Ministry wants to increase SMEs role in big business supply chains

first_imgThe ministry has set itself a target of slashing Indonesia’s raw material imports by up to 35 percent to US$82 billion in 2022.Imports of raw materials and intermediary goods declined last year and during this year’s January-to-May period, signaling a cooling of manufacturing activity and household spending. Last year, imports totaled $125.9 billion, down more than 11 percent from 2018, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.The program would also champion SMEs products through e-commerce platforms, including packaged food and beverages, fashion, healthcare products and sport equipment.Meanwhile, food manufacturing giant PT Indofood Sukses Makmur sourced tempeh, a fermented soybean product, as the main ingredient of its chips brand Qtela from a small enterprise, said Stefanus Indrayana, the firm’s general manager of corporate communication.Stefanus said Wednesday that, with the partnership, the small enterprise had gradually scaled up its production from 50 kilograms of tempeh per day to 1 ton.“Our partner has good products,” said Stefanus. “But we require certain standards, such as SNI. So we do a lot of mentoring, including for halal certificates, waste management, administrative matters and technical tools.”But not all companies have the flexibility to source their raw materials from small businesses at home, like bicycle manufacturer PT Insera Sena, which sells Polygon bicycles.Although it uses local tires, some components to make Polygon bicycles require a high precision, prompting the company to buy those from foreign suppliers, Insera Sena director William Gozali said.“Some of our components are made in Indonesia, but there are critical components that we have to import,” said William.Topics : The Industry Ministry is seeking to increase the role of small and medium enterprises (SME) in supplying raw materials for big businesses, as the government wants to reduce reliance on imported goods.A program that runs from July 1-15 aims to prepare selected SMEs by helping them with brand registration, packaging as well as with National Industrial Standards (SNI) and halal certification to meet big producers’ product standards, according to Gati Wibawaningsih, the ministry’s director general of small and medium enterprises.“The message this program is trying to convey is that local industries can produce what Indonesians need with quality products,” Gati said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.The program is part of the government’s efforts to increase the role of small businesses, which contributed nearly 61 percent to the country’s economy, to help reduce big industries’ imports of raw materials and intermediate goods.last_img read more

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Arsenal and Tottenham lining up summer moves for £50m-rated Everton defender Michael Keane

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham lining up summer moves for £50m-rated Everton defender Michael Keane SPONSORED Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing Everton man Michael Keane (Picture: Getty)Arsenal and Tottenham have expressed interest in signing England defender Michael Keane from Everton this summer, reports say.Keane, 26, is enjoying a productive season at Goodison Park and has impressed for the Toffees since joining from Burnley in 2017.His performances have earned him a recall to the England side and Keane received rave reviews for his performances during the recent international break.Having helped the Three Lions keep a clean sheet against Czech Republic, Keane scored in the 5-1 thrashing against Montenegro in Podgorica.ADVERTISEMENT PLAY Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Video Settings Read More Coming Next / Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Read More Unai Emery wants to sign at least one defender this summer (Picture: Getty)Everton will be reluctant to lose Keane, a player they bought for £30m two years ago, and would reportedly demand a £50m fee to discuss his potential exit.Arsenal moved to third in the Premier League on Monday evening as Emery’s side clinched a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United.Speaking after the home win, Emery said: ‘We were good individually, our players gave us quality and they worked for the team.‘Our supporters at home are very important and we can be stronger together. We were improving little by little and our first goal helped us a lot.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Mesut Ozil has quality, when he can find the best performance for the team, he is playing like we want with the system and how tactically we want. He is giving us his quality.’He added: ‘I think Aaron Ramsey is happy, he is helping us and is playing with a very good performance and scoring.‘Each energy from the players is very important for us and he is doing that. We are at the most important moment of the season.‘We are making progess in the table but we know it is difficult, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United are going to win a lot of games.’MORE: Arsenal fans loved Mesut Ozil’s reaction to Gunners overtaking rivals Tottenham 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 2 Apr 2019 12:15 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link106Shares by Metro 1/1 Advertisement Read More Comment Skip Ad More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKeane’s form has not gone unnoticed and the Daily Mail say both Arsenal and Tottenham are monitoring the defender ahead of the summer transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is claimed the north London rivals, who are both keen to bolster their defensive options, had scouts watching the England man in Everton’s 2-0 win over West Ham over the weekend.Arsenal boss Unai Emery looked into signing a centre back in January and will put pressure on the Gunners to bring a quality defender to the Emirates at the end of the season.Spurs will also be in the market for a defender, particularly if, as expected, Toby Alderweireld leaves the Premier League club this summer. Top articles Read More Full Screenlast_img read more

