first_imgTHE ABOVE LETTERS ARE POSTED WITHOUT BAIS , OPINION OR EDITING.   Dear Sirs,A retraction may be in order regarding your headline that the city was cleared in the blight removal probe.The letter cited for your article and Mr. Coures claim is from the treasury – one of the parties being investigated. (see attached letter) You are creating misleading propaganda.The yearlong investigation that I am aware of concerning the BEP program is being conducted by the US Inspector General not the Treasury. The Treasury and how the Treasury allowed money intended and appropriated by the US congress to keep families in their houses be diverted to economic development is part of the Inspector General investigation. Treasury is not the investigator but the entity being investigated. Of course they are going to attempt to cover their ass and promote all is well in their agency.Please call the Inspector General where they will tell you the investigation is “ongoing” and report some real news.Thank youGeorge LumleyLINK TO INDIANA  TREASURY DEPARTMENT. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Infrastructure development progressing as investment jumps, BKPM says

first_img“The base metal, metal goods, non-machines and equipment industry is interesting,” the agency’s head, Bahlil Lahadalia, said as quoted in a statement on Tuesday. “One of the programs of the President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo administration is economic transformation by increasing added value. The large investment in the sector is a signal that the downstream sector is growing.”Investment is the second-largest contributor to Indonesia’s gross domestic product after household spending.BKPM data shows that foreign direct investment (FDI) realization in the first quarter of the year declined 9.2 percent yoy to Rp 98 trillion as the COVID-19 pandemic hit business activity around the globe, including Indonesia. The coronavirus has had a massive impact on Indonesia’s main FDI sources, such as China, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.Domestic investment was the primary driver of investment realization in first quarter with a yoy increase of 29.3 percent to Rp 112.7 trillion.Previously, Bahlil said the agency was looking to pull in Rp 886.1 trillion of investment this year. However, with the global economy taking a downturn due to the pandemic, he later said an option to lower this year’s target was on the table.Topics : Projects in the warehouse, transportation and telecommunications sector have contributed the most to total realized investment this year at around 23.4 percent as of the first quarter, indicating that the government’s infrastructure development plan has shown progress, according to the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).The sector had been one of the top five sectors for realized investment since 2016, the agency said, adding that its investment realization jumped 32 percent year-on-year (yoy) to Rp 49.3 trillion (US$3.1 billion) from January to March. The BKPM reported that total investment realization in the first quarter of the year rose 8 percent yoy to Rp 210.7 trillion.The base metal, metal goods, non-machines and equipment sector booked the second-highest investment realization at Rp 24.5 trillion – 11.6 percent of the total realization figure – followed by the electricity, gas and water sector with Rp 18 trillion, housing, industrial districts and office space with Rp 17.8 trillion and crops, plantations and animal husbandry with Rp 17.2 trillion.last_img read more

Indonesia’s 2021 economic recovery will not be at ‘full power’: Sri Mulyani

first_imgBringing COVID-19 under control, as well as the recovery of the global economy and structural reforms to attract investment and fiscal support, are among the important factors that will impact the economy next year, Sri Mulyani said Tuesday.Given these challenges, the government expects the economy to grow by 4.5 to 5.5 percent next year.“Taking into account these factors and the lower baseline economic growth in 2020, the government is convinced the economic growth [target] remains realistic,” the minister said.The government has allocated Rp 695.2 trillion this year to rescue the economy, but bureaucratic red tape and a lack of citizen data has held up the much-needed disbursement of assistance and stimulus funds. Indonesia’s economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter this year as domestic consumption, business investment and government spending fell significantly. Meanwhile, the country has continued to record thousands of new COVID-19 cases this week, with the overall tally reaching 180,000 on Wednesday, according to official records.Sri Mulyani said many expected the country to enter a recession in the third quarter this year, while negative growth also anticipated to continue into the fourth quarter. The government has forecast the economy to contract 1.1 percent to 0.2 percent this year.Meanwhile, National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) Minister Suharso Monoarfa stated on the same occasion that the pandemic would also cause mass layoffs and see millions fall into poverty, increasing the country’s level of inequality.The government estimates that the open unemployment rate will increase to around 8.1 to 9.2 percent due to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak, from 4.8 to 5 percent previously, while the poverty rate could surge to around 9.7 to 10.2 percent from 8.5 to 9 percent before the pandemic, according to Suharso.Indonesia’s gini ratio is also expected to increase to 0.379 to 0.381 from 0.375 to 0.380, signaling growing inequality, he added.