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KPU presses on with December elections despite turnout concerns

first_imgHadar Nafis Gumay, cofounder of election watchdog Network for Democracy and Electoral Integrity (Netgrit) and a former KPU commissioner, said the onus was now on the election organizers to strictly enforce health protocols to encourage people to vote.“If, leading up to election day, [election organizers] are able to show discipline and strict enforcement of health protocols, I believe the public will have faith and participate [in the elections],” Hadar said. “If not, I am concerned that only some people will turn out and the level of participation will decrease.”National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said earlier this month that 40 regions set to hold elections were considered at high risk for COVID-19 transmission. He said the task force would continue to update the election organizers on the issue.Read also: ‘We can turn it into an opportunity’: Govt defends holding December regional electionsThe KPU, however, is confident about the safety of the December elections, saying it had drafted the regulation after consulting with the Health Ministry and the national COVID-19 task force.“The health protocols will be implemented at every stage to reduce the risk whenever there are interactions between organizers, voters and candidates,” KPU Commissioner I Dewa Kade Wiarsa Raka Sandi said.The regulation, which was approved by House Commission II overseeing Home Affairs on Monday, was shared with other stakeholders on Tuesday and will soon be officially announced, Dewa said.The KPU regulation and a similar regulation introduced by Bawaslu state that safety measures such as the use of face masks and physical distancing are mandatory for KPU officers, candidates and voters during all stages of the elections, from preparations to the final vote count one week after election day.The regulations also limit the number of participants in indoor campaign events to 40 percent of the venue’s capacity. Campaign activities that involve large crowds, such as concerts, have been banned.Read also: December regional polls to cost more than planned, pose health riskCOVID-19 patients will be allowed to cast their votes after 12 p.m., an hour before voting booths close, as long as ballot papers are available, at designated polling stations at nearby hospitals.The health protocols will be enforced equally in all election-holding regions, regardless of their respective COVID-19 statuses, KPU chairman Arif Budiman said during the Monday hearing with House Commission II.“We do not know what the situation will be on voting day or during the campaign period, which is why we are applying the same standard to all regions [that are holding elections],” said Arif.Topics : The House of Representatives and the government have agreed to a set of health measures devised by the General Elections Commission (KPU) for the Dec. 9 simultaneous regional elections, but worries remain about virus fears depressing voter turnout.The Dec. 9 elections will be for 270 regional positions: nine governors, 224 regents and 37 mayors. They will be held under strict health protocols laid out in a KPU regulation approved by the House on Monday. The regions holding elections include Surabaya and 18 other cities and regencies in East Java, one of the provinces hit hardest by COVID-19.Association of Elections and Democracy (Perludem) executive director Titi Anggraini said election stakeholders – the KPU and the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) – should strongly encourage voters to participate in the upcoming elections. She warned that low voter turnout would harm the reputation of the KPU and those who had insisted on holding the elections in December: the government and the House.“It will affect the public’s trust in elected local governments [if they are] established by minimal public support. The reputation of the central government and the KPU will therefore be at stake because people will see that they insisted on holding the elections under suboptimal conditions,” she said.Read also: So much work, so little time: KPU under pressure over regional pollsThe KPU was put under pressure to establish special measures after the House and government decided in late May that this year’s regional elections would be held on Dec. 9, even though the epidemic showed no sign of abating. The elections were pushed back by about three months from their initial date of Sept. 23, as mandated by a regulation in lieu of law issued by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo in May.last_img read more

