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Indonesia records $17.5b budget deficit in H1 as govt seeks to bolster spending

first_img“We are planning to accelerate state spending in this year’s second half to manage the COVID-19 pandemic and bolster economic recovery,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told reporters in a press briefing on Monday. “We will use our fiscal tools to minimize the negative impact of the pandemic and reduce the people’s burden to help them recover.”The government is working to accelerate the disbursement of a Rp 695.2 trillion stimulus package to boost the cooling economy and strengthen the healthcare system after criticism from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo as well as from business and health communities for the slow action.While government spending accounts for less than 10 percent of Indonesia’s GDP, it has a multiplier effect on various components of the economy, such as household spending and investment, as social aid can boost purchasing power, while government spending on goods and services helps support demand for businesses, among other factors.According to the Finance Ministry, state spending totaled Rp 1.06 quadrillion in the first half, a 3.3 percent increase compared to the same period last year and equal to 39 percent of this year’s target. Central government spending rose 6 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 668.5 trillion, equal to 33 percent of the year’s target, as social and capital expenditure rose significantly. Indonesia recorded a Rp 257.8 trillion (US$17.5 billion) budget deficit in the first half of the year as the government seeks to bolster stimulus spending to cushion the coronavirus-battered economy.The deficit amounts to 1.57 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), the highest half-yearly deficit recorded since the first half of 2016 but still below the government’s expectation of 6.34 percent this year.Read also: World Bank warns of 2% contraction in Indonesia’s economy this year Meanwhile, state income totaled just Rp 811.2 trillion in the first half of the year, a drop of 9.8 percent, due to falling tax revenue as the pandemic hit numerous sectors of the economy and slumping nontax income due to a drop in commodity prices. State income in the first half accounted for 47.7 percent of the year’s target.Read also: Indonesia’s economy could enter recession in Q3: Sri MulyaniAlmost all sectors of the economy, including manufacturing, trade and construction, paid more in taxes in June than the previous month following the gradual reopening of the economy, the ministry’s data showed, signalling improving economic activity after more than three months of partial lockdown to curb the virus spread.Indonesia surpassed China in its total number of COVID-19 cases on Saturday and logged the highest daily death toll on Sunday as the economy reopens.The government is now working on a plan to provide cash transfers to serve as working capital directly for micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that have yet to receive financing access from banks in a bid to help them survive the pandemic, Sri Mulyani said, adding that Jokowi would announce the plan in the coming weeks.“We are also expanding the social protection stimulus until December to stimulate the demand side, as well as expanding incentives for medical workers until the end of the year,” Sri Mulyani said, stressing that the government aimed to provide assurance amid the pandemic.Read also: Don’t ‘misinterpret new normal’: Govt expects new team to meet health, economic goalsThe government expects the economy to shrink 0.4 percent at worst or grow 1 percent at best, with second quarter growth expected to shrink 3.54 to 5.08 percent, the finance minister added.Bank Indonesia has forecast a U-shaped recovery, instead of the previous V-shaped recovery projection, for the country’s economy as the coronavirus pandemic took a greater toll than previously expected. The central bank expects GDP to deeply contract by between 4 and 4.8 percent in the second quarter.”The work now begins for the government to spend the stimulus to bolster the economy,” Center of Reform on Economics (Core) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. “The national economic recovery program will prevent a deeper economic contraction if the government moves fast enough.”Topics :last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua to defend heavyweight titles in London on June 20

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Fascinating Facts About Coffee7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’ The British boxer posted a picture of himself wearing his belts on his Twitter feed with the words “June 20th”.Joshua regained the WBA, IBF and WBO titles with a unanimous points win over Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia in December.That victory saw the Briton avenge the first defeat of his professional career, in New York last June.Joshua is set to face Bulgaria’s Pulev at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in north London.Britain’s Joshua to defend heavyweight titles in London on June 20Read Also: Boxing: Wilder to face Fury for another rematch in JulyPulev, who is the mandatory challenger for Joshua’s IBF title, pulled out of a scheduled meeting with the Briton in 2017 due to injury.A much-anticipated all-British “superfight” between Joshua and Tyson Fury suffered a setback when American Deontay Wilder said he would trigger a clause in his contract for a third meeting with the new WBC champion.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Nigerian-born Anthony Joshua confirmed Monday, March 2,  that he will defend his world heavyweight titles against Kubrat Pulev in London on June 20.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Giro field wide open