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said on Tuesday that the coronavirus outbreak would likely peak this month, adding that he was “very confident” a safe and effective vaccine would be developed by the end of this year.“From what I gathered this morning, the peak will still be in September,” Jokowi said as reported by Reuters. “After that, it will fall.”However, efforts to revive the economy continue to be haunted by the rising number of COVID-19 cases.Indonesia’s manufacturing activity has shown signs of improvement for the first time since February, with IHS Markit’s Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for Indonesia, a gauge of the country’s manufacturing activity, rising to 50.8 points in August from 46.9 a month before, with a value above 50 indicating expansion against the previous month.However, risks remain as new COVID-19 clusters emerge in factories and industrial areas and as household spending remains weak.Retail sales in Indonesia also continued to contract on a year-on-year basis in July, but the contractions have been improving since the lows recorded in May, said analysts at Fitch Solutions.“Similar to household goods and electronics, the sale of these discretionary items have yet to record a meaningful recovery, suggesting that Indonesian consumers have been severely impacted by the economic realities of the COVID-19 pandemic and its resultant restrictions,” the analysts wrote in a note made available to The Jakarta Post. “This does not bode well for the remainder of 2020, as more job losses or wage cuts are likely to exacerbate this.”Topics : Indonesia’s economic recovery in 2021 may not be at “full power”, with the COVID-19 pandemic expected to continue to dampen domestic consumption and investment, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati has said.While the government anticipates a vaccine will be available for the public in the second half of next year, the economy may remain sluggish until then, Sri Mulyani stated on Wednesday.“We cannot assume there will be a full-power recovery because the COVID-19 pandemic will remain an important factor that will hold up the recovery of domestic consumption, investment and the global economy,” she told lawmakers during a hearing at the House of Representatives. “Our economy will depend on the recovery in the second half of 2021.”last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz will honor Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan by wearing a patch on their team jerseys and warmups when the NBA season restarts in Orlando, Florida. The patch will feature the number “1223.” That was the total number of wins during Sloan’s 23 seasons in charge of the Jazz. Sloan died in May of complications from Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body dementia. The team also plans to wear jerseys with a commemorative black strip and the same “1223” design next season. Other tributes will be announced later.WOMEN’S SOCCER-LOS ANGELES Danielle Collins kicked out of World TeamTennis for COVID violationUNDATED (AP) — Danielle Collins has been kicked out of World TeamTennis for breaking the league’s COVID-19 protocols.WTT CEO Carlos Silva says Collins left The Greenbrier resort hosting all of the matches during the league’s three-week season and went out of the state of West Virginia.Collins is a 26-year-old American who was a semifinalist at the 2019 Australian Open. She has been ranked as high as No. 23 and currently is No. 51.She was playing for the Orlando Storm at WTT, which took all nine of its teams and put them at The Greenbrier, where the season began July 12 and ends Aug. 2. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Veteran defensive end and three-time Pro Bowler Michael Bennett is retiring after 11 NFL seasons.The 34-year-old Bennett played for five teams and was an integral part of the Seattle Seahawks’ 2013 NFL championship. He said Tuesday on Instagram that the 2019 season, which he split between New England and Dallas, was his last. He also played for Tampa Bay and Philadelphia.Bennett’s brother Martellus was an NFL tight end.WASHINGTON-BROADCAST HIREWashington NFL team hires Julie Donaldson for radio role Portman, Nortman to bring women’s soccer team to LALOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Natalie Portman and venture capitalist Kara Nortman lead a group that will bring an expansion National Women’s Soccer League team to the Los Angeles area in 2022. The team, tentatively named Angel City, will bring the league to 11 teams. Louisville FC joins the nine current NWSL clubs next season. Portman and Nortman are joined by gaming entrepreneur Julie Uhrman, who is president in the majority-female group. Others involved include actors Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Jennifer Garner and Uzo Aduba. VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-COLLINS TRUMP-JIM RYUNTrump to honor former track star, congressmanWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is awarding