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Indonesians most optimistic in SE Asia about economic recovery

first_imgA recent survey has found that Indonesians are the most optimistic of their regional peers about the speed of economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.The survey, which was conducted by market research firm Ipsos between Sept. 18 to 22 and involved 500 people from six countries in the region, found that 75 percent of Indonesian respondents believed the economy would improve in the next six months.The optimism rate in Indonesia was the highest in the study. In Vietnam, 54 percent answered the same way, followed by 50 percent from the Philippines and 28 percent from Singapore. The survey showed, Soeprapto noted, that the reinstatement of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta on Sept. 14 had little effect on optimism.Some 74 percent of respondents from Indonesia said they were suffering a decline in income during the pandemic. The figure fell from 84 percent in the previous survey in May, when Indonesia was enforcing strict restrictions. The second survey also found that 60 percent of Indonesian respondents wanted the government to concentrate on handling and preventing the spread of COVID-19 for the next six months. Another 16 percent believed the government should focus on providing economic stimulus and social aid, while 13 percent demanded focus on the protection of jobs and the remaining 11 percent asked for authorities to maintain the price stability of goods.Indonesia’s economy was in “bad shape”, according to 57 percent of local respondents. Another 17 percent said the country was in a “really bad” economic situation.Despite some sectors seeing improvements, such as rising exports of agricultural and manufactured goods in September, many economists warn that Indonesia will enter its first recession since the 1998 Asian financial crisis as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics : “We hope that the optimism can be a reference and give momentum to the central and regional governments to maintain economic recovery in the fourth quarter of 2020 with the various economic stimuli that are being implemented or planned as an effort by the government,” Soepreapto Tan, managing director of Ipsos in Indonesia, said in the survey report published on Friday. last_img read more

Revamped cottage in Wynnum going under the hammer

first_imgThere is a rumpus room and kitchenette downstairs.Mr Goffey said the best part of the home was the inside-outside living created by the bi-fold opening the living area to the deck.“Familywise, I like the different living areas upstairs and downstairs so kids have their own space,” he said.“There’s also good space for a boat with tools close by — it will be hard to get the same set up.”The property is being marketed by David Lazarus from Belle Property Manly and will go to auction on April 8 at 2pm. Timber floorboards feature in the kitchen.The home now has two bedrooms, a bathroom and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area upstairs, along with the new deck and balcony.Downstairs, the laundry sits between two bedrooms and off the big rumpus room and kitchenette.Outside, there are two carports and a covered entertaining area.Mrs Goffey said the character of the original home remained in the decorative timber and fittings.“The house is positioned facing the water and … we get breezes straight from Moreton Bay,” she said. The living area opens to the deck.The couple have since finished off the house, creating a home for their children, Audry and Henry.“We built in downstairs and put in two bedrooms, a second kitchen, a laundry and a bathroom,” Mrs Goffey said.“We also built a 10m deck alongside the house and we took out a wall and put in bi-fold doors.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We added a small balcony at the front, put in a driveway and a concreted undercover area at the side.”center_img The home at 73 Louis St, Wynnum is going under the hammer. THIS two-storey house in Wynnum has been transformed from a humble cottage into a lovely family home.Kristie and Lauchland Goffey bought the house at 73 Louis St in April 2009.“It was basically a half-finished project,” Mrs Goffey said.“It had been raised and the external walls had been completed downstairs but nothing else had been done.”last_img read more

Waterfront home on sought-after Gold Coast street fetches more than $2 million

first_img103 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri. 103 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri. 103 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.The property was on the market for about four months under another agency before Mr Wardale took over.It last sold in October 2014 for $1,811,500.Despite a slower market across the Coast over winter, Mr Wardale said properties on the Isle of Capri remained in high demand.“I think the Isle of Capri is one of the hottest suburbs at the moment,” he said.“I definitely think it’s only improving.” 103 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.THE ink is dry on the multimillion-dollar sale of a waterfront home on one of the Gold Coast’s most sought after streets.The $2.15 million sale of the sprawling property on the Isle of Capri’s Amalfi Drive was cemented late last week following a 60-day settlement period.Marketing agent Eddie Wardale, of Kollosche Prestige Agents, said an expat Australian family living in Vietnam bought the five-bedroom, four-bathroom house. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago103 Amalfi Drive, Isle Of Capri.The family, initially from interstate, planned to move to the Gold Coast for their children’s schooling.“They looked at homes around Benowa Waters primarily and decided they wanted to be on the Isle of Capri because of the lifestyle and … shops nearby,” he said.The contemporary home sits on a 789sq m block and has 20m of water frontage and skyline views.A media room, pool, pontoon and master bedroom ensuite with sunken spa are among its standout features.Mr Wardale said the family planned to renovate the home then move into it in about two to three years.last_img read more

Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce

first_imgBBC News 23 August 2017India’s top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women’s rights activists.In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice “un-Islamic”.India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times.The landmark court decision came in response to petitions challenging the so-called “triple talaq” custom.The cases were filed by five Muslim women who had been divorced in this way and two rights groups.Women’s rights campaigners have hailed the court’s decision as a historic win.READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41008802last_img

Kenya’s Atheists organisation Demand Registration

first_imgHarrison Mumia who serves as the President, Atheists In Kenya In a statement to the press, he argued that they were entitled to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed freedom to associate by being able to form an association. Harrison Mumia who serves as the President, Atheists In KenyaAn association of Kenyans who do not believe in God has written an ultimatum to Attorney-General seeking their registration as an umbrella organisation.The Kenyans, through their group, Atheists In Kenya (AIK), have asked the Attorney-General to explain in writing within 14 days why their registration was rejected or it will take legal action.The Deputy Registrar of Societies, Mr Joseph Onyango, had rejected AIK on the grounds that its ideology goes against the Constitution of Kenya.Mr Onyango quoted the preamble of the Constitution, “We, the People of Kenya, acknowledging the Supremacy of the Almighty God of All creation…” during the disqualification.He argued that “the Preamble of our Constitution recognises the supremacy of God Almighty,” which AIK’s ideology violates.center_img However, AIK chairman Harrison Mumia rejects the interpretation, saying “that the Bill of Rights fully protects atheists and allows them to form an association.”last_img read more

Lady Dogs Defeated By Lady Lions-JV On The Losing End To Lady Trojans

first_imgThe explosive bats of The Lions of Rushville in the first inning was too much for the Bulldogs to overcome and were defeated last night by a score of 17-7 in six innings. The Lions tallied 8 runs in the first inning with 3 singles, 3 doubles, a home run, a walk and 2 errors on the Bulldogs.The Bulldogs scored 1 run in the 3rd inning, 2 in the 4th, 3 in the 5th and 1 in the 6th. Emma Belter (single, double), Paige Oldham (single, double), and Kylie Laker (2 doubles) led the offense for the Bulldogs with 2 hits each.Paige Oldham (6) and Kara Obermeyer (4) led the defense with a combined 10 putouts.With the loss, the Bulldogs are 4-11 on the season and 2-9 in the EIAC.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Randy Obermeyer.The JV Lady Bulldogs were defeated Tuesday evening by a score of 9-1 to the visiting East Central Lady Trojans.  The game was close most of the way until the Trojans were able to put up 4 in the top half of the sixth inning to put the game out of reach.  The JV Bulldogs lone run came in the bottom of the first when Sarah Ripperger singled to right field and advanced to second on the throw.  Ripperger then stole third and an errant throw allowed her to scamper home.Ripperger and Anna Gerth had the two hits on the evening for the Bulldogs.Morgan Biggs went all 6 innings on the mound in the loss; striking out 3 Trojans while scattering 12 hits.Batesville JV Softball will next be in action Thursday evening as they will travel to Greensburg to take on the Lady Pirates.  First pitch will be immediately following the varsity game.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Stacey Kessens.last_img read more

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff

first_imgStatewide —Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags statewide to be flown at half-staff to honor former Governor Joe Kernan.Flags should be flown at half-staff from now until sunset on Wednesday, August 5.  Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents across the state to lower their flags to half-staff to honor former Gov. Kernan and his service.last_img