first_img Press Association “I don’t think I can win it,” he said. His cousin Dan Martin, who will lead the Garmin-Sharp squad alongside 2012 winner Ryder Hesjedal, has made no secret of his ambitions. “It’s all about this race. I am not thinking beyond June 1. I am here to lead the team. Whether that means stages or GC, we don’t know yet,” Martin said. “It’s been the goal for my season to do this Giro. We’re here to do the best possible result.” For Martin to realise those goals, however, he may need a change of luck. A knee injury hampered him through the Classics, forcing him to pull out of the Amstel Gold Race. He shook that off to lead the prestigious Liege-Bastogne-Liege into the final corner at the end of April, only to have his title defence ended by a crash for which the cause remains disputed. Still, Martin begins this race as a genuine contender, albeit one ranked slightly below the likes of last year’s Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana (Movistar), BMC’s Cadel Evans and Katusha’s Joaquim Rodriguez, who claimed Wednesday’s press conference for the Giro favourites was not big enough. “The table is too small for all the favourites here,” he said. “I don’t see it as a fight between just two riders. With this demanding course, I think it’s going to be a wide-open Giro – entertaining, and one at a very high level.” Those issues will have to wait until next week, when the race will head back to Italy and the roads will gradually start to ramp upwards. The terrain for these first few days is altogether flatter. The season’s first Grand Tour begins with a team time-trial around Belfast’s city centre, starting in the shadow of the Titanic centre, heading past the array of murals on the road to Stormont and then doubling back towards the city centre. On Saturday, the riders will head out of town through Antrim and Ballymena towards Giants Causeway before heading back to town along the picturesque coast road with an anticipated sprint to the finish once they arrive back in Belfast. There is no Mark Cavendish on the starting list, with last year’s Giro points winner instead at the Tour of California, which leaves his Tour de France nemesis Marcel Kittel as the man to beat on the flat. Team Sky, with no GC contender after the withdrawals of Richie Porte and Peter Kennaugh following illnesses while Chris Froome and Sir Bradley Wiggins keep their powder dry for the summer, will be hoping the likes of Ben Swift and Edvald Boasson Hagen can muscle in on the action too. Sky boast the third Irishman on the starting line, but Philip Deignan is a climber who will be waiting for the challenges ahead in the Alps. He will not be alone, with the wet roads likely to leave a lot of riders nervous as they simply hope to survive the initial tests. “The keys to the route?” Quintana said. “In Ireland, there’s already one to worry about, and that’s not to lose the Giro here. Then we can try and open up the gaps in the high mountain stages when the race gets back to Italy.” Little of this 21-stage, 3,450-kilometres race will be decided in the first three days between Belfast and Dublin but, with no obvious favourite in the pack, everyone will be looking for some kind of sign as to who has the form. Of the three Irishmen to take the start, two can consider themselves contenders, even if Tinkoff-Saxo rider Nicholas Roche – the son of 1987 Giro winner Stephen – seems reluctant to put himself in that bracket, insisting his only target is a top-10 finish. Grey skies over Belfast were doing their best to dim the bright pink of the Giro d’Italia’s Grande Partenza, but a wide-open field promises to light up the roads when the race gets under way on Friday evening.last_img read more

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Gov. DeSantis to Deliver State of the State as 2020 Session Opens Today

first_imgThe Florida legislative session officially begins today and Governor Ron DeSantis will deliver his State of the State address at 11 am. Watch it here on The Florida Channel.Some of the issues the governor may highlight in his speech and the legislature will address this year are:Teacher payGov. DeSantis allocates $900 million to recruit and retain classroom teachers in his budget blueprint, including raising the minimum starting salary to $47,500 teachers. He also wants to reform the teacher bonus programs.Mental HealthThe Marjory Douglas High School Public Safety Commission in October urged the state spend more funding on the mental health system, and also called for an overhaul of the system, saying better coordination was needed among law enforcement, educators and health care providers. Florida ranks near the bottom among states in per capita spending on mental health. The commission said the money only helps with short-term fixes, instead of long-term solutions.Affordable HousingWith many of Florida’s metro areas struggling to provide affordable housing, lawmakers are calling for more funding and protections for the trust funds that are supposed to be available for this issue. The issue is particularly acute in the Orlando area, rated among the worst for affordable housing in the country, and exacerbated by a low average wage.GunsThe number of bills to expand or rein in gun rights number in the dozens, and most of them fail to pass every year.Florida senators are looking at proposals to expand the red flag law imposed after the 2018 shooting at a high school in Parkland. The rule allows family members to request a relative’s guns be removed by law enforcement if a person is considered dangerous.E-VerifyOnce again, Gov. DeSantis is calling on the state legislature to impose E-Verify, a system that requires employers to check whether a prospective employee is eligible to work in the United States.last_img read more