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One of Nathan Tinkler’s smallest investments back on market

first_imgTinkler had bought this commercial property in Mayfield West, NSW, in 2011 via one of his investment arms.The buyers, Bar Beach Super Nominees, have put the property up for rent at around $100 per square metre which is about an average commercial charge.Mr Tinkler, who was once Queensland’s youngest billionaire, has seen several properties sold at a loss in the past two years including a $6m loss on his Gold Coast Hinterland project Patinack Farm, $3.2m loss on an Ocean St property in Merewether NSW, and his Grandview Road home in Pullenvale selling for $2.15m less than his family had paid. Nathan Tinkler has lost millions after his properties were resold for less than he paid. Picture: John GraingerONE of the smallest of property investments by Queensland wunderkind Nathan Tinkler has come back on the market under new ownership.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoMr Tinkler had bought the 278sq m commercial space six years ago for $640,000 via his Ocean Street Holdings firm, but it was sold by receivers in September last year for just $403,000. Nathan Tinkler’s former home in Pullenvale sold for much less than his family paid. Picture: Realestate.com.aulast_img read more

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Football Friday Night On WRBI

first_imgIndiana High School Football Sectionals on WRBI Friday Night (11-1).Class 4A-Sectional 23.East Central hosts Shelbyville.Kickoff at Trojan Field starts at 7.WRBI’s Jerry Stenger and Jeff Miller will be calling all of the action.WRBI’s Countdown To Kickoff will be after 6.Indiana Sports Talk with Bob Lovell follows the game.last_img

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Pence and Young Urge Support for Economic Development at Brookville Lake

first_imgBrookville, IN — U.S. Congressman Greg Pence and Senator Todd Young urged the United States Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District to support expanding recreational development in the 2020 Brookville Lake Master Plan.In the joint letter, they wrote, “By opening the surrounding land to Brookville Lake to private development, Union and Franklin Counties will be able to use the additional revenue to upkeep the Brookville Lake and address the needs of tourists to the area.”The 1979 Brookville Lake Master Plan included multiple expansion ideas that never came to fruition. For example, the 1979 Master Plan included plans for a restaurant, campground, and a 6-acre swimming pool complex built in the Battlepoint Area. The 2020 Master Plan does not include any of these major expansions. Both Senator Young and Congressman Pence strongly urge the inclusion of those plans similar to the 1979 Brookville Lake Master Plan to this year’s Master Plan.last_img read more

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Henry: I’ll play my own game

first_imgChris Henry will stick to his ball-stealing strengths in his bid to offset the loss of “world-class” Sean O’Brien to Ireland’s RBS 6 Nations campaign. The 29-year-old said he will not try to mimic O’Brien’s rampaging style, favouring his natural breakdown abilities instead, especially against two of the finest turnover hunters in Sam Warburton and Dan Lydiate. “There’s always going to be a lot of talk about Sean not being there, he’s one of the best in the world,” said Henry. “The only way I can approach it is to say, ‘yes he’s an unbelievable player, but I have to think maybe I can add something a little bit different, maybe there are certain aspects of the game I can bring that he can’t’. “Rugby’s horrible in that way when people get injured when you get your opportunity. “So for me, I certainly tried to give everything out there last week. “Hopefully that can be enough to stay in the side, but we’ll just have to wait and see.” Henry believes Saturday’s Wales clash could be completely dominated by the breakdown battle. Unless Ireland “blast out” captain Warburton and fellow scavenger Lydiate, they will struggle for control, he admitted. The Ulster flanker admitted any team would miss Leinster’s wrecking-ball loose-forward O’Brien, who may not play again this season after shoulder surgery. Henry slotted into Ireland’s back-row alongside Jamie Heaslip and Peter O’Mahony for Sunday’s 28-6 Scotland victory, and is expected to start against Wales this weekend. Press Association The Ulsterman remains Ireland’s premier turnover specialist though, and is confident Joe Schmidt’s side have enough prowess over the ball to cope with Wales’ approach. “Whatever back-row the Welsh team put out we already know they are world-class,” said Henry. “Their big thing is on defence and how quickly they get onto the poach, taking one tackler low and the other in position to get a solid threat in there. “It’s going to be something that we have to anticipate, get in there early and do a good job of blasting them out. “Warburton’s probably one of the best in the business, so we’ve got to be on the money. “Starting off with a win and to play alongside the likes of Jamie and Peter was fantastic. “They are both class players, and they are strong on the ball as well. “Will that performance from last week be enough to beat this Welsh team? Probably not, but we’re pretty realistic, we know that, we’re a bit fed up with an Irish team that performs one week and then doesn’t perform the next. “As a group of players we want to put that to bed, deliver performances every week and get results every week.” Ireland’s coaches have made a big play of highlighting their exemplary disciplinary record heading into the Six Nations in a bid to stay on the right side of the officials. Henry believes Ireland’s “clean” approach is worthy of mention, but admitted one of the biggest challenges in this campaign is to roll away quickly enough after a tackle. “If you want to win big games you’ve got to make smart decisions and keep the penalty count low,” he said. “I try to leave the talking to the captain, because referees won’t like you chirping too much, that’s something I’ve tried to work on! “The big thing now is to make sure you move after a tackle. “A lot of penalties were given last week for the tackler not rolling away. “Sometimes it’s very hard if you’re tackling in a certain position, it’s nearly impossible to get out of there – but that’s your responsibility as the tackler. “So for me personally that’s something I’ve tried to work on, so if I make a tackle I can get out of there quickly. “I think on the whole we were pretty clean last week, and we want to be a clean and honest team.” last_img read more

