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PREMIUMIt’s Prabowo vs. Anies in 2024, survey says

first_imgTopics : Facebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google A political survey has suggested that Gerindra Party leader Prabowo Subianto would square off against Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan in 2024, with the former allies likely representing two competing political alliances, one led by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) and the other by the NasDem Party.The survey, conducted by pollster Indo Barometer, shows that voters still expect the former general to run in the 2024 presidential election, even though he has lost every single presidential election since 2009.With President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo out of the equation after completing his second term, Prabowo now comes on top in the polls, with Anies, his former ally, being his strongest competitor.Read also: Anies strongest candidate for president among regional heads, survey saysPrabowo, now the defense minister in Jokowi’s Cabinet, gained 22.5 … Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Linkedin Indonesian-politics survey Prabowo Indo-Barometer Prabowo-Subianto anies-baswedan 2024-presidential-electionlast_img read more

Projects spark city’s revival

first_imgTerry RyderTOWNSVILLE has been named as one of the top five regions tipped for future property price growth on the back of infrastructure spending.Hotpotting founder Terry Ryder listed Townsville in his Top 5 Infrastructure Hotspots report.The Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast and Townsville all make it into his top five, joined by Penrith City and Wagga Wagga in New South Wales. Mr Ryder said infrastructure development was the most powerful creator of capital growth in real estate.“It generates business activity and jobs, while improving the amenity of the locations which directly benefit. “This, in turn, creates demand for real estate,” 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 2020He said it was well known that Townsville had been through difficult times but it was poised for a strong recovery, boosted by big infrastructure spending. The latest CoreLogic Pain and Gain report revealed last week that the area continued to chalk up a high number of loss-making sales – 46.1 per cent of homes in the June quarter sold for less than the owners originally paid. But Mr Ryder said a $2 billion military expansion, mining projects, $250 million North Queensland Stadium and the port redevelopment would be a big boost to the area. “It’s (Townsville’s) property market experienced an unbroken run of double-digit growth years from 2002 to 2007 and after experiencing some mixed fortunes in the past couple of years, is ready to resume it’s forward progress,” he stated in the report.“The major mitigating factor is the level of vacancies which are higher than normal in many parts of the city, but are expected to decline steadily.“Townsville’s comeback will be boosted by major projects across numerous industries.“There are large mine developments, including Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, for which the HQ will be in Townsville, a sports stadium, a $1.9 billion CBD makeover, a $1 billion educational hub being driven by James Cook University and $6.5 billion to be spent on residential developments.”last_img read more

​Ilmarinen sets ‘real’ carbon neutrality goal

first_imgThe biggest of Finland’s mighty pension insurance companies has set a new climate goal for its portfolio, but the Helsinki-based fund is also making it clear it will do more than simply selling off the big polluters to achieve it.Ilmarinen announced its board of directors has approved the goal of making the firm’s €48bn of investments carbon-neutral by the end of 2035 – a target it said was in line with the Finnish target and clearly faster than the EU’s plan.Mikko Mursula, the pension provider’s chief investment officer, said: “Our goal is to make our investments make real emission reductions, that is to say, reduce emissions as a whole.”Ilmarinen would expect entities it invested in to integrate the Paris Climate Agreement objectives into their strategy and reporting, setting science-based targets, the firm said. “Calculating a carbon neutral investment portfolio is the easiest way to get rid of the most polluting companies,” Mursula said, adding: “However, this has no effect on actual emissions, especially in the short term.”Ilmarinen said it would continue to favour low-carbon companies in its portfolio and also require a shift in its investments towards a lower carbon society.As part of its carbon neutrality objective, the pension fund said it did not invest in companies whose carbon intensity – dependence on fossil fuels – was significant and where the company did not have sufficient targets for getting emissions down.Explaining the way forward, Ilmarinen said that if more than 30% of a company’s business consisted of high-carbon activities, it would only invest on the basis of a more accurate valuation using MSCI’s carbon risk calculation and classification. This limit will then be gradually reduced to 15% by 2025, it said.Varma, the second largest of the pension insurers by a narrow margin, announced at the end of November that it was renewing its climate targets and aiming for a carbon neutral investment portfolio by 2035.Last summer, Finland’s government pledged to make the Nordic country carbon neutral by 2035.Ilmarinen said its previous set of climate targets were introduced in 2016 and would remain in force until the end of this year.“Climate science and the understanding of the role of investors in combating climate change have changed significantly since the previous principles,” Mursula said.last_img read more

