Dorchester stores up its charm

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Majority of public wants regional elections delayed: Surveys

first_img“Looking at these numbers, I think it will be a tough job for the government and the General Elections Commission [KPU] to garner public enthusiasm for the elections and improve public participation,” Indikator executive director Burhanudin Muhtadi said last week when announcing the results of the survey.Another pollster, Charta Politika Indonesia, released last Wednesday the results of a similar public opinion survey involving 2,000 respondents from July 6 to 12 to see whether they agreed with the government’s decision to hold the elections despite the pandemic showing no signs of abating.It found that 54.2 percent of respondents disagreed with the decision and only 31.8 percent of respondents agreed with it. Yet, half of those supporting the government’s decision also said they were unsure about whether they would show up at polling stations and cast their ballots.Read also: KPU presses on with December elections despite turnout concerns Most Indonesians disagree with the government’s decision to hold the 2020 simultaneous regional elections on Dec. 9, as uncertainty remains over when the COVID-19 pandemic will end, two recent surveys have found.Jakarta-based pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia interviewed 1,200 respondents across Indonesia from July 13 to 16 on whether the elections should take place during the outbreak.It found that 63.1 percent of respondents preferred the year-end polls be postponed, while 34.3 percent said the elections should occur as scheduled. The remaining 2.6 percent of respondents did not provide answers. Topics :center_img “Our survey results indicate that the government and the KPU will have a difficult job increasing public participation in the coming elections. Otherwise, we will see a low turnout,” Charta Politika executive director Yunarto Wijaya said.The two surveys appeared to reflect concerns about low voter turnout from experts and activists, who have repeatedly called on policymakers to push back the elections to 2021 over fears the COVID-19 outbreak could continue late into the year. They argued that the elections, which seek to elect 270 regional leaders comprising nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors, would put voters and election organizers at risk of contracting the disease.But the government has insisted on holding the December elections, with Home Minister Tito Karnavian saying that democracy should go on despite the outbreak.As a result, the KPU has to grapple with arranging health protocols and procuring personal protective equipment to prevent election organizers, candidates and voters from contracting the disease during all stages of elections, from the preparations, which started in June, to the final vote count a week after voting day.Read also: KPU to advise regional candidates to campaign onlineFadli Ramadanil of election watchdog Association for Elections and Democracy (Perludem) said the surveys indicated that prospective voters were unlikely to prioritize the elections as long as the pandemic still raged on.Political analyst Adi Prayitno from State Islamic University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta said low public interest in elections might encourage candidates to turn to vote buying by offering money or daily supplies to potential voters, particularly those suffering from financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.Adi said the government could press ahead with hosting the Dec. 9 elections only in COVID-19 low-risk regions, or “green zones”, to ensure high turnout.Read also: Vote buying threatens to undermine year-end elections: KPKKPU commissioner Ilham Saputra said the commission would not ask the government or the House of Representatives for election postponement because the KPU had already begun preparing the elections. He said the commission finished screening independent candidates on July 12, and was now updating the voter roll – scheduled to be completed on Aug. 13.“Postponing the elections is not in our plan so far, but we will try to resolve what people described as a lack of public enthusiasm for year-end polls,” Ilham said.“For social media platforms, we will prepare a tutorial video about voting mechanisms. This is to convince people that it will be safe to show up at polling stations.”last_img read more

