Online university courses to become ‘next normal’ for students, Jokowi says

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has touted online courses as the default mode of learning for many university students as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has shown no signs of abating anytime soon.Speaking to a number of university rectors during a virtual Indonesian Rectors Forum conference on Saturday, Jokowi said that online lectures were but one of several ways the country’s academic community had adapted to the current health crisis, calling them part of “the next normal”.“Online courses, which had previously been slowly implemented, have now picked up steam. Online lectures have become a new normal – even the next normal,” he remarked during his opening address. “I believe that more innovative and productive norms will continue to emerge [amid the pandemic].”Read also: Home learning hindered by technology gap, Nadiem acknowledgesTo that end, Jokowi called on the rectors forum to bridge aspirations between members of academia and to facilitate practical applications of academic knowledge to real-world industries so that students could become well-equipped to contribute to national development.He also urged universities to serve as an environment where nationalism, diversity and tolerance could thrive as they were vital to the country’s democracy.“Ladies and gentlemen, you are the ‘parents’ [of your students] who are responsible for their future, as well as Indonesia’s future,” Jokowi said.However, the adoption of technology remains a challenge for the Indonesian education system.A 2019 report issued by global mobile communications industry body GSMA demonstrated a wide digital gap between people living in urban and rural areas. About 45 percent of Indonesians live in rural areas.Topics :last_img read more

US, Indonesia sign deal to cooperate on infrastructure financing

first_imgRead also: Indonesia must derisk its infrastructure projects to attract foreign investors amid crisis: Infrastructure Asia“Infrastructure development is critical to economic growth and long-term recovery from the effects of COVID-19. This framework supports economic growth and our shared goals to meet infrastructure needs,” said Mnuchin in a statement released by the US Embassy in Jakarta on Friday.The working group under the agreement will hold its first meeting virtually on Sept. 22 and 23.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has made the development of basic infrastructure like roads, airports, seaports and telecommunication one of his top priorities since 2014. The 2021 state budget allocates Rp 414 trillion (US$28.5 billion) for infrastructure development, marking a 47 percent increase from the 2020 budget. (aly)Topics : The United States Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin and Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati have signed an agreement to bolster cooperation between the two countries on infrastructure development.The Cooperation Framework to Strengthen Infrastructure Finance and Market Building, signed by the ministers remotely on Friday, is designed to support infrastructure development through market-oriented, private-sector investment.Under the new framework, both countries will address regulatory barriers as well as market and legal barriers to private-sector investment by focusing on the development of financial instruments, project finance, the local debt market and capital markets.last_img read more

Two Sovereign stunners going under the hammer this weekend

first_img13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands.TWO spectacular Gold Coast mansions on the same street will go under the hammer this weekend.Both houses on the Sovereign Islands are among the standout properties being offered to the market.13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands is going under the hammer at 2.30pm.CoreLogic data revealed 47 homes went to auction on the Gold Coast last weekend with a clearance rate of 54.6 per cent, 14.1 per cent higher than the Sunshine Coast.Auctioneer Colin Banks said there was a new interest in the Sovereign Islands.“The Soveriegn Islands has always been a sought after place but with new builds in the area interest is picking up again,” he said.“Christmas was a very slow season for auctions, and January was a blitz so now the market is gradually picking up again very slowly.”Want to see more dream homes?  Here are a few we found earlier. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:45Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenSummer Dream Home: Currumbin01:45 Related videos 01:45Summer Dream Home: Currumbin01:34Paradise for sale…01:16Dream home: Broadbeach Waters01:33Dream Home: New Farm01:36Dream Home: Brookfield01:00Mermaid BeachMr Banks said a Clear Island Waters property he was set to auction tomorrow had already sold.“There is usually a 30 per cent chance of this happening on the Gold Coast but only for lower end homes.“The home I was going to call at Clear Island Waters was well in the $2 million price range.”Meanwhile, Ray White agent Edin Kara is taking 13 Royal Albert Cres to auction at 2.30pm13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands is going under the hammer at 2.30pmMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoStone feature walls a floating wooden staircase, curved walls and chandeliers are just some of the features in the five-bedroom house.13 Royal Albert Cres, Sovereign Islands.Mr Kara said the home has views down the canal and a nature strip at the front for a sense of privacy.“It is located in one of the best streets the Sovereign Islands has to offer,” he said.Further up the street, perched between the newest homes on Sovereign Islands, is a five bedroom, five bathroom house at 76 Royal Albert Cres.With a 20m waterfront the contemporary home has striking tropical gardens.Professionals Vertullo Real Estate agent Chris Moyer said the house featured imported clay roof tiles from Italy, designed to give a rustic style.At Helensvale, 8 Edgewater place is being taken offered to the market at 2pm8 Edgewater Place HelensvaleDescribed by the owner Josephine Sverdioff as a home with royal history, the six-bedroom house is poised on a 804sq m block.“The story in the street is that 8 Edgewater was one of three homes owned by a Malaysian prince,” Mrs Sverdioff said.“The prince apparently stayed in house number 10 on holidays and the two houses either side of the mansion were for his staff, which were number 8 and number 14.”8 Edgewater Place Helensvalelast_img read more