the nation’s highest civilian honor to Jim Ryun, a former Kansas congressman who was the first high school runner to clock a mile in under 4 minutes.Trump is scheduled to honor the three-time Olympian with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Friday.The Wichita native entered the record books in 1964 at age 17 by becoming the first high school runner to break the 4-minute barrier in the mile with a time of 3 minutes, 59 seconds. He competed in three Olympic Games and later served in Congress. UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is planning to allow players to have decals on the back of their helmets bearing names or initials of victims of systemic racism and police violence. The league has been in talks with individual players and their union since June about somehow honoring such victims. The initiative will be done leaguewide, with each team deciding who it will honor and how to display the names.Unlike the NBA, which is allowing players to wear slogans on their jerseys, the NFL will stick to names once a final agreement has been reached with the players’ association. The program will continue for the entire season.NFL-PANTHERS-SIGNINGSPanthers finalize contracts with all 7 defensive draft picks ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington’s NFL team has hired TV reporter, anchor and host Julie Donaldson to oversee its broadcast operation and be a member of a three-person radio booth for games.Donaldson will be the first woman to be a regular on-air member of an NFL radio broadcast booth. The team announced that Donaldson will be its senior vice president of media.The move comes less than a week after longtime broadcaster Larry Michael announced he was leaving Washington after 16 years. A day after his departure was made public, Michael was among the team executives named in a Washington Post report about sexual harassment by club employees.MLB-DODGERSDodgers option Lux, reach deal with McGee But the group in charge of the U.S. Open immediately said the tuneup’s cancellation “in no way impacts” its Grand Slam event. The Citi Open tournament in Washington had been scheduled to start with Aug. 13 qualifying. It was called off Tuesday because of what tournament manager Mark Ein said are “too many unresolved external issues, including various international travel restrictions as well as troubling health and safety trends.” The number of coronavirus cases has been spiking in spots throughout the United States.The men’s and women’s pro tours both have been suspended since March and are planning to return next month. The first event on the most recently announced calendar is a women’s tournament in Palermo, Italy, starting Aug. 3.INDY 500 FANSAttendance at Indy 500 will be 25% of capacity Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNIS-CITI OPENAugust tournament in Washington, D.C. is canceledWASHINGTON (AP) — The hard-court tournament in the nation’s capital that was supposed to mark the official return of men’s professional tennis amid the coronavirus pandemic has been canceled. July 21, 2020 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have optioned infielder Gavin Lux and agreed on a one-year deal with pitcher Jake McGee. Lux arrived late to summer camp and has appeared in only a few of the team’s intrasquad games. Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernandez have also gotten starts at second base. McGee was placed on waivers by Colorado last week. The 33-year-old left-hander was 4-11 with a 4.78 ERA in 225 games in four years with the club. He was 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA last season. NBA-JAZZ-SLOAN TRIBUTEJazz to remember Sloan with patch CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have now signed all seven draft picks. The team signed its final six unsigned draft picks, including second-round draft picks Yetur Gross-Matos and Jeremy Chinn on Tuesday. Also signed were fourth-round selection Tony Pride Jr. from Notre Dame, fifth-round pick Kenny Robinson Jr. from West Virginia, sixth-round pick Bravvion Roy from Baylor and seventh-round pick Stantley Thomas-Oliver from Florida International. First-round pick Derrick Brown from Auburn signed back in May. The signings come on the same day when rookies reported to the team’s stadium for coronavirus testing in preparation for training camp.NFL-BENNETT RETIRESVeteran defensive end Michael Bennett retires Update on the latest sports INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Attendance will be limited to 25% capacity for the Indianapolis 500 and spectators will be required to wear face coverings at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Indianapolis Motor Speedway can hold approximately 350,000 fans in the grandstands, suites and infield, but officials said last month only 50% capacity would be admitted for the Aug. 23 race. The number was adjusted Tuesday. Tickets will not be sold after Friday. Among the precautions the speedway will take is reassigning seats for social distancing, distributing hand sanitizer and administering temperature checks at entry. Concession stands will be limited to mostly prepackaged foods. NFL-DECALSNFL to allow social justice decals on helmetslast_img read more

Not A Gardener

