Tunstall joins Church at Deutsche Bank

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Integrity in spotlight as PSSI turns 90

first_imgAt age 90, the Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) faces an uphill battle to restore its credibility after decades of turbulent affairs marked by graft, alleged match-fixing, stagnant development and rampant hooliganism.The PSSI celebrated its 90th anniversary on Sunday against the backdrop of the surprise resignation of Ratu Tisha Destria, the association’s secretary-general and one of its most influential figures in the past few years.Tisha, the first woman to hold such an important position in a male-dominated sport, announced her resignation Monday last week through her Instagram account, where she expressed her undying love for the sport. She had held the post since July 2017. Celebrating the milestone event under the pall of the COVID-19 outbreak, PSSI chief Mochamad “Iwan Bule” Iriawan invited fans, officials, players and supporters to work hand-in-hand to weather the dire circumstances in the country.Indonesian soccer fans have already seen the Liga 1 and Liga 2 league competitions postponed last month, forcing clubs to send players and officials home. The postponement added to the financial difficulties faced by clubs, which have prompted cuts to wages for players and staff.“We will win this toughest of matches. We are all on the same team, so we must overcome these challenges together. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and tougher,” said Iriawan as he advised stakeholders to maintain their integrity in developing the national soccer industry.Over the past few years, the PSSI had been mired in match-fixing scandals that have tarnished its image and dragged down several of its top officials, despite deep links to the corridors of power. Most recently, former deputy chairman Joko Driyono was sentenced to one-and-a-half years in prison for tampering with evidence related to match-fixing allegations.PSSI’s misfortunes do not stop there, as violence among soccer fans still occurs across most of the national soccer scene.Critics have urged the PSSI to create a more positive atmosphere around league matches to eliminate brawls and hooliganism.Sports expert Djoko Pekik Irianto of the Yogyakarta State University said the association still needed to work on a number of fundamental issues, from governance and eliminating the soccer mafia to improving its youth development program.“Each division [in the PSSI] should carry out its programs in a professional manner and avoid any overlap [in management],” Djoko told The Jakarta Post earlier this week.“One of the issues [that pushed Tisha to resign] was an allegation that she had overstepped her authority.”As the association looks for Tisha’s replacement, the Indonesian Sports Scientists Association (APKORI) head said the PSSI needed to be very mindful of not making the same mistakes.“If the PSSI had been practicing good governance, [we wouldn’t need to worry about] the Liga 1 Putri disappearing again […] as the next secretary-general could simply revisit the idea,” Djoko said, referring to the women’s league.One of Tisha’s crowning achievements had been to revive the Indonesian women’s soccer league, but concerns have been raised following her departure from the association.Iriawan has since appointed executive committee member Yunus Nusi as acting secretary-general to fill the void left by Tisha.Separately, Akmal Marhali from soccer watchdog Save Our Soccer urged the PSSI to build up its integrity by focusing on transparent and accountable management.“The PSSI needs to listen [to its critics] – it should be managed professionally and prioritize its achievements,” Akmal told the Post this week.Iriawan said he realized that a heavy task awaited him, especially after world soccer body FIFA gave Indonesia the nod to host the Under-20 World Cup next year.“We also have to qualify for the 2024 Olympics and work on our big dream to participate in the 2030 World Cup. For the senior team right now, we want them to break into the Top 150 in the FIFA ranking,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Property experts to reveal new market insights at Coast event