China’s National Social Security Fund shifts towards external managers

first_imgThe proportion of the fund managed by external mangers rose to 46% last year from 41% in 2012.About one-third of the return came from its investments in equities.Approximately CNY109bn, or 10% of the fund’s assets, originated from a mandate from the Guangdong provincial government.The report said about CNY49bn was invested in short-term debt.The NSSF provided no further details on its asset allocation.The assets of the funds are sourced mainly from the central government’s budget, state-owned enterprise share sales and the state lottery.The NSSF is a strategic reserve fund set up by the Chinese government in 2000 to help cope with the country’s ageing population. China’s National Social Security Fund (NSSF), which manages the country’s biggest pension fund, recorded a 6.2% return on investment in 2013, with an increased proportion of the fund being managed by external managers, according to its annual report released earlier this week.The $200bn (€146bn) fund earned CNY68.6bn (€8.1bn) from its investments in 2013.The rate of return was lower than the 7% recorded in 2012 but higher than the 2.6% inflation rate during the period, according to the report.The fund’s average return since its inception is about 8.13%.last_img read more

Norwich put quality before quantity

first_img Press Association Norwich will target a handful of quality additions rather than carry out a major overhaul of their promotion-winning side, chief executive David McNally has said. “The squad is strong, but we need to support the strong players in a way that ensures anyone who joins improves the group. We are going to be very careful that happens,” McNally said in an interview with the Eastern Daily Press. “We will see what the summer brings, but I think we would be happier if it was five, six or seven players joining than 10, 11, 12 to give us more chance to ensure they can fit in.” McNally added: “We have greater knowledge in the domestic market than we have the international markets, but if we were bringing in six or seven the chance is the majority will be British-based players, although in the Premier League you also have to be aware of the international scene and look to Europe for one or two.” Norwich have yet to decide on the future of record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, who spent last season on loan at French club St Etienne, scoring half-a-dozen times in Ligue 1. The 26-year-old Dutch forward joined the Canaries from Sporting Lisbon for £8.5million in July 2013, but managed only one goal before suffering an injury setback and had a limited impact as Chris Hughton’s side fought an unsuccessful battle against relegation. center_img The Canaries secured an instant return to the Barclays Premier League when Alex Neil’s side beat Middlesbrough 2-0 to win the Sky Bet Championship play-off final at Wembley, and with it the prospect of over £130million in new income. Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans has already seen his loan move made permanent, and McNally expects more additions to follow, but not in great numbers, with Youssouf Mulumbu, released by West Brom, one reported potential target. last_img read more

Stage set for Motocross battle of Champions in Linden today

first_imgTHE stage is set for today’s edition of the Motocross Battle of Champions set for Mackenzie, Linden.Speaking to the media yesterday, organiser of the events, Maureen Muss, said, “The track is up and ready as we speak. We are a bit low on sponsorship but we are pressing on.”“We are not giving up. We are looking forward to a good day. We checked the weather forecast and it is promised by nature that we will have a good day,” she added.According to Muss, eight races are carded for today with three Pro Races, three Novices races and one race each for Rookies and Open.Riders are expected from the East Coast of Demerara, Georgetown, Bartica and host area Linden.The event is sponsored by the Ministry of Business Department of Tourism, Banks DIH, R&R Modern Meat Centre, Broad Money Spare Parts, Farren Links Auto Spares and Accessories, Tropical Reflections, Trophy Stall and People’s Choice Pharmacy.“We would like to thank Region 10 Regional Democratic Council, NICIL for the venue, Town Clerk and Linden Mayor and Town Council, Guyana Police Force and the Linden Hospital Complex,” Muss said.Admission to the family-oriented event is $1 000 and it begins at 10:00hrs.last_img read more