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Dubai and the West Indies team

first_imgBy Rudi WebsterRECENTLY, Dwayne Bravo described the West Indies team in Dubai as a lost group. Bravo said, “I was there in Dubai and basically the players were lost, the management was lost, everything just looked like we were school kids again, and the team meetings had no sort of positive inputs or anything like that.”Bravo claimed that the untimely sacking of coach Phil Simmons, who had the full support of the team, disturbed the entire momentum (motivation) of the squad. Surprise, surprise! The team in Dubai cannot be coached from an office in the Caribbean.The West Indies team seems to be in a state of confusion. It is executing the basic skills poorly and has experienced a breakdown in leadership, teamwork, self-worth, self-discipline, and self-motivation. This is serious stuff because these ingredients form the platform on which good performance is built.In professional sport one can never overestimate the importance of self-discipline and self-motivation. The level of a player’s performance depends largely on the depth of his motivation and self-discipline. In fact, experts in performance now claim that at the highest levels of sport the correlation between self-discipline/motivation and performance is twice as large as the correlation between ability and performance.The Pygmalion principle is something that president Cameron and other leaders in the WICB should try to understand. When a leader shares his vision and expectations with team members, communicates freely with them, clarifies their roles and responsibilities, and empowers them to feel like worthwhile and valuable people, he creates an awareness of purpose, a feeling of importance and a sense of belonging.Team members then bring passion and commitment with them especially when they believe that they can truly make a difference to the performance of the team.And when the leader correctly directs and focuses those energies, he satisfies a major requirement for success. Unfortunately, Cameron and his leadership team have done an awful job in these vital areas and cannot in any way be proud of their performance.In war, no one has as yet found how to administer or manage people into battle. They must be motivated to fight. The same is true in sport.In cricket, the battle is fought with balls and bats but it is the spirit and motivation of the man who leads and the players who follow that take the team to victory. The greatest leader in the world will never win a campaign unless he understands and motivates the people he has to lead.I am not sure that the director of cricket understands the culture and the psyche of the Caribbean people. And he does not seem to know how to motivate and empower his coaches and players. This I believe is a cause of his erratic behaviour and mediocre performance. The sacking of Simmons is a case in point.The Board claimed that one of the reasons for the sacking of the coach was a difference in culture between the director/WICB and Simmons. But the board’s culture is a losing culture that needs to be challenged and changed. The board cannot continue to support and propagate that culture and expect the fortunes of WI cricket to change.WI players must take full responsibility for their performance on and off the field but they will not be able to give their best if they continue to operate in the hostile and toxic environment that currently exists.This begs the question, for whose convenience and benefit is West Indies cricket designed? Is it designed to serve the players and coaches, or is it structured to satisfy the needs of the president, board members and the director of cricket in order to perpetuate their power to control and dictate? Democratic boards are designed to serve, support and empower rather than to direct, control and dictate.As long as Cameron is in charge, the board will stick to its rigid ways and continue to resist change. It will work in a non-learning environment that stifles growth, innovation, development and good performance.Teamwork and team spirit seem to be at an all-time low. But what type of teamwork is needed to improve the fortunes of WI cricket?In American football, the head coach is the king. He has great power and usually calls the shots. His counterpart in WI cricket is the director of cricket. The main priority of the team is the implementation of the coach’s plan. Conformity is the name of the game and dissent and individuality are not encouraged or tolerated. Leadership and coaching have an inflexible and autocratic flavour.In cricket, performance is built around the individual, so there is more emphasis on individual effort, style, motivation, and achievement. Motivation of the individual and management of his assets and weaknesses are top priorities.Having one rule for all can be counterproductive. Good presidents and cricket directors are smart enough to tolerate and accommodate internal differences and individual needs while focusing on the common goal. They value diversity and interdependence. Teams run into trouble when the team plays one game and the administrators play a different game.For example, when a cricket director manages his team like an American football coach most things revolve around him and his plan rather than around his coaches and players.His need for control and conformity and his dislike of any kind of dissent invariably stifle individual talent and creativity and interfere with team dynamics and performance.It is not too late for the director of cricket to change his ways. But will he be allowed to do so? 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Dowrich hails West Indies Pace attack