ODIs need a Test Championship-like revamp, believes Shane Warne

first_imgBrisbane: Spin legend Shane Warne feels one day internationals (ODIs) are losing relevance far too often and there should be something done on the lines of ICC Test Championship to revive the 50-over format. In February, after India were blanked by hosts New Zealand 0-3 in the ODIs, India skipper Virat Kohli had said this format is not much relevant this year, referring to the T20 World Cup and the engrossing fight for World Test Championship.“I like the concept (Test Championship) and I wish there was something like this in ODIs too,” Warne said during an Instagram live.“Then ODIs have context leading up to the World Cup. Maybe points or something I don’t know. But there are too many meaningless ODIs,” said the legendary Australian leg-spinner, regarded as the best the game has ever seen.Warne also put his weight behind three-match ODI series and not five. “I think three matches are just fine in 50-over contests. Five is too much.”Warne also picked Mark Waugh ahead of Jonty Rhodes as the best all-round fielder in the game.“Mark Waugh was the greatest all-round fielder closely followed by Ricky Ponting. In ground fielding, I would say it’s between Punter (Ponting) and Jonty (Rhodes). They all were marvellous.”Warne also said he is spending time with family and playing online games during the lockdown period to fight the coronavirus pandemic.ODIs need a Test Championship-like revamp, believes WarneBrisbane, April 7: Spin legend Shane Warne feels one day internationals (ODIs) are losing relevance far too often and there should be something done on the lines of ICC Test Championship to revive the 50-over format. In February, after India were blanked by hosts New Zealand 0-3 in the ODIs, India skipper Virat Kohli had said this format is not much relevant this year, referring to the T20 World Cup and the engrossing fight for World Test Championship.“I like the concept (Test Championship) and I wish there was something like this in ODIs too,” Warne said during an Instagram live.“Then ODIs have context leading up to the World Cup. Maybe points or something I don’t know. But there are too many meaningless ODIs,” said the legendary Australian leg-spinner, regarded as the best the game has ever seen.Warne also put his weight behind three-match ODI series and not five. “I think three matches are just fine in 50-over contests. Five is too much.”Warne also picked Mark Waugh ahead of Jonty Rhodes as the best all-round fielder in the game.“Mark Waugh was the greatest all-round fielder closely followed by Ricky Ponting. In ground fielding, I would say it’s between Punter (Ponting) and Jonty (Rhodes). They all were marvellous.”Warne also said he is spending time with family and playing online games during the lockdown period to fight the coronavirus pandemic.Also read: India stay inside, we’re still in middle of a fight: Gautam GambhirAlso watch: Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digitallast_img read more

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan picked first in Hundred draft as Gayle misses out

first_imgAFGHANISTAN’s Rashid Khan was the first pick in Sunday’s inaugural The Hundred draft.The leg-spinner will earn £125,000 after being picked by Trent Rockets.Australia team-mates Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc will play together at Welsh Fire while David Warner was drafted by Southern Brave.However, West Indies opener Chris Gayle, South Africa bowler Kagiso Rabada and Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga all missed out on selection.The BBC will have live television coverage of 10 men’s matches from The Hundred next summer and up to eight live matches from the women’s tournament, including both finals.Rashid, 21, will play alongside England Test captain Joe Root, who described him as “one of the best players in the world”.“It’s going to be great to have Rashid join us at Trent Bridge next summer,” Root said.“I’ve played against him and I know he’s a fierce competitor and one of the best players in the world.”In total 96 players were selected in the first major player draft in British sport, with 474 going unsold.Lancashire and England batsman Liam Livingstone was drafted by Birmingham Phoenix, joining Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali and Jason Roy on the maximum £125,000 contracts.Domestic players Liam Dawson, Lewis Gregory, Sam Billings, Phil Salt, Alex Hales, James Vince, Adil Rashid, Tom Banton, Tom Abell and Ravi Bopara also picked up six-figure contracts.Former England batter Ebony Rainford-Brent said the opportunities for domestic players is the “most exciting” thing about the new tournament.Ryan Sidebottom, the former England bowler, added: “It’s absolutely brilliant the homegrown players have been selected.“It happens in the Indian Premier League and the Australian Big Bash so to see the English players getting picked up for big prices is amazing.”The second £125,000 pick was West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell, who was signed by Southern Brave. Australians Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and D’Arcy Short (all £125,000) were signed by Northern Superchargers, London Spirit and Trent Rockets respectively.Rashid’s Afghanistan team-mate and fellow spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman, 18, was also signed by the Superchargers – another £125,000 pick – while all-rounder Mohammad Nabi (£100,000), was selected by London Spirit.Nepal’s 19-year-old leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (£100,000) was picked by Oval Invincibles, as was West Indies all-rounder Sunil Narine (£125,000).Pakistan left-arm seamer Mohammad Amir (£100,000) will play for London Spirit while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson (£100,000) joins Birmingham Phoenix.The teams have one last chance to add to their squad with a ‘wildcard’ pick next summer.The centrally-contracted England Test players were already assigned to teams prior to Sunday night’s draft, along with two ‘local icons’.(BBC Sport)last_img read more