first_imgMore renters are choosing beachside suburbs before moving west to buy. Picture: Destination Gold Coast“LIFESTYLE renters” and cashed-up Sydney migrants have driven a 13 per cent surge in people searching to rent or buy on the Gold Coast.While the Coast’s golden beaches first draw in renters, there is a trend in them moving west when it comes time to buy, according to new data from realestate.com.auRenters using the website are particularly interested in moving to Kirra, Bilinga and Merrimac, with the former two suburbs also making the national top 10 most-searched when it came to looking for a home.3/228 Pacific Parade, Bilinga can be rented for $800 per week. The three-bedroom apartment has ocean views.The Coast’s relaxed lifestyle was the biggest driver for renters, according to REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee.“When we look at what buyers want on our site, they want locations close to shopping centres, great schools and public transport, as well as big homes and affordability and you can get that on the Coast,” Ms Conisbee said.Nerida Conisbee REA Group Chief Economist.The affordability of the Gold Coast compared to southern capital cities had also contributed to the continued domination of Sydneysiders (51 per cent of interstate property seekers) looking for Gold Coast property, followed by Melbourne at 22 per cent.The median house price on the Gold Coast grew by almost 8 per cent in 2017 to $615,000.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago“Interest from everywhere has gone up but the one that’s increased the most has been Canberra. Over the last 12 months that number has risen by 40 per cent,” Ms Conisbee said.“Sydney buyers identify strongly, the Gold Coast offers far better pricing than Sydney, you are looking at $3 million median house prices there and here you can buy something amazing for that.42 Bradman Drive, Currumbin Valley is on the market for offers over $830,000. “The factors driving it are the Commonwealth Games, the light rail investment … and a steady supply of development.”But it was Tallebudgera Valley, Tallebudgera and Currumbin Valley that were currently in the highest demand among homebuyers.“Going into the Hinterland where we see the high level of buyer demand, what happens is renters move to the beachside areas but when they want to buy they want a bit more space and land, and affordability plays a part in it too,” Ms Conisbee said.Ms Conisbee is preparing to share her latest insights at property event The Forecast in Surfers Paradise this evening.“The Gold Coast is a region that a lot of people are interested in. We can certainly see it on our site and it’s about providing more education over what people are looking at and seeing what kind of development they want, which is important for the future of our region.”Chef John Watt and his wife Haley Berryman packed up their life in inner-city Melbourne and moved to Mermaid Beach late last year.Melbourne residents make up 22 per cent of interstate property seekers looking for Gold Coast property on realestate.com.au. Picture: David CairdThe couple, in their mid-thirties, said their main motivation was the lifestyle on offer after they holidayed on the Gold Coast, as well as more affordable housing opportunities.They snapped up their lease just before Christmas in a tight rental market — vacancy rates have hit a record 1.1 per cent low.“We are renting an apartment in a 12-unit block and it’s 100 metres to the beach,” said Ms Berryman, who works in marketing.The couple are paying $470 a week for their two-bedroom, two-bathroom Mermaid Beach unit, compared to the $570 a week they were paying for a two-bedroom, one-bathroom house at Fitzroy.“We’ve worked out we’re saving $5000 a year and that is important for us to save a deposit for a house,” Ms Berryman said.“We’ve explored the Coast a bit. Further south looks a little bit more affordable and I’m sure it’s going to grow.”Mr Watt added: “We were looking at places yesterday and we like Tugun, or just past Currumbin.”last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgCollectum – Anders Moberg is stepping down from his role as chief executive at Collectum, the administrator of the Swedish white-collar occupational pensions system. He is joining AFA Färsäkringar as chief executive, replacing Maj-Charlotte Wallin. Collectum is looking for a replacement.JLT Employee Benefits – Teresa Beach has been appointed COO. She joins from Amey, a UK-based public service and infrastructure management business, which she joined as interim solutions director. Before then, she spent four and a half years at insurer Catlin, first as head of business transformation, and then as group head of business change.Financial Reporting Council (FRC) – Anthony Appleton has been appointed director of Accounting and Reporting. He joins from BDO, where he is a director in the financial reporting advisory team. He has been a member of the FRC’s Accounting Council since May. He will take up his position at the FRC in January. SPP, Kempen, The 300 Club, Philips Pensioenfonds, Collectum, JLT Employee Benefits, Financial Reporting CouncilSPP – The Swedish pension and life insurance arm of Storebrand, the Norwegian provider, has hired Filippa Bergin to head up its sustainability business. Bergin, who is married to Peter Norman, the minister for financial markets in Sweden, has previously worked for non-profit organisations such as the United Nations and Amnesty International, and also has experience in the financial services industry. She joins SPP on 18 November.Kempen – Robert-Jan Tel has started as director of international non-listed real estate at investment bank Kempen, in a new position, shared with Remco Rothkranz. Tel left the €14.5bn Philips Pensioenfonds, where he has been head of non-listed real estate investments, overseeing the construction of a €600m portfolio.The 300 Club – Stefan Dunatov, CIO at Coal Pension Trustees Investment (CPTI), has joined the 300 Club, made up of leading investment professionals from across the globe. Before joining CPTI, Dunatov was a director at Deutsche Asset Management, portfolio strategist at Equitas and economist at HSBC. He has also been an adviser at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand. last_img read more

