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Indonesians surprised at other countries being better prepared for pandemic: Survey


first_imgOnly 1 in 5 Indonesians, or 20 percent, said they were “angry and frustrated” as the world went through the coronavirus crisis. However, Indonesians top the list as being the most surprised at how much better prepared other nations were in tackling the pandemic, with 70 percent expressing such a view.Blackbox Research founder and CEO David Black said the sentiment was a result of Indonesian authorities’ slow response during the early stages of the pandemic as well as the country’s limited testing capabilities compared to its Southeast Asian counterparts.”With neighboring countries like Singapore and Malaysia starting to identify cases as early as January, we can see why Indonesians are reflecting on how quickly other countries kicked into gear with the pandemic, as compared to Indonesia, which only took action in early March,” David said in a statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. Indonesia, which now has recorded more than 15,000 coronavirus cases and more than 1,000 fatalities, reported its first two cases on March 2. Indonesians are “fairly satisfied” with their country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, yet they are the most “surprised” at how other countries are better prepared to face the global health crisis, a global survey has found.The survey, conducted by Singapore’s social research agency Blackbox Research and digital market research company Toluna from April 3 to April 19, gives Indonesia a relatively high index score of 48 points — slightly above the global average of 45 points — in COVID-19 crisis performance.The score ranks Indonesia ninth globally and seventh within the Asian region. The survey was carried out online and involved more than 12,500 respondents aged 18 to 80 across 23 countries. China comes out on top with a score of 85, as most of its citizens rated the country’s performance “favorably”, followed by Vietnam with a score of 77 and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and India, both scoring 59 in the index.Read also: Bali’s Denpasar to impose COVID-19 restrictions that keep businesses runningThe survey noted that New Zealand with 56 points was the only Western nation with an index score above the global average, showing that “citizens in Western countries are generally less satisfied with their countries’ performances.”Japan ranks last in the survey, with an index score of 16 due to its perceived poor political performance and business leadership, among other things, according to Blackbox Research’s poll.On the other hand, only seven of the 23 countries’ political leaders were rated highly for their coronavirus crisis response by at least 50 percent of their respective citizens. For Indonesia, the percentage stood at 37 percent, or below the global average of 40 percent. Most Indonesians were also dissatisfied with businesses performances during the pandemic, as only 29 percent of them felt business leaders had responded favorably to the health crisis, which is slightly above the global average of 28 percent.“Economies all around the world have been dealt a huge blow from COVID-19, and Indonesia, as Southeast Asia’s largest economy, has seen the halting of businesses and reported its weakest pace since 2001,” Black said.”While the Indonesian government has taken decisive measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19, the expectations of a looming recession and workers hard hit by layoffs and forced unpaid leave have led to the general sentiment that business leaders are not stepping up to the crisis.”He underlined that COVID-19 was not the first and might not be the last global pandemic and therefore leaders had to consider the lasting implications of the crisis in order to emerge from it “stronger and more resilient”.Three things people most want to see once the current crisis is over were a full economic recovery in six months, healthcare reforms and better use of technology for contract-tracing, Black added.Topics :last_img read more


Mikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford in friendly


first_imgMikel Arteta speaks out on Arsenal’s defeat to Brentford in friendly Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Mikel Arteta admits Arsenal will struggle to find their rhythm when the Premier League restarts (Getty Images)Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s players are focusing on finding their rhythm and fitness following their surprise defeat to Brentford in a friendly on Wednesday.The Gunners comfortably brushed aside Charlton Athletic with a 6-0 win in the first friendly behind closed doors at the Emirates Stadium last Saturday.But Arteta’s players suffered a shock on Wednesday afternoon as they were beaten 3-2 by Brentford at their own ground.The Gunners took the lead in the first half through Joe Willock but Brentford equalled after the break with an excellent finish from Tarique Fosu.ADVERTISEMENT Read More PLAY Read More Advertisement 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterThursday 11 Jun 2020 10:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.8kShares Advertisement About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad SPONSORED ‘We’re trying to give minutes in their legs to all of the players, obviously you have to change a lot of players through the games.‘Getting adapted to playing in an empty stadium as well, not having that energy from the fans.‘It was good, we played two friendlies, we’re getting a bit of rhythm, we haven’t played for a while, we tried to make is as close as possible to a real game.’ Mikel Arteta with his Arsenal players before their 3-2 defeat to Brentford (Getty Images)Arteta is also concerned that Arsenal and their Premier League rivals will struggle to play intense matches in the first few weeks after the season restarts.‘I think that’s a big question mark,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘We’ve been trying in big groups just for 10 days. You can play a friendly game, you can play 45 minutes, but it’s not the same as Premier League rhythm at all.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 City‘We will have to see that. I think it will be very difficult to sustain big rhythms for 90 minutes for the first few games at least.’Arsenal’s Premier League campaign will restart next Wednesday when they play Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Read More Top articles Skip 1/1 Video Settings Full Screen Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Comment Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Alexandre Lacazette put Arsenal back in front but the Championship club capitalised on some terrible defending by the Gunners to win the game with goals from Halil Dervisoglu and Shandon Baptiste.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We’re trying different things,’ Arteta told Sky Sports when asked about the defeat to Brentford. Read More by Metro / Coming Nextlast_img read more