first_img(CMC) – Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich on Sunday hailed the quality of West Indies’ pace attack and believes it can be the decisive factor in next month’s three-Test series against England.The Caribbean side have travelled with five seamers in their main 14-man Test squad but have access to a further six – including the experienced Shannon Gabriel – in 11 reserves which are also on tour.Dowrich said the Windies attack was now more experienced than ever and capable of making the adjustments that were so critical when bowling in English conditions.“Obviously home advantage will come into play [for England’s bowlers] but if you look at our pace attack, most of the guys have played here already so I think they have an understanding of the conditions,” Dowrich told reporters via Zoom from quarantine at Old Trafford.“We’ve got Kemar Roach, Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel and those guys are in the top 20 in the world. They understand their games and they know how to adjust well to different conditions so I think that will work well for us going into the series.”He added: “I’m not one to compare eras but if you look around at the statistics it will show that these guys are quality and they can come up against any team in the world and perform.”West Indies quicks have improved leaps and bounds in recent times leading to a significant improvement in their respective ICC rankings.Captain Jason Holder is the highest ranked at number three to be also number one in the all-rounders charts while Roach lies 11th and Gabriel, 19th.Uncapped 22-year-old Chemar Holder is on his first West Indies tour but impressed in the recent first class championship with 36 wickets, bowling with pace and hostility.Dowrich said the strength of the pace attack was the diversity it presented.“If you look at the main four – Shannon, Kemar, Jason and Chemar – I think they all present different skills,” explained the 28-year-old Dowrich.“Kemar is probably the most skilful out of all of them in terms of being able to hit a consistent line and length and move the ball both ways.Shannon and Alzarri have a little more pace and Jason is ‘Mr Consistent’ – he can put the ball on a ten cent piece – so I think we bring a whole dynamic.“And obviously now we have young Chemar Holder now coming up who’s an exciting talent and the way he bowled in first class cricket this season shows that so I think we have a well versed attack. In fact, I’m excited to see them go in this series.”Dowrich, who averages 30 from 31 Tests since making his debut five years ago, also has a point to prove in the upcoming series.On his last tour here three years ago, the pint-sized gloveman endured a wretched time with the bat, scraping a mere 24 runs from six innings.Since then, Dowrich has notched three hundreds – including one against England in the Caribbean last year – and conceded the failures on the 2017 tour had been a turning point in his career.“The last time I was here it was very tough for me and I think it was a series that really changed around my career,” he explained.“I was young, I was in unfamiliar territory to be honest and I really didn’t cope well with it but since then I’ve been able to go away and I’ve learnt a lot from experience up here last time and I consider myself a different player to what I was three years ago.“Obviously it’s still going to be a challenge. Playing in England [and] batting will always be a challenge but I think I’m ready and up for that challenge.He continued: “I’ve always considered myself as a genuine wicketkeeper/batsman but obviously that innings (hundred against England) did a lot for me and gave me a lot of confidence but going forward I think I just need to continue to be consistent and do what is necessary to help the team win.“I would love to score a Test hundred in England. Obviously scoring runs away from home is always a challenge but I think if you’re going to rate yourself as a player you have to be able to do it and I think I’ve been putting in enough work to come out with something during this series.”West Indies take on England in the opening Test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton starting July 8.last_img read more

