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Auto association shows bold face amid February sales dip, ‘nixed’ top motor show

first_imgThe Indonesian automotive industry is not anticipating a heavy blow from the novel coronavirus outbreak, although the February sales figure dropped to the lowest level in eight months and the industry’s top event, the Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) 2020, had been “postponed indefinitely”. Car sales continued to decline with 79,573 units sold in February, a 2.73 percent decrease from 81,809 units in February last year and the lowest level since June 2019, according to data provided by the Association of Indonesian Automotive Manufacturers (Gaikindo).However, the association downplayed the foreseeable impacts from COVID-19, which the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a “pandemic” on March 11 in Geneva.  “We do not expect COVID-19 to greatly impact the market. Car sales in February were impacted by the virus [outbreak], as the hard-hit tourist industry was forced to postpone purchases of tour buses and other vehicles,” Gaikindo chairman Yohannes Nangoi told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Sales had also declined in January as a result of widespread severe flooding in several regions, including the capital city, and growing negative sentiment and public fears of the COVID-19 epidemic that emerged on Dec. 31, 2019 in Wuhan, China.Domestic car sales were also expected to follow a downward trend in March and April as the COVID-19 continued to disrupt the economy and the daily lives of Indonesians.Read also: Indonesia’s car sales to bounce back in March, manufacturers contend “I think there will be a further fall in March as the virus closes schools, offices and dissuade people from visiting retail shops, including car showrooms,” Yohannes said. The industry association is, however, maintaining its 2020 sales target of 1.05 million cars. In contrast, the decision to postpone the IIMS, one of the biggest industry expos in Indonesia, is likely to spell trouble for the automotive industry.“The event organizers were wise in postponing the event, considering the current condition. However, [its] postponement will affect the automotive industry, as IIMS contributes greatly to car sales,” Yohannes conceded.The motor show was originally scheduled to run from April 9 to 19 in Jakarta and from April 15 to 19 in Makassar.Event organizer PT Dyandra Promosindo announced on Monday that it had decided to postpone the IIMS 2020 indefinitely, following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s public call on Sunday to practice social distancing to stem the spread of COVID-19.Social distancing is a public health measure to slow the person-to-person transmission of an infectious disease by maintaining physical distance. In the case of COVID-19, the recommended minimum distance is 1 meter “between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing”, according to the WHO’s public advice page for COVID-19. “We were initially optimistic that the effects from the COVID-19 pandemic would recede gradually, but recent developments show otherwise. We believe that postponing the IIMS 2020 is for the best during this challenging time,” Dyandra Promosindo president director Hendra Noor Saleh said in a press statement.The Indonesian motor show is a much-anticipated industry event, with the IIMS 2019 posting sales of 13,288 vehicles for a total transaction value of Rp 5 trillion (US$332.2 million), Rp 1 trillion more than its transaction target.The country’s automotive industry has been on a declining trend since last year, which posted passenger car sales of 1.03 million units, a 10.8 percent drop from the year before. Gaikindo blamed the sluggish sales on political uncertainty during the 2019 general election that held people off from buying big-ticket items, including cars. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

First Off Road Speedway win for Missouri racer

first_imgBy Randy Pospishilsports@norfolkdailynews.comNORFOLK, Neb. (June 16) – Taylor Caldwell made the most of a visit to his hometown of Stanton this past weekend, returning to his racing roots long enough to win the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature at Off Road Speedway, in a borrowed car.“I got out of racing for about nine years until this year and John Dunklau was nice enough to let me run his SportMod this season to get back in to it,’ said Caldwell, who lives and works in Lib­erty, Mo. “I was fortunate enough tonight to put it in the winner’s circle.”Caldwell took advantage of his starting position on the outside of the front row and took control of the race early on, winning handily ahead of Jeremy and Joey Haase.A quick start in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature allowed TeJay Mielke to immediately grab the lead from his second row inside position. Mielke then withstood four cautions to lead all 18 laps for the win.After starting in the middle of the 16-car field, Jeremy Hoskinson won his first IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature of the season at Off Road, quickly moving to the front during a caution-free race to lead the final 11 laps and win by several car lengths.Ramsey Meyer extended his undefeated string at Off Road Speedway to six in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature, but didn’t secure the lead until just three laps remained.last_img read more