Mexico quake kills at least five

first_imgMany were working from home as the capital, Mexico City, is under lockdown due to the coronavirus. Six hours after the quake, more than 400 aftershocks had been recorded across the region, the strongest at 4.6 magnitude. (BBC) It comes less than three years after an earthquake left hundreds dead and thousands homeless in Mexico City. All of the reported fatalities were from the state on the country’s Pacific coast. The epicenter of the quake, with a magnitude of 7.4, was in the south-western state of Oaxaca. But the government’s alert system worked well, giving residents time to leave their homes. A building sustained cracks after a strong quake hits Mexico. BBC About 200 houses in the tourist town of La Crucecita were damaged on Tuesday, a local official said. Rescue workers have not yet been able to access isolated villages reportedly hit, raising fears that more could have been injured. MEXICO City – A powerful earthquake has shaken buildings and caused panic in six Mexican states, killing at least five people. “We lost everything in one moment to nature,” Vicente Romero, an owner of a stationary shop told the Reuters news agency. “This is our life’s work.”last_img read more

State Commission Awards Grants To Local Art Groups

first_imgGREENSBURG – Several area organizations promoting the arts will receive additional operating support through a grant program.The Indiana Arts Commission is dispersing a total of $92,160 to Southeast Indiana organizations represented by the Columbus Area Arts Council. These local organizations are receiving funding this grant cycle:ARC of Dearborn County – $4,080Arts and Cultural Council of Decatur County – $5,910Dearborn Highlands Arts Council – $6,895Greensburg High School – $4,080Historic Metamora – $4,080New Horizon Rehabilitation – $4,080Rural Alliance for the Arts – $6,895State Representatives Randy Frye and Cindy Ziemke will join the Columbus Area Arts Council for the Region 9 Grant Awards Ceremony Wednesday, August 28.  It will be held at the Greensburg Decatur County Public Library at 5 p.m.last_img read more

McCoy strikes with Colbert

first_img Press Association Tony McCoy got on the scoresheet when the well-backed Colbert Station led on the run-in to land the Pertemps Handicap Hurdle qualifier at Punchestown. The 11-10 favourite, running off a much lower mark than his chase rating, had to work fairly hard to overpower Clashnabrook by two lengths after being held up for most of the three-mile trip in a 22-runner affair, but finished strongly. Last seen winning the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas, the Ted Walsh-trained nine-year-old holds an entry in the John Smith’s Grand National. center_img Walsh said: “I wouldn’t say he was mad about the ground, but he jumps and stays. If he is going to run at Liverpool we’ll have to keep him ticking over and today served its purpose. “We’ll be looking at races like the Bobbyjo Chase, the Racing Plus Chase and the Red Mills Chase for him next, but his only minus is his inexperience and he’s only had five runs over fences. I’d say a horse has never won the National with only five runs over fences.” Punters had their fingers burnt when Born In Fire sprang a 25-1 surprise in the Anna Gannon 80th Birthday Maiden Hurdle. The victory was mainly down to champion jockey Davy Russell, who made a decisive move on the Gigginstown House Stud-owned five-year-old when he stole a few lengths on the field as they turned into the straight. The Mouse Morris-trained gelding then kept on stoutly to hold McCoy’s late challenge on the 11-10 favourite Byerley Babe by a length to open his account over hurdles at the third attempt. Morris said: “Obviously there was something wrong when he ran deplorably badly at Naas, but we never found anything to explain it. He wasn’t a bad point-to-pointer, but I’m happily surprised.” last_img read more