first_imgBy Kathy MieleI came walking up my driveway dragging a shovel, rake and an old spackle bucket. I dropped them by the garage door then opened a bottle of water and began guzzling it.Steven came around the side of the house, the weed whacker in his hands. “Did you have fun at the garden?” he asked.This year I’d decided to join the towns’ community garden. I’d taken a small bed that I’d planned on filling with beefsteak tomatoes and red and green peppers. It wasn’t going to be anything fancy, just a small little garden where I’d tend my vegetables. I pictured myself wearing a wide-brimmed straw hat, holding a pretty little basket in the crook of my arm that I’d fill weekly with my delicious vegetables.That dream was now gone as I now looked down at my mud caked pants and sneakers. I was thinking about throwing them out because they were so filthy. I didn’t even want them in my washing machine. “I think I just found out I’m not much of a gardener.” I admitted. I had an itch on my nose that I was afraid to scratch because my hands were so dirty. “That garden is solid clay!” I complained. “It’s been rototilled twice and I can barely get a shovel through the dirt!”I pointed to the clay caked shovel to prove my point. “Most of the other gardeners have had their plants in for over a week!” I whined. I gave up on worrying about getting dirt on my face and scratched my itchy nose.“Do you want me to go over with you and help you get the plants in?” Steven asked.“Oh I got the plants in.” I said finishing off the bottle of water. I was still thirsty and realized I was seriously thinking about turning on the garden hose that was laying by the garage for another drink.“Well that’s good news!” Steven said as he took the shovel and began tapping it against the driveway trying to knock off some of the clay before putting it away.“I guess so.” I said. “I planted the tomatoes first. But by the time I finished planting the pepper plants I looked back at the tomato plants and they were already wilting!” I complained.“That happens sometimes.” Steven said. “Some plants get shocked when you first put them in. They should be fine.” I could tell he was trying to make me feel better.“Well I’m setting my alarm early tomorrow to go check on them.” I said.“Wow, that’s dedicated.” He sounded impressed.“Dedicated?” I looked at him a bit confused. “I’m just trying to get there before all the other gardeners show up. This way if my plants are dead I can rip them out before any of them see and plant some new ones!”last_img read more


first_imgPeter Eurton2873225%43%$363,409 J. Keith Desormeaux2672527%54%$429,640 Tyler Baze11521231018%47%$1,035,522 Mark Glatt4086520%48%$296,405 FINISH LINES: Phil D’Amato plans to breeze Santa Anita Handicap contender Midnight Storm “Sunday or Monday” for the Grade I race for older horses at a mile and a quarter on March 11 . . . Trainer Peter Eurton is considering the $75,000 China Doll Stakes at a mile on turf March 11 for Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and Eclipse champion Champagne Room, who was a well-beaten third behind superstar Unique Bella in Sunday’s Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes. “Champagne Room has got so much pedigree on the grass,” Eurton said. “But our major goal is the (Grade I) Ashland (at Keeneland on April 8).” Eurton has downhill specialist Betty’s Bambino ticketed for the $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on Feb. 25 . . . Ron Ellis said California-bred Masochistic “worked great” Sunday going six furlongs in a bullet 1:12.40 for the Grade I Triple Bend on March 11. “We got lucky and missed the last storm,” the trainer said . . . There was one winning Pick Six ticket Sunday worth $106,209.80 bought through TVG . . .Owner and horse player Ron Paolucci, and Billy Koch, founder and managing partner of Little Red Feather Racing Club, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday, respectively, 11:20 a.m., in the East Paddock Gardens . . . Apprentice riders Evin Roman and George Wood make their Santa Anita debuts today, 18-year-old Puerto Rican native Roman in the sixth race aboard Raindance Rules for trainer Ed Moger Jr., and Wood in the eighth on Lucky Chopra for trainer Leonard Powell. “I love it,” Roman said on his first visit to Santa Anita, through his interpreter, agent Tony Matos. Wood, in from England with Powell for a few weeks on “a working vacation,” has 39 wins. Kent Desormeaux791611920%46%$1,106,638 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.6495414%28%$458,830 Joseph Talamo72751310%35%$273,115 Jerry Hollendorfer661291418%53%$1,106,920 William Spawr1670244%56%$181,551 Doug O’Neill798191210%49%$762,708 Mike Smith2883629%61%$856,165 Peter Miller531413626%62%$857,977 Stewart Elliott76971412%39%$388,588 ‘MIDNIGHT HOUR’ NEAR IN THE SANTA MARIAPRAT CALLS THE SHOTS IN ARCADIA STAKESTHURSDAY WORKERS AT SANTA ANITA HIT 278MIDNIGHT STORM DUE TO BREEZE FOR BIG ‘CAP Bob Baffert3274522%50%$683,716 Flavien Prat11229131926%54%$1,848,613 Luis Contreras67881812%51%$388,639 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won HORSEMEN HEAVY ON SANTA ANITA WORKSWith rain forecast Friday, horsemen took advantage of sunny weather and “fast” track conditions Thursday when there 278 recorded workouts, including seven on the training track.Eighteen of the workers were trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, including Longacres Mile Handicap winner Point Piper, who went five furlongs in a bullet 59.40.Other drills of note included 2016 San Felipe Stakes winner Danzing Candy, four furlongs for Bob Baffert in 47.40; Big Bane Theory, five furlongs in 1:01.60 for Carla Gaines; Big John B, 1:01 for Phil D’Amato; and Delta Princess winner Shane’s Girlfriend, five furlongs for Doug O’Neill in 59.60. Santiago Gonzalez6379611%35%$339,236 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 5) STREAKING MIDNIGHT TOAST IN STAKES DEBUTMidnight Toast makes her stakes debut in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Maria Stakes for older fillies and mares, and trainer Jim Cassidy is hopeful the four-year-old daughter of Midnight Lute is up to the task against favored Vale Dori and four others going 1 1/16 miles.