Govt targets village funds program to speed up aid to 8 million poor families

first_img“I’ve instructed the villages to rapidly channel the funding, and subsequently submit the data on the beneficiaries to cities or regencies,” Abdul said.The central government estimates that 3 million to 5.23 million Indonesians may lose their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, while some 1.89 million to 4.89 million people may fall below the poverty line as the health crisis brings economic activity to a standstill.It plans to increase spending on village fund cash assistance to Rp 31.8 trillion after previously allocating Rp 21.2 trillion.The government will provide Rp 600,000 per month for three months to families that meet certain criteria, such as having a family member who has lost their job and not having received assistance via the Family Hope Program (PKH) or the staple-food card program. An additional Rp 300,000 may be provided to families for another three months.Topics : The government aims to complete the disbursement of the BLT Dana Desa (village funds unconditional cash transfers) to around 8 million families this week, as a part of its efforts to protect households at greater risk of falling into poverty amid the COVID-19 outbreak.Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Minister Abdul Halim Iskandar said on Tuesday that 73 percent of the total 74,953 villages in the country had channeled some Rp 3.48 trillion (US$242 million) in cash assistance to around 5.8 million families so far.The remaining 27 percent of villages, on the other hand, had yet to distribute the money because of, among other reasons, the sluggish process of data synchronization at the upper administration level. The minister has therefore instructed the villages simply to disburse the money to the families they had already identified to expedite the process.last_img read more

Financially literate members take more equity risk

first_imgImproving financial literacy will increase savings rates and raise the level of equity exposure pension fund members are willing to take on, according to a US researcher from Wellesley College.Presenting the findings from a paper he co-authored at a retirement conference hosted by Vienna Economic University (WU), Seth Neumuller argued that “large gains” to returns were still possible if the financial literacy of people in their 30s and 40s was improved.Neumuller’s paper, ’Financial Sophistication and Portfolio Choice over the Life Cycle’, published together with Casey Rothschild in June this year, also examined how the older age groups had accrued sufficient assets to actually make investment choices.However, he warned  that encouraging “unsophisticated investors to save for retirement using tax incentives may create significant deadweight loss”, because it could encourage the wrong kind of saving patterns. In his research, Neumuller blamed a lot of wrong investment choices on what he termed “meta-uncertainty”. “Less sophisticated investors get lower quality assets and are uncertain about which assets they get,” he noted.As they were aware of this, it decreased their willingness to invest or they choose less risky assets.His sample showed that more sophisticated investors had 36% more wealth by retirement and “enjoy 17% more consumption annually” than unsophisticated investors because of higher returns on their portfolios.However, in in a later debate on the paper, David Robinson from the US National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), cited his own research on people overestimating their financial literacy.He agreed that meta-uncertainty lowered wealth through a reducution in market participation.But in a survey he did on the networking platform LinkedIn in July 2015, he found people that had modest financial literature scores thought they were more educated than their ratings implied. “The level of meta-uncertainty is lost on these persons.”For example, he found that people that overestimated their financial literacy were more likely to “get answers wrong than say they don’t know” and they also were more likely to reject financial advice.Another factor influencing savings’ behaviour was the way information was displayed, according to Maya O. Shaton from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.She examined how the Israeli authorities decision to stop retirement funds displaying one-month returns had affected people’s choice in funds.Since 2010, private retirement funds in Israel have only been allowed to display returns for a 12 months period or longer.According to the research published in the paper “The Display of Information and Household Investment Behavior” (November 2014) the  “allocation to riskier retirement funds by households increased after the regulatory change.Overall, however, the trading volume decreased by approximately 38%.“As 12-month returns are smoother these can impact households’ perception of losses and the retirement funds’ risk profile,” Shaton argued.She added this “relatively low-cost” regulation was “less paternalistic than telling households what to do”.Shaton stressed “failure to recognize the effect of the display of information on investors might lead to granting unwarranted power to the party disclosing information”.The significance of investor choice for future wealth was underlined by findings from another paper by Javed Ahmed, Brad Barber and Terrance Odean entitled “Made Poorer by Choice” (2013).The findings showed that almost all US workers selecting their own investment option in a private retirement account (PRA) were in the end worse off than those only getting money from the pay-as-you-go Social Security system.Ahmed argued that investor choice was an “underappreciated, emergent risk in private alternatives to Social Security”.last_img read more