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First time buyers are flocking to this affordable inner-city hotspot

first_imgThe home at 11 Oxford St, Nundah.Back on the market for the first time in 11 years, this three-bedroom Californian-style bungalow sold before auction for $865,000.Inside 11 Oxford St, Nundah.Marketing agent Leigh Kortlang of Ray White Ascot said the new owners, a young couple, fell in love with the stylish yet relaxed character of 19 Oxford St, Nundah.“It features a unique blend of old-world charm and modern amenity, which the new owners found appealing,” she said.“They plan to move in right away.”Inside 11 Oxford St, Nundah.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Ms Kortlang said there was a lot of interest in the property.“We had around 120 people inspect the property.“I think that speaks really highly of the area,” she said.Inside 11 Oxford St, Nundah.“This home is a great representation of Nundah. It’s become a very vibrant, bustling place.“There’s a lot more happening here now, and people are starting to notice.”Inside 11 Oxford St, Nundah.Ms Kortlang said this has helped the market in the area in recent years.“We’re seeing a lot of young couples and families buying in the area because it’s affordable, and there’s a lot of potential for growth.”last_img read more

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Moyes seeks third reunion with ex-Man Utd midfielder

first_img Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared Loading… Despite the manager only lasting 10 months at Old Trafford, Fellaini went on to have six seasons as a Red Devil.Now at Shandong Taishan the former Premier League midfielder is wanted by new West Ham boss Moyes.According to Sky Sports the Hammers manager wants the Belgium international to help bolster his midfield.It comes after they agreed a deal in principle to sign Gedson Fernandes from Benfica on an 18-month loan without an option to buy.Fellaini has been playing in the Chinese Super-League since February last year, scoring eight goals in 22 matches.But the Far East league has now introduced a salary cap which means the midfielder would be forced to take a 75 per cent pay cut if he stayed beyond his current deal.It could encourage the 32-year-old to consider a future back in Europe. Read Also: Chelsea eye West Ham defender in £40m transfer swoopFellaini scored 27 goals in his 260 Prem appearances for both Everton and United.The 6ft 4in star earns over £360,000  a-week in China, but that will be cut to no more than £50,000 once his contract expires.He currently has two years left on his Shandong Taishan deal.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img The pair worked together at Everton before the Belgian midfielder followed Moyes to Manchester United. David Moyes is reportedly eyeing another reunion with midfielder Marouane Fellaini.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Ronaldo’s son marks Instagram debut with 979,000 followers

first_imgRead Also: ‘He isn’t even the 4th best ever’ – Messi slammed by ex-Argentina starThe names of the mums of Ronaldo’s eldest three children have never been made public.Eva and Mateo, three, were delivered by a California-based obstetrician named as Dr Maria Castillo at the Sharp Grossmont Hospital near San Diego. Mystery surrounds the birth of his eldest son.Ronaldo’s family has always refused to discuss whether the youngster was born to a surrogate mum, despite claims by a former nanny the footballer’s sister Katia Aveiro had told her he had two Mexican mums.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, also known as Cristianinho, showed he’s already a skilled linguist despite being just nine years old by presenting himself to the world in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Cristiano Ronaldo’s eldest son has debuted on Instagram – and has already racked up a staggering 771,000 followers in less than 24 hours, after introducing himself to fans in four languages.Advertisement He gave the thumbs up after smiling at the camera and saying in English: “Hi guys. This is my new Instagram account. I hope you enjoy. Take care” before switching seamlessly to the other three languages.He proved an immediate hit, with the selfie video being watched by 2.6 million people in its first 19 hours online.His famous footballer dad and the Juventus striker’s friend Miguel Paixao were among the first to welcome him to Instagram.The youngster, who is calling his Instagram site Minicristianoronaldo2010, followed it up by posting a picture of him and his younger siblings in a bathtub with their dad. And he went on to make Cristiano’s stunning partner Georgina Rodriguez, who is helping to raise Cristiano Jr and his three siblings, happy by posting a photo of the two of them together at Milan fashion week.One astonished fan messaged him alongside the photo by saying in Portuguese: “You’re going to break the one million followers’ mark today.”The amazing start puts Cristiano Jr to on course to beat his 35-year-old dad, who has 205 million followers but took far longer to build up such a big fan base.Georgina, 26, who was working in a clothes shop when she met the former Real Madrid star, has 16.7 million followers on Instagram.She has a two-year-old daughter called Alana with Cristiano. Promoted ContentPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World8 Most Expensive (And Surprising Things) Keanu Reeves Ever BoughtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Loading… last_img read more

