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19 Oct
2020

‘Big Three’ join #BlackoutTuesday campaign against racial injustice

first_imgGrand Slam winners Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Stan Wawrinka were among other players who signaled their support for the campaign.African-American teenage phenomenon Coco Gauff and Japan’s Naomi Osaka have also expressed their anger over Floyd’s death.Replying to Federer’s Instagram post, the 16-year-old Gauff commented: “Click the link in my bio to get resources on HOW YOU CAN HELP! THANK YOU.”Osaka, whose father is Haitian and mother is Japanese, said people should be doing more than posting “the black square”. Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic were among the tennis players who joined the #BlackOutTuesday campaign against racial injustice, as protests continue over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died in police custody.Floyd died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25.Men’s world No. 1 Djokovic posted black screenshots on his Twitter and Instagram pages with the message “Black Lives Matter”, and was joined by Federer and Nadal, the other members of the “Big Three” of men’s tennis. Topics :center_img “I’m torn between roasting people for only posting the black square this entire week … or accepting that they could’ve posted nothing at all so I should deal with this bare minimum bread crumb they have given,” she posted on Twitter.The United States Tennis Association (USTA) posted a black screen shot as well as a statement against racism on its social media handles.The USTA, organizers of the US Open Grand Slam, said it was “extremely disappointed, angry, and heartbroken” at the hardships faced by communities of color in the United States.”The African-American community is an integral part of our tennis family and the USTA stands unwaveringly against racism and injustice of any kind,” it added.last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Kresna Graha Investama to conserve cash, expand into new ventures

first_imgPublicly listed holding company PT Kresna Graha Investama has stated that it is working to ensure profitability by looking for businesses with good growth potential and good quality as it ventures into new business sectors.“We’re shying away from a cash burning strategy,” Kresna Graha Investama business analyst and investor relations group head Stanley Tjiandra said during a virtual shareholders’ meeting on Friday. The company, which focuses on finance, investment and technology, has been transitioning into the digital space since 2015. It is now the parent company of payment gateway PT M Cash Integrasi, digital exchange platform PT NFC Indonesia and cloud advertising company PT Digital Mediatama Maxima, among other digital firms.  Kresna Biotech Ventures is also planning to invest funds in San Diego-based biotech company, Samumed, which focuses on research and development for tissue-level regeneration technology.However, PT Kresna Graha Investama saw its net profit slump last year as it expanded its business into new fields.Its net profit in 2019 fell by 57.1 percent to Rp 216.1 billion from the Rp 503.5 billion it had booked in 2018. It reported that its returns from the finance and investment sector saw a notable decline, while it booked growth on the technology and digital front. From the Rp 11.62 trillion the company booked in revenue last year, Rp 11.1 trillion came from the technology and digital front, or about 95.5 percent of the company’s total revenue, higher in than the 88.2 percent contribution in the previous year. Kresna Graha Investama’s share prices, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the stock symbol KREN, had jumped almost 26 percent to Rp 97 as of 12:16 p.m. Jakarta time on Wednesday. The stocks have lost more than 83 percent in the last year, Bloomberg data shows.Michael said the company’s share prices were not a reflection of the company’s fundamentals but were rather affected by the ongoing global crisis as well as the Jiwasraya scandal which had sent a ripple through the financial industry. On March 23, the company released a statement that it was going to buy back its shares to “help stabilize the price in volatile market conditions”. The buyback is being held for a period of three months from March 24 to June 24. The company has limited the shares’ purchase price at a cap of Rp 515 per share.Topics : Its shift to new industries has been largely rewarded, as most of its subsidiaries operating in the digital space saw a surge in profit last year.PT NFC Indonesia booked a profit of Rp 36 billion (US$2.53 million) in 2019, 126 percent higher than the year before. PT Digital Mediatama Maxima’s profit increased by 119 percent to Rp 17 billion, and PT Distribusi Voucher Nusantara (DIVA) recorded a 9.5-fold increase in profit to Rp 94 billion.  “We don’t want to join investments where the old economy dominates. We want to enter the new economy,” Kresna Graha Investama founder and president director Michael Steven said during the shareholders’ meeting, explaining the company’s reason for entering Indonesia’s digital economy. Last year, the company announced its plan to enter the life sciences and biotechnology space through its subsidiary, Kresna Biotech Ventures. As of December of last year, it was finalizing an investment plan with RWDC Industries, based in Singapore and the United States, whose mission is to replace single-use plastic with biodegradable materials. last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Germany says coronavirus tracing app ready to go