Gold Coast A-frame house attracting plenty of interest

first_imgFrom the air: the property has 18.5m of water frontage. The property overlooks the waterfront.The A-frame house at 63 Kalimna Drive is on the waterfront and offers skyline views.“Whether to renovate or knock down and rebuild this is the opportunity you’ve been searching for,” the listing states.In original condition, the three-level four-bedroom house features wooden floors, high ceilings and steeply-angled walls.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa16 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt also has open-plan living and dining areas, an alfresco entertaining area, a pool and spa.Ray White Broadbeach — Mermaid Waters agent Conner Malan said he had interest in the property from both developers and renovators. 63 Kalimna Drive, Broadbeach Waters — would you renovate or knock down this waterfront house?IS this the ultimate Gold Coast renovator?A deceased estate has hit the market at Broadbeach Waters and it’s attracted plenty of interest from prospective buyers. Inside: sloping walls are paired with wooden floors. “It’s mainly interest in the block,” he said.“It’s north-facing with 18.5m of water frontage.“It looks more likely that it will be knocked down but I do have groups interested in renovating it as well because it’s super unique.”The property is going to auction on June 16.CoreLogic data reveals house values in Broadbeach Waters have jumped almost 60 per cent over five years to a median of $1.1 million. BUYERS PAYING MORE TO SECURE COAST PROPERTY LIVE A LIFE OF LUXURYlast_img read more

Pent-up buyer demand drives speedy sales as agents urge home sellers to list now

first_img MOST IN DEMAND SUBURBS FOR HOUSES FOR SALE IN BRISBANE IN MAR/APR 2020 5. Newmarket 3. 20 Colington St, Mansfield, 10 offers made, sold in 3 days for $660,000, Ray White Mt Gravatt 4. 16 Tarawill Cres, Ferny Hills, 17 groups through, 3 offers made, sold in 4 days, Coronis Arana Hills 1. 1/30 Jordan St, Greenslopes sold in 3 days for $640,000, Place Kangaroo Point 2. 45 Narellan St, Arana Hills, 16 groups through, 1 offer made, sold in 3 days, Coronis Arana Hills 7. Camp Hill 5. 25 Warraba Ave, Wavell Heights, sold in 5 days prior to auction for $1.3 million, Ray White Albion 6. 36 McKie Cr, Cannon Hill, sold in 7 days for $769,000, Place Bulimba 6. New Farm 1. Chandler 2. Shorncliffe First homebuyer Tamika Eastley at her apartment in South Brisbane which she bought sight unseen while on holiday in the UK. Photo: Annette Dew.PENT-UP buyer demand and a shrinking property pool is fuelling a surge in speedy sales across Brisbane, with some hungry home-hunters going to great lengths not to miss out.The latest data from realestate.com.au has revealed searches for Queensland properties online is up a remarkable 45 per cent on the same time last year, despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, and the number of inquiries is 31 per cent higher than a year ago.According to the listings site, househunters are most keen to buy in the suburbs of Chandler, Mount Gravatt and Coorparoo on Brisbane’s southside, and Shorncliffe, Newmarket and New Farm on the city’s northside, but it’s slim pickings out there. This lack of stock is leading to a rise in sight unseen and cash unconditional sales from buyers scared of missing out.Place Estate Agents managing director Sarah Hackett says it’s a smart time to sell.Place Estate Agents managing director Sarah Hackett said there had never been a better time to sell a property, with listings down significantly and buyer demand still strong.“There are 65 per cent less homes on the market compared with 2019,” Mrs Hackett said.“Banks are offering the lowest interest rates fixed for three years, multiple offers are keeping prices stable and there’s motivation from buyers to upsize their houses now that so many people are working from home.”Ray White Paddington sales agent Judi O’Dea recently inked five deals in 10 days and said sellers should not hold off listing their properties. “What I’m seeing is a good, strong 50 per cent of buyers are still out there just waiting to buy, especially family homes, and we are trying to say to sellers; ‘have a listen and have a look at this’,” Ms O’Dea said.“We may potentially see homes flooding the market down the track, so if you’re waiting to sell your property, that might be the wrong move.”Data from realestate.com.au also shows homes are spending less time on the market than they were a year ago, while buyer activity is increasing every week. Mike and Mandy Goddard with their children Max, 3, Christian, 1, and Jesse, 1, recently bought their home in Ashgrove after relocating from Sydney during COVID-19. