September 19, 2021

Foreign visits at lowest in history in April as air travel suffers

first_imgForeign tourist visits dropped 87.44 percent year-on-year (yoy) in April to a record low level as the COVID-19 pandemic hits air travel hard, recent official data show.Central Statistics Agency (BPS) head Suhariyanto said foreign tourist visits reached 160,000 in April, a level unseen in history, as countries around the world impose different degrees of lockdowns or physical distancing measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.“This shows that the impact of COVID-19 on tourism is tremendous and that we need to be careful about its impacts on supporting sectors, either on room occupancy rates, the transportation sector, the creative economy industry, trade and other things,” Suhariyanto told a livestreamed press briefing on Tuesday. Cumulatively between January and April, the number of foreign tourist visits was down 45.01 percent yoy to 2.77 million visits. Suhariyanto explained that the cumulative downturn was not as steep because the country still managed to attract foreign tourist arrivals in January for the New Year and Chinese New Year celebrations. BPS data show that the country still saw yoy growth of 5.86 percent to 1.27 million visits in January alone. Most of the foreign tourists visiting throughout the year came via air travel, which amounted to 1.6 million visits, meanwhile, the number of tourists entering via sea and land was recorded at over 640,000 and 517,000, respectively.“There was a drop in visits from tourists of almost all nationalities. But, for those from Timor Leste, the downturn was minimal as they can still travel overland,” Suhariyanto said. More than 50 percent of foreign tourists visiting the country in April came from Timor Leste, or over 83,500 visits. Tourists from Malaysia made up 38.96 percent, or over 62,300 visits, while 2,100 Singaporeans visited, making up 1.34 percent of all tourists during the month.Read also: Govt prepares strategies to revive domestic tourism during ‘new normal’Tourists from those three countries also reigned in foreign tourist visits between January and April, yet with a significantly lower proportion in the chart. Malaysian tourists made up 19.74 percent of the total visits, Timor Leste tourists 13.04 percent and Singaporeans 9.58 percent. A report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on the economic impact of the coronavirus that was published on March 2 writes that the cost of the tourism downturn will be severe.“If the spread of the coronavirus affects visitor numbers more widely across the major economies, there would be sizeable costs, with tourism accounting directly for 4.25 percent of GDP in the OECD economies and almost 7 percent of employment,” the report reads.In Indonesia, tourism accounts for around 5 percent of GDP, with the government planning to boost the sector’s contribution to the economy with the development of super-priority tourist destinations.Many businesses related to tourism in the country have closed, laying off 1.4 million employees while others have furloughed staff in the two months since physical distancing and stay-at-home measures were put in place.Topics : “We need to think of new solutions so that this sector [tourism] can recover in the future.”In April, only 755 people were recorded to have entered the country via air travel, making up the smallest portion of foreign tourist entries. The majority of visitors came via land transportation with over 112,700, and over 46,500 visitors arrived by sea.Read also: Tourism will take at least a year to recover from COVID-19 outbreak: Economists Suhariyanto said during the month that airports had seen the biggest decline in traffic in comparison to seaports and land ports. BPS data show that, aggregately, airports in the country had seen a 99.69 decline in visits during the period. Meanwhile, seaports saw a 56.67 percent decline, and land traffic dropped 5.88 percent. last_img read more

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Pearson – I’ll pick a strong side

first_img The Foxes boss is adamant he will pick his strongest possible side for their game against the leaders on Wednesday. Leicester have won four straight games in the Barclays Premier League and are out of the bottom three for the first time since November. Nigel Pearson insisted it is an “insult” to suggest he would pick a weakened team to face Chelsea as Leicester battle the drop. David Nugent and Jeff Schlupp are struggling with calf problems while Jamie Vardy needed an injection in his foot before scoring the winner in Saturday’s 1-0 victory at relegation rivals Burnley. The trio will be assessed ahead of the game at the King Power Stadium where Chelsea cannot now win the title after their goalless draw with Arsenal on Sunday. And Pearson expects Jose Mourinho’s side to be as strong as ever as they close in on the crown. He added: “If they play a counter-attacking game they are very strong. If they play a very offensive game they are very strong. “They have the capabilities of being able to deal with most situations that are thrown at them. They are an exceptional team.” Chelsea will win the title if they beat the Foxes and then Crystal Palace on Sunday while Leicester are a point above the relegation zone. They host Newcastle in Saturday’s early kick-off as well but Pearson vowed he will not prioritise games and weaken his side. He said: “We expect them to be at their best as I am sure they will expect us to be at our best. “I think any questions that intimate there may be a hint of lack of commitment is pretty poor personally, from either side. I think that is an insult to our professionalism. “My angle on it, and I will make it very clear again, is the considerations we have in relation to selecting the team for this game will go along the same lines as we do for every game. “That is to pick the strongest and best side for this fixture. “What is our strongest side? Do you know? It is a loaded question. Our fundamental priority is getting it right for us. “A weakened side is being disrespectful to our squad of players. I’ve never picked a side which doesn’t have the integrity of any competition in mind.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Women of Troy win three individual titles, place third