Solvay girls bowlers battle for sectional honors

first_imgAn unprecedented season of success for both of the Solvay bowling teams would cap off with their efforts in Section III tournaments over the course of two long Sundays.The girls Bearcats would go first, battilng for sectional honors Sunday at Liverpool’s Flamingo Bowl, where it would finish fourth in Division II and fifth among Class B squads.In the morning session, Solvay had team scores of 729, 672 and 685. After a 693 in the fourth game, the Bearcats had its best showing with a fourth-game 814 before finishing with a 710 for a total pinfall of 4,303. Cailtin McCann was the top Solvay individual with an 891 series and high game of 184. Abigail Lee was close behind, her 172 part of an 884 series as Elien Kiyyasia had 783 over five games and Rylie Dwyer had a five-game total of 727.As the Solvay boys await to go to its sectional tournament this Sunday at Utica’s Pin-O-Rama, it could look back on finishing runner-up to Homer in the Onondaga High School League standings.The Bearcats went to 10-2 by sweeping Weedsport 7-0 last Tuesday at Strike-N-Spare Lanes, with Ethan Bigelow earning games of 207 and 195 at the end of his 538 set. Tags: bowlingSolvayWest Geneseecenter_img Russ Tarbell shot a 190 to close a 509 series, while Ed Matysuk finished with 177 and 188 in his 492 series. Alex Gallardo had a 473 series and Carter Lee’s 173 game was part of a 440 set.Solvay’s girls beat Weedsport 7-0 last Tuesday to also improve to 10-2 overall, second in the OHSL behind Christian Brothers Academy’s 11-1 mark.Anastasia LaFlair only bowled two games, but that included a 195 and 154. McCann closed with a 169, while Elien had a 147 game and Michalena Raymond a 131 game.West Genesee honored its senior bowlers prior to last Tuesday’s match against Cicero-North Syracuse at Solvay Recreation Alleys.In the boys match, which the Wildcats dropped 3-0 to the Northstars, Connor Mathewson had a final game of 202 in his 524 series, ahead of the 485 set from Richard Wituszynski.Jack Patch had a season-best 170 games, Deano Procopio shot a 168 games and Matt Halko had a 161 game. For the Northstars, J.J. O’Connell led with a three-game total of 572.On the girls side, WG lost 3-0 to C-NS, with Rebecca Wituszynski shooting a 427 series and high game of 166. Lorelai Leskoske had a 411 set and Gabbie Gardner a 384 series as Jessaia McGriff (475 series) and Kathryn Artz (472 series) set the pace for the Northstars.WG’s bowlers met Syracuse on Thursday and won a 3-0 boys match, led by Wituszynski, who got a 243 game to close out a 587 series as Bobby Bidwell earned games of 174 and 181.The girls Wildcats lost 2-1 to Syracuse, though Gardner had a 419 series with a 162 opening game and Leskoske closed with a 163 in her 416 set.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story last_img read more

Grassroot group wants to change to 8th District

first_imgConcerned South Los Angeles community members hoping to effect noticeable change in the 8th Council District’s economy, education and public safety have organized a group to bring their needs to the forefront in anticipation of Tuesday’s City of Los Angeles municipal elections.Movement · Two members of the Eighth District Grassroots Rising spoke in January at the People’s Convention about community issues. – Murugappan Aroonachalam | Daily Trojan Eighth District Grassroots Rising is an organization of members within the 8th Council District, which includes the USC area, that hopes to improve conditions in the area. EDGR was formed by leaders of the MA’AT Club for Community Change, another local grassroots organization in South Los Angeles.The organization consists of leaders from local block clubs, neighborhood councils, social non-profits and other grassroots groups working together with area residents and businesses to demand a change in local government and district officials.Greg Akili, a field director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and an activist with EDGR, has lived in neighborhoods around South Los Angeles for 35 years and has seen the area undergo several changes. He said the issues of most concern include improving public safety, setting up a stronger public education system and providing effective health care to local residents.Kokayi Kwa Jitahidi, the founder of the MA’AT Club and an activist in EDGR, agreed the struggle for jobs is one of the most pressing matters facing the district. He added that USC, as one of the area’s largest private employee, can assist by stressing local hiring initiatives in its upcoming projects.The Rev. William Smart, another member of EDGR who lives in South Los Angeles and works for the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, stressed the importance of grassroots organizations in accomplishing their goals. In a situation where elected officials are not accomplishing what the people of 8th District want, he said, the people must speak out.“Stop giving them a pass,” Smart said. “We need to make our demands clear and hold our leaders accountable.”With incumbent City Councilman Bernard Parks up for re-election in this year, the members of EDGR see the coming days as a perfect opportunity to spread the word about their desire for change in the community.To bring about the changes they believe are necessary for the 8th District, members of EDGR have been organizing local meetings of constituents and contacting their elected representatives.Akili said the area needs elected officials who will respond to constituents’ needs and work together with local residents to improve the communities of South Los Angeles in terms of both their economies and overall community development.“Planning decisions used to be imposed on residents and constituents, and we were treated as burdens or barriers rather than partners,” said Kevin Fridlington, a local resident of Leimert Park. “Our government has the responsibility to respond to us, the people, and we have the opportunity to make sure that happens with these elections.”Fridlington lived in Manhattan Beach and West Hollywood before moving to Leimert Park, and said communities such as those flourish because of their resident involvement and planning. He believes the communities of South Los Angeles have the potential to do the same if people can rise to the challenge.EDGR first came together in response to what many of its members saw as unfair hardships facing residents and stakeholders in the district, one of the poorest and most underserved in Los Angeles. They have focused on raising awareness about residents’ various concerns, which include the economy, education and neighborhood safety.In January, EDGR hosted a People’s Convention at the Galen Center that brought together leaders of various organizations and concerned residents. At the gathering, the group drafted a “People’s Agenda,” which listed the needs and priorities of the 8th District from the constituents’ point of view, and sent it to community leaders and government officials.“It starts with a set of demands,” Akili said. “The first demand for me would be engagement and action, because this leads to change. We have to hold each other and our elected officials accountable.”Despite the list of difficulties facing the residents of the district, Akili said grassroots organizations like EDGR have the ability to change the status quo for people who have grown accustomed to not having everything they need.“This community has a long and rich history,” Akili said. “We have succeeded, despite the fact that there may be some areas that we’re not always proud of. It’s that success that we have to build on.”last_img read more