Responsible investments hike to €1.7trn in Germany, Austria

first_imgThis means that an established market standard for different categories of responsible investments is missing in Austria, while in Germany asset managers have similar ideas on ESG integration, for example, it showed.A total of 54 asset owners and fund managers took part in the survey, 36 from Germany and 18 from Austria, with total assets under management worth €2trn.ESG integration remains an essential part of investors’ investment strategies: in 92% of the case, asset managers combine ESG integration with norm-based screening or engagement.However, engagement is not yet regularly part of the analysis process for responsible investment funds.FNG noted that it is still uncertain whether and to what extent responsible investments will make a transformative contribution to sustainable finance on an European level.The study also found that the quality of ESG reporting in Germany, both for investment funds and individual fund products, is below average due to non-existing transparency and disclosure requirements. FNG expects progress on reporting the impact of ESG measures.As for impact, almost 55% of those surveyed in Germany admitted to not practicing engagement or only using their voting rights on ESG issues.In Austria, only 17% of respondents confimed that they pursue impact approaches such as carbon footprint, and 33% said they apply Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) scoring to responsible investment funds.Over half (63%) of participants use ESG integration in their investment funds selectively for their investment process.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Commitments to responsible investments rose by 10% in 2019 to €1.7trn from €1.5trn the year before in Germany and in Austria, according to a survey conducted by the Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG), the industry association promoting sustainable investment in the DACH region.Responsible investment almost quadrupled over the last five years, compared with a value of €466bn in 2014.The majority of German asset managers (68%) surveyed said they integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies in more than 80% of their investment funds.The survey also found that Austrian asset owners and managers are behind in meeting market requirements for responsible investments compared to their German counterparts.last_img read more

UN blames South Sudan for Lack of Cooperation

first_imgSouth Sudanese president Salva Kiir at a peace meetingThe U.N.’s peacekeeping chief has expressed his frustration with South Sudan’s leaders, saying President Salva Kiir and his government have denied repeated requests for the U.N. mission there to use equipment needed to protect civilians.Herv  Ladsous laid out to the U.N. Security Council the problems that his 12,000 troops, police and civilian personnel in South Sudan have been experiencing because of the government’s lack of cooperation.“I see a country – and I can be very candid, that country is South Sudan – a country where we felt that we needed to do a better job to protect civilians,” he said. “We needed attack helicopters – request denied. We needed unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones – request denied by the president to me, personally, three times last year.”Ladsous said the mission’s movements have also been restricted. Also troubling, he said, is that the South Sudan government is finding new ways to harass and intimidate mission personnel.“Juba did declare some of our senior personnel persona non grata,” he said. “If you look at the fact that yesterday it was announced that from now on U.N. personnel who are taking pictures will be considered as spies, well, I think this raises a number of concerns.”Among the senior staff in South Sudan who were recently told they were no longer welcome was Toby Lanzer, the deputy head of mission and the U.N.’s humanitarian coordinator.The government accused him of being outspoken about the economic and humanitarian situation in the country, where 4.6 million people face severe food insecurity and more than 2 million have been displaced from their homes and villages.  For over a year, the U.N. has been sheltering more than 100,000 civilians who have sought protection at hastily set up camps inside U.N. bases in some of the worst-affected areas.The civilians are fleeing fighting that ignited after a political rivalry between Kiir and his former vice president, Riek Machar, escalated into open conflict in December 2013. Tens of thousands have died since, and the two men have not heeded international warnings to adhere to a cease-fire deal made in January 2014 and start working toward a transitional government.The U.N. secretary-general held a special high-level meeting on the crisis on the sidelines of the annual U.N. meetings in New York last September. Kiir, who was in town, snubbed the gathering by not showing up.The Security Council has repeatedly threatened those thwarting efforts at peace and stability in South Sudan with sanctions and dangled the possibility of an arms embargo, but has so far only set up the legal mechanism for imposing sanctions.last_img read more

