man-to-man defense and a more trigger-happy, turnover-prone offense. The Hokies are the best three-point shooting team in the conference, but average 14.3 turnovers per game compared to the 8.9 they force.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s been an inconsistent season so far for Virginia Tech, with losses to Seton Hall and UNC Greensboro highlighting an injury-plagued nonconference schedule. But the Hokies beat Miami in overtime and have one of the conference’s leading scorers in Jarell Eddie at 17.4 points per game, making Virginia Tech an opponent SU can’t overlook with North Carolina looming on Saturday.“What we prepare for is their best, we don’t prepare for their worst,” Boeheim said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “We’d love to get it, but we don’t expect to.”What the Orange might get is a depleted Virginia Tech roster. Sophomore guard Adam Smith, junior forward C.J. Barksdale and sophomore forward Marshall Wood are all questionable for the game, VT head coach James Johnson said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference on Monday.Freshman Devin Wilson is the Hokies only healthy point guard, as the team has been limited by injury more than any other ACC team this season.“I’m not sure what this team is really capable of yet because we haven’t had everybody together yet,” Johnson said on the teleconference. “And I rarely have everyone together in practice.”When VT has looked its best this season, it’s been when Eddie gets hot. He’s shot 47 percent from long range, and has scored 20-plus points in four games this season and grabbed eight-plus rebounds in five. His outside shot has been inconsistent at times, but a 14-for-19 stretch from beyond the arc in mid-November shows the damage he can do.It’s possible, though, that the Hokies follow Miami’s lead and try to slow down their offensive sets. SU players agreed the Hurricanes’ patience on offense helped keep the Orange from finding a rhythm in its half-court sets.“It is tough to have to play defense that long, especially when they get a rebound or score, period, and then we come down and take a quick shot and have to get back on defense,” forward C.J. Fair said. “We could not really get anything going like that.”Defensively, the Hokies likely won’t use the matchup zone. They’ve primarily played man-to-man defense this year, holding opponents to just 38.2 percent shooting with above average athleticism and a relatively easy schedule.But when Virginia Tech has played strong competition, its defense has floundered.Then-No. 1 Michigan State shot 50.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range in the Spartans’ 96-77 win over the Hokies on Nov. 22. Virginia Commonwealth shot 42.9 percent from the field and 48.percent from 3-point range in an 82-52 win on Dec. 21.“The youth of the team is one [thing],” Johnson said, “but when you got a lineup on the floor and the guys get used to playing with each other, guys learn where guys are going to be in certain situations, where guys are more comfortable scoring on the floor and what certain guys can do — and we just haven’t had that.”So Syracuse’s rematch with a deadly matchup zone will have to wait.The Hokies pose a different challenge for the Orange, as the SU zone will be the one closing out hard on shooters and clogging the passing lanes.If it does, it will probably translate to a less organized Virginia Tech squad. If it doesn’t, Eddie and the rest of the Hokies shooters could keep VT in the game.“We really don’t prepare for a team’s highs and lows,” Boeheim said. “We just expect a team’s going to play well against us.” Comments
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Two days after answering questions at the podium about what went right, Trevor Cooney was back to his old routine.He had his own place in the locker room where a handful of reporters would gather at a time to ask what went wrong. Why weren’t the shots falling? Was it the looks he was getting? Was something off with his release?He sat there with a blank look, fielding familiar questions and spitting out familiar answers.“I just never really got any good looks tonight and I never really got into a good rhythm,” he said, “and when that happens, it’s hard to carry it on and make shots.”His shooting woes coincided with Syracuse’s (28-6, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) late-season swoon. Often enough there was someone to fill the scoring void, but not on Saturday. The No. 3-seed Orange, already a poor shooting team, went a miserable 0-for-10 from beyond the arc during a season-ending 55-53 loss to No. 11-seed Dayton (25-10, 10-6 Atlantic 10) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCooney went 0-for-4 and sat for most of the second half. Tyler Ennis went 0-for-5. Michael Gbinije missed his only attempt. It was the first time since 1995 that the Orange didn’t make a 3-pointer in a game.It kept SU from getting over the hump and evening the game late during the second half — and winning the game on a last-second try.“The only thing we could make was a layup,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.Eventually, he noted, the Orange broke through and got to the rim, but sometimes three points are critical, and SU’s best chances to score in bunches came from and-ones.When Syracuse needed three points to answer a Flyer triple, Ennis drove to the rim for a three-point play. Every heave from beyond the arc was futile — including Ennis’ potential game-winning shot at the buzzer — but Boeheim never felt like his team was due to hit one.“There’s a lot of guys in (Las) Vegas that think that, too,” Boeheim said. “They go home with nothing.”Most of the Orange’s 3-point attempts weren’t shots that had a chance to go in and just didn’t fall — they were shots that were completely off the mark.Two of Cooney’s early 3s missed the rim entirely. On one look, it appeared that his arm got hit, but no foul was called. The next air ball, though, was just a hurried shot that missed everything.“Some of my better games this year have come when I missed my first shot, I missed my second shot, I missed my third shot,” Cooney said.He only got one more look, but that was off the mark, too, and he sat on the bench for all but eight minutes of the second half.In his place, Gbinije played one of his best games of the year, but the team’s third most reliable 3-point shooter didn’t give SU anything extra from deep. His only attempt was a wide-open, potentially game-tying triple from the right corner that rimmed out.