first_imgThe No. 14-ranked Women of Troy closed out the 2015 Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington with a third- place team finish and three individual titles.After the first day of competition, USC was fourth. The Women of Troy were able to improve to third overall, where they remained through the conclusion of the meet. USC finished third with 1109 points. California won the team title with 1629.5 and Stanford finished second (1401). Arizona was fourth (954.5), followed by UCLA (951.5), Utah (652), Arizona State (610), Washington State (369.5) and Oregon State (286).Junior Kendyl Stewart kicked off USC’s winning streak on Friday, winning her second career title in the 100 yard fly. Stewart won the 100 yard fly in 51.10, 0.04 ahead the second place finisher. Stewart first won the 100 yard fly Pac-12 title as a freshman in 2013 when her 51.32 broke Lindsey DePaul’s 2011 record time of 51.34. With the 51.10, Stewart broke her school record in the race for the second time in two weeks, as she had improved it to 51.25 against UCLA on Feb. 13.“The race felt strong and sharp from the beginning,” Stewart said. “I’m happy to have a best time under my belt heading into NCAAs in a couple of weeks. It’s also awesome to score some big points for the team to help secure a top-3 finish.”On Saturday, senior Haley Ishimatsu became the first Pac-12 woman to win the platform three straight years and was also named the Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Ishimatsu won her third platform championship with 368.75. Her final dive in a five-dive set earned her an impressive six 9.0s and one 8.5.Her performance makes her the second woman to win the platform title three times in her career.“I’m so thankful for competing so well at Pac-12s the past three years,” Ishimatsu said. “I’m very honored to be the three-time Pac-12 platform champion. I’m also honored to be the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year. I’m excited for the NCAA zones next week and NCAA championships.”Senior Andrea Kropp added another individual title to USC’s collection with a win in the 200 yard breast. It was her first career conference title. Kropp made her third straight appearance in the   Pac-12 200 yard breast final and this time was able to take home a victory in her final Pac-12 championship, winning in 2:08.51, 0.85 ahead of Stanford senior Katie Olsen (2:09.36).Kropp is USC’s first 200 yard breaststroke title winner since              six-time Olympic medalist Rebecca Soni won in 2009.“It was so amazing to be able to win my first Pac-12 title in my last race with the entire team,” Kropp said. “Having all of them behind me gave me the motivation that I needed to swim fast when it got tough. Winning and getting such a good time gives me confidence and only makes me even more excited for the upcoming NCAAs.”The NCAA Championships will be held in Greensboro, North Carolina, on March 19-21.last_img read more

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GVC sharpens CSR focus with Foundation launch

first_img EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Share In a bid to support its ongoing corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, GVC Holdings has launched The GVC Foundation which will oversee the coordination and support of the gambling group’s objectives and donations around the world.The new foundation will primarily focus upon responsible gambling, sports integrity and gambling regulation research, education and treatment of problem gambling, as well as supporting grassroots men’s, women and disability sport and mental health initiatives.Commenting on the launch, Virginia McDowell, Chair of GVC’s CSR Committee said: “GVC is determined to spearhead the gambling industry’s approach to CSR initiatives, particularly with regard to responsible gambling and sports integrity-related projects. “The launch of The GVC Foundation is a clear sign of this commitment, consolidating GVC’s hard work in this area over the last few years.”GVC has outlined plans for the Foundation to manage the gambling group’s £2m community fund as well as GVC’s collaborations with SportsAid, EPIC Risk Management, Gordon Moody, the US National Council on Problem Gambling and the Division on Addiction of Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital.In addition to the launch of the Foundation, GVC has also boosted its CSR portfolio by announcing four new initiatives. The foundation has inked a new deal with Italian football club Inter Milan to support female participation in football, which will be backed by both a national media campaign as well as the release of a football-focused talent show for women.To complement its integrity focus, the Foundation will also launch the German Sports Integrity Forum alongside German Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund and FC Köln and sporting integrity platform the Play Fair Code.It has also signed a new agreement with the umbrella organisation for the UK’s professional sportspersons, the Professional Players Federation, to help fund anti-match fixing education programmes across sports such as football, cricket, rugby union and snooker.Finally, the GVC Foundation will also be named as a bronze donor to the Fund to Support Research on Sports Wagering, which will deliver a new stream of funding for research into public health launched in the wake of legal sports betting.Martin Lycka, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs and a Trustee of The GVC Foundation, concluded: “We are delighted to have partnered with sports clubs, gambling researchers and athletes in a number of our key jurisdictions, including Germany, the UK, Italy and the US. “The range of the new initiatives that we are announcing today, and the quality of the partnerships that we have entered, is a great endorsement of our overall CSR strategy, and there is plenty more to come.” Share StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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Lakers’ Lou Williams holds no grudges against Raptors