USC neighbors complain about off-campus parties


first_imgMore and more students are living in the area around campus, according to Student Affairs, and a larger number of students are interacting with community members each day.Community watch · About 75 percent of housing on 36th Place between Vermont and Budlong avenues has been developed into non-university-owned student housing. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan The increase in students has also meant an increase in parties.“The biggest complaint I get is student parties, from community members and the leaders representing those community members,” said David Galaviz, executive director of local government relations for the university.Galaviz said the university has more than 400 partnerships with local schools, giving USC a direct stake in the welfare of elementary and high school students nearby.“We don’t want them being kept up late on school nights or any night by USC student parties,” Galaviz said. “But at the same time, we went to college too and we want students to be able to have some fun as well.”Jorge Crespo, a 51-year-old man who lives three blocks north of campus, said students can be disrespectful by partying.“The parties are too loud and the streets are very messy in the aftermath,” Crespo said. “There should be more of an agreement and understanding between both groups.”The Department of Public Safety has repeatedly said parties most often get shut down when DPS officers receive complaints from residents who live near students.Galaviz said Student Affairs has been working on a code of conduct to teach students how to be better neighbors.“[We’d like for] students to have a greater understanding and greater sensitivity that they are living in a residential community that the university and the surrounding community to be a part of,” Galaviz said. “We don’t want them to just live there for nine months and leave, though that does happen. We want them to feel like they’re investing in South Los Angeles and in the history of the area.”At the same time, families and other long-term residents have been displaced.In 1999, more than 90 percent of the housing on 36th Place between Vermont and Budlong avenues served the community, according to a survey from United Neighbors In Defense Against Displacement of Los Angeles. In 2009, 25 percent of housing remained community-serving while the remaining 75 percent was developed into non-university-owned student housing.The university assigned CSC yellow jackets to the area west of Vermont Avenue for additional security last year in response to the larger number of students living there.Marie Mendez, a mother of three living four blocks from the south side of campus, said there are more students living in the area around her home in the last two years.“It has definitely had an impact,” Mendez said. “I can see more kids in the area shopping or just walking about.”Galaviz said the university hopes to partially reduce the number of students living in the community with The Village, which will add 4,200 beds to university housing, but that USC doesn’t have another place to add housing.“The university committed to not buy anything west of Vermont [Avenue] and we haven’t done that,” Galaviz said. “We can’t buy anything from Exposition Park because it’s owned by the city and we can’t go east because there’s warehouses and factories.”President of the Neighborhood Council Shawn Simons said moving students into university housing will help the situation.“The Village is a perfect initiative for the school to promote unity in the community as well as provide locals with their privacy and usual surroundings,” Simon said.The Village will add an estimated 3,000 permanent jobs to the area.“We’re proud of our history and partnership in South Los Angeles,” Galaviz said. “The university’s been here for 130-plus years. When other institutions left, the university could have left, but the university stayed. We’re very proud of that.”last_img read more


Senior men aim to double up on Euro success at Home Internationals


first_img12 Sep 2019 Senior men aim to double up on Euro success at Home Internationals Tags: England Senior Men’s, Senior Men’s Home Internationals England’s Senior Men’s national team will be bidding for their second piece of silverware in the space of a couple of weeks when they take on Scotland, Ireland and Wales at the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Alnmouth Golf Club in Northumberland on September 17-19. An English team comprising Ian Attoe, pictured, (Worplesdon, Surrey), Richard Norton (Beverley & East Riding, Yorkshire), Paul Wharton (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire), Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale, Surrey), Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire) and Rich Jones (Rotherham, Yorkshire) beat both Scotland and Ireland on their way to winning the European Senior Men’s Team Championship in Denmark at the start of the September. They are now joined by Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire) as they attempt to win the annual quadrangular round robin tournament against the other three home nations.England claimed the title at both Machynys Peninsula in Wales in 2016 and Rosslare in Ireland in 2018 but last year they had to play second fiddle to Scotland in extreme weather conditions at Southerness. England, Ireland and Scotland all won two of their matches so the title was decided on points accumulated across all three matches. Attoe, Kellock, Jones and Norton were all part of that English team.The Senior Men’s Home Internationals is an annual competition held in turn in each of the four home nations. Each individual match between the countries is decided from the results from three foursomes and six singles.Photo: Credit Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more