Event organizers plead for help amid massive cancelations due to Covid-19

first_imgThe association also appealed to the government to provide fiscal incentives such as tax relief and delays in the payment of premiums to the Health Care and Social Security Agency (BPJS Kesehatan).The association also asked for understanding from business partners such as hotels, revenue providers and transportation companies, including airlines, regarding their financial difficulties. The association asked them to find a win-win solution to enable its members to settle their financial obligations.“We also ask the government to encourage state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and other government agencies which have used the services of the organizers to accelerate the payment of their dues to enable us to survive,” Mulkan in the statement.Read also: Battered by virus: Businesses across Indonesia feel the pinch Event organizers have asked for relief from clients, business partners and the government to help them survive the current difficult situation in which many of events have been postponed or canceled due to growing fears over the spread of COVID-19.The Indonesia Event Industry Council (Ivendo) said that without understanding from their clients and business partners, as well as the government most of the event organizers could shut their businesses as they would be unable to cope with the situation, which got worse from day to day.In a statement issued on March 16, the association’s chairman Mulkan Kamaluddin appealed to their clients to pay their financial obligations for events that have been suspended or those that might be unilaterally postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Jakarta and other provincial administrations in the country have called for the suspension of large gatherings such as exhibitions, conferences and other business events to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.In addition to the provincial governments, the Transportation and Creative Economy ministries have also urged the postponement of business events in the country following President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s call for all citizens to practice social distancing.“We also urge tourism and creative economy players not to organize events and exhibitions until the COVID-19 pandemic can be contained,” Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Wishnutama Kusubandio said recently.The secretary general of Ivendo, Harry D Nugraha, who is also the founder of event management company Ego Global Network told The Jakarta Post on Thursday that more than 90 percent of events scheduled for March were postponed or canceled.”If there is no event, there is no income,” Harry told the Post.On its official statement, Ivendo indicated that event organizers would follow and obey the government’s instructions. It also expressed understanding regarding the circumstances.Ivendo conducted a survey recently involving 112 respondents comprising event organizers, planners, promoters and tour operators. The survey aimed to find out the number of events being postponed or canceled due to COVID-19.Read also: COVID-19: Government calls for limits to all tourist activitiesSome 34.82 percent of respondents said they had postponed between four and six events until the end of 2020. Meanwhile, 9.82 percent of respondents said they had postponed 13 to 15 events until the end of the year.The same survey also indicates that 6.25 percent of respondents have canceled between 13 and 15 events until the end of 2020.Ivendo projects that total potential losses suffered by event organizers in Indonesia as a result of the postponements and cancelations could amount to between Rp 898.2 billion and Rp 2.65 trillion with the assumption that there are 1,218 companies engaged in the event-organizing business.Topics :last_img read more