Serbia’s Zarko Kovacevic handed 10-match ban by Rugby League European Federation

first_img The RLEF’s d isciplinary committee found Kovacevic guilty of two charges of misconduct that included tripping, kicking and striking during Serbia’s match against Ireland on August 29 and say h e has until Thursday afternoon to launch an appeal. Marko Jankovic resigned from his post as Serbia coach and was last week given an indefinite ban by the RLEF for his part in the abandonment of the match, which was halted following a brawl that broke out after he allegedly made contact with an Ireland player. Serbia player Zarko Kovacevic has been handed a 10-match ban by the Rugby League European Federation in the latest fall-out from the abandonment of last month’s international against Ireland in Belgrade. Press Associationlast_img read more

Woman dies attempting to stop hit and run driver

first_imgA 42-year-old woman has died after she was run over while attempting to stop a hit-and-run driver.The incident was reported on October 25th in Hialeah, Florida.Officials say the victim was driving in a vehicle with her family when a woman in a van struck their car and fled the scene.The victim then followed the van which eventually pulled into the parking lot of a pawn shop.  The victim then stepped out of her car and stood behind the van in an attempt to prevent the driver from leaving. When the suspect in the van noticed the woman standing behind her vehicle, she suddenly reversed the vehicle and pinned the victim up against a metal fence. The victim, however, was able to get free and this time stood in front of the van.The suspect in the van then accelerated forward forcing the victim to jump on the hood of the van or be run over. As the victim clung to the hood of the van, the suspect began speeding and driving erratically in an attempt to get the victim off of the vehicle.Eventually the victim fell off of the van and was run over as the suspect fled the scene.  The victim was later flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead.Investigators reported that they searched surveillance video in the area and were eventually able to identify the van’s driver as 22-year-old Natasha Boothe.Boothe has since been arrested and is facing charges of first-degree murder and leaving the scene of a crash involving a death.last_img read more

Musa, Ighalo, Ndidi Make Pitch Awards Shortlist

first_img“We are planning a major reorganisation with respect to the number of categories we have. By next edition, we will certainly have fewer categories. We believe this will make it easier for our voters to complete their votes,” Philips said.Nneka Eneli, Head of Corporate Services who represented Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, the Managing Partner of SIAO Partners said the shortlist of potential winners was drawn from the votes cast by sport journalists across the country between February and March 2019.Other categories for which players and officials have been nominated include; Goalkeeper of the Year category, Ikechukwu Ezenwa of Katsina United FC, Theophilus Afelokhai of Enyimba F.C and Francis Odinaka Uzoho of Deportivo La Coruna/Anorthosis Famagusta.Brighton and Hove Albion FC defender, Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong of Udinese FC and Kenneth Omeruo of Leganés FC will compete for the Defender of the Year award.Pitch awards voters also recognised the growing influence of Stoke City midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo by nominating him along with Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City and Arsenal FC’s Alex Iwobi in the Midfielder of the Year category.In the Striker of the Year category, former Kano Pillars striker, Junior Lokosa will slug it out with Shanghai Shenhua striker Odion Ighalo and the Super Eagles Vice-captain and Al-Nassr striker, Ahmed Musa.In the women category, multiple award winner, Asisat Oshoala who is on loan at Barcelona Ladies, Francisca Ordega of Shanghai shengli and Super Falcon new sensation, Rasheedat Ajibade of Avaldsnes IL in Sweden will vie for the Queen of the Pitch award.Nominees for the other categories are: MVP in NPFL: Godwin Aguda (Enugu Rangers), Junior Lokosa (Kano Pillars) and Mfon Udoh of Akwa United.Also for the MVP in the NWFL: Anam Imo (Nasarawa Amazons), Evelyn Nwabuoku (Rivers Angels) and Rasheedat Ajibade (Avaldsnes IL) are in the running while for the Coach of the Year: Thomas Dennerby (Super Falcons), Gbenga Ogunbote (Enugu Rangers) and Solomon Ogbeide (Lobi Stars) have been shortlisted.In the Club of the Year category, Akwa United, Enugu Rangers and Lobi Stars were shortlisted.Super Sand Eagles, Super Falcons and Super Eagles are in the race for the National Team of the Year.Ogabor Joseph Odey, Adebimpe Quadri and Ferdinand Udoh were also shortlisted for the Referee of the Year category.There are also nominees for the various categories that include; Sam Okwaraji Awards; State with the Best Grassroots Football Development Programme; Football Journalist of the Year (TV); Football Friendly Governor of the Year; Football Journalist of the Year (Print); Corporate Sponsor of Football.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the prestigious Nigeria Pitch Awards have announced Super Eagles trio of Ahmed Musa of Al-Nassr, Odion Ighalo of Shanghai Shenhua and Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City FC in the shortlist for the King of the Pitch Award for the 2018/19 edition scheduled to hold in May.Speaking at a well-attended media briefing in Ibis Hotel in Lagos yesterday, President of the Nigeria Pitch Awards, Shina Philips expressed the gratitude of the organisers and partners to all sport journalists, the Nigeria Football Federation and SIAO Partners for their support for the awards since 2013.He stated that the organisers were working on a plan to overhaul the organisation specifically with a view to reducing the number of categories.last_img read more