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.Across Australia, properties were listed for a median of 52 days in April, compared with 60 days for the same period in 2019, despite the challenges of COVID-19 restrictions.“While the connection between buyer inquiry and transactions is not an exact one, it does show greater intent to purchase than searches alone,” Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said.“There are many factors driving this uptick including a relatively low number of active COVID-19 cases, a stable banking system, incredible levels of government stimulus, and importantly, the gradual opening of the economy.”Coronis Arana Hills sales manager Tamika Kent said that she had had an increase in buyer inquiries in recent weeks and good numbers through the first open homes since restrictions had eased last weekend.center_img “We weren’t sure what to expect and while we did have a number of properties with no attendees, others received fantastic results around southeast Queensland,” she said.In Ferny Hills, a home at 16 Tarawill Crescent had 17 groups through, three offers and sold after only being listed for four days.This house at 16 Tarawill Cres, Ferny Hills, sold in just four days through Coronis Arana Hills.“We’re definitely seeing strong buyer inquiry and confidence in the market, which is great news for the industry and goes to show it’s not all doom and gloom at the minute,” Ms Kent said.The latest report from property valuers at Herron Todd White found that local agents are also reporting increased interest from interstate buyers, particularly from Sydney, viewing homes via virtual inspections and making offers without seeing the property in person. “Many probably see Queensland as carrying less risk given how high prices are in the New South Wales capital,” the report states.Mrs Hackett recently sold a luxury home at 30 Harris St, Hawthorne, to a Melbourne buyer sight unseen for $1.6 million, and Michael Hatzifotis of Place Kangaroo Point just sold an apartment to a first-time buyer who was overseas on holiday and only seen the property online. This house at 30 Harris St, Hawthorne, has sold for $1.6m to an interstate buyer sight unseen.Tamika Eastley said she was in the UK when Mr Hatzifotis called to let her know he’d found a property she might be interested in. “I was pretty specific about what kind of property I was looking for, so when the agent said he had found something, I trusted that he had,” Miss Eastley said. “I viewed the property virtually and it made me feel like I was there.”She said initially buying the one-bedroom apartment in South Brisbane virtually seemed nerve wracking.“But I got sent a lot of pictures and videos of every angle of the property, so to be honest, it really wasn’t as scary as I first thought it would be,” she said.“I think it was an opportune time to purchase because there is uncertainty in the market so I was able to secure a good price for the property. If you’re in a position where you have a reasonable level of job security, it could be a really good time to buy.”This house on acreage at 483 Gold Creek Rd, Brookfield, has just sold sight unseen.Ann Karyn Fraser of Place New Farm also just sold an acreage property at 483 Gold Creek Rd, Brookfield, sight unseen to a family in Canberra.Ms Fraser said the buyers saw the video of the property online on the Thursday and then requested a virtual tour.“By Sunday, we were discussing contract terms and by Monday night, it was under contract.”Ms Fraser said she was receiving strong inquiry for high-end properties from expats looking to return to Brisbane in a year or so.And the uncertainty imposed by the coronavirus doesn’t seem to be affecting serious buyers.Universal Buyers Agents director Darren Piper introduced the local buyer of a three-bedroom apartment at Cutters Landing that has just sold for $3.29 million through Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm.This three-bedroom apartment at 1442/22 Refinery Pde, New Farm, has sold for $3.29m.Mr Piper said the buyer made a cash unconditional offer for the luxury unit at 1442/22 Refinery Parade, New Farm, and saw the COVID-19 pandemic as a good opportunity to buy.“The serious buyers are definitely active at the moment,” Mr Piper said. “These are the buyers who will benefit and buy extremely well.”Mr Piper said he was dealing with clients at all price points and those buyers sitting on their hands would miss out on the best deals. “Savvy investors are certainly out in force, and while there is some uncertainty around the rental market softening, investing in property should be viewed as a long-term plan,” he said.A family relocating from Sydney just bought this house at Ashgrove.Mike and Mandy Goddard recently relocated from Sydney after buying a house in Ashgrove with the help of Mr Piper, despite the uncertainty brought on by the coronavirus.Mr Goddard said housing affordability was the main factor for the move.“We looked in Sydney for probably six months and we found some (properties) but it would have meant pushing my commute to work out by 1.5 hours to 2 hours, and the place we would have got would have needed a lot of renovations,” Mr Goddard said.“Now, it’s going to be a 25 minute bike ride for me to work, and it’s fully renovated so we don’t need to touch anything.