Remi Garde calls on Randy Lerner and Tom Fox to speak up for Aston Villa

first_imgBoss Remi Garde hopes Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner and chief executive Tom Fox will break their silence soon. The manager also insisted he understands supporters’ anger after he and the players were mercilessly abused by fans. Garde revealed he has asked owner Lerner to talk to the fans – and believes he will speak soon – with the club in disarray and fury spilling over with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Press Association They are seven points behind second bottom Sunderland and tensions boiled over after Villa failed to beat League Two Wycombe on Saturday. Videos of the manager and players being abused after the game were posted on social media while substitutes Brad Guzan and Joleon Lescott were also accused of playing a game involving chewing gum during the match. Garde tried to move on from the weekend but conceded he expected the reaction. He said: “I know football, in every country it’s the same. I understand completely the fans’ frustration. I am not surprised because I know that from situations from different clubs I have played and worked for.” The boss said he was not aware of the reported issue with Lescott and Guzan but reminded all players of their responsibilities. He added: “What I can say is, as a professional player, you need to behave in the right way with respect for everybody. It doesn’t matter if you are top of the table or bottom. It’s just a question of being respectful to everybody.” Against Palace, Garde is without Carlos Sanchez and Alan Hutton (hamstring), while Jack Grealish (tonsil itis) and Gabriel Agbonlahor (back) are doubts. Garde and the squad were abused as they boarded the coach after Saturday’s 1-1 FA Cup draw at Wycombe, while Micah Richards also spoke to supporters to calm tensions during the game. American Lerner has barely spoken to the media in five years and Garde expects he and chief executive Tom Fox, who is in New York to hold talks with Lerner about the club’s January transfer plans, to address Villa’s situation. He said: “This is something I asked from them a fortnight ago, or something like that. Not to take the pressure off me – if I didn’t want the pressure I wouldn’t have this job. “It’s more because I’m facing you (the media) every week but actually I know Villa from inside for only 10 weeks now. “At some point I cannot explain and I am not in the position to judge what happened before and whether it was right or wrong because I wasn’t here. “At some point it is important that the Aston Villa voice is not only mine. “This is not to avoid my responsibilities at all. I will do it as long as I am in this position at this club.” Villa host Crystal Palace on Tuesday marooned at the bottom of the league and 11 points from safety. last_img read more

The Latest: Italy’s sports minister to extend ban on events

first_imgOverall, Italy has nearly 100,000 positive cases and days ago surpassed the total in China, where the outbreak began in late 2019.Spadafora says he’s hoping Serie A officials show “a serious desire to change. The big clubs live in a bubble, beyond their means, starting with the millionaire wages of the players. They need to understand that nothing will be like before anymore after this crisis.”To that end, on Saturday Cristiano Ronaldo and his Juventus teammates along with coach Maurizio Sarri agreed to forgo 90 million euros ($100 million) in wages to help the club during the crisis.Spadafora also says that he will allocate 400 million euros ($450 million) for recovery efforts at amateur sports associations.___ Associated Press The Latest: Italy’s sports minister to extend ban on events Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Italy’s sports minister is planning to extend the ban on games and competitions in the country through all of April. March 29, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The current nationwide lockdown is due to expire on Friday but Italian health experts have said the need to try to contain COVID-19 will likely last weeks beyond that.Minister Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian daily La Repubblica that talks about restarting the Serie A soccer league on May 3 are “unrealistic.”He adds: “(On Monday) I will propose extending the ban on sports competitions at every level for all of April. And I’ll extend the measure to training — an area where we hadn’t intervened because there was still a possibility of holding the Olympics.”Some clubs like Lazio and Napoli had been pushing to restart training as soon as this week.At least 15 Serie A players have tested positive for COVID-19.last_img read more