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GOtv Boxing Night 19: Boxers in War Mood

first_imgIn separate interviews, the boxers boasted that they will see off their respective opponents with ease.Babatunde, who takes part in the event’s headline bout, said he will crush his opponent, Eden Biki of Ghana, in their international welterweight challenge bout.“I’m sure of victory and ready to make Nigeria proud. No Ghanaian will defeat me whether or not I’m fighting at home. Nigeria has always been bigger than Ghana and it will remain so,” he said.Joe Boy, who is due to fight Tope “Berinja” in a national lightweight challenge bout, vowed to make light work of his opponent, whom he described as “baby boxer”.“Berinja is a baby in this sport. I am not losing any sleep over our fight. He will regret agreeing to get into the ring with me. He will not last beyond the third round,” bragged Joe Boy.Hammed “Ese Hammed” Ganiyu, who is billed to face West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion, Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu, is convinced that his opponent will taste defeat for the first time in his career. Both face each other in national lightweight challenge bout.“My fans have nothing to fear because I’m ready to explode and put Rilwan in his rightful place-on the canvas and turn him into the ‘Fake One,” said Ganiyu.Skoro, the former ABU featherweight champion, who faces a daunting task against the all-action Agbaje, said he is unimpressed, let alone daunted, by the profile of his opponent, winner of the best boxer award at GOtv Boxing Night 16. The former champion said he plans to use the fight with Agbaje as a warm-up for his next fight.“Esepo has been found a tough opponent by low quality boxers. I’m of the highest class and will show him exactly why,” ranted Skoro.Agbaje, however, laughed off Skoro’s boast, branding the former ABU champion as over-the-hill.“I don’t know how good he was, but I know that he is finished and his time is gone. In two rounds, he’d be gasping. I will then finish him off in the third or fourth round. He’s finished,” said Agbaje.Other fights on the card include a national featherweight challenge bout between Kazeem “The Light” Oliwo and Tope “TP Rock” Musa.Two female bouts are also scheduled for the event, with Rodiat Ibrahim challenging Rodiat Yusuf, and Adedeji Abiodun going up against Cynthia Ogunsemilore.The best boxer at the event will go home with a cash prize of N1 million alongside the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.GOtv Boxing Night 19 will be beamed live on Africa’s biggest sport channel, SuperSport, in 47 African countries.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Boxers billed to fight at GOtv Boxing Night 19 on Sunday have worked themselves into a war mood, as they conclude their training for the event, which holds at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium.The nine-bout show will have in action some of the biggest names on the domestic boxing scene and two all-female bouts.Among boxers scheduled to fight are Rilwan “Baby Face” Babatunde, West African Boxing Union (WABU) lightweight champion; African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph; former ABU featherweight champion, Waidi “Skoro” Usman; and Taiwo “Esepo” Agbaje, a rising featherweight star.last_img read more

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Kempney comes up clutch against No. 11 Loyola in Syracuse’s senior day win