Syracuse Olympic sports prep for 2nd ACC season

first_imgWith fall sports upon us, Daily Orange beat writers provided some snapshot insight into what to expect from Syracuse’ non-revenue teams this season, seen below.Men’s soccerLed by head coach Ian McIntyre for the fifth year, Syracuse enters the 2014 season looking to take the leap from conference bottom-feeder to conference contender.The Orange features a young and incredibly skilled roster. Sophomores Emil Ekblom, an All-Atlantic Coast Conference second team and All-ACC freshman team honoree last year, Alex Halis and Chris Nanco were the top three scorers on last season’s 10-7-1 squad. Halis, a highlight-reel playmaker, and Nanco, a midfielder with a knack for the big moment, each started all but one game last year.Classmate Oyvind Alseth started every game last season and finished second on the team in assists, leading McIntyre to call him one of the best right backs in the ACC.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe backbone of the team is junior goalkeeper Alex Bono, one of the top netminders in the country. Bono tied for third in the ACC with eight shutouts last year.SU’s youth is complemented by experience in the midfield and on defense. The midfield features a local product, junior Stefanos Stamoulacatos, who has started 33 of 39 games in his career, along with Nick Perea, who has started 52 of 55. The defense returns three, three-year starters in Jordan Murell, Syklar Thomas and Chris Makowski.Joining the Orange’s experienced core is a group of new players that might see playing time right away. Twenty-one-year-old freshman Julian Buescher is expected to contribute to the offense right away. Redshirt sophomore Liam Callahan, a transfer from Villanova, may join the defensive rotation early on.The Orange will open its regular season against Niagara on Aug. 29 at SU Soccer Stadium at 2 p.m.Volleyball Syracuse will have to replace its entire starting rotation of setters.Going into its second season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Syracuse is looking to improve upon a 16-16 (11-9) season that saw it left out of the NCAA tournament.SU had three setters last season including freshman Erica Handley, who led the team in assists and finished fourth in digs while playing all 122 of the team’s sets. But Handley, a Minnesota native, decided to transfer and play for the University of Minnesota after the season.Handley’s departure leaves the team with only one true setter in Alyssa Anderson, one of the seven incoming additions to the roster. Other additions include right side Stacey Smith, who transferred from the University of Georgia, as well as one of Anderson’s former teammates, middle blocker Leah LeVert.Middle blocker and outside hitter Christina Oyawale joins defensive specialists Belle Sand, Dana Crispi and Anna Connelly to round out the incoming freshman class.Outside of setters, the Orange returns its top six scorers from last season, including outside hitters Silvi Uattara and Nicolette Serratore. Uattara, a junior, led the team in points and kills last season and Serratore, a senior, finished second on the team in both categories while also racking up the second-most digs.The Orange opens its 2013–14 season with the Syracuse Tournament, hosted at the Women’s Building on Aug. 30 and 31. SU will kick it off against Delaware State at 11 a.m. on Aug. 30.Cross country Syracuse is coming off its best NCAA national championship result in eight years under head coach Chris Fox.The men, behind All-Atlantic Coast Conference performances from Martin Hehir, Robert Molke, Griff Graves, Max Straneva and MJ Erb, took home the conference title and the Northeast Regional Championship for the fourth time in five years and finished 10th at the NCAA national championship.Hehir led the team with third-place finishes at the conference championship and regionals on his way to being named to the All-Region team, while Fox was named men’s cross country coach of the year by the ACC and Northeast Region.Graves and Molke, who were also named to the All-Region team, graduated in May, but after redshirting his freshman year, former Fayetteville-Manlius high school star Nick Ryan is poised to fill the void. The local talent earned two state titles during his high school career and placed fifth at nationals.The women finished 22nd in the NCAA national championship last season. Margo Malone and Meredith Speakman will lead the women again this season, after earning All-ACC and All-Region honors last year. Malone and Speakman turned in 11th- and 19th-place finishes at regionals, respectively.Another notable freshman is Mary Malone, sister of Margo Malone. The younger sibling captured third- and 12th-place finishes in the last two years at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state championships.Women’s soccer After last season, Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said making the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament was the goal for 2014. Doing so means finishing the regular season in the top of what’s widely regarded as the best women’s soccer conference in the country.Coming off a 7-11-1 (3-9-1, ACC) record and a 12th-place finish in its first season in the conference, the Orange will likely lean on youth and the return of its top six scorers to make Wheddon’s goal come to fruition.Goalkeeper Brittany Anghel and defenders Rachel Blum and Kayla Afonso kept SU in many games last season. With the Orange ranking second-to-last in the ACC with 165 shots taken, though, six games ended in 1-0 Syracuse losses. Anghel, Blum and Afonso have all graduated.That leaves sophomore Stephanie Skilton and junior Erin Simon, who scored nine and five goals, respectively, to make up for the team’s losses on offense. Help is likely to come from SU’s recruiting class, which ranks No. 17 in the country and No. 7 in the ACC by TopDrawerSoccer.com.Field hockeyAn otherwise successful season ended in disappointment last season. Returning several of its most talented players, though, Syracuse looks to avenge an early exit from the NCAA tournament a year ago.Then-No. 2 Syracuse suffered a 2-1 upset in the first round of the tournament, losing to then-No. 20 Michigan State. And while the core of that team is back, SU will have to replace two All-Americans in Leonie Geyer and Laura Hahnefeldt.Geyer tied for the team lead in points last season with 35 and Hahnefeldt anchored a defense that yielded just 1.3 goals per game.Freshmen like Caroline Cady — who led Shenendehowa High School to a New York state title last year with 11 goals and eight assists — and others will have to help SU offset the loss of Geyer.The return of second-team All-Mideast junior goalie Jess Jecko, who recorded a .723 save percentage, should help the Orange cope with Hahnefeldt’s absence. Second-team all Mideast senior Jordan Page, who has started every game since joining the program as a freshman in 2011, also returns after tallying eight assists last season.Syracuse opens its season against Ohio State in Columbus on Aug. 29. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 20, 2014 at 1:03 amlast_img read more