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Davies out for the season

first_img Press Association Tottenham and Wales left-back Ben Davies is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on the shoulder he dislocated at Southampton last weekend. The 22-year-old has made 14 Premier League appearances for Spurs since joining from Swansea last summer. “Ben Davies has undergone surgery after dislocating his shoulder in Saturday’s draw at Southampton,” a statement on Spurs’ official website said. center_img “The Wales international will miss the remainder of the campaign.” Spurs have four games left to play, beginning with Manchester City at home on Sunday. last_img read more

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Kiwis defend 261 to square ODI series

first_img(REUTERS)-New Zealand beat India by 19 runs in the fourth one-day international to level the five-match series at 2-2 as the hosts suffered a mid-innings collapse at Ranchi yesterday.Chasing 261 for a series clinching win, India were all out for 241 with eight balls to spare.Opener Ajinkya Rahane’s fluent 57 put India on course for the chase and the right-handed batsman added 79 for the second wicket with the in-form Virat Kohli (45).India looked firmly in the driver’s seat when Rahane and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (11) were batting but then they lost five wickets for just 39 runs which put paid to their hopes of bagging the series with a match to spare.Seamer James Neesham dismissed Rahane and Dhoni in successive overs and paceman Tim Southee (3-40) picked up two wickets in consecutive deliveries as India were reduced from 128-2 to 167-7 in the space of a few overs.Axar Patel (38) and Amit Mishra (14) added 38 for the eighth wicket while tailenders Dhawal Kulkarni (25 not out) and Umesh Yadav added 34 for the last wicket to take India close but their efforts were not enough.Earlier, openers Martin Guptill (72) and Tom Latham (39) gave New Zealand a brisk start after the visiting captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat on a slow surface.The duo added 80 in the first 10 overs of fielding restrictions but Dhoni then brought on his spinners to restrict the flow of runs.Guptill and Latham added another 16 for their opening stand before the latter fell to left-arm spinner Patel midway through the 16th over.Mishra made a diving effort but could not hold on to a chance from Guptill on 29 and the batsman had another life on 62 when the same fielder misjudged a chance in the deep and let the ball narrowly go over his head for a boundary.Leg-spinner Mishra made amends by dismissing the dangerous Williamson (41) and Neesham in quick succession. BJ Watling, who replaced Luke Ronchi behind the stumps, and Ross Taylor (35), who was run out by a superb back-handed flick by Dhoni, also fell in the space of an over to rob the momentum off New Zealand’s innings.The two teams will now travel to Visakhapatnam for the series decider on Saturday.NEW ZEALAND InningsM. Guptill c Dhoni b H. Pandya 72T. Latham c Rahane b A. Patel 39K. Williamson c Dhoni b Mishra 41R. Taylor run out (Kulkarni, Dhoni) 35J. Neesham c Kohli b Mishra 6B. Watling c Ro. Sharma b Kulkarni 14A. Devcich c H. Pandya b U. Yadav 11M. Santner not out 17T. Southee not out 9Extras (lb-3 w-13) 16Total (for 7 wickets, 50 overs) 260Fall of wickets: 1-96 T. Latham,2-138 M. Guptill,3-184 K. Williamson,4-192 J. Neesham,5-217 B. Watling,6-223 R. Taylor,7-242 A. DevcichDid not bat: T. Boult, I. SodhiBowling: U. Yadav 10 – 1 – 60 – 1(w-3),D. Kulkarni 7 – 0 – 59 – 1(w-1), H. Pandya 5 – 0 – 31 – 1(w-8),A. Mishra 10 – 0 – 42 – 2(w-1),A. Patel 10 – 0 – 38 – 1,K. Jadhav 8 – 0 – 27 – 0.INDIA InningsA. Rahane lbw b Neesham 57Ro. Sharma c Watling b Southee 11V. Kohli c Watling b Sodhi 45M. Dhoni b Neesham 11A. Patel b Boult 38M. Pandey c Latham b Southee 12K. Jadhav lbw b Southee 0H. Pandya c Latham b Santner 9A. Mishra run out (Santner, Watling) 14D. Kulkarni not out 25U. Yadav c Taylor b Boult 7Extras (lb-3 w-9) 12Total (all out, 48.4 overs) 241Fall of wickets: 1-19 Ro. Sharma,2-98 V. Kohli,3-128 A. Rahane,4-135 M. Dhoni,5-154 M. Pandey,6-154 K. Jadhav,7-167 H. Pandya,8-205 A. Mishra,9-207 A. Patel,10-241 U. YadavBowling:T. Southee 9 – 0 – 40 – 3T. Boult 9.4 – 1 – 48 – 2(w-2)J. Neesham 6 – 0 – 38 – 2(w-2)M. Santner 10 – 0 – 38 – 1(w-1)I. Sodhi 10 – 1 – 52 – 1A. Devcich 4 – 0 – 22 – 0(w-3)RefereesUmpire: Anil ChaudharyUmpire: Bruce OxenfordTV umpire: CK NandanMatch referee: Richie Richardsonlast_img read more