CEE roundup: Russia, Lithuania, Latvia

first_imgIn the context of ongoing government discussions about making the system voluntary, the Bank of Russia pointed out that membership of the existing voluntary private system had fallen by 400,000 to fewer than 6.4m, citing waning confidence in the system and negative returns.It said it doubted whether employers, faced with declining economic growth, would be in a hurry to establish corporate pension schemes.The NSPFs are set to receive the frozen contributions from the second half of 2013 once they convert to joint-stock status, meet minimum capital requirements and join the guarantee system, as stipulated by the law that came into effect this year.While the funds providing compulsory pension insurance have until the beginning of 2016 to fulfil the new obligations or leave the market, the major ones have not wasted any time.As of the beginning of October, NSPFs accounting for 91% of total assets had converted their status to companies, while those in the new guarantee system accounted for more than 85%.In other news, Lithuania’s voluntary second-pillar funds posted further healthy results in the third quarter of 2014.According to the Bank of Lithuania, the sector regulator, as of the end of September 2014, year-to-date returns averaged 6.04%, some 2.5 times higher than a year earlier.The five funds with the highest equity exposure generated the best returns, with those investing up to 100% in shares generating 6.88%.The nine funds with up to 70% equity exposure returned 6.4%, while the four funds with a low exposure of up to 30% produced 6.21%.In contrast, the eight bond-only conservative funds generated returns of only 3.15%.Over the nine-month period, assets under management grew by 14.3% to LTL6.2bn (€1.8bn).In the case of the third pillar, assets grew by 13.9% to LTL148m.Returns averaged 5.8%, with the balanced funds generating the highest average return, of 6.58%, followed by high equity-weighted funds at 6.51%, while the bond-orientated funds generated 2.57%.In neighbouring Latvia, year-to-date returns for the mandatory second-pillar funds were somewhat lower, averaging 4.21% for their 1.2m members, according to the Association of Commercial Banks of Latvia.Balanced and higher-risk funds returned 4.36% and 4.35%, respectively, while the conservative funds generated 3.79%.Assets grew by 14.5% to €1.9bn.For the much smaller third-pillar system, with €259.7m of assets and 229,318 members, returns average 4.19%. Russia looks set to extend the 2014 moratorium on contributions to the mandatory pension fund system for a further year.In October, the bill passed its first reading in the Duma (lower house) by an overwhelming majority, with 242 deputies voting in favour, and only five against.The Bank of Russia, the central bank, estimated in its October Financial Stability Review that the non-state pension funds (NSPFs) would forgo some RUB243bn (€4.5bn) as a result of the 2014 moratorium, and a further RUB280bn the following year if the bill passes its subsequent readings and is signed off by president Vladimir Putin.The central bank expressed concerns that the moratoria might hamper long-term investment growth, exacerbate the downturn in economic growth and raise the cost of internal funding.last_img read more

Canada: Near miss incident aboard Hibernia platform

first_imgAn incident occurred on the HMDC-operated Hibernia offshore platform in Canada on Sunday after a drill pipe disconnected and fell unexpectedly.Hibernia platform / Image source: Hibernia Management and Development CompanyAccording to Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, Hibernia Management Development Company (HMDC) reported that on June 2, 2019, workers on the Hibernia Platform were in the process of lowering a drill pipe with a gantry crane to a storage location when the pipe, weighing approximately 236kg, released from its magnetic connection point.This, C-NLOPB said, resulted in the pipe falling approximately 3.55 meters, coming to rest on the dunnage below.There were no injuries and no personnel were in the area, consistent with protocol for gantry crane operations. However, the incident had the potential for fatality based on the Dropped Objects Prevention Scheme (DROPS) calculator, the safety body said.“Crane operations were immediately stopped, the area was secured and the crane has been taken out of service. The C-NLOPB is monitoring HMDC’s continued investigation of the incident,”The shareholders of Hibernia Management and Development Company are: ExxonMobil Canada (33.125%), Chevron Canada Resources (26.875%), Suncor (20%), Canada Hibernia Holding Corporation (8.5%), Murphy Oil (6.5%) and Equinor Canada (5%)Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

Motorist dies in road crash

first_imgBACOLOD City – His driven motorcyclecrashed against a truck in Barangay Poblacion II, Sagay City, NegrosOccidental. The 31-year-old Jhomar Tingson ofBarangay Jerusalem, Cadiz City, Negros Occidental died of head and bodyinjuries, a police report showed. The truck driver was identified as RamyDiamante of Barangay Bato, Sagay City. According to police investigation, Tingsonand Jomar were navigating the highway in Barangay Poblacion II when a primemover truck hit them around 9:46 p.m. on Wednesday. center_img Officers of the Sagay City policestation have yet to arrest the suspect, who fled after the incident./PN Tingson’s back rider who was onlyidentified as a certain “Jomar” survived the crash. last_img

World Series

first_imgIt is November, and I guess the World Series is over.  I lost interest when the Reds lost the wild-card game.  I still advocate playing the season games in a 2-week shorter period of time.  The old timers could play double headers, and they weren’t even making $100,000 a year.  It seems if you make $4 million you have to have more time off.  This pushes the season into late October, and in some years, even into the first of November.  A 2-week shorter season would give 2 weeks of September for playoffs thus eliminating the one game farce that we have now.  This would allow at least a 2 out of 3 first round elimination.  If the Player Association refuses this shorter season, then cut 10 games off of the 162.  I think you will notice that the TV ratings keep going down the further into football season it goes.  I haven’t even mentioned what TV does to this whole system.  That, of course, is a story all by itself.last_img read more