first_imgThe app uses bluetooth short-range radio to detect and contact people at risk of infection by coronavirus and does not rely on a centralized database. Deutsche Telekom and software company SAP are involved.Italy launched a similar app last week.Spahn also urged people wishing to go on holiday after European border controls are eased on Monday to be careful and ask themselves whether their trip was necessary.On Monday, Germany lifts its blanket travel warning for European Union nations and Britain, and will replace it with specific travel advice for individual countries and regions. Germany’s smartphone app to trace coronavirus infections is ready to be launched this week, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Sunday.After delays to ensure the bluetooth technology would work at the correct distance, the government says the app will be a vital tool to help avoid a second wave of infections.”It’s coming this week,” Spahn told ARD television, but he declined to confirm German media reports that the app would be launched on Tuesday. “We need the right balance,” Spahn said, adding that recent outbreaks in Germany after mass gatherings and church services had caused a rapid spread of the virus.Thanks to large-scale testing, a robust health system and lockdown measures introduced in mid-March, Germany has kept the number of deaths from COVID-19 relatively low compared to other countries despite a large number of cases.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

China warns US against ‘McCarthy-style paranoia’

first_imgChina’s top diplomat Thursday warned the United States against “McCarthy-style paranoia” as tensions rise between the two superpowers.Beijing and Washington have been sparring over a slew of issues, from a new national security law in Hong Kong to trade and US criticism of China’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.”The current US policy toward China is based on strategic misjudgements… and McCarthy-style paranoia,” China’s foreign minister Wang Yi said, referring to US senator Joseph McCarthy, who led an anti-communist crusade in his country in the 1950s. Topics : But Wang said China is still willing to resume dialogue at all levels to resolve differences.”China and the United States should not seek to transform each other, but should jointly explore ways for peaceful coexistence of different systems,” he said. center_img In a pre-recorded speech to a China-US think tank forum, at which former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger also spoke, Wang warned that “artificially creating various China threats may eventually lead to self-fulfilling prophecies.”The comments come weeks after Wang said relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War”, fuelled in part by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic.US President Donald Trump has accused Beijing of a lack of transparency, and pushed the unproven theory that the virus may have leaked from a Chinese maximum-security laboratory.”The United States should immediately stop politicizing the epidemic… and work with China to promote global cooperation on fighting the virus,” Wang said.last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Netanyahu vows relief as Israelis fume over virus-battered economy

first_img“This support, this grant, is not dependent on legislation and we have instructed that it be put into effect today. The button will be pressed and the money will reach accounts in the coming days,” he said.  He also announced a broader aid package for workers and small business owners would advance through Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, over the coming days.The influential columnist with Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper, Nahum Barnea, said Saturday’s demonstration reflected the breadth of suffering in the Jewish state. “The protest ran the entire gamut, from owners of small businesses that had collapsed, to unemployed people from the entertainment industry, musicians, stage hands and people from the tourism sector,” he wrote.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday pledged immediate financial aid to Israelis whose livelihoods have been devastated by the coronavirus, as his government faces mounting anger over its pandemic response. Thousands of protesters turned out in Tel Aviv on Saturday to voice frustration at Netanyahu, who won praise for his early response to the outbreak but has come under criticism amid a resurgence in cases. Netanyahu did not mention the Tel Aviv protest ahead of his weekly cabinet meeting, but promised that financial help was on the way, starting with cash disbursement of up to 7,500 shekels ($2,170) to the self-employed. Barnea argued that Netanyahu has a history of showing disdain for protests against his leadership, but said he expected the premier to increasingly open the government coffers to quell public anger. “A protest that is about money can be placated with money,” he said. Netanyahu has conceded that Israel’s broad re-opening was premature, but also cautioned against renewed lockdown measures that would again bring economic activity to a halt. While restaurants remain open, new restrictions targeting bars, event venues and places of worship are being implemented. Israel, a country of some 9 million people, has recorded more than 38,000 coronavirus cases, including 358 deaths. The Jewish state last week registered more than 1,000 new cases in a 24 hour period multiple times last, a major spike compared to daily figures that typically hovered below 50 before the economy reopened. Topics :last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Jakarta Police rule death of Metro TV editor as suicide