first_img“Coach Scott has a high expectation for this team,” Williams said. “So he’s been putting us through the rigors to make sure we’re prepared.” Williams has also made an impression in two other ways. Williams has willingly scored and passed with while playing with Nick Young, another high-volume shooter whose value diminished last season after shooting a career-low 36.1 percent from the field. But Williams argued that story line “was overblown in the first place.”“Lou is much better with the ball in his hands as far as creating plays for himself and for his teammates,” Scott said. “He’s not one of those guys who’s reluctant to pass the ball.”The Lakers also acquired Williams because of his league-wide reputation entering his 10th NBA season as a positive locker room influence. “I tried to be a positive presence and get along with my teammates and try to create a working environment,” Williams said. “I don’t want to be the guy that causes disruptions.”And that includes remaining diplomatic about his former team. Williams acknowledged it was “weird” how the situation turned out. But there were practical reasons for the breakup from both sides. “They were in a position where they were trying to get better at every position,” Williams said. “I was looking to make a decision faster than they were prepared to do so. We had a deal on the table, and they weren’t ready to make a decision. So I told them to go ahead.” Incidentally, the Raptors used the money saved by not retaining Williams to acquire DeMarre Carroll, who remains close friends with Williams after they played together in the 2013-14 season with Atlanta. “We needed a better two-way wing player,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “That’s why we had to put our eggs in a different basket.”Yet, Casey said that he “loves Lou” and called him a “huge asset for the Lakers.” Williams entered Thursday’s game against Toronto averaging a team-leading 17 points through two exhibitions. Williams revealed he feels “pretty comfortable with how I’m being used here,” despite calling coach Byron Scott’s training camp “tough.” ONTARIO >> The question made Lou Williams laugh. After all, few things matter in any preseason game, even if it involved squaring up against the Toronto Raptors after they let him leave this summer via free agency. “We’ll wait until it gets real,” Williams said before the Lakers hosted Toronto on Thursday at Citizens Business Bank Arena. That moment will happen when the Lakers host the Raptors Nov. 20. Still, Williams stressed he does not hold a grudge against Toronto for allowing him to sign with the Lakers to a three-year, $21 million deal despite posting a career-high 15.5 points per game last season and winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. “I don’t think about it now,” said Williams, who is close with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. “I’m over it. They’re over it. Everybody has moved on.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Football: Zimbabwe confirm COSAFA dominance over Zambia