“We were still a bit worried about moving and doing that on top of two weeks in quarantine!” Herron Todd White has found sale prices also seem to be holding up in the face of the pandemic, despite a significant drop in new property listings and sales volumes. Herron Todd White residential director David Notley said there was no sign of Brisbane property prices dropping yet.“There’s no evidence to suggest any softening in values at this point in time, so there are purchasers out there who are still buying, and with limited stock, we’re still seeing a bit of competition,” Mr Notley said.REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee.“From what we’re seeing and hearing in the market, there are more qualified buyers coming through, who have their finance in order and are ready to go.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoREA Group executive manager of economic research Cameron Kusher said the rise in searches showed that Australians were maintaining a healthy interest in property despite the pandemic.“With some restrictions being eased around inspections and auctions in New South Wales and Western Australia this week, it will be interesting to see if some of the heightened search activity begins to translate into higher transaction volumes,” Mr Kusher said.But valuers at Herron Todd White say home buyers are set to be presented with a smorgasbord of options once coronavirus lockdown rules ease and sellers rush back to the market.“You will probably be spoiled for choice over the coming months, so be ready to go and see if you can get some solid real estate at an enviable price.”As much as 10 per cent — or $73,000 — could be wiped from house prices nationally in the next year, according to Finder research. 4. Mount Gravatt 3. Coorparoo 9. Alderley 8. Indooroopilly SPEEDY SALES (Source: Realestate.com.au, based on views per listing) 10. Highgate Hill last_img read more

Scholes tells Rooney to stay

first_imgPaul Scholes believes Wayne Rooney should resist the appeal of Chelsea and stay at Manchester United. “It’s up to Wayne – but he’s a top, top player and every player and fan wants him to stay.” Scholes, who made his United debut in 1993 and went on to make more than 700 appearances for the club, does not believe manager David Moyes is under pressure to recruit. The Barclays Premier League champions have made two offers to Barcelona for midfielder Cesc Fabregas, for a reported £25million and £30million respectively, both of which were rejected by the Catalan club. Scholes, who retired from action for a second time in May, added on Sky Sports News: “I don’t think there’s that much pressure. “He’s got a quality squad there, with already 18-20 quality players. “Even if Sir Alex Ferguson was there he would want to sign two or three players. That’s the norm every season – to improve the year after, even if you’ve won the league. “I’m sure David Moyes is trying to get players – and hopefully he’ll get the ones he wants.” The Blues had a bid for the England striker turned down last week – but their pursuit of him is ongoing. However, 38-year-old Scholes said: “I don’t think there’s anywhere better than Manchester United to play your football. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rose frustrated after fine start

first_img “I played very well again today,” said Warren, who finished third behind Rose in the Scottish Open. “I drove it really well so I was able to be aggressive due to the conditions and went at a lot of the flags. I gave myself a lot of chances and holed a few more putts today. “Hopefully I can do the same again tomorrow and there is no reason why not the way I am playing.” Warren finished his round in style with four birdies in the last five holes, holing from 15 feet on the 16th, 30 feet on the 17th and two-putting the par-five 18th, one of two holes where the pin had been moved to higher ground due to the wet conditions and a forecast for more rain. Rose had birdied the final two holes of his second round to make the cut with just a shot to spare on Friday evening and carried on where he left off on Saturday. The world number five raced to the turn in just 31 at a venue where he made his Ryder Cup debut in 2008 and finished with three points from four matches, but after picking up another shot on the 13th the 34-year-old’s charge was halted with bogeys on the 15th and 16th. Press Association Rose, who won back-to-back events for the first time in his career in the Quicken Loans National and Scottish Open recently, birdied the 18th to complete a 67 and finish four under, one behind clubhouse leaders Marc Warren and Brooks Koepka. “I had it going, five under through 13, so I was looking to get it to maybe seven or eight under for the round and who knows where that would put me going into tomorrow,” a disappointed Rose said. “I would say the winning score is going to be 16 under, somewhere in that realm. When you start even par you’ve got to go all guns blazing. I felt like I could have got halfway there today, but it wasn’t to be. “Some parts of the golf course are really easy out there,” Rose said. “Getting close to the pin with your irons is easy, but that’s if you catch a good lie in the fairway. Obviously the fairways are completely saturated right now and the fact that they are so wet probably is a good thing it’s not picking up much mud. “But if it drys out at all it’s going to