first_imgTopics : The police said the man had visited a specialist at a hospital in Central Jakarta several days prior to his death about a medical condition that could have been a trigger for depression.The man, 26, was found dead on the roadside of the Pesanggrahan Jakarta outer ring toll road by three local children who were flying kites at around 11:45 a.m. on July 11. Police then opened an investigation and questioned 34 witnesses.Tubagus said further examination of the evidence at the crime scene suggested the case was a suicide, including a neatly parked motorcycle that showed no sign of damage and still had the key in the ignition, a knife and a bloodstain and a strand of hair and that matched the man’s DNA. No evidence that could link another individual to the case was found on his body or at the scene, he said.Investigators also found the victim’s DNA on both the handle and the tip of the knife.Witnesses, including local patrol officers, also said there had been no indication of a commotion during that period of time.During the autopsy, four stab wounds were found on the man’s chest and one on his neck. Jakarta Police forensic expert Arif Wahyono said no other wounds or signs of violence were found on the body. He explained that the shallow stabs wounds found on the body were most likely trial wounds commonly found in cases of suicide.The wound on his neck is believed to be the cause of his death. The forensic investigation also found that man had consumed amphetamines, Arif said.Police suspect that the consumption of drugs had triggered him to dare to take his own life.The victim’s father said the family refused to believe he had committed suicide. He said his son had shown no signs of sadness or depression prior to his death.”As his parent, I’m honestly disappointed in the [investigation] result, because there’s no way my son committed suicide,” he told Metro TV in a televised interview on Saturday.If you are having suicidal thoughts, please talk to someone. You can start here if you need information related to mental illness: https://www.intothelightid.org/tentang-bunuh-diri/layanan-konseling-psikolog-psikiater/center_img The Jakarta Police have ruled that the cause of a recent death of a video editor for private TV station Metro TV was suicide triggered by depression as no evidence has been found to suggest involvement of other parties.Jakarta Police’s general crimes director Sr. Comr. Tubagus Ade Hidayat said the evidence found at the scene and through the forensic investigation did not suggest that other parties were present at the time of the man’s death, which is believed to have occurred between 12 a.m. and 2 a.m on July 8.“From the crime scene investigation and experts’ assessment as well as supporting evidence, investigators strongly suspect that he committed suicide,” he said during a televised press conference at the Jakarta Police headquarters on Saturday.last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Jambi student allegedly locked up, raped multiple times by tutor over 20 days

first_imgA female junior high school student in West Tanjung Jabung, Jambi, was allegedly locked up and raped multiple times by her own tutor over the course of 20 days.West Tanjung Jabung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Guntur Saputro said the police had arrested the tutor, identified only as AG.“We have taken him into custody. We’ve also taken the victim home,” Guntur said on Saturday evening as quoted by tribunnews.com, adding that the perpetrator was still being questioned. “The victim’s phone was confiscated. She was afraid that she would be hurt if she resisted [AG’s advances],” Guntur said.Distraught by their daughter’s sudden disappearance, her parents then reported the case to the authorities.To investigators, AG insisted that the multiple instances of sexual intercourse with the victim had been consensual, Guntur added. However, the police suspect that the victim was pressured into obeying AG.He called on parents to be present during their children’s online schooling and supervise their everyday activities during the quarantine amid the COVID-19 pandemic.“Don’t let what happened to the victim befall other children,” Guntur said. (rfa)Topics : Guntur said a preliminary investigation revealed that the 16-year-old victim had been a student of AG’s private learning course, as schools remained closed because of the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.AG had allegedly abused his pupil’s trust by asking her to come with him to a local hotel, where he reportedly sexually abused her for the first time, Guntur said.After the hotel incident, AG allegedly abducted the victim and locked her up in his private residence for 20 days, he said.The victim was unable to reach out to her family because AG had confiscated all means of communication.last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

UK PM gives October 15 deadline for Brexit deal

first_img“So, there is no sense in thinking beyond that point. If we can’t agree by then, then I do not see that there will be a free trade agreement between us.”Should that happen, Britain will have an “Australia-style” deal with the EU or one similar to that agreed with Canada and other countries, he said.Australia trades with the EU under World Trade Organization rules and tariffs. But Johnson, whose government had said it wanted a “zero tariff, zero quota” regime, insisted it would still be a “good outcome” for Britain. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has given an October 15 deadline for a post-Brexit trade agreement with the European Union, brushing off fears about “no-deal” chaos if talks fail.The eighth round of negotiations resume in London this week, with both sides talking increasingly tough, amid accusations of intransigence and political brinkmanship.The UK’s chief negotiator, David Frost, did little to raise expectations about a breakthrough, promising no compromise on London’s red lines, in a rare newspaper interview published on Sunday. Topics : His EU opposite number, Michel Barnier, this week said the talks stood or failed on the need to get an accord on EU access to UK fishing waters and state aid rules, but Britain was giving no ground.Brussels has already indicated that mid-October was the latest a deal could be struck, given the need for translation and ratification by the European Parliament.Despite months of refusing to confirm a firm cut-off date, Johnson agreed.”There needs to be an agreement with our European friends by the time of the European Council on October 15 if it’s going to be in force by the end of the year,” he said in remarks released by his office.center_img ‘Full control’ Britain remains bound by EU rules while it tries to thrash out new terms of its relationship.The talks, which were on a tight timetable even before disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak, have stalled, notably because of wrangling over fishing rights and fair competition rules.Johnson did not rule out a deal altogether and vowed to work hard this month to achieve one. But he pledged Britain “will be ready” if talks break down.”We will have full control over our laws, our rules, and our fishing waters,” he promised. “We will have the freedom to do trade deals with every country in the world. And we will prosper mightily as a result.”We will of course always be ready to talk to our EU friends even in these circumstances.”Our door will never be closed and we will trade as friends and partners –- but without a free-trade agreement.” Door open Johnson’s warning will likely compound criticisms from British pro-EU “remainers” that his ruling Conservative government envisaged a “no-deal” scenario all along, despite claiming the contrary.”Brexiteers” had promised that securing a deal with Britain’s biggest trading partner would be straightforward and rejected criticism that unraveling nearly 50 years of ties with Europe would be lengthy and even impossible.Britain formally left the 27-member bloc on January 31 — nearly four years after a divisive referendum that crippled the country politically and saw two prime ministers resign.Johnson, who took over after Theresa May repeatedly failed to get her Brexit divorce deal through parliament, promised Britain’s borders and ports will be ready for when the so-called transition period comes to an end on December 31.Meanwhile, media reports said Johnson was also planning new UK legislation that would override parts of the withdrawal agreement made with the EU last year and ratified in January.According to The Financial Times, which cited three people close to the plans, the bill would undermine agreements relating to Northern Ireland customs and state aid.A government spokesperson told the newspaper it was “working hard to resolve outstanding issues” with the Northern Ireland protocol, which was negotiated as part of the deal in order to keep the Irish border open.last_img read more