CEF celebrates anniversary, announces concert

first_imgMilan, In. — The Child Evangelism Fellowship is a Bible-centered organization designed to evangelize young people with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and establish them in a local church. The group is celebrating 80 years of operation this year.The group offers the Good News Club ® to local youths as well. Trained teachers meet with groups of children in schools, homes, community centers, churches, apartment complexes, just about anywhere the children can easily and safely meet with their parent’s permission. Each week the teacher presents an exciting Bible lesson using colorful materials. The program also includes songs, Scripture memory, a missions story and review games or other activities focused on the lesson’s theme.The group will hold a concert featuring “This Hope” on Monday, November 27 at the Bridge of Hope Worship Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. the center is located at 4050 East County Road 50 South in Milan.The local chapter serves 16 counties and has an office in Versailles. For more information go online here.last_img read more

Football News Real Madrid stumble to 1-0 defeat against Rayo Vallecano, fall 18 points behind Barcelona

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Madrid: Real Madrid’s response to Barcelona winning the title was to lose to 19th-placed Rayo Vallecano and fall 18 points behind La Liga’s newly-crowned champions. A deserved 1-0 defeat at Vallecas Sunday means Zinedine Zidane’s second term now shows four wins from eight games and a worrying lack of improvement since he returned as Madrid’s coach. Adri Embarba’s penalty, given after consultation with VAR, was enough for Rayo, who move to within six points of survival, with three games left to play. For Madrid, the gap widens between them and Barcelona, whose players had been dancing on the pitch at Camp Nou the night before and posing for photos with their children after wrapping up a fourth La Liga title in five years. Zidane took over knowing Madrid’s challenge was all-but extinguished but the difference on Barca then was 12 points while catching Atletico Madrid still seemed achievable. Atletico is now nine points ahead and the way Madrid are closing out this season will surely be a cause for concern.     Not since March 31 has anyone except Karim Benzema, out with a hamstring injury, scored for them in La Liga and they created precious few chances against a Rayo side that had conceded 62 goals this term. No side in the division has shipped more. Zidane said last week that the league would be the club’s first priority from August but, even with new signings and fresh motivation, it could prove difficult to flick the switch. Madrid’s winning habit has long-been lost. Rayo’s last victory over Real at Vallecas was in 1997, by the same scoreline, and this time they were without their top scorer too, Raul de Tomas, who is on loan from Madrid and ineligible to face his parent club.RELATED     Zidane handed Gareth Bale another chance but he struggled to impress while Thibaut Courtois made his first start under the Frenchman, in ahead of Keylor Navas. Rayo’s Jose Pozo twice tested Courtois early on while Bale went through but saw his finish tipped over the bar by Alberto Garcia. In the 23rd minute, Rayo won their penalty as referee Pablo Gonzalez took advice from VAR before judging Jesus Vallejo to have hauled down Javi Guerra in the box. Embarba made no mistake.     Madrid wanted their own spot-kick when Mariano Diaz took a tumble from a corner but Gonzalez was unmoved, and the second half was surprisingly comfortable for Rayo. Bale’s free-kick was palmed away by Garcia while Zidane threw on Brahim Diaz, Lucas Vazquez and Isco in search of some inspiration. It never came.    Top-four race stays wide open     Beneath Madrid, La Liga’s last Champions League spot remains up for grabs after Valencia, Sevilla and Getafe all endured surprise defeats earlier on Sunday. Valencia lost 1-0 at home to Eibar while Sevilla was beaten by the same scoreline away to struggling Girona, whose victory could prove crucial in their fight against relegation. Both slips gave Getafe the opportunity to pull clear in the three-way race for fourth but they stumbled too, edged out 2-1 away to Real Sociedad.     It means Getafe, Sevilla and Valencia have now managed only three wins between them from their nine fixtures in the last three rounds of the league. Getafe stays ahead of Sevilla only on head-to-head, with Valencia three points behind and perhaps looking to the Europa League as their best hope of Champions League football next season. Valencia plays Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in the first leg of their semi-final next week, with a potential final to come against either Chelsea or Eintracht Frankfurt.center_img Getafe, Sevilla and Valencia are fighting for the fourth spot.Real Madrid’s loss has increased the gap to nine points with Atletico Madrid.FC Barcelona is the La Liga champions for the eighth time in 11 years.last_img read more