Braun: Time to reflect on 2008 season during MLB’s final week

first_imgThe bestcomeback in MLB history?Some mightrecall Boston’s comeback in the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees as the bestcomeback in MLB history, but this year Josh Hamilton may have outperformed thatfeat with a remarkable comeback of his own.A baseballprodigy, Hamilton was signed by the Devil Rays in 1999 and was regarded as thebest prospect in the history of the game by most scouts. But a mere two yearslater, he lost it all, falling victim to injuries and severe drug abuse.It wasn’t untilthis season when he was given another opportunity — this time, he wasn’t thesame problem child of 1999.Frankly,Hamilton made it look like he was playing against little leaguers for a largechunk of the season. Capping off his amazing first-half play with the home runderby at Yankee Stadium was one of the most impressive displays that MLB hasever seen. Justin Morneau, who won the Derby, clearly felt undeserving afterseeing Hamilton belt 28 first-round home runs.Hamilton isn’tonly a lock for comeback player of the year, but if there were an award forcomeback of the century, it would be tough to disregard this as one of the beststories in baseball. Jonah is asophomore hoping to major in journalism. Want to share your favorite memoriesof 2008? Email him at A’s throwtheir season away… againIt may bedifficult to remember, but at one point this season the Oakland A’s werehanging with the Angels. But, like in years past, general manager Billy Beanedecided to think about the future instead of the present.First to go wasthe promising Dan Haren. Then it was Nick Swisher. Next traded was Mark Kotsay.The small bright spot that kept the A’s in contention was staff ace RichHarden.Then Beanetraded him away too.When Harden wastraded away to Chicago it effectively did two things — it assured the Cubs adivision title, and it assured that the A’s would not play in October.Now, the A’s arewhere everyone expected them to be after the trade — not close to the Angels.It’s obviouslynot certain that the A’s would be a lock for the playoffs if they hadn’t tradedHarden, but they would have at least been a challenge to the Angels, who seemedto run away with the division the moment Harden left the Oakland mound.The A’s don’tstart one position player from their last team that made the playoffs in 2006.Maybe the A’swill have another chance next year. If they do though, they’ll probably end upthrowing it away. All it tookwas a name changeWhatever devilwas haunting the Rays seems to be gone for good.Somehow, all theRays players seemed to mature into knowledgeable and magnificent ballplayers inthe span of a single offseason. Tampa Bay went from the worst record inbaseball in 2007 to among the best in 2008.How did they doit? All it took was great pitching, great hitting and great coaching — somethingthe Rays had never had. As team president Matt Silverman put it after the Raysclinched a spot in the playoffs, “This is something nobody thought would everhappen.”Well, it didhappen — and it looks like the Rays are going to be a staple in the playoffsfor years to come. They now have one of the strongest cores of young players inbaseball and are poised for a deep playoff run.center_img In the midst ofan intense playoff race, sometimes it’s hard to remember what happened duringsome of the ups and downs of the baseball season. We tend to focus on thepresent, but every now and then it’s important to turn our attention to some ofthe abnormal events that occurred in 2008.So withoutfurther adieu: Farewell,Yankee StadiumWhat better wayto say goodbye to Yankee Stadium than with a victory for the home team, and forthe final pitch to be thrown by future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera.The House thatRuth Built will be torn down this summer, but the memories created there willlive on for the rest of MLB history.Don Larsen’sperfect game in the World Series, Roger Maris’ record-breaking home run andReggie Jackson’s three blasts on three pitches are a mere pinch of the talesthat will be told and relived in the coming years.The new YankeeStadium will feature the same field dimensions as the old one, but don’t expectit to compare to the old one for quite some time. The classic feel will begone, but don’t fret — as long as the Yankees are playing there, every gamewill bring a pinch of those memories back to life.last_img read more