be a nightmare out there tomorrow if we don’t get a little rain from now until then. The ball is going to pick up so much mud, which is obviously tough conditions to play in.” England’s Danny Willett had also jumped up the leaderboard courtesy of birdies on the second and third and chipping in for an eagle on the fourth, which had been reduced to 292 yards to allow players to try to drive the green. A birdie on the 10th then took Willett to six under par and just three off the lead held by Rory McIlroy, who had yet to begin his third round. Joint clubhouse leader Warren was enjoying his second experience of the year’s final major after finishing in a tie for 12th on his debut at Oak Hill 12 months ago. Former US Open champion Justin Rose was frustrated not to make the most of a brilliant start as low scoring looked to be the order of the day in the 96th US PGA Championship at Valhalla.last_img read more

Butler looks for home win vs St. John’s

first_imgButler looks for home win vs St. John’s SUPER SENIORS: Butler has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Kamar Baldwin, Sean McDermott, Bryce Nze and Bryce Golden have collectively accounted for 66 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 60 percent of all Bulldogs points over the last five games.CREATING OFFENSE: Rasheem Dunn has accounted for 43 percent of all St. John’s field goals over the last three games. Dunn has 16 field goals and 18 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: St. John’s is 0-10 when scoring fewer than 68 points and 15-4 when scoring at least 68.UNBEATEN WHEN: St. John’s is a perfect 5-0 when the team blocks at least seven opposing shots. The Red Storm are 10-14 this season when they block fewer than seven shots.DID YOU KNOW: The St. John’s offense has recorded a turnover on only 15.4 percent of its possessions, which is the 11th-lowest rate in the nation. The Butler defense has forced opposing teams to turn the ball over on just 18 percent of all possessions (ranked 257th among Division I teams). March 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSt. John’s (15-14, 4-12) vs. Butler (20-9, 8-8)Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Butler looks for its sixth straight win over St. John’s at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The last victory for the Red Storm at Butler was a 69-52 win on Jan. 25, 2014.center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgClippers’ Terance Mann has ligament surgery on right handLOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann has had surgery to repair a ligament in his right hand, the team said Wednesday.The surgery was performed Tuesday. Mann was injured during a game on March 8 while on assignment with the team’s G League affiliate in Ontario, California. No timetable for his return has been set.Mann has averaged 1.6 points and 1.1 assists in 35 games for the Clippers this season. The first-year guard out of Florida State played 20 games in the G League, averaging 15.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLL The team is in the process of notifying anyone who had close contact with the player. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the current medical advice is that people not be tested unless they have symptoms.In other virus-related developments:— The Cincinnati Reds say an employee who worked at Cincinnati’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The team says the employee lives in Arizona and has been self-quarantined, along with other members of the Reds staff who were in close contact. The employee worked at the complex from Feb. 29 through March 14. While players in the NBA and the NHL have tested positive for COVID-19, no Major League Baseball player is known to have been infected. Two New York Yankees minor leaguers have tested positive for the virus.— The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year. Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date, but “trying to reassemble all the elements that have made the Long Beach event such a success does not appear feasible for 2020.” The race had been scheduled for April 19. Ticket holders can either receive a credit that will apply to the same level of admission for next year or receive a full refund.— Formula One has moved its midseason break from August to March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The break has also been extended from 14 days to 21. Motorsport’s governing body FIA said in a statement Wednesday that the change was unanimously approved by all teams. Four of the season’s 22 races have already been postponed, and the FIA is hoping that moving the annual break forward could make it easier to find new dates later for events. Associated Press — The New York Jets are re-signing cornerback Brian Poole to a one-year, $5 million fully guaranteed contract, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Poole was the Jets’ best cornerback last season in Gregg Williams’ defense, playing in the nickel spot. He had 62 tackles, one interception he returned 15 yards for a touchdown, six passes defensed and a forced fumble in 14 games with 10 starts.— A person familiar with the deal says center Ted Karras has agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. Karras will replace Dan Kilgore, who is departing in free agency after starting 13 games in 2019. Karras is a four-year veteran and former sixth-round pick who became a starter last year for the New England Patriots.