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19 Oct
2020

Trudeau slams China on human rights, ‘coercive diplomacy’

first_imgCanadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned China on Tuesday that its “coercive diplomacy,” repressive measures in Hong Kong and detention of Uighur Muslims are counterproductive for itself and the rest of the world.Trudeau took aim at Beijing’s record as he marked the 50th anniversary of Canada’s diplomatic ties with China.”We will remain absolutely committed to working with our allies to ensure that China’s approach of coercive diplomacy, its arbitrary detention of two Canadian citizens alongside other citizens of other countries around the world is not viewed as a successful tactic by them,” Trudeau said at a press conference. Topics : He also mentioned Canada’s “concern for the protection of human rights and places like Hong Kong and… with the Uighurs.”He said that Canada would “continue to work with our fellow like-minded nations around the world, to impress upon China that its approach to internal affairs and global affairs is not on a particularly productive path for itself or for all of us.”Canadian former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor have been held in China for nearly two years and have been charged with spying.Canada’s ambassador to China obtained “virtual consular access” to Spavor and Kovrig over the weekend, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said Saturday.Western governments see the detention of the two Canadians as retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei and daughter of its founder. Meng was arrested on a US warrant in December 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver and is charged with bank fraud related to violations of US sanctions against Iran. She has been fighting extradition ever since.last_img read more

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18 Oct
2020

Lucas Torreira reserves praise for Bernd Leno after clean sheet in Southampton win

first_imgBernd Leno has been in good form for Arsenal recently (Getty Images)Lucas Torreira hailed the performance of Bernd Leno during Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Southampton at the Emirates and praised the goalkeeper for his development this season.The 26-year-old Germany international joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen in a £19m deal last summer but had to bid his time patiently to dislodge Petr Cech from the starting line-up.Leno started on the bench in each of Arenal’s first seven Premier League games of the season before coming on as a substitute in the seventh game against Watford after Cech got injured.Since then, Leno has emerged as Unai Emery’s first-choice goalkeeper and with Cech retiring at the end of the season, he has a great opportunity to make the position his own long-term.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking after Leno had made four saves and kept a clean sheet after Arsenal’s victory against Southampton, Torreira said: ‘Bernd’s a very important player, he’s been growing throughout the season. Unai Emery reflects on match against SouthamptonTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:51FullscreenUnai Emery reflects on match against Southamptonhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-reflects-match-against-southampton-1869632/This 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.Leno had to be alert to deny Matt Targett and Charlie Austin and saved his best save for the final minute as he again denied Targett with an excellent stop as the left-back looped a volley from distance towards the top corner.After keeping just one clean sheet in his first 14 Premier League starts, Leno has now had two shutouts in his previous five league outings, helping Arsenal to become more solid defensively.Victory against Southampton has lifted Arsenal into fourth place in the Premier League table after Manchester United were held to a draw by Liverpool at Old Trafford.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterSunday 24 Feb 2019 5:24 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link695Shares Comment Lucas Torreira reserves praise for Bernd Leno after clean sheet in Southampton wincenter_img Lucas Torreira also joined Arsenal last summer (Getty Images)‘We’re really happy to have him between the sticks for us. He’s very strong in terms of playing with his feet as well and we’re happy to get the three points today.’On Arsenal keeping a clean sheet, he said: ‘I think it’s always important to keep a clean sheet because if we do we give ourselves a much better chance of getting the three points, and of course that’s what happened today.’Although Arsenal raced into a 2-0 lead within the opening 17 minutes thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, they didn’t have things all their own way as Southampton applied pressure on their goal in the second half. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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