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The Latest: Swiss hockey league will have no champion

first_img11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating. The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___11:10 a.m. ___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic. England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___ Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket. 11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___ The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___2:10 p.m. The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5. The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak. March 13, 2020 Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus. India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.center_img The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m. The Latest: Swiss hockey league will have no champion Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___2:50 p.m. The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___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 3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m. ___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead. The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.___10:45 a.m. ___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___ ___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums. The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___1:55 p.m.last_img read more

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Break up the Badgers: UW sweeps Coyotes

first_imgFreshman Molly Spence had a school-record seven RBIs in game two of the Badgers\’ doubleheader sweep of South Dakota.[/media-credit]On the strength of a record-breaking day, the Wisconsin Badgers (14-26) swept the Coyotes of the University of South Dakota (12-27-1) in a doubleheader Wednesday, winning 5-1 in game one and taking the nightcap 10-2 in five innings.Game one was highlighted by a gem turned in by Badger pitcher Letty Olivarez.One of only two seniors on the team, Olivarez went the distance in the opener, giving up only a solo home run to Alexa Rudeen while striking out 17 batters, which tied a school record.The Badgers, who have wasted several other great starts by Olivarez, took advantage of her start this time and cruised to the victory.Game two was not quite as close, however, as the Badgers scored in every inning except the fourth, enforcing the eight-run mercy rule in the fifth inning. Additionally, freshman Molly Spence set a school record with seven runs batted in.In a five run third inning, Spence’s first career grand slam cleared the bases and allowed ample breathing room for pitchers Meghan McIntosh and Kristyn Hansen.“We came out with some confidence,” Spence said. “Yesterday was yesterday, and today was today. We were just trying to show it was a new day and bring out our bats.”Yesterday was a record-breaking day for several Badgers including the long-awaited arrival of strong play by junior centerfielder Jennifer Krueger, as she stole her 20th and 21st bases of the year, passing Carin Bouchard for most stolen bases in a season.Krueger already holds the career stolen bases mark, but she fell just short of the single-season record a year ago.Despite her prowess on the base paths, Krueger had been struggling of late, only hitting .219 coming into Wednesday’s games. With Krueger struggling, it really made things difficult for an otherwise productive middle of the lineup.Fortunately for the Badgers, Krueger broke out of her slump against the Coyotes, going 3-for-4 with a walk, while scoring three runs and stealing the two bases.When asked about the importance of Krueger on the base paths, Spence reiterated just how important Krueger’s speed is to the team.“[She] means a lot. When she’s on base and she gets to second with a steal, she’s in scoring position, and she put herself there,” said Spence. “With her speed on the bases, it doesn’t have to be a huge hit, it’s just got to be a single and you know she can just keep running.”Spence had a career day of her own, breaking the school record for most RBIs in a game with seven, three times plating the speedy Krueger.Like Krueger, Spence also had been struggling a little bit of late, yet she still leads the team in almost every offensive category.Her career day cemented her place in program history, and she will go down as one of Wisconsin’s all-time best freshman contributors, in line to have the best average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage.She also is very close to becoming the freshman leader in hits, runs, doubles, triples, home runs, runs batted in, total bases, walks and stolen bases.“I didn’t try to do anything special [today]. I didn’t even know I had that many RBIs to be honest,” said Spence. “It was good. I struggled a little bit these past few weeks, [and] to able to hit and get my power back was great.”While Spence may be humble and shy away from talking about her accolades, her teammates certainly are not.“She means a lot,” said Olivarez about Spence. “When she gets up there and we have people on base, we’re always counting on her. She takes on a lot of pressure, and it’s nice to know that she’ll come through for us.”The sweep, which was only the team’s third of the season, comes right in time for one of the hardest road trips of the year, as the Badgers travel to Champaign this weekend to take on the No. 19 Illini.“We will carry on the momentum; we actually talked about that as a team with all our coaches,” said Olivarez. “We just gotta keep moving on and being positive.”last_img read more

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Europa League fixtures.

first_imgTottenham are at Greek side Asteras Tripolis while Celtic could secure their place in the last-32 if they can win at Astra.Both of those games kick off at 6.At 8.05 Everton are top of Group H going into their game at home to French club Lille.last_img

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