Syracuse struggles at NCAA Championships, finish 26th

first_img Published on November 17, 2018 at 2:11 pm Contact Alex: | @alexhamer8 Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img At the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Madison, Wisconsin, the No. 11 ranked Syracuse men’s team placed 26th with 603 points.Syracuse was hoping to build on last year’s 13th place finish in Louisville at the NCAA Championships when they were led by the program’s first-ever individual NCAA champion, Justyn Knight.Before the meet, redshirt sophomore Joe Dragon highlighted the difficulty of running 10-kilometer races in back-to-back weeks but was hopeful the team was peaking at the right moment after their victory at NCAA Northeast Regionals.Dragon was the only runner in the top-100 for the Orange, as he ran the snow-covered Thomas Zimmer Championship Course in 30:33.1, good for 90th place. It was a notable improvement for Dragon after this 174th placed finish last year at NCAA Championships.Junior Aidan Tooker (30:50.6) was unable to improve on his 109th place finish at NCAA Championships last year, as he placed 123rd.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRedshirt junior Simon Smith (31:03.6) placed 152nd. Rounding out the scoring five, redshirt freshman Nathan Henderson (31:29.4) and sophomore Noah Affolder (31:30.5) placed 189th and 190th, respectively.Redshirt senior Shannon Malone was the lone representative for the women’s team after her victory last week at NCAA Northeast Regionals. In her last race for SU, Malone ran the 6k race in 20:46.1, as she placed 60th. Despite only racing three times this season due to a hip injury, Malone was named USTFCCCA Northeast Region Athlete of the Year this past week.First-year head coach Brien Bell was also named USTFCCCA Northeast Region Coach of the year. Bell continued the six-year streak of a Syracuse coach winning the award, started by his predecessor Chris Fox.last_img read more

Dodgers suffer letdown in Atlanta, lose 8-1 to Atlanta Braves

first_imgBraves starter Williams Perez was a last-minute replacement for the scheduled starter, Julio Teheran, who fell ill. Perez (career earned-run average 4.94) took a no-hitter into the fourth inning. He gave up two hits and wasn’t charged with a run in 3 1/3 innings. ATLANTA >> The circumstances were suspiciously rife for a major letdown Tuesday, and Dave Roberts knew it. It bothered the Dodgers manager enough that he told his players to be careful.“When you’re playing coming off a series against the Giants — a big series at home, 50,000 people — you have an off-day and travel east, there’s a little potential for a let down,” Roberts said.The Atlanta Braves then beat the Dodgers, 8-1, before an announced crowd of 14,160 at Turner Field. By margin of defeat, it was the Dodgers’ worst loss in 14 games this season and that’s without regard to the quality of their opponent. When the day began, no team in baseball had won fewer games than the Braves (three). Only two teams had won more games than the Dodgers (eight). Between starting pitcher Alex Wood and a slippery-handed defense — three errors, one wild pitch and one passed ball — the Dodgers looked more like the rebuilding team than the Braves.Atlanta catcher Tyler Flowers, a career .223 hitter, tied his career high with four hits. Jeff Francoeur, a .083 hitter when the day began, raised his average to .200 with a pair of hits. A two-run double by rookie Mallex Smith (career batting average .130) compounded J.P. Howell’s season-long misery and drove in the game’s final runs.The Dodgers got their only run when Joc Pederson singled, went to third base on a single by Chase Utley and scored on a groundout by Corey Seager.Wood had never started a game as a visiting pitcher at Turner Field. From 2013-15, he was part of the Braves’ future until a deadline-day trade last year made him a Dodger.In his third start of the season, Wood (1-2) gave up six runs, three earned, in four innings. He walked three batters, including one with the bases loaded, and struck out one.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