After the Abysmal Low of 2016, Expectations High in the…

first_imgOn a general note, 2016 will be remembered as the year when sporting expectations were not matched by Nigeria, reports OLAWALE AJIMOTOKAN in Abuja NIGERIAN SPORTS …NIGERIAN SPORTS… NIGERIAN SPORTS…. The dawn of the year 2017 unfurled with Nigerians highly yearning for positive outbreaks in sports seen as opium the country has a huge knack for.The aspirations in the New Year can be clearly understood in the context that in the year 2016, Nigerian sports reclined into the reverse gear because of the dysfunctional policy direction of those saddled with the administration of sports in Nigeria.Though, there were flickers of standout performers, including Aruna Quadri, who reached the quarter final in table tennis at the Olympics, and Kelechi Iheanacho, the young Manchester City forward, who is full of vibes and wiles, generally Nigeria did not sparkle on the horizon dominated by half-baked and self-serving administrators.It is now so bad that Nigeria will be absent when the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off in the middle of this January in Gabon, with the contenders bidding for the coveted trophy of unity plus the precious FIFA ranking points.In the past, the Africa Cup of Nations used to be seen as Nigeria’s birthright and a seal to rubber stamp Nigeria’s pride as the giant of Africa given the Super Eagles impressive record at the summit. But that is no longer the case as the national team failed to qualify for three of the last four editions in 2012, 2015 and 2017.So pervasive was the acrimony in Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) that Chris Giwa led a parallel board to the FIFA-recognised leadership of the federation board headed by Amaju PinnickAs the crisis reached the boiling point there was no need to look into the crystal ball to know that Nigerian football was heading in the wrong direction.So intense was the feud between Pinnick and Giwa that they spent more days in the court rooms in bid to secure the soul of Nigerian football with the national team paying the ultimate price.The manifest lack of cohesion in administration infested the national team, when the Super Eagles coach, Sunday Oliseh, fell out with the establishment over sundry matters, making him to jump ship, few days to a crucial Africa Cup of Nations tie against Egypt in Kaduna on March 25, 2016.Though Nigerian football experienced some outstanding moments in 2016, notably at the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil where it won a bronze medal, the Super Falcons’ Africa Women Cup of Nations record extending exploit in Cameroon, where they won their eighth continental titles in 10 appearances, in addition to the Eagles impressive march to Russia 2018, football still failed to match public expectations.For instance, the poor financial state of the game assumed an embarrassing dimension that placed posers on the capacity of NFF to muster the required funds without relying on government’s generosity.NFF struggled to pay the allowances and bonuses of coaches and was queried by FIFA for improper auditing of over $800,000 development fee granted it by the world body.The Nigerian federation only relied on government bail- out from global outrage when the national team was stranded in Atlanta and only arrived in Brazil on eve of their first match at the Olympic Games in September.But its dirty linen was washed in the public space, when the Falcons embarked on a street protest over the non-payment of their match bonuses at the African women tournament in Cameroon.In the heat of the crisis, the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, stoked the fire when he made a rather harsh and insensitive comment that the money was not paid because government did not project that the team would win the championship.The unyielding resolve of the players in addition to the global attention the protest was attracting, prompted government to clear the pile-up by ordering the Central Bank to indemnify the team when the players matched on the Presidential Palace.The woes that characterised the outing at the Summer Olympic Games in Brazil where Nigeria only won a bronze medal, underlined the perilous state of sports in the country. The result reflected the lack of planning, underfunding, lack of preparation and the absence of well designed programme as the woes of sports in the country.And most importantly the setback is a reflection of the leadership deficiency at the very top of the Ministry of Sports. So ill prepared was the Nigerian team in the days before Brazil due to poor funding that federations could not embark on local and international training tours, while athletes were tasked to pay for their flight tickets to Rio because government shirked in its obligation to the contingent.And the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung lowered the morale of the team, when he justified the shoddy preparation, saying that a foreign training tour was not compulsory for the team to excel in Brazil.But the outstanding performance of Team Nigeria at the Paralympic Games also in Rio, Brazil in September made up for the glitches at the Olympics and reinforced the old mantra that there is ability in disability. The contingent won 8 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals to place 17th on the medal table.There heroics lifted Nigeria as the best African team at the multi-sport event for athletes with disability.Their performance was recognized by the House of Representatives which donated N18million as reward to the team.Two of the athletes-Paul Kehinde and Josephine Orji-shone out of the pack. Kehinde won two gold medals and twice broke the men’s 65 kg world record in the powerlifting event, while Orji, in the +86kg powerlifting event, grabbed Nigeria’s eighth gold medal when she shattered  the world record with a lift of 154kg.Instructively, the display of gut, determination and patriotism by the paralympians was in stark contradiction to the pedestrian and dismal show by Nigeria at the Olympic Games, also in Rio in August, where national expectations were not sufficiently matched with podium presence.Indeed it was a triumph against adversity and a thing of pride to see the athlete, in spite of limited funding and lack of access to modern training facilities.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Syracuse ice hockey offensive improvement fuels late season push

first_img Published on January 23, 2017 at 10:59 pm Contact Jake: jafalk@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Junior forward Stephanie Grossi said it was only a matter of time before the results would come. By crashing the net and focusing on rebounds, Syracuse has won four straight to put itself two points away from first place in the conference.“If you’re getting shots on net, you’re doing something right,” Grossi said. “The goals should be coming with the shots. … It’s one of the most frustrating things ever (not scoring on chances) and I think that happens to us a lot. … The little details are going to make a difference in finishing those plays.”Since a 7-2 loss to Cornell on Jan. 10, Syracuse (9-10-5, 8-2-2 College Hockey America) has outscored opponents 15-2. Save the occasional penalty, SU has dominated possession for most of the games and found scoring from a more balanced attack. In the last four games, SU has outshot opponents 142-59, peppering goalies from the blue line in.After scoring only 41 goals in the 20 games before the streak, SU is executing and putting shots on net. It’s now capitalizing on chances that were once missed. The team now sits at 2.3 goals and 27.3 shots per game.Better body positioning has helped. Anticipation on picking shot location rather than just shooting blindly and taking accurate shots has helped Syracuse’s scoring opportunities, too. With a power play that has scored only 13 times in 109 tries, a 11.9 percent clip, SU is sharper on the ice.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“If you actually look and pick corners and shoot to score, … it can make a big difference,” Laurence Porlier said. “It means we were all over them during the whole game.“You can outshoot a team and still lose.”Future opponent and conference leader Robert Morris (16-2-6, 9-1-2 CHA) visits this weekend. The Colonials give up only 2.2 goals and 27.3 shots per game, so Syracuse will have to keep up its current pace to have a shot at claiming first place in the conference.“It’s psychological, and we’ve really been working on it,” head coach Paul Flanagan said of the team’s goal to stay consistent. “We might have a good first period, a bad second period, good third period … you got to put 120 minutes together (on back-to-backs). It might be 180 to win a championship.” Commentslast_img read more

Funniest reaction to Johnson starting for Liverpool – goodbye Wembley?

first_img1 Liverpool fans on Glen Johnson When Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed Glen Johnson would start in his Liverpool defence, there was a mixed reaction.A lot of Kopites called for fellow supporters to back the manager, while others could not help but fear the worst.Then there was the funny stuff and here is the pick of the tweets from football fans and a few worried Liverpool supporters, some of whom congratulated Rovers on reaching the semi-final, which will be played at Wembley.Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers is live on talkSPORT here.last_img read more