first_imgZambia suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Zimbabwe in the finals of the 2017 Cosafa Castle Cup played at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg. PHOTO BY FAZ VAI FACEBOOKPhokeng, South Africa | AFP | Zimbabwe confirmed their superiority over Zambia in COSAFA Cup southern Africa championship finals by winning 3-1 in Phokeng Sunday to lift the trophy a record fifth time.This was the fourth time the neighbouring nations have met in the final of the annual regional competition and Zimbabwe have won three.Knox Mutizwa put Zimbabwe ahead in the first half at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace stadium in the northwest South African platinum mining belt with his fifth goal of the championship.Lubinda Mundia nodded Zambia level before half-time via his first touch after coming on as a substitute.Despite playing their sixth match in 14 days, Zimbabwe proved stronger in the second half and goals from Talant Chawapiwa and Ocean Mushure gave the “Warriors” a deserved triumph.It was the fourth goal of the tournament for defender Mushure, who finished third in the scorers’ chart behind team-mates Ovidy Karuru (six) and Mutizwa (five).“I am very happy for the boys and myself,” said Zimbabwe coach Sunday Chidzambwa, who captained his country in their first international, a 6-0 win over Mozambique 37 years ago.“Playing six matches in 14 days and scoring 19 goals were tremendous achievements and I am sure our people are proud of us.“At half-time I told the boys to keep going forward because Zimbabwe are blessed with gifted attackers who can score goals regularly.” Zambia coach and former national team striker Wedson Nyirenda was magnanimous in defeat, describing Zimbabwe as “the most mature team in the competition and worthy champions”.“Schoolboy errors, particularly at the back, cost us this match. We lost concentration during the second half and were severely punished,” he said.“After equalising, my boys thought they already had their hands on the trophy and fell asleep. We came here with a young team and I hope valuable lessons have been learnt.”The first Zimbabwe goal came gift-wrapped from Zambia goalkeeper Allan Chibwe, who was outjumped by Mutizwa and the ball landed in the net on 22 minutes.Mundia equalised with a well-placed header off a cross that gave Zimbabwe goalkeeper George Chigova no chance.Zimbabwe regained the lead on 56 minutes when Chawapiwa fired a rebound into the net after a Mutizwa header came back off the post.Chawapiwa turned provided for the third goal after 67 minutes, cutting the ball back for Mushure to score with a shot into the corner of the net.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Transfer deadline day deals

first_img– Espanyol agreed to sell striker Leo Baptistao to Chinese Super League club Wuhan Zall. They also signed Alfa Semedo, the midfielder from Guinea-Bissau, and Argentine forward Facundo Ferreyra on loan from Benfica.GERMANY– England’s under-17 world champion Emile Smith Rowe is the latest UK teenager to join the Bundesliga, with RB Leipzig signing the 18-year-old midfielder on loan from Arsenal.– Another Englishman, West Ham United defender Reece Oxford, joined Augsburg on loan until June.– Defender Almamy Toure left Monaco for Eintracht Frankfurt on a four-and-a-half-year deal. Last year’s German Cup winners also signed defender Martin Hinteregger on loan from Augsburg.– A day after signing Welsh prospect Rabbi Matondo from Manchester City, Schalke recruited Dutch international defender Jeffrey Bruma, 27, on loan from Wolfsburg.– Borussia Dortmund’s Japanese international midfielder Shinji Kagawa was loaned to Besiktas in Turkey for the rest of the season. The 29-year-old helped Dortmund win the German league and cup double in 2012 before spending two years at Man United, then returned to the German club in 2014.– Dortmund also loaned defender Jeremy Toljan, 24, to Celtic until the end of the season.ITALY– Udinese signed former Brazil midfielder Sandro, 29, from Genoa with an obligation to buy. He previously played in England for Tottenham Hotspur and QPR, as well as West Brom on loan.FRANCE– It was a frenzied finish to a busy window at Monaco, who signed forward Georges-Kevin N’Koudou on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.– While eight players came in at Monaco in January, another eight left. Among the departures on deadline day were Youssef Ait Bennasser, with the midfielder joining Saint-Etienne on loan.– Bordeaux signed promising midfielder Yacine Adli, 18, from Paris Saint-Germain for an estimated five million euros. He had been linked to Arsenal last summer.– A week after signing Mario Balotelli, Marseille allowed Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou to join Turkish giants Galatasaray on loan.– Former Monaco and Nice midfielder Valentin Eysseric returned to Ligue 1, joining Nantes on loan until the end of the season from Fiorentina.Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Denis Suarez at ArsenalParis, France | AFP | With the January transfer window closing on Thursday evening, AFP Sport picks out some of the main deals to go through around Europe on deadline day:ENGLAND– Newcastle United signed Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron, 24, from MLS Cup winners Atlanta United, reportedly for a club-record fee. He has penned a five-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee believed to be £20 million ($26 million). The Magpies also signed Italian left-back Antonio Barreca on loan from Monaco.– Arsenal signed Spain international Denis Suarez, 25, on loan from Barcelona for the rest of the season. He will link up again with Arsenal boss Unai Emery, under whom he once played on loan at Sevilla.– Wolves announced the permanent signing of Spain left-back Jonny Otto for a reported £18 million from Atletico Madrid. He had spent the first half of the season on loan at Molineux. Wolves also loaned forward Leo Bonatini to Nottingham Forest.– Leicester City have signed Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans on loan from Monaco, with Portuguese international Adrien Silva going the other way on loan.– Peter Crouch is back in the Premier League after the former England striker, 38, joined Burnley from Stoke City on a short-term deal.– Crystal Palace completed a late deal to sign Belgian international striker Michy Batshuayi on loan from Chelsea, ending the 25-year-old’s brief loan stint at Valencia.– Champions Manchester City signed Croatian teenager Ante Palaversa from Hajduk Split for a reported £7 million. The midfielder has rejoined Hajduk on loan until the end of next season.– Cardiff City have signed Curacao international Leandro Bacuna from second-tier Reading on a four-and-a-half-year deal for a reported £3 million.– Fulham’s controversial forward Aboubakar Kamara joined Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor on loan. The 23-year-old had been suspended by the Cottagers after being arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and criminal damage following a fight at the club’s training ground last week.– Coming in at Fulham is Norwegian international Havard Nordtveit on loan from Hoffenheim, as the ex-Arsenal and West Ham United defender returns to England.– Fulham also brought in winger Lazar Markovic from Liverpool on a short-term permanent deal. The 24-year-old Serbian international had spent loan spells at four different clubs since moving to Anfield in 2014.SPAIN– Barcelona announced the signing of Emerson from Atletico Mineiro for 12 million euros ($13.7m) on a deal until 2024, but the 20-year-old Brazilian defender will play for Real Betis on loan until June.– Barcelona also completed the immediate signing of French defender Jean-Clair Todibo from Toulouse for two million euros. The 19-year-old was initially due to arrive in July.– Valencia confirmed the signing of Alaves striker Ruben Sobrino for a reported five million euros on a deal to 2022. Valencia also signed Argentine defender Facundo Roncaglia on loan from Celta Vigo, who brought in Uruguayan defender Lucas Olaza on loan from Boca Juniors and Algerian winger Ryad Boudebouz on loan from Betis.last_img read more