‘Madden 20’ ratings: Which NFL teams have the best defenses to use?

first_imgWhile offenses are typically what get the most attention in Madden, a good defense can really be the key to picking up wins. With that in mind, we’ll break down all of the top defenses in “Madden NFL 20” and explain what makes them so great.The Texans and Bears come out on top as the best squads, both with 88 overall ratings. After that, most defenses seem to hit a point of parity as there are 20 teams between 80 overall and 84 overall. When you consider the averages, those are all pretty similar to one another. What is the worst defense to use in Madden 20?DolphinsThe Dolphins are really bad since they also show up on the worst offensive teams to use. Miami does have Xavien Howard, who is a star in real life, but his Madden 20 rating (83) is a lot lower than many expected. He’s one of just three Dolphins defenders above an 80 rating, giving this team very little to work with.GiantsSimilar to the Dolphins, the Giants have just three players on defense with an 80+ rating. And two of those players are 80. There aren’t too many players on this squad to excite users, which is probably why the rating is so low.Buccaneers, RaidersThe Bucs and Raiders tie for the third-worst defense in the game, but they’re slightly more fun to play with than the Giants and Dolphins. Tampa Bay has a 90 overall player in linebacker Lavonte David and a decent pass rush with guys like Ndamukong Suh (85), Vita Vea (80), Jason Pierre-Paul (78) and Shaquil Barrett (77). The problem with Tampa, however, is that its secondary is atrocious. On the flip end, the Raiders’ secondary is what makes them a somewhat good option. MADDEN 20 REVIEW: The good, the bad and the new from EA SportsContentsMadden 20 team defense ratingsWhat is the best defense to use in Madden 20?What is the worst defense to use in Madden 20?Madden 20 team defense ratingsTeamDEFENSE RATINGTexans88Bears88Cowboys86Rams86Vikings86Patriots84Packers84Eagles84Chargers84Ravens84Broncos84Saints82Falcons82Browns82Panthers8249ers82Titans82Jaguars82Steelers80Seahawks80Lions80Redskins80Jets80Cardinals80Bills80Colts78Chiefs78Bengals78Raiders74Buccaneers74Giants72Dolphins72What is the best defense to use in Madden 20?TexansHouston will be a fun defensive team to play with in Madden 20 because of edge rushers J.J. Watt (97) and Jadeveon Clowney (92). They each rank as the team’s top defensive players, and Clowney’s 87 speed makes him a dangerous weapon. Add in a strong secondary with players like Justin Reid (84), Johnathan Joseph (83) and Tashaun Gipson (82) and you’ve got a solid squad.BearsChicago’s defense is anchored by one of the 99 club members: LOLB Khalil Mack. His 89 speed makes him a fun pass-rushing option, and his other skills make him useful as a linebacker. It’s almost as if he’s good in real life, too. The Bears are also aided by a strong secondary with Eddie Jackson (91), Kyle Fuller (89), Prince Amukamara (81) and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (80) on the roster.Cowboys, Rams, VikingsThese three teams all have the same defensive rating, but if I had to choose one to play with it’d be the Rams. Aaron Donald is the best overall player on all of these squads as a member of the 99 club. But if you want a well-rounded defense, then the Vikings are the way to go with five players with an 85 or higher rating on defense.MORE: Full list of top players in Madden 20, by positionlast_img read more

Bosnian National Team Member Marica Gajic signed for the Spanish Champion

first_imgThe Bosnian national basketball team member Marica Gajic will play for the Spanish champion Club Baloncesto Perfumerias Avenida next season, local media Radiosarajevo reported on Sunday.After making a big impression in Turkey, where she played for several teams, Gajic is joining the ranks of Spain’s top team, Xinhua news agency reports.In Turkey, Gajic played for Istanbul Universitesi, Mersin, and then for Hatay, which she left due to financial problems in the middle of last season.She turned in consistently high performances in every game, culminating in the Eurocup, where she averaged 18 points and more than 12 rebounds per game.Also, Gajic led the Bosnia and Herzegovina national side in the Eurobasket qualifying matches, in which the team achieved victories over Switzerland and Russia.(Photo: read more