Ray Sarmiento named Player of the Week

first_imgFor the second time this season, USC sophomore Ray Sarmiento earned Pac-12 Player of the Week.Sarmiento, who is the third consecutive USC tennis player to earn the honor, captured two doubles victories and two straight-set singles wins for the No. 1 Trojans (21-0, 2-0) in their two-game road trip to kick off conference play.Ranked No. 23 in the nation in singles, Sarmiento chalked up a 6-4, 6-3 win over Emmett Egger in the Trojans’ 7-0 win over No. 22 Washington in their Pac-12 opener last Friday.Sarmiento topped Oregon’s Robin Cambier 6-0, 6-1 a day later for the team’s first singles win against the Ducks. His efforts helped USC garner another 7-0 sweep, which became USC coach Peter Smith’s 200th win with the Trojans. Sarmiento is now 14-3 in dual match singles and 29-8 overall, with four consecutive wins on record.In doubles, Sarmiento paired up with senior Daniel Nguyen for an 8-2 win against the Huskies and an 8-3 victory against the Ducks. Together, the No. 18 duo in doubles, improved to 15-2 in dual matches and 20-4 overall for the season.Sarmiento was the first Trojan to take Pac-12 Player of the Week honors on Jan. 30 and now has four career selections as Player of the Week. Seniors Nguyen and Steve Johnson and freshmen Roberto Quiroz and Yannick Hanfmann comprise the other USC men’s tennis players who have earned the honor this season.After their successful conference opener, the Trojans will travel again for two road games against Utah (11-7, 0-2) on Friday at 12:30 p.m. and Arizona (5-12, 0-2) at 11 a.m. Saturday.last_img read more