first_imgKailah Kempney prepared herself for the biggest draw of the game as the first overtime period came to a close with Syracuse holding a one-goal lead. She stepped into the circle, locked sticks with Loyola’s Taryn VanThof and waited for the whistle.After a couple agonizing seconds, she launched the ball into the air. Then, as it slowly fell back to earth, she calmly took possession, cradling the ball into her stick.And just like that, she had put the Orange in position to close out another tight game.Only six days after Maryland shut her out in the finals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Kempney responded by winning seven draws to help No. 2 Syracuse (18-2, 6-1 ACC) escape with a thrilling 14-12 overtime victory against No. 11 Loyola (15-5, 8-0 Patriot) on Senior Day in the Carrier Dome. That total marked her best performance since winning the same amount on April 15 against Cornell.When the Orange needed her most, she helped her team come away with three critical possessions during the two extra frames.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s in overtime, so draws are so critical and our whole team is waiting so that they can put the ball in the back of the net,” Kempney said. “It’s critical in those final minutes, and you really have to focus.“It’s the most important part of the game.”Both Kempney and senior Kirkland Locey began the game on fire, as the two combined to help SU win the first 10 draws of the game. It was the exact opposite of this past Sunday, when Maryland’s Taylor Cummings stymied the two of them all afternoon. But early on, Kempney could tell the draw style of VanThof was one the Orange could exploit. She did, repeatedly plucking the ball from the air off her own backward lobs.“They used different hand stuff, height wise,” Kempney said. “Having a different girl to go against definitely helped our confidence a little bit.”Syracuse built a 7-5 halftime lead off the fast start, but VanThof rallied Loyola in the second frame. The Greyhounds came away with nine of 13 draws and took advantage of a sloppy SU attack to send the game to overtime.Loyola head coach Jen Adams credited her draw specialist for giving Kempney a fight as the game went on.“It was a bit of a shock for (VanThof),” said Adams in regard to the slow start. “I just think she couldn’t find a rhythm early in the game. The fact that we went back to her out of a timeout gave her some confidence.”But Kempney had yet to deliver the biggest blows of the game.After SU took the lead in overtime, Kempney shoveled the ensuing draw to teammate Kayla Treanor, allowing the Orange to drain the rest of the first three-minute block.Then, following her key win to start the second, the junior helped seal the victory. As the final draw of the game with 1:52 remaining pinballed around the turf, she knocked the ball from Loyola’s Morgan Holleran and picked it up herself.Moments later, Kempney ran out with the rest of the Orange for a victory hug near the 30-yard line.“We had a bit of a lull in there where it wasn’t necessarily the draw people, but we weren’t getting that loose ball or 50-50,” Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. “Second half on, when we needed some we got some, and that was key.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 3, 2014 at 6:29 pmlast_img read more

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Student groups move programming online

first_imgFor organizations like Marshall Student Ambassadors, spring is typically the busiest season because of campus visits from admitted students. MSA, which works with the Marshall School of Business Admissions to provide support to prospective students, had planned to participate in seven admissions events this semester, but the last three moved to a virtual format after the University canceled in-person events. Recruiting schedules for organizations such as the Spirit of Troy, Song Girls and Trojan Dance Crew have also been impacted by the online transition. Dates for recruitment are currently unknown with the Song girls and Spirit of Troy but the Trojan Dance Crew have announced virtual auditions to start April 27. While practicing social distancing, the Song Girls have maintained a virtual practice schedule, and the band continues to practice its classic football anthems.  “Luckily, we finished up with our big project this semester, and now we’re in this phase where we’re starting to look for pitches for new projects that we’ll be working on throughout the summer and next year,” Swoap said. The Trojan Marching Band recruitment and the fall marching season remains uncertain until further notice from administration, said Brett Padelford, the band’s public relations director.  Funding is another issue organizations face as the University combats financial uncertainty. Nathaniel Hyman, co-executive director of the Environmental Student Assembly, said the organization had planned to host a sustainability forum April 30 before it was canceled. He said he was concerned about how USC’s loss of revenue during the coronavirus pandemic would affect the assembly’s funding. Many organizations have chosen to finish up their last few spring projects and start planning for the fall semester. For RISE, this means reaching out to potential new business contacts to partner with, while Artemis is in the beginning of their application process for new artists to present in the coming semester.  “Most [RISE members] are still pretty excited about their engagement,” said Mollo, a junior majoring in economics. “The ones we did have to cancel, the people were reassigned to move things around so they can actually participate this semester.”  “One silver lining is that with Zoom, we don’t need to worry about programming issues like classroom space,” said Unruh Associates President Tommy Nguyen, a sophomore majoring in history and international relations. “We can bring in political figures and professionals like Congressman Katie Porter — we’re hoping to bring her on to the [Unruh Associates] because she’s the one that guaranteed free COVID-19 testing.”  “We’re just kind of having to double our online efforts just to make sure that admitted students still feel like we’re invested in them even though we can’t have that face-to-face connection,” said MSA social media director Emily Strauss, a sophomore majoring in business administration. Left with additional funds and no events to spend them on, some organizations, like the Queer and Ally Student Assembly, plan to put the money back into the USC community. QuASA executive director Steven Vargas also said the group’s programming events have been canceled, but QuASA is looking to contribute its resources to the mutual aid fund, an initiative announced by Undergraduate Student Government President Trenton Stone during his State of USG address. The student government will provide a $70,000 grant for the USC Student Basic Needs Fund, which assists students experiencing housing or food insecurity resulting from circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic. While many organizations have opted to delay events, some chose to move them to a virtual format similar to the way classes are held. The LGBT Resource Center has also moved to provide virtual programming including a digital Queer and Trans People of Color Lounge and QuaTRO, the group’s new remote book club. Other cultural centers, including La CASA, have also moved event and activity offerings online.  “We’re trying as much as possible to keep meeting as frequently as we would be if we were still back at USC,” said Abigail Swoap, co-president of Artemis. “We’ve organized a weekly Zoom meeting where we use our USC Zoom accounts to just meet online like we would normally.” The transition from in-person to virtual meetings presents challenges for some organizations, which have cited issues such as time zone differences, poor internet connection and a lack of motivation to continue club activities in the absence of face-to-face interaction. center_img Campus organizations such as the LGBT Resource Center and LA CASA have moved their usual in-person programs remotely. Other groups such as the Spirit of Troy and the USC Song Girls have experienced changes with recruitment and their practice schedules which have also moved online. (Sara Heymann | Daily Trojan) Artemis, a multimedia production organization that allows students to explore and create intersectional feminism art, moved its meetings online when the University made classes virtual. When Zach Mollo, the vice president of engagements of the Rebel, Innovators, Startups and Entrepreneurs consulting club, heard that USC was sending its students home for the semester, the first thing he did was contact the club’s clients to assure them that operations would still continue throughout the semester using online platforms like Zoom and FaceTime. As classes moved online, clubs have had to modify their event schedules. The Asian Pacific American Student Assembly postponed or canceled its sponsored events. The assembly was planning to hold an L.A. Live “Mulan” film screening and a heritage festival this semester along with culture nights from member organizations such as the Vietnamese Student Association and the Nikkei Student Union, APASA external community chair Justin Kawaguchi said.  “A lot of different programming initiatives and events have been planned for the semester [for] the month of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival,” said Kawaguchi, a junior majoring in global health. “Because of the movement to go online, all of that has been canceled.”  “That email that came out yesterday about the University being in financial dire straits is going to likely impact our capital projects,” Hyman said. “I do not know how that’s going to impact our investment into making University more sustainable.”  Throughout the year, Unruh Associates, an organization focused on civic engagement and bipartisan civil discussion, has transitioned to holding speaker events remotely. The organization has sponsored political discussions on the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates’ campaigns, student forums and debates on current social issues among other events, which the organization has shifted online.  As the coronavirus pandemic continues in California and the United States, USC has taken action to mitigate risks, including requesting that students in University-owned housing return home if they are able, while city and state governments have imposed limits on gatherings of 10 or more people. As a result, the various programs, special events, conferences and campus activities organized by USC’s student organizations have been either canceled or moved online.  “Our main thing is that we program events that kind of like put us out for the rest of the semester,” Vargas said. “So what we decided to pivot toward was just providing resources and kind of preparing for next year instead.” “I think it’s definitely a tough time, and everyone is really worried about just each other, you know, health and safety primarily,” Strauss said. “It seems like everybody has a pretty good attitude about it. You know, everybody understands that it’s kind of a situation that’s out of anyone’s control.” Maria Eberhart, Ana Mata and Kacie Yamamoto contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Only time will tell if the Rams are for real