Ben Arfa growing as person – Pardew

first_img And Pardew felt his performance was as good as anything he has seen at the club, and reckons he will be even better after the international break. “I told him in the changing room that the first half was as good as I have seen in a black and white shirt,” Pardew said. “He was truly at the top of his game. In the second half he worked hard for the team and showed a different side to his performance. “He is not 100 per cent fit yet, which is nice for us to know. He needs a few more games to be battle hardened. He has got two games for France and I think that is a really good thing.” The 26-year-old has been a talismanic figure for the Magpies, and had started their first six Barclays Premier League fixtures. But, after Newcastle’s abject first-half display in the 3-2 defeat at Everton, Ben Arfa was one of a trio of players to lose their places for the trip to south Wales. The visitors grabbed an important 2-1 win, courtesy of Loic Remy’s double, to alleviate some of the pressure Pardew has been under. Ben Arfa was a late substitute, and gave Newcastle a valuable outlet as they attempted to stave off Cardiff’s late surge for an equaliser. Pardew said: “Hatem is a great player. His application and acceptance of the decision to leave him out was spot on and he is growing as a person. “I think some of the things that get said about him are not true. “He accepted it, he trained very well all week and he got his reward by walking off as part of a winning team.” Pardew also hailed the performance of another of his French contingent, after Yohan Cabaye turned in an outstanding individual display. The midfielder, 27, had a troubled start to the season as he refused to play in their opening two fixtures after Arsenal made a bid to secure his services. But he underlined his importance to the Magpies’ cause by being at the heart of everything that was good in their victory at Cardiff City Stadium. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew praised the manner in which Hatem Ben Arfa responded to being dropped at Cardiff, and believes it is a sign of the Frenchman’s growing maturity. Press Associationlast_img read more