— The Detroit Lions have agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with defensive tackle Danny Shelton. Agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed the deal Wednesday. Shelton started 14 games last season for the New England Patriots. He had three sacks and a forced fumble. Shelton has played five NFL seasons — three with Cleveland and two with the Patriots.— The Denver Broncos have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey from the Tennessee Titans. Two people familiar with the trade tell The Associated Press that the Titans swapped Casey to Denver for a seventh-round draft pick. Casey is due $11.2 million this season and is under contract through 2022 with a price tag that only rises in the final two years.— Versatile Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Austin Blythe has agreed to a one-year deal to return. Blythe has started all but one game over the past two seasons with the Rams after serving as a backup in 2017 Update on the latest sports — The Carolina Panthers have released Eric Reid, just 13 months after giving the veteran safety a three-year, $22 million contract extension. The decision to release Reid means the Panthers will be on the hook for $5 million in dead money. Reid started 29 games over the past two seasons for the Panthers and had 201 tackles, five sacks and one interception. Reid was the first player to join former teammate Colin Kaepernick’s protest against social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. He has also been an outspoken voice in the players’ union.— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter free agency with expectations of signing six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady. There’s been no official announcement on Brady joining the Bucs after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. But there’s already an increased demand for tickets. Within hours of reports of the team closing in on a deal with Brady, the website selling season passes for 2020 showed more than 2,400 people waiting for a chance to make purchases. Tampa Bay ranked 30th among 32 teams in home attendance, averaging under 52,000 per game last season.— The Patriots have agreed to trade safety Duron Harmon to the Detroit Lions, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Harmon played all seven of his previous NFL seasons with New England. He started a career-high eight games last season. Harmon has 17 interceptions, including two last season.— The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Josh Norman to a one-year contract in hopes the eighth-year player can secure a starting job opposite Tre’Davious White. The contract was first agreed to on March 9, and announced by the team Wednesday. Norman was available after struggling to meet expectations before being cut by Washington last month with one year left on his five-year, $75 million contract.— Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has agreed to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that Joseph’s contract is for $17 million but could go as high as $19 million with additional incentives. Joseph will be entering his 11th season. — A person familiar with the deal says free agent cornerback Eli Apple has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. Apple is the latest free agent addition to agree to the Raiders this week as part of a defensive overhaul.— The Washington Redskins are signing safety Sean Davis to a one-year contract that can be worth up to $5 million. The 26-year-old missed the vast majority of last season with a shoulder injury.— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a one-year contract worth $10 million with pass-rushing linebacker Leonard Floyd. Floyd spent his first four NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears.NFL-OBIT-MCPHERSONLongtime 49ers assistant Bill McPherson dies at age 88 This is the second time the 47-year-old Waerner has run the Iditarod. He earned Rookie of the Year honors for his 17th place finish in 2015. Two other Norwegian mushers have won the Iditarod. The final rankings were based on play through March 11, when the outbreak of the coronavirus brought the sport to a halt.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSOttawa NHL player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The NHL has its first player who has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The Ottawa Senators say an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19. The player was experiencing mild symptoms and was in isolation. Ottawa’s final three games of the suspended season were all in California.center_img IDITARODNorwegian musher wins Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog raceANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Norwegian musher is once again the winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Thomas Waener of Norway easily won this year’s race, running his sled dog under the famed burled arch in downtown Nome early Wednesday after driving his team off the Bering Sea ice. It took him 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds to travel nearly 1,000 miles across Alaska.Waerner’s closest competitor was three-time champion Mitch Seavey, who was about five hours behind. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Longtime San Francisco 49ers coach and executive Bill McPherson has died at the age of 88. The 49ers said McPherson died Tuesday.McPherson spent 20 seasons as a defensive assistant for the 49ers from 1979-98, helping the franchise win five Super Bowl titles. He was hired in coach Bill Walsh’s first season with the team and was defensive coordinator from 1989-93 under coach George Seifert.McPherson later worked as the team’s director of pro personnel from 1999-2002 and a personnel consultant from 2003-05.McPherson also coached one season with the Philadelphia Eagles and in college for his alma mater Santa Clara and UCLA.NBA-CLIPPERS-MANN March 18, 2020 Kansas finishes No. 1 in final AP poll; Gonzaga, Dayton nextUNDATED (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self has spent much of the past week mulling ways to commemorate one of the more remarkable seasons in the school’s proud basketball history, one that began with off-the-court distractions too numerous to count and ended in the unprecedented cancellation of the NCAA Tournament.The Jayhawks can start by celebrating their finish atop the final Top 25 from The Associated Press.The regular-season Big 12 champions, who were 28-3 when the season abruptly ended after the first day of the conference tournament last week, received 63 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in balloting released Wednesday. That easily outdistanced No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 3 Dayton, each of which received a first-place vote.Florida State was fourth, easily the best finish ever for the Seminoles, while Baylor rounded out the top five after spending a longer stretch at No. 1 than any other team during a topsy-turvy season. — The Green Bay Packers are extending the deadline for season ticket holders to pay for their 2020 tickets to June 1 to allow them more time to deal with any potential impact from the coronavirus. The previous deadline for season ticket holders was March 31. If a game is canceled and can’t be rescheduled, season ticket holders would receive a refund for the impacted games or could credit that amount to future playoff or regular-season tickets for 2021.— Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region. According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year.— All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the pandemic. The ATP and WTA announced that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled.” Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen until further notices. This news comes a day after the start of the French Open was postponed from May to September — a week after the end of the U.S. Open. The tournaments affected by Wednesday’s suspensions include events in France, Germany, Italy, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland.__ Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic. Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.— The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year. The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships. The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball. Although information on dozens of contract agreements and a slew of trades has been leaked, teams were not allowed to complete the deals until the 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday start of the 2020 NFL business year. However, all of those transactions now come with the caveat that the signings and physicals need to occur.Several people familiar with a memo the league sent to the 32 teams on Tuesday night tell The Associated Press that while teams can announce reaching agreements with free agents or concluding trades, nothing is official. That also means free agents involved won’t be getting paid until those deals are signed and physicals are taken.The NFL has barred travel to team facilities by free agents and also has banned team personnel from traveling to meet with players as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.In free agency news:— A person familiar with the trade says the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to send quarterback Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for a compensatory fourth-round draft pick. The Jaguars are dumping Foles a little more than a year after giving the former Super Bowl MVP a four-year, $88 million contract that included a whopping $50.125 million guaranteed. Foles is due to make $15.125 million in 2020 and would have counted $21.837 million against Jacksonville’s salary cap. The Bears are getting a veteran starter to compete with Mitchell Trubisky, who struggled in his third season. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappNFL-FREE AGENCYAP sources: Free agent deals can’t be official even as NFL year beginsUNDATED (AP) — The new NFL year has begun, but free agent contracts and trades agreed upon in recent days or weeks won’t become official just yet.last_img read more

Berbice beat Essequibo to take NSS title