first_imgAngel Viscarra | Daily TrojanIt’s hard to fathom, but we now find ourselves at the conclusion of Week 10 of the NFL regular season. The first 10 Sundays have confirmed several preseason hunches, and some clubs have shown up to the party as pleasant surprises. It may have been a bumpy start, but the New England Patriots (7-2) are looking like the juggernaut everyone projected them to be at the season’s start. The Cleveland Browns, well, they’ve looked like the Cleveland Browns at 0-9 on the season. The Philadelphia Eagles, led by second-year quarterback Carson Wentz, have jumped out as the top team in the NFC with the best record in the NFL to this point (8-1). A team like the Jacksonville Jaguars, powered by rookie running back sensation Leonard Fournette, is sitting at 6-3 after a 3-13 campaign in 2016. But one of the league’s biggest surprises this season has emerged from the NFC West: the 7-2, division-leading Los Angeles Rams. After finishing 2016 at 4-12 overall, losing 10 of its final 11 games, Los Angeles now finds itself with a one-game lead on Seattle (6-3) in the NFC West. If the regular season ended today, the Rams would hold the No. 4 seed in the NFC playoffs. After the Rams lost a close divisional contest to Seattle last month, I wrote that if Los Angeles played its cards right, it could be a fringe playoff team come season’s end. Oh, how things have escalated. The football world no longer is asking, “Will the Rams steal a playoff spot?” It is now asking the biggest of questions: “Could this Rams team win the Super Bowl?” Entering the season, the Rams had the 18th-best chance of winning the Super Bowl (150 to 1 odds). After the Rams’ 33-7 victory over Houston on Sunday, Los Angeles now holds the fourth-highest chance of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy (11 to 1), according to Bovada. Defensive end Aaron Donald has been a key cog for the Rams so far with five sacks, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. Photo from Wikimedia Commons,The Rams’ 7-2 start has been sparked by arguably the most-balanced offense-defense combo in the NFL. The Rams’ offense, with a blooming young quarterback in Jared Goff (16 passing touchdowns this season), leads the NFL in scoring with 32.9 points per game. On the defensive side, the Rams have allowed the fourth-fewest points in all of football (18 points per game). Up to this point in the season, it seems that 31-year-old head coach Sean McVay has pushed all the right buttons. McVay, who was the youngest head coaching hire in NFL history this past offseason, has resurrected a franchise that seemed to be going nowhere. But what awaits this Rams team is a gantlet of a final stretch to conclude the regular season. In the next seven weeks of play, McVay’s Rams’ hot start will either go up in smoke, or Los Angeles will solidify itself as the strong playoff contender Las Vegas projects it to be. It should be noted that the Rams will conclude regular season play with what currently appears to be a pushover of a Week 17 contest with the San Francisco 49ers (1-9). However, the Rams’ next six opponents have a combined win-loss record of 38-15 so far this season. Los Angeles will square off with a pair of 7-2 teams in the next two weeks. The Rams will go on the road to play the NFC North-leading Minnesota Vikings in Week 11, and in Week 12, they host the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints (currently 7-2). Add to that a crucial divisional road game against the Seahawks in Week 15, and it’s apparent that the Rams will undergo a baptism by fire in the coming weeks as they take on some of the hottest teams in the league. But should the Rams escape from November and go through December with a winning record, there is certainly a playoff spot waiting for them on the other side of the trial. If Los Angeles can scrap up some statement wins over the final seven weeks of the season, it would solidify itself as a scary matchup for anyone come playoff time. Winning seven of nine games to open the season put the Rams on the radars of relevance across the NFL. A strong finish through the gantlet of teams that await could certainly warrant them a credible position on the NFL’s Super Bowl radar. Angel Viscarra is a junior studying broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “Viscarra’s Vice,” runs Tuesdays.last_img read more