Soldado strike downs Cardiff

first_img Tim Sherwood’s Spurs consolidated fifth place in the Premier League table with their third win in four league games. Cardiff’s seventh consecutive Premier League defeat on the road leaves them one point and one place off the bottom of the table. Spurs struggled for control throughout the clash, holding midfield duo Paulinho and Mousa Dembele too often too deep and generally unconvincing. Soldado’s evident goal-shyness wracked the opening exchanges, the Spain striker wrestling unsuccessfully with two half-chances in three minutes. Spurs twice sent Aaron Lennon in behind the Cardiff defence, with the England winger delivering accurate crosses both times. First Soldado was unlucky not to direct his near-post header closer to the target but on the second Lennon cross he just overran the ball, failing to add any power as he nodded tamely at Cardiff keeper David Marshall. Craig Bellamy caught Andros Townsend in possession to race clear and send Fabio tearing into the Spurs box. As the Brazilian pulled the trigger though, Spurs skipper Michael Dawson produced a timely block. Livewire Cardiff striker Bellamy was then booked for dissent after Dawson cut out a threatening ball that would have set him clear on goal. The under-fire 28-year-old ended his two-month drought with a cool first-half finish as Spurs edged past Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s relegation-threatened Cardiff. Soldado’s relief was palpable as the £26million Valencia capture notched just his sixth league goal. Roberto Soldado’s first goal in nine games fired Tottenham to a 1-0 Barclays Premier League victory over struggling Cardiff at White Hart Lane. Tottenham’s aerial chances kept coming, with Dawson heading straight at Marshall after Kyle Naughton’s well-worked free kick. Dawson hacked a long-range shot well wide before glancing a near-post header wide of the static Marshall’s far post after a pinpoint Naughton corner. Tottenham ended a slight lull with a devastating counter-attack, Hugo Lloris punching clear Declan John’s free-kick. Townsend raced into the Cardiff half, fed Emmanuel Adebayor drifting out to the left, and the Togo striker laid on the perfect ball for Soldado. All those goal troubles drifted away as the former Valencia poacher’s instincts rushed back, Soldado expertly touching home to hand Tottenham a deserved lead. Former Spurs defender Steven Caulker then wasted a gilt-edged chance to level, the Cardiff captain heading Bellamy’s corner against the bar from point-blank range. Lloris then had to stretch high to parry John’s left-flank blast, before flicking the ball clear with his boot. Agitated Spurs boss Sherwood screamed at his midfield to stop drifting so deep; no doubt continuing the rant at half-time, with Spurs leading 1-0 but failing to convince. Cardiff seized the second-half initiative, Bellamy’s shot blocked and Dawson rebuffing a Fraizer Campbell cross. Lennon flew clear in a bid to wrestle control, only for Ben Turner to intervene just as space opened for a shot. John felled Lennon from behind on Spurs’ right flank, on the cusp of the penalty area. Cardiff’s left-back received a yellow card but was mightily fortunate not to concede a penalty. Townsend hit the target from the free-kick, but never really troubled Marshall. Fabio worked Gary Medel free in the box for Cardiff, but the Chilean’s feeble effort was no issue for Lloris. Cardiff sent Kenwyne Jones into action to cause mayhem in the Tottenham defence, but the powerful striker could not find a team-mate with his only notable contribution, a knock-down in the box. Adebayor had the chance to tee up Lennon for a clear scoring chance late on, only to miscue the pass. Spurs replacement Harry Kane failed to convert a one-on-one with Marshall in the dying stages to boot. Press Associationlast_img read more

Big Win for Assam in VM Trophy Match at Agartala

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Assam registered 140 runs victory in the VM trophy match against Tripura in Agartala today. Assam who started their second innings from 3-102 were bowled out 136 runs in the second innings. Later a fantastic spell from Manjit Deka, who bagged 5-22 runs, forced Tripura to bowl out paltry 96 in their second innings.Also Read: Kerala Beat Assam in VM Trophy held at ACA stadium, BarsaparaAlso Watch: 83rd Raas Mahotsav Celebrations to begin in Nagaon’s Kampur from Nov 11last_img

Early shooting slump leads to third straight narrow defeat for Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 2, 2013 at 6:09 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.edu James Southerland couldn’t get anything to fall. Neither could Brandon Triche or backcourt mate Michael Carter-Williams. By halftime, the three combined to shoot 4-for-20 from the field against Louisville’s matchup zone.For a third-straight game against a zone defense, head coach Jim Boeheim watched his Syracuse team struggle to score. Boeheim expects to see more as his perimeter threats try to find their shooting strokes again.“It’s always tough to beat zones when you don’t make shots,” Boeheim said. “We had good shots the first half, they were all good shots and we didn’t make many.”The dismal 9-for-33 shooting performance by SU in the first half was nearly matched by Louisville’s 9-for-29 clip. Though both teams found some rhythm in the second half, Syracuse’s 58-53 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday highlighted the team’s recent problems cracking opposing defenses.Syracuse went scoreless for nearly four minutes in the first half, a stretch that saw a four-point lead turn into a five-point deficit. In that span, C.J. Fair and Southerland each missed jumpers. DaJuan Coleman’s attempt on the low block went long and Southerland’s 3 from the right corner missed, too.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFair finally ended the scoreless stretch with a jumper from the right elbow. The forward finished the first half 5-for-11 from the field, carrying the SU offense and helping keep the Orange within four at the break.Despite the cold shooting effort, Southerland said he wasn’t concerned with his 1-for-8 start to the game. He needed to stay confident and keep shooting in the second half.“I had a little slump at the beginning of the game, but you can’t really focus on how many shots you miss in the first half,” Southerland said. “It would have been fortunate if a couple of those shots went in but at the same time, you just got to make sure you hit the next one.”Almost five minutes into the second half, Southerland’s 3 from the right wing gave the Orange a 30-28 lead – its first advantage since it led 7-6 early in the first half. His 3 at the top of the key three minutes later pushed SU ahead again, bringing the entire bench and Carrier Dome faithful to their feet.The sharpshooter would finish 5-for-12 from the field and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc as Syracuse turned in a 47.8-percent shooting performance in the second half.But the poor performance overall offers some hope as the Orange try to snap a three-game slide.“We’re shooting horrible,” Triche said. “A couple rolls can go to our favor so anything can happen right now.” Commentscenter_img Related Stories SEEING RED: Late turnovers frustrate Boeheim, Syracuse in 58-53 loss to No. 10 LouisvillePoor perimeter shooting exposes lack of Orange inside game against Dieng, Louisvillelast_img read more