first_imgBERBICE Combined produced an all-round performance to outclass Essequibo Combined by 10 wickets to win the final of the National Secondary Schools (NSS) Combined Phase cricket trophy yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.Kevlon Anderson receives his trophy from GCB treasurer Anand Kalladeen after he was voted the Most Valuable Player in the tournament.On a safely negotiable pitch, Essequibo Combined imploded against spin, and apart from their openers, Orlando Jailall and Bomesh Ramdahin, the remaining batsmen lacked intensity in their approach, as they folded for just 71 in 24 overs.Berbice Combined then reached 74 without loss in 8.2 overs to complete an easy victory.There wasn’t much assistance for the seamers but left-arm spinners Kelvin Umrao and Nigel Deodat wreaked the most havoc on a pitch that offered enough turn and bounce.Umrao, who was later adjudged man-of-the-match, finished with 3-6 off six overs, while Deodat had 3-25 off eight overs. Off-spinner Seon Glasgow took the other wicket.The Essequibo Combined batsmen were not only victims of the conditions but their own lack of restraint when the situation demanded more caution than they exercised also accounted for their downfall.GCB treasurer Anand Kalladeen hands over the man-of-the-match trophy to Kelvin Umrao.Earlier, the game was reduced to 40 overs-a-side after the late arrival of the Berbice Combined team. Electing to bat on winning the toss, the Essequibo Combined team were off to a brisk start, with Jailall and Ramdahin maintaining a scoring rate of around five runs an over in the initial stage of the innings.Jailall got off the mark with an elegant boundary through the off-side in the innings’ first ball from Gevon Shultz before hitting Leon Swammy for a straight boundary.The Cinderella County openers were able to find the gaps at regular intervals, but the introduction of the spinners into the attack after six overs helped to turn the tide for the Berbicians.Deodat removed Jailall (18), while Umrao claimed the wicket of Ramdahin (15), and after reaching a comfortable position of 39-2, Essequibo Combined were undermined by the spinners, coupled with careless running between the wickets, and in the process they lost their last seven wickets for just 32 runs. No other batsman was able to reach double figures.The Berbice Combined openers Alex Algu and Junior Sinclair then made a savage reply to the run chase.They got off to an explosive start, with both openers taking the initiative to go all out at the bowlers, hitting nine boundaries and two sixes when the target was achieved.Sinclair remained unbeaten on 36, with five fours and a six, while Algu ended on 31, inclusive of four fours and a six.The victory furnished Berbice with both titles after Lower Corentyne won the Inter-secondary school phase last week.Meanwhile, Mavendra Dindyal (Diamond Secondary School) was named the Most Promising Player in the tournament, while Kevlon Anderson (Lower Corentyne Secondary School) was voted the Most Valuable Player.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SOCCERLondon mayor says it may be too soon to resume planLONDON (AP) — London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he believes it is too early for the Premier League to be planning a resumption of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Swedish soccer players won’t be testedSTOCKHOLM (AP) — Swedish soccer players will not be required to take a test for COVID-19 before practice sessions or matches.Players will instead have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning before arriving at training or a match. The club doctor will then assess whether the player is healthy enough to take part. Players must stay at home if they have any symptoms.The Swedish league says the principle in the country is that only people who are feeling so ill that they must visit the hospital get a ”full-scale corona test.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-WIMBLEDON — The Diamond League event in London is the latest track meet to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The meet had been scheduled for July 4-5 at the Olympic Stadium. British Athletics says “the decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Update on the latest in sports: Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham all play in the capital.The mayor’s office says the league should resume only “when it is safe to do so.”Meanwhile, the Austrian soccer league is set to resume next month in empty stadiums following clearance from the government. Training could resume this week. No Austrian league games have been played since early March.The Danish soccer league will resume on May 28 with games in empty stadiums. The league has been suspended since March 9.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SWEDEN-NO TESTINGcenter_img May 12, 2020 Wimbledon hosts make coronavirus donationsLONDON (AP) — The club that hosts the Wimbledon tennis tournament says it has made donations worth about $1.5 million to emergency services and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic.The All England Club says it has also made contributions to a relief program to support players whose income is particularly affected by the virus outbreak.This year’s grass-court Grand Slam event was canceled on April 1. It is the first time Wimbledon has been shelved since World War II.In other virus-related sports developments: Associated Press last_img read more