“She’s turned it around and become a pretty nice filly,” Cassidy said of the Canadian-bred owned by Deron Pearson, Cassidy’s chief client for some two decades.“We’ve got her going pretty good, although there’s other speed in the race, but we can sit off of it. We don’t have to be on the lead. We’ve got the one hole, and that’s going to force us to go a little, but she’s doing well.”Midnight Toast lost all chance in her debut race down the hillside turf course when she hopped over the dirt portion, but won her two subsequent starts, her last by 4 ¼ lengths going a mile and an eighth on a “good” track Jan. 14.            The Santa Maria, race four: Midnight Toast, Jamie Theriot, 12-1; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Autumn Flower, Flavien Prat, 20-1; Sheer Pleasure, Martin Garcia, 5-1; Show Stealer, Tyler Baze, 6-1; and Vale Dori, Mike Smith, 1-5. Richard Baltas6812131018%51%$655,620 FAVORABLE ARCADIA POST FOR CONQUEST ENFORCERConquest Enforcer seeks his second straight added money success at a mile on turf Saturday in the Grade II Arcadia Stakes for four-year-olds and up.The recent acquisition to Phil D’Amato’s potent barn won the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile Dec. 26 on a “good” course after running six of his first seven starts at Woodbine, where he won three times.Conquest Enforcer drew the outside five post position, while committed front-runner What a View drew inside of him at No. Three.“I really like our post position, but I’ll leave the strategy up to Flavien (Prat),” D’Amato said. “Our horse has tactical speed. He can take the lead if he wants, he can stalk. We’ll make sure we’ll be on or near the lead and hopefully win the race.”The Arcadia, race five of nine: Bolo, Mike Smith, 5-1; Ring Weekend, Rafael Bejarano, 6-5; What a View, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Ohio, T.J. Pereira, 15-1; and Conquest Enforcer, Flavien Prat, 8-5. Martin Pedroza607101012%45%$296,293 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Rafael Bejarano9015151717%52%$887,858 John Sadler3267819%66%$406,574 Philip D’Amato40104725%53%$644,920 Tiago Pereira5275513%33%$198,570 Gary Sherlock2353222%43%$135,110last_img read more

Bowling karega ya bowler change kare? MS Dhoni tells Kuldeep Yadav

first_imgMS Dhoni’s cricket acumen is unparalleled. Despite stepping down as India captain in the shorter formats in January 2017, Dhoni has continued to play a significant leadership role in the team. His inputs to India’s young spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have helped shape them into world class bowlers.On Tuesday, Dhoni returned to captain India for the 200th time in ODIs after stand-in captain Rohit Sharma was rested (along with four others) for the final Super Four match against Afghanistan. Dhoni was leading India after 696 days and he could not have imagined Afghanistan fighting the way they did.Even as India kept picking wickets at the other end, Mohammad Shahzad held the two-time world champions at bay with his fifth ODI hundred. There were some worried faces on the field and when Kuldeep asked for some changes to be made to the field, he got a earful from Dhoni from behind the stumps.MS Dhoni takes a dig at umpiring howlers after India-Afghanistan tieHere’s what happened.Kuldeep Yadav asking Dhoni to change fielder’s locationDhoni : “Bowling karega ya bowler change kare”. #INDvAFG #AsiaCup2018 #INDvAFG Ch (@cRicinfo_fun) September 25, 2018This was not the first time Kuldeep got to hear stern words from Dhoni.Also Read – We could have lost, tie not a bad result: MS DhoniIn an ODI against Australia (in Indore), Kuldeep had conceded 75 runs and picked two wickets in his 10 overs. He was getting slaughtered by the Australian batsmen and when Dhoni suggested a field change, Kuldeep seemed to disagree.advertisementAsia Cup 2018: KL Rahul regrets losing India’s review in tied match vs Afghanistan”In Indore wherever I bowled, it went for six. The ground was so small – even if the batsman did not middle it, it would still go for a six.”So then, after every 6 I would look at Mahi bhai, he would say, ‘it wasn’t that far, you should keep it further…Asia Cup 2018: India and Afghanistan play out tense tie in great spirit”And then I was bowling my fourth over; the batsman reverse swept me for four…Mahi bhai came to me and said ‘remove cover, move him deep and bring point up’…And I said, ‘No Mahi bhai, that’s okay…’ He said ‘Am I mad? I have played 300 ODIs.’ He got angry. And I did as I was told and then he said: ‘this is what I was saying…'”last_img read more