“We had a couple of good shots,” Boeheim said. “They didn’t go in.”That phrase has become part of Syracuse’s routine, too. The coach has embraced his team’s shooting struggles, but the problem was at its worst at the worst possible time.As jump shot after jump shot missed, UD was able to pack the defense in against a one-dimensional offense that didn’t make a shot outside the paint until 10:23 remained in the game.“They’re a small team, but they’re scrappy, and they’re quick to the ball and rotations,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “Every time we put the ball down, they got a hand in there.”The last resort for Syracuse on the perimeter is Ennis. He’s second on the team in both makes and percentage, but hadn’t insisted on the outside shot until the past few weeks.When he takes enough, he typically drills at least one or two, but he was as guilty as anyone for missing open looks and taking long shots that he shouldn’t have.“None of us really made shots tonight. It’s just tough,” Cooney said. “This is just a tough pill to swallow, especially to lose when you don’t play well.”Once again on Friday, Boeheim voiced his confidence in Cooney’s shooting and insisted that he was a good shooter.“I’m confident that when we get him good shots, he’s going to make them,” he said. “I’m very confident in that until the game’s over and he doesn’t.”On Saturday, he didn’t and the Orange’s season came to an abrupt close. There’s always next game for him to find his stroke again, but talking about that was the one part of Cooney’s postgame routine that he ditched.Now that chance won’t come again until November. Comments Published on March 23, 2014 at 2:12 am Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+
After two successful editions, RockTech Paris has announced its third edition titled RockTech Paris #Gaming #Esport, which will be all about startups that are ‘transforming the way that games are created, data is collected, and content is shared’. Benjamin Debusschere, RockTech ParisRockTech Paris is a bimonthly event, in an intimate setting of 100 max, which puts entrepreneurs in front of an audience of journalists, industry experts, investors and stakeholders. This third edition, taking place on the evening of February 15th, is looking at esports, and gaming more generally, and will put up to eight start ups in the spotlight. This event is being run in partnership with both Orange and Reed Smith, and will see startups pitch for investment, strategic partnerships, and mentoring. Each will have just three minutes to pitch to the jury. For RockTech Paris #Gaming & #Esport, the jury will be composed of:Jean-Louis Charlety, VP Games, Music, Culture and Infotainment Business Unit, Orange ContentMatthieu Dallon, Advisor Webedia & CEO, Trust Esport VenturesSophia Metz, Founder, MeltdownGuillaume Rambourg, General Manager, Riot Games FranceBenjamin Debusschere, Co-Founder of RockTech Paris told Esports Insider: “Looking at the booming tech scene in Paris and talking with several founders & entrepreneurs, we realized that something was missing. Although there are countless conferences, meetups and pitching competitions, none of them really align with our mission here at Connectors: to accelerate connections within the innovation ecosystem. So, we decided to launch RockTech Paris, a bimonthly event taking place in an intimate setting, turning entrepreneurs into rockstars in front of a curated audience of experts and investors.“This will be the third edition of RockTech Paris and it will be dedicated to gaming and esports. The plan is to reunite the ecosystem around the presentation of 8 startups in the industry, sharing insights on esports and gaming. The event will end with qualitative networking between the participants.”Start-ups that would like to pitch to the jury can apply to do so here, whilst those interested in attending can secure their tickets at this link. At the end of the session, the evening’s victor will be chosen by both the jury and the public. The selected startups will get personalised mentoring from experts and investors, as well as a ticket for our own upcoming ESI Super Forum on March 22nd in London.Disclaimer: Esports Insider is a media partner of RockTech Paris
The Ghana Football Association has projected Ghana female football will reign supreme in Africa and the world in the next two years.This projection is a result of a strategic plan being executed the FAFemale soccer in Ghana is yet to reach a high pecking order considering performances of the national women’s teams in major international tournaments.The Black Queens, Princesses and Maidens are yet to go beyond the group stage of any World Cup, with the Queens failing to qualify for the 2012 African Women’s championship in Ethiopia, for the first time since its inception in 1991.President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantekyi has affirmed in an interview on Joy Sports Link the situation will change in the next two years.“I think that we are on course. We have done a lot of investment in school girl football and I can tell you that the future of African football is ours. In the next two years, we will be winning the African Championships and we will do that on a sustainable basis.”
In Sunday’s broadcast of “The Last Dance” on ESPN, Michael Jordan told the story of how he came to sign with Nike at the beginning of his pro career.Everyone knows how that story ends: Jordan launching his line of Air Jordans, the most footwear brand in all of sports. But what many didn’t know is that the deal almost didn’t happen. In fact, Jordan didn’t even want to meet with Nike and had planned to sign with Adidas. Nike, meanwhile, made Jordan an offer he couldn’t refuse, offering a deal in the neighborhood of $250,000 — more than most of the top players were getting paid at the time — along with his own signature line.Turns out, mom does know best.Michael Jordan only went to go hear Nike’s pitch about a shoe deal because his mom told him to.Now he’s worth $2 Billion.Remember kids, listen to your mom!— Ryan Decker (@RDeckerWboy) May 4, 2020 His mother made him attend the Nike meeting.Jordan said in the documentary that he preferred the style of Adidas shoes. The company was in a period of upper-level transition at the time, though, and told Jordan they couldn’t make the shoes work. They didn’t even make him an offer.Adidas blew it with MJ and Bron Bron. Tough scene.— Aye throw that Boyz II Men on (@DragonflyJonez) May 4, 2020MORE: Jordan calls out Horace Grant as locker room snitch