Chris Brunt challenges coin-throwing fan to come forward

first_imgChris Brunt insists he could have been blinded after being hit by a coin thrown from West Brom’s own fans.The Northern Ireland international was hit under his left eye by a coin thrown from the visiting section as he went to hand his shirt over to a Baggies supporter following their 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading on Saturday.The police are treating the incident as assault with the Football Association also investigating while Press Association Sport understands Albion will issue a lifetime ban to anyone found guilty.Brunt was then involved in a heated exchange with a group of fans and believes the coin may have blinded him.”It could have done but it is done now, you can accept criticism and accept people having a go at you in games for not playing well individually or as a team but you can’t accept people throwing stuff,” he said.”I can’t pick that coin up and throw it back at him. If I did that I would be all over the news and probably sitting in a police cell. It is definitely not on. “I was pretty angry in the heat of the moment. I didn’t see what happened, I turned around and got hit by a coin. I don’t know who threw it , I don’t know where it came from. It is a brave man to throw a coin from there and a braver man if he admits to it.”I don’t really see how that was any different to whacking someone in the street. We are not allowed to do it and nobody is allowed to do it in the street so why should he be allowed to throw coins at football matches?”He was probably lucky the police were there otherwise he might have got collared by me if I had known who he was.”But Brunt does not expect anyone who threw the coin to apologise to him despite widespread condemnation about the incident.He said: “Probably not, but it would show and make him a bigger man than what he was to throw a coin from 20 yards away to hit me in the head if he owned up to it. You are throwing football back 20 years with some of the behaviour there. “My wife and kids were going to come to the game today but I am glad they didn’t because if my kids had witnessed that I would have been gutted.”The 31-year-old is Albion’s longest-serving current player having made 313 appearances since joining from Sheffield Wednesday in 2007.He added: “Nobody deserves that, it doesn’t matter whether I have been here 10 years or 10 minutes. Nobody deserves to have stuff thrown at them on the football pitch.”West Brom captain Darren Fletcher led Brunt away after the incident and insisted social media has escalated problems.”We have a new generation now where everyone has an opinion,” he said. “Small things can sometimes escalate and get a lot of people behind it because of the power of social media. It is a new generation, it is something we have got to accept, it is not going away and we are going to have to deal with it. But ultimately there is a line and unfortunately that was crossed.”Boss Tony Pulis called the act barbaric and urged the police to find the culprit and also believes the rise of social media is partly to blame.”I think it’s every club. I don’t think it’s just one club,” he said. “If they’re going on computers and telephones fine, what you can’t do and what you’ve got to be careful of is allowing the incidents to build over to what it was on Saturday.”The world’s gone mad if people accept that.”– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more