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Leonard Fournette: ‘Syracuse started Running Back U’

first_imgBefore LSU played Syracuse, running back Leonard Fournette tweeted a picture of the Carrier Dome rafters with a caption paying homage to Ernie Davis, Floyd Little and Jim Brown. After the game, he spoke with Little, humbled by one of the best to play his own position. Published on September 27, 2015 at 2:39 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+center_img In between, the Tigers’ sophomore rushed for 244 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-24 win over the Orange (3-1, 1-0 Atlantic Coast). He became the first-ever LSU (3-0, 2-0 Southeastern) player to run for 200 yards in consecutive games in the same season. And as he continued his trek toward the Heisman Trophy, Fournette did so on the same grounds as three legendary Syracuse running backs he credits his meteoric rise to.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Who wouldn’t want to come here,” Fournette said. “…just looking up to these guys.”The only time SU could slow down Fournette for any stretch of time was when he was hit in his midsection and had to come out. Antwan Cordy brought Fournette down for a loss of 6 yards in the fourth, but at that point the sophomore had eclipsed 200 yards, which could’ve been 300 if not for a negated 87-yard touchdown run.Both of Fournette’s touchdowns came in the end zone just below a picture of Davis that spans more than half a stadium section wide. He could very well be en route to the same fate as Davis’ 54 years ago, a season ending with college football’s highest individual honor.Before the game, Fournette looked up Little and Brown. Little praised Fournette’s dissection of the SU defense and that he’d pray for Fournette’s success. The LSU standout used the word “legend” to describe Little, a classification for himself that he’s starting to set the foundation for.“Syracuse started Running Back U,” Fournette said after the game. “It’s a great tradition here.” Commentslast_img read more

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Former USC head coach Steve Sarkisian hired by Atlanta Falcons

first_imgJust days after losing Super Bowl LI, the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons hired former Trojan head coach Steve Sarkisian to take over duties as offensive coordinator. The move comes after the Falcons’ former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan accepted a head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers on Monday afternoon.After spending five years at USC as quarterbacks coach, offensive coordinator and assistant head coach, Sarkisian got his first opportunity as a head coach at Washington in 2009. After Lane Kiffin, the current head coach of Florida Atlantic, was fired on the airport tarmac, Sarkisian left Washington to lead USC in 2013.Sarkisian’s tenure at USC was one marked by controversy. A promising head coaching career was nearly derailed when Sarkisian showed up intoxicated to several functions.After being fired in the middle of the 2015 season, Sarkisian had a stint as a television analyst to stay involved in the game, and he got another opportunity when he joined another former USC head coach in Kiffin at perennial powerhouse Alabama, taking a job as an offensive consultant. Sarkisian was then thrust into the role of offensive coordinator in the 2017 National Championship when Kiffin was dismissed a week before the season’s end.Sarkisian will now go from the NCAA’s runner-up to the NFL’s. He steps into a seemingly ideal scenario for a promotion to the NFL: With MVP Matt Ryan at quarterback and an elite wide receiver in Julio Jones, Sarkisian has a bevy of weapons to work with.Falcons head coach Dan Quinn previously worked under Pete Carroll with the Seattle Seahawks, serving as the defensive coordinator during Seattle’s Super Bowl-winning season, and Quinn now brings in Sarkisian to run the offense while he oversees everything else. Entering his first year in the NFL since he was a quarterbacks coach for the Oakland Raiders in 2004, Sarkisian will look to replicate the success that Shanahan had with the Falcons’ offense this season.last_img read more