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Ryan says Tipp can’t get distracted by big day

first_imgThe Premier County face Kilkenny in the senior decider hoping to get their hands on the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time in six years.Manager Michael Ryan says his players can’t afford to get distracted by the drama of the day.Kilkenny’s recent record against Tipperary is, to say the least, impressive. However, the Cats’ boss Brian Cody doesn’t believes those past encounters will have any bearing on the outcome of today’s match.Tipp FM will have live commentary on the match this afternoon.  Our build-up to the game – which gets underway at 3.30 – begins at 3 o’clock. Coverage will be brought to you in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.last_img read more

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Para-Powerlifting: Peak Congratulates The Unstoppables

first_imgPeak Milk, the number one diary brand in Nigeria and major sponsor of the Nigerian para-powerlifting team – The Unstoppables, has congratulated the team for clinching all the 20 gold medals at stake at the 2019 Lagos International Para-powerlifting Competition which ended on Wednesday night.Nigeria topped the medals table at the end of the competition, with 20 gold, 15 silver and 7 bronze medals.According to Chris Wulff-Caesar, Marketing Director, Friesland Campina Wamco Nigeria plc, producers of Peak milk: “We are very delighted that the Unstoppables were able to clinch all the gold medals. “It is not just a matter of Corporate Social Responsibility but the brand purpose of Peak milk, is to enable all Nigerians reach their peak everyday. To achieve this goal, the Peak brand provides quality nourishment for stronger bodies and sharper minds,” stressed the Peak official.Wulff-Caesar said: “Peak recognizes a remarkable set of people who achieved ground breaking success against all odds, that’s why we call them ‘The Unstoppables’. Our decision to partner the team is in line with the brand’s promise to enable and empower its teeming consumers to reach their Peak, regardless of any limitations.“The Unstoppables have always demonstrated their determination to make the country and the continent proud in all competitions”.The World Para-powerlifting Competition, the first of its kind in Nigeria, featured six visiting African countries with 15 International Para-powerlifting Committee (IPC) officials from 10 countries.It would be recalled that Peak milk, in 2016, launched ‘The Unstoppables’ campaign to recognize the world acclaimed accomplishments of Nigeria’s special sports athletes who have done the country proud in several continental and global meets such as the All Africa Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Peak of it all – the Olympics.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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