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Inside Conditions—Michael Vick, PETA and Iraq

first_imgAUBREY BRUCEI am angry, no, completely livid about the constant persecution of NFL quarterback Michael Vick.In December of 2007, Vick was convicted of his role in an illegal dog fighting ring. He was sentenced to 23 months in prison. He served his sentence, paid his “debt of humanity” not his debt to society because he didn’t then and still doesn’t owe society nothing, not one damn thing.A recent article written by Rich Cimini reported that, “Soon after signing a one-year contract [with the NY Jets] in March, a group in Cortland, NY—home of the Jets’ training camp—started an online petition to ban him from camp. It received more than 20,000 signatures. 20,000 signatures to ban a man from playing professional football?Now before Michael Vick was ever discovered or convicted in regard to “the mistreatment” of animals, one of the most prominent organizations trusted with ensuring the welfare of animals was allegedly operating its own animal genocide ring that was far more diabolical and self serving than the offenses allegedly committed by Michael Vick.last_img read more

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Elections 2019: Ian McGarvey proves age is no barrier as he takes third Milford seat

first_imgIndependent councillor Ian McGarvey has taken the third seat in Milford.The former Letterkenny councillor and Mayor claimed the third and final place after a hotly-contested vote in the area.Speaking to Donegal Daily, he said his campaign was based on his love of helping his community. “I look forward to this day and the sooner this day comes and goes the better. “You do a lot of work and you are depending on the small team you have around you. “You are basing your campaign on the amount of work you’ve done for people in the past. It has always been a pleasure to assist people in difficulty.”As McGarvey will turn 89 years of age this July, he will also be keeping his title as Ireland’s oldest elected representative. He said: “Age should not be a barrier to people and I had to prove that to myself. I want to contribute as long as I’m able. If I retired what would I do? I would have been away dancing if this wasn’t on.”Later in his speech, McGarvey said that he is looking forward to the next election!McGarvey’s re-election means that Fine Gael have lost out on a place in the Milford area.In her defeat, Eimer Friel (FG) congratulated the elected candidates and said: “I want to thank every single person who voted for me, my wonderful campaign team who walked the laneways with me over the past few weeks.”The Fanad woman said she will continue her work at Minister Joe McHugh’s Constituency Office. Elections 2019: Ian McGarvey proves age is no barrier as he takes third Milford seat was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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QPR 1-1 Millwall: Highlights of Rangers’ draw with Holloway’s Lions

first_imgScott Malone’s injury-time equaliser salvages a point for relegation-threatened Millwall at Loftus Road.See also:QPR denied win by late Lions equaliserRedknapp admits need for ‘right balance’QPR v Millwall player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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