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Kane Williamson & 4 other famous sportspersons with no Twitter account

first_imgLast Updated: 30th October, 2019 00:18 IST Kane Williamson & 4 Other Famous Sportspersons With No Twitter Account Twitter: Most prominent sports personalities are active on the social media platform. However, there are five exceptions across the world of cricket & football. WE RECOMMEND WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago New Zealand vs England T20Is: Kane Williamson set to miss series SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV 10 months ago Mitt Romney admits having secret Twitter acc to ‘see what’s going on’ Written By FOLLOW UScenter_img First Published: 30th October, 2019 00:18 IST Many great sportspersons have marked their presence on Twitter to stay connected with their fans worldwide. However, some greats have chosen to stay away from the social media platform. These include cricketing legends like Rahul Dravid, Kane Williamson and Tim Southee, along with football greats like Diego Maradona and David Villa.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah’s Surgery Called Off, Might Return Sooner Than ExpectedRahul DravidDravid is the fourth-highest run scorer in Test cricket, after Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis. In 2004, after completing his century against Bangladesh in Chittagong, he became the first and the only player till date to score a century in all the ten Test-playing countries. As of October 2012, he held the record for the most catches taken by a player (non-wicket-keeper) in Test cricket, with 210. Dravid holds a unique record of never getting out for a golden duck in the 286 Test innings which he has played. He has faced 31258 balls, which is the highest number of balls faced by any player in Test cricket. He has also spent 44152 minutes at the crease, which is the highest time spent on crease by any player in test cricket.Also Read | PM Narendra Modi Has Wonderful Gesture For Australian PM MorrisonKane WilliamsonKane Stuart Williamson is currently the captain of the New Zealand national team. He is known for his calmness and led his team to the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 held in England. At the end of the World Cup, he was awarded the Player of the Tournament award after becoming the highest-scoring batsman as a captain in a single World Cup, making 578 runs in 10 matches. He was named as captain of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by the ICC.Also Read | Azharuddin Supports Sourav Ganguly’s Bid To Conduct Day/Night TestsTim SoutheeTimothy Grant Southee is a New Zealand international cricketer who plays all forms of the game. He is the current vice-captain of the international team. He was the third-highest wicket-taker at the 2011 ICC World Cup (18 wickets at 17.33). He also impressed at the 2015 ICC World Cup, taking 7 wickets in a round robin league match against England.Also Read | Premier League: Arsenal Vs Crystal Palace Live Streaming DetailsDiego MaradonaHe is widely regarded as one of the greatest football players of all time. He was one of the two joint winners of the FIFA Player of the 20th Century award. In his international career with Argentina, he earned 91 caps and scored 34 goals. Maradona played in four FIFA World Cups, including the 1986 World Cup in Mexico where he captained Argentina and led them to victory over West Germany in the final, and won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.David VillaA 2010 World Cup winner, Villa scored three goals at the 2006 World Cup, was the top scorer at Euro 2008 and earned the Silver Boot at the 2010 World Cup. He is the first Spanish player to ever reach 50 international goals and retired from internationals after the 2014 World Cup with 59 in 97 matches, making him Spain’s all-time top goalscorer as well as the country’s top scorer in the World Cup, with nine goals. 10 months ago Europa League: Smalling falls to a comic VAR decision, Twitter reacts 10 months ago Harbhajan Singh’s bowling action imitated by girl, Twitter reacts COMMENT 10 months ago Issues in Ad-Technology overshadow strong Twitter user growth Minaam Ansari last_img read more

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