Women of Troy aim to snap five-game winless skid

first_imgAfter a long streak of road games that included seven overtime periods, three losses and two ties, the USC women’s soccer teamn is more than happy to end the regular season with a five-game home stand.Bad streak · Jordan Marada, picured here during a Sept. 21 game against Washington, has started 14 games in 2012. The junior midfielder and USC have struggled in recent weeks, not winning a game since defeating the Huskies. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan“With all the traveling and playing overtimes back to back, it was just physically exhausting,” freshman forward Jamie Fink said. “Now that we’re home, we kind of get to relax and take it easy on our legs.”USC (4-7-3, 1-3-2) is tied for ninth in the Pac-12 — though, has yet to face No. 2 Stanford or No. 3 UCLA with five conference games remaining.That doesn’t bode well for the team, which has been outscored 12-6 during its current five-game winless streak.But the players are hoping that they can still turn their season around with the aid of a home-field advantage — after all, they won their only home conference game, a 1-0 victory over Washington, to open Pac-12 play.“It’s kind of refreshing,” redshirt sophmore defender Mia Bruno said. “Even though we haven’t won many games, we’re excited; I think we will start winning.”Fink says is taking a relaxed approach from here on out.“We’re not really focused on winning or losing, or going to the [NCAA] tournament,” Fink said. “We’re more focused on playing soccer and having fun and being a team.”But if USC does have any shot at making the NCAA tournament, it’ll have to make strides this weekend in its matches against Utah and Colorado.The Utes (8-4-2, 3-3-0) stand at fifth in the conference standings, and are receiving votes in the NCAA coaches’ poll. The Utes boast a stellar defense, having allowed only 12 goals in 14 games, and are 5-0-1 when scoring two or more goals.USC’s offense has shown it can hold possession against strong defenses, as the team leads the conference in shots per game (18.64), but it also ranks just fifth in goals per game (1.64).“It’s positive that we are leading the conference in shots, which means we’re creating opportunities, but we’ve just been lacking a little composure,” USC coach Ali Khosroshahin said. “We’ve been lacking a better understanding of finding another player with a higher percentage opportunity.”But Khosroshahin insists his team is close to breaking that habit.“I’ve been saying this all year, and I probably sound a little hypocritical, or like I’m lying, but we’re really close,” Khosroshahin said. “We’ve been close for a while, there’s just been a bit of a disconnect … between knowing the game plan and really understanding the game plan. And I think we’ve been able to sort it out this week [in practice].”After facing off against Utah on Friday, the Women of Troy will host the Buffaloes (6-6-3, 0-5-1), who sit in last place in the Pac-12 on Sunday.USC is 3-0-0 all-time against Colorado after a 1-0 victory on the road last year, but the Buffaloes do have a lethal scorer in forward Anne Stuller, who ranks third in the Pac-12 with eight goals this season.Stuller could cause some issues for the Women of Troy, who have struggled defensively all season. USC ranks last in the Pac-12 in goals-against average (1.94) and has shut out only one opponent all season.But Bruno, who was injured for the first half of the season along with senior defender Kristina Noriega, thinks the squad is up to the challenge.“We’ve kind of had rotating personnel [on defense], but I think we’ve found our four [starters],” Bruno said. “We have some new players back there, we’re still getting used to each other, getting that camaraderie, but it gets better with every game.”The Women of Troy kick off against Utah at McAlister Field on Friday at 3:30 p.m., then face off against Sunday Colorado at 1 p.m.last_img read more

Podcast: Lane Kiffin Fired

first_imgSports editors Will Laws, Nick Selbe and Lifestyle editor Euno Lee discuss the newest development in Trojan Football with the firing of Lane Kiffin early Sunday morning, the future of the team under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, as well as the future of the coaching staff.Follow Will @WillLaws, Nick @NickSelbe, Euno @eunowhat and Daily Trojan Sports @DT_Sports on Twitter for more updates.last_img