USG-funded speaker event draws criticism

first_imgStudents from a variety of ideologies are coming together in protest of the Undergraduate Student Government’s decision to provide funding to help bring a controversial speaker to campus Thursday.Students for Justice in Palestine has arranged to host Norman Finkelstein as part of Palestine Awareness Week. Finkelstein has argued that some Jews have exploited the Holocaust and his appearance on campus has raised eyebrows. Students are more concerned, however, about the source of funding for the event than about the event itself.SJP submitted an application to USG’s Discretionary Funding Board for money to help bring Finkelstein to campus. The application met USG’s guidelines, and SJP was granted the requested funds. The Discretionary Funding Board money comes from the student programming fee — the $55.50 fee each student pays every semester.Student organizations, including ’SC Students for Israel, College Democrats, College Republicans and several others, wrote and submitted a letter to USG expressing concern that USG was using student activity money to fund as controversial a speaker as Finkelstein, who they called a Holocaust-denier outside the realm of academia.“We’re very opposed to him receiving USC money for his visit,” said Lauren Korbatov, director of public relations for College Republicans. “It’s like bringing a guy that said slavery never happened in the United States.”Korbatov and others noted that they are not against freedom of speech; they simply disagree with the use of student funds in sponsoring some events.“We support freedom of speech but we don’t support funding a speaker like this,” said Aaron Perman, vice president of College Democrats.Shanel Melamed, president of ’SC Students for Israel, echoed this sentiment.“My concern is that we go to a truly amazing school,” she said. “The money that we pay for the school and the student activity fee should be going toward civilized academic discussion … how can the school fund a speaker that supports violence against Israelis?”Ashwin Appiah, USG’s treasurer, said USG makes funding decisions based on a set of guidelines, and Finkelstein’s visit met all the requirements.“We stay neutral in the events that we fund,” Appiah said. “We do not judge on content. Every student deserves this money as much as the other.”The issue was brought to the attention of the Office of Student Affairs, but Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Jackson said he was not involved in the decision to fund the event.“It is not up to me, for example, to censor a program that our student government has agreed that they want to support,” Jackson said. “I’ve never censored a student event, and I’m not going to start now … Students would be very mad at me.”Marwa Katbi, a member of SJP, said the group considered a number of speakers before choosing Finkelstein.“He’s a speaker who can provide students with a different perspective on the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflicts from what people normally hear,” she said.Finkelstein will speak about the contents of his latest book, This Time We Went Too Far, about the most recent massacre in Gaza and the different pressures within the Jewish community that challenge racist policies in Israel. Katbi said she hopes students will come out to hear the talk.“With issues of controversy, it would be unfortunate if this opportunity to learn was bypassed for the comfort and convenience of the community,” Katbi said.SJP expects about 100 attendees and has talked to university officials about preparing for any protests or acts of opposition, Katbi said. Though Finkelstein requests security not be present at his lectures, Department of Public Safety officials are aware of the situation and are prepared to intervene as needed.Students not involved in the event or the protest expressed mixed feelings about whether or not USG should use the student programming fee to fund controversial events and speakers.Melissa Gish, a junior majoring in chemistry, suggested that USG sponsor a debate to ensure views on both sides of the issue are heard.Others, however, said they do not think USG should judge the content of events looking for funding.“I think you can’t discriminate based on a person’s opinion,” said Swade Geiger, a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. “It’s up to us whether or not we listen to what he says. We give [USG] our right to decide who comes.”USG has since responded to the letter from the student groups, explaining  in an e-mail USG’s procedure for granting student organizations funding. But Melamed felt the e-mail was an “informal response” to their letter and did not address her concerns.“For the school to fund an individual who is going to stand there and say that it’s OK for me to be killed is really, really scary, and I myself, I’m getting scared for my security,” Melamed said.Correction: The original version of this article included an unattributed claim that Norman Finkelstein is said to be a Holocaust denier. Finkelstein has argued that some Jews have exploited the Holocaust, but he is not a Holocaust denier.last_img read more